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MotoAmerica: Young Gun Tyler Scott Joins Team Hammer

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-04-06 17:23

YOUNG GUN TYLER SCOTT JOINS TEAM HAMMER

Team Hammer, Inc. is thrilled to announce the signing of rising star Tyler Scott to race in the 2022 MotoAmerica Supersport championship aboard a Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R.

The team has committed to an extensive career development program with the 16-year-old Scott, who is the reigning MotoAmerica Junior Cup champion following a thoroughly dominant 2021 campaign. Last season, Scott won the Junior Cup title by a 44-point margin on the strength of 15 podiums, 11 of which were race wins.

 

Tyler Scott. Photo courtesy Team Hammer.

The Pennsylvanian has been over-achieving for the majority of his life. Scott, whose father and uncle were professional flat track racers, began racing at the age of four. He quickly proved himself a dirt track prodigy, ultimately earning 13 AMA Grand Championships at the amateur level while being named AMA Youth Dirt Track Racer of the Year on four separate occasions.

Scott started his road racing career at the age of eight, and earned numerous regional titles. Scott was selected to participate in the 2019 Red Bull Rookies Cup, followed that up with a year of intense competition in the 2020 FIM CEV European Talent Cup, and then returned to the U.S.A. full-time to win the 2021 Junior Cup.

“This year, I’ll be on the best team for me,” said Scott. “Team Hammer has the data and history of running up front wherever the team races, and I feel that puts me in the best position to improve. I’m excited for the opportunity, and I want to adapt to the bike quickly and completely. Last year, I ran the tracks in the Junior Cup, so I am familiar with the circuits. I’m looking forward to our upcoming test at Barber to see how the GSX-R feels and to be fast for the first round.”

“Tyler has been on our radar for a few seasons,” said Chris Ulrich, Team Hammer Vice President of Operations. “We had a first-hand look at him last year when he won the Junior Cup. He’s an exceptional talent and a rider for the future. Tyler has earned a lot of accolades already, but what impresses us most is his attitude and desire. I think he will do well on a competitive bike and learn at a fast pace. Similar to what we are already doing with Sam Lochoff and Liam Grant, we have a program in place to help Tyler achieve his goals. This will be fun!”

ABOUT TEAM HAMMER

The 2022 season marks Team Hammer’s 42nd consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 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.

 ABOUT VISION WHEEL

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 www.visionwheel.com.

ABOUT SUZUKI

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 www.suzuki.com.

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MotoAmerica: Superbike Championship Begins At COTA

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-04-06 17:03

MotoAmerica Superbikes Are Back And Ready For Business In Texas

The MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Championship Set To Start Alongside MotoGP
In The Red Bull Grand Prix Of The Americas, April 8-10

IRVINE, CA (April 6, 2022) – If history is to repeat itself in the opening round of the 2022 MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Championship at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) this weekend, a non-American will win on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 for his first career MotoAmerica victory.

Welcome to the top step on the podium, Richie Escalante.

Okay, not so fast.

Thanks mostly to a certain Spaniard by the name of Toni Elias, foreigners have won seven of the 10 MotoAmerica Superbike races held at COTA with Elias winning six times and South African Mathew Scholtz taking a lone victory in 2018. The Americans who have tasted victory on the circuit located on the outskirts of Austin? That would be Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier way back in 2015, the first year of the race, and Josh Herrin, the winner of race two the last time MotoAmerica took part in the event in 2019.

As for manufacturer victories… Suzuki has seven wins with Yamaha winning the other three.

So will Escalante, who hails from Mexico City, Mexico, win his Superbike debut for the Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki team this weekend? Well, that depends on if you look at just COTA’s history, or the more recent MotoAmerica results.

If you look only at last year, then it would take a brave soul to bet against 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Jake Gagne. You don’t win 17 of 20 races and not show up as the favorite, and Gagne can boast those results. The Californian, who now calls Colorado home, returns on his Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing YZF-R1 fresh off his dominating 2021 season when he not only won 17 of 20 races, but he also won 16 races in a row dating from the end of April to the middle of September. Yes, it was a record-breaking season for Gagne on many fronts.

Last year, Gagne didn’t get much of a challenge from anyone within his team, but this season might be different with the addition of South African Cameron Petersen to the two-rider Yamaha team. Petersen comes to the squad after finishing third in last year’s Superbike title chase on an M4 ECSTAR Suzuki with his first-career Superbike win coming in the final round of the season at Barber Motorsports Park. He also comes with a 2022 race under his belt with his new team after finishing second in the Daytona 200 on a Yamaha YZF-R6. And Petersen was just .007 of a second from victory.

Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz begins the 2022 season after enjoying his best year to date in 2021. The South African won his third- and fourth-career Superbike races last year (in the season opener at Road Atlanta and the season finale at Barber) and parlayed his 14 total podiums into a runner-up finish to Gagne in the final point standings. Scholtz is hoping to go one better in 2022 and he’ll tackle the season in the cozy atmosphere of the Westby team for the seventh straight year. Scholtz will also hit the COTA track this weekend as the only rider on the MotoAmerica grid to have won a race there.

If there’s a non-America to be leery of in the season opener, it’s Italian Danilo Petrucci. The 31-year-old two-time MotoGP race winner (2019 at Mugello; 2020 at Le Mans) will make his much-heralded MotoAmerica debut at COTA on the ex-Loris Baz Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC Panigale V4 R. Petrucci will face a new team, new bike, new tires, and new tracks, but he’s likely faced bigger challenges (the Dakar Rally, for example). And let’s not forget that Elias won his first-ever MotoAmerica race… and at COTA to boot. While Elias claimed COTA as one of his favorites, Petrucci has said it’s not one of his and his best finish in Texas was sixth in the 2019 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas on his factory Ducati.

Escalante will also make his MotoAmerica Superbike debut at COTA with the 2020 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion moving up at class to race a GSX-R1000 for the Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki team. Escalante will be joined there by 2021 MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Champion and Superbike Cup winner Jake Lewis, with the Kentuckian getting another shot at the Medallia Superbike class.

There’s a new team rolling into Austin for the season opener and it’s the Tytlers Cycle Racing squad and its BMW M 1000 RR led by Hector Barbera, the Spaniard finishing seventh in the 2021 MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Championship in his debut season in the series. Barbera will be joined by the returning PJ Jacobsen, the New Yorker back in MotoAmerica for the first time since he suffered injuries in the second round of the season at Road America in 2020.

Tytlers will also run a second team, Tytlers Cycle/RideHVMC Racing, with Travis Wyman, Corey Alexander, and Zachary Schumacher. The trio will ride Stock 1000-spec BMWs in both Medallia Superbike and Stock 1000 and will make their debut on the bikes at COTA.

Also, BMW-mounted for the 2022 MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike series is Scheibe Racing’s Ashton Yates with the youngster switching from his Honda to Scheibe’s BMW S 1000 RR. Yates’s first race on the bike and with the team will be at COTA.

Hayden Gillim is a popular returnee to the series with the Philpot, Kentucky, resident set to race a Superbike-spec Disrupt Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 for a full season in the Superbike series after dabbling in MotoAmerica’s Mission King Of The Baggers Championship last year.

Daytona 200 winner Brandon Paasch will be out to win the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Championship in 2022 and if he does so it will be the third-straight title in that class for the Altus Motorsports team. Paasch will begin his season on the GSX-R1000 at COTA with the Stock 1000 Championship beginning at Road Atlanta two weeks later.

Michael Gilbert Racing’s Michael Gilbert has made the switch from Kawasaki to Suzuki for his 2022 Superbike and Stock 1000 campaigns and he’ll also begin his season at COTA. Another top Stock 1000 racer who will begin his season at COTA is Geoff May with the veteran committing to a full season of Superbike and Stock 1000 racing on his Vision Wheel/Discount Tire/KWS Honda CBR1000RR-R SP, the only Honda entered for COTA.

Veteran Superbike racer David Anthony will again carry the Australian flag in the Medallia Superbike series when he lines up on his Suzuki GSX-R1000R for the COTA opener. Thrashed Bike Racing’s Max Flinders, meanwhile, will again be aboard his trusty all-yellow Yamaha YZF-R1 as he starts his seventh season in the MotoAmerica Championship.

In total, 30 Superbikes – yes, 30 – have entered the season-opener at Circuit of The Americas.

COTA Pre-Race Notes…

With the opening round of the Medallia Superbike Championship a stand-alone for MotoAmerica at Circuit of The Americas, the Auto Parts 4 Less MotoAmerica Championship begins in earnest with all six of its classes on track at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, April 22-24.

Yamaha leads the way in the number of entries for the opening round of the Medallia MotoAmerica Superbike Championship with 10 riders entered on YZF-R1s. BMW and Suzuki will be represented by seven riders each with Ducati next with three Panigale V4 Rs entered. Just three Kawasakis and a lone Honda complete the 30-strong entries.

Dunlop has announced its “Dunlop Fast Nine” program that will offer one free Q (qualifying) tire to the top-nine finishers in Superbike Q1 at COTA. All Superbike competitors are allowed one qualifier to be used in Q2.

More Petrucci Data: Danilo Petrucci, who will make his MotoAmerica debut at COTA, raced for 10 years in MotoGP, the highlight of which were lone victories in the 2019 and 2020 seasons on a Ducati. In total, Petrucci raced in 169 MotoGP races with 10 podiums and the aforementioned two victories. Prior to his MotoGP career, Petrucci raced in the European Superstock 600 Championship and Superstock 1000 Cup.

Petrucci’s last race prior to COTA was in the Dakar Rally where he became the first MotoGP racer to win a stage of the world-famous rally. Petrucci won the fifth stage on his factory KTM.

MotoAmerica last competed at the Circuit of The Americas in 2019 as the race was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. In 2021, MotoGP returned to the Texas venue, but MotoAmerica wasn’t a part of the event due to scheduling conflicts.

Six-time COTA MotoAmerica Superbike winner Toni Elias earned pole position in 2019 with his Superpole lap of 2:08.538. The fastest race lap was turned in by race-two winner Josh Herrin with a 2:08.994 on his Yoshimura Suzuki. Elias and Herrin split the two race wins in 2019.

The Superbike lap record on the 3.4-mile, 20-turn Circuit of The Americas, however, is a 2:08.184 set by Roger Hayden in 2017 on his Yoshimura Suzuki. Hayden will be on hand at COTA doing commentary for MotoAmerica Live+, the series’ live and on-demand streaming service.

The first-ever MotoAmerica Superbike races at COTA were held in MotoAmerica’s debut season of 2015. Yamaha’s four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes won race one with teammate Cameron Beaubier, who would go on to win five MotoAmerica Superbike titles, won race two.

American race fans will have three former MotoAmerica racers to cheer for at Circuit of The Americas with 2015 MotoAmerica Superstock 600 Champion Joe Roberts, five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier and 2021 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Sean Dylan Kelly all currently taking part in the Moto2 World Championship. Beaubier had his career-best Moto2 finish of fifth in last year’s Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.

There will also be two Beaubiers on hand at COTA this year with Cameron’s little brother Ezra Beaubier set to race in the MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike race on a Motorsport Exotica Orange Cat BST Racing BMW M 1000 RR.

Circuit of The Americas has undergone a repave job since last year’s MotoGP with turns two through 10 and 12 through 16 being re-surfaced to eliminate the bumps that put the track in a negative light last year.

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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World Supersport: Panta Racing Fuel Named Official Fuel Supplier

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-04-06 16:52

Panta Racing Fuel becomes the Official Fuel Supplier of WorldSSP

Already present in WorldSSP300, Panta Racing Fuel gets involved in the reinvigorated WorldSSP class from 2022

On the back of their experience as the Official Fuel Supplier of the WorldSSP300 class since its inception in 2017, Panta Racing Fuel has been appointed as the exclusive supplier of the FIM Supersport World Championship as it accompanies the category into its ‘Next Generation’ era, starting this season. The company’s involvement in WorldSSP300 has already been successful and now, it looks to expand into WorldSSP ahead of what is set to be an exciting season of racing.

Part of the Mol Group and based in Italy, Panta Racing Fuel develop and produce specialised racing fuels to support performance in motorsport competitions; it offers many references of fuels and special fuels for the automotive industry. Panta Racing Fuel is the official supplier of several motorsport competitions with the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, the FIM Endurance World Championship and British Superbikes series among them. With such experience in the motorsport industry, Panta Racing Fuel is the ideal fuel partner for both the FIM Supersport World Championship and the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship.

Additionally, the Mol Group is strongly committed to sustainable development, by reducing its ecological footprint but also through its partnership with Dorna WSBK Organization (DWO) as the series’ future will entail the development of more sustainable fuels.

Luca Monico, Head of Panta Racing Fuel: “We are thrilled to join the WorldSBK Paddock as the Official Fuel Supplier of WorldSSP and WorldSSP300. It’s a great opportunity for our brand to widen the field of application of our products.”

Francesco Valentino, Head of WorldSBK Commercial & Marketing dept.: “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Panta Racing Fuel in WorldSSP300 and to welcome them as the Official Fuel Supplier of the WorldSSP class. As we are entering into the Supersport ‘Next Generation’, it is crucial for us to have such a reliable partner by our side to provide our series with high-quality fuel.”
How important is Panta Racing Fuel role in the Supersport ‘Next Generation’ transition?

In 2022, World Supersport enters a new era with new technical regulations. In such an important time for the category, it is essential to be accompanied by an experienced partner such as Panta Racing Fuel.

Scott Smart, the FIM WorldSBK Technical Director explains: “Panta has a great reputation in the world of motorsport and is becoming the choice of many series around the world.” The Italian company was already the Official Fuel Supplier of the WorldSSP300 class and the collaboration with the Championship has been fruitful. “Our collaboration has been very productive with great results” adds Scott Smart.

As the Supersport ‘Next Generation’ bikes will take to the track for the start of the 2022 season, Panta Racing Fuel will play a key role in the development of the class. “In a Championship that requires balance of performance calculations, reducing variables that we have to manage is very important. The stakes are raised once again in Supersport ‘Next Generation’, with factory involvement, high level teams and with an even more critical requirement for performance balance, we can only work with partners that we trust implicitly” explains the FIM WorldSBK Technical Director.

Concluding, Smart stated that their expanded collaboration goes further than just a high-end product: “Panta provides a high-quality consistent product. But it doesn’t end there, using their high-level mobile analysis laboratory means that we can make the most precise fuel test right at the track.”

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Gloddy, Hobbs Racing In Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo Cup At Vallelunga

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-04-06 16:33

Robem Engineering Aprilia riders to race at the May 5-8 Aprilia Racing RS 660 Trofeo Cup in Italy at Vallelunga

Robem Engineering Aprilia, in partnership with BK Corse, is pleased to confirm that full time MotoAmerica Twins Cup riders Teagg Hobbs and Ben Gloddy will participate in the opening round of the Aprilia Racing RS 660 Trofeo Cup at Vallelunga May 5-8.

 

Teagg Hobbs (79). Photo by Sara Chappell, courtesy Robem Engineering.

 

Teagg Hobbs who has the points lead after the first round at Daytona is itching for his first experience on an international stage. “Going to Italy to race the Trofeo Cup is a great opportunity. I can’t thank everyone involved enough for making this happen. I’m excited to get over and represent the United States as best as possible.”

Ben Gloddy, coming off an impressive first ride at Daytona, is looking forward to getting more time on the Aprilia. “I am super excited to have this opportunity to go and race in Italy! It has really been a dream to race in Europe. I can’t thank everyone enough.”

Before Italy the riders and the Robem team will be racing at the MotoAmerica round at Road Atlanta, April 22-24.

Robem Engineering’s partners for 2022 include Aprilia Racing, Piaggio Group Americas, BK Corse, The Center for Plastic Surgery, Synchrony, Motovation USA, SC-Project, Velocity Calibrations, Bitubo Suspension, Woodcraft Technologies, Dymag, Vesrah, Sprint Filter, DID, Magura USA, Sara Chappell Photos, NGK/NTK, Blud Lubricants and Millennium Technologies.

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Gli iscritti al FIM Junior World Championship: 5 gli italiani al via

Filippo Farioli, Nicola Fabio Carraro, Alessandro Marosi, Luca Lunetta, Mattia Volpi sono gli 'azzurri' in pista su 36 partecipanti. Se italiani anche nella Moto2

MotoGP: Marc Marquez Will Ride At COTA

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-04-06 15:58

Marquez set for Austin return as Espargaro plots revenge

Marc Marquez will return to the MotoGP World Championship in Austin aboard his Repsol Honda Team RC213V after consultation and clearance from his medical team.

Doctors have cleared Marc Marquez for a return to Grand Prix competition after his fall in Warm Up at the Indonesian GP and subsequent diplopia diagnosis. The Repsol Honda Team rider has completed his conservative treatment plan and is ready to return to action at Round 4, the Grand Prix of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Before heading for the US, he confirmed his feelings and vision on a CBR600RR around the Alcarras circuit.

Marquez’s record around the Texan circuit speaks for itself, having only missed victory on one occasion when he crashed while comfortably leading in 2019. Even with his historic speed at the track, Marquez is not chasing immediate glory and is aiming to spend the weekend getting back up to speed with the Repsol Honda Team RC213V and continuing to build his feeling and speed on the new machine.

Pol Espargaro arrives in the United States of America with a point to prove after crashing out while chasing a podium in Argentina. Despite a mixed Saturday, Espargaro and his crew put everything in place to produce a strong race that showed more of the potential of the rider and the bike before the fall. In 2021, Espargaro finished tenth in Texas on the RC213V – his fourth top ten at the American circuit.

Aleix Espargaro sits atop the MotoGP World Championship with just 45 points after three races, Pol Espargaro is only 25 points back and despite missing two races, Marquez is 34 points from the top spot. With 18 races still left to run, and a potential of 450 points, it is still very much anyone’s championship.

Action at the 5.5-kilometer-long circuit commences at 09:55 Local Time on Friday, April 08. A unique schedule for the weekend will see the MotoGP race, running over 20 laps, start at 13:00 Local Time just before the Moto3 race which will conclude the day.

Marc Marquez

“Of course I am very happy to be back, it’s a great feeling to return and especially to do it at one of my favourite tracks. No matter the situation, I really enjoy riding in Texas and have incredible memories there. We have some work to do after missing two races and the whole Argentina weekend so I am not here to set one target at the moment. There’s many things to do and consider, but the important thing is that we are back on the bike this weekend.”

Pol Espargaro

“After the disappointment of last race I am looking forward to riding again this week. Austin was not the easiest circuit for us last year but with the new bike it’s interesting to come and compare what we did last year to this year. Already it looks like there will be many people in the mix for the championship this year so we need to get back to scoring points and putting together weekends like the start of the year. It’s time to get some more points on the board and start building something.”

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Ducati Scrambler Experience 2022: il calendario e cosa c'è da sapere

Un’esperienza tra guida on ed off-road, percorsi gastronomici e attività all’aria aperta. Ecco le date ed i dettagli della prossima Ducati Scrambler Experience

Petrucci sfida Jack Gagne nell'apertura ad Austin del campionato Superbike USA

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Quattro wildcard per Leon Haslam con Kawasaki Pedercini nel 2022

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Going The Distance With A Sprinter: Team ERC Endurance’s Ducati V4 R

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-04-06 09:51

Copyright 2022, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

By Michael Gougis

There was no way ProKASRO Team ERC Endurance was giving up without a fight.

For the 2018-2019 season, the team had raced BMW S 1000 RR racebikes in the Endurance World Championship as the official representative of the German company. But for the next season, BMW was bringing its team in-house and up to full factory status, racing the new M 1000 RR. And ERC was not going to be involved.

 

Ducati sends a factory electronics engineer whose job it is to adapt WorldSBK electronics–with strategies developed around that series’ spec Pirelli tires–to Michelin tires. The idea is to save the rear tire so that at the end of an hour-long stint, it is still delivering rapid lap times. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

Instead of stepping back and running as a satellite BMW operation, as it did for the first race of the 2019-2020 season, Team ERC went looking for a factory partner, and found one in perhaps the most unexpected of places. Ducati, already winning in MotoGP, World Superbike and elsewhere, opened the doors to its race shop and invited Team ERC in.

 

The ProKASRO Team ERC Endurance Ducati Panigale V4 R gets a custom lighting system; built to WorldSBK specs the racebike does not come with wiring for headlights and taillights. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

For the second race, a monsoon-battered 8-hour event in Sepang, a factory-backed Panigale V4 R was on the grid, a full-blooded racebike built to World Superbike specs at Ducati Corse and modified to survive the rigors of EWC competition.

 

Endurance electronics settings mean that individual lap times suffer slightly, but the rider and bike are quicker over the distance of a full race stint. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

The ERC Endurance machine is one of the most unique motorcycles to come out of the race shop at Borgo Panigale. It is sprinkled with custom, one-off and street machine pieces, assembled with the assistance of factory race mechanics, fettled at the track by a factory electronics engineer with control strategies from MotoGP and World Superbike and tires with MotoGP technology.

 

In addition to supporting National and World Superbike programs plus a MotoGP program, Ducati still made time to prepare a factory-level Endurance World Championship effort. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

*****

Ducati does things Ducati’s way.

Unlike some manufacturers which will sell turn-key International-spec racebikes built either in their racing departments or by their official racing partners to anyone with the cash (BMW, Aprilia), teams have to prove to Ducati that they have the ability to properly operate one of its racebikes before you can buy one. Ducati North America representative Alex Franz outlined the process in broad strokes as it happens in the U.S.

“Ducati Corse…only work with bona-fide professional Superbike teams,” Franz says. “Race teams first go through a due-diligence process with Ducati North America to assess the team structure and technical capabilities. Once the team is approved by our CEO, Ducati North America will make a request with Ducati Corse to begin discussions with the team.

 

Ducati vets potential race teams to ensure that they have the ability and resources to properly operate a factory racebike. Three semi-trucks are a pretty good demonstration of resources. Photo courtesy ERC.

 

“Each bike is hand-built in Bologna by Ducati Corse specifically to the technical regulations of the particular National Superbike Championship. Each championship applies different elements of FIM SBK regulations for engine specs, electronics. In addition to the bikes, teams can contract Ducati Corse technicians or Magneti Marelli data engineers to help the teams to deliver the maximum potential of the bike.”

 

The ERC Ducati team starts with a Panigale V4 R racebike built to its specifications in the Ducati race shop, and modifies it for long distance racing. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

It makes sense–little good can come to a company’s reputation by selling a racebike to a team that can’t run it. ProKASRO ERC’s reputation and experience in racing EWC didn’t hurt when it went knocking on doors in Bologna. The company, internationally known for its robotic sewer maintenance equipment, also has years of experience in top-level competition. U.S. fans may be familiar with the ProKASRO name; the company has an office in Colorado, and that led to an assault on Pike’s Peak in 2019 with Lucy Glöckner. It also likely didn’t hurt that ProKASRO Managing Director and ERC Team Manager Uwe Reinhardt is a Ducati aficionado with a personal collection of some of the company’s most desirable machines, although Reinhardt says he wasn’t thinking about that when the team approached Ducati.

 

The backup ProKASRO-backed ERC Ducati before the start of the Bol d’Or. The special Michelin front tire has one lap on it. Michelin works with the team to test MotoGP-spec technology on Superbikes, and is very secretive about the tires it provides to the team. The company will not allow the team to keep rain tires overnight – they must go back to the Michelin truck! Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

“My passion for the brand and my personal collection of Ducati bikes had little to do with the decision to start up a partnership with Ducati. What really counted was the fast, efficient and substantial commitment they immediately put in place and the support they will be providing throughout the season,” Reinhardt said when the collaboration was announced.

 

Former Team GoEleven data engineer Fabio Pasqualini (background) discusses electronics strategies with Ducati factory test rider and racer Lorenzo Zanetti (foreground), who took Ducati’s first MotoAmerica Superbike win. Zanetti was racing with ERC at the Bol d’Or. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

What really boggles the mind is pondering why Ducati said yes when ERC came calling. At the time, the company was competing in several National-level Superbike Championships, winning the British Superbike title with Scott Redding. It was involved in a tooth-and-nail fight with Kawasaki in the Superbike World Championship and was fighting with Honda for the MotoGP World Championship. As mentioned, each series has its own technical requirements and challenges–and there are only about 100 people working at Ducati Corse. It’s not like the racing department didn’t already have its hands full!

 

ERC builds special parts for the endurance racebike like this subframe. Note the inner channels for routing wiring. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

But Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti said the company saw the new program as an opportunity. “When ERC Endurance approached us regarding a joint EWC effort, we thought that it was a good opportunity for Ducati to show the quality, reliability, and competitiveness of the Panigale V4 R also in that championship. In addition, endurance racing helps our engineers to get valuable data and information from such long-distance races,” Ciabatti told Roadracing World.

And thus the factory Team ERC Ducati Panigale V4 R was conceived.

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Instead of taking a production machine and building performance into it, Ducati and ERC started with a sprinter and built endurance into it. It’s no small challenge. The Superbike World Championship bikes are built to compete in races no longer than 68.75 miles. The winning machine at the 2021 Bol d’Or covered 2,525 miles in 24 hours.

 

A basic factory Ducati Panigale race engine with a few street internals added to enhance durability. Safety wire is everywhere. The team chose aftermarket GB Racing engine protectors. Incidentally, that Pierobon engine stand runs a cool $848 and change. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

The process starts with ERC technicians heading to the race shop to work alongside Ducati race technicians to assemble the machines. The starting point is the Panigale V4 R World Superbike machine, a race-only version of the V4 R streetbike that is available to the public. Compared to the standard 1,103cc streetbike, the V4 R streetbike gets a lighter, 70-degree offset forged steel crankshaft that shortens the stroke to 48.4mm, reducing the displacement to a WorldSBK-legal 998cc. Lighter titanium connecting rods and intake valves are fitted. The engine breathes through 4mm larger, 56mm throttle bodies.

 

As a Ducati sprint racebike does not come with lights, ERC has to mount headlights into the intake system of its endurance racer. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

Understanding the street base configuration is critical because, to get the Stradale R engine to survive a 24-hour race, some of those street-going components are dropped into a World Superbike-spec engine. The racebike gets the pistons and camshafts from the street V4 R. This increases the machine’s durability for endurance-length events, says Lothar Kraus, the ERC engine and suspension technician who showed Roadracing World the racebike in detail as it was being prepped for the Bol d’Or. The rocker arm helper springs are different and the transmission is unique, a WorldSBK unit modified to put neutral between first and second gears, instead of below first as on the WorldSBK machines. The machine exhales via a special full race Akrapovic titanium exhaust that quiets the exhaust volume to EWC-legal levels.

 

ERC specifies a lower-spec but sturdier Öhlins fork for crash survivability. Brembo brakes, Hel lines with dry-break connectors and 5.5mm discs handle braking. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

The Panigale V4 R racebikes run modified front “frame” sections–the Panigale’s chassis consists only of a short subframe mounted to the front of the engine that holds the steering head and, in the rear, the subframe. The racing front subframe has altered stiffness to get the flex that Ducati is looking for. This has created its own difficulties for the endurance team, Kraus says. The Ohlins 46mm pressurized RVP2530 upside-down forks found on the Superbike are simply not crash-worthy enough for EWC competition, where accidents are part of the game and riders and machines are expected to get up and carry on. The Ohlins FGR300 fork that replaces it is stiffer, but that compromises the carefully balanced flex characteristics of the chassis. Still, it is a compromise that makes sense in the context of endurance racing, Kraus says. An Öhlins WorldSBK-spec RSP40 shock is mated to a single-sided factory Superbike swingarm via a factory linkage.

 

This custom rear spindle is a little bit of clever endurance racing engineering. The threads are coarser to reduce the time it takes to spin the rear axle nut into place. The small ramp-like protrusions at the top and bottom of the conical endpiece are spring-loaded. Once the nut is seated, they extend to prevent the nut from loosening and coming off. A special socket on the rear wheel gun fits over the ramps and compresses them, allowing the nut to be removed. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

Electronics are pure WorldSBK–a Magneti Marelli MLE ECU. As part of its commitment to the project, electronics engineer Fabio Pasqualini handles data management duties. He’s experienced with the Panigale V4 R, having served as data engineer to Ducati Superbike factory rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi when Rinaldi won races for the satellite GoEleven squad. “Without the technician, the bike does not run,” Kraus deadpans.

 

ProKASRO manufactures its own rearset brackets. Custom Akrapovic exhaust meets stricter EWC noise standards without power loss. The team runs a 525 chain. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

The Tuesday prior to the Bol d’Or was a lengthy test session, and Pasqualini spent the day gathering data on all the available tire choices, as well as data and feedback from all three riders. He spent the next two days building maps for traction control, engine braking and power settings, maps that served as a compromise for all three riders and for the wide range of temperatures expected.

Compared to the WorldSBK engine control maps, Pasqualini says, the endurance Panigale has less engine braking and more traction control. The riders don’t always like it, because more engine braking and less TC would produce a slightly quicker lap time, he says. But the endurance settings mean quicker lap times at the end of a stint, because the rear tire is less worn, and the rider is fresher as well.

 

EWC machines must race in a much wider range of temperature variations endurance race starts out and checkered flag. ProKASRO ERC Ducati 3-D prints custom cooling system parts as part of the process of converting a factory-built sprint racing machine into an endurance racebike. Photos by Michael Gougis. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

A custom subframe, rearsets and triple trees made by ProKASRO complete the chassis. Brembo endurance racing calipers handle braking in the front. The team assembles its own handlebar switchgear, and contracted with a neighboring company in its home town of Karlsruhe to create a lighting system–obviously, purpose-built WorldSBK-spec machines don’t come with lights.

Little things: A trick custom rear wheel axle, borrowing tech from Formula One, speeds rear wheel changes. The team had to create a better temperature management system, because while a Superbike team can carefully prepare the bike for the temperature at race time, an endurance bike must operate in the heat of the day and the chill of the early morning hours. ProKASRO 3D-printed special thermostat components. A hydraulic adjuster plumbed into the rear shock allows the team to switch to its wet-weather suspension preload setting in a fraction of a second.

As if there wasn’t enough to sort out, ERC runs Michelin tires. This keeps Pasqualini busy, as he adapts the electronics strategies built around the Pirelli spec tires in WorldSBK to the Michelin tires. Michelin uses the team to evaluate MotoGP tire technology, and is so protective of its rain tire technology that the team must send them back to Michelin’s truck at the end of every day’s racing activities.

So far, the team’s best finish is sixth place. It is still learning its way with the new machine, with only seven races with the Panigale so far. But at the Bol, before brake failure at the end of the Mistral straight led to a machine-destroying crash, ERC was in a solid third at the 10-hour mark. Teething problems aside, the bike has proven it has the performance to run at the front in some of the most challenging races in the world.

The post Going The Distance With A Sprinter: Team ERC Endurance’s Ducati V4 R appeared first on Roadracing World Magazine | Motorcycle Riding, Racing & Tech News.

Roadracing World Young Guns 2022: Julian Correa

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-04-06 09:40

Roadracing World started this exclusive special feature recognizing the most promising young road racers as an answer to pessimists who claimed America had no new, up-and-coming young racers. This edition of the Roadracing World Young Gun Awards marks the 26th consecutive year of showcasing an abundance of new talent.

Roadracing World Young Guns have won:

FIM MotoGP and FIM Superbike races and World Championships;

MotoAmerica and AMA Pro races and Championships, including 11 AMA Pro Superbike Championships;

A KTM RC Cup World Final race;

The Daytona 200 (11 times);

WERA National Endurance Championships and WERA National Challenge Championships;

ASRA/Formula USA Grand National and CCS National Championships;

AMA Road Racing Grand Championships and Horizon Awards;

USGPRU National Championships;

Many regional and local titles.

The competition has continually become more intense as more – and younger—racers with higher levels of accomplishment are nominated, and the level of achievement required to make the grade keeps getting tougher.

We’ve spent the last several months accepting nominations and evaluating road racers between the ages of 10 and 18 (as of the start of the 2022 season) who have, at a minimum, won Expert-level road races and/or Championships or had outstanding results as an Amateur/Novice. Most of the riders included here have done far more than the minimum.

The young riders recognized here are the most promising young road racers in North America. All have earned the title of Roadracing World Young Gun.

We will feature one Young Gun per day, presenting them in alphabetical order.

 

Julian Correa. Photo courtesy Michael Correa.

 

Julian Correa

Age: 13

Current home: Jupiter, Florida.

Current height/weight: 5’3”/104 pounds.

Current school grade level: 8th grade.

Began riding at age: 5 years.

First road race: 2013, Millville, New Jersey, NJminiGP, Spec50, 10th place.

Current racebike: Honda NSF250R.

Current tuners/mechanics: Tim Cassesse, David Buchman/DBPrepared.

Primary race series: British Talent Cup, PanAmerican Superbike.

Top sponsors: DRC Race Leathers, HJC Helmets, Dunlop, TST Industries, VNM Sport, DBPrepared, SFLminiGP, NJminiGP, N2 Track Days, Stump Racing Kids, TTP Racing, C.A.S.I Official.

Recent racing accomplishments: 2021 season, competed as a wild card in 4 British Talent Cup (best race finish was 10th), won 7 WERA Sportsman Regional Novice Class Championships, won 2 FMRRA Amateur Class Championships, won multiple SFLminiGP Class Championships.

2022 racing goal: Finish in top 5 in British Talent Cup Championship.

Racing career goal: Win Moto3, Moto2, and then MotoGP Championships.

Racing hero: Sean Dylan Kelly.

Favorite track: Silverstone.

Favorite hobby: Cycling.

If I wasn’t racing I would be…: A lawyer.

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