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

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

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

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

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

Wed, 2020-04-01 15:45

FIM Anti-doping

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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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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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American Flat Track: Watch 2019 Races For Free Via TrackPass On NBC Sports Gold

Mon, 2020-03-30 22:06
TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold Brings Free AFT Racing Content to Fans   DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 30, 2020) – American Flat Track‘s entire 2019 racing season is now available to viewers through TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold at no cost.   Last week, NBC Sports announced that it has made TrackPass, along with nine other services, free in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, giving fans a wide variety of premium content to consume.   Free access to AFT on TrackPass runs through May 1. Fans can access the free content and select the various packages they want to view by visiting: www.nbcsports.com/gold/free-access.   Upon clicking the link above, fans will be directed to create an account and may select from the various packages including American Flat Track, TrackPass, IndyCar, Pro Motocross and more. Once a package has been added to an account, fans may access the content on any device equipped with the NBC Sports app.   Additional content on TrackPass includes full-event replays of all NASCAR races since its launch in December 2019 and nearly 50 long-form documentaries on NASCAR’s biggest stars, venues, and stories. IMSA WeatherTech, K&N and Modified races from the 2019 season are also available.   TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold builds off the foundation set by FansChoice.tv, and the NASCAR and NBC Sports collaborative product becomes the most robust live and on-demand motorsports content offering in the domestic digital marketplace.   Fans will get more exclusive live motorsports events and an extensive library of archived documentaries and films. The platform will offer exclusive live viewing of a multitude of motorsports, including American Flat Track, select ARCA Menards Series events (including ARCA Menards Series East and West races), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and tentpole grassroots racing events, as well as NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series practice and qualifying sessions (NBC Sports’ half of the schedule only).   For more information and to sign up for free access to TrackPass until May 1 visit www.nbcsports.com/gold/free-access.   For more information on American Flat Track visit www.americanflattrack.com.   To get the latest American Flat Track clothing and merchandise visit www.americanflattracker.com.   How to Watch: NBCSN and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. For the 2020 season, NBCSN’s coverage of AFT remains in highly-coveted programming slots within two weeks of each event. The complete schedule for AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn/. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold – the most-robust motorsports offering in the digital marketplace – is a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event and maintaining an active archive of all AFT content.   About American Flat Track: American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events with TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

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MotoAmerica: Josh Hayes On 2020 Superbike Field, P3 (Josh Herrin)

Mon, 2020-03-30 21:47
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. Josh Herrin. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy of Scheibe Racing. Josh Herrin Originally from California, 29-year-old Josh Herrin turned pro at the age of 16 in 2006, and he’s had a roller-coaster of a career since then. His career started on a steep climb, with Herrin winning 600cc races beginning in his sophomore season and the Daytona 200 at age 19 (making him the second-youngest winner) in 2009. He finished as runner-up in the 2009 AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike Championship and third in the same Championship the following year, winning a combined nine races over the two seasons. This earned Herrin a ride on the factory Yamaha Superbike team, where he won the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship while winning four races. The following season, 2014, Herrin landed a ride on the Caterham Air Asia Moto2 team, which also fielded Johann Zarco. That move turned into a nose dive. Herrin failed to score any World Championship points in the few races he ran and the team failed to pay Herrin his contracted salary, leading to the breakup of the relationship mid-season. Herrin returned to America and rebooted his career by joining a private Yamaha team, Meen Motorsports, racing in the MotoAmerica Supersport category. Herrin stayed with the same team in 2016, moved up to the Superstock 1000 class, won eight races, and earned the Championship. Meen Motorsports tried to step up to the Superbike class in 2017 and Herrin managed to score a podium finish at Laguna Seca on what was largely a Superstock-spec motorcycle, but financial issues saw the Meen Motorsports team fold up before the season ended. Herrin pulled out of that dive by partnering with Attack Performance owner Richard Stanboli to field a privateer Yamaha in the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. The season got off in true underdog fashion when the Attack Performance semi suffered a mechanical breakdown on its cross-country journey from California to Road Atlanta and Herrin decided to do the opening round of the Superbike Championship on his lightly modified Yamaha streetbike, finishing an incredible sixth in Race Two and scoring 16 points on the weekend. In his first race on the actual Attack Performance Yamaha Superbike, Herrin took a second place at Circuit of The Americas, going from underdog to title contender in an instant. Herrin went on to win two races and place third in the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, thrilling his legions of fans and earning him the opportunity to replace retiring Roger Hayden on the Yoshimura Suzuki team for the 2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. Herrin won a race at Circuit of The Americas early in the 2019 season and added another victory and two podiums later on, but he also finished seventh four times as he struggled to fully mesh with the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. For 2020, Herrin has signed to ride for Scheibe Racing on a BMW S1000RR Superbike. While the Scheibe machine is not the newest-generation S1000RR, it has proven to be fast and capable of running up front – at least at times — in the hands Jake Gagne in 2019 and Danny Eslick in 2018. And team owner/crew chief Steve Scheibe is a successful engineer who has been constantly improving his Superbike and program and doing it without any significant support from BMW. So, Herrin’s back in the position of underdog, where he has done some of his best work and attracted much of his passionate fan base. “There’s no question this could be a difficult time for Josh, but the Scheibe Racing team going with him with his results sheet was a no-brainer,” said Hayes, a former teammate of Herrin. “I don’t think anyone questions if he is able to get the most out of something, but that being said, this is going to be his first time kind of being the only guy on a team. “There are no other resources to look to, [like] other guys who have figured things out on that BMW. On the Yamaha, there was so much information out there on how to make a Yamaha work. When he jumped onto the Suzuki, he jumped onto the best one in the paddock and potentially one of the best ones in the world. So, those things [Yamaha and Suzuki] were both proven winners. “This is definitely going to be more of an underdog story. The Scheibe Racing BMW has had some success. I guess it comes down to how you decide to measure it. They’ve been competitive for quite a bit of a race in good conditions at the right tracks when guys had everything fall into line. I think everyone looks at it and goes, ‘There’s some potential there. What could we see happen?’ “From what I know of Josh Herrin, his experience has still been a lot of time on mostly the best equipment there was on offer. And so, stepping into a position where he doesn’t have every resource available to him that a factory team has is always going to be difficult, and he’s going to have to figure out how to get the most out of what he’s got. I think he does that fairly well, but I think week in and week out it’s going to be more difficult to figure out how to do that. “We’ll just have to see. There will be races where he will feature for a while and get in there and battle with the front guys, but I think over race distance and the course of the season I am hard pressed to believe he will have what he needs to challenge for the Championship.” As far as Herrin enjoying and even thriving in the role of an underdog, Hayes said, “Everybody is comfortable in that underdog position because there’s no expectations on you and everything that you do good makes you look like a hero. Of course, there’s joy and there’s fun in that, but that’s different than making yourself a contender. “Immediately, if he goes out there and starts running at the front, that underdog mentality could change really quickly. It did when he was on the Attack Yamaha, I believe. The whole picture changed really quickly when he was leading races regularly on an Attack Superbike. “People can do amazing things when they have nothing to lose; I think he will be able to do some special things.”

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Dunlop Builds Its First Motorcycle Drag Racing Tire

Mon, 2020-03-30 21:05
Dunlop Builds its First Drag Race Tire Buffalo, NY: Dunlop has never focused its considerable engineering experience on building a drag racing tire until now. But the time was right to support the drag racing market due to the higher demands of the Pro Street Bike class, where horsepower and speeds have achieved new levels in recent years. Professional and amateur drag racers that are required to run DOT motorcycle tires had few choices. So, Dunlop created the new Dragmax in 190/50ZR17 size, the most popular size for serious drag racers on metric and V-Twin motorcycles. The Dragmax is a radial tire that utilizes Dunlop’s exclusive N-TEC construction, similar to that of Dunlop’s rear road racing slicks. N-TEC combines the benefits of cut-breaker construction, which increases stiffness, with continuously-wound aramid Jointless Tread construction for maximum feel and stability. This design allows racers to run very low pressures, increasing the footprint for maximum traction. The compound is also very soft, the softest street compound Dunlop has ever produced in its Buffalo, NY plant. A completely new profile that’s wider and flatter than a typical hypersport tire also helps lay down a bigger footprint. And the tire’s construction minimizes centrifugal growth to keep that footprint as consistent as possible, which also reduces the risk of de-beading. To find out more about the all-new Dragmax, go to dunlopracing.com. About Dunlop Motorcycle Tires Dunlop is the largest supplier of original equipment and replacement motorcycle tires in the U.S.A. For more information, visit www.dunlopmotorcycletires.com.

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MotoAmerica Announces New Series Sponsor

Mon, 2020-03-30 20:32
R&G Set To Sponsor MotoAmerica Series Again For 2020 Crash Protection Specialist Makes Products Our Fans And Racers Use   IRVINE, CA (March 30, 2020) – MotoAmerica is happy to announce that British crash protection specialist R&G will be back for a second season as a sponsorship partner of the 2020 MotoAmerica Series. Distributed in North America by Twisted Throttle, R&G produces damage protection products for motorcycles, including tank sliders and engine case covers that are approved for use in the five MotoAmerica classes. “We are delighted to be backing this exciting series again and continuing to raise our profile in such an important market,” R&G’s Simon Hughes said. “Our brand and products are more visible than ever.” R&G came on board at the end of last season to sponsor the final three rounds of the series,” said MotoAmerica’s senior sponsorship manager Lance Bryson. “We quickly found out that the partnership was a good one and renewing the agreement was a no-brainer. R&G makes products that our racers and fans use, so it’s natural that they are a part of our series. We can’t wait to get the 2020 season started.” “At Twisted Throttle we believe that R&G products are the industry leader for crash protection,” said Twisted Throttle’s Erik Stephens. “We are excited to help get these products in the hands of our MotoAmerica racers and ultimately on the bikes of riders across the nation.” For more information on the full range of R&G products and North America dealer opportunities, contact Twisted Throttle through its website at https://www.twistedthrottle.com/brand/r-and-g-racing 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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Special Online Screening Of AMA Road Racing Documentary “Road Warriors”

Mon, 2020-03-30 18:49
By day, Matt Greenstone is the Creative Director at Angel City Studios, an award-winning visual effects studio in North Hollywood, California, that has produced hundreds of hours of video graphics and effects for well known TV shows like Deadliest Catch, Bering Sea Gold, Ice Road Truckers, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, and A&E Biography, to name a few. On the weekends, Greenstone is a hardcore motorcycle road racing fan and can be found at most major events. In 2012, Greenstone took on the pet project of shooting, editing, and producing his own documentary about motorcycle road racing in an effort to help the sport grow. The documentary was called “Road Warriors,” and it won several awards at film festivals and earned Greenstone the AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award in 2014. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing the temporary shutdown of most motorcycle road racing and forcing millions of people around the world to follow stay-at-home guidelines, Greenstone is doing his part by offering a free online screening of Road Warriors for Roadracingworld.com readers. To watch the documentary, go HERE and then enter the password RW2012. The cover art for the motorcycle road racing documentary Road Warriors. Image courtesy of Matt Greenstone.

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NCM Motorsports Park Shuts Down Until At Least April 22

Mon, 2020-03-30 17:49
An Executive Order was issued on March 25, 2020 by Andy Beshear, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which stated that all businesses that are not life-sustaining shall cease operations effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. To further follow the guidelines set forth by the state of Kentucky and in obligation to the health and well-being of our community, customers and supporters, all events and activities at the NCM Motorsports Park are suspended until April 22, 2020. We will continue to proactively monitor this timeline on a weekly basis, and update you via email, our website and social media platforms as the state guidelines regarding COVID-19 are revised. We are working diligently to reschedule events and experiences to a later time in the year as our track schedule allows. Our staff will be rotating in the office to answer the phone Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST, and all staff members will be available via email as we transition to work from home. If you have not yet been contacted and have questions regarding a booking or reservation you have made with the NCM Motorsports Park through April 21, please email justin@motorsportspark.org or call 270.777.4509. If you have questions regarding the status of scheduled events through April 21, please email mitch@motorsportspark.org or matt@motorsportspark.org.

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World Superbike: Laverty, Sykes Making Good Use Of Time At Home

Mon, 2020-03-30 15:44
Stay at home during the enforced break: Full alternative programme for Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty. The two BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team riders report on their everyday lives at home during the coronavirus. Tom Sykes devotes the race-free time to family life as chef, teacher and craftsman. Eugene Laverty pursues long-held interests. Munich. The world-wide corona crisis also affects motorcycle racing. The wheels have come to a standstill. There is no telling yet when it will be possible to hold races again. During the wait, the two BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team riders, Tom Sykes (GBR) and Eugene Laverty (IRL), are following the guidance to ‘Stay at Home’. Despite that, they are both keeping busy – although in different ways. While Sykes, as a father, has now more time to spend with his daughters, Laverty is pursuing long-held interests, such as music and languages. Stay at Home – they both did, even before it was made obligatory by governments. “It’s a strange time and while the situation is relatively under control in my estimate here in Portugal, my wife Pippa and I have opted to keep ourselves in lockdown out of the principle ‘Stay at Home’,” says Laverty, who lives near the Portimão race track in Portugal. Sykes adds: “It’s a difficult time for everybody world-wide in this present time. Everybody is doing their part, trying to get this virus under control. It is best to stay at home at the moment and hope that this passes sooner rather than later.” World Superbike racer Tom Sykes working on his property in England. Photo courtesy of BMW Motorrad Motorsport. Usually, WorldSBK riders are on the road a lot. So for family man Sykes, the break brings with it the positive that he can now spend much more time with his two daughters. They are with him at his home in Leamington Spa, England. The three of them are staying in touch with the rest of their close family by phone. According to Sykes, in general not a lot has changed for him at the moment. “I’m very fortunate, as since I was young one of my goals was working towards getting myself set up in a nice home. I certainly thank my lucky stars at this time more than ever.” His home has large grounds, allowing the trio to spend plenty of time outside, whilst still staying at home. “We’ve got a few things set up outside along with a very large trampoline in the garden, which we are using a lot,” says Sykes. “We have been lucky to have great weather here. It has almost been like early summer so we have been playing a lot outside. My two girls love to dance, so I turned on the outside music and set up a little wooden stage for the girls to dance on. It was great value entertainment for me too.” And when it cools down outside, the play continues inside. “We paint, do crafts, watch movies and indulge in a number of treats. We are able to still be quite normal, with the exception of not going to school at present.” With this in mind, Sykes has taken on a new role of being a teacher for his children and helps with the homework from school for this extended period. As well as the garden and the living room, Sykes also spends a lot of time in the kitchen. “I have always been the one to do the cooking anyway, but the chef side in me has come out in force now,” he grins. “I always think of good meal plans in my head for me and my girls because we always eat fresh food but obviously now that luxury is not as simple so my freezer is full as we have come up with a different approach to make the ingredients go further.” Sykes is also in action as a craftsman, carrying out some DIY work around his house. Guitar, language and first aid courses. Meanwhile, Laverty is also far from bored in Portugal. One of the first things he did at home was to take on some 1000-piece jigsaws. The first one is already complete, with more to follow. He has also signed up for an online guitar course. “So come the summer we may have to schedule some gigs around World Superbike race weekends. Entry will be free and complimentary ear plugs provided,” he says with a chuckle. Laverty has been learning Portuguese for a long time, but has now upped his daily lessons. “Music and language are two things that I wish I’d done more of as a kid, and now I’m making up for it. They’re great for the mind, too,“ he says. Together with his wife Pippa, Laverty is taking part in an online first aid course. They are learning what to do, for example, in case of a respiratory arrest, heart attack or haemorrhages, such as cardiopulmonary massage and the recovery position. “They are important basic lessons that can save lives,” Laverty stresses. Laverty is also very active on his social media channels and is coming up with things for his fans. These include his podcast, which he now records from home. And – thanks to the wonders of digital networking via social media – he also takes on various different challenges with other racers from the world of two and four-wheel motorsport, from jigsaws to fitness challenges. Speaking of fitness, fitness training obviously still takes up plenty of time for the two riders from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. As professional racers, they are preparing for the moment when everything resumes. For Sykes, the current situation has changed nothing in this regard. “I’ve been training from home since 2011,” he explains. “I always planned to be based at home for a number of reasons but mainly to be more productive with my time so I am lucky to have a fully-functioning gym at home. That means I am very well set-up and don’t have to worry about the training aspect. The only thing I am not doing at this moment is to go cycling outside.” Laverty has also had to put his big hobby, cycling, on hold. “We are still permitted to, but the reality is that there are 100,000s of cycling accidents per year and now is not the time to add stress to our healthcare workers.” And so his bike sits on a stationary trainer in his fitness room at home. While he spends hours clocking up the kilometres at home, he watches old racing documentaries and season reviews. In addition, Laverty uses a power station framework for his strength and conditioning. “I am missing riding motorbikes,” Laverty says. “But absence makes the heart grow fonder, so I will be more than ready to return to action!”

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Roadracing World Young Guns 2020: Jackson Blackmon

Mon, 2020-03-30 11:56
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. Jackson Blackmon. Photo by Brian J. Nelson. Jackson Blackmon Age: 18. Current home: Rock Hill, South Carolina. Current height/weight: 5’8”/135 pounds. Current school grade level: Graduated high school. Began riding at age: 9 years. First road race: 2010, Elgin, South Carolina, SEMRA, 3rd place. Current racebike: Suzuki SV650. Current tuners/mechanics: Chuck Blackmon (father), Matt Spicer, Michael Copoulos. Primary race series: MotoAmerica Junior Cup. Top sponsors: Robem Engineering, Blud Lubricants, HJC, Finishline Machine, Yoshimura, aRacer, Motion Pro, SBS Brakes, Drippin’ Wet, Rock Hill Powersports. Recent racing accomplishments: 2019 season, finished 4th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (4 podium finishes), 1 podium finish in MotoAmerica Twins Cup; 2018 season, placed 6th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (2 podiums, 6 top-5 finishes); 2017 season, placed 4th in MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup Championship (3 wins, 7 podiums), placed 16th and 19th in KTM RC Cup World Final races at Jerez, 3 wins and 9 podiums racing with WERA; 2016 season, placed 7th in MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup Championship, won Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Cup Final; 2015 season, named AMA Youth Rider of the Year, won AMA Moto3 Grand Championship, won WERA Moto3 National Challenge Championship 2020 racing goal: Win MotoAmerica Twins Cup Championship. Racing career goal: Race in one of the World Championships. Racing hero: Nicky Hayden. Favorite track: Barber Motorsports Park. Favorite hobby: Riding Flat Track. If I wasn’t racing I would be…: A machinist.

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