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Cycle News 1983 10 26

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Control over Supercross may go to promoters WESTERVIllE, OH, OCT. 17 The Americen Motorcyclist Association h. . been involved in talk. with key Supercro.. promoters, a move that mey reauh in a transfer of control over Supercro.. from the AMA to a promoter group. AMA Director of Profeaionel Competition Wayne Mouhon, "Tha AMA i. having a .ucceaful ..rie. of discuuions to develop a more atre8mlined, worlutbl. solution that will ..nction Supercroa rec:e. in 1984 and in the future. One of the k.y elements in the.. talks are discussions with Pace Manegement. Pace (promot.r of ..veral Supercro.. events) i. speerheeding this project and we are giving it our full .upport." Mouhon added that the AMA plens to continue ..nctioning and officiating the ev.nts, "The AMA realizes thet the Supercro.. promoters, beceu.. of the involved and the time and effort they have invested, need to have more control over their own destiny in that regard. The general id.a i. that the of Supercro.. will have a structure or organization of th.m..""" in which they will have a big hand, if not 100%, in choosing Iocetion., expension .venta, end actually det.rmining the direct operation of Supercro..:' h. . .id. Th. propoMd change, which ha. developed after persistent p.... from promoters, ha. . .nt legal reprel8ntativea of the AMA and alik. scurrying in efforts to determine the legelity of variou. a.pect. of the p"n. Detail. of the p"n have not been discloMd. 2.. Harley-David.on will d.but its n_ H-D 600-R dirt tracker at the SiIv.rdom. TT rae. in Pontiac, Michigan, October 22, 1983. Since AMA regulation. will permit 600cc four-moke powerplents in .hort track ev.nts in '84, the company r.acted quickly to maintain it. competitive edge. The 6oo-R will be ridd.n by Harley teem members Jay Springsteen, Randy Go.. and Scott Parker in all AMA Grand National Champion.hip/Camel Pro Series short trlICk and TT events scheduled for n.xt The engin., developed by RotIIX of Au.tria, hu prov.n itself an extremely competitive racing pow.rplant. Harley-Davidson ha. purchaMd 25 units, 19 of which will be made availabl. to con.umer. through its dealer network, .xcluding carburetor and exhaust. Initial reaction indicate. that there will be more· demand than engines and the compeny plans to procure additional units to accommodate all requests. Ron Wood Racing Products of Costa Me.., California, built the chassis for Harley-Davidson, incorporating a unique fibergl... seat and fuel tank. Harley-Davidson is now in the procea of personalizing the chassis for each of its and fine tuning to reflect its .....cing philosophy." Cam.hafts, exhaust pipes and cerburetors are being replaced to ac:commodate tuner/ rid.r preferenc.s and ensure competitivene.s for the indoor TT trecks in '84. Terry Vance, ridinRa new Kawasaki, took the October 16 motorcycle Pro Stock Final at the NHRA World Finals at Irvine, California. Vance turned a 8.569-second run at 151.51 mph to defeat Kawasaki rider Randy Mason's 8.576/151.51 in the final round. Vance's first-round opponent was none other than his own business panner. tuner Byron Hines. Hines rode the pair's venerable Suzuki to top qualifying spot with an 8.569second pass. Vance and Hines later sold the Suzuki lo a spectator for an undisclosed sum. The Line Starts Here Depertment: W.'ve heard an intriguing rumor that Yamaha's mouth-wat.ring RD500 may be brought into the U.S. for 1985. For a look at the two-stroke Kenny Roberta Replica, turn to page 18. The California Department of Rehabilitation honored former racer Bruce Hammer recently. The 33-yearold Hammer, paralyzed last year in a road racing accident, was named Client of the Year and cited for his "determination, motivation and zest for life" in setting a new record in returning lo work after his accident. Besides his continued work with Team Hammer, Hammer works full time Lady (left to right) Donna Lackey-Counte••, Dorene Payne and . D. Vine. PO" with a couple of "trophy boy." for the October 23 Wom.n'. MX Nationel. at Saddleback Park. Th. priz•• for the eve~t include ce.h for Pro., product awards and a trip. J as a job coordinator for J. Sicola, Inc., a company that specializes in custom furniture. "Rocket Rex" Staten is at it again. Th. former National star is now busting berm. in South Africa, he wu recently crowned that country'. 250cc National Champion. Staten dominated the eight-rec:e sen.. de.pit. being disqualif'ted in one rae. for having an illegal overbore (252cc), and riding the last race with a broken collarbone. Staten was the 500cc Champion in South Africa lest year. Team Honda trials rider Eddy Lejeune capped off his championship-winning season with a first-place finish at the last round in West Germany. Italjet-mounted Phillipe Belatier was second, 14 points behind Lejeune. American Bernie Schreiber was third, his SWM teammate Bernard Cordonnier was fourth and Montesa rider Toni Gorgot was fifth. Lejeune topped the final standings with 156 points, Schreiber was second with 123 points, Thierry Michaud was third, Gilles Burgat was fourth and Gorgot rounded out the top five for 1983. The Victor McLag"n Motor Corp. will be .ponsoring the 8arstow to Vega. "82V" Poker Run for the street bikes this year on November 26. Announc.r at this event will be Dick Hill, produC8fofthe KPFK Centerat8nd Show. Wheel• •xpert K.rry Day will be on hand with a stunt show at the King 8 Hot.1 8& Ca.ino at the finish. AI.o, the Motor Corp. will put on an .xhibition of their preci.ion drill and stunt riding. Gary Bang has donated four set. of winter gauntI.t gloves and Harbor City HarleyDavidson 8& ha. donated a $10 gift certificete, among many other similar prizes to be giv.n away at the fini.h. Anyone wanting to donate prizes for this ev.nt, call Harry Fisher at 213/9202768, or write Victor McLaglen Motor Corps, P.O. Box 845, Bellflower, CA 90706. OK, dust 0(( those Czechoslovakian relics, oil the chain and slop some pre-mix into the gas tank, it's time once again for the CZ World Cham" pionships. The SMX-promoted event will take place Saturday, November 5, at Saddleback Park in Orange, Cali.fornia. Besides classes for CZ-mounted Juniors, Intermediates and Expert , there will be a special "Vintage" molO' cross race open to any 1976 and older bike. For more info call 714/495-4771. There has been an extra prize added to the winn.r'. purse for the October 23 Women'. Motocro.. Championship at SeddIebeck Park; a round trip for two to Hawaii courtesy of Haweii Exprea. In addition, the Thursdey night before the race, all the .ntrants will be trlIeted to a night at Chippenda..... a Los Ang.... night club thet tUtu,.., ah, really friendly Despite having a Supercross event dropped in the night before his evem, Gavin Trippe is going ahead with the promotion of ·the November § Superbikers made·for-TV race a. Carlsbad International Raceway. "We want lo have a really good race tbis year," said Trippe, "8ecauseour fiveyear contract with ABC is up for renewal. We'll have three champions from Europe, Hakan Carlqvist, Eric Geboers and Andre Malherbe, plus a good field of road racers that include Steve Wise and Eddie Lawson, the faclOry Harley-Davidson din track team, and of course, Danny Chandler. the defending champion." Trippe said that there are only minor rule changes this year: four-stroke singles may now displace 600cc, and after the three healS, a semi will transfer an_ additional three riders to the final (01" a total of 12. There will be $50,000 in prize money. Advance tickets for the event are $8- 10. Trippe found him..lf on the edge of the Stadium Motoraporta/AMA controversy as a resuh of this event date, "I've spent an awful lot of' time trying to fight them (SMC) off my date. It was originany schedul.d for October 30, but wh.n th.y brought up an October 15 date for their Supercro.s, I moved this on. back to November 6 to be a. far away a. possible. Then they found out that in October an the top factory would. be in Japen testing. It'. . tragedy that this hu to happen, beceu.. neither one of us will benefit,"

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