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Cycle News 1980 08 27

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the Augu.t 17 Jack Pine round of the AMA National Champlon.hip Enduro Serie.. Burle.on took the AA division win with Terry Cunningham (Hu.1 taking High Point A honors in the Michigan run. Complate coverage next week. The U.S. will be represented in the September 7 Trophee des Nations in France and the September 14 . Motocross des Nations in England. Kent Howerton (Suz) , Chuck Sun (Hon ), Steve Wise (Hon) and Many Moates (Yam ) will represent America in the annual team challenge MX events. Suzuki's Mark Blackwell will serve as team manager. Suzuki'. Harry Everts won both moto. of the Aug. 17 126cc MX World Champion.hip final round in Spain to reclaim hi. World Champion.hip. Everts, who wa.n't expected to be a contender for the title after a mid-.ea.on broken arm, won the first moto in front of Michale Rinaldi (TGM) and Torao Suzuki (Apr), then be.ted Tetsumi (Yam) in the .econd round. Final points .tanding. have Everts with 172 followed by Rinaldi (142), Eric Geboers (129), (123) and Marc Velkeneers 11101. We were saddened to lea rn of the death of' Junior-ranked flat tracker Steve PoIson . PoIson was injured in a practice crash in the Gardena Gold Cup half mile a t Ascot july 18, and finally succumbed to those injuries Aug . 11. Godspeed, Steve . If the political entanglements of prevlou. years can be .urvlvei:l, the green flag will drop on the Check Cha.e for the first time .Inca 1976. Tentatively .cheduled for Oct. 2&, the point·to-polnt event would be run on a 23IHn11e course through the California De.en. The course would .tart at the Johnson Valley Open Area and end at the .tart! finl.h of the Parker SCORE "400" course. One of the rea.on. this year'. Check Chase haa a good chanca of taking place Is the development of an Environmental ' Impact Statement. In previous years, the race planner. opted for a Ie.. complete. document. and Environmental As....ment and Review. An EIS i. an analy.i. of the environmental impact of a given event. The EIS wa. released Aug. 1 by the Bureau of Land Management and will be open to public review until Sept. 14. A public meeting to•• the EIS i. .cheduled for Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Convention Center in San Ber· nardino. To .ubmit comments or receive a copy of the EIS, contact Dick Crowe, Araa Manager, Cima Re.ource Area Offlca. Bureeu of Land Management. P.O. Box 306. Front se. Needles. CA 92363. Call 714/326-3896. extension 2857. Rain on August 16 and 17 washed out attempts to run the Winston Pro Series Half Mile National at Cedar Rapids. IA . The rescheduled event no w becomes part of a Labor Day weekend , Winston Pro Series doubleheader with Hawkeye Downs Raceway in Cedar Rapids hosting the August 50, Saturday night National. The racing then moves to Topeka, Kansas, a nd the Sunflower Expo for the Sunday night running of the rescheduled Topeka Half Mile. Darryl Kuenzer (KTM) topped Dick Burleson (Hu.) by three points, 991 to . . to take the overall win In Among the trick minl-racers at the NMA Ponca City National Championship event was thl. Uni-Trak KXBO. The '81 pre-production prototype features nine inches of travel on both end., weighs In at 135lbs., breathes through a new smoothbore-type carburetor and has rede.igned cases with a very clo.e countershaft-to-.wingarm-pivot dlmen.ion. Dennis Cox of Motocross Action Magazine is trying to arrange a "CZ class" day at a Saddleback Saturday Motocross event in September. So if you're interested, and have one of the old scoots lying around. give Cox a call at 213/ 981-2317. The Bureau of Land Management ha s released a DrafE Environmental Impact , Statem ent for a proposed 235-mile johnson Valley to Parker hare an d hound put on by the Checkers M.C . No spe cific date - other than either in October or Novem be r - is listed. A lim ited number of copies a re available from the BLM , 1695 Spruce St., Riverside . CA 92507 , or you can review it at the BLM's Riverside, Barstow and Needles offices. A public meeting on the subject is planned for the first week in September. According to Motorcycle News, Honda will launch a turbocharged 500cc street bike at the Earls Court Show in England later this month. It was first thought the bike would be a turbocharged version of the CX5OO. but reports indicate it is an all new four-cylinder machine. Honda has reportedly aimed at producing 68 hp at 9.000 rpm to give the 500 the performance of a 750. It is said .t hat Honda'. main aim is not to produce a superfast road burner (although it will be fast! but to produce an engine that meets EPA requirements and 'gives increased fuel economy. Patrick Pons, '79 F750 World Champion and '80 Daytona winner , died Aug. 12 as a result of a crash at the Aug. 10 British GP at Silverstone. Pons and Michel Rougerie went off the track together on the third lap; Rougerie sustained minor inju ries: Pons was flown to a hospital in Northampton with severe head injuries. He died Tuesday evening without having regained conscionsness. Services were held Monday, Aug. 18'near Paris. Motorcycle jumper Gary Wells is doing well on prime time TV. Check his act on Sept . 8 when he attempts the Ceasar's Palace fountain jump live for That 's Incredible! Then dial-in the tube on Sept.' 13 when Sports Spectacular broadcasts Wells ' jump at Toronto. Gaorge Smith of S&S Cycle died at age 58 from a heart attack while on vacation. C&S Cycle is best known for their high performance Harley-Davidson equipment with George Smith playing a major role in the 1970 Land Speed Recordsetting Harley-Davidson streamliner. ' I According to AMA'. ACDON news letter, the Colorado Medical Society fell far .hort In Its attempt to have the helmet law reinstated on the November ballot. They were able to collect only 46, 200 of the 82.234 required signature•. ACDON also notes that Colorado haa .pent I... than one percant of Its faderal highway safety fund. yearly on motorcycle safety since 1974. HosPITal STOP: Kevin Ingalls, D-!l6 ISDT letter of intent rider. underwent surgery Aug. 1 to repair cartilage and ligament damage to his right knee suffered in a water skiing accident. Kevin will be in a cast for six weeks, then wear a brace: no riding until mid-1981. Shoot those get-well wishes off to Kevin at 11 Madera Lake. Orinda, CA 94565. Two new dates - Sept. 12 and 26 - have been scheduled for the California Superblke School at Riverside; plu. there's alao a posalbility of a Nov. date at Laguna Seca. 2 Art Friedman has replaced Dale Boller as the editor of AlOtorcydlst ...,.. . . acconillig to the Petersen motorcycle book'. publisher Dick Lague. C.D. Bohon i. the Executive editor, and Joe Minton will become the Technical editor, effective Sept. 1. Other staff po.itiOl)s are unchanged. Washington's Six Pence M.C. , who donated $2500 to the AMA's ISDT Support Fund and thus have 'a U.S. club team carrying their name in ' France (T erry Cunningham, Steve Van Watermeulen and Bruce Ogilvie). will be providing T -sh rits and jackets to the ir riders and T -shirts to the rest of the 40 -man American squad. And as of Aug. 18, they'll have sim ilar T shirts for sale to the public. Send $5.95 per T-shirt (S -M-L-XL) plus 55~ postage and handling to Six Pence M.C .. P.O. Box 272. Puyallup, WA 98371.

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