450 Pro winner Nozomu Yasuhara (507) swept both motos. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Glen Helen was a busy place this weekend. It had the King of the Hammers offroad truck race Saturday on both motocross tracks, a quad race on Sunday and the typical REM Saturday race moved to Sunday on the REM track. The park was jam-packed with RV, trailers, motor homes and pickup trucks. Finding a place to park was often difficult. As a rule REM only races on Saturdays, but the busy scheduling of events at Glen Helen forced a schedule change. It didn’t seem to phase the local racers, as they kicked back on Saturday at home and showed up Sunday ready to race. Here are the photos shot by Debbi Tamietti, Dan Alamangos, Rich Stuelke and Jon Ortner during the day.
Josh Kaller works his way over the ridge route in the 250 Intermediate class. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Aussie brothers Chris (45) and Dan Alamangos (184) engaged in a two race-long duels just like in the good old days back in Oz. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Dylan Bennett (319) went 2-3 for third in the 450 Intermediate class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Dalton Shirey (146) presses the down button on the REM elevator. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Irishman David O’Connor power wheelies out of a turn with his eyes laser-focused on the track ahead. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Jon Ortner (10) threads the needle between Bill Reimer (71) and Ernie Becker (72). Ortner was third in the Over-50 Elite class, while Becker and Reimer were 15th and 16th in the Over-50 Intermediates. Photo: Rich Stuelke
Gary Denton (14) shows some of the tricks he learned during his run as 7-time National ATV Champion. Actually, Gary is just messing around with friend Marc Crosby (26) in practice. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
How much throttle would you be willing to apply on a downhill this steep? Bradley Denton (74) gives it a handful. Photo: Dan AlamangosRalf Schmidt (73) laid his bike down to avoid running into the back of the rider in front of him on this ridge. No good turn goes unpunished, as Ralf almost fell down a cliff. Pasha Afshar (L7) swings wide. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Justin Muscutt (116) is dwarfed by the water tank on the top of Mt. Whitney. Muscutt was 5th in the 450 Pro class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Katrina Wilson (56), sister of KTM’s Dean Wilson, had a good day going until her shoulder popped out in the second moto of the 250 Novice class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Former SoCal racer Frank Steiner (186) disappeared from the motocross scene many years ago, but came in from his home in South Carolina for one last race with his old buddies. Photo: Dan Alamangos
JON ORTNER’S PIT PARADE PHOTO GALLERY
Jason Thomason is happy early in the morning when he is signing riders in, but by the end of the day he’s a little frazzled trying to get the transponders back.
Tom White used to be Bob Weber’s boss at the White Brothers, now Tom is a motorcycle museum curator and Bob runs 6D helmets.
David O’Connor (right) gives Jody Weisel some advice before his moto. What was it? Jody said that David told him that crunchy peanut butter was better than smooth.
Carter Dubach was racing the 85 Intermediate class while father Doug was..what else? A mini dad.
Eddie Davis, Billy Joe Mercier, Doug Dubach and Tom White suck in their stomachs for 1/1000th of a second.
Marc Crosby is telling Dean Wilson’s dad Andy Wilson (far right) to get his gear on and get out there. Andy seems stunned by the idea.
Val Tamietti can’t believe that he didn’t win. He claimed that there must have been a hanging chad causing him to get a 4-5 score—breaking his Over-50 Expert win streak.
We are positive that the principal of your high school wasn’t a motocross racer, but Rich Stuelke is. When he retired, he took up photography…motocross photography, between his own motos, of course. You can see his weekly photos at www.motophotollc.com.
REM does not race next weekend, June 18, but returns on June 25, July 2 and July 9. For more info on REM Motocross, go to www.remsatmx.com.