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INSIDE The All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA) protects ATVers’ right to ride. It also serves as a source of authoritative information about where and how to ride, products and events. The ATVA is part of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), the world’s most powerful voice for motorcyclists. ATVA Enthusiast membership is $29 a year. A Competition membership is $39 a year. For more information call toll free (866) 288-2564 or check us out online at ATVAonline.com. THE ATVA NEWS TEAM Bill Kresnak Editor Jeffrey Guciardo Designer/Production Coordinator ATVA News is published bimonthly by the All-Terrain Vehicle Association, 13515 Yarmouth Dr., Pickerington, OH 43147. Copyright by the ATVA. Printed in USA. No responsibility is assumed for loss or damage to unsolicited materials. Send story ideas and high-resolution photos to editor@ATVAonline.com. You may see them in ATVA News. Be sure to include your name and phone number.

FEATURES 07 CREATING A MEGA-RIDING AREA IN ALABAMA Cover photo of Danny Hubbard by Ricky Robinson. Rider by Frank Hoppen.

10 THE WESTERN SLOPE A.T.V. ASSOCIATION ROCKS

DEPARTMENTS 03 ON TRACK 04 GUEST COLUMN: IT’S ALL GOOD 05 FORMER U.S. SENATOR NOW LEADING GOVERNMENT RELATIONS 13 RACING 19 MARKETPLACE 20 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Maintaining The Value

Stan Simpson, American Motorcyclist Association board chairman The All-Terrain Vehicle Association has served its members for a decade, and I’m pleased to report that your Association continues to be successful in the fight to preserve and protect the ATV lifestyle. The recent victory over the lead law that threatened to eliminate kids’ ATVs and motorcycles—and endangered the future of ATVing and motorcycling—is just the latest example of the success that we can achieve when we work together. Successes like this are due to you and every ATVA and American Motorcyclist Association member because your voices allow the ATVA and AMA to present a unified front on behalf of America’s riders. It’s because of you that the country’s premier ATV and motorcycling organization is strong, and our shared commitment is one of the greatest values of being an ATVA member. Over the past decade, we’ve expanded and improved ATVA News, thoroughly revamped ATVAonline.com, and strengthened our Member Services Center by adding staff and lengthening our hours, all to better serve you. Since we began the ATVA a decade ago, we’ve augmented our government relations efforts with additional staff in Washington, D.C., to more effectively monitor and respond to onerous legislation and regulation. And we’ve beefed up our grassroots outreach to increase numbers nationwide in the fight for ATV and motorcycle rights. This effort has paid off in several victories beyond the fight for kids’ ATVs and dirtbikes. We’ve fought the federal administration’s Wild Lands policy to shut down riding areas, worked for the release of 43 million acres of land blocked by administrative rules, and pushed back when lawmakers looked at raiding funds meant to create and maintain riding trails. However, threats—both existing and on the horizon—mean that we must continue to grow in strength if we are to successfully defend our members’ rights. Doing more with less has been our goal, and over the past decade we’ve worked to stretch our membership dollars. We’ve worked smarter with fewer staff members. In fact, we’ve reduced the staff

by more than 35 percent and adopted new technologies to fill the gaps. We’ve developed other revenue sources from services such as advertising and revenuesharing partnerships. Today, about half of the ATVA’s and AMA’s operating budget comes from sources other than membership dues. In spite of these efforts, the cost of pursuing the ATVA mission has grown in step with everything else. Given the impact of a decade of inflation, the continued threats that must be countered through government relations efforts and the need to continue to expand ATVA and AMA member services, the AMA Board of Directors recognized it needed to adjust annual dues to reflect these changing conditions. Since 2002, ATVA dues have remained at $29 a year for enthusiasts and $39 a year for competition members, while costs for everything imaginable have continued to rise. That’s why the AMA Board last year approved a plan to implement a dues increase, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2012. The ATVA Enthusiast Member and the ATVA Competition Member annual dues will be $49 each. We know that times are tight, and that’s why we’ve done more than just delay implementing the change for a year since we approved it. We’re also establishing a renewal program that will allow you to hold off your dues increase until 2015. So any time between now and March 31, 2012, you can renew for up to three years. That means you can buy a oneyear Enthusiast membership renewal for $29, two years for $55 and three years for $83. You can get a one-year Competition membership renewal for $39, two years for $74 and three years for $111. The easiest way to renew is by going to ATVAonline.com. It is vitally important that we keep your Association strong so that the ATVA can serve you today, and be here to protect future generations of ATV riders. We also want to create value for you as ATVA members, and over the past decade we’ve created a slew of member benefits including discounts on numerous

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products and services. Most recently, we’ve formed a new partnership with Capital One Visa and expanded online classified listings with Sprocketlist.com. With the dues increase, we will offer $49 ATVA members Roadside Assistance at no additional charge when you sign up for automatic renewal by March 31. Call us at (800) 262-5646 with any renewal questions. We want you to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have guaranteed roadside assistance for you, your family members and all of your vehicles—including cars, trailers and RVs—just by being an ATVA member. Plus, we will now give you 12 issues a year of American Motorcyclist magazine, the official magazine of the American Motorcyclist Association, in addition to your six issues of ATVA News. By getting American Motorcyclist, you will be able to check the calendar of events to find ATV races, rallies and other events in your state or region—or across the country—each month. Also, you will receive more frequent updates on the threats to your right to ride and ATVA and AMA efforts to block those threats. As you can see, ATVA and AMA benefits are growing to give you more value for your membership. But that doesn’t take away from our core mission, which is to help protect your right to ride. Thanks for your support over the past decade. Because of you, we are able to preserve ATVing’s past, promote its growth and secure its future.


It’s All Good Four Wheels Or Two, Off-Roaders Must Stick Together By Chris Bithell When I was a kid, it didn’t matter what it was—a quad, dirtbike, three-wheeler or lawnmower. If it had a motor, I would ride it, jump it or race it! As long as I was moving faster than my legs could carry me, I was happy. I began riding on a homemade 50cc dirtbike when I was 6 years old. Soon I moved on to bigger and better things, most notably a Yamaha Blaster. I grew up riding around my yard with my younger brother and a few buddies. We had a mulch pile that we would build jumps and tracks with, and that is where I fine-tuned my riding skills. We literally spent every day after school riding until my mom would drag us in for dinner and bed. My racing career started when I was 14. I started out with local cross country and motocross series and worked my way up to the big leagues. At 17, as a senior in high school, I turned pro in the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. The 2011 season is my sixth year on the pro line, and I am happy to be a factory rider for Can-Am/Warnert Racing. I have been piloting the DS450 since 2008 and don’t plan on trading it in any time soon. I am currently sitting third in overall points in the GNCC series with several podium finishes thus far. I love riding my quad, but I’ll be the 4 November/December 2011

first to tell you that variety can make all the difference. This is where my dirtbike comes in. I enjoy cross training on motocross tracks or in the woods on my Suzuki RMZ250. I love riding tight singletrack, tackling insane hillclimbs and just putting the miles down with my buddies. Over the years, I have raced my dirtbike in local cross-country races, even lining up for the quad and bike races on the same day. I got a bit more serious this summer, signing up for my first AMA Racing Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series event in Zanesville, Ohio. A good friend, Justin “Drifter” Smith, had been bugging me to try one for awhile. The National fell in the GNCC summer break, so it was a no-brainer. We loaded up the rig and headed west. I couldn’t have been happier that he convinced me to try it. Not only was it a great workout (four-plus hours of riding), but the promoting club, the Zanesville (Ohio) Trail Riders, put in some of the best single-track I had ever ridden. There were creek sections through partially formed caves, tons of fans along the route and just a great overall layout to the course. I tried my luck in the 250A class and faired OK, coming in 12th. Next time I hope to do better as I finally get the concept of the racing, transfer sections and breaks. The

rules were much different than anything I had ever raced before. The enduro also showed me that even though most people consider me a “quad guy,” that I can have a great time at a bikeonly event, meet great people and get a workout that will help my pro career. Too often, off-road riders get caught up in being a quad guy or a bike guy and forget that we are all riders. With all of the issues of public land use, the unfair sound ordinances and crazy things such as the recently defeated lead law for kid’s off-road vehicles, it has never been more important for us to stand together and fight for our common interest: off-road riding. More than ever, we need to take a stand for what we enjoy doing and fight for what is, has been and should remain rightfully ours. Regardless of whether you are a professional racer, an amateur gunning to beat your friends or a rider who simply enjoys the trails, you have a vested interest in this fight. It’s time to get on the same side and support organizations that represent the entire off-road community. I consider myself an off-road racer, not a quad guy or a bike guy. I hope that everyone else out there, on both sides, can come to the same conclusion. When it comes to defending your right to ride, it’s that you ride, not what you ride that is important. Chris Bithell is an AMA member from Irwin, Pa. Find out more about Chris at http://Blog.CanAmOffroad.Com/.

Photo Seth L. Wlliams

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NEWS Former U.S. Senator Joins AMA To Lead Government Relations Efforts Sen. Wayne Allard Working In Washington, D.C., Office Former two-term U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard of Colorado has joined the AMA as vice president for government relations as of Oct. 3. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Senator Allard to the AMA,” said Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO. “The addition of Senator Allard raises the profile of the AMA significantly in the corridors of Congress and federal agencies, and his presence bodes well for motorcyclists nationwide as he serves our mission to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. “We look forward to taking our advocacy to the next level with Senator Allard leading our government relations efforts in Washington, D.C.,” Dingman said.

Allard, who represented Colorado during three terms in Congress and two terms in the U.S. Senate between 1991 to 2009, said he is looking forward to his new role. “I am anxious to contribute to the good work of the AMA, and I look forward to working with the staff and members of the Association,” Allard said. “Colorado’s motorcyclists helped me win elections, and they kept me informed about their issues. The role of government in our everyday lives is of great concern to motorcyclists, and I look forward to helping educate our elected officials, agencies and the public about the vital role that motorcycling plays in America’s economy and way of life.” Born and raised in Colorado, Allard has a long history of serving the people of that

state and of the nation, first as a member of the state Senate from 1983 to 1991, then as a congressman from 1991 to 1997 and finally as a U.S. senator from 1997 to 2009. Allard declined to seek re-election to the Senate in the 2008 elections, fulfilling a campaign promise he made in 1996.

Yamaha Unleashes New YFZ450 For 2012 Tuning Fork Company Aims For Affordability Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is introducing a new YFZ450 for 2012 with increased power and performance. The 2012 YFZ450 is priced at $6,799— about $200 less than the original YFZ in 2004 and more than $1,200 less than the closest competing 450cc model. “The YFZ’s price is aimed squarely at the many sport ATV enthusiasts who have been affected by the down economy and may not be in a position to purchase today’s premium-priced 450-class quads,” says Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV and SxS group marketing manager. “We know these guys are either still riding or at least still want to ride, and we want to give them an affordable option right now.” The new YFZ features an updated 449cc liquid-cooled, double-overhead cam fourstroke, five-valve engine featuring a 95mm bore and 63.4mm stroke. Yamaha says its engineers significantly increased the low- and mid-range power (compared with the previous 2009 YFZ450 model) by revising the cam profile and timing and developing new ignition mapping, and the new, larger 42mm Mikuni BSR carburetor with throttleposition sensor maintains the top-end performance while improving throttle response and significantly reducing throttle effort.

The YFZ’s power is complemented by its light weight, compact steel frame with aluminum subframe and its proven handling characteristics. The new YFZ features a rigid cast aluminum swingarm and aluminum upper A-arms, which help keep weight down while maintaining performance. The 2012 YFZ also has a ratchet-type, fivespeed transmission and heavy-duty clutch adding to the machine’s improved comfort on long rides. The YFZ450 comes in black

metallic or all white. The white models come with the customer’s choice of one of 11 available free custom graphics kits from One Industries. More info is at Yamaha-Motor.com. More information on the graphic kit promotion is at: Yamaha-Motor.com/sport/ atv/atvgraphics.aspx. Yamaha will also continue to offer the YFZ450R for 2012.

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NEWS Off-Highway Projects Honored For Achievements Minnesota, Idaho, Wyoming Projects Singled Out The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT), a national group representing the nation’s major trail interests, has recognized three off-highway vehicle (OHV) projects among its 2011 Annual Achievement Award recipients. The awards are given to projects in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The motorized trail projects that earned 2011 CRT Achievement Awards are: The Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area near Gilbert, Minn., for construction and design; the Musselshell trail system near Pierce, Idaho, for maintenance and rehabilitation; and the Shadow Mountain trail system near Jackson Hole, Wyo., for education and communication. The RTP dedicates a part of the federal motor vehicle fuel tax attributable to certain off-highway sources to trail funding for both motorized and nonmotorized trails. The Iron Range OHV Recreation

Area was once a taconite mine pit in Minnesota’s Iron Range, an area that had a depressed economy for decades. The OHV recreation area was developed using $750,000 in RTP funds by the city of Gilbert, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and state OHV associations. In Idaho, the Lewis-Clark All-Terrain Vehicle Club conducts trail maintenance on 13.6 miles of the Musselshell trail system in the Clearwater National Forest.

In Wyoming, the Wyoming Trail Crew, assisted by U.S. Forest Service staff, used RTP funds to place trail signs, close unsafe motorized routes, create new trail sections and complete substantial erosion control at the Shadow Mountain trail system. “These are excellent examples of big and small projects that can be accomplished using RTP funding,” says Sheila Andrews, senior legislative assistant in the Washington, D.C., office of the AMA, which is a member of the CRT. “The award winners deserve thanks for their outstanding projects. “We want these types of projects to continue, but they are in jeopardy,” Andrews says. “Congress has considered scaling back, or even eliminating, RTP funding and we can’t let that happen.” She asks everyone to contact their federal lawmakers and ask them to support the Recreational Trails Program. The easiest way to do that is to send a prewritten email by going to ATVAonline. com > Rights > Issues & Legislation.

Ask The ATV Safety Institute:

Winter Riding

YOU ASK: I plan to do a lot of riding this winter. Is there anything I need to know? THE ASI RESPONDS: Riding in the cold and snow can be great fun, as long as you consider trail conditions, ATV preparation, and clothing selection. Choose riding areas and trails with firm snow—riding on soft snow can be damaging to the soil beneath it and increases the chance of getting your ATV stuck. Be aware that while a trail may be firm and frozen at the beginning of your ride in the morning, a few hours later the trail could be warmed by the sun, making it unusable for an ATV. Snowmobilers become annoyed when ATVs make tire ruts in the slushy snow and ruin their carefully groomed trails. Check with local law enforcement to see if ATVs are legal on the snowmobile trails in your area. If you need to ride across a frozen lake, be sure to check the ice thickness first. There needs to be enough ice present 6 November/December 2011

to support you and your ATV. Watch for areas of open water and thin ice markers on these lakes. Go slowly and be very cautious in order to reduce the chance of skidding or sliding out of control. Respect the rights of others— avoid ice fishermen and skaters. Make sure your ATV is prepared for cold temperatures. Check the owner’s manual to ensure you have the right engine and transmission oil, and the proper blend of antifreeze and water if your machine is liquid-cooled. Confirm tire pressures. Dress for the weather. Keeping dry and warm on the winter trail is essential—your entire trip can be miserable if you aren’t wearing the proper clothing. Your hands and feet are out in the airstream and can become chilled very quickly. Cold hands and feet may not be able to manipulate the ATV’s controls accurately. Be sure to account for the wind-chill factor, which indicates the cooling power of cold air on exposed flesh at various wind or ATV speeds.


CREATING

RIDING TRAILS IN

ALABAMA 2,800 Acres + 55 Miles of Trails = Great Fun

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ne day several years ago, Danny Hubbard was riding his ATV along the perimeter of the former Coosa River Ammunition Storage Annex just north of Talladega, Ala. He stopped and gazed over the 2,800 acres that once served as an overflow storage location for the Anniston Army Depot, which was responsible for storing explosives, propellants and projectiles that ranged from .22-caliber bullets to 2,000-pound bombs. The 136 concrete storage “igloos”—each 30 feet wide and 90 feet long, spaced some 400 feet apart in case there was an explosion—still stood, overgrown by vegetation and separated by roads crisscrossing the property. Off in the distance were thick woods. Rising up to 1,000 feet above the woods were tree-covered hills. “This place,” Hubbard thought, “would make a great offhighway vehicle park.” Afterward, Hubbard contacted the Cheaha Trail Riders

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Lincoln for park use while maintaining ultimate control. Lincoln joined forces with the city of Talladega, after much haggling over the use of the land, to have joint ownership of the land and formed the Public Park Authority to oversee the park’s development. Now, the Park Board is acting aggressively—approving contracts for such things as trail work and security—to keep the project moving. “It’s in the first year,” says Hubbard, who is the grant administrator for the project and also a member of the Cheaha Trail Riders. “We’ve been able to acquire a million dollars in grants for the first year [through the federal Recreational Trails Program, the state land board and conservation funding]. “They [the Park Board] will cut enough timber to sell to get $300,000 or $400,000,” Hubbard says. “Most of that $1.4 million [total] has to be used for OHVs.” (L-R) Cheaha Trail Riders President Glenn Myers, Chuck Roberts and Danny Hubbard are just some of the folks working hard to make TOP Trails (below) a reality.

(CheahaTrailRiders.com) with his idea. And now, almost five years later, Hubbard’s dream of a 2,800-acre public park at the former Army site is becoming a reality. “Over the years, the idea went from an OHV park to a multiuse park,” Hubbard says. “We’ve designed a park with a multitude of uses—a firing range, trap and skeet range, OHV trail system, equestrian trails, campsites and much more. “We decided on multiuse with the idea of impacting the local economy,” he says. “We estimate the park will bring in $20to-$25 million annually once it’s matured. It’s a 10-to-15-year plan.”

Park Work Is Under Way Located about four miles northeast of the downtown area of the city of Talladega in north-central Alabama, the facility is in a perfect location to attract OHV riders and others who want to enjoy the park. It’s also only about 10 miles south of the famous Talladega Motor Speedway, and visitors to the OHV park will have easy access off Interstate 20. 8 November/December 2011

While there is already OHV riding going on at the park, which is called the TOP Trails—Talladega (Lincoln) Outdoor Park—Hubbard doesn’t expect an official opening until next fall. He does, however, expect the Public Park Authority that oversees the facility to start charging $5 a head for riders this year. “Right now we have about 55 miles of ATV trail and 11 miles of single-track,” says Cheaha Trail Riders President Glenn Myers, who is responsible for designing the trails. “The goal is to have about 100 miles of ATV trails and 40 or 50 miles of single-track in a hilly part of the park property. I think we can get real close to those numbers.” Plans also call for 50 to 60 miles of horse trails separated from the OHVs by a fence. The Army stopped storing munitions at the Coosa River Ammunition Storage Annex in 1982, and the facility closed for good in 1988. Eventually it came under the control of the U.S. National Park Service, which awarded the property to the city of

OHV Trails And Stock Lakes The Public Park Authority has a very ambitious plan to develop the property for a variety of uses to spur the local economy and create jobs, including 150 at the park. Hubbard says the OHV aspect of the park will be the first to be developed, as well as equestrian trails and campsites. “The rest will be developed as funding is acquired,” he says. The plan calls for ATV and motorcycle trails with directional signage, trail ratings, warning signs, misting tunnels, OHV washing racks, a training center, training track and campsites, and eventually a national-class motocross facility. The plan also calls for a welcome center with a souvenir shop, historical exhibits, environmental education, pool tables, a game room, helmet and safety equipment rental, bicycle rental and offices. Plus, planners want to have an equestrian and livestock center and related trails, event arena, stables, corrals and specialized campsites. Also, planners want a half-milelong zip rider line—which allows a rider to travel in a chair along a cable that has a braking system down a hill at speeds of up to 55 mph—as well as canopy tours that involve climbing a rope course through woods. Plans also call for: • A 1,200-yard firing range, indoor pistol ranges, skeet and trap, and archery facilities. • An RV park with pull-through parking and necessary hookups. • A swimming pool, children’s waterpark and playgrounds.


“This will be the most unique park in America ...”

want one of those’ or ‘I want to rent one.’ Then maybe they’ll get involved in offroad riding.”

Accomplishing The Dream • Rock climbing walls, and skateboard and rollerblade parks. • Parking lots accessible for long trailers and 18-wheelers, manufacturer exhibitions and shows. • Softball, baseball and soccer fields. • A national-class go-kart facility. • Special handicap venues for the physically challenged. • A remote control park for model planes, boats, cars and trucks. • Stocked lakes with fishing piers and a beach area. • Paintball natural and competition courses. • Some of the “igloos” will be converted into visitor rentals while others will be used for storage and storage rentals, as well as stables and storm shelters. “This will be the most unique park in America with the variety of things that will be offered,” Hubbard says. “When we have people come in and do different things, like [when] they may come for shooting, they may see someone riding an OHV and say, ‘I

Hubbard readily admits that he had a tough time selling the broad concept to government and elected officials for several years, but he never gave up, doggedly pursuing his dream. He and other Cheaha Trail Rider members started making presentations about the idea to county commissioners, congressmen, city governments and even the state in 2007. Some who saw the presentations supported the idea, others didn’t. In fact, Talladega was very cool to the idea. But commissioners eventually saw the potential for boosting the local economy. “They expected us to walk away and not continue to pursue the idea. We didn’t stop,” Hubbard says of how he and his fellow Cheaha Trail Riders members were able to sway the politicians. “Last year, going into the elections they fell in love with the project.” The Cheaha Trail Riders is an OHV advocacy group of volunteers promoting the development of OHV trail systems throughout the United States, but especially in Alabama. The organization promotes OHV safety, education, family recreation, riding responsibility, environmental conservation and volunteerism.

National Honor The Cheaha Trail Riders in Talladega County, Ala., earned the “Club of the Year” award for 2011 from the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) at the national organization’s annual meeting in Minneapolis in September. This AMA/ATVA-chartered club was selected over all the NOHVCC-associated clubs nationwide. “This is fantastic,” said Glenn Myers, Cheaha Trail Riders co-founder and president. “Our people have worked hard in advocating OHV safety and education, along with promoting the building of new OHV trail systems throughout Alabama and the U.S.A.” Steve Newton, Cheaha Trail Riders vice

The organization has about 165 members and a stellar record of accomplishment over the group’s 24-year lifespan. Of recent note is the creation of the Minooka OHV Park that has more than 15 miles of trails along with campgrounds, restrooms, a 15acre lake and a walking trail around the lake’s perimeter; and the Kentuck ORV (off-road vehicle) Park that has 22.5 miles of trail. Both facilities are in Alabama. (CheahaTrailRiders.com/Minooka, CheahaTrailRiders.com/Kentuck.) “You go through a lot of trials and tribulations, and you learn patience,” Hubbard says of working to create an OHV park.

Advice For Others Both Hubbard and Myers say dedicated volunteers are key for an organization to create riding areas and trails. “I wouldn’t suggest as huge a task as this, but anyone can take on creating an OHV trail system as long as they have support from enthusiasts,” Hubbard says. The Cheaha Trail Riders are fortunate to have great volunteers. “The key is to find someone willing to take on the project and be the leader of the project,” Hubbard says. “They can help direct the volunteers. But unless someone is retired, like myself, it’s difficult for someone to take on a project like this as an extracurricular activity.” Hubbard says he has devoted about 9,000 hours to the project, and an engineer, Chuck Roberts, who was a partner in the design, and others have put in many volunteer hours as well. Myers adds: “Over my 24 years with the Cheaha Trail Riders, I’ve learned that you find out what volunteers can do and want to do and let them do it.”

president and Alabama state representative to NOHVCC, who received the award on behalf of the Cheaha Trail Riders at the conference, said: “I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least, when our organization was announced to receive one of the most prestigious awards that an OHV organization could receive. I could not wait to send an email to all our members congratulating them on such a great accomplishment.” Cheaha Trail Riders is a family-oriented organization that has members from Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The club began in 1988 and quickly became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization advocating off-highway vehicle safety, education OHV trail building. The club also holds a Make-A-Wish charity event every year. This year’s event was held at TOP Trails on Oct. 29. November/December 2011 9


The Western Slope A.T.V. Association By Jacque Gaskill, member, Western Slope A.T.V. Association The main goal of the Western Slope A.T.V. Association (WSATVA) in Grand Junction, Colo., is to have fun while promoting safe off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, as well as preserving the ability to ride and maintain trails in western Colorado. The WSATVA is one of the largest ATV organizations on the western slope of Colorado. The WSATVA was formed in 1987 with 33 hearty outdoor enthusiasts wishing to explore the wonders of our fabulous terrain. Today it boasts over 250 members. The WSATVA has worked hard to develop a good network of communication with the local U.S. Forest Service and federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices, and it has paid off. The club advocates responsible ATV riding, and works with these agencies to prevent unnecessary closures on public lands. The WSATVA also saw a need to provide assistance to Mesa County Search and Rescue (SARC), so a volunteer organization was formed within the club to help with searches and rescues on the western slope. The dedicated volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and must be ready to respond to a call for assistance at a moment’s notice. In 2005, the ATV arm of SARC was responsible for extracting 19 people out of the backcountry.

Riding For Fun And For The Future The club has anywhere from one to four club rides each month. Most rides are from 30 to 60 miles long and take the majority of the day to ride. Lunch is recommended and most rides are at a leisurely pace with many thumb breaks along the way. Sometimes a history lesson is given by one of the old timers from the valley if they know something about the area that is being ridden in. If assistance is needed on bad spots along the trail, there is always someone right there to help. No one is expected to ride beyond his or her ability. In case of a real emergency, a fully stocked professional first-aid kit

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accompanies each ride. In addition to the weekend rides, the club sponsors the “Lords of Leisure” (folks whose current career is called “retirement”). Rides are offered during the week all over western Colorado. This allows people to ride who might be unavailable on weekends. Also, just for the sheer enjoyment of it, some rides are designated as clean up and maintenance rides, which are done in furtherance of the many hours that

the WSATVA contributes to the care and maintenance of the trails in our area. Each year, members of the WSATVA log thousands of man-hours grooming, cleaning and maintaining trails throughout western Colorado. The club has adopted four trails in the Grand Mesa National Forest: High Trail, Monument Trail, and the Silver Spruce and Salt Creek trails. We have also have adopted the Divide Forks ATV complex on the Uncompahgre Plateau and are in the process of


Riding And Working To Preserve Trails in Colorado

“We recorded 853 hours of volunteer time on this project. ” adopting the Granite Creek area near the Colorado-Utah border. The WSATVA also was instrumental in building a staging area in the Bangs Canyon riding area and adopted the Tabeguache Trail in that area, which is used by all forms of outdoor recreationists. The club designates clean-up and maintenance days each year to keep these trails and areas free of litter and major hazards. Grant funds enabled us

to procure two trail dozers specifically designed for maintaining ATV trails. The WSATVA has applied for additional grant money to purchase another trail dozer and trailer so that it can be used specifically for the trails that we sponsor and keep them in tiptop shape.

Big Turnouts For Projects Many WSATVA members met for the fourth time during the summer to volunteer their time on a multiday trail project near Vega State Park, which borders the Grand Mesa National Forest. The WSATVA usually hosts four multiday events and multiple single-day events each year. Once again, our Vega work project proved to be the most popular of all our work parties to date. I’m sure this project’s popularity is due to the availability of the campground, the cabins and Vega Lake. We had about 25 people staying in the cabins and the campground and 15 staying at our base camp. There were several members who came up for a day at a time. Not everyone worked every day.

On the first day, 28 people helped install restrictors and log fencing on High Trail, a very popular ATV trail with a 50-inch-width restriction on it. On the next day, 35 people finished what we started the day before while a smaller crew went to the damaged West Leon Creek Bridge to block off access to it until it can be rebuilt. On the final day, we had a whopping 41 people help out on two areas on Monument ATV Trail in need of rehabilitation. The majority of these people were busy picking up rocks and loading trailers. We recorded 853 hours of volunteer time on this project. All of these people not only volunteered their time but their ATVs, their tools and their own gas to travel as well as pay their own campground fees. We experienced nearly perfect weather for our work days. The only rain came at our barbecue, of course, which was unfortunate as we had almost 60 people in attendance. That is, until the rain just kept on falling! Continued on page 12

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“In addition to building bridges, the WSATVA has published two maps of the ATV trails... ”

Building Bridges Besides sponsoring and maintaining trails in western Colorado, the WSATVA— with U.S. Forest Service approval and support—has also constructed, hauled and installed four bridges in three different locations over creek crossings in the Uncompahgre and Grand Mesa national forests. While the bridges certainly promote better soil management and help prevent erosion, they also provide a safer way to cross creeks that can be hazardous during certain times of the year. The first bridge was built in 1998 over Gill Creek, which is below Casto Reservoir on the Uncompaghre Plateau. WSATVA members donated all of the labor and materials. All maintenance is done by the club at no cost to the Forest Service so that the bridge can be enjoyed by every person or group that uses the forest. The second area where a bridge was constructed by the WSATVA came about as a result of damage done by beavers in the construction of their dams. The bridge was built over Plateau Creek in the Stillwater Park area of the High Trail on Grand Mesa. When first approached about the idea of a bridge in Stillwater Park, the Forest Service hesitated due to budget constraints and other reasons. The resourceful members of the WSATVA, however, located a scrap radio tower to use for construction material and the bridge became a reality. With the installation of the bridge, numerous crossings were abandoned and erosion problems halted. The Willow Creek Bridge is the third location and fourth bridge that was built by the WSATVA. It’s on the east end of the Monument Trail on Grand Mesa. The bridge was designed and built in a driveway in Grand Junction and then loaded onto a trailer and transported to Willow Creek. It was set in place in the

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creek with anchored stone-filled gabions to support it. Then a trail dozer moved dirt up to each end of it and built ramps so that there was a smooth transition onto each side of the bridge. A sign was erected giving credit to the WSATVA for building it in cooperation with the Forest Service.

Other Good Works In addition to building bridges, the WSATVA has published two maps of the ATV trails in the Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre national forests. They were made possible by OHV grants and have been given out to thousands of people free of charge. Our hope is that the distribution of these maps has helped keep people on designated trails. The club also supports the Adopt A Highway program by sponsoring and participating in the twice-annual clean up of three miles of U.S. Highway 50 south of Whitewater, Colo.

Christmas Rides And More Each year, WSATVA members decorate their machines with Christmas lights and garlands for the annual Christmas parade in downtown Grand Junction. They’ve also ridden in the Fruita Christmas, Palisade Peach Festival, Shrine Club and Lions Club parades representing the WSATVA and SARC. In August, the WSATVA sponsors a poker ride for the popular DeBeque Wild Horse Days. It’s a 40-mile route with three stops on the trail to pick up poker cards, and two cards at the beginning and end of the ride for a poker hand. The best hand wins. Half of the proceeds are given out in prizes, a portion goes to the Debeque Wild Horse Council and a portion goes to the club.

Meetings Are Fun, Too The WSATVA has one organized meeting the third Wednesday of each month to discuss business and important issues pertaining to ATVs and ATVers and to share information on a variety of topics such as first aid, safety, survival, land-use issues and legislation, political action or anything else of interest to the membership. Meetings often include a guest who has been invited, or who has asked to be present to speak on some topic of interest. In the summer, our club meetings are held in one of the city parks to promote enjoyment of the outdoors. Before getting down to business, the group has a potluck dinner with hot dogs and hamburgers provided by the club, while members bring a side dish to share. The potluck and the socializing that goes with summer outdoors in Grand Junction gives everyone a chance to visit with old friends and a chance to meet and make new ones. At the end of the meal, it’s down to business. The WSATVA mission statement is to “support efforts that promote protection of public lands for the public, instead of protection of public lands from the public.” The club strives to live up to that mission statement so that there will be trails to ride for years to come.

More Info If you are interested in learning more about the WSATVA, all you have to do is go to WSATVA.org, or email the webmaster at lucky7@bresnan.net. Or you can write to: WSATVA P O Box 4283 Grand Junction, CO 81502-4283


racing Amsoil Ironman GNCC XC1 Results in Crawfordsville, Ind. 1. Chris Borich (SUZ) 2. Taylor Kiser (YAM) 3. Adam McGill (CAN) 4. Chris Bithell (CAN) 5. Jarrod McClure (HON) 6. Donnie Ockerman (HON) 7. Jeffrey Pickens (YAM) 8. Kevin Yoho (YAM) 9. Ryan Lane (Hon) 10. Mark Notman (YAM)

Chris Borich

Chris Borich Wraps Up GNCC Title at Ironman in Indiana Chris Borich wrapped up the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series championship with a win at the Amsoil Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Ind., Oct. 23-24. He earned the title with one race left to go in the 2011 series. The season concludes at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., Nov. 4-6. “It’s been a pretty stressful year and it feels good to finally wrap it up,” Borich said. “This is a big race and there are a lot of people here and it feels good to get the win at this race.” The victory—which came after he passed Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser and Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am’s Adam McGill on the last lap—gave the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider his third consecutive XC1 title. Borich battled up front with Kiser, McGill, Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am’s Chris Bithell and Hondamounted Jarrod McClure for most of the two-hour race. He was running second behind McGill at the halfway mark.

But then McGill got stuck on one of the gnarly hills and collected Borich with him, dropping both riders back to fourth and fifth. Borich clawed his way back and took the win. “I knew of a line at the four-mile mark and on the last lap I was in third and I took that line and ended up with the lead,” said Borich. “After I got the lead I just held on.” Despite getting flipped over in the first turn, Kiser turned in a strong performance to claim the runner-up position, marking his fifth podium appearance of the year. Kiser led at one point after working his way up from nearly last, and was less than two seconds off of Borich at the finish. “We charged hard today and the bike really hooked up and was running great,” Kiser said. In the XC2 Pro-Am class, Walker Fowler continued his impressive run to an undefeated season, taking his 12th win in 12 races. The Ballance Racing Yamaha rider passed $100 Motosport.com Holeshot

Photo Shan Moore

Amsoil Ironman GNCC XC2 Results in Crawfordsville, Ind. 1. Walker Fowler (YAM) 2. Gabe Phillips (YAM) 3. Eric Hoyland (HON) 4. Braden Henthorn (HON) 5. Matt Hanna (YAM) 6. Parker Jones (HON) 7. Aarol Bright (KTM) 8. Tyler Bostock (HON) 9. Michael Lancaster (HON) 10. Nathan Wallpe (HON) GNCC XC1 Standings 1. Chris Borich (306/8 wins) 2. Adam McGill (261/2 wins) 3. Taylor Kiser (238) 4. Chris Bithell (235) 5. Brian Wolf (202/2 wins) 6. Jarrod McClure (170) 7. Bryan Cook (167) 8. Donnie Ockerman (166) 9. Kevin Yoho (152) 10. Jeffrey Pickens (136) GNCC XC2 Standings 1. Walker Fowler (360 points/12 wins) 2. Gabe Phillips (251) 3. Eric Hoyland (205) 4. Patrick McGuire (172) 5. Aarol Bright (170) 6. Matt Hanna (161) 7. Michael Lancaster (129) 8. Blake Kramer (120) 9. Nathan Wallpe (116) 10. Richie Brown (98)

Award winner Eric Hoyland on the opening lap and extended the lead to over two minutes by the end of the race. Walker can make history if he wins the series finale at Loretta Lynn’s by going undefeated in the XC2 Pro-Am class, in addition to his two overall wins this year. Despite getting off to a mid-pack start, Greg’s ATV & Cycle Yamaha rider Gabe Phillips claimed the runner-up spot for the third-straight race, passing Hoyland late in the race to do so. Hoyland held on for third on his Honda, and maintains third overall in the XC2 standings. Traci Cecco wrapped up the Women’s title with a third-overall finish and first place in the Women’s race. In the Youth race, Hunter Hart claimed his eighth overall win of the year in the 90 Open (8-11) class on a Cobra. November/December 2011 13


racing Chris Borich Wins A Thriller At The St. Clairsville, Ohio, GNCC A Last-Lap Pass Makes The Difference Chris Borich made a thrilling, last-lap pass on Brian Wolf to take a come-frombehind win at the ITP Powerline Park CanAm Grand National Cross Country Series race in St. Clairsville, Ohio, on Oct. 8. The win marked the seventh time this year the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider earned the top spot on the podium. He leads Adam McGilll in the series by 36 points. Dustin Canipe grabbed the holeshot at the start of the two-hour race. But it wasn’t long before Wolf put his GT Thunder-backed Honda into the lead, eventually stretching his advantage to 40 seconds by the end of the opening lap. While Wolf ran solo out front, McGill and his Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am teammate Chris Bithell battled Borich for second. However, Borich put on a last-lap charge that saw him pull within striking distance of Wolf. And with less than two miles to go in the race, the defending series champ passed

Wolf when the Ohio rider took a bad line out of a creek. At the finish, Borich took the checkers two lengths in front of Wolf, with McGill coming in third, another 10 seconds back. “It feels good to get back on top of the podium,” Borich said. “Brian set a good pace there at the beginning and he checked out on us. I was getting pit boards and he had 40-plus seconds on us, so I knew it was going to be a long day. I battled with Bithell and McGill for a while and I finally got comfortable with the track and started picking them off one at a time. We ended up catching up with Brian and it was a good battle right to the end.” Fourth went to Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser, while Honda-mounted Jarrod McClure finished fifth. Donnie Ockerman put his JET Suspension Honda into sixth at the end of the race, ahead of Yamaha riders Jeffrey Pickens and Kevin Yoho. Bithell and Canipe rounded out the top 10.

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ITP Powerline Park Can-Am GNCC XC1 Results in St. Clairsville, Ohio, Oct. 8 1. Chris Borich (SUZ) 2. Brian Wolf (HON) 3. Adam McGill (CAN) 4. Taylor Kiser (YAM) 5. Jarrod McClure (HON) 6. Donnie Ockerman (HON) 7. Jeffrey Pickens (YAM) 8. Kevin Yoho (YAM) 9. Chris Bithell (CAN) 10. Dustin Canipe (HON) ITP Powerline Park Can-Am GNCC XC2 Results in St. Clairsville, Ohio, Oct. 8 1. Walker Fowler (YAM) 2. Gabe Phillips (YAM) 3. Aarol Bright (KTM) 4. Eric Hoyland (HON) 5. Nathan Thomas (HON) 6. James Green (HON) 7. Patrick McGuire (YAM) 8. Matt Hanna (YAM) 9. Nathan Wallpe (HON) 10. Josh Whitehead (HON)

“McGill rode well and was actually in contention for the win a couple of times before eventually finishing third overall. I’m happy to see him on the XC1 podium again and earn a top three overall finish,” said Jimmie O’Dell, race manager for Can-Am. Added McGill: “I was leading for a while and I felt really good out there. It was rough out there and I didn’t finish how I wanted to, but I still made it on the podium.” In the XC2 class, Walker Fowler claimed his 11th straight win of the season, as the Ballance Racing Yamaha rider turned in another impressive ride. Greg’s ATV & Cycle Yamaha’s Gabe Phillips took his second runner-up finish in a row and seventh of the year, overcoming a first-turn crash to do so. Third went to Aarol Bright, claiming his second podium of the year, while Eric Hoyland maintained his third overall status in the XC2 series standings with a fourth-place finish. Honda riders Nathan Thomas and James Green finished fifth and sixth, with Greg’s ATV & Cycle Yamaha rider’s Patrick McGuire claiming seventh ahead of Yamaha rider Matt Hanna. Honda riders Nathan Wallpe and Josh Whitehead rounded out the top 10. Yamaha’s Traci Cecco won the Women’s Division, beating Angel Atwell and Kristen Atwell, who were both aboard Hondas.


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XC1 Results at the GNCC in Somerset, Pa. 1. Brian Wolf (HON) 2. Adam McGill (CAN) 3. Chris Bithell (CAN) 4. Taylor Kiser (YAM) 5. Chris Borich (SUZ) 6. Bryan Cook (KTM) 7. Donnie Ockerman (HON) 8. Kevin Yoho (YAM) 9. Jarrod McClure (HON) 10. Johnny Gallagher (YAM)

Brian Wolf

Photos Shan Moore

Brian Wolf Wins Hard-Fought Battle at Pennsylvania GNCC Brian Wolf took advantage of a late-race mistake by Adam McGill to take a thrilling win at the VP Racing Fuels Mountain Ridge Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series round in Somerset, Pa., on Sept. 24-25. For most of the two-hour race, no less than five riders were in contention for the overall victory. However, it was McGill who led the most laps, taking the early lead after making first-lap passes on Wolf and $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award winner Taylor Kiser. McGill’s Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am teammate Chris Bithell was among the frontrunners, along with Kiser on the Ballance Racing Yamaha, Wolf on a GT Thunder-backed Honda and series points leader Chris Borich on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki, as McGill led the pack through one of the toughest courses of the year. The battle for the lead heated up when Wolf passed McGill halfway into the final lap. However, the XC1 rookie got stuck behind a lapper with two miles to go,

allowing McGill retake the lead. At that point, McGill looked to have his third win of the year all wrapped up. But a half-mile later the West Virginia rider clipped a tree and watched helplessly as Wolf took the lead, and eventually, the win. “That last lap was pretty crazy,” Wolf said. “I let McGill go by at the start of the race and he took off like a bat. That last lap, there were so many lines in the rocks that you just had to banzai it and hope you didn’t break. “McGill was ahead of me at the end, but then he snagged a tree. It was anybody’s race but in the end I came out on top,” Wolf said. McGill finished second. Bithell rounded out the podium. Fourth went to Kiser. Borich suffered a flat tire on the final lap, but managed to salvage 16 valuable points with a fifth-place finish. In the XC2 class, Walker Fowler remained perfect on the year, taking his 10th win in 10 races and wrapping up the XC2 class title with three races

XC2 Results at the GNCC in Somerset, Pa. 1. Walker Fowler (YAM) 2. Gabe Phillips (YAM) 3. Eric Hoyland (HON) 4. Nathan Thomas (HON) 5. Aarol Bright (KTM) 6. Matt Hanna (YAM) 7. Michael Lancaster (HON) 8. Joshua Merritt (YAM) 9. Ryan Ratliff (HON) 10. Blake Kramer (SUZ)

Adam McGill and Chris Bithell

remaining. The Ballance Racing Yamaha rider was impressive in the slippery rocks and finished the race nearly four minutes ahead of Greg’s ATV & Cycle Yamaha’s Gabe Phillips. Honda rider Eric Hoyland rounded out the podium. November/December 2011 15


racing Walker Fowler Claims Overall GNCC Win In New York, Wraps Up XC2 Pro-Am Title Chris Borich came out on top of a hardfought battle with Chris Bithell and Adam McGill to top the XC1 Division at this year’s Can-Am Unadilla Grand National Cross Country Championship event in New Berlin, N.Y. Sept. 10-11. But it was XC2 rider Walker Fowler who claimed the overall victory, edging Borich on adjusted time by just over six seconds at the end of the two-hour race. After getting off to a mid-pack start, Borich moved into the lead midway into the race. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider hooked up with GT Thunder-backed Brian Wolf at the front as the two riders pulled away from the rest of the pack. However, due to the relatively short length of the course, it wasn’t long before the two frontrunners ran into lappers, allowing Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am teammates Bithell and McGill to catch up. For the next few laps, the four frontrunners took turns leading the race. “It was a good battle once those guys caught up,” Borich said. “Me, Wolf, Bithell and McGill were like a train, battling back and forth for awhile.” On the final lap, Borich passed McGill when the Can-Am rider took a different line, which moved Borich into second behind Bithell. With less than half a mile to go in the race, Borich made a bold pass on Bithell to take the lead, jumping one of Unadilla’s huge motocross jumps. “Bithell checked up and I knew I had to make a move so I thought, ‘okay, this is it,’ and I just hit it hammer down,” Borich said. At the finish, Borich took the checkered flag with about two seconds to spare over Bithell. McGill finished third, another three seconds back. “It was pretty crazy. There were a lot of lead changes,” Bithell said. “I would have liked to have taken the win, but I was happy to finish in second.” While Borich battled for the XC1 win up front, Fowler cut loose from the rest of the XC2 pack—which started on row two—and concentrated on catching the 16 November/December 2011

GNCC XC1 Results in New Berlin, N.Y., Sept. 10-11 1. Chris Borich (SUZ) 2. Chris Bithell (CAN) 3. Adam McGill (CAN) 4. Brian Wolf (HON) 5. Taylor Kiser (YAM) 6. Jarrod McClure (HON) 7. Bryan Cook (KTM) 8. Kevin Yoho (YAM) 9. Jeffrey Pickens (YAM) 10. Mark Notman (YAM)

Chris Bithell

Adam McGill XC1 riders. After hooking up with Ballance Racing Yamaha teammate Taylor Kiser at the halfway point of the race, Fowler was able to gain enough time to pull ahead of the XC1 riders on adjusted time and take the overall win. “I really owe Taylor a whole lot for this win,” Fowler said. “I caught up with him with three laps to go. I led him a lap and then I pulled over and let him go and he set a really good pace and we picked up a lot of time. “As soon as I tapped him he pulled over and started pushing me as hard as he could,” he said. The Unadilla race marked the second time this year that Fowler has clamed the

GNCC XC2 Results in New Berlin, N.Y., Sept. 10-11 1. Walker Fowler (YAM) 2. Nathan Thomas (HON) 3. Patrick McGuire (YAM) 4. Blake Kramer (SUZ) 5. Eric Wilczek (YAM) 6. Matt Hanna (YAM) 7. Martin Christofferson (HON) 8. Michael Lancaster (HON) 9. Nathan Wallpe (HON) 10. Aarol Bright (KTM)

overall win, the first coming at the Rock Run in Pennsylvania. Borich is looking forward to head-tohead competition with Fowler. “I’m looking forward to Walker moving up and actually having to race us head-tohead,” Borich said. Fowler also claimed the win in the XC2 class, making this his ninth win in a row in the division, and wrapping up the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series XC2 class championship with four rounds remaining on the schedule. Wolf, on the other hand, ran up front for most of the race, but an incident on a gnarly uphill left the Honda rider in fourth at the end of the day. “I was pretty consistent in second all day, and then we were coming up the hill before the white flag lap and I got stuck on the hill behind Bithell and that’s when Borich and McGill got around me and I just couldn’t reel ‘em back in,” Wolf said. Fowler’s win in the XC2 class was somewhat anticlimactic, so most of the focus was on the battle for second place, which boiled down to part-time GNCC competitor Nathan Thomas on a Honda and Greg’s ATV & Cycle Yamaha rider’s Patrick McGuire. Thomas capitalized on a good start and settled into second early in the race. Meanwhile, McGuire worked his way into third during the later stages of the race and was not able to catch the New York rider. Thomas ended up with second overall, his first-ever podium finish in GNCC competition. McGuire rounded out the podium.


racing Harold Goodman Wins Pro And Pro-Am Extreme Dirt Track Titles Michael Coburn won the battle, but Harold Goodman won the war at the final round of the 2011 AMA Racing ATV Extreme Dirt Track National Championship Series on Sept. 3 in Goldsboro, N.C. Sparks Racing’s Coburn won the Pro and Pro-Am class finals. But Houser Racing’s Goodman earned the Pro and Pro-Am championships. Heading into the Pro class main event, Goodman just needed to finish in the top five to take the title. Coburn earned the victory, but Goodman finished third. In the Pro-Am main event, Coburn led from start to finish. But Goodman, who finished fifth in the main event, had already wrapped up the Pro-Am title in the previous round. In the Pro-Am Unlimited class, Kirby Cooke held off Brad Riley to win the main event.

Michael Coburn Wins Three Classes In South Dakota Sparks Racing’s Michael Coburn won the Pro, Pro-Am and Pro-Am Unlimited main events in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Aug. 20 in the AMA Racing ATV Extreme Dirt Track National Championship Series. Racing on his home track, Coburn was second off the line in the Pro class main event, behind Harold Goodman. But when Goodman missed a gear, Coburn passed and held the lead to the end. Brad Riley finished third. In the Pro-Am main event, Goodman again jumped out in front off the starting line with Coburn on his tail, where he remained until just a few turns before the checkered flag. He was able to get past Goodman and hold on for the win. Riley finished third. In the Pro-Am Unlimited class, Kirby Cooke grabbed the holeshot but spun out early in the race and Coburn got by. Coburn then cruised to victory.

FINAL TOP 10 Pro Class 1. Harold Goodman 2. Michael Coburn 3. Brad Riley 4. Chuckie Creech 5. Kirby Cooke 6. Charlie Calloway 7. Brian Ace 8. Kris Bures 9. Damon Brown 10. Doug Crossway

Pro-Am Class 1. Harold Goodman 2. Chuckie Creech 3. Brad Riley 4. Nathan Wolff 5. Michael Coburn 6. Dustin Hoffman 7. Seph Padon 8. Daniel Chepkauskas 9. Justin Frindt 10. Charlie Calloway

Unlimited Class 1. Brad Riley 2. Kirby Cooke 3. Chuckie Creech 4. Michael Coburn 5. Nathan Wolff 6. Kris Bures 7. Dustin Hoffman 8. Brian Foltz 9. Daniel Chepkauskas 10. Paula Shank

RESULTS Pro Results at Goldsboro, N.C. 1. Michael Coburn (HON) 2. Kirby Cooke (HON) 3. Harold Goodman (HON) 4. Brad Riley (HON) 5. Chuckie Creech (CAN) 6. Charlie Calloway (HON) 7. Brian Ace (HON) 8. Jordan Rummage (HON) 9. Michael Houghton (HON) 10. Kristopher Bures (HON)

Pro Results at Sioux Falls, S.D. 1. Michael Coburn (HON) 2. Harold Goodman (HON) 3. Brad Riley (HON) 4. Chuckie Creech (CAN) 5. Kirby Cooke (HON) 6. Kris Bures (HON) 7. Charlie Calloway (HON) 8. Damon Brown (HON) 9. Doug Crossway (HON)

Pro-Am Results at Goldsboro, N.C. 1. Michael Coburn (HON) 2. Brad Riley (HON) 3. Chuckie Creech (CAN) 4. Dustin Hoffman (YAM) 5. Harold Goodman (HON) 6. Justin Frindt (KAW) 7. Daniel Chepkauskas (HON) 8. Jordan Rummage (HON) 9. Andrew Ace (HON) 10. Seph Padon (HON)

Pro-Am Results at Sioux Falls, S.D. 1. Michael Coburn (HON) 2. Harold Goodman (HON) 3. Brad Riley (HON) 4. Dustin Hoffman (YAM) 5. Nathan Wolff (HON) 6. Daniel Chepkauskas (HON) 7. Seph Padon (HON) 8. Charlie Calloway (HON) 9. Rich Schoeberl (HON) 10. Kirby Cooke(HON)

Pro-Am Unlimited Results at Goldsboro, N.C. 1. Kirby Cooke (HON) 2. Brad Riley (HON) 3. Michael J. Houghton (HON) 4. Chuckie Creech (CAN) 5. Nicholas Camilli (KTM) 6. Brooks Williams (YAM) 7. Michael Coburn (HON) 8. Jimmy Medlin (HON) 9. Dustin Hoffman (YAM) 10. Brian Foltz (HON)

Pro-Am Unlimited Results at Sioux Falls, S.D. 1. Michael Coburn (HON) 2. Brad Riley (HON) 3. Nathan Wolff (HON) 4. Kirby Cooke (HON) 5. Dustin Hoffman (YAM) 6. Kris Bures (HON) 7. Paula Shank (HON) 8. Chuckie Creech (CAN) 9. Daniel Chepkauskas (HON) 10. Dillon Conant (HON)

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racing 2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series Schedule Announced

2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series presented by DWT •

March 24-25: Millcreek, Pell City, Ala.

April 21-22: Muddy Creek, Blountville, Tenn.

May 5-6: Budds Creek, Mechanicsville, Md.

May 19-20: Sunset Ridge, Walnut, Ill.

June 2-3: Ballance MX, Oakland, Ky.

June 16-17: High Point, Mount Morris, Pa.

June 30-July 1: Sunday Creek, Millfield, Ohio

July 14-15: Unadilla, New Berlin, N.Y.

July 28-29: RedBud, Buchanan, Mich.

Aug. 11-12: Loretta Lynn Ranch, Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

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“The 2011 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series, presented by DWT, once again offered up the most exciting ATV motocross racing on the planet,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “We anticipate no less from the 2012 campaign, and are looking forward to another thrilling season.” The AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series was launched in 1985. It annually draws the top racers, teams and sponsors in ATV competition, making it America’s largest and longest-running ATV national motocross series. In addition to the AMA Pro Racing champions, the series also crowns AMA ATV amateur national motocross

champions for riders of all backgrounds and skill levels in 38 classes. “The ATVPG is excited to announce the ATVMX schedule dates for 2012,” said Director of ATVPG Sam Gammon. “We feel that next year’s schedule presents a new factor of excitement with the addition of the Ballance night race and also caters to the current ATVMX rider base.” In addition to national recognition, the series offers regional honors to riders who compete in all the rounds in their region. The North and South Challenges are designed to accommodate racers unable to contest the entire series but still commit to all the events in their region. Updates and more information can be found at ATVMotocross. com.

Photo Ken Hill

In partnership with the ATV Promoters Group (ATVPG), the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced the schedule for the 2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series, presented by DWT. The 10-round series will kick off March 24-25 at Millcreek in Pell City, Ala., and wrap up Aug. 11-12 at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

John Natalie


MARKETPLACE Feel The Power FMF Racing is now offering FMF POWER, which the company calls “a crisp, refreshing, all-natural power beverage loaded with a proprietary PowerBlend of clean, long-lasting healthy nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants for immediate and sustained power.” PowerBlend consists of natural caffeine, panax ginseng, green tea and yerba mate extracts. The company says the drink is designed to help deliver the elements every rider needs to reach the top of the podium. MSRP: $2.49 for a 16-ounce bottle Info: FMFPOWER.com

Delta Steel Wheels ITP has added two more choices to its Delta Series line of steel wheels, designed specifically for the 2007-2012 Yamaha Grizzly 550 and 700. Until now, steel wheels weren’t available for these models. ITP’s Delta Series steel wheels feature a lightweight D-window center design that the company says is both attractive and strong. Combine this high-strength center with precision-rolled rims and, the company says, the Delta steel wheels are 35 percent stronger than original-equipment wheels. These Grizzly 550/700 wheel replacements are available in 12x7 sizing and two color options: silver and black. MSRP: $51.95 for silver, $48.95 for black Info: ITPTires.com

A Hip Pack Introducing the Ortlieb Waterproof Hip Pack 2. Beyond this bag’s comfortable and versatile design is a unique waterproof roll-top closure that keeps your contents dry, even through the wettest of rides. There’s a wide adjustable waist belt with built-in ventilation and back padding, a zippered neoprene outer pocket, two mesh water bottle pockets and a dry and secure roll-top closure system. Compression straps keep the load secure. MSRP: $115 Info: Aerostich.com

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The following is a listing of events sanctioned by the ATVA. To find the events nearest you, locate your state and contact the promoter for complete details.

SQUAREDEALRIDERS.COM

NOV 20: PLASTER CITY: FULL THROTTLE MC INC, (760) 455-1773, FULLTHROTTLEMC.US

DEC 18: HARPURSVILLE: SQUARE DEAL RIDERS M/C, (607) 693-2634, SQUAREDEALRIDERS.COM

FLORIDA HARE SCRAMBLES DEC 3-4: MYAKKA CITY: 2 DAY EVENT, OLD SCHOOL DIRT RIDERS, (941) 962-5036

CALIFORNIA

ILLINOIS

ENDURO

MOTOCROSS

NOV 19-20: LUCERNE VALLEY: 2 DAY EVENT, AMA-DIST 37 SPORTS COMM, (760) 220-6575, DISTRICT37AMA.ORG

NOV 6: MASON: CROSSROADS MX, (618) 686-2769, CROSSROADSMX.COM

EUROPEAN SCRAMBLES DEC 11: PLASTER CITY: ROADRUNNER OFF-ROAD RACING CLUB INC, (760) 2759852, AMAD38.COM GRAND PRIX NOV 5-6: GORMON: 2 DAY EVENT, PROSPECTORS MC, (626) 285-9104, PROSPECTORSMC.ORG HARE SCRAMBLES NOV 6: PLASTER CITY: CHICKEN BONES RACING CLUB, (619) 921-9245, CHICKENBONESRACING.WEEBLY.COM

MARYLAND MOTOCROSS NOV 20: BUDDS CREEK: BUDDS CREEK MOTOCROSS PARK, (301) 475-2000, BUDDSCREEK.COM

NORTH CAROLINA MOTOCROSS NOV 25-26: FLETCHER: VICTORY SPORTS INC, (423) 323-5497, VICTORYSPORTSRACING.COM DEC 30-31: FLETCHER: VICTORY SPORTS INC, (423) 323-5497, VICTORYSPORTSRACING.COM

OHIO MOTOCROSS

NEW YORK

DEC 2-3: COLUMBUS: AMERICAN MOTOSPORTS LLC, (937) 358-2427, AMERICANMX.COM

HARE SCRAMBLES

TENNESSEE

NOV 27: HARPURSVILLE: SQUARE DEAL RIDERS M/C, (607) 693-2634, SQUAREDEALRIDERS.COM DEC 4: HARPURSVILLE: SQUARE DEAL RIDERS M/C, (607) 693-2634,

MOTOCROSS DEC 9-10: WHITE PINE: VICTORY SPORTS INC, (423) 323-5497, VICTORYSPORTSRACING.COM

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ATVA News November/December 2011  

The Official Publication of the All-Terrain Vehicle Association

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