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MotoAmerica: Ventura Breaks Lap Record, Takes Twins Cup Pole At Brainerd

Sat, 2022-07-30 19:07

Editorial Note: The previous MotoAmerica Twins Cup All-Time Lap Record was 1:36.986, which was set by Jody Barry in 2021.

 

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MotoAmerica: Gagne Grabs Superbike Pole Position At Brainerd

Sat, 2022-07-30 16:09

Editorial Note: Crashers during Superbike Q2 included Richie Escalante, Danilo Petrucci, Matthew Scholtz, and Travis Wyman.

 

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MotoAmerica: Gillim Breaks Lap Record, Takes Stock 1000 Pole Position

Sat, 2022-07-30 15:27

Editorial Note: The previous All-Time Lap Record for Stock 1000 at Brainerd was 1:32.752, which was set by Corey Alexander in Q1 on Friday, July 29.

 

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WorldSBK: Oettl Staying With Team Go Eleven Through 2023

Sat, 2022-07-30 14:07

PHILIPP ÖTTL – GO ELEVEN; LET’S GO INTO 2023! 

Philipp Öttl and Team Go Eleven confirm the agreement for the 2023 season, riding the Ducati V4-RS!

The German rider and the Italian team will continue their project in WorldSBK together, with the aim of realizing and improving the good performances shown in the debut year. The harmony within the Team is amazing, Philipp has achieved a seventh place as the best result so far, in a season also conditioned by the injury suffered at Estoril. Physically back to 100%, Öttl has resumed his growth path showing improvements session after session, even on totally new tracks. His attitude is truly a great professional, he works methodically to study the areas on which to improve and the potential is really high. In his debut year it was difficult to ask and expect more, but the fact that he is always fighting with the factory bikes and more experienced riders shows that he has the talent to aim high. We can’t wait to start a new season with all the references from the previous year!

Now, sign the deal, with a free mind and the peace of mind to continue together, it’s time to focus on the second half of 2022, six more races await us in which the goal is to try to conquer some Top Independents!

Philipp Oettl (Rider): 
“I am excited about another year with the Team Go Eleven! We matched very well, and after Assen we were already quite close to the front group. We had some misfortunes during the year so far, I am happy that the Team wants to continue with me. This season is and will be all about learning, sometimes we can do steps forward and sometimes steps back, but it’s part of the growing process. We know we have a good potential, so I am super happy to be with them one year more!”

Denis Sacchetti (Team Manager):
“I believe it is the natural continuation of a path that we have started together at the end of 2021 and it is exciting to carry on this project in which we believe even more, precisely because we have had the opportunity to work with Philipp and appreciate him both professionally and personally. He has enormous potential and I am very happy to work with him, there is a special feeling between him and the whole team and we have important goals that unite us. So full speed ahead, now the motivation is very high, we have to have fun!”

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Ducati Reports Record Revenue For First Six Months Of 2022

Sat, 2022-07-30 09:38

Ducati announces deliveries, revenue, and operating profit for the first half of 2022

Record revenue for the first half of 2022: 542 million euros, the highest figure ever recorded for Ducati in the first six months of the year

68 million operating profit, an increase over the first half of 2021

33,265 motorbikes delivered, the Multistrada V4 confirms its position as the most popular motorcycle among enthusiasts

Demand remains high with an order portfolio up 86% over the same period last year

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy) – Ducati concludes the first six months of the year with excellent results, despite the challenges imposed by the ongoing supply and logistics crisis. In the semester from January to June 2022, the company’s revenue grew by 5.4%, going from 514 to 542 million euros. This is the highest figure ever recorded by the motorcycle manufacturer in the first six months of the year.

Operating profit also improved and marks a + 14.8% increase, growing from 59 to 68 million euros compared with the same period in 2021.

The Bologna-based motorbike manufacturer delivered a total of 33,265 motorcycles to enthusiast customers, containing a loss in deliveries of -3.6% compared to the same period in 2021 (34.515). This result was achieved thanks to great flexibility, constant dialogue with partners and the trade union, despite the difficulties related to the supply crisis.

Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO: “2021 was a record year for Ducati with the best result ever in terms of deliveries, revenues and operating profit. 2022 is proving to be a more challenging year: despite strong demand from enthusiasts, as evidenced by the order portfolio which at the end of the first half is up + 86% over the same period of 2021, the strong discontinuity in the world of logistics and supply remains. However, we managed to obtain satisfactory results considering the context in which we are operating, especially in terms of revenue, which is the best ever recorded in the first six months of the year. I would like to thank once again all the enthusiasts who continue to choose us, and I personally apologize to all those who had to or will have to wait longer than necessary to receive their bike.”

Henning Jens, Ducati CFO: “The financial performance of Ducati in the first half of 2022 again shows a solid improvement of the company compared to the previous year. Considering the unpredictable challenges in the supply chain, including significant raw material cost increases and parts shortages, this result proofs the high resilience of our financial set up and the flexibility of our operations. With 542 million Euros revenue, we achieved a new record, driven by a very high demand from our customers. Also based on fixed cost discipline and improved margins, we could even increase Operating Profit from 59 to 68 million Euros by 14.8% versus the same period of 2021. Backed by a very solid liquidity position, we will continue our investments in a qualitative growth of Ducati with new attractive premium products.”

The Chinese market is growing

Italy is confirmed as the first market for Ducati with 6,028 motorcycles delivered, followed by North America with 5,239 units, Germany with 3,745 motorcycles and France with 2,647. The numbers are significant in China, which reaches + 12% with 2,411 motorcycles delivered.

The Multistrada V4 remains the best-selling bike

Since its launch in 2020, the Multistrada V4 has enjoyed growing success among enthusiasts. Over time it has been able to live up to the expectations created, establishing itself as an ideal bike for any type of trip and taking a place among the most popular models in the Ducati range. Also for the first half of 2022 the Multistrada V4 is the most delivered bike with 6,139 units. Next is the Monster, with 4,776 motorcycles delivered, and the Scrambler Ducati 800 family with 3,999 motorcycles.

Future investments and network expansion

Thanks to its solid financial position, Ducati continues its ambitious development path that will lead the company to improve and grow further, also by means of entry into new market segments, always respecting its values of Style, Sophistication, Performance. All investments for technological development and product and process innovation are self-financed.

The continuous improvement and expansion of the global sales network, with the aim of serving the community of Ducatisti around the world, are also an important part of the company’s growth path. Through the digitization of processes and omnichannel within its dealers, Ducati wants to guarantee its enthusiasts an unforgettable experience that reflects the company’s values. To date, the Ducati network has 797 dealerships in over 90 countries around the world, 21 of which have been opened in the first six months of 2022.

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MotoAmerica: Racer Killed In Crash Friday At Brainerd

Fri, 2022-07-29 22:48

Scott Briody, 1971-2022

BRAINERD, MN (July 29, 2022) – MotoAmerica and Brainerd International Raceway regretfully announce the passing of Scott Briody of Hannacroix, New York, who succumbed to injuries suffered in a single-motorcycle crash on July 29 at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota. Briody was 50 years old.

Briody was a competitor in MotoAmerica’s Stock 1000 class and the accident occurred during the first qualifying session for the class on Friday afternoon.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Scott Briody,” said MotoAmerica COO Chuck Aksland. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his team and the MotoAmerica paddock.”

All on-track activity was cancelled for the remainder of Friday at BIR out of respect for Briody’s passing.

 

 

About MotoAmerica

MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by AMA:

AMA Offers Condolences to Family, Friends of MotoAmerica Competitor Scott Briody

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association offers its condolences to the family, friends and team of Stock 1000 competitor Scott Briody, who succumbed to injuries sustained in qualifying at Brainard International Raceway today.

More information below from the official MotoAmerica release:

Scott Briody, 1971-2022

MotoAmerica and Brainerd International Raceway regretfully announce the passing of Scott Briody of Hannacroix, New York, who succumbed to injuries suffered in a single-motorcycle crash on July 29 at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota. Briody was 50 years old.

Briody was a competitor in MotoAmerica’s Stock 1000 class and the accident occurred during the first qualifying session for the class on Friday afternoon.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Scott Briody,” said MotoAmerica COO Chuck Aksland. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his team and the MotoAmerica paddock.”

All on-track activity was cancelled for the remainder of Friday at BIR out of respect for Briody’s passing.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. Besides offering members money-saving discounts on products and services, the AMA also publishes American Motorcyclist, a recently revitalized and monthly full-color magazine (and digital version of same) that covers current events and motorcycle history with brilliant photography and compelling writing. American Motorcyclist is also North America’s largest-circulation magazine. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

About MotoAmerica

MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Additional Funding Approved For Laguna Seca Repaving Project

Fri, 2022-07-29 22:21

County of Monterey Board of Supervisors Approve Final Funding to Replace Pedestrian Bridge and Resurfacing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Construction Projects to Begin November

MONTEREY, Calif., July 29, 2022 – The County of Monterey Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to approve the project budget of $14,902,198 and directed staff to proceed with replacing the start/finish bridge and resurfacing the 2.238-mile road course at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Owned by the County of Monterey, the investment represents the Supervisors’ deep commitment to ensuring the long-term future of the internationally known facility. Granite Construction was awarded the project.

In making the presentation before the Board, Randell Ishii, Director of Public Works, Facilities, and Parks; and Bryan Flores, Chief of Parks, illustrated the economic benefits of completing the two projects in unison. The start/finish bridge is reaching the end of its lifespan and requires replacement for public safety while also enhancing future revenue opportunities.

John Narigi, President and General Manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, praised the public works, facilities and parks staff for their support and management, whose department assumed oversight of the Laguna Seca Recreation Area late last year.

“Mr. Ishii and Mr. Flores expertly presented the scenarios for what this facility needs to keep it among the elite tracks in the world and for the betterment of Monterey County residents and businesses,” Narigi said. “Their expertise and commitment to the Laguna Seca Recreation Area is what delivered this project from conception to implementation. They and the Board of Supervisors are owed a major round of applause.”

In April, the Board of Supervisors approved an estimated cost of $9,725,000 for the two critical projects. But because of the unprecedented worldwide influences of increased transportation and petroleum costs, the cost of the project came in well over the estimate.

“I will admit that I was very concerned the increased costs that were completely out of anyone’s control might negatively affect proceeding with the project,” Narigi added. “The Supervisors’ questions and concerns for the increased funding was evident, but they also knew how important Laguna Seca is to the Monterey County economy, impacting our local retail and hospitality industries and the non-profits which support operational needs during event weeks. Their support is the strongest voice the Laguna Seca Recreation Area has received and indicates their commitment to a bright, multi-use future for the park.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in November that will close the racing surface. The campgrounds will remain open daily and there are many activities being planned that will utilize WeatherTech Raceway for both non-racing and non-motorsport events. The Paddock and Hagerty Marketplace will be open to a wide variety of activities that can be held while construction is occurring. If interested in booking an event at Laguna Seca Recreation Area, please contact Karen Carr at 831-242-8202 or email at Carrk@laguna-seca.com.

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MotoAmerica: Alexander Breaks Lap Record During Stock 1000 Q1

Fri, 2022-07-29 21:55

Editorial Notes:

The previous All-Time Lap Record for Stock 1000 was a 1:32.977, which was set by Jake Lewis in 2021.

The session was stopped prematurely for a bad crash involving Scott Briody.

 

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