Photos by Debbi Tamietti, Kyoshi Becker and Dan Alamangos. Click on images to enlarge
Luther French (2) grabs the holeshot in the Over-50 Elite class with Jon Ortner (34), Dave Eropkin (811), Pete Murray (32) and Ron Shuler (33) in hot pursuit. Murray would go 3-1 for the overall victory.
This weekends REM motocross was brutally rough and the track design with littered with very difficult off camber turns that led to short, steep, vertical climbs (with silt beds on the downside). There were crashes in every moto, but most were the “Laugh-In” style comedies of errors.
Jon Ortner (10) was on his way to this third straight Over-50 Elite win with a 1-2 over Pete Murray’s 3-1 when he mistook the flags and pulled off the track early. Oops. Murray won, Luther French was second and Ortner ended up third — with Phil Dowell (23) fourth.
Amazingly, the number of repeat winners from last weekend, when the REM motocross was held on the USGP track, and this weekend on the traditional REM motocross track (above the USGP track) was the smallest number in recent history — with only 4 riders doubling up. They included; Ryan Surratt (450 Pro), Alan Jullien (Over-40 Expert), Jim Latendresse (Over-60 Expert) and Jody Weisel (Over-60 Intermediate).
Hunter Yoder (508) won the 85 Expert class, but took the time to style for awhile.
Equally amazing was that 62 percent of the racer at REM this weekend were over the age of 40. The biggest classes at REM were the Over-50 Intermediates, Over-40 Intermediates, Over-50 Experts and Over-60 Experts. In fact, 18 percent of the motocross racers at REM this weekend were over the age of 60.
NorCal’s Justin Muscutt (83) signed up on MXA’s 2017 TM 250FI-MX in the 450 class by mistake. He was moved to the 250 Pro class after the paperwork mistake was discovered. Justin ended up 3rd overall.
The brand breakdown at REM this weekend was 33% KTM, 31% Yamaha, 15% Honda, 10% Husqvarna, 5% Kawasaki, 4% Suzuki and 2% TM. There were classes in some older age groups that saw starting lines composed totally of KTMs. Chalk this up to the fact that the older riders have the money to afford the more expensive Austrian bikes (and like KTM’s electric starter and light weight).
As the 450 Pros sweep through the first turn, MXA’s Dennis Stapleton (184) has the holeshot in the bag since the next turn is a right-hander. Photo: Jon Ortner
But all is not as it seems. Dennis’ front wheel hit a pothole and it shot him off the track and into the infield. Good guy Dennis turned around and re-entered the track where he left it, even though he could have cut across the infield and rejoined near the front. Photo: Jon Ortner
Dennis Stapleton was testing AER forks and raced the first moto on his bike with modified valving and the second moto on MXA’s 2017 450SXF with stock AER forks. His verdict? He needs to have Bones revalve them again.
Deegan Von Lossberg (423) was second in the 250 Pro class behind Bradley Lionnet.
Most Americans would love to move to Hawaii and enjoy the sun and fun. Hawaiian Brian Medeireos left Hawaii to chase motocross stardom in SoCal.
Greg Groom, founder and CEO of the Greg Groom Creative Line Award Foundation, had a 6th in the first moto of the Over-50 Intermediates, but was 16th in moto two.
Jeff Niblack’s 3-6 earned him 4th in the Over-40 Intermediates, while David Cincotta’s 2-3 was good for 2nd. Photo: Kyoshi Becker
Bob Rutten (83) aced out holeshot king Kent Reed (491) in the Over-60 Expert class. For the second week in a row, Bob led both moto all the way to the last lap before getting zapped by Jim Latendresse for the win.
We’ve seen riders “step off” many times, but Michael Carter (108) hops off.
Ty Cullins (15) won the 450 Intermediate class and got an excellent view of the track below him. Photo: Kyoshi Becker
Tony Houston (695) had read about REM, so he decided to make the long drive from Nevada to race the Over-40 Novice class. Houston went 7-6 for 6th. Jason Goss (828) came all the way from Buena Park to go 4-4.
MXA showed up with all of its 2017 bikes and rotated them through its test riders. Almost every test rider raced a different bike in their motos. Here, Dan Alamangos races the 2017 Yamaha YZ250F. Photo: Kyoshi Becker
WELCOME TO THE LAND OF HUSKYDOM
Marc Crosby (26) and Pete Murray (32) drag race out of a turn in tight formation. Crosby is on a Husky FC250, while Murray is on a 2017 Yamaha YZ250F (with white plastic). For the first time ever there were more Husqvarna’s at REM than Kawasakis or Suzukis.
Tom Hinz (56) went 8-8 on a Husvarna FC350 in the Over-40 Novice class. Photo: Kyoshi Becker
Ciaran Naran (11) looked great in the 250 Intermediates on his Husqvarna TC125.
Former TM, LEM, VOR and Vertematti importer Pete Vetrano (37) is racing a Husqvarna FC350 while waiting for his first shipment of 2017 SWMs to come from Italy later this year. Pete was third overall in the Over-40 Novices and 10th in the Over-50 Intermediates.
Chris Alamangos (67) parked his Yamaha YZ125 two-stroke when given the opportunity to race MXA’s 2017 TC250 two-stroke test bike. He put in the mellow map immediately after practice.
6D helmet designer, Mountain Cycle mountain bike designer and former Kawasaki test Robert Reisinger won the Over-50 Experts and Over-40 Intermediates on his Husky FC350.
Tyler Walker (74) ran in the front pack of the 450 Novice class on his Husqvarna FC450.
Aussie Chris Alamangos (67) tries to coax his 2017 Husky TC250 two-stroke under Ralf Schmidt’s TM two-stroke. Ralf would go 6-2 for third, while Chris would have 9-8 day in the Over-40 Intermediates.
Chuck Cook (827) wheelies his Husqvarna over a rise on his way to a 12-8 day in the Over-50 Novice class.
Dirt Bike Magazine’s Ron Lawson (19) pivots on his 2017 Husqvarna TC250 two-stroke, while Joe Sutter (111) pursues him.
REM will take two weekends off before returning to action on July 30. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com