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Cycle News 1998 06 24

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. IN THE WIND .....:. -, ,.~ . Ian Simpson (Hon) won theSenior TT an the Isle of Man on Friday, June 12, averaging 119.79 mph to beat Bob Jackson (Kaw) by 3.7 seconds. Third place went to James Courtney (Hon). Earlier in the day, Jim Moodie (Hon) gave Honda its 100th TT victory when he won the Production TT on a CBR900RR. Moodie averaged 119.19 mph to top Nigel Davies (Kaw) and Michael Rutter (Hon). The Singles TT, held on June 10, was won by Dave Morris (BMW) over Moodie, and the Ultra-Lightweight TT, also held on June 10, was won by Robert Dunlop (Hon). Rutter also beat Simpson by six seconds to win the Junior TT on June 10. Team Kawasaki riders Martin CraggiJl and Damon Buckmaster dominated the fifth round of the Australian Superbike Championship recently at Wanneroo Park in Western Australia. Buckmaster topped Craggill in the first leg, but Craggill reversed the decision in the second race. Craggillieads the championship point standings' . Team Suzuki Winfield protege Jaimy Scevenels will replace the injured Werner Dewit on the 1998 factory Suzuki and will compete in the rest of the 250cc Motocross World Championship. Heavy storm activity forced the cancelation of round three of the National Championship Hillclimb Series, scheduled for Freemansburg, Pennsylvania, June 14. What's bigger than a Super Bowl? How about Harley-Davidson's 95th Birthday Reunion, held last week in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area. According to local authorities, the Harley celebration was expected to bring $120 million into the Wisconsin economy. According to a press release from Larry Naston, the former AMA Supercross announcer has been contracted to announce the U.S. Open of Supercross in Las Vegas, Nevada, in October. Naston has been spending the majority of his time announcing on MRN Radio, NASCAR's radio network. Four-time National Observed Trials Champion Geoff Aaron will lead the four-member team that will repre ent America at the 1998 Trial des Nations, September 14-22, in Chiesa Valmalenco, Italy, according to the AMA. Aaron will be joined by Raymond Peters, Matt Moore and Dennis Sweeten, with Michael Byrant being named as the team's alternate. The AMA is also offer- ~ National MX to pay $700,000 in Drize money T • • he coalition of motocross race organizers known as the National 'Promoters Group (NPG), a select group of industry sponsors, series title sponsor Mazda Trucks and the AMA have ,together amassed the largest prize fund in the history of motocross racing, according to an AMA press release issued lune 8. An uprecendented $700,000 in cash awards is up for grabs this year by the riders in the AMA/Mazda Truck Motocross Nationals. "This huge pool of prize money is just the latest in a series of upgrades that are raising the standards in motocross racing," said Merrill Vanderslice, director of competition for AMA Pro Racing. "We applaud the National Promoters Group and au the sponsors for supporting those who make the sport what it is - the riders." The NPG ~ which organized a cadre of sponsors and raised $200,000 in season bonuses alone - consists of the local race organizers for the 12race series. Series title sponsor Mazda Trucks has posted another $100,000 attracted record crowds. I believe this is a direct result of the efforts of the NPG and our sponsors, plus the growing presence of our sport on televi~on." - NPG sponsors contributing to the $200,000 bonus fund include: Thor/Parts Unlimited; Dunlop Motorcycle Tires; FMF Racing; Pro-X Pistons/L.A. Sleevei Moto Tees; Copenhagen Racing; 1-8O

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