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The calm before the storm. This is the stadium portion of the REM track before practice. There is more track on the other side of the hill and to the left. Photo: Harry Leitner

Former AMA National Pro Jon Ortner (10) won the Over-50 Elite class in front of Ian Fitz-Gibbon and Bob Weber. Photo: Dan AlamangosPhoto: Debbi Tamietti

There is only room for one bike against this berm, but two try to fit anyway. Photo: Dan Alamangos

The rider on 37 falls into the rear wheel of 55’s bike. Photo: Dan Alamangos

And, in a very scary moment both the rider’s legs are sucked into 55’s rear wheel. Luckily, 55 has chopped the throttle. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Now completely stopped, the rider dangles in the rear wheel and would later need help in extracting himself. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Austin Politelli (981) is on break from the 250 West, so he decided to come out and test his outdoor setup. Politelli won the 250 Pro class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Offroad hero Colton Udall is a very good motocross racer as his 2-2 victory in the 450 Pro class at REM proved. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Joey Pascarella (28) won the 250 Intermediate class, even though he sucked a rock into his chain in the first moto and was thrown over the bars. It seems odd to see the 2012 Daytona 200 road race winner at REM on the weekend of the Daytona 200-miler, but most teams are skipping it this year. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Justin Jones (3) won the first 450 Pro moto in front of Colton Udall, Dean Spangler, Hayden Kronquist and Ray Obermeyer, but Justin got sick between motos and didn’t start the second moto. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Australian Jackson Richardson broke a wheel and DNF’ed the first moto of the 450 Pro class, but came back to win the second moto when Justin Jones lent him his spare wheel. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Ageless Gordon Ward (444) swept both motos of the Vet Pro class. Normally just his hair flaps in the breeze, but here he gets his rear wheel to do the same thing. Photo: Dan Alamangos

From above everything looks flat, but on the ground this is a steep downhill, a very deep rut and an equally steep uphill. Photo: Harry Leitner

Kevin Cook (8) won the Vet Novice class in front of Pasha Afshar and Jeff Fahy. It was Cook’s first win. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Craig Petersen (714) leads two two-strokes in the Over-40 Novice class. Craig would go 1-2 for second overall. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Broadi Davis (126) came down from Santa Cruz to win the 250 Novice class. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Ernie Becker (14) went 10-5 in the Over-50 Intermediate class. Becker makes his living racing sports cars. Photo: Dan Alamangos

If you want to race motocross, you will. Frank Emerson races his twin-shock, air-cooled, 1983 Husqvarna CR500 every week and not in the vintage class. Frank was fourth in the Over-50 Novices. Don’t be confused by the gas tank color. Frank pained the standard white aluminum tank blue. Photo: Dan Alamangos

The Over-50 Experts aren’t bashful about grabbing a big handful. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Dirk Davidow (9) moved up from the Over-50 Intermediates to the Over-50 Experts this weekend. Dirk was up front in both motos, but ended the day with a 7-5 day for sixth. Not a bad start. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Phil Dowell (23) almost always wins the Over-50 Expert class, but this week he went 2-6 for fourth behind Val Tamietti, Jerry Black and Dave Eropkin. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Eddie Davis (155) won the Over-40 Expert class. We had to make the riders behind him do this corner three time before they were lined up perfectly. Just kidding.. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

The rear fender on Mike Monaghan’s Husqvarna FC350 shows the abuse of being rammed from behind. Monaghan went 9-11 in the Over-50 Experts. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Dave Eropkin (811) finished third in the Over-50 Experts and had his holeshot string broken. Previous holeshot king Wil Harper is in Australia working on “Pirates of the Caribbean 6.” Photo: Dan Alamangos

Ron Shuler (33) stopped Dave Eropkin (811) from getting the holeshot, but he couldn’t stop Val Tamiett (31) from winning the Over-50 Experts on his Yz250 two-stroke. Photo: Dan Alamangos

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