In an interview at Yamaha USA headquarters in LA on Tuesday, championship leader Jorge Lorenzo talked about the upcoming Laguna Seca race, teammate Ben Spies’ decision to leave Yamaha, and the rumours announcing Valentino Rossi as a possible teammate. Read more.
Canadian Jeff Gaynor leads a group of riders through the hairpin turn at Indianapolis Raceway Park during a WERA sprint event in April of 1989. Gaynor was a very fast rider from the Toronto area, who raced mainly in Canadian events, but would occasionally cross the border and turn in some seriously impressive rides. I recall him beating Kurt Hall in a Suzuki contingency race at Roebling Road, a track that Hall had dialed. At IRP on this weekend Gaynor won the WERA B Production Expert race on his Suzuki GSXR. He must have felt right at home in the frosty early spring conditions. If I recall correctly there was snow during some of the events that weekend. I’m not certain who the other riders are in this shot. If you know leave a comment.
Monterey, CA (July 25, 2012) — Racer Geoff May will launch the American Roadracer brand at Laguna Seca. American Roadracer will unveil its line of clothing for roadracing enthusiasts at the U.S. Grand Prix, including t-shirts, long-sleeved t-shirts, hats, and hoodies. American Roadracer also plans to introduce a line of protective and performance gear at a later time.
“I’ve had this idea for a while. I noticed other sports like surfing had companies that produced things for the enthusiasts and competitors, and I thought that our sport of motorcycle roadracing in America should, too,” said May. “Motorcycles have always had a timeless cool factor in our culture, and racing is the ultimate in motorcycling. Up until now, no company has been dedicated to just the heart of American motorcycle roadracing and what that entails. I hooked up with M-M Designs out of Texas, who does all the merchandising for my EBR team, and we made it happen.”
May, an AMA Pro race winner, has chosen Jake Holden as the first rider to be sponsored by the American Roadracer brand.
“Jake stands for everything the American Roadracer should. Like me, he came up slugging it out of a van as a privateer. He’s seen good times and tough times, and he always comes back because he’s a racer at heart. It’s what he does and who he is. Jake will race at Laguna Seca with Redline Motorsports on a CBR1000RR in the Superbike class, and he’s committed to doing the rest of the year. It’s easy for the fans to get behind a rider who’s giving it everything he’s got, and that’s why he was our choice as our first sponsored rider.”
“I feel really fortunate to be linked up with the American Roadracer brand,” said Holden. “I think it’s a great idea with what they are doing, and I think it helps the fans identify with us. I also think it helps us racers with the general public, too, by having our name associated with some cool stuff. I’m excited and think it will get bigger and better.”
American Roadracer will add other racers at future AMA Pro rounds.
Fans attending the U.S. Grand Prix will get the first shot at the new gear. American Roadracer will have a booth in the vendor area adjacent to the EBR display. The brand will launch a website (www.americanroadracer.com) soon.
Lewis competed on a Van Way Racing KTM 450SMR sponsored by AXO, Matrix Concepts, Kicker Audio and Violation Goggles
WEST BRANCH, Mich. (July 25, 2012) – The last time Johnny Lewis threw a leg over a supermoto race bike was May 2009 in Las Vegas. On Friday, July 20 at the Taco Bell Ogemaw Hills Supermoto Spectacular, he was impressive in his return to the unique racing discipline of asphalt and dirt on a temporary course in downtown West Branch, Mich. Lewis convincingly won both pro main events on a Van Way Racing KTM 450SMR in front of thousands of spectators who lined the sidewalks and streets.
Lewis and his wife, Alysha, began the journey to Michigan on Wednesday, July 18 when they met up with Dillon Van Way and the Van Way Racing team to shake down the KTM at the BeaverRun facility in Pennsylvania. Van Way would also serve as Lewis’ teammate at the West Branch supermoto race. During the past three seasons, Lewis has been concentrating on the dirt ovals and TT events, winning his first AMA Pro Grand National Championship flat track race in Daytona earlier this year. After hearing about the Taco Bell Ogemaw Hills Supermoto Spectacular, he had numerous conversations with the Van Way’s to make a one-off return to supermoto on the downtown streets.
Lewis had one of his best racing experiences at this event. He shared afterward, “Thanks to the MISuperMoto crew for an awesome time in West Branch. So great to have a track completely wrapped with excited fans. The young fans were the best part. I gave my first place four foot trophy to an awesome 10 year-old fan. It was also great to walk around the town earlier in the day before the track was even built and meet the wonderful store owners to hear how much they loved the racing.”
“I want to thank the Van Ways, especially Chris Van Way, for making this race a possibility,” added Lewis who raced the KTM using his AMA Pro GNC national number 10. “Also, AXO stepped in with a set of matching gear for me and Dillon Van Way who also raced. Factory Pro Racing gave me a set of Bridgestone supermoto slicks. Matrix Concepts provided us with products like the M2 Worx Stand as well as its 1.7 Cleaning Solutions. Violation Goggles hooked me up with a couple pair of their Felony model goggles. Kicker Audio sent along some swag for the fans.”
The Taco Bell Ogemaw Hills Supermoto Spectacular is in its second year where the downtown streets are turned into a temporary racing circuit. The course features the use of main street, a temporary dirt section in a parking lot, a high-speed straightaway on a side street, and a temporary dirt tabletop on main street. Spectators are encouraged to attend and see the unique event by offering free spectator viewing. The event brings both exposure to the unique form of supermoto and introduces people to the community of West Branch including its businesses.
The racing began with a six-lap heat race to set the grids. Lewis, who hails from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, was on his orange, black and white Van Way Racing KTM 450SMR in the third row. He bulleted from the start and was immediately passing other riders on the first lap. With lap one in the books, he was in third behind two fast racers, Adam Beldyga from Clio, Michigan and Chase Guthrie from Mentone, Indiana. Lewis would pass Guthrie about halfway into the race. He then hounded Beldyga to the end where he crossed the line just shy of first place.
During the parade laps of both pro main events, Lewis would throw out Kicker branded lanyards to the fans as he made his way around the course. He would also entertain them with wheelies and stoppies (front wheel wheelies).
Lewis was on the front row in the first 12-lap pro main event in his new AXO black and white Scatter gear. His teammate, Van Way, was on the third row on his number 600 KTM 450SMR in matching AXO gear. Lewis nearly holeshot the start. He was behind Guthrie entering the dirt section. Lewis soon passed Guthrie during the early going and started gapping the field where he was making time on the fast asphalt straightaway and clearing the 50-foot temporary dirt tabletop on main street. Lewis went on to win the first pro main.
In the second 12-lap pro main, that ended the night of racing in front of the nearly capacity crowd, Lewis gridded in the same position on the first row as he did in the first pro main. He slingshot from the starting line and into the lead in his all black Arai helmet with his Violation Goggles. Backing-it-in on the side streets and main street using the slick traction of his Bridgestone tires thanks to Factory Pro Racing. Main street in West Branch is also Michigan M-55 highway. Lewis would get faster each lap and win the race several seconds in front of second place.
“It was a blast to get back on the slicks again. There were a bunch of other fast guys who made the trip to Michigan too. Guthrie and Beldyga were on their game. I can see why Guthrie is leading the Michigan Supermoto Championship. Thanks to Chris and Dillon [Van Way], Timmy Tyler and Corey Mouton for helping me out. A big thanks to the fans and my sponsors. I hope to get on a supermoto bike again soon!”
Lewis and his wife would conclude their weekend by going with the Van Way’s to New Jersey Motorsports Park to watch Dillon Van Way win his first Rally America RallyCross event in the 2WD Class in his Ford Racing Focus.
Lewis will return to flat track racing next month at the famed Peoria TT, round nine of the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com. Due to the cost of traveling to the West Coast, he will miss the next two rounds. Race fans come to Peoria on Sunday, August 12 to watch Lewis on his Scott Powersports/DRD Honda CRF450R. Keep up with Lewis on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lewis10 and his website at www.lewis10.com.
About Johnny Lewis
Professional athlete Johnny Lewis of Coatesville, Pennsylvania has been competing in the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship (GNC) for the past three seasons, earning eighth during the 2011 season with three podiums and a race lead. Prior to flat track, Lewis raced in the AMA Pro Supermoto Championship for three full seasons, two as a factory rider, where he was the youngest to ever win in the Unlimited Class. He won many championships, accolades and races as an amateur dirt track competitor. In 2012, the 22 year-old Lewis will race the #10 Scott Powersports/DRD/Pit Posse Honda CRF450F in AMA Pro Flat Track Singles events and the #10 Scott Powersports/Saddlemen Kawasaki Ninja 650 custom flat tracker in AMA Pro Flat Track Twins races. Lewis is thankful for his sponsors that make the 2012 season possible: Scott Powersports, Saddlemen, Dubach Racing Development (DRD), AXO, Arai, Simply Hart, Pit Posse, Silkolene, Matrix Concepts, 1.7 Cleaning Solutions, Penske Racing Shocks, G2 Ergonomics, Triple J Racing, Wallace Trucking, Ringer Gloves, K&N Filters, ALL Balls and Metro Racing. Visit www.lewis10.com to follow Johnny Lewis’ season.
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Washougal, Washington: Unpredictably, privateer Fredrik Noren rode his MX Heaven Racing Team’s Honda CRF450F, fitted with Öhlins, to an incredible eighth-place finish in last weekend’s Lucas Oil AMA Pro 450 Motocross Championship Round 8, Moto 2, at the Washougal, Washington MX track.
This fantastic finish, a best for Noren in the AMA Pro Motocross series, was highlighted by his advancing up to eighth from a start that left him in about 20th-place in turn one, and then used his riding ability and stamina to maintain his pace to the end of the race. In other words, Noren didn’t luck into a great start and then fade back to eighth, he earned it the hard way.
From an approximately 20th-place position into turn one from his 22nd-place starting position, Noren moved up to 13th by the end of the first lap, and then within a few more laps he secured eighth, defending it to the checkered flag, on his number-867 bike. This finish, combined with his 22nd-place finish in Moto 1, credited Noren with a 14th overall for the weekend. After missing the first six rounds of the season, Noren is now 31st in points.
About his great finish, this astonished yet confident native of Sweden said, “I’m faster in the Motos than in qualifying. I don’t know why. It was my first Moto without a mistake, including all of last year. I didn’t crash and I didn’t stall my bike.” And this was only Noren’s second race since coming back after breaking his wrist just before the first event of the season. “Now I know what I can do”.
MX Heaven Racing Team owner, Gunnar Lindstrom, said, “It’s somewhat down to the start. He didn’t have to make up for a bad start. This track is hard. It has hard ground underneath with a loose surface, and the suspension worked great in those conditions. This was just his second race back and he didn’t let any wrist pain slow him. He worked for this and we’re proud of him.”
Stacey Berger, Öhlins USA Off Road Manager, said, “This was a great ride by Fredrik. In just a short time back from his injury he’s shown his true potential. We look forward to seeing him at the sharp end of the order for the rest of the year. I’d also like to thank the MX Heaven team for all of their hard work. Their commitment to help us better our product is greatly appreciated.”
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