REM RACE REPORT: HOW COMPLICATED CAN WINNING BECOME
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Photos by Dan Alamangos. Jon Ortner and Debbi Tamietti
52-year-old Kurt Nicoll is no slouch. His first moto ride in the Vet Pro class, would have earned him fourth place in the 450 Pro group he was combined with. Here, Kurt (8) leads first moto 450 Pro winner Dominic Desimone and Dennis Stapleton (67). Photo: Debbi Tamietti
If you wanted to win at REM Glen Helen this weekend you had to ward off the fickle finger of fate. In the 450 Pros, Dominic Desimone won the first moto by coming from the back of a five-man breakaway and picking the men in front of him off one at a time. He was followed across the line by Bradley Lionnet, R.J. Wageman, Daniel Zanderziel and Sean Lipanovich. In the second moto Desimone crashed out, Wageman’s 3-1 was good enough to win over Lionnet, Lipanovich and Vanderziel. First and second were decided by the second moto tie breaker, while third, fourth and fifth were all tied at 8 points apiece‚ with Laninovich getting the final spot on the podium.
Equally odd was the Over-60 intermediate class, where the first four riders tied on points with 5 points apiece. Even odder the next three riders tied on points for fifth place. How often do 7 riders tie for what amounts to first and fifth places. Phil Cruz took first overall with a 4-1 over Tim Hoole’s 3-2, John Caper’s 2-3 and Steve Chandler’s 1-4. Mike Costello won the three-way tie for fifth over Jody Weisel and Dennis Smith.
But outright winners were the norm in most of the classes as Jon Ortner won the Over-50 Elite class with a 1-1, Ron Shuler swept the Over-50 Experts and Randy Skinner took both motos in the Over-50 Intermediates. The 1-1 sweeps continued in the Over-40 classes with Alan Jullien taking the Over-40 Experts, Tim Warden the Over-50 Intermediates and, out of sync, Ken Clark won the Over-40 Novices with a 1-2, when second place rider Steve Watson went 3-1.
Other winners included Brian Medeiros in the 250 Pro class, Kurt Nicoll in the Vet Pro class, Cole Tompkins in the 450 Intermediates, Alexander Harris in the 250 Intermediates, Val Tamietti in the Over-60 Experts, Tom Holmes in the Over-65 Experts and Robbie Carpenter in the Over-50 Novices.
Kurt Nicoll (8), R.J. Wageman (621), Dominic Desimone (585), Dennis Stapleton (184), Justin Muscutt (61) and 250 Pro winner Brian Medeiros (41) were a tight pack in both Pro motos. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
REM races again next Saturday, August 19. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com.
Jon Ortner used MXA’s 2018 Yamaha YZ450F to run down holeshot artist Luther French for the win in the Over-50 Elite class. Jon got a little confused and had to call Yamaha’s Travis Preston to see if Travis remembered Jon’s suspension settings from an earlier test—Travis did. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Arizone’a Ed Foedish kept Ortner and French honest in the Over-50 Elite class—as well he should have since Foedish finished third at the Over-50 World Vet Championship behind Kurt Nicoll and Pete Murray in the Over-50 Expert class (Ortner was fifth and French 8th). Photo: Dan Alamangos
Husqvarna’s 2018 fuel-injected 250cc two-stroke TE250i was smash hit with the two-stroke branch of the MXA wrecking crew. This is Randel Fout lofting it up a Glen Helen step-up. You never have to jet it. You don’t have to premix your fuel. It is electric start. The forks are WP Xplor coil spring units. It makes 47 horsepower on our dyno. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Although in chemo for inoperable cancer, Tom White came out to REM to race. He was running third in the first moto of the Over-65 Experts before getting passed on the last lap by three-time Over-60 World Vet Champion Bill Maxim. That one moto was all that Tom had in him, but it was admirable all the same. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
MXA’s Jody Weisel rode a 2018 Yamaha YZ450F, 2018 Honda CRF450, 2018 Kawasaki KX450F and 2018 KTM 350SXF at REM. He said that he wasn’t really testing anything, he just “wanted to race.” Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Joe Melton finds that an offroad motorcycle is one of the best ways to find his lost golf balls. Melton must have shanked his first moto because he ended up with a 9-3 day in the Over-50 Intermediates. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Ken Clark (82) gets the checkers after winning the Over-40 Novice class. In the background you can see Glen Helen’s Endurocross course and their new night Supercross track (still under construction). Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Khaled Alsane, another member of the Kuwaitti National team, is staying at Dennis Stapleton’s motocross camp to work on his speed. They will be returning home for the Arab National Championships this Fall. Photo: Dan Alamangos
For more info go to www.remsatmx.com