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Cycle News 1986 08 20

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Rejdwill visitAlask.... ., gue~ of the Alask. Motorcycle R.cing Association and the State of Aleska this month. Reid will compete in the August 23 Alaska State Fair Supercross in Palmer, and will teach a one-d.y riding clinic at Kincaid Park in Anchorage on August 24. More information is available from 907/344-8229. ... '" j BYPflPfi WfflLfY A del.yed Republic Airlines flight kept us from receiving of the Augu.t 10 AMA N.tion.1 Ch.mpionship 125/500cc MX Seri.. round in Millville, Minnesot. in time for this issue'. 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 11 printing de.dline. Te.m Hond. '. Rick Johnson won the 500cc rece, with Keweseki'. Jeff W.rd .econd .nd Honda'. David Bailey third; B.i1ey continue. to le.d serie. point standing.. Hond.'. Micky Dy- , mond won the 125cc race. Look for complete coverage in next week'. issue. Team Honda's David Thorpe successfully defended his World Championship with 1-3 moto finishes in the August 10 Luxembourg Grand Prix, the final round of the World Championship 500cc MX Series. Englishman Thorpe finished the season with five more points than runner-up and former champion Andre Malherbe (Hon), who finished second in both mows in Luxembourg. Georges Jobe (Kaw) went 3-1 to finish the year fourth in points. Final point standings show Thorpe with 316, followed by Malherbe with 311, Honda's Erik Geboers with 299 and Jobe with 296. , M.r1boJ'g V.m.ha's Eddie Lawson clinched his second 500cc World Ch.mltion.hip with his .ixth win ofthe¥Dl' in Anderstorp, Sweden, on August 10. Lawson beat Rothm.n~ Hond.'. W.yne G.rdner by 16 seconds to the ch.mpionship with one round still rem.ining in the .erie•. Third piece wwrtto Teem Lucky Strike Roberts' Mike BeIdwin (Yam) with Lawson's teemmete Rob McElnee end R.ymond Roche (Hon) rounding out the top five. Baldwin'. teamm.te Randy MemoIe finished eighth with • cracked bone in his shoulder, suffered .t the August 3 British GP. Lawson'. 124 points leed. G.rdner's 105, Mamola's 95 .nd Baldwin'. 70. HB Yamaha's Carlos Lavadodinched the 250cc World Championship with a win in Sweden on August 10; Lavado beat Spaniard Sito Pons (Hon) to claim the title with one round remaining in Italy on August 24. In 125cc action, Fausto Gresini (Gar) inched closer to championship leader Luca Cadalora (Gar) with his win in Sweden. In sidecar racing, the team of A. Michel and J.M Frese beat the M. Eglo££ and U. Egloff; Michel/ Frese lead the title chase by eight points over Steve Webster and Toni Hewitt. 2 Our Eastern office in Tucker, Georgi., serves as an advertising ...Ies base only. All editori.1 meteri.I, including race reports, re.ults, calend.r listings, new product relea.e., letters to the editor .nd inquiries concerning same should be sent to Cycle News, P.O. Box 498, Long Beech, CA 908010498, phone 213/427-7433. Participating Suzuki dealers nationwide are now offering $300 rebates on new 1986 Suzuki GSXR750s through October 31. The rebate can be applied toward the down payment; more information is available from Suzuki dealers. The next Double Cro.. Racing event i. the No Sweet III Grand Prix on Monday, September 1 at Perris Raceway in Perris, Californi., not August 17 as w. . .dvertised previously in C)'de News. Team Lockhart's Wendell Phillips and Larry Shorts won the August 2 AMAIMotoWorld U.S. Endurance Series road race at Road Atlanta, beating Taylor Road Racing by two laps with Team Sanibel third, another three laps behind. All three teams rode Suzuki GSXRlIOOs. Team Up topped the GTU class at seventh overall. Terry Vance winning a Pro Stock drag race on • Vance lit Hines Suzuki tuned by Byron Hines isn't big news lately. But.t the NHRA U.S. .t Indi.n.polis Racew.y P.rk in Indi.n.poli., Indi.n. scheduled for Mond.y, September 1, Hines will join V.nce on the track, riding. second V.nce lit Hines GS1150. The last time Hines entered an NHRA event, (.t Pomon., California in 1984), he was fast qualifier. Motorcycle stuntman Gary Wells, 29, of Phoenix, Arizona, recently returned from a three-month LOur of Australia, and says he's ready to challenge anyone in a one-on-one, five-lap supercross match race on a one-orr race bike LO be built by one of his associates. As Wells tells it, he wants LO build a promotion to return mOLOrcycling's spectacular image, "from the entertainment aspect, LO put the excitement back into motorcycling." Wells, who says he'll wear a new tuxedo during the challenge race, has run advertisements in the Wall Street Journal and in Phoenix papers seeking investors willing to finance construction of his race bike, which he says will equal factory equipment. More information is available from Wells at 602/943-3155. Well-known motocross school instructor, radio commentator and former factory motocrosser Warren Suzuki of Tewksbury (Massachusetts) owner Edgar HiDlon III crashed ew Haven Suzuki's GSXRlIoo in the August 2 AMAlMotoWorid U.S. Endurance Series round at Road Atlanta and suffered a broken shoulder and a concussion. Cards and letters can be sent to Hinton at Suzuki of Tewksbury, 2119 Main St., Tewksbury, MA 01876. National Champion Terry Cunningham called to set the record streight reg.rding his being .lIe••ed • pen.lty in the Augu.t 3 AMA National Ch.mpion.hip Enduro Series round in Speedsville, New Vork. Lest week .n item in this section said Cunningham lost his scorec.rd .nd e.rned • five-point pen.lty; in fact, hi. scorecard WeI d.maged in • colli.ion with • tree, not lost. .nd Cunningh.m won in .pite of the five points lost. For a full report, . . page 26. Yamaha rider Damon Bradshaw captured the N umber One Minicycle plate following the NMA Grand National Championships in Ponca City, Oklahoma, August 4-10. The top rider in the Pro ranks was Kawasaki-mounted Donny Schmit, who claimed the 125cc Stock and Modified and 250cc Modified class wins. Other big winners included Jeff Emig, Sean Thornton, Jason Langford, Lowell Thompson, Denny Stephenson, Mark Melton, Michael Craig and Jeff Stanton. Complete coverage next week. The Augu.t 10 Chuck Jord.n Memori.1 H.lf Mile .t Union County F.irground. in M.rysville, Ohio WeI rained out. Promoter Glenn Jordan plens to run the event this f.II, probably in October. To .dd to Jord.n'. woes, his H.rley-Oavidson/V.meh. delllership in Worthington. Ohio w•• robbed week when thieves cut • hole in the store'. roof .nd broke into. safe. Former motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel has been concentrating on painting during the last several years, and, according to a recent story in The Montana Standard, Knievel has been commissioned by a California real estate firm to do a series of paintings for the company's buildings. The Butte-based newspaper also reported that Knievel has shown his artwork in 50 exhibitions over the past two years, and that his works are handled by 12 major department stores and 80 art galleries. Knievel's son, Robbie, has picked up where his father left off and is currently touring the country with his own motorcycle daredevil show. Te.m Pro-Motor won the 18th Annu.124-Hours of Nelson Ledges endurance ro.d race on August 910 in Warren, Ohio, the eighth round of the 14-r.ce WERA/EBC Nation.1 Endurance Series. Solmax Racing USA finished second, two laps behind, with O.rotune R.cing Ottawa third, another 16 laps back. All three rode Vamaha FZ750s. The top five positions in WERA Series points were unchanged following the r.ce, with Team Hammer (14th at Nelson) le.di~g !\I1I1tM R,aping (13th.t Nelson), Out & Out Reclng (11th at Nelson), The Human R.ce Team (fifth at Nelson) and Solmax. Veteran road racer David Aldana, 37, crashed August 10 while riding for Team Hammer at the Nelson Ledges 24-hour and broke a leg, knee and two fingers. After undergoing surgery, Aldana is expected to fly home to California. Cards and letters may be sent to Aldana at 74{) McGavran Dr., Vista, CA 92083. Controversy arose when the WERA offered to take road racing licenses from effectively-defunct-in-NewEngland AAMRR in a straightacross trade for WERA licenses; AAMRR'sSteve ROil immediately pointed out th.t riders t.king advantage of the offer .nd not producing an AAMRR license .t events now being run at Loudon, New H.mpshire's Bry.r Motorsports P.rk under LRRA sanction would be forced to a new AAMR R license. In response, WERA offici.I. say they are returning .11 tr.ded-in AAMRR licenses and th.t WERA licenses obtained through the tnlde-out will v.lid until J.nuery 1. With attendance figures in at the mid-point of the AMAIDunlop Touring Elite Series, Association officials are predicting a spectacular finale for a banner year of organized roadriding activity. The series consists of 91 of the Association's most prestigious and popular road-riding events, includin~ the National Road Riding Conventton Series; the National Otampionship Poker Run, Field Meet and Timed Road Runs; District Tours; District Rallies; and Grand Tours. With just over haH of these events held, more than 42,000 motorcycles have panicipated in the largest schedule of road-riding events in the world. Events yet to be held in the series include three National Road Riding Conventions: the August 1517 Randolph Motorcycle Association event in Seguin, Texas; the August 30 to September I event held by the Road Rider Division of AMA District 36 in Groveland, California; and the September 1I-l4 convention held by the~piritofAlbama organization in Oxford, Alabama. The telecast d.tes for the Seel. Communic.tion. Corpor.tionproduced Laguna Sec8 Nissan 200 road nICe program on •• follows: August 16, 8:00 p.m. (EDT); August 20, 12:30 •.m. (EDT); August 24, 10:00 •.m. (EOn; .nd August 28, 4:00 p.m. (EOn. The 1987 Great American Motorcycle Be ATV.Shows will stan December 12-14, 1986 at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas,continuingJanuary9-1I,1987 at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, California; January 16-18 at the Jacob Javits Convention Cen.ter in New York, New York; February 6·8 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California; February 13-15 at the Valley ForgeConvention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; February 20-22 at the Rosemont/O'Hare Expo Center ip Chicago; Illinois; and February 27March I at the Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Fort Worth and San Francisco shows will be run in conjunction with indoor ATV races promoted by Mike Kidd. Reacting to the death of a helmetless, 21-year-old motorcyclist killed in a collision while racing

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