Valentino Rossi drove to second place at the wheel of Ford Fiesta RS WRC behind World Rally champion and race winner Sébastien Loeb at the Monza Rally Show. Read more.
KTM returns to MotoGP competition in 2012 to contest in the new Moto3 class with the Red Bull KTM AJO Factory Racing team. The three-rider team features riders Sandro Cortese, Arthur Sissis and Danny Kent. Read more.
Here’s a comparison of Superbike cornering styles two decades apart. From the same turn at Mid-Ohio, on the top row we look at the 1992 race with riders Randy Renfrow, Tom Kipp, Michael Taylor and Pablo Real and compare them to four riders – Jordan Burgess, Jason Farrell, Larry Pegram and Chris Fillmore – from the 2011 race. More than anything it’s amazing how similar the periods are. The current bikes might have a little more lean angle and the riders today look to be riding a bit more forward over the front wheel, but the overall riding position, accounting for individual differences, seems very familiar.
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Rome (Italy), November 28, 2011: With the new winter testing ban about to come into force (only for Superbike teams) on the first day of December and running until January 15th, the official testing dates for Superbike and Supersport teams for the 2012 season have now been announced.
Once again a two-day pre-race test session will take place shortly before round one at Phillip Island in February, this time on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st. Race day is Sunday 26th February.
In a new initiative to help save the participating teams some budget, yet continue machine and Pirelli tyre development, there will be two post-race tests. The first will be on 2nd April, which is the Monday after the Imola SBK round. The second test takes place in summer, at MotorLand Aragon on July 2nd, also on the Monday immediately after race day.
Given that the Moscow Raceway round will provide an all-new venue for the riders and teams to face in 2012, there will be an official SBK test there on Wednesday 22nd August, two days before practice starts. Raceday itself is on Sunday August 26th.
By doing these tests the teams will not have to spend any significant extra money on the logistics, but merely add a few days to their overall travel plans for races that their team will be attending in any case.
2012 Test Dates:
- · Phillip Island, Monday 20/Tuesday 21 February (pre-race)
- · Imola, Monday 2nd April (post-race)
- · Motorland Aragon, Monday 2nd July (post-race)
- · Moscow Raceway, Wednesday 22nd August (pre-race)
David Harman races his Suzuki GSXR750 in a WERA Sprint race at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway in 1986. Harman was a workmanlike sprint racer who scored solid results, but his real talent was as an endurance racer. Able to cut consistent lap times for hours on end and race under all conditions, Harman became one of the leading WERA National Endurance racers of the late 1980s and early ‘90s. He went on to become a riding instructor for new WERA racers.