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Michigan’s Motorsports

February 2015

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2015 Season Schedule of Events & Supplememtal Rules Girl on Fire – Paige Reeser’s Journey Through the Ranks Moto Musings MX Division Preview Division Highlights & Updates

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FEBRUARY 2015 Michigan’s Motorsports

MARCH 2015

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I’d like to start out by saying “Happy New Year” to everyone. I hope your holidays were joyful and 2015 is already shaping up to be an awesome year for you! PLEASE read over anything that might pertain to you or your division. Chairpersons, please email me if you find any inaccuracies in your information so that I may update it for the next issue. What’s here is what was provided to me and included to the best of my ability. February is a good time to remind everyone to make sure your membership is up-to-date. Sign up now and avoid the extra time doing so while registering at your events. The cost is STILL only $15 for 2015 and available for purchase online or at the races. As always, a BIG HUG and THANK YOU to all our contributors. Thank you for giving of your time so generously to write about your division. ‘Til next time ... take care, stay warm, and safe. And as always, enjoy the ride... it all goes by in a blink.

To this Month’s Rockin'

Contributors

– In order of appearance – Heiller Photog�aphy, Heather Soenksen, Thomas Dunn, Bob Withey, Brooke Gentz, Six10 MX Photog�aphy, Bill Smith, Vandecar Pict�res, Steve Beane, Team Freelin, Capt�re Me Photog�aphy, SpeedPunks Specialized Images, Car�ie Leddy, Ross Scott, Jeana Car�asco, Mike Maurer, Mark Becker, and last, but not least... Ray�ie Ellis

SPACE

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Indicate your AMA# or your Original District#: AMA#

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Attention D14 Members: Your copy of this application may be used to sign-up in AMA/District 14 Events for 60 Days. If you have not received your District 14 Membership card in 30 days, contact District 14 Membership Administration with information as to where you purchased your membership. DISTRICT 14 MEMBERSHIP ADMINISTRATION INFO to find the current contact info, visit us on the web at www.ama-d14.org For Club/Promoter use only - must have club and event date name for credit - ALL sold applications must be turned into Membership Administration within 14 days of purchase.

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2013 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

VICE CHAIR Andy Nichols D14DirtTrackweb@gmail.com

RIDER REPS - XC Jacob Hill (517) 505-4530

POINTS KEEPER Andy Nichols D14DirtTrackweb@gmail.com

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

HARE SCRAMBLE CHAIRPERSON Steve Beane d14_hs_chair@yahoo.com (313) 989-8944

POINTS KEEPER Brix McFee brix@chartermi.net (616) 847-6265

ICE RACE CHAIRPERSON Jeremiah Sherman jer.sherman@gmail.com (989) 621-8701 VICE CHAIR Joe Barns No email provided No phone provided

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

MX CHAIRPERSON Kreg Bigelow kregbigelow@yahoo.com (810) 965-8764

VICE CHAIR – ATV-XC Dan Brendel brendelelectric46@yahoo.com (810) 217-7404

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

POINTS KEEPER Mark Becker sarge184@aol.com (248) 672-1224 RIDER REPS Brent Bergeron (ATV-XS) No email provided No phone provided Mark Becker (HS) sarge184@aol.com (248) 672-1224 Kevin Fleszar (HS) wtracng@hotmail.com (734) 735-3717

POINTS KEEPER Jenny Johnson bajajenny@gmail.com (989) 871-3356 ROAD CHAIRPERSON Terri Sweet d14roadchair@gmail.com (517) 719-6264 VICE CHAIR Jim Charlebois phone & email – not provided POINTS KEEPER Don Sepanski rollout@twmi.rr.com 313-303-1103


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2015 DIRECTORY

CHARTER CLUBS & PROMOTERS If your Charter is not listed, you need to submit a Charter Application and $25 Charter Fee. If your application is currently pending, your listing will appear once your status has cleared. If you believe this information to be incorrect, please verify your status with the D14 Secretary, Heather Soenksen at 517-775-5897 or via email D14Secretary@ama-d14.org. Thank You! Baja MX ......................................989-871-3356

MI Off Road Events ............ 517-896-9757

Bent Wheels CC ....................248-345-4944

Plymouth Blackhawks .......574-904-3006

Boulis Racing......................... 810-686-7083

Polka Dots MC...................... 989-205-8807

Bulldog Riders MC .............. 248-241-7740

Port Huron MC...................... 810-327-1062

Cadillac MC ............................ 231-884-0996

S.O.R.E. ....................................... 989-619-7713

Flint MC .................................... 810-422-3832

Tri-City Motor Speedway..... 989-550-8403

Freelin MX................................ 989-761-1301

Tri-City Travelers ................. 989-501-0911

Goshen IronHorsemen ... 574-825-3399

Twin Bay Trail Riders ......... 231-645-7905

Hill & Gully Riders ................708-261-3433

Valley Motocross ..................517-896-7185

I-96 Speedway...................... 616-642-0555

Valley Trail Riders................ 989-890-1411

KnuckleBusters Rider’s Club ...... 989-287-0120

White Lake Racing .............. 989-621-8701

Lucky Thumb MC................ 810-404-2895

White Trash Racing............. 989-274-7243

All D14 membership and charter registrations/renewals, address changes, card replacements, missed newspapers and other membership related issues should be directed to the MEMBERSHIP ADMINISTRATOR: HEATHER SOENKSEN

D14Membership@gmail.com 3155 Prescott Dr, Howell MI 48843 • 517-775-5897

Visions by Thomas Dunn, District 14 President

juggling hats As the President of American Motorcyclist Association's District 14, I have the duty of overseeing the premier District, with its 2500+ members and lots of clubs and promoters, all the different disciplines of motorcycle racing, day to day operations and the relationship with the AMA. As a Governor appointed member of Michigan Trails Advisory Council (MTAC), I am charged with advising the Governor of the state of Michigan, the direction of all the trails in the State of Michigan, whether it be ORV, snowmobile, hiker, biker and or equestrian. As Chairman of the State of Michigan’s Off Road Advisory Work Group (ORVAWG), I have the responsibility to oversee and advise the Michigan Governor and Department of Natural Resources on the O.R.V system of this great State.

Blurring the lines.... I have been told and probably, rightfully so, that I blur the lines between which hat I should be wearing. This is mostly true, although I try very hard to wear the right hat at the right time, there are many situations that it is tough to do. Too many times what I do as your President effects or has a direct correlation to what happens in Legislation and or my State positions. Sometimes my Michigan Off Road Events and Family Enduro hats do get in the way as I strive to make the Enduros and Hare Scrambles the best in the country, but have certain things I look for or expect to make them safe and of high quality so that the riders will want to return and bring others with them.

As your Legislative Director, I need to stay on top of and be involved in all aspects of up coming legislation that may affect the Districts ability to operate off road and track racing in Michigan and the surrounding States we deal with.

I will never be offended to be told, albeit nicely, that the lines are being blurred yet again. This helps me step back, regroup and look at the “Big Picture.”

As the President of Michigan Off Road Events (M.O.R.E.), I promote off road motorcycling events and get paid to score events and oversee the layout and safety of multiple events, in a for profit company.

I am and never will be always right.

As a member of the Family Enduro Series, I work with Mike Maurer to put on quality timed events for families to participate in and feed the District with youth rider’s, many which have had successful racing careers in the Districts adult classes in Off Road Events. My heart lies in the Enduro and Hare Scrambles Divisions as that is where I have spent the most time. I do have history in Motocross and Road Racing but that was, basically in another life and a long time ago (1978-1985).

Bottom Line...

I do this out of love of motorcycles, all types. I do this because I live to ride and race. I do this because I want this available for my grandchildren and their children. But at the end of the day, I promise all of the members, clubs, promoters, board members, and divisional chairs, of this great District, that my first duty is to you, those that trusted me with the reins of District 14. I will do my best to keep the lines clear! See ya at the races.

Thomas Dunn


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2015 AMA / DISTRICT 14 SUPPLEMENTAL RULES These rules are a supplement to the AMA Amateur, Semi-Pro and Youth Competition Rulebook and the AMA Road Rider Rulebook. All riders that participate in AMA sanctioned District 14 off-road competition events are required to be a member of the AMA and a member of District 14. The exceptions to this membership requirement are the National Ice Race, Area and Regional qualifiers for the National MX program and Regional Enduro events. If any of the listed exceptions are a scheduled District 14 event, only riders that reside within the geographical boundaries of District 14 are required to be a member of District 14.

2015 AMA/D14 Ice Race Rules 1. All solo and sidecar motorcycles will use studded tires, except rubber solo and sidecar classes. The studs will be an unaltered #7 to #10 hex headed screw with no more than one slot, uncut, no drilling or hollowing out of the head and the screw to be flush into the tire tightly ,not using a shim or washer to hold it out from the tire. The screw head cannot exceed 3/16” above the tire. No cut tires, except in rubber tire classes. 2. All tires used must be a motorcycle type tire not to exceed 510 or equivalent in size, with the exception of the 651cc and up studded side car, they may use up to a 610 or equivalent. Sidecars can only be driven by one rear wheel. 3. All motorcycles and quads used in ice race competition shall be equipped with a tether type kill switch. The cord must be fastened to the body of the driver, not the clothing. 4. No front brakes allowed on motorcycles and sidecars. Front brakes are allowed on Quads only. 5. It will be mandatory for studded classes to have a front fender having a brace at a right angle to the fork leg through the center of the axle. Fender must be mounted with in two inches of the tire and extend through axle centerline. 6. For all studded classes it will be mandatory to have a solid rear motorcycle fender, mounted to the swing arm a maximum of two inches from the tire and extending at least to the axle centerline. If the fender encloses the entire rear wheel, it does not have to be swing arm mounted. 7. If a nerf bar is used to protect the rider’s feet, it cannot be mounted higher than the axle centerline. 8. The distance between the sidecar wheel and motorcycle wheels, measured from the center of the treads, must be between 32-50 inches, with a maximum total width of 60 inches from the motorcycle tire centerline to the out side of the sidecar. Any exposed area, to the passenger, of the rear drive and inside of hack wheel must be enclosed in a safe and workman

like manner. 9. All motorcycles shall be equipped with 3 number plates measuring at least 7” high and 10” wide, using a white back ground and black numbers at least 5’ high standard block numbers, No Shaded or outlined numbers. All quads must have 4 plates one on the front, rear and both sides with number plates mounted vertically, not on the top of fenders. 10. Year end awards will be awarded in all classes. The money for these awards will be raised in the following manner. The club/promoter will pay $2.50 for each class entered. The fees will be sent to the D14 Ice Race Chairman by the event promoter. Riders must compete in at least 50% of the sanctioned events held to be eligible for high point awards. (I.E. If 8 are scheduled, and 4 are canceled, you must have attended all 4 completed events) 11. We will allow up to two (2) points paying events per weekend if they are within a 50 mile radius. 12. In all B classes, the top 30% of riders will be moved up to A class for the following season, 1 rider if the class has 10 riders or less for the year. The Ice Race Chairman and committee will retain the right to review all riders’ performance in any class for possible advancement to a regular amateur class. Up to 50% of C class riders may be moved up to the B class. 13. Six riders (6) not counting sidecar passengers constitute a class. If less than six riders sign up for a class, the promoter or club does not have to run that class. If they choose to run a class with less than six riders points will be 1st-10pts; 2nd8pts; 3rd-6pts; 4th-5pts; 5th-4pts. More than one class may be run at the same time and scored separately. 14. Points will be 1st-20pts; 2nd-16pts; 3rd-13pts; 4th-11pts; 5th-10pts; 6th-9pts; 7th-8pts; 8th-7pts; 9th-6pts; 10th-5pts; 11th-4pts; 12th-3pts; 13th-2pts; 14th1point. 15. A rider placing in a National ice race, outside of District 14 (D14), will receive straight D14 points according to the position he /or she placed, only if a D14 ice race is held on that weekend. (You cannot ride your class on Sat. out of state at a national and race in D14 on Sunday and receive points for both). 16. The ice race division shall have two technical advisors. 17. The Ice Race Chairman, rider rep or Techical Advisor will pay no gate fee. 18. An AMA licensed pro rider may compete in amateur competition, but is not eligible for D14 points and musn’t displace amateurs if eliminations are necessary. 19. Any former Pro rider may return to amateur competition and compete at the A level. If the rider feels he is unable to compete at the A level, he can petition in writing to the ice race chairman to be reclassified to the B level. 20. Ice race locations may be changed do to ice conditions, but no less than 72 hours before race day. NOTE: You must have a notarized consent

from both parents if you’re under 18 years old and wish to participate. NOTE: 50cc classes may run fewer laps at promoter’s discretion.

2015 AMA/D14 Road Rules 1. To earn District 14 points, a Rider or Passenger must be a current member and in good standing of the AMA and AMA’s District 14. 2. Points will be awarded on the following basis for Riders and Passengers, 1st – 10 points, 2nd – 9 points, 3rd – 8 points, 4th – 7 points, 5th - 6 points, 6th – 5 points, 7th – 4 points, 8th place & under will be 3 participation points. Three (3) participation points will be awarded to anyone working at the sanctioned District 14 Road Event. A list of workers must be forwarded by the sponsoring club along with the referee’s report to the Road Division Points Keeper. All D14 participants not placing will receive three (3) participation points for riding the full course and finishing the event. At each event, the DFCC place points are to be awarded to DFCC members. This proposal is not to change the awarding of trophies at each event, only that place point standings by virtue of their membership. If a DFCC member rides more than one event in one day, that member will be eligible to receive points earned in that day, but must finish all events. 3. Participation points will be awarded for attending other than D14 events as follows, Two (2) points for AMA Sanctioned District Tours and Rallies, AMA National Championship Road Events and AMA Road Riding Convention Series. One (1) point for any other AMA sanctioned event. Participants must send the event onionskin, signed by the sponsoring club’s official, to the District 14 Road Division Points Keeper within 14 days after the event. 4. On the drawing of the cards at a poker run, only the original 5 cards count towards District 14 points. 5. Points will be tabulated for events from November 15 through November 14 for all AMA/AMA D14 sanctioned events. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, clubs will be required to announce, post, or by receipt, the District 14 points awarded at the end of the day of the event, for the event that just occurred. Referee reports need to be in within 14 days. 6. All clubs promoting D14 Road Division events will pay $.25 for all sign-ups AMA or NON-AMA per rider or passenger for awards and operating expenses. The funds will be forwarded to the Treasurer/Points Keeper with the event referee’s report. 7. Any club that is delinquent in referee reports as of December 1st will be granted

no sanctions for the following year. Referee reports should be forwarded to the Treasurer/Points Keeper within 14 days after the official date of the event. 8. The Road Division Committee will consist of a Chairman, two Road Congress delegates, a Road Division Legislative Officer and a Road Rider Representative, selected by the members of the Road Division present at the District Annual Meeting each year. A Secretary and Treasurer/Points Keeper will be appointed by the Road Division Chairman. All Road Division records (minutes, treasury reports, membership rolls, and receipts with addresses of vendors) are to be retained and maintained from year to year to maintain continuity through changing of officers. 9. Invitational Poker Runs will have a 200mile limit from another club holding an open sanctioned poker run with a 50 mile limit. 10. No advertising for a non-sanctioned event in the D-14 schedule book on days when there is a sanctioned event. 11. Pay participant points for all D14 Road events. A minimum of 3 events are required to be eligible for a season award. We have 10 awards for riders and 3 for passengers, if there is enough qualified. 12. Dual Sport events will be moved from the Road Division to the Enduro Division. 13. Events involving questions and answers, must have results posted 30 minutes before awards are presented (Observation & Quiz Runs).

2015 AMA/D14 ATV/MX Rules ATV MX Chairman Bob Miller (517) 282-4373 / srxmiller@gmail.com Reports & Points Fund Money: Terri Sweet 12189 Okemos Rd., Portland, MI 48875 Points: Jenny Johnson bajajenny@gmail.com ATV MX Vice Chair & Rider Representatives: Neil Sutfin, St. Johns, MI / 517-256-3356 REFEREES DUTIES: Referee must send event report to point’s keeper within 7 days after event. Report shall include date and type of event, results of each class and number of riders, and check or money order for point’s fund. Points fund check shall be calculated at a rate of $4.00 per rider: GENERAL RULES 1. The following are supplemental to, or part of, the AMA/ATVA Rules and Guidelines. All other rules and guidelines applicable to the event shall be derived from the AMA/ATVA rulebook / guidelines and AMA/ATVA rules


supersede in the case of conflict. 2. A rules committee shall be composed of the ATV Chairman, ATV Congressman, and rider representatives. The ATV Chairman will break all tie votes. Rule changes and additions may be submitted, in writing for consideration at any time during the year, but if adopted will not take effect until the following season. 3. Rider representatives will be appointed at annual sanctioning meeting. They will be required to represent the riders, and will work with chairman to advance all phases of the sport. 4. Youth racers 15 years and younger may race inmore than one big track class per day. RULE CHANGE FOR YOUTH OPEN CLASS FOR MICHIGAN ATV STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES ONLY 1. ATV Youth Open Class (Age 6-15) – Machine Qualifications 51-105 cc Two Strokes and 51-150cc Four Strokes. Class is open to CVT’s, Shifters and Mods. Rider must be on an age specific ATV. Riders 7 years and under, may ride no larger then a 70cc AT V, riders 8 years and older may ride 90cc two strokes, and 125cc four strokes. Trophy or Dealer Check. ATV SPECIFICATIONS 1. Per ATVA Guidelines - All ATV’s shall be fitted with a tether type engine kill switch. 2. Number plates and backgrounds should be white or black contrasting combination. Number plates for event scoring are required on the front and rear of the ATV. (Note, the promoter is not responsible for mis-scoring when the numbers are difficult to read, it is the riders responsibility to ensure that the numbers are easily readable at a fair distance, see AMA/ATVA rule book.) Below are commonly accepted ways to number your ATV: FRONT: White background / Black numbers 8” high REAR: White background / Black numbers 8” high, mounted to rear grab bar or riders back. Numbers also highly recommend on rear fender deck and riders back also. ATV SCORING 1. Riders shall earn full points on any race day that is the only points paying event in the district on that day even if they are the sole rider in the class. On a day when two (2) separate tracks are paying points within the district, a full class constitutes having a minimum of 2 riders and is required to earn full points. If less than 2 riders are signed up in a given class on a day when 2 separate tracks are paying district points, ½ points will be awarded for a finishing position. 2. On the date of a nationally sanctioned ATV event held within District 14, that event will be the sole points paying event for that discipline in the District for ATVs on that day. 3. Championship awards will be presented at end of season or series, and points fund will be distributed until fund is spent in full

on above-mentioned awards. The number of awards given will be based on participation in class. 4. In the event that a race is dubbed “double points”, the points will count as 2 separate race finishes instead of 2 times the total points possible. Example: If a rider wins a “double point’s event”, he/she will be awarded 2 race results worth 25 points each (25+25). ATV MX POINTS All events scheduled for points will be accumulated towards division championships and year-end awards. See the points schedule that follows (Finish / Points): 1st25; 2nd-22; 3rd-20; 4th-18; 5th-16; 6th-15; 7th-14; 8th-13; 9th-12; 10th-11; 11th-10; 12th-9; 13th-8; 14th-7; 15th-6; 16th-5; 17th-4; 18th-3; 19th-2; 20th-1.

ATV MOTOCROSS & MICHIGAN STATE ATV CHAMPIONSHIP MX SERIES (MSATVCS)

General Information: 1. More than one class may be on track at same time. However, in the interest of safety no more than 2 drops of gate may be used to start a moto. If number of entrants exceeds limits of 2 gate drops a second moto must be scheduled. (Not counting practice sessions which may be run together regardless of number of entries as long as it is deemed safe by the promoter). 2. Prizes for all amateur and youth classes will be limited to trophies, or dealer checks to a dealer of their choosing. Entrants of the “A” and ‘age’ classes may receive a cash payback directly to the rider, and all paybacks shall be on the same scale as the corresponding motorcycle class payback. 3. Novice class (C) riders’ performance will be reviewed on a continuing basis. After 4 wins, a rider will automatically be advanced. Riders who are outclassing the field may also be advanced from the C class at the discretion of the ATV Chairman and Rider Representatives. The Novice class (C) is for the introduction of new riders and riders of this class will be eligible for daily awards at every event, but a traditional series championship will not be offered in this class. 4. Youth riders (15 and younger) on the big track (excluding Schoolboy Jr and Sr) may only ride in one big-track class per day. 5. New Promoters wishing to host a MSATVCS event- If a new promoter wishes to host a MSATVCS event, they will receive the last date pick for their first 2 seasons hosting the event. (unless another new promoter joins in afterwards). "New promoter" implies a promoter that did not host a MSATVCS event in the previous season. 6. In the event that a rider gets DQ’d from an event for any reason, that race must be used in their year end totals and cannot be used as a ‘dropped score’. MSATVCS Class Structure Adult Classes – Note: all adult classes are

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open displacement and do not require that the ATV be a production model, riders must be 16 years of age or older.

A – Expert: cash payout B – Intermediate: dealer check/trophy C – Novice: Trophy, NO year end championship awards. 16-29 – age class: dealer check/trophy 30+ – age class: cash payout 40+ – age class: cash payout 50+ - age class: cash payout W - Women: must be 13 or older (13-15 year olds must comply with Schoolboy Jr/ Sr guidelines) – trophy U - Utility: To qualify for this class, the ATV must satisfy at least one of the following conditions: must come standard from the factory with racks, must be 4 wheel drive, have an automatic transmission, or it must have an automatic clutch. – trophy Schoolboy Jr. – 13-15 years old: This class follows ATVA rules and guidelines for Schoolboy Jr. class (91-300cc 4-stroke Production or 91-200cc Production machines) – trophy or dealer check Schoolboy Sr. – 14-17 years old: This class follows ATVA rules and guidelines for Schoolboy Sr (200-400cc 4-stroke Production machines) - trophy or dealer check Youth Classes: 50 Limited Stock- (age 4-6) see ATVA size and age guidelines and acceptable modifications 50 Production CVT - (age 6-8) see ATVA size and age guidelines for 50 Production. 70 Limited Stock - (age 6-11) 0-70cc CVT or single speed automatic. This class follows the ATVA rules for limited stock. Riders may be advanced to the 70 Production Class it is deemed that he/she is outclassing the field. This is a beginner class for riders with limited race experience and beginner riders. (races on the ‘mini-track’ and has no year end awards). 70 Production - (age 6-11) 0-70cc CVT, belt drive or single speed automatic. 90 Production (ages 8-15) 51-90cc 2-stroke or 51-125cc 4-stroke; HAND CLUTCH WILL BE ALLOWED. Trophy or Dealer Check 90 Limited Stock (age 8-15) 51-90cc 2-stroke or 51-125cc 4-stroke quads. This class follows the ATVA rules for limited stock. Riders may be advanced to the 90 Production Class it is deemed that he/she is outclassing the field. This is a beginner class for riders with limited race experience and beginner riders. (races on the ‘mini-track’ and has no year end awards) 90 Modified – (age 8-15) See ATVA size and age guidelines. Trophy or Dealer Check. Super-mini - This class follows the ATVA rules for ‘Super-mini’ – Trophy or Dealer Check. MSATVCS Scoring 1. On the scheduled date of a MSATVCS Race, it will be the only points paying MX race within the District for ATVs. 2. Series Championship awards will be of-

fered for each class unless noted otherwise. If the MSATVCS consists of more than 6 races, the top 81% of race dates will be counted for championship points. If there are 6 or fewer races, all events will count towards the year end championship. A rider must attend a minimum of 51% of the race dates in a particular class to be considered eligible for Series Awards (this does not guarantee an award). 3. In the event that a class must run qualifiers, the LCQ will be run before any class runs a 2nd moto in the schedule order. There will be a minimum of 2 motos in between a rider’s qualifier and LCQ or a rider’s LCQ and main event. Overall event scoring will use national qualifier tally methods as used in ATVA National Events. 4. In the event that a promoter’s starting gate holds less than 20 ATV’s; and there are more class entrants than available starting gates, Moto 1 will be split into groups so that each rider has a gate for the start of the moto with each group starting on separate gate drops. In moto #2, all riders will start on the same gate drop. The promoter will line riders up in a second row, behind the first row based on Moto #1 finishes in order to field a full gate of 20 riders. 5. In the event of a tie in year end points for the MSATVCS, the tie breaker will be based on the 2 rider’s last head-to-head matchup. The rider finishing in front of the other rider will break the tie and assume the higher position. General Guidelines (this section is for reference only, please consult AMA/ATVA rules and guidelines for complete rules) 1. Riders shall use the last 2 or 3 digits of their AMA number for his machine number. An earned or requested number may be used, provided that number is not already in use. 2. Advancement of riders to higher classes will be based upon accumulation of points, performance, and/or ability. Chairman will notify riders being considered for advancement.

2015 AMA/D14 Hare Scramble Rules Hare Scrambles Chairman: Steven Beane Dearborn MI | (313) 918-8944 d14_hs_chair@yahoo.com Vice Chair: Neal Soenksen Howell, MI | (313) 244-6827 Ktm125s@yahoo.com Treasurer: Jessie Richardson Grand Haven, MI jessie.richardson@outlook.com Points Keeper: Mark Becker

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FROZEN FUN AT VTR

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VALLEY TRAIL RIDERS (Bentley, MI) | January 11 Story by Bob Withey | Photos courtesy Shayla Heiller, Heiller Photography

The ice race season kicked off with a perfect day at VTR. The Michigan weather cooperated the week before by providing sub-zero temps at night to give the 3/8 mile track a racing surface that was smooth and 12 inches deep. Sunday, race day, dawned with a southerly wind that brought temps to a pleasant 30 degrees. With over 500 spectators watching the amazing exhibition of speed and skill. The program got underway with the smallest riders on 50cc machines. Garret Goodman of nearby Bentley leading the way in the 0-50cc Chain Drive Final. Alaynnah Scherer won the 50cc Shaft Driver main. Quad racers were well represented by the eleven racers that were entered in the 450cc and Open classes. Both races were won by John Scherer from Withe Lake with Jeremiah Sherman from Highland. Close on his tail and making sure he did not make a mistake finishing second twice. The ice racers without studded tires in the 250cc A class, wowed the crowd with a 6 lap final that was eventually won by Kyle Whitis of Marine Cute with Allen Rabinette finishing 2nd. The racers who prefer 3 wheels were also present and put on quite a show. Tom Blatt and Cliff Hanel Jr. bested Brett Bersano and Joe Kustra in the light weight sidecar Main Event. In the Medium weight class Kevin Lambert Jr. and Kevin Lambert Sr. held off a determined team at Greg Bradish and Erika Bradish. The Heavy weights were dominated by Triumphs finishing in the top 3 places, led by Brad and Taylor Thomas in 1st with Kyle and Pat Hawley in 2nd and John and Joe Stover a close 3rd. The studded tire racers had the crowd cheering as race after race featured close racing and fantastic finishes. The Feature Event of the day was the Combo Race that was won by Allen Rabinette of Millington. For more photos and information of ice races and other events check out our Facebook page: Valley Trail Riders Motorcycle Club.

 Garrett Goodman on his way to win in the 50cc Chain Drive Race

250cc A Rider 9 Kevin Lambert Jr. leads a tight pack into turn one. 42 Dustin Cook, 5 Donald Volkman, 25 Allen Rabinette and eventual winner 17 Kyle Whitis

 Allen Rabinette on A charge to his win in the Combo Race.  96 Kevin Lambert Jr. and Sr. in the lead in the 505cc Sidecar Race


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The Locals

– by Brooke Gentz

Girl on Fire Paige Reeser’s Journey Through the Ranks photo courtesy of Six10 MX Photography

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hat does the 2014 District 14 Women’s State Championship, 2014 Freelin MX Women’s Championship, 2014 No Bull Fall Series Women’s Championship and a CRF250 have in common? They all belong to the same girl. After practically receiving a standing ovation at the yearend District 14 banquet, I sat down to have a chat with 15 year old Leonard, Michigan native, Paige Reeser on her goals, plans and motivation coming into the 2015 season. So give me a little run down on how you got into the sport? My brother, Micah, wanted a dirt bike and once he got it, I never got off of it. My dad raced back in the day and Ally (my stepmom) grew up riding as well. Three years ago I raced for the first time and just fell in love with the feeling. I crave it. I never wanted to be off my bike. I always wanted to keep going, no breaks, no stopping. The past year I got really serious and everything else I did just didn’t match up to the feeling I got on my bike. Everything other than moto didn’t seem as interesting. This is only my third year [racing] and that’s why when people say it’s incredible, it’s hard for me to be-

 Paige looking positive even after a muddy finish at Baja Acres late last year. lieve. I just love riding my dirt bike. It’s like for a short time, nothing matters. Honestly, when I’m on my bike, it’s the realest me you will ever see. I’ve never wanted anything more than to make it to the top. Speaking of making it to the top, what are your plans coming into the 2015 season? I tried last year for Loretta’s at the hardest regional and got into a huge pile up. [This year] they split up the women’s class at Loretta’s to twenty professional riders and twenty amateur riders. So, my plan is to definitely make it into the top three in the amateur class. I’ll try to race bigger races to get more competition but still make time for District 14 tracks and maybe some GLMX. Who do you think is your biggest competition coming into 2015? Definitely Bryce Martinez and all the other top professional women riders. I’m hoping to race the B class this year, so men are also going to be big competitors.

Since the boys are going to be some pretty big competition for you this year, I just have to ask the question: what’s it like being a female in such a male dominated sport? Do you feel like you have to work harder than men do to get to where you want in the sport or do you think women have just as much place in it as men do? I consider myself one of the guys when it comes to riding. Absolutely, I have to work equally as hard because they get just as aggressive with me as they do with the guys. They support me off the track and like to see me do well. I also ride in the men’s classes so most of them have become my friends!

Since you are only a sophomore in high school, do you have any hobbies outside of the sport? I don’t do anything other than moto. It’s a lifestyle. I transformed my whole life into revolving around it. But, I do enjoy making edits of my friends riding! Is there anyone you would like to thank?

Outdoor Motorsports; I would not be here this year if it wasn’t for Shelly and Mike. They are fantastic people and just all around great. Alias, CMP Suspension, MCR Suspension, Six10 MX Photography, SpeedPunks Specialized Images, Sampson Tool, my parIs there anyone in or out of the sport ents, and the whole Happy Acres Race that influences you the most? Team. I’m so beyond thankful for everyone’s help! There are a lot of people that influence me. I try to take everyone’s ad- Thank you so much for sitting down vice, negative and positive, and use with me Paige! Best of luck to you this that towards my riding. I’d have to say season! my biggest influences are my parents. They push me in such a positive way and know how bad I want it. Without them I wouldn’t be chasing my dream.


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ENDUROµREPORT by Bill Smith | Photos by Vandecar Pictures and CaptureMe-Photography.com as noted | Photos this page Vandecar Pictures

2014 District 14 Enduro Awards Banquet

COMFORT INN ( Mount Pleasant, MI) | January 24 Over 350 off-road racers, friends, family, and sponsors got together on a sunny but brisk Saturday in January to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our top riders, reflect on a successful season, and thank those that helped make it all possible. By all accounts, everyone I spoke with had a really good time, with many commenting that it’s great to reconnect with your offroad family in the off-season, and to celebrate with some good food, share a

namesake of the award himself, the award was conceived to recognize a special person who has made a lasting impact on our sport due to their special contributions, efforts, and deeds. Ted also hand-crafts each award, which are as unique and full of character as the man himself. Jeff Hunt, long-time member of the Lansing Motorcycle Club and Jack Pine Trail Boss, was the recipient of the 2014 Ted del Solar Award.

 A packed house

know that you recognize If you’ve ever been and value their support, involved with or and that it is greatly apridden a Michipreciated! gan AMA or Family enduro, you’ve APEX RESEARCH benefited from the Bob Letarte and Apex knowledge, time, continue to be a generand dedication Jeff ous supporter of the Enputs in to help enduro series. If you enjoy sure the best posthe unique and quality sible experience for awards the Enduro series enduro riders. Givprovides, thank Apex! en the popularity of the Jack Pine, and CAPTURE ME PHOTOGthe longevity it’s  Fast Freddy Kraemer finds out that all drinks have RAPHY enjoyed (2015 will be been charged to his tab... and Mark is feeling guilty Andi & Heather are the the 90th running), you  Cody Mastin - 4x Enduro Grand Champion gals behind the lens, and can be sure that Jeff’s • 2014 – Jeff Hunt (LMC) created the awesome poster prints for the leadership and hands-on involvement has enduro awards. They even make us slow few drinks, and enjoy many laughs while been instrumental to the success of this District 14 Enduro Sponsors riders look fast! reminiscing on the past season. It was event, along with many other enduros in The following award sponsors were key also nice to catch the Supercross race in Michigan. players this past season. Please let them CO-MAN the connecting bar after the banquet. By Cody and Mandi Mastin deand large, I think everyone is charged up Jeff was not able to be present to accept signed and created the 3 cusand eager for the 2015 enduro season to his award, as he was at a snowmobile tom awards for this year’s banbegin! race, no doubt contributing his time and quet: “Most Improved Rider”, efforts to help out in another racing dis“Hardcore Female Rider”, and A special thanks goes out to Andi Wagen- cipline. Mike Maurer accepted the award “Most Consistent Rider”. schultz for contributing her time, many on Jeff’s behalf. talents, and energy in coordinating the EPIC PARTS banquet this year. She certainly helped Recipients of the TdS Award include: Check out Epic’s brand new raised the bar in providing a smooth-runlocation in Traverse City for ning event, taking care of the many details • 2007 – Virginia Hunt (LMC) all your powersports sales, that go into it, and bringing some new • 2008 – Tom Dunn (LMC) service, and accessory needs. ideas and creativity to the table. THANK • 2009 – Mike Maurer (LMC) They handle anything with a YOU ANDI! • 2010 – Basil Lyons (VTR) throttle that runs in dirt, snow, • 2011 – Alan Randt (NEPG) or water! Ted de Solar Award • 2012 – Heather & Neal Soenksen (LMC) Started in 2007, and presented by the

• 2013 – John Spence (LMC)

 My Best Martin Ryerson Impression

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February 2015 – by Steve Beane • Forget the Superbowl, I can’t wait to see Supercross every Saturday night. Sure the brilliance of Villipoto is gone, but talk about a dog-fight in both the 250 and 450 classes. It’ll be hard to keep betting against Webb – boy’s got skills – unless Tyler Bowers cleans him out once and for all, and Ryan “Diesel” Dungey looks to be hitting his stride on a still-developing bike in the big-boy class. • James Stewart may have been responsible for inventing the scrub, but have you seen the video of Villipoto scrubbing so hard he drags his footpeg and brake pedal tip … HIS BRAKE PEDAL TIP … on the top of a jump. • By the time you read this the National Enduros will be one round down. Good luck to Talon Soenksen, Alex Good, and all of the other D14 racers that are chasing their dreams on the national circuit. • Nick Fahringer must be gutted. After losing the lead in the 2014 National Enduro series due to an injury he suffered just prior to the Pennsylvania round, Fahringer looked to have made a complete recovery. Late this winter after competing in a number of mountain bike and off road races Nick began experiencing increasing pain in his knee, so he’ll be out until the surgery has had a chance to take effect and his rehab is complete. • Fahringer was one of the big guns that stopped in on the Battle Creek National Hare Scrambles last summer, and he flew on the greasy, wooded trail. • Beta is looking to make a dent in the National Enduro scene, fielding a team of three pro riders (last year’s number 2 Jesse Groehm, Cory Buttrick, and Justin Sode) and offering test rides at a number of NEPG events. • Speaking of Beta, we now have a full complement of the 2015 two strokes in stock with varying levels of equipment fitted. As always the bikes are fully set up before they are delivered to the lucky new rider. • If you’ve got cold weather gear, rich jets, and a whole bunch of carbide studs, this may be the best winter yet to get out of the lakes and ice race. Check out the schedule on the Ice Race page at www.ama-d14.org and plan on racing, or even spectating, at an event. It’s crazy how hooked up your bike can be on ice you can barely stand on. • You could be excused if you thought the Japanese had gone to sleep on the off-road market – until now. Yamaha pulled the wrapper off a brand-new YZF250 FX designed to break up the sea of orange, and looking over the still-fresh version Mark Becker had in his living room, they have a legitimate chance of being a force again off-road. • KTM is once again the largest European manufacturer of motorcycles – some 158,760 orange or mostly orange bikes crossed the blocks worldwide in 2014. That number includes the substantially similar Husqvarnas, but don’t tell Husky that – they’re crowing that they retailed 16337 bikes last year. • While most of us in D14 are laid up for the winter or pursuing other things, my customers in the Southern Hemisphere have stopped riding for another reason – it’s too hot to ride! If you’re in need of expert suspension or bike set-up, desire a new Beta customized just for you, or just want to talk about riding and racing dirt bikes, contact us at afterhourscycle.com

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MOTOCROSS DIVISION PREVIEW

Motocross Division Preview 2015 Championship and Series’

2015 Championships and Series by Team Freelin

Let’s get something straight. If you plan on participating in any D14 motocross division race event you minimum are met a specific is the breakdown information on the Let’sare getin something straight. great! If you plan for something The Here upcoming 2015 outdoor motocross season hasraces so much toinoffer. It canThe entire Vet Championship series schedule is: class. on participating in any D14 motocross what those are: get confusing sometimes though. Which series am I involved in? How does this series thing work? division race event you are in for someWhat MAX points mean and howDistrict do I know if I’m getting them2.or We thought it would be aApril 12 – Baja Thenot? AMA/D14 Michigan State Champi1. The 14 Championship races run thing great!does The upcoming 2015 outdoor onship is a series that involves every D14 April are the motocross season much to offer. good idea tohas letsoyou know what from you’re in toforNovember. this year.These Should be exciting. Sure to be fun. Put on yourApril 19 – Bulldogs It can get confusing sometimes though. standard weekend to weekend races you racetrack and is 11 separate race dates. April 26 – Battle Creek thinking cap and listen up. May 3 – Valley MX Which series am I involved in? How does enjoy. The first race date of this champithis series thing work? What does MAX onship run is April 11. The last race date in Here is and thehow general lowdown what youlong canchampionship be involvedis in: season Novempoints mean do I know if I’m get-on this ting them1.or not? We thought it would be ber 1. During all of these races your points District 14 Championship a good idea to let you know what you’re are based on your race final end position AMA/D14 Michigan State Championship series result and how many racers there were in in for this2.year. Should be exciting. Sure 3. PutVet seriesyour race. This championship involves all to be fun. on Championship your thinking cap and D14 points paying classes. listen up.

This series starts about mid-way through the race season on July 26. The last of this 11 race date series is November 1. This series involves all points paying D14 classes.

The entire AMA/D14 Michigan State Championship series schedule is:

May 17 – M33 Motorsports May 31 – Polka Dots June 14 – Portland June 21 – Grattan June 28 – Cadillac July 12 – Big Air July 19 - FreelinMX

July 26 – Battle Creek

Here is the breakdown information on what those are: All of these Vet Championship series racHere is the general lowdown on what you When you complete both of your motos August 9 – M33 Motorsports 1. The District 14 Championship races run from April to November. These are the standard es, sponsored by Fox Racing, are also still August 23 – Cadillac you get a final end race position. Dependcan be involved in: August 30 – Grattan ing on how many The racersfirst there were in of this championship run is April 11. a part of the D14 Championship run. On weekend to weekend races you enjoy. race date these dates you get MAX points ONLY for race, your points are awarded based September 20 – Portland 1. District 14 Championship The last race date in thisyour season long championship is November 1. During all of these races the vet classes listed above. You do NOT September 27 – Big Air 2. AMA/D14 Michigan State Champion- on this table. and how manyDots racers there were inget max points for the D14 Championship 4 – Polka ship series your points are based on your race final end position resultOctober run. October 11 – Bulldogs 3. Vet Championship series This championship MOST (I’ll explain MAX pointspoints a little later your race. involves all D14 paying classes. 2015 Points Table Less than 8 entries 1st 2ND 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th

18 16 12 9 6 5 4 3 2 1

9-15 entries 25 20 18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

16+ entries 30 25 21 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

in the article) D14 October 18 - Valley MX The series will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd Championship races October 25 – FreelinMX place winners (minimum of 5 races for November 1 – Baja will award points year-end awards). Awards will be distribbased on this table uted at the 2015 Awards banquet (Jan All of these AMA/D14 Michigan State using the When number you of complete both of your motos you get 2016). Championship series races, sponsored by racers as part of the a final end race position. Depending on how No Bull Graphix are also still a part of the equation. many racers there were inrun. your D14 Championship Yourace, will getyour points So let’s just recap... There is a season for the series race AND you are still There arepoints 82 sepaare awarded based on this table.accru- long District 14 Championship run. There rate races that are ing points for the season-long champion- are also 2 different series, both of which a part of what we ship run. But for these 11 dates (minimum are 11 races long. They are the AMA/ D14 Michigan State Championship series MOST 14 (I’ll explain points aawards) little later in the of 5 racesMAX for year-end you are call the District awarded points based on the column with Championship. article)To-D14 Championship races will award and the Vet Championship series. At the tal points awarded the 16+ entries heading. You are getting 11 AMA/D14 Michigan State Championpoints based on this table using the number of toward this champi- MAX points for the AMA/D14 Michigan ship races you will receive MAX points for as part the equation. StateofChampionship series AND you are the series as well as MAX points for the onship willracers be tallied getting MAX points for the season-long District 14 Championship. At the 11 Vet from the rider’s best Championship races you will receive MAX District 14 Championship run. 16 points paying There are 82 separate races that are a part of points ONLY for the series. finishes from April what1.we District 14 Championship. Thethe series will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd 1 - November A call place winners. Awards will distributed Confusing, maybe. Idea… come on out Total points awarded toward thisbechampionship rider must particiat the 2015 Awards banquet (Jan 2016). and race. Have a bunch of fun. Try your pate in awill minimum be tallied from the rider’s best 16 points The 1st place award is supported and pro- hardest. Race as much as you can or as of 8 races to be elipaying finishes from April 1 November 1.se-A many times as you want. If you do well vided by AMA. The champions of this gible for year-end have earned recognitionof of 8 bestmust ries participate in the a minimum racesenough you’re going to get some points awards. rider Year-end of-the-best in the state of Michigan. District 14toChampibe eligible for year-end awards. Year-end awarded. The points will add up. If you race enough, and do well enough you may onship awards will District 14 Championship awards will be win a season championship or one of the 3. The Vet Championship is a series that be awarded up to two series championships offered. awarded up to 10th place provided the also involves every D14 racetrack and is 10th place provided 11 separate race dates. This series starts minimum races are met in a specific class. early in the season on April 12. The last Questions? You’ve got lots of people to . of this 11 race date series is July 19. This ask. Ask at sign-up. Call your D14 Rider series ONLY involves the vet classes: 25+, Reps. Email your chairperson or points 30+, 40+, 50+, 60+, Vet C, and Vet Unlim- keeper. We’re all here to help you have the time of your life. Get involved, the ited. memories will last a lifetime. See ya soon!


February 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 13 ENDURO continued from page 10 KENDA TIRE Kenda was a key sponsor that gave us a smokin’ deal on product, allowing us to create the cool tire awards. Be sure to check out their new EQUILIBRIUM hybrid: The best qualities of a trials tire and motocross tire combined in one product. Super sticky race compound for unbeatable grip in both wet and dry conditions. Think Loose Moose A/B course…

for the awards banquet. Approximately 1,500 copies are distributed to dealers and off-road events throughout the year. It also gives riders something cool to hang in their trailer / garage / living room!

MALCOM SMITH RACING - MSR MSR was the impetus behind this year’s Enduro “Volunteer of the Year” award, recognizing the most important person at an event. MSR generously rewarded recipient Craig Scott with a full set of their finest off-road gear: Helmet, jersey, pants, boots, gloves, and chest protector.

2015 D14 Offroad Schedule Poster Sponsors

They made it happen for the 5th year in a row! The Scott family team of Craig (front office), Riley (design), and Ross (back-office) have once again brought a group of generous sponsors onboard for our D14 Offroad Schedule Poster. The annual schedule poster helps provide sponsors with a way to advertise their goods and services, support our sport, and helps the series with much-needed funds

Spencer Vandecar - 3rd Place A200 ~ photo courtesy Vandecar Pictures

Note: There is a minor typo on the poster that wasn’t caught in time. The date of the Loose Moose Enduro is 6/14, not 6/4. If you do happen to show up for the race on Thursday the 4th, you can help the club clear trail and hang arrows! Please let these schedule poster sponsors know you appreciate their support! • Albin’s Honda • College Bike Shop • David Chamberlain, Attorney • Delux Trophies • Elizabeth Scott Community • Enduro Engineering • Fleszar Powersports • Garceau / Wenick-Kutz / Magowan Insurance • Gazillion & One • Jack Pine Enduro • Jesters Court • NAPA Auto Parts • Ogemaw Hills Bike Week • Polka Dots • Portland Trail • Sicass Racing • Valley Trail Riders

Tyler Klein - Talon Soenksen B-200 Class Winners ~ photo courtesy Capture Me Photography

District 14 Enduro Clubs and Promoters

Thank you to all the club members, volunteers, friends, neighbors, and family relatives who spend hundreds of man-hours in the trenches, walking every inch of trail, cutting it in, brushing, and marking it. Thanks to the check crews, families, pit crews, and understanding spouses who allow us to tear it up in the woods on the occasional Sunday!

Ted del Solar presenting his namesake award • Grand Kankakee Trail ~ photo courtesy Vandecar Pictures Riders – Sand Goblin • Hill & Gully Riders – Summer Bummer pion category, it is the best 8 out of 9 rac• Knuckle Busters Riders – Knuckle Buster es (new rule for 2015). • Lansing Motorcycle Club – Jack Pine • Muddobbers M/C - Muddobber • We will be migrating to a new e-mail • Riders M/C – Turkey Creek blast service (Q1 2015) for communicating • Singletrack Off-Road Events - Grizzly enduro news, results, and event updates. • UP Sandstormers – Loose Moose This new service will allow us to manage • Valley Trail Riders – Bark Buster and update rider info with greater accuracy, integrate mailing list data with MotoEnduro B Riders Advanced to the Tally, and to track the effectiveness (clickthru rate) of e-blast communications. A Class 1. Greg Ericksen • The new D14 Enduro “Series Regis2. Jerry Schroeder tration” system will be available online 3. Talon Soenksen sometime in Q1. All D14 members earning 4. Tyler Tanis Enduro C Riders Advanced to the series points will be required to go online and register for the 2015 season. It is very B Class similar to event pre-entry using MotoTal1. Derek Heisler ly, and is quick and easy to use. Look for 2. George Deveau more details in the coming weeks. 3. Asa Abel 4. Alex Kramp • To stay up-to-date with the latest and 5. Lucas Coyle greatest D14 Enduro news and event info, What’s New / Coming Soon in 2015…

• Check out the 2015 enduro schedule and get your race dates on the calendar! Gas prices are down 40-50% compared to last year, and by all accounts are expected to stay that way for a while. So with all the money you’ll be saving on gas (diesel, not so much), you’ll have more available to spend on parts and gear to be “race ready”. • We will count the best 7 out of 9 events for series points, and for the Grand Cham-

sign-up for e-mail notifications at www. d14enduro.org/mailing_list.shtml (you’ll be converted to the new e-blast service automatically).

• If you are interested in volunteering a little bit of your time, talents, and energy to help out the enduro series, please contact Bill Smith (bill@d14enduro.org // (248) 891-1400). We can match up your interests and availability with something that will help us continue to provide a quality enduro series! BANQUET PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGES 15, 21 & 31


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

RULES continued from page 7 Rider Rep: Mark Becker Taylor, MI | (248) 672-1224 Sarge184@aol.com Rider Rep: Kevin Fleszar Mio, MI | (734) 735-3717 wtracng@hotmail.com

Alternate Rider Rep: Brian Kidner Manton, MI | (231) 670-7418 briankidner@aol.com GENERAL RULES SECTION A – RACE PROTOCOL 1. Races will be held on the dates and at the locations published in the District 14 newspaper and on the District 14 Hare Scrambles webpage. Event scheduling or venue changes or cancellations will be posted to the District 14 Hare Scrambles webpage as soon as they are known. 2. Motorcycle hare scrambles races will be 3 hours, or a maximum of 15 laps, in length. The 2 hour classes will be 2 hours, or a maximum of 10 laps, in length. Youth class races will be 1 hour in length. 3. Hare Scramble tracks will be a minimum of 3.5 miles. Courses should be laid out such that, even in the event of inclement

weather prior to or during the race, the minimum track length is achieved. Mini course length is at the discretion of the promoter. 4. Race programs for District 14 hare scrambles races will typically follow this order: • Youth and Small Bike Women – parade lap 9:00am, scheduled race start 9:30am • Adult Riders – scheduled start 11:00am • ATV classes if offered – scheduled start 3:00pm 5. Programs for National Hare Scrambles and special events may follow an alternate schedule. 6. Dead-engine starts will be accomplished on a class by class basis as follows: • Start Order for Youth and Small Bike Women Riders i. Big Wheel/Super Mini [W] ii. 85cc Senior [J] iii. 85cc Junior [Y] iv. 65cc [P] v. Trail bike and Small Bike Women’s classes (rotated each event) [N,T] • Start Order for Adult Riders i. 3 hr Expert [M] ii. remaining 3 hr “A” classes (rotated each event) [A,V,H] iii. 2 hr Expert [E] iv. 3 hr “B” classes (rotated each event) [B,F,L]

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v. 2 hr “B” classes, including 50+ class (rotated each event) [Z,SS] vi. “C” classes (rotated each event) [X,R] vii. Women’s class [C] 7. If there are only a few riders in a class, it may be combined with another class (after alerting the scoring personnel) of the same skill level for starting purposes only. Any rider leaving the starting line prior to their assigned start position will be penalized 1 lap. 8. Scoring (via electronic transponder and manual back-up) will be on a lap by lap basis with lap times being recorded for each lap (minutes and seconds). An analog clock must be displayed at scoring area in full view for the riders to see. Key time (start time) of 12:00 will be used on the clock for each race. The loss of a transponder during a race will incur a one lap penalty (all classes). 9. The designated scoring area will serve as a “no passing zone”. Riders enter in single file and exit single file in a slow safe manner. Promoters will clearly mark the scoring area and the checkered flag will always be forward of the scoring area. 10. The club/ promoter is responsible for monitoring the laps/time and making the riders aware of whether laps or time will determine the completion of the event. This should be done before the start or in the early stages of the race. The white flag shall be displayed at such a time as to ensure the checkered flag is given to the leading solo rider at or past the 2 and 3 hour elapsed times, or at the maximum lap count. In the event of extreme track or weather conditions the club referee, District Chair, and rider reps can make necessary changes. 11. The club/promoter will double mark the course as needed and riders must go between any double markers or around any double marked turn. Failure to follow the INITIAL prescribed course will result in disqualification and/or penalty UNLESS COURSE OFFICIALS have altered the course during a race due to deteriorating conditions. 12. If a race must be stopped due to unforeseen circumstances with less than half the scheduled time having elapsed trophies may be given but NO District 14 points are to be awarded. 13. A rider must finish a minimum of ½ the laps of the winner of their class to be scored in the results. 14. To determine the overall position of a rider, the competitor with more laps will finish higher in the overall regardless of elapsed time. 15. Riders registered as team participants may only race in the team class for which they entered. No rider entered as a team participant may also race in a solo class during the same event. At no time may both bikes and riders be on the course only one rider/bike at a time. 16. All results and awards are final after a protest period (30 minutes after results are

posted). Awards shall be presented as soon as possible following the protest period has elapsed. Only clerical errors can be corrected for administrative purposes. 17. Trophies and/or awards will be paid to the riders the day of the event as follows: 2 riders/ 1 award; 3-4 riders/ 2 awards; 5-8 riders/ 3 awards; 9-12 riders/ 5 awards; 1317 riders/ 6 awards; 18-20 riders/ 7 awards; and 21-up/ 8 awards SECTION B- RIDERS AND CLASSIFICATIONS 1. District 14 Hare Scrambles Division will award points in the following classes: Youth and Small Bike Women’s Classes Trail Bike - Letter N, up to 150cc 4-stroke, air-cooled, maximum wheel sizes of 19” front and 16” rear, 7-15 yr. solo rider 65 - Letter P, mini class, 0-65cc 2-stroke, 0-110cc 4-stroke Trail Bike*, 14 inch front wheel and 12 inch rear, 7-11 yr. solo rider Trail Bike for this class is defined as air cooled 4-stroke 85 Junior - Letter Y, mini class, 66-85cc 2-stroke, 100-150cc 4-stroke, 17” front and 14” rear, 7-11 yr. solo rider 85 Senior - Letter J, mini class, 66-85cc 2-stroke, 100-150cc 4-stroke, 17” front and 14” rear, 12-15 yr. solo rider Big Wheel or Super Mini - Letter W, mini class, 80-105cc 2-stroke, up to 150cc 4-stroke, maximum tire sizes of 19” front and 16” rear, smaller tire sizes permitted, 12-15 yr. solo rider Women - Letter T, 66-105cc 2-stroke, up to 150cc 4-stroke, maximum wheel sizes of 19” front and 16” rear, open age female solo rider 3 Hour Classes Expert AA - Letter M, open age and displacement, top ten riders from previous year, solo A3 Open - Letter A, open age and displacement, solo rider Vet A 30+ - Letter V, open displacement, 30+ yr. solo rider B3 Open - Letter B, open age and displacement, solo rider Vet B 30+ - Letter F, open displacement, 30+ yr. solo rider A Team* - Letter H, A, B, or C skill level, open age/ displacement, 2 riders, max of 2 bikes B Team* - Letter L, C or B skill level, open age/ displacement, 2 riders, max of 2 bikes * A team consists of two (2) riders and a maximum of two (2) bikes. Teams should compete in the class corresponding to the higher skill of the two riders. Advancement from “B” team to “A” team will mostly be “on your honor”, or at the discretion of the series chairman at any point before, or during, the season. In order to score points as a team, the team must remain intact (same two riders) for the season. If a racer rides solo for team points, he/she must sign up and pay for his/her absent teammate. RULES continued on page 22


February 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 15 PHOTOS THIS PAGE COURTESY OF CAPTURE ME PHOTOGRAPHY ENDURO continued from page 15

 Spencer Vandercar - TJ Whitmore - Scott Allen A200 Class Winners

 Brett Dubois - Craig Hamilton - Clayton Erb A-Open Class Winners

 B 50+ Class WInners

 Alex Good - Overall B Champion

 Asa Able - George Deveau - Alex Kramp C under 30 Class Winners

 Cody Mastin 4x Grand Champion 1

 Matt Lohone A 40+ 1st Place


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

PREVIEW 2015

FREELIN MX (Brown City, MI) By Team Freelin Photos courtesy of Speed Punks Specialized Images (SSI)

Mother Nature is supposed to give us 5-7” of snow tonight/tomorrow. Wonder how many of us just go out to the garage to take a long, loving, yearning look at our dirtbike? It’s only 50 days until we are supposed to be open (March 22), but that feels like a lifetime when it’s sooo cold outdoors. Fun for ice racing, not so fun for motocross racing. It was super sunny out today, and we’re still holding out hope!

Our June race (June 20/21) will be our always-anticipated Freelin Frenzy. We have been hosting that event for 13 years. Expect lots of extra activities for the kids (games, movies, prizes). The Vintage bikes will join us on Sunday. This is always an extra spectacular group of racers to watch. The bouncies will be up. We’ll provide the fireworks, you

Team Freelin looks forward to another great year in 2015. We have 6 race weekends planned, one of which includes ATVs as part of the ATV Michigan State Championship series (April 25/26). For that ATV State Championship series race, BOTH days (Saturday & Sunday) will count towards your series points. So plan on coming out to race the entire weekend. We run a split program so some of you start early, race in the morning, and your races should be done by about 1pm-ish. Our afternoon program usually starts up by 2pm so some of you will get to sleep in and will spend the afternoon with us. If you’re spending the weekend with us you get to see if all. We run ALL D14 MX bike classes, plus a few of our own FreelinMX classes. You can check out our entire bike class structure on our website at www.FreelinMX.com (Rider Info, Class Descriptions, Class Listing button). For ATV class listing click on Schedules, ATV, ATV Classes button).

 Feet to Seat

 Groom Team


February 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 17 provide the fun around the campfire. Should be a good time! Christmas Chaos will kickoff our July race (July 18/19). We’ll have holeshot awards, we’ll have our charity bike wash going, and Santa will visit. We get a lot of support as this is our Toys4Tots event. A worthy cause, especially when so many of us are blessed with so much. If you are participated in our D14 Vet series then mark your calendar because Sunday is MAX points for all Vet classes. August brings us to our Annual M&M Weekend (August 15/16). If you missed this event in the past you need to put it on your calendar. All day Saturday be prepared for some action on the motocross track. Saturday night brings you high horsepower action over at the mudbog venue, under the lights. Trucks from the tri-state area will be at Freelin to compete for series points. These trucks are not your daddy’s pick-ups. They are custom built, nitrous loaded, full fire gear vehicles with monster sized tires. You get two shows for the price of one. Bring along an extra set of clothes because you can expect some intentional mud to be flung your way! We’re back racing again in September (26/27). It’s the best time of year to race when the weather has usually cooled down from summer. The nights are just starting to be crisp and it’s the perfect time for a fire at night, with your riding buddies, rehashing the races of the day, preparing the bikes for the day ahead. Our season will conclude with our Rocktober Fall Fest (October 24/25). All the Fall festivities are included into this event (trick-n-treating, pumpkin carving, costume contest, and pet costume contest). This is your opportunity for MAX points going toward the AMA-D15 State Championship series. Come on out, take our candy and take home your MAX points.

 Brotha and Sista In addition to these 12 race dates, we have 25 Open Practice dates schedule and 2 Truck 4x4 Extreme Mud! Mudbog events planned. We plan to have it all this season and want you to join us for the fun. Hard to be speaking of a season concluding when the season has yet to begin but hopefully everyone is as excited as we are for the season to begin. For additional information visit our website (www.FreelinMX.com), Like our facebook page (FreelinMX) or give us a call at 989.761.1301. We can’t wait to see you!

Always watchin' you!

 High Flyer


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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.

ICE

CHAIRPERSON ............. Jeremiah Sherman VICE CHAIR – MX.................Joe Barns

SEPTEMBER 12 13 13 19 20 

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

03  04 17 18 

33 Motorsports .................... Mio 33 Motorsports .................... Mio Valley MX ...................... Stanton Valley MX ...................... Stanton

OCTOBER

enduro

FEBRUARY 15 22

Valley MX ...................... Stanton White Lake Racing ..... White Lake

01

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

MARCH

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

AUGUST

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 D/S .......Matthews, IN Matthews FES .........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

19

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

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

APRIL 25

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

02 03 09 10 16 17 23 30 31

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

01 02 09 09 15 22 23 29

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

MAY

JUNE

JULY

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

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

AUGUST

30

SEPTEMBER 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 .................... 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

* 3 points paying climbs (day & night climbs)


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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 16 33 Motorsports .................... Mio 17 Big Air MX .................... Newago 17  33 Motorsports .................... Mio 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 05 11 12  18 19  19 25 25

Valley MX ...................... Stanton Valley MX ...................... Stanton Big Air MX .................... Newago Big Air MX .................... Newago Freelin MX .................Brown City Freelin MX .................Brown City Polka Dots MC ...............Midland Battle Creek MC .......Battle Creek Grattan Raceway............. Belding

26 26

 Battle Creek MC .......Battle Creek

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

AUGUST

01 Big Air MX .................... Newago 02 Big Air MX .................... Newago 08 33 Motorsports .................... Mio 09  33 Motorsports .................... Mio 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 03

33 Motorsports .................... Mio

04 33 Motorsports .................... Mio 04  Polka Dots MC ...............Midland 11  Bulldog Riders ..............Millington Millington 17 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 18  Valley MX ...................... Stanton 24 Freelin MX .................Brown City 25  Freelin MX .................Brown City 31 Baja Acres ...................Millington

vintage mx CHAIRPERSON ............. Steve Baginski

APRIL 19

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

10

Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland

07 21

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

05 19

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

09 16

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

MAY

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

03 10 26

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

OCTOBER

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

MAY

03 17 14

JULY

JULY

25

AUGUST

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

Muskegon Spring Run Muskegon MC .......... Mt. Garfield 43rd Blessing of the Bikes Para Dice MC ...............Baldwin

JUNE

JUNE

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

13

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

FIND THEM

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

SEPTEMBER

11

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

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


20 February 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

Winter Riding in Florida Story and photos submitted by Carrie Leddy

Winter always seems like such a long time to be away from the MX tracks and all of our MX friends. We try to go to Florida during Christmas break, so we can get a little practice in and enjoy the warm weather. This year a couple of our friends, Kevin and Tammy Beyer, accompanied Donald, our son Levi and I on the trip. It was a great year to go due to high record temperatures down south. Our son Levi is eight months old. My favorite part of our vacation was the look on his face when we pulled into the first track and he heard the sound of the dirt bikes. He started smiling and bouncing! I truly think he remembered and missed that sound, and of course being  A family that plays together stays together outside. Levi went to his first On our third day of the trip we visited a newer track, WW Motocross Park, near race at two weeks old and Jacksonville, FL. This was one of our favorite tracks that we got to ride during the vacacontinued to go every week I like Yamahas! tion. It is a family owned track and they have put a lot of hard work into it. They even end with us. He is definitely opened up a few extra days due to many requests to ride there. The track gave you a an outside boy! great workout and the owners were extremely friendly for riders of all skill Our first stop was Echoconnee MX, levels. The track was long and wide with a variety of high speed and tight near Macon, Georgia. As we arrived and technical sections. The jumps varied in length, from 20 feet to a 120 footer began searching for a spot to park we that allowed for some fun air time. There was also a man made mountain in began running into familiar Michigan the center of the track. The track was sandy but almost every jump had clay faces. The Jeffers and Golaszewski boys on the face so they held up well. I must say, I felt like I was in Michigan since must have been thinking the same thing it seemed like half the riders were from Michigan. It was fun to be able to as us…find the warm weather and ride! see many of our MX friends and ride with them. I must say …watch out, vet This track had a lot of the great qualities riders! Ryan Weatherby was putting in some hard laps and looking fast! that we enjoy at so many of our District After taking a rest and recovery day, we enjoyed a second day of rid14 tracks. The track had a mixture of ing at the WW Motocross Park. When the day was over we had to move on soil ranging from sandy to intermediate, and after much debate we decided to head to Bostwick MX. This was the but mostly sand. The track had mellow coldest day of the trip with a high around 60, but the cloudy day and wind jumps, big sandy bermed corners and made it feel slightly closer to Michigan temperatures. Bostwick is made up a couple challenging whoop sections. of very deep sand, similar to that of Bulldogs. The jumps are built for averThis was a great track to ride and shake age riders. They are mostly all tabletops, so nothing to intimidating. It is a off the cobwebs after not being on a great track for Michigan riders since it is sandy and we have a lot of sandy bike for two months. tracks here. The next day we met up with a Of course we made our annual stop to GPF. The Woods family is also friend of ours, Jeff Curry, and rode at a very welcoming and friendly. GPF is usually our last stop on the way back private track in South Carolina that behome. Donald loves the track! Donald says it’s a great track to ride to train longed to a friend of his. The track was for motocross. For me, well let’s just say I get good rut practice and roll over filled with doubles, triples and a few the jumps! However, I sure do have fun watching all of the fast guys and kids table top step downs. It consisted of on the different tracks there! mostly intermediate soil with a couple As I’m sitting her writing, all I can think about is the MX banquet next sandy turns. The sun was shining all day, week. I can’t wait to see all of my friends again! Before you know it, we will which made for a spectacular day of ridall be at the tracks riding and making memories out of another season. ing.  IF the babysitters sponsor me I will ride orange


February 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 21 PHOTOS THIS PAGE COURTESY OF CAPTURE ME PHOTOGRAPHY ENDURO continued from page 15

 Eric Briggs - Overall A Champion

 Cody Mastin and Erin Marie  Martin Ryerson - AA 1st Place

 Greg Eriksen - Fred Kraemer B 40+ Class Winners

 Lou Ann Cousinaw - Enduro Treasurer

 Joshua Cairl - Jordan Mapes - Tom Zettel Top 12 Riders

 Kevin Allen - Vic Flegel A 50+ Class Winners

 Max Corbett A 30+ 1st Place


22 February 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News RULES continued from page 18 2 Hour Classes A2 Expert - Letter E, open age/ displacement, 2 hour expert, 13 yr. old minimum age, solo rider B2 - Letter Z, 2 hour solo, 13 minimum age, open displacement C Jr - Letter X, 86cc and up, 2 hour solo, 1320 yr old age bracket C Vet - Letter R, open displacement, age 21+, 2 hour solo SS 50+ - Letters SS, open displacement, 2 hour solo, 50+ age Women (2hr) - Letter C, 86cc and up, 13 yr minimum age, solo 2 hour 2. Rider numbers (unique) must be displayed on the bike on each side and front number plate. Riders should use the last 3 digits of their AMA number. Riders must display their class letter on all 3 number plates and the back of their helmet. The letter must be 3 inches in height and of a contrasting color. A one (1) lap penalty will be imposed if a rider fails to properly identify his/her bike and helmet. 3. Number Plates: Only Expert AA riders are to display red number plate backgrounds. Red backgrounds are encouraged but not required of the Expert AA class. 4. Riders must purchase or rent a transponder to be scored during an event (at the designated price, transponder fees go to the Hare Scramble Maintenance Fund). Team riders will use one (1) transponder to be exchanged during the race. 5. The bike size for afternoon classes is limited to 86cc and above. Ages are limited to 13 years and older. 6. A rider whose bike exceeds posted sound limits [when measured per the AMA procedure ] at any time during the event will face disqualification and forfeit of any points that may have been earned during the event. 7. Any non-sufficient funds (NSF) will result in withholding points until payment has been received in full plus any applicable bank fees. SECTION C- POINTS AND ADVANCEMENT 1. Points at each event will be awarded based on the results generated by the electronic scoring system according to the following schedule: • 1st • 2nd • 3rd • 4th • 5th • 6th • 7th • 8th • 9th • 10th • 11th • 12th

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2. Series standings will be based on points earned over the entire season subject to the following “throwaway” schedule: • less than 10 races – 1 throwaway • 11 or 12 races – 2 throwaways • 13,14, or 15 races – 3 throwaways • 16 or more races – points counted from 75% of events (any fractional point rounded to the NEAREST whole number, 0.5 or more rounds up). 3. Any rider that assists in a D-14 Hare Scramble will be allowed to use one less race than the requirement and the average of these results will be added to complete his total class and overall points as a work credit. A rider must notify the Hare Scrambles Chairman in writing or by email prior to the first race of the season as to which event will be worked. Once this is submitted and approved, the rider must work the event and not race. A “work credit” can be for work done before an event or the day of the event at the promoter’s discretion. A rider cannot get work and ride points the same day. No work points will be awarded for Super Endurance Events. Calculating Work Points: example [A 12 race series allows two “drops”. Rider’s best (10) scores go toward final points. Work points allows best (9) scores to be averaged for 10th race score. If the rider does not meet the minimum 9 races, the difference is made up of zeroes for the missing events (ie. rider races 7 events then 2 zeroes are averaged in). ] If two or more riders are tied in points at the end of the season, tie-breakers will be used to determine standing. The tie breaker will be the most 1st, or 2nd, or 3rd (etc.) place finishes. If a tie still remains then the rider that finished better at the last event both competed in. 4. All 3 hour solo classes are eligible for series Overall points 5. The top three (3) overall riders (3hr) will be recognized as champions outside of their respective classes. The remaining riders of those classes will advance up since the top three advanced out. 6. The top ten (10) overall riders from any three hour solo class of the previous year will be promoted to the Expert AA class. These riders must ride the Expert AA class if they are riding the 3 hour solo classes. The class is optional for other riders; however, once a rider signs up for Expert AA that rider MUST ride the remainder of the season for the 3 hour solo classes. • National Hare Scrambles do not pertain to the rule. 7. The A2 Expert 2 hour class (E) riders include: the top ten (10) 2 hour overall riders from the previous season, any 3 hour A or AA Expert rider that wants to ride for 2 hours. A2 class (E) is open to any rider that meets the B2 class requirements. Riders switching between 2 and 3 hour classes must ride at the same skill level.

8. Any rider that has previously won a Michigan District 14 Hare Scramble Overall Championship cannot run in a “B” class. 9. Rider class advancement will follow current AMA Racing Amateur Competition Rule Book, section 2.4 (Offroad Rider Advancement). Rider advancement point status may be checked on the AMA website. A rider may petition the series Chairman requesting to be moved to a lesser skill ranking. The series Chairman will consult with the Officers, Rider Reps, and AMA to determine the outcome of the petition. SECTION D- PROGRAM/ SERIES 1. The Hare Scrambles program will consist of a strict schedule of events to be arranged and finalized at the District Sanction meeting, prior to the start of the new race season. A.) The D-14 Hare Scrambles season will begin March 1st and end October 31st. Events held before or after these dates will not receive D-14 Points. B.) There will be no championship point races on Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th weekend, or Labor Day except by special permission from the Hare Scrambles Committee. 2. All events scheduled at the December meeting (that do not conflict with rule 1a and 1b) will pay D-14 points. The only races scheduled after the fall meetings that can be awarded points are those scheduled to replace a race dropped by another promoter. If possible these events should be scheduled on the same date as the canceled event. The change must be properly advertised. National Hare Scrambles points will not count towards D-14 Hare Scrambles. 3. No competing D14 hare scrambles events will be scheduled on the same day anywhere within District 14 unless agreed upon by the Division and the promoters involved. 4. The series Chairman, Officers, and Promoters can collectively approve a “special” race, which is either co-sanctioned with another series or is run as a “Special Endurance Event”. These events are to be explained in detail prior to the start of the season. Riders will be awarded points if the series Chairman, Officers, and Promoters agree to do so. Only one Super Endurance Race may be run per year. 5. Parade laps will be at the discretion of the promoter with the agreement of the Officers. If a parade lap is offered it is advisable that a 15 minute break (suitable to length of track) is given to allow for refueling and assemble at start line following the parade lap. Riders are expected to be ready for parade lap at the designated time and promoters are under no obligation to wait for a rider before beginning a race. All mini classes and youth classes are required to have a parade lap. 6. All District 14 classes will be offered and points given in order to receive District 14 sanctions. Two or more riders will constitute a class for trophies/awards in that

event. If only one rider signs up for a class, that rider will receive points for that class in that event. That same rider may be moved to another class for trophies/awards. 7. The Scoring & Registration Team (appointed by Chairman) will utilize the scoring equipment (Moto-Tally) maintained by the Hare Scrambles Division. There will be a service fee of $275 per event payable to the Scoring/Registration Coordinator. The club/ promoter will pay an equipment rental fee of $30 payable to the Hare Scrambles Equipment Maintenance Fund. The club/ promoter will provide the necessary number of people to assist the scoring process, at least 3 persons to do back-up and/or flagging. The club/promoter is responsible for supplying adequate shelter from the elements and a steady power source to run the scoring equipment. 8. $4 per D-14 rider will be collected by the club/promoter at sign-up to be forwarded to the Hare Scrambles Treasurer or Chairman with the race report (this includes all racers riding in a points paying class at a D-14 sanctioned event; except in case of a dual sanctioned event. Those riders other than D-14 may be excluded.). This is to be done no later than 14 days after the race date. If the Treasurer informs the Chairman of non-payment from an event, the Chairman may recommend no points for any of the promoters remaining sanctions. This account will be maintained strictly as the Hare Scrambles Awards Fund for post season activities, set forth by the riders’ votes from the riders’ meeting. 9. The Hare Scrambles Chairman, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Points Keeper, Web Director, Rider Reps, and Scoring Specialists will be exempt from gate fees. They are issued an ID tag and will present it to the staff as they enter the track. SECTION E- HARE SCRAMBLE S COMMITTEE 1. The Hare Scrambles committee will consist of 12 members, including the Chairman. The riders will elect 7 members each year. 5 will be appointed by the Chairman 2. The seven (7) committee members elected by the riders need not be racers. Two (2) will be designated the Rider Reps, one (1) will be the Alternate Rider Rep, one (1) will be the Treasurer, one (1) will be the Points keeper, (1) will be the Vice Chair, and one (1) will be the Chairman for the division. 3. Of the five (5) committee members being appointed by the Chairman one must be a rider and the remaining will be from clubs/ promoters conducting Hare Scrambles. 4. All committee members must be members in good standing of the AMA and must hold a current Associate Membership card in D-14. 5. The Hare Scrambles committee will meet a minimum of twice a year. One meeting will be the Saturday before the fall sanction and general membership meeting of AMA

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with their speed, but their passion sure counted for a lot!

ENDURO SPECIAL AWARDS

- Also, from 2009 to 2011, Craig volunteered a lot of time and energy putting together the EnduroCross races for the Ogemaw Hills Bike Week event. It was a success and helped promote the sport we love to a new group of people.

by Bill Smith | Photos by John Vandecar and CaptureMe-Photography.com as noted District 14 Enduro “Volunteer of the Year” Award Presented by

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In recognition of outstanding dedication to the sport of off-road racing, and in honor of the most important person at the event… the Volunteer LOGO FOR MOST BACKGROUND COLORS

This award was presented at the Enduro banquet, and went to Craig Scott, a member of Valley Trail Riders (VTR). Craig is the Trail Boss and Grand Poobah of the Bark Buster enduro, and an all-around jolly guy to boot! ICON FOR BLACK OR VERY DARK BACKGROUND COLORS

Craig took the initiative several years ago to resurrect what was known as the VTR enduro. Due to limited use of available land, this event had become more-or-less LOGO FOR BLACK OR VERY DARK BACKGROUND COLORS a hare scramble, and the club stopped putting it on. Craig knew that in order to put on the type of enduro that riders wanted, he’d have change things up quite a bit. And so it began as a grass-roots effort, with Craig knocking on the doors of the local landowners. Think about for a minute what this process involved: 1) Explaining to landowners what an enduro race is and getting them to understand the concept, 2) How an event works, 3) How it would impact their land, 4) Address liability and damage concerns, 4) Assuming the land owner was open to the idea, figuring out what weeks of the year they’d allow you to use their land, 5) Coordinating that time with other landowners, and finally, 6) Explaining the benefit to the local community, and how happy it would make enduro riders! Today there are 60+ landowners that the club works with to layout the trail for this enduro. Craig has been such a good ambassador for the sport, and gained the trust and respect of many landowners, he even has some new landowners approaching him about donating the use of their land for the event. As part of this award, Craig will receive a

full line of new MSR gear: Helmet, jersey, pants, gloves, chest protector, and boots. When you see Craig on the trail this season (you won’t miss him in his new gear!), take a minute to personally thank him for his efforts and dedication to the sport. Side note: I was interested to find out how Craig got involved with dirt bikes to begin with, so I asked Ross, his son. Ross happened to be traveling overseas for business at the time, so it wasn’t easy to connect, but Ross did take some time and wrote up a really nice account of Craig’s history with dirt bikes: A True Passion By Ross Scott This is the only way to describe Craig Scott’s feeling about off road motorcycles. He loves every aspect of it, from joy riding to competitive racing to family road trips to laying out enduro trail. Craig’s riding days go back to the 1970’s. He grew up in Bay City, Michigan and his grand parents had a cottage between Gladwin and West Branch. Craig would go there as much as he could and started riding bikes with friends. They would hit the local state trails during the warm months and stud the tires to ride on the ice during the winter. He did not race competitively in those days, but Craig’s passion was evident. He wanted to ride all the time and he loved bikes. Fast forward a couple decades to the 1990’s and Craig was a husband, father of two, manager at his job, small business owner, and chief of the local fire department. There was no time to ride and also no bike at home in those days. Then in 1998, after losing his wife to cancer that year, Craig took his son, Ross, to pick up his first dirt bike, a Honda XR 100. Little did they know this was the kick start to a family adventure and wonderful hobby that continues today. In June 1999, the family went to their first race, the Bent Wheels hare scramble. Even though the racing scene was new for them and they were a little unprepared (Ross wore camouflage pants, work boots, and a white t-shirt), the family was hooked.

 Craig Scott ~ photo courtesy of Jon Vandecar Their first experience with enduros was in the year 2000 when they attended the Pine Cone and Jack Pine races. They spent the whole weekend there and Craig learned all about time-keeping enduros – and he loved it. Over the next decade, Craig competed in many enduros and he became a regular face in the crowd. His love for racing was evident and here are some examples that show it: - In his early racing days, Craig did not have an enduro-ready race bike… instead he rode a 1986 Honda XR 600. It was a beast and you had to notice a sticker on the air filter cover with the proud label of “Poor Man’s KTM” - In the early 2000’s, Craig raced a challenging enduro in Harrison and ended up with the most points of anyone who finished: 327! He was exhausted and ready to go home, but still smiling and still hooked. His family was proud of him finishing. - Around 2004, Craig formed an informal race team with some friends. The team of Craig, Tom Kryzanowicz, Denny Calkins, and the late Berk Calkins was known as Team FIRE, or “Four Ironmen Racing Enduros!.” They never set the world on fire

- Finally, the Off-Road Racing Schedules poster that each banquet attendee has is also due to Craig. He made the idea happen in 2010 and they have been a hit ever since. This activity alone has generated more than $10,000 in sponsorship funds for our Michigan off-road community.

Craig has continued to volunteer his time, energy, and passion for the last few years with the Valley Trail Riders (VTR) club. He joined as a way to stay connected with the hobby, get closer to the actual events, and feed his passion. As with any new opportunity that Craig takes on, he brought commitment, drive, and creativity to the table. He worked several events, including hare scrambles, enduros, and ice races in the first couple years – basically anything to keep him close to bikes. Then in 2011, he volunteered to manage the 2012 enduro – a perfect fit, given his experience and passion for the sport. He worked relentlessly for months, with the goal of building on the success of previous VTR events while also bringing a new culture and experience to the riders. Craig obtained hundreds of acres of new land and made sure well over half of the 2012 event was virgin trail. The feedback was very positive and riders could see the work that had been put in. The 2013 and 2014 races were very successful as well, with an increase in riders, land owners, virgin trail, and fun each year!

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24 February 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News RULES continued from page 22

District 14 Club Council, as set by the DFCC Board of Directors. The second meeting will be between October 01 and the annual meeting. This meeting will be designated as the Hare Scrambles Annual Meeting. 6. The Hare Scrambles Annual Meeting will be held for the sole purpose of proposing new rules, making future plans, reviewing the past season, etc. by the riders in the presence of the Hare Scrambles Committee. Election of the 7 positions by the riders for the Hare Scrambles Committee will be held at this time. 7. The Hare Scrambles Riders annual meeting will be held at a designated place to be announced to the riders at least 30 days in advance. The general meeting of the riders will follow the Hare Scrambles Committee Meeting. 8. The Chairman may convene the Hare Scrambles Committee at any time during the year to consider requests for action on any aspect of the sport deemed necessary.

2015 AMA/D14 Flat Track Rules 1. The rules are a supplement to the AMA Amateur, Semi-Pro & Youth Competition Rulebook. 2. Classes recognized by AMA/D14 Dirt track & for which points may be earned are as follows: • 0-51cc Pee Wee Shaft Drive only class, 4-8 yr old, stock • 0-51cc Multi-speed class, 4-8 yr old, stock • 0-51cc 4 - 8 yrs Chain • 52-65cc 6-11 yrs • 66-85cc 7-15 yrs • 86-250cc Open • 251cc+ OPEN Single • 350-450cc A • 350-450cc B • 250+Open Quad 16+yrs • 251cc + Open Twin • Veteran 30+ yrs • Senior 40+ yrs • Super Senior 50+ yrs • Vintage 0-400cc (Air Cooled 1990 and older) • Vintage 401cc+ open (2-valve, 1979 and older) • Modern Vintage 401cc+ open (1987 and older) • Combo 16+ yrs 3. A promoter or club, at their discretion, may run classes in addition to those listed, but the riders will not earn points in these "additional" or "optional" classes. AMA/ D14 points will be earned in those classes as listed above only. 4. Six (6) bikes constitute a class. If less than six bikes sign up for a class, that class need not be run and bikes may be moved up to the next higher class and/or class equivalent. In classes which cannot be combined, the promoter or club may elect not to run

any class with three (3) bikes or less. With classes with four (4) bikes but less than six (6), the club or promoter may elect to run only a final race and no heat race. 5. Points will be figured out as follows: 1st20pts, 2nd-15pts, 3rd-10pts, 4th-8pts, 5th6pts, 6th-5pts, 7th-4pts, 8th-3pts,9th-2pts, 10th-1pt. 6. 0-65cc classes will not be allowed to start a final race after 10pm. The promoter / club to plan accordingly to schedule these races earlier in the program, in the event that no finals start prior to 10pm, the results of the heat/qualifier races will be used for scoring. 7. To receive Amateur AMA/D14 points a rider must: A. Use the last two or three digits of their D14 number with the first letter of their last name (letter optional. Example: John Doe’s D14 number is 1234; John Doe will run the number 34D.) B. Use the number they earned in AMA/ D14 competition. C. Use the number they earned in AMA National Competition with an "N" after it. D. All machines must be equipped with three number plates: white in color with black numbers and letters (optional colors for licensed professionals.) 8. Riding numbers 1 through 10 will be assigned to the top 10 riders in AMA/D14 Dirt Track Competition according to overall points earned the previous year. No rider is allowed to use #1 unless they earned it the previous year. 9. Number Plates: A. Bike must be equipped with 3 plates of uniform size shape and must be black numbers on white background (except for licensed professionals.) B. Numbers must be at least 5-inch high standard block letters; numbers must NOT be shaded or outlined. 1. Lettering must have a professional appearance. 2. AMA national numbers will take precedence in all events, and will be designated by a 3-inch letter N (such as 1N) 3. 50cc classes may use 3 inch high numbers to maintain a neat appearance. 10. In the "B" class the top 20% of the riders in the point standings shall be moved to the "A" class for the next season. Points Keeper and District Chairperson to identify the top 20% and publish at the end of each season. Once you advance yourself to the "A" class, you will relinquish your points earned in the "B" class. 11. A referee cannot referee a class that an underage family member is participating in. An assistant referee will be appointed for that class. A club member / promoter cannot set the heat / qualifying race lineups (when more than 1 is required) of a class in which a family member is participating. The referee or a District 14 representative must be present when the heat/ qualifier race line-ups are set. 12. Only one event in each type of competition, short track, half mile or TT will be

designated the District 14 State Championship event of the year. 13. An event that is designated the District 14 State Championship event of the year, must run all of the AMA/D14 designated classes. 14. A promoter or club who is awarded a D14 Championship event must advertise it in order to inform every D14 rider and to get maximum spectator attendance. All advertisements are subject to D14 rules. 15. D14 race points will be awarded for d14 events only. The only exception is if the Flat Track & TT Scramble Amateur Grand National Championship and/or Regional National races are run on the same date as a District 14 race of same type of event, then and only then, will the National/Regional event count for District 14 points. It will be counted from the actual finishing spot. However, it is up to the rider to keep track of the position he finished, then it must be submitted within 3 weeks after the event. The chairperson will have it certified from the hosting club/or promoter that it is accurate. 16. Awards for the State Championship races must be of championship size and quality. The maximum minimum places that will receive awards will be up to 6th place unless otherwise stated. 17. Each club and promoter will pay the sum of two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per rider signed up in each class at each of any D14 points paying event and all half mile, short track, and TT will be qualifiers and the sum of three dollars ($3.00) per rider signed up in each class at the State Championships. These should be collected and sent to the D14 Flat Track Chairperson, with their D14 referees report and race results report no later than 2 weeks after each event. Race results must be legible, identify the D14 recognized classes, include the rider name per D14 membership and include at least the last 4 digits of D14 membership number. 18. State Championship Races – The top 6 riders in points in each class will be locked into the front row starting position, the 7th-12th riders will be locked into the 2nd row. If more than 13 riders are in the class, the remaining riders will go on the 3rd line, etc., by random selection. 19. Any entrant removing a race track banner without authorization of track officials, shall be penalized a minimum of 20 District points and up to complete removal of all D14 points for the entire season, penalty determined by the D-14 board. 20. Unless otherwise advertised, practice will start two hours before race time and go through two complete sessions. It then stops and a riders meeting conducted, and time permitting, late practices will be given. In case of lost time or delay by some unforeseen reason, the referee may shorten practice. 21. Any rider abusing the practice system by taking more than two practice sessions per bike (not class), unless approved by the

referee, shall start from the penalty line in all races for that day. 22. A rider who makes the final and crashes and does not finish the race will receive last place points. However, in the event more than one rider crashes and does not finish the race, points will be given based on rider position on previous lap. 23. Any rider holding a current professional racing license shall not be permitted to enter an age class (Vet 30+, 40+ and 50+) at amateur competition. They also may only enter A level classes where there are no B riders entered. 24. At a D14 race, the head starter and/ or the referee, before practice, shall have schooling or instructions for corner flagmen. This is to make flagmen familiar with all the flags and their meaning and to be supplied with appropriate flags and means of communicating with the head starter and/or referee. In addition, the Referee/ starter shall coordinate with emergency personnel, at the appropriate times, for emergency vehicles to enter the racetrack. 25. All animals are to be kept on a leash at races. 26. The District 14 State Championships will be at least 10 laps with no more than 15 laps, unless other circumstances come about such as darkness, accidents, weather, etc. and then laps will be determined by rider rep, referee, and club/promoter. 27. NOTE: Combo Class (non-points paying) 250cc+, minimum of 16 years+, and must be an A rider, Pro-sport, Pro-Expert or GNC rider. A minimum pay out of 75% of signup and pay 50% of the riders in the Main Event (non-points paying money class) shall be given. 28. Vintage 2V 401cc open (79 and older 2-valve) – 2 valve and 2 stroke motorcycles 1979 and older, air cooled only. Newer motorcycles of the same design are also eligible (example: 1981 Yamaha XT500.) Period correct frame if using non-stock. 29. Modern vintage 401cc open. All motorcycles 1987 and older are eligible, air cooled only. Newer motorcycles of the same design are also eligible. Period correct frame if using non-stock. 30. Tie-Break: In the event of a tie for the Points Championship, the winner will be determined based on the number of main event wins in the series. Should it still be a tie, finishes of second, third, etc. will be tallied until the tie is broken. If a tie remains, the best finish in the last race will determine the champion. 31. A number 1 plate will be given to each high point rider in each class of each division (Short Track, Half Mile and TT) at the end of the season. An overall number 1 plate will be given to a rider who has earned the most points in that class that include all divisions (Short Track, half mile, TT). A rider must compete in a minimum of 40% of the races to be eligible for year-end awards. 32. The Overall Champion in each class will be the ONLY rider allowed to use the #1 on the bike in the same class for the next year.


33. In the case of a rider falling during practice or a race, only track officials and emergency personnel are allowed on the track. When it is determined safe to enter the track, a track official can give authorization for entry. Any person not adhering to this rule may be removed from the premises and that rider may be disqualified for the day. Repeated non-compliance to this rule may lead to expulsion for the year pending decision by District 14 and AMA. 34. It is mandatory that all promoters/ clubs verify District 14 and AMA cards are present and in current standing, prior to allowing signing up for any class. Any rider not in possession of a current District 14 card will be required to sign-up again regardless if they are current or not. If the membership is current the additional payment will lengthen their membership additional 12 months from current expiration. No points will be earned for any race that the rider competed in where the membership was not current NO EXCEPTIONS.

2015 AMA/D14 Enduro Rules The District 14 Enduro Series is comprised of a group of AMA chartered clubs and promoters engaged in the sponsorship and promotion of Enduros. It is dedicated to the betterment of the sport of enduro riding, and to providing the individual competitor with a quality, safe, challenging event. The following rules and guidelines will be used to govern enduro events in the District 14 Enduro Series for 2015. 1. Recognized classes: AA; A-200 (86-200cc); A-250 (201-250cc); A-Open (251cc+), A 30+, A 40+, A 50+; B-200 (86-200cc); B-250 (201250cc); B-Open (251cc+); B 30+; B 40+; B 50+; C 29 & Under ; C 30+; C 50+; 60+; Women’s. 2. Required Equipment a. At sign-up, all machines must be equipped with operating headlight, taillight, horn, mirror, and valid license plate “where applicable”, and a USFS-approved spark arrestor muffler. b. All required equipment must remain intact during the entire event. 3. Events, Fees, and Results a. Series events should not conflict with popular National Enduro dates. b. There will not be more than one Enduro sanction per week in District 14, except by consent of the Enduro Chairman. c. Any D14 Chartered club or promoter may apply for a series Enduro sanction. Applications will be considered by the Enduro Chairman. d. Entry fee must be listed on any event advertisement. e. All series runs will have a 9:00am key time unless clearly indicated otherwise on the event flyer. f. The A 50+ and B 50+ classes will ride the same course as the “B” classes. The 60+ and Women class will ride the same course

as the “C” classes. g. For Restart format events, Emergency checks will be scored by total minutes and seconds, and calculated from the top of a riders due minute. Scores will be tabulated by the actual number of minutes and seconds that a rider is late to an emergency check. Example: if you are due on minute 20, and come in at 21:30, your score is 1 “Minute” and 30 “Seconds” not 1 “Point” and 60 “Emergency Points”. h. Row Assignment: i. For all events, AA riders must ride on rows 21-40. One row position must be left available on rows 21-40 for the AA riders. No row positions will be reserved for specific riders. ii. All promoting organizations are encouraged to provide a paid pre-entry system for all events. When there is a paid pre-entry system, a rider will be given the choice of requesting three rows in order of preference. For riders to request to be on the same row, their paid entries must be sent in together. iii. All other starting positions, including those assigned at event sign up, will be assigned and reserved only if there is an entry fee paid for the row being assigned. iv. The option of using the lottery system for row assignment is at the discretion of the event promoter. i. Marking Standards i. Two arrows laid down indicate a turn depicted on the route sheet ii. Arrow pointing at 45 degrees indicates a turn ahead in the direction of the slant iii. Arrow pointing down indicates a minor hazard iv. Road signs indicate possible cross vehicle traffic v. X indicates DANGER vi. W indicates wrong way vii. Gas stop signs must be used to depict the beginning and the end of a gas stop. j. Riders must make their scorecards visible and available to checkpoint people. k. Clubs / promoters have the right to penalize (including disqualification) any rider who, in the opinion of the flag person at the road crossing, failed to stop at that road crossing. l. The event promoter must use a sweep crew that follows the entire course to aid disabled bikes or injured riders, and to ensure that no participants are left stranded on the course. m. All scores that make it through the protest period are official for event awards. During the protest period, scores are to be posted listing individual rider’s scores. All clerical errors found after the protest period must be brought to the attention of the Points Keeper by the close of the second event following the event in question, or within two days of the event if it is the last scheduled event of the season. n. If the final check is a secret check before the final posted mileage on route sheet, club / promoter must inform the rider that

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the event is over. o. All events will have a riders meeting; topics should include courtesy to checkers and faster riders, policy on road crossings, and to introduce referee and assistant. p. In order to fund the awards banquet and help operate the series, each club / promoter will contribute the following amounts for each sanctioned event: • For D14-only sanctioned events: $4.00 per rider • For co-sanctioned events: $4.00 per rider who is registered for D14 Enduro Points q. Clubs / promoters may use the supplied referee form and submit to the D14 Enduro Chairman within 14 days of the event. Rider fees ($4.00 per D14 sign-up) must be forwarded to the D14 Enduro Chairman within 14 days. Rider fees must be post-marked within 14 days of the event, or the event promoter will be assessed $50 payable to the D14 Enduro Series Awards Fund. r. Event Results: i. Must be submitted to the D14 Enduro Points Keeper within 7 days of the event, or the event promoter will be assessed a $50 fee payable to the D14 Enduro Series Points Fund. ii. Must be submitted in electronic format as either a text, Excel, CSV (Comma Separated Value), or MDB (Microsoft Access database) file format. iii. Required fields are: Rider First Name, Rider Last Name, AMA Number, District Membership(s), Class, Checks Completed, Points, and Emergency Points. Each field must be separated by a delimiter. iv. If there are different course lengths used at the event, the number of total checks possible for each class course length must also be included in the results. v. If event results are not submitted in electronic format as described, the event promoter may be assessed $100, payable to the D14 Enduro Series Points Fund. If any outstanding assessments are not paid, D14 points may not be paid for the club’s / promoter’s event in the following year. 4. Series Points and Awards a. Series Points will be earned for an event only if a rider is registered for D14 Enduro Points as of the date of the event. Once registered, the term for a rider’s D14 Enduro Points registration runs for the remainder of the calendar year. As part of registration, there is a $10 fee assessed, once per calendar year, to help operate the series and fund the year-end awards b. All riders registered for D14 Enduro Points must also be a current District 14 member. It is a promoter’s responsibility to ask for proof of District membership, and a rider’s obligation to provide proof of membership. c. Series points will be awarded for each event, in each recognized class, as follows: Grand Champion/35; High Point AA - 30; High Point A - 30; High Point B - 30; High Point C - 30; 1st - 25; 2nd - 22; 3rd - 20; 4th - 18; 5th - 16; 6th - 14; 7th - 12; 8th - 10; 9th

- 8; 10th - 6; 11th - 5; 12th - 4; 13th - 3; 14th - 2; 15th - 1. c. Number of events to be counted for endof-season standings will be as follows (Total # of Events; Events Counts): 1-5 All; 6-5; 7-6; 8+ - drop 2. d. The Grand Champion category (includes A/AA riders) will have only 1 drop. This is only for determining the Grand Champion at the end of the year. All other classes, including Overall A/B/C, will use the standard drop schedule. e. A rider must complete the first timed section to receive series points for the event. If a rider signs up but does not start the event, or hours out in the first timed section, they will not receive points for the event. f. Worker Points: i. A rider that works an enduro will receive 1st place points in their class for that event. ii. The rider will receive Overall points equal to their best Overall finish for the season. iii. A rider is eligible to receive worker points for only one (1) event per season. iv. Permission to work an enduro must be granted by the club / promoter, and the definition of “working” an event is left to the discretion and judgment of the club / promoter. v. The Enduro Chairman must receive notification, preferably in writing, from the rider at least 30 days prior to the event date stating the enduro to be worked. If notification is made less than 30 days from the event date, or not at all, approval of worker points is at the discretion of the event promoter and Enduro Chairman. vi. The Points Keeper will confirm with the club/ promoter after the event that all worker requirements have been met prior to awarding points. g. If at the end of the series a tie exists, the winner will be determined by: i. The rider with the highest point value in the corresponding Overall class. ii. If the tie still exists, the rider having the most 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. will be the winner. iii. If the tie still exists, the points accumulated in all the events previously not counted (e.g., drops), regardless of whether the riders involved in the tie have competed in an equal number of events, will determine the winner. iv. If the tie still exists, the rider who had the better score at the last event in which all riders involved in the tie competed will be the winner. v. If the tie still exists, and the riders did not compete directly against one another in any event, the rider who competed against the most entries in the class of all the accumulated events will determine the winner. vi. If the tie still exists, and the riders competed against the same number of riders in the series, the rider competing against the most entries in a single event will be RULES continued on page 26


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the winner. vii. If the tie is in "OVERALL” and the riders did not compete against each other, both riders will be awarded the same position. viii. In the event a tie still exists, the winner will be determined by the D14 Enduro Chairman. ix. Worker points will be considered for the purpose of breaking a tie, but the worker point value will be equal to the rider's best finish in the class for that season. h. A banquet will be held after the series to present awards. i. Approximately 25% of the entries in a class will receive awards except for teams. Riders must earn points in at least 60% of the scheduled series events to qualify for year-end awards. The average number of awards will be the basis for awards at the banquet. 5. Top Riders a. AA, A, B, C Hi-Point riders shall be determined on an overall basis. b. The top riders from the classes will be awarded points on the basis of Rule 4a starting with 1st place. c. The top 12 AA/A riders from the previous year, plus all National AA riders, will be considered as Enduro AA within D14. d. Any person riding the AA class must ride that class at multi-district events if that class is offered by the club / promoter putting on that event (Except AMA National Enduros). Riders are required to ride their highest classification at multi-sanctioned events (e.g., AA class). 6. C-Class Advancement a. Riders will be advanced from the C class to the B class through any of the following three methods: i. At the end of the season, the top 5 or top 20% of all riders earning C Overall points, whichever is lowest, will be advanced to the B class on the next January 1st. ii. Riders may at any time advance themselves from the C class to a higher classification. Series points do not transfer from one class to another. b. Once a rider is classified as an A or B rider, they may not enter in the C class unless a petition has been submitted to and approved by the Enduro Chairman. If an A or B rider is reclassified as a C rider, they will begin with 50 advancement points. 7. Elections, Rules, and Voting a. Voting on D14 Enduro Division rule changes and election of the Enduro Chairman will be done at the annual D14 sanctioning meeting. b. Rule changes can be submitted to Enduro Chairman anytime throughout the year. These proposed changes will be reviewed and discussed at the annual meeting. c. Each D14 Chartered club and promoter shall receive 1 vote for each event that

they hosted in the most recently completed season, OR are hosting in the upcoming season. A 2-day event will count as 2 votes if each day of the event is scored separately. If a 2-day event is a combined score, the event will count towards 1 vote. Family Enduro events do not count in determining the number of votes allocated to a club / promoter. d. The Enduro Chairman will be allocated 1 vote. e. There will be Three (3) Enduro Rider Reps, one (1) from each of the following class categories: AA / A-Class; B-Class; C-Class / 60+ / Women i. Rider reps will be elected at the annual awards banquet via a ballet box. ii. Nominations for Rider Rep can be submitted by anyone. Those nominated should have an expressed interest in being a Rider Rep. Rider Reps must ride in class category they represent. iii. Nominations must be submitted to the Enduro Chairman no later than five (5) days prior to the annual awards banquet. iv. To be eligible to vote, a member must have received D14 enduro points in the preceding year / season, and be physically present when the ballots are cast. v. Each eligible voting member will be allowed to cast one (1) vost for each of the three (3) class categories (AA/A, BClass, C-Class/60+/Women)l. vi. For each Rider Rep class category, the person receiving the majority of the votes will be deemed the Rider Rep for that class. Ties will be broken via a three-person vote consisting of the Enduro Chairman, along with each of the Rider Reps elected for the remaining two clf. vii. The term for Rider Rep is one (1) year, beginning on the election date. viii. Each Rider Rep will be allocated one (1) vote regarding Enduro Division rule proposals and elections. f. Only those eleigible to vote and are present at the D14 AMA Sanctions Meeting shall be allowed to vote. The term "present" shall be defined to include those in physical attendance at the meeting, and those who are participating via telephone conference call. g. A rule proposal will be deemed approved by a majority vote. h. All approved rule changes will take effect beginning the next January 1st. i. The newly elected Enduro Chairman will appoint a Vice Chairman / Points Keeper. j. The term for the Enduro Chairman, Vice Chairman / Points Keeper, and Enduro Rider Reps will be for one (1) calendar year. 8. Rule Books a. D14 enduro events will be governed by the current: i. AMA Racing Rules ii. District 14 Enduro Supplemental Rules

iii. For National Enduro events, the AMA National Enduro Championship Series Supplemental Rules.

2015 AMA/D14 Hillclimb Rules Hillclimb Chairman: Tom Ruid Belding MI 48809 / 616-813-7322 truid@boumacorp.com Treasurer: Roger Bibbler Saranac MI 48881 / 616-813-0646 Rider Rep: Brix McFee Grand Haven MI 49417 / 616-847-6265 General Guidelines for all Classes: 1. All riders will use the last two digits of their AMA D14 membership card and the first letter of their last name for their riding number. Clubs or promoters may issue a temporary rider number to be used until the member receives his or her card. Numbers must be at least 5” high with standard block letters. 2. Riders who finish in the top five places in every class will be awarded their finishing place as their riding number for the following year. This awarded number may be used only in the class in which it was earned. 3. Pee Wee Classes. 12 yrs and under: 0-50cc 2 stroke and 0-75cc 4 stroke. 4. Tether length no longer than 24” inches when taunt. 5. Minimum age of participants is 4 yrs old. 6. No devices which allow both wheels to stay on ground. No training wheels. 7. No riding, practice or any type of closed competition will be allowed on a hill 5 days prior to a District 14 event on that hill. EXHIBITION CLASS: a. Will be run after the District program has been completed. b. No points awarded in this class and this class does not qualify for the fastest time of the day award. c. Motorcycles that run in exhibition class must conform with all amateur Hillclimb equipment rules. One Rider may compete in up to three different classes in one day’s program but the rider may not use the same motorcycle in more than one class, except stock wheel base and Senior class. Two riders may use the same motorcycle in the same day’s program, but they must compete in different classes. Points will be awarded in each class (except exhibition class) according to the following schedule: 1st-20pts; 2nd-16pts, 3rd-13pts, 4th-11pts, 5th-10pts, 6th-9pts, 7th-8pts, 8th-7pts, 9th-6pts, 10th-5pts, 11th-4pts, 12th-3pts, 13th-2pts, and 14th-1pt. Classes with five riders or less will receive half points. Double points will e paid at State Championship Climb. Two dollars ($2.00) for each rider at each event to be sent to division chairman for year-end awards fund.

Hillclimb Classes : 0-51cc 2 & 4 stroke, 10 years old and younger; 52-75cc 2 & 4 stroke, 10 years old and younger; 66-125cc 2 & 4 stroke 6-11 years old; 66-125cc 2 & 4 stroke, 12-15 years old; Women's; 86-125cc; 126- 200cc; 201-250cc; 251-450cc; 451-600cc; 86600cc 4 stroke; 601-750cc; 751cc- Open; Senior class 40+; 86-400cc stock wheelbase; 401cc - Open stock wheelbase; Super Senior 50+; Vintage 30 years and older engine; Exhibition class.

2015 AMA/D14 Motocross Rules MX Chairman: Kreg Bigelow / 989-285-0310 / kregbigelow@yahoo.com Points Keeper: Jenny Johnson 989-871-3356 / bajajenny@gmail.com MX Rider Representative: Brad Kress nobullgraphix@yahoo.com Off Road Rider Representative: Tim Beougher 989-751-8073 / tfbeougher@dow.com These rules are a supplement to the regular AMA Amateur, Semi-Pro & Youth Competition rulebook. GENERAL RULES 1. Michigan residents must be both an AMA and District 14 member in good standing to compete in any AMA/District 14 event. 2. Any District 14 MX member with an outstanding NSF check to the AMA, D14 or a D14 club/promoter will have any and all points and or year end awards held until payment is made in full including all fees and charges. 3. No jumping or passing on a Red Cross Flag. When a yellow flag is displayed, competitors must ride cautiously until they have passed the incident that caused the flag. When a yellow flag is displayed there is no passing or jumping between the flag and the incident that caused the yellow flag. Failure to do so may result in the rider being docked one position up to disqualification from the event subject to the referee’s discretion. 4. If an AMA District MX promoter or AMA District 14 official witnesses a rider, pit crew or family member using foul language, that rider is subject to instant disqualification for unsportsmanlike conduct. 5. If a rider, pit crew or family member threatens or strikes a referee, event staff member, AMA District 14 official or another rider, that rider faces instant disqualification from the day’s event for unsportsmanlike conduct. RIDER CLASSIFICATION “A” Class * Highest AMA District 14 rider classification * Riders are eligible for Pro-Am competition RULES continued on page 30


ENDURO continued from page 23 Craig continues to work extremely hard in all aspects of the VTR enduro. He has built relationships with well over 60 property owners, who not only allow the club

February 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 27 parts manufacturer. MSR offers a complete line of riding gear, covering the motocross and off-road rider from head to toe with innovative designs and second to none performance. www.msrracing.com District 14 Enduro “Most Improved Rider” Award Presented by

In recognition of the rider that displayed an impressive advancement in skill, experience, and speed in the enduro series.

This past season, Talon rode B-200, and again dominated his class. This young rider ventured out and ran some Nationals this past season, so didn’t make every D14 race. Even so, with earning points for just 6 events, he finished 4th Overall B. Had Talon been able to squeeze in that 7th race, he may have very likely taken Overall B. As it is, he was bumped to the A class this year, at the young age of 14. Congratulations Talon, and wishing you continued success in your racing career! District 14 Enduro “Hardcore Female Rider” Award Presented by

This award was presented to Talon Soenksen at the Enduro banquet. Talon grew up riding the Family Enduro Series, mastering the fundamentals, building his confidence, and continuously improving his skills and speed.

Talon Soenksen ~ photo courtesy Capture Me Photography

to use their land, but are also excited to do so and watch the race from their lawn chairs. As a fitting example, Craig spent the morning of the banquet driving to each property owner to hand out a 2015 VTR calendar as a thank-you for their support. Craig and club member Jim Vincent also laid out about half of last year’s event trail. They worked every day for weeks on end before the event to make sure it was the success that the club envisioned. However, Craig never speaks of the enduro without giving recognition to the many volunteers who deserve it. He is incredibly appreciative of the support from riders, club members, and those who help lay out trail, such as Joe Mapes, Fred Thompson, Eldon Keen, Brett and Blair Bersano, among many others. Craig is a great volunteer and the ideal recipient of this award. He will continue to bring energy, fun, and passion to the offroad community. This award was sponsored by MSR, which was founded in 1971 by motorcycle racing legend Malcolm Smith. What started off as a small accessory business importing throttle and brake cables is now an industry leading motorcycle apparel and hard

In recognition of the female rider that best displays a relentless, intense, and steadfast commitment to the sport of enduro racing. This award was presented to Tina Flegel at the Enduro banquet.

After several years of running the U n s h a k FES series, able. Dieit was readhard. Intense. ily apparent Persistent. that he was Unyielding. Pasready for sionate…. And more than a all with a SMILE! 12 or 18mph speed avOver the past 5 erage. So years, Tina has in 2011 he ridden nearly joined the every D14 enranks of the duro, missing Sunday ridonly 5 out of ers, and rode the last 48 racthe Loose Tina Flegel ~ photo courtesy es. You’ll find her Moose as his Capture Me Photography typically on a late first “big boy” enduro, placing 7th in the C-Junior class. minute, but more importantly, you’ll find her crossing through that last out-check He was 11 years old at the time. of the day. The next year, 2012, Talon ran the whole series, placing 1st in the “Schoolboy” Tina rides enduros, and she finishes them. class, which was formed to accommodate She not only endures, but conquers - the all these young guns graduating from the greasy mud, the sloppy sand, the wet and angled logs, the uncertain creek crossings, Family Enduro Series. shaky bridges, power-robbing hills, sneaky In 2013 Talon ran in the C ≤ 29 class, and roots, and unforgiving rocks. There more promptly dominated that year, taking than a few riders that I’m sure have Overall C at the end of the year. He was thought “Wow – You go girl!”, or “If Tina also bumped to the B class by the AMA, can keep going, so can I!”. You’re an inspiration Tina to ALL enduro riders, so keep with 161 points. it moving!

District 14 Enduro “Most Consistent Rider” Award Presented by

This award recognizes the dedication, perseverance, and fortitude of a rider that, while not necessarily on the podium at every race, is in a special class of their own. Jerry Pekel received this award at the banquet, and it could have very well been called the “IRONMAN” award. Against untold odds, Jerry has competed in every single D14 enduro race since I’ve been keeping track – 74 races altogether, which includes the past 8 seasons. Some others have come close (Matt Lohone, Bill Fritz), but only 1 rider has been able to achieve this milestone. This accomplishment is remarkable considering all the other commitments and unforeseen events that can come up during the season that may prevent you from making a race. On top of that, it can be a challenge at times to even finish a race, let alone 74 of them in a row! My guess is that Jerry has a very supportive and understanding wife, so a special mention needs to go out to Mary as well. I’m not sure if Jerry set out on a mission to hit this milestone, but either way, congratulations!

 Jerry Pekel ~ photo courtesy Capture Me Photography


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FCA Motocross Camp

Track walk Day 1 FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES MOTOCROSS CAMP (Evart, MI) Story and photos submitted by Jeana Carrasco

Last summer August 11-15th, 2014 58 campers and 39 staff participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Motocross Camp at SpringHill in Evart, Michigan. The events drew participants from eight states including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee, and North Carolina. While the majority of the time campers worked on improving riding skills at the track, SpringHill Camp’s nearly 1,000 acre facility provided more than enough opportunity for fun. Everyone enjoyed the massive waterslide, a 700 foot zipline, wall climbing, and solo challenge courses. With riders aged six to eighteen years old, huddle groups were divided into 10-12 riders based on age, bike size and skill level. Campers worked on a variety of techniques including cornering, starts, braking, and body position. With a team of instructors including Michigan’s own Matt Crown, Kelly Smith, T. J. Auten and Austin Dodd, riders were able to receive individual feedback at the training stations during the five day camp. Camp plans are already underway for this year. The dates for camp are August 10-14th, 2015. Campers can visit www.fcamx.com/michigan to learn more and register. A $200 deposit is required to reserve a camp spot. Installment payments are strongly encouraged and can be made up until August 7th, 2015. For those interested in volunteering at camp, e-mail Camp Dean Jeana Carrasco at carrasco593@hotmail.com.

 Chapel service

 Instructor Matt Crown


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 Instructor Kelly Smith

 Instructor Quinton Camp leading a group

 Instructor Austin Dodd

 Indoor climbing wall and 9 square

 Camper Alex Trezona and Huddle Leader Scott Dixon


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RULES continued from page 26

* Riders are eligible for Cash Awards * Recognized as a D14 Motocross State Championship. Results will be determined by the District Points Scale using the best 16 finishes * Top 99 recognized with two digit numbers * White number plates with black numbers recommended “B” Class * The classification preceding “A” * Eligible for “B” class competition only * Eligible for trophy and dealer check awards only * Recognized as a D14 Motocross State Championship. Results will be determined by the District Points Scale using the best 16 finishes * No two digit numbers recommended; last three digits of AMA number recommended “C” Class * The classification preceding “B” * Eligible for trophy awards only * Recognized as a D14 Motocross State Championship. Results will be determined by the District Points Scale using the best 16 finishes * No two digit numbers recommended; last three digits of AMA number recommended * Black number plates with white numbers recommended * • The 85 Beginner class covers ages 10 to 15 years old. 85 Beginner riders are not eligible to ride any other D14 recognized class * Schoolboy and amateur 14-24 class participants may be eligible to ride in the 125B/C, 250C or Open C classes ADVANCEMENT “B” Class Advancement * Rider must have a minimum of six points paying finishes in any “B” class in order to be considered for advancement. The performance value of 15 will be the cutoff point in each class Each “B” class will be calculated separately. * Rider’s performance value will be calculated in each class as follows: total number of points earned divided by number of points-earning finishes. DNF’s and nonpoints paying finishes will not count in the calculation of a rider’s performance value. That is, if a rider races 25 times and does not earn points in five of those races; his performance value will be his total number points earned divided by 20. * Advancement is effective January 1st of the following season and will be notified by the AMA. * Riders must be 16 years old to be forced to advance. * Advancement can be appealed to the AMA * Any rider who has been advanced and still rides the “B” class will be ineligible for points and awards for the meet. Any rider found to be riding in a class lower than their earned ranking can be suspended for up to one year from AMA and D14 events.

“C” Class Advancement * Rider must have a minimum of six points paying finishes in any “C” class in order to be considered for advancement. Each “C” class will be calculated separately. * The following criteria are to be used when determining a rider’s eligibility for the C class: 1. No rider is to be classified as a C rider if that rider had a RPV of 15 or higher the previous year in the C class or a 12-16 youth division. 2. No rider is to be classified as a C or B rider if that rider has ever been classified as an A rider. 3. No rider is to be classified as a C rider if that rider has participated in AMA Amateur Motocross Nationals in any previous year in any class. 4. No rider is to be classified as a C rider if that rider is receiving or has ever received any type of OEM factory support in any class. 5. If a rider meet’s any of the above criteria, they may not participate in the C class if they have raced C or any youth class above 12 years old the previous two calendar years and have an RPV of 11.0 or higher. * Rider’s performance value will be calculated in each class as follows: total number of points earned divided by number of points-earning finishes. DNF’s and nonpoints paying finishes will not count in the calculation of a rider’s performance value. That is, if a rider races 25 times and does not earn points in five of those races; his performance value will be his total number points earned divided by 20. * Advancement is effective January 1st of the following season and will be notified by the AMA. * Advancement can be appealed to the AMA * Any rider who has been advanced and still rides the “C” class will be ineligible for points and awards for the meet. Any rider found to be riding in a class lower than their earned ranking can be suspended for up to one year from AMA and D14 events 85 Beginner Class Advancement * 85 Beginner class advancement process will be handled by the District 14 Motocross Advancement Committee. * Rider must have a minimum of six points paying finishes in the 85 Beginner class in order to be considered for advancement. * The following criteria are to be used when determining a rider’s eligibility for the 85 Beginner class: - No rider is to be eligible for the 85 Beginner class if that rider had a RPV of 11 or higher the previous year in the 85 Beginner class. - No rider is to be classified as an 85 Beginner rider if that rider has participated in AMA Amateur Motocross Nationals in any previous year in any class. - No rider is to be classified as an 85 Beginner rider if that rider is receiving or has ever received any type of OEM factory support in any class.

- If none of the above criteria has been met to be advanced you may still be advanced at the sole discretion of the District 14 Advancement Committee and will take place effective January 1st. * Rider’s performance value will be calculated in the 85 Beginner class as follows: total number of points earned divided by number of points-earning finishes. DNF’s and non-points paying finishes will not count in the calculation of a rider’s performance value. That is, if a rider races 25 times and does not earn points in five of those races; his performance value will be his total number points earned divided by 20. * Advancement is effective January 1st of the following season and will be notified by the District 14 Motocross Division. * Advancement can be appealed to the District 14 Motocross * Any rider who has been advanced and still rides the 85 Beginner class will be ineligible for points and awards for the meet. Any rider found to be riding in a class lower than their earned ranking can be suspended for up to one year from AMA and D14 events. Vet Sport Class Advancement * Vet Sport class advancement process will be handled by the District 14 Motocross Advancement Committee. * Rider must have a minimum of six points paying finishes in the Vet Sport class in order to be considered for advancement. * The following criteria are to be used when determining a rider’s eligibility for the Vet Sport class: - No rider is to be eligible for the Vet Sport class if that rider had a RPV of 11 or higher the previous year in any class. - No rider is to be classified as a Vet Sport rider if that rider has participated in AMA Amateur Motocross Nationals in any previous year in any class. - No rider is to be classified as a Vet Sport rider if that rider is receiving or has ever received any type of OEM factory support in any class. - If none of the above criteria has been met to be advanced you may still be advanced at the sole discretion of the District 14 Advancement Committee and will take place effective January 1st. * Rider’s performance value will be calculated in the Vet Sport class as follows: total number of points earned divided by number of points-earning finishes. DNF’s and non-points paying finishes will not count in the calculation of a rider’s performance value. That is, if a rider races 25 times and does not earn points in five of those races; his performance value will be his total number points earned divided by 20. * Advancement is effective January 1st of the following season and will be notified by the District 14 Motocross Advancement Committee. * Advancement can be appealed to the

District 14 Motocross Advancement Committee * Any rider who has been advanced and still rides the Vet Sport class will be ineligible for points and awards for the meet. Any rider found to be riding in a class lower than their earned ranking can be suspended for up to one year from AMA and D14 events. YOUTH RULES As per AMA youth rules, a rider’s age on January 1st determines class eligibility for the entire year. For example, a rider who turns 12 on January 2nd may ride the 85 Jr. (9-11) class for the entire year. However, once a youth rider moves up to the next age division, he may not move back down to the lower age class. 50cc Specific Rules * Any 50cc classes can be run together and scored separately at promoter’s discretion. If entered in the 50cc Trail class, the only other D14 50cc class a rider may enter on the same day is the 50cc SS class. 50 Jr (4-6) Limited 0cc - 51cc 2-stroke; 0cc - 51cc 4-stroke Single-speed automatic. Maximum wheelbase 36 inches. Maximum wheel size 10 inches. Maximum seat height 24 inches. No larger than 14mm round intake. 50 Sr (7-8) Limited 0cc - 51cc 2-stroke; 0cc - 51cc 4-stroke Single-speed automatic. Maximum wheelbase 41 inches. Maximum wheel size 12 inches. Retrofitted 12-inch wheels are permitted - OEM parts must be used. No larger than 19mm round intake. 50 SS (4-8) Limited 0cc - 51cc 2-stroke; 0cc - 51cc 4-stroke No larger than a 12mm intake. Maximum wheelbase 36 inches. Maximum wheel size 10 inches. Maximum seat height 22 inches. NOTE: All Models listed in 50 Trail (4-8) Limited are legal to run in this class. All models containing an Oil Injection system must have a functional Injection System to be considered legal to compete. 50 Trail (4-8) Limited 0cc - 51cc 2-stroke; 0cc - 51cc 4-stroke This class is limited to the following: Yamaha PW & TTR 50cc; Honda CRF & XR 50cc (shifters must be removed); Suzuki Jr; Kawasaki KLX 50 ***Note: All models with an Oil Injection System must have a Functional Injection system to be considered legal to compete. All other definitions & rules for limited classes contained in Chapter 1, Section 1.2 of the AMA Rulebook will apply to the above mentioned classes. Violations of the limited class rules as determined by the protest process or by the referee will result in disqualification from the event and RULES continued on page 32


February 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 31 PHOTOS THIS PAGE COURTESY OF CAPTURE ME PHOTOGRAPHY ENDURO continued from page 15

Martin Ryerson - Neal Soenksen Joshua Cairl AA Class Winners

Sean Platt Patrick Secord C 30+ Class Winners

 Kevin Allen - A 50+ 1st Place

 Cody Mastin - 4x Grand Champion 2

 Owen Hufnagel B-250 1st Place


32 February 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News RULES continued from page 30

a second violation will result in suspension from AMA competition for one year. MISCELLANEOUS* 1. Bike number will be placed on the front and both sides of the bike. District 14 earned numbers may only be used in the class in which they were earned. Numbers earned in AMA National Competition may also be used in the class in which they were earned. 2. Total points awarded toward the AMA D14 Motocross Series will be tallied from the rider’s best 16 D14 points paying finishes from April - November. 3. Any youth rider wanting to advance to the next higher age class must appeal in writing to the Motocross Chairman and be approved by the Motocross Advancement Committee. You will be notified in writing of their decision before advancement will be allowed. Once advancement is made you are not eligible to return to younger class. 4. Advancement appeals may be submitted only once per season to the District 14 Motocross Advancement Committee for the 85 Beginner and Vet Sport class 5. AMA D14 Motocross Championship Series Requirements (April – November): Riders must participate in a minimum of 8 races to be eligible for yearend awards. Yearend awards will be awarded up to 10th place provided the minimum races are met in a specific class. Each Motocross Series Event will give points based on the scale listed below. Maximum points will be given in each AMA D14 Motocross Championship Series class during an AMA D14 Motocross State Championship Event Only. 6. AMA D14 Motocross State Championship Series Requirements: Riders must participate in a minimum of 5 races to be eligible for yearend awards. Yearend awards will be awarded up to 3rd place provided the minimum races are met in a specific class. AMA D14 Motocross State Championship Series Event will pay maximum points regardless of rider turnout. (Sunday Races Only) 7. D14 Vet Series Requirements: Riders must participate in a minimum of 5 races to be eligible for yearend awards. Yearend awards will be awarded up to 3rd place provided the minimum races are met in a specific class. D14 Vet Series Events will pay maximum points regardless of rider turnout. 8. Series Tie Breaker Rule: A Racer with the highest number of accumulated points will be awarded the winner of the series provided they have met the requirements. In the event there are two racers with the same total of accumulated points the racer with the highest number of 1st Place finishes will be determined the winner of the series. At that point if there are two winners with the same number of accumulated points and 1st Place finishes the racer

with the highest number of 2nd Place finishes will be determined the winner of the series. 2015 POINTS SCALE

Less than 8 9-15 entries 1st 18 25 2nd 16 20 3rd 12 18 4th 9 16 5th 6 14 6th 5 12 7th 4 11 8th 3 10 9th 2 9 10th 1 8 11th 7 12th 6 13th 5 14th 4 15th 3 16th 2 17th 1 18th 19th 20th

16 + entries 30 25 21 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

2015 Vintage Motocross Rules This is a list of our classes and other small rules that we have. The rule still applys for 2015 that a racer will be able to compete in ONLY two Vintage Classes per event. We also have a “like design” rule. The Evolution Class is where this rule really comes into play. I have added some examples of bikes that fit into each class. • Iron Man – 1974 and older motorcycle (no exceptions), 7” of front suspension limit, 4” of rear suspension limit. • Evolution – 1981 and older air cooled drum brake motorcycle; any year air cooled four stroke AND drum brake (i.e., 1985 XR 100, XR 200 or you can modify a disk to a drum) Like Design: 82 & 83 YZ 490, 81 CR 450, 82 & 83 CR 480. For 2012 the 84 and up YZ 490 will no longer be legal for Evolution. The "like design" rule applies to the 81 465 similarities to the 82 and 83 490. • Innovation – 1989 and older motorcycle, any year air cooled four stroke (i.e., 1996 XR 400, 2001 TTR 250, etc.). • Transition – 1999 and older motorcycle • Schoolboy Innovation – 1994 and older motorcycle, 12-15 years of age, 125cc and under. Year End Awards – To be eligible for a year end award a rider must attend a minimum of four (4) races. Each racer will “throw away his/her worst four (4) finishes (not including a rained out event). Our points table is the same for any number of participants (position-points): 1-25; 2-22; 3-20;

The Beane Report Back in the Woods with Steve Beane, HS Chairman

No sooner had Craig Scott and his team gone to press with the multi-disciplinary calendars for 2015 than changes started popping in the D14 Hare Scrambles series schedule. First was the news that Battle Creek and White Trash had swapped their dates, and that the May 31st Battle Creek event would now be a National (East)Hare Scrambles. Next, changes in the operation and ownership of M33 meant that the July 20th and September 20th dates were compromised, and as we go to print plans are being finalized to make sure that quality events will be replace those two on the schedule. I’m encouraged by the cooperation amongst the clubs and promoters in finding a way to deliver the best possible race season to D14 off-road racers. Keep an eye on the web site and Facebook page for the latest news on the schedule and series. Do you know somebody that has a dirt bike but doesn’t ride much, or someone who rides but doesn’t race? Bring them out to the hare scrambles events and show them how much fun you can have! For the price of a set of handguards and a drink system – two things every off-road rider likely already has – you could be introducing them to the coolest moto sport ever. The latest edition of the supplemental D14 Hare Scrambles rules will be posted shortly to the website. Inside you’ll find the revised program order – mini/youth, big bikes, then ATVs – class structures, race day starting order, and almost everything else you need to know about racing a D14 hare scramble. If you can’t find what you need, contact me or one of the other series officers and we’ll get you the answer. You can have your class letter printed onto your numberplate backgrounds or you can buy them in a 4-pack at sign-up, but remember that it is your responsibility to mark your bike and your helmet with a contrasting class identifier. We’ll be continuing to monitor sound levels as well, and will take appropriate action to make sure the rules are enforced. The better relationship we have with our clubs’ neighbors, the more access we will have to great riding, and keeping noise down goes a long way. How far are the guys at Evergreen going to ensure that you have an epic experience at the newest D14 hare scrambles track? About 50 feet …... We recently had the chance to help Jeremy Zajac construct a 16 foot wide bridge across Evergreen Creek in order to open up even more trail for the September race near Vassar. This is one the old-school ‘woods guys’ won’t want to miss.

4-18; 5-16; 6-15; 7-14; -1 point for each position FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT

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The 2014 Family Enduro Series Banquet Award Winners Buddy 1) Emma Coughlin 2) Lydia Hopkins 3) Jacob Harter 4) Easton Wright 5) Ben Alkema 4-6 Year Olds 1) Hunter Harter 2) Matt Alkema 3) Christian Hicks 4) Tyler Miller 5) Luke Alkema 7-8 Year Olds 1) Dillon Chrestensen 9-11 Year Olds 1) Justin Kurncz 2) Cadin Alcorn 3) Fletcher Collins 4) Joshua Bohnette 5) Caleb Hicks 6) Ezra Smith 7) Gunnar Buhr 12-13 Years Old 1) Race Vollmar 2) Dawson Vandecar 3) Joseph Kraemer 4) Glenn Sipes 5) Kyle Bush 6) Ethan Hicks 14-15 Years Old 1) Gage Fedewa 2) Mason Gynn 3) Sky Knisely 4) Gavin Putnam 5) Kane Kimmel

6) Diane Zettel 7) Stacie Smith 8) Nicole Soule

FESNews FAMILY ENDURO SERIES

story and photos submitted by Mike Maurer

Here is the 2015 schedule:

16-39 Years Old 1) Neel Bhagat 2) Keenan Bush 3) Jerrod Engler 4) Yiannis Sabanis 5) Spencer Flannery 6) Adam Harner 7) Chase Dittrich 8) Conner Gynn 40-54 Years Old 1) Tony Vollmar 2) Steve Beane 3) Rob Delinsky 4) Darren Wycoff 5) Dicky Bhagat 6) Shawne Collins 7) Mark Goff 55+ Years Old 1) Dennis Vandecar 2) Floyd Allen 3) Dave Barclay 4) Alex Shull 5) Jeff Gibson 6) Herb Duncan 7) Chester Micinski 8) Bill Larson 9) Dan Guggemos 10) Bruce Bradley

 Family Enduro Banquet Awards

• • • • • • • • • •

April 18 - Roselawn, IN April 25 - Kalkaska, MI June 13 - Marquette, MI June 27 - Lawton, MI July 27 - Matthews, IN July 11 - Greenville, OH August 1 - Bentley, MI August 22 - Moorestown, MI September 19 - Traverse City, MI October 31 - New Paris, IN

We will be counting the best 7 rides for year end awards. A rider must participate in at least 5 events to qualify for the banquet. If you have any questions about the banquet or the 2015 season, please call Mike Maurer (517) 655-5505.

 Hard Core Family Award – Susan Fisher, Fletcher and Shawne Collins

Women 11-15 Years Old 1) Megan Nannenga 2) Shelby Handrich 3) Nicole Nannenga Womens 16+ Years Old 1) Taylor Carpenter 2) Stephanie Williams 3) Susan Fisher 4) Heather Soenksen 5) Ashley Mills

 Adult Women's Class – Stephanie Williams, Susan Fisher, Heather Soenksen, Stacie Smith, Diane Zettle and class winner, Taylor Carpenter

 Buddy Class Winners – Easton Wright (behind her trophy), Emma Coughlin, class winner, Jacob Harter and Lydia Hopkins.


34 February 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

THE BECKER CHRONICLES by Mark Becker #184v

Exit Strategy The 2014 Banquet was my last official duty as chairman. The last few months I was often asked about my departure. I thought I would share my experiences the only way I know, through sarcasm and contempt. Let us begin. I first took the position in 2012 since there was a void. At the time no one else seemed interested so I figured “why not”. I figured a one term deal and slide out. I was scared and overwhelmed. The Soenksens made sure I did not falter and kept me on course. Their guidance prevented many disasters from happening. They made me look good. I realized that taking charge of a series required professionalism, discipline, and diplomacy. I have discipline (limited) but the other two are dancing with that elusive mythical unicorn. My first year I struggled and stumbled my way through the process. It wasn’t all bad though. I got to spend money that wasn’t mine nor did I have to account for it. My standard response was, “It’s for the banquet, we need this”. Have you noticed how many new bikes I have each year? 2013 was my breakout year. I started feeling cocky. Again I went unchallenged for the chair position. Our series was making money (more than I could spend) and rider attendance was up. The most tedious task was the District meetings. I had to drive a fair distance (on my dime) to listen to other chairman talk about their divisions. Now, at the risk of sounding cynical and self-absorbed, I was only focused on my series. What other series were doing or not doing did not concern me. I acknowledge that we all wanted the same goal of promoting the district and maintaining our future. This was my first taste of politics. I had to feign interest and try to sound somewhat intelligent if I was asked a question. I kept my mouth shut most of the time for the simple fact I had nothing to contribute. Actually, I did not want to prolong the meeting. I sat through lengthy discussions that only required a yes or no answer. Politics forbids simple one word answers. I don’t know why. Even the simplest of questions brought about a 7 minute diatribe that circled the subject but never zeroed in on it. Intriguing. 2014 was a year of injury for me. I was

still surprised that the riders weren’t demanding competent leadership. This was the year I implemented sound enforcement. I was tired of “talking” sound limits. I informed the clubs of what I wanted and they were reluctant. I was threatening their income for the short term. They allowed me to proceed anyway. Funny thing about this is at no time did anyone ever ask me why I was doing this. The short answer is it was the right thing to do. I stress the word “Do”. My background is blue collar. Therefore we do while white collar talks about what we do. The irony is that many riders congratulated me on my sound enforcement. The AMA was impressed with my sound enforcement. The lesson here is that the law of averages says you can’t screw up all the time. I said that 2014 was a year of injury for me. I sat out the first few races trying to let my shoulder heal. I still attended the races and made my presence known. I assisted with scoring to give the impression that I cared. Truth is I had nothing better to do those weekends. I learned that scoring an event (any event for that matter) exceeded my limited skill set. I struggle with computers and now I had to punch keys during a race and pay attention to what was going on. The horror of it all. How can anyone like working with these electronic puzzles that have more quirks than a mental patient in need of his meds. At times I found myself in situations that required diplomacy. I think you know how that turned out. And yet, no one ever took a swing at me. Amazing. So to answer the simple question of why did I decide to step away from it, I will answer at some point. The irony here is it took several paragraphs to get here (politics at play). I honestly feel that I can not improve the series. It is time for a smarter man or woman to take charge. We now have that in case you were wondering and read at the 3rd grade level. At this point I will “talk” (there’s that ugly word again) about our banquet. I am not a public speaker. If you attended our banquet you would have witnessed me slurring my words and making those awkward moments of silence (before I started drinking). The other chairman were quite

articulate and well versed in their awards. I mispronounced names and had a constant look of panic on my face. Fun stuff. I am well versed in drunk speak. I will elaborate. During the awards each chairman goes through his recipients. Therefore we get breaks. I was standing over in the back right corner (bike display) when I was approached by a guy with the initials DG. That’s an acronym for “drunk guy”. He was loud and zeroed in on me. We had briefly talked earlier in the evening so in his mind we were best buds. As a result he was leaning on me and giving me free breast exams. Normally I like free medical care but I am certain he did not graduate med school yet. As luck would have it, a young and attractive waitress walked past. DG wasted no time in making his move. I enjoyed my reprieve from drunk town only to witness this young lady cornered by DG. So I decided to do my one good deed for the night. I wedged myself between DG and the young server. With my back to DG I said to the young server, “Would you get me a cup of coffee please?”. I could see the relief in her eyes. I gave her an “out”. DG was not amused. He accused me of disrespecting her and was ready to defend her honor. Alcohol has the ability to create violent mood swings. Remember, I am well versed in drunk speak. I raised my hands and said, It’s cool Bro”. I absolutely hate that term of “Bro” and all those that use it. However, it is universally accepted by all drunk fools. I don’t know why. Situation diffused. She returned with my coffee and thanked me. Not a bad way to end the evening. Circling back to the original question. What’s it like to be chairman of the Hare Scramble series? Imagine having the most heated argument. You both are screaming and using any means possible to convince the other is wrong. We all have had those types of arguments. Now picture that one defining moment…. that heart-stopping instant… that gut-wrenching moment in time…. you realize that you are the one wrong. That’s how it feels to be chairman. MARK BECKER #184v

DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS AND/OR SUBMISSSION TIMING

MX BANQUET AND VINTAGE BANQUET HIGHLIGHTS

WILL BE IN OUR NEXT ISSUE!


February 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 35

Lucky Thumb

HITS THE ICE

LUCKY THUMB MOTORCYCLE CLUB (Deford, MI) | January 31 story and photos submitted by Raymie Ellis

Over 1100 of our race fans came out to watch 230 riders compete on a beautiful winter night, that set a new record in riders and attendance. RESULTS: 0-51 cc 5-8 yr chain multi sp: 1 Aaden Savage, 2 Juliette Desrosiers; 0 51cc 4-8yrs shaft: 1 Cole Bradley, 2 Damon Lalonde, 3 Luke Krug; Mini Sled Youth Class Open: 1 Haven Bouverette, 2 Camden Mcleod, 3 Jimmy Henige, 4 Paige Hardy; 0-90 Studded Quad 4-13yrs old: 1 Camryn Mallory, 2 Cole Bradley, 3 Ultan Dunn, 4 Parker Mccoy; Mini Sled Youth Cla Stock Mach: 1 Lane Rise , 2 Triton Lavigne, 3 Lance Prime, 4 Diesel Jungnitsch; Rubber tire quad open 2wh: 1 Robert Stierle, 2 David Drecht, 3 Dustin Southworth, 4 Ryan Wilkinson; 76 & New Single Cy Fan Cool st: 1 William Goodall, 2 Jordan Peyerk, 3 Robert Cook, 4 Adam Russell, 5 Jason Gempel, 6 Jeff Garrick; HR & HD Improved Stock: 1 Nate Schramski, 2 Kim Gainforth, 3 Jordan Rutherberg, 4 Ezra Arnold, 5 William Goodall, 6 Taylor Rocheleau, 7 Tony Middaugh; Pre 84 0-340cc F/A Stock: 1 Colby Hare, 2 Josh Dick, 3 Tony Roe, 4 Cody Pepper, 5 Robert Brinkman: Pre 84 0-340CC F/A Open: 1 Nathan Brinkman, 2 Greg Wilcox, 3 Russ Otto, 4 Mike Feith, 5 David Parker, 6 Brian Ledger; Youth Class 7-15 Yr Old: 1 Nick Lalone, 2 Seth Ledger, 3 Tyler Foster, 4 Lexi; Kuhl 0-400CC Rubber Tire Quad: 1 Daniel Fritch,  #18 Nathan Vancamp, Croswell, MI 2 Damian Izydorek, 3 Brian Seeley, 4 Terri Ahrens, 5 Dennis Fritch, 6 Ashton Savage, 7 Andy Kaake, 8 Shannon Savage; Fan Cla 84’ & New Stk mach open: 1 Kevin Prime, 2 Jason Schmidt, 3 Cody Pepper, 4 Kevin Dubs, 5 Ricky Lindsay; Modified Op Single Cla 76 & ol: 1 Russ Otto, 2 Chris Kelly, 3 Ryan Brinkman, 4 Eric Churchill, 5 Nick Pohlod, 6 Bryan Hoeldtke; Liq cla 84 New Stk mach 0-600: 1 Rolf Krupp 2, Andrew Lindsay, 3 Matt Davis; Pre 84 0-503 MiMonOp faF/A liq: 1 Frank Jungnitsch, 2 Philip Kuhl, 3 Tony Roe, 4 Robert Brinkman, 5 Colby Hare, 6 Mike Feith, Pre 84 0-503CC Stock Fan class: 1 Steve Currier, 2 Nathan Brinkman, 3 Joshua Kuhl, 4 Kevin Dubs, 5 Brad Beaubien, 6 Jerry Osentoski, 7 Adrian Pohlod, 8 Michael Sabo, 9 Jacob Verbeek; cla X Mi Frank Monste Cla Open: 1 Eric Churchill, 2 Jason Schmidt, 3 Rolf Krupp; 0-440 Free Air Open: 1 Greg Wilcox, 2 Allan Bilacic, 3 Adrian Pohlod; 0-440 Twin Free Air Stock: 1 Steve Currier, 2 Ryan  #23 Lane Rise Mayville, MI

 #42 Robert Stierle, Bruce Township, MI, #24 Dustin Southworth, Caro, MI Brinkman, 3 Frank Jungnitsch, 4 Aaron Ahern, 5 Jeff Evans, 6 Kevin Dubs; 7 Don Leddy, 8 Dale Darling, 9 Matt Davis; Pre 84 0-503CC Open Fan class: 1 Joshua Kuhl, 2 Bryan Hoeldtke, 3 Philip Kuhl; Pre 85 440 CC Max Liq. Op class: 1 Henry Rise, 2 Brandon Mooney; Pre 84 0-340cc Stock fan class: 1 Josh Dick, 2 Bert Brinkman, 3 Nick Pohlod; 30yr + motorcycle open: 1 Eric Oboyle, 2 Jack Mather, 3 Brandon Laursen, 4 Brian Woodward, 5 Joe Walklewlcz, 6 Ben Zimba, 7 Corey Desrosiers, 8 Kris Myers, 9 Dave Eddy; 250 Motorcycle: 1 Kaley Johnson, 2 Joe Walklewlcz, 3 Nathan Vancamp, 4 Ryan Flynn, 5 Darin Darmos, 6 Kameran Miller; 401CC+ Rubber Tire Quad: 1 Matt Hockey, 2 Damian Izydorek, 3 Brandon Hergenreder, 4 Trevor Stewart, 5 Dennis Fritch, 6 Tim Tomlinson, 7 Andy Kaake, 8 Eric Fraley, 9 Kody Haeber, 10 Curt Haskin, 11 Andrew Zeiger, 12 Fletcher Vaughan; Powder Puff Class: 1 Whitney Evans, 2 Angel Ahern, 3 Andrea Eldridge, 4 Katlin Bowman, 5 Kelsey Pohlod, 6 Shannon Henige; 4 X 4 Quad Open: 1 Scott Cook, 2 Dan Shaw, 3 Richard Stakolosa; 66-85cc 7-13 yrs: 1 Christopher Blackmer, 2 Kolby Gyomory, 3 Zach W. Bailey, 4 Kaiden Wittkopp, 5 Austin Harrington; 450+ Motorcycle Open B: 1 Kaley Johnson, 2 Kyle Oboyle, 3 Traci Laursen, 4 Joe Walklewlcz, 5 Nathan Vancamp, 6 Alex Papp, 7 Billy Cunningham, 8 Ryan Flynn, 9 Stryker Oboyle, 10 Ethan Polishuk, 11 Cody Toles, 12 David Fritch; Rub Tire Solo Motorcycle op: 1 Corey Desrosiers, 2 John Sams, 3 Eric Oboyle, 4 Steel Oboyle, 5 Billy Cunningham, 6 Todd E. Martin, 7 Noah Carr, 8 William Harrington, 9 Robert Knapp, 10 Launce Sulaty II, 11 David Rogers, 12 Kyle Oboyle; Sidecar Rubber: 1 Launce Sulaty II, 1 Launce Sulaty, 2 Randy Woodward, 3 Joshua Sams; 450+ Motorcycle Open A: 1 Kyle Johnson, 2 Doug Oboyle, 3 Jack Mather, 4 Jordan Mccready, 5 Brian Woodward, 6 Morgan Nottingham, 7 Colten Eddy; Studded Quad Open: 1 Dustin Southworth, 2 Jeremiah Sherman, 3 James White, 4 Brad Domeier, 5 Brian Langsdale, 6 Nick Dutcher, 7 Scott Klein, 8 Nathan Simpson; Sidecar Studded: 1 Brad Christensen, 1 Launce Sulaty, 2 Jeff Levalley, 3 Launce Sulaty II.

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OIL CHANGE... disassembled & cleaned $79.95 REBUILD... plus parts $134.95 REBUILD & REVALVE ... to racer’s weight & ability + parts $149.95 LOWERING & REVALVE... to racer’s spec. $149.95

FORK SERVICES

OIL CHANGE... disassembled & inspected $79.95 REBUILD... replacement of seals, bushings & oil $99.95 REBUILD & REVALVE... to racer’s weight & ability + parts $149.95 LOWERING & REVALVE... to racer’s spec. $149.95

30 DAY WARRANTY ON ALL VALVING & SEAL REPLACEMENTS

BAR MOUNT KITS Honda / Kawaski

99.95

$

Oversized bars with solid upper clamp. Prevents bar twisting.

Stop in or call to speak with one of our friendly Tech-Care Suspension Advisors! For fast service, use our website order form!

248.666.4651

6971 M-59 • WATERFORD MI 48327 TECH-CARE.COM

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AMA District 14 Newspaper February 2015

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