REM GLEN HELEN RACE REPORT: PHOTOS OF ALL THE ACTION
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Photos by Debbi Tamietti and Chris Alamangos
Preston Tilford won the 450 Pro class with a 1-2 score. Tilford was one of two Pasha Racing riders in the top three. Dennis Stapleton (184) not only won the Vet Pro class, but he holeshot the first moto and led all the Pros for a couple laps.
The weekly moto wars at Glen Helen continued as REM held round two of their Summer Series. Since REM races 40 times a year, it should be no surprise that they will be holding races at Glen Helen for six straight weeks before taking a break on August 30th. This weekend saw lots of impressive battles in virtually every class on a track that was surprisingly rough—even for REM (which has a rep for being very bumpy). REM will race again next weekend. But for now, enjoy Debbi Tamietti’s and Chris Alamangos’ photo gallery. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com
Justin Jones (48) raced MXA’s 2015 KTM 450SXF and went 5-1. He raced most of the first moto after getting a flat front tire while leading. MXA borrowed a front wheel from Will Harper for the second moto (because there was a rock gash in Jones’ front tire). Last week Jones raced MXA’s 350SXF to first overall in the 450 Pro class.
MXA test rider Willy Musgrave hasn’t raced since he finished second overall in the Over-50 World Championships back in November (behind Doug Dubach). Willy has been busy racing karts, but he had a weekend off and came out to win the Over-50 Elite class with a 2-1 in front of Willy Simons’ 1-2.
We are not quite sure what normally stylish Jon Ortner is doing here, but he jumped out of the rut, locked up his rear brake and did a reverse Hoppalong Cassidy. Either way, he went 3-3 behind Musgrave and Simons in the Over-50 Elite class.
Val Tamietti (31) won the Over-50 Expert class for the second week in a row on his YZ250 two-stroke. Robert Reisinger was second, Dean Adkins third, Dave Eropkin fourth, Luther French fifth, Willie Amaradio sixth, Will Harper seventh, Joe Sutter eighth, Phil Dowell ninth and Bob Rutten tenth.
Pete Vetrano (37) double-classed it. Pete finished second overall in the Over-40 Novice class and ninth in the Over-50 Intermediates. For those unfamiliar with SoCal Vet class structure, a rider can move down one skill level for every ten-year age group. Thus, an Over-50 Intermediate can race the Over-40 Novice class.
Syd Woods (489) won the large Over-50 Novice class in front of Robert Pocius, Lonnie Paschal, Eric Swanson, Ted Kukla, Brian Underdahl, Scott Singer, Paul Crouch, Don Wallace and Ian Pederson. Over-50 Novice regular Brian Martin crashed and dislocated his shoulder in moto two.
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