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Cycle News 2013 Issue 05 Feb 5

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VOL. 50 ISSUE 5 FEBRUARY 5, 2013 swer Young was looking for, but it was a truthful one. Gone are the days when teams overseas are clamoring to fly American racers over to race for them. No matter the strength of their resume. Like the AMA Superbike series here, they also face a tough economy and it's certainly cheaper to put a European rider on the bike than an American. Especially one who is used to being paid to race when so many others seem okay with racing for free. Or even paying to race. The answer for Young in 2013 might be to chase ambulances on both sides of the Atlantic. "I'm keeping my eye on the international racing as well," he said. "I'd love to maybe do a couple of wild card British Superbike races or even better yet some World Superbike – if I get the opportunity." With the now Dorna-run World Superbike Championship on the verge of dumbing down its rules to make the racing more affordable, there's a good chance of even more players taking part in that series next year. MV Agusta and KTM have feigned interest. And rules closer to Superstock might even bring more private teams into the mix – whether they opt for Ducatis, Aprilias, BMWs and the like. And more teams means more rides. So if Young could somehow get the chance to show them what he's capable of in a wild card or fill-in ride in either British Superbike or World Superbike, a door might open for 2014. But first he has to get the opportunity. For now the best answer for Young might be to listen to Cathcart's advice. Maybe he will need to buy a ticket, make visits to World Superbike and British Superbike races and hope for the best. That too will obviously be his plan for the AMA Superbike Series. It's a case of have leathers, will travel. CN P89 LOOKING BACK 40 Years Ago February 13, 1973 We tested the Honda CR250M motocrossers and we put actor and motorcycle enthusiast Steve McQueen on the bike and also on the cover. We were impressed with both the Honda and McQueen's riding ability… We interview Brad Lackey's mechanic Steve Johnson… Pierre Karsmakers was tearing up the motocross scene in Florida. 30 Years Ago February 16, 1983 Steve Eklund was featured on the cover 30 years ago for winning the Houston TT for the third straight time. Terry Poovey out-dueled Randy Goss for the Short Track win… Chuck Miller and Bruce Ogilvie teamed up to win the SCORE Parker 400… We featured a report on the Paris-to-Dakar Rally won by Herbert Aurioli aboard a BMW 980… 20 Years Ago February 10, 1993 Cover boy Jeremy McGrath proved that he was indeed here to stay after winning the Seattle Supercross just one week after capturing his first ever win at Anaheim. Phil Lawrence won the 125 main… Danny Hamel opened the 1993 National Hare & Hound Series with a win at the Winter Classic in Lucerne… We featured our report of the Parker 400, won by Kawasaki teammates Danny Hamel and Larry Roeseler. 10 Years Ago February 5, 2003 The new CBR600RR was featured prominently on the cover of Cycle News 10 years ago… Ricky Carmichael stole the show at the San Francisco Supercross. James Stewart continued his run in the 125 class… Honda's Johnny Campbell and Steve Hengeveld combined efforts to win the Laughlin Hare Scrambles.

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