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Cycle News 1983 10 12

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l-< V ..c o .... u o u.s. ISDE Trophy, Vase teams intact after day one The '84 KTM 125 MX will be avail.ble in late October. Features include a 123.6cc water-cooled powerp'ant with a six-pedal reed feeding the fuel mix directly into the an aircraft alloy cylinder. 36mm magnesium carburetor. six-speed close ratio transmiuion. Motopl.t COl ignition. 40mm fork (12 inches of travel). Pro-Laver re.r suspension with a White Power adjustable shock with integral mounted reservoir (12.7 inches of travel), and double c.m brakes front .nd rear. The 125 MX weighs a claimad 192.2 pounds (with oil and water - no g.s). and pumps out a claimed 35.2 horses. Suggested retail price is .1,989. BUILTH WELLS, WALES, ENGLAND, OCT. 3 The U.S. Trophy and Vase squads finished day one of the 58th ISDE in Wales intact. No scoring or p1acings were available at presstime. The U.S. team encountared bad luck prior to the start of the event when Terry Cunningham sustained a broken leg while practicing on September 29. Cunningham was operated on to pin and plate a bedly broken right femur. Honda rider Drew Smith moved from the Vase Team to take Cunningham's spot as the four-stroke rider on the squad. He joins Husqvarna-mounted Mark Hyde. Ed Lojak. Mike Melton. Larry Roeseler and Frank Stacy in the U.S. effort. Wally Wilson then joined the Vase team to add a four-stroke rider to the team of Kevin Brown. Kevin Hines and Ron Ribolzi. All are Husqvarana-mounted. The day one time schedule. run over muddy trails. was tight enough to take an average of 420 route marks (seven minutes) from team members. Lojak picked up additional points after his engine seized during the first special test. He lost six minutes. We are addened to report the death of road racer, and JUSt recently crowned D-27 Open Modified Production and F-I Champ John Doyle. Doyle crashed September 10 when tbe chain on his bike broke, causing his rear wheel to lock up while he was leading a Superbike Pro-Am heat race in Washington. Doyle sustained internal injuries and died October I. He is survived by his wife Tanya and fiveweek-old daughter. Cards can be sent in care of Bellevue Suzuki, U800 Belred Rd. Bellevue, Washington 98005. fornia. Kevin Hopkins won the 125cc division. Mike Sixbery topped the 250s and th...·time N.tion.1 Motocross Champion G.ry Jonas took on some much younger competition and w.s the winner in the Open cl.... Ron Christner h.d .n easy time of It in the Over 30 cIa..; he was the only entry••nd the 'legendary Chuck Mlnert traded his BSA in for • CR480 Hond••nd smoked home the winner in the Over 38 cl.... Complete coverage next week. HosPIT.1 STOP: Local California hotahoe Willy Simons tore some knee ligaments .t Indian Dun.. while practicing for Iast week's Trans-Cal Supercro.. race. Simmons will be layed up for .t Ieut six weeks. Get well cards can be sent to Willy .t 2322 Atscot. Simi V.IIey. CA 93063. Jones' comment after taking the win on the ultra-fast Mickey Thompsondesigned circuit? "Not bad for an old man!" Jones is 31. Former ational Champion Mike Kidd, who plans to retire from racing at the end of this season, still plans to keep busy in the motorcycling industry. Starting next month, he will promote a six-race series of indoor short track races to be held in conjuntion with the Great American Motorcycle Shows. The series will be called the Great American Shoot-Out and races are scheduled for November 18 in Dallas, December 9 in Los Angeles, January 7 in Fort Worth, January 28 in San Francisco, February 25 in Philadelphia and March 24 in Denver. 2. We have the resultsfrom lest weekend's SCORE Off-Road World CI!l!'!'p!onships in Riverside. Call- With part of the editorial staff packing for the ISDE. Papa suspects that our report on the September 1 Pro-.m TT.t Ascot P.rk in Gardena, California, somehow made the trip .s well. Anyway, from the reporter's notebook we heve the following action. In the Pro . . . . the 260cc win went to Chris Carr after • tough challenge ~m Roger Thompson; the lead· ing .bout to I.p beckm.rkers at the finish. In the 500cc Pros, Bud Carroll had • rear brake lever come edrift in his heat race putting him out of the event. In the, it w.s Jimmy ROM besting Jim Taves .nd John Hundgren. The most exciting race of the night came in the 500cc Expert cIau whera Chris Carr put down the repeated charges ofthe IIII experienced Curtis Cannon. Also putting in excelle,.~ dd..'lelr ....... spective cia.... were Chris Can- non and J.mes K....... quired" from the Off-Highway Vehicle Users Fund. Ray Hill, ex-Motorcyclist editor, exmotorcycle editor for Popular Science and currently with Popular Mechanics, was injured last month in a parasailing accident. Although it was first feared that HilI would be totally paralyzed, he is making progress and should be on a rehabilitation program soon. We're sure Ray could use a word or two of encouragement right about now. He can be reached at Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114. Yoshimura R&D has made It • 11tde eesier to order some of their speed goodies. They heve • new toll-free telephone number, 800/634-9188. Fororderawithin California, call 714/828-4722. We've been .*ad to pea .Iong this information to all T.... motorcycle dealers. If you are liceMed by the Texas Motor Vehlcla Com· minion, you .raexemptfrom posting a .25,000 bond required to renew your licen•. It seems that MJm8 insuranceag8llcies have been contacting dealenend telling them that the bond w.s required. Orenge County Intemational R.ceway motocro.. organizers, C8tS Promotions.'have announced th~ their October schedule will include a Sunday. October 23 day race In .ddltion to the avery Thursdaynight program. The st.dium-style course h.s been improved .nd win be the site of motocro.. schoolj instructed by factory star. such as Donnie Hansen and W.rren Reid in the neer future. The Sunday program on October 23 will feature the Over The HIli, ATe r.ces and • speci.1 event for Speedw.y Pros on mini ~. California oH-roaders got some good news last week. Senate Bill 156 was signed by Governor Deukmejian.The bill, introduced by Senator Alan Rob~i}l,s. reins~tes tile $21 million "ac- If your appetite was whetted by our item last week about the new BMWs. wait until next week. We'll have a riding impression of the new German wonderbike plus some phot~.

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