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Australian Superbike: Jones Takes Pole Position At The Bend

RoadRacing World - 4 hours 25 min ago

Editorial Notes:

American Travis Wyman, riding his Addicted to Track Yamaha YZF-R1, qualified 22nd in Superbike.

American Cody Wyman (Travis’ younger brother), riding his Addicted to Track Yamaha YZF-R6, qualified 16th in Supersport.

 

Saturday: Jones Sets Himself For the Title, Supersport Still Open

Alpinestars Superbike

While normally not the most important session of the day, there was a lot more tension and effort in this morning’s Timed Practice. With the top nine automatically progressing in top 12 qualifying session later today, the 30 riders in superbike were very keen to get a time near the top of the sheets to secure their ticket into the next session.

Troy Herfoss banged out a single solitary lap that put him some .277 ahead of Mike Jones and Arthur Sissis.

Of the international and one-off-round visitors, it was a mixed bag: Miller was inside the top nine as needed, Shrötter was hot early but unable to lift later in the session, Hook was only able to do an out lap before his injured wrist said “let’s go in”, McConnell was also inside the top 15 but was unable to push forward, while Travis Wyman was outside the top 20.

Both DesmoSport Ducatis didn’t make the top nine, an unsurprising outcome after their crashes in FP3 yesterday. The team worked hard yesterday evening and this morning to ensure they were race ready.

In Qualifying Two the top three go through to the final Qualifying and effectively back into the main game.

At the end of the session, it was Daniel Falzon back in after clocking the fastest time with Senna Agius and Jed Metcher for company. Both DesmosSport Ducatis were again absent with Bryan Staring fourth and .147 from third place, while Broc Pearson was seventh.

Of the one-round riders, Thriller Motorsport’s Marcel Shrötter was fifth and Livson’s Joel Kelso sixth.

So to Qualifying Two and the last qualifying session of the year. Just 12 riders were present and so plenty of clear track was available.

Billy McConnell had progressed from struggle town to the top nine and was now into this all-important final qualifying session.

Jed Metcher and Daniel Falzon were busy turning their bikes around from Q1 and were not on the circuit at the session’s start.

Wayne Maxwell ran wide early at turn six just to ensure he was placing himself under maximum pressure to either produce a diamond or find himself further back.

Arthur Sissis and Mike Jones posted fastest laps early to take some pressure off and Jack Miller banked a top two “safety” as well.

Herfoss, McConnell and Maxwell were in the pits and yet to complete a flying lap with seven minutes left in the session.

The lap record seemed safe at six minutes to go with the order Jones, Miller and Sissis.

While Jones and Miller were in the pits, Herfoss and Maxwell were out on track trying to respond. Maxwell was eleventh at three minutes to go and you had to wonder what the plan was.

At two minutes to go the leaderboard was awash with riders on target for the fastest lap of the day.

Halliday suddenly went P1, and Waters to P2. Miller stuck it into provisional pole.

Maxwell pitted without a fast lap and with that went any hope for the championship.

Jones put his YRT R1M on pole with seconds to spare just to underline his justifiable claim to the title for 2022. Jack Miller was an outstanding second and Cru Halliday ensured the YRT squad would be well-represented on the front row of the grid.

In fourth was the outstanding Glenn Allerton who was not favourited to be this close to the front based on earlier results and fifth was Arthur Sissis who would be disappointed after beingg second in basically every other session

Senna Agius pipped teammate Troy Herfoss for seventh with Billy McConnell ninth, Daniel Falzon tenth, and Jed Metcher eleventh.

Incredibly, Wayne Maxwell was 12th and the last finisher in this final qualifying session of 2022 and indeed his Australian Superbike career, some 2.753 seconds behind pole-sitter Jones.

With Staring well outside the top ten for tomorrow’s pair of races, Jones will sleep well tonight and rightly dream about another Alpinestars Superbike title o’ the morrow.

Michelin Supersport

The first qualifying for the Saturday Michelin Supersport Squad was an early one and the man of the session was Harrison Voight who just went bang, bang, bang.

To play that out, he went fastest on lap two (1:56.908), lap four (1:56.337) and lap five (1:56.058). No one else got a look in.

Tom Bramich made life difficult for himself and his team, crashing halfway through the session. Passfield also went down.

Dallas Skeer was able to work his way to second, surprising even himself while a somewhat fortunate Bramich was third, the clearly injured Ty Lynch fourth and Scott Nicholson fifth.

Championship leader John Lytras was back in eighth, but that spot still comfortably delivers the championship if replicated in the race.

In Qualifying Two it was a session split by both rain and a serious crash requiring a red flag after Luca Durning went down at turn 10 with 18 minutes to go.

The results from the second qualifying reflect the rain situation with Morgan McLaren-Wood P1, Scott Nicholson second and the unfortunate Luca Durning third.

On combined times, the grid for tomorrow reflects the results from First Qualifying with Thriller Racing’s Harrison Voight on pole from Dallas Skeer, Tom Bramich, Ty Lynch and Scott Nicholson.

Dunlop Supersport 300

Dunker was straight bossing in much of Qualifying One, at one stage he was some .6 up on the field until Pezzetta was able to do some reeling in and narrowed the gap to .279 at the end. Cameron Swain was third.

In qualifying two in damp conditions, there was oil on track at 13 minutes in and Pezzetta had a spectacular crash and long slide to an eventual stop. The session was red-flagged and ultimately declared with the merged result bringing Q1 results to the fore that saw Dunker on pole from Pezzetta and Swain

In race one, Dunker led as he is want to do, but had Hayden Nelson and Sam Pezzetta for company.

On lap one, Port and Rende came together at turn one and both crashed out of the race. Cameron Swain pitted with his gear lever hanging off. Glenn Nelson was found to have jumped the start and there his slim titles ended.

On lap four, Pezzetta and Hayden Nelson got past Dunker, but Dunker returned the favour before the lap was done.

Into the last few laps of the race and the hard racing began in earnest. Any thoughts Dunker had about a solo break were quelled when he was shuffled down to fourth while Pezzetta and a resurgent Aksu took the top spots with Hayden Nelson third.

With two turns to run Aksu ran wide and found himself down in fourth while Dunker set himself for the run to the line.He was unable to slip past and a deserving Sam Pezzetta saluted for first with Hayden Nelson second.

Cameron Dunker was third at the line and this points haul saw the baby-faced assassin take the Dunlop Supersport title for 2022. Dunker paused at the entrance to pit lane to don the traditional champion t-shirt and a gold helmet to boot. His crew- including superbike rookie Max Stauffer- posed for a pic and he headed to the podium.

At the post-race presser, he sat next to Jack Miller, drank it all in and perhaps dared to dream. As he ought.

Yamaha R3 Cup

Qualifying 

Tension was mountain coming into Saturday’s R3 Cup race with #3 Cameron Dunker and #39 Glenn Nelson both tied for Season first place at 239 Points with Hayden Nelson trailing at 193 points.

Qualifying one saw a stacked field set the grid on fire with Cameron Dunker not disappointing. With exceptionally strong winds providing unpredictable conditions, Dunker looked to really test out the track throughout the session, getting faster each lap until he posted both his fastest and the dominating lap of qualifying on lap six with a 2:11.119.

South Australia’s own Sam Pezzetta put on a show in front of the hometown fans locking in his fastest on lap 5 at 2:11.890 and third place Cameron Swain trailed closely with his fastest just marginally behind Sam with a 2:11.917.With winds continuing to gust over the track, we are expecting exciting times ahead for Race 1 later today.

Race 1

Tension was mounting just at the start it was the perfect run into an exceptionally eventful race. Straight off the line Dunker, Aksu and Pezzetta were at another level until Pezzetta was squeezed back to sixth place down the main straight. This wouldn’t be the only time Pezzetta would find himself on the sharp end of some pointy racing.

Not giving up, Pezzetta clawed back to third place over Snell, Hamod and Aksu through lap three and then Pezzetta was again back into fourth.

He was not to be denied, however, and a late charge saw him back up to second at the line.

But today was Dunker’s to savour. Fresh from winning the Dunlop Supersport 300 title, he was the smooth operator and was dominant throughout the entire race posting his fastest lap of 2:11.144 on lap two.

Taiyo Aksu was third but won’t be able to make an impact on the title chase, while Dunker has moved 13 points ahead and dares to consider the double SS300 and Yamaha Finance R3 Cup double.

bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup

It’s a tough caper both racing and predicting what will happen in the OJC. The dominant-til-now Ryan Larkin was absent from the first 15-minute qualifying session this morning, leaving the door open for Hudson Thompson who took the top spot from Marcus Hamod and John Pelgrave.

Championship leader Harrison Watts was 11th and some 2.2 seconds from the front.

Post-lunch and mercifully post some wet weather, the OJC took to the 4.9km International circuit configuration later than scheduled, but on a dry track.

In Qualifying Two, Larkin returned to the track and returned to his business as usual, posting the fastest time by .435 of a second to a resurgent Bodie Page and Hudson Thompson who was now contending near the front in every session.

In the race, fastest rider Larkin was not on pole after incurring a six-grid spot penalty from the Phillip Island MotoGP support race round.

It mattered not, he was at the front of the pack by the end of lap one after lapping seconds ahead of the field and then just danced off into the distance. Thanks to consistent, clean and fast laps, it was never in doubt.

Terrin Fleming and Bodie Page battled on and were second and third with championship leader Harrison Watts down in tenth, leaving the door open to the title challengers Rende (5th) and Thompson (6th) who will need a lot more tomorrow to bridge the 20 and 22 points deficit they face.

Sureflight Superbike Masters

Sureflight Superbike Masters qualifying was tight as ever with David Johnson showing the field what he’s made off by posting a cracker flying lap of 2:01.801 later in qualifying on lap 5, leading a marginal gap of .535 in front of Aaron Morris.

Rounding out third place Murray Clarke was not quite able to follow the pace set following David back with his fastest lap of  2:03.911 posted on lap 5.
In the race, the riders jumped away with a couple a little too keen and race direction placed the start under investigation.

Aaron Morris jumped over Dave Johnson for the lead, only to have his bike expire a few laps later. Johnson went back into P1 with Strugnell and Coote for company.

And there they would remain to the line, with Johnson aboard his 1100 Suzuki taking the win by 2 seconds over William Strugnell on a 750 Suzuki with another 11 seconds back to the third place Honda 750 of Aiden Coote.

Horsell Sidecars

Qualifying 1

There was very little between first and second with bike Patrick Clancy and Stephen Bonney just pipping Phillip Underwood and Tristan Vercoato the biscuit with a .298 difference. Phillip Underwood and Tristan Vercoa wanted to cement a dominant start early stamping the fastest lap of a 2:11.228 on Lap 2.

Patrick Clancey and Stephen Bonney were more than happy to fire back slapping down a 2:10.610 and 2:09.454 on laps 3 and 5.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing with J. Brown / P Halsey stopped at Pit entry with a dropped chain 3 minutes into the session and bike A. Shanks / J Whitfield stopping on turn 13.

Race 1 

Patrick Clancy and Stephen Bonney continued their reign taking out the fastest lap with a 2:09.661 on lap six.

Underwood/Vercoe held second for the entire race and looked to be able to finish in second until the charge of Harvey and Marshal caught them in the final lap making sure they settled for third.

Work was done early with Harvey and Marshal jumping into third place on lap one of the race chasing down and planning a successful attack on Underwood and Vercoe.

The race was largely incident-free, with only mechanical issues striking a few victims in the race. Jones and Boggiano were 2 of these such victims stopping on turn 13, halfway through the race and the Turner/Turner machine stopping on turn 6 but being able to resume.

The last race of the day- race two for the sidecars- was eventful with multiple mechanical and other issues facing the field. We lost Watson/Hegarty, then Rayner/Warne with plenty of smoke and excitement…

At the finish, it was Patrick Clancy / Stephen Bonney from the formerly unassailable Underwood/Vercoe second with Harvey / Marshall in third.

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“100km Of Champions” At The VR46 Motor Ranch Postponed

RoadRacing World - 4 hours 41 min ago

Tavullia November 26th – 2nd race day

Due to adverse weather conditions, and the impossibility of ensuring the correct running of the race according to the safety parameters, the “100Km of Champions” race scheduled for today November 26th has been postponed to tomorrow, Sunday November 27th.

The schedule remains unchanged:

h12:05 – Warm up

h02:00pm – Race “The 100Km of the champions”

h06:00pm – Awards ceremony

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Marini Wins Americana Race At VR46 Motor Ranch

RoadRacing World - Fri, 2022-11-25 22:59

Tavullia November 25th – 1st day

The first day of the 100Km of Champions ends.

Today on the track all 40 riders invited to these two days of racing, who tested the track, some of which for the first time.

After the photoshooting of the single riders and the preliminary operations, the negotiations between the pilots have started for the definition of the couples for tomorrow’s race: the choice is based on friendship, affinity, performance, because you are “nice to each other” or even just because “anyone is fine”. After that, the day continues with free practice starting at 12:30, and then continuing with qualifying for both the “Americana race” and tomorrow’s 100km race.

The atmosphere is that of big events, and the list of participants in the 100Km is of the highest level.

 

The start of the “Americana Race” at the VR46 Motor Ranch with Luca Marini (10) leading the field. Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.

 

The day ends at 5.30 pm with the “Americana race”. Adrenaline and emotions to the max, in a competition that was a great battle since the very first heats, and which has finally seen the victory of Luca Marini, who commented as follows:

“I think I have won another ham or some other sausage, which is always nice to have in winter. Jokes aside, is always a great emotion, and it’s nice to confirm myself every year. Today’s “Americana race” was very tough because every Saturday at the Ranch the level rises more and more.“

And now we look to tomorrow’s 100Km race, waiting for the latest news for the weather. We’ll see.

Tomorrow’s schedule, Saturday November 26th:

h12:05 – Warm up

h02:00pm – Race “The 100Km of the champions”

h06:00pm – Awards ceremony

 

Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (1), the 2022 MotoGP World Champion. Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.

 

The host Valentino Rossi (46). Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.

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Team Obsolete Hosting Special Dinner With Agostini Dec. 2 In New York

RoadRacing World - Fri, 2022-11-25 17:55

Join us for an intimate night with 15x world champion Giacomo Agostini.

Friday December 2nd Team Obsolete will be hosting a dinner and reception at our Brooklyn Headquarters where Giacomo Agostini will be the Honored Guest. Come meet a racing legend, eat a fine meal and enjoy our collection of pedigree Grand Prix racing motorcycles.

 

During the past 30 plus years, Ago has ridden “his” MV Agustas, now owned by Team Obsolete at many circuits in the USA and Europe, and the Isle of Man, however this is his first visit to Team Obsolete. Such a special occasion should be shared and as such we have arranged a dinner and reception.

This is the first time we are opening our showroom to the public.

To get more information or to purchase tickets, go HERE.

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Australian Superbike: Halliday Fastest In Free Practice At The Bend

RoadRacing World - Fri, 2022-11-25 17:10

Editorial Notes:

American Travis Wyman, riding his Addicted to Track Yamaha YZF-R1, was 23rd overall when the lap times from all three of Friday’s free practice sessions were combined. See the combined Superbike practice results here.

American Cody Wyman, Travis’ younger brother, was 15th overall in Supersport free practice on Friday at The Bend. Travis Wyman is riding an Addicted to Track Yamaha YZF-R6. See the combined Supersport practice results here.

 

A full day of practice for all classes in the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul (ASBK) from 8:30 am with clear skies, bright sun and near-perfect conditions for getting out on a racing motorcycle with some good friends/mortal enemies.

Alpinestars Superbike

In Superbike FP1, Josh Hook hit the top of the sheets when he completed the first flying lap of the day as 30 Superbikes made their way out on track.

The Thriller Motorsport trio of Hook, Shrötter and Miller were very keen to bank as many laps as possible on their untested machines.

It was soon business as usual; Maxwell, Herfoss and very-keen-to-perform-at-home Arthur Sissis the top three early.

Other early fast guys included West, Allerton, Jones and Waters. Jack Miller was into the top ten, a very good sign that his Thriller Motorsport bike was good out of the crate and an ominous sign for the regulars.

Fellow Thriller Motorsport rider Josh Hook and Marcel Shrötter were not unreasonably down in the mid-teens for the session, along with Moto3 regular Joel Kelso who was having his first hit out on a Superbike.

Troy Herfoss was fastest for the session with a late fast lap of 1:51.737, narrowing the gap to the lap record of 1:50.972 and pole record of 1:50.520. It was very solid for a first practice.

At the very start of FP2, Josh Hook crashed on his out lap at turn 12 due to an electronics issue that resulted in a high side. He was icing his wrist in the paddock ahead of FP3, but indicated he would not join that session and see how he pulled up Saturday morning to decide if he would participate in the rest of the round.

While Hook was picking himself up, Maxwell went back up to the top with Arthur Sissis again second. Cru Halliday sorted out earlier issues to push into third with FP1 fast man Herfoss close.

Jack Miller spent some time at the top of the timesheets before Cru Halliday delivered for the regular ASBK competitors and took P1 ahead of Arthur Sissis and Troy Herfoss.

Earlier in the morning, Sissis had bemoaned the number of times he had been P2 during practice sessions at The Bend over the years and it had happened again…

Jack Miller was an outstanding fourth with Wayne Maxwell fifth.

Championship leader Mike Jones was down in eighth, but ahead of second-in-the-championship Bryan Staring who was 12th and Jones was close enough to third placed Wayne Maxwell to be justifiably unconcerned.

Higher track temperatures appeared to take some of the pace out of the field early in Free Practice Two, but they apparently worked it out and Halliday’s 1:51.518 was 2/10ths quicker than Herfoss’ time from the morning, still working towards the lap record of Maxwell from 2021 of 1:50.972.

In FP3, Herfoss was again up top early. Mike Jones responded brilliantly to all the pressure and other things from this weekend to go to the top with 15 minutes to go. Arthur Sissis – as he had done in every other session- was in the top three with Cru Halliday and Wayne Maxwell fourth and fifth respectively.

Jack Miller was down in tenth with 12 minutes to go and was a second slower than his best FP2 time. We all waited for him to let loose something special.

At ten minutes to go, Cru Halliday put his Yamaha first for a YRT 1-2 with he and Jones at the top of the standings.

Bryan Staring’s tough practice day got worse with crash at turn six, but the timing screens indicated “rider up” to the relief of all.

With six minutes left for the day it was Halliday, Jones and Herfoss on top. Maxwell (4th) was followed by two of SA’s finest in Sissis and Falzon in that order.

DesmoSport Ducati’s day got even worse when Broc Pearson went down at Turn 12 and again we were pleased to see “rider up” but it was shaping as a rough evening for the factory Ducati squad with two bikes off in ten minutes.

The red flag came out with 4:57 left, perhaps effectively ending the session as a useful exercise. While they recovered the Pearson Ducati, riders went back to their garages to reset and that’s when we found out Miller had crashed as well; somewhere late in the lap and had ridden back to the pits. He was unharmed and the damage to his bike didn’t look severe, but it was also not minor. Screen gone, left winglet gone and some work to do to get the Thriller Racing Caterpillar machine back to race-ready.

When the session restarted, everyone was there at the end of pitlane ready to go. It was like a race start with riders desperate to get a few flyers in ahead of the chequered flag.

Sissis put in his fastest lap of the session to go to P2, then Jones, Herfoss and Allerton were up in sector one as the chequered flag came out.

At the end of the session it was again Halliday from Sissis with Mike Jones third.

Maxwell was fourth with Herfoss in fifth.

Overall for the day result saw Halliday top dog and the only rider in the 1:50s with Arthur Sissis in P2, Mike Jones third and Maxwell and Herfoss completing the top five.
Merged results from all three practice sessions.

Michelin Supersport

Ty Lynch set the agenda for the Michelin Supersport crew with he and Tom Bramich going 1-2 in first practice while John Lytras was back in seventh, just adding a little warmth to the ingredients for the title fight in that class.

The points situation sees Lytras able to not have to win this weekend, simply keeping Lynch and Bramich in sight will see him take the title.

In the second session, Harrison Voight- the only Supersport racer from the Thriller Racing stable -went P1 early and stayed there. Lynch and Bramich were two and three while Lytras slipped back to ninth.

In the final session for the day Scott Nicholson went down early in Turn 13 after 6 laps.

Tom Bramich managed to pip Thriller Motorsport’s Harrison Voight for P1 with Ty Lynch in third. Lytras was sixth, but comfortably close to the leaders to avoid any panic stations vis a vis the title situation.

Dunlop Supersport 300

In FP1, 2021 OJC Champion Cameron Swain stepped up to P1 with a small but useful gap to Sam Pezzetta and Hayden Nelson.

Championship leader Cameron Dunker was sixth and a second off that pace.

By FP2 however, Dunker apparently made some changes and immediately leapt to the top of the standings to assert himself. Pezzetta worked his way past Dunker to P1 late in the session and Dunker responded, posting his fastest lap – good enough for P2- on his final lap. Taiyo Aksu was third with Henry Snell fourth and Brodie Gawith fifth.

The final practice session of the day saw Hayden Nelson bounce back and post the fastest time and ensure that he isn’t forgotten in the title chase. Cameron Swain was second and Dunker rounded out the top three.

The overall results for the day saw Hayden Nelson first, then Cameron Swain, Cameron Dunker, Sam Pezzetta and Taiyo Aksu fifth.

Third in the title chase, Henry Snell did not post a time in the final practice of the day.

R3 Cup

If Dunker was going to play it quiet in the R3 Cup while he focussed on the Dunlop Supersport 300 title, then he sure messed up when he was sure not playing it right as he was at or near the top in multiple sessions.

In FP1, Cameron Dunker was top of the table from Glenn Nelson and Cameron Swain.

Cameron Swain was able to place his R3 up top in FP2 from Pezzetta and Gawith. Dunker was down in sixth, but was safe (for now!) with second overall Glenn Nelson in ninth while third in the title chase Hayden Nelson was seventh.

In the final practice session of the day, Dunker was on top by .2 of a second with Hayden Nelson second and Marcus Hamod third. Sam Pezzetta was fourth with Taiyo Aksu fifth to setup a fascinating weekend in the currently tied R3 Cup!

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Ryan Larkin was at the top – or near enough – in both early practice sessions and showed a real affinity for The Bend layout, comfortably out front with a second over the field at times.

The interest remains with championship leader Harrison Watts who just needs to be thereabouts in qualifying and then ensure he buys a ticket on the leading group train come race time.

In FP2, Cameron Rende – currently second in the title chase – was 10th, while third overall Hudson Thompson was 14th.

In the final practice of the day -FP3, it was that Ryan Larkin fellow again and this time by an unimaginable 1.4 seconds to Hamod and Fleming in third.

For the current Championship 1-2-3, Harrison Watts was in 12th, Cameron Rende fourth and Hudson Thompson in eighth.

Sureflight Superbike Masters

One of the popular-for-a-look-in-the-paddock classes, the Superbike masters were on track for three practice sessions.

In FP1 it was local rider Strugnell on his Suzuki 750 who was P1 against higher capacity machines, but showing how good his machine was at The Bend.

In FP2 it was David Johnson on another Suzuki- an 1100 this time who was top of the table.

The final session late in the day saw Aaron Morris finally push his Suzuki 1200 into the top spot and take the fastest lap honours for the day.

Horsell Sidecars

The pairing of Underwood and Vercoe abord their F1 class Suzuki were dominant all day with some 12 seconds (not a typo!) between them and the field in the first two sessions.

Harvey and Marshall were the best of the rest in FP1 with Gorrie/Gorrie second fastest in FP2 and fastest in the F2 class.

In the final session of the day, it was… Underwood and Varcoe again on top, this time by under 2 seconds as Harvey and Marshall got down to business in the F2 class- and overall.

For the day it was Underwood Varcoe from Harvey/Marshall with Clancy/Bonney just .8 behind.

The earlier outrageous advantage enjoyed by the leaders was now under two seconds..!

 

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Podcast: Nick Ienatsch & Friends On Riding, Racing, And Aging

RoadRacing World - Fri, 2022-11-25 11:29

By Nick Ienatsch

Roadracing World Editor John Ulrich told me recently, “When I look out of my helmet the track looks the same as it did when I was 19. As long as I’m not looking in a mirror, I’m good!” He still rides his Yamaha TZ250 on track for fun. John is 68 years old.

I had just returned from road racing at Laguna Seca with AHRMA and was telling John about these “fast old guys” I ride dirt track with. They range in age from 59 to 69 and know how to get around a half-mile dirt oval with style and speed, that’s for sure.

I’m now 60 and sat down with these fast racers for a few thoughts on why we do what we do, with the intention of motivating any physically older riders who still retain the young spirit of a motorcyclist. Some people our age sit on the couch, but there are thousands of us joyfully sitting on moving motorcycles. I hope you join us.

 

 

Tom Williams, age 65, getting up to speed on his newly-minted C&J framer powered by a Bruce Sass Yamaha MT-07 engine. Photo by Kathy Weber.

 

Bruce Sass (right) took Ienatsch’s completely stock Zero FXS out on the half-mile, as did all the other racers present, and was surprisingly pleased with it. He describes his first laps on an electric bike and we recorded a conversation about this bike, to be shared with Roadracing World readers soon. Photo by Kathy Weber.

 

Ryan Stewart in one of his favorite places, fixing Ienatsch’s steel shoe. One notable commonality between all these old racers is their enjoyment of “shop time.” Yes, they love to ride but working on bikes (cars, planes) is a close second. Note that in the podcast Ryan makes a point of not allowing injuries to derail your desire to ride. Photo by Nick Ienatsch.

 

Ignore the color of the hair, or lack of color…both Tom Williams (left) and Nick Ienatsch (right) were entranced with the newly-built C&J Yamaha MT-07. Photo by Kathy Weber.

 

(From left) Kelly Larkin, Bruce Sass, and Tom Williams examining Tom’s new C&J Yamaha MT-07. Bruce built the bike, and Tom has raced it twice since this testing day, joining Larkin and Sass in competition. Photo by Nick Ienatsch.

 

Old guys Ryan Stewart (center) and Nick Ienatsch (right) chase young kid Coy Weber (left). Weber, age 17, is on a Zero while Ryan and Ienatsch are on well-prepared four-stroke 450-ish Single flat trackers. Photo by Kathy Weber.

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WorldSBK: Petrucci Signs With Barni Spark Racing Team

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-11-24 19:05

WELCOME BACK DANILO!

Petrucci will race with the Ducati Panigale V4 SBK F23 of the Barni Spark Racing Team in the 2023 Superbike world championship.

The Barni Spark Racing Team has chosen Danilo Petrucci for the 2023 WorldSBK season. This morning, in the Barni Spark Racing Team factory in Calvenzano (BG), Danilo signed the contract that will bind him to Marco Barnabò’s team for one season. Twelve years later, Barni and Petrux are back to racing together. It was the Bergamo-based team that launched Petrucci, in 2011, in the Superstock 1000 class: in that season, riding the Ducati 1098R, Danilo had obtained both the title of Italian champion and second place in the FIM World Cup, winning four races . Now begins a new adventure together with the Barni Spark Racing Team in WorldSBK. Born in Terni on 24 October 1990, the Umbrian rider raced for 10 seasons in MotoGP, six of these with Ducati, winning two races (Le Mans 2020 and Mugello 2019). In 2022 he took part in the Dakar becoming the only rider in the world to have won at least one MotoGP race and one stage in the Dakar. Also in 2022 he raced a Dunlop-shod Ducati Panigale V4 R in MotoAmerica, finishing second in the championship and one race in MotoGP with Suzuki. Now there’s a new world challenge for him, again with a Panigale V4 R, but in a Superbike version.

Danilo Petrucci, #9

“I’m very happy to be back from Barni. 2011 was one of my best seasons ever, but above all I couldn’t say no to the chance to race in the Superbike world championship with a very competitive bike. It’s a championship I’ve never done and I can’t wait to compete on the track. I want to thank all the Barni team for giving me this opportunity and all the people who made this agreement possible”.

 

Marco Barnabò, Team Principal

“I’m happy to be able to embrace Danilo again and to have him back in the team. As always, we will do our best to put the rider in a position to be competitive. His qualities are unquestionable. We know that there will be a lot of work to do because we will compete with riders who they have much more experience than him in Superbike, but with his motivation and our work we know that we can do well. My thanks to all the sponsors and to Ducati”.

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“100km Of Champions” Is This Weekend At Rossi’s VR46 Motor Ranch

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-11-24 18:52

25/26 November 2022: the 8th edition of the “100Km of Champions” at the VR46 Motor Ranch in Tavullia.

Tavullia – “100Km of Champions” is in its 8th edition, and Valentino Rossi’s Motor Ranch opens its doors to fellow riders for an event that it’s today a not to be missed appointment that always generates great expectation and curiosity on the list of riders .

The schedule is the same as in the last editions: it starts on Friday 25th in the morning with qualifying, and in the evening with the “Americana race” in the iconic double oval of the Motor Ranch. Saturday is the day of the 100Km race: after the morning warm-up, at 14:00 the race starts, and the 40 riders, organized in couples, will compete for the whole afternoon. In the evening there will be the award ceremony.

The riders line-up is, as always, at the highest level, and once again it has the flavor of a real world championship race. All the riders of the VR46 Riders Academy will participate in the event, including the new MotoGp world champion Pecco Bagnaia, the “Rookie of the year” Marco Bezzecchi, and many other top level professional riders.

Here is the list of riders / friends / rivals invited by Valentino Rossi who will compete with him in the 100km: Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia, Franco Morbidelli, Luca Marini, Marco Bezzecchi, Alex Rins, Jorge Martin, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci , Tito Rabat, Celestino Vietti, Niccolò Antonelli, Pedro Acosta, Albert Arenas, Augusto Fernandez, Manuel Gonzalez, Mattina Pasini, Alessandro Zaccone, Andrea Migno, Alberto Surra, Xavier Artigas, Elia Bartolini, Filippo Farioli, Stefano Manzi, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Axel Bassani, Lorenzo Gabellini, Alessandro Gramigni, Michael Rinaldi, Sammy Halbert, Marco Belli, Federico Fuligni, Filippo Fuligni, Raffaele De Rosa, Matteo Ferrari, Alex Salvini, Matteo Patacca, Gautier Paulin, Ferran Cardus.

However, last but not least: in conjunction with the 100Km 2022, the new Valentino Rossi flagship store in Tavullia, completely redesigned and expanded, will open its doors to fans from all over the world on November 24th. Inside the new flagship store it will be possible to buy all the products of the VR46 world, including  the VR46 Riders Academy collection and the newborn VR Equipment, the line of technical clothing and accessories for Motocross, Mountain bike, Active training, designed for Valentino Rossi , and suitable for all sportsmen in the world who look for the maximum performance in their training and professionals activities.

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MotoGP: “Marc Marquez ALL IN” Docuseries Starts In February

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-11-24 18:19

Editorial Note: Watch a free sneak preview of the series here.

Coming soon: Marc Marquez ALL IN

Check out the first sneak peek of the eight-time World Champion as you’ve never seen him before

Thursday, 24 November 2022

What does it take to get back to the top? A new five-part documentary, Marc Marquez ALL IN, will give viewers around the world the chance to find out. It’s been three seasons of injury struggles, surgery, and recovery for the eight-time World Champion, and now more than 200 countries around the world will be able to go behind the curtain like never before as Marc Marquez ALL IN lands on Prime Video in February 2023.

The documentary, produced by Fast Brothers in collaboration with Red Bull Media House, TBS and Dorna, joins the journey as Marquez moves to Madrid to continue his recovery and then returns to MotoGP for 2022. However, despite the Herculean effort already made by the eight-time World Champion, problems with his injured arm continue to plague him – leaving him facing another choice: more surgery and another long recovery process. And that with no guarantee of returning to the MM93 who broke records and changed the DNA of the sport.

But Marquez? He was all in. Fans around the world will now be able to see exactly what it takes to win eight World Championships and still have the hunger for more as Marc Marquez ALL IN provide a unique look at one of the greatest ever as he commits to a return not just to competing, but to winning.

Watch the teaser below and get ready to witness a champion already crowned and looking to return for his throne. Can he do it? The first answer to that question will be revealed from the 26th of March 2023 at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve as the number 93 takes on the season opener, looking to remind the grid, the world, and himself exactly why he went all in in the first place.

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NASCAR Foundation Raffling Custom Harley-Davidson To Benefit All Kids Bike

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-11-24 15:49

NASCAR Foundation Partners with ALL KIDS BIKE ® for Sweepstakes Giveaway of Custom Harley-Davidson

The NASCAR Foundation is partnering with All Kids Bike to place kindergarten PE learn-to-ride programs into 50 schools. This partnership includes a giveaway of a one-of-a-kind 2021 Harley-Davidson Road Glide FLTRXS customized by Steve and Rusty Wallace of Southern Country Customs.  If you are not a motorcycle enthusiast, there is a $25,000 cash option as well.

All sweepstakes proceeds support the All Kids Bike mission of teaching every child in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class. Every $10 donation is good for one entry to the prize drawing AND teaches one child to ride a bike!

“The NASCAR Foundation is excited to collaborate for the first time with All Kids Bike,” said The NASCAR Foundation Chairman, Mike Helton. “Joining forces with programs that have core values similar with our own is invaluable. It will be an incredible opportunity to give back.”

The All Kids Bike Kindergarten Learn-to-Ride Program is a 24-fleet of bikes, pedal conversion kits, fully adjustable helmets, one teacher instruction bike and certified curriculum teacher training, which is everything needed to teach kids how to progress from balance to riding a bike in 8 lessons.

Lisa Weyer, Executive Director of the Strider Education Foundation explains, “We are excited to collaborate with NASCAR Foundation and legendary NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace to help give more kids the opportunity to learn to ride a bicycle. Together we are giving children a reason to smile and making a difference to future generations.”

*This motorcycle or cash is a sweepstakes prize.  There is no purchase necessary to enter for a chance to win.  For complete rules, including the process to enter without purchase, please visit https://allkidsbike.org/motorcycle-sweepstakes/

Winner will be chosen at random and notified Saturday, March 11, 2023.

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Recent Birth: Oliver Leroy Long

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-11-24 12:33

Long-time Pro racer Barrett Long and wife Kelly had a son, Oliver Leroy Long, November 17 in Miami, Florida.

 

Barrett, Kelly, and Oliver Long at Long’s Motorcycle, in Miami, Florida. Photo courtesy Barrett and Kelly Long.

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Penguin Racing School Announces Its Tentative 2023 Schedule

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-11-24 00:06

Tentative 2023 Penguin Riding School Schedule

4/21                 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

5/12                 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

6/5                   Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT

6/14-15           New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH*

7/16-17           New York Safety Track, Harpersfield, NY

8/4                   New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

8/21                 Pittsburgh International Race Complex, Wampum, PA

9/8                   New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

9/25                 New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ

9/29                 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

12/1                 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL

*=two-day school

For additional info, call (978) 400-8204, info@penguinracing.com, www.penguinracing.com.

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N2 Announces 2023 Track Day And Endurance Racing Schedules

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-11-23 18:39

N2 Track Days Announce 2023 Schedule and Special “Black Friday”

Media, PA – November 2022 – N2 Track Days, the premier track day provider on the East Coast, is proud to announce the 2023 Track Day and N2/WERA National Endurance Series by Dunlop schedules. N2 Track Days will provide over 60 events in 2023, at 11 world-class racetracks, with over 40 events held on weekends. To celebrate the 2023 schedule announcement, N2 Track Days is offering special ‘Black Friday’ membership and track day packages now through December 1, 2022.

“2022 was a landmark year for N2,” said N2 CEO Jim Curtis. “We experienced massive growth in members, riders, racers, and a MotoAmerica National Championship with Blake Davis. We continue to expand our track day programs to be more inclusive and get more riders on track. Our Endurance series has grown in leaps and bounds thanks to sponsors like Dunlop, Yamaha, and our partners at WERA Motorcycle Roadracing. We will introduce new technology in 2023 to make our members’ user experience better, registration easier, and contingency payouts faster. All of this has been possible because of our large, active community of members, coaches, directors, and hardworking staff that together have built a fun and exciting environment for racers and riders of all levels. Each year we improve and 2023 is going to be the best year yet.”

Dunlop Motorcycle Tires will continue as the title sponsor for the 2023 and 2024 N2/WERA National Endurance Series by Dunlop and will also continue as the tire supplier for N2 Track Days. Dunlop will provide sales and technical support at every N2 Track Day and racing events in 2023.

N2 Track Days is a member-driven organization and members enjoy significant benefits. All our events are organized into multiple groups based on rider skill level and experience to create the safest environment possible. Members enjoy special event pricing, expert instruction, and flexible cancellation policies with our Elite membership. Many of our control riders are Yamaha Champions Riding School graduates, instructors, and YCRS-certified coaches.

“We are happy to announce the incredible ‘Black Friday’ discounts on memberships and track day packages starting today,” said N2 CEO Jim Curtis. “New riders and existing members can enjoy extensive discounts on basic and elite memberships. We have also put together some very attractive pricing on six-, 12-, and 18-day track day packages. Our most dedicated members can save a substantial amount of money on our season pass for unlimited days in 2023. All of these packages are limited in quantity and always sell out before the deadline, which is December 1st this year.”

To learn more about N2 memberships, track packages, and track days please go to www.N2td.org and log in to your account to purchase packages and memberships. If you have a current membership that expires in the future, the new membership will give you an additional year once the current one expires. Once the packages are gone, no more will be available.

 

N2 Track Days 2023 Preliminary Schedule *

Saturday, January 21- Homestead

Sunday, January 22- Homestead

 

Saturday, March 11- Roebling Road

Sunday, March 12- Roebling Road

 

Saturday, April 22- PittRace

Sunday, April 23- PittRace

Saturday, April 29- NCBike

Sunday, April 30- NCBike

Sunday, April 30- NJMP Lightning

 

Monday, May 1- NJMP Thunderbolt

Monday, May 1- Summit Main

Saturday, May 13- PittRace

Sunday, May 14- PittRace

Monday, May 15- NJMP Thunderbolt

Saturday, May 20- Roebling Road

Sunday, May 21- Roebling Road

Monday, May 22- Summit Main

 

Saturday, June 3- Homestead

Sunday, June 4- Homestead

Monday, June 5- Summit Main

Friday, June 9- CMP **

Saturday, June 17- PittRace

Sunday, June 18- PittRace

Saturday, June 24- NCBike

Sunday, June 25- NCBike

 

Saturday, July 1- Road Atlanta

Sunday, July 2- Road Atlanta

Monday, July 3- NJMP Thunderbolt

Tuesday, July 4- NJMP Thunderbolt

Saturday, July 8- PittRace

Sunday, July 9- PittRace

Saturday, July 8- CMP

Sunday, July 9- CMP

Friday, July 14- Roebling Road **

Saturday, July 22- NCBike

Sunday, July 23- NCBike

Monday, July 24- NJMP Lightning

 

Saturday, August 5- Roebling Road

Sunday, August 6- Roebling Road

Sunday, August 6 – Summit Shenandoah

Monday, August 7- Summit Main

Friday, August 11- PittRace **

Saturday, August 26- CMP

Sunday, August 27- CMP

 

Friday, September 8- Summit Main**

Saturday, September 16- NCBike

Sunday, September 17- NCBike

 

Monday, October 2- NJMP Lightning

Saturday, October 7- PittRace

Sunday, October 8- PittRace

Saturday, October 14- CMP

Sunday, October 15- CMP

Saturday, October 21- NCBike

Sunday, October 22- NCBike

 

Saturday, Nov 25- Barber Motorsports Park

Sunday, Nov 26- Barber Motorsports Park

 

2023 N2/WERA National Endurance Series by Dunlop – Preliminary Schedule:

May 26- Road Atlanta

June 10- CMP

July 15- Roebling

August 11/12- PittRace – Special Round TBA

September 9- Summit

October 20- Barber

 

*Some changes may occur. Additional dates will be added as they become available, including special training and race events. Packages may not apply to special training events.

** Race Practice- No novice group

*** Special Event

 

About N2:

N2 – Ride, Learn, Race.

Founded in 2014, N2’s mission is to build a sustainable motorcycle community through safe, structured motorcycle track days, advanced rider training programs based on Yamaha Champions Riding School teaching methods, with a strong affinity for motorcycle road racing. N2 successfully resurrected Motorcycle Endurance Racing in America partnering with WERA Roadracing and creating the N2/WERA National Endurance Series by Dunlop. N2 is a premier participant in the MotoAmerica Pro Racing Series with a multi-rider team competing in several classes. N2 is also a major contributor to the Roadracing World Action Fund through fundraising efforts and support from its large member base.

N2 Track Days is proudly sponsored by: Dunlop Motorcycle Tire, Yamaha Motor Corporation USA, Dainese, KYT Helmets, BobbleHeadMoto, Armour Bodies, Chicken Hawk Racing, Renthal, Woodcraft, WERA Motorcycle Roadracing Inc., Innovative Motorsports, R.E.B Graphics, Rise Moto, Ghetto Customs, JE Pistons, Wiseco Pistons, Yamaha Power Products, and Yamaha Champions Riding School.

For more Information: N2 Track Days – www.N2td.org

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Dorna Promotes Road To MotoGP Riders To Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-11-23 17:52

Shinya Ezawa promoted to join Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

The Japanese rider will take on a new challenge in 2023 as Dorna’s selected rider to move up the Road to MotoGP

 

Shinya Ezawa. Photo courtesy Dorna.

Shinya Ezawa will race in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in 2023! The Japanese rider, who joined the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup as a rookie this season, impressed from the off and fought for the crown before ending the season as runner up.

Ezawa will join the Rookies in 2023 as Dorna Sports’ selected rider, where he will continue to race 2022 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup Champion Hakim Danish from Malaysia and Australian ATC frontrunner Carter Thompson, both of whom were selected at the Rookies selection event earlier in the season.

Congratulations, Shinya!

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by British Talent Cup:

Promoted: Rhys Stephenson set to race in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup!

The Honda British Talent Cup frontrunner will take on a new challenge in 2023 on the Road to MotoGP

 

Rhys Stephenson (23). Photo courtesy British Talent Cup.

Rhys Stephenson has been promoted to the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup! After an impressive season in the Honda British Talent Cup, Stephenson has been chosen as the selected rider to move up the Road to MotoGP in 2023. This year, the opportunity is a place in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

Stephenson emerged as the key race day challenger to eventual Champion Johnny Garness in 2022, with the two staging a number of impressive duels. Stephenson will now move up the Road to MotoGP as Dorna and MSVR’s selected rider, but won’t cross paths again with his BTC rival – for now – as Garness will not reach the minimum age to compete in the Rookies in 2023.

Congratulations, Rhys!

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Northern Talent Cup:

Kevin Farkas promoted to the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

The 2022 NTC runner up will take on the Rookies as Dorna’s selected rider

 

Kevin Farkas (28). Photo courtesy Northern Talent Cup.

Kevin Farkas is set to take on a new challenge in 2023: the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup! The Hungarian rider was the runner up in the 2022 Northern Talent Cup and showed incredible pace and progress as the season went on, escaping at the front for a number of impressive wins.

Dorna Sports has selected Farkas to move up the Road to MotoGP after his impressive showing of improvement and potential during his time in the NTC, and he’ll now take on the Rookies to continue his progress.

Congratulations, Kevin!

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by FIM JuniorGP World Championship:

Dodo Boggio promoted to race in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

 

Dodo Boggio (47). Photo courtesy Aspar Team.

 

The Italian will take on his next challenge in 2023 as Dorna’s selected rider to move up
Dodo Boggio will race in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in 2023! The Italian is Dorna Sports’ selected rider from the 2022 Hawkers European Talent Cup and will now move up the Road to MotoGP into the Rookies.

Boggio took two Hawkers ETC wins and two further podiums this year, and he will now join some familiar rivals from 2022 as a number of his fellow Hawkers ETC frontrunners also make the move to the Rookies after being chosen at the Selection Event: Champion Guido Pini, Hakim Danish, Alberto Ferrandez, Carter Thompson and Leo Rammerstorfer.

Congratulations, Dodo!

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Cody Wyman Racing In Australian Supersport Finale

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-11-23 17:29

Cody Wyman to Race Australian Supersport at The Bend November 25-27

After a successful 2022 campaign in the United States, Cody Wyman will make his international debut this weekend at The Bend Motorsport Park during the season finale of the Australian Superbike Championship. Cody will pilot the Addicted to Track Yamaha YZF-R6 in the Michelin Australian Supersport class.

The decision was made during the week for Cody to fill in for an injured rider. He is fresh off winning the 2022 MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship on a Kawasaki Ninja 400, as well as the 2022 N2 Racing/WERA National Endurance Championship aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1. Wyman will qualify on Saturday, and then on Sunday he will have two races to cap off the weekend.

“I’m so happy to be over here in Australia for the first time,” Wyman said. “I flew over last Thursday to support my brother Travis, and an opportunity came up to compete on an R6. First off, I want to wish Jacob Hatch a fast recovery, and I can’t thank the Addicted to Track guys enough for choosing me to race for them. They seem to have a great presence in the paddock and really support the racing.”

Wyman will also be teammates this weekend with his brother, Travis, who is competing in ASBK for the same team. This came to a shock to Cody as he didn’t plan on traveling to Australia to compete.

“I always joke how riders should never show up to a race track without your gear, and this time I broke my own rule. Thanks to sponsors and friends for getting me geared up, and I really appreciate everyone at ASBK, FIM, and AMA that helped get me sorted for the weekend. We’ll need to adapt quick with all of these new factors, but I can not wait to get the weekend going.”

You can follow all the action on https//www.asbk.com.au/ live timing and live video, including https://www.facebook.com/asbksuperbikes for streaming.

Addicted to Track is a motorsports logistics company that helps its clients get on racetracks in Australia and abroad, through its fleet of race-ready motorcycles. To learn more about

Addicted to Track and The Bend Motorsport Park visit https://www.facebook.com/addictedtotrack/ and https://www.thebend.com.au/

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Dreher Wins Two WERA Sportsman Races At Roebling Road Raceway

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-11-23 12:36

Avery Dreher, age 16, took two second-place finishes and two wins during a WERA Sportsman Series event November 19-20 at Roebling Road Raceway, in Bloomingdale, Georgia.

On Saturday, Drehere, riding his Yamaha YZF-R6, kicked off the weekend with a second in C Superbike and another second in C Superstock. On Sunday, Dreher finished the weekend with victories in both C Superbike and C Superstock.

Dreher said that he couldn’t have done it without his awesome Continental tires. He said they provided him with all the grip he needed on the track and is super happy with how they performed in the cold weather.

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British Superbike: Buchan Re-Signs With SYNETIQ BMW

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2022-11-22 18:32

TAS RACING SECURE BUCHAN FOR 2023 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE CAMPAIGN ON SYNETIQ BMW M 1000 RR

Danny Buchan, a double Bennetts British Superbike Championship race winner in 2022, will remain with TAS Racing aboard a SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad M 1000 RR for the 2023 BSB campaign.

Buchan recorded five podiums during 2022, which included a memorable full house, including two top-steps at Cadwell Park back in August. It was just the platform both he and the SYNETIQ BMW team needed for the second half of the season, going on to complete the year with two strong podiums at Brands Hatch on the final day.

Looking ahead to 2023, Buchan explained why he’s delighted to continue with the Northern Ireland based team and to be riding TAS Racing prepared BMW Motorrad machinery next term.

DANNY BUCHAN #83 SYNETIQ BMW

“I’m over the moon to continue with TAS Racing on the SYNETIQ BMW for 2023. If you look at the steps we made this season from the midway-point through to the end, it was positive progression. Wins at Cadwell Park yes, that was a superb weekend for everyone involved, but two podiums at Brands – which is possibly my weakest circuit on the calendar – just proves the strength and ongoing development of the TAS prepared M 1000 RR package. That’s a massive credit to the team.

“Taking that all into consideration, it was a ‘no-brainer’ for me to stay for 2023 and while we always talk about bike development, there are a few things I need to improve myself, so the hard work has already begun. It’s inspiring to have also seen the launch of the new and improved M 1000 RR, so I can’t wait to hook up with the boys and get going.”

PHILIP NEILL SYNETIQ BMW PRINCIPAL

“After two strong seasons together, whilst developing the SYNETIQ BMW M 1000 RR, we are really looking forward to a third year with Danny. We have shown we can win races together and the aim will be to build on that and challenge for the championship in 2023.”

 

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KTM 790 Duke And 1290 Super Duke GT Return

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2022-11-22 17:57

KTM LAUNCHES THE 2023 LC8 AND LC8C DUKE RANGE – POWERFUL PURPOSE-BUILT NAKED MACHINES

2023 KTM 790 DUKE – THE ORIGINAL SCALPEL RETURNS

MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America, Inc. is excited to announce the welcomed return of the KTM 790 DUKE, bringing all-new colorways and a renewed rebellious streak to the world of midweight Naked machinery.

From its inception in 2017, the KTM 790 DUKE took the worldwide motorcycle markets by storm, selling over 29,000 units. This was later followed by the introduction of the KTM 890 DUKE R, labeled THE SUPER SCALPEL, placing the KTM LC8c parallel-twin engine at the very top of the food chain in the midweight segment. In early 2021, the KTM 790 DUKE was upgraded to the KTM 890 DUKE, with more power and improved electronics.

With the continuation of the KTM 790 DUKE story, which introduced the world to the power and agility of the KTM LC8c parallel-twin platform, the 2023 KTM 790 DUKE will be reintroduced to the streets with further development, offering a true mid-range motorcycle with READY TO RACE character and performance. Neatly filling the gap between the KTM 390 DUKE and KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO, the KTM 790 DUKE provides unmatched ridability with torquey and exhilarating manners to match its lightweight, confidence-inspiring agility.

 

A 2023 KTM 790 Duke in action. Photo courtesy KTM North America.

 

Powered by the most compact twin-cylinder in its class, this engine has been tuned specifically for torque to power from apex to apex. However, an impressive top end ensures the KTM 790 DUKE maintains its excitement throughout the rev-range, while meager fuel consumption means riders can enjoy the twisties long before the low fuel light flashes.

A lot of attention was also paid to ensure the typical DUKE feeling. Handling is not only agile but also very precise, thanks to geometry developed specifically for sporty street riding. High-quality WP APEX suspension at each end ensures a perfect connection with the road and rider confidence at all times.

Like a middleweight boxer in his prime, the 2023 KTM 790 DUKE is a champion of merging agility and hard-hitting punch. More so, it continues the trend of being a leader in the market when it comes to power to weight ratio and equipment levels.

In terms of electronic wizardry, the KTM 790 DUKE boasts the most advanced and complete package in the midrange segment, with standard features such as:

Cornering sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC)

Cornering ABS with SUPERMOTO mode

3 standard Ride modes to quickly change the feel of the engine and level of MTC

Full-color 5-inch TFT display

LED lights front and rear

A number of optional features are also available, adding higher spec levels to the KTM 790 DUKE, namely:

Quickshifter+, allowing for clutchless up and downshifts

Motor Slip Regulation (MSR)

TRACK mode

Cruise Control

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

The usual selection of ride modes, notably RAIN, STREET and SPORT settings, provide riders with easy-to-access customization of traction and throttle control, ensuring confident riding in all road and weather conditions.

In terms of looks, the 2023 KTM 790 DUKE introduces two new colorways to the mix, with a traditional KTM orange scheme and an all-new gray and black motif entering the fray.

 

A 2023 KTM 890 Duke R. Photo courtesy KTM North America.

 

With its re-entry into the market, and a renewed look to match its already legendary performance and character, the 2023 KTM 790 DUKE is poised to introduce a new generation of riders to the world of DUKE. And when they’re ready to take things to the next level, the 2023 KTM 890 DUKE R is waiting. Taking everything we love about the KTM 790 DUKE and cranking it up to 11, the KTM 890 DUKE R is a true track or mountain road weapon. With adjustable, track-ready WP APEX suspension, monoblock Brembo Stylema calipers grabbing meaty 320 mm front discs, sticky Michelin Power Cup II tires, and of course, increased horsepower and torque figures, THE SUPER SCALPEL remains the undisputed champion of the middleweight segment. Riding the KTM 890 DUKE R also makes for the perfect introduction to THE BEAST.

 

A 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO. Photo courtesy KTM North America.

 

At the pinnacle of the DUKE range awaits THE BEAST, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO. KTM’s flagship street motorcycle underwent its most radical re-invention in 2020, boasting a number of tweaks and engineering improvements, including a reworked 1,301 cc LC8 engine and an all-new chassis. In 2022, the latest incarnation of THE BEAST was launched and dubbed the EVO, thanks to the evolution of the second generation WP APEX Semi Active Suspension. Enjoying the most power and torque in the family, and the most advanced electronics to keep it all under control, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO returns to rule the world of DUKE in 2023.

EXPAND YOUR HUNTING GROUND ON THE 2023 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT

By popular demand, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT returns to North America for 2023, retaking its position as the most potent and formidable Sport Touring motorcycle available. As one of the torquiest machines in its segment, one could argue that the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT doesn’t move across the earth – it simply spins the ground beneath it to help you reach your destination.

 

A 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT. Photo courtesy KTM North America.

 

In a segment that necessitates comfort and the ability to cover ground effortlessly, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT rewrites the rulebook. Designed to offer riders a unique Grand Touring experience but engineered to be a true Sports bike underneath the touring parts, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT covers ground unlike any Sports Tourer on the market.

Thanks to its enhanced emissions control and the reworked 1,301 cc LC8 V-twin engine, this is the class leader when it comes to punching a hole in the atmosphere or hauling in the horizon. But it’s not only forward momentum where the long-distance BEAST is true to its namesake.

The WP APEX semi-active suspension on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT works with a specific logic. The design approach to preload adjustability of the rear shock has been geared for the long-distance tourer and is very intuitive. The logic allows riders to set the suspension up according to four different real-life riding situations, namely: RIDER, RIDER & PILLION, RIDER & LUGGAGE, or RIDER, PILLION & LUGGAGE. On top of that, the anti-dive function is fitted as standard.

A new 7-inch TFT display allows for quick and easy ride adjustment on the fly, thanks to a newly designed layout striking the perfect balance between information and style. The setup is completed by the new robust switchgear that not only feels premium but also allows for intuitive interaction between the rider and the dash itself.

The wheels on the 2023 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT have been lifted from the latest KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO. These boast a weight saving of 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) of unsprung mass over the old set of rims; this not only improves the overall handling but also sports a more aggressive wheel design.

These all-new lightweight wheels are wrapped in new Continental ContiSportAttack 4 tires, boasting a sportier and more stable riding experience, while delivering on the demand for a sportier tire to match the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT’s versatility.

 

A 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT fitted with optional side cases at speed. Photo courtesy KTM North America.

 

The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT will also debut an all-new navigation system called Turn-by-Turn PLUS, which will further enhance the touring experience. TBT+ will be available via KTMconnect. This allows navigation instructions to be projected directly on the new 7-inch TFT display, helping riders navigate more effectively.

Powered by SYGIC®, TBT+ can also operate offline, allowing riders to plan their journey and adventure from remote locations, with the NAVIGATION feature using industry-standard mapping to guide riders to their destination of choice. There’s also an advanced search feature, and a diverse range of POIs including gas stations, restaurants, rest stops, while the system lets you select one of your pre-saved destinations directly from the TFT dash. All the above features can be accessed directly from the new 7-inch TFT dash, while the rider no longer needs to remove their phone from the jacket pocket, making it more convenient and efficient for those quick on-the-fly changes.

The new system also allows for waypoints to be skipped without prompting a turnaround. The system will merely recalculate and find the next available route to get you back on track. Also, the last 10 destinations searched are automatically saved and available directly on the dashboard.

2023 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT – HIGHLIGHTS

Updated LC8 V-twin

6.1-gallon (23 liter) fuel tank

Lightweight wheels saving unsprung mass

All-new 7-inch TFT dashboard

Turn-by-turn PLUS Navigation (TBT+)

New handlebar switches

Continental ContiSportAttack 4

Optional PERFORMANCE MODE

Optional TECH PACK

Exclusive KTM SUPER DUKE GT specific CTG

A full range of specially created KTM PowerParts has been developed to personalize and further intensify your ride. A dedicated range of KTM PowerWear ensures riders are kitted out to tackle whatever their journey might throw at them.

The 2023 KTM LC8 and LC8c range will begin shipping to authorized KTM dealers from December 2022 onward. For more news about the 2023 KTM model range, visit KTM.com or your nearest KTM dealer.

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AHRMA: Comer Steps Down As Road Race Director

RoadRacing World - Mon, 2022-11-21 23:39

COMER STEPS DOWN AS AHRMA ROAD RACE DIRECTOR

AHRMA thanks Dewanna Comer as she steps down as AHRMA Road Race Director.  Comer’s contributions to AHRMA’s Road Racing program have been considerable, and her presence will be deeply missed.

Comer first became involved with AHRMA’s road race program as a volunteer in registration during Curt Comer’s first year as Executive director. She became interim Road Race Director in July of 2021, finally assuming the Road Race Director position fully in February of 2022.  She made significant strides improving many aspects of the road race experience.

The entire AHRMA family wishes Dewanna every success in her future endeavors.  AHRMA will immediately begin the search process for finding a replacement.

About AHRMA:

The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to competing on fantastic classic and true vintage along with a wide range of modern motorcycles.  With about 3,300 members, AHRMA is the largest vintage racing group in North America and one of the biggest in the world. The association has grown steadily over the years, reflecting the increasing interest in classic bikes.

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British Superbike: Championship Format Altered For 2023

RoadRacing World - Mon, 2022-11-21 23:22

2023 Bennetts British Superbike Championship format unveiled

The Bennetts British Superbike Championship will feature a new format in 2023, bringing a heightened level of competition to the new season.

As Bennetts enter their tenth season of title sponsorship of the series in 2023, the new Championship format will still maintain the principle of a Main Season and a Showdown, ensuring a high level of competition throughout the season. However, the current format of eight Title Fighters being established after the conclusion of the Main Season will be replaced by a new points system.

Across the Main Season, comprising twenty-four races points will be awarded to the top 15 on the scale: 18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

For the Showdown events when the series returns to Oulton Park and Donington Park, the points value per race will increase to: 25-22-20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

The points value per race will increase again for the traditional season finale on the Brands Hatch GP Circuit to: 35-30-27-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2.

The rider with the most points accumulated across the season will be crowned Bennetts BSB Champion.

A Teams Championship will run concurrently with the same principle of an increasing points value as the championship comes to a climax.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship Series Director Stuart Higgs commented: “Following the announcement of our partnership renewal with Bennetts, we can also unveil our new Championship format for 2023.

“This represents only the third time in the series’ long history that we have adapted the Championship format, following consultation with teams and riders.

“The Showdown format from 2010-2022 has served the championship well and provided some historic and edge of the seat outcomes but we feel it’s right to evolve the format.

“The new format will recognise season long performance and ideally create the opportunity for more teams and riders to remain in mathematical title contention and maintain the crescendo of competition that is seen many other sports disciplines.”

For more information on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship visit www.britishsuperbike.com

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