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World Superbike: Rea Tops Testing At Catalunya

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2020-07-09 23:03
Redding and Razgatlioglu fight at the top of day two, Rea leads overall It really is too close to call as whole variety of riders and manufacturers showcase their improvements… The two-day test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship teams and riders has concluded with many talking points before the first round. The scorching heat, high track temperature and slippery circuit meant that crashes and Red Flags were in abundance and that times for the top ten didn’t improve on this morning’s session, leaving Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) as the rider to beat, albeit by the slimmest of margins.   Jonathan Rea (1) testing at Catalunya. Photo courtesy Kawasaki.   After times failed to improve in the afternoon, Jonathan Rea leads the way on exit from Montmelo. The Ulsterman set a blistering lap in the morning session that was never headed, meaning he leaves the test with a good feeling aboard his ZX-10RR. Teammate Alex Lowes backed up the team’s efforts with fourth as the Championship leader continued his adaptation from Yamaha to Kawasaki. Working on rear end set-up and acclimatising to the changes of direction, Lowes has already built on refining his braking style from day one. All in all, a strong showing for the Spanish-run squad. It was another British rider in second place as Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) led Ducati’s charge in Catalunya. The rookie was top in the afternoon session and come the close of day one and was a mere 0.156s behind Rea overall after day two. His goal was to work on the bike’s performance in hot conditions, although this was hampered by two technical gremlins throughout the day; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) worked on chassis direction was fourth this afternoon and finished ninth overall, although race pace looks good. The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team had a very strong showing on day two, with Tom Sykes leading their charge in third place. The 2013 World Champion was one of just three riders in the 1’40s after the morning session and enjoyed his first time out at the circuit, doing plenty of race simulations. Teammate Eugene Laverty was also right in the mix and concluded the top six overall and was just over a second from top spot, despite a crash in the morning on the Q tyre. Neither finished inside the top ten during the hotter afternoon session as both worked on race pace, eager to get the bike dialled in on the new circuit. The first Yamaha on the timesheets was in fifth place and Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team). The tenacious Turk wrestled his Yamaha into position after getting back up to speed, although a morning crash at Turn 7 and afternoon technical issues suggested that it wasn’t all plain sailing. Teammate Michael van der Mark also had a morning technical problem as he concluded the test on seventh. The aim for the Dutchman was to focus on rear grip whilst both riders aimed at just getting laps under their belt. The first of the Independent riders came home in eighth place overall and that was Loris Baz. The French star was on the pace on his 2020 Yamaha R1 and focussed on tyre life in hot conditions and his work gave him third in the afternoon on day two. However, Leandro Mercado (Motocorsa Racing) made it two Independent teams in the top ten and despite an afternoon tumble between Turn 2 and 3, was seventh in the afternoon and tenth overall. It was a great afternoon showing for Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) and teammate Federico Caricasulo; they were eighth and eleventh this afternoon, with Gerloff just missing out on an overall top ten. After missing much of the entire morning session, Team HRC were out on track in the afternoon heat. Leon Haslam was up inside the top five after lunch but finished in ninth, whilst Alvaro Bautista was cemented to 15th, and whilst not testing any new parts, electronics refinement was key. Haslam would end up 12th overall whilst Bautista was 15th but not a full day on track, the potential is yet to be reached for the team and its new Honda CBR1000RR-R. In World Supersport, it was Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) who shone the brightest as he got his YZF R6 into a good position at a circuit he knows extremely well. Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) was second ahead Cluzel’s teammate, Corentin Perolari, who suffered a small crash in the morning session but was otherwise OK. Top six after day two: 1.) Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’40.450 2.) Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +0.156 3.) Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) +0.506 4.) Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.687 5.) Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) +0.768 6.) Eugene Laverty (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) +1.044       More, from a press release issued by Kawasaki: Rea Fastest Overall At Catalunya Tests Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK riders Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes have successfully completed an intense two day test at their team’s home circuit of Montmeló, with Rea setting the best lap of all during this morning’s slightly cooler session. Although both official KRT riders worked on machine and tyre set-up to suit the hot conditions they expect to experience at the next few races, they were also fast over one lap. Rea set a best-of-test 1’40.450 single lap time and Lowes was fourth overall with his 1’41.137. Hot and dry weather conditions characterised this test at the new-for-WorldSBK circuit of Montmeló, with both KRT riders enjoying the full experience of testing their machines around the challenging 4.627km layout. In all, 17 WorldSBK riders were at the Montmeló circuit for this test, giving Lowes and Rea a good reference of their main competitors’ performance levels after a long halt to the 2020 season. This test had two main uses for the entire KRT squad, which is based just a short distance from the track itself. The first was a final on-track preparation before the season restarts at Jerez in a few weeks. Secondly, it was ideal preparation for the Catalunya race weekend itself, which is scheduled for the weekend of 18th to 20th September. The WorldSBK season will restart for real – after what will be almost a five month break due to the global Covid-19 pandemic – at Jerez de la Frontera with race days on the first and second of August.   Jonathan Rea (1) testing at Catalunya. Photo courtesy Kawasaki.   Jonathan Rea, stated: “This morning I used a race tyre, the soft tyre and then two qualifying tyres. That was the target this morning – to work on ultimate pace and see what we could do. After that we started to work with the set-up again and tried to confirm some items on the front to give me some more stability. We backed-to-backed both bikes to find if we confirmed the set-up of what we arrived with at the Misano test. I preferred that to my old base set-up so it seems like we have moved our base set-up away from what I had. I don’t know if that is because the temperature suits that kind of bike set-up or if my riding style has evolved during this lockdown period and it has changed. But what I am requesting from the bike now I have a good feeling with this one. In the afternoon I waited for the temperature to be at the maximum to do two longer runs on both bikes to understand some test items. We felt pretty happy and now we look forward to Jerez.”   Alex Lowes (22) at speed during testing at Catalunya. Photo courtesy Kawasaki.   Alex Lowes, stated: “In the final hour or so we put everything together what we had found positives with and the bike was working really well. We did more laps than I thought – 107 today – so a busy one. But I am really happy with such a positive second day here. This is still a learning process and with the amount of laps I have done I am trying to learn as quickly as possible. I am happy with my pace this afternoon, it was strong and a little bit faster than I expected, which is always nice. After such a long break in the season it has been easier to get back into the swing of things than I thought but it will be nice to get a couple of weeks off now before the back-to-back races that restart the season. My pace with the used tyres is more competitive than with the new tyres, same as we saw in Phillip Island. Luckily for me we have had the same characteristic here. On used tyres I am feeling good with the bike. Joining this team, every day I am learning more. It is a fantastic team and I am enjoying it a lot.” Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: “Our test has been really, really positive. We had some info from the last test here in January that we collected for this test. We started with that base set-up and then we focused to understand the hot conditions and how to use the tyres. This track is very demanding on tyres, and it is the key point. We have been very focused on making a good lap time and working over a long distance. I am very happy because we reached all the targets that we put on the paper and Johnny was also the fastest one – this morning when the track temperature was cooler. We used a qualifying soft tyre and took the fastest lap. We also confirmed some items we tested in Misano and I feel very good. Johnny is in very good shape after the long break because of Covid-19 and he did a great job here; very calm and working well.” Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Alex Lowes, stated: “We had a very good test and we are prepared for the second race of the season at Jerez. We know we should have very hot conditions there. We started off with a base set-up and then understood in which direction we needed to work when it is hot and slippery. That is what we achieved. Alex is fast and consistent. Over half race distance it was quite impressive, so this makes us very confident. I think in the end we made the most laps of anyone at this test and we have a happy rider. We are ready now for Jerez.” Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: “We have finished in Montmeló and it has been a good test. Our conclusions are positive because after two days we can understand much better how the track is working. In September, for the race, it should still be quite hot, so the information from this test will be so useful. The riders enjoyed the track a lot and we could see how the other riders’ lap times were. We can see how everybody has tried to understand the position of the competition. I think in general everybody in WorldSBK has been happy to be here and from our side it has been incredible so now we wait to come back again for the race.” In addition to the KRT riders on their Ninja ZX-10RRs at Montmeló, Sandro Cortese (Outdo Kawasaki TPR) continued his largely positive test experiences and ended up 13th overall. Maximilian Scheib (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 16th quickest. Cortese set a 1’42.187 personal best lap and Scheib a 1’42.436.       More, from a press release issued by Racing Ducati: Testing concludes at Barcelona for the Racing – Ducati team with Redding 2nd and Davies 9th respectively The Racing – Ducati team ended today the two-day testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the last one before the long-awaited second round of the 2020 WorldSBK season scheduled from 31 July to 2 August in Jerez de la Frontera. Scott (P2 in the combined standings) was fast throughout the sessions, confirming the great feeling with his Ducati Panigale V4 R. After setting the Day-1 fastest chrono, the Englishman took an exciting head-to-head with Rea in the early morning laps today, then returned to the track in the afternoon for a 18-lap long run. Tangible progress, especially in Day-2, for Chaz Davies (P9 in the combined standings). The Welshman worked hard on used tyres, before pushing hard on the final lap which allowed him to end up the afternoon session in fourth place.   Scott Redding (45) at Catalunya. Photo courtesy Ducati.   Scott Redding ( Racing – Ducati Rider #45) “I am satisfied with this test. We have worked very well these two days especially with used tyres. This morning’s challenge with Rea was a lot of fun. We pushed hard but after a few fast laps I wanted to remind myself what the real objective of the test was. That’s why we did a long run this afternoon. I couldn’t try the time attack because of a technical issue but it doesn’t matter”.   Chaz Davies (7) backs his Ducati into a corner during testing at Catalunya. Photo courtesy Ducati.   Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati Rider #7) “It was very important to get back on track to work again on some of the solutions we already tried at Misano. They were two intense days in which we worked well and they were also important to get familiar with this circuit in conditions similar to those we will find during the race weekend. All in all I am satisfied and the aim now is to get to Jerez in the best possible condition”.       More, from a press release issued by BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: Countdown to season restart: BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team tests the BMW S 1000 RR at the ‘Circuit de Catalunya’. Barcelona. The countdown is on to the restart of the 2020 FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). After several months without racing, the season is set to resume on the first weekend in August at Jerez de la Frontera (ESP). In preparation for the coming races, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and its riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and Eugene Laverty (IRL) took part in this week’s tests at the ‘Circuit de Catalunya’ near Barcelona (ESP). The test allowed the team to evaluate various updates for the BMW S 1000 RR, which have been worked upon during the enforced break since the season-opener in Australia. The fine-tuning primarily centred around finding the best possible basic set-up for round two of the season at Jerez de la Frontera. The team also used the test to familiarise itself with the ‘Circuit de Catalunya’ and to gain data on the track properties. That is particularly important, as the circuit to the north of Barcelona is new to the WorldSBK calendar in 2020. ‘Circuit de Catalunya’ will host the sixth event of the season from 18th to 20th September. Shaun Muir, Team Principal: “We had some items to test and, very importantly, track familiarisation to get ready for the upcoming race later in the season. The updates that we had to test were mainly electronic strategy related and a lot of the other work that was focused on were race simulations runs and tyre wear in the latter stages of the race. I’m generally happy with both Tom and Eugene. It was very difficult to judge lap times overall with it being very cool in the morning and most were pushing for the times early on. Once the temperatures rose, we concentrated on the race runs. Overall we are happy, we’ve had a good test in Lausitz and here in Barcelona so now we can look forward to the restart of the WorldSBK Championship at Jerez.” Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:  “We can’t wait to go racing again after the long break we had since Australia. Testing at Barcelona was very beneficial in our preparation for the restart of the season. Conditions have been like we expect them to be at the next rounds we will have in Spain and Portugal. It was also great to get familiar with the ‘Circuit de Catalunya’ which we will race on for the first time in September. We now know a little bit more what to expect there. Now we are looking forward to Jerez and getting back to competition mode again.”   Tom Sykes (66). Photo courtesy of BMW Motorrad.   Tom Sykes:  “I’m feeling really good as we had a very productive test in Germany and have continued that same form here into Catalunya. It’s great to be here as I have never ridden the track so I’ve really enjoyed the layout of the whole circuit. We’ve had a good test schedule and worked through a lot of test items with the BMW S 1000 RR gathering some crucial information. It’s clear to see that the whole of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team has been hard at work during this difficult period as we arrived here with a lot of ideas. It’s been working on different geometry settings, front and rear suspensions parameters, chassis options and we have certainly improved the electronic strategy. We are still exploring these set ups; we just need some time to put all this together.”   Eugene Laverty (50) . Photo courtesy BMW Motorrad.    Eugene Laverty: “This test has been my best run on the bike yet, it’s been fantastic and in particular my race run in that final session there. I did a race run yesterday which was a good pace, but I knew I had more to give today and I proved that. We lapped from the start in the 1’43.300’s and by lap 18 we were at 1’43.900, which was incredible compared to what a lot of the others lads were doing over the race distance. This morning I had some good pace on the ‘X’ tyre and then jumped to the ‘Q’ tyre but had a little crash. The crash was a similar crash to the one in Phillip Island which is something we need to look at. Overall I’m happy with the test and I’m looking forward to getting out in Jerez in a few weeks’ time.”       More, from a press release issued by Yamaha: Pata Yamaha’s Razgatlıoğlu and Van der Mark Enjoy Positive Return in Barcelona Testing At a private test in Barcelona attended by the top WorldSBK competitors, the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team with Rizla completed a combined 332 total of laps over the two days, with riders Toprak Razgatlıoğlu and Michael van der Mark making best use of this important track time ahead of the second round of the series in Jerez (31 July – 2 August). The two-day test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which is set to host a WorldSBK round for the first time on 18-20 September, saw Phillip Island race-winner Razgatlıoğlu complete 154 laps with a best time of 1:41.217 on his Yamaha R1 with team-mate van der Mark posting1:41.679 from his 178 laps, as Yamaha’s engineers focused on new development parts and collecting valuable data. In the mid-summer Barcelona heat, testing got underway on Wednesday, with Razgatlıoğlu quickly getting back up to speed with the sixth-fastest time in the morning just ahead of van der Mark in seventh. During the afternoon, both riders continued to refamiliarise themselves with their R1’s after a four-month layoff and to test different parts as Razgatlıoğlu improved his time to finish the day in ninth as the grip levels dropped. Van der Mark’s best effort was enough for 11th in the afternoon, to conclude his first full day on the race-ready Yamaha R1 since the Australian opener. In the cooler conditions of day two’s morning, the Pata Yamaha riders made a big step in pace and then both set their fastest times of the test in the final hour before the lunch break. Turkish racer Razgatlıoğlu was fifth with a time of 1’41.217, despite a crash without injury at the exit of Turn 7, as Dutch star van der Mark went seventh quickest with a time of 1’41.679. In the afternoon, both Razgatlıoğlu and van der Mark continued to rack up their mammoth lap counts, with the former going second quickest on his final tour of testing, and both were confident in the development work done by the Pata Yamaha squad. The team is now ready for the WorldSBK season restart, scheduled for Spain and the Circuito de Jerez in three weeks’ time, as both van der Mark and Razgatlıoğlu look to continue their championship challenge.   Toprak Razgatlioglu (54). Photo courtesy Yamaha.   Toprak Razgatlıoğlu: 154 Laps – 1’41.217 “I’m happy because I was able to ride the Yamaha R1 again! We tried many new parts and sometimes they didn’t work, but we found some new things that did make improvements. It’s not been a bad test at all, it was very important as it’s a new track for me and we are now ready for the race in Jerez. I only knew this circuit from video games, so it was good to get some laps in before we come back here later this year. The first day was quite difficult after so much time away from the bike, and I had a huge crash on day 2 and I’m lucky to have no injury. But even with this, we were quite fast and we improved the R1, so we can be happy.”   Michael van der Mark (60). Photo courtesy Yamaha.   Michael van der Mark: 178 Laps – 1’41.679 “It was nice to be back on the bike; it’s been a while and also it’s been 10 years since I’ve last been here, so it was all quite new. We had so many new things to try and I think we can be quite happy with this test, even if it doesn’t maybe look as good from the results alone. We had so many new developments and we were just focused on improving the bike, because in the last four months the guys have been working really hard at home. A lot of positives on the R1, I’m happy to be back after four months not riding and I’m ready to be racing again. I can’t wait for the restart in Jerez.” Paul Denning: Team Principal, Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team “It’s a pleasure to be back at the racetrack with the team, riders and Yamaha engineers, ahead of the restart to the season. The Barcelona Grand Prix circuit is a new one for our team and both of our riders, so after four months off the bikes yesterday was a little challenging to get fully back up to speed. Nonetheless, we still got through a reasonable amount of work, maybe leaving more questions than answers, but with a good night’s sleep the riders were ready to go this morning. The crew chiefs and engineers had also made a clear plan for today and we were a lot more competitive. Testing here in these conditions is almost like running at two different circuits as the temperature increases, and the grip level drops significantly. We were quick in cooler conditions and we’ve improved the bike to be a lot closer in hotter temperatures than we were yesterday. Some problems, some challenges, and an extremely busy couple of days, but in the end a great job by Michael, Toprak and all the team, and now we are looking forward to Jerez.” Barcelona WorldSBK Test Combined Times 1. Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team, 1’40.450 2. Scott Redding, Ducati Aruba, 1’40.606 3.. Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, 1’40.956 4. Alex Lowes, Kawasaki Racing Team, 1’41.137 5. Toprak Razgatlıoğlu, Pata Yamaha, 1’41.218 6. Eugene Laverty, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, 1’41.494 7. Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha, 1’41.679 8. Loris Baz, Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, 1’41.881 9. Chaz Davies, Ducati Aruba, 1’41.903 10. Leandro Mercado, Motocorsa Racing Team, 1’42.024 11. Garrett Gerloff, GRT Yamaha, 1’42.121 12. Leon Haslam, Honda Racing Corporation, 1’42.126       More, from a press release issued by Honda Pro Racing: Team HRC concludes its first post-lockdown tests in Spain Team HRC has concluded its first testing session in months at the Catalunya-Barcelona circuit in Spain. Following the enforced break owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, official riders Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam were enthusiastic to return to the track and get back to work. Having not visited a racetrack since the conclusion of the opening Superbike World Championship round at Phillip Island, Australia, in late February, they essentially started from where they last left off. Testing alongside most of the Superbike field, the dry, sunny conditions allowed the team to work on many areas of the bike, continuing its set-up work. At the same time the riders have had the opportunity to regain feeling aboard their bikes and set some fast lap times, day one closing with Alvaro having set the fifth fastest time, Leon placing twelfth. On day two however, Leon and Alvaro missed the chance to further improve on their lap times as they were forced to spend a few hours in the garage in the early stages of the morning. This meant that at the end of the day they had to settle for twelfth and fourteenth place respectively in the combined classification. The set-up work nevertheless resumed in the early afternoon and carried on until the very end of the session at 6pm local time. Both riders now look forward to their next track outing, where the team will be joined by Japanese staff who were unable to attend the current session due to some travel restrictions only recently lifted, and the development of their CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP bikes can continue. Team HRC will therefore continue its preparations ahead of round 2 of the WorldSBK championship, scheduled to take place over the weekend of 1-2 August at the Jerez de la Frontera track in Spain. Leon Haslam 91 Today has been quite productive despite a long stop in the garage this morning. Yesterday was less ideal as I had a crash in the morning: a wheelie turned into a big high side, so that definitely woke me up after the long break! I hit my head and ankle but luckily did no serious damage. Having said that, we had a productive afternoon on the second bike anyway, and as I said, another good session this afternoon. The main aim here was to analyse our Phillip Island performance and try to iron out a few of the issues we had there. I feel that the bike has great potential but that, considering the brand-new package, we simply need time. Many small things create a good package, and we are trying to find all that in what is a very short space of time. One positive is that Alvaro and I agree on many things, so this makes development a little smoother. All in all, I’m pleased. I hadn’t been at this track for 18 years, so it’s been good to get a feel for it again seeing as we’ll be racing here later in the summer. I feel we’ve been able to get up to speed here and then, as of the next test, we will have a long list of parts and elements to test. Alvaro Bautista 19  This is only our first test back and so understandably it took me a little time to reset mentally and find the right feeling with my bike again, but now I already feel like I’m back in the groove let’s say. We haven’t really tested anything new here – that’s something we’ll focus on next time – and so we’ve concentrated mainly on confidence, and also on the electronics, working to find more traction through the corners and improve our braking on corner entry. I hadn’t ridden at this track for a while, and never with the Superbike of course, but it seems like it offers quite good grip; the levels are not at all bad, particularly considering the heat. Today we had to spend some time in the garage as the engineers had to analyse a lot of data to fix some issues we had, so we missed the chance to go for some fast lap times during the best part of the day. We’ve been productive anyway, and it looks like we’ve found some things to work on again next time out, when we will also have the HRC engineers present with some new parts for us to test.

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American Flat Track: Tickets For Dallas Half-Mile On Sale Now

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2020-07-09 21:55
AFT Launches Ticket Sales for Roof Systems Dallas Half-Mile presented by Law Tigers Doubleheader Weekend DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 9, 2020) – American Flat Track announced today that tickets are live for its return to Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX for an unmissable back-to-back race weekend. The Roof Systems Dallas Half-Mile presented by Law Tigers will bring the heart-pumping action of American Flat Track to the Lone Star State on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas, this half-mile black clay racetrack is best known as the birthplace of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. Nearly three decades since AFT’s last running at this venue, this racetrack presents a new challenge and level playing field for today’s competitors. Right in the backyard of its entitlement sponsor – Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas – fans can look forward to a showing from the Roof Systems team strongly represented in all three classes of AFT competition – the AFT SuperTwins presented by Vance & Hines class, the AFT Production Twins class and the AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys class. Tickets begin at just $25 with a multi-day discount of $10-off each pair of Friday/Saturday General Admission passes purchased in advance. As always, children 12 and under are admitted free to GA areas with the purchase of an Adult GA ticket, so bring the kids for the most exciting two-wheeled racing weekend of 2020. Tickets for AFT’s return to the historic Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the 2020 Roof Systems Dallas Half-Mile I and Dallas Half-Mile II presented by Law Tigers doubleheader weekend on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26 are available now at For more information on American Flat Track visit To get the latest American Flat Track clothing and merchandise visit Catch all the AFT action LIVE! For less than $1 a race, watch American Flat Track LIVE with TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold! How to Watch: NBCSN and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. The complete schedule for AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold – the most-robust motorsports offering in the digital marketplace – is a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event and maintaining an active archive of all AFT content. About American Flat Track: American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events with TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

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Harley-Davidson Eliminating 700 Jobs Worldwide

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2020-07-09 21:39
HARLEY-DAVIDSON ANNOUNCES REWIRE PROGRESS, NEW OPERATING MODEL AND LEANER ORGANIZATION TO DRIVE FOCUS AND EFFICIENCY Milwaukee, July 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As part of its comprehensive efforts to rewire the company (The Rewire), announced in April, Harley-Davidson, Inc. (“Harley-Davidson”) (NYSE:HOG) today announced an overhaul of its global operating model, including a leaner, more nimble organization. Initial Rewire actions are expected to result in restructuring costs of approximately $42 million in Q2 2020. The company plans to share a summary of The Rewire, including additional costs and expected savings, when it releases its Q2 results. “The Rewire is progressing very well and substantial work is being done to eliminate complexity and get Harley-Davidson on a path to winning. Our new operating model is simpler, more focused and enables faster decisions across the entire company,” said Jochen Zeitz, chairman, president and CEO of Harley-Davidson. “We’ve taken a hard look at our entire set up, our spending, and how work is getting done, to align our operating model, structure and processes. We are building a strong foundation to drive a high-performance organization in the future.” Changes to the company’s operating model under The Rewire include all areas of the business globally, from commercial operations to corporate functions. Changes have also occurred in the company’s leadership, among them, Chief Financial Officer John Olin has left his role, with current VP Treasurer, Darrell Thomas assuming duties as interim CFO until a successor is appointed. “Significant changes are necessary, and we must move in new directions. I thank John for his commitment during his 17 years with the company and for his leadership during this critical phase of The Rewire,” Zeitz said. Overall, the streamlined structure requires approximately 700 fewer positions across the company’s global operations with approximately 500 employees expected to exit the organization through 2020.   The key elements of The Rewire: Enhance core strengths and better balance expansion into new spaces Prioritize the markets that matter Reset product launches and product line up for simplicity and maximum impact Build the Parts & Accessories and General Merchandise businesses to full potential Adjust and align the organizational structure, cost structure and operating model to reduce complexity and drive efficiency to set Harley-Davidson up for stability and success   The company plans to share a comprehensive summary of The Rewire actions and financial impacts when it releases its Q2 results later this month. The Rewire will set the foundation for a new 2021-2025 strategic plan which is expected to be shared in Q4. Company Background Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has stood for the timeless pursuit of adventure and delivered freedom for the soul with an expanding range of leading-edge, distinctive and customizable motorcycles in addition to riding experiences and exceptional motorcycle accessories, riding gear and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provides financing, insurance and other programs to help get Harley-Davidson riders on the road. Learn more at Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements The company intends that certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified as such because the context of the statements will include words such as the company “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “plans,” “may,” “will,” “estimates,” “likely” or words of similar meaning. Similarly, statements that describe or refer to future expectations, future plans, strategies, objectives, outlooks, targets, guidance, commitments, or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, unfavorably or favorably, from those anticipated as of the date of this press release. Certain of such risks and uncertainties are described below. Shareholders, potential investors, and other readers are urged to consider these factors in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are only made as of the date of this press release, and the company disclaims any obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.  Important factors that could affect future results and cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements include, among others, uncertainties regarding the company’s ability to effectively execute the company’s restructuring activities within expected costs and timing and to successfully implement the elements of The Rewire.

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Australian Superbike: Revised 2020 Schedule Issued

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2020-07-09 21:08
ASBK Calendar Update – 9th July   As announced yesterday, the ASBK Management Team responded quickly to the circumstances of updated border closures which have occurred over the past 48hrs to address the difficult situation faced in Victoria. The ASBK Management Team has been strongly committed throughout the COVID-19 period to providing clear and timely information as we attempt to meet the challenges faced by the entire ASBK paddock. ASBK Management Team has worked extremely hard over the past 48 hours to again find suitable solutions to ensure the 2020 mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul can be the best it can be and worthy of the crown – Australian champion. ASBK is pleased to advise that the ASBK Round scheduled for Morgan Park Raceway in August now moves to November 6 – 8. An additional change will also occur with the ASBK Round at Winton in September moving back one week, to be held on 18 – 20 September. ASBK Management wishes to again express our thanks to the Motorcycle Sportsmen of QLD for their flexibility and support, and further thanks to Winton Motor Raceway who have been a long-time supporter of ASBK. ASBK wishes to also advise that any further impact of COVID-19 to the 2020 ASBK Championship will result in the cancellation of any such round, and no further postponements will occur. We continue to ask the ASBK paddock for their understanding in this complex time, and again remind competitors and teams that the COVID-19 environment is an unprecedented challenge, and their flexibility will be required throughout 2020. Keep up to date with further announcements on the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul via – and following ASBK on social media. Australian Superbike Championship Updated 2020 Calendar Version 11 as of 8 July 2020 ROUND 1 – WSBK – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC                  27 Feb – 1 March ROUND 2 – Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla VIC                                  18 – 20 September ROUND 3 – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Cowes VIC                    2 – 4 October ROUND 4 – Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW                         16 – 18 October ROUND 5 – Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD                                6 – 8 November ROUND 6 – International MotoFest @ The Bend, SA                            20 – 22 November ASBK Night of Champions Awards  The Bend                                    Sunday 22 November

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So Many Photos of the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR

Asphalt And Rubber - Thu, 2020-07-09 20:19
We guess one doesn't need much of an excuse to post about a motorcycle like the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR. It is rather fetching to look at, after all. The post So Many Photos of the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.


Paddock Pass Podcast #152 – The Calm Before the Storm

Asphalt And Rubber - Thu, 2020-07-09 18:50
The latest from the Paddock Pass Podcast covers the most recent movements in the MotoGP rider market, as well as news from the WorldSBK test in Spain. The post Paddock Pass Podcast #152 – The Calm Before the Storm appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.


FIM Asia Championship: Round 5 In Thailand Postponed

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2020-07-09 16:58
2020 FIM ASIA ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP BURIRAM ROUND 5 POSTPONED In response to the ever-evolving global health concerns related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the 2020 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship wishes to inform its partners, teams, riders, officials, fans and media that Round 5 at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand (originally scheduled for August 21 to 23), will be postponed. Two Wheels Motor Racing is working closely with the Chang International Circuit, and the FIM Asia to find a suitable alternate date. As the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship draws participants from more than 11 countries, the differing travel restrictions and quarantine processes has made coordination efforts to assemble the grid quite challenging. The new date, as well as the amended 2020 calendar will be announced as soon as possible. Two Wheels Motor Racing and FIM Asia hopes that everyone continues to stay safe and healthy even as we work tirelessly with the respective FMNs and circuits to ensure the continuity of the 2020 season.

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MV Agusta Opens New Dealerships In France

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2020-07-09 16:40
MV AGUSTA TAKES FRANCE’S ATLANTIC COAST BY STORM with the opening of 3 new dealerships and for the joy of MV Agusta enthusiasts in the Charentes Maritimes, Loire Atlantique and Gironde regions. Varese, July 9, 2020 – The growing success of the MV Agusta brand among France’s motorcycling enthusiasts reflects in the almost simultaneous opening of 3 new dealerships on France’s Atlantic West coast, respectively in Savenay, near Nantes in the Loire Atlantique; Royan, close to La Rochelle in the Charentes Maritimes, and Latresne, in the vicinity of Bordeaux in the Département de la Gironde. These launches follow those recently announced in Belgium and Switzerland and mark the determination of MV Agusta in pursuing its expansion strategy across international markets. They also underline the attention and appreciation of the French for Italy’s highest expressions of style, design and engineering. Atlantic Motos, in Savenay between Nantes and Saint Nazaire, was the first to open, on June 20th. The multibrand showroom extends over 300 square metres and has been proudly serving the region’s motorcycling pundits for over 30 years. Team Moto 17 was next, on June 27th. Located in Royan, near La Rochelle, its 200 square metres showroom is entirely dedicated to MV Agusta. Deux Roues, another monobrand store, held its launch event on July 4th. It is situated in Latresne, near Bordeaux. Its 230 square metres showroom is brand new and is ready to welcome MV Agusta fans from Bordeaux and the Gironde region. Claudio Rizzotto, Head of Sales France, MV Agusta Motor S.p.A., attended all of the launch events in France and commented “I am thrilled by the enthusiasm of both dealers and public. In the past few days I’ve seen first-hand the tremendous brand equity MV Agusta enjoys in this country. I was impressed by the level of service and professionalism demonstrated by our French partners, and I am confident that they will do extremely well as ambassadors of Italy’s ultimate Motorcycle Art.”

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Yamaha’s 2021 Motocross Models Include Monster Energy Editions

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2020-07-09 16:20
Yamaha Announces Full Lineup of 2021 Motocross Bikes Race like a Champion with Yamaha’s Redesigned YZ250F and Monster Energy® Yamaha Racing Editions MARIETTA, Ga. – July 9, 2020 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, introduces its complete lineup of race-ready 2021 motocross bikes including the updated YZ250F. Featuring a thoroughly refined engine, revised frame, new suspension settings and new brakes, the YZ250F continues to dominate the competition with the best balance of power and handling. “The YZ250F is clearly the leader in its class, winning back-to-back Monster Energy AMA Supercross West Coast 250SX Championships, dominating media shootouts year after year, and by offering industry-exclusive features like the free Power Tuner app, which allows riders to wirelessly tune engine performance for changing track conditions,” said Derek Brooks, Yamaha Motorsports Motorcycle Product Line Manager. “For 2021 the YZ250F gets significant engine, frame, suspension and brake updates to deliver more class-leading power and offer a superior balance of nimble yet confidence-inspiring handling. Yamaha’s entire 2021 motocross lineup continues to raise the bar of competitive performance.” Also new for 2021, the YZ250F and YZ450F will be offered in special Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Editions, pairing Yamaha’s legendary YZ performance with a new, race team-inspired aesthetic. In addition to the updated YZ250F and the Monster Energy Racing Edition models, the full two-stroke lineup consisting of the YZ65, YZ85, YZ125 and YZ250, as well as the four-stroke YZ450F, all return for 2021 with the next-generation Team Yamaha Blue color and graphics scheme to further accentuate the advances of the YZ series. Welcome to the victorYZone Yamaha’s off-road competition bikes offer the very latest in technology with performance features designed to help racing enthusiasts reach their maximum potential, win races, and stand on top of the podium.   A 2021-model YZ250F in Team Yamaha Blue. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.   New 2021 YZ250F: Tune, Race, Win The new 2021 Yamaha YZ250F has been redesigned for a more competitive, greater performing motocross experience. The new 250cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, electric start engine features an all-new cylinder head with an improved intake port shape and new camshaft profile, as well a new airbox and intake track, a new silencer, and an updated ECU. These modifications, along with other refinements like an updated transmission and shift cam, a revised clutch design and improved water pump impeller, all help to produce stronger mid- to top-end power and increased peak power, while retaining its class-leading low-end torque. Tuned specifically for the 2021 YZ250F, the updated lightweight aluminum, bilateral beam frame, and new engine mounts have been redesigned with all-new flex characteristics to improve bump absorption, traction, and cornering performance. The industry-leading, fully adjustable KYB® coil spring-type fork, with enhanced speed-sensitive damping, provides an exceptional balance between comfort and bottoming resistance while the link-type rear suspension features a KYB shock with revised damping characteristics to match the updated chassis. Other chassis components such as the top triple clamp, handlebar mounts, and front axle were also redesigned to complement the new frame. Improved braking performance is achieved with newly engineered lighter weight front and rear brake calipers, larger surface area brake pads, and redesigned front (270mm) and rear (240mm) discs. The 2021 YZ250F gives racers the edge right out of the gate. Standard equipment includes electric start, a lightweight lithium battery, advanced fuel injection, a front-positioned intake, and rear-positioned exhaust layout to deliver the widest spread of power with reliable performance while balancing the weight for excellent mass-centralization. Racers can adjust their engine performance straight from their phone using the onboard wireless connectivity through the industry’s only free-of-charge complete tuning system, which is highlighted by the Yamaha Power Tuner App. Once settings are dialed in, racers can then choose between two user-defined ECU maps on the fly via the handlebar mounted dual-mode engine map switch. Complemented by new next-generation Team Yamaha Blue color and graphics, the 2021 YZ250F showcases Yamaha’s race-winning pedigree. The new 2021 YZ250F will be available from dealers this September in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $8,299 MSRP. The Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition will be available from dealers in September for $8,499 MSRP.   A 2021 Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition YZ450F. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.   New for 2021: Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Editions Stand out from the crowd. The 2021 YZ250F and 2021 YZ450F now come in new Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Editions. With a factory team-inspired color and graphics package, riders can feel as if they too are part of a Yamaha championship-winning Supercross team. 2021 YZ450F: Tune into Victory The 2021 YZ450F returns with all of the class-leading features first introduced on the 2020 YZ450F, including an updated engine, cylinder head, frame and technology features for a more powerful and better handling motocross experience. Racers can achieve quicker, smoother race starts through Yamaha’s Launch Control System, adjust their on-track performance using the onboard wireless connectivity through the free-of-charge Yamaha Power Tuner App right from their phone, and choose between two user-defined ECU maps on the fly through the handlebar-mounted dual-mode engine map switch.   Owners can tune their 2021 Yamaha YZs using a free smart phone app. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.   The 2021 YZ450F will be available from dealers this month in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $9,399 MSRP. The Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition will be available from dealers in August for $9,599 MSRP. 2021 YZ125 and YZ250 Yamaha’s YZ125 and YZ250 models return for 2021 to complete Yamaha’s full-size lineup of motocross bikes. With their modern styling, lightweight aluminum frame and industry-leading KYB Speed Sensitive System front forks and KYB fully-adjustable rear shock, the 2021 YZ125 and YZ250 continue their outstanding performance and durability with a rider-friendly chassis and race-ready features. The 2021 YZ125 will begin arriving at Yamaha dealerships in August, while the YZ250 will be available from dealers this month. Both models will be available in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $6,599 and $7,499 MSRP, respectively. 2021 YZ65 and YZ85 The 2021 youth models are once again ready to tackle the track. The YZ65 and YZ85 are powered by confidence-inspiring 65cc and 85cc two-stroke engines. Featuring the Yamaha Power Valve System, these engines deliver a broad spread of power and torque across the entire rev range, without losing any power at high RPM. Fully adjustable, industry-leading 36mm KYB spring type forks and KYB rear shock contribute to class-leading handling and performance in a wide range of conditions. Four-way, adjustable handlebar positioning, as well as lever-reach adjustability are designed for ultimate rider comfort, regardless of size. Finally, with two-stroke ease of maintenance and Yamaha’s proven durability, the 2021 YZ65 and YZ85 are built to keep kids on the track. The 2021 YZ65 and YZ85 will both be available from dealers this month in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $4,599 and $4,699 MSRP, respectively. Yamaha bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program All 2021 YZ models are eligible for Yamaha’s current 2020 bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program, which features nearly $5 million for Yamaha bLU cRU riders competing in off-road motorcycle racing. YZ riders can earn contingency payouts via a bLU cRU debit card, receive a 10 percent rebate on GYTR parts and accessory purchases of up to $1,000, and receive an instant $45 credit on The 2021 bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program details will be announced soon. For complete details on how to register for the bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program, along with specific information on which racing series, events, and classes are included, visit the Off-Road Racing Contingency page on the Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, website at: Learn more about the new 2021 YZ250F and Yamaha’s complete motocross lineup at: Find a range of Genuine Yamaha Accessories, apparel and more at: For more information related to all Yamaha products, visit: Follow Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, through your favorite social media site: #Yamaha #YamahaMotor #YamahaMotorUSA About Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the powersports industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outboard Motors, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States. YMUS has a corporate office in California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Additional U.S.-based Yamaha companies include Skeeter Boats (Texas), G3 Boats (Missouri), Bennet Marine (Florida), Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana), and Kracor, Inc. (Wisconsin).

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WERA: 2nd Annual Concours At Barber Was A Success

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2020-07-09 03:23
SECOND ANNUAL CONCOURS de’COMPETITION AND d’ELEGANCE AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK JULY 4, 2020!! The 2nd Annual Concours de Competition et Concours d’Elegance met with great success on a hot July 4th day at BarberMotorsportsPark. Winners were: Best of Show: 1962 Bultaco TSS250 owned by Stu Carter and ridden by Mark Williams     “Go” Class: 1. 1973 Ducati 750 Sport owned by Jim Urmson ridden by Malcolme Tunstall 2. 1987 Yamaha FZR750R owned and ridden by Steve Liberatore 3. 1990 Tigcraft Super Mono owned and ridden by David Rutherford   “Show” Class: 1. 1967 Greeves Oulton 350 owned by Mark Smithard 2. 1972 Kawasaki Monocoque 350 built and owned by Art Kowitz 3. 1970 Kawasaki H1R owned by Jim Hinshaw   Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Executive Director Jeff Ray brought out some of the Museum bikes for display, handed out the unique museum-made trophies, and generally brought the Barber “class” to the event. Brian Slark, the Museum’s Technical Advisor, headed a panel of judges for the event which included legendary crew chief Ed Toomey. How good was the field? A genuine beautiful Team Roberts YZR500 ridden by Lawson and Rainey did not make the podium! Neither did an immaculately preserved original VR1000! The road racer Dan Gurney built that Chuck Palmgren ran in 1973 was DQ for not completing enough laps! This was a tough event at which to win a trophy. Grand Marshall Malcolme Tunstall reflected on his winning ride on his old bike now owned by Jim Urmson who loaned it to him for the event, “I started racing “Old Yeller” in 1975 as a 750 Production racer till the end of 1976, at which time I acquired my Superbike Expert license. AMA assigned me #266. We then bored our 750 to 860 well under the 1000cc rules. I raced this machine from 1977 to 1978 changing to a DUCATI 900 SS from 1979 onward. I had to give “Old Yeller” a hug the morning of this race before suiting up and Parading July 4th, 2020.” Organizer Ron Raven said, “My thanks to all of the WERA crew who ran the event, the Museum staff for making the trophies (the go class trophies were mounted on piece taken up from the track) and provided the judging supervision, the volunteers who worked the event as pit marshals making sure everyone got to the track on time and all the facility staff. “We plan to have a 3rd annual next year. Hopefully Covid will be gone and we can expand the event to twice its size when we return to normal paddock spacing. Start planning now. What is in your garage? or your friend’s garage? With a one-year notice do you think you can have it looking decent and running well? Submit an application and see if you can participate.” WERA CEO Evelyne Clarke said, “We had history at this event.  WERA Motorcycle Roadracing is proud to have this at our event and we thank Ron Raven and his crew as well as the Barber Museum and all the participants for making another great experience for all!” WERA Motorcycle Roadracing was founded in 1973 and remains the foremost place to develop talent in the sport of motorcycle Roadracing.  The legacy of Pro riders on a National and World level is legendary.  All events are run by WERA Motorcycle Roadracing with a co-sanction by the AMA and they go coast to coast offering entry level racing with the WERA Sportsman Series as well as a Pro-Am Series with the WERA National Challenge Series, WERA Motorcycle Roadracing also offer Vintage Racing and limited Endurance Racing with Track Day Partners N2 and Sportbike Track Time.  WERA Motorcycle Roadracing was voted the 2017 AMA Track Organizer of the Year.

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MRA Holding Annual Endurance Race July 18 At High Plains Raceway

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-07-08 23:23
Fountain, CO, July 8, 2020 – The MRA is excited to announce the upcoming Round 4 of their Championship Series at High Plains Raceway.  A feature of this event is the 10th Annual 4-hour Endurance on Saturday, July 18th.   The weekend will feature the usual full schedule of MRA sprint races on Saturday and Sunday utilizing the full course configuration of HPR. Saturday afternoon, the 4-hour endurance will start at approximately 3pm. Three classes will run simultaneously – True Endurance (sponsored by Fay Myers Motorcycle World featuring one bike, multiple riders), Pony Express (sponsored by Supreme Lending/Lisa Gaimara featuring multiple bikes, multiple riders), and Titanium Butt (sponsored by Calli Walters & Dan Burke featuring one bike & one rider).  In addition to trophies and bragging rights, there will be cash payouts for all classes! Details, contact, and entry information are at Entries for the endurance and all sprint races are open through Monday night, July 13th.  The MRA has license reciprocity agreements with almost all clubs in the US, so please come join us for this exciting annual event. The Motorcycle Roadracing Association is dedicated to promoting safe and competitive motorcycle road racing events for enthusiasts in Colorado and the surrounding area. For more information go to

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CCS: Young Gun Gus Rodio Wins Six At NJMP

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-07-08 23:04
Six for Six at New Jersey for Rodio Racing Gus Rodio won every race he entered during the July 4th CCS weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Saturday saw the first of the 500 specific races, with Gus taking a commanding lead over the competition eventually winning by nearly a full minute after 12 laps. He repeated the dominant win in 500 SuperSport with a 24 second gap to 2nd place. Gus rounded out Saturday with his 3rd win in UltraLightweight SuperBike. “This is my home track, and a lot of friends and family come to hang out with us when we’re here,” Gus said. “It’s great to have a nice, low pressure weekend where I can just relax a bit and work on some fine tuning of my riding compared to a MotoAmerica event.” Sunday brought a warm-up race win in Lightweight SuperSport after a race long battle with a KTM Duke 790 that eventually was disqualified due to illegal wheels for the class. The wins continued with 500 SuperBike and a runaway 30 second gap in Moto3 bringing the total to six wins for the weekend. Rodio Racing will race one more local round in preparation for the MotoAmerica Liqui Moly Junior Cup round at Road Atlanta on August 1st.

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Video: Royal Enfield And Moto Anatomy Launch Dirt Track School

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-07-08 22:10

Royal Enfield Launches Slide School Presented by Moto Anatomy 

Johnny Lewis to lead flat track training program

MILWAUKEE, Wis — American Flat Track racer Johnny Lewis will host Slide School presented by Royal Enfield, a multi-faceted flat track training program in 2020. Lewis will use a combination of Royal Enfield FT411 and a soon-to-be added FT 650 motorcycles as the primary training tools used in the curriculum. Lewis initially developed the program in India and will now debut at select tracks across the U.S. and also at his Moto Anatomy training facility in Florida this year. “I’m excited to continue building a deeper relationship with Royal Enfield,” said Lewis. “It was a great opportunity to fine tune the program in India while being immersed in the Royal Enfield culture. I was also able to see first hand just how much potential the FT411 has as a training tool. I am impressed by its versatility and can’t wait to get my students on the FT411. Royal Enfield is committed to growing motorcycling and I’m proud to be part of that effort.” Lewis will run Slide Schools out of his Moto Anatomy facility in central Florida including in conjunction with select AFT rounds. During the schools, Slide School participants will be taught the basics of flat track and then given one-on-one direction and coaching from Lewis. The program will equip any level rider with the skills needed to become a proficient flat tracker. The program is built around a three and a half hour course with the FT411. Participants will use gear provided by JUST 1 Racing, EVS Sports and have the option to ride with the Bluetooth Sena communication systems, all for $250. Additional stops will be added throughout the remainder of 2020. Classes are limited to eight participants per time slot and appropriate mask and social distancing guidelines will be in place to ensure a safe environment for all riders and coaches. To learn more about Slide School and to sign up, visit       2020 Slide School Dates  July 19: Center Hill, FL following Volusia AFT August 8: Cleveland, OH September 13: Gettysburg, PA following Williams Grove AFT October 6: Travelers Rest, SC October 18: Center Hill, FL following Daytona Beach AFT   About Royal Enfield The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-size motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market. Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 110 dealers in North America, including the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the Bullet 500, Classic 500, Himalayan and the all new 650 Twins: INT 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles along with a range of genuine motorcycle accessories and apparel. For more information on Royal Enfield North America, please visit

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World Superbike: Redding Quickest On Day One Of Testing At Catalunya

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-07-08 21:04
Scott Redding v Jonathan Rea and Ducati v Kawasaki headline the opening day of the WorldSBK test at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya As MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship nears a resumption, teams and riders returned to track action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first of two days of testing. Kawasaki and Ducati machines made up three of the top four of the results with Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) leading Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) by just over a tenth of a second with all five manufacturers in the top six. Track temperatures exceeded 47 degrees Celsius in the afternoon session and it would take until the last 15 minutes of the session before times started to improve at the top of the timesheets; Redding finding another two tenths to top the overall timesheets and the afternoon session. Reigning Champion Rea was second overall as the pair battled it out to be fastest on day one. Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) finished the session in third place on his Yamaha machine, just over two tenths off Redding’s fastest time of the day as he was the fastest Yamaha rider of the day as he completed 100 laps during the day. He held off Championship leader Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) who finished in fourth place for the day. Team HRC’s Alvaro Bautista rounded out the top five with Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) finishing in sixth. Sykes was testing with new crew chief Ian Lord at the Montmelo circuit, with the 2013 Champion beating teammate Eugene Laverty by four tenths of a second. Sandro Cortese (OUTDO Kawasaki TPR) also improved in the afternoon session to finish the day in seventh placed, with Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) following just behind with the two riders separated by a tenth. For Turkish sensation Razgatlioglu, today was about getting back up to speed following Phillip Island; since then, Razgatlioglu had only been riding on a small track in Turkey. Razgatlioglu’s Yamaha teammate, Michael van der Mark was 11th as he lapped the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 1.2s slower than pace setter Redding. Like his teammate, van der Mark had not been on a WorldSBK machine since Phillip Island; his only outing coming on a standard bike at TT Circuit Assen. Leon Haslam (Team HRC) was able to get back out on track following his crash in the morning session as he finished 12th fastest overall; completing 29 laps in the afternoon session and 53 laps overall. Haslam finished ahead of Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado (Motocorsa Racing Team) and Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team). Gerloff was classified 14th overall but improved significantly in the afternoon session as he ran as high as fifth before the times started tumbling. Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team), Maximilian Scheib (Orelac Racing) and Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance Ducati) rounded out the field as the day’s running came to a close. The top six after day one of running: 1.) Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) 1’41.727 2.) Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.183 3.) Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) +0.253 4.) Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.591 5.) Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) +0.593 6.) Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) +0.728       More, from a press release issued by Kawasaki: Home Town Test Begins Well For KRT   Jonathan Rea (1) during testing at Catalunya. Photo courtesy Kawasaki.   The official Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK line-up of Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes enjoyed a full opening day of testing at KRT’s home circuit of Montmelo in Catalunya, with Rea second quickest and Lowes fourth fastest against all of their main 2020 season opposition. This was the second time on their Ninja ZX-10RR machines the Montmelo circuit for both riders, after taking part in just a short track session, during in changeable weather conditions, in January. With track temperatures almost hitting 50°C today five times WorldSBK champion Rea finished up with a best lap of 1.41.911. First year Kawasaki signing Lowes, the championship leader after the opening round in Australia, set a best of 1’42.318. One more day of testing remains at the 4.627km long circuit located within a stone’s throw of the team’s headquarters in Granollers. Just like the most recent test at Misano the global Covid-19 situation saw the team adopting several measures designed to prevent the spread of the virus, both inside and outside their designated working areas. After Thursday’s final day of testing at Montmelo – a regular MotoGP host venue but an ‘all-new’ one in WorldSBK racing terms – the season re-starts for real at the well-known Jerez circuit in Andalusia, with racedays scheduled on 1st and 2nd August. Jonathan Rea, stated: “In the January test I kind of understood where the Montmelo track went, and I really enjoyed it, but we were not really riding in anger. Today I really enjoyed the track and did a lot of laps. I felt like I just picked up automatically and I can feel the bike really well. The bike is turning great and that is the biggest issue we have had in the past – especially at Jerez. When the temperature comes up it is hard to turn around those long corners. I used the rear tyre so much because I was turning on the rear all the time. But it seems like we made a huge step in that direction because the bike is turning really well. I felt things were happening quite normally today.”   Alex Lowes (22) testing at Catalunya. Photo courtesy Kawasaki.   Alex Lowes, stated: “We rode here in January but we did not get the best weather so it has been nice to get here in beautiful sunshine and get to ride all day. I felt I got my teeth into the track. I am enjoying my riding and working with the guys. In this kind of heat the grip naturally drops so you have to be a little bit smoother on the bike. The guys have been reminding me today to be smooth and not force the bike too much. It has been quite good because in the early rounds at Jerez, Portimao and Aragon I am expecting some hot weather. To test in these conditions in very important for us. We are also understanding the best bike configuration to suit me and the feeling I have on the front of the bike.” As well as the official KRT riders at Montmelo today, Sandro Cortese (Outdo Kawasaki TPR) was well under a second from the fastest rider of all with his 1’42.573, and in seventh position overall. Maximilian Scheib (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 16th quickest, with a 1’43.568 lap.

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MotoAmerica Looking To Replace Cancelled COTA Round

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-07-08 19:50

COTA Round Of MotoAmerica Series Cancelled

No U.S. GP And No MotoAmerica In Austin In 2020

IRVINE, CA (July 8, 2020) – With the announcement coming today from Dorna and the Circuit of The Americas that the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, scheduled for November 13-15, has been cancelled, MotoAmerica is also announcing that it will not be racing at the Austin, Texas, facility in 2020. MotoAmerica and MotoGP won’t be racing at the Circuit of The Americas in 2020. MotoAmerica, however, is working diligently on options to keep its 20-race HONOS Superbike Series intact for 2020. “It’s a shame that we have to cancel the MotoAmerica round at COTA,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “The race is a highlight of our schedule and it’s always good to combine our efforts with Dorna to put on a great show in Austin. COVID-19 has made it virtually impossible for the MotoGP series to travel to the U.S. so we fully understand the issues they are facing in 2020. We look forward to returning to COTA with MotoGP in 2021. In the meantime, we are working on a solution to find a replacement round as we continue to strive towards having a 20-race Superbike Series.” The COTA round was scheduled to be the MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike Series finale. The 2020 MotoAmerica Series continues with round three of the championship at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, July 31-August 2.

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Australian Superbike: Round Two At Morgan Park Raceway Postponed

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-07-08 18:54
ASBK Management Team Update   It is with frustration that the ASBK Management Team advise that the recently rescheduled ASBK Round 2 at Morgan Park Raceway, Queensland on August 21-23 will now not occur on these dates. The future of the ASBK Round at Morgan Park will be determined in the coming days. The ASBK Management Team has no choice but to react to the circumstances in Victoria over the past 48hrs. ASBK Sporting Director, Simon Maas, said: ‘’We have been clear with competitors and teams that the COVID-19 environment will require their flexibility and understanding in 2020”. “These date changes are incredibly difficult and challenging to keep finding workable solutions. We are sure the ASBK paddock is frustrated by this latest delay, as we are too. “We again thank the entire ASBK paddock for their patience as we are all in this situation together right now.’’ A further review to the 2020 ASBK Championship calendar is now underway and the ASBK Management Team aims to provide an updated calendar in the next few days. Information and updates on the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul, will be released as it becomes available, so keep up to date with further announcements via – and following ASBK on social media.

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BMW Motorrad Sales Down 17.7% for First-Half of 2020

Asphalt And Rubber - Wed, 2020-07-08 18:09
Despite their best efforts in the month of June, BMW Motorrad was down nearly 18% in worldwide sales in the first-half of 2020. The post BMW Motorrad Sales Down 17.7% for First-Half of 2020 appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.


MotoGP: 2020 COTA Grand Prix Cancelled, New Date April 16-18, 2021

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-07-08 18:01
The Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas at Circuit of The Americas, in Austin, Texas, has been cancelled for 2020. The event was originally scheduled to happen in April 2020 and was postponed until the end of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, according to posts by Circuit of The Americas on its social media feeds, the 2020 event is cancelled and a race date for 2021 has been set. “Big news! The fastest bikes in the world will return next year for an even bigger and better MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas on April 16-18, 2021! This year’s event on November 13-15, 2020 has been canceled. Ticket holders will receive an email with further information. #AmericasGP”  

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