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Cycle News 1999 11 10

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Michael Laff erty (KTM) won the 15th and final round of the AMA Acerbis National Enduro Series, held in Del awa re City, Delaware, o n October 31. Lafferty topped Joel Dengler (Suz) and Richard Laffer ty (KTM ) in the Delaware Enduro Riders-hosted event. Michael Lafferty en ded up seco nd in the se ries s tandings, 10 points behind Ty Davis, who had wrapped u p th e championship p rior to th e last ro und and elec ted not to race. M o t orpla y? Yo u b e t . The FIM has la unched a lot tery game based on th e res u lt s of the W orld Cha mpio nshi p Road Racin g, World Superbike, Wo rld Motocross and World Supe rcross Series, offeri ng th e o p portu nity to make bets online - up to one hour befo re the sta rt of the race. The ga me b eg an o n a n experime ntal ba sis with this past weekend's Ar gen tinea n Grand Prix. For more info rmation, vis it It now appears certain that 16-ye ar-old Roger Lee Ha yd en will be the second rider on th e Ch aparral Suz uki team for the 2000 racing season. Th e youngest of the three racing Hayd en brothe rs, Roger Lee will joi n Austra lia n Dam on Buckm a s ter in t h e AMA 600 and 750 cc Supersport Series, rid ing the team's Suzuki GSXRs. For the firs t time in recent memory, the FlM has scheduled a majo r road race on the same d ay as the Da ytona 200. This ye ar's 200 will be held on March 12 - the sam e day as the o pening round of the" World Su perbike Cham pion s h i p , scheduled for Valencia, Spain. The F1M has also caused a confli ct in Australia with the World Superbike race at Phillip Island scheduled for April 23 - the same weekend as the annual Bathurst IT. "I'm really excited to see an enthusiasm you can actua lly breathe in this company," said Stefan Evert s during his visit to the Varese, Italy factory of Husq varna, the compa ny with which he recently sig ned a three-year contract. "Everyone from to p -level execu tives. down is involved in this g rea t pro ject, and thi s gives m e a lot of m oti vatio n for th e futu re . It' s a b rand -new challenge for me . The 500 and the fou r-stroke are the fu ture of motocross racing - I could n't pass it up. " The four-tim e World Champion will ra ce a TC61 0 in the 500c c World Championship in 2000. Husky's AMA team has been finalized with Ne w Yorker Pau l Carpenter slated to ride a Hu sky CR125 alon gside threetime World Champion Ales sio Ch iod i in the AMA Supercross and AMA 125cc ationa l Motocross Championships in 2000. Rick Yacou cci rod e his "mild ly modified " Su zuki Ha yabusa to the Production-dass motorcycle record at the Bonnevill e Salt Flats recently. Yacoucci had a two-p ass averag e of 210.7 mph - after recording runs of 204.103 and 199.313 mph. ~ ~ .z E ~ o Z 2 A d r a ft of a natio nal blueprint fo r mo torcycle safety that d iscusses issues ranging from ri d e rs ' a tt itud es to the construction of roads is now available for p ublic comment, acco rding to the AMA.•Called the National Agenda for Mot orcycle Safety, this 100-plus page docu me n t was put together u nder the lead ership of the Motorcycl e Safety Fo u nda tio n (MSF) a n d th e National Highway Tra ffic Safety Adminis tra tion (NHTSA) to gui de safety initiatives now and in the future. The documen t will be fine- tu ned at a conference spo nsored by the MSF and N HTSA November 12-13 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix hotel in Arizona. The Aut o Ch annel "ill provide live TVon-the-I et coverage of the Cycle Wo rld Intern ational Motorcycle Show from the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California" ovember 26-28. The si te can be found at: ww w .theau H on d a m o to rcy cl e, ATV and scooter purch aser s now have a new financing o p tio n - a p riva te-label credit card . Th rough Tra n s am er ica Distrib ution Fina nce (TDF), Honda will begin offering a revol vin g credit-card program to it s over 1500 d e al e rs in th e Un ited Sta tes. . Ov er $21,000 was raised to suppo rt th e sea rch for the cause and cu re of pe diatric brai n tu mors by th e Honda Rid e for Kid s on O ctober 2 in North Car olina, South Carolina and Geo rgia . Buster Mold enhau er was the top fu nd raiser at $5603. Ano ther $93,000 was ra ised for the sa me ca use at th e October 10 Ride for Kid s in Arizona, where Mark and Janet Tkac h were the top fund raisers, at $20,000. The to p club was GWRRA Ari zo n a C ha pter D w it h a whopping $34,393 . The pro g ra m has now ra ised over 51.6 million this year. Dream job: If you 're a tru cker w ho's into moto, fir e y o u r r esum e o ff to Pro Circuit. The team is looking for a tru ck driver to take its team semi to the AMA Supercross and National MX rounds. Th e driver must hav e at least tw o years ex p erien ce driving coast to coast and possess a CDL license. The driver will maintain the tractor and trail er . Mail or fax resumes to Pro Circuit Products, c/o Jim Perry, 2nl Wa rd low Rd., Corona, CA 92882, 909/738-8065 (fax). The s ta n d a rdiza tio n of motorcycl es worldwide is one of the ma jor concerns of mo torcyclis ts w ho attended the FIM Internati onal Publi c Poli cy Conference in Mul hou se, Fra nce, October 15-17 , according to the AMA. Rou ghly 1000 rid ers fro m 14 coun tries , including th e United States, attended the conference a n d globa l h arm on iz at io n , which invo lves uniform standa rd s for products built worldwide, including motorcycles. With the su ppo rt of Mot o Liberty, Race Against Cancer is providing the oppo rtunity to "in a Honda RSl25 road race bike. All proceeds will go toward granting Christmas w ishes to ch ild re n who s u ffe r with ca ncer or s pi n a l co rd inju ries . The Children' s Miracle etwork and the Christopher Reeve Found ation will select individual fa m ilies th at w ill benefit fro m this fundrai ser. Th e drawing will be held at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital on December 20, 1999. Every $50 tax-deductible donation received will get one ticket in the drawing, and only 300 ticke ts will be issued. Send all donations to Race Against Cancer, Inc., P.O. Box 124, Pebbl e Beach, CA 93953, or call 831/320-6683. Valvoli ne EMGO Suz uki officia lly released roa d race r Jos h Ha yes from his con tract as of October 25, 1999, an d his con trac t with Amer ican H o nd a a nd Erion Racing will begin o n Novem ber I, 1999, accordi ng to his ma nagem ent. Du cati Perfo rmance's Ben Bost rom will h ead to Ital y s ho rtly to compete in a series of events with road racing stars Y2K down &dirt he AMA has released the tentative schedule for the 2000 AMA Grand ational Dir t Track Series. Thus far, newly crowned champion Chris Carr and company will be visi ting fou r mil es, 10 half mil es, one IT and two short tracks, wi th a ha ndful of d ates still ope n. According to the AMA, th ree venues remain unna med , but "ill be an nounced in the near future. The cu rren t version of the schedule is as follows: T March 11 May 20 May 28 June 10 June 17 June 24 July 1 July 8 July 15 July 29 August 5 August 9 August 13 August 19 August 26 September 3 September 16 September 30 Ocotber 7 October 15 Oaytona Beach. Florida Harrington. Delaware Springfield. Illinois Topeka. Kansas Mineral Wells. West Virginia Lima.Ohio Joliet. Illinois Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Rossburg. Ohio Lake Odessa. Michigan Rapid City. South Oakota Peoria. Illinois Hagerstown. Maryland Sedalia. Missouri Springfield. lIIinois Sacramento. California : 0el Mar. California .5hort Track Half Mile Mile Short Track Half Mile Half Mile TBA Half Mile Half Mile Half Mile Half Mile Half Mile TT Half Mile Half Mile Mile M ile TBA TBA M ile like World Su perbike Champion Ca rl Fog a rty and 250cc W orld Cha m pion Valentino Rossi. The stars of the sport will be racing Supermotard motorcycles, go-karts , rally cars and formula cars in Italy. Bostrom will stay in there to take part in a Ducati test in Imola, Italy. issu ed by the Fed eral Cha mber of Autom oti ve Indus tri es, th e bod y represen ting the lea di ng Australian m o torcycle importers, th e strategy is for the 1000cc Prod uction Superbike class (wit h w hich superbikes ran alongsi de in 1999) to tak e over as the pr emier class in 2001. The 1999 World Champ ions' Awa rd s Banq u et will be held in Monaco o n December 4 in th e Ho tel de Pa ris in Mo nte Ca rlo . The even t is open to guests a nd specta to rs . For ticket inf or mation, call 44/ 181-874-5541. Th e D ucat i Dealer Superb ike te am in Aus tra lia has reportedly bee n d isba nded , according to Flack. "We' re still considering our le ve l of co m m it me n t for next yea r, so I ca nno t co m me nt," sai d Du cati Australia chief Warren Lee. "We need to access ho w this whole thi ng plays out and see how the dates and TV comes together before we make an y sort o f decis ion." Establis he d in 1990, the Ducati team won it s fi rs t Au st ralian Su perbike Champion ship in Sep tember wi th Steve Martin . Team ow ner red empt ion d a y d ept: Cha pa rra l Mot o rspor ts tea m owner Dave Damron beat Jeremy McGrath in their Speed Tru ck Challenge race, held a t Irw in dale Sp eed w a y in Ir wind al e, Ca lifornia, on October 23. Dam ron was ru nning ninth in the race un til sp inning ou t on the final lap, but he still man aged to finish 14th, with McGra th ending up 20th . McG ra th, however, had transmissio n problems ea rly in th e day which cost him two practice sessions. Dam ron qu alified 11th with McGrath qualifying 22nd . As of October 19, Speedway International Racin g Bistro & Bar of Newport Bea ch, California, has closed its doors. This change means that FS Productions is looking to introd uce the popula r Showcase Bik e ights to other locales in Southern California. Th e event will s til l be held a t most AMA Superbike even ts, as well as the popula r World Superbike night in Monterey, California. Look for upcoming events at the Showcase Bike Night web site: www.showcase Fo llowing a d eci s ion by the lea d ing motorcycle d istributors, Superbikes will not be part of the 2000 Aus tralian Shell V8 Su percar C ha m pions h ip su pport program , acco rdi ng to Cycle News con tribu tor Darryl Flack. After threa tening to pull o ut of the 1999 series, the di stri but or-backed tea ms are now determined to go through with thei r plan to be part of a btkes-onl y Au stralian Roa d Racin g Champ ion sh ip to run over sev en or eight rounds next yea r. In a sta te men t Mo tocrosser Joe Loderm ei er, 47, was killed when hi s motorcycle crashed hea d on wi th another rider while he was trail riding in the Forest Hill Recreation area in No rthern California. In me mori am , round one o f the CMA /O' eal Northern Cali forn ia Championship Se ries, scheduled for th e Prairie City SVRA, will be dedica ted to Lodermeier and his family, Cards and letters may be sent to the Lodermeier family at 6030 Van Al stine Av e ., Carmi chael, CA 95608. Ed iso n D y e, the man responsible for bringing mo tocross to America, will be honored at th e World Vet Motocross Cha m pionship at Glen Hel en Raceway in San Bernardino, California, on Sunday, November 7, acco rdi ng to race prom o ter To m Whit e of White Bro thers. The "Edison Dye Lifetime Ach ieve men t Award " will be pay trib u te to Dye this yea r and in foll ow in g yea rs the award w il l be pres ented to th e p ers o n th a t White Brother s and Glen Helen feel has co n tr ib u te d th e m ost to th e s po r t o f motocross, The Van s T ri ple Cro w n of Frees tyl e Mo tocro ss ge ts under wa y Nove mbe r 56 at the Sports Arena in San Diego, California. The three-city se ries schedu le is as follows: Novem ber 5-6 - San Diego,

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