Geoff Duke, 1923-2015

During the 1950s, Geoff Duke (left) won six Grand Prix world titles, plus six Isle of Man TT races. Geoff Duke, winner of three 1950s world championships for Norton and three for Gilera, has died after an enviably long life at age 92. Duke had the good fortune to ride for Norton just as it adopted the advanced and supple…

VIR Will Host 2015 AMA Road Race Grand Championship

Anthony Mazziotto III earned the 2014 AMA Road Racing Horizon Award, amateur road racing’s highest honor. In hopes of securing American Motorcyclist Association national No. 1 plates, amateur road racers will compete in the 2015 AMA Road Race Grand Championship at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia, on September 19-20. “Virginia International Raceway is an incredible venue,” said AMA Track…

Jamie Hacking For VIR Lap Of Honor

Dunlop has announced that it will host Jamie Hacking at the MotoAmerica race at VIRginia International Raceway, May 15-17, during the third round of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. Hacking, a three-time AMA champion, will ride a lap of honor on Dunlop’s Yamaha R6 test bike. The South Carolinian will also be on hand throughout the weekend…

Legends of Motorsport, 1969-2015

MotoGP has arrived in Jerez, and this morning the show hit the streets. Angel Nieto, Marc Marquez and a dozen other riders, both current and from recent decades, opened a photo exhibition entitled, “Legends of Motorsport 1969-2015: From Angel Nieto to Marc Marquez” at the Claustros de Santo Domingo. Beforehand, they delighted the people of Jerez with a trip through…

Larry Pegram/EBR Withdraw From World Superbikes

Team Hero EBR issued a press release yesterday stating that the team has been forced to withdraw from the World Superbike Championship, effectively immediately. With the recent bankruptcy of EBR and the re-prioritizing of efforts by title sponsor Hero, Pegram Racing is unable to continue its Team Hero EBR program at this time. Pegram Racing says it is dedicated to…

MotoAmerica: Making Motorcycle Racing Mainstream

MotoAmerica CFO Richard Varner appeared on Bloomberg TV’s “Market Makers” Wednesday morning with show host and fellow motorcyclist Matt Miller. “Meet the man who is trying to make motorcycle racing mainstream,” Miller said to open the four-plus-minute segment, adding that MotoAmerica is “spearheading the revival of the Superbike sport.” Varner began the interview by differentiating between riding a motorcycle and…

Video: Latus Motors Racing's Kenny Riedmann Re-Caps Road Atlanta

Reigning Canadian Pro Sport Bike Champion Kenny Riedmann substituted for the injured Bobby Fong on the Latus Motors Racing Triumph 675 at Road Atlanta, round two of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. In this video produced for the team by Brian Nitto, Riedmann talks about his experience racing the three-cylinder British machine in the highly competitive Supersport…

MotoGP: Marquez in, Pedrosa Out This Weekend At Jerez

Spain will host round four of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship this weekend at the 13-turn, 2.75-mile Circuit of Jerez, site of some of the most memorable final-corner passes in the history of the sport. Last year, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez won the premier-class race and Yamaha-mounted Valentino Rossi finished second. This time, Marquez arrives fifth in points and with…

Video: MotoAmerica Thermal Club Media Event

Prior to its inaugural April 10-12 race weekend at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, MotoAmerica hosted a media day at The Thermal Club, a private, automotive-oriented racetrack located in California’s Coachella Valley near Palm Springs. Comprising three independent courses with the flexibility to run as many as 19 unique configurations, the 4.5-mile, Alan Wilson-designed facility includes a 2500-foot…

Marc Marquez Fractures Finger In Dirt-Track Crash

Marc Marquez, seen here racing Valentino Rossi in Argentina, will need more than speed to overcome his rival’s points advantage. Marc Marquez has suffered another setback to his championship defense. On Saturday, the two-time MotoGP world champion fell while riding his dirt-track bike and fractured the little finger on his left hand. Dr. Xavier Mir, head of hand and upper-extremities…

Video: Team Owner/Racer Kyle Wyman

Kyle Wyman has a lot on his plate. Not only does the 25-year-old New Yorker race in the MotoAmerica Supersport class, he also runs all aspects of the Kyle Wyman Racing Team. The oldest of three racing brothers, Kyle is a rarity in the paddock: a racer and a team owner. This year he’s running his brother, Travis, on the…

Progress For Melissa Paris At Road Atlanta

Melissa Paris and the M4 MPH Suzuki program continued to make strides at Round 2 of the 2015 MotoAmerica championship despite a second consecutive weekend of inclement weather. A soaked Road Atlanta weekend in Braselton, Georgia, followed a similarly wet weekend at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, doing few favors for Paris as she works hard to…

Westby Racing Signs Josh Day

Photography By Brian J. Nelson Former AMA Supersport Champion, FIM European Superstock 600 and Superstock 1000 competitor Josh Day has been hired by Yamalube/Westby Racing to compete aboard the #00 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superstock 1000 bike for the remainder of the 2015 MotoAmerica Road Racing Championship season. The announcement was made by Tryg Westby, principal of Yamalube/Westby Racing and father of…

A Brief History Of Combustion, Part 3

Suzuki GSX-R1000: “Today nearly all auto and motorcycle four-stroke engines base their cylinder-head designs on that of Keith Duckworth’s DFV, with four valves, efficient downdraft intakes, an essentially flat-topped piston, with a single central spark plug.” A combination of axial-charge swirl generated by an offset intake port and squish action between piston and head surfaces was effective in making combustion…

Red Bull RoadRace Factory: Weather And Patience

After a three-year hiatus from the fast and flowing Road Atlanta, MotoAmerica made a historic comeback to the storied circuit situated in Braselton, Geogia. The teams and transports arrived just three days after the season opener in Austin, Texas, where they shared the world stage with the MotoGP series. This round was the first of a dedicated MotoAmerica only stretch…

Red Bull RoadRace Factory: Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back Into The Water…

After a three-year hiatus from the fast and flowing Road Atlanta, MotoAmerica made a historic comeback to the storied circuit situated in Braselton, Georgia. The teams and transports arrived just three days after the season opener in Austin, Texas, where they shared the world stage with the MotoGP series. This round was the first of a dedicated MotoAmerica only stretch…

Kyle Wyman Racing Makes Waves at Wet Road Atlanta

The Millennium Technologies/KWR team endured wet conditions at Road Atlanta this past weekend for strong finishes in the AMA/FIM MotoAmerica Road Racing event. Supersport rider Kyle Wyman finished 15th/8th respectively in each race while middle brother Travis accomplished double-podium results in Superstock 600 and Cody claimed 21st/11th results. The weekend began with a damp day of qualifying on Friday with…

O'Hara Grabs Two Second-Place Finishes At Road Atlanta

Photography By Brian J. Nelson Tyler O’Hara powered his Chisum/Motul Racing Yamaha R1 to two second place finishes during this weekend’s MotoAmerica races at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA. O’Hara’s second and third podium finishes of the year moves him into second position behind Jake Gagne in the Superstock 1000cc class. O’Hara started the Road Atlanta weekend off slowly and…

A Brief History Of Combustion, Part 2

Four-cylinder Gilera 500: “Domed pistons so obstructed combustion that it had to be fired at 62 to 65 degrees BTDC.” The new overhead-valve engines of the early 1920s were faster on top end than the previous generation of side-valve engines, but if they weren’t kept spinning briskly, they would knock on the same compression ratios that burned normally in side-valves.…

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