Matt Weidman experienced both the extreme highs and lows often associated with racing. The GCR/Whire’s Harley-Davidson rider topped timed qualifying this afternoon at the Lima (Ohio) Half-Mile, being the only rider to get into the 26-second bracket with a 26.689. Then in the second session it all went wrong for Weidman. He lost control of his bike and crashed into the fence on the outside of turn two. Read more.
Repsol Honda Team’s Casey Stoner took victory at an incident-packed Iveco TT Assen on Saturday as he held off the challenge from Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso. Read more.
You can point to very few races as seminal or game changing, but the 1986 Suzuki GSXR Cup Finals at Road Atlanta was one such event. The GSXR1100 final was simply unbelievable with the race coming down to Doug Polen and Dan Chivington. Chivington turned in one of the all-time great last laps in American road racing to take the victory. “Everyone else had 1mm overbore on their bikes,” Chivington recalls. “Mine was stock bore and it would get killed off the corner, but on the big end I could draft by them with no problem since my bike would whistle on up another couple hundred RPM. I stuffed David Emde in that same turn back in my 250 days and pretty much did the same thing to Polen. I drafted by at the last possible second on the back straightaway and then if you’re going to outbrake me you’re going to end up in the pit lane.” The Suzuki GSXR Cup for the first time paid club racers enough money that if they won they could actually turn a profit. It also helped launch what would become the most successful line of sports motorcycles of all time.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — In great news for motorcyclists, the embattled federal Recreational Trails Program that faced possible extinction exists in a massive transportation bill approved by Congress on June 29, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.
The spending authorization bill, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century,” known as Map-21, includes $85 million a year through fiscal 2014 for the trails program, which provides funds to the states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses.
The measure now goes to President Obama to be signed into law.
The original Senate-backed transportation proposal, S. 1813, would have effectively ended the RTP by severing the program from its dedicated funding. But Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and several bipartisan cosponsors offered an amendment in March to S. 1813, which was approved by the full Senate, to continue the RTP.
The House version of the transportation bill included the $85 million a year in RTP funding, and the House-Senate compromise bill approved by both chambers and sent to the president on June 29 includes that amount.
“Motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle riders by the thousands spoke about the benefits of the Recreational Trails Program and the fact that it’s funded by off-highway vehicle users,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “Federal lawmakers listened and continued this vital program.”
Funds for the RTP come from the federal Highway Trust Fund and represent a portion of the federal motor fuel excise tax collected from non-highway recreational fuel use. In other words, taxes generated by fuel used for off-highway vehicle recreation — by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-highway light trucks — fund the RTP.
The RTP is an assistance program of the U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration. The RTP program benefits hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, ATV riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.
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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 the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.