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“Fall Cycle Scene” Coming To Daytona International Speedway Oct. 13-16

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-08-11 00:02

Editorial Note: One of the first activities of the annual Fall Cycle Scene is the Team Hammer Advanced Riding School and Pro Practice on Thursday, October 13 at Daytona International Speedway. To register for the only motorcycle riding school that takes place on Daytona International Speedway, go HERE.

Biker’s Paradise! Fall Cycle Scene Presented By Monster Energy Returns to Daytona International Speedway as Part of Biketoberfest, Oct. 13-16

Free Admission to the Area’s Largest Motorcycle Marketplace; Two-Wheeled Racing Action to Be Showcased on Daytona’s Iconic 3.56-Mile Road Course

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 10, 2022) – Fall Cycle Scene Presented By Monster Energy, Daytona International Speedway’s annual Biketoberfest event that is a biker’s paradise, returns Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 13-16) for four days of exciting activities for motorcycle enthusiasts.

During Fall Cycle Scene Presented By Monster Energy at iconic Daytona International Speedway, guests can watch the two-wheel, on-track action all weekend long plus enjoy live entertainment. See the Championship Cup Series (CCS) on the 3.56-mile Daytona road course with the 39th Annual Race of Champions AMA Road Race as well as the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA), as well as the Bagger Racing League.

When not watching the action on the track, fans are encouraged to check out Motorcycle Marketplace, located in the Midway outside the frontstretch, which will be brimming with activity. The Motorcycle Marketplace provides a one-stop shopping destination with everything from the nation’s top motorcycle parts to Hot Leathers and Harley Davidson fashion, apparel, accessories, aftermarket vendors, plus many more displays and activations. Admission is FREE to Motorcycle Marketplace.

Infield RV camping for Fall Cycle Scene is available for purchase, starting at $140 (which includes the RV site, one 4-day Infield Admission and a Tow Vehicle pass). Additional infield admissions for the four-day weekend are just $60. Bike trailer parking in a secured area outside the infield beginning on Thursday, Oct. 13, is also available on for $25.

Single day infield admissions are also offered (Thursday $20, Friday $25, Saturday, $25 and Sunday $25). Infield admissions allow fans to see the riders on the 31-degree of banking at Daytona International Speedway for four days of thrilling action from the infield, plus get access to the UNOH Fanzone and the garage area.

To see complete details on all admission and camping opportunities for Fall Cycle Scene, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

While at the Speedway, fans are encouraged to explore Daytona Beach where you can relax and treat yourself or let the good times go full throttle. In Daytona Beach you have a 500-foot sandy backdrop to unplug, unwind and reconnect. Embrace the tranquility. Venture off the beaten path or take your family for a stroll through history. Get hooked on a new adventure or kick back and savor the local flavor. You have the freedom to be yourself. Soak up the rays on our beautiful beaches, check out the local attractions and experience all the area has to offer at www.daytonabeach.com.

Great tickets remain for the Coke Zero Sugar 400, which will serve as the tense-filled, “last-chance” race for competitors to make the 16-driver NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 27. The night before on Friday, Aug. 26, the Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola will challenge the 31-degree banked venue in what is always a spirited battle between the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ young guns and seasoned veterans.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, as well as the all-new NASCAR Tracks App, for the latest speedway news.

 

About Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and was awarded the SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is the home of The Great American Race – the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Cup Series event garners most of the attention – as well as the largest audience in motorsports – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the World Center of Racing, boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the Speedway grounds are also used extensively for events that include concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training. The iconic venue was the site of a host of motorsports events early in 2022, beginning with AHRMA Classic Motofest and the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA in January, and the 64th DAYTONA 500, which debuted the first points race for NASCAR’s ‘Next Gen’ car as part of Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth, in February. The tradition-rich 81st Annual Bike Week At DAYTONA returned in March, featuring DAYTONA Supercross and the DAYTONA 200. May saw the “Welcome to Rockville” concert and the Heroes Honor Festival while during July 4th weekend, the track, in association with Torneos, hosted the first annual Daytona Soccer Fest. The NASCAR Cup Series returns for the final race of the regular season with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Aug. 27 while Saturday, Aug. 26 will see the Wawa 250 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

ABOUT CCS

Founded in 1984, the Championship Cup Series (CCS) is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. During our long history, we have become the Leader in Sportsman Level motorcycle road racing offering unrivalled competition at nationwide venues. Our parent company is the American SportBike Racing Association LLC, owned and operated by Kevin Elliott. CCS Racing offers a professional racing environment for beginning and seasoned riders alike – all centered around increasing the “fun factor” in a safety-conscious atmosphere. With over 30-plus sanctioned events each year and over $10 million in sponsor contingencies, no other organization comes close to providing opportunities that CCS Racing does. For more information, visit: https://ccsracing.us

ABOUT ASRA

ASRA was created for the racer who wants to advance farther and faster in the ranks of motorcycle racing. The ASRA arena is a stepping stone towards Professional status, helping riders become the best racer you can be. The ASRA Sprint Series is open to Amateurs as well as Experts, has Qualifying for grid positions (unless otherwise posted on the schedule), and features these classes: Sportbike, SuperStock, ThunderBike and Moto 3. There are separate, points, podiums and trophies for Amateurs and Experts. The first full season of the ASRA National Championship Series was 2006. The Series was created when Kevin Elliott established American Sportbike Racing Association LLC at the same time he acquired the Championship Cup Series. ASRA is modelled after the original North American Sport Bike Series (NASB) and its later counterpart FormulaUSA Championship Series. Originally exclusive to riders with Expert status, the ASRA Sprint Series opened up competition to Amateurs beginning with the 2011 race season. For complete information, visit: http://www.asraracing.com

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UtahSBA: Lopez Wins Rain-Shortened Feature Race

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-10 23:39

Round 5 of the Utah Motorcycle Law Masters of the Mountains series was held on Saturday August 6th on the Utah Motorsports Campus’ Perimeter track configuration.

Racing kicked off on Saturday morning with two qualifying sessions for the afternoon’s premier race, Moto United KOM GTU/Moto Station-Pirelli KOM GTO. Few contenders chose to participate in the first qualifying session but previous winner Genaro Lopez set a fast lap of 1:57. Qualifying session two saw almost the full field of competitors take to the track in an effort to best Lopez’s lap time from session one. The early fast lap time in session two was set by Ryan Richardson with a lap time of 2:01 with Kellen Birch posting a time of 2:01.837. Later in session two Richardson dropped his qualifying time to 1:59. Late in the session second place points holder Dave Meyer posted a lap time of 2:01.331 to squeak by Birch for the third place qualifying spot. Lopez’s lap time from session one held and the front row for the race would be Lopez, Richardson, and Meyer.

In the Mechanic Modern Vintage GTO/GTU race, GTU points leader Josh Fisher struggled to control a huge wheelie off the start, allowing Braxton Young to take the hole shot into Turn One. After Fisher regained control he tucked in behind Young in Turns Two through Four, ultimately making a pass for the lead in Turn Five.  The lead group of Fisher and Young controlled the race from there and came home in first and second respectively. Farther back in the pack, racers Brian Gerwe, Kirk Doyle, and Don Rothfuss had a heated three way battle for positions third through fifth on lap two exchanging positions multiple times. At the start of lap three Doyle in third led Gerwe in fourth, with Rothfuss losing the pace and falling behind in fifth. Eventually Gerwe passed Doyle to secure a podium spot, the final top three being Fisher, Young, Gerwe.

In the Moto United Open Super Stock race Richardson was on pole and got a great jump off the line and led Birch and Cole Phillips into turn one. Birch was unable to hold Phillips off for long and Phillips moved into second by the end of lap one. Richardson opened a large gap out front and cruised unchallenged for the win. Meanwhile, Alex Zinaich in fourth would close the gap to Birch in third in Turn Five on lap two. Phillips, Birch, and Zinaich were tip to tail leading into Turns Eight and Nine. Zinaich proved unable to match the pace ahead and drifted back, leaving Birch and Phillips to fight for second. On the last lap of the race Birch closed the gap to Phillips on the front straight and stalked him for the rest of the lap, ultimately trying an unsuccessful last turn pass attempt. As the checkered flag flew the final order was Richardson, Phillips, and Birch. After the race Richardson commented on the win, “I could see that I had a nice gap so I just tried to back it down, not take any unnecessary risks, and practice hitting my marks ahead of this afternoon’s King of the Mountains Race. I’m racing the MotoAmerica round at Pittsburgh so I need to thank all the people who are helping to make that happen: My dad, Trackstar, Dunlop, Crossbeam Builders, Moto United, E.C.S. Heating and Air, Moto United, Utah Motorcycle Law, and Kawasaki/Team Green.”

Moto United KOM GTU/Moto Station-Pirelli GTO King of the Mountain series points leader Anthony Norton was injured in an earlier crash and was forced to sit out Round 5 and plan on returning for Round 6. With Norton absent there were three riders all within striking distance of the number one plate all looking to close the points gap. When the starting lights went out, Richardson got off to a great start and beat other front row competitors Lopez and Meyer into Turn One. Lopez passed Richardson in Turn Five and posted a 1:56.665 lap time on lap two. Richardson in second was close enough to make it interesting, but with a best lap time of 1:57.038 he remained in second throughout the race and Lopez and Richardson finished in first and second. In the battle for third Birch passed Meyer on lap three. Further back, Cole Phillips was able to use the draft to pull within inches of Remington Mathews’ fender on the front straight of lap four. It took several laps but Phillips successfully overtook Mathews on lap six for fifth position. The following lap Phillips and Meyer traded places twice but Meyer ultimately came out ahead in fourth. On lap seven the rain began to fall and worsened until the race was red flagged on lap eight, two laps short of full race distance.  The top three were Lopez, Richardson, and Birch, this being Birch’s first time on the podium this season. In a post race interview Lopez wished to thank his wife, parents, and his family and friends. He also wanted to extend special thanks to the Motostation team and Pirelli for “giving me the winning package. Without them I would not be anywhere closer than I am now. Hopefully I can keep giving them good results.”

As the track fell silent, racers, family, and sponsors gathered around the barbeque to chew the fat and make plans for Round 6, which will be held at Utah Motorsports Campus on the West track configuration on September 3rd. As always the Utah Sport Bike Association races with the help of our dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors. We can’t thank you all enough and we couldn’t do it without you. We look forward to seeing you all again at Round 4 in September.

The Utah Sport Bike Association is a Utah Non-Profit dedicated to promoting education, safe riding, and competition in the Intermountain West. You can find more information about the USBA, upcoming events, and schools at www.utahsba.com or find us on Facebook.

USBA Round 5 Results – UMC Outer – August 6th, 2022 

Motostation/Moto United KOM Overall:

1. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

2. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

3. Kellen Birch(YAM YZF-R1)

4. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

6. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

Motostation KOM GTO:

1. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

2. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

3. Kellen Birch(YAM YZF-R1)

4. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

6. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

Moto United KOM GTU:

1. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

2. Lee McNutt (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Peter Hofpointner (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Braxton Young (HON CBR600RR)

5. Don Manuel (YAM YZF-R6)

AZ Riding Academy Combined GTO

1. Gilbert Gonzalez (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Joshua Snow (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

4. Jeff Taylor (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Alban Bonilla (BMW S1000RR)

Off Highway Van Combined GTU

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Mario Fernandez (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Ryan Podgurney (KAW ZX-6R)

4. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

 

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Expert

1. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

2. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

3. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

4. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

5. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

6. Lee McNutt (YAM YZF-R6)

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Novice

1. Alban Bonilla (BMW S1000RR)

2. Jordan DeJarnett (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Mario Fernandez (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Dustin Lance (YAM YZF-R6)

 

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTO

1. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

2. Christopher Mousley (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Tim Johnson (BMW S1000RR)

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTU

1. Lee McNutt (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6R)

The Weekend Garage Middleweight Superbike

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Peter Hofpointner (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Lee McNutt (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Raab Gisseman (HON RS125)

Toxic Moto Racing Middleweight Superstock

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Lee McNutt (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

4. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

5. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX-6R)

6. Peter Hofpointner (YAM YZF-R6)

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTO

1. Kevin Dolan (SUZ GSXR1000)

2. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

3. Dave Loynd (HON CBR1000RR)

4. Cameron Holladay (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Tau Jeppesen (SUZ GSX-R750)

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTU

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Braxton Young (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Brian Gerwe (HON CBR600RR)

4. Don Manuel (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848)

3. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6R)

Karl Malone Powersports  Moto 2

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

3. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

5. Peter Hofpointner (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX-6R)

Redline Realty Moto 3

1. Carey Fougere (YAM 450F)

2. Mark Taylor (KAW Ninja 400)

3. Brian Gerwe (KAW Ninja 400)

4. Raab Gisseman (HON RS125)

5. Ian Jenson (YAM YZF-R3)

6. Samuel Jensen (KTM RC 390)

Legion of Speed Novice GTO

1. Christopher Mousley (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Alban Bonilla (BMW S1000RR)

2. Jeff Taylor (YAM YZF-R1)

4. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Jordan DeJarnett (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Tau Jeppesen (SUZ GSX-R750)

Trackstar Novice GTU

1. Mario Fernandez (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6R)

4. Jordan DeJarnett (YAM YZF-R6)

5. David Schulz (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Zach Jenson (YAM YZF-R6)

Vortex Open Superbike

1. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

3. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

4. Gilbert Gonzalez (KAW ZX-10R)

5. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

6. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

MotoUnited Open Superstock

1. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

3. Kellen Birch (YAM YZF-R1)

4. Alex Zinaich (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Belisario (KAW ZX-6R)

6. Tim Johnson (BMW S1000RR)

Karl Malone Powersports Open Twins

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Jared Baird (DUC 1299)

3. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848)

4. Robert Jojola (DUC 999)

5. Marco Tellez (TRI 675)

TruSolace Production 500

1. Brian Childree (KAW Ninja 400)

2. Carey Fougere (YAM 450F)

3. Mark Taylor (KAW Ninja 400)

4. Brian Gerwe (KAW Ninja 400)

5. Raab Gisseman (HON RS125)

6. Ian Jenson (YAM YZF-R3)

Monarch Powersports Sportsman

1. Jordan DeJarnett (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Raab Gisseman (HON RS125)

3. David Schulz (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Robert Jojola (DUC 999)

5. Aaron Selbrede (HON CBR600RR)

Napa Auto Parts Tooele Stock 1000

1. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

3. Gilbert Gonzalez (KAW ZX-10R)

4. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

5. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

6. Christopher Mousley (YAM YZF-R1)

Carbonsmith Super Street Bike

1. Remington Mathews (KTM Super Duke 1290R)

2. Robert Jojola (DUC 1199)

3. Alex Zinaich (YAM FZ1)

4. Marco Tellez (SUZ GSX-R1000)

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R.I.P. Carole Adams, Mother Of SuperbikePlanet Editor Dean Adams

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-10 23:06

Carole Mary Adams died August 9 in Red Wing, Minnesota, where she owned an Arabian horse farm. She was 90.

Adams is survived by son Dean Adams, the Editor of SuperbikePlanet.com, and daughter Carole Marie Adams.

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Yamaha Announces New 2023 Off-Road YZ Lineup

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-10 22:36

Including the Lighter, Slimmer, Faster & More Fun All-New YZ450F

MARIETTA, Ga. – August 10, 2022 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, is excited to introduce the new 2023 lineup of advanced, industry-leading YZ off-road motorcycles. Conceived for competition and extensively developed through knowledge gained at the highest levels of professional motorsports, the 2023 lineup of Yamaha YZ Motocross and Cross Country machines offer cutting-edge performance along with a level of refinement and rideability that instills confidence in every rider. Highlights for 2023 include an all-new flagship YZ450F Motocross model, along with an all-new YZ125X and extensively updated YZ250X two-stroke Cross Country models.

Fresh off back-to-back professional Motocross and Supercross titles, Yamaha introduces an all-new YZ450F for 2023 designed to push capabilities even further. Building on the class-leading power delivery, suspension performance and usability of the previous model, the new YZ450F raises the bar with more power, less weight, a slimmer design and improved handling in an even more usable package. The new 2023 YZ125X offers a completely new, more powerful 125cc two-stroke engine, revised suspension damping, improved brakes, enhanced ergonomics and a sharp new look making it the perfect option for young enthusiasts looking to move up to a full-size competition-ready two-stroke cross country bike. For riders looking for big 250cc two-stroke power in the ultimate cross country racer, the new 2023 YZ250X is now better than ever with updated brakes, revised suspension, race-inspired ergonomics and aggressive new styling. Continuing across the entire 2023 range of Yamaha YZ models, a superior level of off-road performance and unmatched reliability remain a constant.

“What really stands out about the new YZ450F is just how light and balanced it feels when riding hard,” said Derek Brooks, Yamaha Motorsports Motorcycle Product Line Manager. “This new platform builds on the legendary YZ suspension and handling with an even more powerful, yet controllable engine character that will offer expert riders everything they need to compete and win at the highest level. At the same time its revised ergonomics and tuneability with the free engine mapping Power Tuner makes it easier to ride fast for all rider skill levels. I’m pumped to see it hit the tracks soon!”

Welcome to the victorYZone

Yamaha’s off-road competition bikes offer the very latest in technology with performance features designed to help racing enthusiasts reach their maximum potential, win races and stand on top of the podium.

New 2023 Yamaha YZ450F & Monster Energy® Yamaha Racing Edition YZ450F: 

For the new 2023 YZ450F, Yamaha engineers were tasked with improving on an already class-leading package.  Traditional strong points of broad, torquey power, plush suspension and predictable handling had to be enhanced, but with a distinctly rider-centric focus for the new model with a five-pound weight reduction, increased control and improved ergonomics. The end result is a lighter, more compact engine that pumps out even more power, improved handling with greater agility while still maintaining excellent stability, and a significantly lighter, slimmer body with enhanced ergonomics for greater control.

 

A 2023 Yamaha YZ450F Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

 

Changes for the new YZ450F start with the engine. Completely redesigned for 2023, updates include new exhaust and intake port shapes, larger diameter titanium intake valves, new forged aluminum piston, new cylinder body, crankshaft and balancer assembly, and a switch from wet sump to dry sump lubrication. The combined effect of these features is more midrange and top-end power, including a 500 rpm higher rev limit for longer over-rev, and more linear output characteristics for increased rideability and control.

Helping lay that power down to the rear wheel, an all-new cable-actuated clutch design replaces the coil springs of the previous model with a new disc spring and integrates primary gear and basket into a single steel unit. The result is a more compact, lightweight and durable assembly which yields smoother engagement and excellent feel. Additionally, an all-new tri-shaft transmission layout vertically stacks the transmission shafts, raising the center shaft and forming a triangle between the crank, drive shaft and main shaft for a lighter, more compact transmission.

Providing riders with the opportunity to fine-tune engine performance to their liking, Yamaha’s industry-leading Power Tuner App has been extensively revised for 2023, retaining the full functionality of the previous version, but now even easier to use with more functionality. Engine mapping can now be made using an intuitive new slide bar. There is also a new lap timer, Traction and Launch Control tuning, and bike set-up guides. Additionally, a new lightweight handlebar-mounted switch allows on-the-fly selection of preloaded engine maps.

The all-new Traction Control System communicates wheel slip to the ECU, tuning the engine to maintain ideal rear wheel traction. Three levels can be selected: HIGH, LOW or OFF. The updated Launch Control System now features an rpm limiter which can be adjusted in 500 rpm increments between 6,000 rpm and 11,000 rpm for optimized launches when the gate drops. Both systems are controlled through the Yamaha Power Tuner App.

The next major update to the new 2023 YZ450F involves the completely redesigned aluminum bilateral beam frame.

Striking the perfect balance of precise cornering performance and handling stability, the new frame consists of more than 10 different aluminum components welded together. This provides the opportunity to carefully tune rigidity and flex characteristics of each component to ensure competition-level performance. The result is a better handling machine with lighter feel, improved bump absorption and increased traction, allowing the rider to enter corners with greater confidence and more line choices.

Improving on the YZ450F’s already category-defining suspension performance, new internal suspension valving works in combination with the new frame and body to provide exceptional bump absorption, increased traction and better cornering performance. High-spec fully adjustable Speed Sensitive System KYB® coil spring-type forks now feature a new hand-operated compression damping adjuster for simple, toolless adjustments, and the linkage-type rear suspension features a KYB® shock with damping characteristics to match the new chassis.

Finally, a new slimmer, flatter and more compact body design lends a much lighter, more precise riding feel. A completely redesigned air intake pathway, airbox and filter allow for a narrower fuel tank, significantly slimmer front shrouds and a lower airbox cover. Additionally, more seamless, rounded features including seat edges and side covers further ease rider movement for improved control. The rider triangle is also improved with increased legroom between the seat and footpegs, and revised handlebar position for a more natural posture and enhanced rider comfort.

Other top-spec details and convenient features include a push-button electric starter system with high-capacity ultra-light lithium-ion battery, 1-1/8-inch aluminum tapered handlebars, new compact PVC handlebar pad, new lightweight throttle cables, wide footpegs with new lightweight aluminum alloy brackets, a quick-adjust clutch perch and new chain guide all combine to ensure the new 2023 YZ450F continues to be the most complete, most well-balanced, most capable bike in the 450 class.

 

A 2023 Yamaha YZ450F. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

 

2023 YZ450F Features & Benefits

  • The ultimate open-class YZ, the new 2023 YZ450F takes the superior race-tested qualities of its predecessor and expands them in a lighter, faster, slimmer, sharper and more usable package designed to continue dominating the competition
  • Completely redesigned 450cc four-stroke engine is lighter, more compact and more powerful with an increased rev limit for longer over-rev
  • Overall weight savings of 5 pounds over previous model
  • Revised Yamaha Power Tuner App is even more user-friendly with intuitive new “Quick Setting” slide bar, Traction & Launch Control tuning, and additional new features
  • Two-mode adjustable engine mapping allows on-the-fly selection between two tuneable engine maps via new lightweight, handlebar-mounted push-button switchgear
  • New Traction Control System communicates wheel slip to the ECU to maintain ideal rear wheel traction with three selectable levels: HIGH, LOW or OFF
  • Updated Launch Control System now features adjustable rpm limiting for improved launches when the gate drops
  • More compact, lightweight cable-actuated clutch design replaces coil springs with a new disc spring for smoother engagement and excellent feel
  • New tri-shaft transmission layout shortens the engine from front to back for more optimized engine positioning
  • Redesign air intake path, airbox and filter allow for slimmer airbox cover and radiator shrouds
  • Ultra-compact 44mm Mikuni® throttle body ensures optimum fuel atomization while saving weight and improving mass-centralization
  • Completely redesigned lightweight aluminum bilateral frame carefully balances rigidity and flex characteristics for a lighter feel, improved bump absorption and increased traction
  • Slimmer, flatter and more compact body includes narrower fuel tank and front shrouds, and more seamless, rounded features for easier rider movement and improved control
  • Rider triangle is also improved with increased legroom and revised handlebar position for a more natural posture and enhanced comfort
  • Fully adjustable Speed Sensitive System KYB® coil spring-type fork and linkage-type KYB® rear shock offer best-in-class suspension performance with revised damping characteristics to match the new YZ450F’s chassis
  • Front fork now features a new hand-operated compression damping adjuster for simple, toolless adjustments
  • Large 270mm front brake rotor is coupled with a Nissin caliper and aggressive pad compounds to provide excellent braking performance
  • Rear brake feel is improved by reducing the rigidity of the brake hose providing a wider range of control at the pedal
  • Advanced computer-aided wheel design shaves weight without sacrificing durability, while rear wheel comes laced in a three-cross-spoke pattern for improved impact absorption and rider feel
  • Compact, lightweight push-button electric start provides effortless restarts
  • Lightweight aluminum tapered handlebar
  • Rubber-mounted four-position adjustable handlebar mounts reduce vibration
  • Premium Yamaha Blue and dark blue graphics scheme is embedded to provide excellent durability and scratch resistance
  • Race-developed Dunlop® Geomax MX33 tires

The new 2023 YZ450F will be available from dealers this November in Team Yamaha Blue for $9,899 MSRP. The new 2023 Monster Energy® Yamaha Racing Edition YZ450F will be available from dealers this October for $10,099 MSRP.

New 2023 Yamaha YZ125X: 

Introduced in 2020, the YZ125X was conceived to bolster Yamaha’s Cross Country lineup while offering passionate two-stroke enthusiasts a dedicated enduro racer. In the first major update for the model, the all-new 2023 YZ125X reflects many of the extensive changes recently rolled out for the current competition-ready YZ125 motocross model, ensuring a high level of performance, but also incorporates a number of additional key modifications aimed specifically at boosting capability for rigorous, long distance, multi-terrain cross country racing. The result is a powerful, featherweight class-leading two-stroke woods racer that represents the ideal step up for young enthusiasts looking to enter into cross country competition or for seasoned riders, a supremely capable, lightweight and reliable two-stroke.

 

A 2023 Yamaha YZ125X. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

 

It all starts with a more powerful liquid-cooled 125cc two-stroke engine. Every functional part of the engine is new, including the cylinder, cylinder head, piston, piston pin, connecting rod, crankcase and expansion chamber all adding up to increased power. To enhance the YZ125X’s performance in varied terrain and over long race distances, features including Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) characteristics, exhaust timing and compression ratio have been optimized to improve ease-of-use in the low- to mid-rpm range. Further enhancing fueling and power delivery, a new high-precision Hitachi Astemo® Keihin PWK38S carburetor with throttle position sensor and 3D-map-controlled CDI unit provide clean, crisp throttle response. A new intake design with VForce4 carbon reed valve and a straighter intake path result in an improved feeling of power in the high rpm range.

To match increased engine performance, an updated braking system features larger front pistons, more rigid caliper, and a redesigned 270mm front rotor with a 30% increase in pad contact area, all combining to provide exceptional braking power and feel. A redesigned rear rotor maintains the same braking power while dropping outer diameter from 245mm to 240mm, reducing unsprung weight without compromising performance.

Taking the YZ125X’s category-defining suspension and handling characteristics to a new level, front and rear suspension damping has been revised to further improve bump absorption and cornering performance. Best-in-class KYB® suspension includes a fully adjustable Speed Sensitive System 48mm inverted front fork, now with new internals for more precise damping. Revised fully adjustable KYB® rear shock features reduced-friction Kashima Coat internals, separate adjusters for high- and low-speed compression damping and a full lock oil rebound system for increased comfort. Additionally, front and rear settings are fine-tuned to handle the types of demanding and varied environments commonly encountered in cross country competition.

To increase rider confidence in challenging conditions, a new flatter seat and more narrow fuel tank design, along with smoothly integrated body panels and slimmer radiator shroud width all combine to enhance freedom of movement forward and back, allowing the rider to easily shift body weight for increased control. Emphasizing its YZ racing pedigree, new front and rear fender design, bold Yamaha Blue and dark blue colorway, and premium embedded graphics provide a sharp, aggressive new look with excellent durability and scratch resistance.

Additional features on the 2023 YZ125X include premium lightweight blue Excel® rims wrapped in high performance Dunlop® Geomax MX33 tires, along with cross country oriented 18-inch rear wheel, larger rear sprocket, standard aluminum side stand, reserve fuel petcock, sealed O-ring chain, and a newly adopted scraper between the fork’s dust and oil seal for improved reliability in rugged conditions. Together, it all adds up to the perfect GNCC® racer straight out of the box.

2023 YZ125X Features & Benefits

  • Redesigned liquid-cooled Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS)-equipped 125cc two-stroke engine boasts more power in the mid- to high-range with cross country-specific tuning to enhance low- to midrange performance
  • New high-precision Hitachi Astemo® Keihin PWK38S carburetor features throttle position sensor and 3D-map-controlled CDI unit resulting in crisp throttle response and superior rideability
  • New straight intake design with VForce4 carbon reed valve improves power output and controllability in the low- to midrange
  • New shorter, lighter muffler
  • High performance brake setup features more rigid front caliper, larger front pistons and redesigned rotors with increased pad contact area up front for exceptional stopping power and feel
  • Improved rider ergonomics are more narrow with a flatter seat and slimmer radiator shrouds offering greater freedom of movement
  • Fully adjustable Speed Sensitive System KYB® inverted front fork with new internals for more precise damping, and a new scraper between the dust and oil seal for improved reliability
  • Revised fully adjustable KYB® rear shock features reduced-friction Kashima Coat internals
  • Front and rear suspension settings optimized for enhanced cross country performance
  • Race-proven, forged aluminum semi-double cradle frame
  • Removable lightweight aluminum rear subframe constructed of square-section tubing
  • Lightweight finely tuned chassis for nimble handling, more control and less rider fatigue
  • Revised six-speed, close-ratio transmission has wider transmission gear tooth width and new, optimized gear ratios for maximum performance
  • New lightweight rear sprocket design
  • Sealed O-ring chain
  • High-capacity radiator with dark louvers deliver maximum cooling and aggressive looks
  • Lightweight aluminum handlebar with two-position adjustable handlebar clamp
  • Adjustable clutch lever with works-style cable adjuster
  • New premium graphics are now embedded for improved durability and scratch resistance
  • Premium lightweight Excel® rims
  • Race-developed Dunlop® Geomax MX33 tires

The all-new 2023 YZ125X will be available from dealers this September in Team Yamaha Blue for $7,099 MSRP.

New 2023 Yamaha YZ250X: 

At the top of Yamaha’s two-stroke Cross Country range, the light and powerful YZ250X provides two-stroke enthusiasts with the ultimate open-class XC racer. Already known for its strong acceleration, plush suspension, class-leading handling and rider-friendly character, significant updates for 2023 incorporate similar changes made to the Yamaha’s current YZ250 motocrosser to improve on key areas and provide an even more competitive, well-rounded package.

 

A 2023 Yamaha YZ250X. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

 

Rider ergonomics are more narrow and substantially improved through new, smoothly integrated body panels, slimmer shroud width and flatter seat. These changes allow greater freedom of movement front to back and easier weight transfer for improved control. Along with the slimmer, more aggressive bodywork, a new front and rear fender design and a sharp new graphics scheme highlight the race-focused YZ lineage. Premium graphics are now embedded to provide improved durability and scratch resistance. Additionally, updates to the seat and bodywork also enabled a new, straighter intake design, allowing a more efficient intake path to the engine for improved low- to midrange pulling power.

The YZ250X’s class-leading suspension performance improves with revised front and rear damping characteristics to enhance bump absorption and cornering agility. Fully adjustable Speed Sensitive System KYB® 48mm inverted front fork receives new internals and newly adopted scraper between the dust and oil seal for improved reliability, while the revised fully adjustable KYB® rear shock features reduced-friction Kashima Coat internals. Settings are specifically tuned to meet the harsh demands of cross country competition.

A revamped high performance brake setup provides exceptional braking power and feel with a more rigid front caliper, larger front pistons and redesigned 270mm front rotor that increases pad contact area. A redesigned rear rotor drops the outer diameter from 245mm to 240mm, reducing unsprung weight with no compromise on performance.

The 2023 YZ250X uses the same fast and fun liquid-cooled YPVS-equipped 249cc two-stroke powerplant as its YZ250 brethren, but with YPVS characteristics, exhaust timing and compression ratio optimized to improve ease-of-use in the low- to mid-rpm range for improved cross country performance. Additionally, clutch durability is enhanced through a new friction material with excellent heat resistance characteristics ideal for long distance racing, without compromising on smooth operation.

Finally, premium lightweight Excel® wheels combine with high performance Dunlop® Geomax MX33 tires, cross country oriented 18-inch rear wheel size, wide-ratio gearing, standard aluminum side stand, sealed O-ring chain and a reserve fuel petcock to complete the ideal high performance two-stroke XC competition machine.

2023 YZ250X Features & Benefits

  • Improved rider ergonomics are more narrow with a flatter seat and slimmer radiator shrouds offering greater freedom of movement
  • Advanced liquid-cooled YPVS-equipped 249cc two-stroke engine is lightweight, compact and fun, with a wide, tractable powerband
  • New straight intake design improves low- to midrange pulling power
  • Advanced Hitachi Astemo® Keihin PWK38S carburetor with power jet and throttle position sensor provides crisp throttle response
  • High performance brake setup features larger front pistons, more rigid caliper and redesigned rotors with increased pad contact area for exceptional stopping power and feel
  • Fully adjustable KYB® fork features the Speed-Sensitive System for precise handling and superb impact absorption, and includes a newly adopted scraper between the dust and oil seal for improved reliability
  • Revised fully adjustable KYB® rear shock features reduced-friction Kashima Coat internals
  • Front and rear suspension settings optimized for enhanced cross country performance
  • Race-proven, highly developed forged aluminum semi-double cradle frame
  • Removable aluminum rear subframe constructed of square-section tubing for reduced weight
  • Finely tuned lightweight chassis and advanced suspension endow the YZ250X with class-leading handling
  • Smooth-shifting, five-speed transmission ensures confident gear changes in all conditions
  • New clutch pressure plate material with excellent heat resistance characteristics ideal for extended cross-country competition
  • New lightweight rear sprocket design
  • Sealed O-ring chain
  • High-capacity radiator with blacked-out louvers deliver maximum cooling and aggressive looks
  • Compact exhaust expansion chamber for improved clearance and excellent exhaust efficiency
  • Lightweight aluminum handlebar with two-position adjustable handlebar clamp
  • Adjustable clutch lever with works-style cable adjuster
  • New premium graphics are now embedded for improved durability and scratch resistance
  • Premium lightweight Excel® rims
  • Race-developed Dunlop® Geomax MX33 tires

The new 2023 YZ250X will be available from dealers this August in Team Yamaha Blue for $7,999 MSRP.

2023 Yamaha Motocross and Cross Country Lineup

The remainder of Yamaha’s Motocross and Cross Country lineup, including the YZ65, YZ85, YZ85LW, YZ125, YZ125 Monster Energy® Yamaha Racing Edition, YZ250, YZ250 Monster Energy® Yamaha Racing Edition YZ250F, YZ250F Monster Energy® Yamaha Racing Edition, YZ250FX, YZ450FX, WR250F and WR450F all return unchanged for 2023.

Yamaha bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program

All 2023 YZ models are eligible for Yamaha’s current bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program, which features nearly $5 million for Yamaha bLU cRU riders competing in off-road motorcycle racing. YZ riders can earn contingency payouts via a bLU cRU debit card, receive a 10 percent rebate on GYTR parts and accessory purchases of up to $1,000, and receive an instant $45 credit on http://www.bLUcRUswag.com. The 2023 bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program details will be announced soon.

For complete details on how to register for the bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program, along with specific information on which racing series, events, and classes are included, visit the Off-Road Racing Contingency page on the Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, website at:

https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/motocross/pages/yamaha-off-road-contingency-program.

Learn more about Yamaha’s complete motocross lineup at:

www.yamahamotorsports.com/motocross.

Learn more about Yamaha’s complete cross country lineup at:
https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/cross-country.

Find a range of Genuine Yamaha Accessories, apparel and more at:

https://www.shopyamaha.com.

For more information related to all Yamaha products, visit:

https://www.yamahamotorsports.com.

 

Follow Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, through your favorite social media site:

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About Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the outdoor recreation industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outboard Motors, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and Robotic Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, Yamalube products, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States.

YMUS has a corporate office in California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Additional U.S.-based subsidiaries include Yamaha Marine Systems Company (YMSC) with divisions Bennett Marine (Florida), Kracor Systems (Wisconsin) and Siren Marine, Inc. (Rhode Island), Skeeter Boats (Texas), with division G3 Boats (Missouri), and Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana).

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Roper Wins A Pair At The VRRA Vintage Festival At Mosport

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-10 22:12

VRRA Vintage Festival

August 5-7, 2022

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

Canada’s VRRA (Vintage Road Racing Association) lucked out with a dry (if a bit hot) weekend for its three-day Vintage Festival at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, east of Toronto.  Better known as Mosport, the fast 2.5-mile, 10-turn track has an international racing history going back to 1961 and is a “bucket list” ride for many racers.  The August event is VRRA’s premier happening of the club’s schedule and has grown to justify the “Festival” moniker and keep spectators entertained who choose to stay for three days camping in the hilly infield area of the park.  With endurance and sprint racing, a band Saturday night, the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group Concours d’Elegance and swap meet; it was a northern version of AHRMA’s Barber event – with mosquitos instead of alligators.

A highlight this year was the return of Team Obsolete, who were last at Mosport in 2017 for the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Canadian Grand Prix.  Pandemic travel restrictions off, T.O. owner Rob Iannucci himself was on-site all weekend, chatting patiently with the crowd of visitors that lined up several deep around the team’s pit area most of the weekend.  Iannucci brought three exotic classics: the ex-Dick Mann AJS 7R Special, the 1974 MV Agusta 500 Four ridden by multi-time World Champion Giacomo Agostini, and one of two surviving 1947 AJS E90 Porcupine 500cc Grand Prix bikes.  Per Iannucci’s philosophy, all were runners, including the jaw-droppingly expensive Porcupine.  The Porcupine and MV had the track to themselves during the lunch break Saturday to be seen and heard in action.  Both of these bikes are, frankly, painfully loud to be near but their open-megaphone exhausts sounded quite musical echoing off the hills.  Unfortunately, the MV performed solo when the Porcupine had to retire with an oil leak but the entire progress of a lap could be heard from any one point on the circuit!  In a surprise move, T.O. also entered the MV in competition; Dave Roper finished second in Period Two Heavyweight on the MV as well as taking home first place in Period 2 Lightweight and first place in Period 1 350 riding the 350cc 7R.

Friday afternoon’s two-hour endurance race was held in 90-degree plus heat and unfortunately was interrupted by a red flag.  The overall win went to Team Ludicrous Speed consisting of Darrell Cooney and Kirby Crosby, who ran with one rider change.

4-lap Sprint qualifiers took up Saturday, along with the Masters races for riders over 50 years old with 5-plus years of competition experience, and the Mosport-only Warwick Cup that commemorates a club founder and is open to British machines up to 500cc from 1967 or earlier.  Sunday final races ran 6 laps, again in hot conditions but with a welcome breeze.

VRRA’s season-ending event will be held at Shannonville Motorsports Park near Belleville, Ontario from the 2nd to the 4th of September.

 

SPRINT RESULTS

Period 3 Middleweight

  1. Todd Ruston
  2. Jeff Peters
  3. Kyle Atkins

Middleweight Production

  1. Christopher Spargo
  2. Mark Morrow
  3. Glenn Holbrook

Pre-65 500

  1. David King
  2. Ian McQueen
  3. Holly Varey

Period 1 200

  1. Colin Fearn

Pre-50

  1. Chris Ness
  2. Ingo Reters
  3. Stanley Reters

Pre-65 350

  1. Michael Harrington

Period 4 F3

  1. Daniel Rinfret
  2. Johnathan Vaillancourt
  3. Jody Pearce

Grand Prix Middle

  1. Robert Massicotte
  2. Darrell Cooney

Grand Prix Light

  1. Angela Hiba
  2. Geoff Willie Robb

Vintage GP Light

  1. Lorraine Crussell

Modern Lightweight

  1. Andrew Cooney
  2. Chris Fehr
  3. Grant Nesbitt

Vintage GP Heavy

  1. David Crussell

Vintage GP Middleweight

  1. Neal Howes

Period 3 Lightweight

  1. Christopher Spargo
  2. Paul Brubaker
  3. Bill Quail

Period 2 Heavyweight

  1. Jeff Peters
  2. Dave Roper
  3. Darcy Tindale

SRA Sidecars

  1. Steve Fletcher
  2. Wayne Walsh

Sidecars Period 3

  1. Andrew Roberts

Sidecars Period 2

  1. Tim Joyce
  2. Michael Vinten
  3. Matthew Gill

Period 1 500

  1. Paul Brubaker
  2. Ian McQueen
  3. Michael Clipsham

Period 2 Lightweight

  1. Dave Roper
  2. Tim Voyer
  3. Stan Nicholson

Period 5 F2

  1. Robert Massicotte
  2. Rick Edwards
  3. Nicolas Audet

Period 4 F2

  1. Jody Pearce
  2. Yannick Laflamme
  3. Justin Mcloughlin

Period 3 Heavyweight

  1. Todd Ruston
  2. David Crussell
  3. Paul Massingberd

Period 1 Open

  1. Doug Forbes
  2. Ian McQueen
  3. Tim Voyer

Vintage Open Senior

  1. Robert Massicotte
  2. Jamie Boddon
  3. Darrell Cooney

Period 5 F1

  1. Rick Edwards
  2. William Kowalczyk
  3. Nicholas Audet

Period 4 F1

  1. Colin Duncan
  2. Jamie Bosson
  3. Steven Smart

Period 1 350

  1. Dave Roper
  2. Tim Voyer
  3. Bill Van Leeuwen

Period 1 250

  1. Holly Varey
  2. Stan Nicholson
  3. Tyler Emer

Vintage Open Junior

  1. Kevin Renshaw
  2. Andrew Cooney
  3. Yannick Laflamme

 

ENDURANCE RESULTS

Lightweight

  1. Tim Whyte Racing
  2. Mountain High Racing
  3. RPM and Associates
  4. Muttley Crue
  5. Red Moon Rising
  6. Gobshite

Middleweight

  1. Ludicrous Speed
  2. On the Verge
  3. WCR Racing
  4. 171 Racing
  5. El Fuego
  6. Bad to the Bone 2

Heavyweight

  1. BAKEA
  2. Moto Mph
  3. Buddha Racing
  4. BoneHeads
  5. Bad to the Bone
  6. Real McCoy

Modern Lightweight

  1. Statoni Racing
  2. Team Shouldercheck
  3. De Boer
  4. Big Swing Racing
  5. Iffy Shifters

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British Talent Cup Continuing Through At Least 2025

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-10 21:23

Dorna and MSVR sign new Honda British Talent Cup agreement 

A new deal between the two parties confirms the BTC will continue in its current format from 2023 to 2025

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Dorna Sports and MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) are delighted to announce a new agreement confirming the future of the Honda British Talent Cup from 2023 to 2025.

The BTC began in 2018 as a new path on the Road to MotoGP, racing in identical liveries, before the first agreement between Dorna and MSVR saw the Cup expand to a ten-round Championship for riders and teams from 2020 to 2022. The BTC has since been the sole British Moto3 Championship class, racing alongside nine rounds of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) and enjoying a season highlight alongside MotoGP at the British Grand Prix.

This new agreement between Dorna and MSVR confirms the BTC will continue in its current format until at least 2025, securing the future of one of the most vital programmes on the Road to MotoGP.

The series remains restricted to riders between 12 and 17 years of age, with teams and riders open to enter in a traditional manner. The technical regulations mirror the highly successful Dorna-promoted European Talent Cup, which specifies the exclusive use of Honda NSF 250 R motorcycles.

As the sole British Moto3 Championship class, the BTC has gone from strength to strength since the collaboration between Dorna and MSVR began. The visibility and coverage offered by racing alongside BSB, together with the international profile and opportunities provided by Dorna, gives young riders an unbeatable opportunity on the Road to MotoGP.

Each year there is the prospect of promotion for the rider deemed to have shown the most progress, pace and promise across the BTC season. Initially that was a place on the JuniorGP grid, but that changed in 2021 and the championship into which the selected rider is promoted now depends on the level and potential of the chosen rider.

Dorna and MSVR study the BTC riders throughout each season in order to provide the opportunity that is the best fit for the chosen rider to keep progressing and learning on the Road to MotoGP. The promotion options for the selected BTC rider are therefore now a place in the Hawkers European Talent Cup, Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup or the Finetwork FIM JuniorGP World Championship.

In 2021, the selected BTC rider was Champion Casey O’Gorman, who was promoted into the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

Stuart Higgs, MSVR BSB Series Director: “We are delighted to extend our cooperation with Dorna on this most important category. We have absolutely shared objectives to provide the best possible conditions for riders as they race on the Road to MotoGP. The BTC is a highlight of our BSB race weekends, as well the season highlight racing at the British Grand Prix.”

Ana Ezpeleta, Director of Talent Promotion at Dorna Sports: “We’re very happy to sign and announce this new agreement with MSVR, confirming the future of the Honda British Talent Cup. Having Scott Ogden, one of our first Champions, now racing and impressing in Moto3 shows the strength and success of the BTC – both of which have only grown since our collaboration with MSVR began. As the sole British Moto3 class, the competition offers an even better proving ground for young riders racing in the UK and after three successful seasons of collaboration between Dorna and MSVR, we’re very much looking forward to seeing what the next three can bring.”

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Royal Enfield’s 120th Anniversary Edition 650 Twins Will Be Available Soon

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-10 19:27

120th Anniversary Limited Edition Twins Available Soon!

Stay updated on the chance to own a limited edition Royal Enfield 120th Anniversary Edition Continental GT and INT 650 in the U.S.

Milwaukee, WI (Wednesday, August 10, 2022) – In celebration of the 120th anniversary of Royal Enfield, the oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, the breathtaking 120th Year Anniversary Editions of its popular 650 Twin motorcycles—the INT 650 and Continental GT 650—were revealed at EICMA 2021. The time has nearly come for these remarkable black and chrome beauties featuring artisan-crafted die-cast brass tank badges to become available. Head to the Royal Enfield website now and sign up to stay updated on the upcoming availability of these limited-edition models.

Availability of the 120th Year Anniversary Edition INT 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles is limited to 60 units in the United States—30 of each. With only 480 units available worldwide, this is a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to own a piece of motorcycling history.

More information on the Royal Enfield 120th Anniversary Limited Edition Twins and upcoming availability in the U.S.

The 120th Year Anniversary Edition INT 650 and Continental GT 650 have been designed and handcrafted by the company’s teams across the UK and India. The exquisite brass badges are crafted in collaboration with the Sirpi Senthil family, multi-generational artisans from the temple town of Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. Particularly specialized in making the elegant brass effigies for the most revered temples in India for centuries, this is the first time that these artisans have collaborated with any automotive brand.

The unique, rich black-chrome tank color scheme has been developed in-house, with Royal Enfield’s industry-leading chroming technology at the company’s original 1950’s manufacturing factory in Thiruvottiyur, Chennai, India. The motorcycles are chromed with an alternate, sustainable trivalent eco-friendly process. To complement the black chrome tanks, both the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 will feature, for the first time, completely blacked out components, with the engine, silencer and other elements in an array of black color schemes. The motorcycles will also come equipped with a range of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories such as fly screens, engine guards, heel guards, touring and bar-end mirrors among others in a defining black to accent the overall design.

 

After being unveiled at EICMA 2021, the 120th Year Anniversary Edition INT 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles are nearly ready for their U.S. arrival. Sign up now for a chance to get your hands on one. Photo courtesy Royal Enfield North America.

 

The 120th Year Anniversary Edition INT 650 and Continental GT 650s will also boast the legendary Royal Enfield hand-painted pinstripes. To make each motorcycle even more exclusive, the tank top badge will feature the unique serial number of each motorcycle indicating that it is 1 of 60 unique motorcycles in any of the four regions around the world. Additionally, the motorcycles will also adorn a side panel decal that is a special ode to Royal Enfield’s 120 years.

 

The exquisite die-cast brass tank badges are crafted in collaboration with the Sirpi Senthil family, multi-generational artisans from the temple town of Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. Photo courtesy Royal Enfield North America.

 

The 120th Year Anniversary Edition INT 650 and Continental GT 650 models will also boast the legendary Royal Enfield hand-painted pinstripes. Photo courtesy Royal Enfield North America.

 

Tanks are chromed at the company’s original 1950’s manufacturing factory in Chennai, India, using an alternate sustainable trivalent eco-friendly process. Photo courtesy Royal Enfield North America.

 

Unique, rich black-chrome coloring are accented by completely blacked-out components including the engine and silencer, a first for Royal Enfield. Photo courtesy Royal Enfield North America.

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 150 dealers in North America, including the contiguous U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the all-new Classic 350, Meteor 350, Himalayan and the 650 Twins (INT650 and Continental GT 650) motorcycles, along with a range of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories and apparel.

For more information on Royal Enfield North America, visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/www.Instagram.com/RoyalEnfield_NAwww.Facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica.

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American Flat Track: Series Heading To Washington For Castle Rock TT

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-10 17:19

Progressive AFT Set to Storm the Castle Rock TT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 10, 2022) – Progressive American Flat Track will finally make its long-awaited return to Castle Rock Race Park for this weekend’s 28th Castle Rock TT in Castle Rock, Washington, on Saturday, August 13.

Prior to the eruption of nearby Mt. St. Helens weeks ahead to the scheduled race date in 1980, the event was widely recognized as one of the nation’s most important motorcycle races, regardless of discipline.

Since its glory days, the Castle Rock TT has returned to the Progressive AFT calendar for stints in the ‘90s, ‘00s, and ‘10s, connecting its original heroes – riders such as Dick Mann, Mert Lawwill, and Jay Springsteen – with a new generation of stars, including the likes of Chris Carr and Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750).

Halbert, who hails from Graham, Washington, is a three-time Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle Main Event winner of the Castle Rock TT, boasting victories in 2007, 2011, and 2012. He’ll be back in action this weekend looking to add a fourth win to his impressive tally.

However, he’s not the only local ace with race-winning expectations. He’s not even the one most heavily favored. With five wins in the series’ most recent six TTs, JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) would be considered the odds-on favorite at just about any TT, let alone one that’s basically set in his boyhood backyard, where he grew up racing.

Despite spending the bulk of his professional career collecting race wins and championships on pavement, Beach already ranks inside the top ten in career Progressive AFT TT wins. If he picks up another this weekend, he’ll not only move into a four-way tie for sixth all-time, he’ll also be within one-race striking distance of the championship lead no matter what anyone else does.

That said, the three riders currently leading him in the standings – Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750), Briar Bauman (No. 3 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750), and Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) – all have serious TT skills of their own, along with a keen appreciation for history, which will similarly fuel them this weekend.

Meanwhile, any number of riders could emerge from the stacked field and prove to be spoilers at a track that was last on the schedule in 2014. That long list includes prior TT podium finishers Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) and Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R), along with Warren, Oregon native Davis Fisher (No. 67 Bob Lanphere’s BMC Racing Indian FTR750).

Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines

Jesse Janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) saw his recent run of perfection foiled at last weekend’s Progressive Black Hills Half-Mile and his Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines championship lead nearly halved in the process.

With that in mind, Janisch is likely pleased to see another TT arrive at this time. The Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson star is already the all-time winningest TT rider in Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER history. If he wins again this weekend, he’ll hold that distinction in Mission Production Twins as well.

And he’ll likely want to increase his advantage with some tracks more suited to the style and strengths of defending champion Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07) looming on the schedule in what promises to be a thrilling title fight right down to the season’s final checkered flag.

And don’t count out the hyper versatile Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield 650), who finished as the runner-up to Janisch at the Peoria TT a couple weeks back.

Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER

The return to Castle Rock has served as an outstanding reminder that the Pacific Northwest is a serious dirt track talent hotbed. Along with the aforementioned Halbert and Beach, one of the most high-profile home-state heroes competing this weekend is Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER title leader Kody Kopp (No. 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE).

Kopp’s form has been such this year that back-to-back fourth- and fifth-place finishes feel like something of a slump. The Mica, Washington native will be hungry to return to his winning ways this weekend with the support of the home crowd behind him.

Second-ranked Morgen Mischler (No. 13 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) was never really regarded as a TT ace, but he changed some minds two weeks back when he finished as the runner-up to Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) at the Peoria TT.

While still 44 points behind Kopp, Mischler has made up ground with consecutive runner-ups and looks to have rediscovered the form that saw him score two wins and four podiums in the season’s opening five races.

Mischler’s teammates, Chase Saathoff (No. 106 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) and Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R), could also pose a threat, along with last weekend’s winner and Peoria TT podium finisher Trevor Brunner (No. 21 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F).

If you’re looking for a dark horse pick, you might want to consider Snohomish, Washington’s Jacob Lehmann (No. 14 Roof Systems of Dallas/Bullet Strong Racing). Ten years ago, Lehmann entered the Castle Rock TT to compete in his first-career Progressive AFT event… and won.

The Castle Rock TT is destined to be among the most unique and memorable on the entire tour as it will run as the featured attraction of an epic motorcycle event branded “The Return of Castle Rock” and co-promoted by The One Motorcycle Show, the world’s largest and best-known custom motorcycle show.

Stunt performer, actor, snowboarder, and Jackass-alum Danger Ehren will serve as the event’s Grand Marshal, while Truncheon Things will be playing Clash covers in the Beer Garden ahead of Opening Ceremonies and Portland’s DJ LéMix will be providing music between races.

Along with all the associated activities, there will be plenty to keep fans entertained at the venue, including numerous vendors, a variety of food and beverage options, there will also be a special Castle Rock TT Legends Ceremony including the likes of champions Steve Baker, Joe Kopp, Brad Baker and many others, who will have their bikes on display and be signing autographs.

Visit https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3855 to reserve your tickets today. General Admission Grandstand tickets are available for just $40 with kids 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

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 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT with Opening Ceremonies scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT ahead of the day’s Main Event program. 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 Castle Rock TT will premiere on FS1 on Sunday, August 21, at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT, including exclusive features, cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage, and expert commentary.

For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com.To score the latest gear for the Progressive American Flat Track fan, visit our official merchandise store at https://store.americanflattrack.com.

How to Watch:

FOX Sports and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of Progressive American Flat Track. For the 2022 season, all races will premiere in one-hour telecasts on FS1 during highly desirable weekend time slots. The complete schedule can be viewed at https://www.americanflattrack.com/events-foxsports. FansChoice.tv provides livestreaming coverage of every Progressive AFT round at http://www.FansChoice.tv.

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MRA: Thornton Wins Feature Race At Pueblo Motorsports Park

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-10 16:49

The Motorcycle Roadracing Association (MRA) was pleased to hold its fifth race round of the season this last weekend, August 6-7 at Pueblo Motorsports Park (PMP) in Pueblo, Colorado. The Full Course configuration was on offer for the competitors of this event and the usual fare of sprint races, endurance races, and the premier event of Race of the Rockies was to be the focus of the weekend’s activities.

The weather was largely favorable for the weekend, with ample sun and a light breeze for most of it. However, one could not escape the summer heat yet again and some serious dusty wind storms turned up in the afternoon hours as the cloud fronts rolled through the region.

On Saturday, the competition was intense. The Novice classes ran quickly and with a lot of real racing happening throughout. The day was ultra clean and sharp in all the sprint classes with few flags and no medical transports all day. The MRA Board of Directors held a fundraiser for Safety Team equipment and vehicle maintenance that evening. In the form of a ‘dunk tank’ the paddock activity was something of a hit. Every single Board member took a dunk for the cause with a great deal of support and laughter from family and the club. Special mention to Chris Nami, MRA President for wearing a special set of patriotic overalls, that really helped to sell the ‘fun’ of the event. (Note – a few hundred bucks were raised for the much-needed safety maintenance fund!)

On Sunday, Race of the Rockies GTO & GTU (RORO & RORU) were teed up and the club was ready to watch the races. A super clean start and race saw some fantastic battles and some cat and mouse type strategies unfold at the front of RORO. The action included James Wilkerson battling with Mike Applegate and Ray Thornton, the current #1 plate holder for the club! Thornton went on to see the checkered in first, his vast experience with the PMP circuit coming to the fore.

In the RORU class, Jared Dear continued to stretch his championship points lead out over his closest rivals. Ken Yee and Cameron Lee would finish out the podium places, respectively!

Special thanks and nods to the city operators in Pueblo, the PMP facility/staff and the MRA safety team/trackside operations staff. Thanks to all of those that lent a hand in one fashion or another during the event. Thanks to all that participated in the Dunk Tank!

Dedicated to family friendly and close, competitive racing, the MRA thanks everyone involved for their support and patronage this last weekend, and hopes to see everyone again for round six coming August 27-28 at High Plains Raceway.

 

Round 5 Results

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Northern Talent Cup: Title Within American-Born Moor’s Reach At Assen

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-10 16:25

Back to Assen: can Moor wrap up the Cup?

The Hungarian has a chance at the crown as the NTC heads back to the Netherlands, but Farkas is on form

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Rossi Moor (FAIRIUM Next Generation Riders) had his first real blip of the season the last time the Northern Talent Cup raced at Assen, but with 31 points in hand as the Cup returns to the Netherlands for take two, he has a chance to right that – and take the crown. If he’s 50 points clear by the end of Race 2, he is the 2022 Champion… so can he do it?

His record so far is mighty, but Kevin Farkas (Agria Racing Team) has also been a serious threat all season. He’s the rider 31 points down – not yet mathematically the only challenger but the likely one – and he is no stranger to the podium at Assen, nor to the top step with three wins already in 2022. He will be absolutely elbows out to make sure that gap comes down at Assen, keeping the fight for the crown heading into the final round and right off the back of a dominant win in Race 2 at Most.

Dustin Schneider (Goblin Racing), meanwhile, was the rider who took the win with a late attack at Assen as Moor crashed out. It was his first in the NTC as the number 20 continues to impress in 2022, building on pre-season with some impressive finishes. He’ll want the good memories to give him that extra boost as the Cup returns to Assen, still in the hunt albeit 79 points down.

Home hero Loris Veneman (TeamNL OpenLine), meanwhile, will want a turnaround. The Dutchman had a tough first race weekend at the TT Circuit Assen – his worst of the 2022 campaign so far – but the Cup’s return to the classic track offers a second chance at some home turf glory. Can he take it? He and Martin Vincze (Chrobak Motorsport Egyesület) are the final two riders in the standings left in the running for the Cup, so there’s plenty on the line.

As ever, however, it will likely be a big group fight for at least some of the race, and another couple of classics heading down to the Geert Timmer chicane. So don’t miss Race 1 on Saturday at 16:50 (GMT +2), before Race 2 on Sunday at 15:20. Can Moor secure the crown or will Farkas fight back?

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Canadian Sport Bike: Dion Leads Into Double-Header Finale At CTMP

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2022-08-10 10:27

Dion, Fraser look to join exclusive lists in support class finales at CTMP

Toronto, ON –  While much of the attention will be on the season-ending Pro Superbike tripleheader, the conclusion to the Canadian Superbike Championship campaign will feature just as much excitement in the five support classes this weekend, with every national crown still up for grabs entering Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, August 12-14.

Every class will get a doubleheader of their own to decide each title battle, with many of those fights likely to run deep into Sunday’s action, most notably in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.

The secondary Pro class has lived up to the hype in what was expected to be a wide-open season, with four different winners in six races providing perhaps the most thrilling storylines of the campaign.

Rookie star Trevor Dion is the favourite for the title, entering the weekend with a firm 21-point lead aboard his LDS Consultants Kawasaki and fresh off his second victory of the year in AMP, as he looks to make history in the middleweight class.

Should Dion hang on to capture the Sport Bike crown, he would be the first rookie champion ever in the category’s history – dating back to 1986 – and only the third Pro rookie champion ever behind Jordan Szoke (1998) and Alex Dumas (2021).

Dion will have some experience at CTMP as well, having finished second there in his Pro national debut a year ago, and finishing second again there as a member of the Lightweight class in 2019.

It won’t come easy for him, however, as rival David MacKay looks to stage a late comeback for his first national crown. The Fast Company Kawasaki rider has paid the price heavily for his race one crash in Grand Bend, as he’s mostly matched or beaten Dion since then, capturing a pair of wins in races two and five of the campaign.

MacKay has scored a pair of podiums at CTMP in his career, finishing fifth and second in his two races there last season, but will likely need to add a victory or two to his tally if he hopes to hunt down the championship lead.

Still not mathematically ruled out is the Snow City Yamaha of Elliot Vieira, though Vieira would need some help from the racing gods as he trails by 39 points. The Guyanese star could still play a significant role in the title fight regardless, as he figures to be in the lead battle with Dion and MacKay throughout the weekend.

Also presumably in the lead fight could be the youngest and oldest riders in the class, respectively, as Jake LeClair and Louie Raffa battle for fourth overall. Raffa has been as consistent as any in 2022, finishing sixth or higher in all but two races for Honda, while the bLU cRU Yamaha of LeClair has been the opposite, scoring most of his points with a shocking debut win and another third-place finish at AMP.

As Dion chases one exclusive list in the Pro division, teenage sensation John Fraser will look to join another in the Amateur ranks, as he heads into CTMP with a legitimate chance at both Amateur championships.

A pair of dominant victories at his home track out east have given Fraser a 12-point lead in the AIM Insurance Amateur Superbike class, and the 16-year-old will return to the site of his national debut from a year ago where he impressed aboard his Yamaha machine.

He will still have to hold off the frontrunning Kawasaki of Julien Lafortune – a tough task as it is – before he can turn his focus to the Sport Bike division, but should he do so, Fraser could become only the third double-champion in Amateur class history after Luc Labranche (2019) and Mitch Card (2012).

That will be no easy task for the Nova Scotia native either, though, as he looks to close a seven-point deficit to Paul Etienne Courtois atop the Amateur Sport Bike standings.

Courtois has adapted seamlessly in his first season aboard the bigger Kawasaki machine, and capitalized on Fraser’s early-season struggles as the only rider to podium in every race thus far, but he has seen his lead shrink dramatically after a pair of wins for his younger counterpart on the east coast.

The closest championship battle to watch will be in the Super Sonic Race School Lightweight class, where just eight points separate the top three riders entering the final two races of the year.

The title appeared to be Evan Moriarity’s to lose entering AMP, but the winner of the first two races elected to return home, gifting a seven-point championship lead to youngster Bryce DeBoer and slipping another point back of Vincent Wilson in second.

DeBoer has yet to capture his first national victory this season, but has remained in the title battle thanks to podiums in four of his six races, as the Kawasaki teenager looks to hold off his Yamaha counterparts behind.

Neither of the three will carry any significant advantage into the weekend, however, as they will all be making their national debuts at CTMP – perhaps opening the door for others to help decide the title for them.

One title sure to be awarded on Saturday will be one part of the inaugural Lightweight Pro-Am, as Jared Walker takes an almost insurmountable 58-point lead in the Pro championship with just 58 points remaining this weekend.

Various tiebreaker scenarios prevented Walker from officially capturing the crown in AMP, but he’ll only need to avoid a worst-case scenario to wrap up the trophy on Saturday – or perhaps as early as Friday’s qualifying.

There’s far more left to be decided in the Amateur classification, as DeBoer aims for a second national crown at CTMP – albeit with just a nine-point lead over Grant Nesbitt.

The split-class category may not be DeBoer’s priority as he looks for the more renowned Lightweight Sport Bike championship, but it will be hard to turn away from his battle with Nesbitt, which was deadlocked entering the last round at AMP.

The full slate of support class action for the final doubleheader weekend can be found online at the series’ official website.

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