SEAN COLLIER WINS REM AGAIN… ONLY THIS TIME FROM THE VERY BACK

Photos by Dan Alamangos, Debbi Tamietti, Rich Stuelke and Mark Chilson

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Sean Collier knows how to prepare for a big race like the AMA Nationals. In the first 450 Pro moto he gave the pack a 30-second head start before heading out after them. He knifed his way up to the rear wheel of the leader by the checkered flag. In the second moto, he didn’t give them a lead, but instead pulled away instantly to win the 450 Pro class. Photo by Dan Alamangos

How low can you go? This isn’t even Sean Collier’s limit. Photo by Debbi Tamietti

Russian Sergey Astaykin (481) won the first 450 Pro moto, but had to settle for second overall behind Collier. Photo by Dan Alamangos

 

Back in the 1980s Andy Jefferson was an AMA Pro, the first black rider to ever make a Supercross main and a part of Mitch Payton’s Pro Circuit Husqvarna team. Today, Andy works at Husky, races a Husky and is still very fast. Photo by Rich Stuelke

Willy Simons Jr. has upped his speed considerably in the last two months. With that newfound speed has come the inevitable mistakes. Here’s just one from this week’s REM race. He made several. Photo by Dan Alamangos

Kele Russell travelled from Seaback, Washington, to get ready for the AMA 250 Nationals. He came to REM to get used to Glen Helen’s unique decomposed granite soil. He won the 250 Pro class. Photo by Dan Alamangos

 

 

Chris Swanson goes by the peanut gallery on his way to a 1-3 day in the 450 Intermediate class. He finished second behind Justin Lewis’ 2-1, but ahead of Gustav Gustafsson’s 4-2. Photo by Dan Alamangos

Kordel Caro has spent the last month following the Amsoil Arenacross series trying to earn the necessary points to get accepted at an AMA Supercross or National. He got the points, but traveling to races 1500 miles away from home left him without enough money to afford his AMA license or Hangtown entry fee. Kordel was second in the 250 Pro class. Photo by Dan Alamangos

There is no doubt that REM Glen Helen has the most dedicated motocross photographers in the biz. Gustav Gustafsson came all the way from Sweden to be bracketed between the cameras of Dan Alamangos and Debbi Tamietti (in the giggle weeds). Photo by Dan Alamangos

In this Debbi Tamietti photo of 450 Intermediate winner Justin Lewis, you can see Dan Alamangos shooting from the opposite side. Photo by Debbi Tamietti

If you are over the age of 50 and race a motorcycle, this is the place you want to be. The biggest class of the day was the Over-50 Expert class. Winning the Over-50s at REM is like going ten rounds with Mike Tyson. You get beat up, but are proud to have survived. Here, second place finisher Luther French does a no-footed berm shot on his way to a 3-2 day. Photo by Dan Alamangos

If you’re thinking that life in the older classes is easier than in the young classes, don’t jump into the Over-50 class at REM. The class is full of former Pros who have little to look forward to in the coming years, so they go for it. Here, Ron Shuler (33) leads Jerry Black (M11), while Val Tamietti (31), Andy Jefferson (284), Shawn Wynne (9) and Luther French fight for terrain. Photo by Debbi Tamietti

The second largest class at REM this weekend was the Over-60 Experts. It is hard to believe that a bunch of guys born before 1955 would still show up in droves to race against each other. Here, Kent Reed (98) gets his traditional holeshot, while Lyle Sweeter (55) and Mike Marion (3) prepare to pounce. Jim Latendresse would go 1-1 in front of Sweeter (2-2), John Alden (4-3), Mike Marion (2-5) and Mic Rodgers (5-4). Photo by Dan Alamangos

 

 

Kent Reed (98) started at the front of the Over-60 Expert class (with two holeshots) and Jody Weisel (40) got 15th place starts in both motos, but by the end they were fighting with each other for 9th. Photo by Dan Alamangos

Welcome back! Former Baja and desert star Bob Rutten is back after knee replacement on both legs. The first test run of his titanium knees went well and, since he turns 60, in two weeks he’s looking forward to moving to the Over-60 Expert class. Dan Alamangos chases Bob. Photo by Debbi Tamietti

REM is a homespun and home grown weekly race series where fathers and sons share the experience. Here, Ron Shuler (right) gets ready for his Over-50 Expert moto, while his dad, suspension guru Earl Shuler of ESR, falls asleep in a lawn chair. Photo by Dan Alamangos

Rollie Rodriquez deserves a medal. He showed up to race on his 1982 Maico 490. His competitors were shocked and one said, “I saw this guy on the starting line on an air-cooled Maico and that was the last time I saw him until we pulled off the track. He finished in front of my $9000 wonder bike.” Photo by Dan Alamangos

A very unusual Spring rain storm at Glen Helen on Friday left the track in perfect condition and made the desert flowers pop out everywhere. Here, Mark Hall doesn’t take time to enjoy the colors (and as you can see, he still refuses to give Jody his KTM 250SX two-stroke back).

South African Alan Julien was an amazing rider on his KTM 150SX, but since going big on a YZ450F he’s got power to spare. Photo by Rich Stuelke

Randel Fout (44) is the classic SoCal motocrosser. The suntanned, blond surfer lives on a sailboat in Oceanside harbor and knows a thing or two about riding with the wind and like the wind. Photo by Dan Alamangos

Syd Woods (489) leads Mike Hillion (413) up a steep hill in front of Lance Sloane (124), Lonnie Paschal (51), John Caper (44) and Gary Stoltenberg (781). You can’t tell it from this photo, but Stoltenberg went on to win the Over-50 Novice class in front of a top five to Sloane, Paschal, Caper and Frank Villa. Photo by Mark Chilson

Shawn Wynne has a TM deal to race the Two-Stroke Shootout at the Glen Helen 250/450 National on May 23. Photo by Debbi Tamietti

Look at the front tire of TM importer Ralf Schmidt’s bike as David Cincotta (861) and the Dutchman play bumper cars. What was the outcome? Schmidt swept both motos of the Over-40 Intermediate class. Cincotta was fourth, but not for lack of trying. Photo by Debbi Tamietti

Former AMA National Pro Matty Dowell is back in the saddle again after taking several years off from a major concussion (note the 6D helmet and YZ250 two-stroke). Photo by Debbi Tamietti

REM will now take two weekends off to allow for track prep for the Glen Helen National next weekend and for the National itself on May 23. They will return to racing on May 30. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

 

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