HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES LAUNCHES COMPETITION FOCUSED 2021 FS 450

IMPROVED SUSPENSION, CHASSIS AND BODYWORK FOR ADVANCED 450 CC SUPERMOTO RACER
Underlining the brand’s continued commitment to the supermoto segment, Husqvarna Motorcycles North America, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the MY21 FS 450 – the single-cylinder competition supermoto machine that features advanced engineering, class-leading ergonomics and traction control as standard.

Housing a compact – yet powerful – engine within a lightweight frame and modern bodywork, the FS 450 features revised suspension settings that deliver enhanced handling and damping characteristics for incredible on-track riding experiences.

For 2021, the FS 450 features WP XACT forks with AER technology and a new mid-valve damping system that ensures a more consistent front-end suspension performance. Further enhancing the machine’s maneuverability, a new 22 mm diameter front axle and a 7 mm reduction in the base offset of the forks sharpens turning and overall agility. Refinements to the easily adjustable WP XACT shock improve rear-end damping performance with new, low-friction linkage seals delivering a refined suspension response.

Firing into life with a simple press of the electric start button, the FS 450’s SOHC engine provides riders with responsive and usable power, delivered smoothly through the Pankl Racing Systems 5-speed gearbox.

The FS 450’s functional bodywork delivers ergonomics designed for exceptional comfort and is further enhanced by the addition of a high-grip seat cover to improve control in all conditions.

Enabling balanced and powerful braking, a 4 piston radially-mounted Brembo brake caliper and master cylinder work in conjunction with a 310 mm disc to deliver exceptional front wheel stopping performance. A single piston brake caliper and a 220 mm disc are mounted at the rear for balanced control.

The FS 450 features premium components, including CNC-machined triple clamps, Alpina wheels and Bridgestone tires, a carbon fiber composite subframe and a MAGURA hydraulic clutch, ensuring unrivalled, top-level supermoto performance.
Technical Highlights:

  • New mid-valve damping provides consistent fork performance
  • New low-friction linkage seals for smoother shock action
  • Revised WP XACT shock settings improve traction
  • New seat cover texture for exceptional comfort and control
  • Shortened wheelbase (7 mm) for optimal turning capabilities
  • New 22 mm front wheel axle for improved fork response
  • Frame – perfect flex characteristicsadvanced rider feedback
  • Carbon fiber composite subframe – lightweight and robust
  • Swingarm – optimal stiffness and reliability in a lightweight construction
  • WP XACT front fork – progressive and consistent damping
  • WP XACT rear shock – 266 mm wheel travel
  • Black 16.5”/17” Alpina spoked wheels and Bridgestone racing slick tires – top-level performance
  • Bodywork – distinctive looks, modern design and new seat cover texture
  • ProTaper handlebar – class-leading function and style
  • Launch control – maximum traction for perfect starts
  • High performance Brembo brakes – shorter stopping distance with greater control and confidence
  • Meeting the highest quality standards, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ Functional Apparel collections ensure racers are fully prepared for their next ride.
  • Additionally, a dedicated line of Technical Accessories allows riders to customize and further enhance the performance of the FS 450.

The 2021 FS 450 will be available at authorized Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers from this fall onward. For more information, visit

www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com.

The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS) Announces Reimagined Format

 Annual Tour with IMS Outdoors

 The nation’s largest consumer motorcycle tour will return summer 2021 and be the most immersive powersports experience yet

SANTA MONICA, Calif., September 30, 2020–The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS), the industry leader for connecting powersports’ top brands with enthusiasts and buyers, today announces Progressive IMS Outdoors, the only program available for manufacturers and brands to reach both new and existing riders in exciting, interactive, central locations. Backed by IMS’ title sponsor of ten years Progressive Insurance, Progressive IMS Outdoors represents the revamp of the tour’s nearly 40-year stint that will not only transition IMS from the traditional convention center setup to a new open outdoor experience but will also create a festival-like atmosphere that promotes enthusiasts of all ages and levels to come together to better engage with products, each other, and the industry. While continuing its presence as the nation’s largest consumer motorcycle tour, Progressive IMS Outdoors will support the growth of the powersports community by offering a unique experience the industry has yet to see.

Commencing during the summer of 2021, Progressive IMS Outdoors will stop in a number of cities across the U.S. bringing powersports enthusiasts multiple days of entertainment, learning, and interactive activities. In addition to showcasing the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, and ATVs as well as the latest gear and aftermarket accessories, the new outdoor format will feature market adjacent products from micro-mobility to electric bicycles, overland and RV products, and more, thus welcoming potential and qualified riders into the industry. Attendees can also expect the remodeled tour to be more interactive than ever with an array of on-road and off-road demo opportunities for all ages and riding abilities, including the continuation of the successful Discover the Ride program. The reimagined tour, which has been five years in the making, comes at a perfect time as 2020 has seen off-road product sales soar.

“At IMS, we have always placed an emphasis on evolving our shows to better support the community and enthusiasts,” says Tracy Harris, SVP, IMS. “Progressive IMS Outdoors will be the greatest evolution in the brand’s 38-year history. Taking IMS Outdoors not only changes our venues but opens up an array of opportunities for our team to deliver a truly first-of-a-kind experience for the community as the only event in the nation taking the proactive step to actively serve both the new rider and core audience.”

Progressive IMS Outdoors is made possible with the support of IMS’ title sponsor, Progressive. “As the #1 motorcycle insurer in the U.S. and IMS title sponsor since 2010, we look forward to working alongside IMS to deliver an innovative, new type of event to the industry,” says Eric Doubler, Recreational Vehicle Business Leader at Progressive. “With this fresh and reimagined approach, IMS Outdoors is an exciting opportunity to transform the tour and grow the powersports community.”

Dates and locations for Progressive IMS Outdoors will be announced in December. As Progressive IMS Outdoors is an evolution of IMS’ traditional tour, the shows traditionally held in various cities from November through February will not take place this year. To stay connected with the world of motorcycling, powersports, and all things two-wheeled conveyance, check out ContinueTheRide.com, IMS’ platform that hosts a slate of digital content all designed to reach and support the industry.

For more information, please visit:

www.outdoors.motorcycleshows.com 

 Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows®

Discover the Ride

Also learn about Progressive’s program to help get more people riding motorcycles here:
https://www.rideapart.com/articles/368050/next-steps-ims-rider-training-program/

And here: https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/08/29/1908512/0/en/The-Progressive-International-Motorcycle-Shows-Announces-Next-Steps-an-Extension-of-the-Discover-the-Ride-Initiative-to-Get-New-Riders-Formally-Licensed.html

Connect with IMS (#RidersUnite) and Continue The Ride (#ContinueTheRide):

About Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (www.motorcycleshows.com)

The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® offer enthusiasts an all-access pass to the world of motorcycling. Launched in 1982, the tour showcases hundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVs for new and experienced riders, and gives enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to check out the latest gear and aftermarket accessories, as well as hours of entertainment. The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® is organized by Informa Markets, a division within Informa PLC, a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit www.informa.com.

GASGAS MOTORCYCLES LAUNCH 2021 OFFROAD LINE-UP

EXCITING ALL-NEW MOTOCROSS, ENDURO AND CROSS COUNTRY BIKES JOIN ESTABLISHED TRIAL MODELS IN 19-BIKE-STRONG 2021 GASGAS OFFROAD RANGE

Let’s get on the gas! Presenting our complete line-up of performance offroad motorcycles, GASGAS Motorcycles are pleased to announce the global availability of all our new generation 2021 motocross, enduro and cross country models together with updated trial machines. From our smallest 2-stroke motocross bike, the MC 50, to our largest 4-stroke cross country model, the awesome EX 450F, all of our bikes will be available from GASGAS dealers worldwide.

GASGAS Motorcycles launch 19-bike 2021 model range

Motocross, cross country, trial and enduro bikes available now

Euro 5 homologated enduro line-up

Extensive range of Technical Accessories and Apparel

Since GASGAS became a part of the PIERER Mobility Group, we’ve worked tirelessly to reactivate the brand. Ensuring all bikes deliver vibrant styling, the latest technology and ease-of-use, we’ve established a 19-bike-strong range of no-nonsense, user-friendly, performance off road motorcycles.

All benefiting from the ‘group’s’ robust, high-performance technical base, each one of our bikes embraces a distinct Spanish style as we continue to celebrate the rich and proud heritage GASGAS has in trial competition and enduro racing. With improved levels of dealer network coverage, service and support, our goal is to encourage all riders to join in on the action and get on the gas!

2021 unquestionably marks the start of an exciting new chapter for GASGAS Motorcycles. To further support the launch of our full range of off road motorcycles, we’re thrilled to announce our plans to go racing in the U.S. as we join forces with a hugely respected name in the supercross/motocross paddock. We’re super pleased to announce the Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing Team, which will contest the 2021 AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross Championships in the 250cc and 450cc divisions.

Motocross

We might be the new guys but we’re bringing fresh energy to the MX scene. With a complete range of motocross bikes, our no-nonsense approach to performance means all of our models deliver proven technology, vibrant styling and an overall simplicity that invites riders to unite in the dirt. Enjoying fun-filled muddy weekends riding and racing with friends is what our MC 125, MC 250F and MC 450F motocross bikes are all about.

Minis

We want to make sure kids have fun too! Rejuvenated and focused on an exciting new future, our expanded model range features four GASGAS minis, designed for kids aged four to 15 years. With three high-revving, fun-filled 2-strokes, our MC 50, MC 65 and MC 85 allow riders to unite in the dirt, confident of having the very best bikes. Our all-electric MC-E5 is super quiet and super fun – a fully-fledged, quick-charging competition bike that benefits from zero emissions and almost zero sound. The GASGAS mini range ensures no-nonsense performance, bikes that are built to excite and encourage youngsters to develop new skills.

Trial

We’re all about trial! And always will be, even if things are a little different now. Improving and strengthening a well-established line-up of innovative, class-leading bikes, we’re fully focused on continuing our involvement in the sport where it all started for GASGAS. We’re offering the same great 125cc, 250cc, 280cc and 300cc bikes, but now with drastically improved levels of access, service and support. It’s that simple. Trusted and loved by riders all across the world, the GASGAS TXT RACING and TXT GP line-ups remain fun, exciting and easy-to-use.

Enduro

The thrill of offroad riding has long been at the heart of GASGAS. That’s why our Euro 5 compliant EC line-up is focused on ensuring fun and putting serious enduro bikes into the hands of riders who love offroad racing. Our complete range of 2-stroke and 4-stroke bikes all feature the latest technologies and celebrate our unique Spanish heritage and enduro know-how. Utilizing a well-proven performance platform, our EC 250, EC 300, EC 250F and EC 350F enduro bikes are all about no-nonsense riding enjoyment.

Cross Country

Because dirt bike fun shouldn’t be about compromises or limited to just motocross and enduro. Recognizing the need for dedicated cross country models, our EX 300, EX 250F, EX 350F and EX 450F line-up sits shoulder-to-shoulder with our MC and EC models to offer playful, energetic offroad performance. Designed to meet the needs of woods racers both young and old, they all offer proven credentials for a whole lot of fun!

 Technical Accessories and Apparel

Together with our exciting new line-up of performance offroad bikes, we are also launching a full range of GASGAS Technical Accessories and Apparel. Great looking gear that delivers protection, comfort and style, we’ve got motocross, enduro, trial, cross country and mini riders and racers covered! For those looking to protect, improve and customize their MC, EC, EX or TXT machines, our extensive range of Technical Accessories includes just about everything needed, from wheels to exhaust systems, triple clamps to hand guards.

GET ON THE GAS!

2021 marks the start of an exciting new chapter for GASGAS Motorcycles. Underlining our commitment to re-energizing and reactivating the brand is the slogan GET ON THE GAS! So much more than just a playful slogan, these four special words run deep within GASGAS. It’s what we stand for, and a permanent reminder of the joy of riding dirt bikes. GASGAS was founded by riders and remains a brand for riders. We embrace those who enjoy the challenge and who encourage others to challenge themselves. For us, it’s about having fun, dreaming big but not forgetting the simple pleasure of riding with your buddies. We believe in positivity, energy, determination, and embrace playful camaraderie. For us it’s about being a part of our amazing offroad community.

All GASGAS 2021 models are now available worldwide from authorized GASGAS Motorcycles dealers. Availability may differ from country to country.

We’ve also re-launched GASGAS.com All-new and super easy to navigate, the site is home to all of our latest product and racing news. Featuring detailed information on each and every one of our motocross, enduro, cross country and trial bikes, there are also lots of exciting products to discover in our Technical Accessories and Apparel sections.

Please feel free to embed the below YouTube video, where we take you inside the new GASGAS headquarters and run through our exciting new 2021 model line-up.

https://youtu.be/dw-RlZ5vyFs

INDIAN MOTORCYCLES AND ROLAND SANDS DESIGNS

Announce Indian Challenger Entry For Inaugural

King Of The Baggers’ Invitational

RSD Joins S&S Cycle as the Only Two Indian Challenger Entries Against a Field of Harley-Davidsons;

RSD Calls Upon Veteran Racer Frankie Garcia to Pilot Modified Indian Challenger

 

MINNEAPOLIS (September 25, 2020) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, and Roland Sands Design® (RSD), the popular and innovative custom motorcycle, apparel and lifestyle brand, today announced its Indian Challenger entry for the inaugural Drag Specialties King of the Baggers invitational at Laguna Seca Raceway. Piloting the RSD Indian Challenger will be veteran motorcycle racer Frankie Garcia.

With its entry, RSD joins S&S Cycle as the only two teams to enter an Indian Challenger against a field of 12 modified Harley-Davidsons. Featuring a best-in-class 122 horsepower with a race-tuned S&S exhaust, RSD race wheels shod in Dunlop super sport tires and a hydraulically-adjustable FOX® X RSD rear shock, the Indian Challenger provides a superior base for RSD to transform Indian Motorcycle’s high-performance American bagger into a race-ready machine capable of pushing heavy bike limits at historic Laguna Seca.

“There’s something both absurd and awesome about racing baggers at Laguna Seca, and it’s exactly the type of craziness we live for here at RSD,” said Roland Sands. “The Indian Challenger is an incredible platform, and we definitely will be competitive. But make no mistake, our priority is to have a great time, and how can you not at an event like this? Hats off to the gang at Moto America and Drag Specialties for bringing this event to life.”

Piloting the RSD-modified Indian Challenger will be veteran motorcycle racer Frankie Garcia. As a member of the Indian Motorcycle-RSD Super Hooligan race team, Garcia is no stranger to RSD’s ability to transform stock motorcycles into high-performance, racing machines.  Coming from a motorcycle racing family, Garcia has been riding since he was two and racing since he was four. He brings diverse experience in nearly all forms of racing, including flat track, supermoto, motocross and road racing. In 2006, at 15 years old, Garcia become the youngest athlete to compete in an X-Games motorcycle event.

“It’s a real honor to have the opportunity to not only participate in the inaugural King of the Baggers race, but to represent RSD on one of only two Indian Challengers in the field,” said Garcia. “I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time on a stock Challenger, and believe me, this bike wants to go fast and handles like a bike half its size. It’s the perfect platform for something as radical as knee-dragging baggers at Laguna Seca.”

“Of course, Roland and the RSD team wouldn’t miss out on an opportunity to race baggers on a historic road racing course,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology and Service for Indian Motorcycle. “It’s going to be a ton of fun, and we cannot wait to see what Roland and the RSD team put together.”

The King of the Baggers event will be part of the MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey on October 23-25. The inaugural race will join the premier MotoAmerica Superbike, Supersport, Liqui Moly Junior Cup, Stock 1000, Twins Cup and Heritage Cup racing.

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For more information and ticketing for the Drag Specialties King of the Baggers, visit MotoAmerica.com. Learn more about S&S Cycle at SSCycle.com, and Indian Motorcycle at IndianMotorcycle.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®

Indian Motorcycle Company is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

INDIAN and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE are registered trademarks of Indian Motorcycle International, LLC.  Always wear a helmet, protective clothing and eyewear and insist your passenger does the same.  Ride within the limits of the law and your own abilities.  Read, understand and follow your owner’s manual. Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

ABOUT RSD

https://rolandsands.com/

BRIAR BAUMAN & INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RACING SWEEP

DALLAS HALF-MILE I & II

                                                                 

Wrecking Crew Rider Briar Bauman Wins Fourth Consecutive Race

Indian Motorcycle Privateers Sammy Halbert & Robert Pearson Repeat with Second & Third-Place Finishes, Respectively

DALLAS (September 29, 2020) – Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, and its championship-winning FTR750 swept this past weekend’s Dallas Half-Mile I and II. The doubleheader saw a repeat of the same riders on the podium, as reigning AFT Grand National Champion and Wrecking Crew Rider Briar Bauman took first, and Indian Motorcycle Privateers Sammy Halbert and Robert Pearson finished second and third, respectively.

Bauman, who extended his season’s points lead with two more victories, has won four consecutive races and six for the year. Bauman’s weekend in Dallas was similar to his dominating performance at the Williams Grove Half-Mile, as he fully took control of each main event and led each in its entirety.

“Briar has been on another level these past four races – not only taking the wins, but doing so in dominant fashion. He’s riding like he’s not ready to part ways with the number one plate,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology and Service for Indian Motorcycle. “It’s also great to see the Indian Motorcycle privateers compete and get on the box. Sammy’s having a heck of a season, while Robbie Pearson just made his first podium on the FTR750.”

 

Joining Bauman on the box each night were Indian Motorcycle Privateers Sammy Halbert and Robert Pearson. Halbert’s back-to-back second-place finishes give him six total podiums on the season, including his win at the Springfield Mile. After not taking part in the last four races, Pearson let his return be known, as he edged out Wrecking Crew Rider Jared Mees in each of his third-place finishes.

Through 10 races, Bauman leads with 219 points, while Mees’ two fourth-place finishes in Dallas give him 194 points on the year. Halbert remains in third with 163, while Wrecking Crew Rider Bronson Bauman’s back-to-back sixth-place finishes bump him up from fifth to fourth in the standings with 127 total points.

The 2020 American Flat Track season will continue on October 2-3 at the Dixie Speedway for the Atlanta Short Track I & II. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing,   visit  IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®

Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

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COLDENHOFF SEVENTH AT MXGP OF CITTA DI MANTOVA

GASGAS FACTORY RACING ENJOY POSITIVE DAY AT MANTOVA

STANDING CONSTRUCT’S MXGP CLASS LEADER

FINISHES JUST SIX POINTS OFF OF THE PODIUM

GASGAS Factory Racing have recorded strong and consistent results across both classes at the MXGP of Citta di Mantova, round 10 of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. Last weekend’s MXGP class runner-up Glenn Coldenhoff battled at the sharp end of the MXGP class in both races, claiming seventh overall following a 7-5 result. Teammate Ivo Monticelli enjoyed his own success in Mantova, claiming 13th overall after sickness and injuries had hampered his results in recent weeks. In the MX2 class, DIGA Procross Factory Juniors’ Isak Gifting pulled the opening-race holeshot and claimed an impressive eighth overall in just his second ever MX2 GP.

GASGAS Factory Racing claim solid points at second Mantova GP
Positive day for Standing Construct’s Monticelli on home soil
DIGA Procross’ MC 250F claims first ever MX2 class holeshot

Round 10 of the FIM Motocross World Championship was a positive one for Standing Construct GASGAS Factory Racing with Glenn Coldenhoff fairing best, recording a 7-5 result to finish seventh overall. Both motos saw the Dutchman involved in frantic, race-long battles inside the top 10, where the combination of a narrow Mantova circuit and the fact that his rivals were all running a very similar lap times resulted in him finishing seventh in race one and a determined fifth in race two.

The previously luckless Ivo Monticelli showed signs of bouncing back into form, posting a strong 14th in race one before improving one position to a well-earned 13th in race two. Ivo’s second moto performance came after he dusted himself off following an opening lap crash. Ending the day 13th overall gives the Italian a much-needed boost in confidence ahead of round 11.

In the MX2 class, Isak Gifting impressed again at Mantova. Claiming the DIGA Procross Factory Juniors first ever GP holeshot in race one, the young Swede made the best possible start to the event. Going on to lead for almost a lap on his MC 250F, he then frustratingly tipped over, nearly dropping outside of the top 20. Digging deep in just his second MXGP, he delivered a valiant effort to claim a 10th place finish.

Moto two saw race long progression from Isak. Charging through from a mid-pack start to claim an impressive eighth in the moto, he was rewarded with eighth overall. Teammate Michael Sandner scored further MX2 World Championship points with a 17th place finish in race one before finishing just outside of the point-scoring positions in moto two.

Glenn Coldenhoff: “I felt pretty good in training this morning. I managed to set the fourth fastest time in qualifying, so I was happy with that. First race my start was not that good, starting just outside the top 10. I took a while to get into a good rhythm and it’s not easy to pass on this track, so it took a long time to work my way forwards. Once I got in seventh position, the leaders were gone so I just rode my own race and I was happy with my speed. My second race start was a bit better, I think seventh. Straight from the beginning it was a big battle and we were all really close. We all had pretty much the same speed, but like the first race, it’s so hard to make passes. I felt like my riding was pretty good today and my starts needs to be better for me to get better results. We know what to work on and I really want more the coming weekend.”

Ivo Monticelli: “Finally, a good day’s racing for me! Race one was good, I was in 13th but a small crash meant I finished 14th but I was happy with that. At the start of race two there was a big crash and I was stuck under my bike. I got up and just charged and finished 13th which was an amazing result after being on the ground for so long. My lap times were good, top 10 speed so this gives me a lot of confidence ahead of Sunday. Despite the crashes I really enjoyed today, I felt great on the bike, my speed and fitness is good, so I look forward to Sunday and the rest of the season.”

Isak Gifting: “Today was a good day. I pulled the holeshot in race one so that was great and then I nearly led a lap before crashing. I think I was just a little nervous up front but to be up front is a great feeling. I then had to work my way up from around 17th and finished 10th so I was quite happy with that. I didn’t get such a great start in race two but worked my way up to an eighth-place finish so overall it was a great day. I fought hard in both motos and scored good points, so I look forward to Sunday.”

Michael Sandner: “It was a bit of a disappointing day for me. I struggled a little bit out there, but it is still only my second race for the DIGA Procross team. I’ll take some rest ahead of the next race on Sunday and look to improve my results.”

Standing Construct GASGAS Factory Racing and DIGA Procross Factory Juniors will next compete in the FIM Motocross World Championship at round 10 of the series on October 4, returning to the Mantova venue for the third and final time.

Results – 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 10

MXGP – Overall
1. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 45; 2. Jorge Prado (KTM) 40; 3. Tim Gajser (Honda) 36… 7. Glenn Coldenhoff (GASGAS) 30; 13. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 15

MXGP – Race 1
1. Jorge Prado (KTM) 17 laps, 35:13:182; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 35:14:334; 3. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 35:17:324… 7. Glenn Coldenhoff (GASGAS) 35:46:943; 14. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 36:24:717

MXGP – Race 2
1. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 17 laps, 34:59:172; 2. Gautier Paulin (Yamaha) 35:00:839; 3. Tim Gajser (Honda) 35:03:052… 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (GASGAS) 35:06:453; 13. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 35:54:883

MX2 – Overall
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 47; 2. Tom Vialle (KTM) 45; 3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (Kawasaki) 36… 8. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 24; 21. Michael Sandner (GASGAS) 4

MX2 – Race 1
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 35:56:454; 2. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 35:57:944; 3. Tom Vialle (KTM) 35:59:733… 10. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 36:30:044; 17. Michael Sandner (GASGAS) 37:14:916

MX2 – Race 2
1. Tom Vialle (KTM) 35:28:261; 2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:31:661; 3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (Kawasaki) 35:38:328… 8. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 36:18:652; 24. Michael Sandner (GASGAS) 37:32:525

Championship Standings – After Round 10

MXGP
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 352pts; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 347; 3. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 344… 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (GASGAS) 303; 18. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 82

MX2
1. Tom Vialle (KTM) 431pts; 2. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 385; 3. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 329… 21. Simon Langenfelder (GASGAS) 59; 28. Isak Gifting (GASGAS) 47; 27. Jeremy Sydow (GASGAS) 35; 35. Michael Sandner (GASGAS) 10

Photos courtesy of GasGas Press release

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Face Fierce Competition

At Emilia Romagna GP Friday September 18 2020

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi continued their race package tweaking programme in this afternoon‘s FP2 session. They secured 4th and 15th position respectively in the very close combined free practice results, with less than 0.8s covering the top-18 riders.

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi worked on tyre degradation and race pace in this afternoon‘s Gran Premio dell‘Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini FP2 session. With less than 0.8s covering the top-18 riders, the Factory Yamaha duo ended the day in 4th and 15th place respectively in the combined free practice timesheets.

Viñales stuck with the strategy he had in the morning and mainly worked on preparing for Sunday‘s race this afternoon. Only this time, he too switched to a soft rear tyre in the final stages of the session to put in a hot lap. He clocked a 1‘31.669s on lap 20/20, earning himself 4th place in the FP2 and the combined FP rankings, 0.041s off the fastest time.

Rossi started his second outing briefly topping the provisional rankings, before switching his focus to his main target. He used the session to check if the setting tweaks he made in the morning would benefit him also in the hotter afternoon conditions. The Doctor also had some time to put in a time attack at the end. He set a 1’32.263s fastest time on lap 19/21, securing 12th place in the afternoon results. The effort put him in 15th position in the combined free practice timesheets, 0.635s from the top.

Maverick Viñales

“The feeling for one lap is good, but the only problem is that everything that we tested on Tuesday doesn’t work during the race weekend, because the feeling and the grip level changed. We need to set-up for these conditions in preparation for the race, and we need to try to understand how we can be faster. So, we went back to our standard bike that we finished with last Sunday. We lost a bit of time because of all of this. We have to continue working to find out how to have more grip during the race.”

Valentino Rossi
“It was a difficult first day. We tried something different on the bike. In the morning I didn’t do a lap on new tyres, I did it this afternoon. Unfortunately, I’m out of the top 10, though I improved on my Friday lap time from last week, because everybody is a lot stronger and faster, like we expected. So, we have to work to raise our level. We have to try something else to improve our pace. We will work on the bike. We haven’t found the right balance yet, but we will continue to work and try again tomorrow morning.”

Massimo Meregalli
Team Director
“Today we revisited the items of last Tuesday’s testing programme. The weather conditions for this weekend are expected to be slightly cooler than what we‘ve had previously during the San Marino GP and the Misano Test. Also the track conditions are different from the test, with more rubber on track, so we wanted to use today‘s sessions to see how this affects matters, especially concerning the grip levels. Maverick continues to have a good feeling with the bike for one lap, but he is still working on improving his race pace. He tried using some things he found during the test, but because the track conditions are so different from Tuesday, he went back to the package he used last weekend. Still, he finished only 0.041s from the top of today‘s timesheets. Valentino isn‘t that far off the fastest time either, but the entire rider field is very close. He is now in 15th place in the combined rankings. We expect tomorrow to be intense. If today‘s times are anything to go by, the battle for the top 10 in FP3 will be hard-fought, and also the times in qualifying will be very fast. The team will work hard tonight to prepare another step for FP3 to let Maverick and Valentino face the competition in the best shape possible.”

Vinales Scores Third-Consecutive Pole in Misano

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales turned his fortunes around on the second day of the Gran Premio dell‘Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini. The Factory Yamaha man kept the positive momentum from this morning going in the afternoon, and secured his third-consecutive Misano pole position, setting a new All Time Lap Record at the same time. Valentino Rossi came very close to securing a place on the second row of the grid, only to lose out by 0.047s. Tomorrow he will start his 250th Grand Prix with Yamaha from P7 on the grid.

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi had to push hard at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli this afternoon as they took on the considerable competition in the Q2 session. Viñales‘ two-stop strategy again proved to be successful, earning him his 13th pole with Yamaha. Rossi was on route for a second-row start but got pushed to P7 after the chequered flag had come out.

Viñales was the first rider to dash out of pit lane in the hunt for his third-consecutive pole position. His 1‘31.647s benchmark lap put him on provisional pole and he headed straight back to the box, repeating the two-stop strategy he used for the San Marino GP qualifying that had earned him P1.

Just like last time, it allowed the Spaniard to make the most of the clear track, whilst all other riders were having their pitstop. The Top Gun had been pushed back to fourth and recovered to second with a 1‘31.386s, but he knew he had more in store. He shaved off a further 0.118s off his time to take over the P1 spot once more.

With three minutes to go, the contest for pole reached new heights, but the number-12 rider was ready for it. He exited the box once more after his second stop to get one final flying lap in. He set a brilliant 1‘31.077s, a new All Time Lap Record, to secure a hard-fought pole with a 0.076s advantage over his closest rival.

Rossi didn‘t waste any time getting into the mix for a top result. His first effort put him in sixth place as all twelve riders put in their first flying lap. He improved on his next attempt, setting a 1‘31.729s, which briefly put him in third position. However, he was pushed back to sixth as he made his way to the box.

After a quick stop, he returned to the track but ended up in a busy part on the circuit. He was pushed down to ninth in the rankings, as red and orange sectors filled the live-timing screens. The local hero responded with a 1‘31.569s, moving him back up to fifth spot, but it wasn‘t enough. He didn‘t produce the final lap that he had in mind, but still set a 1‘31.436s, 0.359s from first, for sixth. He was later pushed back one position due to a late charge by a rival, and so The Doctor will start his 250th Grand Prix with Yamaha from P7, on the third row of the grid.

Maverick Viñales: “We worked really hard today and we got the job done. We hope that tomorrow all the hard work will pay off as well. We are going to try the maximum. I’m very happy and comfortable with the bike. I was very relaxed in FP4 in conditions that are similar to tomorrow’s race, so we will see. Today I focused mainly on riding with a full fuel tank and the race set-up. Tomorrow is a new opportunity to improve. If we don’t, we will try again at the next race in Montmeló. We have good potential, and I think we can still do better. We’re going to try to be at the best level.”

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA SALVAGES VALUABLE POINTS

OSBORNE REMAINS ON TOP IN 450MX CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S OSBORNE SALVAGES VALUABLE POINTS TO REMAIN ON TOP IN 450MX CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

TEAM FIGHTS THROUGH A CHALLENGING DAY IN MINNESOTA

It was a nerve-racking day for 450MX points leader Zach Osborne and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team, who came away from Round 6 of the 2020 AMA Pro Motocross Championship with 4-16 moto scores for 10th overall after valiantly fighting through a front-tire flat during Moto 2 of Saturday’s Spring Creek National.
Coming into the second moto, Osborne held a solid fourth-place finish from Moto 1 and he had high hopes of finishing the day off on the podium but Moto 2 brought a major obstacle his way. He got off to a great start in third, battling for a podium position through the first half of the race. However, the points leader felt things begin to change mid-way through the race and he spent the last nine laps in pure survival mode, adapting to his unfortunate situation. Despite a flat front tire, Osborne was able to continue on and salvage valuable points with 16th place in the second moto, where he still maintains a 15-point lead in the 450X Championship with three rounds remaining.
“It’s not the day we had hoped for but I still have the points lead and I’m still in a good spot,” Osborne said. “If someone would’ve said you’ll have a 15-point lead with three rounds to go I would’ve said sign me up! So now it’s time to fight for the goal.”
Teammates Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson will miss the remainder of the 2020 AMA Pro Motocross Championship as both riders continue to recover from recent injuries.
250MX
Coming off a big victory at the previous round, team rider RJ Hampshire carried that momentum into the opening moto as he shot off the line to capture the holeshot and early lead. He led the first seven laps of the race before getting passed by Dylan Ferrandis and he held strong to finish second. In Moto 2, Hampshire got a seventh-place start and he battled from that position for the first half of the race but he began feeling the effects of a practice crash that took place earlier in the day with a jammed hip. He made another mid-race charge in an attempt to land on the overall podium but he re-aggravated the hip, putting him into race-management mode for the remainder of the day. He finished sixth overall with 2-11 moto scores, where he sits third overall in the 250MX Championship standings.
“The weekend started off rough, I had a practice crash in the second session and it actually upset my hip a little more than I thought,” Hampshire said. “I led half of the first moto and was feeling good but I kind of jammed it again and it was just tough after that. We managed to still get 11th in the second moto, which isn’t great, but we had a lot of speed today and I’m stoked on my riding.”
 
It was a tough start to the day for Jalek Swoll, who encountered a freak issue with his forks in Moto 1 that would ultimately end his race early. In Moto 2, Swoll came back with a 17th place start and he battled his way to an 18th place finish after experiencing an issue with his shoulder.
 

“It was kind of one thing after another today,” Swoll said. “I went into the first moto with a good start and a decent pace but I had a freak accident and broke my forks. I came into the second moto with 38th gate pick and I had a decent start but I ended up pulling my shoulder out on the second lap. It’s frustrating but we’ll get healed up and be ready to fight on home base.”

Stilez Robertson was forced to sit out for the day after hitting his head during qualifying earlier in the day. His condition will be re-evaluated before the next round.
 
Next Race: September 26 – WW Ranch National – Jacksonville, Florida

Spring Creek National – Results

450MX Results

1. Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki (1-1)
2. Blake Baggett, KTM (2-2)
3. Justin Barcia, Yamaha (5-4)
10. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (4-16)
250MX Results
1. Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha (1-1)
2. Jeremy Martin, Honda (5-2)
3. Alex Martin, Suzuki (4-4)
6. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (2-11)
20. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (39-18)
450MX Rider Point Standings – After 6 of 9 rounds
1. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 235 points
2. Adam Cianciarulo, 220 points
3. Marvin Musquin, 215 points
… 
12. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 97 points
15. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 58 points
250MX Rider Point Standings – After 6 of 9 rounds
1. Dylan Ferrandis, 257 points
2. Jeremy Martin, 254 points
3. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 202 points
16. Stilez Robertson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 70 points
24. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 15 points

Royal Enfield Opens Assembly Operations in Argentina

The INT 650, Continental GT 650 and Himalayan will be assembled in Argentina for the Latin American market

Milwaukee, Wis September 24, 2020: Royal Enfield, the global leader in the middleweight motorcycle segment, announced it will begin motorcycle assembly in Argentina in partnership with Grupo Simpa, Royal Enfield’s local distributor in the country since 2018. This marks the first time in Royal Enfield’s modern history that motorcycles will be assembled and produced outside the company’s manufacturing facilities in Chennai, India.

Argentina is among one of the largest middleweight motorcycle markets in Latin America. Royal Enfield started dealer operations in Argentina in March 2018, with its first dealer in Vicente Lopez, Buenos Aires. Since then, the company has expanded its retail network in the market and today has five flagship dealers in Argentina. Overall, Royal Enfield has 31 flagship dealers and 40 other dealer locations across Latin America.

The assembly operations in Argentina will take place at the facilities of the Simpa Group, located in Campana, Buenos Aires. To start with, the factory will assemble three models in house – the Royal Enfield Himalayan, the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 – beginning this month.

“Royal Enfield has been working continuously to grow and expand the middleweight motorcycle segment globally and also to increase our presence in important global markets,” said Vinod K Dasari, CEO of Royal Enfield. “In recent years, we have increased our international presence significantly and we now have a wide dealer presence in 60 countries. With a strategic vision to meet growing demand and obtain a significant advantage in the market, we have pursued our plans to establish localized assembly operations in specific markets in the Asia Pacific region and in South America, including the first CKD automaker in Argentina ”

“This launch is a major accomplishment because it is the first time that a motorcycle manufacturer of this size has put its faith in Argentina, ” said Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina. “It is quite the feat considering all the challenges of making such a monumental decision during a pandemic, which has made nearly everything difficult.”

“Argentina and other South American countries have been an important market for Royal Enfield,” said Dasari. “Since we started selling motorcycles in Argentina in 2018, we have received a resounding response from consumers to our motorcycles. The local terrain and topography create the perfect canvas for riding our motorcycles, especially the Himalayan. The initial success of Twin 650 motorcycles was also very encouraging. We are deeply committed to focusing on becoming part of the country’s rich motorcycle culture. Our decision to start assembling our motorcycles in Argentina is proof of our long-term commitment and confidence in the market.”

Brazil, Argentina and Colombia are among the three most important markets for Royal Enfield in Latin America. In addition to India (the largest market for the brand with over 900 dealerships), Royal Enfield motorcycles reach consumers and enthusiasts in more than 60 countries worldwide, through 660 dealerships and 82 exclusive brand dealers in metropolitan cities like Milwaukee, London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Melbourne, Sao Paulo, Bogota, Medellin, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila and Ho Chi Minh City.

About Royal Enfield
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first
motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-size motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market.

Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a
growing network of more than 125 dealers in North America, including the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the Bullet 500, Classic 500, Himalayan and the all new 650 Twins: INT 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles along with a range of genuine motorcycle accessories and apparel.

For more information on Royal Enfield North America, please visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/, https://www.instagram.com/royalenfield_na/ and www.Facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica.

Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina (pictured on the far right) inspects Royal Enfield Twin 650 engines on the assembly line

Assembly line in Campana, Buenos Aires

Employees working on an INT 650

Assembled INT 650 awaits its next destination

FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship & Bajas World Cup Calendars UPDATE 18 September 2020

Despite the best efforts of all parties involved and due to ongoing health concerns and associated restrictions in light of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the FIM, the Emirates Motorsport Organisation (EMSO) and the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) regret to announce the cancellation of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge rescheduled to take place from 20-26 November.

The FIM is working to have an event in the 2020 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship and will communicate further information as soon as possible.

On a positive note the FIM, the Emirates Motorsport Organisation (EMSO) and the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) confirm that the Dubai Intl. Baja will take place from 26-28 November.

DATE    FMNR    EVENTS    VENUE    COUNTRY
19-20 September    FMP    Baja do Pinhal    Serta    Portugal
05-07 November    FMP    Baja Portalegre    Portalegre    Portugal
26-28 November    EMSO    Dubai Intl. Baja    Dubai    United Arab Emirates


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Rossi Moves To Yamaha’s Satellite Team For 2021 Season

Valentino Rossi has won seven MotoGP world titles but is lagging behind in the overall standings this season       LLUIS GENE

Valentino Rossi has signed a one-year contract extension with Yamaha which will see him move to the manufacturer’s satellite team for the 2021 season, the MotoGP outfit announced on Saturday.

“Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has signed a one-year renewal agreement with Grand Prix racing legend Valentino Rossi,” Yamaha said in a statement.

“The nine-time World Champion will be participating in the 2021 MotoGP World Championship as a fully supported Factory Yamaha rider for the PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team.”

Considered one of the greatest motorcyclists of all time, the 41-year-old has won the MotoGP championship seven times, with four of those titles coming with Yamaha.

The Italian holds records for MotoGP and 500cc wins (89) but he hasn’t won an elite class race for three years.

He dominated the sport in the first decade of the century but has been replaced as the sport’s number one rider by six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez. Rossi finished last season in seventh place.

“I am very happy to continue riding in 2021 and to do it with the PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team,” Rossi said in a statement.

“In the first half of the year I made my choice and I talked with Yamaha, who agreed with me. They told me even if there was no place for me in the Factory Team, the factory bike and the factory support were guaranteed.”

Rossi currently rides for Yamaha’s factory team alongside Maverick Vinales but is currently ninth in the overall standings, 26 points behind championship leader and fellow Italian Andrea Dovizioso.

Spaniard Vinales is one point behind Dovizioso, level on 83 with Frenchman Fabio Quartararo who rides for the Yamaha-SRT team.

Quartararo will take Rossi’s place at Yamaha’s factory team next season after agreeing the move back in January, which had prompted questions about Rossi’s future in the sport.
At Yamaha-SRT Rossi will ride alongside compatriot Franco Morbidelli, one of the dozen or so racers he helps to train for MotoGP at his ‘VR46 Academy’, based near he Misano-Adriatico circuit which hosted last weekend’s Emilia-Romagna GP.

Another of his academy stars is his maternal half-brother Luca Marini, who leads the second-tier Moto2 rankings heading into race day on Sunday.

Johnny Lewis Forced to Retire From Dallas-Half Mile

Team hard at work preparing for Atlanta Short Track 
Milwaukee, Wis September 26, 2020: Johnny Lewis was continuing development of the Royal Enfield Twins FT when an unexpected valve issue forced his weekend to end early. The team had entered the weekend riding high on the momentum of their gutsy performance at the Williams Grove Half-Mile, but despite quick action the issue proved insurmountable.
The Center Hill, Fla based rider and team owner worked on making improvements and adjustments to the Twins FT package over the past two weeks. Collaborating closely with a myriad of partners, the Moto Anatomy x Royal Enfield team tested a number of new parts and setups in the lead up to this weekend’s races.
“We’ve been able to make positive steps forward with the Twins FT in the last two weeks, and there is still much to learn,” said Johnny Lewis, Moto Anatomy x Royal Enfield racer. “The team is still 100 percent focused on development and we understand more every time we run the bike. We know what happened and the team are already hard at work on adjustments and new parts so we’re ready for the Atlanta Short Track event.”
Lewis and team look towards next weekend at Dixie Speedway for redemption. Recognizing the challenges of development, Lewis’ Moto Anatomy x Royal Enfield team is prepared for the work that lies ahead. With a sound strategy and positive attitude, the team is ready to roll into Atlanta.
The ladies of the BUILD TRAIN RACE program will join Lewis at Dixie Speedway next weekend as they debut their INT650 custom motorcycles as part of the Atlanta Short Track event. A special exhibition will take place during the weekend and fans will see road racer Melissa Paris, amateur flat tracker Jillian Deschenes, photographer Lana MacNaughton and New York motorcycle repair shop owner Kerry Sano compete against one another in an eight lap Main. As part of the program, Lewis will spend a day with all four women this week to help with their race craft ahead of the weekend.
Be sure to follow @MotoAnatomyxRoyalEnfield on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest results and insights from the track.
You can watch a short film documenting Lewis’ debut of the Twins FT at the Williams Grove Half-Mile here.
About Royal Enfield
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-size motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market.
Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 125 dealers in North America, including the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the Bullet 500, Classic 500, Himalayan and the all new 650 Twins: INT 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles along with a range of genuine motorcycle accessories and apparel.
The Moto Anatomy x Royal Enfield team is supported by Harris Performance, SENA, Spectro Oils, Beringer Brakes, Solid Performance, EVS, ODI, Just 1, Tucker, Saddlemen, S&S Cycle, Team Lawant, Qualye Construction and Goon Glass and Rubber.
For more information on Royal Enfield North America, please visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/

OSBORNE EXTENDS 450MX CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

FLAWLESS 1-1 SWEEP AT WW RANCH NATIONAL
ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING TEAM NOW HEADS WEST TO WRAP UP FINAL TWO ROUNDS OF 2020 CHAMPIONSHIP

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team’s Zach Osborne came into Saturday’s WW Ranch National with vengeance after a tough go last weekend, and he made the most of his championship opportunity as he picked up the daily maximum of 50 points toward the 2020 AMA 450MX Championship with a flawless 1-1 performance in Jacksonville, Florida.

He started the day off fast by claiming the second-place qualifying position to set himself up for a great start in Moto 1, where he battled inside the top-three early on. With five laps to go, Osborne clicked it up a few notches to charge from third to first with two statement passes on the same lap and he finished strong with the moto-win. In Moto 2, he got off to a sixth-place start but in true fashion he continued to generate momentum climbing from fourth to first by the halfway mark. Osborne dug deep to fend off two hard-charging riders in the final laps to put an exclamation point on an unrivaled performance at Round 7. With two rounds remaining, Osborne now extends his lead to 29 points as he continues to fight for a career-first 450MX title this season.

“It was a solid weekend going 1-1 for the overall,” Osborne said. “I was able to extend my cushion again in the points so it was exactly what we needed for the stretch run of this championship. I’m looking forward to the last two rounds and finishing it off.”
Teammates Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson will miss the remainder of the 2020 AMA Pro Motocross Championship as both riders continue to recover from recent injuries.
250MX
RJ Hampshire got off to a great start in Moto 1, where he battled from the second-place position early on. He mixed it up with the front-runners for a majority of the race, swapping positions inside the top-four several times in the first 13 laps. With three laps to go, Hampshire engaged in a late charge for second-place but he caught a rock off the face of a jump and it took him down hard, leaving him unable to finish the final few laps of the race. Bruised and battered, Hampshire bounced back in Moto 2 to salvage a sixth-place finish after battling for a top-five position most of the race. With 35-6 moto scores, he ultimately took home 12th overall for the day.
“Today was tough,” Hampshire said. “I was coming in injured [hip] and I didn’t ride all week so I tightened up in the first moto. I was able to put a late-race charge but I caught a rock off the biggest jump out there and it really scared me. I’m lucky enough to walk away with pretty much minor aches and pains but I’m sure I’ll be feeling it later. I salvaged what I could in the second moto and I’m ready to re-group and get back on the box next weekend.”
 
Team rider Jalek Swoll had an early ending to his day after separating his shoulder while battling for a top-10 position during the first 250MX moto. Now an ongoing occurrence, Swoll and the team made the decision for him to sit out the second moto.
Stilez Robertson was sidelined once again this weekend after hitting his head during qualifying at the previous round. The team will continue to assess his condition for the remaining two rounds.
 
Next Race: October 3 – Thunder Valley National – Lakewood, Colorado

WW Ranch National – Results

450MX Results

1. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (1-1)
2. Marvin Musquin, KTM (3-3)
3. Eli Tomac, Kawasaki (6-2)
250MX Results
1. Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha (1-1)
2. Justin Cooper, Yamaha (4-2)
3. Jeremy Martin, Honda (3-3)
12. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (35-6)
20. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (17-DNS)
450MX Rider Point Standings – After 7 of 9 rounds
1. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 285 points
2. Adam Cianciarulo, 256 points
3. Marvin Musquin, 255 points
… 
13. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 97 points
17. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 58 points
250MX Rider Point Standings – After 7 of 9 rounds
1. Dylan Ferrandis, 307 points
2. Jeremy Martin, 294 points
3. Alex Martin, 224 points
5. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 217 points
16. Stilez Robertson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 70 points
25. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 19 points

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5TH AND BEST RACE YET FOR LOPEZ AFTER EXCITING MOTO3™ CATALAN GRAND PRIX

ALONSO LOPEZ RACES HIS HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES FR 250 GP TO A TOP FIVE FINISH AROUND THE SWEEPING CIRCUIT DE BARCELONA-CATALUNYA FOR THE NINTH ROUND OF 2020 AS FENATI TAKES 6TH

Romano Fenati showed his buoyed confidence through Free Practice and his 2nd place in the third session ensured a high-profile entry to Q2. Alonso Lopez also made the cut thanks to being 1st in Q1. Qualification was close and the pair took positions on the fifth and sixth row on the grid for Sunday’s 21-lap sprint.

Fenati pushed straight onto the edge of the leading group from the first few circulations. He hovered around the top-ten and moved up from 15th to eventually put his motorcycle into positions outside the first five. The Italian was passed by a flying Lopez late-on. The young Spaniard delivered his best race on the FR 250 GP yet. At one stage Lopez was down in 22nd place but focussed on his braking markers, sector times and carefully picked his overtaking opportunities to rise through the field.

Lopez gained enough ground to latch onto the dispute for the podium and crossed the finish line with a well-earned and confidence-boosting 5th; only three tenths of a second behind the winner. Fenati passed the chequered flag in 8th but was promoted to 6th place after penalties for other riders and the team were satisfied with their first double top-ten run of the year.

After three back-to-back weekends MotoGP will take a small hiatus before assembling again at the historic circuit of Le Mans for the Shark Helmets Grand Prix de France on October 11th.

Alonso Lopez: “I’m very happy about today because we’re working well and improving, and this is important as we attempt the second part of the season. I am very confident with the bike and we can still make a few steps. I want to dedicate this race to the team for all their effort and for all the sponsors who have supported me so far.”

Romano Fenati: “We had a few problems at the start but stayed near the front. Towards the end of the race there were some close moves that disturbed me a bit, but I pushed and I’m quite happy in the end. Now we have to focus on Le Mans and do our best there.”

Max Biaggi, Team Principal: “This was the best team result for us so far and it was especially good for Alonso and his confidence. Romano tried his best could not make a better pace. Step-by-step still, and hopefully in France we can repeat these kinds results or hope for better.”

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Results – 2020 Moto3 FIM World Championship, Round 9

1. Darryn Binder (KTM) 38:32.507, 2. Tony Arbolino (Honda)+0.103, 3. Dennis Foggia (Honda) +0.157, 5. Alonso Lopez (Husqvarna) +0.386, 6. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) +1.436

Championship standings – After round 9

1. Ai Ogura (Honda) 122pts; 2. Albert Arenas (KTM) 119pts; 3. John McPhee (Honda) 98; 12. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) 57; 20. Alonso Lopez (Husqvarna) 16

The Future of Powersports is Female

9/30/2020

The Future of Powersports is Female: Polaris Launches Inaugural Empowersports Women’s Riding Council

The council will unite 12 phenomenal female riders whose voices will drive increased participation, inclusion and representation in the world of powersports

Minneapolis, MN— (Sept. 30, 2020)— Whether on snow, dirt, asphalt or sand, women are participating in powersports more than ever before and helping to expand and diversify the industry. To champion and sustain this growth, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) created the Empowersports Women’s Riding Council made of 12 powerful women from all backgrounds to uplift the passions that fuel women and put forth deliberate efforts for increased representation, inclusion and participation of women in powersports.

“For over 65 years, Polaris has created new ways to connect riders with the outdoors on all terrains, and we are committed to inviting more people to join powersports for work and for play,” said Polaris Chief Customer Engagement and Growth Officer Pam Kermisch. “We are so honored to have these trailblazing women join in this initiative, not only to inspire and empower more adventure-inclined women to enter the space, but also to lead industry improvements for the women already immersed in powersports culture.”

The Empowersports Women’s Riding Council is composed of distinguished women who are riders, adventurers, leaders and entrepreneurs who bring unique perspectives and insights to the powersports space. They are champions for advocacy, empowering women, building community, sparking adventure and fostering safety. They include:

Michelle Barraza

RZR Racer

 

Carrie Barton

Klim & Timbersled Brand Ambassador, Dirt Bike Racer & Tour of Idaho Finisher

 

Julie-Ann Chapman

She Shreds Mountain Adventures Founder & Professional Snowmobiler, Team Polaris Athlete

 

Amy David

Professional Mountain Athlete, Skier, Guide, Polaris Snowmobile Ambassador & Content Creator

Gevin Fax

Actor, Musician, Educator & Speakers Bureau Ambassador

Vicki Gray

International Female Ride Day® & Motoress.com Founder, Road & Race Instructor

 

Lisa Lockhart

Rodeo Champion, Rancher & Polaris Ranger Ambassador

Kristen Matlock

Professional RZR racer & SCORE Baja 1000 Champ

Jody Perewitz

Racer & Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Famer

Porsche Taylor

Black Girls Ride Magazine Founder And Cross-Country Rider

Jolene Van Vugt

Stuntwoman, Nitro Circus Action Sports Athlete, Canadian Woman’s National Motocross Champion & RZR Ambassador

 

Kelly Yazdi

Wild Gypsy Tour Creator, Polaris Adventures Ambassador, Actor & Host

“I am honored and thrilled to join my fellow council members in this movement to champion self-empowerment, community, adventure and safety,” Matlock said. “For me, riding is a form of expression and freedom that every woman should get the chance to experience. Women have always been a force within the world of powersports, but we haven’t always been a part of the narrative. This council allows us to tell our stories and provide our perspectives our way.”

The Empowersports Women’s Riding Council will meet regularly with Polaris leaders to discuss breaking down barriers including increasing diverse female representation, vehicle and gear considerations, safety practices, combating biases and demystifying the sport for more women.

Polaris’ Focus on Customer Growth

The creation of the Empowersports Women’s Riding Council is part of Polaris’ broader growth initiative, which aims to grow their customer base by nearly 50% over the next 10 years through introducing new customers to Polaris and continuing their commitment to supporting diverse riders. During its second quarter the company saw an influx of new riders with nearly 75% of off-road and motorcycle buyers being new to Polaris, fueled by significant increases with women and families as well as younger and multicultural customers.

The increasing presence of women in powersports is an industry-wide trend. Female motorcycle ownership has doubled in the last decade, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. With a 2018 MRI-Simmons survey showing nearly half of all off-road vehicle-owning households having women in them and Black women outnumbering their male counterparts in snowmobiling by 61%, Polaris is focused on sustaining and growing this movement in a way that uplifts both new and experienced female riders.

“As the leader in our industry, we have a responsibility to ensure diverse voices in the powersports space are heard to drive action and make the industry even stronger,” Kermisch said. “While we are proud of the efforts made thus far, we also recognize there is room for improvement. We look forward to having these honest conversations and instilling actionable change, so all women feel empowered, no matter the terrain or vehicle.”

As Polaris continues to see record numbers of new customers and a more diverse mix of customers, the company has committed to creating an inviting, inclusive experience for new Polaris riders. Polaris is proud to partner with organizations that align with this mission, such as Black Girls Ride, Outdoor Women, Wild Gypsy Tour, International Female Ride Day® and Women Riders World Relay.

ABOUT POLARIS INC.

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2019 sales of $6.8 billion, Polaris’ high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER, RZR and GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

AMA PRESS RELEASES

AMA Road Race Grand Championship takes place Oct. 22-25 at Barber Motorsports Park

AMA Road Race Grand Championship takes place Oct. 22-25 at Barber Motorsports Park

The AMA Road Race Grand Championship returns to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 22-25, with the 2020 WERA Grand National Final.

The official U.S. amateur road racing championship, sanctioned by the AMA and operated by WERA Motorcycle Racing Inc., features 13 competition classes for motorcycles from 400cc to 1,000cc.

The country’s top amateur racers will compete for AMA National No. 1 plates, as well as for the Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award, which goes to the rider showing the most promise for success in the professional ranks. Past winners of the AMA Road Race Horizon Award have included Xavier Zayat, Anthony Mazziotto III, Jason DiSalvo, Hayden Gillim, Jake Lewis, Ben Spies, Miles Thornton and Blake Young.


Peter Stockus joins American Motorcyclist Association Government Relations Department

Peter Stockus joins American Motorcyclist Association Government Relations Department

Veteran campaign manager Peter Stockus has joined the American Motorcyclist Association staff as the government relations manager for off-highway issues.

Stockus most recently oversaw land-use, candidate campaigns and other issues for the Calvert Street Group, a political consulting firm in Nashville, Tenn. His campaign experience dates to 2016.

At the AMA, Stockus will report to AMA Government Relations Director Mike Sayre.


AMA Supermoto National Championship scheduled for Nov. 7-8

AMA Supermoto National Championship scheduled for Nov. 7-8

The 2020 AMA Supermoto National Championship features two days of competition in November in Tucson. Ariz., to determine who receives the coveted AMA National No. 1 plate in five classes.

Originally scheduled as a six-event series, this national championship, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association, will consist of four points-earning races. The format includes two races per day Nov. 7-8. Each race offers points toward the overall championship. The six scheduled events were canceled due to restrictions put in place by government officials during the coronavirus pandemic.

Biketoberfest 2020 Changes Announced

Attendees urged to behave responsibly

Daytona Beach, Fla. — For 28 years, motorcycle enthusiasts have come to Daytona Beach in October for Biketoberfest (Oct. 15-18) to enjoy the beautiful Florida fall weather and miles of scenic rides.

This year the weather is expected to be beautiful, the rides will be scenic, and due to COVID-19 some things will be different.

On September 9, city commissioners in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, two of the many cities within Volusia County where Biketoberfest activities are held, discussed whether to issue special event permits to merchants for such activities as outdoor concerts and food and merchandise vendors. Permits in Ormond Beach were approved. In Daytona Beach commissioners felt that now was not the right time to approve special use permits.

“Safety is paramount,” said Lori Campbell Baker, executive director of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We know these were difficult decisions for the cities and the merchants.  We know some riders will still come and we look forward to welcoming them back. For those planning farther ahead, we hope to see them next year at Daytona Bike Week’s 80thAnniversary March 5-14 and at 2021 Biketoberfest October 14-17.”

While the number of vendors may be less at some locations, local businesses—on Main Street, at Destination Daytona, in Midtown, and around Daytona International Speedway—will be open.

“Our hotels, restaurants, attractions, and retail shops are open. Our beautiful, expansive beach is open. For those who decide to travel to our area, we want them to visit responsibly and safely,” said Campbell Baker.

More information can be found on the official event website biketoberfest.org.

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