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MotoGP: Suppo Hired As Suzuki Team Manager

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-02-23 17:48

SUZUKI ANNOUNCES THE ARRIVAL OF LIVIO SUPPO
 

Suzuki Motor Corporation and Team Suzuki Ecstar join forces in the announcement that Livio Suppo will take up the position of Team Manager for Team Suzuki Ecstar with immediate effect.

It’s no secret that the Project Leader, Shinichi Sahara, has been looking for a Team Manager to step into the squad for 2022. After a transitional 2021 season in which the team were forced to create a management committee, with Sahara assuming the role of Team Manager ad interim, a solution has been found and an agreement has been reached ahead of season opener in Qatar on March 6th.

Livio Suppo is a well-known manager in the MotoGP paddock. He began his career 28 years ago with Benetton Honda Team in the 125cc and 250cc classes. Since then he has enjoyed 11 years with Ducati as a Project Leader, which included the crowning of Casey Stoner as champion. He then moved to HRC where he was the Team Principal for seven years, and a further five titles were achieved. Since his departure from MotoGP, Suppo has set up a successful e-bike company, but he feels now is the perfect time to step back into the paddock.

For Team Suzuki Ecstar, Suppo’s arrival gives a further boost of confidence ahead of a season where an increase in performance compared with last year is necessary. Following the winter tests both Joan Mir and Alex Rins felt positive about their possibilities for the season ahead, and the addition of an experienced and successful manager who has a strong belief in team work and enjoys working in an upbeat atmosphere will no doubt lift the Suzuki squad’s spirits further.

Shinichi Sahara – Team Suzuki Ecstar Project Leader:

“I’m very happy to announce the news of Livio Suppo as our new Team Manager before the new season starts. I’m confident that Livio is very well suited for the position, because he has a lot of experience and a big passion for winning. He understands how teams work and that team atmospheres are important when it comes to being competitive consistently during a season. Some of our crew members already have experience of working with him, and I’ve known him for a long time because he’s been in the paddock for many years. We’ve already seen promising signs and improvements in our performance during winter testing, and I believe Livio joining us will bolster our team further and we will become even stronger.”

Livio Suppo – Team Suzuki Ecstar Manager:

“I am very proud to become Suzuki Ecstar’s Team Manager and happy to re-join the MotoGP Championship after four years. I’m also very honoured to be involved in this great project with Suzuki; for sure it will be a challenging task to be part of an historic manufacturer in MotoGP, who recently achieved the crown in 2020 in the year of their 100th anniversary. I also feel it will be a great experience to start working with two talented riders like Joan Mir and Alex Rins, both capable of fighting for the top in MotoGP. Sahara-san’s proposal came at the perfect time for me, I had been busy setting up my e-bike company but I was certainly missing the paddock and ready to come back. Racing has been my life for almost all my career and I will do my best to bring my experience to Team Suzuki Ecstar. I know they are a great team, but also a great group of humans, so this could help a lot to achieve our goals sooner. MotoGP nowadays is more and more exciting, with many very fast riders and competitive motorcycles from all manufacturers. It’s a difficult challenge for everybody involved, where all the small details can make the difference, I am ready to be part of the game again and give my all to be on top with Suzuki.”

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Rainey To Ride Yamaha YZR500 At Goodwood Festival Of Speed

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-02-23 17:29

Wayne Rainey To Ride Again In Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Three-Time World Champion To Be Reunited With Yamaha YZR500

Goodwood is proud to announce that three-time 500cc World Motorcycle Champion Wayne Rainey will make his first appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard (June 23-26).

Renowned for its unrestricted access to the mighty machines of motorsport and the riders and drivers who made them famous, this year’s Festival of Speed will be no exception. Across the weekend, fans will be able to watch Rainey take to the iconic Goodwood hillclimb on the Yamaha YZR500, with which he won the 1992 World Championship 30 years ago.

Goodwood is delighted that the Festival of Speed will reunite Rainey with a racing bike for the first time in 29 years, following the accident at the 1993 Italian Grand Prix that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Rainey’s exploits at the Festival of Speed follow his first return to riding in 2019 at the Sound of Engine Festival in Suzuka, Japan.

As we prepare to celebrate ‘The Innovators – Masterminds of Motorsport’, Rainey’s ride will be made possible by the innovation of the Yamaha Motor Company as they reconfigure the 30-year-old Yamaha YZR500 so it can be ridden using handlebar controls alone. Rainey himself has masterminded his way through a career in motorsport spanning four decades, first as a three-time World Champion, then as a team manager, and currently as President of MotoAmerica.

Wayne Rainey said: “I’m incredibly excited to not only be attending my first Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer, but to be riding my 1992 Yamaha YZR500 up the famous hillclimb. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that I just couldn’t pass up. I want to thank the Yamaha Motor Company for preparing my 1992 YZR500 and adapting it for me to ride, MotoAmerica for helping make the entire project fly, and The Duke of Richmond for really making this a reality. I can’t wait to meet the fans who come from all over the world for the Goodwood Festival of Speed.”

Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing Srl said: “The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an amazing event that is a showcase for two and four-wheel motorsports legends – both human and mechanical. Wayne Rainey is a true motorcycle racing legend who achieved three 500cc World Titles with Yamaha before his career-ending accident and injury. The thought of Wayne riding the legendary 1992 Factory YZR500 bike that he rode to his final championship victory is something truly amazing that I for one never imagined could be possible. I know it will mean so much to Wayne, and it will be something truly special for all the fans at Goodwood and all around the world. We are proud to be able to support Wayne make his dream come true.”

The Duke of Richmond said: “I am absolutely delighted that Wayne and his family are able to join us at this year’s Festival of Speed and that we will see him take to the Hill on the bike with which he won his last World Championship 30 years ago. Every year the Festival showcases spectacular stories from the world of motorsport, and we are privileged that Wayne is sharing his with us this summer.”

Wayne Rainey

With 82 500cc Grand Prix starts, Wayne Rainey won 24 races and took 64 podiums while his battles with arch-rival Kevin Schwantz have become the stuff of motorcycling legend. At the time of his accident in 1993 he was leading the World Motorcycle Championship and was just three races away from winning his fourth title.

Following his accident, Rainey became the team manager of the Marlboro Yamaha Team before retiring in 1998. He was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999 and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007, named a FIM Grand Prix ‘Legend’ in 2000 and has a corner of the Laguna Seca Circuit named in his honour.

Savings to be made on tickets bought before 1 April 2022

Those planning to attend the Festival of Speed this summer have the opportunity to save on tickets when bought by 31 March 2022. The 2022 Festival of Speed qualifies for the UK Government’s ‘creative industry tax relief’, with a reduced VAT rate of 12.5% until 31 March 2022. We are pleased to be able to pass this saving on to our customers, which will apply to a number of entry products. Ticket prices will remain at the reduced VAT rate until the end of March, when it will return to the full rate of 20% from 1 April 2022.

About MotoAmerica

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

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AHRMA: Maddrill Wins Vintage Cup Races At Roebling Road

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-02-23 00:02

AHRMA’s 2022 Vintage Cup Roebling Road Raceway Race Recap

(February 22, 2022, Elora, Tennessee) – Motorcycles that are mostly hiding away in personal collections showed they can still deliver on the racetrack during the second race weekend of the 2022 Bridgestone Tires American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) National Historic Cup Roadracing Series February 19-20 at Roebling Road Raceway, near Savannah, Georgia.

“It looks like this is going to be an exciting group. There are a lot of bikes being built right now that will be coming out for future races this year, and we are building steam,” said Brian Larrabure, 2022 Chair of the AHRMA Board of Trustees.

The 2022 Vintage Cup class sponsored by RoadracingWorld.com, featuring Vintage Superbike Heavyweight, was a highlight of the event.  Jeremy Maddrill, from Stiger, Illinois, won both races on a 1979 Kawasaki KZ650.  Maddrill custom built his bike between the season opener at Daytona and Roebling Road using a motor purchased at the AHRMA Classic MotoFest Swap Meet, after blowing his original engine while racing at Daytona.

There were six bikes on the grid in Vintage Superbike Heavyweight on each day of the event with some racers crossing the country to compete.

Saturday’s race had the Vintage Superbike Heavyweight class gridded behind Sound of Thunder 3 (SOT3).  Maddrill’s strategy was to use the SOT3 traffic going into Turn One to his advantage to gap the rest of the field, which he did, taking the lead.  Maddrill was able to keep the lead throughout the race on his way to taking the checkered flag first.

Kevin Rammer, from Newnan, Georgia, on a 1982 Honda CB650SC, and Robert Ringnalda, from Columbus, Ohio, aboard a 1979 Honda CBX1000, were in a heated battle with Rammer going off-road at one point.  Rammer was able to come back, pass Ringnalda, and start reeling in Maddrill, but Rammer finished a bikelength behind Maddrill in second place. Ringnalda got third. Rounding out the results, William Brint, from Mount Airy, Georgia, riding a 1979 Honda CBX, finished fourth, Rian Mondriaan, from Bradenton, Florida, on a 1982 Honda CB900F, placed fifth, and Warren Wilson, from Indianapolis, Indiana, on a 1982 Kawasaki GPZ 750, got sixth.

On Sunday, the race grids were modified so that Vintage Superbike Heavyweight was in front of SOT3, putting Maddrill on pole and preventing him from using Saturday’s race strategy to his advantage.  Brint was the first racer through Turn One with Maddrill in second position and followed by Ringnalda.  The race was red-flagged on the opening lap and was restarted, albeit for six laps instead of the original eight.

At the restart, Brint was once again first to clear Turn One. Ringnalda was second followed by Maddrill.  Ringnalda took the lead from Brint and held it until his bike experienced mechanical issues, forcing him to retire and leaving Brint and Maddrill to battle for first.

Maddrill finally squeezed past Brint in Turn Five and held the lead to the checkered flag. Brint had to work for second place after Rammer passed him coming out of Turn Six, but Brint was able to out motor Rammer 300 feet before the finish line to take second. Rammer was third, Mondriaan got fourth, Wilson placed fifth, and Ringnalda was scored sixth.

The 2022 Vintage Cup Trophy will be awarded to the Vintage Superbike Heavyweight class winner at select events including High Plains Raceway, Thunderhill Raceway Park, Heartland Motorsports Park, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, Ridge Motorsports Park, and Barber Motorsports Park.  The Vintage Superbike Heavyweight class is sponsored by International CBX Owners Association (ICOA).  Race dates and event registration links are available at: ahrma.org/schedules-results.

AHRMA National Historic Cup Roadracing Series Vintage Superbike Heavyweight Results – Saturday, February 19, 2022

  1. Jeremy Maddrill, 1979 Kawasaki KZ 650, Steger, IL
  2. Kevin Rammer, 1982 Honda CB650SC, Newnan, GA
  3. Robert Ringnalda, 1979 Honda CBX1000, Columbus, OH
  4. William Brint, 1979 Honda CBX, Mount Airy, GA
  5. Rian Mondriaan, 1982 Honda CB900F, Bradenton, FL
  6. Warren Wilson, 1982 Kawasaki GPZ 750, Indianapolis, IN

AHRMA National Historic Cup Roadracing Series Vintage Superbike Heavyweight Results – Sunday, February 20, 2022

  1. Jeremy Maddrill, 1979 Kawasaki KZ 650, Steger, IL
  2. William Brint, 1979 Honda CBX, Mount Airy, GA
  3. Kevin Rammer, 1982 Honda CB650SC, Newnan, GA
  4. Rian Mondriaan, 1982 Honda CB900F, Bradenton, FL
  5. Warren Wilson, 1982 Kawasaki GPZ 750, Indianapolis, IN
  6. Robert Ringnalda, 1979 Honda CBX1000, Columbus, OH

About AHRMA:

The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Ltd. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to restoring and competing on classic motorcycles. With about 3500 members, AHRMA is the largest vintage racing group in North America and one of the biggest in the world. The association has grown steadily over the years, reflecting the increasing interest in classic bikes.

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Indian Unleashes New “Pursuit” Touring Models

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2022-02-22 19:05

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE UNLEASHES ITS MOST CAPABLE TOURING MACHINE WITH ALL-NEW, LIQUID-COOLED INDIAN PURSUIT

The Next Generation of American V-Twin Touring Performance is Here –

2022 Indian Pursuit Touts Class-Leading Power, All-Day Comfort & Seamless Ride-Enhancing Technology

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 22, 2022 – Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today unleashed the next generation of American V-Twin touring performance with the launch of the Indian Pursuit. Featuring the liquid-cooled PowerPlus engine, seamless ride-enhancing technology, a chassis-mounted fairing, and loads of touring amenities, the 2022 Indian Pursuit stakes its claim as the most capable and refined American touring machine on the road.

Packed with unparalleled comfort and performance, the Indian Pursuit was thoughtfully engineered for discerning riders who value the journey as much as the destination. Available in two models with two trim levels for each, riders can select from four total offerings to fit their personal style and riding preferences. Models include the Pursuit Dark Horse and Pursuit Limited – each available with a premium package that offers advanced ride-enhancing technology and additional comfort features.

 

A 2022-model Indian Pursuit Dark Horse at rest. Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.

 

“Touring bikes are one of the ultimate expressions of freedom – enabling unforgettable experiences through longer escapes and epic adventures on the open road,” said Mike Dougherty, President for Indian Motorcycle. “With Pursuit, we’ve expanded on the unparalleled sophistication of the PowerPlus motor to deliver a class-leading, fully-loaded touring machine that combines top-tier performance with unparalleled comfort and advanced tech features, delivering an American V-twin touring experience unlike any other.”

At the heart of each model is the Indian Motorcycle PowerPlus engine, a 108 cubic-inch, liquid-cooled V-twin that delivers a class-leading 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs. of torque. Each 2022 Pursuit model features a refined PowerPlus calibration, which improves low-speed drivability and further enhances the rider experience.

Each Indian Pursuit model is designed for optimal comfort for long, epic journeys. The adjustable windscreen and vented lower fairings provide superior protection from the elements, and a heightened level of flexibility to adjust to varying weather and temperature conditions. Heated grips keep riders’ hands warm in cold weather, while the Pursuit’s new Touring Comfort seat delivers unprecedented comfort. In addition, a premium cargo trunk and spacious saddlebags combine for more than 35 gallons of power-locking storage – allowing riders to pack everything they need for longer rides.

Features for each Pursuit model are capped off with an industry-leading seven-inch touchscreen display powered by RIDE COMMAND. With RIDE COMMAND+, the touchscreen display offers Apple CarPlay®, GPS with turn-by-turn navigation and a free year of RIDE COMMAND+ connected features, including live traffic and weather overlays, and an all-new vehicle locator feature. The new vehicle locator feature adds a sense of security, as riders can visit the Indian Motorcycle RIDE COMMAND mobile app or website to track their bike’s last location where it was powered on.

 

A 2022-model Indian Pursuit Limited at rest. Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.

 

Riders looking to take their journey to the next level can do so with the Indian Pursuit Dark Horse with Premium Package and Indian Pursuit Limited with Premium Package. Each model features an all-new electronically adjustable rear suspension preload from Fox®, which allows riders to adjust their preload for optimal comfort and handling under varying conditions. Whether riding solo, two-up or carrying more cargo – the electronically adjustable rear suspension preload is managed from the convenience of the bike’s infotainment system. The new electronic preload is standard on Premium package models and is also available as an accessory upgrade for standard Indian Pursuit Dark Horse, Indian Pursuit Limited, and all Indian Challenger models.

In addition, both premium models offer intuitive Smart Lean Technology, which keeps riders confidently grounded by utilizing a Bosch® IMU to add cornering control to the dynamic traction control and ABS. The two premium offerings also feature integrated driving lights within the lower fairings and a premium styled heated seat for improved comfort during cold weather.

To add power and custom-inspired styling to Indian Pursuit models, Indian Motorcycle offers several performance accessories. The PowerPlus Air Cleaner complements the bike with a deeper intake sound, while the PowerPlus Stage 2 Performance Cams deliver 10% more horsepower and 3% more torque.

Indian Pursuit riders looking to further personalize their ride can do so with two kit options for their Hard Lower Fairings, a set of Mitered Mid-Rise Handlebars, LED lighting options, and various soft luggage pieces. To further utilize the space within the Pursuit’s Hard Lower Fairings, riders can add additional storage compartments or integrate an Indian Motorcycle PowerBand Audio Kit. When fully upgraded with PowerBand Audio, riders will experience surround sound with four points, including front fairing, lower fairings, saddlebags and cargo trunk. The Indian Motorcycle Mitered Mid-Rise Handlebars not only add a stylish custom look, but also place the upper controls in a comfortable, elevated position. Riders can also add LED lighting for enhanced visibility, including an Adaptive LED Headlight option that automatically optimizes where light shines based on the bike’s lean angle. And finally, riders can choose from four versatile pieces in the Spirit Lake Luggage Collection for protected, organized gear that’s easy to attach and detach from the bike.

Pricing for the Indian Pursuit Dark Horse begins at $30,999 and $33,999 for the Pursuit Dark Horse with Premium Package. Paint options for both trims include, Black Smoke, Spirit Blue, Silver Quartz Smoke, and Ruby Metallic over Black Metallic.

The Indian Pursuit Limited starts at $29,999, while the Pursuit Limited with Premium Package begins at $32,999. Paint options for both trims include, Black Metallic, Deepwater Metallic and Maroon Metallic over Crimson Metallic.

The 2022 Pursuit lineup will begin shipping to Indian Motorcycle dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada in early 2022.

Riders can learn more at their local Indian Motorcycle dealership by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com, or by following along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®

Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Apple CARPLAY® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.;  BOSCH® is registered to Robert Bosch GmbH; FOX® is a registered trademark of Fox Factory Inc.; Unless noted, trademarks are the property of Indian Motorcycle International, LLC.

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MotoGP: Races Ended With Red Flags To Be Handled Differently

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2022-02-22 18:26

FIM Grand Prix World Championship

Decision of the Grand Prix Commission

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Paul Duparc (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA), and Biense Bierma (MSMA), in an electronic meeting held on 4 February 2022 made the following decision:

Sporting Regulations

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Race Classification in an Interrupted Race

Previously, if a race was red flagged and a final result declared, the result was taken from the lap on which all riders had last crossed the finish line. If a rider or several riders were half a lap or more behind the race leader, this caused the race classification to be taken from the previous lap, even when the race leader and the majority of the field had completed the next lap. In these cases, any position changes or crashes on the race leader’s final lap were rendered moot.

Effective immediately, the result of a red flagged race will now be taken from the last time the race leader crosses the finish line before the red flag is shown. All riders who cross the finish line on the same lap as the leader before the red flag will be classified in that order, as a partial classification.

Any riders who do not cross the finish line on the same lap as the leader before the red flag is shown will be classified based on where they crossed the finish line on the previous lap.

These two partial classifications will be combined to provide the final race result.

This system previously applied to races that were red flagged after the race leader had taken the chequered flag, and will now apply to all red flagged races for which a final result is declared.

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