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| 4 February 2015 4:32 pm

CALVMX/ 100%/ Vintage Motocross Series
Round 1: Lake Elsinore MX Park

Story by Steve Caro
Photos by Kathryn Caro
LAKE ELSINORE, CA, JAN. 24, 2015

Racers launch off the start as the 2015 edition of the CALVMX Series gets under way.

Racers launch off the start as the 2015 edition of the CALVMX Series gets under way.

The cold, crisp air and the clear skies of Lake Elsinore MX Park were the perfect setting for the 2015 CALVMX/ 100% Vintage Motocross season opener. The continuing upturn in the economy and drastically lowered fuel costs were the perfect bonus for the Vintage Racing community. Any lingering doubts as to the future of Vintage Racing were quickly dispelled by and entry count of 326 participants. With classes available for literally any machine from the 1950s to the present, including three-wheelers and dual-sport machines, the Elsinore track was in constant use, and only the periodic halt for water-truck operation slowed the proceedings.

It was a perfect day for the season opener.

It was a perfect day for the season opener.

Along with the huge variety of machines, numerous racers returned to the racing fold after long periods of absence. Included in this group were Brad and Chris Roysdon, Charles Hilton, and John Grebenstein. Joining these returning racers was Tracy Bray from Australia. Bray was given a large ovation at the riders’ meeting when he was introduced to the crowd.

An excellent turnout of racers means this is going to be one heck of a season.

An excellent turnout of racers means this is going to be one heck of a season.

A walking tour of the pits led to sightings of rare machines, such as John Adamo’s 1965 Bultaco Metisse and Scott Piddington’s freshly restored 1978 Kawasaki KX 125 Model A4. With only a short time for testing and jetting, Piddington was pleased to report that the bike ran flawlessly all day. He gave credit to fellow racer Pete Wright, who owns the same machine. Being an extremely rare variant, Wright proved an invaluable source of advice, parts and general support in Piddington’s quest to return the machine to action. The hard work paid off, as Piddington rode his restored jewel to an impressive fourth overall in GP 1 125cc Intermediate, with Wright following him in fifth.

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Travis McCaw continued dominating the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class with yet another clean sweep of the motos. In the first race, the Honda-mounted McCaw grasped the tricky “old-school” hand-on-helmet flag start and quickly powered his way into the lead. Honda pilot Jim Barker followed along, with CZ-mounted Brian Larson in tow.

By the midway point, it was obvious that McCaw had mastered the manmade Elsinore course, with its numerous flat, no-berm corners, which put throttle control and body positioning at a premium. At the finish, it was McCaw, Barker and Larson in the top three spots.

Jim Barker (59) ended up second overall in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class.

Jim Barker (59) ended up second overall in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class.

When the green flag dropped for moto two, bikes were jammed into gear and the large pack thundered into turn one in a cloud of two-stroke smoke. Emerging from the cloud of smoke and dust with the lead was McCaw, followed by CZ-mounted Tim McIntyre and Barker. As he had done in the majority of his races last season, McCaw put in five impeccable laps for a clean sweep of both motos and the overall victory. McIntyre crossed the finish line in second, and his combined 5-2 scores garnered him third overall. Barker stayed consistent, and his 2-3 scores earned him second overall.

Travis McCaw (511) aced the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate contest.

Travis McCaw (511) aced the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate contest.

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Scott Burnworth celebrated his birthday in grand style with a four-moto battle against newcomer Michael LaPaglia, a former Pro-ranked motocross and supercross competitor.

Scott Burnworth (8) was the overall victor in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Pro class.

Scott Burnworth (8) was the overall victor in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Pro class.

In Vintage Sportsman 250cc Pro competition, the Ossa-mounted Burnworth swapped the lead position repeatedly with LaPaglia’s unique, day-glow-orange-framed CZ throughout the first moto, with neither rider gaining more than a few bikelengths on the other. LaPaglia edged Burnworth for the win in the first moto, and “Burner” returned the favor in the second moto to take the overall win on the day.

Michael LaPaglia (31) and Scott Burnworth (8) battled back and forth in two classes on the day.

Michael LaPaglia (31) and Scott Burnworth (8) battled back and forth in two classes on the day.

The Burnworth-LaPaglia duel continued in the Vintage Open Age Pro contest. In a repeat of their 250cc-class battle, the two swapped the lead repeatedly, with each rider trying different lines around the course, looking for an edge over the other racer.

With their speed, they were soon slicing their way through the field of Novices, Intermediates, and even the Expert-ranked riders. Burnworth emerged triumphant over LaPaglia in the first moto, while LaPaglia battled to the last corner to win the second moto and take the overall victory in the class.

Michael LaPaglia (31) scored the overall win in the Vintage Open Age Pro class.

Michael LaPaglia (31) scored the overall win in the Vintage Open Age Pro class.

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Honda rider Craig Furman topped the GP 1 125cc Intermediate class, with Yamaha jockey Kevin Connelly taking second overall.

Kyle Winton took his newly acquired Suzuki RM125 to the top of the GP 3 125cc Expert class, with Suzuki jockey Ed Tashjian and Honda rider Ron Renzulli filling out the podium.

Kyle Winton (71) topped the GP 3 125cc Expert class.

Kyle Winton (71) topped the GP 3 125cc Expert class.

Ed Tashjian (4) flew to a runner-up finish in the GP 3 125cc Expert class.

Ed Tashjian (4) flew to a runner-up finish in the GP 3 125cc Expert class.

Making the long drive from Arizona worked well for CZ rider Shawn Culp, as he topped the Vintage Sportsman 500cc Expert division with a 1-2 punch.

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GP 3 250cc Novice action saw young Nolan Wright taking the overall victory on his Kawasaki, in his first effort in the class. Normally seen in the Junior class, Wright has been a fixture at CALVMX races for years, as he accompanied his father, Pete Wright, throughout the seasons. It was encouraging to see a younger racer taking to the track on a vintage/post-vintage machine.

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Kaley Martin took top honors in the Women’s Intermediate class, and her fellow Yamaha rider Kerri Kress used 3-1 scores to take the overall in the Women’s Novice class.

The winner of the Women’s Intermediate class was Kaley Martin (314).

The winner of the Women’s Intermediate class was Kaley Martin (314).

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Tom Decrescente took top honors in the 250cc Three-Wheeler Expert class. Jerry Nocciolo swept both motos to top the 250cc Three-Wheeler Intermediates.

Tom Decrescente (63) won the 250cc Three-Wheeler Expert class.

Tom Decrescente (63) won the 250cc Three-Wheeler Expert class.

Jerry Nocciolo (16) went 1-1 in the 250cc Three-Wheeler Intermediate contest.

Jerry Nocciolo (16) went 1-1 in the 250cc Three-Wheeler Intermediate contest.

Round two will see CALVMX making its first appearance at Cahuilla Creek for a combined CALVMX Regional and AHRMA National on the weekend of February 21 and 22. Post-Vintage and Three-Wheelers will have the track on Saturday, and the Vintage classes will take to the course on Sunday.

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

Lake Elsinore MX Park
Wildomar, California
Results: January 24, 2015 (Round 1)

JR: 1. Baylee Haniotakis (Yam); 2. Nolan Wright (Kaw); 3. Ben Eisen (Hon).

WOMEN NOV: 1. Kerri Kress (Yam); 2. Ljiljana Chase (Hon); 3. Gen Connelly (Yam); 4. Sandi Weidler (Hon); 5. Rebekah Fuller (Hon).

WOMEN INT: 1. Kaley Martin (Yam); 2. Brenda Roberts (Yam); 3. Lori Payne (Hon).

OPEN ADULT NOV: 1. Dustin Lacrois.

ADULT MINI EX: 1. Travis Hayes (Kaw).

ADULT MINI 125 NOV: 1. Greg Greenwood (Yam).

ADULT MINI 125 EX: 1. Mike Bierman (Kaw); 2. Carmen Cafro (Hon).

150F INT: 1. Dwayne Franks (Hon).

150F EX: 1. Chris Corum (Hon); 2. Matt Stoutenberg (DMC).

XR STOCK INT: 1. Art Leva.

PREMIER: 1. John Adamo (Bul).

CLASSIC 125 NOV: 1. Nick LaPaglia (CZ).

CLASSIC 125 INT: 1. Jeff Snyder (Yam).

CLASSIC 125 EX: 1. Charlie Richardson (CZ).

CLASSIC 500 INT: 1. David Scourfield (CZ); 2. John Grebenstein (Hsq); 3. Tim McIntyre (BSA); 4. Marc-Antoine Delacretaz (BSA).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 100 INT: 1. Mickey Rogers (Suz).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 100 EX: 1. Chris Corum (Hon).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 NOV: 1. Rob Balov (Hon); 2. Chris Roysdon (Suz).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 INT: 1. Tim Bartee (Hon); 2. Danny Gonzalez (Yam); 3. Tom Raimer (Yam); 4. Pete Wright (Kaw); 5. John Smythe (Hon).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 EX: 1. Jim Stein (Hod).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 NOV: 1. Jeff Lee (Yam); 2. Chase Fryscle (Yam).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 INT: 1. Travis McCaw (Hon); 2. Jim Barker (Hon); 3. Tim McIntyre (CZ); 4. David Perrapato (Suz); 5. John Woolsey (Yam).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 EX: 1. Marc Brown (Hon); 2. Ryan Carmen (Hon); 3. Brent Wilkinson (Suz); 4. Charlie Richardson (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 PRO: 1. Scott Burnworth (Oss); 2. Michael LaPaglia (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 NOV: 1. James Fryslie (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 INT: 1. David Scourfield (CZ); 2. Steve Roach (CZ); 3. Mike Korgan (CZ); 4. Mike LaPaglia Jr. (CZ); 5. Frank Maney (Suz).

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

GP 150 NOV: 1. Sandi Weidler (Hon).

GP 150 INT: 1. Bob Seki (Hon).

GP 1 125 NOV: 1. Brad Russell (Suz); 2. Julia Norman (Suz).

GP 1 125 INT: 1. Craig Furman (Hon); 2. Kevin Connelly (Yam); 3. Hal Voznick (Suz); 4. Scott Piddington (Kaw); 5. Pete Wright (Kaw).

GP 1 125 EX: 1. Jack McCormick (Suz).

GP 1 250 NOV: 1. Scott Campbell (Yam); 2. Chris Osborn (Hon).

GP 1 250 INT: 1. Jim Connelly (Yam); 2. Charles Hilton (Hon); 3. Pat Wilkning (Suz); 4. Michael Smole (Yam).

GP 1 250 EX: 1. Brian Tracy (Yam).

GP 1 500 INT: 1. Travis Hayes (Yam).

GP 1 500 EX: 1. Carmen Cafro (Suz).

GP 2 125 EX: 1. Mark Brown (Hon); 2. David MacDonald (Yam); 3. Mark Sandzimier (Suz); 4. Mark McNulty (Yam).

GP 2 250 NOV: 1. Jason Benicka (Yam); 2. Greg Greenwood (Yam).

GP 2 250 EX: 1. Tommy Dykes (Suz).

GP 2 500 NOV: 1. Vince Laker (Hon); 2. Kevin Reynolds (Mai).

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

GP 2 500 EX: 1. Brad Roysdon (Hon).

GP 3 125 NOV: 1. Ed Larnerd (Yam).

GP 3 125 INT: 1. Kirk Jackson (Hon); 2. Paul Grossberg (Yam).

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

GP 3 250 NOV: 1. Nolan Wright (Kaw); 2. Darrin Hammond (Yam); 3. Ben Eisen (Hon).

GP 3 250 EX: 1. Brian Tracy (Yam); 2. David MacDonald (Kaw).

GP 3 500 NOV: 1. Kevin Heath (Yam); 2. Gary Lee (KTM).

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

GP 3 500 EX: 1. Brent Koble (KTM).

OPEN AGE VINTAGE INT: 1. David Scourfield (CZ); 2. Nick LaPaglia (CZ).

OPEN AGE VINTAGE EX: 1. Marc Brown (CZ).

OPEN AGE PRO VINTAGE: 1. Michael LaPaglia (CZ); 2. Scott Burnworth (Oss).

OPEN AGE GP INT: 1. Christian Hanks (Kaw); 2. Vince Laker (Hon); 3. Joe Whitcher (Hon).

OPEN AGE GP EX: 1. Brian Tracy (Yam); 2. Kyle Winton (Suz); 3. Jordan Smole (Yam).

50+ VINTAGE NOV: 1. Ed Dazzo (Hon); 2. Tim Vasquez (CZ).

50+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Mike LaPaglia (CZ); 2. Norman Himaka (Mai); 3. Jim Barker (Hon); 4. John Woolsey (Yam); 5. Mike Korgan (CZ).

50+ VINTAGE EX: 1. Steve Ellis (C-A); 2. Brent Wilkinson (Suz); 3. Kirk Chapman (CZ); 4. Clark Jones (CZ).

50+ GP NOV: 1. Brent Koble (KTM); 2. Mike Stafford (Mai); 3. Kevin Rogers (Hon); 4. Don Moore (Mai); 5. Kevin Heath (Yam).

50+ GP INT: 1. Ron Rinden (Hon); 2. Don Hansing (Mai).

50+ GP EX: 1. Brad Morrison (Mai); 2. Ed Tashjian (Suz); 3. Mike Tripes (Suz); 4. Carmen Cafro (Suz).

60+ VINTAGE NOV: 1. Russell Long (Mai).

60+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Steve Roach (CZ); 2. Chuck DeRan (Yam); 3. Craig Walker (CZ); 4. Dana Yenawine (CZ).

60+ GP NOV: 1. Russell Long (Mai).

60+ GP EX: 1. Jack McCormick (Suz).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Jason McConmicle (Kaw); 2. Brandon Carlson (Suz); 3. Joshua Zetzer (Kaw); 4. Tim Rasmussen (Hon); 5. Anthony Luna (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE INT: 1. Jeff Dailey (Yam); 2. David Perrapato (KTM).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE EX: 1. Matt Kelley (Hon); 2. Billy Hamill (Hon); 3. Scott Keller (Kaw); 4. Robby Campbell (Yam); 5. Tracy Bray (Suz).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE NOV: 1. Ed Larnerd (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE INT: 1. Kirk Jackson (Hon); 2. Earl Serrato (Hon); 3. Darrin Hammond (Yam); 4. Art Leva (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE EX: 1. Evan Woolsey (Yam); 2. Mark Sandzimier (Suz); 3. Kyle Winton (Suz); 4. Tanner Pies (Kaw); 5. Brian Tracy (Yam).

DUAL-SPORT PRE-1990 INT: 1. Rick Guilmette (Yam).

DUAL-SPORT POST-1990 NOV: 1. Ken Shilling (Hsq); 2. Penny Shidner (Yam).

DUAL-SPORT POST-1990 INT: 1. Ray Zuchowski (KTM); 2. Vince Laker (Hon).

3-WHEEL MODIFIED 250 INT: 1. Jerry Nocciolo; 2. Tim Coulson.

3-WHEEL MODIFIED 250 EX: 1. Tom Decrescente; 2. Ron Baker; 3. Paul Proctor.

3-WHEEL STOCK OPEN INT: 1. Tanner Pies.

3-WHEEL STOCK OPEN EX: 1. John Brady; 2. Larry Proctor.

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FACTORY SUPPORT INT: 1. Kevin Connelly (Suz); 2. Norm Himaka (Yam); 3. Hal Voznick (Yam); 4. Randy Okada (Yam).

FACTORY WORKS EX: 1. David MacDonald (Yam); 2. Mark McNulty (Yam).

Noleen 125cc Challenge

VINTAGE WORKS INT: 1. John Forsythe (Hon).

FACTORY WORKS NOV: 1. Vinny Vitalie (Suz).

FACTORY WORKS INT: 1. Scott Mays (Yam).

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

[For more from this event, please see “Snapshots from the CALVMX Season Opener” by Tom Corley… Editor]

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