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Feb 25, 2001

Former 500cc World Champion Schwantz Was On Winning Team In 24-hour Ice Race

An American team of former Champions put together by Speedvision television won the annual Numb Bum 24-hour ice race on Sandy Beach Lake, Alberta, Canada February 10-11. Former Champions Scott Parker (AMA dirt track), Jeff Ferdette (off-road), Dick Burleson (off-road), Mike Bell (AMA Supercross) and Kevin Schwantz (1993 500cc Grand Prix World Champion) teamed up to ride a Suzuki DR-Z400 to the win ahead of 34 other teams on various motorcycles and ATVs. The three-second margin of victory made this the closest Numb Bum on record.<BR><BR>"That was awesome, and it was even better because we won," said Schwantz February 20th. "It was like that Australian Safari where I committed to it early and then thought, ‘What have I gotten myself into?' But it was really a good time with a great bunch of guys.<BR><BR>"We ran the race on a 10-mile road course with 163 turns," continued Schwantz. "We weren't cold while we were riding, but when you were standing around, you were standing on a big slab of ice. I couldn't believe how much grip those things had. When you were off the throttle, the ice would pack up against the front of the screws, and it would get pretty slick. But when you were on the gas, there was so much grip I thought about putting my foot back on the peg and sticking my knee out. It was just a blast." <BR><BR><BR>