The Technomag-CIP team along with the MGB MC and FSO Association organized a special day to pay tribute to the Japanese rider who passed away in a dramatic accident in the Misano GP Moto2 race one year ago. Read about it here.
A provisional calendar for the 2012 FIM MotoGP World Championship has been released by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. See the schedule here.
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 – The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will be the 11th of 18 events in the 2012 MotoGP World Championship, scheduled for Aug. 17-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The fifth annual MotoGP race at IMS will take place one week earlier than in 2011, according to the provisional schedule released by Dorna and the FIM. The event also will be the second half of a new American swing for the world’s most prestigious motorcycle racing series.
The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix is scheduled for July 27-29 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., followed by MotoGP’s traditional summer break and then the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Consecutive events in the United States will help raise the profile of MotoGP in America and allow teams – all based in Europe – to keep their equipment in this country during the break.
The Czech Republic Grand Prix on Aug. 24-26 will follow the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. The 2012 season starts with the sole night race, the Grand Prix of Qatar on April 13-15. The season finale is the Grand Prix of Valencia on Nov. 9-11.
All 18 venues on the 2011 schedule return in 2012, with no additions.
Officials from IMS and Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder for MotoGP, reached an agreement Sept. 4 for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP to continue at the Speedway from 2012-14.
Tickets for the 2012 event can be purchased now by visiting www.imstix.com, calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Ticket office and phone hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.
Existing customers can renew tickets at www.imstix.com through Monday, Sept. 19.
MotoGP fans will see new machinery in the premier class in 2012. Riders will compete on 1000cc prototype motorcycles, with more speed and power than the 800cc machines used since 2007.
There also will be at least three Americans on the MotoGP starting grid for the fifth consecutive year at IMS: 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, 2010 Rookie of the Year Ben Spies and Colin Edwards. Hayden and Spies each are two-time podium finishers in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, and Spies won the pole for the 2010 race.
World Championship support classes Moto2 and the new Moto3 will return to IMS in 2012. Other support classes will be announced in the future.
AURORA, Ill. (September 14, 2011) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that Red Bull/KTM’s Marvin Musquin will race in the inaugural Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 15.
Born in France, Musquin won back-to-back MX2 World Motocross Grand Prix Championships in 2009 and 2010, before coming to the United States. In 2009, he also won the MX2 overall at the Motocross des Nations. The two-time world champion is geared up to compete alongside the world’s top riders for this stand-alone event.
“I’m really happy to race at the Monster Energy Cup,” exclaimed Musquin. “It should be a fun race on my 350cc KTM. I’ve been told the track should be a mix between motocross and supercross, so I am looking forward to seeing the final layout. My goal is to have fun and be out in front with the other big supercross riders and get some valuable experience before next year.”
Musquin is coming off his best finishes stateside, earning third place at the final two stops on the AMA Motocross Championship and will represent the growing list of international riders competing in the Monster Energy Cup.
The unique hybrid track will consist of supercross/motocross terrain and will have a tremendous motocross-style influence, making it unlike any other stadium race in the world. This track will be the perfect blend of supercross and motocross combined and created into the ultimate battleground. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse, awarding the winner a $100,000 check, and for the “first time ever,” $1 Million will be paid to a rider that wins all three main events.
Tickets for the 2011 Monster Energy Cup can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, UNLVtickets outlets, online at www.UNLVtickets.com, www.MonsterEnergyCup.com, or by phone at (702) 739-FANS. Tickets will be available at the Sam Boyd Stadium Box Office on the day of the event only.
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I’ve known Alan Sessarego to be a photographer at AMA Pro road races since the mid-1990s, what I didn’t know was that Alan had been shooting long before that. Here’s evidence. A Sessarego photo from the AMA national at Laguna Seca in 1973. It shows Yamaha’s Don Castro leading a pack that includes Masahiro Wada (No. 6), Gary Scott (No. 64) on a Triumph, Hurley Wilvert (No. 91) on a factory-backed Kawasaki and No. 80 Kenny Roberts (then simply known as Ken Roberts) heading down the corkscrew. This photo with the tree in the foreground was a popular angle at Laguna (still is). The mystery rider is the No. 6 Kawasaki. There wasn’t a national No. 6 was listed by the AMA in 1973. My guess is that No. 6 was a foreign rider making a special appearance at Laguna. If you happen to know leave a comment below. Alan did a pair of AMA road racing pictorial books that covered the zenith of AMA Superbike racing in the 1990s and early 2000s called “Time To Look Back”. He tells me a few copies of the are still available here.