The Sacramento Mile Returns

A full evening of 130 mph wheel-to-wheel combat, high speed skills and sheer grit await race fans when the SACRAMENTO MILE swings into action at the Cal Expo Center, Saturday evening July 30th in Sacramento, Calif.

It has been over a decade since Sacramento race fans have witnessed the non-stop action packed racing of AMA Pro Flat Track.  Featuring the nation’s top two-wheeled flat track riders, fans will be treated to an unmatched spectacle as riders fly down the Sacramento Mile, pitch their bikes sideways and slide through the turns.  There is no such thing as pacing in this type of racing…it is all or nothing…with only one rider emerging as the winner.

Not only will this race pit rider against rider, but it will also pit machine against machine.

Harley Davidson, Honda, Aprilia, BMW, Buell, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha all offer AMA approved models.

Gates open at 1:30 pm.  Riders will run practice in the afternoon with open ceremonies taking place at 6:30 pm.  Racing begins at 7:00 pm.  A special autograph session will be held immediately following the last practice.  Fans can meet their favorite riders, take pictures and get autographs.

Tickets are available on line at or call the Cal Expo Box Office at 916-263-3295.

Advance ticket prices are $85 for the Turf Club, $75 for the Legends Club House, $65 for Box Seats and $50 for Reserved Grandstands.  All tickets are $10 more at the gate.  All tickets also include same day admission to the Fair.

Motorcycles in the Dakar Rally Ride on Michelin Tires

MICHELIN is taking part in the 2011 Dakar Rally (Moto class event) – December 30th – January 16th, alongside its official partners KTM, BMW, Aprilia and Yamaha – with the MICHELIN Desert
Race tires developed specifically for the new 450cc bikes.

The new tire is the result of MICHELIN’s 30 years of experience in cross-country rallying.  Developed by engineers at the MICHELIN Technology Center in Clermont-Ferrand, the MICHELIN Desert Race has been adapted for the new 450cc prototype factory bikes.  The 450cc bikes developed by manufacturers make different demands on tires than the 690cc bikes of the past,” explains Christopher Chatras, head of off-road motorcycle racing. “The new machines are lighter, their weight is apportioned differently and the engine power is more effectively managed and transferred to the ground. In fact, the 450cc factory bikes deliver very high performance and thus make considerable demands on tires. The new MICHELIN Desert Race was developed for use with these new-generation motorcycles. It’s a versatile product that is suitable for the Dakar Rally’s different kinds of terrain, such as rocky trails and sand.

The B-mousse puncture-resistance system was developed in the early 1980s by MICHELIN, which won the 1983 Dakar Rally with Hubert Auriol. Bib-mousse is a ring of foam that provides constant tire pressure of 1.2 bar. Bib-mousse technology eliminates inner tubes and thus the need for air-inflated tires. It’s lighter than an inner tube and delivers superior performance thanks to end-of-process weight gains. But above all Bib-mousse is reassuring to riders. Because the ring of foam is highly impact-resistant, it prevents the sudden blowouts that bikers fear.

Since last summer, the new MICHELIN Desert Race has undergone some 3,000 kilometers of tests in race conditions, including a number of stages of the Shamrock Rally. The results speak for themselves.”

The MICHELIN Desert Race has a symmetrical tread that is deeply grooved on the shoulders, with more widely spaced tread blocks. The new tread delivers improved handling, grip and responsiveness and makes it easier to maintain a trajectory without sacrificing the longevity and versatility that have built the reputation of MICHELIN’s cross-country tires. The MICHELIN Desert Race was designed for use with the Bib-mousse safety system.