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American Toth P2 In ESBK Stock600 Race At MotorLand Aragon

Sat, 2022-07-23 20:08

ESBK MOTORLAND: THE ROOKIE, BORJA GÓMEZ, ADDS HIS THIRD CONSECUTIVE VICTORY

Spanish Superbike Championship, 5th Round

JULY 23, 2022

The fifth round of the Spanish Superbike Championship is being held this weekend at the MotorLand Aragón Circuit . Due to the heat wave that has been plaguing the country for a full week now, high temperatures have been the protagonists since Thursday when the drivers took to the track for free practice.

This Saturday, as usual, the times have been played to determine the starting order of the races that have been held from 1:05 p.m. Around 170 riders are in Alcañiz for this event, which today has already been spectacular.

Borja Gómez wins again in Superbike

Ilya Mikhalchyk, Tito Rabat and Borja Gómez have been in charge of fighting for pole in the top category but, finally, the Murcian from Cardoso Racing has achieved The Fastest Rider Fulbat Plate leaving the BMW Easy Race and Team Honda Laglisse behind.

In the race, Tito led the first lap but Ilya overtook him to take the lead. Neither of them had the man on pole, Borja Gómez, who has passed them and has distanced himself from all of them to add his third consecutive victory. For now, a perfect weekend for Cardoso Racing at MotorLand.

Coming from behind after a time trial in which he was sixth, Óscar Gutiérrez got into third even though Mikhalchyk was right behind him. Things have not changed and Borja has won with authority, Tito has been second and Óscar third.

In Stock1000 Dani Sáez, Eduardo Montero and Ville Valtonen have been the protagonists.

Julián Giral gives Ducati the first victory in Supersport NG

Aleix Viu, showing off his fantastic form, has taken pole position in Supersport. Julián Giral and Juan Rodríguez started with him on the front row of the grid in today’s race. Viu and Giral have put on a magnificent show during the first few laps , riding very close together and overtaking on more than one occasion. In third and fourth position were Rodríguez and Yeray Ruiz who had started sixth.

With five laps to go, the rider from the Andotrans Team Torrentó had problems with his bike and had to retire, leaving Julián as the leader and taking his first victory of the season as the only rider to compete with Ducati in the category. Juan crossed the finish line second and Joan Díaz third after overtaking Ruiz.

In Stock600 they have formed the photography of winners Eric Fernández , Maxwell Toth and Jared Schuktz.

 

American Max Toth on the podium at MotorLand Aragon. Photo courtesy Bert Toth.

 

Juanan Conesa wins with authority in Junior SBK

The best in the SBK Júnior training session turned out to be Juan Antonio Conesa who, by just over half a second, beat Julio García. Antonio Torres has closed the top three. In the race Conesa has also shown himself to be the fastest and most regular rider and as the laps have passed, he has distanced himself from the rest. Pepe Osuna, Borja Jiménez, Unai Calatayud and Antonio Torres have been in charge of fighting for the rest of the positions of honor, going very close and offering a nice duel.

With Juanan riding alone and with the victory under his arm , Unai Calatayud finished second and Pepe Osuna third.

Unai Calatayud, Dairon Morillas and Facundo Mora have been on the podium on the Yamaha R3 and Juan Antonio Conesa, Pepe Osuna and Borja Jiménez have been on the Kawasaki Ninja Spirit Trophy .

Izan Rodríguez and Jesús Ríos win the exciting Moto4 and PreMoto3 battles

David González has been the absolute dominator of the PreMoto3 time after being the fastest and being in front throughout the session. Jesús Ríos and Eitan Gran accompanied him on the front row of the grid in this afternoon’s race. Nice battle between González and Ríos who rode very close together fighting for the victory during all the laps . In the seventh, the one from Cuna de Campeones has put land in the middle and has distanced himself from the one from MRT Talent but Ríos has hunted him down again to try to win. Behind, a group of five riders offered endless overtaking to accompany David and Jesús in the honor rolls. After many nerves and tension, in the last meters, Ríos has overcomeGonzález and he has been the best. David finished second and Gras third.

In Promo3 , Miguel Bernal, Jesús Torres and Alejandra Fernández have been on the podium and in Cuna de Campeones Torres, Fernández and Valentín Perrone.

Andrés García, with a difference of one second, was the best in the Moto4 time trial. Álvaro Lucas had to settle for being second and Izan Rodríguez third. In less than half a second there have been six drivers during the first laps of the race exchanging positions almost in each curve . There have been different leaders in almost all the passes through the finish line demonstrating that equality and competitiveness was 100% . The one who was first in a lap, the next was fourth. With the checkered flag waving and with the four in front rolling in parallel, Izan Rodríguez won , Iaroslav Karpushin was second and Álvaro Lucas third.

Eric Molina, the best of the Yamaha R7 after an epic fight

Óscar San Emeterio, Matías Pérez and Eric Molina have taken the top positions in the classification of the Yamaha R7 Cup in qualifying. In the race , Eric managed to go ahead during the first stages of it, but San Emeterio overtook him with the aim of winning. He did not make it as Matías and Eric overtook him with four laps to go . The three have offered a great fight but it has been Eric who has shown himself to be the strongest . He has seen the checkered flag before anyone else followed by Matías and Óscar.

Tomorrow, at 11:00 a.m., the races will start again at MotorLand Aragón, which can be followed live by streaming on the RFME YouTube channel .

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British Superbike: Race One Results From Brands Hatch

Sat, 2022-07-23 19:14

Editorial Note: Americans Julian Correa and Eli Banish finished 11th and 16th, respectively, in British Talent Cup Race One Saturday at Brands Hatch.

 

BSB R1

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision Racing:

O’Halloran strikes first with Mackenzie and Bridewell back on the podium

 

Jason O’Halloran (22) leading British Superbike Race One Saturday at Brands Hatch. Photo courtesy MSVR.

 

Jason O’Halloran claimed his fifth win of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season for the McAMS Yamaha team at Brands Hatch, emerging victorious ahead of an incredible three-way dogfight for the final two podium positions.

On the opening lap, O’Halloran led the pack from Tarran Mackenzie with Bradley Ray in third and the leading trio would ultimately battle for the podium positions, however Tommy Bridewell quickly carved through the pack and soon was dicing with the Yamahas.

At the front, O’Halloran held the edge ahead of Ray and Mackenzie, but on the seventh lap, the defending champion moved into second to pile the pressure on his McAMS Yamaha teammate.

Bridewell moved from seventh during the opening laps through into fourth and had closed down the leading Yamaha riders with the top four duelling for the opening victory of the weekend on the Grand Prix circuit.

On the ninth lap as the pack exited Surtees, O’Halloran had a moment, which left the chasing pack scattering and Mackenzie lost momentum as a consequence. Ray grasped the opportunity to take the lead, but O’Halloran soon regained his speed and was back at the front of the pack by the end of the lap.

O’Halloran then led Ray, Bridewell and Mackenzie, but Bridewell fought his way into second on the Oxford Products Racing Ducati with a determined move on the championship leader ahead of him into Paddock Hill Bend on lap 12.

O’Halloran had the advantage with a consistent run of fast laps, but behind the scrap for the final two podium places continued. On the penultimate lap, Bridewell was second ahead of Mackenzie and Ray.

Mackenzie ran wide onto the kerb on the exit of Graham Hill Bend and that unsettled the McAMS Yamaha, giving Ray the opportunity to get ahead. The Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider ran wide at Surtees though and that dropped him into fourth place.

On the final lap, Mackenzie moved into second with a move on Bridewell at Druids and he held off the counter attack to become the tenth different podium finisher of the season, claiming his first rostrum of 2022 in second place. Bridewell took his second top three finish of the year in third place.

Kyle Ryde was fifth on the Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha with Josh Brookes taking sixth to move into the top eight in the standings for the MCE Ducati team. Rory Skinner, Leon Haslam, Lee Jackson and Christian Iddon completed the top ten.

 

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, eBay Sprint Race result:

1.    Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha)

2.    Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.665s

3.    Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +1.056s

4.    Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +1.353s

5.    Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +4.411s

6.    Josh Brookes (MCE Ducati) +5.502s

7.    Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +6.140s

8.    Leon Haslam (VisionTrack Kawasaki) +6.761s

9.    Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +6.969s

10.    Christian Iddon (Buildbase Suzuki) +10.355s

 

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:

1.    Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 229

2.    Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 225

3.    Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 181

4.    Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 157

5.    Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 152

6.    Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) 134

7.    Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 110

8.    Josh Brookes (MCE Ducati) 87

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

 

Jason O’Halloran

McAMS Yamaha

eBay Sprint Race winner

“It was a good race! I got a really good start, got to the front and I just wanted to settle in and see what the lap time was like. I saw low 25s and no-one was showing me a wheel, so I didn’t push on beyond that point and risk a crash or ruin the tyre.

“We probably could’ve gone a bit faster than that, but the only wheel I got shown was when I made a mistake and nearly went down.

“We probably can make a few improvements for tomorrow, but I am really happy to get my third race win in a row on my 200th start and 20th win so nice little number there. I am really looking forward to the longer races tomorrow.

“There’s a long way to go in the championship and I’m just enjoying myself and I just want to win as many races as I can and have as much fun as I can. A massive thanks to everyone at McAMS Yamaha as they’ve given me a fantastic bike again.”

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BLACK+GRAY Honda Motorcycle Collection, In The July Issue

Sat, 2022-07-23 18:42

Featured In the July 2022 issue of Roadracing World:

     Many people in the world collect things, and some of them collect motorcycles. Then there is a guy who collects motorcycles, restores them to pristine original condition (doing all of the work himself), and then parks them in his house—all 90+ of them, all Hondas.

       Meet André Grasso and his BLACK+GRAY Honda Motorcycle Collection, which may be one of, if not the largest, private collections of Honda motorcycles in the world…

             BLACK+GRAY Honda Motorcycle Collection, by David Swarts

 

Former racer Andre Grasso’s company, BLACK+GRAY, makes wheel chocks, pit signal boards, tie-down straps, tie-down anchors, the Hi-Per Hanger (with popularity reaching beyond motorcycle racing) and other products that are hugely popular among performance motorcyclists. In the past 10 years, Grasso’s private Honda collection has swelled to more than 90 machines, including some of the most exclusive models ever to come out of the company. Take a look at the machines, and the process of restoring them, in the latest issue of Roadracing World!

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R.I.P. Legendary Club Racer Ed Key

Sat, 2022-07-23 18:32

Longtime racer Ed Key, of Marshall, Wisconsin, died due to “complications from gastrointestinal issues” Friday, July 22, at University of Wisconsin Hospital, in Madison, Wisconsin, according to his wife Barbara. He was 67.

Key may be best known for winning many, many Formula USA/ASRA and CCS races and Championships on his Suzuki SV650s, both a Superstock-legal bike and a Superbike-spec machine that weighed close to 300 pounds in race trim while making over 100 horsepower, while wearing his signature Kevlar riding suit. Key was most impressive in his role as a giant killer when he beat riders on bigger and more powerful motorcycles and doing so while approaching age 50.

Key was retired after a long career in the R&D Department at GE Healthcare.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years Barbara, son Kevin, mother Joyce, brother Conrad, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life is being planned for September.

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British Superbike: New BMW F 900 R Cup Announced

Sat, 2022-07-23 16:49

BMW Motorrad UK launch new F 900 R Cup series

•    New one-make series to support the British Superbike Championship from 2023

•    Cost-effective class at National level, set to offer highly competitive racing

•    Up to 40 riders will compete on identical track-prepared F 900 R motorcycles

•    Race package includes F 900 R with K-Tech fork internals, K-Tech rear shock, Arrow exhaust and race bodywork

•    Riders able to purchase bikes directly via BMW Motorrad retailer

BMW Motorrad has confirmed that its new F 900 R Cup will run alongside the British Superbike Championship from 2023, providing a highly competitive and cost-effective class for riders at National level.

Devised to be accessible for aspiring as well as experienced racers, the BMW F 900 R Cup will see up to 40 identical machines ridden in eight rounds across the British Superbike calendar. Taking place at iconic UK circuits, the class will involve multiple practice and qualifying sessions, with points accrued during two races at each round.

Producing 105hp as standard, the dynamic BMW F 900 R roadster is available to purchase from any BMW Motorrad UK retailer, and each will be offered with a standardised package of race-focused enhancements, including K-Tech fork internals, K-Tech rear shock, Arrow exhaust, rearsets, quickshifter, and race bodywork.

Pirelli have been the sole tyre supplier for the British Superbike series since 2008 and will support the BMW F 900 R Cup. Riders will be limited to two sets of tyres over a race weekend, using the latest generation Diablo Supercorsa SC and Diablo Rain tyres, depending on conditions.

Teams will have the option of purchasing a bike and having the race kit fitted by their preferred BMW Motorrad retailer, by approved partner Fortis Racing, or by their own support team. Fortis Racing will continue to be present at each round, offering on-site race support and spares for all riders.

The BMW F 900 R Cup is set to provide racers with an opportunity to race at a National level, while remaining cost-effective, as BMW Motorrad UK Head of Marketing and PR Scott Grimsdall explains: “We wanted to offer up-and-coming riders the opportunity to race at a National level with greater exposure, in a one-make series where rider talent rather than budget dictates how competitive you are. The F 900 R provides a perfect platform of power and agility for riders looking to make their mark on a bigger stage, and the new series can become a stepping-stone to Superstock or Superbike racing.”

BSB Series Director Stuart Higgs said: “A much repeated question is when can we offer an un-faired ‘naked’ bike class on our racing platform? History reminds us of simple, accessible race classes that provide great competition and action. Combined with the prestige of the BMW brand, the F 900 R Cup deserves to be a success.”

Open to racers with a Clubman ACU licence and above, the F 900 R Cup bikes will be available to purchase from £11,000 inclusive of race kit.

Riders interested in purchasing a race-ready F 900 R and competing in the inaugural F 900 R Cup in 2023 can register at: www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk/en/experience/motorsport/the-bmw-f-900-r-cup.html

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

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World Ducati Week: Thousands Participate In Parade

Sat, 2022-07-23 16:33

A record-breaking parade of Ducatisti for the eleventh edition of World Ducati Week

Massive participation at the Misano circuit for the first day of Ducati’s big gathering

Opening day ends with a kilometres-long parade along the Riviera and the night show by Benny Benassi

Today the highlight with the Lenovo Race of Champions: the 21-rider challenge on the track, live streaming on the Ducati website

The Lenovo Race of Champions motorcycles, unique racing-spec items, will be offered for sale on-line

Misano Adriatico, 23 July 2022 – The great parade of thousands of Ducatis was the most symbolic moment of the first day of World Ducati Week 2022. An exciting return for many Ducatisti, four years after the last edition. The kilometres-long ‘Big Red Snake’, with a record participation, involved the entire Adriatic Riviera in the name of “Let’s Ride as One”, the motto of the event, and arrived at Samsara Beach in Riccione for a party that saw the participants dancing to the music of the italian DJ Benny Benassi.

So many events in the area have been planned for this edition, but the heart of the WDW is inside the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”: since the early hours of the morning in fact, Ducatisti have been living a series of unique experiences on the track, finding themselves side by side with the Ducati racers or lining up for the start of the parade together with Ducati legends, riders and managers. Some lucky ones had the opportunity to participate in the “WDW MotoX2 Experience” with an exceptional rider, Pecco Bagnaia who, surprisingly, wanted to give a unique gift to his fans, alongside Franco Battaini, in riding the two-seater.

 

Thousands of Ducatisti participated in a parade Friday, July 22 at Misano. Photo courtesy Ducati.

 

The first day of this edition confirmed the spirit of World Ducati Week, a unique event, suitable for all types of public, capable of combining the passion for two wheels with conviviality and direct contact between Ducati and the Ducatisti who have crowded the WDW paddock.

Throughout the day hundreds of Ducatisti were able to test their bikes in the numerous track sessions along the straight and between the Quercia, Tramonto and Curvone curves of the circuit, ride the Panigale V4 made available by the Borgo Panigale manufacturer, have the set-up of their bikes checked by Ducati technicians, take a ride on the track in Lamborghini and Audi “taxis” driven by professional drivers, participate in talks and live the many WDW experiences.

Also much appreciated by enthusiasts is the Adventure area, adjacent to the circuit, dedicated to all off-road lovers, including Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller who performed on the dirt track. In this area, the Borgo Panigale manufacturer has made the Ducati DesertX, Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled and Multistrada V4 available to off-roaders. In the same area it is possible to admire the Audi RS Q e-tron of the Dakar and the DesertX with Audi-inspired livery.

The local institutions have all contributed to the success of the event. From Ducati a special thanks goes to the Riccione-Misano inter-municipal police, to the Cattolica police and to the traffic police for the great service carried out on the roads during the parade through coordinated and effective work. Respect for public order was guaranteed by the Carabinieri, assisted by the service offered by the Municipalities of Riccione, Misano Adriatico and Cattolica, which the Borgo Panigale company thanks for making available the men and the means for the event.

LENOVO RACE OF CHAMPIONS

The highlight scheduled for today is the Lenovo Race of Champions. It will be a real race with 21 Ducati riders competing in the MotoGP, Superbike and Supersport championships, who will compete on the Panigale V4 and Panigale V2 in a double category competition with two winners. Lining up on the grid, among others, will be Pecco Bagnaia, Jack Miller, Johann Zarco, Jorge Martin, Enea Bastianini, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Luca Marini, Marco Bezzecchi, Michele Pirro, Danilo Petrucci, Alvaro Bautista, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Nicholas Spinelli and Oliver Bayliss. It will be possible to follow the race live on the Ducati website, which will broadcast the entire event in streaming, from free practice to the race.

The motorcycles of the Lenovo Race of Champions, unique items in racing configuration, characterized by the riders’ liveries and the triple clamp laser-engraved with the logo of the rider’s name, will be on sale online from 25 July. The best Ducati enthusiast customers globally will be able to access a timed online sale, before the possibility of buying is open to everyone. The e-commerce system was created in collaboration with Drop Srl, one of the leading operators in the supply of e-business services.

Wrapping up the evening of Day 2 will be the traditional BBQ served directly on the main straight of the track by Ducati managers. This year it will be enriched with a special recipe created by Chef Riccardo Monco of the three-star Michelin restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri. Shortly after, the Santamonica di Misano Municipal Stadium adjacent to the circuit will host the stage from where the riders will greet the Ducatisti. The evening will then continue with a DJ set by Meduza, the Italian house music trio with more than 15 million streaming listeners, capable of selling out entire live tours in clubs all over the world.

Tickets to take part in the eleventh edition of the WDW are still on sale in the dedicated section on the Ducati website.

For World Ducati Week, the Telegram channel @DucatiOfficial has been opened, with continuous updates during the event. To register, simply click the link in the dedicated banner on the Ducati website or frame the QR code on the flyers in the Welcome Kit or the QR Codes present at the check-in points and in the circuit.

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Canadian Superbike: Dumas Earns Pole In Qualifying Tie Breaker At AMS

Fri, 2022-07-22 22:03

Dumas, Young set exact same times in qualifying as Dumas earns pole off historic tiebreaker

Shubenacadie, NS –  The Canadian Superbike Championship produced its closest qualifying session ever on Friday, as rivals Alex Dumas and Ben Young set the exact same lap time in the BS Battery Superpole session at Atlantic Motorsport Park.

Young topped the first “Q1” portion of the day with a comfortable advantage over Dumas, but it was the reigning champion who got the better of him with just two minutes to go in the second, decisive Superpole shootout, setting a fastest lap of 1:07.521.

With nothing to lose, Young set out for his final two laps, failing on the first attempt before crossing the line with four seconds to go to earn one last chance. Shockingly, Young did manage to improve his time in the end – setting an identical time of 1:07.521.

The tie atop the timesheets has never happened before in CSBK history, prompting officials to award pole position to Dumas by virtue of him setting the time first and also having the better of each riders second-fastest time.

“At first I thought the screen just hadn’t updated yet, so I kept refreshing it over and over again and the time wasn’t changing,” Dumas said. “Eventually I realized we had the exact same time, so none of us really knew what to expect.”

The result will also carry championship implications, with the extra point for pole position now putting Dumas level with Young atop the standings and tied in the BS Battery Pole Position award fight.

Young will lose his championship lead in the most unfortunate circumstances, but the Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW rider knows the biggest points haul will still be up for grabs when the weekend doubleheader rolls around.

“I was looking around to the marshall’s to try and see where I ended up, and then when I got to the pit lane they all just threw their hands up and had no idea,” Young said. “At the end of the day it’s good for the series to have us tied and it makes it a bit more exciting, but tomorrow is still where the focus is going to be.”

Behind the wild action up front was Trevor Daley, who joined the two on the BS Battery podium and will line up alongside them on the final front row spot after securing the third-fastest time at a 1:08.648.

If Friday’s pace is any indication, the battle between the two championship rivals could play right into Daley’s hands this weekend, as the OneSpeed/Pro Cycle Suzuki rider looks to replicate his fast start from 2019 and capture his elusive first career Superbike victory.

Leading off the second row will be the Royal Distributing BMW of Michael Leon, who puts himself in prime position for a podium fight this weekend after setting a late best time of 1:09.338.

Lining up alongside Leon will be Sebastien Tremblay, who has quietly maintained frontrunning pace of his own aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki, though he will need to dispatch of a few rider quickly if he hopes to secure his second podium of the season this weekend.

Starting from pole position for the weekend’s two Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike races will be championship leader Trevor Dion, who continues to defy expectations with his second consecutive pole on the year.

The LDS Consultants Kawasaki didn’t have much room to spare ahead of championship rival David MacKay, who went just 0.161 seconds slower, as the two appear set for a dramatic duel in the final four races to decide the middleweight crown.

The front row will feature a somewhat surprising face, however, as Jake LeClair returned to set the third-fastest time aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha, ultimately just 0.308 seconds off pole as he looks to join the frontrunning fight this weekend.

Notably absent from the first two rows will be Elliot Vieira, who struggled mightily to sixth on the grid. The race three winner and championship contender will have his work cut out for him on race day, but remained only 1.2 seconds off Dion aboard his Snow City Yamaha machine.

Local star John Fraser enjoyed his day around his home AMP circuit, cruising comfortably to pole positions in both the AIM Insurance Amateur Superbike class and Amateur Sport Bike category aboard his Yamaha machines.

Fraser will especially be looking forward to his Superbike doubleheader, as he gets a pair of chances to try and track down Julien Lafortune for the top championship spot, though Lafortune limited the damage by qualifying second on the grid for Kawasaki.

Another local name will start from pole position in the Super Sonic Race School Lightweight class, as former championship frontrunner Avery Hart returned to pace the grid aboard his Yamaha.

The real winner of the day, however, will be youngster Bryce DeBoer, who qualified third but received a massive championship boost after overall points leader Evan Moriarity withdrew from the event.

With vice-champion Andrew Cooney and now Moriarity missing from AMP, DeBoer could eat up a massive chunk of his 30-point deficit as he chases down the title lead heading into the final round.

The first edition of the Lightweight Pro/Am on the east coast brought perhaps its most exciting qualifying session yet, as local racing legend Gary McKinnon set the fastest overall time and took the top spot in the Pro division after a back-and-forth battle with Jared Walker and fellow east coast native Richard Thompson.

The trio – all Kawasaki mounted – traded placed numerous times throughout, ultimately standing separated by just 0.493 seconds, with Walker lining up second and Thompson in third.

That will place them just ahead of the top Amateur in the form of Hart, who will start fourth but takes pole in that division ahead of DeBoer and Grant Nesbitt.

The full results from Friday’s wild day of qualifying can be found on the series’ official website, as can the schedule for both Saturday and Sunday’s racing slate at AMP.

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Signed Quartararo Helmet Being Auctioned To Benefit Canadian Rider Fund

Fri, 2022-07-22 21:28

Importations Thibault raffling signed Quartararo helmet ahead of CTMP finale

Shubenacadie, NS –  Importations Thibault is pleased to announce they will raffle a signed replica Fabio Quartararo Scorpion helmet ahead of the CSBK finale at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, with proceeds going towards the Canadian Rider Fund.

Tickets are now on sale for $10 each through the official CSBK website, while the random draw will take place during the CSBK doubleheader finale at CTMP on the weekend of August 12-14.

The helmet is an exact reflection of Quartararo’s trademark “El Diablo” Scorpion design worn by the reigning MotoGP World Champion, complete with the authentic BS Battery logos, iconic #20 number plate, and Quartararo’s own personal autograph.

The 23-year-old French rider has quickly become one of the most recognizable names in motorsports, amassing eleven wins, 26 podiums, and 16 pole positions in his premier class career, while capturing the 2021 crown and currently leading the 2022 standings for the Monster Energy Factory Yamaha Team.

Quartararo has been a proud representative of BS Battery since 2019, while the Sherbrooke, QC-based Importations Thibault serves as the national distributor of both BS Battery products and Scorpion helmets.

Importations Thibault and BS Battery have also become key figures in the CSBK paddock, with the latter serving as the title sponsor of the Pro Superbike qualifying sessions and the season-long Pole Position Award.

The Canadian Rider Fund, established in 2008, is a registered non-profit dedicated to providing barriers and installations at motorcycle events across the country, specifically the successful Bottle Bag system seen at many Canadian tracks – most notably on the east coast at Atlantic Motorsport Park.

The announcement of the winner will be one of many events throughout the weekend at CTMP, with three feature Pro Superbike races to decide the 2022 championship.

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British Superbike: Ray Quickest During Practice Friday At Brands Hatch

Fri, 2022-07-22 21:01

Editorial Note: Americans Julian Correa and Elijah Banish were 16th and 22nd, respectively, in British Talent Cup combined practice results Friday at Brands Hatch.

 

Ray remains on top at Brands Hatch with 0.8s covering the top 14 contenders

Bradley Ray was able to stay ahead of his Bennetts British Superbike Championship rivals at Brands Hatch this afternoon, setting the pace on the Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha to top the combined SUPERPICKS Free Practice times at his local circuit by just 0.147s.

The championship leader went to the top of the times in the closing minutes of the session as the conditions continued to improve and the pace intensified, with the positions changing constantly in the closing moments.

Peter Hickman was a rider also on a charge in the closing minutes as he fired the FHO Racing BMW into second place on his penultimate lap of the session, nudging a hard-charging Jason O’Halloran into third place on the leading McAMS Yamaha with 0.011s separating the teammates as Tarran Mackenzie held fourth position.

Just 0.007s separated Ryan Vickers from the defending champion ahead of him; the FHO Racing with Attis Sports rider had been in the leading position with four minutes remaining on the clock before the final flurry of improvements.

Glenn Irwin was sixth fastest for Honda Racing UK, just 0.008s ahead of former double champion Josh Brookes who had a strong start to his weekend with the MCE Ducati team. The Australian had also been at the top of the timing screens in the final ten minutes, but had to settle for seventh just ahead of Tommy Bridewell on the Oxford Products Racing Ducati.

Danny Buchan was ninth fastest for SYNETIQ BMW ahead of his home round of the season, edging out Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Racing Kawasaki’s Rory Skinner who completed the top ten.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, SUPERPICKS Free Practice combined times:

  1. Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 1m:25.140s
  2. Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +0.147s
  3. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +0.158s
  4. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.165s
  5. Ryan Vickers (FHO Racing with Attis Sports) +0.173s
  6. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) +0.212s
  7. Josh Brookes (MCE Ducati) +0.220s
  8. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +0.298s
  9. Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +0.331s
  10. Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +0.462s

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

Bradley Ray – Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha

“That’s my fastest ever lap around Brands Hatch which is great especially in the tough conditions we’ve had today, but it’s nice to come back after a five week break and get here to my home round and start well.

“To do a good job at my home round in front of the home crowd is my aim so I’m just super happy to be back on the bike and to start off well.

“I just treat it like any circuit, I enjoy it here I enjoy having family and friends watch it’s a unique circuit and the bike is working well so it’s all good.

“I think we’re in a good place, the bike is working really well I’m feeling good in myself so let’s see what we can do in the races.”

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Watch The Ducati Race Of Champions July 23 Live On MotoAmerica TV

Fri, 2022-07-22 20:33

Watch The Race of Champions Live on MotoAmerica TV

One of the most anticipated moments of the big Ducati gathering is Saturday, July 23: the Lenovo Race of Champions. 21 Ducati riders competing in the MotoGP, World Superbike and Supersport, and MotoAmerica Superbike championships will take to the track to put on an exciting show on Panigale V4 and Panigale V2 bikes in a double-category competition with two winners.

Don’t miss the livestream on MotoAmerica TV HERE

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022, from 6:40 AM PDT / 9:40 AM EDT *

*Replay will be streamed on Tuesday, July 26th, 2022, at 5 PM PDT / 8 PM EDT

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Interview: Indian VP Gary Gray On Why Indian Races Baggers

Fri, 2022-07-22 18:26

Featured In the July 2022 issue of Roadracing World:

        Some companies look at road racing as only being suitable to promote sportbike sales, and some complain if a motorcycle they define as being for street use is even taken to a racetrack. 

        So why is Indian running a serious, factory racing team in the MotoAmerica King Of The Baggers series? We talked to Gary Gray, Indian Vice President of Racing, Technology & Service to find out… 

            —Why Indian Races Baggers, by David Swarts

 

            It was a long time ago, but it’s important to remember that Indian’s founders actually met at a racetrack! Since its founding in 1901, Indian has won at the Isle of Man and was at one time the dominant force in flat track racing. So the MotoAmerica King Of The Baggers class was a natural fit for a company that wanted to get back into racing. Read all about the company’s rationale for going racing in the latest issue of Roadracing World!

 

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Harley-Davidson Museum Unveils All-New Experience Gallery

Fri, 2022-07-22 14:26

Take a spin in the all-new Experience Gallery at the Harley-Davidson Museum

Plus, guided tours – including Beyond the Gate access – are back!

MILWAUKEE, USA (July 12, 2022) – If it seems like there’s something new popping up on the campus of the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum every month, you’re right! The 10,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson® Shop – with its eclectic collection of exclusive apparel, collectibles and accessories – has been wowing customers since opening in June. And now, the all-new Experience Gallery has been unveiled, bringing the thrill of the open road to guests from all corners of the globe.

With this new multimedia experience, guests will be able hear straight from the H-D team how Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are designed and engineered to be the most desirable in the world. Find inspiration from your fellow riders’ stories or discover how easy it is to take the first step in learning how to ride. And of course, finish off your visit by throwing a leg over one of five fresh-from-the-factory Harley-Davidson® models – including the Pan America, a premier two-wheel multi-tool built to endure, designed to explore, and engineered for adventure.

Plus, the Harley-Davidson Museum is thrilled to announce that guided tours have made their triumphant return. And they’re all new in ’22! The guided-tour portfolio has been updated with new experiences and content. Choose from the Spotlight Tour, the Beyond the Gate Tour or the VIP Tour.

And another community event will be headed back to campus this month. The H-D Museum is partnering with WISN-TV and 102.9 The Hog to host “Coffee with the Morning Crew.” Mark your calendars for Friday, July 29 as we welcome everyone to stop down to 6th & Canal for a morning of fun, prizes and free coffee.

PROGRAMMING / EVENTS

H-D Museum Bike Night Concert Series powered by Budweiser® King of Beers and Bulleit® Bourbon, Thursdays, 5 – 9 p.m.

All wheels unite every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Join riders (and non-riders) for free live music from some of Milwaukee’s favorite bands, fun, drool-worthy rolling sculptures and outdoor food and beverage. The Bike Night Koozie Special is back. Enjoy $3 Busch Light all season long.

7/14 The Cactus Bros.

7/21 Milwaukee Tool Shed Band

7/28 Andrew Wayne & Mud Creek Road

 

Coffee with the WISN Morning Crew, Friday, July 29, 8 – 10 a.m.

Hey Milwaukee! Come and drink some free Colectivo Hillclimber Coffee with the WISN 12 News This Morning team on Friday, July 29. WISN 12 is teaming up with 102.9 The HOG and the Harley-Davidson Museum to host YOU for a morning of fun, prizes, and free coffee.

Saturday Demos powered by H-D Insurance, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Visit the Museum campus on Saturdays to experience the fun and freedom of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Visitors with their motorcycle endorsement/license will be able to choose from a dozen of the latest and greatest #FreedomMachines from Harley-Davidson, including Touring, Softail®, Sportster®, Adventure Touring and Electric models. A pre-determined scenic route through the Menomonee Valley will give riders the chance to explore the Museum’s surrounding neighborhoods. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Riders and passengers must be at least 18 years of age. All riders (and passengers) must wear proper riding gear including a helmet, eye protection, shirt / jacket, long pants and closed-toe shoes with heel strap.

Annual Pass

Looking for interesting things to do and ways to fully enjoy our programs and exhibits? The Harley-Davidson Museum’s new Annual Pass offers individual, family and VIP levels to fit your lifestyle. Just some of the perks of the new Annual Pass include: virtual access to the H-D Museum with various Harley history topics covered in our Virtual Gallery Talk series, admission discounts, free admission for children under age 18, merchandise discounts at The Shop, dining discounts at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant and more. Visit H-D Museum.com for details and other terms and conditions.

Guided Tours

All new in ’22. Our guided tour portfolio has been updated with new experiences and content. Choose from the Spotlight Tour, the Beyond the Gate Tour or the VIP Tour. Some tours are available to the public; this schedule will vary. To book a private group tour, please call 414-287-2799 or email for more information. Advance reservations and prepayment required at least 2-weeks prior to tour date. Please note: Tour fee does not include General Admission.

Engineering Merit Badge (Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)

All scouts are welcome to come earn their Engineering Merit Badge at the Harley-Davidson Museum! This experience will be launched by our merit badge counselor. Then, scouts will explore the history of Harley-Davidson as well as the engineering of motorcycles as they complete the nine merit badge requirements. Advance registration is required. Program registration closes one week prior to the scheduled program date. Ticket includes: downloadable activity booklet used for the program, partially facilitated program, blue card signed by the facilitator (one blue card per scout registration) and an exclusive H-D Museum patch.

Scout Virtual Engineering Merit Badge (Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.)

This new 90-minute online program is open to scouts from all over the country. Our program facilitator will guide the troops and explore the role an engineer plays while creating a Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle. Nine requirements for the Engineering Merit Badge will be discussed during this virtual, interactive program. Advance registration is required. Program Fee: $20 per Scout, which includes an activity booklet used during the program and a special H-D® patch upon completion of the program.

MUST-SEE EXHIBITS AND INSTALLATIONS

Experience Gallery (on display now)

With inspiring stories from riders who have turned their dream of learning to ride into reality, a look at the epic journeys you can only experience behind the bars of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, plus the chance to throw a leg over a new Harley-Davidson #FreedomMachine, the reinstalled and all-new Experience Gallery shows the world how United We Ride!

1977 FLH “Blackula” (on display beginning May 13)

Milwaukee man about town Freddie Franklin purchased his Electra Glide® motorcycle from its original owner, 95-year-old Wallace Brzezinski, with only 4,500 miles on its odometer. And in short order, he completely re-envisioned the bike to reflect his timeless style. The motorcycle incorporates some hallmarks of Franklin’s disparate tastes. A dash of the Coney Island-style bikes – decked out with lights and reflectors – he adored mixed in with elements of Willie G.’s seminal Knucklehead and topped off with details that harken to the 1970s blaxploitation films Franklin watched back in the day. A clear statement of Black pride via the language of vintage motorcycles, this is a bike you must see in-person.

Keith Brammer (Die Kreuzen) leather jacket (on display now)

Perhaps no other genre of music is so closely associated with the classic black leather jacket than punk rock. Keith Brammer, of Milwaukee’s hardcore punk band Die Kreuzen, has graciously lent his well-worn leather to the H-D Museum. The jacket was purchased in New York City in the 1980s and was a constant companion for Brammer throughout his touring days. Check out the Custom Culture gallery to view this piece of Milwaukee music history.

Revolution® Max Engine (on display now)

The brand-new Revolution® Max 1250cc engine powers a new generation of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. See the liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-Twin that delivers for the Pan America adventure touring model and the performance cruiser Sportster® S motorcycle. On view in the Museum lobby.

Clubs & Competition (on display now)

In the early part of the 20th century, motorcycle culture was a homegrown phenomenon. It grew out of the passion of riders for their evolving sport. The camaraderie that developed around riding and attending competitive events led to the formation of motorcycle clubs that hosted destination rides, family picnics with motorcycle games and other riding competitions.

The newly reinstalled display case in the Clubs & Competition gallery highlights clothing from club members from primarily the 1930s and 1940s. The clothing selections on view include full dress uniforms, shirts, sweaters, jackets and caps, customized by the owners with their club’s name and logo, and pins or patches indicating membership in the American Motorcyclist Association. The H-D Archives collection includes Motorclothes® apparel sold in H-D® product catalogs but also non-H-D produced clothing items that have been proudly customized by riders.

Harley Fox (on display now)

Gail Anderson’s 1986 Softail® Custom motorcycle, “Harley Fox,” built by her partner Bob Burrows, took top prize at the first Ladies of Harley® (LOH) ride-in show during Daytona Beach Bike Week in 1987. With her custom bike and themed riding gear, Anderson presented a striking image that fit the growing visibility and exciting new options for women riders in the 1980s.

Alfonso Sotomayor’s 1957 Model FL (on display now)

The Harley-Davidson Museum is proud to announce its collection has recently grown with the addition of a 1957 Model FL that was ridden by famed Mexican stunt rider and racer Alfonso Sotomayor Canales.

Harley-Davidson’s history in Mexico dates back to at least 1913. In the 1920s, the brand was more frequently spotted throughout Mexico City as the motorcycles proved popular with the local traffic police who would also perform stunts with their Harley-Davidson® bikes. After racing from the 1930s into the 1960s, Sotomayor launched his own stunt riding career by performing the famed “Salto de la Muerte” or Jump of Death. Learn more about Sotomayor’s feats of derring-do and Harley-Davidson’s early entry into Mexico with this new display located in the Custom Culture area.

“Off-Road Harley-Davidson” (on display now)

In the decades before America paved its highways, early riders had to be prepared for all sorts of terrain: sand, clay or dirt – and wandering those makeshift byways were Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Today, it’s called off-road or adventure touring; back then it was just called riding. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson® motorcycles proved their toughness by riding over wooded hills, through stone-choked creek beds and up mountain sides. “Off-Road Harley-Davidson” tells the history of motorcycles designed for rough roads, the people who rode them and the adventures they shared.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory” (on display now)

A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.”

Google Arts & Culture, Bring a 1919 Window Display to Life (on display now)

We scoured the Harley-Davidson Archives to identify the colorful pamphlets used to catch the attention of those passing by this dealership window.

MOTOR® BAR & RESTAURANT

As Milwaukee enters the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to remember that MOTOR’s waterfront patios are pup friendly. Whether you’re hoping to try the new Sunday brunch (complete with bloody mary bar), meeting up for lunch or listening to the tunes coming from the Bike Night stage, Fido will love the scene at MOTOR.

And the July monthly specials – Teriyaki Salmon (grilled Atlantic salmon glazed with house-made teriyaki sauce, served on a bed of udon noodles, fresh vegetables and Thai chili sauce, $22.95), Turkey Cobb Wrap (smoked sliced turkey breast, avocado, applewood bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, sweet corn, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and ranch dressing, wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla and served with French fries and pickle spear, $17.95) and Grilled Berry Shortcake (grilled sweet corn cakes, berry medley compote and vanilla ice cream, $8.95) – celebrate the season of outdoor dining. Make your reservations (for two- or four-legged friends) today.

SAVE THE DATES

Hometown Rally Event, Sept. 1 – 5

About the Harley-Davidson Museum

Discover culture and history through stories and interactive exhibits that celebrate expression, camaraderie, and love for the sport at the Harley-Davidson Museum. A visit to the H-D Museum is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum at H-DMuseum.com.

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WorldSBK: Next Stop Is July 29-31 At Partially Repaved Autodrom Most

Fri, 2022-07-22 14:19

After more twists in the title race at Donington, WorldSBK heads to the Autodrom Most with the Championship battle hotting up

WorldSBK returns to the Autodrom Most for the second time as the Czech circuit hosted the event back in 2021.

The 2022 Czech Round will see Prosecco DOC as its Event Main Sponsor and the event will be taking place on July 29th-31st.

The Italian wine consortium has been an Official Sponsor of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship since 2013, with the renowned beverage is sprayed after every podium celebration.

WorldSBK in numbers

1000 – After one podium from Alvaro Bautista at Donington Park, Ducati are just one away from hitting 1000: they’d be the first manufacturer to reach this goal.

100 – Yamaha, after a hat-trick of wins by Toprak Razgatlioglu at Donington Park, counts 99 wins, 20 shy of the third all-time place held by Honda, and just one shy of 100.

32 – Both Yamaha and Kawasaki have won at 32 different tracks in WorldSBK history, but if Yamaha won here last year, Kawasaki has yet to climb on the top step at Most.

11 – Yamaha has qualified on the front row in Superpole in the last eleven races, a record-breaking streak for the manufacturer.

10 – Both Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu count 22 career wins and, with three wins on the line in Most, they both have a chance to enter the top ten of all time.

 

What to look out for in Most

 

Championship P1 – 246 points

Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Ducati Racing)

It will be Bautista’s first-time racing at the Autodrom Most with Ducati.

In 2021, he qualified in 11th place and his best result was a seventh place In Race 1.

He leads the WorldSBK standings with 246 points, despite his DNF In Race 1 at Donington Park.

“I never ride in Most with Ducati, but I think last year Redding was quite fast there last year. The layout seems nice, and I hope to enjoy the track. But I don’t expect anything, we’ll start to work on Friday to try to find the best setup, the best feeling. We also have to see how the new asphalt is, as they resurfaced some part of the track, how will the tyre consumption be because I think Pirelli will bring different tyre options from the standards.”

Championship P2 – 229 points

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)

In 2021, Rea recorded the first pole position at Most in WorldSBK. He finished in third place in the Superpole Race and Race 2, while he did not finish Race 1.

So far, he has won on 21 different tracks, an all-time record, but Most is not among those.

He stands in second place in the Championship standings, 17 points behind Bautista.

“I’m excited to go to Most. I’ve got some unfinished business there because last year was quite disappointing. It was a tough weekend for me and the bike. But it was the first time we ever visited the track so this year we’ll have some data. I know that they have resurfaced some part of the circuit, so they’ve been working hard. It’s a fun track. Like in Estoril, the first time I visited Estoril wasn’t so good and the next time we came back, we won some races. So that would be incredible if we could return to Most and win some races before the summer break. The Championship is now really close.”

Championship P3 – 203 points

Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK)

In 2021, Razgatlioglu won from the second grid spot Race 1 and the Superpole Race, before finishing second behind Scott Redding in Race 2.

After his first WorldSBK hat-trick, he Is currently third in the standings, 43 points behind Bautista and 26 behind Rea.

“In Most, Ducati is usually very strong, Rea will be fast, but we’ll keep fighting for the victory. I like the track. There will be some parts with a new asphalt so we will see. We’re not looking at the Championship yet and I’m just looking race by race.”

Championship P4 – 124 points

Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK)

In 2021, Locatelli claimed his second career podium in Race 1.

“Last year in Most, it was an incredible weekend for me. We took one podium, we did very well all weekend. If we want to do the same this year, we need to work on the bike and push to close the gap because I think in Most we can do very well.”

Championship P5 – 119 points

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Ducati Racing)

In 2021, Rinaldi was 4th and 5th in the full-distance races and 10th in the Superpole one.

With 119 points in the standings, he is now only five points behind Locatelli in fourth.

“In Most, I expect to be there fighting at the front because right now, I’m feeling comfortable with the bike. I’m really happy with the team and we work in a really good way. I think the goal will be the podium in Most.”

Championship P6 – 116 points

Iker Lecuona (Team HRC)

It will be Lecuona’s first visit at the Autodrom Most.

He’s the only rider to have scored top ten finishes in every race this season.

“I’ve spent a week just relaxing and resting. It was important to try and recover generally and regain strength after a very busy six weeks of testing around the world. I’ve basically not stopped recently, and I really felt it at Donington. So I’ve done my best to recover in preparation for Most, another new track where we need to start from scratch. I’ve never even seen a video of the track actually, so Friday’s free practice sessions will be crucial. In my case, this is the third of several new tracks we are going to visit this season and, so far, we have been able to adapt well, so we must keep up the good work.”

To keep an eye on:

Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) claimed his first podium with BMW at Donington Park. With three podium places including a victory in Race 2 in 2021 at Most, he will be one to look out for in 2022. Talking about his expectations for the Czech Round, he said; “We’ve been too consistent in Donington, in different conditions. I don’t think we’re going to go backward in Most. It’s a circuit that I like, and it will be a good test. I believe that we’ve made a good step this weekend.”

Championship standings (after Race 2 – Round 5)

1. Alvaro Bautista (ESP) Ducati (246 points)

2. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki (229 points)

3. Toprak Razgatlioglu (TUR) Yamaha (203 points)

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Video: MV Agusta Factory Tour, Part Two

Fri, 2022-07-22 13:14

Roadracing World’s Sam Fleming and Melissa Berkoff visited the MV Agusta factory in Varese, Italy in April 2022.

It is very rare to be able to video inside a modern motorcycle factory so you can join Sam and Melissa in a detailed walk through the factory.

This is a multi-part series.

In Part 2 we see the engine assembly, the motorcycle assembly, the engine testing, and the motorcycle ABS testing.

Most of these videos are unscripted and had to be shot contemporaneously with the tour so forgive any verbal slips or the handheld nature of the camera work.

00:10 Assembly Lines – Engines and Bikes!

00:56 Crankshafts

01:24 Transmissions

02:37 Pistons and Connecting Rods

04:14 Testa (Valve Head Assembly)

04:45 Engine Assembly Line

06:15 Clutch Baskets

06:46 Completed Engines

07:26 Steering head bearings…with grease!

08:05 Start of Bike Assembly Line

11:25 Fluids Added to Completed Bike

13:00 Engine Testing

16:16 Bike testing

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Bike Intro: 2022 Yamaha XSR900, In The July Issue

Thu, 2022-07-21 18:05

Featured In the July 2022 issue of Roadracing World:

        There’s a line that I remember from the 2004 documentary ‘The Persuaders,’ a look at the rise of highly paid consultants who use technology to enhance the emotional appeals they use to sell everything from popcorn to presidents: “Everything works now. You know, french fries taste crisp. Coffee’s hot. You know, beer tastes good…”

        For motorcyclists, this is generally an excellent thing. Truly crappy motorcycles are largely a thing of the past. Some motorcycles that cost less than $5,000 come with inverted forks and ABS, and bikes with traction control, lean-angle-sensitive ABS, and clutchless up-and-down-shifting can cost less than $6,000. For general street use and light Sunday-morning hooliganism, close your eyes and point in a motorcycle showroom, and whatever you select will likely get the job done. 

        In this context, it is possible to add a few more features or slightly better performance, or cut a few and offer a lower price, to try to attract customers. But Yamaha chose a different approach for its XSR900 Sport Heritage series, realizing that style costs nothing…

—Intro: 2022 Yamaha XSR900 Sport Heritage: More Style, by Michael Gougis

 

There’s not a lot new in the 2022 XSR900 from a mechanical point of view for those familiar with the latest MT-09 and Tracer 9 GT models. The vast majority of the components can be found on those two machines. What makes the bike stand out is the styling. Yamaha brought a design team to a warehouse in Japan where it stores its old Grand Prix racebikes and let them ogle, touch, and study those historic machines. Given that the new XSR900 was going to have the same chassis, engine and tank as the MT-09, they looked for styling inspiration that would work with those components. What they came up with is visually stunning. Read the details in the latest issue of Roadracing World!

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British Superbike: Ray Leads Championship Heading To Brands Hatch

Thu, 2022-07-21 17:26

Home hero Ray leads the way as Bennetts BSB reaches Brands Hatch

The Bennetts British Superbike Championship returns to Brands Hatch this weekend (22-24 July) for round five as the title fight hits the halfway mark ahead of the Showdown. Kent’s Bradley Ray holds the advantage at the top of the standings ahead of his local event, as he aims to keep the momentum going in front of his home crowd.

The Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider holds a 16-point lead ahead of the next three races this weekend having delivered his best start to a season, claiming three wins and a further seven podium finishes. However, McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran is closing rapidly and he’s currently riding the crest of a wave after a double victory at Knockhill carried him to second in the standings.

The ‘Team Green’ counter attack though comes thick and fast from Lee Jackson and Rory Skinner as the Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Racing teammates lock out third and fourth in the standings courtesy of their podium finishing form so far.

Kyle Ryde on the second Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha holds fifth in the standings and will be gunning for another win. He’s just ahead of Glenn Irwin, who is aiming to replicate the form that carried him to a Silverstone hat-trick at the start of the season.

Tommy Bridewell took the fight for the victories all the way to the chequered flag when the championship last visited Brands Hatch in 2021. The Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider will be aiming for nothing less than a fight for the podium at a circuit that has been strong for him in the past.

Danny Buchan completes the all-important top eight ahead of Brands Hatch; the SYNETIQ BMW rider holds a seven point lead over Josh Brookes; the rider who has won the most races on the Grand Prix circuit of the current grid. The MCE Ducati rider has yet to stand on the podium this season and his teammate Tom Sykes will also be eager to fire himself into contention for a Showdown position.

Reigning champion Tarran Mackenzie is returning to full fitness and the McAMS Yamaha rider has fond memories of Brands Hatch after his race wins last season took him to title glory. He will be hoping that a strong performance could get his title defence back on track after returning from injury.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:

  1. Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 216
  2. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 200
  3. Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 174
  4. Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 148
  5. Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 141
  6. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) 134
  7. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 94
  8. Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) 84

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

Bradley Ray – Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha

“We are still leading the championship four rounds in and have been so consistent; we have only been off the podium twice all year and one of those was a crash out of the lead and the other one was a fourth at Knockhill.

“Consistency is obviously key this year and podium points are what we are aiming for at the moment. As everyone knows the Showdown in another four rounds’ time so we need to keep racking up as many podium points as possible because at the end of the day when we get to the Showdown, that is what is going to make the difference.

“It obviously feels nice to be leading the championship but I am not thinking about that too much right now, the most important thing is to secure our place in the Showdown and have as many podium points as possible going into the final three rounds.

“I am really looking forward to head to Brands Hatch for my home race, going into this round after such a strong start to the season bodes well and the Yamaha seems to work very well around the Grand Prix circuit.

“I think it will be a wicked weekend and it would be nice to be on the top step at my home round in front of my fans and family who come to support me. I am fit and ready and I can’t wait to try and carry on this season as we are – keep smiling and feeling happy!”

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US-Based Ryvid Releases Anthem – A $7,800 Electric Motorcycle

Thu, 2022-07-21 16:45

RYVID INTRODUCES AEROSPACE-INSPIRED ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE, THE ANTHEM

Irvine, Calif. – Ryvid, a US-based company specializing in innovative EV mobility, has announced the launch of the Anthem, a fresh take on two-wheeled urban transport. The first 1,000 units, which can be pre-ordered beginning Sunday, August 14, 2022, at 10 a.m. PST, will feature proprietary technology, including an ultra-lightweight monocoque-inspired chassis, Ergo-Easy ride height-adjustable seat, integrated rear drive unit and removable battery pack for easy charging.

 

The battery pack on the Ryvid Anthem is removeable, making recharging easier for apartment residents and office building workers. Image courtesy Ryvid.

 

The Anthem Launch Edition is a first-of-its-kind, customizable motorcycle that combines advanced aerospace technology with the simplicity of EV architecture, allowing anyone to experience riding in its most elemental form. It is capable of speeds up to 75+ mph with a range of up to 75+ miles (50 miles in Sport Mode) on a single charge and is ideally suited for commuting and urban transport.

 

The right side of a Ryvid Anthem Launch Edition electric motorcycle. Image courtesy Ryvid.

 

Its corrosion-free, lightweight frame is cloaked beneath minimal, sleek bodywork bringing its total weight to just 240 pounds (175 pounds without battery) with a carrying capacity of 400 pounds. The Anthem also has a modular head tube unit, adjustable front and rear suspension and an Ergo-Easy ride height-adjustable seat  which allows the seat to electrically morph from 30” up to 34” – enabling a wide range of users. Furthermore, a 4.9-inch TFT display delivers information and key data such as speed and state of charge to the rider with ultimate clarity in any light.

 

The frame and rear drive unit of the Ryvid Anthem Launch Edition. Image courtesy Ryvid.

 

The EV’s easily removable and rollable 4.3 kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in three hours on a 220V outlet or in six hours on a 110V outlet. The Anthem’s fully enclosed motor and belt drive is housed in the swingarm, a single-piece die-cast construction with integrated cooling fins for maximum efficiency. Enclosing the motor and belt drive also provides improved durability and low maintenance.  Motor output is rated at 53 ft-lb of torque, which are transferred to the road via a 4.7:1 ratio, delivering up to 250 ft-lb at the final drive.  Dynamic energy is also recaptured using regenerative braking technology.

“Especially in this climate, it makes sense to have something designed to optimize the rider experience without the hassles of repair associated with a typical motorcycle,” says Ryvid Founder and CEO Dong Tran. “Riding the Anthem is a personal experience, with a level of customization that translates to a feeling that the bike was built just for you. We’re not a powersports brand but a mobile sports company. We are thrilled to deliver a product that will hugely impact how people view electric micro-mobility and introduce the Anthem to a market we know is ready for it.”

Ryvid’s Anthem Launch Edition is priced at $7,800 and will have a limited lifetime warranty on the frame, two-year warranty on the power pack and one-year standard motorcycle warranty. Deliveries are slated to begin Summer of 2023. Pre-orders for the Anthem Launch Edition will be limited to 1,000 units and are only available at www.ryvid.com.

 

About Ryvid

Founded by enthusiasts, engineered by innovators, and designed by aerospace industry gearheads, Ryvid was formed by a desire to combine the heart of an EV with the soul of moto. The company’s name derives from the merging of “rhythm” and “avid,” elements of motion and emotion that define the experience of riding a Ryvid.

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WorldSBK: Van Der Mark Extends Contract With BMW Motorrad

Thu, 2022-07-21 16:09

Michael van der Mark starts for BMW Motorrad Motorsport again in the 2023 WorldSBK.

Michael van der Mark enters his third season with the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team in 2023.

BMW Motorrad Motorsport expects return from injury after the summer break.

Michael van der Mark: “I am sure that we have a successful future together”.

Munich. Michael van der Mark (NED) and BMW Motorrad Motorsport have extended their collaboration and will compete together again in the 2023 FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). 2023 will be van der Mark’s third season on the BMW M 1000 RR, and he will once again team up with Scott Redding (GBR) in the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team.

Van der Mark has been a BMW Motorrad works rider since 2021. His biggest success to date on the BMW M 1000 RR came last season at Portimão (POR) where he took victory in the Superpole race. This season, injury has prevented the Dutchman from contesting any more than the races at his home event at Assen (NED). At the following event at Estoril (POR) he fractured his right femoral neck. He is currently in recovery. BMW Motorrad Motorsport expects him to return after the summer break in the WorldSBK.

“We are very pleased that Michael is remaining with us,” said BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc Bongers. “In his first season, in 2021, he adapted very well to the BMW M 1000 RR, which was initially unfamiliar to him. He confirmed this with victory at Portimão. His contribution to the development of the M RR in its first season was hugely important to our whole project. Unfortunately, Michael has been plagued by injury since the winter. However, we are confident that, when he is fit and can race again, he will soon return to his original strength on the M RR, and be able to build on that. Even during this recovery period, Michael has remained closely involved in the BMW family. It is excellent that he will remain an integral part of the family in the future. It was important to us to complete the contract extension before the summer break, also to express our faith in him, which allows him to focus fully on his recovery. We are looking forward to his comeback and a strong 2023 season together.”

“I am very happy in the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family and pleased about the extension of our collaboration,” said van der Mark. “Unfortunately, for me personally, the current season has not worked out how I had imagined so far. However, I cannot change that. It is now important to recover fully. Personally, I want to get back on my BMW M 1000 RR as quickly as possible. I miss everything – the team, the bike, racing. However, all that matters is what the doctors say, and I am following their recommendations. We’ll have to see exactly when I can race again. I saw at Assen just how much potential the bike has this season, and the project has made further progress since then – you could see that in the recent races, and it was confirmed by Scott’s podium last time out at Donington. I am looking forward to returning to action and doing my bit. I am sure we have a successful future together.”

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AHRMA Recaps The Classic MotoFest Of Monterey

Thu, 2022-07-21 05:06

Vintage Music Thundered Across Laguna Seca as AHRMA hosted its second Classic MotoFest of Monterey

(July 20, 2022, Elora, Tennessee)  The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association descended on WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this past weekend hosting their second AHRMA Classic MotoFest of Monterey, July 15-17.  Perfect weather greeted racers and fans with a record attendance of 7,000.  It was truly the sound of music as over 1,000 total race entries roared across this 522-acre facility.

“I am excited to announce these numbers as AHRMA showcased most of our disciplines over the course of three days!  In my opinion, the west coast was treated to the best of what AHRMA has to offer, whether it was bikes ripping it up on the motocross, flat track and cross-country tracks, riding slow and precise in the trials or screaming down the Corkscrew on a vintage or modern road racer,” stated Brian Larrabure, AHRMA’s Chairman of the Board.

Vintage thunder echoed on the legendary Laguna Seca road course as racers maneuvered the famous Corkscrew as part of the 2022 Bridgestone Tires AHRMA National Historic Cup Roadracing Series rounds 15 and 16.

AHRMA’s Road Race Director, Dewanna Comer was pleased overall with the weekend’s outcome, “In keeping with our overarching theme this weekend, road racing too offered something for everyone.  It was exciting to witness fans with tents in various areas of the track cheering on our full line of bikes.  Whether it was the CB160 Le Mans start, our largest grid Sound of Thunder or crowd-favorite Sidecars, these guys and gals put on a show.”

The 4SR/Jemco AHRMA Dirt Track series dirt track was built in the dry lake bed area of the infield for the first time.  The old saying, “Build it and they will come.” proved true as riders and fans alike enjoyed the groomed 1/8 mile oval.

Dirt Track Director Richard Brodock stated, “We had the vision and contacted the Salinas Ramblers.  Through joint efforts we were able to provide a great racing experience.  Entries included a Harley KR750, a BSA Gold Star and several Bultaco Astros.  We learned a lot and expect next year to be bigger and better!”

Also being offered for the first time was AHRMA’s Bridgestone Tires Cross Country Series.  The course start utilized the vintage motorcycle track and then dropped off into an adjacent canyon providing winding technical hills, dry washes and a purpose-built single track.

AHRMA’s new Off-Road Director, Terry McPhillips, reported, “I was excited to be a part of a great weekend of racing, hats off to our volunteers who helped pull this together!”  With an impressive hill-side period correct scrambles style vintage motocross track AHRMA racers didn’t disappoint the fan-lined fence as they each raced to grab the hole-shot with the ultimate goal of being first to the checkered flag.

Spectators were treated to much more than an amazing weekend of historic racing, as the glue that brought the festival together, was affectionately termed the “Fun Zone” and was headed up by Laroque Motorsports.  The Friday night 1AHRMA party featured a “Slow Race” sponsored by the California Motorcycle Safety Program.  Scott Stewart was wearing a big smile as he received a $250 check for being the slowest rider in one of the most hotly contested races of the weekend!  The Hagerty Vintage Motorcycle Bike Show brought museum quality machines along with knowledgeable owners glad to share the history and glamour of these machines. Additionally, the Fun Zone provided access to racing legends during autograph sessions, a July visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, tools to entice and educate the younger crowd with the addition of Strider Bike and the “Mimi and Moto” book characters as well as a vintage motorcycle movie night.

“With a great initial reception by the public and our dedication to constantly improving and growing the festival atmosphere, we are looking forward to spreading the vintage motorcycle gospel to the masses and keeping our passion for the old bikes alive while moving into the next millennium,” stated Maruice Laroque.

If you missed this year’s AHRMA Classic MotoFest of Monterey, we invite you to mark your calendar for 2023 as AHRMA will return next year July 14-16.

 

About AHRMA:

The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated competing on fantastic classic and true vintage along with a wide range of modern motorcycles.  With about 3,300 members, AHRMA is the largest vintage racing group in North America and one of the biggest in the world. The association has grown steadily over the years, reflecting the increasing interest in classic bikes.

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