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Cycle News 1986 11 12

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(Hus), respectively. National Enduro Champion Tld'iY Cunningham rode a 125cc Cagiva in the event but DNF. 6Y p~p~ Wf~LfY tl ..0 ·s v :> o Z Husqvarna's Ed Lojak won the final round of the AMA/Wiseco 100 Miler Hare Scrambles Series, the Fireball 100, in Tarentum, Pennsylvania, on November 2. This gave Lojak the series championship. Keeping it all in the family, Stan Lojak (Yam) was second. Third and fourth went to Duane Connors (Yam) and Bob Elliott (KTM), respectively. Following the event, it was announced that a J 5-year-old girl was lost out on the course-and guess who found her. Ed Lojak! Husqvama's Dave bertram captured the overall win at the Last Chance National Championship Enduro in Red Mountain, California,.on November 2. Riding a 430 Auto, Bertram edged KTM-mounted Rob Mesecher by three points, 12 to 15. Third and fourth wentto Grant Palenske (Hon) and Jeff Irwin The ovember 2 Boise. Idaho, round oftheAMA National Championship .Hare and Hound Series was won by Utah's Shawn Gerber (KTM). Gerber nipped runner-up Ron Naylor (C-A) by five feet at the finish line. Reed Bright (Hus) finished third. AMA Camel Pro Road Race Champion Fred Merkel was seen at the International Motorcycle Show in England-on November 2 wearing Skoal Bandit clothes and sitting on a Skoal Bandit Suzuki GP bike. No details were given at 'the show. but Merkel is reportedly close to signing with Skoal Bandit for the 1987 Grand Prix season. The 2nd Annual Monster Run, an AMA District 36 benefit hare scrambles, will take place at Hungry Valley, Nevada (approximatel)! 15 miles north of Reno), on November 23. Funds raised at the race will be used fonhe district's awards banquet. For more info, contact Jess Gallo at 707/998-9405. CORRECTION: We erred in the caption under the lead photo of our Daytona Paul Revere 260 coverage in last week's newspaper. The photo showed Lance Jones of Super Team leading Team Lockhart, but we incorrectly identified him and the Super Team bike as being Team Texas, the winner of the race. To compound the error, a Shoei ad that ran in the same issue carried the same photo of Jones when Shoei's intention, . was to congratulate Team Texas riders Doug Polen and Ottis Lance. "I had an in-line four collarbone and now I have a V-twin collarbone," said Kurt .Liebermann in describing the injury he sustained at the AMA Championship Cup Series Race of Champions at Daytona over the October 18-19 weekend. Liebermann Tracy Design of Santa Barbara, California, designed this bike for Cyclone, a movie film based on the original screen play by former Hot Bike magazine editor Paul Garson. According to a press release, Cyclone "follows the theft and eventual recapture of the world's most advanced and dangerous motorcycle. Taut action and incredible stunts dominate the film." A fiberglass body is attached to a Honda XL350 frame and motor, and the press rele..e says the bike "incorporates such working neccessities as real firing rockets. laser cannons and a machine gun." The film stars Heather Thomas, Patrick McGoohan, Martin Landau and Robert Vaughan. Release is slated for January 1987. New from Beta is the 1987 TR34 Trials. It features a 260.7cc motor, an all-new chrome-moly frame and swingarm with new progressive shock linkages, and a low-mounted shock with adjustable damping. Front and rear hydraulic disc brakes are stock, as _II as a tubele.. red;'1 rear tire. The new chassis design retains 14 inches of ground clearance with a 29-inch height. Other features include new forks, detachable rear subfreme, aluminum handlebars and silencer, and a new easy access air filter. The Beta TR34 should be available in the U.S. in January with a suggested retail price of $3496. crashed in the rain, causing a red flag and a restart of the Supertwins race, and on top of that was misidentified in the event's results and in the photo caption which accompanied our coverage of the event. Liebermann was number 15X, not Bert Stuckert. OPENED: The Outrider of Reseda, a new store which along with sister store The Outrider of LA. ..lis accessories, at 17730 Sherman Way in Reseda, California. MARRIED: Thomas Moran and Katherine (Kay) Rutherford on October 23 in Reno, Nevada; Thomas is the father of speedway racers Kelly and Shawn Moran, and Kay is employed by Inland Motorcycle Speedway in San Bernardino, California; they'll reside in Glendora, California. Dick Richardson, founder of Wyoming's Cheyenne Sports Centar, passed away on October 30. Richardson was one of the first Kawasaki dealers in the U.S., set up by Masek Distributing, Inc. in '1966. He was recently honoFed by Kawasaki Motors for that achievement. Dick's sons, Phillip and Dean, have managed the store for the past several years, and will continue to do so. Godspeed, Dick. The AMA has anm>unced they've ne!totiated'liability coverage for 1987 road events at a cost of less than half of this year. Public and participant liability coverage in the amount of $100,000 cost road event organizers $186 this year, but in 1987 the cost will be only $89. The AMA al~o announced that insurance COSts for 1987 amateur competition events will not increase, but will b vailable at 1986 rates. Steve Wise has announced that he'll be conducting MX schools at Texas Rio Bravo in Houston. Texas. on November 22 and December 6. and at Mosier Valley in Dallas. Texas, on December 13. For more information, call Larry Hughes at 713/350-2259.' 2 Although there's still more action left in the '86 racing season, Dayton~ . International Speedway has released a list of "pre-season" test sessions which will be conducted at the Florida facility. November 14-15 will see "motorcycle tire testing" going on, as will December 2-3-4. Yoshimura Suzuki has rented the track for a December I test session. The speedway has been rented for all available dates throu!th the winter. The District 14 Enduro Awards Banquet will be held on December 14 at the National Guard Armory in Owosso, Michigan. Celebrities like Malcolm Smith and National Enduro Champion Terry Cunnningham will be attending. For info, call Wayne Koppa at 517/7257646, or Virginia Hunt 322/2237. The International jet Ski Boating Association (ljSBA) held its World Finals in Lake Havasu, Arizona, on October 22-26 with many racers from the motorcycle world in attendance. Multi-time motocross champion Broc Glover, World Road Racing Champion Eddie Lawson, former factory Suzuki motocrosser A.J. Whiting, current factory Suzuki road racer Kevin Schwantz and Women's National Motocross Champion Mercedes Gonzales were on hand at the Queens Bay Beach watching the activities. Seeking promotional sponsorship similarto that provided by cigarette manufacturers for Grand Prix race teems, i.e. the Marlboro Yamaha and Rothmans Honda teams, American Honda has ratained Tom Tucker & Associates, the Florida-besed motorsports public relations and marketing firm, to secure and implement a complete corporate sponsorship· package for its 1987 motorcycle road racing effort. RESIGNED: Douglas P. Wheeler, 44, executive direaor of the Sierra • Club, an environmentalist group, to pursue other interests. Wheeler was .the third executive direaor of the club and held the pOst since July 1985. J. Michael MtCloskey, chairman of the club and former director from 1969 to 1985, will take over the (Continued to page 4)

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