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Cycle News 1989 08 16

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Karen Crosby has left Santa Ana ~alifornia-based Edgell Exposi: nons, promoters of motorcycle shows. Crosby. who formerly helped organize the Great American Motorcycle Shows. has accepted the position of director of marketing for Newport Beach California-based Power Genny. ~ manufacturer of diesels. She can be reached at 714/645-6720. fiY p~p~ Wf~LfY (Con ti n u ed from p age-t} th ey see it," said producer Pa ul Winters. " It's so colorful. We have to rei nve nt it for television. Wi th WERA and Prim e Ticket we can do that." Prime Ticket has the potential to rea ch 22 milli on househ olds across the natio n. Keith Code, who worked with Winters on the video adaptatio n of his book "A T wist of the Wrist" , has signed on as coproducer. Continuing on the subject of racing on television, WERA Executive Director Evelyne Pritz said, 'The series that provides the most advertising support will be the one that TV concentrates on . and that has yet to be fully determined. However. we anticipate having reports on the air that will cover WERA's major series:" 'Z' Custom Leathers has an no unced an awards program for th e WERA Toyota/Du nlo p Fo rm u la USA Series. The third-place fini sher in th e final series poin t standings will receive a leather riding suit. while th e fo u rth - through sixth- place fin ishers will receive $350 bonds to be applied to the purchase of a 'Z' suit. For more inform ation contact WERA at 803/68 1-WERA. Henry Vailancourt. 75. father of Works Performance owner Gil Vailancourt, passed away on August 2 after a long bout with cancer. For the past 12 years Henry has worked at Works Performance. The fami ly has requested that no flowers be sent. Cards can be sent to Works Performance. 8730 Sh irley Ave .• . Northridge. CA 91324 . Godspeed . Henry. R ubbies (r ich urban bikers ) are receiving more and more ink, thanks to the likes of publishing tycoon Malcolm Forbes and enterta iners jay Leno, Bru ce Springsteen and Gary Busey bein g involved in motorcycli ng. T he most recent article Papa saw on the subject appeared in the j ul y issue of American Airlines in fl igh t m agazine. Pa pa chuckled when he saw that the article's lead photo was the same one that appeared on th e front page of this publication's Novemb er 23, 1988, Issue wh ich featured o ur a n n ua l C h r is tmas Bu yer' s Gui de. T he p~oto, su pp lied by Nieman-Marcu s, p ic tured a custo mized H a rl eyDavid son a nd several celebri ties incl udi ng chef Wolf gang P uck. ' If you remember Gargantua or saw the original King Kong movie decades before the second one was made. then you're as old as Papa. But you don't have to be old to be told that Gorilla Group. a Los Angeles-based advertising agency. has signed ATK Motorcycles as a client. According to a press release from Gorilla Group. members of the agency have been respons ible for advertising themes like " Kaw asak i Lets the Good Times Roll" and "Right On, Suzuki." Gorilla Group will be responsible for the creation of all ATK advertising, promotion and public relations. Oh, we almost forgot. Gargantua was a humongous gorilla that toured with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus way back when. T he Memphis Road Racing Association (MR RA) will hold an open practice day o n September I at Memphis Motorsports Park in Tennessee, a da y prior to the WERA 6Hour endurance race at th e same facility. T eams or individuals ca n participate at a full-day cost of $85 or for a half-day ra te of $55. Fees must be prepaid by August 20 or a .$15 la te charge will be in effect. Fo r more informa tion contact the MRRA at 408 Whi te Rd . West. Collierville, T N 38017, 901/ 854-0018. Regarding the item that ran in this section last week concerning the FIM tribunal's decision to reject the appeal of Team ·Lucky Strike and to discard the results from the third leg ofthe Belgian 500cc GP. Team Lucky Strike has 15 days from July 27 to file an appeal and the FI M has 45 days from the date of that filing. if there is one. to make a f inal decision . As reported last week, dropping of the third ' leg from the results made Eddie Lawson the winner while counting of the third leg results would have m ade Wayne Rainey the winner, Stay tuned. The Macau Grand Prix. a combina. tion of car and .mo torcycle racing that takes place In the tiny Po rtuguese territory that is located o n the sou theast coast of China, will take p lace o n Nove mber 25-26. While not a round of the World Cha mp io nshi p Road Race Series, the annua l event is the only regularl y run m ixed (bikes and ca rs) st reet circu it m eeting. Approxima tely o ne-third of th e 2.3mile circui t is being repaved pr ior to this year's even t. "The sha pe of th e track will rem ain th e sa me. alt hough th e new roa d will be five meters (5.4 yards) furth er away from th e water 's edge, a n d the ·n ew smoother sur face should result in hi gher speeds," said Carlos Dan tas Cuirnaraes, secretary general of the Macau G P Organizing Committee. T he track skirts sto ne wall s in portions and is cons idered to be extreme ly dan gerou s. Two lucky class winners at th is week 's AMA Amateur /Yo u th National Championship MX at Loretta Lynn 's Dude Ra n ch in T ennessee will be ab le to look forward to enjoying balmy climes in October. H ug h Fleming, th e AMA's director of amateur competition, has announced that a pair of expensepaid •trrps to th e Pacific Paradise Supercross in Tahiti this October will be awarded at th e conclusion of the week 's racing. The Louisiana Trail Riders. a Southern Enduro Riders Association (SERA) club, has donated $100 to each of three SERA members who will be part of the ~.S. team at the upcoming ISDE In West Germany Dwight Rudder of Mississippi. Tim Singleton of Louisiana. and George Waller .Jr, of Alabama, A let ter from an organization rep resranchers in Baja Cal ifornia, MeXICO, was sent to SCO RE' s Sal Fish last month. The group told Fish tha t they would no longer allow SCO RE o r any orga nization with which he was co nnec ted to run offroad races in the area commonly used for events such as the Baja 1000. The letter stressed that off-road riders/ drivers were welcome in th e area and that th e group's source of contention was Fish, not off-readers. What will no~ h~ppen with the Baja 1000, which IS schedu led to take place in early Nov ember, is anyone's guess. en u~g Georgia road racer Scott Russell recently had a try-out out with Pileri Racing. the Italian Grand Prix team which sponsors 125cc GP ace Ezio Gianola. According to Russell, the deal was set up by one of his sponsors, AGV Helmets. Russell rode a factorykitted production Honda RS250 at the Rijeka circuit in Yugoslavia, and reportedly turned lap times within three seconds of those turned by 250cc Yugo GP w inner Sito Pons. despite the fact t hat it was Russell's first time at the circuit. and first time riding a twostroke. "It was a lot easier to dial in ." said Russell about the bike. "There's not a lot of excess weight. and you can feel everything the bike's doing." Russell says that it is unlikely that he will ride GPs next year. however. since he has a year remaining on his two-year Yoshimura Suzuki contract. Castrol 250cc Grand Prix road race co mpe titor james Step hens of Menl o Park, Ca lifornia, will team wi th Denny Kobza of 2-Hipp Racing to ride the AMA/CCS th ree-hou r Endura nce C ha lle nge a t Sears Point Intern at ion al Raceway, August 12. T he pair will ride th e KSjO " Roc k Bike" , a Suzu ki GSXR7 50 sponsored by Sa n j ose' s KSjO (92.3 FM), Sou th Bay Suzuki, U.S. Kush itani and the Ca li forn ia Superbi ke School. Scott Parker. who scored his 26th career Grand National Championship victory in Sunday's Albuquerque Mile. is one win shy of tying Joe Leonard for fifth place on the AMA's all-time win list,

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