MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: LOOKING FOR THE THREE-PEAT

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NUTS & BOLTS OF THE WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP

Tom White is the founder, sponsor and announcer for the World Vet Championship. He also won the Over-40 World Championship in 1990.

The World Vet Championship celebrates its 31th year at Glen Helen Raceway on November 7-8, 2014. Dubya Wheels is the title sponsor, but there is a bigger story behind Dubya and the World Vet Championship. Tom White, who owned White Brothers back in the day, sponsored the first World Vet in 1984, and actually founded the event and sponsored it for the first 26 years. After selling the White Brothers, the new owners gave up the sponsorship, but Tom wanted to keep the race moving forward, so he had his daughter and son-in-law’s company, Dubya Wheels, become the title sponsor in 2014. And they are back for 2015. Here is the schedule of events for the most important Vet race in the world—start making plans now.

Saturday, October 31: REM will host its annual Octobercross race one week before the World Vet. Track designer Jody Weisel uses the Octobercross as a chance to test the World Vet layout, which will be different than the current track, USGP track or AMA National track — although the most famous features (Talladega, Mt. Saint Helen and the Velodrome) will all be retained. The Octobercross is a chance for riders to get a taste of the World Vet one week before the festivities narrow down to the two-days of racing. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com.

Thursday, November 5: Thursday will feature an open practice from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The 2015 Dubya World Vet Motocross Championship wants to give out-of-state and out-of-country riders as many chances as possible to adapt to the track — while riding with AMA National Pros and 16-year-old kids. It’s a wild day.

 
Doug Dubach.                                                                   Gary Jones.

Friday, November 6: Friday offers a special practice, limited to riders who have pre-entered the 2015 Dubya World Vet Championship. This practice runs from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. On this day the vendors will be setting up shop and the Glen Helen/Troy Lee Museum will be opened in the afternoon for a historic motocross bike show from Tom White’s “Early Years of Motocross Museum.”

Saturday, November 7: Saturday brings racing to the World Vet Motocross event. Note: Practice is scheduled for 7:00 a.m.. The highlight of  Saturday is the Over-40 Pro Championship. But, there will be support classes for Novice, Intermediate and Expert racers in age groups 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 and Over-70. It should be noted that the only Official World Championship class on Saturday is for the Over-40 Pros (with a $2000 purse) — for everyone else it is a chance to work out the kinks before the big day on Sunday, November 8.

 
Pete DeGraaf & Pete Murray.                                      Rex Staten.

Sunday, November 8: Sunday is the official World Veteran Motocross Championships day. All the same classes that ran on Saturday will race again on Sunday—only this time it is for all the marbles. The exception is that the Over-40 Pro class (who named their Champion on Saturday). The big classes on Sunday are the Over-30 Pros (for $4000 purse) and the Over-30 Pro Women (for a $1000 purse). Travis Preston has won the Over-30 crown for the last two years and has already confirmed that he intends to defend it for a possible three-peat in 2015. The women’s class is a experiment that will be revaluated based on how many racers sign up.

Sunday at noon: The Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented for the 18th time. Initiated to honor individuals who have made a positive contribution to our sport, the award has been received by Edison Dye, Roger DeCoster, Jeff Ward, Joel Robert, Torsten Hallman, Bruce Brown and John DeSoto (among others). This year the 2015 Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Dave McCoy. Don’t know him? You should. Dave founded Mammoth Mountain and the dedicated dirt bike racer started the Mammoth Motocross racers five decades ago. Now 100 years old, Dave deserves to be honored for being bold enough to hold not just a motocross race, but one in the scenic mountain town of of Mammoth Lakes.

Over-65 class added: Just as with the 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55-year old classes, the rapidly growing Over-60 class will now be divided into 60-to-64 and 65-and-up. Of course there is still an Over-70 class, but no plans at the moment to add an Over-75 class.

Entries: Pre-entries, post-entries: Pre-entries are open until October 30. The cost is $40 for the first class and $30 for a second class. Post-entries will begin on Friday November 1, and are $50. The Over-30 Pro, Over-40 Pro and Over-30 Women’s Pro class entry fees are $50 (pre or post). Practices on both races days (Saturday and Sunday) will begin at 7:30 a.m .You can pre-enter at https://secure.tracksideonlineresults.com/glenhelen/index.asp?event=20

 
Ryan Hughes.                                                                  Alan Olson.

Age rules: It doesn’t matter if you will be 40 the next day, you cannot race in the 40 class until you are 40. The same goes for the Over-25 and on up classes. No exceptions. No cheating.

Class jumping: Riders can ride in their age appropriate class and are then eligible to move down one skill level for every ten years (for example, an Over-50 Expert can race the Over-40 Intermediate class). Old riders can ride in younger classes, but young riders cannot ride in older age groups. This system works like this: An Over-60 Expert can also race the Over-50 Intermediates and the Over-40 Novices—he could also ride the Over-30 Novices and Over-25 Novices.

Scoring: Scoring will be by transponder and you must bring your driver’s license to sign-up to prove that you are the right age before transponders will be handed out. No driver’s license—no race. There is no charge for the transponders, but you must leave a form of identification (driver’s license or credit card) to insure that you bring the transponder back at the end of the day. Pre-entered riders must check in along with post-entry riders post entries. For more info or to pre-enter go to www.glenhelen.com

Who can race? The 2015 World Vet Championship does not require membership, licenses or special paperwork. If you show up, you will be allowed to race. It is the original Vet race and titles have been won by many famous motocross racers — including Gary Jones, Rex Staten, Jeff Ward, Erik Kehoe, Warren Reid, Kent Howerton, Torlief Hanssen, Alan Olson, Rich Thorwaldson, Ron Turner, Feets Minert, Kyle Lewis, Casey Johnson, J.N. Roberts, Lars Larsson, Eyvind Boyesen, Pete Murray, Andy Jefferson, Zoli Berenyi, Ryan Hughes, Pete DeGraaf, Travis Preston and Doug Dubach.

Why is Saturday a warm-up race? Why is Saturday considered a warm-up race for the Dubya-sponsored World Vet? Because riders come from 20 different countries and almost every state in the union to race, and the extra day allows them to learn the track, the dirt and the massive Talladega start before the big day on Sunday. Many World Vet regulars race Saturday’s race at a reduced pace, then only ride one lap of practice on Sunday morning, so that they are raring to go for their Sunday class. The Saturday warm-up race lessens the advantage that Glen Helen locals have. It is no surprise that foreign and out-of-state riders need time to get used to the roughness, elevation and size of Glen Helen—it is a tough track that gets rougher with each lap and each day. Only the Over-40 Pros are racing for a World Vet crown on Saturday, November 7.

 
Zoli Berenyi, Sr.                                                                  Lars Larsson.

World Vet Championship titles: Any rider who wins his class on Sunday—regardless of the skill level can claim to be a World Vet Champion (with the caveat that they are the “Over-40 Novice Champion,” etc). However. The true World Vet Champions, the ones that will be recognized for posterity, are the Over-30 Pro, Over-40 Pro, Over-50 Experts, Over-60 Experts and Over-70 class.

Skill classes: The skill levels at the World Vet are Novice, Intermediate and Expert (plus the three Pro classes). There are no Beginner classes. After the Over-40 title is decided on Saturday, the Over-40 Pros can race on Sunday in the Over-40 Expert class, but with no purse. The Over-30 Pros can race on Saturday in the Over-30 Expert class, but with no purse. The Over-70 class is the only class with no skill divisions. It is possible for classes to be added if enough riders sign-up.

THE WORLD VET CLASSES BY AGE AND SKILL LEVEL

PLUS 25: 25+ EXPERT, 25+ INTERMEDIATE, 25+ NOVICE
PLUS 25 WOMEN: 25+ WOMEN EXPERT, 25+ WOMEN INTERMEDIATE, 25+ WOMEN NOVICE
PLUS 30: 30+ PRO (SUNDAY ONLY), 30+ EXPERT, 30+ INTERMEDIATE, 30+ NOVICE
PLUS 30 WOMEN: 30+ WOMEN’S PRO (SUNDAY ONLY), +25 WOMEN, 30+ WOMEN, +40 WOMEN, +50 WOMEN
PLUS 35: 35+ EXPERT, 35+ INTERMEDIATE, 35+ NOVICE
PLUS 40: 40+ PRO (SATURDAY ONLY), 40+ EXPERT (SUNDAY ONLY), 40+ INTERMEDIATE, 40+ NOVICE
PLUS 45: 45+ EXPERT, 45+ INTERMEDIATE, 45+ NOVICE
PLUS 50: 50+ EXPERT, 50+ INTERMEDIATE, 50+ NOVICE
PLUS 55: 55+ EXPERT, 55+ INTERMEDIATE, 55+ NOVICE
PLUS 60: 60+ EXPERT, 60+ INTERMEDIATE, 60+ NOVICE
PLUS 65: 65+ EXPERT, 65+ INTERMEDIATE, 65+ NOVICE
PLUS 70: 70+ ALL

RARE FOOTAGE OF THE 1976 SADDLEBACK BMX RACE

WHERE TO BE, WHEN TO BE THERE & WHAT TO WEAR

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2015 GENOA SUPERCROSS
Nov. 7…………………………….Genoa, Italy

2015 GEICO ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 7………………….………….Boise, ID
Nov. 20-21………………….…..Ontario, CA

2015 WORLD VETERAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 7-8……………………….Glen Helen, CA

2015 LAKE ELSINORE GRAND PRIX
Nov. 7-8……………………….Lake Elsinore, CA

2015 PARIS SUPERCROSS
Nov. 14-16…………………….Lille, FRA

2015 THOR MINI OLYMPICS
Nov. 23-28…………………..Gainesville, FL

2015 DAY IN THE DIRT
Nov. 27-29…………………….Glen Helen, CA

2015 GENEVA SUPERCROSS
Dec. 4-5……………………….Geneva, SW

DEBBI TAMIETTI’S REM PHOTO OF THE WEEK

GLENHELENdtThis is Glen Helen’s first turn. It is a fifth gear, wide-open blast into a 45-degree-banked, 180-degree turn. That is 1985 AMA Rookie of the year Kevin Foley (83) at the front of last Saturday’s Over-50 Expert class at the REM Octobercross. This photo also shows the futility of the yellow plastic track markers.

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THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: TIXIER & TOMAC

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Nov. 2…Jordi Tixier 1992
Nov. 3…Ben Evans 1989
Nov. 3…John Tomac 1967
Nov. 4…Damon Huffman 1975
Nov. 4…Paul Lindsey
Nov. 4…Greg Fox

USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: HONDA EU2000I GENERATOR

HONDAGENERATORThe Honda EU2000i generator can produce up to 120 volts, 2000 watts maximum (AC output) and 12 volts, 96 watts (DC output) of electricity. That’s enough power to run a television, refrigerator, drill, compressor or any electrical appliance. And it can do it anywhere—even in a zombie apocalypse.

VERDICT: The 98.5cc engine in the EU2000i ran for nine hours on less than a gallon of gas. It has an Eco-Throttle switch to minimize fuel consumption, AC and DC circuit protectors for surge overload and built-in hour meter. Incredibly useful at home or away. $1149.95 — Your local Honda dealer or www.powerequipment.honda.com.

MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE: ONE STEP BEYOND UPSIDE-DOWN FORKS

Husaberg’s upside-down engine design was an attempt by Swedish designer Jens Elmwall to maximize centralization of mass. It could be considered a failure because it and Husaberg are gone now, but it turned the engine world on its head when first released in 2010.

USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: THOR SENTINEL XP

THORSENTINETALThe Sentinel XP fills the gap between the full-protection Thor Quadrant and the minimalistic Thor Sentinel. The Sentinel XP can be used as a full body protector or as a front-only protector. It is is neck brace capable (thanks to removable panels)

VERDICT: The Sentinel XP is a jack of all trades. It can be worn as an over-protector, underprotector or as a roost guard. Thor’s ratcheting latch system work just like a pair of riding pants. Equally important, unlatching the side straps is a breeze. We were pleased with the fit, finish and performance of the Sentinel XP. $99.95 — www.thormx.com or your local dealer.

MXA PHOTO OF THE DAY: BUT, IS IT 2017 OR 1976?

airforksspeedoYamaha is not joining the air fork craze, but if they were, they already have air forks in the parts department. These “speedo and tach” air canister came stock on the air-fork-equipped 1976 Yamahas. We put them on a new YZ125.

 

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2015 WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP IS HERE

WORLDVETPOSTER2015For more info go to www.glenhelen.com.

2015 LAKE ELSINORE GRAND PRIX ON NOV. 7-8

elsionoooore For more info go to www.lakeelsinoregp.com.

DAY IN THE DIRT 18 IS COMING TO GLEN HELEN ON NOV. 27-29

ditd18postrrFor more info go to www.dayinthedirt.com

IF YOU’D LIKE TO GO TO THIS SERIES, YOU ARE 43 YEARS TOO LATE

inter-AMAraceposterThe 1972 Inter-AMA series went to Boise, Olympia, L.A. Coliseum, Unadilla, Elkhorn and Lexington.

TWIN AIR’S NEW WEB SITE IS READY FOR YOU

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Twin Air’s newly overhauled web site is backed by a flashy new look with several features to enhance speed, ease of navigation and the overall user experience. Most notable among the new features is a new Applications function, which enables visitors to search Twin Air products by type, bike manufacturer, part number or random text. Users can also find step-by-step tips and video tutorials on filter care, easy access to product information, contact info and links to the company’s two dozen OEM partners. Check the website out at www.twinair.com.

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FLASHBACK: LAST YEAR’S WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP

VETprestonTravis Preston (11) is looking for the three-peat in 2015.

2014 OVER-30 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Travis Preston (Yam)………1-1
2. Mike Sleeter (KTM)………..2-2
3. Ryan Morais (KTM)………..3-4
4. Tonni Anderson (KTM)…..8-3
5. Brian Jorgensen (Hon)……4-7

VETsleeterMike Sleeter (111) was the only rider who could keep Travis Preston in sight — and even lead him for awhile. Sleeter was second in the Over-30 Pros.

2014 OVER-40 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Doug Dubach (Yam)……….1-1
2. Julien Cerny (Kaw)………..3-2
3. Gordon Ward (Hon)……….2-3

VETdubachDoug Dubach (15) won the Over-40 and Over-50 Championships in 2014. Those were his 23rd and 24th World Vet titles. Doug hopes to add 25 and 26 next week. Here, Ryan Morais, third in the Over-30 Pro class, chases Doug, who was 6th in the Over-30 Pro class last year also.

2014 OVER-50 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Doug Dubach (Yam)………….1-1
2. Drey Dirks (Hon)……………..2-2
3. Willy Simons (Yam)………….3-4

VETwheelerBrian Wheeler came straight from his victory at the Farleigh Castle Vet MXDN race the week before, but found 2014 Glen Helen track to be a little daunting while upholding British honor.

2014 OVER-60 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Brent Wallingsford (Hon)……1-1
2. Rick Johnson (Hon)…………..2-2
3. Jim Latendresse (KTM)……..3-3

VETstartGlen Helen’s Talladega first turn is a fifth gear charge into a banked 45-degree turn. It is possible to get the holeshot from any gate on the 40-man start line. This year the start will be on dirt instead of concrete.

2014 OVER-70 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Gary Chase (Hon)………….1-1
2. Alan Olson (Yam)………….2-2
3. Bart Kellogg (KTM)……….3-4

THE FIM’S NEW HEADQUARTER: OF COURSE IT GOES AROUND IN A CIRCLE

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Round buildings are showpieces, but tend to make poor use of space, but the FIM wanted a unique look for their meeting rooms.

Since 1994 the headquarters of the FIM has been situated in Mies, Switzerland, near the shores of Lake Geneva. The original FIM building was built in the form of two wheels, to replicate a motorcycle, and was a popular iconic structure of the picturesque area. In 2007 this new extension of the building was proposed to allow the FIM to accommodate more staff and provide a higher level of service, with more initiatives and projects centralizing from within the FIM’s control center.

FIM1A large spiral staircase in the center of the foyer gets people to the glass enclosed meeting rooms on the second floor.

The extension houses meeting rooms and conference facilities for seminars, board and commission gatherings, technical sessions and educational seminars. Modular space and also open, transparent office stations are present throughout the whole building. The new design now takes on the shape of a large single wheel and has a stronger presence on the existing site.  The buildings curved facade is environmentally friendly, with a total surface area of 18,000 square feet between the two floors.

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The foyer of theFIM  building houses iconic motorcycle memorabilia from the FIM’s six disciplines and there is a central spiral staircase between the two floors.

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2016 ARENACROSS SCHEDULE

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2016 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 9-10………………….Cincinnati,OH
Jan. 15-17………………..Baltimore, MD
Jan. 22-24………………..Allentown, PA
Jan. 30-31………………..Greensboro, NC
Feb. 4-7…………………..Colorado Springs, CO
Feb. 13-14………………..Omaha, NB
Feb. 20-21………………..Tampa, FL
Feb. 27-28………………..Birmingham, AL
Mar. 12-13………………..Lafayette, LA
April 2-3…………………..Ontario, CA
April 9-10…………………Salinas, CA
April 16-17………………..Tacoma, WA.
April 22-24………………..Nampa, ID
May 6-8…………………..Las Vegas, NV

2016 AMA SUPERCROSS SCHEDULE

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2016 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

Jan. 9…………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 16………………….San Diego, CA
Jan. 23………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 30………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 6……………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 13………………….San Diego, CA
Feb. 20………………….Arlington, TX
Feb. 27………………….Atlanta, GA
March 5………………….Daytona, FL
March 12…………………Toronto, CAN
March 19………………..Detroit, MI
April 2………………..….Santa Clara, CA
April 9………………..….Indianapolis, IN
April 16………………….St. Louis, MO
April 23………………….Foxboro, MA
April 30………………….East Rutherford, NJ
May 7…………………….Las Vegas, NV

2016 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

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2016 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 21……………………Hangtown, CA
May 28.…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 4..……………….….Thunder Valley, CO
June 18..…………………Mt Morris, PA
June 25.………………….Muddy Creek, TN
July 2.…………………….Red Bud, MI
July 9..……………………Southwick, MA​
July 16.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 23.…………………..Washougal, WA
Aug. 13..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 20..………………….Budds Creek, MD​
Aug. 27.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN​

2016 KTM JUNIOR SUPERCROSS CHALLENGE SCHEDULE

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2016 KTM JUNIOR SUPERCROSS CHALLENGE

Jan. 16……………………..San Diego
Jan. 23……………………..Anaheim II
Feb. 6……………………….Phoenix
Feb. 20……………………..Dallas
Feb. 27……………………. Atlanta
Mar. 12…………………….Toronto
Mar. 19…………………….Detroit
April 9………………………Indianapolis
April 16……………………..St. Louis
May 7……………………….Las Vegas

2016 FIM GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE

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2016 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Feb. 27……………………..Losail, Qatar
Mar. 06……………………..Suphan Buri, Thailand
Mar. 13……………………..Sepang, Malaysia
Mar. 3……………………….Neuquen, Argentina
April 24……………………..Leon, Mexico
April 17…………………….Valkenswaard, Holland
May 1……………………….Kegums, Latvia
May 8……………………….Teutschenthal, Germany
May 15……………………..Pietramurata, Italy
May 29……………………..TBA
June 5………………………St Jean d’Angely, France
June 19…………………….Matterly Basin, Great Britain
June 26…………………….Mantova, Italy
July 24………………………Loket, Czech Republic
July 31………………………Lommel, Belgium
Aug. 7……………………….Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Aug. 28……………………..Assen, Holland
Sept. 3………………………Charlotte, USA
Sept.11……………………..Glen Helen, USA

Photos by John Basher, Debbi Tamietti, Dan Alamangos, Massimo Zanzani, KTM, John Ker and MXA

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