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Cycle News 1990 12 12

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IN THE WIND By Pap_a_eal....J-.ey_ _ W -= Frenchman J ean -Miche l Bay l e (Hon) was crowned the King of Bercy at the four-day Paris Supercross held in Paris, France, November 28-29 and December I-2. Bayle won all but the final day's competition, which fell to Amercan J e ff S tanton (Hon). Stanton 's 3-3-3-1 finishes gave him second overall, while Doug Dubac h (Yam) rounded out the top three .with 4-22-4 finishes. Belgian Stefan Everts (Suz) earned the Prince of Bercy title for the 125cc class. ___ ~roducts Wear your CYCLE NEWS Hat, T-Shirt, or Fanny Pack to tell everyone A couple of weeks ago we reported that the Syracuse Mile would not be run next year and that ticket refunds for the September 9 rain-out were being made. What we failed to tell you is that the deadline on ticket refunds is December 15. Send tickets to: Syracuse Gold Cup Mile Motorcycle Race, P.O. Box 453, Syracuse, NY 13209. "Once a month is not enough." CYCLE NEWS Hats ' Fea turing the CYCLE NEWS logo in white puff-print on red corduroy. Adjustable, one size fits all, now available for $9.95 each, shipping and handling free . CYCLE NEWS T-Shitts and Fanny Packs . . . . T-Shirts featu re CYCLE NEWS "tire" print large on back, smaller on chest, on 100% cotton. Available in sizes Medium, Large, X-Large and XXLarge for $11.95 each, includes shipping and handling. Fanny Packs are strong nylon construction with multi-adjustable belt. Plenty of room for your stuff, for only $9 .95 each! . With all the deserved ballyhoo given to champions of the many disciplines of our favorite sport, one racer has been more or less overlooked - Brian Tillson, the Junior class National Champion dirt tracker. The fina l round of the AMA National Championship Junior Dirt Track Series went down the drain when the September 9 Syracuse Mile was rained out. Tillson, who was on top of the point standings following the previous round - the Labor Day · weekend Springfield Mile, didn't get the opportunity to shake the champagne and spray the crowd to celebrate his title. And with all the attention we gave to the Camel ' Pro Series title chase, we failed to give credit to New Englander Tillson. Belated congrats, champ I • VISA/Mastercard Orders are OK! To order. use t he Cycle News Products Order fo rm located below t he . Advertiser's Index in t his issue. Order by Phone (213) 427-7433 American H ond a has announced a p ric e increase on two 1991 motorcycles, In a bulletin sent to its dealers on November 14, Honda said, "Since the announcement of the 1991 prices, there have been serious economic changes which will effect our pricing. As you may know, during the first half of this year, the exchange rate averaged YI51=$I.OO. In recent months. this rate has plunged to as low as YI25=$I.oo, ' a 12% cost increase. This increase not only affects our products from Japan, but also our U.S. manufactured products to the 'e xtent of their 'japanese purchase content. After serious consideration of the competitive market situation of our entire product line, we find it necessary to increase prices on four models (two motorcycles and two ATVs), effective December I, 1990." The 1991 VFR750FM/LM suggested retail price has been increased by $200, from $6998 to . $7198; and the CBR600F2M/LM by $300, from $4998 to $5298. The four-wheel TRX300FWM and TRX300M along with the "New Hampshire" versions of both ATVs received $50 increases. Honda also said, "At this time, we expectto be able to retain convention announced prices on the balance of our 1991 model lineup and restrict price increases to these carefully selected models only." • The final Nation al Ch ampionship Junior Dirt T rac k Series point s tandings show the Harris Racing/ : Bell/Vanson Leathers/Edmonds Racing/Ron Wood-sponsored Tillson finishing on top with 133 points, followed by S t e ve Ras m u s sen (I 15) and Jason Fletcher (104). A complete breakdown of both the Camel Pro Series and' the Junior National Series will appear in next week's big en d-ofthe-year Cycle News. The American Road Racing Association (ARRA) will culminate its 1990 season with the running of the 12th and final round of the Del Amol Miller High Life Formula One Grand Prix at southern California's Willow Springs International Race-s way, December 16. The penultimate round, run last month, saw AMA National Championship Superbike Road Race Series competitor Thomas Stevens duel with and out-run the 1990 ARRA Formula One champ Chuck Graves, and young Kenny Roberts Jr., son of former, World Champion Kenny Roberts, make his Formula One debut. Purses for most of the 18 rounds of the 1991 Camel Supercross Series have' increased significantly. Both the March 9 Daytona Supercross and the January 26 Anaheim Supercross will put $60,000 up for grabs, the April 1314 Pontiac Supercross doubleheader offers a combined purse of$70,OOO, and a purse of $45,000 will be posted for each of the other rounds. As reported earlier, Camel has increased its sponsorship of the 250cc class from $125,000 this year to a record $200,000 for 1991. The series winner will receive $100,000. rJT A rumor floated around the Lone Star State last week that had Camel Pro Series . runner-up Chris Carr's, mechanic Kenny T olbert undergo ing knee surgery after a boaring j accident in Texas. According to Carr.j "Kenny has a knee that has popped out a few times and he plans to have it looked at, but he has not been cut into." Along with Camel Pro Series champ Scott Parker, Jay Springsteen, Kevin Atherton, David Durelle, Speedy Kell, Steve Aseltine and -Camel Pro Series Rookie of the Year Mike Hale, Carr departed for Italy on December I to take part in three short track races in Bologna. j I , Road, racer Jamie J ame s inked a l contract with Vance & Hines Yamaha) on November 28 to contest the 1991) AMA Superb ike National Championship and AMA/CCS Supersport Series, on the team's factory-backed Yamahas.l James will team with Florida's Thomas Stevens on FZR750RRs in the Superbike class and will also ride anI FZR600 along with Larry Schwarzbach in the 600cc Supersport Series. "We're thrilled to death to have Jamie," team owner TerrY!> Vance said on November 28. Vance~ also said he'd also spoken to 1990. European Superbike Champion Rich ard Arnaiz regarding the second V&H ride, but opted for James:> based on his past experience in the 600cc Supersport class . Regarding an item that appeared i ) this section last week. four-time World Champion Eddie Lawson says Chris I Economaki was "irresponsible" fort reporting in ' National Speed Sport ] News that he was going to test drive I a TWR Jaguar and possibly switch to car racing. "I told him (Economaki) I that the TWR people had invited me to watch a test session and that if there was time they might let me drive it. I have no intention of going car racing." , F reddie Spencer was scheduled to test a 1991 250cc Aprilia in Jerez, Spain, last week. When Aprilia team manager Carlo Pernat went to the airport to greet Spencer on November 28, however" the three-time World Champion was a no-show. Power-Mis t Racing P rodu c ts , manufacturer of Power-Mist Racing Fuels, has posted nearly $20,000 in

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