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Michigan’s Motorsports

April 2015

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2015 Season Schedule of Events The Locals – Willbrandt's Backbone Detroit Supercross Don't Be Scared, Enduro Riding is Easy... Moto Musings Division Highlights & Updates

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Starting Lines a few words

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Mother Nature – what a tease she's been lately, eh? What the heck is up with waking up to 6" of snow out of the blue! Well, now that that stuff is all gone, the rain and muddy mess left behind on my property surely is an indication that Spring has officially arrived. Yay! Born and raised here, I do love the change of seasons in Michigan... with the except of the rain. I’ll take the warm weather any day, but I can definitely do without the wet stuff. We're jammed packed again, so just a quick reminder ... before the season starts up in full gear, make sure your membership is up-to-date. Sign up now and avoid the extra time doing so while registering at your events. Remember to renew your AMA membership too! THANK YOU to all our contributors for giving of your time so generously to write about your division. XOXO! ‘Til next time ... take care, stay warm, and safe. And as always, enjoy the ride... it all goes by in a blink.

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Contributors – In order of appearance – Matt Pranger / SpeedPunksImages.com, Bill Smith, Jesse Ziegler, Dir� Rider Magazine, Bob Miller, Thomas Dunn, Talon Soenksen, Brook Gentz, Six10 MX Photog�aphy, Robbin Pangbor�, Mike Maurer, Steve Beane, and last, but not least Noah Rober� & The Rochester Sentinel

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Don’t Be Scared, Enduro Racing Is Easy… Sort Of! By Jesse Ziegler, Dirt Rider Magazine

fore, many of these races sell out so pre-entering early awards you with the chance of getting an earlier minute/row.

Why are people scared of racing National Enduros? I don’t know. I’ve raced four of them in my 33 years as of now and, thanks to the non-time-keeping format (or Start Control/Restart format as those in-the-know call it), they’re as simple as lining up for a motocross race. Well, a 7-hour long motocross race with every real-life off-road obstacle known to man to challenge you along the way, that is. At least the race format is super easy. Here’s how to do it:

3) Line Up

1) Enter the Race W h i l e this might sound like the easiest part, it’s actually becoming one of the most challenging steps in the race process. You see, Enduro racing is becoming so popular that many of the events are sold out months in advance. Hosting clubs and the National Enduro Promoters Group (NPEG) cap entries at around 500 riders. The largest Enduro of the year is historically the season opener in Sumter, South Carolina. The Sumter club has had over 600 riders compete every year since 2008. 2) Get on your Minute/Row A Minute is a little slice of time that you get to call your own all day during an Enduro. Each row of competitors starts a minute apart. There are usually four or five riders per row/ minute. Races start at 9:00 AM, 9:01 is the first minute/row. These riders will have 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, etc. on their front number plate. For the race in Sumter I started on row 35, which was the 35th minute, and we took off at 9:35 in the morning. This is why my number is 35B. Get it? At every restart throughout the race, me and the other racers on my row started at the 35th minute. There’s a guy at each start that tells you what minute is up and you can easily tell where to line up because everyone else has their minute/row on their front number plate. How early you sign up can determine your minute/row. As stated be-

there in time for your row to take off (see #2 above).

There is one start point in Enduro racing. It’s easy to find because there is a huge inflatable archway over the top of it. Once you find out where the race starts, get

4) Bring Your Riding Buddies There is no better way to build up bench racing ammo than to ride the same course as your buddies at the same time with the undisputable winner recorded by electronic transponder. Put your entries in as a group and specify which row you’d like to be put on. If you inform the hosting club that you want to ride together, they try their best to make it happen.

5) What’s this test, timed and transfer section business? There are two types of sections at a National Enduro: Transfer Sections and Timed Sections. Timed sections are from point A to point B and are called Tests. Your time through Tests are scored via transponder individually and then added up for your overall time. It’s es-

ENDURO continued on page 12


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Holeshot at Portland Trail Riders

E N E C S V AT stor y by Bob Miller, ATV Chairperson

As winter finally gives way to more spring like weather, and the off season quad projects start reaching their completions, you can definitely feel the anticipation of the up-coming season. I don’t know if it’s just me, but this off season went by faster than the previous one.

Many of our friends and fellow D14 competitors, made the trip down to Daytona Florida for the first ever ATVsx race. This was an inaugural event and gave significant exposure to ATV racing. I watched as much as I could through the live streaming on RacerTV, and they put on an impressive show. I would like to give a big “at-a-boy” to everyone who made the big effort. • • • • • • •

Joe Scarrow 1st Junior 25+ and 1st Veteran 30+ Ryan Korody 3rd Production A Trevor Thatcher 3rd Super Mini 12-15 Cole Sepesi 4th Pro Sport and 6th Pro-Am Chad Barker Veteran 30+ Jacob Hill 10th open C and Production C Tyler Watters Pro-Am

Congratulations to everyone that made that trip, and if I left anyone out (sorry in advance).

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As for our up-coming season here in the great white north, things will get rolling this month with open practice at Portland Trail Riders on 4/4. Then we can go to Valley Mx on the 11th and 12th to tear up their place. After that it’s on to Freelin Mx to visit Ann and the crew, over the weekend of 25th and 26th. This is going to be a very ambitious schedule, with a great group of tracks. I think with the addition of the race at Baja this year this could be as good of a schedule as we have had in long time. In addition our youth racers have opportunities to gain hard to come by, real racing experience. As we work our way through March and the days gain some extra daylight, it’s time to crack down and finish up the loose ends on our machines. We all know we never get through ALL the loose ends. but we need to try. That’s all part of the fun. Rule change for this year: Youth open class will now be open for the Super Mini youth quads. This allows for 150cc 4-stroke and 105cc 2-stroke machines to participate. If anyone has questions give me a shout. I look forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks. Let’s make this a successful and a safe 2015. If you know someone interested in getting into this sport bring them along. Let them see what they are missing.


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2015 District 14 Board of Directors & Division Chairs PRESIDENT Thomas Dunn tdunn976@yahoo.com (517) 896-9757

HILL CLIMB CHAIRPERSON Tom Ruid truid@boumacorp.com (616) 813-7322

VICE PRESIDENT Neal Soenksen ktm125s@yahoo.com (313) 244-6827

VICE CHAIR Roger Bibbler (616) 813-0646

SECRETARY Heather Soenksen d14secretary@gmail.com (517) 775-5897 TREASURER Steve Beane motoxgiant@yahoo.com (313) 918-8944 LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR Thomas Dunn tdunn976@yahoo.com (517) 896-9757 AMA CONGRESS – OFF ROAD Dick Bigelow dickbarbbigs@aol.com (586) 677-0456 AMA CONGRESS – ROAD Kaye Johnson amakaye165@gmail.com (248) 459-1777 RIDER REPS – OFF ROAD Tim Beougher TBeougher212@aol.com (989) 751-8073 Brian Kidner (231) 670-7418 RIDER REP – ROAD Lanny Johnson (248) 225-5651

ATV CHAIRPERSON Robert Miller srxmiller@gmail.com (517) 282-4373 VICE CHAIR – ATV MX Larry Seeley (269) 986-2197

VISIT US AT WWW.AMA-D14.ORG POINTS KEEPER Terri Sweet windancerb@gmail.com (517) 719-6264

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ENDURO CHAIRPERSON Bill Smith bill@d14enduro.org (248) 891-1400 VICE CHAIR Mark Beltinck mark@d14enduro.org (517) 304-0726 POINTS KEEPER Tom Zettel tom@d14enduro.org (989) 245-6812 RIDER REPS A/AA CLASS Scott Allen scott@d14enduro.org (248) 925-6468 B CLASS Fred Kramer fred@d14enduro.org (586) 246-3156 C, 60+ & WOMEN'S CLASSES Tina Flegel tina@d14enduro.org (989) 875-8186 FLAT TRACK/TT CHAIRPERSON Robbin Pangborn d14dirttrackweb@gmail.com (989) 859-7285

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VICE CHAIR - VINTAGE MX Steve Baginski bagsmx194@comcast.net (586) 321-5680

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2015 DIRECTORY

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If your application is currently pending, your listing will appear once your status has cleared. If you believe this information to be incorrect, please verify your status with the D14 Secretary, Heather Soenksen at 517-775-5897 or via email D14Secretary@ama-d14.org. Thank You! Baja MX ......................................989-871-3356

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Visions by Thomas Dunn, District 14 President

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It’s here, it’s started, sow is melting and Spring is here! Warm weather and great motorcycle and ATV riding are finally here! As all of you know the day-to-day and major reason for District 14, is the organizer, the riders and the racing! We continue to strive for the best racing in Michigan and in the country, whether you're into Motocross, Dirt Track or OffRoad. Part of that is providing all the self promotion for the District to let the world know where to find the best events and riders around.

State's ORV users, the State's Trail System, and an opportunity for the District to showcase ourselves as leaders in the State for ORV rights! Trek the Mighty Mac is an ORV gathering in Mackinaw City and then all of the riders, their ATV’s, motorcycles, and side-bysides will go off in waves across the the Mackinaw Bridge into St. Ignace and to a staging area. Some rides from there will be available to the trail system nearby. Other attractions are to include and ORV expo and other related activities for the riders and their families. Registration is needed to participate in the event and can be found at www.trekthemightymac.com

Here are some of the other things we have been working on to get the District's name out there in a positive light in the State!

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Another project that has been promised since the early 70’s.

All the news from past events can be found in the pages of our District 14 News!

When the trail system and all of the enduros of Michigan were moved north of US10, we were promised an ORV area in the Southeast corner of the State.

You can get all of the information on all the up coming events and activities, tech news and trail rides in our newsaper.

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Everyone is invited to write and article, no one is turned down. We encourage you to write about an event, a ride, an experience, or technical tip.

TREK THE MIGHTY MACK! It is Official! Trek the Mighty Mac, has officially been sanctioned, by the State of Michigan. What is Trek the Mighty Mac you ask? This is an opportunity to highlight the

The area off I75 at Mt. Holly in Oakland county, called Groveland has been moving forward for awhile and is now included in the Governor’s budget. A proposed off-road vehicle and adventure park in Groveland Township is among the projects earmarked in $24.7 million in state grants approved by Gov. Rick Snyder this week. The signing of House Bill 40878 approves 69 recreation projects and land purchases recommended by the Michigan Natural

VISIONS continued on page 15


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ROUND 1 of the 2015 National Enduro series was a rough start to the season. I had a sore knee from a basketball injury that wasn't at 100%. Still I was excited to be racing in real dirt for the first time since Nov. After we made the long drive from Michigan we went to the race site and got signed up and hung out. After a good nights rest I was ready to go on Sunday morning. I had a solid row at 52 and after a little warmup section to start the day we got ready to go in the first section. The first section started out okay until I crashed about half a mile in. It was very rooty and I had bad arm pump. I crashed one more time in the section but kept pushing to the end. I got rid of my are pump and got ready for the second section. The second section was good but had a lot of whoops and fast pine sections but I felt alright through it. The third section was good and still had a lot of whoops which would be the story of the day. Section four started out really good and had some really nice dirt in it which then turned into more whoops. Section five was a good section with a lot of pine trees and pine needles but there was not a lot of traffic in it. The sixth and final section was a fun one and didn't have much traffic on it because it was an "A" only section. I started out good and got good flow but started cramping really bad. I continued to push on and had a solid section. On the day I got 6th in A200 and 69th overall A. I was hoping to do better but had fun at my first A class race. Ready for round 2 and hoping to come back stronger than the first round. Thank you to all my sponsors and everyone who helps me out. I want to thank my parents for making the long drive down and God for keeping me safe while riding. I would also like to thank the following companies: MSR, LAKE CYCLE, GALFER, MOTOREX, ACERBIS, SKORBORZ, ENDURO ENGINEERING, TWIN AIR, GAERNE, FACTORY CONNECTION, LEATT, RENTHAL, EVS, FMF, POWERSPORT GRAPHICS, 100% GOGGLES. ROUND 2 of the National Enduro series was also in South Carolina but about an hour away with sandy soil which was good as it was going to be rainy. I was excited to race and was happy with my row since it was all local Michigan fast guys and Grant Baylor. When we got to the race site Sunday morning we realized from the muddy parking field and soaked pits that the trail was going to be a little wet. My knee injury was completely healed and I was ready to go. After a short little warmup section we made it to the first section and got lined up to go. The first section started off really well and I felt that I was riding a lot better than I did at the first round. I had one crash on a bridge that cost me a minute or two but got back up and kept pushing. After adjusting some bent stuff in the pit I got back out there for section two. This section was fun but I had trouble with my goggles fogging and couldn't see as well at the end. That section we road down a dirt road that had a huge puddle/creek in it that really cooled you down. Section three was lots of fun and had some really nice sand berms. I battled with one of the AA-Expert guys on our row and had lots of fun. Section four was good and had some fast sections that I liked but also some good slower sections. Section five started out muddy and slimy but turned into sand later on. I had fun in the section and had a small crash that cost me a little time. Section six was the final section and the A only section. I thought the trail was good but a little rough but still had a lot of fun sections. When I got done we had to load up and leave for the drive back to Michigan for school on Monday. Overall I had a good day and felt way better than at the first round. I got 3rd in A200 and 44th overall A. I want to thank God for giving me the ability to ride and my parents for taking me all these different places so I can chase my dream. I also want to thank MSR, LAKE CYCLE, GALFER, MOTOREX, ACERBIS, SKORBORZ, ENDURO ENGINEERING, TWIN AIR, GAERNE, FACTORY CONNECTION, LEATT, RENTHAL, EVS, FMF, POWERSPORT GRAPHICS, 100% GOGGLES. I couldn't do it without the support from you. Thanks and I hope to improve even more at the next round in Texas.


The Locals – by Brooke Gentz

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The Willbrandt's Backbone wrong, I get sick every time we go to the starting line, pacing and praying have become my survival mechanisms.

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he backbone of motocross isn’t the riders or the vendors or the track owners, it’s the parents sacrificing their time and money for their child to chase a dream. It’s the parents spending countless hours driving, stressing, and working. It’s the parents dealing with ups, downs, injuries and wins all to put a smile on their child’s face. Todd and Lesley Willbrandt are exactly those parents. I had a little chat with Lesley to help me understand exactly what it takes to keep Noah racing. So, give me a little run down on how your family got involved in racing motocross? I’m a mother of two amazing boys. I have always been involved and dedicated to whatever sport my boys participate in. I make it a priority to always be there for my boys to show them my support, even though sometimes they tell me I'm too involved. We got into the racing world when Noah was 4 years old. Our first adventure in racing started with snocross racing, I wasn't too thrilled about it. I'm not a fan of the cold weather. Noah’s first season of snocross racing was a success, so we de-

Now I know they say motocross families sacrifice so much for their riders, but do you think you have sacrificed a lot to get Noah to where he is today? And if you have, do you think it's worth the risk and sacrifices? We have made a lot of lifestyle changes and sacrifices so that our boys can pursue their dreams. We definitely don't live a normal life. Our vacations are scheduled around Noah’s racing schedule, week nights are committed to physical training, and weekends are committed to racing. Noah started online school this year that requires me to share a lot of my time with him. My house, my yard, and my enjoyment of the lake are all lacking my attention. cided to put him on a dirt bike for seat time in the off-season. Noah took to the bike like it was second nature. We took him to open practice at Baja; he hated being on the track with all the other riders and asked to go home. He rode at home by himself for a couple of weeks and asked to go back again. So we went and here we are today, living the dreams of a motocross family. Not very many moms are the ones taking their sons to the gate or leaning into the track encouraging him to go faster, tell me a little about how you got to that position. I am a “do what needs to get done” kind of person, thanks to my mom! If Noah needs me to me prep his gate, gas his bike or set his holeshot mechanism, I'm doing it! Just don't ask me to do motor work, I leave that up to Todd and Matt at MCR Suspensions. I grew up with five brothers who made me very competitive and not afraid to get dirty. I want Noah to be successful in everything he does, so if that means I have to roll my sleeves up to help, I will. Racing is about going fast and as much as I hate the scariness of that, I support Noah because of his passion for the sport. Don't get me

That's awesome! I think it's great you guys are letting him chase his dream. I hope all the hard work pays off in the future most definitely. Are there any final thoughts you would like to say to all the other moto parents out there? Maybe some just starting out or some long term parents who are struggling with sticking with it? The motocross family is the biggest family you will ever be part of. Racing is a commitment from the racer and the family. It's important to always be engaging and supportive but also strong enough to offer advice that will help your racer become a top performer, sometimes that's the hardest part. It all takes time, even for those that were born to race. Lastly, always remember to hug your kids before and after every race! Thanks for giving me a few minutes of your time! Hopefully we will be seeing you guys soon!

BG

So I know what it takes for a rider to prepare for the season, do you think it differs for a parent? Is it harder for you mentally to start another year in such an intense sport? We make every effort to keep Noah in race mode all year round so that he doesn't go from one extreme to the next. It is very difficult for me to get mentally prepared every race. I get serious anxiety and worry the start of every race. As many can attest, my pacing and praying keep me mentally calm. I always encourage Noah without him feeling or seeing my anxiousness. Well with all the stress always comes a reward, as far as I can see you and Todd have watched Noah succeed thus far, what are the plans for the future? We will be racing a lot at the national level and trying to qualify for Loretta Lynn’s this year. We have already experienced Daytona and Freestone with some of the fastest kids. Noah moved up to the Mini Senior and Supermini classes this year so we are excited to see how he performs. We sent Noah to MCRs boot-camp for 5 weeks this winter and can see significant improvements in his riding.

 Lesley has been by Noah’s side from 50s to Supermini, continuously helping him improve.


10 April 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

2:15 AMA D14 EVENTS Be sure to check back next month for possible updates to this schedule as late changes and corrections due occur after the initial posting. Any changes will be noted in RED.

atv MX CHAIRPERSON ....................Bob Miller VICE CHAIR – MX............. Larry Seeley  = Michigan State Championship Race

APRIL 11 12 25  26 

Valley MX ...................... Stanton Valley MX ...................... Stanton Freelin MX .................Brown City Freelin MX .................Brown City

02 03  09 10  24  30 31

Valley MX ...................... Stanton Valley MX ...................... Stanton Open Practice .............. Portland Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland Baja Acres ...................Millington Grattan Raceway............. Belding Grattan Raceway............. Belding

MAY

JUNE

13 Open Practice................ Portland 14 Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland 20  Grattan Raceway............. Belding 21  Grattan Raceway............. Belding 27 Open Practice................ Portland 28 Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland 28 Cadillac MC ...................Cadillac

JULY

04 05  25 26 

Valley MX ...................... Stanton Valley MX ...................... Stanton Battle Creek MC .......Battle Creek Battle Creek MC .......Battle Creek

15 16  23 29 30

Valley MX ...................... Stanton Valley MX ...................... Stanton Cadillac MC ...................Cadillac Grattan Raceway............. Belding Grattan Raceway............. Belding

12 13 13 19 20 

Valley MX ...................... Stanton Valley MX ...................... Stanton Cadillac MC ...................Cadillac Open Practice................ Portland Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

03  33 Motorsports .................... Mio 04  33 Motorsports .................... Mio 17 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 18  Valley MX ...................... Stanton

enduro CHAIRPERSON .................... Bill Smith VICE CHAIR.................... Mark Beltinck FAMILY ENDURO (FES)......Mike Maurer ( DATES INCLUDE FES )

APRIL 18 19

25 26

Sand Booger FES .. Roselawn, IN Sand Goblin .......... Roselawn, IN Grand Kankakee Trail Riders Arbor Day FES ............ Kalkaska Arbor Day Enduro ... CANCELLED

JUNE 13 14

27 28

JULY

Mini Moose FES ..........Marquette Loose Moose...............Marquette UP Sandstormers Grapevine FES ................Lawton Kuckle Buster ..............Greenville Knuckle Buster Riders

11 25 26

Treaty MC FES ............Greenville Muddobber FES .......Matthews, IN Matthews D/S .........Matthews, IN

01 02

Weed Wacker FES .......... Bentley Bark Buster .................... Bentley Valley Trail Riders Summer Bummer ........Roselawn, IN Hill & Gully Riders Pine Cone FES ......... Moorestown JACK PINE NATIONAL ENDURO Lansing MC.............. Moorestown

AUGUST 09 22 23

SEPTEMBER 19

Fall Classic FES .........Traverse City

11

MUDDOBER NATIONAL ENDURO Muddobbers MC.........Matthews, IN Turkey Gobbler FES ...New Paris, IN

OCTOBER 31

NOVEMBER 01

08

Turkey Creek ......... New Paris, IN Riders MC Peace Pipe .......... Greenville, OH Treaty City MC

10 16 17 23 30 31

(Rain Date).......... I-96 Speedway ST .................. Lucky Thumb MC TT .................. Lucky Thumb MC (Rain Date)...................Unknown ST .......... Owosso Kart Speedway TT .......... Owosso Kart Speedway

06 07 13 14 20 21 27 28

ST .......... Owosso Kart Speedway TT .......... Owosso Kart Speedway HM .............. Midland Fairgrounds (Rain Date) ....................Midland ST ................. Tri-City Speedway TT ................. Tri-City Speedway ST .......... Owosso Kart Speedway TT .......... Owosso Kart Speedway

11 18 19 25 26

HM ............. Croswell Fairgrounds ST ..................... I-96 Speedway TT ..................... I-96 Speedway ST (no pts) ....... Lucky Thumb MC TT .................. Lucky Thumb MC

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST 01 02 09 09 15 22 23 29 30

ST ......................Polka Dots MC TT ......................Polka Dots MC ST .................. Lucky Thumb MC TT .................. Lucky Thumb MC HM ..... Cadillac Fairgrounds (TBD) HM ............. Standish Fairgrounds (Rain Date)... Standish Fairgrounds STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HM ............. Croswell Fairgrounds RAIN DATE .............. Croswell FG

05 06 12 13 19 26 27

ST .......... Owosso Kart Speedway TT .......... Owosso Kart Speedway ST ..................... I-96 Speedway TT ..................... I-96 Speedway STATE CHAMPIONSHIP ST ................. Tri-City Speedway ST RAIN DATE ................ Tri-City TT RAIN DATE ................ Tri-City

CHAIRPERSON .......... Robbin Pangborn VICE CHAIR.....................Andy Nichols

02 03 09

ST .......... Owosso Kart Speedway TT .......... Owosso Kart Speedway ST .................... I-96 Speedway

MAY

MARCH 29

Plymouth Blackhawks ....Culver, IN

26

Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland

03 17 30

Plymouth Blackhawks ....Culver, IN White Trash......................... Mio ATV NATIONAL HARE SCRAMBLE .............................. BattleCreek H/S NATIONAL HARE SCRAMBLE .............................. BattleCreek

APRIL MAY

31

JUNE 21

Valley Trail Riders ........... Bentley

26

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

09 16

Bent Wheels................ Rose City Polka Dots .....................Midland

13 20

Evergreen Creek ............Bay City alley Trail Riders ............. Bentley

11

Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

hill climb CHAIRPERSON .................... Tom Ruid VICE CHAIR....................Roger Bibbler

MAY 17

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

13 14

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

02 22 23

Port Huron MC ...........Port Huron Muskegon MC ..............Bridgeton Muskegon MC ..............Bridgeton

12 13

Muskegon MC ............ Bridgeton* STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Muskegon MC ..............Bridgeton

JUNE

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

APRIL

ST ..................... I-96 Speedway

CHAIRPERSON ................ Steve Beane VICE CHAIR..................Neal Soenksen VICE CHAIR (ATV) ............ Dan Brendel

SEPTEMBER

flat track 25

hare scrambles

Before traveling to any event, be sure to check out the track/promoter's website or facebook page or go to AMA-D14.org for updates.

* 3 points paying climbs (day & night climbs)


April 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 11

2:15 AMA D14 EVENTS motocross CHAIRPERSON ............... Kreg Bigelow  = Vet Series - Max Points Vet Classes  = State Championship - Max Points

APRIL

11 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 12 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 12  Baja Acres ...................Millington 18 Big Air MX .................... Newago 19 Big Air MX .................... Newago 19  Bulldog Riders ..............Millington 25 Freelin MX .................Brown City 26 Freelin MX .................Brown City 26  Battle Creek MC .......Battle Creek

MAY

02 Baja Acres ...................Millington 02 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 03  Baja Acres ...................Millington 03 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 09 Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland 10 Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland 10 Cadillac MC ...................Cadillac 16 Big Air MX .................... Newago 17 Big Air MX .................... Newago 23 Baja Acres ................. Millingtong 24 Baja Acres ...................Millington 30 Grattan Raceway............. Belding 31 Grattan Raceway............. Belding 31  Polka Dots MC ...............Midland

JUNE

06 Big Air MX .................... Newago 07 Big Air MX .................... Newago 07 Bulldog Riders ................Midland 13 Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland 14  Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland 20 Freelin MX .................Brown City 20 Grattan Raceway............. Belding 21 Freelin MX .................Brown City 21  Grattan Raceway............. Belding 27 Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland 28 Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland 28  Cadillac MC ...................Cadillac

JULY

04 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 05 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 11 Big Air MX .................... Newago 12  Big Air MX .................... Newago 18 Freelin MX .................Brown City 19  Freelin MX .................Brown City 19 Polka Dots MC ...............Midland 25 Battle Creek MC .......Battle Creek 25 Grattan Raceway............. Belding 26  Battle Creek MC .......Battle Creek 26 Grattan Raceway............. Belding

AUGUST

01 Big Air MX .................... Newago 02 Big Air MX .................... Newago 09 Battle Creek MC .......Battle Creek 15 Freelin MX .................Brown City 15 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 16 Freelin MX .................Brown City 16 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 23  Cadillac MC ...................Cadillac 29 Grattan Raceway............. Belding 30  Grattan Raceway............. Belding

SEPTEMBER

05 Baja Acres ...................Millington 06 Baja Acres ...................Millington 07 Baja Acres ...................Millington 12 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 13 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 13 Cadillac MC ...................Cadillac 19 Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland 20  Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland 26 Big Air MX .................... Newago 26 Freelin MX .................Brown City 27  Big Air MX .................... Newago 27 Freelin MX .................Brown City

OCTOBER 04  Polka Dots MC ...............Midland 11  Bulldog Riders ..............Millington

17 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 18  Valley MX ...................... Stanton 24 Freelin MX .................Brown City

25  Freelin MX .................Brown City 31 Baja Acres ...................Millington

NOVEMBER 01  Baja Acres ...................Millington

03

CHAIRPERSON ............. Steve Baginski

17

APRIL

JUNE

MAY

14

19

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

10

Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland

JULY

07 21

Big Air MX ................... Newaygo Freelin MX .................Brown City

25

05 19

Valley MX ...................... Stanton Polka Dots MC ...............Midland

09 16

Battle Creek MC .......Battle Creek Valley MX ...................... Stanton

13

Cadillac M/C ..................Cadillac

03 10 26

Polka Dots MC ...............Midland Bulldog Riders ..............Millington Baja MX ......................Millington

MAY

JUNE JULY

AUGUST

11

Muskegon Spring Run Muskegon MC .......... Mt. Garfield 43rd Blessing of the Bikes Para Dice MC ...............Baldwin Flag Day Ride ................Midland Tri City Travelers

Poker Run .................. Rose City Bent Wheels Poker Run Lucky Thumb MC ............. Deford

SEPTEMBER

27 27

Turkey Run ..................... Crump Tri City Travelers Fall Tour & Steak Fry Para Dice ..............Grand Rapids

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

ONLINE 33MotosportsPark.com BajaMX.com BattleCreekMotorcycleClub.com BentWheels.com BigAirMotocross.com

CHAIRPERSON .................. Terri Sweet VICE CHAIR ................. Jim Charlebois

vintage mx

FIND THEM

AMA – AmericanMotorcyclist.com D14 – AMA-D14.org D14 News – D14News.net ENDURO – D14Enduro.org MX – D14MX.com ICE – ICE.s3webcenter.com

road

BullDogMX.com BundyHillOffRoad.com CadillacMC.com FlintMotorcycleClub.com FreelinMX.com GKTrailRiders.com GrattanRaceway.com I96Speedway.com LansingMotorcycleClub.org LuckyThumbMotorcycleClub.com MidwestEnduros.com (Hill & Gully)

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! MichiganVintageMotocross.com MuddobbersMC.org MuskegonMotorcycleClub.com NAActionSports.com PHMC-USA.com PolkaDotsMC.net PortlandTrailRiders.com RidersMC.org TheValleyTrailRiders.org ValleyMotocross.com UPSandStormers.com


12 April 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News ENDURO continued from page 4 sentially a bunch of time trials spread out throughout the day. Transfer sections are trails and roads you ride on to get you to the start of each Test. They’re not scored but the clock is always running so if you have a problem on a transfer section and are late to the start of a Test, your row will start without you and you’ll have some catching up to do. Gas stops are placed in the Transfer Sections and there is a trailer service that will drop gas off at remote areas if necessary. 6) Call the Locals Nobody knows the terrain better than someone who lives there. If you have questions about bike setup or quality of the course, call someone local or get on the Internet and find some answers through the hosting club. Luckily, the National Enduro series spans from Florida to Wyoming with plenty of stops in between so you have plenty of terrain to choose from. 7) Talk to the Pros Accessibility to the best athletes in the sport is top notch at the National Enduro races. Don’t pester them and their mechanics on race day but show up to the race site a day or two early and you’ll likely be able to join them in promotional rides, training seminars and Q-n-A forums the race promoters and clubs put on. You can also RACE with them on race day if you’re lucky enough to get in to one of

the top 25 rows. Nationally ranked racers are placed in these rows randomly. There is no other race series where you can get this close (for a few minutes, anyway) to the pros. 8) Bring the Right Bike, Any Bike As our Easy Enduro story in the upcoming June issue of Dirt Rider will tell you, racing an Enduro doesn’t take much in the way of special equipment. A few simple mods to any off-road bike can make it an enjoyable ride. Make sure it has [bark busters], a quiet exhaust, and a spark arrestor and you’re basically good to go. 9) Pack a Lunch and Wear a Drink System Last year I tracked my heart rate and calories burned through the Alligator National Enduro in Daytona, Florida. In 5.5 hours I burned 4,686 calories. I had an average heart rate of 154 beats per minute and a max heart rate around 188. I’ve raced three more of these since and they’re not getting easier. It’s not easy to race an Enduro, but it is easy to go race an Enduro, if you know what I mean. 10) What Class Should I Race? Race whatever class you normally race. There are A, B and C classes and age classes. There is a Women’s class, too. All A classes race 6 tests, B classes generally race 5 and C classes generally race 4. So, the racing is not only faster in the higher classes, but it’s for longer time, too. That’s all it takes to line up and race a National Enduro. Of course, you need an

AMA membership and you’ll need to rent a transponder but those costs and the entry fees for your respective class are totally worth it when you realize you’ll be riding between 60-80 miles of single-track for five to seven hours. It’s the best trailsmile-per-dollar ratio in off-road dirt bike racing. Don’t Forget! KTM hosts a spaghetti dinner each night before the National Enduro races to benefit a local charity or club. The cost is minimal ($5 donations and similar) and the amount of food is impressive. Plus, it’s

for a great cause at each race. KTM’s dinners are just another reason why Enduro racing is one of our favorite forms of dirt riding. So get out there! For more info and enduro-specific news, visit www.nationalenduro.com and www. d14enduro.org


April 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 13

FLAT TRACK NEWS story by Robbin Pangborn, Flat Track Chairperson

Ah, yes, Spring. The time of year where 45 degrees means shorts weather, where you can wash your car finally and realize the color is not white but blue. But for the flat track racer, instead of the smell of spring flowers, it will be the smell of race gas. Instead of the hearing the sound if birds chirping, it will be the sound of that first start of your 4-stroker you’ve had sitting all winter or refreshing the motor from riding on that “hard” water this past winter. Anyway you look at it, they all point to the best part of the year, RACING SEASON!!!! As most of you already know, I’m back and ready to watch some great racing from our D14 race family. We have a lot of races this year so don’t forget to check out the calendar on the website (ama-14.org) for times and directions to the tracks. Also please make sure you check out the rules because we’ve had some significant changes, especially the rule with regards to having your D14 card with you at every race. If anyone needs a hard copy of the rules because they don’t have a computer to print them out or view them, please let me know. Also, I’m looking for anyone who’d like to write articles about D14 flat track for the D14 newspaper. If any youth rider wants to practice their writing skills, there’s no better way than to write about one of the races this season. So, here’s to a safe and exciting season. See you at the track!!

FESNews FAMILY ENDURO SERIES

story by Mike Maurer, Family Enduro Series Chairman

SAFETY FIRST! Is the name of one of the key sponsors of the Family Enduro Series, but also one of our goals. We have implemented some rules to encourage the participants to be safe while riding the events - one mile rule between checks, only 6 riders on a row, slower speed averages, and placing the riders in the X class to be in the front of the pack if they are not riding with someone in classes B through G (some clubs are thinking of limiting this options due to experiences last year). One of our newest sponsors - AfterHoursCycle.com by PlusOnePerformance - is also supporting our SAFETY FIRST goal and the opportunity to provide for fun, safe, family oriented off-road competition. Steve Beane plans to giveaway some Atlas neck braces this year to regular participants of the FES. Here is the plan - all riders in classes B, C, D and E (ages 4 to 13 years old) who attend all of these events (Roselawn -4/18, Kalkaska 4/25, and Lawton - 6/27) will be eligible to win - one winner from the B or C classes and another winner from the D or E classes. There will be a second drawing for the participants in the classes E, F, G and H(ages 12 to 15 years old and Womens 16+) for the riders who attend of these these events: Bentley 8/1, Moorestown 8/22 and New Paris 10/31. Again, one winner from the E or F class and one winner from either the G or H class. We appreciate Steve's generosity in giving away four neck braces. For more information on this equipment, check out their website at www.atlasbrace.com We look forward to the start of the season in April. Michigan Off Road Events is prepared to score the events and the clubs are working on the family friendly trails. Entry fees will remain $20 for all riders (very affordable) and no memberships or other fees are required. Please encourage a friend to join you at a Family Enduro. See you in the woods!

April 2015 – by Steve Beane • Professional off-road racing is in full swing for the year, with the American supercross series 12 rounds deep, the MXGPs heading into round three, the National Enduros two in (with an extremely soggy third cancelled), and a pair of GNCCs in the books. The AMA Western Hare Scrambles has also begun – the Eastern Series won’t start until Battle Creek holds the opening round in May. • Also set to begin is the D14 hare scrambles series, with the opener set at Plymouth Blackhawks. The Family Enduro series kicks off April 18 followed by the Sand Goblin the following day – all in Indiana. District 14 has expanded beyond Michigan, and we’re looking to welcome a lot of Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and even Ontario riders to the various series. • Ryan Villipoto must not have enjoyed the humiliation of his Qatar race, because when he showed up in Thailand the next weekend for his qualifying race no one could touch the angry ginger! RV2 posted 1-3 scores to become the 18th American (or 19th, or 20th, depending on who you ask) to win a World MX grand prix. • The EnduroCross series got off to a wild start in Daytona, with Cody Webb demonstrating the effects of an off-season spent contesting the SuperEnduro series. The lanky Californian stood on top of the podium at night’s end over Colton Haaker and Kyle Redmond. Not to be upstaged, Mike Brown charged back to take the Salt Lake City round just a couple weeks later, with Haaker again second and Beta’s Max Gerston in third, his first ever EnduroX podium. Webb and Haaker had engaged in a game of turn-two chicken, and their resulting crash let Brown and Gerston streak away while the rest of the filed stacked up behind the two downed riders. • Trey Canard is the luckiest guy alive, or some might say the luckiest to be alive. Canard had a hairy crash in the second straight of his semi at Detroit, landing on the back of Jake Weimer and hitting the deck prett y hard himself. That incident, along with a couple tragedies in the moto world in a very short span caused industry legends like Kevin Windham, Jeff Emig, and Ryan Hughes to enter into an open discussion on what needs to be done to make moto safer. • Spring is slowing spreading around the country – I know because we’ve delivered brand new Betas to Michigan, Ohio, and Colorado in just the last two weeks. If you’re interested in joining the Beta brigade, act fast and call us soon … bikes are going fast. • Round three of the National Enduro series was cancelled due to the deluge of rain that hit the Texas trail. NEPG posted pictures of rivers where the trail was supposed to be … The cancellation was a bummer for a lot of guys, but a God send for others like Andrew DeLong, last year’s champ, who suffered a broken collarbone at the first GNCC and could use the extra time to heal. • One more good rain and enough of the salt will be off the roads here to break out the street bike – yeehah! • Anybody want to bet against Dungey in the Supercross series – Ryan does what Ryan does, and at this writing that has him 77 points up on Cole Seely, his nearest active competitor.

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14 April 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

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VISIONS continued from page 7 Resources Trust Fund Board in December 2014. It is now called Public Act 7 of 2015. Nearly $3 million for the proposed park that would span 314 acres in Groveland and Holly townships can now be appropriated for land acquisition. The project would include off-road vehicle trails, a motocross course, hiking and mountain biking trails, waterskiing, scuba diving and more. The park represents a unique partnership between the state and Oakland County, and opportunities for the District and events.

THE AMA The AMA has changed their business mission slightly to address the loss of districts and how they do business with the them. Nothing changes with our district due to the competition with GLMX that already exists and other non-district organizers that promote AMA events here in Michigan. District 14 still remains one of the Districts the AMA looks at for how well it’s organized.

April 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 15 The AMA is still the premier organization for motorcycles rights and legislation and we must remain diligent in being pro-active instead of re-active on issues that concern us, whether it’s Road or OffRoad.

BIKER’S FOR BOOKS

CONCLUSIONS

you embrace the season, my motorcycling and ATV Family!

I am truly looking forward to the year and the season. Being at the races and possibly being able to actually do some racing myself.

Excited to be part of the new and exciting things that help promote the District in positive light to this great State and promote all of you!

The joys of being able to see all of you as

See ya at the races!

Over the winter I was involved with many Road riding groups that participate in Biker’s for Books.



This Non-profit organization, made up of multiply biker groups here in Michigan, provides books and funding for books for school age children in our schools.



They, at this time have two fundraisers a year to provide the funding to provide the funding to perform the duties of going into schools to introduce or continue the opportunities to these children.

• • • •

I’m proud to announce that, the District, through the Road Division and Terri Sweet, is now working with this group to be part of Biker for Books.

••  • 

Please help the District be part of this partnership!

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16 April 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

Detroit SX

Wey making his 178 career 450 main start in front of the massive Detroit crowd MONSTER ENERGY AMA DETROIT SUPERCROSS FORD FIELD (Detroit, MI) | March 22 story and photos by Matt Pranger, SpeedPunksImages.com 2015 Supercross at Detroit's Ford Field would guarantee a different winner than the previous season with the suspension of James Stewart. Add to that the absence of Ryan Villapoto as he is currently racing overseas in the MXGP series. After 11 rounds of racing the “Orange Crush” KTM Team of Ryan Dungy who came into the night 1st in points winning five races and 3 straight, and Marvin Musquin in the 250 class have dominated to this point. But round 12 would prove to be a different outcome and a different color as Team RED would show big for the Detroit SX fans. Justin Bogel came out swinging winning heat race 1 of the 250’s and then the 250SX Main Event last years champ on the #1 Geico Honda put on a show and looked at his best of 2015. Bogel grabbed the holeshot and never looked back as Savatgy in 2nd and Musquin back in 7th gave chase with the rest of the 250 east coast field. The Yamaha of J. Martin worked his way up to the top five on lap 6 of 18 laps. Musquin on the KTM sporting the red plate would charge his way up to 2nd place on lap eight. But at that point Bogel was eight seconds ahead of him and

The very popular Chad Reed made his aperance to Ford field after missing last year's race due to injury, Reed rode strong all night and finished 4th overall


April 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 17 the evenings headlines was the #27 Michigans Moto Mafia Crew rider of Nick Wey as they showed a special piece about him and his crew before he gave the live go pro version of the track layout. a class act as always and a great representation of Michigan motocross and the D-14. Heat #1 showed another of the Geico Team Cole Seely take the holeshot and cruise on to a heat win as there was plenty of action behind him. Yamaha’s Weston Peick battled to pass Brayton with 3 to go and a hard charging Trey Canard found himself tumbling thru the tuff block as he moved into 4th place and the final transfer position sending him to the semis. Heat #2 had Dungey and Tomac who was the fastest in Qualifying and #22 Chad Reed all of witch has won a main event so far this season. The heat was all Dungey,Tomac finished 2nd, Short and Reed also advanced into the main. The #5 KTM looked to be on point winning his seventh heat race of the season. In Semi #1 a scary moment when #12 Weimer came up shot on a jump and left nowhere for Trey Canard to go. Canard

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 Honda Rider Trey Canard doing his stand up weelie in honor of his Dad as he dose in each Monster Energy Supercross intro not showing any signs of slowing down. The #37 Kawasaki of Savatgy raced hard and held of Martin for the 3rd spot of the podium behind Musquin as Bogel would finally get a win in the 2015 season. Michigan and D-14 racer #881 Jerry Lorenz was also apart of the 250 class. Lorenz made his 3rd straight appearance in the 2015 East Coast series. Lorenz has proven to be the fastest in Michigan for several years at the local D-14 tracks. In Indiana Lorenz made the 250 main event but would finish just one spot from making the main in the Motor City. A lot of fans and family were on hand to cheer on one of Michigan's favorite racers. The 450sx class featured several story lines for the nights program as fans were eager to see if Dungey would continue his assault on the field, or could Canard get back to the winners circle, or would EL3 (Eli Tomac) add to Team Geico Honda's 250 win. Another of

 Eli Tomac and Geico Honda teamate Cole Seely celabrate together on the podium, Dungey joins them in 2nd place and maintaining a 77 point lead in the championship chase

 Nick Wey racing in front of his home town crowd


18 April 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News FORD FIELD continued from page 17 landed on Weimer’s back bringing out the red flag. Both riders were taken to the hospital As Canard suffered a fractured left arm and had surgery a week later. Weimer was knocked to the ground after Canard accidentally landed on him, and while both riders were injured in the crash, it was obvious that Weimer received the brunt of the impact.

clear, but it has since been revealed that Weimer suffered a broken humerus (upper arm bone).Sources at Kawasaki say that Weimer has remained in Detroit following the accident, where he underwent surgery to repair the broken humerus today (Monday, March 23). Weimer is planning to return to California after he is released from the hospital in Detroit.

After Canard’s front wheel hit Weimer in the upper-back/right shoulder area, his jersey was torn from his body. The extent of his injuries wasn’t immediately

Nick Wey made into his 178 career main event start finishing 5th in semi #2. Racing in front of his home state crowd with nearly 100 friends and family in the stands and the help of his mechanic an-

other Michigan Fan Favorite “BIG NASTY” ,Wey hoped to add to his 450 supercross career of 178 starts, 4 podiums,91 top -10 finishes,and 5th all-time in starts.

the riders lined up for the start the crowd in Detroit was ready for what they came for - 22 riders, 20 laps of high flying bar banging 450sx racing.

The 450 Main Event field looked fast and action packed as again this year the track at Ford Field proved to be one of the most technical race tracks theses top riders of the sport would compete on this season. Again the track would imitate the Silver dome track of old with the racing going up into the crowd and back down to the main floor where they were greeted with a difficult rhythm section that was a times the difference maker. As

When the gates dropped and the flames went off and the dust settled in turn one it was the #20 KTM of Andrew Short grabbing the holeshot with Baggett,Dungey and Reed all giving chase thru the first rhythm section. Tomac was in eighth place after the start and when they crossed the finish for the first time the Geico Honda rider had all ready made his move to 3rd and all over Milsaps who quickly moved to 2nd. One turn later Tomac passed Milsaps and set the cross hairs on the #5 right in front of him. Tomac chased the 2015 points leader for 5 laps before he made his move in the turn after the massive quad jump cutting inside and leaving Dungey in the top of the berm heading into the deep sand section.

ter High School, who just recently started racing competitively, placed second in the 250B class. Tanner explained he is a childhood friend of Zac’s, and after watching Zac and Brett have so much fun doing their favorite hobby, he decided also to participate. He also races a 250cc bike as No. 919. Tanner said his favorite race of the season was the Knuckle Buster Enduro, which takes place in Greenville, Michigan. His reason: “It was my firstever first place finish,” he said.

Trio Collects Top Enduro Awards Reprinted courtesy Noah Roberts, The Rochester Sentinel Dirt bike racing may be a sport that few people know about, but some of the best in the area reside here in Rochester, Indiana. Brett DuBois, Zac DuBois and Tanner Kotterman all raced in the 2014 District 14 Enduro Series. They each placed in different classes of this series, which included five races in Michigan and four in Indiana. Over the course of the season, they loaded their gear and drove as far as seven hours to compete in races, the racers said. Brett DuBois, father of Zac, is a seasoned veteran. He won first place in this year’s series, bringing him to a total of eight

championships in the sport since he began racing in 1987. Six of his championships include ones in the Enduro discipline, he said. His class, Open A, is where the best amateurs in the event compete on any size bike. Brett, No. 669, races a 450cc bike and is dubbed “The Thrasher.” His favorite race of the year just so happened to be his best one – the Jack Pine National Enduro in Moorestown, Michigan. Zac, a senior at Rochester High School, started riding dirt bikes at a very young age. At age 4, he raced competitively for the first time. His current class, 250A, in which he also placed first, contains the highest skill level with riders racing bikes up to 250cc. His bike is 250cc, and he races with No. 138. Before this series, he had won four championships, but this is his first one in the Enduro racing discipline, Zac said. 2014 was his third year racing in the District 14 Enduro Series. Tanner Kotterman, a junior at Roches-

An Enduro is a cross-country type race that takes place over four to five hours. Riders are timed as they go through five to seven separate sections of a course. They start and race against the clock and then when they arrive at the checkpoint, the clock stops while they move to the next starting point, the DuBoises said. Each race takes riders through 70 to 90 miles of fields, woods and ditches. However, no two races are alike. The men commented that each race has its own characteristics, such as a mud hole at the Knuckle Buster Enduro or the nudist colony that the Summer Bummer Enduro takes riders through in Roselawn. The District 14 Enduro Series season is April-November with a short break during the summer to allow riders to compete in other types of races. Tanner, Zac and Brett all plan to compete again this year and are hopeful that they will have such success again. For more info on how to get involved in Enduros, contact Bill Smith at (248) 8911400, bill@d14enduro.org, or visit www. d14enduro.org and/or www.facebook. com/D14Enduro.

After 10 laps and halfway to the finish it was looking good for the Geico Honda Team as Tomac was still out front by seven seconds and pulling away from Dungey and the rest of the 450 field,Tomac teamate Cole Seely currently rode in 3rd and looking for a spot on the podium with Tomac. Reed and Milsaps rounded out the top five, and Nick Wey rode in 13th. Thats the way they would ride for the final ten laps and Tomac increased his lead to nearly thirteen seconds the largest margin by a winner this season.Dungey gave way to Tomac’s charge, undoubtedly considering his standing in the title chase. A second place finish at the moment is as good as a win for him. now with a 77-point lead and five races left Dungey only needs to finish 11th or better in each race to win the 2015 Supercross Championship. Here's the top five 450's from Detroit: 1. Eli Tomac (Honda) 2. Ryan Dungey (KTM) 3. Cole Seely (Honda) 4. Chad Reed (Kawasaki) 5. Davi Millsaps (Kawasaki) Here's how the top five finished up in the 250 class: 1. Justin Bogle (Honda) 2. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 3. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki) 4. Jeremy Martin (Yamaha) 5. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha)


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ALLIGATOR ENDURO story and photos submitted by Talon Soenksen

To escape the cold of Michigan we headed down to Florida for bike week and the Alligator Enduro. The Kidner's joined us for the week as well. We were able to watch the Daytona Supercross on Saturday. Since the Alligator is on a Thursday I had the beginning of the week to hangout and prepare for the race. After a little testing on Tuesday at a local motocross track I was ready to rip on Thursday. Coming in to the race I knew it was going to be tough but I wasn't exactly sure how hard the race was actually going to be. Race day was fairly warm, mid 80s and getting started early on row 25 was going to be good to avoid ruts and the extreme heat forecasted for later in the day. Section one brought me to reality and showed me how rough palmetto roots are and how slick the mud is. I didn't have too bad of a time and tried to get rid of my arm pump before section two. I felt a lot better and section two and was able to push harder too. After a short gas stop we headed back out for section three. Dad said this would be the muddiest section. This was the longest section of the day and also the muddiest one. I kind of lost my drive in the section and came out with a somewhat decent time. The fourth section was fun and a lot shorter and less muddy than the third and I really had fun in it. The fifth section was a mix of part of the first section and part of the second. It was an alright sections but had a lot of deep ruts in it that had to be avoided and I had one small tip over that cost a little bit of time. The last section was an "A" only section and also the last one of the day. I started out really good and stayed with the AA rider on my row for a little while. I had fun in the section despite how tight it was and how much it zig-zagged around through the trees. I kept it on two wheels and made it to the finish. I felt like I did well at my first Alligator considering that it was terrain I had never rode on before. I had a solid result and came away with a 2nd in A200 and 40th overall. Brian Kidner ended up second 40 A while. My Dad survived a really bad crash in a high speed section in section 5 when another rider turned in front of him to still finish 5th in 50 A. I want to thank everyone for supporting me and helping chase my dream. Thank you to the following people and companies: MSR, LAKE CYCLE, GALFER, MOTOREX, ACERBIS, SKORBORZ, ENDURO ENGINEERING, TWIN AIR, GAERNE, FACTORY CONNECTION, LEATT, RENTHAL, EVS, FMF, POWERSPORT GRAPHICS, 100% GOGGLES.

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