REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS REPORT: THE OCTOBERCROSS LEFT QUESTIONS UNANSWERED ABOUT THE WORLD VET

MXA’s Josh Mosiman (12) rode flawlessly to sweep both motos of the 450 Pro class on the same stock KTM 450SXF that he raced at the Hangtown National. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

THE OCTOBERCROSS LEFT QUESTIONS UNANSWERED ABOUT THE WORLD VET

PHOTOS BY DEBBI TAMIETI, DAN ALAMANGOS & JON ORTNER

REM has been racing at Glen Helen Raceway for 30 years, before that they raced at Carlsbad Raceway until it closed. They have been holding the Octobercross race for 19 years and it has become popular because it is scheduled one week before the World Vet Motocross Championship. It is used by foreign and out-of-state riders as a warm-up race for the World Vet. Although the Octobercross has never been on the complete World Vet track layout, it is normally 50% to 75% of what will be used the following weekend. For racers who have never been to Glen Helen, they need a lot of track time to figure out the steep uphills, plunging downhills and brutal bumps that start forming immediately after moto one starts — and just get bigger as the day wears on. The locals know all the bumps personally, but a visiting rider isn’t even on a hand shake relationship with them yet.

R.J Wageman (99) made too many mistakes to capitalize on the opportunities he had late in the second 450 Pro moto to take the overall. Photo: Dan Alamangos

We know that, where ever you come from, your local track gets rough, that you have hills on your local track and maybe even a long fast start. However, there is nothing like the hills, bumps and 70 mph start straight at Glen Helen. The Octobercross offers an  opportunity to ride the World Vet layout, minus a few technical sections, while the dirt is still fresh. This gives visiting riders a chance to learn Glen Helen without having to take the full beating…that will come next weekend.

Ezra Lewis (820) used a 5-3 to get third overall in the 450 Pro class —giving MXA test riders two of the three spots on the podium. The ants in the distance are where Ezra is headed. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Turn left, turn right, go up and come down. Rinse and repeat. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

The stars of the 19th Annual Octobercross were Josh Mosiman (450 Pro), Sean Collier (Vet Pro), Billy Mercier (Over-50 Elite), Pete Murray (Over-60 Expert), Val Tamietti (Over-65 Expert), David Cincotta (Over-50 Expert), Adrian Spiker (Vet Novice), Josh Alexander (Vet Intermediate), Arnie Davis (Over-60 Intermediate), Adam Morrow (Over-40 Intermediate), Lee Johnson (Over-65 Intermediate), Zach Wiley (450 Novice) and David Alexander (Over-50 Intermediate). Guess what? They are regulars—some dating back to when Glen Helen was known as Arroyo Cycle Park. They have the knack of reading the terrain and making split-second decisions on which bump to hit and which one to miss. The key to success isn’t to go fast through the bumps, but to miss the bumps altogether.

How hard did you have to ride to stay in the front of the 450 Pro class at Glen Helen? Sean Lipanovich (505) shows full commitment to attacking the outside line of this sandy downhill right-hander. Josh Mosiman (71) carves a tighter line. Photo: Dan Alamangos

The 2021 REM Octoberross  gives us a few clues about who might be a contender at the World Vet Championship, while also giving us more info about the readiness of past multi-time winners like Pete Murray, Kurt Nicoll, Gary Jones and Lar Larsson. However, picking winners for the World Vet is difficult at best because riders move up in age groups, new riders come out of the woodwork and former champs falter. The 19th Annual Octobercross is now history, but MXA was there to give you a photo tour of who was who and what was what. If you plan on racing the 2021 Dubya World Vet, but couldn’t make the Octobercross, have no fear. Looking at the photos will give you arm pump and those out-of-the-blue leg cramps later tonight. Enjoy

At the start of the first 450 Pro moto, Sean Lipanovich (505) has the lead with R. J. Wageman (98) second, Brian Medeiros (14), another MXA test rider, third and eventual winner Josh Mosiman (71) fourth. Lipanovich was passed by Mosiman and Wageman, but finished third. Unfortunately, Sean got sick between motos and didn’t start the second moto. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Sean Collier (207) took the Over-30 Pro class with a 2-1 score—and son Damian won the 250 Novice class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Benny Breck’s 1-2 was close to the Vet Pro victory, but Sean Collier got the win by virtue of his better second moto. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Kurt Nicoll is 56 years old, but he’s still willing to huck big air. We don’t recognize this jump or where Kurt might be planning on landing, but he went 3-3 in the Vet Pro class.Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Max Lee (25) tries to fight the laws of physics in this steeply banked off-camber turn, by turning his front wheel out of the rut. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Another MXA test rider in the 450 Pro class, Brian Medeiros knows a lot about how put his bike in the perfect light for a photograph. And nothing glints in the sun like an RM-Z450. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Former AMA Pro Billy Joe Mercier just turned 50-years-old a couple weeks ago. And like a kid in a candy shop, he can’t wait to race the Over-50 Pro class at the World Vet next weekend. He dominated the Over-50 Elite class at the Octobercross. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Pete Murray (7) is the current Over-60 World Vet Motocross Champion. He won the 2019 and 2020 titles. Can he three-peat? He looked good on his way to the Over-60 Expert win at the Octobercross. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

For the World Vet the riders have to make an off-camber, uphill bend to get to the top of Mt. Saint Helen. The safe line is on the berm on the outside, but if you can make the cut at mid-turn, as Pete Murray (7) is doing, you go right by the riders in the berm. Murray passed Ed Guajardo here and passed Jon Ortner (15) later. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Kevin Barda (852) got third overall in the tough Over-50 Elite class. Photo: Jon Ortner

“Disco Dave” Cincotta (861) took the Over-50 Expert win (not to be confused with the much faster Over-50 Elites) on a 2022 Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke. Photo: Jon Ortner

Marc Crosby (17) went 6-3 in the Over-60 Intermediates for fourth overall. Marc owns a KTM 450SXF, but he let Randy Skinner, who sold the bike to Marc race it. Marc raced MXA’s 2022 GasGas MC 450F. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Two SoCal stars of the 1970s and ’80s, Val Tamietti  (31) and Bob Rutten, both turned 65-years-old this year, but they haven’t let it slow them down. Val made a last lap pass on Bob to preserve the victory—his first win ever as a 65-year-old. Photo: Jon Ortner

Motocross pioneer Lars Larsson flew in from Sweden, where he had little chance to race this passed Summer because of Covid restrictions, to get in some laps at the Octobercross  before he tries to win the Over-80 World Vet Championship in one week. The AMA Hall of Famer won the Over-60 Expert title in 2002 and the Over-70 World Vet crowns in 2011 and 2012. Photo: Jon Ortner

Ed Guajardo, of Zaca Station fame, and former Kawasaki factory test rider Robert Reisinger (96) were third and fourth in the Over-60 Expert class (with Ed’s 4-3 beating Roberts 3-5). Photo: Dan Alamangos

John Perry (39) drove in from Durango, Colorado, and got a chance to lead Mesa, Arizona’s Scott Boek (66), Dave Fontes and Tim Hoole (40) in the Over-60 Intermediates. Fontes eventually finished second overall, Perry sixth, Boek seventh and Hoole eighth. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Jason Aeck, uncle of AMA Pro Colton Aeck, went 3-3 in the Over-50 Novice class. Best of all, he missed that big rock. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Jason Wise (67) came from Reading, Pennsylvania, to get in a warm-up race before next week’s World Vet Championship. He rented a bike from Kurt Nicoll’s Champion MX company. Jason went 10-8 for 8th in the Vet Novice class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Bob Weber (6) chases Robert Reisinger (96) for bragging rights at the 6D headquarters for the next week. Photo: Jon Ortner

Lots of riders complained that the “The Gates,” designed to mimic the left/right turn combo after the final downhill at Carlsbad Raceway, were too tight, but they presented no problem for Billy Mercier (501) as he rode around riders all day long in the tight twisties. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Josh Alexander (98) won the 450 Intermediates with a 1-1 over Tyler Nichols 2-2. Photo: Jon Ortner

Randel Fout decided to loft his CRF250 over the mini-tabletop instead of finessing it. As simple as a ten-foot tabletop may seem, if a rider did it right he could pull away from riders who over-jumped or tried to roll it. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

“Disco Dave” Cincotta (861) leads 6D helmets Bob Weber (6) and Shawn Wynne (9) up the very tricky off-camber turn on Shoei Hill. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Troy Lee came out to watch son Max race, but once he saw the track he decided to race on his brand-new 2022 Husqvarna TE150i enduro bike. Troy finished third in the first Over-60 Intermediate moto, but had to go watch his daughter at the surfing contest and missed the second moto. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Four-time 250 National Champion Gary Jones (2) has won the World Vet Championship in the Over-30 Pro class, Over-40 Pro class, Over-50 Pro class and Over-60 Expert class. He has his eyes set on the Over-70 Expert class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Georgia Collier came to root for her dad Sean (first in the Vet Pro class) and brother Damian (first in the 250 Novices). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

REM will be racing again on November 20. For more information about REM go to www.remsatmx.com or Click Here for REM’s Facebook page.

REMAINING 2021 REM RACE SCHEDULE
Nov. 5-7… World Vet Championship
Nov. 20…REM track
Dec. 4…REM track
Dec. 18…REM track

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