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Pala Goes Vintage!

| 27 August 2017 12:54 pm

CALVMX/ 100% Vintage Motocross Regional Series
Round 7: Pala Raceway

Story by Steve Caro
Photos by Kathryn Caro
PALA, CA, AUG. 6, 2017

The sixth round of the 2017 CALVMX/ 100% Vintage Motocross Regional Series saw the classic racers making their first appearance at Pala Raceway, located in the northeastern part of San Diego County. More than a hundred entries were tallied, including a healthy total of pre-1975 vintage bikes.

Riders tackle a downhill drop on the modified Pala Raceway Vet track.

Riders tackle a downhill drop on the modified Pala Raceway Vet track.

The track staff at Pala modified the facility’s Vet track to accommodate the vintage machines, some of which were more than 40 years old. The altered track featured numerous tabletop jumps and four steep up- and downhill sections, which allowed for top-gear, full-throttle riding by the competitors.

Free from prior commitments, the father-and-son team of Mike and Nick LaPaglia returned for the latest round of CALVMX competition. Nick was coming off a very successful effort at the annual CZ World Championships, held in Northern California. The LaPaglia pit area is one of the most professional-looking setups.

Media star Tom Corley in action at Pala.

Media star Tom Corley in action at Pala.

Micah Davis was the dominant rider in the GP 200cc Expert class. Mounted on a 1980s-era Honda XR small-bore, Davis flung the diminutive bike around the course impressively, with high and far launches off the tabletops, along with railing his way around the bermed corners.

In moto one, Davis powered his way into the lead shortly after the start and began to build up a significant lead over the rest of the pack. Pursuing Davis were Honda riders Mark Lohrbach and Jamie Campbell. The moto was a flag-to-flag win for Davis, who was followed by Lohrbach and Campbell.

Micah Davis (118) flew to the overall GP 200cc Expert-class victory.

Micah Davis (118) flew to the overall GP 200cc Expert-class victory.

Moto two was a repeat for Davis, as he once again roared to the front on his little four-stroke-powered machine. This time, veteran competitor Lori Payne and Campbell were his pursuers. As in the first moto, Davis was riding hard, resulting in both the moto and overall victories, with Campbell and Payne second and third overall, respectively.

Lori Payne (58) was third overall in the GP 200cc Expert class.

Lori Payne (58) was third overall in the GP 200cc Expert class.

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The LaPaglias made their CALVMX return a highly successful one. In the Over 50 Vintage Expert class, CZ-mounted Mike LaPaglia lined up with the likes of fellow CZ rider Tim McIntyre and Bultaco-equipped Doc Alexander, along with class regulars Ross Thompson (on a Husqvarna) and Brent Wilkinson (on a Yamaha).

Ross Thompson (180) in action in the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

Ross Thompson (180) in action in the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

In moto one, Mike timed the flag start perfectly and led the pack down the first hill. Giving chase were Alexander and McIntyre. By the midway point of the moto, Mike was leading by several bikelengths, trailed by Alexander and McIntyre, the distinctive sounds of the Czech- and Spanish-built machines resonating behind them. Mike LaPaglia powered his way to the moto win, followed by Alexander and McIntyre.

Doc Alexander (47) would come in third overall in the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

Doc Alexander (47) would come in third overall in the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

Tim McIntyre (13) would end up as runner-up in the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

Tim McIntyre (13) would end up as runner-up in the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

Mike took the lead shortly after the start in moto two, with CZ rider Gary DeForest and McIntyre following. Mike set a torrid pace during the moto as he maintained his lead. Behind him, McIntyre moved into second, and Husqvarna rider Ross Thompson worked his way into third. Unopposed, Mike LaPaglia’s 1-1 score secured the overall win, with McIntyre (3-2) taking second and Alexander (2-6) tallying third overall.

Chris Moeller (left) and Mike LaPaglia (right) take to the skies.

Chris Moeller (left) and Mike LaPaglia (right) take to the skies.

Mike LaPaglia (14) came up aces in the Over 50 Vintage Expert contest.

Mike LaPaglia (14) came up aces in the Over 50 Vintage Expert contest.

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The Vintage Sportsman 250cc Expert class demonstrated why Nick LaPaglia is one of the fastest Vintage racers in California (along with proving that younger riders on classic machines are a good combination).

In the first moto, Nick faced off against challengers Micah Davis (on a Honda) and newcomers Ayrton Sieja (on a CZ) and Chris Moeller (on a Husqvarna). At the drop of the flag, Nick sprinted into the lead as the pack roared down the first hill, with Sieja and Davis in hot pursuit. By lap two, Nick had built up a substantial lead, although Sieja never backed off and kept the leader in sight throughout the moto. With his fluid style, Nick rolled to the moto win, followed by Sieja and Davis.

Ayrton Sieja took third overall in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Expert class.

Ayrton Sieja took third overall in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Expert class.

Moto two saw Nick get the holeshot and build up a multiple-bikelength lead. Davis had the throttle pinned in pursuit of Nick, with Moeller in third. Nick’s lead was insurmountable, so the main action was behind him.

After a midpack start, Sieja was powering his way up toward the leaders. Pressing his Czech machine to its limits, Sieja was able to move into third by the white-flag lap. Nick LaPaglia crossed the line to clinch the overall victory. Davis’ effort netted him second, and Sieja’s Herculean effort garnered him third overall.

Nick LaPaglia (17) went 1-1 in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Expert class.

Nick LaPaglia (17) went 1-1 in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Expert class.

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Other winners on the day included Honda-mounted Marty Eisen in Vintage Sportsman 125cc Novice action; Maico man Norm Himaka, who topped the Over 60 Vintage Intermediates, with CZ rider Dana Yenawine in second.

Marty Eisen topped the Vintage Sportsman 125cc Novices.

Marty Eisen topped the Vintage Sportsman 125cc Novices.

Norm Himaka (311) was top dog in the Over 60 Vintage Intermediate class.

Norm Himaka (311) was top dog in the Over 60 Vintage Intermediate class.

Dana Yenawine (Z75) was runner-up in the Over 60 Vintage Intermediate contest.

Dana Yenawine (Z75) was runner-up in the Over 60 Vintage Intermediate contest.

Meanwhile, KTM-mounted Matthew Cuevas made the long ride from Yuma, Arizona, worthwhile by topping the Junior Intermediate class.

Matthew Cuevas (75) was the top Junior Intermediate rider.

Matthew Cuevas (75) was the top Junior Intermediate rider.

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Round seven of the series will see the Vintage Racing community returning to Perris Raceway on September 10. Numerous class championships are still up for the taking, and the club encourages all racers to join in on a great day of classic racing!

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

Pala Raceway
Pala, California
Results: August 6, 2017 (Round 7)

IRONMAN CLASSIC INT: 1. Art Leva (CZ).

IRONMAN VINTAGE INT: 1. Steve Caro (CZ).

IRONMAN GP NOV: 1. Mike Carperte (Hon).

IRONMAN GP INT: 1. Rudy Gil (Yam).

IRONMAN GP EX: 1. Ron Renzulli (Hon).

JR NOV: 1. Ryder Friday (Yam); 2. Curtis Nugent (Cob).

JR NOV 100+: 1. Gus Clark (Yam).

JR INT: 1. Matthew Cuevas (KTM).

WOMEN NOV: 1. Tami Helms (Yam); 2. Karen Gariepy (Kaw).

WOMEN EX: 1. Lori Payne (Hon).

XR STOCK INT: 1. Art Leva.

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 NOV: 1. Marty Eisen (Hon); 2. Dave Murphy (Suz).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 INT: 1. John Forsythe (Hon); 2. Kelly McKeirman (Hon); 3. Danny Gonzalez Sr. (Yam).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 EX: 1. Jeff Snyder (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 NOV: 1. Nate Hudson (Yam).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 INT: 1. Jim Barker (Hon); 2. Dana Yenawine (CZ); 3. Craig Walker (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 EX: 1. Nick LaPaglia (CZ); 2. Micah Davis (Hon); 3. Ayrton Sieja (CZ); 4. Chris Moeller (Hsq); 5. Doc Alexander (Bul).

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

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

GP 100 STOCK NOV: 1. Tony Nguyen (Hon).

GP 100 MODIFIED INT: 1. Scott Piddington (Yam).

GP 100 MODIFIED EX: 1. Gary Faxon (Hon).

GP 200 INT: 1. Chris McClintlock (Hon); 2. Bob Seki (Hon).

GP 200 EX: 1. Micah Davis (Hon); 2. Jamie Campbell (Hon); 3. Lori Payne (Hon); 4. Mark Lohrbach (Hon).

GP 1 125 NOV: 1. Randy Okada (Suz).

GP 1 125 INT: 1. Steve Gallegos (Yam).

GP 1 250 NOV: 1. Steve Voznick (Mai).

GP 1 250 INT: 1. Mike Rozier (Hod).

GP 1 250 EX: 1. Brad Russell (Mai); 2. Ron Ratigan (Mai).

GP 1 500 NOV: 1. Hal Voznick (Bul).

GP 1 500 INT: 1. Troy Bartley (Hon); 2. Rudy Gil (Yam); 3. David Perrapato (Hsq).

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

GP 2 125 INT: 1. Ben Eisen (Yam).

GP 2 250 NOV: 1. Mike Carpenter (Hon); 2. Jeremy Smith (Yam).

GP 2 250 EX: 1. Brent Wilkinson (Yam).

GP 3 250 NOV: 1. James Corbin (Kaw).

GP 3 250 EX: 1. David MacDonald (Yam); 2. Sterlyn Rigsby (Yam).

OPEN AGE VINTAGE NOV: 1. Nate Hudson (Yam).

OPEN AGE VINTAGE INT: 1. Ben Hubnerd (CZ).

OPEN AGE VINTAGE EX: 1. Nick LaPaglia (CZ); 2. Ayrton Sieja (CZ); 3. Chris Moeller (Hsq).

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

OPEN AGE GP EX: 1. Mike LaPaglia (Mai).

50+ VINTAGE NOV: 1. Tim Vasquez (CZ).

50+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Mike Korgan (CZ); 2. Oliver Shami (CZ); 3. Douglas Farren (Mon).

50+ VINTAGE EX: 1. Mike LaPaglia (CZ); 2. Tim McIntyre (CZ); 3. Doc Alexander (Bul); 4. Ross Thompson (Hsq); 5. Gary DeForest (CZ).

50+ GP INT: 1. James Youngblood (Hon); 2. David Perrapato (Hsq).

50+ GP EX: 1. Sterlyn Rigsby (Yam).

60+ VINTAGE NOV: 1. Marty Mlaker (Hon); 2. Ed Dazzo (Hon).

60+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Norm Himaka (Mai); 2. Dana Yenawine (CZ); 3. Craig Walker (CZ).

60+ GP INT: 1. Chip Didlake (Yam); 2. Don Hansing (Mai); 3. Thomas Engelhardt (Yam).

60+ GP EX: 1. Kirk Chapman (Kaw); 2. Mike Fry (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT VET NOV: 1. Jeff Cooper (Yam); 2. David Riley (Kaw); 3. Andy Loftquist (Hon); 4. Jerry Wageman (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT VET INT: 1. Toby Taki (Yam); 2. Dan Paulson (Suz); 3. Kent Musgrave (Suz); 4. Doug Lott (Yam); 5. Cory Clark (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT VET EX: 1. Rich Truchinski; 2. Mark Sandzimier (Suz); 3. Carmen Cafro (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Jeff Cooper (Yam); 2. Brandon Candon (Hon); 3. Andrew Wageman (Kaw); 4. Warren Harper (KTM); 5. Bill Hall (KTM).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE INT: 1. Vince Laker (Hon); 2. Dan Paulson (Suz).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE NOV: 1. Jordan Eubanks (Suz); 2. Kent Musgrave (Suz); 3. Karen Gariepy (Kaw).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE INT: 1. Oliver Shami (Yam); 2. Kent Musgrave (Suz); 3. James Youngblood (Suz); 4. Barry Katz (Yam); 5. Darrin Hammond (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE EX: 1. Mark Sandzimier (Suz); 2. Matt Itamura (KTM).

DUAL SPORT NOV: 1. Bill Hall (KTM).

DUAL SPORT INT: 1. Vince Laker (Hon).

3-WHEEL 250 INT: 1. Jerry Nocciolo Jr.

3-WHEEL 0-250 EX: 1. Jerry Nocciolo.

3-WHEEL OPEN EX: 1. Ed Hicks; 2. Matt Carrick; 3. Jake Sodeman.

[For more from this event, please stay tuned for “Portfolio from CALVMX Vintage MX, Round Six” by Tom Corley, to be posted soon on Today’s Cycle Coverage… Editor]

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