Team Kawasaki/BG finished 2nd in Free Practice, took Pole in Qualifying by only 100th of a second (On the first flying lap), and led the first 2 laps of the 103 lap, 3 Hour Endurance Race at Zhuhai on December 11th. The team swapped the lead with Factory Yes Yamaha and it was starting to appear to be more of a 3 Hour sprint race until about half way through when Yamaha encountered some engine problems. They pitted and rolled out the other bike. The rules in this event allow for 2 bikes and 2 or 3 riders on the track for 45 minutes at a time.
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 20:51
(PRAGUE) - Liberty Racing is pleased to announce the signing of rider Brett McCormick. The Canadian champion will be part of the new team competing in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup in 2012.
The talented 20 year-old, coming off a season in which he dominated the MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship, is an experienced racer. He rode BMW RR1000 in the final rounds of the 2011 FIM Cup (in France and Portugal). In October, Liberty Racing invited him to participate in private tests in Portimao on the Ducati 1098F. He delivered a positive performance.
Saturday, 10 December 2011 09:33
Frontline CSBK Inc., organizer of Canada’s National motorcycle road racing series, is excited to announce that Chrysler Canada’s Mopar® brand is the new title sponsor of the 2012 Canadian Superbike Championship.
“We are thrilled to sponsor the exciting 2012 Mopar Canadian Superbike road race series,” said Jim Kiritsis, Head of Service and Parts, Chrysler Canada. “Our shared passion for performance and dedication to the series provides a great opportunity for the Mopar brand to connect with the fans involved.”
Sunday, 11 December 2011 09:23
The Vintage Road Racing Association (VRRA) has announced their 2012 race events schedule as follows:
Round #1: Qunite TT, Shannonville Motorsports Park, June 1-3, 2012
Round#2: Shannonville Motorsports Park, July 14-15, 2012
Round#3: Mosport Vintage Festival, Mosport International Raceway, August 17-19, 2012
Round#4: Grand Prix de Québec, St. Eustache, September 8-9, 2012
For further information about racing or spectacting at Vintage Road Racing Association events, please visit the VRRA website at www.vrra.ca
Thursday, 08 December 2011 16:56
Charly Vu, the 13 year old Toronto-based motorcycle racer was the sole Canadian participant for the 2012 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Selection event at Motorland Aragon in Spain. Charly had arrived in Spain 3 days prior to the selection event in order for him to adjust to the time and climate change.
Once Vu had arrived at the Motorland Aragon Circuit on a very warm Tuesday morning, he was quite surprised to learn that the 100 participants including himself would not be riding the full GP circuit, instead they would be riding the kart track which was much more technical and more suited to the specially prepared Metrakit 125cc bikes.
Vu quickly learned the circuit and his machine during his 15 minute warm-up session. Despite slippery track conditions and worn out tires for his second session he drastically increased his confidence and speeds around the new track and as such was pushing the bike and himself to absolute limit. Unfortunately after 8 laps Vu lost the rear while exiting the final corner coming onto the front straight and was no longer able to continue due to a mechanical issue with his bike. According to Charly, "This event has motivated me even more than ever and now I want nothing more than to be over there to compete against the best."
Friday, 21 October 2011 16:44
With a strong breeze blowing and darkening skies, the MotoGP race commenced with a rearranged grid following the withdraw of both Yamaha Factory riders and Héctor Barberá’s replacement rider, Damian Cudlin on the Mapfre Aspar team. Jorge Lorenzo withdrew after a high side in the morning warm up left him with a severely injured finger that will require surgery, while Ben Spies is still mildly concussed after a crash in qualifying on Saturday. Cudlin withdrew due to injuries from a crash in Saturday morning practice.
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) and Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) followed Stoner into turn one, with the Italian making an early move on Hayden to take second. Simoncelli then spent the remainder of the race tussling with Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda), beating his compatriot across the line for his best MotoGP finish of second.
Dani Pedrosa was ten seconds adrift of team mate Dovizioso to finish fourth, giving Honda a 1-4 finish, while Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) inherited fifth place after first Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) and then Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) crashed out of that position. Rossi fell after making a pass on the Bautista, ending his 13 year string of podium finishes at the Australian circuit, while the Suzuki man slipped toward the end of the race as rain began to fall.
The white flag had been shown on lap ten as scattered rain drops appeared, giving riders the option to swap bikes, though the rain didn’t start in earnest until nearly the end, when it claimed not only Bautista but then Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini).
Hayden was the first to enter the pits to change bikes, followed by Loris Capirossi (Pramac Racing), though it did not help their finishing positions as Hayden ended the race seventh behind Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing) despite the Frenchman having had an earlier offtrack excursion, while Capirossi finished ninth behind Toni Elías (LCR Honda).
The final race finisher was Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing), who crossed the line tenth.
Sunday, 16 October 2011 16:40
The Southern Ontario Association of Racing has released its 2012 schedule.
The motorcycle road racing series will make four stops at Grand Bend Motorplex, a positive sign for the new road course that SOAR made their first stop at this past August. Toronto Motorsports Park, which has been the unofficial 'home' track of SOAR over the past few years, will host two events.
Round #1 May 25-27
Grand Bend Motorplex Long Track
Round #2 June 15-17
Grand Bend Motorplex Modified Track
With Thunder by the Beach all bike drag races
Round #3 July 28-30
Grand Bend Motorplex Technical Track
Round #4 September 7-9
Toronto Motorsports Park Reverse Direction
Round #5 September 28-30
Grand Bend Motorplex Screaming Alien Track
Round #6 October 12-14
Toronto Motorsports Park Regular Direction
Sunday, 23 October 2011 16:34
TORONTO, ON -- The 2012 SPRINGSHOW at Toronto's International Centre will expand into Halls 1, 2, 3 and 3A, on new dates of March 17-18, while also holding Halls 4 and 4A for future growth.
“For a number of years the Motorcycle SPRINGSHOW’s major new motorcycle exhibitors have requested earlier dates to better accommodate their Spring sales timing," said show manager Peter Derry. "We are happy to report that the International Centre, recognizing the growth needs of the SPRINGSHOW, has now been able to reorganize available dates to accomplish a realignment of available halls.”
The Motorcycle SPRINGSHOW will now exhibit on over 200,000 square feet at the International Centre, the established venue of choice for thriving powersports consumer shows, providing an excellent opportunity for exhibitors to expand with the Show and allowing attendees to enjoy a greater shopping experience with larger displays and feature areas.
The SPRINGSHOW, now in its 22nd year, has established itself as the leader in Spring retail motorcycle shows and attracts record numbers of motorcyclists to the International Centre to shop for all that’s new in motorcycling and plan for a new year of great riding. SPRINGSHOW details are available at www.supershowevents.com.
Sunday, 06 November 2011 15:32
BUFFALO, NY. – DP Brakes has announced two Road Racing Championships in North America for 2011.
In the AMA Pro Racing Eastern and Supersport National Series, James “The Rocket” Rispoli took the overall Championship in both with DP Brakes.
Rispoli said, “What an awesome 2011 season I had. Winning my first AMA Pro Racing Supersport Championship in the eastern division and also the National title along with The Young Gun Award in the same year was almost unreal”.
He added, “ I can honestly say I would not be here if not for the awesome stopping power of my DP Titanium Race Pads. Time and again I was able to overtake my competitors by going in deeper, and braking later, with confidence. Also, with no brake fade, they allowed me to hold a lead and cross the stripe on top. This could not have happened without the consistent performance of my DP Brakes.”
DP Brakes also won the Parts Canada Pro Canadian Superbike Championship with Rad X/BMW Motorrad rider Brett McCormick.
Rad X/BMW Motorrad Team manager, Chris Duff gave credit to the DP Brakes RDP X-Race Titanium compound.
He said, “The Rad X/BMW Team was proud to once again use DP Brake Pads in our S1000RR bikes for 2011. The stopping performance provided our team riders to be able to brake late, with confidence and trust that the brake feel is the same fromlap one to the end of the race and ultimately achieving a championship”.
“We are truly honored to be associated with such high profile teams and individuals. We congratulate them on such a terrific year of racing and are very proud to part of their success.” stated Larry Mills, President of DP Brakes North America.
Mills continued, “All riders were using our New High Performance RDP X-Race Titanium brake pads. Results have so far proven that we have a compound available to be competitive with all other brands and even show an upgrade over those. The superb initial response, incredible feel and fade free performance puts us at the top of the charts”.
These RDP X-Race Titanium Brake pads are available exclusively through Parts Unlimited, in the US, Parts Canada.
For more information on the complete line-up of DP Brakes brake pads, shoes, rotors and clutch kits, contact DP Brakes North American Headquarters/Tony Mills International Inc. at 4401 Walden Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086, (716) 681-8806, or visit them on the web atwww.dp-brakes.com .
Friday, 18 November 2011 15:30
Jerez, Spain – Canadian motorcycle road racing team FOGI Racing with Scottish rider Kev Coghlan finished on a high Sunday at the final round of the Buckler CEV Moto2 Championship held in Jerez, Spain. Coghlan finished an admirable 2nd place after qualifying 10th on the starting grid.
Within the first lap the young Scot battled through to 2nd position and held off #4 Dan Linfoot until Linfoot passed Coghlan on the 9th lap. Coghlan returned the pass in lap 14 taking him back to 2nd position. Charging for the lead on his FOGI/FTR M211 machine, he took the checkered flag 0.601 seconds behind the race winner Lucas Mahias.
Coghlan was asked about the race and replied, “I’m very happy with a P2 result in tricky conditions to finish off the year!! Big thanks to everyone at FOGI Racing, Honda Joe Darcey Team, and everyone else involved.”
Following the final World Championship round at Valencia FOGI Racing received their FTR M211 Moto2 machine back from the Avintia STX team were Kenny Noyes piloted the FOGI FTR to a strong final round finish as well. With this bike as well as a M210 version already in Valencia, FOGI Racing invited Coghlan back to the team to take part in the final two rounds of the CEV Spanish Moto2 Championship.
In the penultimate round of the CEV series at Valencia Kev ran extremely well until a decision on tyre compound proved to be the wrong choice. Settling for 7th in Valencia, he used the time to reacquaint himself with the FOGI Racing FTR and the Michelin tyres, while planning for a strong finish to Jerez.
Following an emotional podium finish for the FOGI Racing team and team manager Miguel Gomez who had worked with Kev in 2010, FOGI Racing would like to take a moment to thank Honda Joe Darcey Team for all their support in these last two rounds, along with the exceptional team headed by Miguel Gomez and Anton Gruschka.
Thursday, 24 November 2011 15:27