Friday, May 25, 2012

News: Classic Laguna Seca - 1982: Spencer vs. Roberts

Kenny Roberts returned to Laguna Seca in July of 1982 to do battle with Freddie Spencer in the 15th round of the AMA Grand National Championship. Armed with a Yamaha OW61, Roberts followed Spencer home in the first leg and won the second leg and the overall when Spencer's Honda suffered a cracked cylinder head. Randy Mamola ended up second on the day via his 3-2 tally from the two races.

Freddie Spencer (19) leads Kenny Roberts (2) out of turn nine at Laguna Seca in 1982. Spencer ended up winning the first race, but Roberts took the overall win.

A brush fire on hill brought out a red flag in the first race.
Article from Cycle News.

Monday, May 21, 2012

News: Stewart, Baggett Get It Done At Hangtown

Both James Stewart and Blake Baggett finished off the day with second-moto wins in their respective classes at the Hangtown Classic Motocross, the first round of the 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Stewart and Baggett both backed up their first-moto wins with another pair of wins to grab the overall victories in the 450 and 250 classes.



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Friday, May 18, 2012

News: It's Official: Tedesco To Pro Circuit Kawasaki

The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki made it official this morning that Ivan Tedesco will indeed be re-joining his former team for the upcoming Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Pro Championship series, which gets underway this weekend at Hangtown.




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Monday, May 14, 2012

News: Superbikers of 1982


Remember Superbikers? Here's a look back at the fourth edition of the made-for-TV race from 1982 at Carlsbad Raceway in Carlsbad, California. The race was won by Danny "Magoo" Chandler on his factory Honda over Steve Wise and Jay Springsteen, the latter on a 390-pound Harley-Davidson XR.



Ricky Graham (41) gets the jump on the field in the main event. Steve Wise (1) goes with him while Danny "Magoo Chandler (34) battles a wheelie.



Graham (41) led the race early until he was tracked down by Chandler. (34). "I knew if I could get to the dirt before Ricky, I could pull some time," Chandler would say later.



Alex Jorgensen rode his Rotax thumper to fifth.



Chandler attacks the road race portion of the track on his motocrosser.



Steve Wise finished second to Chandler, who earned $10,000 of the $50,000 purse in the Gavin Trippe-promoted race.



Springsteen gets the big Harley headed in the right direction.



If you did well, like Springsteen did, then you were interviewed for ABC's Wide World of Sports by Sam Posey.


Danny Chandler was all business on the start line before the final.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

News: AUTO LEGEND CARROLL SHELBY Passed Away at 89


Legendary car designer and racing driver Carroll Shelby has died.

Shelby is known for introducing the Shelby AC Cobra to the United States in the 1960s -- combining an English sports car chassis with an American Mustang engine.


A rep for Shelby's company Carroll Shelby International says Shelby died today at a Dallas hospital. He had received a heart transplant in 1990 and a kidney transplant in 1996.

As a driver -- Shelby first gained fame by winning France's arduous 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959.

He was 89.
(News from TMZ)

Monday, May 7, 2012

News: Stewart Officially Joins Yoshimura Suzuki



"The announcement from Suzuki comes a day after the Toyota/JGRMX Yamaha team announced that it and Stewart had officially parted ways after what ended up being a rough and short stint with the JGRMX team. At the end of 2011, Stewart joined the JGRMX team for what was supposed to have been a multi-year marriage. Less than expected results, crashes and being unable to come to terms with his race bike are rumored to have been some of the main issues regarding the Stewart/JGRMX split.

It's also clear that Stewart has already been riding and testing on the Suzuki."

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