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Morrison and Maico Rule Cahuilla VMX!

| 28 March 2015 3:36 pm

CALVMX/ 100%/ SoCal Regional Vintage Motocross Series
Round 3: Cahuilla Creek MX Park

Story by Steve Caro
Photos by Kathryn Caro
ANZA, CA, MAR. 15, 2015

First-turn action at Cahuilla Creek.

First-turn action at Cahuilla Creek.

Twenty-eight days after enduring the searing cold and Artic-like winds during their February visit, the CALVMX cavalcade returned to their de-facto home track with conditions more typical of Southern California for their March event. Round three of the 2015 CALVMX/ 100% Vintage Motocross Series returned to a well-prepared, vintage-friendly, Cahuilla Creek MX Park Vet track.

Lori Payne (1) at speed.

Lori Payne (1) at speed.

Continuing club tradition, longtime lady racer Lori Payne was saluted for her more than four decades of involvement in the sport. The sister of the inaugural U.S. Women’s Motocross Champion, Nancy Payne, Lori is a regular competitor in both the women’s and regular classes at the monthly CALVMX events. The weekend was extra special for her, as she celebrated her birthday with family members present and participated in the special Marty Smith motocross clinic on Saturday.

“My best birthday ever!” she was heard to exclaim in the pit area.

Birthday girl Lori Payne.

Birthday girl Lori Payne.

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In another first for CALVMX, a second sidecar entry took to the course. Pat Wilkening & Phil Revilee teamed up to man the Norton-Wasp combo generously provided by their competitors Mark & Kathy Wood. Although they were limited to one moto due to mechanical issues with the rig, the pair showed extremely good form as they negotiated the Cahuilla course.

Tabletop action at Cahuilla.

Tabletop action at Cahuilla.

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The Over 50 GP Expert contest featured a dominant performance by Maico-mounted Brad Morrison, who led every lap of both motos with considerable style.

Moto one saw Morrison blitz the starting hill, with the distinctive low-throated bark sound of his German mount echoing off the nearby hills. Entering the main portion of the Cahuilla course, Morrison was trailed by Honda rider Ron Ratigan and Suzuki jockeys Ed Tashjian and Carmen Cafro.

Ed Tashjian (4) finished fourth in the first Over 50 GP Expert moto.

Ed Tashjian (4) finished fourth in the first Over 50 GP Expert moto.

Morrison maintained a torrid pace throughout the moto, and by the white-flag lap he had around a 10-second lead. Behind him, Ratigan put some distance between himself and the duel for third between Tashjian and Cafro.

Morrison crossed the finish line uncontested for the victory, with Ratigan second and Cafro emerging with third place, over Tashjian.

Carmen Cafro (75X) came in third in the first Over 50 GP Expert moto.

Carmen Cafro (75X) came in third in the first Over 50 GP Expert moto.

Morrison’s Maico never faltered in moto two as he repeated his first-moto holeshot and led the pack onto the back half of the course. Ratigan once again locked into second, with Honda-mounted Brad Roysdon and Tashjian vying for third.

Morrison’s classic Teutonic steed never faltered, and he sped to an easy moto win and the overall victory. Ratigan’s consistency netted him second overall, while Roysdon captured the final podium spot with his 5-3 moto scores.

Brad Morrison (10) went 1-1 in the Over 50 GP Expert class.

Brad Morrison (10) went 1-1 in the Over 50 GP Expert class.

Ron Ratigan (1) ran to runner-up in the Over 50 GP Expert class. He also won the Dual Sport Post-1990 Expert contest.

Ron Ratigan (1) ran to runner-up in the Over 50 GP Expert class. He also won the Dual Sport Post-1990 Expert contest.

Brad Roysdon (110) was third overall in the Over 50 GP Expert class. He also won the GP 2 250cc Expert and GP 2 500cc Expert classes.

Brad Roysdon (110) was third overall in the Over 50 GP Expert class. He also won the GP 2 250cc Expert and GP 2 500cc Expert classes.

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For several seasons, the Vintage Sportsman 250cc class has been the standard bearer for the original concept of Vintage racing: the preservation and use of the short-travel, pre-1975 machines.

In the Intermediate division, Travis McCaw swept both motos on his way to the overall victory aboard his well-prepped Honda Elsinore.

In the first moto, McCaw powered his way into the lead as the pack headed for the back section of the course. Trailing him were Suzuki-mounted David Perrapato and Honda jockey Jim Barker. By the end of the second lap, McCaw had done the classic “check out” on the rest of the pack, as he built up a multiple-second lead. Barker moved into second, with CZ-mounted Tim McIntyre third.

Tim McIntyre (13) ended up in the third step on the Vintage Sportsman 250cc podium.

Tim McIntyre (13) ended up in the third step on the Vintage Sportsman 250cc podium.

McCaw was never challenged for the lead, and in fact his pace was such that he had moved to within striking distance of the Expert-ranked racers who were on the track at the same time. Behind him, Yamaha jockey John Woolsey staged a late-race charge and passed his way into second, followed by Barker. At the finish of the moto, McCaw took an easy win, with Woolsey and Barker second and third, respectively.

John Woolsey (74W) was the initial leader of the second Vintage Sportsman 250cc moto.

John Woolsey (74W) was the initial leader of the second Vintage Sportsman 250cc moto.

Only five laps separated McCaw from the overall victory as the riders staged for the second moto. At the drop of the gate, Woolsey made things interesting by taking the lead exiting the starting area, and he led the pack through the first part of the course. McCaw was close behind in second, with Barker and McIntyre shadowing him.

McCaw had moved into the lead by the end of lap three, and he proceeded to lead, unchallenged, for the rest of the moto on his way to a sweep of the class and another overall win. Barker gave Honda a one-two sweep, as he took second. McIntyre followed with the final podium spot.

Travis McCaw (511) had a perfect outing in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc class.

Travis McCaw (511) had a perfect outing in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc class.

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CZ rider Clark Jones was the star of the Over 50 Vintage Expert field, as he outdueled Can-Am rider Steve Ellis to take the overall, while Clark’s fellow CZ pilot Mark Wood used consistent 3-3 scores to take third overall.

Clark Jones (5Z) topped the Over 50 Vintage Expert field.

Clark Jones (5Z) topped the Over 50 Vintage Expert field.

Steve Ellis (1) scored the silver in the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

Steve Ellis (1) scored the silver in the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

Mark Wood (3) went 3-3 for third in the Over 50 Vintage Expert class. He also won the Vintage Sportsman 500cc Expert class.

Mark Wood (3) went 3-3 for third in the Over 50 Vintage Expert class. He also won the Vintage Sportsman 500cc Expert class.

In the Intermediate portion of the class, longtime campaigner Norm Himaka, on his Maico, outpaced his competition with wins in both motos to take the overall, followed by the CZ-mounted Dave Scourfield, with John Woolsey in the third spot.

Norm Himaka (311) was top dog in the Over 50 Vintage Intermediate class.

Norm Himaka (311) was top dog in the Over 50 Vintage Intermediate class.

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Birthday girl Lori Payne celebrated her day with an impressive fourth overall in the Women’s Intermediate class and also a first-place finish in the Adult Mini Stock class.

Lori Payne (58) finished fourth overall in the Women’s Intermediate class and first overall in the Adult Mini Stock contest.

Lori Payne (58) finished fourth overall in the Women’s Intermediate class and first overall in the Adult Mini Stock contest.

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Also taking home gold was Dave Scourfield, in Vintage Sportsman 500cc Intermediate competition, with Suzuki-mounted Frank Maney and CZ rider Steve Roach second and third, respectively.

The Vintage Sportsman 500cc Intermediate victor was Dave Scourfield (55S).

The Vintage Sportsman 500cc Intermediate victor was Dave Scourfield (55S).

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Tanner Pies nabbed the overall in the Three-Wheeler Stock Open Expert contest, over Tom Decrescente.

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Meanwhile, Ed Tashjian used 2-1 scores to take the overall win in the GP 1 500cc Expert class, over Husqvarna rider Brent Koble and Carmen Cafro.

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VMX will make a return to Perris Raceway for the first time in several years for their April event, which will also be the first nighttime event in years. A strong turnout of entries is anticipated, and all riders, be they first-time Beginners or seasoned former Pros, are urged to join in on the fun of racing classic bikes on April 11.

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

Cahuilla Creek MX Park
Anza, California
Results: March 15, 2015 (Round 3)

IRONMAN VINTAGE INT: 1. Ben Woolsey (Yam); 2. Art Leva (Hon).

IRONMAN GP NOV: 1. Georgina Laborin (Hon); 2. Jeff Hialmarson (Kaw); 3. Aaron Roslie (Hon).

IRONMAN GP INT: 1. Victor Monz (KTM); 2. Kathy Wood (TM); 3. Kevin Connelly (Yam); 4. Jim Connelly (Yam); 5. David Perrapato (Suz).

IRONMAN GP EX: 1. Scott Sargent (Hon); 2. Reed McIntyre (Yam); 3. Jordan Smole (Yam); 4. Kyle Winton (Suz); 5. Brian Catterson (Hsq).

JR: 1. Christian Hialmarson (Hon).

WOMEN BEG: 1. Georgina Laborin (Hon); 2. Sheri Garcia (Hon); 3. Minna Whitcher (Hon).

WOMEN NOV: 1. Julia Notman (Mai); 2. Sandi Weidler (Hon); 3. Carole Feeney (Kaw); 4. Jordan Basso (Kaw).

WOMEN INT: 1. Kaley Martin (Yam); 2. Brenda Wise (Yam); 3. Anna Lisa Davis (Yam); 4. Lori Payne (Yam).

WOMEN VINTAGE: 1. Kathy Wood (CZ).

ADULT MINI EX: 1. Mike Bierman (Hon).

ADULT MINI 125 INT: 1. Lori Payne (Hon).

ADULT 150F INT: 1. Bob Seki (Hon).

GP 85 INT: 1. Ben Eisen (Hon).

GP 85 EX: 1. Joe Whitcher (Hon).

XR STOCK INT: 1. Art Leva.

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

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

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

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 INT: 1. Danny Gonzalez Sr. (Yam).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 NOV: 1. Marty Eisen (Yam); 2. Chris Roysdon (Suz).

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

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 EX: 1. Clark Jones (CZ); 2. Marc Brown (Hon); 3. Brent Wilkinson (Suz).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 PRO: 1. Scott Burnworth (Oss).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 NOV: 1. Tim Vasquez (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 INT: 1. Dave Scourfield (CZ); 2. Frank Maney (Suz); 3. Steve Roach (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 EX: 1. Mark Wood (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 PRO: 1. Gary Faxon (CZ).

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

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

GP 1 125 INT: 1. Scott Piddington (Kaw); 2. Travis McCaw (Hon).

GP 1 125 EX: 1. Jeff Kelley (Suz); 2. Brad Russell (Suz); 3. Kevin Temple (Yam).

GP 1 250 NOV: 1. Kenny Roesler (Yam); 2. Pat Wilkening (Suz); 3. Gary Ward (Yam).

GP 1 250 INT: 1. Charles Hilton (Hon); 2. Dion Davis (Suz); 3. Michael Smole (Yam).

GP 1 250 EX: 1. Jeff Kelly (Yam); 2. Ron Ratigan (Mai).

GP 1 500 NOV: 1. Marty Makor (Yam).

GP 1 500 INT: 1. Darrell Sedig (Mai).

GP 1 500 EX: 1. Ed Tashjian (Suz); 2. Brent Koble (Hsq); 3. Carmen Cafro (Suz).

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

GP 2 250 NOV: 1. Julia Notman (Hsq).

GP 2 250 INT: 1. Tim Hoole (Suz); 2. Daniel Couts (Hon); 3. Mike Hotchkiss (Hon); 4. Greg Greenwood (Yam).

GP 2 250 EX: 1. Brad Roysdon (Hon).

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

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

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

GP 2 500 PRO: 1. Scott Burnworth (Hon).

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

GP 3 125 EX: 1. Kirk Jackson (Hon).

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

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

GP 3 500 NOV: 1. Kevin Heath (Yam); 2. Don Moore (KTM).

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

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

OPEN AGE VINTAGE INT: 1. Dave Scourfield (CZ).

OPEN AGE VINTAGE EX: 1. Brent Wilkinson (Suz).

OPEN AGE GP INT: 1. Vince Laker (Hon).

OPEN AGE GP EX: 1. Jordan Smole (Yam); 2. Doug Reyes (Kaw); 3. Brent Koble (KTM).

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

50+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Norm Himaka (Mai); 2. Dave Scourfield (CZ); 3. John Woolsey (Yam); 4. Jeff Snyder (Hod); 5. Mike Korgan (CZ).

50+ VINTAGE EX: 1. Clark Jones (CZ); 2. Steve Ellis (C-A); 3. Mark Wood (CZ); 4. Charlie Richardson (CZ); 5. Brent Wilkinson (Suz).

50+ GP NOV: 1. Kevin Heath (Yam); 2. Al Gabriola (Hon); 3. Charlie Finnegan (Suz); 4. Kevin Reynolds (Mai); 5. Don Moore (KTM).

50+ GP INT: 1. Dave Feeney (Hon); 2. Tim Hoole (Suz); 3. Ron Rinden (Hon); 4. Bobby D’Amora (Yam); 5. Robert Finnegan (Mai).

50+ GP EX: 1. Brad Morrison (Mai); 2. Ron Ratigan (Hon); 3. Brad Roysdon (Hon); 4. Ed Tashjian (Suz); 5. Carmen Cafro (Suz).

60+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Steve Roach (CZ); 2. Dana Yenawine (CZ).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Luke Baerg (Kaw); 2. Tim Rasmussen (Yam); 3. Travis May (Yam); 4. Daniel Couts (Yam); 5. Hal Baerg (KTM).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE INT: 1. Jared Nichols (Hon); 2. Jeff Dailey (Yam).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE EX: 1. Robby Campbell (Yam); 2. Matt Kelly (Hon); 3. Brian Catterson (Hsq).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE NOV: 1. Ed Larnerd (Hon); 2. Vince Laker (Hon); 3. Kerri Kress (Yam).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE INT: 1. Micky Rogers (Yam); 2. Rudy Sevilla (Hon); 3. Kevin Connelly (Yam); 4. Darrin Hammond (Yam); 5. Don Hansing (Mai).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE EX: 1. Scott Sargent (Hon); 2. Krik Jackson (Hon); 3. Mark Sandzimier (Suz); 4. Teddy Mink (Yam).

DUAL SPORT POST-1990 INT: 1. Rick Guilmette (Yam); 2. Vince Laker (Hon).

DUAL SPORT POST-1990 EX: 1. Ron Ratigan (Kaw).

3-WHEEL 0-240 NOV: 1. Debra Miller (Hon).

3-WHEEL 0-240 EX: 1. Ed Hicks; 2. Adam Bills.

3-WHEEL 250 NOV: 1. Tim Sanchez; 2. Ed Anker; 3. Regina Swinger.

3-WHEEL 250 INT: 1. Tim Coulson.

3-WHEEL OPEN INT: 1. David Swinger.

3-WHEEL OPEN EX: 1. Tanner Pies; 2. Tom Decrescente; 3. Matt Bills.

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

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FACTORY SUPPORT INT: 1. Ray Zuchowsky (Suz).

FACTORY WORKS EX: 1. David MacDonald (Yam); 2. Jeff Kelley (Yam).

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VINTAGE WORKS EX: 1. Brad Russell (Suz); 2. John Forsythe (Suz); 3. Mark Wheeler (Hon).

FACTORY WORKS INT: 1. Phil Revilee (Suz).

FACTORY WORKS EX: 1. David MacDonald (Yam).

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