Motorsports & Race Cars in EPA Crosshairs! Please Read!!!

The EPA is coming after Motorsports!!!

Please Read and Sign the Petition at the link below if you value your hobby & your vehicles!

If you’re not aware of this already the EPA is trying to sneak in new laws that will prohibit the conversion of production vehicles into race cars. This affects all forms of racing and could serioulsy impact the motorsports industry and all of our experiences on a race track.

Off road, drag, road race, motorcycles, circle track, shop owners, parts suppliers, etc. Everyone will be affected!

1 minute (or less) of your time is needed to sign this on-line petition. It’s so very important as it will stop the over-reach of the EPA to ban the conversion of any street legal vehicle into any form of race or recreational only vehicle.

If allowed to pass in it’s current form this bill will lead to the outlawing of many forms of motorsports and recreational vehicles of all types. (AND… prohibit the sale of modified vehicles!)

This is the link to the Whitehouse petition page which you need to sign now. Click on the link now and let’s stop this nonsense!

Tell EPA to Withdraw its Race Vehicle Conversion Ban Proposal – Click Here

EPA Seeks to Prohibit Conversion of Vehicles into Racecars
SEMA To Oppose Action As Threat to Modified Racecars and Parts Suppliers

Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.”

The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles, it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and not used on the streets, are not the “motor vehicles” that Congress intended to regulate.

“This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “Congress did not intend the original Clean Air Act to extend to vehicles modified for racing and has re-enforced that intent on more than one occasion.”

SEMA submitted comments in opposition to the regulation and met with the EPA to confirm the agency’s intentions. The EPA indicated that the regulation would prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars and make the sale of certain emissions-related parts for use on converted vehicles illegal. Working with other affected organizations, including those representing legions of professional and hobbyist racers and fans, SEMA will continue to oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary.

The EPA has indicated it expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.

Source: EPA Seeks to Prohibit Conversion of Vehicles into Racecars – SEMA

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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2016 Chuckwalla & Laguna Seca Track Day Dates Announced!

2016 Chuckwalla & Laguna Seca Track Days Announced! Updated/Posted 24 Dec ’15


For more detailed information and reservations, contact Drew Immiti @ (949) 305-5563. Trackday slots are limited and therefore early reservations are recommended.


07 March 2016 (Monday): Chuckwalla Valley Raceway



19 May 2016 (Thursday): Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (NEW UPDATE!)


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

Five Qs: Elena Myers Court, Team21Motosport Owner And Rider | MotoAmerica

The popular 22-year-old newlywed will miss this MotoAmerica season. What sidetracked her racing career?

Flanked by her parents, Matt and Anita, and mechanic Carlos Neves, Elena Myers sits on the grid at Mazda Raceway – Photography by Brian J. Nelson

Team21Motosport owner/rider Elena Myers Court finished fifth overall this past season in the MotoAmerica Superbike series, the best placing by a woman in the 39-year history of the class. Despite that significant achievement, Myers, 22, announced last weekend via social media that she would not contest the 2016 championship.

It is with regret that I must tell you I have been unable to secure enough sponsorship to race in MotoAmerica this year. I know a lot, if not most of you, were wondering what my plans were so I thought that I would now let you know.

This is by no means the end of my racing days, but for now, I must be realistic. I plan to pursue other career avenues that will hopefully keep me in touch with you all. Who knows, perhaps in the future if the right deal or offer came my way you’d see me back on the grid.

For all the love and support, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

Myers may be best known for her two AMA Pro Supersport (now Superstock 600) victories, the first coming at Sonoma Raceway in 2010 and the second two years later at Daytona International Speedway. In 2013, the popular 5-foot-3 Californian recorded the best-ever race finish by a female—ninth—in the Daytona 200. Myers completed six seasons of professional road racing.

Congratulations on your recent marriage. Where did you and your husband, Dean, honeymoon?

We had a week at a resort in Escondido, California. Unfortunately, we were sick and lost a couple days, but we had a great time. We also rode at Pala MX with Melissa Paris and Josh Hayes. They let us use their bikes, which was really cool. We also rode flat track at their house.

We had an intimate wedding—only 40 people—at a really nice golf course in Granite Bay, about an hour and a half from where I grew up. Dean’s parents and a couple of his friends came over from England. My whole family was there, which was great.

Photography by Brian J. Nelson

Why did you decide to step away from racing?

It really came down to money. At the end of the day, I wasn’t able to secure enough funding. Last year I struggled getting through the season. This year, I didn’t even have the funding that I had in 2015. I didn’t want to go into debt again.

This is a professional sport. If I can’t make a living between running the program and being a racer, I need to start working on another career so I can make a future for myself. I wanted that to be racing, but it’s just not in the cards for me right now.

The financial part was hard. Running the team wasn’t more difficult than I thought it would be, but with training and all, racing is a full-time job…..Click the Source link below to continue with the remaining questions for Elena Myers-Court:

Source: Five Questions: Elena Myers Court, Team21Motosport Owner And Rider | MotoAmerica

WorldSBK: Confidence Boost for Honda in Spain

WSBK: Hayden and van der Mark head home from Jerez feeling buoyed

Both riders worked hard to continue with the development of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, which has received several updates for the season, including important engine upgrades.

Hayden once again completed an impressive number of laps (159) while trying a new swingarm for more stability and a different linkage to improve braking and acceleration. On the second day of action, the Kentucky Kid had a small crash at Turn 2 from which he escaped unharmed, the incident only costing him some track time. In the closing stages, Hayden also went for a quick-lap on qualifying tyres, which resulted in a 1:40.534 lap time – the 4th fastest overall.

After missing a day of testing last November due to a tenosynovitis in his right wrist, Hayden’s teammate Michael van der Mark returned to Jerez in full fitness following the minor surgery he underwent several weeks ago. The 2014 World Supersport Champion tested different front geometries on Tuesday, before turning his attention to the rear of the bike on Wednesday. The Flying Dutchman amassed a total of 156 laps and showed great speed on qualifying rubber, clocking in a 1’40.601 around the 4.423 Km (2.748 mile) Andalucian circuit.

The Honda World Superbike Team now return to their headquarters in the Netherlands to analyse data gathered at Jerez and finalise preparations for the journey to Phillip Island, the venue hosting both the final test and the first race of the 2016 season.

Nicky Hayden, 1:40.534: “It hasn’t been the perfect day, because the fog cost us a couple of hours in the morning and we had to squeeze the testing program in a shorter amount of time. It’s a shame because there are still some things left to try and, of course, that time would have been useful for me too, but we did what we could. I was able to do a race simulation and to use the qualifying tyre and in the end, the lap-time was not too bad. There is still room for improvement. The winter season went too quick and the weather did not help, but now it is time for Phillip Island and I look forward to having some fun!”

Michael van der Mark, 1’40.601: “Today we started quite late because of the fog, but once we got on track we began trying many things, working mainly on the bike geometries. We had some difficulties in choosing the right tyre for these temperatures, but eventually we found the good one. From then we tried…..

….Continue to Read entire article @ WorldSBK

MotoAmerica COTA Preseason Test Will Be Open To The Public

Fans of all ages will be welcome in the paddock and garage areas on March 23-24 to meet their favorite riders and teams

Come one, come all: Motorcycle road-racing fans will get the chance to spectate for free at the MotoAmerica preseason test at Circuit of The Americas, March 23-24.

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) and MotoAmerica are pleased to invite fans to the MotoAmerica Preseason Test powered by Dunlop at COTA, March 23-24. MotoAmerica teams are testing in preparation for the 2016 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, set for April 8-10, and the test days will be free for fans to attend.

The paddock and garage areas will be open to fans from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday, and will be filled with top teams and riders from the series, including 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier. Guests are encouraged to stop by the COTA garage for a chance to win the Ultimate Race Weekend Giveaway, which can be redeemed during the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas in the MotoAmerica paddock. The lucky winners will be the guests of the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha team for the race weekend.

In addition to the giveaway, race fans at the test will also have the opportunity to meet their favorite riders during autograph and Q&A sessions in the COTA garage. MotoAmerica stars such as Beaubier, four-time series champion Josh Hayes, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden and Jake Lewis, and several others will be on hand for the Q&A sessions that will be held on both days of the test.

“I think it’s great that the fans will get to come out to the COTA test,” MotoAmerica President and three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey said. “It will give our fans a chance to be up close to the action and our riders and teams in an atmosphere that’s a little bit more laid back than the race weekend.”

The Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, April 8-10, will feature the third round of the 2016 FIM MotoGP World Championship and the opening round of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. Guests of all ages will enjoy non-stop action as riders battle for podium positions and reach top speeds of more than 210 mph.

Prices for single-day tickets start at $39. Camping, hospitality packages, and discounts for large groups and military members are also available. For more information, visit or call 512/301-6600.

Source: MotoAmerica COTA Preseason Test Will Be Open To The Public | MotoAmerica

Oregon Rider Wins Lawsuit Against Karate Cop

Oregon rider Justin Wilkens has won a $180,000 lawsuit against Oregon State Police Officer

Oregon rider Justin Wilkens has won a $180,000 lawsuit against Oregon State Police Captain Rob Edwards for excessive force after Edwards rammed Wilkens off his Aprilia Tuono, kicked him in the chest causing a broken rib and fractured collarbone, and pulled a gun on him for speeding – an incident that all caught on the officer’s dashcam.

In the video, Wilkens is seen passing Edwards’ unmarked Camaro patrol car at high speed on the afternoon of August 3, 2012. Wilkens then makes a number of illegal maneuvers including speeding and passing other vehicles over by crossing double yellow lines.

According to The Registered Guard, Edwards believed Wilkens was trying to elude him in the pursuit, but Edwards did not have his siren on (nor did he realize his dashcam was running), and when Wilkens did finally slow at the traffic lights, Edwards is seen ramming Wilkens and beginning his assault.

Edwards’ attorney in the trail argued unsuccessfully his client’s brakes had faded, causing the collision.

Following the collision Edwards is then seen kicking Wilkens with his weapon drawn, an incident Edwards’ attorney again unsuccessfully argued could not be avoided as he “already had the muscles fired” in his leg.

A jury of eight people awarded Wilkens $31,171 to cover medical bills and bike damage, $100,000 for pain and suffering and $50,000 in punitive damages.

Check out the video right here.

Source: Cycle News – Cycle News 2016 Issue 03 January 26

Sepang MotoGP test times – Monday (Final)

MotoGP Results: Lap times from opening day of 2016 MotoGP testing, at Sepang

Reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest lap time as official 2016 MotoGP testing got underway at Sepang, in Malaysia.

The Movistar Yamaha rider set a best time of 2m 0.684s on his 32nd lap of the day, which kept him one-second clear of the field by the time rain arrived with 20-minutes of track time remaining.

Team-mate and 2015 title rival Valentino Rossi jumped into second place during the final hour, edging out Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa by 0.063s.

Aspar’s Eugene Laverty was reported to have suffered a right hand fracture after a suspected stuck throttle at Turn 4 this afternoon. It is especially bad luck for the Irishman given he had just recovered from a left wrist fracture, plus other injuries, at November’s Jerez test. – UPDATE: Laverty may only have swelling on the hand and could return for final day.

Due to the change from Bridgestone to Michelin tyres and introduction of a single ECU, many factories have substantial developments to try before settling on their 2016 race machinery.

Yamaha had several different M1s available for Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, including the new fuel tank position, while Honda’s priority is to evaluate two different engine specifications with factory stars Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

Ducati’s GP16 made its debut in the hands of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso, alongside last year’s GP15, while Suzuki have three GSX-RRs available for Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro; a 2016, 2015-2016 hybrid and 2015……..Read More

Testing takes place between 10am and 6pm. Retired double world champion Casey Stoner, who made his Ducati return on Saturday at Sepang (setting a 2m 2.1s on a dirty track), will test again tomorrow…

1. = Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 0.684s [Lap 32/37]
2. ˄ Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 1.717s +1.033s [52/55]
3. ˅ Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 1.780s +1.096s [23/34]
4. ˅ Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 1.811s +1.127s [29/43]
5. ˅ Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15/16) 2m 1.912s +1.228s [33/49]
6. ˄ Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 2.002s +1.318s [54/59]
7. ˅ Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 2.278s +1.594s [32/50]
8. ˅ Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 2.338s +1.654s [30/46]
9. ˅ Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 2.539s +1.855s [22/42]
10. ˅ Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 2.586s +1.902s [36/42]
11. ˄ Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 2.645s +1.961s [39/40]
12. ˅ Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 2.646s +1.962s [27/42]
13. ˅ Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15/16) 2m 2.650s +1.966s [31/40]
14. ˅ Yonny Hernandez COL Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 2.916s +2.232s [14/44]
15. ˅ Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 3.026s +2.342s [54/55]
16. = Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici GP15/16) 2m 3.203s +2.519s [26/32]
17. ˄ Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 3.204s +2.520s [57/58]
18. ˅ Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 2m 3.463s +2.779s [26/53]
19. ˅ Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 3.565s +2.881s [20/27]
20. = Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 3.978s +3.294s [12/39]
21. = Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 4.075s +3.391s [33/34]

˄ Rider has a higher position relative to end of previous hour.
= Rider has the same position as end of previous hour.
˅ Rider has a lower position relative to end of previous hour.

Blue Name = No Concessions.
7 engine changes for the season. Engines must be identical throughout season within same team (development freeze). 5 days of private testing.
Black Name = Concessions.
9 engine changes. No engine development freeze. Unlimited private testing.
* Rookie

Official Sepang MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda 1m 59.053s (2015)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 2m 0.606s (2015)Unofficial Sepang MotoGP record:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 58.867s (2015 testing

Source: MotoGP Results – Sepang MotoGP test times – Monday (Final)

Stoner: “I didn’t expect to be comfortable so fast”

Casey Stoner was surprised at how quickly he became comfortable with the Ducati Desmosedici GP15

Casey Stoner was surprised at how quickly he became comfortable with the Ducati Desmosedici GP15 during his first day of private testing with the team at Sepang.

The Australian had his first outing for Ducati since 2010 on Saturday, completing 54 laps of the Malaysian circuit with a best unofficial time of 2m02.1s, only using a single set of tyres.

“It was a very positive day,” Stoner told media after the test. “I was surprised by how it went, I didn’t expect to be comfortable on the bike so fast.

“The front felt a little strange, but I was riding a new bike and on Michelins. There is room for improvement, but I think it’s a good package, and every step we made is headed in the right direction.

Asked about the strengths and weaknesses of the GP15, the two-time champion added: “I found some good things and others we need to work on, like with any bike.

“The engine is fantastic, and [its other strengths are] the stability under braking and in slow corners. As for the rest, it’s difficult to know if my feelings are because of the tyres or the chassis.”

Stoner – who was coy on the subject of making a wild-card race outing for the team during 2016 – also said he was happy with his lap times, but that he had no real targets beyond helping Ducati to become more competitive.

“The engineers are beginning to understand my language and I’m giving them my views, I think this is the most important thing,” he said. “I was able to give them feedback despite it being only the first day.

“I’m a tester, not a racer, and I don’t have specific goals. My job is to help.”

Fellow test rider Michele Pirro resumes sole testing duties aboard the new GP16 on Sunday, ahead of the start of official pre-season testing on Monday – with Stoner now set to ride for a further day at Sepang along with the rest of the class of 2016.

Source: Stoner: “I didn’t expect to be comfortable so fast”

Marquez breaks merchandising contract with Rossi’s company

Marc Marquez has broken his contract with VR46 Racing, the clothing company owned by Valentino Rossi, to supply his merchandising for the 2016 season.

Sources have confirmed to that the Spaniard has instead signed a multi-year agreement to have his merchandise supplied by Gruppo Pritelli, with a statement expected soon.

Pritelli already supplies Jorge Lorenzo as well as numerous other MotoGP riders, including Andrea Iannone, Andrea Dovizioso and Aleix Espargaro.

It is unclear whether this affects Marquez’s younger brother Alex, who also has an agreement with VR46.

The split between Marquez and VR46 follows the bitter on-track dispute between the two-time champion and Rossi at the end of last year.

Rossi, who lost out on the title to teammate Lorenzo by five points, accused Marquez of riding to assist his countryman’s championship ambitions in the final rounds.

The pair controversially made contact during their battle for position at Sepang, resulting in Rossi being sent to the back of the grid for the title-deciding Valencia finale two weeks later.

Source: Marquez breaks merchandising contract with Rossi’s company

Marquez tips Ducati to win races in 2016

Honda’s Marc Marquez has tipped the Ducati team to be in a position to win races at the start of the 2016 season.

This year, as well as the switch to Michelin tyres, MotoGP riders and teams will have to adapt to the introduction of less sophisticated spec electronic software supplied by Magneti Marelli.

But Marquez says Ducati, which used an ECU supplied by the Italian firm last year, albeit programmed with its own software, could be at an advantage.

“I know that will be difficult to arrive at the first races having put everything in place 100 percent,” Marquez told the Spanish press during a promotional event at the Castelloli circuit.

“Ducati could start very well, they have already worked with these electronics. At Jerez they were pretty strong; they could spring a surprise and win races.

“During the off-season, everything can change from the first to the last day. You can start with one dominant factory and it can change at the end.”

Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa added the changes make predicting the form guide for the start of the year a near-impossible task.

“The start of the championship could be a step into the unknown,” he said. “Everyone has the potential to surprise, and at this stage, it’s difficult to say where we stand.

“We made some adjustments after the Jerez test. [In December] we saw the engineers in Japan, but they were busy analysing the data. Now we need to make progress.”

Source: Marquez tips Ducati to win races in 2016

Stoner: Ducati wants me to race | Fox Sports

CASEY Stoner has left the door open to return to the MotoGP grid — if only for selected races.


Australia’s most recent MotoGP world champion has returned to Ducati, the team that earnt him his first title, as a test rider and brand ambassador.

His first test session is scheduled for the Sepang circuit at the end of January, the first private test of 2016 before the official tests get underway in Malaysia and at Phillip Island in February.

A fulltime return is still not on the agenda, Stoner affirming he still has “zero regrets” about retiring while at the top of his game in 2012.

But he has conceded that Ducati wouldn’t be unhappy if he should decide to make a few cameo appearances.

“Ducati want me to do wildcards and I’ve got options whenever I want, but at this point we have made no decision,” he told Motorcycle News.

“I’ll see how the tests go and hopefully I can get some test time on a grippy track that’s race-ready.

“My main focus is testing and to work on the development program to get Ducati back to winning races.”

Stoner recently revealed that he left his test rider role Honda after feeling as though he was being under used, suspection that Marc Marquez was not too keen on his presence in the company’s program.

His only motorcycle race since retiring from MotoGP came at the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race last year.

Despite a long lay-off and not having raced at the Japanese circuit since 2003, Stoner showed no rust in qualifying his Honda third on the grid.

Race day was less successful: a mechanical failure caused the throttle to jam on his bike. The ensuing high-speed crash leaving Stoner with a broken shoulderblade and leg, before suffering a problem with one of his kidneys a few months later.

Now fully recovered, Stoner said he would be fit and ready for his first test of 2016.

Source: Stoner: Ducati wants me to race | Fox Sports

MotoGP News – Stoner: Marquez felt threatened with me at Honda

Stoner: Marquez felt threatened with me at Honda

“I loved working with the HRC guys but I think Marc and his crew felt in some way threatened by me and I don’t know why” – Casey Stoner.

Casey Stoner believes Marc Marquez ‘felt in some way threatened by me’ while the Australian was still at Honda and hinted that this may have contributed to HRC turning down his offer to replace Dani Pedrosa.

After quitting racing at the end of 2012 Stoner took up the role of test rider for Honda and witnessed Marquez emerge to claim back-to-back MotoGP crowns in 2013 and 2014.

When Marquez’s Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was forced to pull out of three rounds at the start of 2015 due to injury, Stoner offered to take his place, only to be turned down by Honda for Hiroshi Aoyama.

The two-time MotoGP world champion has now called an end to his test rider deal with Honda and returned to Ducati.

“At Honda I was just an occasional tester and wasn’t being used to my potential,” Stoner said to Motosprint. “I loved working with the HRC guys but I think Marc and his crew felt in some way threatened by me and I don’t know why. I was just there to test and help.

“I have absolutely no hard feelings towards Honda and I have great respect for Shuhei Nakamoto [HRC vice president], so our relationship will be fine in the future.

“I felt ready [to replace Pedrosa] for Austin. Nakamoto told me he was sorry and that it had been him who made the decision. But I think other people must have put pressure on him for me not to race.”

Stoner’s new role at Ducati is as a ‘brand ambassador and test rider’, including an appearance at World Ducati Week from 1-3 July along with ‘a selected number of MotoGP tests’.

Source: MotoGP News – Stoner: Marquez felt threatened with me at Honda

TT bosses shake-up Supersport rules for 2016

Middleweight rules are now much closer to those in British and World Supersport

Isle of Man TT bosses have re-written the Supersport rule book for the 2016 event in order to bring them into line with British and World Supersport regulations.

As middleweight competition moves closer to Superstock on the world stage, the regulations for the world’s most famous bike race are right in step with only a minimum amount of engine tuning allowed and a clampdown on electronics as only kit ECUs or the control Motec system as used in BSS will pass scruitineering.

And it isn’t only the Superport class that has come under the magnifying glass as the Sidecar regulations have also been given a makeover with engines limited to 600cc four or 675cc triples. However, chairmen are allowed to change their ECU and tune engines except for altering the bore and stroke.

“We have made some big changes in Supersport and in Sidecar where we are trying to drive some progression into the class,” TT chief Paul Phillips told

“Outside of the technical regulations, we have tried to create a manual which explains how you come and ride at the TT from start to finish, and hopefully tries to set out a culture of behaviour and professionalism we would like competitors to aspire to.”

Source: TT bosses shake-up Supersport rules for 2016 – Bikesport News

MotoGP News: No 2016 engine for satellite Hondas at Sepang?

MotoGP News. Satellite Honda teams set to start 2016 MotoGP testing using last year’s engines!

The satellite Honda teams look set to start 2016 MotoGP testing at Sepang using last year’s engines.

While some sources have told that LCR (Cal Crutchlow) and Marc VDS (Jack Miller and Tito Rabat) will be riding complete 2015 bikes in Malaysia next month, others insist the chassis will be the same as factory Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. That could also mean Marquez and Pedrosa have opted to use last year’s frames.

Either way it appears that the re-designed 2016 engines, perhaps the most crucial aspect of the new RCV given that engine character was the Achilles heel of last year’s bike, will only be available to Marquez and Pedrosa at the first pre-season test.

A question mark also hangs over 2016 satellite engines for the second test, at Phillip Island in mid-February, after which only the Qatar test remains. The world championship then begins at the same Losail circuit from March 17-20.

There have even been rumours that the satellite Hondas could race with last year’s engines, but those appear unfounded and the worst case scenario is that 2016 engines are given to satellite teams at round one.

World champions with Marquez in 2013 and 2014, Honda watched its riders battle aggressive engine behaviour last season, something HRC is determined to correct.

But the clock is ticking. Marquez and Pedrosa gave a lukewarm reaction to the new engine during testing in November and MotoGP’s development freeze means the design cannot be changed once racing begins.

The switch from Bridgestone to Michelin tyres and especially the introduction of the single ECU software is also complicating matters, engineers needing to determine if an engine trait is caused by mechanical components or the new electronics.

Usually, all RC213V riders begin pre-season testing with a new engine and chassis package, after which ongoing developments are prioritised for the factory Repsol team.

But with significant doubts over whether the 2015 engine issues have been sufficiently improved, Honda’s plan appears to be to gather more data and feedback from Marquez and Pedrosa before committing to the final 2016 design in time for Qatar.

Source: MotoGP News – MotoGP: No 2016 engine for satellite Hondas at Sepang?

Ducati enjoy record sales in 2015

Ducati are celebrating ending 2015 with a record year for sales having sold 54,800 bikes globally during the past 12 months.

Ducati are celebrating ending 2015 with a record year for sales having sold 54,800 bikes globally during the past 12 months.

Leading the way for the Bologna manufacturer was the new-for-2015 Scrambler range with 16,000 of the retro model sold in 2015 making it one of the world’s top ten best-selling bikes.

The firm also experienced success with the all-new Multistrada, selling some 8000 bikes with the Monster 821 also a popular choice with 6500 sold worldwide.

“The record sales of 2015 are the result of our company’s courage and skill”, stated Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding. “Ducati closes 2015 with record volumes and also a substantial growth of 22% over 2014. During the year Ducati not only launched successful new motorcycles, but also a new brand, Ducati Scrambler, which immediately won global acclaim with over 16,000 sales worldwide.”

Ducati made gains in Italy, the UK, Germany and France to expand their presence in Europe but real growth came in the Asian Pacific markets, where sales were up 14% year on year with growth as high as 46% in China.

Having unveiled a total of nine new models, Ducati is in a strong position ahead of 2016, especially in entering new markets with the new 400cc Scrambler Sixty2 and XDiavel.

Source: Ducati enjoy record sales in 2015 | Bike Social

BMW look to the future with heads-up display helmet

BMW Motorrad will display a head-up display helmet at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas later this week.

BMW Motorrad will display a head-up display helmet at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas later this week.

Currently a concept, the BMW head-up display projects necessary or desirable traffic or vehicle information directly into the rider’s field of view, allowing them to maintain constant observation of the road ahead, minimising distraction.

BMW became the first European automobile manufacturer to introduce a head-up display in vehicles in 2003 but the firm now believes such technology is more important with motorcycles than cars given the increased risk of riding on two wheels.

With the eventual plan to install the technology directly onto the bike, BMW have first fitted the innovative head-up display function to a BMW Motorrad helmet. This means the rider no longer has to glance at the instrument panel and is able to concentrate fully without distraction.

All displays are programmable and only information considered helpful and relevant to the current situation will be displayed at any given moment.

The display options comprise safety-relevant information, for instance data relating to the technical status of the motorcycle, such as tyre pressure, oil level and fuel level, travel speed and selected gear, speed limit and road sign recognition, plus warnings of impending dangers.

Still in development, the product could later feature innovative vehicle-to-vehicle communication enabling the system to warn of upcoming hazards and more.

The model shown is also fitted with an integrated mini-computer, loudspeakers and will be controlled from the left-hand handlebar fittings using a multicontroller allowing a rider to choose the information they require.

Interestingly, the technology used can be integrated in existing helmets without affecting either comfort or safety. The plan is to put such technology into mass production in ‘two to three years’ time’.

The German marque is also exhibiting a K 1600 GTL model with new laser light at the show, thought to be the next step from LED lights first used by BMW several years ago. Such technology is already available in some of BMW’s high-spec cars (including the 7 series and i8) and can achieve a high-beam range of up to 600 metres.

While it’s thought such technology is too cost-intensive for motorcycles at the moment, its wider use in the automobile world will inevitably bring costs down allowing it to filter through but BMW describe plans as ‘medium term’.

Source: BMW look to the future with heads-up display helmet | Bike Social

World’s first Honda RC213V-S customer is British…and a Honda dealer

The very first hand-built Honda RC213V-S has rolled out of of the specialist area of the firm’s Hamamoto factory and into the arms of its new owner, British Honda dealer John Brown.

The nearest thing we will probably ever get to a MotoGP bike for the road is Honda’s much lauded, £150,000 RC213V-S and the very first bike out of Honda’s Kumamoto factory has been handed over to its British owner.

Mr John Brown is the owner of a Manchester-based Honda motorcycle dealership collected his new acquisition at Honda’s UK racing headquarters this week where all of the machines sold in the UK will be prepared and serviced by specially-trained technicians.

The RC213V-S will sit in Brown’s extensive collection, which includes a brand new RC30, VTR1000 SP1 and SP2, CBR900RR Fireblade and VF1000F.

Mr Brown said: “When I first heard of this project I thought ‘when this happens I have to have one of these’. It is a truly amazing opportunity to own a piece of HRC racing history. As soon as it went on sale I registered my interest on the website, and when I received the call from Honda to say my order was accepted it was a very special day for me. I joined my family business as a 17-year old and have been a Honda dealer ever since. My dealership has been one of the top-three in the UK for many years and the bike will be great with my existing collection. I’d like to thank all the people at Honda for making this dream come true.”

Tetsuo Suzuki, Operating Officer, Honda Motorcycles commented: “To see the world’s first RC213V-S presented to a customer today is fantastic, especially to someone like John who is so passionate about Honda.

Throughout the development process we have kept the RC213V-S as similar to the MotoGP machine as possible, so that the customer gets the closest experience to riding the RC213V as possible. The sales and interest in the bikes has been very strong, with some customers wanting to keep in collections and others wanting to ride.”

For more information and to register your interest in owning one, visit

Do you know anyone who’s ordered an RC213V-S?

Source: World’s first Honda RC213V-S customer is British…and a Honda dealer | Bike Social

MotoGP bosses clarify concessions for 2016

MotoGP bosses have confirmed which concessions will be available to certain manufacturers for the 2016 season

MotoGP bosses have confirmed which concessions will be available to certain manufacturers for the 2016 season.

With the introduction of the ‘Open Class’ in 2014, some teams were permitted the use of a super soft tyre, extra fuel, a larger engine allocation, no freeze on engine development and unlimited testing.

Having not won a race since 2010, Ducati were also granted these concessions as were Aprilia and Suzuki when returning to MotoGP last year.

While some concessions have been dropped altogether for the 2016 season inline with the end of the ‘Factory’ and ‘Open’ class split era, a number will remain for new manufacturers and those in need of improvement.

Remaining concessions include a larger engine allocation, with these teams permitted to use nine engines per rider across the season instead of the new allocation of seven for factory teams, unlimited testing and no development freeze on engines.

The concessions will no longer include a softer tyre option or increased fuel allowance with all teams now permitted to use 22 litres.

These concessions will be granted to any manufacturer entering MotoGP for the first time since 2013, or manufacturers who have not achieved a dry race win since the 2013 season.

Manufacturers will lose, or gain, concessions based on a points system with three concession points for a win, two for second place and one for third whether the race is wet or dry. Any manufacturer accruing six or more concession points in any one season will lose their concessions with immediate effect.

Following the increase in performance of Ducati’s Desmosedici GP15 last season, the MSMA (Motorsport Manufacturers’ Association) requested that these rules were backdated to the 2015 season, meaning Ducati have been stripped of their entitlement for 2016.

Aprilia and Suzuki are now the only manufacturers granted concessions and moving forward, should either marque achieve six concession points in any one season their unlimited testing will stop immediately while their engine allocation and development entitlement will change the following year.

Furthermore, any manufacturer failing to score a single concession point in any one season will be granted the approved concessions for the following year. Therefore, should Ducati fail to finish on the podium in 2016, any rider on a Ducati for the 2017 season would be granted concessions. The same applies to both Yamaha and Honda.

Source: MotoGP bosses clarify concessions for 2016 | Bike Social

Rossi to benefit in MotoGP penalty point shake-up

Rossi will not be subject to another back-of-the-grid start in 2016

MotoGP bosses have altered the rules regarding penalty points accrued by riders so that no-one serves the same penalty twice in the same 12-month period which could benefit Valentino Rossi in 2016 as he could have six points to play with at the end of the season.

Under the 2015 regulations, Rossi could serve another back-of-the-grid start should be get another sanction after the 2015 Misano point is removed as the Sepang three points would still be live.

However, under the 2016 rules he effectively can’t be tried for the same crime twice, so if he drops back to zero points after Sepang, he can then rack up six points before being handed a pitlane start, bypassing the four-pointer he was given last year.

The new rules are as follows:

Penalty points may be imposed by GP Race Direction on a rider in any number from 1 to 10, points are cumulative and expire after a period of 365 days from the date they were imposed.

Automatic sanctions apply to a rider accumulating points as follows:
4 Points – Start the next race from last grid position.
7 Points – Start the next race from pit lane.
10 Points – Disqualification from participation at the next event (or from
the race results if this occurs at the last event of the season).
Points re-set to 0 after a rider reaches 10 points and serves a disqualification.

(Clarification: Each sanction due to accumulation of penalty points (back of grid start for 4 points, pit lane start for 7 points, suspension for 10 points) can be served only once by each rider, until the rider passes 10 points. A penalty of up to 3 points can be imposed without a prior hearing being necessary).

Source: Rossi to benefit in MotoGP penalty point shake-up – Bikesport News

Triumph Motorcycles 2015 – Racing Remix

Triumph Motorcycles 2015 – Racing Remix

It was another exceptional year for Triumph Racing in 2015. Racing Remix features spectacular on board GoPro footage and interviews and is a tribute to the riders, race teams, motorcycles and partners like Castrol Moto making it happen. Scoring numerous podium finishes and pole positions in MotoAmerica Supersport, a revived effort bringing the legendary Triumph mystique back to AMA Pro Flat Track, and a second straight Canadian Supersport Championship, Triumph Motorcycles revved up the dirt and asphalt.

How about watching Guy Martin thrashing his Triumph Supersport machine during the Isle of Man TT 2015 races.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Explains Rule Change

Pikes Peak race is now only for “one-piece” handlebar bikes

From now on, you’ll only be allowed to race if your bike comes with a one-piece handlebar from the factory, like the Ducati Multistrada.

Much discussion has been going on of late regarding the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb committee’s ruling that for 2016, only motorcycles with one-piece handlebars, i.e nakedbikes like the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, will be allowed to compete.

Below are comments that were made to by the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb committee clarifying its stance.

“Although we understand that PPIHC [racing] is inherently dangerous and deaths and injury may occur regardless of what type of bike someone is riding, the decision to make it mandatory to have one-piece handlebars was made based upon the type of bike the committee and BOD is comfortable allowing to race Pikes Peak,” said Megan Leatham, PPIHC Executive Director.

“Once the Committee and BOD determined to keep the motorcycle program in place, changes regarding the bike program had to be made. One common factor in both fatalities [Bobby Goodin, 2014; Carl Sorensen, 2015] was the type of bike both competitors were riding and the BOD is no longer comfortable allowing that type of bike on Pikes Peak.”
Jim Vidmar, PPIHC Assistant Director of Competition, went on to say, “We are striving to strike a balance that will allow motorcycles to continue to compete on Pikes Peak but minimize the risk as much as possible. We are fully aware we will never eliminate the risk completely, but we are taking steps to make the race as safe as possible.”

However, the confusion seems to be around the term, “sportbike.” The ruling applies to motorcycles that have clip-on style handlebars, as Vidmar says, “To clarify, nowhere in the PPIHC Rule Book does it state that sportsbikes are not allowed to compete at the PPIHC. Competitors are more than welcome to apply for an invitation to compete in the PPIHC with a sportsbike as long as it was produced by the manufacturer with one-piece handlebars and the original handlebars are used.”

“One key reason the PPIHC Race Committee and Board of Directors are only comfortable allowing motorcycles originally produced by manufacturers with top mounted one-piece handlebars is the vertical riding position and high vantage point these bikes encourage; motorcycles equipped with clip-on style handles encourage a crouched, horizontal riding position and low vantage point in comparison. The Pikes Peak Highway is an extremely unique race course with many crests and the potential for wildlife like deer, big horn sheep, and even bear to also be on the race course while riders ascend to the mountain’s summit. Due to limiting factors associated with a rider’s ability to see and react as early as possible to these and countless other unpredictable conditions found at Pikes Peak, the PPIHC is no longer comfortable with the riding position and vantage point associated with and encouraged by motorcycles equipped with two-piece clip-on style handles.

“Another benefit to top mounted one-piece handlebars when reacting to unpredictable conditions is their length. In most cases, one-piece handlebars provide a considerably wider reach in comparison to clip-ons. Both handlebars and clip-ons are essentially levers and as levers get longer, less force is required to make them pivot at their fulcrum. When a rider needs to react to something quickly, having these typically longer handlebars makes it easier for them to do so.”

Source: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Explains Rule Change – CycleNews

Times of change for the WorldSBK Race weekend

Times of change for the WorldSBK Race weekend

For 2016, the FIM and Dorna WorldSBK Organization (DWO) are proud to unveil a new era for the well-awaited Motul FIM World Superbike Championship Race Schedule, marking a turning point in WorldSBK history.

After positive feedback and input from the WorldSBK Series Promotors, Circuits, Manufacturers, Sponsors, and TV Broadcasters, DWO has worked tirelessly to bring forward a new, revamped WorldSBK race weekend schedule traditionally held on Sunday morning, Race 1 will now take place on Saturday afternoons, with definitive timetable changes aimed at creating a flexible time schedule for fan experiences to enjoy a more complete and exciting WorldSBK experience from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon

In this new format, Saturday is aimed at offering increased fan attendance and especially the chance to feel the adrenaline of WorldSBK racing during the 2 day event. In addition, Organisers and Sponsors will be able to offer an even bigger selection of special events and shows, allowing fans to enjoy both on and off track action in a way never previously possible. These fundamental timetable changes will prove pivotal in getting WorldSBK fans closer to the action, both those in the grandstands and the millions watching live TV around the world. With more flexibility afforded to the schedule, the new time slots will ensure that each and every fan is able to enjoy the best of the WorldSBK paddock, either at the track or at home. Athletes and Teams will be more available with less timing constraints, whilst the new time slots will give more flexibility to Organizers to actively design and dedicate activities within each and every event, ensuring the proximity and engagement of Fans attending.

Free practice sessions and those timed for qualifying will now take place on Friday, an addition for 2016 will see also the FIM Supersport World Championship adopting the Superpole sessions format as like WorldSBK, which will take place on Saturday mornings, before the lights go out for the first WorldSBK Race 1 in the afternoon. Sunday morning will be dedicated to Warm Up sessions before WorldSSP and WorldSBK kick off the racing action for the second time over the weekend giving fans a further opportunity to experience one of the most exciting and exhilarating motorcycle racing championships in the world.

Check the new event schedule here

Source: WorldSBK

MotoGP: Why has Yamaha moved the M1 fuel tank?

Visual change on the 2016 Yamaha is a new fuel tank accessed from the rear of the bike

Nakasuga’s Yamaha, 2015 Japanese MotoGP (pic: Gold & Goose)

Aside from MotoGP’s switch to Michelin tyres, the biggest visual change on the 2016 Yamaha is a new fuel tank accessed from the rear of the bike.

So instead of having the fuel filler system located in front of the rider, it is now behind the seat.

We don’t know the exact shape of the new Yamaha tank, but the majority of fuel is usually stored directly under the seat (see examples below). All other manufacturers still have the filler in front of the rider.

Katsuyuki Nakasuga gave the revised Yamaha tank its public debut as a wild-card in October’s Japanese round (pictured), qualifying 15th and finishing the wet race in eighth place.

Yamaha fuel tanks, 2013 Dutch TT (Pic: Gold & Goose)

However eventual champion Jorge Lorenzo and Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi had already tested the bike in private at Aragon in September, then again at Valencia last month.

“The 2016 machine we tried in Aragon is the bike that’s adapted to the Michelin tyres to get the best performance. The fuel tank is on the back, behind the seat, before it was in front of the rider,” Lorenzo confirmed at Valencia.

While Bridgestone was renowned for the grip generated by its front tyre, it is the Michelin rear that dominates. Most believe weight distribution will be moved forward to compensate, so is that the reason for the new tank design?

“It is a different grip balance [with the Michelins], but we also have two litres more fuel for next year so we need to create volume. Find more room,” Lorenzo’s team manager Wilco Zeelenberg told

While the Yamaha and Honda factory entries have been restricted to 20 litres in recent seasons, this is increasing to 22 litres – for all competitors – due to the thirstier single ECU system.

“It’s not completely [decided] if we will use this tank set-up yet. We know we have two litres more fuel to put somewhere so this idea was created and we are trying it,” Zeelenberg continued.

“Basically we can go everywhere [with the two litres of extra fuel] but you cannot go a lot more forward because you have the airbox. And if you make the airbox smaller, that would be a problem!”

The Dutchman confirmed that the tank also allows the factory to try some new set-up options, as Yamaha seeks to perfect weight and geometry for the 2016 tyres.

Ducati fuel tank, 2014 Sepang Test (Pic: Gold & Goose)

Honda fuel tank, 2015 German MotoGP (Pic: Gold & Goose)


Source: MotoGP News – MotoGP: Why has Yamaha moved the M1 fuel tank?

Restart, Tire, Engine Tweaks in MotoGP Rules

GP Commission Meeting : Changes agreed to MotoGP Sporting & Technical rules


A meeting of the Grand Prix Commission in Madrid saw the following changes agreed to the MotoGP Sporting and Technical rules.

They include an increase in the tyre allocation for the new Michelin era. This will see the number of slicks rise from 21 to 22 due to an extra rear, while wets will rise from 5 front and rear to 7 of each. Riders will also have 3 front and 3 rear of the returning intermediate rubber.

The engine regulations, which prohibit in-season development, have also been tweaked so that factories can freeze a greater range of engine specifications the season after losing technical concessions.

This currently only refers to Ducati, which will not have concessions next season and is to support a range of Desmosedici machinery at Aspar, Avintia, Pramac and its own factory team.

With the single ECU now compulsory, all references to ‘Factory’ or ‘Open’ class have now been removed from the rules…

Read the whole story here: MotoGP News – Restart, tyre, engine tweaks in MotoGP rules

UPDATE: Superbike Corse Bike Night Photos! (02 Dec 2015)

UPDATE: Superbike Corse’s first Bike Night Photos! Click on images to view




WHAT: Superbike Corse is having an Italian Bike Night!
WHEN: December 02, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
WHERE: Pizza 900, 23020 Lake Forest Dr, Ste 170, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
WHY?: Because ’tis the Season to be Jolly!!!

Read more about the venue here: Pizza 900 – 179 Photos – Pizza – Laguna Hills, CA – Reviews – Yelp

Provisional 2016 World Superbike calendar released

World Superbike bosses have finally released the 2016 race calendar

2016 provisional World Superbike calendar

Rnd 1: 26-28 February Australia – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Rnd 2: 11-13 March Thailand – Chang International Circuit
Rnd 3: 1-3 April Spain – MotorLand Aragón
Rnd 4: 15-17 April Netherlands – TT Circuit Assen
Rnd 5: 29-1 May Italy – Autodromo Int. Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola
Rnd 6: 13 -15 May Malaysia – Sepang International Circuit
Rnd 7: 27-29 May United Kingdom – Donington Park
Rnd 8: 17-19 June Italy – Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli’
Rnd 9: 8-10 July USA – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Rnd 10: 22-24 July Italy – Autodromo Nazionale di Monza
Rnd 11: 16-18 September Germany – Lausitzring
Rnd 12: September 30-2 October France – Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
Rnd 13: 14-16 October Spain – Circuito de Jerez
Rnd 14: 28-30 October Qatar – Losail International Circuit

Official test days:
Rnd 1, Phillip Island (AUS) – Mon 22nd and Tue 23 Feb (WorldSBK, WorldSSP)
Rnd 7, Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli (ITA) -­ Mon 20 Jun (WorldSBK)
Rnd 13, Circuito de Jerez (SPA) -­ Mon 17 Oct (WorldSBK)

Source: Provisional 2016 World Superbike calendar released – Bikesport News

2016 FIM World Superbike Championship Returns to Monterey, CA!!!

 2016 FIM WSBK Championship @  Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca


Elite competitors of both international and national motorcycle road racing take over July 8-10 with Round 9 of the Motul FIM World Superbike Championship GEICO U.S. Round featuring the MotoAmerica Superbike Showdown. The World Superbike Championship showcase event will receive a decidedly American shot in the arm with 2006 MotoGP World Champion and two-time Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca race winner (2005, 2006) Nicky Hayden returning to compete at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the first time since 2013. MotoAmerica returns for its sophomore season of doubleheader races with five levels of wheel-to-wheel and handlebar-to-handlebar action, including the showcase Superbike class.

Tickets for this event will begin to go on sale January 13th 2016 8 a.m. PT