REM MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: NOTHING COMPARES TO A DAY AT THE RACES
PHOTOS BY DEBBI TAMIETTI, JON ORTNER, DAN ALAMANGOS & MARK DONALDSON
If there is a friendlier race in motocross, it would have to go a long way to compare to REM’s weekly motocross races at Glen Helen. Although there are lots of young racers at REM, it is definitely not one of those crazy amateur races where dad shows up in a semi-truck with six KTM 65SX’s for Junior to ride. Nope! Most of the racers at REM have lived some aspect of that life and put it behind them. Now they just want to race long motos, avoid the drama, hang with their buddies and go home when it is over.
You never know what class former GP star Kurt Nicoll is going to race. Sometimes he rides the 450 Pro class, sometimes he rides the Vet Pro class and this week he raced the Over-40 Pro class. Actually, he is eligible for the Over-50 class also.
If that is you, then REM Glen Helen is the place to be. It is weekly motocross that feels just like the 1970s because lots of REM’s racers started in the 1970s. Plus, with the trained eyes of Debbi Tamietti and Dan Alamangos shooting photos every race, it is possible for a local REM racer to get more publicity on a weekly basis than most of the hot-shot Loretta Lynn stars. Here is this week’s REM Motocross photo gallery.
It was possible to jump from the hidden valley behind the stadium portion of the REM track to the front, but you had to remember that the track curved to the right. If you didn’t compensate on the blind jump, you would end up hitting the dirt wall like Chance Fullerton (999).
It’s fun to race a 125 two-stroke at Glen Helen, but with the big hills it always means coming from behind. Here, Pasha Afshar (L7) chases the big bikes on his YZ125. Pasha is planning on another special two-stroke race at REM on March 21.
Dan Alamangos (54) was one of five Alamangos brothers who raced motocross back home in Australia. He came to USA to live his dream. Dan raced MXA’s 2020 YZ125X cross-country bike at REM (when he wasn’t shooting photos).
Whether it’s at the front of the pack or at the back, Dennis Stapleton (16) and Kurt Nicoll (2) always seem to find each other on the track. In this case, Nicoll won the won the Over-40 Pro class and Stapleton won the Over-30 Pro class.
This pack of Over-60 Experts includes former CMC Number one Val Tamietti (31), Speedway racer Randy Skinner (383), former 125 hot-shot Dave Eropkin (811), desert racer Ken Ehlers (blue shirt) and Pro Circuit Husqvarna racer Mike Monaghan (orange helmet).
Glen Helen has large Hollywood-style signs on both the AMA National track and the REM track, so they thought it was fitting to build a miniature version for the Pee-Wee track. Mason Hibner roosts under it.
In one of those weird moto things, Stephen Chandler (left) crashed near the top of the climb up Mt. Whitney, while Robert Reisinger (far right) crashed on the downhill side at the same time. They were not involved in each others crash and neither knew that someone had crashed on the opposite side of the peak until they saw this photo.
Robert Reisinger’s crash at the top of Mt. Whitney left him at the back of the Over-60 Expert pack, but he fought back to get a sixth. He then won the second moto, but his 6-1 left the 6D helmet designer in third at his big “Six-Oh” birthday race.
American motocrossers own a big “thank you” to Lars Larsson (45). He was the Swedish Grand Prix rider that Husqvarna sent to America to demonstrate motocross bikes back in 1966. We think he did a good job—and amazingly, Lars is still racing in America 54 years later, Here, Tony Parson (68) and Gene Boere (62) chase the 78-year-old AMA Hall of Famer.
IF YOU LIKE TO READ MORE ABOUT LARS LARSSON’S MOTOCROSS LIFE, CLICK HERE
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