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Cycle News 2002 06 26

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o o o o to slip on a steel shoe. He is second on the AMA half-mile win list with 26 wins. Davis was also one of the best short trackers. and is ranked third on the AMA all-time short-track win list. In August of Brian Brown gave Kawasaki its first overall win in the AMA National Hare & Hound Series since round two. when he brought his KX500 across the finish line o CJ in first place at round five in Jackpot. Nevada, on June 15. Brown swapped the lead with Ty Davis (Yam) several 2001, Davis tragically lost his life in a racing accident. Davis is the first of the o o o o Dirt Track riders who have good school grades and are planning to contest the June 30July 7 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships at the nlinois State Fairgrounds in Springfleld. Illinois, should consider applying for the Cycle News Fast Brain award. The award is meant to recognize riders who perform well both on the racetrack and in the classroom, and to encourage others to do the same. Winners get a write-up in Cycle News and receive a special trophy. To apply. send a current report card (very important). along with applicant's full name, address, phone number, racing number, and classes to be contested, to Cycle News Fast Brain Dirt Track, 3505-M Cadillac Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Applications should be received by June 29. class of 2002 inductees, with other inductees to be announced in the upcoming weeks. The Dirt Track Hall of Fame Race, presented by Quality Checked Pre-owned Ford, will be held on the Harrington Half-Mile on Saturday, August 3. The $50,000 AMA Progressive Insurance Grand National Hall of Fame Race has been moved to Harring- time since breaking his pelvis and injuring his knee at .the Las Vegas 150, which forced him to miss round four of o o the H&H series. Davis ended up finishing second. David Pearson (Kaw) fin- ished third overall, followed by Russ Pearson (Yam), who was first in the 250cc class. Andy Grider (Hon) resources to cover our event. even if we do get some moisture here in the next few weeks." Benelli is also currently "in negotiations with a very competitive and well-known rider for next season." The release also ton to coincide with this year's theme, "Heroes of the Half-Mile." The Hall of times dUring the 87-mile race and overcame a flat tire and a closed gate on the course to take his second win of the '02 series. Brown was racing for the first MAG, Inc. (Motorsports Aftermarket states that Benelli is already receiving sponsorship offers and that they intend Fame banquet. scheduled for Friday night at 7 p.m., will kick off this historic weekend at the Clubhouse on the State Fairgrounds in Harrington. The Dave Despain-emceed banquet will honor the "Heroes of the Half-Mile" and induct the rounded out the top five. Davis still leads the points race with 135 points, followed by Russ Pearson with 105. Brown is currently third, just two points o o o o o o o behind Pearson. Defending champ Destry Abbott did not race but was instead home in Arizona recuperating from knee surgery. class of 2002 into the Dirt Track Hall of Fame. Advance tickets to the Hall of Fame Banquet are available by calling 304/749-8418. Dougie Lampkin (Mon) opened up a lead in the World Trials Championship after taking the overall win in the fourth Reader Randy Lewis recently informed round of the series in Andorra. June 1516. On Saturday. it was Albert Cabestany (Bet) taking the win over the oldest BMW dealership in the United States and the oldest dealership of any kind in Bakersfield, California, (Johnny's BSAlBMW) passed away on us that Johnny Kokinos, who owned Lampkin and Takahisa Fujinami (Hon). On Sunday. however. Lampkin May 1 at the age of 83. Kokinos was a World War II-veteran tank commander, bounced back with a victory over Adam Raga (G-Gl with FUjinami again finishing and according to Lewis, Kokinos' first experience with the German motorcycles came with captured bikes in the 8 o third. Lampkin now leads the championship over his teammate FUjinami, 154- Group), the parent company of White Brothers Performance Products. Kuryakyn USA and Progressive Suspension USA, announced on Friday, June to finish in the top five. Additionally, Benelli is searching for a "Miss Benelli USA. .. 14 that it had acquired Vance & Hines Racing Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, California. Vance & Hines is one of the industry's marquee performance brands. with a legendary racing history and a market leadership in performance exhaust systems. From their worldclass, 140,000-square-foot facility in Santa Fe Springs, Vance & Hines manufactures all of their exhaust pipes for Harleys. cruisers and sportbikes. They currently produce over 250 different models of performance exhaust systems. with an unequaled reputation for quality and innovation. The company's founders, the famous drag racing team Due to recent "gang" activities in, Laughlin, Nevada, the city of Ventura, California, has canceled the Outlaw Vintage Short Track races scheduled for Saturday. June 29. according tn promoter Eddie Mulder. However. of Terry Vance and Byron Hines, are both remaining with the company in their 125. Cabestany is third with 113 points. war. Among the riders Lewis says Kokinos sponsored were Ron Perice, Jody current positions, according to MAG. "I am excited to be a part of the MAG The GMT 94 (Suz) team of William Nichols, Indy 500 winner Rick Mears, Mike Keene. Bob Endicott. John group as we work together to build the industry's premier performance parts group. We have some very big plans for o o o o o c o o o o Costes and Christophe Guyot won the 6 Hours of Bmo in the Czech Republic on McGilvray and Lewis himself. June 16. topping the Zongshen Team (Suz) of Warwick Nowland and Igor Jerman by over a minute. The Piazza Corse (Due) team of Marc Garcia. better product availability as well as The late Will Davis, a true "Hero of the Half-Mile," will be inducted into the Dirt Track Hall of Fame at its induction banquet, August 2 on the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware. Davis started his professional racing career in 1984 and was a fivetime champion of the MARS asphalt racing series. In AMA competition, he eamed his first National win on the HalfMile at Lima. Ohio. and went on to be one of most successful half-milers ever JUNE 26, 2002' cue I A small-town Tennessee police department with a history of run-ins with motorcyclists has been disbanded .. in part because of those tragic incidents. according to the AMA. In an emergency meeting held June 5, the city commission of Rockford voted to disband the city's four-member police department immediately. The emergency meeting was called by then-Mayor Gail Dalton, growing our product offerings. all of which should come as good news to our customers," stated Terry Vance, who will continue his role as PreSident of Vance & Hines and is now also a shareholder in MAG, in a release from MAG. Byron Hines will remain as PreSident of Vance & Hines Motorsports. the compe- police department employees wer "Yesterday, I had to make a tough call and that was to call the Routt/Medicine Bow National forest and tell them that I wanted to cancel the event." Troast said. "The Forest service did not come to me and ask me to cancel the enduro. I felt that. with the current fire danger in Colorado. and the fact that the Forest Service is spread pretty thin trying to put out the many fires in the state, that it was the responsible thing to do. I know the fire situation won't be all that much different [than in previous summersl ... I Championship. Jason Pridmore and Brit Mike Edwards ended up 10th on the QB Phase One (Suz) entry and they now trail Zongshen 2 by seven points in the series standings, 58-51. 2 Dirt Track Series. Eddie Mulder has secured another venue for that night, and round two will now be held at the Tulare Cycle Bowl quarter mile in Tulare. California. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. with racing set to begin at 6 p.m. Pre-entries will close June 23 and entry blanks are. on the way. according to Mulder. Preentry funds for Ventura cannot apply to Tulare. Mulder says. For more information. call 661/268-0105. The Calamity Pass National Enduro. the fifth (and next) round of the AMA National Championship Enduro Series in Rand, Colorado. scheduled for July 14, has been canceled due to the fires in the area. According to Mike Troast of the Front Range Trail Riders, now is not the time to run the event. Bernard Garcia and Dario Marchetti ended up third overall in what was the third round of the FIM World Endurance 8 o 8 because it was a points-paying race for the Eddie Mulder West Coast Vintage tition arm of Vance & Hines. Byron will remain focused on product development given severance packages before being dismissed in a regular commission meeting later that night. Dalton's daughter think the Forest Service needs to focus on the situation we have here and not be worried about spending additional • n • _ s and the management of the company's three drag-race teams. Bobby Strahlmann. 81. the man whose name will always be synonymous with Champion Spark Plugs, died on Tuesday, June 11 at his home in Ocala, Florida, after a long bout with cancer According to the Benelli importers. Superbike Inc., Benelli will field a race team for the 2003 AMA/Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship. According to the release. who reportedly wanted to ensure the Jennifer. was a dispatcher with the police department. Rockford is a town of 650 residents in Blount County. about 15 miles south of Knoxville. The town gained the attention of the AMA. and motorcyclists nationwide. when Rockford Police Sgt. James Ray Johnson allegedly intentionally swerved into the path of an approaching motorcyclist on Old Knoxville Highway on March 10. 2001. killing the rider instantly. The motorcyclist. Philip Laton, 27. was a father of three and a corrections office

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