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Michigan’s Motorsports Michigan’ Motorspor ts

April 2019

INSIDE:

2019 Season Schedule of Events First Out of the Chute Two Small Businesses in lapeer Work to Make Flat Track Great Again Moto Musings Rider's Corner Division Highlights & Updates

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APRIL 2019 Michigan’s Motorsports

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Well, spring has sprung ... or has it??? I'm really not quite sure. As we know here in the Great Lakes state, the change of seasons on some days can be a mix of all four just in a single day! Hopefully by the time you get this edition, sunshine will abound and the dirt will be flyin! As you know, now is a good time to make sure your memberships are up-to-date. Sign up now and avoid the extra time doing so while registering at your events. STILL only $15!! Purchase online at AMA-D14. org or at the races. As always, a BIG HUG and THANK YOU to all our contributors. Thank you for giving of your time so generously to write about your division. ‘Til next time ... take care, be cool, and safe. And as always, enjoy the ride... it all goes by in a blink.

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MIDWEST MELTDOWN:

Michigan riders dominate indoor flattrack in Battle Creek Story by Kevin Lambert Jr | Photos by Scott Perry of Brap City Digital KELLOGG EVENT CENTER (Battle Creek MI) | March 30 Chris "CJ" Clutter is by no means a superstar talent in the eyes of the masses; that stigma was shaken after this past weekend. The bay area native not only proved he could hang with the big dogs, he beat them at their own game! Clutter lead almost every lap of his 250cc main event besting local stand out Dylan Shaw by taking the checkers in the 250cc class. Clutter did not act surprised by the win or his performance. This cool approach was replicated with a win in the wild cat class as well! Other youth class standouts were Dylan Shaw, Trevor Gatlin and Charlie Jaques. Billy Ross struggled earlier in the night but pulled himself together, finding a clean line on the track that many could not see or even use; Ross managed to win 450 and open am classes with relative ease. Michigan's King of Cool Doug O'Boyle took home the hardware 30+ keeping his head even after 7 race restarts for a variety of fouls and big crashes. The seasoned vet has shown the youngsters the fastest way around the track time and time again. Colten Eddy continued his vintage dominance, stepping off a non-studded ice bike and onto the dirt, Eddy went to work leading a pack of Mid-Michigan boys Stryker

 Charlie Jaques makes a pass on the inside

 #78 CJ Clutter

 #9r Billy Ross en toute to 2 victories in Open am and 450 am


April 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 5 and Kyle O'Boyle to the checkers. Eddy also took second in the talent heavy 450 am. Ben Lowe was to hot to handle all night! This was no easy task as several regional pros were in the house such as Tristian Avery, Kevin Stollings, former National number 41 Brad Hazle and the favorite to win Kurtis Lee the mailman. The main event got interesting when Lee was hit for a false start and sent to the back row. This put Lowe and Hazle in a good spot as both men immediately moved out front Hazel kept Lowe in check for almost 15 laps when a series of mistakes were made in an attempt to try and get the lead failed; Lowe ran a Flawless race. Hazel did however get his redemption taking home the checkers in the Dash for cash. Aaron Fortenberry took 3rd in the open pro besting AFT pros Stollings, Jean and Bloss. Other standout performances were Evan Myers 1st in the 65cc class , Stryker O'Boyle's heat win and podium in his first ever dirt track race. Kyle O'boyle 2nd in vintage, Eric O'boyle 2nd in 50+, Kolby Gyomary took home 2nd and 3rd. Charlie Jaques took home second in the 65cc class after a nasty get off. And fan favorite Larry Davidson took home first in Michigan's first ever Hooligan race.

 #31s Dylan Shaw had some serious style!

 #48 Andy McRoberts getting passed by main event winner #71 Colten Eddy

#54 Doug O'Boyle hangs it out there for the win in the 30+

#31s Dylan Shaw and #78 CJ Clutter


6 April 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

2019 District 14 Board of Directors & Division Chairs PRESIDENT Thomas Dunn tdunn976@yahoo.com (517) 896-9757 VICE PRESIDENT Steve Beane motoxgiant@yahoo.com (313) 918-8944 SECRETARY Taylor Carpenter d14secretary@gmail.com (517) 802-9609 TREASURER Mark Robinson (no phone provided) amad14treasurer@yahoo.com MEMBERSHIP ADMINISTRATOR Molly Kidner d14membership@gmail.com (231) 670-5450 D14 WEBMASTER Dan Stephens d14webmaster@gmail.com LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR Rev. Ron Packer d14legislative@gmail.com (269) 548-7348 Dick Bigelow dickbarbbigs@aol.com (586) 677-0456 AMA COMMISSION - OFF ROAD John Zwerican (989) 871-3008 AMA COMMISSION - ROAD Kaye Johnson amakaye165@gmail.com (248) 459-1777 AMA COMMISSION - FLAT TRACK Kevin Lambert JR kevinthegoonlambert@gmail.com (248) 245-9919 RIDER REP - OFF ROAD Kevin Lambert JR kevinthegoonlambert@gmail.com\ (248) 245-9919 Steve Murray stevemurray15@gmail.com

Adam Alexander ama411@gmail.com 989-787-0411 ATV MX CHAIRPERSON Ryan Day dayryan93@yahoo.com (248) 251-3529 VICE CHAIR Christopher Ice Chris@cdiconstructiongroup.com 989-205-0487 POINTS KEEPER Danielle Day Dmpytleski@yahoo.com RIDER REPS - MX Dew Millhisler bowtech22@gmail.com 989-205-0443

ENDURO CHAIR Mike Maurer mikemaurer250@gmail.com (517) 763-9406 VICE CHAIR Jeramy Pelaston 937-459-8005 POINTS KEEPER Martin Ryerson martinryerson@aol.com 231-830-6767 RIDER REPS B/A/AA CLASS Vic Flegel pencilcraft@pencilcraft.com (989) 506-1487 Fred Kraemer fredjkraemer@gmail.com C, 60+ & WOMEN'S CLASSES Tina Flegel / (989) 875-8186 tina@d14enduro.org FLAT TRACK/TT CHAIRPERSON Courtney Cooklin courtney cooklin@gmail.com 810-837-2740

VICE CHAIR Meagan Green thegreens2626@gmail.com 810-710-7778 POINTS KEEPER Meagan Green thegreens2626@gmail.com 810-710-7778 HARE SCRAMBLE CHAIR Zack Keizer d14_hs_chair@yahoo.com 616-916-6713 VICE CHAIR Brian Kidner (231) 670-7418 POINTS KEEPER Mark Becker sarge184@aol.com (248) 672-1224 RIDER REPS Taylor Carpenter carpentertaylor63@gmail.com (517) 802-9609 Doug Zydbeck dzybek@yahoo.com 419-367-3868 Ryan Frost frost105@yahoo.com 231-798-5880 ATV HARE (XC) SCRAMBLES CHAIR Jason Cottrell (616) 502-6197 VICE CHAIR Taylor Ellis (no phone / email provided) RIDER REP Jeff Gramzow jngramzow@gmail.com (586) 201-6163 Chad Meyer cmeyer478@yahoo.com (734) 927-4543

Sarah Meyer smeyer450@yahoo.com (734) 927-4544 HILL CLIMB CHAIRPERSON John Radke radman4790@gmail.com (616) 308-9544 VICE CHAIR Eric Briggs (no phone / email provided) POINTS KEEPER Brix McFee brixmcfee@chartermi.net (616) 847-6265 ICE RACE CHAIRPERSON Christopher Ice Chris@cdiconstructiongroup.com 989-205-0487 MX CHAIRPERSON Kreg Bigelow kregbigelow@yahoo.com (810) 965-8764 VICE CHAIR - VINTAGE MX Steve Baginski bagsmx194@gmail.com (586) 321-5680 POINTS KEEPER Terri Sweet d14pointskeeper@gmail.com (517) 719-6264 RIDER REP Kirk Newman kirk.newman@yahoo.com 616-901-9207 ROAD CHAIRPERSON Terri Sweet d14roadchair@gmail.com (517) 719-6264

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2019 DIRECTORY

CHARTER CLUBS & PROMOTERS PLEASE NOTE: The phone number listed for your organization is the number that was supplied as the primary contact on your application

Battle Creek MC ..................517-993-7960 Bent Wheels CC .................586-854-1372 Big Air MX ....................... 231-578-3828 Brain Dead Racing ........... 734-735-3717 Bulldog Riders MC ............ 810-919-9821 Cadillac MC ....................... 231-775-7014 Dutch Sport Park .............. 574-292-3195 Flint MC ........................... 810-422-4383 Goshen IronHorsemen ...... 57-582-2299 Grand Kankakee TR .......... 219-221-0900 Grattan Raceway .............. 616-691-7271 Hill & Gulley Riders ........ 780-261-3433 JB MX Motors Park .......... 419-212-0838 Lansing MC ...................... 231-590-4242 Lucky Thumb MC ............ 810-404-2895 Michigan Mafia MXC ......... 810-348-4774 MI Offroad Events ........... 517-896-9757

MI Sprint Enduro .............. 517-581-2488 Muddobber MC ............... 765-998-2236 Muskegon MC ................... 231-286-5614 Owosso Motorsports ....... 810-690-5781 Plymouth Blackhawks ..... 574-904-3006 Polka Dots MC ................ 989-832-8284 Port Huron MC ................ 810-499-4760 Portland Trail Riders ......... 571-376-1437 Red Bud MX ................... 269-695-6405 Riders MC ........................ 260-249-0312 Toledo Trail Riders ............ 419-392-7117 Treaty City MC ................. 937-459-8005 Twin Bay Trail Riders ..... 231-5645-7905 Twisted MX ....................... 734-752-1134 Valley Motocross .............. 517-869-7815 Valley Trail Riders ........... 989-528-3365 Western Ohio Motorsports ... 937-917-1237

If your Charter is not listed, you will need to submit a Charter Application and $25 Charter Fee. If your application is currently pending, your listing will appear once your status has cleared. If you believe this information to be incorrect, please verify your status with the D14 Secretary, TAYLOR CARPENTER at 517-802-9609 or via email D14Secretary@ama-d14.org. Thank You!

directe All D14 membership, address changes, card replacements, missed newspapers and other membership related issues to the

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Visions by Thomas Dunn, District 14 President

RACING!

It’s time! Winter is losing it's grip! Cold and wet, too many times on the weekend, but it’s time to go racing! I’m obviously getting older, the weather seems to get too me more and more each passing year. I don’t ride in the cold like I used to. Seems like only yesterday, I rode my road bike all winter, and then left Michigan in a snow storm with Mark Becker to travel to Georgia for an Enduro in February. Don’t seem to have that in me as much as I used too. A lot of you still do! So by the time you read this drivel, the season starting right along with the spring of Michigan! The very first Motocross was delayed due to cold rain and mud, welcome to the spring season in Michigan. It has always surprised me that although we have an abbreviated season in Michigan, our Motocross riders out number every other State (we’re always close with California but with a 12 month season, they don’t count)!

The Hare Scrambles Division was the last holdouts of running events that were 3 hours! The Michigan History of Flat Track reads like the Hall of Fame! All the Great Flat Trackers came from Michigan! Our Ice Racing season, although on tough times the past few seasons, offers exceptional events and yearlong racing experience.

MICHIGAN

We offer it all to our members, 12 months of racing/riding opportunities! We offer hiking, biking, equestrian, water trails, and downhill and cross country skiing, boating and snowmobiling and over 50,000 miles of riding Off Road riding all year long! I bring this all up because statistics find that motorcycle riders/racers are one of the most diverse groups out there, up for everything and anything outdoors.

Year after year the AMA representation in this Great State, by you riders, show the country what racing means to Michigan!

We contribute to the economy in so many ways. Our events bring prosperity and economic value to every area we ride or recreate!

Red Bud! Need I say more? The best motocross track in the country, bar none!

We are big!

Off road has the World Famous JACK PINE ENDURO, the oldest running annual motorcycle event in the Country and the 2018 Club of the year in AMA!

We are DISTRICT 14!

We are Strong!

See ya at the races,


8 April 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

APRIL 2019 – by Steven Beane

• Sooo, we’re well into April and just now able to ride in lower Michigan. Good thing too, because the ISDE qualifier / sprint enduro is set for the weekend of April 6/7. The D14 and FES enduro series started in Indiana before a month off to regroup and get into the meat of the season. • The supercross season is winding down, and it looks like the title chase will come down to a Webb/Musquin battle – both mentally and physically. Webb has the most wins but Musquin has been faster at almost every round. Other early contenders have dropped by the wayside – Justin Barcia with numerous crashes and small injuries, Ken Roczen with fatigue and other issues, and Eli Tomac by letting Webb live rent-free in his head. • One of the coolest things ever is to take someone you hardly know, or who hardly rides, out for a trail ride. It can be an incredible day, and a great way to expand your group of friends. • KTM’s 790 adventure bike is setting a new standard in the “small-bore” ADV class. Still, I’m holding out hope that the Moto Guzzi V85TT will live up to its hype (early journalist reports suggest it will). • Jefferey Herlings’ broken foot still isn’t healed, but after teasing a campaign in the US Nationals, it looks like “The Bullet” will remain in Europe and race when he is able. Tim Gajser has provided the stiffest competition to Tony Cairoli, but a lot of that stiffness is a result of his numerous highspeed get-offs as he battles the Sicilian.

• The early part of the season wasn’t great for ProCircuit’s Adam Cianciarulo, but then he settled down and started winning races, including the East/West shootout in Atlanta. Lately though Star Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis has closed the gap, capitalizing on some Triple Crown inconsistency on Cinaciarulo’s part to close withing 5 points with just two West Coast races to go. • Honda threatened to blow up the internet when it unveiled a very production-looking version of an electric CRF. Lots of people, myself included, are skeptical of the promise of electric bikes, but there is no denying that that is where the development money is going. • AGAIN - there is still time to get hooked up with a club to help layout or staff a hare scrambles or enduro AND qualify for worker points. Don’t let that be the only reason you help out – at some point you should get involved simply for the good of the sports we all love. • Word out of Europe is that Torrot is separating the day-to-day business of small e-bike design and manufacturing from the GasGas brand it purchased in 2015. Some portion of the production of the gas-bikes may be headed to Asia, as the company filed this week to eliminate 10% of the workers at its Spanish factory. • Kailub Russell isn’t having the easiest start to the GNCC season, but consistency in the form of 2-1-2 finishes has him leading race winners Thad DuVall (3-3-1) and Stewart Baylor Jr (1-4-4) through the first three races of the campaign. • Mad props to Indiana factory Beta rider Mike Witkowski, who is sitting fourth in GNCC XC2, just a single point behind early-season sensations Evan Smith and Jonathan Girroir. Ben Kelley is dominating the class with three straight wins. • Another Beta rider, Cody Barnes, put his 125RE on the top step of the box for two of the three races in the new FMF sponsored XC3 125 pro-Am class in the popular off-road series. D14’s own Talon Soenksen sits in 10th in the class with 10-7 finishes after missing the first round. At PlusOnePerformance, we put the work in at the shop to make sure you get the most out of your ride, but we also like to ride and race too. Catch us at afterhourscycle.com or on the trail.

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April 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 9

Bulldogs M.C. MX Races From the Flat Trackers Perspective Story and photos by Kevin Lambert Jr.

I spend a lot of time at the race track, but sometimes I like to shake it up a bit. A late night text from my Buddy Steve Murray had me changing up my recent routine to come and check out the races at Bulldogs.

by Taylor Carpenter D14 Secretary

My first Impressions were pretty good, tucked back off of bitch run road in the woods the isolation reminded me of Ohio Fairgrounds races accept this was a motocross race and like 20 minutes from my home.

Well by the time this comes out we should have some racing under our belts.

The lot was packed and it was hard for me to find parking, thats a good thing for them though. I found Murdizzels pit and was imidiatly introduced to many of the Bulldogs staff, all were very friendly and welcoming! The atmosphere was very positive and family friendly. Racing was great! I got to see Steve Murray smoke some tires get back and take a second in his first moto. Between motos I had time to talk to a few Vet MX guys, who have expressed interest in Ice and Flattrack racing. Being an Iraq vet myself this was an awesome thing to see and I hope it can happen at select events in the future. I spoke with several flat track races and Jeff at JP speed about how biz was going for both of us. Moto 2 was coming up and Murdog landed the second whole shot of the day, led every lap and took the win and the over all win! As always I did. Live facebook feed interview with the man of the hour who got back up and kept racing to get the win on the day!

TIDBITS from Taylor

 Even the chairman pulls his weight around here! Kreg Bigelow leads by example on and off the track!

My overall opinion of Bulldogs M.C. is 2 thumbs up! And I recommend all D14'ers make some time to check it out!

If you have not already done so, please fill out your AMA and D14 renewals, save time at the races. When you get your cards take a picture, these pictures will be honored as valid cards. If you lose or misplace your D14 membership card simply send Molly an email, there is no longer a $6 replacement fee. Please keep your carbon copy form until you actually get your card, April is always busy for membership and will take a while to get through the paperwork behind the scenes that no one really thinks about. If you renew/ sign up online on a Wednesday print your receipt and that will serve as your card until it arrives. Please note if you sign up on a Monday or Tuesday more than likely you will not have it for that weekend's race, so please don’t ask. Please, please contact your Division Chairperson before you contact the Board. If there are any other questions, comments, concerns please let me know. Email or text work better than phone calls due to work constraints and hours when it comes to communicating by phone. When calling please identify the division in which you are inquiring about. Later TM

 A pair of nice old Hondas

 Steve Murray hard at work repairing his bike after he wrecked in moto 1


10 April 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

2019 AMA D14 EVENTS ATV XC CHAIRPERSON .................. Jason Cottrell VICE CHAIR ................................ Taylor Ellis

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Plymouth Black Hawks .... Culver, IN

JUNE 09

Bent Wheels CC ................... Rose City

16

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

JULY

ATV MX

14

T-Time Acres ...................................... ???

AUGUST

CHAIRPERSON .................... Ryan Day VICE CHAIR ............................. Chris Ice  = MI State Championship Race

18

T-Time Acres ...................................... ???

SEPTEMBER 18

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

APRIL 20

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

21

 Valley MX ........................... Stanton

27

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

28

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

MAY

18

 Polka Dots ........................ Midland

JUNE

09

 Big Air ................................ Newago Big Air .................................. Newago

22

MI Mafia MXC ................... Brown City

08

23  MI Mafia MXC ................... Brown City

ENDURO / FES CHAIRPERSON ..................... Mike Maurer

FLAT TRACK CHAIRPERSON ........... Courtney Cooklin VICE CHAIR ....................... Meagan Green

MAY 04

ST ........................ Owosso MS / Helvie

05

TT ........................ Owosso MS / Helvie

JUNE 08

ST .................................. Polka Dots MC

09

ST .................................. Polka Dots MC

15

ST ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

16

TT ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

22

HM .................... Celina OH / Nealeigh

23

HM (Rain) ........ Celina OH / Nealeigh

JULY

JUNE 06 16

Bent Wheels CC .................... Rose City Valley Trail Riders .................. Bentley

04 11

Polka Dots MC ....................... Midland Battle Creek MC ............ Battle Creek

08

Toledo TR ...................... Swanton, OH

22

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

06

Portland Trail Riders .......... Portland

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

\HILL CLIMB CHAIRPERSON ....................... John Radke VICE CHAIR ................................ Eric Briggs

12

ST ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

13

ST ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

MAY

14

TT ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

19

Goshen Ironhorseman ....... Goshen, IN

27

ST ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

JUNE

28

TT ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

08

Muskegon MC ................... Bridgeton

AUGUST

09

Muskegon MC ................... Bridgeton

TT - Dbl Header ......... Muskegon MC

AUGUST

APRIL

10

07

ISDE Qualifier (non D14) .. Battle Creek

11

TT - Dbl Header ......... Muskegon MC

10

Muskegon MC ................... Bridgeton

13

FES .................................... Roselawn, IN

24

ST ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

25

Goshen Ironhorseman ....... Goshen, IN

14

D14 .................................... Roselawn, IN

25

TT ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

18

FES ...................................... Kingsley, MI

MAY

SEPTEMBER 07

ST ........................ I96 Speedway / Dice

08

ST (Rain) ............ I96 Speedway / Dice

MOTOCROSS

JULY

JUNE

06

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

22

FES ................................... Matthews, IN

14

HM .................... Celina OH / Nealeigh

07

Valley MX ............................ Stanton

29

FES ....................................... Lawton, MI

15

HM (Rain) ........ Celina OH / Nealeigh

AUGUST

JULY

CHAIRPERSON ................... Kreg Bigelow VICE CHAIR ............................. Kip Bigelow

21

ST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

13

FES ................................... Marquette, MI

 = MI State Championship - Max Points

03 04

 Dutch MX ............. Bloomingdale

27

FES ......................................... Bentley, MI

31

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

28

D14 ........................................ Bentley, MI

AUGUST

28

ST (Rain) ........... Owosso MS / Helvie

01

 Valley MX ........................... Stanton

11

D14 .................................... Roselawn, IN

29

TT (Rain) ........... Owosso MS / Helvie

02

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

17

FES ............................... Morestown, MI

14

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

18

D14 ............................. Moorestown, MI

15

 Dutch MX ............. Bloomingdale

SEPTEMBER

21

Log Road MX .......................... Bronson

15

D14 - Sprint Enduro ......... Bentley, MI

22

Log Road MX .................... Bronson

21

FES ................................. Greenville, OH

28

FES ..................................... Fife Lake, MI

05

Dutch MX ..................... Bloomingdale

OCTOBER

06

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

06

19

Twisted MX .................................. Milan

NOVEMBER

20

Twisted MX ............................

Milan

02

FES .................................... New Paris, IN

26

Baja MX ................................ Millington

03

D14 .................................... New Paris, IN

27

 Baja MX ......................... Millington

10

D14 ................................. Greenville, OH

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

D14 - NEPG ............. Matthews, IN

.............................. Owosso MS / Helvie 22

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APRIL

.............................. Owosso MS / Helvie

06 07 07 14 20 21 27 27 28 28 28

Log Road MX ......................... Bronson Bulldog Riders ................... Millington Log Road MX .......................... Bronson Portland Trail Riders ........... Portland Valley MX .................................. Stanton Valley MX .................................. Stanton Twisted MX .................................. Milan Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan Battle Creek MC ............ Battle Creek Twisted MX .................................. Milan Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

05

Bulldog Riders ................... Millington

HARE SCRAMBLES CHAIRPERSON ....................... Zack Keizer VICE CHAIR ............................ Brian Kidner

APRIL

MAY

28

Plymouth Black Hawks .... Culver, IN

05

Cadillac MC .............................. Cadillac

MAY

11

Portland Trail Riders ........... Portland

19

Twin Bay .......................... Traverse City

11 12

Dutch MX (LLQ) ......... Bloomingdale Portland Trail Riders ........... Portland


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2019 AMA D14 EVENTS 12

Dutch MX (LLQ) ......... Bloomingdale Big Air MX (LLQ) .................... Newago

22 23

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

24 25

Grattan MX .............................. Belding Grattan MX .............................. Belding

18 18

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

23

Cadillac MC .............................. Cadillac

19

Big Air MX (LLQ) .................... Newago

 Cadillac MC ....................... Cadillac Valley MX .................................. Stanton

19 19 25 25 25 26

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan Polka Dots MC ....................... Midland Valley MX .................................. Stanton Log Road MX .......................... Bronson Valley MX .................................. Stanton Log Road MX .......................... Bronson

29 30

25 31

 Grattan Raceway ............ Belding

SEPTEMBER

05

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

01 02

Valley MX .................................. Stanton Valley MX .................................. Stanton

06

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

07

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

06

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

07

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

07

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

08

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

27

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

JUNE

07

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

 Red Bud MX .................

13

Big Air MX ............................... Newago

01

Grattan Raceway ................... Belding

13

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

02

Grattan Raceway ................... Belding

14

Big Air MX ............................... Newago

08 09 09 09 15 15 17 17

Big Air MX ............................... Newago Big Air MX ............................... Newago Portland Trail Riders ........... Portland Grattan Raceway ................... Belding Battle Creek MC ............ Battle Creek Twisted MX .................................. Milan  Battle Creek MC ..... Battle Creek Twisted MX .................................. Milan

14 21

 Dutch MX ............. Bloomingdale  Polka Dots MC ................ Midland

27 28

Log Road MX .......................... Bronson Log Road MX .......................... Bronson

31

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

08 14 15 21 21 22 22 28 29

Buchanan Portland Trail Riders ........... Portland  Portland Trail Riders .... Portland Big Air MX ............................... Newago Twisted MX .................................. Milan  Big Air MX ........................ Newago Twisted MX .................................. Milan Log Road MX .......................... Bronson Log Road MX .......................... Bronson

29

Polka Dots MC ....................... Midland

WHO'S READY TO RACE?

Greetings! A new season of District 14 off-road racing is upon us! A few reminders to help with a smooth start: 1. Review the rules for your series. All updated rules are now posted to the D14 Website. 2. Renew your D14 and AMA memberships if needed. Why renew online? Immediate receipt/ proof of membership, no delay from forms being mailed back and forth from events to the Membership Coordinator, no handwriting issues! No lost paperwork! Reduce time at event sign up! 3. Get your AMA Annual Minor Release, if applicable. 4. Questions about your series? Contact your chairperson. 5. Take a picture of your membership cards - that will be honored as proof of membership at events. 6. Monitor the club/promoter's website for updates on events, such as cancellations due to weather. www.ama-d14.org Good luck, have fun, and be safe!

Grattan Raceway ................... Belding

JULY

AUGUST

03

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

04

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

10

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

10 11

Big Air MX .............................. Newago MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

11 18

Big Air MX .............................. Newago Battle Creek MC ............ Battle Creek

OCTOBER 05

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

05

Dutch MX ..................... Bloomingdale

06 12

 Bulldog Riders .............Millington Log Road MX .......................... Bronson

12 13

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City  Log Road MX ................... Bronson

13

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

FIND THEM

ONLINE AMA – AmericanMotorcyclist.com D14 – AMA-D14.org MichiganVintageMotocross.com BattleCreekMotorcycleClub.com BentWheels.com BigAirMotocross.com BullDogMX.com CadillacMC.com DutchSportParkMX.com FlintMotorcycleClub.com GKTrailRiders.com GrattanRaceway.com I96Speedway.com LansingMotorcycleClub.org

LogRoadMX.com LuckyThumbMotorcycleClub.com MidwestEnduros.com (Hill & Gully) MichiganMafiaMXC.com MichiganVintageMotocross.com MuddobbersMC.org MuskegonMotorcycleClub.com OwossoMotorsportsPark.com PHMC-USA.com PolkaDotsMC.net PortlandTrailRiders.com RidersMC.org RedBudMX.com TheValleyTrailRiders.org ToledoTrailRiders.com

19 20 26 27

Twisted MX .................................. Milan  Twisted MX ........................... Milan Valley MX .................................. Stanton  Valley MX ........................... Stanton

VINTAGE MX CHAIRPERSON .......... Steve Baginski  = GP Series

APRIL 07 27 28

Bulldogs ............................ Millington  Battle Creek MC .....Battle Creek Battle Creek MC .......... Battle Creek

18

 Polka Dots MC ............. Midland

08 23

 Portland Trail Riders .. Portland MI Mafia MXC ................. Brown City

14

Big Air MX ............................ Newago

04 25

Dutch MX .................. Bloomingdale Log Road MX ...................... Bronson

28

 Polka Dots MC ............. Midland

13 26

 Twisted MX ......................... Milan Valley MX ............................... Stanton

MAY

JUNE JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

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12 April 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

Time Warpin' at Battle Creek

Story by Mark Becker | Photo courtesy of D14 Hare Scrambles BATTLE CREEK MC (Battle Creek MI)

This was a weekend to remember! April 6 and 7 gave us perfect weather and perfect traction for our first Sprint Enduro. I will attempt to convey this collection of memories for your reading pleasure.

wiener (mini dachshund) was about to pounce so I had to remain vigil. Apparently my lurking made them feel uneasy (admittedly, I have that effect). I tried to lighten the mood by announcing my wiener was a certified rabbit slayer. It failed. This will come back and make sense, stay with me.

I rolled in late Friday afternoon to find prime camp spots already taken. Since this was an ISDE Qualifier, many national riders were looking to set their destiny in offroad glory. Doesn't that sound elegant? I had to settle for less than ideal camp spot. No matter, they were serious and I was wanting to ride my "new" bike. I was settled in that evening when an attractive couple was walking the moto track. My attack

Battle Creek boys know how to set up a professional course. There was no doubt in my tiny brain where I had to go. Helen Keller could have ridden this track. Battle Creek m/c sets a high standard for the district. I wanted to check out their enduro-cross section. I needed ideas for our event. I liked what I saw. I've been riding this property for 25 plus years and this club always manages to keep it fresh. They

April 6 and 7 Battle Creek Sprint Enduro

dug out a small but fun double log jump at the bottom. This club always manages to balance a fun yet challenging track. This is something I have not mastered. Enough said. The MX course was 4 miles in length and the woods course was 5 miles in length which we had to ride 3 times each both days. Sunday had us riding the woods in reverse. Most riders preferred the reverse direction. Camping at these events is where the real fun begins. The campfire "trash talk" is legendary. Remember that attractive couple? They were from Texas and he was a Letter of Intent rider. That means he is a serious racer looking to represent our great nation. Well they relayed their encounter about me to

the group (before I sat in) and were told that's just Becker, he's harmless.Then I wander in and sit down right next to the wife. We exchanged pleasantries and I asked if they wanted to see a pic of my wiener. The wife recoiled in horror as I whipped my phone out. That's not the funny part, but it is funny. The husband leaned over to get a better view. Now that's the funny part. So as not to cause any further confusion, I was displaying a photo of my wiener dog. Everyone was so quick to judge. Yes, campfire shenanigans. Turns out, I am just as obnoxious sober as I was when I used to drink. Good Times. Saturday morning brought us a foggy background so the mini program was delayed until it lifted. I for one wel-


April 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 13 comed the delay. That would allow it to warm up slightly more to alleviate the crisp morning. By this time there was no real estate left. Parking was at near capacity. I heard that 300 riders were ready to take on this track. I changed out my rear tire to a more suitable soft terrain style. The gummy tire I had on there would not have been good for anything except that small rock pile in the woods test. I was ready and the bike was ready. Time to shake off the long winter of discontent. Every single rider was tired of winter and desired to rip some dirt. The time was upon us. Budget Racing is my theme this year. I restored a 1996 Honda CR250. This is my only race bike now and will be for years to come. I will have as much fun on my white trash ghetto build as the guy on the electric start, high end, Euro bike with the $9000 worth of payments. I am envious of those bikes but my strategy of dismissing those bikes as only nancy-boys would ride them is not working as well as I hoped. No matter. Racing is racing. Oddly enough, back in 1996 I was a new "A" rider that rode at a "B" level. History repeated itself. I struggled both days and constantly was fighting the bike. I love this Honda but it requires a skilled hand and common sense. By now you know I lack both. It was huge fun though. I had forgotten what it was like too ride an explosive MX bike in technical woods. Every blip of the throttle gave me new insight into the afterlife. Now that's a rush no words can describe. As Ted Nugent quoted, "It will cleanse your soul". I lined up at the very back of the "A" group. I had no delusions of doing well and actually held up a few "B" riders. 1996 suspension technology is on par with rotary phones. It gets the job done but leaves much room for improvement. The word "horrible" comes to mind. I finished the first day in survival mode and started questioning my very existence. My posterior had been reduced to dog meat. It was painful to sit down. I paid for both days

and intended to follow through on that. Budget racing means there is no quitting. Quitting is for self-righteous yuppies with disposable income. Since we were packed in tight for parking I got to interact with some long time friends. I always referred to this crew as the "Great White Northerners" since they all reside around the Traverse City area. Now they will be known as the Goon Squad. Starting with young Mr Ben Bragenzer . Here's a guy on his 3rd go around on the MX test and misreads a small jump at the northwest corner. This was the small jump that preceded a sharp left turn. Ben never shut down the throttle and launched himself into the abyss. His rear tire hit the berm of a corner that should have been several hundred feet along the track. So he cut course and separated himself from his bike. This could have been excusable on his first lap but it was his third. Goon .

He relayed this sad tale to me Sunday that all tracks blur into one another. when I saw him. My recall has been compromised that I forget names and faces. As I type Alas, not all is bleak. I met a fellow this out I know I had fun riding this budget racer. Craig Hamilton on a awesome track with the never end2002 YZ125 was shredding the track. ing roots that would deflect my front I remember his dad that I use to race wheel toward an immovable object. with. Mr Hamilton complemented my The moist dirt with braking bumps vintage CR and noted that fun can be that could rupture the spleen of a had on the cheap side as well. I re- lesser man. These are the things that ceived many complements on my bike will fade from me. What I will rememand the articles I wrote about my Hon- ber is the absolute joy of hanging with da. I've always had a "thing" for old my Race family experiencing my time bikes. They're like a time machine that warp. brings back only the good memories. Mark Becker #96 "Old Dog" I have raced so much over the years

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ENDURO / fes news by MIKEMAURER 2019 Enduro/FES Chairman

The Off-Road Banquet was a successful event will over 400 people attending at the Comfort Inn in Mt. Pleasant. We had D14 Hare Scrambles, Enduro, Sprint Enduro and Family Enduro series in the same room. The staff at the Comfort Inn did a great job with their hospitality and food service. We have already signed the contract to have this event at this same location in 2020. Mark your calendars for February 15, 2020 for next year’s banquet. We provided a schedule poster at the banquet for the 2019 events – 33 events in all four series. As soon as you publish a schedule in paper you can expect changes and we have a couple. I received a call from the UP Sandstorners the day before the banquet. They are going to have a Family Enduro on July 13th in Marquette. The club is planning a trail ride on Friday, the family enduro on Saturday and then another trail ride on Sunday. Hiopefully, school is out of session and your family can plan an early Summer vacation in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan. We attempted to have a couple of events provide points in both the D14 Enduro and the Sprint Enduro series. Originally the plan was both the events in September to be on both schedules – Sprint Enduro at Bentley on Septmber 15th and the Sprint Enduro in Ellsworth on September 29. The Twin Bay Club decided that they wanted to utlize a MX track and charge a gate fee for this event, so the September 29th event will only be points paying for the Sprint Enduro Series. I would encourage the entire “enduro family” to spend a weekend in northern Michigan. There will be a Family Enduro in Fife Lake on September 28th and it is a short drive to Ellsworth for the Sunday event. My next opportunity to provide and enduro update will be after our first events in Roselawn – April 13 and 14.

I will share the results and highlights. The results will also be available on the D14 webbsite – ama-d14.org. Enduro information can be found when you search for enduro. A D14 membership is recommended, but is not required to access the enduro information. After the Roselawn event the D14 enduro riders will have an opportunity to ride a hare scramble or sprint enduro in May, June and most of July. We will not have a D14 enduro until July 28 in Bentley. We are encouraging more riders to help the clubs and work the events. The Roselawn club require three full days of work and work weekends were posted on Facebook as well as a broadcast email. Craig Scott will be the contact for worker points for the Bentley event. The Family Enduro Series does have an events in May and June. We will be going to a new location on May 18th in Kingsley and the trail will be on private land – details to follow when a flyer is available. Another “off road weekend” is available as the Twin Bay Trail Riders will be having a hare scramble on Sunday and both events are in Northern Michigan. The June events will take us back to Matthews, IN on June 22nd and Lawton, MI on June 29th. Again, we are coordinating the late June event with a hare scramble Dutch Sport Park in Bloomingdale, MI on June 30th. The D14 enduro rider representatives did not change – Fred Kraemer, Tina and Vic Flegel. Martin Ryerson will continue to be our pointskeeper. I have asked Jeramy Pelaston to be the Vice Chairman this year. He and his wife Amy are at all of the events = D14 and Family Enduros. Please make sure you introduce yourself to this crew who helps makes our series a success. See you at the races!

A Rising Star Story and photos submitted by Ashley Thomas My son Devan Thomas has been on a dirt bike since he was 3,and he was able to do his first race in Battle Creek this past weekend. Last summer he bought a bike frame for $25, he did chores, he sold some of his stuff, he sold pop, water and popcorn outside of his grandmas business to buy parts to build his bike. His dad and him spent many hours in the garage putting his Kawasaki 80 together. Devan was so excited to do this and he had his uncle, grandpa and good family friend by his side racing too. He placed 6th on Saturday and 5th on Sunday. We are so proud of him and all his accomplishments. At only 10 years old he has done some pretty amazing things already and we are excited what awaits his future.


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FIRST OUT OF THE CHUTE Story and photos by Steven Beane

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ccording to the calendar, it’s spring in Michigan, so that means if you look hard enough you should see dirt bikes in the woods of this great state. And while there may still be snow and ice covering the trails in the northern parts of the District, the trail conditions could hardly have been better at the Apr 6 and 7th opener of the combined D14 Sprint Enduro series and Eastern ISDE Qualifier. Fog delayed the start of the Youth classes in the morning on Saturday, but by the time I arrived at the Battle Creek Motorcycle Club grounds with my sons, over 315 riders had lined up for their turn at the (moto)cross and enduro tests laid out for the event. Riders began the respective tests in 15 second intervals, breaking an electronic beam on entry and exit of the tests. Those with good cell coverage were able to follow their scores (and those of their competitors) on the LiveLaps site. Over the course of two days, riders with the lowest combined times will win their respective classes.

 District hot-shoe and 2018 ISDE competitor Tyler Vore was one of 20 Letter of Intent (LOI) riders hoping to qualify into this year’s event The early placement of the race on the D14 calendar meant that this was the first serious ride of the season for some riders, and the built-in intensity of the sprint enduro format meant that riders were suffering in ways that just don’t happen mid-season. The calendar placement also meant that there were some expected scheduling issues to sort out, and some unexpected bikes issues as well. Race Vollmar busted out of his college dorm for the weekend and his 200 was riding on new wheels, but an unexpected coolant hose leak added drama to his day. Some riders have been on the bike for months however. I last saw Alex Witkowski at the opening round of the National Enduro series in South Carolina way back at the start of February, and his speed suggested that he’s been riding throughout the spring. Witkowski’s Beta sported Hoosier tires front and rear, and according to the Indiana speedster the locally developed and manufactured tires hooked up really well in the Battle Creek soil. Not every rider at the Battle Creek event will be headed to the ISDE in Portugal in the fall, but every one of them had a terrific weekend to race in Michigan dirt and kick off the District 14 off-road season. If you’re looking for pro-level service for your bike or want to try out a new Beta or TM, call on the PlusOnePerformance crew. You can find us online at afterhourscycle. com or in the D14 woods.

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April 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 17

Two Small Businesses in Lapeer Work to Make Flat Track Great Again! Story and photos by Harvey Mushman

Tin Shack Cycle and Goon Glass & Rubber have a way of putting their money where their mouth is. The March 30th Midwest Meltdown was no exception as owner/operators Shawn McSparin and Kevin Lambert Jr. donated over $200 and collected nearly $400 from the grand stands to add to the Pro purse at the event. To add to that both men have been doing this type of stuff for quite some time since they first opened their doors.

 All good following the first romp in the woods

Tin Shack Cycle came to be in a small pole barn on the Lapeer city limits. Owner/Operator Shawn McSparin's business took off quickly once racers in Michigan realized that his steel shoes were high quality and affordably priced. But, Tin Shack's skills don't stop there, frame repair, shoe repair, wheel fab, motorcycle building and other custom applications as well as trackside support and parts top of the list of services...unless you count the support of many local and out of state events and several area racers to include Kurtis Lee, Brandon Kitchen, Billy Ross, CJ Clutter, Dylan Shaw and Ben Lowe. Shawn is also an AMA certified referee for track racing and has volunteered to help at several area race tracks. Goon Glass & Rubber has made a name for himself via in your face live "how to" facebook videos, volunteer work, service to AMA and D14, carbon fiber and fiberglass motorcycle parts, flat track parts sales, track side service and rider and event sponsorship. For the past two seasons GG&R has paid for year end awards for both vintage classes in D14 as well as Flat Track Canada. The generosity does not stop there, event sponsorship for last years State Championships, last year and this year's Wauseon vintage national and several out of area

 College freshman Race Vollmar gets support from last years’ 40+A enduro champ Steve Vollmar at the start of the enduro test

 Lambert and McSparin hard at work or hardly working? 

races. To top it off, GG&R offered a non studded ice racing contingency package and also racer support to Local and out of state racers to include Billy Ross, Ben Lowe, Henry Wiles, Jeff Carver and James Manaco. Helping racers and racing is a huge part of Lambert's program and it shows! If one thing is obvious, Lapeer Michigan leads the charge in the midwest flat track industry! And these two small businesses are making sure it will stay that way!


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