REM GLEN HELEN RACE REPORT: WHERE AGE IS JUST A NUMBER …A BIG ONE

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Photos by Dan Alamangos

DANstapleMXA’s Dennis Stapleton grabs a handful of MXA’s 2016 Suzuki RM-Z450 in the Pro race. Stapleton raced the Suzuki in the first moto and 2016 Kawasaki KX450F in the second moto.. Photo: Dan Alamangos

REM’s Straight Eight motocross series is almost over. After 7 straight weeks of racing, the final round will take place on September 12 at Glen Helen Raceway. After the Asgust 12 race, Glen Helen will close for two weeks to prepare of the USGP on September 20.

JUSTINJONESISDE Gold Medal winner Justin Jones has been off his bike since being hurt at the Baja 1000. Last week he rode around and this week he raced to third overall in the 450 Pros. Photo: Dan Alamangos

The bad news out of this week’s REM motocross race was that Carson Mumford crashed in practice and broke his femur. Mumford, 13, who a couple weeks ago signed a 6-year contract with Geico Honda, will be sidelined for the rest of 2015 as he heals up.

 

DANcoltonudallColton Udall is one of the sport’s best offroad racers, but he could have been an equally good motocrosser. Photo: Dan Alamangos

The weekly REM breakdown by brands showed that 33% of the racers were on Yamahas, 25% on KTMs, 20% on Hondas, 13% on Kawasakis, 6% on Suzuki, 2% on Husqvarna and 1% on TMs.

DANrjwagemanR.J. Wageman has been on his new Suzuki for a couple weeks now and he starting to jell with it. He was second in the 450 Pros. Photo: Dan Alamangos

REM races again this coming Saturday, September 12, and returns on Saturday, October 3. On the weekends of September 20 (UGP) and September 27 (WORCS  series) REM will not race. For more info about REM’s weekly races go to www.remsatmx.com

DANfranktREM promoter Frank Thomason overlooks his empire and its populace. Photo: Dan Alamangos

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STUmesharyKuwaitti Meshary Aboushibah corkscrewed himself into the ground, but got up to win two Novice classes. His countryman, Moaath Alansari, swept the Vet Novice class. It was a big day for motocross back home in Kuwait. Photo: Rich Stuelke

DANwillharperWill Harper won the Over-60 Expert class and then shocked the Over-50 Experts by finishing second overall in the younger class. Photo: Dan Alamangos

DANgaryjonesFour-time 250 National Champion Gary Jones was 5th in the Over-60 Experts last week. This week he was 2nd. As he works himself back into race shape he will probably make it to the top step of the podium soon. Photo: Dan Alamangos

DANtimhooleWe’ve heard it a zillion times. “I can’t race because I don’t have a new bike.” Well, Tim Hoole raced a 31-year-old 1984 Suzuki RM125 to third overall in the Over-50 Novice class — which was also the largest class of the day. Photo: Dan Alamangos

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DANdavidandyThe manufacturers face off as KTM’s David O’Connor (left) tells Husqvarna’s Charles Jirsa and Andy Jefferson where they are going wrong on the track. You can tell they are mesmerized by his advice. Photo: Dan Alamangos

DANdavidrandelThen to prove his point, David went out and led his class (to the approval of Randel Fout). Okay, David didn’t win, but a guy on a KTM did and David O’Connor was second overall with a 2-2. Photo: Dan Alamangos

DANbrandonnreidBrandon Reid won the 450 Novice class, although it doesn’t look possible from this angle. Reid went 2-1 to nip Zack Randolph’s 1-2 for the win. Photo: Dan Alamangos

DANzanemerrittZane Merritt went 2-4 for third overall in the 250 Intermediate class, but he did move some dirt on his way. Photo: Dan Alamangos

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