Twins Cup: They’re Going Faster

During the five-and-a-half-year history of MotoAmerica, the phrase “they’re going faster” has been uttered many times, at most of the tracks, and in all five of the Series’ race classes. Just two rounds into the 2020 season, four-time and defending HONOS Superbike champion Cameron Beaubier broke and re-broke the outright lap record at Road America virtually every time he was…

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Heritage Cup: Revving Up Superbike’s Roots

Bring us your KZ’s and GPz’s, your GS’s and CB-F’s, your TZ’s, and even your Brittens yearning to be revved. Round one of the MotoAmerica Heritage Cup is coming to Road America for round two of the MotoAmerica season and, like a canoe-sized banana split with everything, the Heritage Cup is like the cherry on top of an already tasty…

The Fine Art Of Crashing A Motorcycle

In motorcycle road racing, it is an absolute certainty that riders are going to occasionally fall down. Crashing is as much a part of motorcycle road racing as qualifying, obeying the safety flags, winning, etc. And, like all the other aspects of motorcycle road racing, there are right ways and wrong ways to crash a motorcycle. Riders must learn proper…

Jackson Blackmon Breaks Twins Cup Lap Record At Road America

The following is from Robem Engineering… Jackson Blackmon, Toby Khamsouk, and Carl Price successfully debuted their Robem Engineering MotoAmerica-spec Suzuki SV650’s last weekend at the opening round of the 2020 MotoAmerica Twins Cup Championship as the series kicked off at scenic Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The pace was fast all weekend, as expected, and Blackmon’s charge to second…

Celtic HSBK Racing Signs Brandon Paasch For MotoAmerica Supersport Championship

The following is from Celtic HSBK Racing… Celtic HSBK Racing has announced that they will be fielding a third rider in the 2020 MotoAmerica Championship. The team had the fastest Yamaha YZF-R6 in last year’s Supersport Championship, finishing second in season points. With unfinished business in the Supersport class, the team looks to bring home the Championship with Brandon Paasch.…

American Racing: More Than Just A Name

For Los Angeles-based real estate developer Eitan Butbul, “American Racing” is not just the name of the Moto2 racing team that he owns and manages, it is an entire philosophy. Butbul’s passion project and mission are the same as MotoAmerica’s: to develop U.S. motorcycle road racers into World Champions. We talked with Butbul and learned about him, his U.S. patriotism,…

Robem Engineering Twins Cup Riders Blackmon And Khamsouk Test At Roebling Road

The following is from Robem Engineering… Twins Cup racers Jackson Blackmon and Toby Khamsouk successfully tested their Robem Engineering MotoAmerica-spec Suzuki SV650’s with WERA last weekend at Roebling Road Raceway in advance of the MotoAmerica season getting underway at Road America next weekend. Blackmon and Khamsouk each ran a hot pace all weekend long, matching the south Georgia weather, as…

All Systems Are “Go” For Westby Racing After Testing This Week At Talladega Gran Prix Raceway

The following is from Westby Racing… With round one of the 2020 MotoAmerica season set to take place at Road America next weekend, the Westby Racing team wrapped up their preseason testing program with a visit to Talladega Gran Prix Raceway (“Little Tally”) in Alabama on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Both of the team’s riders–#11 Superbike rider Mathew…

American Racing Team Announces Official Ohvale Racing Team

The following is from American Racing Team… The American Racing Team is excited to announce the American Racing Academy’s newest project: the American Racing Ohvale Team. The team will participate in the MotoAmerica Ohvale Mini Cup by Motul. Team boss Eitan Butbul and former American MotoGP star John Hopkins have had lengthy conversations about the state of Americans racing at…

Motorcycle Road Racing Terminology

AMA American Motorcyclist Association. CC Cubic centimeters in reference to engine displacement. Crew Mechanics and/or team assistants. Crew Chief The team’s technical leader and the person who communicates directly with the rider. Displacement The space covered or volume swept out by the engine piston at each stroke. Disqualification Unless otherwise specified, the forfeiture of all points, awards, and prizes earned…

MotoAmerica’s Five Race Classes

1. SUPERBIKE MotoAmerica’s premier race class, Superbike showcases the top road racers aboard top-of-the-line, highly modified sportbikes capable of speeds approaching 200 miles per hour. Engine Configurations: Over 750cc up to 1000cc, 4-stroke, 3- and 4-cylinder Over 850cc up to 1200cc, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder Minimum Weight: 370.5 pounds Rider Age Limit: 18-55 2. SUPERSPORT MotoAmerica’s middleweight race class, Supersport features the…

A MotoAmerica Bike Brakes From The Pack

By definition, “provenance” is a noun meaning “the place of origin or earliest known history of something.” To collectors of art, ephemera, cars, and yes, motorcycles, “provenance” is a critical factor in setting the intrinsic value of the collectible. Steve Scheibe, owner of Scheibe Engineering and Scheibe Racing, currently has for sale a 2015 BMW S 1000 RR that not…

Trevor Standish Widens His Stance

Trevor Standish is a bit of a Renaissance Man. A former child actor, Standish joined the MotoAmerica Series in its inaugural year of 2015, and he raced for the past few years in the KTM RC Cup and Liqui Moly Junior Cup Championships. This year, he will be competing aboard a Suzuki SV650 in MotoAmerica’s highly popular Twins Cup Championship.…

Baggers Builds: Feuling Parts

From the company that produced the jaw-dropping W3—a three-cylinder W-configuration engine designed and developed by the late Jim Feuling that features a triple gear-driven cam, 4-inch bore and 4-inch stroke displacing 150 cubic inches and delivering 150 horsepower and 170 ft-lbs. of torque to the rear wheel—Feuling Parts’ latest endeavor is the bike they are building for the Drag Specialties…

Tech Talk With Tekk Consulting: Part Two

In part two of our interview with Tekk Consulting’s Jason Heard and Jack Fisher, we focus on 3D printing of motorcycle bodywork, which is something that is not only currently non-existent in MotoAmerica, it is essentially non-existent anywhere else in the world. Heard and Fisher are poised to change all that, and they gave us a peek into their crystal…

Baggers Builds: MJK Performance

The teams who will be competing in the Drag Specialties MotoAmerica King of the Baggers Invitational race are well on their way to having their racebikes built and prepped for the event, which takes place at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca during the MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest on July 10 through 12. One of those teams is MJK Performance (https://mjkperformance.com), a small…

The Friday 5: Five Questions With Liqui Moly Junior Cup Rider Alexis Olivera

Fifteen-year-old Alexis Olivera, who will be joining the MotoAmerica Series for the first time where she will compete in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup class, has already developed quite a reputation as an up-and-coming road racer. Known as “Superlex,” Olivera is as anxious as the rest of us to get this 2020 MotoAmerica season started. So, while we’re all “sheltered-in-place,”…

Tech Talk With Tekk Consulting: Part One

A few weeks ago, we did a story about CarbonSmith, which is a team sponsor of Westby Racing. Owned by Ryan Shaun Smith, the company creates 3D-printed components for various industries, including motorcycles. Several components on Westby Racing’s Superbike are 3D printed using a process called Continuous Fiber Fabrication. After the story ran, we were introduced to Jason Heard and…

Altus Motorsports Tucker Hagerty Signs Daniel Kinard For Liqui Moly Junior Cup

The following is from Altus Motorsports Tucker Hagerty… Eighteen-year-old Daniel Kinard has joined the Altus Motorsports Tucker Hagerty racing team, and he will pilot an Altus Factory-built Kawasaki Ninja 400 in the 2020 MotoAmerica Liqui Moly Junior Cup Championship.  At age five, Kinard began racing a Honda CRF50F on kart tracks in Oklahoma. He has spent the past three years…

Of Handshakes And Champagne Showers

On the way to the racetrack about 15 years ago, I had a conversation with my then-10-year-old son in preparation for his very first visit to an AMA road racing paddock. While seated in the passenger seat of my truck, he clutched a small, spiral-bound notebook—which would become his keepsake for the riders’ autographs—and he attentively listened to my pontifications.…

Weather And Tires: Getting It Right

In motorcycle road racing, riders often have to deal with a lot of different weather situations, and in turn, a lot of variations in the condition of the track surface. This was definitely the case last week at the MotoAmerica Official Dunlop Preseason Test. Changeable skies created three distinctly different track conditions: fully dry, fully wet, and damp/drying. So, when…

6D Helmets And Cameron Beaubier Form Racing Alliance

The following is from 6D Helmets LLC… 6D Helmets LLC is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with 4-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier. With Cameron’s resume, professionalism, and dedication to winning, he brings a high level of expertise and exposure to the 6D brand. 6D Helmets is best known in the off-road community where the company has established itself as the…