Last week, it was announced that Dunlop will replace Pirelli as the official spec tire of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship, ending an eight-year relationship. And just the week previously, Bridgestone announced that it will be stepping down as the tire supplier for MotoGP at the end of the 2015 season, also ending a long-running association.
Riding season is here! Let the June issue of Inside Motorcycles help you make the most of it thanks to our 2014 Canadian Ride Guide, featuring a full schedule of rallies, rides, races, riding schools, demo days and track days across the country! The 20-page Ride Guide is included ABSOLUTELY FREE in the June issue of Inside Motorcycles.
I arrived on the Isle of Man from my race in the Czech Republic (see Part II of my Isle of Man blog) and hopped in my rental car. My phone GPS wasn’t working, so I was using an actual paper map to find my hotel. Yes, they still offer paper maps in some parts of the world.
Flat Track Canada has announced that former CMA champion, Inside Motorcycles columnist and flat track historian Frank Wood will be announcing three Flat Track Canada events in May at Paris Speedway and the new half-mile round at the Burford Fairgrounds in Burford, ON.
With the snow disappearing and temperatures warming across the country, it's almost time for a new season of Canadian Superbike racing to get underway. Last year, I worked with Jodi Christie and the Accelerated Technologies/Honda Canada team and detailed much of what we accomplished in previous blogs and the October and December issues of the magazine. This year, Christie will be racing the new Honda CBR1000RR SP model in Superbike along with a CBR600RR in the Sport Bike class, and I will again be helping out with data acquisition.
With less than two weeks before the first event of the MotoGP season, Dorna is set to introduce a new sub-category in the MotoGP class, dubbed Factory 2. It seems unbelievable that this would be the case when the goal for the class, as stated by Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, is to have one category and one set of rules as soon as possible, but now it will be even further fragmented and harder to follow.
The April issue of Inside Motorcycles is 80 pages of two-wheeled bliss! You'll find out 2014 Adventure/Dual Sport and Touring Buyers’ Guides, exciting new Kawasaki and Victory model impressions, a story about touring in the hills of Colorado and profiles of champions from the worlds of drag racing and vintage road racing. Throw in a couple of intriguing technical articles and our usual mix of insider columns, news and product reviews, and you've got another killer issue of Inside Motorcycles.
The recent MotoGP test at Sepang, Malaysia, provided the first real chance to see how the new rules for 2014 have changed the structure of the class and how the performance of the various machines compares. Since 2012, the class has been filled out with bikes under the CRT (Claiming Rule Team) clause, which ostensibly meant production-based engines in prototype chassis. However, this year the Claiming Rule has been dropped and a new two-tier structure introduced.
We have been approached twice in the last year by 'Phantom Sponsors' and, I’ll be honest, I just don’t get it. For those who are unaware, my family is made up of racing enthusiasts with a son who is lucky enough to live his dream of racing flat track. As we are also very much a middle-class family, Braden couldn’t race without the generous support of great sponsors.
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