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Normally, with the Glen Helen National coming up on the weekend (May 27), Glen Helen doesn’t allow any races to be held so that they can have maximum room in the park for the heavy equipment to move freely. This year, however, REM was given the opportunity of hold a race just seven days before the National. It really isn’t a big deal—since the REM track is a separate entity from the AMA National track. Situated high on a plateau above the big Glen Helen track, REM can hold races without affecting anything else that goes on in the park.
Over-60 Intermediate winner: Bill Seifert (37) won his first race in a year. No! Five years. No! Ten years. You believe 25? Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Thus, the REM racers found themselves racing the week before the AMA National for the first time ever. It was a great day. The track was brutally rough, which for some reason the REM regulars are very proud of and the temperature was in the 90s. It was a hot, tough and rough day. They loved it.
Over-50 Expert winner: ESR’s Ron Shuler is on a roll. He notched his third straight victory in the Over-50 Expert class. Ron’s 1-2 bested Pasha Afshar’s 2-3 and Joe Sutter’s 5-1. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Over-40 Intermediate winner: Former MXA test rider, Yamaha Public Relations man and Suzuki PR head, has moved to the Mazda Public Relations department, but he hasn’t given up on motocross. He borrowed a friend’s bike and had his dad, former AMA Mechanic of the Year Alan Olson, come out and turn the wrenches. The result? A 1-1 day. Photo: Kyoshi Becker
Kent Reed (491) may look like he’s dueling with Jim Latendresse (564), Val Tamietti (31) and Bob Rutten (83) for the Over-60 Expert win, but he’s actually running second in the Over-60 Intermediates and about to be lapped by a tough group of racers. Photo: Kyoshi Becker
This looks awesome for Robert Pocius (153). He holeshot the large Over-50 Intermediate class and had the gap on everyone but Bill Reimer (71). Unfortunately, this start was red flagged when a rider crashed over a tabletop behind the pack. Sadly, Robert Pocius would not get the holeshot on the restart and ended up 8th overall (one spot in front of Bill Reimer, who went 12-5). Photo: Dan Alamangos
In the world of Vet racing the longer you stay in a class, the tougher the competition gets as young guys move in. Luther French (2) had a win streak going a month ago, but when Eddie Davis, Kevin Barda and Pete Murray showed up in the Over-50 Elite class this week, Luther had to settle for his first fourth place finish in months. Photo: Mark Chilson
Guys this old should be sitting in rocking chairs sipping Metamucil, but don’t tell that to Will Harper (7), Bob Rutten (83) or Val Tamietti (31). They fought tooth and nail for the Over-60 Expert win—which went to Tamietti. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Mark Hall asked MXA’s Jody Weisel if he could race Dean Wilson’s Yamaha YZ450F (the one that Dean used in the first four Supercrosses of 2017). Jody said “Yes,” but failed to mention that it made 62 horsepower. No big deal, Mark found that out for himself. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Trevor Stewart (lower right) swept both motos of the 450 Pro class, but Dominic Desimone (575), Kurt Nicoll (8), Kai Mukai (83) and Jason Potter (158) got a bird’s eye view of how he did it. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
Kevin Barda twists his right wrist as far as it will go and then throws in some added elbow rotation to seal the deal. It wasn’t enough to catch Eddie Davis in the Over-50 Elite class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti
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