Throwback Thursday: Long Live The Homologation Specials

When a motorcycle road racing organization, like AMA road racing and its current form MotoAmerica, requires that the motorcycles competing in the series be production-based streetbikes that have been adapted for closed-course competition, the motorcycle manufacturers sometimes produce a limited run of high-spec units for public sale so that they can legally be raced. Such motorcycles are commonly called “Homologation Specials.”…

Ben Gloddy To Race In SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup Series With Landers Racing

Fifteen-year-old Ben Gloddy, who finished fourth in last year’s SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup Championship with eight podium finishes aboard his Quarterley Racing/On Track Development Kawasaki Ninja 400, has joined Landers Racing for the 2021 Junior Cup season. Gloddy will once again be aboard a Kawasaki. “First of all,” Gloddy said. “I want to thank Dale and Alex Quarterley, Bob Robbins, Eraldo…

Avery Dreher Moves Up From Mini Cup To SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup For 2021

Fourteen-year-old Avery Dreher, who competed in the Mini Cup by Motul Championship last season, has made the jump to the SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup Championship for 2021. Dreher has joined the newly formed PDR Motorsports racing team, and the youngster will be aboard a Kawasaki Ninja 400. According to PDR Motorsports team principal Edelberto Acosta, “We are extremely excited to have…

Off Track Podcast: Scott Russell

A three-time AMA 750 Supersport Champion, 1992 AMA Superbike Champion, 1993 World Superbike Champion, two-time 500cc Grand Prix podium finisher, Suzuka 8 Hour winner…oh, and five-time Daytona 200 winner, Scott Russell had a hell of a career. Now a competitive cyclist, the Screaming Chief is this week’s guest on Off Track With Carruthers And Bice where the 2005 AMA Motorcycle…

Altus Motorsports Announces Two Of Its Team Riders For 2021

In 2020, Oklahoma-based Altus Motorsports had their best-year ever, winning the Stock 1000 Championship with South African rider Cameron Petersen aboard their Suzuki GSX-R1000. And, as 2021 rapidly approaches, the team, which has one of the largest footprints in the entire MotoAmerica paddock, has announced two of their riders for the upcoming season. Back aboard his #59 Altus Motorsports Suzuki…

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…

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…

Super 8: More Kawasaki’s For MotoAmerica Speedfest

Prior to round eight of the 2020 MotoAmerica Championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we talked about the fact that MESA37 Racing’s Stefano Mesa and Hayden Schultz Racing’s Hayden Schultz were entered to compete at The Brickyard in Supersport aboard Kawasaki ZX-6R motorcycles. For Mesa and Schultz, they raced in Supersport in addition to their regular race classes, Stock 1000 and…

Escalante Crowned At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Richie Escalante became the first Mexican to win an AMA National Road Racing Championship when he wrapped up the 2020 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after another perfect weekend on his HONOS Kawasaki. The victory was his 13th of a near-perfect season for the 25-year-old. “I’m really happy, especially this year when start the year I…

Petersen, Landers Crowned At Indy

Two more MotoAmerica Championships were decided at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a cloudy Saturday with Cameron Petersen earning the Stock 1000 crown while Rocco Landers wrapped up his second championship of the 2020 season in Twins Cup. Petersen won his title with a second-place finish to Travis Wyman in Stock 1000 with Landers taking his title via his eighth win…

New Sponsor For Alexander At Indy

The following is from Ride HVMC Racing… Colorado-based woman-owned Trinity Commercial Roofing joins Corey Alexander and Ride HVMC Racing as title sponsor for this weekend’s MotoAmerica Stock 1000 and HONOS Superbike races at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Trinity Commercial Roofing team has decades of experience in both the roofing and construction industries working on commercial, residential, government, industrial, or…

The Teams Preview Indy

The following is from Westby Racing… The Westby Racing team and its two Yamaha riders Mathew Scholtz and Cody Wyman are fired up with anticipation about round eight of the 2020 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship, which starts Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Having this opportunity to compete at Indy, the Racing Capital of the World, is reason enough…

Superbike Unlimited To Give It Another Go With Andrew Lee At Indy

Two-time Stock 1000 Champion Andrew Lee’s debut in the HONOS Superbike Series aboard a Superbike Unlimited Franklin Armory Racing Kawasaki ZX-10RR at Barber Motorsports Park was thwarted by a couple of technical issues, which caused SBU owner Freddy Carswell to withdraw the motorcycle from competition after Friday’s two Qualifying Practice sessions. While Carswell packed up and left the track, Lee…

More Kaw Bell For Indy

In what could be considered a tangible example of the age-old phrase, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” Supersport Championship points leader Richie Escalante won’t be the only Kawasaki ZX-6R rider competing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend. Escalante and his HONOS Kawasaki will be joined on the grid by three more 636cc green machines ridden by FSI Racing’s…

The Big Three Win Again At Barber

The three riders who have dominated the four support classes of late – Cam Petersen, Rocco Landers (Liqui Moly Junior Cup and Twins Cup) and Richie Escalante – did so again on an overcast day at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday with those three winning the Stock 1000, Liqui Moly Junior Cup, Twins Cup and Supersport classes, respectively. Stock 1000…

Sometimes, It Takes More Than Two To Tango

Tango Racing is in full force at round seven of the 2020 MotoAmerica Championship. The Argentina-based road racing team is fielding a total of four riders, and the livery on the team’s bikes is unmistakable, with logos depicting two dancers in a quintessential tango-esque pose. The four-rider team includes Roberto Hernan Medina from Buenos Aires, who is racing in Supersport…