Legends And Champions To Be Honoured At Canadian Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Induction Banquet And Reunion
Toronto ON – August 30th, 2016 – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the Induction Class of 2016.
Sunday, 11 September 2016 14:54 Published in News
@AMAProFlatTrack • @ama_racing •@indianmotocycle •MINNEAPOLIS (September 6, 2016) - Indian Motorcycle®, America's first motorcycle company, today confirmed that its all-new Indian Scout FTR750 race bike will make its racing debut on Sunday, September 25 at the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track race in Santa Rosa, California.
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 13:47 Published in Industry News
@FlatTrackCanada •(August 30, 2016)- The rains that had been absent for most of the summer of 2016 arrived on the Saturday of the Belleville, Ontario, half-mile, interrupting practice and causing postponement of the races.
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 07:37 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@OhswekenSpdway • #motorcycle • OHSWEKEN, ON – Ohsweken Speedway’s 21st season of racing continues this Friday, August 26 when Durnin Motors presents Motorcycle Night, and the rescheduled Art Hill Memorial 42.
Friday, 26 August 2016 13:48 Published in News
@jordanszoke •@cdnsuperbike •@BMWMotorrad • Munich (DE), 24th August 2016. Jordan Szoke is the second BMW S 1000 RR racer to be crowned champion in the 2016 season.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:54 Published in News
@benyoung_86 •@cdnsuperbike •@CTMPOfficial •BOWMANVILLE, Ont. - August 23, 2016 – Collingwood, Ont.’s Ben Young wrapped up his Pro MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) rookie season this past weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park securing third in the Championship standings and was honoured with the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year Award.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:39 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@CMDRA2016 • #MHDRA •Medicine Hat, AB (August 23, 2016)- Ethan Barkley arrived at "The Strip" in Medicine Hat, AB looking to continue his quest for the 2016 CMDRA Pro Street Championship.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:31 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@StatoniRacing • @cdnsuperbike •@CTMPOfficial •BOWMANVILLE, ON. – August 19-21 saw the final rounds of the 2016 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:24 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@cdnsuperbike •@CTMPOfficial • Bowmanville, ON (August 23, 2016)- Royal Distributing’s Michael Leon had another strong weekend, with fifth and sixth place finishes in the final two races of the season at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:17 Published in Reports, Results & Points
So you arrived the racetrack, unloaded your motorcycle, attended a riders meeting, jumped on the bike, and rode out onto to the track. And then, before you knew it, you were sitting in your pit reflecting on a day that feels like it flew by in an instant.
More than likely, somewhere near the front of all the thoughts and emotions working through your mind, is one question: “How do I go faster?”
One option is spend a bunch of time at the track and try to mimic the “fast” guys, but that's only good if they actually know what they are doing; otherwise, you are just learning a bunch of bad habits.
If you are serious about exploring your full potential on the racetrack, a more practical and proven approach is to check out schools in your area. For me this involved a visit to the On Track Performance Riding School in Edmonton. Owned and operated by multi-time EMRA and Western Canadian Superbike Champion Justin Knapik, the school offers multiple classes including two levels of performance riding. On Track Performance also runs a dedicated race school designed to assist you in attaining the licence required to complete at events held by the EMRA and other road racing organizations.
A goal of racing in 2016 led me to sign up for the race school, and I could not be more pleased that I did. During the classroom session Justin’s natural and effective teaching style delivered concisely laid-out information in a manner that conveyed his passion for racing, learning and safety. The following day the classroom gave way to on-track lessons where a ratio of only 2 students per instructor, all expert level racers themselves, provided the perfect learning environment. As the course drew to a close, not only did I feel prepared to race, but my overall riding skills had taken a quantum leap forward.
So what did I learn? Over a two-day period Justin and his team covered so much information that it would be impossible to summarize it in this blog entry. What I can say is that after learning about items like throttle control, braking, visual cues, proper body position, and how to develop effective lines, my number one takeaway was the fact that before you can be fast, you first need to learn how to be smooth. Anyone with decent riding skills and no fear of crashing can hammer their way around the track, but if you want to be truly fast, you first need to master the fundamentals. Accomplishing this involves making the investment into proper training and then practicing everything you’ve learnt until it becomes second nature. During this time you will need to accept that the focus on skills will take precedence over being fast, but as you progress, the speed will materialize and you will realize your goals. While it may take longer and cost more than just thrashing your way around the track, the end result will definitely be worth it.
I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to thank Justin Knapik for inviting me to participate in the 2016 On Track Performance Race Licensing School. It was an incredible experience, which I highly recommend.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 13:26 Published in From Street to Track with Patrick Lambie