Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda’s Cameron Petersen Suffers Foot Injury At Sonoma Raceway

Saturday’s Motul Superbike race at Sonoma Raceway was an eventful one for Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda rider Cameron Petersen. After a solid Superpole effort that put him seventh on the grid, the South African was hoping for a top-five result in the race. Unfortunately, while negotiating the technical layout of Sonoma Raceway on lap 12 just past the halfway point…

One Superbike To Rule Them All…Until It Crashes

Among the crashes during round six of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship last weekend at Utah Motorsports Park, the two most notable ones were by defending champ and Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing rider Toni Elias on Friday during Superbike Qualifying Practice 1 and by Attack Performance/Herrin Compound/Yamaha rider Josh Herrin during Sunday Morning Superbike warmup. Both incidents were spectacular to…

Paddock Innovations: More Leverage In Superbike

At Utah Motorsports Campus over the past weekend, Cameron Beaubier’s Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R Superbike was equipped with an extra lever on the left clip-on. The extra appendage was attached below the clutch lever, so naturally, we wanted to find out the why’s and wherefores of this paddock innovation. We spoke with Beaubier and also with his Canadian Motorcycle…

Beyond Two Wheels: Another Side Of Roger Hayden

When your last name is “Hayden” and you’re from Owensboro, Kentucky, motorcycles are embedded in your DNA. And, when you’re not racing on asphalt or dirt, you’re most likely riding motorcycles for training or fun. The fact is, motorcycles have defined Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Superbike rider Roger Hayden almost since birth. Most people know that Roger Hayden spends quite…

Before You Sip Champagne At Laguna Seca, You’ve Got To Twist The Corkscrew

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is an 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course on California’s Monterey Peninsula, and the track is a favorite of racers and fans worldwide. Three-time 500cc Grand Prix World Champion and two-time AMA Superbike Champion Wayne Rainey won a grand total of six races at WeatherTech Laguna Seca, including the 1983 AMA Superbike race on a Kawasaki, the 1984…

The Deuce Is Wild: #2 Goes For Four As Josh Herrin Pulls Double Duty Next Weekend

When Attack Performance/Herrin Compound Superbike rider Josh Herrin competes at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca next weekend, he’ll join a special group of motorcycle road racers who have competed as Wild Card entrants at World Superbike races held in the U.S. Herrin joins an elite list of legends that includes MotoAmerica race director Doug Chandler and rider representative Thomas Stevens, Scott…

Where It All Began 45 Years Ago: Superbike Racing At The Dry Lagoon

Next month marks the 45th anniversary of something that is especially near and dear to the hearts of everyone at MotoAmerica: Superbike racing… and it all started at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on July 28, 1973. In those days, when America’s motorcycle road racing circuits were dominated by Yamaha TA, TD, TR, and TZ purpose-built production two-stroke racers, Southern California…

Run What Ya Brung: Twins Cup & Stock 1000 Are “The People’s Race Classes”

One of the missions of MotoAmerica Twins Cup and Stock 1000 – two brand-new race classes for 2018 – is to attract road racers who aren’t, or haven’t recently, been regulars in MotoAmerica. We’ve already documented the success that Ghetto Customs/Suzuki rider Chris Parrish and Weir Everywhere Racing/BMW rider Travis Wyman have already had in Twins Cup and Stock 1000,…

The Sweet Spot: Striking A Balance In Junior Cup

Since the beginning of the MotoAmerica era of motorcycle road racing, the series has had an entry-level race class, the purpose of which has been to develop younger riders into future Superbike riders and, for the best of the best, World Champions. Initially, MotoAmerica’s entry-level race class was a spec series, with all the riders aboard the same brand and…

Hobnobbing With Hobbs: A Canadian Hall Of Famer At Home In MotoAmerica

The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame recently announced their induction class of 2018 and among the eight legends and champions who will be honored on November 17 at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre in Burnaby, British Columbia, are two people who are also well-documented in the annals of American professional motorcycle road racing. Rick Hobbs, who is two-time MotoAmerica…

Being Scheibe: The Man Behind Harley’s Superbike Program Is The Frontman For Scheibe Racing

Steve Scheibe is a quiet and unassuming man. This, despite his vast engineering knowledge and mechanical aptitude honed razor-sharp from decades of experience in professional motorcycle road racing, and also despite the fact that his eponymous Superbike team is called “Scheibe Racing.” “That’s the official name of our team as it appears on the MotoAmerica entry sheets,” Scheibe explains, “But…

The Geaux Sheaux: Flinders To The Max

                            If you spend some time talking with Thrashed Bike Racing’s Max Flinders – and, by the way, you should spend some time talking with him because he’s one of the nicest riders in the MotoAmerica paddock – you’ll detect something unusual about his accent. He currently…

Russell Masecar Drops An R-BoM On MotoAmerica Twins Cup Racing

Local and regional motorcycle road racing have always been the lifeblood of AMA-sanctioned professional road racing in the U.S., and when the MotoAmerica Twins Cup class was first conceived, hopes and expectations were that riders from WERA (West-Eastern Roadracing Association), AFM (American Federation of Motorcyclists), ASRA (American Sportbike Racing Association), CCS (Championship Cup Series), and other organizations would join the…

Quarterley Report: The Privateer Comes Out Of His Shell

They say that life is a cycle, and that phrase certainly applies to Dale Quarterley… in more ways than one. Because, not only has most of Quarterley’s life revolved around motorcycles, these days, he’s come back full-circle to where he started. The Brockton, Massachusetts, native first made a name for himself in motorcycle road racing when he campaigned a Brockton…

What Have We Learned, Part 3: A Couple Of OWB’ers & Everybody’s Favorite Privateers

Heading into round three of the 2018 MotoAmerica Motul Superbike Championship this weekend at VIRginia International Raceway, it’s hard to believe that Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s always-likeable Roger Hayden is currently ranked 11th in the points standings. Two DNFs and a couple of so-so results in the other two races have put Hayden on his back foot in the early going…

What Have We Learned, Part 2: Non-Factory Riders And A Rookie On The Rise

When you talk about factory racing teams competing in the MotoAmerica Motul Superbike Championship, there are only two: Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing and Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing. And, as expected, those two teams are the overdogs in the series. They’ve won all three of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championships thus far. They have the best bikes, the best equipment, the best crew…

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…

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