ROYAL ENFIELD BUILD. TRAIN. RACE. ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH PARTS UNLIMITED
Parts Unlimited, the world’s largest distributor of aftermarket accessories in powersports, partners with 2022 BTR programs in American Flat Track and MotoAmerica.
Milwaukee, WI (Tuesday, February 15, 2022) – Royal Enfield’s Build. Train. Race. program is delighted to announce a partnership with worldwide distributor of powersports aftermarket accessories Parts Unlimited. Both the BTR Road Race and Flat Track programs will be supported by Parts Unlimited throughout the 2022 season.
Parts Unlimited will be an essential part of the program providing a parts and gear allotment totaling over $100,000. Each BTR program participant will receive a credit to order parts needed in order to build their Royal Enfield INT 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles into proper race machines. On top of this generous stipend, Parts Unlimited is going a step further and providing all of the participants with Alpinestars boots and gloves.
“The Build. Train. Race. programs have both grown in size and attention since we started in 2019,” said Breeann Poland, Marketing and Communications Lead – Royal Enfield Americas. “The amount of resources needed to run these programs and for participants to build their motorcycles is more than what we alone can provide. Parts Unlimited took notice of the growth and popularity of BTR and stepped up with a big partnership. Their added support will not only help cover costs, but will allow the creativity and talent of the BTR women to truly shine in 2022. We couldn’t be happier to have them on board; this is going to be an incredible season.”
“We’ve had our eye on the Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. programs for some time now and are very impressed with the progress and popularity they’ve seen in both American Flat Track and MotoAmerica,” said Paul Langley, Chairman, LeMans Corporation, parent company of Parts Unlimited. “The innovative concept is truly inspiring and reaches audiences that are very important to the powersports industry: women and amateur racers. Parts Unlimited is excited at the prospect of getting behind these inspiring participants and watching them develop on the track throughout the season. It’s a great opportunity to welcome new motorcyclists and show them the fun and passion of racing and that they, too, can aspire to get out on the track.”
About Royal Enfield
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the midsize motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market.
Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 140 dealers in North America, including the contiguous U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the all-new Meteor 350, Himalayan and the 650 Twins (INT 650 and Continental GT 650) motorcycles, along with a range of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories and apparel.
FIM, Dorna and ITDC agree track improvements for Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit
Tuesday, 15 February 2022
The pre-season Official MotoGP Test at Pertamina Mandalika International Circuit saw the FIM MotoGP World Championship return to Indonesia for the first time in 25 years. The three days of track time were invaluable for the riders, teams and organisation, allowing all parties to gain experience at the new circuit before the inaugural Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia.
The three-day test has also given the organisation and governing body the opportunity to ensure the venue complies with MotoGP standards and assess any improvements necessary ahead of the track’s debut on the FIM MotoGP World Championship calendar.
The feedback from riders and teams regarding the layout of the track and its safety standards, including the extensive runoff areas of both tarmac and gravel, has been overwhelmingly positive.
During the test, two areas of improvement were identified, which are the cleanliness of the track surface and the excess of aggregate affecting parts of the circuit.
The FIM, which oversees track homologation, has been in communication with the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) regarding these necessary improvements, which are to be implemented a minimum of seven days before the inaugural Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia.
Circuit owner ITDC has agreed with the FIM’s assessment and requests, demonstrating their high level of support and commitment to the sport. All parties have reacted quickly and work towards these improvements is already underway, including the resurfacing of part of the track.
The circuit will be resurfaced from the section before Turn 17 until after Turn 5. The venue will also prepare for the Grand Prix by employing world leading technology to ensure the entirety of the surface meets MotoGP standards.
The FIM and Dorna would like to thank the ITDC for their incredible support and prompt reaction. All parties would also like to assure our Indonesian fans, and all those around the world, that the 2022 Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia will take place on the planned date, and MotoGP is very much looking forward to returning to Lombok.
Team HRC officially present all new rider line-up Lecuona and Vierge and 2022 CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE livery
What do Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge think the biggest challenge will be in terms of adapting to the Superbike? How are they coping in these early stages? There is a lot the Worldsbk and Honda fans are keen to know about the arrival of two new young riders in the Honda factory team competing in the fastest production-derived Championship in the world. They had the first chance to hear from them in their new role as HRC WorldSBK just today!
The factory Honda Team HRC which will compete in the 2022 World Superbike Championship with an all-new rider line-up, was officially presented today during an online event dedicated to fans and media from all over the world.
Twenty-two year old Iker Lecuona and 24 year old Xavi Vierge spoke to the fans for the first time as factory HRC riders, talking about the excitement of becoming part of the Honda family and explaining how they are preparing for the challenges posed by the debut in a new and competitive championship.
Team Manager Leon Camier and HRC Director Tetsuhiro Kuwata welcomed the arrival of Iker and Xavi, talking about what’s new in the team and the expectations for 2022.
With this year marking the 30th anniversary of a bike that has inspired countless road riders around the world, the stunning livery of the CBR1000RR-R appeared refreshed in the HRC logo and in the colors of the iconic CBR design and enriched by the FIREBLADE 30th anniversary celebration logo.
Team HRC is now ready to hit the track for a new test session scheduled in Portimao on February 17-18, in preparation for the start of the season which will kick off in Aragon over the weekend of 8-10 of April.
Team Manager, Team HRC
“It’s really exciting for me to start a new season as Team Manager for the Honda factory team in WorldSBK. I will put all my effort into improving, and to developing the team as best I can. Of course one of the main topic regarding the team is our all-new riders line up with the arrival of Iker and Xavi. Our first impressions have been really good, to be honest. The speed they immediately demonstrated on the bike was impressive. We were quite surprised that they were able to get on the bike during the first test and immediately set good lap times. They both gave similar feedback, which is very positive for us, as it gives us a solid direction to work in, both this year and for the future. Technically, a few changes have been made to the bike and everyone is very excited about the work that’s been done in Japan. We know everyone has been working hard and we are keen to see what kind of progress we can make this year”.
HRC Director – General Manager Race Operations Management Division
“The CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE turns 30 this year, and I believe that there are several reasons to celebrate this. This machine has enjoyed a lot of support from the fans and customers and that’s why it has continued to thrive for 30 years, despite the global landscape having changed dramatically in the meantime. We want to repay their loyalty by winning races, something that would heighten their desire to support both the CBR and our activities. The 2022 season is very important for us, and we have to focus and do our best to achieve our target, but the most important thing is the approach we take as we aim for the top. We always work together with professionalism and mutual respect, moving forward in the same direction. In Iker and Xavi we sought out riders who have both the potential and the speed. Iker demonstrated his speed in MotoGP and was quite fast, particularly in difficult conditions. Xavi also showed his potential in Moto2, over many seasons. Neither of them has any experience of the WSBK championship, so perhaps they will need a little time to get to grips with this championship, but once they grasp it, they will start to show their potential”.
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“When, at the beginning of last season, I spoke with my manager and he told me about this possibility, I thought it was incredible, an opportunity to join a factory Honda team in World Superbike. So, we seized the opportunity to jump on board. There’s a lot to learn yes, but I am quite lucky in that we have quite a few days of testing before the season starts, so this is very helpful as I adapt to the bike. The team is also helping me a lot. We are two young riders who come from another championship, and everything is new for us. We have a lot of power, a lot of emotion, and we will spur each other on. I think the challenging part is when you come to a new championship with a new bike, new everything, if you have a team-mate with experience in that championship, you can speak with him about the bike, the tyres etc. but we have Leon (Camier) who was a rider for many years, so we can speak a lot with him, and he can help us. I feel quite good. Let’s continue working”.
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“I’m really happy. When Honda come to speak with me to sign for Superbike, this became the first option for me, firstly because it’s a factory team, but also because it’s Honda. For me I think Honda is one of the best factories in the motorcycle world and I am really happy and really excited to start. I don’t think I have to change a lot my riding style. I am a rider and I can adapt and if the bike needs something I try to help the bike go faster. The feeling is completely different: tyres, suspension, frame, everything is completely different from what I was used to. It’s something I need to learn. I need more kilometres but for now I am quite happy so we will see during the winter test; but I think it will be fine. A challenge is having three races in a weekend, which is a lot physically, but is also good because I am a rider who if the limit is here, likes to play on the line. Sometimes I crash. So, with three races I have more chances to have a good result (laugh).”
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