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Cycle News 2002 06 12

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o o o o Johnny Campbell and Steve Hengeveld teamed up to take top hon- ors at the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 on June 1. The team Honda duo, riding an XR650R, finished the race in a time of nine hours, 35 minutes and 54 seconds, with an average speed of 49.34 mph, 8 o o o o o o o o and was also the first vehicle overall to cross the finish line. Finishing second overall was Honda's other XR650Rmounted team, of Andy Grider and Danny Cooper. The Grider/Cooper duo finished the race in nine hours, 56 minutes and 46 seconds. The top fourwheel entry was a Class 1 open-wheel rig driven by Troy Herbst and Larry Roeseler. Herbst and Roeseler finished the race in 10 hours, 24 minutes and 54 seconds. The race was round Cycle News contributor Mario Marini recently paid a visit to the new Competition Park in SIln Jacinto, California, to shoot a few photos of the facility that is scheduled to host the Motocross des Nations this fall, and we put in a cllli to facility-owner Malcolm McCllSsy to get an update on the event. This shot was tIlken a couple of weeks ago, but McCassy says thllt the championship track (which will be used by the public and for the des Nations) will be completed in time for a June 7 opening. He Il1so says that tickets for the September 29 event can be purchased on-line at www, or, in person at No Fear retail stores, or at approximately 40 dealerships in Southem California. The Competition Park Web site has directions to the track, as well as a list of accommodations in the area. Stay tuned for more updates in upcoming issues. three of the Optima SCORE Desert Series. Spud Walters (Hon) scored the over- 8 J all win at the second round of the AMA/ Yamaha/Maxxis Western Four-Stroke Nationals at the Hungry Valley SVRA in Gorman, California, on June 2. Walters went 2- 1 to take his third win of the series. Second overall went to Tim Weigand (Hon), who went 1-6 on the day. Nathan Woods (Yam), Dustin Nelson (Yam) and Daniel Blair (Yam) o o o o rounded out the top five overail. After five of 10 rounds, Walters leads the points standings with 228, followed by Paul Carpenter with 189, and Nelson 8 o speed of 126.68 mph. But there was last-lap drama as Jefferies slowed with his Suzuki stuck in third gear for the 10mile run over the Mountain to the finish line. Second place went to Honda's invite from organizers to ride in t.he course car between the Formula One and Sidecar IT races. Edwards completed the lap, with driver David Mylchreest, in 26 minutes, at an average speed of 86 mph. "It was fantastic," Edwards Phillip Island and Valencia - as a wild card, by which time the bike will be a genuine prototype, with the full 990cc capaCity, and fuel injection. So far, the rough prototype has already scored a race win ... at the Suzuka 200-Mile race, with 163. John McGuinness, as the CBR954 Angelle Savoie (Suz) scored a domi- rider chased a third IT victory as the annual IT races got underway after a two-year break due to foot and mouth said. "We managed 145 mph out of the car down Sulby Straight, then we got where Yanagawa qualified 1.5-seconds slower than Valentino Rossi's pole time held up by the other course car. David disease, forcing the cancelation of last said he can get around in about 23 minutes on a good run, but what we did was for this year's inaugural MotoGP race. Kawasaki is to disband their World o o o o o o o nating Pro Stock Bike win at the Chicagoland Dodge Dealers NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Illinois, on June 2. Savoie defeated Antron Brown (Suz) year's event. McGuinness commented in a Honda press release: "I've just in the final round. lapped about 27 seconds faster than I've Rod Spencer (Yam) dominated both pro classes at round four of Gene Romero's West Coast Flat Track Series, the Watsonville IT presented by Yamaha of Santa Cruz County, at Watsonville Speedway in Watsonville, California, on o 8 o o June 1. Spencer won the Open Vintage class and then backed that up with a win in the Open Pro class, marking the second time he has bagged two wins in the same night. Chris Canepa (Yam) won the Suzuki Novice 250cc class. Suzuki-mounted David Jefferies earned his seventh Isle of Man IT win, on June 1, with a dramatic, recordbreaking Fonmula One victory in six laps of the historic 37. 73-mile Mountain circuit. The burly Yorkshireman led from start to finish in a race run at incredible speed as the top three riders all broke the lap record on the opening lap. Jef- o 8 ~o feries then set a new Formula One class and outright lap record on lap two, in 17 minutes 52.2 seconds, at an average 2 JUNE 12, 2002' cue I e ever done, so I was trying. But David [Jefferies] was just on song today and there was nothing more I could do. But I think we can improve the machine for next Friday's Senior IT race." Third place went to veteran Scotsman Jim fast enough for me." World Superbike Champion in 2000, Edwards was on the Superbike team next season and has pulled out of thiS year's Suzuka Eight- island as a guest of Honda, taking a break from the World Championship, which resumes at Lausitzring, Germany, Hour race to concentrate on their return to GP racing. The current design is an in-line four, but factory sources suggest that a V -four should not be ruled out in on June g. the future. Motocrosser Tallon Vohland will be Moodie. out of action for at least three months after suffering a back injury at the World According to a story in the The San Jose Mercury News, Dr. Arthur Ting, the surgeon who has operated on Richard Quayle (Hon) and Ian Lougher (Hon) won the 400cc light- Championship MX round in Italy, May the likes of Mick Doohan, Kenny 26. An MRI scan revealed a compression facture to two vertebrae in his back and some damage to his neck. There is, Roberts Jr.. Wayne Rainey, Nicky Hayden, Anthony Gobert and several other weight IT and the 125cc Ultra lightweight IT, respectively on the Isle of Man on June 2. Quayle beat Jim Hodson (Yam) while averaging 109.27 mph. Richard Britton (Kaw) finished third. however, no serious damage, and a full recovery is expected. Lougher, meanwhile, twice bettered his own lap record as he won the 125cc Ultra-Lightweight IT for a third time. James Crumpton (Hon) finished sec- Kawasaki's MotoGP plans are ond, with Robert Dunlop (Hon) taking third. top motorcycle-racing stars, faces allegations by the state medical board that he engaged in unlawful practices. The board charges that Ting has allowed crystalizing, with Superbike team boss Harald Eckl recently signing a long-tenm contract to head the team, while rider Akira Yanagawa has been seconded from World Superbike to continue testing in Japan. At this stage, the machine aides to provide treatment as if they were licensed physicians and has written prescriptions illegally. Ting faces the possibility of losing his license or a suspension by the Medical Board of California, according to the Mercury News. In interviews last week, Ting denied the In related news, Castrol Honda World is still an expanded Superbike, at 920cc claims made in documents filed by the Superbike rider Colin Edwards II completed a closed-roads lap of the Isle and in the Superbike chassis. The plan is for Yanagawa' to run in the last four California Attorney General's office on behalf of the medical board. The news- of Man IT course on June 1 after an races of the season - Motegi, Sepang, paper is reporting that similar claims n e _ s

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