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Cycle News 1989 06 21

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t e pom s ea In e apanese Formula One Road Race Series by scoring his second , consecutive series win at the Suzuka Circuit, June 11 . Polen, who won the previous series round at the Tsukuba Circuit on May 28, now has 58 points with four of the e ight series rounds completed. Shoji Miyazaki (Hon] is second with 57 points. Polen also won the For mula 3 race at Suzuka and leads the point standings in that series as well. , , BY P41P41 Wf41LfY Texan Kevin Schwantz (Suz) won his third 500cc Grand Prix road race of the 1989 season and his second in a row at the Yugoslavian rou nd in Rijeka, Ju ne II. Schwantz topped Wa yn e Ra iney (Yam) by 1.192 seconds wit h Eddie Lawson (Hon) finishing third. Australian Kevin Magee (Yam) and Frenchman Christian Sarron (Yam) rounded out the top five finishers. Randy Mamola (Cag) had his best finish of the season, ending up seventh. Freddie Spencer (Yam ) dropped out of the race on the first lap. Rainey contin ues to lead the World Championship 500cc point standings, 123-110, over Lawson.. ' The 250cc round of the World Championship Road Race Series in Yugoslavia was won by Spaniard Sito Pons (Hon). Pons beat West German Reinhold Roth (Hon) by .151 -of-a-second to win his fifth GP of the season and his fourth in a row. Switzerland's Jacques Cornu (Hon) finished th ird . Pons leads the 250cc championship chase, 147-99, over J.P. ' Rugg ia, fourth in Yugoslavia. Going into the fourth and final day of the June 9-12 Idaho City, Idaho, round of the AMA National Cha mpionshi p Reliability Trials Series, Terry Cunningham (Kaw) was the lea der with Da ve Bert ra m (Suz) second and Jeff Fredette (Kaw) third. Day three, Su nday, saw Larry Roe- seier (Kaw) suffer rib injuries, compressed vertebrae and a bro ken thumb in the day's first specia l test. At the conclusion of competition on day four, Monday, unofficial results had Cun ni ng ham, Bertram and Fredette finis hi ng 1-2-3. Chris Carr (H-D) won the June 11 Peoria TT round of the AMA 600 National Championship Dirt Track Series. Junior-class rider Andy Tresser (W-R) was second w ith third going to Aaron Hill (H-D). Tresser won the Junior National Championship f inal. topping runner-up Kris Kise r (Hon) and third place finisher Mike Hale (WRI . Carr, the defending 600 National Champion, heads the series point standings with 56 points. Steve Aseltine (Hon), who finished 11th at Peoria is second with 49, while Kiser, sixth at Peoria, is third with 39 after four races of the nine-round series. Dan Ingram (Hon) won the J u ne 10 19th Annual Dayton (Ohio) O ld Time Newsies Half Mile, a round of the AMA Regional Championship Dirt Track Series. Steve Morehead (Hon), Ingra m 's Sponseller Racing teamm ate, finished second with third goi ng to George Roeder III (H- D). James Hauptma n (W-R) won the, J unior fina l and Greg Sims (H- D) won the Pro-Am main event. Texan Doug Polen (Suz) took over last month, Malcolm Forbes did one of his famous motorcycle/hot air balloon " Frie nds hip Tours" through Spain . He and his sons Bob and Klpand colleagues traveled on eight Harley-Davidsons but brought along a ninth one - a full dress Heritage Softtail which Malcolm is seen here presenting to another enthusiastic motorcyclist, King Juan Carlos of Spain, at His Majesty's Pa lace Zarzuela. , Kevin Schwantz will be Doug Pol- , en's teammate in the Suzuka 8-Hour road race which takes place in Japan in late July. Honda's 1988 Supercross and 500cc National Champion Rick Johnson sat out the June 10 Los Angeles Supercross while he continues to recover from the broken wrist he suffered March 5 in Gainesville, Florida. " I' m not ready yet," said Johnson. "My body is in shape, but I don't have 100% grip back yet. I don't want to take the chance of hurting myself or somebody else. I can't push it for a full 20 laps." Johnson says he will return to action at the June 22-25 Mammoth Mountain MX in Mammoth lakes, California, where he will ride the 125, 250 and 500cc Expert c lasses. Other top riders entered in the Mammoth MX are Yamaha's Doug Dubach, Honda's Mike Kiedrowski, Kawasaki Team Green's Brian Mailleyand Tallon and Tyson Vohlan d, and Suzuki Country Racing privateer Mike Pascarella. _Although Johnson and newlycrowned Camel Supercross Champion Jeff Stanton are good friends, Johnson said that passing on the title to a friend didn't make losing it any easier. "It's hard to sit and watch others winning, but I'm proud of him; he did a great job and did what it took to win," said Johnson. "But I'm looking forward to taking the title back from him next year. We should have some good races. I have a tough road ahead of me, and it will take a lot of hard work." All bets are off. T he bet ' between Stanton and Joh nson that had the loser of the Supercross Cham pionship having to collect a paycheck from a local McDonalds is off. The two agreed that since Johnson was injured and unable to race for most of the season, that the -bet would be called off. Johnson, however, was given a McDonalds uniform by Stanton prior to the Los Ange les Supercross on June 10. Stanton has pre-entered the June 18 U.S. 500cc MX GP at Hollister Hills, California . Other Americans who will take on the likes of World Champion Eric Geboers, former champ David Thorpe and over two dozen other foreign riders, are Ron Lechien, Brian Myerscough, • Kurt McM illen, Dean Matson, Jason Buttle, Greg Zitterkopf, Jerry Jirkovsky, Jon Ortner, Michael Alarcon, J im Chamberlain and Tim Dyer. 2 Honda 's Guy Coo per, who was also entered in the U.S. GP , broke his collarbone in a June 9 practice session for the following day 's Los Angeles Supercross and wi ll be unab le to ride at Hollister. Cooper will also miss the J uly 2 125/25Occ National in Buchanon, Michigan, but sho uld return for the J uly 16 Troy, Ohio, round. uzre ann passe away on Thursday, June 8, at her home in Belmont Shore, California, after a long bout with cancer. Mann wa active in the motorcycle indust in a variety of positions for th past two decades; many will remember her for her stint a advertising manager of the nowdefunct newspaper, Motorcycle Weekly. In lieu of flowers, it i ' re q ue st ed that donations be made to the City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Rd., Duarte, CA 91010. Godspeed, Suzie. Team Edwin/ Honda road racer Jimmy Filice sustained serio us injurres whi le practicing for an upcoming Japanese National Championship at the Suzuka Circuit on Wednesday, June 7. " I came up behind the Japanese National champ and went to move around him coming off the chicane when I lost the rear end and high-sided," said the former 250cc U.S. GP winner: The 26-year-old Modesto, California, resident suffered a broken ankle and a fractured hip along with severe muscle pulls, and was hop ing to go hom e on Friday, J une 8. It was the first time Filice had spent the night in a hospital. Spokane Raceway Park in Spokane, Washington, w ill host Dale Walker's Holeshot Performance Motorcycle Drag Racing School on Friday, July 7, in conjunction with that weekend's Dragbike l USA National. For more informat ion on the school, call 408/4273625 or 427-0299. A meeting was held at Hockenheim, West Germany, May 26, to discu ss specific improvements that could be made at Laguna Seca Raceway for next year's GP road race meet. On hand were Lee Moselle and Bo Berowsusky of SCRAM P (promoters of the U.S. G P), Bill Amick of AMA, Mike Trimby of IRT A, and Jaap Timmer of ROPA. It was agreed that certain improvements will be made to the run-off at the ' exit of the Corkscrew; a system of trackside resuscitation centers, ma nned by doctors and probably based in ambulances, will be estab lished with the objective of ensuring that no ambulances travel on the track du ring practice or duri ng the races; a n outside professional com pany will be brough t in to han dle timekee ping; a secretary of the meeting, clerk of course, accredi tation secretary, riders information chief, and chief marshal will be brought in from agreed-upon sources; the p ress office will be relocated to the paddock; the tents used as "garages" by the teams will be relocated to the pit road with the containers (used for storage) directly behind them , enabling riders to exit -the tents straight onto the track and to use the tents during pit stops in practice (acceptance of the ten t relocation is conditional upon permanent garages being constructed for the 1991 GP); escorted busses to transport riders and team personnel to the track on race day, or , ifthought possible, helicopter transportation; and an increase of 25% in . "travel money" to the entrants. CORRECTION : In our coverage of the Oklahoma City round of the Camel Supercross Series, we had Tuf Racing as the sponsor of Mike Pascarella; Tuf no longer sponsors Pascarella, Suzuki Country of Norco, Ca lifornia, does. T .E. Warth, Esq. Automotive Books has announced the availability of (Continued to page 4)

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