Brainerd For Brain Nerds: A Refresher Course

It’s been a minute since professional motorcycle road racing has taken place at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) in Brainerd, Minnesota. More precisely, it’s been 17 years. After nearly two decades, we’re returning to BIR next week for round six of the 2021 MotoAmerica Championship, so here’s a quick refresher course on some of the historic highlights of motorcycle road racing…

21 In ’21: Thomas Stevens, The Thinker

The following is the ninth in our “21 in ’21” features that highlights one of the 21 AMA Superbike Champions each week as we move through the 2021 MotoAmerica season – the 45th year of the premier class championship. With all due respect to every motorcycle racer in the world, Thomas Stevens always seemed too smart to be a motorcycle…

Throwback Thursday: Hayden’s Championship Clincher, Bostrom’s Photo-Finish Victory

After a one-year hiatus from VIRginia International Raceway due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MotoAmerica returns to VIR next weekend for round two of the 2021 HONOS Superbike Championship. It’s a favorite track for many current riders, as well as a fan favorite. After all, the 14-turn, 2.25-mile natural road course has served up some very memorable AMA road races over…

Tech Tuesday: Slippery When Fast

During morning Superbike practice, while approaching turn one at New Hampshire International Speedway, Tom Kipp pulled in the clutch lever on his Yamaha YZF750R with his left hand, tapped the gearshift lever in staccato rhythm with his left foot to backshift four gears, and released the clutch lever while also squeezing the front brake with his right hand and feathering…

Off Track Podcast: Miguel Duhamel

How’s this for a resume? One AMA Superbike Championship, five Supersport Championships, two Formula Extreme Championships, a World Endurance Championship, a World Superbike podium, and a season in 500cc Grand Prix racing. Impressed? Meet legend Miguel Duhamel, the man who has won more AMA road races (86) than anyone in history. The French Canadian with a quick with and a…

Road America: History In The Making

As the MotoAmerica Series prepares to roll into Road America in a few short weeks for what will be the 40th season of uninterrupted Superbike racing at the picturesque circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, the list of AMA Superbike race winners reads like a who’s who of American road racing. Twenty-five men have won the 58 races (the series has…

The Silence Of The Supersports: Are 600s Going The Way Of The Dinosaurs?

For the past three decades, the American Motorcyclist Association has sanctioned a class of professional motorcycle racing that features 600cc sportbikes. The 600 Supersport class debuted in 1987, and the very first race was held on March 6, 1987, at Daytona International Speedway. Doug Polen won the race aboard a Honda Hurricane 600. It was early days for “race-replica” 600cc…

Being Scheibe: The Man Behind Harley’s Superbike Program Is The Frontman For Scheibe Racing

Steve Scheibe is a quiet and unassuming man. This, despite his vast engineering knowledge and mechanical aptitude honed razor-sharp from decades of experience in professional motorcycle road racing, and also despite the fact that his eponymous Superbike team is called “Scheibe Racing.” “That’s the official name of our team as it appears on the MotoAmerica entry sheets,” Scheibe explains, “But…

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