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Cycle News 2000 02 09

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The North American Motorcycle Union (NAMU) has released a schedule for the inaugural Continental Championships events. which will take place under its sanction. The schedule is as follows; March 25-26 - loco. British Columbia, Canada (triaD: April 1-2 - Goldendale. Washington (triaD; June 12 - Loudon. New Hampshire (vintage road race): September 23-24 Bobcaygeon. Ontario, Canada (enduro). NAMU has been established by the RM to assist in the development of motorcycling at the continental level. For more information, contact the AMA or CMA. both of which are member federations. come." McGrath said. "Rick has been my friend and mentor for over 10 years. He was the dominant Supercross rider of the '80s and I've followed in his footsteps during the ·90s. And with Rick's growing development and contacts in the automotive racing world. we expect tremendous achievements. This will be a big part of me and my family's future. It's a very exciting time." The 2000 Women & Motorcycling National Conference will be held July 13-16 at Ohio University in Athens. Ohio. Conference features will include workshops and presentations. demo rides. a vendor area, group and self-guided rides. a street party, a bike parade and a Saturday night program featuring a cookout and keynote speaker Karen Davidson, the creative director of general merchandise at the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. To sign up for the conference or to request a brochure. call 614/856-1900. · ,.,. 10 10,. '" ,.,. ,.,. ,.,. 10 • 10 10 10 '" • • ,. ,.,.,.,. Women's School of Motocross CWSMlO will be holding schools in Hollister, Califomia, on February 26 and at the Hardrock Cycle Parlk in Ocala, Florida, on March 2. For more information, call 949/837-2206. Former AMA Supercross Champion Donnie MHoleshot" Hansen will be conducting a two-day MX school at Perris Raceway in Perris. California. prior to round three of the CMC Golden State Series round to be held there. The dates for the school are February 9-10. For more information, call 719/495-2624. ,. 10 ,. ,. .. ,. ,. ,. '" • • ,. • ,. ,. ,. 10,. The Repsol Honda team completed five days of testing in Spain on January 29. with Alex Criville and Sete Gibemau claiming the test was a huge ,. ,. .. ,. ' " . ,. , . . ,. ,. ,. .. ,. ,.,. ,. ,. ,. .. ,.,. ,. ,. . ,. ,. ,. ,. : AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: At MotoSports Kawasaki in Conyers. : ,. Georgia on February 25th from 7 to 8 p.m. Team Chevy Trucks Kawasa • ki' s Ricky Carmichael. John Dowd and Larry Ward are scheduled to attend. For more information, call 770/761-9040. M Angels, by Ehlert Publishing Group Inc. of Maple Grove. Minnesota. OPENED: AMA Direct link's redesigned home page on the World CORRECTION: We incorrectly stated that the final round of the For- Wide Web. The site can be found at the follOWing address:, or www.ama· • AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: At Indy Cycle n' Ski in Indianapolis. Indiana on February 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Members of Team Yamaha and Yamaha of Troy are scheduled to attend. For more information. call 317/8991600. mula USA Road Race Series would take place under the lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 7. The Vegas round is the penultimate round. The series finale is scheduled to take place in Daytona. October 19-22. ACQUIRED: Thunder Press Inc.. publishers of Thunder Press and Asphalt FORMED: The Arizona Old nmers MX Association in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information, call Barry Hale at 602/214-6096. SOLD: GP Stabilizers of Hesperia. Califomia. to off-road racer Randy Norman. The name of the company has changed to GPR Stabilizer and the product has also been redesigned. For more information. call 619/422-5771. on February 4 from 7 to 8 p.m. Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki's Ricky Carmichael. John Dowd and Larry Ward. along with the SpiitRre/Pro Circuit team. are scheduied to attend. For more information. call 281/426-4216. SIGNED: A title sponsorship agreement between Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma. California, and Cruise America in which Cruise America will be the title sponsor of Sonomafest 2000 - a 10-day motorcycling festival of racing and other motorcycle activities at Sears Point. Progressive Insurance, meanwhile, will be the title sponsor of the AMA Chevy Trucks Superblke race. scheduled for May 5-7 at Sears Point. OPENED: Mlke's Cycle Supply's home page on the World Wide Web. The site can be found at: Nine-time champion Jim McClure will begin the defense of his title when the All Harley Drag Racing Association kicks off its 2000 season at Orlando Speedworld Dragway in Orlando. Florida, March 7-8. CORRECTION: Our recent Quick Shop advertisement for KTM Powerhouse featured an incorrect phone number. The correct phone number is 805/237-8913. can be found at the following address: AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: At the Lee Bivens booth in the New York City Motorcycle Show. February 4-6. Former World and AMA Superbike Champion Scott Russell is scheduled to attend. MOVED: The scheduled February 5·6 GPG Motocross. from Echeconnee Off-Road Park to Paradise Off-Road Park in Macon, Georgia. For more information. 0811912/471-5711. CHANGED: Last week's issue stated that the March 9 AHRMA dirt track event in Ocala, Florida, would be a night race. That's changed. with the round now scheduled to begin with sign-up at 8 a.m. and racing at noon. AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: At Dreyer Kawasaki in Indianapolis, Indi- ana. on February 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki's Ricky Carmichael. John Dowd and Larry Ward. along with the Team SplitFire/Pro Circuit team, are scheduled to attend. For more information. call 317/243-2203. ............ .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ,. · Yoshimura Suzuki, Chaparral Suzuki, Team Yamaha and a handful of privateers tested at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey. California. last week, with Yoshimura's Mat Mladin and Aaron Yates ending up with identical lap times of 1:27.6. Third qUickest was Yamaha's Tommy Hayden, who lapped at 1:28.48 on his Yamaha R7. Hayden was the lone Yamaha rider at the test as Jamie Hacking was testing in Japan. Hayden ended up the qUickest of the 600cc Supersport riders. lapping at 1:31.46 - ahead of Chaparral's Damon Buckmaster's 1:32.4. and Yates' 1:32.65. Roger Lee Hayden lapped at 1:35.4 on his 600 and 1:33.2 on his Chaparral GSX-R750. Yoshimura Suzuki's Jason Pridmore crashed his 600 on cold tires on January 26. suffering a twisted ankle. He came back the next day. however, to lap at 1:28.81. "It was on my out-lap on the 600," Pridmore said of his crash. "I was going so slow. I barely tipped it in and it high-sided me. I was just cruising along. I wasn't even at the apex. I guess it was just cold and there wasn't a lot of grip." Jeremy MTwitch" Stenberg won the Freestyle event at FreeRide Moto-X Championships at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 22. OPENED: ProsChoice's home page on the World Wide Web. The site AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: At Highland's Kawasaki in Highland. Texas. According to a press release from the L...i company, American Iron horse is the f) central theme of a new airport bar/restau- l.J rant concept called Rider's World that has launched two pubs at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. A third Rider's World is scheduled to open at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport later this year. American Iron horse has teamed with Rider's World to market the bar/restaurant concept. The pubs are located at Gates 15 and 27 in Delta's Terminal E concourse. Roadracing Performance Motorcyclists (RPM) has formally announced its affiliation with WERA for the South Central Region and has released a sevenround schedule for its series, which will host events at Hallett Motor Speedway in Hallett. Oklahoma, Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas, and Memphis Motorsports Parlk in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information. call 903/509-3424 or visit the following website: Optimum Power Technology will be shOWing off its newest GP Control engine management systems during the Dealemews Intemational Powersports Dealer Expo, February 19-21, in Indianapolis. Indiana. The company will have what it believes to be the world's first fuel-injected Yamaha VZ426F on hand at its booth, as well as GP Control products for twostroke dirt bikes and road racers. For more information, stop by booth #8226, Zone 16. or call 412/257-9070. The FIM has released its schedule for the 2000 Individual World Speedway Championship Grand Prix. The six-round series will take place as follows: May 6 - Prague, Czech Republic; June 3 - linkoping, Sweden; July 1 Wroclaw. Poland; July 29 - Coventry. England; September 2 - Vojens, Denmarlk; September 23 - Bydgodcz, Poland. American speedway riders Greg Hancock and Billy Hamill will once again be flying the flag for the USA in the World Championships. success. The third Repsol rider Tadayuki Okada - crashed out of the test on January 28 at the Valencia Circuit and didn't take part in the final day. Okada suffered a concussion, but no other injuries. Criville, meanwhile. lapped at 1:35.58 with Gibernau turning in a 1:35.71. Okada lapped at a best of 1:37.1 prior to his crash. Effective immediately, Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bemardino, Califronia, will be open for Tuesday practice sessions from 8 a.m. to dusk on the National track. The cost is $1 5 per bike and spectators are free. For more information. contact 909/880-3090 or visit Glen Helen's website at The Mid-Atlantic Vintage Trials Club has released a 13-event schedule that will begin in March and end in October. Rounds are scheduled to take place in Pennsylvania. Maryland. Ohio and Vir· ginia. For more information. call Roger Annable, 410/552-1155. Lotus Tours will hold specialized tours for Ducati motorcycles this year. The newly built rental fleets will include a mix of Ducati ST2s. ST4s. Monster 900s and Monster 750s. For more information, call 312/951 -0031. • 10 AHRMA has released its 2000 schedule for the VMX Mid-Atlantic Vintage MX Series. The scheduled for the flveround series is as follows: April 1 - Budds Creek, Maryland; May 20 - Axton, Virginia: June 24 - Martinsburg, Virginia; September 16 - Shippensburg. Virginia: and November 5 - Elizabeth City, North Carolina. For more information, call Chris Huhn at 7031707-8692. .. MARRIED: AMA/Supertrapp SuperTracker Champion Joe Kopp to girlfriend Dee Dee Voliva on January 15 in Sandpoint, Idaho. • "I'm a beginner in 500 now. but I have a good feeling with the NSR - better than during my first session in November," Valentino Rossi said during his recent tests in Jerez. Spain. "My mechanics changed the handlebar angle and my seating position on the bike and now I can ride better. I began to worlk as a factory 500 rider, testing some tires and bike setup. But I have a lot of worlk to do before I can think about a podium finish during a 500cc World Championship race." Rossi tested some five different compound Michelins at Jerez, according to Cycle News contributor Paolo Gozzi, and he lapped at a best of 1:43.7 - the . . cue I • Continued on page 60 ne ..... s FEBRUARY 9, 2000 3 o o o o c o CJ o o o J ~o o o o o 8 o o 1 J J n ~ CJ o o o o o o o

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