The McCarty Era: Four Decades Of Leadership

On December 31, 2020, it will be the end of an era at Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. On that day, Keith McCarty is retiring as Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha, just three days shy of his 44th anniversary with the tuning-forks company. It all started on January 3, 1977. That was McCarty’s first day at Yamaha as mechanic for…

Mini Cup By Motul Series Grows For 2021

Based on the success of the MotoAmerica Mini Cup by Motul in its debut season, MotoAmerica, North America’s premier road racing series, has announced an additional round for the 2021 championship that will see its youngest racers, aged six to 14, vying for class championships in four rounds. The series is set to begin at Road America in Elkhart Lake,…

MotoAmerica Riders’ Holiday Gift Exchange 2020

Last year’s Superbike Riders’ Holiday Gift Exchange was such a big hit that we decided to spread the spirit of giving far and wide throughout the MotoAmerica paddock. And, once again, the riders generously gave each other the most thoughtful of presents. Here are some highlights: Sean Dylan Kelly & Brandon Paasch > Richie Escalante Roger Hayden > Rocco Landers…

Off Track Podcast: Jake Zemke

2008 AMA Formula Xtreme Champion and a five-time AMA Superbike race winner, Jake Zemke had a stellar racing career that lasted for some 18 seasons. And the always-smiling Zemke is still in the MotoAmerica paddock as the manager of several current racers and the manager, rider coach and confidant of five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier. We caught up with…

Two-Wheel Tuesday Spotlight: #54 HONOS Kawasaki ZX-6R Supersport

First introduced in this iteration back in 2013, the Kawasaki ZX-6R features a long-stroke 636cc engine that delivers more power in the low to midrange compared with most of the other 600-class engines. And yet, despite this displacement advantage, it took the combination of Graves Motorsports engineering and development plus rider Richie Escalante to transform the bike into a MotoAmerica…

Landers Wins Four Of Five In 600 Supersport Debut

Two-time MotoAmerica Liqui Moly Junior Cup Champion and 2020 MotoAmerica Twins Cup Champion Rocco Landers made his 600cc Supersport debut this past weekend at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Desert Center, California, and it was a good one. Landers made his debut on Melissa Paris’ Yamaha YZF-R6, a motorcycle formerly raced by her husband, four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes. The…

Off Track Podcast: Bradley Ward

Bradley Ward’s debut 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike season ended early with a horrific crash at New Jersey Motorsports Park that left him with a broken leg, wrist and other injuries. But the big Brit is undeterred and is working to get himself back to full fitness so he can be on the grid when the 2021 HONOS Superbike Series gets rolling…

Alexander Wraps Up 2020

The following is from RideHVMC Racing… The year 2020 marked RideHVMC Racing’s and Corey Alexander’s first full season of MotoAmerica competition since 2015 and a very successful one at that. In twelve races, Corey and the team were able to finish on the podium a total of ten times, two of which were victories. This secured the #23 machine a second-place finish overall in the Stock 1000 Championship. In…

MotoAmerica Hires Jordan Miller As VP Of Media And Promotions

MotoAmerica is pleased to announce the hiring of Jordan Miller as its Vice President of Media and Promotions, effective immediately. For Miller it marks a return to motorsports after spending almost a decade at Red Bull leading its North American motorsports communications. He most recently served as a communications, marketing, and production consultant to several brands after leading the communications…

Off Track Podcast: Kenny Roberts Jr.

Prior to Joan Mir winning the MotoGP World Championship a few weeks ago in Spain, the last premier class World Champion to capture the crown on a Suzuki was Kenny Roberts Jr. in 2000. In doing so, Roberts Jr. joined his father Kenny Roberts in becoming the only father/son duo to win 500cc World Championships. We caught up with Roberts…

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,…

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…