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MotoAmerica: Medallia Superbike Race One Results From Barber

Sat, 2022-09-24 20:55

Editorial Notes:

Danilo Petrucci was given a five-second penalty for a jump start, i.e. moving while the start lights were on. Without the penalty he would have finished third.

Unofficially, if Petrucci wins Race Two, Jake Gagne can clinch the 2022 MotoAmerica Medallia Championship by finishing seventh of better. And if Gagne DNFs Race Two, Petrucci must finish second or better to surpass Gagne in the points and win the Championship.

 

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MotoAmerica: De Keyrel Lowers Record, Earns Twins Cup Pole At Barber

Sat, 2022-09-24 18:01

Veloce Racing Aprilia’s Kaleb De Keyrel lowered his own day-old lap record from 1:29.398 to 1:29.088 during MotoAmerica REV’IT! Twins Cup Q2 at Barber Motorsports Park and earned pole position for the season’s final race.

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Canadian Superbike: Young, Dion Test Bridgestones At Grand Bend

Sat, 2022-09-24 17:38

Young close to unofficial lap record in dry Bridgestone day two test at Grand Bend

Grand Bend, ON – It may not be official, but Ben Young already smashed all expectations for the new Bridgestone national tires on Friday, approaching an unofficial lap record in a private test at the Grand Bend Motorplex, using the typical National 11-turn “Technical” layout.

After the official Bridgestone CSBK test was hampered by rain on Thursday, Young and fellow Pro national champion Trevor Dion stayed behind to get in limited extra laps in the dry conditions on Friday, working directly with the Bridgestone staff that stayed the night on Ontario’s west coast.

The extra time proved to be well worth it, as Young overcame less-than-ideal conditions to set a blazing time just less than a quarter-second off the official lap record that Dion established in to begin the 2022 season.

The Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW rider and reigning Canada Cup champion was ecstatic with his first dry runnings aboard the Battlax V02 tires, as he blitzed his own personal best around the Grand Bend circuit despite windy conditions and low temperatures to begin the Canadian fall.

“Everyone is very happy. It’s still only 12°C and really windy, so not ideal conditions, and yet those times were still doable. There’s still quite a bit more pace left in the bike,” Young said. “The front tire especially was awesome, right from the start it was phenomenal. Everyone is happy with the data and really stoked about the times.”

Young managed to put in roughly 40 laps on the day, adjusting his setup in the process as he adapts to the just-announced Bridgestone era of CSBK, though his pace was already better than many expected as he prepares for a full Winter Test in the U.S. next spring.

As for Dion, the reigning Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike champion took a bit more time to get going aboard his LDS Consultants BMW, but managed to find solid pace near the end of the day after making some setup changes.

Dion ultimately wound up near his official race-pace from round one this season, as it continued to be an exceptional day for the Bridgestone representatives who arrived from Japan and the U.S. for the initial Bridgestone CSBK test on Thursday.

The duo unfortunately was not joined by Sam Guerin who couldn’t stay for the unofficial second day of running, though Guerin made clear on Thursday how impressed he was with the support of Bridgestone and his initial impressions of the new tire.

All three riders are expected to head south in 2023 for the planned Pro and Amateur invitational Bridgestone CSBK Winter Test, with details to be confirmed, which will provide a number of riders with the opportunity to test the Bridgestone Battlax tires that will be on-track next season.

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MotoAmerica: Herrin Lowers Lap Record, Claims Supersport Pole

Sat, 2022-09-24 17:03

Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC rider Josh Herrin lowered his own day-old lap record of 1:26.443 to 1:26.361 and claimed pole position during MotoAmerica Supersport qualifying Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park.

 

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MotoAmerica: Gillim Breaks Record, Grabs Stock 1000 Pole At Barber

Sat, 2022-09-24 16:43

Hayden Gillim, riding his Disrupt Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000R, earned pole position during MotoAmerica Yuasa Stock 1000 qualifying Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park. Not only was Gillim’s best lap time (1:24.183) quickest, it eclipsed Corey Alexander’s day-old lap record of 1:24.712.

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MotoAmerica: Gagne Breaks Record, Takes Superbike Pole At Barber

Sat, 2022-09-24 16:08

Editorial Note: Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha’s Jake Gagne did a 1:22.035 during MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Q2 Saturday morning at Barber Motorsports Park, breaking his teammate Cameron Petersen’s day-old lap record of 1:22.323 and earning pole position.

 

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North America Talent Cup: Di Mario Tops Q2 But Shedden Gets Pole At Barber

Sat, 2022-09-24 14:40

Editorial Note: A rider’s fastest lap time, regardless of which session it is done in, counts toward the overall qualifying results. Therefore, Jesse James Shedden gets the North America Talent Cup pole position based on the faster 1:40.245 he did on Friday. Results from both qualifying sessions are posted below.

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Historic Racebike Illustrations: 1972 Laverda 750SFC, In The September Issue

Sat, 2022-09-24 13:18

Featured In the September 2022 issue of Roadracing World:

         In 1873, Pietro Laverda founded Laverda as a manufacturer of agricultural equipment. Between WWI and WWII the company was a leader in the mechanizing of farm equipment. After WWII, Laverda saw the need for cheap transport and added motorcycles to the company’s products. 

        Wanting to showcase the performance and reliability of its motorcycles, Laverda entered then-popular long-distance races held on public roads. A series of overall victories and class wins proved this was a smart decision. 

        Fast-forward to 1964 and the appointment of Pietro’s great-grandson Massimo to the position of CEO. After a trip to the USA, Massimo saw the need for larger capacity machines starting with a 654cc four-stroke, air-cooled Parallel Twin that debuted at the Earls Court Show in 1966. Production commenced two years later, and the bike did not remain a 650 for long…

—Historic Racebike Illustrations: 1972 Laverda 750SFC, by Mick Ofield

 

To compete in more endurance events in 1971, Massimo Laverda initiated an SFC (Super Freni Competizione) version of the SF. Factory-entered bikes ridden by Hans Hutten, Sergio Angiolini, and Augusto Brettoni dominated many European endurance races that year. To capitalize on this success, a limited run of 20 SFCs was produced in early 1971, followed by another 65 later that year. Read the story of the development of one of the most beautiful bikes to come out of Italy in the latest issue of Roadracing World!

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MotoGP: Marc Marquez Takes Pole Position At Rainy Motegi

Sat, 2022-09-24 12:09
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More, from a press release issued by Dorna:

Marquez rules Motegi! 1071 days later, the number 93 is BACK on pole

Zarco and Brad Binder join the number 93 on the front row, with Aleix sixth, Quartararo ninth and Bagnaia 12th to tease a serious Sunday showdown

Saturday, 24 September 2022

1071 days is a little less than three years; it’s 50 MotoGP races and 25 starts for Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). It’s also the time that’s passed since the eight-time World Champion started from pole and what a stage to do it on: the very same Mobility Resort Motegi. After a tough, tough run for Honda, the number 93 gave the factory plenty of reasons to smile on home turf as he danced through the rain to head the grid with a couple of tenths in hand. What will a likely dry race on Sunday bring? We don’t know yet, and Marquez says he doesn’t either. But Saturday was a statement.

The headlines overflowed behind the number 93, too. The highest starting title challenger is Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) on the outside of the second row. Points leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) starts ninth, on the edge of the third. And completing the perfect straight line of the top three title hopefuls all hurrying into Turn 1 in a row comes Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) down in 12th.

Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP), meanwhile, crashed on Friday to dent his place on the combined timesheets and then slid out in Q1, so he’ll start P15. One may need to buckle up for quite a Sunday afternoon…

It was certainly a dramatic Saturday. After FP3 was cancelled due to adverse weather and limited daylight time, qualifying got underway for the premier class a little later than scheduled, but the show did not disappoint as the rain abated just enough. Marquez’ display was a stunner, and the last challenger keeping the fight going to the flag was Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) as he put in a couple of red sectors. In the end, the South African couldn’t quite complete the deposition and he lines up in P3, but he takes his first MotoGP front row. Given the charge we saw only seven days ago, that promises much once the lights go out.

Between Marquez’ goosebump-inducer and BB33’s little piece of history made in third, Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) went from Q1 to second on the grid and ensures Ducati’s roll of 36 races in a row with a bike on the front row keeps going.

Aprilia Racing emerged as the factory team with the best positions on aggregate, with Maverick Viñales in P4 ahead of Q1 graduate Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) and Aleix Espargaro in P6. Viñales was another whose first couple of sectors looked to be on to ruin Marquez’ Honda fairytale, but it just came up short.

Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) had an uncharacteristic run in Q2 to end up P7, aiming higher on race day, and the man of the wet weather masterclass in Lombok, Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), had a tip off that stopped his pace converting into more than P8 on the grid. Then comes Quartararo, who is top Yamaha but will want to remain top title contender by the flag – and with his closest rivals in a straight line right behind him.

Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) completes the top ten, ahead of Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team), who has taken a step forward this weekend, and Bagnaia in that lowly 12th. In the dry, however, what’s the biggest bet anyone would make against Pecco of late…?

Qualifying wrote the start of a few incredible stories at Motegi, and Sunday will add another chapter to each. With little dry running and the forecast for race day looking better, it could be one of the most unpredictable showdowns for some time. So make sure to tune in as we go racing at 15:00 (GMT +9)!

MotoGP: TOP THREE

1 Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) – Honda – 1’55.214

2 Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) – Ducati –  +0.208

3 Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) – KTM – +0.323

Marc Marquez: “I’m really, really, really happy to be on the pole position. Today, in the morning, I already felt really, really strong in the wet, and then I said, ‘Okay, if it’s wet in the afternoon, I will try.’ It’s only pole position, it’s in wet conditions, but from where we are coming, in the situation we are in with Honda, it’s really important for all the Japanese staff, it’s really important for me, it’s really important for the future to achieve these small targets. Tomorrow, in dry conditions, it will be a different race, it will be a different story, but today it’s like this, so we will celebrate.”

Canet storms to pole as title rivals struggle on Saturday 

The Spaniard heads Aldeguer and Dixon on the front row, with Fernandez 11th and Ogura 13th

Good things come to those who wait, and Aron Canet (Flexbox HP40) had to wait a while to claim pole for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan. Heavy rain hammered the Mobility Resort Motegi just minutes into Q2, leading to a delay of more than 90 minutes before the field was let loose again. But despite having to re-acclimatise to the conditions, Canet charged to pole by 0.333, with Fermin Aldeguer (Beta Tools Speed Up) and Jake Dixon (Shimoku GASGAS Aspar team) joining him on the front row. The top two in the World Championship, however, are much further back as Sunday is puts plenty on the line in the intermediate class.

Earlier, Canet had dropped into Q1 but topped that, before Q2 was called to a halt with just over nine minutes remaining. When pit lane eventually did open again, the Spaniard was immediately on it, lapping each time at anywhere from a few tenths of a second to more than half a second quicker than the rest. As the rain started to ease off, he laid down a 2:04.939 just before the chequered flag, snatching top spot back from Aldeguer after the Boscoscuro rider had clocked a 2:05.272.

More drama hit for Aldeguer then as that lap time was scratched when it was thought that he set it under a yellow flag zone, but a glitch in the system had occurred and it was reinstated after the session following manual verification. Dixon is therefore ultimately third courtesy of his 2:05.669.

Canet has some breathing space ahead of the top two in the Championship on the grid as well. Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) could be one to watch on Row 2 in fifth, further ahead on his teammate’s home turf, but we have to go all the way back to the middle of Row 4 to find World Championship leader Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo), with home hero and key rival Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) a couple further back in P13.

They are split on the timesheets by Alonso Lopez (Beta Tools Speed Up), too, who was one of three to crash in Q2 and fast otherwise. Is the ball in Canet’s court on Sunday? Or will dry skies change the game once again? We’ll find out at 13:20 (GMT +9)!

Moto2 FRONT ROW

1 Aron Canet (Flexbox HP 40) – Kalex –  2’04.939

2 Fermin Aldeguer (Beta Tools SpeedUp) – Boscoscuro –  +0.333

3 Jake Dixon (Shimoku GASGAS Aspar Team) – Kalex –  +0.730

Aron Canet: “After waiting one hour in the box, it was really difficult coming back to the track, with only seven minutes to stretch a little bit and come to the track. But, after really difficult conditions, to come back and get pole position was really good, and wet conditions are bad. Tomorrow will be dry conditions; completely different. It’s good to start the race on the first row, better than the fourth or fifth row, but that’s Moto2, it’s a really, really difficult category, and we’ll see how it is tomorrow.

“During the year, we have been really, really strong on all the tracks, and I think for sure that we will fight for the podium tomorrow. Motegi is amazing in Moto3 and Moto2 but better on Moto2; more power, more movements, and it’s better.”

Suzuki heads his home grid, Guevara ninth with key rivals ahead

Ogden takes stunning rookie second ahead of Garcia, Sasaki and Foggia as key rivals gear up to take the fight to Guevara on Sunday

Leopard Racing’s Tatsuki Suzuki has secured a cherished home Moto3 pole at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, and on his birthday no less. The Japanese rider got the job done on Honda home turf, taking three tenths out of the field in a very wet Q2. Rookie Scott Ogden (VisionTrack Racing Team) made a late dash to take second, with title contender Sergio Garcia (Autosolar GASGAS Aspar Team) completing the front row – but despite two crashes. His teammate and Championship leader Izan Guevara took P9, which puts him behind key rivals.

The conditions were wet, wet, wet on Saturday and that added to the challenge as many in the field, including Guevara, ride the track for the first time. The number 28 does have that 33-point buffer, but most of his key rivals line up ahead: Garcia is third, and home hero Ayumu Sasaki (Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max) heads the second row, just ahead of the rider he’s chasing in the standings for third: Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing).

The last Japanese rider to win in any class at Motegi was Hiroshi Aoyama in 250cc in 2006. Will Suzuki or Sasaki be the next? Can Guevara make more gains? The lights go out for the race at 12:00 (GMT +9) so tune in to find out!

Moto3 FRONT ROW

1 Tatsuki Suzuki (Leopard Racing) – Honda – 1:57.868

2 Scott Ogden (VisionTrack Racing Team) – Honda – +0.322

3 Sergio Garcia (Autosolar GASGAS Aspar Team) – KTM – +0.542

Tatsuki Suzuki: “It’s really good to start the home GP right. Also, this track is Honda’s track so it’s really important to start in front of the other riders. I’m so happy to be on pole position but still, we’re here on Saturday. The important thing is always Sunday, so let’s see. We will keep our feet on the ground and try to improve the feeling for tomorrow!”

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