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.…

Cycle World Interview: Paul Carruthers

MotoAmerica Communications Manager Paul Carruthers spent 30 years on the editorial staff of Cycle News. Amidst driving rain, flooding, delays, and great racing at Road Atlanta’s round two of the 2015 season, we had a short chat with MotoAmerica’s Communications Manager, Paul Carruthers. If you’re unfamiliar with Carruthers, his credentials make him the perfect fit for his job. Carruthers grew…

Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com Meen Yamaha's Josh Herrin and Joe Roberts Win at Road Atlanta

Photography By Brian J. Nelson The Meen Team made an impressive comeback at MotoAmerica’s round two at Road Atlanta this past weekend, going home with 4 podium finishes. Working with on and off rain conditions during qualifying, Meen Team’s Josh Herrin secured a second row spot for the Supersport class, starting in fourth. Wheels in Motion/ MotoSport.com/ Meen Yamaha teammate,…

On The Record: Mark Heckles, Ryders Alley Racing

In his MotoAmerica debut at Circuit of The Americas, Heckles finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in the two Superstock 1000 races. Son of a former Manx Grand Prix lap-record holder, Mark Heckles is an ex-mini-moto champion who competed in various British and European championships, including a season in World Superbike. Supported by a small group of Manhattan motorcycle enthusiasts under…

A Brief History Of Combustion, Part 1

Ricardo-type cylinder head: “Why not stir the charge before igniting it so that the flame kernel would be shredded and rapidly carried to all parts of the chamber?” A tidy, convenient way to build engines was to put two valves—one intake, one exhaust—next to the cylinder with their stems pointed down. This is the classic “flathead” or side-valve design still…

More Top Fives For Anthony In Atlanta

Just one week removed from their podium debut as a pairing, David Anthony and M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com Suzuki continued to pile up the top-five results as the new MotoAmerica series travelled to Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Georgia, for Round 2. Last weekend’s inclement weather followed the tour east as well, as the event was hit by rainfall on all three days.…

Beaubier & New Yamaha R1 Win MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 At Road Atlanta, Teammate Hayes Finishes Second

The wet track conditions that challenged Cameron Beaubier in 2013 are clearly a non-factor in the new MotoAmerica Superbike era, and aboard his brand-new #6 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1. The Californian rode a perfect race at Road Atlanta to take his second victory in a row, in Sunday’s Race 1. Four-time and defending AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, who also happens…

Pair Of Top Fives Has GEICO's Chris Ulrich Excited About Superbike Future

GEICO Suzuki rider Chris Ulrich rebounded from a difficult start to the weekend to post a pair of top-five finishes in the Superbike portion of the MotoAmerica Superbike Challenge on Sunday at Road Atlanta. Ulrich, who changed manufacturers for the 2015 season, struggled in qualifying on Saturday as conditions at Road Atlanta varied because of rain. Plus, electronics gremlins stymied…

Gerloff Breaks Through To Win MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 At Road Atlanta As Yamaha R6 Riders Once Again Go 1-2-3

The same three Yamaha YZF-R6 riders who swept the podium in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 at Road Atlanta repeated the feat in Sunday’s Race 2, but the order of finish changed as an overjoyed Garrett Gerloff got the win aboard his #31 Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6. Saturday’s race winner, Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha’s Josh Herrin finished second and Garrett’s teammate JD…

Beaubier Doubles At Road Atlanta, Wins Third Consecutive MotoAmerica Superbike Race Aboard New Yamaha YZF-R1

The first time Cameron Beaubier sat on the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1, he knew that the bike suited him well because it reminded him a lot of the Yamaha YZF-R6 on which he dominantly won the 2012 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship…except for one big difference: the R1’s 1000cc crossplane crankshaft engine. On Sunday at Road Atlanta, Cameron used the prodigious…

Video: Jake Gagne Onboard At Road Atlanta

Strap on your faceshield wipers and ride along with Red Bull RoadRace Factory rider Jake Gagne for three laps of 12-turn, 2.54-mile Road Atlanta. In this video, the camera is pointed backward, showing the dry racing line that was developing at the time around most of an otherwise wet racetrack. Gagne eventually catches and passes fellow Yamaha YZF-R1 rider Taylor…

Yamaha R6 Riders Go 1-2-3 In MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 At Road Atlanta

The Yamaha YZF-R6 continues to be the dominant Supersport motorcycle in AMA-sanctioned road racing, and in this new MotoAmerica era, the R6 is two for two in race victories. In Supersport Race 1 at Road Atlanta, Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen/Yamaha rider Josh Herrin won the race, with Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach finishing second and third, making it a…

Josh Day Puts The #00 Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha R1 On Pole In Superstock 1000 Qualifying At Road Atlanta

In almost no time at all, new Yamalube/Westby Racing rider Josh Day has come to grips (literally) with the #00 Yamaha YZF-R1 in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 class. In Saturday’s Superpole event at Road Atlanta, Josh won the pole and was also the fourth-fastest rider on track in the combined Superbike/Superstock 1000 session, which puts him on the second row for…

Roger Hayden’s Road Atlanta Memories

Rain or shine, Roger Hayden knows Road Atlanta like the back of his hand. Roger Hayden has burned a lot of laps at Road Atlanta during his long, successful motorcycle road-racing career. After Saturday’s wet MotoAmerica Superpole 2, in which the Yoshimura Suzuki rider posted the quickest time, a 1:35.308, I cornered the 31-year-old and asked for three of his…

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