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Andrea Dovizioso Will Retire from MotoGP After Misano

Asphalt And Rubber - Fri, 2022-08-05 17:29

Andrea Dovizioso will not complete the 2022 MotoGP season. The Italian has decided that he will to end his career at Misano, his home race.

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World Endurance: Team HRC On Provisional Pole At Suzuka 8-Hours

RoadRacing World - Fri, 2022-08-05 14:28

Editorial Note: It rained during the qualifying session for the Red riders, resulting in their unusually slow lap times.

2022 FIM Endurance World Championship - Overall Qualifying Classification (average of the 2 bests times) - Overall Qualifying Classification (average of the 2 bests times)

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Team Suzuki Press Office:

GUINTOLI CONFIRMED OUT OF SUZUKA 8 HOURS AFTER TEST ACCIDENT

 

Sylvain Guintoli. Photo courtesy Team Suzuki Press Office.

 

Yoshimura Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Motul’s Sylvain Guintoli will not participate in the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance World Championship third round that take place this weekend.

After an injury during the Suzuka test earlier this week, Guintoli has flown back to the UK for treatment on his injured left arm.

Unfortunately Guintoli has sustained a hand injury and will not be able to race this weekend but prepare himself for the final round Bol d’Or 24 Hours in September.

Said Guintoli: “I am really gutted I can’t race this weekend. Returning to the Suzuka 8H after 2 years was a great challenge, but unfortunately it’s impossible for me to race. We are leading the World Championship and I was looking forward to try to win this fantastic race. I wish the Team and my Team mates all the best, I know there are very strong and I can’t wait to be back at the Bol d’Or for the next and final race of 2022.”

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Kawasaki:

KRT Trio Overcome Early 8 Hours Challenges

 

Alex Lowes (10). Photo courtesy Kawasaki.

 

The first day of official qualifying for the 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours EWC race got underway on Friday 5 August. Official KRT riders for Suzuka, Leon Haslam, Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea were met with changeable track conditions as they progressed towards final qualifying on Saturday.

The highly experienced three-rider official KRT Suzuka 8 Hours are no strangers to racing and also winning at the 5.821km long ‘figure eight’ circuit in Japan.

Haslam has been in Suzuka for some time, testing and preparing for the race weekend, while Lowes and Rea have recently travelled from the WorldSBK race weekend in Most, Czech Republic. Lowes’s recovery from an intestinal infection has been continuing, despite an uncomfortable weekend in Most and long flights and travel connections to get to Japan.

On track, the riders have been pleased with the improvements they have made to their machine’s set-up as they approached the first two official qualifying sessions. All three riders got a chance to qualify, with Haslam inside the blue group, Lowes in the yellow group and Rea the red group.

After two super-hot days of testing earlier this week Friday provided changeable weather, with falls of rain at unfortunate times almost spoiling the team’s best-laid plans.

These challenges were finally overcome and all three riders now move on to Saturday’s Free Practice Three – with the subsequent Top Ten trial then finalising the starting grid for Sunday’s race.

The 43rd Suzuka 8 Hours race itself will take place on Sunday 7 August.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “The tests have been great so far. I have really enjoyed every minute even though we came from the Most WorldSBK round with some difficult travel and connections. I arrived here feeling quite good and felt no jet lag. The first practices were positive. We found the same bike that we left at the previous test, so I am really happy with that. The next target was to qualify for the top five trial – which is like a super one-lap ‘Superpole’ for qualifying, to determine our grid position. I was really nervous. Being the red group rider I got bad weather in both my qualifying sessions. I actually missed out on the first qualifying because we timed it wrong with the tyre. I was out of the qualifying percentage. But in the second session, with lots of spots of rain around the track, we finally put it in fourth place. All three of us have been consistently fast, working with old tyres, so I feel good for the race. I feel we have one of the strongest line-ups with Alex and Leon. I have a lot of confidence in them and I hope they have the same confidence in me. I am looking forward to the race as a team. Everyone speaks the same language and the atmosphere is really good. In the riders’ room we have been hanging out, laughing and joking, so I cannot wait to get stuck into the racing.”

Alex Lowes, stated: “It has been a tough week for me at the start. I didn’t feel the best in Most and travelling here I was struggling a bit. But, since getting to Japan I have been feeling better every day. On track it has been great with the guys, we have a happy atmosphere in the team, we are working hard on the bike to improve the settings so that all three guys are feeling comfortable. The weather has not been the typical Suzuka 8 Hours weather. We have had some rain and it was really, really hot the first two days after we arrived. Now it is not so hot. There have been some wet laps, some dry laps. It has been a little bit changeable but that is also the forecast for the race itself, so we have to be prepared to adapt to every situation. All the qualifying was not too bad for me this morning so I am looking forward to the race now.”

Leon Haslam, stated: “We came out early to make a test, which was extremely hot. We had a very busy time on Tuesday and Wednesday. Qualifying was OK. We just did two laps and the weather was not so kind in the afternoon. The lap time wasn’t so bad because I managed to make one clean lap and I feel we are making steps – every day, every session – for the race on Sunday.”

Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: “The qualifying sessions today have been quite a lot of fun. There was a big tension and emotion because the weather made a big effect. In the first qualifying Jonathan could not push because it started to rain, so we were outside the 108% of the fastest qualifier rules. Rea could not race in the Suzuka 8 Hours after the first qualifying! Leon and Alex made good job securing the ‘Top Five Trial’ in dry conditions – which was the target – taking third position overall. We were more than 0.8 seconds from the team classified in sixth place. In the second Q the target was for JR to finish at least one lap inside this 108%, but in the middle of first lap it started to rain! That’s why we decided to get out on track quickly. He was one of the first to exit. That meant he could finish the first lap with time enough to stay inside 108% and make the race. This weather situation made us run a bit crazy, but his is life…Tomorrow we will have chance to go for a time attack during the ‘Top 10 Trial.’ Sitting in front of a TV on Sunday, to enjoy the 8 Hours race, would be a very good plan for all the fans.”

Joining the KRT squad on track at Suzuka are several other Ninja ZX-10RR equipped teams across Superbike and Superstock classes. The famous #11 machine of Webike SRC Kawasaki France with riders Randy de Puniet, Etienne Masson and Florian Marino is expected to feature among leading teams in Superbike while Kawasaki Plaza Racing Team with riders Ryosuke Iwato, Yuta Okaya and Naoki Kiyosue, vie for honours in the Superstock category.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:

YART Yamaha Secure Provisional Front Row Start at Suzuka

 

Niccolo Canepa (7) on the Yamalube YART Yamaha. Photo courtesy Yamaha.

 

The Yamalube YART Yamaha Official EWC Team impressed despite tricky conditions at the 43rd edition of the Cola-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race to finish second overall during qualifying and claim their place in the Top 10 Trial on Saturday.

Mixed conditions greeted the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) teams on Saturday for the third round of the season in Japan as temperatures rose to over 30 degrees Celsius, but sporadic rain showers meant setting a fast lap time was all about timing during the two 20-minute qualifying sessions for each rider. The Austrian squad of Niccolò Canepa, Karel Hanika, and Marvin Fritz got off to a great start by completing the first Free Practice session in P2 with a 2:06.408, already improving on their best time during the pre-race test earlier in the week as they continue to take the fight to their factory rivals at the historic endurance race.

In EWC, the average of the two fastest riders’ best times is used to give the overall qualifying classification. Canepa led the way for the team by setting a blistering 2:05.863 in the dry first Yellow session, making him the fastest-ever EWC rider on a Yamaha around the 5.821km Suzuka Circuit. He also broke his 2019 record as the fastest Italian rider to lap the track by almost a second in the process. His time was so good that the team decided not to send the 34-year-old out in his second session of the day as the rain had arrived by that time, making it impossible to improve.

Fritz, who took to the track first in the Blue session, backed up his teammate with a 2:06.138, which, when combined with Canepa’s lap, gave the team an overall time of 2:06.001. This was good enough to secure second on the overall timesheets, just 0.283s behind the leaders, and guarantee the team entry into the Top Ten Trial. The track was damp by the time of the German’s second session, so the 24-year-old rider focused on race pace yet still managed to set a 2:07.760 to showcase the potential of the Bridgestone-shod YART Yamaha #7 R1 even in mixed conditions.

It was a frustrating day for Hanika, as each time he headed out on slicks in his Red qualifying sessions, the rain started to fall, which meant he had no chance to improve on his teammates’ time. After a minor crash in Qualifying 1 when the rain first arrived, the Czech rider used the rest of his track time to complete as many laps as possible to gather data and experience in the mixed conditions, which could prove vital with more rain forecast over the weekend. Pushing hard on wet tyres in the second session, the 26-year-old set a 2:20.643 before coming in to change to slicks for one final push with only a few minutes remaining, but as he went out again, the rain returned, ending any chances he had to improve his time.

After a strong qualifying performance, the Yamalube YART Yamaha Official Team also managed to top the timesheets during a wet Night Practice with a 2:23.908, highlighting their pace, whatever the conditions. They are back in action for the final Free Practice session at 2:15 pm local time (UTC+9) on Saturday, before the all-important Top 10 Trial that will decide the final ten grid positions at 3:30 pm.

Niccolò Canepa – 2:05.863

Yamalube YART Yamaha Official EWC Team

“I am very happy about today! To set a 2:05.863 was incredible, as it is the fastest lap by a Yamaha rider in EWC here at Suzuka, and only a handful of riders have ever broken the 2:06 barrier at Suzuka.  The YART Yamaha R1 was working perfectly, and I could have set a better time as I made a small mistake on my fastest lap that cost me a couple of tenths. Still, the time shows our potential and, most importantly, we qualified for the Top 10 Trial. I hope it stays dry tomorrow, as I have never had the chance to ride in the Top 10 Trial before, despite qualifying for it on several occasions. We feel strong for the race and have already beaten all our expectations. Because we are the underdogs against the factory teams, we are not under any pressure, so I look forward to seeing what Saturday brings.”

Marvin Fritz – 2:06.138

Yamalube YART Yamaha Official EWC Team

“As a team, we had a great qualifying session, although Karel was really unlucky as both of his sessions were wet. Niccolò made an amazing lap time, the best time by a Yamaha at Suzuka in the EWC, which is incredible when you compare the size of our team with our factory rivals. I am happy with my lap time, we made some good improvements to the electronic setup on the bike, and I think we have a really good pace in wet and dry conditions. The team has been incredible, and I want to thank them all for their hard work. We can’t wait to get back in action tomorrow!”

Karel Hanika – 2:20.643

Yamalube YART Yamaha Official EWC Team

“That was one of the hardest qualifying sessions in my EWC career! I felt so good after the test earlier in the week and Free Practice. My pace was really fast, and I could do good lap times even on used tyres, so I was looking forward to trying the soft tyre during qualifying to set a hot lap. Sadly, the conditions in both my qualifying sessions were tricky, and it was not possible. I had a small crash in the first session on my out lap after contact with another rider, and after that, it was raining too hard for slicks, so I could not set a fast time. In the second session, I started on slick tyres, but it immediately started raining heavily, and I had to come in to switch to a full-wet setup. Within three laps, I set a 2:20.623, which is a pretty good time in the wet, so we were happy with the end result. It was a tough day for me, but I am happy that the team did such a good job. Niccolò and Marvin were both really quick, and the most important thing is that we qualified for the Top 10 Trial. The YART Yamaha R1 was working superbly with the Bridgestone tyres in the wet and the dry, and we are confident about our race pace no matter the conditions.”

Mandy Kainz

Yamalube YART Yamaha Official EWC Team – Team Manager

“We are delighted with the qualifying result today, especially as the conditions made it very tricky to time it right to set a good lap time. Niccolò set the best time by a Yamaha in the EWC at Suzuka, and you can’t ask for anything more. Marvin was also really fast, and to qualify in second provisionally to secure our place in the Top 10 Trial was excellent. Karel was so unlucky! His pace has been incredible all week, but every time he went out to set a fast lap on slick tyres, it started to rain. Despite this, it allowed us to gather vital data in the wet, and his pace shows that we can be fast, whatever the conditions. We are already looking forward to the Top 10 trial on Saturday, and we are confident we can continue to fight with our factory rivals.”

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MotoGP: Miller Brings Humor To Pre-Event Press Conference At Silverstone

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-08-04 19:56

“One of the riders’ favourite tracks”: Silverstone welcomes MotoGP back for another showdown

Quartararo is joined by Aleix Espargaro, Bagnaia, Miller and Rins as the second half of the season gets underway

Thursday, 04 August 2022

It’s been a while but we are BACK! Ahead of track action at the Monster Energy British Grand Prix there was plenty to talk about, with the pre-event Press Conference gathering reigning Champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), closest challenger Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), Assen winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), teammate Jack Miller and former Silverstone winner Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar).

Here are some quotes!

QUOTES

FABIO QUARTARARO

How you feeling ahead of the weekend and the penalty?

“Yeah five weeks was pretty long but I feel happy to be back, I will approach this weekend like a normal weekend, it’s how we need to do it. And then we have that penalty but let’s see how the weekend is going and of course how we approach the race. It will be a great challenge for us and I feel ready to race.”

 

Fabio Quartararo. Photo courtesy Dorna.

 

Why does Silverstone suit the Yamaha so well?

“In the previous categories, Moto3 and Moto2, I’ve never been fast but in my rookie MotoGP I really felt I could fight for victory before the start of the race, I made the start and at the first corner I crashed but last year I could fight for the victory. It’s a track that’s quite technical, especially in the first sector, but with the MotoGP bike I’ve always been quick so let’s see how it goes, but I don’t see a reason to go slow.”

Are you looking forward to starting 2023 in Portugal?

“I’m not in the Championship since 2006 so that’s not a problem. For me it’s the same. It’s just a different track, a day race, but for me it’s the same. It’s a track that I love so it’s nice.”

 

ALEIX ESPARGARO

The 15th to fourth in Assen must give you confidence?

“Yes, it has been a good summer break – too long – but I enjoyed the Assen GP a lot. Actually, it gave me a lot of motivation for the second part of the season because I proved, especially to myself, that I can be very competitive and very fast. Last year here, I got my first podium with Aprilia, and after one more year, we have achieved a lot more podiums, pole position, I won a GP, so it has been an incredible year and hopefully we can keep going this weekend.”

 

Aleix Espargaro. Photo courtesy Dorna.

 

Are these next three months the biggest of your career, and how excited are you to resume after the break as a Championship contender?

“I can’t wait, sincerely. I’m very motivated, more than ever in my life. I recharged the batteries a lot during these five weeks and the challenge that I have in front of me is huge, but I will try to enjoy it as much as possible. It’s going to be a very, very intense three months, but I will try my best, I will try to fight to the end. I think I have a very good team, a very good bike, and I have proved in the last GP that I can be very fast, so let’s try to have some fun and see if I can do it.”

Thoughts on starting 2023 season in Portimao?

“For me, it will be strange. It will be strange because Qatar is always special, it’s a very different track, different country, and under the moon, under the lights, it’s always special. I also like Portimao a lot, so I will try to do my best, but I will miss Qatar!”

 

FRANCESCO BAGNAIA

Amazing win in Assen, how excited are you to be back?

“First of all yeah, I’m happy to be back. Five weeks is very long and I’ve been looking forward to be here again. It’s one of the riders’ favourite tracks, Silverstone, and last year I was quite competitive until the race because I found some problems with the rear tyre. But in any case with the improvements we’ve done with our bike we can be more competitive from the start of the race and of the weekend and we’ll see what will happen.”

 

Francesco Bagnaia. Photo courtesy Dorna.

 

Four poles, three victories ahead of summer break, how important is the consistency?

“For sure if I want to have a chance to win the Championship I have to finish more races. It’s ok to win but it’s also important to finish when you’re not able to win. In the last six races I won three races but I also crashed in three races, two for my reasons and one for another. But in any case in the second part of the season it will be important to find the consistency and to be competitive like we were always in the first part of the season, but with finishing the races.”

And starting the season in Portugal?

“We always say that when we come to Europe we can see the clear potential of each rider, so let’s see if it changes something. But I’m happy because I love Portimao.”

 

JACK MILLER

You must feel motivated and confident after last year’s near-podium at Silverstone?

“Yeah, all the boys saying it [summer break] was too long; it definitely wasn’t long enough for me. Three weeks at home was nice to enjoy for a bit – a little bit of motocross, a little bit of catching up with the family, did some camping, pretty easy, to be honest. So, I enjoyed it a lot, batteries feel recharged, and ready to go. I had a good battle here last year and I think the improvements we’ve made with the GP22 should, on paper, benefit at a track like this, so I’m excited to see what we have for the weekend. The main objective this weekend is to not join Fabio in the Long Lap Penalty zone; the last two races, having two of them hasn’t been ideal, so I’ll try to let him be the hero and go through there this weekend, and I’ll stick to the normal track.”

 

Jack Miller. Photo courtesy Dorna.

 

What are your targets for the remainder of your time with Ducati?

“No targets. The main goal is to try and do better than what we did last season, which was fourth. So, if we can be consistent, be fast, I feel like we worked a lot of the kinks out in the first half of the season and we’ve got a fantastic package under us now, and we have a bike that can fight in lot of different races. So, we’ll give it a crack and see what happens. There’s a lot more that can go on, as we saw in Assen and throughout the first half of the season; a lot of things can change. So, we’ll just take it race by race, try and enjoy it the most, and take as many podiums as we can, and finish up my time in a happy place.”

Thoughts on starting 2023 season in Portimao?

“The date looks better; end of March gives me a little bit more time at home, hopefully. Hopefully we don’t have to fly to Sepang or anything like that. I’ll have to talk to KTM about the team presentation, otherwise I might get sick again or something!”

 

ALEX RINS

How much you looking forward to the LCR challenge?

“I’m really excited to announce during the summer break that I will race for LCR Honda next year, it’s really good news for me. I’m really excited because it’s a big challenge, I will try to give all my experience to them to improve the bike and try to make a competitive and winning bike again. But first of all we still have nine races to go, right now the Suzuki is working quite good. I would like to get the speed from the first races again, where we got two podiums in Texas and Argentina, but you know I think we’re on a good way. We’ve been unlucky in the last few races, it’s been difficult for me with the wrist injury, but right now I’m at 100% so let’s try to fight.”

 

Alex Rins. Photo courtesy Dorna.

 

Fully recovered from wrist, must be a great chance to fight for the podium?

“Well for sure it will be a difficult race. Many people are saying to me that we’re arriving to Silverstone and I will win or I’ll finish on the podium, but the level in MotoGP is high. A lot of riders are riding so fast, so let’s see. We’ll start from Friday and improve the setting of the bike a little bit, and then the key is the quali. Let’s see if we can qualify well and we’ll see in the race.”

And what about starting the season in Portugal?

“For sure it’s going to be different, since I arrived in the Championship in 2012 we were going to Qatar one week early for a test and everything, so I don’t know how this will change for Portimao but for me it’s fine. It’s a good track.”

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Moto2: Triumph Engines Getting More RPM, More Power

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-08-04 19:27

More power, more revs for Moto2 as Triumph continues to develop the 765cc triple

Triumph’s CPO Steve Sargent is joined on stage by Dorna Managing Director Carlos Ezpeleta to discuss the future at Silverstone

Thursday, 04 August 2022

On the eve of the Monster Energy British Grand Prix, Triumph announced a raft of developments to the 765cc triple Moto2 engine, derived from the production Street Triple RS, to increase revs, power and performance, as Triumph’s Chief Product Officer Steve Sargent was joined on stage in a special Press Conference by Dorna Managing Director Carlos Ezpeleta.

Since the start of the Triumph triple-powered era in 2019, the 765cc engine has redefined the class with 68 new lap and outright records set, 20 different winners and the first ever 300+ km/h top speed.

The characteristics of the Triumph triple have drawn wide-ranging praise for closing the gap to the MotoGP category in terms of performance and required riding style, becoming more relevant in the series’ role as a feeder category.

Already marking a significant step up in terms of power when the 765cc engine was announced as powering Moto2 from the start of 2019, this latest raft of developments from Triumph will give the riders even more after four seasons of optimising the current performance package of engine, electronics and tyres.

The latest developments further improve the top end of the engine, increasing compression ratio with a new cylinder head, longer valves to increase lift along with a new camshaft profile, and revised valve springs.

To maintain the engine’s impressive reliability record, having already completed nearly one million competitive Moto2 kilometres, further improvements focus on the pistons, conrods and crankshaft to cope with the higher piston pressure of 90 BAR (up from 85 BAR).

 

Triumph Chief Product Officer Steve Sargent (left) with Dorna Managing Director Carlos Ezpeleta (right) at a press conference Thursday at Silverstone. Photo courtesy Dorna.

Steve Sargent, Triumph’s Chief Product Officer: “We are incredibly proud of the way that our 765cc triple engine has redefined the Moto2 category, making it faster, more competitive and better sounding. To have achieved so many lap records, and a top speed equivalent to more than 100km/h per cylinder, is something we are very satisfied with since Triumph started powering the class from the 2019 season. When there’s such a fundamental change to a category everyone embarks upon a journey of learning – the riders and teams in terms of becoming attuned to the characteristics of the triple and optimising the overall package of engine, electronics and tyres, and us as Triumph in terms of performance potential and reliability. We have achieved very nearly 1 million competitive kilometres on the current-spec 765cc Moto2 engine and that gives us enormous confidence as we take this next step to the give the riders something they all want – more revs and more power. We look forward to seeing yet more lap records fall as lap times get faster, and how more power gives riders more freedom to create overtaking opportunities and are excited to begin the next chapter of Moto2 powered by Triumph.”

Carlos Ezpeleta, Dorna Sports Managing Director: “Since the start of the Triumph era in Moto2, we’ve been very satisfied with the performance, and reliability, of the Triumph 765cc triple and the lap records speak for themselves. It’s important that Moto2 is a spectacle in its own right and that it provides a relevant platform to develop the next generation of MotoGP riders and this new announcement of more engine power goes even further in achieving both of those objectives. We’re very happy with the work of Triumph in powering Moto2 and to see the way that they are constantly evaluating and improving.”

The Triumph Moto2 765cc race engine is a development of the class-leading Street Triple RS 765cc road motorcycle and produces more than 140PS and the same visceral soundtrack. The top-spec Street Triple RS variant is as perfectly suited to the track as it is the road.

The Triumph Triple Trophy, which continues to run alongside the Moto2 World Championship, has a new metric for 2022, awarding points for best race progression from starting position to finish. This has already highlighted some remarkable performances, such as Jeremy Alcoba climbing 20 places in the Grand Prix of Portugal and Joe Roberts climbing 17 positions at Le Mans, and these latest engine developments aim to offer more opportunities for overtaking.

For 2022, the Triumph Triple Trophy points structure has been revised as follows:

7 points – Best race progression from start to finish: 7 points for the rider or riders making up the most positions from race start to chequered flag

6 points – Pole position: 6 points for the rider who qualifies on pole

5 points – Fastest race lap: 5 points for the fastest rider/riders in case of an equal fastest lap

The winner – the rider who has achieved the greatest number of points throughout the season – will be awarded a custom-liveried Triumph Street Triple RS motorcycle which is powered by the 765cc triple engine from which the Moto2 powerplant is derived.

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Zhulin Sets New Lap Record At NCBike

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-08-04 16:55

Zhulin and Pirelli Strike First on Track Record at NC Bike

Zhulin’s First Marks Pirelli’s Fourth Track Record of the Season

ATLANTA, Ga. – Vasiliy Zhulin captured Pirelli Tire North America’s fourth absolute motorcycle track record of the 2022 racing season at NC Bike during the Championship Cup Series (CCS) round on Sunday, July 31. Zhulin’s Yamaha YZF-R1 was equipped with Pirelli DIABLO Superbike slicks and proved to be unstoppable on the all-new chicane configuration in Garysburg, North Carolina by setting a lap record of 1:25.226.

“It was our first time at this track and we struggled learning the configuration and setup,” said Zhulin. “We never really got a chance to put a perfect lap together due to the changing conditions and lack of seat time, but the Pirelli front and rear helped overcome those issues and gave us the confidence needed to push hard. The edge grip on the side of Pirelli’s tires is simply unrivaled, whether braking deep into a corner, carrying roll speed through the long sweepers here or shooting out of a corner hard on the throttle.”

Zhulin’s new lap record was set in the Unlimited GP class using Pirelli’s DIABLO Superbike SC1 125/70R17 front and DIABLO Superbike SCX 200/65R17 rear slicks.

“Vasiliy has a long history of working with our Northeast vendor Mike Faillace at Metric Devil Moto,” said Oscar Solis, Senior Racing Manager, Pirelli. “The lap record is evidence of Vasiliy’s continuance of being on the leading edge of performance. We’ve witnessed several racers at several different tracks setting lap records these past few weeks and they’ve all relied on the DIABLO Superbike slicks. Congratulations to Vasiliy!”

Zhulin’s first lap record of the season comes just two weeks after Stefano Mesa set a new best time around Roebling Road Raceway.  Racers across North America continue to showcase Pirelli’s DIABLO Superbike range as the go-to tire choice for setting lap records and reaching the top step of the podium when a spec tire rule is not implemented. Reward prizes are offered to riders who set a new motorcycle track record while using Pirelli race compound tires.

For more information about the complete line of Pirelli motorcycle tires, please visit Pirelli.com

DIABLOTM is a registered trademark of Pirelli Tire S.p.A

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MotoGP: Dovizioso Retiring After San Marino Grand Prix

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-08-04 16:27

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO TO RETIRE FROM MOTOGP AFTER 2022 SAN MARINO GP

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. confirm MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso‘s decision to retire from his 20-year Grand Prix racing career at the 2022 Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, exactly one year after joining Yamaha‘s MotoGP programme.

Silverstone (UK), 4th August 2022

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announce that MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso has decided to retire from MotoGP after the upcoming Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

Dovizioso and Yamaha have maintained a warm relationship since he completed a successful season with the Tech3 Yamaha satellite team in 2012, resulting in six third places and fourth place in the final standings. He rejoined Yamaha‘s satellite rider line-up at the 2021 San Marino GP when Franco Morbidelli moved up to the Factory Team.

Dovizioso was originally planning to stay with the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Racing Team for the entire 2022 MotoGP season, riding a factory-spec YZR-M1 and receiving full support from Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., but recently decided to end his career at his Misano home race.

Yamaha‘s official test rider Cal Crutchlow will be the substitute rider for the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team for the remaining six races of the 2022 season.

LIN JARVIS

MANAGING DIRECTOR, YAMAHA MOTOR RACING

I want to start by saying that, of course, we are all sad that Andrea will be leaving the sport earlier than expected. He is a big name in MotoGP, and he will be missed in the paddock.

“We considered ourselves very lucky last year that he was available and willing to join our MotoGP programme when Franky switched to the Yamaha Factory Team thus creating the need for a replacement rider for the remainder of the 2021 season. Andrea‘s great expertise, experience, and methodical nature were of great interest to Yamaha and the RNF team and the project was fixed to include the full 2022 season.

“Unfortunately, Andrea has struggled to extract the maximum potential out of the M1 and thus the results have not been forthcoming, which has created understandable frustration for Andrea. Finally during the summer break, he confirmed to us his desire to retire before the end of the season.

“After mutual discussions it was deemed appropriate for Andrea to ride his final race in Misano at his home GP. Naturally, Yamaha will continue to give ’Dovi‘ their full support over the next three races. In the meantime, let‘s enjoy his last three GPs and celebrate in Misano the end of a spectacular career.

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO

WITHU YAMAHA RNF MOTOGP RIDER

I thank Lin for his words, I totally agree with them. In 2012, the experience with the Iwata manufacturer in MotoGP had been very positive for me and since then I have always thought that, sooner or later, I would have liked to have an official contract with Yamaha. This possibility presented itself, actually in a somewhat daring way, during 2021. I decided to give it a try because I strongly believed in this project and in the possibility of doing well.

“Unfortunately, in recent years MotoGP has changed profoundly. The situation is very different since then: I have never felt comfortable with the bike, and I have not been able to make the most of its potential despite the precious and continuous help from the team and the whole of Yamaha.

“The results were negative, but beyond that, I still consider it a very important life experience. When there are so many difficulties, you need to have the ability to manage the situation and your emotions well. We did not reach the desired objectives, but the consultations with the Yamaha technicians and with those of my team have always been positive and constructive, both for them and for me. The relationship remained loyal and professionally interesting even in the most critical moments: it was not so obvious that that would happen.

“For all this and for their support, I thank Yamaha, the RNF Racing Team, WithU, and the other sponsors involved in the project. It didn’t go as we hoped, but it was right to try. My adventure will end in Misano, but the relationship with all the people involved in this challenge will remain intact forever. Thank you all.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team:

WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team will bid farewell to Andrea Dovizioso after 2022 San Marino GP

Team Principal Razlan Razali respects the decision made by MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso to end the 2022 season early, Cal Crutchlow will step in for WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team.

The three times MotoGP Vice Champion and WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP rider, Andrea Dovizioso have decided to retire from his MotoGP racing career after this year’s Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. Taking his place for the balance six rounds of the 2022 season will be Yamaha’s official test rider Cal Crutchlow.

Dovizioso re-joined the premier class at the 2021 San Marino GP under the former PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team, he then decided to continue as a full time rider with the revamped WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team for the 2022 season, riding a factory-spec YZR-M1. Despite facing difficulties in adapting to the riding style of the Yamaha, Dovizioso managed to end the first half of the season scoring 10 important points for the team. After much consideration, he recently decided to end his career at his home race exactly one year after returning to the paddock, leaving behind a list of excellent achievements.
The Italian’s departure from MotoGP will be replaced by three times MotoGP race winner, Cal Crutchlow who retired as a full time MotoGP rider at the end of 2020 but returned in 2021 for three races on the M1.

Razlan Razali and the whole WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team thanks Andrea Dovizioso for his contribution to the squad’s MotoGP project and will continue to give the utmost support to Andrea over the next three races.

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO

“In 2012, the experience with the Iwata manufacturer in MotoGP had been very positive for me and since then I have always thought that, sooner or later, I would have liked to have an official contract with Yamaha. This possibility presented itself, actually in a somewhat daring way, during 2021. I decided to give it a try because I strongly believed in this project and in the possibility of doing well.”

“Unfortunately, in recent years the MotoGP has changed profoundly. The situation is very different since then: I have never felt comfortable with the bike, and I have not been able to make the most of its potential despite the precious and continuous help from the team and the whole of Yamaha. The results were negative, but beyond that, I still consider it a very important life experience. When there are so many difficulties, you need to have the ability to manage the situation and your emotions well. We did not reach the desired objectives, but the consultations with the Yamaha technicians and with those of my team have always been positive and constructive, both for them and for me. The relationship remained loyal and professionally interesting even in the most critical moments: it was not so obvious that that would happen.”

“For all this and for their support, I thank Yamaha, my team and WithU, and the other sponsors involved in the project. It didn’t go as we hoped, but it was right to try. My adventure will end in Misano, but the relationship with all the people involved in this challenge will remain intact forever. Thank you all.”

Razlan Razali, Founder and Team Principal WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 

“As we return to the paddock after a five week’s break, we were looking forward to work on turning things around for Andrea especially after some positive findings in the last two races. Nevertheless, he has made his decision to retire and we respect that. Indeed, we are sad to see a great and experienced rider like Andrea leaving the championship and not ending the season with us. But we understand, he has been clear of his struggle to be comfortable with the bike and to suit his riding style to the way the bike needs to be ridden. Though we did not manage to reach the desired results together, we are still honoured and pleased to have a big name like Andrea in our team. We would like to thank Andrea for his support, expertise and contribution and we will continue to give him the full support for the remainder of the three races.”
 

Wilco Zeelenberg, Team Manager WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 

“Of course, this announcement and early retirement from Andrea is not really what we wanted as a team but also understandable from Andrea’s side as he clearly expected much more from his return than what he was able to do. We tried to stay behind him as much as possible in all areas all the way, but finally he decided himself to stop after the Misano GP and of course looking to complete his career. Anyway, we have to accept his decision because this is clearly something that a rider needs to do. We can say whatever we want, but we can only appreciate his honesty and also his decision. We will do anything to keep pushing and getting results for the team.”

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MotoGP: Long-Lap Penalty Awaits Quartararo At Silverstone

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-03 18:41

MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP START SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON WITH BRITISH GP

Silverstone (UK), 3rd August 2022

The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are looking forward to being back on track at this weekend‘s British Grand Prix. Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli are fully recharged for the Monster Energy sponsored event.

The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are highly anticipating Round 12 of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship. Both Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli are fond of the Silverstone Circuit and are keen to rise to the occasion, especially since the Monster Energy British Grand Prix shares the team‘s title sponsor.

Quartararo arrives in the UK holding first place in the championship standings, with a 21-point advantage over his closest rival. Though the Yamaha man knows he will have to complete a long-lap penalty during Sunday‘s race (handed to him by the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel following a race incident involving Aleix Espargaró in Round 11 at the TT Circuit Assen), he is determined to extend his championship lead.

The Frenchman really enjoys riding the Silverstone Circuit as underlined by last year‘s victory at the Monster Energy sponsored event.

Morbidelli is looking forward to stepping aboard his YZR-M1 again. After five weeks of relaxing but also training, he is ready to start the next chapter of his 2022 campaign. He is currently 19th with 25 points and on the hunt for some serious championship points.

The Italian knows the Silverstone Circuit well, having secured second place in Moto2 in 2016 and third place in the same class in 2017. This experience will come in useful as he sets out this weekend for the first time since 2019 (there was no British GP in 2020 due to the pandemic, and he missed the 2021 edition due to a knee injury).

Silverstone was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2010 but has a racing history of over sixty years. Thanks to innovations and investments, the circuit became one of the fastest tracks on the calendar and has earned high praise from the riders.

Due to the UK being situated in a different time zone, the schedule for the British GP slightly differs from the usual Central European Grand Prix timetable. The FP1 and FP2 sessions will take place on Friday from 09:55 – 10:40 and 14:10 – 14:55 local track time (GMT+1). On Saturday FP3 will be held from 09:55 – 10:40, followed by FP4, Q1, and Q2 in the afternoon at 13:30 – 14:00, 14:10 – 14:25 and 14:35 – 14:50. On Sunday, Warm Up will be staged at 09:30 – 09:50, and the race is scheduled to start at 13:00.

Those who wish to be reminded of the track‘s lay-out can do so by watching this week‘s MotoGP eSport race video.

 

MASSIMO MEREGALLI

TEAM DIRECTOR

We are excited to start the second half of the season. The British round is even more special to our team because we share our title sponsor with the event, so that makes us even more intent on starting the second leg of the season in the best way possible. Fabio, Franky, and all the team staff have been able to get some rest and also prepare for the busy next three months. The championship is very close, so we can‘t leave a stone unturned!

FABIO QUARTARARO

I‘m happy to start riding again. I used the summer break to get some rest, but I also put in a lot of hours of training. My mind was always still on returning to action in the best shape possible. I am really looking forward to Silverstone – I won there last year. This time will be tricky because we know that we have that long-lap penalty… But if I‘m really honest, that only motivates me to do even better.

FRANCO MORBIDELLI

After a long break, we finally start riding again! It‘s been three years for me since I rode at the British Grand Prix. We are aiming for better results in this second part of the season, and I feel ready to push and score some good results.

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MotoGP: Aprilia’s Espargaro Says “We Really Needed That Break”

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-03 18:02

MOTOGP RESUMES AT SILVERSTONE

ALEIX: “THE BREAK CAME AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME”

MAVERICK: “WE ARE FAST AND THERE IS STILL MARGIN”

After a regenerating summer break, MotoGP World Championship heads back to the track on the Silverstone asphalt. Based on the triangular shape of a military airport’s three runways, the English circuit has made history in motoring competitions on both two and four wheels. Even with all the updates in recent years, it has not lost its characteristics: long, complex, and demanding, it requires full concentration of riders and mechanics to adapt to both the fast parts and the more handling-oriented ones.

For both the Aprilia riders, Silverstone holds unforgettable memories. Last year, Aleix took the Italian manufacturer’s first, historic podium in MotoGP at the end of a breathtaking duel, whereas in 2016, Maverick won his first race in the premier class right here in England.

Motivation is renewed this season, with Espargaró a serious contender for the championship title and Viñales fresh from a podium finish in Assen. Conditions that set up a second half of the season with the Aprilia RS-GP machines playing prominent roles.

ALEIX ESPARGARÓ
“This year more than ever, we really needed this break! The first part of the season was incredible, but the new situation we are experiencing has also demanded a lot of physical and mental energy. So we really needed to recharge our batteries, also because we have some tracks ahead of us where both the Aprilia and I have the chance to continue racking up important results. Starting with Silverstone, a circuit that I like and where I have always managed to be rather competitive.”

MAVERICK VIÑALES
“Given the way we finished the first part of a season on an upward trend, I can’t wait to get back on the track. The enthusiasm after the Assen podium made this break seem like an eternity, but now I’m ready and stoked to get back in the saddle of my Aprilia. The results show that we are improving and my feeling with the bike is extremely good but I feel like I still have margin to improve. I want to keep working together with the team in order to be able to achieve our full potential. I’m sure that from here to Valencia we’ll have great fun.”

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World Endurance: Kawasaki Previews The 43rd Suzuka 8-Hours Race

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-03 17:24

Kawasaki Prepares For Suzuka 8 Hours

The 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours EWC event will soon get underway in Japan, having been cancelled due to the pandemic for the past two years. The official Kawasaki entry will features several members of the KRT WorldSBK squad combining riding talent from both WorldSBK and BSB paddocks.

WorldSBK KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes will be joined at Suzuka by the proven talents of BSB rider Leon Haslam and successful Suzuka entrant in his own right, on the endurance spec Ninja ZX-10RR, running Bridgestone tyres.

All the riders have had a chance to test at Suzuka, with Haslam in particular spending a lot of time in Japan recently to make sure the everything is ready to race to win when his new team-mates join him there shortly.

KRT engineers and mechanics will support KMC’s Japanese engineers and technicians in this year’s effort at what is arguably the biggest single race on the Japanese motorsports calendar.

As well as being an important stand-alone event the Suzuka 8 Hours is a full round of the FIM Endurance World Championship – EWC.

Rea and Haslam won the last Suzuka 8 Hours, in 2019, riding for Kawasaki. Lowes and Haslam each have three previous Suzuka 8-Hours wins with Rea having won it twice before.

Kawasaki as a manufacturer has won the 8 Hours on two occasions, in 1993 and in the previous edition in 2019.

The 43rd Suzuka 8 Hours will take place between 5-7 August 2022.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I have completed one test ahead of Suzuka this year. We pretty much packed up our WorldSBK team and are going there with a couple of tests completed, trying to do a good job. It worked out in 2019. I think this year our rider lineup is good, with Alex and Leon. Hopefully, Leon is fast, Alex is fast, and we will have a good race. But in the Suzuka 8 Hours, it’s not all about the fastest guy. It’s about who makes the least mistakes, who’s consistent, and who’s good in traffic around the track as well. There’s always a lot of traffic.”

Alex Lowes, stated: “Suzuka is a special event and this year it’s my first race in Japan in Kawasaki green. I’m proud to wear the colours and to be team mates with Jonathan and Leon. We have a strong team. I am looking forward to working together and fighting for victory. It’s a pleasure to race in front of Kawasaki’s Japanese fans.”

Leon Haslam, stated: “I’m really looking forward to Suzuka. The last time I was here Johnny and I won it, so I have very, very good memories. I have done a lot of work out here in Japan already, working with a full KRT staff. Obviously, the pace times have all been very competitive, which has been good for me. It is kind of the highlight of my year. It has been a tough year in other championships, with a few issues, so to come out here and be assured that I am still as quick as anyone has been a big bonus. I’m super-excited to be team-mates with Johnny and Alex – I couldn’t wish for better team-mates. The Suzuka 8 Hours always throws a few curve balls with everything that goes on, but I am super-happy and confident to take on the challenge. We will see what we can do and try to get back-to-back wins.”

Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: “After 2019’s success, Kawasaki was willing to defend that victory in 2020 but, unfortunately, the Covid situation did not make this possible. In 2021 we tried once more but, again, Covid intervened. In 2022, and after many efforts from Mobilityland, the Japanese fans and Kawasaki, we will have the opportunity to defend our 2019 win – and at the same time put on a big show. This is going to be one of the biggest events in Japan after the Covid pandemic, so we have not only a responsibility to perform well, but also follow all safety and health indications, directly from the local authorities and Government. This 2022 effort is a much more complex project than 2019, because KMC trusts in KRT’s full organisation and the support of some KMC engineers. It is a great honour to try our best and check if this combination of linking the KRT WorldSBK project with KRT in the Suzuka 8 Hours is workable, and gives some sense to both activities running in parallel in the future. I hope we can make as big show and provide good racing entertainment.”

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OMRRA: Campbell, Jervis, Pinkstaff Star At Portland International Raceway

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-03 17:14

The Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association (OMRRA) brought the heat last weekend with their fourth round of competition for 2022. In addition to 100-degree temperatures, Portland International Raceway saw the largest number of motorcycle road racers since before the start of the pandemic with the lure of OMRRA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration that included a joint round with WMRRA (Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association), chicane track layout, catered BBQ, pit bike race, raffle, and cash holeshot awards in 20 different races. Racers, friends, family, volunteers, and spectators came for the speed but stayed for the fun that was had all weekend long.

Founded in 1972, OMRRA is celebrating their 50th anniversary during all of 2022 but the July race round included many special events. Among the special events were a raffle and Kelly Johnson Memorial Pit Bike Race, which combined raised nearly $2,000 for OMRRA’s Safety Fund and Injured Riders Fund. Few racing organizations can say that the founder has raced every single year of the organization’s existence, but OMRRA can, with founder Eugene Brown sitting fifth in the Title Championship aboard his Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.

In the Money Well Lending Title Championship hunt, Kevin Pinkstaff extended his dominating lead by winning every single race he entered. In addition to taking the top podium step four times, Kevin’s Pirelli-shod Zlock Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R earned him three $50 cash holeshot awards. With Kevin and team in winning form, a 174 point lead, and only two rounds of competition left, that #1 plate has never been more in reach.

The Zlock Racing team continued their domination when Oliver Jervis smashed the Middleweight Superbike lap record aboard the Zlock-custom 500cc Kawasaki “ZX-5R”, on Pirelli tires, setting a time of 1:21.106 on the PIR Chicane track configuration. Oliver also left Portland with a $50 cash holeshot award to accompany his two first-place trophies.

OMRRA’s Clubman Championship, sponsored by MotoCorsa, pits “the rest of the club” against each other in the hunt for the #1c plate. Alex Taylor added to his points lead in the Clubman Championship with four wins over the weekend aboard his 450cc “triple” Yamaha R6 on Bridgestone tires. Meanwhile, Nathan Aldrich continues accumulating points with strong finishes in all of his races aboard his Aprilia RS 660. Jon Campbell remains the class of the field in Middleweight Supersport, with double wins over the weekend. The Ultra-lightweight classes were shaken up by the arrival of Paxton Gray and Austin McCabe aboard their matching Gray Area Racing 2022 KTM RC 390s. Chase Farthing and Dave Pearce remain strong competitors at the top the Ultra-lightweight classes, but will have to work hard to defend their championship leads against the arrival of the dominating 2022 KTM RC 390. Ben Montgomery extended his points leads in 250 Ninja Cup and GP classes, and sits in a comfortable fifth place in the Clubman Championship.

The 600 Supersport and 600 Superbike races provided entertaining battles between David Kohlstaedt and Deion Campbell as the pair attacked PIR’s chicane with vigor. Yamaha R6, Pirelli-mounted Campbell made the trip from California to take three wins against Washington Kawasaki ZX-6R Michelin racer Kohlstaedt’s one win. While David and Deion may have taken some points in July, Nate Abell and Josh McKay remain at the top of the championships aboard their respective Kawasaki and Yamaha.

The Langlitz Leathers Vintage Championship saw the return of Collin Spittal aboard his Honda RS125. Collin’s winning ways put him just one point behind championship leader Theis Corneliussen and his Yamaha RZ350.

OMRRA’s next event takes place at Ridge Motorsports Park, in Shelton, Washington, August 20-21, 2022. Hosted by WMRRA, the August race round will be the final of four combined OMRRA/WMRRA race rounds in 2022.

OMRRA, incorporated in 1972 as a non-profit, volunteer run organization, has members ranging in age from 12 to over 70, racing motorcycles of many brands, sizes and ages. OMRRA operates at Portland International Raceway, a city park and world class track. For more information, visit www.omrra.com and join us at www.facebook.com/omrra.racing and @omrra.pdx on social media.

Money Well Lending Title Championship

1. Kevin Pinkstaff – 252pts

2. Kevin Obrien – 78pts

3. Christopher Ancien – 52pts

4.  Abraham Balderas – 29pts

5.  Eugene Brown – 28pts

 

MotoCorsa Clubman Championship

1. Alex Taylor – 333pts

2. Nathan Aldrich – 249pts

3. Chase Farthing – 227pts

3. Jon Campbell – 227pts

5. Ben Montgomery – 210pts

 

Langlitz Leathers Vintage Championship

1. Theis Corneliussen -14pts

2. Collin Spittal – 13pts

3. Ryan Shanahan – 12pts

4. Rob Tatom – 6pts

 

Individual Race Results from July 30-31, 2022 at Portland International Raceway:

 

Autumn Coffee Roasting 600 Supersport

1. Deion Campbell (Yam YZF-R6)

2. David Kohlstaedt (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Steven Campbell (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Mallory Dobbs (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Joel Ohman (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Josh McKay (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Ever True Tattoo Middleweight GP

1. Alex Taylor (Yam YZF-R4.5)

2. Nathan Aldrich (Apr RS 660)

3. Hannah Johnson (Kra HKR Evo2 R)

4. Jon Campbell (Suz SV650)

5. Joe Rocha (Suz SV650)

6. Joshua Davis (Suz SV650)

 

See See Motor Coffee Open Supersport

1. Kevin Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Kevin Nanthrup (BMW S1000RR)

3. Garret Visser (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Kevin Obrien (Kaw ZX-10R)

5. Eugene Brown (Hon CBR1000RR-R)

6. Pawel Boguszewski (Kaw ZX-10R)

 

KFG Motorsports Novice 1000

1. William Sullivan (Hon CBR1000RR)

2. Russell Hales (BMW S1000RR)

3. Kyle Nesbitt (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Dallas McLean (Yam YZF-R1)

5. Michael Macias (Suz GSX-R750)

 

KFG Motorsports Novice 600

1. Dillon Werner (Yam YZF-R6)

2. William Brown (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Alex Egan (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Joshua Clarizio (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Stephen Ishii (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Josh Todd (Suz GSX-R600)

 

Cycletune 450 Superbike

1. Alex Taylor (Yam YZF-R4.5)

2. Jacob Keiner (Apr RS 660)

3. Hannah Johnson (Kra HKR Evo2 R)

4. Nathan Aldrich (Apr RS 660)

5. Jon Campbell (Suz SV650)

6. Luke Luciano (Apr RS 660)

 

Lightweight Superbike

1. Joe Pittman (Kaw Ninja 400)

2. Todd Eugene (Kaw Ninja 400)

3. Petro Ksondzyk (Kaw Ninja 400)

4. Jay Carter (Kaw Ninja 400)

 

The Fix Motorsports 250 Ninja GP

1. Jason Iverson (Kaw Ninja 250R)

2. Ben Montgomery (Kaw Ninja 250R)

3. Ryan Henry (Kaw Ninja 250R)

4. Colin James (Kaw Ninja 250R)

 

Racer Gloves USA Ultra-Lightweight GP

1. Austin McCabe (KTM RC 390)

2. Paxton Gray (KTM RC 390)

3. David Pearce (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Chase Farthing (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Ryan Kroelinger (Yam YZF-R3)

6. Alex Clarke (Yam YZF-R3)

 

2 Wheel Dyno Works Formula Ultra

1. Kevin Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Steven Campbell (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Deion Campbell (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Christopher Ancien (Yam YZF-R1)

5. David Kohlstaedt (Kaw S1000RR)

6. Garret Visser (Yam YZF-R1)

 

Gore Electric Company 600 Sportsman

1. Darrell Gore (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Jeffrey Toevs (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Reece Bonenfant (Suz GSX-R600)

4. Anton Brown (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Darren Carpenter (Tri 675R)

6. Cary Cadonau (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Honey Badger Racing Open Sportsman

1. William Sullivan (Hon CBR1000RR)

 

WMRRA 600 Amateur

1. Dillon Werner (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Colin Carrihill (Tri 675R)

3. Alex Egan (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Stephen Ishii (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Josh Todd (Suz GSX-R600)

6. Jolene Janacek (Suz GSX-R600)

 

WMRRA Open Amateur

1. Russell Hales (BMW S1000RR)

2. Kyle Nesbitt (Kaw ZX-10R)

 

Kramer Motorcycles USA Middleweight Superbike

1. Oliver Jervis (Kaw ZX-5R)

2. Alex Taylor (Yam YZF-R4.5)

3. Hannah Johnson (Kra HKR Evo2 R)

4. Nathan Aldrich (Apr RS 660)

5. Jacob Keiner (Apr RS 660)

6. Luke Luciano (Apr RS 660)

 

StevensonFoto Middleweight Supersport

1. Jon Campbell (Suz SV650)

2. Joe Rocha (Suz SV650)

3. Austen Brown (Suz SV650)

4. Michael Mcintosh (Suz SV650)

5. Joe Pittman (Kaw Ninja 400)

6. Danny Houghton (Suz SV650)

 

Lawrence Farm 250 Ninja Cup

1. Ben Montgomery (Kaw Ninja 250R)

2. Jason Iverson (Kaw Ninja 250R )

3. Ryan Henry (Kaw Ninja 250R )

4. Colin James (Kaw Ninja 250R)

5. Albert Chern (Kaw Ninja 250R)

 

KP12 Graphix 600 Superbike

1. Deion Campbell (Yam YZF-R6)

2. David Kohlstaedt (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Steven Campbell (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Mallory Dobbs (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Joel Ohman (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Matthew White (Kaw ZX-6R)

 

Law Tigers Lightweight Supersport

1. Todd Eugene (Kaw Ninja 400)

2. Petro Ksondzyk (Kaw Ninja 400)

3. Jay Carter (Kaw Ninja 400)

 

Gray Area KTM Ultra-Lightweight Supersport

1. Austin McCabe (KTM RC 390)

2. Paxton Gray (KTM RC 390)

3. David Pearce (Yam YZF R3)

4. Chase Farthing (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Ryan Kroelinger (Yam YZF-R3)

6. Alex Clarke (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Gore Electric Company 600 Sportsman

1. Darrell Gore (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Jeffrey Toevs (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Anton Brown (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Darren Carpenter (Tri 675R)

5. Joshua Clarizio (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Kris Le (Yam YZF-R6)

 

WMRRA 600 Amateur

1. Dillon Werner (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Chris Wilcox (Yam YZF-R6)

3. David Pearce (Tri 675R)

4. Colin Carrihill (Tri 675R)

5. Mark Szilveszter (Tri 675R)

6. Josh Todd (Suz GSX-R600)

 

EDR Performance Formula 40

1. Joseph Palmeri (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Charles Hobbs (Yam YZF-R1M)

3. Brian Tallant (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Garrick Fulbright (Kaw ZX-10R)

5. Abraham Balderas (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Eugene Brown (Hon CBR1000RR-R)

 

Diane & Mike McIntosh Formula Female

1. Jolene Janacek (Suz GSX-R600)

2. Vanessa Walters (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Star Herrmann (Yam YZF-R6)

 

750 Vintage

1. Theis Corneliussen (Yam RZ350)

 

Organon Group Inc. Middleweight Sportsman

1. Michael Mcintosh (Suz SV650)

2. Joshua Davis (Suz SV650)

3. Austen Brown (Suz SV650)

4. Danny Houghton (Suz SV650)

5. Emmanuel Tavan (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Damon Schaefer (Suz SV650)

 

WMRRA MW Amateur

1. Kumpy Kump (Suz SV650)

2. Todd Eugene (Kaw Ninja 400)

3. Brad Barnes (Kaw Ninja 650)

 

Law Tigers Lightweight Supersport

1. Todd Eugene (Kaw Ninja 400)

2. Petro Ksondzyk (Kaw Ninja 400)

3. Cliff Griffin (Kaw Ninja 300)

4. Jay Carter (Kaw Ninja 400)

 

Gray Area KTM Ultra-Lightweight Supersport

1. Paxton Gray (KTM RC 390)

2. Austin McCabe (KTM RC 390)

3. David Pearce (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Chase Farthing (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Ryan Kroelinger (Yam YZF-R3)

6. Carson Petricevic (KTM RC 390)

 

Autumn Coffee Roasting 600 Supersport

1. Deion Campbell (Yam YZF-R6)

2. David Kohlstaedt (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Kinzer Naylor (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Mallory Dobbs (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Josh McKay (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Steven Campbell (Kaw ZX-6R)

 

Ever True Tattoo Middleweight GP

1. Alex Taylor (Yam YZF-R4.5)

2. Nathan Aldrich (Apr RS 660)

3. Jacob Keiner (Apr RS 660)

4. Jon Campbell (Suz SV650)

5. Hannah Johnson (Kra HKR Evo2 R)

6. Joe Rocha (Suz SV650)

 

Lawrence Farm 250 Ninja Cup

1. Ben Montgomery (Kaw Ninja 250R)

2. Jason Iverson (Kaw Ninja 250R)

3. Ryan Henry (Kaw Ninja 250R)

4. Sam Kaufmann (Kaw Ninja 250R)

5. Albert Chern (Kaw Ninja 250R)

6. Colin James (Kaw Ninja 250R)

 

2 Wheel Dyno Works Formula Ultra

1. Kevin Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Steven Campbell (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Deion Campbell (Yam YZF-R6)

4. David Kohlstaedt (Kaw S1000RR)

5. Kevin Nanthrup (BMW S1000RR)

6. Garret Visser (Yam YZF-R1)

 

Honey Badger Racing Open Sportsman

1. William Sullivan (Hon CBR1000RR)

2. Cary Cadonau (Yam YZF-R1)

3. Anton Brown (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Brendan Jones (Apr RSV4)

5. Michael Macias (Suz GSX-R750)

 

WMRRA Open Amateur

1. Russell Hales (BMW S1000RR)

2. Kyle Nesbitt (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Stephen Ishii (Yam YZF-R6)

 

HW Classic SBK

1. Collin Spittal (Hon RS125)

2. Theis Corneliussen (Yam RZ350)

 

Kramer Motorcycles USA Middleweight Superbike

1. Oliver Jervis (Kaw ZX-5R)

2. Alex Taylor (Yam YZF-R4.5)

3. Nathan Aldrich (Apr RS 660)

4. Hannah Johnson (Kra HKR Evo2 R)

5. Jacob Keiner (Apr RS 660)

6. Emmanuel Tavan (Yam YZF-R6)

 

StevensonFoto Middleweight Supersport

1. Jon Campbell (Suz SV650)

2. Joe Rocha (Suz SV650)

3. Michael Mcintosh (Suz SV650)

4. Austen Brown (Suz SV650)

5. Joe Pittman (Kaw Ninja 400  )

6. Danny Houghton (Suz SV650)

 

The Fix Motorsports 250 Ninja GP

1. Ben Montgomery (Kaw Ninja 250R)

2. Jason Iverson (Kaw Ninja 250R )

3. Ryan Henry (Kaw Ninja 250R )

 

Racer Gloves USA Ultra-Lightweight GP

1. Paxton Gray (KTM RC 390)

2. Austin McCabe (KTM RC 390)

3. Chase Farthing (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Ryan Kroelinger (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Aria Minu-Sepehr (Yam YZF-R3)

6. Greg Kearns (Yam YZF-R3)

 

KP12 Graphix 600 Superbike

1. David Kohlstaedt (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Deion Campbell (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Steven Campbell (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Kinzer Naylor (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Mallory Dobbs (Kaw ZX-6R)

6. Joel Ohman (Yam YZF-R6)

 

KFG Motorsports Novice 1000

1. William Sullivan (Hon CBR1000RR)

2. Russell Hales (BMW S1000RR)

3. Kyle Nesbitt (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Brendan Jones (Apr RSV4)

 

KFG Motorsports Novice 600

1. Dillon Werner (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Armando Ferrer (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Joshua Clarizio (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Josh Todd (Suz GSX-R600)

5. Vanessa Walters (Suz GSX-R600)

6. Kyle Bateman (Duc 749)

 

Zlock Racing Open Superbike

1. Kevin Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Kevin Obrien (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Joseph Palmeri (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Eugene Brown (Hon CBR1000RR-R)

5. Charles Hobbs (Yam YZF-R1M)

6. Garrick Fulbright (Kaw ZX-10R)

 

Cycletune 450 Superbike

1. Alex Taylor (Yam YZF-R4.5)

2. Hannah Johnson (Kra HKR Evo2 R)

3. Jacob Keiner (Apr RS 660)

4. Nathan Aldrich (Apr RS 660)

5. Jon Campbell (Suz SV650)

 

Lightweight SBK

1. Joe Pittman (Kaw Ninja 400 )

2. Todd Eugene (Kaw Ninja 400)

3. Petro Ksondzyk (Kaw Ninja 400)

4. Cliff Griffin (Kaw Ninja 300)

5. Jay Carter (Kaw Ninja 400 )

 

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CVMA Purse Expanded, Chuckwalla Upgraded For Winter Season

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-03 16:43

CVMA & Chuckwalla Announce $165,000+ in Purse Payouts, New Track Surface, New Bleachers, New Podium, and More 50 Amp RV Spots for 2022-23 Season

Southern California, USA – As the Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association (CVMA) approaches its 7-round 2022-23 winter season; it has announced an expanded purse program totaling more than $165,000 over the four Sunday Shootout races and Saturday Femmewalla races.

The Chuckwalla facility is receiving major upgrades over the summer and will be better than ever for the season opener on September 25th. The racetrack, taxiway, and runway have undergone extensive asphalt repairs and are being completely resurfaced. In addition, taller bleachers have been added on both sides of the paddock for spectators, a much larger podium has been built between the classroom and the Parc Ferme tent, and the PA system has been upgraded significantly.

Also, 14 more RV parking spots with 50-amp power supplies have been added to the paddock to keep rigs cool and tires warm. The total number of powered RV spots that can be reserved prior to each CVMA event is now up to 22. Racers can get their spot for a single event or for the entire CVMA season by calling the Chuckwalla office at (760) 227-3100, or emailing info at chuckwalla.com.

The CVMA 2022-2023 Rulebook has been published, and for the first time ever, the ultra-competitive CVMA Sunday shootouts will include lightweight twins. All four of the Sunday Shootout races pay back to the fifth finishing position to incentivize and reward the fastest racers.

The CVMA Sunday Shootout purse payouts by finishing position are as follows:

Stock 1000 Shootout (10 laps) – 1st: $3,000 | 2nd: $2,000 | 3rd: $1,500 | 4th: $1,000 | 5th: $750

Supersport Middleweight Shootout (10 laps) – 1st: $2,000 | 2nd: $1,500 | 3rd: $1,000 | 4th: $750 | 5th: $500

Formula Lightweight Twins Shootout (8 laps) – 1st: $1,500 | 2nd: $1000 | 3rd: $750 | 4th: $500 | 5th: $250

Formula Ultra Lightweight Shootout (8 laps) – 1st: $1,500 | 2nd: $1000 | 3rd: $750 | 4th: $500 | 5th: $250

Femmewalla Open (6 laps) – 1st: $300 | 2nd: $200 | 3rd: $100

Femmewalla Ultra Lightweight (6 laps) – 1st: $200 | 2nd: $125 | 3rd: $75

Racers may enter multiple shootouts each Sunday but can only collect one purse to ensure that 20 racers will receive a check each round. Additionally, racers may be eligible for contingency programs from CVMA-partnered motorcycle manufacturers, tire suppliers, and aftermarket parts companies.

The Stock 1000 Shootout rules will follow the standardized 2022 Rulebook of MotoAmerica’s Stock 1000 class. The other Sunday Shootouts will follow the 2021-22 CVMA Rulebook. Racers must purchase a CVMA Racing license, qualify and enter at least one race on Saturday to be eligible for a purse payout in the Shootouts on Sunday. For more details, please visit CVMAracing.com.

“The 2021-2022 season was the biggest showing and the best racing we’ve ever had at CVMA, and we aim to keep that going this year with the new registration system and many racer-friendly changes to the Rulebook,” said Jay Tanner, Race Director – CVMA.

Kicking off September 25th, 2022, the seven-round CVMA series runs through April 2023. The three-day events include: Friday Practice, Saturday morning practice & qualifying, and a full schedule of racing on Saturday and Sunday. This provides our racers the opportunity to run multiple races both Saturday and Sunday. Chuckwalla’s warm winters in the California desert offer the perfect competition and training ground from September to May. On-site storage options for RVs and race rigs are available to CVMA racers for the entirety of the 2022-23 race season. We look forward to seeing you on the grid at Chuckwalla this season!

2021-22 Season Banquet – ­The 2021-22 Banquet will be at the Anaheim House of Blues on Saturday, August 13th $80/per person for dinner and open bar. Click the link below for tickets.

www.motorsportreg.com/events/cvma-2021-2022-season-awards-banquet-house-of-blues-391116

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MotoAmerica: Services For Scott Briody Tentatively Announced

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2022-08-02 23:19

Funeral services for MotoAmerica Stock 1000 racer Scott Briody will tentatively be held Wednesday, August 10 in Coxsackie, New York.

Briody died from injuries sustained in a single-bike crash during MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Q1 July 29 at Brainerd International Raceway.

Today, Briody’s son Reese Briody posted the following to his Facebook page:

“The services for our fearless leader, loving family man, full time sender, and master of all trades will tentatively be Wednesday the 10th. It will be at the St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie, New York.

“The wake and funeral will take place on the same day. It will likely be a whole day venture. Thank you for all of the awesome texts, emails, calls, everything. If I have or haven’t responded back, I am sorry. I have likely read your words, I just have no words. Thank you all #124Forever”

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American Flat Track: Series Heading To Sturgis For Black Hills Half-Mile

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2022-08-02 21:01

Progressive AFT Sturgis Bound for Black Hills Half-Mile

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 2, 2022) – This weekend, Progressive American Flat Track will play a starring role in the 82nd Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with the Progressive Black Hills Half-Mile presented by Saddlemen at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Saturday, August 6.

The visit will mark the first time since 2019 that the series has joined the massive event, which sees some 500,000 motorcycling enthusiasts make the annual trek to Sturgis, South Dakota.

The fans in attendance on Saturday evening will be treated to a red-hot Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle title fight. Led by archrivals Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) and Briar Bauman (No. 3 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750), the separation at the top is a mere three points (188-185).

Defending champion and current points leader Mees has won at Black Hills Speedway on three prior occasions (‘15, ‘17, and ‘18). Should he win here again this year, he’ll be just one Half-Mile win short of equaling the legendary Scott Parker for most all-time (35) and with the season-ending Mission Volusia Half-Mile Finale still in play.

However, Bauman is the series’ most recent winner at the venue, having taken top honors in 2019.

This weekend’s race also represents the second round of the Progressive Triple Crown, which will pay the premier-class rider who scores the highest points tally across a specified combination of Short Track, Half-Mile, and Miles a $25,000 prize.

Estenson Racing Yamaha aces JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) and Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) currently hold the advantage after going 1-2 at its first round, the Mission Laconia Short Track, back in June. And the two roll into Rapid City with momentum on their side after Beach reigned supreme in last weekend’s SC2 Peoria TT with Daniels joining him on the box.

In fact, Bauman and Mees currently rank 5-6 in the Progressive Triple Crown standings, respectively, trailing not only Beach and Daniels, but also Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) and Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R).

Bauman, in particular, is likely to receive significant support from a big contingent of Harley fans at Sturgis. And those fans are bound to have some serious rooting interest in the return of Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Dodge Brothers Racing/Happy Trails Racing Harley-Davidson XR750), who finished as runner-up to Bauman here in 2019.

And yes, you read that correctly; Carver will pilot a Harley-Davidson XR750. Is it possible he could add a sixth decade to the iconic machine’s historic wins list after previously taking it to what was presumed to be its final victory back in 2017?

Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines

Jesse Janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) comes in riding high after stringing together the two best weekends of his professional career at the Mission Port Royal Half-Mile and SC2 Peoria TT. In fact, it’s been since the Mission New York Short Track one month ago today that Janisch has landed anywhere other than #1 in the results, be it practice, qualifying, Semi, or Main Event.

The last rider to hold that position other than Janisch is defending class champion Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07), who is currently engaged in a hard-fought battle to secure a third and final Mission Production Twins crown. Texter could use a big weekend in Rapid City to even the odds a bit and set the stage for a highly entertaining run down the stretch.

Dan Bromley (No. 62 Memphis Shades/Corbin Seats/Vinson Construction Yamaha MT-07) could have a huge say as well. While he’s not in title contention himself after running a partial schedule earlier this year, Bromley is shaping up to be a serious spoiler. Consider that he’s either finished ahead of both Texter and Janisch or between the two in all four of his ‘22 starts (all podium finishes for that matter).

Despite the mammoth gap from 2nd to 3rd in the championship chase, several other riders have shown the capacity to battle for wins on any given week. That group includes Nick Armstrong (No. 60 Competitive Racing Frames/Lessley Brothers Yamaha MT-07), Billy Ross (No. 109 Mission Foods/Roof Systems Harley-Davidson XG750R), Cameron Smith (No. 34 Thee Cathy Gray/Al Barker Yamaha MT-07), and Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield 650).

Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER

The four-race run of domination by Kody Kopp (No. 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) finally came to an end in Peoria. But now it’s up to his Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER rivals to demonstrate that it wasn’t just a TT-specific temporary halt of form.

While Kopp is expected to be a major force again this weekend, last weekend’s 1-2 was an encouraging performance from two-time championship runner-up Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) and this year’s second-ranked Morgen Mischler (No. 13 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R). Should either rider catch fire now, they each have the potential to rip off a series of wins of their own and change the narrative, at least to some degree.

Some other fast riders are just looking to get their first win, either of the year, such as Trevor Brunner (No. 21 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F), or of their career, like Trent Lowe (No. 48 Mission Foods/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda CRF450R) and rookie Chase Saathoff (No. 106 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R).

And don’t forget about the class’ most recent winner here, Chad Cose (No. 49 1st Impressions Race Team/Voodoo Ranger Honda CRF450R), who earned his first-career Parts Unlimited AFT Singles victory at the track back in 2019.

The Progressive Black Hills Half-Mile will host Round 5 of 7 for Royal Enfield’s crowd-pleasing BUILD. TRAIN. RACE. program which serves to highlight and celebrate women and motorcycle culture in North America. The question remains the same: Can anyone stop Jaycee Jones (No. 33 Royal Enfield/S&S Cycle Royal Enfield INT650)? Jones is on a serious roll, having built up a big title advantage on the strength of three consecutive wins heading into this weekend’s race in Rapid City.

Along with a multitude of Sturgis-related activities, there will be plenty to keep fans entertained off the track at Black Hills Speedway as well, including numerous vendors. Six-time AMA Supercross/Motocross Champion and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jeff Stanton will serve as the event’s Grand Marshal, while Riki Rachtman is certain to be a popular figure with the Sturgis fans as he returns to provide additional color from the pits for this weekend’s broadcast.

Visit https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3696/ to reserve your tickets today. General Admission Grandstand tickets start at just $25 with kids 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Premium General Admission Grandstand tickets are available for $50 and offer outstanding views from the most centrally located seating along the front stretch of the racetrack.

Paddock Access Upgrades are also available for purchase, which provide all-day access to the pits where fans can scope out the world’s fastest dirt track motorcycles and get up close and personal with the stars of the sport.

Gates will open for fans at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT with Opening Ceremonies scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT ahead of the day’s Main Event program. You can catch the livestream of all the weekend’s racing activities on FansChoice.tv. FansChoice.tv provides free-to-view livestreaming of Practice and Qualifying. FansChoice.tv subscribers will then be able to watch the drama unfold from Opening Ceremonies through the Semis, Main Events, and podium celebrations. FansChoice.tv offers two subscription options, granting unlimited access to premium AFT content. Monthly subscriptions start at just $7.99, while a six-month subscription is available for $44.99.

The Progressive Black Hills Half-Mile presented by Saddlemen will premiere on FS1 on Sunday, August 14, at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT, including exclusive features, cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage, and expert commentary.

For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com. To score the latest gear for the Progressive American Flat Track fan, visit our official merchandise store at https://store.americanflattrack.com.

How to Watch:

FOX Sports and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of Progressive American Flat Track. For the 2022 season, all races will premiere in one-hour telecasts on FS1 during highly desirable weekend time slots. The complete schedule can be viewed at https://www.americanflattrack.com/events-foxsports. FansChoice.tv provides livestreaming coverage of every Progressive AFT round at http://www.FansChoice.tv.

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