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Cycle News 2002 03 13

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o ice also pledge to identify and pursue unding opportunities outside federal ppropriations to improve facilities and rails. Adena Cook. BlueRibbon Coaliion public-lands director said. • BlueRibn and our member organizations genrally have had this kind of cooperative elationship with the Forest Service for any years. Mutually. we have supportd the kind of volunteerism that this OU enables. This document makes it ormal. It is a top-to-bottom commitment o work together for the benefit of recretion and the resource. Our members nd member organizations can approach heir local ranger with the assurance that he entire agency supports their willingess to volunteer. Similarly, the local anger should be able to count on them or help. It is our hope that this MOU timulates an interest in partnerships at he local level everywhere. as well as dentify new funding opportunities. We ppreciate the Forest Service's willingess to work on this document and its illingness to promote its principles.· on Amador. the Coalition's western epresentative. said. ·1 think this MOU ill help support and encourage many olunteer restoration projects such as he recent tree planting on the Mendoino National Forest in Northern Califoria. The effort to rehabilitate several of e multiple-use campgrounds and stagng areas at Fouts Springs that were estroyed by the trough fire in the sumer of 2001 is a good example of the e of project this MOU will stimulate n National Forests throughout the ountry.• he Motorcycle Hall of Fame useum has announced that the travling version of its acclaimed ·Women & otorcycling" exhibit will be on display t Daytona USA during Bike Week 002. Daytona USA, located at Daytona nternational Speedway in Daytona each. Florida, will showcase the omen & Motorcycling exhibit from onday, March 4, througtl Sunday, arch 10. The exhibit. which will feature a number of intriguing motorcycles. centers around colorful illustrated panels, packed with information about the role of women in American motorcycling, according to the museum. The panels include timelines depicting milestones from the past century, quotes from notable women past and present, and the names of more than 1,500 women who are currently active in various aspects of motorcycling. The goal of the Women & Motorcycling exhibit is to show visitors that many women have contributed to the evolution and growth of motorcycling. from the sport's earliest days. David Boydstun of Mesa, Arizona, and Craig Breckon of Sparta, Michigan. are the two newest members of the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association's board of trustees. Matt Hilgenberg of Meadow Vista, California, and Rusty lowry of St. Marys City, Maryland. were re-elected to their posts on the board in voting that ended February 15. All will serve three-year terms beginning with AHRMA's annual general meeting, March 6 in Deland, Florida. Boydstun replaces Rob Stickler of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, as Western region trustee, while Breckon will occupy the seat held by Brian Slark of McCalla, Alabama. representing the Eastern region. AHRMA's board has 12 members elected by the membership. A total of 1,051 of AHRMA's more than 5.000 members cast votes - 463 in the West and 588 in the East. Complete vote totals are shown below. The top two vote getters in each region were elected. Grant Langston. Stephane Roncada and Mike Healey were the first three professional motocross and supercross champions to sign up for the third annual Glen Helen/Chaparral Charity Golf Toumament. Over the past two years. some $40,000 has been given to the loma Linda University Emergency Trauma Care Center from OPENED: The PA Gospel Riders' home page on the World Wide Web. The site can be found at the following address: the tournament. This year's event is scheduled for May 8 at 8 a.m. at the Sienra Lakes Golf Club in Fontana, California. For more inforrnation. call Bill Haessly at 909/384-9342. will also be used at the March 9 Daytona AMA Supercross events and possibly some of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship rounds this season. The timing system starts with a loop of underground wire that acts as an antenna. Each bike is fitted with a transponder with a unique ID number. and as each bike passes over the loop. the antenna picks up the I.D. and sends information into a decoder. From the decoder. the information goes into a timing computer running the AMB timing software - Time Gear. Time Gear software has the ability to manage up to 16 decoders and produce data on any number of segments. It is completely customizable. AMA Pro Racing will use this software to create custom result screens that can be seen over the inhouse television system and by the teams via a new wireless video feed. These results screens can show overall results for practice. qualifying and races. as well as segment times. All racing teams will have access to the new wireless network to obtain statistics and information in the paddock. Each team has a receiver or wireless network card in their transporters that can access an Intranet Web site. This Web site will have results and times from every practice, qualifying session and race-. It will also have daily schedules. information alerts and an archived-results section. So far, four of the five major factory teams are participating in the program and several support teams are also considering the upgrade, the AMA says. Joe Winston Sr., 56, a former professional dirt tracker and the father of dirt tracker Joe Winston Jr.. died on February 5 of a heart attack in Laguna Niguel, California. Winston retired from racing in 1981. He is survived by his son, Joe Jr.. and two daughters. Crystal and Bridget. Cards and letters can be sent to 26322 Towne Centre Dr.. #322. Foothill Ranch, CA92610. AMA Pro Racing has announced that it will implement new, state-of-the-art timing and scoring equipment at this year's AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. The new equipment will be in place at the series opener, March 6-10, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, according to AMA Pro Racing. The new equipment will. for the first time ever, give teams split times at three different locations around the track. It will also provide upto-the-minute stats on everything from fastest lap time to individual -rider segment times around the track. The new equipment, both software and hardware, is from AMB Lt. - the same company used by NASCAR. CART and the IRl. as well as numerous other racing organizations throughout the world. AMA Pro Racing has its own custom-designed software package to handle registration, transponder assignments, race results and the creation of results on its Web site. "This new system enables us to provide more benefits to our riders and teams. They are given a lot more information, and more ways to access it qUickly and conveniently," said Ken Rogers, director of timing and scoring, AMA Pro Racing. The new equipment has been tested at several different AMA Superbike tests the past few months. The new timing equipment Australian Mat Mladin has concluded his preparations for his defense of the AMA/Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship that he has won over the past three years after a one-day test at the California Speedway in Fontana. California. on February 26, according to a press release issued by Mladin. Mladin was joined at the test by Team Yoshimura Suzuki teammates Aaron Yates and Jamie Hacking. with all three riders completing the final test programs before the championship commences next week with the Daytona 200. Chassis setup was one of the key areas of testing for Mladin. with the team trying a number of different specification rear shocks in his 2002-model Suzuki GSX-R750 superbike. Mladin completed over 60 laps of the 2.63-mile circuit. "I'm very happy with how things went today," said Mladin. ·We came here with a few different things to try out that we couldn't when we were here a couple of weeks ago, and we are happy with the results that we achieved. It was a lot hotter and windier here today than at the previous test. so the track condition was slightly different, but apart from that. everything looks good for Daytona next week. Once we get there, we'll finalize our pitstop technique and strategies and see BORN: Cole James Gress. to American Suzuki motocross support manager Cole Gress and his wife, Antoinette, in Anaheim Hills. California, February 11. CORRECTION: The autograph signing at Hayward Honda Suzuki in STOLEN: A street-legal Husqvarna (VIN #842251951 HWP23282, Hayward, Califomia, will take place on March 9 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and not from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as originally reported. Engine #21220176) from Escondido, California, on February 15. For OPENED: DP Brakes' updated home page on the World Wide Web. The site can be found at the following address: hltp:// more infonmation, call 760/738-4077. RE-SIGNED: Attack Suzuki's Ben Spies, to wear Sidi boots. AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: At AJ Foy1 Cycles Inc. in Houston, Texas, APPOINTED: Jeffrey Boaz, as area manager for Triumph sales area on Friday. March 22, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Chevy Trucks Kawasaki rid- five, consisting of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois, by Triumph Motorcycles (America) Ltd. ers James Stewart. Stephane Roncada and Ezra Lusk are scheduled to appear, as is Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks rider Matt Walker. a U a •• n - - - - - - Continued on page 108 _ S • MARCH 13, 2002 3 _ o o o o o o o o o o o 8 o o o o o o o o ~o o o o o o o o o o o o o ~ 8 o

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