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Yamaha Motor Establishes Highly Profitable Business Structure

Yamaha Motor Establishes Highly Profitable Business Structure
Revenue and profit rise excluding foreign exchange effects


February 09, 2017 04:07 AM Eastern Standard Time
IWATA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:7272) (ISIN:JP3942800008) announced today that in its fiscal 2016 year, which finished on December 31, net income increased 5.2 percent to 63.2 billion yen thanks to business expansion in emerging markets and improved profitability in various business sectors. Net sales decreased 7.9 percent to 1,502.8 billion yen and ordinary income fell 18.5 percent to 102.1 billion yen.

In motorcycles, unit sales and operating income were strong in emerging markets such as India, Vietnam and the Philippines, thanks to increased sales of higher-priced products and cost reductions. Global net sales decreased due to foreign exchange effects. In developed markets, continued progress was achieved with initiatives to reduce inventories, improve financial positions and carry out structural reforms.

In the marine sector, outboard motor unit sales increased, particularly large models in North America and Europe. Sales and income overall decreased due to foreign exchange effects, but profitability remained high and the operating income ratio was at 19 percent. Initiatives to establish a system-supplier business model achieved progress.

In the new fiscal year, markets and business conditions are forecast to progress as before generally. Yamaha Motor expects to grow income and profits, assuming that foreign exchange rates do not change significantly. The company forecasts fiscal 2017 net sales rising 6.5 percent to 1,600.0 billion yen and net income climbing 18.8 percent to 75.0 billion yen. Operating income and ordinary income are expected to increase 10.5 percent and 17.6 percent, respectively.

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About Yamaha Motor
Yamaha Motor (TOKYO:7272) is a world-leading producer of motorcycles, marine products, power products and intelligent machinery. The company’s diverse business and wide variety of products are built around its proprietary technologies focused on small engines, chassis & hull and electronic control. Yamaha Motor conducts global development, production and marketing operations through 140 subsidiaries and equity-method affiliates in 30 countries. About 90% of consolidated net sales are generated in more than 200 countries outside of Japan. The company is steadily restructuring its global engineering, manufacturing and marketing capabilities for sustainable long-term growth. Please visit

BMW Motorrad USA Announces BMW S 1000 RR Racer Support and Contingency Programs for 2017

BMW Motorrad USA Announces BMW S 1000 RR Racer Support and Contingency Programs for 2017


Woodcliff Lake, NJ – February 6, 2017… BMW Motorrad USA is offering current and prospective racers even greater incentives to compete on its bestselling BMW S 1000 RR superbike this year. Over $1 million in contingency money is offered for racers piloting a 2015, 2016 or 2017 model year S 1000 RR in several 2017 national and international race series.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – February 6, 2017… BMW Motorrad USA is offering current and prospective racers even greater incentives to compete on its bestselling BMW S 1000 RR superbike this year. Over $1 million in contingency money is offered for racers piloting a 2015, 2016 or 2017 model year S 1000 RR in several 2017 national and international race series.

“We are excited to roll out an enhanced contingency program that will cover more race series to reinforce our commitment to supporting privateer BMW motorcycle racers,” commented Sarah Schilke, National Marketing Manager, BMW Motorrad USA.

In addition to the improved contingency program, BMW is again offering the racer support purchase incentive on the S 1000 RR. Racers licensed in any of the BMW supported contingency program series can apply for the support program through their authorized BMW Motorrad dealer. The program is limited to 20 racers for 2017.

“BMW Motorrad is providing riders with all the tools they need to succeed on the racetrack – a class leading liter bike at a substantial savings, with the added incentive of HP Race Parts!” observed Professional Racer Nate Kern, who will serve as a BMW Motorrad Motorsports Advisor at MotoAmerica and regional series races this year. “New for 2017, certified BMW HP Race Engineer, Steve Weir, has been brought on board to further enhance our supported racers’ success.”

BMW Motorrad’s Contingency Program is managed online via XTRM Performance Network, which provides real time distribution and management of contingency money payouts, results tracking and social media marketing. Racers piloting a 2015, 2016 or 2017 S 1000 RR can enroll by logging into to cash in on their performance.

For racers who want to get on board an S 1000 RR this year, BMW Motorrad is offering a limited Racer Support Program offering substantial savings on a 2016 BMW S 1000 RR  with Race Package and HP Race Power Kit, as well as a monetary rider incentive. Racers holding current licenses for race series included in the contingency program and who have earned top finishes in those series are eligible to apply for the program at their local authorized BMW Motorrad USA dealer.

BMW Motorrad also offers MotoAmerica racers the opportunity to shine on an international level with the international BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. The Race Trophy provides a platform for racers piloting an S 1000 RR, HP4 or a sidecar with BMW engine, to compete at venues around the world. The BMW Motorrad Race Trophy 2017 is comprised of 20 championships that stage around 280 races in 25 countries on six continents. The overall winner is awarded 15,000 euro, the top 30 riders collect bonuses of 100,000 euro in total. All Winners of the several defined categories receive a trophy and additional bonus for their achievements. For more information about the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, visit:

The S 1000 RR supersport bike, featured in the 2015 film Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, was BMW’s best-selling model last year. This year, the S 1000 RR appears to be wooing riders all over again, with sales in January outpacing sales in January 2016 by 42%.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 341 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 152 BMW motorcycle retailers, 126 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Justin Hill Takes Over Points Lead in Oakland

Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki Justin Hill Takes Over Points Lead in Oakland


Oakland, Calif. (February 5, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Justin Hill claimed his third straight victory of the season, bringing Pro Circuit’s win record to 251. With the win, Hill took over the championship point’s lead and the coveted red plate. Teammate Austin Forkner was forced to retire from the race early after an opening lap crash.

Hill had all the cards stacked against him in Oakland, but he wasn’t going to let sickness or a treacherous track keep him from his third-straight win. He started the day with the fastest lap time in qualifying and then went on to take second in his heat race. In the main event, he avoided a second turn pileup and pushed his way to the front, leading wire-to-wire. It wasn’t without drama as he had gone down late in the race but had enough of a gap to keep the lead and go on to win.

“Tonight was crazy because the track was really rutted and if you lost focus for a second you could go off the track,” said Hill. “I was sick all week and didn’t ride. My team was great. They gave me the confidence I needed to get through this tough day.”

Forkner started showing his speed in qualifying where he placed sixth. Once the night show started, he overcame a tough heat race where he went off the track early but came back to finish fifth. He shot out to an awesome start in the main event, but ultimately went down and was unable to continue, scoring him 22nd for the evening.

“Today wasn’t easy,” said Forkner. “I struggled to find my groove and get a clean lap in. Once I made it through the heat race in one piece, I made a mistake in the main and it ended my race. I have to take the good with the bad and just move on. We’ll go to Texas and give it another shot before the break.”

250SX Class Main Event Results
Justin Hill (Kawasaki)
Martin Davalos (Husqvarna)
Shane McElrath (KTM)
James Decotis (Honda)
Phil Nicoletti (Suzuki)
Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
Kyle Chisholm (Honda)
Justin Starling (Husqvarna)
Noah Mcconahy (Yamaha)
Heath Harrison (Yamaha)
22. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)

To find out more about Pro Circuit products, visit Don’t forget to follow the Pro Circuit race team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the handle @pcraceteam.

About Pro Circuit
Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Products, Inc. is a leader in off-road motorcycle and ATV exhausts and aftermarket performance parts. Started in 1978, Pro Circuit is the go to shop for recreational riders and professionals for everything from suspension work to complete engine packages and everything in between.

Created by former desert racer Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit proves its products and services week-in and week-out through its tagline “We Race.” Every product that dons the Pro Circuit stamp stems from the legendary Pro Circuit race team. A staple in the professional paddock, Pro Circuit Racing has earned 29 AMA championships and more than 250 race wins in more than 30 years of competition.

Ryan Dungey and Shane McElrath Continue Their Podium Streaks

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey and Shane McElrath Continue Their Podium Streaks in Oakland

Round 5 – AMA Supercross Championship – February 4, 2017


OAKLAND, Calif. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Ryan Dungey continues to lead the way in the 450SX Championship after capturing his fifth consecutive podium of the season on Saturday. With a 2nd place finish in the Main Event, Dungey remains the only rider in the premier class to appear on the podium at each of the five rounds of the AMA Supercross Championship. Additionally, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath earned his fifth consecutive podium finish of the season, where he remains the only 250SX West rider to hold a podium position throughout the first five rounds.

It was a tough start to the evening for McElrath, who failed to immediately qualify into the Main Event after getting tangled with another rider in the heat race. McElrath was able to bounce back in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), where he led a majority of the race to claim an easy transfer position into the Main Event.

In 450SX Heat 1, Marvin Musquin put his Red Bull KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a 2nd place position on the opening lap. From there, Musquin maintained a solid position where he ultimately finished 2nd place en route to the Main Event.

Dungey grabbed a top-five start in 450SX Heat 2, where he climbed his way into a transfer position around the halfway point. However, Dungey dropped back one position in the final laps to ultimately finish 5th place, where he was forced to line up in the semi-final.

In 450SX Semi 2, Dungey jumped into the lead position by lap two. From there, Dungey put forth a dominant performance to capture the win and a transfer position to the Main Event.

450SX Main Event
Just short of grabbing the official holeshot, Dungey powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into the lead on the opening lap as he established a good pace early on. Dungey charged ahead to lead the first 16 laps of the Main Event before Eli Tomac made his move into the lead on lap 17. From there, Dungey pushed hard in an attempt to reclaim the lead but in the end he finished a close 2nd.

Dungey: “The track was pretty tough – there were some spots where we were a little uncomfortable out there but a track like that brings out the rider and the talent. You have to really put it all together. We went for it in the beginning and opened up a nice little lead, which is good. I could gauge where Eli was and I saw that he was doing that rhythm lane. All and all it was a good night, I’m really happy with it. Just a couple of spots that I was losing time on the track so I’m happy with that. It’s not like it’s a bike thing, we’ll go to work this week and try to get better just like we do every week. Considering where we started out we made really good progress today so I’m really happy with it.”

Musquin didn’t get the best jump off the line as he checked in just inside the top-ten on the opening lap. Musquin immediately began climbing his way through the pack until a crash sent him back to the 17th place position just before the halfway point. Musquin was able to rebound, where he ultimately made his way back up to 9th.

250SX West Main Event
McElrath got off to a great start aboard his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION as he jumped into the 3rd place position on the opening lap. McElrath engaged in a battle for the 3rd place position for a majority of the race where he ultimately prevailed to earn his fifth consecutive podium finish with 3rd place.

McElrath: “It’s actually a big relief [to not be leading the points chase]. This is the first time I’ve had all the pressure off of myself. It’s been a tough five races and it seems like it’s only gotten tougher having the target on my back, so we’re one point down now and I couldn’t be more relieved. It’s something where I can settle down now. That’s been my biggest thing – trying to understand how to deal with it. I’m here and I’m thankful that I’m safe. I’m ready for next weekend and ready to put up a fight going into the break.”

Next Event: Round 6 – Arlington, Texas – February 11, 2017

450SX Main Event Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. Cooper Webb
4. Jason Anderson
5. Cole Seely
6. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
7. Blake Baggett (KTM)
8. Chad Reed
9. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
10. Dean Wilson

450SX Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey (111)
2. Eli Tomac (94)
3. Marvin Musquin (86)
4. Cole Seely (85)
5. Davi Millsaps (70)

250SX West Main Event Results
1. Justin Hill
2. Martin Davalos
3. Shane McElrath (KTM)
4. Jimmy Decotis
5. Phil Nicoletti

250SX West Championship Standings
1. Justin Hill (113)
2. Shane McElrath (112)
3. Aaron Plessinger (97)
4. Martin Davalos (92)
5. Jimmy Decotis (73)

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Debuts First Student in CEV Championship


Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Apiwat Wongthananon will start his international racing career as a part of the VR46 Master Camp Team in the Moto3 Junior World Championship class of the 2017 FIM CEV International Championship.

Sepang (Malaysia), 31st January 2017


Yamaha and the VR46 Riders Academy are proud to announce that Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Apiwat Wongthananon will make his European racing debut in the 2017 FIM CEV International Championship. The rider is to be a regular entry in the Moto3 Junior World Championship class as a part of the new-born VR46 Master Camp Team and is eager to become a protagonist right from the start of the season as he gains experience to further his career.

The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp programme was launched last year as a joint effort from Yamaha and the VR46 Riders Academy, dedicated to helping the most talented young Yamaha riders develop their racing careers. The Master Camp included training activities alongside the VR46 Academy riders and Valentino Rossi at his Motor Ranch and fitness instruction in the gym, as well as classes on the technical aspects that come with racing bikes, making for a well-rounded education.

With the agreement of Valentino Rossi, Wongthananon was selected by Yamaha and the VR46 Riders Academy at the end of the second edition of the programme in September last year as the first Master Camp student to take his career one step further.

With help from Yamaha and the VR46 Riders Academy, Wongthananon is given the opportunity to train alongside the VR46 Academy riders and Rossi and to take on the strongest young riders as he goes head-to-head in the World Junior Moto3 class against VR46 Riders Academy‘s Dennis Foggia and Celestino Vietti Ramus.

Wongthananon’s entry in the CEV ​​Championship, that runs from April 30th – Nov 19th, will allow him to familiarize himself with a motorcycle similar to those used in the MotoGP World Championship‘s Moto3 class.


“It is great news that Apiwat signed up with VR46 Riders Academy as the new Master Camp entry in the CEV Championship and it really is a sign of the relevance and importance of the whole Master Camp concept with Yamaha. The target was to raise new talent and  we focused in the first year on getting six riders over from the Asian region. From this group Apiwat was officially nominated, being one of the most talented riders. For him to get the chance to do a full season in the Junior World Championship is really a dream opportunity for him. One year ago he couldn‘t have imaged this turn of events when he was racing in Thailand in the Asian Cup. This is part of Yamaha‘s concept and indeed in line with Yamaha‘s bLU cRU programme*, where we try to create opportunities for young talent around the world so they can progress within Yamaha‘s network of global activities and fulfill their dreams. I wish Apiwat the best of luck and we will certainly be watching his results to see how he gets on.”


“This project has been a big bet. The first goal was to give a selection of Yamaha riders the chance to experience our Academy, training with our riders and Valentino Rossi. Today the project has become something much bigger and important because one of these riders will now move to Tavullia, live and train with us and he will be competing alongside the VR46 Academy riders in one of the most challenging championships, aiming to become a professional rider. We are therefore very happy to be able to help Apiwat in this path and we will do everything, with the help of the VR46 Riders Academy staff, to give him all the tools to establish itself among the best riders in the world. I’m really proud of this project and wish the best of good luck to Apiwat and our riders for this season.”


“I‘m very happy and honoured to have signed with the VR46 Riders Academy. Last year was like a fairy tale, it‘s been a dream come true. My results with the Yamaha Thailand Team were really good and I was able to take first place in the 2016 Asian Championship. I was able to travel to Italy as well to train with the VR46 Academy riders, which was an amazing experience. I was already grateful to be there for even just a short period of time, because I learned so much thanks to the help of the instructors and the staff. To be able to now train with the VR46 Rider Academy on a regular basis is a truly unique once-in-a-lifetime chance that I hadn‘t dare to hope for. I‘m a big fan of Valentino, he‘s my idol and role model who I‘ve admired for many years, so it means a lot to me to be able to learn from him. I want to thank him, Yamaha, and the VR46 Riders Academy for this opportunity. I feel motivated to work hard and learn a lot this upcoming season and hope to do well in the CEV Championship.”

American Flat Track and Öhlins USA Renew Partnership for 2017

American Flat Track and Öhlins USA renew partnership for 2017


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2017) – American Flat Track proudly announces a renewed partnership with Öhlins USA for the 2017 race season. A global leader in motorsport suspension technology, Öhlins USA returns for a second year to give competitors in the premier AFT Twins class the opportunity to vie for the “Öhlins Fastest Lap Award” at each of the 18 rounds on the schedule.

“Öhlins is one of the most respected and recognizable brands in motorcycle sport,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “We’re proud to have them return for another year as a partner of American Flat Track and thank them for their continued support.”

Öhlins USA will have a presence at select rounds to support riders utilizing their products, and will give fans an opportunity to check out their signature gold product lines.

“Öhlins USA, along with all the guys back at Öhlins AB Racing in Sweden, are absolutely pumped to be back involved with American Flat Track for a second year,” said Doug Shaw, President of Öhlins USA. “This is hardcore, ‘roots’ racing at its best and we just love it. This series also gives us a great platform to continue to develop our products and we appreciate all the folks at American Flat Track for this opportunity.”

The Swedish brand has a long history in motorcycle racing as one of the top-tier suppliers of suspensions in the world, and is eager to return for another season in Pro Flat Track racing. Last year, Öhlins created a custom rear shock called the ILX36 designed for the unique demands of American Flat Track.

For more information about Öhlins USA and the ILX36, please visit their website at

American Flat Track will kick off the 2017 season during Daytona’s Bike Week festivities on Thursday, March 16 with the all-new DAYTONA TT, built inside the trioval at Daytona International Speedway. The DAYTONA TT will mark the dawning of a new era for America’s most historic form of motorcycle racing, and the “World Center of Racing” will serve as the first battleground for the great American war between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles in 2017. Tickets for the DAYTONA TT are now on sale and can be purchased at

How to Watch:
NBCSN and are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts on Thursday nights throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN, while provides live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at and

About American Flat Track:
American 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 American Flat Track, please visit, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Yamaha Opens 2017 bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Registration

Yamaha Opens 2017 bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Registration


Cypress, CA – February 1, 2017 –Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is proud to announce that its bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program returns for 2017 with several new enhancements, including an expanded Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge as part of the WERA motorcycle roadracing series.
“For 2017, the Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program has increased by $50,000 over last year,” commented Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “Yamaha is deeply committed to supporting road racers who compete aboard our highly successful YZF-R1, YZF-R6, and YZF-R3 motorcycles. The Yamaha bLU cRU continues to grow every year, and we’re pleased to be able to provide those racers with Contingency support. The legendary R6 has been redesigned for 2017, and we are especially looking forward to seeing bLU cRU racers compete aboard that new machine with support from Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.”

We’re also very excited about this year’s Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge. The Challenge was a big success last year, and for 2017, we’ve expanded the Challenge to include 26 regional WERA races, encompassing 13 racetracks in 9 states.”

For 2017, Yamaha R1 Superbike riders competing in the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Race Championship are eligible for Contingency support when they cross the finish line in the top five of the class. The MotoAmerica Superbike payout structure is $5,000/$4,000/$3,000/$2,000/$1,000 for R1 Superbike riders, which amounts to $300,000 available to R1 Superbike riders for the full MotoAmerica season, along with an additional $192,500 available to Yamaha bLU cRU riders competing in the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000, Supersport, and Superstock 600 classes, collectively.

Yamaha will also provide Contingency support for bLU cRU riders who compete in the 76th running of the Daytona 200, which will take place in March. The top-three Daytona 200 finishers, if aboard qualifying Yamahas, are eligible for a total of $17,500 in bLU cRU Contingency support, including the winner of the Daytona 200, who can earn $10,000 in bLU cRU support if aboard a Yamaha.

In addition, another $259,000 will be available to Yamaha bLU cRU riders at a variety of national and regional sprint road races across the country.

“Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency registration numbers were up 71% in 2016,” Mike Guerra, Racing Department Manager for Yamaha, said. “Registrations have grown every year since the establishment of our bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program, and we expect a record number of Yamaha bLU cRU riders to sign up for the program this year, too, particularly with the expansion of the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge.”

All bLU cRU contingency earnings will, once again, be paid directly to the riders’ reloadable bLU cRU VISA Debit Cards, and each bLU cRU rider will receive a $45 credit on, where they can purchase bLU cRU apparel and merchandise, as well as a 10% rebate on “Graves Motorsports” and “GYT-R” parts and accessories.

For complete details on how to register for the bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program, along with specific information on which racing series, events, and classes are included, and additional information on the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge, visit the Road Racing Contingency page on the Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., Website at

Yamaha Again Partners With WERA, Expands Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge For 2017
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is continuing its marketing partnership with WERA Motorcycle Roadracing for the 2017 road racing season. As part of the agreement, Yamaha R3 Expert and Novice road racers have the opportunity to compete in the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge Race–exclusively for Yamaha R3 riders– which will be held at the prestigious WERA Grand National Finals (GNF) on November 2-5, 2017, at Barber Motorsports Park.

At the GNF, the winner of the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge Race–in the Expert class–will be awarded a brand-new 2017 Yamaha R6. Other R3 Challenge Race podium-finishing riders–in both the Expert and Novice classes–will be awarded prizes that include TrackSkinz racing leathers and Yamaha Generators. Additional prizes and details will be announced soon.

To be eligible for a grid position at the GNF’s Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge Race, R3 racers must qualify by competing in any two WERA E-Superstock races during the 2017 road racing season. Grid positions for the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge Race at the GNF will be determined by points accumulated at any 2017 WERA “E-Superstock” races.
To further support the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge, Yamaha is offering bLU cRU Contingency Support to Expert-class R3 racers at 26 WERA events in 2017, and eligible models have been expanded to include 2015-and-newer R3 motorcycles purchased in the U.S.

“We’re honored to be able to grow our relationship with Yamaha for 2017 and host this great Challenge,” said Evelyne Clarke, CEO of WERA. “The Yamaha R3 is a great machine on which to start a motorcycle road racing career, and we urge new riders to check out the machine and come in on a motorcycle that is built for racing, carries contingency support, and qualifies for an awesome final at the WERA GNF this November. This is a great opportunity to learn and grow in this sport.”

Steve Liberatore, Yamaha’s South East Regional Business Manager, added, “We’re excited to once again partner with WERA and expand the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge for 2017. The Yamaha R3 has proven to be the perfect platform not only for young racers to enter the sport, but also for experienced racers to add another race class to their program and hone their skills. At the 2016 GNF, Jackson Blackmon of Rock Hill, SC, won the R3 Challenge race at the WERA GNF, and he took home the awesome Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R3 that was last year’s Grand Prize. This year, the competition should really heat up with the increased rounds of Contingency and the announcement that this year’s Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge race winner will receive a brand-new 2017 R6 as the Grand Prize.”

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Sena Release Cavalry Half-Helmet


The first ever fully Bluetooth integrated half-helmet from Sena is NOW AVAILABLE! The Cavalry is the all-in-one solution for your ride. Forget the hassle of installation, Cavalry comes pre-wired and ready to ride. Take and make phone calls, listen to your favorite music, and hear GPS directions all through this revolutionary half-helmet. Chat with up to four of your buddies on the built-in intercom system up to 900 meters away, and don’t worry about running out of juice with the Cavalry’s impressive 10-hour battery life. The DOT approved Cavalry is nothing short of incredible and is now available at a dealer near you.

KTM Announces its Largest-Ever Road Racing Contingency Program

KTM Announces its Largest-Ever Road Racing Contingency Program

Contingency details have been announced for KTM’s 2017 Road Racing season.


MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM Motorsports is pleased to announce details of its largest-ever road racing contingency program for the 2017 race season. Totaling over 2.3 million U.S. dollars in available payout, the KTM Contingency program offers contingency for top-three results in 18 different road racing series.

Racers competing aboard the KTM RC 390, RC CUP RACEBIKE, 690 DUKE and 1290 SUPER DUKE R will have the opportunity to earn the following payout for a top-three finish: 1st – $400, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $100.

Additionally, the following regional race series are included in this year’s KTM Contingency lineup: American Federation of Motorcycles, American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association, American Sportbike Racing Association, Championship Cup Series, Central Roadracing Association, Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Racing, Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association, Loudin Road Race Series, Masters of the Mountain, Motorcycle Roadracing Association, Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association, WERA National Challenge Series, WERA Sportsman (Atlantic Coastal Region, Mid-Central Region, North Central Region, Southeast Region, West Region) and Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association.

For more information on KTM’s contingency program and for registration details, please visit

Movistar Yamaha Continue Development


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi carried out their testing programme in a positive fashion today. Despite challenging track conditions, the teammates took second and fourth place respectively in the time sheets on the second day of testing at the Sepang International Circuit whilst working their way through a list of new items.

Sepang, Malaysia – 31th January 2017


AIR 32°C / TRACK 41°C

2nd – MAVERICK VIÑALES,  1’58.858 / 51 LAPS

4th – VALENTINO ROSSI,  2’00.254 / 54 LAPS

Sepang (Malaysia), 31st January 2017


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were back in action today at the Sepang International Circuit for the second of the three track days that mark the start of 2017 MotoGP racing activity. They continued to work through a number of different testing materials, taking second and fourth place respectively in today‘s time sheets.

The riders had to be patient at the start of the eight-hour session. Damp track conditions made for a four-hour wait before they could put their 2017 YZR-M1s to the test.

Once the track had dried sufficiently, Viñales was keen to head out and continued his hunt for the perfect set-up. He soon found a good rhythm and he comfortably began to chip away at his time. After one and a half hours he posted a best lap of 2‘00.646s to temporarily take over the top of the standings before the pace of the other riders picked up.

In the meantime, the young Spaniard proceeded to test the new fairing in order to be able to compare data with his teammate, but couldn‘t resist to push on his final stint. Viñales was one of only two riders to drop under the 2‘00 mark with, a 1‘59.858s and ended the day in second place, 0.406s from the front.

Rossi was also eager to work on the bike set-up to improve performance and left pit lane as soon as the circuit was dry. As one of the first riders to venture out on track, he put in 54 laps, which he used to compare the new fairing to the old version.

With his physical condition improved from yesterday, he underlined that he was back on form by being one of the few riders to improve on his best time of the day before. At the very end of the session he put in a time attack to move up to fourth place in today‘s standings, with a fastest lap of 2‘00.254s, 0.802s from first.

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“Though we started late today, the test is proceeding well. We‘ve only been unlucky that we couldn‘t start early this morning. We had quite a lot of items on the programme for today and due to the delays we haven‘t been able to complete all of them. Valentino and Maverick put in a lot of effort to make the most of the dry track time. They both tested and compared the new fairing and new frame. We also made time to look further into improving rear tyre life, with positive results. So far the feedback from the riders has been good, so we are confident about the material that we are testing. Hopefully we will be able to start at 10 o‘clock tomorrow to continue our development and complete quite a full-on schedule, as we also have to try a new tyre for Michelin.”


“Today was good and I‘m so happy because we worked on our race pace and finally at the end, on the race tyre. I tried to do consistent laps, and honestly the lap times were quite fast. I‘m surprised that the bike has been working so good and, as the grip increased, we improved each time we went out. As I said, we are focusing on riding on a used tyre so I‘m quite happy with second place. It‘s nice to focus on one lap and be fast, but we have to be fast on all twenty laps and I think we did a good job and made a good start. I don‘t know if I will do a time attack tomorrow, it will depend on the weather and the condition of the track. You always want to see your name at the top of the list, but sometimes it‘s more useful to work towards the races.”


“I‘m feeling 100% fit again. Yesterday when I went to sleep I still had a headache, but today when I woke up I felt better so I was able to put in some good work and at the end it was a good day. This morning we lost a lot of time waiting for the conditions to improve, but in the afternoon I could do more than 50 laps. We had some important stuff to try and more or less everything was positive. My pace was quite good and at the end I did a time attack and I‘m in fourth position, so top five is OK. We have a different frame and it was good, I like it. We haven‘t decided yet, but the first impression was positive.”

TEST DAY 2RESULTS,  31/01/2017








8. J. LORENZO, DUCATI TEAM, 2’00.484




12. C. CRUTCHLOW, LCR HONDA, 2’00.691






18. L. BAZ, AVINTIA RACING, 2’01.227

19. M. PIRRO, DUCATI TEST TEAM, 2’01.382


21. J. MILLER, TEAM EG 0,0 MARC VDS, 2’01.556


23. T. RABAT, TEAM EG 0,0 MARC VDS, 2’02.189

24. T. TSUDA, SUZUKI TEST TEAM, 2’02.267