Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Yoshimura Suzuki St. Louis, Missouri Supercross Video

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Check out Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's video of Blake Baggett and his team as well as catch up with James Stewart at the 13th round of the 2015 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.



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Monday, 30 March 2015

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing @ MXGP Patagonia, Argentina

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing came away with a podium third for Antonio Cairoli in Round 3 of the MXGP World Championship and a podium second for MX2 factory teammate Pauls Jonass to wrap up the weekend’s MXGP racing in Patagonia, Argentina.

MXGP Tony Cairoli, as tenacious as ever picked up a 2-2 result for his podium third, which given that he had a big crash on the final stages of the opening moto was a very strong result. He went down hard on the track just a few corners before the finish but had a big enough gap to hold onto second. Although stunned he managed to scramble back on his KTM 350 SX-F and finish the race.

The Italian rider deployed his well-known fighting spirit in the second heat and managed to keep rival Clement Desalle in check. Desalle was heading for second and a possible overall win, but Cairoli went on the attack in the final stages, overtook him and effectively changed the order of the final overall podium. GP winner was Max Nagl, with Desalle in second and Cairoli overall third.

Cairoli and Nagl are on equal points in second place in the championship standings after the third round. They both have 123 while Desalle currently has a ten point lead and carries the red plate through to the next round.

Cairoli said he was reasonably satisfied with the outcome of the weekend. "Every time on the podium, that's the way to the championship," he said, adding: "I wasn't really feeling good after the crash in the first moto and I was a bit dizzy at the start of the second. I lost my rhythm, the sun went down and Max (Nagl) passed me. After that I was feeling okay so I tried to pass Desalle and maybe get closer to Max, but by then the track was tricky and bumpy and I didn't want to risk a crash."

Teammate Ken de Dycker finished 12-11 for overall twelfth. De Dycker said a small problem in Saturday's qualifying put him at 22nd on the starting gate and this had made it difficult for him on race day. "But finally I had two motos where I started back at 22 and almost made it into the top ten. I need to get a good start, hopefully more confidence and things will go better in the next GPs." Tommy Searle, the third member of the factory team is currently out injured.

MX2 The factory team’s rookie Pauls Jonass continued to be up with the front of the competition and came away with 2-3 result for overall second in the MX2 Grand Prix. But he also regretted being involved in a race incident that saw him touch teammate Jeffrey Herlings in the heat of the battle in the opening stage of race one. Herlings crash damaged his handlebars and made it impossible for him to continue but he made a powerful comeback in race two to take a comfortable victory and still wind up overall seventh in the GP.

Jonass: “I found my rhythm and I am feeling confident on the bike and the track but I was pretty bummed because I touched Jeffrey and then he crashed. It was my fault and I didn’t want to do that.” Jonass added that he didn’t want to take any risks in the second heat and was happy to settle for 2-3 and overall second.

Despite his crash Herlings was upbeat about the weekend. "This was a great GP, there were a lot of fans and I really liked the track. I was fast in every practice, I won qualifying and I had good starts. Then I had an average start in the first moto and touched another rider over the jump. But I came back strong in the second moto, I still have the red plate and I'm going home safe," he said.

Herlings and the GP winner Dylan Ferrandis leave Argentina both with 125 points, while Jonass is in third place with 112. Herlings and Jonass ride the KTM 250 SX-F.

The next round is on April 19, 2015 when the championship returns to Europe and is hosted by Arco di Trento in Italy, where riders can expect a tight, hard pack track surface in contrast to the sand of Patagonia. Next Round: April, 19, 2015 – Arco di Trento (ITA)

Results MXGP Patagonia

1. Max Nagl (GER), Husqvarna (3-1) 2. Clement Desalle (BEL), Suzuki (1-3) 3. Tony Cairoli (ITA), KTM (2-2) 4. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki (4-4) 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA), Honda (6-7) Other KTM 12. Ken de Dycker (BEL), KTM (12-11) 14. Steven Frossard (FRA), KTM (13-13) 16. Shaun Simpson (GBR), KTM (14-18)

Standings MXGP after 3 of 18 rounds

1. Desalle, 133 points 2. Nagl, 123 2. Cairoli, 123 4. Villopoto, 106 5. Paulin, 96 Other KTM 12. Simpson, 47 16. Frossard, 32 17. Jose Butron (ESP), KTM, 29 18. De Dycker, 27 24. Tommy Searle (GBR), KTM, 5


Highlights MXGP of Argentina 2015

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Yoshimura Blake Baggett Takes Top 10 @ St. Louis Supercross

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Gutsy Performance Puts Yoshimura Suzuki rider another step up in standings at St. Louis (March 28, 2015) – Blake Baggett raced his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 to a solid 10th-place finish Saturday night in the St. Louis Supercross in front of a crowd of 58,552 fans in the Edward Jones Dome. Baggett accomplished this feat in spite of suffering a tough illness all week leading up to the race, which kept him off the bike and out of his normal training routine.

The determination to nail down a decent St. Louis Supercross result, regardless of how he felt, paid off for Baggett. Not only was it his tenth top-10 AMA/FIM Supercross result of the season, it also moved Baggett into a tie for sixth in the point standings after 13 of 17 races.

The illness, which lingered all week, kept Baggett off the bike all but for a brief 10-minute session on Thursday. It also left him dehydrated and exhausted. An indication of just how drained Baggett was in St. Louis came in Time Qualifying where Baggett was a sub-par 16th.

“That definitely wasn’t my greatest practice sessions,” Baggett said, mustering a smile after the session. “I’m fighting it, but I’m going to do the best I can in my Heat race and try to get inside the top four. We’re going to have to shave a few seconds off to run that pace.”


Blake Baggett
While he was unable to meet the goal of getting into the Main straight from his Heat race, Baggett was able to find some footing in his Semi where he finished fifth, avoiding the LCQ and at least giving himself some rest time before the final.

Once in the Main Baggett’s goal was to stay out of trouble and grind out the best finish he could. On the first lap the first goal was almost pitched away when he clipped a tuff block and got sideways. Fortunately the agility of both Baggett and his RM-Z450 saved him from what looked to be certain disaster, and he was able to charge ahead, no worse for the near get-off.

Baggett bounced in and out of the top 10 early in the race, but had enough in reserve to hang on for 20 laps and complete the race in 10th.

“I came in under the weather a little bit,” Baggett grudgingly admitted, being reluctant to sound like he was making an excuse. “I got tenth and I’ll take that. I’ll leave heathy and look forward to a week off where we can do some outdoor testing. I’m getting ready for that and looking to regroup for the final rounds of the Supercross season. I’ll come out swinging in Houston and look for a podium.”

The series will now take a one-week break for Easter and resume on Saturday, April 11 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Just four Supercross races remain and Baggett is hoping to close out his rookie season with a string of strong finishes. He’s also looking forward to launching his first AMA Pro Motocross campaign in the premier 450 class beginning in May.

Texas racing fans will get the opportunity to meet Blake prior to the Houston Supercross, as he’ll be on hand to sign autographs on Friday, April 10, at Cycle Shack North, 1101 I-45 South, Conroe, Texas, from 6:00-7:00 pm.

St. Louis 450 Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Dungey 2. Eli Tomac 3. Jason Anderson 4. Cole Seely 5. Weston Peick 6. Josh Grant 7. Davi Millsaps 8. Chad Reed 9. Broc Tickle 10. Blake Baggett

2015 450 Supercross Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 296 2. Eli Tomac, 216 3. Trey Canard, 204 4. Cole Seely, 198 5. Chad Reed, 183 6. Blake Baggett, 165 7. Jason Anderson, 165 8. Ken Roczen, 156 9. Andrew Short, 136 10. Broc Tickle, 134

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Friday, 27 March 2015

Riverside, California Motocross Testing With James Stewart

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Check out Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart and his team at day two of their 2015 motocross testing schedule in Riverside, California




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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Yoshimura Suzuki Racing's Blake Baggett @ Detroit Supercross

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Check out Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Blake Baggett and his team at the 12th round of the 2015 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships in Detroit, Michigan

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Blake Baggett 8th @ Detroit Supercross For Yoshimura Suzuki

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Detroit Michigan (March 21, 2015) – Blake Baggett raced his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 to an eighth-place finish Saturday night in the Detroit Supercross in front of a crowd of 46,141 fans in Ford Field. Baggett was on his way to an even stronger sixth-place result, but on the final lap another rider changed lanes in front of Baggett causing Blake to move his line at the last second and clip a tuff block leading to a crash.

Blake Baggett
The crash proved to be a pretty good hit to Baggett, but he still managed to get back on his Suzuki and ride across the finish line in eighth.

Although the night ended on a sour note, Baggett was able to advance in the series standings after Detroit. He’s now moved up to seventh in the AMA/FIM Supercross standings after 12 of 17 rounds.

Baggett’s Detroit Supercross got off to a decent start when he qualified tenth.

“The track is probably the most technical we’ve had on the circuit so far,” Baggett said after timed qualifying. “There were two sets of whoops – the second one where you’re coming down from out of the grandstands, that one was a little bit tricky because it’s deceiving since you’re coming downhill into it. It’s going to get slippery as the night goes on, so traction and a good gate pick are going to be key.”

Baggett missed qualifying directly out of his Heat race, but rebounded to convincingly win his Semi to make the Main.

Blake Baggett
When the gate dropped on the 20-lap final Baggett was among the leaders, but coming out of the second turn a couple of riders tangled in front of him and Baggett had nowhere to go and had he got tangled up with another rider trying to finding a way around. That moved him back to 11th place at the end of the first lap. From there Baggett used the power of his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to steadily work his way through the field. He’d made it to sixth and for a brief time appeared to be on the verge of challenging for a top-five, but on the final lap Kyle Partridge appeared to change lines in front of Baggett. Baggett made an evasive maneuver but clipped a tuff block in the process and hit the ground.

Baggett was able to remount and finish in eighth, even though he was pretty beat up after the crash.

“We were able to find a really good setup for the Semi,” said Yoshimura Suzuki Team Manager Mike Webb of the commanding win for Baggett in his qualifying Semi. “After getting his arm hooked with another rider on that shuffle in the second turn he was as far back as 12th at the start of the Main. He began picking them off and worked his way up to sixth and then on the last lap a lapped rider moved over right in front of him and Blake went down pretty hard on the tabletop jump and (Josh) Grant and (Broc) Tickle got by. All and all it was a good night. He was fast again and put it all together in the Main.” The series resumes next Saturday, March 28 in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 starting at 8:00 pm Eastern. Baggett and James Stewart will be making an appearance Friday evening (March 27) 6-7:00 pm at Big St. Charles Motorsports, 3830 W Clay St, St Charles, MO 63301.

James Stewart

Detroit 450 Supercross Results:
1. Eli Tomac 2. Ryan Dungey 3. Cole Seely 4. Chad Reed 5. Davi Millsaps 6. Josh Grant 7. Broc Tickle 8. Blake Baggett 9. Andrew Short 10. Justin Brayton

2015 450 Supercross Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 271 2. Trey Canard, 204 3. Eli Tomac, 194 4. Cole Seely, 180 5. Chad Reed, 170 6. Ken Roczen, 156 7. Blake Baggett, 154 8. Jason Anderson, 145 9. Andrew Short, 136 10. Broc Tickle, 134

Team Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing is grateful for the support of their sponsors: Yoshimura R&D, Suzuki Motor of America, Dunlop, Motorex, Showa, Renthal, Vortex, Renegade Rentals, Shorai, Elf Racing Fuels, Seven, Hinson Clutch Components, RG3, Matrix, Works Connection, GET, Excel, NGK, D.I.D., Twin Air, Moto Tassinari, Roy’s Cyclery, Guts Racing Products, Mechanix Wear, Kokusan Denki, N-Style and Ogio.

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

AMA/FIM Supercross Championships @ Indianapolis, Indiana

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Check out Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Blake Baggett and his team as well as catch up with James Stewart at the 11th round of the 2015 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.



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Monday, 16 March 2015

Tough Supercross @ Indianapolis, Indiana For Blake Baggett

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Yoshimura Suzuki rider Blake Baggett crashes and takes 15th at Indy Supercross Indianapolis, Indiana (March 14, 2015) – Expectations were high at the Indy Supercross for Blake Baggett, coming off a podium finish the week before at Daytona, but the night didn’t go as planned in Lucas Oil Stadium. The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing rider crashed while running seventh, got pinned under his machine and had to wait nearly a full lap before track marshals could free him. Once back on track Baggett turned in solid lap times, but he was a lap down so had to settle for 15th, his worst result of the season.

Blake Baggett
While Baggett’s Indy Supercross didn’t go as well as hoped, the silver lining was that he was not hurt in the crash and did not lose a position in the standings. He still stands eighth in the AMA/FIM Supercross points after 11 of 17 rounds.

The Yoshimura Suzuki team with Baggett and James Stewart started out the weekend as part of one of the biggest Supercross parties of the season. Indy’s pre-event party was held at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Thousands of fans showed up to get to meet the riders and have posters autographed. Baggett and Stewart got to go out and actually get photos taken on the Speedway’s famous Yard of Bricks.

“That was really cool,” Stewart said. “I’ve never been on the actual track, so getting to be right there on the yard of bricks was a nice experience. I got to meet with a lot of fans and sign some autographs. Everybody’s been really supportive. At the race I got to help Blake a little bit, by picking out some lines on the track. I’m looking forward to getting back to racing as soon as I can. I appreciate all the fans hanging in there with me.”

Baggett started off the day qualifying 11th. He and fellow rookie Jason Anderson created a bit of a stir when they came together during the first timed practice, but officials worked everything out and the rest of the day’s qualifying went smoothly.

Baggett missed going directly into the Main from his Heat race, but easily won his Semi to secure his starting spot in the final.

Blake Baggett
Baggett started the race in 10th on the first lap and as usual was using the deft handling of his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to steadily work his way up the leaderboard. But then he went down on lap six.

“The track was super-technical with lots of ruts,” Baggett explained. “But the bike setup we found was working really well. Things were going good, I was working my way towards the front and I just made a mistake, caught a rock and went down.

“I was stuck under the bike for a whole lap and just had to wait until someone came over and got it off me. The whole time the bike was still running and the chain was grinding away on me and I was pinned down. I got up and was a lap down and did the best I could. I’m going to come back strong next weekend and see what we’ve got.”

After getting back underway Baggett rode solid laps and was able to salvage some points. It was his first time outside of the top 10 since round two at Phoenix.

Blake Baggett Yoshimura Suzuki
The series resumes next weekend in Detroit’s Ford Field. The race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 starting at 7:00 pm Eastern. Baggett will be making an appearance at Rosenau Powersports, located at 24732 Ford Road, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127 on Friday, March 20 from 6:00-7:00 pm.



Indianapolis 450 Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Dungey 2. Cole Seely 3. Trey Canard 4. Weston Peick 5. Davi Millsaps 6. Andrew Short 7. Josh Grant 8. Broc Tickle 9. Chad Reed 10. Jake Weimer - 15. Blake Baggett

2015 450 Supercross Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 249 2. Trey Canard, 204 3. Eli Tomac, 169 4. Cole Seely, 160 5. Ken Roczen, 156 6. Chad Reed, 152 7. Jason Anderson, 144 8. Blake Baggett, 141 9. Andrew Short, 124 10. Broc Tickle, 120

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Saturday, 14 March 2015

IDM German Superbike Championship Dates 2015

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The ever popular and hotly contested IDM German Superbike Championship is a must see for all motorcycle race fans. For those planning on attending any of the rounds, here is the 2015 Championship Calendar which features classes for Superbike, SuperStock 1000, SuperStock 600, Moto3, Sidecar and SuperNaked (must enter)


  • 01.05. – 03.05.2015, Lausitzring
  • 15.05. – 17.05.2015, Circuit Zolder (B)
  • 29.05. – 31.05.2015, Lausitzring mit DTM
  • 12.06. – 14.06.2015, Nürburgring
  • 31.07. – 02.08.2015, Schleizer Dreieck
  • 07.08. – 09.08.2015, TT Circuit Assen (NL)
  • 20.08. – 23.08.2015, Motorsport Arena Oschersleben mit German Speedweek
  • 25.09. – 27.09.2015, Hockenheimring


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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Yoshimura Suzuki Blake Baggett @ AMA/FIM Supercross Championship

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CHINO, CA (March 10, 2015) – Check out Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Blake Baggett and his team en route to his first career Supercross Class podium at the 10th round of the 2015 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida USA.


Yoshimura Suzuki will be back in action next Saturday, March 14 as the AMA/FIM Supercross Series heads to Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. The race will be shown live starting at 7:00 pm Eastern on Fox Sports 2.

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Monday, 9 March 2015

Tom Coronel @ Santiago del Estero, Argentine FIA WTCC

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Not a fervent fan of car racing, WTCC can be entertaining though, and besides, when living in the Netherlands one must support the local motor sports competitors and not only the incredibly talented WSS World Champion Michael van der Mark now competing for Pata Honda in WSBK.

It was a difficult start to the 2015 WTCC season for Tom Coronel Second place on the grid Bad luck in both races of Argentine season Santiago del Estero, 8 March, 2015 – The 2015 FIA WTCC season got underway at the 4.8 kilometres long Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina. For Tom Coronel, the season opener marked his first outing with the DHL-yellow Chevrolet Cruze, run by ROAL Motorsport. Temperatures rose high at the circuit where the 43-year-old Dutchman claimed ninth place on the grid for the first race. This also got him a position on the front row of the starting grid for the second race.

Of course, making it to the finish without problems was Coronel's goal for the first race. He only partly succeeded, because problems with a hose of the turbo compressor forced the Dutch driver to turn into the pits while in fourth place. Once the problem had been solved, Coronel went out again and noticed that the engine ran at full power again.

The second race saw plenty of turmoil at the start, but Coronel prevailed and led the field out of the first corner. Honda driver Tarquini followed in second place with a pair of Citroëns right behind him after a strong start. They were superior and Coronel was down to third pretty soon. In his efforts to hold on to a top five position, the Dutchman made a mistake and ended up in the grass next to the track. As the safety car was deployed, Coronel turned into the pits, because the temperature of the engine in the Cruze rose rapidly. He made it back into the field, but then parked his car in the pits and ended his race.

Tom Coronel
After the races, Tom Coronel found clear words: "I threw it away myself, especially in the second race. Too bad, because things were getting better and better as the weekend progressed. Initially, I had a small pick-up issue, but that was solved quickly. The free practice sessions gave me the first laps of this year with the car in dry conditions and I found a good rhythm. Eventually, we found a set-up that we thought was the best. In Q1, it was quite thrilling with P12. We felt that we should have been a little bit further up, but we still made it into Q2. Then, the power steering pump failed. I did the last four corners without power steering, but that is impossible, especially with the heat here. I still finished my lap and I ended up ninth. That was very good for the reversed grid of race 2."

"In race 1, I had a poor start and lost some positions very early in the race. I lost top speed and I had to turn into the pits. There, it turned out that there was no pressure in the hose from the turbocharger to the intercooler. Once the problem was repaired, I rejoined the race and everything worked fine again. I had a great start into race 2. There was a Honda alongside me, but he couldn't get past. I led the field until I had massive oversteer in turn 7. The Citroëns benefited and went past, but I still managed to keep the Hondas at bay. A little bit later, I made a mistake, ran into the grass next to the track and lost a certain top five finish there. Once again, the engine temperature rose and I went into the pits again. There, the crew removed the grass from the radiator and I rejoined the race, but the splitter and the undertray turned out to have been damaged as well, so there was no point in continuing. Argentina is a beautiful country, but earlier this year in the Dakar rally and now in the FIA WTCC, I am not particularly lucky there. It was not the start of the season that we had hoped for, but at least we know that we can challenge for good positions."

Result race 1: 1. José María López 13 laps; 2. Yvan Muller +3.170; 3. Sébastien Loeb +7.500 (all Citroën Racing C-Elysée); 4. Tiago Monteiro +14.168; 5. Gabriele Tarquini +16.322; 6. Norbert Michelisz +18.470 (all Honda Civic WTCC) and 14. Tom Coronel (ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze) +4 laps.

Result race 2: 1. Sébastien Loeb 15 laps; 2. José María López +4.690 (both Citroën Racing C-Elysée); 3. Tiago Monteiro +10.149; 4. Gabriele Tarquini +11.564 (both Honda Civic WTCC); 5. Mehdi Bennani +14.956 (Citroën Racing C-Elysée) and Tom Coronel (ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze) retired.


FIA WTCC calendar 2015: Morocco (Moulay El Hassan), 17-19 April Hungary (Hungaroring), 1-3 May Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife), 15-16 May Russia (Moscow Raceway), 5-7 June Slovakia (Slovakia Ring), 19-21 June* France (Paul Ricard), 26-28 June Portugal (Vila Real), 10-12 July Japan (Motegi), 11-13 September China (Shanghai), 25-27 September Thailand (Buriram), 30 October-1 November Qatar (Losail), 20-22 November* *Subject to signing of the event promoter agreement.

In the FIA WTCC 2015 season, Tom Coronel is being supported by: DHL, McGregor, Valvoline, TW Steel -big in oversized watches-, Eru Prestige, Equinix, Amando Face & Body Care, Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma, De Wild Multi Print Solutions, Lesonal, Canvassite.nl, Allsecur, Playseat, Intrax, Super-B, RSII and CM.

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FIM MXGP World Championship Round 2 - Thailand

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MXGP Round 2 - Thailand, Monday, March 2, 2015 — The FIM MXGP World Championship throws all imaginable challenges at its participants. In spite of the warm –no pun intended- welcome and hospitality of the Thai, the second round of the series was definitely no friendly walk in the park. Brutally hot and humid weather proved to be a key factor in Nakhonchaisri all weekend long. 24MX Honda Racing’s Filip Bengtsson struggled with exhaustion due to the heat but persevered to take one point in the second moto.
Team mate Christophe Charlier got a raw deal facing a track that was jumpy and unforgiving, thus increasing the risks to aggravate damage to his already injured heel. Christophe pulled out of the event on Saturday after finding himself in unbearable pain.
Both the tropical conditions and hard pack SX-style track didn’t favour Bengtsson either. Far from the far outside right “Fillibang” launched his powerful CRF450R to an impressive start in the first moto. Bengtsson was among the front runners at the end of the straight but was pushed to the outside on the first sharp righthander, exiting the corner around tenth place. The multiple Swedish champ tried to stand his ground but gradually dropped back and retired from heat exhaustion with nine laps to go.

While race direction had decided to shorten the second race with five minutes because of the heat, the struggle was just as intense!  Filip got off to a decent start but couldn’t translate his solid lap times into a consistent race pace. Circulating as high as 16th for almost five laps Bengtsson felt the heat claiming its toll and dropped back to 20th place.

Note: On Saturday Filip Bengtsson made an appearance on the MXGP Studio Show with Paul Malin and Adam Wheeler. You can find the clip below, the segment with Bengtsson starts at 13:28.
Filip Bengtsson: “Without a doubt, this was the hardest race of my life! Like many other riders I found it difficult to cope with the heat and the track was quite tricky as well. In the first moto it seemed just for a second I was going for the holeshot! Unfortunately Cairoli cut just in front of me and I got run wide. My plan was to go with the faster guys at the start of the moto and pull a gap… but it didn’t really work out. After half of the race I had emptied myself. I needed to pull off because I got dizzy so I came in to get some water in my face. Once more I tried to go out but it just didn’t work. The second moto was pretty similar. Initially my pace was okay, I ran 16th looking to make a pass on Frossard. I got frustrated that I couldn’t find a way through and lost contact with that group. Once I was in ‘no man’s land’ I lost my rhythm. With five laps to go I was done again and got picked up by the group behind me. It was super tough but I’m happy I went out for the second race and at least got one point.”
Christophe Charlier: “On Saturday I tried to ride through the pain in my heel but it was excruciating. There was no way I could ride near my normal level and the risk of making the injury worse was pretty high. This weekend the track was super technical and it was easy to make mistakes. It was a tough decision not to start however I did what I needed to do. Especially with so many people who came out to support us it was a bummer not to be able to ride. Still I wanted to thank my team, all the fans from Corsica who visited the race, our Thai supporters, the big boss from KYT Helmet, the people from Forma boots who came over for the occasion and everyone from Honda Thailand who was there. We will do everything that’s necessary to heal properly now and I will come back stronger.”

MXGP moto 1:
1. Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), 34:09.149; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:10.536; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:23.931; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:28.213; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:34.893; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:40.874; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:49.471; 8. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +1:08.958; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:20.819; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +1:40.905
MXGP moto  2:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 29:10.216; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:09.756; 3. Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), +0:22.788; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:51.327; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:59.278; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +1:03.006; 7. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:05.485; 8. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +1:16.036; 9. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:18.208; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:19.321

GP of Thailand Classification 
1. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 45 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 44 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 41 p.; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 38 p.; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 31 p.; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 29 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 28 p.; 8. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 26 p.; 9. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 26 p.; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 20 p

World Championship classification after 2 rounds:
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 88 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 79 p.; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 78 p.; 4. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 70 p.; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 67 p.; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 67 p.; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 55 p.; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 45 p.; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 40 p.; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 38 p
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Blake Baggett Daytona Supercross Podium For Yoshimura Suzuki

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (March 7, 2015) – The 2015 Daytona Supercross will be one that Blake Baggett long remembers. The reason is simple - Baggett scored his first career AMA/FIM Supercross podium with a third in the historic race at Daytona International Speedway aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450. It was his best result of the 2015 season. He was also the top finishing rookie in the race.

Blake Baggett
Baggett came into Daytona, one of the most prestigious motorcycle races in the world, with a bit of history behind him. He’d twice won the Daytona 250 East class. His relentless riding style suits the hybrid Supercross/Motocross style track perfectly. Baggett knew he had an opportunity to do well, but with his past success also came added pressure.

After finishing ninth in timed qualifying with a time of 1:06.379 on the rutted and sandy Ricky Carmichael-designed course, Baggett may have felt a bit of that pressure as he failed to qualify directly into the Main from his Heat race. However he bounced back quickly and put himself safely in the final by scoring second in his Semi.

Tension was sky high as riders lined up at the starting gate in front of packed grandstands along the Speedway’s tri-oval. Baggett negotiated the tricky first set of switchback turns at the start and emerged in fourth.

“I got a good start from the outside,” Baggett explained. “I was kind of in the middle of it and it was an eight-man, all-out brawl. I got passed by a few guys and then got back by when they made some mistakes. Mistakes were happening everywhere.”

He then got into an intense race mid-way through with Andrew Short, Weston Peick and Chad Reed. Baggett briefly dropped to fifth in the peak of the fight, but as the grueling race wore on other riders faltered and Baggett stayed rock steady. With five laps to go he got around Peick and moved into third. It was a tense closing set of laps, realizing he was in a position to score his first podium. Baggett powered through the extremely rutted track perfectly on his potent and agile No. 4 Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and was able to bring it home in third.

“On lap 13 or 14 I was able to break away and was right there behind Tomac, Baggett said. “Tomac and I had a little train going and we gapped the guys behind us. I finished it out with a third and was definitely pumped.”

The podium adds to Baggett’s legacy of success at the Daytona Supercross. “My goal was to come in here and get a podium,” Baggett explained to the media in the post-race press conference. “I really like this place and have had good luck here. I’ve got two wins a second and a fourth (in the 250 East class). So to come in here and get a third in the premier class against the guys I looked up to and to battle with those guys definitely made it a solid night for me. I’m excited and I’ll build on that.”

Yoshimura Suzuki will be back in action next Saturday, March 14 as the AMA/FIM Supercross Series heads to Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. The race will be shown live starting at 7:00 pm Eastern on Fox Sports 2.
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450

Both team riders Blake Baggett and James Stewart will be signing autographs at a pre-event Supercross party held at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway (4790 W.16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222) on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 6:00-7:00 pm.



Daytona 450 Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Dungey 2. Eli Tomac 3. Blake Baggett 4. Cole Seely 5. Chad Reed 6. Trey Canard 7. Jason Anderson 8. Weston Peick 9. Davi Millsaps 10. Broc Tickle

2015 450 Supercross Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 2. Trey Canard,  3. Eli Tomac,  4. Ken Roczen,  5. Jason Anderson,  6. Chad Reed,  7. Cole Seely,  8. Blake Baggett,  9. Andrew Short,  10. Broc Tickle,

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Behind The Hedges Exhilarating Sex With Barbiegirl

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl @ The Hague 

Who am I to refuse requests to revisit 'The Exhilarations of Motorcycle Real Road Racing and Sex?' After all, the infamous Tandragee 100 motorcycle real road racing event is once again scheduled to take place this coming May - Saturday 2nd - inclement weather permitting that is - possibly it could actually have to be moved to Sunday 3rd - can't wait for that scenario to be played out.

Whilst a notoriously dangerous event - the main attraction for many of the attending blood sport aficionados, including the infamous MCUI-UC Dinosaurs - it does come a poor second to the horrifically dangerous NW200. Even if one were to re-mortgage the whole island of Ireland - bad example, it's worthless, make that China - one still wouldn't have raised the cash required to make safe the high speed North West 200 public roads circuit. Walls, houses, telegraph poles, high kerbs, infestations of obnoxious arrogant officials - professional poseurs vying for their 15 minutes of fame  - the list of immovable life threatening obstacles is truly endless - it's a death trap - period.

Simon Andrews was killed while competing in the North West 200 on Saturday, 17 May 2014. Simon came off his bike at high speed and slid down the asphalt public road until he collided head-first with a section of raised concrete pavement in Portrush, County Antrim.

The Exhilarations of Motorcycle Real Road Racing and Sex

Let's be honest, it's not everyone who has what it takes to be a fervent fanatical follower of Irish real motorcycle road racing, especially so when it's being hosted on some of the worst imaginable hair raising roads on the Island of Ireland - North or South.

This isn't, nor has it ever been, a sport for faint hearted fans, or indeed, the squeamish. Come to think of it, it's not a sport for faint hearted competitors either, or indeed, the squeamish.

Find me a person who claims real road racing isn't a highly dangerous sport for either the competitor or fan, and I'll show you a fool, an imbecile, a moron, one of our local eejits.

I'm reliably informed that racing a high powered motorcycle at speed along narrow winding country roads can be a breathtaking experience - even for those who watch from behind the hedges - for both though, it can be highly dangerous, fatal even, as has been proven - time and time again.

I've also heard some guys claim, that the foregoing breathtaking experience, is equal to, or perhaps better than - sex. Obviously they haven't had an encounter with me yet, but first, I'd be asking to see their medical insurance, after all, motorcycle road racing isn't the only highly dangerous sport.

During a debate when the rate of fatalities had soared some years past, one of our former competitors attempted to convince all and sundry it wasn't due to the increased power and speed of the machines. After all, hadn't motorcycles in the sixties been capable of speeds in access of 170 mph, and you know what? He was correct, although he did omit one small fact - year on year, with the aid of never ending new technology, the extra power being coaxed from motorcycle engines has affected their acceleration considerably more than their actual top speed.

Motorcycles of the seventies era reached their maximum speed in a much shorter distance than their predecessors of the sixties. And then we had the eighties, nineties, noughties, and now, the acceleration of a modern racing machine simply beggars belief. They accelerate from zero to 170mph nearly three minutes faster than some guys I've known have lasted, and they barely made the three minutes before expiring, some a lot lot less.

Obviously then, the room for errors in the midst of a real road race is practically non-existent, which makes the need for safety at our circuits imperative - for competitors and fans alike.

Just imagine the scenario - a narrow country road in scenic Northern Ireland, you're in the middle of a close fought race - you're on board an extremely powerful motorcycle - the course approximately 5.4 miles of undulating, narrow twisty bumpy, tarmac - you're average speed per lap is 100mph plus, along either side of the thin ribbon of black tarmac – in a blur - unforgiving trees, walls, telegraph poles, hedges, houses, and spectators flash past so close you see the whites of their eyes, and right there in the middle of this narrow road, you encounter a pile of straw bales, sand bags, and your speed - approximately 140 mph plus - is it a barricade!* No! Allegedly, it's a chicane, and you're a competitor in the Tandragee 100 motorcycle real road race.

Seconds later – assuming you're still alive - you're approaching a dangerous 90 degree right hand bend, you're travelling at 150mph, your brakes fail - where is the run-off area, where is the slip road?** There isn’t any - safety conscious experienced officials declare these tracks to be safe for the intended purpose - certify them as being just that - safe.

*On a fateful Saturday during the Tandragee 100, May 2007, the extremely popular Ardglass motorcycle road racer John Donnan tragically lost his life as a result of a horrendous 'accident'.

**On a fateful Saturday during the Tandragee 100, May 2008, the extremely popular Dublin-born motorcycle road racer Martin Finnegan tragically lost his life as a result of a horrendous 'accident'.

Two more dark days in the history of real road racing, and not only in Northern Ireland. A few short years on, more serious injuries, more fatalities, and the sickening truth of the tragedies now emerge, but have lessons been learned? You are obviously not aware of the hilariously funny Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited definition of the word - SAFETY!

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