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Cycle News 1985 05 29

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! mP41~Wf4lLfY 0') ..- Frenchman Christian Sarron (Yam) won the May 19 German GP:s 500cc road race which was run in the rain at Hockenheim. Freddie Spencer (Hon ) finished second, w ith England's Ron Haslam (Hon ) third, and defending World Champion Eddie Lawson (Yam) fourth. Connecticut's M ike Baldwin (Hon) crashed on the opening lap. Sarron's win, the first in three 500cc GP outings by the defending 250cc World Champion, broke a st ring of 28 consecutive 500cc GP wins by Americans, dating back to August, 1982. The point standings after three rounds of the 12race series show Spencer leading w ith 39 points, Lawson second with 35, and Sarron third with 30. The 250cc G P at H ockenheim , a lso run in the rain . was won by West G ermanv' s Martin Wimmer (Ya m). Freddie ' Spencer (Ho n) fin is hed second, with Anton M an g (Hon) ta king th ird, Wim mer heads th e po int standi ngs w ith 33. fo llowed closely by Mang wi th 32, and Spencer with 29. T he 125cc G P race was won by August Aui nger (MBA). Stefa n Do rfli n ger ( K ra) wo n the 80cc G P, wh ile the S idecar G P wen t to Sch warzel l Bu ck (LCR). Defending World Champion Heinz Kin igadner ( KT M ) and Jacky Vi,mon d (Yam) scored an equal amount of points in the May 19 Czechoslovakian 250cc Motocross Grand Prix. Vimond won the opening moto with Kinigadner second . Kinigadner led Vimond home in the second moto. Vimond still leads the series point standings after six rounds with 148 points. Kinigadner is second with 131 points, and Gert-Jan van Doorn is in third w ith 123. Mark Hyde (H us) gra bbed th e overall wi n in th e Ma y 19 AMA Nat iona l Championship H are Scra m bles Series round a t Bruceton Mills. West Virgin ia, o ver Ed Lojak (H us), Drew Smith (H o n ), G eoff Ballard (C -A) and J ack Pento n (KTM). Kevin H in es (H us) dueled w ith H yde for th e lead in th e closing stages o f the lOO-m ile race before re tiring with engine problems. • Sam Wills (Kaw) and Elmer Trett (Kaw) staged the fastest-ever Top Fuel final in IDBA history on May 19 at Cincinnati, Ohio's Edgewater Park Dragway. Wills, with a 7.503second, 196.93-mph run, defeated Trettand his 7.58/199.11. George Bryce (Suz ) won Funny Bike w ith a 7.608 sec.!176.12 mph f inal run over Wayne Timmons (Kaw). Terry Vance (Suz) topped Dave.Schultz in the Pro Stock final, 8 .399 sec .! 157.06 mph. to 8 .545 sec.! 149.50 mph. 2 Crashes: It was a bad week end for cra shes; fo rmer Camel Pro Seri es Champion M ike Kidd broke a wri st an d an elbo w rid in g a four-wheeler in ama teur ATV races he promoted in Boyd , T exa s; tw o-time Superbi ke C ha m p io n Wes Cooley was ser io us ly in jured at Sea rs Point. For deta ils, see H osPITa l Stop o n p ag e,5l , .... . _. . J erry Griffith a n d Jim Chisholm have purch ased Wes Cool ey's RS 500 H onda roa d racer for Doug Cha ndler, who debuted the bi ke a t Sea rs Po int o n May 19. Chandl er will contest a ll th e remai n i ng Cam el · P ro Series Fo rmula One rounds excep t Brain erd , Minnesota , whi ch con flic ts with a Camel P ro dirt track. Chandler wa s thi rd in Ca mel P ro Series poin ts goi ng into th e Sears Point ro un d, bu t hi s th ird-p lace fini sh nett ed 13 points, enough to mo ve past Sco tt Parker a n d close to wi th i n eight poi nts of series leader Bubba Sho be rt. Shobert a nd Parker hav e earned p oints excl usi vely o n dirt tracks so far th is year. Former Supercross . and 250 / 500cc National MX Champion Kent Howerton came out of retire- :' ment to ride the third round of the AMA National Cham pionship Motocross Series in Las Vegas, Nevada t o replace factory Kawasaki rider Billy Ules who was injured while practicing a week earlier. Howerton finished fourth both times out for fourth overall. " O u tdoors o n Wheels" will be at Cal Expo in Sacramento , Ca liforn ia, J une 7-9 an d will feature the lat est in recreati onal a nd o ff-road veh icles, Mot orcycles an d ATVs are a mong the man y vehicles to be d isplayed, a lo ng wi th race cars, trucks a nd o ther p roducts, In terested show-goers will be a ble to test-ride ATVs o n a specia l track, Ad m issio n is $3,50 per person ; d iscount tic kets are ava ila ble at a ll Den ney's res ta ura nts in th e Sacramen to a rea. Ca ll 9 16/448 -8303 for deta ils. American Motorcylist Association members can now purchase acci dental death and dismemberment insurance, provided by College Life Insurance Company of America. Coverage is available in two plans, either $25,000 or $50,000, and is guaranteed to all AMA members and their spouses under age 70. For inf orm ation, contact the AMA, P.O. Box ·141 , Westerville, OH 43081 . Lill ie known fact: Cycle News has inc reased co verage of mot ocross, end uro an d tria ls machiner y in th e last yea r. Looking a t May 1983 through 1984, Cycl e Ne w s ra n test s o f six motocrossers, a total of 12 pages; tests of fo u r end uro bikes for 7' / . pages; no test s of tr ial s bi kes and n o features on h opping up motocrossers. Look. in g at May 1984 through May 1985, Cycl e News ran tests of I I rnotocrossers , a tot al of 26' h pages; tes ts o f seven enduro bikes for 15' 13 pages; . tests of tw o tri al s bikes for four pages; and five features o n hoppi ng up rnotocros sers , fo r 3'/4 pages. T h e bottom line is 1 91 /~ pa ges before, 42'13 a fter. Little known fact II: A single page in Cycle News carries almost twice as much information and photos as a magazine page, 56 column' inches vs. 30 column inches. The 'Co ntinenta l Motosport Club's seco nd a n n ua l Skoa l Bandits Aloha Stadium Supercross is sche d u led fo r june 29, in H onolulu, H awai i. This yea r's race w ill feature a n ex pa nded tra ck layou t to accom m odate 250ccsize motocross bi kes. For m ore informarion ca ll th e CMC, 714/261-6116, The proposed Pepperm int Mountain Resort Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Sequoia National Forest is open to public comment until June 17. The area in question is l ocat ed in the Porterville, Cal ifornia, area , and regards habitats ofthe Cal ifornia Condor; however, Forest Service officials have said that 0 RV areas will not be affected. For inf orm at ion, write 900 West Grand Ave., Porterville, CA 93257, or .call 209 /784-1500 . Aft er tw o ro un ds of th e H onda l AFM Int erceptor Race Series , J oe So lis leads wi th 32 points. fo llo wed by N igel Ga le a n d R ich ard Moore tied a t 26 points eac h . Don Biava is fourth wi th 20' Wh itnev Blak eslee rounds o u t th e ;o p five wi th 19. A 100h-m in u tevideo tape feature, "The Fam il y o f Mot orcycl in g ," is avai la ble from th e Ame rican Mo torcycli st Associa tion, The tape is h osted by Mot orWeek Illustrated 's Dave Despain a nd fea tures th e AMA 's invo lvement w ith di strict cl u bs, govern me nt rela tions, a nd com m u ni ty servi ces. The video is priced a t $15 a co py and is ava ila ble in either VHS o r Beta II. Write to AMA Video , P ,O . Box 6 114, Westervi lle, OH 4308 1. Todd Brubaker (Hon ) currently leads the AFM / Kerker West Coast Superbike Series with 36 points. Earl Roloff (Kaw) follows in second with 23; Jim Vreeke (Y am ) is third with 22 points. Yoshimura 's Kevin Schwantz is in fourth place at 20 points; fifth is Bob Reinen (Kaw) with 18 po ints. The next round of the series is scheduled for May 26 at Willow Springs Raceway. August 17 has been set as the date for the Pasadena, California, round of the 1985 AMA Supercross Series, which will be held at the Rose Bowl. The Indianapolis, Pontiac and Chicago rounds were cancelled earlier this year. O regon state h ouse bill HB2639 will . if p assed , require man da tory helm et use for a ll mot o rcycle riders. And Oregon sta te sena te bill SB887 wi ll req u ire mandato ry medi al! liabil ity ins u ra nce for m otorcycle o wne rs , For in put, write G overn or Vic tor Ati yeh , Sta te Cap itol Bld g ., Sa lem . O R 97310, or ca ll 503/3 78-3111. Int erested rid ers ca n ca ll 1-800/ 4474700, toll -free, to find the loca tion of the nearest Specially Veh icle In stitute of Am eri ca (SVIA) Great AT Ven rure AT V rider sa fety trai n ing co u rse. Certified in structo rs provide-l a to six hours o f train in g , designed for th e beg in n in g or no vice ATV rider, o n sa fety gea r, veh icle o peratio n a nd riding ski lls. Courses a re co nducted nat ion wi de a nd a re bei ng su pporte d by d eal er sh ip s , cl u bs a nd o t her orga nizations. The May edition of Motoworld, the USA Network television show hosted by Larry Maiers, will be telecast on Wednesday, May 29, at 10:30 p.m . EDT. That's a switch from its normal Thursday night slot. T he R ock y Mounta in Mo to rcycle Associa ti on ha s begu n a 19-event series of flat track races for mo to rcycl es a nd ATVs in Col o rado, T he AM Asa nc tio ned series is circu lating arou nd four tracks - Fort Morgan, Berthoud, Bandimere a nd Roc ky Ford - and includes 3/ 8-m ile, TT and shorttrack formats, Interested riders a nd pot ential co ntin ge ncy spons ors ca n wr ite 27880 P ine Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439, or ca ll 303/ 674-3209, o r 303/4 84-5718. Despite the recent closure of Corona Raceway, SMX is expanding its race schedule for DeAnza Cycle Park (in Sunnymead, California) and Perris Raceway (Perris, California). DeAnza events w ill be every first and third Sunday of the month; races at Perris will be every Saturday and every second and fourth Sunday. Call 714/831 3482 or 714/643-1722 for details. L ittl e kn own fact : Shoich iro Irima: j iri, who ga ined fa me as th e man beh ind th e Honda CBX a nd N R500, is no w President o f H onda o f America Man ufacturin g, In c., wh ich builds H ond a ca rs a nd motorcycl es in Marysville, Ohio. Irimajiri' s appointm ent in June, 1984 wa s th e la test develo pment in an a lrea dy long-andill u strio us ca reer. which bega n when h e graduated from Tokyo U n ivers ity's College of Engineering and jo in ed H onda R&D in 1963, In 1978 h e was named Managing Director o f H onda R&D ; in 1979 h e became a Directo r of H onda Mot or Co ., Ltd. : in 1981 he was named Ex ecutive Vice President o f Honda R&D ; in 1982 he was n amed Managing Directo r or Honda Mo tor Co., Ltd. ; an d in 1983 he was named G en eral Manager o f H onda's factory , in Suzuka Cit y, J apan . , . ......• Among the events being planned for this year's Isle of Man TT (June 1-7) is a Lap of Honor feature of past TT competitors. Among those scheduled to ride are Geoff Duke, Tarquino Provini, Freddie Frith, Bill Lomas, Siegfried Wunsche and Walter Zeller. The riders will take to the course on vintage machinery between the Production and Sen ior races on the f inal day of racing . For more information about the TT, write Isle of Man Tourist Board, 13 Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, or call 011 /44/ 0624-74323. P lan s for the p u rc hase o f M ik e G o odwin ' s S ta di u m Mo torsports Co r po ra tio n b y ri va l su percross promoter Pace Management Corpora tion ha ve been scra p pe d . Acco rding t o P a c e Pr e s id ent a n d C h ief Ex ecutive Officer Allen Becker, Pace withdrew its o ffer to purchase SMC Ma y 10. " Both p arties negotiated in good faith." said Becker , " bu t we were faced with severa l dela ys and other co m p lica tio ns which forced th e dea l to fa ll through - n obody ac tually ren eged, Terms were agreed upon in early Ap ril , an d we reall y sho u ld've go ne to co ntract soon after. I feel it 's unfortu nate th e way things turned o u t, bu t Pace does pl an to sta y in the sp o rt o f supercross." SMC Presid ent j eanne Sleeper offered " no com me nt" on the situa tio n . The Continental Motosport Club's Otay Pro-Am Motocross Challenge is scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26, in Tijuana, Mexico. Racing will be he ld on a new race track built on the campus of the University of Baja California, locat ed just below the U.S. Mexican border. All classes will be run, including Women, ATVs and Quads. Sportsman-class entriel are $15, Pros $20. To reach the track, go south on eitherthe Golden State (1-6) or 805 freeways to Highway 117, then go east to the Otay border crossing. Once past • the crossing, turn left at the park and follow the marked signs to the track . Call 714/261-6116 for information. T h e Am erican Trials Association 's annual EI T rial De Espana is being moved this year to the Ca ctus Flats a rea, near Big Bea r, Calif ornia, july 21. Beca u se th e tr ial will be run o n U. S. Forest Service land , USFS-approved spark a rrestors wi ll be req ui red . Fo r more in fo rmat io n , write th e ATA, P.O. Box 16 14, Whittier, CA 90609 .. . , .. • ~ , •• ,.. ••

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