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THOMAS KJER OLSEN ON FORM AT 2021 FIM MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS
ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S DANISH RACER WINS OPENING MOTO ON HIS WAY TO OVERALL MXGP TOP-THREE FINISH
Delivering his standout result of the season so far, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen has placed an excellent third overall in the
MXGP class at the FIM Motocross of Nations. Boosted by a stunning race one victory, Kjer Olsen battled back from a couple of crashes in moto two to secure his place on the overall MXGP podium. For Arminas Jasikonis, two consistent finishes netted the Lithuanian an impressive fifth overall in the Open class.
The 74th edition of the FIM Motocross of Nations took place at the Mantova race track in Italy with heavy rain creating incredibly tough racing conditions. The circuit’s sandy top layer covers a hard and slick base, which with the rain created a treacherous racing surface for all competitors during the three mixed-capacity races.
EVENTFUL MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS FOR GASGAS FACTORY RACING
HARD CHARGING ISAK GIFTING CLAIMS TOP-THREE FINISH IN THE MX2 CLASS AT RAIN LASHED MANTOVA
It was a wet, wild, and mostly positive day for GASGAS Factory Racing at the FIM Motocross of Nations, with Isak Gifting claiming third overall in the MX2 class! Participating in the prestigious event for the very first time, the super Swede, who’s been on form in recent weeks, overcame a crash and horrendous weather conditions to secure the final step on the overall MX2 podium. For Simon Langenfelder, it was a challenging day at the office as the German battled through the heavy conditions to secure an eighth overall MX2 class result.
CRAIG DELONG COMES FROM BEHIND TO SECURE SECOND OVERALL AT BURR OAK GNCC
ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S THAD DUVALL CLAIMS A TOP-FIVE IN XC1
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Craig DeLong put forth an impressive come-from-behind performance on Sunday to earn a second-place finish at the Burr Oak GNCC in Millfield, Ohio. Eleven rounds into the 2021 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, the defending XC2 250 Pro Champion enjoyed his ninth podium appearance of the season, including one win, as he holds a strong second in the championship standings. DeLong had a misfire off the start and found himself buried on the opening lap but he put his head down and charged up to third by the end of lap one. Engaging in an intense three-way battle up front, the Pennsylvania native sat within striking distance in third for the first three laps before making his way up to second with two laps to go. He brought himself within five seconds of the leader with one lap to go and he was on-track to contest for the lead spot until getting stopped up on a hill climb late in the race. He charged hard in the final moments to finish only 16 seconds back for second-place.
GOOD OLD TIMES BLOG – THE FIRST MOTORISED BIKE
At the end of the 19th century motorcycles were only just becoming a reality. Crude bicycle-based machines were heavy, cumbersome and cost a lot of money. Husqvarna, then a weapons factory in Sweden, saw the potential of this new two-wheeled transport and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Read more about Husqvarna’s first ever motorcycles here
TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR MISANO MotoGP TEST VIDEO
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 27.
Join Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir and Alex Rins during their two-day test at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in San Marino on September 21-22nd.
Both riders spent time testing the 2022 spec. engine and some chassis and set-up improvements on the GSX-RR, along with preparing for the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at the circuit next month.
To watch the video on Team Suzuki Racing: CLICK HERE
To watch on Suzuki Racing News YouTube: CLICK HERE
GBC Powersports Tires Burr Oak: Motorcycle Race Report
Baylor, Girroir and Johnson Victorious in Ohio
MILLFIELD, Ohio (September 27, 2021) – The 2021 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, concluded its eleventh round of racing at the GBC Powersports Tires Burr Oak event in Millfield, Ohio on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
As the XC1 Open Pro class took off the line it was Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Trevor Bollinger racing towards the holeshot line, earning himself an extra $250 courtesy of the All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award. However, as the racers headed into the woods on the opening lap it was Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jordan Ashburn making his way to timing and scoring first.
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RINS AND MIR LEARN ABOUT THE TOOLS – EPISODE 1 VIDEO
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 27.
What does what in the Team Suzuki Ecstar tool chests?
Joan Mir and Alex Rins take a lesson in some of the everyday specialist equipment their technicians use on their GSX-RR machinery in this new fun clip from the team!
Watch it now on Team Suzuki Ecstar’s YouTube page: CLICK HERE
BUILDBASE SUZUKI UPBEAT AFTER OULTON BSB MIXED RESULT
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 27.
Gino Rea: GSX-R1000R – DNF-10-9
Michael Dunlop: GSX-R1000R – 19-14-17
Tim Neave: GSX-R1000R – DNF-DNF
It was an up and down weekend at Oulton Park at the ninth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship for Buildbase Suzuki as Gino Rea started strongly before a crash in race one, while Tim Neave qualified on pole in the Pirelli National Superstock class, only to twice crash out.
Rea was sixth fastest on Friday and qualified on the third row of the grid: In race one he was away with the leading pack but a crash for a rider in front meant he had to take evasive action and in an attempt to bridge the gap he slipped off.
A change in setting didn’t deliver the desired results in race two and he finished 10th, but he felt more comfortable in race three and finished ninth, just off the back of the battle for seventh. However, while the results were not quite as anticipated, he and the team can take the positives and focus on the improvements in performance over the previous visit to Oulton Park.
PRESS RELEASE – Five motorcycle training programmes in Italy, Cyprus, Greece and Portugal
Today five new motorcycle training programmes, in Italy, Cyprus, Greece and Portugal, were awarded the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label, an initiative jointly led by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), the International Motorcycle Federation (FIM) and the German Road Safety Council (DVR).
The awarded programmes are:
“Importance of Protective Equipment – Accident Risk Assessment – Riding Skills Development”, a programme offered by the Cyprus Motorcycles Federation
“Advice on Advanced Riding – E.Q.L.” a programme offered by the Hellenic Motorcycle Institute MOTOTHESIS
“Safe Driving Course” and “Advanced Safe Driving Course”, two programmes offered by the Italian Motorcyclists Federation (FMI)
“Ride safer – Motorcycle training”, a programme offered by the PRP (Prevenção Rodoviária Portuguesa), the Portuguese association for the prevention of road accidents
Triumph Renews DGR Partnership for Five More Years
Triumph motorcycles and the distinguished gentleman’s ride renew their partnership
for five more years
Triumph Motorcycles are proud to announce that they will continue as main partner and supporter of The Distinguished Gentleman Ride (DGR), one of the world’s largest and most stylish charity motorcycle fundraising event, for another historic five years.
The renewal of this important partnership represents a natural continuation of what has been a great success story, both from the perspective of raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health, but also in the incredible participation and the riding community it has generated for hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists worldwide
As the DGR’s major sponsor since 2014, Triumph Motorcycles are proud to have played a key role in partnership with Mark Hawwa and his team in helping develop the DGR into the world-spanning event that it is today. Contributing support and resources across the years that have raised awareness, amplified the DGR’s voice and rewarded its participants has been at the heart of Triumph’s role. This in turn has led to legions of Triumph riders, Triumph dealers, staff, family, and friends enjoying their motorcycles, dressing dapper and sharing a common bond in support of their community.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride’s was founded to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health, by uniting classic and vintage style motorcycle riders, old and new all around the world. Triumph Motorcycles embraced this cause and in early 2014, committed to support the DGR through their global marketing team and channels, and to provide The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride with Modern Classic motorcycles to be won as prizes to reward and promote fundraising.
Over 8 incredible years, Triumph Motorcycles and The DGR have worked together with the common goal of increasing the profile of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride around the world, to grow this amazing community of riders and ultimately increase the number of people participating and the level of funds raised to support the cause.
On 28th September 2014 the first Triumph-sponsored DGR took place in 58 counties, 257 cities and it was attended by 20,000 dapper-dressed classic and vintage riders, raising a total of $1.5m. Growing to 79 countries, 410 cities, 37,000 riders and $2.3m raised in 2015, and 90 countries, 57,000 riders and $3.6m in 2016, these numbers have just kept growing and growing – up to the DGR’s record breaking year in 2019, where 116,00 riders raised $6m by riding dapper together in an amazing 104 countries across the world.
The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic presented a challenging landscape for The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and riders alike. Despite such difficult times and dynamics, the DGR worked hard to develop a new format that made it possible for riders to show their support and passion safely, with the Ride Solo Together event. This enabled the global DGR community to achieve its most global event ever, with 171 countries and 2,531 locations riding solo together, all connected together through social media.
As challenges persisted during 2021 The Distinguished Gentleman’s ride adapted its format again to reflect the different level of restrictions worldwide, where depending on the restrictions in place in each area DGR fans enjoy a normal group ride event, route only or solo ride.
As a result of this evolved approach, we saw a considerable increase in participants and funds raised compared to the previous year with 65,300 riders, almost 10,000 more compared to 2020, raising $4.1m, $1.4m more than 2020.
In 2021, the event moved from September to May, and every indication gives hope and confidence for an amazing ride in 2022 ride, which everyone involved is committed to making the most successful year ever.
Mark Hawwa. Founder/Director of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.
“In 2014 when we first partnered with Triumph Motorcycles, I was incredibly excited. They are the only motorcycle manufacturer that I felt perfectly fit with The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. We’ve done some wonderful things since then; together we have been able to reward some of our top and most dedicated fundraisers with brand new bikes from the modern classic range and built the custom one-of-one 2021 Triumph Thruxton RS. Today, 8 years later as we announce the 5-year continuation of this partnership, I am even more excited than I was in 2014 because, with the next 5 years, I know that we can do even more together with the goal of raising funds and awareness of men’s health.”
Paul Stroud. Triumph Chief Commercial Officer
“From the very beginning we could see the DGR was something truly special that the team at Triumph were incredibly keen to be involved with, both for the cause it represented but also the great day of riding and fun of dressing dapper it delivered. We are proud to have been the main partner for the last eight years and honoured to have been able to play a part in helping grow such a positive and impactful force for good. Across our world, from our dealers to our staff, to Triumph fans and DGR riders globally it’s very easy to see how much passion and engagement there is for this significant event and riding cause. The renewal of our partnership with The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was a natural decision to take, based not only on the success and growth of participation that has raised Triumph’s profile, but also because we share that passion and are committed to supporting Mark, his team and the DGR community worldwide in their mission, to reach ever higher”
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KAWASAKI NEW models launching this fall
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Mark your calendars, because you won’t want to miss the six NEW 2022 vehicles we’re launching! Check the Kawasaki website and social media channels for announcements all day on October 5th.
JOE ROBERTS RENEWS MOTO2 DEAL WITH ITALTRANS RACING
Joe Roberts, the 2015 MotoAmerica Superstock 600 Champion, has renewed his contract with the Italtrans Racing Team for the 2022 Moto2 World Championship, according to a release issued by the team today.
Roberts, who is currently 12th in the 2021 Moto2 World Championship, is near the end of his first season with the Italtrans Racing Team and his fourth full-time season in the series.
Roberts will again be teamed with Lorenzo Dalla Porta, who is currently in his second season with the team. Dalla Porta, the 2019 Moto3 World Champion, however, has been suffering with a shoulder injury and has opted to end his 2021 season and will undergo surgery on October 6 in Milan, Italy.
Tetsuta Nagashima will replace Dalla Porta for the rest of the season.
SUZUKI READY TO RIDE THE RODEO IN TEXAS
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 29.
For the first time since 2019, the MotoGP™ World Championship is heading for the USA, with the 15th round of the season taking place at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Texas.
Team Suzuki Ecstar come into the event following a very useful two-day test at Misano World Circuit where both Joan Mir and Alex Rins tried the 2022 engine spec. which is still a work in progress as well as plenty of set-up adjustments and both felt highly motivated by the improvements.
This lifted the team after a difficult Grand Prix in San Marino where Rins suffered a DNF and Mir brought home sixth place.
There will be a certain amount of learning in Texas for Mir who has only ridden here on the GSX-RR in his rookie year where he finished outside the points. However, he did achieve fourth in COTA in the Moto2 class. Rins, meanwhile, has a great love for the Texan track after an epic victory against Valentino Rossi during MotoGP™’s last visit in 2019. He has also won here in the Moto3 and Moto2 classes.
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Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Return to Texas for Grand Prix of The Americas
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are making their way to Austin, Texas in the United States of America for a single fly-away race before tackling the three GPs of the final European leg. After the positive results of the MotoGP test at the Misano Circuit last week, both Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli are fully motivated to strive for top results.
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team are travelling to America for the 16th Grand Prix on the 2021 MotoGP calendar. Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli are both looking forward to riding at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) again for the first time since April 2019.
Dean Berta Viñales Has Died After WorldSSP300 Crash
Dean Berta Viñales has lost his life following a multi-rider crash at Jerez this past weekend. In the World Supersport 300 (WSSP300) Championship race on Saturday, Dean Berta was part of a collision that also involved Alejandro Carrion, Daniel Mogeda, Harry Khouri, and Yeray Ruiz.
The race was immediately red-flagged, and medics arrived on the scene immediately. Viñales was attended to on track and at the circuit medical center but sadly succumbed to his injuries. A statement released by the team mentioned that he had, unfortunately, suffered severe head and thoracic injuries in the accident.
Viñales is the cousin of MotoGP rider Maverick Viñales and participated in his first WSSP300 Championship atop a Yamaha R3. Racing for the family-run Viñales Racing Team, the 15-year old was slowly blooming into a formidable force in the paddock. He managed his best finish of fourth at Magny-Cours earlier in the season, followed by an impressive performance that put him in sixth in Barcelona last weekend.
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URAMOTO JOINS BUILDBASE SUZUKI FOR DONINGTON BSB
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 29.
Japanese ace Naomichi Uramoto will join the Buildbase Suzuki team this weekend and contest the 10th round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park in the UK.
Uramoto, who currently rides in the Spanish Superbike Championship (ESBK) aboard a Suzuki GSX-R1000R, will pilot Danny Kent’s machine, as the former Moto3 World Champion recovers from injury.
Born in Tokyo, Uramoto is a former All Japan Road Race GP2 Champion and last year finished a credible fourth place in the Spanish championship with two wins. The 27-year-old also made a wildcard appearance in the World Superbike Championship at Catalunya earlier this season.
Despite having to learn a new team, circuit, and championship in one weekend, Uramoto is excited at the prospect and looking forward to building his experience.
FIM EnduroGP World Championships & Prizes – Pre-Entry List – Santiago do Cacém (POR), 8-10 October
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AMA Road Race Grand Championship to Run Oct. 15-17
Sept. 29, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AMA Road Race Grand Championship to Run Oct. 15-17
AMA amateur road racing championship to be hosted by Daytona International Speedway
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The AMA Road Race Grand Championship takes place at Daytona International Speedway, Oct. 15-17, 2021.
Promoted by the American Sportbike Racing Association LLC, the event is the official U.S. amateur road racing championship, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association.
“We are excited to be given the chance to host the AMA Road Race Grand Championship again at Daytona International Speedway,” ASRA President Kevin Elliott said. “These races have proven to showcase some of the most exciting and competitive road racing in the United States and have a history of introducing us to the future stars of the American racing scene.”
Along with AMA National Championship No. 1 plates, three AMA Awards will be distributed: the Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award, AMA Vet/Senior Road Racer of the Year, and AMA Amateur Road Racer of the Year.
The Horizon Award was named in honor of the first racer to claim it: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Nicky Hayden. The honor is given to the rider that is best prepared for the professional ranks, based on attitude, enthusiasm and past performance.
The pre-entry deadline is Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. More information on the event can be found at https://ccsracing.us/venues/daytona.html.
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GNCC Race Recap – GBC Powersports Tires Burr Oak
Buell® to Start Hammerhead Production & Online Reservations Nov. 1, 2021
Grand Rapids, Mich. – Buell Motorcycle Co. announces the legendary Buell Hammerhead 1190 is going into production and taking reservations beginning November 1, so get in line.
The Buell Hammerhead 1190 received extensive press coverage and unbridled enthusiasm from motorcycle riders around the world following Buell’s spring announcement that “Buell is Back”.
INFORMATION – FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship – Entry list – Kramolin (CZE), 10 October
Entry list – Kramolin (CZE), 10 October – 1 page
SUZUKI WEEKEND ACTION – OCTOBER 2-3RD
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 30.
The opening weekend in October sees MotoGP™ back in action at the Circuit Of The Americas in Texas after last year’s race was cancelled due to Coronavirus.
Team Suzuki Ecstar riders Joan Mir and Alex Rins will be on track tomorrow (Friday) for the opening practice sessions for Round 15 of 18 aboard their GSX-RR machinery; the scene of Rins’ debut MotoGP win in 2019.
For Mir, it will be his second time at the circuit aboard the GSX-RR following his Rookie MotoGP debut, and the 2020 Covid lockdown, although he has ridden before in other classes.
BILLY BOLT AND ALFREDO GOMEZ LOOKING FOR SUCCESS AT HIXPANIA HARD ENDURO
ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING ARRIVE IN SPAIN TO RACE PENULTIMATE ROUND OF FIM HARD ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt and Alfredo Gomez are all set to take on Hixpania Hard Enduro, the seventh and penultimate round of the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship. The Spanish event promises three days of challenging racing, culminating in the tough, multi-lap ‘The Lost Way’ enduro on Sunday, October 3.
Despite finishing as runner-up at the previous round of the series, Billy Bolt was frustrated not to have taken the win. However, the young Brit still brought his TE 300i home ahead of his closest championship rival and re-took the lead in the series standings. On top form, and with three wins from six races, the 24-year-old will be aiming to claim a fourth victory at Hixpania, and extend his points advantage ahead of the final round in Germany at the end of October.
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Langen Two Stroke now road registered in the UK
You’ve recently subscribed through our website or at an event to more information about our Langen Motorcycle Two Stroke model.
Huge amounts of work have been done in recent weeks as we are nearing the moment of putting the first customers’ orders into full production.
The most recent major milestone has been getting the UK road-registration allocated to the prototype bike which has taken a lot of work – and paperwork!
Next up in the coming days is going to be getting the world’s most important motorcycle media on the Langen Two Stroke so they can see for themselves what the bike is like to ride.
We’re incredibly proud of the work we have done to make the Langen Two Stroke and we are really excited to be able to share that with some of the most experienced motorcycle media in the world.
The fact they will be able to road test a brand-new, road-legal 250cc two-stroke is some news many thought they would never be able to read again. We love the fact we are able to do something so fresh!
We will share when and where coverage will be published on the Langen social media channels once we know what’s happening with various deadlines and publishing dates. Keep an eye on all the Langen channels and follow to make sure you never miss a thing.
16th Barber Vintage Festival presented by BMW Motorrad October 8-10
16th Barber Vintage Festival
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HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES THANKS JASON ANDERSON
ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING PART WAYS WITH FORMER 450SX CHAMPION AFTER SEVEN SUCCESSFUL YEARS TOGETHER
Husqvarna Motorcycles would like to express its sincere thanks to Jason Anderson for his hard work, commitment, and racing achievements during the last seven years. Following a highly successful relationship with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, the American’s time with the team has now drawn to a close.