Pete Vetrano, the original MotoMan, at the 2-Stroke Nationals!
Last weekend was spent at REM on Saturday and the MTA 2-Stroke Nationals on Sunday. Both events were a hoot, for sure. First, the REM track was the roughest track this humble, old, fat and slow guy has ever ridden. I was totally stoked just to ride to the flag in both motos. I was lapped by Gary Jones at least twice in 20 minutes!
4-Time National Champ Gary Jones with everybody’s favorite moto/artist Jon Ortner at REM. They did not mind the rough track!
Frank Thomason wanted a long track with extended lap times, and he achieved that goal! I am hoping the layout tomorrow will have a few less tight turns and flow a little faster. . . hopefully! Speaking of Gary Jones (who now works with Hinson in a major way), he handily won the 60 Expert class at the MTA 2-Stroke Championships on Sunday. Gary did the double with ease, winning REM and MTA.
Gary with the holeshot moto 1 on the MotoPhoto LLC KTM 250 Sx
iMOTO/MotoPhoto had a little stake in the MTA race, as we sponsored Gary Jones with a ride (the KTM 250 Sx). After adjusting the bike to his tastes, Gary smoked everyone with two fine rides. Two hole shots, wire to wire wins, and looking quite fresh after the second moto win, Gary is simply a great rider and a super nice person as well. It was a pleasure working with him on Sunday (and we would do it again anytime!).
Gary Jones and the author with the KTM that Jones rode to victory
Owin Wright appeared at the MTA race to spectate, and was drafted into the pit crew to help out with Gary’s day. Gary then had Owin do some maintenance/cleaning chores between practice and motos on Justin’s KTM (Justin being the very fast Pro son of Gary). Justin won the first moto in the Pro Class, but heartbreak set in when his black box malfunctioned with only a couple of laps to go in moto 2 (Justin had a huge lead at that time). Like his pops, Justin is a super nice guy on top of being a blazing fast rider.
Justin Jones inherited all his dad’s speed (and maybe more!)
Mark Chilzone also came out to both REM and the MTA race. Mark is a fine photographer, with many of his shots featured on the MXA website in the weekly REM report. Mark also has contributed many photos and numerous galleries to the motophotollc.com website.
A Chilzone shot of Sean Collier, who inherited the Pro win when Justin had ignition problems moto 2.
When Justin had his problem in moto 2, the door was opened for Sean Collier to repeat as pro champ for the second straight year. Colton Udall was in a position to win it all at that point, but had a bail and had to recover to take second on the podium. Dr. D, Doug Dubach, rode consistently (as he always does) to take third overall!
A Chilzone shot of Colton Udall, who recovered from a crash to finish second overall for the day.
Doug Dubach is timeless. . . of that I am convinced! He always is around the top five in the 30 and 40 pro classes that he competes in, and he dominates the 50 class. Originally, the Doc was going to run the 50 expert class, but rumor has it a few friends talked him into running the open Pro class. So of course he does and winds up on the podium!
A Mark Chilzone photo of Doctor D doin’ his thing!
The van is all loaded up for REM. We will be back at iMOTOmx.com for an update soon. . . hope to see you all at the track!