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Cycle News 1986 11 19

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Husqvarna-mounted Jeff Irwin captured the overall victory at the final round of the AMA National Championship Enduro Series in New Idria, California, November 9. Second overall went to Grant Palenske (Hon), while third went to Duke Lambert (Hus). colm Smith, Answer and Scott' USA will be presented at Glen Helen. According to Ron Hendrickson of the NMA, Kawasaki will co-sponsor the annual NMA World Mini Gran Prix in Las Vegas for the next three years. The '87 World Mini Gran Prix will take place on April 10-12. OPENING: Conlon Kawasaki, a new Kawasaki dealership in San Bernardino, California, on November 15. The shop is organizing both a pro and an amateur MX race team and interested parties should apply in person at Conlon Kawasaki. For more info, call 714/885-7110. Yamaha will present a Razz scooter to the overall winner-of each motor- Honda XR600-mounted Chuck Miller and Bruce Ogilvie won the November 6-7 Baja 1000. The southern CaliIorians covered the lOOO-plus miles of the event which ran from Ensenada to La paz on Mexico's Baja peninsula in 18 hours, five minutes, 52.58 seconds, which was 21 minutes faster than the first four-wheel vehicle. First in Class 21 (25Occ) were Scou Morris and Daryl Folks of Las Vegas. They finished fourth overall in the race aboard a Husqvama 250. Class 20 (125cc) went to Cagiva-mounted Duane Summers and Charles Hal. comb. Class 110 (1l0 and over) was won by Honda-mounted Bill Harrins and Jimmy Sones, with Ron Gray and Mike Harper piloting their Husqvarna to the Class 118 (ll8and over) win. Former National motocron rider, John DeSoto, recently ran for county councilman in Honolulu, Hawaii, and won. While introducing the 1987 RMI25 Suzukis to the magazine press in Adelanto, California, November 5, U.S. Suzuki reformed the RMI25 Editors' Mini Grand Prix. It was a nine-lap motocross team race that combined editors from each magazine with Team SuzuJc.i riders. The winning team was Dirt Bike magazine with Mike Webb, Fran Kuhn and Willie Surrau. Second place went to Cycle News with Kit Palmer and Bob Hannah, while Dirt Rider magazine finished third overall with Karel Kramer, Marv Adams and George Holland. Cycle Guide (David Dewhurst/Bill Wolf/Donny Schmit), Cycle World (Ron Lawson/David Edwards/Johnny O'Mara) and Motocross Action (Ed ArnetlZapada Espinosa/Erik Kehoe) rounded out the top six. cycle clan (not minibike cIaues) at the 15th Annual Rorida Winter Nationals and Mini Olympics. An Iron Man story that'll be told for year. to come was produced by Larry Roeseler who covered 750-p1us miles of the Baja 1000 after his teammate Dan Smith cra.hed at the 260-mile mark of the race. Roeseler took over the team'. Husqvarna and fini.hed eighth overall, second in Class 22 (Open) which Miller and Ogilvie won. Smith ...portedly suffered a "gouged arm" in the get-off. Cosmopolitan Motor. will hold an open house for trial. riders and dealers on Saturday, December 6, at the warahouse in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. Test ride. on the new '87 Beta TR34 a ... being offered. Other Beta and Montese trial. bike., trials bicycle., acce.sorie. and clothing will be di.played. For info, cell 800/5232522 (in Pennsylvania, 215/672.9100. Sal DeFeo (center), owner of Ghost Motorcycles in Port Wa.hington, New York, two of his friend., and three of hi. classic bikes were lifted by Indian peace advocate Sri Chinmoy (far left) at a park in Queens, New York, recently. Chinmoy, 55, a spiritual taacher who leads peace meditations at I the United Nations, hoisted the 3045 pound. using only hi. caH muscles I with a modified celf raise machine. the WERA Grand National Finals was also up. Last year'. event drew 446 entrant., while 591 turned out this year. Drawing tho. racer. wa. an increase in total ce.h and contingency prize. from $38,860 i"1985 to $125,044 for last weekend'. races. ----'------,rn ~ « II: ~ ~ II: > Z Z w :I: ~ ~ :I: lL Despite rumors to the contrary, Australian Wayne Gardner has re-signed with Honda to contest the '87 500cc G P road races. Gardner was rumoredl to be on the verge of signing withl three-time World Champion Kenny Roberts' Lucky Strike Yamaha Team, but Roberts said in a phone conversation on Monday, Novembe.r 10, that the signing deadline he had given Gardner has passed. "I put a deadline on the deal for Saturday (November 8) . and that's already passed. I put a limit on how long they could toy with it. I talked to him and he was talking about switching camps. I didn't see any changes in my team and I didn't think he was 'going to switch. I think he was just using us for leverage," said Roberts. Randy Mamola and Mike Baldwin will more than likely return as Team Lucky Strike Roberts riders. Camel Pro sene. dirt tracker Ronnie Jones says he'. looking for a Superbike ride for Daytona and pouiblythe other road race rounds of the '87 camel Pro Series. MOlocrossers who use the Saturday SMX races at southern California's Perris Raceway (or training and practice can now do so without earning advancement points in any class except the Vet and Old Timers divisions which will award half points. 2 NAMED: Jim Cayou, Top Gun by Hallman Racing U.S.A., for his 1986 sales efforts in the Pacific Northwest; Cayou represents Cayou Enterprises of Seattle, Washington. The overall number of entrants at Kawasaki has announced that they have posted $12,600 in Team Green contingency buck. for the Thanksgiving Day weekend Florida Winter Nationals and Mini Olympics at Gainesville's Gatorback Park. Kawasaki riders finishing first through fifth in 14different cia will be eligible for the Team G nbucks. The 42nd Annual Southern California M.C. Hare and Hound which took place at Fremont Valley, California, on Sunday, November 9, was won by Cliff Thomas (Yam). Charlie Morris (Hus) was second with Paul Krause (Hon) third. APPOINTED: Marc Wareham, as national ..... manager for SM Diego, California-based HaRman Racing U.S.A. How successful was the Suzuki GSXR Cup Series? Consider this: 1985 saw 48 Suzukis entered in the WERA Grand National Finals at Road Atlanta. Last weekend's event drew 203 Suzuki entries. Awards to the top finishers in the SMX Yamaha california Clauic MX senes, which was completed on November 9, will be presented at the November 23 SMX race at Glen Helen, caIifomia. FourYama- . ha VZs and thousand. of dollars in other prizes from the likes of MaI- The 11th Annual CMC/Dodge Trucks Golden State MX Nationals will be conducted at eight califomia tracks in January and Februa,.,. The opening round will take place on January 3-4 at Sunrise V.Hey in Adelanto, California, and the series wiH run on succeuive weekends through January, take the first weekend of February off, and then continue through the· remaining weekends of F.m-ry. Check out next week'. Championship Events section of the CalendM' for info on other series events. The series is CMC and RM senctionad, not AMA ....ctioned as reported several weeks ago. The 1986 Cl World Championship MX will take place on Sunday, November 30, at DeAnza Cycle Park in Sunnymead, California. The event is open to any 1976 or older Cl and separate classes for Junior, Intermediate and Expert'riders will be run. In addition, ~he CVRG Historic MX Challenge will take place at Sunnymead and the vintage races are open to any bike built in 1974 or earlier. Regular SMX classes will also be run. The 6th Annual Florida Motorcycle Club (FMC) Awards Banquet will be held at Ocala, Florida'. Shrine,. Club on Saturday, November 22. For ticket info, cell 904/7480224 or 261-4141. A grand prize worth $411,850 will go to one lucky showgoer at the 1987 Nissan Great American Motorcycle &: ATV Shows. The seven-show series starts December 12-14 in Fort Worth•. Texas. with additional shows in Pomona, CaWomia; New York; San Francisco; Philadelphia; Chicago; and Atlanta. To enter the sweepstakes, you will have to pick up a key at participating motorcycle, ATV and N issan dealerships, and take it toone· of the shows to try to unlock the grand prize. 1£ the key fits, you'll become a finalist in the drawing at the end of the series with the winner of the drawing receiving a Nissan King Cab 4x4, a Harley-Davidson Low Rider Custom, a Kawasaki Concours, a Yamaha 700 Frazer, a Cagiva AJazzurra 650 Super Sport. a Suzuki LnOOR Quad Racer, a Honda 250 Rebel, and a Custom Camp Cargo Trailer! Suzuki announced its plans for a 1987 GSXR National Cup series at the Grand National Final. in Roed Atlanta on November 8-1. Suzuki will combine forces with Bete.lndustrieslnc., who willa" becontributing contingency money for the series. The 1987 finals will pay out $60,000 for 1987 which (Continued to page 4)

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