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NEMRR: Narbonne Wins 99th Loudon Classic

Mon, 2022-06-20 16:16

Shane Narbonne wins the 99th annual Loudon Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH – The 99th annual Loudon Classic, the longest-running motorcycle race in America, capped off a successful Laconia Motorcycle Week with some of the most intense competition that the event has seen in years.

Shane Narbonne, of Tyngsboro, MA, lived up to his title of “King of the Classic” as he became the first 10-time winner of the prestigious event.  The main challengers for Narbonne were four-time Classic winner Scott Greenwood, of Dunbarton, NH, and Tyler Sweeney, of Derry, NH.  The crowd had anticipated the Greenwood-Narbonne battle, but Sweeney showed impressive speed as he challenged for the front after a multi-year hiatus from road racing. All three of the front runners were riding Yamaha YZF-R6’s.

After a beautiful holeshot by Triumph-mounted Ian Beam, Narbonne took over the lead on lap two.  A small mistake allowed Greenwood to take the lead on lap six of the 20-lap feature, and the race was on!

Narbonne recovered quickly and clawed his way back to Greenwood by lap eight, probing several times as he searched for a way back to the front.  With six laps remaining, Narbonne made his move on the brakes into Turn One and then put his head down and set the fastest laps of the race.  Greenwood never gave up, but in the end Narbonne was able to extend his lead to just over one second to claim a hard-earned victory.

On the podium, Narbonne revealed challenges that he had on his path to victory, saying,  “This was a tough one because we blew our motor on Friday.  We had a bunch of people help us tear the engine down and really help to get us out for this race. We have such a great racing family here at the track, and I look forward to chasing title #11 next year.“

Narbonne also recognized the efforts of his father, Al Narbonne, on this Father’s Day weekend for his many years of racing support.

In the Amateur ranks of the Classic…

The other purse-paying events for the 99th annual Loudon Classic were the Unlimited GP and Lightweight GP classes.  In the Unlimited GP class, veteran racer Eric Wood took the victory over David Dayon and Scott Briody in an all-Kawasaki ZX-10 podium.  Wood grabbed the holeshot on his Penguin Racing/Woodcraft-sponsored machine and cut the fastest laps of the weekend, dipping down in to the 1:11 range, on route to the win.

In the Seacoast Sport Cycle Lightweight GP class, NEMRR #1 plate holder Rick Doucette scored the win over two young up-and-coming riders.  The Plaistow Powersports-sponsored Doucette took his the lead from the Ducati of Adam Guyer and extended his lead to a comfortable eight-second gap by the end.  17-year-old Jacob Crossman was making his debut in the Lightweight GP class on his new Penguin Racing/ Seacoast Sport Cycle Aprilia RS 660 and made an impressive charge from the middle of the pack to claim the final podium (and purse-paying) spot for this event.

The Loudon Classic is hosted by Northeast Motorcycle Road Racing Inc and was made possible in part by the support of series title sponsor Mayhew Tools, a New England manufacturer of top-quality tools for professional technicians.  2023 will be a the 100th running of both the Loudon Classic and the renowned Laconia Motorcycle Week.  This landmark event will run from June 10th-18th next summer will be filled with special features to give motorcyclists of all ages the opportunity to be part of making motorcycle history!

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Northern Talent Cup: American-Born Moor P2 In Race Two, Leads Points

Mon, 2022-06-20 05:16
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More, from a press release issued by Dorna:

Kevin Farkas (Agria Racing Team) emerged victorious from Race 2 in the Northern Talent Cup at the Sachsenring as the top two in the Cup standings went head-to-head for the second time in as many days. Title leader Rossi Moor (Farium Next Generation Riders) crossed the line first but the Hungarian exceeded track limits on the last lap, which handed victory to second across the line Farkas. Lenoxx Phommara (Team Phommara) came from eighth on the grid to pick up his first dry podium of the season.

It was another spellbinding NTC race in scorching conditions at the Sachsenring as 17 riders battled it out in the leading group from the off, with Farkas once again grabbing an early lead despite starting on the outside of the second row. The lead changed every lap though with Turns 1, 12 and 13 acting as the main action areas, but the two consistently at the front of the freight train were Farkas and Moor. And, as expected, the fight for victory went down to the very last lap.

Dropping down the famous Waterfall section, Moor went for the inside line but ventured onto the green when overtaking Farkas. Moor’s late braking at Turn 12 and Turn 13 helped him cross the line in P1 but the number 92 was demoted one place for exceeding track limits, which saw Farkas promoted to P1 – his second victory of the year.

Moor ended the day P2 with Phommara producing some great late race pace to claw his way onto the podium in third, as polesitter Jurrien Van Crugten (BB64 Academy) narrowly missed out on a debut rostrum in P4.

Martin Vincze (Chrobak Motorsport Egyesulet) finished P5, just half a second away from victory, as Race 1 podium finisher Dustin Schneider (Goblin Racing) settled for P6, 0.6s shy. Seventh place finisher Rocco Sessler (MCA Racing) was also under a second from the win, as Maxime Schmid (Team Schmid), Matteo Masili (Farium Next Generation Riders) and Loris Veneman (Team NL Open Line) – who was handed a three-second penalty at the end of the race – completed the top 10.

That’s all from a sensational two races at the Sachsenring! Next up for the NTC riders is a short trip north to the TT Circuit Assen, where once again they’ll join the MotoGP paddock for a weekend at the Cathedral of Speed.

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British Superbike: Race Two & Race Three Results From Knockhill

Sun, 2022-06-19 18:11

Editorial Note: Americans Julian Correa and Eli Banish finished P14 and P23, respectively, in British Talent Cup Race Two Sunday at Knockhill.

SBK R2
SBK R3
SBK Points after the races

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Australian Superbike: Jones, Maxwell Split Wins Sunday At Hidden Valley

Sun, 2022-06-19 13:53

Race 2: 16 Laps

Starts. For most riders they’re just something to get done for good or ill and then get down to the actual real business of racing.

But that’s not how racing works. Get a bad start and you’ll find yourself with plenty to do. Motorcycle racing can be more forgiving compared to our four wheeled cousins where passing is at a premium.

For Wayne Maxwell and Arthur Sissis, they found themselves as the yin and yang of Race Two. Arthur repeated his good start of yesterday but with a little greatness thrown in this time round, taking his Yamaha from seventh to first into turn one. For Wayne Maxwell, short of crashing, he could not have had a worse start. “Like a kid trying to pop a wheelie on a BMX” was the call from the track announcer and it was hard to argue with that analysis, as the reigning champion effectively swapped grid places with Sissis.

It felt like a pivotal moment for both men. For Sissis it was the realisation that he could not only get to the front, but he could box on with the likes of Herfoss, Jones, Halliday and Allerton.

For Maxwell, it appeared to be the moment he conceded more points to Jones and with it potentially the title.

Up front, for five solid laps Arthur Sissis contested the lead and was P1 every time over the finish line. The South Australian Sissis gave as good as he got, showing that a good start was not all he had. In a field of wily, older racers, it was gratifying to see a twenty something serving up a hot bowl of quality race craft to the olde brigade. Staring had to use everything he had at his disposal- including the mighty DesmoSport Ducati’s straight-line advantage- to squeeze into the lead.

Championship leader Mike Jones just did that thing he does; circulating steadily and without fanfare while everyone else dropped bombs and occasionally banged fairings. It was easy to get suckered into an MMA-style battle for position, but the blue 46 Yamaha of Jones sat comfortably in fourth. While Sissis was conceding the lead to Staring on lap five, the formerly serene Jones found himself being passed by man-on-a-mission Wayne Maxwell. There was no dicing, the #1 Ducati just blew by him as Maxwell had eyes only for the front of the field.

Herfoss barged his way past Sissis and kindly left a Mike Jones sized gap and then Arthur out braked himself into turn one, running wide and just like that, a podium chance went begging.

Maxwell remained fixated on his mission and despite the Pirellis having great grip for the whole distance thus far, it was hard to believe he hadn’t somehow set them afire with his relentless pace that included a lap record (1:05.407) in case anyone needed convincing.

As the race drew closer to the checkered flag, it was a race between two warring parties: Maxwell and Staring, Jones and Herfoss. With the usual benefit of hindsight, they ought to have called a ceasefire to get away- or catch up- as their dicing was slowing their pace and the leading pair could not get away allowing the chasers to stay within a shot. Jones pulled out all he had and was able to get past Staring on the last lap.

But it was Maxwell at the flag who had been able to bang out some solid laps to deny Jones any chance of a tow to the line and take the win.

 

Wayne Maxwell. Photo by Karl Phillipson @optikalphoto, courtesy ASBK.

 

Staring came home in third with Herfoss in fourth, unable to match his heroic second from Saturday. He later conceded that his pace is his pace and there’s not much left.

The top four completed the 16-lap journey inside Jones’ winning time from Saturday, a fair indication of how the track was perhaps better, but also that the riders and teams found a little more to close the gap to Mike Jones. One rider noted it was a “good old-fashioned race with battles everywhere” and that was evident from the provisional lap chart.

Supercars fans unaccustomed to the frenetic pace and punch-ons that the Alpinestars Superbike class can deliver, were impressed.

Wayne Maxwell showed that he’s absolutely at his best when on the ropes and that anyone thinking he was out of the hunt for ‘22 were very, very wrong.

…and there was still one race to come.

Race Three – Once More Dear Friend

“…it can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop… ever..” The Terminator.

Motorsport remains a “funny old game” even if that is a cliche. One race- say race two today at Hidden Valley- you might pull out a ride that has commentators searching for new superlatives.

Other times you have an innocuous low side and hand your main rival not only a race win, but maybe the Championship.

When, as Wayne Maxwell did, you do this in back-to-back races, well then yes, absolutely, it is indeed “a funny old game”.

Early on, it wasn’t funny, but it was certainly entertaining as the leading duo in the championship were also the leading duo in race three. They swapped the lead a few times and then a resurgent and confident Glenn Allerton found himself back close to the front again. On lap four Allerton pushed past longtime rival Maxwell and with all the self-confidence we know Glenn has, he clearly began to think about winning the race.

Maxwell, however, fell into the clutches of Staring and Herfoss, and coming out of turn six he just twisted the throttle a little too much and had the easiest, slowest and costliest low side. He knew what the stakes were and did not let go of the bike, preferring to spin to a slow stop while gripping onto the bike and his title chances with both hands. Maxwell remounted, but there would be no repeat of his race two heroics, the front runners were gone and the gap to season-saving points was half a lap up the road.

This middle phase of the race made it clear that it’s time Mike Jones retired the “Mad Mike” moniker. Mad has too many aggressive and wild connotations. His performance this weekend and particularly in race three was not mad. Some said it was robotic, and if this is true, then he is the Terminator. He just did everything needed to execute the mission. Solid laps, a bigger gap and then eyes were just on the battle for second as the blue R1 with the familiar 46 on it loudly drew away from the field.

 

Mike Jones. Photo by Karl Phillipson @optikalphoto, courtesy ASBK.

 

The battle for second was on in earnest with the trio of Allerton, Staring and Herfoss all rightly laying claim to the spot while Halliday and Sissis drove their Yamahas hard to stay in contact. Allerton found himself down as low as fourth, Herfoss as high as second, but also as low as fourth. With three laps to go, Staring had both Allerton and Herfoss push past and set sail for the line. Their battle would come down to the last corners and when Herfoss tried his usual up-the-inside move, Allerton placed himself decisively in his way and Herfoss was unable to perform his favorite move.

That was how they ran to the line. Jones – Daylight- Allerton– Herfoss– Staring.

Wayne Maxwell was able to move up to 11th for ten points and salvage something from the low side disaster at turn six, but now finds himself some 40 points (162) behind Jones (202).  It is not insurmountable, but every time Jones has a round where he stretches his lead, Maxwell has one less round to catch him. The maths look difficult with three rounds, six races remaining and a maximum of 153 points on offer.

For the other top contenders- Staring (155) is now within 7 points of second in the Championship, while Halliday, Herfoss and Waters find themselves – incredibly – on the same points in fourth (136). That will be some kind of battle for the rest of the season. Allerton and Sissis are next and also sit together on 131 points.

The Championship now has a mid-winter break before reconvening at Morgan Park 5-7 August, with the regular classes rejoining us for what promises to be a hectic back half of the season.

Mike Jones, First Overall:

“The team did a fantastic job and gave me a bike that I was able to race on in all conditions. When the track was in the cool conditions, we were able to go fast, when the track was hot and greasy it was a bike that was ridable and comfortable enough to be able to be super consistent on.”

“Overall first for the weekend and extending our championship lead is very important for us leaving here this weekend.”

“The trickiest thing was on the Sunday we’ve got two races, but we don’t have a warmup session, we just go straight into the first race. I found that tricky because it’s not something we don’t normally do.”

Troy Herfoss, Second Overall:

“Yesterday was pretty emotional to be honest… I won’t forget yesterday anytime soon, that was a big day for me.”

“Driving off the corner, especially turn one here when you’re on the side of the tyre for a while, when I’m picking the bike up I’m just not driving forward. The bike’s not slow, but I look like I’m slow down the straight because I’m so bad off the last corner.”

“Moving to Morgan Park that issue’s gonna be sidelined for now… all the corners where we brake hard, accelerate out and you can get that pitch in the bike, I’m quite good and the bike works quite well… I feel like I’ll be strong at Morgan Park.”

Glenn Allerton Third in Race Three:

“I feel like we were in a battle for the podium all weekend… we improved the bike for race 2 and overall the package was better but we had a mechanical problem with the seat unit and the whole ducktail coming loose with the bike, I just rode around for points in the end of that race.”

“I knew that I needed to just sit on Troy and when he made a move, make a move straight away on Bryan as well… which I managed to do.”

“He’s (Troy) always going to go the inside up there on those last two corners and I knew it, so I rode tight on the entry to make him go even tighter than normal… All I wanted for him to do was to have to commit more than he wanted to so that he would roll wide on the exit so that I could drive down the last turn and it pretty much played out exactly how I wanted it.”

Bryan Staring, Third Overall:

“We wanted more than we got, really I think we need to go back and review the weekend as to why we didn’t get it… That will only make us stronger for the future.”

“We were very much in the fight, we put in a massive show and huge effort to challenge all the riders… we were certainly a big part of the show for ASBK this weekend.”

“The first race is a good example that I was prepared to fight in the closing laps… The last race is an example that I couldn’t fight in the last laps”

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Northern Talent Cup: American-Born Moor Wins Race One At Sachsenring

Sun, 2022-06-19 05:00

American-born racer Rossi Moor won Northern Talent Cup Race One Saturday at Sachsenring, in Germany. Kevin Farkas was the runner-up, and Dustin Schneider finished third.

 

American-born Rossi Moor (center) on top of the Northern Talent Cup podium at Sachsenring with Race One runner-up Kevin Farkas (left) and third-place finisher Dustin Schneider (right). Photo courtesy Dorna.

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Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup: Race One Results From Sachsenring

Sun, 2022-06-19 03:25
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More, from a press release issued by Red Bull:

José Rueda untouchable in Sachsenring Rookies Race 1

 

Jose Rueda (99). Photo courtesy Red Bull.

A perfect masterclass from José Rueda left the chasing pack of KTM RC 250 R’s well behind as the Spanish 16-year-old dominated Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Race 1 at the Sachsenring.

The thrills were happening 10 seconds behind with an incredible 15 rider battle for the points positions eventually won by Australian 15-year-old Harrison Voight over Italian 16-year-old Luca Lunetta.

Rueda romped away

“I am really so happy with everything. So far this weekend has been perfect, it’s my first time here, I love the track, I took pole and then the race win.”

“I was confident going into the race, I felt I had a little bit over the others and that if I pushed from the start I could get away.”

“I wanted to get clear before the tyres lost some performance and that is what happened after about 8 laps. By then I had a good advantage, the tyres were sliding but it was quite predictable and I enjoyed that too.”

“I’m not going to change anything for tomorrow, I will try and do the same thing if I can.”

Voight made the move at the right time

“I’m pretty happy with that one. It’s quite emotional, I’m a bit speechless at the moment. Very happy to come back from injury and get a result like that.”

“I made a bad start, I tried to push hard but had so many big moments, honestly I nearly crashed a couple of times.”

“I thought, ‘come on, just bring it home, learn from the group.’ Then I noticed during the race everyone started struggling with the temperature. I felt that my tyre wasn’t too bad, especially on the brakes.”

“I saw that into Turn 1 they all slowed up a lot and there was a big gap and I realised that I could make a good pass and I passed a load of kids.”

“On the last lap I passed Lunetta because I knew it was best to be in front.”

“We’ll have a look at changing the suspension for tomorrow but at the moment I’m not sure.”

Lunetta in the heat of the battle

“I loved it today, it was such a fun race and I really enjoy the track. It is so great to be on the podium again.”

“It was so hot out there, really hard for everyone but I managed the tyre so that they went the distance without too much trouble. We had close battles all the way, it got really close at times but we love that.”

“I have to say thank you to my family and everyone who supports me. The bike was great, we will not change anything for tomorrow.”

Collin Veijer pushes hard for 4th

“It was a great race, the start wasn’t perfect,” explained the 17-year-old Dutchman. “I dropped back a bit but then I got a bit of pace and tried to move up. Mid race I caught the group and tried to get to the front, my gearing was quite long and I wasn’t getting into 6th.”

“My bike wasn’t feeling powerful and it was difficult but I managed to get some good points.”

“We’ll change the gearing and try to make things better for tomorrow.”

Casey O’Gorman comes from last to 6th

“I didn’t get a very good start and didn’t get past many guys on the first lap,” explained the 14-year-old Irishman after a crash on the first lap of Qualifying left him starting from the back of the grid. “Everyone told me to take it easy and I did, just going forward one by one.”

“I got to the front group and then people started to battle with me and I wasn’t going forwards.”

“Then with 5 laps to go I really went for it and down the waterfall into the left hander I braked really late and went round the outside of 4 people.”

“Then on the last lap into the first corner, I was catching on Arbi and he was going in so fast I had to do everything to stop the bike. I could see them two were about to crash and I just managed to stop the bike, I was all over the place. Then it was me and Farioli battling for the last lap.”

“I think the way I did it today was good and I need to do the same tomorrow, we’ll go longer on the gearing because in the big group I was revving out at the bottom of the hill.”

Eddie O’Shea knocked out of a podium place

“One of the best races of the season so far, on a par with Mugello and to have such a good race end like that in the way that it did on the last lap is really gutting for me,” stated the British 15-year-old who was knocked off at the first corner on the lat lap.

“I really feel that I’ve stepped up to the point that I have the pace to run at the front and even win a race and it’s really tough to be knocked off like that.”

“In the beginning the tyres felt really good, I remember seeing 11 laps to go and I thought it was time to push. But then the performance really dropped and kept going down. I could see all the groups lap times going and I could see it was the same for everyone.”

“I’m looking forward to Race 2, the bike felt perfect, it has all weekend. We made some big changes in FP2 but after that it’s been brilliant.”

Max Quiles misses big move

“I’m not very happy and a bit angry,” said the 14-year-old Spaniard who finished 12th after having his late race plan thwarted. “I wanted to do like Jerez, keeping something in the tyres for the last laps. I was P6 and going to push but Eddie O’Shea and Aditama crashed and I had to brake because I saw the bikes flying and a lot of people overtook me.”

“So I couldn’t gain any positions, I hope we can do better tomorrow, the bike is good we will not change anything.”

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British Superbike: Race One Results And Report From Knockhill

Sat, 2022-06-18 18:25

Editorial Note: American Julian Correa finished P9 in British Talent Cup Race One Saturday at Knockhill. Countryman Eli Banish, meanwhile, suffered a DNF.

 

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More, from a press release issued by MSVR:

Ray returns to winning ways as Skinner celebrates home podium at Knockhill

 

Race One winner Bradley Ray (center), runner-up Jason O’Halloran (left), and third-place finisher Rory Skinner (right) on the podium at Knockhill. Photo courtesy MSVR.

 

Bradley Ray claimed his third race win of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season, delivering a masterful performance at Knockhill to take the chequered flag in the eBay Sprint Race ahead of Jason O’Halloran and home hero Rory Skinner.

Ray had set a lap record-breaking pace to claim pole position and the Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider was determined to return to winning ways after fighting back from a crash yesterday.

Ray got off to a flying start and despite the initial pressure from the chasing pack, he kept his cool to break his rivals and extend his lead at the top of the championship standings.

The battle for the final podium positions were intense as O’Halloran dived into second on the opening lap ahead of Skinner and Danny Buchan, who split the Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki teammates.

Kyle Ryde was also in the battle in the earlier stages of the race, but Skinner was instantly on the attack and moved ahead of the McAMS Yamaha rider on the second lap.

The Australian fought back and soon had regained the position as Ryde then moved into third place ahead of the Team Green teammates as Skinner and Lee Jackson tried to regain the positions.

Skinner was determined and with six laps remaining, he had regained third place but O’Halloran had bridged a marginal gap in second place and he would hold it until the finish.

Skinner’s third place wasn’t safe; he was coming under intense pressure from his teammate as he continued to trade positions with Jackson over the final laps. However, it was the local contender, who returned to the podium for the first time since the season opener, claiming a hard-fought third place ahead of Jackson.

Danny Buchan had managed to get ahead of Ryde to snatch fifth place with Glenn Irwin holding off Tommy Bridewell for seventh.

Storm Stacey had his best finish of the season so far in ninth place for Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki as Josh Brookes completed the top ten.

Defending champion Tarran Mackenzie was sidelined from the eBay Sprint race following a high-speed crash in the opening stage of this afternoon’s SUPERPICKS Qualifying session. The McAMS Yamaha sustained heavy damage in the crash and so he will be back in action tomorrow.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Knockhill, eBay Sprint Race result:

1.    Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha)

2.    Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +1.676s

3.    Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +2.218s

4.    Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +2.294s

5.    Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +3.688s

6.    Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +5.053s

7.    Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) +6.142s

8.    Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +6.263s

9.    Storm Stacey (Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki) +6.643s

10.    Josh Brookes (MCE Ducati) +11.373s

 

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after eBay Sprint race at Knockhill:

1.    Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 183

2.    Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 150

3.    Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 138

4.    Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 132

5.    Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 127

6.    Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) 116

7.    Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 72

8.    Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) 70

 

For more information on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship visit www.britishsuperbike.com

Bradley Ray

Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha

eBay Sprint Race winner – Knockhill

“That was a bit of a strange race for me to be fair; I set off at the start and I hadn’t planned on leading from start to finish! I just wanted to get my head down at the start and took it quite steady over the first few laps and I set a pace I was comfortable with and I didn’t feel near the limit.

“I got to about lap 12 and I had pulled about 0.5s and I thought it was the time to make a gap if I could. I managed to put in some strong laps and it meant I could pull a bit of a gap.

“I am super happy with the bike, especially after the lack of track time after missing the test and the crash yesterday.

“I would say this has been my best win of the season so far because of that; the other guys had laps under their belt from testing and I only had five laps yesterday so I only had today to get up to speed today.

“I am over the moon to bring the win home for Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha.”

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MotoGP: Marquez Has Positive Medical Checkup In Spain

Sat, 2022-06-18 18:11

Marc Marquez completes positive post-op medical check

Two weeks after undergoing surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Marc Marquez has undergone his first post-operative medical check. The assessment took place at the Ruber Internacional Hospital in Madrid with a medical team consisting of Dr. Joaquin Sánchez Sotelo, Dr. Samuel Antuña and Dr. Angel Cotorro. The feedback on the initial progress after surgery on Marquez’s right humerus was positive.

The medical team have recommended to continue with controlled exercises for the next four weeks. The eight-time World Champion is scheduled to undergo his next medical check in four weeks.

Marc Marquez

“Today I had a medical check in Madrid and the doctors are happy. My arm is immobilized, and it will be like this for the next few weeks. My feelings so far are positive because I have no pain, this is very important. It allows me to rest and follow the doctors’ rules: a healthy diet, drink a lot and try to hang out with our dogs because it is important that the body is not inactive. The most important thing from my doctors is that I have to be calm and patient.”
 

 

Dr. Sanchez Sotelo

MD PhD, Chair of the Division of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Mayo Clinic.

“Today, Marc Marquez underwent a medical check-up in Madrid with Dr. Antuña, Dr. Cotorro and myself, confirming a positive evolution of the surgical wound. Starting today, he will begin performing controlled exercises of passive mobilization of the shoulder and elbow until a new revision in four weeks.”

 

Marc Marquez at his recent medical check. Photo courtesy Marc Marquez.

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Australian Superbike: Jones Takes Pole, Wins Race One At Hidden Valley

Sat, 2022-06-18 14:18

ASBK ’22: Jones the Winner; Herfoss the Sentimental Winner

Qualifying – Alpinestars Superbike

It could be the heat. It could be the 76 points on offer for a perfect score. It could be the fact that we’re (pretty much) at the halfway point of the season. It most definitely was related to the arm-wrestle for leadership of the championship, but the qualifying sessions for the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown were one of the best and most exciting sessions seen in many years.

While the early session just saw top riders do enough to avoid missing Q2, for the second session the top 12 riders in the country put on a show worthy of the large crowd who were in attendance.

Mike Jones did enough in Q1 to ensure he would be there for Q2, whereas Wayne Maxwell did a Wayne Maxwell and of course topped the sheets when that was not required.

But when it really mattered in the second qualifying session, Jones got down to business and hit a 1:05.411 that he followed a while later with a 1:05.333 and then a fastest-for the-weekend 1:05.213.

While it wasn’t into the 1:04s that various pundits had predicted, the feeling in the paddock was that Maxwell would need to keep it together and his early qualifying laps- that included a short off circuit excursion- indicated that perhaps the reigning champion would not be able to have a solid dip in the last few minutes.

And then everyone else had a dip. With a few minutes to go a glance at the timing monitors was eye popping as a multitude of riders mid-lap were dipping into the fastest lap, lap record and personal best territory.

As has been often the case, the longest and hardest sector- three- would be the undoing of many.

…except for Wayne Maxwell, who just pushed through to take not only the pole position, but get into the 1:04s, the qualifying record time and – but for Mike Jones’ emphatic race simulation times on Friday- warm favouritism for the opening race.

Qualifying Grid 

Alpinestars Superbike 
 

1 #1 Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) / Boost Mobile Racing with K-tech / AMA / Ipone / Pirelli / McMartin Racing Ducati V4R 1:04.962 7 of 10 286

2 #46 Mike JONES (QLD) / Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1 1:05.213 6 of 10 .251 .251 277

3 #67 Bryan STARING (WA) / Desmosport Ducati Ducati V4R 1:05.330 8 of 11 .368 .117 281

Race 1: Feeling The Love

Motorsport is rarely a sport associated with romance. That concept is oft the domain of athletics and horseracing and not sports with so much noise and colour.

Race 1 Result – Alpinestars Superbike

But one could not ignore the romance of Troy Herfoss fighting his way out- not only from sixth place on the grid- but out of a Darwin Hospital where he was 12 months ago to the day after his worst ever crash- a crash that many thought would see the end of his career.

That Mike Jones was out front reeling off lap after consistent lap was impressive- and frankly might be the start of a critical and definitive run to the 2022 Championship- but it was hard to get past not only the Herfoss result, but also the battle that he and Bryan Staring had to get to the line.

The race started off at the expected frenetic pace with the magnificent DesmoSport Ducati in its one-off indigenous livery, firing off the line from third into first for turn one. Bryan Staring wisely didn’t go too deep into the opening turn and that spooked then-second placed Arthur Sissis who had also had a huge start from seventh.

After leading for five laps, Staring found himself second to the number 46 Yamaha after Mike Jones decided that he had the pace and tyres to go to the line. As soon as he hit the lead, Jones focused on smooth, consistent laps and eked out a small, but noticeable gap.

While it was not immediately obvious to anyone off track, early in the race, 2021 Champion Wayne Maxwell was in trouble. His electronics were not on song, and he was losing power and drive in places where there was no need to drop power. Riders around him pounced as the big Ducati popped and burped its way around the Hidden Valley layout. Fourth in race one was a good outcome given the circumstances.

Glenn Allerton had been relegated from eight to tenth after a track limits breach in qualifying and apparently that situation had fired him up as he took the BMW M1000RR from tenth to fourth. In his 100th ASBK round, Allerton was not in the mood for a mid-pack finish. Glenn found himself in a group that were all looking to work their way back into podium contention and while he was unable to get by Maxwell, fifth on the day was a good outcome on a weekend where the Maxima Oils Racing Team appear to be making significant steps forward.

Allerton’s teammate Josh Waters also had a great start but some timing glitches with his transponder made it difficult to establish just exactly how he was going. For all the issues with his timing, he did in fact nail the fastest lap of the race with a 1:05.499 and after a difficult Friday eighth was not what he wanted, but there are good signs for the rest of his weekend.

Cru Halliday had a poor start and went from sixth to eighth. While he would work his way past a few riders, on the day the best he could manage was a return to sixth by the checkered flag.

For the leading group, it was all panning out to Mike Jones’ liking as he stretched his lead a little each lap. Herfoss had passed Maxwell and while you could not see his face, the attitude of the Honda and Herfoss’ body language showed he was absolutely looking to bridge the multi second gap to Staring.

And he did. With just two laps left, Herfoss arrived for what would be the battle of the day. With respect for each other, but a championship and the day’s honours to battle for, they traded positions multiple times and nearly sent themselves off track on the last lap. It was nail biting, exciting and brilliant dicing with Herfoss coming out the winner- albeit for second place on the day.

While the Staring/Herfoss fight was holding the attention of the TV directors and fans, Jones quietly took the Championship by the scruff of the neck as he took race one. He might have missed the bonus point for pole, but the 25 points for the win was ample compensation. With nominal non-title contender Herfoss second, the stretch in Jones’ Championship points lead over Maxwell and Staring was an added bonus.

And we have two more races tomorrow…

Mike Jones:

Bryan was being a bit conservative in the early phase, and I was feeling pretty good, so I pushed passed Bryan and got a good gap. Nice and easy race for me, no dicing so it was a great outcome.

For me the tyres weren’t much of an issue and they degraded fairly consistently, but ultimately I was just trying to smooth and gentle.

Just need to wake up on the right side of the bed and do it all again….

Troy Herfoss:

Far out, this probably the proudest moment I’ve had a on a motorbike.

Just sitting in the truck with the team right now, you realise how invested everyone has been in my recovery.

It’s been a big mental battle to believe I can get back here.

Bryan Staring:

I started a little conservative as Mike said, I just wanted to find my feet in the race.

In the end I was constantly defending my position… I was seeing on the pit board that I was getting him (Jones) back a little bit, but I also had a tail that was getting shorter, and I knew who it was going to be.

Overall I started that race in the lead and I finished at the wrong side of the podium – I certainly didn’t have a bad race but not one that really satisfied me.

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MotoGP: Bagnaia Lowers Lap Record During FP3 At Sachsenring

Sat, 2022-06-18 12:13
MotoGP FP3

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Team Suzuki ECSTAR:

ALEX RINS CALLS TIME ON GERMAN GP TO FOCUS ON ASSEN RETURN

 

Alex Rins with his Team Suzuki ECSTAR crew. Photo courtesy Team Suzuki Press Office.

 

After discussions with his crew and Suzuki management, Alex Rins has taken the decision to sit out the rest of the German GP weekend in Sachsenring.

Although he was cleared to ride by Dr. Xavier Mir in Barcelona, and Dr. Angel Charte at the circuit, and he bravely took part in the FP1, FP2 and FP3 sessions, Rins felt more pain in his injured wrist than he expected. In order to avoid exacerbating the injury further, and to make a full comeback as soon as possible, he will take no further part in proceedings.

Rins will now continue on the recovery path set for him following the break to his pyramidal/triquetral bone, which involves electromagnetic therapy and a course of rest and anti-inflammatories, in the hope that he can be ready for next weekend’s GP of Assen.

There will be no stand-in rider for Rins at the German GP, and therefore Joan Mir will be the sole representative for Suzuki for the remainder of the weekend.

Alex Rins:

“I have decided, together with the team, to stop riding and not compete in the race this weekend. Today the feeling with my hand and wrist is somewhat worse than yesterday, and I found that I was in a lot of pain when I tried to do a fast lap, so I don’t feel I am capable of competing. For this reason, we prefer to focus on being more recovered and stronger for Holland. Hopefully my physical condition will be better in Assen, especially as it’s track that I like a lot.”

Livio Suppo – Team Manager:

“It’s a pity, but the pain is too much, and it makes no sense to take risks for no reward. We hope Alex can recover more in these next days before we head to Holland next week. I want to thank him for the effort he has put in to be here, he has given his all. And thanks also to the team for the job they’ve done.”

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