Doug Dubach was a factory Yamaha rider and won an AMA Supercross, but he is best known for being the greatest Vet motocross racer of all-time with 26 class win. He will be looking for number 27 on November 3-4 at Glen Helen Raceway. Eventually every famous racer will be old enough to race the Dubya World Vet Championship — if they can still swing a leg over a bike when the turn 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70 years old. We don’t know if Eli Tomac, Ryan Dungey or Ryan Villopoto would follow in the footsteps of other AMA National Champions, but it would be a shame if they didn’t. Famous riders who have won titles at the World Vet include four-time 250 National Champion Gary Jones, Rocket Rex Staten, Warren Reid, Kent Howerton, Erik Kehoe, Rich Thorwaldson, Jeff Ward, Feets Minert, Andy Jefferson, J.N. Roberts, Eyvind Boyesen, Tom White, Kyle Lewis, Thorlief Hanssen, Lars Larsson, Travis Preston, Kurt Nicoll, Jim O’Neal, Daryl Hurley, Brett Metcalfe and Mike Brown. Steve Machado won the Over-70 Expert class at last year’s World Vet Championship. Equally important are the riders that no one paid any attention to when they were young, but now that they are old (and have kept racing all these years) they are finally getting some recognition. You may not recognize their names, but if you were their age and in their class, they would probably have lapped you. Especially riders like AMA Supercross Mechanic of the Year Alan Olson, Canadian Champion Zoli Berenyi, Sr., Japanese Champion Hideaki Suzuki, Ike DeJager, Swede Hans Hansson, Terry Sage, Canadian Kim Houde, desert race Bill Maxim, Canadian Pete DeGraff, Oklahoma’s Jimmy Redwine, Baja star Brent Wallingsford and Steve Machado. And that is just the short list —here is the complete list. EVERY RIDER TO EVER WIN THE WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP (1986-2017) 1986 30 …Randy Rodriques (ATK) 40 …Alan Olson Alan Olson and Gary Jones won the only two Pro classes in the 1987 World Vet Championship—this is them 31 years later. 1987 30 …Gary Jones (Hon) 40 …Alan Olson Rex Staten won four times — in 1988, 1990, 1991and 1982. 1988 30 …Rex Staten (Hon) 40 …Alan Olson 50 …Ron Way Warren Reid (right) broke up Rex’s win streak by taking the Over-30 crown in 1989. That is Greg Toyama standing next to Warren. 1989 30 …Warren Reid (Kaw) 40 …Alan Olson 50 …Ron Way Tom White took the Over-40 title in 1990— not bad for the guy who sponsored the World Vet Motocross Championship from its inception. 1990 30 …Rex Staten (Hon) 40 …Tom White 50 …Zoli Berenyi, Sr. 1991 30 …Rex Staten (Hon) 40 …Alan Olson 50 …Ron Dugan Having already won the Over-30 Championship back in 1987, Gary Jones moved to the Over-40 class in 1992. He would go on to win World Vet Championships in the Over-30, Over-40, Over-50 and Over-60 classes. Gary currently has eight World Vet titles in four different age categories. 1992 30 …Rex Staten (Kaw) 40 …Gary Jones 50 …Zoli Berenyi, Sr. Doug Dubach won his first World Vet Championship in 1993 and his 26th in 2017. 1993 30 …Doug Dubach (Yam) 40 …Gary Jones 50 …Zoli Berenyi, Sr. Kent Howerton took the Over-40 World Championship in 1994 and 1995. 1994 30 …Doug Dubach (Yam) 40 …Kent Howerton 50 …Alan Olson 60 …Fred Sessions 1995 30 …Doug Dubach (Yam) 40 …Kent Howerton 50 …Alan Olson 60 …Zoli Berenyi, Sr. Erik Kehoe took the top spot in the Over-30 Pro class at the 1996 World Vet Motocross Championship. Mike Webb was the surprise winner of the Over-40 class in 1996. 1996 30 …Erik Kehoe (Hon) 40 …Mike Webb 50 …Gary Dogget 60 …Zoli Berenyi, Sr. Alan Olson (right) was not only a 9-time World Vet Champion, but he was also Doug Dubach’s (left) mechanic. They both won their classes in the same year on three occasions. Alan won the Over-40 class five times, the Over-50 class three times and the Over-60 class once. 1997 30 …Doug Dubach (Yam) 40 …Ron Turner 50 …Alan Olson 60 …Zoli Berenyi, Sr. 1998 30 …Doug Dubach (Yam) 40 …Ron Turner 50 …Rich Thorwaldson 60 …Zoli Berenyi, Sr. 1999 30 …Doug Dubach (Yam) 40 …Ron Turner 50 …Hideaki Suzuki 60 …John Berkezewski 2000 30 …Doug Dubach (Yam) 40 …Pete Murray 50 …Hideaki Suzuki 60 …George Spearing Jeff Ward clinched his one and only World Vet title in 2001 when he won the Over-40 class. 2001 30 …Doug Dubach (Yam) 40 …Jeff Ward 50 …Ike DeJager 60 …Lars Larsson 70 …Feets Minert Eyvind Boyesen was the 2002 World Vet Champion in the Over-60 class in 2002. Andy Jefferson won the Over-40 World Championship in 2002. 2002 30 …Doug Dubach (Yam) 40 …Andy Jefferson 50 …Gary Jones 60 …Eyvind Boyesen 70 …Zoli Berenyi, Sr. 2003 30 …Spud Walters (Hon) 40 …Doug Dubach 50 …Gary Jones 60 …J.N. Roberts 70 …Zoli Berenyi, Sr. Ryan Hughes dominated the World Vet Motocross Championship with wins in 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012. 2004 30 …Ryan Hughes (Hon) 40 …Doug Dubach 50 …Gary Jones 60 …Hans Hansson 70 …Zoli Berenyi, Sr. 2005 30 …Ryan Hughes (Hon) 40 …Doug Dubach 50 …Brent Wallingsford 60 …Alan Olson 70 …Zoli Berenyi, Sr. Casey Johnson won his only World Vet title in 2006. 2006 30 …Casey Johnson (Yam) 40 …Doug Dubach 50 …Kim Houde 60 …Terry Sage 70 …Zoli Berenyi, Sr. The late Zoli Berenyi, Sr. from Canada won 12 World Vet Championship between 1992 and 2006. Two in he Over-50 class, four in the Over-60 class and five in the Over-70 class. (Above) Zoli and Lars Larsen discuss night life in San Bernardino. Pete DeGraff is a six-time Forld Vet Champion with four wins in the Over-50 Class and two in the Over-70 class. 2007 30 …Doug Dubach (Yam) 40 …Doug Dubach 50 …Pete DeGraff 60 …Bill Maxim 70 …Mike Dobbins Kyle Lewis won the 2008 Over-30 World title. One of the six Karsmakers brother won the 2008 Over-40 World Vet Championship. Can you name which one? No, it wasn’t Pierre (front row), it was Toon on the far right of the back row. 2008 30 …Kyle Lewis (Hon) 40 …Eric Sandstrom 50 …Toon Karsmakers 60 …Thorlief Hanssen 70 …Jerry Harpole Thorlief Hanssen came from Sweden to race the Over-60 class in 2008—he decimated the field and probably could have won the Over-50 class. 2009 30 …Doug Dubach (Yam) 40 …Doug Dubach 50 …Pete DeGraff 60 …Bill Maxim 70 …Jimmy Redwine The amazing Feets Minert won the Over-70 Expert for the first time in 2001 and repeated the feat nine years later at the age of 79. 2010 30 …Ryan Hughes (Hon) 40 …Doug Dubach 50 …Pete DeGraff 60 …Bill Maxim 70 …Feets Minert Bill Maxim was a three-time Over-60 World Champions in 2007, 2009 and 2010. Lars Larsson took a ten year break after winning the Over-60 Championship in 2001, before winning back-to-back Over-70 World titles in 2011-2012. 2011 30 …Ryan Hughes (Yam) 40 …Doug Dubach 50 …Pete DeGraff 60 …Gary Chase 70 …Lars Larsson Ryan Hughes racked up five Over-30 World Vet Championships from 2004 to 2012. Pete Murray (on the right with Pete DeGraff) had won the Over-40 Championship back in 2000, but never managed to win the Over-50 title. Going into the 2012 event he knew that it would be his last chance to win it because Doug Dubach would turn 50 in 2013. Pete pulled it off. And true to his prediction Dubach won the Over-50 class in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. Kurt Nicoll won it is 2016. 2012 30 …Ryan Hughes (Yam) 40 …Doug Dubach 50 …Pete Murray 60 …Gary Jones 70 …Lars Larsson Travis Preston was Yamaha’s inhouse test rider when he swept the 2013 and 2014 Over-30 titles. 2013 30 …Travis Preston (Yam) 40 …Doug Dubach 50 …Doug Dubach 60 …Gary Jones 70 …Bart Kellogg 2014 30 …Travis Preston (Yam) 40 …Doug Dubach 50 …Doug Dubach 60 …Brent Wallingsford 70 …Gary Chase Ryan Morais was KTM’s race team test rider when he came out of retirement to win the 2015 Over-30 title. Don Grahn (86) had to make a last lap pass to win the Over-60 title. 2015 30 …Ryan Morais (KTM) 40 …Kurt Nicoll 50 …Doug Dubach 60 …Don Grahn 70 …Roque Colman Kurt Nicoll tried for years to win a World Vet title, but always had crashes or a mechanical problems. Finally, in 2015 he broke the drought to win the Over-40 class and came back in 2016 to win the Over-50 crown. Jim O’Neal won the Over-70 World Championship in 2016. 2016 30 …Mike Sleeter (KTM) 40 …Daryl Hurley 50 …Kurt Nicoll 60 …Pete DeGraff 70 …Jim O’Neal Brett Metcalfe was the Over-30 World Champion in 2017. Brett is the defending Champion. Mike Brown won the Over-40 World Championship and came in second in the Over-30 class behind Metcalfe in 2017. 2017 30 …Brett Metcalfe (Hon) 40 …Mike Brown 50 …Doug Dubach 60 …Pete DeGraff 70 …Steve Machado 20187 30 …Your name here 40 …Your name here 50 …Your name here 60 …Your name here 70 …Your name here The post THE CHAMPIONSHIP THAT YOU COULD WIN—IF YOU’RE OLD ENOUGH appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
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