REM GLEN HELEN RACE REPORT: BAD NEWS! NUMBER 38 IS TOAST
Photos by Dan Alamangos, Debbi Tamietti and Jody Weisel
The 40-race REM 2015 motocross season is winding down. We don’t know how often you race or whether your track even holds races 40 times a year, but REM would hold 52 races of year if they weren’t occasionally bumped out of Glen Helen for the AMA National, USGP, 24 Hours of Glen Helen, Lucas Oil Offroad Truck series, Day in the Dirt and other one-off events. For racers who might only race 5 or 10 times a year, the grind of going to the starting line for 40 weekends seems amazing. The REM regulars keep coming back for more. This week’s race was number 38 out of 40—there are only two left in 2015 season. On this weekend Glen Helen was dead center in a SoCal wind warning. As the gusts blew up to 30 mph, the REM racers were content in knowing that, unlike in the pits, they would be immune to the wind once they were in motion on their bikes. Luckily, the REM track is situated behind some large hills and the track layout either runs with the wind or into it—there are no cross wind jumps to worry about.
The big winners at REM this weekend were Bradley Taft (250 Pro), Luther French (Over-50 Expert), Bob Rutten (Over-60 Expert), Cade Matherly (85 Expert/250 Novice), Ralf Schmidt (Over-40 Intermediate), Robbie Carpenter (Over-50 Intermediate) and Syd Woods (Over-50 Novice).
Mark Hall (68) is chased down this drop-off by Josh Fout (63). Mark is on the only 2016 TM 450FI-MX in the country. See the bronze disc behind Mark’s right knee? That’s the gas cap. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Bob Rutten was one of the best factory-backed desert racers of the 1970s and a Baja winner. Today, he works at Ame grips in Las Vegas and races REM on the weekends. Bob took the Over-60 Expert victory over Carl Gazafy and Mike Marion. Photo: Dan Alamangos
A Randy Skinner portrait. Note that the flag is at half-mast because Glen Helen is near San Bernardino and shares the grief of the community. As for the rest of the photo, Randy brings the reading room with him to the track. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Luther French used to bleed yellow, but he switched to orange and won the Over-50 Expert class in his first ride on his new 450SXF. Val Tamietti finished second overall on his first ride on his new KTM 350SXF. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
REM has two motocross races left in 2015—Dec.12 and Dec. 19. For more info on REM go to www.remsatmx.com