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The Over-30 Pro class sweeps around Talladega wide open in fifth gear. If you take the time to downshift, you’ll lose five places. There were 475 riders at the World Vet on Saturday and over 500 on Sunday. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Glen Helen is definitely not smooth as glass. Ryan Morais looks for the smooth line, but doesn’t find it. Photo Mark Chilson

With riders from 20 different countries it was obvious that many of those riders had never seen a hill. Former AMA National Champion Chuck Sun (63) isn’t among the unlucky few who failed to make the top. Photo: Mark Chilson

Framed by palm trees the Shoei uphill is sub-divided into four distinct sections. This is only two of them. Photo: Mark Chilson


Ryan Morais works as the inhouse test rider for KTM’s AMA Supercross and National bikes. Ryan’s Pro career was hampered by his violent crash with Trey Canard several years ago. Ryan raced his first World Vet Championship last year and won his first title this year. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Arik Swan finished fourth in the Over-30 Pro class, and beat Danish rider Tonni Anderson (4) by two places in the first moto. Unfortunately for Arik, Tonni beat him by two places in the second moto—and Arik ended up fourth instead of second. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Sean Collier brought his Kawasaki two-stroke to the World Vet, but crashed off the track while running fourth in the first moto. And, while picking up his bike, another rider crashed in the exact same spot and rammed Sean from behind. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Jason Thomas went off the track and plowed into Collier. Collier remounted in last place and charged back to 6th, but elected not to race the second moto. Thomas went 10-9 for 8th overall. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Over-30 Pro
1. Ryan Morais (KTM)…2-1
2. Tonni Anderson (KTM)…5-2
3. Kris Keefer (Yam)…4-3
4. Arik Swan (Kaw)…3-4
5. Billy Jurevich (Kaw)…8-5
6. Andy Mathieu (Yam)…7-6
7. Matt Karlsen (Kaw)…9-7
8. Jason Thomas (Hon)…10-9
9. Broc Armbruster (Yam)…12-8
10. Mike Sleeter (KTM)…1-19
Other notables: 12. Stephen Heighton (11-13); 16. Ed Foedish (17-14); 17. Shawn Wynne (15-18); 18. Sascha Eckert (19-15).

Kurt Nicoll won Saturday’s Over-40 Pro race—although aided by a Doug Dubach crash in moto two, the former GP rider and four-time 500 Grand Prix runner-up was the first serious competition that Dubach has seen in the Over-40 class in years. Photo: Mark Chilson

British rider Danny Collett went 5-6 for 5th in the Over-40 Pro race. Photo: Mark Chilson

Over-40 Pro
1. Kurt Nicoll (KTM)…2-1
2. Doug Dubach (Yam)…1-2
3. Gordon Ward (Yam)…3-3
4. Mike Reefman (Yam)…4-5
5. Danny Tollet (KTM)…5-6
6. Kenjiro Tsuji (Yam)…9-4
7. Roger Suessson (Ym)…6-7
8. Shawn Wynne (Suz)…8-8
9. Brandon Milstead (Suz)…7-10
10. Ed Foedish (Kaw)…10-11
Other notables: 11. Keith Campbell (11-12); 12. John Murray (13-13); 13. Drey Dircks (20-9); 16. Jeff Matiasevich (12-19); 20. Jayson Croteau (19-18).

Doug Dubach (15) and Kurt Nicoll met again on Sunday in the Over-50 Expert race. Dubach took the win with a 1-1, but his pass on Nicoll left the Brit fuming when they made contact. Photo: Mark Chilson

Ed Foedish didn’t win any of the Pro classes, but he raced the Over-30 Pro, Over-40 Pro and Over-50 Expert classes for a full weekend. Plus, he had to borrow a bike from MXA after he blew his engine in Saturday practice. Ed went 4-4 in the Over-50 Experts behind Dubach, Nicoll and Kevin Foley. Photo: Mark Chilson

Over-50 Expert
1. Doug Dubach (Yam)…1-1
2. Kurt Nicoll (KTM)…2-2
3. Kevin Foley (Hon)…3-3
4. Ed Foesdish (Kaw)…4-4
5. Pete Murray (Yam)…6-5
6. Isao Ida (Hon)…5-7
7. Andy Jefferson (Hus)…9-6
8. Rob Engel (Kaw)…8-8
9. Jon Ortner (Yam)…7-10
10. Ian Fitz-Gibbon (Yam)…10-11
Other notables: 11. Ross Johnson (11-11); 12. Chris Cole (13-12); 13. Phil Dowell (18-13); 14. Dan Alamangos (14-17); 17. John Perry (22-15); 19. Chuck Sun (12-DNF).

Idaho’s Don Grahn (86) broke his shift lever off in the first moto of the Over-60 class, but managed to hang with first moto winner (and three-time Over-50 World Champ) Pete DeGraaf (16). Don’s first moto 2nd was backed up with a second moto win for the Over-60 World Title. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Glen Helen’s World Vet track offers lots of chances to make a mistake or to capitalize on the mistakes of others. Lap times varied by class, but were in a 2:20 range on average.  With classes divided into Novice, Intermediate and Pro skill levels in 5 year increments (25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70—plus Women’s classes) there were classes for everyone.Photo: Dan Alamangos

Over-60 Expert
1. Don Grahn (KTM)…2-1
2. Pete DeGraaf (KTM)…1-2
3. Rick Johnson (Hon)…3-3
4. Will Harper (KTM)…5-4
5. Jim Latendresse (KTM)…4-5
6. Bob Rutten (KTM)…9-6
7. Mike Brubaker (Kaw)…7-10
8. Mike Marion (Yam)…11-7
9. Larry Rowland (Yam)…10-8
10. Scott Smith (Yam)…13-9
Other notables: 11. Carl Gazafy (14-11); 13. Gary Jones (6-DNF); 14. David Moates (16-14); 15. Brent Wallingsford (8-DNF); 19. Dave Eakin (12-DNF); 20. Jayson Croteau (19-18).

Brazilian Roque Colman (51) swept both motos of the Over-70 World Championship. Here, Roque leads three-time World Vet Champion Lars Larsson (56). Of the 7 riders over 70-years-old, three were from the USA, two from Sweden, one from Japan and one from Brazil. These men are amazing to still be racing as hard as they do. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Over-70 Experts
1. Roque Colman (Yam)…1-1
2. Bart Kellog KTM)…2-2
3. Nobuhiro Furuta (Yam)…4-3
4. Lars Larsson (Hus)…3-5
5. Bruce Hoover (Hon)…5-4
6. Gary Anderson (Hon)…7-6
7. Jan Lindmark (KTM)…6-7

Melbourne, Australia’s Mike Reefman drags his swingarm through a rut with the Glen Helen sign hovering in the distance. Reefman said he just hoped to make the top ten when he flew in from Australia by himself, but was elated to be 4th in the Over-40 Pro class. Photo Dan Alamangos (also an Aussie)

This pack of riders isn’t near the bottom of Mt. Saint Helen yet, but it’s all brakes—no gas. Photo Mark Chilson

How far do you drive to get to the races? Ever consider Barcelona, Spain, to Glen Helen, California? Spanish race Kim Sunol (52) gets a moment of glory. Photo Dan Alamangos

With riders from 20 different countries Glen Helen’s big hills were a new experience for many riders. The pile-ups were common as riders over-braked on steep uphills and were shocked when their bikes stopped and fell over. Here, John Perry (25) is the only rider going in the right direction. Photo Mark Chilson

Almost every track has ruts, but Glen Helen has ruts that look like craters and go straight up. Will Harper heads for the largest ravine. Photo Dan Alamangos

Jeff Matiasevich raced both days at the World Vet. Photo Dan Alamangos

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