2020 DUBYA USA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP: DAY ONE WAS WET & COLD (UPDATED)
PHOTOS BY MARK CHILSON, JODY WEISEL AND DAN ALAMANGOS
It hasn’t rained in SoCal in seven months, but as soon as the 2020 Dubya USA World Vet Championship opened the gates of Glen Helen Raceway, the skies opened up, then the sun came out, then it drizzled, then it poured, then the sun came out and then it poured again. To make matter worse, after Saturday’s motos were over and day one was in the books, the track was ripped by lightning, black skies and a downpour that drenched the already soaked track … it was an unwelcome present for Sunday’s racers.
Saturday is not the most important day on the World Vet schedule. It was only put into the program years ago to allow foreign and out-of-state racers a chance to acclimate to a track that is nothing like what they are used to racing on back home—wherever that may be.
This year’s track promised long lap times, big hills, super fast downhills, lots of off-camber turns, the steeply banked Talladega first turn and a special three-lane second turn to insure that every rider coming out of Talladega on lap one had a place to go —as opposed to piling into a one-line log jam before the 22-story Shoei Hill climb.
Gary Jones (left) hangs out with Ozker Lopez on the starting line. Ozker’s family owned the Moto Islo motorcycle company in Saltillo, Mexico. Moto Islo was where Gary Jones had his Ammex motorcycles manufactured.
And the track was awesome…in practice and for the very first moto of the day. Then, the rains came. The important races on Saturday are the Over-40 Pro class, Over-50 Pro class, Over-30 Pasha 125 Pro race and the first moto of the World Vet Cup of Nations race.
The pandemic made it impossible for World Vet racers to make it from most European countries, Japan, Canada and Mexico because of two-week quarantines when they came home. But there were still lots of riders from abroad, including a complete Polish team that was based out of Chicago.
Sunday has always been the big day at the Dubya USA-sponsored World Vet because it hosts the Over-30 Pro race, which is for all intents and purposes is the actual “World Vet Championship” race. The Over-30 class is the one that holds the most prestige and pays the most money. Of course, the second moto of the World Cup Of Nations is also held on Sunday along with the Over-60 and Over-70 titles.
HERE IS A QUICK PHOTO ESSAY AND THE RESULTS
FROM DAY ONE AT THE WORLD VET
Mike Alessi holeshot both motos, earning a $250 bonus from Pietronico Roofing Systems, but unfortunately he stuck his YZ150 so deep in this mucky berm in the first moto that it took three spectators to get him out of the way of oncoming traffic.
WORLD VET RESULTS: OVER-30 PASHA 125 PRO
1. Dennis Stapleton (Hus)…2-2
2. Mike Alessi (Yam)…4-1
3. Mike Sleeter (Yam)…1-4
4. Shaun Hillion (Yam)…3-3
5. Jeff Alessi (Yam)…6-6
Kurt Nicoll averted trouble when someone noticed on the starting line that a head stay bolt was missing on his KTM. Luckily, Glen Helen chose that moment to grade some mud off the track and Kurt was able to get a new bolt in time.
WORLD VET RESULTS: OVER-50 PRO
1. Kurt Nicoll (KTM)…1-1
2. Ed Foedish (Hus)…3-2
3. Roderick Tapia (Hus)…4-3
4. Phil Desimone (Yam)…6-4
5. Kevin Barda (KTM)…5-5
WORLD VET RESULTS: OVER-40 PRO
1. Kris Keefer (Yam)…1-2
2. Mike Sleeter (Yam)…3-1
3. Mike Brown (Hus)…2-3
4. Mark Tilley (KTM)…4-4
5. Lee Walston (KTM)…6-5
Born in Guam, Sean Lipanovich (505) won the Over-30 portion of the World Vet Cup of Nations, and with the help of fill-in riders Mike Brown and Doug Dubach, will take a commanding lead into Sunday’s final moto for the island nation.
WORLD VET CUP OF NATIONS (SATURDAY MOTO)
1. Guam (S. Lipanovich, M. Brown, D. Dubach)…1-1-1 = 3
2. Puerto Rico #2 (L. Grana, N. Lucino, K. Barda)…5-5-3 = 13
3. Poland (K. Kuziora, K. Lubas, A. Kruk)…4-7-2 = 13
4. Australia (A. Hopson, D. Feeney, D. Alamagos )…7-4-2 = 16
5. The Netherlands (J. Perry, R. Schmidt, M. Smith)…8-3-6 =17
6. USA #3 (D. Desimone, V. Tarantino, R. Kuhry…10-4-4 =18
7. Ireland (D. O’Connor, R. O’Neill, D. Feeney)…6-6-10 = 19
8. USA #1 (T. Hampton, D. Aldridge, M. Ward)…2-8-9 = 19
9. USA #2 (H. Hayes, L. Walston, I. Dejager)…9-2-10 = 21
10. Puerto ##1 (K. Hernandez, B. Hooker, D. Rowedder)…7-10-10 = 27