Thursday, 27 June 2013

Yoshimura Suzuki Team Maintains Championship Lead

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Martin Cardenas - Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, Alabama - June 24, 2013 – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas turned in two tremendous performances this past weekend in the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championships at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL. On Saturday, Cardenas brought home a podium position and he followed that up with a solid fourth-place finish on Sunday. As a result, Cardenas continues to lead the overall championship points in the premier class. In each day’s race, Cardenas was one of four Suzuki racers who finished in the top 10.

On Saturday, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Cardenas got a great start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and led a number of the race’s 21 laps before eventually finishing third. On Sunday, he also got a good start and battled for a podium position for the entire race before finishing fourth.

Chris Clark - Barber Motorsports Park
“On Saturday, my race was a little bit tough,” admitted Cardenas. “I had a good rhythm going on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000, but I wasn’t as fast as I wanted to be. I tried my best and just tried to finish in third and get some points. For Sunday, we changed a few things and we had some good speed at first, but from the middle to the end of the race, I had a hard time keeping the pace. Next we go to Mid-Ohio, and I like the layout of that track. I’ve had some good results there and I hope to come back stronger for that race.”

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark struggled at the Barber event, never really finding his rhythm. On Saturday, he finished the race in 15th place and on Sunday he had to retire early from the event.

The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team’s next event of the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH, the weekend of July 12 - 14, 2013.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Lightning Motorcycles Releases Sexy New Poster For Pikes Peak

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Los Angeles, CA (June 21, 2013) Lightning Motorcycles, the San Carlos CA electric motorcycle manufacturer and racing team, released their new poster for the upcoming Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, featuring their rider Carlin Dunne, the current Pikes Peak two time consecutive champion, and all time course record holder.

Carlin Dunne & Talor Marion
The poster was photographed by internationally famed Los Angeles fashion photographer Neave Bozorgi, and also features super model Talor Marion.

The poster will be available at the Pikes Peak Fanfest June 28, in Colorado Springs next friday, and available on Lightning's website  in July. Some specially limited copies of the poster, personally autographed by Carlin Dunne and Talor Marion will also be available. Contact Lightning to get yours soon.

Lightning Motorcycles was founded by Richard Hatfield and a group of Silicon Valley engineers dedicated to the belief that world class performance is compatible with clean tech transportation, in San Carlos, Calif. in 1999. By 2009, the company had created the Fastest Super Bike in the world and set the land speed record in 2010 at 176 mph.
Lightning Motorcycles

The team broke its own record in 2011 with a top speed of 218.637. Since then, Lightning Motorcycles has established its dominance competing and winning in multiple internationally recognized superbike races. The company’s mission is to develop the most innovative competition race bike and use that technology to produce and distribute affordable two wheel electric vehicles to commuter markets worldwide.

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Valencia To Kickstart FIM eRoadRacing 2013 World Cup

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The ground-breaking FIM eRoadRacing World Cup will launch its European series as the main event at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo during its Green Prix weekend on Sunday 14 July.

Gonzalo Gobert, Circuit de Valencia General Manager, said: ‘Valencia is a race track built for the future and it’s a great honour to be able to host the FIM eRoadRacing series because it is breaking down barriers to create the next generation of motorsport. We look forward to becoming part of eRoadRacing’s history and we’re really proud to be part of the sport’s beginnings.’

Lightning Motorcycles
The Valencia Circuit will celebrate the Green Prix for the very first time in order to create a new within motorsport competitions that is related to sustainability, environmental care and reducing emissions.

The FIM eRoadRacing World Cup will see electrically-powered motorcycles from Europe and the US compete for a place in the world final in Asia.

FIM eRoadRacing is the world’s premier electric motorsport series officially sanctioned by the FIM, the worldwide governing body of motorcycle racing, and includes seven races across three continents.

TTXGP are the official promoters of the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup. From 2014 FIM eRoadRacing will follow a World Championship, with every team competing on each continent for a chance to be crowned world champions.

FIM eRoadRacing teams are consistently pushing the boundaries of electric vehicles and are instrumental in the development of this technology. Teams from across the globe will compete in the inaugural FIM eRoadRacing season, including entries from US, Canada, China, Germany, UK, Netherlands, France, Spain and India.

Circuit de Valencia was built in 1999 and is designed around the spectator. With 65,000 seats in the grandstands fans can watch all the action. The circuit of Cheste excels for its functionality and boasts two independent circuits: one of 1.300 m. full of bends, ideal as training circuit, the other 4,005 metres and an 876 m. straight line.

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

A Foggy Legend + Fairies & The Dainese IOMTT Trilogy

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Dainese presents: The TT Trilogy - Part 1: The Island


Dainese Presents: The TT Trilogy - Part 2: The Race


Dainese Presents: The TT Trilogy - Part 3: The Legend



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Monday, 17 June 2013

Motors TV Broadcasts FIM eRoadRacing World Cup 2013

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TTXGP are delighted to announce a season-long partnership with Motors TV for coverage of the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup 2013.

The inaugural FIM eRoadRacing World Cup is promoted by TTXGP and sees teams from across the globe compete in the first zero-carbon, emission-free motorsport at tracks including Le Mans, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Laguna Seca and Oschersleben.

Lightning Motorcycles
The season kick-starts in Valencia on Sunday 14 July and fans will be able to watch full race shows through Motors TV. Each programme will include behind-the-scenes access, interviews, previews, qualifying and race coverage.

Azhar Hussain MBE, TTXGP founder and CEO, said: ‘We are very excited about Motors TV showing the first FIM eRoadRacing series. The Motors TV model fits with what we’re trying to achieve at eRoadRacing, which is to build a loyal broadcast and online audience who are eager to engage. We are really excited about the upcoming season and can’t wait for the first race show to go out through Motors TV.’

Currently available in 25 million homes across 39 European countries, Motors TV has been broadcasting some of the world’s most high-profile championships on both two and four wheels since 2000.

Frederic Viger, Motors TV Head of Programming and Acquisitions, said: “We've been broadcast partners with TTXGP since 2011 and have always been a firm believer in its purpose to develop the next generation of clean motorcycle technology. Naturally we’re therefore very excited to be part of the category’s continued relevance and growth, especially since it was recognised as a fully FIM-sanctioned series. We are confident that the eRoadRacing World Cup will produce some exciting coverage that will appeal to our extensive motorcycle fanbase.”

FIM eRoadRacing is the evolution of TTXGP and FIM E-Power. It is officially sanctioned by the global governing body and combines races across three continents.

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Friday, 14 June 2013

Motorsport Fencing - Geobrugg Security Engineering Joins Forces With Nordbeton GmbH

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Geobrugg Security Engineering, the leading supplier of FIA Debris Fences, is proud to announce the partnership with Nordbeton GmbH.

Nordbeton GmbH which is located in the north of Germany is one of the market leaders in concrete element production in Germany. In 2011 Nordbeton GmbH was selected to supply concrete race elements for the German Touring Masters (DTM) race at the Olympic Stadium in Munich. After a very successful launch of the new product series Nordbeton GmbH was also selected to supply its concrete race elements to the Race of Champions (ROC) which was held in Düsseldorf, Germany.

According to Mr. Jochen Braunwarth, Product Manager Motorsport Fencing at Geobrugg Security Engineering, the partnership with NORDBETON GmbH was the logical choice of combining two high quality companies and products. The result of the combined R&D power of both companies is the new mobile Geobrugg Debris Fence which combines world class concrete racing elements with an optimized Geobrugg Debris Fence for fast and quick installation.

With the new partnership Geobrugg Security Engineering and Nordbeton are now able to provide the full services which are required to equip permanent and temporary circuits with the best spectator protection in the world.

For more information see www.geobrugg.com/debrisfences or contact Geobrugg AG, Romanshorn Switzerland security@geobrugg.com for a detailed discussion of the benefits of Geobrugg Motorsport Fencing barriers.

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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Lightning Motorcycles Strikes Top @ Pike’s Peak Hill Climb

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Lightning Motorcycles have beaten top gas motorbikes and set the fastest times at the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb on the same machine that will be entering the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup.

In the first weekend of practice for the legendary Pike’s Peak Hill Climb, Lightning produced the quickest times on their solar-powered motorcycle, beating the long-dominant gas bikes.

Lightning is no stranger to speed. They hold the land speed record for fastest production electric motorcycle in the world at 215mph with a fast run of 218mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Richard Hatfield, CEO and Founder of Lighting Motorcycles, said: “This is the first time in history that an electric bike has beaten top gas bike competitors on the same playing field.”

Lightning Motorcycles have signed professional racer Carlin Dunne for Pike’s Peak. The current all-time record holder and two-time champion of the legendary race chose to ride the Lightning electric superbike in his attempt at a third consecutive victory.

The Pike’s Peak record holder made the historic decision to ride on the electric-powered Lightning instead of a gas-powered bike. He will race the same electric motorcycle Lightning are entering in the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup, which kick-starts in Valencia on 14 July before heading to Laguna Seca on 21 July. The suspension set-up is the only difference between the bikes.

Dunne said: "I have a chance to be a part of something even bigger, to prove something to the rest of the world by riding this amazing electric bike. I've been testing it for a month and it's insane. Its power and acceleration is like nothing I've ever ridden. When you light that fuse, hang on.”

The Lightning SuperBike is powered exclusively by solar energy through combined technology developed by SMA, Trina Solar and EnerDel Lithium batteries. That in turn is used to fuel the motorcycle’s onboard battery pack. This ground-breaking technology makes it one of the first racing vehicles in major motorsport events to leave a zero-carbon footprint.

Hatfield added: "This technology will drive the future of racing. We always knew what we had in the performance of our electric bikes but it takes time for the world to comprehend and accept a huge change like this. It took 50 years for people to accept a car was better transportation than a horse. Now here is the top rider in the world at this race, at the top of his game, putting his seal of approval on us by leaving combustion and going electric."

Lightning Motorcycles was founded by Richard Hatfield and a group of Silicon Valley engineers dedicated to the belief that world-class performance is compatible with clean tech transportation, in San Carlos, California in 1999.

By 2009, the company had created the Fastest SuperBike in the world and set the land speed record in 2010 at 215.960 mph, with a best recorded speed of 218.637. The team broke its own record in 2011 with a top speed of 218.637.

Since then, Lightning Motorcycles has established its dominance competing and winning in multiple internationally recognized superbike races. The company’s mission is to develop the most innovative competition race bike and use that technology to produce and distribute affordable two wheel electric vehicles to commuter markets worldwide.

FIM RoadRacing World Cup

FIM eRoadRacing is the evolution of TTXGP and FIM E-Power. It is officially sanctioned by the global governing body and combines races across three continents.

TTXGP are the official promoters of the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup, which will see teams racing in the US and Europe compete separately for a place in the World Final. From 2014 FIM eRoadRacing will follow MotoGP’s format through a World Championship, with every team competing in each continent for a chance to be crowned champions.

FIM eRoadRacing teams are consistently pushing the boundaries of electric vehicles and are instrumental in the development of this technology. Teams from across the globe will compete in the inaugural FIM eRoadRacing season, including entries from US, Canada, China, Germany, UK, Netherlands, France, Spain and India.

The Pike's Peak Hill Climb is the second oldest race in America next to the Indy 500 and the most dangerous. The track itself measures 12.42 miles (19.99 km) over 156 turns, climbing 4,720 ft (1,440 m) from the start at Mile 7 on Pike’s Peak Highway to the finish at 14,110 ft (4,300 m). This is on gradient grades averaging seven per cent.

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Monday, 10 June 2013

James Stewart and the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Team

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Stewart looks to rebound at upcoming Budds Creek Motocross – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart suffered more than his fair share of bad luck at round four of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, PA, on Saturday afternoon. Although Stewart was in spectacular form on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and led the first several laps of the second moto, some unfortunate events forced him to retire early from both races.

In the first moto, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider overcame a bad start and fought his way into the top 10. Unfortunately, a small tip-over after the first couple of laps sent him back a few positions and in the process he lost all of his tear-offs. After working his way back into the top ten he had to remove his mud covered goggles near the end of the moto. On the final lap, he took a rock to the eye and was unable to finish the race. In the second moto, Stewart got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and took the lead within the first few turns. He was laying down blisteringly hot laps when he came over a jump and discovered his front rotor was broken. He was forced to, once again, retire from the race prematurely.

“In the second moto, I got a pretty good jump and passed a bunch of people,” said Stewart. “I went to the lead but then I came up on the finish line jump, and I don’t know if I clipped something, but I went in the air and my front tire started sticking. I looked down and the rotor was broken. This weekend it’s just been one thing after the other. In the first moto on the last lap, I got hit in the eye with a rock and it knocked me dizzy actually, and I didn’t finish. It was just a bummer. But I’ve got to give it up to the Yoshimura Suzuki team, I feel like this was the first time we actually raced all year. I was able to make my way around those guys, and even though I made a few mistakes, I felt like I had a lot more in me. Now we’ll use some of this momentum and come back strong for Budds Creek.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next race is round five of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday, June 22nd, at the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, MD.

A challenging day for James Stewart and the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Team . . . Check out the behind the scenes action of the 2013 High Point AMA Pro Motocross event.


 

Saturday, 8 June 2013

On Every Sunday - Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

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The life of a factory motocross mechanic is not an easy one. Factory motocross bikes are worth well over a hundred thousand dollars and require the upmost in care and maintenance. Follow Lee McCollum and Rene Zapata as they tear down and rebuild James Stewart's Factory Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450

 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Martin Cardenas Grabs Two SBK Podiums @ Road America

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Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (June 3, 2013) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas claimed the championship points lead this weekend in the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. Cardenas raced his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to two spectacular podium finishes at the fast, flowing racetrack and was one of four Suzuki riders to finish in the top 10.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Cardenas started the weekend by qualifying second and picking up a front row starting position. In Saturday’s race, he got off the line cleanly and turned fast, consistent laps to bring home second. On Sunday, he got an even better start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and took the holeshot. Cardenas went on to lead the field for several laps before eventually finishing second again.

“It was a good weekend,” said Cardenas. “Sunday’s race was better than Saturday. On Sunday, I got a really good start on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and the first few laps were good. But I got passed and couldn’t quite keep up. But toward the end of the race I got into a good rhythm and we got a little bit closer. The bike was working great and I’m happy with the results this weekend. Now I’m just looking forward to the next race at Barber.”

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark struggled at Road America. He suffered mechanical issues during qualifying and had off-track excursions in both races. Despite this, he still put forth the best effort possible, finishing 12th and 14th, respectively, in Saturday and Sunday’s races.

“It was a bit of an off weekend,” admitted Clark. “During the first race, I had a decent start but another rider tried to pass me and ran us both off the track. On Sunday, we had an unfortunate issue on the warm-up lap. Luckily the first start was delayed and we were able to make the second start, but in last place. Even though I got another good start on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000, I made a mistake trying to make up positions and ran off track. Now I’m just focusing on getting a good result at Barber.”

The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team’s next event of the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, the weekend of June 21 – 23, 2013.

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