Honda Racing Europe Press Release: To mark the 30th anniversary of Joey’s Dunlop first Isle of Man TT win with Honda, his former team-mate and Honda TT Legends rider John McGuinness contested the Isle of Man TT Superbike race in tribute Dunlop livery. Honda TT Legends: Joey Dunlop Tribute, A Legend Honored: The [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
IOMTT Press Release: Michael Dunlop will be awarded the Joey Dunlop TT Championship Trophy thanks to his four incredible wins so far at the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races. With wins in the Superbike, both Supersport races and the Superstock race, the 24 year old Dunlop has an unassailable lead in the 2013 TT [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
IOMTT Press Release: Michael Dunlop took his first ever Superbike TT victory on Sunday afternoon at the Isle of Man TT Races taking the lead at Ballaugh on the opening lap and going on to build a commanding 40 second victory from fellow Honda riders Cameron Donald and John McGuinness, the latter overcoming a one-minute [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Tom Riles
We remember the beginnings of U.S. Superbike as wobbling, power-laden, four-cylinder, Japanese high-bar sit-ups in the hands of riding greats Reg Pridmore, Wes Cooley Jr. and Eddie Lawson. Yet the fact is that the first Superbike championship was won by Reg Pridmore on a BMW flat-Twin and Ducatis, Moto Guzzis and BMWs were to continue [...]Read Full Post | Comments(10)
Photographer : Milagro
Austin, Texas—What a combination: Ducati’s 1199 Panigale R, the ultimate iteration of the Italian company’s Superbike range, and the brand-new Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, the incredible racetrack that will host MotoGP in April. Wow! How did I get so lucky? At this first-ever motorcycle press launch at the track, I would be [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)
Steve Rapp’s Unexpected Daytona Adventure Veteran roadracer drafted as replacement for injured GEICO Honda rider Dane Westby in Daytona 200.
Photographer : Brian Nitto
Steve Rapp flew to Daytona this year for a busman’s holiday. Now piloting 70-seat commercial aircraft for GoJet Airlines, the Californian had been invited by Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to race an XR1200 in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson class. Rapp’s plan? Practice and qualify on Thursday, race on Friday. Report [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Chasing Hayes Three-time AMA SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes picks up at Daytona where he left off last season: leading the pack.
Photographer : Brian Nitto
Josh Hayes dominated AMA Pro SuperBike practice and provisional qualifying in cool, windy conditions Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. The three-time premier-class title-winner lapped the 2.90-mile “short” course in 1 minute, 37.746 seconds, .639 seconds quicker than his best time in the same session last year and just .283 seconds slower than his pole-winning performance. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The New Ducati Superbike Ducati spent the past year preparing the 1199 Panigale for its World Superbike debut. Will this new big Twin win?
Ducati’s 1199 Panigale, with its radical 112 x 60.8mm bore and stroke and equally radical Vincent-like “frameless” construction, was a new model a year ago. It was raced in Superstock 1000 to prepare for its debut this season in the Superbike World Championship, and rumors are flying. I was given the privilege of three interviews [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Dyno Run! Attack Performance MotoGP CRT Update Richard Stanboli and new team rider Blake Young prepare for three U.S. MotoGP races.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Last year, a U.S.-designed-and-built MotoGP Claiming Rule Teams entry attempted to qualify for the U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and was 21st on the grid and finished 14th a month later at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The man who made this happen, Richard Stanboli of Attack Performance, plans to run a Mk. II [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
Photographer : DMT Imaging
We go to the races because that’s where the information is. Isn’t there information at new-model introductions? Yes, but it’s different: rehearsed, polished, edited for effect. At the races, the people who are making the future of the motorcycle are confronting real problems, right in plain sight. That means raw intel is there for anyone [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)