Ryan Dungey, Andrew Short and Trey Canard will represent the U.S.A. at the Motocross of Nations, Sept. 25-26 at Thunder Motocross Park in Lakewood, Colo. Dungey, the team captain, will compete in the 450cc four-stroke MX1 class; Canard will race in the MX2 class featuring 250cc four-strokes; and Short will race in the MX3 open class.
The custom motorcycle shop, made famous by the television series American Chopper, has supported several charitable activities in the past, helping soldiers and their families as well as children with life-threatening medical conditions. The new NPO, named The OCC Foundation, Inc., will continue those efforts, with the support of various partners.
The 2006 MotoGP Champion is going back to his roots as Grand Marshal for the Indy Mile. Hayden had a successful dirt track career before turning his focus to road racing. In 1999, Hayden won the Ricky Graham Rookie of the Year award from the AMA Pro Grand National Championship at the Indy Mile.
The footage featured World Superbike racer Tom Sykes who rode the ZX-10R at the 2.9-mile Autopolis Circuit, Aug. 4-5. The test followed another one, using a Japanese Superbike-spec version, at the Suzuka International Race Course, July 7-8.
Were delighted that Ben will join the Factory Team for next season, says Lin Jarvis, managing director of Yamaha Motor Racing. Ben has shown great promise in his first ten MotoGP races. He has learnt rapidly and recorded strong results, including a well-deserved podium finish at Silverstone impressive for someone in their first full season.
Hundreds of riders took part in the fifth annual American Legion Legacy Run which covered 1,400 miles and traveled through six states. The ride began Aug. 22 in Indianapolis and traveled through Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, arriving Aug. 26 in Milwaukee for the Legions 92nd National Convention.
Ducati announced the new contract as Hayden made an appearance at the AMA Lucas Oil Indy Mile where he served as grand marshal.
The name 125 Duke was selected after months of speculation for the upcoming entry-level streetbike. KTM even held a contest on Facebook to name the new bike. Hopping onto the popularity of the James Cameron movie perhaps, online voters selected the name Avatar, as suggested by Alexey Golkin of Russia. KTM decided not to use Avatar for the production model but Golkin will receive his own 125 Duke with personalized graphics.
The 2011 model year lineup continues to expand for Honda, says Bill Savino, Honda Powersports press manager. Here we have a variety of very popular cruisers and customs, a pair of Honda off-road machines that have remained extremely popular with riders over the years, plus a revamped and very impressive Big Red MUV. Our selection of models for 2011 keeps growing and there will be more to follow.
DeCoster, a five-time World Motocross champion, joins KTM after a 15-year stint as manager of Suzukis AMA Supercross and Motocross teams. Under DeCosters guidance, Suzuki captured four AMA Motocross titles and three AMA Supercross titles.
Unveiled at the San Marino Grand Prix, the race bike is powered by a modified BMW S1000RR engine which will be eligible for MotoGP in 2012 when new rules allow 1000cc engines. Suter plans to begin development with a stock engine and introduce further upgrades. BMW is not involved in the project.
The new agreement is now awaiting approval from union members and the Harley-Davidson board. Workers at Harley-Davidsons factories in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and Tomahawk, Wis., represented by the United Steelworkers Local 2-209, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 78, and the United Steelworkers Local 460, will vote on the proposed agreement on Sept. 13.
According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 4,462 fatalities involving motorcycle riders and passengers in 2009, down from 5,312 reported in2008. Injuries were also down 6.3% with 90,000 reported cases involving motorcycle riders and passengers, compared to 96,000 in 2008.
The most feature-rich communication system of its kind, Cardo Systems scala rider G4 PowerSet provides full duplex wireless intercom communication up to ONE mile* among two bikers, three bikers or four-way communication among two bikers and two passengers on two bikes-an industry standard.
Laverty will ride the Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF-R1 Superbike next season after two seasons in the World Supersport class. Racing for Parkalgar Honda, Laverty finished second to current Yamaha Sterilgarda rider Cal Crutchlow in 2009, and currently trails Hannspree Ten Kate Hondas Kenan Sofuoglu by 12 points in the 2010 WSS Championship, with seven wins this year in 11 races.
The full 2011 MotoGP schedule has yet to be announced but both American rounds have been announced, with the Laguna Seca round set a month before the Aug. 26-28, 2011, round at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
To apply for the rebate program, racers should visit their local Kawasaki Team Green dealership as soon as possible with their up-to-date resume and let the dealer know their interest in the program. The dealer will then submit the necessary information to Team Green for the selection process. The accepted applicants will receive a rebate between $500 and $1,200, depending on the unit purchased.
The new seven-year contract goes into effect in April 2012 after the current contract ends. It would lock salaries for four years and may lead to hundreds of job cuts. Employees had little choice in agreeing to the deal however as Harley-Davidson had said it would move production out of Wisconsin if the unions could not agree on a contract.
EICMA, also known as the International Bicycle and Motorcycle Exhibition, is Europes biggest motorcycle trade shows, and traditionally the site of numerous world premieres. Last years show drew about 450,000 visitors for the introduction of motorcycles such as the Ducati Multistrada 1200, KTM 350SX-F and BMWs inline six concept bike.
First unveiled at the 2009 EICMA show in Milan as the V7 Clubman Racer, the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer pays homage to the classic V7 Sport race bike of the 70s. The V7 Clubman Racer was initially announced at EICMA as a 2010 production model, but Moto Guzzis parent company Piaggio later said that was a mistake.
The Spanish racer has ridden Honda motorcycles throughout his entire 10-year Grand Prix career including the past five seasons in the premier MotoGP class. Pedrosa has a career-high four MotoGP wins so far this season with six rounds remaining. Pedrosa currently sits second in the standings to his countryman Jorge Lorenzo by 63 points.
Tomizawa remains on the minds of the MotoGP community as the series moves to the Spains Motorland Aragon circuit for the first round following the tragedy at Misano. Many riders are wearing Tomizawas number 48 on their leathers, helmets or motorcycles in honor of the popular rider.
The AMA is accepting proposals for the promotional rights to the Dirt Track Grand Championships, Road Race Grand Championships and Winter Dirt Track Nationals. Though the AMA is mainly looking for partnerships for the 2011 season, it will consider multi-year proposals.
A smaller version of the MV Agusta F4 has been in development for several years. An influx of cash when Harley-Davidson bought the legendary Italian marquee gave the resources to R&D the middleweight sportbike until development stalled as Harley-Davidson then searched for a buyer for the Italian brand.
I am thrilled to have reached a new agreement with Colin for the 2011 MotoGP world championship, says Herve Poncharal, Tech3 team manager. His appetite and passion for racing is stronger than ever and he has been an incredible asset for the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team. He is a great character but he has consistently proven that he remains one of the fastest riders in the world and I am glad that the Tech3 story with Colin will go on for one more year.
The Top 1 Ack Attack team earned the world record back by recording a run of 376.363 mph, shattering the previous record of 367.382 set by Chris Carr on the BUB Streamliner at the Cooks Shootout in 2009. Carrs record broke Robinsons old mark of 360.913 mph set in 2008.
Were excited to introduce location as the next innovation in hands-free video cameras, says Marc Barros, Contours CEO. GPS adds an exciting new element to video storytelling. It allows you to map your own adventures and discover new places posted by other users. Our seamless camera-to-community experience is like combining The Flip, YouTube and Google maps together into one simple, easy-to-use product.
Were extremely excited about working with Troy and Leon, says Berthold Hauser, BMW Motorrad Motorsport director. This rider pairing brings together a wealth of expertise and youthful fighting spirit. Were very pleased to have not only a double world champion in our team for next year, but also the runner-up in the 2010 World Championship. Its just the right combination for our recently formed team at this stage of the project.
The Aprilia Alitalia racer secured the Championship after an aggressive Leon Haslam of Suzuki Alstare retired with a mechanical issue in Race Two of the Imola round. Biaggi now holds an insurmountable 413-350 lead over Haslam with just one round remaining.
The Governor has approved Senate Bill 435, requiring that motorcycle exhausts bear a label on the indicating it meets noise emission standards. The new law applies to state-registered motorcycles manufactured and aftermarket exhausts produced after Jan. 1 2013.
We had a huge showing of members, with over 100 riders in attendance. Without you, the active members of TrackTactics, we would not be the same. The level of community support amongst our members is strong and this is never more evident than when we are together at an event. Riders helping riders is what were all about and our members make that a reality. For this, we sincerely thank you all for being a part of, and helping to grow, the TrackTactics family.
The 18-round schedule contains a few differences from the 2010 calendar. The 2011 season begins a couple of weeks earlier with another evening race at the Losail circuit in Doha, Qatar, on March 20, 2011. The season ends Nov. 6 at Valencia, Spain, which is approximately the same time as this years finale.
Motorcycle.coms sister site AutoGuide.com is in Paris to cover the show to provided us with live pictures of the official unveiling of the Smart eScooter concept. Smart, a member of the Daimler AG family of automobile manufacturers which also includes Mercedes-Benz, displayed the eScooter alongside an electric bicycle called the eBike at the Paris show.
The Honda rider crashed just five minutes into the Friday practice section at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. Pedrosa went down as he approached turn nine, the V Corner. The RC212V fell over, trapping Pedrosas left leg as it slid into the gravel but it was his shoulder hitting the ground that caused the double fracture to Pedrosas collarbone.
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) drafted a letter to LaHood expressing concerns about the National Highway Traffic Administrations $350,000 grant program for law enforcement agencies to set up traffic checkpoints that specifically target motorcyclists.