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Photo by Debbi Tamietti & Dan Alamangos
Austin Howell (292) skippd this year’s AMA Supercross series to heal up from past injuries and get ready for the World Two-Stroke race and the AMA Nationals. Austin went 2-1 to win the 450 Pro class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
REM Motocross has been a busy place since the first of the year. The REM regulars have raced continuously since January 2 and have been joined by a international cast of motocross competitors from every continent. The list of foreign riders, racing in every class from 450 Pro to 250 Beginner, has included riders from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, Zambia, Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Great Britain, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Norway, Italy, France, Finland and Spain.
Griffin Dexter had style for miles and the speed to win, but he came up a little short. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
In the 450 Pro class Austin Howell took the win in front of Griffin Dexter, African Bradley Lionett, Finn Jaro Paakkonen, Jared Minor, Dominic Dessimone and Hawaiian Brian Medeiros.
Robbie Wageman (108) won the first moto of the 250 Pro class, but issues forced him back to 3rd in the second moto. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
The 250 Pro race was a showdown between Robbie Wageman the Japanese Yamaha effort of Takashi Okano and Ryota Asai and Finland’s Roope Vaatainen. Okana and Wageman swapped moto wins with the victory going to Okano.
Zambian Bradley Lionnet went 3-3 for third in the 450 Pros. Photo: Dan Alamangos
In the 250 Intermediates Willy Simons, Jr. swept both motos in front of a field of Aussies, Swedes and Norwegians. Simons was the only American in the field, but he took the win over Aussie Tyler McCoy and Norwegian Vegard Falmaar.
Hawaiian Brian Medeiros blasts past the grand stand section—even though the grand stands face the AMA National track. Photo: Dan Alamangos
As always the biggest classes of the day were in the Over-50 Experts and Intermediates (with a select four in the Elite class). As for the Over-50 Elites Jon Ortner got an uncharacteristic holeshot in the first moto to win easily over Phil Dowell, Luther French and Bob Weber. In the second moto Luther French got the holeshot while Ortner was buried in the Over-50 Expert pack. But, Ortner methodically picked off the Experts one at a time and caught up to leader French and second place Dowell at the exact moment that they started lapping the second-gate Intermediates. The dice fell Ortner’s way as French had trouble scooting though the groups of slower riders and Ortner breezed by them. Luther fought hard, but Jon Ortner jumped a long tabletop that Luther shorted…and with a look back, Jon Ortner went on the win the Elites. Ortner’s win ended Luther French’s three-race win streak.
Willy Simons, Jr. is smoothing out as he gets used to the fast pace at the front of the pack. He used to be too wild, much like his dad, but he looked good in his clean sweep of the 250 Intermediates. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
In the Over-50 Experts it was like bombs were dropping on the field as Dan Alamangos crashed out early in the day, Jerry Black crashed hard on the fastest straight on the track and Ron Shuler scatterd his KTM all around the track. None of that mattered to Val Tamietti as he rode unmolested to his 8th straight Over-50 Expert win—which dates back to the week he bought his new KTM 350SXF.
Takashi Okano (34) used a 2-1 to take the 250 Pro victory. Photo: Dan Alamangos
In the Over-50 Intermediates, Robert Pocius won the first moto and Terry Varner won the second moto—but Jeff Scott’s 2-2 took the gold. Pocius was second (1-3), Varner third (10-1), Bob Stephenson 4th (7-4) and Bill Reimer 5th (3-8).
Japan’s Ryota Asai (57) went 3-2 in the 250 Pro class for third. Photo: Dan Alamangos
For the first time ever the Over-65 Expert class was bigger than the Over-60 Expert class—not faster, just bigger. Tom Holmes used a 2-2 to take the win over Tom White (1-3) and Lyle Sweeter (4-1). Bill Seifert and Dave Rabjohn rounded out the top five.
MXA’s Jody Weisel (92) is at his happiest when his arch-rival Lars Larsson (66) is behind him. Over their long careers, Lars has won the vast majority of encounters (as you would expect from an AMA Hall of Fame Grand Prix racer), but this week Jody beat him with a 7-5 to Lars’ 6-7. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Meanwhile in the Over-60 Experts (the two classes start on the same gate), Bob Rutten and Jim Latendresse engaged in their own private duel at the front with Ken Ehlers, Kent Reed and Joe Pena rounding out the top five.
Val Tamietti poses for a Van Gogh moment on his way to his 8th straight Over-50 Expert victory. Photo: Dan Alamangos
The weekly bike brand breakdown went KTM (26%), Honda (25%), Yamaha (24%), Suzuki (11%), Husqvarna (8%) and Kawasaki (6%).
Joe Pena (911) raced four motos. He went 5-12 in the Over-50 Intermediates and 7-4 in the Over-60 Experts. Yes, his eyes are closed, but yours would be too in his roost cloud. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
In a fairly typical REM number, 45% of the riders at REM were over the age of 40 (and 60% of that group was over the age of 50). Equally amazing was the fact that 27% of the riders over 40 were over the age of 60 (which was 8% of the total riders at REM).
Terry Cook won the Over-40 Pro class and hiked his Suzuki out in this banked corner. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Jon Ortner (10) couldn’t believe that he finally stopped Luther French’s three-race win streak in the Over-50 Elite class. Jon takes a quick look back just to make sure. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
6D Helmets’ Bob Weber fell in the Over-50 Elite class and had to settle for 4th. Check out his pinstriped Alpinestars gear. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Meet the Jeff’s. Jeff Mason (459) and Jeff Scott (452) are buddies. They race against each other every weekend. This week, Jeff Scott won the Over-50 Intermediate, while Jeff Mason finished 8-5 for 6th. They are both happy whenever a Jeff wins. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
John Perry made the long drive from Durango, Colorado, on Friday, raced REM on Saturday and drove back to Durango on Sunday morning. He finished 6th in the Over-50 Experts. Photo: Dan Alamangos
One turn, three stories. Kent Reed (491) holeshots the Over-60 Expert class, but this start was red flagged. Kent holeshot the restart also. Bob Rutten (83) won both motos. Mike Marion (35) caused the red flag when he crashed 100 feet after this photo was taken and couldn’t remember the first 100 feet. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Norway’s Vegard Falmaar’s 4-4 was good enough for 3rd in the 250 Intermediates behind Willy Simons, Jr. and Tyler McCoy. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Sam Frnklin (114), who was the 2015 Loretta Lynn 250C Champion, won the 450 Intermediates. Here, he chases Australian Tyler McCoy (12), who was 2nd in the 250 Intermediates. Photo: Dan Alamangos
“Next time call me in the morning and tell me what you wearing.” Not only were they dressed the same, but they were in the same class and had the same numbers on their bikes. REM told them, “Don’t worry about it. One of you is tall and the other is short—we’ll figure it out.” Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Norway’s Nicolay Thommassen was 7th in the 250 Intermediates, but 5th if you only count European riders. Photo: Dan Alamangos
P.J. Tanis (25) went 4-2 for third in the 250 Beginner class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Norwegian Tor Sandven was second overall in the 125 Intermediates to Swede Sjur Svanes. Photo: Dan Alamangos
This may look like flat ground, but Jerry Black (M2) is coming uphill wide open in third gear when he starts swapping. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Remember the old adage about “May the road rise up to meet you.” That is not something you want on a motocross bike. That would be a nice roost if it wasn’t coming from Jerry’s face. Photo: Dan Alamangos
As his visor covers his face, Jerry can’t see. Luckily, there is nothing to see. Jerry walked away from this crash and many people will remember his deer incident (below). Photo: Dan Alamangos
JERRY BLACK GOES DEER HUNTING AT 2:57
There will not be an REM race on March 5th, but REM will return to Glen Helen on March 12 and March 19. For more info about REM go to www.remsatmx.com