The MTA-sponsored World Vet is all about having fun, good racing and making memories. Last year Honda sent a truck, factory mechanic and Justin Barcia's MXDN bike for Gary Jones (88) to race in the Over-60 Expert class.
(1) TWO DAYS OF RACING & A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES
The 2013 MTA World Veteran Motocross Championship will feature two days of racing (Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3). There are classes for Over-25, Over-30, Over-35, Over-40, Over-45, Over-50, Over 55, Over-60, Over-70 and Women (Over-30). Many people ask how the American-based World Vet Championship can call itself a "World Championship." That's easy. When no one else recognized the importance of Veteran motocross racers, the World Vet was started by Tom White to recognize the contributions of racers over the age of 30. Thirty years ago, this race was being held, attended and covered, while other race organizations were ignoring Vets. It is the longest running Vet Championship in the world. It was the first Vet Championship in the world. It is the best attended Vet race in the world. It is open to riders from every country (and the date is no secret). It does not require membership, licenses or special paperwork. It is the original and titles have been won by many famous motocross racers—including Gary Jones, Rex Staten, Jeff Ward, Erik Kehoe, Warren Reid, Kent Howerton, Torlief Hanssen, Alan Olson, Rich Thorwaldson, Ron Turner, Feets Minert, Kyle Lewis, Casey Johnson, J.N. Roberts, Lars Larsson, Eyvind Boyesen, Andy Jefferson, Zoli Berenyi, Ryan Hughes and Doug Dubach.
This is Doug Dubach and his mechanic Alan Olson. As you would expect from a 20-time World Vet Champion (in the Over-30 and Over-40 Pro classes), Doug's mechanic has won 9 World Vet Championships in the Over-40 Pro, Over-50 Expert and Over-60 Expert classes.
(2) $4000 FOR THE OVER-40 PROS ON SATURDAY
The Saturday races are considered warm-up races for all the classes—except the Over-40 Pro class. The Over-40 Pros will race for their share of a $4000 purse (and the Over-40 World Championship title).
(3) WHY IS SATURDAY A WARM UP RACE?
Why is Saturday considered a warm-up race for the MTA-sponosred World Vet? Because riders come from 20 different countries and almost every state in the union to race, and the extra day allows them to learn the track, the dirt and the massive Talladega start before the big day on Sunday. This lessens the advantage that Glen Helen locals have. It is no surprise that foreign and out-of-state riders need time to get used to the roughness, elevation and size of Glen Helen—it is a tough track that gets rougher with each lap and each day.
Ryan Hughes won the World Vet Championship in 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
(4) THE IMPORTANCE SUNDAY’S RACES
Sunday’s races represent the actual 2013 World Vet Championship classes. To claim the title in any class, you have to win on Sunday...with the exception of the Over-40 Pros (who get claiming rights on Saturday). The Over-30 Pro class races is on Sunday...and they are racing for a $4000 purse.
(5) THURSDAY PRACTICE—OCTOBER 31
As an added bonus, Glen Helen will be open on Thursday, October 31, for open practice from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Doug Dubach, a former AMA Supercross winner, chhses Kurt Nicoll, who was a top three Grand Prix rider for many years, at the 2012 World Vet race.
(6) SPECIAL FRIDAY PRACTICE—NOVEMBER 1
Then, for riders who have pre-entered the MTA World Vet Championship the track will be open again for practice on Friday, November 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It is recommend that most World Vet riders skip Thursday practice and wait until Friday. Why? Because Thursday’s practice is open to the the public—not just Vets. It is a zoo.
(7) TRANSPONDER SCORING IS FREE
The scoring of all World Vet races is by transponder, but Glen Helen does not charge the riders for the transponders. The transponders are free as part of your entry. However, you will need to leave your driver’s license, photo ID or credit card as insurance against you forgetting to return the transponder—which an amazing number of riders do.
In the true spirit of the World Vet, Lars Larsson has been racing since the 1960s. He was the European GP rider that Edison Dye brought to America to demonstrate the capabilities of the first Husqvarnas back in 1968. Decades later Lars won the Over-60 title in 2001 and then repeated with back-to-back Over-70 Championship in 2011 and 2012.
(8) YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE IS REQUIRED
Bring your driver’s license to sign-up or check-in so that your age can be confirmed. Why? An equally amazing number of riders try to cheat by riding in the Over-50 class when they are in fact barely over 30. If you race your proper class you won’t have any troubles showing your license, but if you say “I forgot it,” you will be placed under suspended hold—and will have to prove your age by some other manner. Additionally, you cannot ride the Over-50, Over-40, Over-30 or any other class unless you actually that age. Close doesn't count. Even if your birthday is on the Monday after the race, you will not be allowed to race in a class you are not old enough for on race day. That's only fair and right. Glen Helen will hold another race next year—you’ll be eligible for that race.
Last year Pro Circuit sent Ivan Tedesco to the World Vet to race the Over-30 Pro class. Ivan finished third.
(9) THE AGE STRUCTURE
Under World Vet rules, a rider can only ride in his age group (or younger age groups). 30-year-olds are not allowed in the 40 class, 40-year-olds are not allowed in the 50 class, etc. But 50-year-olds can ride in the 40 class, 40-year-olds can ride in the 30 class and 30-year-olds can ride in the Over-25 class. You can go down an age group, but never up.
Canadian great Zoli Berenyi, Sr. and Swede Lars Larsson discuss line choice several years ago. The late Zoli is the second winningest rider in World Vet history with 12 wins. Doug Dubach has 20 and Alan Olson has 9.
(10) SKILL LEVELS
The skill levels at the World Vet are Novice, Intermediate and Expert (plus the two Pro classes). There are no Beginner classes. There is also no Over-30 Expert class—it’s Pro or no-go. The Expert classes are for 25, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60. There is no Novice class for the Over-60 class (just Expert and Intermediate). The Over-70 class is one class with no skill divisions.
Former AMA National Pro and 2002 AMA 250 West Supercross Champion Travis Preston is now a Yamaha test rider. Travis almost won last year and plans to remedy that in 2013.
(11) CLASS JUMPING
Under World Vet Motocross Championship rules when a rider drops down 10 years, he can also drop down one skill division. Thus, an Over-50 Intermediate can race the Over-40 Novice class. 40-year-old Experts can race Over-30 Intermediate. As you can see, the older the rider the more skill division he can jump. Under the rules an Over-60 Expert could race in the Over-50 Intermediates and Over-40 Novice class. Since there is no Beginner class, a Novice can not jump down classes.
(12) SPECTATOR FEES
Spectators can buy a weekend pass for $20, or pay $10 per day. Kids between 6 an 12 pay $10 for the weekend or $5 per day. Children under 6 are free.
(13) RACE ENTRY
Pre-entry is $35 per class and $45 if you wait until you get to the track. Over-30 Pros pay $50 for the Over-30 Pro class. You can register online at www.glenhelen.com.
This year John DeSoto will join a host of stars that have been honored with the Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award and a spot on the Glen Helen Walk of Fame.
(14) EDISON DYE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
On Sunday afternoon, John DeSoto will be given his place on the Glen Helen Walk of Fame and entry into the Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award Hall of Fame. John also plans to race the World Vet.
What goes up must come down.
(15) THE TRACK
It is big, long, rough and fast. It will also be a brand new design for the 2013 World Vet. A portion of the “new track” will be used at the REM Octobercross race on October 26 (but not the whole track). The first time the whole layout is ridden will be for the Friday, November 1, practice (for sign-up riders). The track will include as many hills as possible and lap times will be long. Expect to take a beating and plan accordingly.