MotoAmerica Sportbike Track Gear Junior Cup Preview - The Future Of American Racing

Given the recent success and notoriety of American roadracers like Joe Roberts in Moto2, Garrett Gehrloff in World Superbike, and Brandon Paasch in BSB Moto3, thought a more detailed look at the future of American roadracing was in order. So here is an introduction to the MotoAmerica Sportbike Track Gear Junior Cup, the equivalent of the Talent Cups being organized by Dorna, with the aim of encouraging and bringing on the next generation of American talent.

The 2021 MotoAmerica Sportbike Track Gear Junior Cup season is shaping up to be its most competitive in recent memory. The attraction for young riders from ages 14 to 28 is increasing along with the notoriety and success of its riders. Designed as an entry level class with small displacement motorcycles and limited modifications, the Junior Cup is an ideal launching pad for a young racers career. More on the history of the class can be found here, but as a good racer shouldn’t spend time looking back during a race, let’s look forward to the upcoming season and some of its participants.

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Austin Round of MotoGP At The Circuit Of The Americas Canceled

The Grand Prix of the Americas will not happen in 2020. Today, in a post on social media which has since been deleted, the Circuit of The Americas announced that the Austin round of MotoGP had been canceled, and a date set for the 2021 edition, to be held on April 18th.

The news hardly comes as a surprise, given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Texas, and the growth in cases in the US in general. That has prompted the EU countries to put the US on a list of countries from which all non-essential travel is still banned, with no sign of that being lifted.

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Steve English Blog: Sport is back, but is it a blueprint for the future?

Wasn’t it amazing! Football, motorsport and golf were all back on television. There is a God and His name is Live Sport In Your Living Room! Suddenly instead of endless re-runs and memories (I’m as guilty as everyone else) there was now new memories, new moments and a new norm was being constructed before our eyes.

The cost of not returning to football to finish the 2020 season could cost over €6bn worldwide. Whether it’s the Premier League having to pay out over €750m or the loss of gate receipts, the effect of the shutdown could be profound. The German Bundesliga at least shows that it is possible to host a game, and the TV coverage wasn’t noticeably different.

The lack of a crowd, substitutes evenly spaced along the sideline, and the muted celebrations are strange but you grow accustomed to it. Why can the Bundesliga return and other countries can’t? The German government took steps before other nations to limit the outbreak and now they’ll also act as a guinea pig for how football can return.

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Holiday Reading: On Track Off Road Magazine

With the holidays coming up and no racing on, most people will have a little more time on their hands to do a bit of reading. If you are looking to read about motorcycle content across all disciplines with a focus on racing, then On Track Off Road magazine is the best possible way to pass the time. I have been proud to write a column for Adam Wheeler's magazine for the past four and a half years, adding my bit of MotoGP insight. You can find me alongside such fantastic writers as Neil Morrison, currently the best writer on MotoGP, stellar WorldSBK photographer Graeme Brown, WorldSBK guru Steve English, AMA specialist Steve Matthes, and Adam Wheeler, a man who has forgotten more about MXGP than I will ever learn.

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - MotoGP: an American renaissance?

MotoAmerica’s Wayne Rainey is working to make the USA a global racing force again

Empires come and go: the Greek, the Roman, the Portuguese, the British... It’s the same in sport, especially sports linked to industry and technology.

America’s grand prix empire reigned from 1978 to 2000: 14 500cc world titles in 23 years, then only one since. And nothing before, either.

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JD Beach: The All-American All-Rounder

In the final installment of our look at the development of the MotoAmerica championship, we talk to JD Beach about the challenges of being a young American racer, the growth of the series, his rivalry with Garrett Gerloff, being inspired by Nicky Hayden, and racing flat track

In many ways JD Beach is a throwback to a bygone age of American racing. The Washington State native is rightly regarded as one of the most versatile racers in the United States. One that is equally adept at sliding on the dirt of American Flat Track or going bar-to-bar in MotoAmerica on a Supersport machine. There's little doubt that if Grand National Championships were still decided by combination of Road Racing and various Flat Track disciplines, Beach would be a contender.

Brad Baker, the 2013 Grand National champion, leaves you in no doubt as to whether Beach could cut it with the best. The Bullet grew up racing against Beach in Washington State and the two became close friends.

“I think that JD could definitely be a Grand National champion contender,” said Baker. “I've no doubt. Before he focused on road racing, he was competing and focused on nothing but Flat Track and he was a top contender in flat track. So there's no doubt he's got it. Since we were kids racing together on 65cc bikes, he’s been one of my biggest, if not my biggest, competitor. If JD really wanted to put his head down and do Flat Track full-time with a good team around him and it being his only series, he’d be a championship contender. No doubt.”

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Interview: Garrett Gerloff doesn't want a hand out; he wants a chance

The MotoGP media had the chance to sit down with Garrett Gerloff at the recent Aragon Grand Prix. While the American was an unknown to many he left an impression with his maturity and intelligence. Now the Texan wants the opportunity to prove what he can do on track

Garrett Gerloff has taken the MotoAmerica Supersport championship by storm in recent years, claiming back-to-back titles. The Texan has amassed 19 wins in the class, but it was his form this year in beating JD Beach to the title which turned a lot of heads.

At the recent Aragon round of MotoGP, a group of journalists sat down with the American to hear about his plans for the future and his reasons for making the trip to Europe. The lasting impression was that while Gerloff knows the importance of having an American in MotoGP, he wants to get an opportunity based on talent and hard work rather than his passport.

“I’m not here for business necessarily but I do like telling people I want to be here in MotoGP one day,” said the 22 year old. “This is my goal, to be in a world championship paddock, whether it’s here or WorldSBK. That would also be a goal of mine. I want to race with the best. I want to be one of the guys holding the American flag around here for a world championship. I want to start coming to more of these races so that I can be more than just someone that you've heard of who lives 5,000 miles away. I want to be a face that’s here in the paddock and is ready to do something in the future.”

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Wayne Rainey: The Renaissance Man for MotoAmerica

The MotoAmerica project is in its third year but what is the current state of Road Racing in the United States? At the opening round of the 2017 season we sought out the opinion of some of the biggest names in the paddock

The third year of the MotoAmerica championship has seen it continue to grow but how close is the series to prospering?

Within the paddock there is plenty of optimism that the series is on the verge of a true breakthrough as it seeks a return to the golden era of road racing in the United States. Three years ago, Wayne Rainey talked about looking to provide a stable platform for the championship and one that could offer growth potential. With a strong TV deal in place and manufacturer interest returning to the series - Suzuki and Honda have increased their involvement for 2017 - Rainey has now set his sights on a higher goal: making the US a destination for top riders around the world. Last year saw former Moto2 world champion Toni Elias move to America in search of another challenge and an opportunity to win races.

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