Josh Grant was untouchable in the Over-30 Pro class at the 2018 Dubya World Vet Motocross Championships. His lap times were seven seconds a lap faster than his chasers. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Steve Harrison (7) came all the way from England to lead the Over-40 Novice class to the final lap…and then this happened. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Harrison hung on as long as he could, but when his YZ450F hit the ground, it jumped back up the air…and ejected him permanently. Photo: Debbi TamiettiHis victory went away as his Yamaha YZ450F cartwheeled down the track. Steve also cartwheeled. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

The only positive to come out of this crash is that Steve was smart enough to throw it away about 100 feet from the ambulance. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

The YZ450F and Steve are a little worse for wear, but the pain of losing a race on the last lap will last a long time. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Everyone is always looking for outside sponsors and this Vet rider was able to snare the big ones on his Geritol Special. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Denmark’s Tonni Andersen has been a bridesmaid before at the World Vet, but one of these days the Over-30 Championship will come his way. If not, there is always the Over-40 Pro class in a few years. Photo: Kyoshi Becker

Jeff Loop had his best weekend ever with a solid 3-2 for second overall in the Over-30 Pro. Photo: Mark Chillson

New Zealand’s Daryl Hurley (912), who won the Over-40 Pro Championship on Saturday, came back on Sunday to finish fourth in the Over-30 Pro class. Here, the Kiwi chases Benny Breck (318) to the cross-over bridge, while Tonni Andersen (4) comes down the hill in front of them. Photo: Mark Chilson

Itaiy’s Mirko Milani swept both motos of the Over-35 Expert class. Mirko is from a little town called Rome. Photo: Kyoshi Becker

Canada’s Pete DeGraaf is now a seven-time World Vet Champion with four in the Over-50 Pro class and three in the Over-60 class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Sweden’s Lars Nilsson (7) went 3-2 in the Over-50 Intermediate class which featured riders from Spain, Norway, Great Britain, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Slovenia and seven different states. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Slovenia’s Bogo Gajser (242) beat Lars Nilsson for the Over-50 Intermediate title. If the name Gajser or the number 242 ring any bells it is because Bogo is the father of 2015 250 World Champion and 2016 450 World Champion Tim Gajser. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Great Britain’s Kurt Nicoll (2) added the 2018 Over-50 World Championship  to his 2015 Over-40 crown and 2016 Over-50 title. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Netherland’s Ralf Schmidt was seventh in the Over-45 Experts and fifth in the Over-40 Experts on his TM 300MX for the weekend. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Mexico’s Oscar Lopez led a solid Team Mexico to the 2018 World Vet Championship and plans to bring even more riders next year to compete in all of the age groups. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Australia’s Mike Reefman won the Over-45 Expert class with a 1-1 over California’s Craig Davis (3-2), Italy’s Fabio Occhilolini (2-3) and Texan Brian Storrie (4-4). Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Spain’s Joaquim Sunol (35) was fourth in the Over-55 Intermediate class thanks to a third in the second moto —which was the last and roughest moto of the day. Joaquim is a surgeon from Barcelona and helped Jody Weisel last year when Jody broke his arm—which explains the borrowed orange helmet and Husqvarna FC350. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Japan’s Isao Ida was the 1986 All-Japan 125 National Champion. He has been racing the World Vet Championship for seven years and finished second this year behind Pete DeGraaf in the Over-60 Championship, but in front of Eric McKenna, Mark Kaestner, Trey Jorski, Val Tamietti, Kiwi Tony Cooksey and fellow countryman Chandler Sato. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Late in the day the sun dominates the skyline at Glen Helen. Photo: Kyoshi Becker

Glen Helen’s enormous banked, 45-degree and 180 degree first turn is the target of a 70 mph charge. Photo: Kyoshi Becker

“Some day, I’ll be a Vet rider.” There is no doubt that Over-30, Over-40 and Over-50 racers have the buying power to afford modern day, high-priced machinery. The World Vet should be sponsored by whatever manufacturer wants to reach this demographic. Photo: Kyoshi Becker

The World Vet podium: Tonni Andersen, Josh Grant and Jeff Loop get the hardware and the checks. All three graciously wore TW80 hats in memory of World Vet founder Tom White. Photo: Mark Chilson

Glen Helen is hilly. The course rises and fall continuously. The lap times were over three-minutes for most of the riders. It was what a real motocross track should be—long and rough. And it was a warm 90-degree day. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

It does make you a little nervous to go barrelling into a turn and see a bunch of injured riders standing by the side of the track. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

1980’s AMA Pro Jon Ortner discusses camera settings with Australian racer Dan Alamangos. Dan trained hard for the World Vet and then broke his left foot at an adult vintage minicycle race before the World Vet. Ortner was fifth in the Over-50 Pro class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Oklahoma’s Trey Jorski was fifth in the Over-60 Expert class, but first open face helmet rider. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

So long until next year. Newly crowned World Vet Champion Josh Grant now needs to find ride for the 2018 AMA Supercross series. Photo: Debbi Tamietti


2018 Award winner Jody Weisel lifts his two-inch thick slab of polished granite. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

The Glen Helen Museum was packed with racers and luminaries for the Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony which was hosted by famous Supercross announcer Larry Huffman. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

This man of the hour, and by that we mean from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m at half time of the World Vet Motocross Championship. Yes, Jody actually owns a flip phone. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Lars Larsson, the Swedish Grand Prix rider who brought motocross to America thanks to Edison Dye, was the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. After the ceremony Lars and Jody went out and raced each other in the Over-70 Expert class finishing 7-10 and 9-9. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Clark Jones was an MXA test rider in the 1980s before starting Noleen Racing. Today, Noleen does vintage suspension. Clark’s wife Lois is the sister of Gary and DeWayne Jones. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Bob Rutten and Mitch Payton go way back to their desert racing days. Bob works at A’ME grips and Mitch has a little job on the side called “Pro Circuit Racing.” Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Rocket Rex Staten was an ironman—and since he had double knee replacement he is a titanium man. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Alpinestars’ Justin Muscutt was a MXA test rider before being the man the factory stars rely on for new gear and boots every weekend at the Supercross and National races. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Four-time 250 National Champion Gary Jones and Jody’s friendship goes back to the 1970s and has endured all of these years. In fact, they lived a couple blocks away from each other in a small horse town for 20 years. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Guess who else lives a few blocks from Jody in the same small horse town? Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Jim O’Neal stopped by the Tom White Memorial pylon after the race was over to share his trophy with World Vet Founder Tom White. Photo: Robb Mesecher

You would think that Broc Glover would hate the man who shot the famous “Let Brock Bye” photo, but Broc took the time to come to Glen Helen to honor Jody and sign autographs. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Chuck Sun is like the long lost brother of the MXA gang. He disappears for months, we wonder where he is, he never calls and then he shows up — to borrow a bike. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Former Los Angles Chief of Police Charlie Beck races with Jody almost every week at Glen Helen. He is a hardcore motocross racer. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Former 250 National, Supercross and MXDN Champion Donnie Hansen is one of the nicest guys in the sport—and has a slew of famous riders that he trained and coached on his resume. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Val Tamietti is incredibly important to Jody and MXA because he is married to the famous moto photographer Debbi Tamietti—who shoots Nationals, GPs and weekly races for MXA. Oh yeah, Val was famous once also. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Scot Harden was one of the sport’s greatest desert, offroad, Baja, ISDE and Rally racers and worked at KTM, Husqvarna, KTM, Husky, BMW, Zero and GasGas. Photo: Debbi Tamietti



1. Josh Grant (Kaw)…1-1
2. Jeff Loop (Yam)…3-2
3. Tonni Andersen (KTM)…2-3
4. Daryl Hurley (Suz)…4-4
5. Kris Keefer (Yam)…6-5
6. Benny Breck (Hon)…5-7
7. Dennis Stapleton (KTM)…7-6
8. Toby Ring (Hus)…8-8
9. Billy Juervich (KTM)…9-9
10. Matt Karlsen (Hon)…10-10

1. Daryl Hurley (Suz)…2-1
2. Kurt Nicoll (KTM)….3-2
3. Kris Keefer (Yam)…1-4
4. Steve Powell (Suz)…5-6
5. Todd Gravitt (KTM)…7-5
6. Matt Karlsen (Kaw)…6-7
7. Matthieu Smith (Hon)…8-8
8. Bill Fosnock (Hon)…9-9
9. Craig Brown (Kaw)…11-10
10. Barry Surawski (Yam)…13-11

1. Kurt Nicoll (KTM)…1-1
2. Don Bisceglia (Hus)…2-2
3. Ed Foedish (Yam)…3-3
4. Darren Cahill (Yam)…5-4
5. Jon Ortner (Yam)…6-5
6. Tim Tynan (Yam)…8-6
7. Steve Nelson (Yam)…9-7
8. Jorge Negretti (Yam)…7-9
9. Rick Ellis (KTM)…4-12
10. Glenn Clarke (Hon)…10-8

1. Pete Degraaf (KTM)…1-1
2. Isao Ida (Hon)…2-2
3. Eric McKenna (KTM)…4-3
4. Mark Kaestner (Yam)…3-5
5. Trey Jorski (KTM)…6-4
6. Val Tamietti (Yam)…7-6
7. Tony Cooksley (KTM)…5-9
8. Chandler Sato (Hon)…8-8
9. Michael Harper (KTM)…10-7
10. Jay Migliore (Hon)…9-11

1. Gary Chase (Yam)…1-2
2. Jim O’Neal (Yam)…3-3
3. Bill Maxim (Hon)…2-6
4. Roque Colman (Hon)…5-4
5. Steve Machado (Yam)…4-5
6. Bill Meyer (KTM)…10-1
7. Tim Kennedy (Yam)…6-7
8. Michael Lambert (Kaw)…8-8
9. Lars Larsson (KTM)…7-10
10. Jody Weisel (KTM)…9-9

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