Electric Motorcycles Return to Sonoma for West Coast Moto Jam This Weekend

SONOMA, Calif. (May 9, 2011) – Infineon Raceway set the standard in 2010, hosting the first-ever zero-carbon motorcycle race on American soil at the West Coast Moto Jam.

The Sonoma Valley facility, as part of its new Accelerating Sustainable Performance program, will again bring electric motorcycles to the racetrack with the first round of the TTXGP North American Championship at the West Coast Moto Jam, May 11-15.

There will be racing in two divisions: Formula GP, which was featured in Sonoma in 2010, and the new Formula 75 class, which limits the amount of stored energy to 7.5KwH and the maximum weight to 440 pounds. Practice will take place on Friday and Saturday, with two main events scheduled forSunday, May 15.

Shawn Higbee took the checkers in last year’s historical TTXGP main event in Sonoma, followed by Michael Barnes. Barnes would go on to win every other event on the schedule en route to the 2010 TTXGP North American Championship. Barnes rides for Lightning Motors.

“Our bikes this year will make last year’s effort seem like a Sunday afternoon leisurely ride,” said Richard Hatfield, Lightning Motors team manager and motorcycle builder.

Mission Motors, based in San Francisco, will make the racing debut of its new factory bike, the Mission R, which features an advanced MissionEVT electric powertrain that packs 14KwH and 141 horsepower. It can reach a top speed of 160 mph in a single gear. Another team to keep an eye on is Brammo, which won the inaugural TTXGP race at the Isle of Man in 2009. Brammo took the year off in 2010.

“Having taken a year’s hiatus, we’re anxious and excited to get back into the thick of racing. There’s nothing that pushes development of technology quite like racing,” said Brian Wismann, director of product development for Brammo.

The TTXGP North American Championship will feature four events in 2011. Following Sonoma, the series visits New Hampshire Motor Speedway(June 17-18), Portland International Raceway (July 16-17) and Virginia International Raceway (Aug. 12-14).

The West Coast Moto Jam will feature five days of two-wheel excitement, headlined by the AMA Pro Road Racing Championship.  The weekend will also feature Supermoto USA, flat track and AHRMA National Motocross.  For more information about the West Coast Moto Jam or to purchase tickets, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit infineonraceway.com/ama.


AMA Racing East Hare Scrambles Championship Series resumes in New Jersey

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Racing East Hare Scrambles Championship Series is set to resume in Port Elizabeth, N.J., this weekend, May 7-8, with a demanding course that features a wide variety of terrain and obstacles, including sand and tight enduro-inspired single-track trail.

“While this spring’s rain and floods have taken their toll, causing the cancellation of round two in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., the AMA Racing East Hare Scrambles Championship is ready to go at full speed this weekend with the Tri-County Sportsmen MC event in New Jersey,” said AMA Racing Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. “This club does a top job of both running the event and putting together some challenging trail, so we’re confident our racers are in store for a great weekend of off-road competition.”

Factory Husaberg rider and defending AMA Racing East Hare Scrambles Champion Mike Laffertywon the event last year and is excited to return to what he considers his home race.

“This is a tough race, and it can kick your butt if you’re not ready,” Lafferty said. “As motorcycle racers, we’re not just looking for a walk in the park, right? This race is demanding and tough. So if you’re looking for a good physical test, this is your race.”

Youth classes will compete on May 7 while all other classes will line up on May 8. For detailed sign-up times and directions, see TeamHammer.org.

The course for the 3-hour main event is expected to be 12 miles long. C riders, Masters and Golden Masters racers will compete in a 2-hour race in the morning with a slightly shorter track. Pro payout is $500 for first, $375 for second and $250 for third. All A classes will pay a minimum of $175 to win with payouts back to fifth place. The event is run in cooperation with the East Coast Enduro Association, so competitors earn points in that series, as well.

Series contingency is provided by Wiseco, Pro-X, Vee Rubber, Liquid Performance, Fly Racing and Vortex.

For more information about AMA Racing National Championship Series, see AMARacing.com.

Vintage Motocross Returns to the Hills of Infineon Raceway

SONOMA, Calif. (May 6, 2011) – Vintage motocross returns to the hills of Infineon Raceway at the West Coast Moto Jam, May 13-15.

The 6th annual Brad Lackey’s Nor-Cal Classic AHRMA/Legends of Motocross National will feature more than 500 entrants in 40 different classes of American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) vintage motocross racing.  Legendary rider and Bay Area resident, Brad Lackey, who became the first American to win the 500cc Grand Prix Motocross World Championship in 1982, will host the event.

“We’re so excited to be back at Infineon Raceway after 10 years and then 30 years before that,” said Lackey, who resides in Pleasant Hill. “The vintage motocross people are coming out in force for this event to come see us in the Wine Country. It’s going to be a great, family-friendly weekend.”

Vintage motocross racing captures a time when the sport was still a largely European affair, recalling an era before the shift of power to the American stars and the now vastly-popular ‘supercross’ offshoot discipline of motocross racing. The motocross course, located on the hills behind Turn 7, will be created with a combination of man-made sections and natural, grass terrain. Racing will be featuredon Saturday and Sunday including a “Husky vs. CZ” race each day. Friday will feature the Donnie Hansen Motocross Academy in the morning and a trials series in the afternoon.

In addition to the on-track motocross action, there will also be a swap meet and vintage bike display. Fans are also invited to view movies and enjoy complimentary refreshments and popcorn in the motocross pits following the races on Saturday. This year’s West Coast Moto Jam includes something for every motorcycle racingfan. In addition to AHRMA vintage motocross, the weekend will feature AMA Pro Road Racing, TTXGP electric motorcycles, flat track and Supermoto USA.

For more information about the West Coast Moto Jam or to purchase tickets, visit infineonraceway.com/ama or call 800-870-RACE (7223).



Hines And Harley V-Rod Are Hot In Big Houston Win

BAYTOWN, Texas (May 1, 2011) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines paced the Pro Stock Motorcycle field at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway, guiding his Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® through four rounds of eliminations to take his first event win of the 2011 season. Hines defeated Attitude Apparel Suzuki rider Michael Phillips in the final round.

“We got off to kind of a rocky start here on Friday,” said Hines, “but we turned the corner in the last qualifying session on Saturday. The weather today was the same as on Saturday, so we didn’t touch the tune-up and the bike ran consistently all day. The graphs for each run are identical. When the bike is working like that, it’s great for my confidence.” Hines posted an elapsed time (ET) of 6.901 seconds in the final round of qualifying on Saturday  and claimed the third slot for Sunday eliminations. Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec qualified eighth at 6.921 seconds. Nitrofish Suzuki rider LE Tonglet led all qualifiers with a pass at 6.849 seconds.

Tonglet, the defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, was eliminated on a starting line foul in the first round on Sunday. Krawiec defeated Suzuki Extended Protection rider Jim Underdahl in round one, and the Steve Johnson Suzuki in round two, before losing to Johnson in the semi-finals.

“We need to figure out what happened to my bike in the third round,” said Krawiec, who had a 6.990 ET, a significant drop-off from a 6.910 in round one. “We may have hurt the motor or been off on the tune-up. My V-Rod should not have been running that slow.”

Hines opened the Sunday rounds with wins over Kuryakyn  Buell rider Chip Ellis and SAF Suzuki rider Gerald Savoie, and then made the day’s best pass at 6.888 seconds to defeat Karen Stoffer on the Geico Suzuki in round three. Hines led from the start in the final, with a 0.028 reaction time and 6.900 ET to beat the 0.034/6.946 run of Phillips. “We are extremely happy with the way our V-Rod motorcycles are performing so far this season,” said Hines, who now has 24 career NHRA final-round victories. “The bikes are just running a chalk line down the track. We came close to an all-Harley final today, and I’m sure we’ll have some this season.”

After two events, Krawiec leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle division in points with 202. Hines is second with 184 points, followed by Stoffer with 179 and Lucas Oil Buell rider  Hector Arana with 141. The Pro Stock Motorcycles will next race at the 31st annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 13-15, atAtlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.


Company Information

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visitharley-davidson.com.


The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle team is sponsored by Matco Tools and Dunlop.



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Xtreme Motocross Series Second Stop – Hurricane Hills MX


Xtreme MX Series – Round 2 – Hurricane Hills Sports Center

April 17th, 2011With one round in the books from last weeks race at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, Xtreme MX Series is rockin and rollin into Hurricane Hills Motocross in Clifford, PA for the Xtreme Classic Round 2.  The weekend will start off on Saturday, April 16th with a Day of Open Practice.  Riders can sign up for the Sunday event with XMS.  Those who sign up on Saturday or Pre Registration on the XMS Website, will be able to see their lap times during Saturday’s practice.


Ben Rio #471, Kawasaki Rider

Hurricane Hills MX

As always with XMS, riders will be electronically scored and timed.  Also, another common theme for XMS is the prizes, product sponsorships, and discounts given away all day.  Bringing the Northeast Classic Series together with XMS also brings Manufacturer Contingency to the table:

What’s in it for the riders?

What makes the Xtreme Motocross Series so different is that we XMS uses the most technologically advanced online sign up and scoring systems. We then integrate that with advanced technology on the XMS website to allow riders the ability to see their lap times in near real-time, thereby enhancing the general riding experience. XMS also utilizes hi-tech video and still photography at all of our events to ensure the maximum media exposure for the riders and their sponsors. For 2011, the XMS series has hit over 40 sponsors which will be offering discounted product, contingency, and giveaways for all members.












Xtreme MX Series has over 40 companies on board for the 2011 Season who are sponsoring the racing series for 2011.

We will be passing the discounts, free products, and cash to the riders.

We know why riders were excited to race XMS for 2010 and we want them to feel the same desire and excitement for 2011.


Download the 2011 Xtreme MX Series Poster Here


Motocross Champ Arrested For Impersonating A Police Office

James "Bubba" Stewart (from official website js7.com)

He has been featured in  Rolling Stone, Maxim and GQ, Teen People, and is the star of a Fuel TV reality show “Bubba’s World.

After yesterday, James “Bubba” Stewart’s next profile might be on the TV show “Cops.”

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Stewart  and a friend was driving a 2008 Toyota Tundra pickup on State Route 417 near Orlando when they allegedly tried to pull over a couple of off duty Florida highway patrol officers using red and blue police-type emergency lights.

When the officers identified themselves, they said Stewart, who was driving, sped away.  The off duty officers called 911 and Stewart was apprehended at the Orlando International Airport.  He was booked and released at 2:50 am and did not comment to waiting reporters.

His website calls him the “Tiger Woods of Supercross.”  He has not commented publicly on the arrest.


Krawiec Runs 199.26 MPH to Set New NHRA Speed Record; Hines Qualifies Third

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13, 2011) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec opened the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing season with a victory at the 42nd annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Krawiec, who also won at Gainesville in 2010, posted the quickest elapsed time of Sunday eliminations in round three with a 6.825-second pass at 198.85 mph on a Harley-Davidson® V-Rod®, and won the final when Geico Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer fouled at the start.

“This track had some killer conditions, it was meant to go fast,” said Krawiec. “My V-Rod was very consistent all weekend and I just came to the line feeling very comfortable every round. I felt zero pressure today.”

Krawiec was the second-fastest qualifier for the event with a 6.788-second ET in the first round on Friday, and also set a new national class record for top speed at 199.26 mph. Krawiec was bettered only by Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana, who opened qualifying with a 6.777 run that reset the Pro Stock Motorcycle national ET record of 6.811 seconds set by Krawiec at Pomona in November, 2010. Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines used a 6.826-second pass in the second round on Friday to qualify third.

In Sunday eliminations, Hines won his opening round match with Suzuki rider Steve Johnson, but lost in round two to Nitrofish Suzuki rider LE Tonglet, who used a 0.020 reaction time and 6.825 ET to beat the 0.029/6.852 effort of Hines.

“After three days of testing last week, and then the performance of these Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle bikes at Gainesville, I can say we’ve had a successful off-season,” said Hines. “I had a great bike today, and had the bad luck to run into the defending champion on his best run of the weekend. That race between me and Tonglet may go have been one of the quickest combined times in history.”

Krawiec opened with a win over Suzuki rider Katie Sullivan in round one, and got a pass in round two when SAF/Motorcycle Specialties rider Gerald Savoie fouled at the start. In the semi-final round, Krawiec used that blistering 6.825-second pass to defeat Tonglet, the defending series champion, who ran 6.861.  Krawiec then advanced to his 20th career final round and secured his eighth career event win when Stoffer left the line just 0.002 seconds early.

“The third-round match with Tonglet was just great racing,” said Krawiec. “There will be no gimmee rounds this season. The level of competition is up a little, and there are a lot of racers out here that can run 6.8s. If we stay consistent and make good passes every round we’ll get our wins this year.”

Krawiec opens the season leading the Pro Stock Motorcycle division in points with 124. Arana, who lost to Stoffer in round three, is second with 104 points. Stoffer is third with 100 points, followed by Tonglet with 74 points and Hines with 62.

The Pro Stock Motorcycles will next race April 29 – May 1 at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.


Harley-Davidson Returns to AMA Racing on the Daytona High Banks

Scott Russell To Make Vance & Hines XR1200 Class Debut

Milwaukee (Feb. 22, 2011) – Harley-Davidson will return to the historic high banks of Daytona International Speedway March 10-11 with one of the Speedway’s most legendary stars, Scott “Mr. Daytona” Russell, when the AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 series kicks off the 2011 season during Bike Week.

A record five-time winner of the Daytona 200 race, former Harley-Davidson factory VR1000 Superbike rider, and 1993 World Superbike Champion, Russell will ride a Harley Owners Group sponsored XR1200 motorcycle wearing his favorite No. 4 in his first AMA Pro motorcycle race at the Speedway since retiring from the series in 2002.

“I’m excited to get on one of those Harley XRs,” said Russell. “I ran some endurance races last year and I think I still have some gas left in the tank. It will be fun to race with the rest of the guys at Daytona and hopefully run up front.”

In addition to Russell, the Vance & Hines XR1200 class will feature a large grid of riders with a vast range of talent and experience, from veteran stars such as 2007 Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited) and former AMA Flat Track Grand National Champion Joe Kopp (Latus Racing) to young guns like Michael Beck (J&P Cycles) and brothers Kyle Wyman (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing) and Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson).

Based on largely stock Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles equipped with a race-preparation kit provided by series sponsor Vance & Hines, the series brings the exciting rumble of Harley-Davidson V-Twin engines back to AMA Pro Road Racing at Daytona for the first time since the end of the VR1000 Superbike program in 2001.

The seven-lap XR1200 feature race is scheduled to start at 3:15 pm EST on March 11 (subject to change). At least twenty racers are expected to make the grid at Daytona the largest in the two-year history of the class, which expands to a nine-round schedule in 2011 after a debut midway through the 2010 season. As of February 22, the following racers have posted entries for the Daytona race (in order of number plate):

  • Joe Kopp (Latus Motors Racing)
  • Scott Russell (H.O.G. Racing)
  • Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited)
  • Josh Chisum (Troy Lee Designs)
  • Michael Morgan (Python Exhaust)
  • Michael Corbino (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing)
  • Paul Schwemmer (Peter Brady/Level 10 Contractors)
  • Chase McFarland (Latus Motors Racing)
  • Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson)
  • Tyler O’Hara (GPBikeParts.com)
  • Kyle Wyman (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing)
  • Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties)
  • Matthew Heidel (Shar-Tuff Racing/Davis Harley-Davidson)
  • Chris Fillmore (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing)
  • Michael Beck (J&P Cycles)
  • Paul James (James Gang/Hoban Brothers/H-D of Appleton)
  • Brett Sassaman (Eagle Harley-Davidson)
  • Gerry Signorelli (No sponsor listed)
  • David Estok (No sponsor listed)
  • Charlie Long (Racing Connection)

Reed aims for San Diego Supercross podium

San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium is the site of this weekend’s seventh round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an event at which TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed hopes to shine.

Early race pace has been the only chink in the armour of the two-time champion, who has shown on a number of occasions his ability to charge back through the pack after being caught in turn 1 crashes.

The mid-pack melee at last week’s Houston event made chasing a podium position incredibly difficult for the Aussie star, a scenario he is looking to avoid with a clean run from the start gates.

“Starts are critical on any night but the track at Houston made it even more important to get ahead of the pack,” said Reed.

“I got caught up and spent the race trying to make passes and get back positions.

“I wasn’t unhappy with the ride but it’s made that much tougher when you’re letting pace go to waste.

“Hopefully we see a more rider-friendly track this week, I’m pumped to get out there and put in a good result to get back into the top three.”

The TwoTwo Motorsports pilot has finished every race of the 2011 season inside the top ten.

Reed sits in fourth after six rounds, 7 points behind fellow Honda rider Trey Canard. He maintains a buffer of four points over defending champion Ryan Dungey.

Supercross Class Season Standings

1.    Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 132
2.    James Stewart, Haines City, Fla, Yamaha, 123
3.    Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 112
4.    Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla, Honda, 105
5.    Ryan Dungey, Belle Plain, Minn., Suzuki, 101
6.    Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 80
7.    Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 80
8.    Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 65
9.    David Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 62
10.    Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 61