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Eric Douglass puts on a clinic in brutal conditions at Round #4




Round #4 of the 2016 Stoney Lonesome MC Harescramble Series was held Sunday August 28th in humid conditions following a day of heavy thunderstorms.

Twenty one PeeWee racers all lined up for the riders meeting and the national anthem, all in hopes of claiming a victory. As we have seen in previous races, Jack Wilkerson jumped to an early lead and was riding like he had something to prove. Doc Smith was lagging behind early, but started chipping away at Wilkerson's lead as the race progressed. With the white flag, Smith was a only a few seconds behind, but unfortunately, he found himself tangled in some small trees and lost all hopes of taking his first win. Wilkerson continued his smooth execution and took another overall peewee win and extended his points lead.

The Mini track was significantly shorter in hopes of providing more laps for the youth riders and their parents. Unfortunately, the previous days rain made the off camber sections and a couple hill climbs extremely challenging. Landon LaMaster did not appear to have any issue with the conditions as he came through on lap one with a very large lead. As the race progressed, he slowly extended his lead to the point he lapped the entire field. In the 85 CC race, it was a close battle early on between Garrett Mundy and Klay Hardin. It wasn't long before Mundy was able to put together very consistent laps and walk away with the class win finishing eight laps, one more than second place. The 65CC riders were significantly challenged in the slick conditions. Grayson Fischer led the first lap, but was feeling the pressure of Alec Sadler only two seconds behind. Sadler took over the lead and created a big enough gap that he felt no pressure the rest of the race. Lane Smith had a horrible first lap, but slowly regained his composure and picked good lines allowing him to take second place away from Fischer and secure a spot on the podium. Fischer continued to ride a smooth race and finished out the 65CC podium line up.

The adult track was slightly over 6 miles with the start landing at the midway point of the course. Right off the start, the track dropped down to the old slab area which was followed by the famous club house hill climb. The first lap was much shorter than the rest, but we saw John Maschino charging hard and holding a 17 second lead over second place after approximately three miles of racing. As the racer progressed into the outer loop of the property, reports from the woods checks and course marshals were indicating a few bottlenecks and challenging hill climbs. The course marshals did a great job getting to the locations and finding alternative lines and routes through those areas. Maschino was continuing to impress with a commanding lead, but we started to realize that Eric Douglass was working his way forward and looking to close in on the lead. At the same time, Open A rider Marty Michaels was looking to take an overall spot with the time adjustment.

Douglass continued to click off consistent, smooth and faster laps allowing him to make a strategic pass on Maschino and assume the overall position. As the race progressed, it became apparent that the conditions were getting worse and a few low level areas and creek crossing were becoming very tough. Several riders decided to throw in the towel and call it a day, but those that stayed out had the opportunity to advance their position and improve their points standings.

Douglass took the white flag and could taste the victory that awaited, assuming he could eliminate all mistakes. Michaels had physically passed Maschino and was hoping for a chance to catch Douglass. Douglass continued a flawless ride and took the checkered flag and his first ever Overall Victory at Stoney lonesome after 2:04 minutes of racing. Michaels maintained the 2nd place overall with Maschino rounding out the third spot.

It was a great continuation of the 2016 Stoney Series and we look forward to many more.

Stoney Lonesome would like to thank all the dedicated racers that raced with us. In addition, we would like to Thank our Dedicated Sponsors for their support of the 2016 Stoney Lonesome Series !!

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John Maschino dominates Round #3 with the heat index well above 100 Degrees




Round #3 of the 2016 Stoney Lonesome MC Harescramble Series was held Sunday July 24th with the heat index at dangerous levels.

The PeeWee racers all arrived at the line in time for the standard riders meeting and the National Anthem. Eighteen youngsters all warming up their bikes in hopes of a class win. Jack Wilkerson minimized mistakes and built a significant lead on the field by the end of the first lap with Doc Smith and Brody Amos trying to pull it together and close the gap/ As the race progressed, Smith started to close the gap and reel Wilkerson in. It looked like it would be a last lap shootout when the white flag was given, but Smith made a mistake and Wilkerson cruised to his third consecutive victory.

The Mini racers track was stretched out to three miles with the course coming back up to the home check area at the midway point. This helped the parents see their young racers at least two times during each lap. Landon LaMaster once again took off at the green flag and was pouring it on. Kenton Coleman was running a distant second in the Super Mini class, but soon would start to close it in. It turns out, LaMaster hammered a stump late in the lap and popped his front tire, creating a challenge nobody enjoys. Fortunately for LaMaster, he was able to ride smart and maintain his composure and lead, taking the overall win. Klay Hardin rode a great race in the 85CC class taking with win and completing one more lap than second place. The 65cc class race really tightened up for the second place spot as Alec Sadler established himself very early. Van Adams and Lane Smith battled back and forth the entire race with Adams putting in a great last lap to secure the second spot on the podium with Smith coming in a close third.

The adult track covered a significant portion of the property and was six miles in length. This layout was more on the technical side with quite a few challenging hill climbs, log crossings and off camber hill sides. Considering the intense heat index and heat advisory, Stoney set up water stations along the course allowing riders to stop for a drink or a bottle of water down the back. This turned out to be a big hit as it does not take much time to get a drink or splash and the benefits are amazing. The green flag was thrown at noon and the AA class was off and running into the unknown. They quickly realized the need to really pay attention to the arrows and be very smart on line selection. As the others class rows headed into the woods, the spectators found their way to the mid track point in order to see how things were shaping up for their favorite ride.

At the end of the first lap, a couple riders notified the head check that some groups were struggling to follow the arrows and were finding their selves needing to circle back. The track crew quickly found were several banners had been blown down and were able to get them repaired and keep the race flowing. Unfortunately for those riders, they lost some valuable time.

The front leaders seemed to be switching back and forth taking turns leading through the fresh track with many elements just waiting to create that surprise. At the end of the first lap, John Maschino was out front, but had quite a bit of pressure from Tylor MAddox. At the end of the second lap, Maschino was expanding his lead and Smith had found his way around Maddox. As the race progressed, it became evident that the extreme heat was taking its toll on some of the field, while others apparently had the necessary conditioning and stamina. Maschino was the first rider to take the checkered flag followed by Smith over two minutes later. Maschino popped his helmet off, took a swig from his camelback and said"That was fun and my nice soft suspension was perfect". It was pretty exciting watching the other racers filter through the checkered flag and watch just how close the races were in all the classes.

Stoney was proud to welcome Rachel Gutish to the event as she is working to raise money and support for her 2016 ISDE efforts. Stoney was honored to have Rachel help us start the Mini race and then compete in the Adult race. Unfortunately, Gutish's race was ended early with a bad crash late in the race. Stoney would like to wish her well and encourage others to help support these local racers that will represent our country in this year's ISDE in Spain.

It was a great continuation of the 2016 Stoney Series and we look forward to many more.

Stoney Lonesome would like to thank all the dedicated racers that raced with us. In addition, we would like to Thank our Dedicated Sponsors for their support of the 2016 Stoney Lonesome Series !!

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Weiler takes the Overall in blistering heat at Round #2




The second round of the 2016 Stoney Lonesome Championship Harescramble Series was held on Sunday June 26th in blistering heat with high humidity. The property received heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the race, which helped reduce chances of dusty conditions.

The PeeWee had several new sections of fresh cut trails and some additional length compared to the first race. The conditions at 9am were just about perfect for the little racers that were all shooting for a class win. Jack Wilkerson and Brody Amos started the race in a pretty intense back and forth battle, this Doc Smith coming through almost a minute behind due to a nasty 'over the bars' crash shortly after the start. It did not take too long before Wilkerson established a comfortable lead on second place and for Smith to collect his composure and start mounting his charge. Late in the race, Smith had made his way around Amos, and was pressuring Wilkerson when the 2 lap board was given. In the end, Wilkerson was able to maintain his lead and take his second straight PeeWee victory at Stoney Lonesome.

The Mini racers faced a 2 mile track routing through quite a bit of 'fresh'-old trails. This type of layout really challenged the kids ability to pay attention, pick good lines and FOLLOW THE ARROWS. Round #1 winner, Landon LaMaster, was coming into round #2 with a foot injury from a training accident. It was very clear at the end of the first lap, that the injury was not affecting his racing ability as he established a huge lead and held it with ease throughout the race. The 85cc class was once again the filled with strong talent resulting in great racing and jockeying for positions. Jackson Fischer and Garrett Mundy went back and forth leading the race early on, until Fischer finally took the lead mid way through the race and held on for a win, by a mere 0:54. The 65cc class also had a lot of lead changes with Alec Sadler, Grayson Fischer and Van Adams all taking their turn leading the race. Sadler emerged as the leader on the one lap that matters the most and took the win. Fischer emerged in the 2nd place position with Adams rounding out the top three.

The adult race was 20 minutes from the flag drop, when the skies opened up and a tremendous downpour occurred for about 10 minutes. Many wondered what impact it would have on the race, but did not deter anyone from proceeding as planned. The flag was thrown on schedule and the race was kicked off with 109 riders facing what would turn out to be a very fun, but technical trail covering several sections of the property including the famous Coxy's hill. John Maschino took an early lap lead on the AA class, but came through at the end of the first lap in 3rd place behind Anthony Wagler and the leader, Preston Weiler. The layout of the trail brief downpour appeared to have the AA class riding conservative as we saw the Open A class coming through right on the rear wheels of the front row. As the confidence in the conditions and the flow increased, the AA class quickly separated themselves from the Open A riders, with the exception of one rider, Marty Michels. We saw Michels pressuring the AA class for most of the race. At the midway point in the race, Maschino and Weiler were still positioning for the lead, but had plenty of pressure from Sam Mattingly and Michels.

In addition to the battle for the overall win, there were may other class races shaping up to be very exciting. The Vet B class had a close race throughout with Marcus Meadows and Jason Russell going back and forth every lap with Russell finally outlasting Meadows for the class win. The 250B class came down to the last corner prior to the no passing zone with Korbin Roth edging out Casey Moore for the win. Many more examples exist and can be seen by looking through the Online race results.

Weiler took the white flag with Maschino literally right on his rear wheel and looking for the opportunity to make a pass or capitalize on a mistake. Lurking in the background was Michels looking for a shot at the overall with time adjustment. At the checkered flag, Weiler emerged victorious with Maschino coming in 2nd overall. Michels was able to hang close enough to land in the 3rd place overall and a class win in Open A.

It was a great continuation of the 2016 Stoney Series and we look forward to many more.

Stoney Lonesome would like to thank all the dedicated racers that raced with us. In addition, we would like to Thank our Dedicated Sponsors for their support of the 2015 Stoney Lonesome Series !!

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Stoney/Saddleback honor Ryan Sipes at Round #1




Stoney Lonesome joined with Saddleback East in an effort to honor the 2015 ISDE Champion, Ryan Sipes. Ryan took time to meet with riders, sign autographs, actually start the races and hand out the trophies. We appreciate Ryan taking the time to connect with local riders and share his experiences being the first American to every win the International Six Days Enduro.

Stoney Lonesome open the 2016 season with a rained drenched property that was sure to challenge the racers in every aspect. The club grounds received some rain late Friday evening and into Saturday morning leading up to the start of the 50cc PeeWee race.

The PeeWee racers were presented with a completely new layout consisting of a 1 mile course weaving through the woods up on the high ground. It became quickly apparent that the little 10 and 12 inch wheels presented challenges on a hill climb leading up to the home check. In the PeeWee Pre-Mixed class, Doc Smith and Jack Wilkerson separated their selves from the rest of the group. It would prove to be a great race with wheel to wheel action throughout the 30 minute race. Doc held the lead early on, but too many mistakes allowed Jack to capitalize and take over the lead. Doc tried to force the pass several times, but found himself picking up his bike from the ground and then resuming the chase. In the end, Jack was able to maintain his composure and ride smooth all the way to an overall victory with Doc taking 2nd only 21 seconds behind.

The Mini racers faced a 2 mile trail that presented tight single track, open ridge trails, a mud hole and a challenging hill climb. Landon LaMaster quickly established his dominance in the race and simply checked out and rode a flawless race. Behind him, however, there was some really good racing with several 85cc riders making their way into the supermini riders and looking for that overall podium spot. Preston Rechenbach was looking great early on in the supermini ranks, but faded as the race progressed allowing Kenton Coleman to take over the 2nd place in the class as well as the overall. Garrett Mundy and Jackson Fisher were charging hard back in the 85cc race and pushed each other hard enough to end up 3rd and 4th overall with Fisher only 22 seconds back from Mundy. The 65cc class was a little more spread out with many of the little bikes struggling in the slick conditions. Alec Sadler clearly had it figured out as he cruised to a class win and a 6th place overall. Last years PeeWee overall winner, Van Adams, stayed strong the entire race and landed in the 2nd place position with Lane Smith rounding out the 65cc podium.

The adult race was kicked off with 9 AA riders all looking for that overall win and claiming a piece of the cash prize. Eric Douglass charged out strong on his KTM 2 Stroke, but was closely followed by John Maschino on his Yamaha. The rest of the field worked their way into the slick conditions ready to face the 5.4 mile course that was full of challenging terrain and log crossings. The previous evenings rain helped to create some challenging mud holes that required exact line selection.

As the front runners started filtering into the home check, it became clear that the course was truly challenging, tight and technical given the lap times. Eric Douglass led the lap with Maschino and Anthony Wagler in close pursuit. Douglass maintained th elead until Chris Douglass took over as the front running during the third lap. At the mid way point, Chris Douglass, Eric Douglass and John Maschino were our podium runners. It was clear that the challenging course was taking it's toll on the racers as many filtered back to the parking lot while the others simply kept charging, but at a slower pace.

Chris Douglass took the white flag with Eric Douglass only a minute behind. The race was significantly tightening up for third place with John Maschino hold a mere 20 second lead over Steven Squire. As the scoring crew was preparing for the expected checkered flag, there were questions starting to raise as we were over a minute late for the leader. Soon after, the roar of Chris Douglass's 450 Suzuki was almost drowned out by the piping sound of Eric Douglass's 2 Stroke right on his back wheel. Chris found himself stuck on the last lap and lost the lead, temporarily. It was an impressive race to the finish line with Chris barely edging out Eric Douglas for the overall. A few minutes later, Steven Squire emerged as the final podium spot, proving too much for Maschino to hold off.

It was a great start to the 2016 Stoney Series and we look forward to many more.

Stoney Lonesome would like to thank Ryan Sipes, Saddleback East and all the dedicated racers that raced with us. In addition, we would like to Thank our Dedicated Sponsors for their support of the 2015 Stoney Lonesome Series !!

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Stoney Lonesome and Saddleback Motorcycle Clubs Honor Ryan Sipes





In Honor of the 2015 ISDE Championship and AMA Athlete of the year, Saddleback East and Stoney Lonesome Motorcycle Clubs are pleased to welcome Ryan Sipes to the opening round of the 2016 Stoney Lonesome Championship Harescramble Series.

Ryan will be at Stoney Lonesome on Saturday May 21st for a meet and greet, autograph session, general insights from these incredible accomplishments as well as participating in the race itself. We will have posters available for autographs as well as ISDE commemorative shirts for purchase. All proceeds will go toward helping Ryan with his 2016 efforts to repeat as the only American to win the ISDE.

This is a great opportunity to meet a legend and support his efforts for 2016. Maybe even a chance to challenge him for a Stoney win……

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