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Cycle News 1981 09 16

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fish in the pits Saturday night which his father had prepared. "I catch 'em and he cooks 'em," said Springsteen. AMA 'Grand National Champiamhip history. Prior to his win SCOII was tied with Joe Leonard for the most mile wins. Randy Goss, usually quiet about his opinions, gave the RobertsLa_ill camp a begrudging compliment when he said after Sunday's Indy National that, "(Mike) Kidd's motor is so strong it makes me mad." The hit of the pits at the Indy Mile Nationals was aT-shirt sporting the message, "Harley-Davidson, the number one choice of Team Yamaha." A feature article on motocrosser Chuck Sun is in the current issue (October) of W.te, SkI magazine. Pictured in the September issue of that magazine was Woody Kyle, aca race engine builder of WKR fame. We don't know if Woody is 'Into water skiing, but his wife certainly is. Camille Duvall Kyle was a many-time National Open Water Skiing Champion and member of the U.S. Team. Camille is now an instructor at the Dees Skiing School in Lakeland, Florida. And she's a helluva lot prettier than Woody! Hank SCOII'S Indy Mile National win gave him nine National victories and that is more than any other rider in Eileen "Squeeky" Guiles dropped Pape a note saying that she has left Phantom Rider and has opened her own discount accessory store, Sunshine Cycle Accessories. In Huntington Beach, CA. Fox Distributing sales representative Skip HoIIiater was recently elected president of the Texas Motorcycle Roadriden AIIIociation. The TMRA is a 7000 member riden' organization dedicateclto improving the ~ of motorcycling and to combat anti-motorcycle legislation. Richter InduatrIes, CaIIfornIa.baHd menufllcturer of hlgh-performllnce motoreyc18 aftermarket products, recently moved to new facIIItIe8 at 991 Lawrence Drive, Suite 110, Newbury Park. CA 91320.80&1498- 8807. Kenny Roberts and Randy Mamola are laying groundwork for a possible U.S. GP road race at Laguna Seca in 1985. Three classes would be run: 500, 250cc and sidecars. ABC-TV has already expressed an interest in the event. The expense of a road racing GP would range well past the $500,000 mark. The AMA' has released the names of the three riders who received Rookie of the Year honors in the three National MX classes. California's Rick Johnson in 125cc, New York's Andy Stacy in 250cc and Rorida's Kenny Keylon in 500cc proved their worth in this year's series. Fresno will be the aite of the Pioneer Motorcycle Enthusiasts Banquet, to be held Oct. 5 in the Cedar Lanes Banquet Room, 5151 N. Cedar. There's sure to be plenty of bench racing, along with a New York steak dinner, and the price is $15.50 per person. Make checks payable to Pioneer Motorcycle Enthusiasts and send your reservation' in to Ed Sumner, 4425 E. Shields, Fresno, CA 95726. All firemen among our reeders will be happy to know that among the eventa echaduled for the 1982 calIfornia State FIremen'. Olymplca Is almotoeroM race. The city of Sante Clare Fire Depertment Is hoetlng the event on Aug. 3-7, 1982. If you're likely to be competing. contact' organizer Bob Webster et 4081 246-5881. Bay Area Bultaco will be hosting a trials school taught by Lane Leavitt on Sept. 12. The free school is geared towards the beginner, novice or non trials rider, and it takes place at the shop at 5606 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles. It's free, begins at 12 noon (sign up 10) and sounds like fun. Call 215/649-1700. The You Ashd For It TV show wII be filming the sldecer race et the Sept. XI AFM race, according to sidecar recer Pete Essaff, with an air d8te scheduled for approximately two months Jeter. A tip of Papa's helmet to Geo magazine for their well-written article on motocross that appeared in their September issue. Purists may shake their head at a few minor mistakes ("hoopty-doos"), but writer Gerald Astor takes a positive look at the sport, quoting authoritative sources like team managers Kenny Clark and Larry Griffts. The accbmpanying photos from Walter Schmitz are technically first-rate, but the chances are you'll never recognize any of the riders. • The Moto Guzzi LeManslll, our frontpage subject, is the latest in a series of V-twins that have come to be regarded as classics of the Italian motorcycle industry. Updat8$ include new body styling, a redesigned gas tank. sidecovers, tail section, and fairing. The chassis housing the 844cc engine has been left basically unchanged, with only minor modifications concerning the wheelbase (slightly increased) and the adoption of air-assisted units in the suspension department. The power plant, on the contrary, lu!s been extensively revised in order to meet the latest European "EPA" requirements. Highlighting the new "instrument panel" is a large Veglia tachometer. THE NATIONAL PAPERS And then there were three. That about sums up the hectic AMA Grand National Championship/ Winston Pro Series. Hectic is probably not the word, because it's too mild. Three riders, Randy Goss, Gary Scott and Mike Kidd, are battling down to the final events. Three events are left, two miles and one half mile at Syracuse, SanJose and Ascot, At the start of the season it looked like it was going to be a Springsteen/ Eklund piece of cake. At the midway point in the series Springsteen was still the point leader - and then the roof fell in, or Scott, Goss and Kidd decided to get on with. it and make this another of those now annual thrillers. Since the halfway mark Scott and Kidd have been swapping the point lead just about weeltly. In the meantime, "Mr. Consistent," Randy Goss, keeps right behind and does everything but win and take Over the actual point. lead. A few races back, Springsteen, Eklund and Hank Scott also were contenders. Springsteen is again suffering from an illness that defies medical science. Eklund has been injured and Hank Scott runs hot and cold. SyraCUle: Gary Scott has won here twice, including his lone win a year ago. Goss and Kidd have both come close in the past, but close is not enough. When the track is right it can be the fastest mile on the circuit. Scott .is ranked favorite at this one over Goss and Kidd. . San Jose: The second time the riders come to this famous long-chute mile this season. Again, Scott is a two time winner but it was here that Goss won his only. race, and only mile, 'a year ago. He was also the fastest heat winner here last May by five full seconds, but broke on the starting line in the final. Scott finished second last~ May. Kidd has never won here but has led more laps over the yean than Scott and Goss combined. Rate it a toss-up . for top points between Scott and Goss. Scott has said earlier this year he mwt be in the point lead after San Jose and heading mto the final race at Ascot. This second and last San Jose mile of the season could make or break any of the three. Ascot: ·Goss is a two time winner, and Scott has won it onCe. Kidd comes up short on this one and has yet to -come close on the half mile though , he's a two time winner on the IT. Goss rode his finest race in winning the first Ascot half mile this year. But Randy also rode one of his worst Ascots last year' when the title was on the line against Hank Scott. Goss is the big favorite among the three contenders to score the most points of the three. Scott can and will give him a run. The supporting cast of other National half mile winnen could well decide who will win the title on the final night, just as they did a year ago. Fourteen half mile winners are entered at Ascot. So which of the three is going to win the title? From here it looks like the battle of the mechanics. The rider who has the least mechanical problems will come out on top on Sarurday night, Sept. 26. Scott ends his 12th year in the Pro ranks. For Kidd it is the end of his 10th and for defending champ Goss, his seventh. It is going to be a perfect ending for another season. All three are fine half milers and mi1en. All have won National events this year. Scent is the only rider to have won at all three tracks in past yean but is the most unpredictable of late from race to raCe. He has gathered his troops for the final effort. His brother Hank has pledged full suport, and Gary has at least two proven mechanics and a raft of gofers in his camp for his last big push. GOlIIl has the Harley-Davidson factory which has to include at least four rnachines and two top rated mechanics who have tuned National champs to wins in the past. Kidd has five sponson, four mechanics, and according to Scott, "is running hotter than ever." The pressure is on and will stay on at Syracuse on the 15th, San Jose on the 20th and Ascot on the 26th. Syracuse is already assured of a record crowd, San Jose has added 2,000 more seats and Ascot is moving the outside fences back to allow for more standing room. This is the type of season that makes 24 years of announcing and writing worthwhile and I know a lot of other people feel the same way. Roxy Rockwood

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