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Michigan’s Motorsports

May 2019

Happy l a i r o m e m day!! INSIDE:

2019 Season Schedule of Events Open Heart Surgery on a Modern 4 Stroke Moto Musings Rider's Corner Shawn Kish rails a berm on his way to a last lap pass for third overall in Transition

Division Highlights & Updates

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2 May 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

VINTAGE MX

BIG TURNOUT AT BULLDOGS SEASON OPENER

Story and photos by Steve Baginski BULLDOGS MC (Millington, MI) | The 2019 season kicked off with a great turnout at Bulldogs M/C on April fourth. The racers came out in big numbers, and once again, the 47 Vintage signups made for the largest classes. The track was in great shape and was a challenge to some with them actually hauling in MORE sand! It was fun to watch as some great battles ensued as they moved through the program very smoothly. All of the morning racing was done around 2pm as the bench racing was in full swing. A big shout out goes to all the people involved with Bulldogs for another great day of racing. The Historic class was off first with Brian Woodward taking the first holeshot of the season and battle near the front all day. Mike Mason was out on a Suzuki in a close second but would have mid moto issues and end up with a dnf. Jim Jobson started just ahead of Stephen Grzincic followed by Brad Bolzman, Dave McLean, Stephen Phillips and Tom Claerhout. Santos Berlanga Jr had some issues when the gate dropped but was off and going as all the other racers were through turn two. Grzincic was quickly out front and pulling away before the end of lap one. He was putting in some fast laps until most of the way through the last lap when his bike started screaming and he had to shut her down. He tried to work with it to get it back going but couldn’t and ended the day with a dnf. The battle for second now became the battle for the lead between Brian and Tom. Tom worked his way through the field even after a recent knee surgery had him thinking of even racing. Brian, Jim and Tom were close the entire moto but late in the race, it turned out to be a fight between Brian and Tom. They went into the last few turns wheel to wheel with Brian leading the way. As they came out of the trees on the last straight it was tom out front to take the win with Brian a close second. Jim

VINTAGE continued on page 4

Gene Huntoon always seems to know where the camera is

Stephen Grzincic was looking great out front of Historic until a bike failure on the last lap of moto one ended his day

Al Doneth won all four of his moto’s, here he is in Innovation moto two


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Yea, it's May! Time for sun, flowers and motorcycle racing! Yes, I know, those 3 have nothing in common with each other. Doesn't matter, they all bring joy to someone and that's what life it all about! Hopefully, next time you read this paper, it'll be 80 and sunny... instead of cold and dreary like it is today as I write this! May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. Whether you are a motorist or motorcycle enthusiast, please remember to "share the road" and to be extra alert when driving. And with the holiday right around the corner, it's especially important to remember, PLEASE do NOT drink and drive (or ride). There is someone who wants and needs you to stick around for a long time! 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. ‘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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Dave Mclean stepped up his game in the off season to earn fourth in Historic

Dean Howard carves his way to third overall in Evolution

VINTAGE continued from page 2 rode strong to round out the podium. Brad was off to a good start but his moto would end on lap two in the infield with a seized up motor. Santos was on the gas playing catch up after a slow start and was in great battle with Dave and Stephen. Santos and Dave would pull away towards the end of the moto. The last time I saw them it was Santos in the lead with a half lap to go but in the end, Dave had one more pass in him to take over fourth. Santos finished out the top five with Stephen in sixth on his home track. Moto two was a little lighter as neither Brad or Grzincic would make it back to the line. However Mike was back out and took the holeshot followed by Jim, Brian and Tom while Dave had a slight edge over Stephen and Santos. Tome was quickly out front with a slight gap over Mike and the battling Jim and Brian. Dave came by next ahead of Stephen as Santos was having some bike issues and pulled off before completing lap one. Tom continued to pull away on lap two and three as Jim and Brian continued their battle. Mike came around off pace and I realized his left footpeg was aimed at the ground. That would slow him a bit but he was able to hold onto fourth. Tom went on to win another moto for first overall. Jim was leading Brian the entire moto but Brian must have learned from Tom in moto one and when they came out of the trees on the last straight it was Brian into second to take second overall. Jim had a good ride to take the last podium spot. Dave came across in fifth to secure fourth overall as

Tom Claerhout had to earn his Historic overall after his off season knee surgery Stephen rode consistent to take a top five overall with his 6-6. Mike dropped back to sixth with his dnf-4 while Santos nursed his bike to a seventh overall. The largest class of the day was next with the Innovation racers. Bryan Hoeldtke was first through turn on but

Mike Sokalski had a good day in Evolution with two holeshots and a second overall

had Al Doneth on his rear wheel. Gene Huntoon, Kris Gillett and Mark Cook were all in the top five to start the race. Mark Havalda was still liking the bigger 250cc bike and was just ahead of Roger McKay. Nikolas Michael graduated to the fast class and started great just in front of Brad Bolzman, newcomer’s Jeff Sterritt

and Mark Neubauer. Steve Adema was next battling Rick Murphy, Derek Michael, Garrison Goforth and Joe Hovorka. Tom Claerhout had signed up and made it to the gate but never made it over the gate before a major bike failure put him out for the day. As they started lap two, Al was into the lead and leaving it a battle for second.


May 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 5 Kris was holding it down with Bryan pressuring him until the last lap when Bryan wanted to see how the sand felt up close. It was enough for Kris to cruise to second but he remounted quick enough to hold onto third. Gene was a solid fourth for the entire moto and closed the gap when Bryan fell down but couldn’t make the pass. Brad and Cook had a good fight with Brad taking over fifth on lap three and held on with Cook in sixth. Nik rode great after moving out of the Schoolboy class from last year to take seventh just ahead of Roger and Havalda Jr. as Steve finished out the top ten. Derek and Rick had a good battle early with Derek ending up eleventh and Rick in twelfth. Neubauer, Sterritt and Hovorka were in the top fifteen as Garrison had some rear wheel issues late in the race resulting in a dnf. Al picked up moto two where he left off moto one, out front with the holeshot. Gene was a very close second followed by Bryan. Havalda Jr was bar to bar with Roger as Kris had a half a wheel over Cook. Nik was once again just ahead of Brad with the rest of the racers all close. Al checked out as they finished up lap one as Kris moved all the way up to second. He would continue his moto long battle with Bryan as Gene dropped back to fourth. Brad and Cook would challenge Gene and they would swap a few positions during the race. Nik was giving chase but was just off pace from the veteran racers.

Steve Adema wheelies over the rough stuff on his way to an Innovation top ten

Kris Gillett rode hard to hold onto his 2-2 in Innovation

Brad Bolzman figures out where that missing bolt went after his bike rebuild

By the mid race point, Al had a comfortable lead as Bryan was closer than ever to Kris as Gene and Cook were in a great fight for fourth. Nik was still just outside the top five but holding off the battle between Roger, Steve and Havalda. As they came to the finish and Al across the line with another moto win, Kris was barely ahead of Bryan coming into the final two turns. Kris had a quick check and didn’t realize Bryan was still so close and turned it up on the last straight. He would hold on for second and second overall with Bryan rounding out the podium. Gene and Cook were also still in their battle as Cook made the pass with just about a half lap to go to take fourth but landed in fifth overall. Gene slipped back one spot from moto one, but his 4-5 was better than Cook’s 6-4 to give him fourth overall. Brad had a great view of their battle as he was so close to them but would end the race in sixth for sixth overall. Nik and Roger were the last two on the lead lap as they finished seventh and eighth. Havalda and Steve were very close as they came to finish of their last lap with Steve leading the way. However as they crossed the finish it was Havalda coming across first to take ninth for ninth overall with Steve finishing out the top ten. Derek had a nice lead over Rick as they took eleventh and twelfth with newcomer’s Mark and Jeff finished thirteenth and fourteenth. Joe was getting used to his two stroke as he came across in fifteenth while Garrison had his first moto issues fixed but ended up in sixteenth. The Evolution racers were off next with Mike Sokalski taking the holeshot. Dean Howard was a few lengths back with Rich Isza in third. Al Doneth was back out starting fourth with Tom Lee in the top five. Mike Miller made his debut starting just

VINTAGE continued on page 14


6 May 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

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2019 AMA District 14 Racing has begun! April Showers bring cold and muddy racing! Motocross! Hare Scrambles! Enduro! Sprint Enduro! Flat Track! Hill Climb! All Disciplines of the District 14 are on the track and moving! As we start our racing season, we renew friendships and competition with our racing families. We get to spend time with friends on the course and around the campfires. Bench racing is often times as fierce as the actual racing on the track. THINGS TO REMEMBER! This is for fun! BE NICE! The clubs and their members are working hard too put on a fun weekend of riding and racing. The people at sign up are volunteering their time to help you navigate the sign up procedures, get your AMA and District 14 memberships renewed and or updated. You knew you needed to renew so take a breath and thank them for their time and help. Remember AMA and District 14 memberships are available online as

well as the AMA Annual Minor Release forms. A picture of receipt on your phone will work for all of these during sign up. I recommend you save them as some tracks don't have internet service and the ultimate responsibility is yours. Without proof of membership, a club or promoter may make you renew to be able to ride to protect them from legal problems that could take away the ability to hold events. If you have questions about how any of our racing divisions, rules and or classes, go online top www.ama-d14. org and you will find all sorts of info. Further assistance can be had by calling the Divisional Chairperson of the type of racing for which you have questions. My phone number is the first one listed, I can answer general questions and district questions, but do not know all the rules or class structure for each Division. For track info and cancellation please follow the tracks at their websites and or their facebook or social media accounts as they have the most current info. So let's all get out there and have fun this season and be safe. See ya at he races!


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

MAY 2019 – by Steven Beane

• It’s all becoming a little clearer now, and by Saturday night, it will be crystal clear … just like the vase that Cooper Webb will be hoisting as 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Champion. Sure Eli Tomac is mathematically still in the chase, but if Webb so much as lines up at the gate for the final at Sam Boyd Stadium, it will be the North Carolinian’s title. • Someone who won’t be holding a championship trophy is Austin Forkner. The Pro Circuit Monster Kawasaki rider blew out the ACL on his left knee in Nashville, tried to rest and rehab the joint, then blew it up entirely in the final at New Jersey. The new East Coast 250 series leader is Geico’s Chase Sexton. • It’s amazing what a couple of clutch disks can do to change the power delivery of a bike. I recently added the ‘racing’ clutch pack (three very special steel plates) to my EVO 200 trials machine, and it hooks up like never before. • As a yearly service reminder I’d like to point out to KTM (and subsequently Husqvarna) that the race season has just started in Michigan. Nothing like new bikes unveiled in April to make the old iron less special. • The Beta 200RR may be the sales sensation of the year in the off-road world. Much like the XTrainer before it, the 200RR addresses a part of the market that nobody else was reaching. In the case of the 1/5th liter bike, that’s a torquey, light weight, full-on trail bike, with creature comforts to make every ride a fun one.

• The Dakar Rally has officially left South America. Organizing body ASO has announced that - for at least the next five years – the historic and storied cross-country event will take place within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Not everyone is thrilled with the decision, so time will tell if more competitors and teams bleed off to the rival Africa Eco Rally held in at the same time. • The first enduro of the season was fantastic! The first enduro of the season sucked! How is this possible? Well after a crisp and clear day on Saturday, frigid temperatures and rain blasted riders at the Grand Kankakee Riders Sand Booger and Sand Goblin events. One rider told me he’d never been so glad to have a race end early. For my part I went home Saturday night and slept in my own bed, knowing that the contribution of my pre-entry fee was at least going to a good cause. • How fast is the new TM 300 EN? Without stretching the throttle cable I was able to observe an indicated 80mph across the field at Roselawn. The bike had more, but I had had enough at that point. • Speaking of TM, the new Michigan trail tags are available in a complementary blue color this year. Go buy a set (ORV and trail) and enjoy the fantastic trail system this state has to offer. • JD Beach broke a 38 year drought recently when he piloted his Yamaha-powered flattracker first across the finish line at the Arizona TT. Shayna Texter, a factory KTM rider in the AFT class failed to qualify just one race after beating the field – the right hand turns and front brake were more than she could master in short order. • There’s still time to do a little maintenance before the season gets in full swing – maybe put the bike up on the stand and see if the linkage, swingarm, and wheel bearings could use a little love. • We’re one month closer to my scheduled mid-life crisis … aka the arrival of the MotoGuzzi V85TT. The off-road capable tires will hopefully get a lot of Upper Peninsula dust on them before the season is out. At PlusOnePerformance, we do more than sell and service Betas and TMs – we ride and race them too. Hopefully we’ll catch you at the track or on the trail, enjoying this sport we love.

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Team Michigan Attacks Round 1 Story by Jeremiah Sherman Photos by 103 Photography

(Goldsboro NC | April 26-27, 2019). Team Michigan is back and I have two arms again. Tim Scherer Jr. an I went down last year at round 3 in New York last year with season ending injuries. We both have returned to full health with the rest of the team, dead headed to North Carolina for Round 1 of the 2019 NE-Extreme Dirt Track Nationals and Short Track Nationals. Probably one of the best off road facilities I've ever seen, Busco Beach ATV Park is a 2000 Acre private park and track with the smoothest red clay in the series. The Park also has hundreds of miles of trails and ponds, lakes, beaches, and camper hookups. Friday Night would be Round one of the Short Track Nationals, with a not so short track; its a fast track. Saturday is the all day TT Extreme Dirt Track Race. As a team we made a solid showing winning some classes and podiums all of us progressing the ranks. The Pro Lite Class has become a huge class full of the top Amateur riders in the country many looking to make the leap into the Pro class, all the while a local Air Base was hosting an air show. It was a great weekend, with great people, and an awesome track. Round 2&3 Is next month as a double TT event in Kinston NC, the team is healthy, as well as most of the machines. While having the down time between nationals, you'll catch some of us at the local flat track events getting seat time and testing. Round 4 will be our home event hosted by Owosso Motorsports Park June 21st and 22nd. Were looking forward to seeing D14 Riders coming out to see and ride in the event, if anyone needs help with setup and tires, Team Michigan is here to help, were always looking for riders. For more information go to www.ne-edt. com or check us out on facebook.

QUADS continued on page 15

 #829 Alaynnah Scherer getting her game face on for the main event

 Pro Am Class with #18 Jon Stierle and #814 Jacob Turner

 #33 Jacob Hall Pro Trike  #30 Charlie Sherman getting pep talk from dad!

 #003 Tim Scherer Jr in C class main event

 Pro Lite Heat Holeshot #814 Jake Turner #77 Jeremiah Sherman


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

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

JULY 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19

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

27

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

JUNE

28

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

08

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

09

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

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

CHAIRPERSON ..................... Mike Maurer

MAY 18

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

22

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

29

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

JUNE JULY

13

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

27

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

28

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

11

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

17

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

18

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

15

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

21

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

28

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

AUGUST

AUGUST 10

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

AUGUST

11

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

10

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

24

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

25

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

25

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

SEPTEMBER 07

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

08

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

OCTOBER 06

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

02

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

03

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

10

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

NOVEMBER

14

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

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

21

ST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

 = MI State Championship - Max Points

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

MAY

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

05

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

28

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

05

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

29

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

11

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

11 12

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

12

Dutch MX (LLQ) ......... Bloomingdale

18

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

18

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

19

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

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

27

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

01

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

02

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

08 09 09 09 15 15 17 17 22

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

22

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

MAY

19

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

06 16

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

JUNE

FLAT TRACK

AUGUST

04 11

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

MAY

08

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

22

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

06

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

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

04

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

05

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

JUNE

08

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

09

09

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

JUNE

MOTOCROSS

15

SEPTEMBER

CHAIRPERSON .................. Jason Cottrell VICE CHAIR ................................ Taylor Ellis Bent Wheels CC ................... Rose City

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

16

18

ENDURO / FES

ATV MX

15

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

JUNE


May 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 11

CONTINUED 23

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

23

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

29 30

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

05

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

06

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

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

JULY

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

AUGUST

12 13

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

13 19 20 26 27

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City Twisted MX .................................. Milan  Twisted MX ........................... Milan Valley MX .................................. Stanton  Valley MX ........................... Stanton

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

MAY 18

 Polka Dots MC ............. Midland

08 23

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

14

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

JUNE JULY

RIDER'S FLAT TRACK CORNER Story by Kevin Lambert Jr.

Flat Track Commission Rule Changes The 2020 edition of the AMA rules book is being combed through as we speak. Oddly enough some rules date to the inception of the AMA itself and that is moderately alarming in some cases but in some other cases not so much. Since 2018 the commission has been meeting in person and via conference call to sort out, organize, revamp, eliminate or add to the rule book. When casually reading through any past rule book one instantly notices a large amount of repeating going on, mix matched ice to flat track to quad areas and this list goes on. Rest easy because I am going to give you a small preview of the progress we are making.

03

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

AUGUST

04

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

10

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

04 25

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

10

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

11

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

28

 Polka Dots MC ............. Midland

* Substitute machines allowed with penalty line starts. * Five Vintage eras for districts to choose from. * Elimination of dirt sidecar classes & studded ice sidecar classes. * Ice fender rules clarification * I am still reading it!

11 18 24 25

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

13 26

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

These are all things as flat trackers and Ice racers we have needed for over a decade and we are finally making forward progress. I am honored to be part of the process!

25 31

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

01 02

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

07

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

07

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

08

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

08 14 15 21 21 22 22 28 29

 Red Bud MX ................. 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

05

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

05

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

06 12

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

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

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

Be sure to visit these websites often during the season and offseason to make sure you’re up to date on the latest and greatest!

TwistedMXMilan.com ValleyMotocross.com UPSandStormers.com

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

RECORD ATTENDANCE AT SEASON OPENER of the 2019 Kenda AMA D14 Michigan Sprint Enduro Series

alone. The action started off with the LOI (Letter of Intent ISDE riders) going first by numerical order. Tyler Vore being last years Grand Champion was number 1 and took off first. Tyler is looking to represent D14 again this year at the ISDE in Portugal. He got off to a great start and was leading by almost a full minute after 4 of the 6 tests for the day. In the 5th test Tyler ran out of gas near the end of the section, it took him nearly 2 minutes to figure out why the bike quit and flip it to reserve and get going again. Frustrated with the mistake Tyler had a big crash in the 6th test of the day trying to make up time. The days are scored separately so it was important to do well both days. Capitalizing on Tyler’s mistake was Nathan Ferderer from Minnesota. Nate was riding a 10 year old YZ125 and was absolutely flying on that thing. Nathan ended up taking the Saturday Overall Win with a time of 1 hour and 15 seconds followed by James King (1 hour 48 seconds) from Arkansas and Anson Maloney (1 hour and 49 Seconds) from California rounded out the Top 3. Tyler Vore (1 Hour and 58 Seconds) ended up

 Corey Dunsmore BATTLE CREEK MC (Battle Creek MI) | April 6-7, 2019 Story by Logan Densmore, Michigan Sprint Enduro Chairman | Photos by Vanessa Senyk When scheduling a race in Michigan on April 6th and 7th is a huge gamble to say the least. We all know that the weather can be snow to hot and anywhere in between. Somehow we lucked out and received perfect dirt and 60-70 degree Sunny days. I want to say thank you to all 354 riders that showed up for an amazing first two rounds of the 2019 Kenda AMA D14 Michigan Sprint Enduro Series presented by College Bike Shop and HBD MotoGrafix. The 354 riders beats our highest ever turnout of 226 by a landslide. That is just a sign of this series growing, and growing quickly. Saturday morning we had a little bit of fog to deal with and delayed the youth race by about an Hour. We had 16 kids that were geared and ready to tackle the course that the Battle Creek Motorcycle Club had laid out. At the riders meeting we asked who was new to Sprint Enduros. It was great to see that almost half of the kids raised their hands, most of which

was their first ever race of any kind. We handed out a pair of goggles to one of those new riders thanks to 100% Goggles. The youth ran the entire Cross Test and a slightly abbreviated Enduro Test. After they ran 4 total test on Saturday the Youth Overall Winner for the day was Jake Harris from the Super Mini Class. Jake had a total time of 49 mins and 3 secs. Jake was followed in the Super Mini Class by Charlie Zdybek in Second and William Britton in 3rd. The Mini Class was won by new 85cc riders Dave Dixon who was 2nd overall with a time of 51 mins and 6 secs. Dave was followed up by Jake Bauman in 2nd and Brayden Hardley in 3rd. The winner of the Junior Class was Kole Parlin with a time of 54 mins and 32 secs. Kole was contested by Zane Lobretto in 2nd and Cole Weir in 3rd. Saturday afternoon was time for the Adult big bike race. We handed out 2 pairs of 100% goggle at the riders meeting, along with a Kenda Tire. The Battle Creek Rounds 1 and 2 also played role as the 2nd Round of the AMA ISDE East Qualifier Series. We had riders come from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, California, Colorado, Washington, and many other states. We had a total of 299 riders on Saturday

 Booster

 Bode Meylan


May 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 13 Saturday in 4th place and Nathan Rector (1 hour, 1 minute, and 26 seconds) from Missouri rounded out the Top 5. Saturday afternoon also had the non Qualifier classes in it as well. This is the true heart of the MSE family. Talking with the riders throughout the day, they all had smiles on their faces and were having a great time. They started out on the Cross Test which was a 4 miles course set up on the Motocross track, and went through the faster, more wide open parts of the course. These guys were flying with times as low as the low 7 minutes. They then moved to the Enduro Test which was a 5 miles course with mostly single track trail. So there was a good mix of everything in the first two rounds of the series. The Enduro Test included rock piles, log bridges, and the Boughner Racing Extreme Section that had many different obstacles for the riders to face. The Pro Class saw Corey Parlin take the Round 1 win, followed closely by Shane Spangler and Alex Witkowski. Class winners included Doug Kelley (200A), Luke Apostol (250A), Ross Fernandez (OpenA), Josh Lobretto (30+A), Paul Guy (40+A), Brian Kidner (50+A), Shawne Collins (200b), Dawson Webb (250B), Cole Ughetti (OpenB), Justin Pawlowski (30+B), Jean Lavallee (40+B), Kim Mahncke (50+B), Bode Meylan (200C), Kyle Melzer (250C), Keagan Leep (Open C), Chris Fineout (30+C), Doug Zdybek (40+C), Jim Boskee (50+C), Robert Schwartz (60+), Kelsey Palcholke (Women’s A/B), and Julie Kelley (Women’s C). Sunday morning the youth were ready to tackle a course that would be totally different to them. 1 reason being that we turned the Enduro Test around to go backwards, and reason 2 because there were 299 big bikes that did 3 laps on each test. The kids were up to the challenge. We again handed out a pair of 100% goggles to a youth rider for Sundays race as well. Sunday saw Jake Harris taking the Overall win with a time of 49 mins and 29s. Jake Bauman was the winner of the Mini Class on Sunday and 2nd overall. The winner of the Junior Class was again Kole Parlin who was 3rd overall. The 3 morning classes each had the winner in the top 3 overall. The youth classes is the future of our sport and it is great to see that in the second year the attendance level of the youth is growing, especially with brand new racers. We had a first time racer come and race in the Mini Class on an older KX80. The cool part of about this story about Devan Thomas was that he purchased that bike with his own money he worked for and saved up. He spent a

 A Class  Anthony Krivi

 Anson Maloney

 Alex Witkowski

 Devan Thomas

 Zane Lobretto

ENDURO continued on page 17


14 May 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News VINTAGE continued from page 5 ahead of Dale Darling, Santos Berlanga, Jay Ottenwess and Mark Havalda. It didn’t take long or Al to move into the lead and check out. Sokalski dropped back to second along with Dean back to third. Rich was on the gas and staying with the lead pack with Tom and Santos now fighting for the top five. Miller was stretching a little lead over the fight between Dale and Jay with Mark right behind both of them. The best battle on the track was between Santos and Tom as the top four stayed the same for the next three laps. Santos took over fifth on lap three and held of the pressure from Tom for the rest of the race. Al went on to a comfortable win with Sokalski and Dean in the top three. Rich cruised to fourth with Santos holding onto his top five. Tom came across in sixth with Miller holding onto seventh. Mark made some passes making his way into eighth with Dale losing a few spots from the start to finish in ninth. Jay had some good laps and battled with Dale and Mark a little before dropping back to tenth. When the gate fell for moto two, it was Sokalski all alone for the holeshot once again. Dean came by in second with Rich just ahead of first moto winner Al. Tom was just ahead of Miller, Dale and Santos as Jay didn’t make the start. Al made some quick passes once again and was in the lead before the end of lap one. Mike and Dean slotted into their first moto positions. Rich was back in fourth as Tom was holding onto fifth. Santos was missing from his starting spot as Miller, Mark and Dale were all ahead of him before they started lap two. The top five all settled into a rhythm as Miller was currently holding down sixth. Santos was on the move as he made his way around Dale and then Mark. The next lap he had made another pass and was gaining ground on Tom as he was still in fifth. As they came to the finish, Al had a nice lead and another 1-1 on the day for his second overall. Sokalski rode good on a borrowed bike to take second with Dean rounding out the podium. Rich came across in fourth to take fourth overall as the fight for fifth was getting close. Tom had it but Santos was closing the gap, however as they were out with the 50+ class, their race would get cut a lap short as the top guys put them a lap down. Tom would hold on for fifth for fifth overall as him and Santos would swap moto scores. That meant Santos would take sixth for sixth overall with Miller in seventh. Havalda and Dale were no more than five seconds apart for most of the moto it seemed as Havalda would hold on to eighth with Dale in ninth. Jay would round out the top ten as he went 10-dns.

Evolution had some new faces as Rich Isza was one of them taking fourth overall The Transition class was off next with Chad Morehouse leading the way with Dean Taylor on his rear fender. Gene Huntoon and Colin Cook were side by side and just in front of the bunched up pack. Dean quickly went to the front of the pack and never looked back. Chad settled into second as Colin and Shawn Kish were close. Ricky Lamothe was back to fifth and just ahead of the battling Gene and Mark Cook. Rich Isza was out again racing two classes and was just in front of Eli Hovorka, Rob Trombley and Alex Mangini. Dean continued to pull away out front with Chad a solid second. Colin was holding down third as Shawn was closing the gap on the top three. Ricky was losing a little ground as he held off the battle between Gene and Mark. As they started the last lap, Dean was way out front with Chad now just ahead of Colin and Shawn. Ricky now had a nice lead over Gene and Mark as Eli and Robert were still charging. Dean crossed the finish first with an easy win with Colin making a last lap pass to take second from Chad. Chad would hold on to third as Shawn closed in and was a very close fourth at the line. Ricky finished in a lonely fifth as Gene got some breathing room when Mark made a mistake lost a few spots on the last lap. Gene took sixth and it was Eli taking advantage and moving into seventh. Robert kept charging and also made the pass to take eighth with Mark coming across in ninth. Rich finished out the moto inside the top ten with Alex taking eleventh. Moto two was a little different as it was Ricky with the holeshot barely edging out Chad. Gene and Colin were bar to bar and just ahead of Mark, Shawn, Dean and the rest of the

Mark Cook knows how to corner his CR250

Ricky Lamothe airs out the front table top after grabbing a holeshot field. As they were into lap two, Dean was once again out front and pulling away. Chad was still in second with Colin up to third. Shawn moved into fourth with Mark just ahead of Gene and Ricky. Eli had a slight edge over Rich and Alex as Robert faded back. The battle for second was the closest on the track as Colin was trying to get around the inside of Chad on lap three. Shawn was also still closing the gap and looking to make it a three way battle. Then there was a slight gap back to Gene as he was trying to hold off Ricky and Mark. Eli was next and Rich were next as Alex stalled mid lap and had lost a lot of ground. With the white flag out and Dean way out front, Colin was now into second

as Shawn was all over Chad and fighting for third. Gene came by in fifth as Ricky and Mark were still duking it out for sixth. AS they crossed the finish, Dean went onto an easy 1-1 and overall even though his bike was stuck in third gear from the first lap of the race. Colin took second to go 2-2 for second overall. Chad and Shawn fought to the finish with Shawn taking the spot for third overall. Chad dropped back to fourth as they swapped moto scores with Gene rounding out the top five. Him and Ricky also swapped moto finishes to drop Ricky back to sixth overall after taking the holeshot. Mark rode better but could only manage a seventh in moto two. Unfortunately that put him back in


eighth overall as Eli’s 7-8 was better giving Eli seventh overall. Rich ended the race in ninth for ninth overall as Alex came across in tenth but back in eleventh overall. Robert played it smart and ended the day in the top ten with his 8-11 finishes.

QUADS continued from page 9

I am happy to the start of the season so far as we now prep for round two at Battle Creek M/C on Saturday April 27th. That is also round one of the Allpro Automotive and Off-road GP series. That series will have 5 races that are a one moto format and will be 25 minutes long. That series finishes will also count toward the regular twelve race series. 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 – BULLDOGS 4/7/19: Historic: 1. T. Claerhout (Yam); 2. B. Woodward (Can); 3. J. Jobson (Hon); 4. D. Mclean (Yam); 5. S. Phillips (Hod); 6. M. Mason (Suz); 7. S. Berlanga Jr (Yam) Evolution: 1. A. Doneth (Yam); 2. M. Sokalski (Hon); 3. D. Howard (Suz); 4. R. Isza (Hon); 5. T. Lee II (Ktm); 6. S. Berlanga Jr (Yam); 7. M. Miller (Suz); 8. M. Havalda (Suz); 9. D. Darling (Mai); 10. J. Ottenwess (Yam) Innovation: 1. A. Doneth (Hon); 2. K. Gillett (Kaw); 3. B. Hoeldtke (Kaw); 4. G. Huntoon (Kaw); 5. M. Cook (Hon); 6. B. Bolzman (Hon); 7. N. Michael (Hon); 8. R. McKay (Yam); 9. M. Havalda (Hon); 10. S. Adema (Hon); 11. D. Michael (Suz); 12. R. Murphy (Hon); 13. M. Neubauer (Hon); 14. J. Sterritt (Yam); 15 J. Hovorka (Hon); 16. G. Goforth (Suz) Transition: 1. D. Taylor (Yam); 2. C. Cook (Yam); 3. S. Kish (Yam); 4. C. Morehouse (Hon); 5. G. Huntoon (Kaw); 6. R. Lamothe (Kaw); 7. E. Hovorka (Yam); 8. M. Cook (Hon); 9. R. Isza (Hon); 10. R. Trombley (Kaw); 11. A. Mangini (Ktm)

TT NATIONALS Round 1: April 27th Goldsboro, NC Round 2: May 25th Kinston, NC Round 3: May 26th Kinston, NC Round 4: June 22nd Owosso, MI Round 5: July 26th-28th Ashtabula, OH Round 6 Aug. 31st Hamlin, PA Round 7: Sept. 21st-22nd Ashtabula, OH SHORT TRACK NATIONALS Round 1: April 26th Goldsboro, NC Round 2: June 21st Owosso, MI Round 3: August 30th Hamlin, PA

 Open A podium Team Michigan Riders #34 Johnny Scherer and #77 Jeremiah Sherman

 30+ winner Jeremiah Sherman TEAM RESULTS #18 JONATHAN STIERLE - HORTON, MI Pro/am 400/450 - ST – 5th; Pro TT – 8th; Pro/Am 400/450 TT – 5th

 25+ podium Team Michigan Rider #814 Jake Turner 2nd Place

#33 JACOB HALL - CONCORD, MI Pro/am 400/450 - ST – 2nd; 3 Wheeler Open - ST – 1st; 2 Stroke Open ST – 1st; 3 Wheeler Pro-Am – 5th; Pro TT – 14th #34 JOHNNY SCHERER - WHITE LAKE, MI Pro/am 400/450 - ST – 6th; Open A- ST – 1st; Pro-Lite TT – 6th; Pro/Am 400/450 TT – 12th #814 JACOB TURNER - DAVISBURG, MI Pro/am 400/450 - ST – 7th; Pro/am Unlimited- ST – 7th; Vet 25+ TT – 2nd; Pro-Lite TT – 15th #77 JEREMIAH SHERMAN - FLUSHING, MI VET 30+ - ST – 1st; Open A- ST – 2nd; Open A- TT – 8th; Pro-Lite TT – 21st #33 BRANDON HALL- CONCORD, MI 3 Wheeler Amateur Open – 1st; 3 Wheeler Lites 200/350 – 3rd #003 TIM SCHERER - WHITE LAKE, MI Open C TT – 13th #822 ALAYNNAH SCHERER - WHITE LAKE, MI Youth Sr - ST – 3rd; 90cc TT – 3rd #814 MASON TURNER - CLARKSTON, MI Youth Jr - ST – 5th; 50cc TT – 5th

Dean Taylor was un catchable on his YZ250 in Transition going 1-1

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16 May 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

OPEN-HEART SURGERY ON A MODERN 4 STROKE Story and photos by Steven Beane

by Taylor Carpenter D14 Secretary

I had supposed at one time that I might become a surgeon, but for whatever reason (lack of suitable subjects to practice on, anticipation of long hours in a sterile environment, or perhaps because mechanical things were just more fun) I headed down the road to becoming a mechanical engineer. Interestingly, some of the principles of being an engineer very closely mimicked those of being a surgeon, and some of the mechanical devices encountered replicated the human body. Take for instance the engine on a modern dirt bike. Relied upon to carry heavy loads at all sorts of speeds in all sorts of conditions, the engine of a dirt bike is like the heart of an athlete. An instrument of precision, it is never a bad time to assess the condition of the engine, and make improvements where possible or necessary. The engine on this high-hour 2017 Beta 390RE was opened up for the express purpose of replacing the oil pump gears with a stronger part. Like many manufacturers, Beta had spec’d plastic gears for the oil pump, so despite showing no

TIDBITS from Taylor

The open chest … minus a clutch basket wear or cause for concern, the plan was to replace the original parts with steel gears. This particular bike was fitted with a kickstart from the factory – the gears on the left are the kickshaft gear (with the

return spring coiled around it) and the kickstart idler gear. The shift star can be seen near the bottom of the cavity, with the plastic oil pump idler and drive gear just ahead. The shaft in the center of the case is the transmission input shaft. The crank gear is driven by a geartrain from the starter (top center) during cranking, but upon firing the crank drives the clutch basket as well as the counterbalancer seen at the upper right. The Dshaped form in the center of the gear drives the water pump. There is nothing inherently wrong with plastic oil pump gears, and given their location (in a constant oil bath) they can provide quiet service for a very long time. Still, it’s hard to argue with the strength of steel. After removing the circlip and e-clip retaining the original gears, the new pieces were fitted, and the rebuilding process began. Afterhourscycle.com is the on-line presence of PlusOnePerformance. You can check us out there, or catch up with us at the track or trail if you’d like to know what’s going on inside your TM or Beta.

 Surgery a success … time to button it back up

Hello all! I honestly feel like a repeating record, anyway onwards. 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, May and June are 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 hypothetical 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 even call or ask. I DO NOT handle membership cards or like things, please contact Molly Kidner. Please, please, please contact your division chairperson before you contact the board. It is extremely likely I do not have the information you are inquiring about and will refer you back to your divisional chairperson anyway. If 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 your name, phone number, the division in which you are inquiring about, and what you are inquiring about. See you at the races. Later, TM 517-802-9609 / d14secretary@gmail.com


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SAND BOOGER FES / VINTAGE ENDURO Story and photos by Alex Shull | ROSELAWN, IN | April 13, 2019

 Mike Miller on his Pure Enduro Suzuki 250

 Michael Milakivoc on his Penton 250

The Sand Booger turned out to be a great race for the FES/Vintage Series with perfect weather and a good challenging trial as always. Had a good turn out of vintage bikes even a Puch was running. I had never even seen one before! Mike Miller took first on his super clean Suzuki PE 250 (Pure Enduro) even the carb and air box clamps were plated, dropping only 19 points and the amazing part of that was he had broken off the shifter half way into the race and finished stuck in 3rd gear! Michael Milakivoc took 2nd with 32 points on his 1975 Penton Hare Scrambler. Third place was taken by Derik Martin on a Yamaha It. Hoodies were given out to 1st and 2nd place and trophies to 1st thru 3rd. Thanks to our sponsors DC Plastics, Sticker World and Team Vintage. So come on out to Kingsley and give it a try, bike must have two of these three things to qualify, air cooled, twin shocks, and drum brakes.

ENDURO continued from page 13 lot of hours in the garage with help from family spinning wrenches and getting that bike ready for racing. He came out to Battle Creek and raced both days, finishing both days! He placed 6th on Saturday and 5th on Sunday! Great job Devan! Sunday afternoon started out with the riders meeting where once again, we handed out 2 pairs of 100% Goggles. A quick riders meeting was followed up by the LOI riders getting their bike out of the Impound from the night before. LOI riders were allowed 15 minutes to work on their bike after racing was completed Saturday before putting it in impound for the night not to be touched by anyone. They were released Sunday morning at 11:50am giving them 10 minutes to finish any work and warm up their bikes before starting day 2 at Noon. Leading the way to start Day 2 was Day 1 winner, Nathan Ferderer. He was on a mission to stay ahead of everyone else to be able to grab the weekend overall and the $500 cash purse. Nate had his YZ125 screaming all day long. Putting on a big charge on day 2 was Tyler Vore. He knew he needed to make up the 43 seconds he was behind on Saturday. Tyler was the quickest on the first test of the day, making it so that he was the first rider to take off the rest of Sunday. Tyler went on to win 4 of the 6 tests on Sunday taking the win for Day 2. Nathan Ferderer held on to a second place finish on Day 2, which was good enough to take the overall win by only 13 seconds. That’s only a 13 second difference over 2 days, 12 tests, and almost 2 hours of total racing time. Rounding out the top 3 overall for the weekend was Anson Maloney all the way from Northern California. James King took 4th on the weekend followed closely by Anthony Krivi. Sunday had a chance of rain in the forecast for the afternoon. Luckily other than a couple sprinkles as riders were finishing their last test, the rain held off completely. Riders were pleased with how the track shaped up on day 2. Talking with some of the riders during the race on Sunday, they talked about how the track got better as the day went on. Some of the riders felt like Saturday it was starting to get rough in the Enduro Test, but on Sunday by switching directions it got better and flowed more. In the Pro Class Shane Spangler Claimed the Top Spot, followed by Talon Soenksen in second and Alex Witkowski in third. Winners of the other classes on Sunday included A Overall winner for the Weekend, Josh Lobretto. B Overall Winner, Dawson Webb. And C Overall Winner Bode Meylan. Other winners included; Doug Kelley (200A), Luke Apostol (250A), Ross Fernandez (OpenA), Paul Guy (40+A), Brian Kidner (50+A), Sean Eisen (200B), David Drouillard (OpenB), Kirk Newman (30+B), Chris Kring (40+B), Kim Mahncke (50+B), Blake Cain (250B), Dustin Strickler (OpenB), Chris Fineout (30+B), Todd Brittion (40+B), Richard Bender (50+C), Kelsey Pacholke (Women’s A/B), and Julie Kelley (Women’s C). Thank you to everyone that came out and made the First and Seconds rounds of the Kenda AMA D14 Michigan Sprint Enduros presented by College Bike Shop and HBD MotoGrafix so successful. We were blessed with perfect days and great conditions. We are

ENDURO continued on page 19


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Mother Nature’s Sense of Humor Portland Trail Riders (Portland MI) | April 14, 2019 Story and photos by Sandy Lorenz & Kennedy Kebler April in Michigan has always been somewhat unpredictable, but the hand mother nature dealt seemed a bit stacked against us – it almost felt like a late April fool’s joke! Saturday’s practice was a hit with 140+ riders on hand to enjoy the 55 degree sunshine and perfectly groomed track, that provided riders multiple lines to challenge them. The thought that we would wake up to an inch of snow Sunday with 25 mile per hour winds and 30 degree temps, was the last thing on everyone's mind. After practice had finished on Saturday the kids were treated to an early Easter Egg hunt, which was a huge success, followed by a warm fire and some good old fashioned camaraderie. Then dawn broke and our worst nightmare became a reality, faced with the decision to cancel or not we put a post out to our followers on Facebook and asked what they thought we should do, with people already at the track and some on the way we decided on a one hour delay, and then we went racing! Yes it was wet, cold, windy, snowy, rainy and downright miserable but we made some little racers and their parents very happy. Besides, at the end of the day isn’t that what we truly race for? Family, friends, fun, and memories. I guarantee PTR members will not forget this race, and neither will those who attended. Thank you to everyone who both supported and worked to make this a successful weekend. Be sure to come join us at one of our future race dates, and make your own fun & memories with your family and friends. See ya at the races!

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 Nathan Ferderer

Tylor Vore ENDURO continued from page 17 really looking forward to the Third Round of the Series at Log Road Motocross in Bronson, MI on June 2nd. That event will have a great layout of motocross, lots of grass track, and a little bit of woods. This will be the first Sprint Enduro Held at Log Road so it is sure to be a good one, you will not want to miss out. Points are posted for Rounds 1 and 2, I have been notified by a few people that they were missing on the list, I will be correcting that as soon as I can and by Round 3 at Log Road, all points up to that point will be considered final. Thank you for taking the time to read this article and we will seeya at the races!

 Mark Becker

 Jake Bauman

 Junior Class

Todd Britton


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