REM MOTOCROSS: NEW TRACK, NEW CHALLENGES & NEW WINNERS AT GLEN HELEN

Willy Simons, Jr. took the 450 Pro victory with a 3-1. Photo: Jody Weisel

REM Motocross had a big turnout of 450 Pros this week to go along with their 24 Over-60-year-old riders,  13 Over-50 Experts,  28 Over-50 Intermediates/Novices and all the other classes. REM was sharing Glen Helen Raceway with an off-road truck race and an off-road truck jump contest (that would take place on REM’s big tabletop later in the day). The park was jam-packed as off-road truck spectators started pouring into the track, just as the REM riders were leaving (and of course the off-road trucks took up a lot of space with their big rigs).

Braden O’Neal (127) gets under Willy Simons, Jr.  in this sweeping downhill turn to get second to Simon’s third in moto one, but Will Junior would take the overall win by winning the second moto. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

The track  layout had a lot of new features including a long, steep and bumpy downhill, that had a kink in the middle of it and a tight left hand turn over what would later in the day be the off-road truck tabletop. It was challenging, but doable. However, the fresh cut hillside got rough and rougher as more bikes poured down it, some with a brakes off, some with their engines stalled and some at full-speed. Twice during the day the races were stopped so that the Cat could go up the downhill to try to knock down the braking jumps (which started about halfway down the hill). That was successful for one or two motos, but the bumps always came back—worse than they were before. We doubt that race promoter Frank Thomason will keep that downhill in the track for the next race on June 1.

Chance Fullerton (999) went 4-2 for second overall in the 450 Pro class. Photo: Jody Weisel

But as rough as the track was, it provided lots of close racing—especially in the 450 Pro class and the majority of Expert classes. There were a few run-away races, but they were expected in the 450 Intermediates (Todd Sibell),  Over-60 Intermediates (Bruce Ashmore) and Over-40 Experts (Billy Mercier). You can read the results of the most popular classes below.

Andrew Denton is all by himself in the canyon. This sand section was easy if you entered it with the throttle wide open, but it you hesitated, it ate you up. Photo: Jody Weisel

One of the stupider arguments from last week was the one where people complained that Glen Helen is going to be open next Saturday (as are almost all the tracks in SoCal). What’s a problem? To the internet jockeys this meant Glen Helen is trying to hurt the turnout at the Pala National because Pala has replaced Glen Helen on the AMA National circuit.

First of all, Glen Helen could have agreed to MX Sports terms and then there wouldn’t have been a Pala National, but they didn’t like the terms and decided to pass on the National. No hard feelings on Glen Helen’s part. They passed on the National back in 2010 when they didn’t like the terms of that National contract—and that race went to Pala also, but came back to Glen Helen in 2014. Running a race track or a National series is a business. MX Sports and Glen Helen couldn’t agree on a contract, but that doesn’t mean they have to close their gates.

Richard Taylor won the first 450 Pro moto, but got a flat tire in moto two and had to limp his Suzuki RM-Z450 home to go 1-9 for 5th. Photo: Jody Weisel

The internet experts decided that it was even more criminal that Glen Helen was going to lower the gate fee to ride next Saturday to a $10 donations (which means that if you don’t want to donate to the High Hopes Head Injury Foundation you can still get in for free.)  Glen Helen wanted to hold a practice day, at a cheap price for their loyal riders—and then give all the money to High Hopes.

Dustin Williams (321) is frozen in time as the other riders speed blur around him. But, the camera plays tricks, Williams was the fastest Vet Novice. Photo: Jody Weisel

How dare Glen Helen open their track on the same day as a National (which is approximately 90 miles away). And to make matters worse, REM Glen Helen held a race on the same day as the Hangtown National (which was only 450 miles away). And rumors spread that Glen Helen was going to open its gates the following weekend in direct competition with the Thunder Valley National in Colorado (which is only a 13-hour drive away).

These are the Simi Valley boys: In no particular order, they are Trevor McMillion, Chase McMillion, Chance Fullerton, Thomas Poole, Andrew Denton, Bradley Denton, Ryan Cirocco, Garrett Cirocco, Mike Denton, Ben Campbell, Kieran Kenny, Brady Jones, Will Simons, Jr. and Wheeler Simons (Wheeler is the one wearing the fur coat). Photo: Tina Simons

Let’s not be silly. Pala didn’t close on the weekends of the 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018 Glen Helen Nationals? Yet no one wasted their time complaining about that. The best thing that could happen to the sport, motorcycle industry and bottom lines of the motorcycle  dealerships is that no one would be watching Pro races because they are too busy riding and racing themselves. That is what is good for the sport—not some petty complaints about whether opening your business for people to ride is a communist plot.

Luis Macias (78) had his TM at full tilt. Photo: Dan Alamangos

450 PRO RESULTS
1. Willy Simons, Jr.  (Yam)…3-1
2. Chance Fullerton (Hus)…4-2
3. Braden O’Neal (Hon)…2-4


Joe Sutter (111) tucked in for the flat part of the REM track. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

450 INTERMEDIATE RESULTS
1. Todd Sibell  (Yam)…1-1
2. Ben Campbell (Yam)…3-2
3. Garrett Cirocco (Hon)…4-4

Buddy Feldkamp (183) leads Pete Vetrano (43) and Joey Muellner (331) in the Over-40 Novice race. Buddy is the son of Glen Helen Raceway’s owner Bud Feldkamp. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

OVER-40 EXPERTS RESULTS
1. Billy Mercier  (Yam)…1-1
2. Alan Julilen (Hus)…2-2
3. Bob Zingg (KTM)…3-3

The guy wearing the artificial turf, golf green hat, told the kid that he had to wear a helmet to race motocross. Photo: Dan Alamangos

OVER-50 ELITE RESULTS
1. Eddie Davis (Yam)…1-1
2. Ron Shuler (KTM)…2-2
3. Phil Dowell (KTM)…3-3

Eddie Davis (155) and Bob Zingg (39). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

OVER-50 EXPERT RESULTS
1. Bryan Friday (KTM)…3-1
2. Paul Krause (KTM)…1-3
3. Mike Monaghan (Yam)…2-4

Jody Weisel is still struggling with vertigo, but he keeps trying to race. He is good on the flats, but a “Swervin Mervin” on the downhills. When it gets too dangerous, he comes in. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

OVER-50 INTERMEDIATE RESULTS
1. Lonnie Paschal (Yam)…2-3
2. Fred Nichols (KTM)…5-2
3. Russell Brown (Hon)…4-4

It is always nice when the race promoter goes out to check out the track changes. REM’s Frank Thomason (551) took a high-speed look at the layout changes. Photo: Jody Weisel

OVER-50 NOVICE RESULTS
1. Joe Kettert (KTM)…1-1
2. Jason Aeck (Hon)…3-4
3. James De Ridder (Yam)…6-2

Billy Mercier (501) floats over the ridge that separates the back half of the REM track from the front. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

OVER-60 EXPERT RESULTS
1. Dave Eropkin (Hon)…1-1
2. Mike Monaghan (Yam)…3-2
3. Bob Rutten (KTM)…2-3

Kent Reed (491) got the holeshot in both motos of the Over-60 Intermediate class but Bruce Ashmore (111) and Duane Joice (656) had his number in the next turn. Ashmore won with a 2-1 over Joice’s 1-2. Reed went 6-5 for fifth. Photo: Jody Weisel

OVER-60 INTERMEDIATE RESULTS
1. Bruce Ashmore (Hon)…2-1
2. Duane Joice  (Hus)…1-2
3. Steven Chandler (TM)…3-3

Todd Sibell won the 450 Intermediate class in spite of this slight miscue over this step down jump. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Jack Phinn (315) leads Daniel Barker (361) in the Over-50 Intermediate class. Barker was 8th and Phinn was 16th by day’s end. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

OVER-65 INTERMEDIATE RESULTS
1. Jim McCartney (KTM)…1-1
2. Mike King (Hus)…2-2
3. Rich Stuelke (Yam)…4-3

Aussie Dan Alamangos was stylin’ in the Over-50 Expert class until Joe Melton hit a braking bump in the sand section and went over the bars. Dan had no where to go and rammed into Melton’s upright bike. Photo: Jody Weisel

This is what Dan hand’s looked like after the moto. No sissy, Dan drove himself to the hospital where they straightened his dislocated index finger and fixed his wounds. Photo: Jody Weisel

450 BEGINNER RESULTS
1. Connor Wilson (Kaw)…1-1
2. Justin Brookshire (Hon)…2-2
3. Ed Helman (KTM)…4-3

250 NOVICE RESULTS
1. Michael Oetzell (KTM)…1-2
2. Lamont Dusseau (Yam)…3-3
3. Kevin Watson (Kaw)…2-4

250 BEGINNER RESULTS
1. Jacob Gillespie (Hon)…2-1
2.Marco Franco (Kaw)…1-2
3. William Paulus (Hon)…3-3

This new serpentine downhill was incredibly rough. REM brought the Cat out twice to smooth it out. The off-camber braking bumps came right back within a couple laps.  Photo: Jody Weisel

Here is a close-up of the steepest part of the new downhill. There were sections where you felt like you were free-falling.  Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Photos don’t do the steepness of this hill justice Would you take the straighter inside line up the right side? Or the better traction on the outside line to the left? Photo: Jody Weisel

BREAKDOWN BY MOTORCYCLE BRAND AT REM
1. KTM…37%
2. Yamaha…31%
3. Honda…20%
4. Husqvarna…15%
5. Kawasaki…5%,
6. TM..1%
7. Suzuki…1%

Bill Reimer (71) and Robert Pocius (153) fight over 9th in the Over-50 Intermediate class. Pocius got the spot. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

REM is off next weekend for Memorial Day weekend, but will return to Glen Helen on Jun1. For more info about REM motocross go to www.remsatmx.com or their Facebook page by Clicking Here.

REMAINING 2019 REM RACE SCHEDULE
June 1…Glen Helen
June 8…Cahuilla Creek
June 15…Glen Helen
July 13…Glen Helen
July 20…Glen Helen
Aug. 10…Glen Helen
Aug. 17…Glen Helen
Sept. 21…Glen Helen
Oct. 4…Glen Helen
Oct. 19…Glen Helen
Oct. 26…Glen Helen
Nov. 16…Glen Helen
Nov. 23…Glen Helen
Dec. 14…Glen Helen
Dec. 21…Glen Helen

 

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