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Thursday, 26 May 2016 15:34 Published in Industry News
The Gran Premio Red Bull de España saw Valentino Rossi lead from start to finish, winning from Lorenzo and Marquez with ease.
Monday, 25 April 2016 09:43 Published in Reports, Results & Points
In previous blogs, and in the print version of the magazine, I have discussed anti-squat and how it relates to chassis setup. Anti-squat is a very important tool in making a motorcycle lap quickly at the racetrack, especially a powerful superbike, but at the same time it's one of the least understood setup parameters.
Some people claim that the rear end of the motorcycle must always compress, or squat, under acceleration to properly transfer load to the rear wheel for better traction. Others claim that the rear suspension must extend under acceleration, to "push" the tire into the ground and increase traction. People in the second group point to the experiment of putting the front tire of the motorcycle against a wall so that the bike can't move; when the clutch is gently released, applying power to the rear tire, the suspension extends significantly. But what really happens when the motorcycle is on the road or track and accelerating?
Here is what we know about anti-squat in theory: The three forces involved in compressing or extending the rear suspension as the motorcycle accelerates are the driving force, chain pull, and load transfer. Driving force refers to the rear wheel pushing the motorcycle forward, and generally acts to extend the rear suspension because of the swingarm angle. Chain pull is the force of the top run of the chain on the rear sprocket, also trying to extend the rear suspension under most conditions. And load transfer refers to the additional weight on the rear suspension due to acceleration.
There are a couple of key points to consider here: First, the load transfer component will occur whether or not the rear suspension compresses; in other words, acceleration will add weight to the rear wheel even if the rear suspension extends during that acceleration. The attitude of the motorcycle does affect the amount of load on the rear wheel, but to a very small extent. Second, the experiment of putting the front tire of the motorcycle against a wall removes load transfer from the equation; the rear suspension rises because only the chain pull and driving forces are present, the forces which serve to offset load transfer - which is eliminated here because the motorcycle is not accelerating.
Sum the three forces, and the math shows that the anti-squat effect decreases with more suspension travel, mostly because the swingarm angle changes through the stroke. At the top of the travel, acceleration will cause the rear end of the motorcycle to rise; at a certain point, equal to approximately the static sag setting on many bikes, the forces sum to zero and the suspension will neither compress nor extend on acceleration. As suspension travel increases, the anti-squat effect reduces further and the rear end will tend to squat on acceleration.
What happens in practice? Data that I have from Jodi Christie's superbike shows that in some corners, the rear suspension compresses during acceleration; in others, it extends; and in others, it remains constant from the moment Jodi applies the throttle to the end of the succeeding straight. The amount of compression or extension depends on traction, camber, elevation changes, and any number of variables.
The takeaway here is that, by adjusting various setup parameters as they relate to anti-squat, we can make the rear suspension do what we want on corner exits - extend, compress, or remain constant. This is usually a compromise to find a setting that works for the entire track, and we most often look at rear suspension in conjunction with other data, not on its own, for guidance on what that compromise should be.
Friday, 01 April 2016 15:25 Published in Andrew Trevitt
Collingwood, ON, CANADA – March 17, 2016 - Scottish-born Pro motorcycle road racer Ben Young is thrilled to confirm that he will be contesting the full 2016 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) piloting a BMW Motorrad Canada S1000RR Superbike.
2016 marks a very special milestone for the global BMW brand as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. The centenary year got underway on March 7, 2016 and over the coming months the company, with its brands and services, will look ahead to the next 100 years.
Not only will this be Young’s first venture into the premier Superbike class, but this will also be his first-ever season on a BMW and his first full season racing on Canadian soil since he won the PRO GP125 R.A.C.E Championship in 2010. A rider with tremendous international experience, including the Scottish Nationals, U.S. Red Bull Rookies Cup tryouts, British Superbike, and a Grand Prix wildcard, Young’s racing career has been extensive for any rider of his age. In 2014, he split his time between racing British Superstock in the UK and AMA Daytona SportBike (now MotoAmerica Supersport) in America, scoring solid results in both.
The resident of Collingwood, Ontario spent this past season racing in the US with the powerful RoadRace Factory team in the MotoAmerica Supersport championship where he earned his first MotoAmerica podium at Road America along with several top five finishes. In 2015, he also achieved two podium finishes at home in Canada during a one-off race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Much like BMW’s heritage, Young has always set his sights firmly on the future and has been a consistent force poised to take on new challenges and emerge stronger for them.
“BMW Motorrad Canada is proud to partner with Ben Young in 2016," said Chris Duff, Manager, Motorrad Marketing. "We’ve closely followed his racing career in British Superstock and in MotoAmerica Supersport. Not only have his results been impressive, (but) we know his professionalism on and off the track will represent the BMW brand well. We are delighted that his first venture into the premier Superbike class in Canada will be aboard the BMW S1000RR. We look forward to an exciting and successful season.”
This season also marks the fifth consecutive year the 22-year-old will be sporting the iconic Canadian Tim Hortons’ brand through franchisee Gilles Bolduc, a former Canadian road racer himself. This time Young will be waving the Tim’s flag in Canada after taking the brand abroad to the UK and across the US. Also returning are long-time partners, custom home builder and renovation specialists Scot-build Developments Inc, while AXO Racing will have Young protected with their premium race suits, gloves and boots.
After a brief respite the proud Canuck with the Scottish lilt will once again don an Arai Helmet for maximum safety and comfort as well as welcoming back K&N Filters, Hindle Exhaust, Woodcraft and Vortex Racing.
New partners for 2016 include; Epic Racewear, who will keep the crew looking and feeling Epic with custom crew shirts and KarmaComa Studio who will document Ben’s first season racing on Canadian soil and will delve further into the history and future of the iconic BMW brand on its 100th anniversary through a multi-part YouTube series.
Young recently picked up his BMW S1000RRs at BMW Toronto which was documented by KarmaComa Studio in this video: https://youtu.be/hsJkkF7BDTQ
Scott Cartier, designer and technician at Hindle Exhaust Systems, will be Young’s Chief Mechanic for the 2016 CSBK season.
“I’m stoked to start my new journey in the MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship," said Young. "The BMW S1000RR’s stock power is unbelievable and it’s the epitome of a superbike. I can’t wait to work with Scott Cartier on preparing the bikes for the 2016 season and testing as soon as we can.”
Young is also a proud "Laps for Muscular Dystrophy" (Laps4MD) rider who’s pledged to donate $1 for every lap he leads this season. These donations go to Muscular Dystrophy Canada to help make a difference in the lives of over 50,000 Canadians affected by a neuromuscular disorder.
To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.fogi.us, www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter and Instgram: @benyoung_86.
Thursday, 17 March 2016 15:29 Published in Industry News
10-time Canadian Superbike national champion Jordan Szoke will be attending the Toronto Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo this Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 at the International Centre in Toronto, ON. You will be able to find Szoke’s 2016 Mopar Express Lane BMW Motorrad S1000RR superbike on display all weekend in the Mopar Exhibitor Booth.
Mar 11, 12 and 13 - 2016
6900 Airport Road
For more information about the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports expo and to buy tickets, visit http://www.motoramashow.com/
Friday: 10am - 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Monday, 07 March 2016 11:21 Published in Industry News
When it comes to endurance racing, you never know what you will have to deal with until the checkered flag is out. I have seen pretty much everything, and what I haven’t seen for myself I have heard about from friends or other teams. You can nearly destroy your superbike, rebuild it, and finish in the top five in a 24-hour endurance race. The secret to success? NEVER GIVE UP!
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 12:19 Published in Dan Kruger
We know that riding smoothly is one aspect of quicker lap times at the track and being safe on the street: Gentle, precise throttle inputs, fluid body movements and steady lean angles mid-turn are just some of the characteristics of what you'd consider a smooth rider. Jorge Lorenzo is a perfect example, with a glass-smooth riding style that looks like he is going much slower than he actually is.
Friday, 11 December 2015 12:16 Published in Andrew Trevitt
Photos from the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, AB. All photos by Patrick Lambie.
Defending CSBK Superbike champ Jodi Christie had a couple of crashes in Edmonton but still managed to get on three podiums over the weekend. Photo by Patrick Lambie
Local top Superbike racer Justin Knapik performed well and was fastest among the western contingent in Edmonton. Photo by Patrick Lambie
Suzuki pilot Trevor Daley had a solid weekend, finishing fifth in Pro Superbike race 1 and third in race 2. Photo by Patrick Lambie
Amateur Superbike racer Stephane Chimot speeds around the Castrol track on his Honda CBR1000RR. Photo by Patrick Lambie
Trevor Daley's new paint scheme on his OneSpeed/Parts Canada/Suzuki-backed GSX-R1000 is a real looker. Photo by Patrick Lambie
The front grid in Pro Sport Bike. (Left to right) Jodi Christie, Kenny Riedmann, Tomas Casas and Louie Raffa. Photo by Patrick Lambie
Defending Pro Sport Bike champ Kenny Riedmann in 'the tuck' on his Triumph Daytona 675R. Photo by Patrick Lambie
Jodi Christie. Photo by Patrick Lambie
With four wins in four tries so far this year, Jordan Szoke is poised to turn that 101 into a 1 by year's end. Photo by Patrick Lambie
Szoke set a new track record, qualified on the pole and won both Superbike features in Edmonton. Photo by Patrick Lambie
Daley, Knapik and the rest of the Pro Superbike gang. Photo by Patrick Lambie
Vancouver's Spiro Benias came to Edmonton to compete on his Suzuki GSX-R600 in Pro Sport Bike. Photo by Patrick Lambie
Riedmann had a great outing in Edmonton with four podiums: two wins in Hindle Pro Sport Bike and a second and third in the Superbike mains. Photo by Patrick Lambie
Hometowner Ian Wall strugged to a pair of DNFs at Castrol Raceway. Photo by Patrick Lambie
Szoke talks with Inside Motorcycles columnist and CSBK announcer Frank Wood on the podium. Photo by Patrick Lambie
Friday, 17 July 2015 15:27 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@VRRACANADA • Shannonville Motorsport Park, June 8 - The sounds of open exhaust vintage racebikes echoed like thunder and the smell of Castrol racing oil filled the air at Shannonville Motorsport Park as the VRRA (Vintage Road Racing Association) held its first race of the season at the popular Quinte TT.
The weather was perfect and the racing was close, and with record attendance, fans and spectators were treated to some incredible vintage and classic motorcycle race action. Over 170 competitors registered for the weekend, the grids were packed with classes fielding as many as 42 racers at a time vying for the lead going into turn 1.
With a large number of motorcycles now eligible to race, the sport has never seen the popularity it is enjoying today. The VRRA has four eras or “period” classifications for racing, with several ages, models and sizes eligible to compete in each period. Period 1 includes machines built before 1967. Period 2 has a cut-off date at 1976. Period 3 goes up to 1982 while Period 4 goes to 1989 with each one of the period categories separated into different class structures. For complete listings of eligible machinery check the VRRA rules at www.vrra.ca.
The big winner this weekend was Ste-Marthe QC rider Louie Raffa. The Honda Canada/Hamel Honda-sponsored rider took his Scott Miller/Fast Company-prepared 1989 Honda Hawk 650 to three class wins in Period 4, taking the top step of the podium in Formula 3 Formula 2 and Formula 1. Raffa handily won in all three events, with his best challenge coming early on in the Formula 3 event when club vice-president Dominic Aubry chased him all the way to the flag. Jamie Barkley claimed the last step of the podium in a close third.
Aubry also earned a large lead in the Period 3 Middleweight round but sputtered to a stop on the penultimate lap with a fuelling issue, handing the win to Mick Vaclavik from Thornbury, ON. In Period 1 Open competition, Peter Hurst battled race long with Paul Brubaker and Doug Forbes but pulled out to take the win in the latter stages of the race. Local rider Brian Madeley took third in the Period 3 Lightweight class and Colin Duncan from Brighton finished second just ahead of Steve Hoffarth in Period 4 Formula 1.
The next event for the VRRA will be on July 17-19 at Grand Bend Motoplex in Grand Bend, ON. The next motorcycle race at Shannonville Motorsport Park will be on July 3-5 when the RACE SuperSeries resumes with Round 2 of the season.
By Don Empey, for Shannonville Motorsport Park
Monday, 08 June 2015 13:05 Published in Reports, Results & Points