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| 4 November 2017 4:42 pm

CALVMX/ 100% Vintage Motocross Regional Series
Round 9: Perris Raceway

Story by Steve Caro
Photos by Kathryn Caro
PERRIS, CA, OCT. 7, 2017

And… they’re off!

And… they’re off!

A proverbial eleventh-hour venue change had the staff and racers of CALVMX hurriedly rearranging their plans in order to keep the ninth round of their 2017 series on schedule. Thanks to the generous support of the track managers at Perris Raceway, who made their facility – including track modifications – available on extremely short notice, the latest round was a rousing success for all involved.

Hi-yo, Silver – away!

Hi-yo, Silver – away!

In spite of the sudden change of venues, more than a hundred entries, ranging from Juniors to Modern Support competitors, filled Perris Raceway’s pit area. Joining the regular CALVMX classes was the Marty Tripes 100cc Works Revenge program. Tripes himself could be seen in the pits, helping with bike setups and visiting with old friends.

Jockeying for position at Perris Raceway.

Jockeying for position at Perris Raceway.

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Loren Dimond put in a rare appearance at a CALVMX event and made it a successful endeavor. The Kawasaki-mounted Dimond swept both motos of the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

In the first moto, Dimond got a perfect launch off the concrete starting pad and powered his way into the lead, followed by CZ-mounted Tim McIntyre and Husqvarna rider Ross Thompson. Dimond went unchallenged during the moto, taking the win with ease.

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

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

The second moto was an exact replica of the first, as Dimond quickly pulled away from the rest of the pack, with Thompson and McIntyre in hot pursuit. As in the first moto, Dimond maintained a steady pace and rolled to both the moto win and overall victory. McIntyre and Thompson were second and third overall, respectively.

Ross Thompson (180) came in third overall in the Over 50 Vintage Expert contest.

Ross Thompson (180) came in third overall in the Over 50 Vintage Expert contest.

Loren Dimond (94) topped the Over 50 Vintage Experts. He would also place second in the Marty Tripes 100cc Works Revenge Factory Works Expert class.

Loren Dimond (94) topped the Over 50 Vintage Experts. He would also place second in the Marty Tripes 100cc Works Revenge Factory Works Expert class.

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The diminutive 100cc machines of the Marty Tripes series were out in force, with 20 machines entered in the Pro, Expert, Intermediate and Novice classes.

In the Factory Works Pro division, Scott Burnworth grabbed the lead exiting the starting straight in the first moto, with his fellow Yamaha pilot Chris Heinrich in hot pursuit. The technique to racing a 100cc bike is to never let the rpm’s drop too far. Both Burnworth and Heinrich kept their little two-strokes at maximum revs throughout the moto, with Burnworth taking the moto win, followed by Heinrich.

Chris Heinrich (121) was the overall runner-up in the Marty Tripes 100cc Works Revenge Factory Works Pro class.

Chris Heinrich (121) was the overall runner-up in the Marty Tripes 100cc Works Revenge Factory Works Pro class.

Sharing the track at the same time as the Pros, the Factory Works Experts contest saw a three-way battle among Yamaha riders Greg Landers, Loren Dimond and Rick Price. Normally mounted on a big-bore CZ, Landers manhandled his Yamaha to the moto win, followed by Dimond and Price.

In the second moto, Burnworth again led from the start, over Heinrich, while Landers also moved into the lead early in the Expert division, with Dimond and Price once again in hot pursuit. Burnworth repeated his performance of the first moto and held off the challenges of Heinrich.

Scott Burnworth (8) topped the Factory Works Pro division.

Scott Burnworth (8) topped the Factory Works Pro division.

Close behind the leading Pros, Landers kept his little Yamaha “on the pipe” to stay ahead of Dimond and Price and sweep both motos on his way to the overall win.

Greg Landers snared the Factory Works Expert victory.

Greg Landers snared the Factory Works Expert victory.

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A new name took the overall victory in the venerable Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class. Maico-mounted Tom Contino used 2-1 moto scores to capture the overall, over the Hondas of Jim Barker and Nick Awtry.

In the first moto, Awtry kept his classic early-model Elsinore at the front for the majority of the moto, ahead of Contino and Jim Barker, and took the moto win.

Nick Awtry (22) won the opening Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate moto.

Nick Awtry (22) won the opening Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate moto.

In the second moto, Contino grabbed the lead on his German classic at the start, ahead of Barker and veteran campaigner Craig Walker, on a CZ.

CZ rider Craig Walker (295).

CZ rider Craig Walker (295).

Contino’s Maico lived up to its reputation of being a good-handling machine, as he was barely challenged in the moto on his way to taking the win and, more importantly, the overall victory. Barker’s 3-2 scores netted him second overall, followed by Awtry (1-4) in third.

Jim Barker (59) was the overall runner-up in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class.

Jim Barker (59) was the overall runner-up in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class.

Tom Contino (07) was victorious in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class.

Tom Contino (07) was victorious in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class.

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Other winners on the day included CZ rider Ayrton Sieja, in Vintage Sportsman 250cc Expert competition, and CZ rider Greg Landers, who added to his overall win total with victories in the Open Age Vintage Expert and Sportsman 500cc Expert classes.

Also joining the winners’ column were CZ rider Rickert Haag, in the GP 1 500cc Intermediate class; Yamaha pilot Tommy Luera, in the Over 60 GP Intermediate class; and Husqvarna jockey Jordan Cathey, in the Open Age Novice class.

Rickert Haag (48R) was top dog in the GP 1 500cc Intermediate class.

Rickert Haag (48R) was top dog in the GP 1 500cc Intermediate class.

Tommy Luera (1) won the Over 60 GP Intermediate class.

Tommy Luera (1) won the Over 60 GP Intermediate class.

Jordan Cathey (18) was triumphant in the Open Age Novice class.

Jordan Cathey (18) was triumphant in the Open Age Novice class.

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The 2017 series finale for the CALVMX/ 100% competitors is scheduled for November 19 at Perris Raceway. Several class championships have not yet been decided going into the final round. As always, machines from all eras and riders of any skill level are welcome.

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

Perris Raceway
Perris, California
Results: October 7, 2017 (Round 9)

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

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

IRONMAN GP NOV: 1. Jack Snider (Yam); 2. Byron Snider (Hon).

IRONMAN GP EX: 1. Kirk Chapman (Kaw); 2. Ron Renzulli (Kaw); 3. Brad Roysdon (Hon).

JR BEG: 1. Tommy Luera II (Kaw).

JR INT: 1. Mathew Cuevas (KTM).

JR EX: 1. Larry Collie Jr. (Suz).

WOMEN NOV: 1. Carole Feeney (Kaw); 2. Karen Gariepy (Kaw); 3. Chris Roysdon (Suz).

WOMEN EX: 1. Lori Payne (Hon).

GP 85 EX: 1. Braydin Collie (Yam).

XR STOCK INT: 1. Art Leva (Hon).

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

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 INT: 1. John Forsythe (Hon).

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

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 INT: 1. Tom Contino (Mai); 2. Jim Barker (Hon); 3. Nick Awtry (Hon); 4. Craig Walker (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 EX: 1. Ayrton Sieja (CZ); 2. Ross Thompson (Hsq).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 INT: 1. Sergei Molotov (CZ); 2. Mike Korgan (CZ).

VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 EX: 1. Greg Landers (CZ).

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

GP 200 INT: 1. Bob Seki (Hon).

GP 200 EX: 1. Tim Hoole (Hon); 2. Chris Corum (Hon); 3. Mark Lohrbach (Hon).

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

GP 1 125 NOV: 1. George Tolmasoff (Yam).

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

GP 1 250 NOV: 1. Jack Snider (Yam); 2. Marty Mlakar (Yam); 3. Bob Kelley (Yam).

GP 1 250 EX: 1. Parker Jones (Mai); 2. Frank Halter (Hon).

GP 1 500 INT: 1. Rickert Haag (CZ); 2. David Perrapato (Hsq).

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

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

GP 2 250 NOV: 1. Jeremy Smith (Yam).

GP 3 125 INT: 1. Peter Tolmasoff.

GP 3 125 EX: 1. Ron Renzulli (Kaw).

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

OPEN AGE VINTAGE EX: 1. Greg Landers (CZ); 2. Ayrton Sieja (CZ).

OPEN AGE GP NOV: 1. Jordan Cathey (Hsq); 2. Kyle Lackey (Hsq).

OPEN AGE GP INT: 1. Bill Davidson (Yam); 2. Vince Laker (Hon).

OPEN AGE GP EX: 1. Frank Halter (Hon).

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

50+ VINTAGE EX: 1 Loren Dimond (Kaw); 2. Tim McIntyre (CZ); 3. Ross Thompson (Hsq).

50+ GP NOV: 1. Kevin Heath (Yam); 2. Byron Snider (Hon).

50+ GP INT: 1. Steve Bohacek (Yam); 2. David Perrapato (Hsq).

50+ GP EX: 1. Frank Halter (Hon).

60+ VINTAGE NOV: 1. Tristan Weisheit (Yam).

60+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Bill Davidson (CZ); 2. Norm Himaka (Mai); 3. Craig Walker (CZ); 4. Sergei Molotov (CZ).

60+ VINTAGE EX: 1. Jeff Snyder (CZ).

60+ GP NOV: 1. Marty Mlakar (Yam).

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

60+ GP EX: 1. Kirk Chapman (Kaw); 2. Tim Hoole (Suz); 3. Mike Fry (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT VET NOV: 1. Jeffrey Hughes (KTM); 2. Kevin Heath (KTM); 3. Michael Paul Ronk (Yam); 4. Andy Loftquist (Suz).

MODERN SUPPORT VET INT: 1. Dan Paulson (Suz); 2. Dave Feeney (Suz); 3. Thomas Englehardt (Yam).

MODERN SUPPORT VET EX: 1. Rich Truchinski (Yam); 2. Carmen Cafro (Hon); 3. Ron Ratigan (Yam).

MODERN SUPPORT VET PRO: 1. Ray Lopez (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE NOV: 1. Edward Acosta (Hon); 2. Karen Gariepy (Kaw).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE INT: 1. Jeffrey Nelson (Kaw); 2. Barry Katz; 3. Kyle Hearold (Kaw); 4. Joel Leguina (Yam).

MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE EX: 1. Mike Truchinski (Yam).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Miles Palmer (KTM); 2. Will McDiarmid (Kaw); 3. Mark Palmer (Suz); 4. Daltin Colie (Suz); 5. Mike Palmer (Kaw).

MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE INT: 1. Dan Paulson (Suz); 2. P.J. Dyke (Yam); 3. Mathew Cuevas (Hon); 4. Vince Laker (Hon).

DUAL SPORT INT PRE-1990: 1. Don Jackson (Yam).

DUAL SPORT INT POST-1990: 1. Vince Laker (Hon).

DUAL SPORT EX: 1. John Rice (Hon).

3-WHEEL 250 INT: 1. Jerry Nocciolo Jr.; 2. Kyle Hearold (Hon).

3-WHEEL 250 EX: 1. David Ham; 2. Matt Carrick.

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VINTAGE WORKS: 1. John Forsythe (Hon); 2. Lori Payne (Yam).

FACTORY WORKS NOV/INT: 1. Peter Tolmasoff (Yam); 2. Bill Clem (Yam); 3. Scott Piddington (Yam); 4. Norm Himaka (Yam); 5. Karen Gariepy.

FACTORY WORKS EX: 1. Greg Landers (Yam); 2. Loren Dimond (Yam); 3. Rick Price (Yam); 4. Tony Nguyen (Yam); 5. Mark McNulty.

FACTORY WORKS PRO: 1. Scott Burnworth (Yam); 2. Chris Heinrich (Yam).

[For more from this event, please see “Portfolio from Round Nine of the CALVMX Vintage MX Series” by Tom Corley… Editor]

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