It didn’t take long for Factory FMF/KTM’s Kaliub Russell to correct for a disappointing performance back in Round 1 of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country season. After tangling with some vines and injuring his left shoulder in Florida, Russell seems to have put that all behind him now that he’s picked up two consecutive wins.
Last Saturday, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto clinched the AMA Supercross title with four rounds still left in the competition. When Villopoto left Toronto the previous weekend, his devastating points lead over Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey set him up to finish things off early and pick up his second Supercross title in Houston, Texas. RV2’s flawless performance at the Reliant Stadium earned him those 21 points he needed to claim the 2012 title.
Along with Villopoto’s 2012 title comes two other noteworthy honors: he is now the first person to win back-to-back titles since Ricky Carmichael (2005-2006); and secondly, he captured the championship title earlier than any other rider has managed to since the first AMA Supercross Championship 38 years ago.
Although Round 2 of the World Superbike Championship was held in Imola, Italy, both races of the day went to Spain. Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) took first place in both of Sunday's races, while the Italian favorite, Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) never even made it to the podium. Checa's double win on Sunday puts him ahead in points at 75, with Biaggi trailing just behind at 71.
Race two at Imola started in much the same way that first race did. In an exact repeat of race one, Kawasaki’s #66 Tom Sykes charged to the front of the field on his ZX-10R, closely followed by #7 Carlos Checa on his Ducati 1098R with #3 Max Biaggi in close pursuit on his Aprilia RSV4 Factory.
Kawasaki’s charge this season so far has been a revelation. The two races at the famed Autodromo Enzo E Dino Ferrari track in Imola Italy, better known simply as Imola, were no different. The beginning of the race featured a short lived scramble that had #66 Tom Sykes with the Kawasaki Racing Team pushing his Kawasaki ZX-10R to the front of the field.
Garrett Gerloff was the last person I thought that would get injured at the Daytona International Speedway during qualifying last Thursday. Unfortunately, Garrett Gerloff on the #8 Y.E.S. Monster Energy Graves sponsored Yamaha R6 became one with the speedway's surface.
With Garrett Gerloff suffering a vicious high side in turn #1 this past weekend, the question becomes: will Tommy Hayden, who stepped in for the injured Gerloff, continue riding the # 8 Y.E.S Monster Energy Graves Yamaha R6?
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) recently announced that the United States Speedway Team has officially launched its 2012 Speedway World Cup campaign. The US team plan to compete in the Speedway World Cup that begins on May 5th. Slovenia, a tiny country located in Eastern Europe, will host the 2012 Speedway World Cup.
After an exciting finish, the 2012 edition of the Daytona 200 will be marked on everyones calendar as a must see. Today track conditions for the 2012 Daytona 200 were just about perfect with a 78 degree air temperature and 98 degree surface temperatures under clear skys.
The 2011 Daytona 200 was an action packed competition that proved to be one for the ages. One in which Jason DiSalvo won the delayed event after his team scrambled and changed engines in his bike. The 2012 Daytona 200 was just about as good.
Finally the long wait is over and the 2012 AMA SuperBike season is under way. Don't read any further, though, if you haven't already seen it live or the tape delayed race on Speed Channel...
The concentrated formula like 10 lap shootout was projected to be a "cracker" and it was just that. After #1 Rispoli grabbed the lead, # 21 Elena Myers ripped the lead away from the defending AMA SuperSport champion.
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