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Canadian teen Jonathan Finn makes solid debut in Spain

13-year-old Jonathan Finn began the 2017 season on April 23rd in Valencia, Spain competing in the Spanish RFME Campeonato de España de Velocidad national championship at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia.  The Bushell Park, SK teen is competing in the 85GP class this year as he starts his second year of racing internationally.

“Racing in the RFME CEV is definitely a huge step in my racing career and the level of competition here is tough, but I know I can compete with these guys,” said Finn. “My XCtech team and I tested here at Valencia the weekend prior to the race so I could get to know the track, continue to get comfortable on the bike and work on the setup for this weekend’s race."

After a solid qualifying practice, Finn went to work focusing on the overall race objective set out by the team of lowering his lap times and completing his first RFME CEV race. “I got a great start off the line and felt comfortable to push myself and the bike as the race progressed,” said Finn. Unfortunately, due to an electrical issue on the last lap, Finn lost power and would eventually have to retire from the race. 

“Not being able to finish my first race here in Spain is disappointing. I feel bad for the entire XCtech team who have been working hard to help me adjust, but technical issues can happen and it’s part of racing,” Finn stated.
 
Finn’s progression in the RFME CEV has been evident according to XCtech team boss Xavi Jimenez.  “Dealing with a new bike, world championship circuits and racing against some of the best at this level in the world is a big step for all foreign riders coming into the series. Jonathan is a mature and dedicated rider who is adapting well to the bike and we are very happy with his progress,” said Jimenez. 
 
Finn will be returning home to Canada to continue to train and prepare for the next round of the RFME CEV Championship at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya in late May.  While at home, Finn is also working on securing sponsorship support for the season.  “Its no secret that racing at this level costs money.  I am lucky to have my family and sponsors that have been with me for the last few years supporting me, but there is still more support that we need to have to keep this opportunity moving forward.”

Jonathan Finn competes with support from Canadian Tire - Cobourg, Arai Helmet Americas, Bickle Racing, Impact Safe-T Armor, Sidi Sport, SPY and DeCal Works.

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:19 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Jukasa Motor Speedway Late Model Summer Shootout

NELLES CORNERS, ON – As previously announced in December and January, Jukasa Motor Speedway will host the APC Series Twin 75’s for Pro Late Models along with a 75-lap event for the Outlaw Super Late Models with each 75 lap race paying $5,000.00 to the winner at the Speedway’s inaugural event the Late Model Summer Shootout.

Monday, 01 May 2017 17:01 Published in News


Rea Takes Victory In Gripping 200th WorldSBK Race

(April 30, 2017)- In pleasant sunny conditions at the TT Assen Circuit on Sunday Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) gave a superb demonstration of his talent with a tight victory over second placed teammate Tom Sykes, as Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) completed the podium in third.

Sunday, 30 April 2017 17:53 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Rea Takes The Victory In Assen Showdown

(April 29, 2017)- Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) took a clear victory in Race 1 at the Acerbis Dutch Round on Saturday, after a long battle with Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) ended in a frustrating DNF for the Welshman who pulled up at the end of the penultimate lap.

Saturday, 29 April 2017 13:55 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Burns Racing Preps For 2017 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship

(April 24, 2017) South Mountain, ON - The Burns Racing team is excited to announce its program and team support for the 2017 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 13:59 Published in News


2017 Hindle Exhaust Racer Program & Contingency

Port Perry, Ontario (April 25, 2017) - Hindle Exhaust Systems is pleased to announce its Racer Program and Contingency Program for the upcoming 2017 race season.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 13:53 Published in News


Harley-Davidson Support Class Added To The Springfield Mile

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (April 19, 2017) – Kiesow Racing is pleased to announce the addition of a Harley-Davidson support class for Round 6 of the American Flat Track series at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Sunday, May 28.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:10 Published in News


Hawaya Racing Products Continues Sponsorship Of CMDRA Pro Dragster Class

(April 11, 2017)-  The Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association is pleased to announce that Hawaya Racing Products will once again be the sponsor of the CMDRA Pro Dragster Class in 2017.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:15 Published in News


SPOILER ALERT! Results from MotoGP Argentina

MotoGP™ has a tendency to keep making history of late, and the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina was no different - as Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) became the first Yamaha rider since Wayne Rainey in 1990 to win the first two races of the year, taking a stunning win as drama hit the grid behind. Teammate Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) created another miracle in P2, with LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow completing the podium in style as top Independent Team rider.

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It was reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) who leapt into the lead from pole, with Rossi another electric starter from seventh on the grid. In the rush for Turn 1, it was Marquez leading Crutchlow as the pack shuffled behind, with the reigning champion then making a stunning break for it as the Brit backed up the chasing Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pairing of Viñales and Rossi.

Viñales soon attacked Crutchlow to take P2, before the first of the high drama hit up ahead and Marquez suddenly hit the floor at Turn 2 – having been almost two seconds clear.

That left Viñales in P1, with Crutchlow and Rossi on the chase and the gap holding steady just above half a second - before the man of the moment began to pull away. The ‘Doctor’ was left to hunt down Crutchlow, with the two holding station until Rossi struck with 7 laps to go, getting past the Brit in style at Turn 5 and pulling away for a second consecutive podium – in his 350th World Championship start.

There was all-out war for P4 as Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) battled to get past Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), with Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) getting in the mix. After a short and spectacular duel between Pedrosa and Zarco, the Spaniard broke free to set the fastest lap – before disaster struck for the ‘Baby Samurai’ as he crashed out of the race in the same place as teammate Marquez had done a handful of laps earlier.

Even then, the drama wasn’t done as ‘DesmoDovi’ went wide at Turn 5 soon after, with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) taking the inside line and then losing the front – sliding helplessly into the Italian and both out the race.

Behind and including Crutchlow, it was another fantastic day for the Independent Teams as the dust settled, with Bautista taking fourth and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Zarco and Jonas Folger taking fifth and sixth. Petrucci, after running out of rear grip, crossed the line in a solid P7 – ahead of a good fight back from his teammate Scott Redding at the head of the next group.

Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) enjoyed another top ten result in ninth behind Redding, with front row starter Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) completing the top ten only tenths ahead of Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) after the Frenchman was forced wide early on.

Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was P12 in front of Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing), with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing pairing Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith incredibly close to the two men ahead in P14 and P15 respectively. The Austrian manufacturer is now a points scorer with both riders, opening their account early in only round two.

After a great start from a difficult grid position, it was disaster for Ducati Team’s Jorge Lorenzo on the first lap as the five-time World Champion crashed out early after contact with old nemesis Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) – the ‘Spartan’ thankfully escaping unhurt, and Iannone continuing. The ‘Maniac’ was also given a ride through penalty soon after for a jump start, dropping him down the order and out of contention to cross the line as the final finisher.

For full results, click here.

Austin, Texas now awaits – a chance for Marquez to strike back at a venue he has always ruled, and a chance for Viñales to change that statistic as we head into round three.

Monday, 10 April 2017 10:29 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Husqvarna Motorcycles Introduce Fuel-Injected 2-Stroke Enduro Models

(April 4, 2017)- Husqvarna Motorcycles proudly announce the introduction of their next generation fuel-injected 2-stroke enduro motorcycles.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 18:57 Published in News


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