September 5th, 2021
MICHAEL MOSIMAN RETURNS TO THE PODIUM WITH SECOND OVERALL AT FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman is stepping back into stride with an impressive return to the 250MX podium at Saturday’s Fox Raceway II National in Pala, California. In his second race back from injury, Mosiman delivered an awesome pair of 2-4 moto scores to claim second overall aboard the MC 250F.
Ferrandis Clinches Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship to Become First Frenchman to Capture Premier Class Title in 30 Years
PALA, Calif. (September 4, 2021) – The penultimate round of the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, saw the series return to the sport’s epicenter of Southern California for a second visit to Fox Raceway for the Maxxis Fox Raceway II National, presented by Fox Racing. Thousands of diehard race fans braved near triple-digit temperatures as they witnessed Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis finish second on the day to clinch the 450 Class title in his first season of premier class competition. He became the 26th different 450 Class titleholder in 50 seasons and is also the first Frenchman in 30 years to win the motocross’ most prestigious championship.
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Highlights:
Maxxis Fox Raceway II National
Ferrandis Clinches 450 Class Championship, Hoists Edison Dye Cup
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ANOTHER HARD-FOUGHT PERFORMANCE BY RJ HAMPSHIRE AT PRO MOTOCROSS ROUND 11
JOSH VARIZE SECURES CAREER-BEST EIGHTH OVERALL IN ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING DEBUT
Hampshire got off to a fourth-place start in Moto 1, quickly making the move into third three laps in. About halfway through, Hampshire was able to capitalize on another rider’s mistake and move into second, where he rode smooth and without challengers until the last few laps. Exhausted and struggling to fight through the 100+ degree heat late in the race, Hampshire brought it in for a solid third.
JED BEATON EARNS MX2 PODIUM RESULT IN TURKEY
ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S MX2 ACE CLAIMS THIRD OVERALL IN AFYONKARAHISAR
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jed Beaton has returned to form with a strong third place overall result at the MXGP of Turkey, round eight of the 2021 MX2 World Championship. Top-three starts, incredible pace, and consistent 3-3 results ensured Jed’s second podium visit so far this season. Beaton’s teammate, Kay de Wolf, also enjoyed a highly rewarding seventh overall result in Turkey to continue with his impressive rookie campaign in the MX2 division. In the MXGP class, Thomas Kjer Olsen placed 14th with Arminas Jasikonis 20th.
PAULS JONASS GETS ON THE GAS AT MXGP ROUND EIGHT
GASGAS FACTORY RACING’S MXGP ACE CLAIMS ANOTHER MOTO PODIUM IN TURKEY
It all started so well for GASGAS Factory Racing at MXGP round eight! With Pauls Jonass well and truly on the pace in Turkey, our MXGP star charged to an awesome third-place finish in moto one, chasing home the leading duo and clearly enjoying himself on his MC 450F. Fired up for a repeat result, or better, in moto two, the Latvian was again up front before a wild crash ruled him out of the running. Pauls’ moto one top three result ultimately netted him ninth-overall while his teammate, Brian Bogers, secured 10th after two consistent race results. In MX2, Isak Gifting claimed 10th overall while crashes for Simon Langenfelder in both races resulted in an 18th place result.
REA EQUALS BEST BSB RESULT WITH 4TH AT SNETTERTON
Buildbase Suzuki’s Gino Rea equalled his best Bennetts British Superbike result this weekend, finishing fourth at Snetterton.
At the seventh round of the season Rea and the team’s hard work and development of the GSX-R1000R really began to bear fruit, and in the final race of the weekend – a shortened five-lap sprint after a red flag – Rea narrowly missed out on the podium.
Before the stoppage he was holding fifth place but very much in the leading group. As the race restarted he made another lightning start – a feature of his performances all weekend – and slotted into second place. He was pushed back to fourth but on the last lap was still searching for a way onto the podium for the first time in his BSB career, before equalling his career-best result.
JONATHAN GIRROIR AND RYAN SIPES ENJOY PODIUM SUCCESS IN THE WORLD TROPHY CATEGORY AT 95TH ISDE
GASGAS RIDERS ALSO CLAIM FIFTH IN E1 AND FOURTH IN E3
It was a roller-coaster of a week at the 95th running of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) and GASGAS riders Johnny Girroir and Ryan Sipes made the best of the challenge, placing fifth in E1 and fourth in E3, respectively – helping to take the U.S. team to third in the World Trophy category.
September 7th, 2021
INFORMATION – FIM MXGP/MX2 & WMX Motocross World Championships Entry list – Afyonkarahisar (TUR), 8 September
THE NEW SPEED TRIPLE 1200 RR GLOBAL LAUNCH 14.09.2021, 12 NOON
THE ROYAL ENFIELD TWINSJUST GOT BETTER!
The new color ways for the 2022 Twins are here! But that’s not all – the Continental GT 650 and INT650 are also sporting even more aesthetic upgrades, including blacked-out rims and fenders, elevating Royal Enfield’s modern classics.
So which is your favorite? The INT650’s versatile, laid-back attitude and upright riding position, hailing from a time when all that mattered was that the California sun was out and the surf was up? Or the Continental GT 650’s nod to the cafe racer culture of 1960’s England, sporting its retro styling and superb handling? Tag #ContinentalGT650 or #INT650 to letus know!
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE WRECKING CREW RIDER JARED MEES
SWEEPS SPRINGFIELD MILE DOUBLEHEADER
Back-to-Back Wins Closes Gap Between Mees & Points Leader Briar Bauman, Two-Man Wrecking Crew to Battle for Championship with Three Races Remaining
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (September 6, 2021) – Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, carried out its 2021 American Flat Track (AFT) season with back-to-back wins during this weekend’s doubleheader at the Springfield Mile I and II. Ultimately, Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees swept the weekend and closed the gap with the factory teammate and season’s points leader, Briar Bauman.
During Sunday’s Springfield Mile I, Mees and Bauman battled closely, as the two were neck-and-neck during the final lap. Though it was Mees who edged out Bauman to capture his sixth-career Springfield Mile victory, while Bauman finished second. Indian Motorcycle privateer Brandon Robinson rounded out the podium with his sixth podium of the season.
On Monday, knowing he still had ground to make up on the leaderboard, Mees came out to the Springfield Mile II and dominated the field – ultimately reaching the finish line more a second before Indian Motorcycle privateer Sammy Halbert. The win marked Mees’ seventh-career Springfield Mile win and reignited a championship battle with just three races remaining.
“Anyone who knows Jared or has been following his career knows this was a typical Jared Mees performance. With his back against the ropes, a pair of wins were his best option to keep his championship hopes alive,” said Gary Gray, Vice President Racing, Service & Technology. “That said, I’m sure he didn’t go popping champagne bottles, as he’s quickly moving on to the next and preparing for the final three races of the season.”
Mees, a five-time Grand National Champion who last won in 2018, has his sights set on reclaiming the No. 1 plate. Facing a 12-point deficit, Mees will have his work cut out for him as Bauman, the two-time reigning SuperTwins Champion, has remained consistent all year, as he’s reached the podium in all but two races this season.
The 2021 AFT season will continue Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12, at the Sacramento Mile doubleheader. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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PURE ELEGANCE, PERFORMANCE AND ATTITUDE, THE NEW SPEED TRIPLE RR IS COMING SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2021
The new pinnacle in Speed Triple style, attitude and performance will be revealed globally on September 14th, 2021, along with full details on its specification, availability and price.
Thanks to its exquisite attention to detail, an unparalleled industry-leading focus on finish and now an even higher specification than ever before, the new Speed Triple 1200 RR will represent an all-new benchmark for this modern icon, setting the bar even higher in terms of beauty, sophistication and attitude for the most focused and exhilarating ride ever.
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ANSTIE STRONG AT PALA MX AFTER COVID ALL CLEAR
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 8.
Max Anstie: RM-Z450 – 6-5
Brandon Hartranft: RM-Z450 – 10-8
Dilan Schwartz: RM-Z250 – 10-8
Preston Kilroy: RM-Z250 – 16-11
Suzuki raced to strong results at round 11 of the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Series at Fox Raceway in Pala, California where Max Anstie and his Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports/ Suzuki RM-Z450 brought home a top-five moto finish after being given the all-clear from Coronavirus.
Anstie’s sixth and fifth positions gave him sixth overall as teammate Brandon Hartranft had a career-best 450 race with 10th and eighth for an eighth-place overall result.
In the 250 class Dilan Schwartz was again inside the top 10, having his career-best finish on his BarX/ Chaparral/ ECSTAR Suzuki RM-Z250 while teammate Preston Kilroy continued to impress in only his fourth pro event this season aboard his Suzuki RM-Z250.
September 8th, 2021
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Ready for Aragon Rumble
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have travelled to the MotorLand Aragón for Round 13 of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship.
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team is looking forward to resume action after a one-week break, this time at the MotorLand Aragón. With Fabio Quartararo, the team, and Yamaha all leading their respective championships, the crew is in high spirits and eager to start Round 13.
Quartararo is still on a high from his dominant win at the Silverstone circuit, which gave him a significant 65-point lead in the championship standings. Having felt confident of the total package at every track on the calendar so far this season, he is all the more poised to gun for a top position again this weekend.
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SUZUKI HEADS TO ARAGON AS 2021 SEASON HOTS UP
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 8.
The MotoGP™ season is in full swing as the teams and riders move to Aragón for the 13th round of the championship. With plenty of rounds and races still to go, nothing is certain in the title fight and Team Suzuki Ecstar will be determined to give their all heading into this weekend, at a track which both riders enjoy.
Last time out in Silverstone saw Alex Rins make a fantastic return to podium form as he claimed a strong second place at the British circuit that he favours. This result really boosted his confidence after a difficult 2021 season so far, and it leaves him hungry for more as he heads to Motorland Aragón – a track he knows well.
For Joan Mir the British GP was a trickier task, especially as he had never previously ridden the track on a MotoGP™ bike. Although he felt comfortable with his GSX-RR around Silverstone circuit, and learned the layout quickly, he could only manage ninth place in the GP after suffering with tyre issues and loss of feeling.
MOTOAMERICA INVADES NJMP WITH GAGNE ON THE VERGE OF TITLE
If things play out like they have all season long, Jake Gagne will be crowned the 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion after the second of three HONOS Superbike races at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday morning.
With three HONOS Superbike races scheduled for the penultimate round at NJMP (one on Saturday, two on Sunday), there are 75 points up for grabs in New Jersey. Ditto for the season finale at Barber Motorsports Park, September 17-19, where another three Superbike races will be held and thus another 75 points available. That’s 150 points. After race one on Saturday at NJMP, that number drops to 125, and on Sunday it becomes 100 and then 75 when the series heads south.
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IMPRESSIVE FIFTH-OVERALL FOR JED BEATON AT MXGP OF AFYON
AUSSIE RACER OVERCOMES CHALLENGING OPENING MOTO TO FINISH THIRD IN MOTO TWO
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jed Beaton continues to deliver impressive results in the MX2 World Championship, this time securing a strong fifth-place overall result at the MXGP of Afyon. A third-place finish in moto two came after two crashes in race one, which frustratingly prevented the Australian from reaching the overall podium in Turkey. Beaton’s teammate Kay de Wolf again delivered solid results, battling at the sharp end of the field in both motos on his way to securing ninth overall. Competing in the MXGP division, Thomas Kjer Olsen claimed a hard-fought ninth overall result with Arminas Jasikonis placing 21st.
Round nine of the FIM Motocross World Championship saw Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing line up for the second of two Grand Prix to be held at the Afyonkarahisar circuit in Turkey. With no notable changes to the race track, the riders were quickly familiar with the hardpack Turkish soil.
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GASGAS FACTORY RACING SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE TURKISH MXGP DOUBLE-HEADER
PAULS JONASS PUTS TOGETHER TWO SOLID RACES FOR FIFTH-OVERALL IN AFYONKARAHISAR
Bouncing back from a truly spectacular crash just three days ago, Pauls Jonass put in a champion’s performance at MXGP round nine. At the second of two visits to the Afyonkarahisar circuit, Jonass again looked at home on the hardpack soil, capitalizing on great starts in both races to secure fifth-overall. Not bad for a guy who hit the ground hard just last weekend! Jonass’ Standing Construct teammate Brian Bogers also had a solid day, placing 12th-overall despite taking a rock to the face in moto one. For our MX2 young guns, both Simon Langenfelder and Isak Gifting notched up a top-10 moto finish each, with Simon ultimately claiming 12th overall with Isak 14th.
Two American Teams Visit the Podium at 2021 ISDE
Sept. 8, 2021
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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Two of the U.S. ISDE teams visited the podium in their respective classes last Saturday as the FIM International Six Days Enduro came to an end in Italy. The Women’s World Trophy team not only won gold for the U.S. but did so in spectacular fashion, beating second-place finishers Great Britain by just over 15 minutes. The U.S. World Trophy team, after running third throughout the event, maintained its third-place podium position.
The Women’s World Trophy team, made up of riders Brandy Richards, Rachel Gutish and Britney Gallegos, grabbed the lead on the very first day and stretched that lead on a daily basis. Driving the team’s success was ISDE veteran Brandy Richards, who won every test across the six days, a rare accomplishment.
“When we started walking the tests,” Richards said, “I thought, ‘you know, I think I could win every single test.’ And after the first day, I was just thinking, ‘okay…you’ve got this!’”
“I’m not crying, I just got a little champagne in my eyes,” Gutish joked from the podium. “Words can’t describe how it felt to stand on top of the podium with my team, listening to the national anthem as it finally sank in that we were the world champions.”
The U.S. World Trophy team took third place behind Italy and Spain, and the team — made up of Johnny Girroir, Taylor Robert, Layne Michael and Ryan Sipes — fought hard to maintain third the entire six days.
“[We’re] just excited to get through it and still had a pretty solid showing,” Robert said. “It’s not exactly where we wanted to be, but still showed that [we’re some] of the top guys in the world.”
Unfortunately, the U.S. Junior Trophy team, which had been running second, suffered a major loss on Day Four when racer Austin Walton had a huge crash. He finished the test, but it was later determined he had a broken scapula. The loss meant the team incurred a three-hour penalty on Days Five and Six, leaving the team 11th. However, Dante Oliveira did go on to win the final E2 moto of the event.
Joining the 10 Trophy riders this year were 21 Club Team riders, an excellent mix of seasoned veterans and brand-new faces, and the U.S. Club Teams finished in 4th, 5th, 7th, 10th, 26th, 29th and 113th.
Cole Martinez was the top U.S. Club Team rider all week long, never finishing outside the top 10. Good Team, Bad Team, featuring Cole Martinez, Nate Ferderer — who’d been moved to the team when Mateo Oliveira was injured the week before — and Axel Pearson, ran third overall until the final moto, where they slipped back to fourth by just eight seconds.
Taking Ferderer’s place on the Missouri Mudders team was Kobe Knight. Knight had participated in the Qualifier series, but failed to qualify. He was on site at ISDE supporting brother John Knight. When the spot opened, within hours they had a bike rented and Kobe Knight made it through registration successfully to join the team in a time of need.
The Mojo Motosport team with Anthony Ferrante in his first ISDE would finish fifth, while the Trail Pros/US Sprint Enduro team finished seventh, with the youngest rider on the team, 16-year-old Cade Henderson, among their ranks.
Fred Hoess participated in his 28th ISDE, finishing 10th overall in Club Team riders on the Eric Cleveland Memorial Team with Nick Swenson and Joel Tonsgard, both competing in their first ISDE. Brian Storrie completed his 17th ISDE on the Elizabeth Scott 40+ team alongside Jayson Densley in his fifth ISDE and John Beal in his third — his last participation being the 2001 Italian ISDE.
While the NHHA/NGPC/D37 team finished 113th, with the only Club DNF being Tyler Vore — who’d been leading the C3 class by 30 seconds before crashing out on day four — all three riders put in strong performances all week.
Look for more coverage of the 2021 FIM International Six Days Enduro in upcoming issues of American Motorcyclist.
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MUSQUIN EXTENDS RED BULL KTM CONTRACT THROUGH 2022 SX SEASON
KTM has announced that Marvin Musquin has locked in a deal to remain with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team through the 2022 AMA Supercross Championship.
Entering his 12th season with the U.S. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team in 2022, the French rider has become synonymous with the READY TO RACE brand thanks to his top level of performance and commitment within the sport. Enjoying success at the last two rounds of the 2021 AMA Supercross Championship, the 31-year-old has proven that he still has plenty to give as he charges full-steam ahead towards a career-first 450SX title come January.
Marvin Musquin: “I’m really happy to extend my contract for another year making 12 years racing in the U.S. and 14 years in total with the with the Red Bull KTM family! It’s no secret that everyone on the team is like family to me. It will be another fun challenge working with the new bike, which will be a lot more work but that’s exciting! I look forward to focusing my efforts on the Supercross series and to the Supercross schedule being back to normal starting back at Anaheim in January!”
Ian Harrison – Red Bull KTM Team Manager: “Marvin has been an integral part of our team for many years and I am really happy we can continue working together for another season. He has achieved a lot with our team and been a part of the many milestones we have reached as a group in the U.S. over the last 12 years. Through highs and lows, he has overcome many obstacles and injuries throughout the years and all the while he fights back and shows he still has the desire to win – as he demonstrated during the 2021 Supercross season.”
Roger De Coster – Director of Motorsports, North America: “Marvin will be back for another SX season and I think he wants to prove to us that he is like red wine and gets better with time. After serious knee surgery two years ago, Marvin worked hard to recover and he is back in top shape, so we feel that and after finishing strong this year in SX with a win and second in the last two races, he will be back capable to perform at a top level.”
September 9th, 2021
TADDY BLAZUSIAK HEADS TO POLAND FOR HERO CHALLENGE
INJURED GASGAS FACTORY RACING STAR TO RACE AT HOME IN FIM HEWC ROUND SIX
This one’s going to be tough! Unable to ride since returning from Red Bull TKO in the USA nearly four weeks ago, Taddy Blazusiak is rolling up his sleeves, strapping up his shoulder, and hoping for the best as he heads home to Poland to compete in this weekend’s HERO Challenge – round six of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship.
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IT’S CALCULATOR TIME AS MOTOAMERICA CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN TO BE DECIDED
Based on the season thus far, M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Sean Dylan Kelly could end up driving out of New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday evening with the number-one plate that comes with winning the 2021 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship riding shotgun in his rental car. Oh, hold on, Kelly isn’t old enough to rent a car.
If things go his way, Kelly will earn his first MotoAmerica title at just 19 years of age and in just his third year of Supersport racing.
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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA SET FOR HERO CHALLENGE
BILLY BOLT AND ALFREDO GOMEZ TAKE ON ROUND SIX OF THE FIM HARD ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN POLAND
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt and Alfredo Gomez will compete at the HERO Challenge event in Poland this coming weekend – round six of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship. Run over two days – September 11-12 – the event marks the first of three European-based races, which lead to the conclusion of the 2021 HEWC series in late October.
A new event for all the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship regulars, HERO Challenge will see Billy and Alfredo compete in an extreme cross-country main event, a race that will be in complete contrast to the super-technical, rock-strewn woodlands of the previous round, TKO in the USA. Mixing things up and featuring motocross, enduro, and superenduro elements, the three-hour extreme cross-country main race will be preceded by a Saturday qualifying event and a separate, indoor endurocross.
Now Live: Racers 4 Waverly eBay Auction
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (September 9, 2021) – The Road 2 Recovery (R2R), in conjunction with MX Sports, has launched an autographed moto memorabilia collector’s dream eBay auction, all to benefit Racers 4 Waverly. All proceeds will go to support the goal of developing a meaningful outreach plan to provide financial and operational assistance to the community of Waverly and its citizens, and to those who have suffered life-changing losses as a result of this tragedy.
The auction is live now, with new items added daily. There are seven-day-long bidding options, five-day-long bidding options, and a few “Buy It Now” items. This is a staggering end-style auction, with the first item closing this Sunday, September 12, at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET.
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Is There A Bikes And Breakfast Meetup Near You?
Have you heard about Bikes and Breakfast yet? Basically it’s just people who like motorcycles of all ages, models and makes gathering for a breakfast and then doing individual or group rides. It’s not a “club”. It’s just motorcyclists doing motorcycle things.
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September 10th, 2021
INFORMATION – FIM MXGP/MX2/ Women’s Motocross World Championships – Calendar UPDATE, 10 September.
Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM MXGP/MX2/ Women’s Motocross World Championships
2021 Calendar UPDATE, 10 September.
The FIM and Infront Moto Racing would like to confirm the following changes that have been applied to the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship calendar.
There have been unavoidable updates to the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, but Infront Moto Racing together with the FIM, FIM Europe and all the organisers have been working hard to maintain a full racing calendar for one of the most competitive seasons of MXGP.
As a results, the MXGP of Portugal that was originally scheduled to take place on the 23-24 of October and the overseas races, MXGP of Argentina, MXGP of Asia and MXGP of Bali will no longer take place this year, but they will be postponed to 2022 and instead will be substituted by a triple-header in Pietramurata with the MXGP of Trentino (23-24 October), MXGP of Pietramurata (26-27 October) and MXGP of Garda (30-31 October) and two events in Mantova for the MXGP of Lombardia (6-7 November) and MXGP of Città di Mantova (9-10 November).
The FIM and Infront Moto Racing would like to thank all the stakeholders for their understanding in this difficult situation as the aim is to present the most complete FIM Motocross World Championship season of racing with some incredible action by the MXGP and MX2 stars who continue their battle for the title.
Revised calendar in attached file.
SUZUKI SEARCHING FOR MORE AT MOTORLAND ON FRIDAY
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 10.
Alex Rins: 12th – 1’48.267 (+ 0.654)
Joan Mir: 21st – 1’48.886 (+ 1.273)
Team Suzuki Ecstar arrived at Motorland Aragón in high spirits following a largely successful Silverstone two weeks ago, and great memories from this Spanish track one year ago. However, it was not a straight forward start for the GSX-RR riders as they struggled to get up to speed on Friday afternoon, and they instead opted to work on race settings.
The morning’s FP1 session at the scorching Spanish circuit proved positive for Joan Mir, who placed himself in second place early on. He held this position for the vast majority of the session, and even when he briefly got bumped down the order he was quick to reclaim the spot. He was also second fastest in three out of the four track sectors, which was a promising sign. Alex Rins was also inside the Top five in the morning session before he began work on set-up and slipped to 14th.
The temperatures rose sharply in FP2, but the times continued to come down. Rins and Mir both kept themselves inside the all-important Top 10 initially. But despite feeling largely comfortable with their bikes, the pair failed to bag provisional Q2 passage as they continued with race settings. Rins finished 12th and Mir 21st.
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Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Find Pace in Aragon GP Friday Sessions
GRAND PRIX OF ARAGÓN
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Cal Crutchlow and Fabio Quartararo found good form on the Friday at the MotorLand Aragón. They got straight to work on preparing their YZR-M1s for Sunday‘s race, finishing the day in third and seventh place respectively in the combined standings.
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SUZUKI WEEKEND ACTION – SEPTEMBER 11-12TH
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 10.
The second weekend of September sees Suzuki on track in the USA, UK and Spain for MotoAmerica Superbikes and AMA Pro Motocross, British Superbikes plus MotoGP™.
M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Cameron Petersen and Bobby Fong are at Round 8 of the MotoAmerica/ AMA Superbike Championship at New Jersey Motosports Park in Millville, New Jersey with their GSX-R1000R machinery along with Supersport teammate Sean Dylan Kelly (GSX-R600). Petersen and Fong currently hold third and fourth in the SBK series respectively and ‘SDK’ is a standout leader in Supersport.
GAGNE LEADS THE WAY ON FRIDAY AT NJMP
As he has done all season long, Fresh N’ Lean Attack Performance Yamaha’s Jake Gagne led the opening day of qualifying for this weekend’s MotoAmerica round at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the Californian besting the rest of the HONOS Superbike field in Q1 on Friday.
Gagne lapped the 2.25-mile NJMP in 1:20.910 to top M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Cameron Petersen by .422 of a second on a sunny afternoon in Millville to earn provisional pole position for this weekend’s three HONOS Superbike races.
September 11th, 2021
Teenager Jett Lawrence Becomes First Australian to Win Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Class Championship
Championship Runner-Up Cooper Dominates 250 Class for First 1-1 Sweep, Ferrandis Puts Finishing Touches on Historic 450 Class Championship with Sixth Win
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (September 11, 2021) – The 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, reached its conclusion on Saturday, as the summer campaign ended with American motocross’ oldest event for the 12th and final round, the Carson City Motorsports Hangtown Motocross Classic just outside of Sacramento. While one championship had already been decided in the 450 Class, the 250 Class title remained up for grabs, which put the division into the spotlight on a sunny afternoon in Northern California. When the dust settled on the final two motos of the season, it was 18-year-old Team Honda HRC rider Jett Lawrence who emerged with the Gary Jones Cup as the first ever Australian champion in the smaller displacement.
Lawrence’s championship-winning ride wasn’t without serious drama as Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper did all he could to try and steal the title with his first 1-1 moto sweep and his second win of the 2021 season. In the 450 Class, Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis put the finishing touches on the championship he clinched one week ago with an impressive sixth victory.
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SUZUKI’S RIDERS PREPARE FOR UPHILL BATTLE AT MOTORLAND
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 11.
Grid positions for Aragon GP:
Joan Mir: 7th – 1’47.162 (+ 0.840)
Alex Rins: 20th – 1’47.790 (Q1)
Improvements were needed from the get-go at Motorland Aragón circuit on Saturday morning as perfect conditions greeted the riders. Joan Mir was quick to bring his lap time down and he completed FP3 in a great third place. But securing direct passage to Q2 was a tricky task as the top 17 riders were covered by just eight tenths of a second and Alex Rins missed out as he took 14th.
As predicted, the air and track temperatures rocketed for the afternoon’s FP4 session. This made it tough to go fast but provided a good opportunity for the riders to better understand how the track may feel tomorrow afternoon. Mir closed this session ninth, and Rins 18th.
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Road 2 Recovery Prepares to Launch First Phase of Max Matters Mental Health Initiative
ENCINITAS, Calif. (September 11, 2021) – Following the introduction of the Max Matters Mental Health Initiative earlier this summer, the Road 2 Recovery Foundation (R2R), in conjunction with MX Sports Pro Racing, is prepared to launch the opening phase of the initiative. Working in collaboration with medical professionals and industry leaders, R2R has spearheaded the efforts to establish programs for support group meetings and a website resource portal, which will both begin in the fall.
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MALCOLM STEWART JOINS ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING TEAM
FLORIDA NATIVE INKS TWO-YEAR DEAL FOR AMA SUPERCROSS AND MOTOCROSS SERIES
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team is pleased to officially announce that Malcolm Stewart has inked a two-year deal to join the team’s 450 efforts in both AMA Supercross World Championship and AMA Pro Motocross racing. The 28-year-old Florida native will pilot the FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION for the 2022 and 2023 race seasons, beginning on January 8 with the Anaheim SX season opener.
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Gagne Has One Hand On The 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Title
Jake Gagne Needs Just Two Points To Take First Superbike Crown
MILLVILLE, NJ (September 11, 2021) – If Jake Gagne manages to get out of bed tomorrow and make it to the grid for the first of two HONOS Superbike races at New Jersey Motorsports Park, he will be crowned as the 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion.
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Lewis, De Keyrel Crowned On Day One At NJMP
Ask any motorcycle road racer, and pretty much all of them will say that the best way to wrap up a championship is to win the race when you clinch. And that’s exactly what happened for Altus Motorsports Suzuki rider Jake Lewis in the weekend’s only Stock 1000 race.
Lewis had the best day of his MotoAmerica career with the win and the championship, but his closest rival Corey Alexander unfortunately had one of his worst days. Aboard his “Engine 23” HONOS HVMC Racing Kawasaki – which featured special fire engine-inspired livery in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 – had a technical issue with his bike on the grid and was unable to start the race.
Second place went to Jones Honda’s Ashton Yates, who led a large portion of the 15-lap race until Lewis ultimately passed him and went on to the get the win. Meanwhile, the surprise of the day was third-place finisher Mike Selpe, who put his Markbilt Racing Yamaha on the podium in his first-ever MotoAmerica race.
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RJ HAMPSHIRE AND ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING END 250MX SEASON WITH A STRONG PODIUM RESULT AT HANGTOWN
“It was a good day to finish the season off,” Hampshire said. “I still don’t feel that great but we managed through the day and saved what I could in that first moto. In the second moto, I got a decent start again and ran into the back of someone first lap and went pretty far back. I knew a podium was in the cards, so I dug deep at the end. It’s a good way to end the season off on the podium, so I’m stoked on that. I’m looking forward to a good off-season.”
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