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Cycle News 1984 05 23

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LaPorte refuses Baja BMW Subtle hints: When 1983 500cc World Champion Hakan Carlqvist does testing on his works machinery, the moody Swede has a strange way of lelling his mechanics know when he is not satisfied with a change. Two years ago, Carlqvist was out testing after making a few changes to his Yamaha. He made a few laps, came back into the pits, parked his bike, sat down and didn't say a word. His mechanics didn't know what to think. Then Carlqvist got up, grabbed a shovel and started to dig a hole in the pits, still not saying a word. After digging a large hole, Carlqvist walked back to his Yamaha, rode it into the hole, got off and started to bury it with the shovel. His mechanics finally got the message. Honda's Andre Malherbe swept both motos of the French 500cc MX GP. the fourth round of the '84 ..ries, on Sunday. May 13, in Brou, Frence. Eric Geboers (Hon) was second overall with 2-3 moto performances, while Dave Thorpe (Hon) was third with a 4-2 score. American Danny laPorte (Yam) was sixth in the first moto, but DNF the second. Malherbe leads the point standings with 129, followed by Thorpe and GeorgesJobe (Kaw) who are tied for second with 124 points. Jobe was fourth overall in France with a 3-4 tally. KTM's Heinz Kinigadner won both motos of the Czech 250cc MX GP on Sunday, May 13, in Holice, Czechoslovakia. Kinigadner moved ahead of Gert-Jan van Doom (Suz) in the point standings, II0to94. Van Doorn picked up fourth place points in the event's first moto. BMW owners should mark their calendars to include the June 610 BMW Riders Association Rally at Coconino County Fairgrounds in Flagstaff. Arizona. One highlight of the rally will be a drawing onJune 9fora BMW K1 00. Tickets are $2 from Walt Kline, 1666 St. Margrets Rd .• Annapolis, MD 21401. 2 Former Grand National Champion Mike Kidd will conduct dirt track chool at his Boyd, Texas, ranch. Kidd says that the schools will cover both short track and TT technique. The first school will be for amateur riders on machines from 50 to 500cc, and it runs May 27. The second school, June 10, will be for professional riders on 250 and 500cc bikes. Former 250cc Motocross World Champion Danny laPorte failed to come to terms with BMW representatives and backed out of a proposed deal to race a BMW in Baja. L,aPorte, 27, of Ketchum. Idaho, held talks with BMW spokesmen, who wanted laPorte to share a BMW with three-time 125cc Motocross World Champion Gaston Rahier of Belgium in the 500-mile Baja Internacional off-road race in Baja California, Mexico June 2. Rahier, 35, won this year's 7000mile. 22-day Paris-to-Dakar rally on a 998cc shaft-drive opposed Twin four-stroke loosely based on the production R80 GS. Negotiations between laPorte and the BMW factory in West Germany apparently broke down at the last minute, when laPorte ran into strong objections from either the Yamaha factory or the Dutch Yamaha importer. Presstime reports on the exact source of the protests were unclear, but the objections were strong enough to make laPorte back out of the agreement. The factory is now considering several other world-class pilots to share the ride with Rahier. The factory will also enter a second machine, ridden by Baja veterans Todd Martella, 40, and John Watkins, 42, in either Cia.. 30 (for riders over age 301 or Cia.. 38 (for riders over age 38). Rahier and his un-named co-rider will enter Cia.. 22. for unlimited displacement motorcycles regardless of rider age. . BMW of North America and several southern California BMW dealers will be providing support for the factory effort, which is being coordinated by former Cycle magazine Associate Editor and Baja veteran Dave Holeman, 42. of Montrose, California. BMW spokasman Rob Mitchell told reporters that the factory may also contest the Baja 1000 in November. For information, reservations, or whatever, contact Kidd at 8171 433-5559. The bettie over California Wilderne.. and the amount of land to be locked away forever under such designation continues in Washington. The Forest Service and the Reagan Administration recommended 1.2 million acres of Wilderness, and environmentalists, led by the lata Representative Philip Burton, have sought over 2 million ecres. California Senator Pete Wilson introduced a 1 .69-million acre ..compromi..... and lata reports heve that figure growing as high as 1.9 million. Of primary concern to ORV enthusiasts are three proposed wildeme.. areas in the Sequoia Forest: Monache, Domelands and South Sie".. They contain a number of regularly used, maintained motorcycle treils, and as such, do not qualify for wilderness designation under Federal definition. although Congress has the power to designate whatever it wants. To aid letter writers with facts, below is a list of motorcycle trails and their Forest Service numbers compiled by Bill Herndon and Ed Waldheim. MONACHE TRAIL # 1 I Summit Meadows 36E02 2) Hession Meadows 35E10 35E12 3) Bakoven Meadows 4) Deer Island 35E14 5) Uttle Dry Meadow/ 35E20 Bull Meadow 34E02 61 Ossa Meadow 7) Uttle Horse 21S42 8) Paloma Meadows 34E01 91 Un-named 20S25B 10) Smith Meadow 35E06 1 1 ) Gronita Knob 35E02 12) Broder Meadow 35E03 13) Jackass Meadow 35E13 14) Beck Meadow 35E01 15) Dutch John Flat 37E01 16) Rattlesnake 33E22 17) Stony/ Schaeffer Meadows 33E27 18) West/ 33E24 Corral Meadows 19) Mahogany 21S97 20) Paloma Meadows 34E09 21 ) North Meadows 33E29 22) Un-named 34E10 23) Rincon 33E23 24) Un-named 22S26 DOME LAND 1) Woodpecker Meadow 34E09 2) Dark Canyon 34E11 3) Boone Meadow 34E28 4) Mechine (past) 33E28 5) Siretta Meadows/ UttIe Trous 34E12 61 Deadwood Meadow 34E13 7) Mosquito Meedow 33E32 8) Un-named 33E31 9) Durwood Meadows 34E09 10) Un-named 34E10 11) Taylor 34E17 12) Little Connell Meadow34E16 13) True Meadow 34E22 14) Un-named 34E19 15) Cone Meadow 34E20 16) Un-named 34E16 SOUTH SIERRA 1) Wildro.. Meedow 36E011 Road racers in the Texas area are raising money to resurface Oak Hills Raceway in Henderson, Texas. They've formed a non-profit organization, so contributions are tax deductable, and they've already raised $17,000 of the $42,000 they need. The name of the organization is Oak Hill Raceway Inc:, and its being spearheaded by Tom Stafford at Honda South, 3925 M.D. Love Freeway, Dallas, TX 75224. Eddie Adkins, the owner/tuner of Stu Peters, president of Continental Motosports Club. announced that U.S. Tobacco and Skoal Bandits have signed to sponsor the CMC Golden State Series in 1985 and 1986. "An independent survey showed that Skoal Bandils received $45,000 worth of comparable ad space in publicity for sponsoring the 1984 series," said Peters. Moved Texas Motorcycle Dealers Association, to 506 West 12th, Austin. TX 78701, 512/479-0425. Exposed Tricia Lang, 27, of Hollywood, seen clothed in the 1984 Hondaline dealer and consumer catalogs, unclothed in the June 1984 issue or Playboy. Hired Larry Coleman, 38, by the Moller Corporation in the SuperTrapp exhaust division. Formerly with Kal-Gard, Coleman will work in the marketing division, product development and act as manufacturer representative for both motorcycle and ATV exhaust systems. Launched All Terrain Vehicle Industry, a monthly dealer publication, by Cycle News Inc., the first issue to appear in July. Revealed More information on the Motorcyclist magazine shootout between the GS 1150, the FJ 1100, the Ninja and the VFIOOOF. Fastest around Willow Springs: the Ninja, by III seconds a lap. Best all-around: the FJIIOO. Fastest at the drags: the GS1150. Revealed The dragstrip winner of a Cycle Guide magazine shootout between the GSI150, the FJllOO, . Ninja and the VFIOOOF: the FJ 1100. the bike Jimmy Filice rode to top qualifying spot at the San Jose Mile, wanted to clarify the team's sponsorship: "We have three main sponsors." said Adkins. "Harley Owners Group, Sure-Fire Distributing and Carlisle Racing Team. We have a number of associate sponsors, all through Sure-Fire." Pete Hame , who competed on an RG500 Suzuki at a recent AFM Willow Springs road race, was inadvertently referred to last week as a Team Honda dirt tracker. Hames rides Can-Am and Harley-Davidson equipment backed by Iveco Diesel Trucks, Tim Doherty, Ralph Ketchie, Jack Dannenberg, HDF and Simpson Helmets. Husqvarna's Dan Ashcraft took the overall win in the AMA/HiPoint National Hare Scrambles Championship Series round held May 13 in the California desert. While desert regular Ashcraft's win came as no surprise. Australian Geoff Ballard's runner-up performance on a 250 Can-Am did raise a few eyebrows. Third overall went to another desert regular. Yamaha rider Ed Pierce Jr., while Husky's Larry Roese"r finished fourth. Wadded A 1984 Kawasaki Ninja by Paul Van luyle, 23, on a freeway off ramp during a Rider magazine road test. Damage in the low-speed tip-over totaled close to 500, including all three pieces of bodywork and the foot peg mounting plate, which broke. Signed Th ree-t: me 500cc World Road Racing Champion, three-time Daytona 200 winner, two-time AMA Grand National Champion, 1983 Cycle News/West Rider of the Year Kenny Roberts, 32, as special consultant to PJ I Corporation, the continuanceofa four-year relationship with the firm. Hired Hal Worsham, 28, by Dunlop Tire and Rubber Corp., to be product manager, motorcycle tires, based in Buffalo, New York. Formerly product manager for B.F. Goodrich Co. or Akron. Ohio. Changed Hands The ex-David Aldana BSA triple featured two issues ago, now owned by Jim Quaintance of Dana Point, California.

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