Two weeks ago the N2Dirt crew prepped Sean Collier’s KTM 450SXF for the Race around the Lake GP. The track consisted of many different types of terrain to race on. From beach sand to concrete pathways and everything between. Getting a bike setup to go fast here is tricky to say the least. After spending all morning at LACR for the OTHG 9-11 memorial race, lead mechanic Brian Bolding hustled to Castaic lake for Pro race which was the last race of the day. Having raced the GP the day before Brian was able to make setting changes to Sean’s KTM to go from a MX setup to more of an offroad setting. The fast course was rough, hard, and dusty through most of the course. Sag adjustment, air pressure settings with the A48R, and clickers were all dialed in to suit the course.
Brian making last minute preparations on Sean’s KTM 450SXF.
Sean pulled an early lead over teammate Darryn Durham as the race started. After a few laps the lead was about 15 seconds as both riders found their pace over the rest of the pack. Sean’s bike was custom fitted with triple clamps and a Scott’s steering stabilizer by LuxonMX to keep Sean going fast and in control. As the rider’s searched for smooth lines the gap tighten. Darryn was pushing the pace and made up time on Sean. With super dusty and silty conditions making a move would be difficult as it was hard to see.
One of the less dusty spots on the course with the lake in the background.
As the race came to an end Sean and Darryn had left the rest of the field. Darryn made a late charge for the win but with out a whole lot of track left or room to pass Sean was able to cruise to victory.
Brian Medieros ripping the REM track.
Glen Helen REM Saturday MX returned from a month long summer break. With new bikes out the pits were super busy. The MXA crew switched brands all day long to get a feel for the new models. N2Dirt rider Tommy Wilcox came out and had an impressive day aboard his KTM with Brian wrenching for him. He ended the day with 4 moto wins including an overall even though he suffered a front flat.
Tommy making waves.
Jody Weisel of MXA testing out the N2Dirt suspension. These forks were fitted with the Sphere cartridges by Dal Soggio. He was impressed by the feel and it was a huge improvement over the stock fork.
Jon Ortner had a good day going 1-1 in the 50 elite class. The second moto he raced the KTM450sxf fitted with the Sphere system. It was a photo finished as the bike had a fuel leak at the end of the race from contact with another rider.
A heart felt tribute to an amazing man Tom White. The REM crew got together to give him this photo and banner. Tom is on the white flag lap in his life. As racers we all are like family to each other. Tom has been instrumental in so many ways to us and has made this world so much better. We honor and love the man you are. REM