Pirelli to Compete in First-Ever MotoAmerica Event and Returns as Multi-Time Daytona 200 Defending Champions
Impressive Team and Rider Lineup will Rely on the Performance of Pirelli’s DIABLO Superbike Range
ROME, Ga. (March 1, 2022) – Pirelli Tire North America is set to compete in its first-ever MotoAmerica event as racers prepare for the 2022 Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. Pirelli returns to the 80th running of America’s most historic motorcycle race as two-time defending champions, and for 2022, MotoAmerica who is home of the AMA Superbike Championship has partnered with Daytona to host the iconic race. Pirelli will once again bring its complete DIABLO Superbike range to the grid as the brand looks to make it a three-peat.
“The Daytona 200 is an iconic event where Pirelli has experienced great success and it’s one that our brand looks forward to each year,” said Oscar Solis, senior racing manager, Pirelli. “Having won the Daytona 200 in both 2019 and 2021, the goal is to keep the momentum rolling and try to put a Pirelli rider on each step of the podium. We’re excited to have Brandon Paasch back to defend his title as well as bring in some new faces such as the current AMA Superbike Champion Jake Gagne who is able to choose the tire of his choice thanks to the open-spec rule.”
Pirelli’s long history of success in Daytona includes winning the 2019 Daytona 200 with Kyle Wyman (no race held in 2020) and the 2021 Daytona 200 with Brandon Paasch. Leading Pirelli’s stacked lineup of riders and teams will be the defending champion Paasch competing for TOBC Racing and joined by teammate Danny Eslick. MotoAmerica’s defending AMA Superbike Champion Jake Gagne will also be competing with DIABLO Superbike slicks aboard his Attack Performance Yamaha and joined by South African newcomer Cameron Peterson.
“I’m super excited to return to Daytona as the defending champion,” said Paasch. “I have a great opportunity in front of me and I am looking forward to another great result. I can’t thank Pirelli enough for the support and keeping me on-board for another year, which is really going to benefit my riding after spending so much time on the DIABLO Superbike slicks all last season in the British Championship. I look forward to seeing everyone soon at the speedway!”
Additional riders and teams include Vision Wheel M4 Ecstar Suzuki’s Geoff May, Syntainics/Penz13’s Sheridan Morais, TSE with British Superbike Championship brothers Matt Truelove and Harry Truelove, and several additional racers.
Despite winning the 2019 and 2021 Daytona 200, Pirelli continues to research and develop tires designed to tackle the one-of-a-kind racetrack. In 2021, Paasch’s Yamaha YZF-R6 relied on Pirelli’s DIABLO Superbike SC1 front in a 120/70R17 and DIABLO Superbike Daytona rear in 190/60R17 to handle the challenges of the high-banked 3.51-mile course. Pirelli racers will once again use a standard 120/70R17 DIABLO Superbike front and 190/60R17 Daytona-specific compound rear as a starting point.
Pirelli’s local trackside racing vendor, Mark Tenn Motorsports, will once again be offering a first-place contingency prize to any rider who wins on Pirelli tires. For complete details and eligibility, contact Mark Tenn Motorsports.
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KTM PROUDLY SUPPORTS AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL RACERS WITH 2022 PODIUM-FOCUSED CONTINGENCY PROGRAM AND TRACKSIDE SUPPORT
MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America, Inc. is excited to announce details for its race contingency and trackside support for the 2022 race season. Standing behind its READY TO RACE commitment, KTM is once again offering more than $4.2 million in race rewards for amateur and professional racers at over 180 series across the country, while increasing its trackside support efforts to now span from the east to west coasts.
With many incentives to ride orange, the KTM brand continues to be a popular choice for professional racers in motocross/supercross, offroad, flat track and road racing with a competitive payout via the KTM Pro Cash debit card. For KTM’s rising stars, the KTM Cash dealer credit program gives amateur riders the opportunity to earn cash value credits that can be used to purchase KTM products at any participating KTM North America dealership.
Expanding its trackside support to the west coast at select events in 2022, KTM is proud to once again support orange bleeders at amateur motocross events such as Daytona Amateur Supercross, Freestone Spring Championship, Mini Olympics, Arizona Open and the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s. Additionally, trackside support will be available at all 13 rounds of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series and at AMA National Enduro Series, as well as select offroad events out west, with emergency parts and service.
KTM offers incentives for amateur (dealer credits) and professional (cash) riders when they earn top finishes while riding KTM motorcycles at select national and regional racing events across the United States. For more information on the full 2022 contingency program, payout structures and to sign up, visit KTMCash.com.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON FACTORY TEAM READY TO DEFEND MOTOAMERICA MISSION KING OF THE BAGGERS CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
Defending Champ Kyle Wyman and Brother Travis Wyman to Race Road Glide Bikes Powered by Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee-Eight 131 Crate Engines
MILWAUKEE, WI (March 1, 2022) – The Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® factory racing team will return to the track in 2022 to defend its MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers road racing series championship. The team will field returning riders Kyle Wyman (#1), the 2021 Mission King of the Baggers champion, and his brother Travis Wyman (#10) aboard race-prepared Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® motorcycles powered by race modified Screamin’ Eagle® Milwaukee-Eight® 131 Performance Crate Engines. The MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers series features American V-Twin touring motorcycles prepared for competition and equipped with a fairing/windscreen and saddlebags. The seven-race series, with each round held in conjunction with the MotoAmerica Superbike Series, opens with a doubleheader on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, March 10-12.
“The MotoAmerica King of the Baggers race series provides exciting racing on motorcycles everyone can relate to,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO, Harley-Davidson. “For Harley-Davidson, King of the Baggers is also an opportunity to demonstrate the championship winning capabilities of our industry-leading performance baggers and to showcase our Screamin’ Eagle performance products and engineering capabilities. The lessons we learn on the track benefit the performance parts we develop for Harley-Davidson customers around the world.”
In addition to competing in the series, the H-D Screamin’ Eagle team is happy to announce they are working directly with MotoAmerica to promote the series by supporting all Harley-Davison competitors. Select performance products developed for the 2021 championship bike are now available to all qualified racers. Teams should reach out directly to their local Harley-Davidson dealership for availability and pricing.
Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson factory riders – and brothers – Kyle Wyman (right) and Travis Wyman (left). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Harley-Davidson.
Kyle and Travis Wyman are the sons of Kim Wyman, owner of Harv’s Harley-Davidson in Macedon, N.Y. and grew up around Harley-Davidson and flat track racing.
Veteran road racer Kyle Wyman, 32, scored two wins and a second-place finish in the three-race 2021 Mission King of the Baggers series, notching 70 points to lead scoring by 25 points.
Wyman began racing professionally in flat track aboard a Harley-Davidson XR750 and formed Kyle Wyman Racing at the age of 21 to compete at the highest level of professional road racing in the United States. He won the Daytona 200 in 2019 and in addition to winning the Mission King of the Baggers crown, placed ninth in the 2021 HONOS Superbike series. In 2022 Wyman will not compete in Superbike and will focus his full attention on defending his King of the Baggers championship title with the Factory Harley-Davidson team.
“I’m really eager to be defending this championship with the Harley-Davidson Factory Team,” said Kyle Wyman. “The longer season is going to require us to be prepared to be consistent and for the bikes to be durable and reliable, because it’s still a short enough schedule that one bad result can be very significant in the points race.
“Starting the season with a doubleheader at Daytona will be a special challenge because we’ve never raced these bikes on the high banks, which requires such an extended run at sustained high RPM,” said Kyle.
Travis Wyman (10). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Harley-Davidson.
Travis Wyman is the owner of Travis Wyman Racing, based in Las Vegas. The 30-year-old racer finished the 2021 MotoAmerica season in second place in the Stock 1000 series, and fifth place in the Mission King of the Baggers series after scoring second and fourth-place finishes in only two attempts, and 11th place in the HONOS Superbike series.
“Having joined the Harley-Davidson Factory Team mid-season last year and with limited seat time, I was a little behind the curve,” said Travis Wyman. “Now I’ve had a chance to gel with the team and I understand how to go fast on this bike, and this year I expect to be racing with Kyle for the championship. With the expanded schedule I’ll also have a chance to race on some tracks I’ve done well at in the past, including Daytona and Road Atlanta. It should be an exciting season.”
Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle VIP Package
Harley-Davidson riders and fans can join defending champion Kyle Wyman, Travis Wyman, and the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle race team as they kick off the King of the Baggers season on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway during Daytona Bike Week.
The Harley-Davidson VIP Ticket Package includes a seat to see all of the action along with exclusive Harley-Davidson perks including premium parking and the unique opportunity to ride your Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the legendary Daytona International Speedway.
The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle VIP Ticket Package includes:
3-Day Pass: Admission to all of the MotoAmerica racing including Mission King of the Baggers and the 80th running of the Daytona 200. See practice runs, qualifiers, and all of the races.
Exclusive Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Parking: Access premium parking reserved for Harley-Davidson motorcycles on all three days of the event.
Harley-Davidson Track Walk: Get up-close and personal with the legendary banks of Daytona with a track walk and guided tour provided by the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle King of the Baggers race team.
Harley-Davidson Parade Lap: Strap on your helmet, and ride two laps around Daytona International Speedway on your Harley-Davidson motorcycle with fellow H-D enthusiasts.
About the Screamin’ Eagle® Milwaukee-Eight 131 Performance Crate Engine: The Screamin’ Eagle® Milwaukee-Eight 131 is the most-powerful street-compliant performance engine offered by Harley-Davidson. Built from the bottom up in Milwaukee, this 131-cubic-inch (2,147cc) Screamin’ Eagle® crate engine delivers 131 ft-lb of torque to the rear wheel, and may be installed in 2017-later Harley-Davidson Touring models.
MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers Contingency
Harley-Davidson will offer a $110,000 cash contingency program for qualified Harley-Davidson racers competing in the Mission King of the Baggers series, with a contingency payout from first to 10th place and a $35,000 championship bonus. New for 2022, all contingency place payouts earned by H-D Screamin’ Eagle factory team riders will be redistributed to qualified place winners making more contingency available to private teams. Terms and conditions apply; please see www.MotoAmerica.com for full details, eligibility requirements and deadlines.
2022 Mission King of the Baggers Schedule
March 10-12: (Doubleheader) Daytona International Raceway – Daytona Beach, FL.
April 22-24: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – Braselton, GA.
June 3-5: Road America – Elkhart Lake, WI.
July 8-10: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, CA.
July 29-31: Brainerd International Raceway – Brainerd, MN.
September 9-11: New Jersey Motorsports Park – Millville, NJ.
Progressive AFT and Royal Enfield Renew Official Partnership for ‘22
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 1, 2022) – Progressive American Flat Track and Royal Enfield North America (RENA) are proud to announce an extension of their wide-ranging partnership ahead of the new Progressive AFT season. 2022 marks Royal Enfield’s third season as an Official OEM Partner as it continues to expose its line of modern classic motorcycles to a wider audience.
In its first two seasons of involvement with America’s Original Extreme Sport, the historic marque has been welcomed with open arms by Progressive AFT fans across the country.
RENA has made a major impact on the track as well, as its rapidly developed its striking Twins FT custom racebike into a force to be reckoned with. Johnny Lewis and the Moto Anatomy X Royal Enfield team backed up their race-winning maiden season in Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines competition by scoring six more top-fives in 2022, highlighted by a victory at the prestigious Lima Half-Mile.
“Royal Enfield’s dedication to continual improvement on the race track has been inspiring to witness and fans have enjoyed their off-track activations at events from coast to coast,” said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive AFT. “We appreciate their tireless efforts to introduce new fans to the sport and we’re excited to see what they have in store for 2022.”
Along with its professional flat track endeavors, Royal Enfield has further dedicated itself to growing the sport at the grassroots level. RENA has done so both by supporting regional amateur riders, and by introducing flat track to a more diverse audience through its hugely popular Build. Train. Race. (BTR) program, which highlights, celebrates, and encourages the empowerment of women in flat track racing. BTR will be bigger than ever in 2022, featuring 15 riders who will design and modify customized Royal Enfield INT 650s and then race them at seven rounds on the Progressive AFT calendar.
Royal Enfield will also showcase its unique range of twin-cylinder motorcycles at select rounds again in 2022.
“We are excited to once again join Progressive American Flat Track for the 2022 race season,” said Adrian Sellers, Head, Custom Program at Royal Enfield. “Participating over the past two years has exposed a whole new audience to the potential and capabilities of Royal Enfield’s motorcycles, and this year we will bring even more excitement every race weekend this year. We look forward to building on our unique approach to the sport, with the Moto Anatomy Powered by Royal Enfield team going toe-to-toe with the best in Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines, and an expanded grid of Build. Train. Race. riders continuing to bring a new and accessible approach to flat track racing.”
Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II doubleheader during Daytona Bike Week on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. Secure your tickets to the season opener now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3666.
Catch the livestream of all the weekend’s racing activities free via Facebook up until Opening Ceremonies. Fans can then purchase access to watch Opening Ceremonies, Semis, Main Events and podium celebrations via Facebook Paid Online Events for $3.99 if purchased 24 hours or more in advance, or $4.99 if purchased on the day of the event. The Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II will premiere back-to-back on FS1 on Sunday, March 20, starting at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT.
For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com. To score the latest gear for the Progressive American Flat Track fan, visit our official merchandise store at https://store.americanflattrack.com.
How to Watch:
FOX Sports and Facebook are the official homes for coverage of Progressive American Flat Track. For the 2022 season, all 18 races will premiere in one-hour telecasts on FS1 during highly desirable weekend time slots. The complete schedule can be viewed at https://www.americanflattrack.com/events-foxsports. Viewers can watch livestream coverage of every round in the Facebook mobile app, Facebook desktop site or on the Facebook Watch mobile app. To watch the livestream on TV, fans can download the Facebook Watch TV app, or cast to a TV from the Facebook mobile app. Facebook Watch is available through Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Xbox One.
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 140 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.
For more information on Build. Train. Race. visit https://buildtrainrace.com/flat-track/.
About Progressive American Flat Track
Progressive American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on Progressive American Flat Track, please visit us on the web, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram and catch all the Progressive American Flat Track racing action on FOX Sports.
GRT YAMAHA WORLDSBK TEAM STARTS ITS 2022 CAMPAIGN IN ARAGÓN
Following the Winter break, the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team is pleased to return on track and is ready for a thrilling 2022 season. Garrett Gerloff and Kohta Nozane will come back in action alongside the whole team in Aragon on 3rd-4th March at Motorland Aragon to officially begin current year’s campaign.
This will be the first pre-season test in preparation for the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship as well. After strong work during the whole winter, the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team cannot wait to push once again on track to demonstrate the job done during the break.
Of course, also the riders could not wait for this moment to come. Kohta Nozane and Garrett Gerloff trained hard over the winter to be fully ready for the beginning of the season. The first test will serve to remove the dust, set the condition and regaining the feeling on the bikes.
With unpredictable weather condition expected this week, testing plans for GRT Yamaha may change day by day. The whole crew is anyway ready for every possible scenario.
The next GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team test after Aragon is scheduled on 16th-17th at Misano World Circuit. Stay tuned on our channels to be updated on every news regarding the team and to do not miss any single action on track.
Garrett Gerloff: “I am super excited to get back on my Yamaha R1 after four months off the bike. It was way too long and I am hoping for good weather even though it is not looking the best. Anyway just being again on the bike will be awesome and I cannot wait to see again the whole GRT team, my extended family, again!”
Kohta Nozane: “I am thrilled to start this new season. My first year in World Superbike was not easy but I learned a lot and I am ready for 2022 championship. We will begin our campaign from Aragon and first of all we will regain confidence with the R1 and planning the job with my crew. I cannot wait to see again the team after a long time.”
Filippo Conti (Team Manager): “We are ready to come back on track. From Aragon we will start our 2022 campaigns, then we will move to Misano, Barcelona and once again Aragon. This first test will be helpful to remove the dust from the winter over than regaining feeling and getting a good base for the future. The team did not lose time and worked really hard throughout the break to be fully ready for the new season. There’s a lot of energy and everyone cannot wait to start again the job.”
MAVTV and MAVTV Plus March Broadcast Schedule
Live Events, “The Lifted Life” Season Premiere and More Featured in March on MAVTV and MAVTV Plus
CORONA, Calif. (March 1, 2022) – MAVTV Motorsports Network is excited to share its March broadcast schedule. With fifteen live event series across MAVTV and MAVTV Plus, and the Season 5 premier of “The Lifted Life,” viewers will continue to enjoy the best action-packed events and shows the motorsports industry has to offer.
The ARCA Mendards Series kicks-off the month from Phoenix Raceway on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The very next day will feature the 80th running of the world’s most historic motorcycle race, the Daytona 200, on Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The following week viewers will start their weekend with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, starting on Friday, March 18 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time from Atomic Speedway in Ohio. MAVTV’s March lineup will round out the month on Saturday, March 26 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time with the first round of events of the inaugural 2022 500 Sprint Car Tour season. This event will feature non-wing pavement sprint cars racing side-by-side at extreme speeds in the shadows of Indianapolis.
“We’re at the front-end of the year and have already packed so many incredible events and shows into these first few months,” said Bob Dillner, Senior Director Programming and Development, MAVTV Motorsports Network. “March will really kick us into a Spring season full of live events, season premieres and motorsports mayhem, and we’re just as excited as ever to bring it all straight to the homes of our MAVTV viewers.”
Alongside our live events schedule, MAVTV viewers will also get a first-hand look at the all-new season of “The Lifted Life.” Coming up on its fifth season, The Lifted Life takes its audience through the process of bringing someone’s dream 4×4 from rendering to reality. Many of the custom vehicles on this show are award-winning vehicles built by Five R Trucks, an internationally renowned and premier custom truck company.
In addition, MAVTV Plus will feature 11 live racing events across five different disciplines of racing in March. Live streaming through the MAVTV Plus app or website will bring viewers the opportunity to watch the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, the Mid-West Drag Racing Series, the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Tour, the 500 Sprint Car Tour and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
MAVTV is available throughout the U.S. and in 22+ countries worldwide on a total of 220 providers across cable, satellite, telco, and digital broadcasting platforms, including AT&T U-verse, Charter/Spectrum, DIRECTV, Fios by Verizon, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Mediacom, Hulu, and many more. A full list of providers, shows, and scheduled broadcasts can be found by visiting www.MAVTV.com. MAVTV Plus offers both monthly and yearly subscription options for enthusiasts around the world, where $6.99 a month (limited time offer) or $99.00 for the year will provide live and on-demand access to 175+ other live racing programming offered by the network. A full rundown of plan options, live events schedule, on-demand programming, and more can be found by visiting www.MAVTVPlus.com.
Race fans who don’t have MAVTV Motorsports Network should contact their local cable, pay TV provider, or other subscription service provider to get details on how to add it to their channel lineup. A full list of providers, shows and scheduled broadcasts can be found by visiting www.MAVTV.com.
The full monthly broadcast schedule is available at https://mavtvplus.com/schedule/.
MAVTV Motorsports Network is the only television network in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to motorsports. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive and unique events. MAVTV goes beyond the national mainstream motorsports events to include grassroots racing from across the globe: drag racing, pro motocross, sprint boats, rally cars, short course off-road truck racing, sprint cars, pro pulling, drifting, ice racing, and everything in between. MAVTV knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that are truly second-to-none. From 24/7 automotive and motorsports content on MAVTV Motorsports Network to the free and exclusive content available on MAVTV Select and the on-demand streaming service of MAVTV Plus, if it has a motor, it’s probably on MAVTV – The Motorsports Network!
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VIDEO: Decade Defining: Marc Marquez’s ten years with the Repsol Honda Team
2022 will see the iconic number 93 enter his tenth season with the stalwart Repsol Honda Team, chasing their seventh World Championship title together.
Since joining the premier class in 2013, Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team have continued to write MotoGP history. Marquez joined the team alongside Dani Pedrosa and quickly made an impression – finishing third on his MotoGP debut in Qatar. Victory would come at just the second race of the season, Marquez becoming the youngest premier class winner at 20 years and 63 days old when he took the first of his seven wins at the Americas GP. With four straight wins in Germany, Laguna Seca, Indianapolis and Brno, the Repsol Honda Team and Marquez set their sights on the title and achieved their target in Valencia, Marquez becoming the youngest premier class World Champion at 20 years and 266 days old, taking the record from fellow Honda Legend Freddie Spencer.
Over the following seasons Marquez continued to grow and develop as a rider inside the Repsol Honda Team, enjoying a number of memorable victories while also taking important lessons from the hard races and difficult seasons. This adaptability has been key to both parties remaining at the forefront of the MotoGP World Championship for such a long period. In 2022, Marquez is looking to overcome two difficult years interrupted by injury and return to consistently battling at the front. Crossing the threshold of 100 premier class podiums, becoming just the fourth rider to do so, is the first record on the line in the new year.
Other accolades achieved during Marquez’s ten years with the Repsol Honda Team include becoming the first rider to win 13 premier class Grands Prix in a single season (2014), where he also became the first rider since 1970 to win ten straight premier class races. The 2013 and 2014 seasons also saw the #93 become the youngest ever back-to-back premier class World Champion at 21 years and 237 days old. More recently, Marquez earned the most points in a single premier class season – 420 during his domination of the 2019 campaign.
To date Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team have achieved 62 poles, 99 podiums, 59 wins and six World Championships together – the defining force in the last ten years of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Motivation and ambition remains as high as ever for the combination as they aim to celebrate their decade together in the best way possible, winning the World Championship once again.
Marquez has also cemented himself as a landmark rider in Honda’s history and sits as the Honda rider with the most premier class wins, most Honda wins across all classes as well as being the outright premier class pole record holder – four ahead of fellow Repsol Honda Team great Mick Doohan. Only Dani Pedrosa has spent more time inside the Repsol Honda Team, having raced in the iconic colours for 13 years.
The 2022 MotoGP World Championship begins on Sunday, March 06 in Qatar with Free Practice 1 starting the season on Friday, March 04. Marc Marquez’s 93 will once again adorn the front fairing of the Repsol Honda Team RC213V.
MOONEY VR46 RACING TEAM: DEBUT IN QATAR FOR THE TEAM MADE IN TAVULLIA
The long wait is over: Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi will bring the Ducati Desmosedici GPs on track for the first race of the 2022 season
Doha (Qatar), March 1st 2022 – A weekend with a truly special flavor awaits the Mooney VR46 Racing Team in Doha where, as usual, the Qatar Grand Prix will take place this Sunday: the first race of the 2022 season and debut in MotoGP of the Tavullia team. In the heart of the desert, Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi will make their debut with the colors of Mooney and the VR46 at the Lusail International Circuit.
Working from the Sepang tests to take measurements with the Ducati GP22 as well as with the new Team and in the slip stream of the fastest guys after the test at Mandalika (Top3 in the combined standings), Luca is ready for his second year as a rider in the Top class and has very clear ideas on his goals for the new season.
Marco is waiting at the starting blocks too, rookie in the premier class and first among the rookies in Indonesia, motivated to continue his apprenticeship in the new category and his growth path after an encouraging pre-season.
For both, the appointment is at the pit garage of the Lusail International Circuit Friday at 01:40 pm local time (11.40 am CET) for the FP1 of the Qatar GP. The race instead, the first real act of the 2022, is scheduled on Sunday March 6th at 06.00 pm local time (04:00 pm CET).
Grand Prix of Qatar
Lusail International Circuit
Length: 5.4 km
Curves: 6 left, 10 right
Width: 12 m
Longest straight: 1068 m
MotoGP race: 22 laps
MotoGP race distance: 118.4 km
Red Flag finish MotoGP: 17 laps (3/4 of the total laps scheduled)
Pablo Nieto, Team Manager MotoGP Mooney VR46 Racing Team
“They have been very busy months for the whole team, everyone has worked hard to get ready for this race and for the Team’s debut in MotoGP. It will be exciting for everyone to see the Ducati with the official colors of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team on the track for the first time. Luca and Marco arrive here motivated to do their best, they have different goals, different experiences. The Doha race means the start of a new season, always has a special charm and for us, as a Team making its debut in the Top class, it will have an even more important meaning”.
Luca Marini #10
This race always has a special atmosphere: the first GP, the unique setting of the desert and a really beautiful track, one of my favorite on the calendar. This year will be different because I will be riding the Ducati of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team which will make its debut in MotoGP. A new working group, but one that I wanted. The atmosphere in the Team is excellent, the air is positive. We just have to keep working and doing our best starting from this Sunday.
Marco Bezzecchi #72
The long wait is over: I’ve been waiting for this day since the last race in Valencia and can’t wait to get out on track. The first MotoGP race will be special, something I will always remember. Racing with the strongest riders in the highest category of our sport is a dream for every rider. We arrive here after a good pre-season, I worked well with the Team and with Ducati, but the first GP will be another story. There will be the new bike with the colors of the VR46 and Mooney. I want to do well and enjoy the moment.
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RACING ANNOUNCES FACTORY RACE TEAM, PRIVATEERS & CONTINGENCY FOR 2022 KING OF THE BAGGERS SERIES
Tyler O’Hara & Jeremy McWilliams to Pilot S&S Indian Challengers as Factory Race Team; Indian Motorcycle Racing Offering Nearly $40,000 in Privateer Contingency
Roland Sands Design® Returns to King of the Baggers with Rider Frankie Garcia; Adds Superbike Veteran Bobby Fong to Pilot Second RSD Indian Challenger
Saddlemen Calls Upon Lloyd’z Garage to Support Patricia Fernandez & Cory West; Fernandez Returns On Saddlemen Indian Challenger, While West Rides the Series’ Only Chieftain Bagger
MINNEAPOLIS (MARCH 1, 2022) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today announced Tyler O’Hara and Jeremy McWilliams as factory riders aboard two Mission® Foods S&S® Indian Challengers for the 2022 MotoAmerica® King of the Baggers series. In addition, Indian Motorcycle Racing is announcing nearly $40,000 in privateer contingency for the 2022 season. Privateer efforts include two privately backed teams: Roland Sands Design and the Saddlemen, Indian Motorcycle Charlotte & St. Paul powered by Lloyd’z Garage – each team with two riders aboard Indian Motorcycle baggers.
“The inaugural King of the Baggers race in 2020 truly disrupted the motorsports world, and the three-race season in 2021 expanded on that and left fans hungry for more. Now with seven races in 2022, King of the Baggers season is primed to take bagger racing to an entirely new level,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology and Service for Indian Motorcycle. “These races are dynamic platforms to showcase the performance capabilities of our baggers, and we are proud to expand our efforts with an official factory team and growing roster of talented privateers.”
“We are excited to continue our partnership with Indian Motorcycle Racing,” said Juan Gonzalez, Mission Foods Chief Executive Officer. “They are supporting an amazing group of riders that will provide lots of racing excitement for all King of the Baggers race fans.”
Taking to the grid are six Indian Motorcycle baggers, including two factory rides and four privately backed efforts.
S&S® Cycle: Tyler O’Hara & Jeremy McWilliams
Tyler O’Hara enters his third year piloting the Mission® Foods S&S® Indian Challenger, considered by most as the most formidable challenger to recapture the King of the Baggers title in 2022. After winning the inaugural King of the Baggers title in 2020, O’Hara fell just short in 2021, finishing the points race second overall.
Hailing from Ireland, and making his bagger racing debut, is seasoned road racer Jeremy McWilliams. Piloting the second S&S Indian Challenger factory ride, McWilliams brings a wealth of experience and valuable technical knowledge to the team in the ongoing effort to refine and optimize Indian Challenger setups for each race. A four-times Irish Champion, McWilliams began his professional racing career in 1993 and has competed in a variety of road races, series, and classes – including nine years in MotoGP.
“Jeremy is the ideal addition to our team, bringing significant experience and technical knowledge that will compliment the highly cerebral approach that Tyler O’Hara brings to the team. He’s got an unwavering desire to be the fastest and reach the top of the box each-and-every race,” said Paul Skarie, S&S President. “Having a second bike in the paddock is incredibly valuable, allowing riders to bounce feedback off of each other and help team mechanics optimize setups on race day.”
RSD: Frankie Garcia & Bobby Fong
For the 2022 King of the Baggers season, the RSD team welcomes veteran racer Bobby Fong. Having competed in flat track and Superbike, and winning 2021’s Road America 2, Fong brings a diverse experience to the RSD team. Piloting Steve Delorenzi’s S&S-built RSD Indian Challenger, backed by Sacramento Mile and SDI racing, Fong will ride alongside fan-favorite and ever-popular privateer Frankie Garcia who makes his return to the RSD Indian Challenger after finishing on the podium in third-place finish in 2020 and fourth overall in the 2021 series.
“We’re stoked to be expanding our bagger racing efforts with Bobby and grateful to Steve Delorenzi for commissioning the factory team to build a second Indian Challenger and trusting us to take it racing this season,” said Roland Sands. “Bobby’s an incredibly talented racer who demands a lot of himself and pushes the limits, and that makes him a perfect fit for RSD. He and Frankie go back a long way and will help each other, while also pushing each other.”
Saddlemen & Lloyd’z Garage: Patricia Fernandez & Cory West
Entering its third year of bagger racing, its second with Indian Motorcycle Racing, Saddlemen called upon long-time v-twin performance shop, Lloyd’z Garage, to handle race craft efforts for its two Indian Motorcycle entries. The tandem of Lloyd Greer and Tim Sutherland will be at the helm of race-team management and mechanics, supporting Patricia Fernandez aboard the Saddlemen Indian Challenger, as she returns to the King of the Baggers grid as the only female racer.
Joining Fernandez, and making his Indian Motorcycle privateer debut, is veteran motorcycle racer Cory West. After finishing in the middle of the pack in 2020, and missing the 2021 season, West will pilot the series’ only Indian Motorcycle Chieftain bagger. Unlike the fixed-fairing, liquid-cooled Indian Challenger, the Chieftain features a fork-mounted fairing and an air-cooled, Thunderstroke engine.
“V-Twin performance is in our blood, and we have been salivating over the idea of operating our own privateer effort in King of the Baggers ever since its debut in 2020,” said Lloyd Greer of Lloyd’z Garage. “When Saddlemen approached us, we jumped at the opportunity and feel extremely honored and grateful to assume responsibilities for their bagger racing efforts. Patricia is a badass racer, and we’re excited to see her compete again, while Cory’s diverse racing background and expertise will provide valuable feedback and insight for Patricia and our mechanics.”
In support of its privateer efforts, Indian Motorcycle Racing is offering nearly $40,000 in contingency, including a $10,000 championship payout and $3,000, $1,000, and $500 for first, second, and third-place finishes, respectively.
Sponsors for Indian Motorcycle Racing’s King of the Bagger efforts include Mission® Foods, S&S®, Medallia, Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited.
For the 2022 season, MotoAmerica® will host seven rounds of King of the Baggers racing, including the season opener at Daytona International Speedway on March 10-12. For more information on bagger racing, visit MotoAmerica.com.
To learn more about each race team, visit SSCycle.com, RolandSands.com, Saddlemen.com and LloydzGarage.com. For information about Indian Motorcycle, visit IndianMotorcycle.com, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®
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ABOUT S&S® CYCLE
S&S® Cycle was born from a passion for racing and has spent over six decades building performance for the powersports market. Their unwavering focus on quality, reliability and top shelf power has made S&S® Cycle the absolute leader in high performance on the street and track.
ABOUT MISSION® FOODS:
MISSION®, owned by GRUMA, S.A.B. de C.V., is the world’s leading brand for tortillas and wraps. MISSION® is also globally renowned for flatbreads, dips, salsas and Mexican food products. With presence in over 112 countries MISSION® products are suited to the lifestyles and the local tastes of each country. With innovation and customer needs in mind, MISSION® focuses on the highest quality, authentic flavors, and providing healthy options that families and friends can enjoy together. For more information, please visit www.missionfoods.com
Roland Sands Design was founded in 2005 and is a multifaceted business that includes commissioned custom motorcycle builds, aftermarket hard part design, technical riding and casual apparel, the Super Hooligan National Championship amateur flat track series, Moto Classic Events, and more. Roland Sands Design incorporates a small team of dedicated designers, engineers, fabricators, mechanics, and racers, that feed the collective creativity that emanates from the RSD Headquarters and Retail Store at 1365 Obispo Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804.
ABOUT Lloyd’z Garage
Named after the face of Indian performance, Lloyd Greer. Lloydz Garage was created as a Premier service and performance destination residing under the Indian Motorcycle Charlotte and Indian Motorcycle St, Paul dealerships, with a standalone location at the World Famous Buffalo Chip in Sturgis Sd. Lloyd Greer is globally known for his ability to produce incredible power with Indian Motorcycles. The team is supported and headed by partner, Custom bike builder Tim Sutherland and the amazing crew of both performance locations. Lloydz Garage specializes in custom High Performance Indian motorcycles and lives by the moto of “Work together, grow Together”