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(6)
Photographer : Milagro
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)
Josh Hayes: “The War Is Done.” Is the two-time and reigning AMA Pro SuperBike champion poised for a “three-peat?”
Photographer : Nic Coury/PhotographNic.com
[ Josh Hayes powers out of the heat haze at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Next stop for AMA Pro Racing is New Jersey Motorsports Park, where Hayes intends to “go faster than we did last year.” ] July’s AMA SuperBike event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was a race for second place, with Blake [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : James Wirth
Three months ago, Attack Performance principal Richard Stanboli began construction on a MotoGP CRT bike to be raced for the first time by AMA Pro veteran Steve Rapp in July’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The physical, as opposed to virtual, bike began as an impressive pile of solid aluminum [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
For me, the greatest thing about being at the races is that the highest technologies are on show there, often attended by the very engineers who created them. This past summer at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, I had the extraordinary privilege of a private tutorial on GP motorcycle brakes, given by veteran Brembo engineer Eugenio [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Silverstone (UK), August 3 2012 – Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) posted the fastest lap of the first qualifying session at Silverstone in 2 minutes 06.115 seconds, heading off Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) in the process. The session was held on a basically dry track, with the fastest lap times just over two seconds from [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)