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Cycle News 1992 11 18

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more information, call Ed Wilson at 714/247-4248. HosPITal STOP: Former Cycle News editor Tom Mueller is in the intensive care unit of a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, hospital. Several days after receiving a flu shot, Mueller suffered an allergic reaction, a rare nervous disorder - Guillan-Barre syndrome that causes weakness of the limbs. Hospitalized at first in his hometown of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, he was later moved to the Milwaukee hospital and placed on a respirator. Doctors say Mueller, who handles public relations for Mercury's outboard motor racing series, will be hospitalized for two to three weeks, but is expected to recover completely. The 1993 FIM World Championship Road Race Series will consist of 15 rounds, 13 of which have been finalized. The series will open for the first time in Australia with Eastern Creek hosting the race on March 28. The series will then head to Malaysia (Shah Alam) on April 4; Japan (Suzuka) on April 18; Spain (Jerez) on May 2; Austria (Salzburgring) on May 16; Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps) on May 30; Germany (Hockenheim) on June 20; Spain/Europe (Catalunya) on June 27; France (PaufRicard) pn July 18; Great Britain (Donington Park) on August I; Italy (Misano) on September 5; Canada (Montreal) on September 19; and South Africa (Kyalami) on October 3. According to the FIM, there are four applications for the final two dates and a decision .will be made no later than December 15. Reliable sources say that America's Laguna Seca Raceway and Mexico's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez are two of the four applicants for the remaining two events. expect him (the doctor) to tell me to start riding yet," said Cooper, "but he said my leg is coming along great. I started riding last week, but I've been doing a lot of bicycling and swimming already. Unfortunately, I haven't got my '93 race bikes yet." Two-time World Superbike Champion Doug Polen is still undecided as to his plans ·for 1993. "I have no news, yet" Polen said on Wednesday, November 4. Polen has indicated that his options include the Al\1A National Championship Superbike Series, the World Championship Superbike Series, the Japanese Formula One Series and the 500cc World Championship. The November 22 La Playa Grand Prix has been rescheduled. The Too Much Fun..Promotions-promoted race will be held December 13 in the' Can~ar Dunes, just south of Rosarito in Baja California, Mexico. For more information call 619/942-0640. raceS". The 883 Sportster elass is open to all licensed dirt trackers, however, Grand National Champions from the past five years will not be allowed to compete. The latter stipulation prevents Scott Parker and Chris Carr from taking part in the 883 races. Eight-time National Enduro Champion Dick Burleson will play host to the annual Toys fOT Tots trail ride at the 30,000-acre Jellico Creek OR V Park in Winfield, Tennessee, on November 22. Burleson will also be conducting his off-road riding schools on November 20-21. The schools are limited to 10 riders. For more information, call. 815/938-2980. Team Suzuki's' Guy Cooper, who broke his leg at the Binghampton, New York; 125cc National MX in August, got the green light from his doctor to start riding again. "I really didn't a 10-race National 883 Sportster Series that will also include five road Speaking of Guy Cooper, the 1990 125cc National MX Champion has been keeping busy around his house in Stillwater, Oklahoma, despite his injury. "I've built the most awesome supercross track on my 80 acres," said Cooper. "I just bought a water truck to add to my fleet of two tractors, one back-hoe and one 'dozer. I'm going to have to host a National or Supercross here some time. But, for now, I just have to convince Suzuki to come out here to do all of their testing." According to sources in Australia, 500cc World Championship Road Race Series runner-up Michael Doohan has left for Europe and will sign a contract with Rothmans Honda later this week. Doohan cont.inues the rehabilitation of the broken leg he suffered at Assen in June, and was a spectator at the November 8 Australian Formula One car race in Adelaide. riders may not compete in both classes. The 600cc support races will not be rounds of a National series, but the five 883 SpoTtster races will be part of AMA nears 200,000 members The Junior and Expert professional classes will be combined for AMA Grand National Series dirt track competition next year. Juniors with he American Motorcyclist Association is just 883 members away from an important milestone. Membership in the national association of motorcyclists stood at 199, 117 at the end of October, putting the Association less than 1000 members from its 1992 goal of 200,000. AMA membership has grown nearly 50% in the past decade, and is up nearly 9000 since the beginning of the year, putting the 200,000 mark within reach for the first time in the Association's 68-year history. "We have watched the membership numbers rising steadily over the past several years," said Ed Youngblood, AMA president. "Reaching 200,000 seemed impossible only a few years ago, but now it's within our reach." Mark Mederski, vice pres5dent of membership for the AMA, urged current AMA members to help put the Association over the top by signing up a friend now. "Call it an early Christmas present or whatever," said Mederski, "but bring a friend into the AMA before the end of the year. You'll be making an important contribution to the future of motorcycling in this country." What will a 200,000-member AMA do for America's motorcyclists? Mederski said it will give all motorcycle riders additional <;lout. "We'd like to reach 200,000 because it's a nice, round number," he said. "But there's more to it than that. When we contact legislators, testify at public hearings or take motorcyclist rights cases to court, it helps to have the backing of more motorcyclists. When we tell politicians we speak for 200,000 of their constituents, they pay attention." To sign up yourself or a friend in the AMA, ca1l800/AMA-JOIN (262-5646). T 80 or more points will be classified as GNC Experts, and may compete in all professional events, including the Grand National Championship class aboard 750cc twin-cylinder motorcycles. Juniors with less than 80 points will be classified as non-GNC Experts, and may compete in all professional events except Grand National Championship rounds. Juniors with less than 80 points that have considerable documented experience aboard 750cc twins may request a provisional GNC endorsement that will allow them to compete in Grand Nationals. Filling the void left by the now-defunct Junior portions of the program at Grand Nationals will be either 600cc Support or 883 Sportster Support races. Though there will be two classes at each Grand National (750cc and either 600cc or 883 SpoTtster Support), The Paris·to-Dakar Rally is back! After 13 consecutive years of conducting a rally from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal, 1992 saw the rally's organizers change the route to Paristo-Cape Town (South Africa). The promoters, the Thierry Sabine Organisation, say that problems in Angola, Nigeria and Zaire gave them no option but to abandon plans for another Paris-Cape Town Rally and thus the return to the original Paris-Dakar route. The 1993 rally will start in Paris on December 28 and is tentatively scheduled to finish in Dakar on January 16. " 00 1""""'4 ~ Q.) ,.0 S Q.) ;> o Z Entries are still available for the 2nd Annual Arenocross at the Reno Livestock Center in Reno, Nevada, .November 20-22, according to copromotor Jim Holley. Professional racers are scheduled to compete on Friday and Saturday, and amateurs will get their chance to battle on Sunday. The Reno Ramada Inn Hotel is offering discount rates for both spectators and racers. For more information, call 702/267-4392. HIRED: Dave Larson, by Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. to serve as their parts and accessories division representative in the Northeastern Region. Larson replaces Duane Summers-, who resigned to accept the position of general manager at Yamaha of Camp Hill in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. OPENED: Powerstroke, a highperformance Harley-Davidson engine shop by Jon Bird, who was formerly with Zippers of Marylan9-. Powerstroke will operate out of Herb Johnson's Meredith H-D in Meredith, New Hampshire. Bird will concentrate on 883 race motors for the AMA/CCS U.S. Twinsport class. He can be reached at 603/279-FAST. f:N r----------------------------------------------------------------, SUBSCRIPTION ORDER FORM o o o o Name _ _~-------------------------- This is a renewal Address City _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ State _ _ Zip Order Date _ Please start my subscription to Cycle News: o Every week for one year (50 issues) for $35.00 (can be billed 3 monthly payments) o o I. L Every week for two years (100 issues) for $65.00 Six months second class (25 issues) for $18.00 One year (50 issues), 2nd class Canada or Mexico and all other foreign countries $75.00 (U.s. funds). First class and airmail rates available upon request. _ Please bill me Bill 3 payments of $11.67 Enclosed is my check or money order Charge my 0 Visa 0 Mastercard • =me Signature ---''- MC/Visa# _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Expiration Date Send to: _ (IDill ~, Inc. P.O. 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