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Riders Throw Down the Gauntlet at Donington Park Test, making strong statements about their capabilities to win the championship

The 2024 Bennetts British Superbike Championship kicked off with an exciting test weekend at Donington Park, with Kyle Ryde emerging as the rider to beat.

Ryde topped the overall combined classification, setting a blistering lap time of 1:27.650, leaving his rivals playing catch-up.

Rising Stars And Seasoned Champions Showcase Speed And Skill At Donington Park As 2024 British Championship Season Looms

Defending champion Tommy Bridewell, who claimed the 2023 title, demonstrated his consistency throughout the weekend, securing 6th position in the overall standings. Bridewell’s best lap time of 1:28.530 suggests he will remain a strong contender as he aims to defend his crown.

Rising Stars And Seasoned Champions Showcase Speed And Skill At Donington Park As 2024 British Championship Season Looms

Glenn Irwin and Ryan Vickers also showcased their speed, finishing 2nd and 3rd in the overall combined times, respectively. With Vickers clocking a 1:28.356 and Irwin posting a 1:28.173, both riders have firmly established themselves as serious title challengers for the upcoming season.

Rising Stars And Seasoned Champions Showcase Speed And Skill At Donington Park As 2024 British Championship Season Looms

Other notable performances came from Andrew Irwin and Peter Hickman, who secured top-ten positions in the overall standings. Dean Harrison and Leon Haslam also showed promise, finishing within the top 11 and indicating they will be forces to be reckoned with once the racing action begins.

As the BSB grid looks ahead to the start of the 2024 season, the test weekend at Donington Park has set the stage for what promises to be a thrilling and highly competitive championship battle. With Kyle Ryde leading the charge and Tommy Bridewell hot on his heels, fans can expect an exhilarating season of racing action.

The opening round of the 2024 Bennetts British Superbike Championship is set to take place at Circuito de Navarra 20/21 April, where riders will have their first opportunity to score crucial points and lay down a marker for the rest of the season.

Superstock

The Pirelli National Superstock class saw fierce competition during the recent test at Donington Park, with Davey Todd emerging as the rider to beat. Riding for the Cheshire Mouldings BMW by TAS Racing team, Todd set a blistering pace, topping the overall combined classification with a best lap time of 1:29.119.

Rising Stars And Seasoned Champions Showcase Speed And Skill At Donington Park As 2024 British Championship Season Looms

Hot on Todd’s heels was Joe Talbot, representing JR Performance Racing Honda. Talbot’s consistent performance throughout the test sessions, including a best lap of 1:29.991 in the final session, indicates he will be a formidable challenger for race wins this season.

Rising Stars And Seasoned Champions Showcase Speed And Skill At Donington Park As 2024 British Championship Season Looms

Josh Owens, aboard the IN Competition / SENCAT Aprilia, also impressed, securing the third spot in the overall standings with a best lap time of 1:30.487. Owens’ ability to quickly adapt to the Aprilia machine suggests he will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2024 championship.

Rising Stars And Seasoned Champions Showcase Speed And Skill At Donington Park As 2024 British Championship Season Looms

Jamie Perrin, riding for Jamie Perrin / Team APS Honda, and Simon Reid, representing Cumins by Team IWR Honda, both demonstrated strong pace, finishing fourth and sixth overall, respectively.

The test sessions also saw impressive performances from David Allingham, Connor Thomson, and John McGuinness, all of whom will be looking to make their mark on the championship once the racing action begins.

As the Pirelli National Superstock class prepares for the start of the 2024 season, the Donington Park test has provided a tantalizing glimpse of the exciting battles that lie ahead. With Davey Todd setting the early benchmark and a host of talented riders in hot pursuit, fans can expect a thrilling and closely-fought championship.

The opening round of the 2024 Pirelli National Superstock Championship will take place at Oulton Park 4 – 6 May, where riders will have their first opportunity to turn their testing form into race results and stake their claim for the title.

Supersport and GP2

The Quattro Group British Supersport and GP2 classes showcased their talent during the recent test at Donington Park, with Benjamin Currie and Owen Jenner setting the benchmark in their respective categories.

Rising Stars And Seasoned Champions Showcase Speed And Skill At Donington Park As 2024 British Championship Season Looms

In the Supersport class, Benjamin Currie, riding for the Oxford Products Racing Ducati team, topped the overall combined classification with a best lap time of 1:30.585. Currie’s consistency and speed throughout the test sessions mark him as a serious title contender for the 2024 season.

Luke Stapleford, representing Macadam Triumph Racing, was hot on Currie’s heels, securing the second spot in the overall Supersport standings with a best lap of 1:31.067 in the final session. Stapleford’s performance suggests he will be a formidable challenger for race wins this year.

Eugene McManus, aboard the ROKiT Haslam Racing Ducati, also impressed, claiming the third position in the Supersport class with a best lap time of 1:31.104. McManus’ pace throughout the test sessions indicates he will be a rider to watch in the upcoming races.

The test sessions also saw strong performances from Jack Kennedy, James McManus, and Michael Dunlop, all of whom will be looking to make their mark on the Supersport championship once the racing action begins.

In the GP2 class, Owen Jenner, riding for Kramer Racing, dominated the field, setting a best lap time of 1:33.899. Jenner’s consistently quick laps throughout the test sessions highlight the potential of the Kramer machine and position him as the early favourite for the GP2 title.

Rising Stars And Seasoned Champions Showcase Speed And Skill At Donington Park As 2024 British Championship Season Looms

Jenner’s teammate, Jack Nixon, also showed impressive speed, finishing second in the GP2 class with a best lap time of 1:35.593. The Kramer Racing team’s performance suggests they will be a force to be reckoned with in the GP2 category this season.

Lucca Allen, representing Team FR89 on the Kalex bike, secured the third spot in the GP2 class with a best lap of 1:36.428, demonstrating his potential to challenge for podium finishes.

As the British Supersport and GP2 classes gear up for the start of the 2024 season, the Donington Park test has set the stage for what promises to be an exciting and closely-fought battle in both categories. With Benjamin Currie and Owen Jenner leading the charge in their respective classes, fans can anticipate thrilling races and fierce competition throughout the championship.

The opening round of the 2024 Quattro Group British Supersport and GP2 Championships will take place alongside the superbikes at Circuito de Navarra.

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I’m Riding for Men’s Health in The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

I’m Riding For Men’s Health In The Distinguished Gentleman’s RideOn Sunday the 21st May 2023, we are teaming up to ride solo in The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride with fellow men and women across the globe to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer and men’s mental health on behalf of Movember.

Men die on average 6 years earlier than women and for largely preventable reasons. The number of men that are suffering is growing, and we need to do something about that. So, before we press our tweed and polish our boots, we are asking you to join us in raising funds and awareness for these causes by donating what you can for this meaningful cause and to help the men we love, live happier and healthier lives.

Please to https://www.gentlemansride.com/fundraiser/FrancisDuggan501583 to donate.

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The DRK-01 – Defining The New Standard For Mutt Motorcycles

The Drk-01 - Defining The New Standard For Mutt MotorcyclesIn a new chapter in Mutt’s rich history, the globally established small cc innovators and industry disruptors, Mutt Motorcycles introduces the DRK-01.

The DRK-01 is the next major building block for Mutt, bringing new technologies and style to their motorcycles, denoting a departure from their more classic style models and bringing that unmistakable Mutt vibe to a new breed of machine.

Central to the DRK-01’s evolution is its new 6-speed DOHC liquid-cooled engine.

This upgrade is a leap forward in performance and reliability, allowing the DRK-01 to unleash its full potential without breaking a sweat.

The Drk-01 - Defining The New Standard For Mutt MotorcyclesA BRAND NEW APPROACH
Mutt may still be a relative newcomer when it comes to the motorcycle manufacturing industry, but with eight years of getting new riders on two wheels, a presence in over 22 countries globally and dealers up and down the UK, they have plenty of first-hand experience and grit to stand up to the big four.

In 2020, Mutt went through some significant changes, starting with an expanded development team of industry specialist designers and engineers based in their new facility in Birmingham, the start of a new era for Mutt began.

The team set themselves the task of creating a new bike from the ground up, and the DRK-01 was conceived. Work began in earnest, with the central point being the all-new 6-speed liquid-cooled engine in both 125cc and 250cc.The Drk-01 - Defining The New Standard For Mutt Motorcycles

Every part of the DRK-01 has been designed, prototyped and tested by Mutt’s engineers. From the twin downtube cradle frame to those beautiful wheels and everything in between.

The silhouette of the DRK-01 has been carefully considered; from side on, there is a clear line that runs from tip to tail, making the bike look fast, even while standing still.

Mutt has ensured that the classic frame triangle, synonymous with their existing range, has made its way into the new design, but with attention to the proportions, slim side panels, and well-placed footrests to make the DRK-01 comfortable for all riders.

The Drk-01 - Defining The New Standard For Mutt MotorcyclesOne of the key focal points of the DRK-01 is the wheels. Mutt has designed the hubs and heavy-duty saw-tooth rims specifically for the DRK-01 to enhance the overall chunky feel of the bike. Short stainless steel spokes lace up to the unique 18” saw-tooth Mutt branded rims. The monster 320mm front disc and 240mm rear disc give the wheels an almost solid look that seamlessly flows with the angular bodywork.

The sump guard encloses both the lower engine and exhaust downpipe, finished with a louvred brushed stainless steel plate that not only protects those important parts but also gives the bike that low-down, muscular look.

The DRK-O1’s angular mudguards keep debris from the wide tyres at bay. The front guard is supported by brushed stainless steel brackets, and the rear houses an integrated tail light.

Whilst those angular mudguards echo the lines of a stealth bomber, no one is sneaking up on anyone with that unmistakable Mutt thump rumbling from the stainless steel exhaust.The Drk-01 - Defining The New Standard For Mutt Motorcycles

ALL THE UPGRADES, ALL THE DETAILS
The DRK-01 is loaded with features such as precision machined CNC adjustable levers alongside the full stainless steel exhaust system, CNC head stem nut, CNC shock nuts and bar ends and much, much more. These are the kind of extras you’d usually only see on hand-built custom bikes or as high-priced upgrades from other manufacturers. On the DRK-01, they come as standard.

Mutt may be known for their love of darkness, but fear not. The LED Halo headlight is there to light the way, keeping riders safe in the shadows. The illuminated mini speedometer is clearly visible in all riding conditions.

The DRK-01 is built to stop as well as it goes; the discs are gripped by a 4-piston front calliper and a 2-piston rear calliper fed via black-coated braided stainless-steel brake lines.

The Drk-01 - Defining The New Standard For Mutt MotorcyclesUpping the game in the usual Mutt fashion, unlike many of the DRK-01’s counterparts, this machine runs tubeless deep tread heavy-duty 18” front and rear tyres to give it rock crawler looks but with road-friendly handling. Continuing the heavy-duty vibe, the suspension is handled by large diameter 51mm black inverted forks up front and dual gas shocks on the rear.

With an impressive 16L capacity, the tank not only holds enough fuel to warrant very few gas stops but is also a work of art in itself, combining both aggressive angles and gentle curves which follow the lines of the bike seamlessly. The view of the tank from either the rider’s perspective or the guys sitting next to you at the lights cuts a mean look.

Industrial strength branded rubber Mutt emblems and an aircraft-style filler cap give the tank its purposeful, utilitarian vibe.

The DRK-01 looks good from any angle. Its super solid and powerful profile is paired with heavy metal brutalism and retro-future-inspired lines, all finished off in trademark dark-as-night matt black.

In the world of Mutt Motorcycles, every detail is meticulously designed, creating a ride that not only looks good but feels like a bespoke custom machine.The Drk-01 - Defining The New Standard For Mutt Motorcycles

Technical Highlights:

  • Twin downtube cradle steel frame
  • Upside-down telescopic forks on the front, twin piggyback with reservoirs and adjustable preload on the back
  • Four-piston hydraulic brakes with a large 320mm diameter disc up front
  • Two-piston hydraulic brakes with 240mm diameter disc on the rear
  • 18” spoked wheels with Mutt sawtooth rims and deep treat tubeless tyres
  • A premium black-as-night matt paint finish with embedded rubber branding
  • Accessible seat height of 795mm
  • Custom CNC LED halo headlamp
  • Optional 250cc compatible slipper clutch in development

Even with all the new detail, Mutt has maintained the stripped-back approach they have made their own. There are no gratuitous extras, unnecessary additions, or tacky add-ons – just effortless streamlined simplicity.

The DRK-01 125cc and 250cc will be available from March 2024 onwards at authorised Mutt Motorcycle Dealers. Availability may differ globally. For more information, please visit muttmotorcycles.com.

The Drk-01 - Defining The New Standard For Mutt MotorcyclesSPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT125cc (124.2cm3)250cc (249.2 cm3)
ENGINE TYPE4-Stroke Single, Cylinder, DOHC
TRANSMISSION6 Speed Manual
COOLINGLiquid Cooled
STARTERElectric
BORE X STROKE58×47 mm72×61.2mm
COMPRESSION RATIO12:111.3:1
MAX POWER10kw @ 10,000 rpm (~13hp)20kw @ 9,500 rpm (~26hp)
MAX TORQUE11nm @ 7,500 rpm22nm @ 7,000 rpm
LUBRICATION SYSTEMWet sump with pump-driven oil delivery
CLUTCH TYPEWet; Multiple Disc
FINAL DRIVEO-Ring Chain
FUEL CONSUMPTION1.9 L / 100 km2.9 L / 100 km
FUEL DELIVERYElectronic Fuel Injection
EMISSIONS (CO2)43g/km68g/km
ENVIRONMENTAL STEPEU5
FRAMESteel, Twin Downtube, Cradle
CASTER ANGLE25°
TRAIL155 mm
FRONT SUSPENSIONUpside-down telescopic fork, Ø51 mm / Ø37 mm
REAR SUSPENSIONTwin Piggyback Reservoir with adjustable preload
FRONT FORK TRAVEL107mm
REAR SHOCK TRAVEL65mm
BRAKE SYSTEMCombined Braking SystemBosch Dual Channel Anti-Lock Braking System
FRONT BRAKESingle hydraulic calliper, four pistons Ø25 mm, Floating single disc, Ø 320mm
REAR BRAKESingle hydraulic calliper, twin-pistons Ø25 mm Floating single disc, Ø 240mm
TYRESDeep Tread, Knobbly, 120/90-18 M/C 65P (Tubeless)
WHEELSBlack, 18″ Saw Tooth rims with Stainless Steel Spoked Wheels. Inc rear Cushion Drive
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT*2041mm x 791mm x 1094mm
SEAT HEIGHT795mm
WHEELBASE1364mm
MINIMUM GROUND CLEARANCE130mm
SEATING POSITIONS2
RUNNING WEIGHT**156kg166kg
MAX LOAD***180kg
OIL CAPACITY1.2L1.6L
FUEL TANK16L, Steel

* Excluding mirrors
** Standard spec, excluding rider, 90% full fuel tank
*** Total weight including rider, passengers, cargo and accessories

PRICING (UK)

DRK-01 125 – MATT BLACK£3,995.00
DRK-01 250 – MATT BLACK£4,750.00

This is the price inclusive of VAT and exclusive of OTR (on the road) costs.

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Royal Enfield Introduces Global Rentals And Tours

Royal Enfield Introduces Global Rentals And ToursSetting out on a journey of exploration and adventure has never been easier for travellers across the world.

With the introduction of “Rentals and Tours,” a one-stop solution for any journey on two wheels, Royal Enfield promises hassle-free and easy discovery of new destinations with brand assurance.

Building on the success of Royal Enfield Rentals in India, this comprehensive platform will now serve as an ultimate enabler for explorers looking to embrace novel motorcycle experiences across the globe. With accredited partners, both in India and globally, and the introduction of the Rentals and Tours programme, Royal Enfield now aims to redefine motorcycle tourism with its newest venture, which covers everything from motorcycle rentals and professionally guided tours to assistance with curating self-guided trips. Catering to a diverse spectrum of riding preferences, in terms of terrain and level of expertise, Royal Enfield ‘Rentals and Tours’ will allow prospective explorers to set out on unforgettable adventures and fulfill their quests for exploration.

Royal Enfield Introduces Global Rentals And Tours”Royal Enfield has long been associated with epic journeys of exploration, with enthusiasts traversing countries, and continents on our motorcycles for decades. We believe we deeply understand the desire for adventure and to discover the world on two wheels. The Royal Enfield Rentals and Tours programme not only simplifies the logistics of motorcycle tourism, it also opens a world of new opportunities for those with the spirit of adventure in their hearts. With one of the world’s largest motorcycling communities, we believe this initiative will not just fortify but also expand Royal Enfield’s global motorcycling family, fostering a deeper sense of camaraderie among riders across borders.”, said   B Govindrajan, CEO, Royal Enfield.

To rent a Royal Enfield motorcycle or to book a motorcycle tour has never been easier. It is user-friendly, and an absolutely simple process that requires just a few clicks. One merely has to head to royalenfield.com/rentals and royalenfield.com/tours, browse through the options based on planned destination and time frame, and then confirm booking interest. A quick call-back from the tour operator will be organised, to confirm and finalise details of the tour and the itinerary. All that is left to do then, is to pack the helmet and riding gear and look forward to the next big adventure on two wheels.

Royal Enfield Introduces Global Rentals And ToursThe rental programme extends to 60+ destinations, spanning India, South Africa, Indonesia, Colombia, Turkey, and Namibia, among others. Collaborating with multiple tour partners, Royal Enfield provides riders with a diverse array of experiences across a total of 62 trips, covering 52 destinations in 25 countries. From exploring the captivating international destinations of France, Scotland, and Spain to the enchanting locales of Cochin, Gangtok, and Tawang in India, Royal Enfield Rentals and Tours offer boundless possibilities for unforgettable rides.

Instagram: @royalenfieldrentalsandtours Facebook: @royalenfieldrentalsandtours

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Pyramid’s Waterproof Duffle Bag

Pyramid’s Waterproof Duffle Bag100% waterproof 40-litre Duffle Bag, designed to fit any bike

British motorcycle accessory specialist, Pyramid, has added a 40-litre, 100% waterproof Duffle Bag to their range, designed to keep kit completely dry, even in the worst British weather.

Pyramid has been producing bodywork to fit bikes of all shapes, sizes and styles since 1986, so it’s no surprise that their new rear bag will fit pretty much any bike you can think of.

The Pyramid Duffle has a tough 500D PVC shell, which is seamless and has heat-sealed external stitching for reliable waterproofing, with no weak points. It’s flexible, making it easy to load and roll-up for storage, and is temperature tested from +70°C to -30°C.
Pyramid’s Waterproof Duffle Bag
A full width opening and roll-top closure makes it painless to get things in and out, while an Air Release System reduces bulk and ensures the load won’t shift around inside whilst riding.

The four-point strapping system creates a huge amount of flexibility for mounting. Just loop the straps around a luggage rack, frame rail or grab handle – whichever is most suitable – clip the bag in place, then pull down each strap to take up the slack. There are four integrated D-rings for additional strapping, if needed.

When the destination is reached, it takes seconds to unclip the bag and remove it, leaving the four straps on the bike ready for reattachment. Pyramid’s Waterproof Duffle Bag

Padded carry handles and a detachable shoulder strap are included for use off the bike. There’s also a handy pocket on the front for holding an ID tag, and reflective elements throughout for added safety on the road.

Unlike fabric bags, the easy-to-clean material means you can keep it looking fresh with just a quick wipe.

The Pyramid 40L Duffle Bag is available in Black or Grey and retails at just £39.99, including VAT, complete with the detachable shoulder strap and four securing straps.

See it at pyramidmoto.co.uk

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Special Edition Aprilia RSV4 Factory & Tuono V4 Factory SE-09 debut at Austin MotoGP

Special Edition Aprilia Rsv4 Factory & Tuono V4 Factory Se-09 Debut At Austin MotogpMax Biaggi, on the Brno circuit, won the first unforgettable victory of the Aprilia RSV4 in the World Superbike Championship.

No one could have known it at the time, but that was the first part of a now legendary story. It was the beginning of one of the most victorious stories ever for a single model, in the most important factory derivative championship in the world, with an extraordinary collection of seven world titles (3 Rider and 4 Manufacturer), 44 wins and 102 podiums.  

Today, Aprilia celebrates the historic magnitude of that day by bringing back the iconic livery symbolic of the RSV4’s spectacular sporting debut on the crowning jewel of the V4 range: the superbike RSV4 Factory and the hypernaked Tuono V4 Factory. In this special version, RSV4 Factory and Tuono V4 Factory also come standard with carbon front brake air intakes and with a carbon front mudguard. The progressive numbering of the model appears on the fuel tank. Special Edition Aprilia Rsv4 Factory & Tuono V4 Factory Se-09 Debut At Austin Motogp

This is how the SE-09 SBK special numbered edition was born: unveiled for the first time in public during the weekend of the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas.  Aprilia Racing factory riders, Aleix Espargaró and Maverick Viñales, current protagonists in the top world motorcycling championship astride the RS-GP prototypes from Noale, christened the RSV4 Factory and the Tuono V4 Factory in this new, exciting, and evocative version.   

The Aprilia V4 Factory SE-09 SBK machines stand out for their livery dominated by black with the characteristic red and white trim on the top fairing, lug, fuel tank, and tail fairing, exactly like the RSV4 that astonished the world at its debut on the WSBK stage. An unmistakeable mix in its linear simplicity brings the brand from Noale and its legendary sporting history to mind amongst motorcycling enthusiasts.  

Aprilia RSV4 Factory SE-09 SBK is available at a price of £23,450 GBP. Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory SE-09 SBK is priced as £18,550 GBP, and both will be available from the month of June in Aprilia dealerships. 

For more Aprilia news check out our dedicated page Aprilia News

or head to the official Aprilia website aprilia.com/en_EN/Special Edition Aprilia Rsv4 Factory & Tuono V4 Factory Se-09 Debut At Austin Motogp

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“King” Kenny Roberts Announced As Grand Marshal of The Barber Vintage Festival

"king" Kenny Roberts Announced As Grand Marshal Of The Barber Vintage Festival“King” Kenny Roberts Announced As Grand Marshal Of The 19th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

In the world of motorcycle racing, one name stands above the rest: Kenny Roberts Sr. Drawing on his innovative riding style and trailblazing personality, Roberts-christened the “King” for his dominating on-track performances and exceptional contributions to the sport in general—won back-to-back AMA Grand National Championships and three consecutive FIM 500cc Grand Prix World Road Racing Championships.

Roberts’ pioneering achievements as a racer, a team owner, an event organizer, a constructor, and a powerful advocate for advancing rider safety will be celebrated October 11-13, when the California native serves as the Grand Marshal of the 19th annual Barber Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. This prestigious honor is a testament to Roberts’ enduring impact on motorcycling and his status as an icon of the industry.

For nearly two decades, the Barber Vintage Festival has extolled the virtues of classic and vintage motorcycling. Many of the great variety of historic machines that will be displayed during the weekend on the meticulously maintained 880-acre grounds and will lap the 2.38-mile, 16-turn road course were produced during the era in which Roberts, 72, rose to the top of his field. More than 85,000 people attended the 2023 event, with 2024 promising to set new records.

“We are thrilled to have Kenny Roberts as the Grand Marshal of this year’s Barber Vintage Festival,” said Brian Case, Executive Director of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. “Kenny not only delivered world-class performances on the racetrack during his competition days, but he is directly responsible for improving rider safety, both for his fellow competitors and for those who follow in his wheel tracks for many years to come.”

One of the riders who benefited directly from Roberts’ expertise is his oldest son, 2000 500cc World Champion Kenny Roberts Jr. In the 75-year history of Grand Prix motorcycle road racing, Roberts and Roberts Jr. are the only father-and-son duo to win the premier-class title. Roberts Jr., an eight-time GP race-winner, was named a “MotoGP Legend” in 2017. He will join his father at the Barber Vintage Festival.

"king" Kenny Roberts Announced As Grand Marshal Of The Barber Vintage FestivalAttending the Barber Vintage Festival is not complete without a visit to the spectacular Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, where Roberts and Roberts Jr.’s championship-winning Yamaha YZR500 and Suzuki RGV500 race bikes will be featured in a special display. Both machines are now part of the museum’s permanent collection, which is home to many championship-winning racing motorcycles spanning more than 100 years of competition history. The inclusion of these two historic motorcycles in to the permanent collection was announced at a special event at the US Round of Moto GP in Austin TX today.

In the months leading to the event, first-time and returning Barber Vintage Festival attendees can plan for a family-friendly weekend filled with an unparalleled camaraderie and a celebration of all dimensions of motorcycling. As the Grand Marshal, Roberts will be at the center of the variety of indoor and outdoor festivities, greeting fans with his trademark charisma and sharing stories from his legendary racing career.

"king" Kenny Roberts Announced As Grand Marshal Of The Barber Vintage FestivalPlans for the weekend call for manufacturer demo rides, a concours de competition, the “Isle of Triumph” presented by Triumph Motorcycles, and BMW Motorrad Days. The Henderson Auctions Fan Zone will host the “Wall of Death” and “Globe of Death” shows. Another highlight, the always popular swap meet promises hundreds of bikes, parts, and gear sellers. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase beginning May 21, with more information available at www.BarberMuseum.org.

"king" Kenny Roberts Announced As Grand Marshal Of The Barber Vintage FestivalAbout the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit located at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2024, the Museum focuses on various aspects of motorsports design, from displaying motorcycles and cars spanning over 100 years of production to the Barber Advanced Design Center— a high-tech workspace for design exploration. The Museum embraces the culture of motorsports enthusiasts by hosting programs such as Barber Design Camp and events such as Barber Small Bore and Barber Vintage Festival. With five floors housing 1,800 motorcycles, over 60 Lotus race cars, and numerous vintage and iconic vehicles, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is the ultimate family- friendly environment for education, inspiration, and exploration with the mission to preserve, interpret and exhibit the history of motorcycles and vintage vehicles in motorsports. The public is welcome, and more information is available at www.BarberMuseum.org

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The 10th Anniversary Season Of MotoAmerica Begins In Earnest At Road Atlanta

The 10th Anniversary Season Of Motoamerica Begins In Earnest At Road AtlantaWhile Mission King Of The Baggers and BellissiMoto Twins Cup already have races under their belts in 2024, Steel Commander Superbike, Supersport and Junior Cup will start their championships this coming weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta as the 10th anniversary of the MotoAmerica series begins in earnest in Braselton, Georgia, April 19-21.

Excitement is high as a full contingent of five classes and 10 races are slated for the iconic Road Atlanta with 137 entries spread over the five classes.

Here’s a closer look at the Support classes after yesterday’s preview of the Steel Commander Superbike opener.

Supersport – 44 Entries! Say What?

Forty-four entries will attempt to qualify for the two Supersport races at Road Atlanta. That’s right. Forty-four.

Where do we begin? Since defending class champion Xavi Forés, who won both races at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta last year, isn’t defending his title, we can’t start there. And since Daytona 200 winner Josh Herrin is racing Superbikes for the rest of the season, we can’t start there.

So, let’s begin with how they finished behind Forés last year and go from there.

That puts us right smack dab on the rider who really has to be the pre-season favorite – Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Tyler Scott. Scott ended up second in the title chase in 2023, winning four of the last seven races and standing on the podium a total of 11 times. The youngster from Pennsylvania returns with the same team and the same aspirations. Last year, Scott was second and fourth in the two races at Road Atlanta.

Tytlers Cycle Racing’s Stefano Mesa, fourth in the standings last year with one win and five other podiums, is the second-highest finisher in Supersport who is returning to the class (Josh Hayes, who was third in last year’s title chase, isn’t entered at Road Atlanta).

Scott’s teammate from last year, Teagg Hobbs, is also returning to the Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki fold after finishing fifth in last year’s championship with three podium finishes.

Jake Lewis, seventh last year, is another returnee and he will do so with the Altus Racing team on a Suzuki GSX-R750. Ditto for racer/team owner David Anthony who was eighth in 2023 on his own Wrench Motorcycles-backed team.

Super Carl Racing’s Carl Soltisz rounds out the list of those finishing in the top 10 who are returning to the Supersport wars again.

So, who is new? That list is long, and it starts with the new three-rider Rahal Ducati Moto w/XPEL team of PJ Jacobsen, Kayla Yaakov, and Cory Alexander (who will race with Roller Die + Forming sponsorship) on Ducati Panigale V2s.

The biggest new name in Supersport is Mathew Scholtz, the South African winner of five MotoAmerica Superbike races in his career. With the demise of Westby Racing, Scholtz drops down to the Supersport category with Strack Racing (nee Squid Hunter Racing) on a Yamaha YZF-R6. The team has Yamaha support and Scholtz should be up front from the get-go.

Two-time MotoAmerica Twins Cup Champion Blake Davis makes the move to Supersport full time for the N2 Racing/BobbleHeadMoto team and its Yamaha YZF-R6.

Melissa Paris’s MP13 Racing has changed brands and will field a two-rider team of Italian Roberto Tamburini and Hunter Dunham on MV Agusta F3 800.

There are a few moving up from other classes, namely Max Van who will race a Suzuki GSX-R750 for SportbikeTrackGear.com. after several years of Junior Cup wins and podiums.

Mission King Of The Baggers – The Battle Has Begun

With four races under its belt, the Mission King Of The Baggers class is in full swing while the majority of the other classes have yet to dip a toe into the 2024 MotoAmerica pool.

While it’s obviously still early in the season, it’s not too early to see how this is going to play out. Simply put, it’s going to be a war.

Leading the battle thus far is Harley-Davidson Factory Racing’s Kyle Wyman, with the New Yorker winning three of the four races from the two rounds held at Daytona International Speedway and Circuit of The Americas. In the race he didn’t win, Wyman finished second.

But before we start handing out number-one plates, there’s plenty left to fight for and plenty of those willing to fight. At the top of that heap is class rookie Troy Herfoss and his S&S/Indian Motorcycle Challenger. Herfoss won his first career Mission King Of The Baggers race in the first of two races at COTA, and he’s been a close second to Wyman in the three races the Road Glide-mounted Wyman has won.

Wyman leads the Australian by 10 points as the series heads to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

The top two have been consistently fast at both racetracks and that has put them 34 (Wyman) and 24 (Herfoss) points ahead of Wyman’s Harley teammate James Rispoli, who has three third-place finishes and a fourth so far in 2024. Herfoss’s teammate Tyler O’Hara started his season with a few bumps in the road at Daytona, but he rebounded nicely with his first podium of the year at COTA.

Then comes the RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson’s duo of defending Mission King Of The Baggers Champion Hayden Gillim and rookie Rocco Landers. Gillim has been in the mix in all four of the races held so far and Landers is learning the ropes with a best of fifth place so far in his debut at Daytona.

Even though he is currently eighth in the title chase behind RydFast Racing’s Kyle Ohnsorg, a wise man would never bet against SDI/Roland Sands Racing/Indian Motorcycle’s Bobby Fong winning races. After a wretched Daytona, Fong was fourth in the battle and finished fourth in race two at COTA.

BellissiMoto Twins Cup – Gus. Rodio.

The takeaway from the opening round of the BellissiMoto Twins Cup season is that Gus Rodio isn’t messing around. Rodio and his Aprilia RS 660 dominated both races at Daytona International Speedway, winning by big margins in each and breaking the lap record for the class on several occasions.

But Daytona is Daytona. At least that’s what you’re saying if you were on the losing end of the runaway train that was Rodio in Florida.

Although he lost 19 points to Rodio at Daytona, you won’t see much in the way of panic from RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines Suzuki’s Rocco Landers. After all, no one has won more Twins Cup races (15 wins) than 2020 class champion Landers. Considering he was on a new bike (the Suzuki GSX-8R) and with a new team, fifth and second wasn’t a bad beginning at Daytona.

Landers heads to Road Atlanta trailing Rodio by 19 points.

Third in the title chase after the opening round is Rodio’s Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering teammate Alessandro Di Mario. Di Mario was fourth and third in the two races.

Rossi Moor made his BellissiMoto Twins Cup debut at Daytona and was seventh and fourth on the Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-8R, which puts him fourth heading into Road Atlanta.

Dominic Doyle won a Twins Cup race last year at Pittsburgh International Race Complex and was also up front at Daytona, finishing second in race one. Doyle’s Giaccomoto Yamaha Racing’s teammate Sonya Lloyd will also be in action after a pair of 12ths in her Twins Cup debut at Daytona.

Last year’s Junior Cup Champion Avery Dreher will be pulling double duty and adding BellissiMoto Twins Cup to his weekends after finishing third in race one at Daytona before DNFing race two.

Former Junior Cup racer Sean Ungvarsky returned to MotoAmerica action at Daytona with a pair of top-10 finishes and he will be in action at Road Atlanta on a Koch Racing Yamaha YZF-R7.

Junior Cup – Who Will Battle Dreher

It would be extremely hard to pick someone other than defending champion Avery Dreher to win the 2024 MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship. After all, Dreher and his Bad Boys Racing team won six of the 12 races last year against the Rossi Moors, Levi Badies and Eli Blocks of the world. And other than Block, those race winners from 2023 have moved on.

But as certain as we are that Dreher starts the season as the favorite, we’re equally confident that there will be someone who steps up to challenge the Floridian. We’re just not sure who that will be, and that’s half the fun of MotoAmerica’s Junior Cup class. New year, new faces.

The highest-ranking Junior Cup racers from last year staying in the class are Fernandez Racing’s Jayden Fernandez (sixth in 2023 with two podiums) and Yandel Medina, the New York Safety Track Racing rider from New York who was seventh in last year’s title chase with two podiums. Then there’s the aforementioned Block, who will ride a BARTCON Racing Kawasaki Ninja 400 alongside Maryland’s Matthew Chapin.

Also keep an eye on last year’s Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award winner Trenton Keesee.

Two foreign riders will line up at the Road Atlanta opener – El Salvador’s JT Rivera and Brit Kobe Garbett. Garbett will also be on the only non-Kawasaki Ninja 400 in the class as he will grid up on a Yamaha YZF-R3.

Pre-Road Atlanta Notes…

Kyle Wyman won both of the Mission King Of The Baggers races at Road Atlanta last year, besting Tyler O’Hara in the pair of races. Third in race one went to Hayden Gillim with Bobby Fong finishing third in race two.

Wyman earned pole position for the two Bagger races with his 1:30.427 to lead O’Hara and his 1:31.092 and Gillim’s 1:31.366.

Last year’s two Supersport races were won by Xavi Forés in his first time to Road Atlanta. Forés beat Tyler Scott in race one and Stefano Mesa in race two. Josh Hayes was third in both races.

Forés earned pole position for the Supersport races with his 1:28.977, just over a second off Garrett Gerloff’s lap record of 1:27.860 from race two in 2017.

In Twins Cup action from a year ago, Blake Davis and Rocco Landers split wins with Gus Rodio finishing second in both races. Both Davis and Landers had issues in the races they didn’t win with Davis 11th in race two and Landers DNFing in race one.

Landers was on pole position for the two Twins Cup races with his 1:31.907 at new Road Atlanta lap record for the Twins.

Avery Dreher was perfect at Road Atlanta last year with two victories in the Junior Cup class. Dreher topped Max Van in both races with Hayden Bicknese third in both.

Eighteen of the 44 Supersport entries will be mounted on Suzuki GSX-R750s, the highest of the six manufacturers in the class. Kawasaki is next with 10 ZX-6Rs entered. Yamaha will be represented by seven YZF-R6s with five Ducati Panigale V2s, two Triumphs and two MV Agustas filling the entry list.

Nine countries will also be represented among those 44 Supersport entries: South Africa, Colombia, Italy, Mexico, El Salvador, Australia, Uruguay, Canada and the USA

For more info checkout our dedicated MotoAmerica Support Series News page motoamerica-support-series-latest-news/

Or visit the official MotoAmerica website motoamerica.com/

©Words/Images are from official press release posted courtesy of motoamerica.com/

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Bennetts BSB Teams Conclude Successful Test at Circuito de Navarra Despite Final Session Incident

Bennetts Bsb Teams Conclude Successful Test At Circuito De Navarra Despite Final Session Incident

The Bennetts British Superbike Championship teams wrapped up a productive two-day test at Spain’s Circuito de Navarra, gathering valuable data ahead of the 2024 season opener at the weekend. Despite an incident involving Tommy Bridewell in the final session, riders made significant progress in fine-tuning their setups.

Bennetts Bsb Teams Conclude Successful Test At Circuito De Navarra Despite Final Session Incident

Kyle Ryde, riding the OMG GRILLA Yamaha, set the quickest time of the test with a blistering 1:36.374 in Session 5, edging out Glenn Irwin on the Hager PBM Ducati by 0.185 seconds. Ryde’s teammate, Ryan Vickers, secured third place overall, cementing a strong showing for the Yamaha squad.

Bennetts Bsb Teams Conclude Successful Test At Circuito De Navarra Despite Final Session Incident

Leon Haslam, piloting the ROKiT Haslam Racing BMW Motorrad machine, finished fourth fastest, just 0.019 seconds adrift of Vickers. Danny Kent on the McAMS Racing Yamaha rounded out the top six, underlining the competitiveness of the field.

Bennetts Bsb Teams Conclude Successful Test At Circuito De Navarra Despite Final Session Incident

In the final session, Tommy Bridewell suffered a crash while representing Honda Racing UK. Although he was uninjured, the incident brought a premature end to his test. Despite the setback, Bridewell still managed to claim seventh spot overall, with a best time of 1:37.158.

Bennetts Bsb Teams Conclude Successful Test At Circuito De Navarra Despite Final Session Incident

Josh Brookes, riding for the FHO Racing BMW Motorrad outfit, secured a top-ten finish, while his teammate Peter Hickman concluded the test in 11th position.

Bennetts Bsb Teams Conclude Successful Test At Circuito De Navarra Despite Final Session Incident

Further down the order, several riders made notable improvements during the final session. Fraser Rogers, TAG Honda, climbed to 13th overall, with Alex Olsen, Cumins by Team IWR Honda and Billy McConnell, C&L Fairburn / Look Forward Racing also making progress.

Bennetts Bsb Teams Conclude Successful Test At Circuito De Navarra Despite Final Session Incident

Luke Hedger, onboard the Whitecliffe CDH Racing Kawasaki, finished the test in 25th place, as he and his crew diligently worked on optimizing their package for the upcoming season. Unfortunately, an engine letting go on day one put him significantly behind on testing.

Bennetts Bsb Teams Conclude Successful Test At Circuito De Navarra Despite Final Session Incident

As the teams now look ahead to the season opener at Circuito de Navarra, the knowledge gained during this test will be invaluable in their pursuit of a strong start to the 2024 campaign. With the data collected and the experience of riding on the Spanish circuit fresh in their minds, riders and teams will be better prepared to tackle the challenges that lie ahead when the lights go out for the first race of the year.

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Round Two Awaits in Assen for Eager R3 World Cup Riders

Round Two Awaits In Assen For Eager R3 World Cup RidersThe second round of the freshly renamed FIM Yamaha R3 bLU cRU World Cup will take place this weekend, April 19-21st, at the classic TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands, and the Superbike World Championship’s youngest competitors are eager to get back on track after a record-breaking Round 1 last month.

The opening event of the season in Barcelona saw Spanish rookie and 2023 R3 SuperFinale winner Gonzalo Sanchez take victory in dominant style in Race 1, setting a record for the biggest winning margin in class history at 11.101 seconds. The 15-year-old repeated the feat in Race 2, this time gapping his rivals by 8.744 seconds. Behind the speedy Spaniard the battle for the remaining places was hotly contested with plenty of overtakes and great skill demonstrated by the field of 19 riders. Poland’s Dawid Nowak and Czechia’s Nicolas Zanin achieved their first R3 podiums over the Barcelona weekend, while class stalwarts Spain’s Marc Vich and Brazil’s Eduardo Burr proved they mean business again this year by returning to the rostrum.

Barcelona also played host to the first ever live stream of the R3 World Cup races, something which will continue this weekend in Assen and throughout the 2024 season to allow audiences all over the world to follow the progress of the future Superbike stars.

Assen will be the home race for Dutch rider Indi Schunselaar, the youngster rider in the series at just 14 years old. Barcelona was a steep learning curve for the rookie, but he will be aiming high in front of his Yamaha Benelux supporters at a track he knows well.

Race 1 and Race 2 will take place on Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st at 11:50 CET. Last year the incredible layout of the TT Circuit provided all-out action among the sport’s hungry youngsters, so be sure to follow along LIVE via Yamaha Racing’s YouTube channel and stay up to date on yamaha-racing.com and Instagram

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New NEXX Streetfighter Style Helmet

New Nexx Streetfighter Style HelmetNEXX X.WST3 helmet blends streetfighter style with cutting edge tech and protection

New to the NEXX range, the X.WST3 streetfighter style helmet has one of the most distinctive looks on the market, alongside cutting edge tech for day-long comfort, practicality and protection.

Designed and made in Europe, the X.WST3 comes with a choice of two lightweight shells – the X-PRO 3K Carbon Fibre and a Multi-Composite Fibre option, made with NEXX’s own X-MATRIX2 material. Both versions are ECE22.06 certified, and come in three outer shell sizes for the closest fit across each size range.

New Nexx Streetfighter Style Helmet
NEXX X.WST3 Fluence

Anti-Vibration EPS
Comfort is key, so the X.WST3 features the NEXX Anti-Vibration EPS system. An ingenious solution to a common problem, a flexible rubber layer sandwiched between the inner and outer EPS absorbs the intrusive vibrations and buzzing caused by air turbulence at higher speeds.

In addition, both the 3X Carbon and X-MATRIX2 shells feature aerodynamic shaping, plus a drag-reducing rear spoiler, to keep the head stable and reduce pressure on the neck.

New Nexx Streetfighter Style Helmet
NEXX X.WST3 Carbon Zero Pro

Recoil Visor System
Unwanted wind noise and annoying trickles of water down the inside of the visor are prevented by the unique Recoil Visor System. Spring-loaded side plates automatically pull the visor back against the dual-lip window beading when it’s closed, forming an airtight and rainproof seal.

The X.WST3 also comes ready to accept a Pinlock Anti-Fog system, which all models are supplied with as standard: a Pinlock 120 XLT Max Vision with the X-PRO Carbon, and a Pinlock 70 for both X-MATRIX2 models.

New Nexx Streetfighter Style Helmet
NEXX X.WST3 Plain White

X.MART Dry Interior
Adjustable ventilation ports front and back, and a fresh air chamber between the EPS liner and the padding, provide a cooling flow of air when the temperature rises.

The interior is made from soft-touch X.MART Dry fabric, which keeps the wearer cool and dry. Synthetic leather and intricate stitch detailing give it a luxurious feel and look good too.

New Nexx Streetfighter Style Helmet
NEXX X.WST3 Plain White

NEXX’s patent-pending Fast Release System enables first responders to remove the cheek pads without disturbing the head and neck. The system also makes for super-easy cleaning of the lining; just lift the rubber trim arms, slide back the red buttons, and the cheek pads release.

X-COM3 Connectivity
For those who like to stay connected, the X.WST3 comes ready to accept X-COM3 Bluetooth 5.0 comms.

Both the X-COM3 standard and X-COM3 Pro – with 2.0 Mesh Technology, and sound by Harman Kardon – will fit straight in. There’s also a removable side mount, for easy attachment of an action-camera.

X.WST3 X-MATRIX2 models retail at £329.99 in Plain mono colour options and £349.99 in four eye-catching Fluence graphic styles. The 3X Carbon Zero Pro comes in a solid carbon finish and sells for £429.99.

All three are available in sizes XXS-3XL. Zero Pro and Fluence models come with an additional tinted visor and visor bag.

For full spec and colour options, visit  nexx-helmet.co.uk

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Always keep your batteries charged with GIVI

Always Keep Your Batteries Charged With GiviThe Italian accessories brand offers up a compact battery charger for all motorcyclists that’s perfect to take on any journey.

GIVI can get you out of a hairy moment with ease. Its range of accessories, which makes your motorbike adventures easier and more comfortable, is now completed with the S510 D-CHARGE. This product, which joins others such as the puncture repair kit or first aid kit, is the perfect ally for keeping batteries in optimum condition, whether they’re lithium or lead-acid, and is also compatible with a wide range of 12V batteries. As well as its versatility and compact size, it boasts of another interesting quality: its minimal energy consumption, which increases the battery’s efficiency.

If there’s one thing that many of us motorcyclists have in common, it’s how we take care of our bikes, always making sure they’re in the best condition, whether it’s their internal parts or bodywork. That’s why we thoroughly check the oil, tyres and battery, among other things, days before a trip so that everything is in working order. At this time, an indispensable item to carry out the necessary checks is a battery charger which helps to check the state of the bike’s battery or to recharge it if it’s out of charge. With the intention of supplying all the needs that two-wheel loves may have, GIVI, which has been at the forefront of the motorbike accessory industry since its inception in 1978, has designed the ideal product to keep your motorbike at peak performance at all times: the S510 D-CHARGE, a compact battery charger designed for efficiency and safety which adds to GIVI’s extensive family of products, which are designed to make our lives easier.

Always Keep Your Batteries Charged With GiviThe S510 D-CHARGE is the result of a combination of GIVI‘s hard work to meet the needs of motorcyclists and technological excellence. Manufactured entirely in Italy and with a 3-year warranty, this battery charger represents the highest quality and reliability. Its automatic charging algorithm ensures optimal battery maintenance at all times. This allows you to increase battery life by up to 4 times, thanks to its ultra-efficient design with minimal power consumption.

This charger is compatible with all conventional 12V battery types, whether lead-acid, MF, GEL and AGM, as well as the latest lithium-ion or LiFePO4 batteries. What’s more, it’s equipped with two different programmes for use depending on the battery type, ensuring perfect charging at all times, making it a versatile solution for any motorbike’s charging needs.Always Keep Your Batteries Charged With Givi

And it doesn’t end there; its integrated safety system protects against reverse polarity, short circuits, overcharging and overheating, offering a worry-free charging experience. Plus, its integrated temperature sensor allows for safe charging even in extreme conditions, making it a must-have accessory to always carry on the bike or keep in the garage. It can be purchased for £78.00.

For more information about this product or any other accessories for your motorcycle visit www.givi.co.uk or call 01327 706220.

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Quad Lock’s NEW Handlebar Mounts: Large & Chrome

Quad Lock's New Handlebar Mounts: Large & ChromeQuad Lock expands its popular Handlebar Mount PRO series with three new additions: the Handlebar Mount PRO Chrome and the Handlebar Mount PRO Large, now available in sleek Black or Chrome finishes.

For riders seeking compatibility with larger handlebars, the Handlebar Mount PRO Large provides a robust solution. Designed with spacers to accommodate sizes of 1-½” (38.1mm), 1-¾” (44.5mm) and 2” (50.8mm), this mount caters to a wide range of motorcycle requirements. Developed based on customer feedback, it maintains the trusted performance and sleek aesthetics Quad Lock users appreciate, ensuring your phone stays securely in place even on the most challenging terrains. Available in both all-black and chrome finishes, riders can select the option that best complements their bike’s style.

Quad Lock's New Handlebar Mounts: Large & ChromeThe Handlebar Mount PRO Chrome combines Quad Lock’s signature functionality with a sleek chrome finish. Designed to seamlessly integrate with iconic motorcycles, this premium mount ensures both style and security on the road. Crafted from CNC machined aluminium, the Handlebar Mount PRO Chrome complements a wide range of motorcycles with chrome handlebars or features.Quad Lock's New Handlebar Mounts: Large & Chrome

Statement from Chris Buerckner, Product Design Engineer of Quad Lock: “Our team is thrilled to bring both a Large bar mount and two Chrome mounts to our Moto category, enabling riders to match the uniqueness of their build with phone mounting products to suit. We overhauled the production process of the standard PRO mount to enable the highly polished chrome finish on the clamp and extension arm. For the Large versions, we closely followed the existing design cues and product styling that our Standard PRO users have loved, to create a super sleek product that becomes part of the bike.”

Both mounts feature Quad Lock’s patented dual-stage locking mechanism, ensuring a secure phone attachment on any adventure. They are also compatible with Quad Lock’s entire ecosystem of accessories, including cases, extension arms, vibration dampeners, ponchos, and wireless charging heads, providing riders with versatile options to enhance their riding experience.

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Misano awaits! JuniorGP returns to write another chapter of history

Misano Awaits! Juniorgp Returns To Write Another Chapter Of HistoryThe Motor Valley and Emilia Romagna Round sees the class of 2024 saddle up at classic Misano

The countdown to the start of the 2024 FIM JuniorGP™ World Championship is nearly over, with the stunning Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli ready to welcome the field back into action for Round 1: Motor Valley and Emilia-Romagna. It’s the first time the fabulous Adriatic venue hosts the Championship for a standalone round, and the start of another chapter of history for JuniorGP™. So what can we expect in 2024?

FIM JuniorGP
In JuniorGP™, plenty of fast faces return from last season, looking to make their mark and succeed Angel Piqueras as Champion. Alvaro Carpe (STV Laglisse Racing) is the top finisher back on the grid in 2024 but his first goal will be simple: win. Despite finishing P3 last year, victory was elusive for the Spaniard. But not so for compatriot Adrian Cruces (Finetwork Team), who finished fifth overall and won in the very final round – form he’ll be looking to continue this season.

Then there are the likes of Eddie O’Shea with the new MLav Racing team, home hero Alessandro Morosi – now with the Aspar Junior Team – and Cormac Buchanan (AGR Team), all of whom are looking to get on the podium. The shuffle to decide the pecking order is sure to start early, and with rookies like Max Quiles (Estrella Galicia 0,0) joining the fold too, the race is very much on to make experience pay.

One race winner from last year will be sidelined through injury though: Arbi Aditama (Astra Honda Racing Team). The Indonesian will be cheering on his fellow JTT riders but likely also hoping no one at the front has that perfect 50-point haul from Round 1 before he’s back on track and looking to start his own campaign for glory.

Moto2 European Championship
In the Moto2™ European Championship, Alberto Surra (Team Ciatti – Boscoscuro) is the top returning finisher, and he’ll likely be racing the likes of Mattia Rato (FAU55 Tey Racing), Roberto Garcia (Fantic Cardoso Racing) and Unai Orradre (STV Laglisse Racing) once again. But there’s an influx of new faces with some serious CVs about to test the experienced runners.

Reigning FIM Enel MotoE™ World Champion Mattia Casadei joins Team Ciatti – Boscoscuro, and he’ll have the jump on two other famous faces joining the grid too. The first is Moto3 ™ Grand Prix winner Kaito Toba, who will line up with PromoRacing, and then there’s Jorge Navarro. The Spaniard will join the grid with Forward Eest Racing, bringing his record of two Moto3™ Grand Prix wins, seven further Moto3™ podiums and 10 Moto2™ World Championship podiums with him, as well as his podium form from the World Supersport Championship. But neither he nor Toba will be at Round 1 as they race in Assen, so it’s all hands on deck for those racing in Misano to get ahead of the game before they join the fray.

European Talent Cup
The European Talent Cup, meanwhile, promises another season of close competition. As a host of the fastest faces from 2023 move up, it’s David Gonzalez (AC Racing Team) and Jesus Torres (Estrella Galicia 0,0) who are the top finishers coming back – and both will want to prove it with podiums from the off. Gonzalez took one last season, but Torres has not yet been on the rostrum. The field is a full one though, as ever, with an influx of new talent from across the world and across the Road to MotoGP™ – so who will start the season on top as many move up?

Given the success of the ETC and just how many riders have moved into the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, this year they’re racing to do the same too – but from 2024 there is no single rider set to be selected to race in the Rookies the following season. With so many having made the move, the fastest can expect to make their mark anyway!

Stock European Championship
Finally, the second ever season for the Stock™ European Championship promises another great showdown. Marco Garcia (Easyrace Team) is the top returner, having completed the top three overall last year, and he can expect more competition from the likes of Dino Iozzo as the South African returns with IUM Motorsports, Australian Archie McDonald with MRE Talent, and Mario Mayor (Yamaha GV Racing) and Adrian Rodriguez (SF Racing) – none of whom are strangers to the top five.

The stage is set for another season creating Champions for the 2024 FIM JuniorGP™ World Championship, and it all begins at Misano. So tune in for the first race weekend of the season from around the world!

11:00 – JuniorGP™ Race 1: 16 laps
12:00 – ETC Race 1: 15 laps
13:00 – Moto2™ ECh Race: 17 laps
14:00 – JuniorGP™ Race 2: 16 laps
15:00 – ETC Race 2: 15 laps
16:00 – Stock™ Race: 17 laps

You can find all the results, videos, images and information about the Championship on the official website: www.fimjuniorgp.com

For more info checkout our dedicated FIM JuniorGP™ news page superbike-news.co.uk/cev-repsol/

©Words/Images are from official press release posted courtesy of https://www.fimjuniorgp.com/en

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R&G British Talent Cup ready to race at Navarra

R&g British Talent Cup Ready To Race At NavarraThe 2024 R&G British Talent Cup is about to get underway and it’s on pastures most definitely new for the first showdowns of the season.

The Circuito de Navarra plays host for the first BSB round of 2024, with the BTC racing alongside and getting the season underway with not two, but three races. That’s a huge 75-point haul on the line from the off, with the chance for someone to make their mark early.

The rider in the spotlight as the season begins has to be Amanuel Brinton (Kovara Projects/RS Racing), who finished 2023 in third overall and despite missing a round to race elsewhere. He took four wins and five second places last year, and when he finished, he was rarely beaten any of the riders returning in 2024. He’ll just want to iron out a couple of unforced errors to guarantee contention for the crown.

Harley McCabe (McCabe Racing The Motorbike Buyers) was one of those able to overhaul Brinton on track though, and he’s another to watch in 2024 after finishing fourth overall last year thanks to five podiums. He didn’t take a win though, so that will be high on the agenda for the #7 in 2024. American rider Julian Correa (Microlise Cresswell Racing) finished inside the top five in 2023 too, and Filip Surowiak (Team City Lifting/RS Racing) and Ronnie Harris (Kovara Projects/RS Racing) return to the fold after winning in the final round of 2023.

There are a host of rookies looking to take on the established frontrunners though, and those looking to make a big step in 2024 as they gain experience. At Navarra, it’s a clean slate for everyone too as the BTC has never raced at the venue. They’ll get plenty of track time before lights out though, with two days of testing on Thursday and Friday before any points go up for grabs.

Another season on the Road to MotoGP™ is about to begin, so tune in for the first round of the 2024 R&G British Talent Cup this weekend at Navarra, with a new challenge for everyone on the grid – and an incredible 75 points up for grabs!

For more info checkout our dedicated British Talent Cup News page

Or visit the official British Talent Cup website britishtalentcup.com

©Words/Images are from official press release posted courtesy of britishtalentcup.com

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10th Anniversary Season Set To Begin For MotoAmerica Superbike Championship

10th Anniversary Season Set To Begin For Motoamerica Superbike ChampionshipThe 2024 Steel Commander Superbike Series Begins In Georgia, April 19-21.

The 2024 MotoAmerica Steel Commander Superbike Championship is set to begin on April 20 – 209 days after JD Beach won the 2023 series finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park and 244 days since Jake Gagne clinched a third successive MotoAmerica Superbike title in the third of three races at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.

Later this week at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, a full slate of five MotoAmerica will get the 2024 championship started in earnest with three of the classes having their opening day (Steel Commander Superbike, Supersport and Junior Cup) while the other two (Mission King Of The Baggers and BellissiMoto Twins Cup) have already started their championships.

With the Steel Commander Superbike Championship kicking off its 10th season of racing, all eyes will be on MotoAmerica’s premier class at Road Atlanta. And for a fourth straight season, three-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Jake Gagne remains the target for those wanting to earn the Superbike crown.

Simply put, if you want to be the 2024 MotoAmerica Steel Commander Superbike Champion, you’re gonna have to take it from Mr. Gagne.

Gagne will open defense of his title on his Attack Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 following an 11-win, 17-podium season that ended with him 128 points clear of second place after scoring a nice and tidy 400 points on the season.

Gagne was off the podium three times and two of those were when his bike failed him. Once was an engine failure at Road America and the other was when he was stripped of his second place in race two at Circuit of The Americas for using illegal fuel. Gagne’s third off-the-podium finish was when he tip-toed his way to fourth place in horrible conditions at NJMP in the season finale.

It was Josh Herrin who came “closest” to Gagne in 2023 as he rode his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati Panigale V4 R to second in the championship with two wins and 12 total podiums. He will return to the team for a third season and second on the team’s Panigale V4 R. He will also do so with a new teammate with whom to share data, Loris Baz. Last year, was a one-man Superbike team on the Warhorse squad.

Baz returns to both the MotoAmerica Championship and the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati team after two years in World Superbike with the Bonovo Action BMW team. Baz finished fourth in the 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, but is still searching for his first win in the U.S. The Frenchman should prosper as he’s raced on eight of the nine tracks the series will visit and he won’t be alone in having to learn Mid-Ohio Sports Car course as MotoAmerica adds the iconic track to its schedule for the first time.

Five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier returned to the MotoAmerica series last year after his two years in Moto2, won five races and looked to be a serious challenger for what could have been a sixth championship. Beaubier had some bad luck in the latter part of the season and a horrific accident at Pittsburgh International Race Complex put him out of action for the rest of the year. With his five wins, including the season opener in his Tytlers Cycle Racing debut on the team’s BMW M1000 RR at Road Atlanta, and eight total podiums, Beaubier still managed sixth in the championship.

Beaubier spent the end of the 2023 season recuperating and has completed a full slate of team testing in preparation for another go at title number six in 2024. Beaubier is also just two wins behind 61-time winner Josh Hayes for second on the all-time AMA Superbike win list with 59 victories.

Beaubier will be joined on the Tytlers team by JD Beach with the Kentuckian earning his way back into a full-time Superbike ride with two podiums and a victory while filling in on the Attack Performance Yamaha team for the injured Cameron Petersen at the end of last year.

Petersen, however, will be back on the Attack Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 as a teammate to Gagne after rehabilitating his broken right wrist. Prior to the injury, Petersen had two podium finishes, including a second-place finish at Barber Motorsports Park.

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Richie Escalante had an outstanding season in his sophomore year of racing in the Superbike class. Escalante earned his first MotoAmerica Superbike podium in race one at COTA and was consistently in the top five all season long to end up fourth in the final standings.

Escalante will be back to lead the Suzuki GSX-R750-mounted team and he will be joined there again by Brandon Paasch. Paasch started the season late after recovering from back surgery and he was also impressive with a best finish of fourth coming at COTA.

Among those returning in the Superbike class are Jones Honda’s Ashton Yates, Wrench Motorcycles’ Bobby Fong, FlowLaw Racing’s Benjamin Smith, Team Brazil’s Danilo Lewis and Thrashed Bike Racing’s Max Flinders.

Hayden Gillim is also entered in the Steel Commander Superbike class on a Real Steel Motorsports Honda CBR1000RR-R SP. Another late entry is Ezra Beaubier with Cameron’s younger brother set to race a BMW M 1000 RR for the Scheibe Racing team.

A lot of interest will fall on the return to MotoAmerica for 2021 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Sean Dylan Kelly. Kelly left the series for a shot in the Moto2 World Championship, but the Floridian has opted to return and will make his Superbike debut on the team’s BMW M 1000 RR at Road Atlanta. Kelly’s teammate will be team owner Alex Arango.

Among the notables missing from the Steel Commander Superbike class are PJ Jacobsen and Mathew Scholtz. Jacobsen, who finished third in last year’s Superbike title fight, will race in the Supersport class on a Rahal Ducati Moto Panigale V2. Scholtz, who was fifth in the 2023 Superbike Championship, will also move to the Supersport class on a Strack Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 after his Westby Racing pulled the plug on its Superbike program at the end of last season.

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Dymag and Roland Sands Revolutionising Motorcycle Performance

Dymag And Roland Sands Revolutionising Motorcycle PerformanceRevolutionising motorcycle performance: Dymag and Roland Sands develop state-of-the-art Sector Race Wheels.

Dymag, the globally renowned manufacturer of state-of-the-art lightweight motorcycle wheels, has joined forces with Roland Sands Design, the acclaimed custom bike builder and creator of high-performance bike products, to unveil all-new trailblazing Sector Race Wheels.

Designed to elevate both track and road performance, the highly innovative wheels mark a new chapter in motorcycle engineering. With a meticulous blend of Dymag’s industry-leading wheel development processes and technologies, including advanced CAD systems, and Roland Sands’ design prowess, the Sector Race Wheels promise to redefine the high-performance riding experience.

The all-new Sector Race Wheels will make an international debut on Peter Hickman’s PHR BMW S1000RR at the upcoming Northwest 200 on 6 May 2024.

“The collaboration with Roland Sands Design represents a pinnacle in our commitment to pushing the boundaries of wheel design,” said Chris Shelley, Dymag Chairman. “The Sector Race Wheels embody our dedication to excellence and innovation without compromise. Such an outstanding combination of high-tech design and high-performance engineering means we are expecting demand for our new Sector Race Wheels to be very strong.”

Dymag And Roland Sands Revolutionising Motorcycle PerformanceRoland Sands, Founder of Roland Sands Design, added: “The Sector Race Wheels epitomise our passion for pushing limits and redefining standards. Together with Dymag, we’ve crafted a wheel that not only excels in performance but also stands as a testament to our shared vision of design innovation.”

Two years in the making, the Sector Race Wheels represent the culmination of Dymag’s 50-year legacy in wheel development. Precision-engineered with lightweight hubs and CNC machining, the leading-edge wheels combine form and function seamlessly.

Rigorous lab testing and advanced FEA analysis – the Sector Race Wheels are a product of Dymag’s most comprehensive moto development programme yet – ensure the wheels meet the highest standards of durability and performance, making them the leading choice for motorcycle enthusiasts.

From sleek spokes to bold milled I beams, every element showcases Dymag’s signature style while pushing the boundaries of design with Roland Sands. Each wheel features a cush drive and is tailor-made for individual bike applications, making the design truly bespoke and ensuring an optimal smooth driving experience and enhanced control capabilities. Meticulously designed to honour the DNA of both brands, the Sector Race Wheels offer an uncompromising fit and finish level, ensuring a trouble-free installation process.

The Sector Race Wheels are available in a range of specifications and colours, including 17 x 3.5 fronts and 17 x 5.5 and 17 x 6.0 rears, with more sizes on the horizon for additional applications, including heavyweight cruisers.

Earlier this year, Dymag proudly announced its partnership with MotoAmerica for the 2024 season, reinforcing its commitment to the North American Racing Championship. Having been a longtime supporter of MotoAmerica, in the 2023 season, Dymag-backed teams – including Hooligans and Baggers Racing – achieved standout successes by fiercely competing on Dymag wheels, demonstrating the exceptional performance and reliability of the brand’s high-tech innovation.

Looking ahead to just three weeks’ time when he’ll be racing on the all-new Dymag Roland Sands wheels at the NorthWest 200, Peter Hickman said: “I’m thrilled to debut the Sector Race Wheels at the NorthWest 200. The innovative design and performance capabilities gives me the full confidence to push the limits on the track.”

The first of the all-new Sector Race Wheels from Dymag and Roland Sands Design are expected to be delivered to customers in early July, with pre-orders for wheels specs 17 x 3.5 front and 17 x 5.5/6.0 rear currently being taken: Dymag’s all-new Sector Race WheelsDymag And Roland Sands Revolutionising Motorcycle Performance

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Megabikes expand Masters Championship involvement with Twins class sponsorship

Megabikes Expand Masters Championship Involvement With Twins Class SponsorshipThe returning Principal Insurance Masters Superbike Championship is delighted to announce that it will continue to be supported through 2024, by Motorcycle and Clothing Superstore, Megabikes Ballymount.

The industry leading retailer will expand its involvement in Ireland’s biggest Motorcycle Racing championship, by becoming the title sponsor of the Twins classes. The new backing will be in tandem with Megabikes continued sponsorship of the large TV screens, which will be used to bring the event livestream to spectators at three of the six 2024 Masters events. Megabikes will also continue in their position as official Air Protection partners for the Masters series

Megabikes operate from two outlets, the largest being thier Superstore in Ballymount, Dublin, which operates alongside their city centre store in Wexford Street. Megabikes provide a comprehensive offering to motorcyclists through sales of new motorcycles, workshop services and a comprehensive stock of used bikes. The Ballymount store also offers a huge range of clothing and protective equipment brands and Megabikes Masters Championship involvement will focus on the promotion of their Air Protection ranges, through their Alpinestars and Helite brands.

For 2024 both the Supertwin and Production Twin categories at the Masters will benefit from Megabikes support. The Twins classes, and particularly the Supertwins division, are a perfect fit for Megabikes who are the importers of one of the most successful machines on the grid, the Aprilia RS660. The two championships, for twin cylinder machines, have developed into the biggest support classes for the headline Superbike and Supersport races, with the Production class being particularly popular with newcomers, who use it as an introduction to racing before moving on to the faster Supertwin machines.

Speaking on the announcement of Megabikes increased backing of the Masters, Megabikes owner Ciaran Hayes said “Megabikes are delighted to once again be involved with the Masters for 2024. Megabikes have been involved in sponsorship of Irish motorcycling since we opened in 2001 and we are really happy to be able to keep supporting Irish racing and Irish racers, both at home and abroad. We are looking forward to the 2024 season and would like to wish everyone a safe and successful year.”

Masters championship manager Fergus Brennan also express his gratitude to Megabikes for their continued support, saying, “We are very grateful to have had the support of Megabikes for most of the lifetime of the Masters Championship. Having previously backed the Young Racer award and a number of different aspects of the series, we are very happy to have them expand this year to their biggest involvement yet. We are looking forward to working with Megabikes over the coming year and particularly to their assistance in expanding the use of Air Protection products to as many of our competitors as we can.”

The 2024 Masters Superbike Championship will run over six race weekends between April and September. The Megabikes Twins classes will contest three rounds of their championship at each event, with two of those rounds taking place on Sunday’s main race day. At the final three events of the season, in July, August and September, Sunday spectators will have the added attraction of being able to follow the racing not only live but on the Megabikes big screen,which will broadcast the same footage as shown on the event livestream.

The opening rounds of the 2024 Megabikes Twins Championship will take place on April 20th and 21st at Mondello Park, as part of the Principal Insurance backed Masters Superbike Championship. For more information on the Masters Championship see www.masterssuperbike.ie or follow the series on social media.Megabikes Expand Masters Championship Involvement With Twins Class Sponsorship

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Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1100 and Aprilia Tuono 1100 Factory Review

Aprilia Rsv4 1100 Factory And Aprilia Tuono 1100 FactoryAs often seems the case when opportunity knocks its timing can be less than optimal. The RSV4 & Tuono models have long been on my motorcycling bucket list however never during my wishful thoughts had I imagined doing so across the east Anglian Fens in the depths of winter. An opportunity it still most certainly was and one I’d be foolish not to accept.

First up was the RSV4 1100 Factory. Picked up on a sub zero day with a smattering of snow involving an 80 or so mile of mostly A roads. My initial impression of the RSV4 was how compact it felt despite its large exterior. A long, low looking machine with its deeply impressive superbike aping rear swingarm and MotoGP styled aero winged front fairings.

Despite being towards the top of the weight list of the current crop of superbikes (205KG with fluids) this is not apparent at a standstill, feeling nicely balance with its weight seemingly carried low.

A much shorter seat/ footpeg/handlebar ratio than I was expecting for a standard road bike. Feet rearward and tucked up almost perfectly (on track) for myself at 5ft 10in however it could well be considered as some form of torture for those over 6ft.

Aprilia Rsv4 1100 Factory And Aprilia Tuono 1100 FactoryThe first hurdle to overcome was to check through the various rider mode settings taking the weather conditions and Supercorsa tyres into consideration. This was easier said than done. Trying to figure out the nuances between the various buttons and the operating system saw me simply increasing the traction control using the easily understandably plus/minus finger/thumb operated paddles on the left hand switch gear and a note to self to try again later in a bid to get moving as quickly as possible.

A notably long reach to the non adjustable for span clutch lever and the need to use more revs than expected for a clean getaway are the only things of note during the first few miles of roundabouts. Rock hard tyres aside the rest of the package is taking the sedate pace in its stride. The electronic suspension is maintaining a suitable level of dive/pitch during braking and turning generating much needed heat into the tyres and in turn increasing my confidence that we will make it home in one piece. Despite the lower rev levels involved the shifter/blipper are working impeccably along with the small throttle opening fuelling. The rear brake is effective and progressive, a massive help negotiating the icy roundabouts with the front Brembo stylema setup again showing why it’s still the OE. package to beat with amazing feel and progression.