REM GLEN HELEN 2018 “UN-RACE” 2.1: THE SECOND NON-EVENT OF 2018
Life in the pits at an “Un-Race” is a lot more casual than at a regular REM race because there is no schedule. In this photo MXA’s 2019 Kawasaki KX450 (74) gets set-up for the next rider to ride it, while miscellaneous riders get ready to go out and spin laps.
By Dan Alamangos
MXA hates it when there are no races—we prefer to test by racing—even though we spend a lot of time at local test tracks on week days. So, when there are no races to test at, we invent one. An “Un-Race” is not a race, nor is it an official anything. It isn’t really all that special, it is just a chance for the MXA test riders to ride a wide variety of test bikes, work on the set-up and make changes without having to follow a prescribed race schedule.
What makes an “Un-Race” unique isn’t that Glen Helen lets MXA ride on the REM track, because it is open virtually every Saturday, but that MXA gets Glen Helen to do special prep, extend their normal Saturday layout and the MXA guys are willing to grab water hoses to keep the track watered. And, even though there is never an official announcement of when an “Un-Race” will be held, it is not a secret, it’s just not advertised. However, all of the regular REM guys show up as though it were a regular race weekend.
They come to break-in new bikes, bring friends out to try their first motocross track or show up because after decades of racing every weekend they don’t know what else to do. This last weekend, MXA made an “Un-Race” happen because we had new 2019 bikes to test and wanted to get as many test riders on the 2019 bikes as possible. This was only the second “Un-Race” of 2018.
The cool thing about an REM “Un-Race” is that everybody there knows everyone — largely because they know someone who knows that MXA is going to get Glen Helen to put extra effort into the track. Obviously some people are left out of the loop and don’t know that it is happening, but there are also people who show up by accident and get a better track because of it. It is a chance to ride without crowds, time to test new parts, play race with their next door neighbor, teach your kids some racing strategy, watch your Pee-Wee kid ride on the REM Pee-Wee track or just spin some laps. Plus, the Glen Helen National track is prepped and watered—and open to the REM racers at the same time (and vice versa).
It wouldn’t happen without the help of Glen Helen. They provide the track—all MXA agrees to do is keep it watered. It also wouldn’t happen if REM’s Frank and Myra Thomason would stay where they belong—holding REM races every weekend for the people that love them. But, since there was no REM race this past weekend, there was an “Un-Race.”
Kordel Caro spent the morning on the 2018 Kawasaki KX450F and the afternoon on the 2019 version. Although he had to borrow a helmet from Kent Reed because he forgot his.Kyle Fry (447) came to Glen Helen to practice on the AMA track, but the REM “Un-Race” had more riders and consistent prep, so he switched tracks. When there is an “Un-Race,” it is open to anyone who rides at Glen Helen.
Val Tamietti missed last week’s REM race because he was at Mammoth Mountain, so this weekend’s “Un-Race” was a chance to ride on his home track in preparation for next week’s regularly scheduled REM race.
T.V. Holmes wanta to buy a new bike to replace his trusty old iron, so he asked Jody if he could try out MXA’s 2019 KTM 250SXF (28) and the 2019 350SXF. He spent time on both bikes and ordered a new 250SXF that afternoon.