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Szoke looks to add to legacy in Mopar CSBK finale at CTMP

A perfect season in any sport is considered a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. The National Football League’s Miami Dolphins went 17-0 in 1972 and have been waiting for someone to match them ever since.
     
But at this weekend’s doubleheader final round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Jordan Szoke will be bidding for his third perfect season, and second in succession, in addition to claiming an 11th Canadian Superbike title.
     
The 37-year-old racer from Lynden, Ont. went unbeaten for the first time in 2010 before running the table again in 2015, capping off his remarkable year with a doubleheader sweep at CTMP.
     
This season Szoke has victories in all five Mopar CSBK races aboard the Mopar Express Lane / Motovan / BMW Motorrad BMW S1000RR and enjoys a commanding 51-point lead, 268-217, over Kenny Riedmann heading into this weekend’s doubleheader.
    
A weekend sweep would not only assure Szoke of his third perfect campaign, but also give him 59 Canadian Superbike race wins and 14 at CTMP, both all-time records.
     
However, with two points paying races on tap this weekend and 50 points for a race win, it would not take much for Riedmann to turn the tables on the defending champion. The 24-year-old from Belfountain, Ont. has finished second to Szoke in each race this year and led most of the most recent round at Atlantic Motorsport Park.
     
The rider of the Sturgess Cycle / Liqui Moly / Joe Rocket Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja came within a turn of ending Szoke’s perfect 2015 season at CTMP last year and will be looking to close the deal this time around.
     
Another rider capable of upsetting Szoke is top BCR Pro Rookie of the Year contender Ben Young. The 23-year-old from Collingwood, Ont. lies third in the point standings with 186 points on the Tim Horton’s / Scot-Build Developments / BMW Motorrad BMW S1000RR and has finished on the podium four times this year.
     
Also worth watching will be Warman, Sask.’s Bodhi Edie. The 20-year-old rider of the Trip-Dub Racing / Z1 Cycle Tech / Birkett Freight Solutions Yamaha YZF-R1 has been out of action most of the summer after a qualifying crash at Autodrome St-Eustache in June, but is due back at CTMP this weekend and scored his only career Canadian Superbike win on the high-speed 3.9km (2.459-mile) 10-turn track in 2013.
     
There is also a tight battle for fourth in the Mopar CSBK standings, with only 11 points separating the three contenders. Beaconsfield, Que.’s Michael Leon enjoyed a season-high fourth place finish at AMP on the Royal Distributing Race Team / BMW Motorrad / Pro 6 Cycle BMW S1000RR. Riding the MotoNation / Laval Moto Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja, Mirabel, Que. rider Tremblay has a history of strong results at CTMP, while Mississauga, Ont.’s Daley had his most competitive weekend of the season at AMP with the OneSpeed Yamaha YZF-R1M.
     
A highlight of Friday’s action will be the debut of special Dunlop Qualifying Tires for the Dalton Timmis Insurance Pole Position Shootout, as riders make an assault on Brett McCormick’s five-year-old track record of one minute, 20.866 seconds.

In other doubleheader action at CTMP this weekend, Riedmann is in position to claim his third straight Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike title on his Kawasaki ZX-6R. He comes into the two races with a massive 98-point lead, 220-122, over rookie Pro Alex Coelho of Brossard, Que. on the Black Sheep Racing / Liqui Moly / A.G. Graphique Kawasaki ZX-6R, while former two-time Superbike champion Michael Taylor of Toronto is just a further point back in third riding the Triumph Canada / GP Bikes / Goderich Toyota Triumph 675.


Last year’s co-winner of the BCR Pro Rookie of the Year Award Tomas Casas of Peterborough, Ont. has two podium finishes on the Peterborough Cycle Salvage / Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6.


Jean-Marc Bilger of Montreal comes to CTMP leading the Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike class on his BMW S1000RR, while Ottawa’s Chris Brent tops the Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike class with a Honda CBR600RR.


In the closest points battle, Ile Perrot, Que.’s Eric Quintin enjoys a slender one-point advantage over Windsor, N.S. rider Brandon Pemberton in the Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec National Series.

Competition begins on Friday with qualifying. Feature races in all five national classes will be held Saturday and Sunday.

For more information and to order tickets, call the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm ET), visit online at www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com, or email info@ctmpark.com.

2016 Point Standings
Mopar Pro Superbike: 1. Jordan Szoke (BMW) 268; 2. Kenny Riedmann (Kawasaki) 217; 3. Ben Young (BMW) 186; 4. Michael Leon (BMW) 149; 5. Sebastien Tremblay (Kawasaki), Trevor Daley (Yamaha) 138
Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike: 1. Kenny Riedmann (Kawasaki) 220; 2. Alex Coelho (Kawasaki) 122; 3. Michael Taylor (Triumph) 121
Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike: 1. Jean-Marc Bilger (BMW) 175; 2. Chris Brent (Honda) 142; 3. Jacob Shaw-O’Leary (Honda) 121
Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike: 1. Chris Brent (Honda) 188; 2. Jacob Shaw-O’Leary (Honda) 139; 3. Eric Richard (Honda) 99
Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec National Series: 1. Eric Quintin (Kawasaki) 369; 2. Brandon Pemberton (Kawasaki) 368; 3. Jared Walker (Kawasaki) 293

Recent Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Superbike National Wins
2015 – Jordan Szoke (BMW S1000RR) / Jordan Szoke (BMW S1000RR)
2014 – Frank Trombino (Aprilia RSV1000) / Jodi Christie (Honda CBR1000RR)
2013 – Bodhi Edie (BMW S1000RR) / Alex Welsh (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
2012 – Kevin Lacombe (BMW S1000RR) / Alex Welsh (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
2011 – Brett McCormick (BMW S1000RR) / Jordan Szoke (Kawasaki ZX-10R)

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Fast Facts
…The year-end payout for the four national classes at CTMP (excluding the Kawasaki Ninja 300 Series) will be a total of $64,000, 20 percent more than last season, with the biggest single payout going to the Mopar Pro Superbike champ at $10,000. The Kawasaki class is new this season.

…The only win for an Aprilia in CSBK competition came courtesy of Frank Trombino in a wet race one at CTMP in 2014. It was his third career victory at the track, after he had scored back-to-back wins on a Yamaha in 2000 and 2001. Ducati scored its sole CSBK feature success at CTMP in 1995, with Jeff Sneyd aboard.

…Jordan Szoke has swept the doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park four times. Pascal Picotte of Granby, Que. also managed the feat, pulling it off twice.

Provisional Weekend Schedule

Friday, August 1912:45 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Dalton Timmis Insurance Pro Superbike Elimination Qualifying
1:20 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike Qualifying
1:55 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. -- Dalton Timmis Insurance Pro Superbike Top 10 Qualifier
2:30 – 2:55 p.m. – Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike Qualifying
3:35 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Qualifying



Saturday, August 2011:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. – Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec Series Qualifying
1:00 p.m. – Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Race (14 laps)
Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike Race (12 laps)
Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec Series Race (10 laps)
3:00 p.m. – Mopar Pro Superbike Race (20 laps)
Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike Race (12 laps)



Sunday, August 211:00 p.m. – Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Race (14 laps)
Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike Race (12 laps)
Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec Series Race (10 laps)
3:00 p.m. – Mopar Pro Superbike Race (20 laps)
Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike Race (12 laps)

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Dunlop announces 'Q' Tire for Mopar CSBK at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

The final events in the 2016 Mopar CSBK Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ont., August 19-21, will feature the use of soft option Dunlop Qualifying slick tires. For Dalton Timmis Insurance SuperPole Qualifying at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Friday afternoon,August 19, a special second timed session will allow the top 10 riders in the Mopar Pro Superbike class to utilize the unique rear slick super soft ‘Q tire’ for their timed laps.

The special Dunlop Qualifying tires will be recognizable to fans by their sidewalls decorated with a broad yellow stripe.



“It’s been five years since we last used Q tires in the Series,” explained CSBK Series Technical Boss Fred Benjamin. “We have slightly tweaked the August 19schedule to make it easier for the top Pros to get set for the final 15-minute SuperPole session. In the second session for Dalton Timmis Insurance Pole, our top guns will have an added advantage around CTMP.”

At 2016 CSBK rounds, the Dalton Timmis Insurance SuperPole session establishes the top 10 positions on the starting grid for Saturday and Sunday’s Feature races, as well as awarding $2,000 in prize money to the top five and a Rockwell watch to the winner of DTI Pole Position.

Qualifying and each Pro Superbike race are covered in a 30-minute segment, broadcast on TSN.

“There is certainly an art, or a skill set, to getting the most out of a Qualifying tire,” explained Sandy Noce, owner of Dunlop Canadian National race tire distributor Pro 6. “You only get one or two laps at the most that provide the best from that ‘Q’ tire, but those laps could be as much as a second faster than what a good rider can achieve with a regular race tire.”

The special Dunlop slick ‘Q’ tire will be released to the top 10 riders after the opening portion of Dalton Timmis Insurance SuperPole, giving those racers sufficient time to place the new tire in warmers and adjust their motorcycle as they see fit for the increased traction.
“The Qualifying tire is not a race tire, and does not substitute for a race choice in our Dunlop slick line-up,” continued former Pro racer Noce. “This is something special, celebrating our third season as spec tire with the CSBK tour, and offering our best competitors the chance to add an extra dimension to their Qualifying efforts.”

In 2015, pole position for the Pro Superbike races at CTMP was taken by the Hindle Yamaha YZF-R1 of Alex Welsh of Uxbridge, Ont. Welsh turned a best ‘Q’ lap of 1:21.852 around the 4.03km-long, 10-turn, formerly-known-as-Mosport venue.

In the 2015 races, double winner Jordan Szoke of Lynden, Ont. set the fastest race time with his 2015 title-winning Express Lanes/Motovan BMW S1000RR. In Sunday’s second Pro Superbike round of the CTMP event, Szoke turned a fastest lap at 1:21.677 on his way to a perfect, seven-victory season.


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BMW racer Jordan Szoke remains unbeaten in Canada.

Canadian BMW racer Jordan Szoke (CA) continues his impressive winning streak in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK). After winning the opening race of the 2016 season in Shannonville (CA), the Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team rider also celebrated the victories in the second and the third races of the year, held at St. Eustache (CA) last weekend. Including last season, when he had a clean sweep with seven wins in seven races, Szoke has now won ten races in a row on his BMW S 1000 RR. In the championship standings, he extended his lead to 162 points with an advantage of 33 points. With his latest double win, Szoke also improved from 42nd to sixth place in the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.

There was more reason to celebrate for the BWM Motorrad Motorsport community in St. Eustache, as Ben Young (GB / Ben Young Racing) also raced onto the podium on his BMW S 1000 RR in both heats, finishing third on both occasions. The strong result for the BMW riders was completed by Michael Leon (CA / Royal Distributing Racing Team), who was fifth in both races, and Samuel Trépanier (CA), who claimed two eighth places.


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Victory Racing's Empluse RR & Project 156 Take The Checkered Flad at Pikes Peak

Showcasing its Modern American Muscle powered both by gas and electric motors, Victory Motorcycles® is proud to announce that Victory Racing’s® electric Empulse® RR ridden by Cycle World’s Road Test Editor Don Canet and gas-powered Project 156™ piloted by Jeremy Toye accelerated away from the competition to win their respective classes at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) and take second and third overall.”
 
“The hair-raising moment of my run came in a fast 100-mph sweeper approaching Upper Gravel Pit, which is well up the course. I slithered across an oil stain at the apex, then again crossing over the double yellow centerline. In a heart-stopping moment I ran out of road and was off on the dirt shoulder at high speed. Luck was on my side as I stood the bike upright and coasted along looking for the best spot to cut back onto the stepped pavement edge. The excursion completely killed my drive through the following flat-out right and straight that follows,” Canet says about his winning run on the Empulse RR in the PPC-Electric Motorcycle Class. My hope for a King of the Mountain top time evaporated, however, as the downtime allowed the road to dry prior to the Heavyweight class contenders making their run, there's almost no way to fully prepare for the track conditions you'll see in the early morning runs.”
 
In the overall PPIHC motorcycle competition, Canet and the Empulse RR placed 2nd while Toye and Project 156 placed 3rd, both closely following veteran racer Corsican Bruno Langlois and his Kawasaki Z 1000 who benefitted from a dryer and warmer course later in the morning due to a series of red flags.

 
Canet and his Empulse RR clocked a time of 10:17.813 with an average speed of 69.9 mph through the 156-turn course that takes racers from 9,390 feet above sea level to the mountain’s summit of 14,115 feet above sea level. The 12.42-mile course is split into four sections. Canet zipped through the flowing section #1 in 1:50.531, steep section #2 in 2:26.924, technical section #3 in 2:53.568 and longer, high elevation section #4 in 3:06.790.
 
Toye rode Project 156 to the Pikes Peak summit in a time of 10.19.777 with an average speed of 69.7 mph. He and his Project 156 bellowed through section #1 in 1:52.520, section #2 in 2:27.213, section #3 in 2:53.375 and section #4 in 3:06.669.
 

“I think it’s a great month for Victory Motorcycles and a great month for America!” says Brian Wismann, Victory Racing Team Manager. “Imagine our brand first taking on the world’s best at the Isle of Man and achieving a podium there, then a couple of weeks later taking on the other epic race on the planet here at Pikes Peak and putting two bikes on the podium – one gas and one electric. I’d just like to really thank all of our sponsors in helping us race these bikes to the clouds in such a stellar way. Victory Motorcycles puts out a great team. I just want to let everyone know that everything we do at Isle of Man and everything we do at Pikes Peak makes it into our production bikes and that that is why we race.”
 
Victory Motorcycles was the only brand at this year’s PPIHC to race both electric and gas-powered race vehicles.
 
A race-prepped version of the Victory Empulse® TT, the Victory Empulse RR contended Pikes Peak to build upon the legacy of the motorcycle that took 3rd Place in last year’s SES TT Zero Challenge on the Isle of Man with rider Lee Johnston. It is a completely different bike than the Victory RR that achieved a 2nd Place podium finish with William Dunlop at this year’s recent Isle of Man competition.
 
While the base frame and overall design of the Empulse RR are essentially the same as the production Empulse TT, a more aerodynamic and lighter monocoque carbon-fiber subframe is used and the battery, controller, and Parker Hannifin-sourced motor have been upgraded with repackaged battery cells offering more capacity, new motor windings and an updated control system and wire harness. Visual differences from the version raced last year in the SES TT include an upright riding position, reduction of bodywork and the addition of hand guards.
 
Project 156 is a custom race bike built by Roland Sands Designs to serve as a test bed for a prototype engine Victory race technicians developed to analyze the limits of the powerplant that now propels the new Victory Octane™ production motorcycle.
 
Garnering what was learned from Project 156, the production version of the 1200cc Octane engine was born. Canet placed well in qualifying aboard Project 156 in 2015 but was unable to finish the run only a few miles from the top of the mountain due to a fueling issue. This year, the bike’s engine cooling, lubrication system and fuel system had been massaged to better deal with the dramatic changes in the elevation of the course – particularly at lower RPM to further help Toye squirt out of the tight switchbacks.
 


“Victory Motorcycles made history at Pikes Peak this past weekend, proving its Modern American Muscle with both electric and gas-powered motorcycles on what’s often referred to as America’s mountain,” says Rod Krois, General Manager of Victory Motorcycles. “The Empulse RR and Project 156 have proven to be important test platforms for Victory engineering and – as their results on the mountain show – are sure to pay dividends in future products.”
 
“Two years ago we didn’t have anything to compete with at the hill here,” says Nate Secor, Marketing Manager for Victory Motorcycles. “Now, having two of the three spots in the overall, all of our owners and all of the fans of American motorcycling should be proud. As a brand, we’re extremely proud of all of the work the guys have done on the engineering side and with the riders for putting us in this position. It is a long way to come in two years, and I don’t think anyone else in the world has a podium at the Isle of Man and at Pikes Peak in the same month. So we’re extremely proud of that and will be excited to get back here and make it happen again.”
 
Not only racing against time and competitors, the two Victory Racing motorcycles competed against each other in an epic gas vs. electric battle dubbed “Thunder vs. Lightning.”
 
Have you been a fan of #TeamThunder or #TeamLightning? Fans of Victory Motorcycles were invited to visit the Victory Motorcycles website to cast their vote regarding which bike, Thunder or Lightning, would be fastest up the mountain and to register for a chance to win a Victory Octane or Victory Empulse TT. The motorcycle given away will be the bike that received the most number of votes.


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2016 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship

This weekend WEC presents a special double header Enduro event at a new facility near Staffordville, ON.

On Saturday Round #1 of the 2016 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship kicks off.   These events are for kids 18 years of age and younger.  The course is a World Championship style special test Enduro format that racers are accustomed. Three interesting special tests are set along the trail loop where riders are timed to the 10th of a second. The tests and transfer trail are designed to be passable and entertaining for all ability levels from beginners on 50cc motorcycles to older kids on full sized bikes.  Entry fee $30 per rider.

Sunday's event is the Mexican 500 Sprint Enduro Presented by Lang's Off Road.  This fun one off event will utilize the same special test style Enduro format as Saturday but the course will be changed to include all of the challenging terrain this fantastic property has to offer.   The course organizers have made a huge effort to put together some incredible special tests, including a long grass track in a hilly field, a large natural terrain motocross course, and a very interesting extreme test.

Any riders on full sized motorcycles can enter the Mexican 500.   Classes will be set up on race day based on rider ability.  Entry fees $50 per rider, racers must have a 2016 WEC registration which will be available at sign ($30 one time fee). Transponders will also be available at sign in $20 to rent or $40 to purchase.

Both events are completely off-road and no license plates or individual insurance is required.

For Sunday there will be over $2000 worth of prizes given away courtesy of Lang's off road.

A local food vendor will be set up both days - Hamburgers and hot dogs on Saturday and authentic Mexican food on Sunday.   All the proceeds will go to a local Mennonite Charity.   In addition a local photographer will be set up taking professional quality photos of all the participants which will be available for sale on site.

Basic camping is available for both Friday and Saturday night.

Directions - from main intersection in Staffordville (Heritage Line & Plank Rd) Go south on Plank Rd, turn right on Jackson Line, follow arrows to event.

For more WEC event information please visit our site at  www.worldendurocanada.com 


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Victory Racing elated with a 115mph TT lap on the electric Victory RR in second practice

Victory Racing elated with a 115mph TT lap on the electric Victory RR in second practice

·         William Dunlop achieves a 115.431mph lap
·         First ever sub-20 minute TT lap for Victory Racing
·         Improvements continue
·         “I’m ready to race this bike,” says William Dunlop


Victory Racing has charged forward in second practice for the SES TT Zero race with William Dunlop riding a 115.431mph lap.
He was 2.6mph faster than in first practice and just 3.3mph behind John McGuinness who posted the fastest lap time of 19:04.307 (a 118.7mph lap) compared to William’s 19:36.707.
It was also Victory Racing’s first ever sub 20-minute lap of the TT course in a week when rider Michael Dunlop broke the sub 17-minute mark in the Superbike race.
William achieved a top speed of 165mph through Crosby and 158.6mph through the Sulby speed trap. He was the fastest through the Grandstand hitting 146.1mph.
Team Manager, Brian Wismann, said: “I’m glad to be talking about speeds in the teens now, and not only are we in the teens we are now also fully below the 20 minute mark. We were also just one mph behind Bruce Anstey on the Mugen, who posted a 116.29mph lap – we are feeling very competitive.”
Subtle changes to the Victory RR bike for this practice included an improvement to the final drive gearing, a pressure change in the Metzeler RaceTec K2 tyres and a front-end suspension tweak by the team at K-Tech Suspension.
 
“We examined the data from the first practice and saw that we could improve on our corner speed,” Brian explains. “So this revised setup gave William more stability to run in faster through the corners.”

Performance in the TT Zero comes down to the initial amount of electrical energy that can be stored on-board and then it’s down to the skill of the rider to unleash this power while being mindful of how hard to push it, particularly towards the end of the lap when the dash starts to warn of low battery.

Brian adds:
“We’re certainly discovering that trying to achieve just a 1mph increase in average lap speed takes a lot of effort.”
 
Brian is one of few people in the world who has ridden many electric street and race motorcycles and he says that the Victory RR really does feel fast compared to others he’s ridden and built.
 
“Riding the Victory RR feels like you’re floating,” he enthuses. “It’s a magic carpet ride, a really fast magic carpet.”
 
“In my early testing of the bike I’d look down at the speed and see I was at 156mph, but it felt more like 120mph. You really can go fast on this and William says he has the same sensation during the first and second practices.”

William was happy with breaking the 115mph mark and achieving sub 20-minute lap. He stepped off the Victory RR and simply said: “I’m ready to race this bike now.”
 
The increase in performance this year is down to a new battery and revised electric motor made by Parker. Called the Parker GVM electric motor, it’s cylindrical in shape and sits behind the swingarm’s pivot point. The core of the motor is eight inches (0.2m) in diameter and five inches (0.13m) long and generates 175hp giving around 165hp at the rear wheel.
 
It is 97% efficient; nearly all of the electrical energy drawn from the Brammo battery is converted in to kinetic energy to drive the chain and sprocket on the rear wheel.
 
Parker has designed an internal water-cooling system for the GVM motor. It resides within the motor, rather than creating a jacket around it; this way the smaller size achieved means that the motor has a much higher power density. Data from both practices show that the electric motor and the battery are remaining at their optimum temperatures showing that the cooling system that Brammo has developed for the bike is doing its job well – on a day when temperatures at the Isle of Man reached 25°C.
 
Parker’s US-based strategic account manager, Kevin Holloway, is on the Isle of Man to watch the racing and said: “When I saw William speed back through the Grandstand I knew it had been a fast lap and when I heard he’d broke the 115mph mark I was happy for the team achieving one of its goals. Wednesday is race day and we have more to give.”
The TT Zero race takes place at 16:25 on Wednesday 8th June.


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Ducati Island Returns to Circuit of the Americas for MotoGP Weekend

Beginning April 8, thousands of Ducati fans from around the world will gather to experience Ducati Island at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin for the one-and-only MotoGP stop in the United States during the 2016 schedule.


Known as a must-stop experience for race goers, Ducati Island has grown into the largest Ducati fan activation at any MotoGP race around the world. The hugely popular Ducati Company Store, presentations by Ducati Master Technicians will all return, with Ducati’s various performance partners, including Öhlins, Pirelli, Brembo and Marchesini. The owner hospitality amenities that riders love will also be there: Ducati Welcome Center, Ducati Gear Check, Ducati Owners Cafe, Ducati Fashion Models, the Scrambler Land of Joy and the Ducati Kids. A new addition is the XDiavel Lounge with the new Ducati XDiavel that is taking the cruiser world by storm.




Additional Ducati activities in Austin include a Ducati MotoGP Party at Ducati Austin on the evening of Thursday, April 7, a Ducati Owners Club Event on Friday evening and the much anticipated Ducati Red Storm Ride early on Sunday morning before the races.


For music Ducati will once again be presenting a main stage for all the action and entertainment. Ducati presents our host and MC, DJ HAPA and live performances from Otis the Destroyer, Moonlight Towers and returning for her 3rd year on Ducati Island, Ms Kimberly Dunn.






On Sunday following the day’s racing, Ducati and COTA are proud to present headliner and American singer and songwriter Franky Xavier Perez! Franky with his backing band, The Truth will perform on the Ducati Island Main Stage to close the weekends racing action. Perez, who has been compared by music critics to Robert Plant and Otis Redding, has collaborated on stage with Slash from Guns-N’-Roses, The Doors, and members of The Cult, Weezer and Velvelt Revolver. Ducati fans may remember Franky as the front man for the Ducati All Stars which played select shows across the West Coast and headlined the 2012 World Ducati Week in Italy. He was also included as a re-occuring live band member of the Sons of Anarchy television series. Currently Perez is the singer for Apocalytica, whose U.S. tour begins this spring.


The three-day Ducati Ticket Package is now available for $215 per person at www.ducatiusa.com.

Ducati Ticket Package
(1) Turn 12 Ducati grandstand seat (three-day pass)
(1) Ducati motorcycle parking pass on Ducati Island
Exclusive access to explore COTA on the VIP Pit Walk
Parade lap around the COTA track for Ducati owners
Commemorative Ducati gift

Ducati Island is located within COTA’s central Grand Plaza. All Ducati owners in attendance will receive entry to the Ducati Owners Hospitality area and the ability to check their gear at no cost. 

All these activities and more are fully detailed on the Ducati website at http://www.ducatiusa.com/motogp-of-austin


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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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Motovan and Liqui Moly Join Mopar CSBK Series

Motovan Corporation, Canada’s leading distributor, exporter and manufacturer of motorcycle, motocross, ATV and Snowmobile parts and Accessories, will become a major partner in the Mopar CSBK National Series.


Motovan has agreed to a two year deal with the CSBK tour, becoming the official power sports partner of the National Championship road racing series for the next two seasons. Mopar CSBK recently announced that the series’ feature races will be shown on TSN, The Sports Network, in 2016.

“This is a great opportunity for the CSBK Series and Motovan,” explained Motovan’s Marketing Project Leader David Bond. “We are motivated by new products and initiatives at Motovan, and we look forward to this kind of approach in our support of the Mopar CSBK Series. We’re definitely focused on growth.”

Motovan will support a number of important new programs within the CSBK National Series, including a retail fund of tens of thousands aimed at supporting series products through contests, at-track give-aways and similar programs, associated and activated through Social Media, web and venue engagements.

One of the central elements of Motovan’s involvement will include on Liqui Moly, the famed German company that focuses on oils, lubricants and additives. Liqui Moly Motorbike is exclusively distributed in Canada by Motovan. Liqui Moly becomes the title sponsor for the Pro Sport Bike class, allowing new focus on the middleweight DOT street-bike-based racing division.

Founded in Germany over 50 years ago, Liqui Moly is one of Europe’s leading brands of lubricants as well as fuel and oil additives.

For 2016, Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike will get next day, flag-to-flag web video broadcast for all six events in the “600cc class” National Series. As well, the year end points fund pay-out for the top finishers on the Pro Sport Bike tour will double to $ 13,000 thanks to the support of Motovan and Liqui Moly.

LIqui Moly is exclusively distributed in CANADA through MOTOVAN.

Kenny Riedmann will wear the number one plate on his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja in Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike in 2016, having earned the class crown aboard Triumph equipment the past two CSBK seasons.

Other featured products distributed by Motovan include HITCASE Waterproof and Shockproof Video & photo IPHONE cases, Ogio Gear bags, Rockwell Watches, Olympia Clothing, TCX BOOTS & FIVE ADVANCED GLOVES . Further releases will cover these programs and the FINAL AMOUNT

“We’re all really excited to have Motovan on board,” said Colin Fraser, President of Series owners Professional Motorsports Productions. “There are lots of good programs in the pipeline, and Motovan share our goal: to continue to improve and develop the National Championships.”

The 2016 Mopar CSBK National Series tour opens at fan-friendly Shannonville Motorsport Park, east of Belleville, ON, May 27-29.

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Successful Roll-Out for the KTM RC16 MotoGP Bike

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team has completed the roll-out of the KTM RC16 at Austria’s Red Bull Ring exactly 15 months after announcing its proposed entry into MotoGP in the 2017 season.

Test rider Alex Hoffmann carried out three days of comprehensive testing with the MotoGP racing bike at the venue that will see the return of the Motorcycle World Championship in 2016. The performance tests with the bike that has been completely developed in-house by KTM were conducted in good conditions and went exactly according to plan.




Pit Beirer (Motorsport Director): “Thursday was a very emotional moment, not only for me but also for the company, and I believe for many KTM fans in Austria and all over the world. This, and the start of the project on the racing circuit are just as important as any lap time. A very big thanks to Alex (Hofmann) and the entire team for the excellent performance. The feedback and the fact that we were already able to put in very many laps without any problems gives us a lot of motivation for the next steps in this long journey towards our entry into MotoGP in 2017.”

Sebastian Risse (Technical Director Onroad): “There was of course a great deal of tension and pressure on the team and the roll-out took place earlier and on a larger scale than originally planned. The fact that it all went as smoothly as it did, and the data that we have been able to gather makes us very optimistic about the further development of the KTM RC16. Although we are still far removed from the detailed work, these three days were a very positive and instructive test for us.”

Alex Hofmann (Test Rider MotoGP): “What shall I say? Just take a look at my boots and the bike. They both look like new. I have already experienced very different premieres. A big respect for what KTM has already achieved in this extremely short time. I think you can not only see it in my face, but also among all those who have worked here with such enthusiasm and professionalism.”

Another test with Alex Hofmann and the second test rider Mika Kallio is planned for this year. Parallel to this, there will be intensive further development on the KTM RC16 at KTM factory in Austria’s Mattighofen and Munderfing.

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2015 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship -

Round #4 - Erin, ON

The Wilson property on the outskirts of Erin was the stage for the final round of the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship. Rick Wilson, a former snocross champion and now in the excavating business, has built a beautiful MX track and trail system on his property. It was perfect for the 3 test enduro format.

 
The course was a lot of fun for experienced and novice riders alike. Veronika Wiesner decided it was time to give off road racing a try - look out Wolfgang!

As always parents are able to ride along with their kids to help them out and make it a fun family experience.

Jack Ooman taking the A Class win and the 2015 A Class Championship. Kyle Hooper 2nd and Jasper Hall 3rd for the day.

B Class podium - Scott McElhone 1st, Hudson Duck 2nd, Liam Deneve 3rd. Special thanks to Royal Distributing for prizes - all of the podium finishers received Royal hats and gift cards.

Nathan Taplay took the Pee Wee Win and the 2015 Championship.

World Enduro Canada would like to thank all our racers,their families and our sponsors for another great season. We are already making our 2016 plans.

Visit www.worldendurocanada.com for complete results and final Championship standings.

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2015 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship

This past weekend the 2015 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship finished out the year in style with a double header event - Presented by Honda Canada - at Walton Raceway in Walton, ON.

World Enduro Canada would like to Congratulate all our Western and Eastern 2015 Champions!
CXCC West
Pro - Jason Schrage
Expert - Quinn McCullough
Vet Expert - Franklin Dahl
Vet Senior - Rodney Katchen
Intermediate - Tyler McIntyre
Junior - Spencer Wilton
Super Senior - Dave Sheridan
Vet Junior - Garrett Murray
Vet - Al Willard
Junior Under - Berg Giliome Jr
Women - Melissa Harten

CXCC East
Pro - Brian Wojnarowski
Intermediate - Mike Bulgarelli
Junior - Wolfgang Wiesner
Vet Master - Steve Ooman
Vet Senior - Mark Hosie
Vet Junior - Scott Merritt
Super Senior - Brian West
Beginner - Glendan Tupis
Women - Jill Carney
Mini Sr - Jack Ooman
Mini Jr - Logan Langois
Pee Wee - Gavin Merritt


Honda's Jason Schrage West Pro Champion


Yamaha's Brian Wojnarowski East Pro Champion

Jill Carney Women East Champion (Alex Franklin 2nd)

Mark Hosie Vet Senior East Champion

Gavin Merritt Pee Wee Champion

World Enduro Canada would like to thank all the racers, their families and supporters and personal sponsors for the strong support of the 2015 CXCC Championship.

World Enduro Canada would also like to thank all the race organizers and volunteers across the country for the fantastic events that made up the 2015 Championship.

Finally World Enduro Canada wants to say a very big THANK YOU to our National sponsors who made this Championship possible. We had a great year in 2015 and are looking forward to another strong year in 2016.

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Victory Racing’s Matt Smith Finishes Second at Charlotte on Pro Stock Gunner,

Matt Smith of Victory Racing made four straight outstanding runs on his Pro Stock Victory Gunner in the Sept. 20 elimination rounds and finished second at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. With that great performance, Matt moved up to fourth in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle points after the opening round of the six-round NHRA Countdown to the Championship.

Matt qualified fifth-fastest for Sunday’s eliminations, then made three consistently fast runs to reach the final against Andrew Hines. Hines got the holeshot in the final and held on for the win as Matt ran 6.910 seconds with a speed of 192.49 mph. Matt had a reaction time of .150 of a second in the final, while Hines got off the line in .007 of a second.

Matt’s time in the final was his quickest of the day, and his best speed of the day was 192.52 mph in the second round.

Matt entered the Countdown slotted fifth in points, and by reaching the final for the second time this season, he moved up to fourth in the standings. The second round of the Countdown to the Championship will be Sept. 25-27 at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

Victory Racing’s Angie Smith also qualified for Sunday’s elimination rounds but jumped the light in the first round, leaving the line .011-seconds early and was eliminated. She made her run in 7.008 seconds at 187.50 mph. In Saturday’s qualifying, Angie had a weekend-best run of 6.984 seconds at 188.44 mph.

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2015 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship - East

The final rounds of the 2015 Canadian Cross Country Championship took place this past weekend at Walton Raceway. With the CXCC West Championship decided a few weeks ago these events would wrap up the CXCC East and crown the Eastern Champions.



Fortunately most of the rain expected on Saturday by-passed but dropped enough moisture to cut the dust on the track and make some of the trails slick. The sun came outSunday to provide perfect race conditions.


The Walton and WEC crew put in extra efforts and added a number of new trail sections to the course to create a very entertain circuit that used 90% of the famous MX track and wrapped all the way around the large Walton property. A number of riders on the podium commented that it was the most fun they have had on a motorcycle!



Day one saw Yamaha's Brian Wojnarowski use his skills in the slippery conditions to take the win ahead of GasGas's Adam Milson and KTM mounted Steve Bond.
 


AJ Snively had a great weekend with strong finishes in Pro Class and taking the Wiesner Insurance Pro Holeshot award on Day 2.



Mini Sr Podium for Day 2 - Jack Ooman in 1st, Curtis Marshall in 2nd and Scott McElone in 3rd.



Adam Milson had a big lead in Pro Class on Sunday when his bike acted up and he dropped back to 4th, after making the repair he worked his way back to the front by the end of the day.



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Hugely successful 90th ISDE for Husqvarna

Husqvarna Motorcycles had a week to remember at the 90thedition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro in Slovakia where they secured the outright individual victory thanks to the impressive performance of USA World Trophy team rider Ryan Sipes. In addition Jamie McCanney topped the Enduro 1 class while Husqvarna ended the ISDE as winners of the Manufactures Award.

In what proved to be a long, tough and challenging event, Husqvarna rose to the forefront of the ISDE. After last year’s outright individual victory in Argentina by Pela Renet, USA’s Ryan Sipes ensured a second consecutive outright win for Husqvarna. Taking control of the lead at the end of day three, Sipes didn’t falter for the remainder of the week to top the standings as the first ever American to claim outright ISDE victory. Along with his individual victory Sipes also won the Enduro 2 classification.

In the Enduro 1 class, Great Britain’s Jamie McCanney put his Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna on the top step of the podium. Enjoying the technical terrain during the second half of the competition, McCanney only once dropped outside the top two in his category to record a strong one-minute and 17 second margin of victory.

Entered in the Enduro 3 category, Frenchman Mathias Bellino endured a difficult start to his race. Accidentally starting his TE 300 on day one before the event had even begun, Bellino was hit with a one-minute penalty. The Frenchman then spent the majority of the week battling to overcome his mistake. Eventually fighting his way into second in Enduro 3, the Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing rider closed out his ISDE in the runner-up spot, while also recording World Trophy team victory with France.

There were further top ten results for Husqvarna in Slovakia with Spain’s Joesep Garcia placing eighth overall in E1, Spain’s Jaume Betriu sixth in E2 while Australia’s Lachlan Stanford and USA’s Michael Brown were sixth and ninth respectively in E3.

Capping off what has been a terrific event, Husqvarna supported riders McCanney, Bellino and Betriu also won the Manufactures Award, presented to the best performing three-rider manufacturer team.

Ryan Sipes: “I had a good start to the race winning the first special tests, and things continued to go well. After day three I was leading the overall and started to build confidence. On day five there was a little bit of pressure and I was subconsciously riding a bit conservatively. I just wanted to be safe and preserve my lead, which worked out. This was my first ISDE as a member of USA’s World Trophy Team and it was a huge honour to be picked. To win outright individual victory is more than I could have possibly hoped for.”

Jamie McCanney: “It’s been a good six days of racing. I worked my best to help the team but obviously I had to make sure I looked after myself as soon I’ll be racing for the world championship in France. I had to push for a good result while riding within my limits. Conditions at the beginning of the week favoured my bike and I got into a good rhythm straight away. My FE 250 was absolutely perfect. We only changed tyres and a front sprocket all week and the bike ran great. The course was pretty brutal most of the days, not so much difficult but physically hard work. Winning the Enduro 1 class is a fantastic way to end the event.”

Mathias Bellino: “It was a hard ISDE for me because for the past six weeks I’ve been recovering from injury. I got into the race not feeling 100 per cent so I couldn’t ride as good as I should. The top guys were going really fast and it was hard to beat them. Apart from day five I was making good progress as the race went on and that’s really positive. I rode within my limits, didn’t take any risks. I tried to stay healthy and do the best for team France.”

Mike Brown: “It was a tough ISDE and the hardest out of the five I’ve done. There were so many roots and rocks. The conditions were slippery and didn’t favour big four strokes. I feel like I could have done better, maybe on a different-sized bike, but that’s what it is. I had a good time. Team USA had a solid team. We started good by winning tests but we had too many problems and it fell apart pretty quick. Putting all the pieces together to make it through the week is hard.”

Results – FIM International Six Days Enduro 2015

Manufactures Team Award Classification
1. Husqvarna 1 (Jamie McCanney, Mathias Bellino, Jaume Betriu) 12:39:57.31; 2. Yamaha Australia 12:39:58.82; 3. KTM Australia 12:57:36.06; 4. Husqvarna 3 12:58:01.33; 5. KTM Italia 12:58:52.11

Enduro 1
1. Jamie McCanney (Husqvarna) 4:12:06.87; Anthony Boissiere (Sherco) 4:13:24.64; 3. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha)4:13:30.25… 8. Josep Garcia (Husqvarna) 4:18:00.22… 13. Antti Hellsten (Husqvarna) 4:24:11.47… 19. Lee Sealey (Husqvarna) 4:27:51.23… 25. Antti Hanninen (Husqvarna)4:32:40.20… 27. Mattias Ojanpera (Husqvarna) 4:34:56.15… 33. Priit Biene (Husqvarna) 4:42:29.29… 43. Phillip Reichinger (Husqvarna) 4:56:02.65… 51. Artemis Sfinarolakis (Husqvarna)5:24:21.47

Enduro 2
1. Ryan Sipes (Husqvarna) 4:07:37.44; 2. Daniel Milner (Yamaha) 4:08:20.83; 3. Loic Larrieu (Sherco) 4:10:50.21… 6. Jaume Betriu (Husqvarna) 4:13:50.93… 11. Jonathan Manzi (Husqvarna) 4:17:20.72… 20. Glenn Kearney (Husqvarna)4:22:29.25… 24. Jesper Borjesson (Husqvarna) 4:23:54.57… 27. Emil Pojhola (Husqvarna) 4:24:22.85… 30. Michele Marchelli (Husqvarna) 4:26:33.39… 36. Matthias Wibmer (Husqvarna) 4:30:00.22… 39. John Ramstrom (Husqvarna)4:31:29.61… 42. Thoomas Triisa (Husqvarna) 4:37:21.13… 45. Patrick Neisser (Husqvarna) 4:39:03.75; 46. Michael Feichtinger (Husqvarna) 4:40:19.77… 48. Quentin Monfort (Husqvarna) 4:43:00.46… 52. Florian Reichinger (Husqvarna)4:45:26.60… 56. Bertrand Bailleux (Husqvarna) 5:06:12.42

Enduro 3
1. Daniel Sanders (KTM) 4:11:39.30; 2. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 4:13:59.51; 3. Oscar Baletti (KTM) 4:14:04.43… 6. Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna) 4:16:06.54… 9. Mike Brown (Husqvarna) 4:18:46.52… 13. Mika Tamminen (Husqvarna)4:25:15.44… 26. Martin Sundin (Husqvarna) 4:33:35.65… 28. Zlatko Novosad (Husqvarna) 4:37:07.88; 29. Wim Vanderheyden (Husqvarna) 4:39:11.04… 35. Cedric Evard (Husqvarna) 4:44:52.89… 44. Andrei-Nicusor Botoaca (Husqvarna) 5:06:55.32

World Trophy
1. France - 21:08:30.76
Marc Bourgeois (Yamaha), Anthony Boissiere (Sherco), Loic Larrieu (Sherco), Antoine Basset (KTM), Jeremy Joly (KTM), Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna)
2. Australia - 21:09:31.14
Joshua Green (Yamaha), Daniel Milner (Yamaha), Matthew Phillips (KTM), Beau Ralston (Yamaha), Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna), Glenn Kearney (Husqvarna)
3. Spain - 21:18:57.52
Jonathan Barragan (Gas Gas), Jaume Betriu (Husqvarna), Josep Garcia (Husqvarna), Victor Guerrero (KTM), Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco), Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha)

Junior World Trophy
1. Australia - 12:56:33.09
Broc Grabham (Sherco), Tom Mason (KTM), Daniel Sanders (KTM), Tye Simmonds (KTM)
2. Sweden - 13:11:59.93
Jesper Borjesson (Husqvarna), Michael Persson (Yamaha), John Ramstrom (Husqvarna), Tommy Sjostrom (Gas Gas)
3. Italy - 13:23:17.17
Nicolo Bruschi (Honda), Matteo Pavoni (KTM), Mirko Spandre (KTM), Michele Marchelli (Husqvarna)

Women’s World Trophy
1. Australia - 10:15:02.65
Jessica Gardiner (Sherco), Tayla Jones (Yamaha), Jemma Wilson (Yamaha)
2. France - 11:10:56.38
Blandine Dufrene (KTM), Geraldine Fournel (Sherco), Audrey Rossat (Husqvarna)
3. Sweden - 11:30:23.63
1. Jessica Jonsson (Kawasaki), Emelie Karlsson (Yamaha), Emmily Smalsjo (Yamaha)

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Jarvis Secures Megawatt Runner-Up Result

Husqvarna Motorcycles’ Graham Jarvis claims the runner-up result at the Red Bull 111 Megawatt Hard Enduro in Poland.

Delivering a strong performance at the penultimate Hard Enduro of the season, Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis secured a come from behind ride to place second overall.

Qualifying ninth overall out of 700 riders in Saturday’s prologue for the Megawatt, Jarvis found himself outside the top ten after the mass start. Playing it safe in the dusty conditions on the first half of the 21-kilometre loop, Jarvis steadily began to work his way forward.

Upping his pace during the three lap main event, the Husqvarna rider moved up to third overall. But with 50 metres of the race left to run, Jarvis had one more trick up his sleeve when second placed Joakim Ljunggren struggled on the final hill climb. Conquering the hill with ease, Jarvis rode past Ljunggren to snatch the runner-up result in the final moments of the race.

For teammate Alfredo Gomez, the Red Bull 111 Megawatt didn’t deliver another podium result to match that of the Red Bull Romaniacs six weeks ago. Not favouring the soft sand conditions and Husqvarna rider ended his race in fourth.

Graham Jarvis: “I think I’ve surprised even myself with this result – it’s almost like a win for me here. When I arrived and saw the course I didn’t think I could crack the top five let alone the podium so second is fantastic. I didn’t get a great start and struggled to see in the dust. That dropped me back but I didn’t let it bother me and rode my own race. I kept picking riders off all the time and suddenly I got to fifth. Then I closed in on Alfredo and Manuel and was third. I was happy with that but when I got to the final climb and saw Joakim stuck I couldn’t believe my luck. I gassed it and passed him for second. Brilliant!”

Alfredo Gomez: “I don’t think this was my kind of race to be honest. It was fast and there wasn’t a major amount of difficult sections to make time up. I rode steady for most of it and was having a battle with Manuel for the first two laps before pulling away from him. When Graham came past I wasn’t able to up my pace and react to him. Fourth is ok but the podium would have been better.”

Results – Red Bull 111 Megawatt
1. Jonny Walker (KTM)  1:41:21.85
2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 1:44:10.22
3. Joakim Ljunggren (KTM) 1:44.15.85

4. Alfred Gomez (Husqvarna) 1:44.56.39

5. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 1:45.50.06

6. Lukasz Kurowsk (Yamaha) 1:47.24.47

7. Andy Noakley (KTM) 1:51.38.72

8. David Leonov (Husqvarna) 1:56:05.04
9. Dimitri Parshin  (Sherco) 1:56.23.41

10. Emil Juszczak (KTM) 2:00.25.47 

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Jordan Szoke crowned champion in the Canadian Superbike Championship

Jordan Szoke crowned champion in the Canadian Superbike Championship achieving a perfect season on his BMW S1000RR with seven wins in seven races.

Jordan Szoke (CA) is the high-flyer in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK): the BMW racer was crowned champion at the final round last weekend after delivering the perfect season with seven wins in seven races. In the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, he took the lead. The BMW S 1000 RR was also in action on the other side of the globe last weekend at the fourth round of the AustralAsian Superbike Championship (AAS) in Australia.


 Canadian Superbike Championship in Bowmanville, Canada.

An extraordinary performance: seven races, seven wins and the tenth title. BMW racer Jordan Szoke (CA) was crowned 2015 champion in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) to end a perfect season in which he won every single race. The season finale was held last weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville (CA). Szoke rounded off his brilliant season with another pair of victories on his BMW S 1000 RR by Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team. Starting from second on the grid, Szoke was battling his rival Kenny Riedmann (CA) at the front of the field in both races. On each occasion, he rode the fastest race lap in the final lap and made the race winning manoeuvre in the last corners before the flag. He was crowned champion of the highest category, the Pro Superbike class (CSBK PR), with a total of 378 points and an impressive lead of 110 points over his closest rival. It was his tenth title win in the series. In total, the 36-year-old Canadian has claimed a record 52 CSBK victories.



The successful end to the season for BMW was rounded off by good results from the other RR riders. The finale saw five RR riders, in addition to winner Szoke, cross the finish line in the top 10 in both races. Chris Murray-Audain (CA) secured fifth and fourth place, Sean Huffman (CA) finished in seventh and fifth, Matt McBride (CA) ended the races in sixth and seventh place, Tim Robinson (CA) achieved ninth and eighth place, and Michael Leon (CA) rode his RR in action for the Royal Distributing Superbike Team into tenth and ninth place.

There was also success in the Amateur class (CBSK AM) with two BMW riders claiming podium finishes. In race one, Samuel Trépanier (CA) finished in second place on his RR. He failed to finish in race two however and ended the season in second place overall. BMW privateer Jason Thoms (CA) also rode onto the podium, finishing second in race two. He came fifth in the first race. Steve McGregor (CA) finished in ninth and seventh place on his BMW S 1000 RR.

 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.

The 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy has a new leader again: newly crowned Canadian Superbike champion Jordan Szoke (CA / CSBK PR) has taken the top position after bagging a brace of wins at the CSBK season finale. Now with 341.67 Race Trophy points to his name he improved from fourth in the ranking to the top and leads with an advantage of over 40 points. It was the 11th time in the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy season that the lead had changed. Markus Reiterberger (DE), who had celebrated an early title win in SUPERBIKE*IDM (IDM SBK) the previous weekend, has dropped to second with 299.52 Race Trophy points. Roland Resch (AT / AARR SBK) is currently third with 292.36 points. (see full standings below).

AustralAsian Superbike Championship in Ipswich, Australia.

The fourth round of the 2015 AustralAsian Superbike Championship (AAS) was held on the Queensland Raceway in Ipswich near Brisbane (AU) last weekend. Three races were held in each of the individual categories. In the “Formula Oz” class, Andy Fisher (AU / Ballina Motorcycles) flew the colours of BMW as a privateer. He finished the first race in eighth and the second in ninth (second and third place in Grade B of “Formula Oz”). In the third race he finished fifth on his BMW S 1000 RR, which saw him get the win in Grade B.

The “Formula Xtreme” riders raced together with the riders in the “Pro-Twins” and “Naked Bikes” classes, including BMW privateer Jeff Dorman (AU / Define Property). He finished in sixth once and seventh twice in “Formula Xtreme” (ninth place overall each time). Dorman also took one second place and two third places in Grade D of his class.

2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Current Standings.

In 2015 the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy comprises a total of 19 international and national championships. Participants in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy can compete in multiple championships. The points scored in the different championships are calculated separately for each individual race series. The current standings only include points from the race series in which the participant has scored the most Race Trophy points. You can find all the information on the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy online at the BMW Motorrad Motorsport website:

Status: (top 15) -  19th August 2015

Pos.
Name (Nat.)
Series / Class
Points
1
Jordan Szoke (CA)
CSBK PR
341.67
2
Markus Reiterberger (DE)
IDM SBK
299.52
3
Roland Resch (AT)
AARR SBK
292.36
4
Matthieu Lussiana (FR)
MT1GP STK GP
254.07
5
Michal Prášek (CZ)
AARR STK
235.00
6
Roberto Tamburini (IT)
STK1000
212.00
7
Michal Šembera (CZ)
AARR STK
203.33
8
Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR)
FR EU
203.08
9
Alastair Seeley (GB)
BSB STK
200.73
10
Pekka Päivärinta / Kirsi Kainulainen (FI)
SWC
198.52
11
Lee Johnston (GB)
BMW RRC
181.33
12
Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR)
FR EU
179.69
13
Michel Amalric (FR)
FR EU
160.00
14
Hudson Kennaugh (ZA)
BSB STK
158.55
15
Janez Prosenik (SI)
AARR SBK
157.09


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Cannella Conquers Walton Again!

Yamaha Rider Takes Home His 2nd Yamaha Factory Ride

Marco Cannella ripped his YZ through the Walton Transcan in Walton, ON to take home the final Yamaha Factory Ride for the 2015 race season!

The 14 year-old from Waterdown, ON finished the week winning the championship in Schoolboy 2 and grabbing second over in MX2 Intermediate and MX3 Intermediate.

For his efforts, Cannella will get the use of a YZ of his choice along with $2500 in parts and accessories for the 2016 season.

“It's an amazing opportunity to win a YZ and a $2500 parts credit. I think it's fantastic that Yamaha offers this award to Yamaha riders. After winning last year, I know how much it helps. I have been riding Yamaha’s since I was on 85's and look forward to continue racing on blue!”said Cannella of his Factory Ride for 2016.

 “For next year, I’ll be riding a YZ250F. I’m really hoping I can get my hands on the 60th Anniversary colour. They yellow and black look amazing! I’d like to thank my parents and brother who work so hard and let me live my dream, Iain Hayden and everyone at Motopark, all my sponsors, everyone that cheers me on and Yamaha Motor Canada.”

The Walton TransCan race week concluded the 2015 Factory Ride Award contest. Winners from across the country have won YZ’s of their choice and collected $2500 in parts and accessories for the 2016 race season.

Conquer Dirt on a Yamaha next year and you could be on a Factory Ride in 2017!


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2015 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship - East

This weekend the CXCC rolls into Wingham for Round #4. The Moto 86 is always a rider favorite with the fast flowing natural terrain MX track and the beautiful single track trails. Now at the half way mark of the season the points in all classes are tightening up.


For those with racing kids this is a double header weekend. Round #3 of the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship will take placeon Saturday - parents can ride around to assist and watch their young racers take on the 3 test Enduro course, then on Sunday all ages can compete in the Royal Distributing Cross Country.

Moto 86 is a great place to camp out for the weekend (no hookups). There is a large mown grass field for tents and trailers, pond for fishing & swimming and playground for the kids. There will be a concession stand open both days.



Directions - Moto 86 is approx 4 km west of Wingham on Hwy 86, if your travelling from Wingham they are on the right hand side of the road - watch for large McIntosh Estate sign and orange arrows.

For current championship point standings and further event information please visit our sitewww.worldendurocanada.com

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2015 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship

After a lengthy break in the schedule, the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship gets back into full swing this weekend at Moto 86 in Wingham, Ontario. August 22nd will mark round three of the four round series and with two rounds to go, championships in all classes are still up for grabs.



The Moto 86 facility is a fantastic place to race, camp and spectate. Improvements have been made to the motocross tracks and additional trails have been established. A race that was a crowd pleaser last year is set to be even better.

Saturday’s race will kick off at 11am but its best to arrive early enough to take advantage of the rider’s meeting and the all important sighting lap. Lunch will be provided for all in attendance as usual followed by the awards ceremony, prize give away and then open recreational riding.



For those racers also competing in the CXCC East, that event will take place the following dayon Sunday the 23rd. This is a great opportunity to come out Friday night and camp out with the family and make it a double header weekend. There is excellent camping on site (no hookups) and lots of recreational activities at this facility in addition to the races to entertain everyone.

For more information and directions please go to our site www.worldendurocanada.com


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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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Marquez Magic Brings Indy Success

Pole-sitter Marc Marquez produced a sublime performance to take the Indianapolis MotoGP, tracking Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo for most of the race before clinically pouncing with three laps to go. Jorge crossed the line in second with Valentino Rossi getting the better of Dani Pedrosa for the last step on the podium.

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MARQUEZ MAGIC BRINGS INDY SUCCESS 

Pole-sitter Marc Marquez produced a sublime performance to take the Indianapolis MotoGP, tracking Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo for most of the race before clinically pouncing with three laps to go. Jorge crossed the line in second with Valentino Rossi getting the better of Dani Pedrosa for the last step on the podium.

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LORENZO PILES ON THE PRESSURE

Front-row starter Jorge Lorenzo’s assured performance at Indy (leading 24 of the 27 race laps) means the Yamaha Factory rider consolidates his second place in the championship, clawing back much-needed title points from front-runner Valentino Rossi.   

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MARQUEZ STILL KING OF THE US  

Marc Marquez’s win at Indianapolis maintained the Honda Factory rider’s dominance on US soil. Marc is unbeaten Stateside with seven premier class wins out of seven. Marc won the race setting a new lap record (1’32.625 lap twenty four, beating his 2014 time of 1’32.831) in doing so bringing Honda its 700th GP victory.

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Dominant Davies Delivers Ducati Double

Chaz Davies stormed to a double World Superbike Championship win at Laguna Seca, to move into third place in the championship. The result is the first double WSBK win for a Ducati rider since Carlos Checa at Imola in 2012.

 

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2015 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship - East

This weekend the CXCC returns to one of the favorite off road race locations in Ontario - The famous Hurd Pit outside of Parry Sound. This location was the focal point for the World Championship rounds in 06 & 07 and has been part of the Canadian Championships ever since.




This area is only opened up once a year for the CXCC which makes it a special place to race. Trails are in great condition and as always there will be some new sections added in.




Long term forcast is calling for sun and cloud with minor chance of rain - perfect conditions for racing. The pit will be open on Saturday for anyone who is camping and wants to get set up early.

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CXCC West Round 1 & 2 - Monkey Wrench - Lytton, BC

The West Coast Dirt Riders Club once again pulled out all the stops to put on another spectacular 2 day event in the mountains outside Lytton, BC.   The scenery is always great and thanks to the efforts of the club and all their volunteers so was the course.


Day one saw Honda's Jason Schrage take top of the Pro Podium with Tyler Murray in 2nd and Husqvarna's Ryan Graffunder in Third.

Leave it to the West Coast Dirt Riders to come up with some very creative obstacle sections - the swinging tire pit was within easy walking distance of the pits for the spectators to enjoy.

Another great section used every year is the roller coaster section.  Pray it doesnt rain when coming through here.

On Day 2 Honda's Jason Schrage battled with Husky's Ryan Graffunder and was behind by 2 minutes - Ryan ended up having to do a 3rd lap which took over an hour at his pace.  Jason got second ahead of Blake Watkinson both of whom were relaxed in the pits when Ryan got back in.

Laminacorr Racing's Ride Like a Girl Program paid out some cash to the Women's class on both days.

Full Results and points standings will be available on our site  www.worldendurocanada.com

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Marquez Battles for Assen Podium

Marc Marquez got back to podium-winning ways at the Dutch MotoGP in Assen, coming in second behind Valentino Rossi after a monumental battle which reached its crescendo on the last corner of the last lap. Jorge Lorenzo produced a steady performance to come home untroubled in third and consolidates his second place position in the 2015 title standings.

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Third place for Victory Racing in its first ever TT Zero race

Third place for Victory Racing in its first ever TT Zero race

·        Lee Johnston rides a 111.62mph lap to his second TT podium

·        Fourth for Guy Martin on a 109.717mph lap, just shy of the 110mph mark

·        “It’s a proper fast bike, the Victory boys were spot on,” says Guy.

Isle of Man: Victory Racing is celebrating its first ever TT podium after Lee Johnston rode a 111.620mph lap in the SES TT Zero race to take third place.

Lee had ridden increasingly fast laps on successive practices throughout the week as he became more familiar with the intricacies of riding the electric motorcycle – including energy management and regeneration – and he rode his fastest lap to date just when it mattered most.

Lee said in the winner’s enclosure: “Yeah, awesome to be back on the podium again. Every time we go out, we’re getting faster. Think we had a little bit of battery left, so maybe could have went a bit quicker. Fair play to the Mugen boys, but at the end of the day they have been coming here for three years and in their first year they did nowhere near 110mph, so credit to the whole Victory team, it’s an absolutely awesome job. The bike’s so fun to ride because it’s so small, I really like riding it.”

Guy Martin, who stepped in to ride the bike on behalf of the injured William Dunlop, placed fourth, an equally sweet victory in some ways, as he had only ridden two practice laps on William’s No.6 machine ahead of the race. He also posted his fastest lap of the week in the race – a 109.717mph, just shy of the 110mph mark.

“It’s a proper fast bike,” he said. “The Victory boys judged it just right to use up all of the battery power as I came over the finish line. I’d need more time to properly get my head around it but I’m happy to have had the opportunity to ride it.”

For a first time at the TT, the team is thrilled that it has been so competitive. Victory Racing Team Manager, Brian Wismann, said: “I’m feeling very, very good. It was good day for Victory Racing on our first ever time at the TT. We accomplished what we set out to accomplish… got on to the podium, but we also got a 111mph average in our first ever TT Zero race. Speeds were good, the bikes were good and reliable, they looked great out there. I’m just very, very pleased with all the hard work the team’s put in and the work that the riders have done to get the bikes round here so quickly.”

Out of the 10 electric bike teams on the Isle of Man, seven of them entered the race. It is also the very first time that five teams have all achieved over 100mph laps under race conditions and is a strong indicator that electric racing technology is being taken seriously by many brands in anticipation of mass-produced consumer vehicles. 


For Gary Gray, Director Motorcycle Product for Victory Motorcycles, the third and fourth place is reward for all the efforts the brand is putting into proving ‘American Performance’. He said: “I couldn't be prouder of the team for putting a bike on the podium the first year out and for building the fastest American electric bike ever at the Isle of Man TT. I promised we would be competitive and beating nine of the 10 teams proves American performance.

 

A podium result has also excited Parker, the makers of the GVM electric motor that propelled the bikes. Parker’sUS-based strategic account manager, Kevin Holloway said: “We are proud of the entire Victory Racing team for the third and fourth place finishes in the TT Zero. Everybody worked so hard and we exceeded our expectations by setting an American lap record today.”

 

Victory Motorcycles has been flexing their muscles in various forms, not only by entering the Isle of Man TT, but also by taking part in professional drag racing, running a stunt team and fielding an entry in the iconic Pikes Peak Hill Climb with a prototype and custom race machine built by Victory Racing and Roland Sands Design, all which will be exhibited at the upcoming American Victory Rally in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO. http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/event/2015-additional-events-american-victory-rally-june



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2015 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship East -Alvinston, ON

Mother Nature smiled on the Gullymor MX facility this past Sunday and diverted the expected rain showers and thunderstorms to provide a day of fantastic weather for Round #2 of the Royal Distributing CXCC East. There was just enough moisture in the ground to keep dust to a minimum and lots of traction. Strong rider turnouts for all classes kept the racing close.



The combination of the top notch MX track, long sections of single track and fast grass track areas are making Gullymor one of the favorite stops on the CXCC circuit.


Steven Able and the WEC timing crew hard at work - as usual the results were posted within minutes of the end of each race.


Yamaha once again took top two spots on the Pro podium with Brian Wojnarowski in first and Justin Lewis in 2nd. Adam "Cheeseburger" Millson rounded out the podium in 3rd on his Dual Sport Plus GasGas.


Curtis Marshall took 2nd in Mini Senior behind Mia Barrett but was ALL smiles as he got the fastest lap of the day in that class and the $100 from Wiesner Insurance for his efforts.


Yamaha rider Rob Hewitt took the win in Vet Master Class ahead of Steve Ooman (who won the Pirelli fastest lap award and got a new set of Pirelli rubber for it) and David Taplay.


Scott Merritt, Ryan Barber and Charlie Lake went 1, 2, 3 in hotly contested Vet Jr class and all got some great prizes from Parts Canada for their efforts.



The Women's Class was once again awarded with cold hard cash courtesy of the Laminacor Racing "Ride Like a Girl" program. Alex Franklin got $100 for 1st, Jill Carny $60 for 2nd and Kari Van Oosten $40 for 3rd.

Next round for the CXCC East will be in Parry Sound at the famous Hurd Pit, home to 06 & 07 World Championship rounds, on Sunday July 26th.

This weekend the CXCC West kicks of its season with rounds 1 & 2 in Lytton, BC at the Monkey Wrench Double Header weekend

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Project 156 rebounds from practice crash

The Victory Motorcycles Project 156 suffered a setback on Saturday June 13th in a practice accident on the Pikes Peak race course. Cycle World Editor and Project 156 rider Don Canet did not suffer any serious injuries, and was immediately up from the crash, however the motorcycle was damaged enough to require a complete strip-down and frame straightening.


 “We have been making significant progress on the engine tune of the motorcycle each time it went out, and were able to start focusing on the handling aspects of the bike,” said Canet. “As I was going up the mountain I lost the front end under braking, asphalt temperature was extremely low and, counterintuitively, I think the tire was getting colder as the run went on.” Canet took third position in his rookie season in his debut at the “Race to the Clouds” last year.
The Falkner-Livingston team transported the race bike back to the Roland Sands Designs headquarters in Southern California for evaluation. “Not going to lie…” says RSD project leader Cameron Brewer, “Project 156 is really beat up. But we are racers at heart and I can promise Victory Motorcycles, Cycle World Magazine, RSD and Pikes Peak fans that we will rebuild the bike – she took one hell of a hit, but we are committed to this program.”
“The first question was if Don is OK – when we heard that he was, that was our biggest relief. Racing is serious business, and it takes commitment, planning, guts and skill to get through these situations,” said Victory Motorcycles General Manager Rod Krois. “Victory Motorcycles took this endeavor on to challenge ourselves and make history by putting a competitive American bike back on Pikes Peak. Commitment is not for the weak – and I know that our team will make the decision that is best for Don and our brand.”
A video of the crash and interviews with Don and the RSD team are here:http://youtu.be/pZMXsWaioq8
The Victory Motorcycles, Cycle World and Falkner-Livingston teams wish to thank those who recognize the enormity of the challenge, and support us in the Race to the Clouds.
For continuing updates on the repair of the race bike and its return to Pikes peak, fans can follow the story atwww.CycleWorld.com, www.RolandSandsDesigns.com and through the Victory Motorcycle official Facebook page,www.facebook.com/victorymotorcycles.
 

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Canadian Superbike Racer Garvie to Support Laps 4 MD

Kristopher Garvie of Caledon, Ontario is proud to announce his participation in the Laps 4 MD fundraising initiative in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Laps for Muscular Dystrophy is a network of professional racers donating $1 from every lap they lead to Muscular Dystrophy Canada supporting over 50,000 Canadians with Muscular Dystrophy.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada supports those 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.

Garvie will join the growing number of Canadian racers joining in support of Laps 4 MD in various forms of motorsport which includes the NASCAR Canadian Tires Series, MotoAmerica, Formula 1200 and the Trans Am Road Racing Series to mention just a few.

Laps for Muscular Dystrophy is happy to welcome Kristopher Garvie to their list of supporters as his support will help to make a difference in the lives those affected by Muscular Dystrophy.

In 2015 Garvie will contest the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) aboard his Mikeymoto.ca backed Honda CBR1000RR. In 2014 Garvie placed 3rd in the Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike class and was 5th in the Mopar Canadian Superbike division.

Garvie was also the Sunoco Brooklin Cycle Pro Rookie of the Year in Mopar CSBK in 2013, and held the RACE Pro Superbike and Pro 600 number one plate in 2014! In the off season Garvie prepped himself for the coming season Training in the gym with Body Artist Fitness, as well as riding motocross and flat track.

Kristopher Garvie says: “I’m stoked for the upcoming season! Being able to join in as a supporter of Laps 4 MD is truly something special. This season I will be focused on leading laps and fighting for podiums. I just can’t wait for the first round to start at Calabogie!”

Garvie encourages Canadian fans to learn more about Laps 4 MD by following @LAPS4MD on Twitter and on Facebook at facebook.com/Laps4MD. Race fans 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.

This season Garvie will hit the track with new sponsors WALL ENERGY, LEGACY AUTO GROUP and MIKEYMOTO RACING. With continued backing from Honda Canada making it possible to race competitively for the 2015 season in the MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship.

The 2015 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship campaign will open this weekend at Calabogie Motorsports Park June 12-14 and the season will conclude with the traditional doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, about a 45-minute drive from Toronto, August 14-16.

In addition to the event at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway, the schedule features races at Autodrome St-Eustache, just north of Montreal, June 26-29, and Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Motorsport Park August 1-2.

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Dominant Lorenzo Reigns in Spain

Jorge Lorenzo made it four wins out of four in Sunday's MotoGP race in Barcelona, powering to victory ahead of team-mate Valentino Rossi and Honda's Dani Pedrosa. Jorge has now reduced the gap on the premier class championship leader Rossi to just one point as the MotoGP entourage heads to Assen.

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Husqvarna Rider Craig Delong , Finishes Top Ten in Wyoming

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Andrew DeLong returned for the 6th round of the AMA National Enduro Championship Series, known as the Inyan Kara National Enduro, with hopes of a reoccurrence of the previous round. The riders woke Sunday morning at 6,000 feet elevation in Upton, Wyoming to almost 2 inches of rainfall; giving cause for the officials to shorten the course from 6 to 5 tests. The rain created many unpassable streams as the composition of the terrain in Upton was not absorbent of the water. Many riders were not able to complete the first test because of the difficulty level, but Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider, Andrew DeLong was not stopped, and finished the test 5th. Moving into test 2, DeLong had more knowledge of the slippery dirt, riding smart and finishing 5th again. He stayed consistent througout the rest of the day, only scarificing one position to an overall 6th place finish.

“It was a fun but tough race. I‘m just pumped I made it through the race despite my injured wrist and was able to get some points,” explained DeLong.

The reigning champ’s younger brother, Craig DeLong also put in an impressive ride on his TC 250, ending the day 9th overall.

Josh Strang of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing remained sidelined due to previous injury and is focused on heeling for GNCC.

Pro Results
1 KAILUB RUSSELL
2 RUSSELL BOBBITT
3 IAN BLYTHE
4 CORY BUTTRICK
5 GRANT BAYLOR
6 ANDREW DELONG – Husqvarna
7 STEWARD BAYLOR JR
8 JESSE GROEMM
9 CRAIG DELONG - Husqvarna
10 BRAD BAKKEN

Series Points
1 KAILUB RUSSELL 135
2 RUSSELL BOBBITT 107
3 STEWARD BAYLOR JR 96
4 GRANT BAYLOR 92
5 ANDREW DELONG 86
6 BRAD BAKKEN 69
7 CORY BUTTRICK 63
8 CRAIG DELONG 53
9 RYDER LAFFERTY 51

10 TREVOR AARON BOLLINGER 47

12 JOSH STRANG 30

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Victory Motorcycles only second brand to lap over 110 mph average

The third and final practice for the SES TT Zero race has boosted Victory Racing’s confidence ahead of the race on Wednesday.

Lee Johnston, clearly buoyed from his first ever TT podium in the Superstock race, rode an 110.97mph lap and reached 144.9mph through Sulby on the Victory electric prototype that’s powered by Brammo battery modules and supported by Parker Racing (the makers of the electric motor).



Guy Martin rode a 108.674mph lap, just 1.3mph shy of also achieving a 110mph lap. His ride was made even more impressive as it was only his second time on the bike.

Lee was thrilled to go beyond the 110mph mark for the first time and said: “It feels good yeah, I’m still just getting used to the bike, feeling a bit more flowing and trying to think about saving the power rather than rolling it on and off. Yeah it feels really good.”

Guy Martin was measured and contemplative after his second ever ride of an electric motorcycle. He said: “Interesting, interesting… yeah, it’s just…it’s just getting your head round what it’s doing. Just the momentum I think…just keeping the momentum up, don’t waste energy by braking late, or by braking at all, don’t evenlook at the brake lever, just roll off and let the regeneration do the work.”
 
Regeneration of the battery modules takes place when the riders roll the throttle off. In essence, more electricity in put back into the cells that can be used by the bike later on in the lap. Both Lee and Guy have realised they can post faster lap times by consciously using less brake and allowing the Parker GVM electric motor to ‘engine brake’ to slow themselves down. At the same time, energy is regenerated back in the Brammo battery modules.
Gary Gray, Director Motorcycle Product for Victory Motorcycles said: “We came to the Isle of Man TT to prove ‘American Performance’ and we did that today by posting the two fastest qualifying laps of the day. Lee Johnston rode the fastest lap time ever for an American electric bike at the TT of 110mph and Guy Martin ran the second fastest time of the day at 108mph. We are extremely proud of American ingenuity and our Brammo Power and Parker Racing partners.”
 
Parker’sUS-based strategic account manager, Kevin Holloway is with the team on the Isle of Man and encouraged by the newfound performance of the Parker GVM electric motor installed in the bike. He said: “Parker is very pleased with the progress of the Victory Racing team and Lee Johnston's lap speed of 110.97mph has achieved one of our goals. Both riders are improving with each lap. The Victory team is very dedicated and professional and Parker is proud to be associated with such a fantastic group.”
For Brian Wismann, Team Manager, going beyond the 110mph mark was the huge boost for the team ahead of tomorrow’s race.
Brian said: “We set a goal and we achieved that goal, so that’s what we’re here to do, and to move the performance on, practice after practice.
“Right now, the smart move would be to play it safe and finish the race given that we reached our goal of 110mph, but hey we’re racers, so we’ll probably take a look at the data from today and see if we can go faster still tomorrow.”
The SES TT Zero race is scheduled for 10:45am local time on Wednesday 10th June.
 

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Injury forces rider change on Victory TT team

Isle of Man: Victory Racing has charged forward in its second practice with Guy Martin replacing injured William Dunlop to ride his first ever lap of the TT course on an electric motorcycle.
William fell from hisTyco BMW S1000RRat Laurel Bank inthe morning’s Superstock practice lap and was taken to Nobles hospital. He had a broken rib and bruising, ruling him out of any more racing this week.After consultations with both teams and both riders, William’s Tyco BMW teammate will ride the electric motorcycle in Wednesday’s TT Zero race.
For his first ever ride on the electric bike, Guy Martin rode an incredible 104.56mph lap and hit 147.8mph through the Sulby speed trap.
Guy is known for his love of engineering, but even he was almost left speechless at the end of his lap. “I couldn’t be more impressed,” he said. “It was mega. So quiet and really fast. A mega experience.”
While Guy took much of the spotlight during today’s practice, Lee ‘General Lee’ Johnston rode a 103.94mph lap and screamed through Sulby 15mph faster than his previous practice lap, hitting 157.9mph.
Riding over the 150mph mark will be come as some solace for William Dunlop as he had told the team in their morning briefing that he was eyeing up 150mph at Sulby today. Little did he know at the time how his day would pan out.
With Guy stepping in last minute, the team was able to run two bikes and now has two sets of battery data that it will study to make decisions about the setup for the SES TT Zero race on Wednesday.
Knowing exactly what battery power settings to choose is proving crucial to success, as both Lee and Guy slowed as they rode over the finish line, with Lee running out of battery power as he brought the bike back up pit lane after his lap.
As he walked up pit lane, Lee said he knew he’d ridden fast early on: “I caught up with Guy at Sulby and got a good slipstream then passed him,” he said. “I was starting to slow coming down from the Creg, then Guy came past.”
Team Manager, Brian Wismann, said: “The team were gutted to hear of William's crash during practice this morning, but are relieved to learn that he's OK and will make a full recovery.
“We had a talk with William and he pegged Guy as the best rider to fill in for him on the Victory Racing electric prototype, so we moved quickly to get Guy confirmed for the bike.
“We sent Lee and Guy out for today's session with the power turned up a bit from the first session, and the riders made good use of it! Unfortunately, we overshot our mark a bit and both riders slowed in the final mile to cross the line.
 
“Luckily, we've been given another qualifying session tomorrow so we can take another shot at getting the perfect balance between power and energy consumption.”
The practice highlights how performance in the Zero TT is down to the amount of electrical energy that can be stored onboard. Parker’sUS-based strategic account manager, Kevin Holloway, sums it up succinctly: “Energy storage is the Holy Grail for electric vehicles.”
After Lee achieved 157.9mph today on the bike, Victory Racing and Parker Racing have more details about the design of the electric motor that propelled him to that speed.
The motor is made by Parker and called the Parker GVM. It’s cylindrical and sits behind the swingarm’s pivot point. The Parker GVM is just eight inches (0.2m) in diameter and five inches (0.13m) long, but generates 175hp giving around 165hp at the rear wheel.
It is 97 per cent efficient; nearly all of the electrical energy drawn from the Brammo batteries is converted in to kinetic energy to drive the chain and sprocket on the rear wheel.
Parker has designed an internal water-cooling system for the GVM motor. It resides within the motor, rather than creating a jacket around it; this way the smaller volume achieved means that the motor has a much higher power density.

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Victory Racing breaks the 100mph average lap speed barrier

Victory Racing has successfully run its two electric bikes in the first practice session ahead of the TT Zero race. Six racers set out on the practice, but only three crossed the line with two of those being the Victory machines.Getting both bikes back across the line and breaking past 100mph laps on Victory's first ever attempt at the TT is a promising start.
William Dunlop and Lee Johnston rode one lap of the course, achieving average lap speeds of 104.185mph and 105.185mph respectively. Both riders also achieved 140mph through the Sulby speed trap – testament to the GVM Parker electric motor installed in the machine. This means that Victory is now the third electric bike team to ride over a 100mph lap, something made extra special by doing this on their first ever time around the course. Dunlop completed his lap in 21:43.717 minutes while Johnston was 12 seconds faster, crossing the line after 21:31.322 minutes.
Team manager Brian Wismann (also head of Brammo product development) said this first ever ride of the course by Victory Racing follows a trouble-free week of testing at Jurby. “We are really pleased with our first lap of the TT course,” he said. “Both riders executed clean laps to bring a pair of 100mph+ laps on our first attempt. The reliability of the bikes has been a strong suit for us so far at the TT, with very few technical problems arising. I think this will continue to be a key to being able to translate practice results to race results when it counts.”
Following this first TT Zero practice session, William Dunlop and Lee Johnston were in extremely high spirits. Both said the bikes were extremely stable and coped well with the lumps and bumps of the TT course, something they hadn’t been able to replicate in testing.
Lee Johnston said as he climbed off the bike: “That was just mint. It feels so stable, it’s unbelievable. It’s just so peaceful. No revving.” Asked what the stand out memory from his lap was, he said: “I think just the peace and quiet and riding over the mountain, no noise and seeing the sunset. Everything’s just mint on the bike and I’m ready to go and do more.” Lee also joked: “There were load of people waving iPhones at me when I was out on the course – I wondered if they wanted me to recharge them.”
William Dunlop was equally happy with the bike saying that: “It was surprisingly good, it really was, and I’m not just saying that. It was good to just go out and not have wrestle something with 200hp around.”
The next TT Zero practice session will be on Saturday June 6th with the third and final practice session on Monday June 8th . The TT Zero race takes place at 10:45am on Wednesday June 10th.
TECHNICAL INSIGHTS
Following these promising results, Victory Racing has also revealed more technical insights in to the electric bikes.
The bike has two Brammo batteries that sit on top of one another and they actually form part of the bike’s structure. These batteries sit between a twin-spar aluminium frame with Ohlins suspension connecting the swingarm to the top of the batteries. While Brammo has created the batteries, the electric motor is made by Parker, joining Victory Racing’s TT effort under the name of Parker Racing.
The configuration of the Parker GVM motor and the swingarm is unique too. On conventional petrol-fuelled bikes the swingarm pivot point is behind the engine, but on these electric bikes, the swingarm pivot point is in front of the motor. The bikes have chains and sprockets, but the chain is set tighter than on conventional motorcycles because there is so much torque from the Parker GVM motor.
The wheels are forged magnesium, made by OZ Racing and mounted onto Ohlins forks with World Superbike-spec Brembo brakes. The rider’s display is a Motech ADL3, which also records all of the data from the electrical system.
Victory Racing has also announced that the bikes have an in-built energy recovery system, with the rate of this recovery configurable. Interestingly, Lee likes to run his recovery setting some 30% less than William’s. As Brian Wismann explains: “This is all down to riding style and how each rider prefers to get the chassis set for the entry to the corner. William prefers the regenerative braking to be higher to help slow his entry speed.”
Victory Racing has also announced that the electric bike has actually been developed for short circuit racing, so the longer 37-mile length of the TT course poses a greater challenge for setting the bike up for the race. While there are the two Brammo batteries linked to the Parker GVM electric motor, extra ‘boost modules’ can be added or taken away from the bike. Brian explains: “Here at the TT we are running the highest number of boost modules that we can carry. With these on board we can make 165bhp at the rear wheel. The bike in its TT configuration weighs around 220kg, but in its short circuit configuration drops to 209kg.”
Part of the challenge, says Brian Wismann, is to get the maximum amount of power from the batteries and boost modules while making sure the bike has enough electrical energy to get around the course.

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Round 2 of the TB21 "Five Miles" Tour is Saturday, May 30th

Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati Team head West for the famous Sacramento Mile

Troy Bayliss, Johnny Lewis and the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati team compete this weekend in the 50th running of the AMA Pro Cal Expo Sacramento Mile.
 
Regarded as one of the toughest stops on the team’s “Five Miles Tour” because of its long, fast straights and tight corners and loose top soil, it’s also one of the most historic. 2015 is the 50th running of the Sacramento mile at the current fairgrounds but the 101st running of the event in Sacramento, making it one of the most historic races in the world.
 
 
Troy Bayliss and Johnny Lewis will be competing on custom framed, 1100cc Ducati powered machines, purpose built to turn left, channeling the spirit and style of the famous Scrambler Ducati.
Fan excitement has been high, with the arrival of the three time world superbike champion Troy Bayliss. Sacramento is the only mile race in the western part of America and California is the number one Ducati market in the USA, a potent combination for excitement. Numerous Ducatisti are expected, many of whom are visiting an AMA Pro Flat Track race for the first time. The Sacramento Mile is offering a special Ducati ticket package that includes Ducati parking and an air conditioned lounge. To purchase the Ducati package call 1-844-SACMILE and reference the Ducati package. For fans that cannot attend in person the entire day, from the first practice to the final checker flag of the main event will be broadcast live and viewable on any mobile platform or computer, free, on Fanschoice.TV
 
The Sacramento Mile APA Pro Flat Track race gets underway on Saturday at 2:15pm Pacific Time with first timed practice, and the 25-lap race is scheduled for Saturday at 9:25pm Pacific Time
Troy Bayliss (Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati #21): I am enjoying my visit to America and the cross country trip with the team has been a bonus. It was great meeting so many new fans at Springfield, the flat track fans really made me feel welcome. I learned a lot there and I am looking forward to getting to Sacramento, and getting out on the track on my Ducati and putting what I learned last weekend to good use.
 
Johnny Lewis (Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati #10): After having such a great day at Springfield (3rd qualifying and 2nd in the heat race) prior to the rough ending with the crash on the front straight, I’m more than ready to return to the track on my Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati and have the successful day that I know we can have. I felt like a top five guy at Springfield, and even though it was our first outing on the bike and we had a few issues, I know we can run at the front this weekend.

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Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship - East

The 2015 National Cross Country racing season got off to a great start with a record turn out at Motopark in Chatsworh, ON. Full gates in all classes made for a very competitive day. There were new faces on the line and some new ones on the podium.
Yamaha's Brian Wojnarowski took the Pro win with newcomer Justin Lewis taking second and Connor Brogan in third after capturing the Wiesner Insurance Pro Holeshot on his Husqvarna. Last years champion Zach Lewis was out with a broken femur suffered at a club race the previous week but hopes to be back racing before the end of the season.
 

Motopark has a great variety of beautiful trails, the rocks wear riders out but despite that it is a favorite for many competitors.


Last year's Beginner Champion Wolfgang Wiesner was moved up to the very competitive Junior class, he suffered a bad start coming off the line in last place and managed to work his way up to a solid 4th finish on his Two Wheel Motorsports Kawasaki.


Porsche Reynolds, Alex Franklin and Janice Snively were the first recipients of the $200 Ride Like a Girl Purse courtesy of Laminacorr Racing!

Steve Ooman won the Vet Master Class and got a full set of Klim off road gear for his efforts
 

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Victory Motorcycles - Project 156 Pikes Peak Hill Climb prototype

Victory Motorcycles has revealed the second video featuring the Victory Motorcycles / Roland Sands Project 156 Pikes Peak Hill Climb prototype racer.  Victory Motorcycles Racing programs including the NHRA team, and the recently announced Isle of Man TT racing effort all are indicative of a new energy and direction for the brand.

Part 2:



And in case you missed Part 1:


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World Enduro Canada is celebrating its 10th anniversary

World Enduro Canada is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and is proud to kick off the first round of the Ontario Enduro Championship this weekend at Motopark. This series is focused on young riders 18 years of age and under that are new to the sport as well as up and coming serious racers looking to hone their skills and improve ability.

We are fortunate that Motopark has welcomed the Ontario Enduro Championship to their historic facility. Motopark has all the right terrain to host this series that has been growing in popularity every year since its inception. At this first round of the series it should be noted that the typical lunch provided by WEC and its sponsors will not be present. Instead we encourage all competitors to have lunch at the “Off-Road Café” where there is a variety of food and snack items on the menu to keep any budding racer happy. We want to support those race facilities that support our series.

Some riders may decide to camp overnight or return the next day to compete in Round One of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship. The CXCC has classes from Pee Wee to Pro with a course designed to challenge all yet be tame enough for our youngest riders. The Saturday night “camp out” will have a great social atmosphere with a lot of our racers getting reacquainted after a long off-season break.
 Enduro racers know this series is the most inexpensive competition series going and the easiest in which to become involved. Your $30 entry brings two hours of racing, electronic scoring with no transponder cost, simple and easy registration on site, and an awards presentation with lots of prizes.

Anyone who has any detailed questions about this event or any round of the Enduro Championship can contact WEC through the website www.worldendurocanada.com

The weather is set for a perfect weekend… see you at Motopark!

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Lorenzo Takes French GP

Jorge Lorenzo followed up his win in Jerez with a sublime performance at the French MotoGP in Le Mans, going into the lead in the second corner then putting the hammer down to win by more than three seconds over second-placed Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.

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World Enduro Canada is Proud to Celebrate 10 Years

It’s hard to believe it has been ten years of fantastic off-road motorcycle events, organized and promoted by World Enduro Canada. WEC was formed in 2005 with the mammoth task to organize and promote the first ever World Enduro Championship round to be held in Canada… or North America for that matter.

Taking place in Parry Sound Ontario, the 2006 event was heralded as “The best world championship event ever” in the words of then World Champion, David Knight. The event was given critical acclaim not only by the riders, but the host community, the series promoter and the FIM. It was with that stamp of approval that a round was confirmed again for 2007. It was two landmark world championship events two years in a row under the WEC banner.

The Enduro World Championship made some changes after that year resulting in the series pulling back to the European countries. This left WEC without a task but with sponsors and riders across the country asking for a real Canadian off-road championship series that included riders across the country, using a similar race format as the World Championship rounds.

2008 was a year continuing to learn and design a series that met this requirement. What was asked for was true closed course racing, legal use of vehicles and ground breaking electronic scoring. Electronic transponder equipment was acquired and a loss control plan designed. A test event was held in 2008 readying for a 2009 National series.
With support from the MCC, motorcycle manufacturers, motorcycle clubs, racers across the county, and numerous industry and outside industry sponsors, the Canadian Enduro Championship was realized. This was a true National off road Championship for Canada that brought the best from the east and west together. The series was well received by both racers and the industry with over 50 Pro and amateur racers making the cross country trip each season.

In 2013, at the request of some riders and manufacturer sponsors, the series morphed from a closed course enduro format to a Cross Country format. Bar to bar racing was the mandate but with the continuation of transponder scoring. Canada’s off-road national championship continues with this design to this day as the Canadian Cross Country Championship. The Alberta Motorsports Association (AMSA) and the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association (PNWMA) work together with WEC each season to make this championship what it is today. Over the last 3 years the rider attendance has continued to increase with 2014 being the strongest year ever with a 20% increase in rider entries.

Alongside the national off-road championship was the mandate for a true Canadian Trials championship involving all active trials communities across the country. World Trials Canada was formed with a board of representatives from each region steering the series as well as rules and guidelines of the discipline. The sport of Observed Trials could not be in better hands. The Canadian Trials Championship has been growing in popularity since 2009.

WEC has made other revolutionary changes to the sport of off-road motorcycling by creating an entire competition series that is focused solely on young riders. The Ontario Enduro Championship is specifically designed to challenge both experienced and novice riders under the age of 18. These are closed course events with no license plates or individual insurance required. This is a true first in Canada and the popularity of this series is exploding.

None of these events and Championship series would have been possible without the continuing support of generous sponsors. World Enduro Canada would like to thank all of the companies who have supported us both in the past and present. We could not have done this without them.
Going forward World Enduro Canada is looking forward to the continued growth of our National and Regional Championships. The Next 10 years are looking great.

In closing we want to thank the most important people to any successful race series - the dedicated racers of all ages and the family and friends who support them. Racing motorcycles is a lot of fun and a great way for families to play together.


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Blistering Jerez Weekend for Jorge

BLISTERING JEREZ WEEKEND FOR JORGE
Jorge Lorenzo got off to an amazing start at the MotoGP of Spain in Jerez, topping off some electrifying form -which included a record pole position time on Saturday - with a start-to-finish win ahead of Marc Marquez and team-mate Valentino Rossi. Jorge’s classy, dominant performance means he moves up to third in the championship. Jorge, who celebrates his 28th birthday today, is back at Jerez for post-race testing.


KENT WINS MOTO3 TO ENTER RECORD BOOKS

Danny Kent made a last-minute pounce on Fabio Quartararo on the home straight to win for the third time this season, as the Moto3 race at Jerez went down to the wire. Danny maintains his lead in the Moto3 championship with 91 points, and makes history by becoming the first British rider in any class to win three in a row since Barry Sheene in 1977. In Moto2, Jonas Folger dominated after he passed early race leader Tito Rabat, to win out by almost two seconds.

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World Enduro Canada partners with "Ride Like a Girl" Program

Cornwall, ON (May 01, 2015) - Laminacorr Racing is thrilled to announce their collaboration with World Enduro Canada (“WEC”) for participation in the Canadian Cross Country Championship (“CXCC”). This is the only National off-road series supporting the ‘Ride like a Girl’ contingency program.

During the 2015 season, the CXCC will consist of ten rounds across Canada. These rounds are separated to include four Western Canada events (CXCC West) with two in British Columbia and two in Alberta. The CXCC East will include six rounds in Ontario. These events attract around 100 riders per event.

Over the last ten years, the series has become known for their support and commitment to increasing the number of female racers at the top level of racing. CXCC currently runs one class for women, which draws an average of ten women riders per event.

Racers in the women’s class across all ten of the CXCC East and West rounds will have an opportunity to benefit from the ‘Ride like a Girl’ program, with a $200 purse to be shared amongst the top three finishers at each race. It is anticipated that with additional exposure and funding from the ‘Ride like a Girl’ program, more women will come out and compete.

The type of racing offered at CXCC events is family oriented and is geared towards all ages and skill levels, with a National Champion crowned in every class from Pee Wee to Pro and of course Women.
For more Information on the racing schedule or how to participate, visit www.worldendurocanada.com.

You can follow WEC on Facebook, or via Twitter account @worldenduro

For additional information about the ‘Ride like a Girl’ program, please contact Guy Robichaud at grobichaud@laminacorr.com

The ‘Ride like a Girl’ program is funded by Laminacorr Racing, a 100% female race team. The team would like to extend a special thank you to their sponsors and supporters: Laminacorr Industries Inc., Scott Sports, Evo Motorsport, Forma Boots, MD Distributions, Importations Thibault, LRP, MX and Off-Road Magazine, Backwoods Promotions, Xtreme Miller Sport, Quad Expert ,6D Helmets and Pirelli tire.

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Cristophe Pourcel Signs With Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

POURCEL TO RACE THE 2015 PRO MOTOCROSS SERIES IN THE 450 CLASS ON HUSQVARNA
Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce Christophe Pourcel as the fifth racer of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team. Pourcel will compete in the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series in the 450 class aboard a Husqvarna FC 450, looking to challenge the sport’s top competitors.

“We tested the bike last week and I had a good thing going with Bobby [Hewitt] and Robert Jonas. They made me feel very comfortable with the team. The test of the bike went very good. That is why we made the decision to go this way. They believe in me and that was a big part of my decision to join the team. The 450 has always suited me; I’ve been riding a 250 for a long time and I feel it’s best for me to go back to a 450 and compete. I look forward to the opportunity for a future with the team,” stated Pourcel.


Team Manager, Bobby Hewitt, has worked with some of the industry’s top riders over the past decade and is credited with aiding Jason Anderson in his first AMA pro championship. He too looks forward to the future with Christophe on the team. “Knowing Christophe had multiple options from other teams for this year’s outdoor series but chose to sign with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing says a great deal about our program and the bike. I am very happy to have Christophe join the team and I look forward to the start of the Motocross Season,” said Hewitt.

Hailing from France, Christophe Pourcel has many years of racing history in Europe, where he caught the attention of Husqvarna’s Head of Motorsport, Robert Jonas, who commented on the move to hire Pourcel, “I am very happy about our newest enhancement of the US factory racing program. Christophe, former MX2 world champion and two times 250SX champion, is known as a very talented rider who requires specific treatment but I believe that our team will be qualified to provide what’s needed to make him feel home in the team and well on the bike. He has a very smooth and technical riding style and good skills how to communicate what he is looking for on his bike setup. We made the deal maybe a little bit at short notice towards the beginning of the outdoor season but I am convinced that he will do very well.”

Husqvarna Motorcycles’ partner, Rockstar Energy, takes the racing endeavor very serious and the move to hire Pourcel is another building block in solidifying the alliance between brands. “It's going to be great to add Christophe Pourcel to our already strong lineup for outdoors. We expect some very positive results from him. We know the bike is good and he has had success in motocross in the US in the past. This is a strong acquisition for the team moving forward and we can't wait to see what the future holds! Rockstar Energy Drink is very pleased with Bobby Hewitt's effort to continue to build for success,” commented Rockstar Energy Marketing Director, Mike Kelso.

“We are very excited at Rockstar Energy Drink to welcome Christophe Pourcel to the team. It's great to be able to solidify our efforts with a 2nd 450 rider along with Jason Anderson, giving us a strong one, two punch. Pourcel's riding style fits a 450 very well and we are anxious to see what he can do with a full outdoor motocross season on the bigger bike. Christophe has always wanted a shot on the 450 but it had to be the right fit. I believe that Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing what he has been looking for,” Rockstar Energy Motocross Manager, James Hanson, explains.

Since the establishment of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, Husqvarna Motorcycles has celebrated success in many major national series, but the brand’s return to AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross remains a major initiative of the company on a global scale. “We are excited to expand our racing efforts and continue to build our partnership with Rockstar Energy by deciding to bring on Pourcel as an addition to the team. We have seen already a great first season of Supercross and are anxious to return this iconic brand to AMA Pro Motocross Racing with such a solid team,” said Husqvarna Motorcycles North America President, Jon-Erik Burleson.

Since the May 2014 announcement of Husqvarna’s return to AMA Pro Racing, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team has been making statements, collecting podiums, and proving the brand’s dedication to the sport. Husqvarna is now proud to announce Christophe will join teammates Jason Anderson, Zach Bell, Martin Davalos and Zach Osborne in the 2015 outdoor season.
 

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Ride a YZ For Free In 2016!

Yamaha’s ‘Win a Factory Ride’ Returns

Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to announce the return of the popular ‘Win a Factory Ride’ award. As always, one award will be given at each of the three biggest amateur motocross events in Canada. Last year’s big winners were Casey Keast (WCAN), Raphael Lemieux (ECAN), and Marco Cannella (TransCan). Each won a ‘Factory Ride’ in addition to a $2500 parts credit!

Matt Fletcher, Yamaha’s Motorcycle Marketing Coordinator commented, “We know how expensive racing can be and appreciate anyone spending their hard earned money on a Yamaha. With this award, amateur Yamaha riders from coast to coast have a chance to earn a free YZ and $2500 in parts and accessories for next season. This is our way of saying thank you for riding blue!”

The award will be available at the Raymond Western Canadian Amateur National (July 2 – July 4), Deschambault Eastern Canadian Amateur National (July 22 - 25) and the  grand finale, the Walton TransCan (August 12 – 15).

How Do You Win?

Of all the Yamaha riders at each event, the winning rider will attain the most cumulative points for their finishes. Enter as many classes as you can to increase your chances!

The Rules:

- Contest open only to amateur Yamaha riders.
- You must be a resident of Canada.
- Your Yamaha must be a Canadian purchased unit.
- Rider cannot be an employee of Yamaha Motor Canada or one of its dealerships.
- Winner is only eligible for one prize. (Cannot win at multiple events)

Fletcher concluded, “If you’re racing Raymond, Deschambault or Walton, make sure you’re doing it on a  Yamaha. If you do, you could ride for free on a Yamaha ‘Factory Ride’ in 2016!”


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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
 
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Nathan Watson undergoes wrist surgery

Red Bull IceOne team rider sustains wrist fracture
Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Nathan Watson has today undergone surgery to repair a fractured bone in his left wrist. Sustaining the injury during the first free practise session at the ADAC MX Masters Series in Furstlich Drehna, Germany on Saturday, Nathan will miss this weekend’s GP of Trentino. Doctors predict a recovery time of four to six weeks.

Recording the fifth best time during the practice session, Nathan landed flat over a jump, directly hitting a large braking bump. The significant impact left Nathan with the fracture.

Getting a well-deserved top 15 result in Argentina, Nathan was starting to return to his best following his heavy fall at the opening round of the MXGP series in Qatar. Remaining positive, Nathan is focused on a possible return to racing at his home MXGP event at Matterley Basin, Great Britain, on May 24.

Husqvarna Motorcycles wishes Nathan all the best for a speedy recovery.

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2015 Wiesner Insurance Ontario - Race dates

2015 Wiesner Insurance Ontario - Enduro Championship

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce that the Enduro championship dates and locations have been confirmed. This series has been growing in popularity each year and 2015 will continue with four exciting events. This competition series is designed specifically for riders 18 years of age and under. Classes are available for the youngest novice rider to the seasoned up and coming youth racers on full sized bikes. All events are closed course and therefore no drivers license, insurance or license plates are required to compete. Electronic scoring makes for quick and accurate results along with complete results details posted online immediately after the event. At each round lunch is provided with entry and no race license is required. Transponders are provided on loan for the day to all riders making it the simplest and most inexpensive way to get out there and race.

Round one will take place at Motopark in Chatsworth on the Saturday before the CXCC East race. WEC is happy to bring enduro competition back to Motopark as the facility works very well for this discipline. This event will be part of the WEC Yamaha Off-Rad Weekend at Motopark.

Round two will take place near Shelburne at a popular course that riders have loved in the past. A large motocross track and lengthy woods section make for long special test times and fun for all skill levels.

Round three will again be on a Saturday before the CXCC East race at the Moto 86 race facility in Wingham. The forest trails and perfect dirt highlight this round with lots of room for camping for those staying over for the Cross Country on Sunday

The Grand Finale will once again be held in Erin where the final round was held in 2014. This property is absolute paradise for the off-road rider with manicured trails and multiple motocross tracks. It allows for excellent spectating and a large facility for awards and lunch in the event of inclement weather.

ROUND #1 MOTOPARK CHATSWORTH – SATURDAY, MAY 23

ROUND #2 SHELBURNE – SUNDAY, JUNE 14

ROUND #3 MOTO 86 WINGHAM – SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

ROUND #4 ERIN – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

Specific details regarding each round will be released in the days leading up to the event. Keep watching www.worldendurocanada.com for up to date news and contact information.


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Coma seizes early initiative in Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

Red Bull KTM’s multi Dakar Rally winner Marc Coma seized the initiative in the first stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge to lead the field at the end of the opening day. Coma was fastest over the 262.3 km timed special stage, one minute 21 ahead of KTM factory teammate Sam Sunderland. The rally is the first round of the 2015 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship.

Other members of the KTM factory team were also well in contention after the first day in the desert with Ruben Faria in fourth and the team’s latest signing, Matthias Walkner of Austria in sixth. Moh Al Balooshi of KTM UAE was a solid seventh, Pablo Quintanilla of Chile eighth, Armand Monleon of Poland ninth and Juan Salvatierra of Bolivia tenth to give KTM eight of the top ten after Day One.

Following a largely ceremonial Super Special on Saturday, riders got down to business on Sunday with their first foray into the Liwa Desert. Coma completed the stage of 404 km of which 262 km was timed special in three hours 12 minutes and 54 seconds to finish with a narrow 1minute 21 margin to Sunderland, the team’s British rider who is based in the UAE and very familiar with the local terrain.

Marc Coma: “Today everything went well. We managed to set a good pace and we won ahead of Sam Sunderland, who we know is fast. I didn’t want to risk anything in the first part but then I was able to attack more, especially in the second part of the special.”

Speaking before the rally Coma said Abu Dhabi is a race where any advantage is good. “It is a rally with little navigation and where every small detail can be decisive. We have to be very attentive and apply the maximum concentration. The conditions in Abu Dhabi are always very hard and the temperatures are very high,” he added.

Sunderland, who has narrowly missed victory the two last years is looking to take the maximum advantage out of riding in the familiar terrain while Austria’s Matthias Walkner, who was impressive in his first Dakar Rally said before the start that he was hoping for a top 10 finish and wanted to keep working on his navigation. The Red Bull KTM Factory riders are competing on the KTM 450 RALLY.

Coma has won this event seven times, the highest number of KTM victories for a single rider. KTM riders have won every year except three since 1995 when motorcycles were first including on the program. Some 108 riders are contesting the motorcycle category this year, which is also the 25th edition of the Desert Challenge.
Monday’s Stage Two is 511 km of which 279 km is timed special.
Please Note: KTM Results Service after each stage; Race Report after final round.

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Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship Round 1
Results First Stage – 404 km, of which 262.3 km Timed Special

1, Marc Coma, ESP, KTM 3 hours 12.54
2, Sam Sunderland, GBR, KTM at 1.21

3, Paolo Goncalves, POR, Honda at 5.33
4, Ruben Faria, POR, KTM, at 11.07
5, Ricky Brabec, USA, Honda at 11.54
6, Matthias Walkner, AUT, KTM at 13.59
7, Mohammed Al Balooshi, UAE, KTM at 14.10
8, Pablo Quintanila, CHO, KTM at 16.50
9, Armand Monleon, POL, KTM at 22:06
10, Juan Salvatierra, BOL, KTM at 289:28
More at www.abudhabidesertchallenge.com

The 2015 FIM World Cross Country Rallies Championship Calendar:

Round One – Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge UAE – 27.3 to 2.4.2015
Round Two – Sealine Rally Qatar 19-24.4.2015
Round Three – Pharaoh’s Rally Egypt 10-17.5.2015
Round Four – Sardegna Rally, Italy, 6-11.6.2015
Round Five – Atacama Rally, Chile, 30.8-5.9.2015
Round Six - OiLibya Rally, Morocco 3-9.10. 2015

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Ducati Team all set for opening round of 2015 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar

After the winter tests in Malaysia in February and Qatar in mid-March, the Ducati Team is now all set for the opening round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship, scheduled to take place on Sundayevening at the floodlit Losail International Circuit.
Both Ducati Team riders will be giving the race debut to the new Ducati Desmosedici GP15, which was unveiled to the press just over one month ago in Ducati headquarters in Bologna, and which had its shakedown in the Sepang 2 test at the end of February. Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone were immediately able to appreciate the characteristics of the new bike; they set interesting times in Malaysia and then, two weeks later in Qatar, finished the final two days of pre-season testing in first and third place.


 Even though the results obtained in Qatar testing were undoubtedly positive, the Italian team is fully aware that it still has to work on various aspects of the GP15, also in view of the fact that it is still a brand-new bike, with just over 1000 kms on the board.
The Qatar weekend will begin on Thursday evening with the first Free Practice session, while the race will be held on Sunday at 9pm local time (20.00 CET).

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04)
“I am really pleased with the test in Qatar, because I was fast on both new and used tyres. I start the season with optimism because the new GP15 is a much better bike than the previous model, in Qatar it adapted really well immediately and so I think we can do well in the race. The Losail circuit is very unusual, but I’ve always gone well at this track and so I can’t wait to line up for the first race.”
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29)
“I’m happy with the way testing went at Losail last week and with the work that we did. It’s a pity we couldn’t test on the final day because we still needed to do some more work on the GP15. In any case fromThursday evening we’ll be trying to sort things out in the best possible way and I feel confident for the race. In my opinion, this is a great track and racing at night is always really special. I like Losail a lot: I’ve won here in the past and done some other podiums so for sure it’s a positive track for me.”
The Losail International Circuit
The Losail circuit is located along the motorway that leads to Al Khor from the capital Doha. The track is 5.4 km long and has sixteen corners (10 right, 6 left). The 1.068 km main straight is one of the longest in the entire championship. The infrastructure and facilities were built and inaugurated in 2004, and this will be the twelfth edition of the GP of Qatar.
Circuit Record: Stoner (Ducati – 2008), 1’55.153 (168.1 km/h)
Fastest Lap: Lorenzo (Yamaha – 2008), 1’53.927 (170.0 km/h)
Top Speed: Dovizioso (Ducati – 2014), 348.3 km/h
Race Distance: 22 laps (118.4 km)
Race Start: 9pm local time (20:00 CET)
2014 Podium: 1st Marquez (Honda), 2nd Rossi (Yamaha), 3rd Pedrosa (Honda)
Pole Position: Marquez (Honda) 1’54.507 (169.142 km/h)
Fastest Lap: Bautista (Honda) 1’55.575 (167.579 km/h)
Andrea Dovizioso
Bike: Ducati Desmosedici GP15
Race Number: 04
Age: 29 (born on March 23rd 1986 in Forlimpopoli, Italy)
Residence: Forlì (Italy)
Races: 222 (124 x MotoGP, 49 x 250cc, 49 x 125cc)
First GP: 2001 Italian GP (125cc)
Wins: 10 (1 x MotoGP, 4 x 250cc, 5 x 125cc)
First Win: 2004 South African GP (125cc)
Pole Positions: 15 (2 x MotoGP, 4 x 250cc, 9 x 125cc)
First Pole: 2003 French GP (125cc)
Titles: 1 (1 x 125cc)
Andrea Iannone
Bike: Ducati Desmosedici GP15
Race Number: 29
Age: 25 (born on August 9th 1989 in Vasto, Italy)
Residence: Vasto (Italy)
Races: 160 (33 x MotoGP, 51 x Moto2, 76 x 125cc)
First GP: 2005 Spanish GP (125cc)
Wins: 12 (8 x Moto2, 4 x 125cc)
First Win: 2008 GP of China (125cc)
Pole Positions: 8 (5 x Moto2, 3 x 125cc)
First Pole: 2008 GP of Malaysia (125cc)

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Ducati Superbike Team celebrates its first podium successes of the 2015

A fantastic start for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team today at Phillip Island, with Chaz Davies scoring two third place finishes in these opening races of the 2015 Superbike World Championship season.
Race 1 – Today’s races took place in hot conditions with track temperatures of 42°C for race one. Davies, from second on the grid, was lying third through the opening stages, right behind Haslam and Rea. This British trio battled it out for the podium positions for the entire duration of the race, passing and re-passing each other in what was a spectacular opening race. Welshman Chaz pushed hard all the way to the line but, struggling to find acceleration through the turns in the final laps, he was unable to get ahead of his rivals, crossing the line in third position. This is an important result both for the team, that opens the season in a positive way, and the rider, who steps up to the Phillip Island podium for the first time in his career.
Bayliss, twelfth on the grid, got away well and was up into seventh place by the second lap. The Australian rider battled with various riders throughout the race, Torres, Guintoli and Sykes included. Unfortunately tyre performance dropped off significantly in the later stages of the race and Troy gradually lost ground as a result. The three-times world champion crossed the line in final thirteenth position.
Race 2 – In race 2, and in very similar conditions, Davies made a strong start, and was up in second by the end of lap one, together with Rea and Haslam, as in race one. On lap two his pace was such as to record the best lap of the race (1’31.725). The Ducati rider was lapping in third/fourth position for a good part of the race and, able to manage the tyre situation effectively, he even took the race lead at one point in the final stages. A fantastic battle to the line ensued, and saw Chaz finish once more on the third step of the podium, earning himself more important points for the championship.
Bayliss made up several positions in the initial stages and was lying eighth through the opening laps. Similarly to race one, he started to suffer from significant tyre wear towards the mid-race point with the situation becoming serious enough for him to return to the garage on lap thirteen for a tyre change. Returning to the track in eighteenth place, he could only do so much in the limited time remaining, finishing his race in sixteenth place.
At the end of the opening round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship, Davies lies third with 32 points, and Troy Bayliss takes 3 points to place nineteenth. In the manufacturer’s championship, Ducati positions third with a total of 32 points.
The next appointment for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team will be Round 2 of the championship, taking place at the Chang International circuit in Buriram, Thailand over the weekend of 20-22 March.
Quotes after the races:
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 3rd, 3rd
“I’m finally on the podium at Phillip Island, and twice over - having tried every year to get here, I’ve finally done it. I would have liked to be able to do something more but it wasn’t possible, I was just missing a little more drive in the final laps and tried to conserve the tyres as well as I could. I personally have always started the championship a little badly and so this result is extremely important. It confirms that we are starting at a different level with respect to last year, and I was able to stick there with Rea fairly comfortably. We’re worked hard this weekend, concentrated on race distance, and it seems to have paid off. I thank my whole team but also all of the technicians back at Borgo Panigale for their hard work over the winter. The results obtained here are a good base on which to build.”
Troy Bayliss (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #21) – 13th, 16th
“I’m feeling a real mix of emotions at the end of the weekend. I came here to have fun, and for the fans and the Phillip Island circuit. I thought that maybe I wouldn’t have the pace to be able to run with these guys anymore but instead I’ve seen that I can still be fast and, if it hadn’t been for the tyre issue, I think I could have done a lot more. So I don’t know, it’s a pity I didn’t have more time on track, and I didn’t have time to train properly ahead of the event of course, but all in all it’s been a really fun weekend, and in many ways it feels like nothing has changed since 2008. I thank Ducati for giving me the opportunity and also all of the fans and ducatisti for their continued support.”
Stefano Cecconi – Team Principal
“I think we can say that the Superbike season has got off to a great start for us here. Chaz was fantastic in both Superpole and today’s races, and his results here demonstrate that all of the work done over the winter is taking us in the right direction. Particular thanks go to Troy, for what he has done - he’s definitely lived up to reputation as a legend. Our thoughts go to Davide of course, and we hope he can be back on the bike as soon as possible.”
 

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Final day of testing for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team and Davies at Phillip Island

The final pre-season tests have concluded for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team and rider Chaz Davies at the Australian circuit of Phillip Island, with positive results. The team confirms that unfortunately Davide Giugliano will be unable to race this coming weekend.
The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team and factory rider Chaz Davies made the most of the dry conditions (air temperature 22°C, track 32°C), working hard to make final preparations ahead of the opening round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship.
Giugliano, who suffered a highside at the start of yesterday afternoon’s session, was transferred to Alfred Hospital in Melbourne where a CAT scan unfortunately revealed fractures of the L1 and L2 vertebrae. As a result, the team confirms that unfortunately the Italian rider will be unable to participate in the opening round of the 2015 championship this coming weekend. At this time the team does not plan to substitute Davide with any other rider at Phillip Island and counts on him being able to take part in Round 2 in Thailand next month.
On track today Davies and his technicians focused on race distance with a view to Sunday’s two 22-lap races. In this morning’s session, Davies found good pace, improving both his feeling with the Ducati Panigale R and his lap times. He ended the session in fifth position, with a best time of 1’31.296, almost a second faster than his best time set yesterday.
The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike rider then carried out series of laps in the final session to better understand tyre durability, before concluding the tests in overall sixth position. Satisfied with the results achieved so far, Davies will return to the track on Friday to take part in the first timed practice sessions of Round 1 of the 2015 championship.
Quotes at the end of testing:
Chaz Davies – (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #7)
“This morning we made a couple of positive steps forward and, by modifying the front end of the bike, I was able to find the feeling that I was missing yesterday afternoon. I put together a series of laps this afternoon and am feeling fairly confident in terms of race distance but we need to take the positives from this morning’s session and move in that direction. We’ve definitely got a lot done here and I feel like we are a lot clearer about what’s working and what’s not, which is obviously a great way to finish the tests. When we return to the track on Friday I hope we can concentrate on the best that we’ve found in these tests and take it from there.”
Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #34)
“It won’t be easy to follow the first two races of the season as a spectator. It’s a real shame because I was feeling comfortable with the bike and the development work begun here was going really well. What can I say? Luckily my physical condition is not so serious and this is the most important thing. Unfortunately I have to sit out the Phillip Island races and now I must focus on recovering in order to get back on track as soon as possible.”
Ernesto Marinelli – Ducati Superbike Project Director
“Davide’s crash has come as a blow right before the opening round but unfortunately this is racing and we know these things can happen. The important thing is to understand the treatment he needs in order to be back on the bike as quickly as possible. The tests have provided us with a great deal of information, we’ve introduced some new components at the rear of the bike and developed the set-up as a result with some positive feedback from our riders. The races here at Phillip Island will be tough, as ever, but we’ll do our best to be as prepared as possible.”

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Positive first 2015 outing for Ducati Team in IRTA tests at Sepang.

Three days of pre-season IRTA testing came to an end today at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, and the Ducati Team now returns home satisfied with the results and after a positive conclusion to the scheduled work programme. Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone focussed mainly on fine-tuning work on the chassis and the electronics set-ups of their Desmosedici GP14.3, and both riders said they were pleased with the results obtained.
The quickest Ducati Team rider, and also the fastest Italian on the track, was Andrea Iannone, who was particularly incisive and at ease today, the third and final day of the tests. In the morning the rider from Vasto lapped in 1’59.388, a time that pushed him up into third place in the standings behind the factory Honda pairing of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. With the heat and stuffy weather in the afternoon, there were very few significant variations in the timesheets and the positions remained unchanged until the end of the session.
In the morning Andrea Dovizioso had been unable to get the best out of the soft tyre, and he did not complete a perfect lap on his only run, but the rider from Forlì was in any case pleased that he had reached the target he had set for himself at the end of yesterday, which was to lap under the two-minute mark. Andrea set a best time of 1’59.874 and concluded his work schedule at lunchtime, finishing these first tests of 2015 in seventh place overall.
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 1’59”388 (3rd)
“I am very happy because I return home after a really positive test. We constantly improved from the first day until this evening. This afternoon we also worked with the second bike and we tried some different settings to try and understand if the modifications were going in the right direction. We also did several tests with the electronics, seeing as we had an evolution version of the software for the GP14.3. There has been a lot of work over the last three days, and I’m also happy with my new team: the guys have done a great job. Now I’m really anxious to try the new GP15 at Sepang 2 but in any case I’m happy with the way we have improved in the last few months.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1’59”874 (7th)
“I am very satisfied with these three days’ testing because our aim was to improve the chassis and the electronics even more, as well as doing some comparative tests that will be useful for the new bike. We were quick throughout the three days, and this is always very important, and I also managed to get under the two-minute mark, which was one of my aims on this beautiful track. The only negative aspect is that this morning I didn’t manage to do a perfect lap with the only soft tyre I had available, but the rest of the work we did was very good: yesterday we even did a 15-lap long run, setting some interesting and constant times. I go back to Italy very satisfied and very curious to see and test the new GP15.”
Luigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager)
“From my point of view these first tests of 2015 have gone well, and I am pleased both regarding the lap times we set but above all for the development work we managed to do in these three days. We have certainly made some steps forward regarding the software and also the chassis. We tested some things that we never had time to test throughout last season and as a result we also obtained some very useful information for the development of the GP15, which will take to the track in the next tests at Sepang.”

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Ducati Team continues to make progress in IRTA tests at Sepang

Ideal weather conditions greeted the MotoGP riders for the second of three days of pre-season IRTA tests at the Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpar. Both Ducati Team riders, present in Malaysia with the latest version of the Desmosedici, the GP14.3, took advantage of the excellent conditions to notch up the mileage and continue the fine-tuning work on their bikes.

 
Andrea Dovizioso took just twenty minutes of the morning session to place himself at the top the standings, setting an excellent time of 2’00.015 on a soft tyre, two-tenths of a second quicker than the one set by Marc Marquez (Honda) at the end of day 1. The only rider to get under the two-minute mark today before the lunch break, was Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), but the track temperature increased in the afternoon, thus ruling out any major improvements and the leading positions remained unchanged. Dovizioso had to settle for an excellent second place, just 52 thousandths of a second behind his Spanish rival.
Good progress was also recorded by Andrea Iannone. The Italian in fact lowered his yesterday’s time by a full second, setting his best lap in 2’00.391 on a hard compound tyre late in the afternoon. This allowed Iannone to conclude the second day in fifth place and sixth in the combined times of the first two days.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 2’00”015 (2nd)
“I am very happy with the pace I did today because we were interested in doing a long-run: we did 15 laps in these extremely hot conditions, and it was important to do some constant laps, which is normally a bit our limit. We lapped pretty well, and this shows that the guys back in the factory have been working well in recent months. I’m happy with this morning’s time but not 100% because I wanted to see a time of 1’59 on the dash! I was counting on it, it was an aim of mine here but I just missed out. Hopefully it won’t rain tonight so we can find the track still fast tomorrow.”
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 2’00”391 (6th)
“I am quite happy with the way the test went today and in the end we managed to improve a lot our performance from yesterday. In addition, I managed to find more feeling with the bike in turn-in, and now under braking I feel a lot safer and I can push harder. Some of the components of the GP14.3 have for sure helped us in this and it’s a very important aspect in view of the race. Tomorrow is the third and final day of testing and we can do some more modifications, because I want to improve even more.”
 

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Positive start for Ducati Team in first 2015 tests at Sepang

After a winter break of more than two months, the Ducati Team’s 2015 season got underway today with the first IRTA test session at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. The Borgo Panigale-based team, which this year lines up in the MotoGP World Championship with the all-Italian rider pairing of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, are tackling these first tests in Malaysia with an updated version of the Desmosedici, the GP14.3, in view of the arrival of the new GP15 which is scheduled to make its debut, again at Sepang, in the second IRTA test session from 23 to 25 February.
Today Dovizioso and Iannone worked methodically through their testing schedule, concentrating above all on the chassis and the electronics set-up of their GP14.3 bikes, as well as gathering useful information that will be transferred to the new bike.
 
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 2’00.617 (4th), 41 laps
“I’m really happy about today because the track was luckily in a good condition and we were able to start in the right way to test what we wanted. We tried some set-ups for the chassis and the electronics, and from the beginning my feeling was very good today. I like Sepang a lot: I always manage to go well here and our speed is really good compared to that of our rivals. I am still using last year’s bike, with several important updates, but I’m really curious to try the new bike at the end of the month. The GP15 will be quite different from this one, but all the work we are doing is useful feedback for the new bike, and so the work in these three days is very important
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 2’01.424 (7th), 59 laps
“These tests are for sure very important for our future, and here we have brought the Desmosedici GP14.3 evolution, which has been updated with several new parts and this allows us to adjust the chassis more. I am happy because finally I’m back on the bike again after last year’s test, I can shake the rust off, and it’s always a big emotion every time I get back on my Ducati. Today was a positive day because we managed to try some things that will also be useful in the future. Everyone lapped really fast on the first day: we only used our hard tyre and I am quite happy with my time. For sure there is room for improvement, but it wasn’t bad for the first day.”

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Coma takes 5th Dakar title

In case there was any doubt, Marc Coma is an amazing competitor taking his fifth Dakar win in a row. It's an amazing feat to finish it let alone take the top spot five consecutive years!


Red Bull KTM factory rider Marc Coma of Spain on Saturday sealed his fifth Dakar title and presented KTM with its fourteenth win in this offroad classic. Paolo Goncalves of Portugal took second place and KTM rookie Toby Price of Australia took the minor podium place.


Coma, A Red Bull athlete, rode to the start of the final Stage 13 with a 17-minute lead over Goncalves however riders were unable to complete the 393 km of the final stage into Buenos Aires after heavy rain made the track surface slippery and too dangerous. The race was halted at CP2 and Coma was declared the winner. The win for Coma equals that of his former KTM teammate Cyril Despres and represents the domination of these two riders on the event for a decade.

Coma tackled the Dakar with his usual passion and attention to detail, true to his belief that the only result that counts was that in the final day. He took victory in Stage Five and was top three in six other stages. He also rode with care and prudence in the two marathon stages, nursing a damaged tire in the first and safely bringing his KTM 450 RALLY home across the salt flats of Bolivia in wet conditions that resulted in many riders having to exit the rally after salt clogged their engines and electronics.

Marc Coma: “I’m happy and proud. As usual it was a grueling rally. We had to overcome a problem on the second day that slowed us down a bit in the rankings. So from then on we had to change the strategy a little and push to recover that time. We knew that the marathons would be key stages and they were. I am happy with the team and the people we have around us. This fifth win says a lot about all of us.” Coma also congratulated his two rivals Joan Barreda and Paolo Goncalves who he said were tough opponents. “The level was very high and this also makes the win very valuable,” he added.

The 2015 rally was an emotional roller coaster for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team and the KTM-supported riders. Factory racer Sam Sunderland got things off to a brilliant start with a solid first stage win, only to get lost at the tail end of Stage Two in what was the longest stage in the 2015 edition. He then crashed out early in Stage Three and had to retire.

At the same time it was already clear that two young pretenders, KTM-supported Dakar newcomers Matthias Walkner of Austria and Australian Toby Price were out to impress. Both came to the Dakar with only one rally under their tires having raced the Morocco Rally in October. Both were also new to road book-style navigation.

Walkner drew attention early. After finishing 8-6 in the two opening stages he then won Stage Three. The rest of his rally saw him making great recoveries after difficult days until he finally succumbed to altitude sickness and stomach problems in Stage Nine and had to withdraw. It was an unfortunate end for a rider with great potential and as yet little experience and he exited after making his mark as a rider to watch in the future.

Price, a four-time winner of Australia’s Finke Desert classic said at the beginning of the rally that navigation would be difficult. He did have some difficulties in stages 4-6 but by the time he started in the final stage he had eight top five finishes and including a win in Stage 12. Price by then had moved up to third overall and was able to make it stick until the race was declared over.

Regular Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ruben Faria of Portugal finished sixth overall, which was a solid result given that Faria had broken his collarbone only six weeks before the rally. His teammate Jordi Viladoms was one rider who was unable to finish the difficult stage over the Bolivian salt flats. Villadoms was fifteenth overall when he retired from the race. KTM-supported rider Riaan van Niekerk also retired after Stage Seven left Bolivia. He was overall twelfth. Jakub Przygonski of Poland, a regular KTM-supported rider who competes for Team Orlen was eighteenth overall. He has had a difficult season after a serious injury in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of 2014. 

Line honors in the final shortened stage went to three KTM riders. Ivan Jakes of Slovakia won the stage. Countryman Stefan Svitko finished second and Price was third. Svitko finishes fifth overall and Jakes was eighth overall. KTM riders took seven of the top 10 places in the 2015 edition.

The Dakar 2015 was indeed a battle of attrition. Of the 168 starters in the bikes division only 78 were on the starting line for the final run into Buenos Aires.

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Dakar Rally 2015
Final Overall Results

1, Marc Coma, ESP, KTM at 46.03.49 (5th Dakar title for Coma; 14th for KTM) 

2, Paolo Goncalves, POR Honda at 16.53
3, Toby Price, AUS, KTM at 23.14
4, Pablo Qunitanilla, CHI, KTM at 38.38
5, Stefan Svitko, SVK, KTM at 44.17
6, Ruben Faria, POR, KTM at 1:57.50
7, David Casteu, FRA, KTM at 2:00.14
8, Ivan Jakes, SVK, KTM at 2:18.18
Other KTM
11, Hans Vogels, NDL, KTM, at 3:31.50
14, Paolo Ceci, ITA, KTM at 4:58.14
18, Jakub Przygonski, POL, KTM 6:21.12 

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Stage 13 Results
Please note: Final stage was halted at CP2 because of heavy rain deemed by organizers to make the surface too slippery and dangerous to continue the stage

1, Jakes, KTM at 52.06
2, Svitko, KTM at 00.45
3, Price, KTM at 1.07
4, Goncalves, 1.15
5, Coma, KTM, at 3.11
6, Vogels, KTM at 3:36

7, Frans Verhoeven, NDL, Yamaha at 4.35
8, Qunitanilla KTM, at 4.52
9, De Soultrait, FRA, Yamaha at 5.54
10, Lila Sanz, ESP, Honda at 7.55
Other KTM
12, Casteu, KTM at 8.16
15, Ceci, KTM at 9.51
16, Faria, KTM at 9.22



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2015 Canadian Cross Country Championship Schedule – East & West

2015 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship Schedule – East & West
 
CXCC West
 
Round #1  - June 27 - Lytton, BC (Monkey Wrench HS)
Round #2  - June 28 - Lytton, BC (Monkey Wrench XC)
Round #3  - September 5 - Blairmore, AB (Moutain Goat 100 HS)
Round #4 - September 6 - Blairmore, AB (Mountain Goat 100 XC)
 
CXCC East
 
Round #1 – May 24 - Chatsworth, ON (Motopark)
Round #2 – June 21 - Alvinston, ON (Gullymor MX)
Round #3 – July 26 - Parry Sound, ON (Hurd Pit)
Round #4 – August 23 – Wingham, ON (Moto 86)
Round #5 & 6 – September 19 & 20th – Walton, ON (Walton MX)
 
More information on all of these events and our 2015 Sponsors will be available on our site over the few weeks.  Please visit us at www.worldendurocanada.com


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Dakar 2015 - Starts January 4th!

We're getting pretty excited about the start of the 2015 Dakar. This is the official 2015 Dakar teaser video. It starts on January 4th and runs to the 17th.




#dakar2015 @dakar More information on www.dakar.com
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Husqvarna Announces 2015 Off-Road Team and Partnership with Rockstar Energy

STRANG, BROWN, ARGUBRIGHT AND DELONG MAKE UP NEW ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING – OFF-ROAD TEAM

Husqvarna is set to go off-road racing in 2015 with a strong roster of championship-winning riders and the support of a new title sponsor– Rockstar Energy Drink. Husqvarna’s off-road program is proud to welcome Rockstar Energy Drink as title sponsor, effectively creating the off-road division of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. New to Husqvarna this year is past champion and eager contender, Josh Strang. Returning for a second year are factory riders Mike Brown and 2014 Champions Andrew DeLong and Jacob Argubright.

“We are really excited to expand our race efforts with Husqvarna,” said Rockstar Energy Drink Marketing Director,Mike Kelso. “We are proud to be a part of the rebirth of such a legendary brand.”

“Bringing on Rockstar Energy as a title sponsor is a really important step in our alliance as we take on off-road racing at the most reputable stages,” said Husqvarna Motorcycles North American President, Jon-Erik Burleson.

New to the Husqvarna team, Josh Strang will be contesting the 2015 GNCC Series aboard a Husqvarna FC 450 in the XC1 Pro class, and will also race the National Enduro series aboard an FC 350.

Joining Strang in in his 2015 efforts will be Husqvarna’s off-road phenom Andrew DeLong. The reigning champion will be continuing his deep-seated relationship with Husqvarna, and defending his title in the AMA National Enduro series, as well as looking to make strides in the GNCC XC1 Pro ranks. DeLong will once again pilot a Husqvarna FC 350 in both championships.

“I’m really excited for the 2015 season and defending my number one plate in the National Enduro Series,” DeLongcommented. “I’m also excited to try to put my Husqvarna FC 350 up on the GNCC podium at every race.”


Also continuing his term with Husqvarna is EnduroCross star Mike Brown. The accomplished Supercross, motocross and off-road racer, who recently returned from the ISDE where he proudly represented his country on the US Trophy Team, will once again take on the AMA EnduroCross Series, along with other select events in 2015. “Brownie” continues to be one of the most revered riders in off-road, and a crowd favorite wherever he goes. He will once again be contesting the AMA EnduroCross series aboard an FC 350, and racing select races around the globe aboard an FC 450.

AMA West National Hare Scrambles Champion Jacob Argubright is back for another season with Husqvarna, and will be flying the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing colors in the AMA National Hare & Hound Series. The desert specialist will also be defending his championship in the West Hare Scrambles series, all aboard the capable FC 450.

“We had some great moments in 2014, and we’re looking forward to an even better season in 2015,” Argubright said.“I’m excited to put Husqvarna back on top of the podium in the desert, where so many people remember them dominating. It’s going to be a good year.”

“I am really excited about the group of riders we have for 2015,” added Timmy Weigand, Husqvarna’s Off-road team Manager. “They are all front runners in their respective series’. I look forward to this year and the opportunity we have as a team to carry on the values and tradition of Husqvarna. We are excited to have Rockstar Energy on board with us. I feel they help bring our team to another level and add some excitement.”

The four-man Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – Off-road team will be racing alongside additional Husqvarna factory support riders and Rockstar Athletes, Colton Haaker and Ryan Sipes.

Haaker – who was a front-runner in the 2014 AMA EnduroCross series – will be taking on the 10-round 2015 championship aboard a Husqvarna FC 350. Former Supercros racer and fellow support rider Ryan Sipes will be riding a Husqvarna FC 450 in the XC1 Pro class of the 2015 GNCC series, as well as select rounds of the National Enduro Series.


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Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing: Ready For Dakar

The Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team is making its final preparations for the 2015 Dakar Rally and can reveal this year’s team livery for multi-time Dakar winner and this year’s Cross Country Rallies World champion Marc Coma, 2014 Dakar runner-up Jordi Viladoms, along with Ruben Faria and Sam Sunderland.

The team’s recent test held a few weeks ago was deemed a success, as adjustments were made ready for the prestigious race, which begins on January 4th 2015. With a new KTM 450 RALLY factory machine launched just ahead of this year’s event, in which Marc Coma and Jordi Viladoms went on to take the top two positions, the team has twelve months more experience with its race bike and only minor refinements have been made in preparation for the most important race of the year for the rally squad.




Coma has had a superb season, as he took victory in the Cross-Country Rallies World Championship with consistently strong performances to add to his extensive accolade, which includes four Dakar wins. The Spanish-ace is once again meticulously preparing everything for the 2015 edition of the race with one intention, to continue KTM’s 13 consecutive Dakar wins for another year. He is joined again by fellow countryman Viladoms, who had nearly no preparation on the KTM machine last year and has been able to build on his runner-up success while having a real preparation for the 2015 rally with the entire KTM team.

Unfortunately for Ruben Faria, who was ruled out of last year’s event in the early stages, his preparations have been more difficult, as a shoulder injury has thwarted his progress in recent weeks. The Portuguese rider expects to be at full fitness ahead of the Dakar race. Finally, the team apprentice and British star Sam Sunderland has had a strong preparation for this year’s rally with good results during the year, despite some injury niggles, and he will be looking to extend his results as he learns from his colleagues after taking a stage win in the 2014 Dakar.

Additional KTM factory supported riders
There are also other notable contenders aboard KTM machinery with Polish rider Jakub Przygonski (Orlen Team) continuing to work with the factory team, and Dakar-beginners Austrian Matthias Walkner (Betsafe KTM Rally Factory Racing Team), and Australian Toby Price (KTM Rally Factory Racing Team) looking to embark on their first South American rally journey.

Alex Doringer (KTM Rally Team Manager): “We have a strong team again, and now a year on working with the bike, which we know is already proven, we have a lot of confidence again for this rally. For sure it’s one of the most difficult races in the world and anything can happen, but we are ready. We have of course a lot of experience in the team, and now with Sam on board we can look at the future. It’s always a busy time as we make these final preparations, but we are happy with the progress and looking forward to getting to the start line in January.”

Dakar 2015
The rally begins in Argentina in Buenos Aires and navigates over 9000km of a variety of terrain and altitudes through Chile, Bolivia and back into Argentina. It’s a massive test of endurance for both man and machine, with the calculations, speed, navigation comprised with the physical and mental test that riders take on each day. Anything can happen during the race, which takes place over 14 days including one rest day, and the Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team is looking to fend off the competition once again for victory.

www.dakar.com

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Dakar 2015 - Marathon Stages!

There's 4,752 KM's of special stages for the motorcycles this year! 9295 total km's. That's a lot of riding no matter the kind of surface. The Dakar si always challenging but this year seems to be particularly challenging. It'll be great to watch!

The only way to complete the Dakar is through a combination of endurance and determination. The competitors will have an additional problem to resolve on the 9,000 kilometres to be covered in Argentina, Chile and Bolivia: adopting and maintaining the right momentum, while the route continuously endeavours to break it. Depending on the day, both the setting and the pace will change, moving from rocky routes to desert dunes and from endurance stages to extreme sprints. Given the competitors’ inability to recognize clearly identifi ed sections, in particular they must capitalise upon their ability to adapt… and to control their stamina. The marathon stages will defi nitely remind them of this basic rule of off-road races.
 
 
The Dakar tests competitors and their vehicles in extreme endurance. The marathon stages, where drivers cannot use their assistance teams, are a particular test of their ability to independently manage their mechanics. This year, cars and trucks, which have not taken part in a marathon stage since 2005, will have to tackle this additional difficulty.

Split over two days, a marathon stage involves some of the competitors spending the night in an isolated bivouac. The vehicles are taken into a closed area, where only help between competitors is authorised. Despite the technical challenge which this constraint represents, the drivers also enjoy a different, highly convivial atmosphere. In Uyuni, it will be the car teams which will spend a night apart, followed by the motorcyclists and quad bikers the next day. The truck category will have its own dedicated bivouac in the middle of the Atacama Desert.

To make organisation of the marathon stages possible, a new system has been set up at the heart of the extended stay in Iquique. So, on 11th January, three races will take place on three different routes and in two countries. This meant there was also a need to incorporate staggered rest days for the motorcyclists and quad bikers.

For several years now, the organisers have used their in-depth knowledge of the South American terrain to refi ne the routes and off er specifi c features for each category. For the 2015 edition, the motorcyclists and quad bikers will face an additional diffi culty, with a particularly dense second week: four marathon days in total. 35% of the kilometres they cover without the cars and trucks will be in the form of special stages.

Different routes and rest days also gives the car teams the opportunity to fully demonstrate their potential, both in terms of driving and navigation. With 1,382km of open space (a third of the special stages) the cars will be able to compete without being slowed down by overtaking... and will also enjoy routes on virgin terrain. The truck drivers will find themselves in this situation for more than 600km.

For more details check out the Dakar website: http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2015/us/route.html

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Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship

On October 19th in Erin Ontario, the final round of the Ontario Enduro Championship took place under sunny skies and perfect track conditions. Situated on a picture perfect 100 acre property, this final race of the season featured three spectacular special tests that all racers loved. Our host Ric Wilson spared no expense grooming the Motocross track and creating two further tests in the forest that were carved out to perfection. There were large elevation changes and a great mixture of obstacles. The smallest and most novice five year old racers were entertained and challenged as well as the most experienced Super Youth competitors on full size bikes.
 
The race was made up of four laps of this course making for twelve special tests on the day timed to the second. Rider times were gathered electronically by transponder with results posted minutes after the last rider crossed the line. A huge buffet lunch was provided to all racers and spectators immediately after the competition. Once everyone enjoyed lunch it was back to the motocross track for some recreational riding as the awards ceremony was prepared.
Many prizes courtesy of Royal Distributing and Parts Canada were given out during the award ceremony for the day’s competition. Immediately following the race day awards was the overall series championship number one plate presentation.
The 2014 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Champions are:
Pee Wee - Nathan Taplay
C Class - Zak Jacobsen
B Class - Aiden Langlois
A Class - Christian Wiesner
Super Youth - Wolfgang Wiesner
Complete result details of all events as well as the Championship standings are available on the results page at www.worldendurocanada.com
World Enduro Canada would like to thank all the racers participating in the series in 2014. It has been a fantastic year with ever increasing ridership. We have been fortunate to visit some great properties this year and have the support of some great host family land owners. This series is also greatly assisted by our corporate sponsors; Wiesner Insurance, Royal Distributing, Parts Canada, Honda Canada,Yamaha Canada, KTM and Husqvarna Canada.
There is some great talent within the racers of this series and it’s good to know off-road motorcycle racing has a bright future in Ontario as a result.
 

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Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championsh​ip - Round# 4

The final round of the Ontario Enduro Championship will be held October 19 near Erin Ontario. The competition is tight in all classes but at the end of the day Sunday, Champions will be declared and number one plates will be presented.
The course at this venue is breathtaking. Tremendous work has gone into preparing this event that will include excellent spectator access. This venue boasts a large building that will allow for lunch and the awards presentation in the event of inclement weather.
This is a must see event that features the best up and coming riders in the province. In the past, Enduro competition has been a sport that specifically excluded young riders. World Enduro Canada addressed this concern head on and now we see more and more new riders enter the sport and their ability improving at each event. With this series now well entrenched, the future of off-road motorcycling in Ontario is bright. Come out and see why this is the most talked about off-road race series around.
Check out www.worldendurocanada.com for directions and more event details.
 

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Royal Distributi​ng CXCC East - 2014 Finale at Walton

The crew at Walton offered up another great course this past weekend to cap off the 2014 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship. Over the last few months they added new trail to create the best Walton off-road course yet.


These were the final two rounds of the CXCC East and in the Pro class both days provided epic racing between Yamaha Canada’s Brian Wojnarowski and Zach Lewis. Zach won the Saturday race so going into Sunday Wojo had a slim 3 point lead. With Zach taking the win again on Sunday, it left Brian and Zach tied on points, tied on first place wins and tied on second place wins. The tie breaker went in the favor of Zach Lewis as he won the final round. He commented after that he had never passed and been passed so many times. On the podium the new young champion only had great things to say about Brian Wojnarowski and the rest of his competition.
There was great racing in all the Amateur classes as well and on Sunday all the champions were awarded thier CXCC East #1 plates. Champions in all classes are as follows:
Pee Wee – Connor Taplay
Mini Junior – Ryan O’Neill
Mini Senior – Christian Wiesner
Women – Jill Carney
Vet Junior – Mark Butt
Super Senior – Brian West
Vet Senior – Mike McCormick
Vet Master – Tim Carney
Beginner – Wolfgang Wiesner
Junior – Mike MacLennan
Intermediate – Tyler Thiessen
Pro – Zach Lewis
World Enduro Canada Congratulates all the 2014 CXCC East Champions as well as all the racer’s who made 2014 the best season yet.
 

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Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship - Round# 4 Inbox x

Earlier this summer the Campbellville round of the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship had to be cancelled due to weather conditions leading up to the event. The replacement event has been arranged and the course is set to go.

Round Four of the series is set to take place on October 19th near Erin, Ontario. This centrally located facility has an extensive network of trails, a motocross track and a custom designed Extreme Test that will challenge and entertain riders of all abilities.  Directions will be posted on our site within a week.

As this will be the final round, Champions in all classes will be crowned with the formal presentation immediately following the day’s award ceremony. In the event of inclement weather, this location features a very large building where celebrations will take place. As at every event, a barbeque lunch will be provided for all in attendance.

We would like to  remind racers that round #3 is set to take place September 28th near Meaford, Ontario. Some revisions have been made to this already excellent course that all riders will love.   The championship is heating up so keep on top of the points chase by viewing complete standings at www.worldendurocanada.com

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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy North America 2014, day 3

A worldwide mix of talented GS riders got the best possible taste of the rugged beauty of Canada today as day three of the GS Trophy consisted of nearly 200 kilometres of off-road adventure, 150 kilometres of scenic paved mountain passes and three special stages thrown in for good measure – two of which involved getting extremely wet.

As usual, the day started early – with a 6am wake-up call – but yesterday's rain and mud soon became a distant memory as blue skies and warm sunshine greeted the early risers. Today was about getting off the pavement and heading into the middle of nowhere, as a 55-kilometre blast along what many of the riders called the “perfect GS road” led to the first special stage of the day – bike-to-bike towing.

On a sandy, dusty and rocky track, and using just one tie-down strap attached to the footpegs, one team rider had to tow his team-mate's GS behind him – without the engine running of course – over two kilometres from the starting point to the finish, with an immediate forfeit if they stopped or crashed at any point. The clock only stopped when both bikes had reached the finishing line and the fastest team to make it up the hill would win the day.

Sounds easy? The reality was that only five made it up the hill without any penalty, and the winning team – by over a minute – was France.

Sixty kilometres of fantastic riding followed, that saw one overenthusiastic journalist going into a corner too hot and sliding down a ravine. Needless to say, the amazing spirit already demonstrated in the Trophy saw a multi-national rescue effort that involved straps, ratchets, brute strength and a pick-up truck to haul the GS back up to the track. Both rider and machine were unharmed and continued on their way after a quick medical check and a series of 'high-fives' with fellow participants.

Soon after, the teams arrived at a picturesque river crossing for the 'Water Bear' special, which involved the highest levels of teamwork, physical effort and riding skill to get one of their GS bikes across a fast-flowing river strewn with slippery rocks. With one rider at the controls and the other team members having to maintain contact with the bike at all times, each country had its own ideas about the shallowest route. This provided great entertainment for the fellow competitors as every single participant got soaked in search of the fastest time. The winners of the Water Bear special were Team Alps.

The final special stage was another 185 kilometres away – 115 km of which was seriously challenging off-road trail. This culminated in a 20 km section graded as a ‘black run’ where the competitors found the trail through the forest narrowed to barely handlebar width, while steep climbs loaded with loose rocks brought consternation for some and delight for others. Finally the trails wound down to the shores of picturesque Christina Lake, allegedly the warmest in Canada. The 'Paddleboard Challenge' saw teams racing from the shoreside into the lake, mounting their boards and paddling around a fixed buoy – and then back to the shore again. This special test was no easy task, coming straight after several hundred kilometres of tough riding, but it was Team CEEU who won the battle for supremacy on the waves.

Overall winners for the day were Team South Africa, having placed 4-4-2 in the three special tests. Ruan de Lange: “We’re really happy to have won today. Our team journalist Stefan Boshoff was at the GS Trophy in 2010 and he explained the most successful strategy in this event is to aim for consistency across all the challenges. This really paid off today and has brought us much closer to Team CEEU. Now we just have to keep on doing this over the next four days!”

The toughest day yet ended with live music and dinner at the Christina Lake community hall where the local community were incredibly welcoming, feeding and entertaining the GS Trophy competitors. Tomorrow will bring a whole new series of specials and 'local' challenges – some of them performed in front of large crowds. All will be revealed right here on gstrophy.com tomorrow evening.

BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2014  Day 3 overall standings:

PosTeamPoints
1CEEU98
2France92
3South Africa89
4Russia65
5USA64
6Korea59
7Argentina53
7Latin America53
9Alps51
10UK50
10Germany50
12Brazil45
12Italy45
14Canada34
15Mexico23
16Japan22


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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy North America

Team CEEU leads the GS Trophy tonight after impressive performances in the first two special tests of the 2014 edition. Team France and Team South Africa are snapping at their heels in second and third place respectively.

Day one of this once-in-a-lifetime week-long adventure saw the 48 competitors and 16 journalists taking part in the 2014 Trophy get their first real taste of Canada, as the route took them right into the picturesque Rocky Mountains.

An early departure time meant that a 6am wake-up call was necessary to give participants the chance to strike camp, eat breakfast, attend the safety briefing and pose for the customary team photos before finally setting off. Despite early morning temperatures as low as two degrees, clear, sunny skies soon warmed the riders, and an initial paved section gave them all a taste of the wild beauty of Alberta.

The route passed by interestingly-named places such as Widowmaker Creek and Grizzly Creek, offering stunning views of the Glacier National Park. It also took the riders past the towns of Canmore and Banff before heading off on a forest trail towards the first special – the aptly-named 'Broken Bridge'

Here, each three team members and their accompanying journalist had to haul all four of their GS Trophy bikes – one by one – across a rocky, shallow, but fast-flowing river and up a steep muddy bank. It was great to see the legendary spirit of the GS Trophy already in evidence, as teams cheered on and supported their 'rivals', constantly encouraging them throughout the duration of their tasks.

Several hours were needed to get all the teams across the river, after which they continued on their way on a fantastic trail through pine forests to their camp for the night at the resort town of Golden – where another special test awaited them. This 'Golden 8' test required each team rider to complete a slow-speed figure-of-eight course, collecting a ball at the start and then depositing it back in the same bucket at the end. With points deducted for stalling the engine, dropping the bike, or even putting a foot down, the pressure was on but again, all teams supported and applauded each other's efforts.

Soon after, the day's results were announced and then the entire Trophy team enjoyed a fabulous buffet dinner, after which each team made a short, informal, and often funny presentation about themselves and their country. As the competitors continued to bond late into the night as they camped under the stars, the opening stage of the 2014 International GS Trophy was well and truly a success.

The day, however, belonged to Team CEEU, whose excellent teamwork strategy at the 'Broken Bridge' and highly-skilled riding technique saw them propelled to the top of the leaderboard. Mariusz Lowicki, Team CEEU commented: “This is just the first day, the beginning of the competition. Of course it’s nice to be on the top but we know we still have six days left and although we are excited about the prospect of those we need to concentrate on the coming days. When we keep this result on the last day – then we can be very happy! On the Broken Bridge test we decided we should keep every man just doing one thing. On the Golden Eight test we scored maximum points – a great result! The ride today has been spectacular, the nature and scenery is amazing. In Europe we have high mountains that we can ride, but in these mountains there’s so little civilization that it’s completely overwhelming for us.”

GS Trophy 2014 Day One results and overall standings:
Pos.TeamPoints
1CEEU38
2France33
3South Africa31
4Germany23
5Alps21
6USA20
6Latin America20
8Italy18
9Russia17
10UK14
11Brazil13
12Argentina11
13Korea9
14Canada7
15Japan7
16Mexico6

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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
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Royal Distributing CXCC East - 2014 Finale this weekend at Walton

The famous Walton Raceway will host the final rounds of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship East on September 6 & 7. At the end of Sunday’srace, champions will be declared in all classes from Pee Wee to Pro. There will be no waiting days for results or months for Championship plates to be awarded. The National Championship awards ceremony will take place on Sunday afternoon immediately following the days podium presentation.
 
World Enduro Canada brought Cross Country racing to Walton in 2011 and over these years this facility has become a favorite with many racers. The course is definitely to the advantage to those that are truly fast and have motocross speed and skill. Almost the entire National motocross track is used and is complemented by a grass track, fast forest trails and man made obstacles. This fantastic course even offers excellent spectator opportunities.
 
Saturday will feature the WEC Moto Cross Country format of two motos, one hour each for all adult classes. A live engine start with motocross starting gate will be used.Due to this format, it is very important for racers that normally ride the afternoon program to show up early – need to be signed in ready to ride by 11am with registration opening at 8am.
 
Sunday will return to the Classic Cross Country format of two hours for all adult classes and 2.5 hours for Pros. Sunday will continue to feature the live engine start with motocross gate. 
 
Tons of prizes will be awarded at the series finale. As at every round, the Wiesner Insurance $100 Pro Holeshot Award will be presented both days along with the Wiesner Insurance $100 fastest Lap award. We will be giving away two sets of Pirelli Tires each day as we have all year along with many additional prizes courtesy of series sponsor Parts Canada.  This is the biggest off-road race weekend of the year in Eastern Canada so don’t miss it. Want to know who is leading each class and what the current points are? Check out the complete CXCC East standings in all classes

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Raphael Lemieux takes home his second consecutive Factory Ride!

–Raphael Lemieux powered his Yamaha YZ125 to top finishes at the ECAN in Deschambault to claim back-to-back Factory Rides!

The 14 year-old, Terrebonne, QC native collected the most points of any amateur Yamaha rider. For his efforts, Lemieux will get the use of a YZ of his choice along with $2500 in parts and accessories for the 2015 season.

“After winning this great award last year, I was determined to repeat. I am proud of myself and very excited to have a new 2015 Yamaha for next season!" said Lemieux.


“For next year, I will definitely be choosing the 2015 YZ250. I’m a big fan of the Yamaha 2-strokes and love the new look of the 2015’s. I have to give a big thank you to Benoit Léveillé. Without his help, this would not have been possible. I’d also like to thank my sponsors, Yamaha Motor Canada, my parents and my brother.”

The Yamaha Factory Ride Award will conclude for 2014 at the Walton TransCan from August 13th-17th. One moreYamaha rider still has the opportunity to ride away with a YZ of their choice and collect $2500 in parts and accessories for next year.

Conquer Dirt on a Yamaha and you could be on a Factory Ride in 2015!


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Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship - East Round #3

Light rain the day before the race made for excellent conditions at the famous Parry Sound event.  It eliminated the dust but did make the rock sections a bit more slippery – riders struggled through some of the tougher areas but at the end of the day positive comments flowed on the course layout.    A big thanks needs to go out to Mike Hurst, Barry Billings and the volunteers who cut in the new sections.

Yamaha’s Brian Wojnarowski, who excels in the technical terrain, was determined to get back on top of the podium after a second in Alvinston, ON to fellow Yamaha rider Zach Lewis.  Brian led from the start with new Yamaha rider Brandon Cambareri in second.  Zach Lewis washed out in the first turn trying for the holeshot and had to work his way back up from 6th, he managed to get past Brandon on the 3rd lap but couldn't catch Wojo and had to settle for second.

The next round will be in Wingham on Aug 17th.  This will be a double header weekend with round 2 of the Ontario Enduro Championship taking place on Saturday and the Cross Country on Sunday.

It was announced in Parry Sound that the Wheatley round planned for Aug 24th has been cancelled due to the wet season making large sections of the course unrideable.

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Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship - East Round #3

This Sunday, July 27th is Round #3 of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship East taking place just outside the Town of Parry Sound.
This historic race location is famous world wide for hosting rounds of the World Enduro Championship in both 2006 and 2007. It is also the location of the Canadian Enduro Championship in 2009 and 2010. This is the only time in the year racers are able to experience these incredible trails that truly are of World Championship caliber.
The Parry Sound course is known its mix of rocky trails, fast sand hills and berms as well as loamy deep forest trails.  Each year some new trails are added and this year is no execption – the WEC volunteer crew has been hard at work adding a new techincal section for the afternoon race.   A shortened and more tame version of the course is set and passable for all our mini riders as well as Pee Wee racers. The morning race program has a few of the most difficult obstacles removed and the afternoon race program pulls out all the stops and features everything past Word Champions rode.
Located only one hour north of Barrie, its an easy drive up the recently widened Hwy 400. This community has a great vacation atmosphere with plenty of restaurants and recreational activities to entertain the whole family. The Town of Parry Sound has a history of welcoming motorcyclists into their community and the region looks forward to this race every year.
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Casey Keast Rides Away With a Factory Ride!

Casey Keast has conquered the Western Canadian Amateur National in Raymond, AB to take home a 2015 Yamaha Factory Ride for the 2015 race season!


The 15 year-old Kelowna, BC native dominated by going 1-1-1 in Super Mini and 85 while finishing on the podium in Schoolboy to collect the most points of any Yamaha rider at the Temple Hill track.

For his efforts, Keast will get the use of a YZ of his choice along with $2500 in parts and accessories for the 2015 season.

This feels great! I was in contention for the award last year and was determined to bring it home this time. I knew I had a good chance to win with my top finishes in Schoolboy and Super Mini.” said Keast of his victory.

Right now Im torn between a new YZ125 or YZ250F for next year. I love the new look of the Yamaha 2-strokes, but I could be ready to make the jump to the YZ250F. For the last four years, Kelowna Yamaha has really helped me out. It’s where I get all my Yamahas. I’m looking forward to continuing our relationship next year. I’d like to thank Terry Poirier at Kelowna Yamaha, all my sponsors, Yamaha Motor Canada, and my parents.”

The Yamaha Factory Ride Award will continue at the Eastern Canadian

Amateur National in Deschambault and conclude for 2014 at the Walton TransCan in August. Two more Yamaha riders still have the opportunity to ride away with a YZ of their choice and collect $2500 in parts and accessories for next year.

Conquer Dirt on a Yamaha at these events and you could be on a Factory Ride in 2015! 


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Mick Doohan Says The Road Is No Place To Race

Pretty neat video showing what 'might' happen if all those MotoGP guys were riding on the street like they do on the track.





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BMW Motorrad Race Trophy: Riders from Canada and Spain move to the fore

St-Eustache, Quebec (CAN) 6th July 2014. Team BMW Waznie Racing Rider Jordan Szoke #1 (CAN) riding the BMW S1000RR. This image is copyright free for editorial use © BMW AG

Munich, 8th July 2014. BMW Motorrad privateers were once again victorious on various continents last weekend. Jordan Szoke (CA) tasted success in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK), while Ivan Silva Alberola (ES) and Daniel Rivas Fernandez (ES) finished one-two for BMW in the Superbike class of the Spanish Motorcycle Championship (CEV). In the World Superbike Championship, Sylvain Barrier (FR) returned to form after a long injury to claim an emphatic victory in the EVO class.


BMW Motorrad Race Trophy: Szoke and Silva Alberola on the up.

 

The battle at the top of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy remains exciting this week. Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR) and Emilien Jaillet (FR) from the French Superbike Championship (FSBK) are level on points at the top of the standings. Both have 143.00 Race Trophy points to their name. In the case of a tie, the number of race wins is decisive: as Brunet-Lugardon has won once more than his compatriot Jaillet this season, he is classed as the leader. However, the chasing pack continue to take every opportunity to pick up points and, as the race calendars are completely different in the individual championships, major changes are afoot every week in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy standings.

 

One man who took full advantage of the opportunity to score Race Trophy points this weekend was Canada’s Jordan Szoke. He lined up at the second round of the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) in St. Eustache (CA). As at the season-opener in Shannonville (CA), Szoke was unbeatable on his BMW S 1000 RR. He claimed both pole position and the win in St. Eustache. This not only saw Szoke extend his lead in the CSBK, but also significantly increased his points tally in the Race Trophy. He has now climbed to third overall with 129.00 points.

 

Level on points (129.00), but with one win fewer to his name, is the new fourth-placed man Ivan Silva Alberola (ES). He races in the Superbike class of the Spanish Motorcycle Championship (CEV). The fifth round of the season in this series was held in Albacete (ES), and BMW had plenty to cheer about. BMW Motorrad not only claimed its first win of the season in Sunday’s second race, but also achieved a one-two. Cheered on by his entire family, Silva Alberola came home first on the BMW S 1000 RR fielded by Targobank Motorsport to move into the overall lead in the CEV Riders’ Championship. Daniel Rivas Fernandez (ES / Easyrace Superbike) crossed the line second to complete the BMW one-two. Rivas Fernandes was fourth in race one, with Silva Alberola behind him in fifth place.

 

 

FIM World Superbike Championship in Portimão.

 

Portimão on the Algarve coast of Portugal was the venue for the eighth round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship (WSBK) at the weekend. Sylvain Barrier of the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK team emphatically announced his return to form. The Frenchman had been forced to take a three-month break from racing after a serious crash in his car, and only returned to action at the previous round in Misano (IT). In Portugal, there was no sign of his lengthy injury. On Saturday, Barrier first missed out on the decisive Superpole 2 on his BMW S 1000 RR, and eventually qualified tenth, making him the best-placed EVO rider. In the opening race on Sunday, which was held in dry conditions, Barrier missed out on victory in the EVO class by just a few thousandths of a second. He led the EVO class until shortly before the finish, when David Salom (ES) sneaked past in the final few metres. Barrier finished runner-up in the EVO class (tenth overall). It rained in the second race, but there was no catching the Frenchman this time: he crossed the finish line as the winner of the EVO class (eleventh overall).

 

Injury prevented Imre Toth (HU/BMW Team Toth) from competing in Portimão. His Superbike version of the RR was ridden by Gabor Rizmayer (HU). He came home 17th and 19th. Peter Sebestyen (HU), who lined up on an EVO version of the RR for BMW Team Toth, was unable to finish race one and did not start the second race.

 

There is no time to catch a breath for the WSBK teams and riders. Directly after the races at Portimão they headed to the United States. The iconic Laguna Seca Raceway in California will host the ninth round of the 2014 season this weekend.

 

FIM Superstock 1000 Cup in Portimão.

 

Portimão hosted the fifth race of the season in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (WSTK). The best-placed BMW Motorrad privateer was Federico d’Annunzio (IT/FDA Racing Team) who finished seventh. Robert Muresan (RO/H-Moto Team) was twelfth. The riders from the Motxoracing team, Federico Sandi (IT) and Remo Castellarin (IT) came home 13th and 17th.


2014 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Current Standings.

 

Status: 8th July 2014

 

Pos.

Name (Nat.)

Series

Points

1

Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR)

FSBK

143,00

2

Emilien Jaillet (FR)

FSBK

143,00

3

Jordan Szoke (CA)

CSBK

129,00

4

Ivan Silva Alberola (ES)

CEV

129,00

5

Laurent Aymonin (FR)

FSBK

127,00

6

Marco Nekvasil (AT)

IDM

122,75

7

Lucy Glöckner (DE)

IDM

116,25

8

Markus Reiterberger (DE)

IDM

106,75

9

Lance Isaacs (ZA)

SAM

102,75

10

Daniel Rivas Fernandez (ES)

CEV

101,00

11

Michel Amalric (FR)

FSBK

100,00

12

Alessandro Polita (IT)

CIV

91,25

13

Bastien Mackels (BE)

IDM, EWC

91,00

14

Luca Conforti (IT)

CIV

82,50

15

Andy Rey (FR)

FSBK

82,00

 

16. Eeki Kuparinen (FI/CEV/80,00), 17. Federico D‘Annunzio (IT/WSTK/78,00), 18. Matthieu Lussiana (FR/BRSBK/69,50), 19. Leon Bovee (NL/IDM/67,50), 20. Dominik Vincon (DE/IDM/60,75), 21. Marc Neumann (DE/IDM/58,50), 22. Janine Davies (ZA/SAM/58,05), 23. Stefan Nebel (DE/IDM/54,75), 24. Uwe Gürck (DE/SWC/51,12), 25. Denni Schiavoni (IT/CIV/50,00), 26. Florian Drouin (FR/FSBK/48,00), 27. Jean Foray (FR/FSBK/45,00), 28. Björn Stuppi (DE/EWC/42,35), 29. Hayato Takada (JP/MFJ/42,35), 30. Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR/FSBK/41,00), 31. Jörg Steinhausen (DE/SWC/40,80), 32. Thomas Hainthaler (DE/IDM/40,50), 33. Mark Albrecht (DE/IDM/36,75), 34. Daisaku Sakai (JP/MFJ/30,00), 35. Robert Muresan (RO/WSTK/30,00), 36. Kohji Teramoto (JP/MFJ/26,60). 37. Sergiy Grygorovych (UA/IDM/25,50), 38. Lucas Barros (BR/BRSBK/21,00), 39. Camille Hedelin (FR/FSBK/18,00), 40. Tim Robinson (CA/CSBK/17,50), 41. Luciano Ribodino (AR/BRSBK/16,50), 42. Alessio Velini (IT/CIV/15,00), 43. Lucas Teodoro (BR/BRSBK/9,00), 44. Imre Toth (HU/WSBK/6,50), 45. David Datzer (DE/IDM/6,00), 46. Rémi Boitel (FR/FSBK/6,00), 47. Shinya Takeishi (JP/MFJ/6,00), 48. Martjin Polinder (DK/IDM/3,00), 49. Peter Sebestyen (HU/WSBK/3,00), 50. Filip Altendorfer (DE/EWC/0,00), 50. Florian Bauer (DE/EWC/0,00), 50. Rico Löwe (DE/EWC/0,00), 50. Didier Grams (DE/Macau Grand Prix/0,00)


It is still possible to register for the 2014 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy on the website www.bmw-motorrad.de/motorsport. The deadline for registrations for the current season is not until 2nd November 2014, entry is free. Regardless of when the registrations are received, each participant will receive points for all the race events he/she has competed in since the start of the scoring period on 15th February 2014. So the ranking can also continuously change as new participants are added.

 

 

BMW Motorrad Motorsport website:

 

www.bmw-motorrad.com/motorsport

 

 



It is still possible to register for the 2014 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy on the website www.bmw-motorrad.de/motorsport. The deadline for registrations for the current season is not until 2nd November 2014, entry is free. Regardless of when the registrations are received, each participant will receive points for all the race events he/she has competed in since the start of the scoring period on 15th February 2014. So the ranking can also continuously change as new participants are added.

 

 

BMW Motorrad Motorsport website:

 

www.bmw-motorrad.com/motorsport

 



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Rounds 3 & 4 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship

It was a wild weekend of racing in the Alberta Mountains. The Shale Shaker is one of the toughest off road events in Canada - if you ask the top riders they will say THE toughest in Canada. It kept some riders away and attracted many others looking to take on the challenge. Riders raced up, down and across the mountains for two days with some sections requiring sweep riders to use long ropes and grappling hooks to help a few of the racers over the summit sections.


Both days saw KTM's Bobby Prochnau and Honda's Jason Schrage put on a Battle Royale in the Pro class trading leads all day - in the end Bobby managed to win by a just few seconds on both days and capture the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship West Championship. Husqvarna's Ryan Graffunder rode hard to manage third overall on both days and third in the Championship.

Full results and points standings are available on the WEC site.

The next round of the Royal Distributing CXCC will be back east in Parry Sound on July 27.


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Rounds 1 and 2 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship

Rounds 1 and 2 of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship West are in the books.



The West Coast Dirt Riders – one of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association clubs – put on a fantastic two day event in the mountains north of Lytton, BC.  Day one consisted of a shorter 25 km loop and day two was the 45 km loop ``Monkey Wrench` Cross Country that saw Pro riders doing over 100 km. 
Riders raved about the challenging course. The WC Dirt Riders always keep it fun with some interesting obstacles.  On Day one riders rode through a tunnel with a fog machine called `Gorillas in the Mist. On day two they rode thru the Parts Canada lounge where couches and a TV playing off road videos was set up.  Specators sat on the couches watching TV while the racers rode throught the living room set up before going into a mud bog full of old tires. Then there is their famous `Romaniacs`section with the wooden roller coaster ride fun for riders and specators.
The CXCC West will finish this weekend July 5 & 6th at the Shale Shaker in Old Man River, AB.


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Ducati Wins Middleweight Division & Two Open Division Podium Positions at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Ducati Wins Middleweight Division and Takes Two Open Division Podium Positions at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
 
Ducati riders achieved the Middleweight Division victory and four of the five top motorcycle times of the day at the 92nd running of the historic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This year’s introduction of new rules and new motorcycle racing divisions, including the “Motorcycle Middleweight Division” and “Motorcycle Open Division,” brought with it a field of strong competitors challenging for top times.


 
The introduction of the “Motorcycle Open Division" – which allowed fully faired liter bikes to compete in the same class as the defending champion Multistrada 1200 – made it the most competitive motorcycle class and the one in which the top five times of the day were posted. Lambert Fabrice, who competed on a Ducati 1098R, brought home the second fastest time of the day at 10:04.401, while Don Canet and Micky Dymond followed in close succession with lap times of 10:10.101 and 10:11.319 respectively aboard Ducati Multistrada 1200s. Bruno Langlois finished in the fifth slot with a time of 10:14.480 on a Ducati 1199 Panigale.
 
The newly formed “Motorcycle Middleweight Division,” comprised mostly of fully faired middleweight sport bikes was ultimately won by Frenchman Eric Piscione, who dominated the division aboard a Ducati Streetfighter 848 with a time of 10:46.159.
 
Since it’s inception in 1916, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has emerged as one of motorsport’s most spirited and formidable races, as riders face a 4,720 foot elevation change on grades averaging seven percent – all in times hovering around 10 minutes. The 156 turns leading to the summit challenged the field of veterans and rookies alike, though Ducati riders proved themselves once again at the “Race to the Clouds.”


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Ducati Heads Back to Pikes Peak

On Sunday, June 29, the Spider Grips Ducati team heads back to Colorado Springs for the 92nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Piloted by Micky Diamond and Don Canet, the team is sending two Multistrada 1200 S models to the summit of Pikes Peak in the quest to defend the all-time fastest motorcycle record time of 9:52.819 set by Carlin Dunne on a Ducati Multistrada in 2012. A win by either Diamond or Canet will mark five-consecutive years of victories for Ducati and the Multistrada at the historic race.

 

Practice sessions this week have been quintessentially Pikes Peak, with cold temperatures and weather conditions changing by the minute. Several crashes throughout the week are a constant reminder of how unforgiving the mountain can be. The Spider Grips Ducati team has had strong practice sessions and will head into race day with confidence.

 

Cheer for the Ducati team and receive race updates by visiting the Ducati Twitter (@DucatiUSA), Instagram (DucatiUSA) and Facebook pages (Ducati). You can also view the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb live online at www.ppihc.com



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Round #2 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship East - Alvinston, ON

Round #2 of the Royal Distributing CXCC East was a smash hit!

Excellent weather, fantastic course, and lots of giveaways on the podium made for a great day.  Over 120 riders showed up to try out the all new cross country course that was fast and fun to ride and favored the MX racers.   The rider compliments flowed all day with everyone hoping for another round next year.  The Roberts family have a top notch facility and went out of their way to make a great course.

The WEC timing crew had results up before most riders had a chance to get out of their riding gear.  Please visit our site for full results.



The CXCC West gets started this weekend with a double header in Lytton, BC.

The next CXCC East event will be in Parry Sound, ON on July 27


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Round #2 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship

The Canadian Cross Country Championship travels to an all new location this Sunday June 22 for Round#2 of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship – Gully Mor MX Park

The Staff at Gully Mor have been busy prepping the track and the surrounding trails to create a fantastic cross country course.  The course will use the entire MX track and few kilometers of surrounding trails that will provide a challenge to all classes from Pee Wee to Pro.

This event will use the classic Cross Country format – 2 hours for all adult classes and 2.5 for Pro’s – with a live engine MX gate start to add to the excitement.

There is basic overnight camping available for $15 – for directions and event details click here

This event will have some extra giveaways – World Enduro Canada is proud to announce that Pirelli has joined our team and will be providing tires for the “Pirelli Fastest Lap Award”.   At each of the remaining CXCC rounds there will be a 3 sets of tires given away – Mini, Adult amateur, and Pro.  The classes for Mini and amateur will be announced before the start of the event and the rider from that class with the fastest lap of the day will go home with a set of Pirelli tires!  So you may not win, or get on the podium but if you can manage to put in one blistering fast lap you can get some incredible new rubber on your motorcycle!


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Round #1 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship

Sunday June 8th will mark the kick-off of the most exciting and talked about series in off-road racing in Ontario. The first of this four round series will take place at the well know property in Shelburne that was the birth of this race format five years ago.
All riders are welcomed from the most novice level child on a 50cc automatic up to and including 16 year old experienced off-road racers on full size bikes. Champions will be awarded in the following classes:
Pee Wee – 50cc Automatic
C – Class – Novice riders with minimal to no competition experience
B – Class – Intermediate level racers with racing experience
A – Class – The most experienced top level racers on small wheel bikes
Super Youth – 16 years of age and under on full size bikes
The “special test” enduro race format has riders competing individually against the clock and not bar to bar. This allows for a much more controlled environment for youth who may be intimidated by Cross Country or Motocross competition. This is not to say that the racing isn’t fierce. Anyone who has attended one of these events knows that riders are pushing extremely hard to set the fastest time in their class. With electronic transponder scoring, results are fast and accurate. Transponders are on loan for those who do not own one.
As always, the $30 entry includes a BBQ lunch and refreshments for all. Lunch is available after the competition finishes and before the awards ceremony.
This year we would like to introduce a new feature to the event which is an equipment and bike “swap meet” area. This area will be clearly marked at each round and people are encouraged to bring their used riding gear, parts, and bikes for sale. As we all know, kids grow out of riding gear and motorcycles very quickly and what better opportunity is there to pass down your boots, pants or bike to the next proud owner. It is asked that all items are marked with name, contact number and price when put on display for sale.
Weather is looking perfect for race day and the course has just been groomed. It will be a fantastic day.
Go to www.worldendurocanada.com for all event specific details and directions.


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Bel-Ray Racers Score Positive Results in Mugello

Round six of the 2014 World Championship took place this weekend at the picturesque Mugello race circuit in Central Italy. Situated northeast of Florence in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, Mugello is a modern circuit with excellent facilities. As a sponsor of Team Aspar, Bel-Ray had field racers in all three championship classes, with Hiroshi Aoyama in MotoGP, Nico Terol and Jordi Torres in Moto2, and Juanfran Guevara in Moto3.

In MotoGP racing action, Japanese racer Hiroshi Aoyama represented the sole team entry in MotoGP competition. American Nicky Hayden has been struggling with a wrist injury and will undergo surgery to repair it this week. In Mugello, Aoyama scored points for the sixth consecutive event, scoring two points in Mugello with a fourteenth place finish.

14th place finisher Hiroshi Aoyama: “This morning, we tried a different setup to that which we used yesterday in the qualifying session. We liked it a lot, so we decided to keep it for the race. But when it came to race time, the condition of the track had changed a lot and the temperature had risen substantially. During the race, we suffered from a lack of grip with the rear, and it was hard for me to keep up my pace. I tried to be consistent and stay with the group that I was in. It was difficult and I had two moments in which I was close to crashing. In the end, I decided to be prudent, as I wanted to finish the race and keep scoring points.”

In Moto2 racing action, Jordi Torres arrived at Mugello with significant changes in his bike set-up to increase his confidence and control. An incident at the start of the race cost him positions, but he put his head down and turned in strong laps for an eventual eleventh place finish. Teammate Nico Terol suffered from an issue with his front tire during the event. This difficulty lead to a twenty-fourth place finish at the checkered flag.

11th place finisher Jordi Torres: “We had a good feeling about this race because we had taken a major step forward this weekend. At the last race, we had finished far back, and that led us to lose confidence. But for this Grand Prix we made big changes to the bike, and throughout the weekend we could see that they were developing well. Here in Italy, we returned to the right track, but we still have a few changes to make to the bike. In the race I made a good start, but on the second corner I was involved in a melee and almost went to ground. I lost several positions and I had to make a comeback. I had to fight a lot with my rivals. The positive point of the weekend is that we have found a good base setup, and from now on everything will be much easier.”

24th place finisher Nico Terol: “In the warm-up session we continued with our work from yesterday, and the feeling was better. I also maintained a fairly steady pace. With small steps forward, we have been regaining confidence on the bike. Basically, this morning we continued working with the same methodology as throughout the weekend. I was convinced that we could have a good race, but right from the start I had problems with the front tire and I found it difficult to keep up. It was a shame, as we were hoping to get a better outcome from this race at Mugello.”

In Moto3 competition, Juanfran Guevara worked all week to improve confidence, performance, and knowledge – a strategy that paid off on race day. He took his best ever qualifying position on the grid in eighth and backed it up with a strong race to retain that position at the checkered flag.

8th place finisher Juanfran Guevara: “This weekend went very well. We’ve worked hard and taken a step forward compared to other races. I enjoyed myself a lot here at Mugello. Maybe in the first part of the race I was a little slow and found it hard to find the pace, but later I felt very comfortable riding in the lead group. With five or six laps remaining, I had caught up a lot and could see myself fighting for the win. That was when my lack of experience showed, as I felt strange being up at the front. It had to happen someday, so I am very happy; the positive thing today is that I learned a lot. This result will help us to believe in ourselves and to know that we can be up there. Today I took my best Grand Prix race result, which is very satisfying, but we have to keep working to be in the same position at every race.”

Team Aspar relies on Bel-Ray lubricants to protect their machines and provide maximum power.
The FIM World Championship continues in Spain on June 15.

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Canadian Cross Country Championship - East - Round #1

The Off Road racing season is FINALLY HERE!

The long, long cold winter followed by the cold, wet spring has made the end of May seem like a year away.  However it has finally arrived and with it the start of the highly anticipated 2014 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship.

Round #1 of the CXCC East kicks off this Sunday at historic Motopark in Chatsworth, ON.   The long term forcasts are calling for warm sunny weather all weekend.  Couple that with perfect soil conditions and a new course design and we have all the makin’s for an epic race weekend.

Just a reminder to all our racers – this year you will NOT require a CMRC license to compete at any of our Ontario events.  There will be a one time $25 WEC registration fee payable at sign in only.  Race fees for 2014 will be $50 for adults and $30 for kids.

Sherco Canada will be on hand with a few of thier 2014 models available for demo rides.  Come out and see the exciting new off road and trials bikes they have to offer.

Similar to previous seasons we are looking for any adult riders who are interested in helping out as course marshalls.  If you have friends who are not into racing but want to ride this is a great way for them to get out on thier motorcycle and have the best seats in the house for all the racing action.

See you this weekend!!
 

    For full event information please visit our site www.worldendurocanada.com

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Yamaha's Win A Factory Ride

For Immediate Release – Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to announce the return of the popular ‘Win a Factory Ride’ award. One award will be given at each of the three biggest amateur motocross events in Canada. Last year’s big winners were Kyle Biro (WCAN), Raphael Lemieux &Tommy Dallaire (ECAN), and Dylan Wright (TransCan). Each won a ‘Factory Ride’ in addition to a $2500 parts credit!

Matt Fletcher, Yamaha’s Motorcycle Marketing Coordinator commented, “Racing takes a lot of time, effort and commitment. This award gives amateur Yamaha riders from coast to coast a chance to earn a Factory Ride and $2500 in parts and accessories for 2015. The award shows our commitment to amateur racing and our appreciation of their business. We want our customers to know they’re always a part of the Yamaha family and hopefully this helps do that.”

The award will be available at the Raymond Western Canadian Amateur National (July 2 – July 5), Deschambault Eastern Canadian Amateur National (July 25 - 26) and the grand finale, the Walton TransCan (August 13 – 17).
 

In 2014 you could ride away with a YZ of your choice AND $2500 parts credit

Walton Raceway’s Brett Lee commented, “The entire team at Walton Raceway is proud to have Yamaha and the Yamaha Factory Ride program as part of the Grand National Championship. This will mark the fourth year for the Yamaha Factory Ride and we are sure it will once again showcase the talent represented by the best Yamaha Amateur Athletes in Canada."

How Do You Win?

Of all the Yamaha riders at each event, the winning rider will attain the most cumulative points for their finishes. Enter as many classes as you can to increase your chances!

The Rules:

- Contest open only to amateur Yamaha riders.
- You must be a resident of Canada.
- Your Yamaha must be a Canadian purchased unit.
- Rider cannot be an employee of Yamaha Motor Canada or one of its dealerships.
- Winner is only eligible for one prize. (Cannot win at multiple events)


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Atlantic Roadracing League New Organization Structure For 2014

Halifax, NS - March 31, 2013  Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL) announced today they will be undergoing some organization changes for 2014 and beyond. ARL has been running motorcycle events in Atlantic Canada including road racing, high performance riding academies, and track days since 2008. The Atlantic Roadracing League will be continuing, however it will be under a new non- profit organization.

The Society of the Atlantic Roadracing League is made up of a board of directors with long respected histories in road racing, and will be lead in the initial year by President Sean Kelly who, while also being a racer, has extensive experience running large non-profit organizations in Atlantic Canada. Andrew Murray, former president of ARL will be working with the new board throughout the season to ensure a smooth transition for their events, sponsors, and participants.

“Our first goal in this transition is to ensure that road racing events and academies continue for 2014 and beyond. Secondly, we needed to ensure all participants, customers, and sponsors who signed on for events in 2014 will be recognized. I’m glad to say we were able to achieve these goals” says Andrew Murray, former President of ARL.

While the ARL brand has been created and grown for the past six years, the owner of Atlantic Roadracing League Inc., Andrew Murray wanted to see the brand continue and will work with the new board of directors to ensure a seamless transition with the new organization.  “We didn’t want to go through a branding change for 2014 even though the organization was changing so we took the necessary steps in allowing the new organization to use the ARL name and brand”, Andrew Murray explained. He went on to say, “The new organization will be known as the Society of the Atlantic Roadracing League, and has been initiated under the rules for not for profit organizations in Nova Scotia.”

When asked further, Andrew Murray said, “It has always been our goal to grow the sport in Atlantic Canada and to provide the most professional, well run events in the region and we feel we have been able to do that over the years. However, because ARL is not recognized as a stakeholder in the facility known as Atlantic Motorsport Park it was very difficult to be sustainable.”  He went on to say, “Our primary goal when determining this new approach was to ensure motorcycle racing continues in our region, and I am glad we have achieved that.”

Effective April 1, 2014, Society of the Atlantic Roadracing League will the promoter of all Atlantic motorcycle road racing, riding academies, and track days at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. For information on these and other activities visit www.facebook.com/AtlanticRoadracing or www.atlanticroadracing.com.



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2014 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce the 2014 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship – Building Tomorows Pro Riders

This upcoming race season will mark the fifth year of the WEC Ontario Enduro Championship. From its inception, this has been a series specifically designed to introduce young riders ages 16 and under, to the sport of off-road motorcycle competition. Over this period it has grown into a four round championship series with classes for the youngest beginner on 50cc automatic bikes all the way up to 16 year old dedicated racers on full size MX bikes.

Events are designed to mimic the FIM enduro model with multiple trail loops and three different special tests timed electronically per loop. As these events are entirely off road on closed course and private land, there are no license plates, or insurance required on the bikes themselves. The $30 entry fee provides a day of competition, lunch for all in attendance and an afternoon of play riding after the awards ceremony.  Parents and friends are encouraged to follow the kids around the course to help them out 

Round #1 – Sunday June 8 Shelburne.  Long special tests and a great MX track highlight this round. 

Round #2 – Sunday July 13 Campbellville.  This event will be part of the festivities of the Overland Adventure Rally taking place at the Mohawk Inn and KOA Campground. There are lots of events all weekend. 

Round #3 – Saturday Aug 16 Wingham.  This round will be part of a double header weekend with the Enduro on Saturday followed by Round #4 of the WEC National Cross Country East on Sunday the 17th. Lots of camping is available on site for those families that participate in both the XC and Enduro Series. This property has a spectacular network of forest trails as well as a MX track that riders love. 

Round #4 – Sunday September 28 Meaford. This property was introduced into the series two years ago with a great rider response. As it is the end of the series, awards for the series champions will presented.

If you know any young riders that are thinking about getting into racing and want minimal cost, a controlled environment, and friendly atmosphere, this is series is for them. The Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship showcases great up and coming talent and has exciting competition without the bar to bar pressure and intensity of Motocross or Cross Country. With attendance growing every year, it’s hard to argue with a formula that works.

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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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Schuberth Expands SR1 Race Helmet Line

Schuberth Expands SR1 Race Helmet Line

● Schuberth announces the arrival of new graphics and colorways for the SR1 helmet.
● The SR1 Stealth features a matte black finish with red, orange or blue reflective accents.
● Schuberth’s SR1 helmet represents the pinnacle of head protection design and technology.

Aliso Viejo, Calif. - March 14, 2014 - Schuberth is proud to announce the arrival of new graphics and colorways for their premium racing helmet, the SR1. The SR1 Stealth will be offered in red, orange or blue color options and is now available through Schuberth dealers.

“Our customers have been asking for helmets that match their race bikes and leathers,” reports Randy Northrup, Vice President of Schuberth North America. “We are pleased to offer these exciting new options which complement a wide array of motorcycle brands.”


SR1 Stealth RedSR1 Stealth OrangeSR1 Stealth Blue

Though the Stealth is a primarily matte black, 360° of reflectivity and accents not only meet the rider’s color preference but more importantly enhance rider visibility and safety. This new finish is of course combined with the development and safety-oriented engineering that makes the SR1 Schuberth’s masterpiece helmet.

Borrowing technology from their SF1 Formula 1 helmets, Schuberth built the SR1 to bring the precision of F1 to motorcycle racing. Engineered specifically for sport riders and professional racers, the SR1 is highly lauded by the international motorcycle press.

Land speed racer Andy Sills recently set a new 236mph record while wearing an SR1, saying “the design, materials and construction of the SR1 have no equal. The aerodynamic attributes are near perfection. The physical fit on the rider’s head is indeed perfection...the SR1 holds your head truly still with no slippage or movement regardless of your position in the air stream.”

Schuberth SR1 Pricing

● SR1 Solid | $899 ($1040 CAD)
● SR1 Technology | $969 ($1120 CAD)
● SR Stealth | $949 ($1100 CAD)

For more information on the SR1 and to find a Schuberth dealer near you, visit www.SchuberthNorthAmerica.com. Join the Schuberth community online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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2014 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship dates announced

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce the 2014 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship.  We are looking forward to another great season of off road racing across Canada.

The CXCC East Championship kicks off May 25th at Motopark in Chatsworth, ON.

The CXCC West Championship begins in June with a double header weekend at the Famous Monkey Wrench in Lytton, BC.
We would like to thank our Western Partners – Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association and the Alberta Motorsports Association for working with us to incorporate these events into thier respective calendars.

We want to thank all our sponsors for their generous support.

Title Sponsor – Royal Distributing
Premier Sponsors – Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, Wiesner Insurance, Kawasaki Canada
                               

Support Sponsors – Kawasaki Canada, Parts Canada, KTM, Husqvarna, Sherco, Rekluse Canada (Mongoose Racing), Goldentyre, Inglis Cycle, Langs Off Road, West Coast Transportation

CXCC West
June 28 - Lytton, BC (Monkey Wrench)
June 29 - Lytton, BC (Monkey Wrench)
July 5 - Old Man River, AB (Shale Shaker)
July 6 – Old Man River, AB (Shale Shaker)

CXCC East
May 25 – Chatsworth, ON
June 22 – Alvinston, ON
July 27 – Parry Sound, ON
Aug 17 – Wingham, ON
Aug 24 – Wheatly, ON
Sept 6 & 7 – Walton, ON

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Dakar Rally starts TODAY!

Check out a little preview of what do expect

http://youtu.be/gR48-5KDuVY

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16/11 2013 KTM mourns the loss of Kurt Caselli

KTM reports with great sadness that American KTM factory rider Kurt Casellidied as the result of injuries sustained in a crash while competing in the SCORE/Baja 1000 this weekend.

Kurt, part of the Factory FMF/Bonanza Plumbing/KTM team competing in this desert race, was in a leading position when he suffered a crash that resulted in severe head trauma. He died of his injuries in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. 

The team, who have now recovered Kurt's bike discovered traces on the machine that indicate he had collided with some animal, which apparently caused the crash.

Kurt, 30, was an accomplished American offroad and desert rider but he had also made a successful transition to international rallies for the KTM Factory Team. He was admired and respected in racing circles for his skill, natural talent and exemplary sportsmanship far beyond the borders of his home country. While Kurt was one of the most popular figures on the KTM team, he was also an unmatched role model for young riders and fans.

Passionate about his sport, he had multiple consecutive championships in WORCS and National Hare and Hound racing and had been the lead rider for the USA International Six Days Enduro team for the past ten years. In January 2013, Kurt was drafted into the official KTM Rally team to ride in the Dakar Rally, replacing his friend and factory teammate Marc Coma, who was injured. Kurt’s debut ride in the 2013 Dakar Rally was impressive. He was subsequently given a permanent spot on the KTM Rally team and was preparing to contest the Dakar 2014 and the FIM World Cross Country Rallies Championship in the coming season.

Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsports:
 “Today we lost a KTM hero in the worst possible circumstances. We are shocked and saddened by this tragic news and our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Kurt’s family. Kurt was much more than a very talented rider; he was also an exceptional team player. He represented and lived by the values and a passion for racing that lies at the very core of KTM. Our sport has lost more than a great rider; we have also lost an excellent ambassador for offroad racing.” 

Jon-Erik Burleson, President of KTM North America: ”We at KTM can't put into context the loss everyone in the motorcycling community is experiencing. Beyond his racing successes and talent as a rider, Kurt was above all else a core member of our greater off-road family that simply can't be replaced. Kurt inspired the KTM family to keep pushing the limits of racing. He was the driving force behind our renewed efforts in Baja, Hare & Hound and the International Six Days Enduro. His work ethic, attitude and graciousness will never be matched.”

Antti Kallonen, Factory FMF/KTM Team Manager: “The loss of Kurt is immense to the sport, our team and to our family. Kurt has been on KTM his entire professional career. Even in the early years he brought something special to the off-road environment by bringing a leadership role like no other. He had the uncanny ability to bring a team together for efforts big and small. Professional motorcycle racing is always considered an individual sport, but Kurt made it a team sport. Whenever there was an opportunity to lead, help, inspire, advise or coach Kurt went into it like he went into a race—completely prepared, completely confident and knowing he could win. Kurt was the most galvanizing force I’ve ever seen. Those who knew him were lucky. Those of us who got to work with him were blessed”.  

Kurt Caselli will be deeply missed by the entire KTM family, his teammates, his fellow competitors and by his fans all over the world. At this time of acute sadness, the KTM management and the entire KTM international family extend their heartfelt condolences to the Caselli family.

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Max Mercier Safety Funds and Dion Device offer 200 MAX GUARD front brake lever protectors

The Max Mercier Safety Funds, run by Michel Mercier, Max's father and by Rahul Dua and his racing team, will donate with Dion Device a MAX GUARD front brake lever protector to all riders entered for the final round of the RACE Super Series to be held from September 20 to 22nd 2013, at Shannonville Motorsport Park in Ontario. The MAX GUARD is a special edition of the Dion Device front brake lever protector. They were manufactured at only 200 copies. Each MAX GUARD is numbered and bears the number 11; young Maxime Mercier’s racing number. They come in a beautiful box containing a nice portrait of Max and a short story of the fund, in order to honor his memory.

 

These 200 MAX GUARD will be distributed Friday & Saturday, September 20 & 21st 2013 at Shannonville Motorsport Park in the FAST Riding School shop.

 

Max passed away June 12, 2005, following a racing accident in which his front brake lever came accidently in contact with another competitor. To prevent such accidents from happening again, designer Stéphane Dion developed the Dion Device, a front brake lever protector that prevents any contact with the front brake lever of a motorcycle.

 

The Max Mercier Safety Funds, investing in promoting the safety of motorcycle track riders bought 200 MAX GUARD front brake lever protector at a very special price to donate them to the motorcycle road racers, starting with the Race Series who has supported the Max Mercier Safety Funds since its very beginning. The main mission of the Max Mercier Safety Funds is to help make the motorcycle track riding sport safer.


Dion Device is a company specialized in the protection of motorcycle riders. It manufactures a patented front brake lever protector, adaptable to almost all bikes, which prevents accidental contact with the front brake lever of the bike. For more information about Dion Device, visit the company website: www.DionDevice.com

For more information or comments, please use: maxmerciersafetyfunds@outlook.com 


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Cal Crutchlow with Ducati beginning next season

Ducati has reached an agreement with Cal Crutchlow that will have the Briton campaigning the 2014 and 2015 MotoGP race seasons with the Ducati Team. Crutchlow will race alongside Andrea Dovizioso. The British rider and the Italian, who were team-mates in 2012, will work on developing the Desmosedici and growing Ducati’s MotoGP project.
 
The 2009 World Supersport champion and 2011 MotoGP Rookie of the Year, Crutchlow is presently enjoying his strongest GP season to date, sitting fifth in the championship points standings. He has posted four podium finishes in the first nine races, and he earned his first MotoGP pole position at the Dutch TT.
 
The end of the 2013 season will also mark the completion of Nicky Hayden’s five-year professional relationship with the Ducati Team. Ducati would like to thank Nicky for his contributions during that time, and everyone on the team and at Ducati Corse looks forward to giving him and Andrea their full support over the second half of the 2013 season.
 
 
Cal Crutchlow
Race number: 35
Age: 27 (born in Coventry, UK, on 29 October 1985)
Height: 1.68 metres (5’6”)
Weight: 66.68 kg (147 lbs.)
GP starts: 43 (all in MotoGP class)
First GP: Qatar GP, 2011 (MotoGP)
GP podiums: 6 (all in MotoGP class)
First GP Pole: Dutch TT, 2013 (MotoGP)
World SBK starts: 30
World SBK wins: 3
World SBK podiums: 11
World SBK poles: 6
World Supersport starts: 17
World Supersport titles: 1
World Supersport wins: 5
World Supersport podiums: 10
World Supersport poles: 10
 
Notable Achievements:
• 2011: MotoGP Rookie of the Year (Tech3 Yamaha)
• 2009: Supersport World Champion (Yamaha)
• 2006: British Supersport Champion
• 2001: Aprilia RS 125 Challenge Champio

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ZERO MOTORCYCLES WINS eSUPERSTOCK PRODUCTION AWARD


ZERO MOTORCYCLES WINS eSUPERSTOCK PRODUCTION AWARD AT 2013 LAGUNA SECA MOTOGP 

-- Production-Based Zero Motorcycles Take Second and Third Out of All Electric Motorcycles --

  

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, had another record breaking day of racing this past Sunday, July 21, 2013, at the 2013 FIM eRoadRacing World Cup at Laguna Seca MotoGP. Following very impressive performances at last month’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Zero Motorcycles continues to showcase the high performance results possible with their 2013 production-based line up. With four motorcycles qualifying to compete at this year’s event, Zero took both second and third places on the podium. Kenyon Kluge, Director of Electrical Engineering for Zero Motorcycles, won not only the eSuperStock Production Award, but also took second overall amongst all electric motorcycles competing and recorded the fastest times ever for a production-based Zero Motorcycle (1:48:706).

“This weekend was incredible and the Zero team really put an incredible bike under me to get the job done. My qualifying time was nearly 12 seconds faster than our best time from 2012 and our factory improvements to the 2013 model line really helped to make up the difference,” said Kenyon Kluge, Director of Electrical Engineering for Zero Motorcycles. “All of the riders on Zeros this weekend showed how impressive our production-based bikes are and big congratulations go out to everyone at Zero, the individual racers and most importantly of all, the support crews.”

Finishing third overall behind Kluge was Jeremiah Johnson, sponsored by BE-EV.com, who also scored his impressive race result on a production-based Zero Motorcycle. In addition to Kluge’s and Johnson’s podium results, both Brandon Miller, well-known as the “Electric Cowboy,” and Ted Rich, sponsored by SBKtraining.com, also competed on minimally customized 2013 Zero S ZF11.4 models. All Zero Motorcycles entered in the event used 2013 production-based technology with racing modifications applied.

“This is simply amazing,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We’re still riding the high from our historic showing at Pikes Peak and now we’ve done it again. Kenyon and the entire Zero team should be very proud of the results they achieved. This only confirms how much of the success we are currently enjoying, both on and off the track, is due to the passion and commitment of our engineering and manufacturing teams who supported the Laguna Seca MotoGP. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

The eRoadRacing World Cup is a successor series to both the TTXGP and e-Power electric motorcycle series. It replaces both series, and is sanctioned by the FIM. Held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the racetrack is 2.238 miles in length with a 180 feet elevation change. It has eleven turns, including the famous "Corkscrew.” Zero’s recent successes at both the 2013 FIM eRoadRacing World Cup at Laguna Seca MotoGP and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb further validate the impressive performances specifications available from the 2013 Zero Motorcycles model line-up. With 68 ft.-lbs. of torque, 54 hp, top speeds of 95 mph and up to 137 miles on a single charge, the Zero S is available to consumers through Zero’s North American dealer network and global distributors. For more information on Zero Motorcycles visit www.zeromotorcycles.com.


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BMW Motorrad continues its strategic realignment in motorsport.

BMW Motorrad is continuing its long-term strategic realignment of the brand. This strategy also affects BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s activities, which as a next step will also be restructured. At the end of the 2013 season, BMW Motorrad Motorsport will terminate its factory involvement in the FIM Superbike World Championship. The main focus and some of the resources of BMW Motorrad’s commitment to sport will switch to other motorsport activities like the successful international customer sports programme from 2014 on.  

“BMW Motorrad Motorsport will end its involvement in the World Superbike Championship after this season”, explained Stephan Schaller, General Director BMW Motorrad. “This is consistent with the strategic realignment of our brand. BMW Motorrad will now focus on the further expansion of the very successful product portfolio over 500 cc, the expansion of product segments under 500 cc, e-mobility and the development of market potential in emerging economies like Brazil and Asia. Only those who act consistently today are well prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. BMW Motorrad will remain involved in motorsport and in doing so we will focus on the international customer sport in all its facets. I want to thank everybody who has supported us on this long and successful journey.”

 

“The team is a very professional and motivated group of people and I am sure they will continue to do everything to end the season on a high note”, commented Andrea Buzzoni, General Manager BMW Motorrad WSBK. “Twenty thirteen is a good year, the atmosphere within the team is great and also our riders, Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies, are doing an excellent job. We are satisfied with the current results and, of course, we will keep working hard. Therefore I am convinced we can celebrate more successes with Marco and Chaz as the season goes on. I am sorry about the decision, but I understand the strategic decision making of the company. I want to thank all the people who are involved in this project.”

 

BMW Motorrad Motorsport has run a successful worldwide customer sport programme for several years. From the beginning, customer teams and riders have celebrated numerous victories and titles in international and national championships with the BMW S 1000 RR. From the start of this season, some of them have also fielded the brand new DDC equipped BMW HP4, and celebrated several race wins. Details of the increased future commitment in customer sport will be announced in due course.

 

BMW Motorrad Motorsport entered the FIM Superbike World Championship in 2009. After a learning phase, it has established itself of a winning team in this highly contested series. To date, the German manufacturer has celebrated 11 race wins and a total of 33 podium finishes with the race version of the BMW S 1000 RR. The most successful season so far was 2012, when BMW finished runner-up in the manufacturers’ classification and fought for both the manufacturers’ and the riders’ titles until the very last race.



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Young Ready to Make A Splash at Mid-Ohio

Thornbury, ON –  July 10, 2013 – Canadian AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike racer Ben Young will be looking to ‘Make a Splash’ at this weekend's Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as he will be supporting a Southwestern Ontario based non-profit organization looking to build a free-to-use special needs accessible Splash Pad in their community.

Although Young‘s last two races at Barber Motorsports Park were just shy of the top ten he had his sights on, he maintained his 9th place overall in the championship points standings. Young is fully recovered from a hairline fracture in his left foot that he experienced earlier in the season and is ready to make some waves once again.

This coming weekend the charming Canadian with the Scottish brogue will be lending his support to a non-profit organization called “Bring A Splash Pad to Wilmot” who is a finalist in the Kraft Celebration Tour.  The Kraft Celebration Tour pairs communities across Canada in head-to-head match-ups. The community with the most votes will receive a $25,000 Community Award, a celebratory BBQ hosted by Kraft and an exciting on-site broadcast from Canadian sports channel TSN.  

Young supported this project last month by donating a signed pair of racing boots for their Silent Auction that was held during the recent New Hamburg Full Throttle Motorcycle Charity ride in support of the Splash Pad initiative.
 
Young will be sporting decals on the sides of his Yamaha R6’s Canadian-made DUA Motorsports bodywork encouraging his fans across Canada, the US and the UK to VOTE for Wilmot Splash Pad on July 18th 2013 atwww.kraftcelebrationtour.ca. Unlimited voting starts at noon (EST) and runs though to July 19th at noon (EST). 


“I’m happy to support projects like Bring A Splash Pad to Wilmot especially when it’s for kids.  With obesity rates on the rise across America and Canada a free-to-use special needs accessible facility like this can encourage physical activity early in their life.” said Young.


The 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season continues this weekend - July 12-14 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for the Buckeye Superbike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire. Tickets start at $60. General parking is free and children 12 and under are also admitted free. Visit midohio.com anytime or call 800-MID-OHIO (643-6446) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to order tickets or for more information.
 
This season's GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing action is being broadcast on CBS Sports Network across the U.S. and Canada as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular.  
 
Ben Young and the BYR team would like to thank; Tim Hortons – Sudbury, Scotbuild Developments, Fogi Racing Development, Arai Helmets, AXO, GP Tech LLC, Hindle Exhaust Systems, DUA Motorsports Bodywork, KICK Energy Drink, K&N Filters, Performance Cycleworx , Thornbury Home Hardware, BCL Motorsports Pit Kit, Vortex Racing, Motul Oils, Bickle Racing Tire Warmers, GB Racing and The North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW, Jerry Daggett, the fans and family.
 
To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.fogi.us,www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter @bcyoung86.

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Atlantic Roadracing League Develops Innovative Green Rider Protection

Halifax, NS  July 3, 2013 - Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL) announced a new motorcycle rider safety product today that will soon be implemented at
Atlantic Motorsport Park for upcoming Regional and National road racing
events.

The new design will incorporate waste plastics into soft barriers around the
2.5 km circuit at Atlantic Motorsport Park.

"We are eager to get the new barriers in place. They will be much easier to
work with, more cost-effective, and much safer. We look forward to working with global governing bodies in racing such as FIM and FIA to seek their recommendations," says Andrew Murray, ARL President. "This program falls in
line with world leading recycling programs that make Nova Scotia a leader in waste-resource management, while providing new uses for recyclable plastic that may have been destined for landfill sites."

The barriers will be designed to keep riders safe and divert waste plastic
materials from landfill.  While developing the product concept, ARL received
direction and guidance from the Municipality of East Hants, Halifax Regional Municipality and Miller Waste Systems. RRFB Nova Scotia provided funding support through the Research and Development program.

"ARL demonstrates the kind of thinking we like to support," says Brennan Gillis, Business Development Officer with RRFB Nova Scotia.  "Should the testing prove successful, it will be another made-in Nova Scotia solution to aid solid waste diversion."


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CREVIER ROLLS ON AT THE AUTODROME IN ST-EUSTACHE, QUEBEC

Maple Ridge, British Columbia’s Steve Crevier scooped up his second straight win in the 2013 Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series at the Autodrome in St-Eustache, QC on Sunday. Riding for the MotoSport Plus team based out of Kingston, Ontario, the two-time defending class champion led all 16 laps of the round sponsored by Harley-Davidson Laval and finished 2.814 seconds clear of Ruthless Racing’s John Ross MacRae from Calgary, Alberta. MacRae’s teammate Darren James of North Vancouver completed the podium.

“I got a good launch, but I was distracted because JR and Darren were having some problems off the line,” Crevier said. “After that it was just a matter of putting in some nice clean laps.”

The win was the second straight for Crevier this year and gives him 111 points in the Canadian Harley‑Davidson XR1200 Cup Series standings after two of six events. James is second with 78 points, and Newcastle, Ontario’s Elie Daccache, who finished fourth at St-Eustache, sits in third with 65 points.

Michael Taylor had claimed the Tactical Products Canada LUMINOX Pole Award in qualifying on Saturday, but just before the start of the race, the Toronto veteran was sidelined with a broken clutch.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t put on a show for everybody today,” said the rider backed by Mackie Harley-Davidson. 

“I was ready for Steve, and I think we could have put on a good race. Unfortunately I burned my clutch when I was practicing starts this morning.”

Off the line, Crevier launched into the lead, with MacRae giving chase and James left struggling with a couple of wheelies from his XR1200® bike. James completed the opening lap in fourth spot behind Crevier, MacRae, and the Harley-Davidson de l’Outaouais/Freedom Harley-Davidson of Ottawa bike being ridden by Daccache.

Crevier turned in consistent lap times that were in the low 50-second range, as he tried to get clear of MacRae. By the halfway mark, he had opened up a 2.9 second margin.

“I tried sticking with Steve and keeping him in sight,” MacRae said. “But I was also watching Darren’s progress. And once he was in front of Elie, and I knew we both could finish on the box, I was satisfied. I’d rather that than one of us go down and there are still races left in the season.”

MacRae rebounded nicely from a crash in qualifying on Saturday that had left him fourth on the grid behind Taylor, Crevier, and James.

James got around Daccache on lap six and finished less than half a second behind MacRae, having turned in the fastest lap of the race at 50.161 seconds on the penultimate tour.

“I feel bad for all the guys on the Ruthless crew because they put a great bike under me,” James said from the podium. “I just got a brutal start and that cost us the race.”

Blaise Fougere of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia was a steady fifth on his Atlantic Harley-Davidson Retailers entry, and sixth place went to local hero Jean-Pascal Schroeder of Montréal, who was backed by Moto International and Harley-Davidson Montreal.

The Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series resumes in three weeks’ time at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, on July 26-28.


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ZERO MOTORCYCLES AND HOLLYWOOD ELECTRICS SET RECORDS AT 2013 PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB

-- Zero FX Sets Fastest Production-Based Time Ever in Exhibition Powersports Class - Z --

  

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (July 2, 2013) – Zero Motorcycles andHollywood Electrics, leaders in all-electric motorcycles, made history on June 30, 2013, at the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC). In a historic weekend of racing that saw an electric motorcycle set the fastest overall time in the motorcycle division, Zero Motorcycles and Hollywood Electrics made history of their own with six production-based Zero Motorcycles that all competed and finished with impressive times. Jeff Clark, riding a 2013 Zero FX, was the fastest of the production-based group with a 12:00 flat run up the mountain, setting a new record for production-based electric motorcycles and putting him inside the top half of all motorcycles entered in this year’s event. Clark was closely followed by BE-EV.com sponsored rider Jeremiah Johnson, riding a 2013 Zero S and finishing in 12:05. Rounding out the podium with a time of 12:24 in the special Exhibition Powersports Class – Z was Motorcycle.com editor and test rider Troy Siahaan, competing on a 2013 Zero FX. All three finishing times were faster than the previous electric motorcycle record time set by Chip Yates in 2011.

“This week exceeded all expectations,” said Harlan Flagg of Hollywood Electrics. “We came prepared and ready to race, but were blown away by how smoothly it went all week. Even after several crashes during practices days, one that sent a bike flying off a 15 foot embankment, the motorcycles only suffered superficial damage, a testament to how well designed these machines are by the engineering team at Zero Motorcycles. We came to prove just how much fun and how competitive electric motorcycles can be, especially production-based motorcycles, and I believe we proved a point.” Flagg concluded by stating, “A big thanks goes out to all the riders, sponsors and support crews for making this happen. It was truly a historic weekend for electrics and for Zero Motorcycles.”

This year marks the first ever Electric Motorcycle Division in PPIHC’s 91 year history. In addition to the top three finishing Zero riders, team members Ted Rich (12:53), Nathan Barker (13:14) and Brandon Miller (13:16) set impressive times as well. Hollywood Electrics organized and managed the efforts with motorcycles and technical support from Zero Motorcycles, represented onsite by Media Relations Coordinator, TJ Aguirre. Hollywood Electrics entered several different model Zero Motorcycles in the event, including a number of stock and modified motorcycles. Hollywood Electrics has been an authorized Zero Motorcycles dealer for four years and is Zero’s number one dealership in sales.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb began in 1916 and is the second oldest motor sports race in America. The PPIHC is a long-standing tradition in the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Regions. The race takes place on a 12.42 mile course beginning at 9,390 feet with 156 turns and ending at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. One of the main obstacles of the race is the increasingly thin air that slows reflexes, diminishes muscle strength and reduces the power of internal combustion engines by 30 percent as competitors advance up the peak. The electric motorcycle division has an advantage with the all-electric motorcycles because they do not experience power loss with increased elevation and thinner air.

“This is a landmark moment for electric motorcycles and the electric movement in general,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “Our hats are off to Lightning Motorcycle and Carlin Dunne for setting the fastest two-wheeled time up the mountain. I am equally proud of the job Team Zero and Hollywood Electrics did at the event. A big thank you is in order for the Pikes Peak organizers for having the vision to include an all-electrics production motorcycle class at this year’s event. This was a great demonstration of the reliability and performance already available to the public at large. We are sure the electric motorcycle field will only continue to grow in the coming years.”

Zero Motorcycles has been working with Hollywood Electrics since they opened their doors in August 2009 as Zero’s first Southern California dealership. This year, for the second year in a row, Hollywood Electrics was named “Top Dealer” by Zero Motorcycles. Hollywood Electrics has worked with Zero Motorcycles and consumers to push the idea that the electric revolution is here to stay. They have been designing and creating custom Zero Motorcycles to provide customers with unique and individualized motorcycles that still offer the exceptional benefits of owning an all-electric motorcycle.

In addition to Hollywood Electrics, Zero Motorcycles dealer network has grown to over 50 dealers in the United States and Canada alone, as well as a very robust and growing dealer base in Europe. For more information on Zero Motorcycles visit www.zeromotorcycles.com.

 


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Ontario Mini Enduro Championship Double Header

This Saturday, June 22nd will be the first round of the Ontario Mini Enduro Championship. The beginning of this series is long awaited as the first round had to be rescheduled due to rain. Ontario’s young riders are anxiously waiting for what will be a stellar event at this facility that is new to the Mini Enduro series.

 

Saturday will be a day dedicated solely to our young riders. Parents, organizers, and volunteers will be present ensuring a fun day for all. As at all Mini Enduro events, lunch will be provided for everyone in attendance courtesy of series sponsor Wiesner Insurance. A formal awards ceremony takes place with prizes fromRoyal Distributing and Yamaha Canada.

 

Sunday’s Cross Country course is set and features some exciting enhancements over last year’s course that was loved by everyone. The long motocross section has been developed and woven together with some of the best trails in this series. 

 

Pro Payback, Wiesner Insurance Pro Holeshot Award, Inglis Cycle Amateur Holeshot Award, and Wiesner Insurance Fastest Lap award have the cash flowing directly into the hands of the racers.

 

With plenty of space on site for camping, this double header weekend is a great opportunity for a fun filled family outing.  The young racers will have a full weekend of racing and riding.  Saturday is all for the kids and Sunday’s Cross Country will have classes for everyone from Pee Wee to Pro.  During the adult races on Sunday kids with 50 or 65cc bikes can ride the Pee Wee track provided they have adult supervision.  For those who want to cool off there is a swimming pond beside the pits – bring your floating chairs and relax in the water while you watch the race!

 

The event will be at the MacIntosh property west of Wingham.  They are on the north side of the road about 2km west of Wingham on highway 85.  There will be plenty of arrows to guide you in.

 

For further details please visit our sitewww.worldendurocanada.com

 

See you at the races.

 



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Atlantic Superbike Championship Round 1

Atlantic Superbike Championship Round 1 - Open Practice Gets Off To Soggy Start

Halifax, NS - Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL) Kicked off the 2013 Atlantic
Superbike Championship season Friday on a wet and soggy morning at Atlantic
Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie. The track attendance for today was very
high, and despite the weather conditions many riders took to the track to
fine tune their machinery for rain conditions.

Racers in the popular Lightweight Supersport Class spent most of the time on the track today gaining significant experience which will help them as they
prepare for these conditions which may return throughout the summer. Top
practice times for this class were Bob Melee of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
on board his Shore Cycle sponsored CBR250R; while the top 125cc rider was
the O'Leary Brothers Racing pilot Jacob Shaw-O'leary of Falmouth, Nova
Scotia on his Pro Cycle Sponsored CBR125R. This class continues to be an
exciting class to watch and will provide thrilling races this weekend under
dry conditions, and throughout the season.

Also some of the top Pro Superbike pilots made it out on the track today.
Topping the timesheets was current Atlantic Superbike Champion Ron Munroe, of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia on board his Freedom Cycle / Canadian Kawasaki Motors sponsored ZX10R. He was followed closely by Rookie Pro
Austin Shaw-O'Leary running out of the O'Leary Brothers Racing pits on his
Dua Motorsports, Pro Cycle Sponsored Yamaha R6.

Based on the weather forecast, we expect a great weekend of racing and look forward to high rider and spectator turnouts. Tickets are $20 for the weekend or $10 per day track activities get under way again Saturday and
Sunday starting 9am. Saturday will have practice, qualifying and races,
Sunday will have practices and races all day. What better way to spend
father's day weekend.

Atlantic Roadracing League Inc. is the promoter of all Atlantic motorcycle
road racing, riding academies, and track days at Atlantic Motorsport Park in
Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. For information on these and other activities
find us on Facebook and www.atlanticroadracing.com. Live Timing is now available and can be followed at www.atlanticroadracing.com/timing.html


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Tactical Products Canada Inc. as a New Sponsor of the Canadian Harley-Davidson® XR1200® Cup Series

CONCORD, Ontario (May 31, 2013) – Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is proud to welcome Tactical Products Canada Inc. (TPC) as a supporting partner of the Canadian Harley-Davidson® XR1200® Cup Series. Tactical Products Canada is Canada’s premier Retailer of quality law enforcement products and equipment, including the LUMINOX line of quality Swiss watches.

 

Tactical Products Canada will sponsor the Canadian Harley-Davidson® XR1200® Cup Series in collaboration with Ruthless Racing, and will provide items like the LUMINOX model 3009 Swiss watch to the pole position qualifier of each race, as well as Benchmade Harley-Davidson® knives for events like Move of the Race, the Crew Chief Award, and more.

 

“TPC jumped at the chance of supporting our races,” says Darren James, Manager, Racing Programs, at Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada. “I know Dean and Thomas love motorcycles and racing, so I am glad we will have their support and enthusiasm on the track this season.”

 

With Sponsors such as TPC and Dunlop tires, the Canadian Harley-Davidson®XR1200® Cup Series is off to a great start this season. Interested racers who are looking to participate should contact Darren James, Manager, Racing Programs, by phone at 604-273-5421 or by email atdarrenjames@deeley.com. For information on the racing program, please contact Karen Mayberry, Manager, Marketing Projects and General Manager, Rider’s Edge Canada, by phone at 905‑482-4240.

 

About Tactical Products Canada Inc.

TPC is focused on providing the best available products to the men and women of our law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, military, and security offices across Canada.



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Inside Motorcycles and the Penguin Riding School Provide Championship Support

Halifax, NS – The Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL) is excited to announce a new venture with Inside Motorcycles Magazine, and the Penguin Roadracing School. Since 1998, Inside Motorcycles has been “Canada’s Source for Motorcycle News.”  With its in-depth coverage of the Canadian motorcycle industry, Inside Motorcycles has become an indispensable resource for riders and racing enthusiasts across the country. The Penguin Roadracing School, in its 41st year is The Oldest Motorcycle Roadracing School in North America.  They are dedicated to helping new riders learn the basic skills necessary for a successful racing career, as well as tutoring the experienced racer who needs the competitive edge to get to the front of the pack.

Inside Motorcycles Magazine in conjunction with the Penguin Roadracing School will be providing a year end award for the 2013 Amateur Sportbike Championship.

To the winner of the 2013 Amateur Sportbike Championship.

- One participant entry to the Penguin Roadracing School

- $500 in cash for travel expenses to and from the school

“We are proud of our long standing relationship with Inside Motorcycles Magazine and look forward to an exciting season of road racing in 2013. It is the assistance of organizations such as these that enable the series to continue to be a success year after year” Andrew Murray said, when asked about the new partnership.

 

The Inside Motorcycles Amateur Sportbike class will be a thrilling class to follow all year and will feature some of Atlantic Canada’s newest up and coming racers. With the addition of this championship prize, the program will ensure the winner is as ready as possible for entering the professional ranks in 2014.

 

Atlantic Roadracing League Inc. is the promoter of all Atlantic motorcycle road racing, riding academies, and track days at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. For information on these and other activities find us on Facebook and online atwww.atlanticroadracing.com. Also be sure to check out Inside Motorcycles’ online publication at www.InsideMotorcycles.com.


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ARL Kicks Off 2013 Season With High Performance Riding Academy

Atlantic Roadracing League Kicks Off 2013 Season With High Performance Riding Academy In Association With Honda Canada and Pro Cycle

Halifax, NS - Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL) is excited to announce its continued partnerships for the 2013 season. This past weekend saw the first High Performance Riding Academy take place on Saturday and Sunday brought to you by Honda Canada in conjunction with Pro Cycle. This marks the third year in which Honda Canada has supported the High Performance Riding Academy in association with Pro Cycle, which brings students from all over the Atlantic Provinces to the Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia for the two day event.

When asked about the event, ARL President Andrew Murray stated, "We could not be happier with the turnout of students this year despite the questionable weather. We had 55 students, who participated in the two day event which focuses on how to better understand your motorcycle and what it is capable of on a closed circuit." He went on to say, "These riding academies, along with the private and semi-private riding schools we put on throughout the year would not be possible without the support of our partners such as Honda Canada and Pro Cycle."


ARL had some great feedback from students and friends alike Sunday evening following the event, Chalena Biggar who has participated in the Riding Academy a couple times said via Facebook, "Every time I go to this school it gets better and better! It's well organized and the instructors are so full
of knowledge and very helpful and encouraging. Without them I wouldn't have the confidence to start racing this year so thank you!!". Also from Facebook, Stephen Carrigan a first time participant said, "Thank you very much to the instructors that took the time to make this event amazing. Because of my experiences I will be back for track days and maybe give racing a go. Again thank you Andrew and ARL we couldn't have these great riders without you all organizing this event and structuring it so great!

Keep it up I'll see you all soon!"

Take a moment to find ARL on Facebook at www.facebook.com AtlanticRoadracing and see all the comments regarding the event, and its great partnerships with Honda Canada and Pro Cycle.

Atlantic Roadracing League Inc. is the promoter of all Atlantic motorcycle road racing, riding academies, and track days at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. For information on these and other activities find us on Facebook and http://www.atlanticroadracing.com www.atlanticroadracing.com



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2013 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship - Season Opener This Weekend

This Sunday May 5th at Motopark in Chatsworth Ontario marks the start of the exciting 2013 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship. Weather is set to be perfect and the track conditions at Motopark are exceptional.

Interest in the series has never been higher. WEC has been working hard to promote cross country racing with the motocross community and it is starting to produce some significant results, XC license registrations are up significantly. Motocross riders are looking to this series as a way to get increased seat time and expand their motorcycle racing skill set. It should produce some interesting results in all classes.

This season will mark the fourth continuous year of WEC promoting Cross Country Racing at Motopark. WEC is very privileged to have an excellent relationship with this historic race facility.

Round one of the 2013 series will feature a completely revised course with some brand new trail. As always it will conform to the WEC course standards of a fast, flowing trail system with ample opportunity for passing. Riders with motocross experience will be right at home at this event.

Wiesner Insurance is returning as title sponsor of the Ontario Cross Country Championship for the fourth year in a row. As in year’s past, Wiesner Insurance pays riders directly at every round with the $100 Fastest Lap Award as well as the $100 Pro Holeshot Award. Inglis Cycle has jumped on board this year with the $100 Amateur Holeshot award. In addition to these prizes is the Pro Payback which puts cash into the hands of the top three Pros.

New this year will be the Vintage class. This is open to riders of any ability level, on full sized motorcycles with a build date of 1989 or older. The Vintage class will run with the morning program at 11am for 2 hours. It will add yet another element of excitement to an already great program.

Rider registration is open at 8am and offers full services including transponder sales and rental, race license purchase and event sign in. There is never an extra cost to the rider for these services when registering at the race site.

For further information on this event and the 2013 Championship please visit our site www.worldendurocanada.com

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Canada’s First Urban Endurocross Challenge

-- Red Bull Rocks & Logs will challenge competitors on a custom track built at Wild Rose MX Park in Calgary --

CALGARY, AB – April 24, 2013 – Calgary will host for the first time Red Bull Rocks & Logs, a head-to-head competition taking place on a course filled with natural and man-made obstacles. Professional off-road racer Shane Cuthbertson (Airdrie, AB) designed and built a custom track, taking elements from enduros and harescrambles from around the world to the Wild Rose MX Park.

Competitors will battle on a tough off-road style track that goes over logs, rocks, and other challenging obstacles. On May 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. MDT, pro and amateur riders will take on the custom course and battle for the title of Red Bull Rocks & Logs Champion.

Red Bull Rocks & Logs is an endurocross competition that will be taking place on a course filled with a variety of natural and manmade obstacles. Competing in a head-to-head, knockout format, 136 top riders will take to the track – divided by class. The 112 riders in the Amateur category will have four laps in their qualifying heats and six final laps to determine the champion. In the Pro category, the 24 riders will do four laps in qualifying heats and then eight laps in the big finals. The top six winners will in each category will share a prize purse totaling $8,550.

Register Now

Registration is now open via www.redbull.ca/rocksandlogs for all competitors 18 years of age and older - skill required.

Cost per rider is $55 for the amateur category (112 riders maximum) and $70 for pros (24 riders maximum).
Registration fee includes a rider welcome package, track entrance fee, and race insurance (waiver to be signed on-site).

WHAT: Red Bull Rocks & Logs Finals
WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. MDT (Amateur Qualifying: 11:30am | Pro Qualifying: 2:00pm)
WHERE: Wild Rose MX Park (5608 Burbank Crews SE, Calgary, AB, T2H 1Z6)

Website: www.redbull.ca/rocksandlogs

Facebook: Red Bull
Twitter: @redbullAB #rocksandlogs
Instagram: RedBullCanada



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Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series Road Racing Program for the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is proud to announce this year’s Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series participation in the 2013 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. For the third year in a row Deeley is offering a full racing program for racers interested in joining the Canadian Harley‑Davidson XR1200 Cup Series; a spec-bike series that features specially modified Harley‑Davidson XR1200 and XR1200 motorcycles.

New this year, authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson Retailers will be able to co-op up to $3,000 in expenses towards their race bike, encouraging more participation from new racers. Vance & Hines continues to be the official supplier for the special kit parts, which include a Fuelpak, Exhaust System, and more. In addition to the kit parts, teams will be able to upgrade their suspension, hand and foot controls, brake components, and instrumentation.

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is pleased to see its veteran racer, Darren James, gearing up for the competition, as well as returning champions Steve Crevier from MotoSport Plus, Michael Taylor from Mackie Harley-Davidson, Blaise Fougere sponsored by Atlantic Retailers and Elie Daccache sponsored by both Harley-Davidson de L’Outaouais and Freedom Harley-Davidson of Ottawa.

“We are really excited about the 2013 Racing season; CSBK and MOPAR have really stepped up this year,” says Darren James, Manager, Racing Programs. “We look forward to welcoming new American blood, and seeing our veteran racers take on the competition.”

Interested racers looking to participate should contact Darren James, Manager, Racing Programs, by phone at 604-273-5421 or by email at darrenjames@deeley.com. For information on the racing program, please contact Karen Mayberry, Manager, Marketing Projects and General Manager, Rider’s Edge Canada, by phone at 905‑482-4240.

The 2013 race schedule is listed below and is subject to change.

2013 MOPAR CSBK Schedule

Round 1 June 7-9 Shannonville Motorsport Park, Pro Track Shannonville, Ontario

Round 2 July 5-7 Autodrome St-Eustache St-Eustache, Québec

Round 3 July 26-28 Atlantic Motorsport Park Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia

Round 4-5 August 9-11 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ontario

Round 6 August 23-25
Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant Mont-Tremblant, Québec

Harley-Davidson National Racing Program 2013

1) P&A Racing Support
Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada will provide the sponsoring Retailer with a Parts & Accessories credit of $1,000 for each racer that you support, to be put towards parts purchased for race bike(s).

2) Incentive
Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada will provide a returning racer or Retailer with a set of rims at the season opener. The completion bonus for attending all of the rounds is still to be determined.

3) Free Vance & Hines Kit
Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada will provide the Retailer with a Vance & Hines Kit if you did not participate in 2012. In order to receive the free Vance & Hines Kit, your racer MUST attend all of the races. If your racer is absent from one or more races, Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada will be invoicing you, the sponsoring Retailer, for the entire cost of the Vance & Hines Kit. Limited kits are available. No more than three racers per Retailer.

4) Co-op Dollars Keep in mind that you can put Co-op dollars towards expenses for racing. Please review the guidelines to ensure that your marketing efforts are compliant.

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2013 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Mini Enduro Championship

With the ever expanding Veteran classes in off-road racing in Ontario, many people are wondering where the future of our sport is going. Where are the new riders and how do we bring young people into organized competition? To anyone who has been to a World Enduro Canada Mini Enduro, the answer is obvious. The kids that participate in these events are definitely the future stars of off-road racing.

These events are designed specifically for young riders and race day is structured solely for them. This is not an adult race where young competitors make up a part of the program. All aspects of the event cater to riders under the age of 16. Everyone from the newest rider on a 50cc automatic to a seasoned 85cc MX racer can be challenged and entertained at these events. Competition is a closed course, special test format. Racers are outfitted with a transponder and are electronically timed in various special tests. By eliminating the anxiety often associated with “bar to bar” racing, these events offer a more relaxed environment for young, developing riders.

Entry fee for each rider is $30 which includes the use of a transponder for the day as well as lunch for all attendees. There is an awards ceremony after lunch and trophies in all four classes are presented with racer acceptance speeches on the podium. Detailed results are posted immediately after the event and later in the day uploaded to the WEC website.

Due to the continued success, the Championship for the 2013 season has expanded to four rounds. Venues will include two favourite locations from last year; Shelburne and Guelph along with two new locations; Meaford and Wingham.

New this year, resulting from increasing entries and input from parents and riders, is a “Pee Wee” class. This new class is designed for the youngest riders, with no competition experience, on 50cc bikes. The next step up from Pee Wee is C class for slightly more experienced riders or new riders that are on slightly larger bikes. B is for more established riders and racers who may have been competing in this series in the past. Lastly, the A class is for the most experienced riders. Bikes like 85cc MX bikes and 125cc and 150cc four strokes are most common in this class.

A press release is distributed before each race to brief riders on what to expect at the upcoming event including directions to the start location. We ask for an RSVP email when possible to allow the organizer to prepare a sufficient lunch for all attendees. Directions and start times will be on our site – www.worldendurocanada.com
May 26 - Meaford

June 22 - Wingham

August 11 - Guelph

Sept 29 – Shelburne

Please contact sean@worldendurocanada.com to sign up for the event news emails, RSVP for events and with any questions about this exciting series!

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'YamaBucks For You’ Returns

Yamaha Motor Canada is bringing back the popular ‘Yamabucks For You’ program. This program distributes thousands of dollars’ worth of Yamabucks to Yamaha enthusiasts across the country through motorcycle track days and amateur Enduro and ATV racing.

“The Yamabucks program is always a big hit. Customers across the country seem to really appreciate the support. However, we are the ones that are grateful. This program is a way for us to say thank you to many of the customers who have chosen Yamaha.” said Yamaha Race Director, Bryan Hudgin.

Racers will receive varying amounts based on their finishing position in the classes and events specified. Street motorcyclists who take their Yamaha to selected track day organizations will receive a one time, $75 Yamabuck at event registration. The Yamabuck certificate is redeemable at any local Yamaha dealer for purchase towards anything Yamaha Motor Canada sells including units, parts, accessories and apparel.

“For the racing portion of the program, amateur racers may not even need a top three finish to win Yamabucks. For example, if a racer finished 10th but was the third finishing Yamaha in the class, they would still be in the money.” relayed Hudgin.

All Yamabucks will be distributed by track and series promoters at the event or the conclusion of the series for which it is designated to. Only the events and organizations listed on our website will be in possession of Yamabucks. Offer is good only while supplies last.

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Amarok Racing Pikes Peak

Amarok Racing, the competition arm of motorcycle design specialist Amarok Consultants, is proud to announce that 6 Time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion, Greg Tracy, will be racing the Amarok P1A at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Pikes Peak is the second oldest race in the United States behind the Indy 500. With 156 turns, no guardrails, sheer drop-offs and an elevation that increases more than 5,000 feet in 12.4 miles, to a finish of over 14,000 feet at the summit, Pikes Peak is challenging proving ground for the Amarok P1A.

“It is truly exciting to be racing with Amarok. After talking with Amarok co-founder Michael Uhlarik, I knew this was a team of innovators who have pushed the limit building an electric motorcycle that I believe can set a record at Pikes Peak. I have been honoured to race for the best factory team, for Ducati, and honestly I had planned that my next Pikes Peak pursuit would be in an enclosed vehicle.” said Greg Tracy.

As one of the elite Team Hot Wheels drivers, Greg Tracy, captured a Guinness Book of World Record when he performed the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare at the 2012 X Games. Tracy is also one of the top stuntmen in Hollywood. Greg has been providing stunts for movies and commercials since 1991, in blockbuster movies such as: Act of Valor, The Avengers, GI Joe, Wanted, Talladega Nights, The Fast and Furious and in The Bourne Ultimatum for which Greg won the elite World Stunt Award. He has also won the Baja 1000, raced Formula 2000, Indy Cars and has gone over 210 mph on a motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats during several World Record Attempts. At last year’s at Pikes Peak, Greg and his teammate were the first motorcyclists in history of race up the famous mountain in under ten minutes with the Ducati Multistrada.

“We are absolutely thrilled and very proud to have Greg ride for us.” said Amarok co-founder and chief designer Michael Uhlarik. “As a small, family run operation, our main objective is to work with people we like and who share our values. Amarok is about making up for big, by leveraging craft. After talking with Greg I felt like we had a lot in common.”

Tracy was connected to Amarok after the team’s promotional film “Why Less is More” appeared in a write up in My Life at Speed, one of the largest motor sport culture websites.

“I have always been intrigued by the Makers Movement and how alternative energy will impact my life and ultimately, my children’s lives. We need to be aware of the guys who are representatives of where our futures lie. Pikes Peak has always been about pushing the limit, showcasing new technologies with the best racers against the most extreme environment. When you combine all of our passion for the race, new technology with a couple of guys building one of the most interesting electric motorcycles in 140 year old barn…well, I knew I just wanted to be part of this program. “ Said Greg Tracy.

Amarok and Tracy will be racing the P1A, an advanced electric motorcycle concept demonstrator developed over the past three years. The P1A boasts a hand crafted aluminum monocoque design that dramatically reduces weight and improves handling. “The 147kg (325lb) Amarok P1 concept is about making the best handling motorcycle on the planet. There are electric bikes with much more power, but we want to own the corners. The 156 turns of Pikes Peak represent to us the best opportunity to prove our core belief that in vehicle design, you can do more with less.” Said Michael Uhlarik.

The ongoing story of Amarok and Greg Tracy will be followed up on MyLife at Speed, in Cycle Canada magazine and on Amarok Racing’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

About Amarok

Amarok Consultants is a leading motorcycle industry consulting firm. Founder, award winning motorcycle designer Michael Uhlarik, has served major international OEMs including Yamaha, the Piaggio Group, Bombardier and numerous others to deliver bespoke design, product planning and R&D support. In 2010, Michael co-founded Amarok Racing with Kevin O’Neil, with the purpose of developing the paradigm shifting, all electric P1 experiment.




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Earn a Yamaha Factory Ride!

Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to announce the return of the popular ‘Win a Factory Ride’ award. One award will be given at each of the three biggest amateur motocross events in Canada. Last year’s big winners were Daniel McNaughton (WCAN), Dylan Wright (ECAN), Tanner Ward and Steven Anderson (TransCan). Each won a ‘Factory Ride’ in addition to a $2500 parts credit!

Bryan Hudgin, Yamaha’s Race Director commented, “We know racing is expensive, especially for the amateurs. What’s great about the Yamaha ‘Factory Ride’ award is, not only are we assisting amateur riders by giving them use of a YZ, but also access to our great accessory and gear partners like AXO, One Industries, Matrix and our own Yamalube and GYTR brands!”

With the award available at the Raymond Western Canadian Amateur National (June 26 - June 29), Deschambault Eastern Canadian Amateur National (July 26 - 28) and the Walton TransCan (August 14 - 17), Hudgin went on to discuss the importance of giving one award away at each event, “The award gives amateur Yamaha riders from coast to coast a chance to earn this prize. This award shows our commitment to amateur racing and our appreciation for their business. We want our customers to know they’re always a part of the Yamaha family and hopefully this helps to do that.”

In 2013, you could ride away on a YZ of your choice AND receive a $2500 parts credit!

How Do You Win?
Of all the Yamaha riders at each event, the winning rider must attain the most cumulative points for their finishes. Enter as many classes as you can to increase your chances!

The Rules:
- Contest open only to amateur Yamaha riders.
- You must be a resident of Canada.
- Your Yamaha must be a Canadian purchased unit.
- Rider cannot be an employee of Yamaha Motor Canada or one of its dealerships.
- Winner is only eligible for one prize. (Cannot win at multiple events)

Hudgin concluded, “If you race Raymond, Deschambault or Walton, make sure you’re doing it on a Yamaha. You may ride for free in 2014 on a Yamaha ‘Factory Ride’!”


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ZERO MOTORCYCLES AND HOLLYWOOD ELECTRICS TO COMPETE IN THE PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB

Zero Motorcycles and Hollywood Electrics, leaders in all-electric motorcycles, announced they will partner to participate in the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) on June 30, 2013, in Cascade, Colo. This year marks the first ever Electric Motorcycle Division in PPIHC’s 90 year history. Hollywood Electrics will organize and manage the efforts with motorcycles and technical support from Zero Motorcycles. Hollywood Electrics will be entering several different model Zero Motorcycles’ in the event including a number of stock and modified motorcycles. Hollywood Electrics has been an -authorized Zero Motorcycles dealer for the past four years and has been Zero’s #1 dealership in sales as well.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb began in 1916 and is the second oldest motor sports race in America. The PPIHC is a long-standing tradition in the Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. The race takes place on a 12.42 mile course beginning at 9,390 feet with 156 turns and ending at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. One of the main obstacles of the race is the increasingly thin air that causes slows reflexes, diminished muscle strength and 30 percent reduction of power for internal combustion engines as competitors advance up the peak. The electric motorcycle division will have an advantage with the all-electric bikes not experiencing the reduction in power that the bikes using fuel will be up against.

“We are breaking new ground with electric motorcycle racing; it’s the involvement and competition between the teams and riders that makes it fun. We’ve put together a great team of riders from various motorsports backgrounds and skill levels. It will be interesting to see how each combination of rider and bike tackles the Peak,” said Harlan Flagg of Hollywood Electrics. “At such an early stage of competitive electric racing, the low cost of entry makes it appealing as even the stock bikes are very competitive and there is little maintenance and incidental costs, a significant consideration for racers on a budget. We intend to show fans, other racers and the public at large that it is easy to get involved in one way or another.”

Participants entering in the all-new Electric Motorcycle Division include Aaron Frank, Editor of Motorcyclist magazine, who has 15 years of competitive roadracing experience and has shown an increasing interest in electric motorcycles over the last several years. Other riders include Jeremiah Johnson, Brandon Nozaki Miller, Jeff Clark, and Nathan Barker. Jeremiah Johnson, with Team BE-EV.com, participated in two TTXGP events last year on Zero Motorcycles’, this year he is fielding his own 2013 Zero S for the PPIHC event with more racing plans to follow. Brandon Nozaki Miller made headlines setting three Land Speed Records last year at the 2012 Bonneville Shootout at the Bonneville Salt Flats on his modified 2012 Zero S ZF6. Jeff Clark has participated in the San Felipe 250, Baja 500 and 1000 and will be riding his own modified 2013 Zero FX. Nathan Barker hails from Australia and is looking forward to his first professional road race to the top of Pikes Peak aboard his own 2013 Zero FX.

Hollywood Electrics has been working with Zero Motorcycles since they opened their doors in August 2009 as Zero’s first Southern California dealership. For the second year in a row, Hollywood Electrics was named “Top Dealer” by Zero Motorcycles. Hollywood Electrics has worked with Zero Motorcycles and consumers to push the idea that the electric revolution is here to stay by designing and creating custom Zero Motorcycles since the beginning allowing customers to have a unique and individual motorcycle while still enjoying the benefits of owning an all-electric motorcycle.

In addition to Hollywood Electrics, Zero Motorcycles dealer network has grown to over 50 dealers in the US and Canada alone as well as a very robust and growing dealer base in Europe.


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Young Earns Best AMA Pro Finish at Daytona

19 year-old Canadian Ben Young earned 8th place in the 72nd running of the Daytona 200 aboard the #86 Tim Hortons-Sudbury/BYR Yamaha R6, his best finish yet in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike class.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike competitors battled unseasonably cool temperatures at the legendary Daytona International Speedway leading up to this year’s Daytona 200. 39°F / 4°C and a slippery track presented a variety of set up challenges for the BYR team during Friday morning’s first of two qualifying sessions. Young qualified 10th in the first session.

Young and the BYR team were eager to improve on his starting position during the second qualifying session and gambled on saving a fresh set of Dunlop tires for the waning laps of the session. With less than ten minutes remaining Young pitted for some fresh rubber to attack the Daytona banking with a few fast laps. However, another rider had mechanical issues that triggered a red flag unexpectedly ending the session and Young’s hopes of bettering his starting position. Although he improved his times significantly over the last two days Young would find himself starting from 17th on the highly competitive grid.

BYR team manager Scott Young commented. "Ben never got a flying lap in on his new tires but it was impressive to see what kind of times Ben was putting in on used Dunlops. Some things are just out of your control and when it comes to the safety of all the riders the Daytona officials did the right thing. It’s still tough to stomach leaving your best laps on the table.”

Sponsor and mentor Lang Hindle, of Hindle Exhaust Systems, reassured the young resident of Thornbury Ontario and reminded him to refocus on the day ahead.

With Friday’s challenges behind him Young was eager to put his Jerry Daggett prepared Tim Hortons-Sudbury/BYR Yamaha R6 through it’s paces during the morning warm-up which saw Young achieve 11th fastest in the session.

Decked-out in his new AXO gear the Canadian privateer took to the grid knowing that the key to getting up to the lead pack would be all in the start. Young bolted off the line and quickly moved into 15th place and continued his charge forward.

With twenty minutes into the race Young already had his sights on 11th which he quickly acquired.

The first of two mandatory pit stops was executed flawlessly by the Tim Hortons-Sudbury/BYR crew getting Young quickly back into the mix. Within a handful of laps Young promptly piloted his #86 Yamaha R6 into 10th place.

With 32 laps behind him Young moved up to 9th place with the BYR team preparing for the second and final mandatory stop of the race. During the first pit stop the team opted only to change the rear tire however this time it would be two new Dunlop tires and fuel.

There was a bit of confusion in the Tim Hortons-Sudbury/BYR pits as Young was expected two laps before he eventfully appeared entering pit lane for his final stop. These extra laps seriously put Young’s race in jeopardy as there was only half a litre of fuel remaining in his tank. It was determined that visibility of the pit board was an issue however this minor setback had no effect on the execution of the final pit stop of the race.

With 8th place in Young’s grasp he quickly seized the spot which he held right to the checkered flag.

An enthusiastic crew greeted an equally excited Young as he returned to the pits after the dramatic race; “I had expectations coming to Daytona but starting from 17th made them seem a bit unrealistic. My Tim Hortons-Sudbury/BYR Yamaha R6 ran amazing and allowed me to charge hard throughout the entire race. I have to give it up to the entire team who executed two trouble-free pit stops with amazing precision. I’m so pumped right now and I can’t wait to see what we can do this season.”

Cameron Beaubier went on to win the 72nd Daytona 200 followed by Garrett Gerloff in second and Bobby Fong in third.

Young’s 8th place finish betters his previous AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike class-best finish of 12th that he achieved at the end of last season at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, LA where he last rode his 600cc Yamaha R6.

Ben Young and the BYR team would like to thank; Tim Hortons – Sudbury, Scotbuild Developments, Fogi Racing Development, Arai Helmets, AXO, GP Tech LLC, Hindle Exhaust Systems, KICK Energy Drink, K&N Filters, Performance Cycleworx , Performance Friction Brakes, BCL Motorsports Pit Kit, Vortex Racing, Motul Oils, Bickle Racing Tire Warmers and The North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW, the fans and family,

And a special thank you to the crew; Jerry Daggett, TJ Fahey, Mick Vaclavic, Zach Herrin, Kris Garvie, Stuart MacDonald, Graham Bennie, Taylor Bennie and Tom Vallee.

To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.fogi.us, www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter @bcyoung86.

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Young ready for the 2013 Daytona 200

Canadian coffee icon Tim Hortons -Sudbury returns as the Primary Sponsor for Ben Young’s #86 Yamaha R6 for his return to the prestigious Daytona 200. The Daytona 200 is the first race of the GEICO AMA Pro Road Racing 2013 season being held at the legendary Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, March 14 - 16th 2013.

Tim Hortons –Sudbury heads up the “Canadian Coalition”, a group of Canadian-based companies looking to expand their brands in the U.S.A. This group of respected companies include; Hindle Exhaust Systems, DUA Motorsports Bodywork, Bickle Racing Tire Warmers, and the North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW.

The 19 year-old resident of Thornbury Ontario is extremely proud to team-up once again with Tim Hortons-Sudbury franchisee Gilles Bolduc to contest the 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike championship: “I can’t thank Tim Hortons -Sudbury and Gilles enough for supporting me and the BYR team again this year. Tim Hortons is the largest quick service restaurant chain in Canada and it’s the first pit-stop on the way to work for myself and most Canadians. It’s an honour to represent such an iconic brand.”

Bolduc, a former Canadian Superbike road racer himself commented on Tim Hortons –Sudbury rejoining the BYR team as the Primary Sponsor for the Daytona 200: “Ben had a few glitches during last year’s event but he rode a strong mature race and showed the kind of determination and composure that it takes to win. Ben and the BYR team did an astounding job of representing the Tim Hortons brand last season and he’s now aligned with some very supportive companies and people to help further his progress this season.”

KICK Energy Drink, Performance Cycleworx, Performance Friction Brakes and B-17 now join a notable list of Young’s long-time sponsors returning for the 2013 season; Scotbuild Developments, Fogi Racing, Arai Helmets, GP Tech LLC, K&N Filters, BCL Motorsports Pit Kit, Vortex Racing and Motul Oils.

In preparation for this weekend’s Daytona 200 Young completed a successful test of his #86 Tim Hortons–Sudbury/Yamaha R6, prepared by Gerry Daggett assisted by Performance Cycleworx at Jennings GP circuit in Florida.

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2013 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce the 2013 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship will kick off in June. This season is the start of something new and exciting. In an effort to allow more riders, from all classes, to contend for an industry recognized National off road racing championship there will be Champions crowned in both eastern and western Canada.

The CXCC West take place over four weekends in June and July. The championship will consist of two rounds in BC, part of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association Championship, and two rounds in Alberta, part of the Alberta Motorsports Association Championship. World Enduro Canada is very proud to partner with these racing organizations and their associated clubs.

The CXCC East will feature two exciting double headers in August and September at two of the most historic racing facilities in Canada, Gopher Dunes and Walton. These events will also pay points to the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross County Championship.

WEC would like to thank the National sponsors that make this series possible. Title Sponsor Royal Distributing, our Premier sponsors Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, KTM Canada and Husaberg as well as our supporting sponsors Parts Canada, Mongoose Racing (distributors of Rekluse), Goldentyre, Emperor Racing, West Coast Transportation, and Wiesner Insurance. In addition to these national sponsors there are many regional sponsors who will be involved as well – check our site for details.

CXCC West Round #1 June 9 – Chilliwack, BC

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club will host round one of the CXCC West in Chilliwack, BC. The event is less than an hour drive from Vancouver in the scenic Fraser Valley. Named “The Piston Run,” it is the longest running off road race in British Columbia and this year marks its 65th anniversary.

The terrain at the Piston Run has "West Coast" all over it. The Chipmunk Creek riding area offers a great combination of tight and technical trails mixed with fast, wide open, flowing deactivated logging roads to get racers into a groove. To keep it interesting there will be some challenging shale rock hill climbs and the occasional "maybe I should walk my bike down" decents. Organizers recommend that you don’t forget to pack a rain coat.

The CXCC West take place over four weekends in June and July. The championship will consist of two rounds in BC, part of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association Championship, and two rounds in Alberta, part of the Alberta Motorsports Association Championship. World Enduro Canada is very proud to partner with these racing organizations and their associated clubs.

The CXCC East will feature two exciting double headers in August and September at two of the most historic racing facilities in Canada, Gopher Dunes and Walton. These events will also pay points to the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross County Championship.

WEC would like to thank the National sponsors that make this series possible. Title Sponsor Royal Distributing, our Premier sponsors Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, KTM Canada and Husaberg as well as our supporting sponsors Parts Canada, Mongoose Racing (distributors of Rekluse), Goldentyre, Emperor Racing, West Coast Transportation, and Wiesner Insurance. In addition to these national sponsors there are many regional sponsors who will be involved as well – check our site for details.

CXCC West Round #1 June 9 – Chilliwack, BC

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club will host round one of the CXCC West in Chilliwack, BC. The event is less than an hour drive from Vancouver in the scenic Fraser Valley. Named “The Piston Run,” it is the longest running off road race in British Columbia and this year marks its 65th anniversary.

The terrain at the Piston Run has "West Coast" all over it. The Chipmunk Creek riding area offers a great combination of tight and technical trails mixed with fast, wide open, flowing deactivated logging roads to get racers into a groove. To keep it interesting there will be some challenging shale rock hill climbs and the occasional "maybe I should walk my bike down" decents. Organizers recommend that you don’t forget to pack a rain coat.

CXCC West Round #2 June 16 – Pincher Creek, AB

“The Porcupine Hills Hare Scramble” has been organized by the Lethbridge Motorcycle Club for the past 10 years. They have been doing a cross country in this area for 25 years. Riders can expect to run loops between 20 and 25 kilometers long.

The loop is a 50/50 mix of flowing single track and fast quad type trails with lots of elevation changes, log crossings, rooty sections with little to no rocks. The soil is rich black dirt that is great to ride on when moist but turns extremely slippery when it gets really wet. This event is a favorite with Alberta racers – considered one of the most fun races of the season.

CXCC West Round #3 June 30 – Lytton, BC

The West Coast Dirt Riders Club will host racers at the third round of the championship at a BC favorite, “The Monkey Wrench Cross Country”. The Wrench has been around for 28 years. The riding area is in, more or less, the middle of nowhere about a 25 minute drive north of the small town of Lytton, BC and considered the gateway to trail riding paradise.

The Laluwissen riding area is known to be one of British Columbia's best riding spots. Breathtaking scenery mixed with trails that will blow your mind. The Wrench will toss riders into tight, gnarly single track, fast flowing open areas and hill climbs that will have them bouncing off the rev limiter. Definitely a “can’t miss” event.

The CXCC West take place over four weekends in June and July. The championship will consist of two rounds in BC, part of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association Championship, and two rounds in Alberta, part of the Alberta Motorsports Association Championship. World Enduro Canada is very proud to partner with these racing organizations and their associated clubs.

The CXCC East will feature two exciting double headers in August and September at two of the most historic racing facilities in Canada, Gopher Dunes and Walton. These events will also pay points to the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross County Championship.

WEC would like to thank the National sponsors that make this series possible. Title Sponsor Royal Distributing, our Premier sponsors Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, KTM Canada and Husaberg as well as our supporting sponsors Parts Canada, Mongoose Racing (distributors of Rekluse), Goldentyre, Emperor Racing, West Coast Transportation, and Wiesner Insurance. In addition to these national sponsors there are many regional sponsors who will be involved as well – check our site for details.

CXCC West Round #1 June 9 – Chilliwack, BC

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club will host round one of the CXCC West in Chilliwack, BC. The event is less than an hour drive from Vancouver in the scenic Fraser Valley. Named “The Piston Run,” it is the longest running off road race in British Columbia and this year marks its 65th anniversary.

The terrain at the Piston Run has "West Coast" all over it. The Chipmunk Creek riding area offers a great combination of tight and technical trails mixed with fast, wide open, flowing deactivated logging roads to get racers into a groove. To keep it interesting there will be some challenging shale rock hill climbs and the occasional "maybe I should walk my bike down" decents. Organizers recommend that you don’t forget to pack a rain coat.

CXCC West Round #2 June 16 – Pincher Creek, AB

“The Porcupine Hills Hare Scramble” has been organized by the Lethbridge Motorcycle Club for the past 10 years. They have been doing a cross country in this area for 25 years. Riders can expect to run loops between 20 and 25 kilometers long.

The loop is a 50/50 mix of flowing single track and fast quad type trails with lots of elevation changes, log crossings, rooty sections with little to no rocks. The soil is rich black dirt that is great to ride on when moist but turns extremely slippery when it gets really wet. This event is a favorite with Alberta racers – considered one of the most fun races of the season.

CXCC West Round #3 June 30 – Lytton, BC

The West Coast Dirt Riders Club will host racers at the third round of the championship at a BC favorite, “The Monkey Wrench Cross Country”. The Wrench has been around for 28 years. The riding area is in, more or less, the middle of nowhere about a 25 minute drive north of the small town of Lytton, BC and considered the gateway to trail riding paradise.

The Laluwissen riding area is known to be one of British Columbia's best riding spots. Breathtaking scenery mixed with trails that will blow your mind. The Wrench will toss riders into tight, gnarly single track, fast flowing open areas and hill climbs that will have them bouncing off the rev limiter. Definitely a “can’t miss” event.

CXCC West Round #4 July 7 – Coleman, AB

The Crowsnest National Enduro Club will host the finale of the CXCC West at the “Shale Shaker Cross Country” in the scenic mountains north of Coleman, AB. The event will be about 40km north of Coleman in an area known as Old Man River. Any riders familiar with the area know to expect lots of steep elevation changes, rocky trails, tight trees and “I wish I had my camera” type scenery. The loops will average 50 km to guarantee a long, fun day of racing. There has not been a cross country event hosted here for over 10 years so all riders, either local or travelling, can expect some fresh trail to enjoy.

This event will also be the Canadian qualifier for the Big Sky AMA Off Road Championship event on in August at the Big Sky resort in Montana. This Championship is going to be off road version of the AMA Loretta Lynn Amateur MX National Championship that the AMA will use to crown amateur Off Road Champions in all classes. The AMA and Big Sky race organizers recognize the number of Canadians who travel south to race and want to make us part of their championship. Racers, from all classes, who do well at this event, will be invited to compete at the Big Sky XC Championship.

On Sunday afternoon once all the racing is completed WEC will be handing out #1 plates in all classes along with prizes from various sponsors like Royal Distributing and Parts Canada.

CXCC East Round #1 & 2 Aug 24 & 25 – Gopher Dunes - Courtland, ON

The opening rounds of the CXCC East will be held at the famous Gopher Dunes Raceway. The famous deep sand track, mixed with the fast wide open trails will make this one of the highest speed events of the season. Taking place the weekend after the CMRC Walton Trans Can MX the Shuster family is planning to bring some of Canada’s best MX racers to mix it up with the top cross country racers for an epic event.

To keep things interesting there will be two racing formats utilized on the weekend. On Saturday riders will race the Moto XC format and on Sunday the traditional XC format. Two years ago WEC began utilizing the Moto XC format and it was a hit with both traditional XC racers and MX racers who were giving XC racing a try. In the Moto XC format each class runs two one hour moto’s instead of the traditional two hour long (or two and a half for Pro’s) event. Saturday will cater to the sprinters and Sunday to the endurance racers.

CXCC East Round #3 & 4 Sept 7 & 8 – Walton Raceway - Walton, ON

The finale for the CXCC East will take place at the historic Walton Raceway. The entire MX course, famous for its elevation changes and natural jumps, combined with tight flowing trails and a special extreme section has been a favorite on the Ontario cross county circuit for the past few seasons.

Similar to the Gopher Dunes double header the Walton weekend will utilize both XC formats to keep things interesting. Saturday will feature the Moto XC format and Sunday the traditional XC format. After the podium presentations on Sunday WEC will award the #1 Championship plates to the CXCC East Champions along with prizes from our many sponsors.

Pro Racer List - This is a list of some of the top riders and the manufacturers who support them that will be competing this year.

Yamaha –
Brian Wojnarowski – Ontario

Honda –
Jason Schrage – Alberta

CGRT Husaberg Team –
Shane Cuthbertson – Alberta
Ben Rego – BC
Victoria Hett – BC
Ryan Linderman – Alberta

Guy Giroux – Quebec

KTM National Race Team –
Bobby Prochnau – BC
Chantelle Bykerk – BC
Ryan Graffunder – BC
Josh Long – ON
Félicia Robichaud – ON
Philippe Chainé – Quebec
Loic Léonard – Quebec
Francis Ouimette – Quebec

KTM Supported riders -
Jack Sawatzky – Alberta
Ty Mckenna – Alberta
Ben Riviere – Alberta
Kevin Cockayne – Ontario
Denis Libersan – Quebec
Jason Griffeth – Ontario
Shelby Turner – Alberta
Malcom Hett - BC
Geoff Nelson - BC
Allan Lachapelle – Quebec
Jarrett May – BC

Lang’s Off Road Gas Gas
Steve Bond – Ontario
David Taplay – Ontario
CXCC WEST

June 9, 2013 - Piston Run – Chilliwack, BC - Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club

June 16, 2013 - Porcupine Hill – Pincher Creek, AB - Lethbridge Motorcycle Club

June 30, 2013 -Monkey Wrench – Lytton, BC - Westcoast Dirt Riders

July 7, 2013 – Shale Shaker - Coleman, AB - Crowsnest National Enduro Club

CXCC EAST

Aug 24 & 25 - Gopher Dunes - Cortland, ON

Sept 7 & 8 – Walton Raceway - Walton, ON




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Rockstar Energy/Yamaha OTSFF signs Shawn Maffenbeiber

OTSFF Sports Marketing Group’s Andre Laurin is pleased to announce the signing of Shawn Maffenbeier to Team Rockstar Energy Yamaha for the 2013 CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals.


The Swift Current, SK native will campaign the MX2 National Championship for the factory team aboard the new YZ250 2-stroke.

“We believe in Shawn’s potential to make a dent in the MX2 title hunt and we’re glad to have him aboard for the season,” said Laurin. “Shawn has a long history riding Yamaha product, which should make the transition to our team a smooth one for him.”

Maffenbeier, who won pretty well every amateur motocross championship in his home province of Saskatchewan at one time or another, made his breakthrough on the CMRC Nationals scene during the 2011 motocross season, when he traded his No. 23 plate for a noteworthy No. 6 in the MX1 class.
The highly anticipated 2012 season proved to be filled with highs and lows for Maffenbeier, which saw him finish the MX1 points chase with a No. 10 ranking. Maffenbeier experienced consistency issues and finding the right focus, something he hopes to put behind him this year.

“I’m quite excited to have been presented with the opportunity to sign with Rockstar Energy Yamaha, OTSFF. I’m looking forward to the challenge of contesting the MX2 class, and I’m definitely aiming for the No.1 plate,” Maffenbeier said.


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Triumph for Despres and KTM at Dakar 2013

Red Bull KTM factory rider Cyril Despres of France on Saturday picked up his fifth Dakar trophy when he crossed the line of the 2013 edition of the world’s most famous rally as the winner after more than 8000 km. It was KTM’s twelfth consecutive title and KTM riders took all five top overall paces.


Despres’ long time ‘water carrier’ or factory support rider Ruben Faria of Portugal won the final stage and finished second overall, ten minutes 43 behind the leader. Chilean Chaleco Lopez (KTM) was third overall while Slovak KTM rider Ivan Jakes was fourth and KTM factory rider Joan Pedrero of Spain was fifth.

The French rider, a veteran of this amazing race said it all after securing his fifth title: “I went for it, with all the surprises a Dakar can throw at you,” he said. “Little navigational mistakes, perhaps fewer than the others, taking care of my motorcycle and being in a good team. In the end, I've got a good reason to be very happy. The day when winning the Dakar becomes easy, it won't be interesting any more. And this day is still far! It's too long, it's too tough, it's too hot. It's too cold. You've got to get up early in the morning. You've got to find your way out of the maze of dunes in Peru and Chile. You've got to tackle the stones and cactuses on the courses near Córdoba. It's just too tricky for it to be easy to win. And it's even better when you win a difficult race. I'm always focused on what I have to do. We're up against a grueling element, the desert. Then there are the stones, the Andes... and we experience them. It's as real as it gets.” Despres won Stage three and led the overall standings from Stage 10.

Faria too was thrilled to finish second. “Yesterday I lost second place and I thought that just being on the podium would be great for me; to be Cyril Despres' lieutenant. I didn’t believe it could happen that I could finish second. It's inconceivable.”

Alex Doringer KTM’s Factory Team Manager praised Despres’ riding, his tactics and strategy and said after the race that he was very proud of his entire team. “The result is amazing. The whole team did an exceptional job and we have to thank them all. We believed in our bikes and we believed in our riders. All seven of our factory riders finished and to have five KTM riders on the top of the list was a fantastic result.”

The Dakar 2013 had more than its share of dramatic moments for the KTM Factory team, including the last minute withdrawal just before the race by Despres’ long time teammate and rival Marc Coma. Coma’s injured shoulder, banged up in a crash in the Morocco Rally late last year was still giving him problems and doctors declared he was not fit enough to compete.

Despres also suffered a major setback in the marathon Stages 7-8 during which riders were unable to call upon outside mechanical help from their team. He was put back on track after being offered the engine from KTM supported rider Marek Dabrowski of the Orlen Team and by the collective effort of his fellow KTM riders who banded together to work at night and change out the engine themselves in the riders’ bivouac.

Jakub Przygonski of Poland and Riaan Van Niekerk of South Africa of KTM’s Factory B team finished eleventh and thirteenth. Kurt Caselli, KTM’s American rider drafted in to ride for injured Coma and Darryl Curtis of South Africa both recovered well from crashes and technical setbacks to put adversity behind them and finished a creditable 31st and 32nd.

Another outstanding performance came from KTM Australia’s Ben Grabham who entered this test of man and machine after a massive crash one year ago while competing in the Australian outback when he hit a kangaroo at high speed and broke his back in several places. KTM had five riders in the top ten and 10 in the top 20 finishers in the 2013 edition.

Results Stage Fourteen – final stage
La Serena to Santiago: total distance 630 km, timed special 128 km
1, Ruben Faria, Portugal KTM 1 hour 43.06
2, Joan Barreda, Spain, Husqvarna at 0.08
3, Helder Rodrigues, Portugal, Honda at 0.24
4, Mario Patrao, Portugal, Suzuki at 1.21
5, Olivier Pain, France, Yamaha at 2.14
Other KTM
9, Ivan Jakes, Slovakia, KTM at 3.07
12, Jakub Przygonski, Poland, KTM at 3.43
14, Cyril Despres, France, KTM at 3.58
16, Ben Grabham, Australia, KTM at 4.50
22, Riaan Van Niekerk, South Africa, KTM at 8.36
51, Kurt Caselli, USA, KTM at 16.45
56, Darryl Curtis South Africa at 18.24

Final results after 14 stages and over 8,000 km from Lima, Peru to Santiago, Chile
1, Despres KTM – wins fifth Dakar title; twelfth consecutive title for KTM
2, Faria KTM at 10.43
3, Chaleco Lopez, Chile, KTM at 18.48
4, Jakes, KTM at 23.54
5, Joan Pedrero, Spain, KTM at 55.29

Other KTM

11, Jakub Przygonski, Poland, KTM at 1:33.59
13, Riaan Van Niekerk, South Africa KTM at 2:02.54
15, Ben Grabham, Australia, KTM at 2:45.14
16, Plan Anders Ullevalseter, Norway, KTM at 3:00.56
19, Henk Knuiman, Netherlands, KTM at 3:15.20
31, Caselli, KTM at 6:03.40
32, Curtis, KTM at 6:05.38

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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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2013 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship


World Enduro Canada is finalizing the last details of the 2013 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championships. Building on our winning platform of fast, wide open courses and flawless time keeping, 2013 will be another great season. The CMRC and some local MX clubs are working with WEC to prevent event conflicts and increase racer numbers in all classes from Pee Wee to Pro.

Many of the popular venues we have used in the past will be returning such as Walton, Gopher Dunes and Motopark as well as others. World Enduro Canada is a strong supporter of those racing facilities that work hard to keep legal race facilities open. The future of off-road racing is dependent on these facilities continuing to exist.

Racers have told us they like the series being seven to eight rounds as it enables them to race the full championship while limiting travel costs and time constraints. 2013 will continue to follow this template. Also back for next season will be our consistent Pro Payback, Pro Holeshot Award and the Fastest Lap award. It continues to pay to race the WEC Ontario Cross Country Championship!

This year riders will see double header events with racing on both Saturday and Sunday and counting toward the Canadian Cross Country Championship (CXCC) East. Riders will be racing for both Provincial and National titles in this industry supported series. Our Moto Cross Country format will continue at certain venues in the upcoming season due the very positive response after its introduction this past year.

In addition to the Cross Country Championships the Ontario Mini Enduro Championship will be back and this year, expanded to four rounds. This series has seen a strong growth in popularity since it began three years ago. Beginner riders get a taste of competition in a safe closed course venue. The fun atmosphere entertains young riders of all abilities in an FIM Enduro format. Parents and friends are able to follow their riders around the course adding to the fun.

More information will be coming in the following weeks – keep an eye on our site for updates. www.worldendurocanada.com



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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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Motorcycle Sreamliner prepares for 400 MPH run

Continually leading advancement in powersports lubrication technology, Bel-Ray is pleased to announce their association with Sam Wheeler and his motorcycle streamliner project. Wheeler’s quest is to top 400mph and break the current motorcycle land speed record of 376.156 MPH.

Considered by the industry as the best designer/constructor/driver in motorcycle land-speed record competition, Wheeler will draw upon his 50+ years of experience to build and pilot the machine. Powered by a single Vance and Hines-built Suzuki Hyabusa 1300 engine coupled with a turbocharging system supplied by Mr. Turbo, the machine will arrive at the Salt Flats with more than 500 horsepower. With optimal weather and salt conditions, the odds are positive that Wheeler will capture his goal.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting adventure,” said Bel-Ray Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Liquori. “To achieve a world record top speed Sam needs to surround himself with high performance partners and Bel-Ray is delighted to be a part of that group. Our high performance lubricants have been trusted by consumers and racers for years and Sam’s trust in Bel-Ray means a great deal to our company and partners. We can’t wait until the conditions are right and he reaches his goal.”

"We are very happy to have Bel-Ray join us as a sponsor for our land speed record attempt,” said Wheeler.  “Bel-Ray is recognized as the leader in specialty motorcycle lubricants.  They have a wide range of specialized American-made lubricants that will be used in our effort. With Bel-Ray filling our lubricant needs, we will have one less thing to worry about."

“Parts Unlimited is pleased to have Bel-Ray join our EX-HOOK/Parts Unlimited streamliner project,” said Fred Fox, founder of Parts Unlimited. “Bel-Ray is one of the oldest and most trusted names in motorcycle lubricants and their products and assistance will be a great help to our effort.  We have great confidence in Bel-Ray, as does Sam Wheeler.”

In order to achieve a world record, Wheeler must complete the 12-mile course, once in each direction. There must be less than 2 hours of elapsed time in between each run. Using the times determined in the center timed-mile section, the two runs are combined and a top speed is determined.

Poor salt and weather conditions postponed the original fall 2012 attempt until spring 2013.

Follow Wheeler’s world record attempt on www.belray.com and www.belrayracing.com.

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Ducati and Team Alstare together in World Superbike for two years

Ducati and Team Alstare together in World Superbike for two years as "Team Ducati Alstare"

•    Two-year agreement with Francis Batta’s Belgian organisation, Team Alstare.
•    Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini in confirmed rider line-up.
•    Team will compete under the title: “Team Ducati Alstare”.

Borgo Panigale (Bologna), 11 November 2012 - A two-year agreement for the World Superbike Championship seasons 2013-2014 has been signed between Ducati and Francis Batta’s Belgian organisation, Team Alstare. Riders, Carlos Checa (Spain) and Ayrton Badovini (Italy) will join Alstare staff ready to prepare for the challenge of the 2013 World Superbike Championship. Powered by the new Ducati 1199 Panigale, the team will officially representthe Bologna-based manufacturer under the title “Team Ducati Alstare”.

Team Alstare is renowned for its benchmark professionalism and expertise and its headquarters, at Alleur in Belgium, is among the most technologically advanced in the sport. This impressive set-up combined withthe passion of the Bologna factory’s engineers will create the perfect synergy to meet the expectations of the new Ducati 1199 Panigale. Alstare technicians and the Ducati Superbike development team will start working together immediately, with pre-winter tests scheduled to begin at the Aragon circuit in Spain on 14-15 November and continuing at Jerez from 28-30 November.

“At Ducati, we are very happy and confident with this agreement,” commented Ernesto Marinelli, Ducati Superbike Project Manager. “The professionalism, passion and sporting character of Francis Batta and all his staff, together with his structure, which sets anindustry standard in terms of equipment and organisation, are vital elements for our future plans. We have a lot of work to do, and I am sure that we are able to do it in the best possible way.”

From 1995-1997, a similar partnership returned exceptionally good results, when Ducati and Team Alstare joined forces to compete in the European Supersport, World Supersport and World Superbike series.

“For me, it’s an absolute thrill to be able to join the Ducati family again,” commented Francis Batta on the two-year agreement with the factory. “Together, we were so successful in the past and Ducati remains a reference brand for me today. We are going to face a challenge which is highly stimulating both for me and for my team and we will apply our absolute best efforts to making sure this is a successful endeavour.”


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Casey Stoner - The Last Lap documentary

Australia’s Channel 10 has produced an hour-long documentary about the MotoGP rider Casey Stoner.

He's set to retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season. He's apparently stated that that he was no longer enjoying competing in the series, which was one of the contributing factors to his retirement.

Watch it while you can!




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Canada Pension Plan (CPP) invests in MotoGP

Canada's national pension plan has invested in the company that runs the MotoGP motorbike racing series and done a debt deal with the company that owns the Formula 1 car racing league. The Investment Board of CPP announced the two transactions separately on Friday.

So if you're paying into CPP, you have a little itty bitty stake in MotoGP racing!


In the MotoGP related announcement CPP indicated it had taken a 39 per cent stake in Dorna Sports, an event management, media, and marketing company. Dorna Sports has global rights to the MotoGP motorcycle racing series until 2036.


"We look forward to working together with Dorna’s CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta, his management team and Bridgepoint to continue Dorna’s global growth and to pursue exciting opportunities to expand into emerging markets," said Andre Bourbonnais, a vice-president with CPP's private investments unit.

More About MotoGP: With an unrivalled 62-year history of elite competition, MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycling championship, comprising an 9-month, 18-round season, in 13 different countries, spanning 4 continents. Dating back to 1949, it is the oldest motorsport World Championship in existence.  Each Grand Prix brings together the most talented riders from across the world, to participate in races across three distinct categories - MotoGP, Moto2 & Moto3


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Bel-Ray Weekend Racing Preview- October 19, 2012


While most of the international racing series have concluded their 2012 championships, the MotoGP series is in its final stretch. There are three rounds remaining for the Team Aspar Bel-Ray athletes competing in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes. The series remains in Asia after last weekend’s event in Japan. They will compete this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

MotoGP

Bel-Ray sponsored Team Aspar racers Aleix Espargaro and Randy DePuniet have been locked in a season long battle to be the top CRT racer in the series. The lead has moved back and forth between the duo with Espargaro holding the upper-hand coming into this weekend. DePuniet suffered from a race-ending crash last week allowing Espargaro to take a two point advantage from his teammate.

"Sepang is one of my favorite circuits,” said Espargaro earlier this week. He went on to say, “It is wide with long straights and you can really have a lot of fun on a big bike there. I think we can have another great weekend in Malaysia and that is what we'll be working towards. We had another great result at Motegi and recovered the lead in the CRT category so now we have to fight until the end to stay there."

Despite last weekend’s DNF, DePuniet arrives at Sepang with high hopes for a good finish in Sunday’s race. "We had some set-up problems at Motegi but luckily we have a quick opportunity to fix them in Malaysia this weekend. We had been working perfectly up until Japan so we need to get back into that rhythm and make sure Motegi was a one-off. My ankles were painful when we left Japan but thankfully they are recovering quickly and I hope to be in much better shape this weekend. I like the track and I know we can get back to performing at a high level there. There are only three races left so we have to give it everything."

Moto2

Despite racing incidents last weekend that affected their final results, both Bel-Ray sponsored Mapfre Aspar team riders Nico Terol and Jordi Torres come to Sepang with confidence and determination for a top finish.

Terol was upset with his nineteenth place finish and is sure he will improve it this weekend. "I am still annoyed with our race at Motegi, which did not go to plan, but I am focused on turning that frustration into motivation for the next race at Sepang. I love the track although I had a difficult time last year so I want to put that right. The track is perfectly suited to my riding style and I have always been fast there in the past. I know that we are close to the perfect weekend and I won't stop working until we achieve it. As soon as we have a good race from start to finish my attitude will change. I just need to believe in it."

Torres also has high hopes for this event and the remainder of the season. "We have done a great job so far and it is starting to pay off in each race. Our objective is to keepgoing in the same way at Sepang. In theory it's a circuit where I could struggle because of my size and the long straights but we just have to focus on continuing to learn in every session and the race. If we keep doing our jobwell we can take positive steps forward and that's what it's all about. I like the track but I remember the grip being a bit strange so we'll have to be careful not to have any nasty surprises."

Moto3

Bel-Ray sponsored Team Mapfre Aspar racer Jonas Folger was just a lap away from victory last week in Japan when his hopes were eliminated due to a last-lap crash with another racer. He arrives in Sepang with hopes of being first to the checkered flag in Sunday’s race.

Although disappointed with the results from Japan, Folger remains confident coming into this weekend. "We were really unlucky last weekend because we could have won the race but instead we finished up in the gravel. Even so I want to remain optimistic and carry on the good form we showed in Japan. We performed to a very high level there and I hope we can continue to do so this weekend in Malaysia. Sepang is one of my favorite circuits so I can't wait to arrive and get back to work. I just know it is going to be another good weekend for us and I am going to work hard to be fighting for the win again on Sunday. I just hope we have a bit more luck on our side this weekend so that we can put the disappointment from Japan behind us."

Folger’s teammate Luca Amato is still facing a steep learning curve against the world championship competitors with Sepang representing only his third race in the Moto3 class. "We struggled to get on the pace at Motegi. Everything is still very new to me and I am still adapting although I didn't think it would take me this long. The Kalex/KTM package is working perfectly but I don't feel comfortable on it yet so in Malaysia we will be working against the clock to get as many laps in as possible and to get a feeling for the bike. It will be my first visit to Sepang but I must have done a thousand laps there on the games console. It looks like it will be a difficult track but I think I'll like it. I will work as hard as necessary from Friday morning to get used to this bike and this category."

Follow all of Bel-Ray’s racers in action each week on www.belray.com andwww.belrayracing.com.


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Brett McCormick getting a new website

2011 Canadian Superbike Champion racer, and Saskatchewan - Canada native, Brett McCormick is set to get a new website in a week or two according to his Facebook page.

In the nick of time we might add! He admits the graphics and design of his current site is somewhat in need of an update... "I figure the 1980 style is getting dated."

Keep an eye on http://www.mccormickracing.ca/ over the next few weeks. 

Brett has been trying to parlay his success in Canada to the WSBK level and had been making some big steps such as his top five finish in only his sixth World Superbike race at the Nurburgring. And that's after coming back from a serious accident in his second race of the season at Assen.

We're keeping an eye on "The Kid" and hoping to see him regularly on the podium in the future.



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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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Mini Enduro Championship Round #3 – Shelburne


This past Sunday, September 30th, The O’Neill Family hosted round three and the series finale of the World Enduro Canada Mini Enduro Championship at their beautiful farm just south of Shelburne. Sunny skies and warm autumn temperatures made for a perfect day for everyone. 45 youth riders came out with their families some of which were experiencing this event for the first time. It is obvious that momentum is building with this series and with 25% of the ridership being girls, there are stereotypes being broken along the way.

The O’Neill Family is a big supporter of off-road motorcycling in Ontario and their son Ryan is a consistent participant in the Mini Junior Class at the WEC Cross Country Championship. The family is also avid equestrian enthusiasts with most of their scenic property dedicated to their horses. It’s always nice to see motorcycles and horses coexisting in an environment such as this.

Some riders said the course itself was the best all season. The Extreme Test was a favourite with three log sections for the riders to jump or rider over. Even the smallest 50cc bikes managed to take the shorter and more difficult log section rather than the longer yet easier route around the obstacles. The big Grand Prix style Motocross Test was also popular and gave the top “A” riders the opportunity to really open the throttle.

Everyone enjoyed the trail loop that circulated the 100 acre farm with enough twists and turns to entertain racers as they travelled to each special test. Electronic transponder scoring at every test made for quick, accurate results with transponders loaned to all participants that did not already own one.

In “C” Class action Luke Smith once again bested the field with a win in every one of the 12 special tests. Second place went to Zach Silverman just over 100 seconds behind with the speedy Vanessa Rideout a handful of seconds behind in third. Luke is a series regular and consistent top finisher. It will be no surprise to see him in the “B” Class next year.

Competition is always tight in the “B” Class as this is where we see a mixture of riders that have been riding for a few years already and may have been to a few motocross races or cross country races in the past. Quincy Molnar topped the podium in his first outing this year in this series with a score that would have placed him quite high up in the standings even if he had entered the “A” class. Dillin Plumb and series regular Elliot Spall filled out the podium with stand out performances.

The premier “A” Class is where you are going to find tomorrow’s Pro off-road racers. Kyle Bichard is always the man to beat as he is a top racer in the province in Cross Country and certainly knows his way around a motocross track as well. On this day however, hot-shot Motocrosser Jamie Baskerville edged out runner up Kyle Bichard by 21 seconds after 12 special tests. Carter Tremblay took the third spot on the podium. Jamie Baskerville is a highly skilled and well known motocross ace and it really showed. He is a very polite kid who was seen sharing a few of his riding tips to the other top “A” riders. Jamie ended up winning over $250 for his overall victory on the day.

Series sponsor Royal Distributing handed out over $200 in prize money to our podium finishers. Yamaha Canada is behind youth riders in a big way and it showed with over $600 in Yamabucks distributed to the top Yamaha riders. As Jamie Baskerville chooses to ride a Yamaha YZ85, he took home the lion’s share of the money.

After the competition, lunch was served to all present both racers and support crew. A selection of various styles of homemade chilli and rolls was on hand and devoured by all. After the awards ceremonies the riders were then welcome to rider the course for fun until parents called them in to finally load up and head home.

World Enduro Canada would like to thank our generous sponsors for helping promote off-road racing you our youth and help in bringing new talent into the sport we love. Also to be thanked for making this event great is 12 year old youth racer Wolfgang Wiesner for his tireless efforts in design, set up and course marshalling of this fantastic event. WEC timekeeper extraordinaire Stephen Abel needs high praise for electronically scoring this 12 special test enduro in moments with complete accuracy. No waiting is required for results when Stephen is on the job. Most importantly, we all thank Heike and Terry O’Neill for their generosity and the use of their land. It was a great day that put smiles on the faces of many.


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FOGI Racing Press Release - New Partnership For Final Spanish Moto2


FOGI Racing Finds Strategic Business Partner with Couturier Racing To Complete 2012 Season

FOGI joins forces with Couturier Racing to complete the 2012 Spanish Moto2 Championship

Halifax, NS - Two forces in Canadian motorcycle road racing have joined together to compete in the final round of the Spanish Moto2 championship at Valencia. Throughout the year FOGI Racing has been working towards building a program for young talented racers to have an opportunity to ride at world class venues on world championship spec machinery. FOGI Racing has spent much of the year building the team and the assets required to make a noticeable effort in the Spanish championship to this end.

Couturier Racing, headed by Stephane Couturier has made a significant impact on the Canadian Superbike championship with their ability to attract quality team members. Couturier was able to build a team with Canadian Champion Francis Martin, and one of Canada's top crew chiefs, Patrice Goyette.
Couturier Racing fielded a team with veteran rider Kevin Lacombe, and rising star Samuel Proulx for the 2012 season.

"Couturier Racing's passionate approach to the team and success for young riders was very much in line with the ideals set forth by FOGI Racing. Throughout the year I have had several meetings with team owners to see if there would be an interest in bringing Couturier to the Spanish Championship to see if they would like to be a part of our program." Andrew Murray, Business Development at FOGI Racing said yesterday. He continued to say, "We are very happy to see Couturier Racing come onboard to help complete the final round at Valencia and we hope Stephane will see the potential to make a real impact on the world stage for young talented Canadian riders."

FOGI Racing continues their long standing partnership with FTR and looks forward to showing the Couturier Racing group the benefits of this great prototype chassis as they field a two rider team at the final round of the Spanish CEV Moto2 Championship at the Valencia circuit on November 16th - 18th. Testing with the riders will begin on October 29th - 30th.

FOGI Racing's Mission is to utilize its extensive infrastructure and knowledge in motorcycle road racing to provide young athletes the opportunity to compete on the world stage; while building long lasting business relationships with organizations that share this passion.

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Round #3 - Ontario Mini Enduro Championship (Kids Enduro)


Wiesner Insurance Ontario Mini Enduro Championship
Round #3 – Shelburne

The final round of the Ontario Mini Enduro Championship is set for this weekend. Sunday September 30th at the O’Neill farm just south of the town of Shelburne, an exemplary course has been designed that will be sure to entertain.

Momentum is growing with this revolutionary competition series that is focused entirely on young and new riders. The “multi loop – timed special test” format works extremely well in challenging the fastest riders out there as well and being un-intimidating for the newest riders that are just starting out.

At this final round, riders will visit a whole new course that includes a giant “Grand Prix” style motocross track as one of the three special tests. This test features smooth, rolling hills and wide sweeping corners. Once again, exciting and fun for the experienced racer as well as the first time rider. There is a long adventurous loop spread over the 100 acre property.

Conditions are perfect on site with the weather forecast looking to be co operative with temperatures in the mid teens.  Wiesner Insurance will once again provide the post race BBQ including a hot chilli lunch, hot dogs and burgers for all in attendance.

World Enduro Canada will be providing expert electronic timing for immediate results. Transponders will be on hand for any rider that requires one. The awards ceremony is always a highlight with the kids accepting their medals and providing entertainment for the crowd with their acceptance speeches. We hope to see a strong contingent of Yamaha riders out as just like round #2 at the Billings Ranch in Guelph, there will be a lot of Yamabucks to be won for top finishing Yamaha riders. Our sponsor Royal Distributing has also provided gift certificates redeemable at all four of their locations and online ordering.

Being the final round of the Ontario Championship series, champions will be declared in all three classes. Championship plaques will be there are ready to be handed out so it will be an exciting day for our up and coming racers.

Visit www.worldendurocanada.com for all news, results and contact information.

The O’Neill farm can be located at 515509 Second Line Amaranth, RR#1 Shelburne, Ontario.

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Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship - Round #2 – Motopark


Motopark hosted the final round of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship this past Sunday.  Pro and amateur riders from BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec were on hand to decide the champions from the Mini Classes all the way to Pro.  KTM, Husaberg, Husqvarna, Yamaha and Honda all had Pro riders in attendance.  KTM brought out their Factory rig to support riders and thrill a few kids who got the chance to check out how the Pro riders travel.

There was a large crowd on hand and they lined the fences and stands when the Pro’s took to the line for the live engine, MX gate start.  Ontario’s Kevin Cockayne is always the man to beat on holeshots in the Ontario races and he proved he had what it took to hold off a very strong field by taking the Wiesner Insurance Pro holeshot against the country’s best.  Early into the lap KTM’s Bobby Prochnau got into the lead with Yamaha’s Brian Wojnarowski hot on his heels.  Those two stayed close for the first half of the race until Bobby hit a tree and broke his handguard and messed up his kill switch causing him to stop for repairs.  By the time he got going again he had a long way to catch Brian and best he could do was 5th.  Honda’s Jason Schrage and CGRT Husaberg rider Ben Rego were pushing Brian and ended up 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The strongest battle of the day was 4th thru 7th with the Husqvarna riders trying to out do each other.  Guy Giroux, Phillipe Chaine, Samual Rosseau and Ryan Graffunder were swapping positions all the way thru the race with young Phillipe finally out doing the boss Guy Giroux.

There was lots of strong competion in the amateur classes as well.  KTM’s Felicia Robichard from Quebec won round one in Ormstown, PQ against KTM’s Chantelle Bykerk from BC and Chantelle was determined to win the championship.  The challenging terrain at Motopark played into Chantelle’s favor and she took the win giving her the Women’s class Championship

In the Mini Sr class FMSQ regular and winner of round 1, Tommy Caron, made the trip to win his first Canadian Championship and succeeded.  He wasnt able to keep up with Ontario’s Kyle Bichard but the second place finish was enough to take the Mini Sr crown.

Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Champions
Pro – Brian Wojnarowski (ON)
Intermediate – Kenneth Beach (ON)
Junior – Jerry Patton (ON)
Vet Master – Lee Fryberger (AB)
Beginner – Adam Wynia (ON)
Super Senior – Brian Hill (ON)
Vet Senior – Keith Bichard (ON)
Vet Junior – Tim Carney (ON)
Women – Chantelle Bykerk (BC)
Mini Senior – Tommy Caron (PQ)
Mini Junior – Emerson Lines (ON)

After the days event was over the WEC timing crew went to work and combined the results from the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship with the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship to determine the Pro riders who would be crowned as the fastest in the country with the overall Royal Distributing National Off Road Championship.  The overall top 3 were recognized as well as the overall Evet, E3, E2 and E1 riders.  When the results were combined KTM’s Bobby Prochnau stood at the top of the podium as the fastest overall Off Road racer in the country.

Royal Distributing National Off Road Champions
Overall top 3
1. Bobby Prochnau (BC)
2. Jason Schrage (AB)
3. Ben Rego (BC)

Evet – Mark Cahill (BC)
E3 – Ben Rego (BC)
E2 – Bobby Prochnau (BC)
E1 – Phillipe Chaine (PQ)

Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship
Round 7 – Motopark

Motopark was the location of round seven of the Provincial Cross Country Championship and the series Grande Finale. In addition, this event doubled as the Ontario round of the Canadian Cross Country Championship and the final event of that series as well.

Being both a Provincial Championship round as well as a National round, the ridership was stacked heavily with the fastest riders in not only Ontario but from across Canada. Riders that competed in the Morning race program were able to watch riders like Guy Giroux, Bobby Prochnau, Jason Schrage, and Ben Rego hard on the gas against Ontario’s own Pros like Brian Wojnarowski and Kevin Cockayne. Those riders that were competing in the afternoon program experienced racing bar to bar with the best in Canada.

The morning Pee Wee race had a great entry with seven young riders ripping up the specialized Pee Wee course. Just like in every other class, we had some racers new to the series show up for this National event and it shook up the results. Taking top spot on the podium was Bennett Lines on his super fast 50cc Cobra. It was great to see Devyn Marshall out at this event and it was obvious he has been practicing since we last saw him. Devyn took second place over series regular Connor Taplay. Connor did however take the Ontario Cross Country Championship with an impressive six wins in this seven round series. Rumour has it Connor will defend his championship next year on a very fast bike. We are all anxious to see that happen.

The Mini race was particularly entertaining at this round as the course the Mini Junior and Mini Senior riders had to ride was almost identical to the adult course. Only two nasty rock sections were removed but the rest of the high speed trails and full motocross track were used.

Eight Mini Junior riders lined up on the backwards falling motocross start gate. We saw KTM mounted Emerson Lines handily take the win over the Husqvarna of Christian Wiesner. Not far behind in third place was the Kawasaki of Curtis Marshall.

Mini Senior saw Kyle Bichard once again taking the win on the big wheel Honda CRF 150R. Its obvious Kyle is destined for the Beginner class next year and he knows it. He rides with a style that is very relaxed. It’s very impressive to watch him calmly fly through the air or negotiate the toughest obstacles with such control. Second went to top Quebec Mini rider Tommy Caron. After winning the Ormstown round he made the trip to Ontario to see how he could fair against our best Mini riders. The result was very well as he took the CXCC Mini Senior Championship over Wolfgang Wiesner. Third place in the day’s event was Mike MacLennan who ended up taking the Ontario Cross Country Championship in Mini Senior with very consistent finishes at all seven rounds. Mike is also due to move up next year as he has the maturity and speed. We wish him all the best in 2013 taking on adults in the Beginner class.

The rain from the day before provided perfect conditions when the gate dropped for the morning program. In the Beginner class it took only two laps before Adam Wynia took the lead and checked out. Adam not only won the class for the day but took the Ontario Championship in the process. Cody Crossgrove and Charles Harder took second and third in the class a lap down from Adam.

Vet Junior provided quite a bit of drama in the morning with series regulars Tyler Scott and Mark Hosie missing the podium as competition was fierce. Top spot was taken by Husaberg rider Tim Carney. Steve Oomen and Charlie Lake filled out the podium both clocking in with the same 10 laps as the class winner. Tyler Scott was able to claim the Ontario Championship over runner up Mark Hosie. Its been a great season for our Vet Junior riders.

In Vet Senior action Keith Bichard is the class front runner and favourite to win on any day, in any conditions. He was challenged this time around with a get off early on resulting from some bar to bar action with another rider. He spent most of the race charging from behind determined to pass the rider who took him down. By lap eight he was able to do that and then set his sights on the win. By time the checkers were out, Keith once again took the top position followed by the well known Norm Girndt and Mark Zimny in third. Keith Bichard handily won the Championship even though he missed one round of the series.

Our series regular Super Senior racers were challenged by a new contender in the class, Mike Disimino. Jeffrey Golden, one of the most determined yet courteous racers out there managed to take another win. In the process he added yet another championship to his extensive portfolio of racing accomplishments. Jeff has been racing longer than almost anyone else on the circuit today. It certainly was nice to see the Championship go to such a deserving racer. Mike Disimino held on for second with Tom Shleihauf in third. Bryan Hill was hard on the gas (Gas) early on but encountered a problem at lap five dropping him down in the standings. His efforts were not in vein as the Wiesner Insurance Fastest Lap Award was in the Super Senior class this time around and Bryan’s fourth lap was fast enough to claim $100.

The afternoon race program was changed slightly at this last round due to the National status it held. The Women’s class typically runs in the morning at all WEC Ontario Cross Country Championship races, but with the fastest Women in the country present, they all agreed they wanted to ride the complete Pro course. The Pro course had a very tough hill climb added that proved very treacherous. Although enough to halt the progress of a large number of riders on the first few laps, the course was designed wide enough in that area to prevent bottlenecks and no emergency re routing of the course was needed after the race started.

British Columbia’s Chantelle Bykerk edged out Quebec’s Felicia Robichard for the win putting in nine laps of the Pro course in the process. Third spot on the podium was taken by Ontario’s own Rose Lantaigne.

Newcomer to the series in the Junior class was Suzuki mounted motocrosser Jerry Patten. Although very comfortable on the motocross track he lost a lot of his lead each lap when the course cut to the forest trails. He kept ahead of perennial favourite Jordan Thiessen who held on for second over another podium regular Tyler Thiessen. At series end it was Tyler Thiessen who narrowly edged out Jordan for the Championship. A mere four championship points separated these two at the end of the year. Going into the last round it was really anyone’s guess which one would end up on top. Regardless, the series is fortunate to have the entire Thiessen family competing.

The Intermediate race was dominated by series newcomer Matt McGuire. By lap two Matt and his Husaberg was already ahead of consistent front runner David Taplay he held that spot until the end leaving David in second and Brad Brown in third. David was able to grab the Ontario Championship finishing ahead of Corey Brooks who had a tough ride in Quebec and Ontario finishing off his regular podium level.

Albertan Lee Fryberger led the Vet Master race from start to finish. Lee is a man tough as nails and faster than an Alberta Clipper. Finishing behind Lee was an impressive list of acknowledged seriously fast Vet riders. Close behind was Chris Donald and Dave Nelson. After a short gap we saw the likes of Paul Andratis, Keith Billings and Tyler Wicks. But even the near super human Fryberger said he was glad to only have raced two hours instead of the 2 1/2 of the Pros. Tyler Wicks rode with injury as he did not want to lose his lead in points in the series. It was a wise decision as he was able to claim the Ontario Championship in Vet Master.

The race of the day and the one everyone was watching closely was definitely the star studded Pro race. The fourteen Pro riders that lined up at the start gate truly read as a “who’s who” of the top of the Canadian Pro off-road ranks. The race started in typical style with Kevin Cockayne once again nailing the holeshot and taking $100 from Wiesner Insurance in the process. Most Ontario riders know Kevin is tough to beat in a cross country and even harder to beat to the first turn. It was remarkable to see him convincingly take the holeshot from such a talent laden field. Ontario’s own Brian Wojnarowski took an early lead on the first lap only to be passed by the number one Canadian off-road racer Bobby Prochnau and fellow Ontario hot shot Kevin Cockayne on lap two. By lap four Wojo passed Kevin and was welded to Bobby’s rear fender for a number of laps just waiting for Bobby to make a mistake. Corner Grass Racing Team’s Ben Rego settled into third and Factory Honda Canada rider Jason Schrage began his recovery from a poor start. Somewhere on lap eight, Bobby hit a tree hard and his hand guard shifted and shorted out his kill switch. Wojo was there to take over the lead and he held it to the end. The Pro podium finished in the order of Wojo, Jason, and Rego. Bobby recovered and settled for fifth.

The Ontario championship went to Steve Bond who rode cautiously to preserve his slim points lead going into the last round knocking Kevin Cockayne off a three year run as the number one rider in Ontario.

After the last rider was in, results were posted within minutes as usual thanks to Stephen Abel’s timekeeping magic. Riders had enough time to absorb the results as the huge quantity of prizes were unloaded and set to be given away at the awards ceremony. Thanks to Royal Distributing, Parts Canada, Golden Tyre, Mongoose Racing / Rekluse, and Wiesner Insurance for the big prize giveaway. The highlight of the ceremony was when Bobby Prochnau was asked to pull from the WEC hat, the name of the lucky Pee Wee racer who would go home with the brand new Marin mountain bike courtesy of Royal Distributing. Nathan Taplay was the winner of the bike and was all smiles pushing away from the podium.

With the 2012 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship in the books, World Enduro Canada wishes to thank every rider for being part of this series. We saw some fantastic racing from future of our sport in the Pee Wee class all the way up to our top Pros. We rode some very well prepared courses at some great facilities and made some great friends along the way. We hope to see all back next year for a 2013 season that will be even bigger and better.

Thanks for a great 2012 season.


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Zero Motorcycles Sweeps TTXGP Championship in eSuperstock Class


Zero Motorcycles is proud to announce that their TTXGP Team Zero riders came away with victory during the final round of racing this past Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. After taking top honors at each of the three previous rounds of the TTXGP eSuperstock Series held this year, Team Zero’s victories this weekend were led by Kenyon Kluge taking first place with teammates Andrew Cowell and Kenny Cummings filling out the podium. Kluge was recognized with top honors for the series championship and entered the record books as the first ever TTXGP North American eSuperstock Class Champion. Team Zero is comprised of Zero employees and the bikes used are all stock motorcycles. The camaraderie and teamwork by Zero is truly what separates this team and company apart from the competition. Kenyon Kluge claimed the eSuperstock Championship and also finished 2nd overall in points for the TTXGP North America Rider Championship. Zero Motorcycles had more motorcycles compete in this year’s TTXGP than any other brand, mainly because the highly popular Zero S model is available for consumers to buy today and race tomorrow.

"What an exciting time to be with Zero Motorcycles. We were able to accomplish what no other electric motorcycle company could accomplish. We took stock motorcycles and raced them throughout the entire season. The same bikes consumers can buy today are the same bikes we raced on the track,” said Kenyon Kluge, Director of Electrical Engineering for Zero Motorcycles and the 2012 eSuperstock Class Champion. “A huge congratulations to the entire Zero team and all the riders involved. Special recognition goes to the Zero support team. Consisting mostly of employees of Zero Motorcycles, Team Zero’s passion and commitment for making production class e-motorcycle racing a reality was the driving force behind this new series. Also, our fantastic sponsors - Pirelli, Heroic Racing Apparel, Bell Helmets, Sevcon, Alpinestars, Steel MX Optics and Aftershocks Suspension – made this season possible. Additional thanks should go to the foresight and vision of the promoters of TTXGP. We had a great season and are honored for our riders to be recognized with the first ever championship on the books.”

Riding identically prepared production Zero S ZF9 models, Team Zero tackled the 2.2 mile track and its technical 14 corner layout while reaching top speeds of 90 mph. As the only production motorcycle in a field of modified factory racing machines, Zero Motorcycles has proven it is a race-worthy motorcycle, performing consistently at competitive levels through the course of an entire race season. Built for both the road and the racetrack and reliable in extreme conditions, Zero Motorcycles has earned its first major road racing championship and the inaugural TTXGP eSuperstock North American Championship.



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chuberth North America Introduces Elite Motorcycle Sport Helmet: The SR1


Schuberth announces the newest addition to their line of aerodynamic, areoacoustic motorcycle helmets, the SR1. Engineered specifically for sport riders and professional racers, the SR1 has won numerous awards in the international motorcycle press and is currently worn in the AMA Superbike series by Stefan Nebel.

"The SR1 is considered to be Schuberth's 'Masterpiece' helmet and we are extremely proud to introduce it to riders and racers in the U.S. and Canada," says Randy Northrup, Schuberth North America's Vice President.

Maximum safety and comfort, combined with continuous innovation, have been the hallmarks of Schuberth helmets for decades. The new SR1 is a Schuberth product through and through. Constructed using Schuberth's proprietary methods, the shell is made with the extremely light S.T.R.O.N.G. fiber, a special fiberglass-reinforced duroplastic matrix. The smallest of the three shell sizes weighs in at about 1,350 grams. Schuberth's patented Anti-Roll-Off System offers additional protection to the infinitely adjustable D-Ring closure. The removable, washable Coolmax® liner has a hypoallergenic, antibacterial, odor-reducing treatment providing all-temperature comfort.

After countless tests in Schuberth's own acoustic wind tunnel, the SR1 boasts superb aerodynamics with optimum downforce and very low lift. The compact profile ensures the helmet sits precisely, even at high speed - eliminating buffeting and oscillation while providing directional stability. The D-Force Spoiler features 2 settings allowing the rider to further adjust the helmet to different seating positions for airflow and downforce control.

The wind tunnel optimized Multi-Volume-Ventilation ensures maximum cooling. Three adjustable air intakes in the front - two at the forehead and one at the chin - and two outlets in the back of the helmet allow optimum ventilation flowing over 10 liters of fresh air per second at 100 km/h. The chin vent has three settings that control airflow allowing the rider to choose no air, full facial airflow, or air to the cheeks only.

The SR1 comes with an anti-scratch clear face shield with anti-fog coating. A breath deflector mounted at the chin further helps prevent fogging. The new "Push-Release-System" enables users to quickly and easily remove the face shield at the touch of a button, with no tools. Pinlock® anti-fog lenses and tinted face shields in light smoke, dark smoke and silver mirror finishes are also available.

The aeroacoustics have also been optimized in the Schuberth wind tunnel. At 100 km/h, only 88 dB(A) reaches the rider's ear. The innovative Noise-Reduction-System (N.R.S.) allows the rider to open or close small openings to control the helmet's acoustics. In racing mode, the N.R.S. can be opened to enable the wearer to perceive background sounds and approaching riders more accurately on the track. In street mode, the N.R.S. can be closed to reduce noise levels without eliminating important traffic sounds.

The SR1 is certified with both ECE and DOT safety standards. The highly respected European ECE standard for motorcycle helmets is recognized in over 50 countries worldwide as well as for AMA and FIM racing including MotoGP. The North American DOT government safety standard is required for motorcycle helmets worn on public roads.

Formula 1 in its Genes

Among those involved in developing the SR1 was Michael Schumacher, the seven-time Formula 1 world champion, who has been relying exclusively on Schuberth helmets since 2000 both in his Formula 1 career and in his motorcycle racing endeavors.

The story of the SR1's genesis goes back to the year 2000. Schuberth and its engineers entered the Formula 1 realm with a clear vision and an ambitious goal: "We'll build the world's best helmets for the world's best drivers." Schuberth soon partnered with none other than Michael Schumacher to wear its RF1 carbon helmet, and within a year Schumacher and Schuberth were celebrating their first world championship title together. Schumacher continues to wear Schuberth helmets and to provide Schuberth's engineers with continuous expert feedback, enabling them to constantly improve the company's helmets.

In 2006, after winning seven world championships, Schumacher announced his retirement from Formula 1. Shortly afterward, he began his "second career" racing an IDM Superbike. Schuberth immediately started developing its first motorcycle racing helmet, based on the RF1 carbon helmet from Formula 1. A few months later, the company unveiled the "Schuberth Race", a lightweight carbon helmet weighing just 900 grams (1.9 lbs) specially developed for Schumacher. Only five of these helmets have been produced to date. The Schuberth Race not only got the thumbs-up from Schumacher but also generated wider interest and demand in motorcycle racing scene.

Now, with the new SR1, Schuberth is putting the successor to the "Schuberth Race" into series production for sport riders and professional racers. After his first test rides with the SR1, Michael Schumacher remained firmly convinced, stating, "As a professional Formula 1 driver and a motorcycle racer with ambitions, I trust Schuberth and no-one else when it comes to safety and comfort - as I have for the past 10 years."


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Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship this Weekend at Motopark

This Sunday Motopark in Chatsworth (Ontario), will host both the final round of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship and the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship.  The top off road racers in Canada will be in attendance to dice it up with the best in Ontario.

Confirmed Pro riders include; KTM’s Bobby Prochnau (BC), Honda’s Jason Schrage (AB), Husqvarna’s Ryan Graffunder (BC), Guy Giroux (PQ), Phillipe Chaine (PQ), Samuel Rosseau (PQ), the Husaberg mounted Corner Grass Racing Team – Ben Rego (BC), Cole Dobovich (AB), Lee Fryberger (AB),  and in the women’s class KTM’s Chantelle Bykerk (BC)

The course will be fast and fun consisting of the full Motopark MX track and the entire trail system.  This week’s rain was a blessing – it will help kill the dust that has been an issue at races across Ontario all summer – long range forcast is for a bit more light rain before the weekend and sun all weekend!

Because this round is a National event no racing license is required, and any MX motorcycle (under 94db) will be accepted.  If your a Motocrosser and have tried Cross Country events in the past or would like to give it a shot this is your chance.  Entry fees $45 for adults and $25 for kids – there will be classes for everyone from Pee Wee to Super Senior.  Transponders are required and available for rent for $25.

There will be a number of giveaways including; $100 Wiesner Insurance Pro Holeshot award, $100 Apex KTM Amateur Holeshot award, $100 Wiesner Insurance Fastest Lap award, set of tires from Goldendtyre, prize packagages from Parts Canada and Rekluse and we will give away the Marin mountain bike to one of our Peewee riders courtesy of Royal Distributing, and as usual at all WEC events 100% Pro Payback (over $2500 has been handed out this year so far).

There will be plenty of great spectating areas and the Motopark Cafe will be open all weekend.   Plan to stick around after the race to congratulate the days winners and see both the 2012 National and Ontario Champions crowned.  It will be an action packed fun day for the entire family!

- Sign in opens all classes 7:00am
- Pee Wee Race 9:00 – 9:30am
- Mini Junior and Senior Race- 9:30 – 10:30am
- Morning Race Program 11:00am – 1:00 pm
- Morning Race Classes - Beginner, Women, Vet Junior, Vet Senior, Super Senior
- Afternoon Race Program  1:30 – 4:00pm
- Afternoon Race Classes – Junior, Intermediate, Vet Master (these classes race for 2 hours) and Pro (2.5 hours)

Motopark is located just off Hwy # 6 north of the town of Chatsworth. When travelling north on Hwy # 6, turn left on Moto Park Drive. Look for the signs… you can’t miss it.


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World Enduro Canada Mini Enduro Championship


World Enduro Canada Mini Enduro Championship -- Round #2 – Guelph

A picturesque farm just north of Guelph, Ontario set the scene for round two of this groundbreaking Championship series. Designed specifically for riders under 16 years of age, this series caters to the first time 50cc recreational rider to the experienced racer on an 85cc two stroke. With the aging population, many current off-road racers are well over 45 years old and the focus has been off our youth in the sport for many years. Bringing new riders into the fold and giving them a controlled environment to learn about off-road motorcycle competition has been seriously needed and this series delivers

This past Sunday, October 26th saw a record 40 riders enter this event and nothing but positive comments from all involved. When we counted parents and friends, there were over 150 people in attendance. This large crowd provided a sizable spectator audience and after the competition, everyone present was treated to a barbeque lunch.

Avid off-road racer and land owner Keith Billings set up a fantastic course with three unique special tests. Keith’s lengthy race experience along with his strong desire to help our young riders advance in the sport helped in the spectacular course design. The first test on the 3 kilometre loop was the Enduro test that featured sweeping turns and gentle jumps in soft dark soil through a cedar forest. Next up was a fast grass track that was laid out on the side of a hill allowing the small bikes to really open up. The last test on the course was the Extreme Test that featured little gullies and rock piles along with small log crossings. Perfectly designed, it allowed the older riders to ride over the obstacles for the fastest line and the young riders on the smallest bikes were given the opportunity to ride around those difficult obstacles for a slower but safer route. It was a course that many said was entertaining for even experienced adults.

The “C” Class is for the youngest and least experienced riders. This class is made up of those new riders that are on 50cc machines for the most part and are just getting used to riding. Luke Smith has ridden a couple of Kids Enduros to date and took the win in this class. He finished 100 seconds ahead of second showing that he is ready for the “B” Class next year. For his accomplishment along with his first place medal he won a $30 gift certificate from Royal Distributing. Hayden Wilcox and Noah Brown took second and third with a much closer time differential. They both walked away with $20 from series sponsor Royal Distributing.

“B” Class is for those more seasoned riders. Kids who have maybe been to a race before or maybe they have been riding for a couple of years already and can make a bike go pretty good. Chase Godmere who we have seen before as well at the Shelburne Kids Enduro landed in first place taking the $30 Royal Distributing gift certificate. Also, as he was the top finishing Yamaha rider in his class, he received $75 in Yamabucks. Jena Ridpath impressed many with her hard charging style that resulted in a second place and $20 from Royal. Macallister Ash filled out the podium in third a mere 3 seconds behind Jena. He had a big smile on the podium with a $20 gift card from Royal in hand. I think he went there immediately after to spend it as we were less than 10 kilometres away from the main Royal Distributing location in Guelph.

The “A” class is reserved for serious racers. The class is made up mostly of older kids or those with serious race experience. Kyle Bichard was the favourite going in as he has two overall victories at the Shelburne Kids Enduro under his belt along with a wealth of Cross Country race experience. But it was not the “walk in the park” for him that some expected as Mike Maclennan, current Championship leader in the WEC Cross Country series came out to try is hand at this form of competition. Mike stayed very close to Kyle throughout the day and even won fastest time in the Enduro Test on the first lap. He ended up second place and 29 seconds behind Kyle at the end of the day. Up and coming off-roader Chad Morin used his motocross skills to finish third 88 seconds behind Mike. The talent in the “A” Class was very high and it showed that with a series like this continuing, the sport has a future.

As everyone enjoyed the barbeque lunch complements of Wiesner Insurance, WEC scoring specialist Stephen Abel tabulated results. This four lap enduro with twelve special tests was scored perfectly within minutes. Even after five years of flawless electronic scoring behind World Enduro Canada, it is still impressive to see such quick and accurate results.

An awards ceremony attended by all racers and their supporters followed with plenty of interviews and speeches over the PA system. In total, $210 from Royal Distributing was awarded to our top three finishers in each class. In addition, series sponsor Yamaha Canada awarded $500 in Yamabucks to the top finishing Yamaha mounted riders.

Alex Franklin was on hand to take photo’s check out her Smug Mug collection

World Enduro Canada would like to thank the Billings Family and our generous sponsors for supporting the future of our sport. With the popularity of this series quickly growing, we know there will be a wealth of Pro racers in the years to come.

Detailed results for this event and up to date championship points standings can always be viewed at www.worldendurocanada.com


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Round #2 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Kids Enduro


WEC KIDS ENDURO SERIES - ROUND #2

The most talked about race series in the province is about resume this Sunday, August 26th. Round #2 of the Kids Enduro Series will be taking place at the Billings Farm just north of Guelph. For those unknowing, the Kids Enduro Series is new this year and is the offshoot of the springtime favourite “Shelburne Kids Enduro” that has been going on for three years. Due to the success of that event, World Enduro Canada saw a need to develop the concept into a Championship series.

The Enduro itself is a World Championship style event that duplicates the rules and guidelines of the Canadian Enduro Championship. With four laps around the course and three special tests per lap all timed to the second by transponder, young riders get to experience competition in a safe and controlled environment. Riding against the clock versus bar to bar racing is less intimidating for young riders but every bit as rewarding.

The course is set up without compromise and with young riders being the only focus. Obstacles are specifically designed for small wheels and the kids are the center of attention all day. The special tests and the trail loop are challenging yet attainable for the beginner on a 50cc automatic as well as the seasoned racer on a 85cc two stroke. Riders are divided into three ability classes and all finishers are rewarded with a medal.

The $25 entry includes a great day of riding as well as a BBQ lunch for all attendees. The awards ceremony is the climax of the day when all riders get their time on the podium. Entry includes the loan of a transponder for the day and accurate and immediate scoring. Results are posted on the World Enduro Canada website that same day for everyone to review in detail when they get home.

The course for this weekend’s event in Guelph is ready to go and is in a beautiful setting. A quick walk around the Extreme Test this past weekend confirmed this will be a course entertaining for all skill levels.

This year, all 50cc riders get their name entered into the draw for a Marin mountain bike courtesy of Royal Distributing. This draw will be held after the last round of the series.

For current Championship standings riders and parents can go to the results page at www.worldendurocanada.com

We ask that attendees RSVP to sean@worldendurocanada.com if possible so we can make sure we have enough food and beverages on hand for everyone at the BBQ. That being said, we have been receiving emails over the past week from parents advising they will be in attendance and it looks to be a record turn out for this kids specific event.

Any parent or rider who has attended these events in the past will attest to the fact that this is very special day that will always be remembered. It will be a true “can’t miss” event.


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Yamaha Gives Away TWO Factory Rides at Walton TransCan!


Steven Anderson of Hillsburgh, ON, and Tanner Ward of Bright, ON both received   Factory Rides at the Walton TransCan Amateur Motorcross Nationals on Aug 14-19.

Ward was initially awarded the prize on Saturday’s award ceremony after the Amateur races had concluded. However, a scoring error was found later and the points were re-calculated. The actual top Yamaha point getter was Steven Anderson.

“Unfortunately, there was a miscalculation that was out of our control and we originally awarded the final Factory Ride to Tanner”, said Bryan Hudgin, Marketing Supervisor and Race Director for Yamaha Motor Canada. Hudgin continued “After meeting Tanner, seeing his excitement and the Ward family’s dedication to Yamaha, I really struggled with the idea of taking the award back. So, we gave out two factory rides this weekend.”

Anderson tops in points with a total of 137 racing the MX1, MX2 and MX3 junior classes.

The Walton TransCan race week concluded the 2012 Factory Ride Award contest. Four winners across the country have won YZ’s of their choice and collected $2500 in parts and accessories for the 2013 race season.

Be sure to get on a Yamaha next year, you could win a factory ride!



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Ducati wins Pikes Peak International Hill


Carlin Dunne Earns Back-to-Back Victories and Course Records on a Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Carlin Dunne dominated the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, setting the new course record for motorcycles today from pole position for the second year in a row on a Ducati Multistrada 1200 S. This win marks Ducati’s third-straight victory at the historic race to the clouds.

Both Dunne and Spider Grips Ducati teammate and six-time winner Greg Tracy finished the race under the 10-minute barrier, which is a first for any motorcycle in the race’s 90-year history. Dunne crossed the finish line at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak with the record-setting time of 9:52.819, beating his previous record of 11:11.32, while Tracy was less than six seconds behind, placing second with 9:58.262.

“Today was an emotional day,” said Dunne. “The year of work the Spider Grips Ducati team put into preparing for Pikes Peak got us across the finish line in under 10 minutes, an achievement we’re very proud of. When we heard that we won and broke the record for the second time, I was speechless. The one-two finish proves the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is the ultimate bike to conquer Pikes Peak.”

Dunne reached speeds above 144 MPH throughout the mountain’s straightaways, and traversed 156 turns, ranging from hairpin, blind, decreasing radius, and multi-apex turns, while consistently gaining elevation up the technical 12.42-mile course.

Ducatisti around the world are celebrating the victory of Carlin Dunne and the Spider Grips Ducati Team – we are all very proud,” said Dominique Cheraki, General Manager of Ducati North America. “Three years ago we chose the Multistrada 1200 S to compete at Pikes Peak to showcase its on-and-off road capabilities, class-leading ergonomics, handling, and performance. When we were alerted that the entire course would be paved in 2012, there was no doubt that the Multistrada 1200 S was still the right choice and breaking the record today proves this.”

Check photos and updates from attendees HERE


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2012 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship


The 2012 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship is in the books and all involved agreed it was another huge sucess.  WEC crowned new Canadian Enduro Champions in many of the classes.  On Sunday September 2nd the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship will begin and since this is the first true National Cross Country Championship of its kind there will be new Champions in ALL the classes.  Riders from across the country will have the opportunity to compete for a National Championship with only two weekend’s worth of racing.

By integrating the National Championship into existing Cross Country Series the level of competition will be better than ever.  Round 1 in Ormstown, Quebec will be part of the hugely sucessful FMSQ series.  The following weekend Round 2 will take place at Motopark in Chatsworth, ON which will also be the final round of the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship prestened by APEX Cycle KTM.  At the Motopark event the course will consist of the full trail system and the full MX track with live engine gate start.

Many riders have been asking how the classes will work because there are some differences between the WEC and FMSQ classes.   The WEC classes will be used to determine the Championship because they are in line with the majority of race series across the country.  At the FMSQ event WEC will score the race in tandem with the FMSQ timing crew.  At event registration in Ormstown riders will sign up in the FMSQ class that suits them (see below) and wear a FMSQ transponder which will be provided at no cost to riders from outside of Quebec (a $100 refundable deposit will be required) and then sign into the WEC scoring system in the appropriate WEC class.  FMSQ will score the event in their normal fashion and award the trophies accordingly.   WEC will then post the results on the WEC site in the WEC classes.

The FMSQ will accept race licenses from Pacific North West Motorcycle Asscociation, Alberta Dirt Riders, CMRC/WEC.

The FMSQ Classes are in Red and the WEC National classes that correspond are in Black.

2 PM Start
EXPERT - PRO
INTERMEDIAIRE - INTERMEDIATE
JUNIOR 4 STROKE – JUNIOR *note the Junior 4 Stroke and 2 Stroke results will be combined for
WEC JUNIOR results
JUNIOR 2 STROKE - JUNIOR
40+ - VET MASTER *note the 40+and 30+ class results will be combined for WEC VET MASTER results
30+ - VET MASTER
DAMES EXPERT - WOMEN

11 AM Start
AMATEUR A - BEGINNER
AMATEUR 40+ - SUPER SENIOR & VET SENIOR
AMATEUR 30+ - VET JUNIOR
DAMES INTERMEDIARE - WOMEN

9 AM Start (in Ontario these classes start at 9:30)
ECOLIER A (LIMIT 105CC 2S OR 150CC 4S; 12 TO 15 YEARS OLD) - MINI SENIOR
ECOLIER B (LIMIT 85CC 2S OR 125CC 4S; 10 TO 13 YEARS OLD) - MINI JUNIOR

World Enduro Canada is encouraging all Canadian Cross Country racers – particularly those from the east – to make a point to attend these events.  If your a serious racer and want a shot at a National Title to see how you stack up to the best in Canada or if you just want to be part of a ground breaking series then you owe it yourself to attend these races.

For more information please visit www.worldendurocanada.com


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Round 6 - Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship


WEC and Gopher Dunes Prepare For Off-Road / Motocross Shootout

It will be the only Saturday event this year, August 11th at the famous Gopher Dunes motocross facility. Racers have been talking about this race since the completion of last year’s event at this fantastic race course. In 2011 we saw some serious motorcross contenders come out and showed the crowd the fast way around this track. The forest section was long and the two hour race really challenged all classes. In the end, experienced motocrosser and off-road sensation Josh Long took the win.

This year, Gopher Dunes will feature our proven Moto Cross Country format. What this means is instead of a race that is 2 hours non stop, we have two motos of one hour each separated by a break of just over an hour. WEC introduced this style of racing early in 2012 at facilities where an MX starting gate exists and the course lends itself to this style of competition. Gopher Dunes is a natural for this format.

The Moto Cross Country style allows racers to ride closer to their limit while still building endurance. Feedback from all riders that have participated in this new style of racing confirms that the result of racing in this format will create faster riders. Elevating the level of talent in Canadian off-road racers has been a key part of the WEC mandate since we began organizing motorcycle racing in 2006.

Weather conditions appear to be optimum for this weekend. The hot temperatures this summer have had a hand in creating some very tough events this year. With temperatures looking like the low 20s for this weekend and some minor rain leading up the race, we should be looking at perfect conditions for this event. The motocross track will be in spectacular shape as always with the groomer out in the morning and the watering system operating making for excellent traction at this well known sandy track.

The forest section of the course will feature the high speed trails and big bermed corners many know. A section featuring man made “Endurocross” style obstacles was a spectator favourite last year and we will see that again this year.

Pee Wee racers will get to experience once again the extensive mini MX track with exciting obstacles designed specifically to challenge and entertain our small wheel competitors.

Of course Gopher Dunes offers camping Friday night as well as Saturday night for all racers. Full facilities are on site making for a pleasant stay and the Pro shop will be open for those needing any last minute parts and accessories. In addition, the concession stand will be there serving up great hot food and beverages for all in attendance. You really can’t beat this set up for a comfortable race day for spectators and racers alike.

Due to the very dry conditions this summer, it should be made clear that there is still a total burn ban in effect in the area so those camping must respect this requirement.

Will Josh Long repeat this year due to his expertise in both motocross and off-road disciplines? Will the ultra prepared and hard charging Brian Wojnarowski or the sharply focused and consistent Kevin Cockayne have what it takes to compete with the outright speed of motocrosser like Derek Arnold? We will have to wait until Saturday to find out.

A few things will be certain, WEC will be paying its Pro riders 100% payback as at every round. We will also see the Royal Distributing $50 Leader At Halfway Award, the Wiesner Insurance $100 Pro Holeshot award, the Wiesner insurance $100 Fastest Lap Award, and the Apex Cycle KTM Canada Amateur $100 Holeshot Award. With all this money going back to our riders and an entry of $45 for all adults and $25 for Minis, it’s the best value in racing around.


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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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Ducati announces renewal of Nicky Hayden’s contract

On the occasion of the United States Grand Prix, the home race for two-time LagunaSeca MotoGP winner Nicky Hayden, Ducati announces a contract extension with the American that will see him continuing to race for the Ducati Team next year.

Nicky Hayden, who turns 31 on Monday, is currently in his tenth season in the MotoGP series and his fourth with the Ducati Team. During that time, he has become extremely popular with fans and Ducatisti all over the world, thanks to his reliably positive outlook, his passion, and his determination. He currently sits eighth in the championship points standings and is working hard on the development of the Desmosedici GP12, employing his typical effort and enthusiasm.

The United States hosts no fewer than 45 DOCs (Ducati Owners Clubs) and tomorrow thousands of fans will have the opportunity to meet Nicky at Ducati Island, an area at Laguna Seca where Ducatisti gather to follow the race and experience the “red passion.” Following the afternoon qualifying session, Nicky himself will visit the Island’s stage, where many spectators and fans will no doubt be excited to join him in celebrating the news of his renewal with the Ducati Team.

Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team
“I’m very happy that I’ll be back with Ducati and back in MotoGP, racing at the highest level for a very important team. I love the guys I work with, I love the Ducati fans, and I love the brand. This is an important time for Ducati in a number of ways, and I’m excited that I’ll continue to be a part of it. I feel like I’ve got some unfinished business here, and hopefully we can get all the pieces into place and reap the rewards of the hard work we’ve put in the last couple of years. It’s nice to be able to make this announcement at Laguna and to share the moment with my fans, friends and family. If I can do a good result on Sunday, it could make for a pretty special birthday weekend.”


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Harley Davidson Mopar CSBK National Road Race Championship

Round two of the Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series took place on Sunday, July 8, as part of the Mopar CSBK National Road Race Championship at the Autodrome St-Eustache in Saint-Eustache, Quebec.

MotoSport Plus of Kingston rider, Steve Crevier, continued to dominate the action. Starting off by besting the track record he set last season. Crevier used the Saturday afternoon qualifying session to his advantage, posting a 49.827-second lap of Autodrome St-Eustache on his third lap, beating the mark he set last year by 0.353. Behind him, four more Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycle racers were within a second of the cagey veteran.

Ruthless Racing Inc. teammates, J.R. MacRae and Darren James, qualified as the second and third fastest. MacRae had been neck and neck with Crevier all weekend, but James used his final qualifying lap on the tight St-Eustache race track to move up several positions and grab the third fastest time. Sharing the best times were Mackie Harley-Davidson rider, Michael Taylor and Harley-Davidson de L’Outaouais rider, Elie Daccache.

With the pole position honour, Crevier again earned the Tactical Products Canada Luminox watch and gift pack, valued at over $700.

Sunday morning’s warm-up session heated up along with the day and was a good predictor for how the race would unfold. Ruthless Racing Inc. racer, J.R. MacRae again chased Crevier with a host of riders looking to challenge. Most impressive was the improvement of Clare’s Harley-Davidson of Niagara rider, Don Taylor, dropping another second from his lap times and joining the top six riders with a 51.955-second lap.

When the start lights flashed, MacRae jumped into the early lead with Crevier in hot pursuit, while teammate Darren James slid into third position just ahead of Mackie Harley-Davidson rider, Michael Taylor, and Harley-Davidson de L’Outaouais rider, Elie Daccache. MacRae’s great start was in vain though. When the youngster lost the front end transitioning through the chicane, MacRae slid off the track and out of contention, leaving Crevier all alone at the front of the pack. Darren James had his hands full with Michael Taylor, who managed to slip by on lap four, setting up a battle that would go well into the late stages of the race. James was making good progress chasing down the five-time superbike champion, until a back marker spoiled the effort, relegating James to the final step of the podium. Daccache was also making steady progress until he too lost the front end of his XR1200 race bike, sliding into the straw bales and ending his challenge. Daccache managed to remount and still scored some valuable points for his effort.

Crevier again took the checkered flag, with Michael Taylor in second and James in third.

Seven-time Canadian dirt track champion, Don Taylor, got a well-earned fourth place and continues to improve. Atlantic Harley-Davidson Retailers-sponsored Blaise Fougere finished in fifth, with journalist, Costa Mouzouris in sixth on the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada media bike. Eric Trudel, riding for Becancour Harley‑Davidson, placed seventh, with Rocky’s Harley-Davidson and Kitchener Harley-Davidson-backed “Gump” Harrison in eighth. Newcastle, Ontario, rider, Elie Daccache, got back into the race with a ninth place finish.

After the race, when asked about the riders behind him closing in on him, Crevier commented: “I was all worried about the draft on the back straight because that is so important here,” adding, “I was making some little mistakes, I was riding faster this morning in the practice than I did in the race, so I just had to settle down and get into a little groove, to win this for MotoSport Plus of Kingston and my team.”

The next race in the series takes place on July 21 and 22 at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. For further details and results of the Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series visit www.csbk.ca


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Rounds 1 & 2 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship


Rounds 1 & 2 of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championships took place at all new venue last weekend in Vernon, BC.  The Vernon Off Road Motorcycle Club hosted an epic, well organized event that challenged and thrilled rid

The 45 km loop covered the mountain with thousands of feet in elevation changes, with three  excellent special tests.  The final test on the loop, the Rekluse Extreme Test, was a one minute walk from the pits which made it easy for spectators and the racers families to enjoy the action and cheer on their favorites.  World Enduro Canada announcer Trevor Wideman was up on the KTM tower with a bird’s eye view of the action, announcing riders as they came into the test and keeping the crowd interested.

At the end of day one KTM’s Bobby Prochnau was once again at the top of the E2 and Pro overall standings with Honda’s Jason Schrage in 2nd in both.  BC hotshot Tyler Murray won the E1 Class and was 3rd overall.  Filling out the E1 Podium was the factory Husqvarna team.  Captain Guy Giroux in 2nd and Philippe Chaine in 3rd. In E3 CGRT Husaberg rider Ben Rego topped the day with Thomas Cordner in 2nd and KTM’s Malcolm Hett in 3rd.  In EVet KTM’s Trent Burgiss topped local favorite KTM’s Mark Cahill.

There were lots of interesting results in the Amateur ranks as well.   One that stood out was the rising talent in the Women’s class.  There were 11 entries and KTM’s Shelby Turner and Chantelle Bykerk, who was just back from participating and getting on the podium at the Xgames Endurocross in Los Angeles, topped the gal many expected to win, GasGas rider Victoria Hett.   In the A Class Alberta’s Ben Riviere, who two years ago was the Canadian C Champion, took 8th but won the Rekluse Extreme test challenge by posting the fastest time for the day in the Rekluse Extreme test.

Day two once again saw KTM’s Bobby Prochnau at the top of the overall Pro standings and the top of the E2 Podium with Jason Schrage once again taking 2nd in both and Husqvarna rider Ryan Graffunder 3rd in both E2 and overall.   Josh Allen, Pro CMRC MX racer from BC, was 4th in E2 and many expected him to place higher due to his very aggressive riding.

In E1 Husqvarna team leader Guy Giroux showed the young kids he still has the jam by topping the podium ahead of BC’s Tyler Murray and Philippe Chaine from Quebec.  In E3 KTM’s Kevin Dyck took top spot ahead of CGRT Husaberg rider Ben Rego and KTM’s Malcolm Hett.

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McNaughton Earns a Yamaha Factory Ride


Daniel McNaughton Earns a Factory Ride!
Yamaha Rider is the First to Earn a Factory Ride at Raymond WCAN!


Daniel McNaughton used consistent finishes in MX3 Junior B, MX2 Junior B and School Boy to take the first Yamaha Factory Ride Award for 2012.

The Rumsey, AB native steered his 2010 YZ250F to 4th overall in Junior B, 4th overall in Schoolboy and a 2nd overall in MX3 Junior B to collect the most points of any Yamaha rider at the Western Amateur National.

For his efforts, McNaughton will get the use of a YZ of his choice for 2013 along with $2500 in parts and accessories.

I was told I was in contention after Day 2, and I knew going into the last moto that I had to get at least a 15th in order to earn the ride.” McNaughton commented.

“It was a little nerve-wracking but I brought it home. I buy all my Yamahas at Romar Powersports, so it will be nice to walk a YZ out the door without having to pay this time! Thanks Yamaha!”

The Factory Ride Awards will continue this weekend at the Eastern Canadian Amateur National at Deschambault and conclude for 2012 at the Walton TransCan in August. Two more Yamaha riders still have the opportunity to ride a YZ of their choice and collect $2500 in parts and accessories in 2013.

Will it be you?


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2012 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship starts this weekend


We are less than a week away from the start of the 2012 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship. Now in its fourth year the highly successful Championship is on its way to creating Canadian motorcycling history. Never before has an off-road championship traveled across Canada and become the acknowledged true test of Canada’s best off-road riders in such a short period of time. The main reasons being the CEC’s standardized format is easy to understand, is attractive to new and younger riders, does not require the competitor’s motorcycles to have a license plate or specific insurance and is a fair and level playing field unlike other previous championships.
For the last three years the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship has been very successful in developing better riders from beginner all the way to the Pro level. One question that is always a hot topic of discussion is what type of racing creates the faster riders. Special test format Enduro racing has been proven successful around the world at developing fast riders but many will argue that the bar to bar action of Cross Country racing makes for a faster rider. In 2012 WEC is going to combine both of these excellent forms of competition into a single National Championship “The Royal Distributing Canadian National Off-road Championship”! This new National Championship will combine the best elements of Enduro with Cross Country and make for an exciting series groundbreaking series. At the end of the season there will be Champions named in all Enduro and Cross Country classes and in the Pro class results from all 6 events will be combined to name the first ever Royal Distributing Canadian National Off-Road Champion. 
As we start our 4th year of National competition World Enduro Canada would like to thank all our sponsors without whom none of this would be possible. Royal Distributingis back for a fourth season as the series Title Sponsor. KTM, Yamaha, Honda and Husaberg are once again our Premium level sponsors. Rekluse – now being distributed byMongoose in Canada - are back as the Extreme Test sponsor, MXP Magazine as Enduro Test sponsor and new this year Goldentyre is sponsoring the MX test and will be giving away sets of tires to the winner. Inside Motorcycles Magazine will once again be awarding the Top Pro Jr with a cheque for $500. A&E Racing in Brooks, AB has stepped up as the Presenting Sponsor of the CEC. In addition Rockstar, Wiesner Insurance, West Coast Transportation and Parts Canada are also providing valuable support.
The first two rounds of the CEC launch next Saturday July 7th at an all new location in Vernon, BC. The Vernon Motorcycle Club has put together a top notch course that is being touted as difficult, fun and challenging all in one breath. Despite the recent heavy rains in BC the Vernon club wants to assure all competitors the course is ready to go and will hold up. The forecast is calling for hot, dry weather this week which will help course conditions.

It remains to be seen who will come out on top but one can be sure the competition will be fast and furious among the top Pros. Talking about the CECs and not mentioning the reigning CEC #1 plate holder, KTM mounted Bobby Prochnau would be sacrilege. Prochnau is the acknowledged dominant racer in the Canadian off-road scene. Coming off an impressive 5th place finish in the most recent US-based GNCC series race and finishing just outside the top 10 at the X-Games, Prochnau most definitely has a target on his back. His rivals include 2010 CEC Champion Honda rider Jason Schrage who is affectionately called “The Angry Chipmunk” when he has the bit between his teeth will be gunning for Prochnau. Among the other competitors vying for the top step of the podium are Geoff Nelson, Ryan Graffunder, Philippe Chaine, Guy Giroux and Tyler Murray.

The third and fourth rounds of the CEC take place on familiar territory just a short 25 minutes out of Blairmore Alberta in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Since the first ever CEC took place at Racehorse Creek Recreation area back in 2009 riders have been longing to once again sink knobbies into the high altitude loam of Racehorse Creek. Clint Riviere and his team have put together an awesome event each of the first fours years of the CEC and this year will be another epic event for sure. It is truly a privilege to be able to ride off-road motorcycles in such a majestic setting and World Enduro Canada thanks our Albertan hosts for their support over the years.

For More information on all these events please visit our site www.worldendurocanada.com
July 7 & 8 - Vernon, BC - Enduro


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