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Cycle News 2003 11 05

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] fj(j) G{bG ©[}J]g[}J][fxD !X1[li}o~c[J{0@ [li}@[fx@~ !X1@@D!JD@ [§)@!1J[}J](J ] \Xl ] ] ] j ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] For the third straig ht year Chris Carr has earned a nom inat ion f or the AMA Pro Racing Speed Cha nnel Athlete of the Year. Carr became only the second rider in a half -cent ury of AMA Grand Nationa l competition to w in five champio ns hips . He is t he w inni ngest active rider in the AMA Progr essive Insura nce U .S . Flat Track Cha mpi on sh ip se ries w it h 62 -caree r nat iona l vic to ries . This ye ar marks C arr 's sixt h nom inat ion for the At hlet e of t he Year award . In 2003 C arr w o n a series- leading fiv e rac es, putti ng hi m se c on d all- ti m e in A MA Grand Nat ion al Ser ies w ins t o ret ired rival and recent M ot orcycle Hall of Fame inductee Scott Parker. W ith th ree victories on sho rt t rack s th is seaso n, Ca rr also moved to the head of pack in the all-ti me ca ree r AMA Sh o rt Track wi ns list ahead of legends Kenny Robert s and St eve Eklund . C arr j ust co mplete d his 17th season on the AMA Gran d National ci rcuit. C arr wo n his firs t A MA G rand National Championship in 199 2 and followed that up with title s in 1999 , 2001 . 200 2 and 2003 . He w ill be gunning for his fourth st raight championship in next year's 50t h anniversary season of AMA Grand National racing. Suzuki successfully debuted its all -new RM-Z450 four-stroke at the final round of the All -Japan Championship MX Series, October 20, in Japan. Akira Narita piloted the aluminum-framed thumper and experienced some very promising mom ents on the bike. Narita produ ced quick lap ti mes on the bike and, according to Suzuki, even tum ed in lap times quicker than wild-card entry Stefan Everts during the prelimin ary heat. For Narita, who clinched the 250cc class championship on an RM250 two-stroke at the previous round, was riding the four-stroke for j ust the second tim e. The first championship moto, however, didn't go too well for Narita, who suffered a rash of crashes and finished out of the points. In the second moto, Narita got off to a good start and battl ed for the lead for much of the race before dropping back and finishing fifth. "It was j ust my second ride on the machine today: Narita said. "I didn't really have enough time on the new RM-Z450 to leam the differences between the two-stroke and four-stroke, but the new bike has massive power, even at low revs, and handled really well once I got used to the different characteristics. I think we showed that the new machine will be a serious threat next year, and Suzuki will use the winter period to make it into a race winner.In the 125cc Championship races, Tetsuya Mizuguchi clinched the title on the Kawasaki KX250FS-R that has been joint ly developed alongside the Suzuki XRMO development machine for the RM-Z250 production model. rider, yo u can have a good bike . yo u can be the best rider and have t he best bike. b ut wi thou t a goo d t eam, y o u're not going t o wi n any t hing , " Mladin said . - I've got to give all these wi ns, all four of them, to my team. because I think if I was on any ot her team, it wo uldn ' t have happened. That' s for sure. " Mat M l ad i n , t he 2003 A MA Ch evy Truck s U .S , Super bike Cham pion, has also been named as a no minee for t he AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel At hlete of the Year. The 31 -year-old Aust ralian became the fir st rider in the history of AM A Superbike racing to wi n four championships when he wra pped up the 2003 tit le at the series finale at Barber M otor spo rts Park in Bir mingham, Alabama, in Sept ember. M lad in had a sp ec t acu lar season in AMA S upe rbike competi ti on riding his factory Yos himura S uzuki to 10 race wi ns, tyin g the nearly 20 -ye arold reco rd of AMA Superbike w ins in a si ngl e sea so n s et by Fred M erkel in 1984 . Mladin is being nominated for the A thlete of t he Year Award for the fourt h t ime . He wo n th e pre sti g iou s pr ize in 2000 after ea rni ng his secon d A M A Super bike titl e. M ladin was also no minated in 1999 and in 2001 . Mladin gave much of t he credi t for his fourth champ ionship to his crew . " You can be a good The FI M Spe ed wa y G r a nd Prix Co mmi s sio n and series prom ot er Benfield Spo rt s Int ernat ional (BS)) has announced its permanent riders ent ry list for the 2004 season wit h the fo llow ing ri de r s : Ma rk Lo r am , Lu k as D ry m l , M ic hae l M ax , Lee Ric hard so n . Hans And e r se n and J aro slav Hampel. The qualified riders and reserve riders for the 2004 Individual Speedway W orld Cham pionship G rand Prix are as fo llows : Nicki Pedersen, J ason C rump, Tony Rickardsso n , Le ig h Ad am s , Gre g Han c o ck , Tom asz Go llob . S cott N ic holl s . Rune Holta, Ryan Sullivan. Andreas Jonsso n. M ark Loram, Piotr Protasiewicz, Lukas D rym l, M ikael M ax. Bj arn e Peders en. Lee Richardson. Hans Andersen, Bohumil Brhel , Kaj Laukk anen, Ale s D ry ml, J esper B . J ensen, J aro slaw Hamp el. Joonas Kylmakorpi, Simon Stead, Rafal Dobrucki. Billy Janniro , Roman Povazhny and Charlie Gjedde. o o o J ] o o o o o o o Vallejo S p e e d w a y 2 . in Vallejo . California . w ill cease operat ion on December 3 1. acc o rding t o ev ent pro moter s Steve and Bobbie Hazelt on. Accordi ng to the Hazeltons, the Solano County Fair Association plans to use the speedway area for an eques t ria n ce nte r. and the spee dw ay w ill be removed . ending five years of hard wo rk and races at the facility. Va llejo S peedw ay 2 ho sted eve nts prom ot ed by G ene Romero and Eddie M ulder in addition to AHRMA races and D-36 events . Two D-36 dirt tracks are scheduled for November 1 and November 8. with the November 8 race to feat ure a tribut e to th e lat e Bill Spencer. For more inf o rm at io n , c all 707 /55 4 3 140. 8 o LJ 'I ..J Il ....J o o 8 o At the final round of the All-Japan Championship MX Series, Yamaha displayed what could be the 2005 VZ125. Although we have very little detailed information about the bike pictured here, we know that it sports an aluminum frame Ju st t hree weeks aft er the bill was introd uced in C on g r e s s . t he Ho us e and supposedly an all -new eng ine. 2 N OV EMBER 5 , 2 0 03' II: U II: I e nevvs Reso urces Forest s an d Fo rest Healt h Subcommitt ee held a hearing on a proposal t o c rack down o n peop le w ho willfully d a mag e pub lic lan d , acco rdi ng t o the AMA . " C o ngres s is moving qu ickly because it recognizes that this is a prob lem that needs to be addressed, " no te d A MA W ashing t on represe ntative Patrick Holtz. The bill, HR 324 7. is called the Trail Respo nsibility and Accountability for th e Improvement of lands

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