REM MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: SHOEMAKER, HOEFT, COLLIER & STAPLETON CLEAN UP AT GLEN HELEN
PHOTOS BY DEBBI TAMIETTI, DAN ALAMANGOS, JON ORTNER, MARK CHILSON & KYOSHI BECKER
This was a big weekend at REM Motocross. The trophies and awards for 2019’s top ten riders were handed out in addition to Racer of the Year and Sportsman of the Year. Additionally, the track layout was changed from the last race, former Supercross announcer Greg Barbacovi came to announce and well-know motocross insider Pasha Afshar financed and found sponsors for a special 125cc two-stroke race—actually two races, one for riders from 21 to 39 (made up mostly of Pros) and one for riders 40 and over. Pasha not only got Fasthouse, Wiseco, Stapo MX, STI tires, TruFusion Sports Recovery and Elite Media Technologies to sponsor the 125 classes, but he put up a $3000 purse (and paid $100 in holeshot money for both motos in the 125A and the Over-40 125B group).
The two 125 classes were given their own races within the structure of the normal REM Motocross program and not surprisingly, many of the 125 two-stroke riders also decided to race their four-strokes in their regular classes. It was a fun day.
The stars of the day were Broc Shoemaker, who won the 125A class, Brian Medeiros, who led both 125 motos only to end up with nothing when he got a flat tire while leading the second moto, Justin Hoeft, who went 4-2 for second in 125A and then came back to get fourth in the 450 Pro class, Sean Collier who battled from the back of the 125A pack to end up with third overall and got 6th in the 450 Pros and Dennis Stapleton, who broke his own full-race bike in practice and borrowed a friend’s stock KTM 125SX to go 6-3 for fourth. overall.
Meanwhile in the the Over-40 125B race, Former Pros Tim Beatty and Craig Canoy dueled for the win, while 60-year-old Pete Murray overcame the 20-year-age difference to finish third overall. Murray would come back later on the same Yamaha YZ125X to win the Over-60 Expert class from the back of the pack.
To stand by the fence and hear an angry pack of almost equally matched 125 come shrieking by was awe inspiring. There were impressive rides, some heartbreak and terrific battles from the front of the fields to the back. The big winners were the top five in each class as they collected purse money, free two-stroke top-end kits from Wiseco, trophies and much more. Those who finished outside the top five were thrilled to have enjoyed a flashback to the the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Sadly, it was reported that Over-60 Intermediate Richard Rice (359) collapsed after finishing fifth in his second moto and succumbed to a heart attack. Those of us who shared the racetrack with him are deeply saddened and our thoughts go out to his family. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
The worst thing that could happen at a race did, when Richard Rice went 7-5 in the Over-60 Intermediates, and after the second moto collapsed in the pits with a heart attack. He was transported to the hospital, but according to reports did not survive. It was terrible news for everyone at the race, for the riders who had raced against him and for Richard’s family. Godspeed
AMA Hall of Famer and three-time World Vet Champion Lars Larsson chases Rich Stuelke up and over a hill in the Over-65 Intermediate class. Lars, who is 78 years old, ended up fifth overall. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Pete Murray is the current Over-60 World Champion (and a former Over-50 and Over-40 World Champion). He came from the back in both Over-60 Expert motos to catch and pass the leader by mid-moto and pull away by a big margin. And he did it on a Yamaha YZ125X two-stroke cross-country model. He also finished third overall in the 125 Over-40 race. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
THE “PASHA 125 OPEN” TWO-STROKE CLASSIC …. AS IN “CLASSIC” BATTLES
Dennis Stapleton (184) blew his race bike up in practice and had to borrowed a KTM 125SX from KTM’s David O’Connor (since David was in the 125B moto). The oldest guy in the 125A race, Stapleton just missed the podium by one point. He got a fourth place check. Photo: Dan Alamangos
MXA’s Brian Medeiros led both 125 A motos, but a crash in the first moto sent him back to third place. In the second moto Brian had opened up a big lead on the pack only to get a flat front tire. He tried to keep going…. Photo: Dan Alamangos
…but this is what happens when you have a flat front tire. Brian ended up with the 3-13 for eighth overall. The only good thing in Brian’s day was that at least he got the holeshot money in moto one. Photo: Dan Alamangos
When MXA’s Dan Alamangos elected not to race the “Pasha 125 Open,” he handed over MXA’s stock 2020 KTM 125SX to Justin Muscutt. Muscutt went 7-10, but ran in the top five in both motos until he made mistakes. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Sean Collier (207) could not get a start in the 125 A motos. He had to come from way behind in both motos. Here, Sean duels with Dennis Stapleton in the second 125A moto, but couldn’t get him. Dennis went 6-3 for fourth and Sean went 4-4 for third. Photo: Dan Alamangos
Former Pros Tim Beatty (125) and Craig Canoy (211) ran one-two in the Over-40 division of the “Pasha 125 Open” with 60-year-old Pete Murray third, Kevin Barda fourth and Todd Gravitt fifth. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
THE REM FAMILY ALBUM FROM THIS WEEKEND
These two guys forgot more about motocross than most people ever knew…and that was just between 1968 to 1973. Jody and Lars are still racing and in the motorcycle business today—over 50 years after they first met. Photo: Jon Ortner
Dave Eropkin picked up all of the hardware he earned on his way to the 2019 Number One plate this weekend. He does, however, appeared to be dressed for snow skiing on a 75-degree day. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
REM races this coming weekend on February 22. REM will take February 29 off, but be back for four straight weekends in March. For more info about REM motocross go to www.remsatmx.com or their Facebook page by Clicking Here.
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