Toni Elias, the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion, has announced via social media that this coming weekend’s MotoAmerica Superbike event at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca will be his last with Suzuki.
Today on his Instagram feed, 37-year-old Elias posted the following (which has not been edited):
I writing down this lines whitout any permition…just following my feelings and coming from the bottom of my heart!!! The next weekend will be my last race with Suzuki Family!!
Its been 5 years!!! What a Blast!!! We won a lot…32 wins, 60 podiums, 1 championship…Its been amazing!!!
To all staff of Suzuki Motor of America: HayasakiSan, Kerry Graever, Pat Alexander, Chris Wheeler. Yoshimura Racing: Don Sakakura, Yusaku Yoshimura. Team Hammer: John Ulrich & Chris Ulrich. To my Crewchiefs: Daisuke Hashimoto, Dave Weaver. To all my mechanics, electronics, cordonators, chefs, truck drivers. Through to best to the worst, through the joy and the pain…you guys been my family…Now my friends FOREVER.
Thank You for listen me, To undestand me, to have all the patience of the world…to follow my instinct or crazy ideas…Im not easy but soon or later we achieved what i wanted but always with your help and that made it really special!!!
Also to my strong team mates..my friends @rogerhayden95 @josh_herrin @bobbyfong50
Maybe its the last race of my career…Maybe not!!!
It will depend of many things…Im still very hungry for wins and fight for championships but this time i’ll let the destiny and universe play and decide for me!
Now Suzuki Family/ @team_hammer_inc let’s do the last one together!!!
Thank you not only to support me this years of racing..
Im grateful for much more than that.. You guys gave me the opportunity of my life…Live in USA…Where i meet my wife, where we have 3 wonderful kids and beautiful things coming!!!
Your Rider. Toni Elias #24.
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MotoAmerica Superbike racer Josh Herrin tests the Harley-Davidson Street Glide he will be racing in the King of the Baggers invitational race this coming weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Laguna Seca Here We Come For Season Finale
HONOS Superbike Class Promises Excitement
IRVINE, CA (October 21, 2020) – Although the 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship was done and dusted at Indianapolis Motor Speedway two weeks ago with Cameron Beaubier clinching his fifth title, the racing goes on in the HONOS Superbike class and this weekend’s MotoAmerica GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Speedfest At Monterey may end up being one of the more wide-open and unpredictable rounds of the season.
One thing the round at The Brickyard showed us was that the rest of the HONOS Superbike pack has gained a little ground on Beaubier and the five-time champion winning at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is no longer a foregone conclusion. Although Beaubier wasn’t his normal dominant self at Indy with three crashes, including two in races as he was trying to lock down the title, the others gained a bit of confidence that they were actually able to beat him fair and square. Especially M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Bobby Fong, who put together three strong races at The Brickyard to come away with two wins and a second place. And the other win didn’t go to Beaubier.
Instead, it was Lorenzo Zanetti who scored his maiden MotoAmerica win in race two at Indy, the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York-backed Italian riding the team’s new Ducati Panigale V4 R to a narrow win over Fong. The win ended a 10-year winless drought for Ducati in AMA Superbike racing with the Italian company’s last victory dating back to 2010 with Larry Pegram taking the win at Auto Club Speedway.
Beaubier, however, with the pressure of capturing his fifth title behind him, has to be considered the favorite going into a race weekend at a track that he has won on four times previously. It’s a case of one weekend a champion does not make and vice versa. We must remember that Beaubier has won 13 of 17 races in 2020. Not that he needs any more incentive, but there’s also the added bonus of a 16-win season if he were to emerge victorious in all three HONOS Superbike races at Laguna – and that would tie him with Josh Hayes for all-time AMA Superbike wins in a single season.
Beaubier’s Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha teammate Jake Gagne had just one podium finish in the three races at Indy, and that allowed Fong to gain 28 points on him in the battle for second in the title chase. Gagne, however, still leads Fong by 30 points heading to Laguna and it would take a bad weekend from the San Diegan for that to happen.
Fong, meanwhile, has a lock on finishing no worse than third overall as he holds a 13-point lead over Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz, who suffered a broken right leg in Indianapolis and won’t be racing at Laguna. The absent Scholtz, in turn, could be caught by M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Toni Elias for fourth in the championship with the Spaniard 55 points behind with three races remaining.
Scheibe Racing BMW’s Josh Herrin could also move up as he trails Elias by just 10 points. He could also move down to seventh, however, as KWR Racing’s Kyle Wyman is only 11 points behind the 2013 AMA Superbike Champion.
And there’s definitely a battle for the final spots in the top 10 with FLY Racing ADR Motorsports’ David Anthony just two points ahead of Altus Motorsports’ Cameron Petersen and 17 ahead of Travis Wyman Racing’s Travis Wyman, who currently rounds out the top 10.
A second rider from Europe will make his MotoAmerica debut this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with Yamaha World Superbike test rider Niccolo Canepa set to take over Scholtz’ Yamaha YZF-R1 for the Westby Racing team. Canepa is vastly experienced and has raced in MotoGP, Moto2, the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, the Italian Superstock Championship and the Superstock UEM European Championship. Canepa also has raced at Laguna Seca during his World Superbike years and MotoGP years.
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Notes…
The winningest AMA Superbike rider of all time at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca? That would be Josh Hayes, the four-time AMA Superbike rider winning six races at the famous facility on the Monterey Peninsula.
Speaking of Hayes, as mentioned earlier Cameron Beaubier has a chance to tie Hayes for the all-time AMA Superbike wins in a season if he were to win all three races this weekend at Laguna. Hayes set the high-water mark in 2012 when he won 16 of 20 races on the year, including a streak in which he won 10 races in a row.
As for active MotoAmerica Superbike riders, Cameron Beaubier leads the way with four Superbike victories; and Toni Elias has three wins at Laguna. No other active MotoAmerica rider has won a Superbike race in Monterey.
The first-ever AMA Superbike race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca was on August 1, 1975, with Reg Pridmore taking the win on his BMW.
Last year’s two Superbike races at Laguna were won by Toni Elias and Garrett Gerloff. For Gerloff, his win in race two was his first career MotoAmerica Superbike victory.
Gerloff also earned pole position for the two Superbike races in 2019, the Texan lapping the 2.238-mile WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 1:23.286 to best his then-teammate Cameron Beaubier by .109 of a second in Superpole.
The MotoAmerica Superbike lap record at Laguna is held by Josh Herrin set in 2018 with his Superpole lap of 1:22.908.
Coming into the Laguna round, Cameron Beaubier has 27 career Superbike pole positions. He leads that category among active MotoAmerica racers. If Beaubier earns pole at Laguna, he will eclipse his single-season pole mark of six (2018) with a seventh pole in 2020.
With his maiden MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Italian Lorenzo Zanetti became the 60th rider to win an AMA Superbike race.
For information on how to watch the 2020 MotoAmerica Series, click HERE
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.
Repsol and Honda to continue iconic partnership
The most recognized partnership in racing is set to continue for a further two years as the Spanish energy company and the Japanese manufacturer extend their successful relationship.
Few could have imagined that in 1995 the most recognizable colours in the MotoGP World Championship would be born and achieve unrivalled successful more than 25 years later with 180 premier class wins and 15 Rider World Championships, cementing the Repsol Honda Team as the reference in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. More than half of the premier class world titles won since 1995 have gone to the Repsol Honda Team. In addition, the Repsol-Honda collaboration has led to 10 Team Championships since the award was created in 2002. A record of 180 wins and 447 podiums in 500cc and MotoGP.
A close working relationship between the Repsol Technology Centre, which is located in Móstoles (Spain), and HRC laboratories in Saitama (Japan) has produced a winning formula based around the bike, rider, fuel and lubricants working in harmony. This long-term cooperation is an example of the enduring collaboration between two global companies that always seek to overcome challenges and aspire to excellence. Repsol and Honda have been able to make the most of their strengths and achieve a winning formula, which is based on the combination of bike, rider, fuel and lubricant.
“It is always a great feeling to extend our partnership with Repsol, this time for a further two years. Together we have achieved incredible success and formed a partnership which is unique in motorsport. Working as one we have, and will continue, to overcome all obstacles and hardships which are presented to us. 2020 has been a difficult year for the world, but together with Repsol we have continued to work towards our goals. We are now looking forward to continuing this journey together and writing many more pages in the history of Grand Prix racing.”
Begoña Elices García
Repsol’s Executive Managing Director of Communications and the Chairman’s Office
“The renewal of this agreement with a partner as important to Repsol as Honda in MotoGP is proof of the strength of our alliance, especially in the current international climate caused by the coronavirus pandemic. For Repsol, the technological factor is key and this historic association has provided a lot of innovation and collaboration. Together we have achieved great sporting goals and we have also made our products evolve towards excellence. Continuing to advance along this successful path, always at the service of society, is what drives us to continue to improve day after day.
It’s been 5 years since there was a MotoAmerica Superbike Race held at the historic “Brickyard” Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s been 10 years since a Ducati has been on the top step of the American Podium. This past weekend, both of these anniversaries will be honored with a moment, so incredible, many thought it would be impossible.
Celtic HSBK Racing has brought back Lorenzo Zanetti to once again ride the Ducati Panigale V4R. But this wouldn’t be the same the bike he rode at The Ridge a few weeks ago. No, this time a full works Ducati from Italy built specifically to compete in the MotoAmerica Championship would come along with Lorenzo. In an unprecedented weekend, would a Ducati ridden by an Italian see victory at the historic Brickyard?
The team is made possible through key partners: North American Warhorse, Warhorse Racing, Ducati Corse, Ducati USA, Ducati New York, Competition Werkes, New York Safety Track, and Fast by Ferraci.
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Klock Werks to be title sponsor of Travis Wyman Racing BMW at MotoAmerica season finale
Wyman also to compete in MotoAmerica King of the Baggers exhibition for Trask Performance
Travis Wyman Racing BMW is pleased to announce Klock Werks will be the team’s title sponsor for the season-ending MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey, which takes place Oct. 23-25 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
The South Dakota-based company makes a wide range of parts and accessories for motorcycling and off-road enthusiasts and will have its branding displayed prominently on the team’s 2020 BMW S 1000 RR.
“I met [Klock Werks President and Visionary] Brian Klock years ago while I was working for Kuryakyn,” Wyman said. “When I approached Brian about joining my team’s family of sponsors, he was enthusiastic about getting on board. I’m really happy about the opportunity to help get the word out about Klock Werks’ products to MotoAmerica fans across the nation.”
Founded in 1997, Klock Werks rose to national prominence when it won the 2006 Discovery Channel Biker Build Off with its “World’s Fastest Bagger” entry. The company’s wide-ranging line includes handlebars, fenders, patented Flare windshields, klip hanger and ergo handlebars, stamp steel fenders, iOmount phone holders and Shine Werks cleaning products.
“Since I met Travis in 2012, I’ve been very impressed with his professionalism and passion for the sport,” Brian Klock said. “With a little bit more support, I believe Travis can become one of the most successful riders in MotoAmerica. I’m 54 now, and I think it’s time I start giving back to up-and-coming young people in the motorcycling industry. I expect Travis to emerge as one this industry’s leaders over the next 10 to 20 years.”
Wyman also is set to race for Trask Performance in the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers exhibition race, in addition to competing one Stock 1000 Class race and three Superbike races.
Phoenix, Arizona-based Trask Performance is one of 14 companies invited by MotoAmerica and Drag Specialties to participate in the exhibition. The bike Wyman will compete on is a 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide that was built specifically for the King of the Baggers.
Trask Performance founder Nick Trask said the motorcycle generates about 200 horsepower from its turbocharged, 107 cubic-inch engine. Wyman put some laps in aboard the Trask machine at Arizona Motorsports Park on Sunday and said he felt very comfortable while riding the bike.
How to Watch
All three Superbike races slated for the MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey are to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2, Eurosport and the MotoAmerica Live+ streaming service. The Stock 1000 race is to be broadcast on MotoAmerica Live+ and on Facebook Live, and the King of the Baggers race will be broadcast on MotoAmerica Live+ only.
Wyman’s first race of the weekend is the Stock 1000 race, which gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Eastern/12:30 p.m. Pacific. Coverage of the Saturday Superbike race starts at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific, and the King of the Baggers race is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Eastern/4:45 p.m. Pacific.
Coverage of Sunday’s first Superbike race starts at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific. The third and final Superbike race of the weekend takes place at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific.
To learn more about MotoAmerica Live+, visit https://www.motoamericaliveplus.com.
Volkswagen Group, the parent company of Ducati Motor Holding, S.p.A., is gauging interest in the Italian motorcycle manufacturer ahead of a possible sale of the company, according to a report by the Reuters news agency.
Read the report HERE.
Racer and TrackDaz owner Dustin Coyner presents “Ask a Superbike Genius, Part Nine” with Richard Stanboli, owner of Attack Performance and the Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha MotoAmerica Superbike team.
This interview was conducted following the MotoAmerica event October 9-11 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Repsol Honda Team back again for the Teruel GP
With another podium finish under his belt, Alex Marquez arrives back in Aragon with clear intentions alongside Stefan Bradl for the third race in three weeks.
For the fourth time of 2020, the MotoGP World Championship returns to the same circuit for back-to-back races. Forecasts are predicting warmer conditions for the Teruel GP, and with a week of data already collected, times are looking set to tumble.
Alex Marquez returns to the scene of his strongest premier class weekend to date, running in the top ten throughout practice, achieving his best grid position and battling for a debut win. Momentum from a series of strong races has continued to build for the MotoGP rookie who now sits 12th in the overall standings with 67 points. Alex is also joint leader of the Rookie of the Year championship alongside Brad Binder, their battle for debutant honours looking set to rage until the end of the year.
The Teruel GP will be Stefan Bradl’s eighth race with the Repsol Honda Team. So far achieving a best result of eighth at the French GP, the HRC Test Rider has been working on geometry changes to the RC213V and feels a breakthrough is close.
Sunday’s MotoGP race is scheduled to start at 13:00 Local Time, after the Moto3 race. Like the Aragon GP, it will be contested over 23 laps. The weekend also presents Honda with the opportunity to take a record-breaking 800th Grand Prix victory in either the Moto3 or MotoGP race.
“I’m looking forward to riding again at Aragon after a strong weekend last time. We will really need to work hard to keep at the front because I think many other riders will be able to make a step, like I have done in the past, in the second race. The goal remains the same: to work on our plan and try to make another step in qualifying. We have now been able to get into Q2 but there’s still work to do. If we can continue in the way we have been going these past races I will be very happy.”
“Towards the end of the weekend last week we began to feel more comfortable with the new setting of the bike, continuing in this direction is the goal for this second weekend at MotorLand. The Honda is working really well here and there’s a lot of potential, I’m really motivated to come back and keep working hard with the Repsol Honda Team to fight for points and further forward. Hopefully it isn’t as cold this week!”
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New All-Electric Powersports Company Volcon Inc. Launches with Two and Four-Wheeled Vehicles in Development
Powersports veteran Andrew Leisner appointed CEO
First two-wheeled model scheduled for customer deliveries in Spring 2021, followed by two and four-seat “side-by-side” sport and utility offerings
Made in the U.S.A in the greater Austin, Texas area
AUSTIN, TEXAS – October 20, 2020 – Volcon Inc., the first all-electric, off-road powersports company, was officially launched today, along with its initial lineup of two and four-wheeled electric, off-road adventure and utility vehicles. Volcon products will focus on providing fun, family off-road adventures, backcountry sportsman exploration and practical utility. Details about Volcon can be found at www.volcon.com beginning today.
Andrew Leisner has been appointed CEO of Volcon, and brings nearly 25 years of executive experience in the powersports industry to this role. Leisner was previously Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Bonnier Motorcycle Group, the world’s largest powersports media company. He has also been a three-term, industry-elected Board Member for the Motorcycle Industry Council, the not-for-profit association supporting the powersports industry in America.
“Volcon was quickly funded with an oversubscribed seed round, confirming the enthusiasm for the category,” said Leisner. “Having grown up riding with my father and continuing that tradition on motorcycles and UTVs with my daughters, I am excited to help lead the evolution of the powersports industry with electric vehicles that enhance the outdoor experience while reducing our environmental footprint for future generations. Thanks to companies like Tesla, the electrification of the powersports industry is no longer a question of if, but when, and Volcon is positioning itself to play a substantial role in this rapidly changing environment.”
Bruce Riggs has been selected to serve as COO of Volcon. Riggs has held executive quality and operational roles at several global technology brands, including Dell, Compaq, Quanta, Gateway and Compal Electronics. He has since bridged this expertise to the electric vehicle industry, first with Texas-based, NASDAQ-listed AYRO Inc., where he held the title of Chief Operations and Quality, and now Volcon.
The company’s first electrified off-road vehicle, named the “Grunt,” will be delivered to customers beginning in Spring 2021. The Grunt is an easy-to-ride, two-wheeled, all-terrain, off-road motorcycle designed for exploring the outdoors, serving as a nimble utility vehicle or for off-road, family fun. Recharging will be possible in only two hours with any household outlet. The battery pack is hot-swappable and the Grunt is capable of a 100-mile range. Pricing for the Grunt will start at $5,995 (MSRP).
The four-wheeled Stag and Beast models will follow in late 2021 into 2022, and will range from practical, low-maintenance utility vehicles to off-road, sport UTVs that rival the best of the currently available gas models. The electric nature of Volcon makes the vehicles easy to operate and reliable with almost no regular maintenance required. More family-oriented models are slated to be announced soon and, like all Volcon products, their nature will allow new consumers to enjoy the world of powersports.
All Volcon vehicles will be manufactured in the U.S.A. Product development is currently underway at a temporary production facility in Round Rock, Texas. Volcon is sourcing a permanent home in the greater Austin area, joining many major electric vehicle manufacturers, such as Tesla, Ayro and Hyliion in what is becoming the electric vehicle capital of the world. The complex will contain the company headquarters, research and development facilities, manufacturing lines, testing grounds and a customer experience center.
Volcon’s retail network will include a mixture of traditional and non-traditional distribution channels, comprising powersports dealers, outdoor retailers and direct-to-consumer options. Further details will be shared in the near future.
Volcon Inc. is the first all-electric, off-road powersports company. Based in Austin, Texas, Volcon designs, engineers and manufactures a full range of electric family and utility outdoor vehicles.
Volcon was founded with the mission to enhance the outdoor experience while reducing the industry’s environmental footprint so that adventurers and workers alike can enjoy the outdoors and preserve it for generations to come.
For more information, please visit www.volcon.com.
ASBK At The Bend Cancelled Due To Continued Delays In State Borders Reopening
ASBK Management Team is disappointed to advise the cancellation of the ASBK Round 2 at The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia, originally planned for November 20-22.
The cancellation comes as a result of continuing delays to the reopening of State borders and State Government restrictions, despite falling virus numbers.
The need to make this decision is very frustrating for both ASBK Management and ASBK riders and teams as only a few weeks ago there were signs that this round might be able to occur. However, circumstances beyond our control will not allow for this event to take place.
ASBK takes this opportunity to thank The Bend Motorsport Park for their support and flexibility during this complicated and interrupted 2020 season. ASBK is very disappointed not to be visiting this outstanding venue this year, and we look forward to being back in 2021 for the International Motofest at The Bend.
The ASBK paddock now turns its attention to finishing off the year with the ASBK Grand Finale double header at Winton Motor Raceway over December 3-6. A four-day extravaganza of ASBK action is planned at the iconic Northern Victoria circuit which always throws up plenty of thrills.
The double header event now represents ASBK Round 2 – Saturday, and Round 3 – Sunday, which will see the 2020 ASBK Champions crowned across all classes. Discussions continue with Victorian Government to finalise COVID-Safe planning requirements for the event.
The Winton double-header round remains subject to further developments in State border restrictions, and a review by ASBK Management will be undertaken in November when further advice will be provided to the ASBK paddock.
ASBK Management further advises that the scheduled ASBK Practice Days at Winton Motor Raceway on October 29 and 30, will no longer be official ASBK practice days controlled by ASBK due to the continued COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria.
Winton Motor Raceway can advise that these dates will now become an open motorcycle ride day welcome to all eligible riders. Winton further wish to advise riders already entered for these dates that this booking can remain or to contact the circuit for further discussions and details.
Throughout 2020, ASBK Management Team have remained committed to communicating openly and regularly with the ASBK paddock during this unprecedented time. Whilst difficult decisions have been reviewed and made throughout this recent period, we thank teams, riders, partners, and fans for their understanding.
Keep up to date with further announcements on the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul via www.asbk.com.au and following ASBK on Facebook and Instagram.
Max Toth, a 14-year-old from Belmont, California, will race as wild card at the final round of MotoAmerica in the Junior Cup class aboard a Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Max Toth will be joining forces with Floyd’s of Leadville T3 Racing for the 2020 season finale at Laguna Seca, California on October 23rd-25th.
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T3 Racing is the foam pit of road racing, hosting private and group training lessons in Northern California.
The team is led by legendary tuner and multi-time AMA Superbikes Champion and FIM Superbike World Championship Crew Chief Gary Medley. Gary brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.
Max Toth stated: “Going into the race I’m feeling very confident with the team and my ability as a rider. We did a lot of preparation for the race with the bike and got some solid data for the race weekend. My group, T3, has done so much to help me get up to speed with the 400 and Laguna Seca track, and although it’ll be a challenge since we’ve never raced a Kawasaki 400 or own one. I’m sure it will be a great weekend.”
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The Floyd’s of Leadville T3 Racing team is based in Petaluma, California. Team Manager Tyler O’Hara has had a very successful professional motorcycle racing career since 2005. He has earned nine AMA Pro National Road Racing wins and has always been a championship contender.
In the 2018 season, he earned his United States Motorcycle Coaching Association (USMCA) certificates of completion and started a one-on-one rider coaching, and mentor program Tyler O’Hara Coaching.
Tyler OHara stated: “Max is an excellent young man with loads of talent. His skill is at a very high level for such a young rider of only 14-years-old.
“Max has experience at the world championship level, he’s a top-10 rider racing in the Italian CIV Moto3 National Championship. He’s earned a second-place podium finish in CIV PreMoto3 at Mugello in 2019. He’s dedicated to his craft and I’m excited to be able to give him the opportunity to showcase his talents in America.”
For more information about the team or T3 Racing please contact:
Floyd’s of Leadville T3 Racing would like to thank our sponsors: M-Tech Motorcycles, Motion Pro, Evol Technology, Catalist Reaction, Shoei, CT Racing, Vircos, Spears Racing, Core Moto, MOTUL, Orient Express, K-Tech, O’Hara Racing.
Kyle Wyman Racing (KWR) has launched a new behind-the-scenes web series that will cover rider/team owner Kyle Wyman and his team’s adventures during the 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike championship. The series is produced by GP Industries and will have a total of 13 episodes throughout the year.
Episode 10 covers Wyman’s exploits during the 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike event September 18-20 at Barber Motorsports Park, in Birmingham, Alabama.
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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