DECEMBER 2020 MOTORCYCLE NEWS


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November 2020 (published December 1)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The federal Motorcyclist Advisory Council ended its official duties Oct. 24, after meeting regularly since 2017 and sending its recommendations to the U.S. Department of Transportation in February. Legislation to reauthorize the MAC was contained in an amendment to the federal highway bill that passed the House of Representatives. The MAC was established to provide advice and recommendations concerning infrastructure issues related to motorcyclist safety, including barrier design; road design, construction, and maintenance practices; and the architecture and implementation of intelligent transportation system technologies. Mike Sayre, AMA government relations director, was the MAC chair.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Motorcycle fatalities declined 0.5 percent to 5,014 in 2019, the third consecutive year that fewer riders died on America’s roads, according to preliminary statistics released in October by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The decline in motorcyclist deaths compares to a 2 percent decline in overall vehicle fatalities in 2019. There were 36,096 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019, while 36,835 were reported in 2018. The data indicate that an estimated 8,870 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the second quarter of 2020, a decrease of about 3.3 percent compared to the second quarter of 2019, which translates into 302 fewer fatalities as compared to the same period in 2019. NHTSA officials noted, however, that the 2020 numbers reflect a significant reduction in driving during the coronavirus pandemic. The total traffic volume decreased by more than 16 percent in the first six months of 2020.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The AMA urges motorcyclists and other off-highway vehicle enthusiasts to apply for positions on the 11 state or regional Resource Advisory Councils of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. These RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. Nominations are due by Nov. 13. Find the AMA alert at cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/write-a-letter?4&engagementId=509582. Additional information and applications are available from Carrie Richardson, BLM Communications, 1849 C Street NW, Room 5614, Washington, DC 20240, or crichardson@blm.gov.

State News

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn University’s GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory is building a garage with multiple bays and lifts for commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, office space for researchers, a conference room and an observation area overlooking a 1.7-mile oval test track. The $800,000 facility will be one of a few autonomous vehicle research facilities in the nation attached to a test track. University officials said the indoor facility will provide protection from the sweltering summer heat and popup thunderstorms that interfere with testing procedures.

KETCHIKAN, Alaska – The Ketchikan Resource Advisory Committee has scheduled a virtual meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 to provide updates on past projects and to propose new ones. The meeting is open to the public, and the agenda includes time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request in writing by Oct. 29, to be scheduled on the agenda. Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee staff before or after the meeting. Contact Penny L. Richardson, RAC coordinator, (907) 228-4105 or (907) 419-5300, or penny.richardson@usda.gov, for meeting dial in information.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The AMA cautioned the California Air Resources Board and offered to work with the agency as it revamps its testing fee structure for off-highway and dual-sport motorcycles. Fee increases that raise the price of motorcycles or aftermarket equipment reduce the demand for those products. And that reduced demand affects economic opportunities related to the use of those products, such as hotel stays, restaurant visits and other spending by individuals and families. “With respect to youth-oriented off-road models, recognition of different use and cost implications of a new testing fee structure is critical,” the AMA wrote to CARB. “AMA members and their families need continued access to reasonably priced, youth-appropriate vehicles. Without access to these appropriately sized vehicles, younger riders might be wrongly encouraged to ride adult-sized machines.”

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order in September directing state officials to ensure that by 2035 all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be zero-emissions vehicles. The intent, the governor said, is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The transportation sector is responsible for more than half of all of California’s carbon pollution, 80 percent of smog-forming pollution and 95 percent of toxic diesel emissions, the order states. The move is expected to quicken the shift to electric vehicles and those powered by other alternative fuels.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The state Department of Motor Vehicles issued a permit to Zoox Inc. to operate two driverless vehicles on some streets in Foster City. The vehicles may operate in fair weather conditions (light rain/fog) on streets with a speed limit of no more than 45 mph. The AMA recognizes the potential of autonomous and driver-assist vehicles to improve road-user safety, but objects to the testing of these new technologies on public roadways. Zoox is the fourth company to receive a driverless testing permit in the state. Currently, 60 companies in California have permits to test AVs with a driver.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The draft 2020 Soil Standard and Guidelines from the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of the California Department of Parks and Recreation is available for public review and comments. The document, an update to the 2008 Soil Conservation Standard and Guidelines, is available at ohv.parks.ca.gov/pages/1140/files/2020scsg_3rd_draft_formatted.pdf. Written comments may be sent to michelle.winn@parks.ca.gov by 5 p.m. Nov. 5. A public meeting about the update is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Nov. 5. For more information, contact Jon M. O’Brien, environmental program manager, jon.obrien@parks.ca.gov.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has reduced fire restrictions in some areas of public lands in Southern California managed by the California Desert District. Areas previously designated Stage II fire restrictions have been redesignated to Stage I fire restrictions. These areas include public lands managed by the California Desert District in Imperial and eastern Mono Counties and portions of Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, southern Inyo and Kern counties. For specific descriptions of fire restrictions, a fire restrictions map and a copy of the fire order, visit go.usa.gov/xmueg.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Police launched a task force to identify people illegally riding dirt bikes and ATVs on city streets, and the Board of Alders approved a new ordinance that increases fines for illegal riding to $1,000 for a first offense, $1,500 for a second violation, and $2,000 for the third. The new law also includes a $100 fine for service stations that sell fuel to anyone who arrives riding a dirt bike or an ATV.

LANSING, Mich. – Motorcyclists are trying to fix a dangerous defect in the state’s new automobile insurance system that took effect in July, limiting access to lifetime medical benefits to motorcyclists injured in traffic crashes. Previously, motorcyclists involved in a crash with an automobile were covered by the no-fault system’s potentially unlimited, lifetime medical benefits, known as personal injury protection coverage or PIP. Under the revamped system, the amount of no-fault benefits available to motorcyclists in a crash involving a car or truck now depends on how much PIP the other vehicle’s owner or driver chose to purchase. About 60 members of ABATE of Michigan gathered on the capitol steps in September to draw attention to the change in coverage. S.B. 528, introduced by state Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Macomb Count) would fix the situation by allowing motorcyclists to file a claim against their own policy, just as other road users can.

PHILADELPHIA – Six members of the Philadelphia City Council voiced support in October for a dirt-bike and ATV park in the city. Philadelphia is one of several large cities overwhelmed by people-mostly youth-illegally riding dirt bikes on city streets and through public parks. Urban OHV parks, which the AMA supports and has promoted in Philadelphia and other communities, offer at least a partial solution to the problem by providing a safer and legal space for responsible riding. Councilwoman Katherine Gilmore Richardson said the “bike life” is a culture that is part of the city. The local CBS-TV affiliate reported that from May 13 through Oct. 3, Philadelphia police confiscated 263 ATVs and dirt bikes. Deputy Police Commissioner Joel Dales testified that enforcement is making a difference, but by itself is not a long-term solution.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The state Department of Transportation resumed motorcycle training courses in September after instituting coronavirus mitigation measures. American Motorcycle Training Inc., P&P Enterprises Inc./dba Appalachian Cycles, Shaeffer’s Harley-Davidson and Total Control Training Inc. are the first approved vendors that will provide motorcycle safety training. Classes operating under the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program are free to Pennsylvania motorcycle permit and license holders. Successful completion of a basic or intermediate course waives the requirement to take a skills test at a PennDOT Driver License Center and automatically earns the permit holder their motorcycle license.

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Gov. Phil Scott vetoed H. 926, an update to the state’s land-use law, and instead signed Executive Order 04-20, which empowers the state Natural Resources Board to issue rules governing the state trail system. By March 2021, the state commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation is to make recommendations for an alternative program for overseeing the planning, construction, use and maintenance of recreational trails in the Vermont Trails System.

RIPON, Wis. – The Common Council tabled an ordinance that would have allowed ATVs and UTVs to operate on city streets. While the council heard from those who ride between area communities to visit businesses, a group of residents objected to the potential of excessive sound from the vehicles and reckless riding. Opponents also said Ripon would be “an island” of ATV activity, since no nearby community allows the vehicles on public roadways.

Industry News

MINNEAPOLIS – Polaris Inc. created the Empowersports Women’s Riding Council, a panel of 12 women intended to increase the representation and inclusion of women in motorcycling and other powersports. Participants include Michelle Barraza, Carrie Barton, Julie-Ann Chapman, Amy David, Gevin Fax, Vicki Gray, Lisa Lockhart, Kristen Matlock, Jody Perewitz, Porsche Taylor, Jolene Van Vugt and Kelly Yazdi.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council announced that Steve Newton from Alabama is the new Clubs and Association Issue Area Representative. Newton has been riding ATVs for 15 years and has served as president of the Cheaha Trail Riders and as a NOHVCC state partner.

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Harry Grant was inducted into the New England Trials Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 22 during a ceremony at his home. Grant, 68, began competing in off-road Observed Trials competition in the early 1970s, quickly rising to the Top Ten Riders and achieving Expert ranking. In addition to competing in New England events, Grant participated in many national competitions in the 1970s. In 1975, he was one of a few U.S. riders to compete in the first World Championship Observed Trials Competition held in the United States. As recently as 2019, Grant was still competing in the Senior classes of Observed Trials in various New England locations.

International News

TORONTO – Winners at the 2020 Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival, conducted online Oct. 1-10, included:

People’s Choice Award-“When The Road Ends-Lost In The Pacific”

Best Feature Film-“The Space Between”

Best Short Film-“Reappear”

Best Short Documentary-“Fast Eddie”

Best Canadian Film-“Biker Bob’s Posthumous Adventure”

AMA News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The AMA has announced the professional competition numbers for pro-licensed riders competing in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, and the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship for the 2021 season. Each rider uses the assigned professional number for competition. In addition, the current champion runs the No. 1 plate, instead of an assigned professional number, when competing in the class or region in which the No. 1 plate was earned. Find the complete list at americanmotorcyclist.com/2021-professional-supercross-and-motocross-numbers-announced.

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POSITIVE RESULTS FOR GASGAS FACTORY RACING AT MXGP ROUND 16 IN ITALY

IVO MONTICELLI RETURNS TO FORM WITH SEVENTH OVERALL IN THE MXGP CLASS WHILE ISAK GIFTING CONTINUES TO IMPRESS IN MX2

Ivo Monticelli – MC 450F – GASGAS Factory Racing

GASGAS Factory Racing have enjoyed a solid showing at the MXGP of Trentino with Standing Construct’s Ivo Monticelli placing a spirited seventh overall in the highly-competitive MXGP class. Isak Gifting also delivered the goods, placing seventh and continuing his run of impressive results in the MX2 class. Isak’s DIGA Procross teammate Michael Sandner dug deep to deliver his best ever MX2 class results, putting together strong 14-13 finishes on his way to 12th overall.

• Positive start to final MXGP triple-header for GASGAS Factory Racing
• Standing Construct’s Monticelli matches season best overall result
• DIGA Procross teammates deliver solid results on Italian hardpack

The MXGP of Trentino kicked off the first of three events set to be held on the hardpack Pietramurata circuit over the coming week. With the season’s end now well within sight, all GASGAS Factory Racing riders were focused on enjoying the Italian track and delivering solid results at round 16.

Racing on home soil, Italian Ivo Monticelli qualified third-fastest in MXGP, setting the tone for a positive day despite being hit from behind in the first turn of race one. Lucky to stay upright but dropping down the field, Ivo charged from 17th to 12th on the opening lap before slotting into ninth on lap four. Despite knocking on the door for eighth, he backed things down and raced to a solid ninth-place finish.

A strong start in race two allowed Monticelli to take a tight inside line through turn two, to emerge in sixth and avoid the early-race chaos. Then dropping back a few places to ninth, he formed part of a five-rider battle for fifth as the race progressed. Battling past Dylan Walsh and moving into eighth as the race reached half distance, Ivo maintained his position to the finish, going on to match his season-best overall result of seventh.

With the ink only just dry on his 2021 DIGA Procross GASGAS Factory Racing contract, Isak Gifting proved he is just as capable on hard pack circuits as he is in the sand. Race one saw Gifting make a strong start with the Swede going on to enjoy a largely trouble-free moto. Maintaining sixth for most of the race, he lost just one spot at the halfway stage to Conrad Mewse, going on to claim a seventh-place finish.

Isaac Gifting

Race two was a little more lively for Gifting. Battling early on with teammate Sandner, he held down seventh place before withstanding pressure from last weekend’s overall winner Ben Watson. As the race entered the closing stages, Gifting lost his position, but then got lucky as Roan Van De Moosdijk tipped over, handing seventh back to Isak. Racing on to another seventh-place finish, the super-Swede placed seventh overall, his fifth consecutive top-10 result.

Michael Sandner delivered a pair of impressive performances at the MXGP of Trentino. Strong starts in both races saw the Austrian run up front in the top-10, learning the pace of the leading riders as he went. Despite an unfortunate collision with another rider early in race one, which resulted in a bent clutch lever, the undeterred MC 250F rider raced to a 14th place finish, his best result of the season.

Michael Sandner

Michael ripped to another strong start in race two and was looking good on the slick Pietramurata circuit. Placed well inside the top 10 for most of the race, he slipped back a few spots to 13th at the finish. A positive result nonetheless as it beat his previous best-ever moto result from race one! When paired together, Sandner claimed 12th overall, another career-best!

Ivo Monticelli:“Italian hardpack is a good surface for me! I really like this track and I felt comfortable all day. Qualifying was good, third place and I knew that with some good starts I would run top 10, and I did. Ninth and eighth in the races, this is where I should be. I’m in a good spot now and I’m excited for the last two GPs.”

Isak Gifting:“Another good day for me today. I felt good in the races and felt better as the races went on. I passed some really good riders today and seventh overall is a good result on hardpack for me. I learned a lot today and we can apply this for Wednesday. We’ll keep working and finish the season strong.”

Michael Sandner:“Awesome day for me today. Good flow and a good feeling in time practice. I was a long time on pole then in the end sixth, so this was really good for my confidence. First moto, good start in fourth and then I passed Watson for third. Unfortunately, Watson jumped into the side of me and I crashed hard but I’m okay! I finished 14th with a twisted clutch lever, so not too bad. Second moto, another awesome start. I was third for a couple laps and finished with a solid 13th place for 12th overall and my best results ever!”

Both Standing Construct GASGAS Factory Racing and DIGA Procross GASGAS Factory Juniors return to action at the picturesque Pietramurata venue on November 4 for the penultimate round of the FIM Motocross World Championship.

Results – 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 16

MXGP – Overall
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 44; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 43; 3. Clement Desalle (Kawasaki) 40… 7. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 25

MXGP – Race 1
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 20 laps, 35:06:977; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 35:14:868; 3. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 35:37:082… 9. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 36:20:938

MXGP – Race 2
1. Clement Desalle (Kawasaki) 20 laps, 35:15:111; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 35:17:332; 3. Gautier Paulin (Yamaha) 35:24:183… 8. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 36:12:417

MX2 – Overall
1. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 43; 2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 43; 3. Tom Vialle (KTM) 42… 7. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 35; 12. Michael Sander (GASGAS) 15

MX2 – Race 1
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 33:39:847; 2. Tom Vialle (KTM) 33:41:877; 3. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 33:43:156… 7. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 34:14:598; 14. Michael Sandner (GASGAS) 34:54:453

MX2 – Race 2
1. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 19 laps, 33:54:442; 2. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) 33:56:540; 3. Tom Vialle (KTM) 34:02:259… 7. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 34:36:062; 13. Michael Sandner (GASGAS) 35:03:616

Championship Standings – After Round 16

MXGP
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 626pts; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 553; 3. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 535… 8. Glenn Coldenhoff (GASGAS) 375; 16. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 186

MX2
1. Tom Vialle (KTM) 693pts; 2. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 520; 3. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 505; 13. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 207; 28. Simon Langenfelder (GASGAS) 59; 30. Michael Sandner (GASGAS) 46; 31. Jeremy Sydow (GASGAS) 35

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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING TEAM SCORES A DOUBLE-PODIUM AT GOBBLER GETTER NATIONAL ENDURO

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CRAIG DELONG CONTINUES TO BATTLE FOR 2020 NE PRO2 CHAMPIONSHIP

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team made their way to Stanton, Alabama on Sunday for the penultimate round of the 2020 AMA National Enduro Series where team riders Craig DeLong and Thad DuVall each scored a podium finish in their respective classes. With one round remaining, DeLong maintains control of the NE Pro2 Championship while DuVall continues to work his way back up to speed in the premier NE Pro1 class upon his recent return from a knee injury.

As the southeastern part of the country continues to battle hurricane season, the location of the Gobbler Getter National was not exempt but the race organizers did a great job getting the course cleaned up before the start of the race weekend. Temperatures in the low 70s made for ideal racing conditions but it wasn’t without challenges as the course presented everything from nice and flowy terrain, to rough and rocky technical sections, along with a mud hole that swallowed a few riders throughout the day.

NE Pro2
Craig DeLong got off to a great start as he swept the first three tests to give himself a favorable lead by the halfway point. However, on test four things began to take a turn for DeLong, who went off the trail a few times ultimately costing him the test-win by about 1.5 seconds. In test five, he struggled to keep a good pace through the tight and technical terrain as he acquired a 16-second deficit in that section, leaving the overall win up-for-grabs heading into the sixth test. DeLong put forth his best effort in the final section but he was edged out for the test-win and the overall victory where he finished 2.1 seconds back for second-place on the day. With one “throw-away” available in the NE Pro2 Championship, DeLong holds a six-point lead in the championship standings heading into the final round in two weeks.

Craig DeLong: “I got off to a decent start for the day but on the fifth test I kind of struggled a little bit and tried something different and lost a bunch of time. Going into the last test it was super close and I pushed as hard as I could and it just wasn’t enough, Cody [Barnes] rode great. I’ll try again in two weeks.”

NE Pro1
For DuVall, it was a solid day all around as he kept himself inside the podium battle all afternoon. He fell into his groove right away as he secured a top-three finish in the opening test. He put on a charge in the second test to come away with second, following it up with a pair of third-place finishes in tests three and four. He made a few mistakes in the fifth test to come away with fourth and despite losing his rear brakes two miles from the finish, DuVall pushed his way to a top-five in the final test to secure third-overall for the day.

Thad DuVall: “I wanted to get into a good groove early on because I usually struggle to find my speed in the tight stuff but I feel like I came in a little more prepared this year. I had some pretty good tests close to the top guys and this is like their back yard, so any time I’m close to them I feel like I’m riding pretty good. I’m just trying to learn how to go fast again and getting the cobwebs knocked out. I’m happy with third and we’ll go on to the next round in Texas.”

Next Race: Round 9 (finale) – Caprock Canyon National – November 15, 2020

Gobbler Getter National Enduro Results

NE Pro1 Results

  1. Steward Baylor Jr. (YAM)
  2. Grant Baylor (SHR)
  3. Thad DuVall – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team

NE Pro2 Results

  1. Cody Barnes (BET)
  2. Craig DeLong – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team
  3. Jonathan Johnson (HON)

NE Pro2 Championship Standings*

  1. Cody Barnes – 210 points
  2. Craig DeLong, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team – 191 points
  3. Vincent Smith – 133 points

*above point standings do not reflect the “throw-away” rule in the NE Pro2 class

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TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING TEAM ANNOUNCES ITS THREE-RIDER ROSTER FOR 2021 AMA SUPERCROSS AND PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS

tROY lEE dESIGNS MOTOCROSS TEAM JUSTIN BARCIA, PIERCE BROWN AND MICHAEL MOSIMAN
JUSTIN BARCIA, PIERCE BROWN AND MICHAEL MOSIMAN

JUSTIN BARCIA HEADS THE TEAM’S 450 EFFORT
PIERCE BROWN AND MICHAEL MOSIMAN SET FOR THE 250 DIVISION

11/02/2020

GASGAS Motorcycles is proud to announce the highly-anticipated Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team line-up, as they prepare to compete in both the 250cc and 450cc divisions of the AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross Championships for the 2021 season and beyond.

Highlighting the team’s 450 effort is Justin “BAM BAM” Barcia, a seasoned front-runner who is looking to re-establish himself as a title contender in the premier class aboard the GASGAS MC 450F. In the 250 division, we’re excited to welcome longtime Troy Lee Designs athlete and rookie standout Pierce Brown to race aboard the MC 250F alongside teammate Michael Mosiman, who is eager to pick up where he left off last season as a 250 class front-runner.

An icon of our sport, Barcia leads GASGAS Motorcycles as we head into our very first year of American racing. After claiming back-to-back 250SX titles in 2011-2012, Justin will celebrate his ninth season of 450cc racing in 2021. Claiming victory in his second ever 450SX race, he’s since gone on to enjoy multiple victories and podium finishes both indoors and out. With a new team and bike for 2021, Barcia’s busy preparing himself for what he believes can be his best season yet.

Taking to the start line in the 250 division, Pierce Brown and Michael Mosiman are young racers that each recorded strong 250SX results in 2020. Looking to unlock their full potential, they’ll be aiming for the podium when the gate drops for round one.

Joining forces with Troy Lee Designs underlines GASGAS’ full commitment to top-flight American supercross and motocross racing. As we expand globally, competing under the lights in the fiercely competitive supercross series gives us an incredible opportunity to show our fun, enthusiastic and energetic approach to racing, as we introduce our performance motorcycles to an exciting new audience of dirt bike fans.

Check out Barcia’s first laps on the MC 450F!

Roger De Coster – Director of Motorsports in North America: “Appointing Troy Lee Designs as the official GASGAS Factory Racing team for supercross and motocross not only further strengthens our longstanding partnership with Troy and his team, it also starts an important new chapter for TLD in the 450 class and for GASGAS in America, which is a hugely important step for GASGAS Motorcycles. As an energetic, new brand we’re excited to establish the MC 450F and MC 250F when we get back to racing and the start of the 2021 supercross series. We look forward to providing the technical support and guidance needed to allow Justin, Pierce and Michael to perform at their very best in 2021 and wish everyone at Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing all the best for the new season ahead.”

Troy Lee – President Troy Lee Designs: “This is a dream come true. To be partnering with GASGAS Motorcycles is an incredible opportunity for our team, running a factory 450 race effort is something I have always dreamed about. Troy Lee Designs and GASGAS share a lot of the same values, it’s all about having fun, enjoying it all and turning up with energy and commitment! To be the official GASGAS supercross and motocross team in the States is very special, we’re really excited in playing our part in helping to establish the brand. We’re ecstatic to go racing with our world-class athletes, on what has become one of the most hyped new teams in some time.”

To keep up to date with Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing on Instagram visit @troyleedesigns@tld_moto@gasgasusa and @gasgas.official

Let’s GET ON THE GAS!


COLTON HAAKER GOES TWO FOR THREE

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA’S COLTON HAAKER GOES TWO FOR THREE ON MONDAY TO CLAIM SECOND OVERALL AT ROUND 5

HAAKER CARRIES A 10-POINT LEAD INTO AMA ENDUROCROSS SEASON FINALE ON TUESDAY
With only two days off since the last double-header, the 2020 AMA EnduroCross Championship jumped right back into racing on Monday for the penultimate round of the six-race series at Glen Helen Raceway. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker emerged with two significant race-wins and a second overall on the night despite a less-than-favorable sixth-place finish in Moto 2. The three-time AMA EnduroCross Champion carries a 10-point lead into tomorrow’s series finale as he looks to put a stamp on the season with title number four.

Haaker started the day off on a positive note as he claimed the fastest hot lap to carry pole position into the first moto. With that, he got off to a solid second-place start and set himself up to make a pass through the K Rail section as he overtook the lead on lap three. The series points leader put together a string of solid laps to extend his lead to almost 11 seconds by lap seven. On the final lap, Haaker made a mistake and went down in the log section, bringing his lead down to only 3.4 seconds but he was able to maintain his position out front to secure the race-win.

In race two, Haaker powered his way through the inverted start to secure a mid-pack position early on. He had a great line through the rocks that moved him into third on the opening lap and he was on his way to passing for second until he dropped his front wheel on the back side of a steep jump and launched over the bars. He was able to re-mount quickly but he lost additional time having to maneuver his front brake that was wedged from the crash and keeping him from being able to move. He eventually figured it out and put his head down to charge from 12th up to sixth before running out of time in the seven-lap race.

In race three, Haaker grabbed the holeshot and early lead but he made a mistake in the rocks on lap one, which allowed Cody Webb to get past. Haaker followed Webb for three laps before powering his way back into the lead in the rock section. Haaker finished strong to secure another race-win in Moto 3 and he was able to score second overall to maintain his lead in the overall championship.

“When you win two of the three races on the night, it’s a little frustrating but that’s kind of how the season has been for me,” Haaker said. “There’s not too much I can complain about, though. Perfectionist champions beat themselves up and that’s just the way it is. I’m not super bummed but I’m not overly happy with myself.”

The 2020 AMA EnduroCross Series is set to conclude tomorrow, November 3, at Glen Helen Raceway. For full results and series information, visit their official website at www.endurocross.com.

Super Pro Class Results – Round 5

  1. Cody Webb, 3-1-2, Sherco
  2. Colton Haaker, 1-6-1, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
  3. Trystan Hart, 2-3-4, KTM
  4. Noah Kepple, 5-5-8, Husqvarna

Super Pro Class Championship Standings

  1. Colton Haaker, 119 points
  2. Cody Webb, 109 points
  3. Trystan Hart, 105 points
  4. Noah Kepple, 72 points

COLTON HAAKER EARNS FOURTH-CAREER AMA ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

Colton Haaker and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team
Colton Haaker and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team

COLTON HAAKER EARNS FOURTH-CAREER AMA ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

WITH A BACK-TO-BACK TITLE IN 2020

It was a big night for Colton Haaker and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team as the back-to-back AMA EnduroCross Champion clinched his fourth-career title with a solid podium finish at Tuesday’s series finale at Glen Helen Raceway. Coming into the uncertainty of having a race season in 2020, Haaker remained focused on the task at hand as he diligently prepared for a title defense. With a compact six-race series, Haaker prevailed through every obstacle to ultimately claim the most overall wins of any rider in 2020 with three, while also claiming two second-place finishes and one third to round out a consistent performance all-around. Coming into the finale, Haaker only needed a sixth-place or better to wrap up the championship but in true form he raced his way to pole position as the only rider to set a sub-minute laptime during the day’s hot laps. In race one, Haaker got off to a second-place start where he immediately applied pressure to the leader on lap one. He fell victim to the slick course conditions early on, dropping him to third, and from there he rode cautiously to finish on the race-one podium in third. In race two, Haaker got off to a decent jump with the inverted start, where he came through the rock section around mid-pack on the opening lap. He made a mistake in the next corner just before the tire tower and he consequently dropped to the back of the pack. Rounding lap one in 13th, Haaker put forth a valiant charge to overtake second in the final laps but he got stuck in the k-rail section and lost a position to ultimately finish third. In race three, he got off to a second-place start and battled for the lead in the first few laps. He settled into a solid second early on before engaging in battle with Cody Webb around the mid-way point. With the championship goal in mind, Haaker focused on maintaining a steady pace to ultimately finish third in the final moto as he captured his fourth-career AMA EnduroCross Championship.

Colton Haaker riding over obstacle
Colton Haaker riding over obstacle

Colton Haaker:“Tonight, I was pushing as hard as I felt like I needed to on an oversaturated track. It was really wet in the first moto so I took it easy and let the race come to me and finished third. I ultimately finished third in each moto but each race I got more comfortable with being in the position I was in. You just had to be smart out there. This year was really tough for me, I had a bulged disc in my back at Round 2 and since then I’ve been fighting it really hard but I’m happy to come away with my fourth title.”Team Manager, Timmy Weigand:“I am really proud of how Colton won this championship. I have been there for all of his championships and I know this one didn’t come easy. He was dominant, but had to overcome a lot of adversity and dig deep at each round, as true champions do. Congratulations to Colton and the entire Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team on a great season.” Husqvarna-Motorcycles supported rider, Noah Kepple, raced his way to 7-5-4 moto scores on Tuesday to earn his best finish of the season in fifth overall. At the end of the six-race series, Kepple secured sixth overall in the Super Pro Class Championship. For full results and series information, visit the AMA EnduroCross Championship’s official website at www.endurocross.com.  Super Pro Class Results – Round 61. Trystan Hart, KTM, 1-2-12. Cody Webb, Sherco, 2-1-23. Colton Haaker, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 3-3-3…5. Noah Kepple, Husqvarna, 7-5-4 Super Pro Class Championship Standings1. Colton Haaker, 139 points
2. Cody Webb, 131 points3. Trystan Hart, 130 points …6. Noah Kepple, 88 points


MONTICELLI BATTLES TO 10TH AT PENULTIMATE MXGP OF 2020

Ivo Monticelli  jumping his GasGas motorcycle
Ivo Monticelli 

STANDING CONSTRUCT’S ITALIAN MISSILE FAIRS BEST FOR GASGAS FACTORY RACING AS DIGA PROCROSS YOUNGSTERS CONTINUE TO LEARN THE ROPES IN MX2

Standing Construct GASGAS Factory Racing’s Ivo Monticelli has placed 10th overall at the MXGP of Pietramurata, round 17 of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Continuing to claim solid results on home soil, the Italian recorded 14-8 moto finishes on his MC 450F. In the MX2 class, DIGA Procross’ Michael Sandner also delivered consistent rides with a 15-13 result while Isak Gifting battled back from first-lap crashes in both races for a pair of 18th place finishes.

  • Monticelli and Sandner dig deep at penultimate GP of 2020
  • Isak Gifting remains positive despite difficult day of racing
  • GASGAS Factory Racing’s maiden year of MXGP almost complete

Ivo Monticelli was fired-up for further strong results, looking forward to the MXGP of Pietramurata following his seventh overall at the same venue just three days prior. Despite a great jump from the start in race one, he was frustratingly pinched, together with a number of his rivals, in the tight second corner, losing valuable time. Breaking free and maintaining 16th for much of the moto, Ivo made a couple of passes in the closing stages to claim a 14th place finish.

Race two saw Monticelli lead the way until unfortunately, the red flag came out due to a fallen rider. In the rerun, another strong start from the inside gate saw the Italian latch onto the leading riders and battle inside the top 10 for the whole moto. Making a number of impressive passes around the hard and fast Pietramurata circuit, Ivo went on to finish eighth in the moto and claimed 10th overall.

Another rider looking to continue his form from the previous round was DIGA Procross’ MX2 class racer Michael Sandner. Gaining more confidence as the season progresses, Sandner battled it out in race one on his way to a 15th place finish. Moto two saw more of the same, with the MC 250F mounted rider enjoying more time up front on his way to claiming 13th in the race, and 14th overall.

Michael’s DIGA Procross teammate Isak Gifting saw his run of impressive results derailed at MXGP round 17, despite the youngster battling hard in both races. After qualifying in a personal-best position of fifth, the 19-year-old was in a strong fourth place in moto one before crashing out of contention for a top-10 result. Remounting last and with the tight, hardpack circuit offering few passing opportunities, Gifting battled on to place 18th at the finish.

Looking to rebound in race two, another opening-lap fall saw Gifting crash hard. Re-joining the race well over 30 seconds behind, the super-Swede showed his true character, fighting all the way to the finish to claim another 18th place finish.

Ivo Monticelli:“Today was good but also difficult as the track was really smooth and fast, so making passes was difficult. It was awesome to lead the second race, but it was a shame that it was red flagged. Obviously, rider safety has to be put first, so I understand and I’m glad that Jeremy is ok. I was right on Paulin at the finish in the re-run, so my speed is there. I just need to start up front and go with the top guys.”

Ivo Monticelli racing motorcycle
Ivo Monticelli

Michael Sandner:“I’m really happy as both races for me were mistake-free. I felt confident on my bike, but it was really hard to make passes today. I would try hard to make a pass and then lose momentum and time, which was frustrating. Overall, another solid day – points in both motos and I’m really happy with how this week has gone and I look forward to the last round on Sunday.”

Michael Sandner jumping his motorcycle
Michael Sandner

Isak Gifting:“Today is difficult to accept after my recent races. It started off well, with a personal best in qualifying. Fifth place gave me confidence for the races. Unfortunately, I crashed on the first lap in both motos. The second moto crash was really big. Luckily I’m ok and we have one more round to get another good result.”

Isak Gifting Jumping His Motorcycle High
Isak Gifting Jumping His Motorcycle High

Both Standing Construct GASGAS Factory Racing and DIGA Procross GASGAS Factory Juniors return to the Pietramurata circuit for the final round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, set to take place on November 8.

Results – 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 17

MXGP – Overall
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 47; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 45; 3. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 38… 10. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 20

MXGP – Race 1
1. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 20 laps, 34:52:423; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 34:56:730; 3. Alessandro Lupino (Yamaha) 35:01:057… 14. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 35:47:729

MXGP – Race 2
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 20 laps, 34:44:449; 2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 34:47:389; 3. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 35:13:858… 8. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 35:47:351

MX2 – Overall
1. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 41; 2. Ben Watson (Yamaha) 40; 3. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 40… 14. Michael Sander (GASGAS) 19. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 6

MX2 – Race 1
1. Tom Vialle (KTM) 20 laps, 34:52:254; 2. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 34:58:139; 3. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 35:01:821… 15. Michael Sandner (GASGAS) 35:47:571; 18. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 36:07:029

MX2 – Race 2
1. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 20 laps, 35:10:371; 2. Ben Watson (Yamaha) 35:12:309; 3. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) 35:15:903… 13. Michael Sandner (GASGAS) 36:37:871; 18. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 36:52:918

Championship Standings – After Round 17

MXGP
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 673pts; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 584; 3. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 580… 8. Glenn Coldenhoff (GASGAS) 375; 16. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 206

MX2
1. Tom Vialle (KTM) 718pts; 2. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 661; 3. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 541… 13. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 213; 29. Michael Sandner (GASGAS) 60; 30. Simon Langenfelder (GASGAS) 59; 31. Jeremy Sydow (GASGAS) 35

GasGas Team Garage
GasGas Team Garage

Registrations in largest European markets rise again after the first months of the year

Brussels, 5 November 2020

ACEM press release – Registrations of motorcycles and mopeds in largest European markets

slightly rose again after the first months of the year

Between January and September 2020, motorcycle registrations in the five largest European markets (i.e. France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, i.e. about 80% of the EU + UK motorcycle market) reached 708,503 units. This volume of registrations represents a decrease of 3.3% in comparison to the first nine months of 2019.

The current registration trends in the motorcycle segment, however, show an improvement in comparison to the first six months of the year, when the motorcycle registrations in the main European markets had fallen on average by 17%. This was due to the paralysis of commercial activity, caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus (see the previous press releases here and here).

The moped segment looks in better shape, with registrations in the largest European markets (i.e. Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain) reaching a total of 205,688 units during the first nine months of 2020. This represents an increase of 6.4% in comparison to the same period of 2019.

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Commenting on the current situation of the sector, Antonio Perlot, ACEM Secretary General, said: “The registration figures for the first 9 months of the year show that the sector is slowly starting to recover from the very difficult months of March and April 2020 that had put the sector under unprecedented financial stress. The situation remains delicate, and the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 outbreak is not over yet”. 

“That said, there are reasons to be optimistic. The recent decision by the EU institutions to extend the cut-off deadline for selling Euro 4 models until 31 of December 2021, will certainly help the motorcycle industry to better cope with this crisis”.

“Also, the COVID-19 crisis creates opportunities for policy-makers to rethink about local transport policy. The crisis has clearly shown that overreliance on public transport can create vulnerabilities in cities’ transport systems. A preferable better approach would be to find a balance between different transport modes. Better integration of two-wheelers in the transport mix, for example, can reduce the present risks of operating public transport networks at full capacity”.

More information and statistical data here


FENATI RIDES TO 13th PLACE AT FIRST VALENCIAN Moto3™ GRAND PRIX

RAMANO FENTI on his rcing bike in a curve
Romano Fenati 2020 Moto3 Valencia

AN EVENTFUL DAY FOR HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES AT THE THIRTEENTH ROUND OF 2020 Moto3 AS ROMANO FENATI CIRCULATES VALENCIA FOR THREE CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

The weekend began on a challenging note. Rain and heavy showers meant the majority of Moto3 sessions were wet. Romano Fenati was able to use his skill and sensitivity with the FR 250 GP in the damp to qualify in 5th position and for a spot on the second row of the grid. The Italian had been a regular at the top of the time sheets throughout both days. Teammate Alonso Lopez entered the Q2 chrono and the young Spaniard managed 16th

RAMANO FENATI ADJUSTING HELMET
RAMANO FENATI

Sunshine and a dry asphalt on Sunday meant the team and both riders had to use Warm-Up to dial-in the race settings for the 23 laps. Moto3 then began in distinctive style with a large pack exchanging positions at the front. Fenati hovered in mid-pack contention, bouncing around the periphery of a top ten position. Lopez started excellently and was vying for the lead on the opening two laps until Celestino Vietti fell in front of him exiting Turn 4. He had nowhere to go and crashed out of the race. Fenati moved up to the head of the third group and despite needing to make a Long Lap penalty for exceeding track limits was able to finish 13th.

ALONZO LOPEZ  GOING FAST ON MOTORCYCLE
ALONZO LOPEZ

The Grand Prix paddock will remain near the Spanish city this week. The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana represents the second date at the complex. Romano Fenati“Not our best results today. The bike was really fast but at the start of the race we got stuck behind the first group. I had a great feeling and our pace was similar to the leaders but we have to be further forward from the start. We have to fix this for the race next week. Our position should be further forward.”Alonso Lopez“I’m pretty sad about today because I started very fast in the Warm-Up and also in the race. I felt great with the bike. We’d changed the set-up a little and it worked really well because I felt so comfortable. Bad luck to have Vietti crashing in Turn 4. I couldn’t do anything. We’ll aim to do our best in the next race and I want to thank the team for their great work. We’ll try again!”Max Biaggi, Team Principal“The weekend started well, especially for Alonso this time and the race as well. He was very unlucky. Romano had to recover positions but then the Long Lap penalty was a problem. I’m more optimistic about the GP than our results show. We should have got much more but we need to keep positive.”

Results – 2020 Moto3 FIM World Championship, Round 13 1. Raul Fernandez (KTM) 38:29.140, 2. Sergio Garcia (Honda)+0.703, 3. Ai Ogura (Honda) +1.005, 13. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) +17.589, DNF. Alonso Lopez (Husqvarna)Championship standings – After round 13 1. Albert Arenas (KTM) 157pts; 2. Ai Ogura (Honda) 154pts; 3. Celestino Vietti (KTM) 137pts; 11. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) 73 pts; 23. Alonso Lopez (Husqvarna) 21

Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903.
Husqvarna Motorcycles are widely known and respected in the offroad world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna Motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Mattighofen, Austria since 2013.


GIFTING DELIVERS THE GOODS AT MXGP OF GARDA TRENTINO

GASGAS FACTORY RACING COMPLETE MAIDEN MXGP SEASON AS SWEDISH MX2 ROOKIE PRODUCES ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE SET OF RESULTS

GIFTING RACING HIS DIRTBIKE
GIFTING RACING HIS GASGAS DIRT BIKE

Making history, enjoying both GP winning results and stand-out rookie performances, while also frustratingly seeing riders sidelined through injury, GASGAS Factory Racing have successfully completed the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. Ending the season in style, Isak Gifting placed fifth overall in the MX2 class on his MC 250F at the MXGP of Garda Trentino, courtesy of the super-Swede’s 6-3 results. Gifting’s DIGA Procross teammate Michael Sandner enjoyed another point-scoring GP, securing 20th overall on the day. In the MXGP class, Standing Construct’s Ivo Monticelli enjoyed some time out front on his way to securing 13th overall.
Isak Gifting secures fifth overall in MX2 at MXGP season finale
Standing Construct’s Monticelli claims fourth holeshot of the season
GASGAS Factory Racing complete successful first term in MXGP
Isak Gifting joined the DIGA Procross Factory Juniors team at round nine, arguably becoming the stand-out rider of the 2020 MX2 World Championship. Since then, he’s done nothing other than deliver impressive results and the MXGP of Garda Trentino was no different! A sixth-place finish in the opening moto set a positive tone for the day, with the MC 250F rider charging to an impressive third in race two. In claiming fifth overall, it elevated the Swede to 12th in the final championship standings despite the only contesting 10 of the 18 rounds.

Isak’s teammate Michael Sandner also ended the season strongly, scoring points despite crashes in both races. Since joining the DIGA Procross team, Sandner’s shown true determination by battling for position in each and every moto, with the Austrian’s best overall result of 12th coming at round 16.

In the MXGP class, Standing Construct’s Ivo Monticelli fired out of the gate to claim the race one holeshot! Leading for two laps, he showed he has the pace to run up front in the MXGP class before disaster struck. With a rock damaging his front brake it forced the Italian to slow his pace, dropping down the running order and ending the moto in 17th. Frustratingly, moto two didn’t see Ivo produce quite the same start as he had in the opening race. Battling for position just outside the top 10 for the whole moto, he claimed 12th for 13th overall. In a season blighted by injuries and illness, Monticelli enjoyed four holeshots along with five top-10 moto finishes on his way to placing 15th in the final standings.

Absent from the tail end of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship was Standing Construct’s Glenn Coldenhoff. After claiming GASGAS Factory Racing’s maiden MXGP moto and overall wins during the summer, the Dutchman was poised to secure a top-three championship result. Unfortunately, a heavy crash at round 13 ended his season early and despite missing six rounds, he finished eighth in the final standings.

Enjoying a successful first term in MXGP, GASGAS Factory Racing secured their first MXGP overall win, multiple holeshots in both classes, podiums, and top-five results throughout the year. Now, with the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship complete, the Standing Construct and DIGA Procross teams will take a well-earned rest following 16 Grands Prix within the last 13 weeks.

Isak Gifting: “A great end to the season for me. I felt good on the bike all day and it showed in the results. Physically I felt strong, which is good this late in the season. Another podium finish in race two is another great result for me and the team. Joining the team to end the season as a fill in rider has been fantastic. It was a great opportunity that I grabbed with both hands and it’s been a great experience. It has helped me to improve every part of me. My physical strength, my mentality, and most of all, my riding. Knowing that I will return to the DIGA Procross team for next season means that I can focus on my training over the winter. I am in good hands with the team and I can’t wait for next season to start already!”

Michael Sandner: “It was a big a struggle for me today but I still scored points in both races, which is good. Some mistakes in both races cost me some positions, which is disappointing and in the first race I was in the first turn crash so it was good to get into the points in that one. Being part of the DIGA Procross team for just over half of the season has been an amazing experience. I am really thankful for the opportunity and the team has been great to me. They are so professional and welcomed me into the team and I’m happy that I was able to score points for them in nearly every race. Thanks guys.”

Ivo Monticelli: “The final GP of the year started off so well for me with the holeshot in race one. I then led for two laps, which was nice, and it was good to be up front and race with the top guys. A good start is what I’ve needed and I got it, so I was really pleased with how my race was going. Unfortunately, a few laps into the race a rock damaged my front brake, so it was difficult to stop for corners and caused me to crash a few times. Race two was ok, but it was difficult to pass, so 12th was the best I could do. This season has been very challenging, with a shoulder injury, stomach virus and a sprained ankle but I always gave my best effort. I had four holeshots and one today so it’s always nice to be leading races! Overall, not quite the season I was looking for but I have to thank the Standing Construct team. They have been behind me the whole time and built me a great bike. We’ve been together two years with many highlights so I wish them well for the future.”

Results – 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 18

MXGP – Overall
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 47; 2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 47; 3. Gautier Paulin (Yamaha) 38… 13. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 13

MXGP – Race 1
1. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 19 laps, 33:44:705; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 33:46:651; 3. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 34:12:297… 17. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 35:34:374

MXGP – Race 2
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 19 laps, 33:53:636; 2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 34:09:613; 3. Gautier Paulin (Yamaha) 34:13:000… 12. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 34:56:195

MX2 – Overall
1. Ben Watson (Yamaha) 45; 2. Tom Vialle (KTM) 41; 3. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 40… 5. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 35; 20. Michael Sander (GASGAS) 7

MX2 – Race 1
1. Tom Vialle (KTM) 19 laps, 34:05:231; 2. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 34:11:364; 3. Ben Watson (Yamaha) 34:12:349… 6. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 34:20:038; 19. Michael Sandner (GASGAS) 35:57:662

MX2 – Race 2
1. Ben Watson (Yamaha) 19 laps, 34:17:030; 2. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 34:17:918; 3. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 34:31:996… 16. Michael Sandner (GASGAS) 35:48:952

Championship Standings – After Round 18

MXGP
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 720pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 618; 3. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 599… 8. Glenn Coldenhoff (GASGAS) 375; 15. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 219

MX2
1. Tom Vialle (KTM) 759pts; 2. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 679; 3. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 581… 12. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 248; 29. Michael Sandner (GASGAS) 67; 30. Simon Langenfelder (GASGAS) 59; 32. Jeremy Sydow (GASGAS) 35

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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA RACING’S DELONG WINS XC2 250 PRO CHAMPIONSHIP

CRAIG DELONG holding up number one plate
CRAIG DELONG

THAD DUVALL AND TREVOR BOLLINGER ROUND OUT 2020 SEASON HEALTHY AND READY TO CONTEST 2021 TITLES


Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Craig DeLong clinched the XC2 250 Pro Championship on Sunday following a season-long battle that came down to the final round of the 2020 AMA Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series in Newburg, West Virginia.

Coming into Sunday’s finale, DeLong held an 11-point lead in the class championship but claiming the title was anything but easy with three hours of racing left to go in the title fight. DeLong got off to a decent start but he got caught up in the chaos through the first few turns and was forced to start the race from the back of the pack. He worked his way into fourth by the end of lap one and he continued to fight his way through the field, where he swapped the final podium position for two laps before solidifying second-place as the two-lap card came out. From there, DeLong rode smooth and steady to bring it home for a championship-winning second-place finish. However, it was quickly determined by race officials that a penalty would be in place for the race-winner, thus awarding DeLong with his fifth victory of the season, to boot.

racing motorcycles in muddy woods

“I’m at a loss for words. This is awesome,” DeLong said. “The day didn’t go very easily for me. I was just trying to stay clean and make my way towards the front. There was like a five-rider battle for the lead and I just played it cool and tried to salvage a podium. I have to give a huge thanks to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team. The whole crew was really good, they kept me calm when I needed to be and really kept me on-track this season.”

XC1 Open Pro
Thad DuVall got off to a great start as he positioned himself in the lead-battle early on. He maintained second for the first two laps before dropping back to fifth on lap three. He ran into a couple issues halfway through the race and from there he battled his way back up to ultimately finish seventh on the day.

RACING MOTORCYCLES IN THE WOODS

“The day started off good, I got a good start and tried to click things off,” DuVall said. “I was having a good race and then just had a couple of small issues but I was able to end the day and have some fun. The FX350 worked great, I’m really happy with how the bike handled and I’m looking forward to getting 2021 started and going after the championship.”

Team rider Trevor Bollinger made his return to racing for the first time in over a year following a knee injury sustained earlier this season. Bollinger got off to a top-five start and he settled into eighth on the second lap. He pushed his way up to seventh at the one-hour mark and he did his best to maintain a solid pace through the remaining laps to ultimately finish ninth in the class.

RACING THROUGH MUDDY CORNER IN THE WOODS

“It was nice to be back racing for the first time in a little over a year,” Bollinger said. “I just wanted to go through the motions again before 2021. We ended up getting a good start, rode around the top-five the first lap and just got a little tight since I haven’t raced in a while. I ended up dropping back a little bit but it was nice to just get back out there before the season ends.”That concludes the 2020 AMA Grand National Cross Country Series, for full results and series information visit www.gnccracing.com. Buckwheat 100 GNCC Results XC1 Open Pro Class Results1. Steward Baylor Jr. (YAM)2. Ben Kelley (KTM)3. Jordan Ashburn (KAW)…7. Thad DuVall – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team9. Trevor Bollinger – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing TeamXC2 250 Pro Class Results1. Craig DeLong – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team2. Mike Witkowski (YAM)3. Cody Barnes (BET)XC2 250 Pro Championship Standings1. Craig DeLong, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team – 316 points2. Mike Witkowski – 304 points3. Jonathan Girroir – 280 points


ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RENEW SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP WITH REKLUSE

LEADING CLUTCH COMPONENT MANUFACTURER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA THROUGH 2021 SEASON

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RENEW SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP WITH REKLUSE

Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce its continued partnership with Rekluse, the motorcycle industry’s leading manufacturer of clutch components. The contract extension ensures Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing benefit from the improved performance and reliability of the US manufacturer’s products through to the end of 2021.

Founded in 2002, Rekluse is a brand known for its quality and innovation. Using world-class racing as a rigorous testing platform to develop and refine its clutch products, the Idaho-based company continues to be a pioneer for offroad motorcycle clutch technology.

Rekluse products are developed to give teams and riders unmatched performance and reliability improvements with the close working relationship between Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing and Rekluse resulting in several global successes since the partnership was formed. Most recently, Zach Osborne claimed the 2020 450 Class Pro Motocross title, a first for both Zach and Husqvarna Motorcycles, while Billy Bolt secured the SuperEnduro World Championship.

In extending this successful technical partnership, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will continue to utilise Rekluse products across all forms of racing activities, further enhancing the capabilities of their Husqvarna racing machines.

HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLE JUMPING

Robert Jonas – Vice President Motorsports Offroad:“We are very pleased to continue our working relationship with Rekluse. Our partnership together has been incredibly successful, and across motocross, enduro and rally, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing have benefited from the quality of Rekluse products, which have proved themselves time and time again at the very highest levels of international motorsport. As we prepare for 2021, we’re looking forward to continued racing successes together.”

Sean Brown – President Rekluse Motor Sports:“It’s great to be continuing our partnership with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing through the 2021 season. 2020 has been a great year for us both, highlighted by Zach Osborne winning the 450 Pro Motocross title, so we go into a new year together confident and committed to providing Rockstar Energy Husqvarna with the best products and the support they need to win.”

Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903.
Husqvarna Motorcycles are widely known and respected in the offroad world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna Motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Mattighofen, Austria since 2013.


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2021 ROYAL ENFIELD METEOR 350
METEOR 350

ROYAL ENFIELD LAUNCHES THE ALL-NEW CRUISER, THE METEOR 350


The iconic cruiser returns in the modern era with select model trims to be released in the Americas in Spring 2021

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Milwaukee, Wis (Wednesday, November 11th, 2020) – Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment (250cc-750cc), recently announced the launch of its all-new cruiser, the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 in India and will be available in select model trims in the Americas in 2021. The new Meteor 350 adds another chapter to Royal Enfield’s legacy of producing beloved mid-sized motorcycles.

The Meteor 350 inherits its name from the iconic Royal Enfield motorcycle of the 1950’s. Launched at the end of 1952, the Meteor was a respected touring motorcycle with a reputation that has stood the test of time. The new Royal Enfield Meteor 350 cruiser, carries Royal Enfield’s signature styling but with many modern improvements, and is set to be an equally outstanding machine for our times.

Designed and developed by the talented teams of designers and engineers based at Royal Enfield’s two state-of-the-art technical centers, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, and Bruntingthorpe, UK, the Meteor 350 is an undeniably attractive motorcycle. The development and refinement such as the mechanical components, fittings and finish has yielded a truly top-class, modern motorcycle, while retaining the Meteor 350’s Royal Enfield DNA. With a fuel injected, 349cc air-oil cooled single-cylinder engine, the Meteor generates 20.2 bhp and 19 ft-lbs of torque at 4000 rpm. Designed with a balancer shaft, the new platform gives a smooth and well-mannered ride experience, while great care has been taken to retain that essential Royal Enfield ‘thump’.

The Meteor 350’s twin downtube spline frame has been designed to inspire confidence in any riding condition. Its low seat height and centre of gravity in combination with its inherent strength and rigidity results in the optimal motorcycle for the urban rider. Sure-footed handling and luxurious comfort are aided by 41mm forks with 130mm of travel and twin tube emulsion shock absorbers with 6-step adjustable preload at the rear. The footpegs are forward-mounted, with a heel and toe gearshift.

The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will be available in three trims − the Fireball, the Stellar and the Supernova. All editions are fitted with alloy wheels and tubeless tires are standard, giving riders convenience and peace of mind, especially on long journeys. For added comfort a 100/90 – 19 tire is used on the front and a 140/70 – 17 at the rear. Braking components are the strongest on a Royal Enfield single to date, with 300mm front and 270mm rear discs and dual-channel ABS.

The Meteor 350’s head and tail lights combine the clean, contemporary look of LEDs with the efficiency and timeless appeal of a well-sorted Halogen headlamp. Uncluttered handlebar controls and switchgear are premium quality, with rotary power and lighting switches giving a gentle nod to the past.

The Meteor 350 will be available at dealerships in North America in Spring 2021.

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About Royal Enfield
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-size motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market.
Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 125 dealers in North America, including the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the Bullet 500, Classic 500, Himalayan and the all new 650 Twins: INT 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles along with a range of genuine motorcycle accessories and apparel.

For more information on Royal Enfield North America, please visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/, www.Instagram.com/RoyalEnfield_NA, www.Facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica.



Suzuki and JGRMX Part Ways

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Suzuki Press Release November 13 2020 States the end of JGRMX Factory Sponsorship

Editor’s note: Joe Gibbs Racing had been trying to negotiate terms with Suzuki and other sponsors for the 2021 racing season. But in the end the two were not able to agree and Suzuki was no longer a sponsor. JGR was unable to sign any major sponsor that would replace Suzuki. Thus, Suzuki made the announcement and JGRMX announced a similar statement on social media, making it official. The team made a special note thanking their fans and team for their 13 years of loyal support. See links below for more information.
It is my humble opinion that the sport of motocross in general, from the factories down to the amature racers have not been very proactive from a marketing point of view. That is to say that in this current age of internet marketing, the sport of motocross is not as visible online as it needs to be. This applies to other motorsports as well.
We all know that if you look up almost anything online from socks to carburetors they will follow you around on everything else you look at until you clear your cookies and memory. But how often does a motocross bike or part follow you around on the internet? To be clear, I find it annoying too and I’m not saying it doesn’t happen I’m saying these companies, with a few exceptions, are not being aggressive enough.
Coupled with other forces such as government regulations on our machines and riding areas and the loss of casual private areas to ride such as that patch of woods down the road, this loss of interest and revenue is a major factor in the loss of other professional teams as well. Can privateer teams be far behind?
Truly there are as many factors as one can name, but no business can ignore marketing, much less a momentous shift as internet companies and particularly Google have created. I’m just saying that perhaps these companies have not made their first best use of resources available to them and the results of these decisions are evident. Sponsors are withdrawing and teams are closing simply because of a lack of monies. Let’s hope this is reversed. After all, it’s as simple as placing code in the websites and placing ads with the right companies. They teach this technology in high school now. End rant.

From the Suzuki Press Release: Brea, CA— “Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. has concluded its partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing. The combined efforts of Suzuki and JGRMX were able to deliver solid results and raise the level of performance of each of the team’s riders.
Together, Suzuki and JGRMX demonstrated the potential of the Suzuki RM-Z250 and RM-Z450 motocross machines over several successful racing seasons.
“Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. is honored to have worked with a premier racing partner like Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Chris Wheeler, Suzuki’s MX Support Manager. “This partnership produced solid success and many strong friendships over the past several seasons and we would like to thank the entire team at JGRMX for their hard work, passion, and dedication to Suzuki racing.”

You can gather more information from these links.

Article by RacerXonline

Another article by RacerX with great history on JGRMX

JGRMX on Instagram

Story by Motocross Action

Article by Dealer News

JGRMX on Facebook


SUZUKI RACING HISTORY IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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SUZUKI RACING HISTORY IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Suzuki road racing motorcycles

Team Suzuki Press Office – November 15.

A lookback at the history of Suzuki as a cotton loom works in 1909 to moving to motorcycles and ultimately world motorcycling’s most prestigious accolade.

CHAPTER 1 – The Beginning:

Suzuki has its historical roots in another industry. The founder, Michio Suzuki, was an innovator who built a weaving factory called Suzuki Loom Works in the small coastal town of Hamamatsu, in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture, in 1909. The production focused on cotton fabrics.

CHAPTER 2 – 1950’s: FROM LOOMS TO ASPHALT:

World War II and the post war period left Suzuki in crisis and forced large-scale restructuring. In 1952, as a result of this climate of uncertainty, Suzuki decided to manufacture their first motorised bicycle.

1952 – The Birth of the First Motorised Bicycle:

Named the “Power Free”, the bike was designed as an economical vehicle for those on a low budget. It was powered by a 36cc two-stroke engine anchored to a conventional bicycle. Its versatile design meant it could be ridden in a variety of ways; pedalled without power from the engine, or with full or partial power from the engine.

CHAPTER 3 – 1960’s: SUZUKI START RACING:

From the racing debut, to Degner, Anderson and Suzuki’s dominance.

1960: The Racing Debut:

The Tourist Trophy in the awe-inspiring Isle of Man was the first ever race in which Suzuki participated. All three Suzuki entrants finished the race.

1962: Finding Success:

An East German rider, Ernst Degner, rode Suzuki to their first victory in the Isle of Man TT with a 50cc prototype called RM62. Degner was crucial in the development of those first Suzuki bikes. In 1961, after escaping from East Germany, he joined Suzuki and helped to develop their two-stroke motorcycles, using his in depth mechanical knowledge and skills.

1962: The Flying Kiwi:

In the final round of the racing calendar, New Zealander and former rugby player, Hugh Anderson, gave Suzuki their first win in the 125cc class. It happened at the Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1963: Mitsuo Itoh:

Suzuki faced its second full year in the World Championship. A development engineer in Hamamatsu, Mitsuo Itoh, took an extraordinary victory at the Isle of Man TT. This memorable feat went down in history, as Itoh was the first, and only, Japanese rider to have conquered the dangerous roads of the island.

Visit the page for the rest of the story and a treasure chest full of all kinds of Suzuki photos


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THE MAN WHO MADE HISTORY WITH SUZUKI

JOAN MIR TAKES 2020 MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DURING SUZUKI’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY

Team Suzuki Press Office – November 15.

JOAN MIR’S PROFILE – Updated.

CAREER:

Joan Mir Mayrata (Palma de Mallorca, 1997) has not had the archetypal career path into MotoGP. In fact, his beginnings in motorcycling came much later than that of his rivals in the road racing championships. His first motorcycle was a Polini when he was 6 years old, until he received a small Honda QR as a gift one year later. But unusually, his family didn’t have an excessive fervor for bikes – everyone around him was more into off-road riding than on track, and most were enthusiastic about other sports. His father Joan, in fact, owns a skating shop in Mallorca, so little Joan grew up surrounded by skateboard decks.

When The Passion Was Born:

It was not until he saw his cousin Joan Perelló, who was in the Stop & Go team in the World Championship, that he became fascinated with speed. An admirer of his countryman Rafael Nadal, Joan admitted in an interview that “like Rossi, I do not look up to anyone”. And yet, paradoxically, his first experience of racing at the track arrived at Chicho Lorenzo’s school, where he remained for a year. From there he moved to the Balearic Motorcycling Federation’s school in 2009. There someone discovered that Joan had more to offer than just his enthusiastic smile. It’s also where he met Daniel Vadillo, who advises him and has accompanied him to each race since then. “We saw that he had something different,” recalls Dani.

The Early Years:

He then started the adventure of the Bankia Cup in the XL 160 category, in 2011. The Mallorcan won the crown with two races left before the championship came to a permanent close. Then came the MotoGP PreGP 125 Cup, the next step in the arduous climb to the World Championship, and Joan did not hold back, securing another title. In 2012, Joan headed to the Red Bull Rookies Cup where he completed two seasons: 2013-2014. During the first year of adaptation, the Balearic rider finished 9th in the general standings while in the second year he finished runner-up after a very close battle with Spaniard Jorge Martín.

2015 – Up to the World Championship:

A somewhat turbulent 2015 arrived, in which some challenging circumstances arose. Joan, already prepared to start his career in the FIM CEV Championship, was left out because the Leopard Racing team cancelled the project at the last moment. Joan and his entourage got in touch with rider manager Paco Sánchez, and he helped the youngster to complete the CEV championship with a Ioda bike in the Team Machado but finally supported by Leopard Racing team. Then, just as the season was reaching its end and Joan was on vacation, he received a call from Leopard Racing team again, they wanted him to replace Japan’s Hiroki Ono, injured, at the Australian Grand Prix. A wild card appearance that was worth its weight in gold. After a low key debut Joan, who was 15th on the grid at Phillip Island, got a rocket start and placed himself in the lead group, but crashed out whilst in 4th. He had nevertheless left his mark. Leopard recognised his achievement and recruited him for the 2016 season.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS CHAMPION AND SEE MORE LINKS HERE

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Team Suzuki Press Office – November 17.

To celebrate Joan Mir becoming World MotoGP Champion on Sunday, Suzuki Motor Corporation has produced two new wallpapers for Suzuki fans.

Mir clinched the title aboard his GSX-RR at the weekend’s Valencia GP in Spain and became the first Suzuki rider in 20 years to lift motorcycle racings most coveted accolade.

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AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Carl Cranke Passes

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Carl Cranke was a 10-time member of the U.S. International Six Days Trials team. Credit: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Carl Cranke was a 10-time member of the U.S. International Six Days Trials team. Credit: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

November 17, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Carl Cranke passes

Represented the U.S. 10 times in the International Six Days Trial

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Carl Cranke, a 10-time member of the U.S. International Six Days Trial team and a 2000 inductee to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, died Saturday. He was 71.

Mr. Cranke earned seven gold medals and two silvers in ISDT competition aboard Penton, KTM and Yamaha motorcycles. The ISDT is now known as the International Six Days Enduro.

He was one of the top American enduro racers in the 1960s and ’70s.

At the 1977 ISDT in Czechoslovakia, Mr. Cranke suffered torn ligaments in his left shoulder and two broken bones in his left foot.

The U.S. team doctor, Ben Meyer, told him: “The most strenuous activity I would recommend for the next month is getting in and out of the shower,” to which Mr. Cranke replied: “I’ve got another race next week. I’ll be ready.”

He finished the 1977 ISDT with a silver medal in the 500cc class aboard a KTM.

Mr. Cranke was also a noted tuner and is credited with helping develop Penton motorcycles and his own specialized parts line.

He lived in Battle Ground, Wash.

Mr. Cranke’s biography is available at motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.aspx?RacerID=151.

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.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: americanmotorcyclist.com.

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GASGAS MOTORCYCLES HEAD FOR THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF MOTO3™

GASGAS Motorcycles RC 250 GP
GASGAS Motorcycles RC 250 GP

PUTTING TWO WHEELS ONTO THE ASPHALT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER WE’RE STEPPING INTO THE INTERNATIONAL ROAD RACING SPOTLIGHT WITH ASPAR MOTO3™ TEAM

Taking another historic step forward, we’re expanding our global racing program for 2021 and going road racing for the first time ever! From trial to enduro and rally, to MXGP and US Supercross, and now top-flight international road racing, we’re excited to be starting a thrilling, and historic, new project as we team up with Jorge Martinez and his Aspar Moto3™ squad for our official entry into the 2021 FIM Moto3™ World Championship. And we can’t wait!

  • GASGAS Motorcycles go international road racing for the first time ever!
  • Team to be managed by Jorge Martinez’ Aspar Team
  • Official team riders Sergio Garcia and Izan Guevara

Our entry into international road racing will be a first for GASGAS – something never done before, but a move we believe will further underline and expand our impressive motorsport credentials. While we’re all about offroad as far as our production bikes are concerned, competing in Moto3™ will allow us to increase awareness of GASGAS on a global basis.

So why Moto3™, why Aspar and why now? Well, timing, as they say, is everything! We believe now is the right time for us to broaden our horizons and put ourselves out there, onto the asphalt. Moto3™ has a youthful energy about it, which fits perfectly with GASGAS and partnering with Aspar Team, well, what better way is there to arrive in Moto3™? We’re a brand with a proud Spanish heritage, they’re a successful Spanish team, which will have Spanish riders competing against the world’s best. It’s a perfect fit.

With Sergio Garcia and Izan Guevara competing on their RC 250 GP machines (that’s a computer generated image of our concept bike at the top of this release) we’re excited to see what our two young guns can do as they sink their teeth into the 2021 Moto3™ championship. Fully focused on success, we’ll also be making sure our riders have plenty of fun away from the races, staying active and experiencing what it’s like to GET ON THE GAS! on our offroad bikes!

Hubert Trunkenpolz – CMO KTM AG:“GASGAS are a legendary brand that is built on a passion for competition, with a proud Spanish personality that is daring and vibrant. GASGAS today also stand for high-performance, allowing riders to enjoy joining the action with the best machinery. Considering all of these points, it is absolutely fitting that GASGAS look to the Moto3™ World Championship as an exciting new series in which to go racing and also in which to promote the brand, outside of the offroad disciplines it is well known for. This is an exciting, and fitting, new chapter for GASGAS Motorcycles.”

Pit Beirer, GASGAS Motorsports Director:“We’re really excited to introduce GASGAS Motorcycles into international road racing and firmly believe it will both strengthen the brand and open it up to a worldwide audience. There is also no better place than the Moto3™ World Championship, as the category represents the first step on the MotoGP™ ladder – it’s the perfect proving ground when it comes to selecting and nurturing new rider talent. With the extremely successful Aspar Team managing the brand’s arrival, we’re really looking forward to seeing our distinctive GASGAS bikes out on track at the first race of the 2021 season.”

Jorge Martinez – Aspar Team manager:“To carry the GASGAS name into the Moto3™ World Championship is a very important moment, both for myself personally and for this team. As a proud Spanish team, to be the first to work with a brand with such strong Spanish roots, to take it into the highest level of international road racing, is very, very special. 2021 is looking to be an extremely exciting season for us! Of course, we hope to continue the exceptional run of form we have enjoyed during the 2020 season and together with our two strong riders, Sergio Garcia and Izan Guevara, we are focused on immediately fighting for podiums and taking the GASGAS brand onto the world stage.”

About Aspar Team

The Aspar team was founded by four times world champion Jorge ‘Aspar’ Martinez almost 30 years ago. The team has 95 race victories and 304 podiums since it started racing back in 1992. Initially finding success in the former 125cc category, where they won four world championships between 2006 and 2011 thanks to the efforts of four different riders, the team then participated in Moto3™, Moto2™ and MotoGP™ categories before settling on Moto2™, Moto3™ and MotoE™ from 2019 onwards. During the 2020 season, the Aspar team has forged a successful campaign with Albert Arenas. Enjoying victory at the season-opening event in Qatar, he has since claimed three Grand Prix wins and five podiums and has sat at the top of the series standings during almost the entire season.

About GASGAS Motorcycles

GASGAS are proud to have a colorful, Spanish character and we’re committed to being the brand that puts fun back into riding. Daring, capable, vibrant and inviting, GASGAS offer a range of performance motorcycles that under PIERER Mobility AG group ownership benefit from an established and proven high-performance technical platform. GASGAS are down to earth, approachable, full of energy, and focused on enabling riders to enjoy the simple pleasure of riding.


AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bill Tuman Passes

Bill Tuman 1953 photo credit AMA Hall Of Fame

November 18, 2020
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AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bill Tuman passes

Racer was part of original Indian Motorcycle’s famed Wrecking Crew

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Bill Tuman, a member of Indian Motorcycle’s famous racing team dubbed the “Indian Wrecking Crew” and winner of five AMA Grand Nationals during a professional racing career that spanned from 1947 to 1955, has died. He was 99.

The Indian Wrecking Crew was a group of top racers in the late 1940s and early ’50s that included Mr. Tuman, Bobby Hill and Ernie Beckman.

Known as the “Rockford Rocket,” the Illinois resident rarely ventured outside the Midwest to race. So, one of his most surprising victories was at an AMA Grand National on the mile dirt oval in San Mateo, Calif., on June 22, 1952. Mr. Tuman beat all of the top riders from the West Coast on one of their own tracks, something that rarely happened in those days.

Mr. Tuman didn’t begin racing until he was 25. While living in San Francisco after World War II, he got a job building racing bikes at the famous Hap Jones race shop. After watching the legendary Sam Arena win a race, Mr. Tuman became hooked on the sport. His first competition bike was a souped-up Indian Army surplus bike.

Mr. Tuman turned pro in 1947 and entered his first professional race in Daytona Beach, Fla.

He earned podium finishes in 1948 and 1949, before taking his first national win in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 17, 1950. A month later Mr. Tuman took his second national win in Reading, Pa. In March 1951 at the annual AMA Awards Banquet in Daytona Beach, Fla., he was voted the AMA’s Most Popular Rider of 1950.

Mr. Tuman’s best season came in 1953 when he won the legendary Independence Day weekend event at Dodge City, Kan., a 200 miler over a two-mile dirt oval, on a Norton.

Mr. Tuman was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998. He also was inducted into the AMA District 17 Hall of Fame.

His full biography is at motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.aspx?RacerID=92.

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.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: americanmotorcyclist.com.


TOM VIALLE SECURES KTM’S 13TH FIM MX2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE!

11/04/2020

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tom Vialle has been crowned 2020 FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion after winning the first moto aboard his KTM 250 SX-F at the MXGP of Pietramurata in Arco di Trento, Italy today, Wednesday November 4.

Vialle continues a rich MX2 history for KTM as the ninth rider to win a championship title in the lower capacity class aboard a KTM 250 SX-F. The Frenchman, who came into the penultimate round of 2020 with a sizeable points lead, took a dominant win in the opening moto at the picturesque Italian track to secure an emotional first world title.

In only his second term racing at Grand Prix level, 20-year-old Vialle has demonstrated incredible talent and maturity in his approach throughout the 18-round championship. In a year of difficulties due to the global pandemic, Vialle’s strong start to 2020 was halted when MXGP racing was abruptly paused after just two rounds back in early March.

The Frenchman returned for round three in Kegums, Latvia in August to win his second Grand Prix of the season, ahead of an intense schedule of races in the weeks following. The KTM star battled hard with the MX2 competition, scoring consistently strong results to earn a comfortable lead thanks to his seven Grand Prix overall victories heading into the final triple-header of the year.

With 13 moto wins and 13 podiums so far this season, Vialle sensationally put his name in the history books by clinching the 2020 MX2 World Championship title to add to KTM’s outstanding success tally. The Frenchman’s victory confirms KTM’s fifth consecutive title in the category, with 13 championship victories in 17 years of MX2 competition for the Austrian manufacturer.

The final race of the season will take place this Sunday, November 8 at the Pietramurata circuit in Arco di Trento for the MXGP of Garda Trentino.

Tom Vialle – FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion
“I’m so happy but there have been a lot of emotions today. I was a bit angry with the verdict (in qualifying) this morning but to make the holeshot and lead the first moto was fantastic. I was almost crying on the last lap. There was so much emotion. It was really special. Crazy. In the second moto we had some bad luck, but the important thing is that we achieved our goal. I want to say a big thanks to the whole team and everybody who worked together to make this happen. It was tiring to have a lot of races so close together and also keep the concentration through the training. I think we did it pretty good.”

Dirk Gruebel – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager
“Tom showed his potential in his first year with us in 2019. There was real progression, but then over the winter he made another big step to be a title contender and world champion. He didn’t look back. He doesn’t get nervous. He had real competition, but Tom finished every race in a good spot, mainly in the top five, mostly in the top three. That’s the key to being world champion and now we are here celebrating. Hats-off to him and his family, it’s unbelievable. We are known for having a fast 250 – also a 450! – but I still think we have the benchmark in MX2 for everybody and Tom is another rider who knows how to make starts with it. It’s a really good motorcycle and we’ve been winning since 2004 with that concept. Tom being the ninth world champion shows its quality.”

Robert Jonas – KTM Vice President Motorsports Offroad
“It’s been fantastic to see Tom grow with the team over the past two years and ultimately win the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship; his maturity and approach to what has been a season of challenges with a lot of uncertainty has really paid off. Despite the natural pressure he had personally to step up again after his results last year, Tom has kept calm to make it happen week by week and our KTM 250 SX-F is proven once again. I wish Tom and his family huge congratulations for this incredible achievement, as we share this special moment together. I would like to congratulate Joel, Dirk and the entire Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team for their fantastic work with Tom to help nurture his talent and unlock his potential. To take a victory is never easy at this level, and we know 2020 has been a big challenge for everyone with a different type of intensity – but we are proud to have come through and to be celebrating this championship win.”

Photo credits: KTM Racing

FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship – 2021 Provisional Calendar

PRESS RELEASE

MIES, 26/11/2020

FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship

2021 Provisional Calendar, 26 November

DateFMNRVenueCountry
16 MayFMUKiev “Bucha”Ukraine
23 MayFFMBrouFrance
13 JuneACCRKramolinCzech Republic
20 JuneKNMVMarkeloThe Netherlands
04 JulyEMFLange MotokeskusEstonia
11 JulyFFMIffendicFrance
01 AugustDMSBStrassbessenbachGermany
22 AugustACCRJininCzech Republic
29 AugustFMSRoggenburgSwitzerland
05 SeptemberAMZSOrehova VasSlovenia
19 SeptemberKNMVOssThe Netherlands
26 SeptemberDMSBRudersbergGermany

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About the FIM (www.fim-live.com): The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) founded in 1904, is the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. The FIM is an independent association formed by 113 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.

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JOAN MIR CROWNED 2020 MotoGP CHAMPION VIDEO


Team Suzuki Press Office – November 26.

Enjoy the moment Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir is crowned MotoGP World Champion at the FIM Awards Ceremony in Portugal on Sunday, courtesy of Dorna & MotoGP.com.

VIDEO COURTESY OF SUZUKI AND YOUTUBE

Mir was joined on stage by teammate Alex Rins and Team Manager Davide Brivio, Rins earning the Bronze Medal for third in the series and Brivio accepting the MotoGP Teams Championship title on behalf of all the Suzuki Ecstar team and staff at Suzuki Motor Corporation in Japan.

To watch this special clip on Team Suzuki Racing: CLICK HERE

To watch the full Livestream on the Dorna/ MotoGP You Tube Channel: CLICK HERE

For more stories about Alex Rins, Click Here. For photos, Click Here.

For more stories about Joan Mir, Click Here. For photos, Click Here.


Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship – 2021 Provisional Calendar, Update

Please find enclosed the Press Release / Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship
2021 provisional Calendar, update 27 November.

The 2021 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship schedule has been adjusted to include a third race in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lucas Oil Stadium will now host a trio of races as Rounds 4 and 5 will take place on Saturday, January 30, and Tuesday, February 2 as originally planned and Round 6 will now take place on Saturday, February 6.

The schedule will resume on Saturday, February 20 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona as originally scheduled, followed by the Daytona Beach, Florida round on Saturday, March 6, and then the Arlington, Texas rounds will now be Saturday, March 13, Tuesday, March 16 and Saturday, March 20 at AT&T Stadium. The season finale will take place at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Three Rounds of the 17-Round Championship will be announced later as will the remaining Eastern Regional and Western Regional 250SX Class races, Triple Crown, and East/West 250SX Showdown events.   

Full 2021 Provisional calendar in attached file.

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MIES, 27/11/2020

 

Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship

2021, provisional Calendar, 27 November – update

The 2021 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship schedule has been adjusted to include a third race in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lucas Oil Stadium will now host a trio of races as Rounds 4 and 5 will take place on Saturday, January 30, and Tuesday, February 2 as originally planned and Round 6 will now take place on Saturday, February 6. 

The schedule will resume on Saturday, February 20 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona as originally scheduled, followed by the Daytona Beach, Florida round on Saturday, March 6, and then the Arlington, Texas rounds will now be Saturday, March 13, Tuesday, March 16 and Saturday, March 20 at AT&T Stadium. The season finale will take place at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Three Rounds of the 17-Round Championship will be announced later as will the remaining Eastern Regional and Western Regional 250SX Class races, Triple Crown, and East/West 250SX Showdown events.   

Round #DateFMNRCity                  Country     Venue
Round 1SAT 16 JanuaryAMAHouston, TX          USANRG Stadium 
Round 2TUE 19 JanuaryAMAHouston, TX          USANRG Stadium 
Round 3SAT 23 JanuaryAMAHouston, TX          USANRG Stadium 
Round 4SAT 30 JanuaryAMAIndianapolis, IN USALucas Oil Stadium
Round 5TUE 02 FebruaryAMAIndianapolis, IN USALucas Oil Stadium
Round 6SAT 06 FebruaryAMAIndianapolis, IN USALucas Oil Stadium
Round 7SAT 20 FebruaryAMAGlendale, AZ        USAState Farm Stadium
Round 8TUE 23 FebruaryAMAGlendale, AZ        USAState Farm Stadium
Round 9SAT 27 FebruaryAMAGlendale, AZ        USAState Farm Stadium
Round 10SAT 06 MarchAMADaytona, FL          USADaytona International Speedway
Round 11SAT 13 MarchAMAArlington, TX        USAAT&T STADIUM
Round 12TUE 16 MarchAMAArlington, TX          USAAT&T STADIUM
Round 13SAT 20 MarchAMAArlington, TX          USAAT&T STADIUM
Round 14 Round 15 Round 16   To be announced     
To be announced
To be announced
Round 17SAT 01 MayAMASalt Lake City, USA UTRice-Eccles Stadium

Tickets for the first thirteen Rounds will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, December 8. Preferred customers can sign up in advance for early access to purchase tickets a week prior, starting Tuesday, December 1 by visiting SupercrossLIVE.com.

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