MOTORCYCLE TIMES NEWS JANUARY 2021

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JOAN MIR WORLD CHAMPION BLOG

Team Suzuki Press Office – November 30.

“I made history with Suzuki and it’s an honour. When I see the words ‘World Champion’ I feel so thankful for what all the people in Suzuki and in the racing team have done for me. There’s no way to truly express the thanks and gratitude I want to give to all the people who have supported me and helped me to get where I am now, on the top of the world!” – JOAN MIR.

Joan Mir with Trophy

“I’ve had some days to try and realise everything that’s happened since winning the title, but in reality the action has been non-stop; so many kind messages to read from fans, so many interviews and events to attend, and it’s a great feeling to catch up with all the media and to try and express the emotions of the last few weeks. I wanted to take this chance to also try to put down in words some of my experiences and to share with you the moments that led up to the title, and the different feelings I went through.

“The day before the Valencia 2 race, I was particularly calm and quiet. The people closest to me noticed how I was very silent when I got up on race day morning, I didn’t really speak to anyone simply because I was so concentrated on the goal. I remember that I had fried eggs for breakfast to give myself plenty of energy. After that, I don’t remember much about the race; only that I felt nervous on the grid but calm during the actual race. But I recall with a lot of clarity the moment when I crossed the line – it was pure ecstasy. I just started to scream and shout, screaming at the top of my lungs! Then I got very emotional when I saw everybody around me starting to applaud, particularly my competitors! That cool-down lap was something incredible with all the other riders congratulating me and stopping to shake my hand.

“Then I arrived at Parc Ferme and I was so amazed to see all of my family there! They had stayed away all season because of the delicate situation with the (COVID-19) virus, so to see them there waiting to embrace me in Parc Ferme was overwhelmingly wonderful – the most beautiful and unforgettable thing in the world. The celebrations with my team in the moments after the race were also fantastic, but in the evening we didn’t have a big party like a lot of people expected; I just had a very small dinner together with my family – I wanted something intimate and relaxed, something safe in these difficult times. Over the next hours I started to realise that I had achieved my ultimate dream. It hit me in waves as I remembered what had happened! This whole season will be unforgettable, but those moments celebrating with my fellow riders, my team, and my family will stay fresh in my mind forever.

“This World Championship title has special significance for me and the team because I realise that we really made history with this victory. It came in the same year that Suzuki celebrates its 100th Anniversary and the 60th anniversary in racing. It’s also 20 years since the last title – all these stats are impressive, and to me it almost seems like ‘destiny’ that it all happened at once.

“To be honest, this is exactly what I was hoping for when I decided to sign with Suzuki in MotoGP. At that time I had some other options, and I thought about it a lot, evaluating and weighing-up the pros and cons. I was already very interested in Suzuki, then all in a sudden I thought: if I do go to Suzuki and manage to win the World Championship it will something amazing, memorable… historic! And here we are, celebrating a piece of history!

“I still remember my first experience with the GSX-RR: the speed was impressive, but the braking was something else! The stopping power really surprised me. And the bike itself is very long, much longer than a standard bike, to give better stability in fast corners, so you really have to make it turn, but this year we managed to find good traction, which helped a lot. The GSX-RR is a really complete and balanced bike, and it won the title with me thanks to this and its adaptability to all tracks and conditions. In such a strange year, consistency was going to be the key for success, and that’s what we managed to do.

“Another reason that this season’s success feels so incredible is not just the struggles of the year in general with the terrible Covid-19 crisis, but also the troubles I had last year. When I think back to the crash I had in Brno I still re-live that same feeling of my breath being taken away, it was so scary. The crash itself and the injury was a tough moment, but the recovery was also very long and hard. It feels strange to think that after the first races of this 2020 season I was well behind the top riders in the classification, and now we’re celebrating the title. The season was so relentless with so many rounds close together, so it really hasn’t sunk in yet.

“Austria this year was a real turning point: I was really putting pressure on myself to get a podium and when it finally happened it was a huge relief – I had been bottling-up the tension inside myself and all of that was finally released when I stood on that podium. Once I had proven what I was capable of, it gave me a more relaxed and balanced feeling on the bike. If you asked me to pinpoint the secret to my success, I would say this: I always set a target and then once I hit it my hunger just gets bigger and bigger and I just can’t get enough of chasing my objective.

“When I see the words ‘World Champion’ I feel so thankful for what all the people in Suzuki and in the racing team have done for me. There’s no way to truly express the thanks and gratitude I want to give to all the people who have supported me and helped me to get where I am now, on the top of the world!

“Seeing my face amongst all the historic Champions of Suzuki is something magical and it makes me feel very honoured and proud. All of us at Team Suzuki Ecstar are a part of history now, the history of an underdog company who came to MotoGP to challenge the biggest teams and finally…. WON!”

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MONSTER ENERGY TEAMS WITH SUZUKI FOR 2021

MONSTER ENERGY GIVES TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR A BOOST IN 2021
Team Suzuki Press Office – December 1.

Monster Energy Company and Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP are very proud and happy to announce that the two companies will join forces from 2021 after signing a multi-year agreement which will see the manufacturer from Hamamatsu enjoy extra power in its thrilling MotoGP World Championship adventure.

A product of a long-term mutual interest in working together, both companies are excited to share the news in what could be considered the icing on the cake for Team Suzuki Ecstar after clinching the World title with the Spanish rider Joan Mir in the same year in which the brand celebrates its 100th Anniversary and 60 years in racing.

Monster Energy Company, which is currently sponsoring Team Suzuki Ecstar riders, Joan Mir and Alex Rins, will be fueling the entire team with an impactful presence on the 2021 GSX-RR bike, and they will boost the team as they aim to repeat the great success achieved this season.

TEAM CLASSIC SUZUKI WORKSHOP TOUR VIDEO ONLINE

CLASSIC SUZUKI MOTORCYCLE ON DISPLAY

Team Suzuki Press Office – December 8, 2020

Team Classic Suzuki has released a video of its workshop facilities in an effort to bring fans their classic bike fix, in lieu of the regular shows and events that have fallen victim to the Covid-19 pandemic. Join chief mechanic and resident expert Nathan Colombi for a guided tour around rare RGV250s, Kevin Schwantz and Kenny Roberts Jr’s RGV500s, World Superbike GSX-Rs, and Guy Martin’s 2012 GSX-R1000 superbike, plus get a look at the GSX-R750 SRAD being built for competition in 2021 onwards, and a new Katana project build. Browse the shelves to see the collection of parts amassed over the years, from full-factory carbs and triple clamps to remanufactured footrests and a number of genuine Suzuki components still available on the Vintage Parts Programme, before seeing where the magic happens in the ‘engine room’.
To watch on Team Suzuki Racing: CLICK HERE

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ROAD AMERICA AMA SUPERBIKES – EPISODE 1 VIDEO 

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ROAD AMERICA AMA SUPERBIKES – EPISODE 1 VIDEO
Team Suzuki Press Office – December 13 2020
Join M4 ECSTAR Suzuki at the first round of MotoAmerica at Road America in the first of a series of behind-the-scenes videos from Team Hammer.The event saw Sean Dylan Kelly race his GSX-R600 to second position in the Supersport class while Superbike rider Bobby Fong scored a fourth position on his GSX-R1000.
The video features on track action and interviews with all of Team Hammer Suzuki riders.
To watch on Team Suzuki Racing: CLICK HERE

ROAD AMERICA AMA SUPERBIKES – EPISODE 2 VIDEO

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ROAD AMERICA AMA SUPERBIKES – EPISODE 2 VIDEO
Team Suzuki Press Office – December 17 2020

Episode 2 of Team Hammer’s video series sees M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Bobby Fong score his first-ever MotoAmerica Superbike win aboard the GSX-R1000.
The race, held at Road America, also saw Supersport rider Sean Dylan Kelly score two podium positions, Cameron Peterson take victory in the Stock 1000 class and Rocco Landers claim victory in the Twins class.
To watch on Team Suzuki Racing: 
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ROAD ATLANTA MOTOAMERICA M4 ECSTAR SUZUKI VIDEOS ONLINE

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ROAD ATLANTA MOTOAMERICA M4 ECSTAR SUZUKI VIDEOS ONLINE
Team Suzuki Press Office – December 20 2020
A two-part video series from the Road Atlanta, Pittsburgh races during the 2020 MotoAmerica AMA Superbike series with M4 ECSTAR Suzuki and associated Team Hammer Suzuki teams and riders is online to view.
Episode 3, Part 1, features on track action and rider interviews from Road Atlanta, while Part 2 takes-up the action four days later due to the reorganised series due to the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic at that time.
To watch both videos on Team Suzuki Racing: 
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2021 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS DATES UPDATED

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Team Suzuki Press Office – December 19 2020

A new updated schedule has been announced this week for the 2021 Monster Energy FIM/ AMA Supercross Championship that will see a total of 17 rounds from January 16th to May 1st. Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the original calendar now features several back-to-back rounds and Saturday and Tuesday races included. The updates, announced by promoters Feld Entertainment, include three consecutive rounds in Georgia at Atlanta Motor Speedway and an added round at Salt Lake City in Utah. The original rounds in Arizona have been cancelled and replaced with Orlando in Florida. Other revisions include the East/ West 250cc class series: The opening seven rounds will include East class, the following eight, the West class; and then the penultimate 16th round at Salt Lake City on April 24th will be East class again. The series finale on May 1st for Salt Lake City 2 sees both classes come together.

2021 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Schedule (@ December 19th):

Round 1: Houston, Texas (East) NRG Stadium Saturday, January 16
Round 2: Houston, Texas (East) NRG Stadium Tuesday, January 19
Round 3: Houston, Texas (East) NRG Stadium Saturday, January 23
Round 4: Indianapolis, Indiana (East) Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday, January 30
Round 5: Indianapolis, Indiana (East) Lucas Oil Stadium Tuesday, February 2
Round 6: Indianapolis, Indiana (East) Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday, February 6
Round 7: Orlando, Florida (East) Camping World Stadium Saturday, February 13
Round 8: Orlando, Florida (West) Camping World Stadium Saturday, February 20
Round 9: Daytona Beach, Florida (West) Daytona Int. Speedway Saturday, March 6
Round 10: Arlington, Texas (West) AT&T Stadium Saturday, March 13
Round 11: Arlington, Texas (West) AT&T Stadium Tuesday, March 16
Round 12: Arlington, Texas (West) AT&T Stadium Saturday, March 20
Round 13: Atlanta, Georgia (West) Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday, April 10
Round 14: Atlanta, Georgia (West) Atlanta Motor Speedway Tuesday, April 13
Round 15: Atlanta, Georgia (West) Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday, April 17
Round 16: Salt Lake City, Utah (East) Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday, April 24
Round 17: Salt Lake City, Utah (W/E) Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday, May 1

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TEAM SUZUKI RACING MAGAZINE NOW ONLINE

Team Suzuki Press Office – December 22.

The new 2020 Team Suzuki Racing Magazine is now online to read and download at www.suzuki-racing.com.

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Team Honda HRC Announces Four-Rider Roster for 2021

Factory squad to incorporate both 450 and 250 efforts

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Editor’s note: we first received this press release on December 1, 2020. There was a follow up to it this month. We placed the two releases together for simplicity and accuracy. And there were more cool pictures too.

December1, 2020 — TORRANCE, Calif.

American Honda confirmed today that its official squad—Team Honda HRC—will comprise four riders campaigning two classes for the 2021 AMA Supercross/AMA Pro Motocross season. As previously announced, Ken Roczen and Chase Sexton will compete aboard the all-new 2021 CRF450R in the 450 class. In addition, Hunter and Jett Lawrence join the team to race the CRF250R in the quarter-liter division.

A three-time AMA champion and one-time FIM champion, Roczen won four AMA Supercross rounds last season and finished third in the final points standings before sitting out AMA Pro Motocross to focus on recovering from the effects of the Epstein-Barr virus. Meanwhile, Sexton successfully defended his AMA Supercross 250 East Region crown with the Factory Connection squad before advancing to the premier class with Team Honda HRC for AMA Pro Motocross, in which he won the final round.

The Australian Lawrence brothers both rode for Factory Connection in 2020, with Jett winning the final AMA Pro Motocross round and earning the Marty Smith Rookie of the Year Award. In recent seasons, Team Honda HRC has focused on the 450 class, but with the recent dissolution of the Factory Connection Race Team following a long and successful collaboration with Honda, the 250 effort is being absorbed into the in-house project for 2021. Factory Connection will continue to work with Team Honda HRC in various capacities.

“The 2021 season will be upon us soon, and our team is working hard to prepare,” said Brandon Wilson, Manager of Advertising and Motorcycle Sports at American Honda. “While we were sorry to see Factory Connection’s race team shut down, we’re pleased to continue a relationship with their company, and we’re excited to have such a talented rider lineup for both classes. When you also factor in our solid team structure, there’s every reason to expect a positive performance from Team Honda HRC next year.”

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American Honda Presents Factory Supercross Squad

Team Honda HRC to begin season on January 16 in Houston

January 6, 2021 — TORRANCE, Calif.

Today in a virtual event, American Honda presented Team Honda HRC’s riders and staff for the 2021 AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross season.

German Ken Roczen begins his fifth year with Honda’s factory team after winning four rounds in last year’s series. “I’m in a good position right now and excited to build on what we learned last year,” Roczen said in the presentation. “I feel extremely comfortable on the all-new CRF450R and will work hard to put it on the top step in 2021.”

Making his AMA Supercross debut aboard the factory 2021 CRF450R is 2019 and 2020 250SX East Region Champion Chase Sexton, who joined the squad for last year’s AMA Pro Motocross series, performing well and winning the final round. “I learned a lot racing the 450 outdoors last year,” Sexton said. “I’m excited to take that momentum into Supercross, and I feel like I can contend for race wins and podiums.”

As previously announced, the factory squad has taken on the 250 effort for 2021, with CRF250R-mounted Australian brothers Jett and Hunter Lawrence prepared to campaign the 250SX East and West regions, respectively. “All of the hard work is paying off,” said Jett, who is beginning his second full season as an AMA pro. “Now, going into the season, I just want to be consistent and ride smart—to ride like a champion and be there for every race.”

Jett’s older brother Hunter missed much of last season due to injuries, but he is approaching the 2021 season in good health and looking forward to a new challenge. “Having this opportunity alongside Jett is great, because we push each other every day,” Hunter said. “Team Honda HRC has welcomed us with open arms and I just can’t wait to get the season underway.”

The first round of the 2021 AMA Supercross series takes place in Houston on January 16.

The presentation can be viewed on demand here.

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Honda Unveils the All-New Rebel 1100 for 2021

Midsize model introduces DCT and varied riding experiences to the cruiser market

2021 Honda Rebel 1100
2021 Honda Rebel 1100

November 24, 2020 — TORRANCE, Calif.

Honda announced today an all-new midsize cruiser model—the Rebel 1100—to be powered by a water-cooled, parallel-twin engine and offered for the 2021 model year. Introducing new technology to the cruiser category, including Honda’s advanced automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)—the model was conceptualized and developed following a “Relax and Excite” design theme, and is notable for its ability to suit a variety of rider types and deliver wide-ranging riding experiences.

A forward-looking motorcycle, the adaptable Rebel 1100 features carefully developed geometry, sport-worthy components and a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio, all of which combine to make it capable not just of straight-line cruising, but also more dynamic riding, including brisk acceleration and exhilarating cornering. The model has Honda’s renowned reliability and finish, along with a very competitive retail price.

The engine is a retuned version of the power plant from Honda’s popular Africa Twin adventure platform, with a 270-degree crankshaft design that gives a pulsing, rhythmic sound and feel at low engine speeds but runs smooth at higher rpm. The DCT enables automatic shifting, or riders can select manual mode and change gears via handlebar-mounted buttons. They can also switch between three different riding modes—Standard, Sport and Rain—each of which delivers a distinct riding experience, thanks to carefully balanced settings for power, Honda Selectable Torque Control (which incorporates Wheelie Control), engine braking and DCT.

The chassis features geometry that achieves both straight-line stability and neutral handling, and although seat height is low at 27.5 inches, the engine is compact enough to enable a 35-degree bank angle—much more than most cruisers and suitable for spirited cornering. High-performance suspension components comprise a 43 mm conventional fork with a cartridge-type damper, and twin Showa shocks with piggyback reservoirs, while the front brake has a monobloc, four-piston, radial-mount caliper with a floating rotor. Curb weight is just 509 pounds for the DCT version.

Facilitating the customization penchant for which the cruiser segment is known—and enhancing the model’s already-impressive versatility—Honda is offering a full line of accessories for the Rebel 1100, from minimalist to touring-focused.

“With the evolution of cruiser culture, today’s rider demands a motorcycle that expands on the capabilities that have traditionally been possible in the segment,” said Lee Edmunds, Senior Manager of Powersports Marketing for American Honda. “The all-new Rebel 1100 fits the bill, providing cruiser customers with technologies—including DCT—and riding experiences that were previously unavailable in the category. It’s truly a motorcycle for the modern cruiser rider.”

The 2021 Honda Rebel 1100 is scheduled for release in January and will be available in Metallic Black and Bordeaux Red Metallic. The MSRP is $9,999 ($9,299 for the manual-transmission version). ABS is standard.

Honda’s website has additional information on the Rebel 1100.

About American Honda
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and Side-by-Sides in the United States. American Honda’s Powersports Division conducts the sales, marketing and operational activities for these products through independent authorized Honda retail dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to powersports.honda.com./

GASGAS NEWS

GASGAS SIGN ALBERT CABESTANY AS TRIALGP TEAM MANAGER

GasGas New Team Manager  Albert Cabestany

GASGAS SIGN ALBERT CABESTANY AS TRIALGP TEAM MANAGER
SUPER-EXPERIENCED FORMER SPANISH AND INDOOR WORLD CHAMPION SWITCHES FROM COMPETITION TO TEAM MANAGEMENT TO LEAD GASGAS’ 2021 FACTORY TRIAL TEAM
Pushing forwards with a renewed energy, we’re strengthening our factory trial team for 2021 as we welcome Albert Cabestany as our new team manager! Stepping away from full-time competition, our defending Trial-E World Champion will now take charge of our factory trial team and guide them through both the X-Trial and TrialGP World Championships.
Albert Cabestany appointed as Trial Team Manager
Experienced Spaniard will lead GASGAS’ TrialGP squad
GASGAS strengthen their commitment to trial competition
A rider with more than 20 years of international trial experience, Cabestany is not only hugely capable on a bike, he’s also incredibly knowledgeable off one. A consistent challenger for world championship honors, with no fewer than 85 outdoor and 90 indoor podium results to his credit, including 27 victories, it’s fair to say he’s been there, done it, and got a whole bunch of t-shirts!

Turning a page in his highly-successful career, Albert, who started his professional career riding for GASGAS before returning to win two Trial-E World Championship titles in 2019 and 2020, will now start an exciting new chapter, leading from the front as he manages the GASGAS Factory Racing Trial Team.

Focused on developing the team’s testing, training and competition program, the likeable Spaniard will provide invaluable knowledge, experience and guidance, ensuring the team is perfectly prepared to take on the 2021 FIM X-Trial and TrialGP series.

We’ll have more news on our GASGAS Factory Racing Trial Team soon…

Albert Cabestany, GASGAS Factory Racing Trial Team Manager: “After so many years competing in trial, this is the perfect next step for me. To be the GASGAS Factory Racing Trial Team Manager is such a unique and exciting opportunity, I’m really looking forward to working with our riders and doing all I can to continue the team’s success. For sure I’m going to give it my all and enjoy the experience. It’s an important team within the trial paddock, with high expectations, so I’m really excited about the future.”

Robert Jonas, VP Motorsports Offroad: “Trial remains hugely important to GASGAS, both from a production bike point of view and also from a motorsport perspective. This is why we are pleased to have appointed Albert Cabestany as our new trial team manager. Albert is hugely experienced when it comes to all things trial, and while he is best known as a successful competitor, he also has considerable testing and development experience. We believe he will inject the right mix of energy and focus into the team and push it forward in 2021, allowing our riders to perform at their very best.”

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LAIA SANZ SET TO TAKE ON DAKAR 2021

GasGas rider L. Sanz in Dakar

LAIA SANZ SET TO TAKE ON DAKAR 2021
GASGAS FACTORY RACING RIDER PUTS ILLNESS BEHIND HER TO COMPLETE FINAL PREPARATIONS AHEAD OF 43RD DAKAR RALLY
Laia Sanz and GASGAS Factory Racing have completed their pre-Dakar testing and are now counting down the days to the start of their epic New Year adventure. Soon to be rolling up her sleeves and getting stuck into the 2021 Dakar Rally, Laia will take to the start of her 11th Dakar in a little over two weeks’ time as she looks to further cement her position as one of the event’s true greats.
Laia to contest her 11th Dakar Rally in 2021
GASGAS RC 450F to make its second appearance at famous event
12-stage event to cover 7,646 km, including 4,767 km of timed specials
In what has been a difficult year for all, for Laia recent months have been especially challenging due to contracting Lyme Disease during the summer, making her final Dakar preparations more complicated than normal. However, with support from her team, friends, and sponsors, Laia believes she is now ready to take on the world’s toughest cross-country rally. The RC 450F rider is fully focused on completing her 11th consecutive Dakar and delivering another strong result.

The 43rd edition of the race will see an increased emphasis placed on rider navigation and competitor’s abilities to tackle slower-speed, technical terrain, which is great news for Laia. Reducing the event’s average speeds, with her ability to both navigate well while under pressure and complete long stages with the minimum of mistakes, Laia is upbeat about this year’s route.

With the 2021 Dakar Rally once again being held in the Middle East, the event will start and finish at the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah. Like all competitors, Laia will face a short qualifying prologue on Saturday, January 2, before starting the rally proper and 12 long and demanding stages covering a total of 7,646 km. With a rest day in Ha’il midway through the race, Laia will then work her way back to Jeddah on January 15, having raced 4,767 km of timed special stages against the clock.

With bikes and vehicles already on their way to Jeddah for the start of the race, GASGAS Factory Racing are pleased to announce a couple of changes in the team’s sponsor structure. Laia will wear KENNY race clothing for her assault on the 2021 Dakar and receive added support from long-time sponsor KH7.

Laia Sanz: “It’s been a really tough year for me, so to be able to look forward to racing the 2021 Dakar means so much. I injured my hand on the second stage of this year’s Dakar, back in January, and although I carried on and completed the event the injury turned out to be worse than we thought. It took a while at the beginning of the year to recover from that. I was really looking forward to start training on my GASGAS trial and enduro bikes, and maybe fitting in some events. Unfortunately, when I was finally able to get out on my bikes again, I started to feel ill. Eventually I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, which made me feel very unwell. Thankfully, with the right treatment I have been able to start riding again. I know I’m not 100% and we’ll have to see just how I feel when the rally starts in January. It helps that we have some experience now of the terrain we will face, and the way things work with the move to the Middle East. The event in January should also be a little more technical and with tougher navigation, so I’m looking forward to that. I don’t want to put any pressure on myself, and another finish would be incredible, but my main goal is to go there and just enjoy the race.”

Jordi Viladoms – GASGAS Rally Team Manager: “Laia is a true champion, a real fighter, and even though this year has been difficult for her we know she will do all she can to be competitive at Dakar. She knows very well how to manage the race and her finishing record is incredible, it really shows how determined she is as a racer, and how she understands the real challenge of Dakar. With this year’s route looking like it will be more technical, I’m sure it will suit her really well. What she lacks in terms of time riding her bike in recent months I am sure she can make up for with her experience and determination. Dakar is always difficult, but Laia always rises to the challenge.”

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LAIA SANZ SUCCESSFULLY FINISHES DAKAR RALLY STAGE THREE

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LAIA SANZ SUCCESSFULLY FINISHES DAKAR RALLY STAGE THREE
ANOTHER CONSISTENT DAY IN THE SADDLE SEES LAIA COMPLETE 629 KILOMETER HIGH-SPEED STAGE
Marching forwards and completing another stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally, Laia Sanz has successfully finished the 629-kilometer stage three, a looped stage that took all competitors through the desert south of the bivouac at Wadi Al-Dawasir. Another fast day in the saddle, as well as higher speed sections towards the end of the stage it also featured slow-speed rocky tracks as well as sand dunes. Overall, the stage served up yet more demanding navigation and intense racing, testing all riders to the limit. Feeling increasingly settled aboard her GASGAS RC 450F following her prolonged pre-event lay-off with illness, Laia continues to build her confidence.
Laia home and well at end of Dakar stage three
Consistent riding results in 26th place finish
Longest stage of the event up next for Laia
Laia Sanz: “It was another good day for me – like yesterday I was able to find a rhythm that I was happy with and I avoided any errors. Trying to not make any big mistakes and to ride consistently is my goal. We are only a few days into the race at the moment, and there will be a lot of difficult days ahead, so it is important to take things step-by-step. It was a fast stage today, but everything went ok. It will be another long day on the bike tomorrow, so my plan will again be to ride at a good pace and focus on avoiding problems.”

Starting as the 23rd rider to enter today’s stage three, for the most part Laia enjoyed a trouble-free ride. Moving up a few positions during the opening 40 kilometers, she then spent much of the day in and around 25th position, eventually coming home as the day’s 26th fastest rider and just 22 minutes down on stage winner Toby Price.

Up next for Laia is the 813-kilometer stage four, the longest of the event but featuring one of the shortest special stages of the race at 337 kilometers, that will take her to the Saudi Arabian capital city of Riyadh.

Results (provisional): Dakar Rally 2021, stage 3

  1. Toby Price (KTM) 3:33.23
  2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 3:36.39
  3. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 3:37.59
  4. Laia Sanz (GASGAS) 3:56.00
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LAIA COMPLETES STAGE FOUR OF THE 2021 DAKAR RALLY

Laia Sanz riding motorcycle in sand

SUPER-CONSISTENT DAY OF RACING FOR GASGAS FACTORY RACING STAR IN THE DESERT
Laia Sanz has delivered another super-consistent ride through a fast and physically tough 337-kilometer special to complete stage four of the 2021 Dakar Rally. Gaining confidence as the rally continues, with four positive days of racing onboard her GASGAS RC 450F Rally now under her belt, Laia now looks ahead to a technically demanding stage five and what may well be the toughest challenge of the rally so far.
Laia safely completes longest stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally
GASGAS RC 450F faultless after completing four days of racing
Mixed terrain on stage five expected to be the toughest stage of the event
Laia Sanz: “It was a really fast stage today, which I don’t normally like too much. But I felt ok, pretty good really. Staying safe was my priority today. I just rode my own stage and tried to do the best I could while also being safe and looking after my bike. I did make one small mistake close to the end of the stage but nothing major, so I’m happy. My bike was great, I’m really happy with the set-up we have, I just need some more stages to continue improving my feeling and confidence. Tomorrow will be a tough one again, but I’m looking forward and feeling better and better each day.”

The fast and rocky terrain of stage four required patience and skill despite the higher speeds. Laia’s cautious approach ensured that she remained out of trouble and completed the stage successfully with her GASGAS performing brilliantly. A single navigational error that caught out many riders in the final kilometers of the stage was her only error of the day, with Sanz going on to place 27th. Completing the special just under 20 minutes down on stage winner Joan Barreda is a positive step forwards and extends her gap over the next-placed rider to over 30 minutes.

Another tough day lies ahead for Laia as the special for day five of the 2021 Dakar Rally is expected to be as technically demanding as it is long. The 662-kilometer stage will feature a 456-kilometer timed section that will be made up of a wide variety of terrain including stony tracks and an area of soft dunes. Accurate navigation will be essential.

Results (provisional): Dakar Rally 2021, stage 4

  1. Joan Barreda (Honda) 2:46:50
  2. Daniel Sanders (KTM) 2:52:59
  3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 2:53:12
  4. Laia Sanz (GASGAS) 3:06:38

Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 4)

  1. Xavier de Soultrait (Husqvarna) 15:00:25
  2. Joan Barreda (Honda) 15:00:40
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HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES UNVEILS 2021 FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION

ALL-NEW AESTHETICS AND FACTORY RACE TEAM COMPONENTRY FURTHER ENHANCE THE CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING MACHINE

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2021 Husqvarna FC450

Featuring a striking, brand-new look and class-leading performance, Husqvarna Motorcycles North America, Inc. is excited to reveal the 2021 FC 450 Rockstar Edition. Most recently acclaimed as the starting point for Zach Osborne’s 2020 AMA 450MX championship-winning Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing machine and the proven basis for Jason Anderson’s 2018 450SX title, the competition-ready motorcycle features numerous upgrades and improvements over the standard FC 450. Building off an incredible conclusion to the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship with a Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing podium sweep via Osborne, Anderson and teammate Dean Wilson, the 2021 FC 450 Rockstar Edition is designed to further increase its winning potential inside the arena. Beneath the updated Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team graphics, the FC 450 Rockstar Edition uses Husqvarna Motorcycles’ lightweight FC 450 chassis, together with the latest WP XACT suspension. Delivering precise handling, the optimized suspension improves rider confidence allowing all racers to master the toughest terrain with conviction.

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2021 Husqvarna FC450

With a focus on the latest technology and offering fully customizable riding experiences, the 2021 FC 450 Rockstar Edition comes with Husqvarna Motorcycles’ all-new Connectivity Unit, which together with the myHusqvarna app was launched in October 2020. Fitted to the handlebar pad and controlled with the application, personalized engine maps and fine-tuned suspension settings can be created and stored to provide the ideal set-up for any track or conditions. Ensuring an uncompromised power delivery from the SOHC 450 cc engine, an upgraded, high-performance Brembo hydraulic clutch system provides perfect action in all conditions, while also delivering exceptional reliability. Completed with an FMF Racing Factory 4.1 silencer, GUTS Factory high-grip seat cover, Rekluse clutch cover, Factory wheel set, ProTaper handlebars and Factory CNC-machined triple clamps with adjustable offset, the FC 450 Rockstar Edition is built to perform at the highest level, straight out of the showroom. 

Technical Highlights:

  • New Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing graphics
  • New Connectivity Unit fitted as standard to connect with the myHusqvarna app
    • Allows the rider to customize engine behavior to personal preferences and take terrain and track conditions into consideration
  • New high-performance Brembo hydraulic clutch system
  • Compact SOHC engine providing class-leading performance
  • Hydro-formed chromium molybdenum frame with premium black powder coating
  • Factory CNC-machined triple clamps with adjustable offset [20 – 22 mm]
  • Composite carbon fiber two-piece subframe design
  • Carbon fiber reinforced skid plate
  • WP XACT 48 mm front forks with AER technology
  • Mechanical Factory holeshot device 
  • FMF Racing Factory 4.1 silencer
  • Softer, grey ODI lock-on grips
  • GUTS Factory high grip seat cover
  • Rekluse clutch cover
  • High-quality ProTaper handlebars and bar pad
  • Factory wheel set with D.I.D DirtStar rims and blue anodized CNC machined hubs
  • Multifunctional map switch, which also activates launch and traction control
  • Electric starter powered by a lightweight Li-Ion 2.0 Ah battery

Providing comfort, protection and style, the Functional Offroad Apparel Collection ensures riders of all abilities are fully prepared for their next ride. Additionally, a comprehensive lineup of Technical Accessories allows riders to customize, protect and further improve the performance and durability of their motorcycle. The new 2021 FC 450 Rockstar Edition is available at authorized Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers now. For more information, please visit www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com.

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TREVOR BOLLINGER SET TO UNDERGO KNEE SURGERY THIS WEEK

News Release: December 8 2020

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RIDER PREPARES TO LINE UP FOR 2021 GNCC OPENER

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Trevor Bollinger is set to undergo knee surgery this week after sustaining a torn ACL in his right leg during a practice crash last week. 
This unfortunate setback comes just after Bollinger was released to begin riding again after missing most of the 2020 race season due to a torn ACL in his left leg, which he underwent surgery for back in March.

The North Carolina native will once again begin the recovery process as soon as possible as he plans to line up for the start of the 2021 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series. As a heavy podium contender when he last left off in 2019, Bollinger is preparing to contest the 2021 XC1 Open Pro Championship aboard the FX 450.

Bollinger:“Getting hurt in this sport is inevitable and the timing definitely isn’t ideal but I have the right people behind me to come back and be better than I ever have.”The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team has concluded its 2020 offroad racing schedule and the team is set to begin its offseason preparations this winter. For more information on Husqvarna Motorcycles and its athletes, visit www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com

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Husqvarna Motorcycles has continued to expand its professional race team to compete in AMA Supercross, AMA Pro Motocross, AMA National Enduro, GNCC, AMA EnduroCross, and AMA National Hare & Hound championships. Husqvarna team riders are competing aboard Husqvarna FC 450, FC 350, FC 250, FE 350, TC 250 and TE 300 models.

Coming off an exciting 450SX podium sweep at the end of 2020, the dynamic trio of Zach Osborne, Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson returns to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team once again, all aboard the FC 450 Rockstar Edition. Osborne, who most recently captured the 2020 450MX Championship, brought a strong charge into the final rounds of Supercross and he looks to pick up where he left off in 2020. His teammate and 2018 450SX Champion, Jason Anderson, is a consistent front-runner in the highly-stacked class and he has his sights set on returning to the center of the podium this season. Dean Wilson continues to solidify his presence in the premier class, where he most recently captured a third-place podium finish at the 2020 season finale. With a healthy slate heading into 2021, Wilson looks to join his teammates in the season-long battle for top contention.

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team welcome another familiar trio to the squad as all three 250 cc riders are returning members in 2021. RJ Hampshire assumes the veteran role this season as he enters year two aboard the FC 250. Hampshire established himself as a strong championship contender last season before succumbing to injuries that took him out of the running but he is healthy and ready to contest the 250SX Eastern title in 2021. In the Western division, Jalek Swoll returns for his second season of professional Supercross racing and he is joined by rookie Stilez Robertson, who will make his 250SX West debut this season following a brief introduction to the pro ranks with the 2020 Pro Motocross Championship.

The 2021 AMA Supercross Championship kicks off on Saturday, January 16 in Houston, Texas.

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Members Appointed to AMA Recreational Riding Commissions

Forty-three individuals to address topics to improve recreational riding

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association announces the members of the AMA Recreational Riding Commissions, which are the volunteer groups that develop ways to improve and promote recreational motorcycle riding in the United States.

“I’m very pleased with the variety of ages, experiences and backgrounds of the individuals who will serve on these commissions,” said AMA Director of Member Activity Heather Wilson. “From the applications, it’s clear that these individuals are passionate about serving the AMA’s mission and continuously improving recreational riding. I look forward to the collaboration that will result in more resources, training and activity for recreational riders.”

There are four commissions:

  • AMA Adventure/Dual Sport Commission will consider adventure and dual sport rides.
  • AMA Road Riding Commission will discuss a variety of road-riding activities.
  • AMA Special Interest Commission will address women riders, disabled riders, youth riders and more.
  • AMA Trail/Off-Road Riding Commission will discuss trail rides and family enduros.

AMA Adventure/Dual Sport Commission appointees

  • Lawrence Borgens, Stockton, Calif.
  • Drew Faulkner, Dayton, Ohio
  • Terry Gerken, Sterling, Ill.
  • William Jenkins, Boise, Idaho
  • John Luce, Springfield, Mo.
  • John Newton, Fall River, Wis.
  • Jack O’Connor, Point Pleasant Boro, N.J.
  • Robert (Sam) Phillips, Oak Hill, Ohio
  • Paul Reisinger, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  • Marco Sanna, Pittstown, N.J.

AMA Road Riding Commission appointees

  • Bruce Aizawa, Brentwood, Calif.
  • John Bingham, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Carl Boockholdt, Evansville, Ind.
  • Cyndi Brandt, Owings Mills, Md.
  • Jeffrey Carr, Green Bay, Wis.
  • Victor Castaneda Jr., Buckeye, Ariz.
  • Tom Dean, Fairfield, Ohio
  • Bruce Gary, Irvine, Calif.
  • Nicholaus Hughes, Fountain Inn, S.C.
  • John Levy, Mount Vernon, N.Y.
  • William Meaux, Fairfax, Va.
  • Richard Natali, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • Tom Ptashnik, Marietta, Ga.
  • Lauren Secular, New York, N.Y.
  • Howard Stender, Algoma, Wis.
  • Ray Stith, Rodeo, Calif.
  • Mike Stock, Weston, Ohio
  • Richard Withey, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Rodney Woudema, Rensselaer, Ind.

AMA Special Interest Commission appointees

  • Meg Argubright, Lake Elsinore, Calif.
  • Cyndi Brandt, Owings Mills, Md.
  • Carissa Conine, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Tom Dean, Fairfield, Ohio
  • Jessica Hutchins, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Kelly McCaughey, Long Valley, N.J.
  • Maggie McNally-Bradshaw, Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Elizabeth Roller, Youngstown, Ohio
  • Marco Sanna, Pittstown, N.J.
  • Carlos Santillan, Ruckersville, Va.
  • Nancy Schlag, Mechanicsville, Md.
  • Rebecca Worledge, San Jose, Calif.

AMA Trail/Off-Road Riding Commission appointees

  • Meg Argubright, Lake Elsinore, Calif.
  • Carissa Conine, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Terry Gerken, Sterling, Ill.
  • Kelley Hart, Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Kevin Higgins, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Mike Maurer, Williamston, Mich.
  • Nancy Schlag, Mechanicsville, Md.
  • Kenneth Schuck, Stoughton, Wis.
  • Tom Tompkins, Powhatan, Va.

Commissions members meet at various times throughout the year to address topics and implement solutions important to the growth and overall experience of recreational motorcycle riding.

AMA Recreational Riding Commissions appointees must have an active AMA membership and be in good standing throughout their appointment. Each appointee serves a two-year term, beginning in January.

Applications for the 2021 term have closed. Those interested in becoming an AMA Recreational Riding Commissions member may apply by Sept. 1, 2021, for the 2022 term at americanmotorcyclist.com/recreational-riding-commissions.

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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American Motorcyclist Association Ice Race Grand Championships Schedule Announced

AMA National No. 1 plates up for grabs in Wisconsin, with charitable support

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Photo by Matt Milanowski

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — America’s finest motorcycle ice racers will have two opportunities to compete for AMA No. 1 plates in 2021, with AMA Ice Race Grand Championship events scheduled three weeks apart in January and February in Wisconsin.

The first event is a Grand Prix-style competition on Jan. 17 that will run in conjunction with the Steel Shoe Fund’s annual three-hour endurance race on Kettle Moraine Lake at the Tiki Beach Bar and Resort in Campbellsport, Wis. The course once again will be designed by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jeff Fredette.

“The Steel Shoe Fund is thrilled to host the 2021 AMA Ice Race Grand Championship GP,” said Chris DaRonco, the event promoter. “We look forward to providing a challenging 6-plus-mile course on Kettle Moraine Lake. We’re working on some exciting changes to our program to make the event better than last year and to comply with any state and local orders regarding COVID-19. We look forward to hosting riders from all over and awarding those highly coveted AMA National No. 1 plates.”

The Steel Shoe Fund was established in 1997 as a nonprofit organization to assist flat-track motorcycle racers who have been seriously injured during competition within the continental United States.

The second event, the High Voltage Ice Races, takes place Feb. 6 on a half-mile oval at Miller’s Bay in Oshkosh, Wis.

This is the second year that the High Voltage Ice Races will be sanctioned as an AMA Grand Championship. The event is organized by Ron Brefka of iRon Enterprises, and proceeds go to support pancreatic cancer research. There is no admission fee for spectators, but donations to the We Care Fund are encouraged.

“The High Voltage Ice Races are proud and excited to host the AMA Ice Race Grand Championship Oval for the second straight year,” Brefka said. “We again will have spectacular ice racing at a great venue. And while our Grand Championship will be an absolutely great event for racers and spectators, we also will be supporting cancer research with donations to the We Care Fund for Medical Innovation and Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.”

The events will be scored separately, and class winners at each event will be awarded AMA National No. 1 plates.

“The AMA is pleased to be working with the Steel Shoe Fund for the third consecutive year and High Voltage for the second,” AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant said. “Both organizations work hard to support good causes. We are looking forward to great ice racing in January and February.”

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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INIT ESPORTS will organize, promote AMA-sanctioned two-wheel eSports competition

American Motorcyclist Association awards sanction to INIT ESPORTS for AMA eSports National Championship

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association and INIT ESPORTS announce the formation of the AMA eSports National Championship, an AMA-sanctioned national championship that INIT ESPORTS will organize and promote under a multi-year agreement as an AMA-chartered promoter.

The AMA-sanctioned esports calendar will include two-wheel video game competitions of varying size and scope, culminating in an annual national championship that will award AMA National No. 1 plates to class champions as early as 2021. The AMA and INIT ESPORTS will announce schedule and registration information as it becomes available.

“Esports events require a technical infrastructure, rules packages and competitor engagement that make them as distinctive as any traditional racing discipline, and as such, area expertise is necessary,” said AMA Chief Operating Officer James Holter. “INIT ESPORTS is the right partner to bring that expertise and provide our participating members with the fair, structured and inclusive events that they expect. With this agreement, the AMA is proud to acknowledge esports as its own classification of competition and sanction it accordingly.”

The AMA recognizes more than a dozen types of motorcycle competition disciplines, including motocross, trials, road racing, flat track, hillclimb, enduro, desert racing, ice racing, land-speed racing and more. With this agreement, motorcycle esports competition joins that list.

“Esports has become another way to connect with fans, and INIT ESPORT is happy to provide this tool for the AMA and its disciplines,” said INIT ESPORTS President Stefy Bau. “Riding and racing can be expensive, especially for a newbie, but esports can provide that first taste with a lower barrier to entry. The younger demographic is already playing video games, and now with motorcycle esports championships, anyone from across the globe can become an AMA eSports National Champion.”

Bau added that esports expands exposure to two-wheel competition, for both new and existing riders.

“The intention is to create a path to turn gamers into consumers of the sport and allow riders to have fun when they are not on their motorcycles by participating in or watching esports events,” Bau said. “This agreement with the AMA is a first of its kind and will be a model for other sports to follow. In a digital world, sports can really expand on diversity and inclusion.”

As part of the agreement, every AMA member will be eligible to receive an AMA eSports Competition License to compete in two-wheel esports events organized by INIT ESPORTS, in addition to other deals and discounts specific to esports. Non-AMA members will be licensed by the AMA, through its relationship with INIT ESPORTS, to participate in the events.

INIT ESPORTS (initesports.com) is a promoter and tournament organizer for motorsports esports events, with a focus on two-wheel esports, and works with companies and competitive gamers in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Established in 1924, the AMA (americanmotorcyclist.com) sanctions motorcycle competition in the United States and is the sole U.S. affiliate of the Fédération international de Motocyclisme, the world governing body for motorcycle sport. In addition to amateur racing, the AMA provides sanctioning services for professional series, including MotoAmerica, home of the AMA Superbike Championship, and the AMA Supercross Championship.

The AMA also promotes recreational motorcycle riding, including dual sport, adventure bike and road rally events. The AMA government relations department, based in Washington, D.C., combats anti-motorcycling laws and regulations and advocates for a pro-motorcycling agenda.

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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2021 U.S. ISDE Club Team Qualifiers announced

East, West series scheduled March through May

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Two American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned International Six Days Enduro Qualifier Series will be used to determine which amateur off-road racers will represent the United States at the 2021 FIM International Six Days Enduro in Italy.

The 2021 AMA East Region ISDE Qualifier Series and the 2021 AMA West Region ISDE Qualifier Series each consist of three rounds, beginning in March and ending in May. The 95th edition of the ISDE is scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 4 in Lombardy-Piedmont, Italy.

The U.S. ISDE team won the World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy championships at the 2019 ISDE, as well as the Club Cup title. The American Junior World Trophy team placed second in its class. The 2020 ISDE was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“With the World, Women’s and Club Trophies still held by the U.S. ISDE Team, and after missing a year of racing, our riders are very excited to return to represent the country in international competition,” AMA Off-Road Racing Manager Erek Kudla said. “The qualifying process has been very successful in getting our fastest riders from either coast onto our Club teams, and we are looking forward to another great year at the world championship event.”

In the 2021 qualifiers, riders receive an overall score for each day of competition and will be ranked by their four highest scores at the end of each series.

Selected riders will be organized into seven three-member U.S. Club teams, which include the overall top seven riders from each of the two qualifier series, as well as the top 40-plus rider from each qualifier series. Five riders are selected by the AMA ISDE Advisory Committee, which also selects the U.S. ISDE Trophy teams.

The seven American Club teams compete alongside the three U.S. ISDE World Trophy teams at the event.

For more information, call (614) 856-1900, ext. 1245, or visit americanmotorcyclist.com/isde.

AMA West ISDE Qualifier Series

  • March 20-21: Red Mountain, Calif., Desert MC and Prospectors MC, AMA District 37 Sprint Enduro
  • April 17-18: Campwood, Ariz., Arizona Trail Riders, AMA AMRA
  • May 22-23: Craig, Colo., Enduro Colorado, AMA RMEC

AMA East ISDE Qualifier Series

  • May 1-2: Battle Creek Mich., BCMC, AMA Michigan Sprint Enduro
  • May 7-8: Plantersville, Ala., Southern Enduro Riders Association
  • May 29-30: Glen Daniel, W. Va., AMA Full Gas Sprint Enduro

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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AMA Group Named 2020 Motorcyclists of the Year

Safe-to-Race Task Force members named American Motorcyclist Association 2020 Motorcyclists of the Year

Group developed guidelines, practices for return to motorcycle racing

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — For uniting the motorcycle competition industry and providing the expertise and guidelines that got America competing again during the coronavirus pandemic, the members of the Safe-to-Race Task Force are the American Motorcyclist Association 2020 Motorcyclists of the Year.

The AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation, awarded annually by the AMA Board of Directors, recognizes the individual or group that had the most profound impact on the world of motorcycling in the previous 12 months.

“This group provided the leadership that motorcycle racing needed during a crisis that threatened the continued existence of the sport, not just a single racing season,” said Russ Ehnes, chair of the AMA Board of Directors. “From the top professional racers to the young amateur competitors, motorcycle racers were able to participate in well-run events and battle to bring home AMA National No. 1 plates.”

The 24-member task force met regularly in Zoom video conferences and developed the Race Resumption Plan and Best Practices Toolkit, which proved to be the vital resource organizers and racers needed to resume competition. The information, which can be found at americanmotorcyclist.com/covid19resources, covers racing operations, employee wellness, event messaging, signage and more.

The full story about the task force, its work and its accomplishments can be found in the January issue of American Motorcyclist magazine, which AMA members receive through the mail, and in the online version available to members Jan. 1.

Safe-to-Race Task Force Members

  • AMA: Bill Cumbow, Mike Pelletier, Alexandria Kovacs
  • Daytona Motorsports Group: Gene Crouch, Jared Johnson and Joey Mancari
  • Feld Entertainment: Dave Prater
  • Ignite Partners: Ken Hudgens and Tim Murray
  • Motorsports Reg: Brian Ghidinelli and Chris Redrich
  • MX Sports: Tim Cotter, Jeremy Holbert and Jeff Canfield
  • MX Sports Pro Racing: Davey Coombs, Carrie Russell and Roy Janson
  • Mylaps: John Dains and Gabe Ellett
  • Pro Motocross Organizers: Amy Ritchie and Alan Verlander
  • USMA: Robert Johnson and Shawn Stewart
  • Rider Representative: JH Leale

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.

Nominees for 2020 AMA Racing and Organizer Awards released

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AMA members invited to vote for AMA Athlete of the Year categories

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association has announced the nominees for the 2020 AMA Racing and Organizer Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that excelled in AMA-sanctioned competition and recreational activity during the past 12 months.

“The AMA honors this year’s national and regional champions and recognizes individuals and clubs who have gone above and beyond to support and protect the motorcycling lifestyle,” AMA Director of Racing Mike Pelletier said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of motorcycle and ATV competitors, volunteers and advocates across the nation.”

AMA members help choose the winners of selected racing categories, including the coveted AMA Athlete of the Year awards. Members may visit surveymonkey.com to cast votes for the 2020 AMA Racing Awards. Voting ends at midnight on Jan. 8.

The AMA recognizes hundreds of top racers from across the country in disciplines ranging from flat track to motocross to woods racing and everything in between.

Recreational riding organizers will be recognized in road-riding and off-road categories.

“We appreciate the hard work that goes into organizing recreational riding events,” AMA Director of Member Activity Heather Wilson said. “The organizers nominated for awards have continuously produced quality events. We also are happy to recognize volunteers in three categories—rights, riding and racing—who have committed their expertise and time to motorcycling.”

The AMA Club of the Year and the AMA Media Award also will be recognized.

The annual AMA Championship Banquet and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

2020 AMA Racing Award Nominees

AMA Athlete of the Year: National Championship Series

• Grant Baylor — Champion, AMA National Enduro Championship Series

• Trystan Hart — Champion, AMA Tennessee Knockout Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship

• Dante Oliveria — Champion, AMA National Grand Prix Championship

• Kyle Peters — Champion, AMA Arenacross National Championship

• Kailub Russell — Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series

• Dalton Shirley — Champion, AMA National Hare and Hound Championship

• Maximus Vohland — Champion, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

AMA Athlete of the Year: Grand Championships

• Gabriel Da Silva — Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award Winner

• Kody Kopp — Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award Winner

• Danny Lewis — AMA Tennessee Knockout Extreme Off-Road Amateur Grand Champion

• Stilez Robertson — Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award Winner

AMA ATV Athlete of the Year

• Walker Fowler — Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series

• Max Lindquist — Champion, AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series

• Landon Wolfe — Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series

AMA Veteran/Senior Racer of the Year

• Larry Engwall — Champion, AMA National Hare and Hound Championship

• Nicholas Hayes — Champion, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

• Simon Neto — Champion, AMA Flat Track Grand Championship

• Robby Norwood — Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series

• Brandon Scharer — Champion, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

AMA Youth Racer of the Year

• Jack Brucks — Champion, AMA Flat Track Grand Championship

• Grant Davis — Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series

• Ryder DiFrancesco — Champion, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

• Charlie Engnes — Champion, AMA Hillclimb Grand Championship

• Kaitlyn Lindsey — Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series

AMA Female Racer of the Year

• Katie Benson — Champion, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

• Britney Gallegos — Champion, AMA National Hare and Hound Championship

• Jordan Jarvis — Champion, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

• Becca Sheets — Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series

• Kayla Yaakov — Champion, AMA Road Race Grand Championship

2020 AMA Organizer Award Nominees

AMA Motocross Organizer of the Year

• Arizona Cycle Park, Buckeye, Ariz.

• East Fork MX, New Vienna, Ohio

• MX Sports Inc., Morgantown, W.Va.

AMA Off-Road Racing Organizer of the Year

• Mid East Racing, Shelby, N.C.

• National Enduro Promotions Group, Eaton Rapids, Mich.

• National Grand Prix Championship, Signal Hill, Calif.

AMA Track Racing Organizer of the Year

• MotoAmerica, Costa Mesa, Calif.

• Pioneer Motorcycle Club, Waterford, Ohio

• Southeastern Short Trackers, Pewaukee, Wis.

AMA ATV Organizer of the Year

• ATV Promoters Group, Morgantown, W.Va.

• Mid East Racing, Shelby, N.C.

• New York Off-Road Association, Cortland, N.Y.

AMA Recreational Road Riding Organizer of the Year

• Concours Owners Group, El Campo, Texas

• Tour of Honor, Auburn, Calif.

• Wildflower Productions, Littleneck, N.Y.

AMA Recreational Off-Road Organizer of the Year

• Kato Cycle Club, Mankato, Minn.

• Pine Barrens Adventures, Hammonton, N.J.

• Twin Cities Trail Riders, Jordan, Minn.

AMA Club of the Year

• Blue Comet Motorcycle Club, Schwenksville, Pa.

• Metropolitan Sports Committee, East Durham, N.Y.

• Oakland Motorcycle Club, Oakland, Calif.

AMA Media Award

• MPG Creative Group — Motoplayground

• Racer TV

• Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology

AMA Volunteer of the Year — Rights

• Don Gomo, Rockville Centre, N.Y.

• Tod Peterson, Stanwood, Wash.

AMA Volunteer of the Year — Riding

• Don Gomo, Rockville Centre, N.Y.

• Gary Spencer, Albany, Ohio

AMA Volunteer of the Year — Racing

• Chip Mann, Newark Valley, N.Y.

• Gary Spencer, Albany, Ohio

• Fred Sumrall, Foresthill, Calif.

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.

International Foundation for Motorcycling (IFM) News

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Signature of the constitutive act of the International Foundation for Motorcycling (IFM)

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From left: FIM Deputy Chief Executive Officer Françoise EMERY, FIM President Jorge VIEGAS and Swiss notary Françoise DEMIERRE MORAND © FIM

The FIM recently approved the creation of the International Foundation for Motorcycling (IFM) whose aims are to promote and support internationally the development of motorcycling and the interests of the international motorcycling community. The IFM will mainly be engaged in and committed to caring for road safety and mobility programmes, education trainings, environment protection, promotion of women in sporting structures, social and historical legacy of the FIM and motorcycling.
The constitutive act of the foundation was signed on 30 November by FIM President Jorge VIEGAS and FIM Deputy Chief Executive Officer Françoise EMERY, before the Swiss notary Françoise DEMIERRE MORAND, from the Gampert Demierre Moreno notary public office based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Foundation Board members are:

  • Jorge VIEGAS, FIM and IFM President
  • Martin DE GRAAFF, FIM Europe President
  • Tony SKILLINGTON, FIM CEO
  • Guy MAITRE, FIM Family Legend and former FIM CEO
  • Giacomo AGOSTINI, multiple time FIM Grand Prix World Champion

The first ever Board meeting of the IFM will take place on 30 January 2021.

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FIM MXGP/MX2/ Women’s/Junior Motocross World Championships

Plus FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Cup

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM MXGP/MX2/ Women’s/Junior Motocross
World Championships & FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Cup
2021 provisional Calendars, update 02 December
The MXGP of Portugal originally set to take place on 09 May at the popular Águeda venue will now be held on 16 May.

Additionally, Infront Moto Racing and the FIM are pleased to announce that the FIM Junior 85cc and 125cc Motocross World Championships and the FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Cup will be back on 31 July and 01 August 2021 in Megalopolis, Greece.

Full provisional calendars in attached file.

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FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship & World Cups

INFORMATION – FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship & World Cups
2021 Provisional Calendar, 17 December

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship & World Cups
2021 Provisional Calendar,17 December.

The FIM, the Portuguese Motorcycling Federation (FMP), the Automotorsport Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan (AMFK), the Motorcycle Federation of Russia (MFR), Brazilian Motorcycle Confederation (CBM), the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Motocyclisme (FRMM) and the Emirates Motorsports Organization (EMSO) and local organisers are pleased to reveal the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship & World Cups provisional calendar.

Full provisional calendar in attached file.

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FIM S1GP SuperMoto World Championship

INFORMATION – FIM S1GP SuperMoto World Championship – 2021 Provisional calendar, 22 December

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM S1GP SuperMoto World Championship
2021 Provisional calendar, 22 December

The FIM and XIEM are pleased to present the calendar for the 2021 FIM S1GP SuperMoto World Championship, which includes six Grand Prix and the FIM SuperMoto of Nations that returns to France on the established Carole circuit, which is sure to repeat the 2019 success.

The start of the 2021 season, in agreement with FIM, organisers and teams, has been postponed to the end of May, by which time it is hoped that countries will have come out of the pandemic situation and that it will be possible to carry out all the scheduled races without problems. The opening of the season will be on 23 May, as usual in Italy and then one Grand Prix every month thereafter.

The calendar welcomes the return of the Czech Republic to the new circuit of Vysokè Myto in July and ends in October with a new entry, that being Gibraltar with a very spectacular city track that will include the start and finish inside a stadium.

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FIM Enduro World Championships & FIM Enduro World Cups

INFORMATION – FIM Enduro World Championships & FIM Enduro World Cups – 2021 calendars, update 13 January

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Enduro World Championships & FIM Enduro World Cups
2021 calendars, update 13 January.

•  The Event originally scheduled to take place in Valpaços will now be held in Marco de Canaveses at the same dates.
•  The FIM Women’s Enduro World Cup is becoming a World Championship** with 3 rounds to count for the Final classification (Portugal, Sweden and France).

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MOTO AMERICA NEWS

Mini Cup By Motul Series Grows For 2021

Youth Motorcycle Racing Series Set For Four Rounds

Motul Mini Racers in action on the track

IRVINE, CA (December 17, 2020) – Based on the success of the MotoAmerica Mini Cup by Motul in its debut season, MotoAmerica, North America’s premier road racing series, has announced an additional round for the 2021 championship that will see its youngest racers, aged six to 14, vying for class championships in four rounds.

For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com.

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MOTOAMERICA ANNOUNCES 2021 SBK CALENDAR

2021 mOTOaMERICA cALENDAR OF rACES

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The provisional calendar for the 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship has been announced today and will take place over 10 rounds starting on April 16-18th and running through until September 17-19th.

The Honos SBK series will also take in a race at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota on July 30-August 1st which will be the first time in 17 years that north America’s premier road racing series has been there.

The last time Brainerd International Raceway played host to AMA Superbike racing was in June of 2004 after a 13-year run. The facility also hosted the World Superbike Championship for three years in 1989, 1990 and 1991.

Said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey: “Going back to Brainerd brings back good memories. That event was always one of the best. It was an awesome track to race on with great atmosphere and a lot of fans. The track has changed a lot since I raced there, but it still looks like a lot of fun. A few of our riders may have club raced at BIR, but I imagine that the majority have never been there so it will be a new experience for them, the teams and ultimately the fans. The track is located in a beautiful part of the country and we are really looking forward to getting up there at the end of July.”

2021 MotoAmerica Series Schedule:

Round 1: April 16-18 Circuit of The Americas, Austin, TX.
Round 2: April 30-May 1 Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA.
Round 3: May 21-23 Virginia International Raceway, Danville, VA.
Round 4: June 11-13 Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI.
Round 5: June 25-27 Ridge Motorsports Park, Shelton, WA.
Round 6: July 9-11 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA.
Round 7: July 30-August 1 Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, MN.
Round 8: August 13-15 Pittsburgh Int’l Race Complex, Wampum, PA.
Round 9: September 10-12 New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ.
Round 10: September 17-19 Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL.

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MotoAmerica And FOX Sports Together Again For 2021

New Agreement Features Even More Coverage Of North America’s Premier Motorcycle Road Racing Series

IRVINE, CA (December 18, 2020) – MotoAmerica, North America’s premier motorcycle road racing series, is thrilled to announce that it has renewed its agreement with FOX Sports that will see the network continue to air MotoAmerica Superbike races while also adding a slate of additional MotoAmerica content to its programming in 2021.
In addition to airing MotoAmerica Superbike races on FS1 and FS2, FOX Sports will also air Liqui Moly Junior Cup and King of the Baggers races, and the popular feature-based “Inside MotoAmerica” show.
 “We couldn’t be happier to have FOX Sports on board again for the 2021 MotoAmerica season,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “Despite all the difficulties that 2020 brought to the world, the MotoAmerica coverage on FOX Sports was the best we’ve ever had, and our audience grew to new highs. For 2021, FOX Sports will be delivering even more programming to our fans and we’re excited for the season to get started.”
 “Our friends at MotoAmerica put on a terrific show in 2020 despite the challenges,” said FOX Sports VP of Production, Frank Wilson. “MotoAmerica was one of the first few sports leagues to resume competition this year, and they did a remarkable job of putting on some great racing while following strict protocols. We certainly are excited for 2021, as the competition should be even tighter, and the riders every bit as brave.”

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About MotoAmerica

MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

About FOX Sports

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FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing FOX Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets.  Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, the business has ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships.  FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Network; FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform, Caffeine jointly own Caffeine Studios which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports’ portfolio are FOX’s interests in joint-venture business Big Ten Network, a licensing and commercial relationship with The Stars Group that created the FOX Bet sports betting platform and the FOX Sports Super 6 free-to-play game, and a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

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MotoAmerica Set For Return To Brainerd International Raceway

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Miguel Duhamel (17) leads Mike Smith (68), Jamie James (hidden). Pascal Picotte (21) and Colin Edwards (45) in the heat of battle at Brainerd International Raceway in 1994. MotoAmerica is bringing Superbike racing back to BIR at the end of July after a 17-year hiatus. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

2021 Season To Feature 10 Rounds Of HONOS Superbike Racing

IRVINE, CA (December 23, 2020) – After a prolonged hiatus of 17 years, MotoAmerica, North America’s premier motorcycle road racing series, is bringing Superbike racing back to Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota, July 30-August 1, with the announcement that the series and all five of its classes will return to the land of 10,000 lakes for round seven of the 2021 MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike Series.

The last time Brainerd International Raceway played host to AMA Superbike racing was in June of 2004 with Jake Zemke besting Miguel Duhamel and Mat Mladin in the Superbike National. AMA Superbikes had a 13-year run at BIR, racing from 1992 to 2004. The facility also hosted the World Superbike Championship for three years in 1989, 1990 and 1991.

With the addition of the Brainerd round to the schedule, MotoAmerica’s 2021 championship features 10 rounds of HONOS Superbike racing that will begin at the Circuit of The Americas, April 16-18, with MotoAmerica again joining MotoGP at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas – a round that was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. The MotoAmerica series will conclude September 17-19 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

“Going back to Brainerd brings back good memories,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “That event was always one of the best. It was an awesome track to race on with great atmosphere and a lot of fans. The track has changed a lot since I raced there, but it still looks like a lot of fun. A few of our riders may have club raced at BIR, but I imagine that the majority have never been there so it will be a new experience for them, the teams and ultimately the fans. The track is located in a beautiful part of the country and we are really looking forward to getting up there at the end of July.”

“We are extremely excited to bring back national Superbike racing to BIR and team up with the staff at MotoAmerica,” said Brainerd International Raceway owner Kristi Copham. “It’s been the number-one question/request that has been asked in my 14 years of ownership. We are looking forward to a long, exciting relationship with MotoAmerica and everything it will bring to this area.”

The Brainerd/MotoAmerica agreement comes at a perfect time for the series and the racetrack as the new location takes over from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the schedule. MotoAmerica was planning a return to The Brickyard in 2021 after its successful event there this past season, but IMS has committed to a car-racing-only schedule for 2021.

“MotoAmerica is an exciting and fan-friendly series that showcases some of the world’s best brands, bikes and riders and we enjoyed having them at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2020,” said IMS President Doug Boles. “However, we have finalized a 2021 schedule at IMS that we hope will allow us to successfully execute our major automotive events and provides date flexibility for those events if needed. Motorcycles have raced off and on at IMS since we opened our doors in 1909, and we expect that we will welcome them back again in the future.”

“We anticipate the 2021 season to be our most exciting yet,” said Rainey. “The HONOS Superbike class is truly wide open and everyone seems to have a different opinion on who will be crowned champion at the end of the year. There are at least five or six riders with a realistic shot at the title and we can’t wait to get the series rolling again.”

2021 MotoAmerica Series Schedule

*March 30-31 Circuit of The Americas Austin, TX
**April 16-18 Circuit of The Americas Austin, TX
April 30-May 1 Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Braselton, GA
May 21-23 Virginia International Raceway Danville, VA
June 11-13 Road America Elkhart Lake, WI
June 25-27 Ridge Motorsports Park Shelton, WA
July 9-11 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA
July 30-August 1 Brainerd International Raceway Brainerd, MN
August 13-15 Pittsburgh Int’l Race Complex Wampum, PA
September 10-12 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ
September 17-19 Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, AL

*Dunlop Tire Test (all classes)
** Superbike only with MotoGP

About MotoAmerica
MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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King Of The Baggers: Five Rounds In 2021!

From One Round To Five… More Baggers Here We Come!

IRVINE, CA (January 12, 2021) – Naysayers be damned. The King of the Baggers debut at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in November was a rousing success and it will return in 2021 with a five-round series held in conjunction with the 2021 MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike Series.

KING OF THE BAGGERS Race

The series, which adds fuel to the fire of one of the oldest rivalries in motorsport, Harley-Davidson vs. Indian, will begin at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, April 30-May 2, in Braselton, Georgia, and will conclude September 17-19 with the MotoAmerica season finale at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. In between there will be rounds at Road America, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Pittsburgh International Race Complex.
 
While the debut of the King of the Baggers was an invitational, the 2021 series will be wide open to all qualified AMA license holders with championship points being tallied at every round and a National Champion to be crowned at season’s end.
 
“Honestly, the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers debut race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca went better than we even dreamed of,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “The popularity of the event was crazy so how could we not do more? We know there are plenty of Bagger fans out there as our videos of the debut Laguna event were watched by millions. Having five races gives us the opportunity to bring King of the Baggers to fans in several different areas of the country. We’ve also opted to make the series open to any qualified racer, which should bring new teams and new bike builds to the series from the aftermarket and motorcycle dealers who specialize in baggers.”
 
The debut of the King of the Baggers at WeatherTech Raceway in November was won by S&S Indian’s Tyler O’Hara over Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson’s Hayden Gillim with Roland Sands Designs-backed Frankie Garcia finishing third on his Indian.

Check out this King of the Baggers video: https://youtu.be/PMDAOiPudC0

For information on King of the Baggers technical regulations, visit http://www.motoamericaregistration.com/PDF/2021/2021%20MotoAmerica%20KOB%20Regulations%20v12.8.20.pdf
 
For registration information, visit http://www.motoamericaregistration.com/rider-and-crew-entry/
 

2021 MotoAmerica King of the Baggers Series Schedule

 
April 30-May 2             Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta                      Braselton, Georgia
June 11-13                  Road America                                                  Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
July 9-11                      WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca              Monterey, California
August 13-15               Pittsburgh Int’l Race Complex                        Wampum, Pennsylvania
September 17-19        Barber Motorsports Park                                 Birmingham, Alabama
 
For the complete 2021 MotoAmerica Series schedule, click HERE 

To purchase tickets to any of the 2021 series rounds, click HERE

For information on how to watch the MotoAmerica Series, click HERE

About MotoAmericaMotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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FOX Sports To Televise New MotoAmerica King Of The Bagger Series

FS1 And FS2 To Air All Five V-Twin Battles

IRVINE, CA (January 13, 2021) – Hot on the heels of the recent announcement that the King of the Baggers will be a five-race championship as part of the 2021 MotoAmerica Series comes word that the new class will be televised on FOX Sports beginning with the series opener at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on May 2.

While the schedule is subject to change, the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta opener will air on FOX Sports 1 either live at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern) or slightly delayed at 1 p.m. (Eastern) as a lead into NASCAR’s RaceDay.
 
The June 13 round at Road America will feature same-day delayed coverage at 5 p.m. (Eastern) on FS2. The WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca round, scheduled for July 11, will be televised live at 2 p.m. (Eastern) with same-day delay coverage of the fourth round at Pittsburgh International Race Complex scheduled for 2:30 (Eastern) on FS1. The Pitt Race coverage of the King of the Baggers will lead viewers directly into live coverage of the MotoAmerica Superbike race.
 
The King of the Baggers Series will conclude on September 19 at Barber Motorsports Park with live coverage on FS1 at 11 a.m. (Eastern).
 
“It’s great news that our television partner FOX Sports is going to air our new King of the Baggers series,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “FOX Sports was fully aware of the excitement that the debut of the class brought to our Laguna Seca round last year and they, like us, are looking forward to bringing the series to our fans at five different events in 2021.”
 FOX Sports King Of The Baggers Schedule
(All Times Eastern/Subject To Change)

 May 2         Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta          FS1      12:30 pm. (live) or 1 p.m. (delayed)  
June 13      Road America                                      FS2      5 p.m. (delayed)
July 11       WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca   FS2      2 p.m. (live)
August 15   Pitt Race                                              FS1      2:30 p.m. (delayed)
Sept. 19      Barber Motorsports Park                     FS1     11 a.m. (live)  
 
For the complete 2021 MotoAmerica Series schedule, click HERE 

To purchase tickets to any of the 2021 series rounds, click HERE

For information on how to watch the MotoAmerica Series, click HERE

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS

AIM EXPO JANUARY 21st

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AIMExpo CONNECT presented by Dairyland is a digital product launch platform and showcase that connects you with our industry’s dealers and retailers. This two-day digital event will kick off with an MIC Board 2021 Town Hall moderated by David Nour and will feature 4 dealer education tracks led by industry experts.  The highlight of this event will be the AIMExpo CONNECT “show floor” and product gallery and you will be the main feature.

Exhibitors will be able to showcase their latest products, news and content to registered dealers. Dealers will be able to view products, access show specials and connect with exhibitors through our matching making and appointment setting system where they can discuss products, show specials and orders with exhibitors.

Stay connected to powersports dealers and let them know what you have to offer with AIMExpo CONNECT, launching January 21, 2021.

More information at the website HERE

Peek at the new Trident 660 & Tiger 850 Sport

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Currently touring the United States are the first Trident 660 and Tiger 850 Sport Motorcycles in North America. Schedule your visit and ride over to a participating dealership to get your exclusive sneak peek of these stunning first additions to the 2021 lineup. The bikes are moving quickly so find a tour stop now!

SNEAK A PEEK AT THE NEWEST 2021 MODELS

DUCATI RAIDED BY FBI

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FROM THE ASPHALT AND RUBBER PAGE:

On December 17th, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) raided with armed tactical agents the offices of Ducati North America in Mountain View, California.

Though only a handful of employees were in the Mountain View office because of COVID restrictions during the time of the raid, it is being reported that roughly 30 agents stormed the building with a search warrant in hand.

An account of this happening was posted by a Ducati North America employee to the Bay Area Riders Forum, with RoadRacing World subsequently publishing the news.

Dunlop Motorcycle Tires Accumulate Over Eighty Championships At The 2020 Mini Olympics

December 2, 2020

Rancho Cucamonga, CA: The Winter Olympics event for 2020, would take place at Gatorback Cycle Park, a facility that’s housed the championship for over two decades. Transpiring alongside the Thanksgiving Holiday, athletes from around the globe traveled to Northern Florida to compete at the prominent venue. 

Spanning over twenty years, Dunlop has continued to provide support for this amateur national. As with season’s past, the Geomax® MX33 was the tire selected to clench eighty-four titles, throughout the Supercross and Motocross sectors of the event. 

Beginning the week on the Supercross circuit, forty-two championships would be captured by competitors aboard the Dunlop brand. Noteworthy performances from members of Team Dunlop Elite, included Casey Cochran amassing four victories throughout both Supermini and Mini Sr. categorizations, alongside Drew Adams, who attained two titles in both 85cc (9-11) divisions. Meanwhile, Gage Linville acquired three overall wins amongst Intermediate and Schoolboy classification, while Levi Kitchen garnered three championships as well, in both “A” and Pro Sport outings. 

Once the Supercross portion of the event was completed, athletes proceeded to enter into the motocross segment of the week’s festivities. While here, another forty-two championships were accumulated by riders running Dunlop tires. With Cochran and Adams, again, victorious in this particular category, Team Dunlop Elite riders Haiden Deegan (Supermini One and Two), alongside Eidan Steinbrecher (51cc 4-8 Limited), as well as Seth Dennis (85cc 9-11), would showcase award-winning performances. Nick Romano would accrue three outright gold medals amid Intermediate competition, while the aforementioned Levi Kitchen was honored as recipient of the Dunlop Silver Tire Award; an accolade granted to the competitor with the most points, participating in both Pro Sport, and “A” classes.

“It was a great week with great weather and awesome racing,” said Rob Fox, Amateur Motocross Support Manager. “The MX33 was the tire to have this week, and I want to thank all the champions for choosing Dunlop.” 

For sponsorship opportunities and more information, visit TeamDunlop.com.

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Dunlop is the largest supplier of original equipment and replacement motorcycle tires in the U.S.A. For more information, visit www.DunlopMotorcycleTires.com.