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Cycle News 1992 07 01

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~ IN THE WIND eINTHEWIND~~_aw_~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ By PaE_a W_eal---L..-ey -~ ,_.;' .-4 >-- .-4 ~ ~ Belgian Georges Jobe (Hon) scored . the overall win in round six of the World Championship 500cc MX Series in Reisersberg, Germany, June 21. Defending champ Jobe went 3-1-1 on the day, slicing the series points lead of Kurt Nicol by 10 points. Brit Nicoll (KTM) tallied 1-8-2 moto finishes, and now leads the series by just five points 'now over Jobe, 276-271. Third in points is American Billy Liles (Hon) with 193, after logging 2-DNF-3 moto finishes 2-D F-3 in Germany. ~ At the World Championship 250cc MX Series round in Foxhills, Great Britain, June 21, American Bobby Moore (Yam) earned the overall victory via 2-1-2 moto finishes. Joining Moore on the rostrum were fellow Americans Donny Schmit (Yam) and defending series champ Trampas Parker (Hon). Schmit was second with a DNF2-1 moto tally and Parker third with a 4-3-8 day. Schmit is still in command of the series point standings and has a 30-point cushion over Parker, 223193. Moore is fourth with 185 points. World Champion Jordi Tarres (Bet) Yarres won the June 14 Polish round of the World Championship Observed Trials Series. Tommi Ahvala (Apr) finished Se.ries. second with Marc Colome (Mon) taking third Spaniard Tarres leads the third_ point standings over Finn Ahvala, 140128. Italian Diego Bosis (Fan), eighth in Poland, is third with III points. Brit Gary Havelock, Aussie Mitch Shirra Sbirra and Brit Kelvin Tatum finished 1-2-3 in the June 14 Overseas Final, a qualifying round leading to the World Championship Speedway Final, at Coventry, England. CaliforEngland nian Sam Ermolenko finished fourth and qualified for the" August 9 the· InterContinental Final, the last qualifying meet prior to the World Championship Final, in Bradford, England, as did fellow Americans Rick Miller and Ronnie Correy. Americans Mike Faria and Billy Hamill failed to' to score enough points to· advance to suHered the semi-final. Hamill suffered a broken wrist and a dislocated shoulder in the meeL meet. For the second year in a row, SCott Summers (Hon) scored the overall 2 _ victory at the 18th Annual Blackwater 100 in Davis, West Virginia, June 21, and for the third time in a row, Summers clinched the AMA Grand ational Championship Cross Country Series title. The Blackwater event was· the eighth round of the GNCC series. The runner-up at Blackwater was National Enduro Champion Jeff ational Russell (KTM), while Joel Andrews (Hon), Doug Blackwell (Kaw) and Jan"Hrehor (Suz) rounded Jan Hrehor out the top five. Larry Roeseler (Kaw) was sixth. George Roeder II (H-D) won the Expert main at the June 20 Greenville (Ohio) Half Mile, a round of the AMA Eastern Regional Championship Dirt Track Series. Georgie Price (H-D) finished second with Larry Pegram (H-D) third. The Junior class main event was won by James Hart (WR). Mike Hacker (Rtx) won the ProAm main. Rodney Mashue 31, of Midland, Michigan; suffered fatal injuries in the Michigan, Junior main event al Greenville, June at 20. According to onlookers, Mashue fell and a trailing rider was unable to avoid striking him. Mashue made a successful return to racing last year following the loss of a leg from the knee down in a street bike accident. Competing in the Novice division, he . won the 1991 AMA Eastern Regional Pro-Am Championship. Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, in Midland. The Expert main at the June 21 Norwalk (Ohio) Half Mile round of the AMA Eastern Regional Championship Dirt Track Series was won by Steve Morehead (H-D). Georgie Price (H-D) finished second with George Roeder II (H-D) taking third. James Hart (W-R) topped the top~ Junior class, and top Pro-Am honors went to Mike Warner (Rtx). Atlanta Motor Speedway, the 1.5mile oval in Georgia that is used primarily for stock car racing, held a ground-breaking ceremony on June 16 . for a new road race course that will utilize most of the oval and run through the infield for a total length of approximately 2.5 miles. The addition to the speedway will cost BMW, Aprilia, Rotax join forces to produce new entry level motorq_cle_ produee motorcy....=.-cle-,,--MW Motorrad GmbH, the motorcycle manufacturing and marketing subsidiary of BMW AG of Munich, Germany, has entered into a joint venture with Aprilia S.p.A of Italy and Bombardier-Rotax GmbH of Austria to develop and produce an entry level motorcycle. BMW. will be responsible for the styling, technical concept and sales of the new motorcycle, characterized by the company as "an unconventional concept for an entry level motorcycle, suitable for moderate off-road use, but also a typical BMW." . ' . It is expected to be available for the 1994 riding season and will be sold by BMW's international network of motorcycle dealers. BMW or-North America said of'North it would evaluate the motorcycle for its potential in the U.S. market. The new motorcycle will be developed by Aprilia in cooperation with BMW in and produced in {\prilia's plant in Noal'e, Italy. Power will be provided by a Aprilia's Rotax 650cc single-cylinder engine modified according to BMW design criteria. The join venture agreement also specifies BMW test and quality standards. By introducing what it says will be a highly attractive, competitively priced bike, BMW will round out its existing range of two, three and four-cylinder models. BMW's last single cylinder motorcycle, the R27, was produced from 1960 to Crom 1966. In'I99I, BMW built 33,980 motorcycles in the 650 to 1100cc range while Aprilia's Ii000c total production last year was 50,000 machines with an engine capaci·ty of between capacity 50 and 650cc. 65Occ. BMW sold 3574 motorcycles in the United States in 1991. The company IS projecting its 180 member national dealer organization will sell 3900 ,this year. this B -'------ Lance Weil offers limited edition Wei! L L ance WeiI International of Los Angeles has announced a limited production Weil replica of the 1967 Harley-Davidson XLR-powered road racer he successfully designed and fabricated and then campaignedin short circuit races in England campaigned in .in the late sixties. The Victory, as the bike has been named, will be limited to -in 25 or less units and all will be authentic replicas hand built by Weil. Wei!. Starting with a 55.5 cubic inch Harley V-twin powerplant, components include incli a four-speed transmission with wet clutch, Reynold's 531 tubing frame, alloy wheels, Girling shocks, Lyster-Lockheed front disc brake with a rear drum brake, and a 3.75-gallon polished alloy gas tank. According to Weil, the red and white Victory weighs 330 pounds, and has a 55-inch wheelbase and 29.5-inch seat heighth. The Victory is a basic race-ready version of the bike Weil competed on, but "streetable" electrics and other modifications are available. Hand-built things are rarely inexpensive and the Victory is no exception. Weil says the basic version will set you back $33,800. Wei] For more information on the Victory, contact Lance Weil International (aka Ricky Racer) at 213/461-8238. approximately $500,000 and take six weeks to complete. Bruton Smith, president of the speedway which he purchased in October of 1990, denied any competition with Road Atlanta, the nearby road race course that recently changed hands once again when it was acquired by Atlanta-based KW Partners in a bankruptcy sale. Dick Maxwell, the AMA vice president of sports marketing, Penny Nicolai, the AMA road race public relations director, and Kawasaki RaeRacinglTeam Muzzy rider Tripp Nobles represented motorcycle racers at the ground-breaking June 16 ceremony. "Road racing courses, in conjunction with NASCAl{ ovals, may be the wave NASCAR of the future as the costs of traditional (uture road courses escalate," said Dick Maxwell. "We are very excited about the opportunity to race at a facility with the reputation and spectator pull of Atlanta. Motor Speedway. Having Atlanta seen the course layout, we are certain. certaPJ we can put on motorcycle road races here that are safe ·and exciting, as well 'and as successful." Tripp Nobles, who lives in Macon, Georgia, agreed: "The track looks like it will be a good place for an AMA event. There are a lot of riders from Georgia, and it would be great to race in front of our fans here." from Missing in action: KTM factory MX team rider Keith Johnson disappeared learn while en route to the June 14 Hangtown 250cc National MX. Johnson, who was a no-show at Hangtown, became ill while driving to Hangtown on Thursday, June H. He made a detour to a hospital where it was discovered that he had pneumonia. The next day Johnson flew home to Pembroke, Massachusetts, to see his own doctor. Currently, Johnson is Cu~rently, recuperating at home and is planning on competing at the next National Championship 250cc MX Series round series at Buchanan, Michigan, July 5. Two-time Grand National Champion Ricky Graham called to say he was sorry he said "fourth place, firstprivateer sucks" following the Sunday half of the Camel Pro Series Syracuse Twin Miles over the June 13-14 weekend. Graham, who won the Saturday night race, said, "Reading that in the newspaper ·made me realize 'made I was wrong to have said it, no matter how lighthearted the remark was. Fourth place in a National and being the first privateer behind the factory guys isn't all that bad." Graham called bad" after having spent some time with one of his sponsors, former Grand National Championship event winner Ed Fisher of Pennsylvania. "We spent the weekend at his ranch and had a good time," said Graham. The June 6 Tecate/SCORE Baja 500 was videotaped by Arrow Productions for a one-hour telecast on cable TV's Prime Network. The airdate is Thursp.rrt. time. day, July 2, at 7 p.m. Pacific time.. The June 21 Avoca, New York, round of the AMA National Championship Hillclimb Series was canceled a week prior to the event, according to National Champion Tim Frazier of the Professional Hillclirnbers Association. Hillclimbers Alan Randt, manager of the U.S. Junior World Trophy Team that thai finished first in the ISDE in Czechoslovakia last year, will be the honored guest at the Valley Trail Riders-hosted Muddy Bay Grand Prix at Albright Shores, Michigan on July 12. The club has arranged to have the event professionally videotaped by Dick Reed of Plainly Creative Works. Ronnie Jones. racer and promoter of Jones, the July 25 Oklahoma City National Half Mile, is looking for parties interested in playing in the Scott Adams Benefit Celebrity Golf Tournament, which will take place

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