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The Ducati Corse MotoGP13 team from left: Nicky Hayden rider, Gabriele Del Torchio - Ducati CEO, Bernhard Gobmeier - General Manager Ducati Corse, Andrea Dovizioso rider, Paolo Ciabatti - MotoGP Team Director, Vittoriano Guareschi - Team Manager.
Ducati Introduces its 4 riders / 2 MotoGP Teams at Wroom 2013 Borgo Panigale, Italy, January 11-14th 2013 – The Ducati MotoGP Team again used the start of Wrooom 2013, the traditional Press Ski Meeting now in its 23rd edition this year, taking place at Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in the Trentino region of northern Italy, the 'heart' of the Dolomites, and will host the MotoGP riders, bikes and Ducati management, along with those of the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team.
Wrooom 2013 opened its doors on Monday, with the arrival of the Ducati Team riders, American Nicky Hayden and Italian Andrea Dovizioso, at Madonna di Campiglio. The following morning, the two riders will hold the first official press conference. In the afternoon they meet up with the massive crowds of fans that always come to the 'jewel' of the Dolomites for this unique 'Made in Red' event. But from Tuesday afternoon the Ducati Team riders will not be on their own as the 'Special Guests' in this 23rd edition will be Team Pramac, supported directly by the Borgo Panigale factory for the coming season, and who with two riders of exceptional talent, American Ben Spies and Italian Andrea Iannone, will be on the grid at the start of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship. This terrific line-up of four riders, with an impressive array of titles, experience and talent behind them, will meet and greet the Campiglio crowds and together they are ready to represent Ducati in a MotoGP season that promises to be interesting and full of excitement.
From the left, Andrea Iannone and Ben Spies of the Pramac Team with their same spec GP13 bikes as right, Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso with their similar Corse factory team GP13 bikes. Click to go BIG.
Motor Holding CEO Gabriele Del Torchio, who presented the new Ducati Corse staff.- “Last year was very important for Ducati. We became part of the Audi group, and we set new records in terms of profits, sales and production. We opened up new markets and achieved a significant share in those markets,” Del Torchio said. “It wasn’t as positive from a sporting point of view, but our company’s motto is ‘Never give up,’ and with the ability to react that has always been one of our characteristics, we face 2013 with a new organization, ready to take to the track. Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Bernhard Gobmeier, who was recently appointed to run Ducati Corse. With his coordination and cooperation, I’m confident that we’ll do very well. Bernhard takes the place of Filippo Preziosi, who has my sincere thanks for the work he has carried out over the last twelve years, and who now has an important new role in Ducati. Furthermore, Paolo Ciabatti, who returns to Ducati after some years away (having served as General Manager for SBK World Superbike for 6 years), has been assigned to run the MotoGP project alongside Team Manager Vittoriano Guareschi. Welcome also to our riders, new addition Andrea Dovizioso and the returning Nicky Hayden, who together represent a formidable line-up that gives us confidence as we look to the future.”
On Wednesday it was the turn of both Ducati and Ferrari management for their press conference. Expectation were high for the first official quotes from Ducati Corse’s new General Manager, Bernhard Gobmeier, who illustrated the plans for the 2013 MotoGP racing season. Also on Wednesday, the new Desmosedici GP13 machine were unveiled. For the first time ever, four bikes, two Desmosedici GP13 of the Ducati Team and two Desmosedici GP13 of Team Pramac, were officially presented, ready to tackle the 2013 MotoGP World Championship.
Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were at Wrooom on Thursday, and proceedings come to a close on Friday evening with the traditional exhibition race, featuring the Formula 1 drivers and MotoGP riders competing in karts on a circuit laid out on Madonna di Campiglio’s frozen lake, a spectacular Grand Finale for an event that symbolically marks the start of the 2013 racing season.
Nicky Hayden at Wroom with one of two unidentified attractive ladies in photos supplied the Ducati Corse Press Office.
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Ducati Desmosedici GP13 Technical Specifications Engine: Liquid-cooled, 90 degree V4 four-stroke, desmodromic DOHC, four valves per cylinder Capacity: 1,000cc Maximum power: More than 235hp Maximum speed: In excess of 330 km/h (205 mph) Transmission: Ducati Seamless Transmission (DST). Chain final drive Carburation: Indirect Magneti Marelli electronic injection, four throttle bodies with injectors above butterfly valves
Throttles operated by the new EVO 2 TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback) system Fuel: Shell Racing V-Power Lubricant: Shell Advance Ultra 4 Ignition: Magneti Marelli Exhaust: Termignoni Final Drive: D.I.D Chain Frame: Aluminium Suspension: Öhlins inverted 48mm fork and Öhlins shock absorber, adjustablefor preload, new factory evolution damping system Tyres: Bridgestone 16.5” front and rear Brakes: Brembo, two 320mm carbon front discs with four-piston callipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with two-piston calliper Dry weight: 160 kg (353 lbs.)
Above: The MotoGP teams are now employing enduro bike style "bark busters" on thier handlebars to prevent the front bakes lever being hit and engaging the brakes when two bikes collide together on track. Click to go BIG.
Yamaha MotoGP Team and Riders get expanded Monster Energy sponsorship in 2013-14
Gerno di Lesmo (Milan, Italy), 8th January 2013 -Yamaha Factory Racing is delighted to announce a Sponsorship and Partnership agreement with the Monster Energy Company (MEC) for 2013 and 2014. As a result of this agreement Monster Energy branding will be visible on the Yamaha YZR-M1s and racing leathers of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi as well as on all team clothing and all team equipment.
Reigning MotoGP World Champion Lorenzo has a personal engagement with Monster Energy and Yamaha included in the agreement. Valentino Rossi’s personal agreement with Monster Energy will be complementary to the agreement between Yamaha Factory Racing and MEC.
The agreement between the satellite Monster Energy Yamaha Tech3 team and Monster Energy will remain unchanged and is unaffected by the Yamaha – MEC agreement.
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Troy Bayliss Race Academy School Misano & Paris 2012!
Join us again as Editor Jim Gianatsis takes the Troy Bayliss Academy DRE Race School aboard a Superstock 1199S Ducati Panigale Superbike at the Misano MotoGP Circuit in Italy, then caps it off with a sexy and romantic Vespa scooter trip to the City of Lights, Paris France! From the world's fastest Superbike, the world's biggest airliner to a 50cc Vespa - it was a non-stop thrill ride. CLICK HERE
World Superbike Teams heading for first 2013 Testing in Spain Jan 16th - The 2013 eni FIM Superbike World Championship gets underway this week at Jerez, Spain for some of the teams including the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team as it heads to Spain for two shakedown tests. Leon Camier and new signing Jules Cluzel are both eager to get back on track and begin their preparations for the season that lies ahead. Following extensive work at the team's headquarters throughout the winter, the pair will use the two tests to assess the progress the crew has made with the Yoshimura-powered GSX-R. The first test at Almeria in Spain will also see Cluzel making his debut for the team, as well as it being his initial outing on a full Superbike.
The first of the back-to-back Spanish tests will be at the Almeria circuit on the 17th and 18th of January. At just over 4,000m long, this technical circuit has corners which feature double and even triple apexes and a long back straight to test high-speed capability. The team will then travel to Jerez in southern Spain, to a circuit which is new to the World Superbike calendar this season. Jerez has a fast and flowing nature and is a perfect test venue for rider and machine alike. The undulating layout, hard-braking corners and endless camber changes over the 4,423m track, makes the circuit one of the best locations in the world for both testing and racing.
The FIXI Crescent Suzuki team will take to the track for the two-day test at Jerez on the 22nd of January, in what will be the team's final European outing before heading to Australia for the first round on the season at Phillip Island, which will also feature two further tests in the schedule before the first race of the season gets underway on Sunday 24th February.
Leon Camier: "I'm really looking forward to the test and seeing the progress the guys have made in the winter. I know that they have refined the bike quite a bit and that is has more power than last year, so I'm really excited about riding it. We will also have the new 17inch wheels to test, so it will be good to see how the bike behaves with them. I'm sure, that with everything the crew has done back at the workshop, we will be a lot nearer where we want to be. I've managed to do lots of riding during the break, including some Enduro and push-bike trials, and I'm off to do a bit of dirt-track before I go to Almeria, so that should sharpen me up nicely for the two tests."
Jules Cluzel: "I've had over two months of waiting to ride the FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R and am now really excited that the time is here to get out on track. I don't really have an idea of what to expect from a 1000cc machine, how it will feel and handle and mostly how much quicker it will be, but I know I am really looking forward to whatever happens. I have done lots of training through the winter to get fitter and stronger and I had an operation to cure my arm-pump issues and that has been a success, so I feel really good and ready to go. I've ridden at Jerez before, but have never been to Almeria, so it's a good place to start my experience on the bike, as I don't know the track or the GSX-R, so I can take it steady to start with and get to learn both."
Paul Denning - Team Manager: "The FIXI Crescent Suzuki team has been working relentlessly since the end of last season to produce a faster, sharper and more competitive GSX-R1000. These two tests in Spain will give us the opportunity to understand what we have achieved, but at the same time we need to manage our expectations and treat them as shakedown tests - the laps in Spain will provide Jules with his first kilometres on a Superbike and allow Leon time to get back up to speed after a long winter break.
"The atmosphere in the team is very positive and the attention to detail that the guys here - and our partners at Yoshimura and all our technical suppliers - have put into the bike has been extremely impressive. Without turning a wheel, we know that the technical platform of the 2013 FIXI Crescent Suzuki is much stronger and it will be nice to start working with it later this week."
Team Ducati Alstare Get Ready to go to work at Jerez
January17 th: The SBK Ducati Alstare team, which will participate in this year’s World Superbike Championship with riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini, readies itself to get started on the 2013 work programme that begins with a three-day test session this weekend at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain.This first test of the year, which gets underway on Saturday 19 January, will serve as a first shake-down of the new 1199R Panigale bikes in the Superbike configuration. There are still a series of technical solutions to put into practice and this test provides a last chance before official testing takes place in Phillip Island next month. These sessions are the first stage of preparation for the team and riders that will face an extensive work programme this season and it is for this reason that attention over the coming days will understandably focus on bike set-up in preparation for the next test sessions, scheduled for the 14 and 15 February in Australia.
Both Checa and Badovini are very motivated and look forward to getting back on track after almost a winter break of almost two months. Under the watchful eye of team manager Francis Batta and Ducati’s SBK project director Ernesto Marinelli, the new team hopes to find favourable weather conditions in Spain, so as to be able to make the most of these three important days.
MegaFactory! - National Geographic takes us inside the MV Agusta Factory
The story of modern day MV Agusta and the design and development of the new F3 675 Superbike.
MV Agusta F3 vs Triumph Daytona 675R - Three-Cylinder Smackdown!
Fast Dates Ducati 1199 Panigale Performance Upgrades - from "S" to "RS" Dec 1st, 2012 - Our 1199RS project bike has had the finishing touches put to it and we're really excited. Actually it's my personal 2012 year 1199S model which I've upgraded with Ducati Performance and Ducati Corse RS race parts. With the addition of the DP Termignoni Full Race Exhaust System we've got esentially the new 2013 model 1199R sans the Titanium Rods which let the R-model rev 500 rpm higher. The additional RPM will only be an advantage on a factory race bike where hotter cam changes and higher compression pistons can take advantage of the higher RPM to find more peak power. But then, it's almost a moot point a present in World Superbike as the Ducati 1199 Superquadro engines still must run a 52mm intake restrictor on their 58mm throttle bodies to keep the horsepower down to 195hp as on the stock 1199 street bike. More Here
Chris Redwing / MotoGPwerks Suzuki Katana "Wes Cooley" photographed by editor Jim Gianatsis is featured in the 2012 Fast Dates Calenar,
with big screensavers in the Calendar Bike Garage, and in recent magazine features including this one from Ultimate Motorcycling.
The Real Deal - Yoshimura's 1982 Suzuki Katana AMA Superbike
Pictured here is the brautiful 1982 Yoshiumura Suzuki Katana AMA Superbike raced by Dave Aldana, with a similar one was raced by Wes Cooley. Back then I sponsored the team as Marketing Director at Moto-X Fox. I built and tuned the Fox Factory Twin Shox on the team bikes.
Reigning 1981 AMA champ Cooley finished 2nd overall in the AMA Superbike Championship that year, behind Eddie Lawson (and ahead of team mate Wayne Rainey) on the Muzzy Kawasaki KZ1000 who I also sponsored and switched over to Fox Shox that year. The next year all the production Japanese superbikes would have single shock motocross derived rear suspensions.
Note the Yosh hand modified frame forward laydown mounting of the Fox Shox like on a '73 Maico. Long travel / laydown rear suspension technology had just caught up with motocross bike suspension from years earlier. The straight-rate twin shock setup could still work better on roadrace bikes than variable rate single shocks. All the factory race teams would later convert their newer single shock bikes to near/at straight rate linkage. Variable ratio linkage is need more for rough street riding then on a smaooth racetrack.- Jim Gianatsis
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as they take it to Bonneville to race on the Salt Flats. This video is One of Twelve iKustoms show Bike Builder TV Series
Jan. 7, 2013, Los Angeles – RogueFlix, the new young-male driven Action Lifestyle Network will release the iKuztom TV series on January 7, 2013 featuring the world of custom motorcycles written, directed, and produced by award winning producer, Erik Lundmark and his partner Timothy G. Ledford, an innovator in the custom motorcycle industry.
“CINE Golden Eagle Award Winner, iKuztom takes you up close and personal through smoke, fire, and steel as elite custom motorcycle artisans ply their trade behind the scenes to design and create one-of-a-kind bikes for the ultimate discerning bike enthusiasts,” stated Erik Lundmark, CEO of Leomark Studios which created the series together with Grip Ace Industries. “The 13 half-hour episodes also feature a bevy of bikini models and comedy sketches, in a fun, fast paced thrill ride.”
“We are very excited about teaming up with Erik and his team at Leomark Studios to bring our RogueFlix audience a truly amazing motorcycle TV series,” stated Bryan Duran, co-founder, CEO and General Counsel of RogueFlix. “I was very impressed with the quality of the award winning iKuztom TV series and I knew right away that I wanted it on RogueFlix. Erik and I met poolside at the Loews Hotel during the American Film Market and quickly realized we wanted to work together and are collaborating on more productions.”
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India's Budd International Circuit added to 2013 World SBK Calendar as Final Round
As the World Superbike Championship enters its 26th year in 2013, a record 15-16 rounds will be featured on the schedule.
Jan 15th - The newest additions are the Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi in India, Jerez in Spain, and the one that’s going to excite American World SBK fans – Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway. World Superbike has only visited the Jerez circuit – a normal on the MotoGP schedule – one other time back in 1990.
The FIM moved the Buddh WSBK date from March 10 to Nov. 17, which is the final round. The FIM says: “The World Superbike race in India has been moved from 10 March to 17 November due to an insufficient period of time to properly finalize the training of the marshals and medical staff around the racetrack.
“FIM representatives will be at the Indian track on 19, 20, and 21 this January in order to carry out the final racetrack homologation and provide the relevant seminars about the different aspects involved in the sporting organization of the event.”
The 2013 World Superbike schedule is lacking three circuits that were on the 2012 calendar – Misano (San Marino), Brno (Czech Republic) and Miller Motorsports Park (Utah, USA). But one of these may return (likely Brno or Misano).
In February, World Superbike, which will be marketed under the same umbrella as MotoGP with Dorna Sports, confirmed it would return to Sentul, Indonesia, where the series competed from 1994 to 1997. But things appear to be pushed back another year. Portimao is scheduled for round 8 June 7-9, but is still subject to contract.
As tradition, the 2013 World Superbike Championship will get underway at Phillip Island, next year’s Australian race held Feb. 22-24. World Superbike will also hold the official test the Monday and Tuesday before the season at Phillip Island, which is the most frequently visited venue in World SBK history. The series has met there 22 times since 1988.
The 2013 World Superbike finale will take place Nov. 17 at Buddh International Circuit. Heading into 2013 World Superbike, the man who would have donned the number-one plate, Max Biaggi, retired. The Aprilia Racing Team rider won the 2012 World SBK Championship, his second title in the series (first arriving in 2010 with Aprilia).
2013 World Superbike Provisional Calendar:
February 24: Phillip Island, Australia
April 14: Aragon, Spain
April 28: Assen, Netherlands
May 12: Monza, Italy
May 26: Donington, UK
June 9: Portimao, Portugal
June 23: TBA
June 30: Imola, Italy
July 21: Moscow Raceway, Russia
August 4: Silverstone, UK
September 1: Nurburgring, Germany
Sept 29: Laguna Seca USA
October 6: Magny-Cours, France
October 20: Jerez, Spain
November 17: Buddh International Circuit, India
Consumer International Motorcycle Show tour
joins Dealer Expo in Indianapolis February 15-17th.
Dec 7th, 2012 - The largest consumer motorcycle show tour launches its first Indianapolis event during Dealer Expo weekend in February 2013. The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows will make a weekend stop at the Indiana Convention Center Feb. 15-17, co-locating with the 2013 Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo being held that same weekend in a separate area of the facility.
“Our goal in developing one, single powersports weekend was to make sure we listened carefully to our customers, so that we created the right format, in the right city, at the right price and built the combined trade and consumer industry event they wanted,” said Advanstar Executive Vice President Danny Phillips.
Dealers attending the 2013 Dealer Expo will be able to visit the motorcycle show for free on Sunday afternoon. Show management encourages dealers to schedule meetings with their OEMs during this time. Dealers also will have the opportunity to view the 2013 models from a number of vehicle manufacturers.
Consumers will not be granted access to the Dealer Expo, nor any of its features and events, until Sunday afternoon, when the entire facility will be open to all trade and consumer attendees. The Dealer Expo will remain a secured, trade-only event from Friday morning to noon on Sunday, according to show management.
For more information on the Indianapolis Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, visit www.motorcycleshows.com. To register for Dealer Expo, visit www.dealerexpo.com.
Japanese Manufacturer's Bike Sales Struggle while European Brands Hit New Highs
Ducati North America Reports All-Time Record Sales for 2012
The Japanese motorcycle brands continue to struggle to survive as America and the World continues to recover from the recent Economic Depression. In part, because they tighten their belts during the economic downturn and stop development on new bikes, and are now caught in the recovery with no new offerings to excite buyers. While the European brands Ducati, BMW and KTM and Triumph continued to invest in exciting new designs that have come into production, attracting the interest of American Baby Boomers who still have money to spend on expensive new toys. While Japanese brands like Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha in particular, who do not have strong selling automotive lines to help support them, are now in serious trouble.
Ducati NA Reports Ten Consecutive Quarters of Retail Sales Growth
Retail Sales Increase of 21% over 2011
Sales Increases in every North American Region
42% annual increase in Apparel and Accessories sales
Cupertino, Calif. (January 17, 2013) – Ducati North America today reported achieving the highest sales in the company’s history, with a record 10,883 units retailed in 2012. This result marks the company’s tenth consecutive quarter of increased sales and further solidifies North America as Ducati’s number one global market.
This all-time sales record was achieved thanks to a sales increase of 21 percent versus 2011, despite the industry trend of marginal growth. Each North American region achieved sales increases in 2012, with USA growing 21 percent, Canada 25 percent and Mexico 7 percent.
Ducati’s line of apparel and Ducati Performance accessories also registered new sales records, with a significant annual growth of 42 percent.
“Ducati’s new all-time sales record and the consistent growth in all North American markets confirm our customers’ extremely positive response to our products and marketing programs,” said Cristiano Silei, CEO of Ducati North America. “We are fully geared to continue this growth in 2013 with many highly-anticipated new products and our strongest dealer network to date.”
The largest and most diverse product offering in Ducati’s history continues to attract customers to the brand. Ducati’s flagship Superbike, the 1199 Panigale, saw impressive sales in its first months on the market and earned “Bike of the Year” honors by Motorcyclist magazine. The new Streetfighter 848 was awarded “Best Middleweight” by Cycle World magazine. The Monster family of motorcycles, Ducati’s highest selling model, celebrates this year its 20th Anniversary. The Diavel received “Best Cruiser” by Cycle World magazine and by MotorcycleUSA for the second-straight year.
New models for 2013 include the completely redesigned Hypermotard family as well as new versions that expand Ducati’s offering in the adventure-touring segment: the new flagship Granturismo which completes a totally refreshed Multistrada line-up, and the all new, more versatile, Diavel Strada and Hyperstrada.
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The Devil Made Us Do It! Testing the Ducati Diavel in Italy
New BMW HP4 Superbike
Sudco High Performance & OEM Replacement Parts
High Speed - the Movie The best motorcycle racing movie ever made! Filmed on location at the World Superbike races , this an exciting romantic drama staring beautiful British actress Sienna Miller.
AMA Pro Racing Announces Hiring of Longtime ISC Executive Michael Gentry as Chief Operating Officer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 15, 2013) - AMA Pro Racing announced today a key addition to its executive leadership team with the appointment of longtime International Speedway Corporation ("ISC") executive Michael Gentry as Chief Operating Officer. Effective immediately, Gentry will oversee the day-to-day operation of all of AMA Pro Racing's business divisions and will provide strategic vision for the continued growth of the company. Working closely with the Managing Board, Gentry will also assist in the continued search for a President as part of the reorganization process announced last May.
"We believe Michael's operational skills will benefit AMA Pro Racing. This move represents a significant step in our pursuit to continue growing the sport of motorcycle racing in this country," said AMA Pro Racing Managing Board Members David Atlas, Tom Bledsoe and Chris Harris. "We would like to welcome Michael to the AMA Pro Racing family and we are excited to have him as a part of our team."
Gentry joins AMA Pro Racing with a wealth of executive experience in motorsports business, most recently holding the position of President at Americrown Service Corporation ("Americrown"), the motorsports catering, concessions and merchandise subsidiary of ISC. During his 15-year tenure with Americrown, Gentry had a solid track record of success resulting in accelerated growth and expansion.
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
Editor's Note: The Daytona Motorsports Group's ownership of AMA Pro Roadacing is the cause of the failure of professional roadrcing in America. Bring in another of their own salaried personel evperienced in the food service industry to run Pro Roadracing will do nothing to crate the changes needed for the sport to see a resurgence in America. Changes which require the adaption of FIM roadrace classes and rules, and better, safer quality rider and spectator tracks than those owned and operated by the DMS group.
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'Mr. Daytona' Scott Russell to headline AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona, presented by Motul, during Bike Week
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that "Mr. Daytona" -- five-time Daytona 200 winner Scott Russell -- will be the featured guest at its annual AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona, presented by Motul, on Friday, March 15, 2013, 7:00 a.m., at the Daytona 500 Club on the infield at Daytona International Speedway.
Taking place during 2013 Daytona Bike Week, the fundraising breakfast will feature a live interview with Scott Russell on stage, an audience Q&A period and an autograph session with the AMA Hall of Famer and Daytona 200 legend. The event is open to the public, and tickets are available now at www.motorcyclemuseum.org. Proceeds benefit the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises funds for the Hall of Fame.
"Scott Russell practically owned America's most prestigious motorcycle roadrace in the 1990s, racing against the best riders in the U.S., and often, Europeans who would travel to the States to compete," said AMHF Chairman Jeff Heininger. "If Scott was in the race, more often than not, everyone else was racing for second place.
"It's more than fitting that the stars have aligned to feature Mr. Daytona at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona -- at Daytona International Speedway," Heininger added. "This is one event that fans won't want to miss."
Russell said he's looking forward to connecting with fans and catching up with old industry friends at the Breakfast at Daytona.
"As a fan, a racer, and now as a TV commentator, I've been coming to Daytona in March forever, and it's great now to be hosted in one of my favorite places in support of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame," Russell said. "Daytona will always be a special place for me."
Russell may be best known for winning the Daytona 200 in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1998, but he also won the AMA Superbike Championship (1992), and the World Superbike Championship (1993). In addition, he holds three AMA 750 Supersport titles, and won the famous Suzuka Eight-Hour endurance race with Aaron Slight in 1993.
All Harley Drag Racing Association Calls It Quits
Jan 17th -" I don't really know where to start. This is one of the toughest things I have ever had to do. I guess the best thing to do is just get it out of the way. The 2013 AHDRA Championship Points Series is cancelled. I am sorry for holding everyone up, but there was potential to work this out and I wanted to give it the best shot. Unfortunately, it did not materialize. With our declining sponsorship support, most likely driven by our declining racer and spectator attendance, most likely driven by our crappy economy, we are unable to plan a budget that has a positive bottom line. This would be the 5th year of negative cash flow for AHDRA and she just can't stand it financially.
Although they were committed to remaining as a presenting AHDRA sponsor for 2013, Harley-Davidson is moving most of its sponsorship spending to the NHRA's Sportsman series. Last week's news from the folks at Rush Racing Products, that they would not be continuing their sponsorship at AHDRA, was the final blow. These were our two largest sponsors and contributed the lion's share of sponsor revenue for AHDRA. I want to thank Hawaya Racing, Vreeland's H-D, Irene Fish, Frank Capone, RC Components, Gainesville H-D and all the others that have committed their support for 2013. However, without the level of support from Harley-Davidson and Rush, we can't make the numbers work. I also want to thank Harley-Davidson and Rush Racing Products for their many years of support. Business is business and though I wish it were different, they made their decisions based on what's best for their future.
I have enjoyed working with Kris Schoonover at H-D and Terry Daniel and Lou Pringle at Rush. These were hard decisions for them to make, and I respect their need to make them. I also want to thank all of the AHDRA members and competitors. You are one great group of people. I have lived and breathed Harley Drag Racing for the past 14 years, and have met some of the finest people I have ever known. You inspired me and kept me going through the good times and the rough times. Please know that more than anything; you are what I will miss. On the bright side, there's a bunch of places to race this year. AMRA looks like they have a good schedule. And with the Manufacturer's Cup Series and NHRA offering several new venues, there should be ample opportunities to race. Maybe there's even an enterprising entrepreneur out there that would like to take up the reins of AHDRA and run with it! I am open to any and all possibilities……"
Sincerely, Craig Tharpe, Producer, AHDRA
Jim Gianatsis Editorial Director
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2013 MotoGP DATE/REPORT TRACK LINK Apr 7 - Qatar – Doha Losail
Apr 21 - Americas, Austin TX
May 5 - Spain, Jerez Frontera
May 19 - France, Le Mans
June 2 - Italy, Mugello
June 16 - Catalunya,Catalunya
June 29 - Netherlands,AssenTT
July 7 - Germany,Sachsenring
July 21 - USA, Laguna Seca (Only MotoGP class)
Aug 18 - USA, Indianapolis
Aug 25 - Czech Rep, Brno
Sept 1 - GB, Silverstone
Sept 15 - SanMarino Misano
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Registration opens for Ducati Riding Experience * Troy Bayliss Academy 2013
December 2012 - Ducati prepares for tenth edition of prestigious riding school with Twelve dates at four different venues confirmed for 2013
• Troy Bayliss to continue “Academy” with race kit 1199 Panigale S Superbikes
Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy) 18 December, 2012 – Ten years after its initial introduction, Ducati’s prestigious Ducati Riding Experience (DRE) is again preparing its motorcycles and riding school staff to teach riders of all levels in 2013, from absolute beginners to experienced race track specialists.
Subscription for the tenth edition of DRE is now online at Ducati.com, offering a highly successful, tried-and-tested format with a number of new features for 2013, including the 1199 Panigale for all track courses and the introduction of the brand new Multistrada 1200 and new generation Hypermotard for the Intermediate levels. Internationally famous race circuits, highly qualified instructors and an enviable line-up of Ducati motorcycles will now combine to enhance the riding skills of participants while delivering a unique and unforgettable experience.
After two years of sell-out success, Ducati is delighted to welcome back the legendary Troy Bayliss for 2013. The three-times World Superbike Champion is set to continue the 'Troy Bayliss Academy', an exclusive and advanced course that focuses on extreme riding techniques. On each of the Academy’s four dates, participants will get the unique opportunity to ride with the Australian and learn specialised track craft on the World Championship circuits of Misano and Mugello. The once-in-a-lifetime experience will use Ducati 1199 Panigale S Superbikes equipped with racing kit components, including complete Termignoni exhaust system, Ducati Performance aero kit and additional carbon fibre parts.
DRE 2013 also sees the introduction of the award-winning Ducati 1199 Panigale to both Racing 1 and Racing 2 courses. The outstanding usability of the 1199, with its Riding Mode technology, makes it an ideal choice for both expert riders and those new to track riding, while the more sophisticated “S” version will be used for the Master Racing and Troy Bayliss Academy courses. The Racing 1 course, intended for riders with little or no track experience, will take place on dedicated circuits, separating participants from the faster Racing 2, Master Racing and Troy Bayliss Academy.
Completing the DRE 2013 offer with road-oriented activities are the very popular Intermediate and Basic courses. The Intermediate course is specially designed to improve participants existing road-riding skills and techniques, while enhancing overall motorcycle safety awareness. The course uses Ducati’s Monster 1100 EVO, the new Multistrada 1200 with semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension and the new generation Ducati Hypermotard, all three models equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack of ABS and Ducati Traction Control. Intended for those riders who are completely new to motorcycling, the Basic course provides one-on-one tuition in the paddock area of each event venue using Ducati’s Monster 796, an 'iconic naked' motorcycle ideally suited to those on two wheels for the very first time.
Chief DRE Instructor and highly successful racer, Dario Marchetti, co-ordinates an impressive line-up of teachers, including Troy Bayliss (three-times World Superbike Champion), Marco Lucchinelli (500 World Champion), Manuel Poggiali (125 and 250 World Champion), Paolo Casoli (World Supersport Champion), Andrew Pitt (two-times World Supersport Champion) and Niccolò Canepa (2013 FIM Superstock Championship competitor). While one of Ducati’s very own development riders, Alessandro Valia, presents the Master Racing courses, the formidable track team combines with highly qualified road-oriented instructors to provide a totally professional Ducati Riding Experience.
Ensuring constant development and control of teaching protocols and standards of excellence within all DRE activities during 2013, the courses will continue the valuable collaboration created between Ducati and the Federazione Motociclistica Italiana.
Course participants are provided with a Ducati motorcycle, instructor, lunch and a welcome kit and those without suitable technical riding gear can simply hire it during the online subscription process.
DRE 2013 Courses
• Basic (Monster 796)
• Intermediate (Monster 1100 ABS, Multistrada 1200, Hypermotard)
• Racing 1 (1199 Panigale)
• Racing 2 (1199 Panigale)
• Master Racing (1199 Panigale S)
• Troy Bayliss Academy (1199 Panigale S + racing kit)
DRE 2013 Calendar*
• Apr 17-18 - San Martino del Lago Circuit
• May 16-17 - Mugello International Circuit
• Jun 5-6 - Adria International Raceway
• Jun 25-26 - Misano World Circuit
• Jul 16-17 - Mugello International Circuit
• Sep 10-11 - Adria International Raceway
* Dates and venues are subject to change. Changes will be posted on Ducati.com.
Further DRE information
• Online: Ducati.com
• Email: email@example.com
• Telephone +39 0542 655 141 (Mon-Fri 09.30 - 12.30 and 14.30 - 17.30)
Team Althea Racing with APRILIA FOR THE 2013 SBK SEASON.
Davide Giugliano will race with an Aprilia RSV4
Noale,Italy, 3 December 2012 – Genesio Bevilacqua's Althea Racing, one of the top teams in World Superbike, has chosen Aprilia as their partner for the 2013 season.
The Aprilia RSV4 Factory, extraordinary winner of the Rider and Manufacturer titles in the season which just ended as well as in 2010, will be ridden in the next WSBK season races under the team Althea colours by Roman rider Davide Giugliano.
Born in 1989, Davide Giugliano had an excellent WSBK rookie season in 2012 with one second and one third place, and in 2011 he won the Superstock 1000 title with team Althea.
With the contract between Aprilia and Althea Racing, there will now be 4 Aprilia RSV4 bikes starting in the 2013 World Superbike season. In fact, Giugliano's Aprilia will be riding alongside the two official Aprilia Racing Team RSV4s ridden by Northern Irishman Eugene Laverty and Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli, as well as the Red Devils Roma team bike ridden by Michel Fabrizio.
Gigi Dall'Igna, technical and sport director of Aprilia Racing had this to say: “We are truly pleased to announce the cooperation with Althea Racing, unquestionably one of the top teams in World SBK. This is a structure with great technical skills that has our complete confidence. With the bike provided to Althea, and after the agreement reached with the Red Devils Roma team, we now have four RSV4 bikes lined up for the next World SBK season. This is a great challenge for Aprilia Racing and, at the same time, a reason for us to be proud since even in the season which just ended the RSV4 has shown itself to be a winning project”.
Aprilia is the reigning brand champion in WSBK and boasts a collection of 51 world titles: 4 in Superbike, won in 2010 and 2012, 9 championships in off-road disciplines and an incredible 38 championship titles in MotoGP where it is the most victorious Italian and European brand of those active in racing.
and from Althea...
Team Althea Racing together with Aprilia in 2013 World Superbike Championship
Dec 3rd - Althea Racing partners with Aprilia and prepares to compete at the top level in the 2013 World Superbike Championship. Davide Giugliano will be tasked with riding the RSV4 Factory machine, the bike that won theRider’s and Manufacturer’s titles in both the recently concluded 2012 championship and the
The two winning companies have decided to work together to consolidate their position as
frontrunners and give Davide Giugliano the chance to prove himself as a top rider in the
category. The young Italian rider can count on the tried and tested structure of the Civita
Castellana-based team and on the expertise of technicians who have clearly demonstrated their
ability in recent years.
Genesio Bevilacqua: “I am very pleased to have reached such an important agreement with
Aprilia. We will race with the championship winning bike next year and this will only encourage
us to push even harder and live up to the potential of the bike that we are entrusted with. As
everybody knows, Althea Racing is used to facing important challenges and counts on a
structure that works in perfect harmony to achieve great goals.
Our strength is our team and
its components; our team members, who have worked together for many years with no secrets between them, remain the same. We believe that we have sufficient experience with which to confront the challenge of the 2013 championship. Davide Giugliano is our secret weapon. He is a young and aggressive rider who has amazing talent and together with him we will fight for
success in the 2013 SBK championship standings. I would like to thank the entire Aprilia staff and particularly Engineer Dall’Igna for their willingness and professionalism.”
MV Agusta to Compete in World Supersport Beginning 2013 ßwith Team Park & Go
Varese, Italy, Nov 22nd 2012 - The Italian motorcycle manufacturer who is currently the sales leader of the middle weight supersport class has decided to return to racing on the world stage and is convinced that they have joined forces with the ideal partner: ParkinGO.
The two companies will be joined together in a three year contract.
The program will debut the MV Agusta F3 675 in the 2013 world Supersport class together with additional racing activity development.
The project will place the three cylinder bike from Varese in the able hands of the race technicians whom have already won the World Supersport Championship in 2011 and were contenders in the 2012 World Superbike Championship.
The ParkinGO Team have helped bring about this dream project building a long term link to the historic Italian motorcycle manufacturer whom have in the past accumulated 37 world championship titles, a number of which together with Giacomo Agostini.
The signature of the contract arrived on the day of Claudio Castiglioni's birthday, whom would be 65 years old today. This is clearly a sign that goes beyond mere coincidence and continues to convey the passion for racing that has always been synonymous with the motorcycle icon.
Giovanni Castiglioni - Presidente MV Agusta: "To be able to reach this agreement with ParkinGO is personally very satisfying. Taking into account the passion for racing that I have inherited from my father, this is a very emotional decision and I am looking forward to the challenges that will inevitably need to be overcome. Together with Engineer Bordi's experience, who personally plays a very important role in this project, I am convinced that there are all the elements needed to achieve our goals."
Giuliano Rovelli - Presidente ParkinGO: " Together with my brother Paolo we recognize the importance of MV Agusta's return to World Championship Racing and are extremely satisfied to be able to join forces and conclude this accord. From our very first encounter with MV there has been a tremendous feeling and understanding between our management teams, our common vision with regards to this project has been an important element that allowed us to join together in this partnership."