REM GLEN HELEN RACE REPORT: ZAC COMMANS IS BACK
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Photos by Dan Alamangos, Debbi Tamietti, Chris Alamangos & Rich Stuelke
Last week Trevor Stewart (75) finished second to Dakota Tedder, but this week he powered his way to the front of the second 450 Pro moto to take the overall with a 2-1 in front of Dominic DeSimone’s 1-2. Photo: Debbie Tamietti
The breakdown by brand for this week’s REM Motocross was 37% Yamaha, 20% KTM, 20% Honda, 11% Suzuki and 4% Husky/TM.
Zac Commans has been missing from the scene for the last six month while recovering from injuries. He’s back. Zac won the 250 Pro class and ran in front of the 450 Pros for large chucks of both motos. Photo: Dan Alamangos
The weekly REM motocross races have three more races before the United States Grand Prix break. REM will race on August 29, September 5 and September 12. There will be a two-week break for the USGP and then REM will return for four races in October. For more info REM, go to www.remsatmx.com
Husqvarna’s Andy Jefferson brought out the first 2016 Husqvarna FC350 in the country and powered it to come-from-behind charges to second in both motos of the Over-50 Elite class. Photo: Chris Alamangos
Before the day even started former CMC Number One Val Tamietti declared that he was going to get the holeshot in the Over-50 Expert class. Val not only got one holeshot, but his 2-1 took the overall win in front of Bryan Friday (3-2), Dave Eropkin (6-3), Ron Shuler (5-4), Phil Dowell (4-5) and Luther French (1-10). Photo: Debbie Tamietti
ISDE Gold Medal winner Justin Jones (3) was back on a bike for the first time since being hit by a truck while leading the Baja 500. Justin didn’t race hard, but contented himself with doing laps in the back of the 450 Pro class. Photo: Dan Alamangos
MXA TEST BIKES IN ACTION
It’s no secret that MXA thinks that the best way to test motocross bikes is to race them. To this end, the gang spends every weekend at the races. We take the new bikes in question and race them in as many classes as possible. It’s not unusual for the same bike to be raced by 3 different test riders or for test riders to race different bikes in each moto. For the masthead MXA guys (Jody Weisel, Dennis Stapleton, John Basher, Daryl Ecklund, Tom White) to do this by themselves would be a epic task, so MXA employs a fleet of endurance test riders (as many as 10 a week). Their job is to test things, break things, compare things and argue over who gets to race which bike (although they don’t get to pick—they are assigned bikes). At REM this week, MXA had Dan Alamangos, Jon Ortner, Chris Alamangos, Mark Hall, Randy Skinner, Marc Crosby, Randel Fout and Ford Heit on the bikes. For their efforts, they get to race brand-new 2016 bikes, made fun of by their test crew buddies and, if they are lucky, have their photo shot by Debbi Tamietti. Their weekly feedback and list of broken parts gives MXA a vast reservoir of test bike knowledge before any bike test is written.
Jon Ortner is still searching for the “Magic Bike,” but after winning both motos of the Over-50 Elite class, he probably thinks that it’s the 2016 Yamaha YZ450F. No matter, MXA won’t let him race the same bike next weekend. Photo: Chris Alamangos