Locatelli Completes Promising First WorldSBK Test with Pata Yamaha
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team with Rizla’s 2021 rider Andrea Locatelli got his first taste of the Yamaha R1 at the Circuito Estoril, and despite weather conditions cutting short his running, the Italian was quickly up to speed and well-integrated into the team.
Just one day after the 2020 FIM Superbike World Championship season finale, in which Pata Yamaha scored a pair of victories with Toprak Razgatlıoğlu and formed part of Yamaha’s first-ever podium lockout in the Superpole Race, reigning FIM Supersport World Champion Locatelli joined the team for his maiden WorldSBK test, completing 26 laps in the dry morning session at the Portuguese venue, before rain halted any further running.
The Italian will be back on the bike for the Jerez test on 16-17 November, where the team will look to get as much running as possible, to best prepare him for the 2021 season.
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team
“Very nice first impressions, we didn’t do too many laps but the feeling with the Yamaha R1 is incredible immediately. It’s important to use this test to try to understand everything with the bike and now I am more confident, particularly with the braking. It’s the first time riding the R1 for me, and now we have a good base to work on ahead of the next test in Jerez. I’m really excited because the guys at Pata Yamaha are very professional and we are already working well together. I’m happy with the electronics and we need to understand the grip and tyres a little more, but step-by-step we are making some good progress. Before coming here, I talked with Andrew Pitt and Andrea Dosoli to ensure I got some experience within the team and the test was always a good opportunity for me. Today’s not a great day with the conditions but at least I’ve had some time to understand the bike and I’m really looking forward to the next one.”
Paul Denning – Team Principal
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team
“It’s difficult to draw too many conclusions from this very shortened test here in Estoril, other than that we know Andrea has a deep level of racing intelligence. He brings a very analytical approach to his work and most importantly was able to get a good feel for the Yamaha R1. It was important to make a start to 2021 as soon as possible and to get some of the basics out of the way, including riding position, the electronic control strategies and the first experience of the 1000c R1 superbike engine. It’s given us a good platform going forward to Jerez in a few weeks’ time.”
More, from a press release issued by Aruba.it Racing Ducati:
Estoril Test ends with positive feelings for Scott Redding and Michael Rinaldi
The 2021 season has already started for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team which this morning got back on track with Scott Redding and Michael Rinaldi for the first test in view of the 2021 season.
Despite the rain that started to fall at the end of the morning interrupting track activity, both Scott and Michael were able to lap consistently.
Scott Redding worked on some solutions that will be introduced in the 2021 season and the results have been appreciable. The British rider completed 39 laps and was the fastest with a time of 1’36.581.
Micheal Rinaldi lapped to become familiar with the 2020 version of the Ducati Panigale V4 R, completing 29 laps and getting useful information for the next tests.
Scott Redding (45). Photo courtesy Ducati.
Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
“We have tried a few things that will be useful next season and the result was positive. Despite the rain that forced us to close the test very early, we were able to gather positive information that Ducati can work on in winter. Now I’m going to take a little break but I’ll start training soon so that I can arrive in ideal conditions at the beginning of next season”.
Michael Rinaldi (21). Photo courtesy Ducati.
Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
“Unfortunately the rain ruined our plan but we still had the chance to complete a few laps to start collecting data to work on. The sensations are extremely positive. I was surprised by the 2020 version of the Ducati Panigale V4 R, especially the braking areas. I can’t wait to get back on track”.
Benelli Motorcycles USA Reveals Leoncino Scrambler
The Legend is Back: Benelli Welcomes the Contemporary Classic Back to the U.S.
Norwalk, CA – For more than a century, the Benelli brand has brought innovation to the motorcycle world, playing a key role in the evolution of the modern motorcycle. This 100-year heritage of Italian design culminates with Benelli’s revered Leoncino legacy, and Benelli Motorcycles USA is proud to welcome the legend back to America with the
2021 Benelli Leoncino.
A Benelli Leoncino. Photo courtesy Benelli Motorcycles USA/SSR Motorsports.
Inspired by the classic café racers of Benelli’s golden years, the 2021 Leoncino (a charming Italian term for “little lion”) lives up to its namesake, exuding the proud sporting heritage of Benelli with nimble cornering ability and responsive handling. Traditional shapes and modern curves flow together in the new red bodywork, crowned by the Lion of Pesaro perched on the front fender.
Powered by a 500cc parallel twin engine with dual overhead cams and fuel injection, the
Leoncino pours on a smooth flow of power. A generous midrange and six-speed transmission make excellent use of its 48 horsepower (at 8,500 rpm), offering an incredibly fun and easy-to-ride motorcycle. Quiet and powerful 2-into-1 exhaust adds to the traditional lines of the Leoncino, while also providing a pleasing sound.
The lightweight steel lattice frame provides a stable platform for the chassis, with a center of gravity and a low seat height to match. An inverted fork with 45mm tubes in the front, and an adjustable laterally mounted single shock in the rear provide an incredibly smooth ride. Cast alloy 17-inch wheels are fitted with premium Pirelli Angel ST radial tires. Ultra-strong brakes feature four-piston calipers and dual 320mm discs on the front, and 260mm single disc brakes in the rear.
A Benelli Leoncino. Photo courtesy Benelli Motorcycles USA/SSR Motorsports.
Minimalist bodywork represents an authentic and pure design concept, one that recalls the style and accessibility of the original machine of the 1950’s: Engine, frame, wheels and a handlebar. Contemporary technology including digital instrumentation and LED headlight and modern performance round out this playful and superbly functional package that could only come from Benelli.
List price for the 2021 Benelli Leoncino, currently available at Benelli Motorcycle dealers, is $6,199. Find more information, including specifications, at http://benelli.ssrmotorsports.com/bikes/leoncino.php. Check us out on social media at: https://www.facebook.com/SSRMotorsports and https://www.facebook.com/benellimotorcyclesusa/.
ABOUT BENELLI MOTORCYCLES
In 1911, the six Benelli brothers began building motorcycle parts, including their first engine in 1919. In 1921, the first Benelli motorcycle was born. Nearly a century later, the Italian legacy continues, with a rich heritage of sport and touring Benelli motorcycles. In December 2005, Benelli became part of the Qianjiang (Q.J.) Group manufacturer, winner of the prestigious Best Motorcycle Importer award. Q.J. is located in Wenling, China, employing 14,000 people and producing over 1.2 million vehicles and 2 million engines per year, distributed worldwide. In 2015, SSR penned an agreement with Q.J. to control North American distribution, and in 2016 began to import Benelli Motorcycles in the U.S. More at http://benelli.ssrmotorsports.com/.
ABOUT SSR MOTORSPORTS
SSR Motorsports is an American motorcycle and powersports company based in Norwalk,
California, started in 2002 by the Li family. SSR Motorsports offers a diverse line of powersports products from pit bikes to full-size dirt bikes, street bikes, scooters, e-bicycles and UTVs, with a focus on providing quality products at affordable prices. SSR products are sourced in China, tested and developed in the U.S., and distributed through a vast American dealer network, backed by product warranties, excellent customer service and parts support. In 2016, SSR Motorsports became the exclusive U.S. distributor of Benelli Motorcycles, and continues to expand the line of the Qianjiang-owned Italian brand of motorcycles. More at http://www.ssrmotorsports.com/.
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Cory Ventura, age 18, is returning to the MotoAmerica series and is planning to ride a CV28 Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R in the Supersport class October 23-25 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Ventura was the runner-up in the 2017 MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup Championship and the runner-up in the 2018 MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship.
In spite of a late start in the 2019 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, he finished 12th in the final point standings with a best race finish of fifth at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, but Ventura has not been active with MotoAmerica so far in 2020.
“I have been racing my Kawasaki ZX-6R all year at AFM having fun and getting ready for this moment,” Ventura wrote in an email to Roadracingworld.com. “Racing at Laguna has been my goal for this season. I am super excited that we made it happen and now we can see where we stack up.”
Ventura reports that Jesse Koeller built his motorcycle and will be his crew chief on the weekend. Koeller will be supported by Jeff Beaubier (father of five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier), Miguel Navarro, and Cory’s father, Chris Ventura.
“At the beginning of this year, with a lot of help from Jesse, Jeff, and my dad, I took over CV28 Racing,” continued Cory Ventura. “It has taken a lot of time, money, and effort to get here and I am extremely thankful to have them behind me. I am so proud that we are doing this, and we are gonna go have fun at MotoAmerica.
“This all wouldn’t have been possible without support from Race BBJK, PCP Motorsports, CT Racing, MCTech, Öhlins USA, Graves Motorsports, Drippin’ Wet, Hustle Hard Racing, Team Green, Bell Powersports, and Area 97.”
KTM NORTH AMERICA INTRODUCES THE NEW 2021 KTM 890 ADVENTURE: THE ULTIMATE ASPHALT AND GRAVEL TRAVELER
October 19, 2020
MURRIETA, Calif, – KTM North America, Inc. is pleased to introduce the new 2021 KTM 890 ADVENTURE, complete with more engine grunt, improved handling, added suspension adjustability and rider-focused technology to form the right tool for endless road or gravel exploration – further proof that the ride doesn’t need to end when the road does.
It has never been a better time to reach out to the world on a bike. Getting from A to B quickly and efficiently has always been important, but to do it aboard a machine carrying KTM’s READY TO RACE DNA takes the experience to new levels. A new model for 2021, the KTM 890 ADVENTURE takes the lightweight and sporty characteristics you’d expect from a KTM ADVENTURE motorcycle to deliver a supremely capable adventure tourer – both on and off the pavement.
KTM’s new 2021 890 Adventure. Photo courtesy KTM.
The KTM 790 ADVENTURE formed a robust basis for KTM engineers to begin their search to offer more – much more – while still maintaining that resourcefulness, light touch and confidence-inspiring handling. The new 889 cc compact engine raises horsepower and torque figures while the 20% extra rotating mass of the crankshaft improves engine character at low revs and adds to its already impressive corning capability. The KTM 890 ADVENTURE also comes with a refined and stronger clutch to cope with the boosted performance.
A new WP APEX rear shock offers greater customization potential through a new rebound damping adjuster and an additional hand adjuster for spring preload. The suspension matches the rest of the chassis configuration in placing the bike firmly between use for the tarmac and the trail.
Want the thrill of the gravel and breaking traction? Then count on 200 mm of suspension travel, Dakar Rally-inspired ergonomics that mean the bike is comparably slim, light and manageable with an accessible seat height, a low fender, a 5.3-gal (20-liter) tank and KTM MY RIDE with navigation.
KTM’s new 2021 890 Adventure in Gray. Photo courtesy KTM.
Prefer the flat expanses of the road? The KTM 890 ADVENTURE has Adventure-spec tires, a full-size TFT dashboard, Cornering ABS, Motorcycle Traction Control and Motor Slip Regulation, a seat that is adjustable in two heights and a strong, yet lightweight, subframe for passenger or baggage.
A range of KTM PowerPart upgrades means that Cruise Control (with the handlebar switch now provided as standard), a Quickshifter+ (with optimized settings), heated seat and grips together with a wide compliment of luggage widens the travel potential of the KTM 890 ADVENTURE even more.
KTM 890 ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS
New engine with 90 cc added displacement
Improved performance with increased power
Better rideability thanks to 20% increased rotating mass
Stronger clutch adapted to increased performance
Engine knock control system (use of low Octane fuel)
High-quality WP suspension components and new rear shock
Reworked front and rear brakes for added control
Improved ABS and MTC settings
Anodized wheel hubs instead of powder coated
Handlebar switch with Cruise Control button (software additional)
Weight optimization, thanks to compact motor and fuel tank
Slim profile, refined ergonomics and new graphics
Travel-ready with two-part, adjustable seat and low fender
KTM MY RIDE app giving access to music, calls and, with an optional app, navigation
The KTM 890 ADVENTURE will be arriving at authorized KTM dealers from November 2020 onwards. For more info, visit www.ktm.com.
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Jeffrey Buis bolts to brilliance as WorldSSP300 Champion
The 18-year old Dutch star took the World Championship at the Circuito de Estoril after a competitive 2020 season in which he emerged as the rider to beat
With four wins and eight podium places, Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) becomes the 2020 WorldSSP300 Champion at the Circuito Estoril, securing his status as the first Dutch World Champion of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship. After a tough, long battle with fellow countryman and teammate Scott Deroue, it’d be the youthful exuberance of Buis who’d prevail over the experienced Deroue, a fascinating dynamic between the Dutch duo.
The Meppel-born rider clinched the title after riding under the pressure of some of the biggest names on the category; with Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT), Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300), Unai Orradre (Yamaha MS Racing), Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) and Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) amongst others. Buis, in just his second season, refused to be supressed by the stars and achieved impressive results through the season, taking Championship lead from the Prosecco DOC Aragon Round onwards.
After starting his racing career in various European Championships, Buis started his WorldSSP300 campaign back in 2019 with the MTM Racing Team. He ended his first season in 14th place after scoring 25 points. He remained with the same team for the 2020 season; the partnership reaching its apogee when he claimed his first Championship in Portugal.
The WorldSSP300 action started at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto as Buis made a quiet start to his 2020 campaign with a lowly 30th place in Race 1 and a 13th in Race 2. However, he bounced back a week later at the Portimao, where he claimed his first podium of 2020 in Race 1; only missing out on the win by 0.057s. He continued to show strong pace in Race 2 with fourth place; leaving Portimao in sixth place in the Championship Standings, 31-point behind leader Deroue.
The Championship then went over to MotorLand Aragon for two consecutive weekends. It was the breakthrough weekend for Buis’ Championship charge as he won both Race 1 and 2. In Race 1, he showed how competitive he is, imposing a 6.870s gap over 2018 Champion Ana Carrasco, whilst Race 2 saw his tenacious, irrepressible racing ability with a thrilling final corner pass around the outside of his rivals on the last lap. Thanks to his two wins, he took the lead of the Championship by two points. Now in the Teruel Round, Buis conceded victory to Bahattin Sofuoglu in Race 1 but reacted by taking Race 2 victory; his third victory at the track in 2020. After these solid results, he sported a 12-point lead over Deroue heading to Barcelona.
During the first ever Catalan Round, Buis achieved a fifth place in a wet-but-drying Race 1 and composed himself to take third place in Race 2. He left the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as the Championship leader, standing 16 points ahead of Deroue after the WorldSSP300 veteran failed to capitalise on Buis’ slight dip in results. He arrived at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours with his first chance to clinch the title in Race 2.
He started his French campaign with a win to establish his domination, whilst Deroue finished in second. In Race 2, he managed a second place, finishing ahead of Deroue who was only fourth, meaning that the chase for the Championship went to Estoril. Buis left France with a 28 points advantage over Deroue; having the opportunity to claim the crown in Estoril; simply beating Deroue in Race 1 was enough for him to become the first Dutch Champion in WorldSSP300. Buis started Race 1 of the Pirelli Estoril Round in 19th position, putting in an incredible recovery to sixth position. By finishing ahead of teammate Deroue, he becomes the 2020 WorldSSP300 Champion, confirming his splendid 2020 campaign.
In 2021, Jeffrey Buis will look forward to improving on his brilliant 2020 season and cementing himself as a name to watch out for in the not-too-distant future.
Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT): “The season has been great. At the beginning of the season I didn’t expect to be World Champion but the team worked very hard. I had a podium at Portimao and after that my goal was podiums but in Aragon we won three out of four races. At the beginning of today’s race there were a lot of riders around me so I needed to make a good plan but in the final laps there were less riders. I was able to overtake them and win the title.”
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48th WERA GRAND NATIONAL FINALS, WERA/N2 ENDURANCE & AMA ROAD RACE GRAND CHAMPIONSHIPS IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
Where: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL
When: October 22-25, 2020
Participants please stage in Lot G (across from Museum) and at 4:00pm you can walk to the Credential Building to pick up your credential ($40.00 cash only) and if you need power ($25.00 per day) and camping ($25.00 per day) you can also get those taken care of there. As soon as Porsche is done we will begin load in. Please give the folks first in line the lead on this and follow as you arrived and are parked.
There will be early registration Wednesday night from 7pm-9pm in the bay next to Tech. Thursday will have morning practice and then the afternoon will be the final round for the 2020 WERA/N2 Endurance Series with a big bike four hour. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will crown Champions for the Pirelli/WERA National Challenge Series featuring the Michelin/WERA Superbike Class, the 2020 WERA Sportsman Series, the 2020 WERA National Vintage Series and we again are proud to host the 2020 AMA Road Race Grand Championship where we will find out who will receive the 2020 AMA Horizon Award for road racing!!
Spectators will be welcome on Saturday and Sunday. $30.00 for both days and $20.00 for Sunday only. Racing begins at noon both Saturday and Sunday.
Due to the pandemic social distancing masks in gathering are still required. WERA Motorcycle Roadracing will have hand sanitizer and masks if you need one available. We encourage you to bring your own pens and let’s have a safe paddock. Also be aware Barber Motorsports Park will have Covid protocols with waivers at the Credential Building,
WERA Motorcycle Roadracing was founded in 1973 and remains the foremost place to develop talent in the sport of motorcycle road racing. 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 PIRELLI/WERA National Challenge Series, WERA Motorcycle Roadracing also offers Vintage Racing and limited Endurance Racing with Track Day Partners N2. WERA Motorcycle Roadracing was voted the 2017 AMA Track Organizer of the Year.
For more information on WERA Motorcycle Roadracing please check out our web site at wera.com
2020 All-Japan Superbike Championship
Twin Ring Motegi
October 18, 2020
Superbike Race Two Results:
1.Kohta Nozane (Yam YZF-R1), 21 Laps, Total Race Time 38:09.538, Best Lap Time 1:48.214
2. Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yam YZF-R1), -11.501 seconds
3. Ryo Mizuno (Hon CBR1000RR SP2), -34.892
4. Kazuma Watanabe (Hon CBR1000RR SP2), -36.717
5. Sodo Hamahara (Hon CBR1000RR SP2), -36.922
6. Yukio Kagayama (Suz GSX-R1000), -50.673
7. Keisuke Maeda (Yam YZF-R1), -79.259
8. Satoru Iwata (Hon CBR1000RR SP2), -80.074
9. Yudai Kamei (Hon CBR1000RR SP2), -80.221
10. Kazuma Tsuda (Suz GSX-R1000R), -88.652
11. Kosuke Akiyoshi (Hon CBR1000RR SP2), -88.854
12. Yoshihiro Konno (Suz GSX-R1000R), -92.805
13. Yuta Kodama (Yam YZF-R1), -93.213
14. Shinichi Nakatomi (Yam YZF-R1), -94.075
15. Taro Sekiguchi (BMW S1000RR), -101.082
16. Kota Higuchi (Suz GSX-R1000), -1 Lap
DNF. Akira Yanagawa (Kaw ZX-10RR)
DQ. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hon CBR1000RR SP2)
Championship Point Standings (after 8 of 10 races):
1. Nozane, 150 points
2. Kiyonari, 98
3. Hamahara, 94
4. Iwata, 84
5. Kamei, 81
6. Mizuno, 80
7. Watanabe, 79
8. Maeda, 71
9. Nakasuga, 69
10. Yanagawa, 66
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