Slipping The Surly Bonds Of Earth: Madama, Apgar, and Lillegard Have Their Heads In The Clouds

Motorcycle road racers are daredevils by design. The straight-line speed, railing through the turns, and the lightness of being are almost akin to flying. That’s why it’s no surprise that a lot of pilots—even members of the Navy’s Blue Angels and Air Force’s Thunderbirds—also ride motorcycles. Recently, three members of the MotoAmerica paddock—Twins Cup riders Jason Madama and Kris Lillegard,…

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Two-Wheel Tuesday Spotlight: #1 And #32 Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbikes

It takes a discerning eye to notice the differences between the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 and the 2020 model, but the 2020 Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike was a quantum leap forward in performance, which Cameron Beaubier and Jake Gagne exploited to the fullest. With team owner Richard Stanboli and his crew working in concert with both Yamaha U.S.…

Throwback Thursday: AMA Road Racer Kenny Roberts Junior

The American Motorcyclist Association has produced a total of seven 500cc Grand Prix/MotoGP World Champions, including Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Kenny Roberts Junior, and Nicky Hayden. And, of those seven legendary World Champions, only two of them never raced in the AMA Superbike series nor did they ever race a four-stroke production motorcycle in…

Throwback Thursday: Roland Sands’ Road Racing Roots

For most people, Roland Sands is best-known for his eponymously named company, Roland Sands Design. The Californian has quite literally made a name for himself as a custom-bike builder, motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, and product designer. But, when Sands participated in the King of the Baggers Invitational at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca a few weeks ago, he returned to…

Two-Wheel Tuesday Spotlight: #77 Feuling Parts Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Piloted by Ben Bostrom, the Feuling Harley-Davidson Road Glide ran strong through the practice sessions and qualified fourth on the grid for the Drag Specialties King of the Baggers Invitational at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The team made key suspension changes and tire adjustments leading up to Saturday morning’s warmup session, and Bostrom dropped another two full seconds from his…

Stahl And Sollima: The Heart And Soul Of The King Of The Baggers Invitational

More than five years ago, Harley-Davidson Dyna riders Eric Stahl and Tony Sollima had shredded and thoroughly conquered every possible canyon they could find in Southern California. They thoroughly enjoyed stalking and hunting down every sportbike they could challenge in those canyons, but it simply wasn’t enough. They have a natural gift and a passion for ripping on their big…

Cam Petersen Is Hot

2020 MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Champion Cameron Petersen is hot stuff. And, with all due respect to Petersen’s fiancée Nina, we’re talking about his attractiveness strictly as a motorcycle road racer. What a difference a year makes. No doubt, Petersen’s skills on a motorcycle have improved even more in the past 365 days, but the 26-year-old’s job prospects this off-season are…

Super 8: More Kawasaki’s For MotoAmerica Speedfest

Prior to round eight of the 2020 MotoAmerica Championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we talked about the fact that MESA37 Racing’s Stefano Mesa and Hayden Schultz Racing’s Hayden Schultz were entered to compete at The Brickyard in Supersport aboard Kawasaki ZX-6R motorcycles. For Mesa and Schultz, they raced in Supersport in addition to their regular race classes, Stock 1000 and…

Niccolò Canepa Will Race Westby Superbike At WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

The following is from Westby Racing… Westby Racing has enlisted the services of Yamaha World Superbike test rider Niccolò Canepa, who will compete aboard the team’s Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike at next weekend’s GEICO Motorcycle MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey. Canepa will be a fill-in rider at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in place of the team’s regular rider Mathew Scholtz, who…

Food Fuels The MotoAmerica Paddock

Among the many things that hard-working race teams, riders, officials, and staff need to get them through long days at the racetrack, one of the most important is the food that fuels the people in the paddock. The MotoAmerica Hospitality staff prepares, cooks, and serves hundreds of meals a day, not to mention morning coffee and pastries to get each…

Following Successful Surgery In Indy, Scholtz Is On His Way Home

The following is from Westby Racing… Westby Racing’s Superbike rider Mathew Scholtz is traveling home to Georgia today after having successful surgery on the injuries he sustained in a crash during Saturday’s race at the MotoAmerica Superbikes at The Brickyard event this past weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scholtz sustained injuries to his right leg in the incident, including a…

What The Teams Said: Indy Saturday Edition

The following is from Westby Racing… After a very solid Friday of practice and qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz was injured in a crash during Saturday’s Superbike race one, while Mathew’s teammate Cody Wyman nearly had a podium finish in Junior Cup race one to conclude what was a tumultuous day for the team. Mathew was…

Full-Factory Ducati Corse Superbike Breaks Cover For Indy

Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York unveiled the Ducati Panigale V4 R that Italian rider Lorenzo Zanetti will race this weekend at the Superbikes at The Brickyard event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The bike is a full-on, Ducati Corse, customer World Superbike machine that has been built to MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike specifications. In addition to the motorcycle, Ducati Corse supplied…

Indiana Lamkin And The Temple Of Speed

Supersport rider Nolan Lamkin, who competes aboard the #52 Cycle Gear Racing Yamaha, was born and raised in Indianapolis. So, while this weekend’s Superbikes at The Brickyard event is going to be special for all the riders and teams, it is obviously going to be extra-special for Lamkin. We checked in with him and asked him a few questions: As…

MotoAmerica At Indy: Where Are They Now?

What a difference half a decade makes…or does it? With just one week to go before the start of MotoAmerica Superbikes at The Brickyard, it’s interesting to take note of what’s different, or not so different, in 2020 compared with 2015. In 2015, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier earned the pole position in Superbike on a sunny Friday afternoon at The…

Superbike Unlimited To Give It Another Go With Andrew Lee At Indy

Two-time Stock 1000 Champion Andrew Lee’s debut in the HONOS Superbike Series aboard a Superbike Unlimited Franklin Armory Racing Kawasaki ZX-10RR at Barber Motorsports Park was thwarted by a couple of technical issues, which caused SBU owner Freddy Carswell to withdraw the motorcycle from competition after Friday’s two Qualifying Practice sessions. While Carswell packed up and left the track, Lee…

Road Course Redux: A Lap Of Indy With Ben Spies

With 10 left-hand turns and 6 right-handers, the 2.621-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course fits neatly inside the famous 2.5-mile oval. MotoAmerica’s one and only previous visit to Indy occurred in August 2015 and, in order to familiarize our fans with the layout of the road course, we asked three-time AMA Superbike Champion, 2009 World Superbike Champ, and MotoGP race…

More Kaw Bell For Indy

In what could be considered a tangible example of the age-old phrase, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” Supersport Championship points leader Richie Escalante won’t be the only Kawasaki ZX-6R rider competing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend. Escalante and his HONOS Kawasaki will be joined on the grid by three more 636cc green machines ridden by FSI Racing’s…

The Twins Cup Conundrum

MotoAmerica’s Twins Cup class is at a crossroads. Originally conceived as a way to showcase club racers from around the country by putting them on MotoAmerica’s national stage and aboard the same lightweight, twin-cylinder motorcycles that they race as weekend warriors, Twins Cup has evolved more than any other race class in the MotoAmerica Series. That’s what happens when humans…

Uribe Rides The New Honda Fireblade SP

We’ve been waiting with much anticipation for the 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP to make its debut in MotoAmerica competition, and while we are not quite there yet, there are signs that it may happen before we close the book on the 2020 season. Uribe Racing’s Jason Uribe, who raced his previous generation Honda CBR1000RR in HONOS Superbike at round…

Rainey And Spies Comment On Gerloff’s World Superbike Podium Result

Among the multitude of American motorcycle road racing fans who were beaming with Yankee pride over Garrett’s Gerloff’s podium finish in Sunday’s World Superbike race were MotoAmerica President, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and three-time 500cc Grand Prix World Champion Wayne Rainey, along with three-time AMA Superbike Champion, 2009 World Superbike Champion, and MotoGP race winner Ben Spies. Spies called Gerloff…