MotoAmerica Rules Package In Place For 2019

The American Motorcyclist Association has issued the 2019 regulations for MotoAmerica, the home of the AMA Superbike Championship, featuring changes to the sport regulations, as well as the technical regulations for the MotoAmerica Junior Cup and Twins Cup. The changes to the technical regulations are intended to better balance motorcycle performance in the Junior Cup and Twins Cup classes. “The…

Nicky Hayden Inducted Into AMA Hall Of Fame

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inducted six new members Friday evening at the 2018 American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris, including MotoGP World Champion and AMA Superbike Champion Nicky Hayden. The 2018 inductees are four-time AMA National Enduro Champion Terry Cunningham, stunt rider Gary Davis, flat track and road racing tuner Skip…

PJ Jacobsen Set For MotoAmerica Supersport With HSBK/Celtic Racing

Former World Superbike and World Supersport racer PJ Jacobsen will compete in the 2019 MotoAmerica Supersport Series on a team put together through the collaboration of HSBK Racing and Celtic Racing, the team announced this morning. Jacobsen will campaign a Yamaha YZF-R6 in what will be his debut season in the MotoAmerica Series. Jacobsen has over 30 National Amateur Championships…

Dennis Kanegae To Join MotoAmerica Team

MotoAmerica has announced that it has hired motorcycle industry stalwart Dennis Kanegae as its Director of Sponsorship, effective mid-December. Kanegae comes to MotoAmerica with over 30 years of experience in the motorcycle industry where he has served as a marketing director, advertising agency management supervisor, chief marketing officer and creative director. The native Southern Californian has expertise in digital, print,…

Rainey Was Beach: The 1985 AMA Grand National Championship

When JD Beach announced that he would compete in both the MotoAmerica Championship and the American Flat Track Championship in 2019, no doubt, those among us “of a certain age” immediately harkened back to the halcyon days of the original AMA Grand National Championship. Founded and sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association in 1954, the AMA Grand National Championship encompassed five…

Beaubier and Gerloff Confirmed for 2019 Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike Team

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS) recently confirmed Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff as the official Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike Team riders for the 2019 MotoAmerica Road Racing Championship series. With renewed primary sponsorship support from Monster Energy, the team is set to return to action as a dominant force again in 2019. “The 2018 Moto America season was pivotal…

Ready, Set, Go: 2019 MotoAmerica Registration Opens

MotoAmerica has announced that registration is open for all five classes in the 2019 MotoAmerica Series, effective immediately. For the Superbike class, there will be three levels of entries – Single Entry, Superbike Season Entry and Superbike Premier Entry – with varying benefits and obligations in the different entry levels. The Superbike Premier entry provides a guaranteed pay-out of $2000…

Rick Hobbs Inducted Into Canadian Motorcycle Hall Of Fame

The following is from Yamaha… Yamaha’s Rick Hobbs, Crew Chief for Cameron Beaubier’s 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship-winning Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1, was inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame during a banquet and reunion that took place in Burnaby, British Columbia on Saturday night. Hobbs’ storied career, from dealership service manager to Superbike Championship-winning guru, received accolades as…

Fresh Horses: New Steeds For The MotoAmerica Stable

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the demise of sportbikes. Doomsayers cite everything from sales figures, to new sportbike production numbers, to a supposed dearth of new models being introduced, with the long-in-the-tooth Honda CBR600RR presented as the poster bike for the death of sportbikes. But, this fall, there has been strong evidence that, to…

MotoAmerica 2019: 10 Rounds On Tap For New Season

MotoAmerica has announced its provisional calendar for the 2019 MotoAmerica Series with the 10-round championship set to continue its trend of building the race series through consistency of both location and dates while also tweaking a few things along the way, including the introduction of four two-day events in place of the traditional three-day events. “We’re happy with our schedule…

Utah Motorsports Campus Sold To Geely

The racing facility known as Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC) has changed ownership. Following a vote by the Tooele County Commissioners, Tooele County has agreed to sell Utah Motorsports Campus to Mitime Utah Investment, LLC (Mitime). Mitime is a subsidiary of the Geely Holding Group of China, a publicly-traded company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that is currently ranked 267…

Movin’ On Up: Dumas And Ventura Climb The Ladder

It’s well known that one of the specific missions of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship is to introduce young men and women to the sport of motorcycle road racing. The pathway starts in Liqui Moly Junior Cup, where MotoAmerica nourishes the young apprentices, cultivates their skills and racecraft, and helps advance them through the various MotoAmerica classes,…

John Ethell Knows The Way

John Ethell knows his way around a motorcycle, he knows his way around a motorcycle road racing paddock, and he also knows his way around motorcycle road racers. For Ethell, the colloquialism “been there, done that” is an apt description of his career, and it’s precisely why JD Beach recruited Ethell to be his crew chief on this year’s one-rider…

The Cameron Beaubier Conundrum

  I love the word conundrum. I love typing it, saying it and, in the shower, I even love singing it. With a cloud of steam fogging up the bathroom and the mirror on the medicine cabinet completely obscured, I pretend I’m Eddie Vedder and belt out “co-NUN-drummmm!” with all the gusto that Vedder sang “Evenflow.” Three syllables are powerful.…

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