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Cycle News 1998 04 29

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tripling its entire warehouse space. "All of us at Tucker Rocky/Nempco are very, very excited about how our company is evolving, about how the dealer community has responded to our new culture and vision, and about what the future holds for us as employees, for our 'dealers, and for our industry as a whole," said Bill Carter, director of marketing. Copenhagen Racing has signed on as the presenting event sponsor of the AMA 125/250cc National Motocross Championship. In addition, Copenhagen will sponsor the Copenhagen Racing Pro Privateer Challenge, a contingency program which awards prize money at each of the 12 events to the top ·two finishing privateers in both the 250 and 125cc classes. At year's end, the top two finishers among the privateers in both classes will receive $5000 and $3000, respectively. Malcolm Smith Motorsport~ currently has a number of limited spots available for its second annual BMW-Only Dual .Sport Ride, May 15-17 in B'orrego Springs and Julian, California. For more information, call 900/687-1300. The Dallas, Texas, round of the AMA Thor/Parts Unlimited Supercross Series will be televised in a one-hour show on ABC on April 26, the day after the race. ABC will air the race at 5 p.m. (Eastern), immediately following its coverage of the Talladega NASCAR Winston Cup race. Paul Page, the voice of the Indianapolis 500, 'and regular ESPN2 announcer and 1993 AMA Supercross and National Motocross Champion David Bailey will announce the race, with Art Eckman and Davey Coombs providing on-track announcing. "PACE Motor Sports is certainly excited with the opportunity to showcase the world's premier motorcycleracing series on network television," said Gary Becker, CEO of PACE. "We applaud-ABC Television's interest in the sport of supen:ross and hope the Dallas event will set a positive precedent for future network coverage." The show will be directed by Seals Communication's longtime supercross director, Scott McLemore. GFI Racing has scheduled the 125cc and 250cc races for the GFI Winter Series North/South Showdown on April 26 at Perris Raceway later in the day than is usual to accomodate riders returning from the Dallas Supercross. For more information, call 909/653-4042. In addition, Blair Risnes from New Horizon Satellite Systems will be on hand at the event to provide the ABC Wide World of Sports presentation of the Dallas Supercross to fans a ttending the North/South Showdown. For more information on the broadcast, call 909/337-5932. Rob King, the AMA's national technical manager,_released the following Pro Competition Bulletin on March 23: "Effe.ctive immediately, in road racing, any sensors that determine rear-wheel speed cannot be mounted in any location on motorcycles during qualifying sessions, heat races, or races. That is, sensors that determine rear-wheel speed may be mounted on the motorcycle during practice sessions only. The excepti<.?n is Supersport, where aftermarket data acquisition, other than automatic laptimiI!g devices, is not permitted at any 30-plus-mile charity ride. The ride. raised some $2550. California, and not May 15-18 as printed in last week's issue. Pre-1973 motorcycles will be a part of the 11 th annual Seal Beach Main Street Car Show, Seal Beach, California, on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, according to event promoters. AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: At Desert Only Yamaha in Henderson, Nevada, on May'l from 5 to 7 J?m. Team Yamaha's Doug Henry, Kevin Windham, John Dowd and Team Chaparral's Jeremy McGrath and Jimmy Button are scheduled to appear. For more infQrmation, call 702/565-5254. time." Etnies Footwear, Ar11ette Sunglasses and Team Moto XXX are having an allage Supercross party after the final round of the AMA Supercross Series to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2. The party will be held at the conclusion of the race at The Joint, a club located inside the Hard Rock Cafe, and will feature the bands Guttermouth and Strung Out. For more information, contact Jordan Burns at 818/704-5986. According to Professional Motorsports Productions (PMP), the Toyota Canada Superbike Series will air on Speedvision this summer. The shows begin with a preview of the 1998 season, scheduled to air on May 26 at 9 p.m. (Eastern). The first round, scheduled for Mosport on June 7, will air on June 23 at 9 p.m. The Canadian National Road Racing Championship consists of seven races at six venues. across Canada. Acclaim Sports will debut its "Supercross '98 featuring Jeremy McGrath" video game in May. The game, which is designed exclusively for the Sony Playstation, includes tracks and bikes designed by McGrath. "Jeremy McGrath symbolizes the best in racing," said Bob Picunko, sports marketing director for Acclaim Sports. "Throughout his outstanding career, Jeremy has consistently been the number-one name in the sport of supercross. We are thrilled to have him on board and look forward to tapping into his racing expertise to make Supercross '98 the best racing game' for the Playstation." "I think it's cool that Acclaim Sports selected me to represent Supercross '98," McGrath said. "I'm really a big gamer and I'm glad to take part in developing a realistic supercross game." The game will feature both supercross and motocross tracks. 'Vintage Dirt Track Racers Association Inc. has announced the completion of its reorgpnization to a nonprofit Colorado corporation and has released its 1998 Vintage Classics XI Dirt Track Racing schedule. The dirt track series will feature 2q rounds and a minimum purse of $2500 for Pro riders at the National events. For more information, call . 719/541-2741. Women motocrossers Debbie Matthews and Lisa Gallo have teamed up to provide the first interstate Women's Motocross Schools for all women riders - from beginner to advanced. Both group and private classes are available. For more information, call WMXS at 714/837-2206 or 702/221-3563. Showcase Bike Night will be held at the Speedway International Bar & Bistro in ., Newport Beach, California, on Thursday, May 7. Several exotic bikes are expected to be present, as well as many special guests from the motorcycle industry. For more infor)llation, call FS ·Productions at 714/573-4<;193. Indy'car racer Al Unser Jr. recently helped raise funds for the Buoniconti Fund, a national spinal-cord charity, from the seat of his new Victory V92C motorcycle. Just days before the CART FedEX Championship Series opener in Florida, Unser rode the new bike in the CORRECTION: Orient Express Powers ports is independently owned by former Orient Express racing sales manager Skip Dowling. CANCELED, The AHRMA Regional Flat Track scheduled for April 26 in Temecula, California, due to heavy flooding at the track., This is the third race that the San Diego Flat Track Association (SDFTA) has been forced to cancel due to heavy rains that have hit Southern California. The track will open again on June 14, according to SOFTA. For more information, call 619/277-2743. AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: At Honda Northwest in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. Team Factory Connectio{;/Jack in the Box/ Honda's Mike LaRocco is scheduled to appear. For more information, cali 702/6S6-0277. FORMED, Moto Laverda USA Inc., the official importer of Laverda motorcycles in the United States. Moto Laverda will begin distribution of Laverda motorcycles in Texas from its Houston headquarters this year, while Motorrad of North America will continue to be the distributor for the rest of the country for 1998. OPENED: PAC80G's (a Buell motorcycle and enthusiast group) home page on the World Wide Web. The site can be found at the following address: NAMED: Scott Scherb, as vice president of events for Checkered Flag Productions, by Ed Beckley. Scherb is a former AMA Grand National dirt track racer. NAMED: Thomas Tiller, as president and chief operating officer of Polaris Industries Inc., effective July 15. Kenneth Carson, who has served as the company's president for the past 10 years, will retire on September 1. Tiller most recently ~rved as vice president and generaJ manager of GE Silicones, a $1 billion, 3000-employee diVision of General Electric. "Tom grew up in Vermont and]had his own motorcycle by the time he was 10," saJd W. HaJl Wendel, Polaris' chairnian and chief executive officer. "He's a snowmobile and watercraft entnusiast. We couldn't be more excited to have him joining us." NAMED: Tom Ruschhaupt, as vice president of sales and service for Polaris Industries Inc.; Susan Worwa, as public relations/promotions coordinator for Polaris Industries; Mike Dougherty, as international sales manager for Polaris Industries; Pat Matthews, as accessory manager in the pflrts, garments and accessories division at Polaris Industries; Bruce Galvin, as district sales manager for Oklahoma and Kansas for Polaris Industries; and Bill Coles, as Victory Motorcycles zone saJes manager for the Northwest region of the United States. OPENED: The International Six-Day Enduro's" home page on the World Wide Web. The site can be found at the following address: u / -isdeoz98/ HIRED: Mike Lucas, as general manager of Podium One, a Kentucky-based parts, accessory and mailorder business, effective immediately. OPENED, The Syracuse Area Trail Rider Assodation's home page on the World Wide Web. The site can be found at the following address: OPENED: Pare Industries' home page on the World Wide Web. The site can be found at the following address:. MOVED, Fast Cycles/Fatcat's Designs, to 6057 BTanch Hill Guinea Pike, Milford, OH 45150, 513/57S-3278. CORRECTION: The Paul Thede/Race Tech suspension seminar will be held May 16-18 in Pomona, SIGNED: An agreement between Dunlop and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association that will see Dunlop sponsor the association's annuaJ Wing Ding motorcycle rally through the end of the century. ,This year's Wing Ding, scheduled for July 2-5 in Huntsville, Alabama, will be the 20th annual gathering for the group. ADDED: ATK Motorcycles, to the existing motor· cycle line at Puente Hills Motorsports in City of Industry, California. For more information, call 626/854-S770. PROMOTED: Bernie Thompson, to education director of the Orlando, Florida, campus of the Motorcycle & Marine Mechanics Instit;tte. TIlompson is an MMl veteran of 17 years, serving in a number of senior instruction and management capacities. OPENED: 45 Restoration Co.'s home page on the World Wide Web. The site can be found at the following address: BORN: Kaitlin Renee Kiedrowski, to four-time AMA National MX Champion Mike Kiedrowski and his wife, Kim, on Saturday, April 18, in Acton, California. POSTPONED, The NCEC Hoot Owl Qualifier and Night Owl Enduro in Forest Hill, California. Originally scheduled April 25·26, the events have been rescheduled for June 13-14, AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: At Kawasaki of Riverside in Riverside, California, on May 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. Team !

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