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Race Report from the CALVMX Vintage National

| 2 October 2014 3:56 pm

AHRMA Race Tech Post-Vintage National
AHRMA Northwest Maico & CZ Vintage National
CALVMX/100%/AHRMA So Cal Regional Series
Round 3: Glen Helen Raceway

By Ben Meza
Courtesy of Blais Racing Services
SAN BERNARDINO, CA, SEPT. 6-7, 2014

Race Report by Ben Meza
I had always wanted to do a Vintage race. I was given the opportunity and decided to take it. I was going to race the Vintage National, part of the CALVMX Series, at Glen Helen Raceway. I was going to race an air-cooled 1979 CR125. I was extremely excited and couldn’t wait for race day!

My race was going to be held on Saturday at Glen Helen Raceway. I was signed up in the 125cc Expert class. I was pretty excited because my friend Parker Jones and his dad, Clark Jones, were also in the 125cc Expert class. This made for some great racing.

Ben Meza airing out the 1979 CR125!

Ben Meza airing out the 1979 CR125!

I hadn’t ridden the bike at all before race day. My first time riding the bike was during practice that morning. I was really impressed with how fast the bike was! Unfortunately, due to the air-cooled system, the bike would heat up really quickly, slowing it down after only a few laps.

I was a little nervous for the first moto, but after I got started, it was just like racing a modern bike. I was in second around the first big turn – “Talladega” – right behind Clark. I quickly threw down the pass and worked my way into the lead. I took some deep breaths and then got in my groove. I then checked out from Clark, who was still running second, right ahead of Parker. I had a flawless race and rode all the way to the checkers.

I was having a lot of fun on the bike, throwing little whips over the finish-line jump, just enjoying myself. It was a completely different atmosphere from the type of racing I’m used to. Although it was a National race, I feel like it was a lot more laid-back than the Nationals I’m used racing.

After moto one, I just sat around in the heat, waiting for moto two. I couldn’t believe how hot and humid it was at Glen Helen!

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It was finally time for moto two. I lined myself up on the inside of the gate and had my gate swept for me by my girlfriend, Paige. I stared closely, waiting for the gate to drop. At just the smallest twitch, I got on the throttle and accelerated off the concrete. I didn’t get the jump I wanted and fell back to fourth place by the time we got to Talladega. I made a quick pass for third and then another pass for second on Parker before the end of the first lap.

Going across the finish-line jump, I was right behind Clark. I stayed there the majority of the race. I tried to make a pass on Clark at one point, but it didn’t stick. Parker would end up getting by me. The three of us battled all the way to the last lap, with Clark in the lead, Parker in second, as I followed in third.

With one corner to go, Clark’s bike seized, and Parker would inherit the lead, allowing me to stay in second.

With my first-place finish in moto one and my second-place finish in moto two, that allowed me to take the 125cc Expert overall for the day!

I’m really excited with my result, and I can’t thank John Shore enough for letting me ride his bike. I had a great time at the race and hope to race a few more Vintage races in the future. It was nice to race something a little different.

Now it’s time to focus on the next AMA National Hare and Hound in Yerington, Nevada, round nine, on September 21!

[For more from this event, please see “Daniel Dominates as Glen Helen Does the Vintage Double!” and “CALVMX Salutes the Legendary Ladies of Motocross,” both by Steve Caro and Kathryn Caro, as well as “Snapshots from a Salute to 40 Years of Women’s Motocross” by Tom Corley… Editor]

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