Yamaha helped celebrate the Dutch TT's 80th anniversary with Lorenzo on Giacomo Agostini's 1975 Grand Prix World Championship winning Yamaha OW23, and Ago aboard a commerativel paint scheme 2010 YZR-M1.
MotoGP World Championship, Dutch TT Assen, Round 6 of 18
Lorenzo Continues his domination at the Dutch TT
Assen, The Netherlands, June 26th - Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo marked the 80th anniversary of the Dutch TT with an emphatic win from pole position. The Spaniard's fourth win of the season stretched his lead at the top of the championship standings to 47 points over today's second place finisher, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa. Ducati's Casey Stoner claimed third in today's TIM TT Assen, securing his first visit to the podium this season.
Ben Spies and Pedrosa gained major benefits from good starts as both improved four places from their grid positions to slot into second and third place respectively, as Lorenzo led the field into the Haarbocht turn from pole position.
Lorenzo started to open up a very early lead and for the first couple of laps it looked like the Spaniard would race clear as he did at Silverstone, but Pedrosa and Stoner both passed Spies on lap three, before closing the gap on the leader. Andrea Dovizioso passed Spies as well early in the race to move into fourth, and by the midway point he was a second ahead of the American, who in turn led sixth placed Randy de Puniet by just over 1.5s.
As Stoner struggled to find a way past Pedrosa, just as he had done six days ago at Silverstone, Lorenzo started to again edge away, extending his advantage little by little as the laps flew by. Further back Spies closed right up on Dovizioso and passed the Italian to move into fourth, with de Puniet also joining the three-way fight for fourth place
At the front Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Stoner became further separated from one another, whilst de Puniet and Dovizioso fought intensely to the last lap, with the Frenchman out of the seat on more than one occasion, as he pushed his tyres to the limit.
Lorenzo leads Pedrosa and Stoner.
Lorenzo eventually crossed the line 2.935s ahead of Pedrosa, but it quite wasn't the easy win that many expected at Assen for the Spaniard. "The race was a big more difficult than Silverstone, because Dani was so fast with the softer tyre early in the race," declared Lorenzo. "I went with the harder rear tyre, which I knew would come good towards the end, but even then I was sliding around quite a lot. Actually, I made a mistake at the chicane in the closing stages and nearly crashed, so I was quite glad to finish!"
Lorenzo celebrated by planting the usual 'Lorenzoland' flag in a gravel trap and then getting his entire team to sign a world cup football in parc ferme. "The football was to celebrate my 'hat-trick' of wins at Assen; I've won here in all three classes now," explained the championship leader.
Jorge Lorenzo - 1st, Time: 41'18.629 - "This race was a bit more difficult than Silverstone because Dani was so fast with the softer tyre early on in the race and I had to really keep my concentration to stay in front of him at that point. I was confident that my harder Bridgestone tyre would help me later on and this was the case, so we made the right choice. It wasn't easy though and at the end I was sliding quite a lot, in fact I made a mistake at the chicane and nearly crashed so I was quite glad to finish! I am really happy that I have won here in all three classes because it's such a historic place and the football I had in Parc Ferme was to celebrate this 'hat-trick.' Thanks to all my Yamaha guys and also to Bridgestone for this win, we have a big lead in the championship so we can afford to stay calm and relaxed. Now we go to my home in Barcelona and I am excited about another chance to race in front of the Spanish fans."
Pedrosa's second place was enough to elevate the Spaniard back to second in the championship standings, ahead of his Repsol Honda teammate, Andrea Dovizioso.
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda, 2nd -
"I'm surprised by this result, because we had a lot of problems in practice and I wasn't expecting to be able to run this pace today," said Pedrosa, after the race. "I knew the soft tyre would give me an advantage early on, so I pushed really hard, but then I started losing time through the first part of the circuit and lost touch with Lorenzo. I'm happy I'm second in the championship today, but I'm more pleased with second place in the race."
Casey on the grid with Andrea.
Stoner finally took his first podium of the season in third aboard the Ducati. Spies finished fourth in another impressive display from the rookie, with Dovizioso edging out de Puniet for fifth with another overtake on the chicane just before the finish line.
Casey is back!
Casey Stoner,Ducati Marlboro Team - “This is the first race this season we have come away from with a decent result. It shouldn't be our first podium of the year but that's the way it is and it was nice to finish a race, not just a qualifying session, and head to parc ferme. The team has been doing a fantastic job, especially over the last two weekends, when we have established a good base setting that has allowed us to fight for the podium, if not the win yet. Unfortunately at Silverstone we had the start we had but here it was me that struggled more than the bike with arm-pump from about mid distance - it was the same problem as Silverstone and I guess we didn't have time to recover. It is another setback we have to deal with now but I think we can get over it. Anyway all in all it was a positive day and I want to thank the team for the work they have done”.
Nicky Hayden, Colin Edwards, Marco Simoncelli and Aleix Espargaró all took top-ten finishes. Marco Melandri was absent from the race after he dislocated his left shoulder in the second free practice session on Friday morning.
The result extended Lorenzo’s lead at the top of the Championship further and he now stands on 140 points after six rounds, having finished in the top two in every race. Pedrosa moved into second on 93 with his podium finish, ahead of teammate Dovizioso who is third on 89.
Ben Spies on the Grid . Click to go BIG
Race Classification MotoGP: (26 laps = 118.092 km)
Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H / Gap
1 / Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Fiat Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 41'18.629 / 171.518 /
2 / Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 41'21.564 / 171.315 / 2.935
3 / Casey STONER / AUS / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 41'25.651 / 171.034 / 7.022
4 / Ben SPIES / USA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 41'31.894 / 170.605 / 13.265
5 / Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 41'33.952 / 170.464 / 15.323
6 / Randy DE PUNIET / FRA / LCR Honda MotoGP / HONDA / 41'34.401 / 170.434 / 15.772
7 / Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 41'44.496 / 169.747 / 25.867
8 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 41'47.620 / 169.535 / 28.991
9 / Marco SIMONCELLI / ITA / San Carlo Honda Gresini / HONDA / 41'54.287 / 169.086 / 35.658
10 / Aleix ESPARGARO / SPA / Pramac Racing Team / DUCATI / 41'54.466 / 169.074 / 35.837
11 / Mika KALLIO / FIN / Pramac Racing Team / DUCATI / 42'15.398 / 167.678 / 56.769
12 / Hector BARBERA / SPA / Paginas Amarillas Aspar / DUCATI / 42'15.519 / 167.67 / 56.89
13 / Loris CAPIROSSI / ITA / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 42'19.244 / 167.424 / 1'00.615
14 / Alvaro BAUTISTA / SPA / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 42'26.703 / 166.933 / 1'08.074
15 / Kousuke AKIYOSHI / JPN / Interwetten Honda MotoGP / HONDA / 41'42.019 / 163.38 / 1 lap
Pole Position: Jorge LORENZO 1'34.515 173.001 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record): Dani PEDROSA 1'34.525 172.982 Km/h Lap 4
Old Circuit Record Lap: New Circuit
Circuit Best Lap: Jorge LORENZO 1'34.515 173.001 Km/h 2010
World Championship Positions:
1 LORENZO 140, 2 PEDROSA 93, 3 DOVIZIOSO 89, 4 ROSSI 61, 5 HAYDEN 61,
6 DE PUNIET 56, 7 STONER 51, 8 SPIES 49, 9 SIMONCELLI 39, 10 EDWARDS 34,
11 MELANDRI 32, 12 ESPARGARO 28, 13 BARBERA 28, 14 KALLIO 20, 15 AOYAMA 18.
Iannone Scores Another Win in Moto2
Andrea Iannone took his second win of the season from pole position today at Assen, after dominating qualifying and the race in a similar style to that which he displayed at Mugello, where he took his first victory in the new Moto2 class. The Italian topped every session this weekend aboard his Fimmco Speed Up machine, and was headed only briefly in the 24-lap race, which he won by just under five seconds from current championship leader, Toni Elias.
Ratthapark Wilairot got off to a flying start from his best-ever grid position of second and led into the first turn, Haarbocht. Toni Elías shot through from his place on the second row to take third into the first turn, as he stepped immediately into the contest. However, poleman Iannone quickly assumed the lead and started to open up a gap as he had done at Mugello.
Fonsi Nieto made a good start and was in the running early on, but held up the pursuing pack as he struggled to match their speed, and allowed Iannone to open up an unassailable advantage at the front of the race. "I got a good start, but I just didn't have the engine to stay with the frontrunners," said Nieto, after retiring from the race following a crash six laps into the race.
Elías moved up into second on lap three and began to try and close up what was already a 2.3s gap to Iannone, as Valentin Debise took a ride-through penalty due to a jumpstart. Anthony West returned to the pit lane for an adjustment to his MZ machine, before eventually retiring from the race three laps later when he lost the nut from the rear axle.
In fourth place and preparing to play an important role was Thomas Lüthi, whilst behind him Julián Simón, Jules Cluzel and Shoya Tomizawa battled for fifth. Arne Tode was the next crasher and was forced to retire from the race.
Meanwhile Elías and Wilairot continued to engage in a progressive battle for second place as they swapped places on a number of occasions, but all the while Lüthi was tracking the pair down as he narrowed the gap and soon caught up. As Iannone rode a lonely race at the front Lüthi and Wilairot began to open up a fantastic duel for the final podium spot as they exchanged positions countless times, right up until the final lap.
Iannone eventually crossed the line 4.492s ahead of Elías, with Lüthi managing to hold onto third to complete the podium as Wilairot placed fourth. Tomizawa and Simón completed the top six, with a substantial eight-second gap back to seventh placed Cluzel who was followed by Mike di Meglio, Karel Abraham and Yuki Takahashi.
Elías extended his lead at the top of the Championship to 24 points as he moved onto 100, with Tomizawa (76) and Lüthi (74) maintaining second and third respectively. Iannone’s win moved him up to fourth on 67 points.Absent from the race were Alex Debón and Axel Pons, who were both injured in Friday’s qualifying session.
Race Classification Moto2 (24 laps = 109.008 km)
Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H / Gap
1 / Andrea IANNONE / ITA / Fimmco Speed Up / SPEED UP / 40'00.383 / 163.485 /
2 / Toni ELIAS / SPA / Gresini Racing Moto2 / MORIWAKI / 40'04.875 / 163.18 / 4.492
3 / Thomas LUTHI / SWI / Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 / MORIWAKI / 40'05.773 / 163.119 / 5.39
4 / Ratthapark WILAIROT / THA / Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG / BIMOTA / 40'05.856 / 163.114 / 5.473
5 / Shoya TOMIZAWA / JPN / Technomag-CIP / SUTER / 40'07.788 / 162.983 / 7.405
6 / Julian SIMON / SPA / Mapfre Aspar Team / SUTER / 40'08.049 / 162.965 / 7.666
7 / Jules CLUZEL / FRA / Forward Racing / SUTER / 40'16.406 / 162.401 / 16.023
8 / Mike DI MEGLIO / FRA / Mapfre Aspar Team / SUTER / 40'16.505 / 162.395 / 16.122
9 / Karel ABRAHAM / CZE / Cardion AB Motoracing / FTR / 40'17.342 / 162.338 / 16.959
10 / Yuki TAKAHASHI / JPN / Tech 3 Racing / TECH 3 / 40'19.984 / 162.161 / 19.601
11 / Scott REDDING / GBR / Marc VDS Racing Team / SUTER / 40'20.570 / 162.122 / 20.187
12 / Simone CORSI / ITA / JIR Moto2 / MOTOBI / 40'20.806 / 162.106 / 20.423
13 / Gabor TALMACSI / HUN / Fimmco Speed Up / SPEED UP / 40'21.741 / 162.044 / 21.358
14 / Mattia PASINI / ITA / JIR Moto2 / MOTOBI / 40'27.037 / 161.69 / 26.654
15 / Yonny HERNANDEZ / COL / Blusens-STX / BQR-MOTO2 / 40'34.407 / 161.2 / 34.024
Pole Position: Andrea IANNONE 1'39.092 165.010 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record) : Andrea IANNONE 1'38.917 165.302 Km/h Lap 5
Circuit Record Lap: New category
Circuit Best Lap: Andrea IANNONE 1'38.917 165.302 Km/h 2010
World Championship Positions:
1 ELIAS 100, 2 TOMIZAWA 76, 3 LUTHI 74, 4 IANNONE 67, 5 SIMON 61, 6 CLUZEL 55,
7 CORSI 55, 8 GADEA 47, 9 DEBON 37, 10 TALMACSI 37, 11 TAKAHASHI 27,
12 WILAIROT 25, 13 REDDING 23, 14 ROLFO 21, 15 DI MEGLIO 17.
2010 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Calendar Girl Music Festival
Sunday July 18th, Queen Mary Park, Long Beach
Fashion and motorsports photographer, event producer Jim Gianatsis has a passion for high performance, an ear for talent, and an eye for beauty. Somehow he's managed to combine them all together in one incredible mixture of day-long excitement at the annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Calendar Girl Music Festival taking place again this year on Sunday July 18th at the Queen Mary Event Park, Long Beach, CA.
The Calendar Motorcycle Show, now in its 19th year is renown as one of the top custom and performance street motorcycle event in the world featuring top name custom bike builders and product companies. It celebrates the annual premier of the world renown FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars with the bikes, custom builders and Calendar Kitten models on hand to meet with the Show visitors.
Actress and singer Elizabeth Nicole returns to host the Calendar Show for the second year.
Fitting into the event's theme with some incredible entertainment during the day is the Calendar Girl Music Festival which each year features some of the hottest up and coming new female singer songwriters and their bands. This year's Calendar Motorcycle Show & Music Festival is no exception as beautiful TV and movie actress, singer and songwriter Elizabeth Nicole both hosts and performs at this year's event. Headlining the Show with 2 performance sets is singer songwriter Sara Haze and her band who are just returning from a national tour promoting her new album "My Personal Sky."
Another beautiful new singer songwriter premiering her new album "Lost Inside a Moment" at this year's Festival is recent Australian arrival Katie Cole, who has been paying her dues at music clubs around town, but just recently opened a major concert for the legendary Glen Campbell and is looking to "Break Out" - one of her aptly named songs on her new LP.
Also on stage during the day is the popular all girl AC/DC tribute band Whole Lotta Rosies. And the Purrfect Angelz dance and music group which has performed around the world on USO tours, in many music videos, and on national TV shows from the CMA Awards to the 2Night Show with Jay Leno.
The 2010 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Calendar Girl Music Festival takes place on Sunday July 18th at the Queen Mary Event Park, Long Beach, CA. Gates open to the public from 10am to 6pm with the Concert starting on the Main Stage in the beautiful grass park beside the Pacific Ocean at 11:30am and going to 5:00pm. General Admission is just $25 Adult, $10 Children 10-16 years, and includes complimentary admission aboard the Queen Mary ghost ship (normally a separate $12 admission). More HERE
Stock Ducati Multistarada Wins Pikes Peak Interntional Hillclimb
Ducati Multistrada 1200 S takes first and third positions in its maiden off road competition
Pikes Peak, CO, June 28th 2010 – The Ducati North America race team first and third place finishes in the 88th annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, held yesterday in the mountains above Colorado Springs, Colorado. In its very first international competition, the Multistrada 1200 S took top honors in the 1200cc class in the hands of Pikes Peak Veteran Greg Tracy. The Multistrada took a massive lead off the starting line, and rode into clouds to take the top podium position at 14,110 feet. Tracy ran a smooth, uneventful race which demonstrated the exceptional on and off road capabilities of Ducati’s latest offering.
“That was an exciting week I’ve got to say. I want to thank Ducati for the opportunity they’ve given me- I was even pitted in front of Rhys Millen’s Unlimited Class ride- that was pretty cool! The Spider Grips Falkner-Livingston Multistrada was an amazing ride. Everyone did an awesome job and that motorcycle is crazy fast- it hit 137mph at one point! The bike worked great on the dirt and the asphalt,” said Tracy in the post race award ceremony. “When I was growing up, and all these factory teams would win races, I was sure they had these $100,000 engines and that was why they went so fast. I was wrong. This is my first year on a factory motorcycle and I’ll tell you that bike was box-stock. It had some carbon, and few tweaks and that was it.”
Greg’s teammate Alexander Smith also put in a formidable performance, ensuring the second Ducati entry made the podium. Alexander fought his way up the mountain, and while battling for second had an accident in the last corner, which slowed him down but still allowed time to remount and finish third.
“I have to repeat everything Greg said about the bike- it was really perfect. The race was good, and if you see the start line footage you can tell how awesome the bike was working,” said Smith. “It was a pretty uneventful race up until the last corner where I kind of laid it down. I got off real quick and remounted which was still good enough for third and got two Ducati’s on the podium.”
Hannspree World Superbike Championship, Misano Round 8 of 13
Incredible Home Track Double for Biaggi and Aprilia at Misano
Misano Italy, June 25-27th - Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) continued the dominating precission he has been displaying the past two rounds by taking his fourth double win of the year at Misano, Italy. "Mad Max" was able to dominate raceday at Misano and moving further ahead in the Hannspree World Superbike Championship standings. In front of 69,000 highly enthusiastic Italian fans Max was eventually imperious after some early flurries of overtaking activity, but Superpole winner Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) was a co-star in race one, leading for 16 laps before yielding to Max, then finishing third. Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) fought back from eighth in race one to go second in race two, and keep Biaggi in his sights for the final five rounds of the year.
All of Ducati's factory and support riders were on hand to meet the fans at WDW2010. Click to GO BIG.
Track Record holder Corser gives BMW its first ever Superpole win
Misano, Italy, June Sat 26th 2010 - Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) posted a brilliant 1 minute 35.001 seconds to take the new track best lap and BMW’s first ever Superpole win. In doing so he extended his own record of pole wins in WSBK racing to 43 and he did it in some style, finishing half a second clear of his nearest rival. Second on the grid for Sunday’s races will be championship leader Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) who was surprised and delighted to be so far forward at a circuit like Misano. Third went to Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) and fourth to the charging Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda). BMW, Aprilia, Ducati and Yamaha machines share the front row places, after the usual close competition for grid places in a class with seven competing manufacturers.
Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) was not able to get into contention with Corser and Biaggi in the final Superpole contest and went fifth, but Sylvain Guintoli overcame the result of an earlier qualifying collision with Corser to put his Alstare Suzuki sixth on the grid. Leon Haslam, second in the championship, took his Alstare Suzuki machine to seventh place in a tough Superpole for man and machine.
Luca Scassa (Supersonic Racing Ducati) put in another great performance for a privateer rider as he posted a top eight time; he now starts Sunday’s races as last man on row two. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) battled hard to go ninth, just missing the final Superpole knockout session; Pata B&G Ducati privateer Jakub Smrz was tenth. James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda) struggled in qualifying and Superpole and thus went 13th fastest, joined by fellow British riders Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia), Shane Byrne (Althea Ducati) and Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda). Once again Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was top Kawasaki rider, 18th, while his team-mate Chris Vermeulen was 21st fastest.
Troy Corser: “I don’t know who’s older, Max or me but here we are! I’m very happy with what we did today, it’s been a long time since I was on pole, but the team has put in a lot of work since Miller and this is a really good result. I am happy with the set-up of the bike, it’s easier to ride and it has a more balanced position. It was very hot this afternoon and the surface was a bit more slippery but it is the same for everybody. If we get a good start tomorrow I will go from the front and see what happens.”
Max Biaggi: “I'm very satisfied with this result which, to be quite honest, I didn't even really expect. This is a track where it is very difficult to overtake, so starting up front was important. I'm quite pleased. In the last lap I gave it my all and was very quick, but what counts now is being strong for the entire race. There are a lot of riders here, not only Troy, who are capable of making very fast laps and they showed that today as well, so we'll have to try to stick close to the leaders.
Michel Fabrizio: “It is very important to start on the front row of the grid here in Misano, where I have never really gone very well. I made a little mistake on the final lap when I saw the chequered flag a little bit too late to put in anything extra. In tomorrow’s races the early laps are going to be difficult, I don’t want to be controversial because once again we’re missing a bit in engine power with respect to the fours, but we’ll see how it goes.”
Cal Crutchlow: “Testing here went OK, but we’d like to have some new parts because now we’ve come here to race we’re doing the same pace as in all the tests with the same set-up. We do need to find something extra because everyone else is going really well here, but in any case congratulations to Corser and I’m satisfied to be on the front row for tomorrow’s races.”
Superbike Times: 1. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'35.001 (160,141 km/h);2. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.502; 3. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'35.680; 4. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.683; 5.Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1'35.851; 6. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.096; 7. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.302; 8. Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'36.607; 9. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1'36.093; 10. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1'36.170; 11. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'36.200; 12. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1'36.204; 13. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.216; 14. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.245; 15. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1'36.376; 16. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.561; etc.
Michele Pirro (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) set a new track best at the very end of the final qualifying session to take pole position at Misano, his 1 minute 38.444 seconds proving to be not just unbeatable but also very well timed. Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) had to settle for second on the grid, with local wildcard rider Roberto Tamburini (Bike Service Yamaha) an impressive third. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Motocard.com) earned a top four place, with Gino Rea (Intermoto Czech Honda) a positive fifth, one place up on series points leader, Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda). Welshman Chaz Davies (ParkinGo Triumph BE-1) made it onto the second row behind Sofuoglu, but one place ahead of Massimo Roccoli (Intermoto Czech Honda).
Supersport Times: 1. Pirro M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1'38.444 (154,451 km/); 2. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 1'38.611; 3. Tamburini R. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.911; 4. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.019; 5.Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 1'39.224; 6. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 1'39.277; 7. Davies C. (GBR) Triumph Daytona 675 1'39.371; 8. Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1'39.383; etc
Another incredible double for championship leader Biaggi
Sunday June 27th - Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) continued along the rich seam of form he has been displaying for the past two rounds by taking his fourth double win of the year, the Italian utterly dominating raceday at Misano and moving further ahead in the championship standings. In front of 69,000 fans Max was eventually imperious after some early flurries of overtaking activity, but Superpole winner Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) was a co-star in race one, leading for 16 laps before yielding to Max, then finishing third. Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) fought back from eighth in race one to go second in race two, and keep Biaggi in his sights for the final five rounds of the year. In the overall championship Biaggi has 307 points, Haslam 270 and Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) 172.
Superbike Race 1
Biaggi took his seventh win of the season in race 1, finally overtaking long time leader Corser and then proving able to hold off Checa’s Ducati in the final laps. Checa was second, Corser third, the top three veteran riders covered by only 0.822 seconds at the flag. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) was fourth, Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Alstare) fifth. Leon Camier, on the second Aprilia RSV4, was an eventually lonely sixth. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) ended race one seventh after working hard at Misano; Haslam a disappointed eighth, having some technical set-up issues that held back his possible charge. Shane Byrne (Althea Ducati) and James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda) were ninth and tenth respectively.
Max Biaggi: “I'm obviously happy with this victory. Especially because I didn't expect it and because doing so well in Italy, in front of our supporters has a very special flavour for us. The conditions are difficult because of the lack of grip. Already after five or six laps I started to "drift". After overtaking Troy I tried to push as hard as possible because I saw that the times were still high, but I couldn't shake him or Checa because the risk for mistakes was too high.”
Carlos Checa: “I felt we had a good chance here, we’ve been working very hard. Tyres with hotter temperatures mean that the race is not the same for all the riders, but we stayed quicker throughout the race and it was a very close battle with Max at the end, but not close enough and I had to settle for second.”
Troy Corser: “I got another good start and dropped back inside Max to get the lead. The track was really slippery compared to this morning, so it took a few laps to get a feel for the tyre and get a good rhythm. I made a mistake and Max came past, I tried a bit too hard and that was about it for me. It was positive all the same because we managed to stay in front for a good while.”
Race One Results (Pirelli Race Tyre Selection - Front/Rear): 1.Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'59.319 (156,082 kph) (C/A); 2. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 0.387 (A/C); 3. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 0.822 (B/C); 4. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 4.911 (B/C); 5. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 5.916 (B/B); 6. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 8.658 (C/A); 7. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 11.872 (B/C); 8. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 11.907 (B/A); 9. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 16.490 (A/B); 10. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 18.458 (B/C); 11. Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 18.646 (B/C); 12. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 19.315 (B/C); 13. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 25.405 (B/A); 14. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 31.671 (B/A); 15. Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 39.658 (C/A); 16. Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 48.137 (B/B); 17. Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 56.316 (A/A); 18. Sandi F. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 56.667 (C/A); 19. Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 57.218 (B/B)
Troy Corser (11) on the factory BMW leads Race One ahead of Checa and Fabrizio
as Biaggi (3) moves in for the kill.
Superbike Race 2
Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) was in unbeatable form in race 2, surviving some hard early passing moves by his main rivals to get clear of the pack and push on to win, easing up across the line, by 4.095 seconds. This was double number four for the season. Haslam was a committed second after changing his machine and rear tyre as he attempted to halt Biaggi’s championship surge. Fabrizio returned to some of his best form by going third, holding off the determined Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda). Checa was fifth after being ambushed in the early laps, Guintoli sixth and Byrne seventh. Luca Scassa was an impressive eighth for the local Supersonic Ducati Team, with Haga ninth and early leader Corser tenth after losing ten seconds in one lap.
Max Biaggi: "In such a tough and well balanced championship, all of the victories are earned with hard work and sweat. In race 2, to be honest, maybe I rode... pushing the envelope a bit, maybe even risking too much. But on the other hand, without risk there is no gain! This race represents a crucial moment for us and for our season we are coming out with our heads held high. As always I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart: from the guys on the team to our supporters. Victories like this never happen by chance and these ones in particular are well deserved by a large family which works together toward a common goal"
Leon Haslam: “We have had a tough weekend and after the first race eighth was the best we could have done because we had a few issues. The team came up trumps for me in race two and we finished in second place behind Max in race two. Second is never good for me behind Max as he is the championship leader but today we will take it.”
Michel Fabrizio: “In the second race we didn’t win but we got on the podium, which is a good result. It wasn’t easy and once Max passed me, I had no chance of counterattacking him, and I had to do everything possible to hold onto third place with Crutchlow behind me. I’d like to dedicate the podium to my team because every week my engineers are working hard and continuing to believe in me”.
Race Two Results: 1. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'58.149 (156,16 kph); 2. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 4.095; 3. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 4.631; 4. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 5.014; 5. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 6.256; 6. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 7.677; 7. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 10.144; 8. Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 10.942; 9. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 13.640; 10. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 16.279; 11. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 17.799; 12. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 22.793; 13. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 24.131; 14. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 28.212; 15. Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 36.551; 16. Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 49.636; 17. Parkes B. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 50.041; 18. Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 51.246; 19. Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 58.174; 20. Sandi F. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 1'10.588
Pirelli Race Tyre Selection - Front/Rear: All riders on same solutions with the exception of Guintoli, Haslam, Byrne and Baiocco who chose the “C” rear, Vermuelen and Scassa who chose the “A” rear and Sandi who chose a “B” front for Race 2.
Points (after 8 rounds of 13): 1. Biaggi 307; 2. Hslam 270; 3. Checa 172; 4. Rea 158; 5. Haga 151; 6. Corser 149; 7. Toseland 138; 8. Fabrizio 131; 9. Camier 130 70; 10. Crutchlow 120. Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 313; 2. Suzuki 283; 3. Ducati 250; 4. Yamaha 177; 5. Honda 169; 6. BMW 152; 7. Kawasaki 47
World Supersport 600
Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) got the better of his peers at Misano and in taking another win he went back into the lead in the championship. Pole man Michele Pirro (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) crashed out of contention early on, leaving Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Motocard.com) to finish second. Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) could have taken that runner-up position but ran off line or off track on several occasions, and finished third. Britain’s Gino Rea had an awesome start on the Intermoto Czech Honda machine but was taken out in the collision with Pirro. In the championship Laverty now has 161 points, Sofuoglu has 158, and Lascorz 148.
Supersport 600 Results: 1. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 36'46.369 (151,697 kph); 2. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 3.876; 3. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 6.557; 4. Davies C. (GBR) Triumph Daytona 675 12.815; 5. Tamburini R. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 12.927; 6. Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 14.248; 7.Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 19.641; 8. Foret F. (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 24.360; 9. Praia M. (POR) Honda CBR600RR 36.260; 10. Salom D. (ESP) Triumph Daytona 675 36.598;
Points (after 8 rounds of 13): 1. Laverty 161; 2. Sofuoglu 158; 3. Lascorz 148; 4. Davies 97; 5. Salom 64; 6.Harms 61; 7. Pirro 58; 8. Rea 54; Manufacturers: 1. Honda 195; 2. Kawasaki 148; 3. Triumph 107; 4. Yamaha 11
European Superstock 1000
Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia STK) set a new track best and lap record of 1’39.189 on his way to the race win at Misano, in a race which was red-flagged after 11 laps of the scheduled 14. This was his fifth win in five starts this year, and he now has 125 points to second place rider Maxime Berger’s 66. The Ten Kate Junior Race rider was also second in the race today, ahead of local man Michele Magnoni (Team Shiner Honda). Magnoni is now third in the overall rankings, on 63 points.
Superstock 1000 Results: 1. Badovini A. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 18'21.537 (151,924 kph); 2. Berger M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 2.576; 3. Magnoni M. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 2.807;4. Antonelli A. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 3.872;5. Bussolotti M. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 15.071; 6. Baz L. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R1 16.266; 7. La Marra E. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 16.449; 8.Giugliano D. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R 100016.721; 9. Barrier S. (FRA) BMW S1000 RR 17.043; 10. Petrucci D. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 19.830;
Points (after 5 rounds of 10): 1. Badovini 125; 2. Berger 66; 3.Magnoni 63; 4.Giugliano 53; 5. Barrier 47; 6. Antonelli 41; 7.Baz 37; 8. Bussolotti 37; Manufacturers: 1. BMW 125; 2. Honda 93; 3. Suzuki 60; 4. Yamaha 39; 5. Kawasaki 36; 6. Ducati 26; 7. KTM 25; 8. Aprilia 13.
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Assen 6/25/2010 - The Fiat Yamaha Team, the Yamaha Classic Racing Team and multiple-World Champion Giacomo Agostini joined together for a very special celebration at Assen the evening, ahead of the 80th edition of the historic Dutch TT.
Giacomo Agostini, Shigeto Kitagawa, President of Yamaha Motor Racing and Ferry Brouwer, owner of the Yamaha Classic Racing Team presented the celebrated 1975 YZR500 OW23, on which Agostini won his last ever world title in 1975 and also the Dutch TT in 1974. In addition Yamaha unveiled a surprise ‘Agostini' 2010 YZR-M1 in Fiat Yamaha Team colours, with the Italian's famous Number One stickers.
Yamaha legend Agostini rode a display lap of Assen on both motorcycles to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the TT.
Shigeto Kitagawa, President of Yamaha Motor Racing, said: "I am very pleased to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Dutch TT with Yamaha's first and latest premier class championship-winning bikes. It is going to be a great pleasure to see both machines ridden by the great and legendary champion Giacomo Agostini."
Giacomo Agostini added: "It's a double pleasure and honour for to be here at Assen on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Dutch TT. First of all, I was honoured to be invited by the TT for this important occasion and secondly I am very excited to celebrate this event riding for Yamaha, to whom I gave a first world title in the 500cc series. I have a beautiful memory of this TT race and of these fans. I remember that when I used to ride here, many years ago, there were 160,000 fans all around the track. Unbelievable!
Now I have the chance to ride the "past" and the "present;" the first and the latest world champion bikes. My OW23 was like a bicycle with 120bhp, but used to get power at 6000rpm...whilst the M1 has 240bhp! When you ride the M1 for the first time, it seems that it's very easy: engine, gear, brakes, it seems that it does everything itself, but then when you open the throttle you discover its power and you realize how difficult it is to control such a force!"
Ferry Brouwer, Team owner of Yamaha Classic Racing Team, concluded: "This is going to be a very special moment during the 80th Dutch TT. Yamaha's past and present has joined forces to bring about a fantastic spectacle for the public here on Saturday. We sincerely hope that the fans will enjoy watching these bikes being ridden by Giacomo as much as we have enjoyed preparing everything for this moment."
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Yamaha Test Rider Yoshikawa to join Fiat Yamaha Team in Rossi's absence
June 24th -
Yamaha Motor Racing is pleased to announce that Wataru Yoshikawa, their experienced Japanese test rider, will join the Fiat Yamaha Team from the Barcelona round of the MotoGP World Championship. The two-time Japanese Superbike Champion will ride in the place of the injured Valentino Rossi, with Rossi's team and the YZR-M1, until the Italian is back to full fitness following his broken leg.
It is expected that Yoshikawa will be with the Fiat Yamaha Team for at least three races, after which more should be known about Rossi's expected return date.
Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing Srl, said "we have considered many different scenarios and candidate riders to fill the temporary vacant seat in the Fiat Yamaha Team. We had always planned to use a rider from within the Yamaha Motor and Tech 3 family but for each rider we considered who is in active competition, their move to the Fiat Yamaha Team would have created another problem for their own racing program or for the teams in which they are engaged. Finally, after a great deal of consideration, we have selected Wataru Yoshikawa, our Japanese YZR-M1 Test rider, to join us as our substitute rider. We provisionally plan for three races (Catalunya, Sachsenring and Laguna Seca) but we will adjust the plan accordingly when we know more about Valentino's expected date of return.
"The benefit of Wataru's presence in our team will be threefold. Firstly he brings with him a wealth of experience riding the YZR-M1. Secondly his presence allows us to fulfill our contractual obligations and to join the team's quest to accumulate points for the Team Championship. Thirdly he will gain valuable first hand MotoGP race experience in three challenging circuits which will surely be very useful to assist him and Yamaha with the future development of the YMR-M1.
"We look forward to welcoming Wataru into our team while we wait for Valentino's return to full fitness."
Wataru Yoshikawa added "I'm happy to have this chance to stand-in for Valentino while he is recovering and to compete in MotoGP again for the first time since 2002, when I raced at Motegi. Looking at the Fiat Yamaha Team results with the 2010 YZR-M1, I can see that the winter developments were correct and now I am looking forward to having the chance to gather some ‘real racing' data, which will be very helpful for the future development of the M1."
Valentino Rossi Update
Tavullia, Italy 27/06/2010 - Fiat Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi sent the following message today from his home in Italy. The reigning World-Champion is currently convalescing after breaking his leg at the Italian MotoGP round three week's ago.
"Three weeks have passed since the accident and two since I was discharged from hospital, and I am very happy about how my recuperation is progressing. I am feeling a lot better and I'm starting to live a semi-normal life again, although for a completely ‘normal' life I will have to wait until I'm back on my bike! I am walking with crutches and since a few days I've been able to put my foot to the floor. Honestly, I didn't expect to feel this good just a few weeks after the incident, and I mean both physically and in my ‘spirit.'
"The rehabilitation is continuing as usual, both sitting in the hyperbaric chamber and with some exercises in the gym. Unfortunately my shoulder is still giving me some pain but I am working on the muscles to reduce the pain a bit. If the rehabilitation proceeds without trouble and if everything continues in this way, then my objective is to return at the Czech Grand Prix in Brno.
"I have started to leave the house and my good friends haven't left me on my own for even a minute, although I'm not used to spending so much time in Tavullia! I miss my bike, my team and the paddock a lot and this ‘new' sensation is pushing me to get better as quickly as possible.
"I'll speak to you, but more importantly see you, soon.
Ciao, Valentino Rossi."
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June 27th - After dominating Superpole, Troy started race one from pole position, led for the first sixteen laps and looked on course for his maiden win with BMW. But the smallest of errors cost him dearly and, in the end, he had to be satisfied with third place - repeating the result he had in Monza last month. Even though he wasn’t able to win today, he showed that he and the BMW are now genuine podium contenders, thanks in part to the big improvements to the bike made recently. Troy’s team marginally changed the set-up of the bike to improve rear grip, but the plan didn’t work.
Although Troy led the first six laps, he struggled to stay in front because he was having difficulty getting the bike to turn and stop in the corners. He kept going and ended 10th.
Local favourite Max Biaggi (Aprilia) won both races to increase his championship lead over Leon Haslam (Suzuki) to 37 points. In race one, he narrowly beat Carlos Checa (Ducati) with Troy third, but race two was much more comfortable. He took his second chequered flag of the day, over four seconds ahead of Haslam, with Michel Fabrizio (Ducati) third.
Troy - Race 1: 3rd, Race 2: 10th
I should have won the first race and the only reason I didn’t was because I made two small mistakes. This series is so hard that it only takes the smallest of mistakes or errors to lose a win and that’s what happened today. The bike has come on a lot recently and most of it is to do with a new set-up at the rear. It’s something that I’ve wanted to try for some time, but it’s not something that we felt we could try during a race weekend. We tried it at the recent Mugello tests and now I have bike I can ride easily without thinking about it - and that’s a great feeling. Now the bike is probably the best it has ever been at any stage and I felt comfortable leading the first race.
I made a small mistake on lap seventeen when I went a bit wide at a left-hander and had to go on the grass. I couldn’t get my normal drive out of the turn as a result and Max (Biaggi) overtook me. On the next lap, I left a bit too much space going into another left-hander and Carlos (Checa) dived underneath me. From then on in, I matched them for lap times but just couldn’t pass them.
Because it now takes such a long time for the interviews in parc fermé, the podium ceremony and the interviews in the Paddock Show, I wasn’t able to have a proper debrief with my team. We spoke briefly when I got back to the parc fermé and I told the boys that I was pretty happy with the bike and if they wanted to make some small adjustments they could do so. They wanted to improve the rear grip, so changed the front forks a little, but the plan didn’t work and the bike was actually harder to stop in the corners and this is why I started going backwards. It was a shame, because otherwise I felt that another podium was on the cards.
Our tyres don’t like it when the track temperature goes over 30C, but I think that’s probably the same for everybody. Today Max and the Aprilia were a good package. They can be beaten, but our bike needs to be perfect to do it. As I said, I’m really happy with the bike now and I am enjoying leading races and challenging at the front. My goal is to try and finish third in the championship. I don’t know if that’s realistic, but that’s what I’m aiming for.
Experts, history makers take center stage at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Despite what we remember from our teen years, sometimes a good lecture is just what we need -- especially if it's about motorcycles. And you'll find plenty of cool lecture topics at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 9-11, during AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) Vintage Motorcycle Days.
Front and center at the lectern during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will be numerous historical figures and industry leaders hosting seminars ranging from riding to racing to restoring vintage motorcycles. School was never this good.
"The seminar program at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is one of the most popular features at this event," said AMA Special Events Manager Tigra Tsujikawa. "Not only do we feature those who have helped write the history of motorcycling, but we include current experts from various fields and disciplines. Topics as diverse as international off-road competition, getting started in vintage racing and practical tips for creating custom bike parts will be coverage."
All seminars are roughly 90 minutes in duration and are in the Goodyear Tower on the fourth floor, or in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Tent in the infield of the Mid-Ohio roadrace course.
Several seminars will focus on the 2010 Marque of the Year, Husqvarna. Located at the Hall of Fame Tent, these include "Husqvarna Motorcycles: The People Behind It All" by Gunnar Lindstrom on Friday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m., and "The Early Years of Husqvarna in America," featuring John Penton, Lindstrom, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Grand Marshal Malcolm Smith and Tom White on Saturday, July 10, at 1 p.m.
Fans of off-road racing will get a real treat on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 11, at 1 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Tent when the 1982 International Six Days Enduro U.S. Trophy Team will re-unite for a discussion about their all-Husqvarna effort that brought home a second-place trophy that year -- the highest finish a U.S. team has ever achieved in this storied international competition. The discussion will feature Mark Hyde, Mike Melton, Terry Cunningham, Scot Harden and Wally Wilson.
Also featured will be Bridgestone Motorcycles, the 2010 Classic Club, in talks by Randy Gibbon and Larry Young on Friday at 11:30 a.m., Saturday at 9 a.m., and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Speaking at the Goodyear Tower, Gibbon and Young will discuss both the high-quality and little-known history of this rare brand.
Perennial AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days speaker Craig Vetter returns this year to discuss motorcycle streamlining and fuel economy. Vetter will present his ideas and lead an open discussion at the Hall of Fame Tent on Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Running in conjunction with the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is known by many for its National Championship vintage competition in motocross, trials, hare scrambles, roadracing and dirt track. For those interested in getting started in the sport -- certainly one of the least intimidating and most affordable ways to get on the track -- vintage racer, promoter and sponsor Don Miller will offer advice in "How to Get Started in Vintage Racing" on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Goodyear Tower.
Two other major highlights of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days are the bike shows and North America's largest swap meet. Both, of course, inspire attendees to take on motorcycle projects of their own. If you want to do it right, you won't want to miss Bob Vail's "Building Vintage Motorcycle Specials: Techniques and Tips." Vail will discuss working with Fiberglas, welding and aluminum castings to make custom parts on Friday at 10 a.m., Saturday at 12 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Goodyear Tower.
Triumph fans can get their fill of technical information on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. when Triumph experts John Healy and Don Hutchinson will discuss the details of working with the classic British brand.
Eric Trow will address motorcycling safety in "Ride Like It's 1969 Classic Lessons for Riding Safely Today" on Friday at 1 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Goodyear Tower.
In addition to these seminars, there will be ample opportunity for the public to interact with Grand Marshal Malcolm Smith and other AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers who will be in attendance.
Held at the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features vintage and post-vintage competition in motocross, trials, harescrambles, roadracing and dirt track. In addition to demo rides of current production bikes, the event includes North America's largest motorcycle swap meet, educational seminars, bike shows, the Federal Companies/Allied Used Bike Corral, motorcycling seminars, the new product Manufacturers' Midway, and club corrals featuring marque and regional clubs.
Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The goal of the Hall of Fame, located on the campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio, is to honor the distinguished men and women whose competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship have played a vital role in shaping the sport, lifestyle and business of motorcycling. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame's website at MotorcycleMuseum.org.
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Yoshimura's Blake Young to Sit Out AMA Nationals from Practice Crash Injury
June 20th - Yoshimura Suzuki team rider Blake Young crashed at the recent Barber test and was left with lingering back issues, which have now been diagnosed as crushed or compressed vertebrae. This can be a very serious injury and others who have suffered severe cases have been warned not to ride until the area is fully healed.
Blake's riding coach Kevin Schwantz canceled his trip to Silverstone MotoGP last week and instead flew to Madison to be be with Young. They then traveled to California, where Young is seeing different doctors including Dr. Art Ting.
Young's absence may give the Yoshimura team an opportunity to race Australian Josh Waters who has been testing with the team as a future prospect.