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Ratigan, Wood, Carman Roost Cahuilla VMX!

| 22 October 2014 12:57 am

CALVMX/ 100%/ AHRMA So Cal Regional Series
Round 4: Cahuilla Creek MX Park

Story by Steve Caro
Photos by Kathryn Caro
ANZA, CA, OCT. 12, 2014

The unprecedented effort required for September’s two-day Vintage/ Post-Vintage Racing National and Salute to 40 Years of Women’s Motocross trifecta made hosting the October round of the 2014 CALVMX/ AHRMA/ 100% Vintage Racing season a relative walk in the park for the club’s staff members.

The Breast Cancer Awareness ceremony at the riders’ meeting honored club member who are breast-cancer survivors: Bonnie Connolly, Robin Bartee and Kathy Caro.

The Breast Cancer Awareness ceremony at the riders’ meeting honored club member who are breast-cancer survivors: Bonnie Connolly, Robin Bartee and Kathy Caro.

Continuing the CALVMX tradition of doing more than just promoting racing, the October round featured a focus on breast cancer, with a salute to the female club members who are survivors of the disease and another “run what you brung” pseudo-flat-track event, with proceeds from the entry fees going to breast-cancer research.

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Seasoned vets Ron Ratigan and Mark Sandzimier waged a two-moto battle for supremacy in the Over 50 GP Expert class.

Moto one witnessed the Honda CR500-mounted Ratigan and the Honda CR250-mounted Sandzimier power their way into the top positions as the pack entered the Cahuilla Vet track. The legendary brute horsepower of Ratigan’s CR500 gave him a slim lead over Sandzimier, who kept his quarter-liter mount effectively wide open the entire way around the course as he stayed within inches of Ratigan.

Ron Ratigan (1) and Mark Sandzimier (50) battled in the Over 50 GP Expert class.

Ron Ratigan (1) and Mark Sandzimier (50) battled in the Over 50 GP Expert class.

Midway through the white-flag lap, it appeared Sandzimier was ready to make his move as he and Ratigan powered into a banked turn. In what has to be one of the more inexplicable moments this season, it was at that exact moment that the water truck cut loose with a powerful arc of water spray exactly where the two leaders were located. Both instinctively turned their heads away from the blast of water, and Sandzimier, using an inside line, powered into the lead. Although Ratigan quickly recovered from the impromptu shower, Sandzimier took the moto win, followed by Ratigan and Suzuki rider Ed Tashjian.

Ed Tashjian (4) finished third overall in the Over 50 GP Expert class.

Ed Tashjian (4) finished third overall in the Over 50 GP Expert class.

Moto two saw Ratigan demonstrate why the CR500 is still considered the pure horsepower king of motocross, even in the era of overpriced and overhyped four-stroke “450Fs.” He powered his way into a substantial lead, with Tashjian in second, while Sandzimier worked his way through the pack into third.

Mark Sandzimier (50) ended up placing second in the Over 50 GP Expert class.

Mark Sandzimier (50) ended up placing second in the Over 50 GP Expert class.

The distinctive bark of the big-bore Honda could be heard around the course as Ratigan continued to lead the moto. Behind him, Sandzimier moved into second, with Tashjian holding on to third.

Although Sandzimier closed the gap on Ratigan, at the finish, it was Ratigan taking the moto and overall win, followed by Sandzimier in the runner-up slot and the ever-consistent Tashjian in third.

Ron Ratigan (1) went 2-1 for the overall Over 50 GP Expert victory.

Ron Ratigan (1) went 2-1 for the overall Over 50 GP Expert victory.

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Mark Wood showed his skills on both two- and three-wheeled machines to great effect during the day. Best known for teaming up with his wife, Katherine, on their KTM-powered sidehack, Wood showed he can also hustle a CZ around the course, in the highly competitive Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

In moto one, Can-Am-mounted Steve “Not Jimmy” Ellis powered his way to the front as the pack entered the back half of the course. Wood followed in second, with Maico rider Ron Ratigan running third. Ellis continued unimpeded and took the moto win with relative ease, with Wood second and CZ rider Kirk Chapman in third after battling his way through the pack.

Kirk Chapman (X) ended up third overall in the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

Kirk Chapman (X) ended up third overall in the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

Ellis and Wood launched out of the starting gate in tandem in moto two. Ellis maintained a narrow lead over Wood for the first two laps, with Wood closing in quickly as they passed the scoring tower.

Entering lap three, Wood hammered his CZ down the steep front-straight hill to take over the lead spot. Ellis wasn’t about to concede the race, and he kept the pressure on Wood. Only a few bikelengths separated the two as the moto neared its end. At the checkers, it was Wood taking the moto and overall wins, followed by Ellis and Chapman.

Mark Wood (3) won the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

Mark Wood (3) won the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

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Ryan Carman and his ever-quick Honda once again dominated the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate division with an extraordinary two-moto sweep.

In the first moto, Carman led as the pack climbed the uphill starting hill. Trailing Carman were Honda-mounted Travis McCaw and Brent Wilkinson, on his distinctively painted white Suzuki with red number plates. Carman rapidly built up a tremendous lead over the rest of the pack and romped to an easy win. McCaw and Wilkinson logged second- and third-place finishes, respectively, behind Carman.

Ryan Carman (155E) was indomitable in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class.

Ryan Carman (155E) was indomitable in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class.

Carman’s dominance continued in the second moto, as he once again rocketed away from the rest of the field at the start of the race. By lap two, his lead over second-place rider McCaw was some 10 seconds. Circulating alone in second was McCaw, while further back was Wilkinson. Carman went on to take both the moto and overall wins, with McCaw and Wilkinson rounding out the podium spots.

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Ruby Edwards (W22) topped the Women’s Novice ranks.

Ruby Edwards (W22) topped the Women’s Novice ranks.

Kayley Martin (314) won the Women’s Intermediate contest.

Kayley Martin (314) won the Women’s Intermediate contest.

Richard Meyers (316) rode his DOT to the Premier Open Novice victory.

Richard Meyers (316) rode his DOT to the Premier Open Novice victory.

Other class winners on the day included KTM rider Ruby Edwards, in Women’s Novice action; Yamaha-mounted Kayley Martin, in the Women’s Intermediate class; Richard Meyers, on his extremely rare early-1960s DOT (complete with ’blooey pipe), in the Premier Open Novice class; Kawasaki jockey Nolan Wright, in Junior Novice competition; Greeves rider Gary Collman, in the Classic 250cc Intermediate contest; and perennial competitor Craig Walker, riding his CZ to victory in the Over 60 Vintage Intermediate ranks.

Nolan Wright (9) was top dog in the Junior Novice field.

Nolan Wright (9) was top dog in the Junior Novice field.

Gary Collman (13N) took the Classic 250cc Intermediate win.

Gary Collman (13N) took the Classic 250cc Intermediate win.

Craig Walker (295) was victorious in the Over 60 Vintage Intermediate class.

Craig Walker (295) was victorious in the Over 60 Vintage Intermediate class.

November will see the series returning to Glen Helen for round five of the 2014 season. As an added bonus, on Saturday, November 1, there will be a CALVMX-exclusive practice day on the REM track, followed by racing on Sunday. Class championships are still up for the taking, and everyone is strongly encouraged to attend.

For further information on Vintage Motocross racing, see calvmx.net and ahrma.org.

Cahuilla Creek MX Park
Anza, California
Results: October 12, 2014 (Round 4)

JR: 1. Nolan Wright (Kaw).

WOMEN NOV: 1. Ruby Edwards (KTM); 2. Randi Schaller (Yam); 3. Penny Shidner (Yam).

WOMEN INT: 1. Kayley Martin (Yam); 2. Desiree Bates (Kaw); 3. Anna Lisa Davis (Yam); 4. Robin Lee (Suz); 5. Mimi Selly (Hsq).

WOMEN VINTAGE: 1. Katherine Wood (CZ).

GP 85 INT: 1. Kurtis Hamill (Suz).

XR STOCK INT: 1. Art Leva.

PREMIER NOV: 1. Richard Meyers (DOT).

CLASSIC 125 NOV: 1. Phillip Gutierrez (Yam).

CLASSIC 125 INT: 1. Jeff Snyder (Yam); 2. Gene Fetty (Hsq).

CLASSIC 125 EX: 1. Jim Stein (Hod).

CLASSIC 250 INT: 1. Gary Collman (Gre).

CLASSIC 500 INT: 1. Tim McIntyre (BSA).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 NOV: 1. Randy Okada (Yam).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 INT: 1. Danny Gonzalez (Yam); 2. Tim Bartee (Yam); 3. Andrew Hopkins (Kaw).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 PRO: 1. Gary Faxon (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 INT: 1. Ryan Carman (Hon); 2. Travis McCaw (Hon); 3. Brent Wilkinson (Suz); 4. James Barker (Hon); 5. John Woolsey (Yam).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 EX: 1. Marc Brown (Hon).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 NOV: 1. Hal Voznick (Bul); 2. Tim Vasquez (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 INT: 1. Tom Harper (Tri); 2. Mike Korgan (CZ); 3. Steve Roach (CZ); 4. Dave Scourfield (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 EX: 1. Shawn Culp (CZ).

GP 1 125 INT: 1. Kitty Hoole (Yam); 2. Phil Reville (Suz); 3. Travis McCaw (Hon).

GP 1 250 NOV: 1. Chris Osborn (Hon); 2. Steve Voznick (Mai); 3. Gary Ward (Yam).

GP 1 250 INT: 1. Phil Reville (Suz); 2. Steve Gallegos (Hsq).

GP 1 500 INT: 1. Joe Whitcher (Mai).

GP 1 500 EX: 1. Brian Curtis (Mai).

GP 2 125 INT: 1. Ryan Voznick (Suz); 2. Tim Hoole (Suz); 3. Bob Seki (Suz).

GP 2 125 EX: 1. Marc Brown (Hon).

GP 2 125 PRO: 1. Scott Burnworth (Yam).

GP 2 250 NOV: 1. Nolan Keckley (Yam); 2. Greg Greenwood (Yam).

GP 2 500 NOV: 1. Vince Laker (Hon).

GP 2 500 INT: 1. Don Hansing (Mai).

GP 3 125 NOV: 1. Ed Larnerd (Yam); 2. Steve Voznick (Kaw); 3. Dan Troesken (Hon).

GP 3 125 EX: 1. Ron Renzulli (Hon); 2. Kyle Winton (Yam); 3. Ed Tashjian (Suz).

GP 3 250 NOV: 1. Darrin Hammond (Yam).

GP 3 250 INT: 1. Ryan Voznick (Yam); 2. Jeff Snyder (Yam).

GP 3 250 EX: 1. David MacDonald (Kaw).

GP 3 500 NOV: 1. Myron Lapka (Hon).

GP 3 500 INT: 1. Ron Rinden (Hon).

GP 3 500 EX: 1. Marc Brown (Hon).

OPEN AGE INT VINTAGE: 1. Steve Roach (CZ).

OPEN AGE PRO VINTAGE: 1. Scott Burnworth (Oss).

OPEN AGE GP NOV: 1. Vince Laker (Hon); 2. Stephen Toimble (Hon).

OPEN AGE GP INT: 1. Joe Whitcher (Mai).

OPEN AGE GP EX: 1. Kyle Winton (Yam).

50+ VINTAGE NOV: 1. Tim Vasquez (CZ).

50+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Brent Wilkinson (Suz); 2. James Barker (Hon); 3. Dave Scourfield (CZ); 4. Kevin Temple (Kaw); 5. Ray Zuchowski (CZ).

50+ VINTAGE EX: 1. Mark Wood (CZ); 2. Steve Ellis (C-A); 3. Kirk Chapman (CZ).

50+ GP NOV: 1. Mike Stafford (Mai); 2. Al Gabriola (Hon); 3. Myron Lapka (Hsq).

50+ GP INT: 1. Dave Feeney (Hon); 2. Tim Hoole (Suz); 3. Rick Guilmette (Yam); 4. Dan Hansing (Mai); 5. Ron Rinden (Hon).

50+ GP EX: 1. Ron Ratigan (Hon); 2. Mark Sandzimier (Hon); 3. Ed Tashjian (Suz); 4. Carmen Cafro (Suz).

60+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Craig Walker (CZ); 2. Dana Yenawine (CZ); 3. Gary Collman (Gre).

60+ VINTAGE EX: 1. Bill Silverthorn (Hsq).

60+ GP EX: 1. Roland Rodriguez (Mai); 2. Jack McCormick (Suz).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE INT: 1. Evan Woolsey (Yam); 2. Roger Carry (Suz); 3. Earl Serrato (Hon); 4. Art Leva (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE EX: 1. Mark Sandzimier (Suz); 2. Kyle Winton (Yam); 3. Jack McCormick (Yam).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Kurtis Hamill (Hon); 2. Jeff Dailey (Yam); 3. Rick Stratman (Hon); 4. Tony Cencek (Hon); 5. Fedrico Robles (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE INT: 1. Billy Hamill (Hon); 2. John Brady (Hon); 3. Jason Tonnessen (Hon); 4. Michael Hearn (Yam); 5. Josh Murphy (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE EX: 1. Matt Kelley (Hon); 2. Robert Campbell (Yam); 3. Will Harper (KTM).

3-WHEEL STOCK 250 NOV: 1. Nolan Keckley (Suz); 2. Trevon Bartee (Yam).

3-WHEEL STOCK 250 INT: 1. Tim Coulson (Hon); 2. Jerry Nocciolo (Hon).

3-WHEEL STOCK 250 EX: 1. John Brady (Hon); 2. Paul Proctor (Hon); 3. Ron Baker (Hon).

3-WHEEL STOCK OPEN EX: 1. Larry Proctor (Hon).

SIDECAR: 1. Mark Wood/ Katherine Wood (BSU).

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FACTORY SUPPORT NOV: 1. Hal Voznick (Yam).

FACTORY SUPPORT INT: 1. Kitty Hoole (Hon); 2. Roland Wheeler (Yam).

FACTORY WORKS EX: 1. David MacDonald (Yam); 2. Brian Curtis (Yam).

FACTORY WORKS PRO: 1. Scott Burnworth (Yam).

Noleen 125cc Challenge

VINTAGE WORKS EX: 1. Jim Stein (Hod).

FACTORY WORKS NOV: 1. Vinny Vitalie (Suz); 2. Randy Okada (Yam); 3. Hal Voznick (Suz).

FACTORY WORKS EX: 1. Parker Jones (Hon); 2. David MacDonald (Yam).

[For more from this event, please stay tuned for “Snapshots from CALVMX Round Four” by Tom Corley, to be posted soon on Today’s Cycle Coverage… Editor]

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