SUZUKI KICKS OFF 2011 BUSABEATS WITH MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS

2011 BusaBeats MC Battle Announced at New York International Motorcycle Show

BREA, Calif. Jan. 26, 2011 — At the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in New York City  last weekend, Suzuki announced the introduction of the 2011 BusaBeats MC Battle. New this year is a partnership with Michael Jordan Motorsports, who will be building the grand prize for this year’s BusaBeats MC Battle winner – a customized 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa.

At the show, the original BusaBeats MC Battle winner J.PIGG and Michael Jordan Motorsports Technical Manager Richie Alexander made appearances to help announce the beginning of this year’s competition.

“We have a strong seven-year relationship with Michael Jordan Motorsports,” said Suzuki Senior Communications Manager Steve Bortolamedi, “we are honored to partner with them to provide a customized version of Suzuki’s class-leading Hayabusa as the grand prize for this year’s BusaBeats MC Battle.”

BusaBeats was launched as a campaign to spotlight the diverse lifestyle and culture connected to the Suzuki Hayabusa and bridge it with consumers. This interactive, grassroots promotion connects young, urban motorcycle enthusiasts and hip-hop audiences with the iconic style and performance of the Suzuki Hayabusa through extensive social media involvement.

The BusaBeats MC Battle invites amateur MCs from around the country to add personalized lyrics about the Hayabusa to beat tracks created by celebrity record producers, and compete against each other using social media to collect “dope points,” and take their chance at winning one of many top prizes.

For more information on BusaBeats, please visit– www.BusaBeats.com

For more information on Michael Jordan Motorsports, please visit– www.23race.com


Electric Superbike Reaches Podium Finish

that's not a trunk kit, its where some of the batteries are housed.

Everyone knew this day was coming but nobody though it would be this past Sunday, including Chip Yates.

That”s the day when e-superbikes raced against top tier riders on gasoline powered bikes and took second in the superstock expert class, then  took third in the superbike expert class against machines like the Ducati 848.

We made all six laps with 100 percent power available, and I made the cool-down lap with a little to spare,” he said. “Range was never an issue.”

Yates’ bike may not look like much, but it’s fast — he hit 158 mph at one point as he lapped AutoClub Speedway and posted a fastest lap of 1:39.792.

“My whole focus has been strictly to see if we can keep up with the gas bikes,” said Yates, who has raced 600 cc machines in the AMA. “I have no interest in going any slower than I can currently go. I’ve always said that, and we stand by that. I’m not going to ride a bike that requires me to compromise.”

Read the entire story on wired.com

Paris Hilton Sponsors Motorcycle Race Team

So, the obvious question is “who cares?”  Spoiled rich brat, (with an incredible looking artificially enhanced rack) is spending some of her daddy’s money on motorcycle racing.  Snooze fest huh?

Well, yes and no.  Paris’s most recent project, a 125cc MotoGP team, is dubbed SuperMartxe VIP by Paris Hilton. Its headquarters are in Barcelona, Spain.    According to the blogsphere, Spanish motorcycle heroes Sergio Gadea and Maverick Vinales form the nucleus of SuperMartxe VIP. Technical surveillance falls to mechanic Rossano Brazzi, who has worked with a number of famous racers like six-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi.

Truthfully it’s a slow news day and we might have posted something about vintage Harley-Davidson oil leaks if it had a picture like this attached.


Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by JT Racing, inducts nine legends

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Nine motorcycling legends took their place in history Friday, Nov. 19, at the 2010 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by JT Racing, held at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa.

Hosted by actor and motorcyclist Perry King, the event kicked off the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend. It recognized the Hall of Fame Class of 2010: legendary two-stroke engine tuner Eyvind Boyesen, dirt-track racer Don Castro, sidecar roadracing champion Larry Coleman, off-road rights activist Clark Collins, AMA 250cc Roadrace Champion David Emde, competition apparel pioneers and JT Racing founders John and Rita Gregory, desert racing champion and team manager Bruce Ogilvie, and championship team owner and Pro Circuit founder Mitch Payton.

Jeff Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises money to support the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, welcomed a sold-out crowd to the induction ceremony and voiced appreciation for their support.

“This Motorcycle Hall of Fame is your hall of fame,” Heininger said. “What we’ve done, we couldn’t have done it without you — the new exhibits at the museum in Pickerington, Ohio, and events like AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and of course this induction ceremony here tonight. Your support is so important, and we’ve got a lot more ideas and plans to keep this thing going and to spread the word of the heritage of motorcycling.”

Also honored at the event was Bob “Hurricane” Hannah. Hannah, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, was recognized as a Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. Hannah’s immense popularity helped the sport of motocross grow by leaps and bounds in the late 1970s. He has seven AMA National Championships to his credit, and was one of only two riders in the history of AMA racing to win championships in 125 and 250cc motocross and Supercross competition.

“I was having breakfast this morning, and I was just kind of reflecting back and thinking about the guys who couldn’t be with us tonight,” Hannah said. “David Emde, Bruce Ogilvie — one of the greatest off-road racers of all time — and Eyvind Boyesen. Boyesen and I had a heck of a relationship. We both loved motorcycles, and we both loved making things better.”

Hannah went on to single out several others in motorcycling.

“I know a lot of people in here, and I like a lot of people in here, and I know most guys don’t look at their buddies and say they love them, so I’m going to do it,” Hannah said. “John Penton, I love you. Bevo Forte, I love you, too. Keith McCarty is here. I love you, McCarty.”

The 2010 inductees were honored with videos chronicling their careers, Hall of Fame rings and induction speeches given by a special person from their pasts.

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Eyvind Boyesen

Boyesen, inducted for his enormous contributions to motocross engine development, tragically passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 17, just two days before the ceremony. His sudden death, the result of illness, was marked by a moment of silence and remembrance at the event.

Perry King read comments prepared by Boyesen’s son, Dag Boyesen, who was going to speak in honor of his father at the event.

“Early on, I saw my father’s commitment to new ideas, spending countless hours in the basement porting cylinders,” Dag Boyesen wrote in his remarks. “His perseverance and belief that anything was possible guided his world.

“Beyond all the accomplishments and success, there is another Eyvind Boyesen. I know I speak for our family and friends when I say that Eyvind Boyesen was a person’s person. His spiritual faith, his love for his wife and his happiness showed me how to love and dream and how to appreciate life,” read King.

Boyesen founded Boyesen Engineering in 1972 in Lenhartsville, Pa., and built a worldwide reputation as a two-stroke engine expert. In addition to his reed-valve innovations, Boyesen was also known for a special porting technique that has been used in motorcycle, snowmobile and watercraft two-stroke engines. He also refined methods of water pump design and developed enhanced accelerator pump operation used in four-stroke carburetion. Boyesen held more than 40 patents for the aftermarket motorcycle industry, and his company continues to thrive today.

“I will say that my career has been balanced by my ability to do what I truly love,” Eyvind Boyesen said when his 2010 induction was announced in June. “To this day, I will always remember the first time I saw a motorcycle. It was magical.”

Don Castro

Castro joined the professional dirt-track ranks as an Expert in 1970, riding both dirt-track and roadrace motorcycles for Triumph. He finished his rookie season fifth in the standings. For 1973 he was picked up by Yamaha and accomplished what many consider to be his greatest victory: winning the San Jose, Calif., half-mile against the likes of Scott, Lawwill, Palmgren, Roberts and other extremely talented racers. Castro went on to win another National the next year: the 250cc roadrace at Daytona, defeating teammate and race favorite Roberts.

Castro retired from the sport in 1976.

In accepting his award, Castro acknowledged the help he received during his career.

“I couldn’t get up here all by myself,” Castro said. “I had a lot of great help. I was lucky enough to have two factory rides, one from Yamaha and one from Triumph. I’d like to thank my peers for voting for me, and I’d like to thank everybody for coming out.”

Larry Coleman

Coleman’s interest in fast, grand-prix-style sidecar racing came when he was a U.S. serviceman in Europe in the 1970s. Upon returning to the United States, he raced a Kawasaki 500 H1-based sidecar with Wendell Andrews, and was a success in both AFM and AMA racing. The pair won two AMA national championships in 1976-77. Then, teaming with Mark Bevans as passenger, Coleman won the 1979 AMA national championship.

For the 1980 season, Coleman built up a Yamaha TZ750-based bike that was one of the most advanced machines of its type and helped advance the cause of sidecar racing in the United States. After retiring from racing in 1981, Coleman worked in the motorcycle industry, ultimately starting his own marketing and public relations consultancy.

In his acceptance speech, Coleman cited the importance of teamwork to his success.

“I would like to thank the Hall of Fame for the honor of being a member of the class of 2010,” Coleman said. “The different disciplines of the AMA are well represented by this group of inductees. From racing to product development, political action to business development. This group is a very good representation of the patchwork quilt that makes up the AMA.

“Regardless of the type of racing, it takes teamwork to become successful,” Coleman continued. “Any success in racing, business, or any aspect of our sport is only as good as the team that you are able to assemble to make things happen.”

Coleman continues to add to his legendary status in the sport. This summer, he set a land-speed record at the AMA Racing Land Speed Grand Championships.

Clark Collins

In 1987, Collins created the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), which is a national non-profit organization dedicated to protecting responsible recreational access to public lands and waters. Collins and the BRC have come to be nationally recognized by public land agencies as authorities on responsible motorized recreation. He served as executive director of the organization until his retirement in 2004.

Collins thanked those who have supported the BRC when he accepted his award.

“In the words of a friend who I’ve gotten to know over the years, Malcolm Smith, ‘This is really neat,'” Collins said. “I really want to thank you all, collectively, for helping me with the BlueRibbon Coalition. You’ve helped us make it mean something, and I’m proud of the relationship between the BlueRibbon Coalition and the AMA because teamwork is what makes it work.”

Today, Collins continues to serve the off-road recreation community in Idaho as president of the Idaho State ATV Association.

David Emde

Following in the footsteps of his father, Floyd, and brother, Don, both Daytona 200 winners and Motorcycle Hall of Famers, David’s versatility became obvious when he began racing in the early 1970s. After starting in dirt-track, he switched to roadracing in 1975, competing alongside some of the fastest roadracers ever: Kenny Roberts, Steve Baker, Gary Nixon and others.

Emde’s breakthrough came at the famed Laguna Seca Raceway, when he beat Roberts in a heat race, then finished second to him in the main. David’s 1977 AMA 250cc Roadrace Championship was marked by nine wins in a hard-fought competition. He also raced Superbikes and proved himself adept at endurance racing, setting in 1978 what was then the fastest qualifying time for the famed Suzuka 8-Hour endurance race in Japan.

David Emde died in a street motorcycle crash in 2003.

“Several years back, David shared me with me his dream of being inducted into the Hall of Fame along with his father Floyd and brother Don,” said David’s sister Nancy, who along with David’s son Brian accepted the award on the late Emde’s behalf. “This is such a great honor. Thank you very much for making his dream come true.”

John and Rita Gregory

Under the Gregorys’ leadership, JT Racing sponsored just about every big-name motocrosser of the 1970s and ’80s, including AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Joel Robert, Roger DeCoster, Marty Smith, Ricky Johnson, David Bailey, Bob Hannah, Johnny O’Mara, and Jeff Ward. They brought revolutionary nylon motocross pants to the United States, created a variety of innovative products including jerseys, pants and chest protectors, and were masters of marketing in the creation of their global business.

Speaking at the event, Both John and Rita Gregory said they were honored for the induction and used the occasion to recount many great memories they have of their careers in the sport.

“I am so surprised and honored to be recognized among this group,” Rita Gregory said. “I am sincere in my heartfelt thanks to all those who remembered me. I always considered myself the ghost of JT. I was usually the one who stayed home and minded the business and the kids while John went off to the races. You know, though, it takes a team, and while John and I started this, it took a team to make it successful.”

Added John Gregory: “Most of the people we worked with over the years, there’s just no way — there’s just no way — to express our appreciation for everything they did. The bottom line here, is people make the world go ’round.”

Bruce Ogilvie

Ogilvie, who grew up attending TT scrambles with his father, Donald, began racing in his teens. He soon became one of AMA District 37’s most accomplished desert racers, and set out to tackle one of motorcycle competition’s most challenging events: Baja. Ogilvie developed into a master Baja racer, collecting victories in the San Felipe 250, the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000 over four decades. Ogilvie was the only racer in history to win the Baja 1000 overall in four different decades, getting his last win in 2003 at the age of 51.

While still competing, Ogilvie branched into management. In 1984 he was hired by American Honda, where he coordinated the company’s off-road racing efforts, served as senior test evaluator for American Honda’s Product Evaluation Department, and developed some of the most impressive racing talent of the next generation.

Ogilvie passed away on April 13, 2009, following an extended illness.

Bruce Ogilvie’s son, Nick Ogilvie, accepted the award along with Bruce’s wife, Marcia Ogilvie, and his daughter Isabella.

“For me, he was the ultimate dad,” Nick Ogilvie said. “He taught me how to ride and live. I only had 14 years with him, but my memories will last a lifetime.”

Mitch Payton

Payton is arguably the most successful motocross and Supercross team owner of all time. His privateer teams have won more championships than any other — 26 since 1991.

Payton’s parents, James and Norma Payton, introduced him and his brother, James Jr., to motorcycling at a young age. By the time he was 10, Payton was competing in family enduros and a few years later was racing competitively in AMA District 37. In 1977, at the age of 17, Payton was one of the district’s top desert racers and won the 125 class in that discipline. Unfortunately, the next year Payton’s racing career was cut short by injury.

Instead of allowing discouragement to turn him away from motorcycling, Payton refocused his efforts on the business side of the sport. At 18, he bought and ran a local Husqvarna shop. His skill and reputation as a tuner grew, and his parts were being used by some of the biggest motocross teams of the mid-1980s. Then, in 1991, Honda asked Payton to run its 125 team. Payton accepted, and over the next 19 years, racing other brands as well, his teams won more championships than any other.

In his acceptance speech, Payton recognized all the employees, mentors, racers and friends who helped him throughout his career.

“We’re all here because we all love motorcycles,” Payton said. “I started riding with my mom, dad and brother. It was something I was really passionate about and wanted to do every day. Then, when I got hurt at 17 and couldn’t ride anymore, I had some really good friends in my life at that time. When I was 18 years old, we bought a Husky shop that was losing money. Now, 32 years later, here we are as Pro Circuit, and we have a very successful race team.

“I feel real fortunate and really lucky to have achieved more in my life than I thought was possible,” Payton continued. “I couldn’t have done it without all my friends. Friends are the most important thing.”

AMA Legends & Champions Weekend

The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend is a two-day celebration of motorcycling’s greats held at Las Vegas’ Red Rock. In addition to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by JT Racing, the celebration includes the 2010 AMA Racing Championship Banquet, presented by World of Powersports, and the annual Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours d’Elegance bike show, which features some of the country’s most-stunning original and immaculately restored classic motorcycles. Both the racing banquet and the Concours d’Elegance are Saturday, Nov. 20, also at the Red Rock.

In addition, the weekend features the final round of the AMA Racing GEICO Powersports EnduroCross Championship Series on Saturday evening as well as the Las Vegas debut of the movie “Carlsbad USGP: 1980,” a look at an iconic motocross race that has been dubbed “the Woodstock of motorcycling.”

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Museum’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found at MotorcycleMuseum.org

Reed defies the odds to go it alone in 2011

Multiple world Supercross Champion Chad Reed has confirmed he will be on the startline for the opening round of the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship, but has turned his back on the security of a paid ride.

Defying the trends of the post GFC world, Reed has opted to take his destiny into his own hands by creating his own race team from the ground up.

After 12 years of racing for factory operations throughout Australia, Europe and the United States, Reed will take the helm as both rider and team owner of the newly formed TwoTwo Motorsports.

“I am at a point in my career where I am motivated and want to race more than I have for a long time,” Reed said.

“This is the best series with the best riders. This is where my heart is at, where my head is at, and this is where I want to be in the championship and challenge for race wins.

“When I first started out in this sport I looked up to and followed the career of Jeremy McGrath and I feel I can draw some parallels to what he went through. One thing that I have learned from him and from my own years of racing at the top of this sport, is that there comes a time when you have to do it your own way.

“I have always wanted to have my own team. When I came back to Australia I knew I still had the fire in my belly and that night in Newcastle when I raced under my own banner confirmed it for me,” he acknowledged.

“I am aware of the hard work and sacrifice it will take, but in my mind the upside is far greater than the downside.

“If, and when, we win races this year they will be the most satisfying of my career. To win a title with my own team would be the most rewarding thing I have ever done.”

TwoTwo Motorsports have recruited a number of known industry personalities to staff the operation and will field a Honda CRF450 with technical support from the global leaders in aftermarket motorcycle performance products, ProCircuit.

“For me Honda makes the most sense. It’s a bike that I’ve chosen to ride and I enjoy riding it,” Reed acknowledged.

“It’s what I would call a racers bike in the fact that it is very light, very nimble, and it just fits my style very well.

“I’m excited to be riding Honda motorcycles and to have Honda’s support with the program and them to be supporting TwoTwo Motorsports,” he said.

The team’s commercial portfolio already has a solid foundation with leading lubrication technology company Bel-Ray today confirming it will partner with Chad and his team for the 2011 season and beyond.

Bel-Ray Company Inc Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Liquori said the new relationship underlined Bel-Ray’s long-term commitment to the sport of Supercross.

“Our legacy is at the core of who we are as a company,” said Liquori.  

“Our innovative products are designed to perform under extreme conditions, making them the only platform for any strong competitor.

“We’re proud to support Chad Reed as he embarks on this next chapter of his life story. And just as we were there to support the great riders that came before him, we look to stand beside and support Reed for a long time to come,” she added.

Reed has been buoyed by the progress he and his support network have made in a very short timeframe.

“I am absolutely proud of what we have achieved before even hitting the track,” Reed continued.

“I’m super excited to see Bel-Ray coming back into the sport and refocusing their goals and plans on racing at a top level.

“I’m really proud to have them on board and to have a better understanding of their brand and where their brand has come from, what their brand has been about, and to be a part of their re-launch at the top level of racing.”

Further details about TwoTwo Motorsports will be announced in the coming weeks.

Reed will be riding Honda's but will be privateer for 2011


KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak could clinch 2010 GEICO EnduroCross title in Denver this Sat

Blazusiak – undefeated through four EX rounds – doesn’t even need to win, just on the rear knobby of Geoff Aaron

IRVINE, Calif., (Oct. 29, 2010) – Defending GEICO AMA EnduroCross, presented by E3 Spark Plugs, champion Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) is again on the cusp of off-road greatness as the 2010 EnduroCross title is all but wrapped up heading into this weekend’s fifth (of six) round of the popular indoor off-road racing series.

“It’s not going to take an MIT mathematician to figure that Taddy only needs to stay on the rear knobby of 2nd place (overall) Geoff Aaron to win this year’s GEICO EnduroCross title,” said Mike Karsting, VP of Events for Source Interlink Media. “Taddy’s won the first four rounds and Aaron’s been 2nd at three of the four, so there’s pretty good odds that those two guys will be at or near the top again at Denver.”

For his part Blazusiak’s pretty chill on things as he gets set to line up for his 2009 title defense this Saturday at Denver’s Nationals Western Complex (good seats still available!). The Polish off-road great, backed by KTM, has put up the most impressive GEICO EnduroCross season to date. And though he’s aware of the job he needs to accomplish at Denver, running the table on the EX season means little when compared to winning his second overall GEICO EnduroCross championship.

“I have a pretty good lead in the championship and I’m going to just try and go for it,” said Blazusiak. “We’ll see. I just have to keep my eyes open and look where Geoff is. (laughter)”

A hometown race for Aaron, Blazusiak was quick to give the nation’s top trials rider props, along with the rest of the top GEICO EnduroCross riders that he’ll face this weekend in Denver. “For sure. It seems everybody’s gotten better this year, the whole field.”

And as for an undefeated season, Blazusiak knows it’d be historic, but stresses that it’s not as important as winning his second GEICO EnduroCross title.

“A perfect season for sure would be very nice, but my thing is to win the GEICO EnduroCross championship,” he said. “If I can win all the races that would be great. But the goal is the championship so we’ll see how it goes this weekend in Denver.”

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of off road racing into a supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole … and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in! Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor version of extreme off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. With its excitement and unpredictability the EnduroCross championship has always gone down to the wire and this year will be no different as the series starts and finishes at Vegas’ Orleans Arena! Don’t miss your chance to see GEICO Powersports AMA Endurocross “Live.”



COOLBETH IS SECOND ON FACTORY HARLEY AT HAGERSTOWN

Race-Long Battle Ends in Win for Latus Harley-Davidson rider Joe Kopp

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (Aug. 7, 2010) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® factory rider Kenny Coolbeth led 12 laps and finished second in a back-and-forth battle with Latus Harley-Davidson rider Joe Kopp in the Grand National Twins main at the Hagerstown Speedway half-mile, the 10th round of the AMA Pro K&N Filters Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com. Kopp rode a Harley-Davidson XR-750 to take the win. Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees was third, also on a Harley-Davidson.

Mees was the fastest qualifier for the event and won the four-lap Dash for Cash bonus sprint, but it was Coolbeth who got a jump on the field at the start of the 25-lap main. A crash on the first lap by Zanotti Racing rider Jake Johnson brought the race to a quick halt. Coolbeth was first again on the re-start and led Kopp, Mees and King Kustoms/KK Motorcycle Supply rider Sammy Halbert for the first two laps. The race was then stopped for another crash just as Coolbeth crossed the finish line to complete lap three. On the ensuing re-start, Coolbeth led with Kopp right on his wheel, and the pair of past champions immediately opened a gap on Robert Pearson and Halbert, as Mees slipped back to sixth place. Kopp took the lead from Coolbeth on lap nine, only to see Coolbeth get past on lap 13 as the pair maintained a lead of about 1.5 seconds on Mees, who had worked himself back to third place. Kopp passed Coolbeth again for the lead on lap 18, and began to gradually pull away as the laps wound down, and won by 0.974 seconds to take his third Grand National Twins victory of the season.

“This was a great race with Kopp and I’m sure it was exciting to watch,” said Coolbeth. “I was really happy to get the hole shot with the factory Harley three times tonight. At the end, I think Kopp just found a better line and was able to carry more speed in the corners. I tried to follow his line but could not make it work, and he was able to get away. Now we’ll get ready for the mile at Indy, where we had a big win last year.”

After 10 events, Kopp leads the AMA Pro K&N Filters Grand National Championship with 193 points. Halbert and Zanotti Racing rider Jake Johnson are tied for second place with 175 points. Mees is third with 164 points, followed by KK Motorcycle Supply/Mike & Eddie Adkins rider Henry Wiles with 160 points. Coolbeth is in sixth with 152 points.

The AMA Grand National Twins will next race August 28 on the Indiana Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

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The Screamin’ Eagle Flat Track team is sponsored by Matco Tools.


Hoka Hey Winner Says He’s Collected His Prize Money

The winner of the controversial cross country adventure race, Will Barclay of Highland Florida, has told Quick Throttle magazine that the prize money has been wired to his account and the organizers lived up to their end of the agreement.  The jet pilot Barclay said that a lot of the controversary is just individuals who are whiners.

“I have some very strong opinions as to why things like this are happening more and more, not just in this or this country, but all over the world. It has to do with people just not accepting personal responsibility. People I call the “whiners” who want everything to be perfect all of the time without risk and without problems. That’s just not realistic. It’s not the way the world works. Maybe we can wish for it once in awhile but it’s just not the way things are or are supposed to be.”

Barclay said his sister used the internet and Facebook and helped him stay abreast of other competitors. “I was able to get cell phone calls and text messages. My cell was held on a bracket and while it was tough to make calls I could easily get them along with text messages which I could also read as I was riding. So yes, I knew about the road sign controversy and all the negative chatter on the internet blogs. When my friend Alex was injured in AZ. My sister let me know. She even told me there was a group of riders 12 hours behind me and they think they are in the lead. Lots of great stuff.”

On the Hoka Hey Facebook page, this press release was issued last week.

William Barclay just took the polygraph in New York City. After hours of questions and yet again another drug test, for sedatives, has passed. William Barclay will receive a wire transfer of 500,000 dollars from Pioneer Bank and Trust of Rapid City, South Dakota directly to William’s bank account.

The Hoka Hey organizers issued a press release earlier that read;

The organizers of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge announce the establishment of a new escrow account under the name of The Medicine Show Land Trust Escrow Account which is held at Pioneer Bank and Trust  in Rapid City, SD. The account now holds the $500k purse which will be paid to the Challenge winner at 7:00pm on the 11th of August at the Broken Spoke Saloon Campground on hwy 79 near Sturgis.

The announcement of the official winner of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge is pending the results of a polygraph test which is scheduled to be conducted in New York City on the 28th of July. The polygraph test is being preformed by International Investigation Group, Ltd. with offices in New York City,Long Island, Westchester, Los Angles, Boca Raton, FL, and London. I.I.G. has worked on many notable cases including Tiffany jewelry store robbery for Lloyds of London,AIG Insurance Co. in a $120 million dollar bank fraud case, and the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing investigation. This firm has been featured in: NY Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, CNN, CNBC, Glamour Magazine, and the Tyra Banks Show.

The Medicine Show Land Trust hoped to bring awareness to several veteran and native american causes through the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge. In fact, the Pine Ridge reservation was one of 33 Indian reservations that the Challenge route traveled through in an attempt to draw attention to the many Americans who live without running water in their homes.

The organizers of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge would like to say thanks to all the people who supported the Challenge and helped to spread this message of unity and compassion to people around the world. Indeed, participants in the Challenge will be proud to know that the added awareness has already brought a response to this desperate need and that on the 20th of July a private individual hired AI Sewer and Water Company to put in the very first of many water lines to go in on Pine Ridge reservation.

In appreciation to Chief Oliver Red Cloud for opening his home and feeding the Challengers that visited Pine Ridge and the Red Cloud family for helping take care of the Challenge participants, the orginizers of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge would like to invite everyone to join them at the Broken Spoke Saloon to watch as we pay the $5ook to the worlds greatest long distance rider.

Barclay crossed the finish line with Frank Kelly of Prosperity, SC, and the two intended to split the pot but Kelly later disqualified himself after admitting he missed a checkpoint.

Barclay says he isn’t sure if he’ll defend his title in 2011, since he’s been asked to be on the Board of Directors for the Challenge.


American Motorcyclist Association announces team for FIM Junior Motocross World Championship

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A talented team of the fastest motocross racers in American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) amateur racing is gearing up to take on the world at the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship. The event, Aug. 22-24 in Dardon Gueugnon, France, will take place at the Circuit de Gueugnon.

“From today’s Pee Wee riders to tomorrow’s superstars, AMA Racing creates some of the fastest amateur motocrossers in the world,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “And we are eager to put our riders up against the best of the rest at the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship. The talent at this event will be exceptional and an excellent proving ground for our young racers.”

Brian Noah will manage the U.S. team, and AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow will serve as FIM steward. The 65cc riders will be Joey Crown from Metamora, Mich., and Jake Pinhancos from Rochester, Mass., both riding KTMs. The 85cc riders will be Matt Burkeen from Cary, N.C., on a Yamaha and Josh Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif., on a Suzuki. The 125cc riders will be Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas, on a Yamaha and Joey Savatgy from Thomasville, Ga., on a Suzuki.

Noah said that he is proud to be a part of the international effort.

“I know all the kids selected to represent Team USA are among some of the best riders in the U.S., and I am confident they will perform well at the Junior World Championship,” he said. “I will do all that I can to make this journey a successful and fun event for everyone involved. Managing this effort will definitely be a highlight of my career.”

Savatgy is one of the more veteran riders on the team. The 16-year-old competed at the event in Australia in 2009.

“After racing in Australia in 2009, I realized how much competition there is on an international level,” Savatgy said. “I was really kind of surprised at the level of speed there, and it made me see how small my racing world really was over here in the States. Going to France, up against all the best youth riders, from all different countries, is a rare and special opportunity for any rider. I am very proud to represent the United States there.”

Bisceglia, 15, said that he also is looking forward to the international competition.

“I am super stoked to be chosen to represent the United States in France at the Junior World Championship,” Bisceglia said. “This is for sure an honor for me. I have always dreamed of competing in a race like this, and I will do my best to represent the United States in an exceptional way, both on and off the track. I wouldn’t be here without my help from all of my sponsors and will do my best to come back with a win!”

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Team Cycle World Gears Up for Laguna Seca

Newport Beach, CA. (July 23, 2010) – Team Cycle World Attack Performance Yoshimura Suzuki is ramping up for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend, having made its debut days ago at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Four-time AMA national champion, 15-time AMA Superbike race-winner and Team Cycle World rider Eric Bostrom brought home a respectable eighth-place finish in the American SuperBike class at Mid-Ohio in his first national-level race in more than a year.

“The weekend was a huge success for our team,” said an enthusiastic Bostrom. “We sorted out the many gremlins you are bound to have, we bonded together more tightly as a team and we improved every session. To come along so far so fast with a completely new team that has never worked together before is very encouraging. We are all eager to get to Laguna this weekend.”

Participatory journalism is a major part of Cycle World’s history, having participated in events from Baja to the Isle of Man. In addition, Cycle World has built and raced countless project bikes, even setting multiple FIM world speed records. No other media outlet has taken its readers along for this kind of ride.

Team Cycle World will race this weekend (July 23-25) at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The effort will continue August 13-15 at the Suzuki White Lightning AMA Pro SuperBike Nationals at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia, and wrap up September 24-26 at the season-ending Superbike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Follow the team’s progress at www.facebook.com/CycleWorld and on www.twitter.com/CycleWorldMag.

Team Cycle World Attack Performance Yoshimura Suzuki is sponsored by Alpinestars, Brand34, Brembo, Driven, Drudi Performance, Dunlop, EK Chain, LeoVince USA, Maxima Racing Oils, MotoWheels, Öhlins, Parts Unlimited, Sho-Air International, Shoei Helmets, Specialized, Sunoco, W.L. Gore, Zero Gravity and 614 Paintworx.

About CYCLE WORLD

Cycle World is the largest, most respected media brand in motorcycling, reaching out to millions of enthusiasts across the globe. The Cycle World brand offers consumers more touch points than any other industry media outlet through leading-edge print and digital platforms, including magazine, website, iPhone apps, Cycle World Radio and live events. We’re expanding the marketplace with new and returning rider initiatives like TWIST (Two Wheel Inspired Secondary Transportation) and offer marketers unprecedented research studies on today’s motorcycle market. Cycle World is owned by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (HFM U.S.), producers of brands including: ELLE, ELLE DECOR, ELLEgirl, Woman’s Day, Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Jumpstart Automotive Group, Cycle World, Premiere and the brand new Glo, a new online women’s lifestyle brand. HFM U.S. is part of Lagardère’s media division Lagardère Active , a producer of special-interest content in more than 40 countries. For more information about Cycle World, visit www.cycleworld.com or call us at 949/720-5300.