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CALVMX/100% SoCal Regional Series
Round 4: CALVMX 3-Wheeler National at Arizona Cycle Park

Story by Steve Caro
Photos by Kathryn Caro
BUCKEYE, AZ, APR. 23, 2017

Round four of the 2017 CALVMX/ 100% Vintage Motocross Series saw the classic racers heading east across the desert to Buckeye, Arizona, for their annual visit to the Arizona Cycle Park facility. For a change of pace, this round was held on a classic scrambles track. In keeping with tradition, the course layout followed natural terrain contours, as opposed to man-made obstacles.

Arizona Cycle Park start-gate action at the fourth round of the CALVMX/ 100% Vintage Motocross Series.

Arizona Cycle Park start-gate action at the fourth round of the CALVMX/ 100% Vintage Motocross Series.

Added to the program of regular classes for bikes ranging from pre-1975 vintage up to modern machines was the annual CALVMX 3-Wheeler National, in which 24 entries of the iconic machines ranging from absolute stock to highly modified racers took to the track in several crowd-pleasing motos.

Arizona Cycle Park is considered one of the finest facilities CALVMX visits during its racing series. Entrants are met with excellent parking, a well-prepared racecourse with frequent watering, and a thoroughly prepared track crew that features flaggers equipped with radios, enabling constant communication throughout the day, ensuring that the motos were staged with minimal delay. For those members who have yet to make the journey, it is well worth the trip.

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The Three-Wheeler Open class, featuring some of the fastest riders to ever straddle the challenging tri-wheeled machines, led off the day of races.

In moto one, Honda-mounted Tom DeCrescente raged out of the starting gate and, with extreme body gyrations, manhandled his way into the lead, trailed by Honda rider David Ham and RMD pilot Ed Hicks. The trio roared around the course at an impressive pace with never more than a few feet separating them. DeCrescente kept his pursuers at bay to take the moto win, followed by Ham and Hicks.

David Ham (20) would end up third overall in the Three-Wheeler Open class.

David Ham (20) would end up third overall in the Three-Wheeler Open class.

Ed Hicks (208) would finish up as runner-up in the Three-Wheeler Open class.

Ed Hicks (208) would finish up as runner-up in the Three-Wheeler Open class.

The second moto witnessed Hicks timing the starting gate flawlessly, leading the pack into the first turn, with DeCrescente and Ham pursuing. As in the first moto, the lead trio were a constant blur of bodies in motion as they battled not only with one another but also the unceasing challenge of keeping their machines pointed in the right direction and the “rubber side down.” Hicks put in an immaculate moto for the win, followed by DeCrescente and Ham.

In the overall results, DeCrescente’s 1-2 score garnered him the overall victory, followed by Hicks (3-1) and Ham (2-3).

Tom DeCrescente (63, shown here dueling with David Ham) used a 1-2 punch to win the Three-Wheeler Open contest.

Tom DeCrescente (63, shown here dueling with David Ham) used a 1-2 punch to win the Three-Wheeler Open contest.

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Yamaha pilot Scott Piddington and Yamaha-mounted Norm Himaka diced in both motos for the top spot in the GP 100cc Stock Intermediate class. The secret of success with all small-bore machines is to never allow your rpm to drop too far and to keep your corner speed up at all times. On this day, Piddington was spot-on for a 1-1 class sweep, followed by Himaka with his 2-2 scores.

Scott Piddington (9) went 1-1 to win the GP 100cc Stock Intermediate class.

Scott Piddington (9) went 1-1 to win the GP 100cc Stock Intermediate class.

Norm Himaka (311) went 2-2 for second in the GP 100cc Stock Intermediate contest.

Norm Himaka (311) went 2-2 for second in the GP 100cc Stock Intermediate contest.

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A very impressive ride was put in by young local Arizona racer Mathew Cuevas. The KTM-mounted Cuevas entered the Junior class as a Novice. After two impressive rides that saw him mixing it up with the adults on full-sized machines, Cuevas was swiftly moved up to the Expert division. Along with his promotion, Cuevas swept his class with a 1-1 tally.

After sweeping the Junior class in Arizona, Mathew Cuevas (75) will be movin’ on up.

After sweeping the Junior class in Arizona, Mathew Cuevas (75) will be movin’ on up.

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Although they were scored in separate classes, Suzuki-mounted Over 50 GP Expert rider Ty Nexsen and Kawasaki-mounted Open Age GP Expert rider Doug Runyon put on a great two-moto duel for track supremacy in their race, which featured several skill levels and classes of Over 50 and Open Age entrants.

Doug Runyon (106) topped the Open Age GP Expert class.

Doug Runyon (106) topped the Open Age GP Expert class.

Nexsen and Runyon traded the overall lead repeatedly in the first moto before Runyon broke free of his challengers. At the checkers, it was Runyon crossing the line first, followed by Nexsen, with Over 50 GP Intermediates Ray Zuchowski, on a Yamaha, and Honda-mounted James Youngblood finishing close behind.

James Youngblood (820) leads Ray Zuchowski (387) in Over 50 GP Intermediate action, but they would switch places in the final class tally.

James Youngblood (820) leads Ray Zuchowski (387) in Over 50 GP Intermediate action, but they would switch places in the final class tally.

Nexsen dominated the second moto, taking the lead shortly after the start and speeding his way into a dominant lead. Runyon stayed within striking distance of Nexsen, while Zuchowski and Youngblood trailed Runyon by a few bikelengths. Nexsen had the privilege of being first across the line, followed by Runyon. Zuchowski used his 1-1 scores to take the overall in his class, followed by Youngblood.

Ray Zuchowski (387) won the Over 50 GP Intermediate class.

Ray Zuchowski (387) won the Over 50 GP Intermediate class.

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Other class winners on the day included Kawasaki jockey Karen Gariepy, in the Women’s Open Novice class.

Karen Gariepy (7) took the checkers first in the Women’s Open Novice contest.

Karen Gariepy (7) took the checkers first in the Women’s Open Novice contest.

CZ-mounted Mike Korgan took the gold in both the Over 50 Vintage Intermediate and Vintage Sportsman 500cc Intermediate class.

Mike Korgan (235) was a double-class winner on the day.

Mike Korgan (235) was a double-class winner on the day.

Jon McGill, on a pristine AT-125 Yamaha complete with aftermarket down-pipe, was top dog in the Classic 125cc Novice class.

Jon McGill (4Y) won the Classic 125cc Novice contest.

Jon McGill (4Y) won the Classic 125cc Novice contest.

Former Pro-level star Sean Kalos put on a riding clinic as he circulated the course at a blistering pace to take the win in the Modern Support Two-Stroke Pro class on his classic CR500 Honda. The sound of the big two-strokes’ roar could be heard around the course, a sound now sadly extinct in Pro-level racing.

Sean Kalos (22) flew to the Modern Support Two-Stroke Pro victory.

Sean Kalos (22) flew to the Modern Support Two-Stroke Pro victory.

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Round five will see the club make its second appearance at Perris Raceway on May 21. Perris is considered one of the most vintage-friendly courses the club visits. All club members, guests, etc., are strongly encouraged to come to this event.

For more information on CALVMX and AHRMA events, please see the website at calvmx.net.

Arizona Cycle Park
Buckeye, Arizona
Results: April 23, 2017 (Round 4)

JR: 1. Mathew Cuevas (KTM).

GP 100 STOCK INT: 1. Scott Piddington (Yam); 2. Norm Himaka (Yam).

GP 1 125 INT: 1. Mike Blume (Hon).

GP 2 250 INT: 1. Mike Hotchkiss (Hon).

GP 2 250 EX: 1. Ty Nexsen (Suz); 2. Brent Wilkinson (Yam).

GP 3 250 INT: 1. Ray Zuchowski (Yam).

GP 3 250 EX: 1. Doug Runyon (Kaw); 2. Teddy Mink (Yam).

OPEN AGE GP NOV: 1. Jeremy Smith (Yam).

OPEN AGE GP INT: 1. Mike Blume (Hon).

OPEN AGE GP EX: 1. Doug Runyon (Kaw).

OPEN AGE VINTAGE INT: 1. Matt Howard (Yam).

WOMEN NOV: 1. Karen Gariepy (Kaw).

50+ GP NOV: 1. Jeff Larimer (Yam).

50+ GP INT: 1. Ray Zuchowski (Yam); 2. James Youngblood (Hon).

50+ GP EX: 1. Ty Nexsen (Suz); 2. Brent Wilkinson (Yam).

50+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Mike Korgan (CZ).

60+ GP NOV: 1. Andy Loftquist (Suz).

60+ VINTAGE EX: 1. Gary Faxon (CZ); 2. Dwight Rundle (Suz).

MODERN SUPPORT VET NOV: 1. Jeremy Smith (Yam); 2. Andy Loftquist (Suz).

MODERN SUPPORT VET EX: 1. Teddy Mink (Yam).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE NOV: 1. Karen Gariepy (Kaw).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE INT: 1. James Youngblood (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE EX: 1. Sean Kalos (Hon).

CLASSIC 125 NOV: 1. Jon McGill (Yam).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 NOV: 1. Dave Murphy (Suz).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 EX: 1. Dwight Rundle (Suz).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 INT: 1. Mike Korgan (CZ).

3-WHEEL VINTAGE 110-240: 1. Ed Hicks (Hon); 2. Tim Coulson (Hon); 3. Milner Brown (Hon).

3-WHEEL VINTAGE 241-310: 1. Ed Hicks (Hon); 2. Paul Airey (Hon).

3-WHEEL VINTAGE 4-STROKE A: 1. David Ham (Hon); 2. Tim Coulson (Hon); 3. Steven Johnson (Hon).

3-WHEEL OPEN: 1. Tom DeCrescente (Hon); 2. Ed Hicks (RMD); 3. David Ham (Hon); 4. Paul Airey (Hon); 5. Tanner Pies (Hon).

3-WHEEL OPEN VINTAGE: 1. David Ham (Hon); 2. Paul Airey (Hon); 3. John Robertson (Hon).

3-WHEEL OPEN VINTAGE B: 1. Mike Dunn (Hon); 2. David Grossblat (Hon).

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