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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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By cpFTR9 on June 18, 2012 3:47 PM
MotoGP Silverstone Results 2012
By Byron Wilson for Motorcycle-usa.com
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Dry, sunny conditions for the 20-lap British GP were a welcome change from the rain MotoGP riders faced earlier in the week at Silverstone. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo earned his third successive MotoGP win after taking the checkers in Round 6. Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner followed over three seconds behind in second-place and Stoner’s teammate Dani Pedrosa took third. Pole position starter Alvaro Bautista of San Carlo Honda Gresini took fourth and Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies rounded out the top five.
"Today was a very difficult race, the front guys were very strong and very fast so it was very hard for me to catch them and stay with them," Lorenzo explained. "When I caught Casey we had a wonderful fight, luckily for us I had a better pace and I passed him. Four laps from the end I made a big mistake and almost crashed! I’m very happy with the result, and for the team who gave me a good bike again."
The battle for lead position was intense during the opening laps of the Grand Prix. Spies came out of the start in first and maintained out front through the first four laps with Stoner, Bautista, Lorenzo, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso and Pedrosa in tow. The Texan fell back through the course of the race as Lorenzo and Pedrosa advanced but scored his best finish so far this season in fifth. The five riders remained within seconds of one another, though it was Bautista and the Repsol Honda riders who were able to keep pace for a shot at the podium with Lorenzo in the final laps. Dovi was in position to contend as well, but crashed mid-race and had to pit. He returned once the bike was repaired and finished in 19th.
Stoner held the lead for six laps, but Lorenzo’s ride was nearly faultless. Once the points leader got ahead of Stoner, there was no catching him. A slight wobble through a turn late in the race was the only time Lorenzo allowed Stoner to make up ground, but it was not nearly enough for the Australian rider to contend again for the lead.
"It wasn't a great race for us today, we saw the pace the Yamaha's had in the early laps and it was really worrying to me," said Stoner. "As early as lap three the bike wasn't feeling good, especially on the left side, the tire destroyed itself almost immediately. My plan was to try and get to the front and hold them up but Ben [Spies] was proving difficult to pass, then he made a small mistake and I was able to slip through and I tried to hold it from there. Today we needed a little more grip and we would have been able to fight for the win but looking at the rear tires at the end of the race, there was definitely something wrong with ours."
Pedrosa also commented on his finish, the new tires and Lorenzo's blistering pace: "I tried to overtake him [Stoner] but I had a flash in my mind and I saw both Repsol Honda's on the ground, so I settled for third place. It's positive to both be on the podium if we consider that it's the first race for the team with this new front tire, but for the championship it is not good. We need to make a step forward to solve the problems we have with the chattering because right now, Jorge [Lorenzo] is too strong for the Honda's."
Fourth marks the best finish of the year for Bautista, who also earned his first ever MotoGP pole-position earlier in the weekend. "It has been a great weekend and it has confirmed the progress we have made since Catalunya. I am so happy to finish so close to the podium. Maybe I could have attacked for third at the end but it would have been risky and I just wanted to run with them to the end and not make mistakes."
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow also had a stellar race, considering he was unsure whether he’d be cleared to ride at all after his crash in practice on Saturday. The British rider was deemed fit to start and he worked his way up from last-place to sixth by the checkers. "That's a weekend I won't forget in a hurry. Yesterday was a disaster with the crash and I thought I was going to miss my home race again," said Crutchlow. "It was a very tough race but I just had to try and ignore the pain and let the adrenaline and support of the British crowd get me through. When I got by Bradl I could see Nicky was a long way clear, but I just kept on pushing to see what happened. I'm really happy with my lap times because I was as quick as the guys on the podium, even with a broken ankle. So a little part of me can't help but think without the crash yesterday that I could have been on the podium in the British Grand Prix."
Ducati’s Nicky Hayden opened the race well, holding to fourth through the opening laps, but slipped back to finish in seventh ahead of LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl and teammate Valentino Rossi in eighth and ninth respectively.
Aleix Espargaro of Power Electronics Aspar led the way among CRT riders in 11th, followed by teammate Randy de Puniet in 12th. Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison managed to make the top 15, finishing in 14th and American rider Colin Edwards of NGM Mobile Forward Racing finished the day in 16th.
Lorenzo further extended his points lead, now 35 points ahead of Stoner in second. Pedrosa, in third, is the only other rider above 100 points, with Crutchlow the closest in fourth at just 66.
MotoGP Silverstone Results 2012:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2. Casey Stoner (Honda)
3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
4. Alvarto Bautista (Honda)
5. Ben Spies (Yamaha)
6. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
7. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
8. Stefan Bradl (Honda)
9. Valentino Rossi (Ducati)
10. Hector Barbera (Ducati)
11. Aleix Espargaro (ART)
12. Randy de Puniet (ART)
13. Michele Pirro (FTR)
14. James Ellison (ART)
15. Yonny Hernandez (BQR)
16. Colin Edwards (Suter)
17. Danilo Petrucci (Ioda)
18. Ivan Silva (BQR)
19. Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha)
2012 MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 140
2. Casey Stoner, 115
3. Dani Pedrosa, 101
4. Cal Crutchlow, 66
5. Andrea Dovizioso, 60
6. Valentino Rossi, 58
7. Alvaro Bautista, 58
8. Stefan Bradl, 51
9. Nicky Hayden, 49
10. Hector Barbera, 37
By cpFTR9 on June 17, 2012 12:31 PM
Budds Creek 250 Motocross Results 2012
by Byron Wilson for Motorcycele-usa.com
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Geico Honda’s Justin Barcia took the win in Moto 1 at the 2012 Red Bull Budds Creek National. Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett scored second and Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen rounded out the podium. Barcia’s win marks his third consecutive Moto 1 win. Roczen rocketed out of the gates and took the holeshot, a move which turned into a lead he sustained for over 25 minutes. Barcia kept right on the German’s rear tire though and whipped past in the final minutes. Bagget was close behind and passed into second less than a minute later. Roczen regained some steam in the final laps, but was unable to advance beyond third.
Roczen’s teammate Marvin Musquin came in fourth, over 57 seconds off the lead. Musquin remained consistent in fifth-place for much of the moto, making a pass on Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac late in the contest. Tomac struggled after a bad start left him out of the front pack and he was unable to stage a repeat come-from-behind win as he did at High Point.
Geico Honda’s Wil Hahn pulled up in sixth, another 23 seconds behind Tomac, and Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Jason Anderson picked up points in seventh. Former two-time 250 Motocross champion Ivan Tedesco crossed the finish in eighth with Anderson’s teammate Blake Wharton trailing in ninth. Rookie Jessy Nelson of Troy Lee Designs Honda took 10th.
Baggett took the checkers in Moto 2 over 15 seconds ahead of Roczen in second. Tomac was able to get out front early and came in third. Roczen’s frustrating quest for his first moto win in the United States continues. The German was out front for all but the final five minutes. When Roczen encountered heavy traffic from lapped riders, Baggett was able to cover a four second gap to take the lead. The Kawasaki rider was on fire for the last laps and built a significant gap, considering what little time was left, to earn his third moto win of the season.
“Last year, I crashed in both motos,” said Baggett. “Today, I didn’t crash and came out with a win. After last week, it feels good to be back here. I knew we would be catching lappers (in Moto 2) and you never know with them, so I just kept pushing and it worked out.”
Tomac had a much better start in Moto 2 and passed Musquin for the podium late in the moto. Musquin had a superb start, holding to second place during the early laps but falling back outside podium range once Baggett and Tomac started to push. Barcia struggled in Moto 2 and pulled in fifth followed by Anderson in sixth.
Baggett maintains his points lead, followed still by Barcia, Tomac and Roczen. The top four riders are close though, with BB just 22 points ahead of Tomac and Roczen who are tied in third. Anderson made the biggest jump up the points sheet, moving from 10th to seventh.
2012 Budds Creek 250 Motocross Results:
1. Blake Baggett (Kawasaki) 2-1
2. Ken Roczen (KTM) 3-2
3. Justin Barcia (Honda) 1-5
4. Eli Tomac (Honda) 5-3
5. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 4-4
6. Jason Anderson (Suzuki) 7-6
7. Wil Hahn (Honda) 6-7
8. Jake Canada (Honda) 13-8
9. Travis Baker (Honda) 12-10
10. Phil Nicoletti (Honda) 14-9
11. Jessy Nelson (Honda) 10-13
12. Blake Wharton (Suzuki) 9-18
13. Gareth Swanepoel (Yamaha) 17-12
14. Ivan Tedesco (Kawasaki) 8-36
15. Alex Martin (Honda) 16-14
2012 250 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Blake Baggett, 222
2. Justin Barcia, 209
3. Eli Tomac, 200
4. Ken Roczen, 200
5. Marvin Musquin, 153
6. Wil Hahn, 130
7. Jason Anderson, 106
8. Blake Wharton, 102
9. Ivan Tedesco, 99
10. Kyle Cunningham, 96
By cpFTR9 on June 17, 2012 12:25 PM
Budds Creek 450 Motocross Results 2012
By Byron Wilson for Motorcycle-usa.com
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey scored his fifth consecutive moto win in the opening 450 race at Budds Creek. Over 43 seconds behind in second came Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle earning his best finish of the season. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer made a late race pass to round out the podium. MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi took fourth with Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Brayton in fifth.
Brayton made a rare appearance out front, taking his first holeshot of the year. His lead was short lived though as Dungey, who came out of the gates in third, quickly moved to the lead before the end of Lap 1. From there the KTM rider started to build an enormous gap, leaving the battle for second to Tickle, Brayton and Alessi. Tickle got one of his best starts of the season and had advanced to second before half the moto was complete. Brayton continued to slip, falling in position to Alessi then later to Weimer. The Honda rider had a successful Supercross season where he tied for third overall with Dungey, but has failed to transfer that success to the Nationals. This is his best finish of the season so far.
Weimer continued to gain speed through the moto and gave Alessi a run for his money, taking position from the Suzuki ace in the final laps. Team Chaparral Honda’s Andrew Short appeared to be having technical issues, his bike began steaming with five minutes remaining, but was able to hold through the checkers and finish in sixth.
AMA 450 Motocross Budds Creek Moto 1 Results 2012:
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki)
3. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
4. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
5. Justin Brayton (Honda)
6. Andrew Short (Honda)
7. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha)
8. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki)
9. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha)
10. Josh Grant (Kawasaki)
11. Michael Byrne (Suzuki)
12. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
13. Billy Laninovich (Honda)
14. Les Smith (KTM)
15. Jimmy Albertson (Suzuki)
Dungey dominated Moto 2 as well, taking the checkers over 33 seconds ahead of Tickle, again in second. Alessi managed to hold to podium position this time in third. Weimer took fourth after he got past Jeff Ward Racing's Josh Grant in the final laps.
Alessi notched another holeshot to his list of achievements so far this year, but was unable to hold the hard-charging Dungey back. The KTM rider is on a streak of six-straight moto wins now.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe had a better showing in Moto 2, taking sixth and he was followed closely by JGRMX Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps. Brayton wasn’t able to get out as fast as he did in Moto 2 as he did in Moto 1 and was over a minute off the lead when he came across the finish in eighth.
AMA 450 Motocross Budds Creek Moto 2 Results 2012:
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki)
3. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
4. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
5. Josh Grant (Kawasaki)
6. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki)
7. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha)
8. Justin Brayton (Honda)
9. Kyle Regal (Yamaha)
10. Andrew Short (Honda)
11. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha)
12. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
13. Jimmy Albertson (Suzuki)
14. Cole Thompson (Honda)
15. Matthew Lemoine (Kawasaki)
By cpFTR9 on June 16, 2012 8:28 PM
MotoGP Silverstone Qualifying 2012
by Bryon Wilson for Motorcycle-usa.com
Black clouds at Silverstone caused no small amount of anxiety among teams in Round 6 MotoGP qualifying on Saturday. Spots of rain began to fall with nine minutes remaining in the session and soon after caution flags were flown and riders began to pit. At that point, San Carlo Honda’s Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista was out front and in the end held strong at the top of the timesheet, earning the first MotoGP pole position of his career. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies qualified second followed by Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner rounding out the front row. Though caution flags were shown before the official end, the session was not cancelled and most riders returned to the track in the final minutes.
"The conditions today were strange and difficult but we managed to find a good setting, I was up front for the whole session and set my fastest lap on my own," said Bautista. "I'm really happy for myself and also pleased for the team."
Track conditions were made all the more concerning after the morning’s practice session where Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow lost his front end and went down. The British rider suffered an injury to his ankle and was taken to Northampton General Hospital after the incident. He was unable to participate in the qualifying session and thus marks the second consecutive year that Crutchlow has sustained injury at his home Silverstone round.
Spies managed the conditions well though and even held the fastest time for a period during the session. "It was difficult conditions today again, like yesterday but it was the same for everybody. We tried our hardest, I’m happy for the team as they gave me a great bike and we set our best time with the hard rear tyre.When I put the soft one on we were a couple of tenths up then I made a mistake and hit the curb, I had a good lap going but messed it up. I’m just happy to be on the front row and working well with the team, let’s see what tomorrow brings."
Like Crutchlow, Spies also went down last year at the British circuit as did teammate Jorge Lorenzo, forcing both Yamaha riders to pull out of the Grand Prix mid-race. Spies hasn’t found much to smile about yet this year either, failing to come near a podium in the first five races and beset by all manner of misfortune. Lorenzo, on the other hand, currently leads in championship points and has three wins to his credit through five rounds. The Spaniard heads up the second row with the fourth-fastest time in qualifying.
Behind Lorenzo is Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa in fifth and Pramac Racing’s Hector Barbera in sixth. Ducati’s Nicky Hayden leads the third row and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso held to eighth. LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl rounds out the third row with Ducati’s Valentino Rossi in tenth.
Both Rossi and Hayden went down during qualifying at Vale corner. Both riders were able to walk away from the separate incidents, but there will no doubt be work to do before the race on Sunday.
Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro once again posted the fastest time among CRT riders, coming in 11th ahead of teammate Randy de Puniet in 12th. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards will start Sunday’s race from 15th on the grid.
Weather will continue to be a major issue going into Sunday’s Grand Prix. Silverstone is the largest track on the GP schedule this year and as such can be wet in one segment and dry in another. During qualifying, the rain clouds had moved in over the start/finish while patches of blue sky were visible from other sections of the track.
MotoGP Silverstone Qualifying Results 2012:
1. Alvaro Bautista (Honda) 2’03.303
2. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 2’03.409
3. Casey Stoner (Honda) 2’03.423
4. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2’03.763
5. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 2’03.835
6. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 2’03.876
7. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 2’04.162
8. Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha) 2’04.304
9. Stefan Bradl (Honda) 2’05.035
10. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) 2’05.416
11. Aleix Espargaro (ART) 2’06.283
12. Randy De Puniet (ART) 2’06.303
13. Yonny Hernandez (BQR) 2’06.814
14. Michele Pirro (FTR) 2’07.016
15. Colin Edwards (Suter) 2’07.376
16. Mattia Pasini (ART) 2’07.511
17. James Ellison (ART) 2’08.228
18. Danilo Petrucci (Ioda) 2’08.686
19. Ivan Silva (BQR) 2’10.092
By cpFTR9 on June 15, 2012 5:15 PM
MOTOGP Silverstone Friday Results 2012
by Bryon Wilson for Motorcycle-usa.com
MotoGP Round 6 kicked-off at Silverstone on Friday in the cold and wet conditions that have proven favorable to Ducati’s Valentino Rossi. The Doctor topped the timesheet in Free Practice 1 just 0.077 ahead of teammate Nicky Hayden. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso held to third fastest and Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner took fourth. Current points leader Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha Factory Racing posted the eighth-fastest time, over three seconds off Rossi’s 2:19.328.
Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies, already wracked by ill fortune this season, went down late into FP1 and was taken to the medical center to check on his wrist. Spies suffered a similar fate in the GP at Silverstone last year. San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista followed Spies’ lead soon after, going down on the same right-hand turn. Both riders were well enough to walk away from the incidents and both were able to return to post times in FP2.
Conditions improved enormously as the day wore on and the track was declared dry for FP2. Stoner led the way with the fastest lap of the day, shaving nearly 16 seconds off his time to take provisional pole position. Spies was able to return after his earlier crash and post the second-fastest time, just 0.034 off Stoner. Bautista also came to FP2 unfazed by his previous misfortune and logged the third-fastest time. Ducati’s Nicky Hayden managed to remain on the provisional front row, coming in fourth place though teammate Rossi didn’t fare as well, falling to 11th even though he was able to cut over 12 seconds off his FP1 lap-time.
LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl heads up the provisional second-row in fifth followed by Doviziozo in sixth, Lorenzo and Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow in seventh and eighth respectively. Stoner’s teammate Dani Pedrosa grabbed ninth and Pramac Racing’s Hector Barbera rounds out the top 10. The top eight riders were all within one second of Stoner’s lead time in FP2, a drastic change from FP1 where there was almost four seconds difference between the lead and eighth place.
Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy De Puniet led the CRT field in 12th followed by Michele Pirro of San Carlo Honda Gresini in 13th and Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini in 14th. American rider Colin Edwards of NGM Mobile Forward Racing was just one position short of last place, coming in 19th overall. Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham will not race Silverstone due to injuries he sustained during the Aragon test after last round at Catalunya.
2012 MotoGP Silverstone Combined Free Practice Times:
1. Casey Stoner (Honda) 2'04.791
2. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 2'04.825
3. Alvaro Bautista (Honda) 2'04.995
4. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 2'05.353
5. Stefan Bradl (Honda) 2'05.391
6. Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha) 2'05.448
7. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2'05.488
8. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 2'05.574
9. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 2'05.886
10. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 2'06.084
11. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) 2'07.125
12. Randy De Puniet (ART) 2'07.893
13. Michele Pirro (FTR) 2'08.535
14. Mattia Pasini (ART) 2'08.975
15. Yonny Hernandez (BQR) 2'09.078
16. Aleix Espargaro (ART) 2'09.379
17. James Ellison (ART) 2'09.944
18. Danilo Petrucci (Ioda) 2'11.325
19. Colin Edwards (Suter) 2'11.600
20. Ivan Silva (BQR) 2'12.737
By cpFTR9 on June 11, 2012 3:39 PM
High Point Women’s MX Results 2012
By Bryon Wilson for Motorcycle-usa.com
Tarah Gieger of Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs took the opening moto victory in Women’s Motocross at the FMF High Point National on Saturday. The Puerto Rican rider bested current points leader Jessica Patterson of Rockstar Energy Racing by only 0.280 seconds. Lagging over 24 seconds behind was Kasie Creson in third. MotoConcepts’ Mariana Balbi was within range to take a podium, but was unable to get past Creson and finished fourth. Japanese rider Sayaka Kaneshiro of Team Honda Muscle Milk came in fifth. The win marks Gieger's first of the season.
Muscle Milk Honda's Ashley Fiolek missed the motos at High Point due to an injury she sustained during Round 3 at Thunder Valley. Fiolek's absence opened to door for Gieger and Creson to battle with Patterson alone for podium position.
JP came back in Moto 2 and took the win from Kaneshiro, who followed three seconds behind. Balbi was able to hold on and round out the podium in third in the face of pressure from Fox Racing's Jacqueline Strong just 0.396 seconds behind in fourth. Gieger slipped a bit in Moto 2 and failed to earn a second podium, coming in fifth place over 15 seconds off the lead.
Patterson extended her points lead to 33 over second place, now occupied by Gieger. Fiolek's absence dropped from from second overall to fifth, with Kaneshiro and Balbi filling in third and fourh respectively.
2012 High Points WMX Results:
1. Jessica Patterson (Suzuki) 2-1
2. Tarah Gieger (Honda) 1-5
3. Sayaka Kaneshiro (Honda) 5-2
4. Mariana Balbi (Honda) 4-3
5. Kasie Creson (Honda) 3-6
6. Jacqueline Strong (KTM) 7-4
7. Marissa Markelon (Yamaha) 6-7
8. Sara Pettersson (KTM) 9-8
9. Amanda Brown (Honda) 8-11
10. Sade Allender (Honda) 11-9
11. Alexah Pearson (KTM) 10-10
12. Brianna DeGray (KTM) 12-12
13. Sarah Whitmore (KTM) 14-13
14. Shelby Rolen (Yamaha) 13-15
15. Jackie Ives (Yamaha) 16-14
2012 Women's MX Championship Points:
1. Jessica Patterson, 188
2. Tarah Gieger, 155
3. Sayaka Kaneshiro, 137
4. Mariana Balbi, 126
5. Ashley Fiolek, 125
6. Jacqueline Strong, 114
7. Kasie Creson, 110
8. Sara Pettersson, 101
9. Meghan Rutledge, 78
10. Sade Allender, 74
By cpFTR9 on June 03, 2012 2:17 PM
JC Hilderbrand Off-road Editor for Motorcycle-usa.com
Saturday, June 02, 2012
Long ruts and ominous skies greeted riders at Round 3 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Lakewood, Colorado. James Stewart came into the race with a four-moto streak under his belt and the competitors were all looking to break the norm. Riders competed against the power-robbing altitude, soft, challenging track conditions and unexpected idiocy which resulted in a major upheaval of the championship standings.
Tommy Hahn ripped the holeshot in Moto 1, yarding his borrowed Muscle Milk Honda CRF450R up the 260-foot straight to the front of the pack with a great launch from the outside. Jake Weimer slotted into second on his Monster Energy Kawasaki with Colorado favorite Andrew Short (Chaparral Honda) in third. Ryan Dungey got off the gate clean as well with MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi in front and points leader Stewart close behind. Bubba slipped his Yoshimura Suzuki past Dungey within a few turns as Alessi moved around Short for a podium position. It wouldn’t last, however, as Stewart notched Alessi before the end of the first lap and began assaulting the leaders.
Stewart made quick work of Weimer and Hahn and Dungey recognized the need to keep the Suzuki rider in sight. He moved his Red Bull KTM into second and then was gifted the lead when JS7 stacked up his #7 RM-Z450 in a high-speed section following a downhill double while trying to avoid a person crossing the track. Stewart moved off-line to avoid the mid-track jackass and cross-rutted, slamming his right side into the moist soil. He was able to get the bike up and running, but he inched around the track momentarily before pulling off, showing signs of an injured right hand. The crash came as a surprise as the championship leader looked completely in control up to that point, seemingly riding with ease. He would not return for the second moto, giving up a potential 50 points and perhaps the 2012 title courtesy of a bonehead move outside his control.
“It’s not what we wanted, but that’s racing,” he said. “It wasn’t worth risking anything in the second moto. I’m going to go through (next) week and test out how my hand feels and hopefully we’re ready to go at (High Point).”
Weimer passed Short at the halfway point. Broc Tickle’s poor luck continued as his Pro Circuit Kawasaki crapped out with a mechanical. Alessi and Brett Metcalfe had a spirited battle for third place – a position the MotoConcepts rider has become accustomed to holding down. Metcalfe used the power of his Yoshimura Suzuki to launch over the privateer RM-Z450 on a big double and immediately put a gap on the #800. He was unable to catch the factory Kawasaki, however, and settled for third. Dungey ran uncontested out front and waxed the competition by a big margin, over 20 seconds. Ryan Sipes finished an encouraging sixth-place.
A bit of moisture came down between the 450 motos, causing the track to develop deeper ruts, but not enough to make it a mud race. Dungey pulled the holeshot to start Moto 2 and that was all she wrote. With Stewart out of the picture (along with Chad Reed, Ryan Villopoto and Trey Canard) Dungey had a clear track with nobody in his rearview mirror. Depending on the severity of Stewart’s injury, this season might shape up to be a repeat of Dungey’s 2010 championship run.
Short and Weimer were again running in podium spots. Their lines came together at the bottom of a rough downhill, but the contact was minimal and Short squeaked into the runner-up position. Tickle circulated in fourth with Kyle Regal behind him, but the JGRMX Yamaha rider crashed out right away, injuring his shoulder in the process. That put Nico Izzi into the position and he would hold it through the checkers, going 5-5-4 on the day, his best result of the season.
Billy Laninovich raced his way to eighth aboard his borrowed TLD Honda, and he notched ninth overall on the day. Lano was engaged in a great battle early on with Matt Lemoine. Short held off Weimer for the final laps and Tickle slipped past the factory rider to claim the final podium position. It was a nice break for the PC rider who has been underwhelming for the 2012 SX season and the opening rounds of the Nationals.
Dungey picked up 50 points on the day, taking over the championship lead with 136 total points. Weimer scored second overall with Short combining 7-2 finishes for third. Weimer also took advantage of Stewart’s misfortune by moving into second overall with 101 points. JS and Alessi both have 100 points to their credit with Short in fifth at 97.
“I hate to win like that,” said Dungey, who has won three consecutive races at Thunder Valley. “James and I have pushed each other to new levels and although he won the first four motos (this season), it’s been good. Hopefully he heals up and comes back (next week). My game plan is always the same, to take it one race at a time. You can’t focus on the end result and we saw that today. I just do my own thing, put my best foot forward, and never underestimate anyone.”
2012 Thunder Valley 450 Motocross Results:
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM) 1-1
2. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki) 2-4
3. Andrew Short (Honda) 7-2
4. Nico Izzi (Yamaha) 5-5
5. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki) 3-10
6. Mike Alessi (Suzuki) 4-9
7. Justin Brayton (Honda) 9-6
8. Michael Byrne (Suzuki) 12-7
9. Billy Laninovich (Honda) 11-8
10. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki) 10-11
11. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki) 35-3
12. Matt Lemoine (Kawasaki) 13-12
13. Shane Sewell (KTM) 14-13
14. Josh Grant (Kawasaki) 8-19
15. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha) 6-26
2012 AMA Motocross 450 Championship Points:
1. Ryan Dungey, 136
2. Jake Weimer, 101
3. James Stewart, 100
4. Mike Alessi, 100
5. Andrew Short, 97
6. Brett Metcalfe, 84
7. Josh Grant, 73
8. Nico Izzi, 71
9. Broc Tickle, 63
10. Kyle Chisholm, 50
2012 Thunder Valley 250 Motocross Results:
1. Justin Barcia (Honda) 1-2
2. Blake Bagget (Kawasaki) 3-1
3. Ken Roczen (KTM) 2-4
4. Eli Tomac (Honda) 4-3
5. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 5-5
6. Malcolm Stewart (KTM) 8-6
7. Blake Wharton (Suzuki) 6-9
8. Will Hahn (Honda) 10-7
9. Kyle Cunningham (Yamaha) 9-10
10. Jake Canada (Honda) 7-14
11. Ivan Tedesco (Kawasaki) 14-8
12. Gareth Swanepoel (Yamaha) 13-13
13. Jason Anderson (Suzuki) 12-15
14. Travis Baker (Honda) 16-12
15. Hunter Hewitt (Suzuki) 15-16
2012 AMA Motocross 250 Championship Points:
1. Blake Baggett, 139
2. Justin Barcia, 123
3. Ken Roczen, 120
4. Eli Tomac, 117
5. Marvin Musquin, 84
6. Blake Wharton, 82
7. Will Hahn, 71
8. Kyle Cunningham, 65
9. Jake Canada, 62
10. Ivan Tedesco, 61
By cpFTR9 on May 27, 2012 7:29 PM
World Superbike Miller Saturday 2012
By Byron Wilson
Liberty Racing Team Effenbert's Jakub Smrz led the World Superbike field during Saturday qualifying at Miller Motorsports Park. The Ducati rider pushed hard in the dry conditions of the qualifying session after also posting the fastest free practice time in wet conditions after a thunderstorm hit Miller in the morning. Unlike previous rounds, the wet/dry conditions were less an issue than the strong, gusty winds at Miller.
Smrz beat out Althea Racing’s Carlos Checa during the final laps of the session. Behind Checa was BMW Motorrad’s Marco Melandri and Aprilia Racing’s Max Biaggi. Davide Giugliano of Althea Racing came in fifth place and was followed by Team Effenbert Liberty Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli in sixth.
“In the morning we worked to refine the bike instead of pushing to make fast times on the wet," said Checa, winner of both Miller SBK races in 2011. "To be honest the wind was more annoying than the rain and so we hope that the wind levels drop a little tomorrow. I think we should be able to make two good races, we have a good reference from recent years of course and I think that we need to make the most of that, to grow and take a satisfying result. Tomorrow we’ll continue with the work but I can say that I’m feeling really good.”
“It has been a pretty good start to the weekend, as my RR worked consistently well under different conditions," said Melandri. "Finding a good line was really tough in today’s qualifying as the wind was really gusty and coming from different directions every single lap. In the morning it was raining very hard but I am happy with our performance today."
Jonathan Rea was the fastest Honda of the day in seventh and he was followed by Aprilia's Eugene Laverty in eighth. Kawasaki Racing's Tom Sykes crashed out during the session and posted the ninth fastest time, and uncharacteristic result for the ZX-10R this season. FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier took tenth putting at least one of each of the six manufacturers in World Superbike in the top ten.
World Superbike Miller Saturday Results 2012:
1. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1’49.842
2. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1’49.912
3. Marco Melandri (BMW) 1’50.038
4. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 1’50.091
5. Davide Giugliano (Ducati) 1’50.280
6. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) 1’50.312
7. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1’50.358
8. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 1’50.428
9. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’50.433
10. Leon Camier (Suzuki) 1’50.520
11. Chaz Davies (Aprilia) 1’50.561
12. Leon Haslam (BMW) 1’50.730
13. Michel Fabrizio (BMW) 1’50.877
14. Ayrton Badovini (BMW) 1’51.042
15. David Salom (Kawasaki) 1’51. 055
16. Maxime Berger (Ducati) 1’51.070
17. John Hopkins (Suzuki) 1’51.512
18. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati) 1’51.590
19. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) 1’52.002
20. Jake Holden (BMW) 1’52.108
21. Leandro Mercado (Kawasaki) 1’52.288
22. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1’52.390
23. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati) 1’52.953
24. Shane Turpin (Ducati) 1’54.994
By cpFTR9 on May 27, 2012 7:24 PM
Freestone 450 Motocross Results 2012
By Bryon Wilson Source: Motorcycle-usa.com
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart notched another perfect weekend in his 2012 450 Motocross campaign. The Yoshimura Suzuki ace scored the coveted 1-1 byline, followed by KTM's Ryan Dungey (2-2) and Suzuki's Mike Alessi (5-3).
Moto 1 started out with Stewart's former squad, JGRMX Yamaha, taking the holeshot. Kyle Regal launched his YZ450F into the lead which helped make up for the disapointing news of his teammate Davi Millsaps forced to DNS due to internal bruising suffered during a weekday practice crash. It wasn’t long before bad luck reared its head again as Regal washed out the front end and came off his bike on the first lap, losing the lead. He remounted but would eventually pull into the pits with mechanical issues. By the start of Lap 2 it was Stewart was out front with Nico Izzi in second and Dungey close behind.
JS7 posted another nearly flawless run, scoring his third win in a row so far this season. Dungey didn’t let the Suzuki ace gain much of a gap, staying within one second for much of the race. In the final laps, it appeared as if the KTM rider would make a pass, but lapped riders and Stewart’s defense kept Dungey at bay. The two kept well ahead of third-place finisher, Jake Weimer, the Kawasaki rider lagging more than 28 seconds behind at the finish line.
Weimer moved through the pack to earn his first 450 moto podium, ousting Izzi from the third spot. The Kawasaki rider developed a sizeable gap over the Yamaha-mounted Izzi, finishing over 12 seconds ahead. Alessi kept the pressure on as he battled for fourth place, but was unable to secure the position as Izzi collected his best career 450 result as well. Alessi finished in fifth, crossing the line six seconds behind the Yamaha rider.
"I just concentrated on my own lines," said Stewart. "It was tough out there."
In Moto 2 Stewart and Dungey battled it out again in the front, with Stewart coming through with his fourth moto win of the season. Dungey took second just over one second behind the Suzuki ace and was followed by Alessi in third place. Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki's Josh Grant made a push late in the race to take fourth place from Team Chaparral Honda's Andrew Short who came in fifth.
“I thought my day went good,” said Stewart, who’s 18th-career overall ties him for fourth on the all-time wins list. “It was a tough one, but fun. I got two good starts, made quick passes, and set the tone with a good pace. Ryan rode really well, but I did my own (thing) out front. I knew he’d be there the whole time. I felt like we were even today and if he had gotten out front, he could have done the same thing.”
Dungey remained within striking distance of Stewart for most of the race, at one point riding side-by-side with JS7. The KTM rider held the fastest lap for the majority of the race, (until Stewart pulled a 2:04.642 in the final minutes) but couldn’t find a way to take the lead.
“I got off to good starts in both motos,” said Dungey. “I tried to make a pass happen the whole moto, but there was maybe more I should have done. It just didn’t come together. James is a tough competitor and it’s good for the both of us to push each other to new limits.”
Alessi started off strong and remained in contention for second until Dungey finally pulled away and started to build a substantial cushion. Alessi held on to third with little pressure from behind.
Yoshimura Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe was off to a much better start in Moto 2, holding seventh place, but then went down and had to battle back from outside 20th. The Suzuki rider was able to claim 10th by the finish. Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Broc Tickle also had hopes of a top-10 finish before falling as well, though Tickle was unable to return to the race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki's Weimer fell from his Moto 1 podium position to take sixth place behind Short in Moto 2. The Honda rider was followed by Team Honda Muscle Milk's Tommy Hahn who posted his best finish of the day in seventh. JGRMX Yamaha’s Regal had a much better showing in Moto 2 with a finish in eighth.
Stewart remains on top of the championship points leader board, followed by Dungey and Alessi. Weimer shot up the list from eighth to fourth place. Shorty slipped down to fifth and Grant went from ninth to sixth after his 6-4 finish.
Freestone 450 Motocross Results 2012:
1. James Stewart (Suzuki) 1-1
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM) 2-2
3. Mike Alessi (Suzuki) 5-3
4. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki) 3-6
5. Josh Grant (Kawasaki) 6-4
6. Andrew Short (Honda) 10-5
7. Tommy Hahn (Honda) 9-7
8. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki) 13-10
9. Nico Izzi (Yamaha) 4-25
10. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha) 8-17
11. Michael Byrne (Suzuki) 12-15
12. Robert Kiniry (Yamaha) 17-11
13. Justin Brayton (Honda) 14-14
14. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki) 7-40
15. Kyle Regal (Yamaha) 25-8
2012 Lucas Oil Motocross 450 Series Points:
1. James Stewart, 100
2. Ryan Dungey, 86
3. Mike Alessi, 70
4. Jake Weimer, 61
5. Andrew Short, 61
6. Josh Grant, 58
7. Brett Metcalfe, 53
8. Broc Tickle, 43
9. Nico Izzi, 39
10. Tommy Hahn, 39
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