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Cycle News 1987 09 09

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EX250. Among the journa lists expected to 'co m pete are John Nutting of England and Ph ilipe Debarle of France. Previously limited to s ing les, tw ins and triples, this race w ill be open to fou r-cylinder bikes w ith the following restrictions: the rider must be over 40 years of age or hold a professional road race license. For more info rm at io n, call 213 / 464-5720. Randy Mamola (Yam) won the San Marino Grand Prix at the Auto- . dromo Santamon ica in Misano, Italy. on Sunday. August 30. Defending World Champio n Eddie Lawson (Yam) finished second . 3.9 seconds behind fellow Californian Mamola. Australian Wayne Gardner (Hon) was third. J apanese riders Tadahiko Taira (Yam) and Shunji Yatus hiro (Hon) finished fourth and fifth. respective ly. Three-time World Champion Freddie Spencer (Hon) crashed and was knocked unconscious. Spencer spent the night in the hospital but was released the follow ing morning. With 12 of the 15 rounds of the World Championship Road R a ce Series completed. Gardner continues to lead the 500cc 'point standings with 145 points. Mamola is second with 124 and Lawson is third with 115. Off-road racers pre-running the Baja 1000 course should take care when crossing the highway at Valle de Trin idad on Saturday, September 19. ,Why? Because t hat's when the twice-annual La Carrera Road Race w ill run . Among the entrants for this fall's la Ca rrera are former Grand National Champion Gary Nixon who will switch to four wheels and pilot a Corvette, former La Carrera w inner Steve Ballmer on a pre-p roduction 350 Elefa nt fie lded by Cagiva North America, and a group of journalists who w ill be debuting the '88 Kawasaki Mark Anderson. 31, the Director of Land Use Planning for the Motorcycle Industry Council and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America. passed away on J ul y 22. Anderson's death was due to complicating respiratory infections and came IS-months after he suffered brain damage in an accident which occured wh ile he was on an off-road ride in Baja, Mexico . Money donated to the Mark Anderson Rehabilitation Fund. which was to be held until Mark's insurance coverage ran out and rehabilitation theraphy began. will now be donated to the National Motorcycle Safety Fund, a charitable organization. A I Parke r, U.S. Suzuki VicePresident, Motorcycle Sales, has announced six major promotions. Larry Vandiver, the new Reta il Promotions Manager, will be responsible for implementing the Suzuki Retail Fina nce Program . Vandiver was Assistant National Sales Manager for t he past three years. Marty Hay nes has been named National Accessory Manager. Haynes was Suzuki's Dealer Development Manager. Mike logan has been promoted to Assistant National Sales Manager. logan was Eastern Regional Sales Manager. Bill Johnson is Suzuki 's 'n e w Dealer Development Manager. Johnson was Southern Regional Sales Manager and he will be replaced in -that position by Tom Decker who has spent seven years as a Suzuki District Sales Manager. Tim Buche is the new Eastern Reg ional Sales Manager. Buche spent three years as a Suzuki District Sales Manager. "U .S . Suzuki is very optimistic about sales potential in the 1988 marketplace," said Parker. "We have some well eng ineered a nd designed new products now arriving at the dealers, including the GSXR series road bikes, the 4 Wheel Drive and lT230E QuadRunners. These are just part of our lineup, and all are expected to be strong sellers, especially as they will be linked to the new Suzuki Retail Finance Program." The Sequoia Summer Series finale scheduled for Labor Day Weekend in California's Sequoia Na tional Forest has been postponed due to the , continued extreme fire danger in the area . The Forest Service has announced that Stage II restrictions for the area .wen t into effect on Monday, August 31. With the per sistent hot and dry weather, the restrictions have been imposed on virtually all of the Sequoia Forest. These restrictions strictly prohibit the use of vehicles and chainsaws, except on roads; prohibit all campfires. portable stoves, and barbecues. excep t in developed campgrounds; and prohibit' smoking, except in vehicles or developed recreat ion sites. The Sequoia Summer Series calls on volunteers to participate in trail maintenance sessions . The 1987 CMC Trans Cal MX Series, which is being sponsored by Dodge Trucks, kicks off at Glen ยท Helen Park in San Bernardino, California, on Sunday September 6 . Area , Dodge dealers will be giving away free t ickets to the race in conjunction with a Dakota test drive. The Dodge Dakota promotion will continue throughout the series in areas where Trans Cal Series races are held. Movie star Elizabeth Taylor took a spin w ith multimillionaire ,publisher Ma lcolm Forbes on Sunday. August 16. Along with members of Malcolm's Capitalist Tools, they rode to a motorcycle rally and back to Ma lcolm's , estate in New Jersey. liz then took her first ride in a hot air balloon, which was piloted, of -course. by Forbes. "I think bikers are great. I want to become one. Malcolm is making me a biker." said Taylor . New York Daily News Photo. George B. "Bull" Ancell III , 63. died on August 24 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Ancell and his fathe r were copromoters of the Ancell Ranch Run In the 50s. and "Bull" was co-owner of the Wichita Falls Indian dea lership. His fami ly owned a 14,OOO-acre . ranch that riders enjoyed for many . years. Jordi Tarres (Bet) won the August 30 Czechoslovakian round of the World Championship Observed Tr ials Series. Thierry Michaud ' (Fa n) was second . Grand National Ch ampi on Bubba Shobert. one of the most successful dirt trackers in the history of AMA/ Camel P ro Series racing, finds himself in the un likely pos ition of looking for a spo nso r to fund his 1988 dirt track effort. America n Honda recently announced that the company will pull out of dirt track racing next year. leaving Shobert to contest the 1988 Dirt Track Series on his own. "I have clauses in my contract to receive eno ugh equipment from Honda to run my own program. but. I still need a major sponsor to help with my effort," Shobert said. "If Camel keeps their program the same, I'll probably just do the Camel Pro Series (dirt track) races next year. I'm experiencing the same thing everyone else ,is. When I go to a non-Camel race. I have to pay everything out of my own pocket and you can 't make any money . T he . only reason I would do it (race nonCamel events in 1988) is to brea k records. But if there's no point fun d I for those races. it's just not worth it . I don 't want to spend everything I've made in the last couple of years trying to break records ." Shobert I remains under full contract with Honda to ride in 1988 Camel Pro Series road races. Two-time National Superbike Champion Wes Cooley will ride the Team Suzuki entry in the WERA Willow Springs (California) 24-Hour Endurance Race on September 5-6 . Cooley, who was seriously injured at Sears Point International Raceway in May of 1985, will join Thomas Stevens, Russ Paulk and Jeff James on the factory Suzuki GSXR1100. Cooley, who won his two National Championships on Suzukis, is taking the injured Mike Harth's place on the team. CHANGED: The phone number for Spencer and Space Advertising Agency, to 714/831-2535; mail may still be sent to P.O. Box 7315, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. The Flemington, New Jersey, AMA Regional Championship Half Mile, scheduled for October 24, has been canceled, according to AMA Dirt Track Manager J.B. Norris. AB2410, 'a bi ll introduced by Californ ia .Assemblyrnan Steven Peace (R-San Diego) to reverse the closure of Anza-Borrego State Park to allterrain vehicles , currently is u nder consideration in the state legislature. Proponents of the bill encourage California off-road riders to write to their state senators and assemblymen as soon as possible. urging them to support the measure. Letters-should be addressed to individual representatives and mailed to: State Capitol, Sacramento. CA 95814. The fi n a l opportun ity for the public to comment on the East Mojave Nat iona l Scenic Area 2 (Continued on page 47)

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