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AMC at Saddleback


AMC Had a sideshow at it's $600 Saddleback race. It was DG's Davey Williams. Looks as though Dave goes faster in this position than the conventional striaght style. Either way, it's style with a smile. - Raymond Photo.
AMC Had a sideshow at it's $600 Saddleback race. It was DG's Davey Williams. Looks as though Dave goes faster in this position than the conventional striaght style. Either way, it's style with a smile. - Raymond Photo.

AMC at Saddleback Park
Sunday August 10, 1975
By: Danny
Raymond

Topping off todays AMC MX was a $600.00 purse. Over 80 of California's best experts showed up to get their share of the money. First of the data were the open experts. After Bay ARea Bultaco' Kenny Zahrt, pulled the holeshot there was no catching him. Meanwhile the battle was for second. Sunshine Yamaha's Bruce Baron has to hold off Wheelsmith's Mike Yorba, Doug Sherman and Kawasaki mounted Mark Rodman. A few laps later Rodman and dropped out and Dave Doss (Husqvarna) passed Yorba, but only for a few laps as Yorba got by just moments later. At the flag it was Zahrt, Baron,Sherman, Yorba and Randy Berkley, who moved himself into the top five in the first Moto.

Yamaha's own Bruce McDougal get ever so slightly airborne on his way to third place
Yamaha's own Bruce McDougal get ever so slightly airborne on his way to third place "loot" at AMC's big buck bike bash motocross at Saddleback. - Raymond Photo.

Second moto saw Doug Sherman in the lead but not for long because Zahrt was going plain crazy while he was in second. Yorba and Baron Had a nice fight going on for third place and Curtis Lessel was running a strong fifth place.

Miller Mano's Bob Stem ignores the spectators as he whips around Saddleback on his way to the 125 Pro win with AMC. He was undoubtably the man to beat for the day. - Raymond photo.
Miller Mano's Bob Stem ignores the spectators as he whips around Saddleback on his way to the 125 Pro win with AMC. He was undoubtably the man to beat for the day. - Raymond photo.

A Couple of laps later Baron got by Yorba but shortly after his YZ started to sound very shabby and Yoba got back by. Randy Berkley moved himself back into the front action after passing Rodman. At the finish Zahrt gave a big cross-up for first, Sherman second, Yorba third, Berkley fourth and Baron held his Yamaha together long enough to finish fifth.

DG's Dave Eropkin ddoes his mid-air thing last Sunday at AMC's $600 race. Dave wasn't up to the competition this week so time was no object for this sort of thing. - Raymond Photo
DG's Dave Eropkin ddoes his mid-air thing last Sunday at AMC's $600 race. Dave wasn't up to the competition this week so time was no object for this sort of thing. - Raymond Photo

Off the start of the 250 experts start it was DG hot shoe David Williams in the lead on a "white tanker" Yamaha mono shock with Dave Foltz, Mark Marinez, both on Maicos and Larry Lewellen (Yamaha) all trying to pass. After Foltz dropped out, Marinez polled in two seconds for a while until Richee Collins moved his up-piped Maico past him. After the half way mark it was still Williams in the lead doing some unbelievable tracks over the score tower jump. Such tracks as cross-ups with one hand on the bars giving the peace sign and jumping with no hands or even no feet on the pegs.

This photo doesn't mean what you think. Dave Williams simply couldn't hold on to Yamaha's horrendous stock grips any longer and threw his hands up in discust. - Raymond Photo.
This photo doesn't mean what you think. Dave Williams simply couldn't hold on to Yamaha's horrendous stock grips any longer and threw his hands up in discust. - Raymond Photo.

Richee Collins winning second,Tim Battenschlag running third on his Maico, and Bruce Baron pulled into fourth after a poor start.

In The second Moto Baron got off to a good start but still chasing David Williams. Mark Asbury had third and Mark Marinez fourth. Down in the canyon Baron got by Williams but blew it when he crashed and let him back by. A couple laps later Baron caught back up and passed Williams at the top of the canyon jump. In mid air Williams turned around and saw Baron coming by. Williams out gassed Baron into the next term but Baron put a block pass on Williams, Williams was right on his tail down the straight and had the inside to the corner but Baron had the couple of needed feet in which to cut inside on Williams' front tire and stay ahead. Down the next raid Williams rode a wheelie and stock up his finger, I don't think it was his thumb either. Again, bad luck struck Baron as he fell and lost eight places.

Williams gave the crowd the huge cross-up as he knew he had the overall, Richie Collins road in for another second. Scott Gilman 30 and Tim Battenschlag fourth. Next was the wild bunch, the 125 expert division, over 25 lined up for the start of the first Moto.

DG Rocket Dave Eropkin had the lead with Jeff Bunn (Honda), Bob Stem and his Miller Mano YZ third . Vine Van Hook (Yamaha) and Harry's Cycles Marty Miller all pushing their way through the top five. After only two laps Stem had forced himself into first and Van Hook dropped out of the top five, and factory Yamaha mounted Bruce McDougall moved into fourth. After ten laps Stem was way out in first, McDougall was trying to keep his lead over Eropkin and Bunn was unsuccessfully trying to hold off David Williams and his DG monoshock. Just two laps later Williams jumped into second and Allan Smith put over some heavy passing to move himself into fifth. At the flag it was Stem with an easy when Williams second, McDougall third, Eropkin in fourth and Allan Smith rounding off the top five. The second motol went to Stem but only after holding off a very hard charge from Williams. I think Williams had this been over Stem, but Stem had all the lines over Williams. McDougall, one of the smoothest 125 riders around settled for a third and third overall. Dave Eropkin Fourth and Alan Smith finished fifth. When it was all over Williams led off with the most money for winning the 250 expert races and finishing second in the 125 expert divisions. One of today's hottest racers, Bruce Baronr had his share of problems when he had bike problems with his YZ and just couldn't get it together in the 250 with his MX Monoshock.