If you are over the age of 50 and want to face the toughest competition this side of the World Vet Championship, come to REM on any weekend. They don’t give an inch. Photo: Debbi Tamietti


Justin Hoeft leads the 450 Pro flying wedge into the second turn. Behind him are Ryan Surratt (951), Evan Kelly (71), Dominic Desimone (565) and Daniel Van Der Ziel (268). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

This was a big weekend at REM Motocross. The trophies and awards for 2019’s top ten riders were handed out in addition to Racer of the Year and Sportsman of the Year. Additionally, the track layout was changed from the last race, former Supercross announcer Greg Barbacovi came to announce and well-know motocross  insider Pasha Afshar financed and found sponsors for a special 125cc two-stroke race—actually two races, one for riders from 21 to 39 (made up mostly of Pros) and one for riders 40 and over. Pasha not only got Fasthouse, Wiseco, Stapo MX, STI tires, TruFusion Sports Recovery and Elite Media Technologies to sponsor the 125 classes, but he put up a $3000 purse (and paid $100 in holeshot money for both motos in the 125A and the Over-40 125B group).

Dominic Desimone won the 450 Pro class with a 2-2 on the tiebreaker with Broc Shoemaker’s 1-3. Photo: Mark Chilson

The two 125 classes were given their own races within the structure of the normal REM Motocross program and not surprisingly, many of the 125 two-stroke riders also decided to race their four-strokes in their regular classes. It was a fun day.

Daniel Van Der Ziel (268) was third in the 450 Pro class with a 3-5 score. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

The stars of the day were Broc Shoemaker, who won the  125A class, Brian Medeiros, who led both 125 motos only to end up with nothing when he got a flat tire while leading the second moto, Justin Hoeft, who went 4-2 for second in 125A and then came back to get fourth in the 450 Pro class, Sean Collier who battled from the back of the 125A pack to end up with third overall and got 6th in the 450 Pros and Dennis Stapleton, who broke his own full-race bike in practice and borrowed a friend’s stock KTM 125SX to go 6-3 for fourth. overall.

Ryan Surratt (951) has switched to off-road racing, as you can tell by the size of the gas tank on his Husqvarna FC450. Ryan was fifth overall in the 450 Pro class. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Meanwhile in the the Over-40 125B race, Former Pros Tim Beatty and Craig Canoy dueled for the win, while 60-year-old Pete Murray overcame the 20-year-age difference to finish third overall. Murray would come back later on the same Yamaha YZ125X to win the Over-60 Expert class from the back of the pack.

Evan Kelly (710) leads Dominic Desimone (565). Dominic would go on the win, while Kelly would end up seventh overall. Photo: Kyoshi Becker

To stand by the fence and hear an angry pack of almost equally matched 125 come shrieking by was awe inspiring. There were impressive rides, some heartbreak and terrific battles from the front of the fields to the back. The big winners were the top five in each class as they collected purse money, free two-stroke top-end kits from Wiseco, trophies and much more. Those who finished outside the top five were thrilled to have enjoyed a flashback to the the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Sadly, it was reported that Over-60 Intermediate Richard Rice (359) collapsed after finishing fifth in his second moto and succumbed to a heart attack. Those of us who shared the racetrack with him are deeply saddened and our thoughts go out to his family.  Photo: Debbi Tamietti

The worst thing that could happen at a race did, when Richard Rice went 7-5 in the Over-60 Intermediates, and after the second moto collapsed in the pits with a heart attack.  He was transported to the hospital, but according to reports did not survive. It was terrible news for everyone at the race, for the riders who had raced against him and for Richard’s family. Godspeed

Aaron Damico (933) won the 450 Novice class with a 2-1 in front of Lane Reiter’s 1-2. Clay Kirksey (114) took third overall. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Bruce Ashmore (111) went 9-8 in the Over-60 Expert class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Mike Monaghan’s bout with the flu lasted over three weeks, but he finally felt well enough to go 8-7 in the Over-60 Experts for seventh overall. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Steven Chandler (306) and Mike Marion (80) try to stake a claim the same six square-feet of Glen Helen’s REM racetrack. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Mark Sandzimier (50) ended up second overall in the Over-50 Intermediate class with a 3-2 score behind Phil Desimone, father of 450 Pro winner Dominic Desimone. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Josh Fout was the lucky MXA test rider assigned to race MXA’s 2020-1/2 Husqvarna FC450 Rockstar Edition.  He went 1-1 in the Vet Intermediate class. Photo: Dan Alamangos

6D Helmets Robert Reisinger ducks the roost, not to mention the big rock that just flew by the rear wheel of his Husqvarna. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Randy Skinner (383)  went 7-6 in the Over-60 Expert class, while Jim Hanson (83) went 11-10. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

AMA Hall of Famer and three-time World Vet Champion Lars Larsson chases Rich Stuelke up and over a hill in the Over-65 Intermediate class. Lars, who is 78 years old, ended up fifth overall. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Australian Dan Alamangos (55) was seventh overall in the Over-50 Expert class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

The Over-50 Elites and Experts head into the roller coaster section with Ron Shuler in the lead, while eventual Over-50 Elite winner Jon Ortner (10) is farther back. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Hollywood stunt coordinator Mic Rodgers (115) was third overall in the Over-65 Expert class with a 4-3. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Pete Murray is the current Over-60 World Champion (and a former Over-50 and Over-40 World Champion). He came from the back in both Over-60 Expert motos to catch and pass the leader by mid-moto and pull away by a big margin. And he did it on a Yamaha YZ125X two-stroke cross-country model. He also finished third overall in the 125 Over-40 race. Photo: Debbi Tamietti


Broc Shoemaker (48) was able to pass his way to the front of the 125 two-stroke class for a  2-1 overall win. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Justin Hoeft (82) went 9-1 in to 450 Pro class for fourth on a Husqvarna FC450 and came back to go 2-2 for second in the 125A two-stroke class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Sean Collier (207) was the best of three Honda’s CR125s in the 125 A field. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Dennis Stapleton (184) blew his race bike up in practice and had to borrowed a KTM 125SX from KTM’s David O’Connor (since David was in the 125B moto). The oldest guy in the 125A race, Stapleton just missed the podium by one point. He got a fourth place check. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Willy Simons, Jr. ran in the top three in both 125 A motos and fought hard to stay there, but got pushed back to fifth overall. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

MXA’s Brian Medeiros led both 125 A motos, but a crash in the first moto sent him back to third place. In the second moto Brian had opened up a big lead on the pack only to get a flat front tire. He tried to keep going…. Photo: Dan Alamangos

…but this is what happens when you have a flat front tire. Brian ended up with the 3-13 for eighth overall. The only good thing in Brian’s day was that at least he got the holeshot money in moto one. Photo: Dan Alamangos

In both 125 classes and in all four motos, being the first to the white holeshot line paid $100. Willy Simons, Jr. demonstrates. Photo: Dan Alamangos

When MXA’s Dan Alamangos elected not to race the “Pasha 125 Open,” he handed over MXA’s stock 2020 KTM 125SX to Justin Muscutt. Muscutt went 7-10, but ran in the top five in both motos until he made mistakes. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Max Groom (959) raced a 2006 Suzuki RM125 to tenth place in the 125 A class. This was Max’s first race back at REM in almost five years. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Sean Collier (207) could not get a start in the 125 A motos. He had to come from way behind in both motos. Here, Sean duels with Dennis Stapleton in the second 125A moto, but couldn’t get him. Dennis went 6-3 for fourth and Sean went 4-4 for third. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Former Pros Tim Beatty (125) and Craig Canoy (211) ran one-two in the Over-40 division of the “Pasha 125 Open” with 60-year-old Pete Murray third, Kevin Barda fourth and Todd Gravitt fifth. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Pasha Afshar (L7) not only found sponsors for the “Pasha 125 Open” and a $3000 purse, but he finished eighth overall in the Over-40 125 class.  Photo: Dan Alamangos

Kevin Barda. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

David O’Connor. Photo: Debbi Tamietti


Ernie Becker and his daughter Sloane. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Steve Chandler with his granddaughter. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

These two guys forgot more about motocross than most people ever knew…and that was just between 1968 to 1973. Jody and Lars are still racing and in the motorcycle business today—over 50 years after they first met. Photo: Jon Ortner

This yellow lab puppy likes his master’s boots—which belong to Irish rider David O’Connor. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Dave Eropkin picked up all of the hardware he earned on his way to the 2019 Number One plate this weekend. He does, however,  appeared to be dressed for snow skiing on a 75-degree day. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

450 Pro Daniel Van Der Ziel and his dad, mom and girlfriend. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

The Broc Shoemaker family. Photo: Jon Ortner

REM races this coming weekend on February 22.  REM will take February 29 off, but be back for four straight weekends in March. For more info about REM motocross go to or their Facebook page by Clicking Here.


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