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2011-07-24T23:37:35.603-07:00By ChrisSat, Jul 23 2011 10:12 pm | 3100 views | 0 Comments After a gauntlet of recent hot, humid races, Washougal MX Park welcomed racers and fans alike with mild temperatures and giant shade trees. The racing has been nothing short of amazing this season, and the excitement continued this weekend at the southeastern Washington motocross facility.450 MOTO 1The hometown hero, Ryan Villopoto took the first holeshot of the day on his Monster Energy Kawasaki with Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki?s Ryan Dungey in tow. American Honda?s Trey Canard and Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR?s Justin Brayton also took off with great starts. Villopoto worked to distance himself from Dungey, but after a few laps Dungey began clicking off faster laps, reeling the local hero in. The two frontrunners, however, soon pulled away from the rest of the field, including a third-place Canard. Points leader Chad Reed, meanwhile, battled through the middle of the pack after a terrible start. Tommy Hahn, Brett Metcalfe, and Andrew Short put in great rides to all finish strong.Dungey nearly caught Villopoto, but as he attempted the pass, he went down, leaving Villopoto to handle the lead by his lonesome. Villopoto soon regained ground on Dungey and came away with the win. Canard finished all by himself in third, showing that he is improving his fitness each day.RESULTS1. Ryan Villopoto2. Ryan Dungey3. Trey Canard4. Brett Metcalfe5. Andrew Short6. Justin Brayton7. Chad Reed8. Tommy Hahn9. Mike Alessi10. Michael Byrne 450 MOTO 2Ryan Villopoto grabbed yet another holeshot, but it was all for naught. A red flag stopped the race before a complete lap could be finished. Sadly, Trey Canard wadded up after he landed awkwardly from a vicious scrub and got tossed from the motorcycle.Ryan Dungey took full advantage of his second opportunity and took the holeshot. Villopoto slipped in right behind him with Reed in third. Just a few laps in, however, Brett Metcalfe found his way around Reed, who then had Brayton and Hahn to fend off. Dungey put the hammer down, finding new, quicker lines, and basically checked out. Villopoto finished a strong second, but forfeited the overall to Dungey. Metcalfe put in his beat showing of the season, and secured third place overall. Villopoto is the new red plate holder, but has only a one-point advantage.RESULTS1. Ryan Dungey2. Ryan Villopoto3. Brett Metcalfe4. Chad Reed5. Justin Brayton6. Mike Alessi7. Tommy Hahn8. Jake Weimer9. Jimmy Albertson10. Andrew Short Overall1. Ryan Dungey2. Ryan Villopoto3. Brett Metcalfe4. Chad Reed5. Justin Brayton6. Mike Alessi7. Tommy Hahn8. Andrew Short9. Jimmy Albertson10. Michael Byrne11. Trey Canard12. Jake Weimer13. Weston Peick14. Tye Simmonds15. Nick Wey16. Kevin Rookstool17. Jake Canada18. Ben Lamay19. Ricky Dietrich20. Kyle Partidge 450 Class Championship Standings (After 8 of 12 rounds)1. Ryan Villopoto 341pts2. Ryan Dungey 340pts3. Chad Reed 332pts4. Brett Metcalfe 247pts5. Kevin Windham 193pts6. Andrew Short 183pts7. Mike Alessi 178pts8. Davi Millsaps 173pts9. Jake Weimer 159pts10. Tommy Hahn 140pts11. Ricky Dietrich 119pts12. Christian Craig 119pts13. Michael Byrne 115pts14. Nick Wey 114pts15. Justin Brayton 102pts) Transworld Motocross� | Transworld Motocross Goat Breker Sven Breugelmans Larry Brooks Mike Brown Rick Burgett [...]
#58 – the people’s favorite
Keep the faith, Nicky
We need more anti-wheelie
Honeycomb mesh. Because rocks and valve gear don’t mix
Casey Stoner demonstrates the problems he’s been having with grip
MotoGP = Loud
CEII had his worst qualifying session ever at Laguna Seca. Retirement is starting to look good
Hector Barbera pumps up the volume
“So then the seventh guy goes up to the barman and says …”
Set the controls for the heart of the sun
|By Matt Beer||Saturday, July 23rd 2011, 22:33 GMT|
(image) Jorge Lorenzo admitted that he thought he would be ruled out of the United States Grand Prix when he crashed at the end of free practice at Laguna Seca this morning.
The Yamaha rider had just done a practice start on his way back to the pits when he was launched into a high side crash at Turn 5. The team felt the incident was due to traction control not being enabled – as on the Yamaha the system only comes on after a start once the bike downshifts.
Lorenzo initially struggled to get up after the violent accident, but eventually limped away with just pain in his hip, and was given medical clearance to continue riding for the rest of the weekend. He went on to dominate qualifying and take pole position.
“It was a very ugly crash this morning. When I hit the ground I was full of pain and I was thinking that the race was over for me,” said Lorenzo.
“Fortunately after some minutes the pain was going little by little. But to be in the first position is better than I expected.”
Though Lorenzo was still walking awkwardly after qualifying, he said the discomfort was not affecting his riding.
“On the bike I don’t feel so much pain, so I could go fast from the beginning and then make a very good lap time with the soft tyres. We are very proud of this result,” he said.
#58 – the people’s favorite
Keep the faith, Nicky
We need more anti-wheelie
Honeycomb mesh. Because rocks and valve gear don’t mix
Casey Stoner demonstrates the problems he’s been having with grip
MotoGP = Loud
CEII had his worst qualifying session ever at Laguna Seca. Retirement is starting to look good
Hector Barbera pumps up the volume
“So then the seventh guy goes up to the barman and says …”
Set the controls for the heart of the sun
2011-07-24T23:37:35.604-07:00Top Stories Right Now Relates Stories What does professional motorcycle riding and cookery have in common? Well ? everything. Everyone has to eat! And if it?s true what they say; “you are what you eat”, then healthy eating must be the vital ingredient in success. In motorcycle racing winning is everything! But how many of the well-known successful motorcycle riders know how to russle up something nutritional (and tasty) in the kitchen, without biting into their busy training schedule? Well Yamaha are going to put their two World Superbike riders; Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri, to the test and YOU can be the judge of their hidden talents. The next stop off on the 2011 World Superbike Championship calendar is Silverstone – U.K, weekend of the 29th ? 31st July and we have invited Jamie Oliver?s Ministry of Food to come along and pass on some of the tricks of the trade to create a nutritional, fast and above all tasty menu ahead of a hectic race weekend. Jamie Oliver has campaigned for many years to improve food in both schools and the home and in 2008, Jamie set up the Ministry of Food Centre to encourage people to get cooking from scratch again. The Ministry, whose first Centre opened in Rotherham following the Channel 4 TV series, ‘Jamie’s Ministry of Food’, proves that anyone can learn to cook, so long as they have the basic knowledge. Ministry of Food classes are fun and have so far inspired hundreds of local people to ditch ready meals and takeaways in favour of fresh, home-cooked food which saves them money as well as being better nutritionally. Can Jamie?s team of experts provide the vital ingredients to back Yamaha?s Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri on their battle to the championship title? Come along, taste and decide for yourself! Eugene Laverty Yamaha World Superbike Team rider ?I am really looking forward to the cook-off with Jamie?s Ministry of Food. Jamie is an excellent chef and a few of his cooking tips certainly won?t go astray in my kitchen! Nutrition is obviously very important for everyone but for us riders it?s vital! All our hard work training prior to race weekends would be a complete waste without a healthy diet and if we want to be on top form on race day, we have to know how to eat properly. So the cook-off with Jamie?s team should be fun but I?m pretty sure it?ll also be an education!? When: Thursday 28th July at 4pm Where: Yamaha World Superbike Team hospitality – paddock area of the Silverstone race track The source for this material is www.yamaha-racing.com Leave Your Comment! � Register now to leave comments! It only takes a few seconds… The Latest Motorcycle News Cody Copper Gordon Crockard Craig Dack Roger De Coster Ken De Dycker [...]
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Rizla Suzuki?s �lvaro Bautista will have a one-off Troy Lee designed Shoei helmet at this weekend?s USGP at Laguna Seca, to show TLD?s and his support for the people of Japan following the tragedy there earlier this year.
This beautiful paint-scheme has been created by Troy Lee Designs? Japanese designer Maki Ushiroyama and features all the flags of the fourteen countries on the MotoGP calendar, with pride of place going to the Japanese ?Nissh?ki? or ?Hinomaru? ? as it is more commonly known ? on the top of the helmet. The colours of all nations is to represent the global support for Japan following the tragedy in March and an added message in Japanese translates as ?Ganbare Nippon?, which literally means ?Cheer up Japan, do your best and don’t give up!?
Bautista will wear the helmet for the first time during Saturday morning?s practice session at Laguna Seca and will continue to use the design for the rest of the weekend including Sunday?s 32-lap race. He will also use the helmet during the Indianapolis Grand Prix next month after which this unique helmet will be auctioned to raise funds in support of a Japanese charity. The full details of the auction and how you can bid on this amazing helmet will be released after the Indianapolis race.
Maki Ushiroyama ? Creative Director, Troy Lee Designs:
?As a Japanese person, and because we have many Japanese staff at Troy Lee, it was a great honour to do this design for �lvaro to wear at Laguna in support of Japan. I really wanted to help my homeland and this is a great way to do it. I wanted to create something very cool that �lvaro would like and also very tasteful to support all the people that were affected by this tragedy. I think we have succeeded in that because �lvaro loves the design and I?m really pleased his reaction has been so positive! The graphic shows that all the 14 countries visited by MotoGP are supporting Japan, and I guess I can call the big red circle on top the heart of Japan!
?On one side is the American flag to represent the heart of Troy Lee Designs, the Laguna Seca Circuit and US Suzuki. On the front is the Spanish flag for �lvaro’s heart and along the back the UK flag is there to represent the crew?s heart. Along with the team, TLD looks forward to auctioning this absolutely one-off helmet and aiding a charity back in Japan to help the people that need it most.?
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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2011-07-26T00:54:12.815-07:00A holiday to Greece is as good an excuse as any to stock up on some summer clothes. On my recent trip to Cork, I took a visit to A Wear, since I almost always find something there that I love. My first mission was to get a maxi dress. I have never worn one before but since everyone raves that they are so comfortable, so easy to wear and an easy way to do summer sophistication, I felt like this was something I had to tap into!I spotted this fuschia chiffon maxi dress in A Wear a mile off (it's actually by boutique brand, Miss Harvey). I love the colour and the floral design and it has the oh-so-handy elasticated section at the back which is a god send for bigger busted ladies like myself. I have real problems finding dresses that fit me properly because when it fits up top, it's too loose on my torso and vice versa. But with this stretchy section, I was able to buy a size 10 that fits perfectly. Also, the stretchy section makes the garment so much more comfortable.The knotted detail at the bust is also really flattering and I like that the dress doesn't show too much cleavage, making it perfect for daytime wear. The straps are detachable and can also be altered at the back. The waist is slightly dropped so it nips in at the smallest part of the body. It has moulded cups so you don't have to wear a bra and that gives it shape and more support if you want to wear it as a strapless dress. This makes the dress very slimming!I couldn't find this dress on the A Wear website but if you have a store local to you, then it's worth checking out!I had been looking for a cute white cotton summer dress and this one fit the bill perfectly. It's slightly retro with a 50's feel, it has a feminine bodice-style torso, it's the perfect length (about 2 inches above the knee), it has the cutest ruffles on it that don't make you look huge and it minimises the appearance of my chest. Could I ask for anything more?Once again it has the genius stretchy section at the back, adjustable straps and a decorative tie back. It's so easy to wear and the cotton fabric will be super cool in the summer heat of Greece!This dress is by A Wear and was £15 in their sale (down from £30) and you can buy it here.I loved this dress so much, I got the polka dot version too! This is the cutest summer dress ever and looks better on than it does on the hanger. It lends a 50's silhouette that really flatters curvier girls.This dress was also from A Wear and was £20 (down from £40) and you can buy it here.Next up is a dress from the boutique brand, Jasmine and this brand is also available in A Wear. I liked the Mediterranean feel to the pattern on the dress and once again, the fresh cotton is perfect for hot days.The cros over neckline is perfect to flatter a larger chest without showing obscene amounts of boobage! And there we have the stretchy back section again (praise the lord)...Once again, I couldn't find this dress on the A Wear website but you could try looking in your local store. I know they also stock Jasmine in various boutique stores around the count[...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.605-07:00Press releases from the MotoGP teams after free practice and qualifying at Laguna Seca: Unfortunate End to Free Practice for Lorenzo 23/07/2011 This morning’s final free practice of the 2011 Grand Prix of U.S.A ended abruptly for Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo. The reigning world Champion had pulled up for a practice start midway round the track, having accelerated away into a left hand corner he suffered a huge high side. A subsequent check from the medical centre has cleared him as fit and approved to race. Ben Spies made another step forward in practice this morning, The Texan improved on yesterday, taking a step forward in set up but still looking for improvements in corner entry for his Yamaha YZR-M1. Jorge Lorenzo 3rd 1’21.855 “That isn’t how I planned to finish the free practice. I am not sure yet why I crashed, I need to take the video from Dorna and study it as I was not going that fast. Anyway I am very sore especially in my hip but happy to be uninjured and will still be there to give 100% in qualifying this afternoon. Apart from the crash the morning session was good, the bike still needs more going into the corners but we are getting there.” Ben Spies 5th 1’22.325 “We’ve definitely got more in the bike and we made a step in the right direction. I’m pretty happy; we set our fastest lap with a lot of laps on the tyres which is good. We definitely need to improve the front setting still. I can feel it in the bike; I definitely know the potential is there. The bike is definitely going to be better over race distance than it is over one lap but we have to improve that one lap speed. We found something right at the end of the session but we just weren’t able to try it.” Lorenzo secures pole for United States Grand Prix, under lap record Round 10: United States GP ? Qualifying Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Saturday 23 July 2011 Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear (asymmetric): Soft, Medium In a nail-biting end to the hour-long qualifying session, Jorge Lorenzo claimed pole position for tomorrow’s United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca just 0.072seconds ahead of Casey Stoner. Both riders used a harder front and softer rear slick to post their best efforts on their last lap, and were the only two riders to beat the existing lap record. Dani Pedrosa completes the front row, setting his time also using the softer option rear slick, and the second row comprises Ben Spies who held provisional pole for a while, ahead of Marco Simoncelli and Andrea Dovizioso. This morning the track was much cooler than at the same time yesterday because of a thicker marine layer that took longer to burn off and for the sun to break through but still the laptimes were already faster than from FP2 as the track condition improved after the first day of running. By the afternoon the track had reached 45 degrees Celsius and, whilst many riders started on the harder option rear slicks, most of the fastest times at the end of the session came on the softer variant which worked well even with the high temperature. Whilst the h[...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.605-07:00All three riders have struggled to find the perfect set up on their RC212V to tackle the Laguna Seca circuit, which demands a lot from both bike and rider. The early part of the session saw, Stoner, Pedrosa, Spies and Lorenzo trading fastest laps, with Lorenzo finally securing pole a mere seven hundredths faster that Stoner who’s first flying lap was affected by Spies’ crash and subsequent yellow flags. Pedrosa will be looking for one of his trademark fast starts and the long race on an uneven track surface will test the young Spaniard’s fitness to the maximum. Dovizioso, who shares the second row with Spies and Simoncelli, will fight to stay with the front group and will be aiming for a podium finish. Tomorrow morning’s warm up session will be important for all three riders; as it is the last opportunity they will have to tweak the set up ready for the race which starts at 14h00 local time. Casey Stoner:“For the whole session we were trying to find the right set up. All weekend we’ve been struggling a little and we’ve not found anything I’m comfortable with, I’ve closed the front many times and we’re still looking to find some balance on the bike to get it working on this track, where we expected it to work well. On my first soft tyre I encountered some traffic and was held up, also there was a crash and a yellow flag so I lost my chance on that tyre. Then on the next soft tyre we had one lap to find some pace and we managed front row which is important for tomorrow. I don’t feel we’re running with the pace of Dani and Jorge, they seem to be constantly one to two tenths quicker but we have warm up tomorrow morning to find something in time for the race so we’ll see what we can do.” Dani Pedrosa:“We couldn’t improve as much as I’d like to in the final part of the practice, we tried some different settings and unfortunately we didn’t find a good one, but to start from the front row is always important and here we are again. I felt more comfortable with the hard tyres, which it’s positive because they will be the ones used for the race, but we still need to make another step forward tomorrow and hopefully find a little more grip in the rear. Lorenzo seems very stable and fast, so I hope to find something else with my mechanics tonight and to be able to fight for a great result tomorrow. The race will be very fast, there are many laps here, so it will be important to be focus on every lap and stay strong until the end. I know the race distance will be hard for me physically, you have to work a lot in this track, there are a lot of bumps and you need to be very focused not to make any mistakes. But I will try my best and I hope to stay strong and consistent until the end.” Andrea Dovizioso:?My target was to start from the first two rows, so finishing sixth is not too bad, but I hoped to start at least from the 4th position because it?s external and gives more advantages from the start. Anyway, we are quite close and we need to work more to gain another two tenths in rac[...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.605-07:00It was another hot day here at Quebec’s Circuit de Ste Julie with temperatures hovering near the mid 30′s but it looks like we might get a bit of relief tomorrow with temps forecasted to cool off a bit. One thing that won’t be cooling off is the racing on the track. Will Matt Goerke repeat his win from last weekend? Will Colton Facciotti come back with a vengance? How about defending champ, Dusty Klatt, who struggled in the heat last weekend but flew to a double moto sweep here last year? And can the Sewell brothers mix things up with the front runners? Tomorrow’s going to be a great day of racing! Throw in Tyler Medaglia looking to get back on the top step of the podium, while Kaven Benoit will be using the energy of the always loud hometown fans for extra motivation and Leading Edge’s Austin Politelli will be looking to make it two in a row in the MX2 class. His teammate, Tyler Sjoberg will also be looking to prove that Politelli isn’t the only green rider capable of winning so tomorrow’s shaping up to be one hell of a battle. Here’s a few photos from the pits today here at Ste Julie… Kevin Lepp and his dad, Tim, do a little last minute tweaking on his Holeshot Racing CRF250. KTM Canada is based near the Ste Julie track so they’ve got a major presence this weekend. This hospitality setup is super trick. Free Red Bull with a Monster or Rockstar hat. The amateur racing featured a showdown with fast intermediates, Brad Dool(111) and Michael DaSilva(117). Luc “Frenchie” Caouette of the Leading Edge Kawasaki team is happy to be back in the homeland so he can get his favorite snack – poutine. Artsy shot of Eric Jeffery’s Redemption Racing KX250F getting a scrub. The KTM’s of Mason Phillips and Kieran Leigh(shown here) are being supported this weekend by local KTM dealer Quad Pro. Dusty Klatt makes his arrival. The Orange Motorsports KTM’s of Richard Grey and Liam O’Farrell are clean looking bikes. The Ste Julie track gets a little water during the Saturday amateur program. This kid was excited to be at the races. There’s a sandy beach for the kids. Duroy KTM has an Antonio Cairoli replica bike on display. Marc-Antoine Genereux will be making his season debut this weekend on a KTM250SXF. Sweet glasses. The Royal Distributing KTM’s of Jeremy Medaglia and Kaven Benoit. Can Benoit repeat his hometown win just like last year? Klatt keeps one of the Blackfoot Yamaha awning poles from blowing away. The Schrader’s Yamalube SMX Racing Lubemobile is filling up with signatures as it makes its way across the country. Stay tuned later tonight for another installment of the Directmotocross Saturday Update presented by Renegade Fuels. Chris Wieringa finds a good place to cool down in the heat. The Rockstar OTSFF Suzuki crew of Bobby Kiniry, Adam “Stu” Robinson and Iain Hayden(l-r) roam the pits. Funky hair. Changing tires with PJ Stratton. The Sewell brothers, Shane(l) and Travis are racing at St[...]
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LCR Honda late addition Ben Bostrom has said it is a dream come true to race in the final year of the MotoGP 800cc era at a track he says is easy to ride fast but not if you’re fighting your bike.
Bostrom, who won five World Superbike races in a row in 2001 on his way to third in the championship behind Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss, has joined Toni Elias for the Laguna round but may be on the bike for some more rounds, depending on many things, not least how he gets on with the Bridgestones.
It?s really an honour to be here, I have to thank LCR Honda and Michael Jordan Motorsports for their collaboration and even American Suzuki for allowing the opportunity and I just want to get out there!? said Bostrom, who at 37 is making his Grand Prix debut.
?We?ve won and lost here, it?s a strange track. When you?re going fast it really comes easy, but when you fight the bike it feels like 100 laps. I watch these (MotoGP) guys in every race and it?s a dream come true ride an 800cc in MotoGP. I know they?re going to 1000cc next year so this could be one of the last, maybe the only, opportunities I have to ride this one.?
Knapp in action in the AMA Superbike series
By BSB desk
CN Racing have secured the services of American rider Taylor Knapp to ride for the team when they switch to the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 series at the Brands Hatch British Superbike round.
Knapp will make his debut on the Kawasaki ZX-10R as a wildcard at the Silverstone World Superbike round in the Euro Superstock class next weekend before travelling down to the Kent circuit. Knapp is currently eighth in the Daytona SportBike rider standings but has full AMA experience and is a top-ten Daytona 200 finisher.
We’re guessing Josh Hansen has seen pretty much everything in his time of dominating on 2 wheels, but no schooling in life prepares you for the crazies that lurk at Zwarte Cross, Holland.
The 2011 festival crammed in near enough 150,000 fans for a weekend of MX (of varying styles), music and action sports. Josh got fully involved and if he wasn’t on his bike he was signing for fans, checking out the FMX action or getting up on stage to show some love to the hoards.
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At 37-years old, the American Ben Bostrom made his MotoGP debut Friday, riding as a Wildcard entry for LCR Honda at Laguna Seca.
His first outing on the LCR Honda RC212V MotoGP prototype was very productive, considering in Free Practice 1 Bostrom was just under five seconds behind the lead rider, but by Free Practice 2 he was just over four seconds slower.
By the end of Friday, Bostrom remained the final rider in the MotoGP field, posting the 18th fastest time of 1:26.159, which was 4.103 of a second slower than the lead rider, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo.
After his MotoGP practice sessions, Bostrom returned to his Michael Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 in his normal series, AMA Superbike, for Friday practice; he was ninth fastest, 1.711 of a second behind the leader, Yamaha’s Josh Hayes.
Ben Bostrom (LCR Honda RC212V MotoGP Wildcard) says: “Well… it was a great experience and I enjoyed myself very much. The adjustment we made for this afternoon session worked better and chassis set up felt better.
“I feel overall that Bridgestone tires are very good and the grip level is very high. I am struggling with the front in braking and turning into the corners so, in the last run, I took the opportunity to watch the other riders to see how they brake and how they turn into the corners of ‘my’ race track”.
2011-07-24T23:37:35.607-07:00John Hopkins continues to sidle up on a full-time MotoGP return, this time with a wildcard ride at Brno in mid-August. The Rizla Suzuki team today announced that the American will join Alvaro Bautista for the Czech Grand Prix at Brno, aboard a second Suzuki GSV-R. Hopkins previously replaced Bautista at Jerez, after the Spaniard broke his femur in the opening round of the series, the American finishing in 10th. There has been talk that Hopkins would be racing as a wildcard for some months now, but the details had to be finalized. That has now happened, and Hopkins, who is second in the British Superbike Championship, will make his first appearance at Brno. Below is the text of the press release announcing Hopper’s wildcard: Hopkins and Rizla Suzuki re-unite Publish Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011 John Hopkins will race for the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team in the Czech Republic round of the MotoGP World Championship at Brno on Sunday 14th August. Hopkins will make his second appearance of the season for the Rizla Suzuki squad, this time as a team-mate for �lvaro Bautista rather than as a replacement. Hopkins deputised for the injured Spaniard at Jerez and scored a creditable 10th place at the Spanish Grand Prix, due to Bautista’s inability to ride following the broken femur he suffered in Qatar. The Anglo-American racer last rode at Brno for Rizla Suzuki in 2007 and recorded his best-ever finish in a MotoGP race by bringing his Suzuki GSV-R home in second place – a result that went some way to seeing Hopkins secure fourth place in the championship that season. Hopkins is currently in second place in the British Superbike championship onboard a Suzuki GSX-R1000 with the Samsung Crescent Racing team. His next event is at Silverstone in England, when he gets a taste of World Championship motorcycle racing as he competes in the WSB series on Sunday 29th July. John Hopkins: “It’s a real thrill to get the opportunity to ride at Brno and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m very pleased that we have been able to achieve it because it is something we have been working on for a long time. To be honest it couldn’t be at a better track for me either, I had my best result in my MotoGP career at that track and I’m really pumped that I am going there again. As far as the Suzuki goes, I think it’s a great bike and the package is a lot better than when I last rode it in 2007. I think that in comparison to what I was able to do in Jerez, I believe I will be able to perform a lot better because back then I hadn’t been on a bike in a competitive environment for six or seven months. I got thrown in at the deep-end in Spain, but this time I will have a lot more race-craft. It’s also a huge benefit for me to be riding alongside �lvaro instead of riding in-place of him, so that will be really good, not just for me but for the whole team. With the two of us we can help develop[...]
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GP legends Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey and Kel Carruthers were reunited this week as part of Yamaha Racing?s 50th anniversary.
The four greats, along with current Yamaha stars Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Colin Edwards� and our own Cal Crutchlow teamed up at Laguna Seca in advance of this weekend?s US MotoGP to shoot a promotional video to be unveiled this weekend. The stars were also photographed alongside the specially-liveried white and red works MotoGP machines.
In the picture are (from left to right) Cal Crutchlow, Colin Edwards, Kenny Roberts, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Eddie Lawson, Kel Carruthers and Wayne Rainey
2011-07-24T23:37:35.607-07:002011-07-22 20:27 �lvaro Bautista followed on from his strong performance last weekend in Germany to produce his best first day?s performance of the season so far at Laguna Seca today. Bautista (P7, 1?23.056, 49 laps), was in constant touch with the top-six through the afternoon session, even though he couldn?t find the rear grip from his Rizla Suzuki that he wanted over the 3,610m American circuit. He worked hard with his crew to get the levels of adhesion that he is looking for to make the next step up and compete with the group in front of him. Bautista still believes there is more to come from him and his machine over the rest of the weekend and is in a confident mood as he heads towards tomorrow?s qualifying session. Today?s afternoon practice was held in brilliant sunshine with cloudless skies covering the Laguna Seca Raceway. World Champion Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha was the fastest rider of the day, with last weekend?s winner Dani Pedrosa second and current championship leader Casey Stoner in third. Bautista is only a second from first place and will be looking to break into a 1?22 lap tomorrow, a feat which was only achieved by the top-six today. Rizla Suzuki has a free practice session of 45-minutes tomorrow morning followed by an hour of qualifying in the afternoon. Sunday?s 32-lap race is the 10th of the season and the action gets underway at 14.00hrs local time (21.00hrs GMT). �lvaro Bautista: ?This morning the track was very cold so we started with the softer tyres and from the beginning it felt like we didn?t have very much grip from the rear when entering a corner. The contact feeling wasn?t quite right so we worked on improving that and we also tried some different electronics settings for the spin control. In the second session the track temperatures had increased so we used the harder compound tyres, but we seemed to have the same problem as this morning with corner entry grip. This didn?t give me a good feeling and made me slower in the corner and on the exit than I wanted to be. We worked hard to try and resolve it but we didn?t quite manage it, so it gives us something to work towards tomorrow. My lap-times and rhythm were not too bad though and I was able to follow some fast guys quite easily, so this is a good sign. I hope that tomorrow we can improve on the rear grip and do some work on the gearbox, because we are not at our maximum here just yet. So we have a lot of work to do on Saturday, but at the moment I am very confident because my feeling is positive like it was last week in Germany.? Paul Denning ? Team Manager: ?It?s been a very solid first day here at Laguna Seca for �lvaro and the Rizla Suzuki team. The performance at Sachsenring last weekend has helped his confidence and it?s clear that he has brought a slightly different tactic to Friday?s sessions to try and be as close to the lead group?s pace as he possibly can, as we head [...]
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Ducati North America announces today an excellent close to the second quarter of 2011; with sales up 61% for the quarter and Year-to-Date sales up 63% over the first half of 2010.
2011 sales have been exceptional in the US, Canadian and Mexican markets; with total North American growth surpassing the 60% mark in the first half of the year. Over 5200 bikes were registered in the first two quarters, and Ducati plans to continue posting strong sales figures as the year continues.
This year?s sales growth has been realized across the entire model lineup, with several particular models proving to be an outstanding success. The game-changing Multistrada 1200 continues its strong sales momentum, soon to be joined by the new Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition. The newly-released Diavel has also proven a strong seller, joining the 848EVO Superbike and Monster 796 as top sellers in Ducati?s lineup.
?We are very satisfied with our half year results, which are an exceptional growth over 2010,? said Cristiano Silei, CEO of Ducati North America. ?We are extremely excited about our potential for the rest of 2011 with the Monster 1100EVO joining our formidable product line-up as summer hits full swing. In light of this continued success we will be strengthening our organization for the 2012 model year.?
For more information about Ducati and its range of performance motorcycles, please visit www.ducatiusa.com.
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2011-07-24T23:37:35.608-07:00With just over one week remaining before the 2011 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship arrives in Nevis Range, Fort William ? Scotland for the sixth round of the series, the focus is now very much on the riders that will be representing Queen and country at their home GP. During the weekend of 30/31 July a host of British talent will descend on the Scottish Highlands, looking to make their mark on sections that should favour the home runners. In fact Britain will be the best represented nation in the World Pro class, with no less than five riders featured on the entry list. Spearheading Britain’s attack is twelve times FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin ? Gas Gas. In search of his 100th GP win and sure to be motivated by massive home support that will be present, Lampkin is fully committed to taking victory on British soil. After coming desperately close to claiming his 100th World round win at last year’s event, when he finished second during the first day, the undisputed King of trials is determined to realise his target and ride on to the top step of the podium once again. Dougie is not alone in his bid to reach the rostrum at his home Grand Prix with current British Trials Champion, James Dabill also looking to stamp his authority on the famous Scottish sections. Currently sixth in the overall standings, James will be keen to use his home advantage in order to record his best result of the season to date. Twenty-one year old Jack Challoner – Beta will also have high hopes arriving in Fort William. Despite this only being his first year in the World Pro class, Challoner has produced a series of determined performances and finds himself in eighth place, only five points behind the more experienced Loris Gubian ? Gas Gas. Currently ninth in the general standings Michael Brown ? Gas Gas will travel to Fort William riding on a wave of confidence after recently taking his maiden win of the season at the latest round of the 2011 British Trials Championship. “Obviously getting my first victory of the domestic championship was brilliant and it has certainly given me increased motivation heading to Fort William. Last year’s UK World Trial was fantastic and I am expecting it to be just as good this time around. With my team by my side and the crowd behind me I will be pushing for a good result,” said Michael. In the Junior category Jonathan Richardson ? Sherco will continue his championship campaign and will be joined by wild card entries George Morton ? Beta, Jack Spencer ? Beta and Harry Harvey ? Montesa. As regular competitors in the British Trials Championship with previous experience of the formidable Scottish hazards, George and Jack could perhaps record surprise performances on the day. Within the highly competitive Youth class the hopes and dre[...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.608-07:00By Matt Beer Friday, July 22nd 2011, 22:02 GMT Jorge Lorenzo was comfortably fastest in Friday afternoon practice at Laguna Seca. The Yamaha rider set a 1m22.056s on his ninth lap and stayed ahead thereafter, setting a consistently rapid pace and even escaping a wild moment near the end of his final lap without trouble. Honda had been first and second in the morning, but could not quite match Lorenzo in practice two. Dani Pedrosa was second in the end, 0.141 seconds down on Lorenzo, with his team-mates Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso third and fourth. It was an all-factory Yamaha and Honda top five as Ben Spies was top American again in fifth, followed by Marco Simoncelli’s Gresini Honda. Best of the rest this time was Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista in a promising seventh. Pramac’s Randy de Puniet was Ducati’s quickest rider in eighth, as the factory bikes of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi were only 10th and 11th, behind Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards. Both works Ducati men used the 2012 chassis GP11.1 in this session. Newcomer Ben Bostrom still trailed the field, but narrowed the gap slightly as he took his LCR Honda round 4.1s off Lorenzo’s pace. Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m22.056s 2. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m22.197s + 0.141s 3. Casey Stoner Honda 1m22.231s + 0.175s 4. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m22.537s + 0.481s 5. Ben Spies Yamaha 1m22.615s + 0.559s 6. Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda 1m22.803s + 0.747s 7. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 1m23.056s + 1.000s 8. Randy de Puniet Pramac Ducati 1m23.135s + 1.079s 9. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 1m23.183s + 1.127s 10. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m23.195s + 1.139s 11. Valentino Rossi Ducati 1m23.369s + 1.313s 12. Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 1m23.424s + 1.368s 13. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m23.707s + 1.651s 14. Karel Abraham Cardion Ducati 1m23.811s + 1.755s 15. Toni Elias LCR Honda 1m23.830s + 1.774s 16. Hiroshi Aoyama Gresini Honda 1m24.590s + 2.534s 17. Loris Capirossi Pramac Ducati 1m24.663s + 2.607s 18. Ben Bostrom LCR Honda 1m26.159s + 4.103s MOTOGP news – AUTOSPORT.com Vladimir Kavinov Mike Kiedrowski Darryll King Shayne King Heinz Kinigadner [...]
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2011-07-24T23:37:35.609-07:002011-07-21 06:41 KTM rider Chris Birch came home in second in the 2011 Red Bull Romaniacs 2011, the five-day event for passionate hard Enduro riders in and around Sibiu, Romania after five days of challenging riding in the magnificent scenery of Transylvania. The New Zealand professional who has been living and competing in South Africa this season still said he was ?stoked? to be on the podium in second place to winner Graham Jarvis of the UK. Throughout the competition, Birch, who won here last year, did everything in his power to reclaim the time he had lost on Jarvis in the early part of the race. He now returns to South Africa and will compete again in the national competition on Saturday. German rider Andreas Lettenbichler was third. Chris Birch at the end of the race: ?Today I had my hardest day so far, this was quite tough but definitely a fun ride. Coming second to Graham (Jarvis) is okay in my book ? this guy is incredible! And I love this race. I have done all kinds of races around the world and this is by far the best.” Romaniacs 2011: Prologue and four days hard rideChris tackled the rain soaked prologue on Saturday with enthusiasm saying he felt right at home in the wet conditions and even then it was clear that Jarvis was going to be the most dangerous opponent. In the final shakeout it was Jarvis in front of KTM UK rider Paul Bolton followed by Birch in the prologue, which was punctuated with an alarmingly tricky man-made obstacles in downtown Sibiu. This year it was live streamed to the Internet for the first time. Day One this year was not the usual deep-end approach; organizers had declared it a warm up day, even if it did include some challenging territory. Homer?s downhill proved to be tough even for the pro division and Jarvis was the only one to stay on the bike for this descent. Birch had an off and was slightly injured but still managed to finish in fourth place. Chris came into his own on Day Two when the pace was fast and the landscape beautiful and even though he struggled with some pain from a former hand injury, he still took line honors. ?I had a much better day today and had an awesome time,? he said. ?The bike was great – these KTMs just seem to like this kind of abuse? It was a day however that Bolton will remember because he damaged his carburetor on a tree and it cost him a vital 10 minutes.” Day Three will go down amongst the riders as pain day: hot, dramatic and very tough. It was also the day where Birch finally got the edge on Jarvis only to see his bike crash down a raving and hit a tree. Thanks to some on-track camaraderie Chris got back in the action and finished just minutes behind Jarvis. At the end of the race, Birch d[...]
Video Thursday 21th July 2011 By Geoff Meyer
Dean Ferris has the experience of racing the FIM World Motocross Championship and no doubt that experience has helped him as he leads the Australian Motocross Championship. Ferris wants to come back to Europe and winning an Aussie title sure would help his progress.
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In a spirit of collaboration and with the common goal of promoting electric clean emission racing, the FIM e-Power & TTX Championships will combine both series in a support race during the FIM MotoGP World Championship Round to be held this weekend at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, California (USA). The entry list is the following 7 Manzano Marcellino SPA LGN Racing LGN Racing Team Open 11 Czysz Michael USA MotoCzysz E1pc MotoCzysz Open 17 Rapp Steve USA Mission Mission Motors – TTX Open 18 Schless Ely USA Proto Moto Pro Moto Racing – TTX TTX75 37 Wolff Thad USA Moto Electra Moto Electra – TTX Open 48 Brannetti Alessandro ITA eCRP 1.4 CRP Racing Open 49 Himmelmann Matthias GER M�nch TTE M�nch Racing Team Open 58 Atlas Steve USA Brammo Empulse Brammo Racing – TTX Open 80 Barnes Michael USA Lightning Lightning Motorcycles – TTX Open 88 Hannas Michael USA Lightning Lightning Motorcycles – TTX TTX75 96 Kluge Kenyon USA Zero S K Squared Racing – TTX TTX75 93 Moreda Shelina USA eCRP 1.4 CRP Racing Open The next joint event will be on 24-25 September Le Mans (FRA) 24 Hours of Le Mans – Qtel FIM Endurance WC
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2011-07-24T23:37:35.610-07:00The traditional post-race debrief press release from Bridgestone. In this press release, Bridgestone’s assistant director Hirohide Hamashima explains why they believe the crashes happened on Friday morning: German Grand Prix debrief with Hirohide HamashimaRound 9: German GP ? Post-race debriefSachsenring Circuit, Tuesday 19 July 2011 Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Hard, Extra Hard. Rear (asymmetric): Medium, Hard As the rain stayed away until minutes after the chequered flag, when a light shower fell, the German Grand Prix became only the third race of the season at which MotoGP track time has not been interrupted by rain. Conditions started cold on Friday morning but warmed throughout the weekend, leading to a new lap record and a new total race time record being set on Sunday by race-winner Dani Pedrosa in just his second race since returning from injury. The race itself was fantastic with Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner locked in a three-way battle for the lead, ahead of a three-way battle for fourth and a four-way battle for seventh, keeping the 101,309 race-day fans thoroughly entertained. Hirohide Hamashima ? Assistant to Director, Motorsport Tyre Development Division What happened on Friday morning? “There were several crashes in which Valentino, Casey, Dani and Toni all fell. In each instance it was through a right hand corner, and of course with only three rights in a lap it is the right side of the tyres that is lesser used and therefore tends to be cooler. Every crash happened as a result of the rider losing the front end. Turn eleven, where most of the falls occurred, is the first fast right of the lap and is over a blind crest before riders plunge downhill towards turn twelve. This means a few things: because it is the first fast right of the lap, the right side of the tyres hadn’t been subject to much residual load by that point so the temperature tends to be lower. It is a fast corner so the riders must commit to it and carry a lot of speed through it, which places sudden load on the front tyre. And finally, because it is over a blind crest, there is a natural tendency for the bike to go light which means as the circuit drops away the load exerted through the tyres is momentarily reduced, reducing contact patch and therefore grip. Plus, the track temperature was cold, and the combination of this contributed to the crashes we saw on Friday morning. “It is important to point out though that we must select our tyre compound options for the conditions we expect in the race which are often if not always much better. I[...]
Laverty on the grid with his boss Pippa
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Works Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty takes you on a tour of the 2011 Yamaha R1 with added appearances from Pete Bancewicz’s shiny, shiny head…
Latvia was a huge success for KTM, not only did they take the MX2 class with Ken Roczen with a double win the exact same result was repeated in MX1 with Tony Cairoli. The Italian had to be at his best though in both moto’s as Steven Frossard, Bobryshev, Goncalves, Philippaerts and Max Nagl all chased hard on a circuit which riders said was “gnarly” – sit back and watch what went down at the Kegums MX1 GP.
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The FIM has the pleasure to announce the 2012 International Six Days’ Enduro which will be held from 24 to 29 September in the area of the Sachsenring circuit. The official logo of the 2012 FIM International Six Days Enduro in Germany was unveiled at the end of June by the organisers (ADAC Sachsen). The colours of Germany (black, red and yellow) and the State of Saxony (green and white) Harmoniously integrate the colours. Preparation of the organising work has already started. The Sachsenring circuit will be the start and finish line every day. The following dates and courses are foreseen in the event planning: – 24 and 25 September: stages around Stollberg (Stollberg ? Zw�nitz ? Thalheim; 2 laps) – 26 and 27 September : stages around Zschopau (2 laps) – 28 September : Sachsenring ? Mulsen ? Zwickau ? Culitzsch ? Kirchberg – Sachsenring (2 laps) – 29 September: Motocross race in Oelsnitz/Erzgebirge Two KTM EXC 300 were handed from KTM by former ISDE rider Harald Sturm to the organisation.
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2011-07-24T23:37:35.611-07:00By Jamie O’Leary Wednesday, July 20th 2011, 12:58 GMT Loris Capirossi is confident that his fitness is now at the level that will allow him to return to MotoGP in time for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix. The Pramac Ducati rider dislocated his right shoulder during qualifying for the Dutch TT and missed both the Assen race and the following event at Mugello as a result. He made his comeback in Germany last weekend, but struggled for fitness and stood down from riding duties after the opening free practice session as Sylvain Guintoli took over for the remainder of the weekend. Now, however, the 38-year-old Italian is set to complete the whole weekend at the physically demanding Laguna Seca circuit, which he admits will be a big challenge. “This time I’m really returning to the track,” said Capirossi. “As I said before the Sachsenring weekend, the [Ducati] Desmosedici is mine, and seeing another rider on it bothered me a lot. “I’m not in top form, but I’ve worked over the past few days to be in decent physical condition. The track is very tough, which isn’t ideal for my condition, but I’ll give 110 per cent to be able to finish the race. I’m expecting a very challenging weekend.” Capirossi, who has won nine times in grand prix racing’s premier class, has not finished higher than ninth this year and lies 16th in the riders’ championship. MOTOGP news – AUTOSPORT.com Jeff Alessi Mike Alessi Thomas Allier Hוkan Andersson Victor Arbekov [...]
Crutchlow says he has some ideas to fix his nervous front end
By David Miller
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Monster Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow will go to this weekend’s Laguna Seca MotoGP round still on the hunt for a solution to the nervous front end of his satellite YZR-M1 in which he has precious little confidence.
The former World Supersport Champion has revealed both he and team-mate Colin Edwards have trouble with handlebars that move on their own but says he and the team will be working double time in order to fix it.
?The result last weekend in Germany was a bit disappointing but I’m ready to bounce back in Laguna Seca and fight for a top ten where I know I should be. I’m still searching for some more confidence in the front-end, but all of us in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team are working non-stop to improve the situation and we’ve got a few ideas to try at Laguna,” said Crutchlow.
“It is another new track for me but I’m really excited. Laguna Seca is such a famous name and the Corkscrew looks amazing. It looks awesome on TV, so I’m looking forward to getting on the bike on Friday and experiencing it for myself for the first time.�
“I’ll have to ask Colin for some tips, but I’m just concentrating on getting a decent result that we can build on for the rest of the season. The last few races have been quite difficult but I’ll be working harder than ever this weekend to put things right.”
2011-07-24T23:37:35.611-07:002011-07-20 17:11 The Scottish SpeedFair and Classic Festival returns to Knockhill for the sixth time on Sunday 31st July. The popular event continues to grow year on year and 2011 will see some exceptional entertainment on offer. Alongside 250 show cars from yesteryear, there will be a comprehensive classic competition schedule, featuring racing, rally and autotest. In addition the Fife circuit will host E-Type Jaguar 50-year celebrations, the Starduster Too aerobatic display, the Aston Martin Owners’ Gathering and the inaugural running of the David Leslie Trophy for Formula Ford competitors. Topping the bill at Knockhill will be the Scottish Classic Sports and Saloon races. Classic racing in Scotland is undergoing a revival with bumper entries for the 2011 Classic Championship organised by the Scottish Motor Racing Club. Such is the level of interest, there will be four classic races and a two driver, 30 lap classic endurance race at SpeedFair. More than fifty competitors will take to the Knockhill tarmac in models ranging from a Porsche 911 to an immaculate Mk 1 Ford Escort. Stuart Gray, Knockhill Events Director commented: “Wherever you look at SpeedFair there will be tremendous action for everyone. Some of the classic cars on show are nothing short of sensational. We’ll have cars from the 1920s through to the 1970s on display, including a 1950 Bentley Brooklands.The classic racing element of the event should be fantastic too. The classic scene in Scotland really is on the up and running the David Leslie Trophy will be a special moment for the circuit.” Track action starts at 10am on Sunday 31st July with adult admission priced at �15, concessions are �8 and kids under 12 go absolutely FREE. Tickets can be purchased via the Knockhill website (www.knockhill.com) where advance booking discounts are available. The Scottish SpeedFair and Classic Festival really is a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Join us at Knockhill and immerse yourself in Britain’s automotive history. Source: Cartersport Motorsport Media Click here to visit our forums to discuss this story Bikeland :: News Erik Eggens Richard Eierstedt Jimmy Ellis Jeff Emig Harry Everts [...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.612-07:00The traditional post-race debrief press release from Bridgestone. In this press release, Bridgestone’s assistant director Hirohide Hamashima explains why they believe the crashes happened on Friday morning: German Grand Prix debrief with Hirohide HamashimaRound 9: German GP ? Post-race debriefSachsenring Circuit, Tuesday 19 July 2011 Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Hard, Extra Hard. Rear (asymmetric): Medium, Hard As the rain stayed away until minutes after the chequered flag, when a light shower fell, the German Grand Prix became only the third race of the season at which MotoGP track time has not been interrupted by rain. Conditions started cold on Friday morning but warmed throughout the weekend, leading to a new lap record and a new total race time record being set on Sunday by race-winner Dani Pedrosa in just his second race since returning from injury. The race itself was fantastic with Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner locked in a three-way battle for the lead, ahead of a three-way battle for fourth and a four-way battle for seventh, keeping the 101,309 race-day fans thoroughly entertained. Hirohide Hamashima ? Assistant to Director, Motorsport Tyre Development Division What happened on Friday morning? “There were several crashes in which Valentino, Casey, Dani and Toni all fell. In each instance it was through a right hand corner, and of course with only three rights in a lap it is the right side of the tyres that is lesser used and therefore tends to be cooler. Every crash happened as a result of the rider losing the front end. Turn eleven, where most of the falls occurred, is the first fast right of the lap and is over a blind crest before riders plunge downhill towards turn twelve. This means a few things: because it is the first fast right of the lap, the right side of the tyres hadn’t been subject to much residual load by that point so the temperature tends to be lower. It is a fast corner so the riders must commit to it and carry a lot of speed through it, which places sudden load on the front tyre. And finally, because it is over a blind crest, there is a natural tendency for the bike to go light which means as the circuit drops away the load exerted through the tyres is momentarily reduced, reducing contact patch and therefore grip. Plus, the track temp[...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.612-07:00The Laguna Seca circuit has been a good destination for the Repsol Honda Team since the Californian track regained its position on the MotoGP calendar in 2006, after a ten year absence. The U.S Grand Prix will bring to an end the busiest period of the season with six races held in the last eight weeks, and will demand the rider’s last efforts before the summer break. Casey Stoner and Laguna Seca make a good combination. The Australian has achieved two pole positions, one victory and three podiums in five outings and retains the best lap record in Laguna (1’20.700 thanks to his pole in 2008) and the circuit record from last year (1’21.376). Dani Pedrosa’s debut in Laguna Seca was also impressive. The Spaniard was second in 2006, on his first visit to this demanding track, and took the victory in 2009 becoming the first Spanish rider in history to win in Laguna. Andrea Dovizioso will be aiming to step up and fight for a podium that he has narrowly missed twice, in 2010 and 2008, finishing fourth on both occasions. Casey Stoner:“I’m looking forward to going to Laguna Seca, it’s a circuit I’ve always enjoyed quite good results at and we’ve always been naturally quite fast there. The track itself is a very tight and technical track, there are lots of sweeping gradients and unusual corners with a lot of camber, so you need to be delicate on the track and not ?attack? it too much. We’ll be looking to improve our results from the past three weekends, three podiums are great but I’m here to win races, so we’ll be aiming to get back on the top step next Sunday in Laguna. It’s been a pretty tiring few weeks and we have another back to back race now, but I love going to America and the area of Monterey is truly beautiful, the fans are always very welcoming and the atmosphere there is fantastic.” Andrea Dovizioso:?I really look forward to racing in Laguna Seca. I have always had a good feeling with this track and I like the whole ambience there. We arrive very motivated and it?s good that we race straight after Sachsenring. I?m satisfied of the improvement we have done in the last GP in terms of consistency and race pace and I?m confident that in Laguna we can return competitive to fight for the podium and hope[...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.612-07:00Press release previews of the Red Bull US Grand Prix from Laguna Seca from the MotoGP teams. Preview from LCR Honda and Cardion AB to follow, as soon as they are in: Rizla Suzuki heads stateside looking for further improvements Publish Date: Monday, July 18, 2011 Rizla Suzuki has made a transatlantic dash to ?The Golden State’ of California in The United States of America for the 10th round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship. �lvaro Bautista is in a confident mood following his impressive seventh place last time out at the Sachsenring. He is planning to continue with the same vein of work that the team produced in Germany and move closer to the top-six. Bautista will certainly be looking for better luck on his second visit to the American circuit – his first race at Laguna ended unceremoniously last year when he was knocked off by another rider on only the third lap. The Spaniard will be determined this time to make up for that as he continues to build on his form from recent races. The Laguna Seca circuit is situated about 160kms south of San Francisco near the towns of Monterey and Seaside. The area was originally a field artillery target range and manoeuvre site belonging to the US Army and the circuit is actually built on a dried-up lake. The 3,610m layout features 11 corners ? four right and seven left ? and includes probably one of the most incredible turns on any racetrack in the world: the famous ?Corkscrew’ is a left and right hand combination with a huge drop in elevation that gives a feeling of falling off the edge of a cliff as the riders approach it at high-speeds. Rizla Suzuki has three 45-minute practice sessions on Friday and Saturday morning, followed by an hour of qualifying on Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s race is round 10 on the MotoGP calendar and the excitement will get underway for the 32-lap race at 14.00hrs local time (21.00hrs GMT) with Bautista hoping to follow in the footsteps of early pioneers and find gold in the Californian hills! �lvaro Bautista: “I have a good memory of Laguna from last year ? except for the race! It is a nice track and very difficult. I am really looking forward to it after Sachsenring because I am very confident we can continue what we are doing and make further ste[...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.612-07:00150 ? At the US GP, Hector Barbera will be making his 150th Grand Prix start, which includes 47 in the 125cc class and 75 in the 250cc class. 51 years ? On race day at Laguna Seca it will be exactly 51 years since Kenjiro Tanaka finished third in the 250cc race at the 1960 German Grand Prix at the Solitude circuit, giving Honda their first ever podium finish in Grand Prix racing. 51 ? Both Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner have stood on the podium on 51 occasions in their MotoGP careers. This is the same number of podium finishes in the premier-class as both 1993 world champion Kevin Schwantz and 1999 world champion Alex Criville. 20 ? Valentino Rossi has finished in the top nine in all 20 races since returning from injury at the German Grand Prix last year. 17 years ? On race day at Laguna Seca it will be 17 years ago to the day that Kevin Schwantz won the 500cc GP race at Donington in 1994 after suffering a huge high-side crash during practice. This was the last of Schwantz?s 25 Grand Prix victories. 7 ? Of the twelve premier-class races held at Laguna Seca, seven have been won by riders from the USA. 7 ? Casey Stoner has finished on the podium at the last seven races ? his longest sequence of successive podium finishes in Grand Prix racing. 5 ? It has been five years since an American rider has finished on the podium at the Laguna Seca MotoGP race. The last MotoGP podium for an American rider at the circuit was Nicky Hayden?s victory in 2006. 4 ? Four of the riders competing in MotoGP this year have raced at all the previous six MotoGP races at Laguna Seca since the return to the circuit in 2005: Loris Capirossi, Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi. 4 ? The last four MotoGP races have been won by four different riders: Casey Stoner, Ben Spies, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. The last time that there has been four different MotoGP winners in four successive races was at the final two races of the 2009 season and the first two races of 2010: Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. If there is another different race winner at Laguna Seca it will be the first time since the end of the 2006 start of the 2007 season when there has been a sequence of five different MotoGP w[...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.613-07:00Rear tire troubles at the German round cost Simoncelli the chance to fight to the line for fourth place, but another strong showing throughout the race was an important achievement. ?Super Sic? is ready to fight with the leading riders in MotoGP once again and his target for this weekend is to find the consistency over race distance that will allow him to challenge for the result he is clearly capable of. Laguna Seca is one of his favorite circuits and the ideal place for him to confirm his huge potential. While Simoncelli looks to conquer America his team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama is preparing to race there for the first time, having missed out last year through injury. The Japanese rider is not in top physical condition this year either as he is still struggling from the effects of a crash at Assen last month, which has also affected his confidence with the bike in recent races. His target in America is to rediscover his feeling with his machine and recover positions as soon as possible. Marco Simoncelli:?Fourth place at Sachsenring would have been a different story but I am still satisfied with my performance there and I take a lot of motivation with me to America. It was important for me to keep my form up even though it was disappointed I couldn’t stick the pace for the full thirty laps. Unfortunately I had problems with the degradation of the left side of the rear tyre and I couldn’t push as hard at the end of the race as I could for the first half. It’s a shame but at least I get the chance to make up for it at Laguna, a unique circuit that I really like. The track itself fascinates me, the Corkscrew is thrilling and the enthusiasm of the fans gives you an extra boost. Together with the team we will be working to be more consistent over race distance, which will be an important part of closing the gap to the leaders.? Hiroshi Aoyama:?I was still struggling a lot at Sachsenring with my injuries from Assen and even though I tried my best to come away with a positive result, it was very difficult for me to get a feeling for the bike. I am sorry to the team for that, and I hope to be able to make it up to them in the next race at L[...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.613-07:00Decorate your screen with Lissimore’s best from The Dunes… By James Lissimore Well, we’re fresh off the hottest, roughest, nastiest National of the year this past weekend at Courtland, Ontario’s so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite images from the deep sand. Enjoy with a few of my favorites from The Dunes… Decorate your desktop this week with a few of my favorite images from last weekend’s scorching hot Gopher Dunes National… Download Wallpapers �Choose a size from the links below that matches your screen resolution. Decorate your desktop this week with a few of my favorite images from last weekend’s scorching hot Gopher Dunes National… Download Wallpapers �Choose a size from the links below that matches your screen resolution. Decorate your desktop this week with a few of my favorite images from last weekend’s scorching hot Gopher Dunes National… Download Wallpapers �Choose a size from the links below that matches your screen resolution. Decorate your desktop this week with a few of my favorite images from last weekend’s scorching hot Gopher Dunes National… Download Wallpapers �Choose a size from the links below that matches your screen resolution. Decorate your desktop this week with a few of my favorite images from last weekend’s scorching hot Gopher Dunes National… Download Wallpapers �Choose a size from the links below that matches your screen resolution. Decorate your desktop this week with a few of my favorite images from last weekend’s scorching hot Gopher Dunes National… Download Wallpapers �Choose a size from the links below that matches your screen resolution. Decorate your desktop this week with a few of my favorite images from last weekend’s scorching hot Gopher Dunes National… Download Wallpapers �Choose a size from the links below that matches your screen resolution. Decorate your desktop this week with a few of my favorite images from last weekend’s scorching hot Gopher Dunes National… Download [...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.613-07:00News Tuesday 19th July 2011 As if managing the Bike It Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha World Motocross Team wasn’t enough for Steve Dixon, this August will see the return of the British Grand Prix, Organised by the Winchester born motocross enthusiast. It’s a big job and Dixon is for sure the man to do it. Long days and extra work have made sure that this years British GP will be a highlight in the GP calendar. It’s 2 years since Steve’s father Graham died on the 21st July; he helped build the track in 2006 and was heavily involved in Steve’s motocross life, as well as being a familiar sight in Winchester as a driving instructor for 30 years, so we have decided to give away some VIP tickets to commemorate this day each year. Everyone who has bought a ticket online for the British GP by the end of the day on the 21st July will be entered into a draw to win 2 VIP tickets. If you have already bought the VIP ticket then you will have 2 extra tickets. All the codes of the people having bought by midnight on the 21st will be but in to a computerized selector and it will be announced on Friday 23rd of July. website : www.britmxgrandprix.com tickets : www.eventelephant.com/british-motocross-grandprix-2011 Back to previous page MxLarge Craig Dack Roger De Coster Ken De Dycker Yves Demaria Gilbert De Roover [...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.614-07:0020/07/2011 Crutchlow says he has some ideas to fix his nervous front end By David Miller Image by Impact Images Monster Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow will go to this weekend’s Laguna Seca MotoGP round still on the hunt for a solution to the nervous front end of his satellite YZR-M1 in which he has precious little confidence. The former World Supersport Champion has revealed both he and team-mate Colin Edwards have trouble with handlebars that move on their own but says he and the team will be working double time in order to fix it. ?The result last weekend in Germany was a bit disappointing but I’m ready to bounce back in Laguna Seca and fight for a top ten where I know I should be. I’m still searching for some more confidence in the front-end, but all of us in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team are working non-stop to improve the situation and we’ve got a few ideas to try at Laguna,” said Crutchlow. “It is another new track for me but I’m really excited. Laguna Seca is such a famous name and the Corkscrew looks amazing. It looks awesome on TV, so I’m looking forward to getting on the bike on Friday and experiencing it for myself for the first time.� “I’ll have to ask Colin for some tips, but I’m just concentrating on getting a decent result that we can build on for the rest of the season. The last few races have been quite difficult but I’ll be working harder than ever this weekend to put things right.” Bike Sport News RSS Feed Jacky Martens Christophe Martin Mickael Maschio Connor McGechan Jeremy McGrath [...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.614-07:002011-07-18 21:57 The MX1 GP of Latvia was a near perfect weekend for Tony Cairoli and the Red Bull Teka KTM factory team. In fact any time, KTM reigning world champion went out on the track he was the fastest ? from free practice right through to the MX1 GP motos. Now completely fit and feeling confident, Tony has shifted up a gear in his bid to capture his fifth world championship title and this weekend?s efforts netted him a cool 50 points to extend his lead by 42 points over second placed Clement Desalle. Tony was pushed hard by Steven Frossard in both motos but still managed to control the races and was the dominant rider of the weekend. It was also a positive weekend for Max Nagl and while a crash at the beginning of the second moto spoilt his chances of a top place he still clearly benefited from increased confidence enhanced by changes in setup of his KTM 350. ?KTM and WP did an amazing job,? he said after the race. Tony Cairoli: it was an awesome weekend. Every time I was on the track I as in front. It was an amazing feeling. I?m getting stronger and stronger every weekend and my speed is getting better. I enjoyed both races. I led from the first lap of the first race but Frossard was strong at the end and I had some trouble with a back marker but in the end it was enough to won. I got a good start in the second race and managed to get enough to control it. Max Nagl: ?I?m more confident now and I know I can do the same speed as Tony and the guys because I was able to keep up with them in the first heat. The riding went well and things are going much better since we made some changes with the setup. Team boss Stefan Everts: This was a top weekend for us. Tony showed he?s back in the game and made a nice lead in the points. He?s in full control and our bikes looked great. Max also did well. We did some changes in the setup of the 350 and you coul[...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.614-07:00Bridgestone announced during the Sachsenring weekend that a proposition for the revision of the MotoGP tyre allocation had been made to the Safety Commission. Following the ninth round of the 2011 season Hirohide Hamashima, Assistant to Director of the Motorsport Tyre Development Division at Bridgestone, analysed the performance of the slick compounds offered throughout at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. What happened on Friday morning??There were several crashes in which Valentino (Rossi), Casey (Stoner), Dani (Pedrosa) and Toni (El�as) all fell. In each instance it was through a right hand corner, and of course with only three rights in a lap it is the right side of the tyres that is lesser used and therefore tends to be cooler. Every crash happened as a result of the rider losing the front end. Turn eleven, where most of the falls occurred, is the first fast right of the lap and is over a blind crest before riders plunge downhill towards turn twelve. This means a few things: because it is the first fast right of the lap, the right side of the tyres hadn?t been subject to much residual load by that point so the temperature tends to be lower. It is a fast corner so the riders must commit to it and carry a lot of speed through it, which places sudden load on the front tyre. And finally, because it is over a blind crest, there is a natural tendency for the bike to go light which means as the circuit drops away the load exerted through the tyres is momentarily reduced, reducing contact patch and therefore grip. Plus, the track temperature was cold, and the combination of this contributed to the crashes we saw on Friday morning. ?It is important to point out though that we must select our tyre compound options for the conditions we expect in the race which are often if not always much better. Indeed, in the race our [...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.615-07:00We managed to catch up with MXY2 rider Jordan Divall to see how things have been going for him and what his plans are for next years racing… MOTO – You had a big crash not long ago at Whitby, what happened? Yeah well the crash at whitby I don’t really remember anything about it to be honest. I was knocked out until I was in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. I’ve heard from people that my front end dropped and my hand came off and I landed into the face of the next jump but I came away with only a sprained wrist so I was happy. MOTO – Did you miss any of your championship rounds? Yeah I missed the 3rd round of the BYMX wich was at dean moore but I was able to ride at desert martin. MOTO – How many series are you racing in this year, and what’re you standing best in? “I am racing in 3 championships this year which are the BYMX, MXY2 and the Elite rookies. I am currently standing 2nd in the mxy2 which is my best position so far. I’m also 5th in the Elite rookies, I was 4th but had 2 dnf’s at whitby. The BYMX championship I’m not sure where I’m standing in that due to missing the 3rd round at Dean Moor.” MOTO – Where is your next big event? “My next event is on the 30th and the 31st of July at Canada Heights for the Elite Youth Cup.” MOTO – Once this year is out of the way, what’s your plans? Will we see you in the pro races? “Once the season has finnished my plans will be to go and train down with Dave Thorpe he helped me with fitness a lot in the winter last year so he is defiantly the man to be with! He’s also pritty fit to for and old man. Nah its real good to be down there with a lot of faster riders and its a good place to be. The plans are to be in the pro races like [...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.615-07:00Oh Canadian moto, how I’ve missed you. Oh Southwestern Ontario humidity, how you nearly rendered me useless by 1 p.m. What an insane day at the Dunes. As if that track wasn’t challenging enough, Mother Nature decided to turn up the suck with some insanely high temps and stagnant air that was thick with humidity. It was a sweatfest from about 8 a.m. on with particularly nasty conditions in the porta-johns and on the track… Honestly the day was a challenge for spectators and shooters and I really can’t imagine how the riders felt out there… Hats off to everyone who raced… and congrats to winner’s Matt Goerke and Austin Politelli. Now for our second Gopher Dunes photo report…� Heidi Cooke was in the house but instead of making her National debut, she was making sure her main squeeze, Tyler Medaglia was hydrated and cool. PS She is the cutest pregnant mama I’ve ever seen… Kieran Leigh and company keep cool… Remember when your mom put those nametags on your shirts at camp? Welcome to Camp Allison Tyler stays cool between motos A rare smile on the start line on this day… Brad Nauditt grabs the first MX2 holeshot while carnage ensues behind him. Nauditt in his happy place… It didn’t take long for Politelli to make his way to the front Mid-track encouragement… much needed I’m sure. 4 litres was still not enough Orange Motorsports Siert Wieringa focuses on the action. Digger mans the radio… Austin Politelli contemplates his first win of the season… Do Sharpies wash well? Ask his mom. Brad Nauditt picking up his holeshhooooooootttt cheque. Front row fan Still smiling after the first moto… Sweaty Sjoberg Free swag = hands up Iain[...]
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GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia had quite a yea in the AMA Supercross 250cc Championship. In fact, he has his best year ever.
The Honda CRF250R pilot clinched the 2011 Lites East Championship in May, and although he raced most of the series with a broken wrist, he still finished on the podium for every race, including three wins en route to his first-ever AMA Supercross title.
With seven rounds of 12 complete so far in the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship, Barcia hasn’t had the luck of his SX season; he currently is seventh in the overall MX Championship with 152. Barcia also broke his nose during a wreck at Round 7 in Spring Creek MX.
Attached is an interview with Honda’s Barcia, as he discusses his Supercross Lites Championship title and his career so far.
2011-07-24T23:37:35.615-07:00Jarad Goodwin A Class Winner Despite a poor weather forecast, both the sunshine and over 150 riders poured into Fat Cats for Round 8 of the Summer Series. Unbelievably, the track even needed a splash of water before first practice to ensure it was in tip top condition for the days racing. Jad Goodwin showed he still has what it takes, with two wins and a second to take the overall win in the A Class, with Josh Fytche taking second overall and Lee Harrison claiming third spot. Despite a poor first Moto in the B Class, two wins in the second and third was enough to give Micheal Grahan the overall win. Second overall went to Ben Askew with Ben Clarke taking third overall. Two race wins and a second gave the overall win in the C1 Class to Steven Richardson. Two third places and a win in the last Moto gave Zak Huberry second overall, with James Brown taking third on the day. In the C2 class three wins from three saw Shaun Fletcher take a comfortable overall win, with Paul Gallacher taking second ahead of Ash Senior in third. Some great racing in the Youth Open class, saw some great battles, with Todd kirk coming through for the overall win with a third and two first places. Josh Bentley rode well for second overall with Zak Wood taking third. Scooter Webster dominated the BW 85 class with three wins from three. Cal Wardman rode extremely well to take second overall with two second places and a third. Jack Hills took third overall. The SW 85 class was a hrad fought affair at the top, with Keenan Hird and Joe Jacques battling it out all day for top spot. Hird edged it in the end with two race wins and a second place and Jacques taking second spot with a win and two second places. Nathan Claughan produced three good third p[...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.616-07:00This weekend I took 2nd place at the Tuner Evolution contest in York, PA. It was the 4th stop of the US FLAT circuit. That puts me in 2nd place for the over all standing so far. The coolest thing about the contest was that Kevin Jones was a judge!! I have also attached a photo of the podium shot. PS… I want to go on one of those etnies tours next year.. Top 3 results 1. Matt Wilhelm 2. Terry Adams 3. Dane Beardsley -Terry Adams- Catch Terry in action at one of his upcoming demos! etnies Blog Feed John Dowd John Draper Doug Dubach Ryan Dungey Vic Eastwood [...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.616-07:00By ChrisTue, Jul 19 2011 10:22 am | 141 views | 0 Comments Corona, CA ? Round seven of the twelve stop 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship went off Saturday in front of a solid crowd at Spring Creek MX Park. Millville, MN marks the homecoming event for Minnesota native Pro Taper riders Ryan Dungey and Alex Martin. Both riders put their local knowledge to good use in route to a 450 class victory for Dungey and a career best top five for Martin in the 250 class. From nearby Belle Plaine, MN, Dungey always seems to rise to the occasion at Spring Creek. Riding a three year overall win streak at the track, Millville seemed like the perfect event to make up some much needed ground in the overall championship points. Ryan did just that, cutting the pre race 22-point deficit down to seven when the final checkered flag flew. With 2-1 moto finishes, Dungey took the overall victory and added to his ten moto podium streak. ?Obviously, being here at Millville and having the hometown crowd is great; it?s always a treat to be back here because I love the track and the fans are great,? said Dungey. ?I grew up with a lot of people who came out today, so that was an extra bonus. Finally, I?m glad to get another win for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team ? This is a good step in the right direction for the championship.? Team Eleven10 Mods Honda privateer Alex Martin has been slightly overshadowed this summer by teammate Darryn Durham, despite logging some impressive rides himself. At his home track, Alex scored a career best fifth overall, beating out over a dozen factory supported riders. The break out ride catapulted Martin to 12th in the championshi[...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.616-07:00Michael Neeves will be riding the Vyrus Moto2 bike at Misano By John Westlake - New bikes �20 July 2011 15:13 Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is in Misano, about to ride the Vyrus Moto 2 bike. Here are his first impressions: ‘This is one of the most unconventional Moto 2 machines made so far. It has a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, hub centre steering and a Formula One style rear suspension linkage. Like all Moto 2 machines it?s powered by an ordinary Honda CBR600R engine. ‘I?ll be riding this bike for three hours today and will also be assisting Vyrus by shaking down some new parts. I?ll report back later with my impressions.’ | Motorcycle News Paul Cooper Josh Coppins Cody Copper Gordon Crockard Craig Dack [...]
2011-07-26T00:54:12.816-07:00The day has finally arrived! After months of toiling, late nights, early mornings and a few brief tantrums over html code that just wouldn't play ball...my business website and blog are now finished! In case any of you missed any previous posts, I have set up a wedding planning business with my mum called Perfection By Design covering the North East of Scotland. It's a very exciting time for us and I'm so proud of everything we have achieved so far. We have done every aspect of the set up ourselves and although it has been exhausting at times, it's really been worth it. We completed the little photo shoot at our newly decorated office today and here are some highlights...You can view my business website here. I also created a blog to compliment the website posting on anything to do with weddings including hair and beauty items, style and trend reports, venue decoration and inspiration boards. You can visit my business blog here.I want to create as much buzz as I can for our new business so I would be MASSIVELY grateful if you could take a moment of your time to like our Facebook page, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Twitter. It would mean so much to me to have your support.Also, if you know anyone in the North East of Scotland who is getting married or anyone who wants to get married in that general area, but lives elsewhere, please feel free to pass on my details.Thanks so much![...]
2011-07-24T23:37:35.616-07:00You?ve got to love Travis Pastrana. Not only was TP199 one of the most gifted and exciting motocross racers of his generation, he?s the greatest FMX rider in history, a world class rally driver, star of some of the funniest TV shows in years, and general all-round legend. He?s so damn cool that he?s even managed to get the mighty Red Bull to collaborate on a range of TP199 clothing with him. Red Bull doesn?t do that for anyone. And a swathe of the TP199 threads is what you can with this month, as well as some ultra limited edition Nitro Circus goodies, all courtesy of FreestyleXtreme.com You?ll be all set for the summer with the bumper prize pack on offer which includes three TP199 tee-shirts, a basketball jersey and two hoodies, as well as a totally one-off (as in it?s the only one in the entire world) Nitro Circus tee, a second Nitro Circus tee signed by Travis himself, along with cohorts Jolene Van Vught and Andy Bell, and a Ltd Edition Nitro Circus Greatest Hits DVD to enjoy. That?s a lot of swag, so get entering. HOW TO ENTER Want to win this amazing prize? Just answer this simple question Win! Exclusive RED Bull TP199 & Nitro Circus Package Travis used to ride for which factory SX team? Honda Suzuki Yamaha Email: 2+2 = I agree to share my details with the competition provider (By entering this competition we will also sign you up to the MOTO newsletter, which you can opt out of at any time) TERMS & CONDITIONS: By entering you are agreeing to receive details of future offers and promotio[...]
I have talked to�several people who are predicting travel problems through Montreal beginning Friday Morning due to the� “Construction holiday”. We want to encourage everyone to get through Montreal before Friday if possible to avoid delays.
If you cannot�travel earlier�make sure you tune into radio, Internet for routes that are either open or closed through Montreal.
Please pass it on to other racers,� and see�you this weekend!
2011-07-25T02:28:29.314-07:00During last night's game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, a foul ball in the fourth hit by Brandon Belt came close to a young Giants fan who wanted but didn't get it.However, the guys over at Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area made sure that the little kid got what he wanted: (Courtesy of MLB Video)[...]
2011-07-25T02:28:29.314-07:00During batting practice yesterday, Yankees second baseman and home run derby champ Robinson Cano was showing off his impressive hitting skills.One of the balls he hit during the session landed the sting ray pool in right-center fielder and let's just say, the sting rays were not happy:(Courtesy of MLB Video)[...]