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MotoAmerica: Scholtz Going To Brainerd “More Determined Than Ever”

Thu, 2022-07-28 11:06

Westby Racing Is Ready To Go For The Maximum In Minnesota This Weekend 

Tulsa, OK – Round seven of the 2022 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship starts this Friday at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) in Brainerd, Minnesota.

For Westby Racing and their Superbike rider Mathew Scholtz, Brainerd is a critical round. The time is now to recover the valuable points lost in the championship hunt over the past few rounds and put the #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 on top of the podium in both MotoAmerica Superbike races this weekend.

BIR is a challenging road course, and some changes during the off-season should make for exciting racing. After MotoAmerica’s first visit to the upper Midwest venue last year, the track revised the curbing in turns 6 and 8, repaved the chicane, and improved turn 10, which should yield even quicker lap times this year, something that Mathew and the team look forward to after earning the pole position at Laguna Seca, MotoAmerica’s most-recent round.

Mathew has five runner-up finishes and a race win so far this season. He knows that he’s got the talent, the bike, and the team behind him to close the gap to current championship leader Jake Gagne.

“Unfortunately, we struggled at the two West Coast rounds,” Mathew said. “But we’re coming into Minnesota more determined than ever. I had two podium finishes last year at Brainerd, and with the improvements to the track this year, plus the improvements that we’ve made to our bike, I’m confident that we can challenge for two wins this weekend.”

Superbike final qualifying is on Saturday morning at 10:15 a.m. CT. Superbike race one will go green on Saturday afternoon at 3:10 p.m. CT and will be broadcast via tape delay on FOX Sports 2 (FS2) at 10 p.m. ET. Superbike race two is on Sunday afternoon also at 3:10 p.m. CT and will be broadcast via tape delay on FS2 at 7 p.m. ET.

For all the action from Brainerd International Raceway, as it happens, subscribe to MotoAmerica Live+, which is MotoAmerica’s live streaming and on-demand service. To find out more about how to watch MotoAmerica, click HERE

Meet Mathew, Get An Autographed Poster, And More 

Mathew will be available for autographs during the Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session, scheduled for 11 to 11:40 a.m. Sunday on pit lane at BIR. He and the team will be handing out free posters and T-shirts, so don’t miss it.

Check Out The Westby Racing Sponsor Showcase 

Eazi-Grip Racing Products and NGK Spark Plugs USA, Inc., are the featured team sponsors on display in the Westby Racing paddock area this race weekend, so be sure to stop by to say hello and learn about some of the companies that support the team.

For more updates about Westby Racing, including news, photos, and videos, visit

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MotoAmerica: Josh Hayes Racing In Final Two Supersport Rounds

Wed, 2022-07-27 23:55

Four-time AMA Pro Superbike Champion Josh Hayes will race in the final two rounds of the 2022 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship.

“I’m excited to announce that the Squid Hunter guys called and they want to join up again and try to go win a couple more Supersport races in MotoAmerica,” Hayes announced Wednesday via a video on his social media accounts. “So, you guys will be seeing me riding that Squid Hunter #4 R6 Yamaha at New Jersey [Motorsports Park] and at Barber [Motorsports Park] to finish up the season, and hopefully, hunting will be good.”

After riding the Squid Hunter Yamaha YZF-R6 to a very close fourth-place finish in the MotoAmerica Daytona 200 in March, Hayes returned for a one-off appearance at VIRginia International Raceway and won MotoAmerica Supersport Race One.

The win at VIR was the 84th MotoAmerica/AMA race win of 47-year-old Hayes’ career. He is second behind all-time race win leader Miguel Duhamel, who has 86 victories.

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California Roadrace Association: Ketelsen, Prince Win Big At Buttonwillow

Wed, 2022-07-27 23:45

California Roadrace Association 2022 Round 3 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park:  Bryce Prince, Brenden Ketelsen, Jasmine Nichols Shine!

(Buttonwillow, CA) – California Roadrace Association (CRA) hosted the third round of the 2022 season at Buttonwillow Raceway Park July 23-24; sponsored by Dunlop Motorcycle Tires & Racer’s Edge Performance. Riders braved the heat which resulted in several exciting races running Configuration 1 in the clockwise direction. It was a bit of a departure for most racers as Config 13 is the standard most are accustomed to.

CRA’s “Racers First” focus continued this weekend with custom trophies for all race classes, podium celebrations, racer payouts and Fosters Freeze (Sanger, CA) hosting our first ever Saturday night Ice Cream Social along with our BBQ festivities. The ice cream was the perfect ending to a very hot day of racing.

“Peak temps hit 105 F trackside and I believe our racers felt the heat mirrored the energy in the paddock all weekend,” said CRA Co-Founder Lyle Geoffrey Brown.

Racing action started off with Jack Bakken, on his Wawa Racing BMW S1000RR, taking the win in the 18-lap 61DTC 1000GT race. He was followed in second place by a KTM 1290 Super Duke R-mounted by Eric Gulbransen and Steve Zoumaras aboard his Kawasaki ZX-10R in third.

Bryce Prince showed up on his BPR Tuning Yamaha R1 and dominated the weekend in  each class he entered. He took first in the TrackDaz Expert 1000 Superbike over Bakken on his Wawa Racing BMW S1000RR. Prince continued his victory streak taking P1 in the RIDERZLAW Gold Cup from pole position, with a blistering pace and best lap time of 1:48.796 over Brenden Ketelsen on his Graves Kawasaki ZX-6R. Prince completed the trifecta with a first in CTML Consultants Expert 1000 Supersport.

Ketelsen, on board his Graves Kawasaki ZX-6R, was ready for battle. He took wins in Blud Lubricants Expert 600 Supersport and Carters@theTrack Expert 600 Superbike over Declan Van Rosmalen and Keir Leonhardt, both riding Yamaha R6’s. In the 61DTC 600 GT 18-lap race, Ketelsen came in for the win with Cody Wyman on his Yamaha YZF-R7 edging out Declan for second place in the 600 GT Race.

Jasmine Nicols and Jesse Sims put on an absolute clinic this weekend racing every class their Ninja 400s were legal to enter. These two scrapped from start to finish! Nicols and Sims split wins in Feel Like a Pro 400 Superbike and Supersport along with Sims taking first over Nicols in the 16-lap Feel Like a Pro 400GT race. Nicols took the win in the Bellissimoto Twins GrandPix over Sims, In the Bellissimoto Battle of the Twins race, Justin Boronaro clinched first on board his Aprilia 660 with Sims and Nicols in tow.

“CRA wants to thank every racer and sponsor that supports and continues to support the club. Without their involvement, the vision of CRA would be unattainable. Us four founders believe in this project with every ounce of our being and to see it coming to fruition is astounding. We still have a long road ahead of us and will continue to grow and support club racing to the best of our ability,” said CRA Co-Founder Gigi Chow.

Round 4 of CRA competition will be held the weekend of August 20-21 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park on the super exciting and fast race Configuration 26 in counterclockwise direction.

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CRA would like to thank their sponsors for their support:

Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, Racer’s Edge Performance, RiderzLaw, Feel Like A Pro, CTML Consultants, Motorsport Exotica, VnM Sport, TrackDaz, Let’s Ride Track Days, Carters@theTrack, Fun Track Dayz, Pirelli, 61 DTC, CT Racing, Blood x Sweat x Tears Vodka, Fosters Freeze (Sanger, CA), Blud Lubricants, Bellissimoto, AZAD Wheels, Action Sports Canopies, Boxo USA, Captit Performance, ASV, KYT Helmets, Thermal Technology, Mullico, LIFEAID/FITAID, Suspension Matters, Lieto Factory, CinePixel Productions, The Heights Restaurant & Bar, Cha Cha Cha Motorsports, Maria Cid Insurance Agency, 844-MY-MOTOW.

Round 3 Results

Bellissimo Twins GT

1. Cody Wyman (Yam YZF-R7)

2. Justin Bordonaro (Apr RS 660)

Feel Like A Pro 400 GT

1. Jessie Sims (Kaw 400)

2. Jasmin Nichols (Kaw 400)

3. Bernard Roman (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Stephen Ludwig (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Tony Nolley (Kaw 400)

6. Shaughn Reid (Kaw 400)

Motorsport Exotica Sportsman

1. Miguel Romero (Duc 1199)

2. Fernando Alvarez (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Christopher Morris (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Jaycee Sterling (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Ben Ingram (Duc 999)

6. Martin Robles (Yam YZF-R1)

61 DTC 1000 GT

1. Jack Bakken (BMW S1000RR)

2. Eric Gulbransen (KTM 1290 Super Duke R)

3. Steve Zoumaras (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Jaakko Tiisstola (BMW S1000RR)

5. Adi Nureddin (BMW S1000RR)

6. Dexter Stuart (Apr RSV4)

61 DTC 600 GT

1. Brenden Ketelsen (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Cody Wyman (Yam YZF-R7)

3. Declan Van Rosmalen (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Jeremy Tubman (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Fernando Alvarez  (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Blake Gentry  (Sun GSX-R600)

Ladies of CRA – Presented by Let’s Ride Trackdays

1. Shannon Deane (Apr RS 660)

2. Shelina Moreda (Duc Hypermotard)

3. Jasmine Nichols (Kaw 400)

4. Mercedes Cook (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Erinn Merlo (Kaw 400)

6. Julia Braverman (BMW S1000RR)

BST Vodka Formula 40 Heavyweight

1. David Price (BMW S1000RR)

2. Wes Farnsworth (APR RSV4)

3. Tyler Bojarsky (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Terry Heard (BMW S1000RR)

5. Fabrice Vilder (Yam YZF-R1)

6. Jaakko Tiistola (BMW S1000RR)

BST Vodka Formula 40 Middleweight

1. Oscar Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Keir Leonhart (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Jeremy Taubman (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Michael Kim (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Carlo Manalo (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Ben Tilley (Yam YZF-R6)

Feel Like a Pro Amateur 400 Superbike

1. Jordan Colon (Yam YZF-R3)

2. Tony Nolley (Kaw 400)

3. Bernard Roman (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Mercedes Cook (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Erinn Merlow (Kaw 400)

6. Shaughn Reid (Kaw 400)

Feel Like a Pro Expert 400 Superbike

1. Jasmin Nichols (Kaw 400)

2. Jesse Sims (Kaw 400)

3. Christopher Lee (Yam YZF-R3)

Mullico Amateur 1000 Superbike

1. Aleks Palacios (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Jaycee Sterling (Suz GSX-R1000)

3. Martin Robles (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Joshua Scott (Apr RSV4)

TrackDaz Expert 1000 Superbike

1. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Jack Bakken (BMW S1000RR)

3. Wes Farnsworth (Apr RSV4)

4. Jason Rodriguez (Yam YZF-R1)

5. Matthew Testa (Yam YZF-R1)

6. Anibal Ivan Arias (BMW S1000RR)

Bellissimo Battle of the Twins

1. Justin Bordonaro (Apr RS 660)

2. Jesse Sims (Kaw 400)

3. Jasmine Nichols (Kaw 400)

Blud Lubricants Expert 600 Supersport

1. Brenden Ketelsen (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Declan Van Rosmalen (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Keir Leonhardt (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Oscar Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Igor Sakalov (MV Agusta F3)

6. Michael Kim (Yam YZF-R6)

LifeAid Amateur 600 Supersport

1. Christopher Morris (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Fernando Alvarez (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Chad Pocher (Tri  675R)

4. Josh Martin (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Frank Haro (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Carlo Manalo (Yam YZF-R6)

BST Vodka F40 Lightweight

1. Jesse Sims (Kaw 400)

2. Shaughn Reid (Kaw 400)

3. Christopher Lee (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Erinn Merlo (Kaw 400)

5. Santiago Avila (Yam YZF-R3)

6. Tom Nichols (Kaw GPz550)

American Iron presented by Fosters Freeze (Sanger, CA)

1. Joshua Nichols (H-D)

2. Chris Rivas (H-D FLTR)

3. Jacob Praschnik (H-D XR1200)

4. Michael Kelly (H-D Sportster)

Formula E

1. Patrick McBride (Energica Ego+ RS)

Modern Vintage

1. Edward Hearn

Riderzlaw Gold Cup

1. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Brenden Ketelsen (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Jack Bakken (BMW S1000RR)

4. Jason Rodriguez (Yam YZF-R1)

5. Wes Farnsworth (Apr RSV4)

6. Terry Heard (BMW S1000RR)

7. Tyler Bojarsky (Yam YZF-R1)

8. Jaakko Tiistola (BMW S1000RR)

9. Steve Zoumaras (Kaw ZX-10R)

Feel Like A Pro Amateur 400 Supersport

1. Jordon Colon (Yam YZF-R3)

2. Bernard Roman (Yam YZF-R3)

3. Shaughn Reid (Kaw 400)

4. Santiago Avila (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Erinn Merlo (Kaw 400)

6. Mercedes Cook (Yam YZF-R3)

Feel Like A Pro Expert 400 Supersport

1. Jesse Sims (Kaw 400)

2. Jasmin Nichols (Kaw 400)

3. Christopher Lee (Yam YZF-R3)

Bellissimoto Twins Grand Prix

1. Jasmine Nichols (Kaw 400)

2. Jesse Sims (Kaw 400)

Carters@theTrack Expert 600 Superbike

1.Brenden Ketelsen (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Declan Van Rosmalen (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Keir Leonhardt (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Igor Sakalov (MV Agusta F3)

5. Michael Kim (Yam YZF-R6)

Fun Track Dayz Amateur 600 Superbike

1. Fernando Alvarez (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Mujahid Umar (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Josh Martin (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Carlo Manalo (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Frank Haro (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Ben Tilley (Yam YZF-R6)

CTML Consultants Expert 1000 Supersport

1. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Jack Bakken (BMW S1000RR)

3. Steve Zoumaras (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Alex White (Yam YZF-R1)

LIFEAID Amateur 1000 Supersport

1. Jaycee Sterling (Suz GSX-R1000)

2. Martin Robles (Yam YZF-R1)

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PanAmerican Superbike: Mesa Wins Feature Race At Homestead

Wed, 2022-07-27 19:29

PanAmerican SuperBike (PanAmSBK) returned home on July 23 & 24 to South Florida for Round 7 of the 2022 championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. While the temps were high, the racing was hotter on the track.

The Sunoco SuperBike 1000 Grande Corsa saw a battle of two MotoAmerica racers, Stefano Mesa and Maximiliano Gerardo, against each other from start to finish. Maximiliano was on pole with 1:24.103, and Stefano starting in P2 with a 1:24.642. The qualifying times were an indication of how the race would unfold. Throughout the twelve lap Grande Corsa race, we witnessed eight lead changes across the line. Lap after lap, these two were putting in laps that were less than a tenth of second of each other. At the checkered, it was Mesa with the win by 0.079 seconds!

The start of the sprint races began with a 24 racer field in the SuperStock 600. We would witness another close race from start to finish. Fernando Silva was on pole with his brother Bruno Silva in P2 and Christian Miranda in P3. On the first lap, Christian wasted no time getting to the front to lead the pack across the line with Fernando firmly planted on his rear wheel. Lap after lap, their lap times were less than 0.200 seconds apart that set up another photo finish. At the checkered, Fernando was able to edge out Christian by 0.129 seconds.

With Homestead-Miami Speedway being a home track for many of the PanAmSBK racers, it was no surprise to see familiar faces on the podiums. Stefano Mesa’s return to the PanAmSBK grid resulted in two race wins for him. Max Angles found his form again with two race wins in the Expert Sunoco SuperBike 600 and Expert SuperStock 600 classes. Adrian Mitchell, the fastest barber on wheels, rode away with two wins in the Expert Production Twins class. JM Padron swept the Expert Euro Light with race wins in the Grande Corsa and Sprint race.

Isaac Woodworth continues to impress. Isaac finished the weekend with wins in the Amateur SuperStreet 300 Grande Corsa and Sprint races. Along with his race wins, he set a new class record with his 1:43.544 during the Grande Corsa race. His race wins and lap record was not the only impressive results of the weekend. In a 22 racer grid composed of 300’s, 390’s, and 400’s, this young gun finished in the overall top 3 in both races, only beaten by racers on 400’s.

Eduardo Aguayo is a face you would recognize on the SuperStreet 300 podium. This round he decided to try his hand out with motorcycle with a bit more displacement. Aboard a KTM 890 Duke, Eduardo rode the duke to two race wins in the Amateur Formula Twins class and two race wins in the Euro Light class.  Once he got comfortable with the bike at race pace, he went on to set the Formula Twin class record during the sprint race, and also set the class lap record for the Euro Light.

Next month, PanAmSBK heads back to Bloomingdale, GA for Round 8 at Roebling Road Raceway. As we saw last month with the repaved track, more lap records will surely be falling. PanAmSBK is still running their promotion for free weekend race license to any current licensed racers (WERA, CCS, AHMRA, etc) new to the series. If you’re thinking of coming to see what all the talk is about, now’s your chance. Don’t get left behind!

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Ducati Race Of Champions Panigale V4s Are Sold Out

Wed, 2022-07-27 18:36

The Panigale V4 S of the Lenovo Race of Champions are All Sold-out

Borgo Panigale, Bologna, July 27, 2022 – The Panigale V4 S of the Lenovo Race of Champions on Saturday of World Ducati Week 2022, which were put on sale online on the afternoon of Monday, July 25, were all sold in a few hours. These are unique examples, customized with the racing liveries of the riders and with a laser engraving of their logo with the name of each of them on the triple clamp.


The top triple clamp of Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia’s Race of Champions Ducati. Photo courtesy Ducati.


The best enthusiastic Ducati customers globally were given priority for this reserved online sale.

“The Lenovo Race of Champions was, together with the parade, the most exciting aspect of this eleventh edition of World Ducati Week,” said Patrizia Cianetti, Ducati Marketing and Communications Director. “The tens of thousands of fans connected via live streaming or watching the international TVs that broadcast the race, together with the extraordinary cheering from the stands of the circuit, once again confirm Ducati’s ability to give life to unique experiences that fuel the passion and the enthusiasm of the fans of the brand from all over the world. The successful online sale of the Panigale V4 S further strengthens this result”.


The Panigale V4 S ridden by Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia to victory in the Race of Champions at Misano was the second bike sold, after Jack Miller’s machine. Photo courtesy Ducati.


The sale began on the afternoon of July 25 and was reserved for Ducati’s best enthusiastic customers, who could access the digital platform to purchase the bike of their idol.

In the first few minutes after the system was opened, Jack Miller’s number 43 bike was sold, followed by the number 63 of Pecco Bagnaia, winner of the race, and the number 5 of Johann Zarco. In the following hours, all the others were sold.


Each rider autographed their personalized machine before it was sold. Photo courtesy Ducati.


“The Panigale V4 S of the Lenovo Race of Champions are unique collector’s items. The global success of the race further contributed to their value. We decided to give priority to our best enthusiastic customers: a way to thank them and to continue to fuel their enthusiasm for our bikes,” said Francesco Milicia, VP Global Sales & After Sales Ducati. “The choice of the online sale was made in line with our strategy of using digital services to extend and improve the experience of Ducatisti and, in this specific case, to give immediate access to everyone at the same time throughout the world. The speed with which the bikes were sold confirms that many were connected and looking forward to the platform’s opening”.

Ducati is a pioneer in the adoption of digital technologies to engage, entertain and cultivate the passion of the vast community of its fans around the world. This sale confirms the strategic nature of digital services to offer a unique and satisfying experience to its fans worldwide.

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MotoAmerica: Team Hammer Trusts R&G In MotoAmerica Competition

Wed, 2022-07-27 17:14


Team Hammer has partnered with R&G again in the 2022 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship for crash protection products.

Based in the United Kingdom, R&G has earned its reputation for innovation and quality by producing a class-leading line of race-proven and stylish aftermarket sportbike accessories designed specifically for motorcycle protection.

Every Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R has been fitted with R&G engine covers, radiator screens, and chain guards, among other R&G products, to help protect the racebikes in the event of a crash.

R&G Managing Director Simon Hughes said, “After an incredible season in 2021 which saw them secure the MotoAmerica Supersport title, we were really excited to be back sponsoring Team Hammer again for 2022 as they compete in the Superbike and Supersport classes. The MotoAmerica series continues to go from strength to strength, so this is a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to expand our reach in racing paddocks across the globe.”

R&G utilizes high-density polyethylene, aircraft- grade metals and ABS plastic in its products range, which also include sliders, exhaust and tank protectors, side stands, and crash bars. Designed via the innovative use of 3D scanning and CNC machining, R&G ensures the perfect fit for the more than 50,000 products it produces for more than 400 bike models.

“We rely on R&G’s line of products to protect the vital parts of our motorcycles during a crash and help keep our riders in the race,” said Team Hammer’s Chris Ulrich. “We had instances in the 2021 season when we earned points after a crash and this was absolutely critical in our MotoAmerica Supersport Championship run.”


About R&G

R&G is the world’s number one manufacturer of motorcycle crash protection and the only such one to be awarded insurance approval.

Formed in 1999 with the express intention of designing, manufacturing and distributing quality crash protection for motorcycles, R&G now offers nearly 5,000 SKUs for hundreds of bikes.

R&G’s products have won numerous awards from a variety of trade and consumer motorcycle press and they are used to protect and enhance the machines of many teams and riders in the British Superbike and club racing paddocks. The Company invests heavily in the motorcycle industry every year and 2022 is the eighth consecutive season R&G will be the ‘Official Crash Protection Supplier’ to the British Superbike Championship; with a dedicated support service attending each round. Also entering its eighth year is the R&G Rookies’ Trophy, which helps to promote young and up-and-coming riders in the BSB paddock..

R&G is also continuing to offer all ACU, SACU and MCUI motorcycle race license holders 10% discount on its products

The Company employs 50 people, plus field-based agents, and, due to the global growth of its business, constantly expands its purpose-built industrial units near Alton, Hampshire, England.



The 2022 season marks Team Hammer’s 42nd consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 129 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National races, have finished on AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National podiums 342 times and have won 11 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National Championships, as well as two FIM South American Championships (in Superbike and Supersport.) The team has also won 137 endurance races overall (including seven 24-hour races) and 13 Overall WERA National Endurance Championships with Suzuki motorcycles, and holds the U.S. record for mileage covered in a 24-hour race. The team also competed in the televised 1990s Formula USA National Championship, famously running “Methanol Monster” GSX-R1100 Superbikes fueled by methanol, and won four F-USA Championships.

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WorldSBK: Gerloff Wants To Show His “Real Potential” At Autodrom Most

Wed, 2022-07-27 16:54


The GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team is gearing up for the sixth round of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship campaign at Autodrom Most, with Garrett Gerloff and Kohta Nozane eager to a enjoy a strong weekend on Czech soil.

Two weeks ago in Donington, Gerloff scored a solid seventh in Race 1 after showing good speed to claim the fastest lap in Free Practice 3. The American then finished 10th and 11th respectively in the Superpole Race and Race 2.

The 26-year-old heads into the weekend aiming to build on his promising pace, and hopes to convert his speed into an improved position in qualifying and the races at Most.

On the other side of the box, Nozane unfortunately missed out points in the British round, but made progress throughout the weekend. The Japanese rider is eager to improve this weekend and add more points to his 2022 tally.

After the Free Practice sessions and Superpole qualifier, Race 1 will get underway at 14:00 local time (GMT +2) on Saturday, with Race 2 starting exactly 24 hours later on Sunday, following the SPRC at 11:00.

Garrett Gerloff #31:

“Thankfully we have another race weekend just two weeks after Donington. The British one was not the best for us, but we still learned some good lessons, and I really want to show our real potential in Most. Let’s see what will happen, looking at the weather we might have tricky conditions, but I just want to jump back on track and be fast.”

Kohta Nozane #3:

“Donington was a tough weekend for us, but luckily we have another round to show that we can fight further up the grid. We might try something different to be faster and I really look forward to getting out there, where we can see whether these changes will translate into better results.”

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MotoAmerica: Gagne Takes Slim Superbike Championship Lead To Brainerd

Wed, 2022-07-27 16:08

Defending Champion Gagne Leads MotoAmerica Medallia Superbikes To Land Of 10,000 Lakes

Jake Gagne Leads The Charge To Brainerd International Raceway, July 29-31

IRVINE, CA (July 27, 2022) – How do you make up for two non-finishes in the first three rounds of the MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Championship? Well, you win seven of the 10 races that you do finish. And if you accomplish all that, your name is Jake Gagne.

For the first time in 2022, defending MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Champion Gagne is atop the championship standings, albeit by just three points over Danilo Petrucci, as the series heads to Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota this week for round seven of the 10-round (20-race) championship.

Gagne took the lead in the title chase at the last round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. He did so with a sweep of the two races on the Monterey Peninsula, his third and fourth race wins in a row and his sixth and seventh wins of the season.

Gagne’s Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing teammate Cameron Petersen has coined the phrase “Jake doing Jake things.” And that’s exactly what Gagne did at Laguna Seca. Although he failed to get pole position for the first time all season (that went to Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz), Gagne was perfect in the two races. “Jake doing Jake things” is basically leading into the first corner, throwing down two to five really fast laps, then maintaining his advantage to the finish. And having a bit of fun to boot. Then, in the post-race press conference, Gagne tells us that the next race will be closer and that the “boys” will be fighting with him for the win. Liar, liar, pants on fire… at least so far.

Unfortunately for the rest of the MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike field, Gagne is now as comfortable or even more so with his Yamaha YZF-R1 than he was a season ago. The change came at Road America but didn’t pay dividends until round five at the Ridge Motorsports Park when Gagne swept to two race wins. Gagne being comfortable is a bad thing for the competition. In case you’ve been living in a cave, a “comfortable” Gagne won 17 races last year en route to the title.

So, what will it take to stop the Gagne train? It will take someone stepping up. Ironically, it will take one of the Big Four (which obviously includes Gagne) to start doing “Jake things.”

So far, the man most likely to do that is Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC’s Danilo Petrucci, with the Italian just three points behind and the only rider other than Gagne to win more than one race. Petrucci has won three, though those three came in the first three races and seem like a distant memory to the former MotoGP winner. Most thought Laguna was going to be Petrucci’s best hope of winning again. After all, it was a track he knew and a track where Loris Baz, the rider Petrucci replaced on the Ducati Panigale V4 R, finished a fighting second to Gagne in both races a year earlier at Laguna.

Petrucci finished third and second in the two races at Laguna, but he was 4.6 seconds behind in race one and 5.5 seconds behind in race two. Petrucci, however, is still firmly entrenched in this title battle, thanks to an amazing run of consistency that has seen him land on the podium in 10 of the 12 races.

Thus, Petrucci goes to Brainerd, a track he has yet to race on (he did a track day there earlier this year) and a track where Gagne won both races a season ago, trailing by just three points and knowing that stopping Gagne needs to happen quickly if there’s any hope of taking his championship away.

Petersen moved to third in the championship point standings at Laguna Seca, the South African on a current run of five straight podiums that pushed him past countryman Mathew Scholtz with the Westby Racing rider crashing out of race two for his second non-finish of the season.

Petersen has the advantage (or disadvantage?) of watching how Gagne goes about his business from close-up. So far, he’s taken advantage of being on the most successful team in the paddock with his best season to date, but like the others he’s trying to figure out how to stop his teammate – especially in the early laps. Petersen also gained confidence by beating Petrucci in a straight fight in race one at Laguna.

Scholtz hopes to bounce back from a less-than-stellar performance in California where the Westby rider was fourth in race one prior to the aforementioned crash in race two – scoring 11 points to Petersen’s 36. Thus, Petersen now leads Scholtz by five points heading to BIR.

The first of the non-Big Four is Tytlers Cycle Racing’s Hector Barbera, the Spaniard scoring sixth- and fifth-place finishes at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Richie Escalante is coming off his best Superbike weekend to date with two fourth-place finishes as the 2020 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion continues his impressive rookie season of Superbike racing. Escalante trails Barbera by 18 points and leads PJ Jacobsen, Barbera’s Tytlers Cycle Racing teammate, by 12 points.

The injured Jake Lewis is eighth in the championship and hopeful of being healthy enough to race at Brainerd. The Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki rider suffered a broken thumb that required surgery in his crash at Ridge Motorsports Park and was forced to miss the Laguna round. Lewis is just six points ahead of Aftercare Hayes Scheibe Racing’s Ashton Yates, the Georgian having an off weekend at Laguna and leaving California with just three points from the two races.

The battle for 10th in the championship is heated with Yates, Tytlers Cycle/RideHVMC Racing’s Travis Wyman currently holding the spot but just four points ahead of his teammate Corey Alexander and 10 points ahead of Disrupt Racing’s Hayden Gillim.

The first of two Medallia Superbike races at Brainerd International Raceway will take place on Saturday, July 30 at 3:10 p.m. Sunday’s 20-lap race two will also take place at 3:10 p.m.

BIR Pre-Race Superbike Notes…

Last year marked the return of AMA Superbike racing to Brainerd International Raceway with MotoAmerica bringing the championship back to Minnesota after a 17-year hiatus. The winner in 2004… Jake Zemke, who serves as rider coach and manager for several riders in the MotoAmerica paddock.

In addition to AMA Superbike racing, Brainerd International Raceway (nee Donneybrooke Speedway) also hosted the World Superbike Championship for three years – 1989, 1990 and 1991.

History Lesson: Three-time 500cc World Champion and MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey never lost an AMA Superbike race at Brainerd International Raceway. In 1983, Rainey beat Mike Baldwin and Wes Cooley to take victory on his Kawasaki; in 1986, he beat Fred Merkel and Gary Goodfellow to take the win on a Honda; and in 1987, he topped Kevin Schwantz to take his third AMA Superbike win at BIR, again on a Honda.

With his two victories at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca a few weeks ago, Jake Gagne now has 24 career AMA Superbike wins, which puts him seventh on the all-time AMA Superbike win list. Gagne is four wins behind former AMA and World Superbike Champion Ben Spies. The Texan is sixth with 28 wins.

Jake Gagne won both MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike races last year. Gagne beat Bobby Fong and Mathew Scholtz in race one and Scholtz and Loris Baz in race two.

In addition to winning both races, Gagne also earned pole position via his 1:29.898 in qualifying. Gagne was joined on the front row by Baz and Scholtz. Since 2021 was the first visit of the MotoAmerica series to BIR and the first on the layout that differs substantially from the one used in 2004, Gagne’s qualifying lap was also a lap record.

As for fastest race laps, Gagne nailed that as well with his 1:29.922 from race two the fastest from his two race wins and almost as fast as his qualifying record.

Thirty-seven Superbike riders will attempt to qualify for the two Medallia Superbike races at BIR.

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 Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Canadian Superbike: More From Atlantic Motorsport Park

Tue, 2022-07-26 19:14

Young takes a Double Win and Pole at Shubie

After a two-year hiatus from racing on the East Coast, Ben Young returned with a vengeance, securing the double-win and pole position at Atlantic Motorsports Park. Just like Young’s last visit to Shubie in 2019, the track brought the heat and the drama, making for a fantastic weekend’s racing.

The excitement kicked off on Friday with the Superpole session in which Young and title rival Alex Dumas tied for pole position. Young crossed the line with seconds to spare to complete a clean flying lap, and ended up putting in a 1:07.521 – matching Dumas to the thousands of a second. Confusion ensued as this was unprecedented in the Canadian Superbike Championship. Ultimately, Young and Dumas would both earn the full 4 championship points for pole position, and grid positions for the race would come down to a coin toss. Young won the coin toss and had his sights set on the top of the box for the weekend’s races.

With a heat warning in effect, the lights went out to start race one of the premier superbike class. Young had a great start off of the line going into turn one in second position. The Van Dolder’s BMW M1000RR was solid throughout the typically rough track, and Young put on a great show for fans putting pressure on first position, even swapping paint at one point. The pair were wheel to wheel for the first half of the race, and eventually the pressure was too much for Dumas. Entering turn five, Dumas crashed out and Young took first position. Young won the race, earning him his 8th national Superbike victory and significantly increasing his championship lead.

Sunday came with no relief from the heat, but fans would be rewarded with great racing. The start of the race was slightly delayed due to some spitting rain. This would continue on and off for the race, though more as a “mental rain”, as it was evaporating on the tarmac as quickly as it fell. Young got off the line and slotted into 3rd position on the first lap behind Dumas and Trevor Daley. Young navigated his BMW by Daley and made the chase for the lead by the second lap, but had to make up what was now a two-second gap to first position. Young put in consistent pace and made a pass on Dumas to take first position. Despite the spitting rain and hot temperatures, Dumas kept pushing and Young let him past, falling into second and allowing his rival to set the pace of the race. With two laps to go, Young got a great drive onto the back straight and retook first position. Feeling comfortable, he put in a couple of flying laps and went on to take his second win in as many days at Shubie.

Having accomplished full points at Atlantic Motorsports Park, Young now holds a strong 31-point advantage in the Canadian Superbike Championship going into the final round at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in a few weeks, where he hopes to secure his second Championship title.

Of the weekend, Young had this to say: “It was great to be back East at by far the most technical track we visit. We had two very different races with all sorts of situations thrown our way. It was great to walk away with another double win this year and extend the points on the championship lead”

The next, and final round is a triple-header held August 12-14th at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport), Bowmanville, ON – a track which always brings out great racing.

Young’s partners for his 2022 CSBK Championship season include; BMW Motorrad Canada, Van Dolder’s Home Team, Scot-Build Developments Inc, Parts Canada, HJC Helmets, Alpinestars, Hindle Exhaust, Barrie Trim and Mouldings, Clearlite, Primitive Patterns, DP Brakes, Alpha Racing and Vass Performance Cycle.

To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit;, and on Twitter and Instagram: @benyoung_86.

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R.I.P. AMA Hall Of Famer Bobby Hill

Tue, 2022-07-26 16:44

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bobby Hill Passes

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame offers its condolences to the loved ones of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and member of the Indian Wrecking Crew Bobby Hill, who recently passed away just days after celebrating his 100th birthday.

Hill was born July 8, 1922, in Triadelphia, W. Va. When Hill was a teenager his brother worked at a local Harley-Davidson dealership, giving Hill an opportunity to familiarize himself with motorcycles.

At age 16, Hill bought his first bike, a Harley-Davidson WLD 45 cu. in. model. His passion for racing soon followed when he joined a motorcycle club in Wheeling, W. Va.

Starting as a novice in 1940, Hill quickly excelled at racing, but his promising career was put on hold during World War II when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

After the war Hill picked up where he left off, nearly winning the first professional race of his career at the 1947 Daytona 200.

With a desire to further his racing career, Hill moved to Grove City, Ohio, to be closer to the racing action. His commitment paid off Aug. 8, 1948, when he won his first national in Atlanta. The race was made more memorable in that Hill shared the victory with AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Billy Huber, who crossed the finish line simultaneously.

Hill claimed back-to-back AMA national titles in 1951 and 1952, the front end of Indian’s three-year title streak that was capped off by fellow Wrecking Crew member and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bill Tuman. Marked by the success and loyalty of Hill, Tuman and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Ernie Beckman, the Indian Wrecking Crew made sure the fading Indian company did not go quietly into the night.

Hill further left his mark when he captured a victory at the Daytona 200 in 1954 to win the first-ever AMA Grand National Series race.

In 1959, Hill hung up his racing leathers and retired. He stayed busy in the 1960s as an engine builder, modifying Harley-Davidsons for several well-known racers.

In his personal life, Hill married his wife Nancy and had three children.

Hill was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998.

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

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American Mikey Lou Sanchez Is P4 In ESBK Moto4 Race At MotorLand Aragon

Tue, 2022-07-26 15:36

American Mikey Lou Sanchez achieves his best results thus far in the ESBK Spanish Superbike Championship Moto 4 class at MotorLand Aragon.

Mikey Lou, age 12, started the race weekend off well on Friday feeling confident because last year he was able to finish on the Cuna de Campeones Moto5 podium at MotorLand Aragon.

In Friday’s first practice session, he was able to get in the top 10, but he struggled in FP2. He was not worried going into Saturday morning’s Qualifying session; He was determined and ready. With that confidence, he was able to qualify P4 – his best qualification so far this year.

In Race One, Mikey got off to a great start and ran with the front group. On lap three, he made a mistake in Turn One, which put him back 1.6 seconds from the leaders. He was able to catch back up quickly, however, and had an intense battle with the other five riders in the lead group and finished fourth – 0.163 second behind the race winner!


American Mikey Lou Sanchez (55) finished fourth, 0.163 second back, in Moto4 Race One. Here, Izan Rodriguez (49) reaches the finish line ahead of Iaroslav Karoushin (70), Alvaro Lucas (46), Sanchez (55), Mathias Tamburini (18), and Andres Garcia (48). Photo courtesy Sanchez Racing.


Going into Race Two on Sunday, Mikey said, “I’m going to win today! I know exactly where I need to be on the last lap to make it happen!”

But unfortunately, Mikey and another pilot were taken out on lap four by another rider’s mistake.


Mikey Lou Sanchez (55) crashes along with Archie Gibbs (3) during Moto4 Race Two at MotorLand Aragon. Photo courtesy Sanchez Racing.


“The entire family was confident,” said Trinity Richardson, Sanchez’s mother. “We knew Mikey could win here. It’s an unfortunate situation, but we’re glad Mikey and the other riders are ok and we are even more confident that he will do well in the next race at Circuito de Navarra on September 3-4!”

We would like to thank everyone who supports Mikey: Shawn Knoche, Roadway Traffic Control, Williams Custom Painting, Fondu, San Marcos Iron Doors, Texas Motorcycle Academy, Harris Hill Flattrackers, Moto Liberty, Paul Stamper, and Niemi Fine Art.

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American Flat Track: High-Flying Peoria TT Is July 30

Tue, 2022-07-26 15:01

Wiles Returns to Battle Stacked Field for 75th Peoria TT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 26, 2022) – While the opening nine rounds of the 2022 Progressive American Flat Track season played out on oval dirt tracks of all sizes, the second half will kick off on Saturday, July 30, with the first TT. And it’s not just any TT, it’s the World Famous SC2 Peoria TT presented by Country Saloon.

Set in the Peoria Motorcycle Club’s scenic natural amphitheater in Peoria, Illinois, and boasting history and tradition that’s nearly unrivaled across two-wheeled sport, the Peoria TT easily ranks among the most prestigious races on the Progressive AFT slate.

Reigning Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) has accomplished almost every possible goal in his Hall-of-Fame-worthy career, but victory at the Peoria TT has proven just outside his grasp.

While Mees has finished as the race’s runner-up on multiple occasions, he’ll enter this year’s 75th edition of the fabled race as the underdog. Despite his vast skill and past success, Mees will be faced with perhaps the most stacked premier-class Peoria TT field in recent memory.

His three closest championship rivals all carry high hopes into Peoria. Second-ranked Briar Bauman (No. 3 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) won the race in 2019 and enters the weekend riding high after two consecutive victories. Third-ranked Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) is the home track hero who scored his first career professional win at the venue in dominant fashion. And fourth-ranked JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) won last year’s Peoria TT by more than three seconds to claim his fourth win of the series’ most recent five TTs.

If the opposition didn’t look formidable enough already, “King” Henry Wiles (No. 17 Willy Built Kawasaki Ninja 650) is set to make his Progressive AFT return this weekend. Wiles is the most successful rider in the race’s history, assembling an incredible 14-race win streak from 2004-2018.

Other riders who could have say include ‘19 race runner-up Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R) and last year’s fourth-place finisher, Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750), not to mention the Mission Production Twins Challenge entrants, who have the potential to prove particularly potent in Peoria.

Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines

Chief among the aforementioned group is Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines title leader Jesse Janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R).

Janisch’s three-prior undercard Peoria TT victories is what earned him his shot on the Vance & Hines XG750R initially with the team in need of an injury replacement as it headed to the venue a year ago. Janisch has since shed his reputation as a TT specialist with the sort of all-around excellence required to build a title lead in a season thus far absent of TTs, but that discipline-specific expertise remains.

A year ago, Janisch finished third in his first-ever ride on the bike. He’s much more at home aboard it now and should only prove that much more formidable. And he’ll need to be in order to overcome last year’s winner and second-place finishers, Dan Bromley (No. 62 Vinson Construction/Viper Air Yamaha MT-07) and Ben Lowe (No. 25 Mission Foods/Roof Systems Yamaha MT-07).

With Janisch expecting to make hay, the weekend will be of equal importance to defending champion Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07), who currently sits on point out of first.

Others who could make his life difficult include the returning Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield 650) and Cole Zabala (No. 51 Memphis Shades/Corbin/Vinson Yamaha MT-07), who have each previously demonstrated impressive TT chops.

Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER

The Peoria TT will be the ultimate test of Kody Kopp (No. 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE)’s recent Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER invincibility. Kopp certainly has the skill to extend his four-race win streak in Peoria, flashing front-running pace a year ago before ultimately finishing down in ninth position.

The 17-year-old has taken his game to another level in ‘22, and as such, he’s expected to be a serious player. However, he’ll be contending with a field anxious to bring his run of unmitigated success to a halt, led by the likes of last year’s Peoria TT winner Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) and 2017 DAYTONA TT winner Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R).

The race also traditionally presents an opportunity for some riders ranked outside the top ten to work their way into the mix, including teammates Ferran Cardús (No. 377 Roof Systems of Dallas/Bullet Strong Racing Honda CRF450R), who finished on the podium a year ago, and Jacob Lehmann (No. 14 Roof Systems of Dallas/Bullet Strong Racing), who was triumphant here back in 2014.

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Gates will open for fans at 10:00 a.m. ET/6:00 a.m. PT with Opening Ceremonies scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT ahead of the day’s race program. You can catch the livestream of all the weekend’s racing activities on provides free-to-view livestreaming of Practice and Qualifying. subscribers will then be able to watch the drama unfold from Opening Ceremonies through the Semis, Main Events, and podium celebrations. offers two subscription options, granting unlimited access to premium AFT content. Monthly subscriptions start at just $7.99, while a six-month subscription is available for $44.99.

The SC2 Peoria TT presented by Country Saloon will premiere on FS1 on Sunday, August 7, at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT, including exclusive features, cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage, and expert commentary.

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Camacho, Mesa Set New Lap Records At MSR Cresson, Roebling Road

Tue, 2022-07-26 13:57

Stefano Mesa Returns to Setting Records with Pirelli DIABLO Superbike Slicks at Roebling Road Raceway

Mesa Becomes Second Pirelli Nation Rider to Set a Track Record in 2022

ATLANTA, Ga. – Pirelli Tire North America captured its second absolute motorcycle track record of the 2022 racing season as Stefano Mesa put in an impressive performance at Roebling Road Raceway in Georgia. The new lap record was set aboard a 2022 Kawasaki Ninja® ZX-10R motorcycle equipped with Pirelli DIABLO Superbike slicks.

“It feels good to get my first track record of the year,” said Mesa. “Each year we raise the bar a little higher, which means these become a little harder to go out and get. Fortunately, I’m able to improve alongside a brand like Pirelli that is continuously introducing new tires that allow me to achieve these records.”

Mesa’s new lap record of 1:10.052 in the WERA Motorcycle Roadracing Series was set using Pirelli’s DIABLO Superbike SC2 125/70R17 front and DIABLO Superbike SC0 200/65R17 rear slicks on his ZX-10R motorcycle.

“Another year and another track record for Stefano,” said Oscar Solis, Senior Racing Manager, Pirelli. “He continues to impress us with his performances time after time. Roebling was recently re-paved, so we knew there were going to be some fast times during the weekend. Stefano, along with our trackside vendor James Bock of Podium Motorsports, were able to exploit it to lower the outright lap record. Congratulations, Stefano!”

Pirelli’s first absolute motorcycle track record of the season was set by JC Camacho at Motorsports Ranch (MSR) on the CW rotation course last month. Camacho’s new lap record of 1:13.998 was also achieved using a ZX-10R motorcycle. Pirelli continues to remain the motorcycle tire of choice for North American riders looking to reach the top step of the podium and log fast laps at events and series that do not have a spec tire rule. Reward prizes are offered to riders who set a new motorcycle track record while using Pirelli race compound tires.

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MotoGP: CryptoDATA Tech Is Title Sponsor Of Austrian GP Through 2024

Mon, 2022-07-25 17:16

CryptoDATA Tech to title sponsor Austrian GP

The new MotoGP sponsor and leader in blockchain applied technologies, CryptoDATA Tech will take top billing at Red Bull Ring – Spielberg in 2022 and the following two seasons

Monday, 25 July 2022

Dorna Sports and Cryptodata Tech, a Romanian company that develops hardware and software cybersecurity solutions based on blockchain technology, are delighted to announce that CryptoDATA Tech will be the title sponsor of the Austrian Grand Prix in 2022, 2023, and 2024. CryptoDATA Tech will take top billing at the Grand Prix of Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, which will be officially named the CryptoDATA Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich.

CryptoDATA Tech develops high-performance products and services with unique cybersecurity attributes applicable in various domains due to their integrated features based on blockchain technology and encryption with an environmentally friendly approach. By delivering unique projects and customized products, CryptoDATA meets both the needs of its partners and those of tech users worldwide. One of its flagship products is Wispr, an instant messaging app beneficial to motorsport fans so they can communicate freely and without restrictions anywhere in the world, powering the passion and commitment of the motorsport community.

CryptoDATA Tech and Dorna Sports are starting a new and exciting partnership as CryptoDATA Tech assumes top billing as a title sponsor for three Austrian Grands Prix over three seasons.

Ovidiu Toma, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CryptoDATA Tech: “We are incredibly pleased to start our partnership with Dorna Sports as we become the first Romanian company to take over title sponsorship for Grand Prix events. We share their commitment to innovation, and we want to show that blockchain technology can power positive initiatives for environmental change, for people, and the motorsport community on and off track, as it represents one of the most transparent and secure technologies with high applicability in various fields outside the crypto sphere. Therefore, technology and innovation are at the core of what we do, which strategically aligns with the sport of racing, and together we will create amazing experiences at the intersection of digital technologies and MotoGP.”

Manel Arroyo, Chief Commercial Officer, Dorna Sports: “We’re delighted to announce CryptoDATA as the title sponsor of the Austrian Grand Prix for the next three editions. MotoGP is grounded in innovation and invention, making this the perfect partnership. It’s fantastic to sign a three-event deal with CryptoDATA and we look forward to seeing them take top billing at the Red Bull Ring; one of the most spectacular backdrops on the calendar.”

CryptoDATA Tech is a global ambassador for promoting the importance of data security and digital privacy worldwide. The company has pioneered the development of services and products based on blockchain technology that enable private and secure communication between users and therefore between motorsport fans. Starting from the premise of discovering digital privacy, CryptoDATA Tech provides cyber solutions without restrictions for travelling users who want to protect their personal information by providing them with devices and applications that offer enhanced digital security.

The 2022 CryptoDATA Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich takes place from the 19th to the 21st of August.

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World Ducati Week 2022 Drew 80,000 Fans

Mon, 2022-07-25 16:58

The most beautiful World Ducati Week of all time comes to an end
80,000 attendees over the three days with participants from 84 countries and over 6 million impressions on social media for an event that involved fans from all over the world

The record-breaking parade of motorbikes coloured the Misano circuit and the entire Riviera Romagnola

Pecco Bagnaia triumphs in the Lenovo Race of Champions on the Panigale V4 S in special livery after having also set the fastest lap in 1m35.886s

Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO: “World Ducati Week celebrates the deepest soul of Ducati: we don’t sell motorcycles, but we design experiences and emotions for our fans”

Misano Adriatico/Borgo Panigale, Italy, 25 July 2022 – The eleventh edition of the World Ducati Week, which after a four-year absence returned to bring together Ducatisti and fans of the world of two wheels for three days of passion, fun and unforgettable experiences at Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”, has officially come to an end.

The passion for the brand and the desire to be present at the great Ducati gathering attracted many fans to Misano who, despite the difficulties in moving around and travelling that still characterize today’s scenario, as well as the pandemic and the extraordinarily hot temperatures of this period, crowded the paddock reaching 80,000 visitors over the three days.

The participants came from 84 countries, demonstrating the global dimension of Ducati and the appeal that the brand has on motorcyclists all over the world.

The main protagonists of the three days were the 235 Ducati Official Clubs present at the event, which animated the area of ​​the International Village dedicated to them together with all the Ducati subsidiaries.

The success of World Ducati Week was also digital: in the three days of the event, over 6 million impressions were generated on Ducati’s social media channels.

“At World Ducati Week we can experience the celebration of Ducati’s deepest soul: we do not merely sell motorcycles but we design experiences and emotions with bikes at the centre for our fans – declared Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO – We all wanted to go back to being together with the Ducatisti and they arrived in massive numbers, as usual, from all over the world, even though we are still in the presence of travel restrictions and therefore we were not able to welcome anyone from China for example. Once again we were able to touch the great passion for Ducati and the desire to meet again, the happiness of the Ducatisti to be with us in Misano, the courtesy and kindness of everyone. The big parade on Friday, the crazy Lenovo Race of Champions, the Rustida on the pit straight, the greetings of the riders at the Misano stadium, the musical evenings, a fireworks show in time with the music that really impressed and excited me are just some of the moments that will remain in the memory of each person who came to this 2022 edition. I want to thank all the participants but also all the staff made up mainly of Ducati employees who, as usual, were present in great strength and worked hard to make this incredible experience possible. Thanks also to all of Ducati Corse and in particular to the riders, the heroes of the WDW, who, as usual, were available and close to all the fans, and who gave us a unique show in the world like the Lenovo Race of Champions.”

The most keenly awaited moment was certainly the Lenovo Race of Champions starring 21 Ducati riders competing in the MotoGP, Superbike and Supersport championships, who fought it out on standard Panigale V4 S and Panigale V2 bikes, equipped only with slick tyres and racing exhausts. A unique show that only Ducati can offer its fans, which saw Pecco Bagnaia triumph after also setting the fastest lap in 1m35.886s, only 2 and a half seconds more than the time from this year’s Superbike pole position at Misano. Federico Caricasulo instead took the victory in the Panigale V2 category.

Many fans followed the race from the Misano stands, giving rise to some extraordinary cheering. They were joined by tens of thousands of spectators who connected from home to the live streaming on the Ducati website. But not only that: as many as 9 international televisions and online streaming services broadcast the race live in their schedule, making the Lenovo Race of Champions a truly international event. In Italy, the race was broadcast on the Sky Sport MotoGP channel with the commentary of Guido Meda and Mauro Sanchini and the contribution of Sandro Donato Grosso from the starting grid.

The autographed motorcycles of the Lenovo Race of Champions, unique pieces in racing configuration, characterized by the riders’ liveries and the triple clamp bearing a lasered logo of the rider’s name, will be on sale online for a selection of Ducati’s best and most enthusiastic customers globally, who will be able to access a timed online sale, before the possibility of purchase is open to everyone. The e-commerce site dedicated to this special project was created in collaboration with Drop E-business & love, one of the leading operators in the supply of e-business services.

Enormous success also for FantaWDW, which allowed the fans to have fun creating their own team of riders on which to make a prediction of victory for the Lenovo Race of Champions. In all, there were more than 18,000 accesses to the web-app in the three days.

The parade of Ducatisti on Friday evening will remain as one of the most memorable moments of this eleventh edition of the WDW. The biggest parade ever saw a massive number of bikes that first filled the circuit and then paraded along the coast before arriving in Riccione, where the Scrambler Beach Party was held to the music of Benny Benassi. At the head of the ‘Big Red Snake’ was Claudio Domenicali with MotoGP and Superbike riders, the authorities and Ducati management.

On Saturday evening, however, the pit straight of the Misano circuit was transformed to welcome the Rustida typical BBQ, this year enriched by a special recipe created by Chef Riccardo Monco of the three-star Michelin restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri. Immediately after, on the large stage set up for the occasion in the Santamonica Municipal Stadium in Misano, all the riders who took part in the WDW greeted the fans, excitedly telling how they experienced the Lenovo Race of Champions and what it means for them to be true Ducatisti. The evening ended with a DJ set from Meduza and an incredible fireworks display to the sound of music that left everyone amazed.

Ducati is pleased to confirm that part of the contribution requested from participants for the use of the gear and helmet deposit inside the paddock will be donated to the Casa delle Donne of Bologna, a women’s association and an anti-violence centre committed to combating all forms of gender-based violence, promoting activities related to cultural change, awareness raising and prevention of the phenomenon of violence against women and children.

Here are the numbers of World Ducati Week 2022:

– 5,805 laps of the track covered in total by motorcycles and cars over the three days

– 51,000 photos taken by staff photographers and 60 hours of video footage

– 84 nations represented by the participants

– 235 Ducati Official Clubs present

– 30 the number of world titles of the past and current riders who took part in the WDW

– 15 Panigale V4 S and 6 Panigale V2 made in special livery

– 33 minutes the time it took the snake of Ducati motorcycles to exit the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” to form the motorcycle parade for Riccione

– 1,244 experiences lived by Ducatisti in three days on the track, off-road and on the road

– 600 simulator tests on the Panigale V4 R and Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary

– 4,320 leathers tested with virtual try-on

– 45 Ducati Talks spread out over 5 stages

– 102 “mechanics graduates” participants at Monta Smonta

– 1 wedding celebrated by Paolo Ciabatti and 1 wedding vows made at WDW2022

– 22 hours of music between DJ sets and live shows in the paddock and at evening events

– 548 Ducati workers actively participated in the event

– 9 international television and online streaming services broadcast the Lenovo Race of Champions live on their schedule

– 56 are the Ducati directors and managers from Borgo Panigale and Ducati subsidiaries around the world who served and cooked during the Rustida (typical BBQ)

The digital numbers of World Ducati Week 2022:

– 552,000 page views on the Ducati website page dedicated to WDW since the opening of ticket sales

– Over 6 million impressions on Ducati social media

– Over 18,000 accesses to the FantaWDW web-app in the three days of the event

– More than 150,000 viewers connected to the live-streaming of the Lenovo Race of Champions on Ducati’s YouTube channel and MotoGP Facebook page

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WorldSBK: Hickman Subbing For BMW’s Van Der Mark At Autodrom Most

Mon, 2022-07-25 16:13

Peter Hickman stands in for Michael van der Mark at Most WorldSBK event.

Isle of Man TT winner Peter Hickman starts for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at Most.

Hickman’s second outing for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team after Donington Park in 2019.

Ilya Mikhalchik preparing for the FIM Endurance World Championship in Japan.

Munich. Multiple Isle of Man TT winner Peter Hickman (GBR) will stand in for the injured Michael van der Mark (NED) in the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at the coming race weekend in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), in the Czech city of Most (29th to 31st July). This will be Hickman’s second appearance for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, having previously raced at Donington Park (GBR) in 2019. However, it is a matter of days since his last outing in WorldSBK when Hickman appeared as a wildcard starter with the FHO Racing BMW Team at round five of the season, which took place at Donington Park last weekend. “Hicky” claimed a hat-trick of victories at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy with the team at the end of June, winning all three 1,000 cc races on the BMW M 1000 RR.

Hickman made his WorldSBK debut in 2012 as a reserve rider for Suzuki at Donington Park. He then stood in for Markus Reiterberger (GER), who was suffering with an illness at the time, in the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at the same venue in 2019. He also was racing with the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team in the Le Mans (FRA) and Estoril (POR) endurance races in 2020. On the road racing scene, Hickman has been one of the very top riders with BMW, with numerous victories to his name at the Isle of Man TT and other prestigious international road racing events. He is also ‘the world’s fastest road racer’ with a lap of 136.415 mph, which he set on the BMW S 1000 RR at the 2019 Ulster Grand Prix.

BMW Motorrad factory rider Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR), who replaced van der Mark at the season-opener at Aragón (ESP) and the recent events at Misano (ITA) and Donington Park, is already preparing for the third race of this season’s FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) at Suzuka, Japan. This will take place just one week after the Czech WorldSBK round. Mikhalchik is a regular rider in the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, which claimed the first 24-hour victory for BMW Motorrad at the second race of the season, the 24 HEURES MOTOS Spa at Spa-Francorchamps (BEL).

Van der Mark is expected to return to action on the #60 BMW M 1000 RR after the summer break. Following the races at Most, the WorldSBK takes a break for several weeks before the season resumes from 9th to 11th September at Magny-Cours (FRA).

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Canadian Superbike: Race Two Report From Atlantic Motorsport Park

Sun, 2022-07-24 21:59

Young wins thrilling race two in changing conditions at AMP

Shubenacadie, NS –  Ben Young moved one step closer to a second Canada Cup on Sunday, winning a dramatic race two in mixed weather conditions at the third round of the Canadian Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park, presented by Pro Cycle, Kawasaki, and Arai.

With temperatures soaring over 33 C (91 F) and feeling like a scorching 35 C (95 F) in parts of Nova Scotia, Young and Dumas renewed their championship battle after a wild race one that saw Dumas crashing out and blowing the title fight wide open.

Young initially grabbed the holeshot after a great launch from the front row, but that was quickly negated by a lap one red flag and subsequent restart. Dumas would get his redemption on that restart, storming off the line while Young instead got bottled up behind Trevor Daley.

The championship leader quickly moved past Daley but had work to do, with Dumas opening up a near two-second advantage early on. Young began to slowly chip away at the deficit just as the skies opened up, with light rain in only select parts of the track making for tricky conditions in the second half of the 22-lap feature.

Young was masterful in the treacherous conditions, cruising past Dumas and taking the lead. Then, it was Dumas’ turn to fight back, reclaiming the lead just moments later, with the two trading blows a couple of times in the late stages.

Sensing a slower pace than he liked, Young ultimately moved past Dumas for a final time on the penultimate lap, completing “the double” at AMP and extending a crucial 31-point advantage atop the standings entering the final round.

“Neither of us really had any idea what to do in the conditions, so I wanted to let Alex lead for a while because I knew I had a bit more to lose,” Young said. “I didn’t feel any pressure to push for the win, but the pace on this Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW was just so much better that I was able to pull away at the end.”

There will still be plenty of points on offer in the final tripleheader weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, but Young acknowledged the chance for a second CSBK crown is front of mind.

“We really want to put that #1 back on the bike, especially after we didn’t get to run it in 2020, so hopefully we can bring that home and showcase it here next year,” he said.

As for Dumas, it was a frustrating end to what was an already catastrophic trip out east, as he struggled with the mixed conditions aboard his Liqui Moly/Fast School Suzuki, especially in turns three and four entering “The Rollercoaster.”

“The rain messed me up, and I just didn’t want to push and make a mistake like yesterday,” Dumas said, despite his championship deficit. “The odds aren’t really there going to CTMP, but we’re going to see what we can do and try to win a second championship in a row.”

The two were joined on the podium by familiar foe Trevor Daley, who ran a stellar race in third and played a huge role in the process for the Suzuki tandem aboard his OneSpeed/Pro Cycle machine.

“We stuck to the plan here. If they diced it up at the end I thought we might be able to join the mix, but ultimately I just ran consistent times and brought home another podium and another good result for Suzuki in the Constructors Championship,” Daley said. “The championship might be a stretch at CTMP, but I’m looking for my first win and I hope I can get it there in three weeks.”

Daley’s result will help Suzuki erase any damage to BMW, who maintain a 27-point lead thanks to the efforts of Young and Sam Guerin in fifth.

Guerin was another rider who seemed to enjoy the mixed conditions, closing the gap considerably in the late stages to Sebastien Tremblay, though the EFC Group BMW rider ultimately ran out of time.

Tremblay’s finish will keep the Turcotte Performance Kawasaki rider fourth in the standings, while also helping Kawasaki cling to third in the Constructors.

Trevor Dion extended his lead in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike championship, dominating race two for the LDS Consultants Kawasaki team ahead of rival David MacKay.

The full rundown of the thrilling middleweight race can be found here:

Local star John Fraser extended his narrow lead atop the AIM Insurance Amateur Superbike class, winning race two to open up a 12-point advantage. The 16-year-old absolutely blitzed the field, leading by nearly three seconds after the opening lap and going on to win by 21 seconds total.

The damage was limited by championship rival Julien Lafortune, who bagged another second-place finish to keep hit title hopes alive entering the CTMP finale.

Fraser wasn’t done there, however, adding another win in the Amateur Sport Bike ranks as well for a clean sweep of the Amateur classes this weekend. The Yamaha rider had a much tougher time in this one though after a back-and-forth battle with Paul Etienne Courtois, who will escape with a seven-point lead over Fraser with two races left.

Avery Hart got some redemption in the Super Sonic Race School Lightweight class, winning race two after crashing out of the lead battle on Saturday. The local rider and former Lightweight star left nothing up to chance this time around with a 15-second victory, but the real winners of the day were the two podium finishers next to him.

Bryce DeBoer, the third-place finisher, will inherit a seven-point championship lead behind his fourth podium of the season, while runner-up Vincent Wilson moves to second overall and just a point clear of former title leader Evan Moriarity.

Jared Walker returned to his winning ways in the Lightweight Pro/Am, coming out on top of a wild three-way battle with local veterans Gary McKinnon and Richard Thompson.

The three Pro’s traded places numerous times and broke numerous lap records in the process, finishing top three on track as Walker extends his commanding 58-point lead in the Pro division.

Hart managed to get the better of DeBoer for a second time on the day in the Amateur ranks, finishing fourth on-track but securing a win in his category. DeBoer will extend his championship lead however, taking a nine-point advantage over third-place finisher Grant Nesbitt.

The wild 2022 Canadian Superbike Championship will now get a two-week breather before returning for its annual finale in CTMP, August 12-14, with three feature Pro Superbike races to decide the crown and a doubleheader for all other national classes.

The full results from AMP can be found on the series’ official website.

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British Superbike: Race Three Results From Brands Hatch

Sun, 2022-07-24 17:17

Editorial Note: Americans Julian Correa and Eli Banish finished 10th and 18th in British Talent Cup Race Two at Brands Hatch.


BSB Points after R3

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Canadian Superbike: Race One Report From Atlantic Motorsport Park

Sat, 2022-07-23 22:28

Young takes race one victory and huge points haul as Dumas crashes out in AMP

Shubenacadie, NS –  The Canadian Superbike Championship feature class was blown wide open on Saturday, as Ben Young scored his third victory of the season after rival Alex Dumas crashed out of the lead in round three action at Atlantic Motorsport Park, presented by Pro Cycle, Kawasaki, and Arai.

Young entered the day with a one-point championship lead over Dumas, but that advantage was put in jeopardy early on as Dumas grabbed the holeshot from the right side of the front row.

The two nearly collided in turn two, but it was the reigning champion who maintained his lead, with Young chasing him almost nose-to-tail for the next 10 laps in the 22-lap feature. The two then came together again in the exact same spot on lap eleven, with Dumas escaping unscathed and still out front – albeit not for long.

With all sorts of pressure from Young, the Liqui Moly/Fast School Suzuki rider got out of shape entering “The Rollercoaster” at turn five, crashing out of the lead and handing the top spot back to his championship rival. Dumas would try to get the bike running again, but it was not meant to be as he saw his title deficit balloon to 26 points.

As for Young, the Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW rider effectively cruised the rest of the way, going on to secure his eighth career national Superbike victory and take a commanding grasp of the championship as his main rival crashed out – an eerily similar result to his race one win at AMP in 2019 that helped him capture that year’s title.

“We each had our strong points on the track, and ironically for Alex one of his spots was turn five, but he got hard on the gas and went down,” Young said. “First of all I’m glad he’s okay, but this same thing could happen to us too, so you need to capatalize when you get an opportunity like this.”


Alex Dumas (1) crashed out of the lead at the top of AMP’s famed Rollercoaster leading onto the back stretch. Ben Young (86) squeezed by to take the lead and the win. Photo by Rob O’Brien, courtesy CSBK/PMP.

The win also becomes crucial for BMW in the Constructors Championship, as the win – coupled with a third-place finish from Michael Leon – will see their title lead grow to 27 points, though Trevor Daley helped limit the damage for Suzuki in second.

The OneSpeed/Pro Cycle rider crashed in the morning practice session but made a brilliant recovery when the lights went out in race one, holding off sustained pressure from Leon before eventually settling into a comfortable run in third – which later became second when his Suzuki counterpart hit the asphalt.

“It was a bit of a salvage job for us after I gave the team a bit of extra work this morning, but the OneSpeed/Pro Cycle Suzuki worked great today,” Daley said. “It’s not an ideal way to finish second, but this is a result I wanted and I’m really happy with it.”

While Daley did his best for the reigning Constructors champions at Suzuki, the double-podium result will be a huge coup for both BMW and veteran Michael Leon himself, who earned his second career podium aboard his Royal Distributing machine – but his first in front of a crowd.

“It feels really good to be standing here, because my last podium was in 2020 when there was no fans and no celebration,” Leon said. “When I saw Alex go down, I just tried to cruise home and not make any mistakes, but those were the longest ten laps of my life.”

The rostrum will move Leon up to sixth in the championship order, though he will still have some work to do to close up to Sebastien Tremblay in fourth and Samuel Guerin in fifth, who enjoyed a thrilling battle themselves for fourth in the race.

Guerin wound up the beneficiary of that battle, putting a late pass on Tremblay aboard his EFC Group BMW to make three M1000RR’s in the top four, while the latter settled for fifth aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki, leaving him with a four-point gap to Guerin in the championship heading into race two on Sunday.

Jake LeClair took a debut victory in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Class race, winning after another mistake from a race leader as Trevor Dion crashed in turn two despite a comfortable advantage.

Dion looked poised to extend his championship lead, but instead could only recover to third as LeClair cruised the rest of the way to a maiden win, while David MacKay settled for second and slightly trimmed his championship deficit in the process.

The full Sport Bike recap can be found here:

Local phenom John Fraser bolstered his AIM Insurance Amateur Superbike title bid in a big way on Saturday, scoring his first career national victory and taking over the championship lead in the process.

Fraser didn’t manage the best start aboard his Yamaha machine, but quickly made up for it as he wrestled the lead away by lap three, going unchallenged the rest of the contest to move himself clear of rival Julien Lafortune.

That was helped in large part by a crash from Lafortune, which will see a full 27-point swing in Fraser’s favour, while fellow local rider Tim Storer did him some favours by charging to a strong second place ahead of Mavrick Cyr, with the teenager scoring his first Amateur national podium.

Fraser added another victory on home soil in the Amateur Sport Bike class, overcoming a brief challenge from Alexandre Michel before cruising to a dominant win by nearly 20 seconds.

The rising star cuts his championship deficit to just 12 points in the process despite the best efforts of championship leader Paul Etienne Courtois to limit the damage in second, with Michel eventually fading back to third and the final podium spot.

Another local name found the top step of the podium in the Super Sonic Race School Lightweight class, as Vincent Wilson took his first career national victory to move to third in the championship battle.

Wilson won a dramatic contest after a thrilling battle with fellow local star Avery Hart, a duel that came to an unfortunate conclusion as Hart crashed out on the final lap. That in turn promoted Bryce DeBoer to second, who was the biggest winner of the day as he closes to within just eight points of championship leader Evan Moriarity.

East coast racing legend Gary McKinnon scored his first victory in the Lightweight Pro/Am, conquering the Pro division and the overall grid ahead of a thrilling battle for second behind him.

That battle was won by championship leader Jared Walker, but by just inches after a late charge from local expert Richard Thompson, who made a great recovery from pit lane after missing the start.

Hart salvaged his day with a win in the Amateur division of the Pro/Am, beating DeBoer and Grant Nesbitt in their split class results, as DeBoer now opens up a five-point advantage in those ranks.

The full results from Saturday’s action can be found on the series’ official website.

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