MI ES, 29 October - Open letter from FIM President Vito Ippolito:
The recent events arising in connection with the competition for the 2015 FIM MotoGP world title have had a damaging effect on the staging of our competitions and poisoned the atmosphere around the sport. We are moving away from the tradition of pride in sportsmanship that is part of the heritage of motorcycling.
Everyone has the right to express his or her own ideas. But words and actions always have consequences. Every individual has to take responsibility for those consequences. The riders, first of all, must be aware of this. Each one of them has thousands of fans who follow their exploits on the track and listen to what they say off the track. For that reason, we look to them, not just in this Championship but in all our disciplines, to set the best example of what our sport should and aspires to be.
This responsibility is also shared by the people who form their entourage, beginning with their teams and sponsors. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the matter, if some of those people unnecessarily fuel polemics about events or decisions in a wrongheaded way, they are doing a great disservice to the sport, to the detriment of our entire community and all the good things it offers to everyone.
Riders, teams, manufacturers and sponsors should not only respect the rules but they should accept the decisions of the officials, whatever they may be. Otherwise, they are contributing to anarchy and undermining the future development of our sport.
On behalf of the FIM and all those who are doing their best to bring about a happy conclusion to this Championship, I express the hope that at the next and final round in Valencia the riders will fight it out on the track and in a way that fully respects the spirit of fair play.
Thursday, 29 October 2015 13:40
The long road to recovery: endless doctor appointments, scans, tests, and readjusting life to allow for as much recovery as quickly as possible. With a head injury, the recovery time varies and it is near impossible to predict how long you will be unfit to ride. I spent days and days inside a hyperbaric chamber to increase the oxygen flow in my body and speed up recovery.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 12:27
MARKHAM, ON (Oct. 15, 2015) – Honda is pleased to announce its 2016 CBR lineup, with the aggressive new styling of the CBR500R leading the way. Almost 25 years after the introduction of the CBR900RR, Honda’s modern sport bikes have always placed performance hand in hand with reliability.
“Since the introduction of both of the CBR500 and CBR300 models, we’ve seen a continuous increase in their popularity. The updated 2016 CBR500R is a striking new take on the larger of the two models. Both draw from the successful racing DNA of the CBR family but in entry level packages that have large appeal,” said Derek Verheyen, National Sales Manager, Motorcycle Division.
With all-new styling that offers a sharper, more aggressive look and refinements like LED headlights and taillights, the new CBR500RA adds great curb appeal to legendary performance and reliability. Other updates include a new muffler design, an adjustable front brake lever, optimized gear change feel, a hinged fuel cap on a larger fuel tank and better suspension. For increased security, the CBR500RA now uses a wave ignition key. The inline twin 500cc engine offers accessible power output that smoothly revs up to redline, while emphasizing low to mid-range torque for real world usability.
Genuine accessories are also available for the new CBR500RA. Those include heated grips, a U-lock, seat bag, hugger-type chain case, rear seat cowl, tank pad, AC socket and a carbon-look front fender. Also available in non-ABS
CBR500RA: Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic, Millennium Red, Pearl Metalloid White
CBR500R: Millennium Red
Long heralded for its excellent handling and stellar realworld performance, Honda’s legendary CBR100RR is back for 2016 with a 999cc liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine, assisted slipper clutch and twin-spar aluminum chassis. It’s offered in standard and ABS configurations. The SP version with stand-out premium features for track-day enthusiasts, including fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, Brembo front brakes, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC tires, a special lightweight subframe and solo seat cowl.
CBR1000RA: Matte Black Metallic
CBR1000RR SP: Repsol Special
Returning to Honda’s 2016 lineup in a new Black/Ross White colour is the versatile CBR600RR, comprising an impressive package of handling, power, compact size and overall performance. Whether customers are looking to tear up the track, carve through the canyons, or commute to work, this versatile middleweight sport bike can handle it all. The popular and race-proven CBR600RR is available with Honda’s revolutionary Combined Anti-Lock Braking System (C-ABS), offering added confidence under less-than-ideal conditions.
• Colour: Black/Ross White
Value-oriented riders desiring sporty but user-friendly performance will be pleased with the return of Honda’s popular CBR300RA, the smallest-displacement model in Honda’s sport bike lineup. Known for being an incredible value, the CBR300R impresses with enough versatility that it also appeals to experienced riders. A single-cylinder engine with counterbalance shaft and a wide powerband combines with a narrow cross section to provide a light, nimble motorcycle that boasts excellent fuel economy. Customers can opt for either the ABS or non-ABS version.
CBR300RA: Lemon Ice Yellow/Matte Black, Candy Orange
CBR300R: Millennium Red
ABOUT HONDA CANADA
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side-by-sides in Canada. The Honda Canada Motorcycle Division is responsible for sales, marketing, and operational
activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda Canada powersports
products, please visit: motorcycle.honda.ca. (All information subject to change without notice.) Pricing and
availability to be announced through honda.ca
Friday, 16 October 2015 10:46
Cypress, CA - @AIMExpo • @YamahaMotorCA - The 2015 YZF-R1 took the litre-class sportbike world, and the world’s racetracks, by storm, winning accolades and trophies around the globe. For 2016, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., has upped the ante, giving sportbike riders a third R1 model from which to choose.
The 2016 YZF-R1S offers yet another level of perfomance specifically geared towards budget-conscious sportbike enthusiasts who do most of their riding on the street. Yamaha engineers replaced some of the R1’s higher-spec components like the titanium connecting rods and exhaust headers, magnesium oil pan and wheels, and softer-compound tires with lower-cost components. The result is a litre-class sport bike with a slightly higher curb weight that sacrifices virtually none of its real-world R1 performance-including the legendary “Crossplane Crankshaft Concept” engine; titanium muffler; six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU); electronic traction, slide, lift, and launch controls, and ABS--and delivers it all at a lower suggested retail price.
The 2016 R1S will be available in Matte Gray and Intensity White/Raven/Rapid Red, and will retail for $16,699, a full $2,300 (CAD) less than the base R1! Availability in Canadian dealerships is expected beginning in February.
-- From a press release by Yamaha USA
Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:04
This is the time of year supermoto clubs in Canada bid farewell to 2015 and start planning for 2016. We reflect on some of the best times of the season and those standout moments. Supermoto is about the people and not just the cool bikes/quads.
Friday, 09 October 2015 16:05
Alberta teenager Braeden Ortt, who finished third overall in the MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup, came within .008 seconds of claiming the title in the KTM RC Cup World Championship held at Britain’s Silverstone Circuit October 2-4. Featuring 24 riders from 10 different nations, the event would crown a champion based on finishes in two eight-lap races around the 3.7 km course.
Following morning qualifying, Ortt, still struggling with the effects of a broken hand suffered during practice for the final MotoAmerica RC Cup event in New Jersey, found himself starting Saturday’s race from 16th place on the grid. A well-executed race saw the 15 year old finish in third place, less than half a second behind the race winner.
Starting from 14th place on the grid on Sunday, Ortt and his North America teammate Hayden Shultz took turns leading the race, with Ortt in the lead coming into the last corner where he was overtaken by eventual race winner and 2015 KTM RC Cup World Champion Dijm Ulrich. Ortt’s second place finish, just .008 seconds behind the winner (only .866 of a second separated the top ten finishers), combined with his third place Saturday finish gave him third overall in the KTM RC Cup finale.
“Instincts kicked in and I completely abandoned my plan," said Ortt, who had formulated a plan to execute during the races. "What I didn’t plan for was getting stuffed in the very last corner. I thought I won so I was super pumped. That was a bit of a disappointment, but I can’t complain about two podiums and third overall in the World Championship.”
With his third place overall finish in the 2015 KTM RC Cup World Finals, Braeden will receive a KTM RC 390 for the 2016 race season.
More information on the KTM RC Cup World Finals can be found online at http://www.ktmrccup.com/int/rc-world-cup-final/, while race fans can keep up to date with Braeden at http://www.braedenorttracing.com.
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 10:01
In a recent Touring Essentials blog we looked at some pointers for being able to enjoy riding in the rain. One point was to ensure you have a good rain suit to wear over your gear or rain liners to put on inside your gear. This isn’t always necessary.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:00
Bushell Park, SK — September 16, 2015 — With the last round of the Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA) National Mini Roadracing Series now complete, Finn Motorsports riders Jonathan & Matthew Finn have again demonstrated their abilities and consistency to battle for the podium throughout the 2015 racing season.
For the 2015 season, Jonathan’s goals were to continue to develop his riding abilities on his bikes while maintain a consistent presence on the podium. His “smooth” riding style, as described by many of his competitors, helped to push his capabilities as a rider. Jonathan amassed 24 podiums including 14 race wins in 4 different championships across western Canada. This consistency helped Jonathan earn 4 championships including a CMA national championship, Western Canadian Mini Roadracing Championship and a runner-up in the inaugural Honda Canada Grom Prix series. With his sights clearly set on his future, Jonathan looks forward to his goal of competing internationally.
Matthew also had success during the 2015 racing season. With 2015 being his last year in the Youth classes, Matthew’s goal was to end the season with a championship. Unfortunately this was not to be. But it wasn’t without a strong presence at every race, challenging for that top step on the box. Matthew’s efforts secured him second overall in both the Canadian national and Western Canadian Mini Roadracing Youth Championships for the 2015 season. For 2016 Matthew will be graduating to a bigger bike as well as even greater competition as he too has his eyes on goals of international competition
About Finn Motorsports
The Finn Motorsports Team competes in multiple championships throughout western Canada including the Canadian Motorcycle Association’s National Mini Roadracing Championship, the Western Canadian Mini-Roadracing Championship and the Alberta Mini Roadracing Association Provincial Championship.
The team competes with support from Canadian Tire Moose Jaw, Honda Canada, Arai Helmet Americas, Lucas Oil, JT Sprockets, BigB Racing, Bickle Racing, DeCal Works, Gatorade Canada, Cruisers Collision & Custom, Impact Safe-T Armor, Motonation Canada, Sidi, LifeProof, Meidl Honda, Vixen Hair Studio, Motosport, Luzi Racing, Janman Leathers, SPY, RePlay XD and Inside Motorcycles Magazine.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:34
While Seguin was unable to grab victory in the Open race, he did have a lonely ride to first in the DTX Expert class. Rookie Expert Braden Vallee inherited second place after Nick Wenzler went down and Brandon Seguin rounded out the top three.
With Intermediate ace Brodie Buchan moving up to Expert after the Paris race, he made sure his final Open Intermediate final was a memorable one. After a couple of tries at running the race were nullified by red flags, London winner Cody Marentette found himself in the lead. While Marentette was enjoying life up front, Buchan was slowly closing the gap like a hunter stalking his prey. With one lap to go Buchan made his move, leaving Marentette virtually no time to strike back. Buchan crossed the line first to take the win, with Marentette second and Alex Olsen having a great ride and grabbing third.
Fans were given a treat early on in the afternoon when the final in the 85cc class was run. Much like the Open Expert final, there were three and sometimes even four riders fighting for the lead. When it was all said and done it was Mack "Wooden Wheels" Willms taking the victory with Boyd Deadman and Jimmy McCullough rounding out the top three. McCullough was involved in the closest finish of the day which took place in the 250 Novice class. With Hunter Bauer out front, McCullough slowly chipped away at the lead which led to a frantic last lap between the young speedsters. When the checkers flew it was Bauer grabbing the win at the line in a virtual photo finish at the line over McCullough with Willms taking third.
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 10:13
Toronto ON – September 09, 2015 – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is extending the sales of early bird tickets to September 30th, 2015 and has made a change to the event proceedings for the evening of November 7th, 2015.
At last year’s Edmonton event the ceremony and dinner were two separate functions. While the Edmonton event had incredible success, the Toronto Banquet Committee acknowledged the motorcycle community in Ontario saying that they were comfortable with the original format, with a combined Banquet, Reunion and Induction Ceremony. As such, the event has reverted to its original format and look forward to welcoming the motorcycling community once again. A complete schedule of the activities taking place on November 7th is available at http://canmoto.ca/banquet-and-reunion/
11 legends and champions will be honoured at the Tenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, which takes place on November 7th, 2015 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
“This accomplished group of riders have worked at a feverish pace over the years and achieved excellence in a wide range of competitive disciplines or have changed the world of motorcycling for the better in Canada,” noted Chair Michael Harwood. “My fellow Hall of Fame Directors and volunteers join me in welcoming the Class of 2015 to the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame and honouring them with the consideration and respect that they so rightly deserve.”
Early Bird Tickets for the Eighth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are available at www.canmoto.ca until September 30th, 2015, when regular pricing will come into effect. Sponsors of the event are eligible for reduced pricing and complimentary tickets in some cases.
Founded by Bar and Hedy Hodgson in 1999, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame preserves and promotes Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public. Sponsored in part by the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC), the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a non-profit association with charitable status. It is governed by an independent board of volunteer directors representing every region of the country. Since the first induction banquet in Toronto in 2006, over 100 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
For information about past inductees, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, silent auction and tax-deductible donations, visit www.canmoto.ca.
Thursday, 10 September 2015 11:54