REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS: SEAN COLLIER RETURNS & ALL’S GOOD WITH THE WORLD
Photos by Dan Alamangos, Rich Stuelke, Jody Weisel, Mark Chilson and Jon Ortner
Glen Helen has managed to hold races during the unusual rain events of the past two months—even when the main road into the motocross track is closed because of flooding. They have been bringing riders into the track by the back road that cuts through the housing project on Glen Helen Parkway—and by getting the Sheriffs to open up the gate that cuts through the prison grounds. In fact, on this past week’s Thursday practice, they had to use the back way in—and with the potential of more rain, this week’s REM motocross was in serious jeopardy of being canceled. Luckily, the rain held off, the county cleared the main road and the race was on.
There was a surprise at Glen Helen this Saturday as Sean Collier made his return to racing this weekend. Sean had become an underground hero with his fabulous rides on his custom-built Kawasaki KX500 two-stroke—including victories at the World Two-Stroke Motocross Championship in 2013-2014. Unfortunately, Sean got hurt at the 2016 two-stroke race and hung up his gear. But, this week he brought his KX500 out of storage to finish second in the 450 Pro class. Glad to see Sean back at REM motocross.
The other good news from this week’s REM race was the 6D Helmet’s Robert Reisinger survived a hair-raising crash that mimicked Chad Reed’s famous “Chadapult” crash at Millvile in 2011. Just like Chad, Robert swapped as he approached the face of a giant blind tabletop. And, just like Chad, Robert never shut off as he veered off the side of the jump. And, just like Chad, Robert stepped off his bike and did an arm waving imitation of a bird. And, just like Chad, Robert fell from 20 feet up and hit the sloped side of the hill and tumbled to the ground below. And, just like Chad, he got up and was uninjured.
There was lots of injury news from the REM regulars. Tom Holmes got hurt at an Arizona race and will be out of action for a couple months. Carter Dubach returned to action this week from the wrist he broke three months ago. Jody Weisel has been trying to race with Vertigo, but was a no-go this week after riding practice. Luther French sold his bikes and hung up his leathers after his last crash. Chris Cole also decided to take some time off. Lyle Sweeter was badly injured at a different race a year ago and is still in recovery mode. Bill Seifert is back racing again after twice injuring his shoulder—surprisingly, in the exact same corner both times. Hopefully, he’s gonna give that turn a little more respect in the future.
BREAKDOWN BY BIKE BRANDS IN PERCENTAGES
KTM continued to be the most popular race bike at REM with 36% of the riders choosing orange. Yamaha was second with 27%. Husqvarna continues to get more traction as Husky and Honda tied at 11% each. Kawasaki made up 7% of the bikes at REM, just edging out Italian boutique builder TM—who had 6% (last week TM beat Kawasaki in total numbers). As always, Suzuki was seventh in the rankings with only 2%.
TOP FIVE BIGGEST CLASSES OF THE DAY
(By percentage of total riders)
1. Over-50 Intermediate…13%
2. Over-50 Expert…10%
3. Over-60 Expert..10%
3. Over-40 Novice…6%
5. Over-65 Intermediate…5.5%
(These five classes accounted for 45% of the riders at REM)
MXA’s Dennis Stapleton (184) is busy fine tuning his 2019-1/2 KTM Factory Edition before heading off to the Middle East for the FIM test race of the all-new and potential Grand Prix track in Kuwait. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Lars Larsson was second in the Over-65 Intermediate class behind former L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck. Lars said that Beck “should be arrested for speeding” after going 1-1- to Lars’ 2-2. Photo: Mark Chilson
MXA built a motocross version of a fuel-injected Husqvarna TE300i—and handed it over to former GP rider Lars Larsson so he could use it at the Husky Championship race next week at Cahuilla Creek. Photo: Dan Alamangos
See the tire track veering off this giant jump face on the right? That is where 6D’s Robert Reisinger flew off the side of the jump, which is elevated 25 feet above the ground below, and did his version of the “Chadapult.” Robert sailed into the air before ejecting and tumbling like a rag doll to land on the flat ground below. Amazingly, after help from the EMTs, he got up and walked away. Photo: Dan Alamangos
If you’ve ever wondered what’s on the other side of REM’s big hills, Josh Fout (74) gives you a good look from the saddle of his WP-suspended KX450. The big sandy area looks like a flat expanse of land, but it is actually a dry river bed—which isn’t dry when it rains. Photo: Dan Alamangos
In the first turn of the Over-50 Expert/Elite class, you can see that Dan Alamangos (24) got a 9th place start on his KX250. To Dan’s left is Joe Sutter (111). Joe and Dan don’t care where they finish as long as they are in front of each other. Sutter went 11-7 for ninth overall (one spot behind Dan) . Photo: Rich Stuelke
REM races again on March 16 at Glen Helen and March 23 at Cahuilla Creek. For more info about REM motocross go to www.remsatmx.com.