Superpole: Two Tires Enter, One Rider Wins

Along with two Motul Superbike races that are featured on MotoAmerica race weekends, another Superbike contest takes place, which is not a race per se (although it is somewhat of a race against time) but is equally as exciting. Superpole is the final qualifying session for the Superbike class on race weekends, and only a set number of riders –…

Kenny Roberts Creates Indy-Miler-Inspired Yamaha XSR700 For True American Heroes Benefit

Three-time 500cc Grand Prix World Champion and motorcycle racing legend Kenny Roberts has always had a flair for the dramatic. In one of the latest manifestations of his unmistakable style, Roberts and his expert crew are transforming a Yamaha XSR700 motorcycle into a custom bike that closely resembles Kenny’s famous TZ750 flat-tracker, the iconic racebike on which KR famously won…

Sneak Attack: Herrin Rides His “Backup Bike”

Our previous chapter about the Attack Performance/Herrin Compound/Yamaha Superbike team detailed the Herculean efforts that team owner and crew chief Richard Stanboli was making to build a Superbike on an extremely compressed timeline, with the plan that rider Josh Herrin would test the brand-new YZF-R1 for the very first time in Friday morning’s MotoAmerica Motul Superbike Qualifying Practice 1 at…

Where The Rubber Meets The Road: Who Was That “Dunlop Test Bike” Rider?

At last week’s MotoAmerica Dunlop Official Preseason Test held at Barber Motorsports Park, among the motorcycles circulating the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Birmingham, Alabama, road course during the Superbike/Stock 1000 practice sessions was a Suzuki listed on timing and scoring as “Dunlop Test Bike.” Upon closer inspection, that Dunlop Test Bike was carrying the number 44 on its front fairing and side…

Toni Elias: A Spanish Conquistador At Home In America

If you think back to your grade-school history lessons, Juan Ponce de León may be a name you remember. The Spanish explorer and conquistador led the first-known expedition to America. And, according to legend, Ponce de León was also searching for the mythical Fountain of Youth. As his countryman did in the early 1500s, Antonio Elías Justicia also undertook an…

MotoAmerica Paddock Innovations: The Shape Of Oil

If you take a good look at both sides of the lower fairing on the Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbikes ridden by Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff, you’ll notice that the bikes have suddenly grown gills. So, what is this Guillermo del Toro-ish innovation? Did the Yamaha Factory team’s 2018 Superbikes take on some of the characteristics of…

Motorcycle Racing Is The Wyman Way

Like a band of brothers, in the most literal sense, Kyle, Travis, and Cody Wyman appeared on the motorcycle road racing scene during the past decade, with oldest brother Kyle leading the way. Growing up in central New York, the Wyman Brothers honed their talent and racecraft on the dirt ovals that dot the Finger Lakes Region of the Empire…

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MotoAmerica’s Global Village

It’s officially called the “MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship,” but for all intents and purposes, MotoAmerica could rightfully call itself a World Championship when you consider the fact that racers from virtually every corner of the globe have gravitated – almost literally – to the series. “We’re very proud of the fact that, even though MotoAmerica is a…

MotoAmerica’s Canine Connection

Whether it’s the “Country Dog” caricature emblazoned across the front of Roger Hayden’s #95 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike or the “Jiggy Dog” moniker that has defined Monster Energy/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Supersport rider JD Beach for more than a decade, canines are very well-represented in the MotoAmerica paddock. And that’s especially true on race weekends at tracks where man’s (and woman’s) best friend…