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Dainese Announces 2019 North American Custom Works Tour

Here’s your chance to get a fully customized Dainese suit, made by the same people who put Rossi’s suit together.

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Dainese, the world leader of protective wear for dynamic sports, announces the 8th annual  North American tour of Custom Works, which provides fully-customized and made-to-measure motorcycle racing suits, jackets and pants for race and street enthusiasts.

Custom Works draws on Dainese’s 45 years of experience in the design and production of personalized leather racing suits. Since its founding in 1972, Dainese has outfitted some of the greatest riders of all time, including Giacomo Agostini and Valentino Rossi. Custom Works makes all of Dainese’s innovation and craftsmanship available to motorcycle enthusiasts interested in crafting riding apparel with their own unique fit and style.

The Custom Works tour will visit North American cities where Dainese partners with select Custom Works Certified retail stores. The Custom Works program includes measurements taken by a master tailor who also guides the customer through the process of selecting a base model product, color choices and the wish list of add-ons, logos, special numbers and other options to create a one-of-a-kind Dainese racing suit, jacket or pants.

“Custom Works is really a unique program and opportunity for motorcyclists to own meticulously crafted Dainese apparel that is 100% their own, in terms of look and fit,” said Roberto Sadowsky, Executive Vice President, Dainese North America. “We’re also proud to be expanding the selection of items available through Custom Works with new suit offerings for both women and men, and new D-air® jackets.” 

Custom Works now includes a fully integrated, multi-channel experience that begins online with the Custom Works 3D Configurator and continues at the retail location, where the personalized garment is delivered to the customer. The Custom Works process is designed to be fun and engaging, combining the practicality of an intuitive digital configuration system with the craftsmanship of a unique, handmade product. Accessible at Dainese.com, the 3D configurator allows each motorcyclist to personalize his/her leather suit, jacket or pants in real time, with a simple, engaging and interactive digital experience. The customer can see a preview of the garment, change the colors of the various sections, select accessories such as plates and sliders, and upload words and images that are immediately visible on the 3D-rendered garment.

The Custom Works Program offers a deep menu of Dainese one- and two-piece suits select leather jackets and pants.

Once the online design process is complete, the customer saves the model and books an appointment at a participating retail store. A Dainese specialist will then learn about the customer’s specific needs and expected use of the product, and take the 24 (25 for women) anatomical measurements necessary to start making the specialized garment. At the Custom Works Certified Centers, customers can experience the technology, feel the materials, and see the finishes and accessories that give life to the most advanced leather suits.

Once complete, the measurements and customization specs are sent to Dainese’s production facilities, where each piece is hand-sewn by professionals.

Dainese Custom Works 2019 North American Tour Dates and Locations:

October 7 – Nadon Sports – 645 Rue Dubois, Saint-Eustache, QC J7P 3W1, Canada
October 9 – Rider’s Choice – 2276 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON L4Y 1Z4, Canada
October 11 & 12 – Dainese NYC – 140 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013
October 14 – Dainese Orlando – 100 W. Livingston St, Orlando, FL 32801
October 16 – Dainese Chicago – 1216 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
October 18 – MotoCorsa – 2170 NW Wilson St, Portland, OR 97210
October 19 – Dainese Seattle – 570 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
October 22 – Pacific Motorsports – 21000 Westminster Hwy #2120, Richmond, BC V6V 2S9, Canada
October 25 – Dainese Las Vegas – 6825 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite # 125
October 26 – Dainese Los Angeles – 1418 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401
October 27 – Dainese Costa Mesa – 1645 Superior Ave.,Costa Mesa, CA 92627
October 29 – Dainese San Francisco – 131 S. Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103
October 31 – Ducati Austin – 3232 812 E Braker Ln., Austin, TX 78753

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Theres a New Arai in Town

We can’t help it, we get excited about new gear even after all these years – and a new Arai helmet, handmade in the land of the rising sun, is always big news. Same intermediate oval shape, says Arai, same attention to detail and quality – in a new shell that’s more comfortable and easier to get on and off the old cabeza.


Arai Press Release:


Arai Americas: The true measure of a helmet on a day-to-day basis is comfort. No distractions from noise, buffeting, or pressure points. When a helmet provides the ultimate in comfort, you are free to focus on everything around you, and the pure joy of riding.

The all-new Arai Regent-X is designed to isolate you from distractions with the kind of comfort only Arai can deliver. Built with the same protection as our flagship Corsair-X model, the Regent-X features a new interior for both comfort and ease of taking it on and off.
By subtly reshaping the shell—specifically the hyper-ridge in the jawline area—Arai made the helmet even easier to take on and off.
The Regent-X features our latest Facial Contour System (FCS) cheek pad design—articulating pads that move up and down when you put on and take off the helmet, then wrap around your face to provide a comfortable and snug fit that also reduces noise. These pads also feature recessed pockets for easy speaker installation, and provide the room needed to prevent the speakers from putting pressure on your ears for maximum comfort.
The Regent-X uses Arai’s newly developed Peripherally Belted Complex Laminate Construction shell. For the Regent-X, a new resin was developed that’s more cost effective, but does not add weight or compromise protection.
Born from Arai’s exclusive Formula One helmet technology, the Peripherally Belted Complex Laminate Construction shell is developed to be both light and strong. The upper edge of the eye port is reinforced with Arai’s Peripheral Belt, custom woven in-house with proprietary super fibers to increase shell strength without adding thickness or weight.
A one-piece multi-density liner, tuned with varying densities according to the position and volume of each given area within each shell size, provides protection where it’s needed most, and allows Arai to make a compact helmet that puts protection first, and is as aerodynamic and light as possible.

The Regent-X also features:

– Expanded Hyper-Ridge in the chin and cheek area by 5mm for greater protection
– New neckroll design to reduce weight
– Removable perimeter liner and cheek pads
– Custom fitting with optional cheek pad sizes
– Soft brushed nylon fabric interior for incredible comfort

The Regent-X, along with all Arai models available in North America, meets or exceeds the SNELL M2020 standard, but only after they all first satisfy Arai’s stringent in-house criteria.

A word about Glancing Off

When it comes to impact absorption ability, there is a limit to how much any helmet can absorb, regardless of any manufacturing technique employed, due to the limited space between the shell and the rider’s head available to manage impact energy. In a motorcycle impact, the forces can often far exceed our imagination, so it is important to maximize all aspects of the helmet design. Arai’s strong, round and smooth shell helps to reduce how much impact energy gets into the helmet. All Arai helmets have glancing off technology, including the new Regent-X. Arai makes continual efforts to improve our helmets’ glancing off ability in the pursuit of gains in head protection.

The Regent-X has an Intermediate Oval interior shape and will be available in early to mid-December in a variety of graphics.

Colors: White, Black Frost, Gun Metallic Frost, Modern Gray, Code Red and Code Yellow

Graphic: Sensation Blue, Red and Yellow
MSRP: Solids $559.95, Sensation $689.95

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Johann Zarco Replaced by Mika Kallio for the Remainder of the 2019 Season

KTM and Johann Zarco will part ways earlier than expected. 

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Johann Zarco replaced by Mika Kallio for rest of 2019 season

The Frenchman was due to leave Red Bull KTM Factory Racing at the end of the season but they have parted ways early

Johann and KTM decided to mutually end their association at the end of 2019 but developments and on-going work mean that priorities have been realigned. The Frenchman will be exempt from his MotoGP™ duties but stays contracted to KTM until the end of the season.

Kallio – who rode the KTM on its debut in the MotoGP™ division in Valencia 2016 and has contributed strongly since the early testing phases of the RC16 – has already participated in seven wild card races from 2016 until 2018. With two top ten classifications on the MotoGP™ bikes and a career total of 16 GP victories and 49 podiums in the lower championship divisions, Kallio is eager to deliver new drive and momentum to KTM’s efforts in the premier class both for the rest of 2019 and with a view to the 2020 RC16.

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsport Director: “We have to make decisions to ensure that we use our resources in the best possible way and we are currently in a positive direction with our MotoGP structure. We firmly believe that Mika can help us in this stage thanks to his knowledge and background. It is paramount that we verify our testing results in real race conditions to start our 2020 season in the best position.

“Mika has proved his ability on the RC16 and we are happy that he joins the line-up as a racer again. There is no doubt that we will focus on a new configuration with the #82 bike while fighting for points in the last races of the championship. At the same time we want to express gratitude to Johann for his effort since he joined our ambitious project in November last year. We now have to think of the future and are making this step accordingly. KTM will continue supporting him until the expiry of our contract at the end of the 2019 and we truly wish him all the best for his future.”

Source: MotoGP

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Metzler Racetec RR Now Available in 18-inch Sizing in North America

State-of-the-art rubber for vintage bikes. The Metzler Racetec RR brings modern-day performance to the bikes of yesteryear. 

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Metzeler Brings RACETEC™ RR 18-Inch Sizing for Vintage Racing to North America

Four New Size Options in K1 Compound to be Showcased at Barber Vintage Festival in October

Metzler Racetec RR

ROME, Ga. (September 12, 2019) – METZELER has announced that its popular line of RACETEC™ RR  race tires will be expanded to include four new 18-inch sizes specifically designed for North American vintage racers and enthusiasts. A street-legal tire that was developed for road racing, the RACETEC RR has achieved much success as it delivers maximum performance with the ultimate sporting expression.

Metzeler will display its latest additions to the RACETEC lineup at the upcoming Barber Vintage Festival on October 4-6 in Birmingham, Alabama, providing attendees the opportunity to see the new tires firsthand. Metzeler’s display will be set up in the Fan Zone alongside BMW and everyone is encouraged to stop by and enjoy a weekend full of activities.

“Expanding Metzeler’s RACETEC RR line with 18-inch sizing for classic and vintage racing is very exciting for the brand,” said Oscar Solis, road race manager, Metzeler. “Throughout the past several years, classic and vintage riding and racing have become quite popular, so this was the perfect time to provide a quality product for enthusiasts in that segment here in North America. The RACETEC RR has already had great success with classic racing in Europe and we look forward to making the same products available to riders here stateside.”

In addition to the popular 17-inch sizing, the RACETEC RR is now available in 110/80 ZR 18 M/C TL (58W) front sizing, while 130/80 ZR 18 M/C TL (66W), 150/65 ZR 18  M/C TL (69W) and 160/60 ZR 18 M/C TL (70W) sizing have been introduced for the rear. The new front and rear sizes will be available in the K1 compound, the softest amongst those of the RACETEC RR.

Metzeler realizes that while classic racers may not be competing on machines with the latest technology, they still require tires with state-of-the-art performance for their powerful, rigid, heavy and valuable motorcycles.

Classic races take place on road circuits – such as the Isle of Man, where each year in August the Manx Grand Prix Senior Classic race is held with old superbikes from the 1990’s – and on race circuits, such as the prestigious Bol d’Or Classic in France.  In most countries, a motorcycle must be at least 25 years old to be considered vintage, while the category for classic motorcycles is usually intended for machines produced before 1972 and for post-classic, built between 1973 and 1985.

Metzler Racetec RR

RACETEC RR tires of all sizes offer riders the following benefits:

  • Grip in all conditions, both on road and track, thanks to the versatility of the compounds and the structure of the tread pattern, which guarantees a consistent distribution of temperature from the central band to the shoulder even after long straights.
  • Precision, directionality and stability at high speed, useful features both in the initial phase of a lean as well as on the straight due to the ability of the tire to absorb the roughness of the asphalt.
  • Performance consistency throughout the life of the tire.

For classic superbikes, the RACETEC RR effectively tames the aggressiveness of these old machines combining the dampening features of the carcass and the tread band configuration.

Unlike its predecessor, all sizes and compounds of RACETEC RR have the speed index W in brackets, which enables these tires to be used on public roads and not just on closed courses.

RACETEC identifies the Metzeler range of products dedicated to sport riding, while RR, defined as Road Racing, underlines the inspiration behind the line. The RACETEC RR comes directly from the experience of Metzeler in road racing competition in which the brand has been highly successful for many years.

The RACETEC RR has already been tested in several events, such as the Barber Vintage Festival, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, Southern 100, Isle of Man TT and several other races in California. The results were further confirmation of the tires’ ability to outperform the competition.

The new RACETEC RR tires are now available through two of Metzeler’s North America distributors, Moto Garage and  Fast From The Past.

Visit the Metzeler website to view the complete line of motorcycle tires available for a wide range of applications.

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Quadro Qooter Qoming to America

What the? It’s a Qooder, that’s what, “the only four-wheeled tilting street vehicle in the world, and an all-new, one-of-a-kind product category that combines the road handling and safety of an automobile with the fun and riding dynamics of a motorcycle.”

Quadro Vehicles Press Release:


 Swiss brand introduces a new and unique category of products: QOODER

“Everybody at Quadro Vehicles S.A. is thrilled to announce our entry into the all-important US market with the QOODER brand and the establishment of our subsidiary, Qooder USA,” said Paolo Gagliardo, Quadro Vehicles’ visionary CEO and Chairman.

This will be the Swiss company’s first appearance in the US where it will display QOODER – a new and unique product category – in booth #833 at AIMExpo presented by Nationwide, which takes place on September 26-29 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. “The United States is the single most important market in the world, and we are ready to bring our innovative, fun and groundbreaking mobility solutions to a new audience,” Gagliardo said.

“We’re so excited to be in Columbus at the heart of the American powersports and mobility industry,” Gagliardo continued. “Introducing QOODER to American enthusiasts for the first time, in conjunction with meeting the best business partners, is sure to be the beginning of an exciting adventure in personal mobility for all of us.”

The company’s flagship – the QOODER – is the only four-wheeled tilting street vehicle in the world, and an all-new, one-of-a-kind product category that combines the road handling and safety of an automobile with the fun and riding dynamics of a motorcycle.

The QOODER is as agile as a scooter and as rugged as an all-terrain vehicle. The headline feature of the QOODER is the internationally patented HTS™ (Hydraulic Tilting System), which is a revolutionary independent suspension system that allows all four wheels to tilt simultaneously. Fun, smooth and precise, the QOODER delivers confident road manners while maintaining superior road traction. With an automatic transmission, twinned rear wheels with dual rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel independent HTS suspension, the QOODER blends advanced technology, superior safety and riding excitement.

Also on display is the three-wheeled QV3 – characterized by its lightweight, bold oversized wheels and the patented HTS suspension. The QV3 is built to overcome the challenges of urban mobility.

Since its restructuring in 2018, Quadro Vehicles S.A. has seen tremendous success and volume growth of its new and unique product category. In just one year it has seen rocketing growth in Europe with approximately 4,000 vehicles sold, 2,000 of which were the four-wheel QOODER. And the company forecasts 6,500 unit sales for 2019.

“Our primary motivation during this first appearance in the US at AIMExpo is to introduce ourselves to other professionals in the industry, tell our story to the media, introduce the exciting new 2020 product line-up, and meet the best distribution partners in the United States,” Gagliardo said. “Our goal for moving forward includes creating a great distribution network in key regions and cities. Please visit us at booth #833 where we can chat about our unique QOODER products and the opportunity for your business.”

“We’re very happy Quadro Vehicles has taken advantage of everything AIMExpo presented by Nationwide has to offer to achieve its goals of establishing its business in the USA and building a distribution network. Having local and international brands trust our show and use it as a tool to achieve their goals solidifies our position as North America’s most important powersports trade show,” said Andre Albert, Director, Sales and Marketing.

For more information, please visit qooder.us or contact infousa@qooder.com

For AIMExpo Dealer and Media Registration, visit the Registration Portal here

To purchase tickets for the event, click here

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Bautista ‘didn’t have anything left’ in Portimao victory

Spaniard fends off Rea in thrilling race two victory at the Portuguese round.

Image: Supplied.

Alvaro Bautista admits he ‘didn’t have anything left’ in his slender 0.111s victory over Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) in race two at Portimao’s 10th round of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), which saw the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati rider return to the winners circle for the first time since round seven in July.

The Spaniard, who recorded a 4-2 scorecard in the opening encounter and Superpole race, put on an incredible charge in race two despite still dealing with a shoulder injury, where he managed to fend off four-time champion Rea on the final lap to claim victory.

“It has been a very tough weekend for me, especially physically because my shoulder is still not at 100 percent,” said Bautista. “I felt worse this morning after yesterday’s race so I tried to start well in the Superpole Race. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of positions and used up most of my energy, but I finished second which meant that I could start from the front row in race two.

“In the afternoon I again made a bad start, lifting the front of the bike up and losing some positions but I was still in the leading group so was not too worried. Mid-race I felt my pace was stronger so I decided to go for the lead and push hard until the end.

“I could manage the advantage but in the last two laps I felt every drop of energy leave me, luckily it was the last lap because I didn’t have anything left. It was my first time here in Portimão and I’m happy to get a win again after more than two months.”

The WorldSBK rookie still maintains second in the standings, 91 points behind Rea as the series heads to Magny-Cours in France on 27-29 September.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Jonathan Rea scores eighth consecutive win at Portimao

Supersport 600

In recent rounds, the momentum has been firmly with Caricasulo but Krummenacher still held the championship lead. Heading into the race tomorrow, it is Caricasulo who starts on pole.

WSBK Portimao Day SS Pole Caricasulo

Randy Krummenacher was the rider who slotted in at the top spot, ahead of the surprise package of Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing), the Spaniard making his debut at the Algarve International Circuit. Kyle Smith’s strong weekend looked set to continue in the early stages, as the British rider was up as high as third once everyone had settled down with the opening times. There was a crash for Raffaele De Rosa (MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse) at Turn 14 but the Italian made it back to the pits. At Turn 11 in the final 10 minutes, Isaac Viñales crashed but was unscathed in the incident.

WSBK Portimao Day SS Caricasulo

As the session came to an end, Caricasulo hit pole position, ahead of Krummenacher and Viñales. However, there was still plenty of opportunity for change, as the Kawasaki charge was strong, being led by Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), with Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini), Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and Kyle Smith all lining up behind the trio of Yamahas at the front. Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA) needed a strong lap in the closing stages, languishing down in eighth.

On his final lap, Federico Caricasulo blasted in a very quick time, storming to the fastest lap of the weekend and putting himself 0.4s clear of the chasing bunch and securing back-to-back poles for the first time this season. Krummenacher was only able to achieve second position as he is recovering from nagging injuries picked up from Friday, whilst Lucas Mahias was back on the front row again in third.

Leading the charge from row two, despite a crash, Isaac Viñales was fourth and impressive on his return to action after eight weeks off in the summer. Raffaele De Rosa’s issues earlier on in the session saw him elevate up the order to the middle of row two in fifth, whilst Ayrton Badovini made it three Italians in the top six and completed row two. Kawasaki and MV AGUSTA are certainly bringing the charge to Yamaha at the front of the grid.

Row three features Japanese star Hikari Okubo, who is yet to start from outside the top nine in 2019. Joining him on the third row, it was a disaster for Jules Cluzel who starts just eighth after winning last time out at Donington Park. Britain’s Kyle Smith was ninth, as he looks to secure the Europe Supersport Cup crown this weekend. Completing the top ten is Jules Danilo (CIA Landlord Insurance), making it all four manufacturers represented inside the top ten. Wildcard Miquel Pons (H43 Team NOBBY TALASUR-BLUMAQ) was 11th.

Supersport 600 Superpole

Pos Rider Bike Time
1 64   F.   Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R6 1m44.220
2 21   R.  Krummenacher Yamaha YZF R6 1m44.664
3 44   L.   Mahias Kawasaki ZX-6R 1m44.990
4 32   I.    Vinales Yamaha YZF R6 1m44.998
5 3   R.  De Rosa MV Agusta F3 675 1m45.156
6 86   A.  Badovini Kawasaki ZX-6R 1m45.201
7 78   H.  Okubo Kawasaki ZX-6R 1m45.349
8 16   J.   Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 1m45.399
9 11   K.  Smith Kawasaki ZX-6R 1m45.538
10 95   J.   Danilo Honda CBR600RR 1m45.661
11 71   M. Pons Yamaha YZF R6 1m45.822
12 31   D.  Valle Yamaha YZF R6 1m45.944
13 61   G.  Ruiu Honda CBR600RR 1m46.020
14 94   C.  Perolari Yamaha YZF R6 1m46.210
15 84   L.   Cresson Yamaha YZF R6 1m46.233
16 56   P.   Sebestyen Honda CBR600RR 1m46.416
17 10   N.  Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R 1m46.780
18 4   C.  Stange Honda CBR600RR 1m46.848
19 30   G.  Van Straalen Kawasaki ZX-6R 1m46.913
20 74   J.   Van Sikkelerus Honda CBR600RR 1m47.001
21 6   M. Herrera Yamaha YZF R6 1m47.031
22 22   F.   Fuligni MV Agusta F3 675 1m47.097
23 47   R.  Hartog Kawasaki ZX-6R 1m47.240
24 65   M. Canducci Yamaha YZF R6 1m48.950
25 53   G.  Sconza Honda CBR600RR 1m49.726
26 40   A.  Gyorfi Yamaha YZF R6 1m50.040
27 67   G.  Matern Kawasaki ZX-6R 1m50.145

Supersport 300

After a lengthy break, it was time for the riders to dial themselves back in across both the groups in their 20-minute sessions. The top 30 would make it through to the main race on Sunday, whilst those outside of it would have to finish inside the top six of the Last Chance Race. Not needing to worry about that, it was Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) who stormed to pole position.

WSBK Portimao Day Gonzalez
Manuel Gonzalez

Group A saw two of the championship rivals clear at the top, with Galang Hendra Pratama (Semakin Di Depan Biblion Motoxracing) topping the session ahead of Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300). The Indonesian riders lap time was an all-time lap record for the class at the circuit; Hendra Pratama had to give it his best shot, as he has a 12-place grid penalty to contend with for irresponsible riding at Donington Park. Manuel Bastianelli (Prodina IRCOS Kawasaki) was third ahead of Koen Meuffels (Kawasaki MOTOPORT), with four race winners in the top four after Group A Superpole.

WSBK Portimao Day Gonzalez Hendra Pratama
Galang Hendra Pratama

Group B soon took to the circuit and the times were immediately right on those of Hendra Pratama. Victor Steeman (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team) was getting quicker and quicker early on, straight away going into second on the grid. Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) was also quick straight away, whilst Scott Deroue (Kawasaki MOTOPORT) was also in the mix for pole position.

WSBK Portimao Day Steeman
Victor Steeman

With just under 12 minutes to go, championship leader Gonzalez hit top spot on combined times but there was plenty of time left to run. Victor Steeman, who had been lapping consistently fast and looks to have good pace, took pole position away from Gonzalez five minutes later, as he chases his second pole position of his 2019 WorldSSP300 campaign. It was a disaster further down the field for Beatriz Neila (BCD Yamaha MS Racing), as she suffered a flat rear tyre with less than five minutes to go.

WSBK Portimao Day Carrasco
Ana Carrasco

Manuel Gonzalez’ bid to become WorldSSP300 champion grew stronger as in the closing two minutes, he 17-year-old took pole position back from Steeman and remained ahead overall. Steeman took second place and Hendra Pratama was third from Group A but will start in 15th due to his 12-place grid penalty. This means that championship challenger Ana Carrasco will inherit a front row grid start. Scott Deroue finished fifth overall but will start from fourth, whilst Andy Verdoïa (BCD Yamaha MS Racing) will start from fifth after completing the session sixth, whilst Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) will move onto the row two due to Hendra Pratama’s penalty.

Marc Garcia (DS Junior Team) heads up the third row on the grid, ahead of Manuel Bastianelli and Beatriz Neila, who achieves her best grid position with tenth but will start ninth. Completing the top ten on the grid, Aragon 2018 race winner Koen Meuffels. It was a disaster for Hugo De Cancellis (Team Trasimeno Yamaha), who suffered two crashed and will start down in 29th position on Sunday.

Oliver König (ACCR Czech Talent Team – Willi Race) breezed clear to take the WorldSSP300 Last Chance Race win, as the battle ignited behind him. The Czech rider eased away in the early stages of the race and soon found himself away at the front of the field, whilst behind him, the positions from third back to sixth had not been sorted out. But who would come out on top?

With König away and running at the very front of the field, it would be Dion Otten (MTM Racing) who took second place, although he had little company in the closing stages of the race. Behind, however, the battle really had come alive in the closing stages. Mateo Pedeneau (Team MHP Racing – Patrick Pons) would get the better of his teammate Enzo De La Vega to take the final position in the top three, whilst both made it through to the main race tomorrow.

Bahattin Sofuoglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing by TSM), who ran fourth for most of the race was fifth in the end after a tricky final lap, but he held off Adrien Quinet (TGP Racing), who completely missed FP1 on Friday. Just missing out on racing action tomorrow was Marco Carusi (Team Trasimeno Yamaha), with the Italian coming home seventh.

Joel Kelso is impressing in his wildcard appearance and is the top qualifying Australia. Kelso will start from 14th on the grid while countrymen Tom Bramich and Tom Edwards will start from 25th and 27th positions respectively.

Supersport 300 Combined Superpole

Pos Rider Bike Class Time
1 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m55.345
2 V.  Steeman KTM RC 390 R B 1m55.513
3 G. Hendra Pratama Yamaha YZF-R3 A 1m55.873
4 A.  Carrasco Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m56.116
5 S.  Deroue Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m56.235
6 A.  Verdoïa Yamaha YZF-R3 B 1m56.349
7 B.  Ieraci Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m56.354
8 M. Garcia Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m56.410
9 M. Bastianelli Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m56.471
10 B.  Neila Yamaha YZF-R3 B 1m56.576
11 K.  Meuffels Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m56.676
12 S.  Di Sora Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m56.834
13 J.  Buis Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m56.901
14 J.  Kelso Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m56.920
15 U. Orradre Yamaha YZF-R3 A 1m56.923
16 D. Blin Yamaha YZF-R3 B 1m56.971
17 B.  Sanchez Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m56.972
18 M. Kappler KTM RC 390 R B 1m56.994
19 L.  Loi Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m57.060
20 J.  Jahnig KTM RC 390 R A 1m57.095
21 N. Kalinin Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m57.120
22 K.  Sabatucci Yamaha YZF-R3 A 1m57.189
23 T.  Kawakami Yamaha YZF-R3 A 1m57.225
24 M. Perez Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m57.284
25 T.  Bramich Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m57.311
26 D. Iozzo Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m57.330
27 T.  Edwards Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m57.377
28 F.  Rovelli Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m57.492
29 H. De Cancellis Yamaha YZF-R3 B 1m57.528
30 P.  Giacomini Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m57.626
31 O. König Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m57.653
32 M. Carusi Yamaha YZF-R3 A 1m57.660
33 J.  Facco Yamaha YZF-R3 B 1m57.714
34 J.  Perez Gonzalez Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m57.734
35 B.  Sofuoglu Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m57.777
36 M. Pedeneau Yamaha YZF-R3 B 1m57.838
37 E.  De La Vega Yamaha YZF-R3 A 1m57.841
38 D. Otten Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m58.020
39 Y.  Okaya Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m58.033
40 A.  Quinet Honda CBR500R B 1m58.231
41 K.  Aloisi Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1m58.287
42 R. Dore Yamaha YZF-R3 B 1m58.509
43 J.  Foray Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m58.773
44 F.  De Bruin Yamaha YZF-R3 B 1m59.082
45 B.  Molina Yamaha YZF-R3 A 1m59.086
46 V.  Schwarz Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m59.258
47 M. Hrava Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1m59.471
48 A.  Pelikanova Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 2m00.112
49 K.  Hartmann Yamaha YZF-R3 A 2m00.203
50 P.  Fragoso Yamaha YZF-R3 A 2m01.109
51 D. Delouvy Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 2m01.294
52 V.  Correia Esturrado Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 2m01.897
53 S.  Naud Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 2m02.007
54 A.  Longo Kawasaki Ninja 400 A /

Source: MCNews.com.au

MV Agusta Extends Online Orders For Entirety Of Model Range

Tested first with the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro, now all MV Agusta models will be available for online order.

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Introduced experimentally for the launch of the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro and the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro limited series, online orders have been an instant success with fans and collectors worldwide and have now been extended to the entire range of MV Agusta motorcycles.

Directly from MV Agusta’s website product pages, or through the company’s social media platforms, potential buyers will be directed to a new section of the portal, making it easier for them to pre-order any MV Agusta model. The system will then automatically alert the closest MV Agusta dealer to put them in contact and finalise the transaction.

The move is a natural step in the company’s long history of constantly pursuing innovation and making use of the most advanced technologies, yet hand-crafting every single motorcycle rolling out of its hangars. This dual soul makes MV Agusta bikes unique, and pervades every aspect of the business. Advanced social platforms and internet operations are part of the process and represent a direct, unfiltered way for MV Agusta to get in touch with its growing customer base.

Timur Sardarov, CEO of MV Agusta, said: “We believe that the digital ecosystem is a cornerstone for reaching worldwide growth and strengthen customer relationship. Starting today, we make easier to connect customers to our dealer network worldwide by allowing users to start their order request directly from mvagusta.com.”

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Yamaha Announces Returning 2020 Street Models

The VMAX is back among Yamaha’s 2020 returning models!

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 2020 Sport Heritage Motorcycles

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, today announced several 2020 model-year Sport Heritage motorcycles. The powerful VMAX cruiser, Bolt and Bolt R-Spec urban performance bobbers, and the entry-level V Star 250 return to the lineup as key models that continue to deliver iconic design with advanced engine and chassis technology.

The Faster Sons Design Philosophy
Yamaha’s Sport Heritage motorcycle models draw inspiration from in-depth experience spanning seven decades of design and manufacture of famous and iconic motorcycles. During this time, the world of motorcycling has continually evolved, yet the unique emotions and intense excitement experienced when riding on two wheels have always stayed the same. The Faster Sons design philosophy fuses iconic style with modern technology to create enjoyable and exciting motorcycles that recall the past while featuring the performance of today.

2020 VMAX

The 2020 VMAX is the ultimate power cruiser, designed to deliver eye-opening performance from its thunderous 65-degree, 1679cc V-four engine. Astonishing-yet-controllable acceleration is achieved throughout a broad range of power, thanks to Yamaha’s Chip-Controlled Intake (YCC-I) and Chip-Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) fly-by-wire technology. The four-into-one-into-two-into-four exhaust system adds to the iconic VMAX look and delivers legendary sound.

A lightweight aluminum chassis places the engine low and forward for mass centralization, while huge cartridge-damper-type front forks and a link-type Monocross rear suspension with a fully adjustable remote-reservoir shock combine to make the VMAX handle curves and straightaways with ease.

The 2020 VMAX will be available from authorized Yamaha dealers in Matte Raven Black beginning in October for an MSRP of $17,999.

2020 Bolt and Bolt R-Spec

The 2020 Bolt and Bolt R-Spec are designed to offer the ultimate in urban riding fun and feature a 942cc air-cooled 60-degree V-twin engine for excellent power and low-end torque. Their stripped-down design epitomizes the “Urban Performance Bobber” look while a compact, stable chassis delivers light maneuverability with an upright riding position and low seat height.

The Bolt R-Spec takes performance and style to the next level, with twin piggyback rear shocks tuned for great comfort and handling, and 12-spoke cast alloy wheels for added strength and toughness.The 2020 Bolt will be available in Raven for an MSRP of $7,999, and the 2020 Bolt R-Spec will be available in  Matte Silver for an MSRP of $8,399. Both models will begin arriving at authorized Yamaha dealers in September (October delivery for California dealers).

2020 V Star 250

The light and nimble 2020 V Star 250 delivers smooth power and easy handling in a stylish, entry-level V-twin package. Powered by the only V-Twin in its class, the unique 249cc air-cooled 60-degree engine delivers plenty of bottom-end torque and smooth roll-on power. Lightweight and compact with a low 27-inch seat height, the V Star 250 offers easy handling and maneuverability for first-time riders. With its 2.5-gallon fuel capacity and estimated 78 mpg, there is plenty of time for riding fun between fill-ups. The 2020 V Star 250 will available in Metallic Silver and begin arriving at authorized Yamaha dealers in September (October delivery for California dealers) for an MSRP of $4,349.

2020 YZF-R3 and YZF-R6 Supersport Motorcycles

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, today introduced 2020 model-year YZF-R3 and YZF-R6 Supersport motorcycles, offering riders more opportunities to experience the exhilaration of  R World on the street and track. Today’s introductions, along with the previously announced Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition YZF-R3, and evolutionary YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M models, complete the company’s Supersport lineup for 2020.

Welcome to R World
Yamaha has a rich heritage of building the most sought after Supersport motorcycles designed to deliver the pinnacle of performance on and off the track. From the rider-friendly YZF-R3 to the competition-focused YZF-R1M, the Yamaha R-series model lineup provides options for riders of all skill levels to experience the pure exhilaration of R World.

2020 YZF-R3 – R World is Calling

The YZF-R3 (R3) is the ultimate entry-level Supersport bike with Yamaha’s iconic aggressive design and outstanding performance, making it the perfect choice for first-time riders or experienced sportbike pilots who prefer a lightweight, nimble machine.

Powered by a reliable 321cc engine, the R3 delivers excellent performance for navigating cross-town traffic, carving twisty roads, or participating in a track day. Featuring the latest combustion technology, lightweight forged aluminum pistons, and all-aluminum DiASil cylinders with an offset design, the smooth-running and quick-revving R3 engine produces easy-to-manage power.

A lightweight steel frame cradles the engine’s crankcase within the chassis, resulting in approximately 50/50 front-rear weight distribution for the perfect balance of rigidity and weight. An asymmetric swingarm efficiently delivers engine power to the rear wheel, while a preload-adjustable KYB rear shock mounted in a Monocross suspension design contributes to a mass centralization of weight. To help achieve the right balance of comfort and sport riding performance for both street and track, the R3 features a KYB 37mm inverted front fork to provide the rider with outstanding handling during cornering and braking. ABS is also available, adding to confidence-boosting stopping performance.

The 2020 YZF-R3 will be available in Team Yamaha Blue for an MSRP of $4,999. Models equipped with ABS will be available in Team Yamaha Blue, Matte Black, and Matte Silver for an MSRP of $5,299. Both ABS and non-ABS models will begin arriving at authorized Yamaha dealerships in November.

2020 YZF-R6 – Respect. Earned.

The YZF-R6 (R6) continues to be one of the most popular race-ready Supersport motorcycles ever built, succeeding as the number one choice for today’s racers who are looking to progress quickly through the competition ranks.

The 2020 R6 features Yamaha’s Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) for a broad, tractable powerband. A class-leading four-cylinder 599cc engine provides excellent performance, utilizing 16 titanium valves, a high 13.1:1 compression ratio, and lightweight forged pistons to allow for smooth, high-revving power. Linerless, direct-plated ceramic-composite cylinder bores provide excellent heat dissipation and reduced friction, while magnesium engine covers minimize engine weight.

The R6’s Deltabox aluminum frame incorporates years of GP development in terms of geometry, engine positioning, and rigidity, resulting in lightning-fast handling agility with confidence-inspiring mid-corner stability on the road or the track. A magnesium subframe removes weight from the rear of the motorcycle for increased mass centralization, while the flat and narrow seat makes it easier to reach the ground and gives riders more room to maneuver during aggressive racetrack riding.

Thanks to traction control that provides six levels of intervention or can be turned off completely, D-Mode for adjustable throttle response, YZF-R1 derived suspension, ABS brakes, top-notch aerodynamics, and an aluminum fuel tank, the 2020 R6 is poised to continue dominating the track while remaining ever-popular with street riders around the world.

The 2020 YZF-R6 will be available in Team Yamaha Blue, Raven, and Vivid Orange/Matte Raven Black for an MSRP of $12,199, and begin arriving at authorized Yamaha dealers in October.

Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency
The 2020 Yamaha Supersport Lineup is eligible for Yamaha’s bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program. Registered riders can earn contingency payouts via a bLU cRU debit card, receive a ten percent rebate on GYTR parts and accessory purchases of up to $1,000, and receive an instant $45 credit at http://www.bLUcRUswag.com.

For more information related to all Yamaha products, visit https://www.yamahamotorsports.com.

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Maxwell tops rain-affected Friday practice at Winton ASBK

Toparis and Shaw fastest in Supersport and Supersport 300 classes.

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Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia’s Wayne Maxwell has ended a rain-affected Friday practice on top of the timesheets at Winton’s fifth round of the 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), the premier class managing just one session under reasonable conditions.

Former champion Maxwell, who won last time out at Morgan Park, lodged the fastest time of 1m21.499s in session two, edging out Cru Halliday (Yamaha Racing Team) and defending champion Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing) in the top three, the duo recording times of 1m21.724s and 1m21.851s respectively.

Points leader Mike Jones (DesmoSport Ducati) was fourth with a 1m21.995s time, followed by Josh Waters (Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia), who recorded a best-lap of 1m22.649s.

Bryan Staring (Kawasaki BCpeformance) was sixth ahead of Alex Phillis (Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia), Glenn Allerton (Maxima BMW), Matt Walters (Kawasaki Connection) and Aaron Morris (Maxima BMW).

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The Supersport category saw championship leader Tom Toparis (Landbridge Yamaha) set the fastest over Yamaha-mounted Ty Lynch, as Aiden Hayes (Yamaha) locked out the top three. Fourth and fifth were credited to Rhys Belling (Yamaha) and Chris Quinn (Yamaha).

Yannis Shaw (Kawasaki) was fastest in Supersport 300 ahead of Luke Jhonston (Kawasaki) and Luke Power (Kawasaki), as Max Stauffer (Yamaha) led Luke Jhonston (Yamaha) and Ben Baker (Yamaha) in the Yamaha R3 Cup.

Detailed results

Source: CycleOnline.com.au