Westby Racing Teams Up With JR12 Racing And Rider Jack Roach For 2021 MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship

The following is from Westby Racing… Westby Racing is proud to announce that they have entered into an agreement with JR12 Racing and 17-year-old rider Jack Roach. Together, the combined team, with Jack in the saddle of #12 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R3, will compete in the 2021 MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship. The announcement was made by Chuck Giacchetto, team manager…

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Yoshimura Debuts New Video About Westby Racing Team

Yoshimura R&D of America, Inc., has been a long-time sponsor, partner, supplier, and technical advisor for Westby Racing. For years, Westby Racing’s motorcycles have been equipped with Yoshimura exhaust systems, and together, Westby and “Yosh” have celebrated countless road racing championships, race victories, and podium results as a product of their longstanding and fruitful relationship. To kick off the 2021 MotoAmerica season, Yoshimura marketing executive Erick “Big E”…

Gerloff Ends Misano Test Third Fastest: UPDATED

Two-time MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff ended the two-day World Superbike test at Misano in Italy today with the third fastest time – the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK rider just .325 of a second from Aruba.it Racing Ducati’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi, who ended up at the top of the timesheets on the second day. Despite a crash in this afternoon’s final…

Off Track Podcast: Hunter Dunham

It’s a family affair in the Hunter Dunham Racing team with dad spinning wrenches, mom balancing the books and Hunter racing the team’s Yamaha YZF-R1 in the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 and Superbike Cup classes. Dunham had an up-and-down season in the Stock 1000 class last year, but still managed to finish 10th in the championship. We dragged Dunham away from…

Back In The Saddle: Scholtz Completes First Superbike Test Since His Indy Injury

Withstanding the cold temperatures in Georgia on Sunday, Mathew Scholtz and the Westby Racing team completed a quick, one-day test at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. For Scholtz, it was his first time aboard the #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike—or any road racing motorcycle—since being injured last October at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during round eight of the 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike…

The Spark Is Back: NGK Returns As Official Partner Of The 2021 MotoAmerica Championship

MotoAmerica, the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America, is pleased to announce that NGK Spark Plugs is returning in 2021 as an official partner of the MotoAmerica Championship. With over 80 years of experience as a leading spark plug manufacturer, NGK produces spark plugs for automotive, motorcycle, power sports, marine and outdoor power equipment. NGK also offers complementary…

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.”…

Jason Aguilar Won’t Be Racing In 2021

The following is from Jason Aguilar Racing… Jason Aguilar reluctantly announces that due to a change in circumstance he will no longer compete in this year’s MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.  The news, which comes only a short time after the exciting announcement that was set to see the rider who placed fourth overall in Supersport last year, is disappointing for all concerned…

Off Track Podcast: Mathew Scholtz

Mathew Scholtz was having a hell of a season on his Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1. Right up until the point when he wasn’t. It all went horribly wrong at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when Scholtz and Cameron Beaubier crashed and Beaubier’s bike struck Scholtz’ leg. The result was surgery, the end of the South African’s season, and a lot of off-season…

Herrin Talks About Windy Buttonwillow Test

The Fresh N’ Lean Attack Performance Yamaha team of Josh Herrin and Jake Gagne tested on Wednesday, January 26, at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in California with the test hampered somewhat by cold temperatures and high winds. The two were joined at the test by five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier, who rode a stock Yamaha YZF-R1 just to get some…

Roberts’ Rules: King Kenny’s Words To Race By

There’s an old saying that goes, “Those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach.” For obvious reasons, it’s not a saying that’s espoused—or believed to be true—by any teachers I’ve ever met. It’s certainly not espoused by my…spouse, who is an 8th-grade language arts teacher as well as an accomplished poet. The saying is also not embraced by one…

Jack Roach On Getting Hayes-ed

There’s hazing and then there’s Hayes-ing. Fortunately, for Jack Roach he’s only been Hayes-ed. Well, and Fong-ed and Dunham-ed. Hey, it happens when you’re the new kid training at the Hayes compound in Southern California and Roach is most definitely the new kid. “Oh, definitely,” Roach said when asked if he’s been property introduced to Hayes-ing. “I’ve got two big…

Off Track Podcast: Jason Aguilar

Jason Aguilar finished on the Supersport podium three times in 2020 en route to fourth in the championship. This week, the 2017 MotoAmerica Superstock 600 Champion announced that six years of racing a 600 are behind him as he made it public that he was going Superbike racing in 2021. Aguilar will race a RiderzLaw-backed Yamaha YZF-R1 in the 2021…

Off Track Podcast: Richard Stanboli

Richard Stanboli’s Attack Performance team took over the official Yamaha Superbike team for the 2020 MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike Championship and they hit the ground running with Cameron Beaubier riding the team’s Yamaha YZF-R1 to his fifth MotoAmerica Superbike title while his teammate Jake Gagne ended the series in second. Those familiar with Stanboli and his previous teams weren’t totally surprised,…

Saturday Cinema: The Turning Point

By definition, a turning point is the point of highest tension in a narrative work. It’s also the exact moment where the protagonist finally overcomes the obstacles, sees the light at the end of the tunnel, and heads toward triumph. We’ve seen it in thousands of cinematic productions, from every single Rocky movie ever made, to countless war films, to…

Off Track Podcast: Garrett Gerloff

Not many can say they are living their best life in 2020, but Garrett Gerloff most certainly is. The Texan ended up 11th in the championship in his debut season of World Superbike racing, scoring three podiums near the end of the season – including a second-place finish in Portugal. If that wasn’t enough, Gerloff got the call to go…

Tech Tuesday: Nolan Lamkin Gives It All Away

The teams and riders in the MotoAmerica series are a highly competitive lot. They race each other hard on the track. But, in the paddock, there is a lot of benevolence where everything from spare parts to suspension settings is freely shared. The lessons in “sharing” that Supersport rider Nolan Lamkin learned in kindergarten clearly stayed with him because the…

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…