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Cycle News 2001 03 21

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C r f l.J - ~ -'" ( .... - :l r '- __ r _./ --- _/ -, -still wearing Oxbow apparell, now that PAMO has folded. Bolley finished sixth overall in the Open class, and had his best score in the second moto with a third place. James Stewart Jr. won both Stock and Modified 125cc (12-13) Schoolboy and 125cc B Intermediate events at the 6th Annual Spring National at Lake Whitney MX Park, in Lake Whitney, Texas, March 10-11. California's Billy Laniw ,-.. novich (Yam) topped both the 125 and 250cc Pro events. Mike Alessi, also of California, debuted the new Yamaha fourstroke minibike to take the Four-Stroke 105cc title, as well as the 80cc 02-13) Stock class, but was shut out of the 85cc (12·13) Modified and 85cc Open classes by Florida's Davi Millsaps (Suz), who won both of those class championships. C r Word has it that Scott Summers suf· fered a broken leg following the GNCC race at Macon. Summers was reportedly doing some suspension testing when he fell and broke his femur - the same one that put him out of action last year. J [J C o n At an international pre-GP-season warm· up race in' Montova, Italy, March 11, Ital· ian Andrea Bartolini (Hus) scored the overall win in the 250cc/Open class by posting 2·1·8 moto scores. Second overall was 500cc World Champion Joel Smets (KTM), with Johnny Lindhe taking third. Rodney Smith (Suz) won the second round of the Grand National Cross Country Series in Macon, Georgia, March 11. Shane Watts (KTM), the winner of the opening round in Okachobee. Florida, finished second, followed by Mike Lafferty (KTM), Barry Hawk (Yam) and Steve Hatch (Suz). Mike Kiedrowski (Suz) finished 10th. 8 o The White Bros. World Four-Stroke Championships will be returning to a two-day format in 2001 for the first time since 1994. A TI-type race has been added for Saturday, April 21, with smooth- and knobby-tired classes. The track will be designed by Tom White and Gene Romero, and will be based on a 3/8-mile oval, using the infield with a jump similar to the Ascot IT. Sunday will feature the traditional motocross. The Montova race was the 2001 debut U for defending 250cc World Champion f ' Frederic Bolley, who had last compet\..... ed in Septernber's French Motocross des Nations. Contributor Mario Marini reports that Bolley showed up in his new UFO Honda Martin team colors (though he's o C C/Jj[jIJ7J[IJ][jIJ@Z2, o {PowOD ©DD[jIJ@[}f]@1;j lJtJilD@ . • "It's very unfortunate that he got hurt, but how old is he? like 1& or 17... he'll heal in about three or four hours." Velef.n fo.d f.cel Miguel, I.,king .boul J/oungslef John Hopkins in Ihe O.J/lon. 600cc Supefspo" I.ce. The CMC/Bent Clothing Spring Classic MX Nationals for the Southern Califomia region will be starting on Saturday, March 24th at Competition Park and will all be held on Saturday nights this year. The gates open at 4 p.m. and practice starts at 5:30 p.m. In Northern California, the series will open at Club Moto on Saturday, April 14 and will be held during the day. Gates open at 8 a.m. Honda contingency is available. For more information, call 949/367-1141. The promoters of the AMA/Yamaha Western Four-Stroke National Motocross Series have purchased airtime for the first round. The Phoenix race will air on Speedvision on March 21, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. On February 13, the EI Cajon, Califomia. City Council approved a conditional-use permit for EI Cajon Speedway Park a motocross track. Construction of the six-acre site is underway, with opening day scheduled for early April. Based on the success of last year's event where the tournament raised some $30,000 for the Loma Linda Emergency Trauma Center, San Bemardino, California's Glen Helen Raceway will again play host to the Glen Helen Charity Golf Tournament. This year's tourney will be held on Wednesday. May 9, just prior to the opening round of the AMAlChevy Trucks National MX Series at Glen Helen. The celebrity tournament will kick off at 9 a.m. at the Shandin Hills Golf Course in San Bernardino, with each team featUring a top racer, past champion, or well-known industry personality, For more information, contact Beth LaRock at 760/954-6490. Road Racing circuit and was expected to cover motocross) does not have any program time available for the tripleheaders. Eurosport has mentioned that some rounds of the series may get spots but. at this moment, it is not known which rounds those will be. The reason that the traditional two-moto format was changed to a Supercross-style one-moto (per class) setup is that the latter was said to be more TV-friendly. Lake Forest. California's Spectrum Motorsports will have an early kick-off for its Summer Bike Nights on March 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. On display will be the Honda VTX cruiser, along with fIVe customized Honda and Aprilia sport bikes. For more information, call 949/859-3186. Former 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz competed in the opening round of the AMA Grand National Cross Country Series in Okeechobee, Florida, on Tuesday, finishing in the top four of the Industry class. Riding a Suzuki DR2400, Schwantz finished either third or fourth in the class, though official results haven't been compiled yet. Schwantz's hands were a reminder of the event, as both now feature blisters. "I think it was a spinning grip, - Schwantz said of the cause of the damaged hands. "I probably wasn't on the ideal bike for the deep sand. I started next to Dick Burleson and figured I'd follow him. He put three guys between us real qUick and then he just disappeared into the Okeechobee sunrise. I fell a couple of times after that. • Schwantz said his Suzuki teammates weren't much help. After shOWing Mike Kiedrowski his damaged hands, Kiedrowski told him he should have taped them up, After telling Rodney Smith of his crash on the oval portion of the track, Smith said that it was a particularly slippery section and that it was also like that last year. "Thanks for telling me before the race,· Schwantz told both Suzuki teamsters, "My Team Suzuki affiliation didn't benefit me much,· Schwantz said with a smile, o o o o o o o o c c o o BDQJ[jJJ[b(B[?I....-------o o Buddy Antunez (pictured) clinched his fifth National Arenacross Charnpionship at the Oakland Arenacross, in California, March 9·10, Antunez. on the Axo/Bill's Pipes/RG3 Suzukis, came away with one win, a second, a sixth and an ei9hth over the course of the weekend, racking up enough points to secure the title with two rounds left to be run. Antunez left Oakland with an insurmountable 991 points, with Jeff Willoh currently in second with 794 points. At Oakland, Pedro Gonzales, on the St. LouiS Powersports Kawasaki, was the big winner. Gonzales topped both 250cc mains and moved closer to Wilioh in the series points standings. The other winner at Oakland was Suzuki-mounted Nick Metcalf who won Friday night's 125cc main. With two rounds left in Albuquerque, New M.exico, and Tacoma, Washington, Antunez leads the series with 991 points, followed by Willoh with 794 and GOIlUIIes with 743. Willoh went 2-10-7-8 over the weekend. r 2 MARCH 21. 2001 ' c: U c: I • n • _ s There will be no television coverage for this year's World Championship Motocross Series, according to European correspondent Geoff Meyer. Despite the complete format of the Grands Prix being changed to one that it was hoped to better suit television coverage, it now appears that the EuroSport company (which covers the World Championship is working with Freddie Spencer to enroll one winner in

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