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Cycle News 2013 Issue 23 June 11

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VOL. 50 ISSUE 23 JUNE 11, 2013 LOOKING BACK turn to the serial success that attended the first 10 of his 13 years in the premier class. Rossi in World Superbike would be one for the books. It would test the loyalty of his diehard fans, who are unlikely to be found wanting. The hordes that pack the stands at Grand Prix races would turn up instead at Monza and Misano, in the same way that they didn't for Max. The same effect would doubtless prevail in other countries – perhaps to a lesser extent, but still in a highly significant way. MotoGP would lose traction everywhere except in Spain; World Superbike would assume the importance that the organizers have long and falsely claimed for it. There is a precedent, based in Britain. In the years that Carl Fogarty was the Rossi of World Superbike and Mick Doohan's mighty reign was in full sterile swing, the production-based series was very much the senior of the two in Foggy's home country. Crowds for the British GP hovered around a pitiful 20,000, while two Superbike races a year in England attracted easily four times as many fans, causing the sort of air-horn frenzy and traffic chaos that elsewhere attended the Grands Prix. The organizers? Ever since last year, they are no longer different people. World Superbike belongs to Dorna, the same organizers as MotoGP. What sweet irony it would be if their takeover of the faltering superbike series became a booming success, at the expense of the senior series. They say no man is bigger than the sport, and in the very long term perhaps that is true. Right now, however, the opposite is the case, in many places. Rossi defines motorcycle racing for many hundreds of thousands; a race without him isn't worthy of their attention. Win or lose, as long as you are in Italy, he still holds bike racing in the palm of his hand. CN 40 Years Ago June 19, 1973 Grand Prix motocross was featured on the cover 40 years ago… Roger DeCoster smoked them again at the 500cc Italian MX Grand Prix; Brad Lackey finished sixth overall… Mickey Quade and Howard Utsey combined efforts to win the Baja 500… Dave Seil topped the Louisville National. 30 Years Ago June 22, 1983 A photo of the monster KTM 495 motocrosser that we tested graced the cover 30 years ago… Pro rookie Ron Lechien won his first Supercross at the age of 16 at the first SX race held in Orlando… Jay Springsteen topped the Harrington Half Mile… Kevin Hines won the Trask Mountain ISDE Qualifier. 20 Years Ago June 16, 1993 Jeremy McGrath made history in San Jose for winning his 10th straight Supercross 250 main event… Kevin Atherton ran away with the Parkersburg Half Mile win… We covered the Little Burr ISDE Qualifier won by Jan Hrehor… Carl Fogerty doubled up in Spain in World Superbike. 10 Years Ago June 11, 2003 Eric Bostrom rode onto the cover 10 years ago for winning the AMA Superbike round at Pikes Peak… James Toseland won his first World Superbike in Germany… David Jefferies was killed while practicing at the Isle of Man TT, a race he had won nine times… Chris Carr chalked up his 59th win at KC Raceway in Ohio. Subscribe to nearly 50 years of Cycle News Archive issues: P127

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