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Michigan’s Motorsports

JULY 2019

INSIDE:

2019 Season Schedule of Events Tidbits from Taylor

Miscellaneous Moto Musings High End Helmets... You Only Have One Head MISORVA & The ORVs Division Highlights & Updates

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LOG ROAD SPRINT ENDURO

LOG ROAD MX (Bronson, MI) | June 2, 2019

 Mark Becker Story by Logan Densmore Photos by Josh Cairl

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his seems to be the year of the rain. On Saturday before the Log Road Sprint Enduro we were playing dodge the rain all day long. Dark clouds would come in and it would start to sprinkle. Seemingly as soon as it rolled in though, it was gone. We thought we were going to get lucky and have a dusty event. At 8pm the final swell came in, this time we were not so lucky. The skies opened up and we got hammered for a couple hours, including hale. The Log Road Motocross crew did an amazing job with having the track packed up tight in preparation for this rain. We also laid the track out to the best of our ability to not go into any low spots. Come Sunday morning we were LOG ROAD continued on page 13

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Well, I think the dog-days of summer are finally here. Only in Michigan can you go from wearing fuzzy socks one day to turning on the air the next! Don't take these days for granted, because just as quick as the heat settled in, the race schedule has dwindled down to a single page. Have a blast this summer and remember to stay hydrated... 1/2 your body weight (in ounces) is what you need to maintain good hydration! Just a quick reminder ... make sure your memberships are up-to-date. Sign up now and avoid the extra time registering at your events. If you didn't know, you can do it online at AMA-D14.org. Remember to renew your AMA membership too! As always, a heartfelt THANK YOU to this month's contributors. Thanks again for giving of your time so generously to write about your division and helping spread the word about District 14 and all we have to offer to the world of amateur racing. ‘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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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

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DISTRICT 14 AMA District 14 Club Council is an organization that promotes motorcycle/ATV activities. The bulk of what we do and always have been known for is racing. With the long standing affiliation with the AMA and our clubs and promoters, District 14 racing is second to none in the country. We boast that Michigan has more AMA motocross riders than any other state, although our season is not as long as others. Our off road series continue to grow and the new Michigan Sprint Enduro Series is becoming a great cross over series bringing off road and motocross riders together to compete against one another. But over the years we have had to adapt and also become an advocacy group working with and being involved in government relations.

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The first word you see on the AMA logo. This is something we take for granted. We have the Right to Ride and Race, and we do so every weekend at the track or out on the trails or even at our practice track in our backyard! But there is always something or someone that threatens your rights to ride.

Be it the neighbors that built/bought their house next to a track and now do not like the dust or noise or traffic, whatever the reason and complain to the local government. Or the environmental group that wants to ban your access to land, trails or what type of vehicle you can own or ride. District 14 is there to help protect these rights in the local, state and federal levels of government. We work very closely with the AMA Legislative Division. We are on State Committees that oversee State Trails Systems working with the governor’s office and the Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation and Law Enforcement division. We watch, with your help, local ordinances and laws that infringe on those rights. At times we will ask YOU to act! We may ask that YOU attend a meeting We may ask that YOU contact your legislator or government official.

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VINTAGE MX

ALL TIME HIGH AT PORTLAND TRAIL RIDERS

Dillon Brooks looked really good on his way to a Transition top five

PORTLAND TRAIL RIDERS (Portland MI) | June 9, 2019 Story and photos by Steve Baginski Another great race happened as we headed to Portland for round three of the Allpro Auto and Off-Road GP series and round five of the Hot Foot Moto MVMX Series. We once again topped our previous race with an all time record high turnout with a total of 62 race entries. I don’t remember ever having that many racers at a race, ever! We also had the GP Series sponsor, Allpro Auto and Off-road, put up the $30 per class holeshot award money. We had a few bike failures and one knee injury in otherwise a fantastic day of racing. The track was prepped perfectly and was paired with even better weather. They moved the program along quickly,

even with their open practice starting at 10am, was no issue. The Historic and Schoolboy classes were off first with a total of nine racers. Ian Lee barely edged out Mike Mason for the holeshot money. He wouldn’t last long as he went big over one of the table tops, bending his bars and almost crashing. He decided to take his money and head back to the pits with a dnf. Mike was the new leader and pulling away. Tom Claerhout worked his way into second for a few laps after his usual slow start. He battled with Mike for almost four laps before taking the lead on lap six. He was having a few bike issues and never really pulled a large gap but did go on to another race win. Mike kept charging to come across in second as Brad Bolzman rode great to

round out the podium. Blake Argue and newcomer Michael Sangster had an early battle before Blake pulled away to take fourth. Michael had a few mistakes and even a slow tip over right in front of me on lap nine. He would be back up and for his first ever race, a fifth was a good finish. The Schoolboy race was a strange one as Aiden Brooks was inside the Historic top four when his bike seized up in the middle of lap five. He tried his best to get it going but it wasn’t going to happen. Alexis Argue kept her consistent speed for the entire race and took the race win. The Evolution class was once again the largest with 20 racers taking off. Mike Sokalski stayed in it the longest to grab the holeshot. Steve Delaney was close but went too wide and went down before

making it to the cones. Ken Allpro was a close second as he just chopped the throttle a little too early. Mike couldn’t hold onto the lead for long as Al Doneth was out front at the start of lap two. Al had some early pressure from Mike and Then William Dale, but with the long moto, Al went on to win with a comfortable lead of almost 20 seconds over Will. Mike held on to finish third after his holeshots and a good fight. Tom Claerhout raced two classes on nearly the same bike as he raced a Historic bike in Evolution. He once again had a super slow start but worked his way forward passing 16 racers to eventually end the race in a well deserved fourth. Joe Sangster switched to the harder to ride CR 250 for this race and rode very consistent as he started third and rounded out the top five. Rich Isza and Ray Brooks had a


July 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 7 it a few laps before his RM pipe melted the plug wire and ended his race early.

Tom Lee (130) and Santos Berlanga Jr (641) were close all moto long inside the top ten few lap battle until Ray had some issues and allowed Rich to pull away. Ken Allpro slipped back after a great start and kept Rich close for the last few laps. Rich didn’t get phased from the pressure and held on for sixth with Ken in a comfortable seventh. Tom Lee and Santos Berlanga had a close race once again. They started right with each other inside the top ten and finished eighth and ninth with Santos getting the edge late in the race. Garrison Goforth finally made his Vintage debut with an impressive finish rounding out the top ten. Victor Grahn also had a good race as just missed out on the top ten. Him and Mark Havalda were close the entire race as they finished eleventh and twelfth. Derek Michael switched over to Evolution so he could watch his son Nik race Innovation. Derek went back and forth with a few racers and held on to thirteenth. Ray rebounded from his early moto troubles but could only manage to make his way back into fourteenth. Jay Ottenwess had a good battle with Steve after Steve went down in turn one and also had some bike issues. Jay went on to take fifteenth as Steve finally figured out his rental ride to take sixteenth. Jeff Doneth started well but slowly slipped back as he would end the race in seventeenth with Bill Foster in eighteenth. Keir Krassa only made it a few laps around before he ended with a dnf. Dean Howard was also unfortunate as he too only made

Matt Howard (19) holds off Hayden May (/) early but would lose the spot late in the race as they finished third and fourth

The Innovation class was next with Eddie Morris on a borrowed CR500 grabbing a monster holeshot. His speed was unmatched and had lapped the entire field before the end of the race to take the win. Kris Gillett had a mid pack start but was up to third by the start of lap two. He was catching Gene Huntoon as he battled with Mark Cook. Kris took over second and left the battle for third between Gene and Mark. Mark would take over the spot on lap five as Gene was now getting pressure from Ray Brooks. After Eddie was gone, Kris held onto second by less than five seconds over Mark. Mark then put a little distance and finished a solid third. Ray made his way around Gene around lap five as well and the fight was on. Ray barely held onto fourth by less than a second or two over Gene as well as Derek Brooks closing in on all of them on the last lap. Derek had a good start and slipped back a few spots and then was back on the gas. He nearly made the pass on Gene for the top five on the last lap but ended up in sixth. Brad Gross and Mark Havalda II had a great moto long battle with Brad leading a lot of it. Then around lap nine, Brad made a mistake and lost the spot and one more to Nik

PORTLAND continued on page 8

Chad Morehouse (82) gets around Ricky Lamothe (96) and Brad Gross (78) early in the Transition moto

Rich Isza was fast but just missed out on the Evolution top five


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Steady starter Mike Sokalski has gotten every Evolution holeshot of the season so far PORTLAND continued from page 7 Michael. It took him another lap to regain the spot from Nik and chase down Mark. He tried his best but Mark was riding too good and couldn’t retake the spot. Mark would end the race in seventh with Brad in eighth. Nik had that good fight for a few laps but was in some obvious pain from an earlier crash and ended up back in ninth. Connor Goulet was putting in some good laps until his clutch went out and he had a tip over around lap nine. Fortunately he didn’t lose any spots and was able to round out the top ten. Blake Argue was looking good all day and battled his way to just outside the top ten to take eleventh. Steve Adema and Rick Murphy were with about six seconds of each for the first half of the race, then around lap seven, Rick lost a bunch of time. That’s all Steve needed to be able to relax a little and come across in twelfth as Rick lost about 25 seconds and then stayed there for the remainder of the race

Chris Williams showed some style but could only manage a second at Portland

Tom Claerhout (726) battles early with Brad Bolzman (07) before going onto the race win

Nick Wickerham was on the gas and led every lap of Transition


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Jeff Sterritt is enjoying the friends and racing in his first year of Vintage racing

Connor Goulet had an up and down race and finished in the top ten for the second race in a row to take thirteenth. Jeff Sterritt struggled off the start and had a tough time catching the fast field and only managed to take fourteenth. Roger Mckay was way off pace as he was a bike nowhere near the usual 490 he’s used to. He couldn’t get his 490 rebuilt in time so he brought out his XR200 just to get some points and walked away with only a few as he finished in fifteenth. Joe Hovorka only made a few laps and unfortunately ended the day with a dnf. He did however make it farther than Brad Bolzman did as Brad went down exiting turn three and messed up his knee. He needed help to get off the track but was able to load his bikes himself for the painful drive home with a few torn ligaments. The Transition class was last out of the gate with Chris Williams barely edging out Nick Wickerham for the holeshot. Nick would quickly take over the lead and never look back. By the end of the race, he had pulled out about a 30s lead over Chris. They both would lap the entire field besides themselves. Hayden May borrowed Nick’s CR and had a great battle with Matt Howard for third. Matt had the edge for the first five laps when Hayden took over on lap six and ran the distance to take the last podi-

um spot. Matt slipped back in the remaining few laps but held on to fourth. Mark Cook had a strong start but it was Dillon Brooks on the gas for the entire race. He started almost last and was catching Mark and was on his rear wheel with about three laps to go. As they came into the white flag lap, Dillon had closed the gap and was looking to make the pass. When they came through the last section, it was Dillon ahead of Mark by about 5 seconds to take fifth with Mark in sixth. Then unfortunately there was a scoring error but was not found until long after the protest time. Chad Morehouse should have been credited with seventh but was scored back in tenth. Lane Reiner borrowed a bike and after a mid park start, came across in seventh. Gene Huntoon had a good start in the top five but his nagging rib injury from Battle Creek dropped him back to eighth. Ricky Lamothe was another racer that had to switch to a trail bike for this race and he jumped on a stock CRF230 and muscled his way to ninth. Eli Hovorka had a good race with Ricky and was even in front of him for more than half of the race. Then with just a few laps to go, Ricky made the pass and Eli ended up in eleventh. Rick Isza

PORTLAND continued on page 16

Derek Michael switched over to Evolution so he could watch his son in Innovation

Eddie Morris borrowed a bike and lapped the entire field in Innovation


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JULY 2019 – by Steven Beane • We’re back! After what could realistically be described as a depressing May and early June, we’re back in the saddle and behind the keyboard. My memory isn’t what it once was, but I don’t ever recall so many races and ride days being cancelled due to inclement weather. Hopefully VTR and Muddobbers can be accommodated on the back half of the Hare Scramble and FES calendars. • However bad my month of June was, it pales in comparison to those suffered by Clement DeSalle, Tony Cairoli, and Jeffery Herlings. The MX Panda crashed his Kawasaki and sustained a broken tib/fib. Italy’s fastest MXer high-sided and popped out his shoulder, and the Bullet crashed on the back side of a jump during the sighting lap for his first Grand Prix all year and

received a broken ankle when another rider couldn’t avoid him. Advantage – Tim Gajser. • Al Shull is a man of many motorcycles, so I couldn’t have been happier when he said the TM144 we delivered to him earlier this year is the best bike he’s ever owned. • Kawasaki reintroduced the KLX300 to the trail riding world, and debuted a brand new KX250(F). • For it’s part Yamaha also introduced a spate of new models. The most interesting one perhaps is the YZ125X, based on the iconic YZ125 upon which the tuning fork company performs the most common off-road mods at the factory. • Kailub Russell is a race winning machine – his recent victory at the Snowshoe GNCC moves him one step closer to yet

another title. I’ve lost count, but it’s got to be his seventh or eighth. • Long term contract extensions seem to be in vogue this time of year. Eli Tomac reupped with Kawasaki, Ken Roczen inked a deal to stick with Honda for a very long time, and Marvin Musquin confirmed that he will be riding orange bikes for at least the next two years. In MXGP news, current MX2 points leader Jorge Prado signed a four-year extension with KTM. • Beta usually holds its dealer meetings every two years, and historically they have been in California. There is enough new (and good) news this year to warrant another meeting, and this time in conjunction with the AIM Expo in Columbus, Ohio. Besides the usual new-model introductions, service school, and business meetings, dealers will get to ride the new bikes and take in the huge industry gathering. • Speaking of Beta and Beta riders, a strong shout out to Cody Barnes and Mike Witkowski for their recent stellar performances in both GNCC and National Enduro series races. Barnes is leading the XC3 class (125cc) in GNCC, and he and Witkowski are nearing the podium in National Enduros. • GasGas and its parent Torrot have presented documents to the Spanish authori-

ties outlining plans to completely revamp the business practices of the trials and enduro bike manufacturer. • Sherco recently unveiled their line-up of 2020 models and revealed that all American business will be handled through longtime trials importer Ryan Young Products. • Speaking of trials, the somewhat niche discipline provides real benefit to riders of all other two-wheeled sports. There were a number of logs encountered, and easily handled, at the recent Grapevine Family Enduro that would have been daunting without trials practice. • It’s easy to get caught up in the fun and excitement of riding and racing and forget the seriousness of the endeavor and the possibilities of injury. It’s with that in mind that I offer my condolences to the family of Ryder Schnowske, a young man from Illinois who recently lost his life at a Loretta Lynn’s Qualifier in Millington, MI. At PlusOnePerformance and afterhourscycle. com, it’s our mission to provide you with the very best service possible so that you can enjoy every minute of your next ride. Whether you’re interested in getting into the trials game or want to check out a new TM or Beta enduro bike, we can help. Find us on the web or a Michigan trail near you!

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HIGH-END HELMETS … YOU ONLY HAVE ONE HEAD Story and photos by Steven Beane

Riding motorcycles can be a hazardous pass-time, but as anyone that rides will tell you, there is nothing like it on the face of the earth. Developing skills may be the best protection against injury, but even the most talented riders sometimes hit the dirt, and often that involves hitting your head. The most obvious way to eliminate or reduce the chance of injury when you hit your head is to have on a good helmet. The question is, what makes a good helmet? The science behind helmets has exploded in recent years – no longer is a hard shell and a single layer of polystyrene (the hard foam liner found in all helmets) enough to qualify as a ‘good’ helmet. A lot of engineering has gone into reducing the acceleration on the rider’s brain when the helmet stops but the body continues in motion. Low speed impact energy management has been recognized as important alongside the energy transmitted during high speed hits. And overall weight and helmet shell size has been recognized as having an important influence on the outcome of a crash when the helmet strikes the ground. Beyond the safety aspects, there are other considerations as well, like fit and comfort, sweat management, durability, cost, and aesthetics or looks. I’ve been blessed to have only had one real “bell ringer”, and fortunately I’m able to remember when and where it happened – others aren’t so lucky. Still, I’ve banged my helmet a few times on low-hanging branches, and I want to have the best outcome if and when my head does hit the ground. Nothing about constant headaches, eating through a straw, or slurring whatever words I could form sounds like fun. California-based company 6D burst onto the helmet scene five or six years ago, launching the ATR-1 which featured numerous innovations, and causing the science of helmet safety to accelerate harder than it had since fiberglass replaced leather as the material of choice for helmet shells. I bought one of those first-run 6D helmets, and since then

 6D ATR-1 have also purchased a Troy Lee Designs SE4 Carbon, and most recently the just-released Fly Formula helmet. Over the course of four very hot days I rode with all three of these helmets to formally evaluate how they perform in (thankfully) non-crash situations.

6D ATR-1

The 6D’s shape was revolutionary when it was introduced, and the size of the shell was dictated by the design theory – that by inserting rubbery, elastomeric cones between a conventional outer shell and an inner polystyrene inner shell, rotational and linear accelerations incurred in a crash could be managed at the rider’s brain. The cones created an air gap between the two shells, and 6D touted this as a way to help keep the rider’s head cool as well. In practice, the shell seems large, and the double shell concept contributes to a helmet that, at 1530 grams, is 15 grams heavier than a fiberglass shelled Arai VX3 Pro. The liner allows a decent amount of venting, but the ear pockets aren’t well sealed, allowing a decent amount of noise in. I had forgotten about the hot spot created on my left temple, and the weight of the helmet seemed to be applied to the center-top of my skull. This helmet served me well over the last five years, but it got retired after this most recent ride.

Troy Lee Designs SE4

Troy Lee Designs SE4

The Troy Lee Designs SE4 came as a result of a week of late-night web surfing, and without sale pricing would have approached the 6D’s $750 tag. It’s a beautiful helmet with the exposed carbon weave and strong design. Rotational accelerations at the rider’s head are supposed to be handled by the MIPS system seen in the interior photo. (MIPS is a thin layer of slippery plastic that allows the liner to slip relative to the outer shell). Impacts are managed by multi-density polystyrene in various thicknesses, with

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

2019 AMA D14 EVENTS ENDURO / FES CHAIRPERSON ..................... Mike Maurer

JULY 13

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

27

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

28

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

11

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

ATV MX

17

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

18

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

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

15

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

21

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

28

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

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AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

06

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

07

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

AUGUST

03

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

04

 Dutch MX ............. Bloomingdale

31

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

06

01

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

02

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

14

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

15

 Dutch MX ............. Bloomingdale

21

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

22

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

OCTOBER 05

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

06

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

19

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

20

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

26

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

27

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

Milan

ATV XC CHAIRPERSON .................. Jason Cottrell VICE CHAIR ................................ Taylor Ellis

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

AUGUST

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

SEPTEMBER 18

AUGUST

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

03

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

10

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

FLAT TRACK

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

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

JULY 12

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

13

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

14

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

27

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

28

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

AUGUST 10

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

11

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

24

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

25

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

SEPTEMBER 07

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

08

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

14

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

15

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

21

ST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP .............................. Owosso MS / Helvie

22

TT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP .............................. Owosso MS / Helvie

28

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

29

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

11 18 24 25

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

25 31

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

SEPTEMBER

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

SEPTEMBER

01 02 07

Valley MX .................................. Stanton Valley MX .................................. Stanton MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

08

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

07

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

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

08

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

OCTOBER

08

 Red Bud MX .................

06

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

14

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

22

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

02

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

04 11

NOVEMBER

SEPTEMBER

18

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

OCTOBER

JULY

14

HARE SCRAMBLES

11

CHAIRPERSON ....................... John Radke VICE CHAIR ................................ Eric Briggs

AUGUST

Buchanan

15

 Portland Trail Riders .... Portland

21

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

21

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

22

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

22

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

28

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

29

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

29

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

10

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

OCTOBER

25

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

05

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

05

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

MOTOCROSS

06

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

12

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

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

12

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

13

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

 = MI State Championship - Max Points

13

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

19

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

JULY

20

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

05

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

26

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

06

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

27

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

06

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

07

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

07

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

13

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

13

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

14

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

14 21

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

27 28

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

31

Milan

VINTAGE MX

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

JULY 14

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

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

04 25

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

03

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

28

 Polka Dots MC ............. Midland

04

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

10

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

10

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

13 26

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

AUGUST

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER


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actually looking pretty good conditions wise and the sun was shining and we were ready to race. There has not been a single off Road event at Log Road in nearly 10 years since their last Hare Scramble. They have just been doing motocross. We were excited to have another off road event on the property and so were the track owners. We want to apologize to those that were in the long sign up line. We are working with a new scoring system this season. It is a learning process for those working sign up and they want to get you through the line faster than you do, I promise you that. Please be patient with them as they learn the system and it will get better as we move forward. The youth race took off with 20 riders, one of our best youth turnouts to date. We hope to see that continue to grow. The youth ran 4 tests, 2 on the Cross test and 2 on the Enduro test. When the morning race was over we saw Charlie Zdybek win the Super Mini class over William Britton. Dave Dixon took the win in the Mini Class over Jake Bauman in second and Beau Casemier in third. Kole Parlin was on rails on his 65 and took the win in the Junior Class over Devan Thomas in second and Alexander Ingram in third. The youth are always fun to deal with in the morning. They are always enthusiastic and ready to shred the fresh course before the big bikes in the afternoon. LOG ROAD continued on page 14

 Doug Kelley

TIDBITS from Taylor by Taylor Carpenter D14 Secretary Hello all! All charters are accounted for (unless clubs have been added to schedules that I am not aware of). Thank you to the chairs for all of their help in accomplishing this! Clubs and Charters: please note Molly’s new address!!! You will need this to send D14 event report forms and membership applications to. If you do happen to need more D14 applications I have them. Send me a text or email with the address you would like forms sent to. If any current D14 member or

charter needs papers or past issues, please send me an email or text with your name, address, and what issue(s) you would like and I will get them sent out asap. If you have membership questions, please contact Molly. I will do my absolute best to answer your question, but she will have a more precise answer on what to do. Speaking about memberships, I am still getting phone calls on a Tuesday or Wednesday asking for membership cards to be to the member by Friday, you have a 95% chance this won’t happen. If you lose your D14 membership card like I have, simply email Molly (d14membership@ gmail.com) and she will get one out to you free of charge! Please keep in mind all of D14 positions are VOLUNTEER and occur in our “free time”. Suggestions, comments, concerns please let me know! Text or email are better due to work hours and con-

straints. Please identify your name, best phone number to reach you, what division and what you are inquiring about. I have my phone on me all the time, yes that includes even when I’m out racing.. Riders, clubs, referees, and family members please read your AMA rule book and the D14 supplemental rules to the individual division(s). I see rules being broken all of the time and some rules might just happen to surprise you. I swear there is something else I am forgetting but can’t for the life of me remember. Oh well, until next time. See you at the races. Later, TM 517-802-9609 d14secretary@gmail.com


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After a short delay the Big Bike race was ready to go under sunny skies and near perfect conditions. We started on the 2.5 mile cross test which consisted of some moto and a lot of slick grass track at first. Once there was a good rut formed on the cross test you could see the times go down as the traction went up. The Enduro Test started out 3 miles long including some moto, some single track, and some grass track. Once we put the 246 bikes through the short section of black dirt to the single track section the bottom fell out due to the overnight rain. We managed to get all of the bikes through the first section before that section of woods had to be bi-passed.

 Lance Reiner

 Brian Meyer


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 Dayton Webb

 Connor Gynn

 Blake Cain

All day long the battle for Grand Champion was between Tyler Vore and Alex Witkowski. Shortly behind them was Shane Spangler, Paul Kelley, and Jordan Mapes all battling for a Podium position. In the end Tyler Vore took the Overall Win and $250 cash, followed by Alex Witkowski in Second for $150 cash and Shane Spangler in Third for $100 cash. Other class winners included. Dan Petrie (A 30+), Troy Wartsler (A 40+), Sam Markley (A 50+), Kirk Newman (B 30+), Jean Lavallee (B 40+), John Cain (B 50+), Alex Hessman (C 30+), Kelsey Pacholke (Women’s), Luke Apostol (Lites A), Trevor Williams (Open A), Dawson Webb (Lites B), David Drouillard (Open B), Bode Meylan (Lites C), Dustin Stickler (Open C), and Kyle Petrie (Schoolboy 12-17). Round 4 is hosted at Dutch Sport Park on June 30th, stay tuned for highlights from that event.

 Luke Apostol


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Mike Mason airs out his historic bike while chasing down the Historic leader

Al Doneth was out front early and checked out for the Evolution win

PORTLAND continued from page 9 was also near their battle and would come across in twelfth. Brad Gross had a good few laps racing with Gene but had some issues as he dropped back to thirteenth just ahead of Robert Trombley. Colin Cook was putting in some fast laps but once again a bike failure ended his race after only five laps. Dylan Lorenz was on a borrowed bike and was also putting in some fast laps when his bike started to make some noises around lap four and he decided to call it quits with a dnf. It’s great to see the continued support and growth of Vintage racing in Michigan. Our race at MXC is already in the books and we will take a few weeks off before returning to Big Air for round seven on July 14th. That is our only race in July and then it’s off to Dutch Sport Park on August 4th. After that is round nine and a vintage only race at Log Road on August 25th. For any questions or info, please check out www.michiganvintagemotocross.com. Thanks for checking in and I look forward to seeing everyone at the races. RESULTS: PORTLAND 6/9/19 – Historic: 1. T. Claerhout (Yam); 2. M. Mason (Suz); 3. B. Bolzman (Yam); 4. B. Argue (Hon); 5. M. Sangster (Hon) Schoolboy: 1. A. Argue (Hon); Evolution: 1. A. Doneth (Yam); 2. W. Dale (Yam); 3. M. Sokalski (Hon); 4. T. Claerhout (Yam); 5. J. Sangster (Hon); 6. R. Isza (Hon); 7. K. Argue (Hon); 8. S. Berlanga Jr (Yam); 9. T. Lee (Ktm); 10. G. Goforth (Mai); 11. V. Grahn (Yam); 12. M. Havalda (Suz); 13. D. Michael (Hon); 14. R. Brooks (Suz); 15. J. Ottenwess (Yam); 16. S. Delaney (Hon); 17. J. Doneth (Hon); 18. W. Foster (Yam) Innovation: 1. E. Morris (Hon); 2. K. Gillett (Kaw); 3. M. Cook (Kaw); 4. R. Brooks (Suz); 5. G. Huntoon (Kaw); 6. De. Brooks (Suz); 7. M. Havalda II (Hon); 8. B. Gross (Yam); 9. N. Michael (Hon); 10. C. Goulet (Hon); 11. B. Argue (Hon); 12. S. Adema (Hon); 13. R. Murphy (Hon); 14. J. Sterritt (Yam); 15. R. Mckay (Hon) Transition: 1. N. Wickerham (Kaw); 2. C. Williams (Kaw); 3. H. May (Hon); 4. M. Howard (Kaw); 5. Di. Brooks (Suz); 6. M. Cook (Kaw); 7. L. Reiner (Hon); 8. G. Huntoon (Kaw); 9. R. Lamothe (Kaw); 10. C. Morehouse (Hon); 11. E. Hovorka (Yam); 12. R. Isza (Hon); 13. B. Gross (Yam); 14. R. Trombley (Kaw)

Gene Huntoon (780) and Mark Cook (90) were in a good moto long battle inside the Innovation top five


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MISORVA & the ORVs Story by Thomas Dunn

The District 14 and CCC have met with the industry in the past concerning issues with ORVs including motorcycles, ATV, and SXS on public roads. The Michigan ORV Community has the best, most organized ORV program in the world. No place has the ORV system Michigan has to offer.

MOVING FORWARD

We need to and will continue to be a voice in the legislature. We need to let the legislator understand that anyone can say they represent the ORV community, but actions speak volumes. Hopefully we can work together to keep our ORV system all that we have worked so hard to provide for our users. District 14 will keep you up to date and a call to action may become necessary.

KNOW YOUR LEGISLATORS

Here is the link to find your Representative and Senator: Michigan House of Representatives www.house.mi.gov/MHRPublic/frmFindARep.aspx Michigan Snowmobile Association is now officially Michigan Snowmobile Michigan Senate ORV Association. As a private business organization I applaud them for www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html changing and trying to survive in a new climate of Michigan recreation. With less and less snow in Michigan and the bulk being in the Upper Peninsula and the major decline in snowmobile registration a new direction is the only way to proceed. Over the past month they have held regional meetings to fill their 81 member board of directors and push their new agenda of being the voice of ORV’s in Michigan.

WELL NOT ALL THE ORV’S

Motorcycles, full size ORV’s and what they describe as crawlers are not part of their plan thus dividing our user groups in what will cause issues of distribution of funding dollars between them and an increase in Permit Fees for our users. The MISORVA are pushing for seasonal closure of ORV trail between December 1 thru March 31st, which can and will hurt some small communities that rely on ORV traffic due to not having snow. ORV’s will be a part of MISORVA but they will still push for and represent snowmobiles first as seen on their webpage www.msasnow.org AMA District 14, American Motorcyclist Association and the Cycle Conservation Club have all been part of the original ORV legislation of 1975 and all ORV Legislation through today. We now have nearly 4000 miles of ORV Trails all signed, GPS’ed and mapped. Over 60,000 miles of county roads (Public Act 240) and state forest roads (Public Act 288) opened and mapped to unlicensed ORV’s.


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VINTAGE MX

TOUGH TRACK EQUALS CLOSE RACING MICHIGAN MAFIA MXC

Nathan Stephens leads the Transition class on his way to the overall victory MICHIGAN MAFIA MXC (Brown City MI) | June 23, 2019 Story and Photos by Steve Baginski We headed to Michigan Mafia MXC, the old Freelin, for round six of the series on June 23rd. We were back to our regular two moto format with a total of 36 signups. There were some mixed reviews of the all new layout during track walk and after practice. It was all new including the start going left instead of right. It took a few laps for most of the racers to get into the groove of the track. By the end of the day, everyone seemed to have a good time. The crew did pretty good in their opening weekend of D14 racing and I look for big improvements in their future races. The Historic and Schoolboy classes were off first again with a total of nine

racers. Joe Sangster took the early lead in moto one, but Jim Jobson was in the lead by the end of lap one. Joe held onto second while Mike Mason was quickly into third after needing a push start and hitting the gate. Blake Argue was battling with Stephen Phillips and Tom Claerhout as Tom was on a different bike and having some brake and clutch issues. Alexis Argue was leading the Schoolboy class ahead of Parker Jobson in second as he was chasing down Michael Sangster. Mike took over the lead on lap three with Jim and Joe rounding out the top three. Tom finally made his way around Blake as Alexis was now battling with Stephen. As they came over the last jump before the finish it was Mike leading the way and the moto win. Jim held on to second as Joe slipped to third after his holeshot. Tom made his way into

fourth even with his bike issues with Blake holding onto a top five. Stephen came across in sixth as Michael fought with the two SB racers to take seventh. Alexis rode mistake free to take the SB win with Parker in second. Mike had the start figured out for moto two and grabbed the holeshot with Jim and the field giving chase. He would get early pressure from Jim until lap three when Tom had his bike fixed and all over his rear fender. Tom would make the pass with the white flag waiving and go on to the moto win. However his first moto fourth was only good enough for second overall. Mike held on to second to take his first overall of the season. Jim ran third for the remainder of the race to take the last spot on the podium. Joe had a decent start but could only manage a fourth for fourth overall. Blake had better speed this moto

but was stuck back in fifth with a little gap over Stephen in sixth. Michael made more improvements on his way to seventh and seventh overall. Alexis once again was mistake free as she took the second moto win and the overall. Parker had some late moto issues and almost needed some help to finish, but he stuck with it, refired his bake and made it to the finish on his own for second overall. Transition was up next with Nathan Stephens making his return to Vintage racing and grabbing the holeshot. He had instant pressure from Lance Shelton and they had a great moto long battle. They were on the same straight the entire race when Lance made the pass right at the end of lap three. They had a good last lap but it was Lance taking the moto win with Nathan a very close second. Chad


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Lance Shelton was fast in moto one but a non vintage class ankle injury took him out for the day

Garrison Goforth (822) and Ray Brooks (015) battle early in Evolution moto one

Mike Mason and Jim Jobson (339) fight for the early lead in historic moto two

Morehouse and Matt Howard also had a great battle for third. Chad led Matt for the whole race but by no more than five seconds. Chad would hold on for third with Matt in fourth. Eli Hovorka and Gene Huntoon continued the pattern and had a great battle themselves, with Rich Isza just a little ways behind. They were also no more than a turn apart with Eli finishing in the top five. Gene settled for sixth with Rich in seventh. The gate fell for moto two and once again it was Nathan with the holeshot. Lance was missing from action after a mishap in 50+ swelled up his ankle and he decided it was best to play it safe and load up. So with Nathan opening a small gap, it was Matt into second with Chad a very close third. Gene was just ahead of Eli with Rich in sixth. Nathan was running steady laps when Chad made the pass on Matt for second and started to close the gap. Gene still had a slight edge over Eli but that gap was also closing up. With the race coming to an end, Nathan came through with Chad right on his rear wheel. They hit the last jump and straight full throttle with Nathan grabbing the moto win and the overall. Chad came across for second and second overall. Matt cruised by for third overall with the fight for fourth still going. Gene barley held on

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20 July 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News MAFIA continued from page 19 to take fourth for fourth overall with Eli rounding out the top five. Rich came across in sixth to take sixth with Lance dropping to seventh with his 1-dns finishes. The Innovation and Evolution classes were together but in different drops. Innovation went first with Tom Claerhout taking the first holeshot. He put in some fast laps and went on to take the moto win. Kris Gillett was a close second for the first few laps as they both pulled away from the field. Mark Havalda II had a very strong start but faded back to fourth just behind Gene Huntoon. Gene had a good ride to take the last Inno podium spot with Mark taking fourth. Blake Argue had some good battles with some of the Evo guys as he made his way into fifth. Steve Adema kept him close for a few laps and then slowly lost some time to finish back in sixth. Joe Hovorka also had some good battles with the Evo guys from the second drop as he finished in seventh. For the Evolution racers, it was Mike Sokalski with the holeshot and early lead. Dean Howard made his way into second by the end of lap one after a top five start. Rich Isza was out again and used his first class track time to give him a good start and ability to get into third. Joe Sangster had a good start but lost a few spots on the opening laps. He rebounded and made his way up to fourth before the end of the moto. Ray Brooks had a decent start but was slowed up in an early fight with Garrison Goforth and John Korte. Ray kept pushing and made a late last lap pass on John to take over fifth. John stayed close but finished the moto in sixth. Ken Argue had a good jump out of the gate but decoded to stall it going into turn one, He let everyone pass, gave a quick waive to me and then was gone. He kept making passes all moto long and eventually all the way up to seventh by the end of the race. Santos Berlanga Jr had a slow start, made his way into the top five early but then dropped a few spots back to eighth on the last lap. Garrison slipped back to ninth after some close racing with the top guys as Mark Havalda raced a borrowed bike from Joe to round out the top ten. Dale Darling and Jeff Doneth were close early but ended up having better battles with the Inno guys with Dale finishing in eleventh and Jeff in twelfth. The gate dropped for the second moto’s and this time it was Mark getting through the cones first. Kris was a bike length behind with Tom in third. Tom worked fast to get out front and at the start of lap two, had a little gap over Kris now in second. Gene also made the pass on Mark to take over third with Blake back in the top five. Steve was keeping him close in

Eli Hovorka showed some speed on his way to a Transition top five

Alexis Argue takes another overall win

Parker Jobson struggled a little but pushed hard in Schoolboy

Mike Sokalski once again led every lap in Evolution

sixth with Joe back in seventh. Tom settled into his fast pace to go on to another moto win and the overall. Kris took it easy and cruised to another second for second overall. Gene opened a nice little lead to take a comfortable third for third overall as the early leader Mark slipped back to

fourth for fourth overall. Blake rode well to a solid fifth overall as he finished just ahead of his dad Ken on his Evo bike. Steve and Joe came across in their same spots from moto one to finish sixth and seventh overall. It was more of the same when the gate dropped for moto two with Mike out

front. Dean had some issues with his rear brake and went down and took Joe with him. As the dust cleared and Dean tried to get going again, he noticed that his rear brake stay and cable were both broken and he wasn’t going any father. That was a major bummer as he finished second in


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Joe Sangster (849) chases down Rich Isza (672) late in Evolution moto two moto one and was looking for a possible overall. Mike was out front and pulling away and went on to win another moto and overall. Rich started second and was moving along but the pack was catching him. Ray was up to third and still closing with the white flag out. Ray made a last lap pass but he was bringing Joe with him. Joe was on the gas after crashing in turn one with Dean and had his head down. As Ray was accelerating towards the finish, Joe was right on his heels. Ray would cross first to take second and second overall on the day. Joe pushed hard all moto to earn third for third overall. Rich was bummed after his good start and only being able to hold on to fourth which dropped him to fourth overall. Ken, Santos and Garrison

were close for most of the race until Ken pulled just a little gap over them both. Santos made his way around Garrison and tried to get a tow from Ken. As Ken was coming to the finish, Santos was only a stone’s throw behind. Ken even had to give a quick look over his shoulder to make sure he could hang onto his fifth for fifth overall. Santos toughed out his own ankle tweak to take sixth for sixth overall. Garrison fell back a few spots from where he started to take seventh overall with his 9-7 scores. John had a decent start but a late first lap fall and a hard starting Maico dropped him all the way back to eleventh but his first moto sixth was good enough for eighth overall. Mark started to get used to the borrowed Suzuki to get him into

Tom Claerhout slides his way to a fast 1-1 in Innovation

eighth for ninth overall with Dale rounding out the top ten. Jeff rode hard to hold off John to take tenth but unfortunately was only good enough for eleventh overall. Deans bad luck continued on his Suzuki dropping him all the way back to twelfth after his great first moto second place. We now have a few week break for the fourth of July and Vintage Days at Mid Ohio. We will return to racing for our only July race at Big Air on the 14th. Then it’s off to Dutch Sport Park on August 4th before finishing out August for a Vintage only race at Log Road on the 25th. For any questions or info, please check out www. michiganvintagemotocross.com. Thanks for checking in and I look forward to seeing everyone at the races.

Mark Havalda II gets the jump on the start of Innovation moto two

RESULTS: MXC 6/23/19 – Historic: 1. M. Mason (Suz); 2. T. Claerhout (Yam); 3. J. Jobson (Hon); 4. J. Sangster (Suz); 5. B. Argue (Hon); 6. S. Phillips (Hod); 7. M. Sangster (Hon) Schoolboy: 1. A. Argue (Hon); 2. P. Jobson (Hod) Evolution: 1. M. Sokalski (Hon); 2. R. Brooks (Suz); 3. J. Sangster (Hon); 4. R. Isza (Hon); 5. K. Argue (Hon); 6. S. Berlanga Jr (Yam); 7. G. Goforth (Mai); 8. J. Korte (Mai); 9. M. Havalda (Suz); 10. D. Darling (Mai); 11. J. Doneth (Hon); 12. D. Howard (Suz) Innovation: 1. T. Claerhout (Suz); 2. K. Gillett (Kaw); 3. G. Huntoon (Kaw); 4. M. Havalda II (Hon); 5. B. Argue (Hon); 6. S. Adema (Hon); 7. J. Hovorka (Hon) Transition: 1. N. Stephens (Hon); 2. C. Morehouse (Hon); 3. M. Howard (Kaw); 4. G. Huntoon (Kaw); 5. E. Hovorka (Yam); 6. R. Isza (Hon); 7. L. Shelton (Yam)

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