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Cycle News 1982 08 11

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Immediato's office, Domokos was working on a new trick when a jet rocket, capable of producing 33 pounds of thrust, went off prematurely. Get well cards can be sent to Domokos at 2970 E. Maria St., Rancho Dominguez, CA 90222. Tragedy struck following the NMA Ponca City. OK. Grand National Championships. Late Sunday' afternoon. an auto/train accident claimed the lives of Suzuki mini motocrossers Bruce Bunch and Kyle Fleming. who were declared dead at the scene. Rick Hemme and the driver. Dana Duke of Oakley Goggles. are in critical-serious condition at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. Hemme had just won the 106cc championship in the fourday race. The NMRA drag racing series moves to northern California for the Aug. 7-8 Godlen State Nationals at Baylands Raceway, located at 44333 Christy Lane in Fremont. Terry Vance will resume his search for 200 mph, Russ Collins should be there to continue the development on the Battlestar, as .well as a full compliment of drag racing action. Also appearing will be Evel Knievel , Jr. , following his father's footsteps with a variety of stunts and a ramp to ramp jump. He will perform on Sunday afternoon. Eddie lawson's high speed crash at laguna Seca left him with a cracked vertebra in his back. and as a result. he'lI miss at least the next round of the Formula One and Superbike Championships at Pocono. PA. lawson is currently wearing a back brace. but _pects - to be out of it soon. HosPITal STOP: Darius Gramley, three-time Over 30 class MX Champ in the -GNC races at the Houston Astrodome, suffered a broken collarbone and a punctured Iung in a fall at Harlingen, TX on July 18. Cards and letters should be sent to him at 1106 Fannin, Harlingen, TX 78550. Guests in the Teem Yoshimure/Suzuki pitsaUhe recent laguna Seca road race round of the Winston Pro Series included movie star Clint Eastwood and his girl friend Deni... seen here flanked by racer Wes Cooley and hi. expectant wife Nancy. Moto-X Fox'. Jim Gianatli. met Eastwood in nearbyCarmel and their conversation got around to bike•• with Eastwood m~ntioning he owned a Ducati and a Norton. among other bikes. He al.o said he had never seen a motorcycle race before. so Gianat.i. secured him pa..... £astwood thoroughly enjoyed the day. asking riders for their autographs and taking pictures with a Kodak Instamatic just like any race fah. Photo by Jim Gianatli•. Franco Uncini (Suz) virtually clinched the 600cc road racing World Championship with a win in the August 1 British round at Silverstone Park. Freddie Spencer (Hon) took second with Graeme Crosby (Yam) third. Randy Mamola (Suz) finished fifth. Kenny Roberts (Yam) crashed in the first corner at the start of the race. He sustained hand injuries and road rash. The point standings with three rounds to go show Uncini leading with 103 points followed by Roberts and Sheene at 68. Spencer at 67 and Crosby at 66. ' Brad Lackey, vying to become the , first American to win the 500cc MX World Championship, saw h is lead in the point standings shrink after the August I Belg ian round. Lackey (Suz) put together 2-4 moto finishes for third overall. Title contender Andre Vromans (Suz) collected the overall win with a 1-2 tally followed by Graham Noyce (Hon) wi th a 3-1. Gary Semics (Hon) took a 6-DNF. Lackey goes into the August 8 final round in Luxembourg leading Vro• mans 206 points 10 202. Eric Geboers (Suz) clinched the 126cc MX World Championship title at the August 1 round in Sweden. Geboers took the overall win with a 2-1 tally over Corrado Maddii's (Gil) 1-3. Michael Rinaldi , (Gil) posted a 3-2 tally for third. Barry Sheene was in vo lved in a high speed crash with a fallen rider during an open practice session for th e Silverstone GP on July 28. He sustained compound fractures of both lower legs which required the use of 26 screws to set. In addition, he sustained a broken wrist. Sheene was having a test session on the Yamaha V-4. ~ The Silverstone GP will be shown on NBC-TV on October 30. Check your local listings. HosPITal STOP: , Honda's Doug Domokos, the Wheelie King, is in St. J oseph's Hospital in Orange, CA; following two hours of surgery Saturday night, July 31, for th ird degree burns on his right foot. According to "a sp-okesperson ' tnr rnarrager- Jeff The July 26 airing of the Superbowl of MX coverage on CBS drew a 28 .hare in the ratings. making it the highest rated sports program of the weekend for the second Yeer in a row. The second race of the three-race Coppa Mille Dollari MX Series in Italy, took place in Apiro on July 25. Yamaha-mounted Franco Picco took all three rnotos, but American Carlos Serrano ran as high as second before water from the deluged track worked its way into theairbox of his Beta and , forced him back. Serrano still finished fifth overall. Word from Europe is that Kenny Roberts underwent surgery on the little finger of his right hand on Monday. Aug. 1. Following a oneday stay in the hospital. Roberts WH ,expect ed to head home for northern California. and will miss the next one to two GPs. The 500-ca'mper limit imposed by the California Coastal Commission on Pismo Beach has been delayed until Sept. 15, allowing a full crowd for the Labor Day weekend. Also, beginning on the Friday before Labor Day , veh icles entering town from the beach must be street legal. The short track and TT races which have been running every second and fourth Sunday at Mike Kidd's ranch in Boyd. TX will change to an every Saturday night schedule. beginninsf ~ug.· 7. ' Kldd will 'be happy to answer any questions about the program. and he can be reached at 817/433-5559. Big bucks will be on hand at DeAnza Cycle Park when it hosts a " Worl Championship" Hillclimb on Sept. 4-5. There will be a $25,000 purs - th e largest ever for a hillclimb to be di vided among three.exhibitio classes. There will also be all sizes 0 stock classes going for plenty in con' tingencies. , For more inforrnario contact Doug Hall at 714/653-5840 after 6:30 p.m. Saturday Saddleback Motocros is hosting a two-racing Saddlebac Summer Sizzler. on Aug. 14 an 21. There will be $2000 in ama teur prizes donated by the Cycl World accessory store in EI Taro For more info. ca1l714/496-4771 Off-road star Bob 'Balentine, whos right foot was crushed and suffer arterial damage in his Baja.pre-run ning accident, recently underwen surgery to have the foot amputated Bob 's out of the hospital now, an according to employer/mentor A Baker, " gett in g around on crutch and in extremely good spirts. As fo the baby expected by Bob and wif Michele, the word at presstime wa that it was still awaited. Northern California qualifiers fa the Oct. 9-10 AMA California S Champion.hip MX Final. will held at Marysville (Aug. 8). Dixo (Aug. 16). Prairie City OHV Pa (Aug. 29) and again at Marysvlll (Sept. 12). The final. will also held at Mary.vlne. For more infor mation. call 916/696-2727. The Lightweights M.C. will be host ing a D-37 short track at Perris Race way, one of the more historic venu in southern California. Date on tha one is Aug. 28, and for more details call 714/771 "3809. There was three nightl of AM Regional TT action in the Pacifl Northwest over the July 30-Aug. 1 weekend. beginning In Clacka ma•• OR. then going up to th rebuilt Castle Rock. WA. track a then back to the Clackama. facil ity. Expert winners. in order. we Frank Word III (H-D). Brad Hu (Tri) and Mickey Fay (Han). Rand Green took the first and last legs a the Junior cla.s a. Danny Moor won at Castle Rock. Dan Benne won the Novice cia•• all thre nights. ' Even though there was tragedy at Ponca City, there was also the best week of racing the NMA Grand National Championship has ever seen over 2000 riders put on the show. Kawasaki's Paul Denis took the 83cc Stock and Modified Expert classes. Rick Hemme put his Suzuki in the winner's circle of the 105cc 12 and over class while Lowell Thomson took that class for the younger riders. Ron Lechien (Yam ) was unstoppable in the 125cc Stock class and Billy Liles (Kaw) took the Modifieds. Liles also took the 250cc class. All four brands enjoyed success this year and riders from many states took wins and ran heads up with the Californians. The full story and shots of the new 1983 MXers in eN next week. Some young lad•• it's suspected. got a little bored at the motel serv· ing a. Kawasaki headquarters for Ponca City. Seems some culprit let an entire garbage bag full of frogs loose in the halls of the hotel. Management of the establi.hment was not amused; • •

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