How intense can it get? These five riders are slip-streaming down a fast straight before making their move as the corner approaches. Randy Skinner (53), Dave Eropkin, Val Tamietti, Steve Chandler and Mic Rodger (115) wait to dive to the inside. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
PHOTOS BY DEBBI TAMIETTI, DAN ALAMANGOS & JON ORTNER
Sean Collier (207) didn’t look like a potential winner in the first 450 Pro moto as Josh Mosiman and R.J Wageman engaged in a personal duel for the moto win, but, with a holeshot in moto two, Sean pulled out the win with a 3-1 over Mosiman’s 2-2 and Wageman’s 1-3. Photo: Dan Alamangos
SoCal weather has been mystifying this winter. The MXA test crew came to Glen Helen on Wednesday for a private test session and it was a mild day temperature-wise, but when we came back on Thursday for more testing we couldn’t decide whether to take our coats off or put them back on. Jody went to Glen Helen to Friday to work on the World Two-Stroke track for April 3 and it rained on him in the morning. For Saturday’s race, the weather man predicted high winds, but, to the contrary we got 80-degree temperatures and very little wind. When the SRA Grand Prix rolled around on Sunday, our trucks were jam-packed with rain gear, umbrellas, warm weather gear, rain coats and wind breakers. We didn’t want to take any chances. We have never trusted SoCal weathermen, but this year they are even less reliable. Can’t they just tell us whether it will be hot or cold, dry or wet, windy or calm. Skip the happy talk back and forth and focus on the job at hand.
250 Pro winner Brian Medeiros (74) hung it out to hang with the faster 450 Pros, but the best the Hawaiian could do was win the 250 class. He would have been fifth overall— if he had been scored as a 450 Pro. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
We aren’t complaining about the 80-degree weather; instead we are complaining about the ever-changing cycle of cold, hot, windy, mild, rainy days in a row. It should be hot in the Summer, mild in the Fall, cold in the Winter and progressively warmer in the Spring—what’s the point of being in California if it has Texas weather? Just gives us Texas—well, maybe not this year.
What was hot at REM Glen Helen was the racing. The 450 Pro class was spectacular with Sean Collier, Josh Mosiman and R.J. Wageman swapping places in both motos. Their pace was amazing and, in the end, there was a surprise ending. All three will meet again next Saturday on two-strokes, with a lot more competitors.
MXA’s Josh Mosiman elected to race a 2021 Husqvarna TC250 two-stroke to get ready for next Saturday’s World Two-Stroke Championship, while fellow World Two-Stroke competitors, Collier and Wageman, chose to race four-strokes this weekend. Josh was second overall in the 450 Pro class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
What follows is a photo essay of the day, with lot of cool photos of a warm day in March. Enjoy them and if you feel like being one of the REM racers come out and race with REM on April 10 and April 17. Maybe your photo will appear in the REM Motocross race report. One hint of how not to get your photo in the REM motocross report: (1) Wear all black gear with a black helmet and black boots. That makes you look like a black blob in the photos. This is not conducive to having your photo selected—unless you win. (2) Not putting the correct number on your entry blank, because, after all, they score by transponder, is a sure way of not getting your photo here. Why ? Because without the proper number on the results sheet we don’t know who the heck is in the photo (and we aren’t going to hire a private detective to find out). (3) Ram someone on purpose, scream at the rider in front of you as you pull off the track, try to roost a guy you think cut you off as you ride through the pits, beat your dog or in general act like a fool.
R.J. Wageman (621) won the first 450 Pro moto, but a third in moto two left him third overall. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
This is R.J. Wageman (621) leading Josh Mosiman (28) at the bottom of the hill. Photo: Dan Alamangos
This is Josh Mosiman leading R.J. Wageman (621) at the bottom of the hill. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Sean Collier makes racing a family affair with time well spent with his sons. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
SELECT WINNERS AT THIS WEEK’S REM RACE
Conner Styers (62) won the 250 Intermediate class on his SVC YZ250F. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
For the umpteeth week in a row Josh Fout (64), the 450 Intermediate winner, and Connor Styers (62), the 250 Intermediate winner, fought like crazy to best each other. Fout won the intramural war on MXA’s KTM 450XCF. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Former AMA Pro rider Billy Joe Mercier won the Over-40 Expert class on his new KTM 450SXF. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Pete Murray, another rider warming up for the World Two-Stroke Championship chose to save his YZ125 engine for the big race next week, won the Over-50 Expert and the Over-60 Experts on a YZ450F. Photo: Dan Alamangos
O’Neal Racing founder Jim O’Neal (39) was drafted as a guest test rider to race MXA’s 2021 Honda CRF450 Works Edition to victory in the Over-65 Intermediate class. Jim was the 2016 Over-70 World Vet Champion and is 75 years old. Behind Jim is another golden oldie—Joe Root (8). Photo: Debbi Tamietti
David McCarthy used a 2-1 to beat Bryan Roberts 1-2 for the Over-50 Novice victory. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Luc De Ley (84) rode MXA’s KTM 150SX to come-from-behind victories in both motos of the Over-60 Intermediates. Here, Luc makes his move on the KTM 450SXF Factory Edition of Mark Trabucco (63). Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Dillon Zeigler (121), riding Val Tamietti’s old Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke, won both motos of the 250 Novice class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Kuwaitti racer Barrak Aljasmi (2) won the Vet Novice class in what will be his last REM race of 2021 as he will be heading back to Kuwait after spending a great racing vacation at Dennis Stapleton’s facility. Dennis had gone up North for a Loretta Lynn qualifier his weekend and gave Barrak his van so he could race at REM. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Kevin Weston’s (22) 1-2 beat Steve Moore’s 3-1 in the Over-40 Intermediate class. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Tyler Nichols was the 450 Intermediate winner. Photo: Dan Alamangos
THE REST OF THE REST
Randel Fout (4G) was one of three MXA test riders to ride the Dick’s Racing modified KTM 300SX. Dick Wilk drove it down from Utah on Friday and dropped it off at REM on Saturday. for MXA to race. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
This the peanut gallery. We spotted Ralf Schmidt, Dan Alamangos, Kris Palm, Giovanni Spinali, Mike Carter, Alan Jullien, Gavin Ant and others enjoying the 80-degree weather and hot racing. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Ralf Schmidt grew up racing the Dutch sand, so he has developed a stand-up-style. Ralf rarely sits down. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Hollywood stuntman Mark Donaldson on MXA’s GasGas MC 125 two-stroke. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
STI Tires head honcho Craig Peterson (714) has a KTM 150SX, but wants to buy a 2021 GasGas MC 125 and put a 150 kit on it, but he has tried every dealership in California, Arizona and Nevada and can’t find one. If you know of a dealership with an MC125 on the showroom floor call STI and ask for Craig. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
A little show of sportsmanship by Mike Carter (50) and Giovanni Spinali (45) at the finish line. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
The best way to learn how to be a motocross racer is on a 125 two-stroke. Sean Collier knows this and put his son Damian on a CR125. Once Damian outgrows it, Sean can sell the vintage Honda CR125 for more than he paid for it. Best of all, Damian will learn all about throttle control, maintaining momentum and maximizing a narrow powerband before moving to a heavier 250 four-stroke. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Jody Weisel elected to race a six-speed 2021 GasGas EX 350F cross-country bike at REM. When asked why, he said, “I filled it up last week and it still had enough gas in it for this week’s race.” That’s the epitome of gas gas gas. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Robert Reisinger (96) flat tracks around the inside, while Dave Eropkin (811) runs the high line. Reisinger was second overall in the Over-60 Experts behind Pete Murray, while Eropkin was fourth. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
John Caper (44) is just glad to be back racing and is picking up the pace a little bit with every race. Photo: Dan Alamangos
We only have one fuzzy photo of Luther French from Saturday’s REM race because Luther (2) crashed hard early in the first moto of the Over-50 Elite class. He got up after a few minutes, but didn’t turn down a ride back to his pit from the EMTs. Luther texted later that he is okay. Photo: Debbie Tamietti
The MXA wrecking crew raced ten test bikes at Glen Helen this Saturday—a GasGas MC 125, KTM 150SX, KTM 250SXF, Husqvarna TC250, KTM 300SX, Husqvarna FC250, KTM 450XCF, Honda CRF450WE, GasGas EX 350F and GasGas MC450. Here, MXA’s Dan Alamangos takes time out from shooting photos to root Josh Mosiman on—even though Dan has to race the Husqvana FC250 in the next moto. Photo: Jon Ortner
Everybody who visits Glen Helen should have their photo shot under the Glen Helen sign, of which there are three. This one above the REM track, the second one is above the National track’s Talladega first turn and the third is a scaled-down sign on the Pee-Wee track. Jim O’Neal and Jody have raced here since was the Arroyo Cycle Park. Photo: Jon Ortner
REM race promoter Frank Thomason is a no-nonsense race director. He runs a super efficient program and has a loyal following of all-nonsense racers. Photo: Debbie Tamietti
REM will not be racing next Saturday at Glen Helen in support of the 2021 Wieco World Two-Stroke Championship race on April 3, but they will be back on April 10 and April 17. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com or Click Here for REM’s Facebook page.