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Pegram Improves Already Lethal Yamaha Lineup

By petemaster5000 on February 11, 2013 8:33 PM


Photo by Brian J Nelson
 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 11, 2013) – As if the Yamaha motorcycles didn’t have enough firepower going in to 2013, Larry Pegram has recently announced he will add to the list of elite competitors by riding a Yamaha R1 this season in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike. Pegram will be flanked by two of the finest riders in the sport in Josh Herrin and reigning three-time champ Josh Hayes. The star-studded Yamaha trio will arguably make up one of the most daunting lineups in recent National Guard SuperBike history.

“The Yamaha won almost every race last year and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it all going in to next season,” said Pegram. “I know the gift I’ve been given and you can bet I’ve been working extremely hard this winter to maximize the opportunity. We’ve done a little testing this off-season but our main priorities have been to just get all of our ducks in a row and most importantly work on being as physically fit as possible going into the season opener at Daytona.”

When asked about the differences between his old ride, the BMW S1000RR, and his new Yamaha R1, Pegram said that the R1 was noticeably faster. However, the veteran explained that the technical and manufacturing support he has received from Yamaha has been the biggest improvement in making the switch for 2013.

“The biggest difference that we’re going to see this year is the full support of Yamaha, obviously the motorcycle is an amazing machine, but the people behind the scenes are what really make up the difference. My only expectation this year is to get back to the ultra-competitive level we’ve been at in recent years. I want to give my sponsor, Foremost Insurance, the best opportunity to succeed and we strongly believe Yamaha gives us that opportunity.”

Pegram is a well-known figure among fans as well as his opponents in the paddock. The Ohio product has put together a tenured career which has seen an abundant amount of success. In 2013, he will be gunning for a fifth consecutive season of which he lands in the top-10 in the overall AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike point standings. The seasoned veteran rode his first ever race on a Yamaha when he was just five years old.

 

SOURCE: http://amaproracing.com/rr/news/index.cfm?cid=55509

Moto GP lost my respect, says Casey Stoner

By petemaster5000 on November 09, 2012 1:27 AM

FORMER world Moto GP champion Casey Stoner says he is ready to settle down to a new life at home after "losing respect" for the sport in a magazine interview published yesterday.

The Australian, who won two world titles in motorcycling's most prestigious category in 2007 and 2011, shocked the sport earlier this year when he announced his decision to retire at the end of the season.

A week after winning at the Phillip Island circuit where Spain's Jorge Lorenzo secured the 2012 title, Stoner is looking forward to the simple things in life like helping his wife and daughter with the chores.

And although the 27-year-old says he could keep one eye on the racing, he does not agree with the direction the sport has taken.

"The problem is not my passion, it's the passion which is missing on the circuit (championship), the one I found as a kid and which made me commit to the sport all these years," Stoner told www.panorama.it.

 

"There are many reasons why I'm quitting - one day I will explain everything."

Stoner earlier this season complained of slower speeds on some circuits and said in an interview with Australian Motorcycle News he would prefer a return to a purer form of racing from the 500cc days.

He added in the panorama interview: "If I had to say in a few words, I'd say I've lost my respect for the championship and I don't really agree with the direction it has taken."

Asked if he would ever change his mind, Stoner said: "Never say never, but I don't think so. The championship would have to undergo radical changes.

"And I don't make decisions so easily. I'm very thoughtful and when I make a decision I usually stick to it."

Stoner's farewell race will be this Sunday in Valencia, when he will wave goodbye to a career which began at a young age in Queensland and led him to move to the United Kingdom to pursue his dream.

Although only 27-years-old, Stoner says he is happy to replace the hustle and bustle of the sport, including the stress of travelling, to spend more time with his wife and daughter Alessandra Maria.

"They are my life and from next week I can finally give them all the time they deserve," he said.

"I've not made plans. I don't know if we will remain in Switzerland (where he lives) or in Australia. But I will easily give up the stress of travelling.

"And lending a hand with the chores is not something that scares me."

 

http://www.news.com.au/sport/motor-sport/moto-gp-lost-my-respect-says-casey-stoner/story-fne8930l-1226513383371

Hotel Worker Sets Motorcycle Lap Record at Nurburgring: His Weapon R1

By CHLX on September 28, 2012 9:28 PM

Andy Carlile ; a Hotel employee, has managed to set the fastest ever recorded bike lap of the infomous German circuit Nurburgringon on his stock-engined Yamaha R1and he did it by accident.

Check out that lap.....

 

One person that had met Andy prior had this to say " i met andy whilst staying at sliders guest house at the ring...and believe me the guys who lodge there with brendan..the owner and previous lap record holder really do live for the ring..just no fear..amazing people!!"

01 August 2012 07:25 paddy430

 

NYPD Cops Lose Seven Stolen Luxury Motorcycles

By CHLX on September 28, 2012 3:04 PM

New York NY:  You can seize them, but you can’t always keep them.  That is, if you’re the NYPD.

In July, the department seized 60 high end motorcycles as evidence in a motorcycle and gun trafficking ring.  in late August,  7 of those motorcycle were then stolen from a Bronx NYPD parking lot.  The clueless cops said the lot was fenced, but not locked and the bikes were stored in a box van with their batteries removed, and the wheels locked to make them harder to steal.

More at the Gothamist

The Pope Will Bless the Hog

By CHLX on September 28, 2012 3:02 PM

Last Monday, August 20th, the Los Angeles Times reported that Harley-Davidson announced “Pope Benedict XVI will bless its bikes at the Vatican next June as part of the Milwaukee manufacturer's 110th anniversary.”

Harley-Davidson’s online press releases don’t include any official statement from that Monday or later date. However, the website lists “Vatican City Activities” for their 110th European Anniversary Celebration in Rome, June 13-16, 2013. Motorcycle.com also reported on the story.


Harley-Davidson’s year-long festivities leading up to the celebration starts with the 110th Anniversary Kickoff Party on Thursday, August 30th, at the H-D Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The 110th Anniversary Celebration and H.O.G. 30th Anniversary is August 29th - September 1st, 2013 in Milwaukee.

Chad Reed will race Monster Energy Cup

By petemaster5000 on September 24, 2012 9:58 PM

Heck yeah, we are gonna see a race!!!!

 

Los Angeles firefighters test motorcycle response unit

By FTR on September 24, 2012 7:15 PM

Los Angeles firefighters are testing a two-wheeled way to respond to incidents in the traffic-snarled city: motorcycles.

The Los Angeles Fire Department's pilot motorcycle response team is a five-man unit being used to speed to the side of an injured victim, provide information to dispatchers and skirt traffic to scout fires and other problems.

The unit first rode during last year's "Carmageddon" closure of the 405 Freeway, and its next deployment is to take place during a follow-up closure this weekend, when workers will demolish the other half of the Mulholland Drive bridge overhead.
 


Fire departments serving traffic-snarled cities around the nation have adopted similar motorcycle teams to improve response times, staff special events and, in some cases, save lives and resources. As the L.A. Fire Department faces budget cuts and intense scrutiny over response times that lag behind national standards, some believe that a motorcycle unit could help the department.

The pilot unit features five off-road-capable motorcycles on loan from the Kawasaki Motor Corp. Each bike retails for about $6,300 and is outfitted with a defibrillator, a small fire extinguisher, various medical supplies and a handlebar-mounted GPS system. A dozen firefighters have undergone the necessary training, and a permanent unit could have up to 10 motorcycles and 28 riders, said Capt. Craig White, who first proposed the unit to the department.

White said he'd thought about creating a motorcycle unit for years, and last year's 405 closure -- shutting down 10 miles of one of the nation's busiest freeways -- presented the ideal test. The department already had a bicycle medic unit for events such as the L.A. Marathon. Though the nightmare Carmageddon traffic jams that officials feared never materialized, the motorcycle unit had an opportunity to show what it could do earlier this month.

As a 70-acre brush fire stopped traffic on the 405 and caused the evacuation of the Getty Center, firefighter Greg Pascola and his partner reached the command post within three minutes -- even before helicopters could reach the site. They were handed radios and began to map the blaze, weaving between cars, hopping sidewalks and navigating narrow, curving mountain roads.

"At the time, we were the only ones out there to scout," Pascola said.

LAFD Chief Brian Cummings said motorcycles could be "one of the solutions" the department considers for improving response times.

"Do I see the motorcycles supplanting larger vehicles? No. There's always going to be a need to bring heavy equipment and large numbers of individuals," Cummings said. "They each have a role. They're each tools in the toolbox."

White, a motorcycle enthusiast since high school, said the unit's biggest selling point is its flexibility.

"Right now," he said, "we just want to see what we can do with them."

 

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/09/los-angeles-firefighters-motorcycles.html

Nitro Circus 3D Movie Review

By FTR on August 14, 2012 2:33 AM

For two seasons, extreme sports superstar Travis Pastrana and his tightly-knit group of friends (all extreme sports stars in their own right) had an extremely entertaining show on MTV called "Nitro Circus" in which they would perform all sorts of truly amazing stunts. Essentially, the show sort of followed in the same style as MTV's "Jackass" but with one major difference that's perfectly outlined by "Jackass" star and creator Johnny Knoxville during the course of this movie. Knoxville says that at its core, the "Jackass" stunts are sort of designed to fail with the humor coming out of that, but with the Nitro Circus, those stunts are designed to succeed and true failure there just isn't a funny thing. While precautions were certainly taken on both shows, it really was way more of a matter between life and death when it came to the Nitro Circus.

I really enjoyed the TV show; I was almost always guaranteed to see something really amazing on it and I've just been waiting to see if there was ever going to be a third season. Well, the third season obviously didn't happen but what did was this movie; "Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D" and it's a very entertaining ride.

While there's no story per se here, it is set against a backdrop of telling an overall story about this group of people, why they do what they do and their dream to take what they do and make it a live show that they perform in Las Vegas. Some of the stunts performed in the movie have also been done on the TV show, but here they have a little bit more of a production budget and the added bonus of 3D. And here, 3D is really an added bonus and it's right on display during the opening stunts of the film. This stunt is a massive recreation of one of the greatest stunts from the TV show, involving motocross cycles, trophy trucks and buggies (and I'm sure I'm missing something else) all jumping over each other in a criss-crossing pattern, with each of the bike riders all performing stunts as they take to the air. It's a dazzling display of talent and the 3D just really makes it even more impressive, making you feel more like being there than anything else. Now none of the other stunts that follow in the film are as impressive as its opening, but they're still fun to watch nonetheless. There is humor in the film as well, but don't go expecting the same variety that you'll see in a "Jackass" movie- most of the humor comes from the interview situations and narration through the film.

Travis Pastrana is certainly the most recognized name amongst the crew of the Nitro Circus, but this isn't the Travis Pastrana show by any means. The main core of the Circus includes Jolene Van Vugt, Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey, "Streetbike" Tommy Passamante, Erik Roner, Jim DeChamp and Greg Powell. Everybody gets a chance to shine, though "Streetbike" Tommy gets just a little more play than the rest of the group, sort of acting as their comic relief- if there can be such a thing here. You can tell that this group of folks genuinely enjoy what they're doing and genuinely enjoy doing it with each other.

If you were a fan of the show, then you'll probably have a great time with "Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D." I know I did. Just sort of look at as a bit of a palate cleanser among the other movies out there right now. It packs quite a lot into its short 90 minute run time and doesn't wear out it's welcome in the slightest. And as I said above, the 3D here is just incredible.

 

SOURCE: http://www.the-trades.com/article.php?id=13130

Victory Motorcycles: Revealing Jason Hook's Five Finger Death Punch Motorcycle

By FTR on August 07, 2012 6:23 PM

Jason Hook from Five Finger Death Punch and Gibson Guitars teamed up with Victory to create a very special custom motorcycle inspired by Jason's guitar "Sarge." The motorcycle will be auctioned off to benefit the Gibson Foundation and VH1's Save The Music. We revealed the bike at Sturgis on August 6, 2012.

To see the bike, jump to the last 30 seconds. Also more pics on Victory Motorcycles Facebook Page.

 

World Superbike/Supersport Silverstone Friday Results 2012

By cpFTR9 on August 03, 2012 6:05 PM

Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes topped the timesheets after Friday’s first World Superbike qualifying session at Silverstone in less than stellar wet conditions. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider edged out current defending world champion Carlos Checa of Althea Racing by 0.033 seconds. Checa was dominant at Silverstone in 2011 taking the sweep, and is shaping up to be a force out front once again in 2012, posting the top time earlier in the day during the first practice session. Newly added PATA Racing rider Sylvain Guintoli was third-fastest, just 0.461 off the pace set by Sykes. Guintoli missed out on the previous round after being dropped from his Liberty Racing team just days before the contest at Brno was set to begin. He was picked up by PATA soon after and remains aboard the Ducati 1098R.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier posted the fourth-fastest time, followed by fellow Brit Chaz Davies of ParkinGO MTC Racing in fifth. Liberty Racing’s Jakub Smrz was sixth and Aprilia Racing’s Eugene Laverty trailed in seventh. Guintoli’s PATA teammate Lorenzo Zanetti held the eighth-fastest time with Smrz’s teammate Maxime Berger in ninth and FIXI Suzuki rider John Hopkins rounding out the top ten.

A number of top riders were unable to crack the top ten during the initial qualifying session, including BMW Motorrad’s Marco Melandri who placed 12th and current championship points leader Max Biaggi of Aprilia who was 17th. Honda’s Jonathan Rea followed Biaggi in 18th and Checa’s teammate Davide Giugliano lagged in 19th.

World Superbike Silverstone Friday Results 2012:
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 2’06.115
2. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 2’06.148
3. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) 2’06.576
4. Leon Camier (Suzuki) 2’06.617
5. Chaz Davies (Aprilia) 2’06.684
6. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 2’06.795
7. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 2’06.851
8. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati) 2’06.869
9. Maxime Berger (Ducati) 2’06.967
10. John Hopkins (Suzuki) 2’07.007
11. Ayrton Badovini (BMW) 2’07.089
12. Marco Melandri (BMW) 2’07.244
13. Leon Haslam (BMW) 2’07.401
14. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati) 2’07.404
15. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) 2’07.499
16. Michel Fabrizio (BMW) 2’07.658
17. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 2’07.723
18. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 2’07.740
19. Davide Giugliano (Ducati) 2’07.810
20. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 2’07.996
21. David Salom (Kawasaki) 2’09.438
22. David Johnson (Kawasaki) 2’10.043
23. Norino Brignola (BMW) 2’11.645
24. Brett McCormick (Ducati) 2’13.730
Supersport Results 2012.
 World Supersport Silverstone Friday Results 2012:
1. Jules Cluzel (Honda) 2’23.241
2. Sam Lowes (Honda) 2’23.980
3. Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 2’25.235
4. Alex Baldolini (Triumph) 2’26.656
5. Mathew Scholtz (Honda) 2’27.072
6. Broc Parkes (Honda) 2’27.177
7. Vladimir Leonov (Yamaha) 2’27.302
8. Josh Day (Kawasaki) 2’27.455
9. Imre Toth (Honda) 2’27.470
10. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki) 2’27.756
11. Gabor Talmacsi (Honda) 2’28.477
12. Balazs Nemeth (Honda) 2’28.860
13. Dan Linfoot (Kawasaki) 2’29.119
14. Jed Metcher (Yamaha) 2’29.293
15. Florian Marino (Kawasaki) 2’29.478

 

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