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Third place for Victory Racing (formerly Brammo) in its first ever Isle of man TT Zero Race
Lee Johnston rides a 111.62mph lap to his second TT podium
Fourth for Guy Martin on a 109.717mph lap, just shy of the 110mph mark
Isle of Man, Wednesday June10th, 2015 -Victory Racing is celebrating its first ever TT podium after Lee Johnston rode a 111.620mph lap in the SES TT Zero race to take third place.
Lee had ridden increasingly fast laps on successive practices throughout the week as he became more familiar with the intricacies of riding the electric motorcycle – including energy management and regeneration – and he rode his fastest lap to date just when it mattered most.
Lee said in the winner’s enclosure: “Yeah, awesome to be back on the podium again. Every time we go out, we’re getting faster. Think we had a little bit of battery left, so maybe could have went a bit quicker. Fair play to the Mugen boys, but at the end of the day they have been coming here for three years and in their first year they did nowhere near 110mph, so credit to the whole Victory team, it’s an absolutely awesome job. The bike’s so fun to ride because it’s so small, I really like riding it.”
Guy Martin, who stepped in to ride the bike on behalf of the injured William Dunlop, placed fourth, an equally sweet victory in some ways, as he had only ridden two practice laps on William’s No.6 machine ahead of the race. He also posted his fastest lap of the week in the race – a 109.717mph, just shy of the 110mph mark.
“It’s a proper fast bike,” he said. “The Victory boys judged it just right to use up all of the battery power as I came over the finish line. I’d need more time to properly get my head around it but I’m happy to have had the opportunity to ride it.”
For a first time at the TT, the team is thrilled that it has been so competitive. Victory Racing Team Manager, Brian Wismann, said: “I’m feeling very, very good. It was good day for Victory Racing on our first ever time at the TT. We accomplished what we set out to accomplish… got on to the podium, but we also got a 111mph average in our first ever TT Zero race. Speeds were good, the bikes were good and reliable, they looked great out there. I’m just very, very pleased with all the hard work the team’s put in and the work that the riders have done to get the bikes round here so quickly.”
Out of the 10 electric bike teams on the Isle of Man, seven of them entered the race. It is also the very first time that five teams have all achieved over 100mph laps under race conditions and is a strong indicator that electric racing technology is being taken seriously by many brands in anticipation of mass-produced consumer vehicles.
For Gary Gray, Director Motorcycle Product for Victory Motorcycles, the third and fourth place is reward for all the efforts the brand is putting into proving ‘American Performance’. He said: “I couldn't be prouder of the team for putting a bike on the podium the first year out and for building the fastest American electric bike ever at the Isle of Man TT. I promised we would be competitive and beating nine of the 10 teams proves American performance.”
A podium result has also excited Parker, the makers of the GVM electric motor that propelled the bikes. Parker’s US-based strategic account manager, Kevin Holloway said: “We are proud of the entire Victory Racing team for the third and fourth
place finishes in the TT Zero. Everybody worked so hard and we exceeded our expectations by setting an American lap record today.”
Victory Motorcycles has been flexing their muscles in various forms, not only by entering the Isle of Man TT, but also by taking part in professional drag racing, running a stunt team and fielding an entry in the iconic Pikes Peak Hill Climb with a prototype and custom race machine built by Victory Racing and Roland Sands Design, all which will be exhibited at the upcoming American Victory Rally in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO.
DUCATI LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE DEALERSHIP TOURS WITH 2015 MODEL LINEUP TO TEST-RIDE
Set for Summer 2015, the Ducati Experience Tour and Ducati Demo Days Give All Motorcyclists the Opportunity to Test-Ride New Ducati Models from the 2015 Lineup
Cupertino, Calif. (May 5, 2015) – As the most anticipated new Ducati models continue to arrive in showrooms across North America, Ducati is launching the cross-country Ducati Experience Tour in May to give customers and Ducati enthusiasts the ability to test ride 2015 models at participating dealerships, including the all-new Multistrada 1200, Monster 1200, Monster 821, 899 Panigale, Diavel, Hypermotard and Streetfighter.
Ducati Demo Days will also begin in May and will create an opportunity for attendees to test the majority of the 2015 lineup, hosted by local participating dealerships and supported by Ducati North America. In addition to offering test rides on some the brand’s most exciting models, dealerships participating in the Ducati Experience Tour and Ducati Demo Days will also feature a variety of activities over the three-day Ducati experience, including live music, BBQs, food trucks, MotoGP and World Superbike race viewing parties, and more.
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Ducati Experience Tour
· The Motor Café | Sunnyvale, CA | 5/8 - 5/10
· Southbay Motorsports | Chula Vista, CA | 5/15 - 5/17
· GO AZ Motorcycles | Scottsdale, AZ | 5/29 - 5/31
· Fay Myers Motorcycle World | Greenwood Village, CO | 6/5 - 6/7
· Advanced Motorsports Ducati Dallas | Dallas, TX | 6/12 - 6/14
· Mountain Motorsports Roswell | Roswell, GA | 6/19 - 6/21
· Ducati Miami | Miami, FL | 6/26 - 6/28
· Coleman PowerSports | Woodbridge, VA | 7/10 - 7/12
· Cross Country Ducati | Metuchen, NJ | 7/17 - 7/19
· Riverside Motorsports | Medford, MA | 7/24 - 7/26
· Fast By Ferracci | Willow Grove, PA | 7/31 - 8/2
· Mosites Motorsports | North Versailles, PA | 8/7 - 8/9
· Ducati Detroit | Birmingham, MI | 8/13 - 8/16
· MCC Motor Cycle Center | Villa Park, IL | 8/21 - 8/23
· MotoCorsa | Portland, OR | Seattle, WA | 8/28 - 8/30
· South Sound Motorcycles | Fife, WA | 9/3 - 9/4
· Ducati Seattle | Seattle, WA | 9/5 - 9/6
· Ducati Week LA | Los Angeles, CA | 9/10 - 9/14
Ducati Demo Days
· Moto Forza | Escondido, CA | 5/8 - 5/10
· Ducati New Orleans | New Orleans, LA | 5/15 - 5/17
· Big #1 Motorsports | Birmingham, AL | 5/29 - 5/31
· MelilliMoto | Ocala, FL | 6/5 - 6/7
· Ducati of Fort Myers | Fort Myers, FL | 6/12 - 6/14
· Bloodworth Motorcycles | Nashville, TN | 6/19 - 6/21
· Hudson Valley Motorcycles | Ossining, NY | 6/26 - 6/28
· Wagner Motorsports | Worcester, MA | 7/10 - 7/12
· Seacoast Sport Cycle | Derry, NH | 7/17 - 7/19
· Ducati Indianapolis |Zionsville, IN | 7/31 - 8/2
· Tytlers Cycle | De Pere, WI | 8/7 - 8/9
· Moon Motorsports | Monticello, MN | 8/14 - 8/16
· Northern Ohio Ducati | Akron, OH | 8/21 - 8/23
· Harrison Eurosports | Sandy, UT | 8/27 - 8/29
· Ducati Omaha | Omaha, NE | 8/28 - 8/30
· Ducati Week LA | Los Angeles, CA | 9/10 - 9/14
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It rained hard in the closing laps of Race One, bring all the riders into the pits to chain to Rain Tires, but the finishing order remained the same with Jonthan Rea (65) taking the win handily over Chaz Davies (7).
2015 Eni SBK World Superbike Championhip, Nilox Portugese Round, Round 6 of 13
Jonthan Rea takes his 4th Double Double of the Season at Portiamo World Superbike Four Race Points Lead for Rae, Davies, Sykes Giugliano and Haslam in the top-3
Portimao, Portugal, June 5-7th 2015 - Jonathan Rea confidently secured his fourth double race win of the 2015 season on his Kawasaki Racing Team Ninja ZX-10R in the seventh round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Portimao. Tom Sykes (KRT) battled through adversity to take second in a dry-and-wet first 20-lap race, but was forced to finish eighth in race two after a drop in rear tyre pressure all through the 20-laps.
In winning his 24th and 25th career WSB race victories Rea showed his versatility and the Ninja ZX-10R its adaptability after two very different races. Rea and Sykes were battling it out together in race one in dry conditions but with the arrival of a sudden heavy shower and high winds they opted to come in for wet tyres at different times. When Sykes came back out from pitlane, just behind Rea, it looked like a close fight again in the wet. A sudden electronic problem lost Sykes some revs, and therefore pace, until his machine cleared again and he secured second place, nine seconds from Rea. It was Sykes’ seventh podium of the year.
In race two, held in dry conditions, Rea took the lead at half race distance and ran away to record his second win of the day, and his tenth victory since joining Kawasaki this year.
For Sykes a promising race for a podium ended in a struggle with a deflating rear tyre, due to a damaged wheel rim, that dropped his pace significantly on the last few laps and put him in eighth place.
Despite starting off the third row of the grid after a fast crash in Superpole on Saturday, Rea maintained his remarkable record of scoring either first or second in every race this year. He has 330 championship points, only 20 from perfection.
Rea also set the fastest lap of each 20-lap race and took his championship advantage to 124 points over new second place rider Sykes, 330 to 206. Despite his issues today Sykes improved his championship position and he is now seven points ahead of third place man Leon Haslam.
There will be a one-day official test session at Portimao tomorrow and Misano hosts the next round of the championship, on Sunday 21st June.
Giugliano Puts the Ducati Panigale on Pole
Superpole Saturday 6th June 2015 – The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team score fantastic results in today’s Superpole at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve with Davide Giugliano snatching pole position for the fifth time in his Superbike career. Chaz Davies will also line up on the front row of the grid, having qualified third for tomorrow’s races.
After yesterday’s strong results, the two Aruba Ducati riders were able to make further improvement in this morning’s third and final timed practice, which took place in hot conditions, similar to yesterday, on the Portuguese track. It was a hard-fought session with the top twelve riders all closing within one second of each other. Giugliano continued yesterday’s positive trend, further dropping his time to duck under 1’43 for the first time. His best lap, completed in 1’42.928, saw him place overall second at the end of the timed practices. A small crash for Davies five minutes before the session’s did not prevent the Welshman from returning immediately to the track and setting his fastest overall time, a 1’43.390, in the final seconds to position sixth. Both Giugliano and Davies therefore qualified directly for the afternoon’s Superpole 2.
Superpole 2: After completing two laps on race rubber, Giugliano was straight back out with the soft qualifying solution and was able to record an extremely impressive time of 1’41.764 thanks to which he snatched pole position for the second time since returning at Imola, the fifth pole of his Superbike career. Davies was also able to complete a very fast lap, in 1’42.123, thanks to which he closed the session in overall third position. Tomorrow both factory riders will line up on the front row of the grid for the day’s two 20-lap races.
Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #34) – 1st (1’41.764)
“In this morning’s session we worked really well and I think we took another good step forward with respect to yesterday's sessions. This afternoon it was more tricky, also because of the higher temperature but I can say that we’re feeling confident ahead of the races. I’m really pleased with pole position of course – my second since returning at Imola and, considering that the other guys have completed eight more races than me this season, I see this as an important result which also boosts my morale. Tomorrow I hope that race 1 takes place in slightly cooler conditions while I realise that the second will be tough if conditions are particularly hot.”
Race One: Rea wins flag-to-flag opening race at Portimao
After twenty action-packed laps, that saw the first flag-to-flag race of 2015, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) has taken his ninth victory of the season in the opening race of the day at Portimao, coming home 9.384s ahead of team mate Tom Sykes and with an even bigger margin on Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Team), who completed the podium.
More than two thirds of the encounter saw the Kawasaki pair play a game of cat and mouse until, with 6 laps to go, the few drops - that were already falling down - turned into heavy rain. All but Sykes came in to change to wet tyres with Sykes following suit the following lap. The duo fought it out until Sykes made a mistake caused by a small and temporary technical problem, allowing Rea to notch up his 24th career win.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) who completed the podium after a titanic fight with Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) in the early stages. Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) was fourth ahead of Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike) and Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Ducati).
Ayrton Badovini brought the BMW Motorrad Italia entry home in 7th ahead of Leandro Mercado, who experienced his first ever flag-to- flag race on the Barni Racing Ducati.
Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) recovered to 9th after an off track excursion as Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) rounded out the top-10 after running wide in the early stages of the race.
Jordi Torres was the first of the factory Aprilia riders in 11th, the WorldSBK rookie just beating team mate Leon Haslam who fell and re-joined on his first lap after changing to wet tyres. Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), David Salom (Team Pedercini) and Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati) completed the point scorers.
WorldSBK Portimao - Race 1
1 - Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team
2 - Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team +9.384
3 - Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team +13.753
Jori Torres powerslldes the Aprilia out of a turn while running 6th, but this abuse to his rear tire would take its toll and cause hiim to drop back to 7th in the closing laps ahead of Sykes
Race Two- Jonny Rea Domonates again , Giugliano brings Ducati home in 2nd
The conditions for this afternoon’s second WorldSBK race at Portimao's Autodromo Internacional do Algarve were almost perfect as the earlier rain had disappeared. The full 20-lap encounter on a dry circuit was won in the end by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), who stepped atop the podium for the tenth time this season by crossing the line 5.416s ahead of his nearest rival Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team). Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils) returned to podium ways by finishing third.
As in the first encounter, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) initially led before being passed by team mate Jonathan Rea and Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team), the trio pulling clear of the pack as their pace at the front increased.
As the race continued Rea began to stretch a lead, leaving Sykes and Giugliano to fight for second until the former champion’s ZX-10R suffered what looked like a technical problem. The former champion would eventually finish eighth. Haslam took full advantage of the situation to take third, his first podium since Aragon race 2. Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) finished fourth to score more solid points ahead of the Pata Honda pairing, with Michael van der Mark getting the better of reigning World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli on the final lap.
Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) scored 9 points with his 7th place finish ahead of Sykes, Leandro Mercado, who was in the top ten once again on his Barni Ducati and Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Ducati). Positions between 11th and 15th were taken by Roman Ramos (Team GO Eleven Kawasaki), Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia), Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Christophe Ponsson (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati).
Rea’s double win moves him into 3rd overall in terms of most consecutive podium finishes (15). The KRT rider now sits in seventh place for the most number of race wins in the series (25).
Jonathan Rea: “I have a great bike, a great team around me and great strategy for every weekend. My crew chief Pere and I sit down and work out a good set-up, evaluating our tyres. We learned from some mistakes in Donington that made us stronger here and I am riding well, but I have the tools to do it. So it is massive credit to all my mechanics for working so hard and KHI in Japan, who are continuing to develop. In tomorrow’s test we have some new material to try. We know now where the limit is and we rode two good races today. The points gap is a lot after this round but I will try not change the way I am riding.”
Tom Sykes: “It has not been a great day for us and it was such a shame that we had a small technical issue in Race One and the a flat rear tyre in Race Two. In race one the revs dropped for a while and then it cleared again, so I could finish second. The tyre had started to go down in pressure from the beginning of race two and it is such a shame because I think we had a good bike set-up today. I really wanted to evaluate the bike in race two so we will never truly know the real race performance. We have a test tomorrow so we will use that as a good opportunity to try a few more things. We have had a consistent weekend in many way so it was shame to have this bad luck as Jonathan was on form, and we needed to capitalise.”
Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #34) – 4th, 2nd - “This was an important podium for me, especially after having finished race 1 fourth. In the first race I simply didn’t find the right feeling with my bike due to a lack of grip that seems to occur as a result of variations in the weather. Fortunately it rained, because that way we were able to manage the situation a little better, to close fourth. A shame though as I could have achieved two podiums here today. For race two we made some changes and my team gave me a bike with which I was able to ride hard and finish second. The updates that my technicians have brought this weekend have helped me too and I’m really happy, especially for the fact that, after a three month break, my team has helped me to get back to a position in which I can fight for the win, which I hope will arrive soon.”
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 3rd, 4th - “Similarly to Donington, I think third was the best I could have done in race 1 here. Lap times were quick at the start and I was able to keep up with Rea and Sykes up to a certain point, but was then losing something in a couple of points of the track. We made a good pit-stop and I was able to hold third to the line, so I’m pleased with the result. The race was pretty wild, with very strong winds in addition to the rain. The second race was difficult right from the start. We made some changes between the first and second race but I didn’t have the right feeling with the front tyre, and couldn’t really brake or stop my bike as I would have wanted. I think that the variation in temperature made the difference and tomorrow we will work during the tests to better understand how we can improve when temperatures rise.”
Stefano Cecconi – Ducati Team Principal – “We return home very pleased with the results achieved this weekend. After the great qualifying session yesterday, our riders have consistently fought for the podium places. Despite the unexpected rain that affected the end of race 1, Chaz was able to maintain third place and Davide made up lost ground, also thanks to the perfect teamwork carried out during the tyre change. In race 2, despite the gusty conditions and the fact that Davide is still suffering with the flu, he was able to complete a great race, bringing home a brilliant second place finish. We also thank everyone in Ducati for the latest technical updates that have further improved the bike and contributed to achieving these results.”
WorldSBK Portimao - Race 2
1 - Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team
2 - Davide Giugliano Aruba.it Racing - Ducati +5.416
3 - Leon Haslam Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils +6.689
Superbike Standings (7 of 13 rounds completed)
1 - Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team - 330
2 - Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team - 206
3 - Leon Haslam Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils - 199
2015 MotoGP World Championhip, Gran Premio d'Italia TIM, Round 6 of 18
Lorenzo Makes Moviestar Magic in Italy Mugello, Italy, May 29-31st, 2015 - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo was unbeatable in Mugello today to claim a brilliant victory in the Gran Premio d'Italia, his third consecutive MotoGP win of the season. Teammate Valentino Rossi also gave a stunning performance, to finish third, making it three double podiums for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team in a row.
Thousands of home fans of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team gathered at the Autodromo del Mugello to see their dreams come true today. Not only did Jorge Lorenzo claim a flawless victory for the Gran Premio d'Italia, Yamaha's fifth of the season, but their local hero Valentino Rossi also battled his way onto podium. He secured third in a hard fought race, making it his sixth consecutive podium.
After a flying start from second on the grid, Lorenzo tucked in behind Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso to quickly make his intentions clear. He moved up from third to lead the way when he crossed the line for the first time. With a clear track ahead of him, the race went exactly as he planned. As his pit board signaled rival Marc Marquez's approach, he put the hammer down, setting a 1'47.700, the fastest lap of race.
He gradually built a gap and remained untouchable for the rest of the race. Riding consistent laps in the low 1'48s the Spaniard finished his perfect performance at the team's home GP with a 5.563s advantage. This win is Lorenzo's third win at the Mugello circuit in four years' time. Complete Race Report Here
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Then the following weekend on Saturday July 25th Sara and Helene will be hosting the 24th annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show at the Sagebrush Cantina, Calabasas, CA, which includes the Calendar Bike Building Championship with top celebrity builders premiering their latest custom builds, the Calendar Girl Music Show featuring beautiful actress and singer songwriter Gwedolyn Edwards and her Band, and American Idol contender Alex Nester. And Sara will be premiering the new 2016 FastDates.com Calendars where she is again featured. For additional information on these Events and to purchase tickets, and for more about the Kittens and Calendars visit: http://www.FastDatess.com and http://www.MazdaRaceway.com
This Month in the Calendar Bike Garage.., The World's Coolest Naked Ducati! Beauitful FastDates.com Calendar Kitten Sara takes us for a ride on the world's most exotic and expensive Ducati streetbike
ever - a $110,000 Vyrus NCR 983 Superleggera in the Calendar Bike Garage and in Members Corner. Order the Fast Dates Calendars
Calendar Bike Photo Features, Paddock Garage Tuning, Pictorials of our Calendar Kittens in Members Corner
1960s Gillera 4-cyliner 500cc Grand Prix bike.
2015 Corsa Motoclassica at Willow Spring Raceway, California
Photos and Report by Jim Gianatsis Rosemond, CA -April 24-26th 2015 - The annual Corsa Motoclassica was first run 20 years ago at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosemond, California, just down the road from Edwards Air Force Test Base in the Mojave Dessert. It was the child of Yoshi Kosaka of Garage Company, a Los Anegles based motorcycle used bike and parts store and restoration shop specializing in classic street and race bikes. The Corsa Classic at Willow Springs gave Yoshi's customers a place to bench race and ride their beloved classic race bikes at speed, and could be called the West Coast's version of the Barber Motorsports Festival in near Montgomery, Alabama. Continued Here
Beverly Hills 1921 Board Track Motorcycle Races
The first what might be considered Superbike races in America took place from 1910 into the 1920s on huge board tracks located in many major cities, and at Daytona Beach. This was one of the bigger tracks located in Beverly Hills, CA. The historic Beverly Hills Speedway 1.25 Mile Board track was just south of where Rodeo Drive is now. It was huge for about 2 years regularly pulling 10-12,000 spectators for automobile and motorcycle races.
The high speeds and lack of any safety protection for the race cars and motorcycles, and their drivers, as well as for spectators made board track racing extremely dangerous as the machines developed and got even faster. Many drivers were killed and the tracks closed down, and by the Great Depression with less people having money to attend the races, the majority of tracks closed down, although a few survived into the 1930s.
Guy Martin at the Isle of Man!
And if you thought Board Track racing was scarry, tht's nothing! Take a look as famed Isle of Man racer Guy Martin practices for this year's 2015 race on his Tyco Suzuki GSXR1000. There'sjust no room for any mistake.
The 2015 Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle & Calendar Girl Music Show
moves to the Sagebrush Cantina, Calabasas on Saturday July 25th 2015
Los Angeles, CA, USA
March 1st 2015 - The 2015 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show continues its now 24- year tradition as the premier outdoor streetbike event in America as it rocks the legendary Los Angles bike hangout and party zone, the Sagebrush Cantina in beautiful downtown Calabasas, California. Featured are top Celebrity Custom Bike Builders, the Calendar Bike Building Championship & Concourse d' Elegance, selected Vendors and Exhibitors, and Calendar Girl Music live performances. The Calendar Motorcycle Show is also a benefit for the American Cancer Society with a portion of each Admission Ticket being donated to help those people who are fighting cancer, and to help find a cure.
The Calendar Motorcycle Show features many of the world's top Pro and Amateur custom street bike builders in attendance with their newest 2-wheeled creations of rolling art to compete in the Calendar Show Bike Building Championship for cash and awards including the coveted Best of Show Trophy. The Calendar Show provides a broad focus for all motorcycle enthusiasts including the growing Collector Bike Market with Exhibitors and Bike Show classes for classic European, British and Japanese motorcycles, along with American V-Twins and Customs. Show Entries will be placed in a Concourse display on the Cantina's large outdoor event patio.
The annual Calendar Motorcycle Show always kicks off the world premier of next year's new 2016 FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars featuring the world's top road race and custom motorcycles with the beautiful Calendar Kittens featured in the Calendars in attendance at the Show. Show Producer Jim Gianatsis will again be photographing the winning bikes to appear in the Motorcycle Magazines and the next FastDates.com Calendars.
Included with admission is the Calendar Girl Music Show is an incredible day of live music featuring beautiful actress and singer songwriter Gwendolyn Edwards and her Band, and former American Idol contender Alex Nester, each performing two sets of a spicy mix of hot cover tunes and their own original songs. Like many we know impacted by cancer, Alex is a survivor and we are excited the Calendar Show will be helping others with a portion of our ticket sales going to the American Cancer Society. To find our more about their important work fighting cancer go to www.Cancer.org
Legendary Builders featured in the popular FastDates.com Iron & Lace Custom Motorcycle PinUp Calendars and expected to attend include Russell Mitchell / Exile Cycles, Richard Pollock / Mule Motorcycles, Ron Simms / Ron Simms Customs, Jim Giuffra & Spokesmodels / AFT Customs, Chris Redpath / MotoGPwerks, Shinya Kimura / Chabott Engineering, and Adrian Packet / Canyon Motorcycles.
Together with the Calendar Motorcycle's Show's display of exciting new Custom and Classic bikes, Celebrity Builders, and select Manufacturers, there will live performances by a talent female singer songwriters. And VIP Admission includes the Sagebrush Cantina's excellent Taco Plate Buffet with soft drinks, where you can custom design your Mexican lunch plate with a large selection of meats, sides, salads, chips and toppings. Full Bar service is also available. Because the Show is now in gated patio venue, spectator capacity is limited and advance online ticket purchase is recommended to assure your entry to the longest running and most exciting streetbike event on the West Coast.
The 2015 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show takes place on Saturday July 25th 10am-3pm at the Sagebrush Cantina, 23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, CA 91302. Motorcycle Parking is Free at the main entrance, with on site paid Car Parking also available. For additional information and to purchase tickets go to: www.FastDates.com/BIKESHOW.HTM
Richard Pollock / Mule Motorcycles to Be Honored at The 2015 Show!
The 2015 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show on Saturday July 25th will pay special tribute this year to Richard Pollock / MuleMotorcycles.net as one of our favorite and most successful FastDates.com Calendar Bike Builders over the last 25 years. You'll certainly want to join us as we honor Richard and he premiers his newest Streetracker build!
Honda Taking Orders on New RC213V-S Street Legal MotoGP Replica
by Turning RC213V Competing in MotoGP Races into a Model for Public Road Riding
June 11th 2105 - The RC213V is a machine exclusively for racing that has won consecutive championships in the MotoGP class of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (hereinafter called “MotoGP”) in 2013 and 2014. Honda has made changes to some of the specifications of the RC213V, and will now introduce this as the RC213V-S. It is possible to ride the RC213V-S on public roads,
In 1954, Honda declared its intention of participating in the Isle of Man TT races, which were a part of the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix at the time. Honda developed its own racing vehicles and in 1959, five years after the declaration, started competing in the Isle of Man TT races. In 1961, Honda successfully won the TT race championships in the two classes it entered. The total number of cumulative racing victories for Honda reached an unprecedented 600 wins in 2005, which rose to a cumulative 695 victories as of June 11, 2015. Since the Isle of Man TT races, Honda has positioned its racing activities in a wide variety of races as its “laboratory on wheels,” and has incorporated the feedback from the wide-ranging technologies developed for competition in these races into its commercially available production models, relying on these technologies as a way to help maintain and evolve the excellent performance and reliability of Honda motorcycles.
The new RC213V-S is not merely the result of a feedback of technologies created by Honda through its competition in races into a commercially available model, but rather represents a wholly new endeavor to make it possible for a machine developed for competition in MotoGP races to run on public roads. To win in the world championship races, it is necessary to enter a machine that runs the fastest in the world, but in Honda’s view, the rider needs to maneuver the machine well, and so Honda sees ease of use as the means necessary for winning races. In other words, Honda has a principle that the fastest machine in the world is also the machine that is the easiest to maneuver in the world. Ever since competing in the Isle of Man TT races, Honda has consistently developed machines exclusively for racing toward the goal of creating the world’s easiest machine to maneuver based on this Honda principle, racking up victory after victory in races along the way.
The RC213V-S has been developed according to this Honda principle, making it possible for the RC213V, which has won MotoGP championships for two seasons in a row in 2013 and 2014, to run on public roads. The RC213V-S has inherited the specifications of the RC213V to thoroughly ensure mass concentration and reduced friction, as well as all key aspects in manufacturing that set the RC213V apart as a MotoGP machine from ordinary mass production models, with overwhelming differences which involve light weight and precise machining of the components, plus superior expert skills required in manufacturing. In addition, the RC213V-S is equipped with control technologies used on the RC213V. The RC213V consists only of the necessary parts for winning races, based on the idea of changing specifications as necessary according to the rider and course. To achieve the specifications that make the RC213V-S eligible to run on public roads, the minimal amount of necessary changes and additions has been made compared to the RC213V. Specification Sheet
For the RC213V-S, a machine for public roads, the regions with sales planned are Europe, the U.S., Australia and Japan. The manufacturer’s recommended prices are set at €188,000 (tax-inclusive) in Europe (Germany*1), ¥21,900,000 (tax-inclusive) in Japan, A $244,000 (tax-inclusive) in Australia, and US $184,000 in the U.S.
* A kit exclusive for use on closed circuits is offered as an option. (This kit is not available in the U.S.)
For purchase of an RC213V-S, applications for order entry will be accepted around the world starting 0:00 (CET) on July 13, through the order entry form on the exclusive website (www.rc213v-s.com).
*1 Selling price in Europe here means the selling price in Germany. Selling prices in Europe vary by country. (Details will be posted in the order entry form on the exclusive website.)
Characteristics of the RC213V-S
As the purpose of development of the RS213V-S, rather than trying to replicate the dynamic performance of the RC213V, the focus of the development approach was on recreating as much as possible the complete vehicle packaging of the RC213V and its riding feel. To enable riding in speed ranges that approach the world of the RC213V, an optional sports kit is available exclusively for riding only on closed courses such as racing circuits.
In this way, the RC213V-S makes it possible to experience the riding feel of the RC213V on public roads, while also enabling riding at a higher level on closed circuits.
The RC213V consists only of the necessary parts for winning races, based on the idea of changing specifications according to the rider and course. But given the premise of riding on public roads for the RC213V-S, minimum possible changes and additions have been made to the RC213V as requirements for running on public roads, while inheriting all other elements of the RC213V.
Main changes and additions to the RC213V-S in comparison with the RC213V
[Changes made for maintenance aspects]
?While inheriting the camshaft gear train structure, a switch was made for the pneumatic valve to a coil spring system.
?The seamless transmission was changed to a conventional system.
* For the changes above, the same specifications as those for the RCV1000R, an open category racing machine sold on the market, were adopted.
Additions to RC212V-Street made for riding on ordinary public roads.
• License plate lamps
• Front and rear turn signals
• Right and left rearview mirrors
• Muffler with a catalyst
• License plate holders
• Honda Smart Key
• Self starter
• Side stand, etc.
Changes made for riding on ordinary public roads
• Steering angle: 15 degrees → 26 degrees
• Tires: RS10 made by Bridgestone Corporation
• Front brake disc: Made of stainless steel, manufactured by Yutaka Giken Co., Ltd.
Editor's Note: The Honda RC213V-Street is obviously a beautiful Honda MotoGP bike replica, although with itslong redesgn and testing delay for Street use (Electric Starter, Steel Valve Sprinsg rather than Pneumatic Valves in the motor, Lighting Equipment, , etc) it isnow 3-4 years behind in specification to the current RC213V 2105 being raced in MotoGP, just as Ducati's Desmosedici RR was when it was finally redesigned and released for street use 8-10 years ago. And at $65-72,000 each, the Ducati was much more reasonably priced, and they still had a hard time selling all 500 examples produced. We think Honda made a big mistake in not releasing thisRC213-V-S as a full on production Superbike to replacing the aging and now uncompetive CBR1000 being raced by Ten Kate Pata Honda in World Supeberbike, and hence with higher production numbers, making it more affordable in the process.
The Retail Price of
US $184,000 of the RC213-V-Street is just plain stupid, and this doesn't even include the optional "Sport Kit" for racing conversion. Granted this Street Bike comes with a lot of nice high-end components like the Ohlins TTX Piggyback Resevoir Superbike forks ($12,000), and race spec Brembo Calipers (but not with the MotoGP exotic carbon composite brake rotors (as commonly available on many high end sports cars) and Brembo Hand Controls. But the RC213V-S needs to be priced at least USD $120,000 less to be even worth buying unless yuou are a stupid wealthy collector and die-hard Honda enthusiast who just has to have one, money no object. And the Race Kit needs to be included for no affional cost. We doubt at this price the required 1000 examples will ever be ordered and built to homologate it for FIM World Superbike.
And the RC213V- Street is way underpowerd at
their specs of 117KW / 159hp @11,000rpm for the Street.
A Ducati Multistrada Touring bike has that much power.
The Race Kit will bring the power up to 158Kw / 215ho @ 13,000rpm, and we might guess that Race Kit might cost an additional $20-40,000!
For comparison, the current 2015 Aprilia RSV4 Factory and Ducati 1199R
will cost you well under $40,000 and are just as light, and produce the same 220hp with the Akrapovic Race Silencers and ECU upgrade. Plus the Ducati has a much more current Electronics package. And as Ducati's Chaz Davies proved at Imola a few weeks ago, a box-stock Ducati 1199R on street tires could have Qualified 10th on the grid at this year's Imola World Superbike round. A change to race slicks and it could have qualified on the front row..... Sorry Honda, your new RC213V-S is 2 years too late and way too overpriced.
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WSBK - APRILIA ON THE PODIUM AT PORTIMÃO WITH LEON HASLAM
IN SUPERSTOCK 1000 LORENZO SAVADORI, FINISHING SECOND, CONFIRMS HIS LEADERSHIP AND THAT OF THE APRILIA RSV4
Portimão, 7 June 2015 – Leon Haslam finished the Portuguese weekend brilliantly riding his Aprilia RSV4 RF to third place in Race 2. Leon's podium is the just reward for the hard work done by Aprilia Racing - Red Devils and the determination of the English rider, still struggling with rib pain from his accident at Imola.
In the first race Haslam was comfortably managing fourth place before the rains came in the fifteenth lap and forced all the riders to change tyres. Coming back out of pit lane, Leon had a bad slide in turn 5, slipping on the treacherous asphalt. He got back on the bike and finished in twelfth place.
Starting Race 2 with severe pain in his side, aggravated by the crash in Race 1, Leon struggled for the first few laps and then found a good race pace. The English rider moved steadily up into third position and he was gaining on Giugliano who was in second place when the chequered flag came out.
Leon Haslam: “I made a bad mistake in Race 1 sliding on the wet asphalt and making my ribs worse. In the second race, on the other hand, I lost too much time at the beginning, missing a couple of gear changes, and losing touch with the leading group. In the middle section of the race I had a good pace and was able to move up a few positions to third place. When I had started catching up Giugliano I began to lose my feeling with the front. I was about a second behind but the race was over at that point. Getting onto the podium was important both for me and for the team considering how hard the guys worked this weekend.”
The two Portuguese races did not bring the results Jordi Torres had hoped for, despite the leap of quality demonstrated during the practice sessions. In the first race the Spanish rookie didn't get off to the best of starts so he was forced to make up positions. The rain toward the end of the race complicated matters: In fact, Jordi had never before ridden the RSV4 on the wet and he settled for finishing the race without taking any pointless risks.
His start in Race 2 was good, as was the way he managed the middle part of the race. Only an abrupt loss of grip kept Jordi from a fifth place finish which was well within his reach.
Jordi Torres: “This was a difficult weekend, but we made a lot of progress. The RSV4 works well here. We were able to improve even compared to yesterday with a small change we made before the races. In Race 1 I didn't start well. I was lacking confidence at the beginning. Then I set my pace until I was in about sixth place. Unfortunately the rain ruined everything. It was my first time riding the RSV4 in the wet and I was careful not to crash and ruin everything.
In Race Two I got off the line more aggressively and at mid-race I had the pace to defend sixth place well. But in the final laps I had a sudden loss of grip at the rear tyre. I didn't take any risks and I settled for bringing home some important points. Unfortunately during practice on a new track it isn't easy to make a good assessment of performance over race distance.”
SUPERSTOCK 1000: APRILIA AND SAVADORI STILL FIRMLY IN THE LEAD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP With his second place finish at Portimão, Lorenzo Savadori and the Team Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia RSV4 confirmed that they are in grand form. Thanks to a shortened race, Lorenzo managed his second place finish which allows him to keep a firm grip on the championship lead just three races from the end of the season.
Kevin Calia made his nth top-10 finish, seventh under the chequered flag and now ninth in the rider standings.
The Manufacturer standings are also dominated by Aprilia who, thanks to the RSV4's positive streak (on the podium every race since the beginning of the season), now has a 25 point advantage over BMW in second place and Ducati in third.
Althea Racing announces the return of Niccolò Canepa to its ranks, riding the Ducati Panigale R. June 9th - Niccolò Canepa and Team Althea have reached an agreement that will see them work together for the remainder of the 2015eni FIM Superbike World Championship after the premature departure of Spanish rider Nico Terol. The rider and Team Althea share great memories of the 2014 season, in which they concluded in second position in the EVO category of the world championship.
Team Althea trusts the Genoan rider to achieve the kind of results that have always characterized the Italian squad in the category for production-derived bikes.
The arrival of a rider as motivated and experienced as Niccolò Canepa will give the whole team a new stimulus and will of course please all of Team Althea’s many fans.
Genesio Bevilacqua: “I’m very happy to welcome Niccolò to the Althea family, one he already knows and with whom he already shared significant success in 2014. His motivation, athletic freshness and great experience can surely make the difference and allow us to obtain important results. Although we have less than half the championship left to run, we want to do our very best and make the most of the great potential that the Ducati Panigale R has already shown in the field.”
Niccolò Canepa: “I’m very pleased to return to the great family that is Althea. After last year’s fantastic season in which we finished second in the EVO world championship, being able to get back on Team Althea’s Ducati and return to my team gives me great motivation. The bike has improved a lot from that of last year and so I’m sure that after some laps to get back into things I’ll be able to be competitive right away. I thank Genesio for giving me this opportunity and I’m sure that h! e and the fans will not be disappointed. I’ll see you at Misano.”
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Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to play host to 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track finale and inaugural Superprestigio of the Americas.
Replacing the Pamona Fairplex Season Finale with the loss of the Fairplex Track
June 8th 2015 - On the heels of a spectacular debut for the sport in Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing at X Games, AMA Pro Racing has announced that the world's premier flat track motorcycle racing series will end the 2015 season in grand fashion. The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. will play host to the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Finale on Friday, November 20, followed by the inaugural running of the Superprestigio of the Americas on Saturday, November 21. The pair of short track races will be promoted by industry veteran Steve McLaughlin and held on a circuit designed by seven-time Grand National Champion Chris Carr.
"We're pleased to be ending our season in America's home for entertainment and in conjunction with such a prestigious event," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "Fans can expect incredible excitement both on and off the race track as we crown the next GNC2 and Grand National Champions."
Superprestigio of the Americas will be modeled after the pair of highly successful Superprestigio short track exhibition races held last year in Barcelona, Spain. A vision of RPM Racing's Jaime Alguersuari, the original Superprestigio concept pitted top motorcycle Grand Prix competitors such as Marc Márquez and Tito Rabat against the best riders from nearly every form of motorcycle racing in the world, including an AMA Pro Flat Track contingent of Brad Baker, Jared Mees and Shayna Texter. Superprestigio of the Americas will carry the flame stateside, keeping with the spirit of the original but with a few American twists.
"Like many things in the states, we're going to do some things a little differently with the Superprestigio of the Americas," said Steve McLaughlin, CEO of SMI. "We're not just going to feature road racers and dirt trackers, this is going to be an invitational event for champions and top riders from all forms of motorcycle racing throughout the Americas. There might even be some interest from Supercross, Motocross, Freestyle, Supermotard and Speedway riders, and we would certainly welcome their participation. It's all about broadening the appeal base of the sport, and we're real excited about this opportunity."
The Pomona Half-Mile, previously planned as the season finale on October 10, has been canceled due to the permanent closure of the racing circuit at the LA County Fairplex.
"Despite our best and continued efforts, we were unable to save the historic Pomona Half-Mile event for 2015," said Chris Morgan of The Activation Group and event co-promoter. "We are working on some very exciting possibilities for 2016 and hope to bring dirt track racing back to Southern California in the near future. We would like to thank all of our great partners, sponsors, and most of all the Flat Track fans for their years of support for the Law Tigers AMA Pro Flat Track Finals at LA Fairplex."
Next up, AMA Pro Flat Track heads to Hagerstown, Md. for the Hagerstown Half-Mile on June 20. For tickets and information, please visit HagerstownSpeedway.com. Every round of the AMA Pro Flat Track season is available for live streaming in high definition at http://www.FansChoice.tv.
AMA Pro Flat Track
1. March 12, 2015 - DAYTONA Flat Track I - Daytona Beach, Fla.
2. March 13, 2015 - DAYTONA Flat Track II - Daytona Beach, Fla.
3. May 24, 2015 - Springfield Mile I - Springfield, Ill.
4. May 30, 2015 - Sacramento Mile - Sacramento, Calif.
5. June 20, 2015 - Hagerstown Half-Mile - Hagerstown, Md.
6. June 27, 2015 - Lima Half-Mile - Lima, Ohio
7. July 4, 2015 - Du Quoin Mile - Du Quoin, Ill.
8. July 11, 2015 - Indy Mile - Indianapolis, Ind.
9. August 1, 2015 - Castle Rock TT - Castle Rock, Wash.
10. August 4, 2015 - Black Hills Half-Mile - Rapid City, S.D.
11. August 16, 2015 - Peoria TT - Peoria, Ill.
12. August 29, 2015 - Don Tilley Memorial Charlotte Half-Mile - Charlotte, N.C.
13. September 6, 2015 - Springfield Mile II - Springfield, Ill.
14. September 19, 2015 - Roar on the Shore - Delmar, Del.
15. September 26, 2015 - Calistoga Half-Mile - Calistoga, Calif.
16. November 20, 2015 - AMA Pro Flat Track Finale - Las Vegas, Nev.
November 21, 2015 - Superprestigio of the Americas - Las Vegas, Nev.
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