Yucaipa resident Kevin Montgomery helped cap off the 2018 season at Devore’s Glen Helen Raceway by taking first place in one of 20 races held Dec. 30 in the New Year’s Grand Prix/Motocross. Montgomery won in the over 50-year-old, expert category, outlasting the field of motorcyclists after completing the challenging course on his Husqvarna FC-450.
Montgomery is no stranger to the Southern California circuit. Over the course of his 40-year career he has won in both the modern class and at the vintage evolution class atop his 1983 Suzuki RM-500. He has won at tracks that no longer exist such as the internationally known Carlsbad Raceway where he won a Grand Prix. He also captured first places at the once famous but now defunct Corona Race Track.
Montgomery’s resume includes wins at the Perris Raceway, DeAnza, Comp Park, Sunrise in Adelanto, and as part of the ARX Club at the Competitive Edge in Adelanto. In the past, Montgomery has taken home a number of other first-place trophies and prizes. Riding as a professional he has won small purses. “I had all my trophies stolen, so now trophies don’t mean much to me.”
“I’d say that I’ve entered about 100 races at Glen Helen,” recalled Montgomery. “I rode there in 1982 when it was known as Arroyo Cycle Park.”
The 51-year-old Montgomery says those who race in the over age-30 class are keeping the sport of motocross alive. “There’s a lot of guys my age and older who ride at the grassroots level, sort of cult-like. Some race well into their sixties. It’s dangerous, demanding and the vet riders have the money to keep the wheel of racing going.”
He added that offroad motorcycle racing is a huge investment for parents of young riders.
Montgomery does not claim to be known outside the local motorcycle racing community. He downplayed his recent win at Glen Helen by saying “it was no big deal” and that less than 10 competitors were able to finish his race that lasted about one hour. Overall, there were 20 championships awarded in various age and experience classifications. When not riding, Montgomery operates his Cycle Prep motocross and off-road services in Grand Terrace.