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Cycle News 1992 05 06

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eINTHEWIND ~ By Papa Wealey >-- C'I:l ~ ~ 1254 of the units in the U.S. that are affected by this action. Some CBR900RRs may not have adequate clearance between the front disc brake pads and the caliper assembly. Under certain conditions this may cause the front brake to overheat, and braking performance may be reduced. The rear brake system would not be a££ected. There have been no incidents or reports of this condition occurring in the U.S. Owners of the a££ected motorcycles will be contacted by American Honda and the bikes will be inspected and, if necessary , the front brake pads replaced free of charge by authorized Honda dealers. Frenchman Yves Demaria (Suz) scored the overall win at round four of the World Championship I 25cc MX Series April 26 in Plomion, France. Demaria won the first two motos and was the runner-up to Californian Tallon Vohland (Suz) in the final moto. Vohland finished second overall and Dutchman Dave Strijbos (Hon) rounded out the top three. Demaria leads Dutchman Pedro Tragter (Suz) in the point standings, 176-159, with South African Greg Albertijn third at 149 points. ~ CD Italian Alessandro Puzar · (Yam) was the overall winner via 1-5-2 moto finishes at round three of the World Championship 250cc MX Series April 26 in Schwanenstadt, Austria. Californian Bader Manneh (Hon) finished second overall with 8-2-1 rnoto finishes, and defending 250cc World Champion Trampas Parker (Hon) of Louisiana rounded out the top three overall finishers with a 2-7-3 tally. Belgian Stefan Everts (Suz) leads Puzar in the point standings, 109-108. Parker is third with 103 points while Californian Bob Moore (Yam) is tied with Belgian Mamicq Bervoets (Yam) for fourth with 72 points. Elizabeth Skinner, 71, passed away on March II in Alabama. She was the mother of Jim Skinner, an Expert class dirt tracker in the '60s, and John Skinner, who competed as an Expert dirt tracker in the '70s. Mrs. Skinner was an avid supporter and a fixture in the pits during the period her sons raced. Godspeed, Elizabeth. Scott Plessinger (KTM) won round four of the AMA WisecolYamahai Yokohama Grand National Cross Country Series April 26 in Brownsvill e, Pennsylvania. Defending twotime GNCC and Hare Scrambles National Champion Scott Summers (H on), who won the previous three GNCC rounds, finished second overall and Joel Andrews (Hon) was third. Kevin Windham (Kaw) was th e top scoring mini rider at the 21st Annual NMA World Mini Grand Prix, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 24-26. Windham won the 80cc Stock (14-16 year-old) and Super Mini classes. Craig Decker (Kaw) notched wins in the 125cc Stock, Modified, and 250cc Modified Intermediate classes, while David Pingree (Suz) topped the 250cc Stock . Intermediate class. Damon Huffman (Suz) won the 125cc Stock and Intermediate Pro classes, while Ray Crumb (Kaw) and Scott Sheak (Kaw) split the 250cc Stock and Modified Pro class wins, respectively. Ted Hunnicutt and Greg Zitterkopf (Kaw) made up the winning team at the SCORE San Felipe 250 in San Felipe, B.C, Mexico, April 24. The duo completed the approximately 265-mile race in four hours and 32 minutes, averaging 58 mph. Finishing approximately three and a half minutes behind the.winning team were Garth Sweetland and Paul Ostbo (Kaw). Third overall and first 250cc was the Dave DonatonilJohnny and Jamie Campbell (Hon) team. The opening round of the AMA National Championship Reliability Enduro Series saw Sweden's Jimmie Eriksson (Hbg) score the overall win at the John link 4-03y ISDE Qualifier near Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 23-26. The runner-up was defending series champ Larry Roes eler (Kaw), while three-time National Enduro Champion Randy Hawkins (Suz) rounded out the top three. This year's International Six Day Enduro will be held in Cessnock, Australia, August 25-30. 2 American Honda has announced that it is conducting a v oluntary safety recall to inspect the front brake systems on certain 1993 CBR900RR motorcycles. There are In relaying the sad news about the passing of his mother, John Skinner informed Papa that he is vintage racing his Triumph flat tracker again and says he can still fit in his old leathers. However, John says they are wearing thin - " especia lly the bottom end which sports many patches." Since vintage racing doesn't pay well (for th e most part it doesn't pay at all), Skinner is looking for a " few good people" who might be willing to make a donation toward some new leathers. Interested? Give John a call at 205/821-2535. The Great Escape Trail Ride will take place near Red Mountain, California, over the May 23-25 Memorial Day weekend. Bill Mitchell, a rancher in the area, and Steamw e ll Walter, a miner, are supporting the ride as a sign of their appreciation of the help they've received from the AMA in the land use struggle. P a t O w e n s , who can provide more information on the ride (call him at 213/225-1687), says the likes of R a y H e n s le y , AI Rogers, " Little John" Hat e le y , Ge n e S mith and others "from our days of Cherry Creek and Dinosaurs desert racing" will be on hand. Motorcycles must be equipped with a spark arrestor and carry a Green Sticker to take part in the ride which will start just o££ Highway 395 and Trona Road. decided not to return to Europe to contest the rest of the World Championship 500cc MX Series. "1£ I went back, I wanted to feel as if I was given an opportunity to win," said Surratt, who was a member of the Italian Cinti Honda team. "But I didn 't feel like I was given one. The bike they shipped over for me to race at Glen Helen (U.S. GP) had about 20 hours on it, and then they wouldn't work on it, I didn't want to spend the rest of the season racing bikes like that," Surratt, who finished 7th in last year's World Championship 125cc MX Series, will remain in the United States to contest the remaining 250cc Nationals aboard a Suzuki Country Racing RM250. "After that, maybe I'll go back to Europe for a few supercrosses. The money is a lot better over there," added Surratt, or tubes at a suspicious price, would give me a call." The toll-free number at Van Leeuwen Enterprises is 800/ 333-1239. International Cycle Events, promoter of the May 1-3 May M oto rcycle Classic at North Carolina's Charlotte Motor Speedway, has announced that Metzeler will be the title sponsor of the Charlotte round of the AMA National Championship Superbike Road Race Series. The Metz eler Superbike Challenge, a 27-lap, 60mile race that will take place on the speedway's 2.25-mile course that combines portions of the oval with a twisting, eight-tum road course, will highlight a full slate of road races that begin at noon on Sunday, May 3. 1£ you plan , on attending the May S kip Van Leeu wen reports the theft of a container full of Cheng Shin tires and tubes from Van Leeuwen Enterprises in Arleta, California, on Friday, April 17. "The police recovered the container, but it was empty," said Van Leeuwen. "I'd appreciate it if anyone who is o££eredCheng Shin tires Motorc y cle Cla ssic at Charlotte Motor Speedway, be sure to stop by the Cycle News booth in The Motorcycle Mall, which is located in the speedway's infield, and say hello. Camel Pro Series veteran T err y P oovey missed the April ,18 Sacra- AMA road race TV nackage exnanded L ast weekend's Toyota Grand Prix of Laguna Seca, round two of the AMA National Championship Road Race Series, has been added to an expanded broadcast package of major AMA road races to be televised nationally on Prime Network. Two hours of programming from the April 24-26 event in Monterey, California, . brings the AMA Prime Network package to 14 hours, with two separate 6O-minute programs originating from each of seven Nationals. Coupled with TNN coverage of Camel Motorcycle Week from Daytona International Speedway, the Prime Network programming will provide an unprecedented volume of televised AMA road race action , with eight of nine 1992 AMA Nationals to be broadcast, The Prime Network broadcasts will air on Thursday evenings as part of a 30week sla te of motorcycle programming that began on April 23. Most Prime Network a££iliates will carry the programs at 8:30 p .m ., but viewers should consult their cable listings to confirm local air times. The Prime Network provides programming to a network of 14 regional outlets reaching over 26 million American households. Prime Network a££iliates include .Madison Square Garden. Sunshine Network, Home Team Sports, New England Sports Network, Pro Am Sports Systems, Prime Sports Northwest, Prime Ticket, Home Sports Entertainment, Prime Sports Networks, SportSouth and KBL Network. . Following is a revised summary of air dates for the various broadcasts of 1992 AMA National Championship Road Race Series events: After a dismal showing at the April 5 U.S. 500cc MX GP. Willie Surratt Location Daytona International Speedway Network!Air Dates TNN - April 12, Sept, 27 April 25-26 The 3 rd Annual Fiesta for Kids, a motorcycling event to benefit Stanford Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, will take place from 12 noon to 4 p.rn, on Sunday, July 12, at Laguna Seca Rac e w a y in Monterey, California. A host of activities are planned, including a Texas-style barbecue, controlled demo rides on the race track, a charity auction, industry exhibitions and organized rides to the event, A donation of $35 or more includes entry to the event, a ride pin, the barbecue lunch, and a chance to win a Honda CB750 Nighthawk. Attendees are also asked to bring a new toy. Toys will be given to kids at the hospital. Tickets and pre-registration forms are available at most northern California motorcycle dealerships and will also be available at the gate the day of the event. The event is being presented by M ike Cor bin and three-time Grand National Champion B ubba Shobert in association with Honda and Laguna Seca Raceway. For more information, call 800/438-8838. Event Date March 8 Laguna Seca Raceway ·Prime Network Superbike: May 28 SuperSport: June II May 2-3 Charlotte Motor Speedway ·Prime Network Superbike: June 25 SuperSport: July 2 May 30-31 Texas World Speedway No Television Coverage June 13-14 Brainerd International Raceway ·Prime Network Superbike: July 16 SuperSport: July 30 June 20-21 New Hampshire In!'1 Speedway ·Prime Network Superbike: August 6 SuperSport: August 20 June 27-28 Road America ·Prime Network Superbike: September 3 SuperSport: September 10 August 1-2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course ·Prime Network Superbike: September 17 SuperSport: October I Oct. 10-11 Texas World Speedway ·Prime Network Superbike: October 29 Supersporc November 5 ·Most Prime Network a££iliates will carry programs at 8:30 p.m. Consult local listings. -

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