UPDATE ON ALEIX ESPARGARÓ
Following medical checks carried out today at the Dexeus Hospital in Barcelona, Aleix Espargaró has been diagnosed with a heel fracture in his right foot. The Spanish rider, the victim of a frightening high-side during the last free practice session at Silverstone, then stoically took to the track for both qualifying and Sunday’s race.
The injury does not require surgical treatment, and Aleix has been prescribed seven days of absolute rest during which he will have to use crutches in order not to strain his injured foot. The aim is to arrive at the next race weekend (19-21 August, Austria) in the best physical condition.
THE RED FLAG FUND SUPPORTS LOCAL MOTORCYCLE ROAD RACERS WITH AUCTION AT BLACKHAWK FARMS RACEWAY IN SOUTH BELOIT, ILLINOIS
Antioch, IL, August 8, 2022 – The Red Flag Fund, Inc announces its fundraising auction and dinner on Saturday, September 17 at Blackhawk Farms Raceway, in South Beloit, Illinois. The auction will be held over a CCS Twin Sprint Race weekend with approximately 150 motorcycle racers and family in attendance along with racing fans. Hundreds of items will be auctioned off to support injured road racers. The Red Flag Fund is happy to have Gordon Lunde, founder of the Wegman Benefit Fund, as a partner in the execution of this year’s auction. This event will help close out the Blackhawk Farms Raceway motorcycle race season. All proceeds from the auction and dinner go directly to the Red Flag Fund.
The Red Flag Fund is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 2006 as a
successor to the Wegman Benefit Fund that was started by Gordon Lunde in 1986. The Red Flag Fund supports injured motorcycle road racers with financial and medical hardships. The focus of the Red Flag Fund is safety, partnership and to build a sense of community among racers, race officials and racing families.
For ways to help and find out more about this event, visit www.redflagfund.org
More, from a press release issued by British Talent Cup:
Garness hammers home his advantage in Race 2
The number 57 impresses once again to pull clear, with Stephenson and McCabe back on the rostrum on Sunday
Sunday, 07 August 2022
After domination in Race 1, Johnny Garness (MLav VisionTrack Academy) did it again on Sunday for another impressive victory. In a class of his own all weekend, the number 57 was over six seconds clear at the chequered flag in Race 2. The same two riders joined him on the podium too, with Rhys Stephenson (Rockey Racing) impressing for another rostrum finish and likewise Harley McCabe (MLav VisionTrack Academy) as they took second and third, respectively.
Garness got the holeshot once again, with Stephenson slotting into second and McCabe into third – as it would turn out, also where each would finish. Initially though they were glued together, and Stephenson was able to take the lead for the latter part of the lap – before Garness swept round the outside to lead over the line for the next.
As the laps ticked down, the gap then only grew. Once into clear air and settled in the lead, Garness was able to pull away and eventually crossed the line 6.618 seconds clear, taking a huge 84-point lead in the standings.
Behind him, the Stephenson vs McCabe duel raged on. The two were glued together until the penultimate lap as the number 23 was then able to just pull away, with McCabe forced to settle for third but both having an incredibly impressive Sunday.
It was a close trio fighting for fourth too, with Sullivan Mounsey (Wilson Racing/J&S Racing) vs Carter Brown (MLav VisionTrack Academy) vs Harrison Dessoy (Microlise Cresswell Racing/Eastern Garage Racing). Mounsey crashed out, however, and Brown was able to pull into some clear air in fourth as Dessoy completed the top five.
Next up Clayton Edmunds (MJL Racing) took another good finish at the head of a close group, beating Lucas Brown (SP125/Amphibian Scaffolding), Harrison Crosby (Banks Racing), Julian Correa (Microlise Cresswell Racing) and Matthew Ruisbroek (Microlise Cresswell Racing), the latter duo split by just hundredths over the line.
That’s a wrap on Race 2 at the British GP, with 84 points now in Garness’ favour at the top as the paddock heads to Thurxton for a quick turnaround. Can his rivals hit back next weekend?
Julian Correa (40) in action at Silverstone. Photo by Michael Hallam, courtesy Michael Correa.
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Maxwell does everything possible to claw back points deficit at Morgan Park
Wayne Maxwell has taken the maximum 51 points – two race victories plus the extra point for pole position- as he undertakes a desperate push to take his fourth championship in the back half of season 2022 of the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championships presented by Motul.
Starting as underdog to championship leader Mike Jones who has turned many laps at the 3.0km Morgan Park venue – one he counts as his “home circuit”- Maxwell used every ounce of his talent, cunning and race craft to practically will himself to the top the podium, thereby reducing his pre round 40 point deficit to Jones by 11.
With two rounds and five races remaining in season 2022, we are set for a thrilling run to the championship finish line.
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Levi Russo was missing from the grid following a crash in the warmup, giving the leaders an easier task, and it was Hudson Thompson who made the most of the opportunity from the start. It wasn’t long before a leading pack broke away, establishing a little over a second between Marcus Hamod in fifth and Ryan Larkin in sixth by the end of lap one.
As they crossed the line for the first of six laps, it was already evident that this race would be hard fought, as Harrison Watts made the move on Thompson to lead by 0.047, with less than half a second separating first from fifth.
Larkin and Alexander Codey did their best in sixth and seventh to catch the leading group, but without the tow it was very difficult work.
Cameron Rende found a way past Watts through Dunlop corner with Hamod now up to third, but it was short lived as Watts had a game plan and took the lead once more just after the line.
Three laps down the leading pack of five was three seconds ahead of the next riders, with plenty of jostling for position throughout each lap. Crossing the line to start lap four – the gap to fifth was under a third of a second.
Watts was still looking strong, taking the bulk of the time in the lead, even if it’s never more than a few corners at a time as this group was not afraid to put the moves on each other on a near-constant basis…
Starting lap five, Bodie Paige with the bright red helmet decided the time was right and took the lead down the straight, continuing to hold on for the entire lap and even over the line – holding off Watts in the tow.
Rende managed to claw his way back in to take the lead once more from Paige, setting up the move on the exit of Michelin corner to hold on through Suzuki corner and into the Yamaha chicane. But right on the back of Rende coming out of the last corner was Paige, who tucked in with a perfectly timed tow to take the win by just 0.011, barely the width of a tyre.
Rende held on to second place with Watts right behind rounding out the podium.
Michelin Supersport Race One
Pole sitter John Lytras gave up one spot after the start to Ty Lynch who was able to jump away. The alliteration friendly pair of Lynch and Lytras were away to a small, but important lead.
Lap three, Lytras found his way past Lynch and within a few corners, the white R6 was a few bike lengths off the front.
Meanwhile Tom Bramich has worked his way to the back of Jake Farnsworth who was in third place.
Suddenly, Lytras was seen stopped trackside frantically trying to restart his bike and… reboot it. “It looks like the bike turned itself off” noted commentator Steve Martin. It was a painful sight as the championship leader worked frantically to get his machine going again, as his rivals zipped past.
Just like that, Ty Lynch found himself in the lead and – at that point – very close to Lytras in the championship points. With Lytras down in 13th- but with his ears pinned back, every rider he passed meant a few points ahead in the championship. Finishing thirteenth meant that Lynch was just one point behind. An extraordinary situation.
And then it happened again. Lytras again stationary trackside with the bike showing a blue screen of nightmares. Any hope of some extra consolation points went away and suddenly Lynch found himself a few seconds up the road. The machine eventually restarted, but he was 13th and three laps down on 12th.
Meanwhile Bromich and Farnsworth were locked in a riveting arm wrestle for second. Bromich finally worked his way past and was able to get a small but decisive gap.
The last laps were by comparison quiet at that front, but Mitch Kuhne, Tom Drane and Luca Durning were fighting it out for fifth place and traded places several times before finishing in that order.
With another race to come, the first act had everything…
Lytras on the race one dramas:
“I actually lost all throttle, when it first stuffed up, I went into turn one and the bike went straight to idle so I had no throttle which is fly-by-wire, it just kept doing it throughout the race.”
Dunlop Supersport 300 Race Two
There are no gentleman’s agreements in Supersport 300. It’s all “I’m gonna get mine” and listing the lead changes is a fruitless exercise.
But we can say that it was Taiyo Aksu who led them away, but variously Jonathan Nahlous, Glenn Nelson and others appeared to lead, but the important fact was that nine riders got away to a five second lead from another group comprising seven more riders.
The leading group of Aksu, Nahlous, Liam Waters, Cameron Swain, Jonathan Nikolis, Cameron Dunker, Glenn Nelson and Hayden Nelson raced hard and fair and the slightest gap was an open invite to be passed. That’s fine, you just have to wait a few corners and repay the favour.
With two to go Aksu was late on the brakes into turn one to take the lead. It really felt like he meant business and was clearly prepping for the run to the line. Championship leader Dunker was down in fifth and while a part of the lead group, he did not appear able to press a claim for race leadership.
Last lap and Aksu led them over the line. Nahlous was inside and into the lead at turn one, Swain lurked and showed the leaders a wheel here and there, but Aksu held second place and had eyes only for leader Nahlous.
Bunching up through the final turns, it was impossible to work out who would take the minor placings- Aksu had just enough to hang on for first place, but it was Waters in second, Swain up for third, Nahlous would be disappointed to be shuffled from first down to fourth and Dunker in fifth.
At the start of the weekend, Aksu was the only rider seemingly capable of genuinely chasing Dunker for the title, and yet another Aksu win with Dunker in fifth started to make the complicated maths to take the championship lead a reality.
Alpinestars Superbike Race One
Lachlan Epis jumped away from downtown to take the lead off the line and he and Wayne Maxwell headed away. Late in the lap, Maxwell put in a pretty brutal pass and Epis went off track, rejoining in 13th and taking away any opportunity the BMW Alliance squad had for a much-needed podium finish.
Classic Maxwell. Head down, bum up and setting sail for the finish line- on lap two. With Cru Halliday now in second place and Mike Jones in third, it was the stuff of nightmares for the Yamaha Factory squad. Halliday had made it clear at the Friday presser that he wasn’t just going to give up a spot for Jones as “I need to get wins.”
But on lap six, Jones finally got past his teammate and set off for the now 2.4 seconds-ahead Wayne Maxwell.
At this point it was Maxwell, Jones, Halliday, Troy Herfoss and Bryan Staring rounding out the top five.
Herfoss saw the opportunity when Halliday had a rear wheel step out and overtook the R1 to move up to third. He too was now off in pursuit of Maxwell.
At half distance, the pressure valve blew with Cru Halliday sliding off at turn six. Jones was a lonely second, while Maxwell was a lonely but-happy first, but the gap was down to 1.7 from 2.4 seconds. Maxwell’s cunning plan to create pressure on Jones by getting out to a good lead was being brought undone as Jones played the reverse card and put the pressure back on the 2021 champion.
Lap 10- the lead was down to 1.6 seconds. Pearson had overtaken teammate Staring for fourth in his first outing aboard the DesmoSport Ducati. And while we were busy typing that, Maxwell’s lead fell to 1.4 seconds.
By lucky lap 13, it was under a second. Jones was now able to start lining-up the K-Tech Ducati Panigale and think about where he wanted to pass. “the number one machine is in trouble” said Steve Martin and while he is the expert, it was now obvious to all. As if we didn’t need anything else to add to the tension; the back markers came into play.
A 0.6 second gap on lap 14. Jones could now surely feel the heat from the Ducati exhausts and the blue R1 was now in contact with the gap now just two tenths. The time doesn’t matter. They are together as we headed into the final lap.
Tension? Yeah… all of it. Maxwell had to use everything he had in his skill bag and 20 years of top-level racing experience to just get a tiny, but vital gap. At the bottom of the circuit, he’s too good, and as they go through the last chicane, the Ducati can pretty much take it from there and he crossed the line first.
Jones was home for second with Herfoss third to round out a podium of past winners at Morgan Park.
Broc Pearson brought home his Ducati in a startling and better-than-expected fourth place, ahead of teammate Staring in fifth, Glenn Allerton in sixth, a valiant ride from Epis, working his way into seventh, Arthur Sissis in eighth, in ninth Jed Metcher and Max Stauffer rounded out the top ten.
Yamaha Finance R3 Cup Race Two
Cameron Dunker was swallowed off the line down to fourth by turn one while Liam Waters had a great start into first.
Aksu down one spot to sixth was the one to watch on the back of three wins this weekend already.
The field was tight as they settled into the race, after one lap there was barely a gap of half a second.
Glenn Nelson took advantage of the slipstream onto the main straight to take second place with sights set on Waters ahead.
The next lap, Glenn Nelson made the move on Waters at the back end of the lap, but lost the spot again on the straight – Waters and Cameron Swain both coming through.
On lap three, Aksu made his way through, up to third and looking strong. By the final chicane, Aksu was right on the back of Swain and cruised by on the main straight to take the lead – setting back of back-to-back fastest laps in the process.
Swain wasn’t done, taking the position back from Aksu but it didn’t last – only a few corners later Swain crashed out of the lead while trying to battle with Aksu. Swain was okay but that was his race done.
Into lap five and Aksu looked to build on the lead, now out to 0.35 and holding out now comfortably from Waters on the straight.
As the leading pack settled in for a few laps, there was a great little scrap happening from ninth down to 13th with Henry Snell holding out the pack, separated by less than a second.
Waters, not to be outdone, got the head down and reeled Aksu in, taking the lead on lap seven, holding off a charge from Aksu at turn one on the start of the final lap.
Marianos Nikolis has worked his way up into a potential podium, fighting with Dunker with the Nelson duo in fifth and sixth.
Heading into the final chicane Waters set himself up with a clean exit to hold on and win by 0.143, while Aksu had to defend a fiery Nikolis, who very nearly pipped second on the line.
In the midfield, a trio of Jack Favelle, Snell and Jonathan Nahlous hit the line three-wide separated by just 0.051 with Favelle taking a hard fought ninth.
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Levi Russo made the grid this time out and with a solid start held the lead into turn one.
In the usual OJC fashion the lead group exchange the lead numerous times throughout the first lap and by the end of lap one it was Harrison Watts leading Bodie Paige with Hudson Thompson and Russo in third and fourth.
From second place on lap two, Thompson made a mistake at the entry to Suzuki corner ending his race early, losing the front under brakes into the right hander.
A bit of a gap emerged as the leading group reacted to the collapse of Thompson, but by the start of lap four it was all back to the usual tight racing with Paige leading the way.
Marcus Hamod and Paige battled throughout lap four exchanging the lead, with Cameron Rende, Watts and Russo keeping them honest.
In the midfield, a second group was tucked closely together led by Hunter Corner with another five bikes, all within half a second of each other.
Into the final lap, Rende takes the lead, but we’ve seen time and time again that it means almost nothing if you can’t find a good half-second gap before the tow kicks in onto the main straight.
A mistake by Hamod, drifting out onto the grass, gave Watts a great little gap coming into the Yamaha chicane. The gap was about 0.25 but it wasn’t enough and Watts was completely swamped heading across the line.
The timing board showed Rende the winner by 0.73 over Watts and Paige in third 0.05 behind Watts, and it took a video review to confirm the result. Hamod did well to hold onto fourth after his excursion on the grass, holding out Russo in fifth.
The second pack came across the line eight seconds adrift of the leaders, with Ryan Larkin taking sixth from Sam Drane, and only 0.577 splitting sixth from tenth.
Michelin Supersport Race Two
The mood on the grid of race two of today’s supersport race was tense. After his 13th placed, three-laps-down race one, John Lytras and his team were understandably nervous after his nightmare race one where his bike cut out twice, costing him any chance of victory.
It was Ty Lynch who jumped away and led the field into turn one, with a rejuvenated and focused Lytras in pursuit. The leading pair would do exactly that, and after a few laps they would get out to a multi-second lead, with Tom Bramich in third, but losing contact.
Jake Farnsworth crashed out in turn one, while fourth through seventh diced for position. This group of Rhys Belling, Tom Drane, Luca Durning and Scott Nicholson would stay in contact with each other until the race-end.
Lytras meanwhile had moved past Lynch and by lap eight, he was out to a 1.7 second lead, with a 14 second gap back to third placed Bramich.
At lap 12, Lytras just needed to stay upright, and for the bike to stay happy. There were no signs of the electrical gremlins that had plagued him in race one. With a near-five-second lap, he was inevitable.
Lynch had served up everything he had, but Lytras sought and received some redemption for his issues in race one and crossed the line some 6.2 seconds back to Lynch with Bramich third and then the Drane (4th) led bunch finished together with Nicholson (5th), Belling (6th), Durning (7th) and Troy Guenther (8th).
Dunlop Supersport 300 Race Three
The final race of the weekend for the Supersport 300 crew was always going to be tense. Championship leader Cameron Dunker was blessed because despite his results not being quite where he needed them to be, his main rivals were either absent or not at the front either.
Taiyo Aksu was the standout rider of the weekend, but starting the weekend fifth in the championship meant that the challenge to get to the top of the standings was rather large
So at the jump it was Aksu again leading from Liam Waters and Glenn Nelson. On this occasion the leading group consisted of ten riders, and they would stay close for the duration of the 10-lap journey.
Variously, Marianos Nikolis and Waters lead the race, with Aksu unhappily in third, trying everything to stay in contact and work his way back to the lead. Cameron Swain sat happily in fourth, content to let the leading trio trade the lead- and fairing paint- while he waited to pounce.
Aksu found himself back in the lead by lap six and managed the impossible- a small gap to the pursuing pack. The pack called for a brief ceasefire, realising that their common enemy was off the front.
Jonathan Nahlous was able to catch and pass Aksu for 2-3 corners, before Aksu would once again take the lead. Nahlous and Aksu swapped the lead several times before Swain tired of the Nahlous/Aksu show back in fourth and took the race lead on lap nine.
The final lap board came out, and Nahlous took the lead into turn one. Swain passed him back, while Aksu worked back up to second. With the corners running out, Swain led from Aksu and Nahlous.
Aksu took the lead with a few corners to go and tried to sneak to the line. Swain had the perfect sit and like a pro cycling sprinter, pulled out of the slipstream to take his first win in Supersport 300 by 3/100th of a second.
Alpinestars Superbike Race Two
It was Mike Jones with the holeshot in race two with Maxwell tucking in behind. Bryan Staring was into third, with Lachlan Epis (4th) and Cru Halliday (5th).
It was apparent even after lap one that Jones was looking to pop off the front to avoid any shenanigans with second placed on track and second in the championship Wayne Maxwell.
But Maxwell was having none of that, pushing back into the slipstream and immediately looking to pounce. While the Ducati has the horses, as the late Ken Wootton said of a younger Jones “he has the biggest brake rotors in the paddock” and there was no out braking the R1 into turn one.
After three laps, there was plenty of tension but little passing as the riders seemingly settled in. Troy Herfoss moved up into fourth, while Staring made contact with the leading duo and the two Ducatis started to stalk the lone blue Yamaha.
Herfoss set off after the leaders and thanks to relentless fast laps, by lap five it was a four-man race with Jones, Maxwell, Staring and Herfoss within a second of each other.
Further down, Broc Pearson was leading Epis, Halliday, Arthur Sissis and Glenn Allerton as they tried to work their way to the leading quartet.
In the space of three corners, Herfoss worked his way from fourth into second place “like carving up backmarkers” according to commentator Steve Martin.
While we were collectively distracted by Herfoss, Maxwell had taken the lead into turn one after a solid draft and late braking move.
Staring fell away slightly, while teammate Pearson began to catch the leaders. Gary Crilly from Pirelli was interviewed and noted that Herfoss was the only rider in the leading group who had gone with the softer tyre option. As that was happening, Herfoss took the lead.
But by lap 11, Jones had taken the lead from Herfoss while Maxwell was shuffled back to third. Pearson was now the fastest man on circuit and Jones was trying to pull away from the hungry Herfoss and Maxwell.
Pundits began to speculate on Herfoss’ tyre life while Jones just pushed out to a near one second lead on lap 12. Pearson was now on the back of Staring and the decision by DesmoSport to offer the rookie Superbike rider a seat mid-season began to look like a very clever move.
Into the last laps and it was Jones, but now he had Maxwell back with him at just 0.3 behind. Pearson passed Herfoss as Staring did the same- confusing many and the two Ducati teammates began sizing each other up for the final podium spot. The soft tyre option for Herfoss was now starting to go away from him and he dropped seconds a lap to the leaders.
Into the final lap, with Maxwell, just 0.1 behind at various points. Further back, the Ducatis diced and then in an incredible turn around, Maxwell found a way through the #46 Yamaha and Jones immediately had a huge moment that nearly ended off track. It was an unbelievable finish.
Maxwell takes the maximum 51 points, Jones continues to lead, Pearson has arrived and there’s just two rounds to go…
Yamaha Finance R3 Cup Race Three
A lightning start from Liam Waters could only be bettered by the one and only Taiyo Aksu who continued to show his weekend form, moving from fifth to second and right on the tail of Waters.
At the start of lap three, Aksu made the move on Waters to take the lead, but nothing is a given here and there were seven bikes behind all in the mix.
The final race of the weekend had given these riders countless laps to figure out the right race plan and setting up the chicane exit onto the main straight looked a crucial element of any good race.
By lap five, Cameron Swain was looking to pull the trigger, taking the lead well before the main straight, only to hand it straight back to Aksu and Waters.
The movement within the leading pack of eight was constant and countless while seven seconds up the road was essentially the other half of the field with Cooper Rowntree at the head of ninth to 15th split by less than a second.
Into lap seven it was Hayden Nelson looking to make the big moves, up into second as they headed to the line, with Swain falling to seventh.
Waters lead the final lap with Aksu and Marianos Nikolis close behind.
Aksu went for a move on Waters but couldn’t hold on to it, and it looked like that could be a good thing heading into the chicane- the tow awaited.
But Waters managed a clean-as-you-like exit out of the final corner and somehow managed to hold off the attack from Aksu, staying just ahead by 0.047 to take the race and overall weekend win.
Nikolis held on for a well fought third place ahead of Cameron Dunker with less than a second back to eighth.
To come away with 51 points at probably my worst track on the calendar… I’ve surprised myself. The boys in the team worked really hard to give us a package that worked. We had really good consistency and pace. In the first race I suffered a little bit physically but in the second race I was a lot stronger and able to fight it out right to the end with Mike.
It’s a very narrow window with that bike with the balance with the weight from front to rear, so that’s what we really work on recently and that’s what’s given me the confidence to win races.
Well Mike has to continue to finish second and he’ll get home but there’s a lot of racing to be had and there’s a lot of guys that are getting pretty keen… Bryan’s super strong at Phillip Island… so anything’s possible it is racing. We haven’t had a wet race yet, we’re probably due for one of those and we’ll just see how it goes.
I obviously wanted to win the races, I said that yesterday… to get beaten it’s not a great feeling, you come here, your goal is to win, and when you don’t achieve that then obviously you’re disappointed.
The flip side of that, I have to be happy because I’m still leading the Championship, if you look at the performance from the weekend, I feel like I gave my best at all times, and was actually really quite strong, just Wayne was able to pip me there and have enough right at the very end. Compared to the rest of the field, we’re still very strong and I feel great on the Yamaha.
My understanding is that we are intending to go and do it (MotoGP round of superbikes at Phillip Island) and we still are. It should give us a bit of a chance to get some more setup time on that particular circuit ahead of our actual ASBK Championship round later there in November.
All in all a reasonable weekend. It only really came together in race two – that was the first time I felt like I could let my wings out a little bit. I’m happy to end up third, but after race one and after qualifying, third overall for the weekend is pretty good even if we had hoped to be slightly better than that… Unfortunately lost a bit of gap to Wayne for second in the Championship, but as he just said, there’s plenty of races to come.
I was kinda just at the back of that group for most of it, and mostly just dying to hang in there. I wasn’t a huge part of the action in the fight for the actual battle… I still rode a good race, the last part of it I didn’t quite have the speed that the other guys had to bring it home but it was a good result in third.
The main aim is to finish every race, like he still finished the first race but that’s a big hit in the points for him. It’s a long season.
It’s been one of our strong points this year, just getting of the line is half your race really, got a good jump and then I just tried to run with Lytras the whole race. Got about eight laps in and I just ran out of tyre and ran out of steam and that was it.
Phillip Island and The Bend for me is a strong point for me and we’ve done a lot of testing at The Bend over the last four or five months. It will be interesting to see how he performs there, he’s actually turned it up this part of the season – he struggled a little bit at the start and he’s really starting to come on strong.
Provisional 2023 British GP dates announced, MotoGP to return to the International Paddock
The event will remain a midsummer spectacle in 2023 as the MotoGP paddock returns to the International Paddock
Sunday, 07 August 2022
As the 2022 Monster Energy British Grand Prix gets in gear for race day, more details on the 2023 event can now be revealed.
Next year, the FIM MotoGP World Championship will return to the stunning Silverstone for another classic showdown from the 4th to the 6th of August 2023, retaining the perfect midsummer slot it moved to this season.
The 2023 event will also mark the MotoGP paddock’s return to the International Paddock and the iconic Silverstone Wing complex for the first time since 2012. The start-finish line will therefore be on the Hamilton Straight, with Abbey as Turn 1.
As the pinnacle of two wheels, MotoGP is a racing laboratory, driving progress and innovation at the forefront of the world’s push towards a more sustainable future – and working with all partners and stakeholders to put sustainability top of the agenda: racing together. Silverstone is a perfect partner in the sport’s push to create positive change as the first motor racing venue to join the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action programme.
Since opening in 2011, the Silverstone Wing has become emblematic of the venue and is increasingly becoming a symbol of the circuit’s world-leading commitment to sustainability. As part of Silverstone’s Shift to Zero policy, the track has already installed 1,342 solar panels on the roof of the Wing International Conference and Exhibition Centre, and Phase 2 of this project, due for completion this autumn, will see a total of 2,764 panels covering over 5,200 m2. Over the next 12 months, Silverstone will also be installing 30 electric vehicle charging stations on site.
All Silverstone’s on-site generators now run on HVO biofuel, resulting in a 90% reduction of CO2 emissions and, from 2023, all the electricity consumed on site will be generated from renewable energy sources.
MotoGP’s return to the International Paddock from 2023 will coincide with this important shift. Moving to alongside the Hamilton Straight will enable MotoGP to stage an even more sustainable event as the paddock will require significantly less temporary infrastructure – using less energy, more efficiently as the sport and its partners continue to drive progress.
Stuart Pringle, Managing Director of Silverstone: “I am looking forward to having MotoGP back at the International Paddock in 2023 which is now connected by a brand-new bridge to the 197 room Silverstone Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. By August 2023, phase 2 of the Wing solar panel project will be completed and will generate over 13% of the venue’s annual power, an initiative that aligns with Silverstone’s Shift to Zero plans and Dorna’s commitment to a more sustainable future.”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “We’re delighted to announce when we will return to Silverstone next year, and that we will be returning to the International Paddock. Racing together, MotoGP is committed to increasing our positive impact and Silverstone is a valuable partner in our push to create a more sustainable future.
“As already announced, MotoGP will be powered by 100% sustainable fuel by 2027, and that is just one part of our global strategy as sustainability takes centre stage for the sport. Now is the time to take that innovation and let it inspire us in all our actions, on and off track, and we look forward to returning to the Wing as the perfect symbol of what is possible when we combine innovation, drive and our shared passion to create positive change.”
Make sure to save the provisional dates for another stunning and ever more sustainable British GP in 2023 as MotoGP returns to Silverstone from the 4th to the 6th of August.
American Flat Track (AFT) Black Hills Half-Mile
Black Hills Speedway
Rapid City, South Dakota
August 6, 2022
Provisional Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Main Event Results (all on Dunlop tires):
1. Jaycee Jones (Roy), 8 laps
2. Zaria Martens (Roy), -00.301 second
3. Jillian Deschenes (Roy), -00.482
4. Stephanie Pietz (Roy), -04.604 seconds
5. Makenna Hiatt (Roy), -10.222
6. Alex Bumpus McDonald (Roy), -12.340
7. Malary Lee (Roy), -12.775
8. Nean Kiskela (Roy), -18.550
9. Erin Ferris (Roy), -19.618
10. Kaiela Hobart (Roy), -21.001
11. Anna Serena (Roy), -21.287
12. Gabrielle Hughes (Roy), -28.738
13. Mia Reese (Roy), -1 lap
14. Moriah Hummer (Roy), -1 lap, 11.524
Provisional Parts Unlimited AFT Singles Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda Challenge Results (all on Dunlop tires):
1. Chase Saathoff (Hon), 4 laps
2. Morgen Mischler (Hon), -00.156 second
3. Max Whale (KTM), -01.368 seconds
4. Dalton Gauthier (Hon), -01.373
Provisional Mission SuperTwins Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge Results (all on Dunlop tires):
1. Briar Bauman (Ind), 4 laps
2. Jared Mees (Ind), -00.198 second
3. Dallas Daniels (Yam), -01.014 seconds
4. JD Beach (Yam), -2 laps
Provisional Mission Production Twins Main Event Results (all on Dunlop tires):
1. Michael Rush (Har), 23 laps
2. Cory Texter (Yam), -02.490 seconds
3. Nick Armstrong (Yam), -05.634
4. Jesse Janisch (Har), -05.831
5. Michael Hill (Yam), -07.528
6. Ryan Wells (Kaw), -08.223
7. Cameron Smith (Yam), -09.016
8. Billy Ross (Har), -09.814
9. Johnny Lewis (Roy), -11.190
10. Cody Johncox (Yam), -14.940
11. Kasey Sciscoe (Kaw), -1 lap
12. Brock Schwarzenbacher (Kaw), -1 lap, -09.501
Provisional Parts Unlimited AFT Singles Main Event Results (all on Dunlop tires):
1. Trevor Brunner (Yam), 23 laps
2. Morgen Mischler (Hon), -00.494 second
3. Trent Lowe (Hon), -02.260 seconds
4. Dalton Gauthier (Hon), -02.766
5. Kody Kopp (KTM), -04.532
6. Ferran Cardus (Hon), -05.406
7. Max Whale (KTM), -05.517
8. James Ott (KTM), -05.799
9. Chad Cose (Hon), -09.145
10. Tarren Santero (Yam), -09.469
11. Gage Smith (Hon), -10.642
12. Hunter Bauer (KTM), -11.125
13. Jared Lowe (Hon), -12.074
14. Justin Jones (Hon), -14.440
15. Ryan Wells (Hon), -18.741
16. Travis Petton (Hon), -1 lap, -16.545
17. Chase Saathoff (Hon), -7 laps
Provisional Mission SuperTwins Main Event Results (all on Dunlop tires)(Race stopped due to rain and cancelled):
1. Jared Mees (Ind), 0 laps
2. Briar Bauman (Ind), -00.011 seconds
3. Dallas Daniels (Yam), -00.0**
4. JD Beach (Yam), -00.0**
5. Jarod Vanderkooi (Ind), -00.639
6. Brandon Robinson (Ind), -00.495
7. Davis Fisher (Ind), -00.451
8. Robert Pearson (Ind), -00.502
9. Jeffrey Carver (Har), -00.755
10. Shayna Texter-Bauman (Ind), -00.931
11. Ben Lowe (Ind), -00.921
12. Bronson Bauman (Har), -00.753
13. Michael Rush (PT) (Har), -01.580
14. Cory Texter (PT) (Yam), -01.099
15. Nick Armstrong (PT) (Yam), -01.297
16. Jesse Janisch (PT) (Har), -01.040
More, from a press release issued by American Flat Track (AFT):
Rush, Brunner Take First Wins of ‘22 in Black Hills Half-Mile
AFT Singles competitors Trevor Brunner (21) and Morgen Mischler (13) in action at Black Hills Speedway. Photo by Tim Lester, courtesy AFT.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 6, 2022) – Progressive American Flat Track saw a pair of undercard stars recapture their past glory in Saturday evening’s Progressive Black Hills Half-Mile presented by Saddlemen at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota.
But even the world’s fastest riders were unable to outrace the rain, which brought the Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle Main Event to a conclusion just moments after it started.
The stage was set for what promised to be an intriguing final battle before the skies opened, forcing the race to be red flagged. Continued inclement weather ultimately led to the round to be called complete. By rule, with the Main Event’s starting positions decided but less than two laps completed, every rider on the grid was awarded one point and “Rain Pay” (which divides 50% of the posted purse equally among all riders who earned starting positions) for their day’s work.
While a frustrating end for everyone involved, the night was highlighted by a pair of thrilling support races headlined by two highly motivated race winners.
Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Despite still riding at less than 100%, Mikey Rush (No. 15 Helipower Racing/Las Vegas Harley-Davidson XG750R) achieved a huge milestone in his comeback following last year’s season-ending injury by taking his first-career Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines victory.
Already a race winner in Progressive AFT’s other two classes, Rush completed the hat trick after tracking down and overhauling Mission Production Twins title rivals Jesse Janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) and Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07).
Those two had been widely expected to settle tonight’s winner between themselves, a notion seemingly confirmed when they battled back and forth at the front during the race’s opening stages.
Instead, Rush executed a quick charge up to third before slotting past Texter for second at mid-distance. He pulled the same trick on Janisch 30 seconds later and just as quickly left the two in his wake.
“I never doubted myself,” said an emotional Rush. “It’s been a rough road coming off the couch and getting back to what I love doing. These guys rode a hell of a race, and I knew we had our work cut out for us.
“Just a big shout out to my team. I couldn’t do it without the Helipower Racing/Las Vegas Harley-Davidson team. My crew works their tail off and it’s an honor to ride these bikes.”
Despite missing out on the win, it still proved to be a positive night for Texter when considering the bigger picture. Aided by an assist from Nick Armstrong (No. 60 Competitive Racing Frames/Lessley Brothers Yamaha MT-07), who knocked Janisch off the podium altogether with a last-gasp move to claim his first podium since April’s I-70 Half-Mile, runner-up Texter managed to reduce Janisch’s title lead down from eleven points to six (214-208).
While it’s more than a little strong to call the result a disaster for Janisch, it was still a disappointment after he had managed to sweep the evening’s practice, qualifying, and Semi sessions – just as he had in his prior two victories – until finishing fourth in the Main.
Semi winner Michael Hill (No. 47 Pacific Auto Trim/Jim Speer Yamaha MT-07) enjoyed the best result of his professional career by completing the race’s top five.
Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER
Trevor Brunner (No. 21 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) finally brought an end to the season-long stranglehold of the top step on the podium by the combined efforts of the factory KTM and American Honda squads thanks to a tenacious performance in the night’s Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER Main Event.
Brunner seized the early lead and controlled the race’s opening half but still found himself in need of a late strike after earlier losing the position to an on-form Morgen Mischler (No. 13 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R).
In fact, for a time, second-ranked Mischler appeared well positioned to make huge inroads in what had become a hefty title deficit. The Wisconsin native darted past both Brunner and teammate Chase Saathoff (No. 106 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) to take point and had a third win of the season in his sights while championship leader Kody Kopp (No. 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) languished down near the bottom of the top ten.
However, Brunner had other ideas, drawing back up on the rear of Mischler’s machine and ultimately diving underneath him to reclaim the lead with just ten seconds remaining on the clock. Brunner then cemented the win with a perfect execution of the final two laps to score his first victory since being drafted into the Estenson Racing Yamaha team at the start of the season to fill the seat left vacant due to the premier-class graduation of two-time Parts Unlimited AFT Singles champion Dallas Daniels.
Afterward, Brunner said, “After Mischler got by me, I just tried to stay cool, calm, and collected behind him. I tried to figure out what he was doing that was faster than what I was doing. I kind of figured that out and got close enough where it just became a matter of what I could do to pass him and where I could do it. Fortunately, I got under him entering one of the turns and never looked back.
“I can’t thank my whole team enough for all the support and all the hard work they’ve put in for me.”
Trent Lowe (No. 48 Mission Foods/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda CRF450R) picked up his third podium finish of the season after out-dueling ‘19 class champ Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) in their tussle for the final spot on the box.
Meanwhile, Mischler’s hopes to make major waves were further deflated after Saathoff encountered difficulties and lost several positions, including one to Kopp, who ultimately fought all the way back up to fifth at the checkered flag.
As a result, Kopp remains firmly in control of the title chase – even if he no longer seems quite as invincible as he did a few weeks back – leading Mischler by a still mammoth 44 points (234-190).
The Progressive Black Hills Half-Mile presented by Saddlemen will premiere on FS1 on Sunday, August 14, at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT, including exclusive features, cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage, and expert commentary.
Progressive AFT will make its highly anticipated return to Castle Rock, Washington, for the Castle Rock TT on Saturday, August 13. Visit https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3855 to secure your tickets today.
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