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Red Bull RB17 to be a $6.1M, 1,250-hp track hypercar due in 2025



Red Bull to build track-only RB17 hypercar with $6.2 million price tag

Following the Mercedes-AMG Project One and the Delage D12, the burgeoning era of Formula 1 cars for the street has another entrant. Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT) and head designer for the Oracle Red Bull Racing F1 team Adrian Newey have decided to pick up where they left off with the Aston Martin Valkyrie, announcing the Red Bull RB17. A summary of the design philosophy is: “All the tricks we’ve learned in F1,” “Adrian’s greatest hits,” a combination of the “performance-enhancing technologies that have subsequently been banned in F1.” That means carbon tub, active suspension, side skirts, ground effects tunnels, blown diffuser, hybrid energy recovery system, and around 1,250 horsepower — everything but the fan, really. It also means a limited production run at an F1 price: 50 examples costing £5,000,000 each ($6.1M US).

Here’s the background. In 2016, when Aston Martin was the primary sponsor of the Red Bull F1 team, both parties announced development of the AM-RB 001, which would become the almost-no-holds-barred Valkyrie road car and no-holds-barred Valkyrie AMR Per track car. In 2020, two years after the Valkyrie was meant to be delivered to customers, Lawrence Stroll’s takeover of Aston Martin had the carmaker cozying up to new partner Mercedes on the road and the track, securing Mercedes engines for passenger cars and the Aston Martin F1 team . Aston Martin and Red Bull separated in the F1 paddock, and although both said they were committed to finishing the Valkyrie, eventually Aston Martin took charge of completing the project.

Six months before the first Valkyries were delivered to customers at the end of last year, Newey was already saying of RBAT, “Yes, absolutely, we would like to do another vehicle. Exactly what that is and what it’s targeted at is subject to debate .” While it could be that the Valkyrie AMR Pro didn’t go as far as Newey wanted, it’s definitely true that the eight-year-old technology arm RBAT was looking for more commercial outlets for its knowledge. Red Bull team principal and CEO Christian Horner said that with the sport’s current budget cap, “If you want to retain resources, there have to be projects that can justify their existence.”

Enter the RB17 to fill all the gaps. The name is a bit of inside baseball; when F1 made rule changes to save money in 2020 during the pandemic, teams used mainly carryover chassis’ in 2021. Red Bull’s naming convention began in 2005 with the RB1, representing the constructor’s first year in the sport. The team’s 2020 car was the RB16, this year’s car is the RB18, the 2021 car should have been the RB17. But because the 2021 car was so similar to the 2020 car, RB called it the RB16B. That left RB17 lurking in limbo like the 13th floor. Here is the alphanumeric’s escape hatch from the ghost world.

All we have are snippets for the moment about a track car said to be in “advanced stages” and due in 2025. Power will come from a twin-turbo V8 of undisclosed displacement, working with that mild hybrid system to develop 1,250 hp. Both are expected to be built by an unnamed third party to RBAT’s specs. This is speculation, but F1’s rumormill has Porsche already paired with Red Bull come 2026, and Porsche is coincidentally running a hybrid twin-turbo V8 in its 963 LMDh car. Newey said the hybrid system won’t just be about filling in the ICE power troughs, as the energy recovery system “also helps in other areas, which I don’t really want to go into at the moment.” Almost everything else about the car will be developed and built in-house at a rate of 15 RB17s per year, meaning a production run of more than four years.The purchase price — which is an estimate, by the way — will also pay for service and maintenance, access to Red Bull simulators, and on-track instructions.

Newey said the only limits will be physics, the need to use standardized tires, and the need to fit two people, “at least one being quite tall.” Otherwise, “it’s effectively a no-rules car” that worships the god of lap times, “which is ultimately all that counts.”

Oh, well, there’s one other thing that counts, as Horner said: “It will sound fantastic, like a track car should.”



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Haas F1 plans FIA talks about Magnussen front wing flag call



Jonathan Noble

Magnussen was ordered in to the pits early in the Montreal race a fortnight ago after the FIA ​​felt that his damaged front wing posed a potential danger to other drivers.

Having brushed against Lewis Hamilton just after the start, the state of Magnussen’s front wing was highlighted when Alpine’s Esteban Ocon complained over team radio about it.

“Yeah I can see it’s hanging on, it’s going to fall,” said the Frenchman. “If he loses it, I’m going to hit it in the face.”

Speaking after the race, Magnussen said Ocon’s remarks had influenced race control too much, as he accused the FIA ​​of a lack of consistency in dealing with similar incidents in the past.

“The car was fine,” explained the Dane. “The front wing was safe, it wasn’t broken off.

“Think back to Jeddah last year, Lewis Hamilton won the race with half a front wing, which I think is correct. Let us race if we can.

“It feels like suddenly very different. In Monaco they don’t start us because it started drizzling, and then here I’m called in because I have a scratch on my front wing.”

Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1

Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images

Magnussen’s boss Gunther Steiner said the most irritating thing about the episode was that the FIA ​​had not contacted the Haas pitwall at all to inquire about the state of play with the front wing prior to issuing its flag.

He now wants team manager Peter Crolla to bring up the matter with the F1 race director at the British Grand Prix to try to ensure that things are handled better in the future.

“I share the annoyance, and it is more an annoyance that we were not even consulted about it,” explained Steiner. “We didn’t get the call saying: ‘hey, guys, your front wing, there is a piece flapping off, what is your opinion about that?’

“We know how it is designed. I cannot sit here now and say it would never have fallen off, but it wouldn’t have fallen off because there is Zylon on top of it, and Zylon doesn’t break.”

He added: “We also need to respect the race director. But my personal disappointment, and I have to actually ask Peter Crolla, our team manager, to go and bring this up, is that we should have had at least a call asking our opinion about it, instead of just getting the flag and that’s it , over and out.”

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Steiner said that if the FIA ​​had asked Haas about the wing it would have advised it that it was looking for an early stop to change it anyway, even though there was no risk of it breaking up.

“We would have changed the wing anyway, because we lost downforce, but at a more convenient time,” he said.

“Even just a lap later, you would have lost maybe 10 seconds less because it was under virtual safety car. So it was a bit disappointing.

“I think it came over because another driver cried on the radio, that he was scared for his life, so it was reactive again. And are we back to that?”


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Öhlins® Racing Business Enters Technical Partnership With Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team



Öhlins® Racing Business Enters Technical Partnership With Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team

UPPLANDS VÄSBY, Sweden, June 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ӧhlins® Racing, a subsidiary of Tenneco Inc, has entered into a technical partnership with Scuderia Ferrari, which campaigns the two F1-75 cars – driven by Charles Leclerc other Carlos Sainz – in the Formula One World Championship. Ӧhlins is one of the most respected brands in motorsports and mountain biking, offering leading-edge suspension technologies that together have helped win more than 400 racing championships.

“We are excited and proud to announce our formal technical partnership with Scuderia Ferrari and to be able to work in collaboration with one of world’s most prestigious vehicle manufacturers,” said Henrik Johansonmanaging director Öhlins Racing AB.

Ӧhlins engineers have worked closely with the Ferrari team for more than five years. Now, as a Ferrari Technical Partner, it will advance and accelerate the development of leading-edge suspension technologies that help maximize on-track performance, according to Claes HeslingDirector Auto Racing, Ӧhlins.

“It all started with a short email back in 2015,” Hesling said. “Since then, the technical collaboration between Scuderia Ferrari and Öhlins Racing has grown stronger every year. I am very proud of the work we have accomplished together during this time. Now, as an official Ferrari Technical Partner, I am very much looking forward to creating an even stronger bond between Scuderia Ferrari and Öhlins Racing for the future.”

For more information about Öhlins Racing technologies, please visit www.ohlins.com.

About Öhlins®
Öhlins Racing has been an integrated part of the motorsport industry as well as the motorcycle and automotive industry for over 40 years. Our focus has always been on high-quality products, service and support, all the way from Formula 1 circuits to the local, national racing events in over 50 distributing countries.

For more information visit www.ohlins.com.

About Tenneco
Tenneco is one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of automotive products for original equipment and aftermarket customers, with full year 2021 revenues of $18 billion and approximately 71,000 team members working at more than 260 sites worldwide. Through our four business groups, Motorparts, Performance Solutions, Clean Air and Powertrain, Tenneco is driving advancements in global mobility by delivering technology solutions for diversified global markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial, motorsport and the aftermarket.

Visit www.tenneco.com to learn more.

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McLaren Racing Announces New Sustainability Targets



The 2022 McLaren Racing F1 car

McLaren have outlined their eco-commitments in a new report including developing a ‘circular’ F1 car | Source: McLaren

Iconic British outfit, the McLaren Racing Team, have outlined their sustainability plans. Aiming to halve their greenhouse gas output by 2030 and achieve net zero carbon emissions in their Formula 1, IndyCar and Extreme E racing operations before 2040.

Initially they were aiming for net zero emissions by 2030, but made a more conservative commitment in the report, pushing that date back a decade.

The time to praise global brands for promoting sustainability as a core value has passed. By now, sustainable principles should be integral to the foundations of every modern organization and already driving decisions on growth and innovation. I’m proud that with the release of McLaren Racing’s first-ever sustainability report, we are moving beyond awareness and intention and into a new phase of accelerated action and accountability.

Zak Brown, McLaren Racing CEO

The McLaren Racing Team’s first championship was at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1966. They are the second most successful Formula 1 racing teams after Ferrari, having won 183 races, 12 Drivers’ Championships and eight Constructors’ Championships.

So far this year the McLaren F1 Racing Team have appointed Kim Wilson as the team’s first Director of Sustainability, entered the 2022/2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and achieved a three-star Environmental Accreditation from the FIA ​​for the ninth year running.

McLaren Racing says that reducing their carbon footprint in the production of their cars is one of their top priorities. Introducing a lighter, cheaper and more sustainable natural fiber composite seat in 2020 which produces 85 percent less emissions to manufacture than usual F1 seats. These components are fully recyclable themselves, able to be ground down and used again without any residual waste.

They plan to use more natural fiber composites to make the construction of their Formula 1 racing car more sustainable, pledging to send zero material waste trackside to landfill and recycle 100 per cent of waste by 2023.

The McLaren Racing Team have also announced a new collaboration with Nissan in the exciting world of Formula E. They will use Nissan made Gen3 EV powertrain technology in their cars while Nissan will compete in the championship with their own factory team.

The 32,000 square meter McLaren Technology Center in Woking, UK, has been the object of much of the company’s sustainability efforts. The vast facility is completely recyclable and there have been 100,000 trees planted to encourage biodiversity. It has a rainwater capture system, energy efficient lighting and heat capture electricity recycling systems to help limit the carbon footprint of the compound.

Source: Archdaily

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) became carbon neutral by 2021 and are striving for net zero emissions by 2030 in accordance with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. They have introduced the use of fuel made from bio waste, developed under stringent F1 specifications and aims for all F1 races to be “sustainable events” by 2025.

The non-profit making organization says 243 member’s clubs in 146 countries and the 303 championships will reduce their impact on the environment by fostering innovative solutions, growing sustainable practices and driving sustainable change by reusing water and recycling 100 percent of appropriate waste.

By developing fuel made from bio waste that can power Formula 1, we are taking a new step forward. With the support of the world’s leading energy companies, we can combine the best technological and environmental performance.

Jean Todt, FIA President


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How Williams F1 update isn’t just a Red Bull clone



Matt Somerfield

While it’s obvious that the changes will have an effect on the external airflow stream, there’s also a considerable amount of work that’s gone on underneath the hood in order to accommodate them.

It’s clear that there’s heavy influence in design decisions from both Ferrari and Red Bull, with the sidepods completely altered to take onboard a mixture of the design features seen on the leading pair.

While the overall design concept of its sidepods trend more towards Red Bull’s RB18, and some others on the grid that have gravitated towards a downwashing ramp solution, it has a very similar inlet, undercut and flank shape to the Ferrari F1-75, with a wide but shallow mouth design used to supply cool air to the radiators housed within.

The radiators, various coolers, electronics and other ancillaries have all had to be modified and/or repositioned too. Not only in order that the sidepod bodywork can be adjusted but so that the engine cover could be redesigned too.

Williams FW44 rear detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola


Williams FW44 engine detail

Williams FW44 engine detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Beneath the engine cover, where previously a pair of coolers were laid over the top of the power unit, there’s now just one cooler, taking up the type of position we’re used to seeing from Red Bull, McLaren and AlphaTauri.

If we take a look at the sidepod and engine cover bodywork before it is fitted to the cars, it’s pretty obvious to see just how different the two configurations are. The new layout, on the left below, features much wider and longer sidepod bodywork.

The engine cover is now much slimmer behind the airbox given the requisite changes that have been made to the size and position of the internal components.


Williams FW44 sidepod and engine cover comparison

Williams FW44 sidepod and engine cover comparison

Photo by: Uncredited

It’s also worth noting that the floor has also been treated to a design overhaul, with the FW44 now sporting a very different set of floor strakes on the leading edge of the underfloor tunnel. Meanwhile, the triangular-shaped floor edge wing has been discarded in favor of bringing the floor arc forward and altering its geometry.

A limitation on spares and the ability to use Silverstone as the basis for extensive back-to-back data collection means Nicolas Latifi will continue with the older-specification FW44 (bodywork, above right).

But the team is confident that it will see a sizeable performance boost with the new parts installed on Albon’s car.

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MotoAmerica
MotoAmerica: The Final Press Releases From Ridge Motorsports Park

3D Motorsports’ Power claims top-five finish Sunday in MotoAmerica Supersport race after suffering big crash on Saturday

Shakespeare takes home points-paying finishes in Stock 1000, Twins Cup at The Ridge Motorsports Park
 

SHELTON, Wash. — 3D Motorsports’ Luke Power was back to competing with the frontrunners in MotoAmerica’s Supersport Class Saturday and Sunday at The Ridge Motorsports Park. Though Power crashed out of the Saturday’s race, the Australian – who netted his first MotoAmerica podium finish at the prior round – capped off his first time racing at the Washington State track with a top-five finish on Sunday.

One of the team’s other riders – Brit Steven Shakespeare – pulled double duty at the June 24-26 event and claimed points-paying finishes in both Stock 1000 and Twins Cup.

Power took some time to learn The Ridge’s undulating 2.5-mile layout in practice but upped his pace for Friday qualifying. He finished Friday practice 10th fastest but moved up three places in Qualifying 1 while shaving more than three seconds off his best lap time. The team’s third rider, Joe Mariniello, struggled to start the weekend, as he finished Junior Cup Friday practice in 13th and Qualifying 1 in 14th.

Shakespeare also endured a challenging start to the event in Twins Cup. He finished Twins Cup Friday practice in 21st and Qualifying 1 in 20th, though he did improve his best lap time by about three seconds in qualifying. In the Stock 1000 Class, Shakespeare had better fortunes. He concluded Friday practice in 16th but fell to 20th in Friday’s Qualifying 1.

Qualifying for all classes concluded Saturday morning, with Power having secured seventh on the Supersport starting grid, Mariniello 11th in Junior Cup and Shakespeare 21st in Twins Cup and 17th in Stock 1000.

First up to race on Saturday afternoon was Shakespeare in the first of the weekend’s two Stock 1000 races. Though he didn’t get a great start, Shakespeare made up two places in the first three laps of the 10-lap race and was able to finish the race in 16th. Mariniello got a decent start in the Saturday Junior Cup race but wasn’t able to move up the running order and ran in a lonely 11th place for all 10 laps of the race.

Power showed excellent pace in the opening laps of Saturday’s Supersport race. He had moved up to sixth place on the first lap, but a crash on Lap 4 brought his race to an early end. Shakespeare was back on track later Saturday for the Twins Cup contest. Though he was struggling for pace, attrition farther up the running order in the shortened seven-lap race allowed Shakespeare to finish in 15th and score his first Twins Cup points of the 2022 season.

The first race of the day on Sunday was Stock 1000, which saw Shakespeare net his second points-paying finish of the event. Shakespeare was running as high as 15th before the race was stopped due to an on-track incident. Taking the restart from 16th on the grid, moved up to 15th on Lap 4 of the restarted 5-lap race thanks to attrition father up the order, then advanced another position on the last lap to finish 14th. Shakespeare was right back out on track for the day’s Twins Cup race, which he finished in 16th place.

Mariniello had an unfortunate start to the Sunday Junior Cup race, as he was assessed a time penalty for jumping the start. Though he advanced past another rider on Lap 1, Mariniello slipped back to 11th in the running order on Lap 2 and retired from the race on Lap 5.

Power bounced back from his crash on Saturday to nab a top-five result on Sunday. Starting in seventh, Power finished Lap 1 in sixth place – a position he maintained through Laps 2 and 3. Though he dropped as low as seventh during the 15 lap race, attrition on the last lap promoted Power to a fifth-place finish.

The 3D Motorsports LLC team will be back in action the weekend after next when MotoAmerica visits WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on July 8-10.

Luke Power / No. 68 

“This weekend was definitely not what I’d hoped for. We made great progress on Friday, which made the weekend promising for myself and the team. In Race 1, I was in the podium fight and was feeling really good, but unfortunately sent the bike into the trees. The 3D Motorsports team worked their butts off all night to get the bike fixed. I wasn’t feeling great for Race 2, but I pushed on and managed to salvage a fifth place even with a fading rear tire. A massive thank you to the whole team for their endless work and late nights, as they definitely got me out of the crap today. Now it’s on to Laguna, which is a track I’ve been looking forward to all year.”

3D Motorsports’ sponsors for the 2022 MotoAmerica season include Orient Express, K-Tech, BTEC Turbines, 4SR USA, Blud Lubricants, CG Law, Evol Technologies, AF1 Racing, Southern Adrenaline, M4 Exhaust, Valor Farms, Second Hand Motorsports, LS2, Motorcycle Dealer Services and DrippinWet.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by SportbikeTrackGear.com:

Double Deuces for LiMandri at the Ridge

Joseph LiMandri Jr. backed up his first professional win last round with two 2nd place finishes in his very first visit to Ridge Motorsports Park in the SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup this past weekend [June 24-26].

Despite only seeing the track for the first time during Friday’s practice session, Joe was able to quickly adapt and qualify a reasonable sixth.  That enabled him to get away with the lead group and keep the pace.

 

Joseph LiMandri Jr. (62). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy SportbikeTrackGear.com.Joseph LiMandri Jr. (62). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy SportbikeTrackGear.com.

 

Being under the weather all weekend, Joe gave credit to his team. “Corbo (of Bauce Racing) always gives me all the confidence in this Ninja 400 I need, so I can just focus on riding.  A couple of laps in, I could barely breathe, but I knew if I kept them in my sights, I’d have a shot.”  Speaking of shots, he’s quick to mention his main sponsor, “Without the support of SportbikeTrackGear.com, we wouldn’t be here, so I’m super thankful to them too.”

LiMandri finished just 0.2 second off the leader in Race One, and 0.4 second off in Race Two while setting the fastest lap of the weekend.

Teammate Max Van had solid rides with a fifth in Race One, then improving to fourth in Race Two.  “We just didn’t have the pace of the lead group this weekend,” Max said.  “These were tough races, but given the last couple of unlucky ones, I’m happy to get the points haul, and ready to regain some confidence at Laguna.”

Joe and Max sit third and fifth, respectively, in the championship standings with five rounds remaining.

The SportbikeTrackGear.com squad returns to the West Coast on July 8th at Laguna Seca.

As always thanks to: all the SportbikeTrackGear.com customers, Helmet House, Bauce Racing, Cybersafe Solutions, Racing for a Reason, Vortex Racing, M4 Exhaust, REB Graphics, Armour Bodies, Woodcraft Technologies, Motul, Alpinestars, Shoei Helmets, RST, Arai Helmets, SportbikeTrackTime, Evolve GT Track Days, N2 Track Days, Gazebo Contracting, UTR/Torres Racing, Brake Tech USA, Ferodo Racing, Scott Powersports, Spiegler USA, Hanshaw Racing Engines, Precision Auto Works and Driven Racing.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing:

Nearly perfect performance for Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing at The Ridge

With two combined pole positions, three race wins and a third place Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing riders Gus Rodio and Anthony Mazziotto had their best event of the season at Ridge Motorsports Park near Shelton, Washington.

A qualifying time of 1:53.572 earned Gus Rodio the pole position for the races, over a half a second ahead of the competition. He used the grid position to his advantage to stretch out an early lead in Race One that at times was over two seconds, ultimately bringing his Kawasaki Ninja 400 home for the win. In Race Two, a mechanical issue caused Gus to jump the start. He finished the race in second place, but after a five-second penalty for the infraction Gus was scored in third.

 

Gus Rodio (96). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing.Gus Rodio (96). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing.

 

Gus Rodio: “From the beginning of the weekend I felt great at this track. The bike was working well and I was having a lot of fun. When Sunday came around we had clutch issues from warm up to the race, but managed to bring the bike home. We’re going to keep working at this and I’m happy to be leading the championship going into Laguna.”

Smashing the existing Twins Cup lap record with a 1:46.152, Mazziotto claimed the pole position for the weekend and earned a Wilbur watch in the process. Winning red flagged Race One and a full-distance Race Two Anthony leaves “The Ridge” in second place in the championship.

 

Anthony Mazziotto (516). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing.Anthony Mazziotto (516). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing.

 

Anthony Mazziotto: “Coming into The Ridge I had an amazing feeling that the Rodio Racing Warhorse HSBK Aprilia was going to perform well. It was a track where I have experience and felt confident in coming back. We started off leading in P1, but slipped to third in Q1. The team knew what to do to get the bike on pole, and in Q2 we did just that. We are coming home with a pole position and two race wins, so this weekend was a perfect one for us.”

Rodio Warhorse HSBK Racing returns to MotoAmerica racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca July 8-10, 2022.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Altus Motorsports:

MotoAmerica: Results from The Ridge Motorsports Park for the Altus Motorsports WPS FLY Racing Team

(Shelton, WA) The first stop on the West Coast for MotoAmerica was the beautiful, but technical track at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington. The fantastic weather welcomed the team (which was without Justin Jones who opted out for the remainder of the season) for what turned out to be a great weekend.

Superbike Cup & Stock 1000

Brandon Paasch continued his progress on the Altus Suzuki GSX-R1000R. Unlike some other races on the schedule this season, “The Ridge” featured a doubleheader for the Stock 1000 class. Paasch finished both in sixth position. In the Superbike Races, he finished 15th in Race One and 14th in Race Two. The Superbike Cup is a race-within-a-race of Stock 1000 bikes among the Superbikes. In that class, Brandon garnered good points taking third place both days.

 

Brandon Paasch (96). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.Brandon Paasch (96). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.

 

Supersport 

Jaret Nassaney made a step forward in his riding this year. He has finished in the top 10 almost every round and is now targeting the top five spots. In Supersport Race One at “The Ridge,” Nassaney started in eighth and finished in seventh. In the second race, he was battling for fifth when he and another racer collided and ended up on the ground. In spite of the crash, Jaret finished 10th after picking the bike up.

“I was excited to go back to ‘The Ridge’ because it’s a track I really enjoy. I rode my tail off all weekend but didn’t get the results I was hoping for. I was in fifth for most of all Race Two but had an incident with another racer that caused us both to go down. I got the bike up and managed to finish 10th. I was really looking forward to another top five finish! We know we can be up there and I’m looking forward to Laguna Seca in a few weeks,” said Jaret Nassaney.

 

Jaret Nassaney (59). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.Jaret Nassaney (59). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.

 

Junior Cup

Kayla Yaakov has been on almost every Junior Cup podium this year, but the top step has eluded her. That changed at “The Ridge.” She started both races from the middle of the first row – her best qualifying of the season. In Race One, she managed third place but the bike setup was not optimal. After a set-up overhaul, Kayla rolled the bike out in Sunday morning warm-up and it was “perfect.” And it showed in Race Two. Kayla led most of the race and notched her first victory. This is not only an iconic moment for her, but also for the sport. Yaakov is the first female winner since MotoAmerica began running the American series. Kayla currently sits in fourth place in the Junior Cup series but is only eight points out of first place.

 

Kayla Yaakov (59). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.Kayla Yaakov (31). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.

 

“What an absolutely amazing weekend at Ridge Motorsports Park! Not only was this a huge win for me personally, but I became the first woman to ever win a MotoAmerica race! This truly feels like the best weekend of racing in my entire career. I was in the top three in all of my sessions. I started the weekend with my best ever qualifying position of second, (a big step up from my previous best qualifying position of seventh). That gave me a tremendous amount of confidence going into the races. In Race One, we battled a bit with the setup but still came home with another podium in third place. I knew that a change needed to be made for the second race. My entire Altus Motorsports crew (with the help of Stoney and Rocco Landers) made a bunch of adjustments. In Sunday morning warmup, the motorcycle was almost completely different from the start of the weekend, but it felt absolutely perfect. This was a huge confidence boost. I had an awesome Race Two. I led the most laps and had one of the fastest laps of the race. Most importantly, I had a great bike under me that was able to give me the confidence and ability to win. I’m so happy to finally get this elusive victory, and hopefully, there are many more to come in the future! This year has been dedicated to my brother Dylan Quaid, who passed away in December of last year. This win was entirely for him, and I know he’s smiling wherever he is. Thank you to all of the wonderful people and sponsors who have made this possible!” said Kayla Yaakov.

“The team had a great weekend in Washington. Our crew is a great family and our pit is a wonderful place to be. We support each other and I could not ask for a better group of crew and racers. I can’t express how proud I am of Kayla. We knew her win was coming. She is an immensely talented and fantastic person and we are just glad to be a part of her success. And I’m also super proud of Jaret and Brandon. Both continue to make progress. Jaret was up as high as fourth at one point. His step forward this year has been impressive,” said team owner George Nassaney.

The Altus Motorsports team is supported by our great family of sponsors: Altus Motorsports, FLY Racing WPS, Suzuki Motor USA LLC, MOTO-D Racing, Bonamici, Hot Bodies Racing, M4 Exhausts, Vortex EK, Motion Pro, Barnett, Maxima Racing Oils, SBS Brakes, BrakeTech USA, Inc., Ohlins, K-Tech, RS Taichi, Arai, Law Tigers Oklahoma, and Altus Factory Racing.


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Super Hooligan Will Be A “Carousel Of Progress” At Laguna Seca – MotoAmerica

The past, present, and future come together next weekend for Roland Sands Design’s Super Hooligan National Championship, which is part of GEICO Motorcycles MotoAmerica Superbikes At Monterey.

I love going to Disney World (and Disneyland, too, for that matter). My favorite attraction has always been “Pirates of the Caribbean,” but “Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress” is a close second for me. There’s something about taking a whimsical look at life during various eras that just entertains me to no end.

Roland Sands Design’s Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC) at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca next weekend will be a Carousel of Progress. The past, present, and future of motorcycle road racing will be on track, and it’s one more reason you won’t want to miss next weekend’s GEICO Motorcycle MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey.

Jesse Davis’s 1982 Yamaha XV920R. Photo courtesy of Jesse Davis.

The Past

In 1981 and 1982, near the beginning of the “Virago era,” Yamaha produced a V-twin sportbike called the XV920R. In Europe, the bike was called a TR1, and unlike the Virago models of the time, the XV920R was equipped with a chain drive instead of a shaft. Certain adventuresome road racers decided to race the bike, and one of them was Vernon Davis. At the time, the bike was eligible for entry in both Battle of the Twins and Superbike. In fact, Davis asked Kevin Schwantz if he’d like to race his 1982 XV920RJ in the AMA Superbike round at Laguna Seca, and Schwantz, who’d just gotten his Superbike license, happily obliged. He finished fifth in the first Superbike heat race behind four HRC-built Honda Interceptors and qualified on the second row of the grid.

Next weekend, an XV920R will turn a wheel in anger once again at Laguna Seca. Vernon Davis’s son Jesse has built his own version of his father’s XV920R, with a few updates, and he will compete in Super Hooligan.

Championship leader DiBrino aboard his JLC Concrete/KTM/DiBrino Racing KTM 890 Duke R. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

The Present

With two rounds of the SHNC already already completed, the Championship is currently led by Andy DiBrino aboard a JLC Concrete/KTM/DiBrino Racing KTM 890 Duke R. The bike is a 2022 model and features a fully modern, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, 889cc parallel-twin engine with a full suite of electronics.

The Indian FTR1200, along with Ducati’s Hypermotard 950 SP and 821 SP, also compete in Super Hooligan and, like the KTM Duke, are perfect examples of the state of the art for present-day motorcycles.

Kenyon Kluge and his Zero Motorcycles SR/F. Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles.

The Future

For the first time ever, not all the bikes competing in the Roland Sands Design’s Super Hooligan National Championship will be equipped with internal combustion engines (known as “ICE” in modern nomenclature). The future is now, and Zero Motorcyles engineer Kenyon Kluge will be aboard one of his company’s SR/F all-electric sportbikes. Kluge races the Zero on a fairly regular basis include, ironically, in American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) races because the organization has race classes in which electric bikes are accepted for competition.

Mesa at speed on the Energica Eva Ribelle RS. Photo by CaliPhotography courtesy of Tytlers Cycle Racing.

Another all-electric bike, the 2023 (we said future) Energica Eva Ribelle RS will be piloted by Stefano Mesa, who recently tested the machine at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Mesa will be riding for Tytlers Cycle Racing, whose team owner Michael Kiley is behind the project. Kiley has made a big splash in MotoAmerica this season with his Tytlers Cycle Racing Superbike team fielding Hector Barbera and PJ Jacobsen in MotoAmerica’s Medallia Superbike Championship and Tytlers Cycle/RideHVMC Racing featuring Corey Alexander and Travis Wyman in Yuasa Stock 1000 and Medallia Superbike.

Look for Kluge and Mesa to mix it up aboard their electric bikes, not only with each other, but also with the 34 ICE motorcycles entered to race in Super Hooligan at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca next weekend.

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Super Hooligan Will Be A “Carousel Of Progress” At Laguna Seca – MotoAmerica

The past, present, and future come together next weekend for Roland Sands Design’s Super Hooligan National Championship, which is part of GEICO Motorcycles MotoAmerica Superbikes At Monterey.

I love going to Disney World (and Disneyland, too, for that matter). My favorite attraction has always been “Pirates of the Caribbean,” but “Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress” is a close second for me. There’s something about taking a whimsical look at life during various eras that just entertains me to no end.

Roland Sands Design’s Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC) at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca next weekend will be a Carousel of Progress. The past, present, and future of motorcycle road racing will be on track, and it’s one more reason you won’t want to miss next weekend’s GEICO Motorcycle MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey.

Jesse Davis’s 1982 Yamaha XV920R. Photo courtesy of Jesse Davis.

The Past

In 1981 and 1982, near the beginning of the “Virago era,” Yamaha produced a V-twin sportbike called the XV920R. In Europe, the bike was called a TR1, and unlike the Virago models of the time, the XV920R was equipped with a chain drive instead of a shaft. Certain adventuresome road racers decided to race the bike, and one of them was Vernon Davis. At the time, the bike was eligible for entry in both Battle of the Twins and Superbike. In fact, Davis asked Kevin Schwantz if he’d like to race his 1982 XV920RJ in the AMA Superbike round at Laguna Seca, and Schwantz, who’d just gotten his Superbike license, happily obliged. He finished fifth in the first Superbike heat race behind four HRC-built Honda Interceptors and qualified on the second row of the grid.

Next weekend, an XV920R will turn a wheel in anger once again at Laguna Seca. Vernon Davis’s son Jesse has built his own version of his father’s XV920R, with a few updates, and he will compete in Super Hooligan.

Championship leader DiBrino aboard his JLC Concrete/KTM/DiBrino Racing KTM 890 Duke R. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

The Present

With two rounds of the SHNC already already completed, the Championship is currently led by Andy DiBrino aboard a JLC Concrete/KTM/DiBrino Racing KTM 890 Duke R. The bike is a 2022 model and features a fully modern, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, 889cc parallel-twin engine with a full suite of electronics.

The Indian FTR1200, along with Ducati’s Hypermotard 950 SP and 821 SP, also compete in Super Hooligan and, like the KTM Duke, are perfect examples of the state of the art for present-day motorcycles.

Kenyon Kluge and his Zero Motorcycles SR/F. Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles.

The Future

For the first time ever, not all the bikes competing in the Roland Sands Design’s Super Hooligan National Championship will be equipped with internal combustion engines (known as “ICE” in modern nomenclature). The future is now, and Zero Motorcyles engineer Kenyon Kluge will be aboard one of his company’s SR/F all-electric sportbikes. Kluge races the Zero on a fairly regular basis include, ironically, in American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) races because the organization has race classes in which electric bikes are accepted for competition.

Mesa at speed on the Energica Eva Ribelle RS. Photo by CaliPhotography courtesy of Tytlers Cycle Racing.

Another all-electric bike, the 2023 (we said future) Energica Eva Ribelle RS will be piloted by Stefano Mesa, who recently tested the machine at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Mesa will be riding for Tytlers Cycle Racing, whose team owner Michael Kiley is behind the project. Kiley has made a big splash in MotoAmerica this season with his Tytlers Cycle Racing Superbike team fielding Hector Barbera and PJ Jacobsen in MotoAmerica’s Medallia Superbike Championship and Tytlers Cycle/RideHVMC Racing featuring Corey Alexander and Travis Wyman in Yuasa Stock 1000 and Medallia Superbike.

Look for Kluge and Mesa to mix it up aboard their electric bikes, not only with each other, but also with the 34 ICE motorcycles entered to race in Super Hooligan at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca next weekend.

For the full 2022 MotoAmerica schedule and to purchase tickets for MotoAmerica events, click HERE

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MotoAmerica: The Final Press Releases From Ridge Motorsports Park

3D Motorsports’ Power claims top-five finish Sunday in MotoAmerica Supersport race after suffering big crash on Saturday

Shakespeare takes home points-paying finishes in Stock 1000, Twins Cup at The Ridge Motorsports Park
 

SHELTON, Wash. — 3D Motorsports’ Luke Power was back to competing with the frontrunners in MotoAmerica’s Supersport Class Saturday and Sunday at The Ridge Motorsports Park. Though Power crashed out of the Saturday’s race, the Australian – who netted his first MotoAmerica podium finish at the prior round – capped off his first time racing at the Washington State track with a top-five finish on Sunday.

One of the team’s other riders – Brit Steven Shakespeare – pulled double duty at the June 24-26 event and claimed points-paying finishes in both Stock 1000 and Twins Cup.

Power took some time to learn The Ridge’s undulating 2.5-mile layout in practice but upped his pace for Friday qualifying. He finished Friday practice 10th fastest but moved up three places in Qualifying 1 while shaving more than three seconds off his best lap time. The team’s third rider, Joe Mariniello, struggled to start the weekend, as he finished Junior Cup Friday practice in 13th and Qualifying 1 in 14th.

Shakespeare also endured a challenging start to the event in Twins Cup. He finished Twins Cup Friday practice in 21st and Qualifying 1 in 20th, though he did improve his best lap time by about three seconds in qualifying. In the Stock 1000 Class, Shakespeare had better fortunes. He concluded Friday practice in 16th but fell to 20th in Friday’s Qualifying 1.

Qualifying for all classes concluded Saturday morning, with Power having secured seventh on the Supersport starting grid, Mariniello 11th in Junior Cup and Shakespeare 21st in Twins Cup and 17th in Stock 1000.

First up to race on Saturday afternoon was Shakespeare in the first of the weekend’s two Stock 1000 races. Though he didn’t get a great start, Shakespeare made up two places in the first three laps of the 10-lap race and was able to finish the race in 16th. Mariniello got a decent start in the Saturday Junior Cup race but wasn’t able to move up the running order and ran in a lonely 11th place for all 10 laps of the race.

Power showed excellent pace in the opening laps of Saturday’s Supersport race. He had moved up to sixth place on the first lap, but a crash on Lap 4 brought his race to an early end. Shakespeare was back on track later Saturday for the Twins Cup contest. Though he was struggling for pace, attrition farther up the running order in the shortened seven-lap race allowed Shakespeare to finish in 15th and score his first Twins Cup points of the 2022 season.

The first race of the day on Sunday was Stock 1000, which saw Shakespeare net his second points-paying finish of the event. Shakespeare was running as high as 15th before the race was stopped due to an on-track incident. Taking the restart from 16th on the grid, moved up to 15th on Lap 4 of the restarted 5-lap race thanks to attrition father up the order, then advanced another position on the last lap to finish 14th. Shakespeare was right back out on track for the day’s Twins Cup race, which he finished in 16th place.

Mariniello had an unfortunate start to the Sunday Junior Cup race, as he was assessed a time penalty for jumping the start. Though he advanced past another rider on Lap 1, Mariniello slipped back to 11th in the running order on Lap 2 and retired from the race on Lap 5.

Power bounced back from his crash on Saturday to nab a top-five result on Sunday. Starting in seventh, Power finished Lap 1 in sixth place – a position he maintained through Laps 2 and 3. Though he dropped as low as seventh during the 15 lap race, attrition on the last lap promoted Power to a fifth-place finish.

The 3D Motorsports LLC team will be back in action the weekend after next when MotoAmerica visits WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on July 8-10.

Luke Power / No. 68 

“This weekend was definitely not what I’d hoped for. We made great progress on Friday, which made the weekend promising for myself and the team. In Race 1, I was in the podium fight and was feeling really good, but unfortunately sent the bike into the trees. The 3D Motorsports team worked their butts off all night to get the bike fixed. I wasn’t feeling great for Race 2, but I pushed on and managed to salvage a fifth place even with a fading rear tire. A massive thank you to the whole team for their endless work and late nights, as they definitely got me out of the crap today. Now it’s on to Laguna, which is a track I’ve been looking forward to all year.”

3D Motorsports’ sponsors for the 2022 MotoAmerica season include Orient Express, K-Tech, BTEC Turbines, 4SR USA, Blud Lubricants, CG Law, Evol Technologies, AF1 Racing, Southern Adrenaline, M4 Exhaust, Valor Farms, Second Hand Motorsports, LS2, Motorcycle Dealer Services and DrippinWet.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by SportbikeTrackGear.com:

Double Deuces for LiMandri at the Ridge

Joseph LiMandri Jr. backed up his first professional win last round with two 2nd place finishes in his very first visit to Ridge Motorsports Park in the SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup this past weekend [June 24-26].

Despite only seeing the track for the first time during Friday’s practice session, Joe was able to quickly adapt and qualify a reasonable sixth.  That enabled him to get away with the lead group and keep the pace.

 

Joseph LiMandri Jr. (62). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy SportbikeTrackGear.com.Joseph LiMandri Jr. (62). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy SportbikeTrackGear.com.

 

Being under the weather all weekend, Joe gave credit to his team. “Corbo (of Bauce Racing) always gives me all the confidence in this Ninja 400 I need, so I can just focus on riding.  A couple of laps in, I could barely breathe, but I knew if I kept them in my sights, I’d have a shot.”  Speaking of shots, he’s quick to mention his main sponsor, “Without the support of SportbikeTrackGear.com, we wouldn’t be here, so I’m super thankful to them too.”

LiMandri finished just 0.2 second off the leader in Race One, and 0.4 second off in Race Two while setting the fastest lap of the weekend.

Teammate Max Van had solid rides with a fifth in Race One, then improving to fourth in Race Two.  “We just didn’t have the pace of the lead group this weekend,” Max said.  “These were tough races, but given the last couple of unlucky ones, I’m happy to get the points haul, and ready to regain some confidence at Laguna.”

Joe and Max sit third and fifth, respectively, in the championship standings with five rounds remaining.

The SportbikeTrackGear.com squad returns to the West Coast on July 8th at Laguna Seca.

As always thanks to: all the SportbikeTrackGear.com customers, Helmet House, Bauce Racing, Cybersafe Solutions, Racing for a Reason, Vortex Racing, M4 Exhaust, REB Graphics, Armour Bodies, Woodcraft Technologies, Motul, Alpinestars, Shoei Helmets, RST, Arai Helmets, SportbikeTrackTime, Evolve GT Track Days, N2 Track Days, Gazebo Contracting, UTR/Torres Racing, Brake Tech USA, Ferodo Racing, Scott Powersports, Spiegler USA, Hanshaw Racing Engines, Precision Auto Works and Driven Racing.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing:

Nearly perfect performance for Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing at The Ridge

With two combined pole positions, three race wins and a third place Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing riders Gus Rodio and Anthony Mazziotto had their best event of the season at Ridge Motorsports Park near Shelton, Washington.

A qualifying time of 1:53.572 earned Gus Rodio the pole position for the races, over a half a second ahead of the competition. He used the grid position to his advantage to stretch out an early lead in Race One that at times was over two seconds, ultimately bringing his Kawasaki Ninja 400 home for the win. In Race Two, a mechanical issue caused Gus to jump the start. He finished the race in second place, but after a five-second penalty for the infraction Gus was scored in third.

 

Gus Rodio (96). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing.Gus Rodio (96). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing.

 

Gus Rodio: “From the beginning of the weekend I felt great at this track. The bike was working well and I was having a lot of fun. When Sunday came around we had clutch issues from warm up to the race, but managed to bring the bike home. We’re going to keep working at this and I’m happy to be leading the championship going into Laguna.”

Smashing the existing Twins Cup lap record with a 1:46.152, Mazziotto claimed the pole position for the weekend and earned a Wilbur watch in the process. Winning red flagged Race One and a full-distance Race Two Anthony leaves “The Ridge” in second place in the championship.

 

Anthony Mazziotto (516). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing.Anthony Mazziotto (516). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing.

 

Anthony Mazziotto: “Coming into The Ridge I had an amazing feeling that the Rodio Racing Warhorse HSBK Aprilia was going to perform well. It was a track where I have experience and felt confident in coming back. We started off leading in P1, but slipped to third in Q1. The team knew what to do to get the bike on pole, and in Q2 we did just that. We are coming home with a pole position and two race wins, so this weekend was a perfect one for us.”

Rodio Warhorse HSBK Racing returns to MotoAmerica racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca July 8-10, 2022.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Altus Motorsports:

MotoAmerica: Results from The Ridge Motorsports Park for the Altus Motorsports WPS FLY Racing Team

(Shelton, WA) The first stop on the West Coast for MotoAmerica was the beautiful, but technical track at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington. The fantastic weather welcomed the team (which was without Justin Jones who opted out for the remainder of the season) for what turned out to be a great weekend.

Superbike Cup & Stock 1000

Brandon Paasch continued his progress on the Altus Suzuki GSX-R1000R. Unlike some other races on the schedule this season, “The Ridge” featured a doubleheader for the Stock 1000 class. Paasch finished both in sixth position. In the Superbike Races, he finished 15th in Race One and 14th in Race Two. The Superbike Cup is a race-within-a-race of Stock 1000 bikes among the Superbikes. In that class, Brandon garnered good points taking third place both days.

 

Brandon Paasch (96). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.Brandon Paasch (96). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.

 

Supersport 

Jaret Nassaney made a step forward in his riding this year. He has finished in the top 10 almost every round and is now targeting the top five spots. In Supersport Race One at “The Ridge,” Nassaney started in eighth and finished in seventh. In the second race, he was battling for fifth when he and another racer collided and ended up on the ground. In spite of the crash, Jaret finished 10th after picking the bike up.

“I was excited to go back to ‘The Ridge’ because it’s a track I really enjoy. I rode my tail off all weekend but didn’t get the results I was hoping for. I was in fifth for most of all Race Two but had an incident with another racer that caused us both to go down. I got the bike up and managed to finish 10th. I was really looking forward to another top five finish! We know we can be up there and I’m looking forward to Laguna Seca in a few weeks,” said Jaret Nassaney.

 

Jaret Nassaney (59). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.Jaret Nassaney (59). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.

 

Junior Cup

Kayla Yaakov has been on almost every Junior Cup podium this year, but the top step has eluded her. That changed at “The Ridge.” She started both races from the middle of the first row – her best qualifying of the season. In Race One, she managed third place but the bike setup was not optimal. After a set-up overhaul, Kayla rolled the bike out in Sunday morning warm-up and it was “perfect.” And it showed in Race Two. Kayla led most of the race and notched her first victory. This is not only an iconic moment for her, but also for the sport. Yaakov is the first female winner since MotoAmerica began running the American series. Kayla currently sits in fourth place in the Junior Cup series but is only eight points out of first place.

 

Kayla Yaakov (59). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.Kayla Yaakov (31). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.

 

“What an absolutely amazing weekend at Ridge Motorsports Park! Not only was this a huge win for me personally, but I became the first woman to ever win a MotoAmerica race! This truly feels like the best weekend of racing in my entire career. I was in the top three in all of my sessions. I started the weekend with my best ever qualifying position of second, (a big step up from my previous best qualifying position of seventh). That gave me a tremendous amount of confidence going into the races. In Race One, we battled a bit with the setup but still came home with another podium in third place. I knew that a change needed to be made for the second race. My entire Altus Motorsports crew (with the help of Stoney and Rocco Landers) made a bunch of adjustments. In Sunday morning warmup, the motorcycle was almost completely different from the start of the weekend, but it felt absolutely perfect. This was a huge confidence boost. I had an awesome Race Two. I led the most laps and had one of the fastest laps of the race. Most importantly, I had a great bike under me that was able to give me the confidence and ability to win. I’m so happy to finally get this elusive victory, and hopefully, there are many more to come in the future! This year has been dedicated to my brother Dylan Quaid, who passed away in December of last year. This win was entirely for him, and I know he’s smiling wherever he is. Thank you to all of the wonderful people and sponsors who have made this possible!” said Kayla Yaakov.

“The team had a great weekend in Washington. Our crew is a great family and our pit is a wonderful place to be. We support each other and I could not ask for a better group of crew and racers. I can’t express how proud I am of Kayla. We knew her win was coming. She is an immensely talented and fantastic person and we are just glad to be a part of her success. And I’m also super proud of Jaret and Brandon. Both continue to make progress. Jaret was up as high as fourth at one point. His step forward this year has been impressive,” said team owner George Nassaney.

The Altus Motorsports team is supported by our great family of sponsors: Altus Motorsports, FLY Racing WPS, Suzuki Motor USA LLC, MOTO-D Racing, Bonamici, Hot Bodies Racing, M4 Exhausts, Vortex EK, Motion Pro, Barnett, Maxima Racing Oils, SBS Brakes, BrakeTech USA, Inc., Ohlins, K-Tech, RS Taichi, Arai, Law Tigers Oklahoma, and Altus Factory Racing.


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MotoAmerica: The Final Press Releases From Ridge Motorsports Park

3D Motorsports’ Power claims top-five finish Sunday in MotoAmerica Supersport race after suffering big crash on Saturday

Shakespeare takes home points-paying finishes in Stock 1000, Twins Cup at The Ridge Motorsports Park
 

SHELTON, Wash. — 3D Motorsports’ Luke Power was back to competing with the frontrunners in MotoAmerica’s Supersport Class Saturday and Sunday at The Ridge Motorsports Park. Though Power crashed out of the Saturday’s race, the Australian – who netted his first MotoAmerica podium finish at the prior round – capped off his first time racing at the Washington State track with a top-five finish on Sunday.

One of the team’s other riders – Brit Steven Shakespeare – pulled double duty at the June 24-26 event and claimed points-paying finishes in both Stock 1000 and Twins Cup.

Power took some time to learn The Ridge’s undulating 2.5-mile layout in practice but upped his pace for Friday qualifying. He finished Friday practice 10th fastest but moved up three places in Qualifying 1 while shaving more than three seconds off his best lap time. The team’s third rider, Joe Mariniello, struggled to start the weekend, as he finished Junior Cup Friday practice in 13th and Qualifying 1 in 14th.

Shakespeare also endured a challenging start to the event in Twins Cup. He finished Twins Cup Friday practice in 21st and Qualifying 1 in 20th, though he did improve his best lap time by about three seconds in qualifying. In the Stock 1000 Class, Shakespeare had better fortunes. He concluded Friday practice in 16th but fell to 20th in Friday’s Qualifying 1.

Qualifying for all classes concluded Saturday morning, with Power having secured seventh on the Supersport starting grid, Mariniello 11th in Junior Cup and Shakespeare 21st in Twins Cup and 17th in Stock 1000.

First up to race on Saturday afternoon was Shakespeare in the first of the weekend’s two Stock 1000 races. Though he didn’t get a great start, Shakespeare made up two places in the first three laps of the 10-lap race and was able to finish the race in 16th. Mariniello got a decent start in the Saturday Junior Cup race but wasn’t able to move up the running order and ran in a lonely 11th place for all 10 laps of the race.

Power showed excellent pace in the opening laps of Saturday’s Supersport race. He had moved up to sixth place on the first lap, but a crash on Lap 4 brought his race to an early end. Shakespeare was back on track later Saturday for the Twins Cup contest. Though he was struggling for pace, attrition farther up the running order in the shortened seven-lap race allowed Shakespeare to finish in 15th and score his first Twins Cup points of the 2022 season.

The first race of the day on Sunday was Stock 1000, which saw Shakespeare net his second points-paying finish of the event. Shakespeare was running as high as 15th before the race was stopped due to an on-track incident. Taking the restart from 16th on the grid, moved up to 15th on Lap 4 of the restarted 5-lap race thanks to attrition father up the order, then advanced another position on the last lap to finish 14th. Shakespeare was right back out on track for the day’s Twins Cup race, which he finished in 16th place.

Mariniello had an unfortunate start to the Sunday Junior Cup race, as he was assessed a time penalty for jumping the start. Though he advanced past another rider on Lap 1, Mariniello slipped back to 11th in the running order on Lap 2 and retired from the race on Lap 5.

Power bounced back from his crash on Saturday to nab a top-five result on Sunday. Starting in seventh, Power finished Lap 1 in sixth place – a position he maintained through Laps 2 and 3. Though he dropped as low as seventh during the 15 lap race, attrition on the last lap promoted Power to a fifth-place finish.

The 3D Motorsports LLC team will be back in action the weekend after next when MotoAmerica visits WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on July 8-10.

Luke Power / No. 68 

“This weekend was definitely not what I’d hoped for. We made great progress on Friday, which made the weekend promising for myself and the team. In Race 1, I was in the podium fight and was feeling really good, but unfortunately sent the bike into the trees. The 3D Motorsports team worked their butts off all night to get the bike fixed. I wasn’t feeling great for Race 2, but I pushed on and managed to salvage a fifth place even with a fading rear tire. A massive thank you to the whole team for their endless work and late nights, as they definitely got me out of the crap today. Now it’s on to Laguna, which is a track I’ve been looking forward to all year.”

3D Motorsports’ sponsors for the 2022 MotoAmerica season include Orient Express, K-Tech, BTEC Turbines, 4SR USA, Blud Lubricants, CG Law, Evol Technologies, AF1 Racing, Southern Adrenaline, M4 Exhaust, Valor Farms, Second Hand Motorsports, LS2, Motorcycle Dealer Services and DrippinWet.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by SportbikeTrackGear.com:

Double Deuces for LiMandri at the Ridge

Joseph LiMandri Jr. backed up his first professional win last round with two 2nd place finishes in his very first visit to Ridge Motorsports Park in the SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup this past weekend [June 24-26].

Despite only seeing the track for the first time during Friday’s practice session, Joe was able to quickly adapt and qualify a reasonable sixth.  That enabled him to get away with the lead group and keep the pace.

 

Joseph LiMandri Jr. (62). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy SportbikeTrackGear.com.Joseph LiMandri Jr. (62). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy SportbikeTrackGear.com.

 

Being under the weather all weekend, Joe gave credit to his team. “Corbo (of Bauce Racing) always gives me all the confidence in this Ninja 400 I need, so I can just focus on riding.  A couple of laps in, I could barely breathe, but I knew if I kept them in my sights, I’d have a shot.”  Speaking of shots, he’s quick to mention his main sponsor, “Without the support of SportbikeTrackGear.com, we wouldn’t be here, so I’m super thankful to them too.”

LiMandri finished just 0.2 second off the leader in Race One, and 0.4 second off in Race Two while setting the fastest lap of the weekend.

Teammate Max Van had solid rides with a fifth in Race One, then improving to fourth in Race Two.  “We just didn’t have the pace of the lead group this weekend,” Max said.  “These were tough races, but given the last couple of unlucky ones, I’m happy to get the points haul, and ready to regain some confidence at Laguna.”

Joe and Max sit third and fifth, respectively, in the championship standings with five rounds remaining.

The SportbikeTrackGear.com squad returns to the West Coast on July 8th at Laguna Seca.

As always thanks to: all the SportbikeTrackGear.com customers, Helmet House, Bauce Racing, Cybersafe Solutions, Racing for a Reason, Vortex Racing, M4 Exhaust, REB Graphics, Armour Bodies, Woodcraft Technologies, Motul, Alpinestars, Shoei Helmets, RST, Arai Helmets, SportbikeTrackTime, Evolve GT Track Days, N2 Track Days, Gazebo Contracting, UTR/Torres Racing, Brake Tech USA, Ferodo Racing, Scott Powersports, Spiegler USA, Hanshaw Racing Engines, Precision Auto Works and Driven Racing.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing:

Nearly perfect performance for Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing at The Ridge

With two combined pole positions, three race wins and a third place Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing riders Gus Rodio and Anthony Mazziotto had their best event of the season at Ridge Motorsports Park near Shelton, Washington.

A qualifying time of 1:53.572 earned Gus Rodio the pole position for the races, over a half a second ahead of the competition. He used the grid position to his advantage to stretch out an early lead in Race One that at times was over two seconds, ultimately bringing his Kawasaki Ninja 400 home for the win. In Race Two, a mechanical issue caused Gus to jump the start. He finished the race in second place, but after a five-second penalty for the infraction Gus was scored in third.

 

Gus Rodio (96). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing.Gus Rodio (96). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing.

 

Gus Rodio: “From the beginning of the weekend I felt great at this track. The bike was working well and I was having a lot of fun. When Sunday came around we had clutch issues from warm up to the race, but managed to bring the bike home. We’re going to keep working at this and I’m happy to be leading the championship going into Laguna.”

Smashing the existing Twins Cup lap record with a 1:46.152, Mazziotto claimed the pole position for the weekend and earned a Wilbur watch in the process. Winning red flagged Race One and a full-distance Race Two Anthony leaves “The Ridge” in second place in the championship.

 

Anthony Mazziotto (516). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing.Anthony Mazziotto (516). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing.

 

Anthony Mazziotto: “Coming into The Ridge I had an amazing feeling that the Rodio Racing Warhorse HSBK Aprilia was going to perform well. It was a track where I have experience and felt confident in coming back. We started off leading in P1, but slipped to third in Q1. The team knew what to do to get the bike on pole, and in Q2 we did just that. We are coming home with a pole position and two race wins, so this weekend was a perfect one for us.”

Rodio Warhorse HSBK Racing returns to MotoAmerica racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca July 8-10, 2022.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Altus Motorsports:

MotoAmerica: Results from The Ridge Motorsports Park for the Altus Motorsports WPS FLY Racing Team

(Shelton, WA) The first stop on the West Coast for MotoAmerica was the beautiful, but technical track at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington. The fantastic weather welcomed the team (which was without Justin Jones who opted out for the remainder of the season) for what turned out to be a great weekend.

Superbike Cup & Stock 1000

Brandon Paasch continued his progress on the Altus Suzuki GSX-R1000R. Unlike some other races on the schedule this season, “The Ridge” featured a doubleheader for the Stock 1000 class. Paasch finished both in sixth position. In the Superbike Races, he finished 15th in Race One and 14th in Race Two. The Superbike Cup is a race-within-a-race of Stock 1000 bikes among the Superbikes. In that class, Brandon garnered good points taking third place both days.

 

Brandon Paasch (96). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.Brandon Paasch (96). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.

 

Supersport 

Jaret Nassaney made a step forward in his riding this year. He has finished in the top 10 almost every round and is now targeting the top five spots. In Supersport Race One at “The Ridge,” Nassaney started in eighth and finished in seventh. In the second race, he was battling for fifth when he and another racer collided and ended up on the ground. In spite of the crash, Jaret finished 10th after picking the bike up.

“I was excited to go back to ‘The Ridge’ because it’s a track I really enjoy. I rode my tail off all weekend but didn’t get the results I was hoping for. I was in fifth for most of all Race Two but had an incident with another racer that caused us both to go down. I got the bike up and managed to finish 10th. I was really looking forward to another top five finish! We know we can be up there and I’m looking forward to Laguna Seca in a few weeks,” said Jaret Nassaney.

 

Jaret Nassaney (59). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.Jaret Nassaney (59). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.

 

Junior Cup

Kayla Yaakov has been on almost every Junior Cup podium this year, but the top step has eluded her. That changed at “The Ridge.” She started both races from the middle of the first row – her best qualifying of the season. In Race One, she managed third place but the bike setup was not optimal. After a set-up overhaul, Kayla rolled the bike out in Sunday morning warm-up and it was “perfect.” And it showed in Race Two. Kayla led most of the race and notched her first victory. This is not only an iconic moment for her, but also for the sport. Yaakov is the first female winner since MotoAmerica began running the American series. Kayla currently sits in fourth place in the Junior Cup series but is only eight points out of first place.

 

Kayla Yaakov (59). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.Kayla Yaakov (31). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.

 

“What an absolutely amazing weekend at Ridge Motorsports Park! Not only was this a huge win for me personally, but I became the first woman to ever win a MotoAmerica race! This truly feels like the best weekend of racing in my entire career. I was in the top three in all of my sessions. I started the weekend with my best ever qualifying position of second, (a big step up from my previous best qualifying position of seventh). That gave me a tremendous amount of confidence going into the races. In Race One, we battled a bit with the setup but still came home with another podium in third place. I knew that a change needed to be made for the second race. My entire Altus Motorsports crew (with the help of Stoney and Rocco Landers) made a bunch of adjustments. In Sunday morning warmup, the motorcycle was almost completely different from the start of the weekend, but it felt absolutely perfect. This was a huge confidence boost. I had an awesome Race Two. I led the most laps and had one of the fastest laps of the race. Most importantly, I had a great bike under me that was able to give me the confidence and ability to win. I’m so happy to finally get this elusive victory, and hopefully, there are many more to come in the future! This year has been dedicated to my brother Dylan Quaid, who passed away in December of last year. This win was entirely for him, and I know he’s smiling wherever he is. Thank you to all of the wonderful people and sponsors who have made this possible!” said Kayla Yaakov.

“The team had a great weekend in Washington. Our crew is a great family and our pit is a wonderful place to be. We support each other and I could not ask for a better group of crew and racers. I can’t express how proud I am of Kayla. We knew her win was coming. She is an immensely talented and fantastic person and we are just glad to be a part of her success. And I’m also super proud of Jaret and Brandon. Both continue to make progress. Jaret was up as high as fourth at one point. His step forward this year has been impressive,” said team owner George Nassaney.

The Altus Motorsports team is supported by our great family of sponsors: Altus Motorsports, FLY Racing WPS, Suzuki Motor USA LLC, MOTO-D Racing, Bonamici, Hot Bodies Racing, M4 Exhausts, Vortex EK, Motion Pro, Barnett, Maxima Racing Oils, SBS Brakes, BrakeTech USA, Inc., Ohlins, K-Tech, RS Taichi, Arai, Law Tigers Oklahoma, and Altus Factory Racing.


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