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Cycle News 1978 06 14

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on his KTM ahead of Carl Cranke's second place 1106 on his Yamaha . Barry Higgins rode to fifth overall . third Open classer, on his Maico registeri ng an 1114 total. Sixth overall on his PE175 was T eam Suzuki's Drew Smith . the 175cc class winner. with an 1120 score. Greg Davis top ped the 125cc class on his Husky; ' Fred Cameron won the 350cc class on his KTM . Of 196 starters, 84 finished the two-d ay tri al held in mid· 90 degree tem pera tures. T rask is the oldest AMA Two-Day; 1978 ma rked the eigh th ru nning of the event. Sketchy reports from the Isle of Man indicate that American Pat Hennen crashed in the Senior n. suffered head injuries and is i,n a hospital on the 10M. Mike Hailwood. riding Ducati. set a new lap record on his way to winning the Formula One n . John Fero rode his IT250 Yamaha to earn the best overall score at the Trask Mountain M.C .'sJune 3-4 AMA ISDT Qualifier in McMinnville, OR. Fero's 1081 score topped PE250 Suzuk i rider Tom Penton's '1090 for 250cc class laurels as well as the overa ll. Open class winner Frank Gallo scored a 1093 Lackeymania. a popular emotional condition caused by the sincere belief that Brad Lackey could win the Bel-Ray USGP of Motocross. was prevalent everywhere around Carlsbad. The folks at this EanhCraft store played it to the hilt with a wooden "Go Lackey USA" sign. a motorcycle wire sculpture and a Honda mirror. all sold within. Jaak Van Velthoven and Andre Malherba showed up for the Bel-Ray USGP on all-new 420cc KTMs complete with sandcast motor parts. "The wheels and tank are about the only thing that's the same." American KTM rider Frank Stacy said . After completing the Tresk Mountain Two-Day. Barry Higgins convinced the organizers of a local pro MX that since he needed the money to get home. he should be allowed to enter. The Open class ran late enough in the program that he could finish the two-day. then 'ride the same cycle - complete ' w it h lights and all - in the motocross. He finished f'lfth and. we assume. now can afford to go home. At th e weigh -in and sound testing for the Bel-Ray USGP of Motocross , He ikki Mikkola's winning ' Yamaha checked in at 222 lbs. and read out 109 dB (A) on th e decibel meter . The lightest bike of the meet was four-time USGP winner Gerrit Wolsink's works Suzuki with a weight of 216 lb .• only eight oz. lighter than teammate Roge r DeCoseer's. H ea vyweight " hon ors" went to Rex Sta ten's Bassett Ra cing Products Yamaha at 242 lb. Quietest m a ch in e la urels go to Ha kan Andersson's H usky. Frank Sta cy's KT M and the Yam ah as of Rick Burgett and top American Mike Bell, all at 104 dB (A) rea dings. Noisiest, at 110 dB (A). was Ken Adams' Maico. Kawasaki riders Gaylon Mosier and Jimmy Weinen reced in the USGP under special dispensation since Mosier normally rides a 125cc Kwacker in AMA National competition and Weinen is signed up for the 260cc class under the 78 AMA rule that prohibits riders from competing in more than one displacement category. Thus. neither was given an official finishing position. Gaylon. however. would have finished eighth overall by placing 9-16. He dropped from sixth to 16th in the second moto after a rear shock problem developed. The 'Jammer DNF the first moto with breke problems. then scored an 11th in round two. a placing that would have tied him with Graham Noyce at 21st. Kawasaki's 500cc class ride r, T exan Steve Stackable, passed up the USGP un der doctor's orders, Stack twa nged his knee at the Texas 500cc National on the previous weekend; it remains to be seen whether he'll be abl e to race the next series event at Sean Point. Top American at the Bel-Ray USGP of Motocross. M ike Bell raced with an injured shoulder acquired when he tagged a tree In Texas. T ony DiStefano , Team Suzuki's 250cc National Champ. was seen spec tating at Carlsbad wea r ing his official "Spec ta tor" shirt . "T his shirt gets burne d after this weekend!" vowed T he D in anticipation of racing in the 500cc AMA National Championship/M r. PiBB MX Series starting wit h the June 11 Sears Point race . 2 AMA Motocross Manager Mike DiPrete reports that Motocross des Nations T-shin sales. a project to relse funds to help send tha U.S. team to compete in the Sept. 3 Motocross des Nations and the Sept. 10 Trophee des Nations. are not going well. You can suppon the spon and get a neat T-shin in the deal by sendi ng ' $6 to Motocross des Nations. P.O. Box 141. Westerville. OH 43081. Be sure to state your size IS.M.l or XU. Hospita l stop: Master Cra ftsman of the steel shoe trade Ken Maely suffered a broken ann - on his birthday, of all days and is now in the hosp it al wit h apparent , blood poisoning. He's in pa in and very depressed. He sure could use a few ca rds or letters of encouragement. Send them to Rossloos Medical Center. Room 602 , 1711 West Temple, Los Angeles, CA 90026. Happy birthday, anyway, Ken . Privateer Malco pilot Darrell Shultz turnad down an offer from MotoX Fox for a ride for the 500cc National circuit. The call was received one week prior to the series' opening round In Texas. and according to Darrell's dad Orv. they turned Fox down bacause Darrell had already put their series plans together. and he felt obligated for the series to his sponsors. Malco. Rancho Cordova Suzuki and HI-Point West. Fox also stated that they wanted to get back In touch for the Trans-AMA Series in Septembar. Wayne Lougee of the Lougee/ Hough sidecar team is looking for two drivers who want to go to the J une 17-18 Laconia Motorcycle Classic in Loudon. NH . They have room for two bodies. two bikes and plan to leave the Bay area on June 13 at 6 p .m . For more info dial Lougee at 415/365 · 2043. Winners of the 125/250/0pen Junior and Intermediate classes at the June 11 Saddleback Racing motocross will receive two $15 tickets for the June 24 Coca-Cola Superbowl of Motocross. Gift ceniticates for $10 from Kawasaki Good TIme, will go to all second place Sportsman finishers. Third place and down at the Continental Moto -sports Club-sanctioned event will receive "super" trophies; normel payback to Pros. More information at 714/558-1584. Pa pa says don't miss the Superbowl of Motocross . June 24, at the Los Ange les Coliseum. An d be extra sure not to miss the Superbowl of Motocross preview issue of Cycle News th e week before. It 'll contain all sorts of information vital to your viewing pleas ure. TIckets for the Stad ium Motorsports production of the Coca -Cola Superbowl of Motocross are now available at TIcketron outlets. participating Honda dealers and ,M ut ual agencies. Dial 213/748-6131 fo r more inf o. For info rm ation on the June 26 Supe rbowl Am ateur N at ional rac e in the L.A. Coliseum, give Jerry Surber a call at 713/ 482 -7593. Going to the winter road racing series in Australia and New Zealand? So's Jamie Nicely. and he wants to see if some kind of tour can be organized. Give him a phone call at 7021825-7015. (Continued to page H )

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