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Video: Suzuki: “We’re In This Together”

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-04-01 19:23
A heartfelt message from Suzuki Motor Corporation during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

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MotoAmerica: Cardo Systems Sponsoring Series

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-04-01 19:03
Talking To Each Other: Cardo Systems To Be A MotoAmerica Series Sponsor Communication And Entertainment Systems To Be Showcased IRVINE, CA (April 1, 2020) – MotoAmerica has announced that Cardo Systems will be a series sponsor for the 2020 season with the road racing series set to showcase the company’s advanced motorcycle communications technology to its viewing audience. Cardo Systems specializes in the design, development, manufacturing and sale of state-of-the-art communication and entertainment systems for motorcycle helmets. Since inception in 2004, Cardo has pioneered the vast majority of innovations for Bluetooth motorcycle communication systems and the company’s products are the world’s leading communication devices for the motorcycle industry and are available in over 85 countries. “It’s great to have Cardo Systems involved in our series as a sponsor,” said MotoAmerica’s Lance Bryson. “But it goes deeper than that as we will be able to showcase their products to our audience by actually showing Cardo’s technology and how it is used by incorporating it into our broadcast and MotoAmerica Live+ programming.” “We at Cardo are extremely excited to partner with MotoAmerica,” said Jamie Cheek, VP of Sales North America for Cardo. “We look forward to continuing our involvement with such an outstanding group in our industry.” For the complete 2020 MotoAmerica Series schedule, click HERE To purchase tickets for any of the 2020 series round, click HERE For information on how to watch the 2020 MotoAmerica Series, click HERE About MotoAmerica MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Andrea Iannone Gets an 18-Month Ban for Doping from the FIM

Asphalt And Rubber - Wed, 2020-04-01 17:58
Andrea Iannone has finally learned his fate from the FIM, as the MotoGP rider has been handed an 18-month ban from competition. The post Andrea Iannone Gets an 18-Month Ban for Doping from the FIM appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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24th Annual Roadracing World Young Gun Awards, In The April Issue

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-04-01 17:20
Featured In the April 2020 issue of Roadracing World: Roadracing World started this exclusive special feature recognizing the most promising young road racers as an answer to pessimists who claimed North America had no new, up-and-coming young racers. This edition of the Roadracing World Young Gun Awards marks the 24th consecutive year of showcasing what is actually an abundance of new talent.      The young riders recognized are the top-26 most promising young road racers under age 19 in North America.      Each is being featured individually on www.roadracingworld.com, as a member of the Roadracing World Young Guns, Class of 2020 …

—24th Annual Roadracing World Young Guns Awards

They are the brightest developing talents in the world of North American motorcycle road racing, the future Champions at your local club or regional event, in National competition and maybe even at the Grand Prix level. Every year, Roadracing World gives its readers a look at the stars of the future. This year’s class? They’re all in the latest issue of Roadracing World!   Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology is THE definitive source for motorcycle racing, riding, and tech information. PREVIEW the April 2020 issue of Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology! Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology magazine is available in print and digital formats. Log in or subscribe HERE. Or call (909) 654-4779, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. Visit www.roadracingworld.com daily for breaking news and events. Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/roadracingworld Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com @roadracingworld Follow us on Instagram https://instagram.com @roadracing_world

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MotoGP: Iannone Appealing “Absurd Penalty” Doping Suspension

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-04-01 16:14
FIM SENTENCE – FOOD CONTAMINATION ARGUMENT ADMITTED BUT ANDREA IANNONE SUSPENDED FOR EIGHTEEN MONTHS   MASSIMO RIVOLA: “ABSURD PENALTY, IT’S A SENTENCE THAT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGES IANNONE’S INNOCENCE. WE WANT ANDREA BACK IN THE SADDLE AND WE’LL SUPPORT HIM IN HIS APPEAL TO THE CAS” Aprilia Racing acknowledges the FIM measure that imposes an eighteen-month disqualification for rider Andrea Iannone. Upon initial analysis of the sentence, it is satisfying to see how the total absence of intention was recognised and the accidental nature of the assumption of steroids, in fact recognising the argument of food contamination, something that had never before occurred. This scenario opens up new possibilities of appeal for Andrea Iannone, but the puzzlement remains for a penalty that is entirely inconsistent with the reconstruction contained in the sentence itself which recognises in the facts, albeit without acquitting him, Andrea Iannone’s innocence. In observance of the sports values which have always inspired our operations and which outline zero tolerance for any practices prohibited by the regulations, Aprilia Racing has always reiterated our complete faith in our rider and we do so now with renewed emphasis after this sentence and we will support him in his appeal to the CAS.     MASSIMO RIVOLA – APRILIA RACING CEO “The sentence leaves us baffled because of the penalty levied against Andrea, but also very satisfied in its motivations. The judges recognised Andrea’s complete good faith and unawareness of assuming the substance, confirming the food contamination argument. For this reason, the penalty imposed does not make any sense. In light of the motivations written by the judges themselves, Andrea should have been acquitted, as has always occurred to other contaminated athletes, but this situation leaves us a lot of hope for the appeal which we hope will be very quick. We want Andrea back on his Aprilia RS-GP. We will be by his side all the way to the end of this matter and we will support him in his appeal.”

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MotoGP: FIM Suspends Iannone For 18 Months For Doping Test Failure

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-04-01 15:45

FIM Anti-doping

FIM Grand Prix World Championship

FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI) imposes 18 months suspension on MotoGP Rider Andrea Iannone

The FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI) handed down on 31 March 2020 a decision imposing a period of ineligibility of eighteen months on Italian MotoGP Rider Mr. Andrea Iannone, commencing on 17 December 2019 (i.e. the effective date of the Provisional Suspension) and which shall end on 16 June 2021. Following a routine In-Competition doping test conducted at the round of the FIM Grand Prix World Championship held in Sepang, Malaysia on 3 November 2019, Mr. Andrea Iannone tested positive for Drostanolone metabolite 2α-methyl-5α-androstane-3α-ol-17-one, a WADA prohibited substance under heading “S1. Anabolic Agents, 1. Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS), a. Exogenous AAS” of the FIM Anti-doping Code. Following notification of his adverse analytical finding Mr. Iannone was provisionally suspended by the FIM since 17 December 2019. A hearing before the CDI on the merits of the case was held in Mies (Switzerland) on 4 February 2020. At the end of the hearing the CDI panel decided to suspend the hearing pending the additional and final written submissions of the parties (i.e. 28 February 2020). Mr. Iannone is disqualified from Round 18 of the 2019 FIM Grand Prix World Championship held on November 1-3, 2019, in Sepang (Malaysia) and Round 19 of the 2019 FIM Grand Prix World Championship held on November 15-17, 2019, in Valencia (Spain) with all of the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. An appeal against the CDI decision may be lodged before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland within 21 days from the date of receipt of the CDI decision pursuant to Article 13.7of the FIM Anti-doping Code.

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Roadracing World Young Guns 2020: Gabriel Da Silva

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-04-01 14:38
24th-Annual Roadracing World Young Gun Honors: By David Swarts Roadracing World started this exclusive special feature recognizing the most promising young road racers as an answer to pessimists who claimed America had no new, up-and-coming young racers. This edition of the Roadracing World Young Gun Awards marks the 24th consecutive year of showcasing an abundance of new talent. Roadracing World Young Guns have won: FIM MotoGP and FIM Superbike races and World Championships; AMA Pro races and Championships, including eight AMA Pro Superbike Championships; A KTM RC Cup World Final race; The Daytona 200 (8 times); WERA National Endurance Championships and WERA National Challenge Championships; ASRA/Formula USA Grand National and CCS National Championships; AMA Road Racing Grand Championships and Horizon Awards; USGPRU National Championships; Many regional and local titles. The competition has continually become more intense as more – and younger—racers with higher levels of accomplishment are nominated, and the level of achievement required to make the grade keeps getting tougher. We’ve spent the last several months accepting nominations and evaluating road racers between the ages of 11 and 18 (as of the start of the 2020 season) who have, at a minimum, won Expert-level road races and/or Championships on a 125cc two-stroke/250cc four-stroke or larger racebike or had outstanding results as an Amateur/Novice. Most of the riders included here have done far more than the minimum. The young riders recognized here are the most promising young road racers in North America. All have earned the title of Roadracing World Young Gun. We will feature one Young Gun per day, presenting them in alphabetical order.   Gabriel Da Silva. Photo courtesy of Gabriel Da Silva. Gabriel Da Silva Age: 16. Current home: Vero Beach, Florida. Current height/weight: 5’10”/130 pounds. Current school/grade: 10th grade. Began riding at age: 2 years. First road race: 2008, Immokalee, Florida, WCPBA, Pocketbike Open, 1st place. Current racebike: Yamaha YZF-R6. Current tuner/mechanic: Eduardo Da Silva (father). Primary race series: FMRRA, WERA Sportsman. Top sponsors: HJC, Motion Pro, Galfer USA, One-X Racing Leather, K-Tech USA, Broward Motorsports, John Cook/Track Day Winner, Vortex Racing. Recent racing accomplishments: 2019 season, won a race in Racing Bike Mexico Supersport 300 Championship, won 600 Superstock WERA National Challenge race during Grand National Finals (GNF) at Barber Motorsports Park, won FMRRA Moto3 Championship (6 race wins); 2018 season, won Racing Bike Mexico KTM RC Cup Championship (3 wins, 7 podiums in 7 races); 2017 season, runner-up in Racing Bike Mexico KTM RC Cup Championship (by one point). 2020 racing goals: Gain speed and support while winning on 600. Racing career goal: Be MotoGP World Champion. Racing hero: Casey Stoner. Favorite track: Barber Motorsports Park. Favorite hobby: Studying motorcycle related information. If I wasn’t racing I would be…: Focusing more on school.

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MotoAmerica: Josh Hayes Previews Superbike, P5 (Jake Gagne)

RoadRacing World - Wed, 2020-04-01 13:06
By David Swarts When the 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship begins there will be some familiar faces on the grid, but there will also be a whole lot of newness: New bikes, new teams, new crew chiefs, and new classes. To help preview the season, we’ve enlisted the help of Josh Hayes. Not only has Hayes won four AMA Pro Superbike Championships, he’s won a total of 83 AMA Pro/MotoAmerica races and three support class titles; raced in the Endurance World Championship; run at the front in Supersport World Championship races; and finished seventh while competing in his first MotoGP race as a substitute rider at Valencia in 2011. More recently, Hayes won two races at the International Island Classic vintage event in January of this year at Phillip Island; raced at the front throughout the 2019 Daytona 200 and was on provisional pole position for the 2020 Daytona 200; and finished on the podium in the MotoAmerica Supersport class in 2019. When he’s not racing, Hayes is a rider coach for top competitors, including Bobby Fong and Jake Gagne, as well as working with Garrett Gerloff. And if these weren’t enough qualifications to preview the upcoming season, Hayes rode in place of injured Mathew Scholtz on Westby Racing’s 2020-model Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike during the official MotoAmerica pre-season test at Barber Motorsports Park in March. So, he’s had a close look at most of the field. This preview series is highlighting one Superbike or Superbike Cup/Stock 1000 rider each day, but it will not feature every rider entered in the two classes. Riders will be listed in the order they finished the 2019 Superbike Championship with riders who were not in the 2019 Superbike Championship listed in alphabetical order.   Jake Gagne. Photo by Brian J. Nelson. Jake Gagne Jake Gagne, of Ramona, California, went straight from racing in youth motocross to the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, and he won the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Championship in 2010. Gagne tried to continue his road racing career in Europe but ultimately had to come home and find a ride in America. Shortly after returning to race in the U.S.A., Gagne hooked up with former racer and long-time dirt-track riding instructor Danny Walker, who formed a Yamaha-equipped road racing team around Gagne. Gagne progressed and went from being the only rider to beat Cameron Beaubier during the 2013 AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike season to winning the same Championship on his YZF-R6 in 2014. Gagne then followed that up by winning the 2015 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 title on a Yamaha YZF-R1, while sometimes beating factory riders on Superbikes in the then-combined races. For 2016, Gagne’s team moved him up to the MotoAmerica Superbike class, but things did not go well as the team struggled to get advanced Magneti Marelli electronics working smoothly on the Yamaha. When Walker switched his team over to be a factory-backed Honda effort in 2017, the struggles continued somewhat, especially early in the season, in spite of Gagne’s team reverting to simpler engine electronics. Gagne, however, showed enough promise that Honda chose him to fill in on the Red Bull Honda World Superbike team at Laguna Seca following the tragic death of Nicky Hayden in a bicycle accident. Gagne did well enough that the Red Bull Honda team invited him to ride at more rounds late in the season, and then hired him full-time to ride in the 2018 FIM Superbike World Championship. It was a big learning year for Gagne. There was a new team, new tires, new tracks, a new way of living, and new advanced electronics to learn. Gagne did relatively well, earning four top-10 finishes and scoring 64 points. But it wasn’t good enough to keep his ride, and Gagne returned to America once again. Heading into the 2019 season, Gagne signed with Scheibe Racing to ride the team’s powerful BMW S1000RR Superbike, but during the off-season, the Californian badly broke his right leg while training. Unfortunately, the injury took much longer to fully heal than anticipated, hindering Gagne’s early results. Just as Gagne regained full fitness and started competing near the front and getting top-six race finishes, the 2019 season was over. Gagne ended up eighth in the final Superbike Championship point standings, but his potential was not overlooked. Once it was announced that Garrett Gerloff was moving up to the GRT Yamaha Superbike World Championship, Yamaha quickly hired Gagne to replace Gerloff on the Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha factory team for 2020. At that same time, that means that Gagne will need to adjust to another new team and the new, 2020-model Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike. But during pre-season testing, 27-year-old Gagne has appeared as confident and as quick as ever and looks like he could be a title contender in 2020. “If you look at Jake’s career he’s been very competitive at every level, but he spent a lot of it with the one [Danny Walker’s] team,” said Hayes. “Jake’s experience in road racing was still very limited up until he went to World Superbike. He had the same crew chief through most of his career and most of the same team members and the same ideas and same process. “I think his World Superbike experience was his first real test, and it’s always difficult for an American to step into a European team and feel like one of them. So, it was probably a bit of a whirlwind for him. “Then for him to come back and get the opportunity on the Scheibe BMW but spend half the season injured was another hard road for him. He did show some promise at the end of the season, however, and Keith McCarty and Jim Roach [at Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.] have always looked at Jake as part of the Yamaha family from all his past success. “With all of those credentials there’s no question about Jake’s talent. I think that there’s not much of a question if Jake is going to get to the front. It’s just going to be a matter of how well he adapts to a new team, a new way of going racing, a much more complicated motorcycle, and new pressures that he probably hasn’t felt before. Because he is jumping on a Championship-winning motorcycle right next to the four-time Champ [Beaubier], who also finished second in two other Championships. “It’s going to be pretty tough to fill those shoes when Gerloff was winning on his way out and to figure out how all these pieces work. “Fortunately, Gagne has been able to do a fair bit of riding, and he’s been able to see a little bit of what Cameron is doing and what his process is and learn how the team works. Come the first race, it’ll be interesting to see where all that kind of slots into place and how quickly he can get himself near the front guys. Then we’ll see how long it takes for him to stay there and be a regular part of the front group. “I have no doubts that he will be there. It’s just a matter of how quickly and how steadily he’ll be there in this first season.”

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Harley-Davidson Board Votes to Restructure Business Operations

Asphalt And Rubber - Wed, 2020-04-01 09:09
In an emergency meeting, the Harley-Davidson board of directors has voted to restructure the business operations of the Bar & Shield brand. The post Harley-Davidson Board Votes to Restructure Business Operations appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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Brap Talk Podcast #33 – Not About Motorcycles

Asphalt And Rubber - Wed, 2020-04-01 07:31
Episode 33 of the Brap Talk podcast is now out for your two-wheeled audio pleasure, well...sort of. This one is not about motorcycles. The post Brap Talk Podcast #33 – Not About Motorcycles appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 701 Recalled for Fuel Leaks

Asphalt And Rubber - Wed, 2020-04-01 01:13
The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 and Svartpilen 701 motorcycles are being recalled for a fuel leak issue, but there no remedy yet for it. The post Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 701 Recalled for Fuel Leaks appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R Looks Really Good in Carbon Fiber

Asphalt And Rubber - Tue, 2020-03-31 19:32
The launch of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R has been delayed, but at least we have this ready to race carbon fiber model to drool over. The post The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R Looks Really Good in Carbon Fiber appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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KTM Launches 121-Horsepower, 366-Pound 2020-Model 890 Duke R

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2020-03-31 18:57
2020 KTM 890 DUKE R MSRP: $11,699 USD/ $12,599 CAD   THE SUPER SCALPEL With the lightweight, compact and razor-sharp packaging of the KTM 790 DUKE as its starting point, the KTM 890 DUKE R brings out the best in the DUKE thanks to increased power and torque from the new 890 cc engine, ‘racier’ ergonomics, performance BREMBO brakes, fully adjustable WP APEX suspension, and enhanced electronic rider aids—just to name a few of the performance features that come standard on the “R.” It was designed to be a sportier and edgier no-compromise naked motorcycle for conquering twisty mountain roads or hard riding on the racetrack. The KTM 890 DUKE R is the ideal machine for the motorcyclist wanting a more extreme experience or searching for bigger thrills in a compact and agile package.   A 2020 KTM 890 Duke R at rest. Photo courtesy of KTM. 2020 KTM 890 R DUKE HIGHLIGHTS   ·        Extremely powerful, torquey parallel twin 890 cc DOHC engine with electronic fuel injection, dual balancer shafts, PASC slipper clutch and Ride-by-Wire for a smoother and more refined response. ·        Based on the parallel twin of the KTM 790 DUKE, the engine features an increased bore and stroke, higher compression ratio and rpm ceiling, larger valves and a new piston design coupled with new connecting rods and a new crankshaft, all wrapped in new engine cases. ·        New crankshaft with 20% more rotating mass for improved engine character at constant speed and improved cornering stability due to its gyroscopic effect. ·        New sensors specifically developed for KTM by DELL’ORTO in each throttle body to measure the manifold pressure and adjust the mixture accordingly, allowing individual mapping control per cylinder. ·        New box piston features 10 gram weight reduction despite larger bore, three piston rings and a bronze conrod bearing to support the increased RPM and power. ·        New cylinder head developed to accommodate a set of larger 37 mm intake and 30 mm exhaust valves, a new camshaft with increased lift and more aggressive profile and a new balancer shaft to match the increased RPM and increased rotating mass. ·        Faster gear changes have been achieved through shorter shift lever action. This is combined with new settings for the optional Quickshifter+ to improve clutchless up and down shifting action. ·        Precise, ultralight tubular Chromium Molybdenum steel frame with a cast aluminum subframe. ·        Fully adjustable, cutting-edge WP APEX forks feature split function damping for excellent response, stability and tuneability. ·        Fully adjustable WP APEX shock offers high and low speed compression settings, as well as rebound adjustment. A hydraulically adjustable preload adjuster allows for quick and easy tuning on the fly. ·        Triple clamp stiffness has been tuned to match the flex of the fork, contributing to sporty handling and excellent feedback. An aluminum steering stem has been used instead of steel, as on the KTM 790 DUKE, to reduce the overall weight. ·        Powerful BREMBO Stylema brake calipers paired with lighter 320 mm floating front discs offer unmated stopping power and a 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) reduction of unsprung weight. ·        BREMBO MCS master cylinder allows the rider to adjust lever ratio and brake feel. ·        Cornering ABS with Supermoto ABS for rider-centric control. ·        A completely new generation of lean-angle sensitive MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) now uses two different controllers (a wheelslip controller and a pitch angle controller) to offer advanced traction control behavior and settings. ·        Selectable ride modes including Sport, Street, Rain and optional Track allow for easy changes to engine and MTC character. ·        Optional Track mode includes 9-level adjustable traction control, launch control and anti-wheelie off. ·        Multifunctional dashboard with full-color TFT display is bright and clear. ·        Premium Michelin Power Cup tires offer exceptional grip in all track and street conditions. ·        Sharp aggressive styling runs from the front to the rear for a look that is pure DUKE and includes an orange powder coated frame, standard on “R” models. ·        LED headlight and LED daytime running lights for excellent visibility and illumination. ·        Die-cast, open-lattice swingarm is precisely manufactured and has been optimized for stiffness while still offering excellent flex characteristics and features a steeper angle for increased stability. ·        WP steering damper fitted as standard and set up to feel as natural as possible, giving the rider a secure feeling while keeping the agile riding character of the bike. ·        New, flatter tapered aluminum handlebar offers a more aggressive riding position and is adjustable in 4 positions on the triple clamp and can be rotated in three further positions.   A 2020 KTM 890 Duke R at rest. Photo courtesy of KTM. SPECIFICATIONS Engine Type: Parallel Twin, 4-Stroke, DOHC Displacement: 890 cc Bore/Stroke: 90.7/68.8 mm Starter: Electric; 12V 10Ah Transmission: 6 Gears Fuel System: DKK Dell’Orto, 46 mm Throttle Body Lubrication: Pressure Lubrication with 2 Oil Pumps Cooling: Liquid Cooling with Water/Oil Heat Exchanger Clutch: PASC (Power Assisted Slipper Clutch), Mechanically Operated Ignition: Bosch EMS with Ride-By-Wire Frame: CroMoly Tubular Steel, Engine as Stressed Member Subframe: Cast Aluminum Handlebar:  Aluminum, Tapered, Ø 26/22 mm Front Suspension: WP APEX USD Ø 43 mm Rear Suspension: WP APEX Monoshock Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 140 mm/5.5 in; 150 mm/5.9 in Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 320 mm/240 mm Front/Rear Wheels: 3.50 x 17”, 5.50 x 17” Front/Rear Tires: 120/70ZR17”; 180/55ZR17” Steering Head Angle: 24.3º Wheelbase: 1,482 mm ± 15 mm / 58.3 ± 0.6 in Ground Clearance: 206 mm / 8.1 in Seat Height: 834 mm / 32.8 in Tank Capacity: 14 L / 3.7 gal Weight (without fuel), Approx: 166 kg / 365.9 lbs

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AMA Pro Racing Promotes Gene Crouch To Chief Operating Officer

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2020-03-31 16:28
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 31, 2020) – AMA Pro Racing today announced the promotion of Gene Crouch to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) from his previous position of Chief Marketing Officer. As COO, Crouch will now coordinate the operational efforts of all departments at AMA Pro. “Gene has a proven track record of implementing innovative solutions to achieve our corporate goals,” said Michael Lock, Chief Executive Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “His demonstrated leadership abilities, his focus on executing on our corporate strategic vision and his strong relationship skills will be tremendous assets to me and AMA Pro in this new role. His efforts will be a key component as we implement new growth strategies for the sport of Pro Flat Track.” Crouch joined AMA Pro Racing when the company was founded in 2008, coming from sister-company GRAND-AM where he started his motorsports career in 2005. During American Flat Track’s period of rapid growth since 2017 under the leadership of Michael Lock, Crouch executed the strategy of rebranding of the sport and has delivered consecutive seasons of growth in TV ratings as an executive producer of American Flat Track’s shows on NBCSN. His achievements in the motorsports industry encompass innovations in timing & scoring and live streaming, including the development of industry-leading technology for the professional motorcycle racing championships promoted by the AMA, Feld Entertainment and MX Sports and working in close collaboration with NASCAR and IMSA on the FansChoice.tv live streaming platform.   About AMA Pro Racing: AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

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MotoGP Boss Carmelo Ezpeleta: “We Will Reschedule Races When We Know When the Season Can Start”

Asphalt And Rubber - Tue, 2020-03-31 15:57
For MotoGP and WorldSBK, patience will be a virtue when it comes to deciding when to race again. The post MotoGP Boss Carmelo Ezpeleta: “We Will Reschedule Races When We Know When the Season Can Start” appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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MotoAmerica: Josh Hayes Previews Superbike, P4 (Mathew Scholtz)

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2020-03-31 15:48
By David Swarts When the 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship begins there will be some familiar faces on the grid, but there will also be a whole lot of newness: New bikes, new teams, new crew chiefs, and new classes. To help preview the season, we’ve enlisted the help of Josh Hayes. Not only has Hayes won four AMA Pro Superbike Championships, he’s won a total of 83 AMA Pro/MotoAmerica races and three support class titles; raced in the Endurance World Championship; run at the front in Supersport World Championship races; and finished seventh while competing in his first MotoGP race as a substitute rider at Valencia in 2011. More recently, Hayes won two races at the International Island Classic vintage event in January of this year at Phillip Island; raced at the front throughout the 2019 Daytona 200 and was on provisional pole position for the 2020 Daytona 200; and finished on the podium in the MotoAmerica Supersport class in 2019. When he’s not racing, Hayes is a rider coach for top competitors, including Bobby Fong and Jake Gagne, as well as working with Garrett Gerloff. And if these weren’t enough qualifications to preview the upcoming season, Hayes rode in place of injured Mathew Scholtz on Westby Racing’s 2020-model Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike during the official MotoAmerica pre-season test at Barber Motorsports Park in March. So, he’s had a close look at most of the field. This preview series is highlighting one Superbike or Superbike Cup/Stock 1000 rider each day, but it will not feature every rider entered in the two classes. Riders will be listed in the order they finished the 2019 Superbike Championship with riders who were not in the 2019 Superbike Championship listed in alphabetical order. Mathew Scholtz sporting a broken right collarbone at the 2020 MotoAmerica pre-season test at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo by David Swarts. Mathew Scholtz After competing in a variety of motorcycle racing disciplines as a youth in his home country of South Africa, Scholtz was selected to join the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in 2008. Starting at the age of 15, Scholtz spent three years in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, winning one race, earning several podium results, and finishing as high as sixth in the 2008 point standings. Scholtz moved on to the CEV Moto2 Championship in 2011, where he earned four top-10 race finishes, including a fourth, and got sixth in the final point standings. Thanks to continued sponsorship from his father’s trucking company, Scholtz raced for two seasons in the FIM Supersport World Championship, but was unable to achieve any standout results on the equipment available to him. He returned home to race in South Africa and nearly won a Supersport Championship in 2014, before switching to the South African SuperGP (Superbike) class, where he blossomed and won the 2016 South African SuperGP Championship on a Yamaha. During his Championship-winning season in 2016, Scholtz also got the opportunity to fill in for injured countryman Sheridan Morais on the Rabid Transit Yamaha team in the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 series. Scholtz showed up at Road America, a track he had never seen before, and put the unfamiliar Yamaha on the podium in his debut MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 race. He repeated the same feat the following weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. All of this attracted the attention of Westby Racing, which had recently lost its rider Josh Day to a head injury. The year prior to that, the team had lost rider Dane Westby, the son of Team Owner Tryg Westby, in a tragic streetbike accident. Westby Racing contracted Scholtz, and he immediately repaid them by finishing second in his first race, in Utah. Scholtz finished the 2016 season with Westby Racing, ended up sixth in the final point standings in spite of missing the first eight races of the season, and earned a full-time ride with the team that has now lasted from 2017 until the present day. In 2017, Scholtz took 10 victories, finished on the podium 19 times in 20 races, and won the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Championship one round early in New Jersey. And if winning the title wasn’t enough, Scholtz finished the season by taking the overall race victory in the final combined Superbike/Superstock 1000 race of the season, making him the first rider to ever accomplish that feat on a Superstock machine and the first South African to win a MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike race. Westby Racing rewarded Scholtz with more parts on his Yamaha YZF-R1 and a move from Superstock 1000 up to the Superbike class in 2018, when the lean, 6-foot-1 rider claimed another Superbike victory, eight podium finishes, and fourth place in the final Championship rankings. Westby Racing upgraded its YZF-R1 even more for the 2019 season, adding advanced Magneti Marelli engine electronics and other pricey parts, but the results went in the wrong direction. Scholtz only managed 6th in the 2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship with no wins and just four podium finishes in 20 races. While Scholtz, now 27, has shown with his race wins and multiple pole positions that he has the equipment and talent to challenge for MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, he has also shown inconsistency with some crashes and poor race starts that have been counterproductive. And although he missed the official MotoAmerica pre-season test at Barber Motorsports Park in March due to a broken collarbone he suffered in a crash while training just before the test, Scholtz has had as much — if not more — off-season testing time than any of his competitors. That combined with the fact he is entering his fourth season with the same team could give him an early advantage over some others in the class, and the delay to the start of the season is definitely helping Scholtz return to full fitness. “The one thing with Mat is we’ve seen him win and we’ve seen him be fast week in and week out, but we’ve never seen him fulfill that final bit of potential he has,” said Hayes. “As a guy sitting on the side of the track watching, I have some ideas of where I think he could clean up some of it, but as I’ve found with a lot of racers and even when coaching guys, it has to come from that own rider’s ideas. It has to be their idea. That’s the only way you enact change. “I think he has a team behind him that is giving him a good tool to go out and battle with, but one thing that happens is you look at the guys around you and you say, ‘I don’t think that they’re better than me.’ Then you start looking and getting caught up in how complicated these motorcycles are and how to fix every problem. “I’m not deep enough into the team to know that’s the problem. I’ve been there enough times and seen him on the podium looking at the bikes in front of him and saying, ah, I don’t have this, this, and this, and look, I’m here. And he’s correct. “But there’s also some benefit to having a simple motorcycle and being able to focus on what’s really important rather than coming in and constantly messing with the motorcycle. You work on you and getting the most out of the things you have underneath you. “With Mat, I think it was a situation that worked for him, because look at what he was able to do with standard YEC [Yamaha race kit] electronics on a Superbike. He was able to go out and win a couple of races. Conditions weren’t always perfect, but he was able to focus on a lot of the important things and put things together. “It’s almost a case of be careful what you wish for, because when you get complicated electronics you get a lot of complicated problems that come along with them. Every lap you do is scrutinized and haggled over and discussed. The amount of options you can change in the machine are limitless compared to the YEC, where at some point you go, ‘We’ve gotten about everything out of it that we can. It’s on you now, buddy.’ “I’ve seen Mat a little bit this off-season. I know he’s been working hard. There’s never been a question how hard he works on the physical side of things. But I hope he’s been paying attention to racing and races and trying to figure out a little bit of how to play the chess board better. “So, how can he improve as a rider? What areas was he weak at? I saw him qualify fairly well a couple of times only to get miserable starts and be pretty far back into Turn One. So, starts need to become a priority to give himself the best chance possible. “You’re going to be hard pressed to catch up to guys like Toni [Elias] and Cameron [Beaubier] to learn what they’re doing, but if you can go with them from the beginning or even attack them in the beginning there’s a lot longer time frame to figure out how they are doing what they’re doing and evaluate things and actually make progress. “That’s just a few key areas. There’s no question about how much he wants it or how deep he’s willing to dig. I think at his age that’s a great thing and something I would want in a rider if I was choosing to have one on a team of my own.”

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Roadracing World Young Guns 2020: Torin Collins

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2020-03-31 10:56
24th-Annual Roadracing World Young Gun Honors: By David Swarts Roadracing World started this exclusive special feature recognizing the most promising young road racers as an answer to pessimists who claimed America had no new, up-and-coming young racers. This edition of the Roadracing World Young Gun Awards marks the 24th consecutive year of showcasing an abundance of new talent. Roadracing World Young Guns have won: FIM MotoGP and FIM Superbike races and World Championships; AMA Pro races and Championships, including eight AMA Pro Superbike Championships; A KTM RC Cup World Final race; The Daytona 200 (8 times); WERA National Endurance Championships and WERA National Challenge Championships; ASRA/Formula USA Grand National and CCS National Championships; AMA Road Racing Grand Championships and Horizon Awards; USGPRU National Championships; Many regional and local titles. The competition has continually become more intense as more – and younger—racers with higher levels of accomplishment are nominated, and the level of achievement required to make the grade keeps getting tougher. We’ve spent the last several months accepting nominations and evaluating road racers between the ages of 11 and 18 (as of the start of the 2020 season) who have, at a minimum, won Expert-level road races and/or Championships on a 125cc two-stroke/250cc four-stroke or larger racebike or had outstanding results as an Amateur/Novice. Most of the riders included here have done far more than the minimum. The young riders recognized here are the most promising young road racers in North America. All have earned the title of Roadracing World Young Gun. We will feature one Young Gun per day, presenting them in alphabetical order. Torin Collins. Photo courtesy of Torin Collins. Torin Collins Age: 14. Current home: Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Current height/weight: 5’2”/122 pounds. Current school grade level: 9th grade. Began riding at age: 5 years. First road race: 2012, Calgary, Alberta, Alberta Mini Road Racing Association, Youth 6-9, 3rd place. Current racebike: Honda NSF250R. Current tuner/mechanic: Reale Avintia MTA Junior Team. Primary race series: European Talent Cup. Top sponsors: Cycle Works Motorsports Calgary, GFF Motorproducts, SBK Paint, JP43Training, Bickle Racing, SpinCore, Motorrev Suspension, Spears Enterprise/Spears Racing, Yogadotcalm, Novalda Coaching. Recent racing accomplishments: 2019 season, finished 15th in British Talent Cup (best race finish was 7th); 2018 season, selected to join 2019 British Talent Cup, won EMRA Lightweight Superbike and Lightweight Open Championships (11 wins, set 2 class lap records), multiple race wins in 2018/2019 CVMA Winter Series, won UtahSBA Moto3 race at Utah Motorsports Campus; 2017 season, won 7 CMA Mini Road Racing National Championships, won 2 FIM Mini Road Racing Championships, won 8 races and set 2 class lap records during 2017/2018 CVMA Winter Series. 2020 racing goal: Finish in the top 10 in European Talent Cup. Racing career goal: Race in the Superbike or MotoGP World Championship. Racing hero: Jack Miller. Favorite track: Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Hobby: Riding motocross, ice riding, gaming, soccer. If I wasn’t racing I would be…: Playing soccer.

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Video: Racer/Team Owner Kyle Wyman Holds Humorous Team Meeting

RoadRacing World - Tue, 2020-03-31 06:40
MotoAmerica Superbike racer/Daytona 200 racer/Team Owner Kyle Wyman holds a humorous team meeting at Kyle Wyman Racing (KWR) headquarters.

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You Can Watch the “Launch” of the KTM 890 Duke R Right Here

Asphalt And Rubber - Tue, 2020-03-31 05:19
At 8am Pacific Time, KTM will launch online its newest sport bike, the KTM 890 Duke R. Come watch the stream with us on A&R. The post You Can Watch the “Launch” of the KTM 890 Duke R Right Here appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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Harley-Davidson and Impala Call a Truce Over Board Battle

Asphalt And Rubber - Mon, 2020-03-30 23:17
The Board of Directors battle between Harley-Davidson and Impala Asset Management has come to a truce and a compromise, for now. The post Harley-Davidson and Impala Call a Truce Over Board Battle appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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