Baz Leads Fast MotoAmerica Friday At Ridge Motorsports Park, Hall of Famer Dave Aldana To Be Grand Mashal Of 2021 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Cooper Webb Nominated For His First ESPY Award


Baz Leads Fast MotoAmerica Friday At Ridge Motorsports Park

Baz Leads Fast MotoAmerica Friday At Ridge Motorsports Park
Loris Baz On Provisional Pole For HONOS Superbikes In Pacific Northwest

SHELTON, WA (June 25, 2021) – You have to walk before you can run and today Loris Baz started to jog as he earned provisional pole for the weekend’s two MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike races on a scorching-hot afternoon at Ridge Motorsports Park by out-qualifying Jake Gagne, a task that has proven to be virtually impossible thus far in 2021.

Frenchman Baz and his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York Panigale V4 R and Gagne and his Fresh N’ Lean Attack Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 both did their best laps on their seventh go-arounds of the 2.47-mile Ridge, with Baz lapping at 1:40.374 to best Gagne by just .169 of a second.

“It was a good session, like all the weekend since Thursday,” Baz said. “Doing a good job, the guys from the team are doing an amazing job to make me feel comfortable on the bike. We’ve been talking since the beginning of the season that we still don’t have the base setup we want, and I think we found the direction after qualifying at Road America and we showed in race one that we were fast. We’ve just gone in the same direction and improving, and I felt more comfortable on the bike because also we make less changes so every time I go out I know the bike better and I improve myself on the bike. It was a good session. I missed my laps with the last tire, and I think I could have done a couple of tenths more faster. I did a couple of mistakes in section two, and I think I can improve on the electronics, but I’m pretty happy. I’m happy because we worked all day yesterday and this morning with a full fuel tank race simulation and I did a lot of laps. That (Q1) was really the first session we put in low fuel for a time attack, and it worked well so I am happy. I’m improving on my weak point with the Dunlop that is the early laps. That’s where Jake (Gagne) is so strong in the beginning of the race. I’m really happy with what the team is doing because we started late but are catching up.”

Gagne’s best in Q1 was slower than in the morning FP1 session, held in much cooler temperatures, when he dipped under Cameron Beaubier’s lap record with a 1:40.110. Baz, meanwhile, lapped at 1:40.621 in the morning session.

Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz was the only other rider to dip into the 1:40s, the South African lapping at 1:40.989 on his 21st lap. Gagne’s teammate Josh Herrin was fourth fastest in Q1 with a 1:41.068, just ahead of M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Cameron Petersen’s 1:41.195.

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Sean Dylan Kelly put his GSX-R600 on provisional pole for the MotoAmerica Supersport races, the Floridian .652 of a second faster than his rival Richie Escalante and the HONOS HVMC Racing Kawasaki. Kelly’s teammate Sam Lochoff ended the session in third.

Ben Gloddy rode his Landers Racing Kawasaki Ninja 400 to provisional pole in the SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup class. Veloce Racing’s Max Toth was second fastest with Scott Powersports/KTM’s Tyler Scott completing the provisional front row.

Ridge Motorsports Park/DiBrino Racing’s Andy DiBrino put his local knowledge to good use by earning provisional pole in the Stock 1000.

Twins Cup had its Q1 session on a hot Friday afternoon and it was Veloce Racing’s Anthony Mazziotto leading the way over Robem Engineering’s Kaleb De Keyrel and Righteous Racing’s Jody Barry, who was returning to action following his big crash at Road America. Mazziotto was .600 of a second faster than De Keyrel.

Superbike Q1

  1. Loris Baz (Ducati) 1:40.374
  2. Jake Gagne (Yamaha) 1:40.453
  3. Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha) 1:40.989
  4. Josh Herrin (Yamaha) 1:41.068
  5. Cameron Petersen (Suzuki) 1:41.195
  6. Bobby Fong (Suzuki) 1:41.439
  7. Hector Barbera (BMW) 1:41.965
  8. Jayson Uribe (Suzuki) 1:43.093
  9. David Anthony (Suzuki) 1:43.618
  10. Corey Alexander (Kawasaki) 1:43.666

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Baz Leads

Loris Baz put his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York Panigale V4 R on provisional pole for the two HONOS Superbike races at Ridge Motorsports Park. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Sean Dylan Kell

Sean Dylan Kelly was the fastest of the Supersport racers on Friday at the Ridge.
Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Anthony Mazziotto

Anthony Mazziotto decided to ride in the Twins Cup class and put his Veloce Racing Aprilia on provisional pole. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Friday photos and video are available HERE

Friday results by class:

HONOS Superbike

Supersport

Liqui Moly Junior Cup

Stock 1000

Twins Cup

Complete practice, qualifying and race results are available HERE

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Hall of Famer David Aldana to be Grand Marshal of 2021 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

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David Aldana

Hall of Famer David Aldana to be Grand Marshal of 2021 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

2021 AMA VMD features On Any Sunday theme and special outdoor screening of the beloved moto-documentary

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — David Aldana, one of motorcycle racing’s most legendary and popular riders, and a fixture in Bruce Brown’s epic moto-documentary On Any Sunday, will be Grand Marshal for the 2021 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days presented by Royal Enfield, July 23-25, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Aldana replaces fellow On Any Sunday alumnus Mert Lawwill, who unfortunately had to back out due to a scheduling conflict.

Known worldwide for his trademark black leathers with a white skeleton print, Aldana will do more than simply meet and greet fans and sign autographs at this year’s event. He’ll also compete in the AMA’s vintage dirt track program on Saturday evening at the nearby Ashland Country Fairground.

“With the theme of this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days being On Any Sunday,” Aldana said, “which is far and away America’s favorite all-time motorcycle movie, things are going to be extra special. For the fans, for sure, but also for me, as my memories of that 1970 season and that movie are so powerful. I can’t wait to reconnect with all the great motorcycling folks who come to Mid-Ohio each year and celebrate what Bruce Brown achieved, along with so much motorcycle history. VMD is such a great event!”

Aside from Aldana’s presence and a scheduled screening of the movie on Friday night, AMA VMD 2021 will also feature several motorcycles from the fabled film, including a real-deal Husqvarna Malcolm Smith rode in the movie, Mert Lawwill’s KR750 dirt tracker (which he rode during the 1970 season) and a Cal Rayborn Harley-Davidson XRTT 750, also seen in the footage Brown shot.

There’s plenty of racing action for racers and fans, from road racing and motocross to cross-country, dirt track and trials — and much of it with an AMA Grand Championship flavor. Riders as young as age 4 are permitted to compete in motocross, while those 12 and up can ride in trials, dirt track and hare-scrambles events. There’s also exhibition pit-bike racing on Saturday. Learn more and register today.

There’s also the biggest swap meet in North America, with parts and bikes and memorabilia from the past 120 years of motorcycling. Add all that to the scenic Mid-Ohio grounds, plenty of food and refreshments, lots of camping and vintage motorcycles as far as the eye can see, and you’ve got what’s considered one of the very best events in all of motorcycling.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, which houses the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and other thematic exhibits that celebrate motorcycling’s heritage. The museum was founded in 1990 to provide a permanent home to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which celebrates and preserves the rich tradition of motorcycling in America through the recognition of the sport’s greatest heroes. Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days are donated to the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization tasked with funding the operation of the museum and Hall of Fame activities.

To learn more about this year’s event visit www.vintagemotorcycledays.com. You also can opt-in to receive the official AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days e-newsletter. For updates on Facebook follow @AMAVintageMotorcycleDays or search for the hashtag #AMAVMD.

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit americanmotorcyclist.com.

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Cooper Webb Nominated For First ESPY Award

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Reigning Monster Energy Supercross Champion Cooper Webb Nominated for First ESPY Award in the Best Athlete, Men’s Action Sports Category

Fan Voting Taking Place Now Through Friday, July 9 at ESPYS.com   

Ellenton, Fla., (June 22, 2021) – ESPN recently announced the 2021 ESPY Award nominations and two-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Cooper Webb is nominated for his first ESPY Award in the Best Athlete, Men’s Action Sports Category.



The Red Bull KTM athlete had an amazing Supercross season winning 8 of 17 races including the final race of the season in decided fashion while claiming his second Supercross championship. Webb visited the podium 13 times during the season and now sits 11th on the All-Time wins list with 19 career victories. Remarkably, all those wins were captured in the last three seasons where Webb has won the title twice in three years. 

Supercross fans can cast their votes for Cooper Webb up through Friday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET at Vote Here – 2021 ESPY Awards – Best Athlete Men’s Action Sports.

Cooper Webb

Red Bull KTM athlete Cooper Webb winning his eighth and final race of the 2021 season at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, earning his second Supercross championship in three years.
Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Webb is competing in the Best Athlete, Men’s Action Sports category against Japanese snowboarder, Yuto Totsuka, Norwegian snowboarder Marcus Kleveland and two-time World Surfing League champion Gabriel Medina.

Cooper Webb

Red Bull KTM athlete and two-time Supercross champion Cooper Webb is nominated for his first ESPY Award in the Best Athlete, Men’s Action Sports Category. Winners will be announced on Saturday, July 10 live from New York City on ABC.
Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

This year marks the 29th iteration of the ESPY Awards which will be broadcast live on Saturday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC from The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport in New York City. Sports fans can vote across 32 different categories for their favorite athletes, plays and sports moments from this past year. 

Ryan Dungey (four-time Supercross champion) was the last Supercross athlete to be nominated for an ESPY Award, in which he won twice in back-to-back years – 2015 and 2016 in the same Best Athlete, Men’s Actions Sports category.

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Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, Jurassic World Live Tour and DreamWorks Trolls The Experience. Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.

About the American Motorcyclist Association:

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit americanmotorcyclist.com.