RAPID RESULTS: 2014 WORLD VETERAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

November 3, 2014
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VETprestonTravis Preston (11) won his second consecutive Over-30 World Vet Championship. It included a powerful come-from-behind victory in the second moto. If you can learn anything from this photo of Travis, it is to look ahead. Travis looks way ahead.

OVER-30 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Travis Preston (Yam)…….1-1
2. Mike Sleeter (KTM)………..2-2
3. Ryan Morais (KTM)………..3-4
4. Tonni Anderson (KTM)…..8-3
5. Brian Jorgensen (Hon)……4-7
6. Doug Dubach (Yam)………7-5
7. Gordon Ward (Hon)……….9-6
8. Dennis Stapleton (KTM)…6-9
9. Kris Keefer (Yam)………….5-12
10. Beau Baron (Hon)………..10-8
Other notables: 11. Brian Wheeler; 13. Shawn Wynne; 19. Matt Buyten; 22. Tony Amaradio.

VETdubachDoug Dubach just keeps on winning. The 24-time World Vet Champion had a great weekend at Glen Helen. He won the Over-40 title (for the 11th time) on Saturday, added his second Over-50 Championship on Sunday and the 51-year-old even came back to finish sixth in the Over-30 World Championship.

OVER-40 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Doug Dubach (Yam)……….1-1
2. Julien Cerny (Kaw)………..3-2
3. Gordon Ward (Hon)……….2-3
4. Brian Wheeler (Kaw)……..4-6
5. Todd Mitchell (Suz)………..6-5
6. Stale Bjordal (Hon)………..5-7
7. Brandon Milstead (Suz)…..7-8
8. Kim Olsen (Suz)…………….9-10
9. Phil Mercer (KTM)…………11-9
10. Shawn Wynne (Hon)…….8-13
Other notables: 11. Ed Foedish; 12. Drey Dirks; 13. Kevin Barda; 14. Don Biscelgia.

VETsleeterKTM’s Mike Sleeter has always been a podium finisher at the World Vet, but never on the top step. He had his best chance in the second moto on Sunday when Travis Preston fell in the sand section and Sleeter got away to a big lead. Unfortunately for Mike, Travis would not be denied and ran him down. Travis went 1-1, Mike went 2-2.

OVER-50 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Doug Dubach (Yam)…………1-1
2. Drey Dirks (Hon)……………..2-2
3. Willy Simon (Yam)……………3-4
4. Pete Murray (Yam)……………5-3
5. Kevin Foley (Hon)…………….4-5
6. Ian Fitz-Gibbon (Hon)……….7-6
7. Isao Ida (Suz)……………………6-7
8. Phil Dowell (Hon)……………..8-8
9. Loren Pochirowski (Kaw)….10-9
10. Ned Lowerre (KTM)………..11-10
Other notables: 11. Dave Fontes; 12. Doug Goodman; 13. Ragnor Stefansson; 17. Kurt Sofka.

VETmoraisRyan Morais (116) completed a “test rider” sweep of the first three spots in the Over-30 Pro class. Travis Preston is Yamaha’s full-time test rider, Mike Sleeter tests for KTM’s product development department and Ryan Morais works for the KTM factory team.

OVER-60 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Brent Wallingsford (Hon)……1-1
2. Rick Johnson (Hon)…………..2-2
3. Jim Latendresse (KTM)……..3-3
4. Dave Eakin (Hon)……………..7-4
5. George Kohler (Hus)…………4-7
6. Mike Marion (Yam)……………6-6
7. Carl Gazafy (Kaw)…………….9-5
8. Harold Gooch (Suz)…………..11-8
9. Alan Kent (Hon)………………..12-9
10. T.V. Holmes (KTM)………….8-13
Other notables: 11. Jack McCormick; 12. Bill Maxim; 13, John Alden; 16. Nobuhiro Fututa; 17. Vic Curti.

VETwheelerGreat Britain’s Brian Wheeler (12) came straight from England’s victory at the Vet Motocross des Nations (for vintage bikes) at Farleigh Castle to the World Vet Championship (for new bikes) at Glen Helen. Brian was fourth in the Over-40 Championship on muddy Saturday and 11th on sunny Sunday in the Over-30 Pro class.

OVER-70 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Gary Chase (Hon)……….1-1
2. Alan Olson (Yam)……….2-2
3. Bart Kellogg (KTM)……….3-4
4. Lars Larsson (KTM)………4-6
5. Jan Lindmark (Hon)……….6-5
6. Bruce Hoover (Hon)………4-7
7. Ernie Cabral (Suz)…………7-8
8. Bob Brown (Suz)…………..8-DNF

VETstartGlen Helen’s famous Talladega first turn is a 180-degree right hand corner that is banked at 45-degrees. It can be done without shutting off, but only by a maniac. This is the second moto start of the Over-30 Pro class. Mike Sleeter (11) leads with Travis Preston (11), Doug Dubach (15), Ryan Morais (116), Gordon Ward (444), Brian Wheeler (12), Brian Jorgensen (8), Tonni Anderson (4) and Shawn Wynne (9) jockeying for position.

VETstapletonMXA’s Dennis Stapleton had a 6-9 day for eight overall in the 30 Pro class, but had to ride injured after the Red Bull arch fell on him, and his hand was wrapped in the cables as he flew into it. He suffered bad cuts to four fingers, but shrugged it off. You can see the arch at the top of the photo.

 

Photo by Dan Alamangos

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