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Cycle News 2002 06 19

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o o o o o o o o o n Michael Lafferty (KTM) nnally lost a round of the AMA National Championship Enduro Series, finishing "just" second to Randy Hawkins (Yam) at round four in Wellston, Ohio, on June 9. Robbie Jenks (Yam) was third in front of Barry Hawk Jr. (Yam) and Fred Hoess (Hus). Lafferty still leads the points standings over Hawkins, 115-80. LJ Chuck Woodford (Kaw) took the overall win at the third round of the Parts Unlimited Off-Road Championship Series in Morrison, Illinois, on June 9. Woodford finished out the four-hour race 18 minutes ahead of the secondplace rider, John Strangfeld (GG>. Third place went to Kyle Nelson (KTM), while Dick Burleson (KTM) finished fourth. C o 8 Dave Jefferies (Suz) recorded the fastest-ever lap of the Isle of Man TT course in winning the Senior n on June 7 in record time - he charged around the 37.73-mile mountain course in 17 minutes, 47 seconds - at an average speed of 127.29 mph, winning the race by 22 seconds from Ian Lougher (Suz). Earlier in the day, Welshman Lougher won the 600cc Production n race and was determined to make it a daily double as he matched the pace of Jefferies, but, upping the pace on lap two, the Yorkshireman took charge, completing the 226.38 miles at an average speed of 124.74 mph. John McGuinnes~ (Hon) was third, admitting: "I couldn't do anything with these guys. I was trying my hardest but could make no impact on them. My Fireblade was good enough to win, but I couldn't match Jefferies' and Lougher's pace." Local rider Richard Quayle was fourth, ahead of Ulstermen Richard Britton and Adrian Archibald. E o o o o o o n LJ 8 o Jim Moodie (Yam) took the eighth Isle of Man n win of his career with victory in the four-lap Junior 600cc race around the 37. 73-mile course on June 5. Moodie led from start to finish, and his victory became comfortable when closest rivals David Jefferies and John McGuinness both retired. Jefferies was a first-lap retirement on Sulby straight, while McGuinness stopped at the 111lh Milestone while holding second place on lap two. That left Welshman Ian Lougher (Suz) in a safe second place, as he took a second-successive runner-up finish on the TT course after nnishing second to Jefferies in the 1000cc Production TT that was held on June 3. Isle of Manbased Welshman Jason Griffiths took third place in the 150-mile race, with Ulstermen Richard Britton and Ryan Farquhar fourth and fifth, respectively. Moodie averaged 119.22 mph in winning the event. o o o o o o o o o o o o o Ian Lougher (Suz) powered to his second victory of the week, and his sixth in total in the Isle of Man Racing Festival, as he won the delayed 600cc Production n Race, over three laps of the 37.73-mile Mountain Course, on June 6. Lougher beat Bruce Anstey by 28.5 seconds. Low clouds over the mountain brought frustration for the competitors, as they faced a 75-minute delay, but Anstey, the Kiwi who enjoyed maiden o o o o 2 JUNE 19. 2002' a U c • _ No Information .. ....1aIH yet, but_ couldn't re8lst showing you this photo of Carl Fogartr'. Petronas World Supertllke entry - the blk. . . . . . to _k. Its I'lIClng debut at Laguna Seca on Ju~ 14. Th. official p..... Introduction" scheduled for later thl. - k , but we ..,. abl. to get this sneak photo _~. success in the 250cc race, was qUickly disputing the lead with Lougher. Anstey pitted after the first lap, needing to change his visor, but the stop was problematic, costing him vital time, while Lougher, maintaining his pace, was extending his advantage, with Jim Moodie moving into second place. Lougher, with the race's fastest lap at 120.25 mph, was always in charge, with Anstey slotting back into second place, despite Moodie making a lightning stop to refuel. "I really enjoyed that one - I knew that I could go well, but. I was just a bit concerned when there were a few spots of rain towards the end of the second lap, and I did not want to have to push too hard on the final lap," said Lougher. Shaun Harris finished third, 13 seconds down on Anstey, but some 19.5 seconds ahead of Adrian Archibald. Honest-to-goodness World Champions mixed it up with the locals at the miniscule Briggs & Stratton Motorplex on the backSide of the Road America motorsports complex in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, June 7-8. The Superbikers 2 supermotard racing organization staged several exhibition races over the Road America Superbike weekend for the dirtbikesturned-road racers, with 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz and 1993 World Superbike Champion Scott Russell among the entrants. On June 7, Schwantz edged road racer Mike Smith, while Benny Carlson nnished third with Russell fourth. The following day, it was Russell's tum to take victory as he topped Steve Johnson and .Jesse Janisch. Jordan Szoke (Suz) out-dueled Owen Weichel (Kaw) in both rounds of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 8-9. Szoke won Saturday's race by 1.759 seconds before coming back to win Sunday's even from Weichel by 2.716 seconds. Francis Martin (Suz) finished third on Saturday with Tim Easton n __ s (Suz) filling the podium on Sunday. Szoke leads the championship from Weichel, 150-121. Joe Kopp (KTM) grabbed the holeshot and led all 25 laps of the Formula USA Pro Singles main event at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, Wisconsin, on June 8 to notch his first National dirt track win of the year. Kopp's former teammate Kenny Coolbeth (KTM) took up residence in the runner-up spot and remained there for the duration. Rich King (H-D> ended up third, with Terry Poovey (H-D> fourth. Poovey now leads the series points standings, with 102. King and Kopp are tied for second with 90. Schnabel and Chris Carr, the latter not present at Plymouth, are tied with 80. Montgomery Fairgrounds in Dayton, Ohio, on June 8. Roeder topped Canadian Chris Evans (H-D), with Jess Roeder (H-D> finishing third. The AM issued drug tests to the following riders at the Silverstone round of the World Superbike Championship, and all were tests were negative: Ben Bostrom, Eric Bostrom and Ivan Clementi. Motocross and supercross legend Jeff Ward won the first Indy Racing League race of his career on June 8 in what was the closest race in the history of the IRL. Ward's win came in the Boomtown 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Ward and his Target/Chip Ganassi Racing entry beat AI Unser Jr. by 0.0111 of a second to win his first IRL race in what was his 51 st start. The final lap was the only lap that Ward led, but it was the one that counted most. Over 83,000 spectators watched the race at Texas Motor Speedway. Marlboro Yamaha Team riders Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa completed their two-day test session at Valencia in Spain on June 7, continuing to explore the potential of the latest VZR-M 1 chassis, according to a Yamaha team release. The pair rode in better conditions today, though heavy overnight rain had reduced grip levels at the Spanish circuit. Lap times, however, were not at the top of the agenda. "We've really explored different areas of the bike, trying a lot of different settings with the new chassis," said Checa, who completed 81 laps. "That's why we came here to go from one extreme of settings to the other. Also, thiS is the first time we've really had to properly test the upgraded engine-braking system, which we raced for the first time at Le Mans. Until now, all we've done with the system is to set it up for individual tracks, rather than undertaking real experiments. I think the feedback we've given to Yamaha over the past two days will help them to further improve the system.· Biaggi, who clocked 78 laps today, was also happy with the team's latest progress. "We didn't come here to make lap times, just to look into different chassis settings which we didn't have the time to work on at Mugello,' said the Italian. "I think we've both given a lot of data to Yamaha, which should help us at other circuits, not just here. Now we go to Catalunya to see how we can do there." Practice and qualifying for the Catalan GP take place on June 14-15, and race day is June 16. George Roeder (H-D) won the 750/1000 Hot Shoe Series final at the FIM President Francesco Zerbi wrote an open letter to describe what hap- The AMA National Championship Hillclimb Series traveled to Freemansburg, Pennsylvania, for round three of the 2002 season with Chris Van Hyning (Hon) outrunning Paul Pinsonnault (Hon) to take the 540cc win. Dave Watson (Hon) was third. Watson came back for a dramatic last-second win in the 800cc class, selling the day's fastest time at 9.504 seconds. Defending 800cc National Champion Walter "Tiger" Strank Jr. (Yam) finished second ahead of James"Jammer" Large (H-D>.

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