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Cycle News 1988 07 06

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stock street exhaust systems in order to meet the local noise ordi nances. Gl a tk e responded th at th e AFM shou ld req uest firs t and secon d choice da tes for '89. . At the May AFM North Chapter Meeting. Mike Ross proposed that if AFM and WERA. two of the largest U.S. road racing clubs, could agree on a consistent set of rules. other clubs would probably follow suit and adopt those rules. If you have an opinion. call the AFM at 415 /327-0908. Defending World Champion Wayn e Gardner (H on) won the Dutch round of th e 500cc World Championship Road Race Series at Assen, Holland, o n June 25. The Australian topped Ca liforn ia n Edd ie Lawson (Yam) by 11.31 seconds with Christian Sarron (Yam) finish in g third. Cal ifornian Wa yne Rainey (Yam) finish ed seventh and T exan Kevin Sch wa ntz ended up eig h th after break in g toes on both feet du ring practice. La wson leads th e po int sta ndings with 142 points to Rain ey's 106. Gardner is thi rd 'with 105 followed by Kevin Magee (89) and Schwantz (85). The 250cc GP w in at Assen went to Spain's Juan Garriga (Yam), Garriga topped Jacques Cornu (Hon) and defending World Champion Anton Mang (Hon). Garriga now leads the title chase with 118 points to Sito Pons' 99. Pons (Hon) and Dominique Sarron (Hon) crashed in the final corner while racing for the lead . English roa d racer Kenny Iro ns was ki lled at Caldwell Park in Engla nd on June 26 when he ra n into the back of Keith Heuwen o n the warm-up la p for a British National. Iro ns rode factory Suzukis in th e 500cc Worl d Champio ns hip last seaso n, tea ming with Kevin Schwa ntz du ri ng the Texa n's' Europea n o utings . A 1988 Vance & Hines Suzuki GSXR750 Superbike sat in the pits unused at the Road America round of the AMA Superbike Series on June 26. The bike was prepped for Mike Baldwin. but the Connecticut resident left for Europe on June 26 to ride in a few select Grands Prix. Baldwin will ride a Chas Mortimer-sponsored Honda RS500 three-cylinder fitted with a camera that will shoot footage for a movie based on GP racing titled "American Made." Rick Johnson (H o n) was the big winner at the 2 1st An nual Mammoth Mountain MX held J une 24-26 in Mammoth Lakes, Ca lifornia. J o hn son started the the three-day event by winning the Open Pro class over Tyson Vohland (Kaw) and Mik e Pascarella (H o n), and ended it with the 250cc Pro win over T y Davis (Suz) a nd A.j. Whiting (H on). Johnny O'Mara (Suz) took th e 125cc Pro win o ver Michael Crai g (Yam) and H on da's Geor ge H olland. 2 A shipment of finisher pins didn't arrive in time fo r the Mammoth Mountain MX. so. according to the event's organize rs . Sportsman class riders who made it to main events will receive their pins by mail. Fin land's Pekk a Vehkonen (Cag) was th e overall winner at th e World Championship 250cc MX GP in Yug oslavia, June 26. Vehkonen went 2-1, while England's Rob H erring (Yam) took second with a 1-4 tally. T hi rd with a 5-3 tally was American Rodney Smith (Suz). H o lland's J ohn Van den Berk (Ya m) still lead s th e series with 223 points, Sm ith is second with 190 poi nt s, and En gland's J erem y Wh atley (Suz) third with 185. Holla nd's Davey Strijbos (Cag) swept both motos to capture the overall victory in the World Championship 125cc MX GP in Killinchy. Ireland, June 26. Second overall with a 2-2 tally went to Frenchman Jean-Michel Bayle (Hon], while Italy's Allesandro Puzar (KTM) took third with a 34, Strijbos holds a commanding points lead with 315 points over Bayle; who has 286. J e££ Darl a n (H on) won th e l Sth Annual Snowflake 100 desert ra ce held in the White Mounta in s near .Taylor, Arizo na, on June 26. Garth Sweetland (H us) finis hed seco nd ah ead of Bobby Russell (H a n). Our coverage of the May 22 3 id Annual Steve McQueen Memorial Classic Scramble near Eugene. Oregon. failed to mention the club that conceived and co-promoted the event. To give credit where credit is due. that organization is the International Christian Classic Bikers Association (ICCBA). Paul Arblaster. the ' club president. instituted the race to honor and preserve the memory of the late actor /racer Steve McQueen . "Steve showed the same kind of courage off the track as he d id on it when he faced the cancer t ha t proved fatal in 1980; he was able to face it with the help of new found faith in Christ." said Arblaster, "I have met a lot of people who knew Steve personally since I began the annual races. inc lud ing. of course. Dick Mann. and all agree that naming the classic scramble to remember Steve w as the ideal thing to ha ve done ," McQueen was an avid c oll ector of classic motorcycles, owning ove r 1 00 of them , For a free sam ple of the ICCBA newsletter, send yOur req ues t to: Pa ul Arblaster. 1 3 90 Bo nd Ln .• Eugene, O R 974 01, Accord ing to the June AFM News, J oe Mon toya, president of th e America n Federation of Motor cycli sts, has co ntacted Art Gl atke of La guna Seca Raceway abo ut the possibili ty .o f holding races there using bikes with Ap p lications fo r special recreation use perm its for the 1989 racing seaso n for o ££-road races in specia lly designated areas of Bureau of La nd Management (BL M) ad mi n istered public lands in th e Ca lifo rnia deser t are now bein g accep ted by th e BLM . Permi t a ppl ica tio ns must be received by the BLM 's California Desert Distri ct Offi ce before July I. T he number of even ts th at will be perm itt ed is limited to th ose wh ich ca n be effectively managed by the BLM , or those th at ca n be handled -within a -desig na ted a rea. O cca sionall y, di££erent groups will ask for th e sam e day a nd place for their respective even ts. T o ens ure fairness, BLM will conduc t a lottery a t 10 a.m. , August 18, in the District Offi ce in Riv erside. App licatio n forms for spec ia l recreatio n use permits can be obta ined fro m any BLM office. Applications shou ld be sent to: Ca lifo rnia Desert Distr ict Offi ce, BLM , 1695 Sp ruce St., R iversid e, CA 92507. . Road racers Richard Oliver and Kerry Bryant will ride a Yamaha FZR750 with a special frame and factory supplied engines in the ·J uly 31 Suzuka 8-Hour under the Plot Racing of Japan banner. The effort . is being sponsored by Yoshimitsu Kondo of World K-line Ltd. of Japan. Bates. Dunlop. ·S hoe i. SuperTrapp and Tsubaki. California Assemb lyman R ich a rd Floyd (D-Hawthorne) apologized to Gov ernor George Deukmejian J une 20 for calling Deukrnejian , "The hardest-headed s.o .b. we've seen in a long ti me in thi s bui lding ." Floyd made the co mment J u ne 13 after th e governor vetoed AB36, Floyd's manda tory helm et bi ll. Floyd's a po logy was delivered o n the assem bly floor af ter Assem blyman Steve Peace (0 Chul a Vista ) called for a vote of forma l cens ure against Fl o yd . Because Floyd a pologized, no censure vote was take n. The California Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that starting July 15 Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Park will start charging user fees. Each vehicle entering the SVRA under its own power will be charged ' $3 for day use. or $5 for an overnight stay . Annual passes (good for the calendar year) will be available for $30. Dog lovers should also note that beginning on the same date. $1 will be charged for each canine brought into the park. The announcement says that money collected will be deposited in the OHV Fund where it will be used to support future acquisitions. development, operations and maintenance of riding areas t hr o u g h o u t the State of California . Th e July 10 Black R iver Fall s Enduro in Black River Fall s, Wisco nsin, may be ca nce lled du e to dry weather cond itions. An yone planning to compete in the event should call 608/831-0549 to confirm its runmng. Sudco International's Dr. Barry Seevers will be at the July 9-10 AMA National Championship Road. Race meet at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey. California. to provide racers with Mikuni and Keihin carburetor products and technical information . The California Vi ntage R acing Group (CVR G) informs us that an In The Wind item in last week' s paper regarding th eir presenting the J ul y 9 Laguna Seca Vin tage GP in association wi th Vintage Ra cers of Old Motorcycles (VR O O M) was incorrect. "V RO O M was not authorized to send o ut an y press release or entry forms sta ting CVRG involveme nt with VROOM a t th e up and com ing Laguna Seca races. Your press release is based on a utdated in formatio n since this is an AHRMA vintage race," sai d the FAX message sent to Cycle N ews by CVRG's board o f directors. "The CVRG Board und er stands that SCRAMP and ' AMA have selec ted AH R MA to run th e vin tage ra ces at L aguna Seca ... CVRG road race rs plan to su ppo rt th e AH R MA event a t Laguna Seca, Most of us have already pre-entered wi th AHRMA or plan on post-entering. Phone calls to CVRG regarding Lagu na Seca en trys are bein g referre d to Gary Winnl AHRM A at 4 19/ 253-4442," sa id CVRG president Fred Mork and ot he r board members in the FAX message received j ust prior to our p resstirne for th is issue. Jim Young. a former dirt track and road racer. and the husband of Camby Young. the daughter of promoters Don and Lulu Brymer. was shot and killed last week in Tampa. Florida , Young. an Eastem Airlines salesman. was on his way home about 2 :00 a .m, when he was shot in the stomach at a stop light. Young was able to reach the hospital but died 36 hours later. Funeral services were conducted in St. Petersburg. Florida, on Tuesday, June 28. Cards and letters can be sent to his wife and in-laws at P.O. Box 7888. Loudon. NH 03301. In formation concern ing th e 1988 AMA Los Ange les -Barstow- L as Vegas Na tional Du al Sport Ride can be o btai ned b y se n d i ng a se lfaddressed, sta mped (wi th 45-cen ts postage) legal size envelope to : LAB-to-V 1988 Dual Sport Event. 3550 Foothill Blvd., Gl endale, CA 912141828. In forma tion will be mailed a bo u t the mi ddl e of Sep tember. The two-da y event wi ll start the morning of Frida y, November 25, and take partici pa nts fro m the Los Angeles area to Barstow that da y, with da y two starting in Barstow a nd fin ishing a t the Hacienda H otel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Team Targa (Kaw) won the June 25 EBC Brakes Endurance Challenge held at Road America in Elkhart Lake. Wisconsin . High Tech Racing (Suz) finished second and Team Lockhart (Suz) took third. Longevity Racing (Due) won the GTU division. Defen din g AH RMA N at ion al Ch ampion Peter Johnson won both th e Premier 500 and Formula 750 vintage races held in conj unc tio n with th e Camel Pro Series event at Road Ameri ca on June 26. Johnson rode a H o nda to victory in the 500 class and a Triumph in the 750. Dave Rope r (Ma t) was second in the 500 (Con tinued to page 64)

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