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Cycle News 1991 07 31

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~ INTHEWIND e Stefan Everts (Suz) won both moLOS at round 10 of the World Ch ampion ship 125cc MX Seri es in Campos de J ordao, Brazil, July 21. B o b Moore (KT M) finis hed second in both rnotos and Ital ian Andrea B artolin i (Suz) was third. With two ro unds rema in in g, Bel g ian Evens lea ds Cal ifo rn ian Moore in the .poi nt sta ndi ng s, 339-298. Three-time 500cc World Ch ampion David Thorpe (Ka w) scored th e overa ll win in ro und 8 of the World Ch am pions hi p 500cc MX Series at Reutlingen , Germany, July 21. Fellow Englishma n Jeremy Whatley (Kaw) finish ed second overa ll an d L uxem bourg's Jacky Martens (KT M) com pleted the top three. America n Billy Liles (Kaw) fin ished third in the first rnoto and 29th in rnoto two. Belgian Georges Jobe (Hon ), who won the first rnoto then failed to finis h the second mot o, lead s Martens in the point stand ings , 199-186. Scott Summers (Ho n ) wa s th e win ner of the sevent h rou nd of the Nati onal Championship Hare Scrambles Series in Fla t River, Missouri, J ul y 21. Duane Conner (Kaw) finished second a nd Scott Plessinger (KT M) ro unded out th e top th ree. Defendi ng cha mp Chris Carr (H- D) was the winner of the fourth ro und of the .AMA 600cc Nation al Ch ampionship Dirt Track Series at ' West Virginia Motor Speedway in Min era lwells, West Virgi nia, J u ly 20. Kevin Atherton (H -D) finis hed second wit h Steve Morehead (H -D) third and Rodney Farris (H -D) fourth. Carr, who has wo n all four rounds run thi s year', has a comma ndi ng lead in the nin e-round series, head in g Farris by 43 poi nts , 80-37. Kyle Lewis (Yam) won the 250cc Ult racross ma in event at rou nd seven of the Micky Thompson Off-Road Ch ampionsh ip Gran Prix held July 20 in Los Ang eles, Ca lifornia. Defen ding Ultra cross Ch am p ion Michael Craig (Kaw) finished second and Jim H olley (Yam) was th ird. H achette Magazines, Inc. an no unced on Monday, J ul y 22, th at effective with th e November issue one of its two monthly mot orcyclin g publications, Cycle, will be merged in t o Cycle World , th e com pa ny's other motorcycling monthly. Founded by Floyd Clymer in 1950, the move mark s the end for Cycle after 41 yea rs as a separa te tit le published by severa l d iff er ent owne rs , i nclud in g C BS. Acco rdin g 1O VP / P u blisher Larr y Li llie, th e circu lation figu re for th e November issue of Cycle Worl d wi ll be 325,000. Lillie says th ere will be some "stream lining" of the co mbined staffs. " We have a lot of fin e ta lent and regrettabl y we'll have LO trim the size of our sta ff," Lillie sai d. Five 1992 Honda motorcycles are bein g released LO Honda dea lers this month. Among the offeri ngs are the '92 CBR600F2 wh ich is now ava ilable in black/b lue/pink and in red/ white. T he '92 CBR600F2 will carry a sug gested retail price of $5499, . a $201 in crease over th e '91 model. Also reflecti ng small price increases are the Go ld Wing SE (meta ll ic tea l ) a t $14, 199, th e Gold Wing Aspencade in metalhc blue at $12,099 and in candy red at $ 12,299, th e Nighthawk CB750 (black or candy red) at $4199, and th e .Desert bill introduced in House nited Sta tes Represen ta tives Ri chard Lehman (D-Ca liforn ia) and Mel Levine (D-Ca liforn ia ) teamed up July 17 to introduce a new version of the Cal ifornia Desert Protection Act in the House of Represen tat ives. As introduced, the Lehman -Levin e proposal , designat ed as H.R. 2929, would lock o ut motorized access and other uses from nearl y 4.4 million acres of Bureau of La nd Managemenu (BLM) administered land in the desert by design ating that vast area as wild erness. The measure, similar to the desert bill introduced by Sen. Ala n Cranston (DCa liforn ia) earlier thi s year, al so calls for a 1.3 million acre expansion of th e Death Valley Na tional Monument and a 200,000 acre en largemen t of the Joshua Tree Natio na l Monument. Along wit h the expansions, the mon um ents wo uld be upgraded to Nati onal Park sta tus. Moreover, th e bill would create the Mojave Na tio na l Monu ment , whi ch wo uld enco mpass 1.5 million acres of BLM-ad m in istered land. Of that tota l, 700,000 acres would be set aside as wilderness. All told , app roxi mately 7.4 million acres wou ld be tied up as wilderness by the bill, wh ich its au tho rs are touting as a "compromise" tha t considers all sides inte rested in the desert. But multiple-use advocates, like AMA District 37 Legislative O fficer Dan a Bell, see it in a different ligh t, "The desert means a grea t deal to th e people who live, work and play there, and we want LO see it pro tected," said Bell. " But this bill wo uld do no th in g to ensure a balance of uses. Wh at it wou ld do is u ndermine the who le concep t of multiple-use and dismantl e a lO-year-old manag ement pl an for the desert tha t . is workin g." .Bell was referring to the existing California Desert Plan , wh ich has been ad min istered by the BLM since 1980. That pl an, whi ch was drawn up after an exhaustive study and hearin g process, concep tua lizes the multiple-use approac h to the managemen t of public lands. But th e Leh man-Levin e bill wou ld effectively scra p the years of research th at went into that p lan , lock up mo re pub lic lan d and con fine resident s, ranch ers an d off-h ighway riders LO fewer areas of the desert , all at th e same tim e. Accordin g to Eric Lundq uist, AMA legislative affairs specialist. "T h is is no comprom ise. It 's a case of two like-minded pol iticians ign oring th e Slated will of the people of Cal ifornia who have repea tedly voiced their con cern th at this legislation isn 't th e right approach to the desert." Lehma n, wh o heads th e H ouse's General Oversight and California Desert Lands Subco mmi ttee, has sch edul ed a Washington hear ing to consider the desert bill on July 30, only eigh t workin g days after its introd uction. "T h is is an o ut rage," said Patrice Davison of the Ca lifo rn ia Desert Coalition. "That's certa in ly not eno ug h time to pre pare testim ony on such an impo rta nt pi ece of legislation. We believe that the hearing sho uld be po stponed u nti l th is fall ." In the meantime, concerned riders are urged LO ma ke their views known on thi s bill by writing to the Honorable Richard Lehma n, 1319 Lon gworth Building, Wash ington , D.C. 20515; and to the Honorabl e Mel Levin e, 2443 Rayburn Bu ild ing , Wash ington , D.C. 20515. U 2 The Marlboro men meet in J ersey_ eam Marlboro Roberts' Rich Oliver (above left ) shows four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears the controls of his 1990 Yamaha YZR500 prior LO th e Marlboro Grand Prix at the Meadowlands on J u ly 14. Oliver and hi s teammate Robbie Pet ersen gave a motorcycle exhibition to car racing fans at the Meadowlands. T Shadow VLX (candy red ) a t $3999. According to H onda, all the early release model s are unchanged, spec wise, from the '91 models. Pion eer Arena in Oak dale, California, wi ll h o st th e Walt Masterson Memorial R o u g h Scrambles Race on November 10. Masterson , wh o passed away last winter, will be remem bered for the ma ny years he devoted to the spo rt both as an AMA officia l and as a track builder. All proceeds from the race will go to h is wife Alice. Amon g tho se who 'll be on hand for the occasion are hi s step-son Kenny R o berts , Wayne Rainey, John Kocinski, Bubba Shobert an d Doug Chandler. For more informati on, call Deb George of Ab-n or mal Promotions at 209/ 838-3200. The Willow Springs Internatio n al Raceway round of th e AMA National Road Race Cha mpions hi p has been cancelled. Originally scheduled for Septemb er 22, the Willow ro und ha s been wit hdra wn by track management because of commerical considerations, according to the AMA. The ni ne-race series will now be run in eight rounds. Late news from the French round of the 500cc World Championship Road Race Series is that Kevin Schwantz has in ked a new two-year contract with Suzuki. The Texan finished fourth in th e French GP at Paul Ricard on july 21. The win at the Du tch Grand Prix three weeks ago by Kevin Schwantz was the 16th of his career, putting him one win away from tieing Australian Wayne Gardner for ninth on the alltime 500cc GP win list. After his win in France on july 21, World Champion W ayne Rainey has 15 wins to his credi t and this season's other threetime winner Mich a el Doohan no ha s four career victories. The current active lead er in race wins is Eddie Lawson with 30. Powersports Marketing of America 's B ille e Davis , who has been handling th e public relations for T eam Muzzy Kawas aki i n 't h e AMA Superbi ke will Nationa l Cham pio ns hi p , undergo surgery for the removal of a kidney and a tu mor on july 24 in the Albany Medical Cente r in Albany, New York. Davis will be hospitalized for a week to 10 da ys and will th en face a recovery time of at least two weeks. Riders wishing to qualify for the WERA Grand National F inal in the F-USA or Formula II classes can do so by competing in twoWERA Pro Series events in 1991. The previous requirement sp eci fied tha t a rider compe te in three WERA Pro Seri es even ts in order to be eligible to compete at th e GNF: There are th ree WERA Pro Series events remaining in 1991 : August 2-4 - Brainerd, Minnesota: August 23ยท25 - Poco no, Pennsylva-

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