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Cycle News 1997 06 18

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Kawasaki Team Green has announced that it will be providing technicians for trackside support and emergency services at the Mammoth MX in Mammoth Lakes, California, on June 23-28. Team . Green will offer the same su pport at the GNC Good Times National (July 5-6), Team Green/GFI Youth World National (July' 5-6) and the Tennessee Volunteer State Championsl').ip (July 12-13). Motocrossers Anthony Pocorobba and Robbie Skaggs were named as the winners of the Skoal Bandit Racing Pro Privateer Challenge round.e.t the AMA 125/250cc National MX at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, on May 25. Pocorobba put together 15-9 motos to finish 11 th overall in the 250cc class, while Skaggs' 7-6 scores were good for sixth overall in the 12Sec class. Both riders received $500 checks from Skoal Bandit Racing for their efforts. In an effort to step up its coverage of motorcycle racing, the Speedvision television network program Bike Week will be stepping up its highlights coverage of premier AMA events, including the inaugural AMA Road Racing Grand Championship and the 16th annual Amateur National Motocross Championships. The Road Racing Grand Championship is scheduled for September 2628 and will air on October 8. The Amateur National Motocross Championships are set for August 14-17 and will air on August 19. Other events slated for Bike Week coverage include the AMA National Reliability Enduro Championship Finale and the AMA Amateur & Youth Dirt Track Championships. Lake Whitney Cycle Ranch in Lake Whitney, Texas, has announced that it has attained sanction for the final round of the Tour of Texas MX Series. The event is scheduled to take place on August 30-31. For more information, contact Sharon Johnson at 817/694-4271. Due to a contractual dispute with the land owner, Adelanto Raceway in Adelanto, California, will be closing. The facility will remain open until June 15. Promoters Lee Saul, and Floyd and Valerie Coe are hoping to resume operations at a new facility in the future. Stay tuned. The race facility formerly known as Rainbow Motocross Track has been reopened under the Competition Park moniker. The revamped facility will offer a 1-mile outdoor motocross trae;,jr;o, supercross track and pee wee track. It will be open six days a week, with Tuesday being the closed day. For more information, call 909/654-2126 or 619/633-1197. South Eastern Gas Gas in Cleveland,. Mississippi, has announced that it is now the distributor for Gas Gas products, including the Spanish firm's enduro and trials motorcycles. For more information, call601/843-9055. The LA Old Timers are hosting their . 25th reunion. The event will be held at the Mammoth Mountain motocross on Friday, June 20. For more information, ·cal1818/882-5935. Wheels Through Time museum founder Dale Walksler embarked on his 3200mile transcontinental record attempt from the Petersen Automotive Museum on June 5,1997. Aboard the same model 1917 Hend.erson used originally, Walksler is attempting to break the LA-to- Gas Gas to build four-stroke panish motorcycle manufacturer Gas Gas, best known for its World Championship-winning trials machines, is looking to expand its range to include four-strokes. It is a significant step for such a small-volume manufacturer to undertake the substantially higher development and manufacturing costs of a four-stroke engine, even a single-cylinder one, and suggests that Gas Gas has big plans for the future. "Gas Gas decided to build this engine following the tradition of the company to have its own technology and proprietary engines, so to our 125, 200, 250, 270 and 320cc trials range, we will add to the TI250 a MC250 and the new four-stroke," Gas Gas' Andreu Codina said. "There is also a new series of kart-racing engines in the works with rotary-valve and reed-valve intake systems." . The photo above shows a prototype of the four-valve, liquid-cooled four-stroke powerplant. Details about its present configuration are limited, though in the end the company plans to produce the engine in two displacements, 250 and 400cc, and to utilize these engines in both full-endl;.lro mode - so tuned for maximum power - as well as for a range of dual sport machines featuring electric start. The twin-eam engine presently features a balance shaft and fuel injection, though at this stage in development anytlling can change. In order to keep the engine as compact as possible, the cylinder is arranged vertically in relation to the cases. Gas Gas hopes to have the new four-stroke running in a chassis by the International Six-Day Enduro in Brescia, Italy, August 12-17.. Also part of Gas Gas' expanding lineup is the MC250, a motocross-oriented 250cc two-stroke, to compliment its impressive TT250 Enducross enduro machine. One of the more interesting features of the new bike is the linkageless rear suspension, similar in concept to what KTM has been experimenting with since last year in the 500cc World Championship MX Series on its factory bikes. The MC250's perimeter frame is suspended at the front by a WP 50mm Extreme conventional fork, while the rear features a new-style Ohlins shock. The powerplant is based upon the 249cc, 66.4 x 72mm two-stroke that powers the TI250, but features a four-speed transmission. The MC250 will be imported in limited numbers to the United States beginning late this year. S Staten Island, New York, record of seven days, 16 hours and 16 minutes set by Alan Bedell in 1917. He is doing so in . an effort to earn money for America's Grand National dirt track racers. finale at Quail Canyon in Lemon Grove, California. Practice will be held on June 14, with the race taking place on June 15. For more information, call 714/3671141. Harley-Davidson announced the dedication of its new, state-of-the-art product development center in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, to William G. "Willie" Davidson, during an employee event on Saturday, June 7. "The new Willie G. Dayicfson center was dedicated in recognition of the tremendous contributions that Willie G. has made to the design of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and the success of the Motor Company," said Jeffrey Bleustein, president and chief operating officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Co. 'The POC is a cornerstone of Harley-Davidson's strategic plan to remain the motorcycle market leader long into the future. This facility allows us to bring new products to our customers more quickly." mRED: Mike Harvey, as an outside sales representative in San Diego, California, by White Brothers Cycle Specialties. CORRECTION: The results of the Idaho City ISDE Qualifier we printed last week were incorrect. The overall winner of the twcrday event, held May 31-June 1, in Idaho, was Chris Smith (TM), who also won the Lightweight Two-Stroke class. Brian Brown (Kaw) won the Heavyweight Two-Stroke class, while Italian Luca Trussardi (Hon) and Dan Harte topped the Lightweight and .Heavyweight Four-Stroke classes, respectively. Check for coverage of the event in next week's issue. CHANGED: The schedule for the final round .of the CMC Spring Classic Series BORN: Jackson Alan, to Lynnwood Yamaha's Joe Scroggs and his wife Sue on May 22 in Lynnwood, Washington. OPENED: Race Video's home page on the World Wide Web. The site can be found at the following address: MOVED: Stroker Inc., to 1114 GAve., Unit 2, Hesperia, CA 92345, 760/9482871. CORRECTION: Barum Tires are made in the Czech Republic, not Russia as previously reported. OPENED: Jarman's Sportcycles' home page on the World Wide Web. The site can be found at the following address: AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: At Ronnies Cycle Sales, 501 Wahconah St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Team Kawasaki's Jeff Emig, Damon Huffman a.nd Ryan Hughes are scheduled to appear. OPENED: American Suzuki Motor Corporation's home page on the World Wide Web. The site can be found at the following address: http//wwwsuzukicom CORRECTION: An incorrect date was given in the Wind item (Issue #23, June 11,1997) regarding the 1997 Husaberg raffle at the Washougal, Washington 125/25Occ MX National. The Washougal National is scheduled for August 17, 1997. HIRED: Cole Gress, to the position of Advertising Supervisor in the Motorcycle and ATV Advertising Department at Ame~ican Suzuki Motor Corp. For the last 4 1/2 years Gress has served as Contingency /Promotions Coordinator in the Sports Promotions Department at American Suzuki. NAMED: Former BSA/Harley-Davidson factory rider Dan Haaby as CEO of Next Sports Inc. Haaby will oversee financial and administrative matters for the Northern California~based apparel company while founder/president Randy Schaffner will .direct the design, production and marketing departments. MOVED: Next Sports Inc., to 11960 Heritage Oaks PI., Suite #10, Auburn, California, 95603. The new phone mi.mber is 916/889-5673. The new Fax number is 916/889-5674. The E-mail address is NAMED: Jerry G. Wilke, as President and Chief Operating Officer of Buell Motorcycle Company. Wilke, currently Vice President, Vehicle Marketing and Sales/The Americas for Harley-Davidson, will assume the new role immediately. Erik Buell, the founder of his namesake company, will become the Chairman and Chief Technical Officer for Buell. l:'-. 0\ 0\ ..... 00 ..... Q) § ..-, 3

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