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Cycle News 1987 05 06

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Rothmans Honda's Wayne Gardner beat Marlboro Yamaha's Eddie Lawson by 22 seconds to win the April 26 Spanish road race Grand Prix in Jerez, Spain. Ron Haslam (Hon), Niall Mackenzie (Hon) and Kevin Schwantz (Suz) rounded out the top five. Japanese GP winner Randy Mamola (Yam) finished sixth. Marlboro Yamaha's Martin Wimmer won the 250cc GP in Jerez, Spain, on April 26. Wimmer's teammate Luca Cadalora finished second with Juan Garriga (Hon) rounding out the lOp three. Defending champion Jorge Martinez (Der) won the 80cc class and Fausto Gresini (Gar) was the 125cc winner. The team of Steve Webster and Tony Hewitt (LCR) won the Sidecar class. Honda's three-time World Champion Freddie Spencer was a noshow at the Spanish GP; Spencer broke his collarbone on March 4 during qualifying for the Daytona 200. World Champion Dave Thorpe (Hon) turned in a 4-1 moto tally lO win the Austrian 500cc M'X Grand Prix in Sittendorf, Austria, on April 26. Georges Jobe (Kaw) finished second with Heinz Kinigadner (KTM) third. American Billy Liles finished third in the second molO. The 500cc World Championship Motocross point standings have Thorpe leading the way with 108 to Hakan Carlqvist's 75. Jobe is third with 61 points. Honda-mounted privateer Paul Krause edged Husqvarna's Dan Smith to win round four of the AMA National Hare &: Hound Championship Series, held April 26 near Plaster City, California. Mike Baker finished third (first 250) aboard a Yamaha, and Honda rider Bruce TayLor topped the I 25cc division, finishing ninth overall. The AMA received no "TV money" for the live television broadcast of the April 11 Ascot Half-Mile, according to AMA Dirt Track Manager J.8. Norris. "Our sport needs two things," said Norris. "We need major sponsorship to operate in concert with Camel. and we need TV coverage." Norris said the AMA decided to forego the collection of any broadcast fees in order to facilitate the broadcast. The race was aired on A8C's Wide World of Sports. OPENED: Western Eastern Roadracers' Association's (WERA) new offices at Unit A-5 Spanish Wells Business Center, P.O. Box 1960, Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925, 803/68I-WERA. Inter-Shows Indoor Swap Meet of motorcycle parts and apparel will take place at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California. on May 8. Prime selling locations are available for $25 and reservations must be made in advance. For more information contact 714/354-0515. Bob Ruesch of San Pedro, California's Cycle Service called to correct an item we ran in this section last week. "We purchased the pans inventory of Maico USA and will be importing parts, but we did not purchase the rights lo the name." For more information, call 213/5486874. popping open a bottle of champagne in the winner's circle, Lechien began spraying one of the Coors trophy girls, who proceeded to run away from Lechien. Lechien charged after the girl in a 35-yard, high-speed foot chase. Lechien eventually caught up to and dove after the girl. executing a perfect shoe-string, touchdownsaving tackle. Track announcer Larry Maiers said over the PA, "If only Lechien tried that hard during the race. he might've won." Don Brown's Glen Helen Park hu been honored by the CMC as the top motocross facility during the CMC-sanctioned Golden State Series. The 1987 Coors Barstow-to-Vegas Hare &: Hound will be held on Saturday, November 28. Entries will be accepted from July I through September 4. If more than 1200 entries are received by AMA District 37 officials a drawing for starting slots will be held. Entries from District 37 card holders will be drawn first. Notification of entry acceptance will be mailed on September 14. For entry forms or information, send one legal-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Coors B To V '87, p.. O. Box 3560, Hesperia, CA 92345·0919. The official race headquarters will be the Hacienda Resort Hotel &: Casino in Las Vegas, evada. For the third time in four years, Harley-Davidson has received a major contract from the California Highway Patrol for police motorcycles. The contract calls for delivery of 171 Harley FXRPs at a rate of 15 per month. The FXRP PursuitGuide polit:e bikes are production model Harleys equipped and prepped to meet the demands of police work. Following his second-place finish at the Tampa Supercross. Kawasaki's Ron Lechien celebrated in a rather unorthadox manner. After Beta's new enduro bike. the 250 Rally, is powered by a 249cc, twostroke. water-cooled powerplant and features an optional 5.7-gallon desert tank; the machine is now available in the U.S. _ Honda East of Bear, Delaware. has formed Honda East Racing. The team consists of Chris Bloch (WERA/AMA road racing), Brian Callahan (AMA MX racing), Duane Francis (WERA road racing), Keith Harris (AATVAIAMA racing), Gordon Kornbau (AMA observed trials) and Mark Miller (AMA dirt track racing). Women's National Motocross Champion Mercedes Gonzalez will comJ?8te in the 250cc Pro Ultracross portion of Mickey Thompson's Off-Road Championship Gran Prix on May 2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The race will feature inverted starts. putting the fastest qualifiers in the back row and awarding passing points to those riders. During a lull in a practice session day at the recent Indy car race meet in Phoenix. Arizona. I'ndy 500 winner Rick Mears was seen drag racing crew members on Yamaha YSR50s. Motorcycle road racer Mark Webster of Team ABO challenged Mears to come out to Firebird Raceway on Sunday and race in the Phoenix Road Racing Organization's Formula 99 class. Mears said. "No wayl You guys are nutsl" Road racers who took part in Suzuki and Honda contingency races at the April 18-19 Loudon Road Race Series meet in New Hampshire and finished in positions whIch earned them contingency money should call Anne Hutchinson at 914/679-2579. Anne needs your Social Security number! English speedway star Phil Collins will spend the summer in California lo compete for the U.S. National Speedway Championship. "After my holiday to southern California last year, 1 fell in love with the local speedway scene and I will be a part of that scene for the remainder of the 1987 season," Collins said. The Los An~eles Coliseum and AMA-sanctionmg have been secured for the June 27 Coors Superbowl of Motocross, according to SXI representa ti ves. AMA Grand National Championship Dirt Track Series point leader Chris Carr currently sponsors a city league basketball team in Manteca. California. The factory Harley-Davidson rider played basketball in high school. no doubt handicapped by his five-foot. fiveinch stature. Former Grand National Champion turned promoter Mike Kidd will hold an off-road Gran Prix in conjunction with a half mile dirt . track at Devils Bowl Speedway in Dallas, Texas, on May 9. Kidd hu commitments from dirt tracker Terry Poovey and motocro.... Dennis Hawthorne, to race at the event. For more information. «:811 817/627-7483 Two·time Colorado Mountain Roadrace Association (MRA) champion John Hopperstadand the Team Boulder Yamaha road racing effort will be sponsored by Jolly Rancher Candy (or 1987. Hopperstad joins drag racer Don Garlits and others in the Jolly Rancher mOlOrsports team. According lo R.]. Reynolds, Galia Gomez of Miami, Florida, has been selected to represent Camel as Miss Camel in the 1987 Camel Pro series. Gomez replaces Linda Hellund and will attend the entire Camel Pro Series. The Human Race Team (Andy Fenwick, Kurt Hall. Ben Martinez) currently leads the 1987 WERAI EBC Brakes National Endurance Series after three rounds by 15.6 points over Genesis Racing. 220.41 to 204.81. Round four will be held at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in Illinois. on May 9. The 7th Annual Harley-DavidllOn H.O.G. Rally & Races will be held in· Dallas. Texas. on June 7 at Devils Bowl Speedway. The Bob Bagwell-promoted event will feature AMA half mile racing. a swap meet. and an antique and custom motorcycle show. The event is being sponsored by the Harley Owners Group and Texas HarleyDavidson dealers. The 750cc Ducati twin that Geoff McCarthy rode to victory in the La Carrera Classic II on April LI wasn't prepped by Rennsport as reported in our last issue. The bike was actually tuned by Tim Pennell of Sunnymead Cycles in Riverside, California. Rennsport is a support sponsor to the Team Sunnymead Cagivabacked rider. The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a public meeting on May 6 regarding the conceptual plans for the following Los Angeles (California) County Off-Highway Vehicle Parks: Big Rock Wash, Hume (Continued to page 4)

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