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Petersen To Focus On Returning To Full Fitness – MotoAmerica

Cameron Petersen aboard his Fresh N lean Progressive Yamaha Racing YZF-R1 Superbike at WeatherTech Raqceway Laguna Seca two weekends ago. Photo by Brian J,. Nelson.

The following is from Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A…

Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing’s Cameron Petersen will sit out the remaining rounds of the 2023 MotoAmerica season to repair a wrist injury

Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing’s Cameron Petersen will sit out the remaining rounds of the MotoAmerica Superbike season to focus on returning to full fitness. Together with his doctors and the team, the South African made the decision to undergo surgery to repair his wrist as soon as possible in order to return to 100%.

At this early time, there has not been a decision made for a fill-in rider; an update will follow at a later date.

Petersen intends to return “stronger than ever” to the Medallia Superbike Championship. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Richard Stanboli – Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing Team Manager

“We’re bummed out that he can’t continue for the upcoming rounds, but we are encouraged that he will get the surgery that will allow him to return to 100%. We are supportive of his decision, as the injury has kept Cam from showing his full potential this season. We have not made a decision yet as far as a fill-in rider, and we will have an update to follow at a later date.”

Cameron Petersen – Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing

“Unfortunately, this is not the news I wanted to give everyone, but it’s time for me to get this wrist worked on. I tried to fight through the pain and get to the end of the season with some decent results, but it’s at the point now that the pain is affecting my riding, results, and everyday life. I can’t thank the team enough for being so understanding, but I know after this surgery, I will be able to come back stronger and do my job, and that’s to win races! I’ll be back stronger than ever.”




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British Superbike: New Twins And Ninja ZX-4RR Classes Added For 2024

2024 Bennetts British Superbike Championship support class line up unveiled

Bennetts British Superbike Championship series organisers, MSVR have today announced the complete line-up of support classes that will feature from 2024, following careful consideration of the technical regulations to ensure class stability, whilst continuing to deliver close and competitive racing throughout the programme.

The announcement features the introduction of two new classes for 2024, designed to showcase and promote junior riders, offering a career path that allows development and progression through the championships classes.

2024 CLASS INFORMATION
 
Bennetts British Superbike Championship

In the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, the Promoter and teams will consider technical (firmware) changes and identify areas of performance and cost control. There is also a consideration to BSB “Pathway” technical level for teams transitioning from National Superstock, for their first year of BSB class competition only. This would include being on the MoTeC ECU platform but some lower regulation requirements on certain cycle and mechanical parts.

Quattro Group British Supersport Championship

For 2025, the class will fully adopt Supersport “Next Generation” technical regulations, with the expected launch of further eligible machine models. The use of “kit” electronics will cease at the end of the 2024 season. This year’s Pirelli Junior Superstock Championship will also be a pathway to the BSS Cup in 2024.

Quattro Group British GP2 Championship

There will be a further review for the remainder of the 2023 season to ascertain viability for 2024 and beyond. The Promoter does recognise the benefits of a middleweight prototype class, but further teams’ commitment to the class is a priority to confirm.

Pirelli National Superstock Championship

Series Organisers are continuing a review of technical regulations to balance machine models where required. There will also be a review of tyre material standard.

Pirelli National Junior Superstock Championship

The Pirelli National Junior Superstock Championship will not continue into 2024 as the class is confined to two manufacturers without the realistic option of more and the inability to operate a balance of performance (BoP) formula, as in BSS. Current machines/teams can transition into the BSS Cup (or main BSS Championship). All national and regional clubs will maintain a 600cc class.

R&G British Talent Cup

Despite various other Dorna promoted Talent Championships moving to Pirelli tyres, the BTC remains under contractual supply from Dunlop tyres.

HEL Performance British Junior Supersport Championship

The Junior Supersport class will not continue into 2024 – as a defacto one make series already, the Promoter has defined with Kawasaki UK a replacement machine running to tight financial and technical parameters. All national and regional clubs will maintain a class that will cater for current Junior Supersport machines.

ABK Beer 0% BMW Motorrad F 900 R Cup

Combined rider and machine weight to be implemented with immediate effect (2023).

NEW FOR 2024
 
Pirelli National Sportbike Championship

New for the 2024 season, eligible machines include the Yamaha R7, Aprilia RS660, Kawasaki Ninja 650, Honda Hornet 750 as well as others believed to be entering the sector. Machines will run on Mektronic ECU platform with BoP formula to manage model parity and slick tyres. Rider eligibility is a minimum age of 16 years old on 1st March 2024.

Kawasaki British Superteen Championship

In association with Kawasaki UK a high level promoted championship with manufacturer presence and support and importantly contained budget and technical controls. The machine to be used is the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR, which will offer a higher standard of competition material. Rider eligibility is a minimum age of 15 years old on 1st April 2024 and a maximum of 20 years old on 1st April 2024. Riders must have a minimum of a Clubman licence.

For the 2024 classes information, please click here

For more information on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship visit www.britishsuperbike.com

 

 

 

More, from another press release issued by MotorSport Vision Racing:

Kawasaki UK announce exciting new British Superteen class for 2024

After the highly popular unveil of the all-new Ninja ZX-4RR, Kawasaki UK is pleased to announce that it will be launching an all-new one-make series, the Kawasaki British Superteen Championship. The series will feature as part of the 2024 Bennetts British Superbike Championship calendar, giving young riders a chance to race in front of huge crowds at the best circuits in the UK.

The new Kawasaki British Superteen class will be open to riders aged between 15 and 20 and will run across eight double-header rounds, at the UK’s premier circuits, including a planned World Superbike support race.  With riders on equal machinery, the series will be a thrilling spectacle for fans trackside, while the high-revving characteristic of the 4-cylinder 400cc Supersport machine is perfect for helping young riders develop their skills as part of the world’s most competitive domestic series. The overall winner of the 2024 Superteen class Championship will receive a brand-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R road bike.

Each race bike competing in the series will be built by Kawasaki Team Green Technical Partner, MSS Performance, who will also offer a choice of two packages to suit every budget. Eager to make this a fair and competitive option for going racing, package prices will begin at under £12,000 plus VAT.

The series was officially launched today at Brands Hatch, with the very first Ninja ZX-4RR in the UK, which has been built to race spec, available to view in Pit Lane throughout the weekend. Members of staff from Kawasaki UK and MSS Performance will also be in attendance all weekend for any riders and teams interested in joining the Championship next season.

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK said: “As soon as we saw this model on the production plan, we knew it was destined for the race track! To have the BSB Championship promoter MSVR on board and enabling us to have a class entirely devoted to this bike is fantastic!

“We are excited to be able to offer a competitively priced and exciting race package to young riders looking to develop their racing careers. The Team Green ethos has always been about supporting young talent and offering opportunities on track, so we cannot wait to take this one step further with this new class in 2024.”

Stuart Higgs, Bennetts British Superbike Championship Series Director commented: “It is 32 years since the British circuit promoters launched the first “Superteen” Championship, and within the entry list was James Haydon, David Jefferies, John McGuiness and Michael Rutter.  We are tremendously excited to bring the “Superteen” name back to British Championship status.

“Together with our partner Kawasaki UK we are re-calibrating this most important entry level class with a new motorcycle that will benefit team and rider development, and importantly be contained to tight budget and regulations parameters.  Any major change to the championship structure is carefully considered and current Junior Supersport machines will be eligible for many different regional and national club championships.”

To find out more details on the ZX-4RR package, please contact MSS Performance on [email protected] or 01206 913216.

To register your interest in racing in this class, please contact [email protected].

For more information on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship visit www.britishsuperbike.com


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Inclement Weather Forces Postponement Of Mini Cup Round At NJMP – MotoAmerica

The Mission Mini Cup By Motul round at New Jersey Motorsports Park, July 15-16, was rained out and has been rescheduled for September 2 at NJMP.
File photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Threats of lightning on Saturday and heavy rains on Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, July 15-16, forced MotoAmerica to reschedule what would have been the fourth round of the Mission Mini Cup By Motul series to what will now be the fifth round of the championship at NJMP on September 2.

The September 2 make-up round at New Jersey Motorsports Park will be open to all riders who were signed up to compete in the rained-out July 15-16 round.

“Unfortunately, we encountered the worst weather possible over the weekend with MotoAmerica Mini Cup,” said MotoAmerica Mini Cup series manager Cory Texter. “We did the best we could to get the program in, but Mother Nature wasn’t having it. It’s essential we get this round complete for the riders, so I’m thankful we could come up with a make-up date for those who attended over the weekend. As for the schedule, we will run a practice in the morning, followed by four races.” There are three rounds remaining in the 2023 Mission Mini Cup By Motul Series: August 18-19 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania; September 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park; and the series finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park, September 22-23.


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Eleven Percent Growth For Ducati In First Half Of 2023 In U.S. Market – MotoAmerica

The following is from Ducati…

A record of 34,976 motorcycles were delivered globally in the first half of 2023, 5 percent more than in the same period of 2022 The top three markets for Ducati have grown compared to last year: Italy +10 percent, United States +11 percent and Germany +13 percent The Multistrada V4 is the top-seller of the Ducati range with 6,382 motorcycles delivered so far in 2023

Following a positive first quarter, Ducati closes the first six months of 2023 reporting growing delivery figures.

The Bologna-based manufacturer delivered a record of 34.976 motorcycles over the course of the first half of the year, thus accomplishing a 5 percent growth compared to the same period of 2022.

Francesco Milicia, Ducati VP Global Sales and Aftersales: “This first half-year was Ducati’s best ever in terms of deliveries. We reached a record 34,976 bikes delivered, proving that our passionate clients continue to appreciate our product range, which is now wider than ever. The supply bottlenecks experienced last year are now over but the global competition in the market is more intense post-Covid  because of better product availability. Our commitment to reinforce the satisfaction of our Ducatisti is stronger than ever and their continuous trust gives all the people in Borgo Panigale extra motivation.”

At the end of the second quarter of 2023, Italy remains in the leading position among Ducati’s markets with 6,639 motorcycles delivered and a growth of 10 percent compared to last year’s period. The United States represents the second largest market for the company with 4,505 bikes delivered resulting in an 11 percent growth over 2022. Germany is in third position, gaining a 13 percent growth with 4,217 motorcycles delivered.

The most appreciated motorcycle in the ever-wider Ducati range is the Multistrada V4 in all its versions with 6,382 models delivered globally between January and June 2023. Ducati’s naked sports bike par excellence, the Monster, is in second position with 4,299 delivered motorcycles in the world, while in third place there is the Scrambler Ducati 800 family with 3,581 bikes.

For 2024 Ducati has already unveiled four new color schemes for its motorcycles. Enthusiasts can choose their SuperSport 950 S in the Stripe Livery that alternates white, grey and red colors, accentuating the sporty elegance of the bike. The Monster is now even more stylish thanks to the new Iceberg White color. Boldness meets performance on the Panigale V2 with the new Black on Black Livery, and the pleasure of traveling every day finds a new sporty attitude on the Multistrada V2 S with the Thrilling Black & Street Grey color scheme. And, in North America, the recent market arrival of the new Scrambler Ducati family, including the Icon, Nightshift, and incoming Full Throttle, are making a big impression. Notably, the Icon can be personalized with nine different colors. 




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Canadian Superbike: An Update From Flooded AMP, With Video

© 2023, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By CSBK/Professional Motorsports Productions (PMP):

Editorial Note: Scroll down to see raw drone video footage of the flooding and bridge damage shot by the TSN crew.

 

AMP Update as of Sunday, July 23

Shubenacadie, NS – Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship officials are happy to confirm that progress on ensuring the safe departure of everyone at Atlantic Motorsport Park has officially begun Sunday morning, July 23.

In conjunction with local emergency services, work has started on installing a temporary bridge on the main road in and out of the facility (North Salem Road), which has suffered significant erosion in the wake of extreme rainfall and flooding early Saturday morning.

As this is a difficult and complicated process with no estimated time of completion, CSBK officials stress that no one leaves the facility until work is finished in order to avoid delaying the exit of all involved and/or causing additional unsafe road closures.

CSBK officials will issue an update as soon as it is deemed safe to leave the facility.

This is a customary response in extreme weather scenarios like the one witnessed across Nova Scotia with record rainfall this weekend.

More updates will be provided when the temporary bridge is safely installed, at which point CSBK officials will do all they can to ensure the quick departure of everyone at AMP.

CSBK staff continue to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of everyone at the facility, and thank those for their patience during this process.

 


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MRA: Thornton, Downing Wins Premier Classes At Round Four

© 2023, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By MRA:

Byers, CO – The fourth race of the 2023 MRA Championship Series took place at High Plains Raceway over the weekend of July 15-16th on their 2.55-mile Full Course configuration. This was a special weekend as the MRA conducted their 14th Annual 4-hour endurance race on Saturday. The event saw many out-of-town racers drive hundreds of miles to try and steal victories and capture the prize money that was up for grabs. The 4-hour endurance race was unfortunately cut short by 50 minutes as a storm brought lightning and hail into the area. Team Racing for Ray Ray took the victory in the Pony Express category (multiple riders, multiple bikes) with 99 laps completed, team Mother Lovers won the True Endurance category (multiple riders, one bike) with 96 laps, and team Legion’s Lance won the Titanium Butt category (one rider, one bike) with 86 laps.

The Race of the Rockies (RoR) Qualifying on Sunday was conducted under excellent conditions as temperatures were around 75 degrees for most of the morning. Ray Thornton claimed pole position with a best time of (1:47.58) followed by Anthony Norton (1:47.792) and Mike Applegate (1:48.428).

The start of RoR saw Applegate get the holeshot going into Turn One, followed by Brad Hendry and Norton. Applegate was looking strong as he got an excellent drive down the backstraight, however somewhere between Turns Five and 10 he made a mistake and dropped back to sixth position. Hendry led the pack after lap two and was followed closely by Norton and Thornton. By lap six Hendry had opened a three-second lead on the trailing pair, and it looked as if he had the pace to break away. By lap 11 Thornton had passed Norton and was slowly chipping away at Hendry’s lead, dropping the gap to less than half a second. Thornton was hot on Hendry’s tail by lap 13 and was piling on the pressure. With only a few corners left in the race, Hendry made a mistake and unfortunately crashed out of the lead giving Thornton his fourth consecutive RoR win of the season. Rounding out the podium was Norton in second and Applegate in third.

In Race of the Rockies GTU, Jeremiah Downing took the lead from the start and never looked back as he consistently clicked off 1:49’s on his 600. For the entirety of the race he was followed by John Borst, who was running some impressive lap times but couldn’t quite match the blistering pace of Downing. Justin Behmer carved his way through the pack and ended up in third place. Behmer had the pace to secure a second-place victory but ran out of laps before he got the chance to put a move on Borst.

Next up, the MRA heads to Pueblo Motorsports Park in Pueblo, CO for Round 5 on July 29-30 for a full weekend of racing including the SuperStreet event on Saturday afternoon. SuperStreet gives street riders the opportunity to experience motorcycle road racing with minimal cost and preparation. See https://www.mra-racing.org/superstreet/superstreet-information for details.

The MRA welcomes racers from other clubs across the nation. If you’re a currently licensed racer, we have several reciprocity agreements in place along with very competitive pricing on license & entries to our 20 classes. Click here for MRA membership & entry information.

The Motorcycle Roadracing Association is dedicated to promoting safe and competitive motorcycle road racing events for enthusiasts in Colorado and the surrounding area. For more information go to http://www.mra-racing.org/.


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Canadian Superbike: Round Three Cancelled Due To Flooding In Nova Scotia

© 2023, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By CSBK/Professional Motorsports Productions (PMP):

URGENT: CSBK cancels AMP round three due to extreme flooding

Shubenacadie, NS – The third round of the Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia has been officially cancelled, effective immediately.

CSBK officials made the difficult decision early Saturday morning, July 22, to cancel the event for the remainder of the weekend due to a “force majeure” situation regarding extreme rainfall and flooding in the area, specifically resulting in catastrophic damage to the roadway and bridge area in and out of the facility.

The safety of all participants, staff, and fans on site remains the top priority of all CSBK officials, and anyone on site is advised to shelter-in-place while local authorities work to repair the road surface exiting the racetrack.

More rainfall is expected throughout Saturday and Sunday, with evacuation warnings in some nearby areas due to potential flash flooding, including nearby Elmsdale, Nova Scotia just outside the facility.

“This week has offered extremely challenging circumstances due to persistent rain, and local flooding is a major concern,” CSBK founder Colin Fraser said. “It has rained non-stop for the last 18 hours, and most of the staff and local racers could not access the venue due to the many damaged roads and bridges.”

“We want to thank all of our competitors and fans for their patience during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to round four at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park,” Fraser added.

It will be determined at a later date if and/or how the race and broadcast schedule for each of the seven national classes will be affected moving forward.

More details will be provided when available.


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ASRA: Schoff-Talley Investment Group Sponsoring Middleweight Shootout

© 2023, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By ASRA:

ASRA MiddleWeight Shoot Out Race updates for 2023, Sponsored by Schoff-Talley Investment Group

New Freedom, PA – The eagerly anticipated ASRA Middleweight Shoot Out Race has new updates for the 2023 season. For the remainder of the 2023 season these races will be sponsored by Schoff-Talley Investment Group.

Schoff-Talley Investment Group, a leading name in the financial industry known for its commitment to supporting local communities, has stepped up as the principal sponsor for this thrilling event. The partnership between ASRA and Schoff-Talley Investment Group exemplifies their shared dedication to fostering an inclusive and empowering environment for individuals to engage in their passions.

“We are excited to have Schoff-Talley Investment Group as our principal sponsor for the ASRA Middleweight Shoot Out Race for 2023,” said Alex Spellman, spokesperson for ASRA. “Their support not only demonstrates their commitment to promoting active lifestyles but also highlights the importance of community engagement and camaraderie.”

Registration for the ASRA MiddleWeight Shoot Out Races for 2023 is now open, and enthusiasts from all skill levels are encouraged to participate. For further details and to register, please visit the official ASRA website at www.asraracing.com.

About ASRA: The ASRA (American Superbike Racing Association) is a renowned organization dedicated to promoting active and inclusive sporting events for individuals of all ages. With a mission to foster camaraderie, skill development, and healthy  competition.

About Schoff-Talley Investment Group: Schoff-Talley Investment Group is a family-owned financial planning practice that’s been helping individuals and families with retirement planning, estate planning, wealth management, and investing for more than a decade. In 2009, after 17 years with Raymond James – one of the most trusted names in the industry – John Schoff founded Schoff-Talley Investment Group with Tom Talley as an independent branch. Tom has since retired and John’s two sons, Joe and Jeff, have joined the practice, bringing their forward thinking and obsession with research and trend-mapping with them. “Whether you’re planning for retirement, mapping your legacy, or weighing investment options, we can help you build the future you want, without sacrificing your peace of mind in the present. Put our 50+ years of collective industry experience to work for you.”


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AHRMA: Race Results From WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

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British Superbike: Vickers Fastest In FP2 At Brands Hatch

Editorial Note: Americans Eli Banish and Julian Correa were 17th and 18th, respectively, in R&G British Talent Cup combined practice times Friday at Brands Hatch.

 

BSB FP1 + FP2

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision Racing:

Vickers storms ahead by just 0.081s to lead opening action at Brands Hatch

Ryan Vickers surged to the top of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Free Practice times at Brands Hatch this afternoon, with the LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha rider setting the benchmark lap on combined times in the final three minutes of the session.

Tommy Bridewell had been the target earlier in the session, but the final five minutes of the second Free Practice became an intense dash to the finish, with Josh Brookes first moving ahead before Danny Kent subsequently displaced him.

The session would still feature a shake up and Vickers moved to the top of the times with three minutes remaining as Bridewell launched into second on the BeerMonster Ducati, missing out on the top spot by just 0.081s at the chequered flag.

Jason O’Halloran had elevated himself up to third in the closing minutes, the McAMS Yamaha rider edging ahead of Kent, who in turn was just 0.003s ahead of Brookes at the end of the session, making it four manufacturers inside the top five.

Lee Jackson held sixth position on the leading Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki, holding off Christian Iddon and the returning Danny Buchan in eighth place. Peter Hickman and Leon Haslam completed the top ten, with Glenn Irwin and Kyle Ryde making the final cut of riders automatically progressing into tomorrow’s Omologato Superpole start list.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, combined Free Practice result:

Ryan Vickers (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha) 1m25.138s ommy Bridewell (BeerMonster Ducati) +0.081s Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +0.098s Danny Kent (Lovell Kent Racing Honda) +0.113s Josh Brookes (FHO Racing BMW Motorrad) +0.116s Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki) +0.293s Christian Iddon (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +0.381s Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad) +0.414s Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW Motorrad) +0.460s Leon Haslam (ROKiT BMW Motorrad Team) +0.494s Glenn Irwin (BeerMonster Ducati) +0.509s Kyle Ryde (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha) +0.665s

For more information on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship visit www.britishsuperbike.com

Ryan Vickers

LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha

“We were a bit unlucky at Snetterton, but it was nice to finish the weekend strong and so we have come into Brands Hatch feeling confident and good. Brands Hatch is weirdly my worst circuit on paper in my Superbike career so far! I love the circuit but it has never really clicked for me and it seems that we have come here and the guys have made changes today and we made a huge step in the second session and I felt amazing on the bike.

“I am really enjoying riding around here, it is one of my favourite circuits with a bit of everything. The Yamaha gives me the feeling. I felt comfortable with that fast lap; it’s actually funny as we have had a problem with the lap timer on the bike all day and I have not known any of the lap times I have done, so the team started putting it on the pit board for me. I learnt that maybe I should look at my lap timer less and concentrate more on what I am doing!

“The battle is going to be immense in the races here. The bikes all have strong and weak points at this circuit and I think the Yamaha seems the most balanced. I think we can have a really good chance of battling for the win and the podium definitely – there should be some great battles and hopefully we can be at the front of that.”


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