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Decrescente and Pies Slice It Up at Cahuilla Creek Three-Wheeler National

| 26 March 2015 6:40 pm

CALVMX Duncan Racing Three-Wheeler National
Cahuilla Creek MX Park

Story by Steve Caro
Photos by Kathryn Caro
ANZA, CA, MAR. 14, 2015

From the time they were first introduced to the U.S. market by Honda in 1970 (which included a starring role in the 1971 James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever) until their demise under the pressure of a growing litigious atmosphere in the late 1980s, the three-wheeled ATV was a common sight wherever off-roading occurred, and they evolved into potent racing machines capable of outstanding performance in the hands of a skilled rider. Used in virtually every form of competition, it wasn’t until the advent of the quad-class ATV and the growing refusal of sanctioning bodies and promoters to allow them into competition that the iconic machines were relegated to sheds or to be occasionally used on family trips to the desert.

The gathering of the clan at Cahuilla Creek.

The gathering of the clan at Cahuilla Creek.

In a manner not too dissimilar to what two-stroke-powered machines face today, a core group of enthusiasts continued to ride and compete with their three-wheeled “outcasts.” They were brought back to the foreground of competition about three years ago with their inclusion in the regularly scheduled events of the premier Vintage Racing club on the West Coast, CALVMX. An enthusiastic band of racers have taken to the track on a regular basis ever since, at virtually every CALVMX event. It seemed a natural progression, then, that the machines be given their own exclusive event, and 2015 marked the second consecutive year that the three-wheeler community had their own National event.

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With event sponsorship provided by Duncan Racing, a well-known shop located in Santee, California, that has a good reputation for getting maximum performance from both three- and four-wheeled ATVs, an enthusiastic crowd gathered at Cahuilla Creek MX Park’s Vet track for their second annual National event. Trikes ranging from virtually bone stock on up to highly modified pure racing machines filled the pit area on a warm, sunny day.

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The Open Expert machines led off the racing, with an extra incentive for the first moto. BTD Motorsports posted a $100 gift certificate for the winner of the holeshot. Cashing in on a perfectly timed gate, Honda rider David Ham took the prize and led the pack onto the back straight. CALVMX regular Tom Decrescente, also on a Honda, was in hot pursuit of Ham, and he executed a perfect pass on the back half of the course. Behind him, Honda jockey John Brady slid his way into second. Ham held on to third.

Decrescente kept up a torrid pace throughout the moto, with perfectly controlled power slides marking his pace. Brady remained in second and never backed off his pace as he slowly reeled in Decrescente.

As the pair rounded the final corner to the checkers, Brady found the opening he was looking for and took the lead just as the checkers flew. Decrescente took second, with Ham in third.

Tom Decrescente (63) topped the Open Experts at the second annual CALVMX Duncan Racing Three-Wheeler National.

Tom Decrescente (63) topped the Open Experts at the second annual CALVMX Duncan Racing Three-Wheeler National.

Brady was a nonstarter in the second moto, which eliminated one challenger for Decrescente. Timing the gate perfectly, Decrescente blasted up the starting hill and proceeded to absolutely dominate the moto. His closest challenger was Honda pilot Tanner Pies, who kept Decrescente in range as the two powered around the track at a pace that easily rivaled that of the two-wheel racers. At the checkers, it was Decrescente with the overall, followed by Pies and Ham.

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Honda rider Ed Hicks topped both motos in the Vintage Four-Stroke class, with Dave Swinger and Larry Proctor rounding out the top three.

Dave Swinger was runner-up in the Vintage Four-Stroke class.

Dave Swinger was runner-up in the Vintage Four-Stroke class.

Larry Proctor (8) placed third in the Vintage Four-Stroke class.

Larry Proctor (8) placed third in the Vintage Four-Stroke class.

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Hicks immediately returned to the track for the Vintage 197-240cc class and swapped moto wins with Tom Decrescente, with Hicks snaring the overall by topping the all-important tie-breaking second moto.

Ed Hicks (208) was top dog in both the Vintage Four-Stroke and Vintage 197-240cc classes.

Ed Hicks (208) was top dog in both the Vintage Four-Stroke and Vintage 197-240cc classes.

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Vintage 241-310cc Expert action saw the always formidable Tanner Pies trade moto wins with Paul Proctor. The two were never more than a few bikelengths apart in both motos as they threw their powerful trikes from side to side as they circulated the course. The final tally for the class saw Pies topping the field, followed by his fellow Honda pilots Proctor and Bryan Ditch.

Tanner Pies (999) scored the biggest slice in the Vintage 241-310cc Expert contest.

Tanner Pies (999) scored the biggest slice in the Vintage 241-310cc Expert contest.

Paul Proctor (3) netted a runner-up finish in the Vintage 241-310cc Expert class.

Paul Proctor (3) netted a runner-up finish in the Vintage 241-310cc Expert class.

Bryan Ditch (97) finished third overall in the Vintage 241-310cc Expert class.

Bryan Ditch (97) finished third overall in the Vintage 241-310cc Expert class.

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The Novice portion of the Vintage 241-310cc division hosted some close-quarters racing in both motos. Honda rider Tim Coulson topped the first moto, with Yamaha jockey Steven Johnson second and Edward Anker third.

Steven Johnson took the top spot in Vintage 241-310cc Novice action.

Steven Johnson took the top spot in Vintage 241-310cc Novice action.

The all-important second moto ended with Johnson taking the moto win and the overall class victory. First-moto winner Coulson only managed a fourth in the moto, but his combined 1-4 scores earned him second overall. Honda jockey Jason Lohrbach finished second in the moto, which, combined with his fourth-place finish in the first moto, garnered him third overall for the day.

Jason Lohrbach (73) placed third in the Vintage 241-310cc Novice class.

Jason Lohrbach (73) placed third in the Vintage 241-310cc Novice class.

Cahuilla Creek MX Park
Anza, California
Results: March 14, 2015

OPEN A EX/INT: 1. Tom Decrescente; 2. Tanner Pies; 3. David Ham; 4. Jeremy Knisely; 5. Dave Swinger.

OPEN B NOV/BEG: 1. John Robertson; 2. Mike Dunn.

VINTAGE OPEN A 4-STROKE EX/INT: 1. Ed Hicks; 2. Dave Swinger; 3. Larry Proctor.

VINTAGE OPEN B 4-STROKE NOV/BEG: 1. Stephen Johnson.

VINTAGE 197-240 A EX/INT: 1. Ed Hicks; 2. Tom Decrescente; 3. Adam Bills.

VINTAGE 197-240 B NOV/BEG: 1. Tim Coulson; 2. Michael Donaldson; 3. Mike Holton; 4. Giselle Johnson.

VINTAGE 70-109 A EX/INT: 1. Bryan Ditch.

VINTAGE 241-310 A EX/INT: 1. Tanner Pies; 2. Paul Proctor; 3. Bryan Ditch; 4. Jeremy Knisely; 5. Jerry Nocciolo.

VINTAGE 241-310 B NOV/BEG: 1. Steven Johnson; 2. Tim Coulson; 3. Jason Lohrbach; 4. Regina Swinger; 5. Edward Anker.

OPEN VINTAGE B NOV/BEG: 1. Bobby Amora.

QUAD VINTAGE A EX/INT: 1. David Anderson.

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