SATURDAY AT THE GLEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: WE’RE NOT SCARED OF NO STINKIN’ HEAT DOME

Enzo Temmerman has an enviable winstreak going at Glen Helen. He won the 450 Expert class this week.

PHOTOS BY DEBBI TAMIETTI

Every rider at “this week’s “Saturday at the Glen” Motocross had doubts before loading up. The day before, Friday July 5, it had been 111-degrees at Glen Helen at 12 Noon. Most of the riders who threw caution to the wind expected a smaller than usual crowd because of the barrage of “Heat Dome”, “Heat Wave” and “Don’t go outdoors” media reports. The big surprise was that virtually everyone showed up to race and they were greeted by a winter-like chill of 97 degrees (well, not exactly snowing), but compared to the days leading up to the race anything under 100-degrees was a “cold snap.”

Hawaiian Brian Medeiros (934) decided to switch from Suzuki to Husqvarna. Why? Because his full-race, exotic, 250 National,  Suzuki RM-Z250 produced 45 horsepower, but a stock, off the showroom floor, Husky FC250 makes 450 horsepower before it has all of the exotic mods done to it. BRIAN won the 250 Experts.

The MXA guys had split up in three groups: (1) Josh Mosiman, Josh Fout, Dennis Stapleton and Shawn Bushnell had all gone to the Red Bud National to race Friday’s Amateur classes, whileJosh Mosiman race the 450 Nation (except that on Saturday morning he came up short on LaRocco’s Leap and broke his collarbone and got knocked out. (2) Jody Weisel and Brian Medeiros were the only MXA guys who showed up to race. (3) MXA has had a disasterous Spring and Summer—Luc DeLey broke and dislocated his left arm and has undergone a series of surgeries—with more scheduled, Randy Skinner suffered a concussion with a brain bleed a month ago and his doctor ordered him not to race, but he did come to “Saturday at the Glen” to hang out, as did Ernie Becker, who’s doctor told him that his broken wrist was healed and he could ride again, but his doctor most likely meant, “ride in the back seat of a Coupe De Ville” or “ride a Harley-Davidson down Pacific Coast Highway”—because Ernie’s wrist swelled up in less than one moto and he called it a day. Marc Crosby had flown to Texas to visit his dad, but he was healthy, although Texas was no cooler than Glen Helen. Of course, all of MXA still mourns the passing Randel Fout in a cross-country race back in March.

Gaga Guerin (273) had a 3-2 day for second overall in the 450 Expert class.

Even if MXA’s full contingent was spread out across the country (and emergency rooms far and wide). There were lots of racers willing to brave the heat at Glen Helen and most importantly, Debbi Tamietti was willing to brave the condition to shoot all the action.

Camden Guerin (612) went 4-4 for 4th overall in the 50cc Pee-Wee class.

With Josh Mosiman, Dennis Stapleton, Josh Fout and Trevor Nelson all at Red Bud on Saturday, Jody Weisel (38) was left by himself to just miss a low-flying a hailstorm of roost.

Trent Allsup (115) swept both motos of the Vet Intermediate class.

Phil Dowell (23) and Ron Shuler (33) battled over second place in the Over-60 Experts. Dowell took the spot with a 3-2 over Shuler’s 2-3. Luther French was way ahead of their battle.

Ernie Becker’s doctor told him that his broken wrist was healed, Ernie proved the doctor wrong.

Proof positive that you don’t need a new bike to race motocross. Ricky Richard (45) stuck with his trusty Suzuki RM250 before switching to an RM-Z450. He used it to go 3-2 for second overall in the Over-40 Intermediate class.

If we are proud of Ricky Richard for racing old bikes, imagine how we feel about Angel Vargas (77) on his ancient Yamaha YZ125. Angel’s 2-3 was good enough for second overall in the Over-40 Novices and 125 Beginners.

Val Tamietti (31) just keeps on winning in the Over-65 Expert class. He normally double-classes it with the Over-60 Experts, but focused on one class this Saturday because of the heat.

Richard Ellis (34) had a second in one moto of the Over-50 Experts, but DNF’ed the other one.

Frank Thomason, famous for running the REM races for 35 years, raced MXA’s 2025 KTM 250SXF to a 1-3 victory in the Over-65 Novice class.

Steve Piattoni (262) gets his KX450 hooked up in a sandy cormer. Steve went 4-4 in the Over-60 Expert class.

Chuck Peterson (157) and Scott Hyde (521) fought all the way to the checkers with Hyde’s 2-1 nipping Peterson’s 1-2 in the Over-60 Novices.

There is so much wrong with this photo. First, this guy wasn’t entered in the race, he just pulled onto the track. He was not on the entry list. Second, his helmet strap is not attached to the D-ring. Third, his Ringo Starr replica “Beatle Boots” aren’t really made for motocross. Fourth, a single random rock would shatter his sunglasses and face. Fifth, the short sleeve jersey is not allowed under the rules. Sixth, interesting pants and gloves. And since the Yamaha he’s on has Jonah Perkinson’s number on it, “Saturday at the Glen” knows exactly who to go and talk to. 

Jonah Perkinson (522) won the 125 Novice class.

Nathan Minister (281) won the 125 Beginner class. Here he chases Cruz Russell (612).

Braecker Baggett (4) put together an 11-8 score for 9th overall in the 50cc Pee-Wee class.

Logan Shelton went 2-2 for second overall in the PW50 class

2024 “SATURDAY AT THE GLEN” RACE SCHEDULE

If you are looking for a racing organization that offers long motos, low cost and very consistent race schedule—this is it. “Saturday at the Glen” motocross will race again on July 20. Pre-entry is only $30 ($25 for minis). Post entry is $40 ($30 for minis) on the day of the race. The Gate fee is $10 (per person). You can sign up for the next “Saturday at the Glen” motocross as late as the Friday before the next race (or just show up in person on race day). For more info go to www.glenhelen.com

2024 SATURDAY AT THE GLEN RACE SCHEDULE (UPDATED)
Jan. 13…National track
Jan. 20…Arroyo track
Feb. 3…Arroyo track
Feb. 24…Arroyo track
Mar. 16…National track
Mar. 23…Arroyo track
Apr. 13…Arroyo track
May 4…National track
May 11…National track
June 1…Arroyo track
June 15…National track
Jul. 6…National track
Jul. 20…National track
Aug. 3…Arroyo track
Aug. 24…National track
Sept.14…Arroyo track
Oct. 5…National track
Oct. 19…Arroyo track
Oct. 26…Arroyo track
Nov. 16…National track
Nov. 23…National track
Dec. 7…Arroyo track
Dec. 21…National track

 

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