AMA Dirt-Track Ace Everett Brashear To Be Inducted Into MSHFA

AMA dirt-track ace Everett Brashear to be inducted into MSHFA

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2016) – Everett Brashear, one of the top dirt-track motorcycle racers of all time, will be one of seven motorsports luminaries inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) at the 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone on June 29 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach.

Brashear won a total of 15 AMA national races from 1952-1960. He won four of those races in 1953, before a severe injury cut short a potential championship campaign.

When he retired from competition, Brashear immersed himself in other areas of the motorcycle industry, working for Harley-Davidson, Triumph, Yamaha and Kawasaki. In all, he spent 47 years in the industry. Brashear was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1988.

Brashear also tried his hand in motorcycle road racing, finishing sixth in the 1964 Daytona 200. And he briefly considered NASCAR and Indy Car as well; he made one NASCAR start, finishing 38th in the 1957 race on the Daytona Beach-Road Course.

“Motorcycle racers are a different breed,” said Ron Watson, president of the MSHFA, “and Everett Brashear’s competitors considered him the toughest of the tough. Ask any of the two-wheeled heroes in the hall of fame and they will tell you, unanimously, that Everett’s induction is well-earned.”

Brashear joins Richard Childress, Gary Gabelich, Chip Ganassi, Dave McClelland, Sam Posey and Bob Sweikert in the illustrious 2016 inductee class that collectively represents motorcycles, stock cars, sports cars, open-wheel, drag racing and speed-record competition.

Tickets for the 2016 induction ceremony – the first to be held in Daytona Beach – can be purchased by calling 248.349.7223 or through the MSHFA website at www.mshf.com.

About the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America:
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) held its first induction ceremony in 1989; the facility was headquartered in Novi, Michigan from 1989-2015 and relocated to Daytona Beach, Florida in 2016. The MSHFA is the only hall of fame that encompasses the full spectrum of American motorsports: cars, motorcycles, off-road, powerboats and airplanes. The overriding mission of the MSHFA is to celebrate and instill the American core values of leadership, creativity, originality, teamwork and spirit of competition embodied in motorsports. The MSHFA is operated by the nonprofit Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame of America Foundation Inc

How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Flat Track:
AMA Pro Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/flat-track/, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Racing:
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

Kailub Russell Signs Contract Extension With FMF KTM Factory Racing Team

Multi-Time Off-Road Champion Kailub Russell Signs Unprecedented Contract Extension With FMF KTM Factory Racing Team

June 29, 2016

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KailubRussell

MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America, Inc. is pleased to announce that multi-time GNCC Champion and reigning National Enduro Champion, Kailub Russell, has signed a four-year contract extension with the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team. Russell’s unprecedented contract extension includes an additional four years that will carry out through the duration of Russell’s racing career.

Russell, 26, began racing KTM motorcycles at a young age and has continued to ‘bleed orange’ for a vast majority of his racing career. Under the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team, Russell won two consecutive XC2 Pro Lites GNCC Championships in 2009 and ’10 before joining the premier XC1 Pro Class in ‘11. Russell won his first XC1 Pro GNCC Championship in ‘13, following it up with a second title in ’14. In 2015 Russell represented the USA World Trophy Team at the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Kosice, Slovakia where he sustained a torn ACL and other ligament damage while running as the top American. Just one month later, Russell went on to make history as the first rider to win a GNCC and National Enduro Championship in the same year before having surgery to repair his damaged knee.

“I’m happy to know that I’m going to be able to complete my career where it all began – with KTM,” Russell commented. “It’s the only brand I’ve ever ridden since they’ve made a model for each class so it’s only fitting for me to be loyal to the company that has provided me with the tools I need to continue to accomplish my goals.”

“It is one of my career highlights to be able to sign Kailub – who has been with KTM since day one – with a contract that secures him for the duration of his racing career,” said Team Manager Antti Kallonen. “It’s such a great feeling to see a rider that we signed from day one work so hard for many years to achieve his current success and to know that our relationship will continue throughout the rest of his racing career.”

After nine rounds of the GNCC Series, Russell holds a 15-point lead in the National Championship point standings. The GNCC Series heads into a two-month summer break, resuming with racing on September 11, 2016 in New Berlin, New York.

Increasing Focus of Consumers Towards Luxury and Ultra-Luxury Motorcycles

Increasing Focus of Consumers Towards Luxury and Ultra-Luxury Motorcycles to Drive the Global Motorcycle Adaptive Cruise Control Market Through 2020, Says Technavio

Technavio
Technavio

June 28, 2016 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The global motorcycle adaptive cruise control market is expected grow at a CAGR of over 9% during the period 2016-2020, according to Technavio’s latest report.

In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global motorcycle adaptive cruise control market for 2016-2020. The global motorcycle adaptive cruise control market is divided into two segments, i.e. the ultra-luxury motorcycle segment and the luxury motorcycle segment. Motorcycle adaptive cruise control is mainly used in ultra-luxury motorcycles by OEMs and accounted for approximately 75% of the market in 2015.

“The global motorcycle adaptive cruise control market is expected to grow at a steady rate during the forecast period. The growth of this market is also attributed to the increased sales of luxury and ultra-luxury motorcycles,” says Siddharth Jaiswal, a lead automotive components research expert from Technavio.

Technavio’s research study segments the global motorcycle adaptive cruise control market into the following regions:
• Americas
• Europe
• APAC

Americas: largest market for ultra-luxury and luxury motorcycles

The motorcycle adaptive cruise control market in the Americas produced 830,000 units in 2015 and is expected to produce 1.3 million units by 2020, growing at a CAGR of over 9%.

The Americas is the largest market for ultra-luxury and luxury motorcycles, with 65% of total motorcycles falling in these categories. Motorcycle adaptive cruise control finds demand among OEMs as well as the aftermarket.

Motorcycle enthusiasts in the Americas view long-distance riding as a way to enjoy life, while older riding enthusiasts perceive motorcycling as a means to seek adventure. Additionally, Americans over 50 years of age control 77% of total net worth in the US and represent a huge market for ultra-luxury and luxury motorcycle OEMs like Harley-Davidson.

In addition, rising instances of speed limit violation detections are pushing the demand for adaptive cruise control mechanisms in the Americas. For instance, speed limit violations account for 54% of total tickets paid in the US. The penalties on this violation detection are pushing motorcycle riders to adopt adaptive cruise control. With this technology, a rider can set the cruising speed as per the road limits, eliminating chances of violation.

Europe: home to premium motorcycle manufacturers – BMW, Triumph, and Ducati

The motorcycle adaptive cruise control market in Europe produced 360,000 units in 2015 and should produce 540,000 units by 2020, growing at a CAGR of over 8%. Europe is home to many premium motorcycle manufacturers like BMW, Triumph, and Ducati. This region is a key market for ultra-luxury and luxury motorcycles along with the Americas.

The UK is becoming a major hub for the motorcycle market in Europe, followed by France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. In 2015, the UK witnessed growth of 16% in the motorcycle segment. In addition, Europe has strict regulations about speed limits to be followed in different regions. Hence, motorcycle adaptive cruise control plays an important role in this market. Moreover, the European market is quick in the adoption of new safety technologies.

“The ultra-luxury and luxury motorcycle segments accounted for 30% of total motorcycles market in Europe, the second after the Americas. This factor along with strict safety regulations across Europe gives adaptive cruise control vendors the opportunity to increase adoption,” says Siddharth.

APAC: to witness higher growth than other regions

The motorcycle adaptive cruise control market in APAC produced 180,000 units in 2015 and should produce 500,000 units by 2020, growing at a CAGR of over 22%.

APAC has the lowest HNWI population compared to the Americas and EUROPE. In addition, government restrictions in the form of import duties negatively affect the market for ultra-luxury and luxury motorcycles.

However, the ultra-luxury motorcycles market in China will be driven by the rising HNWI population. This gives OEMs in the ultra-luxury segment (like Harley-Davidson, BMW, Triumph, and Honda) opportunities to cater to this potential customer base. Harley-Davidson, for instance, is conducting roadshows and many campaigns in China.

Initiatives from the Government of India in the form of reduced import duties have opened up the Indian market for luxury motorcycle manufacturers. Many players like Harley-Davidson, Triumph, and Polaris are targeting the Indian market and they have set assembly plants to increase the penetration of this segment. This segment is growing at a rate of 146%. Factors such as rising HNWI population and growing youth population with a high disposable income are fueling the growth of the luxury and ultra-luxury motorcycle segments.

The top vendors in the global motorcycle adaptive cruise control market highlighted in the report are:
• McCruise
• Rostra Precision Controls
• Murph’s Kits
• Juliano’s Hot Rod Parts

About Technavio

Technavio is a leading global technology research and advisory company. The company develops over 2000 pieces of research every year, covering more than 500 technologies across 80 countries. Technavio has about 300 analysts globally who specialize in customized consulting and business research assignments across the latest leading edge technologies.

Technavio analysts employ primary as well as secondary research techniques to ascertain the size and vendor landscape in a range of markets. Analysts obtain information using a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches, besides using in-house market modeling tools and proprietary databases. They corroborate this data with the data obtained from various market participants and stakeholders across the value chain, including vendors, service providers, distributors, re-sellers, and end-users.

If you are interested in more information, please contact our media team at media@technavio.com.

AFT Events and Charlotte Motor Speedway Reach Three-Year Agreement

AFT Events and Charlotte Motor Speedway reach three-year agreement to host Charlotte Half-Mile

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FlatTrack

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2016) – AFT Events and Charlotte Motor Speedway have reached a multi-year agreement to showcase the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. This year’s Charlotte Half-Mile, scheduled for Saturday, July 30, will kick off the three-year deal at the world-class venue and will be the first opportunity for fans to experience AFT’s fast-paced and family-friendly event format, aimed at energizing the crowd.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to continue building this great event,” said Cameron Gray, COO of AFT Events. “One of our first initiatives when we launched the new event promotion company was to sign a multi-year deal with Charlotte Motor Speedway to show our commitment to the Carolinas. This region of the United States has a rich history in motorsports and motorcycling, there is a real hunger for the sport and we’re looking forward to bringing a new level of energy to the fans.”

In order to help AFT Events drive attendance and engage the fans in the region, Charlotte Motor Speedway will be providing the company with expert marketing support.

“The Dirt Track at Charlotte has hosted worldwide audiences for events featuring everything from monster trucks to dirt late models, sprint cars, rallycross and more,” said Doug Cremer, vice president of events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We look forward to adding AMA Pro Flat Track motorcycles to our diverse portfolio of the very best in motorsports competition and family friendly events across our Charlotte Motor Speedway complex.”

AFT Events was recently formed to usher in a bright new era for the sport, with a focus on providing family-friendly entertainment to complement the spectacle of Pro Flat Track racing. Large vendor areas, motorcycle stunt shows, live music, interactive displays and kid’s activities are just some of the elements that AFT has planned for the fans. With the motto of ‘Come for the party, stay for the race,’ ticket buyers can expect to get exceptional entertainment value for their money.

Tickets for the Charlotte Half-Mile, scheduled for Saturday, July 30, start at just $29 for adults and kids 13 and under are free. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/ama_pro_flat_track_charlotte_half_mile/.

About AFT Events:
AFT Events is a subsidiary event promotion company of AMA Pro Racing. Formed in 2016 with a core focus of promoting AMA Pro Flat Track, AFT Events will bring a new level of entertainment and excitement to events, ushering in a bright new era for the legendary American sport. The Charlotte Half-Mile, scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will serve as the company’s debut event. For tickets and information, please visit http://www.charlottehalfmile.com.

How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Flat Track:
AMA Pro Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft/, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Racing:
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

About Charlotte Motor Speedway:
For more than 50 years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has set the standard for motorsports entertainment for fans of all ages.

Charlotte Motor Speedway is the only race vacation destination where fans can immerse themselves in the heart of NASCAR country. Visitors can see spectacles including the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500 as well as thrilling dirt-racing events at the half-mile The Dirt Track at Charlotte and full-throttle drag racing at zMAX Dragway. Attractions also include speedway and race shop tours, the nearby NASCAR Hall of Fame, and the chance to drive an 800-horsepower stock car. Charlotte Motor Speedway puts FANS FIRST with a never-ending commitment to enhance the fan experience, with unmatched value through affordable season tickets, unparalleled pre-race entertainment and more opportunities for fans to see their favorite drivers.

Dutch Downpour Dampesn Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Efforts

DUTCH DOWNPOUR DAMPENS MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP‘S EFFORTS

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Lorenzo

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Jorge Lorenzo, who struggled in the first unpredictable race at the TT Assen, took the second chance with both hands today and secured tenth position. Teammate Valentino Rossi was riding impressively at the start of the 12-lap sprint this afternoon and was looking to win the race until a crash at turn ten meant the end of his challenge.

GRAND PRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS
Assen, The Netherlands – 26th June 2016

RACE

14:00 LOCAL TIME GMT+2 AIR 15°C / TRACK 19°C RAINY / HUMIDITY 93%

10t – JORGE LORENZO, +27.604 / 12 LAPS

n.c. –  VALENTINO ROSSI, – / 2 LAPS

Assen (The Netherlands), 26th June 2016

Dramatic rainfall at the TT Circuit Assen played a big role in the proceedings today. As the first race was red flagged due to weather conditions after lap 14, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi had to go out for a 12-lap dash. Lorenzo rode a steady race to claim six vital points for the championship. Rossi was unlucky to get caught out by the extremely wet conditions and was unable to complete the race.

There was uncertainty before the start of the TT Assen, as black clouds were looming threateningly above the riders‘ heads on the starting grid. Jorge Lorenzo had a brilliant start the first time round, moving up from tenth to fifth in the first couple of corners. However, not being able to keep the pace at the front in the treacherous conditions, he made his Yamaha as wide as possible to defend his position but was unable to find a good feeling and held 19th place when the race was red flagged.

The race was restarted at 15:02 with the starting grid being based on the position the riders held on the lap 14 standings. Having to commence the 12-lap dash from the seventh row on the grid, Lorenzo also fought bravely during the second part of the race. Similar to the first outing, he had a great start and was able to move up several positions to 13th by the end of the first lap. Though he couldn‘t keep up the momentum, he pushed as hard as he could without crossing the limit and took tenth place over the line.

Teammate Rossi had a good start in the first part of race from second place on the grid and took the lead coming out of the first corner. He was quick to find a good rhythm, but remained cautious. He kept a steady pace but had to let Yonny Hernandez and Andrea Dovizioso come through as he was trying to get a feel for the monsoon-like conditions. He later regained second place when Hernandez crashed out and at that point Rossi decided it was time to put the hammer down and closed back in to Dovizioso whilst being followed by Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding. What followed was a tense battle between the top four riders, but it was cut short when the race was red flagged.

Rossi again had a good start the second time round, this time from third position, and was lying in second place after turn one. A lap later he was in the lead and soon opened up a gap of over two seconds to his closest rival, until he was caught out by the rain on lap three and unable to continue the race.

With a tenth place Lorenzo scores six points and is now 24 points behind Marc Marquez whilst holding second place in the championship standings. Rossi remains third in the rankings, 18 points behind his teammate.

The extended imagery from today’s Race at the Assen TT Circuit is available on
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MASSIMO MEREGALLITEAM DIRECTOR

“Unfortunately it was clear at the start of the race that the weather would be a big factor today. As always the team worked hard to give both Vale and Jorge the best possible set up for the race, but none of the practice sessions were as wet as it was today. With the weather changing every couple of minutes it was a real gamble for the riders to decide how hard they could push. Jorge struggled to find a good feeling in the wet and did the best with what he had and has been able to take home some important points. Vale did well in the first race and also excelled at the restart of the race, despite the chaos. It was a real pity that he wasn‘t able to finish the race, because he has been strong in all these extreme conditions. It‘s a shame that our results here don‘t represent our potential, had the weather been a bit more consistent. We‘ll leave this weekend behind us now and focus on the next round at the Sachsenring!”

JORGE LORENZO

“In the first race I was in 19th place and the last rider. I was even thinking about stopping because the conditions on the track were terrible, but I kept riding and they stopped the race. We restarted the race with less water on the track and a soft rear tyre and, though I was one of the last ones and there were many crashers, I gained more confidence than I had in the first race. These are important points for the championship, in the first race I would not have scored any. Marquez also scored a lot of points today, but Rossi, who could have recovered points, lost a lot. Ultimately we were able to save a difficult weekend. Before Le Mans we were also around 24 points behind and now we are more or less in the same situation, after two difficult races, so we have to think positive and keep in mind that we still have a lot of races to recover the gap to Marquez.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“It‘s a great shame considering our great level of speed and competitiveness this weekend with our bike at this track. We could have gotten some important points for the championship after a difficult weekend and we could have taken second place in the championship over Lorenzo, but unfortunately I made a mistake. In the second half I pushed too much while I already had a good advantage. On that lap I was trying to push to understand my level. In the second part of the race we started with a soft rear, which provides very good grip, but unfortunately I entered turn ten too fast. I think we had a good chance today, but with my mistake I threw away a lot of points. The distance, especially to Marquez, is quite big, but we need to continue working hard like this and try to be competitive also next time.”

RACE RESULT (RACE PART 2) – 26/06/2016

1. J. MILLER ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS 22’17.447

2. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM + 1.991

3. S. REDDING OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH + 5.906

4. P. ESPARGARÒ MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 + 9.812

5. A. IANNONE DUCATI TEAM + 17.835

6. H. BARBERA AVINTIA RACING + 18.692

7. E. LAVERTY ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP + 22.605

8. S. BRADL APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI + 23.603

9. M. VIÑALES TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR + 26.148

10. J. LORENZO MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP + 27.604

11. T. RABAT ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS + 1’21.830

12. D. PEDROSA REPSOL HONDA TEAM + 1’54.369

13. B. SMITH MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 After 3 laps

14. A. BAUTISTA APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI N.C. (1 laps)

15. M. PIRRO AVINTIA RACING N.C. (7 laps)

16. V. ROSSI MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP N.C. (10 laps)

17. A. ESPARGARÒ TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR N.C. (10 laps)

18. A. DOVIZIOSO DUCATI TEAM N.C. (11 laps)

19. D. PETRUCCI OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH N.C. (11 laps)

20. C. CRUTCHLOW LCR HONDA Not starting

21. Y. HERNANDEZ ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP Not starting

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION RIDER

1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 145

2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 121

3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 103

4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 86

5. Maverick Viñales (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 79

6. Pol Espargarò (SPA) Monster Yamaha Tech3 72

7. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Racing 58

8. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati Team 52

9. Aleix Espargarò (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 49

10. Eugene Laverty (IRL) Aspar Team MotoGP 48

11. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 43

12. Stefan Bradl (GER) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 37

13. Jack Miller (AUS) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 33

14. Scott Redding (GBR) Octo Pramac Yakhnich 32

15. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 32

16. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 29

17. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Octo Pramac Yakhnich 24

18. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) LCR Honda 20

19. Michele Pirro (ITA) Avintia Racing 19

20. Tito Rabat (SPA) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 18

21. Loris Baz (FRA) Avintia Racing 8

22. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Aspar Team MotoGP 3

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION CONSTRUCTOR

1. Yamaha 178
2. Honda 160
3. Ducati 108
4. Suzuki 85
5. Aprilia 45

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION TEAM

1. Repsol Honda Team 231
2. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 224
3. Team Suzuki Ecstar 128
4. Monster Yamaha Tech3 104
5. Ducati Team 95
6. Avintia Racing 85
7. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 66
8. Octo Pramac Yakhnich 56
9. Aspar Team MotoGP 51
10. Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 51
11. LCR Honda 20

Brandon Robinson wins 2016 Lima Half-Mile

Brandon Robinson wins 2016 Lima Half-Mile

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LimaPodium

LIMA, Ohio (June 25, 2016) – In front of a full house on Saturday night at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio, Brandon Robinson piloted the No. 44 Kennedy Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 to his first win since 2013 in the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class. The Lima Half-Mile, a longstanding staple on the AMA Pro Flat Track calendar now promoted by Jared and Nichole Mees, was another successful 2016 event for the sport.

The defending champion bolted from the start to take the holeshot for the GNC1 Main Event, but quickly encountered a number of challenges from the rest of the field. “Mile Specialist” Bryan Smith and Factory Harley-Davidson rider Brad Baker each took the lead before the field completed the first lap, with Smith officially taking the point. Robinson showed that he wanted the win, however, and began to pull away from the pack after taking the lead on Lap 2.

Despite two red-flag periods, Robinson refused to surrender the lead. The Pennsylvania-native made the Kennedy Racing team proud as he led the GNC1 class for 24 of the evening’s 25-lap Main Event, finishing ahead of reigning GNC1 champion, Mees, by a margin of 0.403 of a second.

“I hate red flags,” Robinson said. “But it all played out tonight in my favor. I knew from the Dash I had a shot to win this thing. The bike was working good, especially early when the track was smooth and had a lot of moisture it was hooked and working so flawlessly, and I was just along for the ride just switching the throttle. It made my job easy. Half-way through the race it started to get rougher and rougher and I wouldn’t say I was getting tired, I was just struggling adapting to the track a little bit. I figured it out there in the end. My initial thought was ‘Finally!’ Three years of coming close and not getting the job done and then finally getting it done here again. It’s just rewarding. It feels good.”

Mees, who promoted his first-ever AMA Pro Flat Track event Saturday night, enjoyed his success both on and off the track.

“Hats off to their whole team,” Mees said. “They’ve been struggling and this is definitely going to give them some confidence, that’s for sure. It was a fun race. I got a good start at the very beginning and faded back and then I just started picking them off. The fitness played a big key and then we got a red flag so everybody got to calm down. I kind of wish I could’ve just ran 25 laps up in front there and maybe worn the boys out a little bit but it was great. I can’t thank my team enough.”

Winner of the 2015 Lima Half-Mile, Baker, wanted more from this year’s edition. The Washington native closed out the podium and finished ahead of fourth-place No. 42 Bryan Smith and fifth-place No. 10 Johnny Lewis.

“My line wasn’t working there for the beginning of the Main Event,” Baker said. “It took a couple of times almost crashing to figure it out and then I finally did. I felt like I was running consistent times when I was with the leaders, but by that time I was too far gone. I kept on missing shifts on the restarts. I think I would’ve had a chance to fight with these guys for the win if it wasn’t for that. I had a pretty intense battle with Bryan Smith and Johnny Lewis, he was bobbing pretty bad, almost clipped my bars a couple times but I guess that’s racing. I was mad, but Harley-Davidson, Monster Energy and Vance & Hines put a good bike under me.”

In the GNC2 class, No. 94B Ryan Wells took home first place on his Honda CRF450R over No. 68A Ryan Varnes and No. 14A Dalton Gauthier.

“I was more than confident,” said Wells. “After the first practice I knew we had a good bike and I kept getting good starts, I was thankful for it. I didn’t get the Hole Shot in the Main but I was second, so that was huge. About halfway, I put as many consistent laps as I could together and then I looked back over my shoulder to see that I had a pretty good lead and it was just clear sailing from there. I just made sure I didn’t make too big of a mistake for them to be able to capitalize if I went down or something. All-in-all it was a great race.”

Up next, AMA Pro Flat Track returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. on Saturday, July 30. Tickets for the Charlotte Half-Mile start at just $29 for adults and kids 13 and under are free. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/ama_pro_flat_track_charlotte_half_mile/.

Award Updates
Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines:
•Harley-Davidson Pole Award: No. 44 Brandon Robinson
•McElroy Packaging Lucky 13 Award Winner: No. 44 Brandon Robinson
•MotoBatt Hard Charger Award Winner: No. 20 Jarod Vanderkooi
•Öhlins Fastest Lap Award Winner: No. 69 Sammy Halbert
•Sunoco “Go The Distance” Award Leader: No. 42 Bryan Smith (252.75 miles completed)
GNC2:
•Larry and Judy McElroy Rookie of the Race Award Winner: No. 49T Broderick Buchan
•Westside Truck Parts “Just off the Box” Award Winners: No. 49T Broderick Buchan (4th), No. 16T Dave Pouliot (5th)
•Sunoco “Go The Distance” Award Leader: No. 26E Dylan Morin (186.37 miles completed)

How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Flat Track:
AMA Pro Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft/, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

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Marvin Musquin Captures a Top 5 Finish at Tennessee MX National

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin Captures a Top 5 Finish at Tennessee MX National

Round 5 – AMA Pro Motocross Championship – June 25, 2016

Musquin
Musquin

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin captured his second-straight top-five finish on Saturday for Round 5 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Blountville, Tennessee. Following his first-career podium finish at the last round, Musquin tallied a 7-4 moto score to secure 5th overall for the day at the Tennessee National.

In 450 Class Moto 1, Musquin got a good jump off the line aboard his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition but a mistake caused him to go down in the first turn. After remounting, Musquin immediately began his charge ahead from the last place position.

Musquin climbed his way into the top ten by the halfway point, where he continued to push during the final laps of the race. With three laps to go, Musquin made a pass on Blake Baggett to overtake the 7th place position, where he ultimately finished in Moto 1.

“Unfortunately I made a mistake on my own and went down on the start,” Musquin said. “I tried my best and passed a lot of riders to go from last place to 7th but I know I could have finished on the podium without that mistake at the beginning of the race.”

In Moto 2, Musquin got another good jump off the line as he rounded the first turn in the 2nd place position. The Frenchman fell back to 6th place on the opening lap but turned up the intensity on lap three to reclaim a top-five position.

Around the halfway point of Moto 2, Musquin charged past Cole Seely to jump into the 4th place position as he set his sights on the 3rd place rider of Broc Tickle in the final laps. Despite a hard-fought effort to chase down Tickle, Musquin finished one position off the podium in Moto 2.

After salvaging an impressive come-from-behind 7th place finish in Moto 1, Musquin added a 4th place finish in Moto 2 to capture 5th overall for the day at Muddy Creek Raceway.

“I was really looking forward to this weekend after a podium finish at High Point last weekend. I wanted to get another result and improve, which didn’t happen with the crash in Moto 1,” Musquin added. “I know I’m capable of finishing on the podium so I will continue to work hard to make that happen.”

Musquin now sits 4th place in the 450 Class Championship Standings with seven rounds remaining in the 2016 season.

The AMA Pro Motocross Championship resumes next Saturday, July 2, in Buchanan, Michigan for the Red Bud National.

450 Class Overall Results

1. Ken Roczen (1-1)

2. Eli Tomac (2-2)

3. Broc Tickle (6-3)

4. Cole Seely (3-6)

5. Marvin Musquin (7-4)

6. Christophe Pourcel (4-8)

7. Weston Peick (5-9)

8. Blake Baggett (8-7)

9. Justin Brayton (9-11)

10.Justin Bogle (13-10)

Championship Point Standings

1. Ken Roczen – 243

2. Eli Tomac – 196

3. Cole Seely – 151

4. Marvin Musquin – 136

5. Ryan Dungey – 131 (1 overall win)

6. Jason Anderson – 113

7. Broc Tickle – 109

8. Justin Barcia – 108

9. Christophe Pourcel – 107

10.Trey Canard – 97

Beaubier Increase His MotoAmerica Superbike Points Lead in Utah

Beaubier Follows Up His Utah Race 1 Win With A Runner-Up Result In Race 2 To Increase His MotoAmerica Superbike Points Lead; Hayes Finishes Fourth In Race 2

Beaubier
Beaubier

Tooele, UT – June 25, 2016 – Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammates Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes finished second and fourth, respectively, in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 at Utah Motorsports Campus. The results extended Cameron’s points lead and successful defense of his Superbike Championship, while Josh still remains in second-place in the Championship with two rounds and four Superbike races remaining in the season.

As in Superbike Race 1, Josh blasted off from the second row of the grid at the start of Race 2 and got the holeshot. While racing hard to extend his lead at the front, the four-time AMA Superbike Champion ran off the track, but did not tip over. None the worse for wear, Josh rejoined the fray and methodically worked his way up through the field, running fast laps and making surgical passes, to finish a solid fourth.

Cameron started from the front row and was almost immediately in a battle with Toni Elias and Roger Hayden, which lasted throughout the entire 18-lap main event. Cameron went for the win on the final lap, but he was not quite able to take the lead before the checkered flag flew, and he settled for the second step on the podium.

After the race, Cameron said, “I was going full-on the whole time. I wanted to win that race just as badly as I wanted to win the first one. I was struggling quite a bit on the brakes today, in both races, but it’s something we’ll work on, and I know we’ll get it figured out. I have the points lead– which of course, is in the back of my mind–but I still want to keep winning races.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will be back in action in two weeks when the MotoAmerica Championship will be part of the FIM Superbike World Championship weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, on July 8-10.

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings 6/25/16

1 – Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 253
2 – Josh Hayes – Yamaha – 228
3 – Toni Elias – 227
4 – Roger Hayden – 226
5 – Josh Herrin – Yamaha – 128

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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Qualify First and Fourth Row at Assen

MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP QUALIFY ON FIRST AND FOURTH ROW AT DRAMATIC DUTCH QUALIFYING

Rossi
Rossi

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi saved his best effort for last in today‘s 15-minute qualifying heat to secure second place on the start grid for tomorrow’s TT Assen. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo was looking competitive in the early stages of Q2, but was unable to acclimatise to the tricky and changeable track conditions and finished in eleventh position

GRAND PRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS
Assen, The Netherlands – 25th June 2016

QUALIFYING

14:35 LOCAL TIME GMT+2 AIR 17°C / TRACK 21°C RAINY / HUMIDITY 87%

2nd – VALENTINO ROSSI
1’45.961 / 7 LAPS

11th – JORGE LORENZO
1’47.897 / 9 LAPS

Assen (The Netherlands), 25th June 2016

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi judged the grim conditions at the TT Circuit Assen track exactly right during the Q2 session and dropped a strong final lap to start the Dutch GP from the middle spot on the front row.

Teammate Jorge Lorenzo was unable to ride the hot lap he had in mind and will start tomorrow’s race three rows further down the grid.

Rossi had been posting competitive times in every session and various types of weather so far this weekend and, despite this afternoon‘s treacherous track conditions, the Q2 session was no exception. The Doctor followed his usual procedure of letting the other riders go out on track before him to be assured of some clear space. Once he completed a very careful out lap he put the hammer down and set a 1‘49.662s for third place.

His following two attempts didn’t gain him any places and, with four minutes of the session left, the Italian decided to come in for a fresh wet rear tyre, despite a dry line forming on track. His decision paid off; after a minute he was ready to hit the track once more and set a brilliant 1‘45.961s for second place, 0.715s off the fastest time.

Teammate Lorenzo had suffered a crash in FP3, luckily without any major consequences, and was able to take part in the afternoon sessions without any trouble. With the FP4 session being the only time the team had been able to test the wet set-up, the Mallorcan was also eager to go out at the start of the 15-minute long Q2 session. He was the first man to leave pit lane and set a 1‘51.016s lap for provisional pole before dropping down the order to fifth place as the other riders completed their first lap.

Over the next ten minutes of the session he continued to better his time gradually, but was unable to climb up the ranking until the very end of the session. Struggling to find a good feeling on the slowly drying track, that still had damp patches in various corners, he was in twelfth position but was determined to make his final attempt count. He gave one final push after the flag went out and improved on his own best lap by 1.289s with a 1‘47.897s to take eleventh place.

MASSIMO MEREGALLITEAM DIRECTOR

“It was a very challenging qualifying session today because the team only had the wet FP4 session to get a feel for the conditions. Valentino improved his set up in the afternoon for qualifying and he made the right decision to come in for a fresh wet rear tyre when he did, so his second place is also the fruit of his experience. Despite a crash in FP3, Jorge improved the feeling with his bike in dry conditions this morning, but qualifying didn’t go as we expected. Jorge didn‘t make a pit stop and rode the entire session on one set of tyres and this gamble will unfortunately cost him a start from the fourth row tomorrow. We are in a good place with our dry set up, but we still have a lot of things to fix for the wet one, especially as the conditions for tomorrow are still uncertain. We will use the warm up tomorrow to finalise our package whatever the conditions will be.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“I stopped at the pit box four minutes before the end of the session, because my rear tyre was already getting too hot, because there were some places of the track that were starting to dry. For me it was too early to change to the intermediate tyre because three or four corners were still completely wet, so we put in another rain tyre and it was the right choice. It‘s a shame for me that I‘m not in pole position, but above all I‘m happy for the second place and starting from the first lane tomorrow.”

JORGE LORENZO

“It was a heavy crash even though it was a small crash, losing the front, but the corner was fast. The gravel was very close to the track and when I arrived to it I had a very high speed and I rolled through the gravel a lot. A lot of rocks hit me in the neck, on my back and my hip, so I damaged my skin and superficially have a lot of pain, but luckily not in my bones, they are OK so I can race without any problem. I don‘t think it had an effect on qualifying, I just didn‘t feel safe or comfortable in the rain on wet tyres. I tried my best but I was slow.”

STARTING GRID25/06/2016

FRONT ROW

1. A. DOVIZIOSO DUCATI TEAM 1’45.246

2. V. ROSSI MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1’45.961

3. S. REDDING OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH 1’46.312

SECOND ROW

4. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1’46.430

5. C. CRUTCHLOW LCR HONDA 1’46.568

6. Y. HERNANDEZ ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP 1’46.828

THIRD ROW

7. P. ESPARGARÒ MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1’46.997

8. A. ESPARGARÒ TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’47.118

9. A. IANNONE DUCATI TEAM 1’47.567

FOURTH ROW

10. D. PETRUCCI OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH 1’47.601

11. J. LORENZO MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1’47.897

12. M. VIÑALES TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’48.415

FIFTH ROW

13. H. BARBERA AVINTIA RACING 1’48.830

14. B. SMITH MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1’48.909

15. A. BAUTISTA APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1’49.163

SIXTH ROW

16. D. PEDROSA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1’49.364

17. E. LAVERTY ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP 1’49.678

18. S. BRADL APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1’49.685

SEVENTH ROW

19. J. MILLER ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS 1’49.775

20. T. RABAT ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS 1’49.779

21. M. PIRRO AVINTIA RACING 1’50.204

Beach Pulls The Vanishing Act In Supersport Race 1 In Utah

Beach Pulls The Vanishing Act To Win MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 In Utah; Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Teammate Gerloff Finishes Second

Beach
Beach

Tooele, UT – June 24, 2016 – Starting from the pole in Friday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race at Utah Motorsports Campus, defending Champion JD Beach took off, got the holeshot, and ran laps faster than anyone else on the track, building a gap of over five seconds at one point in the race. JD’s strategy worked out perfectly, which sealed the victory for the rider of the #1 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6. It was JD’s fourth win of the season.

Meanwhile, JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff, who started from second position on the grid, also finished Saturday’s race in second position. And, while JD was never headed throughout the 16-lap event, Garrett had to battle for position all the way to the end. His hard work paid off as he brought his #31 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 home in the runner-up position and only gave up five points to JD, with his points lead now 28 over his teammate.

“My plan each race is to try to get a good start and take the lead,” JD said. “I was able to do that today, which helps me in the points. I’ve just got to keep trying to win, and see where I end up at the end of the season. Garrett is riding well, and he’s making it really tough to defend my Championship. But, I’m happy with how I’m riding, and I’m glad to get the wins.”

Garrett said, “I had a busy race–a lot busier than it was for JD–but I’m really pumped to get on the podium. I had a good battle going for second, and it was a fun race, but while we were dicing, I knew that JD was getting away at the front. I’m happy, though, to get the weekend started off with a podium result, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race. We’ll make some changes and try to get the win.”

As Garrett said, the two Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammates will be back at it again on Saturday in Supersport Race 2, which will go green at 3:15 PM MST.

Watch Round 7 Of The MotoAmerica Championship On beIN SPORTS And beIN SPORTS CONNECT
beIN SPORTS:
– Saturday, June 25, 2:30 PM EST: Superbike Race 1, Supersport Race 2, Superbike Race 2

beIN SPORTS CONNECT:
– Saturday, June 25, 2:30 PM EST: Superbike Race 1, Supersport Race 2, Superbike Race 2

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