(Perris, CA, July 28, 2017) Carl Wuersch, CEO of the Southern California Fair, is pleased to announce that legendary motorcycle racer Sammy Tanner has been named “Grand Marshal” of the October 7th American Flat Track Final. The race will take place at Perris Auto Speedway during the 104th Annual Southern California Fair on the SoCal Fair and Event Center.
A native of Texas, Tanner began racing motorcycles as a youngster and he carved out not only a very successful career as a racer, but as a showman as well. In the 1960’s, his name was synonymous for winning and by the time his legendary career had ended, he had amassed over 400 victories. Among them was seven Grand National triumphs. Included in the GN wins were four at the track he first came west to race on, legendary Ascot Park in Gardena, California. He was the only rider to win Nationals at Ascot on two different bikes (BSA and Triumph). Another of his seven first place GN finishes was on the famous Springfield mile aboard a BSA in 1964.

“Sammy is going to be our Grand Marshal for the American Flat Track Final,” Wuersch said. “It will make a great show for us to have him here. When I made up the list of people I thought we would ask, he was at the very top. I have known him a lot of years. I think everybody pretty much knows Sammy Tanner. He is a name in the industry that is tops and he was a sensational rider. His career as a racer ended years ago, but he has stayed involved with the sport and has always tried to make it better.”
In addition to his prowess as a Flat Track racer, Tanner also had a few goes at road racing and speedway. He dabbled in sprint cars in 1959 and seven years later was lined up to drive for now National Sprint Car Hall of Fame car owner, Bruce Bromme Sr. However, seeing a fiery sprint car crash at Springfield changed his mind.
Always the entertainer, Tanner never raced the Bromme sprinter, but he did race against a sprint car in a rather rare event. It was a special match race that pitted Tanner on his motorcycle against rough and tumble Don Hawley who was driving a sprint car. Tanner had another motorcycle racer booked to take on Hawley, but when he could not get insurance on the other rider, he went ahead and did it himself.
These days Tanner is still busy working with and supporting racers of the two-wheeled and four-wheeled varieties. He has been an Arai Helmet distributor since 1979 and has helped thousands of racers realize their racing dreams. Tanner’s website can be reached at the following link:
Tickets for the race, which will feature the best flat track racers from across North America and which could well decide the AFT 2017 championships, are already on sale online. Reserved seats for the race are $20.00 and include a free ticket to the annual fair. General admission tickets are $5.00 and require the purchase of a $10.00 fair admission ticket. Advance tickets for the historic race are available 24-hours a day by clicking on the following link:
Fans who ride a motorcycle to the race will receive free parking on the fairgrounds.
The race will be the first National in Southern California staged on anything, but a horse racing track since Ascot closed in 1990. On race day, gates will open at 11:00 AM and open practice will begin around 1:00 PM. Qualifying will be at 5:00 and the first race will roll off the line at 7:00.
The American Flat Track Series, which matches the top Flat Track racers on oval and TT tracks, opened the campaign at Daytona International Speedway in March and will feature races in 13 different states in 2017. Fans can get a sneak peek at the exciting action they will see in October at the fair by watching previous rounds on NBSCN.
Before and after the race, fans will be able to enjoy a day and night at the Southern California Fair that will include carnival rides, great fair food, livestock, midway games, music, displays and more.

To keep up with the daily happenings of the SoCal Fair and Event Center and the AFT, fans can use the following social media links.


To keep up with the American Flat Track Series

Source: Sammy-Tanner-Grand-Marshal-Press-Release.pdf



One of the most talked about episodes after the Brno GP was the incident involving Aleix Espargaró and Andrea Iannone during the bike change. The Aprilia rider, after the bike change, departed his garage just as the Suzuki rider was re-entering. Andrea had to brake suddenly to avoid him and he slipped on the wet yellow stripe, the consequence being that his bike fell over against his teammate, Rins’ bike.

Initially the mechanic responsible for releasing the rider was blamed, considering the fact that the rules give the rider re-entering the right of way, not the rider exiting. Even Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing manager, had pointed out how Aleix was not at fault in that episode, complaining about the 3-position penalty.

However, a video of the episode has surfaced on Facebook (you can watch it by clicking the photo above) that exonerates the mechanic. In fact, seeing Iannone arriving, the crew member tried to keep Espargaró from leaving. In fact, the Spaniard departed when the mechanic still had both hands on the top fairing, trying to stop him, and he had to move out of the way at the last minute to keep from being run over.

It was, therefore, Aleix’s over-enthusiasm in a hectic moment of the race that caused the accident and not a mistake by the mechanic.

This time, Race Direction made the right call.

Source: MotoGP, Aleix-Iannone incident: a video exonerates the mechanic |



08/01/2017 @ 2:18 pm, by Jensen Beeler

Italian media is reporting an invitation to a Ducati event at the Misano World Circuit, the Thursday before the MotoGP race weekend held on the Adriatic Coast.

The event has surely something to do with Ducati’s new V4 superbike, with Ducati claiming it will be “the sound of a new era” for the Italian manufacturer.

That sound surely will be of the new V4 powerplant, which will not only replace the company’s iconic v-twin superbike lineup, but also power future large-displacement sport bikes from Ducati – something Claudio Domenicali told Asphalt & Rubber at the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition launch.

What we will see at Misano is up for speculation, however. A strong guess would be that Ducati only unveils its 90° V4 engine, teasing for us the interesting technical bits that Domenicali hinted at during the Laguna Seca WorldSBK weekend.

The new V4 engine design is said to have a special firing order, something between a v-twin and a V4 in its power delivery and character, according to the Ducati CEO.

It is possible that we could get a glimpse of the new machine, while at Misano, with Ducati giving those in attendance a glimpse of the bike, the same way it teased the Ducati Supersport at World Ducati Week last year, also at the Misano World Circuit.

Those two options seem much more likely than a full-blown launch at Misano, which is instead likely to take place at the 2017 EIMCA show in Milan, Italy later this year, in November.

With such the V4 engine being such a pivotal moment in Ducati’s street bike history though, it is possible that the minds at Ducati want an event all to themselves to showcase the new machine.

Thankfully, we don’t have long to wait. More as we get it.


Source: Ducati V4 Superbike to Debut in September? – Asphalt & Rubber



“Their job is to get to the limit and my job is to keep them within the limit”

One of the major talking points of the Czech Republic MotoGP weekend was the debut of the new Ducati fairing.

Although not as extreme as the ‘hammerhead’ design seen in winter testing, the fairing is clearly the most radical of the new generation of aerodynamics to be homologated for a grand prix event.

External wings were banned at the end of last season until new rules which prohibit: “Devices or shapes [that may have an aerodynamic effect] protruding from the fairing or bodywork and not integrated in the body streamlining.”

Technical Director Danny Aldridge is the sole judge of whether a device or fairing design is within the new regulations.

This is what Aldridge had to say about the Ducati fairing, which Gigi Dall’Igna says produces 40% of the former wing downforce, during Monday’s test session at Brno…

4-5 modifications before getting the green light:

 “The design and homologation process for the Ducati fairing has been going on for a few months. The first design they submitted, we said ‘no, you need to change this’. So it’s not a case they got everything they wanted.

“Their job is to get to the limit and my job is to keep them within the limit. So it’s finding a compromise. What happens with the first design – and this has happened with other manufacturers as well obviously – is they say ‘is this allowed?’ And I say, ‘no, what you need to do is adjust this, this and this’ and so they come back with a version two, version three, version four.

“With all of these aero packages, the rule book states the final say is mine, but I understand that it’s such an important decision so I also speak to other people such as Mike Webb [Race Director] and Corrado Cecchinelli [MotoGP Director of Technology]. We sit down as a kind of mini-committee. I get their opinion and input until we get to a point where we all agree it’s within the rules. That’s when I allow it.

 “The openness of the rules has both helped and hindered us. I’m trying to be fair to everyone, but every decision sets a precedent. You’re always thinking, ‘how might this evolve?’ So it really helps talking everything through with Mike and Corrado. Three heads are better than one in some respects.

“The rules say it is down to the Technical Director’s interpretation and of course everyone has a different interpretation. Some people might say ‘it’s a wing, it shouldn’t be allowed’, others might say they like it and understand why it was allowed. 20 people will give 20 different views.

“But it makes motorcycle racing interesting. It’s nice to see different looking bikes on track. Otherwise you go towards a one-make series. Also, in F1, the aerodynamic rules are very strict, but they still have arguments every week about the latest developments.

 ‘We could start to define curvature and angles’
“To go back to the beginning, we requested to the manufacturers, ‘you give us some rules’ for the ban on wings. And they couldn’t. But maybe the rules are too open at the moment…[Read more….]

Source: MotoGP: Technical Director talks Ducati fairing | MotoGP News | Crash



The Sena 10Upad replaces the ear/cheek padding in select model helmets to keep the nuts and bolts of the system out of sight. […]

MO staffers are big fans of Sena products, but not everyone wants a communication unit mounted on the side of their helmet. The Sena 10Upad replaces the ear/cheek padding in select model helmets to keep the nuts and bolts of the system out of sight – and the wind.

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The 10Upad for HJC IS-17 offers the functionality of a Sena headset, but is completely invisible from the outside of the helmet. Take and make phone calls, listen to GPS navigation, stream and share music, talk to other riders through 4-way intercom and more all through the 10Upad. The new design is our easiest unit to install yet, simply snap in the right and left cheek pads and you’re ready to ride. The intuitive tri-button control is located at the lower part of the left cheek pad for easy access while riding.The 10Upad is now available for the HJC IS-17, and will soon be available for the HJC IS-MAX2, and Shoei RF-1200 helmets, along with even more models in the future.

Source: Sena 10Upad Released – News



Certification documents from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board reveal a new Corse-edition Ducati 959 Panigale is on the way.

The 2018 Ducati 959 Panigale Corse has been certified with the same emissions information as the 959 Panigale, suggesting no differences in the 955cc V-Twin desmodromic-valve engine which Ducati claims produces 158 hp at 10,750 rpm and 77.9 lb-ft. at 9,000 rpm. So, if the engine’s the same, what can we expect to see from the Corse version?

The last time Ducati released a Corse special edition was in 2013 with the 848 EVO Corse. It too had the same engine as the regular model but added an aluminum fuel tank that increased fuel capacity to 4.75 gallons from 4.09 gallons while weighing 2.2 pounds lighter. Ducati also upgraded the EVO Corse’s rear suspension from a Showa shock to an Öhlins and increased the front brake discs to 330mm. Either change would be update over the regular 959 Panigale.

The 848 EVO Corse also added traction control and a quick shift system. The current 959 Panigale already has both, but we might see the addition of cornering ABS or wheelie control inherited from the 1299 Panigale. And, of course, a special edition model also calls for a special edition color scheme.

We’ll find out more information as it becomes available. Check back here on for the latest updates.

Source: 2018 Ducati 959 Panigale Corse Revealed in EPA and CARB Filings



A VW spokesman said its “subsidiaries are not up for grabs by bargain hunters.”

Rumors have been swirling around since April that Volkswagen (technically Audi) was going to put Ducati up for sale to help pay the price of Dieselgate. According to a Reuters report, Ducati isn’t going anywhere for now.

A sale of Ducati and a couple other assets including transmission maker Renk were likely up for review. Volkswagen reportedly got the companies evaluated by bankers and reviewed tentative offers from the likes of U.S. firm Bain Capital, Indian bike maker Eicher Motors, and a few others.

However, labor leaders have saved Ducati from a buyout. Half of the seats on the supervisory board that makes decisions on asset sales are employees and they saw to it that Ducati and Renk aren’t going anywhere.

The reason for not wanting to sell Ducati is simple—why sell an asset that’s profitable? A big influx of cash from a sale would be nice, but Ducati has been doing well lately and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

“The employee representatives on Volkswagen’s supervisory board will neither approve a sale of Ducati, nor one of Renk or MAN Diesel & Turbo,” a spokesman for VW group’s works council told Reuters on Saturday.

“Everyone who can read the VW half-year results should know: We don’t need money and our subsidiaries are not up for grabs by bargain hunters.”

We’re pretty excited about this news because Audi has been an excellent steward of the Ducati brand. Under their leadership, Ducati has started and grown the fantastic entry-level Scrambler line while making its world famous sport bikes and the beloved Monster better than ever.

Source: Ducati Isn’t for Sale, Volkswagen Says – The Drive



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Ducati unveiled a radical new type of aerodynamic MotoGP fairing in second practice for the Czech Grand Prix at Brno.

The Italian manufacturer, which pioneered the now-banned winglets that this year’s new generation of fairings are designed to replace, equipped one of Jorge Lorenzo’s two bikes with the new bodywork in practice two.

It appeared in the closing stages of the session, once the track had fully dried, with Lorenzo immediately going quicker than he had previously.

Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso did not try the new design, which features two large sculpted elements extending either side of the bike, just above the front wheel.

Dovizioso topped the session, while Lorenzo ended up 15th.

Ducati previously experimented with another new fairing earlier in the year in Qatar testing, but this was never raced and was ultimately abandoned as it resulted in a lower top speed.

Honda has also brought a new fairing to Brno, with factory riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa using slightly different versions, one larger than the other.

These are of a similar concept to the fairing that was introduced in pre-season testing by Yamaha and has been raced on several occasions since.

Source: Ducati MotoGP team runs radical new aero fairing in Brno practice – MotoGP – Autosport



NEXT Event=> Aug 19th (Sat): Open House & Anniversary with Bikes, Music, & Food! PLEASE NOTE: There will be a large number of pristine motorcycles on display for sale.  Venders will be on site selling their cool items.  Also there will be free food & fun for all.  Don’t forget to enter the Superbike Corse Raffle before the drawing at 1:30pm.  Items being raffled are listed below with more to be announced soon!
– Grand Prize Raffle:
Superbike Corse Track Day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway ($300.00 value)
– Raffle Prize #2:
Superbike Corse Dyno run/Pull, get HP, torque, and fueling ($150.00 value)
– Raffle Prize #3:
Superbike Corse Shop Race Shirt ($100.00 value)
– Raffle Prize #4:
Superbike Corse Suspension Set up ($75.00 value)
– Raffle Prize #5:
Superbike Corse oil & filter change service ($200.00 value)
– Raffle Prize #6:
Rent a Ducati Certificate valid for a free 1 day rental ($350.00 value)
– Raffle Prize #7: Doffo Vineyard Wines
– Raffle Prize #8: ASV Inventions Levers and Tools
– Raffle Prize #9: Bestem USA 848/1098/1198 Carbon Fiber Kit
– Raffle Prize #10: iSport1 Motorcycle Bling Kit

+ MORE!!!

@ Superbike Corse Parking Lot @ 10:00 am to 4:00 pm [Directions]


Sept 6th (Wed): Bike Night @ Pizza 900° – Laguna Hills, CA @ 6:30pm [Directions]

Oct 4th (Wed): Bike Night @ Pizza 900° – Laguna Hills, CA @ 6:30pm [Directions]

Nov 6th (Mon): Superbike Corse Track Day @ Chuckwalla Valley Raceway [Directions]

PAST EVENTS (Click on photos to go to event photos page):

8/02/17 Pizza 900 Bike Nite

7/22/17 Superbike Corse No-Tax BBQ

7/05/17 Pizza 900 Bike Night

6/07/17 Pizza 900deg Bike Nite

6/07/17 Pizza 900 Bike Nite

5/03/17 Pizza 900 Bike Night

5/03/17 Pizza 900 Bike Night

04/09/17 MotoGP Viewing Ride to Doffo

04/09/17 MotoGP Viewing Ride to Doffo


04/05/17 Pizza 900 Bike Night w/Raffle Prize




This Redline issue is loaded with emotions and new discoveries for Ducatisti hearts.

The success that was branded double D (Ducati-Dovizioso), first at Mugello, with the historic all-Italian victory and an unrestrained Petrucci taking bronze, followed by a second win at Montmelò, launches the Italian flag with Ducati’s name on it towards exciting races.

Adventurous like no Ducati before it, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro arrives on the scene to let you explore the world on two wheels and go where no one has yet dared to go.
More in this issue, the SuperSport: comfort and versatility united into a sporty soul.

On the Scrambler slope: the return of the Full Throttle in grand style and the reveal of the Mach 2.0.
The unveiling of the DRE Safety Academy, the Ducati riding course focused on safety, with an in-depth look at the “Bosch Cornering ABS”, the latest technology on the motorcycle safety frontier.

The Multistrada 950 will transport you to Genova, where you’ll be immersed in its traditional atmosphere and the charm of its alleyways.

Also, the summer clothing line, the new Ducati Bicycles By Bianchi collection, and more, in the second issue of Redline for 2017.

Download your copy and follow your passion!

Source: Ducati



With a “final edition” model coming up, it’s time to say goodbye to the Panigale and hello to a new Ducati V-4 superbike. Here’s what it will look like.

We’re getting our first look at the sportbike that will mark the end of an era. This new V-4-powered Ducati will eventually elbow aside V-Twin Ducatis from the Superbike series.

Spotted in a test area at Ducati’s factory in Bologna, Italy, this new Desmosedici will make its way into production for the 2018 model year. Our lensman, herr Hohne, says he “heard it a while before I saw it, and I immediately knew what bike they were testing” by the sound of its V-4 engine. “From what I could tell, it sounded a lot like the Aprilia Tuono/RSV4, but a bit… err… rougher I guess is the best word to explain it.”

Visible below the Ducati test rider’s knee is a rear cylinder, not terribly unlike Ducati’s traditional V-Twin but angled further rearward. The added distinction here is that there are a pair of rear cylinders to go along with a pair up front. We imagine there will be an aluminum steering head section that doubles as the airbox and engine mount for a monocoque layout similar to the Panigale’s. An Öhlins fork and Brembo M50 brakes are predictable.

Because Ducati’s MotoGP team already uses a V-4 engine, we expect some commonalities between them, including the 90-degree angle of its cylinder vee and, of course, desmodromic valve actuation. The exotic Desmosedici RR from a decade ago had a wide 86mm bore, which is far fatter than the 81mm now mandated as maximum by the FIM. If a 48.5mm stroke was added to an 81mm hole, the engine would yield exactly 1000cc.

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR Review

The quality of Hohne’s photos was hampered by having to shoot through a small car window, but the images of the bike are fairly clear because it was being operated at low speeds. Just a couple of laps around the test area “at such a low speed that the motor even choked a few times,” Hohne explained.

Note the snaking header pipes from the two rear cylinders that dump into a sizable muffler under the engine a la the Panigale (and Buell/EBR). A single-sided swingarm like the Panigale carries over. The cobby heat shielding and unfinished tailsection reveal this test mule is still several steps away from production.

It’s difficult to imagine a World Superbike race without a V-Twin Ducati in it, as the red machines from Borgo Panigale have been winning championships since 1990. But Ducati hasn’t won a rider’s title since 2011 when Carlos Checa rode the 1098R. This is the longest WSB championship drought for Ducati since the series began.

Ducati has said it will continue to race the Panigale in 2018, which will provide a bit of extra time to develop this new V-4 superbike into a machine ready to challenge the best in class by the time the 2019 season begins.

Here’s another view of the angle of the rear cylinders. Imagining a 90-degree angle at the bottom of the cylinder bank locates the second set of cylinders approximately at the white scuff marks on the fairing, creating a vee shape that’s a departure from Ducati’s so-called L-Twins.

This rebooted Desmosedici RR will surely be seen in production form this fall, likely debuting at the big EICMA show in Milan. As typical for Ducati, we’ll expect a base version as well as one outfitted with higher-end components like electronic suspension and lighter-weight forged wheels. All will include traction control and ABS, as well as TFT instrumentation.

Prices will start north of $20,000, as that’s currently the cheapest 1299 Panigale, and will add about $5k extra for the S version if the Panigale MSRP model is followed; so, about $22k and $27k? An R model will likely follow in 2019, and we’re reasonably sure it will retail for less than $45,000. To be eligible for World Superbike competition, a motorcycle’s price can’t exceed the price cap of €40,000 (about $45,000 USD).

LED headlights will be part of the V-4’s package. Hopefully also paint.

Source: 2018 Ducati V-4 Superbike Spy Shots



The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Paul Duparc (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Carlos Ezpeleta (Dorna), Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting) and Corrado Cecchinelli (Director of Technology), in a meeting held in Assen on 24 June 2017, made the following decisions:

Technical Regulations – Effective Immediately

Catch Tanks

Detailed changes concerning tank capacity, including tubing, and non-return valves were approved.

Chassis Construction Materials

During the GPC meeting in Losail new regulations were approved concerning materials that may be used in the construction of Moto3 and Moto2 class chassis. With slight modifications, primarily concerning the material used for swinging arm and wheel spindles, the regulations will now apply to chassis in all classes.

Technical Regulations – Effective 2019

Updated, detailed specifications for Moto2 electronics and ancillaries were confirmed.

Sporting Regulations – Effective Immediately

Insurance for Wild Card Riders

Wild card riders will henceforth be included in the accidental injury insurance provided by IRTA and will no longer need to obtain insurance from their National Federation for that event. This will give them the same level of cover as the permanently contracted riders.

Participation in Different Championships at the Same Event

At some events there are races for the same category of machine in different Championships. It will no longer be permitted for a rider to compete in more than one Championship during the same event.

Other Matters

Dashboard Displays and Messages

It has already been confirmed that machines in the Moto3 and MotoGP class must have the dashboard facility to display text messages, linked to the current warning lights, with effect from 2018. This will also apply to the Moto2 class from 2019. The GPC have now confirmed the precise list of messages that will be sent with the warning lights by Race Direction.

Some teams already have the facility on their machine dashboards to receive text messages and, following approval from the Safety Commission, the GPC confirmed that such teams may already use this facility as a “virtual pit board”. This does not require any amendments to existing regulations.

Appointments of Official Suppliers

The GPC confirmed the appointment of the following official suppliers to the Championship:

–  Triumph as supplier of engines for the Moto2 class with effect from 2019.

–  Dell’Orto as supplier of the ECU for the Moto3 class from 2018 to 2020

Request from HRC

The GPC approved a request from HRC to, in the interests of safety, replace the inlet valves on a number of their Moto3 class engines due to a manufacturing flaw leading to incidences of cracking. The changes will be made under the supervision of Technical Direction staff and engines so affected will be limited to a total usage of 2,200 km.

Source: MotoGP™



06/28/2017 @ 11:54 pm, by David Emmet

On the eve of the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, the Grand Prix Commission, MotoGP’s rule making body has allowed a system which was first mooted at the same race last year.

In Assen, the GPC gathered to discuss various minor tweaks to the MotoGP rules, but among them was a major upgrade: permitting the use of dashboard messages by the teams from 2018.

The ability to send messages is piggybacking off the system put in place to aid Race Direction. With spec ECUs and spec dashboards in Moto3 and MotoGP, Race Direction had long wanted the ability to send messages to the bikes on track.

They can already send a signal warning the riders that the race has been red-flagged, or to tell a particular rider that he has been black-flagged, but they had wanted to expand on that ability.

The spec ECU and dashboard used in both Moto3 and MotoGP is capable of operating in full duplex mode, both sending and receiving messages via the timing loops around the track.

That allows Race Direction both to send a message to one or more riders, and to be certain that they have actually received the message (though seeing/reading/comprehending it is a different kettle of fish altogether).

At the Sachsenring MotoGP race last year, a debate unfolded over whether teams should be use that system to send their own messages. The desire to be able to do so came from the fact that multiple riders missed their pit boards, and did not come in on time, thereby throwing away any chance of winning the race.

Afterwards, several riders expressed a desire to be able to receive messages from the team, to help them decide when was the best time to swap bikes from wet tires to slicks.

Their wish has now been granted. From 2018, when the dashboard message system is adopted in MotoGP and Moto3 (Moto2 is to follow, when the engines are switched to Triumph and the electronics to Magneti Marelli), the teams will also be able to send their riders messages, without any limitation or restriction.

Source: MotoGP Dashboard Messages Approved, Starting in 2018 – Asphalt & Rubber



Want to watch the fastest motorcycle run ever up Pikes Peak? At this year’s Race to the Clouds, Chris Fillmore took his KTM 1290 Super Duke R on a record-setting ascent to the mountain summit, with an impressive time of 9:49.625.

More impressive though is the fact the Fillmore broke the record on his rookie debut to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

If you have less than ten minutes to spare, you can watch Chris Fillmore’s run up the mountain. It’s extra enjoyable, because the Pikes Peak organizers thought that the first three minutes of the video should include a voice-over interview with Fillmore at the mountain’s summit, rather than letting us listen to that KTM purr.

Source: Watch Chris Fillmore’s Record-Breaking Ride up Pikes Peak – Asphalt & Rubber



PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Skip Van Leeuwen, one of the best Tourist Trophy riders in the history of AMA racing, passed away today, June 21. He was 78.

“The American Motorcyclist Association extends heartfelt condolences to the Van Leeuwen family and to all of Skip’s friends inside and outside the motorcycling community,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman.

Mr. Van Leeuwen was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.

Mr. Van Leeuwen dominated AMA TT competition in the mid-1960s, winning four nationals on the small dirt-track circuits that feature a jump and left- and right-hand turns. He won AMA national TT races in Houston (in the Astrodome), Castle Rock, Wash., and at his home track of Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. He also won numerous West Coast regional championships during his racing career.

After retiring from racing in the early 1970s, Mr. Van Leeuwen went on to launch a successful motorcycle accessories business.

After high school, Mr. Van Leeuwen and childhood friend Dick Hammer bought Triumph 650s and began frequenting local speedways. Both would go on to become nationally known racers.

While TT racing was his specialty, Mr. Van Leeuwen was also a road racer. His best AMA national finish on a road course was fourth at Carlsbad, Calif., in 1967.

By the early 1970s, Mr. Van Leeuwen was concentrating more on his business interests and retired from racing in 1972.

His business, Van Leeuwen Enterprises, evolved over the years to become one of the largest motorcycle accessory companies in the country.

For Mr. Van Leeuwen’s complete biography, visit

Source: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Skip Van Leeuwen passes away – American Motorcyclist Association



With the summer riding season in full-swing, the American Motorcyclist Association wants you to be informed when it comes to selecting safe fuel for your motorcycle.

E15 – which is 15 percent ethanol by volume and is not safe for motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines — and fuels with higher ethanol content must adhere to federal labeling rules. Pump labeling is important, because it is illegal to operate motorcycles and ATVs on fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol by volume (E10). Using higher ethanol blends in motorcycles or ATVs may cause fuel system or engine damage and could void the manufacturer’s warranty.

The rules governing fuel labels are:

E10:  No federal label is required.

E15:  Blender pumps must use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved label for fuel containing more than 10 percent and up to15 percent ethanol by volume.

E16-E50: Fuel containing between 16 percent and 50 percent ethanol by volume fall under one of two options from the Federal Trade Commission: 1) Retailers may label dispensers indicating the exact percentage of ethanol contained in the blend, or; 2) The percentage indicated on the label may be rounded to the nearest multiple of 10.


E51-E83 (Ethanol Flex Fuels): For fuel blends containing 51 percent to 83 percent ethanol by volume, the FTC offers three options: 1) Dispenser labels must disclose exact ethanol content; 2) The ethanol content may be rounded to the nearest multiple of 10; or 3) The ethanol content must be expressed as a range of 51 percent to 83 percent.


Here are photos of improper labeling or no labeling.

From a fuel retailer in Minnesota:

In this example, the retailer conflates the EPA-approved E15 label with the FTC-approved label. There is only one approved label for E15. This label incorrectly refers to E15 as a “Flex Fuel.” This label circumvents the Reid Vapor Pressure restrictions that prohibit the sale of E15 fuel in certain parts of the country during the summer months.

This blender pump in Ohio has none of the required labeling. It should have the EPA-approved E15 label and the FTC-approved label for the flex fuel. In fact, the retailer renames E15 as “Unleaded15” and uses a blue color.

The AMA wants to thank our members for sending these photos! If you see anything other than the federally-approved labels for ethanol-blended fuels, please take a photo and note the address of the retailer. Then forward the photo and information to the AMA at

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at

Source: AMA Federal Action Center: Contact the AMA!



President Donald Trump signed H.J.Res. 44 into law on March 27. The resolution would use the Congressional Review Act to block the implementation of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 rule.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) introduced H.J.Res. 44 on Jan. 30. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 234 – 186 on Feb. 7. The Senate voted 51-48 in support of the resolution on March 7.

The American Motorcyclist Association supported H.J.Res. 44, because of concerns that the Planning 2.0 rule’s focus on landscape-level management minimized input from local governments, public officials and private citizens. It also failed to address the economic impact and administrative costs of the proposed changes.

Thank you for taking action to voice your opinion on H.J.Res. 44.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at

Source: AMA Federal Action Center