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Cycle News 1982 02 17

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(Continued/rom page J) 'TH LATEST E ;O P ,B PAPA WEALEY Y Vladimir Kavlnov and an unnamed Runian Inot Gannady Moiseevl will be on KTM 250cc machines. Kavinov will be on a "specially prepared" bike while the other will presumably ride a stocker. World Speedway Champion Bruce Penhall has been touring and racing in Australia with World Pairs panner Bobby Schwartz and doing so very successfully. The American duo came out on top of their first three events , including a victory over tough Aussie Phil Crump at his home track. In their fourth race, engine troubles left Penhall tied for third, but he came back after two rainouts to win the scratch portion of a race in Liverpool. Au.wlle" Motor C,de Ne",. reportl that Down Under road racing star Gregg Hansford will retire from motorcycle racing in favor of auto racing. Hansford said he wesn't excited about returning _ to Europa, although he might· continue to do testing for Kawasaki. Stuart T oo mey will be closing down his exhaust pipe operations on Feb. 5 as he leaves to join the Honda road racing GP effort in Eu rope. Arroyo Gycle Park In San Bernardino will be hosting a motocross race on Mar. 7 to benefit Rolland Uncapher, a rider Injured while riding In the desert. For more on how you can help while having a good day's racing, call 714/689- 6114. Out Vegas way, the Gamblers M .C. will be hosting their seventh annual hare scrambles on Feb . 21. It will be close to town, lim ed from Railroad Pass . Full-sized bikes stan at 10 a .m. , and there'll be a m inibike hare 'n' hound that starts a t 8. For more on the race, call Bob Maichle at 7021451 6804. The SCOREIPernod Off·Road Series, which began this weekend with the Parker 400, has undergone one change of venue. The MIIr. 26-28 M.xIcaIl 260 moves aouth about 70 miles and becomes the SCOREIPernod San Fellpa 260, with etart flnlah end heedquertera right at the HOWl FIMta. The San felipe 2110 .. alao the first race of the Baj8 Bonanza three raee aeries. The San FeOpe 260, Baja Internecional and the Baja 1000 are the races In the . .ri.s, and competitors entering and starting the reces receive credits. At the end of the year the credits will be drewn and there will be a iot of hefty prizes up for grabs, such es a VIP trip to France hosted by Pernod, Honda motorcycles, a Ford truck and trips to La Paz from the Baja California Department · of Tourism. For more Info on this program, contact SCORE at 2131 1189-9216. Bill Swinney, 62 , known during the '60s as a tuner ' for TT rider Larry Wilburn and occasional tuner for Gene Romero, passed away in his Lancaster, CA , home on Feb. 4 . A skilled machinist, Swinney often made parts for racers in his garage, many times doing the work for them on the n ight before a race. Tom Webb IHusl won the Feb. 7 Prospectors Gold Rush 0-37 enduro, dropping six points en route. Grant Palenske IMail, first Open A. likewise dropped six. but lost but on tiebreaker seconds. Among the more interesting entries in the March 5 Ba tt le of the Twins (road race) during Daytona Cycle Week are Roger Reim an , Steve Winn and Alan Ca th ca rt . Reim a n , a three-time winner of the Dayton a 200 (1961 , '64 , '65) will be a board a 1968 HarleyDavids on KR . Englishma n Steve W in n will be ri d ing th e Ducati Mike Hailwood rode in the 1979 Isle of Man TT. T he bik e originally was made 'ava ila ble to Hailwood fro m Du cati throu gh W inn's shop Sp ort Mot orcycles. Cathca rt a Cycle N ews co ntributor and moving force behind Engl and's (vintage) Cl ass Racin g Motor cycle Clu b , will ride a Du ca ti in th e BoT a nd a Manx Norton in the Wednesd ay. March 3 Vin tage GP . If you don ated $50 or more to the 1981 T ro phee a nd Mot ocross des Na tions effort, you have a n a utographed photo coming to you . According to Hi -Point Ra cing Products president La rry Maiers , " [ turned the task of having the prints made and getting them autographed to Dick Miller of Motocross Action magazine. Smog or som ething has delayed him . but he promises to have the prints in the mail soon." AMA Grand National Champion Mike Kidd had to convince Honda to allow him to ride the Winston Pro Series this year with his Number One plate. " Honda wanted me to use 72 for the season," said Kidd, " because they didn't want it ' to appear they had bought Number One . I've been riding with 72 since I was 14-years· old and I wasn't about to let anything deprive me of carrying Number One . I told them they didn't have enough money to convince me that 72 was the number I should ride with." O bserved T rials AMA /NATC Cha m pion Curt Co mer and Morgan Kava na ugh will be head ing for Spain on Februa ry I I for two weeks of riding. " We'll do a bit of busin ess first (Comer rides for Montesa : Kava na ugh for Bultaco) and then do an interna tional trials in Spain on February 14," said Comer. " Fro m there we head to Paris for a stadium trials on the 16th and then to another stadium event in Barcelona on the 18th. That should warm us up for the opening round of the World Championship Observed Trials Series near Barcelona on the 21st. We'll be back in the U.S . in time to compete in the opening AMA /NATC title round (in Croom, Florida) on the 27th." Corkey Keener, " M r. Dirt" to his fans and friends, is back on the W inston Pro Series circuit. Keener, who retired from racing near the end of the 1980 season after an accident in which he broke his pelvis, will be a member of Team Yamaha's dirt track effort - on the tuning side of the throttle. Keener has joined Bud Askland, who has been sub-contracted by Yamaha to handle Jimmy Filice's effort - both dirt track and road racing. "Hey, this is work, but it's good to be back doing something I enjoy," said Keener. • Team Honda MXer David Bailey broke a small bone in his left foot while practicing in California on January 27. Bailey never crashed, but planted his foot when he got out of shape. The result was a cast that goes to his knee. His doctor predicted recovery time to be four to six weeks. "The surgery went fantastic, there's no real pain at all," said three- time 250cc MX National Champion Tony DiStefano concerning the major eye surgery he had on December 30. " I have to wear a pair of non -pr escription glasses to protect the eye , as th e stitches will have to stay in for nine months. I loo k pretty distinguished!" Tony D is spending his time giving MX seminars. T he next stop on his schedu le is the Houston Su percross on March 20 . Team Green's Eddie Lawson tested both of his '82 Kawasaki road racers at Daytona . IAbovel Lawson aboard the 500cc GP bike. (Belowl The Superbike Champion aboard his '82 superbike. Starting Feb. 27, DeAnze Cycle Park in Sunnymead, CA will run motocross every Saturday. All regular classes plus ATCs and Odysseys will run 3O-minute motos. Sportsmen can look forward to contingencies from Rincon Kawasaki in San Bernardino and Sun-west Yamaha of Corona. Sign up starts at 7:30 a.m . with the first race going off the line at 9:30. For more info, call 714/663-8068. Burmah-Castrol, Inc. has announced an increase in their 1982 contingency program. W inston Pro Series competitors who use Castrol oil ca n win atota l of $22 ,775. Walter K. von Schonfeld, Castrol's raci ng coordinator said , " W e at Castrol will continue to support the com petition events th a t a re sanctioned by the AMA . Our in volvement in the sport of motorcycle racing is posit ive proof of our interest in assisting the American co m petit ion rid er." It's reported that Winston Pro Series competitor Scott Parker will compete in the April 24-25 Pontiac IM ichiganl Supercross events. Parker reportedly said, "If Steve Wise can race the Houston TT, I can race Pontiac." When asked if he thought he could make the main in the Wrangler Supercross Series round, Parker said, "No problem." S~y tuned. Suzuki's Randy Mamola was also on hand at Daytona for a test session aboard his 500cc GP bike. Mamola says he and the bike are competitive. 2 min.. 4 sec. laps back that up. 15

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