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REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: TRAVIS PRESTON EMPHATICALLY MAKES HIS POINT AT THE OCTOBERCROSS

Photos by Dan Alamangos Travis Preston’s commitment to the winning is evident as he pitches his YZ450F into the Talladega first turn with Justin Jones (42) in the lead and Kurt Nicoll (8) in third. Travis Preston’s broadslide-style worked for him as he holds the tighter line out of the steeply banked first turn to slide underneath Justin Jones. The REM Octobercross took on special meaning this year because it was a build up to the 2013 World Veteran Motocross Championship next week and, as promised, the…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: NOBODY LIKES A TROUBLEMAKER ? AND THIS ONE WAS A DOOZY

Photos b y Dan Alamangos, Ernie Becker and Mike Mo naghan If only George Kohler (35) and Bill Seifert (37) had the time to look back over their shoulders to see the grand vista of track laid out behind them they would appreciate the joys of motoc r oss more. With the World Veteran Motocross Championship looming in three weeks, the focus of everyone was on getting ready. REM’s massive Over-40, Over-50 and Over- 60 contingent races 40 times a year against each other. They have riv alries that go back to t…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: PRESTON TILFORD WINS 250 PRO CLASS, TONY AMARADIO TAKES 450 PROS & 32 GUYS OVER 50 SHOW UP

An enthusiastic fan tries to reach up and touch Preston Tilford’s bike in mid-air as the Vance & Hines rider flies down a hill. Actually, the fan is about 20 feet away. What is it about Glen Helen’s weekly REM races that is so attractive to men of a certain age? How can a local race, held on a Saturday, with no significance other than local bragging rights, draw more motocross racers over the age of 50 than the AMA National Amateur Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch. What would possess 32 ri…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: BRIAN SJOGREN, DON GRAHN & A PACK OF FOREIGN RIDERS INVADE GLEN HELEN

Rickard Hansson is enveloped in a cocoon of roost on his way to third overall in the 450 Pro class. What do the names Marko Vihria, Pekka Karjalainen, Perttu Sihvola, Maxime Godin, Lorenzo Brogi, Toni Konttinen and Elia Zinetti have in common? Other than their rarity in an American phone book, they all flew from Europe for a chance to race motocross in the USA…and were at Glen Helen to race this week’s REM event. They weren?t the only foreign riders at REM?just the ones with the hardest to pronounce n…