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Michigan’s Motorsports

November 2019

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Michigan's Top Non-Studded Racers Annual Sanction Meeting Notice Miscellaneous Moto Musings Jordan Mapes – Interview with a Champ Rider's Corner Rubber Tire Revolution Evolution of Sport – The Tire Game Division Highlights & Updates PRSRT STD US POSTAGE

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2020 RUBBER TIRE PREVIEW MICHIGAN'S TOP NON-STUDDED RACERS Story and photos submitted by Kevin Lambert, Jr.

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DUSTY COOK

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The Port Huron native managed to bag a title after years of hard fought battles with the best racers Michigan produced. With the help of GG&R owner and friend Kevin Lambert Jr., Cook was able to secure the D14 title. As a member of The GG&R Factory race team.

ing indoor rubber tire event

on the horizon, some felt that the most solid rubber tire racers were passed up for a chance to showcase their talents, abilities and equipment. Some of these racers including 2019 D14 #1 Dusty Cook and #2 Bob Knapp were invited but others such as the undefeated LTMC champ Colton Eddy were not.

COLTON EDDY

Eddy had major bike issues in 2018 that most likely thwarted his run to the top. However in 2019 Eddy smashed all competition putting half a lap on almost all 2nd place finishers on both a 250 and 500 cc motorcycle. Eddy is probably the most underrated motorcycle racer in this group. And its a shame we will not be able to see him preform at the indoor along with the rest of these talented men.

BOB KNAPP

Knapp two series 2nd places in both D14 & LTMC Ice breaker series and provided evidence that there is more than just one good tire maker out there.

STRYKER, STEEL AND ERIC O'BOYLE

All 3 of these men are a podium threat at any event. Steel has a few National titles, Stryker has plenty of podium appearances at large events and their father Eric is also no stranger to the box. One could argue the O'Boyle's are Rubber racings first family!

DOUG AND KYLE O'BOYLE

This father and son duo have a sting of National podium appearances going back several years as well as recent wins at the local level. Both are Members of the famous 5 O'Boyle's who shatter lesser men's podium aspirations! Not to mention they are true class acts!

ROBBY KNAPP

The Caro native poured it on hard late in the season with his aggressive riding style. If you are slowing Robby up, you won't be there for very long. This aggressive style will no doubt help to put Knapp out front this season; he may even take out his dad doing so.


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Well, I think autumn lasted an entire 3 days this year, but they sure were awesome! Right?! Our quick change of seasons is certainly nothing new in the mitten state though, so onward with winter it is! Always make sure your memberships are up-to-date, you never know when you'll get the itch to go riding or racing! If you didn't know, you can do it online at AMA-D14. org. Remember to keep your AMA membership up-todate too! November is the month we all tend to be a little more grateful. I challenge you to be the exception and try to be grateful for something EVERYDAY! Among many, many things, I am grateful for each of you contributors for giving of your time so generously to write about your division and helping spread the word about District 14 and all we have to offer to the world of amateur racing in Michigan. ‘Til next time ... take care, be cool, and safe. And as always, enjoy the ride... it all goes by in a blink.

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2019 District 14 Board of Directors & Division Chairs PRESIDENT Thomas Dunn tdunn976@yahoo.com (517) 896-9757 VICE PRESIDENT Steve Beane motoxgiant@yahoo.com (313) 918-8944 SECRETARY Taylor Carpenter d14secretary@gmail.com (517) 802-9609 TREASURER Mark Robinson (no phone provided) amad14treasurer@yahoo.com MEMBERSHIP ADMINISTRATOR Molly Kidner d14membership@gmail.com (231) 670-5450 D14 WEBMASTER Dan Stephens d14webmaster@gmail.com LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR Rev. Ron Packer d14legislative@gmail.com (269) 548-7348 Dick Bigelow dickbarbbigs@aol.com (586) 677-0456 AMA COMMISSION - OFF ROAD John Zwerican (989) 871-3008 AMA COMMISSION - ROAD Kaye Johnson amakaye165@gmail.com (248) 459-1777 AMA COMMISSION - FLAT TRACK Kevin Lambert JR kevinthegoonlambert@gmail.com (248) 245-9919 RIDER REP - OFF ROAD Kevin Lambert JR kevinthegoonlambert@gmail.com\ (248) 245-9919 Steve Murray stevemurray15@gmail.com

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Visions by Thomas Dunn, District 14 President

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Baja Acres...........................989-871-3356 Battle Creek MC...................517-993-7960 Bent Wheels CC..................586-854-1372 Big Air MX ........................ 231-578-3828 Brain Dead Racing . .......... 734-735-3717 Bulldog Riders MC . ........... 810-919-9821 Cadillac MC ....................... 231-775-7014 Dutch Sport Park ............... 574-292-3195 Flint MC ............................ 810-422-4383 Goshen IronHorsemen ...... 57-582-2299 Grand Kankakee TR........... 219-221-0900 Grattan Raceway ............... 616-691-7271 Hill & Gulley Riders ......... 780-261-3433 I96 Speedway.......................517-712-7820 JB MX Motors Park ........... 419-212-0838 Lansing MC ...................... 231-590-4242 Lucky Thumb MC ............ 810-404-2895 Michigan Mafia MXC.......... 810-348-4774

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A WORD FROM THE PREZ!

D14 NEWS!

In this day an age of instant information and results, news updates every minute, live time scoring in the "Cloud," tweeting, Instagram, and social media, we are given a snap shot of the world in an instant and rarely do we look beyond the hype and headlines! Being from a different time and age, when we relied on the evening news and the daily newspaper to get our information, I may be backwards in my thinking, but forgive me I'm old! Back then you saw headline, a short description of the article designed to catch your attention, and then you would actually have to read to get their information. Yes, they gave their opinion and swayed the information even back then, the drive to get to the truth drove the reporter more so than their opinion or desired outcome, but by reading the article you were still allowed to come up with your own opinion of the information given.

promises of pay or motorcycles ever became reality. As time passed and the need for stories increased I began to write articles for my pictures, I had to talk with people and ask questions. I had to find out about all the different disciplines of racing motorcycles. I was a young racer that enjoyed letting the world know what we do and hopefully why. So I have a past in this whole D14 NEWS.

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Recently at a District 14 meeting, the idea of taking our D14 News paper to totally online again came up. We do now offer the past papers online and you can go back into the archived papers to reread or find information from earlier, but we also still send out a hands on copy – the one thing that we physically give our members, provided by and written by themselves and their peers!

I have personally seen the proud smiles of our youth riders as they Way back in dark ages of racing... see their picture and name in a 1979,.I had the pleasure of getting printed paper! Something they a job taking pictures for the Michi- still take to school and show their gan Motorcyclist magazine, if by friends, something a parent or job you mean traveling to events grandparent can hang on the fridge and taking pictures and then devel- or wall of their office or tool box! oping them in the magazines dark room for free a job, well I loved it Call me old school but you just and I truly liked Phil Bean the edi- cannot get that online or in the tor, working in the basement of "Cloud"! the house on Pulaski Street in Lansing, Michigan, even if none of the See ya at the Races!

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Thomas Dunn


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VINTAGE MX

ALLPRO AUTO AND OFF-ROAD GP SERIES FINALE AT TWISTED MX

Tom Claerhout shows that corner speed on a 125 is very important, and it looks cool TWISTED MX (Milan, MI) | October 13, 2019 Twisted MX was the final round of the Allpro Auto and Off-Road GP Series. It was a bit cold but we were given an absolutely perfect track to race on. They had received a bunch of rain through the week but the crew did a great job and all the racers were very happy. MIAT stepped up for our holeshot awards and raised the bar and gave $50 for each winner. We had another great turnout of 50 to make the average GP turnout a huge 55 signups per event. All the racers had a great day and are looking forward to returning to this awesome facility. The Innovation class was out first with Mark Cook leading the way and grabbing

the first MIAT holeshot. He would lead for a few laps before William Dale would take over after a slow start. Will then led the race of the race to take the moto win. Mark was putting in some solid laps but Kris Gillett was slowly catching him. Every lap the gap closed until he made the pass on the last lap with only a few corners to go to take second place. Mark rounded out the podium after a great start and good pace. Gene Huntoon had a great start and was in contention for the holeshot. He also had a back and forth race for a few laps with Ray Brooks until Ray had a tip over and lost a few spots. Gene went on to an easy fourth place finish as Ray picked himself up and made his way back into a top five before the checkered flag. Nik Michael started near the back

and was steady and mistake free for the entire moto before ending up in sixth. Joe Sangster was mid pack off the start and was wheel to wheel with Connor Goulet for the middle part of the race. Then Connor pulled out a slight gap before sending it off the bowl turn headed towards the drag strip. He was way off in the weeds trying to make it back in the track and Joe made his way past. Joe went on to take seventh as Connor was finally back on the track. He had one lap to go and was closing in on Blake Argue. Blake had a decent start and slowly slipped back and even had a tip over on the last lap. Connor took advantage and made the pass to steal eighth with Blake remounting quick and taking ninth. Steve Adema and Rick Murphy had a good battle going for the

first nine laps. Rick then started to lose time to Steve as he pulled away to round out the top ten. Rick just missed out in eleventh as Joe Hovorka was also out putting in some steady laps and keeping an eye on the leaders and keeping clear of their race. He rode well but finished up in twelfth. The Historic and Schoolboy racers were up next with Jamie Powers making his return and grabbing the MIAT holeshot. Ian Lee would take the lead for a few laps before Jamie took it back on lap three. He led for a few laps and then Tom Claerhout took the spot for two laps. Then they came around to get the white flag and it was Jamie back out front. He held on for the last lap to take the moto win with


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Steve Adema (72) and Rick Murphy (147) had a good battle in Innovation

R.S. Delaney has a good old school style every time out

Ray Brooks (015) led Gene Huntoon (780) for quite a few laps before Gene would make the pass

Tom coming in second. Blake Argue had a great start despite being back to back moto’s. He started in third, kept his head down and let the racers around him go back and forth. When the checkered flag was waiving, he was able to take the last podium spot. Dave Mclean had some issues in practice but was able to work them out before the moto and had a great ride. He rode hard to hold onto fourth after a good start. Ian was just out having fun and even pulled over by me to chat for a bit before joining in on the last lap to battle with Jamie. So after leading some laps early, a short break and some bar to banging, he ended up rounding out the top five. Jim Jobson was off to a fast start and in the top three through turn one. He was setting some fast laps and then I noticed he was dragging his exhaust on his old CR. It was like that for a few laps and then he started to

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though Steve was a lap ahead as Stephen ended the race in eighth. Mike Sangster was back out as he did some battling with Alexis Argue and Parker. He took ninth in Historic as Alexis wasn’t far behind as she took the win in Schoolboy. Parker was on the same lap as both of them but was just off pace to take second in SB.

slow down. Then on the last lap as he approached the finish his bike was very loud. I noticed now his pipe was completely gone. I found it for him in the back of the track and returned it to him as he finished the race in sixth. Jeff Doneth had a great start as he has been working a lot on his RM and it finally seems to be working really well. He was consistent for the entire race and came across in seventh. Stephen Phillips was on a lap all of his own but was in battles for most of the race. He did push Schoolboy Parker Jobson for a little al-

The Evolution class was the largest and up next with Mike Sokalski grabbing yet another holeshot. He led for the first lap but it was William Dale who took over the lead on lap two and never looked back. He was on the gas and left it a battle for second. Mike was pushing hard and dong his best to hang with the youngster but could only manage a second. Ray Brooks started just outside the top five and had a decent first lap. Then he fell while battling with Ron Delaney and dropped back to tenth by the end of lap two. He never gave up and kept moving forward and all his hard work paid off as he crossed the finish in third. Joe Sangster was in the battle for third while Ray was com-

Ken Argue was back up to his speed from last season to earn a top five

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Dean Howard had a great race going for the first ten laps before an issue slid him back to seventh

Mark Cook (90) had the edge over Kris Gillett (739) for most of the race, a few turns after this picture, Kris would make the pass to take second

Ian Lee wanted to make sure I knew what place he was in for the first two laps


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RIDER'S FLAT TRACK CORNER WRITING FOR THE D14 NEWSPAPER

A guide to contributing to your local motorcycle racing publication Story and photo submitted by Kevin Lambert, Jr.

It has been about 6 months since I got on and contributed about 1 to 4 articles to the local paper, I have definitely slipped up some. But, after a few friendly e-mails and phone calls I had to take a lil break and bask in my writing accomplishments ya know?

 Former Pro, JJ Sams was sponsored by a 2 local flat track businesses in Tin Shack Cycle, Goon Glass & Rubber and Monroe Racing this Season. Sams also played a huge factor in developing some new chassis made here in Michigan.

But, this is besides the point, we need more than Kevin and his buddies to chip in! So here is an EZ step by step how to so you can do your part for Michigan flat track! STEP 1: Write about something related to Flat Track Racing

STEP 2: Find some good photos and make sure you credit the photographer. STEP 3: Proof read the article STEP 4: Submit the article to.... Linda@d14news. net. Her name is Linda and she's a nice lady! BTW, if you have a business give her a call about advertising too! Step 5: Tell all your friends to write too! I hope this simple step by step guide helps all of you in your quest to make Dirt Track Great Again in D14!

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Even if he only shows up for two races, Lance Shelton is always up front

Mike Sangster is always fast and throwing roost to try and earn the win TWISTED continued from page 8

Tom Lee shows that “elbows up” form that every racer should learn

ing through the pack as he was battling with Dean Howard. Dean was in a solid third up until lap eight when he lost spots to Joe, Ken Argue and Ron. Joe only lost the one spot to Ray late in the race to end up taking fourth. Ken held on after Deans error to round out the top five. Ron had the edge over Ken for a few laps and then stayed close for most of the race. He would slip back and hold on to sixth as Dean dropped back to seventh after a fast start. Al Doneth made it back out and put himself at a disadvantage from the start. He was out on his old XR100 but having a blast. He started just outside the top ten and gave everyone around him fits for the entire race. He battled his way around the much larger bikes and in the end came across in eighth. Garrison Goforth was one of those racers as they went back and forth early before Garrison lost touch and settled into ninth. The rest of the pack was pretty close for most of the moto with Tom Lee leading the group. Tom had the edge on Garrison as well for the first half of the

race before slowing a bit and finishing in tenth. Dale Darling, Jay Ottenwess and Victor Grahn all were just ahead of the leaders and got one last lap to do some battling. K. Krassa was just caught at the finish to put him another lap down and end his race in fourteenth. Dale was leading them around and had a slight edge over Jay and Victor. Dale rode mistake free to open a nice gap to hold onto eleventh as Jay took twelfth. Victor was under no pressure and cruised for the last lap to take thirteenth. Rich Isza had a strong start to the race but then had some major issues and only finished a few laps before being credited with fifteenth place. Tom Claerhout wasn’t so lucky as he had a decent start but only made it a few laps. He was out on a new bike to him and the rear wheel adjusters didn’t hold up and he was left pushing his bike back to the truck after only completing four laps. The Transition class was off last with Jamie Powers earning his second MIAT holeshot on the day. He was very fast out front and

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JORDAN MAPES

2019 District 14 Overall Hare Scrambles Champion Story and photo submitted by Corey Parlin

Jordan, I was really excited to hear of your last couple Overall wins and taking the Hare Scramble Championship. How was your year? It was a fun but tough year. At the beginning of the season I really felt off and I was kind of bummed on my finishes. I think I finished 6th overall at the first two rounds, which I wasn’t too pumped on but I knew it was going to be somewhat of a rebuilding year for myself and things would hopefully start coming back a few races in. Doing both the Michigan Sprint Enduro Series as well as the Hare Scrambles made for a busy year, but it was fun! Towards the end of the season, probably about mid summer I felt like I was starting to ride more normal, then at Jack Pine I crashed in the rain and hurt my sternum and had to take some time off. I missed the Toledo hare scramble because of that. In all honesty it was kind of nice to take some time to regroup because it gave me some motivation to work hard at the last few races left after that. After missing that race I started working on bike setup a little more and my finishes started improving. Shane Spangler and I battled at the second to last hare scramble at Portland almost the entire race. I got my first overall in four years that day, which felt awesome! Winning Portland made the last race of the season at VTR kind of a winner take all for the championship with one point separating us. Unfortunately Shane had some bad luck around the half way point of the race and pulled out shortly after, but then I had a freak deal happen with rear wheel bearings blowing out and had to swap out a wheel. It was a stressful end of the year but fortunately for me I was able to win the race and grab the championship. You have faced some tough competition. How do you rate them and what do you think has helped you get to this point? Man, the guys up front are really quick now days. From the drop of the flag to the finish they charge. I’ve always struggled off the start and doing that now days sets you back a lot. Every year these guys get faster and faster. I remember when I first moved up to AA class and had to learn the speed from your era of guys, back in 2011/2012 Aaron Wegner was the guy I’d

struggle to latch onto, he was so fast, and over time just pushing yourself to that speed made you that much better. Now days every race is in a way like those early years for me, the pace is tough and its making the class that much better. I know you have had some challenges with closed head Injuries. I have also fought with physical issues that no one can see but make it hard to put in good results. I think that it’s easy for people that haven’t been there to pass judgement. Tell us a little bit about it and help us to understand the injury better. I 100% agree, before I went through all this I didn’t even understand… People close to me sometimes failed to understand what I was dealing with at the time. It’s something you just won’t understand until your in that position. I’ve had numerous little concussions and all these

doctors have their own theory about how they add up and what not. I was always able to kind of brush them off, let a couple days go by and I’d feel better quick. In March of 2018 I whiskey throttled out of a corner and wasn’t able to regroup before the take off of a tabletop, I over jumped the table top and actually landed on the face of the next jump. I smashed my jaw on the crossbar pad, somehow got lucky and rode the thing out and never actually crashed. I racked my head pretty good, I could barely ride my bike back to the truck straight. I figured like usual I’d feel good in a couple days, I went to a doctor a few days later and was diagnosed with a concussion, was told to take it easy for a week or whatever and everything should go back to normal. That normal feeling never really came back. Every day I was really dizzy, had crazy headaches, couldn’t deal with sunlight or light in general, fuzzy vision, a little bit of balance problems, and

an overall just lack of energy. After dealing with it for a couple months as well as trying to race through it I eventually had enough of it and went back to the doctors. My family doctor told me what I was dealing with was post concussion syndrome and referred me to a neurologist. After a short appointment with this neurologist I was sent home with a prescription and was told it would take time to get better. A month went by and all my symptoms felt like they were just getting worse, I’d go to work and just wait for the day to be over with so I could go sit on the couch. I ended up doing a bunch of research online and figured I should go see an actual concussion specialist. I actually got turned away from a couple places because I wasn’t a football player. In November of 2018 I started going to The Sports Neurology Clinic in Brighton. I learned a lot about the injury itself and why I was feeling so bad at the time. I was quickly put on an exercise program to help alleviate the symptoms I was dealing with and was sent to physical therapy to retrain my vestibular system. Little did I know that the actual concussion injury usually only lasts one week to two weeks tops, here I am eight months later still feeling the effects. I would visit the clinic every two weeks to once a month depending on the way I felt. The only thing that would make me feel better was the exercises they told me to do. At the time none of the prescriptions were really helping my headaches and dizziness. Even coming into this season I didn’t know if I would be able to race. The symptoms made it no fun at all. I had to keep putting in the work my doctors recommended I do and eventually everything seemed to slowly lift. By July I was put on a different medication to help curb the headaches and that combined with what I was already doing really made everything so much better. From then on I started focusing on riding again and getting confidence back. It was a tough time but if anything it makes you love the sport that much more, we all do this because we just love racing. I have always admired your style on the bike. Who are some of your influences for racing?

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ENDURO / fes news Story and photos submitted by Bill Larson and Alex Shull

If you have ever been in the Rocky Mountains in the summer then you recognized the kind of day we had for the Matthews Family Enduro. Sunshine, cool dry air and deep blue sky. It could not have been a better day to ride. The trail was unusually dry for a Muddobbers event. Typically there’s plenty of wet stuff to slide around on and riders took note of the lack of grease on the trail. Just kidding but maybe the Muddobbers MC should have changed their name for the day to Dust Busters MC. No one complained about the conditions. The dry dirt allowed for line choices that couldn’t be taken in wet conditions. The fast guys and gals took advantage of this to post some really low scores. Thank you Muddobbers MC for all the arrows. This was the best marked course I have ever ridden. I’m color blind so my only special race skill is getting off course or lost. That Saturday I never missed a turn, jog, obstacle or water crossing. Having FES continued on page 17

 Larry Deese was back in the saddle at the Matthews Family Enduro. He is showing us the future of vintage racing. The day will come when dirt bikes will come with warp drive and Larry’s electric bike will be vintage.

Mike Miller wait for his minute to be called


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NOVEMBER 2019 – by Steven Beane • I know you’re not supposed to read too much into it, but Adam Cianciarulo’s victory over Eli Tomac at the recent Monster Energy Cup had to make Kawasaki feel good about their chances indoors come January. • RacerX recently reported that ‘Cody Webb and KTM Agreed to Mutually Part Ways’. That news wasn’t terribly shocking – Webb won everything that KTM asked him to ride, but he wanted more control over his schedule – but that PR headline is horrible. How about “… Mutually Agreed to Part Ways” ? • So where is Webb going? The best money is on Sherco, where he is expected to join Stu Baylor, Ty Tremaine, Quinn Wentzel and Louise Forsley on a blue and floyellow super team. Three more riders are expected to be named to the team. Look for an IRS audit to find out where all the money is coming from soon. • The abbreviated 2019 EnduroX schedule concluded recently in Nampa, Idaho. Colton Haaker retained his crown over Taddy Blazusiak, with Trystan Hart finishing a credible third place. Haaker’s margin of victory over the Polish superstar was only two points. • I mentioned last month that the new Betas had a number of neat features, and as I set up the first 300RE that we’ve sold I discovered a few more. There are wiring and cable guides molded into the trip computer bezel for instance. The frame guards no longer cover the lower subframe mounting point, so they don’t have to be removed when you need to tip up the subframe. There is a little trough in the fuel tank cover (blue on the REs, black on the RRs) that funnels any gas spilled during filling down to the skidplate. The skidplate itself has a new shape and new mounts, the location of which now allows the plate to be removed with the spin of

a T handle wrench. You kind of get the picture – very thoughtful design. • Phoenix Racing is a multi-discipline race organization that has Honda backing. They look to be making a push into GNCC to try to unseat Kailub Russell and the newly promoted Ben Kelley in the XC1 division. • Speaking of Kelley, the youngster just won his second consecutive XC1 race … out of a total of three entries! Thad DuVall and Kailub Russell may have their hands full next year – the ten consecutive XC2 race victories Kelley scored to start the season contributed to his third place overall standing for the year. • The Spanish island of Ibeza (or Ibiza, depending who you ask) recently hosted the Trials des Nations, where the American men’s squad comprised of Pat Smage, Josh Roper, and Daniel Blanc-Gonnet finished 3rd in the International contest. American ladies Maddie Hoover (9th ranked in the world of women’s TrialGP), Louise Forsley, and Kylie Sweeten carded a fifth place finish in their division. The Spanish juggernaut of Toni Bou, Adam Raga, and Jeroni Fajardo took home the gold for a 16th time. • It’s not too late to get suggestions for rule changes in to your division chairs, unless of course your division conducts its’ rule-making process outside of the yearly District sanctioning meeting. Here’s an example proposal for the Enduro division– “ Open entries for AA riders two days ahead of the general signup, and allow those twelve riders to sign up additional riders for their rows at the same time”. For those of you that don’t follow the woods racing scene, you might be surprised to find out the most crucial start is not away from the gate, but at your keyboard when you’re trying to preenter for an event.

• Indian just released a ‘frame-mounted fairing’, 108ci touring bike called the Challenger that looks all the world like the Harley Road Glide that it is meant to compete against. • Marc Marquez may be 8-time world champion in the world of road racing, but its his younger brother Alex that logged what some are dubbing ‘the save of the century’ after high-siding during a rain-soaked practice Twin Rings Motegi in Japan. Look it up, and prepare to be amazed. • As Husqvarna continues to re-build it’s street-bike street cred, look for a twincylinder entry into the wildly popular American Flat Track series. • Don’t forget to cheer on Tyler Vore as he represents D14 and America at the ISDE in Portugal on November 11-16. • What’s old is new again – longtime District 14 member and officer Brian Kidner is once again sporting Team Green graphics on a very green KX450 as he attempts to qualify for Loretta Lynn’s and generally demoralize younger riders everywhere. Kidner last raced for the Kawasaki program before the 250F had been introduced. • Don’t look now but TM Racing is offering fuel-injection on its full range of offroad (EN) bikes, although the time-tested Keihin twist-cap carb is still offered on the 250 and 300 models, as well as the motocross bikes. At PlusOnePerformance, our goal is to help you get the most out of your next ride. Whether you need parts or suspension tuning, a new Beta dual-sport, trials, or enduro bike, or possibly even one of the spectacular new TMs, you owe it to yourself to check us out at afterhourscycle.com.

That’s a tough one… growing up I was a huge Chad Reed fan, he was smooth and just had a killer style, to some extent I always wanted to replicate that. I would have to blame my dad for getting me into more of a “stand up” riding style, when I was a kid he always threatened to take my seat off if I didn’t get off of it. As I got older my dad and I rode a lot with Leroy Keen and the Keen family. All the Keen’s were helpful in showing me the easier way to do things. Leroy was always so smooth on a bike and riding behind him while trying to mimic him helped out a ton. You’ve been around the sport a while, what do you think we can do to make it better? One thing that’s much different now than when I was growing up is the amount of kids in the morning races. Back when I was on 60’s and 85’s there was a lot more kids out there. I wish this sport wasn’t so expensive for families and there were more kids racing. The only thing I looked forward to while growing up was the racing on the weekends. The off-road community is an awesome group of people and I wish more families got to experience it. You and your girlfriend Kristine Curler are having a Baby soon. That has to be very exciting for you both. How has that changed your perspective. Yup! We’re expecting a boy this December! We’re both really excited as well as both our parents. It’s crazy how perspective changes without him even being here yet, you kind of lose the selfishness and start thinking big picture. Thanks for taking the time for this interview. In closing I have to say you have always been someone that showed his competitors respect and I appreciate that. You and I have talked a few times and I could see you have struggled to overcome these head injuries. I get along well with all the guys that we race with but I was stoked to hear you pull off the Championship. I hope that you continue to have success on and off the bike. Thanks Corey, I appreciate it. You yourself have dealt with some rough patches and you always come back from them. It’s admirable the amount of determination you have and we all know you’re going to do it again! Thanks man!


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2019 YEAR END VINTAGE CLASS WINNERS Mike Miller 1st – Suzuki Pe 250 Bill Larson 2nd – Yamaha it 175 Tim Grow 3rd – Husqvarna wr250 Mike Hanchett 4th – Husqvarna wr 250

 James Corwin on a popular vintage PE

 Brett Krumanaker getting ready to show what a vintage four stroke can do  Bill Larson’s vintage IT. He’s probably lost and can’t find his bike. White doesn’t help when your color blind


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RUBBER TIRE

REVOLUTION Evolution of Sport – The Tire Game Story and photos submitted by Victor Jones

Michigan's fastest growing ice racing class is no doubt the non studded class. A drastic increase in cost of studded tires has driven many to seek an alternative form of racing to keep their flat track skills sharp or to just have some fun. But make no mistake the sport has also came a long way in a very short period of time forcing some racers back to the lab to re-think their game plans. In the beginning all you needed was to head to Flint Indian with your Goodyear Grasshoppers mounted and spend a few minutes on the tire tractionizer. Many places offered this service to racers for a fee. The techniques were primitive but they worked well for the time. Racers experimented with other tires such as Pirelli mt-51's and trials universals but most older racers will tell you the Grasshopper was the tire to have. Years later after the studded tire boom, the lack of availability of the Grasshopper and the price increases on trials tires forced racers to choose other options. This option came in the form of three similar tires from three different makers. The Kenda k270 , Shinko 244 goldenboy and IRC gp-1 were aggressive dual sport tires that came in a variety of widths and sizes and work comparably well side by side. All these tires tractionized very well but the rubber usually never made it through a full season in great shape. Racers began to play with Shinko 700 series tires, old kenda & Carlisle ice tires and other off the wall brands in search of a better tire. Very soon, Dual sport tires were about to become an afterthought.

 Solo Sidecars at an unknown lake in Wisconsin in the early 60's

 A freshly spun Shinko

A small handful of racers had begun to experiment with newer trials tires. A few so called experts strongly encouraged these racers that the idea would fail and they would be back to dual sport tires; the exact opposite happened! The Shinko 255 trials had managed to impress all who switched over, good on slush, snow and glass ice, the tire proved it's worth bagging multiple national and local titles for bikes and sidecars. The tire also did not discriminate about who did the tractionizing, it just worked! The lesson here...don't drink the kool-aid and be willing to try new things to advance the sport! It is just one of the many reasons rubber tire racing is cool! *all tires listed above are safe usable tires. The author is just recommending the best tire of the group

 Modern tire machines don't differ much from those of yor

 AFT racer Brad Baker receives some guidance before he sets off on his first non studded bike


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Joe Horn made his first VMX race to take fourth Jamie Powers showed some style as he went on to win Historic (shown) and Transition

Mike Sangster made a few races this year and his hooked for more

William Dale was on the gas to take the win in Innovation (shown) and in Evolution

TWISTED continued from page 11 even after stopping to remove his gloves and again later in the race taking a small soil sample, still led every lap to take the moto win. Lance Shelton showed up for his second race of the season and put in some fast laps of his own. He was the only other racer on the lead lap and finished up in second. Mark Cook signed up for two classes as well and was very consistent. He started just ahead of Lance and held on to the last podium spot. Gene Huntoon was right with them on the start and charged for ten laps before his bike seized up. Luckily it was on the front straight so he was able to wait a few laps for the checkered flag to come out and push it across. He had enough laps to eventually score just in the top ten. Joe Horn made his Vintage debut with a mid pack start and worked his way up to fourth before the end of the moto. The battle of the moto was between Eli Hovorka, Rich Isza and Kenny Green. They all went back and forth with some close racing and even some rubbing. In the end, Eli was across first amongst them to take fifth with Rich about ten seconds behind in sixth. Kenny was a lot closer to Rich at the finish but he just missed out and ended up seventh. Steve Worrell also made it out for his first vintage race and had some good battles to end up in eighth. Dillon

TWISTED continued on page 22


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AMA CROWNS ROB WILLIAMS SENIOR FLAT TRACKER OF THE YEAR Story and photos submitted by Kevin Lambert Jr.

July 22-26 Harpster Ohio Rob Williams proved that he is the best 50+ flat tracker in the country by dominating the multi discipline AMA flat track Grand Championships in Ashland and Harpster Ohio. The event consist of 2 half miles, a T.T. and a short track. Williams was able to secure the #1 plate and the Senior racer of the year. Williams, a native of Holly Michigan receives support primarily from Gary Mills and other local motorcycle businesses to include, Magnum distribution, Goon Glass & Rubber and First Klass Glass. Williams, a former professional Expert flat tracker had to beat some of the best age group talent in the U.S. in Doug Davis, Mike Ashton, Andy Heise and Michigan's Bad Boy Dave Tyo. Congratulations and well done Uncle Robby!


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Brooks did not have a great finish despite his fast speed early in the race. He was in the top four until lap ten and he went missing. He had some bike issues and took a few laps to get going again. Unfortunately he was now down a few laps and was scored back in ninth. Derek Michael was back out on his borrowed CR500 and was putting in solid laps. I’m pretty sure he was just trying to confuse me with riding so many different bikes and never in the same class. He rode well to finish the day in eleventh. As I am writing this, our season is over and I’m well into banquet mode. I look forward to seeing everyone at the banquet and if not then at the first race next season. We are already planning for the series next year and look for a few changes but a lot of similar races. For any other info and updated points, please check out www.michiganvintagemotocross.com. Thanks for checking in and I look forward to seeing everyone at the races. RESULTS: TWISTED 10/13/19 – Historic: 1. J. Powers (Suz); 2. T. Claerhout (Suz); 3. B. Argue (Hon); 4. D. Mclean (Yam); 5. I. Lee (Hon); 6. J. Jobson (Hon); 7. J. Doneth (Suz); 8. S. Phillips (Hod); 9. M. Sangster (Hon) Schoolboy: 1. A. Argue (Hon); 2. P. Jobson (Hod) Evolution: 1. W. Dale (Yam); 2. M. Sokalski (Hon); 3. R. Brooks (Suz); 4. J. Sangster (Hon); 5. K. Argue (Hon); 6. R.S. Delaney (Yam); 7. D. Howard (Suz); 8. A. Doneth (Hon); 9. G. Goforth (Mai); 10. T. Lee (Ktm); 11. D. Darling (Mai); 12. J. Ottenwess (Yam); 13. V. Grahn (Yam); 14. K. Krassa (Yam); 15. R. Isza (Hon) Innovation: 1. W. Dale (Yam); 2. K. Gillett (Kaw); 3. M. Cook (Kaw); 4. G. Huntoon (Kaw); 5. R. Brooks II (Suz); 6. N. Michael (Hon); 7. J. Sangster (Hon); 8. C. Goulet (Hon); 9. B. Argue (Hon); 10. S. Adema (Hon); 11. R. Murphy (Hon); 12. J. Hovorka (Hon) Transition: 1. J. Powers (Suz); 2. L. Shelton (Yam); 3. M. Cook (Hon); 4. J. Horn (Hon); 5. E. Hovorka (Yam); 6. R. Isza (Hon); 7. K. Green (Yam); 8. S. Worrell (Yam); 9. D. Brooks (Suz); 10. G. Huntoon (Kaw)11. D. Michael (Hon)

Rich Isza (672), Eli Hovorka (338) and Kenny Green (909) were about this close if not closer, for the entire race

Jeff Doneth took a few races to get his RM 125 running great

Dave Mclean had some issues in practice but had them figured out for the moto to earn fourth


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