Sander Avant (362) and Greg Comstock (480) race side by side in the E Production race at the 1984 WERA Grand National Finals. Comstock was one of the top North Central riders in his class as was Avant in WERA’s South Central (Texas) region. I don’t have the results of the race, so I’m not sure who won in this battle of Honda FT500 Ascots, but I always liked Honda’s 500cc single, in fact I owned one and did many long tours on the bike, much to the amazement of my friends. It was also a great starter bike for road racing. I know Fritz Kling, Brian Lantz and many others cut their teeth racing these bikes and many went on to be solid pros. The bike went on sale somewhere in this time frame nationwide at $995 in one of the all-time great motorcycling bargains.
The FIM has released an announcement citing changes to the 2012 MotoGP schedule, including the naming of Sachsenring as host to the German Grand Prix. Read more.
Rider Will Once Again Pilot the #54 National Guard Bike
East Troy, WI (December 14, 2011) – Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) is pleased to announce that Roger Lee Hayden will once again represent the Army National Guard and its more than 358,000 Soldiers on its #54 machine during the 2012 AMA Pro Racing National Guard Superbike Championship.
“I’m really excited to be returning to Michael Jordan Motorsports and representing the Army National Guard again,” said Hayden. “The team and I really came on strong near the end of the season and I hope that we can keep that momentum going into next year. I feel like I have one of the best crews in the paddock so it’s great to keep the same unit together. I am especially honored to represent the men and women of the National Guard this year as they celebrate 375 years of service to our country.”
“Roger Hayden gave us a first-class effort in 2011 and proved that he deserves the opportunity to ride a Superbike,” said Kreig Robinson, MJM Vice President of Corporate Relations. “His ‘ready to work’ attitude toward development made him an easy choice to return to ride for us and to represent the National Guard in 2012. We always set our sights on championship contention, and we’re confident in Roger Lee’s commitment to excellence.”
Last season, Hayden finished in sixth place in the AMA American Superbike Championship series rider points standings and earned two podium finishes.
In 2012, the Army National Guard and MJM will continue to provide motorcycle safety training for enlisted soldiers.
ABOUT MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS:
Legendary NBA star Michael Jordan formed Michael Jordan Motorsports in 2004 as a result of his passion for motorcycle racing. His mission is to bring a new level of excellence and style to the motorcycle racing industry.
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Michael Jordan Motorsports is proud to partner with: Jordan Brand (a division of Nike), Army National Guard, American Suzuki, Hanes, Gatorade, Bazzaz, Hannspree, Vortex Racing Components, Gemini Racing, K-Tech Suspension-Orient Express Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, K & N Air Filters, Dainese Leathers, AGV Helmets, Ancra Tie-downs, Chicken Hawk Racing Tire Warmers, Armour Bodies, DID Chains, Factory Pro Dyno, Roclun International, STAR Motorcycle School, Motion Pro Tools, Zero Gravity Windscreens, with transportation provided by Eastside Trucking.
SONOMA, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2011) — Infineon Raceway officially opens its ticket office on Thursday, Dec. 15, for the 2012 Big O Tires Racing Season, highlighted by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, IZOD IndyCar® Series and AMA Pro Road Racing. It’s one of the most comprehensive motor-racing schedules in the country.
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series highlights the upcoming race season, June 22-24, as NASCAR returns for the 24th year to tackle the twisting road course. Tempers and sheet metal are sure to fly.
In addition to individual race tickets, the raceway will offer a variety of ticket packages to NASCAR, including the Save Mart Supermarkets 2-Pack, which boasts two reserved race-day tickets for just $99. You can also get up close to drivers during pre-race festivities with a Pre-Race Pit & Track Pass for just $75. Race fans can also check out great race-weekend camping options.
Drag racing fans will want to act fast to reserve their seats for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, July 27-29. This marks the NHRA’s 25th consecutive visit to the Sonoma Valley and plans are already under way to make this one of the best years yet.
The IZOD IndyCar Series takes over the road course Aug. 24-26 for the Indy® Grand Prix of Sonoma. The cars and stars of the Indianapolis 500 will invade Sonoma, complete with new engine and car packages designed to enhance competition. Fans can check out Infineon Raceway’s Total Access package: race-day reserved ticket, garage pass, pre-race pit and track pass, plus race-day Q&A with a star driver for $99.
Fans also won’t want to miss a new addition to the Infineon Raceway lineup with the FIA World Touring Car Championship for its first-ever race on American soil, Sept. 21-23. The race weekend will be highlighted by two 30-minute sprint races on Sunday, Sept. 23, that will include plenty of action. Manufacturers include BMW, Chevrolet, SEAT and Volvo.
Race tickets will also be available for the West Coast Moto Jam on Cinco de Mayo weekend (May 4-6), which features the best in AMA Pro Road Racing, with six main events over the weekend in American SuperBike, Daytona SportBike and Supersport. There’s also the return of Supermoto USA and more.
The best plan of attack for the upcoming race season at Infineon Raceway is the 2012 Track Pass, which includes season-long VIP parking, a NASCAR pre-race pit and track pass, an INDYDCAR garage/pit/pre-race pass, an NHRA thunder alley pass, exclusive hot lap track day and more. It’s the ultimate value with more than $1,100 worth of tickets and VIP access passes for just $425! That’s a savings of more than 60%! For all benefits, visit infineonraceway.com/trackpass.
Fans can purchase individual or weekend tickets as well as special ticket packages for all 2012 major events by calling 800-870-RACE (7223), visiting an account representative at Infineon Raceway or by purchasing tickets online at infineonraceway.com/tickets or ticketmaster.com. Camping is also available for all major events.
The complete major event schedule for 2012 is as follows:
West Coast Moto Jam – May 4-6
Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival – June 2-3
Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – June 22-24
NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel – July 20-22
NHRA Sonoma Nationals – July 27-29
Indy® Grand Prix of Sonoma – Aug. 24-26
FIA World Touring Car Championship – Sept. 21-23
* Schedule subject to change without notice.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A U.S. Senate committee has approved two amendments to a traffic safety bill that would continue a ban on a U.S. traffic safety agency lobbying state and local officials, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.
On Dec. 14, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved S. 1449 — the Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2011 — including two amendments offered by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). The DeMint amendments deleted language in the bill that would have allowed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to lobby state and local officials.
The committee didn’t take up a proposed amendment that was to be offered by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) that would have drastically altered the existing motorcyclist safety grant program by indirectly pressuring states to pass mandatory helmet laws.
The measure now goes to the Senate floor for a vote. It’s unknown when that may take place.
“This is good news for motorcyclists nationwide because it means that federal officials won’t be trying to influence local decisions when it comes to motorcycle safety and motorcycle safety-related programs,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.