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Cycle News 2001 08 22

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o o time 500cc World Champion Kenny Roberts, when he and Roberts "donned helmets and opted to go for a ride." According to reports, Harvey's mount "reacted adversely while rounding a corner." The custom Fat Boy cartwheeled multiple times, landing on Harvey. "P.J. did a hell of a job wrapping himself around the bike to protect it," Roberts said from the Rapid City, South Dakota, hospital. A much-appreciated nurse, who was on her way to work at the Rapid City hospital, was one of the first on the scene and administered immediate aid and subsequent emergency transportation to the fallen Harvey, according to the release. Harvey sustained a hairline fracture to his hip, a broken ankle, and several cuts and abrasions. Harvey was scheduled to be transported from Rapid City to his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on August g where he is expected to make a full recovery. Cards and well wishes may be sent to: PJH Brands, 8747 E. Via de Commercio, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. Red-hot road racer Ben Bostrom returned to Southern California on August 8 to enjoy some rest and relaxation during the break in the World Superbike Championship schedule. Bostrom, who doesn't race again until the German round of the series in Oschersleben, Germany, on September 2, came home to basically, "play with my brother [Ericl." No one in the series is hotter than Ben Bostrom right now with the L&.M Ducati rider winning the last 'five races. Still. he trails Infostrada Ducati's Troy Bayliss by 51 points with just six races to go. Although he doesn't sound like a man who doesn't think he can accomplish the feat, Bostrom is qUick to point out how tough Bayliss is. "It's a lot," Bostrom said of the points differential between himself and Bayliss. "He [Bayliss] doesn't give up. He rides to win and that's why he always ends up near the front." Rumors of Bostrom riding elsewhere in 2002 are unfounded, Bostrom said - especially since Ducati has the option of picking him up for another year based on his 2001 results. Look for his team structure to remain the same for next year. "I have a contract with Ducati," Bostrom said. "The team is the best and the L&M guys are super happy." As for his lingering shoulder injury, Bostrom said: ."It's getting a little better and a little stronger, but it's AMA Pro Racing has announced the tentative schedule for the 2002 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships. The 2002 schedule will include the same venues as the 2001 season, with two changes. Kenworthy's Motocross Park in Troy, Ohio, will run on July 14, trading weekends with the Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, N.Y_ The Unadilla round moves to July 21. ·In past years, both Unadilla and Troy experienced conflicts with local events that had considerable attendance, causing a lack of accommodations for race fans.· said AMA FIro Racing motocross race manager Duke Anch. ·With this change. this will open hotel rooms for the ever-growing spectator turnout.• The 2002 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Ml:ltocross Championship so far from being right. On the bike it's not that bad. I just can't throw it around as much as I would like to. It [the shoulderl starts out okay, but over the course of the weekend it gets worse - by Monday I'm wrecked." Both Nastro Azzuro Honda's Valentino Rossi and Castrol Honda's Colin Edwards rode the new Honda RC211 V GP racer in the days following their victory in the Suzuka 8 Hours at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka City, Japan. Poor weather hampered most of the test, with continuous rain during the morning of Rossi's test finally clearing up at 2:25 p.m. After a few laps on the RC211 V, Rossi returned to the pits to give project leader Heijiro Yoshimura, and his engineering staff, his initial impression of the machine. Rossi made his wishes known to the test team who prepared the machine set-up to suit his riding style and he went out again. However, due to the changing weather, the test was stopped at 5 p.m. Shinichi Itoh and M!'koto Tamada also tested the machine, as they had on previous occasions, but Rossi was the first Grand Prix rider to test the RC211 V. "It was quite a big emotion to test the new Honda GP machine," said Rossi in a Honda press release. "because it's the beginning of a new era and I was very excited to test the four-stroke V-five. Due to the rain the track was wet and I rode the bike only in the afternoon, but the time was enough to understand the character of this bike. Of course, we are still at the beginning of the development and we schedule is as follows: May 12 - Glen Helen Raceway Park, San Bernardino. California; May 19 - Hangtown Classic. Sacramento, California; May 26 - High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris. Pennsylvania; June 9 - Motocross 338. Southwick, Massachusetts; June 16 - Budds Creek MX Park, Budds Creek, Maryland; July 7 - Red Bud Track-N-Trail, Buchanan. Michigan; July 14 - Kenworthy's MX Park. Troy. Ohio; July 21 - Unadilla Valley Sports Center. New Bertin. New York; July 28 - Washougal MX . Washougal. Washington; August 18 - Spring Creek MX, PSrk. Millville. Minnesota; August 25 - Broome-TIoga Sports Center. Binghamton. New York; September 1 - Steel City Raceway. Delmont. Pennsylvania. culminating in "the party of the century" in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Sunday, August 31, 2003. Immediately following Harley-Davidson's dealer meeting in Milwaukee in July 2002, where more than 6000 dealership owners and staff will get a sneak peek at the 100th anniversary motorcycles, the Motor Company plans to fire up its "Open Road Tour," a rolling birthday party with stops in the United States, Mexico, Australia, Europe and Japan. In summer of 2003, the festivities move back to the United States. "I'm sure my grandfather and his brothers never dreamed that in just 100 years, the entire world would be celebrating the birth of Harley-Davidson motorcycles," said Willie G. Davidson, vice president of Styling and grandson of one of the Motor Company's founding fathers, in the Harley press release. have to work a lot to be competitive, but I feel we are going in the right direction and I think this project has good potential. Of course, today I was not interested to the lap time and my main task was to give information to the Honda engineers to develop the bike according to my wishes. It has been a very interesting experience." Edwards, meanwhile, tested the follOWing day, though he also had poor track conditions. "The RC211V is simply a fast machine and I felt the torque and power of the motorcycle," Edwards said in the Honda press release. "There are still many changes to be made after this test, but with its high potential. it is heading towards a positive outcome. I am looking forward to testing the machine in better conditions. I was curious about the machine, but I didn't do many laps because of the conditions, but it was interesting. The machine has good torque and power and I enjoyed riding it. But it's back to work for me now, in the Superbike Championship. I don't have time for anything else right now." Attack Suzuki's Jason Pridmore has been given the okay by Dr. Arthur Ting to resume his racing career, following the badly broken lower left leg he suffered at Road Atlanta in May. "I saw Ting last week," Pridmore said from his Ventura, California, home. "Everything looks good. I've started walking a bit, riding my bicycle and I've been going to the gym. I'll be back for Pikes Peak [August 2426]. Suzuki has been so cool to me, so awesome, through this whole thing, I really want to get back out there for them and the crew." Pridmore has his Xrays and Ting's handiwork posted at his website: Harley-Davidson has already announced preliminary plans for its 100year anniversary, a date it will celebrate in 2003. "When Harley-Davidson throws a party, Milwaukee rumbles," a release from the Motor Company stated. "When the Company celebrates 100 years of the world's greatest motorcycles - the earth will shake." Harley says the celebration will be a yearlong celebration that will span the globe, visiting several continents and numerous cities before "Take It To The Limit." Peter Starr's motorcycle movie, will be shown on August 29-20 at the Amherst Cinema in Amherst. Ohio, for the benefit of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at Penton Honda in Amherst. For more information. call 440/282-5108. APPOINTED: Kevin Smith has been appointed the Advertising Manager of the urban-performance magazine, Motorcycle Street & Strip, and NAMED: Diana Rose, as coordinator, media relations and community affairs, at Sears Point Raceway, effecti'ole immediately. CORRECTION: Brett Miller was inadvertently left out of our resuits from the AMA Road Racing Grand Championships at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Miller finished second in the Veterans A Expert class. HIRED: Mike Camelli, by Factory Connection, as Racetrack Support Technician/Coordinator. Camelli has over five years of experience in the off-road suspension industry, and he will be dedicated exclusiveiy to providing trackside service and technical support for selected NESC, NEMA. NEMX. and District 34 events. For more information on Factory Connection's race-support plans, call 603/335-7023. PerX. CORRECTION: In last issue's coverage of the AMA Washougal Amateur Days. we neglected to note that the photos of Jeff Emig and the Supermini contest were taken by James Nelson. Sears Point Raceway has begun phase two of its $35 million Modernization Plan as huge Caterpillar machinery has, once again, taken over the road course and drag strip, according to a release from the Sonoma, California. racetrack. Phase two officially kicked off on Sunday, August 5, at the conclusion of the NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals when drag racers John Force and Gary STOLEN: WERA racer and vice president Lee Parks had his Ford pickup truck broken into on Friday, August 3, at the .Knights Inn in Charles Town. West Virginia. Over $15,000 worth of items were taken, according to Parks. The items included a red Craftsman toolbox full of professional-quality tools, a gray and yellow Dell Inspiron laptop and a Canon G1 digital camera. Riding gear was also taken, which included a white Arai RX-7RR helmet. Alpinestars boots and a custom set of yellow and black Z Custom leathers with the name "Lee" on the front and a yin/yang sign on both sides. Call 330/7'53943 for more information or e-mail cue I _ Continued on page 96 n _ _ lIS • AUGUST 22. 2001 3 ~ o o o o o o o o o o o o o o d o o o o o o ~ o o o o o o o o d o o o o ~

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