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Michigan’s Motorsports

September 2019

Nick Wickerham was on the gas on a borrowed bike to an easy 1-1 in Evolution

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2019 Season Schedule of Events Visions from the Prez Tidbits from Taylor Miscellaneous Moto Musings Division Highlights & Updates

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THE “COWBELL CLASSIC” JACK PINE ENDURO!

Michigan's AMA District 14 is proud to have the Jack Pine Enduro as part of our Enduro series. The “Cowbell Classic” Jack Pine Enduro is the undisputed, longest running annual off road event in the country, celebrating its 94th start on August 19, 2019 in Moorestown, Michigan. Hosted by the Lansing Motorcycle Club, the event has roots all the way back to the first official “Jack Pine” Enduro in 1923 (although records show events several years before that).

Visions by Thomas Dunn, District 14 President

A WORD FROM THE PREZ!

Beginning in the Capitol City of Lansing Michigan the event was a two day 500 mile timed event pitting man and machine against back roads 2 tracks, river crossings and of course Mother nature. The event was moved to it's present location in 1967 as land rules and access of trail became increasingly harder to obtain.

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Lansing Motorcycle Club is one of the last clubs that rely on State owned pubic land to put on their event. They have tirelessly worked with the Michigan's Department of Natural Resources to keep access to trail for the event, adapting an ever changing environment of rules and personnel to obtain permission to put in trail for the event, most of which is only allowed on Event Weekend and then must be closed, covered and replanted so that it can't be seen and ridden after the event. This process is getting increasingly harder to obtain and any outside help is always welcomed.

 Grand Champion, Tyler Vore

2019 JACK PINE AND PINE CONE

On the weekend of August 18-19, 2019, 365 Pine Cone riders and 312 Jack Pine riders and their families descended on the small town of Moorsetown, Michigan.

 Brett Bersano ripping the trail

1978

1978 is an important year in the history of the Club and the landscape of the future of Enduros in Michigan. The Jack Pine Enduro used public roads and riders had to have a Drivers license to ride the event so those under 16 were not allowed to participate. To provide for the future of the event and offer younger riders a way to learn how to ride and “Keep Time” for Enduros, the Club started The “Pine Cone” Enduro a shorter and slower timed event all on trail and 2 tracks. Becoming the start of what is now the Family Enduro Series!

 Mike Maurer and Jeff Hunt present awards

The Pine Cone event covered 38 miles of fun trails and miles of smiles for the riders which range from 3 to our older riders that ride in the 60 + year old class. Winning the Pine Cone is a great accomplishment to the young riders and this year Alexander Dings put his name in the record books! The Jack Pine covered 63 miles of trail all on Public Forest lands of Michigan. In a restart format the event covered six sections of forest trail and single track, ranging form wide and fast to how do I get my handle bars through this slow. District 14 Enduro Champion and Gas Gas Sponsored ISDE rider Tyler Vore repeated as the Overall Champion.

THANK YOU

To all the Club members, District members, participants, spectators and families that make this possible, I personally offer my “Thank You” for keeping this iconic event continuing now and into the future! See ya at the races!


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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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SEPTEMBER 2019 – by Steven Beane • It’s hard to believe but the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Nationals (phew, what a mouthful) are already over! You undoubtedly know that Kawasaki had a banner year outdoors, with Adam Cianciarulo taking home the 250 crown and Eli Tomac charging to a third consecutive 450 class title. • Both Cianciarulo and Tomac had 2019 supercross seasons they would rather forget (AC crashing out of the lead and the championship win at the Vegas finale, and Tomac losing to Cooper Webb), but they will be paired together on the big green 450 machines at the upcoming Monster Cup. • Motocross can be a cruel mistress. First it was announced that Romain Febvre would no longer have a seat on Factory Yamaha following the 2019 MXGP series, and then he broke his femur at the Swedish round a week later. ‘Ouch’ on both accounts. • There’s a fourth cowbell on the mantle at home these days, a souvenir of the recent running of the Jack Pine enduro. That pales in comparison to the fifty – yes 50! – cowbells amassed by Darrel Dixon, who started Sunday’s race on the same BSA that he rode all those years ago. Major props to Phil Hanford for getting the old steed running and bringing it to the club grounds. • Speaking of the Jack Pine (and Pine Cone) enduro, the Lansing Motorcycle Club once again put together a great event, aided by knock-out fabulous weather, and great event trail. • I used the Pine Cone (TM300EN) and Jack Pine (TM250EN) to conduct a minishootout of sorts. The bikes were set up nearly identically, and my goal was to determine if the stealthy-fast 300 or the rambunctious 250 made a better woods bike. If I get a couple minutes to put pen to paper you’ll find out what I thought. • Speaking of TM, today the importer announced a 10% off / $500 gift card promotion on remaining 2019s to try to get new riders into the TM family. You know what to do …

• After a fairly inclement spring and a light summer schedule, D14’s off-road calendar is jam-packed with opportunities to ride. Even if you don’t want to compete, the off-road motorcycle trail system in Michigan is second to none, so get out and ride. • KTM has gone all-in on tpi (transfer port injection) on its off-road lineup. Even the 150 has electronically mixed fuel. • Yamaha took the wraps off a new WR250F recently – it is truly a great time to be in the market for an off-road bike, no matter your preference of 2T or 4T, European or Japanese. • I spent the better part of a day recently riding a very well-preserved Kawasaki KDX200. Don’t be fooled – the golden age of motorcycling is now. • Proof that hard work pays off – Justin Brayton is rumored to be in the factory Honda semi alongside Ken Roczen for the upcoming supercross season. • Speaking of Ken Roczen, the affable German competed in, and completed, all 29 races on the supercross and motocross schedule in 2019. Way to go Kenny! • All the best to MXdN team riders Zach Osborne, Jason Anderson, and Justin Cooper as they take to the track in Assen and try to bring the Chamberlain trophy back to America. • Got an idea for a rule change in some discipline of D14 racing? Submit it in writing to the series chairperson and see if you can affect positive change for the 2020 season. • Manni Lettenbichler led Mario Roman and Wade Young across the line at the recent Tennessee KnockOut hard enduro. Perennial winner Cody Webb has been recuperating from a knee injury suffered at Erzberg and was forced to cheer on his competitors from the sidelines. You might not be a factory rider, but we’ll treat you like one at PlusOnePerformance and afterhourscycle.com. Contact us for help dialing in your suspension, tips on riding areas, or for your new Beta or TM. See you on the trail.


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CLAERHOUT & WICKERSHAM DOMINATE AT DUTCH SPORT PARK

 Both Innovation holeshots were close to call DUTCH SPORT PARK (Bloomgindale, MI) | August 4, 2019 Story and photos by Steve Baginski Dutch Sport Park was next on the schedule as we are passed the half way point of the season. We had another good turnout with a total of 44 signups. That is right on track with our overall average, which is up almost 8 entries per event. The crew was once again very welcoming to see us return for the second season in a row. They love having us and had the track prepped great. It was a little wet in the first few practices but with the expected sun and heat, it was nothing out of the ordinary. Mother nature didn’t let us down and we had a fantastic day of racing. The first of the motos had Transition, Schoolboy and Historic all together with Historic and SB in the first drop. Jim Jobson was out first with the holeshot but Tom Claerhout would take over the lead by the end of lap two. He went on to open I nice lead ad take the win. Jim rode hard to hold onto second as Tommy Lee and Todd Lane started to battle. They were close for a few laps until Todd was seen trying to restart his bike. Tommy went on

to take third as Mick McCauley was lurking closely in fourth. Blake Argue put in some solid laps to round out the top five. Todd would eventually get going again but could only manage a sixth. Michael Sangster made his first ever trip to Dutch and struggled a little in some sections to end up in seventh. Alexis Argue and Parker Jobson were the only two Schoolboy racers with Alexis leading from start to finish. Parker kept his head down and took the checkers in second. The second drop took off and it was Nick Wickerham leading the way. He was unstoppable and led every lap for the win. There was a good battle for second between newcomer Andrew Retberg, Gene Huntoon and Fritz Ball. Andrew rode well under pressure to hold on to second with Gene and Fritz fighting for third. As the white was out for the leader, Fritz made a mistake and stalled. It was just enough breathing room for Gene to cruise to third with Fritz restarting and coming across in fourth. Then there was a great moto long battle for firth between Rich Isza and Eli Hovorka. Rich was out font but Eli was no more than 3 seconds back the entire moto. As the checkered was waiving, Eli tried a pass in the last few turns and even going onto the last and

 Michael Sutherland (565) leads Gene Huntoon (780) early in moto one but Gene would end up on the overall podium with Michael in fourth


September 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 7 finish the race. He would end up with a dnf to take sixth overall. Michael only made it a few laps as well and pulled off to also end with a dnf and take seventh overall. Alexis once again led from start to finish to take another SB win and overall. Parker did well in the rough sand section and made every lap to second another second overall. The second drop took off and Nick started where he left off moto win, in the lead. He put in more fast and consistent laps to take another moto win and overall. Andrew started a close second and had a great battle with Fritz for the entire moto. Fritz was the closest he had been with less than a half a lap to go. He was looking for a way to get around, I looked away to take some pics and when I looked back, Andrew was trying to restart his bike as Fritz was cruising to second place. It didn’t matter as Andrew got going again and went on to a third place for second overall. Fritz never gave up as he took second nut his first moto fourth put him back in third overall. Gene was a little off pace in the second moto and after a third place start, dropped back to fourth for fourth overall. Rich and Eli continued their first moto battle for four more laps in moto two. Rich had the edge from the first turn but never pulled more than a few seconds away. Rich went on to another fifth for a top five overall. Eli had to settle for a hard

 Connor Goulet figured some things out for his best Innovation finish up the finish line. It wasn’t meant to be as Rich took fifth with Eli ever so close in sixth. Simon Farmer was out for his first Transition race but was just a little off pace to end the race in seventh. The gate fell for moto two and it was Mick with the holeshot. Jim was a close second and took over the lead going into turn two. Tom started third but once again, by the end of lap one was in the lead. He rode fast and smooth to another moto win for the overall. Jim was only passed by Tom after the start and held on to second for second overall. Tommy was close off the start and made his way into third by the start of lap two. He was losing a little ground to the lead two but had a nice gap back to Mick in fourth. Tommy held on for third to round out the overall podium. Mick slipped back to fourth after his holeshot to go 4-4 on the day for fourth overall. Blake had a fall in Innovation and was unsure about lining up for Historic moto two. He did and had a decent race but finished in fifth for fifth overall. Todd put in two good laps before he realized he didn’t have enough gas to

DUTCH continued on page 11

 Mick McCauley grabbed one holeshot in Historic but could only manage a fourth overall


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ENDURO / fes news by MIKE

MAURER

2019 Enduro/FES Chairman

District 14 Enduro Update We had our first event in Roselawn IN in late April and we have not had another enduro in three months. This report is on three events in four weeks. I am hoping we can find some 2020 enduro dates in May or June. We resumed the district enduro series in Bentley for the Barkbuster. Thank you to Craig Scott and the Valley Trail Riders for hosting a great weekend of riding. We had 155 riders at this event and at the end of the day Talon Soenksen was the overall winner by just 2 seconds over his rival and friend – Tyler Vore. The other overall winners were also young (under 20 years old). Trevor Williams won the A class. He is only in his second year of riding enduros and has advanced from the C class to the top of the A class in a very short period of time.

Gunnar Buhr had the best score in the B class and Deven Hengy won the C overall trophy. Both Gunnar and Deven starting riding enduros in the family enduro series and are graduates of that program. Ezra and Jason Roerig both we class winners (A200 and A 40+). Ezra had the better score. I first met them at a family enduro. One other FES graduate who did well at Bentley was Race Vollmar who won the 250 B class. He could give uncle Tony some lessons on riding fast in the woods. The Hill and Gulley club hosted the next event on our series. We only had 53 riders from District 14, but this event has riders from all states in the Great Lakes region. Trevor Williams has the best score within the district. Once again, the father and son duo of Ezra and Jason Roerig won their classes.

94th Jack Pine Enduro Overall B Gunnar Buhr, 16 years old submitted by Jennifer Buhr

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Todd Lane (40) and Rich Isza had a close race in both moto’s, Rich even took a tumble after coming together in moto one DUTCH continued from page 7 fought sixth and sixth overall. Simon made the start but had a pretty hard crash on lap one. He was helped off the track and made it back to his vehicle. So unfortunately he ended up with a dnf to end up in eighth overall. The Evolution class was out next with Nick Wickerham barely edging out Rich Isza for the holeshot. Nick was on a beautifully built Maico 490 with a lot of custom parts. He was on the gas and looking great as he pulled away and cruised to the moto win. William Dale was mid pack off the start but would work his way into second by the end of lap two. The battle for third was fun to watch between Todd Lane and Rich Isza. Lane led the way and Rich went for the pass late on lap four. Lane heard him coming on the inside and slowly moved over to block the line. Rich tried to check up and ran into Lane’s rear wheel. Rich went down and Lane motored away to take third. Joe Sangster was riding smooth and was close enough to take advantage of the tip over and took over fourth. Rich remounted but with less than a half a lap to go, and bent handle bars, he could only salvage a fifth. Ken Argue was next and had Ron Delaney all over his rear wheel. Ken pushed through the pressure and came across in sixth with Delaney a very close seventh. Tom Lee rode very consistent just ahead of Ron Schuitema for the entire moto. Tom ended up being the last rider on the lead lap in eighth, as Schuitema barely got lapped to end his race early in ninth. Newcomer Todd Weston and Victor Grahn had a good battle for the top ten. Weston had the spot, briefly lost the spot mid race before retaking the spot just

before the checkered flag. Victor slid back to eleventh with Jay Ottenwess and Jeff Doneth finishing twelfth and thirteenth. Moto two got started and once again it was Nick with the holeshot and early lead. He put in more fast laps and even caught everyone from the first drop. The flagger didn’t even realize he caught and passed everyone and gave him the white

flag twice. So he even got to do a victory lap for his 1-1 and overall. Rich started a fast second but was quickly back to third and battling again with Todd. William took over second after a mid pack start to take a comfortable second overall. Todd led Rich around for the entire moto and was within striking distance the entire time. The last time I saw them, Rich was look-

ing to make a pass with only a few turns left. As they crossed the finish it was Rich in third but with his first moto fifth, he ended up fourth overall. Todd came across in fourth but barely edged out Rich for third overall. Joe had an up and down race, started fifth, dropped back to eighth and then back into fifth by the end of the moto for fifth overall. Delaney and Ken had a good battle with Tom having a good view of it. Ron eventually pulled a slight gap and too sixth for sixth overall. Ken put up a solid fight with Delaney and Tom but in the end settled for seventh and seventh overall. Tom did his best to hang with Ken and Delaney but could only manage another eighth for eighth overall. Schuitema, Weston, Victor and Jeff all started close and worked around the track together. Schuitema and Weston were close for most of the moto with Schuitema leading the way. He ended pulling a little gap and was the last rider on the lead lap as he ended up in ninth for ninth overall. Weston pushed hard as he went on to round out the top ten with Victor and Jeff in eleventh and twelfth. Jay packed up and left before the start of moto two which put him back in thirteenth overall.

DUTCH continued on page 12

 Fritz Ball recovered from a stall to go 4-2 for third as he was the top 125cc in Transition


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

Tom Claerhout continues to show a 1974 125cc can win the 76 and older Historic class DUTCH continued from page 11 The Innovation class was last of the Vintage group with Gene Huntoon leading the way. Tom Claerhout was a close second and would be out front by the start of lap two. Tom would put in some fast laps and take an easy moto win. William Dale was just outside the top five on the start but would take over second before the end of lap one and finish out the race there. The battle for third was a close one Gene and Michael Sutherland. Gene had the spot for the first few laps then Michael took over on lap three and just held on to take third. Gene settled in for fourth with Andre Retberg riding good in fifth. Nik Michael started mid pack, made his way into fifth and then dropped back a few spots. He kept charging and eventually made his way back into sixth by the end of the moto. Connor Goulet had a decent start and a good battle with Nik mid race before ending up in seventh. Joe Sangster made his return to the class after a few years to take eighth with Steve Adema and Derek Michael rounding out the top ten. Jeff Sterritt made his first trip to Dutch and just missed the top ten to take eleventh and stay just ahead of Rick Murphy, Blake Argue and Greg Jones. Gene was out and leading the way with another holeshot in

 Andrew Retberg made his debut and finished on the Transition podium

 Jeff Sterritt was able to break into the top ten for the first time this season

moto two. Tom made quick work and took over the lead and never looked back. He went on to take another moto win and overall. Gene held onto second for a few laps as he had pressure from Michael, Nik and Will. By the end of lap three, Will finally made his way into second and would stay there for the rest of the race to take second overall. So the last podium spot was on the line with a great battle between Gene and Michael with Nik only a few bike lengths behind. As they came to the finish, Michael went for the pass and ended up stalling up the face of the finish jump. Gene would take third for third overall. Then as Michael was trying to restart his bike, Nik was close enough to make the pass for fourth as Michael finally finished fifth. Michael ended up fourth overall with his 3-5 as Nik rounded out the top five with his 6-4. Connor was riding good but was just out of reach of the top five to take sixth for sixth overall. Steve had a good ride with a decent start to end the moto in seventh for seventh overall. Derek saw Steve’s rear fender for the entire race as he took eighth for eighth overall. Jeff had a good moto and battle with Greg and Rick as they all fought for the overall top ten. Jeff rode hard and earned ninth for ninth overall with Rick not far behind in tenth. Greg was moving forward but a mid race stall slowed his progress. He would get going again but it was back in eleventh for eleventh overall. Andrew

 Delaney finally figured out his bike issues and showed some true speed


September 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 13 didn’t make it back out for moto two after his impressive fifth in moto one to drop him back to twelfth overall. Joe also decided to head home early and not start moto two to drop him back to thirteenth overall. Blake started feeling more effects from his earlier crash and they decided to head home early to put him back in fourteenth. Next we are off to Log Road on August 25th before a nice month break. After that we will be returning to Polka Dots for another Allpro Auto and Off-Road GP race. Then it’s into October for the final GP race at Twisted on the thirteenth. Then we finish up the season on the 26th at Valley MX. Then it is on to another Banquet on November ninth. I will be collecting for that at the last few races so see me if you plan to attend. 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: DUTCH 8/4/19 – Historic: 1. T. Claerhout (Yam); 2. J. Jobson (Hon); 3. T. Lee II (Suz); 4. M. McCauley (Hon); 5. B. Argue (Hon); 6. T. Lane (Hon); 7. M. Sangster (Hon) Schoolboy: 1. A. Argue (Hon); 2. P. Jobson (Hod) Evolution: 1. N. Wickerham (Mai); 2. W. Dale (Yam); 3. T. Lane (Hon); 4. R. Isza (Hon); 5. J. Sangster (Hon); 6. R.S. Delaney (Yam); 7. K. Argue (Hon); 8. T. Lee (Ktm); 9. R. Schuitema (Suz); 10. T. Weston (Suz); 11. V. Grahn (Yam); 12. J. Doneth (Hon); 13. J. Ottenwess (Yam) Innovation: 1. T. Claerhout (Suz); 2. W. Dale (Yam); 3. G. Huntoon (Kaw); 4. M. Sutherland (Hon); 5. N. Michael (Hon); 6. C. Goulet (Hon); 7. S. Adema (Hon); 8. D. Michael (Kaw); 9. J. Sterritt (Yam); 10. R. Murphy (Hon); 11. G. Jones (Suz); 12. A. Retberg (Hon); 13. J. Sangster (Hon); 14. B. Argue (Hon) Transition: 1. N. Wickerham (Kaw); 2. A. Retberg (Hon); 3. F. Ball (Kaw); 4. G. Huntoon (Kaw); 5. R. Isza (Hon); 6. E. Hovorka (Yam); 7. S. Farmer (Kaw)

Tom Claerhout looked fast and smooth on his RM250 on his way to another 1-1

William Dale came from slow starts to second overall in Evolution

 Joe Sangster rode hard to a top five


14 September 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News Darrel Dixon lined up on row 50 to celebrate the historic starting his 50th Jack Pine Enduro

ENDURO/FES continued from page 9 The Jack Pine enduro was the following week and the Lansing Motorcycle Club had a busy weekend with 365 riders at the Pine Cone on Saturday and 317 riders on Sunday. Early in the day Tyler Vore and Talon Soenksen were battling for the win. Unfortunately, Talon injured his shoulder and spent the rest of the day in the hospital. Tyler was the winner at the end of the day and earned back to back Cow Bell championships, We had some familiar names at the top of the standings in each class – Trevor Williams in the A class, Gunnar Buhr in the B and Deven Hengy in the C. Dana Essenmacker won the Women’s class after riding the Pine Cone on a vintage Husqarna. The Lansing Motorcycle Club had 30 riders who pre-entered, but for a number of reasons could make not ride the event. The club donated their $50 entry fees to Tyler Vore’s ISDE fund. If you have not bought your T shirt or gloves from Tyler, there is still time to support this local rider who will be representing the USA in Portugal this Fall. A quick look at the point standings so far has Trevor Williams at the top. All of the class results are available on the D 14 enduro website. We have four events remaining in the season – a return trip to Bentley for a Spring Enduro in mid September, the national enduro in Matthews in early October and we will finish our season with events in November as we travel to New Paris, IN and Greenville, OH. See you at the races!

FAMILY ENDURO SERIES UPDATE As the Summer comes to a close, our season is at the mid point with four events still remaining – two in September – Greenville, OH on September 21 and Fife Lake, MI on September 28th. We will end our season in New Paris, IN in early November. SPECIAL NOTE: The Muddobbers Family Enduro will be on October 19th. The June date did not work due to the weather. The club does not want to have the family enduro the day before the National enduro in early October. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We did have three events in Michigan in July and August. In mid July we traveled up to Marquette, MI for the Mini Moose. The club did a great job establishing a short and long loop for the riders. A lot of the land they use has been logged and many of

 Buddy class participants at Mini Moose FES

their established trails are no longer available. Thank you to the UP Sandstormers for making it possible for us to ride in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan. We had 91 riders with 8 of them riding the short course. The Buddy class had the most riders and Wesley McGinn won the class. On the long course row 8 seemed to be the lucky number. The riders had the four best scores of the day. Tony Vollmar won the K class (50-59 year old), Deven Hengy won the I class (16-39 year old) and Robbie Eschlemann won the F class (14-15 year old) by one second over Alexander Dings. All of these riders were on row 8. Due to land issues the club was not able to have the Loose Moose on Sunday. Some of us got an early start on the ride home and others were able to enjoy some vacation time in ‘da UP. In late July we headed to Bentley, MI. Valley Trail Riders held a family enduro on Saturday and a district enduro on Sunday. Thanks to Brad Batsau and Craig Scott for taking the lead on these events. We had 131 riders on Saturday with 9 riders in Buddy class, but no one signed up in the B class (4-6 years old). We are hoping that some of the buddy class riders will start riding their own bikes in the B class. An idea that is being discussed to encourage the younger riders to come to these events is to set up an exhibition – no timekeeping, no scoring, but we will provide trophies. We will set up a short loop and allow the younger riders to ride at their own pace as well as enjoy the family enduro environment. Please let me know if you have any thoughts on this idea. Row 9 was the hot row at this event. Robbie Eschlemann won the F class and Tony Vollmar won the K class (again), the

other two riders on this row were X riders and one was related to Tony. He might be mentioned in the Barkbuster report. The original family enduro The Pine Cone was held on August 18th. We had a record number of riders this year with 365! The short course went to gas and we had 21 buddy class participants, 3 in the B class and 13 in the C class (9-11 years old). We had 328 riders who had 40 miles of riding. The rain on Friday night made the riding conditions perfect for Saturday. In fact, some riders found some mud – may have been a bad line choice. Deven Hengy and Alexander Dings were both on row 8 and pushed each other to class wins. Deven had the best adult score and Alexander had the best score of the riders under 16 years old. He was the recipient of the Keifer Foundation Scholarship. Thank you to the Keifer family for their continued support of the Pine Cone enduro. Both Deven and Alexander also signed up for the Jack Pine. It is a goal of the Family Enduro Series to encourage the riders who are successful on Saturday to “graduate” to ride on Sunday. I am sure we will see their names winning trophies at the District level soon (if not already). I was asked a few times at Pine Cone, “how many events will count for year end banquet?” The Family Enduro Series will count the riders best six rides for consideration to an invitation to the banquet. Since we are collecting your mailing addresses at sign up, I will try to do a better job of notifying everyone who will have a banquet award in February. A few notes on the point standings so far, Larry Deese is leading the L class (60+). He is the guy on the

 Another Buddy class rider at Mini Moose


Alta – the electric bike – you will not hear him in the woods. Unfortunately, Larry did not finish Pine Cone due to an injury, but he hopes to be back on the Alta real soon. Jaysson Dings is leading the J class (40-49 year old) with consistent finishes so far this season. Harner boys (Jacob and Hunter) are dominating the C and D class. The new Vintage class had 13 riders at the Pine Cone. Mike Miller, Bill Larsen and Tim Grow are leading the point standings in this class of old bikes. At the trophy presentation at the Pine Cone, we had a nice tribute to a long time Jack Pine rider. Darrel Dixon was starting his 50th Jack Pine. He rode his first Jack Pine in 1965 after his high school graduation. After serving our country for three years, he resumed his Jack Pine career in 1968. His original Jack Pine bike was restored and presented to him that weekend. His comment to me was that I rode my first Jack Pine on a BSA and I am going to start my 50th Jack Pine on a BSA.

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2019 AMA D14 EVENTS ATV MX CHAIRPERSON .................... Ryan Day VICE CHAIR ............................. Chris Ice  = MI State Championship Race

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

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

29

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

29

Polka Dots MC ....................... Midland

05

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

OCTOBER

05

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

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

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

06

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

08

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

14

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

12

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

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

15

 Dutch MX ............. Bloomingdale

14

12

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

15

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

21

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

13

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

ST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

22

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

21

13

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

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

19

Twisted MX .................................. Milan

TT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

20

 Twisted MX ...........................

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

26

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

27

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

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

02

OCTOBER

22

05

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

06

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

28

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

19

Twisted MX .................................. Milan

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

20

Twisted MX ............................

29

26

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

27

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

Milan

CHAIRPERSON .................. Jason Cottrell VICE CHAIR ................................ Taylor Ellis

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

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

SEPTEMBER

18

08

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

22

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

06

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

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

ENDURO / FES

by Bill Larson, Vintage Class

OCTOBER

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

MOTOCROSS

15

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

21

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

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

28

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

SEPTEMBER

Milan

VINTAGE MX HARE SCRAMBLES

SEPTEMBER

NEWS CLIP LANSING MOTORCYCLE CLUB, Moorestown, MI | August 17, 2019 It was a good day for Husqvarna in the Vintage Class at the 43rd running of the Pinecone Enduro. Huskies took five of the six top spots in the class with only Mike Miller and his Suzuki spoiling the Husky party. The trail was an excellent mix of tight technical woods, open flowing fast sections and classic LMC deep sand washes. The race did have a few mechanical DNF's as Gerold Pacholke and his 67 museum ride didn't make to the finish line. Thirteen racers battled for the Vintage class win. Top finishers were Brian Woodward who improved on last years second place finish to finish in first place. Mike Miller was second. Tim Grow was third and Mike Hanchett was fourth. The husband wife team of Derek and Dane Essenmacher finished fifth and sixth.

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

28

07

01

ATV XC  Overall winner at the Pine Cone - Alexander Dings

FLAT TRACK

 = MI State Championship - Max Points

OCTOBER

A

SEPTEMBER

06

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

NOVEMBER

01 02

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

02

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

07

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

03

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

07

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

10

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

08

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

08

 Red Bud MX .................

14

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

Buchanan

15

 Portland Trail Riders .... Portland

21

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

21

CANCELLED Milan Twisted MX ..................................

22

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

22

CANCELLED Milan Twisted MX ..................................

AUGUST 04 25

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

28

 Polka Dots MC ............. Midland

13 26

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

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

Check out our DISTRICT 14 WEBSITE! for the latest and greatest updates on upcoming events!

AMA-D14.ORG


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

TIDBITS from Taylor by Taylor Carpenter D14 Secretary Hello all, I still have a bunch of D14 papers so for those of you that would like your “missing” copy please email or text me with your name, address, and which copy you would like. Charters as previously stated in last months paper, I have another batch of D14 membership applications if your club/ charter is low please let me know. I will also have these at annual meeting, please grab some there as it will cut down on shipping. Speaking of annual meeting, last year we tried something new and sent out packets will all of the required information and papers ahead of time.. was this useful? Would you like this to happen again?

"Hole shot" photo courtesy of Motoplayground

Blake Nivelt, #38 (#389) got the hole shot on his first race in 450B at the Loretta Lynn's National. Blake has only been racing for 4 years. This is his first time attending LL National race. ~ Submitted by Melanie Nivelt

 Photo courtesy Jessica Ten Hagen

From District 14 Hare Scrambles event 9/8/19 Toledo Trail Riders. Pictured are top three overall finishers. First place, Tylor Vore (center), 2nd Pl., Broc Peterson (left) and third place Zac Stein (right). ~ Submitted by Molly Kidner

Ladies and Gents, I can’t answer my phone at work which is 6am to 5pm. Please, please, please leave me a message!!!! I literally can’t stress this enough, just last week I had five phone calls from an individual and no message. My number is listed at least four times in every paper, this is my cell phone feel free to text me, I can guarantee you will get an answer faster than via phone call. As always I will recommend you calling your chair person, vice chair or rider reps before calling the board. I don’t know what the MX, flat track or hill climb schedule is off the top of my head. Guys I hardly remember the HS and Enduro schedule please look at the website calendar or the individual Facebook pages which should all be AMA D14 _ _ _ _ _ _ (then division). On the D14 website there is a tab labeled rules, please read along with AMA rules. Last but not least Molly will answer all questions about membership! Send her an email, (d14membership@gmail.com) I know she has work constraints like I do.


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VINTAGE MX

LARGE TURNOUT

FOR GREAT RACING & GRILLING AT LOG ROAD MX

 Mike Sokalski (931) continues to dominate the Evolution holeshots We were off to Log Road for round nine of the series on August 25th. It was one of their Vintage only weekends with our classes mixed in. They ran a great program to get through all six moto’s to be done for the start of their open practice. The track was groomed great with a very vintage friendly layout that everyone enjoyed. We had another good turnout with a total of 43 signups. The Transition class was smaller than usual and was off first with Rich Isza grabbing the holeshot. Eli Hovorka and Kenny Green were a close second as Dillon Brooks missed the start. Rich led for the first three laps with Kenny and Eli all in the same corner for those laps. Kenny took over the lead at the start of the last lap and held a small gap to take the moto win. Rich settled in to second with Eli a close third. Dillon was out on the track before the others finished the first lap. He was on the gas and closing the gap but was just too far back to finish fourth. The gate fell for moto two and it was once again Rich with the holeshot. Dillon was a close second with Eli and Kenny side by side. Dillon took over the lead before the start of lap two and never looked back. He was gone

out front and left the battle for second and the overall to the other three. Rich settled into a good pace with Kenny in third. Eli took a fall early on lap two but remounted but pretty far back in fourth. With Dillon out front taking the win, The overall was now between Rich and Kenny. Rich had the spot but Kenny was right on his rear fender for the entire race. At the start of the last lap, there was no more than a bike length between them. Rich would hold on to second with all the pressure from Kenny to come across in second and the overall with his 2-2. Kenny was prett y bummed with a great ride to tie for the overall with his 1-3 to take second. Dillon was credited with third overall with his 4-1 as Eli finished in fourth with his 3-4. The Schoolboy class dropped in front of the Historic class with Aiden Brooks leading the way. Parker Jobson was out in second and some issues just after turn one in the first moto. His bike was acting up and never could get going again resulting in him pushing it back to the truck. So Aiden was left to ride hard and hold off the second drop as he took the SB win. Alexis Argue was entered in the race but had a bad crash in practice and hurt her

 Dean Howard finally kept all the pieces on his RM to grab a podium in Evolution


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 Aiden Brooks looked great on his way to a 1-1 in Schoolboy

 Stephen Phillips went a long way to get a tow in moto two after running out of gas

 Dillon Brooks ran away with moto two, a missed start in moto one limited him to third overall

knee. She was walking on it a little but decided to play it safe and sit out the racing. When the Historic class took off, it was Jim Jobson leading the way. Tom Claerhout was a close second and would take over the lead by the end of lap one. He would ride hard and smart on his way to another moto win. Jim settled into a good pace in second as Tommy Lee was closing the gap. Mick McCauley was back out and running fourth just ahead of Stephen

Phillips, Jeff Doneth and Michael Sangster. Evan Fletcher had some issues off the line and started way back but was on the gas and catching the field. As they were on lap three, Tommy came by in second with Evan up to third. Jim came by off the pace with another broken foot peg with Stephen closing the gap. As Tom took the win, Tommy held on to second with Evan rounding out the podium. Mick held on to fourth as Jim rode as hard as he could

with a missing peg to take fifth. Stephen crossed in sixth with Jeff Doneth having a few bike problems finishing in seventh. Michael was learning the track as he took eighth. The gate fell for moto two with the SB class going first again. Aiden was on the gas and led from start to finish. Parker had a lot better time as his bike sounded better and was able to finish the moto. Aiden took the overall win as Parker finished up in second overall. When the gate fell for

the Historic class, once again it was Jim with the holeshot and fixed footpeg. Evan had a much better start in second with Tom in third. Tom took over the lead by the start of lap two with Tommy in third. Mick was up to fourth just ahead of Stephen with Jim back to sixth with yet another missing footpeg. Tom was out front and opening his lead to take another moto win and overall. Evan had an easier time with a good start to take second for second overall. Tommy was riding his 100 really well to finish in a close third for the last overall podium spot. Mick was a little off pace as he took another fourth for fourth overall. Jim was able to retake fifth from Stephen to go 5-5 to round out the top five after grabbing both holeshots. Michael kept pushing and made his way into sixth after Stephen was seen off the track with some bike issues. Come to find out, he suffered from the same problem as Todd did at round eight with running out of gas. He would end the race in seventh for sixth overall. Michael earned his seventh overall with his 8-6 scores. Jeff also had some more bike issues and needed a tow back to the pits. He would end the day in eighth overall with his 7-dnf. The Innovation class was up next with a Mark Havalda II just beating Ray Brooks to the line for the holeshot. William Dale started third but was up into the lead by the end of lap one. He had a great battle with a racer from another class as Tom Claerhout moved into second and giving chase. The three of them would check out

LOG ROAD continued on page 20


20 September 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

Tommy Lee is figuring out his RM100 in the Historic class

to make the start of moto one but started in the top five for moto two. He lost a few spots but then worked his way back to just in front of the battle between Goulet and Havalda. Newbawer ended up pulling a slight gap to eventually take fifth but dropped back to ninth overall. Connor held the edge over Havalda for the first three laps when Havalda took over sixth with less than half a lap to go. He kept charging to hold onto sixth to take fifth overall while Connor settled in for seventh to take sixth overall. Steve fell back a few spots after a great start to come across in eighth to get seventh overall. Blake jumped on his sister’s bike to be able to get some laps in. He started last and worked his way forward to get a ninth but for eleventh overall. Jeff and Rick were close for most of the race and even swapping positions early. Jeff fought hard to earn tenth to earn his second top ten overall in a row finishing eighth. Rick finished up in eleventh to finish in the top ten as well with a ninth. Newbawer was able to keep it on two wheels the second moto and finished back in twelfth for twelfth overall. The largest class of the day was saved for last with sixteen racers in Evolution. Mike Sokalski continued his holeshot streak with another one for moto one. William Dale was in the top three through turn one and would take over the lead as they crossed the finish jump at the end of lap

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LOG ROAD continued from page 19 from the rest of the pack. Will would eventually pull a small gap over Tom and take the moto win. Tom settled in to second as the battle for third was heating up between Ray, Nik Michael and Havalda. Nik had a bad start and made quick work to get up into the pack. Ray proved that experience pays off and held on for third while Nik finally put a little gap on Havalda. Connor Goulet was in the mix early but lost touch with a few laps to go. He would hold on to sixth as Steve Adema rode steady to take seventh after starting sixth. Jeff Sterritt and Rick Murphy started close and ran nearly the same lap times for the most of the race. Unfortunately for Rick, the leaders were just going too fast and put him a lap down. Jeff had about a six second lead which kept him far enough ahead to get another lap to secure his eighth place. Rick ended up in ninth with the remaining few all taking a dnf. Blake Argue had a solid race going until the bottom end locked up in his CR125, while Mark Newbawer and Joe Hovorka both had tip over’s and couldn’t finish. Ray was on a mission when the gate fell for moto two and grabbed the holeshot. Steve had a great jump and was into second with Tom starting third. By the end of the first lap though, Tom was up into the lead with Will working his way into second. Once again they had a great battle with the racer from the other class and put on a great show. Tom was on the gas and led every lap to take the moto win and the overall. Will kept charging but lost a little ground late in the race to eventually end up in second for second overall. Ray slid back a few spots to third where he would hold on for the rest of the race to round out the podium. Nik started off mid pack this time instead of last and had a good battle with Connor and Havalda. Nik put his head down and held on for a consistent 4-4 for fourth. Mark Newbawer wasn’t able

 A damaged pipe in moto one kept Todd Lane out of the overall hunt


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William Dale was showing some style on his way to a first moto victory

 Points leader Nik Michael put in some solid laps but just missed out on a podium finish

one. Will looked ahead and went on to win the moto as Mike dropped back to finish second. Dean Howard made his way into third after starting just inside the top five. There was a great early battle between Rich Isza, Al Doneth, Ray Brooks and Todd Lane. Al took over fourth and was making his way up to Dean and started to look for a way around. Then on the final lap, he was missing as he had pulled off with a bike issue. So Dean had easy sailing to the finish to hold on to third. Ray fought with Rich for a lap before taking over fourth where he would finish out the race. Todd had some issues and dropped way back as Joe Sangster was working his way forward. He made passes on RS Delaney, Ken Argue and Todd as he made his way into the top five before the end of the moto. Ken had his eyes on Rich early as he was only a few seconds behind. Rich switched gears and motored ahead with a lap two go to open his lead to about ten seconds before the checkered flag flew. He held on to sixth with Ken taking seventh. Tom Lee, Delaney and Garrison were all back and forth for most of the race with Tom moving to the top of the group to take over eighth place. Delaney opened up about a ten second lead over Garrison as they rounded out the top ten. Santos Berlanga made his return after an ankle injury and a slow start. He kept moving forward to get into eleventh as he made a last lap pass on Todd to take eleventh. Todd had just enough power in a struggling bike to come across in twelfth after a solid start. Victor Grahn, Derek Michael and Jeff Doneth all pushed each other to finish out the race in thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth. Al was able to wait at the finish with his hurt bike to at least earn some points back in sixteenth. The holeshot for moto two went to none other than Mike once again. He has been on a roll and almost a shoe in for the Kevin Stone holeshot award. Unfortunately the race is a few laps long and Will is just a bit too fast for him. Will took over the lead in almost the same spot as moto one and never looked back. Will went on to grab another moto win and overall. Mike rode hard but couldn’t match the pace but held on for second overall. Dean started third but lost a spot to Todd as they had a good battle for a few laps. Todd would pull away a little as Dean and Ray now started to battle for fourth. Todd kept pulling a slight lead and would take third but his first moto twelfth dropped him back to eighth overall. Dean and Ray swapped spots a few times in fourth and it was Ray in fourth with a half a lap to go. When they crossed the finish it

was Dean making the last pass into fourth to secure third overall. Ray came across in fifth to get into fourth overall. Joe had a better start this time out and rode a solid mistake free race to sixth for a top five overall. Ken tried to latch onto Joe but had to use some defense as Rich was looking for a way around. Rich made the pass on the last lap but Ken dug deep to make another pass and take back his seventh for sixth overall. Rich would end up in eighth after his first moto sixth to take seventh. Al Doneth decided to get some track time and switched bikes and rode his XR100. He started ear the back and held it pinned the entire race to eventually work his way into ninth to place him in thirteenth overall. Tom and Delaney were close from the drop of the gate with Tom holding on to tenth for ninth overall. Delaney had a good start but lost a little pace from start to finish and came across in eleventh to round out the top ten. Santos and Garrison also had their own battle again. Santos had a little better start, dropped back behind Garrison early and then retook the spot to end the moto just ahead in twelfth for eleventh overall. Garrison could only manage a thirteenth for twelfth overall. Victor tried to hang with Garrison and Santo but could only make his way into fourteenth. As the class was with a little bit faster class, Jeff would end up getting lapped late on his third lap to end his race early in fifteenth for fifteenth overall. Derek didn’t make it out for the second moto as he gave up his exhaust pipe to replace

 Eli Hovorka had a good battle in Transition moto one but a small tip over in moto two hurt his chances for a decent overall


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 Mark Havalda roosted his way into an Innovation top five

 Al Doneth had some bike troubles in moto one, good thing his XR100 is legal for the class for moto two the ruined one from Todd’s bike. So his good deed forced him to sixteenth overall with his 14-dns. We now have another month break before returning to Polka Dots for another Allpro Auto and Off-Road GP race. Then it’s into October for the final GP race at Twisted on the thirteenth. Then we finish up the season on the 26th at Valley MX. Then it is on to another Banquet on November ninth. I will be collecting for that at the last few races so see me if you plan to attend. 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.

The 500cc power is hard to handle but looks so cool when Steve Adema gets it right

 Kenny Green was on the gas to take the Transition first moto win

RESULTS: LOG ROAD 8/25/19 – Historic: 1. T. Claerhout (Yam); 2. E. Fletcher (Hon); 3. T. Lee II (Suz); 4. M. McCauley (Hon); 5. J. Jobson (Hon); 6. S. Phillips (Hod); 7. M. Sangster (Hon); 8. J. Doneth (Suz) Schoolboy: 1. A. Brooks (Suz); 2. P. Jobson (Hod) Evolution: 1. W. Dale (Yam); 2. M. Sokalski (Hon); 3. D. Howard (Suz); 4. R. Brooks (Suz); 5. J. Sangster (Hon); 6. K. Argue (Hon); 7. R. Isza (Hon); 8. T. Lane (Hon); 9. T. Lee (Ktm); 10. R.S. Delaney (Yam); 11. S. Berlanga Jr (Yam); 12. G. Goforth (Mai); 13. A. Doneth (Yam); 14. V. Grahn (Yam); 15. J. Doneth (Hon); 16. D. Michael (Hon) Innovation: 1. T. Claerhout (Suz); 2. W. Dale (Yam); 3. R. Brooks (Suz); 4. N. Michael (Hon); 5. M. Havalda II (Hon); 6. C. Goulet (Hon); 7. S. Adema (Hon); 8. J. Sterritt (Yam); 9. R. Murphy (Hon); 10. M. Murray (Hon); 11. B. Argue (Hon); 12. M. Newbawer (Yam) Transition: 1. R. Isza (Hon); 2. K. Green (Yam); 3. D. Brooks (Suz); 4. E. Hovorka (Yam)


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