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Photos by Debbi Tamietti, Dan Alamangos, Rich Stuelke & Jon Ortner

This is the stadium section of the REM. It gets its name because the spectators can stand on the tower side of the track and see one-half of the racetrack. The other one-half is up and over the hills to the left. Photo: Dan Alamangos

With the Glen Helen AMA 250/450 National only 30 days away, life at the weekly REM Motocross races continues at its normal pace. As rule, Glen Helen shuts down all races the week before the Nationals for final prep, which leaves the weekly REM motocross crew with three more races before the forced two week break for the AMA National. There will be races next Saturday, April 29 and on May 6 and May 13. Then, following the National, REM will return on June 3, the weekend after the National Motocross.

Lance Schoonmaker (321) misjudged the downhill jump and hit the bank on the side of the track. What happened next was not pretty, but Lance walked away. Photo: Rich Stuelke

This is the first photo of the sequence as Lance’s Yamaha comes off the bank and Lance is thrown up onto the bank of dirt. Photo: Rich Stuelke

Helping Lance avoid serious injury was the soft dirt at the bottom of the bank. Note that the rear of his bike has been twisted by the impact. Photo: Rich Stuelke

The steepness of the hill allows Lance to stay ahead of his tumbling Yamaha, although the careening bike and body dislodge rocks from the dirt bank. Photo: Rich Stuelke

Once it’s all over, Lance takes a moment to analyze the damage. Amazingly enough, he was wearing an elbow guard on his left arm. Photo: Rich Stuelke

Travis Freistat won both motos of the 450 Pro class. Photo: Dan Alamangos

But the business at hand this week at REM was dealing with the first hot day of the year, a year that has been both cooler and rainier than in recent memory. With temps in the 90s and a bright blue sky, everyone complained about how hot it was. To which their friends replied, “By July a 93-degree day will be considered cool.” The hottest REM race on history was held at 115 degrees three years ago — which makes 93 degrees seem like parka weather.

This week’s brand breakdown was 34% KTMs, 28% Yamahas, 18% Hondas, 9% Husqvarnas, 6% Kawasakis, 4% Suzukis and a fraction for TM.

Justin Muscutt (116) used his TBT, Pasha, Knobby Shop, Mika-sponsored RM450Z to go 3-2 behind Freistat. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Brian Medeiros shared MXA’s 2017 Honda CRF450, equipped with WP Cone Valve forks and a WP Trax shock, with Dan Alamangos. Why were they selected? They both weigh under 140 pounds and MXA wanted to test suspension settings for light riders—including a Pro and a Vet.  Brian went 3-2 for third in the 450 Pro class and Dan was 6th overall in the Over-50 Experts. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Travis Freistat won the 450 Pro class with a 1-1, even coming from the back of the pack in the first moto to take the win. The battle for second raged between Justin Muscutt and Brian Medeiros with NorCal’s Muscutt’s 3-2 besting Hawaii’s Medeiros’ 2-3.

Jon Ortner (10) was third in the Over-50 Elite class. Photo: Dan Alamangos

The Over-50 Elite riders got a dose of what they hand out to the Over-50 Experts every week when they were thrown into the Pro/Intermediate race. Although they couldn’t keep Travis Freistat and the other Pros from lapping them, they engaged in an intense battle for the top three spots. Luther French won the first moto after holding off a hard charging Eddie Davis on the last lap. Jon Ortner was third.

Eddie Davis was the happy winner of the Over-50 Elite class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

In the second moto, Eddie Davis set sail all by himself, while French and Ortner battled with the Over-40 Experts and Over-30 Intermediates (while both groups were being run down by the Pros and Intermediates from the first wave). Eventually, in a tooth and nail struggle, French and Ortner dispatched the last of the young guys and ended up second and third in their class—which is how they finished on the overall sheet.

Over-40 Expert winner David Cincotta (861) leads Over-50 Elite rider Phil Dowell, Over-30 Intermediate Maxx Murphy (256) and eventual Over-50 Elite winner Eddie Davis (155) out of the stadium. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Pasha Afshar steps the rear end of his KTM 350SXF out as he grabs a handful for the next straight. Pasha is now an Over-50 Expert, but he’s had clutch problems ever since moving up. Photo: Jon Ortner

Hollywood stuntman, vintage bike restorer and former President of the Stuntman’s Association Mark Donaldson was 4th overall in the Over-60 Experts. Photo: Dan Alamangos

David Cincotta won the Over-40 Experts, Bob Zingg the Over-30 Intermediates, Ciaran Naran the 250 Intermediates, Matt Pastor the 450 Intermediates and Shaun Hillion the 250 Pro class.

The top three in the Over-50 Elite class were really close—Eddie Davis (155), Luther French (2) and Jon Ortner (10) finished in this order Photo: Debbi Tamietti

In the Over-60 Expert ranks, former Saddleback Maico hero Val Tamietti used a 2-1 to take the victory away from Jim Latendresse who went 1-2 (after a crash in the second moto). Brad Morrsion’s 5-2 was good enough for third place over Hollywood stuntman Mark Donaldson, who went 4-5 after a long layoff between races.

Mic Rodgers only made it through two corners in the first moto of the Over-60 Expert class before being involved in a multi-bike crash. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

The worst part of the Over-60 race was that there was a red flag restart after the first start when a large pack of riders collided on the fast straight in front of the tower on lap one. Another Hollywood stuntman, this time Mic Rodgers, was caught up in the incident and went down hard. We wish Mic a speedy recovery from a broken arm.


The riders to the right are coming down the big hill to enter the stadium section, while the riders in the background are leaving the stadium section. You can’t tell how steep these hills are until you see how hard Terry Varner is working to climb up in the foreground. Photo: Rich Stuelke

1. Kaiden Lytle…KTM
2. Ethan Black…KTM
3. Aidan Zingg…KTM
4. Zane Harvey…KTM
5. Dana Raynor…KTM

EKS Brand goggle’s Rich Taylor (left) and son Richard (right) were on hand to support all the EKS Brand racers. Photo: Jon Ortner

1. Matthew Wood…KTM
2. Lawson Dye…Kaw
3. Ethan Carlson…KTM
4. Donny McGlaughlin…Yam
5. Ryan Nichols…Hon

Val Tamietti (31) brought his physical therapist with him… just in case. Photo Debbi Tamietti

1. Caden Herch…Hon
2. Cale Bainbridge…Yam
3. Wyatt Larsen…Kaw
4. Nate Martinez…Kaw
5. Boas Casucci…KTM

Carl Purnell (24W) and Shawn Khacherian (81). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

1. Bobby Madden…KTM
2. Carmen Cafro…Hon
3. Lamont Dusseau…Yam
4. Carl Purnell…KTM
5. Joe Stroud…Hon

Ryder Pietro (180). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

1. Ryder Pietro…Hus
2. Devon Bates…Hus
3. Connor Kilmartin…KTM
4. Ethan Olsen…TM
5. Scott Feldman…KTM

Zack Randolph (214). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

1. Braden Larsen…Hus
2. Brandon Reid…Yam
3. Zack Randolph…Yam
4. Jeff Fitzgerald…Hon
5. Tyler Walker…Hus

Scott Williams (24). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

1. Lyle Sweeter…Hon
2. Ken Clark…Yam
3. Scott Williams…KTM
4. Lamont Dusseau…Yam
5. Gary Taylor…KTM

Robbie Carpenter (132) and Kirk Bassett (V93). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

1. Bob Morales…Hon
2. Robbie Carpenter…KTM
3. Ty Larsen…KTM
4. Glenn Pietronico…KTM
5. Andy Stix…Hon

Joe Sutter (111). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

1. Ron Shuler…KTM
2. Joe Sutter…Hon
3. Robert Reisinger…Hus
4. Kenny Maddux….Hus
5. Fred Nichols…KTM

Giovanni Spinali. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

1. Giovanni Spinali…YAm
2. Steve Watson…Yama
3. Randy Skinner…KTM
4. Robert Pocius…Yam
5. Scott Richeson…Yam

Val Tamietti (31) and Jim Latendresse (564). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

1. Val Tamietti…Yam
2. Jim Latendresse…Hus
3. Brad Morrison…KTM
4. Mark Donaldson…KTM
5. Kirk Bassett…KTM

Jody Weisel (192). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

1. John Bosanko…KTM
2. Kent Reed…KTM
3. Phil Cruz…Hus
4. Jim McCartney…KTM
5. Jody Weisel…KTM

REM races again this coming Saturday, April 29, at Glen Helen. For more info go to

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