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Harley Davidson - York Facility Video


This video showcases how Harley-Davidson and its employees are exporting motorcycles around the globe every day. There's definitely some company pitching going on with an emphasis on the catch phrase of "exporting Freedom" but watch carefully and you get an interesting look inside the York factory in the US.

It's clean, modern, and lots of technology on the line. It's clear that they're using Six Sigma methodologies and monitoring production time even though they don't come out and say it the TAKT time display board is there to show it.



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Motorcycle Experience on TSN


Episode 6  - Saturday, April 28 at 12:30pm (Eastern)

Catch the longest running televised Motorcycle Magazine in North America with its uniquely Canadian
perspective on the sport of motorcycling!

This week:
- Host Dave Hatch invites viewer Ken Edick to sample Honda's all new VT750 Aero
- Dave and Norm ride to scenic Bonavista, Newfoundland during their "BMW Ultimate Ride"
- Honda reporter, Aliki Karayan turns the spotlight on family fun in a forest west of Toronto
- Paul Kahnert drops in on a group of motorcycle riders
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin wraps Round 3 in this season's Ultimate Motorcycle Challenge!

EPISODE 6  Broadcast Schedule on TSN*
Saturday April 28 - 12:30pm
Wednesday May 02 - 1:30pm

EPISODE 6 Broadcast Schedule on TSN2*
Saturday April 28 - 7:00pm
Monday April 30 - 07:00pm
Wednesday May 02 - 3:00pm
*All times eastern

Check out the War of 1812 Rider's Club Contest at www.motorcycleexperience.ca



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Motopark and Yamaha Team Up


Yamaha Motor Canada and Motopark have joined forces to give riders the full off-road experience at Canada’s longest serving motocross facility, with Yamaha now being the exclusive rental bike at the famed track.

Riders can rent a Yamaha of their choice at the Chatsworth, Ontario track. With trail bikes as small as the electric starting TTR50E all the way up to the YZ250F for the more experienced motocross rider. Iain Hayden and Zeb Dennis, Motopark’s President and head instructor, will be on the championship winning YZ450F for teaching, racing and of course, just having fun.

PR Specialist and Race Director Bryan Hudgin said “Yamaha   always looks to be involved at the grassroots level. What excited us about Motopark is the facility and the opportunities riders have here. Riders can come for the weekend and take lessons or riding schools, while having accommodations available as well. Iain’s made some big changes to the track and it’s been for the better. If you’ve never rode before, Motopark is a fantastic place to try a Yamaha.”

With regards to the partnership, Iain Hayden, Motopark’s President, said “Yamaha came to us and was looking to provide some bikes so we can get more people riding. We share the idea that we want people to have fun, but also get more people riding. Through my background with Yamaha, I know they make a great product and I am thrilled to have their bikes at our facility. “

For track information and everything else visit Motopark


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Cardo introduces the Cardo scala rider G9

Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in wireless Bluetooth communications for motorcycle helmets, today announced the launch of the Cardo scala rider G9, the most advanced motorcycle helmet communication system. The Cardo scala rider G9 takes wireless, bike-to-bike intercom communication to a whole new level, allowing users to toggle back and forth to converse with up to eight riders at a range of up to one mile, talk to as many as two friends simultaneously via an intercom system, and access a variety of other conversation and entertainment features via voice or touch command.

Cardo Systems, industry pioneer and maker of the world’s most popular motorcycle communications products, is poised to transform the industry yet again with the Cardo scala rider G9, which features unprecedented intercom connection capabilities, wireless access to mobile phone, GPS and MP3 music streaming functions, and much more in a sleek, compact headset that installs in minutes. The Intercom Conference Mode allows full duplex conversations with fellow riders up to a mile apart, enabling four-way conversations between two drivers and two passengers, three-way conversations between three separate riders and two-way rider-to-rider or rider-to-passenger conversations.

The new “One+8” Intercom Toggling Mode enables riders to call up fellow G9 riders by voice tag and to toggle back and forth between up to eight other users riding together. Click-to-Link, another unique Cardo Intercom feature, empowers users to make spontaneous connections to any scala rider G9 or G4 user within range. “Flash Pairing” allows users to establish a connection in seconds by bumping two scala rider G9 units together.

The scala rider G9,  compatible with Bluetooth phones, including the  iPhone-allows riders to stream MP3 music in stereo wirelessly via A2DP (cable connection included for older MP3 players), initiate and receive phone calls, GPS instructions, and connectivity status announcements, or listen to the built-in FM radio. Many functions can be controlled by voice command for safe, hands-free operation (e.g., "music on," or call "Bill Smith"). An incredibly smart priority management system allows riders to automatically disconnect from the intercom or music to receive incoming phone calls or in-ear GPS instructions.

Built to last and certified to meet exacting IP67 dustproof and waterproof standards, the rugged scala rider G9 has a unique social side with the Cardo Community web platform, which gives users an online venue to name tag their G9 unit, invite friends for a ride, plan tours, meet up with fellow riders, and customize the scala rider G9 to enhance social networking. The scala rider G9 is upgradable to ensure that users can take full advantage of all the latest technical features, which include Group Signal, that a rider can initiate to alert others on the ride and Hot-Dial calling.

“The scala rider G9 gives next-generation motorcycle communication system capabilities to today’s riders,” said Cardo's CEO Abraham Glezerman. “As a communications technology pioneer, Cardo Systems leverages a decade of experience and road-testing to deliver groundbreaking new capabilities that enhance the rider experience. From the simplified bump pairing to the improved speakers and ability to control initiation of music and talk by voice, among many other features, the scala rider G9 sets the new standard again to bring the best rider experience to motorcyclists.”

The scala rider G9 provides users with up to 12 hours of talk time with a standby time of seven days. The unit charges in three hours and features advanced Digital Signal Processing. The scala rider G9 is compatible with the entire scala rider line (subject to certain limitations).

The scala rider G9 is now available at select distributors, retail outlets, and specialty shops. For more information, please visit www.cardosystems.com.


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Husqvarna wins 4 out of 5 stages at Qatar Sealine Rally 2012


Joan Barreda ended the Sealine Cross Country Rally with another stage victory. It was day win number four for the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain at the debut event.

Barreda powered his Husqvarna TE449 RR to the front three times at this second round of the FIM Cross Country World Championship, teammate Paulo Goncalves took one stage success - making it a brilliant team result.

Altogether the riders had to complete 1,242 special stage kilometres in the heat of the Qatar desert. A top overall result for the Husqvarna pair was only prevented by a tyre problem for Goncalves and a controversial time penalty for Barreda.

It was still a great start into the first full world championship season for the young squad of team principal Wolfgang Fischer.




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Spring Training Day at Rally Connex


Do you have a dual sport bike and ride it only on the roads?  Do you want to see what you and your bike can really do?  Are you entered in the 2012 Dacre Dual Sport Challenge?  Do you need help to develop your off-road skills?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Spring Training Day is for you.

Spring Training Day is an event for riders of all abilities.  The event covers everything from GPS, motorcycle setup, equipment and gear, and riding techniques.  It is a full eight hours of training, in a wide variety of riding   conditions, from loose gravel and sand to grass track and single track.  The event runs rain or shine.

Date: May 12, 2012
Registration Opens:  7:30 a.m.
Training Begins: 8:30 a.m.

Directions: Haydon Hall is easy to find. It is just 15 minutes north of 401 on Regional Rd.#57. (Waverly exit). Head east on Conc. 8 to the hamlet of Haydon to #2503 Conc. 8. (Ontario)

Pre-entry: $60 (Includes lunch) until May 9th.
Entry after pre-entry date: $75.
Register early at rallyconnex.com


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1199 Panigale Dealership Premiere April 27-28, 2012 Participating Dealers

The Ducati 1199 Panigale is set to appear in a Canadian showroom near you - provided you live in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, or New Brunswick at least. Those are the provinces with participating dealers who'll have a Panigale on hand to display this April 27-28.

For a full list of the participating dealerships visit Ducati's website HERE.



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FOGI Racing Leaves Navarra With Strong Top 10 Finish In Spanish Championship

Tommy Aquino and FOGI Racing improving with each round in Spanish Championship

Navarra, Spain - FOGI Racing had a successful weekend in the Spanish Moto2 Championship. Despite challenging weather conditions in qualifying Tommy Aquino managed to pull out a top 10 finish at Circuito de Navarra in Sunday's race held just outside Pamplona.

Young American Aquino piloted the FTR Moto2 machine at this new circuit for testing one week earlier which enabled him and other riders to familiarize themselves with this new course on the CEV schedule this year.  FOGI Racing's Andrew Murray was asked about the weekend, and replied "In only two rounds we continue to see great improvements with the team, and the bike.

Both Tommy and the team look forward to more testing before Round 3 at Aragon Motorland in a month's time."

On race day, morning practice saw dry conditions for the first time all weekend, and while the track surface was still cold Aquino managed to get the bike sorted out quickly in preparation for the afternoon's race.

Thousands of fans were on hand to see great racing of future world champions at this new circuit just outside Pamplona.  FOGI Racing's Pilot Tommy Aquino ran consistently throughout the race but struggled to find grip in the second half of the race. Aquino was asked about his result, and replied "I'm glad with the improvements from Round 1 at Jerez, and I know with a few more changes I can be competing at the top of the field. If we can get some more testing with the bike I'm confident I can compete for a podium finish throughout the season".

FOGI Racing is very happy with the start to the 2012 season given the extremely short time period in which the team came together, and look forward to the remainder of the CEV series and any possible Moto2 wildcard entries in the world championship. Also, as with every race weekend the team was closely following other races around the world, and want to wish fellow Canadian World Superbike Pilot Brett McCormick a quick recover

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An interview with Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher

Brammo looked to have some early momentum in the electric bike race but they seem to have slowed while Zero Motorcycles have pushed themselves to the forefront. Craig Bramscher hopes to change all that with the release of the the Brammo Empulse R. Motojournalists will hopefully be seeing and riding bike in May, June, July and general public reasonably soon after that.

There's some pretty interesting information in the interview - check it out:





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Motorcycle Experience on TSN

Episode 5  - Saturday April 21 at 12:30pm (Eastern)

Catch the longest running televised Motorcycle Magazine in North America with it's uniquely Canadian
perspective on the sport of motorcycling!

This week:

- Host Dave Hatch invites viewer Tamara Morin to sample Yamaha's all new Fazer 8
- Dave and Norm ride to historic Trinity, Newfoundland during their "BMW Ultimate Ride"
- Honda reporter, Aliki Karayan turns the spotlight on rider training in a forest west of Toronto
- Paul Kahnert drops in on a group of motorcycle riders in Belfountain, Ontario
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin wraps Round 2 in this season's Ultimate Motorcycle Challenge!

EPISODE 5  Schedule on TSN*
Saturday April 21 - 12:30pm
Thursday April 24 - 1:30pm

EPISODE 5 Premiere Schedule on TSN2*
Thursday April 26 - 3:00pm
Friday April 26 - 07:30pm

*All times eastern

Check out the War of 1812 Rider's Club Contest at www.motorcycleexperience.ca


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Schuberth Introduces the S2 Fullface Motorcycle Helmet

German 'head protection technology' company, Schuberth, announces the latest offering to its aerodynamic, aeroacoustic motorcycle helmet collection - the S2 full face helmet. After ramping up business in North America with the award winning C3 flip-up helmet, Schuberth is expanding into new markets with the all-around sporty full face S2.

The S2 is not just another high-end full face helmet with integrated sun visor. It is the world's first motorcycle helmet with an internal Dual Band Antenna which enhances the reception of the Bluetooth® Schuberth Rider Communication System. The extraordinarily light and quiet S2 also features a backspoiler which is molded into the shell to reduce drag, and a full-circumference downforce "trim spoiler" around the base of the helmet which also reduces drag and keeps air from flowing under the helmet creating noise. The internal sun visor, luxurious Thermo Cool liner and the advanced Air Extraction System make the S2 an unrivaled all-around helmet.

"Response to our award-winning C3 flip-up helmet has been way beyond expectation, but we have also had demand for a full face," says Randy Northrup, Schuberth North America's Vice President. "We listened to our customers and are proud to offer our premium full-face helmet that sets a new standard in the application of aerodynamics and aeroacoustics in helmet technology."

In addition to the unique new features, the S2 naturally includes Schuberth's patented Anti Roll Off System (AROS), the "turbulators" on the face shield to eliminate wind noise and a shell made from Schuberth's proprietary S.T.R.O.N.G. woven glass fiber material. The sporty helmet is produced using 2 shell sizes offering optimal fit throughout the size range, and is much more compact and aerodynamic than its predecessor, the S1, which was discontinued in 2006.

An updated Schuberth Rider Communication System, the SRCS-2, is being developed specifically for use with the S2 and will be available this summer. The SRCS-2, an optional Bluetooth® communication system which is fully integrated in an easy-to-install replacement neck collar, enables users to wirelessly connect to passengers or other riders, navigation system, cellular phone, mp3 player and to receive FM radio. The internal antenna which comes standard in the S2 offers enhanced radio reception and intercom range up to ½ mile for the SRCS-2. The SRCS-2 is literally a 'snap' to install and is fully functional after initial charging.

Look for the Schuberth S2 at select Schuberth dealers, or check the S2 website for more information

S2
MSRP: $699
XS-XXXL
Colors: Gloss Black, Matte Black, Gloss Silver, Gloss White


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Audi Group acquires Ducati Motor Holding

It's official - Audi acquires Ducati. Full details below:

AUDI AG acquires sports motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.

- Chairman Rupert Stadler: “As a sporty, global premium brand, Ducati is an excellent fit for Audi.”
 - Third pillar for AUDI AG in Italy
-  Ducati a leading player in engine technology and lightweight construction

Ingolstadt/Bologna, April 18, 2012 – AUDI AG is acquiring from Investindustrial Group the tradition-steeped Italian sports motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., which has its registered office in Bologna. The transaction will be completed as quickly as possible once authorized by the competition authorities. The Supervisory Boards of AUDI AG and Volkswagen AG approved the acquisition today in Hamburg. Ducati is known worldwide as a leading brand in motorcycle manufacture, with outstanding expertise in engine development and lightweight construction.

Alongside the traditional Italian brands Lamborghini and Italdesign, Ducati is now a third pillar for AUDI AG in Northern Italy. Another building block in the Company’s growth strategy thus falls into place. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, declared: “Ducati is known worldwide as a premium brand among motorcycle manufacturers and has a long tradition of building sporty motorcycles. It has great expertise in high-performance engines and lightweight construction, and is one of the world’s most profitable motorcycle manufacturers. That makes Ducati an excellent fit for Audi.” The progressive control systems and special combustion chamber process of Ducati engines, their resulting sporty character, and Ducati’s extensive know-how in lightweight construction thus offer great potential for AUDI AG and the Volkswagen Group.

Peter Mosch, Chairman of the General Works Council of AUDI AG, explains that the employee representatives of AUDI AG support the Company’s sustainable, co- determined growth strategy. “We must use the opportunities offered by globalization for Audi – and that’s exactly what we’re doing. Everyone at Audi is looking forward to working with our new colleagues from Ducati,” commented Mosch.

Ducati is a globally active company and has manufacturing operations at its headquarters in Bologna and at its own factory in Thailand. It maintains a series of importer companies in strategic markets. Experts predict that the motorcycle market will enjoy strong growth over the next few years, especially in Asia. In 2011, Ducati sold around 42,000 motorcycles and generated revenue of some €480 million, employing around 1,100 people.

The company was founded by Adriano and Marcello Ducati in Bologna in 1926. Known originally as Società Scientifica Radiobrevetti Ducati, it initially built parts for radios. It ventured into the manufacture of motorcycles in 1949.

Ducati has been actively involved in motorcycle racing for many decades through its racing division Ducati Corse. Its racing activities are currently focused on the Ducati official factory team in the MotoGP class of the Motorcycle World Championship and in the Superbike World Championship, supporting competitive private teams. Ducati won the manufacturers’ championship in this latter class 17 times in 21 championships and the pilots’ 14 times.

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FOGI Racing Set For Success In Round 2 Of Spanish Moto2 Championship

FOGI Racing looking forward to exciting Round 2 race weekend

Halifax, Nova Scotia - Canadian motorcycle road racing team FOGI Racing is ready for a great weekend in historic Pamplona Spain. The team took advantage of some well deserved testing time at Circuito de Navarra in preparation for round 2 of the CEV Spanish Moto2 championship.

Following the successful testing event at the Navarra circuit last week, rider Tommy Aquino has his goals set squarely on a solid result for round 2 of the Spanish Moto2 series. Backed by Canadian motorcycle racing team FOGI Racing based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia the team is in place to build on
their positive experiences from Round 1 at Jerez only three weeks ago and are hoping to have a great finish for round 2

Andrew Murray of FOGI Racing was asked to comment on the upcoming round of the Spanish Moto2 Series, "We have a great team in place for this season, as well as world championship machinery from FTR. This coupled with our recent testing at Navarra we are confident we will have a strong finish for round 2. We are also very excited to be taking part at this new circuit" FOGI Racing has partnered with motorcycle chassis developer FTR for the past three years.  FTR continues to build world championship products used in the Spanish CEV as well as throughout Moto GP paddock. FTR had a huge start to the MotoGP season in Qatar where they achieved great results; FOGI Racing looks forward to adding to great results for FTR chassis this weekend.

Pamplona, known for its annual running of the bulls is the location for Round 2 of the Spanish Championship at the Navarra circuit. This world class circuit is the newest in Spain and is capable of hosting events at national and international levels.

Follow FOGI Racing on Facebook and Twitter, and live timing at www.cevbuckler.com/en.


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New Lito Sora - Canadian electric bike video

We've mentioned Lito - the Canadian maker of electric bikes out of Quebec before - and well, they've posted a new video of the Lito Sora in action on the track. You get a good idea of the running sound of the bike and some of the features of the bike.

Enjoy!




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Two Husqvarna's on the podium at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge


A strong performance from Husqvarna in the heat of the Abu Dhabi - nestled on the podium between some KTM's the Husqvarna's showed they can perform in some extreme conditions.

The first round of the FIM Cross Country Rally World Championship took place in the desert of Abu Dhabi. The Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain took part with the Husqvarna TE 449 RR and the riders Joan Barreda and Paulo Gonçalves. Both riders and their bikes had to manage high temperatures of approx. 40° C and the desert of Abu Dhabi with its soft sand and high dunes during the 2000km rally.

At the end the two riders finished 2nd and 3rd in the overall standings. With this performance they proved that the competitors have to keep an eye on the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain in the future.

The Spaniard Joan Barreda showed from the first leg that his intension was to win the 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. After the 300km special test on the first day he was only 3:35 min behind the leader in 4th position. In leg 2 he was even able to take the lead of the overall standings. From then on it was a battle between Barreda, the newcomer of the Dakar 2012, and the rally legend Marc Coma. At the end Joan finished in a very strong 2nd place.

The other rider of the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain Paulo Gonçalves also started very strong in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2012 by finishing 5th in the first leg. On day 2 out in the desert he was able to keep this position and to close the gap to the leading riders. The fact that at the end of day 2 the top 5 riders were separated by only 94 seconds showed how tight the fight at the top of the field was. On day 3 Paulo had a crash when jumped into the bike of a fallen competitor behind a dune, but he was able to repair the damage quickly and climb up to 4th position in the overall standings. On the penultimate day Paulo Gonçalves showed why he is called “Speedy Gonçalves” by catching up over 12 minutes to the leaders. This excellent performance put him into third position which he defended succes sfully on the last day.

Provisional standings:
1. Marc Coma (KTM) 20h 33’35
2. Joan Barreda (Husqvarna) 20h 43’08
3. Paulo Gonçalves (Husqvarna) 20h 53’59
4. Ruben Faria (KTM) 20h 56’38
5. Jordi Villdamos (KTM) 21h 01’00

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Honda launching the new CRF250L On/Off-Road model

Honda's much anticipated CRF250L is going on sale in Japan next month. The bad news is that it won't be in Canada that soon but the good news is that it should be here before the end of the summer. It'll be available in "Extreme Red" and  "Ross White."

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced the start of sales in Japan on May 14, 2012, of a new 250-cc on/off-road model, the CRF250L, which offers an agile ride in a wide range of riding environments from urban to off road riding.


Under the slogan, “‘New On & Off Gear, your right buddy on the road’ to make ‘On’ (daily life) more convenient and ‘Off’ (weekends) more enjoyable,” the development team, by pursuing total balance and driving stability to the utmost, created a vehicle that enables a broad spectrum of users from beginners to experienced riders to enjoy the sheer fun of handling the machine.

The CRF250L is powered by a liquid-cooled 250-cc 4-stroke DOHC single-cylinder engine with powerful output in the low-to-mid rpm range. Low-friction technologies including an offset cylinder are also employed to realize the excellent fuel efficiency of 44.3 km/L (measured at a constant speed of 60 km/h on a level road).

A newly-designed frame makes use of the steel twin-tube structure to offer the rider a nimble ride while ensuring both agility and stability. In addition, an agile, high-performance run-through ability in a wide range of situations from urban riding to off road is realized through the adoption of an inverted suspension with a 250-mm cushion stroke for the front and the Pro-Link suspension with 240 mm of axle travel for the rear.

Styling has been refined to be sharper and more aggressive while inheriting the basic concept of Honda’s CRF motocrosser series, resulting in a design that asserts a Honda identity fitting for a new-era CRF. Customers are offered a choice of two color schemes: Extreme Red to present an aggressive image or Ross White for those who wish to impart a cool image.

Main Features of the CRF250L

Engine

The engine aims for powerful output that can be handled with equal ease on on-road and off-road. While achieving powerful torque from the low rpm range to high, the CRF250L’s engine also boasts output characteristics expressing the smooth rev-up that typifies a liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC engine. The Programmed Fuel Injection System (PGM-FI*), the O2 sensor, catalyzer fitted inside the muffler, and the newly applied low-friction technologies embedded in such components as the offset cylinder and the roller rocker arm all form a synergy that delivers high environmental performance along with excellent fuel efficiency of 44.3 km/L (measured at a constant speed of 60 km/h on a level road).*
PGM-FI is a registered trademark of Honda.


Vehicle body/suspension

The newly-designed frame makes use of a steel twin-tube design to offer a nimble ride while ensuring both agility and stability, and the oval cross-sectional shape of the main pipe helps boost rigidity while enabling a slim vehicle body. The inverted front suspension employs a Separate Function Front Fork having an inner tube diameter of 43 mm and a cushion stroke of 250 mm in a design that secures both light weight and high rigidity to deliver excellent operability and high driving stability. The aluminum monoblock cast swing arm yields high strength and proper rigidity balance and is paired with a Pro-Link rear suspension having 240 mm of axle travel providing the rider with impressive agility and high road-holding capability from urban riding to off road.


Styling

Styling has been refined into a sharper and more aggressive tone while inheriting the concept of “centralized mass with triangular proportions,” a key feature and basic principle of Honda’s CRF motocrosser series. This design asserts a Honda identity befitting the CRF for a new era. A surface encompassing tank shrouds, side covers, and a rear fender has been made flush to project an even sharper image. Meanwhile, the muffler cover and tool box on the left side add accent to the design by forming a shape reminiscent of a side racing number plate. The body comes in one of two colors, Extreme Red featuring a red seat to impose an aggressive image and Ross White with a silver seat to emanate a sense of coolness.


Key equipment

A headlight visor that enhances a tough and muscular look and a multi-reflector headlight (60/55 W) with superb visibility

- A multifunctional digital meter that incorporates a fuel meter, a clock, and trip/odometer
- Skid plates that prevent mud, flying gravel, and other elements from damaging the engine
- A handle turning angle that extends to 45° on both left and right in a design made for maneuverability
- Cargo hooks in the rear fender section to make loading convenient
- Fuel tank with a capacity of 7.7 liters


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Ducati North America reports seven consecutive quarters of retail growth


Ducati North America announced today its seventh consecutive quarter of sales growth, beginning 2012 with a 10.2% Q1 retail sales increase. Significant growth in all of its territories (USA, Canada and Mexico) continues to position North America as Ducati’s largest global market.

The Ducati line of apparel and accessories also recorded significant growth with over a 98% Q1 increase.
“It’s exciting to report this level of sustained retail sales growth, continuing the momentum of our record year in 2011,” said Cristiano Silei, Chief Executive Officer of Ducati North America. ”We expect this growth to gain even more strength throughout the year, thanks to the imminent introduction of new products across several of Ducati’s motorcycle categories.”

Ducati’s growth is expected to continue thanks to an expanding product line-up, including two highly-anticipated models that are shortly becoming available for customer deliveries: the new Streetfighter 848, synonymous with control, precision and pure fun, and the category-defining Superbike, the 1199 Panigale. Both models will be arriving at dealerships during the month of April.

The latest addition to the Diavel lineup, the powerful Diavel Cromo, will also be arriving to Ducati dealerships in the coming weeks. The Diavel family of motorcycles continues to transcend traditional motorcycle categories, as well as attract new customers through Ducati’s engaging test ride programs. The opportunity to swing a leg over a unique Ducati design inspires riders to appreciate the state-of-the-art technology and innovative design which is masterfully blended with rider comfort and unforgettable horsepower.

With a worldwide unveiling held in New York City on March 15th, Ducati has introduced a new member to the iconic Monster family: the new Monster Diesel. As a result of a collaborative effort with Diesel clothing, the new military-inspired design transforms the flagship Monster 1100 EVO, inviting a new perspective to the Monster legacy, reminding Ducatisti of the beauty and power behind Ducati’s heritage.
“We are enthusiastic that 2012 has begun with growth across all categories," said Dominique Cheraki, General Manager of Ducati North America. “However, Ducati and our dealers will not rest on this success. Our commitment is to fuel Ducati’s growth in North America with continuous introduction of new, significant products to market, and by improving consumer’s accessibility to our brand with further expansion and investment in our dealer network.”

For more information about Ducati North America and Ducati’s line of performance motorcycles, please visit www.ducatiusa.com or your local Ducati dealer.

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BMW Motorcycles: Best first quarter ever

BMW Motorrad is on a sales run and things are looking up a little at Husqvarna too with increased sales for three successive months.

Full details:

BMW Motorcycles exceeded the previous year’s figures in the first three months of the year, thus achieving the best first quarter result in its history. Sales rose +5.5% to 24,373 vehicles (prev. yr. 23,109). A total of 12,295 BMW motorcycles were delivered in March 2012 – an increase of 5.3% (prev. yr. 11,675). Husqvarna delivered 1,182 (prev. yr. 676 / +74.9%) motorcycles last month to its dealer network. Year to date, deliveries grew +36.2% to 2,642 motorcycles compared with the first three months of 2011 (prev. yr. 1,940).

Husqvarna Motorcycles, the BMW Group’s second motorcycle brand, recorded an increase in sales for the third month in succession. As of March, Husqvarna had sold 2,642 motorcycles (1,940 last year), an increase of 702 units or 36.2%. In March the figure was 1,182 units (676 last year), a 74.9 % increase compared to the previous year.

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Fifty Years of Kicks - Motorcycle Documentary (full-length)


Last week we told you about a motorcycle documentary that Anthony over at Motojournalism and Traction off-road e-rag collaborated on that features two experienced motorcycle riders who continue to do what they love despite age and health issues. The trailer was great so we're looking forward to watching the full length video. And if you were too, well, the 20 minute full-length version of the film is now available online so be sure to check it out below and check out!





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FOGI Racing Prepares For Round 2 Of Spanish Moto2 Series


Canadian motorcycle road racing team FOGI Racing is taking advantage of some well deserved testing time at Circuito de Navarra in preparation for Round 2 of the CEV Spanish Moto2 championship.

The FOGI Racing team for the CEV Spanish Moto2 Series includes Crew Chief Toni Gruschka and Lead Mechanic Sergie Culebras who both work full time in the world championship MotoGP series but are eager to assist with Canadian based FOGI Racing throughout the 2012 CEV season. These two individuals combined with technician Javier Gutierrez also with roots in world championship Moto2 and American pilot Tommy Aquino have created a dynamic team with a bright future in the series, and beyond. The Spanish CEV Championship continues to be a stepping stone for teams and riders to enter the world championship MotoGP, the pinnacle of motorcycle road racing, of which the goals of FOGI Racing are clearly set.

Piloted by Tommy Aquino, the team will be using the upcoming tests to get more familiar with the FTR Moto2 machinery and its capabilities. During Round 1 at Circuito de Jerez, FOGI Racing was hampered by unpredictable weather conditions, so this test will be a great opportunity for Aquino to get more acquainted with the machine and the circuit. Andrew Murray of FOGI Racing was asked how he saw things progressing so far, "We had a great weekend at Jerez but unfortunately our result didn't reflect our success, testing at Navarra will be a great opportunity to get some more seat time, and learn the track. We are excited about round 2 and taking part in this great new facility."

Round 2 will be held at the Navarra facility on April 20th- 21st. This will mark the first time in which the CEV Spanish Championship will have an event in the new Navarra facility which was just completed in 2010. Located just outside of historic Pamplona, Spain this world class circuit is the newest in Spain and is capable of hosting events at national and international levels. Circuito de Navarra has started to write its history, a history in line with the cultural tradition of the thrilling bull runs, a history of such extraordinary sensations, emotions and speed as those of motor sport. But in addition to the tradition of the bull runs, Navarra is also a community steeped in the automobile industry and technological development. Circuito de Navarra represents an economic and business prospect, fostering a social dynamism unique in the north of Spain.

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Schuberth Announces New Color Option for the C3 Flip-Up - Hi-Viz Orange


Schuberth North America announces delivery of the "Hi-Viz Orange" C3 to select dealers across the U.S.A. and Canada. The C3 is the German manufacturer's award winning helmet: the lightest, quietest, most aerodynamic flip-up motorcycle helmet on the market.

"We decided to bring in the Hi-Viz Orange C3 because the Hi-Viz Yellow was such a hit and we are seeing more and more Hi-Viz Orange in motorcycle apparel," reports Sarah Schilke, Schuberth North America's Marketing and P.R. Manager, "it has proven to be a popular color, especially among KTM riders."

The Hi-Visibility orange color is noted for its eye-catching brightness, making it popular with safety oriented riders who like to increase their visibility as much as possible to stand out in traffic. Many companies offer protective motorcycle gear in matching hi-viz orange to complete the ensemble.

Sizes: S (54/55) - XXXL (64/65)

MSRP: CAD $799
Includes: 
5-Year Warranty
3-Year Service Plan
Mobility Program (helmet insurance)

Further details about the C3 flip-up helmet and dealer locations are available on the Schuberth website 

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Harley-Davidson Canada Welcomes The New Riding Season In Port Dover


Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada looks forward to welcoming all motorcycle enthusiasts with complimentary hot coffee at the long-established PD13 event in Port Dover, Ontario on Friday, April 13th. Popular by demand, this event will feature a pin-stop in which Canadian Harley-Davidson Owners Group members will receive the newest commemorative Harley-Davidson Owners Group pin. Harley- Davidson motorcycle owners will be able to renew or register for Canadian Harley-Davidson Owners Group memberships and newsletter on-site.

Brochures and literature on the latest initiatives, promotions and clothing available through authorized Harley-Davidson Retailers in Canada will be available to all visitors. Everyone will have the chance to win a $500 Gift Certificate at the touch-screen kiosks at the Harley-Davidson booth where they will also be able browse through a selection of 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycles as well as try-on and see samples of the latest clothing styles  including heated gloves and jackets.

Two interactive displays will feature various components of H-D1 Customization which allows the Customer to choose from a number of option categories to optimize fit, function, and style on a bike. The H-D1 Fit Shop display will demonstrate how a Harley-Davidson Retailer can tailor a bike to match a rider’s size, stature and riding style and the H-D JUMPSTART will allow visitors to simulate the exhilarating experience of riding a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.

The Harley-Davidson booth will be situated at 19 Harbor Street in Port Dover and will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, April 13. Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is looking forward to giving you a warm welcome.


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Production insights on BMW Motorrad helmets

This YouTube clip from BMW shows the different steps of a BMW Helmet production. From the first sketches to a complete BMW Helmet.

Bet you didn't know they test their helmets in their own wind tunnel and do a rain test in their "sprinkling chamber" where  250 litres per minute pour down on the helmet... well - now you do!




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Rent a KTM and race the 2012 ISDE

ISDE 2012 – Ready to ride Orange in Germany?

It’s time to start planning for the 2012 edition of the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), the oldest 'off road' motorcycle event on the FIM calendar.

This hugely popular event is this year going to Central and West Saxony, where there is a rich tradition of Enduro racing. It will be the first time in 23 years that Germany has hosted the ISDE and some 500 riders are expected to attend. Once again the event, being held from September 24-29 2012, will attract not only the finest professional riders but also a wealth of amateurs anxious to pit their skills against the sport’s best. But this event goes beyond being a unique opportunity to test personal riding skills against the elements and nature; it is also six days of unparalleled camaraderie with like-minded people.

The perfect machine for the ISDE

KTM is once again a partner of this classic event that was first held in 1913 and it goes without saying that all KTM Six Days participants have the opportunity to either buy or hire the ideal, made-to-measure machine. Based on the new 2013 EXC model series, the special Six Days edition is equipped with a whole range of special features for this incomparable event.

Rental Bikes, Spare Parts and Special Race Service

Racing is in the blood and is the shared passion of all those with a relationship to the Orange cult-brand, Austrian made machines. That’s why in 2012, KTM offers again full support to riders who want to share this unique experience. KTM, together with KTM Germany is offering exclusive rental service of the KTM EXC Six Days motorcycle. All KTM riders will also be able to take advantage of the KTM spare parts service. And again this year KTM is also offering customers a race service packages to ensure participants can get down to the serious business of riding, competing and having fun in a great atmosphere.

Race Service

KTM offers an updated version of the professional Race Service for 2012 with all relevant information included in the attached Race Service and FAQ PDF File.

KTM Paddock

There will be a strong orange presence in the ISDE paddock in Germany, the natural habitat for the official KTM Service Team, KTM’s professional factory team and the team from Germany. Here KTM writes “Service” with a capital “S” to ensure all orange riders have the maximum pleasure and satisfaction out of their IDSE experience.

ISDE Online

The countdown to this great classic event will be constantly documented in the KTM Racing section of www.ktm.com - Racing - Enduro sub-section. Enthusiasts will be able to follow all the news in the run-up to the ISDE, including special information on the team presentation, behind the scenes news and views and all the specs for the latest version of the KTM Six Days motorcycle.

It’s all happening in Germany and on KTM.Com!

You will be able to follow all the ISDE action in photo-illustrated, daily updates on www.ktm.com with pictures chronicling the event available on www.ktmimages.com.

Be part of the Orange Family

KTM understands that the motorcycles and products they manufacture transcend mere retail items. Being part of the Orange Family also means sharing the spirit and the passion of events like the traditional ISDE, which is a true reflection of the KTM philosophy of always being “Ready to Race”. Be part of the action. Experience the unforgettable at the 2012 edition of the ISDE in Saxony, Germany

Please contact your KTM dealer/importer about the ISDE 2012 KTM Services. We wish you a lot of fun and great success at the ISDE 2012!

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BMW Motorrad Canada sets March record

I guess some of the nice weather we had in March in Canada translated to some very impressive sales for BMW Motorrad Canada. A whopping 39.1% increase over March of last year.

BMW Motorrad Canada achieved 167 motorcycle retails in March, an increase of 39.1 per cent over the same period last year. On the year, 286 units have been retailed, an increase of 21.7 per cent over the same period last year.

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Bel-Ray Racing-Weekend Racing Wrap-Up

The first round of the 2012 MotoGP series began this weekend at the Losail circuit in Qatar with the Bel-Ray sponsored Team Aspar in action. The Spain-based team competes in all 3 divisions of World Championship racing and fields two rider teams in each class.

Team Aspar’s entry in the premier MotoGP class consisted of Randy DuPuniet and Aleix Espargaro. The Power Electronics Aspar riders had a difficult opening round of the 2012 season, with many unexpected setbacks, limiting their success. Both riders persevered through adversity and finished within the top 15 against the best MotoGP racers in the world. DuPuniet was 13th and Espargaro was 15th at the end of the race.

Bel-Ray’s entry into the Moto2 class for 2012 consisted of the Mapfre Aspar racing team. Toni Elias and Nico Terol are the team’s riders in this highly competitive class. Competing within the Top 10 during the early laps of the race, Elias slipped back to a 13th place finish after struggling with tire grip as the event drew to a close.  In his Moto2 class debut, Terol looked strong, but an over-exuberant charge through the pack saw him run-off track early and he was only able to recover for a 23rd place finish.

The Moto3 class is the newest class in world championship classification for 2012. Replacing the 125cc class, Moto3, promises to be a competitive, exciting addition to the race day schedule. Hector Faubel and Alberto Moncayo are the Bel-Ray racers in the class aboard the Bankia Aspar team. Despite struggling all weekend with chassis handling problems, both racers were able to put in respectable rides in the inaugural race. Faubel scored a 12th and Moncayo scored a 14th place finish at the end of the race.

The MotoGP series continues in Spain on April 29th.

The 2012 FIM World Motocross Championship Series began on Monday in Valkenswaard, Netherlands with Bel-Ray racers considered to be favorites for the victory.

Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit is Bel-Ray’s entry into the MX2 class with team riders Joel Roelants and Tommy Searle. During Monday’s racing action, both racers were amongst the best in the competition, as Roelants scored 3-2 moto finishes for 2nd overall and Searle used 2-3 moto finishes for 3rd overall. Both racers showed that they has the speed to win and will certainly be top contenders as the series continues. Bel-Ray's entry into the MX1 class was not as successful, as Team CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit racers Christophe and Sebastian Pourcel struggled during the first moto of the day. Sebastian finished 23rd and Christophe finished a disappointing 32nd. Christophe rebounded in the second moto with a respectable 9th place, while Sebastian also improved on his first moto results, scoring a 18th place for his efforts.

The World Motocross series continues in Bulgaria on April 22nd.

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New items from Motovan

There's a couple nice new items that have been added to the Motovan line-up. If you're in the market for some racing boots and/or gloves you might want to check these out. If they don't have them in stock at your local motorcycle dealership ask them to bring some in.


Full details:


THE NEW TCX R-S2 RACING BOOTS - A boot with Precision fit and greater protection. 

A brand new model added to the racing line, the R-S2 is the first boot to feature TCX’s Precise Air-Fit System (P.A.F.S). Developed by the company’s Research and Development team, this offers the wearer a revolutionary precise fit system. Situated on the front of the boot, the air pump can be used to adapt the shape to an individual’s unique requirements. To remove pressure, there is a release system, which allows the air to be released quickly after use.

TCX’s Torsion Control (TCS) system has been given a face-lift and now has carbon fibre injected into the structure. The carbon reduces the weight of the boot, and increases the structural support; with added movement of the leg/foot and increases protection of the foot in the event of a fall. Another new feature is the MCS system, which uses the same concept as TCS. It has been designed to control up and down bending of the metatarsal, which is achieved with two stopping points designed to prevent any lesions to the joints.

Here are some of the key features to this great race boot:

- Precise Air Fit System (PARFS)
- Air Tech breathable lining
- Double compound PU Soft padding around ankle
- Light micro fiber, breathable, high wear resistant upper
- Wider padded front and rear for better comfort and flexibility
- Polyurethane shin plate with iron mesh air intake
- Polyurethane shift pad integrated into sole
- Replaceable high resistant alloy toe, calf, rear and ankle sliders
- Zip and Velcro closure Light and breathable anatomic mid sole with heel shock absorbing foam
- Low profile, mono compound rubber sole with specific grip area
- Torsion control area
- Metatarsal control System 


NEW RFX-1 MOTO GP RACE GLOVE - Advanced Racing sport gloves from 5Gloves. 

The all new RFX-1 offers the latest is quality materials and fine point safety features. The RFX-1 is made from the finest full grain leather available on today’s market. The palm features full grain leather with added digital grip and external seam with Kevlar shock absorbers. What really makes this glove a must for the most avid racer is the RFX-1’s reinforcements. Double polyurethane vented knuckles, polyurethane air extraction with molded carbon side palm and Kevlar foam on last finger. The 4th and 5th last fingers are stitched together for extra security measures preventing the fingers from doing the (split) while falling off in an accident. Kevlar is also found on the top and the back of the palm. Five Gloves added a double adjustment for the wrist and one for the cuff granting the rider with that perfect feel of comfort.




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Motorcycle documentary “Fifty Years of Kicks” to be released online

We heard from the folks at MotoJournalism that they'll be releasing an online documentary this week! Having watched the trailer we're really looking forward to watching the full length version. I hope I'm riding like those guys when I'm their age!

Full Details:

Motorcycle documentary “Fifty Years of Kicks” to be released online

•20 min video documentary profiling two experienced motorcycle riders
•Will be released online free Thursday 12th April 2012 at motojournalism.com

Fifty Years of Kicks is a 20 minute video documentary featuring two experienced motorcycle riders who continue to do what they love despite age and health issues.

There are plenty of videos focusing on teenagers and young adults, pushing their sport to the limit. With Fifty Years of Kicks, we want to show older adults pushing their bodies to the limit. Instead of being inspired by the exploits of 18 year olds in extreme sports no longer within our grasp, we find ourselves being inspired by older people participating in activities typically reserved for the young. Rather than lamenting, “I wish I could have tried that when I was young”, we want to say, “I want to be like them when I grow up!”

Fifty Years of Kicks, is a collaboration between Motojournalism and Traction off-road e-rag, and is our first attempt at video production. The documentary was shot in a true “beg, borrow or steal” manner. The video and sound equipment used to film it was substandard, but generously loaned by colleagues and friends. The subjects and location owners were very accommodating with their limited time.

We would like to continue to produce episodes profiling the interesting characters in and around motorcycling and are looking for sponsors to make that possible. We want to tell the stories of the people who participate, the reasons why these people engage in a sport with inherent risks and dangers, and why they can’t live without these two wheeled machines.


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Bel-Ray Racing-Weekend Racing Preview


Competition gets underway in Qatar and the Netherlands as the MotoGP and World Motocross Championship both begin their quest for global racing glory.

Bel-Ray sponsored Team Aspar will field three separate racing teams in all three forms of world championship competition. The Power Electronics Aspar team of Randy Du Puniet and Aleix Espargaro are both competing in the MotoGP class aboard their ART Aprilia. The Mapre Aspar team of Toni Elias and Nico Terol will compete in the Moto2 class and the Bankia Aspar team of Hector Faubel and Alberto Moncayo will fly the Bel-Ray colors in the Moto3 class. The series begins this weekend in Qatar and ends in Valencia, Spain in November with stops across the entire globe in between. All 3 Bel-Ray Aspar teams are expected to be contenders for victory each event.

Bel-Ray is fielding two of the most competitive teams in World Motocross championship competition for the 2012 season. In MX 1 competition the CP377 team of Christophe and Sebastien Pourcel will be using the performance advantages that Bel-Ray offers. Both Pourcel brothers are considered threats to win on a regular basis and Christophe is on the short list of World Championship title contenders. Team Flouride is the MX2 class Bel-Ray racing team. Englishman Tommy Searle and Belgian Joel Roelants have been consistent top finishers throughout their careers are both threats to win the World Championship this season.

Bel Ray Company Inc was founded in 1946 and is a privately held, woman owned business serving the lubrication needs of powersports, industrial and mining customers worldwide. Bel-Ray is recognized as the leader in the specialty lubricants industry for setting high standards of quality and performance with products formulated for the motorcycle, automotive, aviation, energy, food, marine, military, mining, OEM, Industrial steel, and textile industries.

“Flex Your Engine” with Bel-Ray’s superior Powersports line that delivers top quality Made-in-the-USA products to motorcycle and recreational vehicle enthusiasts around the world. Bel-Ray products are available at powersports dealers worldwide. Visit Bel-Ray.com for a complete dealer listing. Like us on Facebook.com/BelRay or follow us on Twitter/Bel_Ray

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Motorcycle Experience on TSN - Sunday April 08 at 2:30pm


Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience on TSN

Episode 3  - Sunday April 08 at 2:30pm (Eastern)

Catch the longest running televised Motorcycle Magazine in North America with it's uniquely Canadian perspective on the sport of motorcycling and get set to keep your feet on the pegs and your right hand cranked!

This week:
- Host Dave Hatch invites viewer Ken Edick to sample BMW Motorrad's all new K1600 GTL
- Dave and Norm also travel to Cape Spear, Newfoundland during their "BMW Ultimate Ride"
- Honda reporter, Aliki Karayan turns the spotlight on rider training in downtown Toronto
- Paul Kahnert drops in on a group of motorcycle riders in Campbellville, Ontario
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin tackles Round 2 in this season's Ultimate Motorcycle Challenge!

EPISODE 3  Schedule on TSN*
Sunday April 08 - 2:30pm
Wednesday April 11 - 1:00pm

EPISODE 3 Premiere Schedule on TSN2*
Monday April 09 - 11:30pm
Thursday April 12 - 03:00pm

*All times eastern

Check out the War of 1812 Rider's Club Contest at www.motorcycleexperience.ca

Motorcycle Experience is presented by Toyota Truck and is proudly sponsored by; Yamaha Motor Canada, Honda Canada, BMW Motorrad Canada and Motovan. Host Dave Hatch exclusively wears Joe Rocket riding gear and Shoei helmets.

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Good speed but bad luck for Salminen and Husqvarna at EWC GP


Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing’s Juha Salminen saw his hopes of a double Enduro 2 class win ended on day one of the Enduro World Championship GP of Argentina when the Finn was forced to retire after a stone became lodged between the chain and front sprocket of his bike. Leading the E2 class at the time, Salminen bounced back in spectacular style to win the class on day two – his second E2 class win in as many GPs.

In Argentina conditions were extremely dry and rocky – just as they were one week earlier in Chile. With four laps each day, come the end of the second day’s competition in San Juan only the very fittest were able to give their all.

A cautious sixth on the opening super test on Friday night, Juha Salminen made a determined start to the first full day of competition. Winning three of the first four timed special tests Juha opened up an advantage over Spain’s Ivan Cervantes before his luck ran out and he was sidelined from the event. While in control of the Enduro 2 class Juha’s bike stopped on the motocross test with a stone wedged between the front sprocket and chain. Needing more than 30 minutes to remove the stone, Juha was then able to ride back to the paddock in preparation for day two.

Determined to show what could have been on day one Juha topped the opening special test before controlling his class lead. Only twice placing lower than second in class, Salminen won five of the day’s 12 special tests to win by 23 seconds.

Juha’s team-mate Alex Salvini endured a tough two days of competition in Argentina. Enjoying the dry conditions the Italian placed fifth on both days. On day one Alex won the final motocross test and largely performed well on day two. Mistakes on the enduro test prevented Salvini placing higher up the results. Spaniard Lorenzo Santolino claimed the best result for the Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing in the Enduro 1 class with a deserved fourth on day two. Starting the event still feeling the effects of a crash during the GP of Chile, Santolino placed seventh on day one, claiming the team’s best E1 class result.

On day two Lorenzo improved his speed on all special tests to secure a well-deserved fourth. Winning three of the day’s tests the team newcomer placed just six seconds from the podium. Matti Seistola failed to secure the results he hoped he would in Argentina. Ninth on day one, mistakes early in the day derailed his chances of battling for a podium result. On day two Seistola started well but a heavy fall on the day’s fourth test again stopped him from performing at his best.
HUSQVARNA RACING TEAM ON THE PODIUM AT AORC ROUNDS 3 AND 4


The 2012 AORC (Australian Off Road Championship) continued with rounds 3 and 4 held at Wonthaggi in Victoria over the weekend.
All competitors battled the dusty conditions throughout the weekend, even with start times pushed out to one minute intervals riders still had to contend with limited visibility due to the dust.

Husqvarna Racing’s Glenn Kearney had been looking forward to a good result for rounds 3 & 4 after his recent strong form in the USA GNCC rounds. Unfortunately illness struck Kearney coming into the Wonthaggi event with Glenn forced to battle the flu the entire weekend. Despite the illness Kearney pushed on to register a strong 4th place finish in E2 on Saturday’s round 3 and an impressive 2nd place on Sunday in round 4 for the E2 class.

With 4 of 12 rounds completed, the title chase for Kearney is still well within reach with Glenn currently 2nd in the E2 class behind Matt Phillips. Outright results show Kearney sitting in 5th position only a few points off a podium spot.

Husqvarna Racing’s Luka Bussa kept himself in contention throughout Saturday’s round 3 and consolidated his efforts with a strong performance across Sundays special test format to finish 3rd in E1 behind Daniel Milner and Josh Green.
UNLUCKY RACE FOR LARRIEU IN THE MX2 ELITE FRENCH CHAMPIONSHIP
Unlucky day for Loic Larrieu in third round of the French MX Elite held in Ernee.

Husqvarna’s rider could not do better than an eighth place finishing with the TC250 after a decent third place in time practice.

Started in 20th position Loic has embarked on a good recovery that allowed him to finish in eighth place.

Worst was the super final rounds (MX1+MX2) where Larrieu has fallen several times finishing in 20 th position.

Now Larrieu ranks third in the French MX2 elite standings after the third round.

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Ducati's "All Roads Lead to Pikes Peak" Challenge

As you know, Ducati will return to Pikes Peak in 2012 for the 90th running of the “Race to the Clouds.” Defending champion and Pikes Peak motorcycle record holder, Carlin Dunne, will join six-time Pikes Peak winner,Greg Tracy, in an effort to defend the title for Ducati. However, in addition to racing, one of the most exciting aspects of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the journey to the race. For the Ducati team, it involves months of preparation and three intense days of sunrise practice sessions leading up to race day. For Ducati fans, the adventure starts when they fire up their bike and set out for an adventure to Colorado Springs, CO. 

This year, Ducati is presenting the following challenge:

We want to see at least one Ducati representative from every state, including representatives from Canada and Mexico, tour from their home town to Colorado Springs to join us for the race! So far, over 45 participants, from over 25 states, have already planned their adventure to Pikes Peak. 

To participate in the All Roads Lead to Pikes Peak challenge, please visit http://pikespeak.ducatiusa.com/, enter your name, email address and the state you are traveling from in the form at the bottom of the page. We’ll add your name to the “roll call” list and see you there! 

Book a Ducati ticket package for special benefits during race week along with VIP access to special events, including:
  • 4th of July Celebration
  • Penrose Mansion Reception
  • FanFest
  • Fan Ride to the Clouds
  • Ducatisti BBQ
  • Race Day activities

What are you waiting for? Start planning your trip!

For more information, please visit http://pikespeak.ducatiusa.com


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2012 Royal Distributing Canadian National Off Road Championship

World Enduro Canada is excited to announce a major change to the Canadian offroad motorcycling landscape.  After listening to input from our riders, sponsors and fans we have decided to shake things up in 2012. WEC has always been focused on developing fast Canadian offroad motorcycle racers. We want to see our Canadian riders take their rightful place on the World stage.

For the last three years the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship has been very successful in developing better riders from beginner all the way to the Pro level. One question that is always a hot topic of discussion is what type of racing is the best for creating faster riders. Special test format Enduro racing has been proven successful around the world at developing fast riders but many will argue that the bar to bar action of Cross Country racing makes for a faster rider. In 2012 WEC is going to combine both of these excellent forms of competition into a single National Championship “The Royal Distributing Canadian National Offroad Championship”! This new National Championship will combine the best elements of Enduro with Cross Country and make for an exciting series groundbreaking series.

Will KTM’s Bobby Prochnau be able to hold onto his #1 plate? Will the format give Yamaha’s Brian Wojnarowski, Honda’s Jason Schrage or Husaberg’s Ben Rego the edge they need to get a #1 plate?  Or is this the year for KTM’s Geoff Nelson or well known MX hot shot, KTM’s Josh Long, to take the overall prize? Which amateur riders will rise to the top? Lots of questions and by September we will have the answers!

The series will consist of six rounds. It begins in Western Canada with the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship two back to back days of special test Enduro competition in Vernon, BC hosted by the Vernon Off Road Motorcycle Club. The following weekend in Blairmore, AB Clint Riviere’s Full Gas Crew will host another two days of Enduro racing.  At the conclusion of this Western swing the Canadian Enduro Champions will be declared in all classes.

In September we head East for the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship.  The first event will hosted by the FMSQ at the famous Ormstown, Quebec venue.   The Grand Finale will be a Cross Country race in Ontario the very next weekend at historic Motopark in Chatsworth where we will crown the Canadian Cross Country Champions in all classes.

All six days of competition will pay points towards the Royal Distributing Canadian National Offroad Championship.  This number one plate will have special significance because it will be earned through competition in multiple disciplines of Offroad racing.

All the details for these events, the classes and points structure will be posted on our site www.worldendurocanada.com in the coming weeks.  Please keep checking the site for regular updates.

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Yamabucks for you

Yamaha Motor Canada is bringing back the popular ‘Yamabucks for You’ program. The promotion distributes over $40,000 of Yamabuck gift certificates to Yamaha enthusiasts across Canada through motorcycle track days and amateur MX, Enduro and ATV racing.

PR Specialist, Bryan Hudgin said “We’re bringing back our ‘Yamabucks for You program’ for the 4th straight year because of the outstanding feedback we’ve received from customers. They love the support at the track and amateur race levels. This is a great way to say thank you for representing us and riding a Yamaha.”

Street motorcyclists who take their Yamaha to selected track day organizations will receive a one time, $75 Yamabuck certificate at event registration. Amateur racers will receive varying amounts based on their finishing position in the classes and events specified. “What’s great about the racing portion is that it doesn’t matter where you finish overall,” relayed Hudgin. “As long as you’re one of the top 3 Yamaha’s, you’re in the money.”

The Yamabuck certificate is redeemable at any Yamaha dealer for purchase towards anything Yamaha Motor Canada sells, including units, parts, accessories and apparel.

All Yamabucks will be distributed by track and series promoters at the event or upon the conclusion of the series for which it is designated. Offer is good only while supplies last.

Get your Yamaha to the track this season. There could be more than just an adrenaline rush in it for you!

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