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Michigan’s Motorsports

June 2015


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The heat (and humity) is on... and racing it once again in full gear for the season. Have you decided to try out a new discipline this year, and if not, why not? Every discipline in District 14 has great benefits to offer racers that are different from one another. You never know, you could really enjoy it and gain some skills you've been working on or never knew you needed. Just a thought. A quick reminder ... please make sure your memberships are up-to-date. Sign up now and avoid the extra time doing so while registering at your events. Remember to renew your AMA membership too! As always, MUCHO GRACIAS to this month's contributors. I really appreciate the giving of your time so generously to write about your division. XOXO! ‘Til next time ... take care, stay warm, and safe. And as always, enjoy the ride... it all goes by in a blink.

To this Month’s Rockin'

Contributors – In order of appearance –, Heather Soenksen, Steve Baginski, Team Freelin, Heather Powers, Dave Bowman / Tech-Care Suspension, Ter�i Sweet, Talon Soenksen, Steve Beane, Dick Ranney, Mike Maurer, Dave Moret�zzo and Matthew Moret�zzo, Bob Miller, and last, but not least ... Trista Raska & Dad, Wesley Raska


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 George Mekjian (014) and Ian Lee (430) do some close battling in Transition moto one PORTLAND TRAIL RIDERS (Portland, MI) | May 10 Story and photos by: Steve Baginski As I was loaded up and making my return to where it all went wrong for me, I was crossing my fingers that the rain would hold off. It was looking good up until I entered the track and the skies opened up. It rained heavily off and on for about an hour then just turned into a spotty drizzle for the rest of the morning races. The track was prepped great and I was told it was mostly good with only a few wet spots. Either way, for those who raced, it turned out to be a good day of racing and battles. I would like to congratulate the workers in making the best of what was given to them. Four of our five classes were all out together which made for some great action. The Innovation class was the first drop with Chad Morehouse grabbing the holeshot and never looking back. Eli Hovorka was second just ahead of Michael Sutherland followed by Ryan Baeder and Bryant Ramirez. Tom Lee had a good jump but then was mixed up in the drop order and decided to go back and start with the second drop. I guess racing only one class this year is messing with his head already. With the start of lap two, Chad had a nice lead and was looking great in the slippery conditions. Bryant took over second with Michael a close third. Ryan was slowly losing ground to the top three as Eli was pushing his way back to the finish area with some bike issues. Tom was making moves through the wrong drop but was very fast. With the start of lap three Michael had taken over second but stalled it in the doubles after the finish. Bryant was quick to retake second and try to pull away. Michael would restart to only make a few more turns and stall again letting Ryan close the gap. Tom was still fighting with the riders in the wrong drop but was making time on his class. As Chad took

 Chad Morehouse was unstoppable going 1-1 in Innovation

June 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 7 the white flag, he slid off the track but saved it and continued to pull away. Bryant was in a comfortable second with Michael rebounding after his stalls. Ryan and Tom were some of the last riders to not get lapped by Chad and had one more lap to battle. In the switchbacks after the finish, Tom made the move and took over fourth. So at the finish, Chad had a commanding lead with Bryant taking second with Michael rounding out the podium. Tom and Ryan battled for the entire last lap and they crossed the finish only a few bikes apart with Tom holding onto fourth. Ryan was fifth as Eli had pushed his bike back to the trailer to try and get it fixed for moto two. Moto two was cooler but a little more dried out. Everyone left with the right drop this time but it was Chad once again with the holeshot. Eli was back at it with Ryan, Michael, Tom and Bryant all together through turn one. Chad was by far the fastest guy and running away with the lead. Michael was doing his best not to stall again and running second. Bryant was holding down third with Ryan just ahead of Tom. Eli was again missing after a good start. Chad was going to be hard to beat as the real battle was for second with Michael still holding on. Eli emerged from the back with more bike issues but just a minor fuel delivery issue this time. So with Chad out front and Michael a solid second ahead of Bryant, the battle was for fourth between Ryan and Tom. It was a close race for the entire moto but with Tom starting in the right drop, he would take fourth on the day. So Chad easily won with Michael earning second as Bryant swapped spots and rounded out the podium. Tom was fourth with Ryan dropping back to fifth. Eli was stuck with sixth but knowing his problem and an easy fix for the next round. The Evolution, Iron Man and Schoolboy were in the second drop with Kevin Stone the quickest out of the gate. Ray Brooks was the lead Evolution racer as Corey Sutherland was second Iron Man. Tom Lee II was next with the lone Schoolboy of Konnor Visger making the pass. Derek Brooks was next just ahead of Randy Stone, Garrison Goforth, Brian Briggs and Mark Havalda. As lap two got under way, Kevin was opening up a slight gap with Ray still holding off Derek, Konnor and Cory. Tommy was next opening a nice lead over the battling Garrison and Mark. Randy was next as he was struggling with some bike issues as Brian was keeping him in sight. As lap three got started, all three leaders were running 1-2-3. Kevin was out front with Konnor on his rear wheel as Ray was slipping back. Cory was also slipping a little as Tommy was gaining fast. Mark had made the move

 Gene Huntoon rode great in his Vintage debut going 1-2 for second in Transition on Garrison with Randy also picking up speed. Derek had a stall in the back but was back moving ahead of Brian. Now with the white flag out, Konnor was in the outright lead and a clear track in front. This was a good thing as he finally had some relief after he had to remove his goggles on lap one. Kevin and Ray were separated by a few seconds as Cory had found a nice rhythm. Tommy stalled just before the finish and was lapped by the first drop and was struggling to get it restarted to hold onto second. Mark took advantage and crossed the line in second. Derek was also close enough to get passed and knock him off the podium. Tommy was forced to push his bike up the finish jump and take fourth. Randy was a few seconds behind taking third in Iron Man just ahead of Evolution fifth place Garrison. Konnor wasn’t far behind taking a nice win in Schoolboy pulling a nice lead over the rest of his drop. Kevin was next taking his win in Iron Man with Ray the same distance back taking the Evolution win. Brian was next mixed in with the other drop taking fourth in Iron Man. The start of moto two was a little closer but Kevin was again able to grab the lead. Tommy was a close second but Konnor was looking to move up quicker as he was in third. Cory, Ray and Mark were all close as Garrison edged out Brian and Randy. With the green flag out, Kevin was in the lead but was getting pressure already from Konnor. Ray held down third with Derek riding mistake free in fourth. Cory crossed next with Tommy looking to battle. Konnor was in the lead and starting to make his way through the first drop. Ray was next as Kevin eased back to

 Kevin Stone was fast and smooth all day taking the Iron Man victory

VINTAGE continued on page 15

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4x4 Extreme MUD! Truck Race Review

FREELIN MX (Brown City, MI) | May 30 Story by Team Freelin Photos courtesy of If you’re a motor enthusiast you love all sorts of motors including motocross including the faster-than-fast 4x4 Extreme MUD!! trucks that visit FreelinMX to race. The May 30th event did not disappoint. Mother Nature tried to scare away but the trucks and people were in attendance and there to stay. How fast are you going with 1500 hp?? Well, the new FreelinMX mudbog venue record is 2.751 seconds for 200’. That is FAST!!! It’s actually a blurrrrr when a truck is skimming that fast. It’s fun, it’s loud, the cams shimmy and shake the ground and you as they fly by. With truck names like Hillbilly Stomp, Tantrum, 4-Play and Adrenaline, you know the fun guys are here. Nobody names their vehicle Bad Company if they’re not bad a$$. And they don’t list their engine size as BMF unless they can back it up.


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From the Scoring Tower Moms Matter to Tough Mudders PORTLAND TRAIL RIDERS (Portland, MI) | May 9-10 Story and photos by Heather Powers “Happy Mother’s Day!” This phrase rang out for all to hear as a great day of racing and family time began at PTR. All moms are special in so many ways, but moto-moms are unique. We’re cheerleaders and mechanics, cooks and nurses, peacemakers and encouragers. But in the end, we’re women who want nothing more than to watch kids and significant others do what they love to do most: RIDE! It would take more than a little rain to dampen the spirits of the hard-core racers and their families. As the misty rain fell and the temperatures cooled, the racing got hot! The quads started things off and did a good job working the moisture into the track. Congratulations to our quad winners Jacob Hill, Makailey Vantiem, Easton Urbanek, Mike Caron, and Blake Sykes for a job well done. Tanner Deller, Gage Isham, and Landyn Vantiem tore up the kid’s track, too.

 Jessica Thomas

 Noah and Brian Dolinshek

 Brad and Jessica Thomas, with son Tyler

 Kaine Thelen was cheered on by his parents, Jason and Melissa, and brother Reice. He's proud of his 3rd place finish.

Jessica Thomas takes being a moto-mom to a whole different level. After cheering on son, Tyler, with her husband, Brad, on the kid’s track, she gears up and shows off her own skills, taking 4th place in Quad C. Speaking of the kid’s track, the moto action in the mud was very entertaining. The kids showed a lot of heart, and Darian Delp, Collin Berta, Levi Przygocki, Hayden Reed, and Sam Miller came out of top. Well done, kids! Over on the big track, conditions improved throughout the morning. The great vintage riders showed that their bikes were ready for the track’s challenges. Ray Brooks Ii, Konnor Cisger, Chad Morehouse, Kevin Stone, and Ian Lee took home 1st place honors. Bruce Charron, Brian Heightchew, and DJ Macgillivray showed all their fans that age is just a number, taking home the wins in the 40+, 50+, and Vet C classes, respectively. The ladies earned honors as well. Great job, Alayna Stuckman and Kristen Stauffer. Some very brave 50 and 65 riders showed off their talents on the big track. Congrats to Markeis Clemons, Logan Lockwood, Kayden Keller, and Reice Thelen. The 85s had some exciting battles going on, too. Ultimately, Deegan Herman, Konnor Visger, and Zach

PORTLAND continued on page 13

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CUSTOMER APPRECIATION by Dave Bowman, Tech-Care Suspension

On the Road Again ... story and photos submitted by Terri Sweet, Road Chairperson

What a great start to the 2015 riding/racing season!

James Roberts IV, with dad James Roberts III, back in the day Tech Care has serviced 3 generations of the Roberts family. Tech -Care and TCD would like to thank the Roberts' for their loyalty and dedication to our shop. We service James Roberts the fourth's grandfather suspension and motorcycles from Yamaha V MAX 1200, FJ 1200 back in 1989, to today's sophisticated fuel injected CRF 250 /450R. Thanks you to all our loyal customers!! And to the Roberts family especially for keeping us in their family for generations!

As a road rider I get to meet people who are dedicated to helping others. The Road Division is always involved in charities and helping others. I am very proud of knowing so many riders that spend their time and money to reach out and do good things. One of the new groups we have taken on to support and promote is Bikers for Books. I can't even begin to tell you the impact these folks are making. It is a dream of a biker named Badge to help kids be interested in reading and to support communities who needed help acquiring books. It is also is his dream to let people know that bikers are regular people with regular jobs that are dedicated not only to each other but to helping. So Badge decided to act on his dreams. He and his wife got a few friends together and Bikers for Books was formed. Bikers for Books take their bikes and books to schools in a large area. They have been to schools and communities as far North as St. Johns and as far South as Battle Creek. Who knows where their next trip will take them. During school time they have assemblies were they talk and read to the kids. The kids see bikers (men and women) that care. The bikes are available for the kids to check out and ask questions. Books are donated and everyone has fun. Bikers for Books has a Facebook page and you can see pictures and check out where the next school/library/community is and if you are available meet up with them for the ride and the time to help read to the kids. Another new group I have been happy to get to know and talk with is a dedicated group called MX for Autism. MX for Autism is just getting started and they are small at this time but growing. These are families that have joined together to support Autism. The group started because of a young man named Caden Jett who is 5 years old and autistic. His father, Jeremy Jett is the group mechanic. Caden's brother Collin Jett, #279, 50 SR class does the racing. Along with Collin Jett, there also is a young man named Collin Egeler, #072, who rides in 50 SR and 65 7-9 class. Collin Egeler caught me up on what the group is about and who the mechanic was. He was so helpful and I really enjoyed talking.

June 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 11 Braydon Sorenson, #034, racing in 50 SR and 65 7-9 is keeping these racers on their toes and is a very good competitor. And let's not leave out the young lady that is also part of MX for Autism, Jamie Alfredo, #025, riding the Women's class. If you see any of this group at the tracks just stop by and talk to them. They are doing good work on a small budget. Also this group recently had their mx trailer ruined so if you are any company you know has an enclosed trailer that would haul 5-7 bikes and would like to donate it to help out give them a call. For all you road riders, don't forget TriCity Travelers will be holding their first ride (part of two) on Flag Day. They are a well organized group, have been doing this for years and the proceeds go to help a needy family in their community at Christmas time. If you need more info give Jim Charleboix a call at 989-233-7890 for details. They would love to see you.

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2:15 AMA D14 EVENTS atv MX CHAIRPERSON ....................Bob Miller VICE CHAIR – MX............. Larry Seeley  = Michigan State Championship Race


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


04 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 05  Valley MX ...................... Stanton 26  Battle Creek MC .......Battle Creek

09 22 23


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


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





15 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 16  Valley MX ...................... Stanton 23 Cadillac MC ...................Cadillac

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


17 Valley MX ...................... Stanton 18  Valley MX ...................... Stanton

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

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

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

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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

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

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

JUNE 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

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


AUGUST 01 02 09 09 15 22 23 29 30

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


Portland Trail Riders ....... Portland




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

* 3 points paying climbs (day & night climbs)

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

JUNE 07 21

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

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

09 16

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


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

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






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


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

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

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


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




Flag Day Ride ................Midland Tri City Travelers

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


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



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Barish were victorious. Hunter Wellman beat Logan Mears in the muddy mini sr. battle, then Logan retaliated by taking first in the supermini race, edging out Hunter and Max Powers.

CHAIRPERSON ............... Kreg Bigelow  = Vet Series - Max Points Vet Classes  = State Championship - Max Points

The 85 beginner class was extra special this race. All 3 riders were TRUE beginners, having never faced a gate drop before. Zack Barish went 2-1, taking first place overall. Here, Brian Dolinshek cheered on his son, Noah, who went 1-2, getting a second place overall after an unfortunate crash in moto 2. His moto-mom, Heidi, was busy flagging all day, keeping everyone safe.


06 Big Air MX .................... Newago 07 Big Air MX .................... Newago 07 Bulldog Riders ............... Millingto 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

Kaine Thelen was cheered on by his parents, Jason and Melissa, and brother Reice. He’s proud of his 3rd place finish. After a short break and some track maintenance, the afternoon classes were ready to join the fun. The 250C class was stacked and ready to go, but not without paying tribute to the women in their lives. Here, Kennedy Kebler, shows her mom, and all the moms in attendance, some love with the BEST gear-of-the-day. She took an impressive 6th place out of 20 and kept it on two wheels. Any moto-mom will tell you that that’s the best gift of all!


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


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

Her brother, Caleb, wasn’t going to be outdone by his sister. Here he poses with Kennedy and their mom, Jennifer, after winning 250 B and Schoolboy 2.

 Kennedy Kebler

Undoubtedly, being cheered on by this lovely lady, Carol McTaggert, was exactly what Nathan Smith needed to dominate Schoolboy 1 and 125 B/C. It’s not just moto-moms that make a difference. Moto-grandmas are pretty great, too. Overall, Portland Trail Riders put on a terrific race. Many thanks go out to all the vendors, volunteers, track workers, and members who helped make the day a grand success. An extra special thanks to all the MOMS who support their favorite riders. Job well done!


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

Portland’s next race is June 14th, with open practice on the 13th. See you there!

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

17 18  24 25  31

Valley MX ...................... Stanton Valley MX ...................... Stanton Freelin MX .................Brown City Freelin MX .................Brown City Baja Acres ................. Millington\

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

Open A and 25+ honors went to David Merrill, Open B and 14-24 to Jake Jones, and Open C to Taven Kress. Tyler Palmatier took the checkered flag in 250 C, along with Shane Larsen in 250 A. The whole crowd was mesmerized by these guys battling for their positions. The track was in great shape.

 Nathan Smith with grandma Carol McTaggert Caleb and Kennedy Kebler with mom, Jennifer

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rain forced me to prepare myself for a mudder. Starting on row 34 turned out to be a great place as the trail wasn't too slick with just enough rutt to stick the corners. After a quick two mile warmup I was ready to rip in the first section. Section one started off a little slow and I had to pull my goggles off due to the ever steady rain but once I got into a rhythm I was pushing harder and harder. After getting new goggles in between sections I got ready to keep rolling in the second section. This section was more open and flowing and I was riding very well and ended up beating Steve Levain, multi time overall MO hare scramble champ, who was also on my row. When I came into the pits before starting section three I noticed I needed to replace my chain. Thanks to Tyler and Josh at Enduro Engineering and also my Dad for helping me to put on a spare chain we had along. Getting the most out of parts is part of our budget racing approach my dad says. The third section started off prett y slick but I kept it up on two wheels for most of the section except one small tip over and knocking a lens out of my goggles. Once I got new goggles for the next section I was ready to go. Section four didn't go exactly as planned and I struggled to get a rhythm in the mud. I made it through the section but was frustrated on how I did and really wanted to redeem myself in the next section. After a quick gas stop I lined up for section five. This section was probably the muddiest of the day and the first two miles were just ruts on top of ruts. The most frustrating part was when I crashed twice in 20 feet but I rebounded and kept pushing. Coming into the last corners of the section I got a prett y bad leg cramp but I didn't let it stop me. Before starting the final section I drank lots of water and ate a banana to eliminate any more cramps. The sixth section was a long one and an A/AA only section. Going into it I tried to pace my self and not exert too much energy in the beginning. It was a fairly technical section and was almost brand new trail even on row 34. The waterfall portion of the section was much easier than expected and I made it through with relative ease. Check out my video on face book. I finished off the day with a fairly solid result getting 3rd in the A200 class and 19th overall A. Thank you so much to all my sponsors and family because I couldn't do it without you guys. Hopefully I can finally move up one step on the podium at the next round in Wyoming. Thanks again: MSR, LAKE CYCLE, GALFER, MOTOREX, ACERBIS, SKORBORZ, ENDURO ENGINEERING, TWIN AIR, GAERNE, FACTORY CONNECTION, LEATT, RENTHAL, EVS, FMF, POWERSPORT GRAPHICS, 100% GOGGLES.

NATIONAL ENDURO REPORT story and photos submitted by Talon Soenksen



or round 5 of the National Enduro series the family and I headed down to St. Louis Missouri for the Lead Belt National Enduro. After rains most of the week a muddy race was expected. On Saturday I bicycled down to the waterfall section in test six and scouted out my lines. Waking up Sunday morning to steady

June 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 15 VINTAGE continued from page 7 third but still leading Iron Man. Derek was riding mistake free and catching Kevin as well. Randy and Garrison had a good battle going even though it was for different classes. With the white flag out, it was strange to see but Brian crossed and pulled off the track. With no noticeable bike issue, it must have just been a mistake. That would force an unfortunate DNF for moto two and a fourth place overall. Konnor was way out front with Ray leading Evolution again with Kevin back in third. Derek was on his heels as Tommy was still on the gas. Cory was next as the second Iron Man as the rest of the pack was about to go a lap down from the first drop. At the finish, Konnor easily won and earned the overall in schoolboy. Ray was next taking the win in Evolution as Kevin was close taking the win in Iron Man. Derek rode well taking second and Evolution second overall with his 3-2. Tommy didn’t have any issues this time and took third to finish out the overall podium. Mark barely went a lap down in fourth with Garrison ending up fifth. Cory rode smart for second in Iron Man as Randy also went a lap down finishing third overall. The Transition racers were next with one of the pinkest bike I have ever seen. Cora Visger moved up to a new class and a new to her bike and of course it had to be pink! I took the bike home from the Bulldogs race and with the help from MOTO Vation Graphics, we made a one of a kind kit for her along with all the pink accessories I could find. Unfortunately when the gate dropped she was still in neutral and the pack left without her. The two 500’s of George Mekjian and Gene Huntoon were 1-2 with Ray Brooks on his Evolution bike a close third. Ian Lee and Mel Blight were next with Cora finally in gear and playing catch up. At the end of lap one, Gene was out front but the top four were only separated by three seconds. George was still in second with Ian trying to make the pass as Ray was holding onto fourth. Mel was only a few seconds back with Cora still gaining. The start of lap two had Gene still in the lead but Ian was now a close second with Ray also up a spot into third. George was only a few seconds back with Mel and Cora still charging. As the white flag was waiving, Gene was barely holding onto a second lead over

VINTAGE continued on page 22

June 2015 – by Steve Beane • Chris Bach (JCR Honda rider) may have been able to knock Kailub Russell off the top step at one event, but the KR1 steamroller proved once again at the John Penton GNCC that Bach’s win was the exception that proves the rule. Barring injury the KTM-mounted phenom looks to have a lock on a third straight GNCC title. In doing so, Russell would join Scott Summers as a consecutive three-time champ. Eddie Lojak holds the honor of being the series only 4x consecutive (1986-89) and 5x consecutive (1980-84) champ. The man that interrupted Lojak’s reign of terror in the south-eastern woods? Jim Maltba! • The heavy spring rains seem to be working, and fresh new off-road offerings are popping up every day! KTM was first up, with their 4 stroke moto line-up largely following what was shown on the 2015.5 Factory Editions. The 250SX was largely unchanged, suggesting something big in the future, as the 125/150 platform is a radical departure from previous bikes. New frames and engines highlight the orange offerings. • Yamaha made a number of detail changes to their moto-oriented 250 and 450s, the most significant of which may be the addition of a 270mm brake rotor up front. The bikes will be offered in an optional yellow and black livery to help celebrate 60 years of tuningfork glory in the US. Woods riders will be excited to note that Yamaha has dipped it’s toes (tentatively, but nevertheless) into the off-road 2T market with a YZ250X. Supposedly there are porting, ignition and transmission changes to go along with the mods that most riders made to their moto-250s when they took them off road (o-ring chain, kick stand, 18” rear wheel) • Kawasaki’s KX line-up features fresh plastic and re-cast engine cases … • In a “thud” that was heard around the MX racing world, Eli Tomac eliminated from the AMA National 450 title chase with a frightening high-side at Lakewood, Colorado. Seconds prior Tomac had looked to have a lock on his sixth consecutive moto victory to start the season. The Honda rider landed face down in a rut, the walls of which caused his shoulders to be wrenched backward and down, resulting in a dislocation to one and a 100% torn rotator cuff in the other. • Remember that Kailub Russell guy from the first paragraph? Not only is he leading the National Enduro series, but he also took his first victory riding a 2015.5 KTM Factory Edition 250F in the last race. It could be a long summer for the rest of the field. • Dirt track racing is showing an incredible resurgence of interest on the part of the engine manufacturers (you can’t just walk in and buy a dirttracker off a dealer’s showroom floor afterall). Besides Harley-Davidson, Triumph, Kawasaki, Ducati, Suzuki, KTM, and Yamaha are all vying for wins in the big-bike classes. • There’s still no word on when, or even if, Ryan Villipoto will return to MXGP racing. In the meantime Roman Febvre and Vallentin Guillod are using their Yamahas to shake up the established order in the 450 and 250 classes. _______________________________________________________________

 Konnor Visger rode a dominating Schoolboy race

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FES News

by Dick Ranney

As many of you know, I am Co-chair of TREK the Mighty Mac. This will without doubt be the largest ORV event in Michigan’s history with over 1,000 entered and we still have over three months of registration. This event is far different than any I have ever been involved in. A first for me and there is nobody within our ORV community to seek much advice from. The only place to go for advice is to the good people at the St. Ignace Chamber and they do eighteen similar events annually. The first glitch was staging area we planned on, NO GO, legal council advised against it for the property owner. St. Ignace Chamber pulled a hat trick and we have a nice staging area right almost right downtown Mackinac City. We can unload 18 tow rigs at a time and on asphalt. Wow. Mackinac Bridge Authority has been simply fantastic to work with; their first and foremost concern has been safety, obviously, 20 mph, single file, right hand lane across the bridge. Glitch being worked through now, traffic cones. About 3 miles of cones need to be put down once we cross the bridge to get us through downtown St. Ignace keeping us separated from normal traffic. First bid was over $8,000., yikes! Time to get more bids. The MDNR has been with us all along and are permitting ORV’s to camp in the Straights Campground for this event. They will also have maps of trails in the area to hand out at the event. We certainly welcome the MDNR cooperation in making this event a success. We meet monthly with various people involved, MDNR, Sheriff ’s, State Police, community leaders, property owners and a host of others. My wife and I the last time up followed a semi across the bridge at 20 mph, same speed we will be going. We then drove the very same route through St. Ignace to Little Bear Convention Center which will be the hub of our activity. I am anxious for October 3rd, when I get to make that ride on my ORV, taking in all the scenery that God and man created and enjoying the smells of waterfront air. That experience will be stamped in one’s mind for eternity. If you have nothing to do on October 2nd and would like to volunteer to help on this event, we sure could use a dozen or more good people in the staging area all day Friday and on into the evening. Give me

story by Mike Maurer, Family Enduro Series Chairman

We did not have any family enduros in May. So there are not many updates to make. I still have eight banquet awards that have not been claimed. I will bring them to Lawton, but if they are not claimed they will be recycled. If you know 2014 award winners, please let them know to pick up their awards in Lawton or arrange for someone to pick it up. a call @ 989 469-2405 if you want to help make the largest ORV event in Michigan’s history, a success.

certain, if you are not there this year, you missed the inaugural. You missed bragging rights!

This event is brand new to each and every one of us, our first for hosting and your first maybe for participating. We all have a learning curve, next year will be better than this year, and the year after that will be better than the first two. One thing is

Got one up on everybody, I will be the fellow that sends everyone onto the roadway to cross the bridge; I expect the antics to be very interesting. I will be the last one to cross and have a small sign giving the date of next year’s event.


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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!

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2 Smoke In Air

BULLDOGS' EXMARK 2 STROKE MONEY MOTO BULL DOG RIDERS MC (Millington, MI) April 15 Story and photos by Dave Moretuzzo and Matthew Moretuzzo

 #35 Joey Crown Bulldogs M/C held it exMark 2 Stroke shoot out money moto on April 15, in between the morning and afternoon programs. Twenty three pre-mix burning bikes lined up for a chance at some money and good prizes. There is something to be said about a line full of the “old school” or “hip go to bike” you decide that one, two stroke race bikes in full song off the gate. There were 500’s, 250’s, 125’s and even a few 85 bikes all giving the track a little taste of how things used to be a while back when 4-strokes were just a novelty. It was a good turn out and it was exciting to see some different bikes on the track rather than the usual drone of four strokes. Yamaha mounted Jerry Lorenz took off on the first few laps with a pretty solid lead but Joey Crown on a KX 125 was sitting in second. The laps started to click off and the #35 of Crown started to push the pace and reel in the YZ 250 of Lorenz. And just when a battle for the lead was taking place, the KX straddled by Crown came around the middle section of the track alone, with no sight of Lorenz. After the brief battle in the back section with Lorenz, Crown kept a calm cool pace until the checkers flew. Not sure exactly what happened to Lorenz or his bike, but he was pushing his bike across the infield on his way back to the pits. Honda CR250 rider Broc Peterson rode a great race and eventually ended up in second for his efforts. Chris Lueth took his KTM to third to round out the podium. Great job by all of the riders and thanks for coming out to race the eXMark 2 stroke money moto! Another successful day at the races with over 250 riders showing up for Bulldogs M/C first race day of the year. Our next race date is June 7th and Bulldogs will be hold the “Lasco Ford 250C/Open C Shootout”. Remember that Bulldogs M/C is a split program and practice begins at 9:00 am sharp. So put on those sand tires, clean your air filter, and set your bike up for the sands of Bulldogs. Thanks to all of our sponsors and riders that makes it possible to hold these races. Without your patronage we wouldn’t be able to share our club with you and your D-14 families.

 #18 Trenton Beyer

EXmark 2 Stroke Shootout Results: 1. Joey Crown, 2. Broc Peterson, 3. Chris Lueth, 4. Nathan Woodward, 5. Trenton Beyer, 6. Matthew Gross, 7. Andrew Rhoads, 8. Daniel Ayotte, 9. Colin Cook, 10. Richard Reickel, 11. Code Cesaro, 12. Chris Williams, 13. Robert Lloyd, 14. Neal Scalf, 15. Jacob Phipps, 16. Robert Tripp, 17. Reed Clark, 18. Cameron Godfrey, 19. Trevor Henke, 20. Andrew Ostrom.

 #399 Broc Peterson

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Christmas CHAOS July 18/19

 Let the good times roll

Photos courtesy of

FreelinMX is again hosting – MX-Mas in July. Additional events are planned for the weekend, and each day will include a Big MONEY Moto! Our 80’s & 60’s Big $$$ Moto will be held on Saturday (July 18). The big bike Big $$$ Moto will be held on Sunday (July 19). All Big $$$ Moto participants must sign-up for a regularly run class in addition. Looking for a little MX-Mas money?? We will be collecting toys, giving all to Toys For Tots – Michigan. We are a very lucky motocross community in that we get to enjoy each other and the luxury of a great athletic sport. Some in our communities are not so fortunate. We see so many joyous kids running around the track, racing their dirtbikes, on the swings, on their bikes. What a thought that some young children do not have any gift to open on Christmas Day. If you are capable please bring an unwrapped gift/book/stuffed animal/item, anything will be appreciated!

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 Competitors and friends


e are nearing the halfway point of the Michigan ATV Championship Series and so far we have seen many new faces out there racing. I have seen racers that were hard core racers in years past getting back into the swing of things, racers from other series giving us a try, as well as brand new racers getting into the sport. I would also like to say thanks to all the D14 ATV riders and families for giving the newcomers a warm welcome. It is always rewarding to see someone out there reminding us of ourselves when we first got involved in ATV MX, and giving them a hand or piece of advice that makes their race day better. I would also like to give a shout out to all who showed up for the Baja race! It was an impressive showing. With numbers like that we may be able to encourage some of these favored tracks to be a part of our series every year. The folks at Baja treated us great and the racers loved that track!


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Photos by stor y by Bob Miller, ATV Chairman |

 Full gate of mx quads. Great sight.

The D14 ATV crew made quite a showing at the recent Ironman ATVA National. Even with a rainy weekend we had many of our regulars there battling it out. Way to represent! We still have some great tracks coming up in the schedule, and we cannot forget to mention the 3rd Annual Holeshot contest event sponsored by Fierce Powersports coming up Saturday September 19th at Portland Trail Riders. Mark your calendars and get your entries in, as this event will be limited to the first 100 entries. Remember this is a double-elimination, one on one, payback event for bikes and quads the evening after Saturday’s practice. Most of you are familiar with the event, so spread the word. Please check out the ATV MX Racers of Michigan Facebook page for event and entry info. You can register online at orHAlbWB4P

 Brandon Jones and Andrew Hartwell fighting for first.

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FREELIN continued from page 18 MISSION: The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. GOAL: The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders. Other events planned for the weekend include HO-HO-Holeshot awards, a visit from Santa, SNOWBALL fights on the grassy pavilion area and a Bikini Bike wash with all proceeds going to Toys for Tots. We’ve got MX-Mas gifts to give out. Come and get yours! For more information visit, call 989.761.1301, or message us on fb. See ya at the track!

 Frosty

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Back in the Woods

It’s too early to officially announce a replacement date for the Battle Creek race, but the club has been working with the AMA, the D14 hare scrambles division, and the district to find another date that works. Look for it on the Battle Creek Motorcycle Club site, in this paper, and on the AMA D14 hare scrambles site. It’s hard to think of the banquet and year-end awards so early in the series, but if you represent a club, promoter, or business and you would like to help reward the with Steve Beane, HS Chairman D14 hare scrambles racers for their accomplishments in 2015, please contact myself or Neal Soenksen. As with any human endeavor there are sometimes errors made, and I would like “It’s hard to believe that we’re three races into the 2015 D14 Hare Scrambles se- ries, but the numbers don’t lie.” For those of you following along at home, you may to apologize for at least two. We’re working on correcting them, but in the meantime remember that those were the exact words that started the last “Back in the Woods” I’ll tell you what they are. In the rules package posted on-line the hyperlink for the district chairman d14_ article. Sadly, we’re still only three races into the season. Battle Creek and White Trash had swapped May race dates before the season began, but then the White Trash club actually leads to the past-chair, Mark Becker. Following the link decided that they didn’t have enough time to cut in the new trail they wanted for their from the Contact Us page seems to work correctly. Secondly, the rules that were posted on-line incorrectly state that ATVs run first, event, and when the end of May rolled around the rain clouds rolled in and completely flooded out the Battle Creek Motorcycle Club grounds. A few brave souls had made followed by minis and big bikes. The correct version of the rules, as printed here in the trip in search of National points, but after walking into the woods even Jedediah the February edition, show the program order to be minis, big bikes, and then ATVs Haines, reigning champion in the AMA Eastern Hare Scrambles series, was glad that (at the tracks that offer ATV races) Speaking of rules, it’s not too late to contact me with proposals for rule changthe race wasn’t run. Cancelling the race was a tough call to make, and as of 7 am Sunday morning the es for the upcoming season. I have already been approached on the issue of having club was still pushing forward, but then reports started coming in on how wet much to declare ‘worker status’ for a particular event before the season starts, and there of the woods were, and the decision was made to stop the proceedings. It’s always dif- seems to be support for a change to allow riders to earn points for working an event ficult to cancel a race, especially a National, because some many people have so much with somewhat shorter notice. The second proposal has to do with establishing a invested in the event, but reasonable people will agree that this was the right decision. stronger correlation between year-end placings in the 2hr and 3hr classes. The intenThe club preserved the event trail that most certainly would have been destroyed for tion of the current rules is that if you ride at a 2hr Expert or M class level you would years to come, the riders didn’t end up battered and bruised, and there were no over- ride in the reciprocal class (ie M or 2hr Expert) if you decided to change the duration heated/seized/mud-thrashed/crash-damaged bikes at the end of the day being hauled of your racing in a subsequent season, but that is not clearly written. After missing so many weeks of riding, we’re sure to see you Father’s Day at VTR out on the front end of a John Deere tractor. Motorhomes were another story, as a … right? dozen or so had to be towed off the club grounds.

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22 June 2015 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News VINTAGE continued from page 15 Ian. Ray was a few seconds back in third and then a few more back to George. Mel was pushing his 125 and might have been a little underpowered in the conditions but was probably one of the lightest bikes on the track. At the finish, Gene was able to hold of the charge from Ian and take his first moto win. Ian was a very close second as they pulled a slight gap on Ray in third. George had closed a little on Ray after getting rid of his goggles. Mel was a little off pace in fifth as Cora was looking to be having fun on her pink bike in sixth. When the gate fell on moto two, all of the riders were quick off the gate but it was George with the holeshot. Gene was a close second edging out Ian and Mel as Cora was in gear this time. Ian was the quickest mover and was in the lead by the start of lap two. Ray was up to second with Gene into third. George had slipped to fourth followed by Mel and Cora. The race was very close between the top three as Gene finally moved into second on lap three. With the white flag out Gene was making ground on Ian as the order remained the same. Going up the last uphill Gene was using his motor and was fighting for the win. As they came

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over the last hill it was Ian with a few bike lead over Gene and would hold on for the 2-1 and the overall. Gene rode great ending up second with Ray rounding out the podium. George rode well after some great starts finishing fourth as Mel and Cora finished fifth and sixth. This season is shaping up to be another great year with some great battles. A lot of old rivalries are back and a few more are shaping up. As I am writing this, round three is in the books and we will be headed to Big Air, who has switched to a straight program on June 7th. Freelin, still running a split program, will be after that on June 21st followed by Valley MX who also switched to a straight program. I am working on the points and will have them posted by the time we go to Freelin. For any other information please check out www. Thanks for checking in and I hope to see you at the races.

(Suz); 2. D. Brooks (Yam); 3. M. Havalda (Suz); 4. T. Lee II (Suz); 5. G. Goforth (Suz) Innovation: 1. C. Morehouse (Hon); 2. M. Sutherland (Hon); 3. B. Ramirez (Yam); 4. T. Lee (Ktm); 5. R. Baeder (Kaw); 6. E. Hovorka (Hon) Innovation Schoolboy: 1. K. Visger (Suz) Transition: 1. I. Lee (Ktm); 2. G. Huntoon (Kaw); 3. R. Brooks (Suz); 4. G. Mekjian (Hon); 5. M. Blight (Ktm); 6. C. Visger (Ktm)

Ian Lee was a happy camper winning his first Transition race

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Four Wheeling, Hobby or Sport? by Trista Raska, submitted by Wesley Raska (aka Dad)

This is something cool that my daughter wrote for a school project and she got 99% on it. She is only 11 and ready to race! She has been watching quads race in district 14 harescrambles since she was 3. This year she has been watching her older sister Racquel and myself race. But puts in the practice time with us at home.

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our wheeling to me is a sport. Matter of fact it's my life. Ever since I was 3 I was a rider. But other people, like my mom, think it's too dangerous to ba an annual sport for hundreds of people to be doing at once. It should be a sport because it has all the things any other sport does. I think four wheeling should be considered a sport instead of a hobby. Like any other sport four wheeling takes training. It's mental – if you run into a certain situation you need to train your mind on what to do. It's physical – you need legwork and thumb work, your thumb will get tired from being on the throttle along with your legs from hovering over the bike. It's muscle – in four wheeling, you need to use your entire body to perform even the simplest of tasks like turning a corner. Again, liKe other sports it involves cooperation. If someone is faster than you, you might think to go faster... but that could lead to uncontrollable amounts of speed that may cause you to crash. So it's best to let them pass nicely. If a tire gets popped (which is rare) it might make you angry or if you crashed, even hurt. The only thought in your mind is "what should I do?" Well you better think fast because there's going to be another rider coming around, thinking you're out of the trail... they slam on the brakes maybe causing them to crash. If you just moved out of the way... that would be great cooperation. Most of all four wheeling is enjoyable for all ages and enjoyable for all skill levels. It gives a chance for riders to be active and family members a chance to see their progress. After the race – being a rider myself, we get hungry. So a cookout would be a great idea! Who doesn't like a cookout? And last but not least, sharing what you did in the motocross or woods. Either if be seeing someone flip, crash, jump a hill, pass, or even fall behind. In conclusion, four wheeling should be considered a sport and not a hobby – since for one, it gets you in shape. For two, it's fun riding and experiencing new challenges. And lastly, after all the practice, showing a crowd how badly you want to win the race!!

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