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Cycle News 2003 01 29

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c o n '-J Frenchman Richard Sainct (KTM) claimed the third Dakar Rally victory of his career on Sunday, January 19, Sainct took the victory by more than , -, seven minutes over fellow Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), with defending w race champion Fabrizio Meoni (KTM) n some 30 minutes behind in third place, n Despite finishing second, Despres was w never really a factor, as this Dakar Rally was really between Sainct and Meoni, Still, Despres took the runner-up spot despite breaking his collarbone just four weeks prior to the start of the rally, Meoni had transmission problems as he tried to win the final stage on January 19; his KTM stuck in third gear on the high-speed run to the finish, """I LJ J Flat track and road race legend Dick Hammer, a well-respected Califomian who raced his way to national recognition in the '60s, died in his San Clemente, California, home after a 15-year battie with cancer. He was 63. His friends remember Hammer as a naturally gifted athlete who grew up in Southern California, fell in love with motorcycles and began racing at the now-defunct Ascot Park in Gardena, Califomia, with his lifelong pal, former factory Triumph TT star Skip Van Leeuwen. U LJ "Hammer was an instant success at Ascot." Van Leeuwen o o o recalled. "He was, hands down, the fastest guy at the racetrack for eight or nine years. When he rode for the Triumph factory, they had to redesign their road racers just for Hammer. He just had so much bad luck. He was one of the toughest people that I have ever known or met, and he was one of the most competitive people, too. But in all the years that I knew him, and I met him when we were in the fifth grade, I never saw him do one thing out of line or questionable. He was a straight shooter, straight ahead. That's just how he was." Hammer tumed professional in 1961 and would wind up ranked fifth in the nation in TT and road race events. He scored his first and only AMA Grand National victory in 1962, at the Peoria TT, on a Harley-Davidson and went on to finish a career-best fifth in the AMA Grand National points standings that season. Although Hammer was widely recognized for his talents in all racing disciplines, he was an especially effective road racer. Riding a Harley-Davidson Sprint, he won the inaugural Intemational lightweight 100k road race at Daytona Intemational Speedway in 1963 and was a repeat winner at the event in 1964. He was a top com- o Adam Raga (G-G) won the fourth ~o round of the World Indoor Trial Championship in Marseilles, France, on January 28, topping Dougie Lampkin (Man) and Marc Freixa (Man), Lampkin now leads the series by just a single point over Raga, 71-70, with Albert Cabestany

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