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Royal Enfield BTR Road Race Season Starts At VIR

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2022-05-17 18:19

LADIES – START YOUR ENGINES! ROYAL ENFIELD BTR ROAD RACING KICKS OFF AT VIR

Fifteen women ready for 2022 BUILD. TRAIN. RACE. opening round this weekend at Virginia International Raceway.

Milwaukee, WI (Tuesday, May 17, 2022) – Women racers and builders are reaching new heights in road racing in 2022, where the groundbreaking Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. (BTR) program is getting ready to ignite the biggest season yet. Fifteen women from across the country from different age groups and varied backgrounds will come together for the six-round exhibition series, starting this weekend, May 20-22, as part of the MotoAmerica venue at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.

“This is a landmark year for Build. Train. Race.,” said Breeann Poland, Marketing and Communications Lead – Royal Enfield Americas. “Last year was incredible; we received such support from fans and the industry. And this year, everything is twice the size—our field of riders, our schedule and our presence in the MotoAmerica paddock. We’re really going to wow people with a full grid of riders from all levels of experience. Among our new and returning riders, we can already see that the level of competition has come up. These ladies are going to put on a great show this season.”

From the excruciating process of handpicking participants over the winter, including new and returning racers, the BTR crew assisted each woman in the “Build” phase of the program. Generous sponsorship comes from Parts Unlimited, S&S Cycle, Harris Performance, Dunlop, Maxima Racing Oils, BOXO USA, Öhlins USA Suspension and Arai Helmets.

Each of the 15 participants received a Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 motorcycle that they spent three months designing and building. The “Train” phase included a recent test session at Barber Motorsports Park with Sportbike Track Time, where the BTR Road Race women all got on the track together for the first time. With some guidance and mentorship from Melissa Paris, racers were able to dial in their Continental GT 650 motorcycles, and the entire field demonstrated that they are ready to race.

 

 

Each BTR participant designs and builds her own unique race bike from a Royal Enfield Continental GT 650. Photo by Jen Muecke, courtesy Royal Enfield.

“It was so nice to get to meet all of my new teammates and see the returning ladies, who have become close friends of mine,” said returning rider Trisha Dahl (31, Minneapolis, Minnesota). “I’m proud of how fast I’ve progressed, but this new crop of ladies has far more experience, and it shows. Our first race is coming fast, and competition will be fierce, but we’re all coming together as a team to represent Royal Enfield North America, and it will be a beautiful sight when we all line up on that grid for the first time this season.”

For first-time participants such as Jessica Martin (38, Savannah, Georgia), the upcoming VIR race is fast arriving. “The opening round seemed so far away, now it’s here and I’m overcome with emotions,” said Martin. “The Build and Train portions were very encouraging and confidence inspiring. You could say I believe in me more than I ever have. The camaraderie among the team is what stands out most. We are here to help each other reach our goals, while also competing. It’s very amazing, intense and enlightening. And now, it’s go time!”

Above all else, the Build. Train. Race. paddock represents an atmosphere of support and encouragement for women racers, nurturing talent and inspiring both new and veteran riders to get out on the track. In a hotbed of national-level competition, the inviting nature of BTR continues to attract the attention of fans, industry and sponsors to the unique concept, now in its second year within the MotoAmerica FIM North American Road Race Championship.

“We are very happy to see the return of the Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. program to MotoAmerica for the 2022 season,” said MotoAmerica COO Chuck Aksland. “It’s an innovative program. From the application process, to having the participants build their own race bikes in three months, to training, getting licensed and then going racing—that’s a lot of commitment from the BTR women.

“Last year the program was a big hit with the fans. Bike builds were very creative and it was cool to see the racers’ personalities come out in the look and design of their Continental GT 650 motorcycles. Having Melissa Paris as their mentor means that the women have the right person to go to for advice on how to hone their skills. Last year we could see the riders improve race by race and with more bikes on the grid this year, I’m sure competition will rise to another level. We look forward to watching the first round next weekend at VIR.”

THE RIDERS

Find bios on all 15 BTR Road Race women at the Build. Train. Race. website.

2022 BTR Road Racing Roster

Kayla Theisler, 26, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Michaela Trumbull, 29, Sheridan, Wyoming

Alyssa Bridges, 31, Orange County, California

Trisha Dahl, 31, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bridgette LeBer, 29, Port Angeles, Washington

Ash Truxal, 31, Oakland, California

Chloe Peterson, 31, Steger, Illinois

Cora Tennyson, 36, Brandenburg, Kentucky

Crystal Martinez, 34, Thousand Oaks, California

Hannah Stockton, 23, Kansas City, Missouri

Jenny Chancellor, 46, Tumwater, Washington

Jessica Martin, 38, Savannah, Georgia

Kayleigh Buyck, 30, Sodus, New York

Nicole Pareso, 34, Carrolton, Ohio

Patty Paul, 57, Berrien Springs, Michigan

THE SCHEDULE
 
2022 Royal Enfield BTR Road Racing Schedule

May 20-22 (Rnd 1) Virginia Int’l Raceway, Alton, VA

Jun 3-5 (Rnd 2) Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI

Jul 29-31  (Rnd 3) Brainerd Int’l Raceway, Brainerd, MN

Aug 19-21 (Rnd 4) Pittsburgh Int’l Race Complex, Wampum, PA

Sep 9-11  (Rnd 5) New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ

Sep 23-25 (Rnd 6) Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL
More information 2022 MotoAmerica

THE SPONSORS

The 2022 Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. programs (Road Race and Flat Track) are made possible by the participation of our generous sponsors. Our continued thanks to all our supporting companies behind BTR.

2022 Build. Train. Race. Sponsors

Parts Unlimited

Harris Performance

S&S Cycle

Dunlop

Maxima Racing Oils

BOXO USA

Öhlins USA Suspension

Arai Helmets

 

Ash Truxal gets the tire warmers going during the Sportbike Track Time day at Barber. Photo by Jen Muecke, courtesy Royal Enfield.

 

Bridgette LeBer (21) is crossing over from the BTR Flat Track side, where she raced the 2021 season. Photo by Jen Muecke, courtesy Royal Enfield.

 

The BTR women do their own wrenching in the paddock, as Kayleigh Buyck demonstrates. Photo by Jen Muecke, courtesy Royal Enfield.

 

Jenny Chancellor (19) of Tumwater, Washington is among 10 new women joining the BTR Road Racing program for 2022. Photo by Jen Muecke, courtesy Royal Enfield.

About Royal Enfield

The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the midsize motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market.

Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 150 dealers in North America, including the contiguous U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the all-new Meteor 350, Himalayan and the 650 Twins (INT 650 and Continental GT 650) motorcycles, along with a range of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories and apparel.

For more information on Royal Enfield North America, visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/, www.Instagram.com/RoyalEnfield_NA, www.Facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica.

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New Jersey Motorsports Park Adding More Exotic Car Garages

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2022-05-17 17:40

Offering up to 3,000 sq/ft floorplans for car and motorcycle enthusiasts

Expanded Exotic Car Garage Development Announced at NJMP

Customize Your Dream Garage Overlooking Thunderbolt Raceway

New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) is excited to announce that Phase VI and VII of its Exotic Car Garage development will break ground September 2022 for completion January 2023.  Adding to the 30 units sold during the first five phases, strong demand among car and motorcycle enthusiasts for the private garage condominiums overlooking NJMP’s Thunderbolt Raceway is driving the expansion.

“Each unit is fully customizable for the personal needs and tastes of its owner,” commented Brad Scott, President and COO of NJMP.  “The diversity and creativity evident in each unit is remarkable – the owners are as passionate about their garages as they are about their car and bike hobby!”

Offering a 3,000 sq/ft option for the first time, the two new 7500 sq/ft buildings will continue development along Thunderbolt Raceway toward NJMP’s Clubhouse and Finish Line Pub.

“It’s a community of people sharing their love of motorsports,” added Al Phillips, an exotic car garage owner and Driver Club member.  “The exotic car garages allow you to have everything you need right there at the track, and the Drivers Club and Riders Club membership programs give you many opportunities to enjoy the two world-class tracks at NJMP.  My garage condominium is not just a home for my cars and workshop, but also a special place to entertain family, friends, and business associates, and to unwind and relax after a fun day on the track.”

Fellow racer and exotic car garage owner John Gatzemeyer credits exotic car garage ownership for taking his motorsports experience to the next level.  “To be around more people and more events than would be possible otherwise has allowed me to become involved in new clubs and activities, ones I really enjoy as a participant or as a casual observer.”  He noted that his family and friends are able to share in the fun too, whether it be for motorsports events or NJMP’s concerts, food trucks, and other non-motorsport offerings.  “My exotic car garage condominium provides a comfortable way for them to share in the environment and amenities at NJMP.”

Each garage reflects its owner’s interests and passion, customized with lifts, workshops, and storage solutions; entertainment features such as theater rooms, bars and kitchenettes, billiards and patios; practical amenities such as office space, bathrooms and laundry; or unique spaces to display collectibles and trophies.  Watch what 2 Girls Racing have to share about their garage:  2 Girls Racing Exotic Car Garage Tour .

Those interested in learning more about Phase VI and VII of the Exotic Car may contact Charity Giovanelli, Real Estate Sales Associate by calling (856) 327-7248 or by emailing CGiovanelli@njmp.com.  Refundable deposits to reserve a unit are now being accepted for Phase VI and VII.  And for those who do not want to wait, the last two Phase V units are currently available to close by June 8, 2022 for immediate occupancy!

 

 

 

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WorldSBK: BMW Riders Test Ahead Of Estoril Round

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2022-05-17 16:41

BMW Motorrad Motorsport in WorldSBK: Next stop, Estoril.

Round three of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship at Estoril, Portugal.
50 years of BMW M: BMW Motorrad Motorsport part of the anniversary weekend.
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and Bonovo action BMW Racing Team have been testing at Oschersleben and Portimão.

Estoril. This weekend, BMW Motorrad Motorsport returns to action in round three of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) after a break of three and a half weeks. Estoril, Portugal, is the venue from 20th to 22nd May. The circuit to the west of Lisbon has hosted WorldSBK on a regular basis since 2020. For BMW Motorrad Motorsport, the race weekend is also about a special anniversary: 50 years of BMW M will be an important theme in Estoril.

The two BMW Motorrad Motorsport teams used the time after the Assen (NED) races to optimise the BMW M 1000 RR. The Bonovo action BMW Racing Team, with riders Loris Baz (FRA) and Eugene Laverty (IRL), was testing at Oschersleben (GER) last Wednesday. The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team took to the Portimão (POR) track on Monday with its riders Scott Redding (GBR) and Michael van der Mark (NED).

BMW M GmbH, a close partner of BMW Motorrad Motorsport, is celebrating its 50th birthday with numerous activities this year, and the big anniversary will also play a central role at Estoril. This includes BMW Motorrad Motorsport hosting a special birthday party in the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Hospitality, in the paddock, on Friday evening. Media representatives are cordially invited after prior registration (see contact below). The event starts at 19:30 on Friday.
Quotes ahead of the Estoril round.
 

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “Together with the teams, we have used the break after the first two race weekends at Aragón and Assen to prepare for the rest of the season. While the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team focused on chassis components at Oschersleben, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team worked on the further development of the clutch technology at Portimão. Now, our full focus is on the coming race weekend. In the past, we have seen that Estoril is a challenging circuit for us. Nevertheless, we are confident that we can build on the first two rounds and take the next step. The conditions will be different to those at the first two race weekends. We expect higher temperatures, so it is important to ensure that the BMW M 1000 RR is set up well for those conditions from the first practice session. The riders, engineers and mechanics are working hard to get closer to achieving our goals. I am looking forward to an exciting race weekend at Estoril and especially to the integration of the BMW M anniversary.”

Scott Redding, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “Estoril is the track where I first rode the BMW and it’s a nice place and a nice track for me. I enjoy Estoril. We had a test at Portimão on Monday. It was nice to be back on the bike and I really enjoyed that. I hope we can start Estoril how we finished at Assen and try to improve again the package together with the team and see what we can do so I am looking forward to being back on the motorcycle and to go from there.”

 

Michael van der Mark (60). Photo courtesy BMW Motorrad Motorsport WorldSBK Team.

Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “It was nice to have an extra test and also for me it was good to ride the bike to see my condition on the bike. It improved so much compared to Assen so it gave me a lot of confidence. I really like the Estoril track. It’s a track where the differences are very small so I am happy that I am a lot fitter and a lot better on the bike now. Last year, we did quite well there but the bike has changed a lot since then and I am curious to see how it will work there. For me it is good that I can finally ride more normal.”

 

Loris Baz (76). Photo courtesy BMW Motorrad Motorsport WorldSBK Team.

Loris Baz, Bonovo action BMW Racing Team: “It was good to do some laps at Oschersleben. We have been able to work on our starts and maybe also come up with some ideas on geometry set up. The factory team was testing at Portimao and that is also going be important, as we share all our info. Estoril is a challenging track, I’m looking forward to being there. Eugene will be back and we will try everything to put the BMW M 1000 RR in the top five.”

 

Eugene Laverty (50). Photo courtesy BMW Motorrad Motorsport WorldSBK Team.

Eugene Laverty, Bonovo action BMW Racing Team: “Last week we had a chance to do some laps at Oschersleben. It was a great opportunity to get back on the horse and test my physical condition ahead of the upcoming round at Estoril, and I felt fine. Last year at Estoril, my pace was strong and therefore I’m optimistic of a strong weekend. Now we’re entering the summer period of races so let’s see how the BMW M 1000 RR performs with higher track temperatures. My team-mate Loris Baz did a fantastic job last time out at Assen and so the entire Bonovo action BMW Racing team is in high spirits. After missing out on the last round due to injury, my aim is to join the party at Estoril.”

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WorldSBK: Rea Looking To Maintain Consistency At Estoril

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2022-05-17 16:18

Third Round Approaches For KRT Duo

Kawasaki Racing Team riders Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes will make a return to the Iberian peninsula between 20-22 May for the third round of the WorldSBK championship, at the Circuito Estoril in Portugal.

After competing at Motorland Aragon in Spain and Assen in the Netherlands the official Ninja ZX-10RR riders will now head south once again for the first of two Portuguese rounds in 2022.

Jonathan has already won three races this year, accounting for half of the available victories. He has two previous WorldSBK race wins at Estoril – the most recent two – as he finished third, first and first again during the 2021 event.

A six times champion for Kawasaki, from 2015 to 2020, Rea’s overall aim in 2022 is to regain the crown over the 12-round season.

For Alex, the Estoril weekend offers him the chance show his pace and stamina once more as he looks to score his first podium finishes of the year. He came close at Assen with fourth place in the final race of a sometimes unlucky weekend.

He has been preparing for a return to action in Portugal after three free weekends for all in the WorldSBK paddock after the previous round.

Rea is currently second in the championship standings with 91 points and Lowes is ninth overall, with 28 points.

The 4.182km long Estoril circuit, located near the capital city of Lisbon, has been back on the calendar since 2020, after two previous outings in the first ever WorldSBK season of 1988 and then again in 1993.

After the Estoril weekend Round Four takes place at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, in Italy, between 10-12 June.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “It has been nice to have a little break but honestly after the first week of being away from the circuit I prefer to be back again. It is always nice when the feeling with the bike is good to keep the momentum going, but it was also nice to get some time at home, crack on with my training and also visit the North West 200 last weekend. It was cool to see such a big event in Northern Ireland and the support from motorcyclists for what I am doing is incredible, even at a pure road race event. Now I am pretty excited to go to Estoril. It is a very cool circuit and I enjoy the layout. I have had really good memories from there, especially in 2020. Winning my sixth WorldSBK title there was an incredible feeling. To be honest, that weekend I really didn’t ride so good as we had some difficulties, but in 2021 we were much better. We were able to get really good results and be competitive. We were able to understand how to exploit our Ninja ZX-10RR there. Of course, this year we will turn up with a further improved machine. In the first couple of races of the season I felt very strong on the bike and very consistent. This weekend it will be very important to keep the ball rolling. Aside from a DNF in Race Two at Assen we have not been off the podium, or even out of the top two, which shows our strength.”

Alex Lowes, stated: “I am looking forward to this weekend and it seems like a long, long break since the Assen round. I also went to Bristol in the UK to open a Kawasaki dealership and meet some fans after Assen. It was a little bit of a frustrating weekend in the Netherlands in terms of results, as we didn’t finish and had a technical issue but my speed all weekend was really strong. In Aragon as well, getting the fastest lap of the second race shows that the speed has been there all year, which is nice. My body feels good, because last year we know it didn’t after some injuries. So I am really optimistic for a better weekend in Portugal. I cannot wait to get back with the guys, start work on Friday, get back into it, and challenge for a podiums on the weekend. Keep it simple and have fun, those are the targets for the weekend.”

Frenchman Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) is keen to get back into action in his second full WorldSBK campaign with his Italian team, after a season best of tenth in Race Two at Assen.

Oliver König (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) continues his learning process inside the WorldSBK class after promotion from the WorldSSP300 category he raced in last year. Isaac Vinales (TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) will take over the long-serving Italian squad’s WorldSBK machine in Portugal. He has already made 31 career race starts in WorldSBK.

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RoadRacing World - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:20

Army Of Darkness members Melissa Berkoff and Luci Schelbert go to Vanson Leathers in Fall River, Massachusetts, to make leather handbags. In this video they learn different technologies for cutting leather, learn to sew, learn to add hardware, learn about linings, and learn how to fix mistakes.

0:15 Hand cutting leather

1:15 Programmable drag knife

1:40 Waterjet

2:30 Mary and lining cutter

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11:35 Hardware

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14:50 adding the interior trim

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16:15 Finished bags

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Moto2: Americans Beaubier, Roberts Enjoy Big Comebacks At Le Mans

RoadRacing World - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:07

Beaubier bounces back to claim career best Moto2 result 4th & 0.1s off the podium!

Lucrative Le Mans for the American Racing Team as Cameron Beaubier claims his career best Moto2 finish in 4th whilst rookie teammate Sean Dylan Kelly continues to improve to finish in 20th.

It was a steady start to the weekend for Cam as he struggled with bike setup throughout Friday running and looking set to fight his way through Q1, but a strong final practice session boosted the Californian up the combined timings and secured him a direct spot in Q2 and 17th on the grid.

Promoted to 16th after Sam Lowes was declared unfit, Cam made a lightening getaway to make up seven places and jump into 9th by the end of the first lap as he began his charge toward the podium places. Capitalising on crashes for Alonso Lopez, Albert Arenas, and Pedro Acosta, Cam placed himself into podium contention in 3rd position with Aron Canet firmly in his sights but Somkiat Chantra swarming all over his back wheel. With 12 laps remaining, a mistake for the 29-year-old allowed Chantra to sweep on through for 3rd before the Thai rider pushed Canet wide and opened the door for Cam to retake the place. The trio jostled for the remaining podium positions until the final lap with Cam narrowly missing out and ending the race with in 4th, his best race result to date.

Faced with another new circuit, Sean utilised the practice sessions to gather as much track time and data as he could ahead of Saturday’s qualifying. A crash in Q1 on his flying lap prevented Sean from improving on his first run time. He started Sunday’s race from 29th. Still aiming to gain as much track experience as possible, the 19-year-old rookie steadily made his way through the pack, making up nine places into 20th position as he attempted to close in on Alessandro Zaccone ahead. With only seven laps left, Sean pitted with a suspected mechanical issue but after a quick analysis and no issue to be found, he swiftly re-joined the race to see the chequered flag in 20th.

 

Cameron Beaubier (6) battling Aron Canet (40) for a podium position at Le Mans. Photo courtesy American Racing Team.

Cam Beaubier – #6

“I couldn’t ask for much more from today starting where we did. I felt really good on the bike and was able to work my way up. I was pretty comfortable sitting behind Canet until the last six laps or so, then I started having to ride on the ragged edge to stay with the struggling grip. A podium would have been amazing for the team, but I’m stoked with how I rode, and we will keep up the fight!”

 

Sean Dylan Kelly (4). Photo courtesy American Racing Team.

Sean Dylan Kelly – #4

“Overall, it was definitely a tough weekend for me. It was another new track, and it was honestly quite nice to go there and learn. I really did enjoy the track, but I was struggling to get up to pace all weekend and we were chasing some things, but the good thing is I knew what I was having to work on throughout the track like some higher risk areas like corner entry that I need to pick up some pace on and keep on working. Overall, the race itself was pretty good at the beginning, I had a decent start and made up some positions and was fighting with some guys, but we immediately fell into some issues with the bike, and I had to pit because it was hard to ride. It turns out it wasn’t the problem that I thought, and we decided to tippy toe to the finish line. It wasn’t ideal but we made it to the flag once again after some clearly hard conditions which was obvious with so many riders going down. Overall, another weekend to take things from and I know what to work on and I’m looking forward to going to Mugello and make the most of it there.”

John Hopkins – Sporting Director

“As far as this weekend, I’m very happy that Cam has finally finished with a result that he’s deserved all season long. Had he been on the podium in the races where he should of, in my eyes, he would have definitely been second or third, but it was good that he just finished, he needed that for his head, the team and his confidence, and it was amazing. It was a tough weekend throughout, he felt like he couldn’t catch a break. Fortunately for the team, I’ve experienced that a lot throughout my career and I know the feeling, but I told him yesterday after ‘man, I can assure you, if you really, really believe and you ride like you know how to, you can finish in the top 5’ and sure enough he rode amazingly. He got a good start and pulled off a hell of a ride! To come back from that far and be fighting for a podium for pretty much the entire race, that’s a good job. I’m so pumped for him and more than confident that going into Mugello he can be on the podium. There’ll be plenty more times for him to be on the podium this season.

For Sean – it was a difficult weekend all around. It’s a tough one because he’s in the process of still having to learn the tracks, the bike, and he doesn’t have much time to do it. He’s had his confidence dented a bit from the start of the season and he’s still consistently trying to rebuild and get on track but it’s a tough class; they’re the best riders in the world who have been racing these bikes and these tracks for a long time, it was always going to be difficult. But it’s time to start knuckling down. Positively, we’ve nailed down some things this weekend that we need to work on – training wise – going into this next week before Mugello; things he can do off track that I think will make improvements and help him on track but we’re going to keep pushing and if there’s anyone that can do it, it’s Sean. I’ve never met a young man like him, with such determination and motivation. If there’s a rider out there that can do it and close that gap, I believe Sean is one of those guys. We’re going to keep pushing. Team’s looks good, we’re bright heading into Mugello. It’s a shame Cam could have been finishing inside the top 5 all year but that’s racing.”

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Italtrans Racing:

Great comeback race for Joe Roberts and Lorenzo Dalla Porta at Le Mans

The weekend of the French Grand Prix ends with a sweet taste for Italtrans Racing Team, with both riders author of a wonderful comeback race.

At Le Mans Circuit, that hosted the sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship, Joe Roberts and Lorenzo Dalla Porta finished in the points.

Setting his best qualifying session, Dalla Porta started 15th on the grid, but in the action of the first lap he lost positions. 25th at the end of lap 1, the Tuscan rider made a masterpiece comeback thanks to a consistent pace, finishing 12th once again in the points.

Positive race for Roberts too. Starting from P25 after a tough qualifying session, by the end of the first lap he had already recovered 10 positions and reached the top 15. He kept a steady pace all race long, finishing 7th. With the 9 points gained today, he is now 6th in the overall standings, 3 points behind the top five.

Now a little break before the awaited home Grand Prix at Mugello.

 

Lorenzo Dalla Porta (19). Photo courtesy Italtrans Racing.

 

Lorenzo Dalla Porta #19

12th

“I lost many positions in the action of the first lap. The pace was really good and I managed to make a good comeback, finishing close to the top ten. It was a shame because we could fight for the top five. We look forward to Mugello”.

 

Joe Roberts (16) came from 25th in qualifying to seventh at the finish of the Moto2 race at Le Mans. Photo courtesy Italtrans Racing.

Joe Roberts #16

7th

“Tough weekend for us. I’m not sure why we didn’t have the speed this weekend but we’ll figure it out. Stoked we could salvage 7th from starting 25th”.

 

Franco Brugnara, Lorenzo Dalla Porta’s Crew Chief

“It’s a shame because Lorenzo could finish in the top ten. He kept a high pace throughout the race, making a good comeback. We hope to make up for it at Mugello”.
 

 

Giovanni Sandi, Joe Roberts’ Crew Chief

“Good race of Joe with a great comeback. There is still the regret of qualifying, because starting from a different position we would have finished in the top positions. However, he once again showed his qualities ending with good points for the standings”.

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