Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Focus on French Grand Prix



Movistar Yamaha MotoGP teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi are eager to get aboard their YZR-M1s again for the fifth round of the MotoGP championship after a superb weekend in Jerez a fortnight ago, which ended with the first Yamaha 1-2 of the season. The results of the last race and the successive test gave both riders an extra confidence boost ahead of the forthcoming Monster Energy Grand Prix de France to be held this weekend.

Le Mans (France), 4th May 2016

After a strong performance at the previous round, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi are keen to put on a show again this weekend at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit.

The combination of Lorenzo and his Yamaha visited the French podium multiple times. He has secured four premier class wins in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015 and scored a second place in 2008.

Having showed a very fast and consistent pace aboard his YZR-M1 during the Jerez test last week, the Mallorcan, who celebrates his 29th birthday today, is eager to challenge for a top result again this weekend as he aims to climb up the championship ranking order from his current second place.

Having claimed his first victory of the season in Jerez, teammate Rossi is excited to start the fifth round of the championship and add another good result to his already extensive list of podium finishes at the Le Mans Bugatti circuit.

Traditionally, The Doctor scores good results at the French GP. Throughout his premier class career he has collected three victories at Le Mans in 2002, 2005 and 2008, five second places in 2003, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and three third places in 2000, 2001 and 2011. The Italian currently holds third place in the championship standings.

The Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit was built in 1965 and forms part of the famous 24H Motos track, just a few kilometres from the city of Le Mans. MotoGP made its first visit to the iconic French track in the late sixties and it remained a fixed feature until 1996. After the track underwent safety moderations it was added back on the calendar in 2000, yet the changes have not affected the visitors‘ experience. With an emphasis on late braking, hard acceleration and rear end traction, this circuit is the scene of a lot of racing action that more than 100,000 spectators can enjoy.


“After a great weekend in Jerez, we are feeling energised as we head to Le Mans. This has been a good track for us in the past and we are looking forward to going there and getting back into action. We will start the first free practice session with the intention to continue the momentum we built at the previous round and we will carry through the same hands-on approach throughout the weekend. The French GP can be unpredictable in terms of weather, but I am confident we will be able to find a solution for whatever the circumstances will be.”


“Jerez was a good race, not perfect because of the result, but at least we could add one more podium to our tally. This season it‘s going to be crucial to keep scoring the maximum number of points every race, like we did in Jerez, so we can now focus on Le Mans, where we intend to do the same. France is often tricky because of the weather, so we need to be prepared in case it rains. Anyway my target is to try to get another podium and be a constant at the front, though it‘s still uncertain how we will be able to manage with the new tyres. Every race is different but we need to be focused the whole weekend and try to get the maximum from our package.”


“Le Mans is a track where the YZR-M1 usually goes very well. The negative thing about Le Mans is the weather, it is always very uncertain. It can rain, it is often cold and so there are many factors that you must be careful of. Last year I had a good race but I was not able to beat Jorge, I’ll try again this year. First we will start the weekend in the same way as we did in Jerez. There we found a good set-up on Friday and this has helped us to be competitive in the race. We will do our best also in Le Mans.”

Polaris Reveals New Limited-Edition Slingshot

Polaris® Reveals New Limited-Edition Slingshot®
Bold Three-Wheeled Roadster Available for a Limited Time


MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Polaris Slingshot® is excited to introduce the most exclusive vehicle yet to its lineup, the Blue Fire SL Limited Edition. The vehicle is currently available, in limited quantities, at Polaris Slingshot dealers nationwide.

Polaris Slingshot has listened to its customers and is offering the most requested color to date – Blue Fire, with a first-from-the-factory White Lightning muscle stripes. The new Limited Edition has all the features of the fully loaded SL trim level, plus premium metallic Blue Fire paint, powder-coated White Lighting accents, an interior LED lighting kit and a tinted Ripper Series Wind Deflector.

“We are excited to release the newest edition to the Slingshot lineup in a color consumers are demanding,” said Craig Scanlon, vice president of Slingshot. “With this vehicle being released during peak riding season, we expect an unprecedented demand. Quantities are limited so don’t wait.”

The unique Slingshot experience includes:

• A low, wide stance, allowing drivers to feel the rush of pavement under the seat
• An open-air cockpit for a 360-degree rush of sight, sound and smell
• A shared riding experience, giving the driver and passenger a front-row shot of adrenaline
• Optimized weight distribution and proprietary low-profile tires for maximum cornering
• A lightweight design for powerful acceleration

Slingshot Trim Levels:

Slingshot is offered in three distinct trim levels for a limited time only. The base Slingshot has a starting U.S. MSRP of only $21,499 and features Gloss Black paint, 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels up front and an 18-inch rear wheel. The premium Slingshot SL, with a starting U.S. MSRP of only $25,499, features either Red Pearl or Turbo Silver paint, larger 18-inch cast aluminum wheels up front and a 20-inch rear wheel, as well as a blade windscreen for wind protection. It also features a media console with a 4.3-inch LCD screen, back-up camera, Bluetooth® integration and a six-speaker audio system. The Slingshot SL LE offers all of the same upgrades as the Slingshot SL, but also includes bold Blue Fire paint, White Lightning muscle stripes, White Lightning powder-coated frame, swing arms, springs and front-arm suspension, an interior LED lighting kit and a tinted Ripper Series Wind Deflector. The Slingshot SL LE in Blue Fire retails for $26,999 U.S.

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Multistrada 1200 Enduro Available May 6


More than 80 Dealerships will Offer Customers the Opportunity to View or Test Ride Ducati’s First True On and Off-Road Adventure Motorcycle


Cupertino, CA (May 3, 2016) – Beginning May 6, more than 80 U.S. Ducati dealerships will receive owner-ready versions of the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. Many participating dealers will be hosting unveiling parties and test rides. Activities will vary by dealer. For additional event information, including a full list of participating Ducati-authorized dealership locations, please visit:

The Multistrada 1200 Enduro is the most versatile motorcycle to be produced by Ducati; purpose-built to be a comfortable globetrotter that feels equally at home on long trips or under the most extreme riding conditions.

Since its debut in Milan, leading enthusiast, dual sport and adventure motorcycle magazines have raved about the Multistrada 1200 Enduro’s on and off-road capabilities. “The Multi 1200 Enduro is more than willing to get a little dirty,” said Cycle World, the leading motorcycle magazine. In addition, Motorcyclist called the bike, “an impressive off-roader,” while ADVMoto stated, “Ducati kept and improved the best parts from the Multistrada 1200 while making the required changes to make it a serious contender in the adventure motorcycle market.”

About Ducati:

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Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. – A Sole Shareholder Company – A Company subject to the Management and Coordination activities of AUDI AG.

Founded in 1926, since 1946 Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles characterised by high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology. Situated in Bologna, the factory is located in the Borgo Panigale district. The model range covers several market segments with the following families: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, and Superbike. In 2015 Ducati presented the Ducati Scrambler: a new brand made of bikes, accessories and apparel that provide the last word in creativity and self-expression. These authentic icons of “made in Italy”, together with an extensive range of associated accessories and technical and lifestyle apparel, are distributed in 90 countries around the world. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike and MotoGP World Championships. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers’ titles and 14 Riders’ titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, winning both the Manufacturers’ and Riders’ titles in 2007

Beaubier Reigns In The Rain NJMP, While Hayes Takes Over The Championship

Beaubier Reigns In The Rain At New Jersey, While Hayes Takes Over The Reins In The Championship


Millville, NJ – May 1, 2016 – Damp conditions at New Jersey Motorsports Park did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team. In fact, it was quite the opposite as defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier got the double win in New Jersey and four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes finished second in both Superbike races, which moved Josh to the top of the 2016 Superbike Championship points standings. Meanwhile, Cameron made a huge jump in the standings after a rough start to his Superbike title defense, moving from seventh to second position on the strength of his two New Jersey victories.

Sunday’s Superbike Race 2 was very much like Race 1 earlier in the day, except that Cameron got the holeshot from the pole position that he earned in Superpole on Saturday, and he was never headed from start to finish. Josh was immediately in second when the race went green, and he also maintained his position all the way to the checkers. Both races were run in wet conditions, although the rain had stopped falling just prior to the start of race two.

“At the beginning, I was kind of stressed out because I thought I was riding better in the second race,” Cameron said. “But then, I saw ‘+0’ on my pitboard, and I said, ‘Oh, no.’ But, I just tried to be smooth, and I was able to stretch out the lead as the laps wound down.

“This weekend, for both Josh and me, has been great because it’s been a huge recovery in points for us. Now, we are one and two in the Championship, which is a great place to be at this point in the season.”

“I can’t say there are too many times where I’ve wanted to settle for second, but for that race, I guess I did…at least a little bit,” commented Josh. “Cam rode a really good race, just like he did in the first one. Sometimes, you have to take what you can get in these things. I’m happy to be in first place in the points, and it’s great to have us 1 and 2 in the Championship, especially after how things have gone for us so far this year.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will race again in two weeks as the MotoAmerica Championship will be at VIRginia international Raceway for the Yamaha Superbike Challenge of Virginia on May 13 – May 15.

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Brandon Paasch Assumes KTM RC Cup Points Lead

New Jersey’s Brandon Paasch Assumes KTM RC Cup Points Lead With 1-2 Finishes at Round 2
KTM RC Cup Round 2 – April 29 – May 1, 2016


MILLVILLE, N.J. – The KTM RC Cup Series made its second stop of 2016 at Round 3 of the Moto America Series over the weekend, where New Jersey’s very own Brandon Paasch assumed the points lead with his second victory of the season at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Additionally, Jody Barry capped off the race weekend in a big way by capturing his first-ever race win on Sunday amidst a constant downpour of rain throughout the race.

Heading into Round 2, Paasch was tied with fellow New Jersey native Anthony Mazziotto III in the Championship point standings, as each rider took a win at the opening round. Extending their momentum, Paasch and Mazziotto laid down the fastest qualifying times of the group on Friday, but it was Paasch who finished in pole position on a fairly wet racetrack.

Saturday presented dry conditions as the 30 riders lined up for race one. It was once again a showdown between the home state boys of Paasch and Mazziotto as they swapped the lead position several times throughout the 13-lap race. Paasch was able to position himself favorably in the final two laps, where he ultimately edged out Mazziotto for the race win. Georgia’s Ashton Yates finished third to capture his first-ever podium finish in the RC Cup.

Perhaps the worst of the weather came during race two on Sunday, where heavy rainfall lasted all race long. Despite the conditions, Paasch and Mazziotto jumped into the front of the pack early on where they engaged in a battle for yet another race win. However, as the rain continued to fall, it was Barry who became stronger. On the final lap, Paasch lost his drive and Barry made the pass to overtake the lead just before the checkers.

“I’m actually thankful for the rain today, the dry wasn’t quite getting it done for me,” Barry commented. “The draft was killing me earlier so I’m thankful to be on the podium today.”

Paasch finished a close 2nd in race two, where he now sits as the only rider to have finished atop the podium at the first four races this season.

“It was a great race, I couldn’t have asked for a better race really,” Paasch said. “I had it set up [to make the pass] and things just didn’t work out but it was a lot of fun battling with those guys and I’m happy to finish on the podium.”

Meanwhile, Northern California native Josh Serne was charging hard from a 10th place start on the opening lap. Serne positioned himself just right as he made the pass on Mazziotto on the final lap to secure his first-ever podium finish in the RC Cup.

“I’ve always loved racing in the rain – from Super Moto to Flat Track – I just excel in the rain,” Serne said. “Today has been a dream-come-true. Last year I started out great and then had some troubles, so come back this year and get my first podium is amazing.”

Mazziotto finished 4th in race two, where he earned valuable points to hold second place in the Championship standings after two rounds of racing.

Next Event: Virginia International Raceway / May 13 – 15, 2016

Race 1 Results

1. Brandon Paasch

2. Anthony Mazziotto III

3. Ashton Yates

4. Brandon Altmeyer

5. Jody Barry

6. Jackson Blackmon

7. Alejandro Gutierrez

8. Christopher Kosan

9. Nolan Lamkin

10. Renzo Ferreira

Race 2 Results

1. Jody Barry

2. Brandon Paasch

3. Josh Serne

4. Anthony Mazziotto III

5. Cory Ventura

6. John Knowles

7. Alejandro Gutierrez

8. Ashton Yates

9. Jaret Nassaney

10. Jackson Blackmon

Championship Point Standings

1. Brandon Paasch – 90

2. Anthony Mazziotto – 78

3. Jody Barry – 60

4. Brandon Altmeyer – 50

5. Josh Serne – 35

2016 USA ISDE Trophy and Junior Trophy Teams Announced

2016 USA ISDE Trophy and Junior Trophy Teams Announced
FMF KTM Factory Team riders Kailub Russell and Taylor Robert return to the 2016 USA ISDE Trophy Team.


MURRIETA, Calif. – The AMA released the 2016 USA ISDE Trophy and Junior Trophy Teams for the 91st running of the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) today, which will be held Oct. 11-16, 2016 in Navarra, Spain.

Thirty-five countries are represented at the ISDE event each year, and this season the USA ISDE Trophy Team will include: FMF KTM Factory Team riders Kailub Russell and Taylor Robert as well as KR4 Husqvarna Racing Team rider Thad DuVall and last year’s ISDE overall winner Coastal Racing Husqvarna Team rider Ryan Sipes.

Russell will race the E1 class aboard the KTM 250 XC-F. Robert and Sipes will each race the E2 class aboard 350cc motorcycles while DuVall will race the TE 300 in the E3 class.

The Junior Trophy Team will include: SRT KTM rider Steward Baylor, his brother, AmPro Yamaha Racing Team rider Grant Baylor and JCR Honda Racing Team rider Trevor Bollinger. Both Baylor brothers will compete in the E2 class, while Bollinger will compete in the E1 division.

The format of the ISDE Trophy and Junior Trophy teams has changed for the 2016 season, where Trophy teams will consist of 4 riders, while Junior teams will be reduced to 3 riders versus the previous rule of 6-rider Trophy team and 4-rider Junior trophy teams.

“The new rule made selection much more difficult this season,” stated ISDE Team Manager Antti Kallonen. “It took a lot of time to select the riders for each team but we are confident in our decision and feel each of these riders will do a great job representing USA.”

Kallonen continued, “I think this new rule change will make the competition closer. Our USA Trophy Team is solid. Ryan won the overall at ISDE last year and Kailub was on top of the ranks until an injury sidelined him. With Taylor racing the full Enduro World Championship Series this season, it should give him an added edge to be familiar with the format and bike set-up. Thad will be a strong competitor to complete our team as they fight for the first-ever overall win for the USA team.”

In regards to the Junior Team selection, Kallonen stated, “Our three riders made up the 2014 winning team in Argentina, which makes our expectations high. Trevor has shown phenomenal speed this year at the GNCC’s and has emerged as the fastest XC2 Pro Lites rider. Steward and Grant Baylor both sit in a top position in the National Enduro Series and are very experienced with ISDE racing.”

Both teams will meet in late July to conduct a training camp in Arizona in order to prepare for the event. This will be the third training camp that has been coordinated for the riders in order to assist the trophy teams as they prepare for the ISDE.

In addition, the team is excited for the upcoming 3rd Annual ISDE golf tournament fundraiser that will be held on Friday, June 24th in Snowshoe, W. Va. with all proceeds going toward the USA Trophy Team riders. For more details on this event, please go here:

Yamaha R6 Riders Finish 1-2-3 In MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1

Yamaha R6 Riders Finish 1-2-3 In MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 As JD Beach Gets The Win For Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha


Millville, NJ – April 30, 2016 – Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha riders are four for four so far in the 2016 MotoAmerica season as defending Supersport Champion JD Beach broke teammate Garrett Gerloff’s winning streak with his first victory of the season, in Saturday’s Supersport Race at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

JD got a great start from the third position on the front row while Garrett, starting from second on the grid slotted right in behind JD as both riders got to turn one. JD was determined to keep his #1 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 at the front, despite Garrett making several attempts to put his #31 R6 in the lead. Meanwhile, Wheels In Motion/Meen Yamaha’s Joe Roberts was in third place, and also in hot pursuit of JD and Garrett.

As the race wound down, lapped riders became a factor, with JD slicing through the traffic at perfect moments, while Garrett and Joe were, at times, balked by the backmarkers.

JD crossed the finish line with a gap of over two seconds back to Garrett who, in turn, was a little over two seconds ahead of Joe. All three riders celebrated on the podium as Yamaha enjoyed an R6 sweep.

After his win, JD said, “My plan each race is to get the best start I can. You never know what’s going to happen in the first lap, so I’d rather be out front where it’s clear. My team’s been working hard, and I feel like I’ve been letting them down, so I’m glad to get this win. I’ve been training hard back home, too. Last year, the wins came so easy for me, and this year, it hasn’t been the same, so I’ve been wondering, ‘Can I still do this?’ Winning today feels great.”

Garrett commented, “I had a good race. JD’s got those starts down. I tried to put a wheel on him a bunch, and then we got into traffic and he was able to pull an even bigger gap. But, I’m ready for tomorrow, and I’ll be trying to get that winning streak going again.”

MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 will go green from Road Atlanta tomorrow afternoon at 2:45 PM.

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Ryan Dungey Clinches His 3rd 450SX Championship at East Rutherford Supercross

Ryan Dungey Clinches His 3rd 450SX Championship at East Rutherford Supercross
Round 16 – 450SX Championship – April 30, 2016


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey clinched his third career 450SX Championship on Saturday with a solid 4th place finish at the penultimate round in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In doing so, Dungey successfully defended his 2015 title to become a back-to-back 450SX champion in 2016.

“Obviously 4th place isn’t the goal but the championship is and it’s nice to have a little cushion and wrap it up a round early,” Dungey said. “The [31 consecutive] podium streak was cool and I was definitely going after Cole Seely there just to try to get on the podium but I gave it my best and did what I could but I wasn’t going to do anything stupid either. It’s been a fight, mentally battling week in and week out, with lots of riders challenging us all season. I feel like I was consistent across the board the whole season and 4th place – if that’s our worst finish all season up to Round 16 – I don’t think it’s bad.”

The newly crowned three-time 450SX Champion came into Round 16 with a favorable points lead over runner-up Ken Roczen. Throughout the day’s qualifying, Dungey performed consistently aboard his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition, where he ultimately qualified 5th overall. His teammate, Marvin Musquin, captured the fastest lap time of the day, where he assumed pole position heading into the evening’s racing.

Both Musquin and Dungey were seeded into 450SX Heat 2, where Dungey assumed the early lead. Dungey showcased great determination as he rode on to the heat race victory, while Musquin fell just short of a transfer position with 5th in the heat.

Musquin prevailed through the Semi, capturing a 2nd place transfer position into the Main Event.

In the 450SX Main Event, Dungey captured a top-five start where he immediately engaged in a battle with the front-runners. Musquin, however, got tangled with another rider off the start, which caused him to lose momentum and run off the track before the first turn.

From there, Musquin charged hard through the pack, making advances throughout the entire Main Event, ultimately making his way up to 7th place.

“Coming off the start, another rider bumped into me and it caused me to lose my balance and fly off the track,” Musquin said. “I thought I was going to crash for a minute but I was able to save it and keep going. I’m really happy with the way I rode tonight, I feel like I was back to myself, and even though the results didn’t show it, I’m happy with how the riding went.”

Dungey battled hard for a podium position but the champ played it safe in the end to capture a secure 4th place finish en route to his 3rd 450SX Championship.

Pit Beirer, KTM Head of Motorsports commented, “We are just extremely happy to have another championship. This was a dream of ours for so many years and last year it happened for the first time but as we know it’s a difficult sport so to win a championship is one thing but to keep the level is another one. The team here in the U.S., and Ryan Dungey, they didn’t just keep the level; they put it on another level again! It was amazing to watch Ryan this year, how strong he was week in and week out, and we just want to thank the team and Ryan for what they did.”

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager, Roger De Coster added, “I’m just super happy to be part of this and be able to help Ryan win this championship for KTM. I have to thank everyone in Austria that has helped us, including the WP side, Pit Beirer and Mr. Pierer especially, because he is the one who commits the budget and the money to allow us to do this and allow us to do what we love to do, which is race and win races. Without him this would be impossible. I feel very fortunate because I feel that our crew here in the U.S. is the best crew in the paddock. I’m certain we can do this again because I’m not happy with stopping here, we have to do it again and again and I think with the commitment of the crew in Austria and KTM we can do it again.”

Next Event: Las Vegas, Nevada – May 7, 2016

450 Class Results

1. Ken Roczen

2. Eli Tomac

3. Cole Seely

4. Ryan Dungey – KTM

5. Justin Brayton – KTM

6. Jason Anderson

7. Marvin Musquin – KTM

8. Trey Canard

9. Chad Reed

10.Justin Bogle

11.Weston Peick

12.Blake Baggett

13.Broc Tickle

14.Mike Alessi

15.Justin Barcia

16.Josh Grant

17.Jake Weimer

18.Vince Friese

19.Benny Bloss

20.Nick Wey

21.Nick Schmidt

22.AJ Catanzaro

Championship Point Standings

1. Ryan Dungey – 366

2. Ken Roczen – 330

3. Jason Anderson – 293

4. Eli Tomac – 270

5. Chad Reed – 232

6. Marvin Musquin – 213

7. Cole Seely – 207

8. Justin Brayton – 186

9. Trey Canard – 183

10.Weston Peick – 125

GEICO Says Safety is the Name of the Game This Motorcycle Season

GEICO says safety is the name of the game this motorcycle season

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WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May is Motorcycle Safety Month and GEICO is committed to reinforcing good driving habits and promoting motorcycle safety for riders and their bikes. The following safety tips will help ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time this motorcycle season.

Always wear a helmet

A motorcycle helmet is a rider’s best friend and the most important piece of safety equipment to protect against a critical head injury. In many states, it is also the law. Make sure your helmet is DOT-approved and includes a face shield or protective eyewear to help reduce wind noise and deflect debris that flies through the air.

Wear protective clothing

Leather goes a long way to help protect motorcycle riders in case of an accident. Leather jackets, gloves, pants and boots offer good protection from road scrapes and minimizes severe injuries. Reflective clothing will also make it easier for other drivers to see you especially at night.

Take a motorcycle safety course

Hone and sharpen your riding skills with a formal motorcycle safety course. Courses such as the MSF Basic riding course is one of the best ways to learn the basics of operating a motorcycle and making wise judgments when riding. Some insurance companies offer participants a discount for completion of a course.

Check your bike

Proper motorcycle maintenance is just as important as practicing safe riding. Inspect the tires for air and make sure the lights are in good working condition. Also periodically check and test the clutch and throttle, brake fluid, controls and adjust the mirrors.

Follow the rules of the road

Speed limits and local traffic laws are there to keep riders safe at all times. Remember to obey the rules of the road and always pass vehicles on the passing lane. Give yourself enough time to brake.

Ride defensively

Many motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating a rider’s right of way. Ride with your headlights on at all times and signal well in advance of any change in direction. Always watch for turning vehicles and be extra careful in inclement weather.

Stay out of blind spots

It’s difficult for drivers to see a motorcycle so riding in a vehicle’s blind spot is a dangerous proposition. Position your motorcycle in the lane behind a car so that you can be seen at all times.

Watch for road hazards

Potholes, train tracks, oil slicks and roadway debris can cause problems for the most experienced rider. Stay alert and avoid possible road hazards.

Don’t drink and ride

It’s illegal to operate a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol affects judgment, vision and decreases your ability to ride and react defensively. Under any circumstances, you should never drink and ride a motorcycle.

Toni Elias to Complete MotoAmerica Season with Yoshimura Suzuki

Jake Lewis to Ride M4 Suzuki GSX-R1000


Chino, CA (April 29, 2016) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing has signed Toni Elias to join the team for the remainder of the 2016 season. The former Moto2 World Champion created a sensation when he won his first three MotoAmerica AMA Superbike races on a Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 as a fill in rider for the injured Jake Lewis.

With Elias joining the team Jake Lewis will move to Team Hammer on an M4 Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the Superstock 1000 class. Lewis is expected to return to competition at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) round. The transition became possible when Team Hammer rider/owner Chris Ulrich decided to retire from racing effective immediately. Suzuki recognized the opportunity for Lewis and began a discussion with the team.

“Suzuki Motor of America is pleased to have the resources available and the support of our M4 and Yoshimura Suzuki teams to take full advantage of this opportunity,” said Pat Alexander, Suzuki Road Race Manager. “We have a tremendous heritage with the most championships on the GSX-R and these changes will give us a great opportunity to continue achieving strong results in both the MotoAmerica Superstock and Superbike Classes.”

“We’re happy to have Toni officially join the team for the rest of the season,” added Don Sakakura, Yoshimura Suzuki Vice President. “Toni has provided a great boost and wants to stay. The logistics were made easier for everyone when we learned Team Hammer had an opening. Having Jake available to step in and provide them a proven rider is a win-win situation for both teams. Jake will continue his development as a GSX-R1000 rider with Suzuki with one of the most established teams in the paddock.”

For Elias word that he would stay with Yoshimura Suzuki for the 2016 season was welcome news.

“I’m very happy for the opportunity to continue racing with Yoshimura Suzuki,” Elias said. “I’ve gotten to be good friends with everyone on the team and we work together very well. I’m also happy for Jake to be able to continue racing with Suzuki on the Team Hammer Suzuki. Jake was so kind to help me in any way he could as I filled in for him. I look forward to seeing him back on the track.”

After the first four races of the MotoAmerica Superbike season Yoshimura Suzuki riders Roger Hayden and Elias are first and second in the point standings. Elias made one of the most impressive debuts in AMA Superbike history when he opened his MotoAmerica career with a sweep of the two races at the Circuit of the Americas earlier this month. He followed that up with another victory in race one at Road Atlanta.

The 2016 MotoAmerica Championship is at New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend, April 29th through May 1st in Millville, New Jersey, for the first of two visits this season to the track. The races will be televised on beIN SPORTS.

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Team Yoshimura Suzuki is grateful for the support of their sponsors: Yoshimura R&D, Suzuki Motor of America, Motorex, Dunlop, Parts Unlimited, Shorai, Sunstar, K&N Performance Filters, NGK Spark Plugs, RK Racing Chain, Kushitani, Zeta and Chicken Hawk Racing.

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About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. SMAI’s supplier, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles and Outboard Motors. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has 147 distributors in 201 countries. For more information, visit