Limited Edition Toprak Razgatlıoğlu Yamaha R1 World Championship Replica Revealed
Yamaha Motor Europe and Crescent Yamaha, home of the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK team, are proud to announce the Limited Edition Toprak Razgatlıoğlu Yamaha R1 World Championship Replica, celebrating the Turkish star’s 2021 FIM Superbike World Championship title and his spectacular on-track exploits.
A right-side view of a Limited Edition Toprak Razgatlıoğlu Yamaha R1 World Championship Replica. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Europe.
Unveiled online, this exclusive track-only machine is strictly limited to 21 pieces globally, reflecting the historic 2021 season – a celebration of the Turkish rider’s first World Title, along with Yamaha’s first WorldSBK Manufacturers’ Championship since 2009 and Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK’s Championship Teams’ victory, culminating in the ‘Triple Crown’.
A left-side view of a Limited Edition Toprak Razgatlıoğlu Yamaha R1 World Championship Replica. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Europe.
Each of these exclusive Yamaha R1 machines will be built in the Crescent Racing PRO SHOP, using the experience and skills amassed during the last six years running the Official Yamaha WorldSBK project.
Each of the 21 Limited Edition Toprak Razgatlıoğlu Yamaha R1 World Championship Replicas is signed by the technician who created it. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Europe.
This makes for the ultimate “track-ready” WorldSBK replica R1, producing 205 bhp at the rear wheel (an increase of 20 bhp over the standard R1) with linear torque delivery via the WorldSBK-spec Akrapovic exhaust and latest GYTR race ECU, weighing under 175kg (with all fluids – a huge 26kg reduction from the standard bike). The R1’s class-leading handling is taken to another level via this significant weight reduction and addition of the legendary Ohlins suspension components, factory-spec upper fork clamp and forged Marchesini wheels.
The front end of a Limited Edition Toprak Razgatlıoğlu Yamaha R1 World Championship Replica. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Europe.
And while nobody can out-brake Razgatlıoğlu, the Brembo Racing system on this exclusive R1 guarantees full power, fade-free retardation at any circuit. To fight for the WorldSBK Championship, it’s the details that matter – and the Toprak WorldSBK replica shines bright with the deepest quality paintwork, highest quality components throughout, titanium fasteners, and an attention to detail in the track-ready build which leaves no doubt that this R1 has be developed and delivered directly from the Crescent Yamaha squad.
A Limited Edition Toprak Razgatlıoğlu Yamaha R1 World Championship Replica with bodywork removed showing the Akrapovic exhaust system and many of the other parts that have been added. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Europe.
All Toprak Replica Limited Edition R1s will also include the following significant assets:
– Unique limited edition badging and technician-signed build identification
– Framed limited edition certificate, signed personally by Razgatlıoğlu and Team Principal Paul Denning, certifying the edition number alongside VIN number and the purchaser’s details
– VIP hospitality passes for two people to a 2022 WorldSBK event of choice as a VIP guest of the team, with pit-box visit and the opportunity to spend time with Razgatlıoğlu
– Personalised machine set up and one-on-one rider coaching day with Crescent Yamaha’s James Hillier OR Niall Mackenzie (UK circuit only; overseas set up and training by arrangement)
– A personal signed piece of riding equipment, genuinely used by Razgatlıoğlu during the 2021 WorldSBK Championship campaign
VALENTINO ROSSI AND LUCA MARINI WIN THE SEVENTH EDITION OF THE 100KM DEI CAMPIONI
The 2021 edition of the 100km of Champions ends with the win of the pair Rossi – Marini, at the end of a hard-fought battle with Elia Bartolini and Stefano Manzi, second at the finish line. Third Mattia Pasini and his teammate Lorenzo Baldassarri
Tavullia (Pesaro) – A beautiful Sunday of motorsport spent today at the MotoRanch in Tavullia for the seventh edition of the 100km dei Campioni, won by of Valentino Rossi and Luca Marini.
Following the traditional “endurance” style start with a run up to the bikes, it was Elia Bartolini to close the first lap ahead of everyone, gaining in a few laps a good advantage on his chasers Valentino Rossi and Mattia Pasini and signing the best lap time of 2:03.836.
Valentino Rossi takes the race start with assistance from his half-brother Luca Marini. Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.
During the race, run over 50 laps with a rider swap every 5 laps, there were many twists and turns. Above all, Marin’s crash during his second stint, which however did not compromise the comeback of the VR46 Riders Academy rider, who with 12 laps to go sealed the victory overtaking on Stefano Manzi.
Luca Marini (10) in action. Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.
A very open fight for the third step of the podium between the pairs Pasini – Baldassarri and Bezzecchi – Migno, ended in favor of the first one due to a crash of Bezzecchi a few km from the finish line.
Valentino Rossi (46) at speed in front of fans at his private MotoRanch in Italy. Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.
Fifth Niccolò Antonelli and Celestino Vietti in front of the pair formed by the outsider Augusto Fernanez and Diogo Moreira, authors of an excellent performance at their first appearance at the MotoRanch. The Italians Alberto Surra and Federico Fuligni close in P7 followed by the pairs formed by Alex Rins – Albert Arenas and Tito Rabat – Xavi Artigas respectively eighth and ninth. To close the top ten Jorge Lorenzo, enthusiastic about his first experience at the Ranch, with Dennis Foggia. Following: Patacca – Farioli P11; Digiannantonio – Cecchini P12; Lecuona – Vinales P13; Nepa – Ortola P14; Davies – McPhee P15; Bertelle – Zannoni P16; Belli – Gramigni P17; McGrath – Zaccone P18; Casadei – Ferrari P19; Manfredi – Bassani P20; Ottaviani – Serra P21.
Jorge Lorenzo (99) was one of the invited guest racers. Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.
The final day of the seventh edition of the 100km dei Campioni ended with the usual podium ceremony and the delivery of the traditional trophies of salami to the winning pairs and the three best riders of the Americana race which took place on Saturday afternoon.
Maverick Vinales (12) was one of the invited guest racers. Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.
Jeremy McGrath (2) was one of the invited guest racers. Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.
mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul
The Bend Motorsport Park
December 5, 2021
Provisional Superbike Race One Results (restarted race after a red flag):
- Wayne Maxwell (Duc), 3 laps, Total Race Time 5 minutes, 41.577 seconds
- Glenn Allerton (BMW), -0.906 second
- Cru Halliday (Yam), -1.561 seconds
- Lachlan Epis (BMW), -3.412
- Daniel Falzon (Yam), -4.578
- Jed Metcher (Yam), -4.891
- Troy Herfoss (Hon), -6.503
- Ben Burke (Kaw), -11.381
- Luke Johnston (Yam), -15.975
- Nathan Spiteri (BMW), -17.769
- Jack Davis (BMW), -19.014
- Mark Chiodo (Yam), -23.645
- Michael Edwards (Yam), -23.805
- Arthur Sissis (Yam), -1 lap, DNF
- Jack Miller (Duc), -1 lap, DNF
- Aiden Wagner (Yam), -2 laps, DNF
- Oli Bayliss (Duc), DNS
- Josh Hook (Hon), DNS
- Anthony West (Yam), DNS
- Chandler Cooper (Hon), DNS
- Evan Byles (Kaw), DNS
Provisional Superbike Race Two Results:
- Wayne Maxwell (Duc), 10 laps, Total Race Time 18 minutes, 40.077 seconds
- Glenn Allerton (BMW), -3.823 seconds
- Jack Miller (Duc), -5.887
- Cru Halliday (Yam), -6.031
- Oli Bayliss (Duc), -13.749
- Aiden Wagner (Yam), -16.948
- Arthur Sissis (Yam), -22.227
- Jed Metcher (Yam), -27.844
- Mark Chiodo (Yam), -37.933
- Luke Johnston (Yam), -44.331
- Ben Burke (Kaw), -45.248
- Jack Davis (BMW), -72.879
- Nathan Spiteri (BMW), -75.745
- Michael Edwards (Yam), -82.671
- Anthony West (Yam), -2 laps, DNF
- Lachlan Epis (BMW), -5 laps, DNF
- Daniel Falzon (Yam), DNS
- Troy Herfoss (Hon), DNS
- Josh Hook (Hon), DNS
- Chandler Cooper (Hon), DNS
- Evan Byles (Kaw), DNS
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2022 LCR E-TEAM LINE UP
ERIC GRANADO AND MIQUEL PONS
Eric Granado joins Miquel Pons and the LCR E-Team for the 2022 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup.
Brazilian rider Eric Granado has signed a contract with Lucio Cecchinello’s team for the 2022 season. This will be his fourth season in the electric category, having finished 3rd overall in its inaugural 2019 season, 7th in 2020 and just outside the podium in the 2021 season that concluded in Misano this September, where he finished 4th.
After an impressive first season with the LCR E-Team in 2021, with two podiums in the bag, one of them the first victory for LCR in the all-electric class, Pons has proved to be a really competitive rider, earning his seat with LCR in the 2022 season.
The 2022 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup will see some major changes with a new format of events.
Starting from 2022, standard MotoE events will feature two Free Practice sessions and a Qualifying on Friday, and two races: one on Saturday and the other on Sunday. E-Pole will be replaced with trilling Q1 and Q2 sessions.
Now, it’s time get ready and work hard while we wait for the 2022 calendar to be announced but the LCR E-Team will be back fully charged and ready to fight for the top.
Lucio Cecchinello (left) with Eric Granado (right). Photo courtesy LCR E-Team.
“For the next season, I am very pleased to say I’ll join the LCR Team. They are a great team, many years racing at top level. I am very happy with the opportunity that Lucio’s given me. To be part of the LCR family is very special for me. I am very excited to start working with them and try to do my best from the beginning and pre season and get ready for the 2022 season. Will be a different season for us, with 2 races every weekend. So, I’ll try to catch as many points as possible and try to do my best from the beginning till the end, to have possibilities at the end of the season to fight for the Championship. That’s the target. Fighting for the title. I’d like to thank Lucio again, and everyone in the team for trusting in me. I’ll do my best as always. That’s it! Let’s go for it!”
Lucio Cecchinello (left) with Miquel Pons (right). Photo courtesy LCR E-Team.
“I am really glad to announce that I will continue with the LCR team in 2022. I am sure we’ll work very well together again, because we improved many things this year and we worked hard to stay in the top positions. I’d like to thank Lucio, the team, my family, the Hernandez family (my manager) and Nobi Ueda. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank my sponsors and everyone that supports me and makes this possible.”
“It’s a pleasure for LCR and for me to continue with the MotoE project next year. So far, we have achieved 3 wonderful podiums, one of them an astounding victory in Barcelona. We want to continue to get this great results. It’s a pleasure to have confirmed Miquel Pons for the 2022 season and to welcome such a competitive rider like Eric Granado to our team.
I also take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and partners who believe in our MotoE project, and all our team personnel including our former rider Kevin Zannoni who will continue participating in the MotoE category and will be part of our scientific projects called respectively “Driving Vision Science” and “Performance Vision Science”, powered by Sifi.”
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mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul
The Bend Motorsport Park
December 4, 2021
Superbike Combined Qualifying Results:
- Wayne Maxwell (Duc), 1:50.520
- Jack Miller (Duc), 1:51.241
- Daniel Falzon (Yam), 1:51.536
- Arthur Sissis (Yam), 1:51.617
- Oli Bayliss (Duc), 1:51.620
- Cru Halliday (Yam), 1:51.924
- Glenn Allerton (BMW), 1:52.137
- Troy Herfoss (Hon), 1:52.148
- Lachlan Epis (BMW), 1:52.342
- Josh Hook (Hon), 1:52.366
- Aiden Wagner (Yam), 1:52.633
- Anthony West (Yam), 1:53.618
- Jed Metcher (Yam), 1:53.961
- Mark Chiodo (Yam), 1:54.091
- Ben Burke (Kaw), 1:56.331
- Luke Johnston (Yam), 1:56.388
- Nathan Spiteri (BMW), 1:57.484
- Jack Davis (BMW), 1:57.552
- Chandler Cooper (Hon), 1:57.624
- Evan Byles (Kaw), 1:58.173
- Michael Edwards (Yam), 2:00.608
HISTORIC DISCOVERY OF 1901 PROTOTYPE TRIUMPH
Following the recent announcement of plans to celebrate next year’s 120th anniversary
of the most iconic British motorcycle brand, and the production of the millionth Hinckley Triumph produced, Triumph announces the landmark discovery of the very first
Triumph prototype ever built.
The 1901 Prototype
An amazing historic find, discovered and restored by leading vintage Triumph collector Dick Shepherd, the 1901 Prototype rewrites the history books, adding a whole new chapter prior to Triumph’s official sales starting in 1902. Long rumored to exist and referenced within advertising and reviews that appeared in 1901, this first Triumph prototype was developed from a standard Triumph bicycle, with an engine provided by Belgian manufacturer Minerva, in order to generate interest and gauge the public’s demand for a Triumph motorcycle.
Dick Shepherd said “Having been approached by a friend of a collector, who had sadly recently passed away, to evaluate an old Triumph, I was incredibly excited to discover that the bike they had featured unique details that were not present on the first production Triumphs. Along with the bike, the collector had also received a letter from Triumph, dated in 1937, that outlined the bike’s unique origins and provided key details.”
“With an engine number that is consistent with references in Minerva’s engine records of a 1901 first Triumph engagement, the historic significance of this motorcycle became incredibly clear.”
“As a lifelong passionate fan of the history and achievements of this incredible British brand, to have discovered this amazing survivor and restored it to the glorious condition it would have been in when it first went on display in 1901, has given me an immense amount of satisfaction.”
First unveiled at the UK’s Motorcycle Live show, the 1901 prototype will feature in a dedicated event at Triumph’s Factory Visitor Experience on December 14th, where the machine will be ridden in public for the very first time in over 100 years.
This incredible, historic motorcycle will then be on display, alongside the millionth Hinckley Triumph, in a new, specially created 120-year anniversary exhibit, hosted within Triumph’s Factory Visitor Experience.
The Triumph Factory Visitor Experience is free to visit and is located at Triumph’s HQ in Hinckley, England and is open daily Wednesday through Sunday, from 10am – 4.30pm.
Four-man team for Honda Racing UK in BSB as Neave steps up to Superbike
Honda Racing UK is pleased to confirm its plans for the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season, as Tom Neave steps up into the premier class alongside Glenn Irwin, Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi, as the Louth-based squad prepares its four-man assault on the British championship.
Having won the Pirelli National Superstock Championship this year aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, Tom makes his move into BSB, where in 2018 he made his debut in the class with the Honda team, standing in at Thruxton and Cadwell Park.
As part of the Honda Superbike Challenge Program, 2022 will be the first full season for the Lincolnshire-ace in the Superbike class and after showing his potential in the Superstock series winning the title in 2021, and finishing runner-up in 2020, it’s going to be an exciting year for the reigning Superstock champion.
Glenn continues with the team for a third consecutive year and having had shoulder surgery at the end of the 2021 season, after being plagued with an injury for most of this year, he’s determined to be in the title fight from the start after showing potential with wins and podiums aboard the Fireblade SP in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
For Ryo and Takumi, this season was their debut year in the British series and having to learn new circuits, race on new tyres and without traction control the season was a steep learning curve for them both. Throughout the season the BSB rookies proved vital developing and testing new components for the Fireblade SP, and now armed with a years’ worth of circuit and bike knowledge, both riders are keen to move up the pack and score regular points next season.
Running four bikes in the Superbike class is a first for the Honda team and one that shows Honda UK’s commitment to the highly competitive British championship, as well as nurturing young talent through the Honda Superbike Challenge Program. The programme is designed to support racers competing in national championships worldwide, to take further steps in their racing careers, which for 2022 sees Tom make the next step into the Superbike class.
I’m not sure I can sum this up into a short one really but racing in the Superbike series is what I have worked towards since I started on tarmac, but certainly since I have been with Honda the aim was always to get into Superbike. I’ve served my apprenticeship finishing as runner-up in 2020 and this year becoming the Superstock champion, and now it’s time to graduate up to the next level, where the real work starts! I have never been so motivated to make it happen and can’t wait to figure it all out and just get testing on the Superbike now, it’s finally become a reality and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you to Honda Racing UK, Harv, Neil and everyone who has stood by, believed and worked with me to make this happen – 2022 I can’t wait!
I’m delighted to sign again with Honda Racing UK for the third consecutive season, I think we’ve had two years of a good foundation and an excellent debut with the Fireblade SP, and despite lots of little challenges we have learnt a lot about the bike. I expect good things and especially with the development from this season, what I want and what the team want is to step up and to fight more with the top runners on a consistent basis. Having Ryo and Takumi staying with the team is good and I enjoyed working with them this season and the input they had, at times they were starting to show more pace which will only help the team moving forward. Tom stepping up is fantastic and a teammate I’ve been wanting, he’s young, he’s hungry, very dedicated and will certainly keep me on my toes! It does no harm to have a teammate like that. I think 2022 can be a good season, I’ve been under the knife recently for my shoulder getting that fixed and I am looking forward to going into a new season clear of injury and I am looking forward to going testing.
I’m glad to continue racing with the Honda Racing UK team in 2022. I’ll be aiming to keep on fighting and evolving with the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP each race to aim for better and better results. I’d like to thank my family, friends, and personal sponsors for supporting my racing activities.
I’ll participate the British Superbike Championship in 2022. In 2021, most of the circuits were new for me and because of my injury, I was frustrated by the results. I’ve already started preparations for 2022 season to get a good result. My first target is the podium, but I’ll do my best for the victory.
Havier Beltran – Team Manager, Honda Racing UK:
I’m really pleased to see Tom move up the ranks into BSB for the 2022 season, it’s been a pleasure working with him in the Superstock class where we’ve watched him grow from his debut with the team, through to becoming the 2021 champion. It’s always great when you can support and nurture young talent into the next step of their career and it’s going to be an exciting season for him. I’m pleased Glenn is continuing with us, we know he has the pace to fight at the front which he has shown in the last two seasons with the team, it’s just been bad luck that has hampered his progress as well as injury this season, but I am confident a fit Glenn can be a contender for the title. I’m also delighted to have Ryo and Takumi back with us for next year, they played a vital role for the team this season testing and developing new components and now with more track knowledge, I think we’ll see them further up the grid and fighting for the top-ten.
Soichi Yamana – Department Manager, Motorcycle Department, Motor Sports Division:
I’m very glad to be able to continue our Honda Superbike Challenge Program journey with Honda Racing UK in 2022. 2021 was a short and challenging season, but Glenn and Mizuno both managed to make solid progress. I’m looking forward to the team, with Tom Neave joining us in the premier class, working together and improving in 2022. Through this programme, Honda continues to discover new talent through its worldwide network and nurture the next generation of riders. I cannot wait for the new season to start.
Neil Fletcher – Head of Motorcycles, Honda UK:
We’re delighted to see Tom move to his first full season in BSB following his fantastic performance this year becoming the 2021 Pirelli National Superstock Champion. The move is richly deserved and highlights the virtues of the Honda Superbike Challenge Program which is focused on nurturing young talent. I’m really pleased that Glenn is continuing with us next season, he undoubtedly has the pace with many race wins and podiums over the last couple of years on board the latest Fireblade and we know he’ll be fighting at the front again. It’s great that Ryo and Takumi are staying with us for 2022. They played pivotal roles this year supporting the team by testing and developing many new components and with all the experience they’ve gained in 2021, I am sure we’ll all see them move up the grid. I look forward to working with them all again and can’t wait to see the racing start again next year!
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mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul
The Bend Motorsports Park
December 3, 2021
Combined Superbike Practice Times:
- Wayne Maxwell (Duc), 1:51.686
- Arthur Sissis (Yam), 1:51.717
- Daniel Falzon (Yam), 1:52.143
- Oli Bayliss (Duc), 1:52.237
- Jack Miller (Duc), 1:52.331
- Glenn Allerton (BMW), 1:52.401
- Cru Halliday (Yam), 1:52.491
- Josh Hooks (Hon), 1:52.726
- Troy Herfoss (Hon), 1:52.774
- Lachlan Epis (BMW), 1:52.820
- Anthony West (Yam), 1:52.900
- Aiden Wagner (Yam), 1:53.537
- Mark Chiodo (Yam), 1:53.947
- Jed Metcher (Yam), 1:55.046
- Luke Johnston (Yam), 1:56.843
- Ben Burke (Kaw), 1:56.965
- Jack Davis (BMW), 1:57.652
- Nathan Spiteri (BMW), 1:57.716
- Chandler Cooper (Hon), 1:57.853
- Evan Byles (Kaw), 1:59.937
- Michael Edwards (Yam), 2:01.408
BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team completes first winter test in preparation for the FIM EWC 2022 – Jéremy Guarnoni joins the team.
Three days of testing for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team and the #37 BMW M 1000 RR in Almeria, Spain.
Jéremy Guarnoni will be the new team-mate of Markus Reiterberger, Ilya Mikhalchik and Kenny Foray.
Werner Daemen: “We have a lot to do over the next few days, but I am very happy with the set-up we have now.”
Almeria. After the successful 2021 season, victory in Most (CZE) and second place overall in the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC), the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team is now concentrating fully on preparations for 2022. Team manager Werner Daemen has taken the team to Almeria in Spain for the first three-day winter testing session. A new face is in action on the #37 BMW M 1000 RR alongside Markus Reiterberger (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Kenny Foray (FRA): Jéremy Guarnoni (FRA). He will be the new team-mate for Reiterberger, Mikhalchik and Foray for the upcoming 2022 season.
The 28-year-old Frenchman Guarnoni is a familiar face in the Endurance World Championship. He appeared in his first FIM EWC race at the age of 18, competing in the 2012 Bol d’Or in Magny-Cours (FRA). He has been a fixture in the FIM EWC since 2018 and became world champion in the 2018/19 season. He was also the 2010 Superstock 600 European champion before competing for many years in the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship, where he claimed third place in the championship on two occasions and also got to know his new team-mates Reiterberger and Mikhalchik. Guarnoni spent a season racing in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) in 2014.
The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team is using the test in Almeria to continue work on optimising the #37 BMW M 1000 RR. New components and set-up solutions are being evaluated. Together with tyre partner Dunlop, the team is testing a range of tyre options. Guarnoni also has the option of using the testing to familiarise himself with the motorbike and the team.
Three race dates have already been confirmed for the 2022 season in the FIM EWC. The season starts on 16th/17th April with the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA), the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will take place on 4th/5th June and the 8 Hours of Suzuka (JPN) will return to the FIM EWC calendar on 7th August. Further race dates are yet to be confirmed.
The 2022 BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team (from left): Kenny Foray, Markus Reiterberger, Jeremy Guarnoni, and Ilya Mikhalchik. Photo courtesy BMW Motorrad Motorsport.
Quotes on the Almeria test.
Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team: “It has been a fantastic year for us, our first full year in FIM EWC. I am very proud of the whole team and everyone at BMW, as we finished second in the championship together. I think we really deserved that, especially the victory in the final race. We are now here testing for 2022 already. We have a lot to do over the next few days, but I am very happy with the set-up we have now. Markus, Ilya and Kenny are excellent guys and top riders. Jéremy Guarnoni is new to the team. I have been a fan of his since day one. He is a real endurance rider and a very good addition to the group. We have already had a lot of fun, which I feel is very important.”
Jéremy Guarnoni: “I have a very good impression of the bike. The performance is really unbelievable, and I immediately felt good on it. I am also very happy with the team, which is very professional. I have a really good feeling about the mechanics, the crew chief and my team-mates. I already knew Ilya, Markus and Kenny as opponents, and now they are my team-mates. That is really cool. I am sure we can achieve great things next season, and I am looking forward to it.”
Markus Reiterberger: “Firstly, after a good season in 2021, we know exactly what we need to work on. I am very pleased that we still have a test this year. That is very important for us, as it allows us to lay important foundations for the coming year. I am pleased to be able to welcome Jéremy – another strong rider and a former world champion – to the team. The first day of testing was really tiring for everyone, as it was very cold and there was a lot to test. We got through most of the programme, but there are still a few important things to do. The initial impressions are definitely promising. With the improvements we can still make, I believe we will be able to make up that one position we missed out on this season. I am very confident and pleased to be part of the team.”
Ilya Mikhalchik: “It feels really good to be able to start preparations for 2022 this year. Firstly, I would like to welcome our new team member, Jéremy. I hope we can achieve some good results together. He is a very experienced endurance rider and I think we will learn a lot from each other. I am very happy to be riding with him in the team and on this bike. We have made a few improvements. I think we have a good overall package, with which we can win. We showed that in the last race. We are now testing a few things, to give ourselves an even better chance. I believe we have the potential to challenge at the top next year.”
Kenny Foray: “Our winter test is very early, but that is very good for us. The new bike is even better than the old one. It is really enjoyable to ride. I am hoping for a really good year for the whole team. If I am able to contribute to us improving, then I am definitely ready.”
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Make memories and create a new Harley Tradition at the Harley-Davidson Museum this month
From the Official Mama Tried Pre-Party to Breakfast with Santa (and more), the H-D Museum offers plenty of reasons to celebrate the season.
MILWAUKEE, USA – It’s back! The Midwest’s preeminent motorcycle show, Mama Tried, makes its triumphant return. And the Harley-Davidson Museum is where you can kick off the full weekend of full-throttle fun with the Official Pre-Party on Thursday, Dec. 2. Hang with builders, racers and fans and root on your favorite boonie bike racer while rocking to the sounds of REXXX. Plus, free shuttles to The Rave / Eagles Club on Saturday and Sunday for Mama Tried make it an ideal pairing for your H-D Museum visit.
And that’s just the first weekend of December! Big kids will love the Ugly Sweater parties at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant during select BBQ & Blues nights and the wee ones will be wearing ear-to-ear grins at Breakfast with Santa, which will feature H-D IRONe demos, LEGO make-and-take kits, gingerbread house decorating and an opportunity to let the Big Man know what’s on their wish list.
Speaking of wish lists, whether you’ve been naughty or nice, pick up that perfect gift, stocking stuffer, gift card or make your own custom shirt at The Shop! New products are arriving daily to keep holiday spirits high. And the H-D Museum’s Annual Pass looks fantastic in the stocking or under the tree.
And if you haven’t made your plans for your holiday gathering this year, the team at 1903 Events and MOTOR Group Dining are ready to make your party – big or cozy – festive. New holiday parties booked for December 2021 and January 2022 receive a complimentary passed holiday welcome cocktail.
Finally, don’t forget that Harley-Davidson is teaming up with the United Way Worldwide to bring a little cheer to those in need during the most wonderful time of the year.
For each holiday tradition shared onsite at the H-D Museum and through posts on your personal social media channels using the #MyHarleyTradition (Instagram, Facebook & Twitter) through the end of the year, the Harley-Davidson Foundation will donate $10 USD to United Way Worldwide, for up to $50,000 USD in total worldwide donations. Whether your favorite tradition takes place around the table with your family, in the garage with a loved one or just out on the open road (on your way to the Harley-Davidson Museum, of course), we want to hear about it and share in the joy of the season. For more information visit: Harley-Davidson.com/traditions.
Please note that the H-D Museum and The Shop will be open 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) and closed on Saturday, Dec. 25 (Christmas). On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (December 31 and January 1), the H-D Museum will be open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
And beginning with the new year, the H-D Museum campus will also roll out seasonal hours for January and February. The H-D Museum will be open Thursday–Monday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The Shop will be open Thursday – Monday, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. And MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant will be open 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays, and 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Beginning March 1, 2022, the campus will resume 7 days a week operation.
PROGRAMMING / EVENTS
Mama Tried Motorcycle Show Official Pre-Party at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant
Thursday, Dec. 2, 5–9 p.m.
The world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum kicks off the Midwest’s preeminent motorcycle show weekend with the Official Mama Tried Pre-Party, powered by Budweiser® & Bulleit® Bourbon.
Kickstart the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show weekend as you rub elbows with Flat Out Friday racers and Mama Tried Motorcycle Show builders.
Up in RUMBLE, live music by REXXX – Milwaukee’s premier power pop powerhouse is ready to bring you in your face, body-movin, sweat-drippin rock and roll. Zach Otto (Sex Scenes) Harrison Colby (Sex Scenes, NO/NO) Ryan Reeve (Surgeons in Heat) Sam Reitman (Surgeons in Heat) and Mitch Reitman (Low End, Take Offense) have teamed up to give you the best night of your life. Straight from the good land to your ears.
In between those rollicking sets from REXXX, the Flat Out Friday Boonie Bike World Series will light up the track outside on Motorcycle Plaza. Top off the night with raffles, outdoor fire pits, Busch Light Bike Night koozie and Bulleit Cocktail specials all night long. Check out the extended hours at The Shop where you can score the official Mama Tried T-shirt.
Free Shuttles to Mama Tried Motorcycle Show
Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
The H-D Museum will be offering FREE SHUTTLES to the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show on Saturday and Sunday. Two shuttles will loop continuously from the H-D Museum, stop at The Iron Horse Hotel and Fuel Cafe 5th St. and head to The Rave / Eagles Club on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday, December 5 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Complete shuttle loop takes approximately 20 minutes. Look for the Shuttle Stop pick-up signage outside of The Shop at H-D Museum (Canal Street & South 5th Street), outside The Iron Horse Hotel (West Florida Street) outside Fuel Cafe 5th St. (5th Street, North of Pierce Street) and outside The Rave / Eagles Club (24th Street between Michigan and Wisconsin Avenues).
PLEASE NOTE: Shuttles stop at 10 p.m. Saturday. If you plan to stay at the show past 10 p.m., take a Lyft or Uber back to pick up your car. For questions, contact 1-877-436-8738.
Ugly Sweater Party
Saturdays, Dec. 11 and 18, 5–8 p.m.
On Saturdays December 11 & 18 (5–8 p.m.), check out the Ugly Sweater Party at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant during our weekly BBQ & Blues night. Dec. 11 is headlined by She’s Right – He’s Left and Dec. 18 brings the Andrew Gelles Trio to MOTOR Bar and Restaurant for some scorching Blues music. Before the BBQ, take a spin through the H-D Museum and do a little holiday shopping at The Shop (we won’t tell if it’s for you) where you can enjoy complimentary gift wrapping, gifts with purchase (while supplies last) and special deals throughout The Shop, which will offer extended hours. You can even register to win a $250 shopping spree.
Breakfast with Santa
Sundays, Dec. 12 and 19, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
On Sundays December 12 & 19 (10 a.m.–2 p.m.), bring the family down for Breakfast with Santa at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant. Along with our lunch menu, a breakfast menu will be available. Gingerbread Houses to decorate can be purchased for $20 each. Make a day of it and take part in an audio-guided experience that will dive into Harley-Davidson history, demos on our kid-size electric balance bikes, the H-D IRONe, airbrush tattoos, LEGO kits, kids crafts and more. Our friendly staff at The Shop will be happy to offer complimentary gift wrapping, gifts with purchase (while supplies last) and they can sign you up to win a $250 shopping spree.
Looking for interesting things to do and ways to fully enjoy our programs and exhibits? The Harley-Davidson Museum’s new Annual Pass offers individual, family and VIP levels to fit your lifestyle. Just some of the perks of the new Annual Pass include: admission discounts, free admission for children under age 18, merchandise discounts at The Shop, dining discounts at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant and more.
Plus, if you purchase an Annual Pass in 2021, those passholder perks can be enjoyed all of 2021 and 2022. Visit H-D Museum.com to see complete ticket details for exclusions and other terms and conditions.
Engineering Merit Badge (Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
All scouts are welcome to come earn their Engineering Merit Badge at the Harley-Davidson Museum! This experience will be partially facilitated as scouts explore the history of Harley-Davidson as well as the engineering of motorcycles as they complete the nine merit badge requirements. Advance registration is required. Program registration closes one week prior to the scheduled program date. Ticket includes: downloadable activity booklet used for the program, partially facilitated program, blue card signed by the facilitator (one blue card per scout registration) and an exclusive H-D Museum patch.
Scout Virtual Engineering Merit Badge (Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.)
This new 90-minute online program is open to scouts from all over the country. Our program facilitator will guide the troops and explore the role an engineer plays while creating a Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle. Nine requirements for the Engineering Merit Badge will be discussed during this virtual, interactive program. Advance registration is required. Program Fee: $20 per Scout, which includes an activity booklet used during the program and a special H-D® patch upon completion of the program.
MUST-SEE EXHIBITS AND INSTALLATIONS
Inspiration and Recovery: Wounded Veteran Climbs the Seven Summits (on display now)
In September 2009, Specialist Benjamin Breckheimer, a Cavalry Scout with the U.S. Army 2nd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, was severely wounded during a tour in Afghanistan. His rehabilitation was difficult as he endured numerous surgeries. During this same time, the Harley-Davidson Museum regularly sent care packages – including H-D Museum flags dotted with well wishes – to active-duty military personnel. Breckheimer took to mountaineering during his recovery and over the summer carried the H-D Museum flag to the summit of Denali, the highest point in North America. With that peak reached, Breckheimer became the first and only Purple Heart recipient to reach all the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. He continues to climb, and he shares his inspiring story to encourage resiliency and support the mental health of veterans and current service members.
Revolution® Max Engine (on display now)
The brand-new Revolution® Max 1250cc engine powers a new generation of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. See the liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-Twin that delivers for the Pan America adventure touring model and the performance cruiser Sportster® S motorcycle. On view in the Museum lobby.
Clubs & Competition (on display now)
In the early part of the 20th century, motorcycle culture was a homegrown phenomenon. It grew out of the passion of riders for their evolving sport. The camaraderie that developed around riding and attending competitive events led to the formation of motorcycle clubs that hosted destination rides, family picnics with motorcycle games and other riding competitions.
The newly reinstalled display case in the Clubs & Competition gallery highlights clothing from club members from primarily the 1930s and 1940s. The clothing selections on view include full dress uniforms, shirts, sweaters, jackets, and caps, customized by the owners with their club name and logo, and pins or patches indicating membership in the American Motorcyclist Association. The H-D Archives collection includes Motorclothes® apparel sold in H-D® product catalogs but also non-H-D produced clothing items that have been proudly customized by riders.
Experience Gallery: Model Year 2021 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles (on display now)
Always a favorite photo opportunity for riders and non-riders alike, the H-D Museum’s Experience Gallery has been refreshed with five 2021 Harley-Davidson motorcycles –including the all-new Pan America and the Sportster S!
Harley Fox (on display now)
Gail Anderson’s 1986 Softail® Custom motorcycle, “Harley Fox,” built by her partner Bob Burrows, took top prize at the first Ladies of Harley® (LOH) ride-in show during Daytona Beach Bike Week in 1987. With her custom bike and themed riding gear, Anderson presented a striking image that fit the growing visibility and exciting new options for women riders in the 1980s.
Alfonso Sotomayor’s 1957 Model FL (on display now)
The Harley-Davidson Museum is proud to announce its collection has recently grown with the addition of a 1957 Model FL that was ridden by famed Mexican stunt rider and racer Alfonso Sotomayor Canales.
Harley-Davidson’s history in Mexico dates back to at least 1913. In the 1920s, the brand was more frequently spotted throughout Mexico City as the motorcycles proved popular with the local traffic police who would also perform stunts with their Harley-Davidson® bikes. After racing from the 1930s into the 1960s, Sotomayor launched his own stunt riding career by performing the famed “Salto de la Muerte” or Jump of Death. Learn more about Sotomayor’s feats of derring-do and Harley-Davidson’s early entry into Mexico with this new display located in the Custom Culture area.
“Off-Road Harley-Davidson” (on display now)
In the decades before America paved its highways, early riders had to be prepared for all sorts of terrain: sand, clay or dirt – and wandering those makeshift byways were Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Today, it’s called off-road or adventure touring; back then it was just called riding. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson motorcycles proved their toughness by riding over wooded hills, through stone-choked creek beds and up mountain sides. “Off-Road Harley-Davidson” tells the history of motorcycles designed for rough roads, the people who rode them and the adventures they shared.
“Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory” (on display now)
A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.
“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.”
It’s that time of year to start thinking about who’s on your naughty and nice lists, and The Shop is here to help. Be sure to follow the H-D Museum on Facebook and Instagram to see what sweet deals you can score throughout the month. Give the elves a little break and ask for complimentary gift wrapping when you’re shopping in-person. To help you fulfill those shopping needs, we’re staying open until 8 p.m. Dec. 2–4. Can’t make it on those dates? Don’t fret. On Saturday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 18, The Shop will be open until 7 p.m.
MOTOR® BAR & RESTAURANT
MOTOR® Bar and Restaurant is now open seven days a week – including dinner service on Fridays and Saturdays! Whether you’re hankering for an authentic all-you-can-eat Wisconsin Friday fish fry or just want to reconnect with your “virtual” colleagues, MOTOR bar and restaurant provides the perfect backdrop to toast great food and good times. And the monthly specials are mouth-watering: Patty Melts, Baked Lasagna or a Mint Chocolate Torte will satisfy any craving.
It’s not too late to book your holiday party! After months of missing out on events and gatherings, it’s time to reconnect with friends, family and colleagues. Intimate or grand, the team at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant and 1903 Events are ready to take care of all the details so all you have to worry about is where you left your dancing shoes. New holiday parties booked for December 2021 and January 2022 receive complimentary passed holiday welcome cocktail.
About the Harley-Davidson Museum
Discover culture and history through stories and interactive exhibits that celebrate expression, camaraderie, and love for the sport at the Harley-Davidson Museum. A visit to the H-D Museum is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum at H-DMuseum.com.
Unfinished business… Trevor Standish out for glory in MotoAmerica Twins Cup 2022
Pure Attitude Racing is delighted to announce that Trevor Standish will return to the MotoAmerica grid in 2022 alongside the previously announced Liam MacDonald. The pair will contest the Twins Cup championship.
For Standish, who led the 2021 series after the opening round in Atlanta, there is unfinished business in the class following an early season spill curtailed his title aspirations.
Over the coming weeks, Pure Attitude Racing will make a series of announcements relating to their other riders for the 2022 season, in addition to announcing their sponsors and some exciting manufacturer news!
Trevor Standish: “Starting 2021 I wanted to show people what I could do. Due to my crash at Road America my season was cut short, but I feel that I did a good job. I led the championship early on, made the podium, was regularly fighting for the podium and even went viral in the rain in the final round – it was a rollercoaster that’s for sure. I am ready to go all out to win the MotoAmerica Twins Cup championship and with some of the things we have in the pipeline I believe fully in our program and my ability. I want to thank everyone that is supporting me personally – see you at Round 1!”
Dean Standish – Team Owner: “I have never pushed Trevor to race in any category and I had thought that he would naturally want to move into Supersport for 2022. The decision was his and I am happy that we can support him alongside Liam in an unchanged line-up in the Twins Cup. He feels that he has a real shot of challenging for the title and after his crash this year, I can understand why he wants to have another season in the same category. We have several exciting announcements coming in the next few weeks which will certainly prick people’s attention and I look forward to watching all the hard work behind the scenes come to the fore on track at Daytona!”
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Fred Clarke Announces Retirement
After a career spanning over half a century, legendary motorcycle racing circuit commentator Fred Clarke has announced his retirement following the 2021 season.
The renowned voice of British motorcycle racing for the past 56 years posted a statement on his Facebook social media account earlier today as follows:
“There is no easy way to say this but following a lengthy period of soul searching and contemplation, it is, with sadness, that I inform you of my decision to retire from the BSB commentary box. My shift has now come to an end, and I will not be returning in 2022.
My whole life has centred around motorcycle racing. From standing trackside at Silverstone in the 1950s, to becoming formally involved in the paddock from 1960 onwards, and then by accident, moving into the commentary box some 56 years ago.
Highlights include commentating at 43 consecutive British GPs, held at Silverstone and Donington Park (1977 to 2019 inclusive), every World Superbike Championship meeting held in the UK, and even the hugely popular TransAtlantic Match Races, which began in 1971, plus being series commentator at BSB and its predecessor since the dawn of time!
I’ve enjoyed a wonderful life in the world of motorsport, which as well as motorcycles, has included karts, cars, and truck racing. However, time waits for no man. I am currently 77 years of age and feel that now is the time to hang up the ‘mic, so that for my remaining years, I can re-direct my undivided attention to the other love of my life, my wife Sandra, who for the 51 years that we have been married, has without complaint played second fiddle to my world of motorcycle racing.
Yes, I will certainly miss all that I’ve known and loved throughout my 60 years involved in racing, not least the countless wonderful people I’ve met, including the many marvellous fans who have been ultra-generous to me with their flattering accolades.
There are far too many people for me to thank individually, with but the following exceptions:
Special thanks go to my lifelong friend Bruce Cox, who back in the sixties was responsible for setting me on a path that, unwittingly, was to lead me into the world of commentating.
I also thank the ‘Guvnor’, BSB Race and Series Director Stuart Higgs for not interfering and simply allowing me to do the commentary job ‘my way’.
Thanks go to my assistant of countless years, the now-retired Geoff ‘Baldrick’ Judges.
Equally, my thanks and gratitude go to Paul Bird for his friendship and for allowing me unrestricted access to the PBM team hospitality over many years.
But my biggest debt of gratitude goes to my commentating partner for the past 21 years, my good friend Larry ‘Scoop’ Carter, whose professionalism, knowledge, and ability are second to none. I could not have had anyone better to have worked alongside.
May I also offer my heartfelt thanks to those who responded here on Facebook with such touching messages of congratulations upon receiving the BSB 25-year Outstanding Contribution Award. I was staggered and flattered by the content as well as the sheer volume.
This award now sits proudly alongside the Special Achievement Award given to me by the David Jefferies Foundation in 2009 and the MCN Dave Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award presented to me in 2011, all tangible reminders of my time spent in the commentary box.
Finally, I hope that you’ve enjoyed the ‘Fred and Scoop Show’ over the years, as well as the commentaries. I’ve had a blast and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. But for me, the show is now over, and it only remains for me to say this one last time: From myself, Fred Clarke, it’s goodbye my friends, and thank you so much for listening.”
Fred is planning on attending the Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC, Birmingham on Saturday 11th December as part of their BSB Day and will be on the main stage at 11am.
Estenson Racing Announces 2022 American Flat Track Lineup
Estenson Racing is happy to announce a powerhouse line-up for the 2022 Progressive American Flat Track season. Multi-time road race champion JD Beach and the reigning back-to-back AFT Singles Champion Dallas Daniels return, with the young rider making his premier class debut and joining the veteran for a two-pronged threat in the Mission SuperTwins Championship. Up-and-coming rider Trevor Brunner joins the team to spearhead the campaign in the AFT Singles class.
Beach enters his fourth season with the team and looks to build on their success with the Yamaha MT-07. Since his first premier class victory that debut season with the team in 2019, he has been the rider to beat on the TT tracks, winning four of the last five TT Main Events. Beach and the team have continued to make forward strides, ending the 2021 season with a pair of wins and a total of four podium finishes for a top-five finish in the point standings.
Daniels steps up to the premier class after an impressive tenure in the AFT Singles Championship since he made his debut midseason in 2019 at the Lima Half-Mile. In addition to becoming the first back-to-back champion in the class, he rose to second on the support class’ all-time win list with 13 victories. While defending his AFT Singles title in 2021, Daniels also enjoyed a stellar debut aboard the Twin in the AFT Production Twins class, scoring three wins and a second-place finish in the four events he entered.
The newest addition to Estenson Racing, Brunner is one of the sport’s rising stars. He capped off his amateur career with top honors and has followed a similar career trajectory as Daniels. The Indiana rider was named the 2019 Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award Winner and the 2019 AMA Athlete of the Year from Grand Championship events. He then went on to impress during his debut in the pro ranks, scoring a win at the Springfield Short Track in 2020. Brunner finished his sophomore year strong with a pair of wins at the Sacramento Mile doubleheader, securing a top-five finish in the points standings. The 19-year-old aims to put another number-one plate on the Yamaha YZ450F and bring the team its fourth title in its sixth year in the championship.
Tommy Hayden – Estenson Racing Team Manager
“Estenson Racing is really happy to announce our racing program for 2022. We could not be more excited about our riders that we have on the team for next year. In the SuperTwins class, I feel really good about our balance of strengths. With JD, we have experience and maturity, and with Dallas, we have raw talent and eagerness. Together I think this is a perfect match that will push us forward.
“In the AFT Singles class, we are really happy to have Trevor join our team. We have had a lot of success in the championship with three titles, including the recent back-to-back championships, and we believe Trevor is the guy to help us continue that success on the 450. He has already proven to be a race winner, and we look forward to helping him become a champion.
“We have increased our commitment to winning even more with our concentrated effort, and have added staff members and expanded in other areas to give us more resources to accelerate our development capabilities. We’re looking forward to lining up in Volusia next March.”
Multi-time AFT SuperTwins race winner JD Beach. Photo courtesy Yamaha.
JD Beach – Estenson Racing Mission SuperTwins
“I’m excited to be back with the Estenson Racing team for the fourth season now. I’ll have the same crew as last year, and I think it’ll be good to build off that as well. I feel like every year, we are taking steps forward with the bike, sometimes not as big of steps as we would have liked, but we have never stopped working. With what we learned in 2021 and the people that we have around us, I think we could take our biggest step forward next season. I’m thankful to have the continued support from Tim (Estenson) and the whole team. I think ‘22 will be a big year for us, not only with having a strong team but also some really strong competition in the SuperTwins class. I hope that I can make this year the best one yet and add some wins on the oval tracks.”
Two-time AFT Singles Champion Dallas Daniels. Photo courtesy Yamaha.
Dallas Daniels – Estenson Racing Mission SuperTwins
“I’m super excited to be returning with Estenson Racing. We’ve had a lot of success together during the two-and-a-half years that I’ve been there, taking home two championships in the AFT Singles class. So it just seems like the right time for us to make the move to the premier twins class, the Mission SuperTwins. It’s been my dream to even race in this class, let alone be given the opportunity to win and accomplish my goals. The team has been putting in an endless amount of work into the bikes and the program, and I think we have a really good package heading into the season opener. I can’t wait for the season to start!”
AFT Singles race winner Trevor Brunner. Photo courtesy Yamaha.
Trevor Brunner – Estenson Racing AFT Singles
“I’m ecstatic to be joining the Estenson Racing team. They have had a lot of success in American Flat Track and have been the pinnacle of the AFT Singles class the past few years. I have a lot of confidence in them, and they have a lot of confidence in me, so I’m looking to put it all out on the track aboard the Estenson Racing Yamahas. The team is all about winning races, and we’re going after the championship. It’s a big step for me in my career, and I can’t wait to get started.”
LOCHOFF RE-SIGNS WITH TEAM HAMMER FOR 2022
Team Hammer, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has retained the services of Sam Lochoff to contest the 2022 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship, in the Supersport class.
The 19-year-old South African will look to build on the momentum of his spectacular rookie season and fight for next season’s MotoAmerica Supersport title aboard a Team Hammer-built M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R once again.
Prior to the start of his 2021 campaign, Lochoff admitted his opportunity with Team Hammer represented a “prove it” year to determine whether or not he has what it takes to make a career out of professional motorcycle road racing.
He proved that and then some, finishing the season ranked third in the final 2021 MotoAmerica Supersport point standings on the strength of 14 top-five finishes, six podium finishes, and a thrilling first race victory earned in a last-lap duel with Moto2-bound 2021 Supersport Champion and M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammate Sean Dylan Kelly.
Lochoff continued to improve throughout the 2021 season as he gained Supersport class experience. He earned five of his six podiums — including his dramatic win — in the season’s final eight races, and expects to pick up where he left off in 2022.
“First, I want to thank M4 ECSTAR Suzuki for helping me so much last season. It felt like every member of the team had an impact,” said Lochoff. “I was learning, going from a 400cc bike to a 600cc bike and the team really accelerated my progress. At the first of the year, I was off the leaders’ pace a good bit. We focused on improving lap times to close that gap down. We worked really hard and earned some good results.
“There are some big names in Supersport this coming year, including my new teammate Richie Escalante,” Lochoff continued. “Of course, I want to shoot for the moon and be the guy everyone else chases but my plan is to keep working hard. I’ve been in California so I can ride and train more this off-season and I am looking forward to carrying our momentum into 2022.”
Prior to joining Team Hammer, the Cape Town native finished third in the 2020 MotoAmerica Junior Cup championship and won the 2018 Alpe Adria International Motorcycle title and the 2018 FIM Supersport 300 European Cup.
“Sam exceeded our expectations in 2021,” said Chris Ulrich, Team Hammer Vice President of Operations, who handles talent scouting. “He had a good approach, taking it step-by-step and making progress in an organized fashion. By the end of the year, Sam was a consistent podium finisher and earned his first Supersport race win. That made him the best of the Junior Cup graduates, comparing Sam to his previous competition. Now our goal is to continue his development in 2022 and for Sam to become a consistent Supersport race winner.”
About Team Hammer
The 2022 season will mark Team Hammer’s 42nd consecutive year of operating as a professional motorcycle road racing team. Racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 128 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National races, have finished on AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National podiums 332 times and have won 11 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National Championships, as well as two FIM South American Championships (in Superbike and Supersport.) The team has also won 138 endurance races overall (including seven 24-hour races) and 13 Overall WERA National Endurance Championships with Suzuki motorcycles, and holds the U.S. record for mileage covered in a 24-hour race. The team also competed in the televised 1990s Formula USA National Championship, famously running “Methanol Monster” GSX-R1100 Superbikes fueled by methanol, and won four F-USA Championships.
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Riding The 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR: A (Super) Sportbike For The Street
Story by Michael Gougis
Video produced by Sandra Gougis
At a few new model intros, I’ve felt as though the company men are just going through the motions, and sometimes it’s hard to blame them. They may have been forced to design a bike to too low a price point, or the corporate office has demanded that the U.S. subsidiary offer a model that Americans likely won’t be interested in, or there’s just nothing exciting about the bike, or the lead project engineer would be just as happy designing dishwashers.
That was not the case at the international launch of Triumph’s 2022 Speed Triple 1200 RR, held in and around Malaga, Spain.
Chief Engineer Stuart Wood was positively bubbling over with pride in the new machine the entire time, and no wonder; one of his Triumph colleagues called him “the father, the godfather, and the best friend” of the model. He was so enthusiastic that, at the test track where part of the intro took place, he was holding an intake valve from the engine of the new machine, showing off its hollow stem like a proud parent, explaining to anybody who would listen how the engineers made the valve train lighter to get more rpm out of the new engine.
The new Speed Triple 1200 RR is, on one hand, a variation of the very capable Speed Triple 1200 RS that Triumph introduced earlier this year. On the other hand, the changes Triumph engineers made to morph it into the RR model give the new bike its own personality, its own set of capabilities, and allow it to deliver an entirely different and more satisfying riding experience.
In short, the bike hauls the mail, handles fabulously, is easy to ride, and is stunning to look at. No wonder Wood was so excited!
A 2022-model Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR. Photo courtesy Triumph.
The basis core of the Speed Triple 1200 RR is the Speed Triple 1200 RS, new for the 2022 model year. A twin-spar/trellis aluminum-alloy frame wraps around a new 1160cc, three-cylinder, DOHC engine that spins to 11,150 rpm; when we put an RS test bike on a dyno in California, it kicked out 153.41 bhp and 81.73 lbs.-ft. of torque, and Triumph says the RR powerplant is identical to the RS engine.
The electronic aids are the same, with five riding modes as well as cornering traction control, cornering ABS, wheelie control, and clutchless up-and-down-shifting, all linked to a six-axis Continental IMU. Brembo Stylema radial-mount monobloc front calipers work with 320mm (12.6-inch) discs and an adjustable master cylinder; a single Brembo rear caliper and a Brembo master cylinder provide braking at the rear.
The biggest functional upgrade is the suspension. The Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 (S-EC 2.0) system provides semi-active, continually adjusting damping control in the 43mm inverted forks and in the RSU-model shock in the rear. There are three settings for the semi-active mode–Comfort, Normal and Dynamic. In each, the system monitors input from the throttle, the IMU, and brake-line pressure to operate four motors that adjust damping settings to provide optimal damping for that moment. Once it decides what it wants to do, the system completes its changes in 0.2-second. Or the rider can choose to turn off the semi-active function and use fixed damping settings. All the settings can be changed to suit rider preference, and one of the really nice features of this system is that with a push of a button, everything can be reset to factory default settings. I sometimes wish my life had that button…
The other major difference is ergonomic/stylistic. Along with a new frame-mounted half-fairing, there’s a new seating position. Compared to the RS, the bars are 5.3 inches lower and two inches further forward, and the pegs are 0.6-inch higher and one inch further back. It sounds like a huge difference, but Triumph’s Wood says the riding position is less extreme than the one on the company’s 765 Daytona model.
The bike also comes with Pirelli Supercorsa SP V3 tires; full connectivity to a smartphone; cruise control; and a 5-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) dash. The bikes I rode also had heated grips, and were all painted in the Red Hopper & Storm Grey finish, which comes at a premium pricing over the Crystal White & Storm Grey color scheme. All the changes add approximately one kilo (2.2 pounds) to the machine’s overall weight, which Triumph claims is 438.7 pounds wet.
Styling is inspired by–but not an imitation of–the classic café racer look. The fairing surrounds a single round headlight, and various panels are made of carbon-fiber, as is the front fender. The aesthetics are cohesive–the bike looks as if it was designed to be a modern café racer all along–and there are little touches like illuminated switch gear and an engraved upper triple clamp that add to the premium feel. Suggested retail pricing starts at $20,950.
The 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR adds a sporting riding position and computer-controlled semi-active suspension to the highly capable Speed Triple 1200 RS chassis, engine and brakes. Photo courtesy Triumph.
Riding The Triumph
Three-cylinder motorcycles (a.k.a. Triples) always sound distinctive, and Triumph has done an excellent job of creating a pleasing exhaust note for the new Speed Triple. Climb on and the riding position is indeed less sporty than the current supersport machines, with some but not too much weight on the wrists and a comfortable, supportive saddle.
The slipper/assist clutch has a light pull, and the clutchless shifting is slick enough, although it feels as though the ignition cutout time for the upshifts is a tick too long, causing the chassis to pitch a bit when the suspension is in Comfort Mode.
Comfort Mode is a lot like a well set-up touring bike. Someone had dropped the word “plush” into my ear before the ride began, but cruising through the highway leading to the city of Ronda en route to the mountain road route, the bike just soaked up highway imperfections. This is particularly important when the seating position puts the rider into a more forward stance, where jolts through the forks are transmitted directly into the wrists.
On a twisty mountain road, Comfort Mode allows the bike to move around, although far less than would be expected from something with such a supple ride. A quick switch to Sport or Track Mode kicks the Öhlins system into the Normal or Dynamic setting, which delivers less comfort on the street but more mid-corner stability.
On the track at Circuito Ascari Resort, rain and cold temperatures left patches of water around the circuit for the entire time we were there, but I managed to find enough pavement that was dry enough for my comfort level to test some of the claims made by the Triumph team. There are a couple of long, banked corners at the track, and the Speed Triple RR railed through those with absolute stability; I could not detect when the suspension self-adjusted. Instead, it just continuously functioned like any high-quality system would. When I nailed the brakes approaching corners, the system detected the sharp braking input and kept the machine stable throughout that phase of corner entry. Braking is as powerful as I expected from a full Brembo system, and is sensitive enough at the lever that two fingers provided more power than I needed on the street.
The engine remains the same torquey beast, with redline coming in second and third gears more rapidly than I anticipated, the vibration interesting in its uniqueness but not annoying.
It’s remarkable how much of a difference a riding position can make. While the chassis, engine and brakes are shared with the RS, the RR’s sportier crouch made it much easier for me to feel inputs from the forks and to more accurately feed in throttle.
In the full day of riding, I felt most at home on the dry, warm run down from altitude toward the Mediterranean on A-397, the Road to Ronda–one of the best roads I’ve ever ridden. With my body weight supported by my chest on the tank, positioning my body for cornering was easy and effortless, and the bike flowed through the corners with confidence and speed. I shifted only infrequently, and traffic was typically quickly dispensed with by twisting the throttle–big torque just makes life better!
It’s perhaps not surprising that I enjoyed the rapid street ride most of all–it is the environment for which the Speed Triple RR is designed. Wood made it clear that the bike is street-focused, not track-oriented, even though it is track capable. It’s not competing against supersport machines, but it offers an alternative for riders who don’t want a track weapon. Within its design parameters, the bike does everything a street rider will reasonably want it to do, with precision and comfort, while delivering the experience that a sport rider is looking for.