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Cycle News 2002 09 18

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AMA Road Racing season. Meetings between team manager Ben Curtis, rider Jason Curtis, and Honda's Chuck Miller have resulted in an agreement Radson Montesa's Dougie Lampkin clinched a historic sixth successive World Outdoor Trials Championship on Saturday, September 7, with his second-place finish in the first of two rounds held in Motegi, Japan. With the title in hand, Lampkin came back to win the second Japanese round on September 8. "Having lost out on the indoor championship due to injury in the early part of the season, I was always determined to 1~~;;1=~; make sure that I retained my outdoor crown: Lampkin said. "I think because of this, it makes this championship all the more special. Every year, the younger riders are getting stronger, making my job more difficult as the seasons go on, but I am really enjoying the challenge. n His sixth title moves Lampkin within one championship of equaling Jordi Tarres' record of seven outdoor titles, although Lampkin already holds his own record for the most successive titles - his total of six in a row being double what Tarres achieved during his reign. "My ultimate goal remains to beat Tarres' record, but that still is quite a long way off: Lampkin said. "There is no way I can allow myself to focus on that overall achievement, it's just a case of taking each event and each season as they come. I'm certainly under no illusion that it is going to be easy - I'm probably going to have to work harder than ever this winter to maintain the advantage I have over my rivals at this time. n In wet and difficult conditions, Lampkin lost on Saturday to his teammate Takahisa Fujinami, who made the most of his home advantage, by the margin of just two marks after 30 slippery sections. "My philosophy is win, win, win, so I am never happy when I am beaten, but in the whole context of things, I'm not going to let today's result, all things conSidered, tarnish the fact that I have won the championship again," Lampkin said. "There is still one more trial to be won, and that is my priority now. Tomorrow is a new day and I will be looking to end the season in style. Finally, I really want to take this opportunity to thank aU my sponsors, the guys at Montesa-Honda-HRC and the family members of my team, my dad, mum, my cousin James and girlfriend Nicola, as they all deserve a big chunk of the applause and recognition.' Lampkin went out and won the next day, topping Fujinami and Beta's Kenichi Kuroyama in the final round. between the two entities, according to No Umit, No Limit will compete in the Supersport and Formula Extreme classes for the 2003 season on Hondas. The team ran Yamahas this year, with Curtis and Lance Isaacs finishing in the top 10 in the Formula Xtreme series points standings. Nicky Hayde~, American Honda's recently crowned AMA/Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Champion, dispelled recent misinformation about his upcoming racing plans by saying that he'll be racing in only a few of the remaining rounds of the AMA/Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship, one of which gives him one more chance to complete the Grand Slam. "I never planned on doing them all, but there were some rumors going around that I was," Hayden said of his racing in the final four rounds. "I won't be at Vernon Downs [New YorkJ this weekend, but am going to do a couple more. Columbus [the September 21 makeup date from an earlier rain-outl. I'm not doing. I am doing Du Quoin [the mile, on September 281." Hayden said that there was a conflict between the Honda dealer show and the September 14 Tunica, Mississippi short track. "It's the Honda dealer show that weekend, but if I can get out a day early, I'm going to do that," Hayden said. The mile is the last discipline Hayden has to master to complete the Grand Slam. and he'll get his final chance this year, and maybe final chance in a while. at the Du Quoin mile. the dirt track season finale. Hayden's representatives are known to be deep in talks with Yamaha to join their MotoGP team. If he signs to race overseas in 2003. it would likely preclude him from racing dirt tracks next year. Hayden said he'd be riding Terry Poovey's RS- 750 Honda "significant." "There's probably about post-race press conference, Barrick said he had yet to hear of a final decision on the matter. four sections of the rulebook that could on the Du Quoin mile, and his own be applied to what he did, but I'd say it Honda CRF450 on the Tunica short was mostly actions detrimental to the track, if he goes. sport," Barrick said today while in Cali- A David Bailey Motocross School fornia visiting California Speedway in Fontana. After crashing to avoid a fallen will be held September 21 -22 at the Chaparral Motocross/Speedway in Boise, Idaho, and 12 spots remain, according to the school. For more infor- Blimpie/Yoshimura Suzuki's Aaron Yates was sent a letter on Friday, August 30 telling him that he's been fined for his actions at Virginia Interna- Kurtis Roberts in the AMA Superbike finale at VIR. Yates ran back to the track. rolled on to his back and stayed tional Raceway, the site of the final there momentarily. A red flag was round of the AMA/Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Series. according to AMA road racing manager Ron Barrick. Bar- brought out because of the incident and Yates was able to restart the race, even- rick wouldn't reveal the amount of the fine, but he did say the amount was mation. contact the event promoter at 208/388-0810. The 16th Annual Barona Oaks Mini National on September 1 in Ramona, California, drew nearly 600 riders from all age groups. CMMC (the race host), a non-profit organization with the help of their title sponsors, MotoWorld,, KTM Sport Motorcycles. Quinsey Powersports, Barona Band of Mission Indians, Precision Concepts, One Industries, Threat Racing and Escondido Cycle Center - gave away over $40,000 in prizes to the entrants. The Grand Prize class winners each received a motorized Go-Ped (valued at $800) for their efforts. Most importantly was that all the riders entered got their chance at choosing among the huge assortment of gifts. The big winner of the day was Jesse Casillas, as he took home a Grand Prize Go-Ped in the 125cc Expert Class and also took home the lion's share of the $2000 purse (plus payback money) in each of the 125 and 250cc tually finishing third. As for the penalty that Mat Mladin will incur for missing both the podium celebration and the Clear Channel Entertainment's motor sports division. effectively imme· diately. ACCEPTING: Echo RaCing. a new Canadian-based team preparing to contest the 2003 125cc Westem Regional Supercross Series, is cur- HIRED: Bob Weber by Troy Lee Designs. working on "operational issues as well as brand-development projects." Weber was most recently the vice president of White Brothers. For more information. rently accepting racer resumes. Send resumes to Echo Racing. c/o Greg Symbaluk, #39 4-Grange Dr.. St. Albert, Alberta, T8N-3W9, Canada. SIGNED: A sponsorship agreement between L.A. Sleeve/Pro-X Pis- call 909/371-5219. tons and Yamaha freestyle rider Trevor Vines, who wili compete using ACCEPTING: Sunstar Sprockets is currently accepting racer resumes through Sponsor House. Resumes can be posted at PRO-X pistons. connecting rods and clutch kits. BORN: Zack Major Hollins. on August 22. in Los Alamitos. Califomia, to Yamaha Motor Corp. ATV Product Planner Travis Hollins and his ACCEPTING: Performance Engineering is currently accepting racer resumes for the 2003 season. Resumes can be sent to Performance • Engineering. atln: Kyle Myers. 16123 W. Colonial Dr., Winter Garden. FL 34787. . 'O APPOINTED. Oave Prater as assistant director of supercross, by "" " " wife. Nicole Hollins. ACCEPTING: Factory Effex is currently accepting rider support resumes for the 2003 season. Through November 15. send resumes to Factory Effex, Attn: Race Department. 24922 Anza Dr.. Unit D, Vaiencia. CA 91355. " Pro classes. Winning multiple Grand Prizes was Micky Griffin, as he won the 125cc Intenmediate, 125cc 16-25-yearold and 250cc Intermediate classes. . .. cu cle n _ _ os Continued on page 84 • SEPTEMBER 18, 2002 3

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