Photos of Superbike Corse’s Monthly Bike Night @ Pizza 900° – 04 May 2016

Photos of Superbike Corse’s Monthly Bike Night @ Pizza 900° – 04 May 2016

Superbike Corse’s first Wednesday of the month Bike Night at Pizza 900° was another successful gathering of pizza lovers and for those who like to meet other motorcycle riders in a nice family friendly atmosphere.  So check out the happiness in these photos below, then click on any of them will send you to the event photo page that have additional photos as well as other Superbike Corse event photos.  We’ll see you at  next month’s pizza bike night on June 1st!

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MotoGP: Safety, cost to determine winglet future

Safety, cost to determine winglet future

Jerez was a strange weekend in the world of MotoGP winglets.

Just as Suzuki and Aprilia made it a clean sweep of all five manufacturers now using the technology, meetings were taking place to discuss killing-off the aerodynamic devices.

The main benefit of winglets is to counter wheelies by loading the front of the bike on corner exit. This helps acceleration by reducing the need to bring the front-wheel down by cutting engine output.

“It would not be fair to ban winglets with immediate application, [unless] on safety grounds”.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso at Jerez

MotoGP’s unwritten principle is not to ban new (legal) technology once it is already in use, since this is unfair to the manufacturer that invested time, money and effort in creating and developing the concept. Especially in a ‘prototype’ class.

An example of this is seamless gearbox technology, first introduced by Honda and now present in some form throughout the grid.

The clear exception when evaluating the future of new MotoGP technology is safety, with ongoing development costs a longer term consideration. Especially once all manufacturers are using a particular technology and there is no longer a significant advantage to those that created it.

So what is the future for winglets – and will there even be one?

With questions raised over safety in the event of an accident, should the edge of a winglet strike a rider, plus reports of unsettling downstream turbulence, the MSMA (manufacturers’ association) are due to submit a proposal outlining their vision for the future of the devices.

But exactly when that proposal will be made, and what it will contain depends on the manufacturers reaching an agreement.

That will be no easy task, with those at the forefront of winglet technology – Ducati and later Yamaha were the first to race the devices – are likely to view them far more favourably than the likes of Honda, Suzuki and Aprilia, which didn’t have winglets until 2016 and are playing catch-up.

Aprilia (pictured) and Suzuki debuted winglets at the Spanish MotoGP

In a written response to and, MotoGP Director Of Technology Corrado Cecchinelli said: “They [the manufacturers] didn’t submit any proposal here at Jerez. We don’t know what will happen before Le Mans. For sure the matter will be addressed again there, I am not sure it will be finalised, as it takes lots of considerations. There is no official commitment from MSMA to submit a proposal at Le Mans, anyway,”

Cecchinelli confirmed that, in his view, it would be unfair to immediately ban winglets unless the manufacturers conclude there is a safety risk.

“It is true that the winglets, as they are now, are allowed by the present regulations, and so it would not be fair to ban them with immediate application, if not on safety grounds,” he said.

“There are of course different reasons in favour of winglets, as well as against them, but only safety shall be considered when it comes to the immediate/short period. I assume manufacturers are now investigating the actual safety issues that winglets may bring into the game, and potential solutions. But it takes some time.” …

Valentino Rossi celebrates victory at Jerez, with winglets on his Yamaha

Marc Marquez with six wings on the front of his Honda at the Jerez post-race test


WSBK: No replacement found for Monza round

WSBK News: No replacement found for Monza round

World Superbike organisers have confirmed no replacement circuit has been found for Monza and the round will be axed from the 2016 calendar

World Superbike organisers have confirmed no replacement circuit has been found for Monza and the round will be axed from the 2016 calendar.

Monza, which returned to the World Superbike calendar after confirmation during the winter, had to be withdrawn after the organising bodies requested more time to enable changes to the circuit in order to safely accommodate the World Superbike grid.

The substitute circuit Vallelunga contracted to cover cannot be used as a replacement due to scheduling problems, while it also requires modifications to be able to host a championship round of WSBK which cannot be achieved within the given timescale.

It is believed the FIM and DWO had been in talks with Portuguese circuits Portimao and Estoril about stepping in as a late replacement but any hopes have fallen flat with organisers confirming the race calendar will trim down to 13 rounds.

As a result, the series will enjoy an extended summer break, with the US round at Laguna Seca on 8-10 July signalling the mid-season pause before resuming in Germany at the Lausitzring on the 16-18 September.

Source: No replacement found for Monza sees round scraped | WSBK News

MotoGP: KTM battles weather at Brno test

KTM battles weather at Brno test

MotoGP News: “The team has done very good work since the last test and there was a noticeable improvement” – Randy de Puniet.

KTM conducted its latest MotoGP test during a two-day outing at Brno in the Czech Republic.

Mika Kallio and Randy de Puniet were present to ride the RC16, but were confirmed to the pits by bad weather on day one.

Thursday then saw sunny conditions, albeit very cold.

“Yesterday aside, we can be satisfied with the progress we achieved today,” said Kallio. “We adjusted our program again for the second day and tried a few things in terms of ergonomics, as well as more work on the engine and the mapping.

“Unfortunately, with only a constant ten degrees air temperature it was too cold for good grip, but we have a clear plan for the next test and we know what we have to do to improve.”

de Puniet added: “Despite [the conditions] we still managed to do a lot of work on the traction control, the engine brake and the chassis. The team has done very good work since the last test and there was a noticeable improvement. We’re improving test for test, I feel very well in the team and I hope they feel the same about me.”

Former Repsol Honda MotoGP crew chief Mike Leitner, now Vice President Onroad at KTM, also insisted that the team is making clear progress ahead of an expected wild-card entry at Valencia, then full time debut in 2017.

Read more at MotoGP News – MotoGP: KTM battles weather at Brno test

Superbike Corse Bike Nite @ Pizza 900°, May 4th (Wed)

Superbike Corse Bike Nites 1st Wednesdays of the Month…Be there!


WHAT: Superbike Corse is having a Euro-themed Bike Night! All bike makes welcomed!
WHEN: First Wednesdays, i.e., April 6th, May 4th, June 1st
TIME: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
WHERE: Pizza 900°, 23020 Lake Forest Dr, Ste 170, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
WHY?: Because the Pizza is fantastic and we get reserved parking in front!!!

Previous Bike Night Photos here: Superbike Corse Pizza 900 Bike Night

Sunday 4/3: Ride to Doffo Winery to watch the Argentina MotoGP Race

Doffo Winery for MotoGP Argentina Race Viewing and Lunch – 03 Apr (Sun) 11:00 a.m.

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Doffo Winery is having another 2016 MotoGP viewing of the Argentina MotoGP race by opening up the Doffo Barrel Room to project the race on their big screen.  The action begins at 11:00 a.m. so don’t be late.  There will be an Argentine lunch item offered for $10 that includes a beverage.

For those who want to ride to the destination in a group, Drew of Superbike Corse will be meeting at the Lookout Roadhouse Cafe off Ortega Hwy, i.e.,
Meet Date/Time: Sunday Apr 03 @ 0930 hrs (Come about an hr earlier as some of us will be having breakfast)
KSU/Departure time: 1000 hrs
Location:  Lookout Roadhouse Cafe, 32107 Ortega Hwy, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Doffo Winery is located at:


36083 Summitville St, Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 676-6989

MotoGP News – MotoGP: All-new 2016 Aprilia completes debut test

MotoGP Newes – Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista ride 2016 Aprilia GP racer for 1st time…

Bradl on 2016 Aprilia

Aprilia released the first official images of its all-new RS-GP MotoGP machine at the conclusion of a private test in Qatar.

The three-day outing followed a shakedown test in Aragon and marked the bike’s debut in the hands of race riders Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista.

Aprilia has been represented in MotoGP by the superbike-based ART from 2012-2014, which was then upgraded and renamed the RS-GP for the factory’s official return last season.

But the 2016 version is a true prototype, having ‘nothing in common with previous Aprilia projects except for know-how. It is a completely new MotoGP bike in every component without exception’.

The V4 engine is now rumoured to feature a counter-rotating crankshaft (the inclusion of which caused the late debut) and, in final spec, will be 10kg lighter than its predecessor.

Bautista on 2016 Aprilia

“After the Aragon shakedown with the test riders, Alvaro and Stefan began to get to know the new Aprilia RS-GP here in Qatar,” confirmed Aprilia Racing boss Romano Albesiano.

“These were three very intense and positive days of work. We are bringing home a lot of information and some growing pain problems we need to solve, but above all we are leaving with confirmation that the new bike’s dynamic performance is significantly better than the 2015 bike.

“We have an important development path ahead of us that will be necessarily accelerated, but we are confident that this will be a season of growth toward a decidedly interesting level.”

The good news for Aprilia in terms of development is that, like Suzuki, they are currently exempt from the MotoGP engine development freeze. That means they are free to make as many modifications as they like during the season and also have no restrictions on testing.

Bradl on 2016 Aprilia

Bradl, who joined Aprilia midway through last season and later matched Bautista’s best result of tenth, added:

“This test was really important as it was the first contact with the new bike. First impressions are good. I see a clear difference compared to the old bike and we are moving in the right direction.

“At the moment I have a good feeling despite the fact that we have a long way to go before we’ll be able to say that we’re satisfied. That was to be expected at the beginning. This is a completely new and decidedly demanding project, but we can truly say that we are off on the right foot.”

Aprilia used last year’s machine during the opening official test at Sepang, while the timing of the private Qatar test meant the team did not attend the next official outing at Phillip Island.

Bradl and Bautista will thus put the new RS-GP head-to-head with its rivals for the first time during the final pre-season test, also at Losail, from March 2-4.

The new season then gets underway at the same venue from March 17-20.

Aprilia did not release lap times from its private Qatar test

Source: MotoGP News – MotoGP: All-new 2016 Aprilia completes debut test

UPDATE#2: Superbike Corse Bike Events for 2016!

Superbike Corse Bike Events for 2016 Announced!

⇒UPDATED (1/30/16) Events:
20 MAR 2016 (Sunday): Pasta Run for MotoGP Racing Season Opener Viewing
– Location: Doffo Winery
– Time: Details to be announced in February

03 APR 2016 (Sunday): Argentina MotoGP Race Viewing/Lunch Ride
– Enjoy Authentic Argentine Food & Wine
– Location: Doffo Winery
– Time: Details to be announced in March


(Previous) UPDATED Events:
16 APR 2016 (Saturday): Pasta Run – Location/Time: TBD
18 Jun 2016 (Saturday): Italia Fest & Superbike Corse 5 Year Anniversary – Location/Time: Superbike Corse/Business Hours

Previously Posted:
With the successful December 2nd Bike Night at Pizza 900 last week, Superbike Corse has decided to continue this event on the first Wednesdays of the next two months.  The surprise for most attendees was the discounted price on the pizza/drink orders!


WHAT: Superbike Corse is having a Euro-themed Bike Night! All bike makes welcomed!
WHEN: First Wednesdays, i.e., January 6th, February 3rd, March 2nd
TIME: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
WHERE: Pizza 900, 23020 Lake Forest Dr, Ste 170, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
WHY?: Because the Pizza is fantastic and we get reserved parking in front!!!

Previous Bike Night Photos here: Superbike Corse Pizza 900 Bike Night

Suter 580cc two-stroke to race IOM Senior TT

Suter 580cc two-stroke to race Senior TT at Isle of Man

Swiss racing motorcycle manufacturer Suter Racing has confirmed that it will make its debut at the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.  The company has built the Suter MMX 500, a 580cc two-stroke engined machine, which it will campaign in the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT Races.

The spectacular two-stroke motorcycle has already generated significant excitement with motorbike fans around the world and was named as ‘the most desirable motorcycle’ at the 2015 Eicma Motorcycle show in Milan.

The Suter MMX 500 was launched globally in September 2015 at the Airforce Center Dübendorf in front of 300 invited VIP guests. The company has developed only 99 racing motorcycles, aimed at the wealthy private amateur racer, at a price of CHF 120,000 (£85,000, $125,000, €109,000).

Ex-GP rider and CEO Eskil Suter commented:

“A launch of this nature with a limited run of motorcycling would ordinarily not be spectacular but the fact that the Suter has a 580cc two-stroke engine evokes almost hysterical emotion with the association of the wild days of 500cc Grand Prix racing where legends like Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson and Wayne Gardner, just to name a few, regularly fought thrillingly for podiums and against crashing. The furious power explosion of the former two-stroke bikes was still memorable to real fans and is considered the golden age of motorcycle racing.”

He continued:

“However, these motorcycles were never readily available.  Suter has awakened this charismatic era with the MMX 500 bringing those GP bikes back to life in a modern context. We are equipping the MMX 500 engine with high-end components, of which one could only dream of back in the days of 500cc racing, including an electronic fuel injection, for example, and counter-rotating crankshafts.”

Eskil Suter is convinced that his bike can perform well against the Honda, BMW and Kawasaki superbikes.  He commented:

“Suter has built up knowledge and understanding on the specifications in recent years, by constructing modules, complete motorcycles or as supplier to all Grand Prix classes.

“We have a phenomenally good power to weight ratio. She drives like a bicycle with rocket propulsion.”

“In collaboration with a renowned university we have found solutions to the challenge of the emissions and got it under control”, said Eskil Suter. “and that’s the reason why we want to go to the toughest road race in the world. For us this is the perfect testing ground.  The Senior TT, over six laps of the 60km long Snaefell Mountain Course, is just something for the toughest guys among the racers. I’m known indeed to be quite fearless,” said Eskil Suter, “but the TT is now something where I would definitively prefer another let go first as a rider.”

“We are currently negotiating with two former TT winners,” confirmed Suter’s Marketing Director Phillip Soutter. “We want an experienced rider and the best suited to us would be an old TT-warhorse.”

Source: Suter 580cc two-stroke to race Senior TT – Isle of Man TT Official Website

New Barry Sheene biopic in development

A new biopic about the life of Grand Prix motorcycle legend Barry Sheene is currently in development

The new film – simply entitled ‘Sheene’ – is based on the book “Barry: The Story of Motorcycling Legend Barry Sheene”, which was co-authored by respected MotoGP commentator Nick Harris and Sheene’s former teammate Steve Parrish.

London-born Sheene remains the last Briton to have won Grand Prix motorcycle racing’s premier class, having taken back-to-back 500cc crowns in 1976 and 1977 for Suzuki.

He scored his 23rd and final Grand Prix win in 1981, bowing out of the sport in 1984, after which he forged a new career as a TV commentator and property developer in Australia.

Sheene died of cancer at the age of 52 in 2003, but is still credited with helping to bring motorcycle racing to a more mainstream audience, as well as kickstarting safety improvements in the sport.

“It’s a rush to be making a movie about Barry Sheene – bringing his story and legacy to the big screen,” said producer Will Stoppard.

“To have a British sporting icon who cheated death, did whatever it took to win, lived life to the full, and conquered the most dangerous sport in the world was inspiring.

“He was a superstar who transcended his sport, someone we all looked up to and lived our dreams through.”

He added: “When the project was presented to me I was immediately excited. I knew what the movie had to be – I was doing this film come what may.

“Making the movie will be fulfilling and we look forward to audiences experiencing what made this icon into a true legend.”

The release date for the movie is currently unknown, but filming is expected to start later this year.

The script will be written by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement, who are best known for classic British TV series Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. However, they also gained worldwide acclaim for movies The Commitments and Across the Universe.

Watch the teaser:

Source: New Barry Sheene biopic in development

Superbike Corse Bike Night Photos! (03 Feb 2016)

Superbike Corse Bike Night Held @ Pizza 900°: Photos Posted!

Pizza 900° and Superbike Corse thanks everyone who came out to Wednesday’s meet and greet.  It was a mild So Cal evening of great pizza and great people!  Don’t forget schedule in the next Pizza 900° Bike Night on Mar 2nd @ 1830 hrs…enter the date/time in your ‘smart’ phone!!!! Ciao! (click on photos for full size)

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