Slipping The Surly Bonds Of Earth: Madama, Apgar, and Lillegard Have Their Heads In The Clouds

Motorcycle road racers are daredevils by design. The straight-line speed, railing through the turns, and the lightness of being are almost akin to flying. That’s why it’s no surprise that a lot of pilots—even members of the Navy’s Blue Angels and Air Force’s Thunderbirds—also ride motorcycles. Recently, three members of the MotoAmerica paddock—Twins Cup riders Jason Madama and Kris Lillegard,…

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Beaubier Impresses In Debut Moto2 Test

Cameron Beaubier showed why he’s a five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion today at the Jerez Circuit in Spain, with the Californian making a big impression as he ended his debut Moto2 test seventh overall and just .600 of a second off the best lap on his Tennor American Racing Team Kalex. Beaubier lapped at a best of 1:42.664 on his 58th…

Two-Wheel Tuesday Spotlight: #1 And #32 Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbikes

It takes a discerning eye to notice the differences between the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 and the 2020 model, but the 2020 Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike was a quantum leap forward in performance, which Cameron Beaubier and Jake Gagne exploited to the fullest. With team owner Richard Stanboli and his crew working in concert with both Yamaha U.S.…

Suzuki Set For Restructure

The following is from Suzuki Motor of America… Executing a comprehensive plan to build a strong foundation for the future, Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. has announced it will restructure its operations in the United States. This new direction will reorganize the Suzuki Motorcycle/ATV and Marine Divisions into two separate companies set to begin operations on April 1, 2021. This…

Throwback Thursday: AMA Road Racer Kenny Roberts Junior

The American Motorcyclist Association has produced a total of seven 500cc Grand Prix/MotoGP World Champions, including Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Kenny Roberts Junior, and Nicky Hayden. And, of those seven legendary World Champions, only two of them never raced in the AMA Superbike series nor did they ever race a four-stroke production motorcycle in…

Gerloff Ends Jerez Test Fourth Fastest

Two-time MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff continued his hugely successful “off-season” at the World Superbike test at the Jerez Circuit in Spain, the Texan leading the first of two days before eventually ending up fourth overall. On Tuesday, November 17 at the Spanish circuit, Gerloff rode his GRT Yamaha Junior Team 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 to the quickest time of the…

Off Track Podcast: Cameron Petersen

Cameron Petersen had quite a season in the 2020 MotoAmerica Series, winning eight Stock 1000 races en route to taking his first MotoAmerica Championship. If that wasn’t enough, he also got engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Nina, in the days leading up to the Road America round. Now he finds himself as hot property for a MotoAmerica Superbike ride in…

Ventura’s Laguna Pays Off

“How bad do you want it?” It’s a phrase we hear all the time. Apparently, Cory Ventura wants it badly. In order to make his MotoAmerica debut in the Supersport class season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca a few weeks ago, the 18-year-old had to put his nose to the grindstone and get it done himself. So that’s what…

Throwback Thursday: Roland Sands’ Road Racing Roots

For most people, Roland Sands is best-known for his eponymously named company, Roland Sands Design. The Californian has quite literally made a name for himself as a custom-bike builder, motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, and product designer. But, when Sands participated in the King of the Baggers Invitational at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca a few weeks ago, he returned to…

Two-Wheel Tuesday Spotlight: #77 Feuling Parts Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Piloted by Ben Bostrom, the Feuling Harley-Davidson Road Glide ran strong through the practice sessions and qualified fourth on the grid for the Drag Specialties King of the Baggers Invitational at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The team made key suspension changes and tire adjustments leading up to Saturday morning’s warmup session, and Bostrom dropped another two full seconds from his…

Stahl And Sollima: The Heart And Soul Of The King Of The Baggers Invitational

More than five years ago, Harley-Davidson Dyna riders Eric Stahl and Tony Sollima had shredded and thoroughly conquered every possible canyon they could find in Southern California. They thoroughly enjoyed stalking and hunting down every sportbike they could challenge in those canyons, but it simply wasn’t enough. They have a natural gift and a passion for ripping on their big…

Cam Petersen Is Hot

2020 MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Champion Cameron Petersen is hot stuff. And, with all due respect to Petersen’s fiancée Nina, we’re talking about his attractiveness strictly as a motorcycle road racer. What a difference a year makes. No doubt, Petersen’s skills on a motorcycle have improved even more in the past 365 days, but the 26-year-old’s job prospects this off-season are…

The Teams Talk Laguna Seca

The following is from Suzuki… Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., and Team Hammer closed out a memorable 2020 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing season in just about the most epic way imaginable at Laguna Seca, scoring wins and podiums up and down the order. The weekend served as the farewell performance for 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike champion Toni Elias with…

O’Hara Wins Baggers Debut At Laguna Seca

The debut of the Drag Specialties King of the Baggers event didn’t disappoint at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday as those in attendance won’t soon forget the sight of the big V-twins scratching and clawing their way around the iconic racetrack on the Monterey Peninsula in a manner that most couldn’t have predicted. The victory went to S&S Indian’s…