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Cycle News 2001 04 18

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o f L Dougie Lampkin (Mon) took top honors at the Spanish Cup Trials in BejarlPuertollan, Spain, on April 8. The win was Lampkin's second in the World Championship Observed Trials Series. Second in Spain went to Marc Freixa (Sher), followed by Albert Cabestany (Bet), Jose-Manuel Alcaraz (Mon) and Jarvis Graham (Sher). After three of eight rounds, Lampkin has the series points lead with 57, followed by Freixa with 41 and David Cobos with 37. Cobos (Mon) finished sixth in Spain. C C [ c E c c c o ~ o c c c c o c o o Rodney Smith (Suz) scored the overall win at the Big Buck Grand National Cross Country in Cross Anchor, South Carolina, on April 8. Finishing second was defending champ Shane Watts (KTM), followed by Jason Raines , have devoted hundreds of hours to repairing, maintaining and clearing many of the area's trails, which are in danger of permanent closure due to extreme political pnessure being applied by local environmentalists. CERA plans to continue with trail repairs and are looking forward to providing a quality Fools Gold Enduro in 2002. In lieu of the enduro, CERA will be hosting a 'Work and Ride" weekend on May 5-6. For further information, go to or Round two of Gene Romero's West Coast Flat Track Series, scheduled for April 7 at Fast Fridays' Speedway in Auburn, California, was rained out. Romero said that he and Fast Fridays promoter are looking at potential dates for the race to be rescheduled, but nothing has been confirmed. The next round of the series is scheduled for April 21 at Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, California. Q o o o o The press saw a short film of the bike running at PhHJip Island, and were told that the new machine, an in-line four, was a ver:y compact unit It uses Yamaha's favorite live-valves-per-cylinder design. But many details were kept secret, including the cubic capacity, believed to be less than the 990cc allowed by the new rules. Yamaha has chosen four cylinders rather than live (with the same 319-pound minimum weight limit) because "we wanted to be able to lit the motor into our existing GP chassis," said Sakurada. Yamaha would not answer questions about detailed technology - for example, how the compact size has been achieved. When asked how many main crankshaft bearings are used, the reply was: "Several." Technology from the motor would "filter back" to production machines, they said. They expect to race both two-stroke and four-stroke factory machines next season, but expect that the four-stroke would be the more likely championship candidate. Yamaha has not yet decided whether John Kocinski would test the machine again. "The contract was Just for one test with Kocinski. We have not yet examined all the data from the test, and we will decide later whether to ask Kocinski to test the machine again: said Sakurada. Honda's new four-stroke, meanwhile, will take to the tracks for the first time next week, with GP rider Tohru Ukawa scheduled to test the V-live RC211 V at Sugo. Until now, only a mock-up of the machine, with a V-four ex-Superbike motor, has been seen. Michael Scott • The Houston Cyclefest weekend at Houston Raceway Park will include a SuperTT event on Sunday, April 22. An exhibition race will be run during Saturday night's GNC half mile, with a full SuperIT program scheduled for Sunday_ The supermotard-style course will incorporate the clay oval, an infield IT section and paved road course with amateur classes for all supermotard, motocross, dualsport and IT-capable dirt-track machines to be run. For more information, call 949/768-4626 or visit Yamaha's Anthony Gobert spent three days in Malaysia last week, testing the Suzuki Eight-Hour machine, along with two Japanese riders. Gobert visited the Sepang Circuit with Yamaha's Tom Halverson, though there's no guarantee that he'll run the Eight-Hours. "It's up to the factory," Yamaha's Larry Griffis said. "We looked at it as an opportunity to have all the factory guys there and get time on the bike.' Gobert arrived back in the U.S. on Friday night and was to be at n __ • It's official: John Dowd will ride a KTM in the 2001 AMAIChevy Trucks National Motocross Series. According to KTM team manager Selvaraj Narayana, Dowd will compete in the 250cc class aboard a KTM 520SX four-stroke. The New Englander will receive limited support from KTM, as well as full backing from ERP and Cernics. Factory Connection will tune Dowd's suspension. Dowd recently started riding for the first time since haVing his knee operated on follOWing last year's National Series. Narayana says that Dowd is very happy with his new deal and will soon head to California to test and get ready for the series opener at Glen Helen Raceway, on May 13. A delay in the delivery of new engine parts to cure engine problems both here in the U.S. and in the World Superbike Championship, as well as the health of one of its riders, has caused the American Honda road race team to pull out of the multi-team test scheduled for April 10-12 at Road Atlanta. 'We did not receive all of the parts that we were hoping to receive from Japan for this test, so it was not going to be worth our while to go out there and spin our wheels,' American Honda team manager Chuck Miller said. The team has postponed the test for a week so they can "make it a more productive test.' All of the factory AMA Superbike teams are scheduled to take part in the April 10-12 Road Atlanta test. Word began to circulate over the weekend that Honda might not take part, and Miller confirmed it. It's no secret that both the American Honda and Castrol Honda World Superbike teams have had engine problems. Nicky Hayden was knocked out of the Daytona 200 with engine troubles early on, later rejoining the race on a spane RC-51. In the second leg of Sunday's World Superbike race in Kyalami, South Africa, the VTR-1000 SP2's of both World Champion Colin Edwards and teammate Tadayuki Okada retired with engine problems. Okada had been taken out of the first race at Kyalami, and the first race of the first round in Valencia, Spain, with "electrical pr.oblems,' often a euphemism for engine trouble. It's a safe bet that at least one of those retirements was enginerelated and was likely similar to the problem Hayden suffered at Daytona. While the Hondas were running at Daytona, they were clearly faster than they'd ever been at Daytona, at least according to the riders who tried to stay in their draft.

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