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Honda Hawk 11: la cafe racer con motore Africa Twin arriva il 19 marzo

Honda ha annunciato una nuova 1.100 stradale, dalle linee retrò, che sarà presentata al Salone di Osaka, in Giappone. Ecco cosa sappiamo

Pasini: “l’errore più grande nel 2009: dovevo accettare l’offerta di Pramac”

L’INTERVISTA  -“Lo scorso anno ho capito che posso ancora dire la mia. a 36 anni non è il momento di smettere: guardate Rea e Bautista. Se sei veloce l’età non conta. Ho cercato di trasformare il problema al braccio in una sfida. In Qatar vince…”

Bezzecchi: "Ricorderò per sempre la mia prima gara in MotoGP"

Il GP del Qatar terrà a battesimo il nuovo team di Valentino Rossi. Marini: "il clima nel box è ottimo, non rimane che continuare a lavorare"

Bastianini: "Sento la Ducati mia e l'affiatamento col team è incredibile"

La Gresini Racing è pronta a iniziare la nuova avventura in MotoGP. Di Giannantonio: "sono molto carico, l'obiettivo è andare a punti in Qatar"

Ducati 1299 Superleggera: ecco l'esemplare più raro al mondo

Livrea in carbonio nera e non rossa come le altre 1299 Superleggera, numero seriale "XXX": questo esemplare extra della serie limitata in 500 pezzi è una vera gemma rara, ma l'asta è stata un flop

New FIM Supercross Promoter Promises Massive Cash Support For Teams

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2022-03-01 08:01

SX Global Unveils Plans for FIM Supercross World Championship Series

Global Series Promises to Elevate the Sport & Expand Global Fanbase,

Offering Unprecedented Financial Support for Teams & Riders, Along with the Sport’s Richest Prize Purses

Queensland, Australia (March 1st, 2022) – SX Global, the Australian company that recently earned the exclusive rights to manage and promote the FIM Supercross World Championship, today unveiled plans for the comprehensive global championship series. Featuring an independent team-ownership model, unprecedented financial support for teams and riders, expanded opportunities for global and local sponsors and innovations to elevate the broadcast and in-stadium experience; the FIM Supercross World Championship represent the most progressive and ambitious platform to elevate the sport and expand its appeal across the world.

The series will feature a highly exclusive structure, with only 10 team licenses available to independent owners, and an unparalleled level of financial support for teams, including seed funding for every team entering the series, appearance fees at every event, and logistics and freight support throughout the series. In total, more than $50 million has been designated specifically for team and rider support over five years. In addition, the independent ownership model opens the door for significant sponsorship opportunities on global and local-event levels.

The global series will feature the richest prize purses in the sport’s history, with a total of $250,000 up for grabs at each event. The FIM Supercross World Championship will follow the established two-class format, with each team fielding four riders – two in 250-cc class, and two in the 450-cc class. Furthermore, every event will allow for two wild card entries in each class, providing opportunities for local riders and sponsor-driven exemptions and round out the 22-rider field. SX Global also plans to deliver an elevated experience for fans, through unique race formats, broadcast innovations, and in-stadium attractions that elevate the overall entertainment experience.

Plans for the global Championship series were underscored today by the news of Mubadala Capital’s investment in SX Global, bringing an unprecedented level of financial support and development resources on behalf of the FIM Supercross World Championship. Mubadala Capital, the asset management arm of Mubadala Investment Company, a sovereign investor with $243 billion in assets under management, brings a wealth of experience in funding the development of global business and sports ventures.

“There is a massive fanbase and untapped demand for supercross outside the United States and backed by the financial support and significant resource of Mubadala Capital, we intend to feed that, bringing the sport to new regions through the most exciting and lucrative World Championship series in the history of the sport,” said Tony Cochrane, President of SX Global. “We have created an entirely new model for supercross – one that emphasizes expanded financial support and opportunities for riders and teams, expanded opportunities for sponsorship and an elevated experience for fans.”

The FIM Supercross World Championship will annually take place in the second half of the year, ensuring a complimentary relationship to the Monster Energy Supercross Series in America. With plans for five events from September through November, 2022 will serve as a “pilot” season, allowing the series to establish itself and build momentum. 2023, and subsequent years, will see the series expand annually between June and November.

While the supercross series in the United States has firmly established itself as the preeminent platform for the sport, there has yet to be a definitive global series to lay claim to a true FIM-sanctioned World Championship. Highly successful events are held throughout Europe and Australia every year, normally around September–December. However, these events are not currently linked by any official FIM ‘championship’ status, and this remains a significant untapped opportunity for the sport’s ongoing credibility and evolution, as well as a significant opportunity for riders and teams to expand their influence and financial prospects.

“Over the years, there have been various attempts to build a true World Championship series for supercross, but none of them have succeeded, due to deficiencies in funding and resource, lack of global and regional relationships and a variety of other factors,” said Adam Bailey, Managing Director, Motorsport, for SX Global. “Our team possess the necessary supercross and international event background, relationships and expertise, and the funding to make this World Championship a reality.”

SX Global brings a team of highly qualified motorsports and entertainment executives, armed with the experience to successfully deliver a series of this magnitude. SX Global President, Tony Cochrane, spearheaded the development and success of V8 Supercars, an Australian-based auto racing series that became one of Australia’s most successful motorsports, eventually expanding with events in Shanghai, the United States, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and New Zealand. In addition, proven supercross event veterans Adam Bailey and Ryan Sanderson have been the driving force behind Australia’s highest-profile supercross offering, the AUS-X open. The duo has promoted five years of consecutive sold out AUS-X Open events in Sydney (2015-2018) and Melbourne (2019), along with successful events in Auckland, New Zealand in 2018 and 2019.

“Our entire careers have been driven by a passion for motorsport and entertainment, and our motivations are as pure as they come – to continue to evolve and elevate our sport and its incredible athletes to new levels of global relevance and success,” said Ryan Sanderson, Managing Director, Commercial, for SX Global “Our aim is to take the amazing sport of supercross global and reveal its greatness to millions of new fans all over the world.”


About SX Global:

Based in Queensland, Australia, SX Global is a collective of world class sports marketing and entertainment experts who operate globally within the motorsports and entertainment industries. Considered the “founding father” of the modern era of Australian motor racing, Tony Cochrane leads the SX Global team as president, bringing more than 45 years of experience in developing and managing successful motorsports series and events. Managing Directors,  Adam Bailey, a former competitive rider, and Ryan Sanderson, bring extensive proven experience in supercross event development, management and promotion after five years of successfully delivering the largest action sports and supercross event in the Southern Hemisphere, the AUS-X Open.




More, from a press release issued by SX Global:


Queensland, Australia (March 1st, 2022) — Mubadala Capital, the asset management subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company, one of the world’s leading sovereign investors with US$243 billion of assets under management, today announced its investment in SX Global, an Australian company established to develop, promote, and commercialize the FIM Supercross World Championship.

Mubadala Capital has established a track record of successfully investing in category leaders across sports, media, and entertainment—including EMI Music Publishing, Endeavor Group Holdings, Reigning Champs, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES Network), among others—and this investment continues its history of backing world-class management teams in building differentiated global sports, media and entertainment businesses.

Mubadala Capital’s investment will support SX Global’s expansion plans for supercross and its efforts to capitalize on the exclusive rights it has secured from the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) to manage and promote the new FIM Supercross World Championship, bringing the exciting sport of off-road motorbike racing to fans across the globe in a new competitive format.

“Our commitment to SX Global and the FIM Supercross World Championship builds on our strategy and track record of selectively investing in premier content properties with strong global appeal,” said Adib Martin Mattar, Head of Private Equity at Mubadala Capital. “We expect that our investment in SX Global will introduce the exciting sport of professional supercross to a global audience and build lasting value by delivering an authentic, exciting and fan-centric experience.”

SX Global’s President, Tony Cochrane, added, “We’re proud to partner with Mubadala Capital, a company that shares our vision and global aspirations for the FIM Supercross World Championship. With the international reach, resources, and business building experience of Mubadala Capital alongside us, we’re looking forward to establishing FIM Supercross World Championship as a leading global motorsport and entertainment property.”

Representing Mubadala Capital on the SX Global Board of Directors will be Matt Kim and Russ Pillar, who collectively bring decades of experience backing and leading global sports, media, and entertainment companies. They will be joining Tony Cochrane, SX Global’s President; Adam Bailey, SX Global’s Managing Director (Motorsport); Ryan Sanderson, SX Global’s Managing Director (Commercial); Tom Potter, Rush Sport & Entertainment; and Tavo Hellmund, Founder, Event Partners Marketing, on SX Global’s Board of Directors.

In December 2021, the FIM awarded SX Global the exclusive organisational and commercial rights to stage, manage and promote the FIM Supercross World Championship. Under the leadership of the SX Global Team, and with the financial backing and support of Mubadala Capital, Supercross will become a true global sports property, competing on a legitimate international platform for the first time in history. The FIM Supercross World Championship will commence in late 2022.

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MotoGP Testing Review: Yamaha – At the Limit of Its Potential?

Asphalt And Rubber - Tue, 2022-03-01 02:58
Winning the 2021 MotoGP rider's championship, Yamaha has to be the hot favorite in 2022, but have they already hit their maximum potential this year? The post MotoGP Testing Review: Yamaha – At the Limit of Its Potential? appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.


Yamaha Ends Future Dakar and Rally-Raid Motorcycles Races

Asphalt And Rubber - Tue, 2022-03-01 02:09
After 40 years of participation, Yamaha is pulling out its motorcycle racing program from the Dakar Rally and the other FIM rally-raid races. The post Yamaha Ends Future Dakar and Rally-Raid Motorcycles Races appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.


American Flat Track: 2022 Broadcast Team Announced

RoadRacing World - Mon, 2022-02-28 21:23

Progressive AFT Announces All-Star Broadcast Team For 2022 Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 28, 2022) – Progressive American Flat Track is excited to announce the all-star broadcast team that will call the live action and tell the story of the 2022 season for both its FOX Sports television broadcasts and Facebook livestreams.

Veteran sportscaster Ralph Sheheen will join the “Voice of American Flat Track” Scottie Deubler in the booth to provide in-depth coverage of the races while Kristen Beat will provide key insights from the pits.

Sheheen is one of the most recognized voices in motorsports with more than three decades of nationally televised broadcasting experience. The California native brings a wealth of enthusiasm, knowledge, and experience, having covered a number of the biggest motorsports championships on both two and four wheels and across almost every major network that airs racing.

Deubler is deservedly known as the “Voice of Progressive American Flat Track,” and 2022 will mark the Oklahoman’s 14th consecutive season in the booth for Progressive AFT. A certified subject matter expert, Deubler is a third-generation professional flat track racer who is as well versed in the sport and its personalities as anyone in the world.

Beat will once again bring the inside story of what’s happening behind the scenes to Progressive AFT fans for the fourth consecutive season. A lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, Beat grew up surrounded by motorsports and motorcycles, bringing that passion to the track each weekend as she shines a light on the human drama that unfolds at every Progressive AFT event.

Riki Rachtman – master of mayhem in both the motorsports and music worlds – will return for a third consecutive season to provide additional color from the pits at select rounds.

FOX Sports’ coverage will include green-light-to-checkered-flag Main Event action, exclusive news and features, and cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage in order to effectively translate the excitement of Progressive AFT to fans at home like never before.

Meanwhile, the livestream on Facebook will serve as a remote paddock, allowing fans to watch the action from start to finish as it occurs. The livestream will be free 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.

Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with a Daytona Bike Week doubleheader on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. Secure your tickets to the season opener now at

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. Both broadcasts will feature exclusive features and cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage.

For more information on Progressive AFT visit To score the latest gear for the Progressive American Flat Track fan, visit our official merchandise store

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Australian Superbike: Maxwell, Staring Split Wins At Phillip Island

RoadRacing World - Mon, 2022-02-28 21:09

A fast and consistent Bryan Staring has taken Round One [overall] victory of the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul (ASBK). 

In Alpinestars Superbikes Race One at Phillip Island, Wayne Maxwell (Ducati V4R) was the only rider in the 1:31’s and was looking untouchable until a stumble on lap 5 saw last year’s ASBK champion crash out at turn eight. Maxwell walked away unscathed, but the error left Bryan Staring (Ducati V4R) a clean road ahead with a four-second margin over the rest of the field.

An emotional Staring was almost lost for words on the podium, saying that he’d been “pretty patient for a pretty long time” waiting for this victory.

“We were chasing (Wayne) all weekend,” said Staring. “I knew that we had good race pace, but I didn’t know how good it needed to be though. Once we set out I could see the areas where we were strong and in the end, I kept the pressure on.”

Despite nursing a sore ankle from his excursion at Hayshed in Race One, Maxwell kept it neat and clean in race Two and was able to slowly edge a two-second gap to the fellow Ducati rider to take victory ahead of Staring and Cru Halliday (Yamaha YZF-R1).

Maxwell commended his team on preparing the number two bike to give him the win.

“It was good to get a bit back,” said Maxwell. “I’ve got a few bruises so I’ll go and get the body healed up.”

Senna Agius (Honda CBR RR) took Race One victory in Michelin Supersport ahead of Tom Bramich (Yamaha YZF-R6) and Jack Hyde (Yamaha YZF-R6). It was Senna’s weekend, however with the international-bound youngster taking the double in Race Two ahead of Tom Edwards, with Bramich this time occupying the final step of the podium.

In Dunlop Supersport, Harry Snell (Yamaha YZF-R3) took off where he left on Saturday by executing a perfect ride to take Race Two victory, one-tenth ahead of James Jacobs (Kawasaki Ninja) and Taiyo Aksu (Yamaha YZF-R3) rounding out the top three.

In Race Three, it was Varis Fleming’s turn to steal the win, two-tenths ahead Jacobs and a superb ride from Joseph Marinello (Kawasaki Ninja) to grab the final podium position after finishing just outside the top ten in race Two,

In the Yamaha Finance R3 Cup, Varis Fleming (Yamaha YZF-R3) was able to better Harry Snell (Yamaha YZF-R3) by a mere one-hundredth of a second in Race Two, with Taiyo Aksu (Yamaha YZF-R3) recording a strong weekend to score another podium.  Race Three saw round winner Fleming take another victory ahead of Jai Russo (Yamaha YZF-R3) and Aksu once again.

Marcos Hamod took Saturday’s fancied runners by surprise by seizing victory in Race Two of the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup ahead of Sam Drane and Teerin Fleming. Hamod took advantage of a race in two parts after a restart, while in Race Three, Harrison Watts took final honours ahead of Hamod and Fleming.

In Superbike Masters, Scott Campbell (Honda RC30 750) got the better of Murray Clark (Suzuki GSXR 1183) to take the win in Race 3, with Scott Webster (Harris Suzuki 1200) rounding out the top three.

Round one of the 2022 mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul is proudly brought to you by

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MotoGP Testing Review: Ducati – The Threat We Think They Are?

Asphalt And Rubber - Mon, 2022-02-28 20:47
Will Ducati dominate the 2022 MotoGP season? Reading the tea leaves of the pre-season tests, David takes a look at the Italian brand's fortunes. The post MotoGP Testing Review: Ducati – The Threat We Think They Are? appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.


Dal Motomondiale alla SBK: Puccetti si rinforza con Pietro Caprara

Dopo le esperienze maturate con lo Sky Racing Team e in Aprilia, Caprara sarà il nuovo team manager della squadra tricolore impegnata in SBK e SSP

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 264 – MotoGP Unlimited

Asphalt And Rubber - Mon, 2022-02-28 20:06
The latest episode from the Paddock Pass Podcast crew sees us taking a deep dive into the "MotoGP Unlimited" docuseries on Amazon Prime. The post Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 264 – MotoGP Unlimited appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.


MotoAmerica: More On Vision Wheel’s 2-Year Deal With Team Hammer

RoadRacing World - Mon, 2022-02-28 18:56


BREA, Calif., February 28, 2022 — For the 42nd consecutive year, the iconic Team Hammer is racing motorcycles in the U.S., fresh from dominating the 2021 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, and looks ready to continue to be competitive in 2022. The team, now racing as Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki, is fielding a talented lineup of racers across multiple classes, all racing legendary Suzuki GSX-R machinery.

One new aspect to the effort is the team’s title sponsor, Vision Wheel. A leading aftermarket custom wheel supplier for many vehicle types; the goal for Vision Wheel is to reach their present and future customers through racing.  “The people that go to the races and are all about racing, they are the Vision Wheel customer,” said Roger Minor, Vision Wheel’s CEO, “the demographics are a perfect fit for us.

“This is our 46th year and we continue to grow quite rapidly. We’ve got great wheel options for trucks, SUVs, automotive, ATV/UTV applications and Jeeps… we’re just about in every automotive and truck segment. We have strong distribution throughout the country and our products are found in thousands of stores and shops around the United States.”


Vision Wheel’s new Vision It Augmented Reality app, gives users the ability to see what Vision Wheel looks best on their vehicle. Available free from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Photo courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

Further setting apart Vision Wheel’s marketing is the Vision It AR augmented-reality smartphone app; allowing users to take a photo of their vehicle and see what it would look like with different Vision Wheels. “We’re the only aftermarket wheel company currently offering this app that we’re aware of, and it works great,” said Minor. “Users may see what their ride’s going to look like and share the upgrade with their friends.”

Vision Wheel joined the MotoAmerica race series as a sponsor last year; and now has upped its support for 2022. “For us as a company, it is all about reaching more people,” Minor continued, “getting our name out there more effectively, and becoming more of a household name for enthusiasts. We sponsored a MotoAmerica rider last year; and had a strong response. Joining forces with Team Hammer expands on that support and will help us reach our business goals. We’re on the bikes in all the classes Team Hammer competes in. We’re looking to extend our sponsorship with social media content, TV coverage and exposure with race fans at each MotoAmerica event.”

Minor credited the MotoAmerica organizers with positive growth. “I’m really happy with MotoAmerica.   Their leadership is doing a great job, and the sport is growing again in the United States. I was really excited last year with how many people were at the races. MotoAmerica is seeing attendance levels they hadn’t seen in many years.”

As a lifelong motorcyclist, Minor himself raced for fun over the years. “I was a hobby racer,” said Minor, recalling his racing days. “I raced a few years from the late 1980’s to the mid 1990’s; but I was running a company and working every day. Racing was a hobby, and I had a lot of fun doing it. It’s a passion for me. I love motorcycles and I love motorcycle racing.”

Minor felt the competitive urge a few years ago and once again took to the track. “I raced again in 2012; just as a kind of ‘bucket list’ item, coming up on 60 years old. Team Hammer helped me with a competitive bike and a couple of technicians to support me at the races. I had huge fun that year playing around as a hobby. Team Hammer has always been very well run, and it is a great relationship for us. I’ve known the guys since the 1980’s, John Ulrich and Keith Perry and other key team members.  They are very well respected.  Team Hammer is very professional and the type of organization Vision Wheel strives to be associated with.”

Another highlight for the 2022 Team Hammer sponsorship is Vision Wheel supporting a three-bike Daytona 200 race effort that includes Team Hammer racers, Richie Escalante, Sam Lochoff plus Vision’s Geoff May, all competing on defending Supersport-championship winning Suzuki GSX-R600 race bikes.

“We can’t wait to get on the grid at Daytona,” concluded Minor.


The 2022 season will mark Team Hammer’s 42nd consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Race bikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 128 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National races, have finished on AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National podiums 332 times and have won 11 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National Championships, as well as two FIM South American Championships (in Superbike and Supersport.) The team has also won 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.


Founded in 1976, Vision Wheel is one of the nation’s leading providers of custom wheels for cars and trucks, and one of the first manufacturers of custom wheels and tires for ATVs, UTVs, and golf carts. Vision Wheel looks beyond the current trends and to the future in developing, manufacturing, and distributing its wheels. Vision’s lines of street, race, off-road, American Muscle, and Milanni wheels are distributed nationally and internationally through a trusted network of distributors. Vision Wheel also produces the Vision It AR app to allow users to see how their wheel of choice will look on their vehicle before purchase and installation. For more information on Vision Wheel, visit


Suzuki Motor USA, LLC. (SMO) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automotive Parts, Accessories, and ECSTAR Oils & Chemicals via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles, Outboard Motors, and related products. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has business relations with 201 countries/regions. For more information, visit

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Keope all’insegna dell’esperienza con Krummenacher e Canepa per vincere nel CIV SBK 2022

Keope Motor Team punta sull'esperienza di Randy Krummenacher e Niccolò Canepa per portare Yamaha al successo nel CIV Superbike 2022

Keope e Yamaha: linea all’insegna dell’esperienza per vincere nel CIV SBK 2022

Keope Motor Team punta sull'esperienza di Randy Krummenacher e Niccolò Canepa per portare Yamaha al successo nel CIV Superbike 2022

MotoAmerica: Matt Truelove Joins TSE Racing For Daytona 200

RoadRacing World - Mon, 2022-02-28 18:11

TSE racing is excited to welcome Matt Truelove to join is brother Harry on the team for Daytona. TSE started prepping for Daytona with intentions of only having one rider. With a last minute change in Matt’s schedule, it made him available for Daytona as well.

Mark Stiles team owner – “We are very excited to have both Matt and Harry join us for the Daytona 200. Being a family owned and operated team, we couldn’t think of anything better than to have two brothers ride for us. TSE racing originally started as a father-daughter team with myself and my daughter Meghan. It then became a husband-wife team when Meghan married Scotty Ryan. I could have never imagined this is where we would be, when we I started this journey with Meghan, 22 years ago.”

Matt Truelove – “I can’t thank the TSE team enough for making this happen at the last minute. I new it might be a long shot but I made the call a week before the entry deadline, and we where able to put everything together. I have to give a big thanks to my sponsors and Ian Newton as well. I’m really excited to be entering such an iconic race, and hope I can have a good result. This is going to be a great experience!”

Follow TSE Racing on Instagram @TSE_Racing or on Facebook for all event updates.

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MotoAmerica: Returns As Sponsor For Junior Cup

RoadRacing World - Mon, 2022-02-28 17:54

SportbikeTrackGear.Com Returning As Title Sponsor Of The MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship

Online Apparel And Parts Specialists Set For 2022 MotoAmerica Sponsorship Again

IRVINE, CA (February 28, 2022) – MotoAmerica, the premier road racing series in North America, is happy to announce that, after an extremely successful first season of title sponsorship of the Junior Cup class in 2021, Sportbike Track Gear will again be the title sponsor of the Junior Cup Championship in 2022.

Owned and operated by the VanDenBroucks (commonly known as the Vans), Sportbike Track Gear started life as a trackside vendor and has since turned into a highly successful motorcycle apparel and parts website, The Vans are heavily involved in the MotoAmerica series not only from a sponsorship perspective but also as a family. Their son, Max, competes in the series with his father Brian serving as his crew chief and mentor.

“It was a great experience for us to be involved in the MotoAmerica Series last year with our sponsorship of the Junior Cup Championship,” said Brian Van. “And racing in the series with our son Max makes it even better. Last year was special as it was our first season as the class sponsor and our first full season of MotoAmerica racing with Max. This year will be even more exciting with a season under our belt.”

Max Van finished his first full season of Junior Cup racing ranked seventh in the championship with a best finish of fourth at Road America.

“It’s great that had a successful season with us in 2021 and are returning as a class sponsor again in 2022,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “It’s really cool that they are not only a class sponsor, but they also sponsor the class that their son races in. We enjoy seeing families at our events successfully working together and the Vans are the perfect example of that.”

The Junior Cup Championship opens its season at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, April 22-24.

2022 MotoAmerica Junior Cup Series Schedule

April 22-24                 Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta                 Braselton, GA

May 20-22                  VIRginia International Raceway                  Danville, VA

June 3-5                     Road America                                             Elkhart Lake, WI

June 24-26                 Ridge Motorsports Park                              Shelton, WA

July 8-10                     WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca         Monterey, CA

July 29-31                   Brainerd International Raceway                 Brainerd, MN

August 19-21              Pittsburgh International Race Complex     Wampum, PA

September 9-11         New Jersey Motorsports Park                    Millville, NJ

September 23-25       Barber Motorsports Park                            Birmingham, AL


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 Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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MotoGP: 2022 World Championship Begins March 4 In Qatar

RoadRacing World - Mon, 2022-02-28 17:19

Ready, set… race! As the sun goes down, the lights go out at Lusail

MotoGP is back in business as the Qatar GP kicks off the 2022 season – with spectacle guaranteed

Monday, 28 February 2022

2021 saw every manufacturer take home a podium and heralded some of the closest top-15 finishes of all time. More records were broken, new winners emerged, and a few precedents were set. France got its first premier class World Champion. We bid a racing farewell to legends and winners. But that’s already a chapter in the history books, and now we’re about to open the cover on 2022 and welcome the new. As we do, the title page bears a simple message: welcome back to the greatest show on Earth. Please keep your hands and feet inside the rollercoaster at all times.

It’s Lusail International Circuit that hosts the now iconic floodlit opening round, and in 2022 there are 24 riders waiting for the lights to go out – 14 of whom are World Champions, which is a new record. Five are premier class rookies, 12 are premier class race winners. One has eight World Championships. One wears the crown. Another signed off 2021 with the momentum. And yet more have reset, recharged and come back to the fight with a little more in the tank for 2022…

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) must lead the headlines as both the reigning Champion and a winner at the track in 2021. Yamaha is the most successful manufacturer at Lusail and they took both victories at the track last year, so that’s also a good omen for Quartararo, Franco Morbidelli (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), two-time Qatar winner Andrea Dovizioso (WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP) and his new teammate, rookie Darryn Binder. But pre-season testing saw a few glances of discontent for the Iwata marque in their ongoing battle to increase top speed, among other things, and it seemed reviews were mixed. Now the proof of the testing will be in the racing, so what have Yamaha got in the locker… and will there remain harmony between man and machine?

For many races in the latter half of 2021, and ominously at times, that harmony was personified elsewhere: Ducati. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) had a few stumbles on his way to the top step in the premier class, but when he did get there, he couldn’t keep away. After an all-Ducati podium to round out the season as well, the momentum was steamrolling and hopes will remain high going into 2022. Testing wasn’t the all-out assault on the timesheets some expected, but then cards may well remain close to chests. Bagnaia, Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team), Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing), Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP), Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) and Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) are quite an experienced armada for the Bologna factory, and Lusail is tied as their second most successful track. Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing MotoGP) both look pretty pacy too, adding some extra intrigue to the fight for Rookie of the Year.

So what of Suzuki? By comparison to Yamaha most especially, it was a fairly glowing preseason for the Hamamatsu factory. Smiles, gains, and quietly confident progress seemed to sum it up for 2020 MotoGP World Champion Joan Mir and teammate Alex Rins, with one thing on their shopping list – more power – seemingly delivered. In Qatar, Suzuki haven’t finished better than fourth so a podium would be a good way to underline said progress and start building some foundations. Both Mir and Rins will also be exceptionally keen to avoid a repeat of what happened on the line to the number 36 last year as two Ducatis pipped Mir to the post.

Someone who knows that feeling at Lusail is eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). The number 93 has more MotoGP wins than the rest of the grid combined, but a couple have got away in Qatar courtesy of Dovizioso and time will tell whether the 2022 edition will prove different. It’s been a long road to recovery but recovered the Honda rider is, and facing that down could be enough of a challenge for the rest of the grid on its own. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) looks to have made a key step with the all-new RC213V too, and Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) will be looking to prove the same.

For KTM, Lusail isn’t the best place to start the season, having never been the kindest match for the RC16. The Austrian factory’s best result at the track is a P8. However, new Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager Francesco Guidotti already stated in testing that the plan is to find a new foundation from which to continue development, so Qatar being another different track is useful in itself. The talent pool is too: Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira remain at Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and both look to make 2022 the third year in a row they’ve both taken premier class wins. There are two new kids on the block at Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing as well: 2021 Moto2 Champion Remy Gardner and the rookie who nearly beat him to the crown, Raul Fernandez. They’ll be looking to hit the ground running.

Finally, Aprilia. Now MotoGP podium finishers and heading into 2022 with a new, leaner, and reportedly further improved RS-GP, pre-season saw the Noale factory steal plenty of headlines. Aleix Espargaro is now an established frontrunner with the marque and took the factory’s best result at Lusail of a sixth place, but Maverick Viñales is a little more settled in now too. The number 12 was also the rider on the top step in the 2021 season opener, and has won at Lusail before that too, albeit with a different manufacturer. Can Aprilia come out swinging? Will the top five or the podium beckon? Who will come out on top in the battle of the teammates? We’re about to find out!

As ever, the engines roar for race day once the sun’s gone down in Doha, and it’s 18:00 (GMT +3) local time when the field will thunder towards Turn 1 for the first time this season. So join us for another spectacular on Sunday, and keep up with Free Practice and qualifying once the premier class action begins at 13:40 on Friday.

Moto2 take on the new kid on the block

After ominous pace in testing, it’s time for Acosta saddle up in the intermediate class – and for his rivals to see how they measure up

If Moto3 were singing “How do you solve a problem like Acosta?” last year, pre-season testing tells us it’s the turn of Moto2 in 2022. The reigning lightweight class Champion has gone from incredible rookie in one class to seemingly exactly the same in another, topping testing in Portugal and ominous from the start. Given Doha is where the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider began his World Championship career last year with a second place and then that awe-inspiring win from pitlane, the now number 51 is likely walking the tallest into Lusail International Circuit.

The intermediate class, however, is a different challenge in many ways. Tyres, tactics… there’s usually no freight train and laptimes are crafted. But Raul Fernandez is the example that will most interest Acosta, and there’s no reason to believe this year’s Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie can’t turn his established speed into race-long pace. So who’ll be looking to stop him?

Teammate Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) will be one. He’s now the Ajo machine sporting the number 37, and with some wins and podiums under his belt already, Fernandez has proven speed. It seems the Spaniard had to compromise and ride within the limit at times in 2021 though, and while that’s a compromise every rider makes, Fernandez will be looking to unlock the margin that’s made him look on rails at times in the past. Now in the team that dominated last year, will change breed more glory?

For Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team), meanwhile, the hope will be in continuity – and recovering from tendonitis in his wrist in pre-season. The Brit won both Grands Prix at Lusail last season for some good omens though, so if Lowes is limited the venue is a kinder one. Tony Arbolino will be interesting to watch too as he takes over as Lowes’ teammate, with the Italian having shown flashes of pace but now looking to make a step up.

Flashes of pace isn’t quite enough to describe the now multitude of podiums for Aron Canet (Flexbox HP 40), but the Spaniard is intent on the top step and a title charge in 2022. He’s been quick in preseason and seems to have settled in at the team, with Jorge Navarro alongside. Jake Dixon, who heads for Inde GASGAS Aspar Team, also looked quick in testing, and it seems his new teammate, Albert Arenas, has taken a step forward too. The likes of Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) and Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) will be looking to head that off and aim squarely for the podium, however, and the names of those who could bring some noise in 2022 just keep on coming.

Americans Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Team) and Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) are two who will be interesting to watch. The latter now seems in the groove in Moto2, and the former appears to have a little mojo back. That could prove quite a serious issue for his rivals in Qatar, as Roberts’ form at Lusail catapulted him to his first pole position in 2020, which was also the first for an American in 10 years. He went on to take his best result at the time of a fourth place too. Since, he’s been on the podium but only once, so could the stage be set?

Fermin Aldeguer (MB Conveyors Speed Up), meanwhile, finds himself between a rock and hard place in some ways, as the reigning Moto2 European Champion has done too many events to be classed as a rookie. And yet, he hasn’t taken on Lusail. With good experience in the class already though, he’ll want to have the jump on those who will be fighting to be top debutant this season, and there are ten of them.

Alongside Acosta, fellow Moto3 graduates Niccolo Antonelli (Mooney VR46 Racing Team), Filip Salač (Gresini Racing Moto2), Gabriel Rodrigo (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) and Jeremy Alcoba (Liqui Moly Intact GP) make the move, and Alessandro Zaccone (Gresini Racing Moto2) goes from MotoE to Moto2 after a successful switch of WorldSSP for MotoE. Manuel Gonzalez cuts out the middle man there and comes straight from WorldSSP to Moto2 with the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team, and he’ll be alongside Keminth Kubo as the Thai rider moves from the Moto2 European Championship.

At American Racing, Sean Dylan Kelly arrives from Supersport in his home US of A, and then finally, Zonta van den Goorbergh makes a mammoth move as the Dutchman goes from Moto3 Junior to Moto2 World Championship. The range of CVs and riders will definitely make for some interesting viewing in 2022, but can anyone get close to following Acosta’s lead?

Moto2 take centre stage at Lusail at 16:20 (GMT +3) on Sunday. Make sure to tune in as the unique mixture of pace and pressure hits boiling point in the desert, with Acosta staring down another chance at a little history and the rest of the field looking to get in his way.

Veterans vs rookies: who will vie for victory in Qatar?

The experienced runners look to start their campaigns for the crown as an influx of new talent joins Moto3

2021 was a milestone year for Moto3, with a year-long battle ultimately won by a rookie sensation on the way to breaking some incredible records. But that was then and this is now, with said sensation now firmly Moto2’s problem and the throne looking for a new name. The long road to deciding who will reign in 2022 begins now and it begins at Lusail International Circuit.

Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing), the 2021 runner up and rider with the most Moto3 wins – six – will be keen to start off on a high. The Italian was fastest in testing too, and arrives with some serious momentum built in the latter half of last year. Sergio Garcia (Gavita GASGAS Aspar Team), who likewise challenged for the crown in 2021, has his eyes on a title campaign too, and he has four Moto3 wins in his pocket. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo), meanwhile, is one of the most seasoned frontrunners and he’ll be looking to hit back after a tougher season in 2021, with the year marred by some injury struggles on top of welcoming the fastest rookie teammate in history.

There are plenty more veterans and podium finishers too. John McPhee heads to Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max and Tatsuki Suzuki saddles up alongside Foggia at Leopard. Both have more than one victory and plenty of experience. Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team) had a 2021 worthy of a springboard into an even better year, and Izan Guevara (Gavita GASGAS Aspar Team) took an impressive rookie year maiden win and, like Migno, remains in the same team. That could be important for continuity, but Xavier Artigas will be looking to prove that wrong as he moves to CFMoto Racing PrüstelGP, also with a rookie win under his belt from 2021. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) will want more podiums and to attack the top step, and so will Ayumu Sasaki as the Japanese rider moves to Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max.

In terms of Lusail, there are two previous winners on the grid who’ll be glad of that extra shot of confidence that comes from good memories. One is Kaito Toba (CIP Green Power), and the other is Masia after his season opening victory last year. Foggia, meanwhile, had a tougher time of it across the two Grands Prix at Lusail last season: he crashed in Qatar and then started from pitlane in the Doha GP, unable to move through for points. Will that matter given the storming latter half of the season, and speed in testing, from which the Italian arrives?

Then there are the rookies, and this year there are a good few. 2021 FIM Moto3 Junior World Champion Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Ajo), runner up David Muñoz (BOE SKX), 2021 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup winner Taiyo Furusato (Honda Team Asia), experienced junior runner Ivan Ortola (Angeluss MTA Team), Australian Joel Kelso (CIP Green Power), Brazilian Diogo Moreira (MT Helmets – MSI), Italian Matteo Bertelle (QJMotor Avintia Racing Team), Indonesian Mario Aji (Honda Team Asia) and the British duo at the all-new VisionTrack Racing Team: Scott Ogden and Joshua Whatley. However, Muñoz won’t be on track as yet due to his age and Gerard Riu will take over, and Furusato is suffering a broken ankle after a crash in testing. For the rest, that’s a small headtstart in the fight to take that coveted Rookie of the Year title… and it really will be so this season, with a packed list of debuting talent.

There’s also the return of Ana Carrasco (BOE SKX) to watch out for, who is far from a rookie but nevertheless facing a mountain to climb to get back in the Moto3 groove. Not since 2015 has the first female solo motorcycle racing World Champion ridden in the lightweight class of Grand Prix racing, and she arrives with that 2018 WorldSSP300 title to her name but the challenge remains real. How will she get on a mammoth nine years since her rookie Moto3 season?

Moto3 head out first in Qatar, with lights out set for 15:00 (GMT +3) local time. Will it be Foggia, Masia, Garcia? A new name on the top step? We’ll start to see more of the picture in Free Practice, so tune in from 11:50 on Friday morning as the first session of the season gets us in gear.

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