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Cycle News 1986 10 22

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neck turned in a new record lap at one minute, 25.77 seconds, topping the old mark of 1:27.Ql which was held by two-time World Champion Eddie Lawson. Beach, California. B.I-Ray and Innovation Sports will be participating sponsors of the gala; R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is the major sponsor. TIckets may be obtained by sending a check or money order for $30 per person to: AMA Professional Awards Banquet, c/o Pat McCoy, P.O. Box 6114, Westerville, OH 430816114. World Speedway Champion Hans Nielsen and former champ ,Eric Gundersen will bejoined by Tommy Knudsen of Denmark when they take on American speedway stars in the November 1 Internationel Invitational Speedway Championships at Long Beach (California) Veteran's Stadium. National Champion Bobby Schwartz and Sam Ermolenko are among the American stars who will compete. RESIGNED: Matt Hilgenberg, Cycle NewsassociateeditorandATV News' editor, to pursue other interests. Michelin has announced they are offering a $1000 contingency prize to the winning riders of the Suzuki GSXR760, Suzuki GSXR11 00 and Honda 500 Interceptor races at the November 6-9 WERA Grand National Finals Road Race at Georgia's Road Atlanta. The winning rider of each race will be awarded $1000 if his/her bike is equipped with Michelin tires (front and rear) and has Michelin decals prominently placed on both sides of the motorcycle. In addition, the riders must be willing to sign an advertising/promotional effort release. Husqvama's Mark Hyde won the 1986 AMA ational Championship Hare Scrambles title with his overall win in the final round of the series, which took place in Bruceton Mill , West Virginia, on October 12. Ron aylor (C-A) was second with defending champ Geoff Ballar ~ ~ o I- > '" o Io ... :I: ·2 Round six of the CMClDodge Dakota Trans-Cal MX Series at Dixon, California, on October 12 saw Yamaha riders Bader Manneh and Billy Frank take the 125 and 250cc Pro class wins, respectively, while Honda rider Brian Manley claimed top honors in the 500cc Pro division. Jeff Stanton (Yam) and Brian Myerscough (yam) fin· ished second and third in both the 250 and 500cc Pro classes, while Kyle Lewis (Hon) and Ty Davis (Hon) took second and third in the l25cc class. Jimmy Gaddis (Suz) won the 80cc Expert class, and Billy Grossi (Yam) won again in the Vet Pro division. Remember when the largest Vtwin you could buy was the 1360cc Harley-Davidson? Do you remember our telling you about the new "largest ever" 1360cc Suzuki Intruder a couple of weeks ago? Well, sit down. Kawasaki has announced the Vulcan 88 will be in their 1987 lineup. The 88, we gather, stands for cubic inches and that works out to 1440ccl Pictures at 11 oops, in next week's paper. Eddie Lawson, Team Marlboro's 1986 World Champion, on theCamelonly program for 1987: ''I'm not thrilled about it. I think it will keepa lot of guys from racing here, like myself, Randy (Mamola) and Mike (Baldwin). It's bad for the spectators who want to see us race here and can't because the AMA has shut it down. It's too bad, It sound like Camel has bought the series for a small amount of money and shut the rest of us out. Marl boro spends three times that amount of money for just our team to go racing for a year." Mamola and .Baldwin are sponsored by Lucky Strike. • SMC reorganization raisesAMA sanction question LAGUNA BEACH, CA, OCT. 13 An article which appeared in the October 15 issue of Cycle News, which was based on an October 3 news release issued by Supercross, Inc. (SXl), a newly formed investor financed entertainment firm, has apparently caused some confusion with regard to the operation by Stadium MOlorsports, Inc. (SMC), which has filed Chapter II under bankruptcy law, of its 1987 Supercross events. Since 1972 SMC has produced supercross events throughout the u.s., beginning with a single event in Los Angeles in 1972 and expanding to the point that seven events are planned for the 1987 season. In every year since 1972, except 1984 when SMC and Pace Management Corporation joined together to form their own sanctioning body, the supercross events have been sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association. In 1985 a new sanctioning agreement was signed by SMC and Pace with the AMA. That agreement will expire at the end of 1986. SMC and Pace attempted to exercise a three-year renewal of that agreement but a dispute has arisen with AMA as to whether the renewal right was properly exercised. Without prejudice to the rights of the parties in that dispute, a renewal agreement for 1987 has been signed by SMC, Pace and AMA providing sanctions for the 1987 season. "We decided to honor our original agreement with SMC (and Pace) and issue them sanctions for the 1987 season," said Pat Murphy, AMA director of marketing and public relations, "Negotiations are going on regarding a longer term sanctioning agreement." SXl was formed to inject investor funds into SMC and eventually to make an offer to purchase from SMC the rights to promote SMC's supercross events. Any such offer would have to be approved by the court having jurisdiction over SMC's Chapter II proceeding. Until an offer to purchase SMC's rights is made and approved by the court, SMC will continue to operate all of its supercross events, although it may retain SXlto perform certain functions with those events. It is not anticipaed that any offer to puchase SMC' s righ ts w ill be consumated and approved prior to March 1987. SXI has had no contact with AMA to date, although it is contemplated that as a part of the purchase of SMC's assets, SXI will ask AMA to substitute it for SMC on the sanctioning agreement.

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