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Cycle News 1988 05 18

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Frenchman Jean-Michel Bayle (Hon) was the overall winner of the fourth round of the World Championship 125cc MX Series. the Spanish GP on May 8 . The series points leader. Bayle. won both motos. Ed Loj ak (H us) was the overa ll winner at th e Wild H are AMA Na ti onal Champi onship H a re Scrambles in Olymp ia, Washington , May 8. The fifth round of the series saw Lojak fini sh the race one minute and 52 seconds ahead of series points leader T ony Hendon (AT K), then came Fr itz Kad lec (Ya m), Scott Su m mer s (H o n), Da vid R h od es (Hus ), Kevin Besh ard (Su z) and Canadian Gu y Perrett (Kaw). Frenchman Jacky Vimond (Yam) was the overall winner in round three of the World Championship ' 500cc MX Series in Sturup. Sweden. May 8 . The 1986 250cc World Champion went 1-3 to score the victory over Belgian Eric Geboers (Hon), who won the secondmoto, and Great Britain's Dave Thorpe (Hon) . Thorpe maintains his series points lead over Brit Kurt Nicoll (Kaw). 101 -86. Nicoll was fourth overall in Sweden . American Billy Liles (Kaw) did not finish e ither moto. Californ ian Goat Breker ended his assault on the World Championship 500cc MX ci rc ui t fo llowi ng th e Swedish GP, where he, for the third straight time, scored n o GP poin ts. "That's it for me," sai d Breker. "Things haven't worked out here in Europe and my I talian (H on da) backers are now pulling out. So I'll be flying back to Ameri ca. T h e World Championship is over for me." Ital ian Davide T ardozzi (Bim ) won both legs of the World Championship Superbike Road Race Series round at Hockenheirn, West Germany, May 8, to take over the series , point standings lead over Californian Fred Merkel (Hon) who failed to score in either race. U.S. GP 250cc winner Jimmy Filice told Cycle News on Thursday. May 5. that he will be supplied two Honda RS250s direct from HRC for use in the AMA/ Castrol 250cc Grand Prix Series. beginning with the May 15 round at Road Atlanta. There is little chance. however. that Filice will see any more Grand Prix action in 1988. squelching rumors that he would be aboard a Rothmans Italy-sponsored Honda for the ' Italian GP on May 22. "Not at this time." Filice said in regards to heading to Europe. •...d still like to do some. but there's no equipment available this late in the season. Racing here will keep me in tune w ith the 250s and maybe I can win some races here. I'm going to Los Angeles tomorrow to pick up the equipment." Filice added that he is planning on doing a full season of GP racing in 1989. Filice could not disclose who would be working on his new Hondas, but said. "It's kind of a secret. but it's someone real good. He's just got some things to work out first," Spaniard Carl os Cardus, wh o suffered a fractured skull in the Spani sh 250cc Grand Prix on April 24, was schedu led to subject himself to an In memoriam: Ted Boody Sapulpa. Oklahoma's Ted Boody. 29. a 12-year veteran of Grand National Championship/Camel Pro Series dirt track racing. died Sunday. May 8. from head injurie s suffered in a crash at the May ,7 Ascot Half Mile. Boody is survived by his wife. Terry. two daughters. Undsay. 9. and Ta ra. 5. and his father. Ted S r. Terry is the daughter of Norm and Lucy McDonald. and s ister of former ra ce rs Phil and Sam McDonald . Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m.. Th ursday. May 12. at Owens Funeral Home in Sapulpa . In lieu ~f flowers. donation~, s hould be made to the Boody Trust Fund. wh ich has been established for Boody's wife a nd childre n. Donations should be sent to: Boody Trust Fund. Security Nat ional Bank. Account # 0 1 5 -2 6 0 3 . P.O . Box 1290. Sapulpa. Ok la homa 74067. Boody. originally from Lansing . Michigan. never won the National championship. but he finished second in the standings twice. .His first runner-up fin ish came in 1977. when he was a secondyear Expert riding for the Harley-Davidson factory team . He also f!nished second in 1985. rid ing as a privateer with help from longtime supporter Doug Sears of College Bike Shop in Lansing . Boody arrived on t he professional rac ing scene as a 16-year-old Novice in August. 1 9 7 4 . Nicknamed " To o Ta ll" because of h is height. (s ix feet. three inche s ). Boody worked his way into the Jun io r ranks by the following January. 'a nd rode fo r three-time Grand National Champion Bart Markel during his Jun ior year and his rookie Expert year in 1976. ~oo.dy·s f irst National w in came his rookie year at the Pontiac (Mic hig a n ) S h?rt 'Track. His last w in was claimed. ironically. at the Asc!'t Half Mlle. In ~ay•. 1985. In all. Boody won eight G rand National Championship dirt track races; four of his w ins came o n half miles. two on mi les and two on short tracks. In 1987-88. Boody rode on t he G rand Nationa l c ircuit for Hud Racing . a privateer team funded by J ames Hudd leston of Milsap. Texas. In re c e nt years Boody became invo lve d in a utomobile racing and considered taking up auto racing full t ime if he ever reti red from motorcycle competition . When asked in a 1987 interview w ith Cycle News to describe the high point of h is career. Boody said. "Winning Ascot." F-16 flight simu lator test at the U.S. Air Force Base in T orrejon near Madrid, Spain, on May 6 in an effort to see if he can wit hstand the G-forces of accelera tion and deacceleration. Cardus, who was expected to miss four or five GPs, is hoping to make a comeback at the May 22 Ital ian G ran d Prix in Imola. If he can indeed make a comeback th is soo n it will mean that he onlv missed one Gra nd Prix. . CORRECTION : Jerome Heiberger rode a MTC Racing/Euro Cycles/Bieffe Helmets/Tsubaki . Chain-sponsored KTM. not a Honda as we reported. to the Open Expert class win in the April 17 Shasta Dam GP at Redding. California. The Shasta Dam GP was the fourth round of the AMA National Champlonshlp Hare Scrambles Series. • T eam Gree n perso nnel will be at the AMA Six-Day Q ual ifier in Michiga n , Ma y 19-22, to su p port a ll Kawasaki rid ers with pi t assistance, parts and techn ical advice. Fourteen-time World Champion Giacomo Agostini will take a lap of honor at the Isle of Man on Wednesday. June 8 . Agostini. a 10-time Isle of Man TT winner. will ride an MV Agusta 500-4. Agostini made his TT debut in 1965. and ' rode in 16 races. winn ing 10 and fa iling to finish on o nly three occasions. In conj unction with the 65th Anniversary of the L oudo n Classi c, Loudon, New Hampshire's Bryar Motorsport Park is ho lding a contest that will see the win ner receive two weeken d tickets to th e June 17-1 819 Camel Pro Series roa d race meet. Bryar officials are lookin g for the best six words describing " wha t Loudon means to you." Each lett er in Loudon must be used to start the six words ; for example: 'L' - Lavish, '0' - O utstan din g, etc.Entries will be judged on origi na lity and sincer ity, and for their con tribu tion to the en ha ncemen t of the spo rt of motorcycle racing at Loudon. All entries become th e property of Loudon Classic '88 and may be used in racing programs, press releases, or as seen fit by the judges. Send en tires to Lo udo n '88 Con test, P.O . Box 7888, Lo udo n, NH 03301. Entries mu st be received by June I, and the winner will be not ified by mail. A Cal ifornia Senate vote on t he sta te's proposed mandatory h elmet law. AB36. was postponed from May 5 to May 1 2. according to Bob Te rry. traffic safety consultant fo r the bill's author. Assemb lyman Richard Floyd (D-Gardena). The vote was delayed because several senators. including key senate sponsors of t he bill. were scheduled to be ' a bse nt May 5. The pre-vote tally is so close - some Sacramento sou rces say support fo r the bill is almost evenly split. 20-20. in the 40-member senate - that AB36 supporters don 't want t he vote to take place unles s a ll members are present on the senate fl o or. Floyd's bill was approved by the assembly la st year. Federal District Judge Ger hard A. Gesell rece ntly approved consent decrees negotiated between the Consumer Prod uct Safety Commission and ATV manufacturers. In a written decision issued April 29 in Wash ington D.C., Gesell approved a seulement tha t stopped a federa l laws uit agai ns t ATV ma n ufac t urers i n return for promises from AT V rnak- ers to no lon ger sell thr ee-wh eelers in the Uni ted States. Gesell signed the decrees after s uggestin~ sligh t changes in the settlement which were app roved by lawyers for both sides. "T he origi na l decrees said the CPSC cou ld bring an administrative recall action (against AT V ma nufactu rers) in one year, but on ly upon sho wing " new an d substa ntia l evidence," Lacy said. "The judge said that was a fuzzy standard and asked that it be dro p ped, and leave th e determina tion (of wheth er or not a recall is needed ) to gu idelines already in th e statu tes. He also said he didn' t th ink one year was eno ugh time' for a review, so the parties agreed to a twoand-a-half year period. Because the decrees were sign ed by the judge on April 28, an d were effective April 29, if the CPSC did decide to initiate an administra tive recall , it could be done in December , 1990 a t th e ear liest. " Gesell rejected arguments from opponents of the decrees who asked the j udge to require an immediate recall of all three-wh eeled ATVs now in use. Due to near drought conditions in California. the state Pa rks Department has urged all park visitors. including off-highway vehicle users. to undertake extreme fire safety precautions when using state parks. Officials urged park visitors to equip a ll types of veh ic les and power equipment with spark arresters. incl udi ng ATVs. motorcycles a nd other offroad veh icles . O RVs mus t be equipped with spark arresters by law and may be ridden only where permitted. Visitors are advised to ask park personnel about current fire hazard conditions when entering state parks. When U.S. Senator Alan Cranston (D-Californ ia) visited sout hern Cal ifornia the week of May 2 to pu sh a governmen t-sub sidized chi ld-ca re bill he is co-spo nso ring in the U.S. Sena te, at least two of hi s communi ty foru ms on the bill were marred by pea ceful demo nstrat ions £rom o ffroad ers protesting 57, acco rding to AM A/ District 37's Da n a Bell. Approximately 30 protesters carried signs with anti-Sf messages ou tside the YWCA buildin g when Cran ston 's com mu nity forum came to Santa Ana. T he followi ng night in Lo ng Beach, Bell and her children bra ved the picke t line a lone as Cranston and citizens interested in the child-care bill entered a local high school auditorium. Each commu nity forum was attended by abo ut 300 people. Cranston 's proposed California Desert Protection Act wou ld close most of the southern Ca lifo rnia deser t to off-road riding. The reward for info rm at io n le a ding to the arrest and conviction of suspects in the double homocide of ra ce promoter Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy has surpassed a quart e r of a m illion dollars. accord ing to Thompson's s ister. Collene Campbell. Speaking at a May 4 press co nfe re n ce hel d in f ro nt o f her m u rde re d b ro ther's southern Ca lifornia ho me. Campbell said the re w a rd ha s grown to $255.000. but to c laim the rew a rd vital inform ati o n about the case must be received by authorities no late r t han June 30. Campbell said t he de adline is designed to bring a bout a speedy response. b ut added. "If I ha d my way. I would have put 48 ho urs on it ," Th e Th o m ps o ns we re gunned down a bout 6 :00 a.m.• March 1 6. in what a uthorities have called "contract killings ," . They were murdered as t he y left. ": } . , '

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