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BMW S1000 RR 2016 motorcycle first look with Ben Young

Ben Young starts his Canadian Super Bike journey soon and he'll be riding a full Full Season in CSBK aboard a BMW S1000RR. Watch him as he picks up his BMW bike for the 2016 CSBK race season.

Also featuring Chris Duff, Manager Motorrad Marketing.




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Young Confirms Full Season in CSBK aboard a BMW S1000RR

Scottish-born Pro motorcycle road racer Ben Young is thrilled to confirm that he will be contesting the full 2016 MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship  (CSBK) piloting a BMW Motorrad Canada  S1000RR Superbike.
 
2016 marks a very special milestone for the global BMW brand as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.  The centenary year got underway on March 7, 2016 and over the coming months the company with its brands and services will look ahead to the next 100 years.



Not only will this be Young’s first venture into the premier Superbike class this will also be his first-ever season on a BMW and his first full season racing on Canadian soil since he won the PRO GP125 R.A.C.E Championship in 2010.

A rider with tremendous international experience, including the Scottish Nationals, U.S. Red Bull Rookies Cup try-outs, British Superbike, Grand Prix wildcard, Young’s racing career has been extensive for any rider of his age. In 2014, he split his time between racing British Superstock in the UK and AMA Daytona SportBike (now MotoAmerica Supersport) in America, scoring solid results in both.

The resident of Collingwood, Ontario spent this past season racing in the U.S. with the powerful RoadRace Factory team in the MotoAmerica Supersport championship where he earned his first MotoAmerica podium at Road America along with several top 5 finishes. In 2015, he also achieved two podium finishes at home in Canada during a one-off race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Much like BMW’s heritage Young has always set his sights firmly on the future and has been a consistent force poised to take on new challenges and emerge stronger for them.
 
“BMW Motorrad Canada is proud to partner with Ben Young in 2016. We’ve closely followed his racing career in British Superstock and in MotoAmerica Supersport.  Not only have his results been impressive we know his professionalism on and off the track will represent the BMW brand well. We are delighted that his first venture into the premier Superbike class in Canada will be aboard the BMW S1000RR.  We look forward to an exciting and successful season.” said Chris Duff, Manager, Motorrad Marketing
 
This season also marks the fifth consecutive year the 22 year-old will be sporting the iconic Canadian Tim Hortons’ brand through franchisee Gilles Bolduc, a former Canadian roadracer himself. This time Young will be waving the Tim’s flag in Canada after taking the brand abroad to the UK and across the US. Also returning are long time partners Custom Home Builder and Renovation specialists Scot-build Developments Inc as well as AXO Racing will have Young protected with their premium race suits, gloves and boots.

After a brief respite the proud Canuck with the Scottish lilt will once again don an Arai Helmet for maximum safety and comfort as well as welcoming back K&N Filters, Hindle Exhaust, Woodcraft and Vortex Racing.

New partners for 2016 include; Epic Racewear, who will keep the crew looking and feeling Epic with custom crew shirts and KarmaComa Studio who will document Ben’s first season racing on Canadian soil and will delve further into the history and future of the iconic BMW brand on its 100th anniversary through a multi-part YouTube series.
 
Young recently picked up his BMW S1000RRs at BMW Toronto which was documented by KarmaComa Studio in this video: 


 
Scott Cartier, designer and technician at Hindle Exhaust Systems will be Young’s Chief Mechanic for the 2016 CSBK season.

“I’m stoked to start my new journey in the MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship. The BMW S1000RR’s stock power is unbelievable and it’s the epitome of a superbike.  I can’t wait to work with Scott Cartier on preparing the bikes for the 2016 season and testing as soon as we can.”  said Young
 
The 22 year old pilot of the #86 BMW S1000RR is also a proud "Laps for Muscular Dystrophy" (Laps4MD) rider who’s pledged to donate $1 for every lap he lead this season. These donations go to Muscular Dystrophy Canada to help make a difference in the lives of over 50,000 Canadians affected by a neuromuscular disorder.
 
To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.fogi.us,www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter and Instgram: @benyoung_86. 


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Young and Human 2.0 Partner to Build a Better Ben

Collingwood, ON CANADA – November 13, 2015 - Scottish-born Pro motorcycle road racer Ben Young from Collingwood, ON is proud to announce a partnership Human 2.0, a movement-based wellness and fitness facility located in Ottawa. Through their athlete’s program, Young looks to ensure he’s in peak physical condition heading into the 2016 racing season and beyond.


Human 2.0 – a sports medicine, rehabilitation, performance and movement centre – will soon be launching basic mobility programs for athletes and for motorcycle racers. Visit www.humantwopointzero.com for additional information on all of their programs.

President Chris Raynor, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist with a passion for motorsports. He’s a member of the Ontario Race Physicians and was an orthopaedic consultant to Clinica Mobile during Moto GP events.

Raynor will evaluate Young’s current fitness levels during an upcoming visit to Human 2.0’s fitness facility. Test results will assist in determining the most effective sports performance strategy focused around the goals of speed, general strength, agility, flexibility, balance, power, reaction time, diet, with ongoing mobility training for injury prevention.

“The biggest limiting factor for athletes is injury. At Human 2.0, it is our goal to act preventatively, and to start by addressing the most vulnerable areas of the human body. After all, you are only as strong as your weakest link. From there, we continue to build the foundation of general body awareness and complex movement skill using mindful, detailed, and form-focused techniques. Upon this, any and all other more specific needs can grow. On behalf of all the staff here at Human 2.0, we look forward to helping Ben prepare for his upcoming season. With solid physical, nutritional, and mental ground work, the sky is the limit when it comes to his success.” said President Chris Raynor, MD

A rider with tremendous international experience, including the Scottish Nationals, U.S. Red Bull Rookies Cup try-outs, British Superbike, Grand Prix wildcard, Young’s racing career has been extensive for any rider of his age. In 2014, he split his time between racing British Superstock in the UK and AMA Daytona SportBike (now MotoAmerica Supersport) in America, scoring solid results in both.

Young spent this past season racing in the U.S. with the powerful RoadRace Factory team in the MotoAmerica Supersport championship where he earned his first MotoAmerica podium at Road America along with several top 5 finishes. In 2015, he also achieved two podium finishes at home in Canada during a one-off race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Young, who prides himself at being able to excel under pressure as well as being adaptable to new challenges, looks forward to the next chapter of being a better Ben: “I’m excited to advance my fitness levels with Human 2.0’s sports performance programs. I want to have no excuses and be able to give one hundred percent when I’m training and racing.”

Young will continue his momentum from this past season through to a new opportunity in 2016 which he hopes to be able to announce in the coming months.

As a proud "Laps for Muscular Dystrophy" (Laps4MD) rider Young has pledged to donate $1 for every lap he leads to Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Young is also thankful for the support of his personal sponsors; Scot-Build Developments Inc., Tim Hortons (Sudbury), AXO America and Bell Helmets.

To connect with Ben Young visit: http://www.fogi.us , on Twitter: @bcyoung86, and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing

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Double Sportbike Podium for Young at CSBK 2015 Finale

In only his second visit to the legendary Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Thornbury Ont.’s Ben Young battled hard to bring home a third and A second place finish aboard his #86 Hindle Exhaust Yamaha YZF-R6 in spectacular fashion.

Young, who’s been competing in United States with the RoadRace Factory team in the new MotoAmerica Supersport series, was presented with an opportunity to ride as a wild card entry in the final round of the Canadian Superbike Hindle Exhaust Pro Sportbike class on behalf of Hindle Exhaust. 


Looking forward to much needed track time on Friday. Young made impressive progress before the skies opened up. He was running second fastest prior to the red flag being waved to clear the track due to the severity of the storm that had rolled in.  Due to the very wet weather, race control changed Friday afternoon's qualifying sessions to practice sessions for safety reasons.

High temperatures with partially overcast skies greeted the riders and fans on Saturday for the season-ending series doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.  Young would qualify 6th fastest in the morning’s Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike qualify session.

Young got a solid start off the line in the first of the two Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike feature races of the weekend.  Will Hornblower quickly took the lead however he was assessed a jump start penalty.

Kenny Riedmann would quickly take over the lead with Hornblower running a close second. Young had moved up to third from his sixth place on the grid with his sights now on the two front-runners.

Hornblower and Riedmann began an intense battle with Young ready to join the fray.  Jodi Christie would get by Young to take third and would eventually pass Hornblower for second.

Riedmann took the victory with Christie in second, Hornblower third and Young would cross the line in fourth.  Hornblower’s jump start penalty would drop him back placing Young third on the podium earning him his first ever Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike podium.

Young would learn he too would be penalized for incorrect fuel and would lose 25 series points and winnings were to be donated to the Canadian Rider Safety Fund.

“That was a great race and so much fun!” said Young “We had a miscommunication about the fuel as the rules had changed since we were last here in 2013. We simply used “pump” fuel and it was determined that we gained no competitive advantage.  I think this was handled very fairly and I’m more that happy that it resulted in supporting the Canadian Rider Safety Fund which benefits all the riders, I can’t wait for tomorrow!”

Race number 2 was the first race of the afternoon on Sunday under the blazing sun. Young not satisfied with just repeating the previous day’s performance was ready to turn up the heat.

Young got another good start using the series’ race spec Sunoco fuel and quickly moved into third spot behind Christie and Riedmann who was in the lead.

Young would pass Christie for second as Riedmann would put his head down in an attempt to create a gap back to the riders battling for second.   Christie would eventually force his way by Riedmann into the lead with Young and Hornblower in the mix.

With six laps in Riedmann would retake the lead with Christie right on his back tire and Young ready to pounce. Young ramped-up his pace and took over the lead with Riedmann very close behind.  

Riedmann, Young and Christie battled back and forth throughout each and every exciting lap. Using the draft to his advantage on the back straight Young was back into the lead yet Riedmann was equally as hungry for the top spot on the podium and for his second straight Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike Championship and took the lead back from Young  once again. 

It would come down to an all-out drag race down the front straight with Young trying to make the most of the draft before the finish line.  Riedmann would get the win by a margin of victory of only .066 over Young who would earn the second step of the podium and the fastest lap of the race.

As a proud "Laps for Muscular Dystrophy" (Laps4MD) rider, Young will be making his first donation to this important initiative as he has pledged to donate $1 for every lap he leads to Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

“That was an incredible race!” said Young “Kenny and I haven’t raced each other that hard since we both raced in the AMA. I was honored to share the podium with him while he accepted the number one plate in Hindle Exhaust Pro Sportbike for the second straight year. I hope the fans enjoyed the incredibly close and entertaining racing as much as I did!”

Young would like to thank Hindle Exhaust, Tim Hortons – Sudbury, Scotbuild Developments, Bell Helmets and AXO.
 
To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.fogi.us, www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter @benyoung_86.
  

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Young to Race in CSBK at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Canadian MotoAmerica Supersport rider Ben Young is thrilled to announce that he will race at rounds 6 & 7 of the MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship Doubleheader in the Hindle Exhaust Pro Sportbike class at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, August 15th - 16th, 2015

Young, who’s been waving the Canadian flag south of the border in the new MotoAmerica series aboard a RoadRace Factory Team Yamaha R6 in the Supersport class earned his first ever MotoAmerica Supersport podium at Road America with a 3rd place finish.

Unfortunately he will be sitting out this weekend’s race at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to a financial set back resulting from a spectacular crash at Miller Motorsports Park. Although being back to full health Young is heartbroken over not being able to compete and support his fellow RoadRace Factory teammates at Indy.

Young's spirits quickly changed upon being offered an opportunity to race the Hindle Exhaust Yamaha R6 in next weekend’s national MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship in the Hindle Exhaust Pro Sportbike class.

This will be Young’s second race ever at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport). His first-ever race at this legendary circuit located just outside Bowmanville Ontario was in August of 2013.


“It'll be great to race at home once again and to reconnect with fellow racers, friends and meet Canadian fans I don’t always have chance to talk with during the racing season!” said Young “I encourage fans and those just curious about the level of talent in Canada to make the trip to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for some incredibly close and entertaining racing.”

Young would like to thank Lee Hindle and Scott Cartier (Hindle Exhaust) who’ll be Young’s Crew Chief, for putting this package together. Young would also like to thank personal sponsors; Tim Hortons – Sudbury, Scotbuild Developments, Bell Helmets and AXO.

The 2015 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship concludes with a doubleheader event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, Ont., August 14-16. Ticket information is available through www.mosport.com, emailinginfo@mosport.com, or by calling (905) 983-9141 Fans can also visit the website at www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com.

To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.fogi.uswww.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter @benyoung_86.  


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Young Earns First MotoAmerica Supersport Podium

Scottish Canadian Roadrace Factory rider Ben Young not only achieved his first ever MotoAmerica Supersport podium this past weekend at Road America with a 3rd place finish, he got to share the podium with some very special people.

Unseasonable weather conditions this past weekend normally wouldn’t phase the hearty young Scot who’s lived in Canada since 2007. However, adding the power of a Roadrace Factory prepared Yamaha YZFR6 to a cold wet track was going to make for an interesting weekend.


Young and the team struggled to get a good cold weather dry setup during Friday’s morning’s Supersport practice. The team made additional changes to the set up but missed the mark with Young achieving a provisional 10th on the MotoAmerica Supersport grid.

During the second qualifying session on the track known as the ‘four miles of fun’ Young was fourth fastest yet was unable to better his time from the previous day. Young was optimistic about the wet set up his team had made to his #86 Roadrace Factory prepared Yamaha YZFR6.

The resident of Thornbury Ontario has recently struggled with getting a good start so far this season but got off the line in well in Saturday’s wet feature Supersport race. With his experience racing in cooler and often wet conditions last year in the British Superbike Championship (BSB) Superstock class Young new consistency, patience and keeping his R6 on two wheels was going to make the difference to get him within striking distance of the lead group.
With front runner Garrett Gerloff succumbing to the wet track conditions, Roadrace Factory teammates Tomás Puerta and Cameron Petersen began to challenge for the lead. Petersen would eventually open up a small lead on Josh Herrin and teammate Puerta, yet Petersen would also succumb to the conditions but quickly remounted. Young was hungry to join the battle at the front on behalf of his team and doggedly worked his way forward.
Young swapped spots on and off with JD Beach and would eventually cross the finish line in 3rd behind teammate Puerta and closely followed by Beach. This would be Young’s highest finish to date in the series and his first podium of the year.
"I couldn’t feel my right hand for the last five laps - it was that cold!" said Young. "I was extra stoked to be on the podium with my teammate Tomás and my good friend Josh. In previous years I have always run to cheer for Josh on the podium from the sidelines. This time I got to celebrate right beside him!”
Young didn’t fair quite as well during the second Supersport race on Sunday but at least the sun was shining to help offset the cold temperatures. Young struggled with handling throughout the race and would cross the line in 9th.
 
“We worked hard on our dry setup in the cold and we just didn't get what we wanted.” said Young. “We rolled the dice for the race and I managed to better my qualifying time significantly but it wasn’t enough to get to the front.”
 
After this past weekend’s results Young now sits in 6th overall in the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship standings, behind Tomás Puerta and David Anthony who are tied for 4th in the points.
 
MotoAmerica Round 4 from Road America will air on Sunday, June 7, at 2:00 PM EST with a replay later that day at 5:00 PM EST, and a second replay on Monday, June 8, at 2:00 AM EST.
 
Young is thankful for the support of the RoadRace Factory team‘s partners and is proud to represent his personal sponsors; Scot-Build Developments Inc., Tim Hortons (Sudbury), AXO America and Bell Helmets.
 
To connect with Ben Young visit: http://www.fogi.us , on Twitter: @bcyoung86, and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing
 
To learn more about the RoadRace Factory team visit: http://www.roadracefactory.com, on twitter: @RoadRaceFactory and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoadRaceFactory
 
Corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available with Ben Young, a team member of RoadRace Factory, one of the most visible and marketable teams in the MotoAmerica paddock.
 
Contact: Scott at: benyoungracing @ hotmail.com or Mike at: motorsports @ infinetdesigns.com for more information.
 

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Ben Young Makes a Splash at Circuit of The Americas

This past weekend Ben Young made a splash at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in his MotoAmerica Supersport championship debut. The resident of Thornbury Ontario Canada piloted the RoadRace Factory prepared Yamaha YZFR6 to his first points of the 2015 season.

The 2015 MotoAmerica season debuted alongside the superstars of MotoGP at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas as three of the MotoAmerica championship classes served as the support races for the MotoGP weekend.

The start of the inaugural MotoAmerica Supersport race on Saturday was met with overcast skies, on and off sprinkles changing to drying conditions then concluding in a major downpour.

Young took to a dry track during the pre-race sighting lap however once the riders returned to take their spots on the grid the rain came once again.

Starting from 10th on the grid Young made consistent progress for the first 7 laps. David Anthony began to gap the RoadRace Factory pilot after Young made a few mistakes. He quickly regrouped and managed to pull the gap back to Anthony.

Ben Young: “As soon as I got on the back on Dave’s rear wheel the skies opened up with massive down pour.”

By the 9th lap Young had worked his way up to 7th place. With one lap remaining of the 12 lap feature the heavy rain had not only triggered off-track excursions for a few of the top runners but also near zero visibility for all of the Supersport riders.

Young would eventually make it past Anthony to grab 3rd however due to the extreme lack of visibility he had to dial it back to ensure he would finish the race with some solid points.

Young would cross the finish line in 4th earning 13 points for himself and the RoadRace Factory team in the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport championship.

Ben Young: “I really wanted to see my RoadRace Factory Yamaha R6 on the podium. Sadly I had vision problems during the heavy down pour but, we brought it home! Massive thanks to the whole RoadRace Factory team and every person involved, you all rock!”


The season preview show, which sets the stage for the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series, is set to air on CBS Sports Network for the first time on Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. (Eastern) with a second airing that night at 11:30 p.m. (Eastern).

The opening round of the series from Texas will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern) with replays on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) and on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. (Eastern). Please check your local listings for more information.

Young will be back in action when the MotoAmerica series heads to Road Atlanta this coming weekend.

Young is proud to represent his personal sponsors; Scot-Build Developments Inc., Tim Hortons (Sudbury), AXO America and Bell Helmets.

To connect with Ben Young visit: http://www.fogi.us , on Twitter: @bcyoung86, and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing
 
To learn more about the RoadRace Factory team visit: http://www.roadracefactory.com, on twitter: @RoadRaceFactory and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoadRaceFactory
 
Corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available with Ben Young, a team member of RoadRace Factory, one of the most visible and marketable teams in the MotoAmerica paddock. Contact: Scott at: benyoungracing @ hotmail.com or Mike at: motorsports @ infinetdesigns.com for more information.
 

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Young Racing Towards a Cure in Support of Laps 4 MD

As Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month concludes Canadian resident Ben Young, who competes in the British Superbike Championship (BSB) with Team WD40, is proud to announce his participation in the Laps 4 MD fundraising initiative in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Celebrating 60 years of progress Muscular Dystrophy Canada supports people affected by muscular dystrophy and related muscle diseases. Together, these rare conditions are referred to as “neuromuscular disorders.” Neuromuscular disorders are a group of diseases that weaken the body’s muscles.



In support of the Laps 4 MD “Race for the Cure”, Collingwood-based custom home builder and longtime sponsor Scot-Build Developments Inc. will donate $2 per lap completed in the Top-15 by Young in the remaining two rounds of British Superbike Championship at the Silverstone GP, 03-05 October and Brands Hatch GP, 17-19 October.

Young earned his best finish of the season so far with 12thplace finish the last time he raced at Silverstone and followed up this result with a 14th place finish at Donington Park earlier in September.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Ben to the Laps 4 MD family of racers and greatly appreciate his and his sponsor Scot-Build Developments’ support! Ben will not only be our first international racer he’ll be the first motorcycle rider to race towards a cure on behalf of Laps 4 MD.” said Laps 4 MD founder Brad Miller

Young will join Laps 4 MD racers NASCAR Canadian Tires Series driver Joey McColm and Canadian Auto Dirt Track Race Shelby Mills who have supported this initiative this season.

“Its an honour to help support Laps 4 MD and their efforts to help make a difference in the lives of over 50,000 Canadians affected by neuromuscular disorders.” said Young

Young encourages Canadian fans to learn more about Laps 4 MD by following @LAPS4MD on Twitter and on Facebook at facebook.com/Laps4MD . Canadians can also learn more about Muscular Dystrophy Canada's mission is to enhance the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders at facebook.com/muscle.ca and on Twitter at @MD_Canada.

UK fans can learn more by liking: facebook.com/musculardystrophycampaign and following @TargetMD on Twitter.

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Young in the Points Again at Donington Park

Sheffield UK  -  September 9, 2014 - Coming off his recent 12th place finish at Silverstone, Ben Young continued his inspired riding at Round 9 of the MCE British Superbike Championships at Donington Park by gaining further points in the highly competitive Pirelli Superstock 1000 Championship.
 
The Friday free practice was the first time Young was under race conditions at Donington, as the only time previous was a rainy trackday in April.  Along with familiarizing himself with the track, he got up-to-speed quickly ending the session 17thfastest.

The first qualifying proved to be more rewarding as Young passed the chequered flag in 10th position - however by the time the session had concluded, he was put back to 12th.
 
“We made some changes that worked well for Q1 and managed to get our best qualifying result of the season" said Young.
 
The weather proved to be a challenge come Q2, with Young holding off on going out on track until conditions were more predictable:"When I finally went out, I only managed to complete 5 laps before I low-sided at Goddards".
 
Despite putting in a faster lap in Q2, the limited time on track meant Young qualified 21st overall.
 
Race day arrived under clear, cool skies and in front of 30,000 enthusiastic BSB fans, Young got a good start on his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX10 and got a good run into the first corner.
 
After adjusting to the cool track temperatures Young felt more comfortable and became engaged in a battle with James Egan, Mike Booth and Dave Johnson throughout most of the race.
 
On the penultimate lap, Young was part of a group who were fighting for 14th position, and the last of the championship points. Young and Johnson were leading the pack, but forced each other wide going into turn one, leaving a gap for Egan and Booth to make a challenge.
 
The battle ended on the exit of turn two with Johnson making contact with Booth, who then slid off, narrowly avoiding contact with Young at over 100 mph. This caused a red flag situation which ended the race and in which the results went back a lap meaning Young finished an admirable 14th position. Young stated after the race: “Egan and I didn't feel or see anything! It was mega close and I’m really happy to hear Dave was okay.  I would like to thank the team for giving me a great bike this weekend. I can't wait to get to Silverstone, October 3rd`5th
 
Young will be returning to Canada this week, then heading out to compete in the final AMA Go-Pro Daytona SportBike Championship on board the Tim Hortons (Sudbury)/Team WD-40 Yamaha R6 at the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown presented by iON at New Jersey Motorsport Park.
 
To stay up to date with Team WD-40 -
Twitter: @GRMotoSport

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Young Earns First Points of BSB Season With A 12th At Silverstone

This past weekend Scottish-born / Canadian resident Ben Young earned his first points of the British Superbike (BSB) Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship season. He finished 12th with a inspired ride aboard his #40 GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 ZX10 at Silverstone, UK.

This past weekend MotoGP, the World’s premier road racing championship, visited the historic Silverstone circuit, one of the fastest tracks on the MotoGP calendar. The British Superbike (BSB) Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship was included as a support class of this prestigious event.



Heading into Silverstone Young’s highest Superstock finish to-date was a hard-fought 16th place which he achieved after an incredible start from 30th at Brands Hatch.

Challenged with finding a balance between riding style and suspension setup, Young was delighted to hear that Jon Cornwell from Ohlins Canada was flying over to assist Young and team. Having worked with Young in his AMA championship exploits, Cornwell was there to assist Young secure points which had eluded him in the first half of the BSB Pirelli National Superstock 1000 season.

Arriving on the Thursday Young and Team WD-40’s crew got to work quickly getting their garage at Silverstone sorted for Friday’s Free Practice session that saw Young earn 28th quickest of the session. With room for improvement, Team WD-40’s crew and their guest Ohlins suspension specialist quickly got to work.

“My first practice started out okay. I didn't push too hard as I was initially focused on learning the track. When I came in to the pits I found out where I ended up and was quite pleased.” said Young

In the first of the two qualifying sessions Young gradually improved his times achieving 22nd in the session.

Team WD-40’s Superstock 1000 pilot added: “In Q1 we made some changes to the gearing to help my straightaway speed. In Q2 we made another gearing change as well as suspension changes. I came in halfway through the session with my steering damper coming off. The team managed to quickly get that fixed and got me back out.”

On the final qualifying lap Young was up in his first sector but down on his second. He gained .5 of a second in the final half lap achieving his fast lap of the session earning him 19th on the grid for Sunday’s BSB Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship race.

Team WD-40’s Superstock pilot got off the line well but got pushed out wide in the first corner. Getting his tires up to temperature Young chose to play it safe for the first lap.

Confident in his set up Young began his charge forward and began to battle with Johnny Blackshaw. Now in front of Blackshaw Young managed to catch and eventually pass Victor Cox.

Closing in on Dom Usher the safety car came triggering a restart. On the restart Usher managed to make a few passes and get ahead of Young. Making a pass on Gavin Hunt with two laps to go and ahead of Cox by a bike length, Young would cross the finish line in 12th earning his first Superstock 1000 points of the season for Team WD-40.

“I’m over the moon about my results as well as for my team and sponsors. I’m focused on keeping the momentum going as we roll into Donington Park this coming weekend. I want to thank good friends Zach Herrin, Moto2 rider Josh Herrin, his fiancé Teesha Kitterman and Jon Cornwell for their incredible support this weekend!” said Young.

To stay up to date with Team WD-40 this season visit: www.teamwd40.com, and connect with the team via Twitter: @GRMotoSport and on Facebook: search ‘GR Motosport’

To connect with Ben Young visit: www.fogi.us , on Twitter: @bcyoung86 , and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing

Ben Young is proud to represent;
Tim Hortons (Sudbury), Scot-Build Developments Inc., AXO and Arai Helmets

Team Partners
Stauff UK, Cargolink Express, L&A Reinforcements, Tim Hortons, Scot-Build Developments Inc., Lexelle, Amtech, Optimum Fleet Management, F&G Commercials, 3 Squared, Signsxtra

Technical Partners
Dymag Wheels, Kawasaki, Scorpion Red Power, R&G, Dynojet UK, Swinton Motorcycles, PPG Paint, Goodridge, Pipercross, Robby Moto, NG Brake Discs, Solo Motorcycle products, Super B, STIHL, 3 Squared, Ohlins

Photo Credit: Londonbiker Snappers - londonbikers.com

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Tim Hortons (Sudbury) Backed Young Rolls onto BSB Grid with Team WD40

Thornbury Ontario, Canada / Sheffield UK  -  March 25, 2014 -  As announced yesterday Scottish-born / Canadian resident Ben Young is delighted to announce that he will contest the British Superbike 1000cc Superstock Championship aboard the #40 GR Motosport prepared Team WD-40  Kawasaki ZX-10R in the highly competitive 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championships (BSB).  


Young is honoured to continue his long-term partnership with Tim Hortons (Sudbury) franchisee Gilles Bolduc for the third straight year. Not only will 2014 be a special year for Young, Canadian coffee icon Tim Hortons will be celebrating their 50th anniversary as well.

Proudly sporting the Tim Hortons brand Young has been honing his craft racing throughout the United States in the AMA Pro Road Racing’s Daytona Sportbike class since 2011.  2013 was his best year to-date, highlighted at the opening round by an 8th place finish last March in the prestigious Daytona 200. 

Residing in Canada since 2007, Young is no stranger to racing in the UK.  He started off competing in the Scottish Minimoto Championships at the age of five then progressed to compete in the Scottish and British 125GP Championships.

Although this is a home coming of sorts for Young, the resident of Thornbury, Ontario Canada is looking forward the new challenge of riding the 1000cc machine in the British Superbike Superstock class.

Young is also honoured to continue his long-term partnerships with Aria Helmets and Scot-build Developments Inc. in his new venture abroad.  He will continue to be outfitted with the latest AXO America Indy Leather Race Suits, KK4-R Gloves and Aragon Race Boots.
  
Young’s Team WD-40 teammates include:  #7 Barry Burrell (Superbike) and #40 Tarran Mackenzie (Superstock 600).


Ben Young:  “A few opportunities to race in North America presented themselves over the off-season. However, a chance to challenge myself racing in the BSB with such an established and competitive team as Team WD-40 was a brilliant opportunity that I just had to pursue.  I'm looking forward to acclimatizing to the Kawasaki ZX-10R as quickly as possible, getting to know my teammates and the entire crew better and of course having a great year of racing. I can’t thank Brent and Gilles enough for believing in me!”
  
Young signed with Team WD-40 early in the year and was looking forward to reconnecting with fellow AMA Daytona Sportbike competitor Tommy Aquino:  “I was deeply saddened by the news of Tommy’s passing.  I watched Tommy throughout the 2013 season as I know how difficult the BSB scene is.  He was outstanding and was growing to become a major player.  I will be giving my 100% in his honour and to continue his success that he had with Brent and the team.”

Brent Gladwin: “We’re delighted to have Ben join Team WD-40 with Tommy’s recommendation and I can’t wait to get the season started.  We were impressed with Ben’s 2013 AMA Daytona Sportbike season especially his 8th place finish in last year’s Daytona 200.  The 200 is a tough race to do well in and I believe he was the top true privateer.  He has a natural talent and has obviously worked extremely hard to hone that talent; I’m pleased to have signed him”.

Gilles Bolduc:  “Over the past few years Ben has done an astounding job of representing the Tim Hortons brand throughout the Unites States. Now, he along with Team WD40 are taking the brand right across the UK.  Like many fellow Canadians I will be following his progress this season and cheering him on.”
  
The 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship will be 12 rounds and will be televised on Eurosport, Eurosport 2, ITV 1 and ITV 4 and in the U.S. and Canada online at www.velocity.com . Visitwww.britishsuperbike.com  for all the latest BSB news and visit the official British Superbike Championship Youtube channel for race Hi-Lights and interviews: www.youtube.com/user/britishsuperbike

To stay up to date with Team WD-40 this season visit: www.teamwd40.com , and connect with the team via Twitter: @GRMotoSport and on Facebook: search ‘GR Motosport’
To connect with Ben Young visit: www.fogi.us , on Twitter: @bcyoung86 , on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and Kiltr: kiltr.com/ben-young-racing

Team Partners
STAUFF, Cargolink Express, L&A Reinforcements, Tim Hortons, Optimum Fleet Management, Scott Build, Amtech, LEXELLE.com, Highlea Homes, F&G Commercials, 3 Squared, Signsxtra

Technical Partners
Kawasaki, Scorpion Red Power, Dynojet UK, Swinton Motorcycles, R&G racing, PPG Paint, Goodridge, Pipercross, Solo Motorcycle products, Super B, Dymag Wheels,

Photo Credit: (Courtesy of Team WD-40 / GR Motosport)

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Canadian made Hindle Exhaust backs Ben Young

Canadian-made Hindle Exhaust Systems and Canadian AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike competitor Ben Young team up for a new partnership for the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season.

Founded by Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee and Canadian National Superbike Champion and top-ranked AMA racer Lang Hindle, Hindle Exhaust Systems have become a worldwide leader in aftermarket exhaust systems.

Over 35 years of research and development have led to systems that yield significant horsepower gains and weight reduction for the street and the track and Hindle Exhaust Systems are now known as international frontrunners in performance, quality and innovation.  Materials used in the construction of their exhausts come from North American sources, with the highest quality standards. Currently Hindle Exhaust Systems houses their manufacturing facility in Port Perry, Ontario, Canada.  All designs and manufacturing are done in-house on various state-of-the-art machines.

“There are almost no words to explain how I feel about being associated with a National treasure like Lang Hindle. It is an honour to represent Hindle Exhaust Systems this season and having Lang’s experience to draw upon is invaluable” said Young on the partnership.

Hindle is a family-run business with Lang’s son Lee heading up the daily operations as Director of Operations and daughter Alison overseeing Marketing and Customer Relations. (Pictured left to right: Lee Hindle, Ben Young, Alison Hindle)

“We connected with Ben’s passion, skill and the professionalism he has shown over the past few years and we feel our partnership with him will elevate the Hindle brand and help us connect with motorcycle enthusiasts in Canada, the US and overseas.” stated Lee Hindle, Director of Operations.

Young’s #86 Yamaha YZF-R6 has already been fitted with Hindle Exhaust’s super lightweight YZF626SS stainless steel full system with a TGPR122EV Evolution muffler in preparation for the upcoming Daytona 200, AMA Pro Road Racing GoPro Daytona SportBike season-opener at the legendary Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida - March 14-16, 2013.

To learn more about Hindle Exhaust Systems and where they are available visit:
www.hindle.com, www.facebook.com/HindleExhaust and on twitter at twitter.com/HindleExhaust (@HindleExhaust)

To stay up-to-date on Ben Young’s season, visit www.FOGI.us or follow Ben on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and at his NEW Twitter address @bcyoung86


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Kick Energy Drink sponsors Ben Young for 2013 season


As announced at this weekend’s North American International Motorcycle Supershow Canadian road racer Ben Young is excited to announce a new partnership with UK-based KICK Energy Drink for the 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike season.  KICK Energy Drink is owned by Global Brands Limited in the United Kingdom and distributed in the US by Streamwood, IL's Dolce Beverage Company LLC.

Canadian-based Young, just coming off of a successful debut in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship, and KICK Energy are both originally from the UK and share a passion to excel in the U.S.

“We think that this is a great opportunity to get the KICK Energy name out there in a very cool environment and sport! We look forward fueling Ben’s continuing success and developing this partnership into something that can be expand down the road.” said Courtney Voss, Dolce Beverage Group, Marketing & PR Manager.

KICK Energy Drink is one of the fastest growing products in its sector in Europe and debuted in the United States in 2011. KICK is lightly carbonated, features energizing properties and an excellent taste profile. KICK’s healthier formulation includes vitamin B6, B12 and Pantothenic acid (an essential B vitamin) and KICK’s use of three natural sweeteners (instead of high fructose corn syrup) separate KICK from the competition.

Enthusiastic about the opportunity Young stated:"Because of what’s in KICK, and what isn’t, it's the ideal energy drink for me and our crew to ‘Stay in the Game’ during each race weekend!  I’m proud that the Dolce Beverage Company has placed their trust in me and the BYR team to kick-start KICK Energy Drink’s introduction to AMA Pro Road Racing’s fans and the motorcycling community.” 

KICK Energy is becoming a national brand quickly. In early 2013, KICK Energy will become a part of 411 new Wal-Mart store locations adding to the large number of Wal-Mart locations in Illinois that KICK Energy is already a part of. In March, KICK Energy will also be welcomed into all Meijer Grocery locations.

Follow KICK Energy Drink on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KickEnergyNorthAmerica and on Twitter at @KICKEnergyUSA.

To stay up-to-date on Ben Young, visit www.FOGI.us  or follow Ben on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing  and at his NEW Twitter address @bcyoung86

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Young signs with DUA Motorsports Bodywork


Canadian road racer Ben Young is excited to announce a new partnership with Toronto-based DUA Motorsports Bodywork for the 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike season.

DUA Motorsports specializes in sport bike fairings and carbon fiber parts constructed from a proprietary blend of quality high-strength premium fiberglass, cloths and resins. That combined with years of development, attention to detail, a stellar finish and ease of use make for an unbeatable combination.


As a road racer himself Rahul Dua, President and Founder of DUA Motorsports, wanted develop a new standard for aftermarket bodywork and based on the feedback from racers competing at the regional and national level in Canada this goal has been achieved. This past year Dua felt that it was time to grow his brand and develop opportunities throughout North America.

“I’ve been following Ben’s career since he raced GP125’s in Canada and the US. When it was decided to introduce DUA Motorsports Bodywork to the American market I couldn’t think of anyone else who I’d rather have as our ambassador south of the border.”  said Rahul Dua, President and Founder of DUA Motorsports.

Young, coming off a successful AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike rookie season was very pleased with the opportunity stated: “I’m honored that Rahul entrusted me and BYR to be their first team to introduce DUA Motorsports Bodywork to America through our presence in the AMA Pro Road Racing series.

The resident of Thorbury Ontario will have DUA Motorsports Bodywork on display at the North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW, January 4th - 6th, 2013. Young will debut his new DUA Motorsports Bodywork on his #86 Yamaha YZF-R6 at the legendary Daytona 200 at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida - March 14-16, 2013.

For more information about DUA Motorsports visit www.DUAMotorsports.com, on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/DuaMotorsports or on Twitter: @duamotorsports

To stay up-to-date on Ben Young, visit www.FOGI.us or follow Ben on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and at his NEW Twitter address @bcyoung86


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Ben Young Video

In this video Scottish-Canadian AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike racer Ben Young talks about how he got started in road racing as well as AMA Pro Road Racing, the US-based professional road racing series which he competes in.

Coming off an impressive rookie AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike season Canadian road racer Ben Young has recently created a short video where he not only talks about how he got started in road racing but also discusses the sport he is passionate about as well as the AMA Pro Road Racing series that he competes in.

Introducing Ben Young:

Check out the video HERE.



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Young Wraps Up Rookie Season On A High Note At NOLA


AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike racer Ben Young wrapped up his rookie season this past weekend at the final round of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, LA with a class-best finish of 12th place on Saturday and a 17th on Sunday.

This was the inaugural visit to NOLA Motorsports  Park’s 2.75 mile course for the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series. Scottish-Canadian Ben Young set some impressive lap times during Friday morning’s first free practice session however, Young was lacking confidence in front-end feel on the #86 BYR/FOGI Racing Yamaha R6 machine. Suspension and gearing changes were in order before the first qualifying session.

“The gearing helped a bunch. We ran the same Dunlop tires from this morning for the first half of the session then we changed the rear and put a new medium on it.”  said Young. “I did my fastest lap on the last lap with 5 laps on the new rear and about at least 35 laps on the front which started to slide on the closing laps.”

After the first qualifying session Young was 24th fastest and would wind up 22nd on the grid for the weekend’s doubleheader after the second qualifying session.

In Saturdays AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race Young got a great start and began his charge towards the top fifteen.  The race was only into the third lap when it was red flagged due to a dramatic two-rider crash in Turn 6.  Luckily both riders were uninjured; however the red flag forced riders to the pits for about 15 minutes before the competitors could restart.

Young got another impressive start and battled right to the end crossing the line in 12th – which was a season-best finish for the young pilot from Thornbury Ontario. With the success of the first race Young was determined to improve on his result in the final race of the season on Sunday.

Again from 22nd on the grid, Young got another great start and quickly gained positions moving into 13th place in the final AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race of the season.  Battling for 12th for most of the race he was followed closely by a group of five riders hunting him down for his position.  After dicing back and forth within the tightly packed group of riders Young slipped back to eventually cross the line in a very creditable 15th position.  Young then learned that he was to be penalized 5 seconds for crossing the white boundary line on the exit of the final turn. This setback would see him finish the day officially in 17th place.

Young was asked about his weekend; Ben explained, “I am so pleased with our results this weekend. We’ve worked so hard throughout the entire season and to almost break into the top ten is a nice way to end the season.  I was devastated in the second race by being penalized for crossing the white line on the final turn.  It was the first time I crossed the line over the whole weekend and it was because I was riding so hard to keep ahead of the guys behind me, I went in slightly too hard and had to run wide.  If I closed the throttle to keep inside the line the riders behind would have ran into me, I had no choice.  I hope they get it sorted out for next season.”

With a successful rookie season now under his belt Young is already talking with marketing partners and exploring opportunities within the AMA paddock to contend the 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship.

Father and BYR team manager Scott Young was asked about their future plans:  “Ben has developed very well this season and he’s achieved the goals that were setout at the beginning of the season.  In 2011 we decided that this season Ben would enter the Daytona SportBike class to develop his talents and learn all the AMA circuits that the series visits.  It was unfortunate that we had to miss 3 rounds this season due to commitments that were out of our control.”

“For the 2013 season we are currently scouting opportunities to align Ben with an existing and proven team within the AMA paddock. Having a full team around him including full-time technical/mechanical support and teammates will allow him to learn and challenge himself to continue the impressive growth he has shown this season.” added Scott Young.“We’ve had a great season! We’re looking forward to being a part of the AMA Pro Road Racing paddock in 2013. Thank you to the AMA staff, organizers, the tracks and corner workers for providing a safe and exciting series. To compete at this level takes support from so many wonderful people and outstanding organizations. I must also thank the many encouraging family members, fans and sponsors that make all this happen!” added the young racer.


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Young Battles Limited Track Time To Break Into the Top 15 at Laguna Seca


BYR/FOGI Racing’s Ben Young battled through limited track time due to unusual weather conditions during qualifying at this past weekend’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Young’s determination and adaptability to a new track earned him a 15th place finish - his best finish of the season.

After missing AMA Pro Road Racing’s 7th round at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH, the Thornbury Ontario resident was looking forward to his first ever visit to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s legendary 2.238-mile natural road course.  Three of the four classes that make up the AMA Pro Road Racing classes were featured alongside the international stars of MotoGP as part of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

Young was able to attend the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca thanks to a supportive group of local contractors that contributed towards the team attending Round 8 of the AMA Pro Road Racing season.

The local contractors that stepped-up to further Young’s development in North America’s premier motorcycle racing series included:  Viceroy Homes (Collingwood), J H McNabb Construction Ltd, Bumstead Brothers Plumbing and Heating Services, Thornbury Home Hardware, Lakeshore MGF Services Ltd., Cory Gray Drywall Systems, Creek Valley Inc, Corinthian Kitchens & Bathrooms Grey Bruce Roofing & Reno’s & Precision Septic and Earthworks.

The young Scottish-Canadian was thrilled to be finally able to experience the famed corkscrew during Friday’s first and only practice session.  Posting the 20th fastest time of the session Young was eager to get back out and lay down some faster laps during Saturdays morning’s qualifying session.

Unseasonable weather conditions and thick fog along with the strict MotoGP timelines resulted in the cancelation of Saturday’s first qualifying session. AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike’s second qualifying session did start as scheduled however a red flag left little time for Young to significantly improve his lap times. Young utilized the three laps to the best of his ability to achieve 15th fastest in the session.

In total, Young had sixty-five minutes of track time to learn one of the most technical circuits in North America. Between Friday’s practice and the second qualifying session his combined results would see him start 18th on the grid in Sunday’s 20 lap race.

In the only AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race of the weekend, Young got a good start from 18th on the grid.  BYR/FOGI Racing’s young pilot battled throughout the race with Huntley Nash, Aaron Gobert and Michael Beck.  Young raced hard right to the line passing Nash and Tommy Aquino on the final lap in the first corner but ran wide in the last corner allowing Aquino by. Young would then regain the spot from Aquino to take the checkered flag in 15th position, his highest finish to-date in this highly competitive championship.

Young was asked about the race and the Laguna Seca track: "The track is brilliant, better than I imagined it would ever be.  I had a great race and I’m very pleased with finishing 15th.  I’m looking forward to the next round at New Jersey Motorsports Park.  The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix is a great event and it gave me a chance to catch up with a few of our season-long sponsors; Akrapovic, Motul and Arlen Ness. It was great talking to the guys and to thank them in person!"


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Young’s Progress Hindered by Heat and Electrical Gremlins at Barber


Coming off his best finish to-date in the AMA Pro Go Pro Daytona Sportbike class, a 16th place at Road America, Ben Young battled grueling high temperatures and an electrical gremlin this past weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.

In Friday afternoon’s first practice session Young seemed to be adapting reasonably well to the increasingly slick track conditions posting a 17th fastest time with a 1:31.958. However, adapting to the heat and humidity proved to be an ongoing challenge.

The young rider commented on the unseasonably hot weather. “High heat and humidity really hit us hard. I couldn't drink water fast enough!”

Five minutes into the first qualifying session the Canadian-Scottish pilot found himself hanging off the side of his Yamaha YZF-R6 after the rear tire broke loose. The bike ghost rode itself for about 150 feet and gently fell on its side. Young got up and ran as fast as he could and quickly picked up his machine. He was able to ride it back to the pits where it was determined that no major damage had been done, just a few minor scrapes. Young returned to the track and managed to salvage 20th fastest.

During Saturday morning’s second and final AMA Pro Go Pro Daytona Sportbike qualifying session he improved his pace earning 18th fastest of the session.

In the first race of the double-header weekend Young, starting from 18th on the grid, got a good start and quickly moved up to 16th place running behind Fernando Amantini. Running confidently for the next few laps a series of minor errors allowed three riders to pass him resulting in a 19th place finish for FOGI Racing’s apprentice.

In the second race of the weekend Young struggled with his launch off the grid however he quickly regained composure and began to improve his pace. On the 8th lap Young started to have electronic problems with his motorcycle and slowly began to lose positions. Young retired from Race 2 on lap 15 of the 21 lap race.

“In the first race I made a few mistakes letting other riders get by me, no ones fault but my own.” said Young. “In race two the bike was running pretty good and I was feeling about the best I had all weekend but it seems the ECU went into safe mode ending our day early. I did have lots of fun riding and we'll be back stronger for the next round.” added Young.

Up next for the BYR/FOGI Racing team will be the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH  - July 13 – 15.


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Young has best finish in season to date at Road America


BYR/FOGI Racing’s Ben Young continued his progress in the AMA Pro Road Racing Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class this past weekend earning his best finish of the season so far with a 16th place finish in the first of two races at the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. However, a mechanical setback in Sunday’s race ended his day early, halting any further progress the team had hoped to accomplish over the weekend.

Prior to Friday afternoon’s practice session it seemed that the unseasonably cool temperatures had followed the AMA Pro Road Racing series from Miller Motorsports Park to Road America. Under overcast skies Young took to the track for the first practice session earning 18th fastest with a time of 2:26.356.

In the first qualifying session Young rode confident and dramatically dropped his lap times down to a 2:25.013, tentatively placing him 19th on the grid. With one more qualifying session to go Young new he could dig deeper.

In Saturday morning’s final qualifying session the young resident of Thornbury Ontario achieved 15th fastest with a best lap time of 2:23.065 placing his Scot-build Yamaha R6 15th on the grid, a personal best for the pilot in his rookie Daytona SportBike season.

In the first Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race of the weekend Young ran equally as strong as he did in the final qualifier, chasing Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries - Austin Dehaven and Turner`s Cycle Racing’s Kris Turner for most of the race. Dehaven began to pull away however in the closing laps of the race Young would pass Turner to take 16th place at the line.

Feeling confident from the previous day’s progress FOGI Racing’s young apprentice was eager to see what the second race of the weekend had in store for him and the team.

On Sunday the track conditions and weather were perfect for the racers and the fans in attendance at Road America. After the morning practice the team decided to risk changing the rear gearing to allow Young to get a better drive out the corners.

As in the first race Young was once again chasing #56  Dehaven and #38 Turner with Fernando Amantini joining the mix. Preparing to make a pass on Kris Turner, Young’s machine developed transmission problems and was forced to retire on the 8th lap.

The young Scottish-Canadian rider was asked about his weekend: "The second race was unfortunate but we had a strong weekend overall. Our bike is underpowered at present compared to the front runners. Hopefully we can rectify that and award our sponsors and the team with high-end results for the remainder of the season."

Young is looking forward to spending some time at home with family and friends before heading back out on the road for Round 6, the Triumph SuperBike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL - June 22 – 24.


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Miller Motorsports Park Up Next for Ben Young


After missing the third round of the 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing season at Infineon Raceway, BYR/FOGI Racing’s Ben Young is eager to get back in the mix this weekend as AMA Pro Road Racing returns to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele Valley, Utah for the BigM Weekend on May 26-28.

Not only will this weekend highlight the best road racing in North America, AMA Pro Road Racing will share the spotlight with the stars of the Superbike World Championship as it makes it’s only stop in North America. This particular event schedule consists of single races for each of the AMA Pro Road Racing classes. Conveniently located just 25 minutes west of Salt Lake City, this event will feature a fantastic range of activities as part of The BigM Weekend, Utah’s Memorial Day tradition, mixing motorcycles, live music and a major military tribute.

Although the young Scottish-Canadian was absent from the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sporbike grid at Infineon he kept himself busy training, and making additional improvements to his Scotbuild/Yamaha R6 as well as spending some time at a locally organized trackday at Calabogie Motorsports Park.

Collingwood-based custom home builder and long time associate sponsor Scotbuild will be featured on Young’s  #86 Yamaha R6 for not only Miller Motorsports Park’s BigM Weekend but also at the following weekend’s Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America.

“Scotbuild has been a sponsor since my 125/250 days racing in the USGPRU and this seemed like the perfect opportunity for the team to show its appreciation with a new Scotbuild-themed livery designed by The Graphix Factory.” said FOGI Racing’s young apprentice.

Young commented. “We were disappointed we missed Infineon but I can’t wait to get back out there at Miller Motorsports Park.  The last time I was at Miller I was testing the Aprilia RS125 GP machine with Veloce Racing in 2010 for the Indy wildcard entry.  I will know some of the track configuration we will be running for the Daytona Sporbike class which is a bonus.  I am very confident we will run well and give the Scotbuild livery a well deserved showing.”


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Tim Hortons-Sudbury Backed Ben Young is Ready To Roll

After months of preparation, BYR/Fogi Racing’s Ben Young is ready to roll up the rims of his Tim Hortons-Sudbury/Yamaha R6 to this coming weekend’s Daytona 200 starting grid.

The Daytona 200, known as "THE WORLD'S GREATEST MOTORCYCLE RACE", being held at the legendary Daytona International Speedway - March 17th 2012, kicks off the AMA Pro Road Racing season with a 200-mile battle on Daytona's 3.51-mile road course with top motorcycle racers from the US and around the world.

In the weeks leading up to the Daytona 200, Fogi Racing’s crew members painstakingly went over both of Young’s Tim Hortons-Sudbury/Yamaha R6  ‘A’ and ‘B’ bikes which were also treated to freshly painted and decaled Armour Bodies bodywork, courtesy of the team’s latest sponsor, The Graphix Factory.

As if the previous weeks weren’t busy enough, the young Scottish-Canadian pilot promoted the team and its partners’ participation in this world-class event through local and international media.

The Thornbury Ontario based racer will have an all-star team supporting him in the pits at the renowned Daytona International Speedway. Heading up the pit crew will be Team Manager and former British Superstock competitor Scott Young, Four Feathers Racing’s team principal and AMA racer Scotty Van Hawk, Team Sponsor and former Canadian Superbike racer Gilles Bolduc as well as Roland Riedmann, a former AMA GP250 rider.

Scott Young was asked about the upcoming event and season, “As a team, BYR/Fogi Racing we are very excited about competing in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike Championship this season.  It’s a big step for Ben but it is a vital step in the direction of his development.  Anything can happen at Daytona, it’s going to be interesting!”

For tickets to the Daytona 200 please visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.  Coverage of the Daytona 200 will be broadcast on SPEED on Saturday March 17th, staring at 2:30pm EST. Please refer to your local TV listings.  Live Timing can be accessed through the team’s website www.fogi.us , click on the AMA Live Timing icon.

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Tim Hortons (Sudbury) to be Title Sponsor of Ben Young’s Daytona 200 effort

Canadian coffee icon Tim Hortons (Sudbury) will be Ben Young Racing / Fogi Racing’s Title Sponsor for the first race of the AMA Pro Road Racing 2012 season as well as the prestigious Daytona 200, which will be held at the legendary Daytona International Raceway, Daytona Beach. Florida, USA, March 15 - 17th 2012.

18 year old Ben Young from Thornbury ON, competing in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class under the Fogi Racing Development Team banner, is extremely proud to be partnered with Tim Hortons Sudbury franchisee Gilles Bolduc.

Bolduc, a former Canadian Superbike road racer himself, saw this as an opportunity to promote one of North America's largest quick service restaurant chains through a sport he personally has a passion for and a young Scottish-Canadian rider that he feels has a tremendous future ahead of him.

Bolduc missed out on his Daytona PRO Superbike racing debut at the celebrated Daytona 200 himself back in 1986 as a rule change in engine displacement was introduced.  Bolduc stated “I couldn’t believe I would be unable to compete when the displacement changed to 750cc.  Now I have been given the chance to live vicariously through Ben’s experience.”

Bolduc added “I’ve been watching Ben’s progress for some time now; from 125cc through to the 600s.  Ben is an excellent, consistence and clean racer. I’m so pleased to be able to assist in the progress in his career.”

Young, who’s moving up to the next level of his development programme - the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class from the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class in 2011 - was asked about the opportunity, “I can’t thank Tim Hortons (Sudbury) and Gilles enough for the support.  It will be a great honour to represent the Tim Hortons brand on the bike and in the paddock as Tim Hortons is such a huge part of mine and so many others’ day-to-day life.”

For more information about Tim Hortons please visit www.timhortons.com and to keep up-to-date on the Ben Young Racing and the Fogi Racing Development Team, please visit  www.fogi.us, facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter @86BY.

Ben Young Racing and the Fogi Racing Development Team would also like to acknowledge the following companies for their support this season; Arai Helmets, Scot-build Developments, GPTech LLC, K&N Filters, EBC Brakes, Arlen Ness Racing boots, Armour Bodies, BCL Motorsports Pit Kit, Vortex Racing, RS Taichi Leathers and The North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW.

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