Looks like the AMA has stepped in it once again. On June 16, the organization distributed a press release announcing the induction of Derek “Nobby” Clark—legendary roadrace mechanic who tuned motorcycles and their storied riders to 17 world championships over two decades and several classes—into its Hall of Fame. The release heaped extensive praise on [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
AMA Hall of Fame Nobby Clark Controversy The AMA Hall of Fame first inducts Clark and then, inexplicably, changes its collective mind.
Driven to Ride Dan Gurney earned his reputation and made his mark racing and building four-wheelers, but his passion for riding has always burned bright.
Photographer : The Dan Gurney Collection, The Cycle World Archives, Richard George
Among auto racing superstars, Dan Gurney is unique. While two other drivers, Mario Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya, have equaled his versatility record, winning in Indy Cars, NASCAR, sports cars and Formula 1, Dan adds this significant distinction to his résumé: He’s the only American ever to win a Grand Prix in his own car, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
This coming weekend is the fourth round of the 2012 MotoGP championship. The race takes place at the French Bugatti circuit, located inside the longer, 8.47-mile Sarthe course on which the legendary 24-hour Le Mans sports-car race takes place. The French have loved racing since the dawn of motoring; last year’s crowd was 88,000. Much [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Return to Imola A former Daytona 200 winner finally gets his wish: to “race” a two-stroke Yamaha Twin in Italy.
Tensions were high. Engines were hot. The warm-up lap was done, and the field was back on the starting line ready for the drop of the green flag. We waited and waited but no flag. Up ahead, a bike was off to the side of the track while a mechanic changed a sparkplug. Finally, it [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ask Kevin: Hard Riding Beasts – Yamaha TZ750 KC answers his Facebook fans’ request for more on the TZ.
When the AMA announced that for 1972 the displacement limit for racing motorcycles would be 750cc for all engine types, Suzuki and Kawasaki had three-cylinder production bikes ready to be re-engineered into 750 racers. Yamaha had no such model ready and so soldiered on with its latest 350cc two-stroke Twin, winning Daytona in 1972 and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
A friend recently summed up the situation with Ducati in MotoGP: “They’re a bunch of engineers who fire any rider who doesn’t get with their program [Loris Capirossi, Troy Bayliss]. They stumble onto this kid Casey Stoner, who can just ride it, and he gives them a world championship. Then, they played around and lost [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
How do you safely transport Grand Prix racing history cross-country from California to Indiana? Strapped-down securely in a plain-wrap van, of course! The two-stroke V-Three KR3 and four-stroke V-Five KR5 designed and built in Banbury, England, by two-time AMA Grand National and three-time 500cc World Champion Kenny Roberts are wending their way to the Hoosier state. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Growing up, I didn’t know what I wanted to be. Doctor…? No. Trash-man…? Nope. Astronaut? Nah. But when I saw On Any Sunday II and Kenny Roberts, an American, kicking azz and taking names in European roadracing, well, that was for me. Yeah, I was only eye-high to a dog’s butt, but I thought I [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)