Mammoth MX, page 2

Mammoth MX, page 2

To see Part I of the Mammoth MX journal, you can visit this link

—- Thursday night, June 26th —-

The Mini’s were on the gas here the past few days – it’s amazing how fast these kids are going.

Now, the reality of the Mini-Dad is …. they are the ones who help fuel our sport. ‘Little Johnny’ has three bikes and goes racing every week. Who pays for it? Mini-Dad! These guys drive all hours of the night, work on the bikes, shell out the cash, and create some serious talent.

One of the coolest things about Mammoth is that it’s a family environment. And so many of these families have been coming here for so many years. “Motocross Mom” Gail Webb says it well: “I first started racing here 28 years ago – this place is the greatest!”

Or how about Alan – I ran into him at the track – he’s a Riverside old-timer. He told me “The family’s been coming up here for the last 15 years, we bring our fishing poles, camp out, go racing and have a great time. We love it here.”

Another Dad on hand was David Bailey. He’s with his son Sean, hanging out and keeping the bikes dialed. David last raced Mammoth in 1982.

David: “I rode 125’s, 250’s and 500’s that weekend in ’82. I won the 500’s, RJ won the 250’s and the 125’s. RJ and Donnie Hansen had a great race in the 250’s. Now, I make sure all Sean’s stuff is perfect – that’s what it’s all about for me now”.

Grant Langston, Craig Anderson, and Eric Sorby were making their way through traffic …. on the track today. Ty Davis is back for more, along with another guy named “Woods” or something, pitted under Ty’s rig. The Pro’s race this weekend.

Teen sensations Broc Hepler and Davey Milsaps will be beginning their Pro careers at Mammoth. They will be aiming for the big guys this weekend!

There is a question of Mammoth’s future. Can a wonderful environment and a great event co-exist? And can you make a difference?

This isn’t about complaining – it’s about encouraging & educating. Why do we come to Mammoth? What do we do here? Why is it important?

When tourists and riders flock to town, they enhance the local economy by renting condos, staying in hotel rooms, eating in restaurants, and the like. If the event doesn’t happen, motocross enthusiasts everywhere, and the local merchants will lose out.

If you’ve ever been to Mammoth, or have read about it, and are a fan of it, please send positive comments in favor of saving the Mammoth MX to:

Mike Schlafmann

Attn: Motocross Mammoth Ranger District

PO Box 145, 25000 Main Street

Mammoth Lakes CA 93546

Or via email at [email protected]

Thanks for taking the time to make a difference.

Look for some Pro race action here tomorrow …..or the next day. ; )

—- Monday, June 30th —-

The past three days have been warm and dry. Friday was Open, Schoolboy, and Women Pro. Saturday was 125’s, with Andrew Short winning. Sunday was 250 Pro – Grant Langston was the winner. Full results are at Mammoth’s web-site link listed below.

125 Pro

Andrew Short

Jeff Northrop

Broc Hepler

Derek Costella

Scott Sheak

Eric Sorby

Daryl Hurley


Davi Millsaps

Broc Hepler

Josh Lichtle

Kyle Chisom

Josh Grant

Michael LaPaglia

Women’s Pro

Jacqueline Hudson

Sheena Patterson

Kaide Garrett

Kelly Yancey

Jamie Pamintuan

Bonnie Warch

Open Pro

Grant Langston

Scott Sheak

Ty Davis

Rich Owens

Nathan Woods

Andrew Short

250 Pro

Grant Langston

Broc Hepler

Bob Kiniry

Rich Owens

Daryl Hurley

Scott Sheak

Jeff Northrop

I’ll have a more complete story later this afternoon, along with more photos.

—- Wednesday morning, July 2 —-

It’s all over …. seven days of racing …. 11 days of motocross …. a little bit of snow …. a whole lotta sunshine …. 1701 entrants …. we just had the biggest Mammoth Mountain Motocrosss ever!

David Bailey, Rick Johnson, Bruce Penhall, Jeff Ward, Jeremy McGrath …. Langston, Short, Sorby, Sheak, Davis, Hurley …. Broc Hepler, Davi Millsaps, Josh Lichtle, Michael Lapaglia …. a full mix of talent from the past, present, and future!

Former 125 World Champion Grant Langston and KTM had a great Pro weekend – winning Friday’s Open class, and Sunday’s 250 Pro class. Grant lost a radiator cap in Saturday’s 125 race, and that put him out of possibly taking all three classes. But one guy who did take all three classes was Brock Harden, winning the 125, 250, and Open Jr. classes!

The Schoolboys – 12 thru 16 years of age – this is the class to watch if you want to see the future! Davi Millsaps took the school boys to school on Friday’s racing. Millsaps, Hepler, and Lichtle 1 – 2 – 3. All on Suzukis.

Andrew Short was the eventual winner of Saturday’s 125 race after a short battle with his buddy Jeff Northrop. Jeff and his Kawasaki took a well deserved second place. Broc Hepler finished a strong third in his Pro Debut at the mountain.

Riders from all over the country come to Mammoth looking to win at the longest running MX event in the USA. And possibly 2003 was the last time these racers may get to race on “The greatest track in the world” as Larry Nasten put it. Larry has been the announcer of the event for some 20 years.

Larry acted as master of ceremonies, giving a heartfelt speech before the main events on each day of racing, concerning the Mammoth MX and it’s future. “This Mountain has been roaring for 36 years, we cannot let it die” said Larry.

Larry also gave the racers and the families a chance to thank Dave and Roma McCoy, the founders of the Mammoth MX, “for all they have done in making this event the best in the world”.

On my way out I saw Lori Carlson, Mammoth Mountain Coordinator. She was very pleased with the outcome of the race. The event ran very smoothly and efficiently. Lori said “Our new format gave the racers and their families a chance to enjoy all the mountain has to offer from fishing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, all of it”.

She added “It’s not just about the race, it’s about the land. We are putting everything in place in hopes of keeping it the way it’s been for the past 36 years. I’m confident we can make it happen!”

See you next year!


The Mammoth Mountain web-site is at this link.

The Mammoth Motocross web-site is at this link.

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Riverside Old-Timer Alan enjoys fishing and racing at the Mountain

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Sean Bailey on the bike, proud Dad David Bailey

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One more photo of Jeremy McGrath from last weekend by Frank Hoppen

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Grant Langston practicing for this weekend’s Pro races

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This is Luke Johnson, oldest son of Rick

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This is Murray Miller

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Another proud Dad (RJ)

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Some folks checking out RJ’s downhill line

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Nathan Woods

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Sunday’s 250 pro main

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Daryl Hurley

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Broc Hepler, and Jeff Northrop

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Daryl Hurley leading the way

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Grant Langston – World Champion on the downhill

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Langston – Open and 250 Pro winner

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Michael LaPaglia

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Nice starting area

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Davi Millsaps

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Jeff Northrop

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Scott Sheak is in the house

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Short – 125 Pro winner

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Andrew Short

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Eric Sorby and Jeff Northrup – check out the mountain top

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Woods on the downhill

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The snow

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Big Donald Franklin

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Hepler – cool, calm, and faasstt!

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Suzuki and IRS backed Josh Lichtle

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More Josh

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Luke Johnson

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Northrop diced it up with Short and Sorby all weekend

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More Northrop

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Mammoth MX recycles

World MX GP – Round 6 – Austria

World MX GP – Round 6 – Austria

The Karntenring Circuit

Belgian Stefan Everts, the winningest rider in Grand Prix history, added to his legacy by winning two classes in Austria – the 125 class, and the MXGP class.

Mickael Pichon finished right behind Everts in the premier MXGP class, and leads the series points. The next round will be in Sweden in two weeks.

Motocross Grand Prix Results:

Stefan Everts – YAM

Mickael Pichon – SUZ

Gordon Crockard – HON

Brian Jorgensen – HON

Joel Smets – KTM

650 Results:

Joel Smets – KTM

Javier Garcia Vico – KTM

Cedric Melotte – HON

Roman Jelen – HON

Fabrizo Dini – HON

Trampas Parker – KTM

125 Results:

Stefan Everts – YAM

Steve Ramon – KTM

Andrea Bartolini – YAM

Marc DeReurver – KTM

Erik Eggens – KTM

Mickael Maschio – KAW

Motocross Grand Prix Point Standings:

Mickael Pichon – 133

Stefan Everts – 125

Joel Smets – 124

Courtesy Adam Wheeler/MX Press, DORNA Off-Road

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Suzuki’s Mickael Pichon in Austria

Mammoth MX Journal

Mammoth MX Journal

—- Friday morning, June 20th —-

Where is Mammoth? What is Mammoth?

Mammoth Mountain is in central California, in the eastern part of the Sierra Mountains. It’s a four-season resort town, especially known for skiing, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, fishing, …. and motocross.

Mammoth is MX. The first Mammoth Mountain Motocross was held back in 1968. And it’s legend has grown each and every year. It’s got to be one of the coolest tracks anywhere in the world. I’ll be writing a journal and taking some photos over the next few days to give you a taste of what Mammoth life is like. I hope you enjoy it!

The town of Mammoth is just under 8,000 feet in altitude, and is surrounded by the Inyo National Forest. The peaks on some of the mountains reach over 12,000 feet. Bikes and riders need to adjust for the thin air! Year round population of this mountain town is around 8,000 residents.

Part of the big news at Mammoth so far is the return of Jeremy McGrath riding Hondas. Hondas? Wow – what happened to that four year deal with KTM???

Today is Vet Practice, and this entire weekend is Vet Weekend. (Vets are riders at least 30 years of age.) It was sunny and mild today, about 75 degrees. Rick Johnson did a ‘track walk’ to show different aspects of the track and racing lines.

—- Saturday night, June 21st —-

Of course, the big highlight of the day was Jeremy McGrath on a Honda CRF 450. He looked very good, fast, and very smooth. It was great to see Jeff Ward and Ty Davis racing too. Wardy rode an aluminum framed Honda, with a CR 500 two-stroke motor in it. That thing was putting out some heavy vibes!

In total, the organizers are expecting over 1700 entrants. Today’s weather was pretty much the same as yesterday – mild.

RJ had the best quote of the day: “When I die and go to heaven, I want to have the Mammoth Motocross track in my backyard.”

The track is incredible. Elevation changes, perfect dirt, and the track crew does an excellent job.

I’ll have a lot more photos and updates starting Monday night. That will be the first time I can spend a few hours working with my new camera and laptop. Wish me luck!

—- Monday morning, June 23rd —-

Vet Weekend is over. MC (Jeremy McGrath) is king of the mountain, winning all four moto’s of the weekend, and he had all kinds of fun doing it!

For the last moto of the weekend, MC let everyone go off the start. Three laps later, in a nice drag race down the hill with Ty Davis, MC took over the lead and never looked back – Jeremy looked very much at home on a Honda.

Mammoth is using a little bit different set-up on their racing format. I’ll try to let Murray Miller, the Mammoth MX Co-ordinator explain better below. Murray started 25 years ago at Mammoth as a flagger!

Murray: We wanted to make it better for everyone. We are undergoing an environmental impact study which could impact whether or not we can hold this race anymore, after 36 years! The track is now closed during the summer (did you realize you could have rode the track any day of the week in summer?) and it’s possible this could be the last year of this event if we don’t speak up and do something.

It seems all are happy with the changes. The racers are stoked because there are not as many riders on the track at one time, the line to get in the track is minimized, and the event staff is much more relaxed because of the reduced workload. Now that we have the event running so smoothly, we really have to do all we can to keep it going.

We will have more on how you can possibly help save the Mammoth MX later in the week.

I also got a chance to talk to Jeff Ward on my way to eat. (For you youngsters, Jeff is a 7-time AMA Champion – the only person to win 125, 250, and 500 championships, along with the 250 supercross championship.)

Jeff: I last raced here in 1983 on a 125! It’s a great track, and it reminds me of Washougal. I’m usually racing cars at this time of year so it’s really good to be here. I’m riding a CR250 with a 500 motor. It didn’t work 20 years ago, and it’s the same today. I really loved riding the CRF450 though.

I just left Mini Dad Practice ….. ahhhhhh …. I mean Mini Practice. “I need a main jet. I need a main jet! Do you have a 46 tooth rear sprocket? I gotta’ have a 46 tooth sprocket!!”

My head hurts now. I gotta go. ; )

—- Tuesday afternoon, June 24th —-

The first official day of summer was Saturday, June 21. This morning it snowed here!

Today is Mini Race Day. I’ll have some details in the next update. In the meantime, you’ll find nine more photos below. Three in a crash sequence, and six new ones from Ryan Mahoney at


To see the Mammoth Journal, Part II, you can visit this link.

The Mammoth Mountain web-site is at this link.

The Mammoth Motocross web-site is at this link.

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Beware of bears. Really!

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Hollywood stunt coordinator and Mammoth local David Barrett – racing his @#$ off

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This is Jeremy McGrath on his Honda CRF 450 – fast!

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Two ‘Vets’, Jeff Ward and Ty Davis

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Ty Davis

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Ty and Jeremy racing down the hill

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Ouch (look closely)

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Jeremy McGrath

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Jeremy McGrath – Vet rider

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Jeff Ward

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Dave Barrett, Jeremy McGrath

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Mammoth MX is family

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The track

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Jeff Ward, Jeremy McGrath

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Jeff Ward and sons

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Jeremy McGrath – Honda CRF 450

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Crash sequence 1 of 3 (I can see the sun!)

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Hey – keep your distance!

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Good thing no one saw that

Vintage Iron World MX Championships June 26-29

The sixth annual Vintage Iron World Championships are set to run June 26 – 29 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino CA.

Thursday – June 26 is an open practice/test/tune session, presented by Sudco, on Glen Helen’s vintage track, which is the site of the first 125 National back when the facility was known as Arroyo Cycle Park.

Friday – June 27 will be the Vintage Iron Motocross School with special guest instructor and multi-time National Champion Rick Johnson. A full day of instruction from one of the best!

Saturday – June 28 will kick off the first of two days of racing with a focus on the Vintage (Pre 1975) machines. Included in the competition will be many of the sport’s former stars and champions like Johnson, Broc Glover, Marty Moates, Tom Benolkin, Warren Reid, Ron Lechien, Gary Jones, Micky Dymond, Jim Holley and others.

A special feature returning this year is the Parts Unlimited Dealer Challenge that will pit various area dealers against one another in a duel for bragging rights.

AMA Championship Side-car motocross series will also be included in the day’s format and is always exciting and entertaining.

As with previous years there will be a vintage bike show with awards presented in various categories.

For the first time there will be a Dirt Bike Only swap meet open to bikes, parts and apparel for all eras from vintage to modern.

The Hinson Party with the Stars BBQ will follow up the day’s activities, allowing riders and fans alike a chance to mix, mingle and enjoy some great food.

Wildcat studios will be presenting a special viewing of the icon motion picture “On Any Sunday”.

Sunday – June 29 will be on the Evolution (Post 1975) machines and riders with a Vintage support class also being offered.

A staple of the Vintage Iron World Championships has been the Motocross des Nations race that allows visiting riders an opportunity to represent their country, their state or even their zip code in a three man team race. Some teams ride it for the fun of being involved while others are in it for the win. Either way the Motocross des Nations race is one not to be missed.


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