Archive for November, 2009

Results from Round 1 of the 34th Annual World Championship ICE Racing Series

November 28th, 2009 No comments

Results from Round 1 of the 34th Annual World Championship ICE Racing Series
November 14, 2009- Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA

Heat 1

1st: JR Schnabel (YAM)

2nd: Jeremy DeRuyter (HON)

3rd: Kenny Mohler (KAW)

4th: Jason Griffin (KAW)

Heat 2

1st: Tom McGrane Jr (KAW)

2nd: Bryan McKenna (HON)

3rd: Kirk Cheney (HON)

4th: Jared Mees (HON)


1st: Mark Cheza (HON)

2nd: Sam Wiggins (HON)

3rd: Kevin Anderson (HON)

4th: Tyler Phillips (KAW)

Heat 4

1st: JR Schnabel (YAM)

2nd: Kevin Anderson (HON)

3rd: Tom McGrane Jr (KAW)

4th: Sam Wiggins (HON)

Heat 5

1st: Jared Mees (HON)

2nd: Kenny Mohler (KAW)

3rd: Bryan McKenna (HON)

4th: Tyler Phillips (KAW)

Heat 6

1st: Mark Cheza (HON)

2nd: Kirk Cheney (HON)

3rd: Jason Griffin (KAW)

4th: Jeremy DeRuyter (HON)


1st: Jeremy DeRuyter (HON)

2nd: Kenny Mohler (KAW)

3rd: Sam Wiggins (HON)

4th: Kirk Cheney (HON)

5th: Tyler Phillips (KAW)

6th: Jason Griffin (KAW)

7th: Kevin Anderson (HON)

8th: Bryan McKenna (HON)

Main Event

1st: Jared Mees (HON)

2nd: Tom McGrane Jr (KAW)

3rd: Jeremy DeRuyter (HON)

4th: Kirk Cheney (HON)

5th: JR Schnabel (YAM)

6th: Kenny Mohler (KAW)

7th: Sam Wiggins (HON)

8th: Mark Cheza (HON)

Project K Racing Team Riders Set for 2010

November 27th, 2009 No comments


Dave & Rhonda Waters are happy to announce the formation of their 2010 AMA Grand National Dirt Track Championship Twins race team.  It will be a two-rider team with both coasts covered.  Jeremy Higgins from Bergen, NY might be the younger member of the team but his determination and work ethic are impressive.  We have known Jeremy and have watched him progress to a skilled and smart rider.  Last summer, when the schedule allowed, we journeyed up to Canada and had him ride the Big KTM 950 Twin on a few selected half-miles.  Keeping in mind his limited experience on a twin, he definitely showed us he was capable of handling the bike along with providing great feedback.


Jeremy Higgins

Knowing Jeremy and his family for as many years as we have, we are extremely excited about the possibilities for the 2010 season.  Jeremy’s desire along with his non-stop training regimen and natural talent reaffirms to the team he is a perfect fit for the goals set for 2010. Jeremy is currently a senior at Byron-Bergen High School and will be attending the Powersports Institute at Ohio Technical College in Cleveland after graduation in June.

He is a superior representative of our sport and will be an outstanding spokes-person for our unique team and sponsors. We are looking forward to watching and nurturing the growth of our youthful rider and motorcycle.

Jeremy had this to say about his opportunity, “Thank you Dave and Rhonda Waters for giving me the opportunity to ride the KTM 950 at Belleville and Leamington Ontario Canada in 2009. I am looking forward to my first AMA expert season with the Waters Autobody Racing Team. I am very excited to help this team accomplish its goals in 2010.”

Chad Cose

Chad Cose

After talking with numerous qualified riders to fill the second rider spot, Chad Cose from Fremont, California will round out our team. Cose grew up cutting his teeth on California tracks such as Lodi and has won many amateur national titles along with many other credits to his resume over the years.  He was one of the first riders to post a win on a European Brand Twin with his 2008 win at Vernon, NY in the Basic Expert division. Chad has gained much knowledge over the past year of competition in the Twins class and is determined to use what he’s learned to assist the team and help build it for future success.  He is a naturally gifted rider and with the right support behind him we feel that he is an asset to our fledgling team. Chad is currently attending Chabot College studying Fire Science and Fire Technology.

When asked, Cose had this say, “I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Waters Autobody Race Team for the upcoming 2010 season. I feel Dave and Rhonda have worked hard to make this such a strong program at the GNC level and it is a pleasure to be a part of it. I hope to help this team grow and prove that we are one of the top teams in Dirt Track. It will be nice to have another rider in the pit to work with and I believe we will be beneficial for each other and the team. I am excited to get on the new equipment and start the new season off with strong results. I would like to thank all of the sponsors on behalf of the Waters Autobody Race Team that are making this season possible. I would also like to thank all my personal sponsors that have supported me and are just excited as I am about the new year.

We couldn’t be more proud of having Jeremy and Chad on our team. With RJ Overholt’s help over the last two years we have proved that the KTM 950 Twin engine can withstand the grueling punishment of flat out dirt track racing.  We are confident in our young team and due to our unusual project feel they are the best choice for our program.

The Waters Autobody Race Team would also like to thank our current sponsors for their continued support, Bud at Matto Cycle, Five Star Steel & Fab, SuperTrapp,  Sudco Carburetors,  D&D Powersports, Steve Fortunato and Powersport Graphx.  We realize more development will be needed to run in the front but are determined to show we can make the Orange machine a challenger.  With more support from new sponsors such as Kal-Gard Lubricants, we will be able to attain what everyone says cannot be done, break the chain of dominance and bring other brands into contention.  For sponsorship opportunities we would be honored to hear from you. Please contact us at or phone us at 585-589-7100.

AMA Pro Racing Announces Structure and Personnel Changes

November 25th, 2009 1 comment

AMA Pro Road Racing

AMA Pro Racing has announced today the restructuring of its corporate infrastructure and other changes in personnel.

AMA Pro Racing Managing Member, David Atlas has been appointed Chief Operating Officer.  Atlas will now have day to day operational control of AMA Pro Racing with Managing Member and President Roger Edmondson moving to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer position.  This will enable Edmondson to focus on the overall direction of AMA Pro Racing and its vision for the future.

Atlas brings thirty years of motor racing experience to his new role, having been actively engaged with various sanctioning groups, racing teams and in driver management.  Atlas was one of the original AMA Pro Racing managing members and will now focus on the day-to-day operational aspects of the AMA Pro Racing operation.

As the new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Edmondson will continue to provide the vision and direction for AMA Pro Racing.  Roger’s extensive history in motorcycle racing gives him a unique perspective on class creation and where the sport will grow and develop with his very unique understanding of the latest trends in the business.

AMA Pro Racing confirms the departure of Roy Janson from the company.  Janson, who has been in the sport for forty years, will be relocating back to his home in Ohio for non-threatening health reasons. Janson will continue to be available to AMA Pro Racing as an independent contractor/consultant.

Joining the AMA Pro Racing operation will be racing and communications veteran John Szymanski as the Director of Public Relations and overall communications.

Szymanski brings over thirty years of racing experience having worked with teams, drivers, tracks and major manufacturers in a variety of roles within the sport.  He will provide a consistent and thorough face to the PR role with AMA Pro Racing.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at

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Ride On The Back Of An AMA Pro Superbike And Help Raise Money For More Airfence

November 25th, 2009 No comments

Team and professional racer Chris Ulrich, the 12th-place finisher in the 2009 AMA Pro American Superbike Championships, will be holding a fundraising event November 28-29 at Fontana, California’s Auto Club Speedway, in association with Fastrack Riders Association (FRA).

Ride two-up with Chris Ulrich for a good cause

Ride two-up with Chris Ulrich for a good cause

In exchange for a cash donation, which will go to the Roadracing World Action Fund–a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization which advocates and promotes the use of soft barriers to help prevent rider injuries at racetracks–Ulrich will take donors for a couple of fast laps around Auto Club Speedway’s 2.3-mile, 21-turn infield road course on the back of his 185-horsepower, 195-mph Suzuki GSX-R1000 racebike, which has been fitted with a passenger seat, passenger foot rests and a grab handle on the fuel tank.

Ulrich normally uses the retired racebike as an outreach tool during the race season, giving rides on the racetrack to local mainstream media representatives prior to AMA Championship events to help them better understand the sport of motorcycle road racing.

Prior to past AMA events at Auto Club Speedway, Ulrich has given KTLA-TV Sports Anchor Damon Andrews, KNBC-TV’s Amanda Maynard and G4 Network “Attack Of The Show” correspondent Alison Haislip two-seater rides. And over the course of the last several years, Ulrich has given rides to people ranging from small town newspaper reporters to Indy Car drivers to TV/movie stars to 1993 500cc Grand Prix World Champion Kevin Schwantz.

This Thanksgiving Day weekend will be the fifth consecutive year Ulrich, Team and FRA have held the ridealong fundraiser to benefit the Roadracing World Action Fund.

Full professional riding gear will be provided on loan free of charge courtesy of FRA and Team, however, due to limited supplies, all sizes may not be available and not everyone will be able to ride. All rides will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are required.

The minimum donation amount will be $50. Larger donations will earn additional laps. Photos and videos of the rides may be available for an extra donation.

For additional information on the Roadracing World Action Fund, go to:

To see actual video footage from a two-seat ride with Ulrich at California Speedway, go to:

Or go here:

To see the “Attack of the Show” segment with Chris Ulrich, go to:

For more information about Fastrack Riders track days, go to

Buildbase Kawasaki ready for action in 2010

November 25th, 2009 No comments

Buildbase Kawasaki are pleased to announce their 2010 British Superbike line up with John Laverty being partnered by Adam Jenkinson.

Laverty, who celebrated the birth of his first child last week, is delighted to be staying with the team that he rocketed to being a podium contender with during 2009.


John Laverty will remain with Buildbase Kawasaki for the 2010 British Superbike Season

John Laverty:
“After the 2009 season finished there was no doubt in my mind where I should be for 2010. I have a great relationship with the team and I’m sure it will only get better for next season. With all the data from 2009 we should be challenging for podiums from the start.”

Adam joins the team for 2010 after a strong season in the National Superstock 1000cc saw him take numerous podiums and a win at Silverstone.

Adam Jenkinson joins the Buildbase team after a successful season with HMT Honda in the Superstock 100 series

Adam Jenkinson joins the Buildbase team after a successful season with SMT Honda in the Superstock 100 series

Adam Jenkinson:
“After joining the team for the Sunflower meeting in October there was only one place I wanted to be for 2010 and here I am! Bring on 2010 and let’s see what we can do. It will be great to be in the team with John and I am sure we can work well together to achieve the right results.”

Stuart Hicken, Team Principal:
“We have a great line up for 2010 with John and Adam, both riders are full of confidence and after a good season in 2009 I’m sure we can push on in 2010 with some top results. Our thanks must go to Buildbase who have proved to be an excellent company to work with and we look forward to working together for many seasons to come. We are working very hard with our technical partners pre-season especially Cosworth who are providing the expertise for our engine development program. We will be completing initial testing in the UK before attending the official Bitubo Suspension test in Cartagena in February.”

John Laverty secured a top-ten finish in the MCE British Superbike Championship with 10th and 6th place finishes before missing out on a possible 4th place when crashing out on the penultimate lap of the final race of the season. Seven places higher than his 2008 overall position, Laverty showed excellent pace throughout the weekend, again making the final phase of qualifying. Starting from 10th, John got away well in the first race of the triple-race weekend, before the race was red flagged. A poor get-away in the restart saw John battle his way back through to finish 10th just 1.5 seconds behind 5thplace. In race 2, John got way much better and was involved in a race long battle with Josh Brookes eventually getting the better of him and finishing 6th. In race 3, after the second red flag of the weekend – this time on lap 1 – John got away but soon became entangled in a battle with Sylvain Guintolo and Ian Lowry for 4th. On the penultimate lap, John pushed hard into Brittens chicane where he unfortunately crashed out of the race. A tough way to end the 2009 season but filled with promise for 2010.

REMINDER: Poker Run to Benefit Hellcat Customs

November 25th, 2009 No comments

Here’s a reminder about the Dec 12 poker run to benefit our friends Kelly (@FieryPinkGirl) and Jase at Hellcat Customs (@HellcatCustoms).
If you haven’t heard, Hellcat Customs was the victim of a fire a few weeks ago. The fire caused significant damage to the shop, but – fortunately – no one was hurt.
Fred Horton (@SmoothBiker) and our other biker friends out in the Greater-Phoenix area have put together a poker run to benefit Hellcat Customs. The information is below, but even if you can’t make it out to Arizona for the event, you can still participate by proxy.
See the event flyer below for more information.

Click here for map & directions

Click here to participate by proxy


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FTR Moto2 Machine on Display with Dunlop at the NEC show

November 24th, 2009 No comments

FTR MOTO will display its British-built Moto2 World Championship prototype machine on the Dunlop stand at the Carole Nash International Motorcycle and Scooter Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England from this Friday, November 27.

The M209 – complete with a Joe Darcey Honda Team 600cc supersport specification motor – is fresh from second place in the final round of the Spanish Championship at Valencia on Sunday and is part of the display offered by Dunlop Tires, the single tire supplier to the new Moto2 World Championship from 2010.

The FTR MOTO M209 will race in the Moto2 MotoGP suooprt series in 2010

The FTR MOTO M209 will race in the Moto2 MotoGP support series in 2010

With British rider Graeme Gowland aboard the machine has taken fourth and second places in the final two rounds of the CEV Buckler Spanish Championship, at Jerez and Valencia respectively.

“Dunlop has been extremely helpful during the planning, design, preparation and test stages of the M209 and I’m really pleased we can add the FTR prototype Moto2 machine to the Dunlop display at the NEC show,” said FTR Moto director Steve Bones.

Bones continued: “We’ve had exceptional interest when we first presented the machine in London six weeks ago then when we arrived at Catalunya for the Spanish round. That interest and excitement was repeated at the Valencia MotoGP round and I now hope the visitors to the NEC Motorcycle show will also be pleased with what they see.”

The show attracted more than 134,000 visitors in 2008 and takes place from Friday November 27 to Sunday December 6, from 10.00am to 6.00pm each day. The FTR M209 on the Dunlop Tires exhibition area is in hall 3a and stand number R8.

Motourage Video of the Day

November 23rd, 2009 No comments

Today’s Motourage Video of the Day is a great montage of 2001 500cc action with a soundtrack provided by the Scorpions.


2010 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Schedule

November 23rd, 2009 No comments


The 2010 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Schedule has been posted:

Round 1: March 3 – Daytona Flat Track (Daytona Beach, Florida) TT
Round 2: March 4 – Daytoina Flat Track (Daytona Beach, Florida) Short Track
Round 3: May 1 – Yavapai Downs (Prescott, Arizona) Mile
Round 4: May 29 – Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, Illinois) TT
Round 5: May 30 – Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, Illinois) Mile
Round 6: June 5 – Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, Indiana) Short Track
Round 7: June 19 – The Red Mile (Lexington, Kentucky) Mile
Round 8: June 26 – Allen County Fairgrounds (Lima, Ohio) Half-Mile
Round 9: July 10 – I-96 Speedway (Lake Odessa, Michigan) Half-Mile
Round 10: July 31 – Calistoga Fairgrounds (Calistoga, California) Half-Mile
Round 11: August 7 – Hagerstown Speedway (Hagerstown, Maryland) Half-Mile
Round 12: August 14 – Beulah Park (Grove City, Ohio) Mile
Round 13: August 22 – Peoria Race Park (Peoria, Illinois) TT
Round 14: August 28 – Indiana State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis, Indiana) Mile
Round 15: September 4 – Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, Illinois) Short Track
Round 16: September 5 – Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, Illinois) Mile
Round 17: September 11 – Canterbury Park (Minneapolis, Minnesota) Mile
Round 18: October 9 – Yavapai Downs (Prescott, Arizona) Short Track
Round 19: October 10 – Yavapai Downs (Prescott, Arizona) Mile

Additional events expected to be added are:
Three TT events
Four Short Track events
Four Half-Mile events
Eight Mile events

Yamaha takes victory at the Albacete European Championship

November 23rd, 2009 No comments
Carmelo Morales celebrates after his European Championship win

Carmelo Morales celebrates after his European Championship win

From October 31 to November 1,  107 riders from across Europe took to Spain’s Circuito de Albacete to fight it out in the single event championship.  Reigning 2008 Superstock champion Carmelo Morales made short work of defending his title on his 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1.  The quickest rider of the weekend in most sessions, Morales was hotly pursued by fellow Yamaha rider Bernat Martinez in the race but held on retain the title for the second year with Martinez taking second.  Morales and Martinez were two of six Yamaha riders taking top ten finishes.  Spanish rider Javier Fores took the second place honors in the Supersport class on his Yamaha R6, with Yamaha again dominating to take six of the top ten spots in the race and subsequent championship standings.

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