Carson Mumford (199) was flying, but he ended up second in the 250 Novice class with a 1-2 to Carson Forbes’ 2-1. At least the victory went to a Carson. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Being a motocross racer in SoCal is tough. They have to endure temperatures in the low 60s, sharing the racetrack with Villopoto, Dungey, McGrath and other factory stars and knowing that virtually every race day will be the same boring scenario of sun and fun. Of course, no one at REM was complaining about the 80 degree temperatures in the middle of January—and there was a weather forecast that said next weekend would be even hotter. The REM promoters promised everyone that they would get the program done in time for everyone to make it to Anaheim stadium in time for A2 — and they did. REM ran a quick and fast race schedule, but with long motos.

Here is a quick photo gallery of some of REM’s finest. REM races again next Saturday, January 24, 2015. For more info go to

Ken Ehlers (103) goes down in front of Carl Gazafy (176), and Mic Rodgers (115). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Stuck in a rut, Carl Gazafy (176) tries to bounce over Ehler’s KTM two-stroke. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

It doesn’t work as planned. Gazafy gets catapaulted as Tom White (80) comes into sight. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

With Ehlers down on the left, the bikes in the middle and Gazafy falling to the right, the whole pack had to come to a stop. The racers behind Ehlers, Gazafy, White and Kent Reed (491) railed around the berm in the background to gain five spots in one turn. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Willy Simons (46), Will Harper (7), Randy Skinner (383) and Phil Dowell (23) run up the canyon on the other side of the big hills. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Richard Taylor got third in the 250 Novice class (behind the Carsons). His father is former National rider Rich Taylor. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Ernie Becker raced Jody Weisel’s 15,000 rpm Factory Services KTM project bike. Dogs howl when it goes by. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Bob Rutten (83) is recovering from knee replacement surgery on his right knee. He came to REM to try it out. It will be his last race for awhile because the Baja star is going to have his left knee replaced now. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Jon Ames (17) took the 450 Intermediate victory. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

AMA Hall of Famer Tom White went 7-6 in the Over-60 Expert class. He finished just in front of fellow AMA Hall of Famer Lars Larson’s 8-7. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Once you get up here, you have to come down. Photo: Harry Leitner

Yamaha wanted MXA to take an all-new YZ250FX enduro bike and race it in a couple motocross races in stock trim. George Kohler didn’t just race it. He holeshot both Over-60 Expert motos and went 1-1 against a pack of 450 riders. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Shane Roberts had a 2-2 day in the 250 Beginner class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Justin Hoeft (615) won both motos of the 250 Pro class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

In this family portrait we have Justin Hoeft (615), Jon Ames (17), Will Beevor (865), Renton Minuto (14), Tanner Basso (727) and Jonathan Magnusson (8). Photo: Rich Stuelke

Kendall Stanley (251) was fourth in the Over-40 Intermediate class. Photo: Rich Stuelke

Mark Hall (45) appears to hang weightless in the air. Photo: Rich Stuelke

Trevor Stewart highlights the elevation changes at REM as he lifts off while the flagman watches from the right. Stewart won the 450 Intermediate class. Photo: Harry Leitner

Bradley Cole (14) and Blake Paschal (314) dueled for seventh in the 250 Novice class. Cole, the nephew of former AMA National Pro Eddie Cole, got the nod when his 9-8 beat Paschal’s 8-9. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Lars Larsson (57) raced a Husqvarna FC350. It’s only fitting, since Lars was the Grand Prix rider that Edison Dye brought to the USA to race Huskys to prove to Americans how good they were. Lars is still proving it, this time to British rider Tony Parson (68). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Chuck Cook (827) and Rich Stuelke (16) come over a rise at speed. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Jody Weisel (44) had some flame-out issues with his CRF450 in moto one and finish 10th. He had no flame-out issues in moto two and finished 9th. Guess it wasn’t the bike’s fault. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Ron Shuler (33) and Dave Eropkin (811) get to the front, while Val Tamietti (31), Robbie Carpenter (132) and Chris Cole (45) try to get an angle on the rest. Cole would end up second overall, Tamietti 6th, Shuler 7th, Eropkin 8th and Carpenter 10th in the Over-50 Expert class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti


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