Rodio, Gloddy, and LiMandri Jr. Sweep The Podium At Sandy Hook Speedway

What do MotoAmerica road racers do on off-weekends when they’re not competing in America’s premier motorcycle road racing series? They race, of course. SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup competitors, and good friends, Gus Rodio, Ben Gloddy, and Joseph LiMandri Jr. got together at Sandy Hook Speedway in the appropriately named town of Street, Maryland, and they entered round six of the racetrack’s…

Brainerd For Brain Nerds: A Refresher Course

It’s been a minute since professional motorcycle road racing has taken place at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) in Brainerd, Minnesota. More precisely, it’s been 17 years. After nearly two decades, we’re returning to BIR next week for round six of the 2021 MotoAmerica Championship, so here’s a quick refresher course on some of the historic highlights of motorcycle road racing…

Citizen Flinders: MotoAmerican Max Goes Full American

British expatriate Max Flinders moved to Slidell, Louisiana, a few years ago when his father Martin took a job with Rolls-Royce North America at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. That’s where he met helicopter mechanic Tim Ivanhoe, who became Max’s crew chief on the Thrashed Bike Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike. Then, Max’s father took a job with GE Aviation…

A Kiwi In Thailand Gets Set To Race In MotoAmerica

Round six of the 2021 MotoAmerica Championship at Brainerd International Raceway on July 30 through August 1 will have another new rider on the SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup grid. Seventeen-year-old Axel Pedersen will make his U.S. debut as a rider for the Calishine Racing Team alongside teammates Aden Thao and Owen Williams, and he’ll be aboard the number 66 Calishine Racing…

Kyle Wyman: Making The Motor Company Proud

Harley-Davidson factory rider Kyle Wyman came into the final round of the 2021 Mission King Of The Baggers Championship with a 16-point lead. Unfortunately, he also arrived at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the third of three KOTB races with a surgically repaired elbow, which was the result of a crash he suffered during HONOS Superbike race two at Road…

The Clavicle Calamity

Time for a pop quiz: Quick, which bone do motorcycle road racers fracture more frequently than any other? If you got the not-so-subtle hint from the title of this story, the equally not-so-subtle hint from the X-ray image provided to us by MotoAmerica Stock 1000 rider Jeremy Cook, you’ve suffered the injury yourself while road racing, you’re a medical physician,…

Wayback Wednesday: That Fabulous Baker Boy

In driving distance, Bellingham, Washington, is about 170 miles from Shelton, Washington, where Ridge Motorsports Park is located. As the crow flies, the distance is substantially shorter than that because, by car, to get from Bellingham to Shelton, you drive south, curl west around the southern tip of Puget Sound, and head a little bit north. The reason I mention…

Calishine Racing’s Thao Wins Three Races And Sets New Track Record At Brainerd

In advance of next month’s MotoAmerica round at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) in Minnesota, Calishine Racing’s Aden Thao participated in this weekend’s Central Roadracing Association (CRA) event at BIR. For 17-year-old Thao, it was his first time at the Minnesota racetrack, and to say he likes it would be an understatement. Thao competed in the CRA’s Ultralight Cup Expert class…

Blackall Racing Puts Patriotism On The Fast Track

Editor’s Note: the following story was researched and written by Matt LeVene, who is a student at Concordia University in Wisconsin and is majoring in Sport and Entertainment Business. Matt is working this summer as an intern for Road America Communications Director John Ewert. Tony and Janet Blackall are relatively new to MotoAmerica. In only their second full Supersport season,…

Eric Stahl Rises From The Ashes

Jiffy Tune Racing’s Eric Stahl is not a phoenix, the bird from Greek mythology that obtains new life by rising from the ashes of its predecessor, but his story sure does remind us of the legendary avian creature. Last week, while Stahl was tending to his business, Jiffy Tune in Lake Elsinore, California, his Dad was en route to Road…

Kayla Yaakov’s European Adventure

Next weekend at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy, round one of the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup will take place with 27 riders battling it out to become the championship’s first-ever winner. Among those 27 riders is Biglerville, Pennsylvania’s own Kayla Yaakov. Thirteen-year-old Yaakov competed in last year’s MotoAmerica Mini Cup by Motul as a member…

What The Teams Said: Post-VIR

The following is from Suzuki… Suzuki and Team Hammer upped the ante following a successful 2021 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship season opener with an even stronger Round 2, notching up two victories, two pole positions, and four podiums at Virginia International Raceway. M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Sean Dylan Kelly continued to lead the charge, scoring the pole in…

What The Teams Said: Saturday At VIR

The following is from Westby Racing… Superbike Championship Leader Scholtz’s Saturday Runner-Up Finish In Virginia Extends His Points Lead To win a motorcycle road racing championship, consistently finishing on the podium is critical. And, on Saturday at VIRginia International Raceway, Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz took another important step towards achieving his first MotoAmerica Superbike title when he finished second in Superbike race one. It wasn’t a win, but he and…

Beyond The Paddock: Jaret Nassaney’s Aviation Career Reaches New Heights

Most of the riders who compete in the MotoAmerica Series also have jobs, and many of them work in the powersports industry since it complements their interest and experience with motorcycles, as well as their passion for racing. Altus Motorsports Supersport rider Jaret Nassaney’s parents George and Janette Nassaney own and operate a couple of highly successful and well-known powersports…

Throwback Thursday: Hayden’s Championship Clincher, Bostrom’s Photo-Finish Victory

After a one-year hiatus from VIRginia International Raceway due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MotoAmerica returns to VIR next weekend for round two of the 2021 HONOS Superbike Championship. It’s a favorite track for many current riders, as well as a fan favorite. After all, the 14-turn, 2.25-mile natural road course has served up some very memorable AMA road races over…

MotoAmerica Volunteers: The Best Seats In The House

Whether it’s Canada Corner at Road America, The Corkscrew at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, or beneath the pine trees along the backstretch at Barber Motorsports Park, every racetrack on the MotoAmerica schedule has its favorite spots where spectators like to gather and watch our races. And, with nine picturesque and action-packed venues, opinions vary on which tracks, and which sections…

The Grass Roots Of Mission King Of The Baggers

There are some heavy hitters and big names competing in the 2021 Mission King Of The Baggers Championship. Indian and Harley-Davidson. Roland Sands Design, Vance & Hines, and S&S Cycle. Tyler O’Hara, Kyle Wyman, and Hayden Gillim. But, along with those big names are some riders and teams who are competing on a more modest budget. Among the grass roots…

What The Teams Said: Saturday Edition

The following is from Westby Racing… Scholtz Strikes Gold, Wins Saturday’s Superbike Race At Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Roach Finishes Eighth In Junior Cup Just a little more than six months after suffering serious injuries to his right leg in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz notched the victory in Saturday’s Superbike race one at Michelin…

Stock 1000 Rider Jeremy Cook Welcomes Continued Support From Bob’s BMW

The following is from Bob’s BMW Jeremy Cook Racing… Jeremy Cook kicks off his first full professional road racing season this weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, and his long-time sponsor, Bob’s BMW, is set to be Cook’s team’s title sponsor for the 2021 MotoAmerica season. The Maryland BMW motorcycle dealership has supported Cook’s racing career for more than a…

California Superbike School Named Title Sponsor For Travis Wyman Racing BMW At Road Atlanta

The following is from Travis Wyman Racing… When Travis Wyman took pole and a victory in the first-ever MotoAmerica Stock 1000 race in 2018, California Superbike School had already joined his team’s family of sponsors. Four years later, the Keith Code-founded school is the team’s title sponsor for MotoAmerica’s 2021 season-opening round, which takes place this weekend at Michelin Raceway…

More than $5.3 Million Up For Grabs In 2021 MotoAmerica Purse Payouts And Contingency Support

Racers who compete in the 2021 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series have a chance to earn more than $5.3 million in purse and contingency payouts. MotoAmerica’s cash purse—distributed across four race classes including HONOS Superbike, Supersport, Stock 1000, and Twins Cup—totals nearly $1.2 Million. In addition, HONOS Superbike Premier Entrants receive an additional guaranteed purse distribution of $2,000…

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