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MotoAmerica Set For 150th Superbike Race

RoadRacing World - Fri, 2022-07-29 14:11

MotoAmerica’s 150th Superbike Race Set For BIR

When The Checkered Flag Falls On Sunday at Brainerd International Raceway, The 150th MotoAmerica Superbike Race Will Be In The Books
 

IRVINE, CA (July 29, 2022) – Sunday’s MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike race at Brainerd International Raceway will mark a milestone for North America’s premier motorcycle road racing championship as it will be the 150th Superbike race held in the MotoAmerica era, which dates to the first-ever MotoAmerica Superbike race on April 11, 2015, at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

The winner that day? Fittingly, it was four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes who ushered in the new series with a victory over his Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier, the man who would carry the MotoAmerica torch as its champion for five out of the next six years. Back then Superstock 1000 bikes ran with the Superbikes with separate results. Thus, it was also fitting that the first Superstock 1000 race gave us a glimpse into the future as it was won by Jake Gagne, the current MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Champion.

There were just 11 Superbike entries on the grid at COTA in 2015, 15 less than the 26 who were led home to the finish at COTA this year by race winner Danilo Petrucci.

That first season of MotoAmerica racing also featured several wet races, including the “rainey” one that opened the era in Texas with Hayes topping his Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammate Beaubier by 5.2 seconds and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden rounding out the podium.

The following day, Beaubier won his first career MotoAmerica Superbike race in a thriller over Hayes by less than half a second.

“I have a lot of friends here in Texas and I’m a bit overwhelmed,” Hayes said after winning what was his 49th career Superbike victory on day one. “We’ve had some dodgy weather, we’ve had some good weather, we’ve had a little bit of everything. I feel like we’ve had a good sprinkle of everything. To have a successful race weekend and come out of here with a win, regardless of what happens tomorrow, it’s fantastic. I’m very happy to be up here and get one in for Yamaha and the new R1. My team has done an amazing job. I was prepared, rain or shine. Mentally, I was in a really good state. I was ready to go either way very early in the weekend.”

In race two, Beaubier (who qualified on pole position) won his first career MotoAmerica Superbike race in a thriller over Hayes by less than half a second.

“I saw him coming into the last corner and I was like, ‘No, this is my frickin’ race,’ “ Beaubier said. “It was pretty cool to get it done today. I looked back to make sure he was up and then looked at my leg and there was some rubber there. But it’s a lot of fun racing these guys. I feel like we have respect for each other, but at the same time we can lean on each other pretty hard. I’m looking forward to this year.”

There were nine rounds and 18 MotoAmerica Superbike races held in the first season of MotoAmerica, and Hayes would win 10 of them, including both races in the season-ender at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Although Beaubier would win tw2o fewer races than Hayes, it was the young Californian who claimed the first MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.

In taking the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike crown, Beaubier became the 20th different rider to win an AMA Superbike Championship.

“It’s a dream come true for me to win the championship in my second year on a Superbike and my first year with this brand-new R1. Josh (Hayes) is an awesome teammate and a great Champion. He’s helped me so much.”

Beaubier would successfully defend his MotoAmerica Superbike Championship in 2016, but there was a new challenger in the series – a diminutive Spaniard by the name of Toni Elias – who would push Beaubier and the rest to a new level.

Beaubier again won eight of the 18 races in 2016, but Elias and his Yoshimura Suzuki won six – including his two debut races at COTA. Hayes would win a pair of races and Hayden would also win two.

The 2017 season was expanded to 10 rounds and 20 races for the first time, and it would again feature Beaubier/Elias battles with Elias taking the crown with 10 race wins to Beaubier’s five, though Beaubier’s season ended four rounds early after the Yamaha man suffered a shoulder injury at Pitt Race that required surgery. Hayden, meanwhile, won three more races in 2017, the last three wins of his career, and he ended up second to his teammate in the final point standings.

South African Mathew Scholtz won his first MotoAmerica Superbike race in 2017 on his Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1, and he did so in the rain in the season finale at Barber Motorsport Park. Scholtz’s victory was also noteworthy in that it was the first time a MotoAmerica Superbike race was won by a rider on a Superstock 1000-spec motorcycle.

The 2018 season was again a Beaubier vs. Elias battle that went the way of Beaubier, even though Elias won more races (nine to eight). Beaubier’s season was more consistent, and he was crowned MotoAmerica Superbike Champion for the third time.

Other winners on the year were Attack Performance Yamaha’s Josh Herrin (two wins) and Westby Racing’s Scholtz (one win at COTA, again in the rain).

The 2018 season was also the first without Hayes on a Superbike, the four-time champ replaced on the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing team by two-time MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff.

Elias again won the most races in 2019 (seven to Beaubier’s six) and again he was beaten to the championship by Beaubier, who won the last three races while Elias faltered to take the title by just five points. Beaubier’s two victories in the season finale in Alabama were the 37th and 38th of his career, and the result of those wins was his fourth AMA Superbike title.

The 2019 season was also a breakout year for Gerloff with the Texan winning four races and turning heads in the process. At the end of the year, Gerloff signed a deal that would see him move to the World Superbike Championship for the 2020 season.

Beaubier’s final season of MotoAmerica racing in 2020 put an exclamation mark on his stateside racing career as he won a record-setting 16 races while earning his fifth MotoAmerica Superbike title. He also ended the year with 54 career Superbike wins, a mark that puts him third on the all-time AMA Superbike win list. With a fifth title in his pocket, it was time to move on and Beaubier jumped to the Moto2 World Championship in 2021.

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Bobby Fong won three races in 2020 with HSBK Racing Ducati’s Lorenzo Zanetti also winning a race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

As it turns out, Beaubier’s record-setting 16-win season in 2020 didn’t last long as his teammate Jake Gagne took over the lead role in the Fresh N Lean Attack Performance Yamaha team and did so with a season to remember. Gagne ended up winning a record 17 races on the year.

The other race winners in 2021 were Scholtz with two victories and Cameron Petersen with one.

With 12 races complete in 2022 heading into the 149th and 150th MotoAmerica races, Gagne has seven wins and leads the championship by just three points over Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC’s Danilo Petrucci and his three victories.

Petersen and Scholtz are the other two riders with wins in 2022.

With MotoAmerica celebrating its 150th Superbike race this weekend, the staff of MotoAmerica, its racers, teams and sponsors all remember the two men who lost their lives on July 19, 2015, in an accident on the opening lap of the second Superbike race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca – Spaniards Bernat Martinez and Daniel Rivas. They are not forgotten.
 

148 Superbike Races. 13 Winners

Cameron Beaubier     51

Toni Elias                    32

Jake Gagne                24

Josh Hayes                 13

Roger Hayden              5

Mathew Scholtz           5

Garrett Gerloff              4

Josh Herrin                   4

Danilo Petrucci             3

Bobby Fong                  3

Cameron Petersen        2

JD Beach                      1

Lorenzo Zanetti             1

 

 

Seven Championships. 3 Champions

Cameron Beaubier         5

Toni Elias                        1

Jake Gagne                    1
 

 

Manufacturer Wins (148 Races)

Yamaha                        100

Suzuki                           44

Ducati                            4

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Ducati To Begin Unveiling New 2023 Models On September 2

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-07-28 20:14

Ducati World Première 2023: The Presentations of Ducati’s New Products Will Start From September 2
 

Seven episodes for the new-for-2023 products from the Borgo Panigale manufacturer will end on November 7 with a preview for the Ducatisti at WDW 2022

All the episodes of the Ducati World Première 2023 will be available on the Ducati.com website, on the YouTube channel, and on Ducati’s social media networks

Borgo Panigale, Bologna, July 28, 2022 – The Ducati World Première season starts again, the series of events that each year presents the new products from the Borgo Panigale manufacturer for the following season. The streaming of the first episode is scheduled for Friday, September 2 at 1:00 PM EST, on the occasion of the Grand Prix of San Marino and the Rimini Riviera. The series will continue until November 7, when all Ducati enthusiasts can finally see the model unveiled as a preview to participants in World Ducati Week 2022.

Seven episodes will be dedicated to Ducati’s new products for 2023. Between September, October and November will represent the stages of a journey revealing the bikes on the Ducati.com website, on the YouTube channel and on the social media networks of the Borgo Panigale company. These bikes will then be visible live starting Thursday, November 10, when EICMA 2022 will open its gates to the public.

Below is the calendar of all the episodes of the Ducati World Première 2023 web series:

September 2, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 1 | The Unexpected

September 15, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 2 | Ready for More?

September 29, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 3 | Unlock Earth

October 7, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 4 | This is Racing

October 20, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 5 | Push Forward

October 28, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 6 | Dare to be Bold

November 7, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 7 | Next Gen Freedom

#DucatiWorldPremiere # Ducati2023

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MotoAmerica: Previews Of The Other Classes Racing At Brainerd

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-07-28 20:04

Just One Point Separates Three Men In The Battle For The Mission King Of The Baggers Title

Action-Packed Weekend On Tap For Brainerd International Raceway With Seven Classes Of Racing Slated For July 29-31.
 

IRVINE, CA (July 28, 2022) – A single point separates three riders in the 2022 MotoAmerica Mission King Of The Baggers Championship with just two races remaining in the seven-race series, the first of which will take place at Brainerd International Raceway this weekend, July 29-31.

Hot off his victory at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, defending Mission King Of The Baggers Champion Kyle Wyman is tied with his brother Travis and just a single point behind Tyler O’Hara as the title chase heads to Brainerd, Minnesota. Photo by Brian J. Nelson
With Mission King Of The Baggers set to make its Minnesota debut on Sunday in Brainerd, the battle for the championship couldn’t be closer as wins in the past two races have moved the Wyman brothers – Kyle and Travis – and their factory H-D Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson Road Glides to within a point of Mission Foods/S&S Cycle/Indian Challenger Team’s Tyler O’Hara and his Indian Challenger. O’Hara has led the championship since winning the opening round at Daytona International Speedway back in March.

With the title chase certain to go to the final round at New Jersey Motorsports Park, September 9-11, the Brainerd round may be the season’s most critical as it will set the stage for the finale.

With his win at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca a few weeks ago, Kyle Wyman became the first two-time winner in the 2022 Mission King Of The Baggers series. The win moved him into a tie with his brother Travis for second – just that single point behind O’Hara. Fourth place in the chase for glory is held by Ulsterman Jeremy McWilliams, the teammate to O’Hara and the fourth rider to win a race thus far in 2022. McWilliams also is in the hunt for the title as he trails his teammate by just nine points with two races to go.

After failing to finish the opening race at Daytona, Vance & Hines’ James Rispoli has proven to be a thorn in the side of the four factory riders ahead of him with two podium finishes in the past three races. Rispoli’s V&H teammate Taylor Knapp rounds out the top five as the series lands in Minnesota.

Supersport – Will Anyone Stop Herrin?

Josh Herrin and his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC Panigale V2 have dominated this year’s Supersport Championship, and he rolls into BIR with a gaudy 81-point lead in the championship.

Herrin has seven wins on the season – and four in a row – in what is his first season on the Panigale V2. In the two races he didn’t win, Herrin finished fourth and third. Thus, he has podium finishes in nine of the 10 races held thus far.

Four riders have won the MotoAmerica Supersport races with Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Tyler Scott, four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes and one-off wild card racer Jason Farrell the three who join Herrin as race winners in 2022.

The 16-year-old Scott sits second in the title chase with six podiums, but he also has two non-finishes as he learns the ropes of the class in his rookie season. Scott is just five points ahead of Landers Racing’s Rocco Landers as the two youngsters fight it out for second in the championship while trying to stop the runaway Herrin train.

N2 Racing/BobbleHeadMoto’s Kevin Olmedo and the injured Sam Lochoff, Scott’s Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammate, round out the top five heading to Brainerd.

SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup – Wyman Gaps The Field

Alpha Omega’s Cody Wyman had a successful weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with a victory in race two and a second-place finish in race one. As for the SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup Championship… well, it was an extremely good weekend for Wyman as most of his competition hit some bumps in the road.

Wyman scored 45 points over the two races in California while those closest to him in the championship didn’t fare as well. Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing’s Gus Rodio scored 25 points at Laguna, SportbikeTrackGear.com’s Joe LiMandri Jr. matched Rodio with 25 points, Altus Motorsports Racing’s Kayla Yaakov scored just seven points and LiMandri’s teammate Max Van came away with 10 points.

And just like that, Wyman leads the championship by 18 points over Rodio heading into Brainerd, 166-148, with LiMandri two points farther adrift with 146, while Yaakov and Van fall 44 and 52 points behind Wyman, respectively.

Yuasa Stock 1000 – Alexander On A Roll

If Disrupt Racing’s Hayden Gillim hopes to take the fight for the Yuasa Stock 1000 Championship to the end of the season, he needs to start beating Tytlers Cycle/RideHVMC Racing’s Corey Alexander sooner rather than later.

With his fifth win of the season and fourth in a row, Alexander arrives in the Land of 10,000 Lakes with a 17-point cushion on Gillim and a 22-point lead over his Tytlers Cycle/RideHVMC Racing teammate Travis Wyman with those three separating themselves from the rest of the class.

If you take away his qualifying crash at VIRginia International Raceway that forced him out of both races with a concussion, Alexander hasn’t been beaten thus far in 2022. The race wins in his absence in Virginia went to Gillim, and those two are the only riders to win Yuasa Stock 1000 races so far this season.

Travis Wyman and DiBrino Racing’s Andy DiBrino, meanwhile, are the only riders in the top five who have finished all seven races.

REV’IT! Twins Cup – Barry By The Skin Of His Teeth

It’s rare when a racer can have two non-finishes in a row and still hold on to the lead in their respective championships, but Jody Barry has somehow managed to do that. With four wins in the first six REV’IT! Twins Cup races, Barry and his Veloce Racing Aprilia RS 660 looked to be cruising right along to a class championship. Right up until the point that he wasn’t.

Barry’s troubles began with a non-finish in race two at Ridge Motorsports Park and continued with zero points coming his way in the lone Twins Cup race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

With Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing’s Anthony Mazziotto winning both races at Ridge and finishing sixth at Laguna Seca, the New Jerseyan gained 35 points on Barry and now trails by just four points as the series arrives in Minnesota. Although there’s plenty of racing left, those two appear to have the edge on the rest of the field as N2 Racing/BobbleHeadMoto’s Blake Davis is 36 points behind Barry in third place. Davis, however, did find himself back on the podium with a second-place finish at Laguna Seca, thus ending a podium drought that dated back to his victory at Daytona in the very first race of the season.

Cycle Tech’s Hayden Schultz is just three points adrift of Davis in fourth and just nine ahead of defending class champion Kaleb De Keyrel, with De Keyrel set for a return to his home track at BIR this weekend.

Five riders have won Twins Cup races so far in 2022: Barry (four), Mazziotto (two), Davis (one), Schultz (one) and Cory Ventura (one).

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. – The Girls Are Back In Town

The Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. program will race for the third time in 2022 with a return to Brainerd International Raceway for the 15-strong field of Royal Enfield Continental GT 650s.

The class championship is led by Washington’s Jennifer Chancellor by just seven points over Georgian Jessica Martin and by 11 over VIRginia International Raceway round winner Kayleigh Buyck. But this is anybody’s title at this point with the top 10 separated by just 18 points as the series hits Brainerd.

BIR Pre-Race Support Class Notes…

With 2021 Yuasa Stock 1000 Champion Jake Lewis moving up to the Medallia Superbike class full-time this season, Michael Gilbert suffering a broken leg at Ridge Motorsports Park and Stefano Mesa not entered for Brainerd, the top three in Stock 1000 is guaranteed to be different in 2022. Last year, Lewis topped Gilbert by 3.7 seconds with Mesa third, another two seconds adrift.

Sean Dylan Kelly had a perfect weekend at BIR last year with victories in both Supersport races en route to what would be a championship-winning season for the Floridian. His rival Richie Escalante, meanwhile, had his first non-finish of 2021 after five straight runner-up finishes to Kelly. Kelly is now racing in the Moto2 World Championship with Escalante moving up to the Medallia Superbike class on the Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki team.

Homeboy Kaleb De Keyrel won race one and finished second in race two of the REV’IT! Twins Cup class last year, the Minnesota native ending up atop the championship point standings at season’s end. Anthony Mazziotto topped De Keyrel in a close race two a year ago.

The next win in REV’IT! Twins Cup for De Keyrel will be the 10th of his career in Twins Cup racing and that will make him the all-time winningest rider in the class. De Keyrel is currently tied with Rocco Landers with nine career wins in Twins Cup.

The young rider who won the SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup Championship last year won his sixth race of the season in race two at BIR a year ago. Tyler Scott, who now competes in the Supersport class on a Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki, beat Cody Wyman in race two – a day after losing out to Ben Gloddy in race one. Gloddy now competes in the MotoAmerica REV’IT! Twins Cup series.

The Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. series made its debut last year at Brainerd International Raceway with CJ Lukacs winning the inaugural race.

About MotoAmerica

MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

 

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MotoAmerica Supersport Round 6 – Herrin Looking to Extend his Massive Supersport Title Lead as MotoAmerica Heads to Minnesota

 

Josh Herrin (2). Photo courtesy Ducati North America.

 

Sunnyvale, Calif. — Josh Herrin (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC – #2) will face off against America’s best Supersport protagonists this weekend as the series moves to the Great Lakes area of Minnesota.

It will be Herrin’s first time at the 2.5-mile, 13-turn Brainerd racetrack, a place steeped in history as the first venue to host an American round of WorldSBK in 1989, after missing MotoAmerica’s return to the venue in 2021.

The Californian holds an astonishing 81-point advantage in the title chase—over three race wins—from Suzuki’s Tyler Scott, and a good performance here could see Herrin put one hand on the 2022 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship. This would be a first not just for him but also for Ducati North America.

Josh Herrin (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC – #2): “I’m super excited about this weekend. We tested at Brainerd earlier in the year to make sure we had the gearing all dialed in, so that is one thing less we have to do at this track,” Herrin said. “I’m just hoping to have as much fun this weekend as we’ve had all year. The Ducati V2 is fantastic to race and gives me so much motivation to do my absolute best each time I go out on the circuit. We’re in a good position in the championship, and I’m excited to get out to Minnesota and meet some of the fans, as I know this is a huge event. This is a new racetrack for me after missing last year, and I can’t wait to get after it.”

Round six of the 2022 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship kicks off with the opening practice on Friday, July 29 at 9:40 AM CDT. Race one is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at 2:10 PM CDT with race two due to take place on Sunday, July 31 at 2:10 PM CDT.

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WorldSBK: Rea Says “Winning Is Like A Drug”

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-07-28 19:44

Hot topics ahead of Most

A variety of topics and endless possibilities from the Thursday debriefs in the Czech Republic

The 2022 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship has arrived in the Czech Republic and the Autodrom Most for the Prosecco DOC Czech Round, which marks the halfway point of the season. With this being the sixth round, there’s plenty of gossip going into the round surrounding new deals, pending deals and the results that lie ahead this weekend at one of WorldSBK’s newest venues. We caught up with some of the stars to get their thoughts ahead of action igniting at Most.

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK): “Winning is like a drug… that’s where the motivation comes from”

“I’m very excited because at this stage, it was something that we had been speaking about for a long time. I was just wanting to go into the 2022 season to understand how everything is working, understand the motivation to continue – both from my side and Kawasaki’s side. We’re on the same page about improving and the team’s incredible; right from 2015, when they gave me the opportunity to come here and win Championships, we’ve made great stories. It was more of a formality than anything, to understand each other’s wishes. I’m really happy to keep this incredible family together. Winning is like a drug, it’s something that you want more of and it’s what keeps you working hard at home and the team, and I think that’s where the motivation comes from to keep being competitive. It wasn’t harder to be motivated in the past but with Chaz Davies as my main rival, that was my motivation, to be beating him. Then, it’s more about my rivals right now, as they’re improving so much and of course I want to beat them, but I want to improve myself and still be the best that I can be.”

Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK): “Last year, after the long stoppie, I tried again! This year, I’ll try again!”

“Last year, I had two wins at Most and it was the first time here for everyone. This year, my goal is to have three wins, but we will see as Saturday looks like it will have rain. Last year, we were strong and also, Locatelli was quite strong too; I hope that this weekend, we can fight for the podium together, and I’ll try for three wins again, even if it’s not easy! We have a much better feeling now with the SC0 tyre and everyone will have to use the same tyres available, so this is no problem. We’ll try the old and new SC0 tyres, and we’ll see which is better for the race. Last year, after the long stoppie, I tried again! I was surprised but I tried again, but I couldn’t do it. This year, I’ll try again! It’s not easy as it’s 214m, as after we checked the data, but we will see.”

Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati): “About tyres, at the end it will be the same for everyone”

“I think it can be a track that suits our bike because basically, it’s fast corners and I like it a lot, so I am looking forward to starting on Friday and working with my Ducati. About tyres, at the end it will be the same for everyone, so you have to work to make the tyres work. For sure, I feel better with the SCX tyre, but we can only use it in the Superpole and Superpole Race, so we have to use the SC0 and new SC0 from Pirelli. Let’s see what happens with the new tyre. At Donington Park, we were close to the 1000th podium for Ducati but I crashed in Race 1. It’s not in my mind but if we can do it, then perfect.”

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati): “My goal is to remain with this bike and team”

“I feel really good as we come from a strong few rounds. I want to jump on the bike as it’s a track that can be better than Donington Park. Our goal is to reach the podium this weekend and take the 1000th podium for Ducati. I know Alvaro is very fast, so maybe he will be in the statistics as the 1000th! My goal is to remain with this bike and this team because I feel at home and I think that this bike can make me win a Championship in the future. The last few rounds have helped because of the podium at Misano and the good result at Donington Park. We will start talking but there are no new things to say. I think at Magny-Cours, we will have news.”

Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK): “I enjoy the layout; I think the bike can work well here”

“I’m happy to arrive here at Most and I can’t wait to get out on track. There’s been some slight changes compared to last year and I’m looking forward to it. I enjoy the layout and I think the bike can work really well here; there’s some hard braking and some tight sections but I am interested to see how it goes. As a general rule, whenever everyone has been on the SC0 and I’ve been on the SC0, I’ve been better than when we’re all on the SCX, so it could work in our favour. However, there could be some rain so it will be important to put in laps on dry tyres and the ones that we’ll use.”

Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team): I hope this weekend, we can continue this form and continue fighting”

“To get my first podium with BMW at Donington Park was quite a special moment; all the weekend there was better progress from us. We were consistently top five or top six, which was good for the motivation and the spirit for myself and the team; it’s important to have these rounds and it was a weekend I really enjoyed. I’m confident that the changes we made will be good at other circuits like here at Most; whether we’re as good as Donington Park, I don’t know but I don’t think it will be as bad as previous races. Normally, when you change something fundamental on the bike, it changes the characteristics at each place you go. I hope this weekend, we can continue this form and continue fighting and be with the front guys for at least half of the race and learn more stuff that we can then develop.”

Oliver Konig (Orelac Racing VerdNatura): “It feels different; I sleep at home… I’d be so happy to stay with the team for 2023!”

“It feels different! It feels more like I’m going for training because normally I go on a Wednesday to the track and it’s different. This time, it’s Thursday and I sleep at home and everything. This is like I’m going just for training. It’s a little bit of a different feeling but I’m sure when I go to FP1, I will feel the same as the rounds before. We will speak after Most and we will know more but, for sure, I would be so happy to stay with the team because the team is amazing. Everybody supports me as much as possible. I’m very happy and I will be happy if I stay with them for next year.”

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MotoAmerica: Josh Hayes Subbing For Olmedo In Supersport At Brainerd

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-07-28 17:12

Josh Hayes Fills In For Kevin Olmedo on the N2 Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 in SuperSport.

Media, PA – July 2022 – Josh Hayes will ride the N2 Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 in the MotoAmerica SuperSport class at Brainerd International Raceway on July 29 – 31st. Josh will be riding in place of N2 Racing’s full-time SuperSport rider, Kevin Olmedo, who is recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome at home in El Salvador. Kevin is hopeful to make a quick recovery and rejoin the team, but there is no timeline for Olmedo’s return at the moment.

Josh Hayes is currently riding the N2 Racing/BobbleHeadMoto Yamaha YZF-R1 in the N2/WERA National Endurance Series by Dunlop where the team recently team scored their first overall win at Roebling Road Raceway. Hayes brings an incredible amount of experience to the team that will help develop the Yamaha YZF-R6 in Olmedo’s absence.

Josh Hayes – “I am very thankful that N2 has entrusted me their Yamaha YZF-R6 during this tough time. After riding with Kevin Olmedo and working with them at Roebling Road Raceway during the N2/WERA National Endurance Race, I know the level of the equipment and how tight they are as a team. I hope I can do a good job at Brainerd in Kevin’s absence, and I look forward to gridding up with Kevin soon.”

Shiloh Salopek (Crew Chief) – “I am saddened to hear about Kevin’s recent diagnosis.  Our team stands beside Kevin and his family during his road to recovery and we look forward to when he will be healthy enough to be back on his Yamaha YZF-R6 fighting for podiums.  I also would like to say thanks to Josh for being willing and able to fill in for Kevin at Brainerd International on such short notice.”

About N2: N2 – Ride, Race, Learn.

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

N2 Racing is proudly sponsored by: Dunlop Motorcycle Tire, Yamaha Motor Corporation USA, Dainese, BobbleHeadMoto, Karnes Performance, Trading Paint, GB Racing, Westby Racing, Attack Performance, Robem Engineering, Puig, Eazi Grip, ProBolt, SBS Brakes and Yamaha Champions Riding School.

For More Information: www.n2td.org

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MotoAmerica: Petrucci Aiming To Retake Superbike Point Lead At Brainerd

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-07-28 15:04

MotoAmerica Round 7 – Game on For Danilo Petrucci and Ducati as MotoAmerica Heads to Brainerd

The Great Lakes racetrack of Brainerd in Minnesota plays host to a crucial round seven on MotoAmerica 2022

Sunnyvale, Calif. — The iconic Upper Midwest racing facility of Brainerd International Raceway plays host to a crucial round of the 2022 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship this weekend.

Erstwhile championship leader Danilo Petrucci (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC) is in a determined mood after some much-needed rest and relaxation since the previous round at Laguna Seca, heading back to Italy to represent Ducati North America at the 2022 Word Ducati Week at Misano.

Petrucci knows this round is vital for his hopes of claiming a first MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, with the series effectively starting from zero as Jake Gagne is only three points clear of Petrucci, 215-212, with four rounds and potentially 200 points up for grabs.

Danilo Petrucci (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC – #9):

“After Laguna Seca, I went to Miami for a few days holiday, then went back home for the World Ducati Week,” Petrucci said. “It’s nice to see these people’s passion for Ducati and motorcycles in general. It was very hot, but a wonderful experience. It’s my third WDW, and it never disappoints. I had been testing in Brainerd a few months ago. It’s quite a unique track, and that test will greatly help us with the setup. I want to get back the title lead that I lost at Laguna, and I will be looking for the top step of the podium this weekend.”

The Brainerd MotoAmerica Superbike action kicks off on Friday, July 29 at 10:20 AM CDT with the opening practice session. Race one is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at 3:10 PM CDT and race two goes green on Sunday, July 31 at 3:10 PM CDT.

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MotoAmerica: RST Supplies Team Hammer For Ultimate Rider Safety

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-07-28 12:59

RST SUPPLIES TEAM HAMMER FOR THE ULTIMATE RIDER SAFETY

Team Hammer’s racers are relying on RST leathers once again during the 2022 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship season.

RST has been committed to providing the ultimate rider safety and protection for more than three decades. Its leathers have achieved remarkable success globally in both its racing and commercial pursuits by consistently delivering outstanding performance, protection, and value.

As part of the agreement with Team Hammer, Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki pilots Jake Lewis, Richie Escalante, Samuel Lochoff, Tyler Scott, and Liam Grant have been outfitted in RST’s top-of-the-line V4.1 Airbag one-piece leathers in ’22 and at times have crash tested the RST leathers.

Zoe Turner, RST’s Race Department Manager, said, “Following a successful 2021 season, culminating in winning the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, we were delighted to extend our agreement with Team Hammer for 2022. The team is once again wearing RST’s flagship one-piece leather suit, the V4.1, fitted with the very latest In&Motion airbag technology, offering the highest possible protection, style and comfort.

“The entire RST team is extremely proud to be working with Team Hammer again and we wish Richie, Jake, Sam, Tyler and Liam continued success!”

Constructed with a 60/40 ratio of the highest quality kangaroo and cowhide leathers, the V4.1 was developed to provide maximum protection and comfort in the most extreme competitive conditions. Featuring Aramid reinforcement, a full suite of level 2 CE certified armor, and integrated and upgradable airbag technology, the V4.1 was originally designed for use at the elite level. That security is available for street riders as well, as leathers featuring exact same specification and made alongside those worn by the Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki riders are available for purchase at all RST dealers.

“Our riders have crashed about 15 times so far this season and we need a quality product to keep them in the championship,” said Team Hammer’s Chris Ulrich. “The RST V4.1 suit is fantastic safety-wise but also easy to maintain. The airbag can be recharged without sending it back to the factory so it is a great product we rely on.”

ABOUT TEAM HAMMER

The 2022 season marks Team Hammer’s 42nd consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 129 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National races, have finished on AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National podiums 342 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 137 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.

About RST

RST is a British motorcycling apparel brand with market-leading presence in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

The brand’s racing pedigree is evident in its status of Official Safety Partner for the Isle of Man TT, along with the numerous race wins and championships its riders have achieved globally. RST riders for the 2022 season include Kenny Foray (FSBK & WEC), Sylvain Guintoli (EWC & MotoGP Test Rider), Alex Lowes (WSBK), Ian Hutchinson (16 x Isle of Man TT winner), Barry Baltus (Moto 2), Alan Techer (WEC). The team behind RST, the vast majority of which are passionate motorcyclists, have an obsession with safety and rider protection. Having been recently acquired by Bihr NV, the largest motorcycle parts, accessories and rider gear distributor in Continental Europe, RST is set for significant global growth thanks to its core principles of quality products alongside unrivalled value.

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MotoAmerica: How To Watch All The Action From Brainerd

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-07-28 12:22

MotoAmerica: How To Watch the MotoAmerica Superbikes at Minnesota

It’s All Here: How To Not Miss A Bit Of The Action

Everything you need to know to watch all the racing from Brainerd, MN!

 

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Aprilia Bringing Tuareg 660 Experience To Baja California, Mexico

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-07-28 11:44

APRILIA INTRODUCES THE TUAREG EXPERIENCE TO NORTH AMERICA, WITH A DREAM ADVENTURE RIDE THROUGH BAJA CALIFORNIA

APRILIA OFFERS THE POSSIBILITY TO ALL MOTORCYCLISTS TO DIVE INTO THE WORLD OF ADVENTURE ON THE SADDLE OF THE APRILIA TUAREG 660, THE NEW TECHNOLOGICAL REFERENCE AMONG ADVENTURE BIKES

NEW YORK – Born to explore the world and designed to be a companion in everyday adventures, offroad and on the road, the Aprilia Tuareg 660 is now available to all those who wish to test its qualities and satisfy their thirst for discovery.

A unique experiential opportunity for those who crave a mix of tarmac and terra firma, and environment that spans from coast to crestline, the Aprilia Tuareg Experience for Baja California is an evocative motorcycle journey that celebrates the best of Baja, with Italian performance and style.

The experience is a guided adventure which includes rental of an Aprilia Tuareg 660, as well as all meals and lodging. Spanning 6 total days, the activity begins in San Diego, California in a loop that brings the tour on and off-road to Ensenada, San Felipe, LA Bay, Cataviña and back north for an unforgettable journey that celebrates the best mix of dirt, asphalt, sea salt and petrol. Join Aprilia in the first North American activity of its kind, crossing borders and terrain, on the adventure categories most exciting new offering.

The tour will include a limited group participation, with an expectation of riding most of the day on each day, over a variety of technical roads and environments. Experienced motorcyclists, with a minimum intermediate capability of experience in dual-sport are encouraged to join. The itinerary will cover more than 1000 miles, over six days, which is detailed below.

Day 1 – San Diego – Ensenada

After arriving in San Diego to meet for a reception dinner the night before, guests are now ready to ride, and assigned their machines for the journey. The first day is a taste test of all terrain, from the coastline of San Diego, through the mountains and into the desert before cutting back through Mexico toward the coast for the night. The ride heads east through the Otay Mountain Wilderness, with a mix of twisty roads and off-road terrain before arriving at the Tecate border crossing into Baja California. Once over the border the group will head southwest through the villa de Guadelipe on the Ruta de Vino, and into Ensenada where the first day ends in time to appreciate the unmatched sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

Day 2 – Ensenada – San Felipe

The second day is not for the faint of heart, the tour goes full gas, nearly 275 miles the San Martir Mountains National Park, tracing the steps of the hill climb, to arrive at the Observatory for a beautiful lunch vista. The group heads down and out to the Gulf of California, where the second day of riding will end in San Felipe.

Day 3 – San Felipe to Bahia de los Angeles

The journey continues south on the third day, again taking in coastal views, this time from the east, mixing dirt and asphalt along the way. The trip begins to show the real capability of these middle weight bikes now as the road opens up in the desert landscape on the east side of baja. With the miles adding up the group arrives at the southernmost part of the trip, in the “Bay of LA”.

Day 4 – Bahia de Los Angeles to Cataviña

Heading north from Bahia de Los Angeles, the fourth day will be a test of mixed road conditions traversing the interior of Baja. A mixed desert landscape, the tour will navigate across the desert spending long stretches off-road. After many challenging miles in the desert, putting a kickstand down will be especially rewarding when arriving in Cataviña, with a chance to remove the boots, wash away the dust, and enjoy some well-deserved refreshment.

Day 5 – Cataviña to Ensenada

The tour heads to the Pacific coastline for the penultimate day of the activity, closing the loop as we head back into Ensenada. The coastline is celebrated for its open nature, giving the group many chances to take in sights turning in and out of the disparate coastline roads, asphalt, gravel, sand is all on the menu for the day, and with a bit of luck and good timing, some celebrated seafood of Ensenada before setting out on our final day.

DAY 6 – Ensenada to San Diego

On the last ride day, the tour takes a casual detour throughout the remaining coastal cities as the parade of Tuareg 660’s inch closer to the Tijuana border. A more casual day, mixed with a few sites, some last delicious bites, and a hope of limited traffic to arrive back in San Diego to complete the tour. With many miles, countless smiles, and some new riding stories the group wraps up with a nice meal before parting ways.

EVENT DETAILS

Aprilia Tuareg 660 Experience – Baja California

October 23-30, 2022

For More Information: http://www.aprilia.com/

Tickets Available at: https://aprilia.ticketspice.com/tuareg-experience-2022-baja

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MotoAmerica: Scholtz Going To Brainerd “More Determined Than Ever”

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-07-28 11:06

Westby Racing Is Ready To Go For The Maximum In Minnesota This Weekend 
 

Tulsa, OK – Round seven of the 2022 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship starts this Friday at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) in Brainerd, Minnesota.

For Westby Racing and their Superbike rider Mathew Scholtz, Brainerd is a critical round. The time is now to recover the valuable points lost in the championship hunt over the past few rounds and put the #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 on top of the podium in both MotoAmerica Superbike races this weekend.

BIR is a challenging road course, and some changes during the off-season should make for exciting racing. After MotoAmerica’s first visit to the upper Midwest venue last year, the track revised the curbing in turns 6 and 8, repaved the chicane, and improved turn 10, which should yield even quicker lap times this year, something that Mathew and the team look forward to after earning the pole position at Laguna Seca, MotoAmerica’s most-recent round.

Mathew has five runner-up finishes and a race win so far this season. He knows that he’s got the talent, the bike, and the team behind him to close the gap to current championship leader Jake Gagne.

“Unfortunately, we struggled at the two West Coast rounds,” Mathew said. “But we’re coming into Minnesota more determined than ever. I had two podium finishes last year at Brainerd, and with the improvements to the track this year, plus the improvements that we’ve made to our bike, I’m confident that we can challenge for two wins this weekend.”

Superbike final qualifying is on Saturday morning at 10:15 a.m. CT. Superbike race one will go green on Saturday afternoon at 3:10 p.m. CT and will be broadcast via tape delay on FOX Sports 2 (FS2) at 10 p.m. ET. Superbike race two is on Sunday afternoon also at 3:10 p.m. CT and will be broadcast via tape delay on FS2 at 7 p.m. ET.

For all the action from Brainerd International Raceway, as it happens, subscribe to MotoAmerica Live+, which is MotoAmerica’s live streaming and on-demand service. To find out more about how to watch MotoAmerica, click HERE

Meet Mathew, Get An Autographed Poster, And More 

Mathew will be available for autographs during the Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session, scheduled for 11 to 11:40 a.m. Sunday on pit lane at BIR. He and the team will be handing out free posters and T-shirts, so don’t miss it.

Check Out The Westby Racing Sponsor Showcase 

Eazi-Grip Racing Products and NGK Spark Plugs USA, Inc., are the featured team sponsors on display in the Westby Racing paddock area this race weekend, so be sure to stop by to say hello and learn about some of the companies that support the team.

For more updates about Westby Racing, including news, photos, and videos, visit https://www.WestbyRacing.com

Also, follow “Westby Racing” on your favorite social media sites.

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MotoAmerica: Josh Hayes Racing In Final Two Supersport Rounds

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-07-27 23:55

Four-time AMA Pro Superbike Champion Josh Hayes will race in the final two rounds of the 2022 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship.

“I’m excited to announce that the Squid Hunter guys called and they want to join up again and try to go win a couple more Supersport races in MotoAmerica,” Hayes announced Wednesday via a video on his social media accounts. “So, you guys will be seeing me riding that Squid Hunter #4 R6 Yamaha at New Jersey [Motorsports Park] and at Barber [Motorsports Park] to finish up the season, and hopefully, hunting will be good.”

After riding the Squid Hunter Yamaha YZF-R6 to a very close fourth-place finish in the MotoAmerica Daytona 200 in March, Hayes returned for a one-off appearance at VIRginia International Raceway and won MotoAmerica Supersport Race One.

The win at VIR was the 84th MotoAmerica/AMA race win of 47-year-old Hayes’ career. He is second behind all-time race win leader Miguel Duhamel, who has 86 victories.

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California Roadrace Association: Ketelsen, Prince Win Big At Buttonwillow

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-07-27 23:45

California Roadrace Association 2022 Round 3 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park:  Bryce Prince, Brenden Ketelsen, Jasmine Nichols Shine!

(Buttonwillow, CA) – California Roadrace Association (CRA) hosted the third round of the 2022 season at Buttonwillow Raceway Park July 23-24; sponsored by Dunlop Motorcycle Tires & Racer’s Edge Performance. Riders braved the heat which resulted in several exciting races running Configuration 1 in the clockwise direction. It was a bit of a departure for most racers as Config 13 is the standard most are accustomed to.

CRA’s “Racers First” focus continued this weekend with custom trophies for all race classes, podium celebrations, racer payouts and Fosters Freeze (Sanger, CA) hosting our first ever Saturday night Ice Cream Social along with our BBQ festivities. The ice cream was the perfect ending to a very hot day of racing.

“Peak temps hit 105 F trackside and I believe our racers felt the heat mirrored the energy in the paddock all weekend,” said CRA Co-Founder Lyle Geoffrey Brown.

Racing action started off with Jack Bakken, on his Wawa Racing BMW S1000RR, taking the win in the 18-lap 61DTC 1000GT race. He was followed in second place by a KTM 1290 Super Duke R-mounted by Eric Gulbransen and Steve Zoumaras aboard his Kawasaki ZX-10R in third.

Bryce Prince showed up on his BPR Tuning Yamaha R1 and dominated the weekend in  each class he entered. He took first in the TrackDaz Expert 1000 Superbike over Bakken on his Wawa Racing BMW S1000RR. Prince continued his victory streak taking P1 in the RIDERZLAW Gold Cup from pole position, with a blistering pace and best lap time of 1:48.796 over Brenden Ketelsen on his Graves Kawasaki ZX-6R. Prince completed the trifecta with a first in CTML Consultants Expert 1000 Supersport.

Ketelsen, on board his Graves Kawasaki ZX-6R, was ready for battle. He took wins in Blud Lubricants Expert 600 Supersport and Carters@theTrack Expert 600 Superbike over Declan Van Rosmalen and Keir Leonhardt, both riding Yamaha R6’s. In the 61DTC 600 GT 18-lap race, Ketelsen came in for the win with Cody Wyman on his Yamaha YZF-R7 edging out Declan for second place in the 600 GT Race.

Jasmine Nicols and Jesse Sims put on an absolute clinic this weekend racing every class their Ninja 400s were legal to enter. These two scrapped from start to finish! Nicols and Sims split wins in Feel Like a Pro 400 Superbike and Supersport along with Sims taking first over Nicols in the 16-lap Feel Like a Pro 400GT race. Nicols took the win in the Bellissimoto Twins GrandPix over Sims, In the Bellissimoto Battle of the Twins race, Justin Boronaro clinched first on board his Aprilia 660 with Sims and Nicols in tow.

“CRA wants to thank every racer and sponsor that supports and continues to support the club. Without their involvement, the vision of CRA would be unattainable. Us four founders believe in this project with every ounce of our being and to see it coming to fruition is astounding. We still have a long road ahead of us and will continue to grow and support club racing to the best of our ability,” said CRA Co-Founder Gigi Chow.

Round 4 of CRA competition will be held the weekend of August 20-21 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park on the super exciting and fast race Configuration 26 in counterclockwise direction.

For more information on CRA, visit their website at www.race-cra.com. Get licensed and let’s go racing.

#areyoucra #racecra #iamcra

CRA would like to thank their sponsors for their support:

Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, Racer’s Edge Performance, RiderzLaw, Feel Like A Pro, CTML Consultants, Motorsport Exotica, VnM Sport, TrackDaz, Let’s Ride Track Days, Carters@theTrack, Fun Track Dayz, Pirelli, 61 DTC, CT Racing, Blood x Sweat x Tears Vodka, Fosters Freeze (Sanger, CA), Blud Lubricants, Bellissimoto, AZAD Wheels, Action Sports Canopies, Boxo USA, Captit Performance, ASV, KYT Helmets, Thermal Technology, Mullico, LIFEAID/FITAID, Suspension Matters, Lieto Factory, CinePixel Productions, The Heights Restaurant & Bar, Cha Cha Cha Motorsports, Maria Cid Insurance Agency, 844-MY-MOTOW.

Round 3 Results

Bellissimo Twins GT

1. Cody Wyman (Yam YZF-R7)

2. Justin Bordonaro (Apr RS 660)

Feel Like A Pro 400 GT

1. Jessie Sims (Kaw 400)

2. Jasmin Nichols (Kaw 400)

3. Bernard Roman (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Stephen Ludwig (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Tony Nolley (Kaw 400)

6. Shaughn Reid (Kaw 400)

Motorsport Exotica Sportsman

1. Miguel Romero (Duc 1199)

2. Fernando Alvarez (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Christopher Morris (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Jaycee Sterling (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Ben Ingram (Duc 999)

6. Martin Robles (Yam YZF-R1)

61 DTC 1000 GT

1. Jack Bakken (BMW S1000RR)

2. Eric Gulbransen (KTM 1290 Super Duke R)

3. Steve Zoumaras (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Jaakko Tiisstola (BMW S1000RR)

5. Adi Nureddin (BMW S1000RR)

6. Dexter Stuart (Apr RSV4)

61 DTC 600 GT

1. Brenden Ketelsen (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Cody Wyman (Yam YZF-R7)

3. Declan Van Rosmalen (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Jeremy Tubman (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Fernando Alvarez  (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Blake Gentry  (Sun GSX-R600)

Ladies of CRA – Presented by Let’s Ride Trackdays

1. Shannon Deane (Apr RS 660)

2. Shelina Moreda (Duc Hypermotard)

3. Jasmine Nichols (Kaw 400)

4. Mercedes Cook (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Erinn Merlo (Kaw 400)

6. Julia Braverman (BMW S1000RR)

BST Vodka Formula 40 Heavyweight

1. David Price (BMW S1000RR)

2. Wes Farnsworth (APR RSV4)

3. Tyler Bojarsky (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Terry Heard (BMW S1000RR)

5. Fabrice Vilder (Yam YZF-R1)

6. Jaakko Tiistola (BMW S1000RR)

BST Vodka Formula 40 Middleweight

1. Oscar Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Keir Leonhart (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Jeremy Taubman (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Michael Kim (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Carlo Manalo (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Ben Tilley (Yam YZF-R6)

Feel Like a Pro Amateur 400 Superbike

1. Jordan Colon (Yam YZF-R3)

2. Tony Nolley (Kaw 400)

3. Bernard Roman (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Mercedes Cook (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Erinn Merlow (Kaw 400)

6. Shaughn Reid (Kaw 400)

Feel Like a Pro Expert 400 Superbike

1. Jasmin Nichols (Kaw 400)

2. Jesse Sims (Kaw 400)

3. Christopher Lee (Yam YZF-R3)

Mullico Amateur 1000 Superbike

1. Aleks Palacios (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Jaycee Sterling (Suz GSX-R1000)

3. Martin Robles (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Joshua Scott (Apr RSV4)

TrackDaz Expert 1000 Superbike

1. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Jack Bakken (BMW S1000RR)

3. Wes Farnsworth (Apr RSV4)

4. Jason Rodriguez (Yam YZF-R1)

5. Matthew Testa (Yam YZF-R1)

6. Anibal Ivan Arias (BMW S1000RR)

Bellissimo Battle of the Twins

1. Justin Bordonaro (Apr RS 660)

2. Jesse Sims (Kaw 400)

3. Jasmine Nichols (Kaw 400)

Blud Lubricants Expert 600 Supersport

1. Brenden Ketelsen (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Declan Van Rosmalen (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Keir Leonhardt (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Oscar Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Igor Sakalov (MV Agusta F3)

6. Michael Kim (Yam YZF-R6)

LifeAid Amateur 600 Supersport

1. Christopher Morris (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Fernando Alvarez (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Chad Pocher (Tri  675R)

4. Josh Martin (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Frank Haro (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Carlo Manalo (Yam YZF-R6)

BST Vodka F40 Lightweight

1. Jesse Sims (Kaw 400)

2. Shaughn Reid (Kaw 400)

3. Christopher Lee (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Erinn Merlo (Kaw 400)

5. Santiago Avila (Yam YZF-R3)

6. Tom Nichols (Kaw GPz550)

American Iron presented by Fosters Freeze (Sanger, CA)

1. Joshua Nichols (H-D)

2. Chris Rivas (H-D FLTR)

3. Jacob Praschnik (H-D XR1200)

4. Michael Kelly (H-D Sportster)

Formula E

1. Patrick McBride (Energica Ego+ RS)

Modern Vintage

1. Edward Hearn

Riderzlaw Gold Cup

1. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Brenden Ketelsen (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Jack Bakken (BMW S1000RR)

4. Jason Rodriguez (Yam YZF-R1)

5. Wes Farnsworth (Apr RSV4)

6. Terry Heard (BMW S1000RR)

7. Tyler Bojarsky (Yam YZF-R1)

8. Jaakko Tiistola (BMW S1000RR)

9. Steve Zoumaras (Kaw ZX-10R)

Feel Like A Pro Amateur 400 Supersport

1. Jordon Colon (Yam YZF-R3)

2. Bernard Roman (Yam YZF-R3)

3. Shaughn Reid (Kaw 400)

4. Santiago Avila (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Erinn Merlo (Kaw 400)

6. Mercedes Cook (Yam YZF-R3)

Feel Like A Pro Expert 400 Supersport

1. Jesse Sims (Kaw 400)

2. Jasmin Nichols (Kaw 400)

3. Christopher Lee (Yam YZF-R3)

Bellissimoto Twins Grand Prix

1. Jasmine Nichols (Kaw 400)

2. Jesse Sims (Kaw 400)

Carters@theTrack Expert 600 Superbike

1.Brenden Ketelsen (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Declan Van Rosmalen (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Keir Leonhardt (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Igor Sakalov (MV Agusta F3)

5. Michael Kim (Yam YZF-R6)

Fun Track Dayz Amateur 600 Superbike

1. Fernando Alvarez (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Mujahid Umar (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Josh Martin (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Carlo Manalo (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Frank Haro (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Ben Tilley (Yam YZF-R6)

CTML Consultants Expert 1000 Supersport

1. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Jack Bakken (BMW S1000RR)

3. Steve Zoumaras (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Alex White (Yam YZF-R1)

LIFEAID Amateur 1000 Supersport

1. Jaycee Sterling (Suz GSX-R1000)

2. Martin Robles (Yam YZF-R1)

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PanAmerican Superbike: Mesa Wins Feature Race At Homestead

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-07-27 19:29

PanAmerican SuperBike (PanAmSBK) returned home on July 23 & 24 to South Florida for Round 7 of the 2022 championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. While the temps were high, the racing was hotter on the track.

The Sunoco SuperBike 1000 Grande Corsa saw a battle of two MotoAmerica racers, Stefano Mesa and Maximiliano Gerardo, against each other from start to finish. Maximiliano was on pole with 1:24.103, and Stefano starting in P2 with a 1:24.642. The qualifying times were an indication of how the race would unfold. Throughout the twelve lap Grande Corsa race, we witnessed eight lead changes across the line. Lap after lap, these two were putting in laps that were less than a tenth of second of each other. At the checkered, it was Mesa with the win by 0.079 seconds!

The start of the sprint races began with a 24 racer field in the SuperStock 600. We would witness another close race from start to finish. Fernando Silva was on pole with his brother Bruno Silva in P2 and Christian Miranda in P3. On the first lap, Christian wasted no time getting to the front to lead the pack across the line with Fernando firmly planted on his rear wheel. Lap after lap, their lap times were less than 0.200 seconds apart that set up another photo finish. At the checkered, Fernando was able to edge out Christian by 0.129 seconds.

With Homestead-Miami Speedway being a home track for many of the PanAmSBK racers, it was no surprise to see familiar faces on the podiums. Stefano Mesa’s return to the PanAmSBK grid resulted in two race wins for him. Max Angles found his form again with two race wins in the Expert Sunoco SuperBike 600 and Expert SuperStock 600 classes. Adrian Mitchell, the fastest barber on wheels, rode away with two wins in the Expert Production Twins class. JM Padron swept the Expert Euro Light with race wins in the Grande Corsa and Sprint race.

Isaac Woodworth continues to impress. Isaac finished the weekend with wins in the Amateur SuperStreet 300 Grande Corsa and Sprint races. Along with his race wins, he set a new class record with his 1:43.544 during the Grande Corsa race. His race wins and lap record was not the only impressive results of the weekend. In a 22 racer grid composed of 300’s, 390’s, and 400’s, this young gun finished in the overall top 3 in both races, only beaten by racers on 400’s.

Eduardo Aguayo is a face you would recognize on the SuperStreet 300 podium. This round he decided to try his hand out with motorcycle with a bit more displacement. Aboard a KTM 890 Duke, Eduardo rode the duke to two race wins in the Amateur Formula Twins class and two race wins in the Euro Light class.  Once he got comfortable with the bike at race pace, he went on to set the Formula Twin class record during the sprint race, and also set the class lap record for the Euro Light.

Next month, PanAmSBK heads back to Bloomingdale, GA for Round 8 at Roebling Road Raceway. As we saw last month with the repaved track, more lap records will surely be falling. PanAmSBK is still running their promotion for free weekend race license to any current licensed racers (WERA, CCS, AHMRA, etc) new to the series. If you’re thinking of coming to see what all the talk is about, now’s your chance. Don’t get left behind!

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PanAmerican SuperBike 2022 Round 7 Results

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Ducati Race Of Champions Panigale V4s Are Sold Out

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-07-27 18:36

The Panigale V4 S of the Lenovo Race of Champions are All Sold-out

Borgo Panigale, Bologna, July 27, 2022 – The Panigale V4 S of the Lenovo Race of Champions on Saturday of World Ducati Week 2022, which were put on sale online on the afternoon of Monday, July 25, were all sold in a few hours. These are unique examples, customized with the racing liveries of the riders and with a laser engraving of their logo with the name of each of them on the triple clamp.

 

The top triple clamp of Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia’s Race of Champions Ducati. Photo courtesy Ducati.

 

The best enthusiastic Ducati customers globally were given priority for this reserved online sale.

“The Lenovo Race of Champions was, together with the parade, the most exciting aspect of this eleventh edition of World Ducati Week,” said Patrizia Cianetti, Ducati Marketing and Communications Director. “The tens of thousands of fans connected via live streaming or watching the international TVs that broadcast the race, together with the extraordinary cheering from the stands of the circuit, once again confirm Ducati’s ability to give life to unique experiences that fuel the passion and the enthusiasm of the fans of the brand from all over the world. The successful online sale of the Panigale V4 S further strengthens this result”.

 

The Panigale V4 S ridden by Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia to victory in the Race of Champions at Misano was the second bike sold, after Jack Miller’s machine. Photo courtesy Ducati.

 

The sale began on the afternoon of July 25 and was reserved for Ducati’s best enthusiastic customers, who could access the digital platform to purchase the bike of their idol.

In the first few minutes after the system was opened, Jack Miller’s number 43 bike was sold, followed by the number 63 of Pecco Bagnaia, winner of the race, and the number 5 of Johann Zarco. In the following hours, all the others were sold.

 

Each rider autographed their personalized machine before it was sold. Photo courtesy Ducati.

 

“The Panigale V4 S of the Lenovo Race of Champions are unique collector’s items. The global success of the race further contributed to their value. We decided to give priority to our best enthusiastic customers: a way to thank them and to continue to fuel their enthusiasm for our bikes,” said Francesco Milicia, VP Global Sales & After Sales Ducati. “The choice of the online sale was made in line with our strategy of using digital services to extend and improve the experience of Ducatisti and, in this specific case, to give immediate access to everyone at the same time throughout the world. The speed with which the bikes were sold confirms that many were connected and looking forward to the platform’s opening”.

Ducati is a pioneer in the adoption of digital technologies to engage, entertain and cultivate the passion of the vast community of its fans around the world. This sale confirms the strategic nature of digital services to offer a unique and satisfying experience to its fans worldwide.

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MotoAmerica: Team Hammer Trusts R&G In MotoAmerica Competition

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-07-27 17:14

TEAM HAMMER TRUSTS R&G IN MOTOAMERICA COMPETITION

Team Hammer has partnered with R&G again in the 2022 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship for crash protection products.

Based in the United Kingdom, R&G has earned its reputation for innovation and quality by producing a class-leading line of race-proven and stylish aftermarket sportbike accessories designed specifically for motorcycle protection.

Every Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R has been fitted with R&G engine covers, radiator screens, and chain guards, among other R&G products, to help protect the racebikes in the event of a crash.

R&G Managing Director Simon Hughes said, “After an incredible season in 2021 which saw them secure the MotoAmerica Supersport title, we were really excited to be back sponsoring Team Hammer again for 2022 as they compete in the Superbike and Supersport classes. The MotoAmerica series continues to go from strength to strength, so this is a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to expand our reach in racing paddocks across the globe.”

R&G utilizes high-density polyethylene, aircraft- grade metals and ABS plastic in its products range, which also include sliders, exhaust and tank protectors, side stands, and crash bars. Designed via the innovative use of 3D scanning and CNC machining, R&G ensures the perfect fit for the more than 50,000 products it produces for more than 400 bike models.

“We rely on R&G’s line of products to protect the vital parts of our motorcycles during a crash and help keep our riders in the race,” said Team Hammer’s Chris Ulrich. “We had instances in the 2021 season when we earned points after a crash and this was absolutely critical in our MotoAmerica Supersport Championship run.”

 

About R&G

R&G is the world’s number one manufacturer of motorcycle crash protection and the only such one to be awarded insurance approval.

Formed in 1999 with the express intention of designing, manufacturing and distributing quality crash protection for motorcycles, R&G now offers nearly 5,000 SKUs for hundreds of bikes.

R&G’s products have won numerous awards from a variety of trade and consumer motorcycle press and they are used to protect and enhance the machines of many teams and riders in the British Superbike and club racing paddocks. The Company invests heavily in the motorcycle industry every year and 2022 is the eighth consecutive season R&G will be the ‘Official Crash Protection Supplier’ to the British Superbike Championship; with a dedicated support service attending each round. Also entering its eighth year is the R&G Rookies’ Trophy, which helps to promote young and up-and-coming riders in the BSB paddock..

R&G is also continuing to offer all ACU, SACU and MCUI motorcycle race license holders 10% discount on its products

The Company employs 50 people, plus field-based agents, and, due to the global growth of its business, constantly expands its purpose-built industrial units near Alton, Hampshire, England.

 

ABOUT TEAM HAMMER

The 2022 season marks Team Hammer’s 42nd consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 129 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National races, have finished on AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National podiums 342 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 137 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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WorldSBK: Gerloff Wants To Show His “Real Potential” At Autodrom Most

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-07-27 16:54

GYTR GRT YAMAHA WORLDSBK TEAM ENTER HALFWAY STAGE OF SEASON AT MOST

The GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team is gearing up for the sixth round of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship campaign at Autodrom Most, with Garrett Gerloff and Kohta Nozane eager to a enjoy a strong weekend on Czech soil.

Two weeks ago in Donington, Gerloff scored a solid seventh in Race 1 after showing good speed to claim the fastest lap in Free Practice 3. The American then finished 10th and 11th respectively in the Superpole Race and Race 2.

The 26-year-old heads into the weekend aiming to build on his promising pace, and hopes to convert his speed into an improved position in qualifying and the races at Most.

On the other side of the box, Nozane unfortunately missed out points in the British round, but made progress throughout the weekend. The Japanese rider is eager to improve this weekend and add more points to his 2022 tally.

After the Free Practice sessions and Superpole qualifier, Race 1 will get underway at 14:00 local time (GMT +2) on Saturday, with Race 2 starting exactly 24 hours later on Sunday, following the SPRC at 11:00.
 

Garrett Gerloff #31:

“Thankfully we have another race weekend just two weeks after Donington. The British one was not the best for us, but we still learned some good lessons, and I really want to show our real potential in Most. Let’s see what will happen, looking at the weather we might have tricky conditions, but I just want to jump back on track and be fast.”
 

Kohta Nozane #3:

“Donington was a tough weekend for us, but luckily we have another round to show that we can fight further up the grid. We might try something different to be faster and I really look forward to getting out there, where we can see whether these changes will translate into better results.”

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MotoAmerica: Gagne Takes Slim Superbike Championship Lead To Brainerd

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-07-27 16:08

Defending Champion Gagne Leads MotoAmerica Medallia Superbikes To Land Of 10,000 Lakes

Jake Gagne Leads The Charge To Brainerd International Raceway, July 29-31
 

IRVINE, CA (July 27, 2022) – How do you make up for two non-finishes in the first three rounds of the MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Championship? Well, you win seven of the 10 races that you do finish. And if you accomplish all that, your name is Jake Gagne.

For the first time in 2022, defending MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Champion Gagne is atop the championship standings, albeit by just three points over Danilo Petrucci, as the series heads to Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota this week for round seven of the 10-round (20-race) championship.

Gagne took the lead in the title chase at the last round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. He did so with a sweep of the two races on the Monterey Peninsula, his third and fourth race wins in a row and his sixth and seventh wins of the season.

Gagne’s Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing teammate Cameron Petersen has coined the phrase “Jake doing Jake things.” And that’s exactly what Gagne did at Laguna Seca. Although he failed to get pole position for the first time all season (that went to Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz), Gagne was perfect in the two races. “Jake doing Jake things” is basically leading into the first corner, throwing down two to five really fast laps, then maintaining his advantage to the finish. And having a bit of fun to boot. Then, in the post-race press conference, Gagne tells us that the next race will be closer and that the “boys” will be fighting with him for the win. Liar, liar, pants on fire… at least so far.

Unfortunately for the rest of the MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike field, Gagne is now as comfortable or even more so with his Yamaha YZF-R1 than he was a season ago. The change came at Road America but didn’t pay dividends until round five at the Ridge Motorsports Park when Gagne swept to two race wins. Gagne being comfortable is a bad thing for the competition. In case you’ve been living in a cave, a “comfortable” Gagne won 17 races last year en route to the title.

So, what will it take to stop the Gagne train? It will take someone stepping up. Ironically, it will take one of the Big Four (which obviously includes Gagne) to start doing “Jake things.”

So far, the man most likely to do that is Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC’s Danilo Petrucci, with the Italian just three points behind and the only rider other than Gagne to win more than one race. Petrucci has won three, though those three came in the first three races and seem like a distant memory to the former MotoGP winner. Most thought Laguna was going to be Petrucci’s best hope of winning again. After all, it was a track he knew and a track where Loris Baz, the rider Petrucci replaced on the Ducati Panigale V4 R, finished a fighting second to Gagne in both races a year earlier at Laguna.

Petrucci finished third and second in the two races at Laguna, but he was 4.6 seconds behind in race one and 5.5 seconds behind in race two. Petrucci, however, is still firmly entrenched in this title battle, thanks to an amazing run of consistency that has seen him land on the podium in 10 of the 12 races.

Thus, Petrucci goes to Brainerd, a track he has yet to race on (he did a track day there earlier this year) and a track where Gagne won both races a season ago, trailing by just three points and knowing that stopping Gagne needs to happen quickly if there’s any hope of taking his championship away.

Petersen moved to third in the championship point standings at Laguna Seca, the South African on a current run of five straight podiums that pushed him past countryman Mathew Scholtz with the Westby Racing rider crashing out of race two for his second non-finish of the season.

Petersen has the advantage (or disadvantage?) of watching how Gagne goes about his business from close-up. So far, he’s taken advantage of being on the most successful team in the paddock with his best season to date, but like the others he’s trying to figure out how to stop his teammate – especially in the early laps. Petersen also gained confidence by beating Petrucci in a straight fight in race one at Laguna.

Scholtz hopes to bounce back from a less-than-stellar performance in California where the Westby rider was fourth in race one prior to the aforementioned crash in race two – scoring 11 points to Petersen’s 36. Thus, Petersen now leads Scholtz by five points heading to BIR.

The first of the non-Big Four is Tytlers Cycle Racing’s Hector Barbera, the Spaniard scoring sixth- and fifth-place finishes at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Richie Escalante is coming off his best Superbike weekend to date with two fourth-place finishes as the 2020 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion continues his impressive rookie season of Superbike racing. Escalante trails Barbera by 18 points and leads PJ Jacobsen, Barbera’s Tytlers Cycle Racing teammate, by 12 points.

The injured Jake Lewis is eighth in the championship and hopeful of being healthy enough to race at Brainerd. The Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki rider suffered a broken thumb that required surgery in his crash at Ridge Motorsports Park and was forced to miss the Laguna round. Lewis is just six points ahead of Aftercare Hayes Scheibe Racing’s Ashton Yates, the Georgian having an off weekend at Laguna and leaving California with just three points from the two races.

The battle for 10th in the championship is heated with Yates, Tytlers Cycle/RideHVMC Racing’s Travis Wyman currently holding the spot but just four points ahead of his teammate Corey Alexander and 10 points ahead of Disrupt Racing’s Hayden Gillim.

The first of two Medallia Superbike races at Brainerd International Raceway will take place on Saturday, July 30 at 3:10 p.m. Sunday’s 20-lap race two will also take place at 3:10 p.m.

BIR Pre-Race Superbike Notes…

Last year marked the return of AMA Superbike racing to Brainerd International Raceway with MotoAmerica bringing the championship back to Minnesota after a 17-year hiatus. The winner in 2004… Jake Zemke, who serves as rider coach and manager for several riders in the MotoAmerica paddock.

In addition to AMA Superbike racing, Brainerd International Raceway (nee Donneybrooke Speedway) also hosted the World Superbike Championship for three years – 1989, 1990 and 1991.

History Lesson: Three-time 500cc World Champion and MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey never lost an AMA Superbike race at Brainerd International Raceway. In 1983, Rainey beat Mike Baldwin and Wes Cooley to take victory on his Kawasaki; in 1986, he beat Fred Merkel and Gary Goodfellow to take the win on a Honda; and in 1987, he topped Kevin Schwantz to take his third AMA Superbike win at BIR, again on a Honda.

With his two victories at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca a few weeks ago, Jake Gagne now has 24 career AMA Superbike wins, which puts him seventh on the all-time AMA Superbike win list. Gagne is four wins behind former AMA and World Superbike Champion Ben Spies. The Texan is sixth with 28 wins.

Jake Gagne won both MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike races last year. Gagne beat Bobby Fong and Mathew Scholtz in race one and Scholtz and Loris Baz in race two.

In addition to winning both races, Gagne also earned pole position via his 1:29.898 in qualifying. Gagne was joined on the front row by Baz and Scholtz. Since 2021 was the first visit of the MotoAmerica series to BIR and the first on the layout that differs substantially from the one used in 2004, Gagne’s qualifying lap was also a lap record.

As for fastest race laps, Gagne nailed that as well with his 1:29.922 from race two the fastest from his two race wins and almost as fast as his qualifying record.

Thirty-seven Superbike riders will attempt to qualify for the two Medallia Superbike races at BIR.

About MotoAmerica

MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Canadian Superbike: More From Atlantic Motorsport Park

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2022-07-26 19:14

Young takes a Double Win and Pole at Shubie

After a two-year hiatus from racing on the East Coast, Ben Young returned with a vengeance, securing the double-win and pole position at Atlantic Motorsports Park. Just like Young’s last visit to Shubie in 2019, the track brought the heat and the drama, making for a fantastic weekend’s racing.

The excitement kicked off on Friday with the Superpole session in which Young and title rival Alex Dumas tied for pole position. Young crossed the line with seconds to spare to complete a clean flying lap, and ended up putting in a 1:07.521 – matching Dumas to the thousands of a second. Confusion ensued as this was unprecedented in the Canadian Superbike Championship. Ultimately, Young and Dumas would both earn the full 4 championship points for pole position, and grid positions for the race would come down to a coin toss. Young won the coin toss and had his sights set on the top of the box for the weekend’s races.

With a heat warning in effect, the lights went out to start race one of the premier superbike class. Young had a great start off of the line going into turn one in second position. The Van Dolder’s BMW M1000RR was solid throughout the typically rough track, and Young put on a great show for fans putting pressure on first position, even swapping paint at one point. The pair were wheel to wheel for the first half of the race, and eventually the pressure was too much for Dumas. Entering turn five, Dumas crashed out and Young took first position. Young won the race, earning him his 8th national Superbike victory and significantly increasing his championship lead.

Sunday came with no relief from the heat, but fans would be rewarded with great racing. The start of the race was slightly delayed due to some spitting rain. This would continue on and off for the race, though more as a “mental rain”, as it was evaporating on the tarmac as quickly as it fell. Young got off the line and slotted into 3rd position on the first lap behind Dumas and Trevor Daley. Young navigated his BMW by Daley and made the chase for the lead by the second lap, but had to make up what was now a two-second gap to first position. Young put in consistent pace and made a pass on Dumas to take first position. Despite the spitting rain and hot temperatures, Dumas kept pushing and Young let him past, falling into second and allowing his rival to set the pace of the race. With two laps to go, Young got a great drive onto the back straight and retook first position. Feeling comfortable, he put in a couple of flying laps and went on to take his second win in as many days at Shubie.

Having accomplished full points at Atlantic Motorsports Park, Young now holds a strong 31-point advantage in the Canadian Superbike Championship going into the final round at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in a few weeks, where he hopes to secure his second Championship title.

Of the weekend, Young had this to say: “It was great to be back East at by far the most technical track we visit. We had two very different races with all sorts of situations thrown our way. It was great to walk away with another double win this year and extend the points on the championship lead”

The next, and final round is a triple-header held August 12-14th at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport), Bowmanville, ON – a track which always brings out great racing.

Young’s partners for his 2022 CSBK Championship season include; BMW Motorrad Canada, Van Dolder’s Home Team, Scot-Build Developments Inc, Parts Canada, HJC Helmets, Alpinestars, Hindle Exhaust, Barrie Trim and Mouldings, Clearlite, Primitive Patterns, DP Brakes, Alpha Racing and Vass Performance Cycle.

To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.BenYoungRacing.com, www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter and Instagram: @benyoung_86.

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