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Cycle News 1996 05 15

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As of Ju ne 15, the rules on tailsections for Superstrock and Production roa d race classes in W ERA-sanction ed ev en ts will be enforced, according to WERA. Apparently, the small piece of bodywork about the taillight on a stock Honda CBR600 F2 and F3 must be no higher than 1.5 inches above the seat when measured from the top of the cowling to the top of the seat. In addition, WERA will also begin enforcing the requirement for case guards or aftermarket case covers on the right side of the 1996 Suzuki GSXR750s. WERA also suggests (but does no t require) a replacemen t case cover on the left side of 1995 and 1996 Kawasaki ZX6Rs. For more in fo r m a ti o n , ca ll WERA a t 770/924-8404. WERA has a lso annou nce d some rule cha nges to the existing 1996 rulebook. As of June 1, Unlimi ted Twins motorcycles will no t be allowed to race in Ligh tweight Solo 20; over 750cc water-cooled, twins will be allowed in Unlimited Tw ins, bu t they must follow the Superstock rules in Chapter 9 of the WERA rulebook. WERA has also decided to allow full rain tires for use in Superstock competition. The tires must be molded fro m the factory rains with no han d-eu t slicks or intermediates allowed. For more information , call WERA at 770/924-8404. According to a press release issued on April 29, Petersen Publishing, publishers of such motorcycle magazines as Dirt Rider, Motorcyclist, Motorcycle Cruiser and Sport Rider, has retained Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a financial advisor to he lp th e company explore strategic al ternatives, including a possible business combination, the sale of the company, potentia l acq uis itio ns, an initial p ub lic offering or any other similar transactions. , Roy S chellenbe rger, the motocr oss racer w ho was p a ral yzed duri ng the Da yto n a Su percross in Ma r ch, h a s -retu rned ho me following his stay in a re ha bilitation facility . Schellenber ger' s ad d ress is as follows: 2918 Sutton Place, Roanoke, TX 76262. To obtain information regarding lodging fo r th e June 22-23 Loretta Ly n n's Amat eur Sou theast Regional Qualifier at Hillbilly Hills in Roberta , Geo rgia, contact Lois Martin at 912/788-0413. Rooms are li mi ted b ecau s e of t he Su mmer O lympi cs which are b e in g h eld in Atlanta, Georgia. Due to track resurfacin g a t the Pueb lo Mo tors p orts Park, the Mo torcycle Roadra cing As sociati on (M RA) road nice sc he d u led fo r May 12 ha s been p ostp oned and res cheduled for Au gust 4. The track is und ergo ing p avem ent cha nges from turn one to tu rn seven, according to the MRA. MX tra ck in Castaic, Cali fo rnia , will start its Thursday night practices which will run through the summer. The track is open from 3 p.m . to dusk. For more information, call 805/294-0020. President Clinton vetoed the pro duct li ability reform b ill in a ceremony staged in the White House Oval Office on May 2, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC). The announcement framed the ve to 'a s necessary to protect consumers from unsafe products a nd from a law that would have benefitted on ly big .business interests. The Product Liability Coor di nati ng Committee sees the ve to as a favor to the tria l lawyers. Althoug h the legislatio n had bipartisa n su pport in both the House and t he Se na te , t he ma rgins were n ot s ufficient to sus tai n a ve to override. BOR N: A baby girl, Baily Anne, to former Wo rld Superbike C hamp ion and current 500cc Grand Prix racer Scott Russell and his girfriend T.J. on April 25, in Atlanta, Georgia. CORRECTION: Doug Chand ler's victory in the AMA Superbike National at Laguna Seca Raceway on April 28 was not his first victory "of any kind" in six years as we reported in our race coverage in Issue #18. Chandler won the North American Sport Bike /Formula USA Series race at Daytona International Speedway this past March. A UT O G RAP H S IG N ING: A t Fay Myers Moto rcycle World in Denver, Co lorado, on May 17, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Members of Team Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and KTM are scheduled to appear . Fo r more information , call 303/ 744-6632. AN N O UNCED : Accordi ng to the U.s. Women's Mo torcycle League, American Honda Mot or Co. h as anno u nced that th ey w ill s upport the Ll.S, Wom e n ' s Motorcycle League as a corpor ate sponsor. OPENED: Livermore, California's Club Moto mo tocross track's home page on the World Wide Web. Th e site can be found a t t h e following a d dress: http:/ / OPEN HOUSE: At the Dan Rou it Flattrack Museum in Clovis , Californi a, on Ju ne 9 fro m 10 a.m, to 5 p.m. AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: At Ch ampions/ Marriott H o tel in Spring fi e ld , Massachusetts, on June 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Te am Ya maha's Jeff Emig, Dou g Hen ry, Kevin Wind ham and John Dowd are sc h e d uled to appear. For more information, calI 413/781-7111. AUTO G RAPH SI G N I N G: At N ew England Cycle Center in Hartford, Connecticut, on June 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Team Su zuki' s G reg Albertyn, Ezra Lusk, Mike laRocco and Tim Ferry are sched uled to appear . For more inform ation, call203 /527-D822. King (Shayne) wins French SOOcc MX GP A second -moto wi n sealed up the overall win for New Zealand's Shayne King at the World Championship 500cc MX round in Plomion, France, on May 3. The KTM rider finis hed second to defending champ Joel Smets in the first moto then wrapped things up with the second-mote victory. It was King's second win of the young, three-race-old series, as he won the series opener in Italy. Afte r winning his first moto of the year, the Belgian, Smets, crashed his factory Husaberg in the second and salvaged fourth, which was still good enough for second overall. Third overall went to King's bro ther Darryll King, on a Honda, who made it a King 1-2 sweep in the second mo to. A fou rth in the firs t moto and a second in the final gave Darryll King third overall. A 6-3 tally gave Germany's Dietmar Lacher, on a Honda , fourth overall, while Swede Peter Johansson completed the top five on a Husqvarna. In the series points chase, Smets still leads, bu t by only fou r poi nts over Darryll King, 89-85. Shayne King is ni ppi ng a t his brother ' s heel s in thi rd with 82 poin ts. . Rupert Walkn er of Aus tria and Johansson are tied for four th with 62 point s each. In Italy on the same day, Belgian Ma m icq Ber voets scored the overall win at the World Cha m pio ns hip 250cc MX GP in Mant ova. Bervoets p iloted his Tea m Bieffe Suzuki RM250 to victory after wi nni ng bo th motos over defending champ Stefan Everts, who wen t 2-2 on his RWJ Ho nda. Third overa ll on the day went to Italian An d rea Bartolini who accumu lated the same amount of points as RHK Kawasaki's Tallon Vohland. Bartolini we nt 6-4, while Vohland went 4-6. Bartolini was honored wit h third overall via his higher second-moto finis h. Kawasaki-mounted Frederic Bolley of France rounded out the top five wit h 5-7 mo to finis hes . By wi nn ing bo th mo tos, Bervoets exte nded his series points lead over bo th Everts and Vohla nd . Bervoets now has 172 po ints, while both Everts and Vohla nd ha ve accumulated 143 points apiece. German Pit Beirer is fourth wi th 104 and Bolley is fifth with 89. On ce aga in, Fren ch riders ruled the 125cc World Championship MX GP scene. In Bellpuig, Spain, Kawasaki's Seba stien Tortelli and Yamah a's Fred eric Vialle ma de it a French 1-2 sweep, wi th Tortelli going 1-2 and Vialle going 3-1. Preven ting an all-Fra nce podi um w as Englishman Paul Malin, w ho posted 5-4 moto finish es on his Yamaha. Rou nd ing out the top five overall w as ano ther Frenchman, Mickael Masch io, and Swiss rider Philippe Dupasquier. Torte lli leads the seri es po ints stand ings wi th 85, and Vialle and Maschio ar e tied for seco nd wi th 76 points each . Malin holds d own fourth wit h 55. . secon d a t the Pomona Half Mil e on a C&J-fra med Harl ey-Davidson XR750 and n ot a Kenny Tolb ert-framed machine as w e reported in th e Briefly section of ou r Pomo na Ha lf Mile coverage. U.S. N avy pil ot Bill Durd en of Ren o, Nevada, won a Suzuki 200 SE in a drawing held a t th e AMA Nation al Motocross round at Hangtown in Sacra mento, California , on May 5. The drawing was h eld in conjunction w it h th e Dirt Diggers Motorcycle Club, Suzuki Mo tor Co rp. and Lu mberjack Building Materials . Th e winn ing en tr y w a s drawn by ei ght-year-old Cub Scout Brand on Johnson. AUTOGRAPH SIG NING: At Micha el' s Kawasaki in Carson City, Nevada o n May 11, from 2 to 6 p.m. Team Green's Ty Davis and Larry Roeseler are schedu led to appear. For more information, call 702/883-6480. CO RR ECTION: The admission price fo r th e Zeke Wenger Memorial Hillclimb on Ma y 19, in Mid dlebury, Indiana, is $10 and not $8 as printed in last week's issue. Begi nni ng on May 9, the Castaic Lake CORRECTIO N: Will Dav is finished AUT O G RA P H SIG NI NG : A t Sun Honda, in Denver, Colora do, on Ma y 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Honda of Troy / Sinisa lo te am rid er s ar e sc hed u led to a p pear. Fo r more information , call 303/287-7566. ~ 0\ AU T O G RAPH SI G N I N G : A t Cutler ....... Ridge Mo to rcycles, in Miami, Florida, u) on May 17, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Team ,...... Yamaha /Vance & Hines and Tea m Oliver riders Jamie James, Tom Kipp and Ric h Oliv er are sc h e d u le d to appear. For more information, call 305/258-2000. C'l

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