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REM RACE REPORT: THE GLEN HELEN "UN-RACE 2.0"

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REM A

Photos by Rommel Andrade, Jon Ortner & Jody Weisel

ROMdenniststapleton1Dennis Stapleton (184) was out practicing for the Hangtown 125 two-stroke race on a KTM 150SX. The former Fast by Ferraci Husqvarna team rider has considerable two-stroke experience. Photo: Rommel Andrade

ROMrichtaylor1EKS Brand’s Rich Taylor is the only member of the Taylor clan healthy enough to ride at the moment. So, he took the opportunity to spin laps — as opposed to being a moto-dad. Photo: Rommel Andrade

There is a traditional at Glen Helen’s REM events to race at all costs. When the promoter cancels a race, be it for rain, snow, wind or yellow airport alerts, the racers show up anyway. What happens is an odd thing—the hardiest and most hardcore of the racers know there is no race, no where to sign up, no organization and no rhyme or reason, but they know that the track is sitting there unused—and they decide to use it. They form a water brigade to water the track, an emissary to talk the Cat operator into fixing a few things and organize an “Un-Race.”

JWmedierosWith cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60s Hawaaian Pro Brian Medeiros was a little chilly, but he was kept warm by the heat of his Yamaha. Photo: Jody Weisel

REM D

ORTzitterkopfCole Zitterkopf came in from Colorado for the SoCal weather, but he could have found the same cool day at home. Cole is the son of former AMA Pro Greg Zitterkopf. Photo: Jon Ortner

What is an “Un-Race.” It is a free-form practice session, where guys who race against each other week in and week out, go out on the track (afterall, it is sitting there in all its glory), and race against each other for fun. What about the wind, rain, or threat of terrorist attack? They brush those things off as inconveniences. How often do you get an empty AMA National track, fully prepped and unencumbered by a horde of factory riders jumping over your head?

ROMjonortner1Jon Ortner sails his YZ450F down the fast front straight. Photo: Rommel Andrade

ORTjodyJody Weisel (24) leads Marc Croby (54), Luc Deley (44) and Jim Latendresse (564) past Glen Helen’s White Towel area. Photo: Jon Ortner

This weekend at Glen Helen the threat of rain was real—the weatherman’s prediction of 40% chance at 8:00 a.m. changing to 60% by 10:00 a.m to 80% by the end of the day was dire indeed. Given Glen Helen’s position at the end of a canyon, that is towered over by 8000 foot mountains, it’s not good to be at Glen Helen in a rainstorms. The one road in can be cut off by a flash flood in an instant and with the many long, steep and fast downhills, coming down very quick in the rain often can be done with the brakes applied. Thus, with rain spitting down at 7:30 a.m., REM canceled the race.

REM E

JWdubachDoug Dubach showed up to be a mini-dad for son Carter, but when the REM race was canceled and the Un-race announced, he decided that he wanted to ride—so he came begging to borrow a bike. And, he made a buck in the process. Photo: Jody Weisel

ROMrandolph1Zach Randolph skips off the top of a tabletop. Photo: Rommel Andrade

JWlavenderJames Lavender is the Neken (NK) handlebar and triple clamp PR rep for the USA. Photo: Jody Weisel

And, the Un-Race ensued on a perfectly prepped, unused and empty AMA National track. Lo and behold, the morning drizzle abated and all was well for the un-racers. Here are the photos shot by Rommel Andrade, Jon Ortner and Jody Weisel of the days activities…or were they unactivities?

JWruttenPoor Bob Rutten. The former Baja Champion drove down from Utah to race REM, only to find out that it was canceled. He feels cursed because this was third time over SoCal’s super rainy winter that he has made the trip only to ride an Un-race. He might be the problem. Photo: Jody Weisel

REM B

JWlucdeleyIf you had any doubts that former Saddleback Pro Luc Deley was coming back from a 30-year layoff all you need to do is see that he is wearing a Sinisalo chest protector, Gold Belt kidney belt, faded Scott goggles and all-leather Gaerne boots (held on by Velcro). He does have new gear on underneath though. Photo: Jody Weisel

JWpociusBob Pocius gets some bite out of a sweeping corner. Photo: Jody Weisel

ORTcrosbyMarc Crosby under the glow of the Glen Helen sign. The fence is the background circles the new sand section. Photo: Jon Ortner

ORTjkilmartinConnor Kilmartin (149) and Ernie Becker engage in a KTM versus Husky duel. Photo: Jon Ortner

REM C

ORTdennisdougDennis Stapleton (184) and Doug Dubach (15) sliced through the pack of mixed class racers in a high speed tango worthy of “Dancing With the Stars.” Photo: Jon Ortner

JWjoshfoutJosh Fout (37) lofts the front end to initiate a direction change at the end of a banked rut. Photo: Jody Weisel

ROMgronshuler1ESR Suspension’s Ron Shuler (33) takes every chance he can to test fork and shock valving. Photo: Rommel Andrade

REM D

ORTcarterCarter Dubach (15) has learned a few things at the knee of his dad. Doug was a former Team Yamaha factory rider, AMA Supercross winner and 25-time World Vet Champion. Photo: Jon Ortner

ROMpinkPretty in pink. Photo: Rommel Andrade

ROMgarytaylor1Gary Taylor didn’t let a little thing like forgetting to put his gear on stop him from riding. Photo: Rommel Andrade

ORTdubach10After he retired from the AMA circuit Doug Dubach became Yamaha’s official test rider, so Jon Ortner asked Doug to evaluate the set-up on his 2017 Simi Valley Cycle’s YZ450F. Since it had a DR.D pipe on it, Doug was more than happy to hammer laps on someone else’s bike. You can learn more about DR.D at www.dubachracing.com. Photo: Jon Ortner

The next REM race is scheduled for May 20, which is seven days before the Glen Helen AMA 250/450 National.For more info on REM Motocross go to www.remsatmx.com

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