Editorial Note: The previous MotoAmerica Twins Cup All-Time Lap Record was 1:48.401, which was set by Anthony Mazziotto during the race in 2021.
More, from a press release issued by Dorna:
Granado, Casadei and Ferrari lock out the front row
The second, fourth and third riders in the standings get ready to launch ahead of Aegerter
Friday, 19 August 2022
The FIM Enel MotoE World Cup has resumed after its summer break and Eric Granado has secured a much-needed first pole position of the season at the CryptoDATA Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich. The LCR E-Team rider is second in the standings, with just two rounds left to try and overtake Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE), and the 1:41.390 which he set in Q2 at the Red Bull Ring gives him the best possible chance of doing so. Joining Granado on the front row will be Mattia Casadei (Pons Racing 40) and Matteo Ferrari (Felo Gresini MotoE), while Aegerter is set to get away from fifth position in both of this weekend’s races.
After a mixed morning of weather in Spielberg, sunny conditions greeted the MotoE field for qualifying on Friday afternoon. Granado kicked off Q2 with a 1:42.024 which was quickest at that point, and consolidated provisional pole with a 1:41.390 next time through. Casadei set a 1:41.530 on his second flyer to be second-fastest, but neither of those two could relax.
Ferrari was continuing to improve and gradually got his time down to a 1:41.569 with a handful of minutes remaining in the decisive stanza, to be third when the chequered flag came out. A host of riders then set quick sectors in a final bid for pole position, but there would be no further changes to the front row.
Row 2, on the other hand, was firmly still in play. Kevin Zannoni (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) had only got himself out of Q1 with a very late effort to top that session, and did something similar at the end of Q2 when he vaulted himself from eighth to fourth with a 1:41.596. It was also a significant lap in the context of the title race, considering it pushed World Cup leader Aegerter back to fifth position, the Swiss rider having gone as good as a 1:41.642. Joining them on the second row of the grid will be Niccolo Canepa, who rode his WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team entry to a 1:42.029.
Xavi Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) was second-quickest out of Q1 and would ultimately claim seventh on the starting grid, ahead of Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team), Alex Escrig (Tech3 E-Racing), and Hector Garzo (Tech3 E-Racing). Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) was a surprise omission from the top 10 having missed the cut by 0.059 seconds in Q1 and will line up on the middle of Row 4, between Garzo and Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE). Bradley Smith (WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team) qualified 16th while Alessio Finello (Felo Gresini MotoE) has been declared unfit after suffering a fractured metatarsal in his right foot when he crashed in FP1, meaning he will take no further part in the weekend.
With the top four in the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup standings all qualifying in the top five in Austria, the stage is set for another battle royale in the electric class. Catch Race 1 on Saturday afternoon from 16:25 (GMT +2)!
Eric Granado: “I’m very happy, we did a great job today in wet conditions and dry too. Finally, in this last session, I could do clean riding. I was a little bit not on the rhythm in the first session in the dry conditions, and also in the new chicane I was not with the flow. Now, I could have a good feeling and I improved a lot on my lap time from the morning, so I’m very happy. We have accomplished the first mission – the target was the front row and finally I have my first pole position of the season, so I’m very happy. I want to continue on this way throughout the weekend, try to score the maximum points possible, and continue chasing our dream of arriving at the last race with the possibility to win. So, happy and let’s go like this tomorrow.”
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(Elora, Tennessee) Appeal denied, Curtis Adams is reinstated as winner of the 2022 Vintage Cup class, sponsored by RoadracingWorld.com during Round 15 of the 2022 Bridgestone Tire National Historic Cup Roadracing Series at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
The AHRMA Appeals Committee made the final decision regarding the appeal filed disputing the protest and referee decision on 7/16/2022.
The initial protest filed in the Vintage Superbike Heavyweight class (The 2022 Vintage Cup class) by Darrin Gauvin against Mark Miller (riding for Cary Andrew/Team Hypercycle) included three items:
1. Ineligible frame per Rule 10.8.2 Section C 1
2. Ineligible body work (specifically side panels) per Rule 10.8.2 Section C 11
3. Missing Instrument/Gauge cluster per Rule 10.8.2 Section C 13.
The original protest was upheld on all three counts.
The Vintage Superbike Heavyweight class is sponsored by International CBX Owners Association (ICOA).
Race dates and event registration links are available at: https://www.ahrma.org/schedules-results/
AHRMA National Historic Cup Roadracing Series Vintage Superbike Heavyweight – Vintage Cup Results
Saturday, July 16, 2022 – Updated 8/19/2022
1. Curtis Adams, 1981 Honda CB750F, Riverside, CA
2. Darrin Gauvin, 1981 Honda CB900F, Camarillo, CA
3. David Crussell, 1978 Kawasaki Z1R, Sunol, CA
The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to competing on fantastic classic and true vintage along with a wide range of modern motorcycles. With about 3,300 members, AHRMA is the largest vintage racing group in North America and one of the biggest in the world. The association has grown steadily over the years, reflecting the increasing interest in classic bikes.
Editorial Note: Josh Hayes is once again riding in place of Kevin Olmedo on the N2/BobbleHeadMoto Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.22_9_PITT_SSP_P1_res
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GASGAS set for MotoGP in 2023
Pol Espargaro to lead rider line-up as the iconic motorcycle brand joins the premier class
Friday, 19 August 2022
In a special Press Conference at the CryptoDATA Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, GASGAS announced their presence on the MotoGP grid from 2023. Pit Beirer, GASGAS Motorsports Director, and Hubert Trunkenpolz, Member of the Executive Board; CMO, were joined by Tech3 Factory Racing Team Principal Herve Poncharal at the event.
From 2023, Spain’s iconic motorcycle brand will join MotoGP for the first time in a deal that sees the Tech3 Factory Team turn GASGAS red and officially become the GASGAS Factory Racing Team. Pol Espargaro will lead the rider line-up, with his teammate set to be announced soon.
GASGAS found fame in Trials and Enduro before finding even more success in motocross, supercross and rally in recent years, with a comprehensive foundation of offroad production bikes. Now, after tasting the spoils and bringing home trophies in both Moto2 and Moto3 thanks to the GASGAS Aspar Team, the brand will join the pinnacle of motorcycle racing: MotoGP.
The iconic GASGAS red and white livery will represent the sixth brand in the premier class of motorcycle Grand Prix racing.
PIT BEIRER, GASGAS MOTORSPORTS DIRECTOR
“GASGAS is a winning brand. It has reached an incredible level of performance immediately in disciplines like MXGP, Supercross, Enduro and Rally where we have taken Grands Prix, Main Events, world titles and overall winners’ trophies. It’s a relatively new brand for us and we have new goals. We hope the fans that follow ‘the red’ will enjoy the story. Thanks to our strong partner, the ASPAR team, in Moto3 and Moto2 we have been able to see the GASGAS bikes right at the front of those categories. It would be great to see the same thing eventually in the hardest class of them all. I want to thank Hervé and the Tech3 factory racing team for keeping an open mind and really supporting this change to become the GASGAS Factory Racing Team. We think it’s exciting and different.”
Pit Beirer, GASGAS Motorsports Director, with a GASGAS-branded KTM RC16 at a press conference at Red Bull Ring. Photo courtesy Dorna.
HUBERT TRUNKENPOLZ, MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD, CMO
“Taking the GASGAS name bigger and wider than its roots in Trial has been really successful in a number of ways. After seeing what we could achieve in Moto3 and Moto2 the next question was whether we could take GASGAS to MotoGP and we’re thrilled that we can make this step. It’s a new journey and I know the brand will stand out right away. Importantly, the team, the riders, the management will help GASGAS make a splash in the premier class. That’s what we’re hoping for!”
HERVE PONCHARAL, TECH3 FACTORY RACING TEAM PRINCIPAL
“Since we joined the Pierer Mobility Group, I can tell you that it has been my happiest professional years in my life. Because, when you work with Stefan, when you work with Hubert, and when you work with Pit, of course, the target and the main thing is competition, but I also love to spend evenings with these gentlemen to talk about business, to talk about strategy, to see how our motorcycle industry is evolving. I’m really, really happy to be part of a European manufacturer and the European manufacturers all together are moving on; we can see every single Sunday on the MotoGP podium that they are more and more. To be a full factory GASGAS team is a big source of pride.
“If you remember well, a few years ago, there was a young man, a Moto2 World Champion, that joined the MotoGP class with Tech3. His name is Pol Espargaro. We had a great few years together when we started, we discovered the MotoGP class together, and I have always said that Pol is a real fighter, Pol was a key player in the Pierer Mobility KTM MotoGP programme, and I’m delighted to announce he is back in the family. We can’t wait to start working with him, and I think he will be a perfect ambassador for the GASGAS brand. So, this is like a fairytale; welcome back, Pol. This is also to Stefan, Hubert, and Pit to say more than me, but anyway, I’m over the moon and I think this GASGAS MotoGP project couldn’t start better than with Pol. So, this is fantastic news and I just can’t wait to be in November!
“I just feel happy, I just love challenges. This is why I’m here and racing is about challenges – industry, business challenges – and I’m very happy to be part of this new challenge.”
More, from a press release issued by GASGAS Factory Racing:
GET ON THE GAS! GASGAS SET FOR 2023 MOTOGP
GASGAS have always been keen to get on the gas for fun but now the throttle grip feels different, the pace faster and the stakes higher.
From 2023 Spain’s iconic motorcycle brand will join the rush of MotoGP for the first time in deal that sees the Tech3 Factory Team turn a full crimson red. The renowned race-winning crew will be equipped with GASGAS MotoGP technology and will place the machinery into the hands of Pol Espargaro for the globe-trotting Grand Prix series with a second rider to be confirmed soon.
Competition – and all the thrill and excitement that comes from racing – is part of GASGAS’ soul. The company, formed in the 1980s, celebrated the joy and buzz that motorcycling brings: everything that is daring, capable, vibrant, inviting. Fame in Trials and Enduro quickly transformed into motocross, supercross and rally success in recent years with a comprehensive foundation of offroad production bikes and now – after tasting spoils in in both Moto3 and Moto2 classes- the brand is ready for the next frontier; the pinnacle of road racing.
GASGAS want to bring their young, fresh and passionate vibe to the highest stage and that meant transforming the objectives of the Tech3 Factory Racing team for 2023. The decorated outfit and Pol Espargaro will become a new and welcome member of the GASGAS family. The popular 31-year-old will also tie-in some of GASGAS’ Iberian heritage for their maiden MotoGP tilt.
The distinctive red and white livery will go faster than it ever has been thanks to the new GASGAS MotoGP trailblazer. The marque will be the sixth brand in MotoGP for 2023 but has already boosted its presence with Grand Prix victories and podium appearances in Moto3 and Moto2 in the last two seasons thanks to the excellence of the GASGAS Aspar team.
Pit Beirer, GASGAS Motorsports Director: “GASGAS is a winning brand. It has reached an incredible level of performance immediately in disciplines like MXGP, Supercross, Enduro and Rally where we have taken Grands Prix, Main Events, world titles and overall winners’ trophies. It’s a relatively new brand for us and we have new goals. We hope the fans that follow ‘the red’ will enjoy the story. Thanks to our strong partner, the ASPAR team, in Moto3 and Moto2 we have been able to see the GASGAS bikes right at the front of those categories. It would be great to see the same thing eventually in the hardest class of them all. I want to thank Hervé and the Tech3 factory racing team for keeping an open mind and really supporting this change to become the GASGAS Factory Racing Team. We think it’s exciting and different.”
Hubert Trunkenpolz, Member of the Executive Board, CMO: “Taking the GASGAS name bigger and wider than its roots in Trial has been really successful in a number of ways. After seeing what we could achieve in Moto3 and Moto2 the next question was whether we could take GASGAS to MotoGP and we’re thrilled that we can make this step. It’s a new journey and I know the brand will stand out right away. Importantly, the team, the riders, the management will help GASGAS make a splash in the premier class. That’s what we’re hoping for!”