Rocco Landers’ Yamaha YZF-R6 is legal.
That’s the ruling of MotoAmerica officials, who tore down the 17-year-old’s engine when the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC factory team’s Managing Partner Bobby Shekarabi protested the legality of the Yamaha following Landers’ dominant victory in Supersport Race One at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.
Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC’s rider Josh Herrin, who finished second in Race One, held a massive 71-point lead with only five races remaining when the protest was filed. A race win pays 25 points with 20 points for second place.
Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC specifically protested the legality of the Landers Racing Yamaha YZF-R6’s transmission bearings and camshafts.
According to MotoAmerica documentation, the transmission bearings were found to be legal OEM parts and the camshafts were found to be legal Yamaha GYTR race kit parts.
Landers protest decision
Asked for his initial reaction when he found out Rocco was being protested, Landers Racing Team Owner Stoney Landers, Rocco’s father and himself a former pro racer, said, “I wasn’t surprised. Rocco was taking thirds, and then all of a sudden he wins by four seconds in Race One at Brainerd and then he wins by 13 seconds in Race Two. And then we go to Pittsburgh, and he wins again. So, looking from the outside, I can imagine some people would question that.
“But I knew it (Rocco’s success) was coming. There are a lot of puzzle pieces that we were starting to get figured out, and I told (Rocco’s coach) Josh (Hayes) at The Ridge that Rocco was going to win soon. And he loves Brainerd. So, I wasn’t surprised when he won like that, and I wasn’t surprised when it got the attention of some other teams.
“I don’t know the owner of that team (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC) at all, so I don’t know what they were thinking. I know they have factory (Ducati Corse) support and all, and no one likes to get beat, especially by a little team like ours running on a bare-bones budget.”
Although Stoney Landers knew Rocco’s motorcycle was legal, complying with the protest and tearing down the engine hurt the Landers Racing effort.
Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC paid a $1,500 MotoAmerica fee to protest the Landers Racing Yamaha ($750 for each item protested), with $400 ($200 for each item) going to Landers Racing and the balance retained by MotoAmerica.
“We were not planning on rebuilding that engine before the end of the season,” said Stoney Landers. “So, I’ve had to really pull out all the stops and make some things happen in order to get it rebuilt in time for New Jersey. When it’s all said and done, rebuilding that engine is going to cost us a solid $3,000-$5,000 that we weren’t planning on spending. But everything is in-process and on its way to New Jersey right now.”
Earlier this season at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC’s Managing Partner Bobby Shekarabi filed a formal protest against Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha’s Cameron Petersen after Petersen finished second, beating HSBK’s Danilo Petrucci in Medallia Superbike Race One.
The protest called for Petersen to be penalized for exceeding track limits by cutting the course at the Corkscrew on the final lap. That protest, however, left out the fact that Petrucci (who finished third in the race) hit Petersen while attempting a pass at the entrance to the Corkscrew, forcing Petersen off track.
MotoAmerica denied the HSBK protest filed by Shekarabi against Petersen.
The Motorcycle Roadracing Association (MRA) was pleased to hold its sixth race round of the season this last weekend, August 27-28, at High Plains Raceway in Deer Trail, Colorado. The ‘West Course’ configuration was the track set for the competitors of this event and the usual grids of sprint races, endurance races, and the premier class event of Race of the Rockies was to be the focus of the weekend’s activities.
The weather was favorable for the weekend, with warm sun, a light breeze, and temps in the mid 80’s for most of it. Typical and quintessential of Colorado’s late summer months, a hint of the cold Fall months to come in the morning air.
On Saturday, the competition was very real. The Novice classes were quick and clean with championship points on the line and the battles for the year coming to a head happening throughout. The times at the front of these races would not disappoint in the Middleweight Supersport and Superbike classes. The Endurance classes saw some fierce and heated competitions throughout the races as well.
The MRA Board of Directors held another fundraiser for Safety Team equipment and vehicle maintenance. This time in the form of a 5k Walk/Run for the evening paddock activity. Almost 30 competitors signed up for the event and a best time of 21 minutes was run! Over $500 was raised for club safety!
On Sunday, Race of the Rockies GTO & GTU (RORO & RORU) were set to grid up for the premier event. A man and a machine would launch from the pole position on a mission for the entire race. He would go on to see the checkered flag first as well as to clinch the Race of the Rockies overall championship! Congratulations to the Motorcycle Roadracing Association’s new 2022 #1 plate, Mike Applegate! Special mention to James Wilkerson and John Borst rounding out the RORO podium places.
In the RORU class, Jared Dear would also go on to dominate all of the middleweight classes for the day, including RORU. Ken Yee had a tough weekend and wound up on a borrowed motorcycle, but it was unable to help him close the points gap. Justen Behmer and Cameron Lee would complete the winning set in that class.The MRA looks forward to round seven and the season finale coming on September 24 & 25. To be held at HPR, and in anticipation of the annual Safety Team appreciation event. Dedicated to family friendly and close, competitive racing, the MRA thanks everyone involved for their support and patronage this last weekend. Editorial Note: Use the scroll and zoom tools in the bottom left corner of the PDF viewer to better see all pages of the race results. Round 6 Final Results UPDATED
MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP FOCUS ON MISANO HOMERACE
Misano Adriatico (Italy), 31st August 2022
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have travelled to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for this weekend‘s Round 14 of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.
After a one-week break, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team is going into this weekend‘s Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini fully determined to score some crucial championship points.
The Factory Yamaha team have particularly good memories of the Misano track – which they view as a home GP – as Fabio Quartararo secured his first MotoGP World Championship Title there last year in the Emilia-Romagna GP.
The Frenchman enters the beloved circuit with a 32-point advantage in the overall standings, with seven races to go. Quartararo is fancying his chances to defend his lead this weekend. He enjoys riding his YZR-M1 at this venue, as evidenced by the two second places he scored there, in 2019 and 2021 (San Marino GP).
The Misano track also plays a significant role in Franco Morbidelli‘s career. Not only did he ride his very first Grand Prix there in the Moto2 class in 2013, but he also secured his first MotoGP victory at this circuit in 2020 and made his Factory Yamaha debut there last year during the San Marino GP.
The Italian is hoping to make the upcoming race weekend a strong round for him. He is keen to confirm the positive findings from the Austrian GP and move up from 19th in the rankings. With the Misano GP followed by a further two-day Misano Test, he is feeling confident that he can get a lot of work done on track.
The Misano circuit, constructed in 1972, was a regular scene for Italian Grands Prix throughout the 80s and early 90s. The 4.2 km track is ridden clockwise since a radical renovation was done to meet MotoGP’s safety regulations in 2007 that put the circuit back on the MotoGP calendar. The upgrade also included a new chicane, resulting in the current lay-out of six left and ten right corners, and giving the track increased race excitement.
In this week‘s eSport video, Lorenzo Daretti (aka Trastevere73) and Michael Amara (aka Vindex813) have a hard-fought 3-lap sprint race at the Misano track, providing a little taste of the MotoGP action that is to come this weekend.
We are excited to race in Misano. The entire team always enjoys this round, and we think of it as our ’home GP‘. This time we arrive here with a lot less pressure on our shoulders than during the 2021 Emilia-Romagna GP when the Title was in reach. The battle at the top of the leader board is very close, like last year, but we can have a more regular GP weekend this time, so that‘s what we are looking forward to. Fabio enjoys riding here, and so does Franky. This track has been significant to both of their careers in the past, and we all feel highly motivated to do a good job again this weekend. We just hope that the riding conditions remain dry or at least consistent throughout these three days.
The race in Austria was really tough but rewarding. That second place was great for the championship because we left one of our more challenging circuits with an extended lead. I‘m happy we are riding in Misano this weekend. Of course, I have still strong memories of winning the Title here last year, but we have to focus on this year‘s championship. We are starting the final third of the season now, which is always tough, so we need to focus and work hard. I‘ve been training pretty much non-stop to assure that I‘m in peak condition. I know that my team are also working as hard as they can, so I think we can get a good result again.
After the improved speed on the bike in Spielberg, I’m really looking forward to keeping on working in that direction, keep tweaking, and keep improving this week and throughout next week. The San Marino GP is my home race, and also that of the team in a way, so that adds an extra nice feeling to the event. I like Misano a lot, it‘s a nice track, and I look forward to completing a lot of laps here this race weekend and also during the Misano Test.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2022 Progressive American Flat Track season has finally arrived at its crown jewel, the Mission Springfield Mile I & II presented by Drag Specialties, which will take place at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois, for a Labor Day Weekend doubleheader on September 3-4.
Always a highlight of any Progressive AFT season, this year’s stop is especially critical. It represents two of the season’s final four rounds, and will thus pay out 50% of the remaining points to determine this year’s national champions. Additionally, it will be two of the final three opportunities to earn points toward the Progressive Triple Crown and its associated $25,000 prize.
Any rider who has accumulated as many titles and race wins as Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) has successfully faced down many a pivotal race weekend. That said, this year’s Springfield Mile must rank up near the top of that list for the reigning Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle king.
Off the track, the event marks the first year it’s being overseen by Jared and his wife, Nichole Mees, under the Mees Promotions banner. Meanwhile, he currently holds a narrow title advantage, leading primary rival Briar Bauman (No. 3 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) by nine points and Estenson Racing Yamaha teammates Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) and JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) by 16 and 29 points, respectively.
By one line of thinking, the timing couldn’t be more fortuitous for Mees, who has won the Springfield Mile seven times in all, including five of the last six. Should he sweep here like he did a year ago, it could once again springboard him to the #1 plate.
However, that’s easier said than done. While Mees is easily the most successful Mile rider on the tour, Daniels has won two of three Miles to date this season. Furthermore, after Springfield, the season will head to its third Short Track of ‘22 – the first of which Beach and Daniels went 1-2, the second of which Bauman won – and then end right back where it started – at Volusia Speedway Park, where Bauman stood victorious.
In other words, Mees could really use another trademark Springfield performance to put him in the best position possible to retain his crown.
Other riders will more than likely play key roles in deciding this year’s championship considering their sparkling histories at the venue. Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) doubled at the venue in 2013 and is typically fighting at the front in Springfield. Home state hero Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Dodge Brothers Racing/Happy Trails Racing Harley-Davidson XR750) took a hugely popular win in Springfield in 2018 and has been on the box three times since. And Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R) battled it out with his brother, Briar, and Mees (among others) en route to third here in 2019.
Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Through consistent, relentless excellence, Jesse Janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) has finally separated himself from defending class champion Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07) in this year’s Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines championship fight.
Over the last 11 rounds, Janisch has won six times and finished as runner-up on three other occasions. The bounty of points earned in that run has allowed him to gradually work up almost a full race’s points gap over Texter (24 to be precise). While not sufficiently protected from catastrophic mistake or mechanical misfortune, Janisch is now in an enviable position.
Texter, meanwhile, must do all that he can to win, and hope the likes of Michael Rush (No. 15 Helipower Racing/Las Vegas Harley-Davidson XG750R), Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield 650), Dan Bromley (No. 62 Memphis Shades/Corbin Seats/Vinson Construction Yamaha MT-07), Billy Ross (No. 109 Mission Foods/Roof Systems Harley-Davidson XG750R) manage to steal some points back from Janisch behind him.
Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER
Kody Kopp (No. 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) enters the Mission Springfield Mile I & II with a real opportunity to leave it crowned the 2022 Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER champion. He currently boasts a 48-point advantage. Should he grow it by just three more points over the weekend, he’ll be your new champ.
In fact, only five riders still have a mathematical chance at holding off Kopp, no matter how slim. That crew of talented underdogs is made up of Morgen Mischler (No. 13 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R), Trevor Brunner (No. 21 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F), Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R), Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE), and Trent Lowe (No. 48 Mission Foods/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda CRF450R).
As it so happens, all five have been on the podium in the three prior Mile races this season, with the wins going to second-, third- and fourth-ranked Mischler, Brunner, and Gauthier.
Expect them to put up a fight, and, at the very least, do everything in their power to delay Kopp’s coronation.
Actor Butch Patrick – best known for his role as Eddie Munster in The Munsters – will serve as the weekend’s Grand Marshal. He’ll have a replica of the show’s iconic Munster Koach with him and on display in the Fan Zone. And that’s just one attraction among many to keep fans entertained at the venue, including numerous vendors and a variety of food and beverage options.
Visit https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3668 to reserve your tickets today. Infield Standing Room Only tickets start at just $20 (kids 12 and under free with a paid adult ticket), and fans are offered a large variety of upgraded tickets to choose from, including General Admission – Bleachers, Reserved Grandstand, Premium Reserved Grandstand, and Premier Reserved Grandstand, along with an extremely limited number of remaining VIP Experience tickets.
Paddock Access Upgrades are also available for purchase, which provide all-day access to the pits where fans can scope out the world’s fastest dirt track motorcycles and get up close and personal with the stars of the sport.
Gates will open for fans at 10:00 a.m. ET/7:00 a.m. PT on both days with Opening Ceremonies scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT ahead of Saturday’s and Sunday’s race programs. You can catch the livestream of all the weekend’s racing activities on FansChoice.tv. FansChoice.tv provides free-to-view livestreaming of Practice and Qualifying. FansChoice.tv subscribers will then be able to watch the drama unfold from Opening Ceremonies through the Semis, Main Events, and podium celebrations. FansChoice.tv offers two subscription options, granting unlimited access to premium AFT content. Monthly subscriptions start at just $7.99, while a six-month subscription is available for $44.99.
The Mission Springfield Mile I will premiere on FS1 on Sunday, September 11, at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT. The Mission Springfield Mile II will air one week later, on Sunday, September 18, at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. Both broadcasts will include exclusive features, cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage, and expert commentary.
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The MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series has followed the lead of the FIM MotoGP World Championship and added a Stewards Panel to its race event management staff.
Previously, the three-member Race Direction panel (Race Director, FIMNA Safety Officer, MotoAmerica Representative) was tasked with overseeing that races were run in accordance with the established schedule and procedures while policing compliance with regulations and issuing penalties for infringements.
Now, the three-member Race Direction panel will still be responsible for overseeing operations of race events, while the new two-member FIMNA Stewards Panel will take over responsibility for “taking decision as provided in the Regulations, imposing penalties for any infringements of the Regulations, and adjudicating on any protest relating to infringements of the Regulations,” according to MotoAmerica Competitor Bulletin 09-2022.
In short, Race Direction will now focus on running the race events, and the FIMNA Stewards Panel will decide if participants have broken any rules and if so, what penalties will be handed out.
The Race Direction panel will now be composed of Race Director Rick Hobbs, FIMNA Safety Officer Dan Argano, and MotoAmerica Representative Niccole Cox.
The new FIMNA Stewards Panel is composed of FIMNA/AMA Representative Ken Saillant and MotoAmerica Rider Representative Michael Martin.
This new race management structure was in place at the MotoAmerica event at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.
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