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| 30 September 2017 12:24 pm

CALVMX/100% Vintage Motocross Regional Series
Round 8: Perris Raceway

Story by Steve Caro
Photos by Kathryn Caro
PERRIS, CA, SEPT. 10, 2017

Round eight saw the 2017 CALVMX/ 100 % Vintage Motocross Series return to Perris Raceway under clear skies and in comfortable temperatures. The racers were met with a course designed to be run in reverse. The efforts of the track staff at Perris resulted in an extremely Vintage-friendly course.

Smoking optional…

Smoking optional…

Prior to the start of the first round of motos, the club saluted a popular young racer who was a frequent entrant at CALVMX events over the past few years. Japanese native Sayaka Kaneshiro was making her final appearance prior to returning to Japan with her family.

With great regularity, the diminutive Kaneshiro ruled the Modern Expert/ Pro support classes at CALVMX events. Her graceful style on her 250F Honda was always impressive. The pre-race salute held for Kaneshiro overwhelmed her with the accolades, and she clasped her hands and bowed in gratitude to those in attendance.

Sayaka Kaneshiro (678) churns it up at Perris Raceway.

Sayaka Kaneshiro (678) churns it up at Perris Raceway.

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Three of Vintage racing’s fastest racers headlined the Open Age Vintage Expert class at Perris. CZ riders Greg Landers, Nick LaPaglia and Ayrton Siega lapped the course at a blistering pace in both motos.

Moto one saw Landers snare the lead as the pack exited the starting straight, with LaPaglia and Siega in tow. The roost flew off their rear knobbies as the trio hammered the course, with Landers out front.

Nick LaPaglia (17) would end up as runner-up in the Open Age Vintage Expert class.

Nick LaPaglia (17) would end up as runner-up in the Open Age Vintage Expert class.

LaPaglia kept the pressure on Landers throughout the moto, with Siega close behind. All three racers showed no hesitation in unleashing their Czech-built machines (never known as lightweights) high and far over the taller jumps. Landers had extended his lead by the white-flag lap, and he held on for the moto victory, with LaPaglia and Siega rounding out the top three.

Ayrton Siega (241) would end up finishing third in the Open Age Vintage Expert class.

Ayrton Siega (241) would end up finishing third in the Open Age Vintage Expert class.

The second moto saw Landers replicate his holeshot of the first moto, and he quickly built a large lead over LaPaglia and Siega. The recently watered course and its slippery, mud-filled corners had little effect on the three front-runners. Landers’ lead became insurmountable, and he sped to the finish for a two-moto sweep, followed by LaPaglia and Siega.

Greg Landers (27G) flew high and landed the overall victory in the Open Age Vintage Expert class.

Greg Landers (27G) flew high and landed the overall victory in the Open Age Vintage Expert class.

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Both European and Japanese machines populated the Over 60 GP Intermediate class, with examples the Maico, CZ, Husqvarna and Yamaha marques lined up at the starting gate.

Yamaha-mounted Tommy Luera emerged with the lead following the start of moto one, with his fellow Yamaha pilot Thomas Engelhardt and CZ-mounted Rickert Haag running second and third, respectively. Luera never wavered and powered his way to the moto win, followed by Engelhardt and Haag.

Thomas Engelhardt (11T) took second overall in the Over 60 GP Intermediate ranks.

Thomas Engelhardt (11T) took second overall in the Over 60 GP Intermediate ranks.

Third place in the Over 60 GP Intermediate contest went to Rickert Haag (48R).

Third place in the Over 60 GP Intermediate contest went to Rickert Haag (48R).

Engelhardt led the way at the start of moto two, with Luera in second and Maico-mounted Don Hansing in third. Luera was riding superbly, and he rapidly moved into the lead before the end of lap two. As the moto progressed, Rickert moved into third, behind Engelhardt and Luera. Essentially unchallenged after lap two, Luera rolled to both the moto win and the overall victory.

Tommy Luera (1) took the top spot in the Over 60 GP Intermediate class.

Tommy Luera (1) took the top spot in the Over 60 GP Intermediate class.

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Vintage Sportsman 250cc Expert competition has been a fixture in Vintage racing since the earliest days of the sport. At this event, Husqvarna-mounted Ross Thompson and Bultaco rider Doc Alexander tested the limits of their classic European mounts in their duel for the overall win in the class.

In moto one, Alexander maneuvered his way into the front spot and powered his classic Spanish mount to the moto win, ahead of Thompson and Suzuki jockey Brent Wilkinson.

The runner-up in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Expert contest was Doc Alexander (47).

The runner-up in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Expert contest was Doc Alexander (47).

The second moto saw Alexander and Thompson resume their skirmish for the overall win. It was a close battle throughout the moto, and in the end, it was Thompson taking the checkers and clinching the overall victory, followed by Alexander and Wilkinson.

Ross Thompson (180) topped the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Expert class with a 2-1 tally.

Ross Thompson (180) topped the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Expert class with a 2-1 tally.

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Other winners on the day included the guest of honor, Sayaka Kaneshiro, who topped the Modern Support Pro and Modern Support Four-Stroke Pro classes in a show of blazing speed.

In her farewell appearance, Sayaka Kaneshiro (678) was victorious in the Modern Support Pro and Modern Support Four-Stroke Pro classes.

In her farewell appearance, Sayaka Kaneshiro (678) was victorious in the Modern Support Pro and Modern Support Four-Stroke Pro classes.

Joining Kaneshiro in the winners’ column were Maico man Norm Himaka, in the Over 60 Vintage Intermediate class; Honda pilot Lori Payne, in Women’s Open Expert action; Suzuki-mounted Mark Sandzimier, in the GP 2 125cc Expert class; and CZ rider Ryan Davidson, in the Open Age GP Intermediate contest.

Lori Payne (58) won the Women’s Open Expert class.

Lori Payne (58) won the Women’s Open Expert class.

Mark Sandzimier (50) was top dog in the GP 2 125cc Expert contest.

Mark Sandzimier (50) was top dog in the GP 2 125cc Expert contest.

Ryan Davidson (55X) scored the Open Age GP Intermediate victory.

Ryan Davidson (55X) scored the Open Age GP Intermediate victory.

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Round nine of the 2017 CALVMX/ 100% Series will see the racers traveling to San Diego for their first appearance in several years at Barona Raceway. Barona’s track managers have promised a Vintage-friendly course that will accommodate both the pre-1975 short-travel-suspension machines and their later-era brethren Post-Vintage machines. Saturday, October 7, is the scheduled date. Several class championships are still undecided, and riders of all skill levels with bikes from any era are encouraged to participate. As with all CALVMX events, no membership is required to race.

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

Perris Raceway
Perris, California
Results: September 10, 2017 (Round 8)

IRONMAN VINTAGE INT: 1. Rudy Gil (Mai); 2. Steve Caro (CZ).

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

IRONMAN GP INT: 1. Tim Bartee (Hon).

IRONMAN GP EX: 1. Trevor Bell (Hon).

JR BEG: 1. Tommy Luera II (Kaw); 2. Ryder Friday (KTM).

JR NOV: 1. Jeremiah Sedig (Yam).

JR INT: 1. Mathew Cuevas (KTM); 2. Cole Gamlin (Yam).

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

WOMEN EX: 1. Lori Payne (Hon).

GP 85 INT: 1. Nate Coleman (Kaw); 2. Michael Pugdak (Hon).

GP 85 EX: 1. Tony Nguyen (Hon).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 100 INT: 1. Dan Ayala (Suz).

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

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

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 EX: 1. Jimmy Wright (Hon); 2. Jim Stein (Hod).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 EX: 1. Ross Thompson (Hsq); 2. Doc Alexander (Bul); 3. Brent Wilkinson (Suz).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 INT: 1. Sergei Molotov (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 EX: 1. Nick LaPaglia (CZ); 2. Greg Landers (CZ).

GP 100 STOCK INT: 1. Joel Leguina (Yam).

GP 100 MODIFIED PRO: 1. Bobby Tocco (Yam).

GP 100 PRO: 1. Chris Heinrich (Yam).

GP 200 NOV: 1. Tsuyoshi Kaneshiro (Hon); 2. Aaron Estaras (Hon).

GP 200 INT: 1. Kevin Weston (Yam); 2. Mike Dunn (Hon); 3. Bob Seki (Hon).

GP 200 EX: 1. Micah Davis (Hon); 2. Dan Alamages (Yam); 3. Mark Lohrbach (Hon).

GP 200 PRO: 1. Bobby Tocco (Hon); 2. Mike Bierman (Hon).

GP 1 125 INT: 1. Joel Leguina (Yam); 2. Steve Gallegos (Yam).

GP 1 250 INT: 1. Frank Halter (Hon).

GP 1 250 EX: 1. Micah Davis (Hon); 2. Dwayne Scrivnor (Hsq); 3. Brent Wilkinson (Mai).

GP 1 500 NOV: 1. Marty Mlakar (Yam); 2. Tom Taylor (Yam).

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

GP 1 500 EX: 1. Jimmy Wright (Mai); 2. Myron Lapka (Hsq).

GP 2 125 NOV: 1. Jeremiah Sedig (Hon); 2. Randy Okada (Yam).

GP 2 125 EX: 1. Mark Sandzimier (Suz).

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

GP 2 500 EX: 1. Mike LaPaglia (Mai).

OPEN AGE VINTAGE INT: 1. Bill Davidson (CZ); 2. Vince Laker (Hon).

OPEN AGE VINTAGE EX: 1. Greg Landers (CZ); 2. Nick LaPaglia (CZ); 3. Ayrton Siega (CZ).

OPEN AGE GP INT: 1. Ryan Davidson (CZ); 2. Vince Laker (Hon); 3. Bill Davidson (Hsq).

50+ VINTAGE EX: 1. Doc Alexander (Bul); 2. Tim McIntyre (CZ); 3. Ross Thompson (Hsq).

50+ GP NOV: 1. Tom Taylor (Yam).

50+ GP INT: 1. James Youngblood (Hon); 2. Darrell Sedig (Hon); 3. Mark Stubbs (Hon).

50+ GP EX: 1. Mike LaPaglia (Mai).

60+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Norm Himaka (Mai); 2. Bill Davidson (CZ); 3. Rickert Haag (Hsq); 4. Dan Ayala (CZ); 5. Sergei Molotov (CZ).

60+ GP NOV: 1. Marty Mlakar (Yam); 2. Andy Loftquist.

60+ GP INT: 1. Tommy Luera (Yam); 2. Thomas Engelhardt (Yam); 3. Rickert Haag (CZ); 4. Don Hansing (Mai); 5. Bill Davidson (Hsq).

60+ GP EX: 1. Chip Didlake (Yam); 2. Roland Rodriguez (Mai); 3. Phillip Hall (CZ).

MODERN SUPPORT VET NOV: 1. David Riley (Kaw); 2. Ichiro Horoba; 3. Shawn Pete (Hon); 4. Jeremy Smith (Yam).

MODERN SUPPORT VET INT: 1. Dan Paulson (Suz); 2. Toby Taki (Yam); 3. Byron Friday (Kaw); 4. Jeffrey Hughes (KTM); 5. Thomas Engelhardt (Yam).

MODERN SUPPORT VET EX: 1. Mark Sandzimier (Suz).

MODERN SUPPORT VET PRO: 1. Sayaka Kaneshiro (Hon).

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

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

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Myles Palmer (Kaw); 2. Ichiro Horiba (Suz); 3. Anthony Bustamante (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE INT: 1. Dan Paulson (Suz); 2. Jeffrey Hughes (KTM); 3. Vince Laker (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE EX: 1. Shota Kaneshiro (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE PRO: 1. Sayaka Kaneshiro (Hon).

DUAL SPORT PRE-1990 INT: 1. Derrick Vorela (Suz); 2. Shohei Kimura (Hon).

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

DUAL SPORT EX: 1. John Rice.

3-WHEEL OPEN INT: 1. Julian Hoefert.

3-WHEEL OPEN EX: 1. David Ham; 2. Matt Carrick.

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

3-WHEEL 250 EX: 1. Jerry Nocciolo.

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

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