REM GLEN HELEN: VOHLAND, DESIMONE, FOUT, HAWKINS & MURRAY ON THE BIG TRACK
Instead of coming out of the Talladega first turn and then going up the steep Shoei uphills, the riders went over to the Yamaha bridge, where they turned and went halfway up the Mt. Saint Helen uphill. Max Vohland (115) leads Dominic Desimone (FXR Jersey), Jordon Borowski (96), Talon Hawkins (71), Brian Medeiros (74), Pablo Mogollon (12), Nick Dorsett (16) and Max Groom (959). Photo: Dan Alamangos
PHOTOS BY DEBBI TAMIETTI, DARYL ECKLUND & DAN ALAMANGOS
REM moved down from their hillside track to the Glen Helen National/USGP track for this past weekend’s race. The REM racers were greeted by a different layout from the usual Tuesday/Thursday track layout. The biggest changes were that instead of going up Shoei Hill after the Talladega first turn, the track turned left at the base of Shoei and went over to the Yamaha bridge, where it turned left and went up the right side of the Mt. Saint Helen uphill. However, it didn’t go all the way to the top, instead it made a sharp and steep turn about halfway up and joined the massive Glen Helen downhill near the bottom. By taking Mt. Saint Helen out of the equation, the big climb up to the top of Mt. Saint Helen was eliminated as was the whistling fast 220-foot drop in elevation downhill. All of the rest of the Glen Helen highlights were left alone, including the Hip Jump, Triple Step Up, sand section (by the REM cliff,) finish line jumps, the rolling whoops in the front sand section and the Log Cabin hump to get back on the start straight.
It turned out that riders who were disappointed that the biggest Glen Helen hill had been reduced in importance liked the new layout after trying it. It took out two white knuckle sections (one up and one down) and replaced them with a bigger focus on the rest of the race track. Don’t worry, the “No Mt. Saint Helen” layout was just a one weekend experiment, but it could return for vintage, Old Timer and kids races if asked for.
What follows is the photo work of Debbi, Dan and Daryl. Enjoy it, but next Saturday you could be there when REM returns to the hillside home.
Hawaiian Brian Medeiros (74) was on track to finish second behind Max Vohland in the 250 Pro class, but he got a flat front tire in the second moto. Brian owns Ekolu Suspension and races what he sell. You can reach Ekolu Suspension at (951) 459-7993. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
WORKING CLASS HEROES
The hills have a very thick dirt made from decomposed granite, but the lower portions of Glen Helen has sandy soil made when the crushed granite rock is tumbled during the 15 mile river trip from Big Bear to the race track. Mike Davis (202) eats a little sand, while Ralf Schmidt sprays sand towards anyone who is willing to follow too close. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Guess who came back? Shawn Wynne has been missing from the Glen Helen scene for a couple years after an injury, but he made an appearance on Saturday and went 6-5 in the Over-50 Elite class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Ireland’s David O’Connor (30) has had a busy year getting his DOC Racing Services company up and running in Murrieta, while squeezing in as many races as possible. David was 3rd in the Over-40 Intermediate class. You can reach DOC Racing services at (951) 443-7458 (Monday through Friday)—on Saturday and Sunday he’s at the races. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
THE TWO-STROKE SQUAD
Josh Fout (41) bounces back and forth between the 450 Intermediate class and the Vet Intermediate class. He has been racking up wins ever since he switched to a 2021 Beta 300RX two-stroke. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
MXA asked Luc De Ley to race the KTM 150SX that Josh Mosiman raced at the World Two-Stroke Championship (with the caveat that it made an astounding 43.70-horses). Luc swept both motos of the Over-60 Intermediate class, but said the bike was too fast. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Ikshan Shanbhag is from Satara, India, and is working with Kurt Nicoll’s Champion MX Vacation camp at (951) 795-2411. Ikshan was second overall in the 125 Beginner class behind Gavin Moon. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Mark Donaldson (39) got knocked down when Joel Harriott crashed into this berm and his Yamaha YZ250 bounced back on the track and hit Donaldson’s KTM 150SX—knocking him down. Donaldson remounted, but Harriott called it a day. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Pasha Afshar sails his KTM 150SX under Old Glory in the Over-50 Expert class, but what’s that behind him? Ken Krucki (32) loses the front of his Honda CRF450 and goes down. This crash cost Krucki a top five finish as his first moto third was joined by a second moto 10th. Photo: Debbi Tamietti