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Haga's condition is less serious than expected; The Ducati Xerox Rider to Undergo Surgery this afternoon at Derby City Hospital

Derby (UK), Monday 29th June: Noriyuki Haga, Ducati Xerox Team rider and current leader of the World Superbike Championship, was transported to the Emergency department of Derby City Hospital by helicopter at about 5pm yesterday afternoon, after having been victim of a massive high-side during race 2 at Donington Park.

The Japanese rider, accompanied by doctors fram the Clinica Mobile, was seen by Doctor Rajan and once extensive test and un urgent CAT scan were carried out, Dr. Rajan declared that the fracture to one of the vertebrae that had shown up on the X-ray taken at the circuit's Medical Centre was actually a very old fracture and must have been caused during another much earlier incident, years previously. This fracture has, over time, sealed without medical intervention and doesn't present a problem.

After a stable night in the Pre-Op assessment ward of Derby City Hospital, Noriyuki Haga will undergo surgery this afternoon to insert a plate and screws in his right forearm, to set a fracture to the right ulna. His is continuing to experience pain in the left shoulder blade, and so although no serious damage has yet been detected, doctors will investigate further to undertand teh cause of the pain.

The only injury needing immediate treatment at this time is the broken ulna. If the surgery is deemed a success, and there are no complications regarding his shoulder blade, Noriyuki should be able to return home to Italy in the next two days and the Ducati Xerox Team does not currently exclude the possibility of Noriyuki's return to the track in time for the next round in the Czech Republic, on the 26th July at Brno.

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AGV SPORT licensing Announcement

I haven't seen the AGV brand of helmets around at shops on the East Coast (Canada) but a bit of searching seems to suggest that plenty of Canadians are wearing them. They can be ordered in at many shops. They're just not broadly distributed in Canada - or at least it would seem. They do make some beautiful looking helmets.

Press Release after the break...

AGV SPORTS GROUP, INC. has announced and exclusive licensing agreement with MotoNation LLC and marks their 25th anniversary.

“Products designed by riders for riders” AGV Sports Group, Inc., one of the oldest-owned and operated apparel companies in the motorcycle industry, is announcing that a long term and exclusive licensing agreement has been signed with El Cajon based Motonation.

AGV Sport and Motonation believe that this strategic alliance and partnership will benefit both companies and allow for rapid development of new products for the US market. AGV Sport believed strongly that Motonation was the right choice for the future of this historic brand and to extend its 25 year commitment to producing technically superior products.

Motonation has a unique business model of marketing its exclusive product lines through committed partnerships with a limited number of select retailers combined with an aggressive promotional investment that enable the lines to grow in this competitive market. Motonation is now hard at work on its 2010 AGV Sport product line which will start to show up at Motonation’s Partner retailers late in 2009.

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Wet Conclusion to Superpole; Fabrizio and (Ducati Xerox) to start on the Secon Row Donington Park

Donington Park (UK), Saturday 28th June: today was once again conditioned by the British weather and unfortunately the Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio had to complete the final phase of today’s Superpole under a light rain. For tomorrow races the two Ducati men, on board their Ducati 1198s, will line up on the grid next to each other in fifth (Fabrizio) and sixth (Haga) position. Although the Superbike riders woke up to another grey and cloudy day, the weather fortunately did not impede them in the morning’s first qualifying session and all of the strongest players were able to improve on yesterday’s lap times. Michel Fabrizio, the only rider to duck under 1m31 yesterday, continued to progress today and closed the session at the top of the timesheets, three tenths of a second faster than the best time he recorded in first qualifying. Today’s forty-five minute session also proved to be more positive for Haga who, after the problems experienced yesterday, got back on the right road this morning and, mid-session, put in a few very fast laps to record in the process the second fastest time, just two tenths off team-mate Fabrizio’s pace.

In the afternoon the first two mini-Superpole sessions took place in the dry and both Noriyuki and Michel passed from the first to the second and then to the final phase without difficulty. Michel recorded a new lap record in the second phase, lapping in 1m29.6s. Of the eight riders remaining in the third and final session, those who exited the pits immediately gained a small advantage as the rain then began, preventing the Ducati Xerox riders from pushing without taking risks. The technicians declared themselves satisfied with the performance of Haga and Fabrizio today; the riders will line up in fifth (Michel) and sixth (Noriyuki) place on the grid tomorrow, alongside Byrne on Team Sterilgarda’s 1198 in third place, and Czech rider Smrz on the Ducati of Team Guandalini eighth.

Michel Fabrizio 1m30.7s “It was a pity it started to rain right at that moment, in the last part of the Superpole, but I did my best and starting from the second row shouldn’t be too much of a problem. For tomorrow I’d say that we’re sorted with regard to the race tyre and as far as the qualifiers we used today are concerned it didn’t go badly. I wanted to get under 1m30 and in the second Superpole I managed that, breaking the lap record in the process. Tomorrow we have to see what the weather will do, and then based on the track temperature, we’ll decide which rear tyre we’ll use to try and get back on the podium again.”

Noriyuki Haga 1m31.0s “We found a good solution today for the setting of my 1198 and I considerably improved my lap times. We just need to decide on the race tyre. The choice comes down to which rear, because there are two quite similar solutions, but we need to wait and see and decide tomorrow based on the track temperature. I just hope that track conditions tomorrow are not damp but either totally dry or totally wet. In the final Superpole this afternoon I could have pushed harder but to tell the truth I didn’t want to risk a crash; some of the guys made some fast laps but I preferred not to take risks and so will start tomorrow in sixth.”

TIMES (Superpole): 1. Spies (Yamaha) 1m29.8s; 2. Biaggi (Aprilia) 1m30.0s; 3. Byrne (Ducati) 1m30.5s; 4. Nakano (Aprilia) 1m30.6s; 5. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1m30.7s; 6. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 1m31.0s; 7. Checa (Honda) 1m31.3s; 8. Smrz (Ducati) 1m34.7s

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Newest KTM Brennraum posted - Erzberg special

The 2009 Erzberg Rodeo is the main topic of the latest edition of KTM's online magazine "Brennraum."

The Erzberg Rodeo is billed as "the ultimate Offroad Festival", was a KTM love-fest. KTM took home top honors. KTM’s own extreme Enduro factory rider, Taddy Blazusiak scored a hat trick of victories in this most challenging one-day test of endurance winning the event for the third straight year.

KTM gave their factory rider a call four days after the event and reached him at his home in Poland. An interesting account of the race ensues.

- Check out Brennraum for full details.
- See all our latest KTM news here.


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Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. powered by Buell Heads to the Fight in the Foothills

TORONTO, Ontario (June 24, 2009) – The team riders are ready for this coming weekend’s Parts Canada Superbike races at Race City in Calgary, Alberta, round three of the National Road Race Championships. After two rounds, the Deeley racers are well placed for a run at two separate championships.

In the premiere Parts Canada Superbike class, Steve Crevier currently sits in fifth place after his fifth place finish at round one in Calabogie, Ontario, and after his inspiring ride to fourth place at the round two race in Montréal. Last year in Calgary, Steve was forced to retire from the race early after a minor mechanical glitch.

“Yeah, that was unfortunate,” he commented. “But that’s racing and that was last year. This year, I’m pretty confident things are going to be different. We’ve been working through some issues, I’m trying to do my part on track, and the crew, Pete Snell, and the rest, have been outstanding. We’ll just put our heads down and do our absolute best. You can’t ask for more than that.”

All three Buell® 1125RTM bike riders will compete in the Yoshimura Sportbike class and are placed as follows after two events. Steve Crevier holds sixth position, Darren James is in 11th, and Dave Estok is holding 13th. Had it not been for an unfortunate crash at the Mirabel race, Dave would be much higher in the standings.

“I’m still disappointed in myself for crashing at Mirabel,” the Florida-based rider explained. “I’ve got kind of a reputation for not crashing, and we were doing pretty good when I went down. But, that’s behind me now. As for Calgary, to be honest, Race City is not my favourite track and yet, ironically, I’ve done well there. Last year I put the Buell® [bike] on the podium, and I’d like to do that or better this weekend. The long straight at Calgary should work to our advantage; it will really show the Buell® 1125TM [bike’s] power. Each race I’m getting closer to Steve, and one of my goals for this year is to have a good heads up race with him. He’s absolutely one of the best, so if I can run with him, I’ll be happy.”

Placing right behind Estok last year in fourth place at Calgary was team boss Darren James. James rode most of the season with aggravating injuries, and Calgary was no different. “I am really looking forward to Calgary,” he commented. “This is the only Parts Canada race we have out west, and it’s very important to us. Our crew has been working extremely hard to get us this far, and we are improving with each outing, so we intend to continue that climb. We have a strong fan following in Calgary, and the Deeley team has no intention [of] letting them down.”

Practise starts Friday for round three of the 2009 series, with qualifying and Pirelli Superpole on Saturday, and a full card of National Championship races on Sunday.

For further information on the track, please refer to www.cdnsuperbike.com.

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2010 Honda VFR 1200 exposed!

Yesterday, MCN claimed to have scooped the industry and come out with the first photo's of Honda's new V4 bike, the VFR1200. Photo's and details are all rumor at this point and Honda hasn't commented specifically about the new VFR yet. Honda have have indicated a new V4 bike is on the way though.

The MCN photo's were from a black and white image and colored in. Shortly after the MCN photo's were released, automotive website, LeftLane News got their hands on some spy shots of said VFR12000 in hot weather testing. The pictures they released are the clearest pictures to date, are of a running machine, and dare we say it - look pretty legitimate! Can it be finally true - a new VFR!? The photo's were shot by shot by Brenda Priddy and Co.

They look clear and legit - there's even some Honda lubricants and cans visible in the trailer that the test riders scuttled the bike into when the spy photographer was discovered.

We spoke to Honda Canada on Wednesday and their office was all abuzz with the MCN news. They didn't comment on it though.

Now for further speculation, it's reported that the VFR1200 might make near 200hp at the crank, might feature cylinder deactivation (turning it into a parallel twin when peak power isn't required). With those horsepower numbers it'll easily compete with larger rivals such as the BMW K1300S, Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa and Kawasaki ZX-14.

The photo's clearly show a CBR1100XX Blackbird influence. Shaft-driven powertrain is a departure from the chain driven current generation VFR but speaks to the sport-touring market being targeted with this machine.

Being a VFR800 owner I can't wait to see this one in the flesh - better yet, throw a leg over and test one!

Photo courtesy LeftLane News


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10,000 motorcyclists expected to rock Atlanticade

The festivities at five-day event known as "Atlanticade" started on Wednesday, June 24th and run through to June 28th. Atlanticade takes place in Moncton, New Brunswick. This is the third year for the event and it's going to be bigger than ever - they're expecting 10,000 motorcyclists this year (according to their website).

Last year they had participants from almost every province, along with entries from the U.S.; they even had a long distance entrant all the way from Ireland.

Speaking of Ireland; Heather Ireland will be there with the folks from Biker-TV to film all the action. Custom builders and painters will be competing for the chance to win over $7,500 in prize money and awards.

Plenty of activities are scheduled; there's some organized rides, wings competitions, tons of live performances, lots of vendors, dyno days, poker runs, burnout competitions, and plenty more.

If you can't get enough live music as part of the many performances of Atlanticade - well then there's a Bon Jovi concert taking place at Magnetic Hill the same weekend too. Headliner for the event will be Bachman-Cummings (former frontmen for The Guess Who.

So, get yourself packed and head on down to Atlanticade - check out the website here for additional details.

Photo courtesy Atlanticade

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As summer heats up Corazzo brings thoughts of cooler times

Corazzo, a maker of some fine looking scooter and motorcycle garments is thinking ahead to cooler times and just came out with a couple Limited Edition "Club Sweaters." I don't want to think of cooler months just yet, but these sweaters should make riding in the cooler evenings and late summer days more enjoyable.

We told you a little bit about Corazzo before, they're a Portland Oregon based company but many of their products are made in Canada and available at finer Vespa dealerships.

They've got the "Rocker" which is made of custom dyed American made wool, features an extra wide waist band to keep it from riding up when you're on the road. Some other nice touches are the Napa leather letters spelling Corazzo across the chest, large leather elbow patches, a zip up collar that beats back the cold mornings, and thumb holes to ensure the sleeves stay tucked in."

Then there's the "Tricolore" which is designed in a raglan style, with sleeves knitted lengthwise for a comfortable fit. The zip collar and thumb holes keep out the cold. There's a small Corazzo chest patch and tri color stripes knit on the right sleeve.

For ordering details check out Corazzo's website. The Tricolore is listed at $249USD while the Rocker is $275USD.

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Rent a BMW G 450 X for the ISDE

BMW has become the latest manufacturer to offer up their off-road machines to rent at the ISDE race. KTM had announced their program in early June.

Full details:

This year the 84th International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) will take place in Figueira Da Foz, Portugal, from 12-17 October. For all ambitious enduro riders who would like to participate in this historic event open to all levels of rider, the great news is that BMW Motorrad is offering a rental service.

This is fantastic news for riders from all over the world who believed that competing at an ISDE would be too expensive for them because of the logistics involved in transporting motorcycles, spares and technicians from their home country to the event. Now, with the availability of a limited number of BMW G 450 X motorcycles to rent, as well as spare parts and service package options, competitors can simply fly to Portugal with their riding kit, take part in the race and then fly home again.

This service is being offered in conjunction with Finnish off-road legend Kari Tiainen, a former ISDE champion who is based in Spain and works closely with the development of the BMW Motorrad Motorsport Enduro World Championship team. From his base in southern Spain, Kari also runs BMW adventure riding tours and would love to see more BMW riders represented at the historic enduro event.

“The ISDE is a special event and because everybody is allowed to participate, there are no specific qualifications needed. Naturally, there is a pro class, but there is also a clubman class so if you fancy giving it a go, we can help you not only with the provision of a BMW G 450 X machine, but also technical and spares support too, because at the end of a hard day’s ride, the last thing you’ll want to do is start working on your machine! We’re also hoping to attract local as well as overseas riders with this offer, which we think is great value for money.”

With a limited number of motorcycles available, this offer is open until 15 August. In brief, there is a choice of two types of BMW sport enduro available for rent – a G 450 X ‘six days edition’ at €2,200 euro plus tax, or a G 450 X ‘Kari Tiainen six days racing replica’ at €4,000 euro plus tax. The rental price includes transportation from Spain to Portugal, internal transport to the race paddock, preparation, registration and road insurance. The service package costs an additional €500 euro (plus tax), while the price of the ‘Kari Tiainen six days racing replica’ also includes two training and suspension set-up days (29-30 September) at Kari’s base in Andalucia.

The Service Package offers the supply of spare parts and fuel from the paddock area, as well as special access to reserved areas at various checkpoints where riders will find personnel for technical assistance, supply of emergency spare parts, fuel, lubricants and light refreshments. Please note that fuel, lubricants and spare parts will be charged according to use, and are not included in the Service Package cost. Riders will also have the possibility of storing spare clothing, personal belongings etc., inside special containers in the assistance vans.

The International Six Days Enduro is one of the best known off-road motorcycle events in the world and has been thrilling fans for almost 100 years. Last year, along with more than 450 riders from 33 countries, BMW Motorrad Motorsport team riders Kari Tiainen Anders Eriksson and Spaniard Xacob Agra successfully put BMW’s G 450 X through its toughest ever competitive challenge. All three riders completed the gruelling event, staged in Serres, Greece, without any problems to claim gold medal finishes. For 2009, expect another factory-backed effort – and a host of amateur riders on BMW G 450 X sport enduros – to contest the Portuguese event and fly the flag for BMW Motorrad.

For more information and the full terms and conditions of this offer, please contact Kari Tiainen directly either by visiting www.exdreames.com, emailing info@exdreames.com or calling +34 951 165 199 or +34 606 590 841.

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David Knight leaves BMW Motorrad Motorsport

Munich. With immediate effect, David Knight and the off-road team of BMW Motorrad Motorsport will be parting company.

The two-times World Enduro Championship winner and winner of the US Grand National Cross Country only joined the BMW Motorrad Team Offroad at the beginning of the 2009 season. The move during the current enduro racing season is by mutual agreement.

Before the start of the racing season David Knight completed several tests on the G 450 X racing machine. However, during the season it has become apparent that rider and racing bike do not harmonise well enough to be able to achieve top placements within this highly competitive environment. For this reason, David Knight and BMW Motorrad Motorsport have decided to end their collaboration in good and fair manner.

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TRIC Accessories – Now Available Through Yamaha Motor Canada!

Looks like Yamaha Canada is going to be offering some TRIC gear. They're starting with a roll-out of ATV accessories but indicate TRIC accessories will eventually be available for motorcycles too (and all Yamaha powersport lines).

Toronto, ON) - The iconic TRIC brand first introduced by Yamaha Motor Canada in the late 1970’s is being reintroduced to better serve the needs of Canadian motorsport enthusiasts. TRIC, which stands for; Tested, Reliable, Innovative, and Canadian, represents the highest quality accessories in the industry and will be made available only through our premium Yamaha dealer network.

Similar to the Yamaha’s they will be mounted to, TRIC accessories measure up to the durability and reliability that Canadians demand and provide features and benefits to perform well in our unique environment. While many powersport accessories are made by foreign companies for use all over the world in many different types of situations, TRIC accessories are developed for and tested in Canada for Canadians. TRIC accessories have the ability to handle our harsh climate, rugged terrain and high mileage treks.

Starting with the roll out of several new ATV accessories, TRIC brand products will continue to expand and represent select accessories throughout all Yamaha powersport lines.

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Brammo Enertia e-bike footage hits YouTube

Brammo's Enertia electric bike came in third place in the June 12th, Isle of Man TTXGP in the Best Buy Pro Class of the event. The TTXGP was billed as the Worlds First Zero Carbon, Clean Emission Grand Prix.

Like most Canadian's you probably didn't get to watch the event because it doesn't air on Canadian television but Brammo has a small YouTube clip of the action posted. It's very strange to hear the Brammo whizzing through the corners - but it's likely something you're going to hear more and more in the future as this technology becomes more widespread:

If that sound is music to your ears you'll be happy to know that along with your other favorite electronic gadgets you'll soon be able to visit Best Buy stores in the US and buy one. US Best Buy stores will start stocking Brammo Enertia's in early July, with a nationwide rollout beginning on the west coast.


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Ducati Xerox team aims to maintain season's podium recod at Donington park this Sunday

Donington Park (UK), Tuesday 22nd June: the Ducati Xerox Team will cross the Channel tomorrow, just three days after completing Round 7 at Misano, to race this coming weekend at historic Donington Park, the scene of the first ever Superbike race held back in 1988 and won by now Ducati Xerox Team Manager Davide Tardozzi.

In an effort to strike a compromise between 2007’s April appointment and last year’s September date at Donington, the organisers this year settled on June for the annual World Superbike event, perhaps in the hope of more favourable weather conditions. Last year heavy rain overshadowed Sunday’s proceedings, causing many riders to crash out.

Noriyuki was one of those who did not enjoy 2008’s appointment, when he suffered a technical problem in Race 1 and was penalised in Race 2, resulting in two DNFs and zero points. Michel also took a fall in Race 1 on a slippery track but made up for this somewhat by finishing race 2 in fifth position.

One of the shortest circuits on the World Superbike calendar (4.023 km), Ducati has had great success at Donington, having celebrated race wins in the past with various riders including Corser, Hodgson, Fogarty (still today the rider who has won more races at Donington than any other rider, with a total of six wins) and, most recently, with Troy Bayliss and his 1098 F08 last year. The circuit featured on the calendar each year from 1988 to 2001 before an five year absence and a reappearance on the 2007 schedule.

Just two days ago Noriyuki and Michel had some atypical weather to do deal with at the Misano World Circuit but were not deterred, Michel finishing the two races in third and second place, Noriyuki in fifth and third.

Noriyuki has finished on the podium in 12 of the 16 races held so far and Michel in 10 which means that Ducati Xerox Team have been on the podium in 100% of the races, represented either by Haga or Fabrizio or by both.

Noriyuki Haga (1st in championship, 292 points)
Noriyuki has not yet been able to replicate his double win of 1998 at this British track.

“Last year I didn't have much luck at Donington at all, but if I put that aside, over the years I've done ok there and have had some race wins. I'm still in the lead but I'll be doing all I can to extend the advantage I have. I realise that some of the Brits will be up there fighting for the podium places at their home track but I'll be giving them a run for their money."

Haga’s Superbike form at Donington:
2008: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – DNF
2007: Race 1 – 4th, Race 2 – winner
2000: Race 1 – 4th, Race 2 – 4th
1999: Race 1 – 10th, Race 2 – 6th
1998: Race 1 - winner, Race 2 – winner

Michel Fabrizio (3rd in championship, 237 points)
Roman rider Michel has finished on the podium in the last eight consecutive races and is hopeful for a continuation of that success.

“Well, after the results in Misano, two more podiums, I can't help thinking about the title but I realise that to be in the running I need to secure more race wins, so that's my aim, starting from this weekend at Donington. The best I've done there until now is 5th but I'd always done badly at Misano too, and then that changed this year, so we'll see if I can make a similar improvement in the UK."

Fabrizio’s Superbike form at Donington:
2008: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – 5th
2007: Race 1 – 13th, Race 2 – 12th

CIRCUIT DATA:
Country: UK
Name: Donington Park
Circuit length: 4.023 km
Pole position: left
Corners left: 5
Corners right: 10
Race distance: 23 laps = 92.529 km

LAP RECORDS: Fastest lap – Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1’31.575 (2007). Superpole – Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1'30.370 (2007).
2008 RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox); 2. Sykes (Suzuki); 3. Biaggi (Ducati). Race 2 – 1. Kiyonari (Honda); 2. Crutchlow (Honda); 3. Corser (Yamaha).

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KTM boosts European sales

Despite some challenging times with a significant drop in vehicle sales to 32,034 sold in the first six months of 2008-09 (down 14,498 from the previous year, KTM's plan for expansion in Europe and partnership with Bajaj Auto Ltd seems to be paying off.

KTM have increased their share in the total European market to 5.2% since the beginning of the fiscal year.

To ensure future sustainability KTM is investing in R&D and planning some new projects. Among the key projects are the development of an electric powered Enduro and the development of a new small-engined street motorcycle with Bajaj Auto Ltd.

The first model of the 125 cc street motorcycle destined for the European market will be presented at the EICMA international motorcycle exhibition in Milan in November.

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With 3 podiums for Ducati Xerox today at Misano, Ducati celebrates 700th superbike podium

Misano (Italy) Sunday 21st June: Ducati Xerox riders Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga rode a stressful 24–lap first race at the Misano World Circuit today, in which “flag-to-flag” rules were implemented due to the wet track conditions at the race start. An impressive race from Fabrizio and his Ducati 1198, finishing in third, on the podium for the first time in Misano, while teammate Haga also made up many positions to cross the line in fifth. In Race 2 Fabrizio narrowly missed out on the win, to conclude in second just 0.06 of a second behind Rea (Honda) and less than half a second in front of team-mate Haga.

Despite no win today, with the podiums celebrated by Michel, Noriyuki and privateer Shane Byrne, Ducati reaches a milestone: the two podiums scored in Race 2 signify the 700th and 701st visit by a Ducati rider to the Superbike podium since the championship began. At the same time, Noriyuki today celebrated his 99th Superbike podium.

A frenetic Race 1 ensued when the race was declared wet but the track quickly began to dry, meaning that the Superbike teams put into practice the “flag-to-flag” procedure, with riders able to change bikes, from a wet to a dry set-up, at any point they chose during the race. The majority of the riders on track rode on rain tyres for the first half of the race before making the swap, including Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki, who came in during lap 10, and Michel in lap 13. Noriyuki lost a few seconds in making the changeover and then both Ducati men admitted that it took a few laps to find feeling with their 1198 machines on the drying surface but they were soon comfortable enough to begin their progression through the field, making up many positions in the latter stages of the race.

Race 2 was dry from start to finish and turned out to be a spectacular three-way battle for the win. Haga made a flying start to take the lead in the opening laps before soon losing the advantage to Jonathan Rea (Honda). In the subsequent laps it was the Ducati Xerox team-mates Noriyuki and Michel who battled it out between themselves for second place with Rea just ahead of them. In the sixteenth lap Michel made a move from second position, got past Jonathan and continued to command the race until the very last lap when Rea manoeuvred his way back past the Italian rider, leaving Fabrizio and Haga to come home in second and third
The championship leader remains Noriyuki Haga who, after the first eight rounds of the championship, has accumulated 292 points, to the 244 points held by current second-placed rider Ben Spies. Michel Fabrizio chases, just behind Ben with 237 points. Ducati continues to lead the manufacturers championship with 351 points ahead of Yamaha (287 points).

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – 2nd)
“I did my best to stick with Ben in Race 1 but I think the fact that he changed from wet to dry set-up one or two laps before me made the difference, because I took a few laps to get feeling in the dry and then it was too late to catch him or Shane. In the last lap Smrz was right there on my tail and I went wide at one point but luckily he didn’t get past me and I finished third. In the second race I struggled a little with the front tyre and it seemed that today Rea’s Honda had a little something over us in its acceleration. It’s a shame it couldn’t be another win but, with two podiums today, I’m very happy, it’s my best ever result at this track and I know I did all I could so you can’t ask for more than that. I’ve just a few points behind Ben again now so, yes, I can’t help thinking about the title but in order to be a serious contender I know I need to remain consistent and clock up some race wins from here on in.”

Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 5th, Race 2 – 3rd)

“I am a bit disappointed with how Race 1 turned out. While on the wet set-up I was having all kinds of problems with the rear tyre that was sliding all over the place compared to other riders out there so I lost some positions before I came in to change bikes. Then I went back out on an intermediate/slick tyre combination that was perhaps not so suitable because in the final laps I was finding it difficult to maintain my pace and couldn’t push as I wanted to. Race 2 went much better, I got a great start but once Johnny, and then Michel, came past me it was hard to keep pace; maybe because they are so much younger than I am! Joking aside, I made good points all things considered, especially seeing as this has never been my favourite track, and now I’m looking forward to the next round at Donington where I’ve done well over the years.”

RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Spies (Yamaha); 2. Byrne (Ducati); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox); Race 2 - 1. Rea (Honda); 2. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox); 3. Haga (Ducati Xerox)

CLASSIFICATION: Riders – 1. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 292; 2. Spies (Yamaha) 244; 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 237; 4. Rea (Honda) 167; 5. Biaggi (Aprilia) 135; 6. Haslam (Honda) 134. Manufacturers – Ducati 351; Yamaha 287; Honda 240; Aprilia 142; Suzuki 128; BMW 62; Kawasaki 41

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Halifax testing free motorcycle parking in city core

Motorcyclists will now be able to find a few free parking spaces in downtown Halifax. There won't be many of them - but it's a start!

The Halifax Regional Municipality designated spaces for motorcycles in four areas; two on Argyle street, one on Grafton street, and another on Spring Garden Road.

Ken Reashor, manager of the municipality's traffic authority, said three motorcycles or scooters should be able to fit in each spot, depending on how riders park. They will be time limited to 90 minutes.

"They are limited time because we don't support all-day parking on the street," Reashor told CBC News on Thursday.

Parking was restricted in the areas that have been freed up for the motorcycle test. No parking meters were removed.

Coun. Sue Uteck has been an ally of two-wheeled rider of Halifax, leading the charge to find new free spaces by supporting a group called Halifax Rewards Motorcyclists and a petition they organized. In February, she arrived at city hall with the 1,350-name petition which put forth the position that motorcycles and scooters are more eco-friendly and cause less traffic congestion than cars.

The pilot project will run this summer. Municipal officials say they will consider extending it depending on the response from riders.


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New Honda VFR - Spring 2010

The much anticipated, much blogged, and constant source of Internet rumor - VFR replacement - is due to arrive in the Spring of 2010 says Honda’s Senior Managing Director Shigeru Takagi.

Takagi said: “We really believe we can develop a new era starting with this V4-powered machine. It is just the beginning and represents a new breed of Honda which will define Honda’s own taste and styling.

“This bike will be the perfect road machine that Honda customers have called for. It will be an epoch-making machine and more bikes from the V4 platform are possible.

“We know people think this bike is going to be a replacement for the VFR800 and the Blackbird but we do not see this bike as a replacement for anything. We see it as an all-new breed of machine, something very special.”

Takagi would not reveal the price, but did confirm when it will be available. He said: “The finished V4-powered machine will be seen in autumn 2009. The bike will be on sale in spring 2010.

"The bike is different to the concept shown for the first time at Milan in 2009 but the link between them is very clear to see.”

And for some pure speculation; Vanjey Design Studio has come up with their idea of how the 2010 VFR might look. Some clear influences from the V4 sports bike concept at the Cologne Motorcycle Show and the current CBR 1000RR are visible.

There's still more rumor that the bike will feature a 1200cc engine to take on some of the bigger competition. That's an exciting prospect but some current VFR fans may be saddened by the larger displacement because they think the 800cc displacement offers the right blend of performance and size. You can't please everybody, and the displacement is purely rumor so we'll just have to watch this one as it continues to evolve.



* Image courtesy Vanjey Design.

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Flying start for Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) who is fastest on day 1 at Misano

Misano Adriatico (Italy), Friday 19th June: despite extremely high track temperatures that hovered around 50° all day, the Ducati Xerox riders Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga made a great start to their “home” race weekend at the Misano World Circuit and it was Michel on board his Ducati 1198 who closed today as the fastest rider out there.

In the first free practice session earlier in the day both Michel and Noriyuki got off the starting blocks at a very quick pace and their immediate competitiveness saw them conclude the opening session near the top of the time sheets, with Fabrizio in second and Haga in sixth.

In the initial stage of the subsequent first qualifying session, Noriyuki was the first rider to duck under the 1m38 barrier, more than a second faster than his best time in the free practice. Having made that time, he came back into the garage before going back out to complete a long-run, thirteen laps, all at a very consistent pace. Many riders then started to improve their lap times until, right in the final minutes of the session, Michel completed two flying laps, closing today’s proceedings as the fastest rider.

Michel Fabrizio 1m37.0s
“I am really happy because I must say that I didn’t expert to be the fastest out there today. The only annoying thing was the traffic; every time I was pushing on a fast lap, I would find someone in front of me, the only rider I didn’t find was Nori! They say it may rain tomorrow and I can’t say how we’ll go if the track is wet but I’m feeling confident and am satisfied with today’s work because if and when it’s hot again on Sunday I’ll know that we are well prepared.”

Noriyuki Haga
1m37.4s
“For now all is under control. I have a good feeling with the bike and I’m pretty happy with the setting we tried today. Despite the heat I didn’t have too many problems with the tyres, and if it hadn’t been for traffic that I came across, I would have finished today in third or fourth – we know that we have the race pace. The forecast predicts rain for tomorrow and maybe Sunday too but I am confident that whatever the weather we’ll be ready for battle come race day.”

TIMES: 1. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1’37.0; 2. Spies (Yamaha) 1’37.1; 3. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1’37.2; 4. Rea (Honda) 1’37.2; 5. Parkes (Kawasaki) 1’37.2; 6. Kiyonari (Honda) 1’37.3; 7. Checa (Honda) 1’37.4; 8. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 1’37.4

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Yamaha to build Honda DN-01 automatic rival?

If Spanish motorcycle website solomoto is to be believed, Yamaha is working on a rival machine to Honda's automatic scooter/motorcycle "crossover bike", the DN-01.

In the report on solomoto they indicate that three Yamaha engineers from the Janapese factory have patented a new motorcycle design that's similar to the DN-01. The engine for the Yamaha "crossover bike" will come from Yamaha's big T-Max scooter.

Patent drawings registered early in June seem to suggest that Yamaha is working on some sort of an automatic transmission similar to that on the DN-01.

Pure Internet speculation!

Via CMG Online.

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Ducati announces the inaugural “Ducs Fly South” track day

Not really "Canadian" content but this might be of interest to Ducati fans regardless...


CUPERTINO, CALIF (18 June 2009) – Ducati North America is excited to announce the first annual “Ducs Fly South” track day, which will be held July 13th at New Jersey Motorsports Park. 

Ducs Fly South is the Northeastern United States major Ducati event for the summer. The event will be a great opportunity to experience the thrill of the racetrack together with Ducati and the Penguin School; the nation's oldest motorcycle roadracing school. The Penguin School will have a special staff lined up for this event to provide both top level instruction and premium entertainment. The event is open to street riders of all levels and available to riders on any make of motorcycle.

Highlights of the event include:­



Ducati Hypermotard Truck
– This tractor trailer houses Ducati Hypermotards on which instruction and demo rides will be provided all day long. The truck will be the gathering place for product giveaways, a ‘Best Bike’ contest, test rides, and a suspension seminar. Cold Red Bull will be available throughout the day to keep riders energized.

Larry Pegram – The factory Ducati AMA Superbike rider will be on hand to celebrate his recent victory at Road America.  Larry will be available for autographs and a special question and answer session about his Ducati 1098 R Superbikes.

Ferrari-Ducati Showdown – Boasting a showroom filled with pre-owned Italian sports cars such as Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis; Universal Autosports is host to a staff highly experienced with exotic road and race cars. Universal Autosports is bringing three Ferrari Challenge cars that will be running on the track, which will compete against each other for the fastest lap. Immediately following the hot lap competition, professional Ducati instructors and racers will mirror this contest on Ducatis. The Challenge car driver and Ducati rider with the fastest laps will go head to head in a winner-takes-all race.

Track Experience
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 This unique event combines the safe, comfortable environment of a track day with the opportunity for individual instruction for riders at every level.  Two of the three riding groups will have passing restrictions, making for a comfortable place to ride for all participants. 

There will be ample opportunity for instruction, and a rider may participate in as many of the classes as they like.  Classes will be offered between the riding sessions covering topics like line selection, corner strategy, braking techniques, corner speed analysis, body position, bike setup and more.

The event will also offer individual instruction for riders; which combined with great food, a bike show, and a track photographer shooting all day makes for an event to remember.

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Yamaha and KLIM® forge partnership

Toronto, Ontario/ Cypress, CA — Yamaha Motor Canada (YMCA) and Yamaha Motor Corporation USA (YMUS) are excited to announce that they have forged a partnership with KLIM® Technical Riding Gear of Rigby, Idaho, to offer branded versions of the company’s line of premium, high tech enduro riding apparel at its dealerships.

“We are very excited to offer the new KLIM products through our Yamaha dealer network. The Yamaha brand is known around the world for offering quality and performance. The premium line of KLIM gear is a perfect fit with Yamaha and will most assuredly meet the highest expectations of our dealers and customers.” said YMCA National Planning & Research Manager, Chris Reid.

Yamaha riders will now have Yamaha-branded enduro in-the-boot-pants, along with enduro over-the-boot-pant which will keep the enduro rider performing at the highest level. Yamaha dealers will also offer branded versions of KLIM’s F4, fully-vented enduro-style helmet, jerseys and gloves.

KLIM® President Justin Summers stated, “Two industry innovators and leaders in advancing technologies are coming together to give the enduro rider a line of clothing that meets their needs. With our KLIM® high-quality apparel and Yamaha’s high-quality machines, riders will have the ultimate outdoor experience.”

Stop by the Klim Technology section of Yamaha's website to see the whole line of Yamaha-branded KLIM® technical gear and other Genuine Yamaha Apparel and Accessories.

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Mirabel Magic for Buell

The Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. team -powered by Buell had another constructive and rewarding outing at the Moto Journal ICAR Parts Canada Superbike races this past weekend. Racing for the first time on the converted site, the event was blessed with excellent weather, which attracted a big crowd to the track.

Darren James’ charge from the back on the Buell® 1125R sportbike was just an example of the “show” provided on the track. James re-entered the pit due to a broken shifter at the end of the warm-up for the Yoshimura Sportbike National Championship. Just as the field was staging for the start, he swapped his bike for the “B” bike which he had not even tested, and caught up with the rest of the pack just as they went around the first corner.

From then on, it was simply entertaining for Buell® fans as the former Thunder champ carved his way through the field to a very respectable 14th place finish, despite a start in 22nd position in a field of 25. “That’s racing,” commented James post-race, in reference to the component failure. “But you saw the team’s dedication. They got the B bike ready so fast for me, I mean I could have been half a lap back, or worse. That’s why I rode as hard as I did. I’m sure it was fun to watch, and it was fun for me, too, but that ride was for them.”

Dave Estok was disappointed after the Sportbike final. He had qualified in 11th on Saturday, but suffered a crash on lap three of the 14-lap final while running in fifth and on-pace with the leaders. “I hurt my back a little bit and kind of rung my bell, but I’m OK. I’m not very happy obviously. One second I’m going in at the same speed as last lap, and the next thing I know I was on my head,” the Florida rider explained.

Steve Crevier qualified his Buell® sportbike in seventh place and, like his team boss, provided a large amount of entertainment for fans as he involved himself in a huge dice with the 14-year-old Yamaha sensation Royce McLean and 17-year-old Karl Daigle on a Kawasaki. Crevier swapped positions back and forth throughout the race, putting the Buell® 1125R bike in sixth at race end. “Those pesky kids were trying to get the best of me,” Steve said laughing after the race. “We’ve had some issues this weekend, and the team’s done a great job and we’re having fun,” he commented while watching Pete Snell and the crew getting his Buell® 1125R superbike ready.

In the Parts Canada Superbike Pirelli Superpole, the roar of the 1125R superbike was a sweet, singular sound, as Steve Crevier circulated the 14-turn course alone on a single flying lap qualifier. Not overly pleased, Steve admitted that it could have gone better and promised to “gather it up” in the actual race.
In the 16-lap premiere class main event, Crevier did “gather up” the race time he was looking for, but it did not come easy. Steve launched well using the torque of the 1125R bike to his advantage, but his starting position on the outside of row two left him boxed in amongst a plethora of Japanese 1000cc superbikes. Drawing from his years of experience, Steve once again offered the crowd a display of his magic as he made his way through the field to eventually finish fourth, less than a second behind the Yamaha R1 of Andrew Nelson.

“That wasn’t as much fun as the sportbike race where we went back and forth. In this one, I just kept passing guys,” Steve said smiling just before the podium presentations. “That’s where I should be,” he said, pointing at the podium. “That’s where we’re headed. We were getting closer before the flag came out. I do have to thank the Deeley/Ruthless crew that worked so hard for the team, and also all the fans from the province for coming out to watch us. That’s really good to see,” he stated, flashing the iconic Crevier smile.



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Isle of Man TT results

The 90th running of the Isle of Man TT finished up over the weekend and here are the results of the some of the main classes.

In the historic TTXGP (zero emissions vehicle race) BEST BUY PRO Class Team AGNI took home top honors with their GSXR based electric machine. They recorded an average speed of 87.434 miles per hour. In second was XXL racing team, third place went to Brammo and fourth to Mission Motors.

The Senior TT went to Steve Plater on a 1000cc Honda. Second place was Conor Cummins on a 1000cc Kawasaki, and third went to Gary Johnson on a 1000cc Suzuki.

Sadly John Crellin, a 55-year-old resident of the Isle of Man, was killed during the running of the Senior TT when he crashed on the course on his fifth lap. He placed third in the Open class of the TTXGP.

* Image courtesy MCN

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Tickets go on sale Wednesday (June 17th) for the 32nd Montréal Supermotocross

Montréal, June 16, 2009 - Tickets go on sale Wednesday June 17 at 10 a.m. for the 32nd edition of the Montréal Supermotocross, presented by Coors Lights and Parts Canada. For the 2009 competition, which will be held Saturday October 3 at the Olympic Stadium, organizers will offer fans interesting additions to the program; EnduroCross, a new class that is quickly catching on with the crowd, and an even more exciting high flying Freestyle competition.

"The Montreal Supermotocross will become more than ever the annual fall event of choice as we will be offering motorsports and extreme sports fans what they really want," according to Pierre Corbeil, organizer of the event. "Over the past few months, we only had one goal in mind: to improve on last year's presentation. As always, we want to offer a show where the best of our previous events is brilliantly blended with new spectacular classes. As of now, we can assure fans that come to the Olympic Stadium on October 3, they will enjoy an evening filled with extreme entertainment."

The difficulty of gathering such an eclectic group of riders in one place for one night, and set up the right layout for each class, has forced the organizers to withdraw Autocross from this year's event. This development will enable track designers to map out a world-class stage for Freestyle riders, a collective who don't know the concept of gravity. It will also enable the EnduroCross riders, which run on a specially designed extreme off-road style layout that includes every types of man-made obstacles, the chance to show the Montreal public the intense action of this cutting edge form of racing. A detailed report of all classes and riders involved in this spectacular program will be unveiled over the next few months.

"One of the most interesting improvements made last year for the fans was the new track layout, especially the location of the starting line for the motocross and quad races. With modifications to our lineup for the upcoming October event, we will have more freedom again to improve on the design of the track and offer fans a better overall view of the show, whatever the location of their seats in the stadium," added Pierre Corbeil.

The Montreal Supermotocross is one of the most popular events of the year presented at the Olympic Stadium, drawing more than 50,000 fans from Quebec, Eastern Ontario, and the bordering states of the USA. More than 150 riders from Canada, the United States, and Europe will participate in this year's competition.

The best seats in the house, as well as all reserved seating, will go on sale Wednesday, June 17, 2009. Tickets can be ordered online at Admission
or by calling (514) 790-1245 or 1 800 361-4597). Ticket prices range from $10.00, $19.00, and $28.00 to $37.50 for the best seats in the house. Tickets will also be available at participating motorcycle dealers from all regions of Quebec. The list will be published shortly. Go online at www.montrealmotocross.com to learn more about the Montreal Supermotocross.

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Suzuki Demo Day - Cameron, ON

HB Cycle & Outdoor Centre is holding a Suzuki Demo ride day on Saturday, June 20th from 9am to 4pm.

There's going to be an M109R, M90, C90T, C50T, S40, M50, a GSXR750, and a DL650 (V-Strom) available for demo's. You'll also get some deals on all in-stock clothing, helmets, and accessories 15-20% off.

All models are on sale and special deals will be offered

Address:
RR2, Cameron, Ontario K0M 1G0 Phone: 705-328-BIKE(2453) Fax: 705-328-3504 Email: email@hbcycle.com Visit: www.hbcycle.com Directions: Drive 6km North of Lindsay on Hwy. 35

Hours of Operation
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Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday closed

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Millson Gets Up To Speed at ICAR

Mirabel, Québec CANADA – June 16, 2009 – RMP Racing’s Pro Superbike racer Ross Millson put in an impressive effort at the second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship earning a finish just outside of the top ten.

After a crash at the first round of Canada’s premier road racing series Millson was determined to bring home at least a top ten finish for his crew and sponsors at the 2.8 km Circuit ICAR track built on the grounds of the Mirabel Airport.

Throughout the weekend Millson, chief mechanic Mark Millson and Accelerated Technologies owner John Sharrard worked with a new Race Tech rear shock which lead to promising results.

“We were using scrubs for many of the early practice sessions and we seemed to be getting less tire wear than other teams going out on fresh rubber” said Millson. “This track presents many challenges when it comes to suspension set up and tire choice.”

Looking to maximize the new found set up, Millson chose to go with a softer tire compound for Saturday morning’s pre-SuperPole qualifying session.

“The choice to go out on the softer tire was worth a shot, but it ultimately back fired” said Millson. “Starting from seventeenth was obviously going to present some challenges on a one line track like ICAR, but we knew that if we went back to our original setup we would be there at the end.”

Confident in which tire compound would work best with the suspension settings, the Millson brothers made a last minute gearing change to maximize what the bike can do on the straights.

Millson made up for a less then stellar qualifying effort with a great start aboard his Inside Motorcycles sponsored Suzuki GSX-R1000 and acquired six positions within the first lap. After mixing it up with J.F. Cyr and Erick Beausejour in the opening few laps Millson settled into the eleventh spot.

With time running out Millson pushed towards a top ten finish, however in the remaining number of laps he was unable to advance his position. A minor off track excursion on the last lap dropped Millson one spot. Quickly remounting he reentered the track to finish 12th overall.

“We were able to set our fastest laps of the weekend midway through the race so that's very encouraging …we’re looking forward to Calgary and the rest of the season” said Millson.

RMP Racing is grateful for the support from team sponsors; Inside Motorcycles, Zox Helmets, Motovan, Infinet Designs, Turn 2 Sportbike School, Essential Image, MotoConcepts and CRC Racewear. Additionally Ross Millson would like to thank; Tri-City Cycle and Sport (Suzuki), Race Tech, Vortex, Hindle, Niagara Powersports and Shaun Fletcher for his assistance this weekend.

Up next for the RMP Racing team is Round 3 of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsport Park, Calgary, AB - June 25-28.

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McCormick claims his first double-win on the Canadian circuit

After three days of pooling their resources and giving a commendable effort in practice, Team Suzuki Blackfoot Picotte Racing reaped the rewards by taking their first two wins in both Pro classes of the 2009 Parts Canada Superbike Championship.

In Saturday’s qualifying, Brett McCormick, the team’s 17-year-old rider from Saskatoon, SK, secured Pole Position for Sunday’s main event. McCormick began the race third off the start, close behind Kevin Lacombe and Jordan Szoke. Lacombe went down in lap 2 and McCormick was able to sneak past his two competitors by taking the inside line. Once in the lead, McCormick was able to put his head down and ride. “Because it was still early on in the race, my focus was to relax and get some laps in. Szoke was pretty close behind so I had to be steady and consistent.”

In the Pro Sport Bike class, McCormick snagged another win with his fastest lap time of 1:25.336 in lap 4. “In this race I got a way better start,” states McCormick. “I got the lead right away. After that, I just had to keep the same mentality as in the Superbike race – focus and put in some good laps. Everything worked out and I finished seconds ahead of Szoke.”

Picotte explains that, “in the shop and at home we work so hard to improve the bikes and develop our team. It is so nice to be out here and see the accomplishments we have made. I am very pleased with the team results – the mechanics, everyone worked flawlessly. Also, it was great to have Mike Fitzgerald from Ohlins here to help us. He has an incredible amount of expertise from working with teams in the States and it was fantastic to have some of his knowledge trickle down into our racing.”

Pat Chambers, Team Owner from Blackfoot Racing expresses his feelings about the weekend: “I’m very proud of what we’ve done. I’m so proud of the kid and how the team worked together. It was an incredible weekend – this is what racing is about. We were all there, including Brett’s family, to share in his success. After eight years of racing, this was our first dominant weekend taking first in both classes. Brett has certainly proved that he is capable of winning races.”

“We couldn’t ask for anything better,” states Mark Jeffery, Suzuki Canada’s Racing Coordinator. “To be leading the championship in both classes after only the 2nd Round is outstanding – mission accomplished. At this point, we are glad that Brett has found his edge at a fast, smooth pace and he is still in his comfort zone. As a one-rider team, our priority is to ensure that Brett arrives safely back to the pits.”

In conjunction with his success, McCormick fully appreciates the support of the team: “when I come off the track, I explain to Pascal and Mike Fitzgerald what is happening with the bike and they take the information and use it to improve the bike. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am.”

McCormick now leads the Superbike series with 104 points, just ahead of Szoke at 98 points.

The team is looking forward to Round 3 in Calgary, AB. To prepare himself, McCormick is heading home to get some rest and train for the next round. “This week I have a bunch of exams to finish up Grade 12 so I will be busy with that,” he explains, “but I will definitely spend some quality time cross-training on my motocross bike and hitting the gym. I like the Calgary track a lot and I’m sure we will be able to do well.”

Round 3 will be held at Race City in Calgary, AB June 26-28. Be sure to check out Round 2 at Circuit ICAR on TSN and TSN HD on Tuesday, July 7 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm and Friday July 10 from 4:00am to 5:00am.

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Superbike 2009 - ROUND 8 and the Ducati Xerox team is back on home turf

Misano (Republic of San Marino), Tuesday 16th June: having spent the last weeks making long-haul trips to Africa and America, the Ducati Xerox squad can now enjoy a local trip, from Bologna as far as the Italian Adriatic Coast, for the eighth round of the World Superbike championship, taking place this weekend at the Misano World Circuit.

The “home” track for Ducati in recent years, with the absence of Imola from the Superbike calendar, the Misano circuit generally also proves to be the hottest appointment of the season. Five different riders finished on the World Circuit podium in 2008, with then Ducati riders Bayliss, Xaus and Biaggi among them. This year’s Ducati Xerox factory riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio will be looking to reaffirm the strength of the Ducati Superbikes on home turf, with Noriyuki planning to return to form and strengthen his lead and Michel hopeful that two positive results can see him regain second position in the championship standings.

At the last round held in America two weeks ago, of the two Ducati Xerox riders it was Michel to come away with the most points, doing exactly what he set out to do and improving on his results of last year at the Miller Motorsports track by taking a second and a third place finish. Noriyuki meanwhile struggled and suffered his least successful weekend of 2009 to date with an eighth and a ninth place finish.

With half of the 2009 Superbike races now completed, Noriyuki holds 38 more points than last year’s leader, former Ducati Xerox rider Bayliss, held at the mid-way point and also has a greater points advantage over the second placed rider at this stage. If he makes the podium of both of Misano’s races, he will reach obtain the 100th podium finish of his Superbike career. Michel has already collected 201 championship points this year, compared to the 106 he held at this point in 2008. There is however still a long way to go, as Noriyuki and Michel both realise, and the key to success is clearly consistency.

Last year’s Misano podium finisher, former Ducati Xerox rider and current World Champion Troy Bayliss will also be visiting Misano over the weekend in his role as Ducati ambassador, participating in signing sessions and assisting with prize-giving duties.

Noriyuki Haga (1st in championship, 265 points)

This weekend will be Noriyuki’s tenth World Superbike event at Misano and the 34-year old Japanese rider is determined to bounce back after the somewhat disappointing results of Salt Lake.

“The Misano track is very small and tricky with high-speed corners that require aggressive braking. I prefer the new layout but it remains nonetheless a difficult track for me, I don’t really know why. It's always so hot there too, so the tyre choice really comes into play. Anyway, it will be good to be back in front of the Italian crowds, Misano has been the "home" race for Ducati in the last years so I'm sure it'll be crowded with Ducatisti! After a crash and the less than perfect results at the last round of Salt Lake, I plan to be back on form and fighting to win at Misano.”

Haga’s Superbike form at Misano:

2008: Race 1 – 10th, Race 2 – 4th
2007: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – 2nd
2006: Race 1 – 5th, Race 2 – 3rd
2005: Race 1 – 6th, Race 2 – 6th
2004: Race 1 – 4th, Race 2 – 4th
2002: Race 1 – 4th, Race 2 – 3rd
2000: Race 1 – 7th, Race 2 – DNF
1999: Race 1 – 8th, Race 2 – DNF
1998: Race 1 - DNF, Race 2 – DNF

Michel Fabrizio (3rd in championship, 201 points)
Michel has not had an easy time of it at this Italian track in the last three years; this needs to change in 2009.

“Misano is not one of my favourite tracks as I’ve had a lot of bad luck there over the years and have never been able to get strong results. Having said that, the support of the fans there is always huge so I hope that this season they will spur me on to achieve my best ever Misano results! I'm back in third place in the championship but, after Salt Lake, me and Ben are extremely close now so I'll be looking to bring home as many points as possible from the track this weekend.”

Fabrizio’s Superbike form at Misano:
2008: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – 11th
2007: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – DNF
2006: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – 6th

CIRCUIT DATA:
Country: Republic of San Marino
Name: Misano World Circuit
Circuit length: 4.226 km
Pole position: left
Corners left: 6
Corners right: 10
Race distance: 24 laps = 101.424 km

LAP RECORDS: Fastest lap – Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1'36.022 (2007); Superpole – Corser (Yamaha) 1'34.948 (2007).

2008 RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Neukirchner (Suzuki); 2. Corser (Yamaha); 3. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox). Race 2 – 1. Xaus (Ducati); 2. Biaggi (Ducati); 3. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox)

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Virtual Riding Television posts new HD helmet cam video (BC)

Our friend Jeff, Executive Producer, over at Virtual Riding Television has been keeping busy. He's posted yet another video, filmed with his Sony HXR-MC1 HD helmet-cam.

His latest HD point-of-view video was taken from the seat of his Harley V-Rod on June 5th /09 from Hope to Princeton British Columbia, Canada.

The Hope Slide is featured near the end of the video; on January 9, 1965, an enormous landslide of 46 million cubic meters of earth, rock and snow, crashed down in seconds from a 2000 meter mountain near Hope, British Columbia.

Canadian Motorcycle Rider is listed in the credits! Thanks Jeff.

Take a look at the video here but don't forget to check out the VRide TV website to check out all the great stuff Jeff's got there.



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Ducati UK to host the Worlds Largest Gathering of Desmosedici RR at Donington Park

Heading to the UK in June? Well, if you own a Ducati Desmosedici (or you're just a really big fan!) you may want to head on over for what is being billed as the World's Largest Gathering of Desmosedici RR's."

Press release from Ducati:

Donington Park will reverberate to the sound of Desmosedici RRís as the Derbyshire circuit hosts the World's first Desmosedici only track day on Tuesday 30th June.

This most exclusive of all track days is open solely to Desmosedici RR owners and track places will be limited to 75 to ensure plenty of track time and space during the day. The riders will be able to ride the full Moto GP circuit (not usually available for track days) and be able to enjoy the full impact of their race exhausts as their will not be a noise limit on the day.

Although track places will be limited to 75, the day will be open to all Desmosedici owners whether they wish to ride on track or not. Ducati UK hope to see the largest gathering ever seen of Desmosediciís and their owners. A parade lap will take place to provide one of the greatest ever spectacles seen and heard at Donington Park.

As well as riding the full MotoGP circuit at one of the great race tracks of the world, guests will have plenty to do and see off the track. There will be guest appearances from test rider Vittoriano Guareschi and designer Alan Jenkins, members of the Ducati Corse team and Ducati riders past and present. There will be a Ducati charity auction for Riders for Health, technical seminars, a Donington ëbehind the scenesí tours as well as technical support from Ducati Corse and Bridgestone.

Costs for the day are:
o Track place including track use and hospitality including breakfast rolls on arrival, coffee, tea, soft drinks and a hot lunch - £450 including VAT. (Ä484)
o Guests or Desmosedici RR owners not wishing to ride on track but who can enjoy the rest of the facilities of the day - £100 including VAT. (Ä108) (maximum of 2 guests/non-track riders per booking)

Notes:
To secure places at the Desmosedici Day, owners should send a cheque payable to Ducati UK Ltd with a completed Booking form Click Here for Booking Form addressed to:
"Desmosedici Day" Ducati UK Limited, Avebury House, 201-249 Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 1AU

Details along with the cheque should include name, address, email and the Desmosedici bike number (found on the headstock).

Alternatively a bank transfer can be made by sending an email titled "Desmosedici Day" to info@ducatiuk.com for the relevant details.

The key features of the Desmosedici Track Day:

o Full use of the track with NO NOISE LIMITS on Tuesday 30 June for Desmosedici Owners ONLY.
o Vittoriano Guareschi, who worked on the development of this exclusive bike and who continues to be the Factory Moto GP teamís top test rider will be in attendance.
o Hospitality in one of the exclusive Goddard suites including breakfast rolls on arrival, and a hot lunch as well as a prime view of the track.
o On track marshalling and guidance courtesy of Superbike School Limited ñ the team behind the renowned California Superbike School and instructors from the factory based Ducati Riding Experience (DRE).
o Technical seminars from some of the team who developed the bike.
o A behind the scenes tour of Donington Park race circuit, including race control plus an insight into future development plans for the circuit.
o A track-side Professional photographer to capture the moment.
o Tyre service from Bridgestone tyres UK.
o Technical and suspension tuning support from Ducati UK dealers.
o Possible on-track pillion rides available with professional riders.
o Riders for Health Ducati charity auction
o Ducati clothing on sale.

Further details are available at Ducati's website here.


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Who rents motorcycles and scooters in Canada?

We've been getting a few email from folks lately asking about motorcycle and scooter rentals in various parts of Canada. Rental availability in Ontario and Nova Scotia are provinces we've gotten requests about in the past couple of days.

So, if you rent motorcycles or scooters, or know of a company that does please get in contact with Canadian Motorcycle Rider and let us know. That way we can post some details and perhaps send some business your way!

Email us here.

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Royce Mclean top finishing rookie at Mirabel

Piloting the potent YZF-R6, Royce Mclean stepped up to the plate at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, QC this past weekend claiming a noteworthy seventh place in both Pro Superbike and Pro Sport Bike racing action. His results saw him chalk up top finishing rookie honours in both championship series.

It was only the second Pro Superbike and Pro Sport Bike start for the 14-year-old up and comer from Coaldale, Alberta. Mclean began the weekend in good form by qualifying ninth in Superbike and sixth in Sport Bike on the rough and challenging 2.8 km (1.7 mile) ICAR circuit, putting him on the third and second row of the starting grid respectively.

In the 16 lap Superbike feature, he quickly moved into seventh place to then fight a race-long battle with Alex Welsh for sixth place but the teenager was unable to get by the Ontario native. Although Mclean’s main focus this year is on the Sport Bike Championship, he is contesting the Superbike class on his YZF-R6 in order to get in the extra bike time. In Sport Bike, Mclean basically spent the race on the tail of the veteran Steve Crevier, but as in the Superbike class he was unable to make a pass.

“I’m really excited with my performance today, especially getting my first top ten result in Superbike,” said Mclean. “I felt comfortable in both classes and my R6 was totally awesome. I’d like to thank my team for all their hard work and the confidence they have placed in me.”

Mclean’s Toyota Yamaha OTSFF teammate Kevin Lacombe – who clocked fourth fastest qualifying in Sport Bike to then nail down a fourth place finish in the race – was victimized by a crash on the second lap of the Superbike feature. The Granby, QC native, looking to repeat at his home province national the two podium finishes he carded at the opening round in Calabogie, had secured a front row start on the strength of third fastest qualifying.

Although the feature race started on a positive note for Lacombe, with an explosive start on his YZF-R1that saw him command the holeshot, he was foiled by a crack in the old Mirabel Airport circuit which sent him sprawling while leading the rest of the field. He was able to pick up and quickly restart his bike and get back into the fray but damage to his rear set and the casing saw him retire from the race a few laps later.

“Today was definitely not one of my better days. Fourth in Sport Bike is not exactly what I was looking for but to DNF in Superbike was a lot worse,” said Lacombe. “The crack in the concrete had been sealed with silicone but the area I hit was sticking out a little bit and it caused me to tuck the front end. I tried to continue the race to get some points but there was no way I could make the bike do what I wanted it to do with the damaged rear set.”

Third Toyota Yamaha OTSFF team member Tony Kasper, who recorded 13th place in Sport Bike qualifying, finished ninth in the 14 lap event but was subjected to a five-second jumpstart penalty which relegated him to tenth on the scoreboard. The Becker, MN native does not compete in the Superbike Championship.

“From my point of view, I didn’t jump the start but according to the officials I did and I got bumped one position in the results. That being said, I felt good to actually finish the race and not DNF like at Calabogie,” said Kasper. “It took me a while to come to terms with the track and get up to speed but getting top ten and some championship points is very encouraging. We can build on that at the next round and keep chipping away. It’s a long season.”

Team Toyota Yamaha OTSFF Racing would like to congratulate Royce Mclean for claiming the Top HJC Pro Rookie of the Weekend award and thank the following sponsors for their valuable support: Yamalube, GYTR, West Central, Pirelli, Zox, Joe Rocket, VP, Vortex and ESP. Also a special thanks to the crew, for a great job, and our Yamaha supporting dealers Jack n Jill’s Motorsport (Midland), Gregoire Sport and Powersports Junction (Guelph).

The Parts Canada Superbike Championship resumes for Round 3 of the title chase June 25-28 in Calgary, AB at Race City Motorsport Park.


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McCormick takes ICAR Superbike win

MIRABEL, Que. (June 14) - Saskatoon's Brett McCormick completed a dominant weekend at Circuit ICAR with victory in Sunday's second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, presented by Moto Journal.

The 17-year-old started from pole and led 15 of the 16 laps around the 2.81km (1.74-mile) 14-turn circuit on his Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing / Suzuki GSX-R1000 to score his second career national Superbike win and take over the lead of the Parts Canada Superbike series standings.

Three-time defending series champion and opening round winner Jordan Szoke of Brantford, Ont. placed second on his Canadian Kawasaki Motors / Kawasaki ZX-10R, 2.218 secs. behind McCormick. Andrew Nelson of Kars, Ont. was third riding the Nelson Racing / Yamaha YZF-R1. "This is a huge win for me. I'm really at a loss for words," said McCormick, who earned his first Superbike national win at last year's season finale. "It's not like last year at the last round, where Jordan was riding for a championship. He gave me a fight today."

McCormick was third off the start behind the Team Toyota Yamaha / OTSFF / Yamaha YZF-R1 of Kevin Lacombe and Szoke. But Lacombe crashed on lap two and McCormick was able to get around Szoke at the same time. Szoke managed to close back in on the Suzuki in the closing stages of the race but was delayed while working through lapped traffic on the penultimate lap.

"I settled into a nice pace and I didn't have to work too hard for a while," said McCormick, who set the race's fastest lap at one minute, 25.337 seconds on lap three. "My front tire was going off a bit near the end but the bike was set-up well enough so I could get around it."With his perfect weekend of claiming pole position, leading the most laps and earning the race win McCormick leads the Parts Canada Superbike Championship standings for the first time in his career with 104 points to the 98 of Szoke.

"I made a mistake when Kevin crashed," Szoke said. "I did a double downshift and went into first gear instead of second and Brett was by both of us. I got a gift from Kevin but I couldn't take advantage. "We've won a lot of championships though and we're not done yet."

Nelson moved into third when Lacombe fell and stayed there the rest of the way to score his first career national Superbike podium. "By lap five my tires went off and I was just trying to be careful the rest of the way," the 26-year-old said. "But I'm stoked with my first podium and hopefully it's the first of many more."

Six-time Canadian Superbike champion Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, B.C. finished fourth on his Deeley Racing Powered By Buell / Buell 1125R after passing Clint McBain just two laps from the finish.

McBain, from Cochrane, Alta., settled for fifth on his Suzuki Dealers / Acceleration Racing / Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Sixth placed went to the second of the Canadian Kawasaki Motors / Kawasaki ZX-10Rs of Uxbridge, Ont.'s Alex Welsh, who held off a race-long challenge from 14-year-old Royce McLean of Coaldale, Alta. McLean was the top finishing rookie on his Team Toyota Yamaha / OTSFF / Yamaha YZF-R6.

Karl Daigle had been part of this battle but the Granby, Que. racer dropped back in the closing stages to an eighth place finish aboard the A. Perusse Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Ste-Adele, Que.'s Jean-Francois Cyr was ninth on the CyrRacing / Honda CBR600RR after passing the Blackfoot / Canadian Kawasaki Motors /Kawasaki ZX-10R of Calgary's Dave Stokowski two laps from the end.

Stokowski rounded out the top 10 finishers.

In other action at Circuit ICAR, McCormick led every lap of the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike race on his Suzuki GSX-R600 to claim his first career victory in that class and take over the points lead from Szoke, who finished second on his Kawasaki ZX-6R, 3.061 secs. behind.

Nelson again completed the podium on his Yamaha YZF-R6. "It was a pretty awesome race and the team's been working really hard," said McCormick, who now has 101 points to Szoke's 99. "I busted out a bit of a gap and was able to put down some fast laps early."

Lacombe was fourth on his Yamaha YZF-R6 and Welsh took fifth aboard a Kawasaki ZX-6R despite a late charge from Crevier and McLean.

Longueuil, Que.'s Sebastien Tremblay outduelled opening round victor Cody Matechuk to win the Armour Bodies Amateur Sport Bike race. Riding the A. Perusse Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-6R Tremblay took the lead from Matechuk (Suzuki Dealers / Acceleration Racing / Suzuki GSX-R600) on lap seven of the 14-lap race and held on to beat the Cochrane, Alta. rider by just 0.342 secs.

Jeffrey Dion of Granby, Que. completed the podium aboard his Robitaille Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Rob Busby of Brantford, Ont. earned his second straight Suzuki SV650 National Cup win of the season, beating St-Colomban, Que.'s Raphael Archambault by 7.651 secs. Jeremie Hade Precourt of Granby, Que. completed the podium.

Warman, Sask.'s Bodhi Edie won the Honda CBR125R Challenge race by 10.634 secs. over Hamilton, Ont. racer Steven Nickerson. Edie earned the Tirox Won Big Time Award for enjoying the largest winning margin of the
day.

Pickering, Ont.'s Ryan Roche placed third.

Natalie-Catherine Provost of Laval, Que. won the Pro Honda Oils Women's Cup race on her Honda CBR600RR.

Action from Circuit ICAR will be shown on TSN HD and TSN on Tuesday, July 7 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern and repeated on Friday, July 10 at 4:00 a.m. Eastern. The races will also be televised on RDS. Check local listings for dates and times.

The Parts Canada Superbike Championship continues at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary June 26-28.


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Trans Labrador Highway travel Alert (NL)

IOC Issues Advisory for TLH Travelers
June 14, 2009

Motorists travelling on the Trans Labrador Highway over the next couple of weeks are advised to proceed with caution. The Iron Ore Company of Canada has issued a public safety advisory for Route 389 and the Trans Labrador Highway. Spokesperson Jacqui Winter says the company advises the general public there are approximately 50 truck loads of equipment being transported between Baie Comeau, Quebec and Labrador City during the month of June. She says some of these trucks will consist of wide loads. Motorists are asked to travel with caution and delays may occur during this time.

Basic facts about the TLH according to Wikipedia - The Trans-Labrador Highway (TLH) is a Canadian highway located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is the primary, and one of the very few, public roads in the Labrador mainland part of the province.


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Today is Ride to Work Day!

Today, Monday June 15th is the 18th Annual Ride to Work Day. The event helps advocate and support the use of motorcycles and scooters for transportation, and providing information about everyday utility riding to the public.

So get out, get on your motorcycle, and ride to work!

From the RTW website:

The annual RTW Day moves to the ‘third Monday in June.’ The next Ride to Work Day is MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009. It is the 18th annual Ride to Work Day. Reasons for an earlier annual Ride to Work Day include:

The new day is not as hot in most northern hemisphere areas, and not as cold in most southern hemisphere areas. June weather is more favorable worldwide.

The new day provides an increased opportunity for more riders to Ride to Work. Many workplaces close for summer holiday in July - especially in Europe.

A Monday event encourages motorcycle and scooter commuting to continue during the entire week.

Positive media exposure will increase. Sundays are slower ‘news days’ so there will be more coverage like this: “Look for more motorcycles on your commute tomorrow, as Monday is the annual Ride to Work day...”

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has endorsed this day, and is promoting the ‘Third Monday in June’ worldwide as the annual Ride to Work Day.

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Vespa Surrey - New Vespa dealer (BC)

Vespa Surrey is the newest authorized dealer of Vespa, Piaggio, Aprilia,and Derbi scooters in the lower mainland of British Columbia.

Not only scooters they feature great accessory brands such as Corazzo, Nexx Helmets, Zearl Optics, THH Helmets, and Thibault. They've got factory trained technicians in the shop too, original Vespa parts and quick turn-arounds on repairs.

Be sure to check out their women's only scooter nights and events, as well as group rides, vendor shows and other unique events.

Check out their website here.

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Simon Pavey coming to Duncan BC

Simon Pavey, multiple time entrant and finisher in the Dakar, trainer of Ewan McGreggor and Charley Boorman, and manager of BMW Motorrad's off-road training facility in south Wales, will be coming to Duncan Motorsports in Duncan, BC on June 20th. At 6PM on the 20th Pavey will be giving a talk and presentation. Rumor is it's just $15 to attend with proceeds going to the Association for Injured Motorcyclists.

He'll also be presenting a mini version of his Adventure rider school on June 21st. Contact Duncan Motorsports for further details.

Duncan Motorsports
1063 Canada Ave
Duncan BC V9L 1V2 Canada
866-746-2453 (toll free)

Looks like it'll be a great opportunity to get some rare Dakar insider information and a chance to brush up on your off-road skills from a pro!

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"Female Rider's Day" & Strongman Competition (ON)

"Female Rider's Day" & Strongman Competition

This Saturday June 13th, 11am - 3pm. Free tank tops & gifts for the ladies! All ladies welcome on all types of bikes... Door prize draws every 30 minutes!

BBQ Chicken Kabobs, hamburgers & hot dogs, beverage & veggies included! $2.00 each. All proceeds going towards the "Support Our Troops" Campaign

It's not too late guy's, you can still enter the "Strong Man Competition"

Events Include:

- Harley Press
- Honda Haul
- Tire Discus Throw
- Metric Engine Sprint
- Tire Race

We are also having a "Hairy Chest Competition"

The Strong Man Competition begins at 12 noon so be sure you register in advance!

Call Charlene at 1-888-292-8305

Classy Chassis & Cycles

OVER 115 Harley Davidson Motorcycles in stock!

1399 8th Line of Smith
Lakefield, On
1-888-292-8305
www.usedhd.ca

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The Moto Journal - Parts Canada Superbike Championships: round two

TORONTO, Ontario (June 10, 2009) – ICAR Montreal, Quebec

After a very promising and successful weekend at the opening round of the Parts Canada Superbike championship at Calabogie, Ontario, the Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. powered by Buell team is looking forward to the challenges of a new track in Montréal this weekend.

At Calabogie, the Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. team had a remarkable record of continued improvement. Note that all three riders, Dave Estok, Steve Crevier, and Darren James, lowered their individual lap times on their Buell® 1125RTM bikes every time they went onto the track. Few teams or riders could make such a claim and the best illustration of this accomplishment was team director and founder Darren James’ performance. James was riding injured after a crash during a practice early in the weekend but still recorded his fastest lap of the Yoshimura Sportbike final on his last lap. The Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. team placed Crevier sixth, Estok eighth, and James thirteenth in the twenty-eight rider field, with each rider advancing from their starting grid position. In the Parts Canada Superbike final, Crevier placed a competitive seventh at race end.

Darren James offered some opinions on this upcoming weekend in Montréal. “I’m excited about it. I am really looking forward to getting back to Quebec and to the passionate fans there. We are pretty happy after Calabogie and we know we are on the right path. We’re getting better on the track and the team is really starting to get to know one another. The track is new and unknown to us, so we’ll just have to ride it and see what we can do.”

Dave Estok also commented on the coming weekend. “I’m looking forward to getting some of that Montréal smoked meat,” he said laughing. “I love going to new tracks and learning them. This one is brand new to us and everyone else so it should be a level playing field. I’ve got a new Buell® 1125RTM sportbike for this weekend and I’m really looking forward to that.”

Unfortunately, as we went to press, Steve Crevier could not be reached, but rest assured that this icon of Canadian Superbike will be on his Buell® 1125RTM Superbike and Sportbike giving his all for the Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. team.
On this action-packed weekend at the ICAR Circuit in Mirabel, Quebec, please stop by at the Buell® pit!

For information on how to get to the ICAR Circuit, please refer to www.cdnsuperbike.com.

As part of the 2009 Parts Canada Superbike Championship Television Broadcast Schedule, you will be able to follow the races on Tuesday, July 7 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm and on Friday, July 10 at 4:00am - 5:00am on TSN and TSN HD, Eastern Time.

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Let the Madness Begin!

The Mad Bastard Scooter Rally is just days away, and Team KYMCO is ready to ride! This year’s rally has proven to be bigger and madder than ever – and with all 75 rider positions filled, there have never been so many mad bastards out on the road at once!

With the Gatineau Four Points as this year’s home base, the rally takes riders on a 560km journey through Quebec and Ontario – but if you’re serious about actually WINNING the rally, you must complete the bonus leap, which brings the total km travelled to 749. Rally Master Rob Harris has revealed that the route will be particularly challenging for the 50cc class as there are lots of hills along the route.

The charity aspect of this year’s rally has taken on a life of its own. The online pledges officially ended yesterday at 12:01pm with a grand total of $11,920.37 collected for Kids Help Phone. KYMCO Canada’s own Director of Finance and Communications, Sabina Heilman, lead in online pledges, collecting an amazing $1,575.00. Riders are still able to collect pledges the old fashion way and bring all moneys collected to the rally to submit directly to representatives of the Ottawa chapter of Kids Help Phone.

Team KYMCO wishes all participants a safe, fun, exciting, and above all MAD weekend!

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Honda's technology picture book website

Honda has launched a 'technology picture book' website that shows and demonstrates in pictures, Honda core motorcycle technologies. It's an easy-to-understand written and visual guide.

In the words of Honda...

"We want the latest Honda motorcycle technology details to be known deeply by interested persons. That's what prompted the development of this. You may expect much from the passionate desires of our R&D staff."

What to know just what VTEC is? Well, this site has the answer and will show you how it works. What about a CVT transmission? - Yes, that's in there too. There's also details on fuel injection for small engines, advanced brake systems, electric steering dampers, and more.

Check out Honda's Technology Picture Book here.

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Harley-Davidson says "Screw It" - and offers discount

Harley Canada has a limited time $1,500 in-store credit offer with the purchase of any 2009 Big Twin, V-Rod, or CVO Harley Davidson motorcycle before July 15th, 2009

And the small print...

*$1,500 in-Store credit offer valid with the purchase of any new, previously-untitled 2009 Harley-Davidson® Touring, Softail®, Dyna®, V-Rod® or CVO motorcycle models purchased between June 1 and July 15, 2009.

With the purchase of any new Harley-Davidson® model from an authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailer, you will receive a free, full one-year membership in H.O.G.® We support the Canada Safety Council Rider Training Program.

Always ride with a helmet. Ride defensively. Distributed exclusively in Canada by Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada, Richmond and Concord. Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is a proud sponsor of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.©2009 H-D.

Click here for a dealer locator link from HD.

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The latest in a long line of successes for the Ducati 1098 superbike

Bologna (Italy), Thursday 11th June: Larry Pegram’s race win with the Ducati 1098 R last Sunday at Road America is all the more significant as, after a three year absence from the class, Ducati returned to action in the American Superbike series only three months ago. Larry’s triumph highlights the competitiveness of the Ducati Superbike and marks Ducati’s 40th win in the class.

The performance of the Ducati 1098 R Superbike over the race weekend, in spite of difficult climatic conditions, only highlights, if further proof were needed, that it is indeed a winning machine. The main championship rivals Suzuki have dominated the American series in recent years and the squad’s rider Mat Mladin has already clocked up an impressive nine wins over the first eleven races of the season but nonetheless the squad were not able to keep pace with Pegram last weekend at Elkhart Lake. Larry was all the more satisfied in that he took the win while riding for his own team Foremost Pegram Racing, having not stepped up to the top step of the Superbike podium for ten years, the last win at Willow Springs in 1999. With nine races still to run, Pegram and his team are confident that they will achieve further success.

The Ducati 1098 has of course already reigned victorious in various national and international championships: Troy Bayliss famously rode his Superbike to an historic third world title last year (taking Ducati’s World Superbike title tally to fifteen); fellow Australian Brendan Roberts powered to victory in the 2008 Superstock 1000 FIM Cup while during the same season British rider Shane “Shakey” Byrne outclassed the competition in the British Superbike championship to take the title with an 112 point advantage.

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Jesse James rides the Arctic Ice Road on the R 1200 GS Adv

Jesse James has a new program airing on Spike TV. It's called "Jesse James is a Dead Man." It's popular - the first episode drew the largest audience ever for an unscripted Spike TV series. As you might have guessed by the title, Jesse takes on death-defying events each week for the show.

This coming Sunday, June 14 - 10 PM EST - 11PM PST, “Arctic Bike Journey” airs on Spike TV. Jesse will ride the in the harsh arctic with a BMW R 1200 GS Adventure facing unthinkable coldness.

In this third episode of the series he takes an R 1200 GS Adventure on the infamous "Arctic Ice Road" in Alaska, in the middle of winter, to deliver medicine to an isolated snow-bound community.

Jesse was recently on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and talked a little bit about the show and the “Arctic Bike Journey” episode.


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Seventy years ago: the compressor BMW scores a one-two victory in the Tourist Trophy

A little racing history courtesy of BMW.

Munich. “Asking me about the most impressive experience in my racing career, you will make my mind wander back to the year 1939 on that classic island in the Irish Sea, where the world-famous Tourist Trophy has been held for almost a century against the toughest competition you can imagine in international motorsport.”

These were the words in 1948 of Georg “Schorsch” Meier in thinking back of his “most wonderful victory” which now lies 70 years in the past and has long become a legend – for Georg Meier was the first non-English rider to win the Senior Tourist Trophy on his BMW compressor machine. This outstanding victory marked the climax of a long development. BMW had started to test compressor technology in motorcycle racing back in the late ’20s and Ernst Henne’s world records in 1929 had clearly proven that BMW’s supercharged engines were able to offer the very best in power and performance.

Even though this new technology was not yet absolutely reliable at the time, with BMW deciding to still use naturally aspirated engines in some races, the Company’s compressor engines already scored their first success on the road back in 1929: Hans Soenius in the 500-cc and Josef Stelzer in the 750-cc class brought home the first championships with supercharged engines in 1929. The second generation of BMW’s supercharged works motorcycles then made its appearance in 1935, now featuring a modern, welded tubular frame destined to enter series production just a year later in the BMW R 5 and R 6. Now equipped with two overhead camshafts driven in each case by a side shaft, the engine was a brand-new development, just like the foot-shift four-speed transmission.

1937/1938: success on the race track.

With Karl Gall and Ludwig “Wiggerl” Kraus standing out as the most successful riders in the early years, Otto Ley joined the BMW works team in the following season. It was also in the 1937 season that BMW’s machines were upgraded by fitting the rear wheel suspension already tested and proven in six-day races, thus setting off the last disadvantages versus the international competition. As a result, Gall and Ley soon became the most successful riders in the 500-cc class, and Jock West became the first English rider on the BMW Works Team, surprising everybody through his outstanding win in the Ulster Grand Prix in Northern Ireland. And had Karl Gall not been forced to retire while leading the European Grand Prix in Berne, Switzerland, BMW would also have won the European Championship decided for the last time this year in a single race.

BMW’s compressor machines scored their greatest success on the track in 1938, when offroad rider Georg Meier entered his first season on the tarmac, winning the German, Belgian and Italian Grand Prix as well as the Dutch Tourist Trophy and bringing home victory in Hockenheim, Nuremberg and in the Eilenriede Race. This, clearly, meant both the European and the German Championships.

But there were also bad days in 1938 – for example on the Isle of Man. BMW had sent three motorcycles to the Senior TT on the Isle of Man, with Georg Meier, English rider Jock West and Austrian Karl Gall on the starter grid. Gall suffered a severe accident in practice and Georg Meier was forced to retire on the very first lap due to a defective spark plug. The only good news was Jock West bringing home fifth place for BMW, improving his position over the previous year by one place in the final list of results.

Going for it: careful preparation for racing in 1939.

To quote Georg Meier, “this did not discourage us in any way in our plans to enter this challenging race with the same works team also in the years to come. So together with BMW’s small Racing Department we arrived in Douglas in good time, since the official practice sessions started fourteen days before the race. Early in the morning, at the break of dawn, we were already out there on the roughly 60-kilometre-long island track where people claimed that” only an English rider was able to win the race”. And believe me, the circuit with all its substantial challenges really demanded the utmost of the rider. The big advantage was that early in the morning the roads were absolutely empty, apart from the riders themselves, a few officials and the mechanics working untiringly on their jobs – the big crowd and all the spectators were not there yet.”

Still, BMW’s compressor machines from Germany were the subject of close scrutiny and observation – which is no surprise, considering that the Type 255 BMW RS 500 was not be underestimated: Displacing 492 cc, these outstanding machines developed 60 horsepower at 7,000 rpm thanks to their mechanical supercharger.

To keep the rider in control, properly handling all this power at such high speeds, the engines featured side shafts leading into the two cylinder heads where two overhead camshafts in each cylinder head controlled the gas cycle. Benefiting from low weight of just 138 kg or 304 lb, the compressor BMW had a top speed of more than 220 km/h or 136 mph, provided the rider was consistently crouching down over the machine. So within just a few hours after practice, the TT Magazine presented exact studies of the three riders and the speed recorded in each case.

Terrible news: Karl Gall killed in an accident.

The 1939 TT was a tragic event for Karl Gall, before the race had even started: On 2 June 1939 Gall once again suffered a severe fall in practice on the jump over Ballaugh Bridge. And this time he was so badly injured that he died eleven days later. Once again, therefore, the Tourist Trophy had proven its reputation of being the toughest road race in the world.

Despite this tragedy, BMW decided to remain in the race. “But I was really under great mental stress at the start, with each rider setting out in thirty-second intervals,” states Georg Meier in retrospect, looking back at 16 June 1939. Meier nevertheless rode a fantastic race, setting up a new lap record in the very first lap and leading the race ahead of his 42 competitors right from the start.

In lap two he improved his own record once again, becoming faster and faster as the race continued: “I was able to complete the seven laps without any significant incidents and I received good news from the pits every time, so that I knew exactly what was going on. Filling up the tank twice in about 17 seconds, which allowed me to change my glasses and have a refreshing drink, went very well. And then, after 2 hours and 57 minutes, I at last saw the man with the blackand-white chequered flag waving me in as the winner. What I really wanted to do most at that point was literally kiss and hug my wonderful machine with its white-and-blue colours on the tank which, apart from all those flies on the wind deflector, still looked brand new, without the slightest trace of oil or any signs of the incredible race we had just been through.”

Meier’s average speed was exactly 143.723 km/h or 89.108 mph, again a sensation. As the next rider to cross the finish line, Jock West came in two minutes later on his compressor BMW, giving the Company a perfect one-two victory, especially as he was more than half a minute ahead of rider number three F.L. Frith on a Norton.

Beaten only by the rules.

Now, at the very latest, the BMW compressor machine was regarded as unbeatable. So when after World War II German riders were initially banned from international racing, they simply continued racing their compressor motorcycles in national events. And in most cases BMW finished right at the top, with Georg Meier on his compressor machine (which he had hidden in a barn during the War) bringing home all German championships from 1948–1950. During these four years the works racing machines saw a number of modifications before the last national race with compressor motorcycles took place on the Grenzlandring Circuit in September 1950. From now on German manufacturers and riders were once again able to enter international sports events, but here supercharged engines had been banned since 1945. So in response BMW converted some of the compressor machines to natural aspiration technology.

As a result of this ongoing development and modifications in the post-war years, hardly any of the works racing machines still in existence today are now in their pre-war condition. Even the works machine on display in the BMW Museum features the modifications made for the last few races. And while BMW knew the whereabouts of a racing machine in pre-war trim, the famous owner of this motorcycle enjoyed the machine himself regularly at racing events and for years would not even consider selling it: John Surtees, the only racing driver to win both the Formula 1 and the Motorcycle World Championship. He had bought the BMW in disassembled form in the early ’80s, restoring this unique machine in a painstaking process and with a clear focus on the original. But in the meantime this unique machine has returned to its first “home” and is regularly entered in historical events.

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Buy a Triumph - geta a deal!

Triumph motorcycle dealers across Canada have some great discount offers on the most popular models RIGHT NOW.* So check out these offers, visit your local dealer, and bring home your favorite Triumph motorcycle today.

Buy a Daytona 675 and get c$500 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a new 2009 or prior model year Daytona 675 by June 30, 2009!*

Buy a Speed Triple and get c$1,000 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a new 2009 or prior model year Speed Triple by June 30, 2009!*


Buy a Sprint ST and get c$1,000 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a new 2009 or prior year Sprint ST and Sprint ST ABS before June 30, 2009.*

Buy a Tiger 1050 and get c$1,000 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a new 2009 or prior year Tiger or Tiger ABS before June 30, 2009.*

Buy a Scrambler and get c$750 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a 2009 or prior year Scrambler before June 30, 2009.*

Buy a Triumph from the Rocket III Family of motorcycles and get c$1,500 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a new 2009 or prior model year Rocket III, Rocket III Classic, Rocket III Classic Tourer or Rocket III Touring before June 30, 2009.*

Buy an America/Speedmaster and get c$750 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a new 2009 or prior year America or Speedmaster before June 30, 2009.*


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Zero Motorcycles launch Zero MX - designed for the track

Zero have just launched the Zero MX - a track use electric motocross bike. "Aggressive track riding requires a motorcycle with an advanced suspension system and a high power-to-weight ratio. The Zero MX delivers both and makes track riding possible in areas that are usually off-limits due to noise restrictions."

From Zero:

The Zero MX takes our revolutionary electric motorcycle technology to the track. Incredibly tough and lightweight, the Zero MX uses our newly developed suspension system to absorb aggressive terrain and give you an edge. Combined with our state-of-the-art Z-Force™ technology and ultra-light frame design, the Zero MX is agile and fast where it counts.

By developing a custom suspension system we have made the Zero MX highly responsive while maintaining an industry leading power-to-weight ratio. During aggressive riding the advanced suspension system and alloy wheels take the hits while smoothly maintaining control. Intensity combines with silence to open up a new world of riding possibilities.

Check out the video





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Walton TransCan GNC Motocross - June 13-14/09 (ON)

Two Wheel Motorsports of Guelph and Kawasaki presents Round 3 of 6 in the 2009 Royal Distributing and Motovan.com CMRC Ontario Provincial Motocross Championships Saturday June 13 and Sunday June 14 at Walton Raceway.

In addition this event is the fourth and final Amateur National Qualifier (ANQ) for the southwestern Ontario region of CMRC (Canadian Motorsport Racing Club). Success at the ANQs is critical for riders wanting to participate in the August 12-16 Walton TransCan GNC.

The Grand National Championship is a limited entry event which only accepts riders from across the country who have demonstrated their ability by placing in the top ranks of their respective regional qualifiers. In southwestern Ontario only the top 11 riders in each class qualifier are guaranteed a starting gate position at the TransCan!

The support of Two Wheel Motorsports of Guelph and Kawasaki has enabled us to offer the two day format which results in longer motos and better track maintenance so visit Graeme and Ron to give them some props. For the past 5 years the Walton Double Header in June has seen the biggest rider entry of any event in the country. Not only that, but with so much at stake, it attracts competitors from neighbouring states and provinces for some of the most intense battles and spectacular displays of skill you will see short of the August TransCan.

So grab some sunscreen and a comfy lawn chair and come celebrate the start of summer!

Event Details:

Start Time: Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 8:00am
End Time: Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 6:00pm
Location: 42852 Walton Rd, Walton, ON, Canada
Street: 42852 Walton Road
City/Town: Seaforth, ON

FRIDAY

GATES OPEN: from 4pm to 10pm
EARLY SIGN-IN : Fri. from 7pm to 9pm

GATE FEES :

$10 per day per adult for admission
$7 per day per child (age 5 - 11)for admission
Preschoolers are FREE (to age 4)
Motor home/trailer/vehicle pays $10 per night camping for overnight stay.
** visitors arriving Friday or up to 3:00pm Saturday will be required to purchase a full weekend pass and will be issued a wrist band but if leaving before 6:00pm Saturday can request a refund for the the Sunday gate.

SATURDAY

GATES OPEN: 6:00am.
SIGN-IN : 6:30am to 8:30am
MANDATORY Riders Meeting at 8:00am
PRACTICE Begins at 8:15am
RACING follows practice starting approx. 9:30am
EARLY SIGN-IN FOR SUNDAY: Saturday evening from 8pm to 9pm

GATES CLOSE: 10:00pm

SUNDAY

GATES OPEN: 6:00am

GATE FEES :
$10 per adult per day
$7 per child (5 - 11) per day
Preschoolers FREE (to age 4)

SIGN-IN : 6:30am to 8:30am

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Transport Canada - latest motorcycle recalls

Bombardier Recreational Products is recalling a total of 2,677 CAN-AM Spyder's from the 2008, and 2009 model years.

Transport Canada Recall # 2009136
Recall Date: 2009/05/11
System: Steering
Units Affected: 2,677
Category: 3 Wheel Motorcycle

Recall Details: On certain vehicles, greater than expected force may need to be exerted in order to initiate turning of the steering handlebar from center position while underway. Once handlebar turning is initiated, however, the resistance reduces and steering mechanism movement responds to operator inputs normally. This higher than expected initial steering input force may cause the operator to overshoot a steering correction or turn, causing an unexpected deviation from the intended vehicle path. This could result in a vehicle crash causing property damage, personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will reprogram the dynamic power steering (DPS) system.

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Rent a KTM for ISDE - Portugal - in October

The International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) is the oldest 'off road' motorcycle event on the FIM Calendar and for 2009 it's being held October 12-17, 2009. Canada has sent a contingent of riders in the past. In 2008 the event was held in Serres, Greece.

First held in 1913 at Carlisle, England, the ISDE has occurred annually, except from a couple of interruptions due to World War I and World War II.

Well, if you've been thinking you'd like to go but don't want to have to worry about getting your bike to Portugal, KTM has the answer - rent a bike from them!

From KTM:

KTM Motorsports is proud to announce the continuation of its rental program for the 84th running of the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) to be held in Portugal October 12-17, 2009.

All ISDE participants will be given the opportunity to rent a 2010 KTM EXC model series motorcycle with special Six Days features. The following models are available for rent:

2-stroke: 125 EXC, 250 EXC and the 300 EXC
4-stroke: 250 EXC-F, 450 EXC and the 530 EXC

All rental bikes are homologated EXC motorcycles based on the 2010 models equipped with:

· KTM EXC Six-Days graphics “2009 ISDE Portugal”
· Six Days seat with pocket
· PowerParts Chain and Sprocket
· Plastic engine guard with quick release fastener on all 4-strokes
· Aluminum engine guard for all 2-strokes
· Milled triple clamps without variable setting
· Race Parts Kit (MX handguards, fork venting system, frame guard, front axle puller, handlebar pad and brake pad retainer).

KTM will offer this rental program in cooperation with KTM Spain. The price for motorcycle rental is $2,400 USD for 2-stroke models and $2,800 USD for 4-stroke models. This price includes the rental of the bike through the duration of the event, transport costs to Portugal and registration and insurance of the motorcycle for the event.

To rent a KTM motorcycle for the ISDE, please download the appropriate order form by clicking on the following link

All order forms must be returned to Antti Kallonen at akallonen@ktmnorthamerica.com or fax: (951) 677-2307. The deadline to order bikes is June 26, 2009. All orders will be handled on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No delivery guarantee can be given for orders received after the order deadline.

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Yamaha Bike Blog - get the inside scoop direct from Yamaha Canada

Check out the latest posting on the Yamaha Canada blog where you get some behind the scenes footage and information from the Team Toyota Yamaha OTSFF at the opening round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championships in Calabogie, ON.

http://motorcycles.yamahablogs.ca/

Or you can watch the footage via YamaTube - Yamaha Canada's YouTube channel:


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Unique program offers complimentary service for new Ducati motorcycles.

Exciting news for Canadians thinking about purchasing a new Ducati. They've just made the decision a little easier with a special zero-cost maintenance program and includes purchases made between June 4 - August 31, 2009. The first year of motorcycle service is free! The new Ducati “Full Factory Support” program has been extended to include the Canadian market in addition to the US.

CUPERTINO, CALIF (June 5, 2009) - Ducati North America is excited to launch the “Full Factory Support” service campaign; where the first year of service is included free of charge with the purchase of a new Ducati.

The program enables a Ducati owner to simply ride and enjoy their new bike. The offer includes the first year of regularly scheduled maintenance updates on 2008 and 2009 Ducati models. All a customer needs to do for qualification is purchase a new Ducati from a participating dealer between June 4 and August 31 2009, fill out the program enrollment form and start riding.

As motorcycling’s premium brand, Ducati strives to provide premium service. The Full Factory Support program underlies Ducati’s commitment to customer support and service- which already includes the most comprehensive warranty in the industry. Visit www.ducatiusa.com or your local participating dealer for more information on this new program.

*This program is offered for 12 months Free Factory Scheduled Maintenance when you purchase any new, unused, street legal MY 2008 and MY 2009 Ducati motorcycle retailed starting June 4, 2009 through August 31, 2009. (Offer valid only at participating Authorized Ducati Dealers in the United States. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico.

Visit www.ducatiusa.com for a complete list of participating Dealers and to get the all the details on what things are included within the free service.

Offer may not be combined with any other offer. Void where prohibited. This offer may be discontinued or extended without prior notice. Full Factory Support Free Service Program offer valid only at participating Dealers for scheduled factory maintenance procedures for up to six months or 600 miles, whichever occurs first and twelve months or 7500 miles, whichever occurs first. No additional customer or dealer requested services are eligible. Free Factory Scheduled Maintenance is non-transferable. Ask your participating Ducati dealer today for details.

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Impressive start for Guy Giroux and BMW G450X in FMSQ

Whitby. Two races into the 2009 FMSQ Enduro Championship series, BMW Motorrad Canada Motorsports factory rider Guy Giroux leads both the extreme-cross and enduro-cross championships.

After a hard-fought race in miserable rain-soaked conditions, Guy rode the BMW Motorrad Canada Motorsports G450X to 1st place with a dramatic half-lap lead in the highly technical extreme-cross race in the FMSQ season-opener in Granby, Quebec on May 9. He followed this performance in similarly challenging conditions on the Sunday, May 10 enduro-cross race, pounding through endless mud-holes and generally gruesome terrain to finish 2nd – some 6 minutes ahead of the 3rd place finisher.

At round 2 of the FMSQ in Beauce, Quebec, on May 31, on a fast, yet slippery track, Guy again encountered miserable weather, including hail, but nevertheless, in his inimitable “banzai” style, rode the BMW G450X to a 1st place finish in the enduro-cross event.

“The bike was just awesome both on the trails and the grass, with excellent power!” enthused Guy, adding, “Not bad for a dual-sport bike!”, also commenting: “The first two races were a great test for both the BMW and me! I am really looking forward to the next race which is a really fast course where the BMW will feel right at home!”.

As the FMSQ series ramps up for round 3 in Ferme-Neuve, Quebec, on June 27-28, Guy holds a 7 point lead over 2nd place Michael Metcalf (KTM). The next three weeks will be spent in training and further testing and tuning of the BMW Motorrad Canada Motorsports G450X.

Guy will have a formidable schedule for the balance of the season as he will be riding the BMW Motorrad Canada Motorsports G450X in seven out of the remaining eight races in the FMSQ schedule, while simultaneously competing in the brand-new 8-race Canadian Enduro Championship starting on July 4th and 5th in Blairmore, Alberta. Incredibly, he’ll also find time to compete in some Motocross events on “spare” weekends, and the Montreal Supercross. Not only riding, Guy is also his own “ team manager, truck driver and mechanic.“

The BMW G450X Enduro, fully street-legal, yet designed for “hard-core” off-road competition, went on sale in Canada in the fall of 2008.

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Ducati Desmosedici - Transport Canada recall

It can apparently happen to the best motorcycles around; recalls. Transport Canada has issued a recall on the 2008, DUCATI DESMOSEDICI RR for a wiring harness problem. There's just 29 of them to recall so I would imagine most of those folks already know about this. But for the rest of us here's the details:

Transport Canada Recall # 2009137
System: Electrical
Manufacturer Recall Number: RCL-09-002
Units Affected: 29

Recall Details:

On certain motorcycles, the main wiring harness may be routed incorrectly and suffer chafe damage from interference with the frame in several areas. This could result in a loss of vehicle lighting and/or degradation of engine performance. Failure of the lighting system may result in the following road users being unaware of the rider's intentions, as well as reducing vehicle conspicuity during hours of darkness. This could result in a vehicle crash causing personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will reposition the wiring harness.

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Details of rule changes from Dakar organizer - ASO

Well, after yesterdays shocking news of KTM's withdrawal from the Dakar we went looking for a bit of information on the rule changes. We found some, but it reads a little like a bad google translation - all the information is there but it just isn't quite clear enough to be exactly sure what it means.

We thought we'd post the direct quote from the ASO here regarding the rule changes, as they apply to motorcycles:


Bikes: on equal terms
For several years, more and more of the top bikers have won specials or finished in the leading ten overall positions using under 450cc bikes. At the same time, the smaller capacity machines have been more and more present, representing 40% of the registered riders at the start of the 2009 Dakar. Financially more accessible and more reliable than the older bikes of the previous generations and now more adapted to the demands of off-road rallies, the 450cc still have a deficit in performance that prevent them from reaching even higher ambitions. This difference will be totally erased for the 2011 Dakar during which only bikes with engines under 450cc will be accepted.

A bridle in 2010 for the amateurs over 450cc

In order to reach this objective of levelness between competitors that will open the number of potential victory contenders, a transition measure has been taken for the 2010 Dakar. Aware of the important number of competitors already having bikes of over 450cc, the organisers have decided to accept them for this edition with the obligation to set up a bridle reducing the power of the engine. This bridle, conceived to limit the performance to the level of the 450cc, will be provided by the rally organisation.

The champions on 450cc in 2010

This modification aiming to support the amateur riders that want to line up at the start of the rally will not be applicable to a certain number of professionals and semi-professionals for which a list will be established later. The possible winners will therefore be forced to use as soon as 2010 a bike of under 450cc. On equal terms, they will battle it out using the qualities that define champions in the discipline: physical endurance, piloting, navigation.

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MotoCzysz E1pc - the digital superbike

The MotoCzysz E1pc is the American-made creation of Michael Czysz and he refers to the bike as a "D1g1tal Superbike" So, digital superbike... you get the idea.

What you should know about this machine is that it's all electric and includes upgradable powertrain components, 10 battery packs, and 3 motors. Yes that's impressive and all, but what's really, really impressive is that all that stored electricity can make this bike go from zero to 120 mph in about 7-8 seconds; or about as quick as many 09, 1000cc bikes from the major manufacturers. OK now that's IMPRESSIVE!

The MotoCzysz E1pc is set to compete in the Isle of Mann TTXGP race, which starts June 12th. This will be a historical motorcycle racing event and one to watch, only it's not airing in Canada to my knowledge. If you want to tune in you can reportedly register at the Isle of Mann website to watch it streaming. Not sure how much that would cost. We'll have to check into that.

Czysz is even talking about producing the bike for the public in the near future too. Keep your fingers crossed.

Image courtesy AutoBlogGreen.

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KTM quits the Dakar!

Some shocking news from KTM in response to rule changes by the ASO on the displacement size of motorcycles allowed in the Dakar.

Full release...

"Rally Dakar” – KTM withdraws!

The limiting of motorcycles with a displacement of 450 cc forces the long term dominator of the Dakar Rally to withdraw.

Following the announcement at a press conference on June 4, 2009 of the French “ASO” - the organisers of the “South American Dakar“ that from 2010, only motorcycles with a maximum displacement of 450 cc will be permitted to compete, KTM, after eight consecutive victories, has decided to immediately accept the consequences and announces its withdrawal from the “Dakar”.

The company will no longer be represented at the rally in South America either with an official factory team or a KTM-supported team. At the same time, KTM underlines that the company remains committed to rally sport and will now concentrate its efforts on the world championship and other important rallies.

The organiser’s short term change to the rules, designed to end the dominance of KTM, and which comes without any advance warning, hits the KTM factory hard. Today, just six months before the start – and at a time when not only the factory team but also dozens of private teams are deep in preparations for this extremely complex rally, the immediate withdrawal of the worldwide market leader of offroad sports motorcycle is the only possible consequence.

“Every sport regulation needs changes and adjustments to new developments to retain an interest in it, but this also require the appropriate lead times. We have the entire material for the 690 Rally motorcycles for our factory team as well as that for 50 customers’ motorcycles in our storage facility ready to be constructed in June. Riders’ contracts have been finalised and all the team members have been engaged. The financial consequences that results from this decision are enormous. Quite apart from this, we are shocked by the organiser’s lack of loyalty, above all because of the huge efforts we made following the cancellation of the Dakar in 2008 by contributing to the new edition - even during a period of extreme economic crisis,” said KTM Motor Sport Advisor and “Rally Legend” Heinz Kinigadner in a first statement.

Following the decision for the deployment of 450cc motorcycles, which are unthinkably unsuitable for use in long distance rallies, KTM can no longer economically justify a commitment to be engaged in the Dakar in the future. KTM Motor Sport Director Winfried Kerschhaggl: “Rally sport serves to prove the efficiency and stability of our large volume series single cylinder. There is no question that we will remain active in rally sport! Having said that, for KTM, the rally in South America is now history. We will now fully concentrate on the Rally World Championship and we will seek out alternatives. Maybe we will soon again see full KTM Rally engagement on African soil – back to the roots!”

With its commitment to rally sports, KTM naturally takes the obligations to its long term worldwide customers seriously because it is they who have decided to put their trust in the products and in the unique service of the Austrian company for rally sport by choosing KTM motorcycles.

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Canadian Motorcycle Rider is now Twittering... or is that tweeting?

We've joined in on the latest craze and started Twittering. We will be incorporating the Twitter feed directly onto the site soon so no need to worry that you'll miss anything if you're not already a Twitter member or you'd just like to follow the updates via www.CanadianMotorcycleRider.ca.

Expect that soon, along with a reorganization of the site to accommodate it.

If you're already using Twitter and want to follow us, you can find us here:

http://twitter.com/CdnMotoRider

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Yamaha Test Ride day- Today (NS)

The Yamaha Power Tour is stopping in at Dartmouth, NS based dealership - Pro Cycle Limited. It's happening TODAY!  So if you want to get on the new cross-plane crank R1 you'd better get over there right away.

KNOWN BIKES FOR THE POWER TOUR include the R1, FZ6R, V-STAR 950, T-Max, V Star 1300 Standard, and 1900 Roadliner.


For more details check out the event section of their website  here.

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BMW Motorrad Canada - May is a record setting sales month

Looks like BMW Motorrad Canada just posted another great sales month. They set a May sales record of 336 units, up one unit compared to May 2008. Year-to-date, sales are up 27% to 929 units compared to the same period last year. 

There are 19 BMW motorcycle retailers across Canada who are no doubt celebrating this past month and year to date for that matter with sales up 27% compared to the same YTD figures as last year.

Having recently had the opportunity to test ride the F800GS and now that this bike is on BMW motorcycle showroom floors it's not hard to tell why BMW is on a roll. They've got some fantastic bikes.  The new K series bikes with the larger 1300cc inline four must certainly be helping the sales too. Expect reviews of both the F800GS and K1300GT from us soon.

BMW's motorcycle product line is looking better than ever in our opinion.  I guess the sales numbers are evidence that there's at least a few other people that think the same way.


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Virtual Riding Television posts new HD video of beautiful BC

Our friend Jeff, Executive Producer, over at Virtual Riding Television has a new video posted. Somehow, he just keeps on finding some of the most beautiful roads in Canada then films them from the seat of his Harley Davidson V-Rod. The footage from this latest video was shot in the Fraser Canyon from Hope to The Last Spike point of interest located between Spences Bridge and Ashcroft British Columbia, Canada. Definitely a stunning stretch of road!

I must head out West to visit that part of Canada some day! The footage is high quality, as always. This video is shot without music because Jeff's testing out a new toy. He's gotten a new HD camera and mounted it to his KBC helmet; it's a Sony HXR-MC1 Digital HD Camera Video Recorder to be exact.

So, we can expect plenty more motorcycle video's showcasing some great Canadian roads and scenery from Virtual Riding TV.

Here's the video - but be sure to visit the VRide TV website to check out all the great stuff Jeff's got there.


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Ducati scoops prestigious US award

Cupertino, Calif.  (June 2, 2009) – Ducati North America is delighted to announce that it is the highest ranked motorcycle brand and recipient of the 2009 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index (R) U.S. Motorcycle Industry Study. Across the country, Ducati dealerships out performed direct competitors in the annual benchmarking study measuring how consumers are treated when shopping for a new motorcycle. 

Over the last three years, Ducati dealers have worked hard to consistently improve the dealership ‘experience’ and now lead all brands in overall satisfaction and commitment to service. While some other brands are retreating, Ducati continues a program of dealership improvements and has added coverage to its dealer network in key markets including Atlanta, Newport Beach and Sacramento. 

"In a fiercely competitive market it is vital that we deliver the very best service to support our class-leading bikes,” says Michael Lock, CEO.  “Ducati is committed to growing and developing our position in the USA and it remains our goal to be the leading sport bike brand in the marketplace.

This award confirms that we are making good progress.”

The PSI award gauged Ducati dealerships from 2008 to 2009, where Ducati led all brands in more than 30 percent of the sales process factors evaluated by the study.

“This award is a testament to the tremendous commitment made by the Ducati dealer network,” said Jason Chinnock, Motorcycle Sales Director of Ducati North America. “Their ongoing dedication to improve the quality of the customer experience will allow us to reach out to a broader customer base as we work to grow the share and profile of the Ducati brand.”



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BMW Motorrad Motorsport - Superbike World Championship - Salt Lake City, USA - Qualifying

Munich - BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders Toy Corser and Ruben Xaus suffered some grip problems today, finishing 14th and 17th quickest respectively, but both are looking forward to improving their bike set-ups tomorrow and moving up the grid. The track was very hot in the afternoon session and that affected the grip level, but Troy and Ruben continued to put in as many laps as they could and give the team as much information as possible.

Max Biaggi (Aprilia) ended the day with the fastest lap, with local favourite Ben Spies (Yamaha) second. Carlos Checa (Honda) was third fastest, with Jakub Smrz (Ducati) fourth.

Troy - 14th, 1:51.002
Miller is not such a bad track for setting up a bike, but what we are finding this year is that the track seems to have a lot less grip than last year. I know that there was a car race recently and that may have affected the grip but, whatever the reason, there is definitely less grip this year. We more or less found a tyre that works, but we have a limited number and that means we have to be careful and work out what we have to do and when. When I tried a different tyre, I was out of the seat a few times and almost crashed.

Ruben - 17th, 1:51.216
My lap time is not far from Troy and although its been a difficult day, it has not been a black Friday. Nobody said that this year was going to be easy, but we are all working our hardest every time out and I am happy with the way I rode today because I know that I am giving 100% on the bike. It´s always a bit hard going fast so soon when we only have two hours to get all the work done. There are some points on the bike we need to work on, but if we can sort those out, I am sure that Troy and I could finish in the top four or so for sure.

Berti Hauser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director)
First let me say that we are happy to have Troy back and after free practice we were really thankful for his feedback and information about what was happening with the bike and the track. At the moment there seems to be only one tyre that is really working with our bike and because we have a limited number we have to control this situation over the next two days. This is a bit of a new situation for us, but we have to learn how to manage it quickly and get on with our work as best we can. We shall have to see what happens tomorrow, but for sure we have to be quicker.

Friday qualifying

1 Biaggi (I-Aprilia) 1:49.820, 2 Spies (USA-Yamaha) 1:49.901, 3 C Checa
(E-Honda) 1:50.144, 4 Smrz (CZ-Ducati) 1:50.282, 5 Fabrizio (I-Ducati) 1:50.457,
6 Hacking (USA-Kawasaki) 1:50.466, 14 Troy Corser (Aus-BMW Motorrad
Motorsport) 1:51.002, 17 Ruben Xaus (E-BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1:51.216

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2009 Parts Canada Superbike Championship TSN Schedule


The 2009 Parts Canada Superbike Championship - Broadcast schedule for TSN in HD.

1. Calabogie Motorsports Park
Tuesday, June 16th 1:00 PM
Repeats - Saturday, June 20th, 4:00 AM


2. Circuit ICAR
Tuesday July 7th 1:00 PM
Repeats - Friday July 10th, 4:00 AM

3. Race City Motorsports Park
Tuesday, July 21st 1:00 PM
Repeats - Saturday July 25th, 4:00 AM

4. Mosport International Raceway
Tuesday, August 25th, 1:00 PM
Repeats - Friday Aug 28th, 4:00 AM

5. Mosport International Raceway
Wednesday, Aug 26th, 1:00 PM
Repeats - Saturday August 29th, 4:00 AM

6. Atlantic Motorsports Park
Tuesday, Sept. 15th, 1:00 PM
Repeats - Saturday Sept. 19th, 4:00 AM

7. Shannonville Motorsports Park
Tuesday, Sept. 29th 1:00 PM
Repeats - Sat Oct. 3rd, 4:00 AM

8. Shannonville Motorsports Park
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1:00 PM
Repeats - Sat. Oct 10, 4:00 AM

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CEC Press Release June 1, 2009

The Canadian Enduro Canada Press Release for June is hot off the presses...

The June issue of MXP Magazine has just hit the newsstands and mailboxes and has a two page write up on the Canadian Enduro Championships. MXP, one of the top Motocross publications in Canada, got behind the CEC from the start. MXP has always been a leader in Motocross coverage and is now getting into the Off Road scene by dedicating a few pages of each issue to the CEC. In addition MXP is helping to advertise the series by distributing the event posters across the county with their dealer mailings. Be sure to get every MXP issue, or better yet Subscribe, to get the news and details from the series.

Metzler Tires, long known for their well designed off road motorcycle tires, will be awarding a set of their MCE 6 Days Extreme Tires to the Pro and Amateur Champions in each class.

Our good friends and long time WEC supporting sponsor Nexo Sports has come on board once again for the CEC. As one of the World’s most prolific manufacturers of quality motorcycle riding wear Nexo Sports has, in recent years, made their mark on the Canadian market. Nexo will be the provider of official WEC /CEC gear for the 2009 season.

The new World Enduro Canada website has been very well received judging by the volume of web traffic. We are constantly adding new material to keep everyone up to date on the CEC as well as Trials and Cross Country events.

For more details visit the WEC website here.

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Fabrizio repeats his 2008 performance taking two podium finishes at Miller

Miller – Salt Lake City (USA) Sunday 31st May: Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) takes home 36 important points having visited the podium twice, with a worthy second and third place finish in the races held today at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City. Michel’s team-mate Noriyuki Haga, who had difficulty finding the right feeling with his Ducati 1198 this weekend, had a more difficult day and closed the two races in ninth and eighth position.

Race 1 became dramatic when, after five laps, Suzuki rider Muggeridge crashed and caused a red flag that led to a subsequent second heat. Recommencing from the positions they held before the red flag was shown, fourth and fifth, Ducati riders Michel and Noriyuki did not make the strongest start this time around and found themselves in eleventh and eighth place respectively at the end of the first lap. Michel made a great recovery, fighting his way through the pack from eleventh to fourth, which meant third place according to the aggregate race results. Noriyuki, still very sore from yesterday’s crash, found it difficult to make progress with his 1198 but, knowing that today is all about taking as many points as possible home, he held strong to come home in a valiant ninth position.

In Race 2 Noriyuki made a change to his bike’s setting but unfortunately it did not make a great difference to the feeling he had. Although he held third place for a few laps at the start, he was gradually overtaken by various riders including team-mate Fabrizio and concluded the 21-lap race in eighth position. Michel also made up a couple of places at the offset, and was in second behind Ben for the entirety of the race. Alhtough he remained close to Ben for the best part of the race, his efforts to stick with the frontrunner resulted in front tyre wear that in the final laps began to slow Michel down, causing him to lose a few seconds. Fabrizio did however finish a clear five seconds ahead of third-placed Honda rider Rea.

In the championship standings, Noriyuki continues to hold the lead though with a slightly diminished advantage of 265 points over American Spies who has 212. Fabrizio is in third place with 201 points. Ducati dominates the manufacturers classification with 311 points, Yamaha chases with 253.

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – 2nd)

“Well Race 1 was quite hard, because after the restart I felt like a ping-pong ball, there were three or four guys coming at me from all directions causing me to lose some positions. I had to push hard to pass them again and it wasn’t easy but my desire to be up on the podium gave my the strength I needed and so I’m happy with the result. In the second race I got away well and did all I could to stick with Ben out front. The gap between us was about 1.5 seconds and I pushed hard to close it up, perhaps too hard, because in the last laps my front tyre was finished and I couldn’t do more to catch him. Ben was really strong today so I can’t complain that I didn’t win. I take away 36 valuable points and now we head to Misano where I’d like to be back up on the top step of the podium.”

Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 9th, Race 2 – 8th)

"I did not have a very good feeling with my bike in Race 1. It was very hot out there and I can’t say I was having an easy time. We changed the setting a little for the second race but I still wasn’t able to fight for the podium despite the fact that it was only a few seconds out of grasp. Unfortunately many riders were just stronger then me today. I am not 100% of course after my crash yesterday and I didn’t expect to win here today but I am happy to have taken points all the same, important points for the championship. I’ll get back in shape before Misano where I want to be back fighting for the win.”

RESULTS: Race 1 (aggregate) – 1. Spies (Yamaha), 2. Checa (Honda); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox). Race 2 - 1. Spies (Yamaha), 2. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox), 3. Rea (Honda)

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: Riders – 1. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 265; 2. Spies (Yamaha) 212; 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 201; 4. Rea (Honda) 133; 5. Biaggi (Aprilia) 126; 6. Haslam (Honda) 122. Manufacturers – Ducati 311; Yamaha 253; Honda 206; Aprilia 129; Suzuki 113; BMW 60; Kawasaki 41

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