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  1. Eagles Soar at the 4-Wide Nationals



    There were 3 Suzukis, 11 Buells and 2 Screamin’ Eagle/Vance and Hines Harley-Davidsons in the 16-bike elimination field at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals this past weekend at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, NC, and at the end of Sunday’s four-wide final round, it was the Screamin’ Eagle H-D of Andrew Hines ...    Read more

  2. Suzuki To Test At COTA



    During the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Suzuki MotoGP Test Team Manager Davide Brivio said in an interview that upgrades to their in-house-developed electronics software will be a key focus for their upcoming test sessions as they adapt to the latest standard championship ECU hardware. Having already tested ...    Read more

  3. Austin-tatious!



    Marquez set a best time of 2’03.490s on his Repsol Honda to lead the way in Austin, Texas where he took his first premier class checkered in 2013. Saturday’s FP3 and 4 sessions remain before qualifying gets underway  to determine who will sit on the pole position for the 2014 ...    Read more

  4. MotoGP TV Coverage Increases for 2014



    A total of 83 networks worldwide will now be broadcasting MotoGP action that includes agreements with several new networks for the 2014 season.  This media growth will undoubtedly increase MotoGP’s audience as newcomers to the sport as well as returning fans will now have viewing access across many platforms simultaneously, ...    Read more

  5. New President for Honda Racing Corporation



    After 5 years at the helm of HRC, Mr. Suzuki will begin a fresh challenge in a new Honda department where his role will be to lead a new team to create captivating bikes for Honda fans Worldwide. Mr. Suzuki commented on his time at HRC and confirmed his replacement, ...    Read more

  6. Dunlop Supports New Superbike Shootout Series



    Buffalo, NY: Dunlop will provide its full racing support to the new Superbike Shootout series by attending all three events with its professional racing service crew and transporter. The Dunlop team will roll out tires and services for the Pro Superbike and Pro Sportbike classes, which will run exclusively on ...    Read more

  7. Schwantz – COTA Legal Differences Settled



    Release from Circuit of the Americas and Schwantz School AUSTIN, Texas (March 27, 2014)Circuit of The Americas (COTA) and motorcycle racing legend Kevin Schwantz have amicably settled their legal differences and have reached a new agreement to  collaboratively promote motorcycling racing at the Austin circuit and ...    Read more

  8. Alpinestars Electronic Airbag Technology



    If you were tuned in to the first MotoGP race at Qatar this past weekend, you might have wondered, how do some of these racers get up and walk away from crashes that leave the bike a total wreck? To help answer that question, Alpinestars provided us with the following ...    Read more

  9. Marquez, Rossi and Pedrosa on the First MotoGP Podium of 2014



    The excitement unfolded from the start of the race when Jorge Lorenzo moved to the front of the pack at turn one but crashed out of the lead seconds later at turn 15, destroying the new Movistar Yamaha before the first lap was complete. Lorenzo’s crash put Stefan Bradl in ...    Read more

  10. MotoGP Free Practice 3 Action From Qatar



    The usual order has been upset in Qatar as the non-Factory riders who tested at Losail two weeks ago head into the next Commercial Bank Grand Prix session at the top of the field. Aleix Espargaro swept the field in Free Practice 3 posting a 1’54.773 best time on the NGM ...    Read more

  11. Caselli 66 – Ride the Dream



    On November 15th, 2013 the world lost Kurt Caselli to the Baja 1000. The shock was immediate and powerful. A once-in-a-generation off-road racer, Kurt's performance on his motorcycle was matched only by the dedication, passion, and love that inspired an era of racers, riders, family, and friends. ...    Read more

  12. Limited Edition Circuit Of The Americas Bell Helmet



    Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and Bell Helmets have partnered to create a limited quantity of commemorative Texas-themed Star Carbon helmets. For the first time ever, motorsports fans will have the opportunity to own a special edition helmet complete with custom artwork honoring the Lone Star State designed by custom ...    Read more

  13. Lorenzo Sets Fastest Lap Time As MotoGP Tire Testing Concludes at Phillip Island



    In the absence of injured World Champion Marc Marquez, recovering from a broken leg in Spain, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo dominated the Australian MotoGP test by posting the top time over the three days with a 1’29.068 which came on the second to last lap. The final day at Phillip ...    Read more

  14. Lorenzo Starts the Week On Top at Phillip Island Testing Day 1



    Although lap times and bike development are not the focus during testing this week at Phillip Island, the former MotoGP World Champion Lorenzo’s best time of 1’29.213 put him top. The riders and teams are working on tire durability and have a specific schedule to follow over the next 72 ...    Read more

  15. MotoGP Factory Teams To Test At Phillip Island



    The Factory MotoGP teams of Honda, Yamaha and Ducati will be at Phillip Island this week as they and two Moto2 squads engage in testing with a focus on tire wear. Following last year’s Australian Grand Prix in which the premier class race was divided into two halves by pitstops ...    Read more

  16. Rossi, Pedrosa Share Fastest Lap Times at MotoGP Sepang Testing



    Day three of the second and final testing at the Sepang International circuit in Malaysia concluded with Yamaha Factory rider Valentino Rossi sharing fastest time of 1’59.999, alongside Dani Pedrosa of the Repsol Honda team. “First of all I am very happy because I am in first position ...    Read more

  17. Drive M7 Aspar Team Unveils Line-Up At Sepang



    The Drive M7 Aspar Team officially unveiled its 2014 team and colors at a special ceremony in Malaysia, home of its new title sponsor. With the second session of MotoGP preseason testing set to begin on Wednesday, the team's new riders, Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama, pulled the covers to reveal the ...    Read more

  18. Laverty/Voltcom Suzuki, Guintoli/Aprilia Racing Grab Wins at Phillip Island



    In Race 1, Eugene Laverty stormed to victory on his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki debut at Phillip Island in Australia, securing the first World Championship win for the Japanese manufacturer since 2010. Laverty fought back from a difficult start and made his way through from seventh to hunt down the leading ...    Read more

  19. MV Agusta Back On The Podium At Phillip Island



    Release from MV Agusta: MV Agusta is back on a world championship podium following an incredible comeback and Supersport win by Jules Cluzel on the F3 675 of the MV Agusta Reparto Corse - Yakhnich Motorsport team at the Phillip Island circuit to take the first round. Despite ...    Read more

  20. Marquez Out With Broken Leg



    Repsol Honda Team Press Release MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez, has broken his fibula during a dirt-track training session in Lleida, west of Barcelona, yesterday afternoon. Marquez was immediately taken to the Universitario Quirón Dexeus Hospital where Dr. Xavier Mir treated the spiral fracture of the distal third of his right ...    Read more

  21. Dunlop Tire Color Markings For Compound Identification



    According to an update on the MotoGP website, Dunlop, the official tire supplier for the Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships, will be using new color markings on its tires to make for easier compound identification. In addition to their wet tires, Dunlop produces soft, medium and hard slick compounds for ...    Read more

  22. Repsol Honda Team Celebrates 20 Years



    Over the past 20 years, the Repsol Honda racing team has celebrated 10 World titles, 124 race wins and 338 podiums in 500cc and MotoGP. The longest running partnership between sponsor and manufacturer in the history of the Motorcycle World Championship began their relationship in February of 1995. At the ...    Read more

  23. Fastest Wheelie On Ice



    Mike Nightengale photos It was February of 2011 when Ryan Suchanek set his first Guinness World Record for fastest wheelie on ice at 95mph. An impressive feat in itself but what made it even more astonishing is that Suchanek made that run after having lost his left leg in an accident. ...    Read more

  24. “Run Whatcha Brung” Quarter-Mile Racing Is Back in SoCal



    Photo courtesy of Auto Club Dragway It’s true that you don’t appreciate what you have until you lose it. Both two- and four-wheel drag racers in southern California have been without a quarter-mile strip since the Fontana-based Auto Club Dragway was forced to close by court order in 2012.  Since then, ...    Read more

  25. Ducati Presents Their 2014 Superbike Team



    With just a few weeks to go before the start of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at the Australian circuit of Phillip Island, Ducati made an official presentation of their Superbike team via live streaming web broadcast from the Ducati Auditorium in Borgo Panigale, Italy. The 2014 season will see the ...    Read more

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