The MotoGP class has 17 entrants listed, representing 10 teams. The provisional entry list includes two new teams and several premiere class rookies including 2009 World Superbike Champion Ben Spies and the top four finishers in the 2009 250cc World Championship.
Up to $1.8 million in awards are available for top results by Kawasaki riders in various motocross races such as AMA Supercross, AMA Motocross, AMA Arenacross, and regional events across the U.S. Another $644,000 can be earned in off-road races such as GNCC, Endurocross, WORCS, AMA National Hare and Hound and other regional events.
To qualify, racers must compete on 2008 and newer RM85, RM-Z250 or RM-Z450 motorcycles purchased new from dealerships. Competing machines must retain Suzuki logos and have a yellow front fender. Suzuki riders can also take advantage of free trackside assistance at selected events.
The move is part of Harley-Davidson s efforts to restructure operations. The York, Pa., facility will begin producing the Tri Glide and Street Glide trikes for the 2011 model year. Previously, Harley-Davidsons trikes were assembled under a supply agreement of Lehman Trikes of Spearfish, South Dakota.
The Isle of Man TT, which held the TTXGPs inaugural event in 2009, will hold its own clean emissions race, named the TT Zero. Like all other TT races, the TT Zero will be run by ACU Events, using the International Motorcycling Federations rulebook. The Isle of Man governments Department of Tourism and Leisure will promote the TT Zero. The TTXGP however will not be involved.
Hopkins had linked to both Team Hammer (which races as M4 Suzuki) and MotoGP start-up team FB Corse. Hopkins has reportedly agreed to test with M4 Suzuki and a report earlier this week suggests Hopkins has decided to return to AMA racing. The report stems from a Twitter posting by Cycle World editor Matthew Miles during the Jan. 23 AMA Supercross round.
The marathon rider training event will be held Feb. 12 at Kawasaki s headquarters in Irvine, Calif., and will consist of five four-hour training sessions held through the day. The sessions are free to the public with a donation to breast cancer research and the Susan G. Komen For the Cure organization.
As previously reported, Aprilia has sent notices to dealers and customers of a pending recall for the RSV4 sportbike. Aprilia is performing a full engine swap on all RSV4 motorcycles shipped to the U.S. after identifying a component as falling short of quality standards. Aprilia has not publically identified the faulty component and no details have been published by the NHTSA as yet.
The former MotoGP rider had previously been linked to prospective Grand Prix team FB Corse but finally decided instead to return to AMA Road Racing and reunite with Team Hammer. Hopkins won the 2000 AMA 750cc Supersport and 2001 Formula Xtreme championships with Team Hammer, which raced as Valvoline Suzuki at the time.
The 40 Years of Berlin R1200R roadster was built to celebrate 40 years of production at BMW s Berlin-Spandau plant. The anniversary bike received several upgrades including a chorme exhaust system, ABS, white turn signals, heated grips, on-board computer, lowered seat, sport windwhield and a Mojave Brown paint job.
According to a report submitted by Aprilia to the NHTSA, a process used by a parts supplier to straighten the rods to meet specifications introduced stresses which affected their strength and reliability. The faulty connecting rods may lead to engine failure, as occurred in RSV4Rs press launch event in October.
Troy Lee and his team will design the livery for Rizla Suzuki s race bikes as well as the racing suits of Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista. Troy Lee Designs will also design the teams pit-box and hospitality units, as well as team clothing and merchandise.
The manufacturer announced October 2009 it would not run a factory team in the 2010 AMA Pro Road Racing season. Instead, Yamaha will be represented by four teams, the championship winning Graves Motorsports team, the Pat Clark Motorsports Team, Team Project 1 Atlanta and Team MPH Racing.
According to the statement by the Isle of Mans Department of Tourism and Leisure, which oversees the famed TT races, it was the TTXGP which decided not to participate in the 2010 event. Negotiations between the DTL and the TTXGP began in July following the 2009 event. The DTL says a deal in principle was in place in September but a formal proposal with a financial support package sent in October was rejected by the TTXGP.
A fuel injected engine arrived over the short winter break and spirits were high that the new powerplant would help propel the team to the top step of the podium. However, as with most new projects, you have to jump a few hurdles to get to the finish line and this one was no different. It requires many additional components to switch from a carbureted engine to a fuel injected engine and as the first race weekend of the year drew near it became apparent that the swap would not be done in time. Undeterred the team went into the weekend knowing they would give it their all and hope for the best, after all it is a new year!
Chicago locals will be treated to an up-close look at hundreds of the latest motorcycles under one roof and access to the best on-site show discounts on apparel, gear accessories and more, said Group Show Director Jeff DEntremont. In addition to checking out all the latest motorcycles, gear and accessories, the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows is the best place to get a deal on the great place to spend the day hanging out and taking in bikes with thousands of local riders.
Currently deployed with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Cady, 24, of Colorado Springs, Colo., is due to return to the States in the summer. Upon his return, Cady will be presented with a Harley-Davidson motorcycle of his choice by supermodel Marissa Miller. Cady will also receive free Riders Edge motorcycle training and a trip for himself and three friends to attend an Ultimate Fighting championship event.
In December 2009, the FIMs Grand Prix Commission previously approved the switch to 1,000cc engines with a limit of four cylinders and a maximum bore of 81 mm. The new regulations, defined during a meeting Feb. 17, further defined the technical regulations for the 2012 MotoGP season.
As ratified during a meeting Feb. 13 in Indianapolis, the 12-member AMA Board of Directors will reduce the number of corporate-elected members to four from six. The reduction opens up two positions that will become at-large member positions. Under the new code, corporate members will no longer control half of the AMA Board of Directors. The other six positions will continue to be filled by individual, regionally elected members.
We are very excited about this years event, says John Larson, senior vice president and general manager of Miller Motorsports Park. We have added a significant amount of entertainment to complement the outstanding racing provided by the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship. This will be the biggest international sporting event in Utah since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and the beginning of a Memorial Day weekend tradition for families throughout Utah and the United States to enjoy.
According to Aprilia USA, certified technicians are expected to complete all work on customer-owned RSV4 sportbikes within two to three weeks. Aprilia and parent company Piaggio, announced a full engine recall for the RSV4 R and RSV4 Factory in late January.
The dirt bike training sessions took place Feb. 12 at Kawasaki Motors Corp., .U.S.A. headquarters in Irvine, Calif., ahead of the Anaheim III AMA Supercross round. The event included five classes of 15 riders through the day, with all 75 spots being filled within five hours of the marathons announcement.
Construction has already begun on the legendary tri-oval on the Daytona Supercross By Honda course, which was designed by five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael for the third consecutive year. Mark Burnett, a three-time National champion, is once again building the course.
A member of the AMA Board for 25 years before his resignation November 2007, Smilie pleaded guilty to felony counts of grand theft by deception and of receiving stolen property. Smilie was sentenced in Fairfield County court Feb. 22 to eight months in prison and two years probation for receiving stolen property. Smilie was also sentenced to three years in prison for grand theft, but that sentence was suspended in lieu of two years of community control and a $1,000 fine.
The Hollywood helmet is more than just another pretty face, however. Starting with a proven Snell/DOT-approved fiberglass/Kevlar matrix shell, Scorpions engineers put their thinking caps on to take a top-rated lid and make it even better. Although the external shell went through extensive wind tunnel testing to achieve minimal headshake at max speeds, it is the depth of character that counts when it comes to the Hollywoods performance, such as the state-of-the-art dual density EPS liner designed to absorb maximum energy should this rising star take a fall.
After identifying an increasing volume of mobile traffic, we wanted to make it easier for our customers to be able to access BikeBandit.com anywhere, said Ken Wahlster, CEO of BikeBandit.com. Following an extensive research and development process we came up with this one-of-a-kind application which will greatly aid iPhone users in looking for motorcycle parts.
Ammar Bazzaz, president and CEO of Bazzaz states, 2010 is already shaping up to be a very exciting year for us at Bazzaz. It is with great enthusiasm that we announce our new technical partnership with M4 Monster Energy Suzuki and RoadracingWorld.com Suzuki, with highly respected riders John Hopkins, Chris Ulrich and Martin Cardenas. Racing and the requisite development of technology is at the core of our company. The addition of M4 Monster Energy Suzuki and RoadracingWorld.com Suzuki to our portfolio of technological partners is not only commensurate with our technology development philosophy, but it indicative of our growth as a company. We look forward to supporting these teams for 2010 and beyond.
The IMDA is donating 46 sections of Airfence barriers to the Roadracing World Action Fund which will assign them to AMA Pro Racing for use during the 2010 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship. The 30-foot barriers act as energy-absorption barriers, protecting riders from hitting hard objects such as the track walls in a crash.
The 2008 AMA Racing Female Athlete of the Year, Porterfield holds two FIM world records: 232.522 mph in the 2,000cc Turbocharged category and 192.930 mph in the Production class. At the 2009 BUB Speed Trials, Porterfield was given the TOP Speed of the Meet award, topping all other riders with a speed of 240.382 mph.
The Austrian manufacturer has never taken part in the legendary road racing event. Best known for its off-road models, KTM has been increasing their road racing efforts in recent years, and taking part in the Isle of Man TT seems like an obvious next step.