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REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: LIFE IN THE TRENCHES CAN BE ENJOYABLE, IF YOU LOVE DIRT

Photos by Dan Alamangos, Mark Chilson, Debbi Tamiett i and Chris Alamangos Justin Jones won the 450 Pro class?and yes, that it a KTM enduro bike . Photo: Debbi Tamietti If you want to race, really race, week-in and week-out, for up to 40 weekends out of the year, REM Motocross is the place to be. With long 20-minute motos for every class (and, coming next month, 30-minute motos for the Pro class), REM isn?t about holding 13 different motos, five laps in a cloud of dust and a spending all day for yoursec…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE 80 DEGREE WEATHER, BUT IT DOES MAKE RACING MORE FUN

phot os by Mark Chilson, John Basher & De bbi Tamietti MXA’s Daryl Ecklund holeshot both motos and went on the win the 450 Pro race. The former AMA National rider was using the REM race as an MXA test session for Dunlop’s soon-to-be released MX52 tires. Photo: Mark Chilson Although SoCal racers see the wind whipped snow storms that have paralyzed everything east of the Mississippi River on television, they have no point of comparison as 2014 has had one of the warmest winters in recent history. As t…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: IF YOU THINK OLD GUYS RULE BECAUSE OF CHAD REED, MEET THE REALLY OLD GUYS WHO KNOW HOW ITS DONE

Photos by Dan Alamangos Justin Hoeft (x) and Justin Jones (42 ) lead the Pro charge over this rolling hump. Zac Commans (92) tries to snea k up on the right. As sad as it is to report, winter finally arrived at Glen Helen as the riders huddled in their jackets and hats to fend off the bitter chill of the 62 degree weather…a few even eschewed wearing shorts. Okay, SoCal racers are babies when it comes to cold weather, but by the same token REM racers don?t complain when the temperatures hit 110 degrees…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: IT’S NOT THE TWISTING AND TURNING THAT’S HARD – IT’S THE BREATHING

Photos by Dan and Chris Alama ngos If you could get this close to Bonanza Plumbing KTM rider Justin Jones, this is what you would see. You’ll have to imagine what it would feel like. When REM Motocross announced that it was switching every class to 20-minute motos starting in 2014, there were two camps lined up against each other on the issue. Half of the crowd didn?t want to go 20-minutes because it seemed like too much, the other half lobbied for 30 minutes. Now, four races into the 2014 season, most …

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: IT’S NOT WHERE YOU ARE FROM, BUT WHERE YOU FINISH THAT COUNTS

Photos by Dan Alamangos, Chris Alamangos and Debbi Tamietti Broc Armbruster (215) and Dennis Stapleton (184) power through a major roost storm in the Pro class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti It seems cruel to be racing motocross on a bright sunny, 80 degree day, while the rest of the country is suffering through one of the coldest winters on record, but not so cruel that any of the REM Motocross racers would be willing to trade places with someone is Buffalo. And the forecast for next week’s Glen Helen weather …

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: THE MORNING OF THE NIGHT OF THE DAY OF THE FIRST SUPERCROSS

Photos by Dan Alamangos Mt. Whitney is very steep and once you make it to the top, you face an equally steep, but a lot rougher, downhill. REM promoters Frank and Myra Thomason promised the Glen Helen motocross racers three things leading into the first race of the 2014 season: Justin Jones (42) won the 450 Pro class with ease, slicing through the mixed field of Pros, Intermediates and some expert classes. (1) They would combined classes and run multiple starts to insure that every rider would have time…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: WHAT DOES THE FLYING PHALANX HAVE TO DO WITH MODERN MOTO WARFARE?

Photos by Dan Alamangos, Chris Alamangos and Debbi Tamietti Justin Jones won the 450 Pro class. They could easily change the name of Glen Helen Raceway to ?New Stockholm? in the winter as droves of Swedish motocross riders descend on Glen Helen’s REM races to enjoy the warm weather, watch a few Supercross races and get a chance to do some winter racing while Sweden is covered in snow. Australian Geordie McGrath was fourth in the 250 Pro class. REM offers the Swedes, Australians, South Africans and Briti…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: NICK WEY RUNS INTO A BUZZ SAW NAMED JUSTIN JONES

Photos by Dan Alamangos and Ernie Becker Justin Jones slides on his heel during the 450 Pro race. Well aware that the rest of the nation is scorching hot, SoCal’s motocross racers have enjoyed the most pleasant summer in years. Although the REM motocross racers have had to endure a few 100-plus degree days, for the most part they have been racing in balmy temps for the last four races. The unseasonably cool temperatures have had a reverse effect on the competition ? as the riders aren?t riding to conser…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS REPORT: JAKE CANADA, JESSY NELSON & JUSTIN JONES DUEL ON THE ROLLER COASTER

Photo by Dan and Chris Alamangos Jessy Nelson sweeps downhill into REM’s roller coaster section. Nelson holeshot both Pro motos. In SoCal racing circles, the weekly REM motocross races are where the AMA National riders come to prepare for the start of the season or to rehab for the rest of the season. Why? Because the REM motocross track, built on the exact spot as the 1970s Arroyo Cycle Park, is very technical, rough, lined with deep ruts and an amazing amount of ups-and downs. As one Pro rider describ…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: A TALE OF FOREIGNERS, HIGH TEMPS, BUMPS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE & CREATIVE LINE CHOICES

Photos by Dan Alam angos and Ernie Becker Kid s, don’t try this at home. Justin Jones (42) can’t always get his long legs through every corner. Sometimes he has to stick them out of the way. Some days at the races are tough, some are easy and some are off the Richter Scale. This week’s REM race was brutal?not just because it was hot, the track layout uber-technical or the competition tough. Nope, it was incredibly rough…and this from a track that pushes roughness to the highest degree. The REM track i…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS JASON LAWRENCE? HE WAS AT REM THIS WEEKEND

Photos by Dan Almangos and Ernie Becker Jason Lawrence (338) won the 450 Pro class with a 2-1 day. It wasn?t all fun and games as Jason got into an scuffle after practice with fellow 450 Pro Brandon Brady. In a pure world, Jason Lawrence would have been at the Southwick National motocross and Michael Lieb would have been at the Swedish Grand Prix this past weekend. Instead, they were at the weekly REM motocross races at Glen Helen getting in some warm-up before their return to the Big-Time. They went 2-…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: WITH THEIR NORMAL MOTOCROSS TRACK UNDER CONSTRUCTION, THE GANG MOVED 200 FEET WEST

Photos by Dan Almangos and Randel Fout The top three to Glen Helen’s first turn were Justin Jones (42), Mark Tilley (213) and Brandon Brady (205). While their totally new REM racetrack is being rebuilt, the weekly REM races have moved to the USGP track for the last three races. Surprisingly, the vast majority of REM racers prefer to race on the REM track?in spite of the size and fame of the front track. The REM layout is much more technical, with lots of off-camber turns and tricky ups and down. So, in …

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: THEY FOUGHT TO THE DEATH…METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING

Brandon Brady (205) looks like he has the holeshot in the 450 Pro class, but the roost in front of him is from MXA test rider Dennis Stapleton. Justin Jones (42) would win the overall. With another unique track design, REM’s weekly motocross race at Glen Helen Raceway saw incredibly close battles in many of the major classes. On a day that was predicted to be sunny and warm with temperatures near 80-degrees, instead the racers saw high clouds drift in from the south to produce perfect racing weather wit…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: FAMILY AFFAIR FOR THE O’NEAL’S, FALK’S & ZITTERKOPF’S

Photos by Dan Alamangos and Ernie Becker Trent Pugmire went 1-1 in the 450 Pro class in front of Justin Jones, Mitch Van De Mortel, Colton Aeck and Jake Preston. As the MTA World Vet Championship gets closer more and more older riders are trying to shake off the cobwebs to get ready of the November 3-4 event. Even though the Over-40 and Over-50 classes were packed, the young guys took center stage at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. The stars of the day were Trent Pugmire, Mitchell Falk…

24 HOURS OF GLEN HELEN: A RACE THAT STARTS ON SATURDAY MORNING AND ENDS TWO-WEEKS LATER WHEN YOUR HANDS STOP TINGLING

The infamous Corkscrew was back. At one time the corkscrew had five circles to it, but the riders got dizzy, so it was reduced to three. It still got your head spinning. It’s not easy to get four- and six-man teams to agree to ride for 24 hours in 100 degree weather. But, at the 13th Annual HYR 24 Hours of Glen Helen 40 teams lined up for a shot at a sleepless night and the grimy glory of making it to the finish line. They were, however,  happy to here that next year the race will be moved to the c…