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When the cat was away the mice got to play. Larry Pegram's Ducati took both AMA Superbike wins at Topeka this weekend. Championship Points leader mat Mladin choose to stay home without official explaination.
AMA / DMG American Superbike Championship. Round 9 of 12 Bruno, Topeka Kansas
Pegram and Ducati Dominate at Heartland Kansas Superbike
Topeaka, Kansas, Saturay August 1st 2009 - Larry Pegram (No. 72 Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing Ducati 1098R) dominated the AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited race while Danny Eslick (No. 9 GEICO Powersports/RMR Buell 1125R) took the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL points lead with an emotional sixth win of the year Saturday in the Tornado Nationals presented by BriggsAuto.com at Heartland Park Topeka. Today's racing action can be seen in a same-day delay telecast at 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. PT) on SPEED.
After winning his first pole since 1996 in Friday's Superpole qualifying, Pegram took the lead at the race start and was never seriously challenged in the American Superbike race. He crossed the finish line 2.184 seconds ahead of Ben Bostrom (No. 2 Yamaha Motor Corp. USA Yamaha R1) and Blake Young (No. 79 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) finished third.
"For me, it's just validation," said Pegram, who also won earlier this season at Road America. "Here we beat everybody again, and I proved to myself I can win at this level because I had lost a lot of confidence over the years riding bikes that weren't capable of winning. You start to wonder if it might be you, but I always knew at the bottom of my heart that I could win races, especially if I got on a great motorcycle like this Ducati 1098R."
Bostrom stayed in front of the tight group of riders that also included Young, his teammate Tommy Hayden (No. 22 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) and Aaron Yates (No. 23 Brand Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000) that battled in the top five throughout the race.
"It's a great track, and there are passing spots here believe it or not," said Bostrom, who finished second for the second consecutive race and third time this year. "The bike was fantastic, and the R1 did a good job. The rider just kind of sat on it and rode, and I was hoping to obviously race for the win. I did think I could catch Larry. Blake and I had a bit of a battle going, and Larry jumped out there and put in really, really fantastic laps. We can't let him do that for the next one, and tomorrow's a new day. We will just start again tomorrow. I am pretty much over second place already."
Young was in the thick of the battle for the final podium spot throughout the race and was under heavy pressure from Hayden and Yates in the closing laps.
"We just ran out of time a little bit," said Young. "I wish we would have got more time on the bike. I think we missed the set up a little bit, but today was a really good race. We jumped in behind Ben, learned what he was doing and made some improvements. I switched up my riding style a little bit and tried to help the bike out as much as I could. I am happy with the way the race went. We learned a lot today on our setup and what to do for tomorrow. So I am going to chalk this one up and go after it twice as hard tomorrow."
Hayden finished fourth and Yates completed the top five.
Daytona SportBike Dedication
Danny Eslick (No. 9 GEICO Powersports/RMR Buell 1125R) charged from 10th on the grid straight to the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL championship lead with a strong victory he and the Richie Morris Racing team dedicated to the late Bruce Rossmeyer, who died in a motorcycle accident earlier this week. Eslick has now won six Daytona SportBike races this year and has regained the points lead for the first time since Road Atlanta, currently 18 points ahead of nearest rival Martin Cardenas (No. 36 Team M4 Suzuki GSX-R600).
"It was really unfortunate about the passing of Bruce Rossmeyer and we dedicate this win to him," Eslick said. "He was a great guy and our teammate. The family said 'go win a championship for us,' so this is the first step."
After a complete restart following an opening race incident, Eslick immediately began to charge through the field. He took the lead for the first time with a power move past Superpole winner Jason DiSalvo (No. 40 Team M4 Suzuki GSX-R600) in the fast run out of the front straight on Lap 8. Eslick stayed up front through the race's halfway point but was soon challenged by Cardenas. Eslick and Cardenas, who has held the points lead for the majority of the season, swapped the lead several times in the final laps only to see Cardenas slide off course in second on Lap 18. From there Eslick was never again seriously challenged as he charged to his third straight victory.
"I glanced back and Martin was all over me and that was pretty close to the end," Eslick said. "I did a couple of really good motocross block passes, and I think I was going slow enough I could have put my foot down. It was 100% clean, he raced me clean and we never touched once. That's the race I've been looking for all year, to be the points leader and all that. Martin's a heck of a guy, a great rider and I wish it wouldn't have ended that way because that would have been a heck of a battle to the checkered flag."
Eslick crossed the finish line 1.810 seconds ahead of Josh Herrin (No. 8 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) who was closely followed by his teammate Tommy Aquino (No. 6 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6).
"I thought I was going to be able to catch him," Herrin said. "I found out a real strong point coming on to the front straightaway that I'll be able to use tomorrow. At the end of the race I wasn't riding defensive, I just rode my race. I've had a few races recently where I rode defensive and it didn't pay off, so I just rode my line and took it to the finish line. We started reeling in Danny a little bit but it wasn't enough for the end of the race. I have to congratulate Tommy, and the Buell guys for another win. We'll come back strong tomorrow."
Aquino, who led the first two laps, finished third for the second consecutive race, his best finish of the season.
"That was the first time I've led a race," Aquino said. "Jason seemed to be going a little slow in the beginning so I made a pass really quick. It was just, like, riding by myself, which is really what I like to do - to go out there with nobody ahead of me and put down some laps. I just made a little mistake and let Jason by and after that a couple more people passed me. I settled in, got with the pace, passed who I needed to pass and it was good. I'm really enjoying where I'm at right now. I really have to thank all my guys."
Chaz Davies (No. 57 Factory Aprilia /Millennium Technologies Team Aprilia RSV1000R) finished fourth for his sixth top-five result of the year while Bobby Fong (No. 51 Paradigm Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) finished fifth. It was the best result of the year for Fong and the Paradigm team that also finished sixth in the Daytona 200 with Barrett Long.
DiSalvo also went off course while running second to Eslick on Lap 10 but recovered to finish sixth.
A post-race protest was filed against the winning Daytona SportBike and it was determined in a review by AMA Pro Racing officials that Eslick passed for the lead in Turn 6 under a waving yellow flag. The area of the incident was also covered by a standing yellow flag at the corner workers' stations that Eslick failed to obey. He has been fined half of this weekend's final race purse and will be docked 10 championship points. Eslick currently leads the Daytona SportBike standings 296 - 288 over Cardenas.
Pegram Posts Double Superbike Sweep on Sunday
Topeaka, Kansas, Sundy August 2, 2009 - Larry Pegram (No. 72 Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing Ducati 1098R) scored his first career weekend sweep in AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited competition and Martin Cardenas (No. 36 Team M4 Suzuki GSX-R600) won a class-leading seventh AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL race Sunday in the Tornado Nationals presented by BriggsAuto.com at Heartland Park Topeka. All of Sunday's action from Topeka can be seen in a two-hour show on SPEED tonight at Midnight ET (9 p.m. PT).
As he did in Saturday's final, Pegram led every lap from the start for a convincing win that was his third victory of the season. Unlike yesterday's race when the Ducati was the clear class of the field, a persistent Tommy Hayden (No. 22 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) chased Pegram to the finish on Sunday.
"I was sweating and Tommy was all over me, he was an animal," Pegram said. "I could hear him back there, I could feel him. The last three laps I was riding fairly defensive. I was still trying to set a good pace but in the places where I knew there were opportunities to pass, I wasn't giving any room there. My hats off to him, I rode as hard as I possibly could and he was there the whole race."
Hayden crossed the finish line .333 of a second behind Pegram and he has now been on the podium for half of this year's 16 races. Josh Hayes (No. 4 Yamaha Motor Corp. USA Yamaha R1) finished third for his third podium in the last four races after scoring a weekend victory sweep of his own one race ago at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
"I was a lot stronger than Larry through two of the corners," Hayden said. "I didn't want to try a move until I thought I was close enough to make it. I tried the one spot and he got back by and I never really got close enough again through that area. He picked it up a bit there. It's kind of frustrating to keep getting this close and not get a win, but I feel like I'm learning a lot in the races. I have to keep doing what I'm doing, it can't be too far away."
Hayes kept in touch with the leaders in third for the entire race and joined several other riders in giving high praise to Heartland Park Topeka owner Raymond Irwin and his staff for implementing a series of safety improvements to the 2.5-mile circuit in preparation for the first major motorcycle event in Topeka in nearly 20 years.
"The track put in a lot of effort to help us out and I'm very thankful for the work that they did," said Hayes. "The bike actually worked really well. Somewhere in Lap 5 or 6 I made a go at the guys and kind of closed everything up and I got close. Even if I caught them I didn't know if I could make any moves. They were pretty strong everywhere that I could pass. I knew both of these guys want the wins really bad, just like I do. I just didn't have the pace to run with them there at the end. I'm up here on the podium. I think this is my first Superbike podium where I didn't win a race, so I hope we're making some in roads. Hopefully we'll be good at Virginia."
Pegram also showed some appreciation for the Heartland Park officials.
"Personally, I love this place now," Pegram said. "I think Heartland Park has the potential to be a really, really good race track as far as safety goes."
The top five was completed by a pair of riders that turned in career-best results. Jake Holden (No. 59 Holden Racing Honda CBR1000RR) finished a solid fourth and was followed across the line by an equally impressive Taylor Knapp (No. 44 Taylor Knapp Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000) who finished fifth.
Several regular American Superbike front runners encountered a variety of problems Sunday. Ben Bostrom (No. 2 Yamaha Motor Corp. USA Yamaha R1) was running fourth with less than two laps to go when he pulled off course with apparent mechanical problems. Blake Young (No. 79 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) was in second place at the end of the opening lap but fell to an eventual eighth place finish after contact with Aaron Yates (No. 23 Brand Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000). In the same incident, Yates lowsided in Turn 8, the same corner where his Jordan Motorsports teammate Geoff May (No. 54 National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000) later took a spill 10 laps later. Neither rider was injured.
Mat Mladin (No. 7 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) continues to lead the American Superbike championship standings with 390 points, Hayden remains second with 307 points while Pegram has jumped from fifth to third in the standings after the Tornado Nationals with 286 points. Mladin - who opted to sit out the Kansas race due to track safety concerns - still leads the overall championship points standings in the premier class.
Next up for American Superbike is the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), August 14 - 16. The races will be featured in a pair of same-day, two-hour telecasts on SPEED on Saturday, August 15 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) and Sunday, August 16 at Midnight ET (9 p.m. PT).
1. Larry Pegram (Ducati)
2. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki)
3. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
4. Jake Holden (Honda)
5. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki)
6. Neil Hodgson (Honda)
7. Michael Laverty (Suzuki)
8. Blake Young (Suzuki)
9. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)
10. Scott Charlton (Suzuki)
1. Larry Pegram (Ducati)
2. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha)
3. Blake Young (Suzuki)
4. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki)
5. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)
6. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
7. Jake Holden (Honda)
8. Geoff May (Suzuki)
9. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki)
10. Neil Hodgson (Honda)
1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki) 390
2. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki) 307
3. Larry Pegram (Ducati) 286
4. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 281
5. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha) 273
6. Blake Young (Suzuki) 235
7. Aaron Yates (Suzuki) 214
8. Geoff May (Suzuki) 212
9. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki) 155
10. Jake Holden (Honda) 145
12. Neil Hodgson (Honda) 120
Day 2 Daytona SportBike
ThrillerIn the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL Sunday final, Cardenas passed Danny Eslick (No. 9 GEICO Powersports/RMR Buell 1125R) twice on the final lap for his series-leading seventh victory of 2009. Cardenas and Eslick are now tied for first with 318 points apiece in the Daytona SportBike championship standings with just two double-header weekends of racing left this season.
"The race was very tough," Cardenas said. "I noticed that the pace wasn't as good as yesterday and Danny was struggling in the first part of the track. I made a move three or four laps from the end and put a little bit of a gap in the parts that I saw he was struggling. He came right by me again so I just waited for the last lap to make a move and it worked out. It was a very good race. The bike worked awesome."
Eslick was leading at the start of the final lap but Cardenas was in hot pursuit along with Josh Herrin (No. 8 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6), who had recovered from a mid-race trip off course to race back into contention. Cardenas and Eslick traded the lead twice while working the Turn 6 and 7 section of the course before the Colombian took the lead for the final time out of the backstretch chicane with just half a lap to go. Eslick then had his hands full with Herrin, who made a late-breaking pass for second stick just two corners from the finish.
"It was just an awesome race," Eslick said. "I got away for a little while just past halfway and tried to lead as many laps as I could and hopefully get that point for the most laps led. Both these guys ran an awesome race and it was a lot of fun. I almost crashed on that last lap trying to chase Martin down in the chicane. I don't know if I hit the body work or what I did, but I was down, no saving it, and somehow it stood back up. I figured from there I'd go with second, then Josh came sliding by me. We'll take a third today, tied for the championship. It's a good weekend."
Herrin is now third in the Daytona SportBike standings with 261 points behind the two leaders.
"That was really scary," said Herrin, who fell to seventh after his off-course incident. "I ran it in really hard, and I was going to try to make a move on Danny going on the outside. I think I hit his exhaust or something with my fist and it just jabbed it, cut my hand actually. I ran off into the grass, made a couple of jumps through there and charged back. That was definitely the furthest I've had to work to catch back up to the leaders. The pass on Danny on the last lap was just full lock, sliding the bike on the last corner. Taking a second after charging that long is just as good as a win to me."
As he did on Saturday, Eslick spent the opening part of the race methodically charging through the field. He took the lead for the first time with a first-to-third pass of Cardenas and then-leader Herrin in the fast run through Heartland Park's Alpha and Turn 1 section on Lap 10. Eslick led the next nine race laps at the line before the white flag battle and was one of four riders to set the pace in the 20-lap race. Superpole winner Jason DiSalvo (No. 40 Team M4 Suzuki GSX-R600) led the first six laps, Herrin led Laps 7 through 9 and Cardenas officially led just the final lap.
DiSalvo finished fourth while Tommy Aquino (No. 6 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) continued his recent run of strong performances to round out the top five.
Next up for Daytona SportBike is the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), August 14 - 16. The races will be featured in a pair of same-day, two-hour telecasts on SPEED on Saturday, August 15 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) and Sunday, August 16 at Midnight ET (9 p.m. PT).
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Mat Mladin Announces
August 1st 2009 - 6-time US Superbike champion Mat Mladin, who has dominated the series for nearly the last decade, he won't be racing at all after the conclusion of the 2009 DMG Superbike season.
Mladin did have talks with World Superbike teams in the early part of the 2009 season in regards to 2010. Mladin's current Suzuki contract ends this year and many had hoped he would move to World Superbike in 2010. Ben Spies' success in that series this year makes it an easy guess that Mladin could go there and win races, if not the championship.
However, Mladin said today that he will not race after this season.
Mladin Withdraws from Heartland Park AMA Superbike Due to Safety Concerns
Friday, July 31, 2009 - "Due to safety concerns I will not compete in this weekend's round of the AMA Superbike championship in Topeka," said current AMA Superbike Championship points leader Mat Mladin in an issued statement today.
"It is important to note that Topeka is a newly sanctioned round on the championship schedule. It is also important to note that Topeka has made changes to the track, but unfortunately, as is the case too many times, the track approval process was flawed and we arrived at a facility that was not ready for our caliber of competition.
This is 2009, and the days of showing up to race tracks that we know nothing about and have not been allowed to test at because of the AMA/DMG new rules regarding our testing are raising serious safety issues.
We race 200hp motorcycles where with constant development, the brakes, the tires, the chassis, the engines and the complete package as a whole gets faster every year. With this development the corner speeds and straight line speeds get faster and faster. With these extra speeds the margin of safety gets much smaller if the racetracks are not made safer.
We go to a few venues that still have some safety issues, but many of these venues have made vast improvements over the past few years. Sanctioning new venues with numerous safety flaws is just plain ridiculous.
Why do people have to get hurt seriously or worse before a racetrack is made safe before adding it to our National Championship schedule?
The adage of "they are going to make changes" doesn't cut it after someone has hit a concrete wall.
With acceptance of these new venues with obvious safety flaws, the bar has been dropped in regards to safety, opening the door to many other circuits that are not acceptable or fit for racing modern day motorcycles.
I will never accept the lowering of safety standards for the sake of a few people making money. It is the young kids, the future of the sport that will bear the brunt of the worst of this. One day, the teams and riders need to come together for the well being of each other.
Last but not least, I thank my fans for their continual support over the years. Without you, none of this racing is possible, and I'm very upset about not having a safe platform to put on a show for you guys this weekend, but I also know that none of you want to see me busted up in the bottom of a concrete wall or ten foot deep ditch. I look forward to seeing you all at VIR in two weeks. - Regards Mat"
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YOSHIMURA SUZUKI TAKES VICTORY AT SUZUKA 8 HOURS
Team Suzuki Press Office - July 26. -Yoshimura Suzuki took another great victory at this weekend's Suzuka 8 hour race in Japan.
The Suzuki Yoshimura team of Daisaku Sakai, Kasuki Tokudome and Nobuatsu Aoki took victory with a one-lap gap over the Kawasaki Trick Star Racing of Hiloyasu Izutsu, Shinya Takeishi and Ryuji Tsuruta and the Honda Dream RT Sakurai ridden by Takumi Takahashi and Chojun Kameya, who ended in third place.
The Suzuki Plot Faro Panthera of Osamu Deguchi and Koji Teramoto finished in fifth place, after competing in the top three for much of the race.
2009 SUZUKA 8 HOURS RESULTS:
1. Yoshimura Suzuki with Jomo. JPN. Suzuki. D. Sakai, K. Tokudome, N. Aoki
2. Trick Star Racing. JPN. Kawasaki. H. Izutsu, S. Takeishi, R.Tsuruta
3. Honda Dream Sakurai. JPN. Honda. T. Takahashi, C. Kameya
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5. Plot Faro Panthera. JPN. Suzuki. O. Deguchi, K. Teramoto
6. Beet Racing. JPN. Kawasaki. O. Nishijima, K. Hasegawa, S. Karita
BMW Announces low $13,800 US PRICING ON THE S 1000 RR
July 15th -
Today BMW Motorrad USA announced the pricing on the 2010 S 1000 RR and its factory installed options.
BMW introduced the most anticipated new sport bike in recent memory, the S 1000 RR, at the famed Monza racetrack during the Superbike World Championship races. And since the launch date the sport bike fans everywhere have been eagerly awaiting the price of this new Superbike from BMW.
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InFront Issues Statement regarding Production Engines in MotoGP
Brno, Sunday 26th July 2009
With reference to several declarations published recently by daily newspapers and weekly magazines, according to which the organizer of the Grand Prix World Championship is reported to be evaluating the possible participation of bikes equipped with production based 1000 cc engines in the MotoGP class, Infront Motor Sports wishes to make the following statement.
Infront Motor Sports does not consider a similar idea either to be realistic or feasible in view of the existing contracts between the FIM and Infront Motor Sports itself and in view of the specific characteristics of the World Superbike and MotoGP championships.
We believe therefore that such a project will not have any follow-up. Nevertheless, wherever future developments should render necessary any action of defense of the rights of Infront Motor Sports, as well as those of all the teams, manufacturers, riders, sponsors and media who have invested in the Superbike and Supersport World Championships, such action will be immediately set in motion at all levels.
Editor's Note: We already know that Infront already lost their effort to keep production engines out of the GP2 Class which will use a production spec Honda CBR600 engine in prototype chassis the GP2 Class in replacment of 250cc 2-stroke engines beginning in 2010.
Limiting the 600cc 4-storke engines in GP2 to just one spec brand, Honda, will immediately eliminate the factory and support teams from Aprilia, Gilera and Yamaha which are much of thr field.
The premier MotoGP class certainly needs to open its riules to all 1000cc Production ( and continue with 800cc ptototype) engines from all manufcturers if it hopes to keep the championship viable. In the current economy with very few sponsors, only the factory tams can afford to race in MotoGP.
2010 MotoGP Calendar
Tuesday 28 July -The FIM today announced the provisional calendar for the 2010 MotoGP World Championship as the following:
Date Grand Prix Circuit
April 11th* Qatar Losail
April 25th Japan Motegi
May 2nd Spain Jerez
May 16th France Le Mans
May 30th Italy Mugello
June 6th GBritain Silverstone
June 26th** Netherlands Assen
July 4th Catalunya Catalunya
July 18th Germany Sachsenring
July 25th*** USA Laguna Seca
August 15th Czech Rep. Brno
August 29th USA Indianapolis
September 12th San Marino & Riviera di Rimini Misano
September 19th Hungary Bal
October 10th Malaysia Sepang
October 17th Australia Phillip Is
October 31st Portugal Estoril
November 7th Valencia Ricardo Tormo - Valencia
Reserve Circuit: Motorland Aragon Circuit
* Evening race
** Saturday race
*** Only MotoGP class
HENLEYS AND MORAIS JOIN KAWASAKI WORLD SUPERBIKE TEAM
August 4th - With less than a week to go before their guest appearance in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, former double British Superbike Champions and current World Superbike Championship team, Paul Bird Motorsport, will have both a new sponsor as well as a replacement rider at the British Superbike meeting at Brands Hatch on August 7/8/9th.
Running the official factory Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10Rs, the
www.supercasino.com, Vent-Axia and Kick Energy-backed team will field South African Sheridan Morais alongside Australian ace Broc Parkes due to former MotoGP and WSB race winner Makoto Tamada being ruled out through injury following his crash at Brno last week.
24-year-old Morais deputised for Tamada at the Kyalami round and scored solid points in both races and in addition, knows his way around Brands given he scored a second place finish in last year's FIM Superstock 1000 Championship race there so is confident of further success.
In addition, the team will be hoping to celebrate a new sponsorship deal in style with leading clothing brand Henleys.
Established in 1996, Henleys is one of today's most influential and innovative UK fashion brands. With casual wear for both men and women, the product range also includes an impressive denim range, outerwear and accessories, making Henleys a true lifestyle brand.
"We recognise the fast-paced environment our customers live in and aim to create collections with a distinct personality that enhance the wearer's lifestyle so by linking up with Paul Bird and the Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team, that allows us to do that," said Henleys Creative Director Simon Peters.
Team owner Paul Bird commented: "We are delighted to welcome Henleys to our portfolio of distinguished partners and they are another recognised brand that adds vitality to our team. We feel their products reflect in what we are doing and look forward to a successful association, starting this week at Brands Hatch."
Details and profiles of the riders, team and bikes as well as championship information, pictures and calendar etc can be found at
ROEHR Motorcycles attains EPA Emissions Certification
Aug 1st -
Roehr Motorcycles LLC is pleased to announce that the ROEHR 1250sc has been issued it's EPA Certificate of Conformity. Company President, Walter Roehrich says, "We can now begin delivering bikes to our customers that have been waiting patiently for this process to be completed."
The ROEHR 1250sc is built to be 50 state legal, however CARB (California) approval is still in process and should follow shortly. "We appreciate all the enthusiasm, patience and support from our California customers and plan to start delivering their bikes very soon as well", states Roehrich.
Fast Dates Roehr Test