Yamaha’s very popular FZ-07 model has seen great success since its release to Canadian markets in 2015. The top-selling 689 cc parallel twin is a “versatile naked roadster (that) offers deep engine torque and a comfortable riding position in a lightweight, easy to handle sports chassis. It’s the perfect machine for both new and experienced riders alike who are looking for outstanding value.”
However, there are some in the motorcycle industry who believe the FZ-07 is capable of much more, and that it can also succeed as a competitive racetrack tool. Out to prove just that, VOS MOTORS, Yamaha’s five-star dealership in Concord, Ontario, has initiated a project, teamed with Yamaha Motor Canada and Acme Motorsports’ expert race bike builder/pro road racer, Craig Atkinson.
A 2016 Yamaha FZ-07 is now being prepared for competition at popular Ontario road racing events (RACE Superseries and SOAR). When completed, Atkinson will be riding the bike in several racing categories, including BOTT (Twins), Open Sprint, Masters, and several Supersport categories.
Craig Atkinson, Acme Motorsports: “It’s our overall goal to demonstrate that, aside from being a great street motorcycle, the FZ-07 is also extremely capable of competing at the racetrack, especially in the Twins classes. Owners of this bike can very easily enjoy high performance riding with minimal mechanical work, on a very affordable budget. I’m very excited about the program and I must thank VOS Motors and Yamaha Motor Canada for including me in this great opportunity!”
Matt Filion, Yamaha Motor Canada: “It’s great that passionate racers see the potential of the FZ-07 for more than its initial usage. The engine is the perfect platform for a middle weight race machine and with some minor chassis modifications you can have an inexpensive race bike. Yamaha is proud to be part of this project.”
A general information packet is available for anyone interested in learning more about how to take an FZ-07 to the track.
Follow the build process and updates at www.instagram.com/acmeracer4
Friday, 17 June 2016 10:29 Published in Industry News
@HindleExhaust •@cdnsuperbike • (April 20, 2016)- Hindle Exhaust Systems is proud to offer sponsorship and contingency for racers for the 2016 race season in Canada.
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:10 Published in News
July 3, 2014- The Accelerated Technologies / Honda Canada Team swept the competition at this past weekend's R.A.C.E event at Shannonville Motorsport Park with SOAR competitors included as part of the series' two-way invitational.
Thursday, 03 July 2014 17:48 Published in Reports, Results & Points
June 16, 2014 — This past weekend saw Jodi Christie and the Accelerated Technologies Honda team heading off to Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, ON, for round 2 of the SOAR (Southern Ontario Association of Racing) series. The event was also the first invitational weekend for RACE (Racing Associates Canada Events) competitors with SOAR. It was Jodi's first time at Grand Bend Motorplex so track time was very important.
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 15:57 Published in Reports, Results & Points
DUA Motorsports is pleased to announce the winners of the DUA Dollars contingency payout to the Rookies Cup class in the Southern Ontario Association of Racing (SOAR) 2012 race series. The following winnings are in DUA Dollars, redeemable exclusively with Dua Motorsports.
Monday, 29 October 2012 09:52 Published in Industry News
The Southern Ontario Association of Racing has released its 2012 schedule.
The motorcycle road racing series will make four stops at Grand Bend Motorplex, a positive sign for the new road course that SOAR made their first stop at this past August. Toronto Motorsports Park, which has been the unofficial 'home' track of SOAR over the past few years, will host two events.
Round #1 May 25-27
Grand Bend Motorplex Long Track
Round #2 June 15-17
Grand Bend Motorplex Modified Track
With Thunder by the Beach all bike drag races
Round #3 July 28-30
Grand Bend Motorplex Technical Track
Round #4 September 7-9
Toronto Motorsports Park Reverse Direction
Round #5 September 28-30
Grand Bend Motorplex Screaming Alien Track
Round #6 October 12-14
Toronto Motorsports Park Regular Direction
Sunday, 23 October 2011 16:34 Published in Events