The MotoGP™ World Championship kicks off its European busy-season at the Iveco TT Assen race this Saturday, as the grid prepares for three weekends of action-packed racing in a row. Read more.
Birmingham, Alabama: Riders on Öhlins occupied the AMA Superbike Series top spots in AMA Pro National Guard Superbike and GoPro Daytona SportBike, this last weekend at the ultra-groomed Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. It was single-rider double wins in Superbike and Sportbike, with Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier taking home all of the heaviest hardware with two wins each in their respective classes, respectively.
In Superbike, Öhlins damped racers swept the podium on Saturday and Sunday, complemented by a Daytona SportBike Sweep in Saturday’s race. In Superbike the podium riders were Hayes, his Graves Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin and Suzuki Yoshimura’s Blake Young. On Sunday the order was Hayes, Young, and Herrin.
In Daytona SportBike the finishing order of the proudest three were pole-winner Cameron Beaubier on his YES Graves Yamaha, followed by M4 Suzuki’s Dane Westby, followed in turn by Tommy Hayden, teammate of Beaubier. On Sunday, Beaubier capped off his perfect weekend – pole, win, win – while Westby took a second second.
Jason DiSalvo had another strong weekend in Daytona SportBike on his Team Latus Motors Racing Triumph, finishing fourth and sixth and ending up tied for second-place in the championship with Dane Westby.
In the Vance & Hines XR1200 championship, Kyle Wyman was far from fraught with another hard-fought win on the booming twin. This finish lifted Wyman closer to the championship leader, who he now trails by a scant six points.
In the Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport class, Latus Motors Racing Triumph’s Dustin Dominguez took the pole for the weekend’s races, where he then finished second and sixth, adding to the number of podiums earned by riders using Öhlins suspension components: a total of 14 from the possible 21, and five of the seven wins. Yes, we do keep count.
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Great deal provides big savings, special perks for Red Bull Indianapolis GP customers
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, June 25, 2012 – Selected Yamaha dealers nationwide are selling an exciting ticket package featuring great savings for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 17-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway through a program presented by Yamaha Motor Corp., USA and IMS.
Fans who purchase tickets at participating Yamaha dealers from June 25-Aug. 1 will receive these tickets and special perks for just $115, a savings of $55 over the normal retail value of $170:
•One Paddock Penthouse ticket – across from the Yamaha Factory Racing and Yamaha Monster Tech 3 pits! – for Race Day, Sunday, Aug. 19.
•Friday/Saturday Combo Admission ticket.
•Value-priced motorcycle track lap Friday, Aug. 17.
•Motorcycle parking in the Yamaha parking lot all three days of the event.
•IMS and Yamaha souvenirs through a voucher redeemable at the Yamaha display at IMS during Race Weekend.
The price of the package will increase to $120 from Aug. 2-17, so fans are encouraged to visit their participating Yamaha dealer soon to take advantage of the best deal.
Ticket handling fees will be waived for all customers who buy this package, regardless of date. For a full list of participating dealers, visit http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/redbullindianapolisgp/tickets/51796/
The Yamaha Red Bull Indianapolis GP ticket package comes during a great start to the MotoGP season for Yamaha. 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo leads the standings after winning four of the first six races this season aboard his Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1, and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammates Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso are fourth and fifth in the points, respectively.
Popular American Ben Spies, who won the pole for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP in 2010, will round out the Yamaha Factory Racing effort at the fifth Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
2012 tickets: Tickets for the 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP event, scheduled for Aug. 17-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, are on sale now at www.imstix.com, by calling (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700 or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.
Floridian Mark Pastir leads Dave Leach during the 1990 Daytona 600 Supersport race. Leach was primarily known for his prowess at the Isle of Man, but he also was a solid closed course racer as well. He finished fifth at Daytona that year. Pastir meanwhile scored a very credible 14th in the 54-rider field. Both riders were on Yamaha FZR600s. Jeff Farmer was the surprise winner of the race that year over Vance & Hines Yamaha riders Thomas Stevens and David Sadowski.
M4 Suzuki’s Dane Westby moved into a tie for second place in the 2012 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike title race with a second consecutive outstanding runner-up effort at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday.
Westby again made good use of his front-row grid position and improved starting technique to put himself in contention for victory. The Oklahoman jostled in what started as a six-man leading pack before starting his charge forward on lap 11 of 21 aboard his GSX-R600.
‘The Wolverine’ sliced up from fourth to third and then second on successive laps, and ultimately slotted into the lead on lap 15.
Lacking just that extra bit a grip needed to make a final push for the checkered flag in the blisteringly hot conditions, Westby was forced to accept another second-place finish, his second in as many days.
“The racetrack was hot and greasy,” Westby said, “I just tried to carve through a couple guys and get to the front. I just didn’t quite have what was required to win this one. I got in front for a bit but they studied where I was strong and weak and made the most of it. I fried the tire up in the beginning stages when I was pushed back a little so I didn’t have a real good tire to make a charge at the end. That’s just how the cards played out.”
Westby now has 192 points highlighted by four podium finishes, good enough to stand equal for second in the developing championship race.
Suzuki On Facebook SportbikeTrackGear.com’s Elena Myers notched up a top-five finish on Sunday at Barber as well. Following a pair of early red flags, Myers made an excellent start to immediately join the chase at the front. Running in a close fifth early on, the Daytona winner fell back into a two-rider scrap for the position and was then pushed back into sixth, Myers gained the position back on the race’s final lap. The strong result further solidifies her third-place ranking in the SuperSport West Region Championship on 143 points.
M4 Suzuki’s Chris Ulrich raced his Suzuki GSX-R1000 into the top ten on Sunday and narrowly missed out in his bid to steal away ninth on the final lap.
Meanwhile, Team Venezuela’s Robertino Pietri, still battered and hurting from his big crash at Road America, retired in pain from Sunday’s race, scoring a DNF.
Team Hammer will now travel directly to NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, LA for a two-day official test session to be held on June 26-27. The next round of the 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing Championship will take place on July 13-15 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.
In 2012, Team Hammer, Inc. is competing in its 32nd consecutive racing season and marks its sixth year of offering technical and logistical support through its Contract Services Department. Riders on Team Hammer-prepared racebikes have earned 52 AMA Pro National race wins; 121 AMA Pro National podium finishes; 4 AMA Pro Championships; 133 Overall National Endurance race wins; 13 National Endurance Championships and assorted other race wins and titles.