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IUIe at Portland RR
By Russ Cazier
PORTLAND, OR, OCT. II
Two of three Cafe classes and
Open GP were won with stock
motorcycles at Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association's
last meet of the season at Portland In·
Keith Pinkstaff won Open Cafe as
well as Open Production on a stock
Suzuki GSlloo; Rhys Howard won
550cc Production, 750cc Production
and 600cc Cafe on a Canadian Yamaha
550 Seca while Wayne Tanner took
Open GP on a GSlloo.
Pinkstaff, Tanner and Dan Zlock,
on a Cafe 850 Suzuki, put on a sevenlap exhibition of wheel-to-wheel, pass·
and-get·passed dicing until Pinkstaff
fmally broke away. Tanner cleared
from ZlocIr. shortly after. ZlocIr., while
finishing third in Open Cafe, won
"his" class, 850cc Cafe. The c1asses run
at the same time and Zlock enters both
John HasIr.in, who races a GSlOOO in
Open Production, says Pinkstaff bas
apparently been watching roller derby
on TV and has ~Ioped a new passing
technique. "On the 12th lap (of 15), I
had naJled tum four about perfect and
was just rolling the gas back on when a
hand grabbed my right arm. Keith
U8ed me for a slingshot pass and grinned
at me as he went by on the right. If you
gotta get lapped, I guess that's a class
way to do it."
Rhys Howard had a superb day,
winning all three classes he entered.
two of them under a considerable
equipment deficit. Howard is a reporter's nightmare, as he does nothing but
ride fast and smooth and win. If he
and Pinkstaff find themselves on comparable machinery next year, the North·
west will see some superb racing.
Doug Guthrie finally surpassed his
mentor, Gene Brown, in 250cc GP.
Guthrie, so pumped after the race as
to be incoherent, managed to settle
down enough to raise the ante in the
claiming race by entering a TZ250. It
was not the prettiest or newest TZ in
the world, but all the parts were there.
T..,., line up through • PlR tum.
Naturally he won the $100 first place
money, and also managed to get away
with it when the bike was not claimed
within 30 minutes. More checIr.books
will probably be brought to the track
next year, as 'people realized too late
that spectators can claim bikes as well.
Gene Brown, on the Trident Design/
Trac Performance Yamaha thumper,
and Jeff Doan on a good RD Yamaha
cafe bike put on a fme dice for second
in600cc Cafe. Doan finally overpowered his K-81s and lowsided sy1ish1y in
tum one, setting an unofficial PIR
record of a loo-foot slide on asphalt
and another 50 feet in the grass. Doan
was unhurt; the RD looked perfect on
one side and pretty bad on the other.
OPEN PROD: 1. Keilh _
lSuzl; 2. W.."."
Tennor lSuzl; 3. _ _ tHanI.
7!iO PROD: 1. Ahyo How.dlYom); 2. _ _
(Yom); 3. Mort< HiIlop lHonI.
560 PROD: 1. Ahyo _ d (Yom); 2. _ _
(Y..,); 3. _ _ (Yom).
430 PROD: 1. _ _ (Yom); 2. _
Adorno (Yom); 3. t.ry Buck (Yom).
OPEN CAFE: 1. Keilh _
Tennor lSuzl; 3. Don ZIocI< lSuzl.
lSuzl; 2. W.."."
By Clay Ught
EUGENE, OR, OCT. 18
Wayne Church (Valley Cycle
Yam) and Mark Freese (Eugene
Suz) were the victors of the day
in 125 and 250cc Pro action here
at Territorial MX. Both local riders
went )-1, respectiVely, on this superb
day. The tracIr. had ~ new layout, and
Roger Campbelrs long work paid off
as he was greeted by a turnout of over
150 riders, despite running against the
Oregon State Championship in Rose·
burg just 50 miles south.
In moto one of the 125cc Pros,
Church took the holeshot with Jim
Wiant (Yam of Springfield) and Terry
Baker (Eugene Suz) following. The Intermediates were also combined with
the Pros, and Dwayne Taylor (Hon)
led the large pack followed by 1980
Hi-Point winner Rick Gunderson (Suz)
and Mark Esterberi(Vam).
The Pros stretched out a huge lead
over the Intermediates, except for one
rider who was getting some funny
Jeff Irwin pushed his IT to third Open A lit the Dlemondbeck enduro.
looks. The rider was Taylor, who was
gaining ground on the Pros and had
closed to within striIr.ing distance of
Wiant who had surrendered second
place then was soon in third when
Baker took over from Church by the
midway point. One lap later, Baker
was sidelined by a broken shifter and
yielded to Taylor who was on the
move. Church took the win followed
by Wiant, Taylor and Baker. Taylor
was the Intermediate winner with
Gunderson second and Esterburg third.
Moto two, Church again headed the
pack with Wiant and Baker immediately trading paint for that precious
second place spot. Taylor wasn't let off
as easily this time as he had Esterburg
to contend with. Church was long
gone and Baker couldn't get by Wiant;
each time Wiant would cut him off
and took second with Baker third and
Loch Names (Kaw) fourth after
working from dead last. Taylor won
moto two as well for the 'overall with
his I-I while Esterburg had a !I·2
second and Lenny Sayles (Yam) 4-3 for
In 250cc Pro/Intermediate action,
Kelly Whelchel (Corvallis Hon) took
the holeshot with Mark Freese (Eugene
Suz) and Richard Earle (Light Racing
Products Yam), on this reporter's LOP
Yamaha, following. Earle was first to
bail off, leaving him to contend with
the bug-eyed Intermediate riden.
Whelchel was next to loop it over one
of the many stadium style jumps, letting new Pro Freese into the lead and
putting'Earle in second.
Mike Robinson (Yam) led the first
two laps in the Intermediate class,
then it was Marty Mayhews' (Han)
tum. Each had a two lap tum at leading, as did Mike Smothers (Kaw).
Freese took a wailing win followed by
Earle who had closed the gap in the
late going and Whelchel, who nursed
his Honda across the line for third.
Don Bliss (Corvallis Honda) was fourth
after problems while Robinson took
the Intermediate portion.
Second go had Earle take the hole·
shot, but Freese was quick to talle over
when Earle missed a shift. This was
one close race throughout the entire
moto. It could have been anyone's race,
but Freese rode flawlessly for a I·)
while Earle rode his best all year for
second overall with his 2-2 over
Whelchel's !I-!I. Robinson took the Intermediate overall with his win in
as well for a 1·1 blitz followed
by Mayhews (!I-!I) and Smothers (2·4).
PEE WEE: 1. Jimmy Row (Yom); 2. Chuck s_·
(Yom); 3. Trov CompbelIISuzl.
MINI NOV: 1. IIiIIy Glenn 1K8w); 2. -Flondy W...
lKawl; 3. T""V Ch8mbIin (Yom).
MINIINT: 1. ShMn ComIII (Yom).
100 NOV: 1. Kirk PoIonic:k (Yom); 2. John Senden
lSuzl; 3. C8rI R_ISuzl.
100 INt: 1. Todd Krenid< IK8w); 2. Scott _
125 PRO: 1. W.."." Church (Y..,); 2. Jimmy Wiont
(Yom); 3. T""V _ _ (Suzl.
125 INT: 1. Dw8yne Taylor lHonl; 2. Mort< Esterborg
IYom); 3. Lonny s.yteo (Yom).
125 NOV: 1. W. SW8W~ (Yom); 2. Jm
K~ISuzl;3. t.ry ~ (Yom).
250 PRO: 1. Mort< _
lSuzl; 2. R _ E8rte
(Yoml; 3. KoIIv _IHan).
250 INT: 1. - . _
(Yom); 2. Mor1y ~
(Honl; 3. - . Smolhors 1K8w).
250 NOV: 1. Cho! CompbeII lKawl; 2. Milut Obie
lHan); 3. DoIIid _
OPEN INT: 1. Kent C'-""" IYoml; 2. 0ereI< Louring
IYom): 3. DINe lied< (Yom).
OPEN NOV: 1. Rid< Fronce (Yom); 2. Jeff Meyers
IMell; 3. Gron1 Hugheo (Yom).
30-10: 1. Bill Row (Yom); 2. Jobn English IICTM); 3.
860 CAFE: 1. 08n Z10dc ISuzl; 2. Gene Brown (Yom);
3. Mort< Hiolop lHan).
eoo CAFE: 1. Rhyo - . I (Yom); 2. Gene Brown
(Yom); 3. Joe Rodgon lSuzl.
OPEN GP: 1. W.."." Tennor ISuzl; 2. Dele FrrilIn
(Yom); 3. Gene Brown (Yom).
250 GP: 1. Doug Gu1hrie (Yom); 2. S _ !lIIwIey
(Yom); 3. Gene Brown (Y..,).
OPEN SGL GP: 1. Gene Brown (Y..,); 2. Dele ZIocI<
IManI; 3. Eldon W..., (Yom).
250 SGL GP: 1. Dele ZIocI< lMonl; 2. Rid< ,,-IHonI;
3. Bob II