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Snapshots from the California Gold Cup Season Opener

| 23 January 2015 3:48 pm

17th Annual California Gold Cup Series
Round 1: Perris Raceway

Photos and Captions by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
PERRIS, CA, JAN. 18, 2015

The smell of racing fuel – well, more like a cloud of racing fuel – hovered over Perris Raceway. The preparation, anticipation and focus of many a motocross racer was directed toward this event.

As predicted, hundreds of racers from as far away at Utah descended upon this track for the opening round of the 17th annual California Gold Cup Series. For this large group of participants there were 19 races, with two motos apiece, and still everything was wrapped up before sundown. Awesome trophies were awarded on the day, and for those who make the trek to four of the five events, the prestigious Gold Cups will be presented to the top-placing contestants.

Enjoy the following photographic presentation of this event. The results follow the photos.

The “Oldest Motorcycle Track in California,” Perris Raceway, hosted the 17th annual California Gold Cup series’ opening event. This raceway was a playground to many of the pioneers in the sport of motocross and flat-track racing, and most of them are still around to talk about those good vintage days. Totally modern bikes took over the park on this day, but with the same racing spirit of those early racers. The legend of Perris Raceway will continue for yet another generation.

The “Oldest Motorcycle Track in California,” Perris Raceway, hosted the 17th annual California Gold Cup series’ opening event. This raceway was a playground to many of the pioneers in the sport of motocross and flat-track racing, and most of them are still around to talk about those good vintage days. Totally modern bikes took over the park on this day, but with the same racing spirit of those early racers. The legend of Perris Raceway will continue for yet another generation.

The official line-up is posted on the board, and one has to take a turn to see what race one will be in. Hey, Anthony Gonzales, you will never see your name unless you get off your bike!

The official line-up is posted on the board, and one has to take a turn to see what race one will be in. Hey, Anthony Gonzales, you will never see your name unless you get off your bike!

Brazen Dever doesn’t need a pit bike to get around on; he’s got his dad, Pat. This is a family sport, and here is one of the father-and-son teams. Time for Brazen to get to the starting line, as his race is coming up.

Brazen Dever doesn’t need a pit bike to get around on; he’s got his dad, Pat. This is a family sport, and here is one of the father-and-son teams. Time for Brazen to get to the starting line, as his race is coming up.

Brazen Dever (112) is on the line and ready to go. This is the Pee Wee class, in which many champions have started out.

Brazen Dever (112) is on the line and ready to go. This is the Pee Wee class, in which many champions have started out.

Check out the intense look in Brazen Dever’s eyes as he is on his way to winning the Pee Wee (4-6) class.

Check out the intense look in Brazen Dever’s eyes as he is on his way to winning the Pee Wee (4-6) class.

Here comes Jeremy Rhodes (1), getting some encouragement to go on and take third in the Pee Wee (4-6) class.

Here comes Jeremy Rhodes (1), getting some encouragement to go on and take third in the Pee Wee (4-6) class.

Noah Gordon (41) flies by the American flag en route to taking the checkered one.

Noah Gordon (41) flies by the American flag en route to taking the checkered one.

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Sweeping the starting grid. Look at all of those Kawasaki bikes lined up for this 80cc class. The odds are that one of those green machines will get the holeshot ...right?

Sweeping the starting grid. Look at all of those Kawasaki bikes lined up for this 80cc class. The odds are that one of those green machines will get the holeshot …right?

No way did a Kawasaki get the holeshot! Pierce Brown (63) from Sandy, Utah, took his KTM to the lead in this Supermini (Through 13) race.

No way did a Kawasaki get the holeshot! Pierce Brown (63) from Sandy, Utah, took his KTM to the lead in this Supermini (Through 13) race.

In the Supermini race there was a Suzuki jockey who flew like nobody else did, and that was Austin Magner (222).

In the Supermini race there was a Suzuki jockey who flew like nobody else did, and that was Austin Magner (222).

The second moto for the Supermini class found two KTM riders out front, as Joshua Varize (24) took on Pierce Brown (63) …with a little help from that FMF pipe.

The second moto for the Supermini class found two KTM riders out front, as Joshua Varize (24) took on Pierce Brown (63) …with a little help from that FMF pipe.

Pierce Brown (63) was the day’s superstar in the Supermini class, taking a 1-1 finish for the clear win. Check out this turn shot of him with his hand almost touching his boot.

Pierce Brown (63) was the day’s superstar in the Supermini class, taking a 1-1 finish for the clear win. Check out this turn shot of him with his hand almost touching his boot.

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Kawasaki was out giving support to their riders. Go, Team Green!

Kawasaki was out giving support to their riders. Go, Team Green!

Team Green’s Gordon Keller Jr. knows how to rid his bike of all that mud. The bike wash is the way to go at Perris. Look at those in line, ready to clean their bikes.

Team Green’s Gordon Keller Jr. knows how to rid his bike of all that mud. The bike wash is the way to go at Perris. Look at those in line, ready to clean their bikes.

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At the drop of the gate, it sounded like a bomb had exploded as these four-strokes took off. Craig Canoy (not pictured) took the overall win in this Over 45 class. Right after him were Paul Berton (618), Joel Harriott (11) and Casey Gunzl (right).

At the drop of the gate, it sounded like a bomb had exploded as these four-strokes took off. Craig Canoy (not pictured) took the overall win in this Over 45 class. Right after him were Paul Berton (618), Joel Harriott (11) and Casey Gunzl (right).

Craig Canoy’s son Kevin caught the attention of this photographer in several views on this day. Here, Kevin Canoy (11) slides his bike in the 250cc Novice (Over 17) race, in which he placed third.

Craig Canoy’s son Kevin caught the attention of this photographer in several views on this day. Here, Kevin Canoy (11) slides his bike in the 250cc Novice (Over 17) race, in which he placed third.

Kevin Canoy (wearing the number-211 jersey) dices with Casey Ferriss (917) in the 250cc Novice (Over 17) contest.

Kevin Canoy (wearing the number-211 jersey) dices with Casey Ferriss (917) in the 250cc Novice (Over 17) contest.

A.J. Lee (20) took the right line through this turn and edges out Kevin Canoy (1, on the outside) in the 450cc Novice (Over 17) event.

A.J. Lee (20) took the right line through this turn and edges out Kevin Canoy (1, on the outside) in the 450cc Novice (Over 17) event.

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First-turn action finds Parker Wilbanks (43) taking the inside line and going into a drift. Surrounding him are Blaze Jones (28) and Brad Grumbley (19) in the 250cc Novice (Through 16) contest, in which Conley Kautz was the champ.

First-turn action finds Parker Wilbanks (43) taking the inside line and going into a drift. Surrounding him are Blaze Jones (28) and Brad Grumbley (19) in the 250cc Novice (Through 16) contest, in which Conley Kautz was the champ.

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Jason Lutton (356) just clears the embankment on this turn. He topped both motos in the Over 30 Intermediate/ Pro race.

Jason Lutton (356) just clears the embankment on this turn. He topped both motos in the Over 30 Intermediate/ Pro race.

Right on the first lap: That’s the time when you will find multiple riders in the air at the same time over these jumps. In this case, it happens to be Rachel Combs (399) following three riders in the 250cc Intermediate class. Sean Cantrell won the class with a perfect 1-1 tally.

Right on the first lap: That’s the time when you will find multiple riders in the air at the same time over these jumps. In this case, it happens to be Rachel Combs (399) following three riders in the 250cc Intermediate class. Sean Cantrell won the class with a perfect 1-1 tally.

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This was the turn on the far right side of the track that proved to be a challenge for many riders. Nathan Berge (214) takes the middle of the road while Conley Kautz (186) takes the outside line. Conley had the track figured out and won overall in the 250cc Novice (Through 16) Intermediate class.

This was the turn on the far right side of the track that proved to be a challenge for many riders. Nathan Berge (214) takes the middle of the road while Conley Kautz (186) takes the outside line. Conley had the track figured out and won overall in the 250cc Novice (Through 16) Intermediate class.

Nathan Berge (214) gets some serious air off this jump while Joel Vasquez (10) plays it safe.

Nathan Berge (214) gets some serious air off this jump while Joel Vasquez (10) plays it safe.

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The sounds of two-strokes were heard in this 125cc class, with Jacob Macrae (9) and Gage Schehr (188) clearing this jump at the same time.

The sounds of two-strokes were heard in this 125cc class, with Jacob Macrae (9) and Gage Schehr (188) clearing this jump at the same time.

Taking fourth in the 85/150cc (12-18) class was Ethan Cook (215), who rode a Suzuki.

Taking fourth in the 85/150cc (12-18) class was Ethan Cook (215).

There was no room for mistakes here, as Ryan Taylor (522) and Conley Kautz (186) crowd each other over this jump.

There was no room for mistakes here, as Ryan Taylor (522) and Conley Kautz (186) crowd each other over this jump.

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Tallon LaFountaine (59) took the 250cc Pro A win, but this turn was a challenge even for him. Note that his back tire is in one line and the front tire is headed toward another. Tristen Gugelman (242) of the 250cc Intermediate class decided to take the easy line outside.

Tallon LaFountaine (59) took the 250cc Pro A win, but this turn was a challenge even for him. Note that his back tire is in one line and the front tire is headed toward another. Tristen Gugelman (242) of the 250cc Intermediate class decided to take the easy line outside.

Topping the Women’s 125-250cc class was Haydee Bullard (133).

Topping the Women’s 125-250cc class was Haydee Bullard (133).

One of the fastest women racers in the world was with us at this event, and that is Sayaka Kaneshiro. Originally from Japan but now living in Torrance, California, Sayaka wasn’t at her best today, saying, “That was not me.” Like many other riders, she was having trouble on some of the turns – but she sure flew over the jumps! Competing in the 250cc Pro A class, she placed fourth.

One of the fastest women racers in the world was with us at this event, and that is Sayaka Kaneshiro. Originally from Japan but now living in Torrance, California, Sayaka wasn’t at her best today, saying, “That was not me.” Like many other riders, she was having trouble on some of the turns – but she sure flew over the jumps! Competing in the 250cc Pro A class, she placed fourth.

Sayaka Kaneshiro (11) attacks this muddy turn that formed different grooves.

Sayaka Kaneshiro (11) attacks this muddy turn that formed different grooves.

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Camp Deegan – the home of Haiden Deegan, who had a terrific day racing in the Mini classes…

Camp Deegan – the home of Haiden Deegan, who had a terrific day racing in the Mini classes…

… as you can see by the three trophies he garnered. No doubt Haiden Deegan will be going for a Gold Cup in this series. He didn’t have to go far to race today, as he lives right up the freeway in Temecula.

… as you can see by the three trophies he garnered. No doubt Haiden Deegan will be going for a Gold Cup in this series. He didn’t have to go far to race today, as he lives right up the freeway in Temecula.

The next race of the California Gold Cup will be on February 1 at Glen Helen Raceway. Load up your motorcycles, bicycles or whatever you want to bring, and we will see you there!

The next race of the California Gold Cup will be on February 1 at Glen Helen Raceway. Load up your motorcycles, bicycles or whatever you want to bring, and we will see you there!

Perris Raceway
Perris, California
Results: January 18, 2015 (Round 1)

PEE WEE BEG (4-6): 1. Branden Eadez; 2. Madison Kassell; 3. Jeremy Rhodes.

PEE WEE BEG (7-8): 1. Mason Wells; 2. Storme Hawks; 3. Brando Lopez.

PEE WEE (4-6): 1. Brazen Dever; 2. Manuel Dumais; 3. Sam Garroutte.

PEE WEE (7-8): 1. Haiden Deegan; 2. Noah Gordon; 3. Julian Gordon.

PEE WEE OPEN (0-9): 1. Haiden Deegan; 2. Noah Gordon; 3. Julian Gordon.

65 BEG (6-11): 1. Ethin Carlson; 2. Caleb Naranjo; 3. Rusty Brueske.

65 (6-8): 1. Haiden Deegan; 2. Noah Gordon; 3. Julien Beaumer.

65 (9-11): 1. Slade Varola; 2. Gage Wilcox; 3. Seth Johnson.

65 OPEN: 1. Slade Varola; 2. Haiden Deegan; 3. Ryder Holtorf.

85 BEG (0-11): 1. Theo Beaumer; 2. Rusty Brueske; 3. Charles McIntosh.

85 BEG (12-15): 1. K.J. Hudler.

85 (0-11): 1. Andrew Hertzler; 2. Corbin Parsley; 3. Bryce Johnson.

85/150 (12-13): 1. Pierce Brown; 2. Dilan Schwartz; 3. Kaed Kniffing.

85/150 (14-16): 1. Lane Tebbs; 2. Danny Murray.

85/150 OPEN: 1. Pierce Brown; 2. Dilan Schwartz; 3. Andrew Hertzler.

SUPERMINI (0-13): 1. Pierce Brown; 2. Dilan Schwartz; 3. Kaed Kniffing.

SUPERMINI (0-16): 1. Mason Courson; 2. Lane Tebbs; 3. Danny Murray.

125 2-STROKE: 1. Dylan Gaszak; 2. Gage Schehr; 3. Branden Lessler.

125/250 SCHOOLBOY (0-17) NOV: 1. Branden Lessler; 2. Dylan Gaszak; 3. Aaron Booker.

125/250 SCHOOLBOY (0-17) INT: 1. Sean Cantrell; 2. Gage Schehr; 3. Alex McPherson.

125-250 WOMEN: 1. Haydee Bullard; 2. Shannon Edwards; 3. Taylor Giorgio.

250 4-STROKE OPEN: 1. Nathan Berge.

250-450 COLLEGE (18-25): 1. Patric Longo; 2. Casey Ferriss; 3. Trey Palmer.

250 PRO A: 1. Tallon LaFountaine; 2. Marcus Nims; 3. Derek McConnell.

250 INT: 1. Sean Cantrell; 2. Patric Longo; 3. Gordon Keller Jr.

250 NOV (0-16): 1. Conley Kautz; 2. Branden Lessler; 3. Jeremy Macrae.

250 NOV (17+): 1. John Rogerro; 2. Casey Ferriss; 3. Kevin Canoy.

250 BEG: 1. Casey Gunzl; 2. Joel Vasquez.

450 4-STROKE OPEN: 1. Nicolas Rodriguez; 2. Travis Miller; 3. Jason Lutton.

450 PRO A: 1. Tallon LaFountaine; 2. Marcus Nims; 3. Colby Raha.

450 INT: 1. Patric Longo; 2. Nicolas Rodriguez; 3. Gordon Keller Jr.

450 NOV (0-16): 1. Parker Wilbanks; 2. Blaze Jones; 3. Eric Snow.

450 NOV (17+): 1. Travis Miller; 2. Tyler Duff; 3. Kevin Canoy.

30+ INT/PRO: 1. Jason Lutton; 2. Brad Grumbley.

35+ BEG/NOV: 1. David Forsythe.

40+ BEG/NOV: 1. Blake Steelgrave; 2. Grto Lima.

40+: 1. Craig Canoy; 2. Rick Hollemeck; 2. Paul Berton.

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