REM RACE REPORT: TREVOR STEWART IS HOT, THE WEATHER IS COOL
Photos by Debbi Tamietti, Jon Ortner & Dan Alamangos
When the heat wave disappeared on Friday morning, every motocross racer in SoCal knew that by the weekend the temps would be cool—with a chance of drizzle to help keep the tracks moist with the help of cloud cover. Virtually every motocrosser heading to Glen Helen Raceway on the 15 or 215 Freeways had to drive through a few small rain storms, but when they got to the Palm Avenue exit, the steady drizzle disappeared.
After month of hot humid weather, this was the change that everyone was waiting for, but this is California, so there is a pretty good chance that the hot weather will return sometime in the next week or two—whether it will be October or not.
The rail birds always enjoy when Trevor Stewart comes to REM to race thw 450 Pro class. Formerly a full-time motocross racer, Trevor got an off-road ride with Johnny Campbell Racing and if anything it has made him an even faster motocrosser. Stewart carried more speed through the corners than his 450 Pro rivals and easily won over last week’s winner Todd Sibell, Simi Valley’s Bradley Denton and Hawaiian Pro Brian Medeiros. The 250 Pro class was won by Daniel Vanderziel, while Tony Amaradio took the Vet Pro victory.
In the Intermediates Tyler Nicholls was the 450 victor, while Parker Alley took the 250 gold. Craig Davis swept both motos of the Over-40 Expert class beating Dutch racer Ralf Schmidt and movie bad guy Pasha Afshar. In the Over-40 Intermediate class Daniel Eickholt went 1-1 in front of Xenofon Angelus’ 2-2.
All eyes were on the Over-50 Elite/Expert class as Ed Foedish had come over from Arizona to get in some pre-World Vet Championship practice, while Craig Davis, Luther French, Jon Ortner and Ron Shuler filled out the Elite ranks. Craig Davis needed a come-from-behind win to take the overall Elite prize and that is exactly what he did to best Jon Ortner’s 2-2, Ed Foedish’s 3-3, Ron Shuler’s 5-4 and Luther French’s 4-5.
Meanwhile in the hard fought Over-50 Expert ranks the battle boiled own to Will Harper against Australian Dan Alamangos. With a lap to go, the Aussie was on the Hollywood stuntman’s tail for the first moto win, but at the bottom of the steepest downhill, Alamangos pushed a little too hard and went off the edge of a cliff-like bank. By the time he pulled his bike and body back up to the top, he had been passed by C.T. Falk, Joe Sutter and Pasha Afshar (doing double duty in the Over-40 Experts and Over-50 Experts). The Aussie’s 5th place in moto one ended his chance of stringing back-to-back Over-50 Expert wins. But, Dan did come out for moto two and ran the fast starting Harper down to win the moto. Overall, it was Will Harper first with a 1-2, C.T. Falk second (2-3) and Dan Alamangos third (5-1) followed by Joe Sutter (3-5), Fred Nichols (6-4), Pasha Afshar (4-7), Ray Poltack (7-8), Mike Monaghan (9-6 ) and Robbie Carpenter (8-10).
Phil Cruz went 1-1 to win the Over-60 Intermediate class over Kent Reed (3-2), Mitch Evans (2-4), Owin Wright (5-3), Curtis Jablonski (4-6) and Mark Moore (6-5). In the Over-65 Intermediates, which is basically the 0 to 100 class, Brian Martin swept both motos—even though his starts weren’t all that impressive.
The next high profile class, and the biggest classes at REM was the Over-60 Experts. Dave Eropkin (2-1) took the win over Will Harper (one of several Over-60 riders who also ride the Over-50 class). Val Tamietti, who had gotten the holeshot in moto one to take the first moto win, ended up 4th in moto two. His 1-4 was good enough for third place. Bob Rutten went 4-5 for 4th, with Joe Pena’s 6-6 netting him 5th. Of note in the Over-60 Experts was that Mike Monaghan crashed in the first moto and broke the chain on the 2020 KTM 150C-W TPI fuel-injection bike that he borrowed from Dirt Bike Magazine‘s Ron Lawson. For the second moto Mike borrowed MXA‘s 2020 KX250 and raced it to third place. Mike also raced the KX250 in the Over-50 Expert race and crashed the KX250 down the same cliff that Dan Alamangos flew off of earlier in the day.
For a Brit, Tony Parsons is pretty smart. Here, he gets out of the way as an Over-60 Expert freight train of Val Tamietti (31), Will Harper (7) and Ron Shuler (behind Val) blow by him. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
During a break in REM’s weekly race schedule ace photographer Debbi Tamietti went on vacation to Kaui. MXA test rider Brian Medeiros had his father and family give Debbi the royal Hawaiian treatment during her stay on the island. Brian’s dad picked Brian’s favorite tea leaves and his grandma wove them into the same lei that he raced with on his bike when he was a kid. Debbi brought the lei to REM and Brian ran them on his handlebars. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
MXA’s Jody Weisel raced a YZ450F and a KTM 450SXF at REM. He was one of ten MXA test riders at REM this week. They included — Ortner, Becker, Monaghan, Alamangos, Medeiros, Crosby, Skinner and the Fouts (Randel and Josh). Photo: Debbi Tamietti
REMAINING 2019 REM RACE SCHEDULE
Oct. 12…Glen Helen
Oct. 26…Glen Helen
Nov. 16…Glen Helen
Nov. 23…Glen Helen
Dec. 14…Glen Helen
Dec. 21…Glen Helen