Last week, it was announced that former MotoGP regular Danilo Petrucci decided not to return to the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship with Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC and will instead try his luck in the Superbike World Championship with Barni Spark Racing Ducati.
Considering the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC Panigale V4 R was Petrucci’s in 2023 if he wanted it, now team leaders and Ducati need to decide who will replace the Italian rider. Here is a list of some possible candidates.
Josh Herrin (2). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Ducati North America.
The list of candidates likely starts with 32-year-old Josh Herrin, who not only won the 2022 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship for Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC and is already under contract to the team but he has previously won the MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike Championship in 2013. Herrin knows the team, the tracks, the tires, and the competition, but the Panigale V4 R Superbike is different than the Panigale V2 Supersport machine.
Cameron Beaubier (6). Photo by Kohei Hirota.
As of post time, five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier is still an unsigned free agent. Beaubier, age 29, tested a Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW M 1000 RR Superbike at Buttonwillow in mid-November, turned competitive lap times, and said he and the team were moving in the same direction for the future, but it’s possible that Beaubier could be lured away at the last minute to ride for Ducati.
Hector Barbera (80). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Tytlers Cycle Racing.
If Beaubier elects to go with Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW, that would mean 36-year-old Spaniard Hector Barbera, who rode for the BMW team in 2022, would likely be off the team. A longtime MotoGP racer, Barbera has already proven he can compete for podium finishes in MotoAmerica Superbike while on private teams’ Superbikes, so it would be interesting to see what he could do on a factory-supported Ducati.
Kyle Wyman (33) at speed on his Ducati Panigale V4 R Superbike at NJMP in 2021. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Another proven MotoAmerica Superbike podium finisher and one with recent Ducati Panigale V4 R experience is 32-year-old Kyle Wyman. While Wyman’s current employer Harley-Davidson would likely consider letting him race a Ducati in MotoAmerica Superbike it’s not clear if Ducati would allow Wyman to continue racing a Harley-Davidson in MotoAmerica King Of The Baggers. And that could be a deal breaker.
Lorenzo Zanetti (87) at Ridge Motorsports Park in 2020. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Lorenzo Zanetti was the first person to race Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC’s Panigale V4 R Superbike and the 35-year-old Italian won a MotoAmerica Superbike race at Indianapolis in 2020, giving the team its maiden Superbike victory and Ducati’s first Superbike win in the U.S. since 2010. Since then, Zanetti has been racing and winning on a Broncos Racing Ducati in the CIV (Italian) Superbike Championship.
Michele Pirro (51) testing a Ducati Desmosedici ahead of the 2022 MotoGP season. Photo courtesy Dorna.
Italian Michele Pirro, age 36, is a six-time and reigning CIV (Italian) Superbike Champion on his Barni Racing Ducati and often races as a wild card in the MotoGP and Superbike World Championships. So, he’s well qualified for the job, but he also has a job as a test rider for Ducati’s highly successful MotoGP program and racing full-time in America might complicate things.
Chaz Davies (7) at speed on his Aruba.it Racing Ducati in 2020. Photo courtesy Ducati.
Although he officially retired at the end of the 2021 Superbike World Championship, 35-year-old Chaz Davies hasn’t stepped completely away from racing and took part in some FIM Endurance World Championship rounds in 2022. Before that, he won 32 World Superbike races, including 28 during his eight years with Ducati. And before that, the Welshman raced multiple seasons in the U.S., winning the 2008 Daytona 200. Although Davies is currently working as a rider coach with Aruba.it Racing Ducati and helped Alvaro Bautista win the 2022 Superbike World Champion, Ducati may be able to convince him to return to racing in America.
Xavi Fores (12) on a Barni Spark Racing Team Ducati during the World Superbike event at Mandalika International Street Circuit in November. Photo courtesy Dorna.
Xavi Fores is a 37-year-old Spaniard who currently races for Ducati’s official team in the Endurance World Championship and has served as a substitute rider for two different World Superbike teams in 2022, including doing the final three rounds with Barni Spark Racing Team. He also has experience in the MotoE World Cup and British Superbike Championship and could be considered another good candidate for the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC team.
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Bradley Ray to Join Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team for 2023
Yamaha Motor Europe is excited to announce that British Superbike Champion Bradley Ray will join the FIM Superbike World Championship grid in 2023, racing a Yamaha R1 during the European rounds for the Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team.
After a stellar title-winning BSB season that included nine wins and 23 podiums, Ray will now have the opportunity to show his talents on the world stage, with the British rider’s campaign set to begin at the championship’s third round at Assen.
Ray enjoyed an impressive junior career, both nationally and internationally, finishing seventh overall as a 15-year-old in the 2012 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, while he took his maiden victory in the championship the following year. In 2014, he finished fourth in the final standings, faring well against the likes of MotoGP’s Jorge Martin and Joan Mir, as well as Yamaha’s 2021 WorldSBK champion Toprak Razgatlıoğlu.
Following several strong performances in Europe, Ray focused his attention back on national racing in 2016, and quickly established himself as a title challenger in the British Supersport Championship. On board a Yamaha R6, the youngster ended his rookie campaign third in the final standings, earning him a step-up to the British Superbike category for the following season.
In that maiden year, Ray was a regular top 10 finisher and scored a first podium at Oulton Park, placing an impressive 11th in the final standings. With experience behind him, Ray enjoyed an explosive start to the 2018 season, winning the opening two races at Donington Park, before going on to break into the Championship Showdown, eventually finishing sixth overall.
More podiums followed over the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons, but it wasn’t until this season – racing a Yamaha R1 bike for the first time – where Ray could extract his full potential. The 25-year-old never finished a race outside the top six when he reached the chequered flag and wrapped up the title at the Brands Hatch finale.
It won’t be the first time that Ray has contested the WorldSBK championship, with the Kent-born racer scoring points as a wildcard at the 2018 Donington round, but he now has the chance to challenge for strong results on championship-winning machinery with the Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team.
Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team
“After what’s been an incredible debut year with Yamaha in the UK delivering nine wins and 23 podiums in part one of my career quest to become British Superbike Champion, I’m absolutely delighted that Yamaha have rewarded me with this opportunity to take the next step with the Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team. I’ve dreamed of being World Superbike Champion since my race debut at three years old and I’m only too aware that it wouldn’t be possible without the support of a manufacturer like Yamaha and the team I have around me. I’m very keen to get started in WorldSBK and hope to follow in the footsteps of many of the successful Brits in the championship. It’s time to take aim for that next title, step by step!”
Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Manager
“Yamaha is fully committed to giving our riders from the national championships the opportunity to race on the world championship stage. After an incredible first season on the R1 in British Superbikes, Bradley has shown that he fully deserves his spot on the WorldSBK grid in 2023. We’ve seen over the years that he has fantastic race craft and consistency that allowed him to win the title this year. We are sure that he will be able to adapt quickly, as he has been able to throughout his career so far. The Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team are sure to give him the best possible chance to challenge for strong results.”
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DO YOU DARE? BRUSH AWAY LIMITS WITH THE 2023 KTM LC8 AND LC8C ADVENTURE RANGE
MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM has furthered the possibilities of the Travel and Adventure motorcycle segment with its sharp 2023 LC8 and LC8c ADVENTURE range. Joining the recently-unveiled 2023 KTM 890 ADVENTURE R is the new KTM 890 ADVENTURE, the bike that has made any trail, any trip, any road, or any distance an exercise of ease with just the right amount of adrenaline—thanks to unbeatable power, weight, agility, and specification—is now even better.
A 2023-model KTM 890 Adventure. Photo by Kiska, courtesy KTM.
The KTM 890 ADVENTURE has been crafted as the ultimate master of all conditions and distances. The raspy and responsive LC8 engine puts surroundings into motion, but the ride-by-wire delivered power is as assuring as it is thrilling, controllable as it can be wild, stable as it is spectacular. A low center of gravity with the 5.3-gallon (20-liter) fuel tank design pushes the slim form of the KTM 890 ADVENTURE to the forefront and accentuates the ergonomics in both sitting and standing positions. The robust steel subframe means that the heaviest of pillions and packages are a breeze.
So, how can the best be made better? Well, KTM has put the bike into a 360 analytical spin and have pinpointed several ways in which the rider’s time in the saddle can be even more enjoyable and, just as important, unrestrained.
A 2023-model KTM 890 Adventure. Photo by Kiska, courtesy KTM.
For 2023, one of the most significant changes has been made to the front mask between the head of the bike and the fuel tank. A connected fairing section offers improved protection from the elements while spending long stretches in the saddle, and it is now further reinforced to offer more security and more load-bearing capability for larger GPS devices. Further along, the KTM 890 ADVENTURE has wider panels on the tank and side panels to give the seat protection against unwanted bumps or scrapes.
For handling road and off-road duty with equal adeptness, reworked WP APEX 43 mm front forks now come with adjustment for rebound and compression, accessible from the top caps. The APEX shock, engineered and slotted into the bike to minimize height, has new settings orientated for the demands of adventure riding.
A 2023-model KTM 890 Adventure. Photo by Kiska, courtesy KTM.
The use of a new 9.3 mp ABS unit feeds from the 6D sensor to enable full braking power in a range of scenarios. The improved ABS is synced with the ride modes, allowing OFFROAD ABS (maximizing braking control through disengagement on the rear wheel and lowered intervention on the front) to be activated automatically in OFFROAD or RALLY mode. The KTM 890 ADVENTURE can be clicked into STREET, OFFROAD, RAIN and an optional RALLY mode to adjust engine and traction control character. An innovative DEMO setting gifts the rider the chance to try the full gamut of optional Rider Aids for the first 1,500 km before deciding whether to purchase and keep them permanently.
KTM has streamlined the ride due to a new, higher screen that offers increased wind protection and is inspired by the product used on the KTM 450 RALLY. They have also packed more comfort into the 2-part seat with a new soft foam structure and a slimmer front fender for superior aerodynamics and rain protection.
A 2023-model KTM 890 Adventure. Photo by Kiska, courtesy KTM.
The overhauled 5” TFT display draws particular attention, not only for the revised hardware (bonded mineral glass for extra scratch and glare resistance) but the redesigned software system of menus and infographics that make alterations to the behavior of the KTM 890 ADVENTURE even simpler. The backlight changes intensity as it reacts to the environment and better synchronicity between the TFT and the KTMconnect App means seeing Turn-by-Turn+ navigation directions, listening to audio and taking calls has never been easier or more intuitive. A 2023 feature now enables riders to list their ‘top-10’ calls by the last ones made or favorites list and is another added convenience of the advanced setup. The Turn-by-Turn+ empowers the rider to add extra customization to their navigation details on the go and from the bike’s TFT menu without having to stop and fish around for their mobile device.
The updated cockpit on the 2023 KTM 890 Adventure. Photo by Kiska, courtesy KTM.
Sportier graphics and more dynamic looks (the plastics are color injected and using in-mold decals where possible for extra resistance, as seen on the KTM off-road bikes) comes with other, practical additions such as the new aluminum engine and tank protector. Other additions include a handlebar switch with hazard warning, different tires for off-road emphasis thanks to PIRELLI SCORPION STRs and LED indicators.
2023 KTM 890 ADVENTURE Highlights:
Upgraded ergonomics and bodywork for more protective and comfortable riding
Low weight, proven race-derived chassis for perfect performance yet practical compromise
Revised WP Suspension settings and adjusters for more response and adaptability
Optimized travel ‘friendliness’ with better TFT menus, App options, reworked Ride Modes, higher screen and more versatile and comfortable 2-piece seat
More off-road orientated tires with PIRELLI SCORPION STRs
Two fresh color options and new racier graphics set
The 2023 KTM 890 ADVENTURE R was launched in September at the 2022 KTM Adventure Rider Rally in Tamarack, Idaho, the perfect backdrop to showcase the most extreme Adventure motorcycle in KTM’s arsenal. Featuring many of the same updates as the new KTM 890 ADVENTURE but with even more hyper-focused offroad attributes, there’s one more update to share for the “R” model. The 2023 KTM 890 ADVENTURE R will now be fitted with new Mitas ENDURO TRAIL+ tires, selected to deliver offroad-focused performance and thoroughly tested by offroad legends Quinn Cody and Chris Birch.
These two new middleweight Adventure machines join the flagship 2023 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R and KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S to comprise nothing less than the most exhilarating and capable range of 2-cylinder Adventure motorcycles on the market. Both the LC8, 1,301 cc powered KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R and KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S were completely redesigned in 2022 – the former being the most offroad capable, large-displacement machine available and the latter being the sportiest Adventure street motorcycle conceivable.
Kitting out your KTM ADVENTURE is a breeze with KTM PowerParts. Extra protective components, luggage racks and units, GPS and smartphone brackets, heated grips, different seats, and headlight kits, are just some of the optional additions.
The KTM LC8 and LC8c ADVENTURE range will begin shipping to authorized KTM dealers from December onward.
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Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki sign Max Cook for the 2023 British Superbike season
The Official Kawasaki-supported Bennetts British Superbike Championship team, Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki, is excited to confirm its full rider line up for the 2023 season, with reigning Junior Superstock Champion Max Cook joining Lee Jackson on the proven Ninja ZX-10RR Superbike.
The move into the premier class is going to be a big step for the 19-year-old, who will become one of the youngest riders in the highly competitive series. However, the Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki team have a proven pedigree in helping young riders take the next step in their career, as they proved with Rory Skinner in recent years.
To ensure that Max is able to line up on the grid for round one in the best possible shape, the team has created a comprehensive winter testing programme designed to help him get to grips with the powerful 1,000cc Ninja ZX-10RR. Max is also undertaking an extensive fitness programme over the off-season to ensure that he will be ready for the demands of Superbike racing when the season gets underway on April 7th at Silverstone.
The UK’s largest manufacturer of wood mouldings and stair parts, Cheshire Mouldings, is returning as title sponsor for the team. First partnering with the FS-3 Racing team last year, Cheshire Mouldings are a recognised name within the world of motorcycling racing, sponsoring the Kawasaki Racing Team in World Superbikes and various riders and teams within the British Superbike paddock.
“This is a dream come true for me. Firstly, I would like to thank Nigel and Darren for supporting me for six years and now, to finally be their rider is so surreal! Nigel has supported me throughout my years at Red Bull Rookies Cup, Moto3 Junior World Championship and most recently, winning the Junior Superstock 600 championship, so he knows what I can do on a bike.
Of course, this is a big step for me, but I feel like I am totally ready for the challenge and looking forward to showing people what I can do. To have Lee Jackson as my teammate is amazing. We all know he is very fast, and he is someone that I have always looked up to, so I can’t wait to soak up his knowledge. I have already had a taste for the superbike in early October, and I’m very excited to give it the beans in a proper run out in winter testing!”
Nigel Snook, Team Manager of Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki:
“We’ve been supporting Max for six years and have been really impressed with his progress. He’s served his apprenticeship winning the BSB Moto 3 championship in 2017, then progressing through the British Talent Cup, Red Bull Rookies and the Junior World Championship. His talent really shone through this year as he dominated the Junior Superstock Championship and made a very impressive Supersport debut at the final round at Brands Hatch.
As a team, we pride ourselves on actively supporting young talented riders, so the decision to promote Max to ride alongside Lee Jackson fitted perfectly with our philosophy. As a front-running BSB team, it’s easy to overlook a long-term development plan in return for instant results. We believe every team in the paddock has the responsibility to nurture young talent to keep British riders at the forefront of world racing and show everyone that the British Superbike Championship is the strongest domestic championship in the world. Just coming up to his 20th birthday, Max will certainly have his work cut out getting used to the raw power of a superbike, but we’ve got a full testing plan in place for him over the winter, and he’s very excited to get going. Based on his previous experience, we don’t think it will be too long before he surprises a few people.’’
Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:
“Nigel and Darren are very much in line with the Team Green philosophy, and we are excited to see what they and Max can do in 2023. After successfully developing Rory Skinner with him ultimately ending up in Moto 2 next year, we know they have the credentials to work with young riders. Max is a supreme talent, we have all seen that already, but now it’s time for him to make his biggest step yet. We are confident for an exciting and strong season.”
HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES CASTS AWAY THE COVERS OF AMBITIOUS 2023 GRAND PRIX ROAD RACING EFFORT
IN THE SWIFT WAKE OF ITS MOST SUCCESSFUL SEASON AS PART OF THE MOTO3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES HAS UNVEILED THE COLOURS FOR 2023 AND THE PROJECT TO ENTER TWO CATEGORIES NEXT YEAR
The LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP team welcomed guests, staff and riders to their base in Memmingen, Germany last week and threw away the covers from the FR 250 GP technology that will contest the Moto3 class (in the hands of racers Ayumu Sasaki and Collin Veijer) and the machinery that will front Husqvarna Motorcycles’ debut in the Moto2division (Darryn Binder and Lukas Tulovic on board).
The brand has doubled down on their presence in the MotoGP series for 2023, encouraged by the results and progress of the Moto3 wing this year; notably the three wins in the Netherlands, Austria and Malaysia by Sasaki and John McPhee and a total of ten GP podium appearances. The meeting at Sepang, Malaysia, in particular, was a highlight thanks to the 1-2 classification by the Briton and the Japanese.
Sasaki showed world championship form in the second half of the 2022 campaign and was one of the star draws during the gathering in Germany. Together with fresh team management the riders presented the new-look race bikes for the first time and the shade of Husqvarna Motorcycle white, blue and yellow that will be seen in winter testing and throughout the 21 dates of the 2023 calendar.
Ayumu Sasaki: “2022 has been a lot of ups and downs for me, I had some injuries at the beginning of the year but luckily in the second part of the season, we had some fantastic races: we achieved nine podiums, and two wins and it turned out to be the best season in my career so far. Next year I am aiming to be within the top 3, if possible to fight for the championship, and I will do everything I can to achieve that.”
Collin Veijer: “I had an incredible season, especially at the start of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup as I got my first podiums in the first couple of races. In FIM JuniorGP, I sustained an injury in the first race but in the summer break, we trained a lot and tried to fix everything which resulted in two victories in the category and three wins in the Rookies. I am super happy with 2022 and can’t wait to start this new adventure. I hope to learn a lot from Ayumu next year but I need to make my own experiences and learn to improve myself from them.”
Darryn Binder: “It was a great opportunity to go straight to MotoGP in 2022 but I am very happy to be coming to Moto2 for the very first time. It will be another new adventure for me and I am hoping to make the most of it. I am really happy to join this team as there have been talks before and so it’s great to finally come together. I am super-excited to get the 2023 season started and I hope that I can put all the experience I’ve gained in MotoGP this year into Moto2 and make the most of it and hope to secure some good results. When I first tested the Moto2 bike, it felt really good. I felt comfortable really quickly and after three days I already started to build up a good feeling. Step-by-step I understood what the Moto2 bikes needs and it’s cool not to worry about too much electronics because you can just go out, ride and work on the setup. focus on your riding and improve with every exit. The testing was really positive which is why I can’t wait to get the season started.”
Lukas Tulovic: “I love the new colours of the bikes and I am sure we will stand out from the crowd. In the European Championship we were already at world championship level on some tracks and based on the riders who have entered Moto2 in 2022, I think you can also expect us to be in the top third of the pack. Of course we have to make steps and improve over the seasonbut my goal is the top 10.”
The 100th running of the Loudon Classic, scheduled June 16-18, 2023, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, is shaping up to be an incredible event. The record-breaking $250,000 total purse and $55,000 prize for first place is attracting interest from the stars of MotoAmerica and around the world, but organizers are looking to make the event even bigger and better.
NEMRR (NorthEast Motorcycle Road Racing) is looking for partners who want to be a part of motorcycling history. The incredible lineup of riders is sure to attract not only thousands of spectators but also a significant amount of media exposure, and the series is exploring television broadcast options.
There will be four classes running on the featured Pro Day of the June 16-18 weekend, and title sponsorships are available for all classes, including the Loudon Classic. Sponsorships will go towards purses, improving infield viewing areas, and enhancing the overall experience at this event.
NEMRR is driven to make this event one that truly honors the history and prestige of this 100th running of the oldest motorcycle race in America and welcomes partnerships with companies and individuals both inside and outside of the motorcycle industry.
Interested parties should email John Grush at email@example.com and we’ll work together with you to craft opportunities that generate real value for partner companies, elevate this incredible event, and increase the reach of motorcycle road racing in the USA.
All about August: Suzuka 8 Hours gets new date on 2023 EWC calendar
November 28 2022
The FIM Endurance World Championship-counting Suzuka 8 Hours will take place one week later than originally planned in 2023.
EWC promoter Discovery Sports Events has worked with its partners at Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and event promoter Moblityland in Japan to finalise the new date of 4-6 August 2023.
A long-term fixture on the EWC calendar and one of motorcycle racing’s most famous and demanding events, the 2023 Suzuka 8 Hours was initially scheduled for 28-30 July. But the new date provides the opportunity for riders from the FIM Superbike World Championship to go up against the EWC regulars and leading Japanese racers, which has become a tradition over the years.
François Ribeiro, Head of Discovery Sports Events, said: “The Suzuka 8 Hours is not only a big test of rider, team and machine, it’s also a celebration of Japan’s vastly successful motorcycle industry. Therefore, it’s vital that the top riders, teams and manufacturers are able to be present for this famous event at a truly iconic venue. We thank our friends at FIM and Mobilityland for their collective efforts to finalise the new date of 4-6 August 2023.”
The 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans will open the 2023 EWC season from 13-16 April with the second running of Belgium’s 24H SPA EWC Motos following from 16-18 June ahead of the EWC’s Japanese round from 4-6 August. The Bol d’Or 24-hour race at Circuit Paul Ricard in France is once again set to complete the four-event 2023 EWC schedule from 14-17 September.
FIM Endurance World Championship 2023 calendar
Round 1: 24 Heures Motos (Circuit Bugatti, Le Mans, France) 13-16 April 2023
Round 2: 24H SPA EWC Motos (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium) 16-18 June 2023
Round 3: Suzuka 8 Hours (Suzuka Circuit, Japan) 4-6 August 2023
Round 4: Bol d’Or 24 hours (Circuit Paul Ricard, France) 14-17 September 2023
Tavullia November 27th – 3rd day
After yesterday’s stop due to the weather conditions that made the track impracticable, work started at sunrise to restore optimal conditions for the race. A long and careful work of the track team to ensure safety standards and optimal conditions for the show.
So, finally begins the race day that closes the 100Km of Champions, with the warmup in preparation for the race at 14:30. In the box you immediately feel a great desire to get on the track: the day off increases the expectation of the riders and the enthusiasm of the fans who joined the Motor ranch thanks also to the beautiful sunny day. Piadina, sandwiches, vin Brûlé and chestnuts, loud music, fun and entertainment.
The race starts with the riders of the “yellow” group and the rest is news: competition at the highest level, and after the first two run it is already clear the pairs who will compete until the last lap for the final victory.
it is a two-way battle between the Valentino Rossi/Luca Marini and Elia Bartolini/Lorenzo Baldassarri couples, who in the end wins the eighth edition of the 100Km of champions. The final order of arrival is as follows: Bartolini/Baldassarri, Rossi/Marini, Celestino Vietti/Niccolo Antonelli.
Lorenzo Baldassarri (7) takes the checkered flag. Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.
Valentino’s comment: “We knew that Elia and Balda were very fast and we fought from the beginning of the race. However, we finished second: it was a great weekend, and the race becomes more and more competitive every year. The best way to end the
It’s evening, and time to dismantle everything. Great satisfaction for an event that has once again proved to be an unmissable appointment for many. Is it already time to think about the next edition?
Valentino Rossi (46) in action in front of the fans at the VR46 Motor Ranch. Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.
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American Travis Wyman, riding his Addicted to Track Yamaha YZF-R1, finished 16th in Superbike Race One and 18th in Superbike Race Two.
American Cody Wyman (Travis’ younger brother), riding his Addicted to Track Yamaha YZF-R6, finished 13th in Supersport Race and 14th in Supersport Race Two.
Sunday Sees All Our Champions Crowned: Jones, Lytras, Dunker and Watts
Of course, there was talk of rain in today’s edition of the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul (ASBK), but it never materialised.
Instead, we had some of the best racing of the season with all the things that make motorcycle racing brilliant.
Alpinestars Superbike- Race Report
The morning warm-up was very short and sweet with most riders happy to carry their setup from Saturday into race day.
The overseas contingent who have been chasing setup from Friday- including riders like Marcel Shrötter and Travis Wyman, were keen to find some time and pace so were indeed going out with some new things on the go.
Jack Miller said he was happy to leave things as they were and given his P2 position the only real challenge for Jack will be the non-launch control starts on his Panigale V4R.
For the record, Sissis was quickest in the warm-up and those in the know nodded.
And so it was. Sissis just sent it from the line and jumped away into the lead while Miller slipped back to fifth. Allerton was second with Jones in third. Maxwell, Herfoss and Starting got great starts.
Halliday was caught napping and was 12th.
Sissis worked up a small gap over Allerton and Jones and no one who had been watching the Unitech Yamaha with Sissis aboard all weekend were surprised.
Jones tried a move into turn one of lap two and it cost him a place as the wry contender Miller pounced.
As our eyes were rightly on Miller, Staring and McConnell came together and both went down at turn one and that brought out the red flag.
The riders went to the grid for another go at the starting caper. Staring was allowed to rejoin (McConnell was excluded) and Halliday would be thanking the racing gods, having been given another chance after his first start nightmare where he was 12th at the red flag.
Agius was missing with a clutch issue and Staring went late from pit lane. An electrical issue would end Staring’s charge shortly after.
At the restart, it was Sissis all over again with Glenn Allerton again second. Herfoss was faster this time and third, while newly minted SBK champion Jones was fourth. Miller did a better job off the line this time and yet was only fifth. Halliday would perhaps have been happier with sixth at this point and Maxwell settled for seventh from his 12th on the grid.
Miller pulled up with a chain issue and did not complete lap one, but was able to circulate to pit lane. His long face in his pit box told the story.
Meanwhile, Herfoss got past Allerton and Arthur Sissis was up the road a little, just .6 ahead.
In a fascinating and potentially explosive situation, teammates Waters and Maxwell were upon Mike Jones who was sixth. For all the potential of this situation, both riders passed the championship-leading #46 Jones without incident.
It was apparent that Jones was indeed happy to ride for the points needed to take the title.
Up front, the sentimental local favourite Arthur Sissis was doing his best work of the season with Herfoss for company. Waters was up to third, Maxwell fourth while Glenn Allerton found himself down in fifth.
Maxwell had an easy pass on teammate Waters, but for those who thought there were team orders, Waters nearly repassed the #1 Ducati shortly after. he would later reveal it was just due to a very hot tow down the straight from his team mate.
At half distance, Arthur Sissis was putting his speedway skills to good effect and was sliding here and there. Maxwell was now second on a huge charge and we could only ponder the tyre life on the Pirellis.
Lap six, and Maxwell took the lead and pulled out to a .4 second gap. He was riding like a man possessed and some consideration really had to be given to tyre life for the powerful Ducati.
Marcel Shrötter was doing the job for the Thriller Motorsport Team in tenth with West ahead and Metcher behind him.
Herfoss had Maxwell down to under .4 but it was clear there were some tyre degradation issues for some more than others as Sissis dropped to fifth. Shortly after, Herfoss took the lead into turn one of lap nine.
We now had a group of three with Herfoss, Maxwell and Allerton battling on. Waters could see them, but was just a little further back.
The last lap and Herfoss was hungry for his first win of 2022. Maxwell needed the 25 points and Allerton was similarly keen to salute for a win in a winless year.
As we headed to turn 17, the most likely passing point for The Bend, Herfoss did all he could to get a gap. Maxwell looked to be too far back. Allerton and Maxwell were briefly out of their seats and so were the crowd.
Herfoss’ gap was enough. He took his first win of the year at the second-to-last race of 2022.
That would be enough cause for an enormous celebration but for one factor.
By finishing fifth, YRT’s #46 Mike Jones was now the 2022 Alpinestars Champion.
With the championship still live, it was the non-championship players who were well involved with Dallas Skeer taking the holeshot with Harrison Voight close by. Championship challengers Bramich and Lynch were thereabouts, but Lytras- the heir apparent- was back in 10th early.
Voight pulled out a sensational opening lap and took a second-plus lead into lap two. Bramich and Lynch were dicing for fourth, but really needed to push to the front to put Lytras under any pressure.
Scott Nicholson was in third, three seconds behind second-placed Dallas Skeer who was feeling rejuvenated at the 4.95km Bend International Circuit.
Lynch got past Nicholson on lap four and pushed on towards Skeer, while Thriller Motorsports Harrison Voight just scooted away. On lap five he was four seconds up and the interest then remained with Lynch, Nicolson and Bramich.
Despite the race being just a nine-lap journey, tyre life was going to feature so some riders were just holding back a tad to ensure they could run to the finish.
Lynch set his fastest lap of the race to date to cement his third place and Bramich realised he had to chase and set off, passing Nicholson as the fight was on for third place for the race and second for the title.
Lynch responded and pulled another fast lap and was 3.6 seconds ahead while Tom Bramich in fifth fell away from Nicholson in fourth.
Meanwhile, Lytras was up to seventh, but not enough points to take the title with a lap to go.
Harrison Voight sensibly backed off a little on the run to the line and the Thriller Motorsport racer took a four-second victory to post the first win for the team for the day.
The title championship would require just one more race to be decided.
Harrison Voight came to play and was out of the gate fast and loose and looking to escape. Thanks to an epic and fast lap two, the 16-year-old worked his way up the road lap by lap, leaving the championship regulars in his wake.
Lynch set after the Thriller Motorsport Yamaha, but by lap five, the gap was 4 seconds. Skeer was third, some 2 seconds further back.
And so it was for multiple laps. Voight was on the edge and yet in control and you could not help but be impressed.
In the title race, Bramich was sixth and out of the hunt, while Lytras was eighth and on track to take the title. Lynch was in second, but would need to get the win and have Lytras DNF.
Meanwhile, Lytras had his hands full with Farnsworth challenging, but Lytras wisely let him go. All he needed was some points as a safety barrier for the title and Lynch was now six seconds behind Voight.
Voight went over the line for the win, Lynch in second, Skeer third.
John Lytras crossed the line in ninth, but rightfully took the 2022 Michelin Supersport title..!
American Travis Wyman, riding his Addicted to Track Yamaha YZF-R1, qualified 22nd in Superbike.
American Cody Wyman (Travis’ younger brother), riding his Addicted to Track Yamaha YZF-R6, qualified 16th in Supersport.
Saturday: Jones Sets Himself For the Title, Supersport Still Open
While normally not the most important session of the day, there was a lot more tension and effort in this morning’s Timed Practice. With the top nine automatically progressing in top 12 qualifying session later today, the 30 riders in superbike were very keen to get a time near the top of the sheets to secure their ticket into the next session.
Troy Herfoss banged out a single solitary lap that put him some .277 ahead of Mike Jones and Arthur Sissis.
Of the international and one-off-round visitors, it was a mixed bag: Miller was inside the top nine as needed, Shrötter was hot early but unable to lift later in the session, Hook was only able to do an out lap before his injured wrist said “let’s go in”, McConnell was also inside the top 15 but was unable to push forward, while Travis Wyman was outside the top 20.
Both DesmoSport Ducatis didn’t make the top nine, an unsurprising outcome after their crashes in FP3 yesterday. The team worked hard yesterday evening and this morning to ensure they were race ready.
In Qualifying Two the top three go through to the final Qualifying and effectively back into the main game.
At the end of the session, it was Daniel Falzon back in after clocking the fastest time with Senna Agius and Jed Metcher for company. Both DesmosSport Ducatis were again absent with Bryan Staring fourth and .147 from third place, while Broc Pearson was seventh.
Of the one-round riders, Thriller Motorsport’s Marcel Shrötter was fifth and Livson’s Joel Kelso sixth.
So to Qualifying Two and the last qualifying session of the year. Just 12 riders were present and so plenty of clear track was available.
Billy McConnell had progressed from struggle town to the top nine and was now into this all-important final qualifying session.
Jed Metcher and Daniel Falzon were busy turning their bikes around from Q1 and were not on the circuit at the session’s start.
Wayne Maxwell ran wide early at turn six just to ensure he was placing himself under maximum pressure to either produce a diamond or find himself further back.
Arthur Sissis and Mike Jones posted fastest laps early to take some pressure off and Jack Miller banked a top two “safety” as well.
Herfoss, McConnell and Maxwell were in the pits and yet to complete a flying lap with seven minutes left in the session.
The lap record seemed safe at six minutes to go with the order Jones, Miller and Sissis.
While Jones and Miller were in the pits, Herfoss and Maxwell were out on track trying to respond. Maxwell was eleventh at three minutes to go and you had to wonder what the plan was.
At two minutes to go the leaderboard was awash with riders on target for the fastest lap of the day.
Halliday suddenly went P1, and Waters to P2. Miller stuck it into provisional pole.
Maxwell pitted without a fast lap and with that went any hope for the championship.
Jones put his YRT R1M on pole with seconds to spare just to underline his justifiable claim to the title for 2022. Jack Miller was an outstanding second and Cru Halliday ensured the YRT squad would be well-represented on the front row of the grid.
In fourth was the outstanding Glenn Allerton who was not favourited to be this close to the front based on earlier results and fifth was Arthur Sissis who would be disappointed after beingg second in basically every other session
Senna Agius pipped teammate Troy Herfoss for seventh with Billy McConnell ninth, Daniel Falzon tenth, and Jed Metcher eleventh.
Incredibly, Wayne Maxwell was 12th and the last finisher in this final qualifying session of 2022 and indeed his Australian Superbike career, some 2.753 seconds behind pole-sitter Jones.
With Staring well outside the top ten for tomorrow’s pair of races, Jones will sleep well tonight and rightly dream about another Alpinestars Superbike title o’ the morrow.
The first qualifying for the Saturday Michelin Supersport Squad was an early one and the man of the session was Harrison Voight who just went bang, bang, bang.
To play that out, he went fastest on lap two (1:56.908), lap four (1:56.337) and lap five (1:56.058). No one else got a look in.
Tom Bramich made life difficult for himself and his team, crashing halfway through the session. Passfield also went down.
Dallas Skeer was able to work his way to second, surprising even himself while a somewhat fortunate Bramich was third, the clearly injured Ty Lynch fourth and Scott Nicholson fifth.
Championship leader John Lytras was back in eighth, but that spot still comfortably delivers the championship if replicated in the race.
In Qualifying Two it was a session split by both rain and a serious crash requiring a red flag after Luca Durning went down at turn 10 with 18 minutes to go.
The results from the second qualifying reflect the rain situation with Morgan McLaren-Wood P1, Scott Nicholson second and the unfortunate Luca Durning third.
On combined times, the grid for tomorrow reflects the results from First Qualifying with Thriller Racing’s Harrison Voight on pole from Dallas Skeer, Tom Bramich, Ty Lynch and Scott Nicholson.
Dunlop Supersport 300
Dunker was straight bossing in much of Qualifying One, at one stage he was some .6 up on the field until Pezzetta was able to do some reeling in and narrowed the gap to .279 at the end. Cameron Swain was third.
In qualifying two in damp conditions, there was oil on track at 13 minutes in and Pezzetta had a spectacular crash and long slide to an eventual stop. The session was red-flagged and ultimately declared with the merged result bringing Q1 results to the fore that saw Dunker on pole from Pezzetta and Swain
In race one, Dunker led as he is want to do, but had Hayden Nelson and Sam Pezzetta for company.
On lap one, Port and Rende came together at turn one and both crashed out of the race. Cameron Swain pitted with his gear lever hanging off. Glenn Nelson was found to have jumped the start and there his slim titles ended.
On lap four, Pezzetta and Hayden Nelson got past Dunker, but Dunker returned the favour before the lap was done.
Into the last few laps of the race and the hard racing began in earnest. Any thoughts Dunker had about a solo break were quelled when he was shuffled down to fourth while Pezzetta and a resurgent Aksu took the top spots with Hayden Nelson third.
With two turns to run Aksu ran wide and found himself down in fourth while Dunker set himself for the run to the line.He was unable to slip past and a deserving Sam Pezzetta saluted for first with Hayden Nelson second.
Cameron Dunker was third at the line and this points haul saw the baby-faced assassin take the Dunlop Supersport title for 2022. Dunker paused at the entrance to pit lane to don the traditional champion t-shirt and a gold helmet to boot. His crew- including superbike rookie Max Stauffer- posed for a pic and he headed to the podium.
At the post-race presser, he sat next to Jack Miller, drank it all in and perhaps dared to dream. As he ought.
Yamaha R3 Cup
Tension was mountain coming into Saturday’s R3 Cup race with #3 Cameron Dunker and #39 Glenn Nelson both tied for Season first place at 239 Points with Hayden Nelson trailing at 193 points.
Qualifying one saw a stacked field set the grid on fire with Cameron Dunker not disappointing. With exceptionally strong winds providing unpredictable conditions, Dunker looked to really test out the track throughout the session, getting faster each lap until he posted both his fastest and the dominating lap of qualifying on lap six with a 2:11.119.
South Australia’s own Sam Pezzetta put on a show in front of the hometown fans locking in his fastest on lap 5 at 2:11.890 and third place Cameron Swain trailed closely with his fastest just marginally behind Sam with a 2:11.917.With winds continuing to gust over the track, we are expecting exciting times ahead for Race 1 later today.
Tension was mounting just at the start it was the perfect run into an exceptionally eventful race. Straight off the line Dunker, Aksu and Pezzetta were at another level until Pezzetta was squeezed back to sixth place down the main straight. This wouldn’t be the only time Pezzetta would find himself on the sharp end of some pointy racing.
Not giving up, Pezzetta clawed back to third place over Snell, Hamod and Aksu through lap three and then Pezzetta was again back into fourth.
He was not to be denied, however, and a late charge saw him back up to second at the line.
But today was Dunker’s to savour. Fresh from winning the Dunlop Supersport 300 title, he was the smooth operator and was dominant throughout the entire race posting his fastest lap of 2:11.144 on lap two.
Taiyo Aksu was third but won’t be able to make an impact on the title chase, while Dunker has moved 13 points ahead and dares to consider the double SS300 and Yamaha Finance R3 Cup double.
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It’s a tough caper both racing and predicting what will happen in the OJC. The dominant-til-now Ryan Larkin was absent from the first 15-minute qualifying session this morning, leaving the door open for Hudson Thompson who took the top spot from Marcus Hamod and John Pelgrave.
Championship leader Harrison Watts was 11th and some 2.2 seconds from the front.
Post-lunch and mercifully post some wet weather, the OJC took to the 4.9km International circuit configuration later than scheduled, but on a dry track.
In Qualifying Two, Larkin returned to the track and returned to his business as usual, posting the fastest time by .435 of a second to a resurgent Bodie Page and Hudson Thompson who was now contending near the front in every session.
In the race, fastest rider Larkin was not on pole after incurring a six-grid spot penalty from the Phillip Island MotoGP support race round.
It mattered not, he was at the front of the pack by the end of lap one after lapping seconds ahead of the field and then just danced off into the distance. Thanks to consistent, clean and fast laps, it was never in doubt.
Terrin Fleming and Bodie Page battled on and were second and third with championship leader Harrison Watts down in tenth, leaving the door open to the title challengers Rende (5th) and Thompson (6th) who will need a lot more tomorrow to bridge the 20 and 22 points deficit they face.
Sureflight Superbike Masters
Sureflight Superbike Masters qualifying was tight as ever with David Johnson showing the field what he’s made off by posting a cracker flying lap of 2:01.801 later in qualifying on lap 5, leading a marginal gap of .535 in front of Aaron Morris.
Rounding out third place Murray Clarke was not quite able to follow the pace set following David back with his fastest lap of 2:03.911 posted on lap 5.
In the race, the riders jumped away with a couple a little too keen and race direction placed the start under investigation.
Aaron Morris jumped over Dave Johnson for the lead, only to have his bike expire a few laps later. Johnson went back into P1 with Strugnell and Coote for company.
And there they would remain to the line, with Johnson aboard his 1100 Suzuki taking the win by 2 seconds over William Strugnell on a 750 Suzuki with another 11 seconds back to the third place Honda 750 of Aiden Coote.
There was very little between first and second with bike Patrick Clancy and Stephen Bonney just pipping Phillip Underwood and Tristan Vercoato the biscuit with a .298 difference. Phillip Underwood and Tristan Vercoa wanted to cement a dominant start early stamping the fastest lap of a 2:11.228 on Lap 2.
Patrick Clancey and Stephen Bonney were more than happy to fire back slapping down a 2:10.610 and 2:09.454 on laps 3 and 5.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing with J. Brown / P Halsey stopped at Pit entry with a dropped chain 3 minutes into the session and bike A. Shanks / J Whitfield stopping on turn 13.
Patrick Clancy and Stephen Bonney continued their reign taking out the fastest lap with a 2:09.661 on lap six.
Underwood/Vercoe held second for the entire race and looked to be able to finish in second until the charge of Harvey and Marshal caught them in the final lap making sure they settled for third.
Work was done early with Harvey and Marshal jumping into third place on lap one of the race chasing down and planning a successful attack on Underwood and Vercoe.
The race was largely incident-free, with only mechanical issues striking a few victims in the race. Jones and Boggiano were 2 of these such victims stopping on turn 13, halfway through the race and the Turner/Turner machine stopping on turn 6 but being able to resume.
The last race of the day- race two for the sidecars- was eventful with multiple mechanical and other issues facing the field. We lost Watson/Hegarty, then Rayner/Warne with plenty of smoke and excitement…
At the finish, it was Patrick Clancy / Stephen Bonney from the formerly unassailable Underwood/Vercoe second with Harvey / Marshall in third.
Tavullia November 26th – 2nd race day
Due to adverse weather conditions, and the impossibility of ensuring the correct running of the race according to the safety parameters, the “100Km of Champions” race scheduled for today November 26th has been postponed to tomorrow, Sunday November 27th.
The schedule remains unchanged:
h12:05 – Warm up
h02:00pm – Race “The 100Km of the champions”
h06:00pm – Awards ceremony
Tavullia November 25th – 1st day
The first day of the 100Km of Champions ends.
Today on the track all 40 riders invited to these two days of racing, who tested the track, some of which for the first time.
After the photoshooting of the single riders and the preliminary operations, the negotiations between the pilots have started for the definition of the couples for tomorrow’s race: the choice is based on friendship, affinity, performance, because you are “nice to each other” or even just because “anyone is fine”. After that, the day continues with free practice starting at 12:30, and then continuing with qualifying for both the “Americana race” and tomorrow’s 100km race.
The atmosphere is that of big events, and the list of participants in the 100Km is of the highest level.
The start of the “Americana Race” at the VR46 Motor Ranch with Luca Marini (10) leading the field. Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.
The day ends at 5.30 pm with the “Americana race”. Adrenaline and emotions to the max, in a competition that was a great battle since the very first heats, and which has finally seen the victory of Luca Marini, who commented as follows:
“I think I have won another ham or some other sausage, which is always nice to have in winter. Jokes aside, is always a great emotion, and it’s nice to confirm myself every year. Today’s “Americana race” was very tough because every Saturday at the Ranch the level rises more and more.“
And now we look to tomorrow’s 100Km race, waiting for the latest news for the weather. We’ll see.
Tomorrow’s schedule, Saturday November 26th:
h12:05 – Warm up
h02:00pm – Race “The 100Km of the champions”
h06:00pm – Awards ceremony
Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (1), the 2022 MotoGP World Champion. Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.
The host Valentino Rossi (46). Photo courtesy VR46 Racing.
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Join us for an intimate night with 15x world champion Giacomo Agostini.
Friday December 2nd Team Obsolete will be hosting a dinner and reception at our Brooklyn Headquarters where Giacomo Agostini will be the Honored Guest. Come meet a racing legend, eat a fine meal and enjoy our collection of pedigree Grand Prix racing motorcycles.
During the past 30 plus years, Ago has ridden “his” MV Agustas, now owned by Team Obsolete at many circuits in the USA and Europe, and the Isle of Man, however this is his first visit to Team Obsolete. Such a special occasion should be shared and as such we have arranged a dinner and reception.
This is the first time we are opening our showroom to the public.To get more information or to purchase tickets, go HERE.
American Travis Wyman, riding his Addicted to Track Yamaha YZF-R1, was 23rd overall when the lap times from all three of Friday’s free practice sessions were combined. See the combined Superbike practice results here.
American Cody Wyman, Travis’ younger brother, was 15th overall in Supersport free practice on Friday at The Bend. Travis Wyman is riding an Addicted to Track Yamaha YZF-R6. See the combined Supersport practice results here.
A full day of practice for all classes in the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul (ASBK) from 8:30 am with clear skies, bright sun and near-perfect conditions for getting out on a racing motorcycle with some good friends/mortal enemies.
In Superbike FP1, Josh Hook hit the top of the sheets when he completed the first flying lap of the day as 30 Superbikes made their way out on track.
The Thriller Motorsport trio of Hook, Shrötter and Miller were very keen to bank as many laps as possible on their untested machines.
It was soon business as usual; Maxwell, Herfoss and very-keen-to-perform-at-home Arthur Sissis the top three early.
Other early fast guys included West, Allerton, Jones and Waters. Jack Miller was into the top ten, a very good sign that his Thriller Motorsport bike was good out of the crate and an ominous sign for the regulars.
Fellow Thriller Motorsport rider Josh Hook and Marcel Shrötter were not unreasonably down in the mid-teens for the session, along with Moto3 regular Joel Kelso who was having his first hit out on a Superbike.
Troy Herfoss was fastest for the session with a late fast lap of 1:51.737, narrowing the gap to the lap record of 1:50.972 and pole record of 1:50.520. It was very solid for a first practice.
At the very start of FP2, Josh Hook crashed on his out lap at turn 12 due to an electronics issue that resulted in a high side. He was icing his wrist in the paddock ahead of FP3, but indicated he would not join that session and see how he pulled up Saturday morning to decide if he would participate in the rest of the round.
While Hook was picking himself up, Maxwell went back up to the top with Arthur Sissis again second. Cru Halliday sorted out earlier issues to push into third with FP1 fast man Herfoss close.
Jack Miller spent some time at the top of the timesheets before Cru Halliday delivered for the regular ASBK competitors and took P1 ahead of Arthur Sissis and Troy Herfoss.
Earlier in the morning, Sissis had bemoaned the number of times he had been P2 during practice sessions at The Bend over the years and it had happened again…
Jack Miller was an outstanding fourth with Wayne Maxwell fifth.
Championship leader Mike Jones was down in eighth, but ahead of second-in-the-championship Bryan Staring who was 12th and Jones was close enough to third placed Wayne Maxwell to be justifiably unconcerned.
Higher track temperatures appeared to take some of the pace out of the field early in Free Practice Two, but they apparently worked it out and Halliday’s 1:51.518 was 2/10ths quicker than Herfoss’ time from the morning, still working towards the lap record of Maxwell from 2021 of 1:50.972.
In FP3, Herfoss was again up top early. Mike Jones responded brilliantly to all the pressure and other things from this weekend to go to the top with 15 minutes to go. Arthur Sissis – as he had done in every other session- was in the top three with Cru Halliday and Wayne Maxwell fourth and fifth respectively.
Jack Miller was down in tenth with 12 minutes to go and was a second slower than his best FP2 time. We all waited for him to let loose something special.
At ten minutes to go, Cru Halliday put his Yamaha first for a YRT 1-2 with he and Jones at the top of the standings.
Bryan Staring’s tough practice day got worse with crash at turn six, but the timing screens indicated “rider up” to the relief of all.
With six minutes left for the day it was Halliday, Jones and Herfoss on top. Maxwell (4th) was followed by two of SA’s finest in Sissis and Falzon in that order.
DesmoSport Ducati’s day got even worse when Broc Pearson went down at Turn 12 and again we were pleased to see “rider up” but it was shaping as a rough evening for the factory Ducati squad with two bikes off in ten minutes.
The red flag came out with 4:57 left, perhaps effectively ending the session as a useful exercise. While they recovered the Pearson Ducati, riders went back to their garages to reset and that’s when we found out Miller had crashed as well; somewhere late in the lap and had ridden back to the pits. He was unharmed and the damage to his bike didn’t look severe, but it was also not minor. Screen gone, left winglet gone and some work to do to get the Thriller Racing Caterpillar machine back to race-ready.
When the session restarted, everyone was there at the end of pitlane ready to go. It was like a race start with riders desperate to get a few flyers in ahead of the chequered flag.
Sissis put in his fastest lap of the session to go to P2, then Jones, Herfoss and Allerton were up in sector one as the chequered flag came out.
At the end of the session it was again Halliday from Sissis with Mike Jones third.
Maxwell was fourth with Herfoss in fifth.
Overall for the day result saw Halliday top dog and the only rider in the 1:50s with Arthur Sissis in P2, Mike Jones third and Maxwell and Herfoss completing the top five.
Merged results from all three practice sessions.
Ty Lynch set the agenda for the Michelin Supersport crew with he and Tom Bramich going 1-2 in first practice while John Lytras was back in seventh, just adding a little warmth to the ingredients for the title fight in that class.
The points situation sees Lytras able to not have to win this weekend, simply keeping Lynch and Bramich in sight will see him take the title.
In the second session, Harrison Voight- the only Supersport racer from the Thriller Racing stable -went P1 early and stayed there. Lynch and Bramich were two and three while Lytras slipped back to ninth.
In the final session for the day Scott Nicholson went down early in Turn 13 after 6 laps.
Tom Bramich managed to pip Thriller Motorsport’s Harrison Voight for P1 with Ty Lynch in third. Lytras was sixth, but comfortably close to the leaders to avoid any panic stations vis a vis the title situation.
Dunlop Supersport 300
In FP1, 2021 OJC Champion Cameron Swain stepped up to P1 with a small but useful gap to Sam Pezzetta and Hayden Nelson.
Championship leader Cameron Dunker was sixth and a second off that pace.
By FP2 however, Dunker apparently made some changes and immediately leapt to the top of the standings to assert himself. Pezzetta worked his way past Dunker to P1 late in the session and Dunker responded, posting his fastest lap – good enough for P2- on his final lap. Taiyo Aksu was third with Henry Snell fourth and Brodie Gawith fifth.
The final practice session of the day saw Hayden Nelson bounce back and post the fastest time and ensure that he isn’t forgotten in the title chase. Cameron Swain was second and Dunker rounded out the top three.
The overall results for the day saw Hayden Nelson first, then Cameron Swain, Cameron Dunker, Sam Pezzetta and Taiyo Aksu fifth.
Third in the title chase, Henry Snell did not post a time in the final practice of the day.
If Dunker was going to play it quiet in the R3 Cup while he focussed on the Dunlop Supersport 300 title, then he sure messed up when he was sure not playing it right as he was at or near the top in multiple sessions.
In FP1, Cameron Dunker was top of the table from Glenn Nelson and Cameron Swain.
Cameron Swain was able to place his R3 up top in FP2 from Pezzetta and Gawith. Dunker was down in sixth, but was safe (for now!) with second overall Glenn Nelson in ninth while third in the title chase Hayden Nelson was seventh.
In the final practice session of the day, Dunker was on top by .2 of a second with Hayden Nelson second and Marcus Hamod third. Sam Pezzetta was fourth with Taiyo Aksu fifth to setup a fascinating weekend in the currently tied R3 Cup!
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Ryan Larkin was at the top – or near enough – in both early practice sessions and showed a real affinity for The Bend layout, comfortably out front with a second over the field at times.
The interest remains with championship leader Harrison Watts who just needs to be thereabouts in qualifying and then ensure he buys a ticket on the leading group train come race time.
In FP2, Cameron Rende – currently second in the title chase – was 10th, while third overall Hudson Thompson was 14th.
In the final practice of the day -FP3, it was that Ryan Larkin fellow again and this time by an unimaginable 1.4 seconds to Hamod and Fleming in third.
For the current Championship 1-2-3, Harrison Watts was in 12th, Cameron Rende fourth and Hudson Thompson in eighth.
Sureflight Superbike Masters
One of the popular-for-a-look-in-the-paddock classes, the Superbike masters were on track for three practice sessions.
In FP1 it was local rider Strugnell on his Suzuki 750 who was P1 against higher capacity machines, but showing how good his machine was at The Bend.
In FP2 it was David Johnson on another Suzuki- an 1100 this time who was top of the table.
The final session late in the day saw Aaron Morris finally push his Suzuki 1200 into the top spot and take the fastest lap honours for the day.
The pairing of Underwood and Vercoe abord their F1 class Suzuki were dominant all day with some 12 seconds (not a typo!) between them and the field in the first two sessions.
Harvey and Marshall were the best of the rest in FP1 with Gorrie/Gorrie second fastest in FP2 and fastest in the F2 class.
In the final session of the day, it was… Underwood and Varcoe again on top, this time by under 2 seconds as Harvey and Marshall got down to business in the F2 class- and overall.
For the day it was Underwood Varcoe from Harvey/Marshall with Clancy/Bonney just .8 behind.
The earlier outrageous advantage enjoyed by the leaders was now under two seconds..!
By Nick Ienatsch
Roadracing World Editor John Ulrich told me recently, “When I look out of my helmet the track looks the same as it did when I was 19. As long as I’m not looking in a mirror, I’m good!” He still rides his Yamaha TZ250 on track for fun. John is 68 years old.
I had just returned from road racing at Laguna Seca with AHRMA and was telling John about these “fast old guys” I ride dirt track with. They range in age from 59 to 69 and know how to get around a half-mile dirt oval with style and speed, that’s for sure.
I’m now 60 and sat down with these fast racers for a few thoughts on why we do what we do, with the intention of motivating any physically older riders who still retain the young spirit of a motorcyclist. Some people our age sit on the couch, but there are thousands of us joyfully sitting on moving motorcycles. I hope you join us.
Tom Williams, age 65, getting up to speed on his newly-minted C&J framer powered by a Bruce Sass Yamaha MT-07 engine. Photo by Kathy Weber.
Bruce Sass (right) took Ienatsch’s completely stock Zero FXS out on the half-mile, as did all the other racers present, and was surprisingly pleased with it. He describes his first laps on an electric bike and we recorded a conversation about this bike, to be shared with Roadracing World readers soon. Photo by Kathy Weber.
Ryan Stewart in one of his favorite places, fixing Ienatsch’s steel shoe. One notable commonality between all these old racers is their enjoyment of “shop time.” Yes, they love to ride but working on bikes (cars, planes) is a close second. Note that in the podcast Ryan makes a point of not allowing injuries to derail your desire to ride. Photo by Nick Ienatsch.
Ignore the color of the hair, or lack of color…both Tom Williams (left) and Nick Ienatsch (right) were entranced with the newly-built C&J Yamaha MT-07. Photo by Kathy Weber.
(From left) Kelly Larkin, Bruce Sass, and Tom Williams examining Tom’s new C&J Yamaha MT-07. Bruce built the bike, and Tom has raced it twice since this testing day, joining Larkin and Sass in competition. Photo by Nick Ienatsch.
Old guys Ryan Stewart (center) and Nick Ienatsch (right) chase young kid Coy Weber (left). Weber, age 17, is on a Zero while Ryan and Ienatsch are on well-prepared four-stroke 450-ish Single flat trackers. Photo by Kathy Weber.
WELCOME BACK DANILO!
Petrucci will race with the Ducati Panigale V4 SBK F23 of the Barni Spark Racing Team in the 2023 Superbike world championship.
The Barni Spark Racing Team has chosen Danilo Petrucci for the 2023 WorldSBK season. This morning, in the Barni Spark Racing Team factory in Calvenzano (BG), Danilo signed the contract that will bind him to Marco Barnabò’s team for one season. Twelve years later, Barni and Petrux are back to racing together. It was the Bergamo-based team that launched Petrucci, in 2011, in the Superstock 1000 class: in that season, riding the Ducati 1098R, Danilo had obtained both the title of Italian champion and second place in the FIM World Cup, winning four races . Now begins a new adventure together with the Barni Spark Racing Team in WorldSBK. Born in Terni on 24 October 1990, the Umbrian rider raced for 10 seasons in MotoGP, six of these with Ducati, winning two races (Le Mans 2020 and Mugello 2019). In 2022 he took part in the Dakar becoming the only rider in the world to have won at least one MotoGP race and one stage in the Dakar. Also in 2022 he raced a Dunlop-shod Ducati Panigale V4 R in MotoAmerica, finishing second in the championship and one race in MotoGP with Suzuki. Now there’s a new world challenge for him, again with a Panigale V4 R, but in a Superbike version.
Danilo Petrucci, #9
“I’m very happy to be back from Barni. 2011 was one of my best seasons ever, but above all I couldn’t say no to the chance to race in the Superbike world championship with a very competitive bike. It’s a championship I’ve never done and I can’t wait to compete on the track. I want to thank all the Barni team for giving me this opportunity and all the people who made this agreement possible”.
Marco Barnabò, Team Principal
“I’m happy to be able to embrace Danilo again and to have him back in the team. As always, we will do our best to put the rider in a position to be competitive. His qualities are unquestionable. We know that there will be a lot of work to do because we will compete with riders who they have much more experience than him in Superbike, but with his motivation and our work we know that we can do well. My thanks to all the sponsors and to Ducati”.
25/26 November 2022: the 8th edition of the “100Km of Champions” at the VR46 Motor Ranch in Tavullia.
Tavullia – “100Km of Champions” is in its 8th edition, and Valentino Rossi’s Motor Ranch opens its doors to fellow riders for an event that it’s today a not to be missed appointment that always generates great expectation and curiosity on the list of riders .
The schedule is the same as in the last editions: it starts on Friday 25th in the morning with qualifying, and in the evening with the “Americana race” in the iconic double oval of the Motor Ranch. Saturday is the day of the 100Km race: after the morning warm-up, at 14:00 the race starts, and the 40 riders, organized in couples, will compete for the whole afternoon. In the evening there will be the award ceremony.
The riders line-up is, as always, at the highest level, and once again it has the flavor of a real world championship race. All the riders of the VR46 Riders Academy will participate in the event, including the new MotoGp world champion Pecco Bagnaia, the “Rookie of the year” Marco Bezzecchi, and many other top level professional riders.
Here is the list of riders / friends / rivals invited by Valentino Rossi who will compete with him in the 100km: Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia, Franco Morbidelli, Luca Marini, Marco Bezzecchi, Alex Rins, Jorge Martin, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci , Tito Rabat, Celestino Vietti, Niccolò Antonelli, Pedro Acosta, Albert Arenas, Augusto Fernandez, Manuel Gonzalez, Mattina Pasini, Alessandro Zaccone, Andrea Migno, Alberto Surra, Xavier Artigas, Elia Bartolini, Filippo Farioli, Stefano Manzi, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Axel Bassani, Lorenzo Gabellini, Alessandro Gramigni, Michael Rinaldi, Sammy Halbert, Marco Belli, Federico Fuligni, Filippo Fuligni, Raffaele De Rosa, Matteo Ferrari, Alex Salvini, Matteo Patacca, Gautier Paulin, Ferran Cardus.
However, last but not least: in conjunction with the 100Km 2022, the new Valentino Rossi flagship store in Tavullia, completely redesigned and expanded, will open its doors to fans from all over the world on November 24th. Inside the new flagship store it will be possible to buy all the products of the VR46 world, including the VR46 Riders Academy collection and the newborn VR Equipment, the line of technical clothing and accessories for Motocross, Mountain bike, Active training, designed for Valentino Rossi , and suitable for all sportsmen in the world who look for the maximum performance in their training and professionals activities.
Editorial Note: Watch a free sneak preview of the series here.
Coming soon: Marc Marquez ALL IN
Check out the first sneak peek of the eight-time World Champion as you’ve never seen him before
Thursday, 24 November 2022
What does it take to get back to the top? A new five-part documentary, Marc Marquez ALL IN, will give viewers around the world the chance to find out. It’s been three seasons of injury struggles, surgery, and recovery for the eight-time World Champion, and now more than 200 countries around the world will be able to go behind the curtain like never before as Marc Marquez ALL IN lands on Prime Video in February 2023.
The documentary, produced by Fast Brothers in collaboration with Red Bull Media House, TBS and Dorna, joins the journey as Marquez moves to Madrid to continue his recovery and then returns to MotoGP for 2022. However, despite the Herculean effort already made by the eight-time World Champion, problems with his injured arm continue to plague him – leaving him facing another choice: more surgery and another long recovery process. And that with no guarantee of returning to the MM93 who broke records and changed the DNA of the sport.
But Marquez? He was all in. Fans around the world will now be able to see exactly what it takes to win eight World Championships and still have the hunger for more as Marc Marquez ALL IN provide a unique look at one of the greatest ever as he commits to a return not just to competing, but to winning.
Watch the teaser below and get ready to witness a champion already crowned and looking to return for his throne. Can he do it? The first answer to that question will be revealed from the 26th of March 2023 at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve as the number 93 takes on the season opener, looking to remind the grid, the world, and himself exactly why he went all in in the first place.
NASCAR Foundation Partners with ALL KIDS BIKE ® for Sweepstakes Giveaway of Custom Harley-Davidson
The NASCAR Foundation is partnering with All Kids Bike to place kindergarten PE learn-to-ride programs into 50 schools. This partnership includes a giveaway of a one-of-a-kind 2021 Harley-Davidson Road Glide FLTRXS customized by Steve and Rusty Wallace of Southern Country Customs. If you are not a motorcycle enthusiast, there is a $25,000 cash option as well.
All sweepstakes proceeds support the All Kids Bike mission of teaching every child in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class. Every $10 donation is good for one entry to the prize drawing AND teaches one child to ride a bike!
“The NASCAR Foundation is excited to collaborate for the first time with All Kids Bike,” said The NASCAR Foundation Chairman, Mike Helton. “Joining forces with programs that have core values similar with our own is invaluable. It will be an incredible opportunity to give back.”
The All Kids Bike Kindergarten Learn-to-Ride Program is a 24-fleet of bikes, pedal conversion kits, fully adjustable helmets, one teacher instruction bike and certified curriculum teacher training, which is everything needed to teach kids how to progress from balance to riding a bike in 8 lessons.
Lisa Weyer, Executive Director of the Strider Education Foundation explains, “We are excited to collaborate with NASCAR Foundation and legendary NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace to help give more kids the opportunity to learn to ride a bicycle. Together we are giving children a reason to smile and making a difference to future generations.”
*This motorcycle or cash is a sweepstakes prize. There is no purchase necessary to enter for a chance to win. For complete rules, including the process to enter without purchase, please visit https://allkidsbike.org/motorcycle-sweepstakes/
Winner will be chosen at random and notified Saturday, March 11, 2023.
Long-time Pro racer Barrett Long and wife Kelly had a son, Oliver Leroy Long, November 17 in Miami, Florida.
Barrett, Kelly, and Oliver Long at Long’s Motorcycle, in Miami, Florida. Photo courtesy Barrett and Kelly Long.
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