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Cycle News 2000 07 12

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R Elm dJ W '-J _ C O Span ia rd A l bert C a b e stany (Bet) pulled off a win on day one of the World Championship Trials Series stop in Valle d'A osta. Italy. Jul y 1-2. Cabestany wa s t railed by Ta kahisa Fu jinami (Hon) and M arc Colome r (Mon). O n day two. already-crowned champ Doug ie Lampk in (Mo n) ret urn ed to winning form. with Cabestany and FU jinami filling out the podium. products donated by World of Pow ersports. Tho mpso n M ot orspo rt s. RTR . Play g ro und . Kaw To wn C y cle . RTD . Action Cycle. Hall' s Husky. B&J Speed Shop. ICI Deluxe Paint. Overt urf Powersports. Elders C ustom Cycle. C ompet itio n C ycle . and N iehaus Cycl e Sales. Donat ions may be sen t to : Bruce Norc utt, c/o the Bow mans . 1028 6 N o rt h Wood s Trail. Argenta. IL 62507 . A ccord ing t o European correspon den t Geoff M eyer. four-t ime W orld Motocross Champion Stefan Everts will ret urn to action at the Grobbendonk. Belgium. Triple Grand Prix on July 30 . Evert s. w ho has been o ut fo r five months with a broken arm. has resumed riding his machine and will now begin to do some serious testing for his home GP. " I rode today for about one hour: Everts said after his first outing on the bike." I felt okay. although my arm started hurting again. I feel good. though. I w ill -visit th e do ctor tomo rro w and get another opinion on the arm. I feel confident I will race in Grobbendonk, t hough. The bike still needs some work. and that will be important for the next few weeks. prior to J uly 30 ." Evert s has had so me se rious problems with his arm since breaking it in Beaucaire in February. but it now seems all sys te ms are go fo r possibly the only rider capa ble of beating J oel Smet s to re turn to action . " S inc e my crash in France. I have been hoping thls momen t will come : Evert s said."1 have so often thought I could come back earlier. then find that the bone had not mended. This time it feels okay. - Wit h less than a month before his planned return. the Husqvama team will set aside several days test ing. something that has been needed with the L&M machine since Evert s hurt his arm. Darryll King. who has had to ride the Husqvama. is more than happy that Everts will ret urn. "T he bike needs so me work for sure." King said. " Now it' s up to the team to do what we can to get it to were we can ride it to it s po t ent ial. Stefan' s return should make all the differe nce to giving us a race-winning machine." The FIM has released a revised vers ion of its 2001 Tr ip leheader MX GP schedule. w hic h fo llows: M arch 18 . Spain (city to be announced); March 25. V alke nsw aard . N etherl and s; A p ril 8. Brazil (city to be anno unced); Ap ril 15 . Broadford. Aust ralia; April 29. Genk, Belg iu m ; M ay 13 . It al y ( city t o be anno unc ed) ; M ay 2 7 . S p a-Franc o r cham ps . Euro pe (Bel gium); Jun e 10 . Laun sdorf . A ust ria; J un e 24. Ernnee . France; July 8. Uddevalla. Swed en; July 22. Teut schenthal, Germany; August 5.( ci ty an d cou nt ry t o be annou nced) ; A ugust 12 . Fo lkendage . Luxemb o urg ; Au gu s t 19 . Great B rit ain (c ity t o be announced); September 2. Gaildorf, Germany; Sep t ember 16 . Lier o p. Netherlands. The Motocross des Nations will be held on September 30 in an Italian city to be annou nced. A ll the GPs will feature one final for each of the three classes. O O O o o o ~o o o CJ o o o o o o o o o o o O On M ay 21 at U.S. 51 M X Park. Bloomingto n-No rmal M otorcycle Cl ub and Tom Akers hoste d the second round of the lIIini Super Series and a benefit for downed Ove r-40 rider Bruce Norcutt. who was inj ured Ap ril 16 d ur in g practi c e . App roaching a triple. his KX250's throttl e stuck. sending him off his bike and over the jump. Norcutt landed on his rear and lower back. crushing a vertebra and leaving him paralyzed fro m the waist down. Norcutt 's friends. led by Bill Bowman. set up t he benefit . as we ll as a raff le with O O O O O o Motion Pro. Braking and Sidi have been added as sponsors of the A MA/FM F National C hampio n s hi p En d u ro Se ries . All three companies will provide contingencies and will work on promoting the series. Yamaha 's Noriyuki Haga will not be allowed to race at Laguna Seca in the July 9 ro und of the World S upe rbike Championsh ip after lo sing his appea l with the FIM . Haga will be suspended for three weeks. beginning on June 30. the day the judgment came down. The sus pension means that Haga will only miss Laguna Seca - and not the July 30 Suzuka 8-Hour in J apan. Since there are no other races scheduled betw een now and July 21 (other than Laguna). Haga's suspension is basically fo r one race. The folIowinq is the FIM 's press release. " The Inte rnational Tribunal of Ap pe al (TIAl. co mposed of M rs. Clotilde Galy (Pres ident) . and Me ssrs. Jacques Bourguignon and Santiago Puig I V iladomiu. conven ed today at the FIM headquarters in M ies in o r der t o judg e th e appea i lo dg ed by J apanese rider Nor iyuki Haga against the decision of the International Disciplinary C ourt taken in Hockenheim on J une 2 last. The rider was presen t at the hearing . toget her wi th his lawyer M r. Emile V rijm an and M r. D av ide Brivio (Team M anager. Yamaha). Prof. Klaus Miller (of the IOC-accredited anti -doping laboratory). M r. Sverker Backlund (of International Doping Test Management) and Prof. J . van Rossum (professor of pharmacology) were present as experts . The appeal was considered acceptable . but not well founded . Th e TIA took t he following sanct ions : Mr. Haga is suspended for a period of t hree weeks as from today. June 30 [prohibition from taking part in any of the activi ties under FIM controll . He remains exclude d from the results of the South Afri can round of the Superbike World C hampio nship. and must return the tro phies. prizes and indemn iti es rece iv ed at that event, and bear th e costs of the hearing. The full decision will be not ified later." Haga failed a drug test followi ng the Sout h Af rican round of the series on Ap ril 2 . test ing pos itive for ephedrine . A c c o r d i ng t o source s in Europe. how ever. Yamaha is expec ted to take furt her action in the matt er and the team - and Haga - is expected to be on hand at Laguna. It did n't matter th at Em er so n Hon d a Pons' Alex Barros was on last year's equ ipme nt . t he t ried and t rue Hon da RC45 rather than t he newer RC51 . the defending race champion still t umed the fast est time afte r tw o days of testing for t he J uly 16 Su zu ka 8-Hou r rac e . The Brazilian. wh o recent ly won th e 500cc race at the D utch TI in Assen , clocked the fast est time among a group of very fast riders who co mplete d the rain-interrup t ed te st. Bar ros ' tim e of 2 :09. 127 was just faster than the lap of 2;09 .593 t umed in by Shell Advance Honda 250cc GP campaigner Tohru Ukawa on one of the RC 51 s. Then came t he Kawasaki of Hit oy asu Izut su followe d by Yamah a' s Norihiko Fukiwara. and Cast rol Honda's Colin Edwards. "We tried a few different thi ngs on the machine. some new . and I' m pleased wit h the performance." said the 26-year-old from Conroe. Texas in a Castrol Honda press release . Edward s will likely be partnered with Nastro Azzurro's Valentino Ross i. the 500 cc rookie making his fi rst appeara nce in the 8Ho ur. Ro ssi was ei ghth fastest. " The Isle of Man TI legend Joey Dunlop was killed on Sunday. July 2. during an international road race in Estonia. The 48-year-old Irishman crashed during the 125cc race on the 3.7-mile street circuit on the outskirts of the Estonian capital of Tallinn after having earlier that day won the Superbike race and the 600cc Supersport race a day earlier. Known as "Yer Maun" by his legions of fans in his home country of Ireland as well as thousands who make the trek to the Isle of Man annually. no one met success in the TI like Dunlop. The soft- spoken Irishman won a record 26 Isle of Man TIs in a racing career that began in 1969. with 18 of those years spent as a Honda factory racer. Three of those TI victories came ju st a month a90 at the age of 48 - 23 years after his first victory on the Island. Some of those victories also came in 1985. despite the fact that the fishing boat taking him from Ireland to the Isle of Man sank. Dunlop was in the galley cooking when the boat started to sink and it was his quick thinkin g that helped ensure the safety of all those onboard. "It was nothing. j ust .the normal thing to do at the tim e: Dunlop said later of his heroism. A father of five. Dunlop has been honored by the British government with both MBE and aBE awards for his humanitarian work in war-tom countries. 8 ~QJ[ll)[bCB[?~------- 8 8 o o o 2 J ULY 12. 2000' cue I e n e vv s

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