Hayden Takes Top Spot In Dunlop Test At COTA

29 03 2017

Gerloff Again Leads Supersport Class 

AUSTIN, TX – March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden turned the tables on the competition during the final day of the Dunlop Preseason Test at Circuit of The Americas, the Kentuckian clicking off a 2:08.305 late in the last session of day two to take the top spot.

Roger Hayden rode his Yoshimura Suzuki to the fastest time at the COTA test.
Click image above for additional photos | Photo: Brian J. Nelson

Hayden was .127 of a second better than his teammate Toni Elias, the Spaniard having logged the best Motul Superbike class time yesterday. Third quickest, and the final rider to break into the 2:08s, was two-time defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier. Beaubier was a tick over half a second off Hayden’s best.

Hayden’s quickest time was .459 of a second faster than Beaubier’s best from last year’s Dunlop test at COTA, and .846 of a second faster than Hayden’s pole time at last year’s race here. The top men all did their times on Wednesday afternoon using the latest generation of Dunlop qualifying tires.

“That felt good that last session,” Hayden said. “Not just the qualifier, but with the softer race tire I did a bunch of 2:09s there so I was really excited about that. I was actually going to try to keep trying to go and see how many low 9s I could do, but the boys wanted me to come in and try the qualifiers. That’s always fun, the qualifiers, having so much grip and going for it one lap. Overall, I’m really happy. We got through a lot of stuff and being fast from the get-go helps a lot. We kinda hit a little bit of a wall yesterday afternoon and this morning we got stuck at a lap time and then this afternoon we started making steps again. We lost a session due to weather and another with an accident, but we leave here with a lot of information. We need to improve in some areas and we still have a long ways to go, but I’m ready to get this season going.”

Garrett Gerloff – Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha.
Click image above for additional photos | Photo_ Brian J. Nelson

Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes was fourth fastest, the four-time Superbike Champion lapping at a best of 2:09.696.

Quicksilver Latus Motors Kawasaki’s Bobby Fong was the fastest of the Superstock 1000 riders and was up amongst the Superbikes on his ZX-10R. Fong dropped down to a best of 2:09.745 in the final session on a bike that has yet to be modified to the new Superstock specs. Fong won both Superstock 1000 races at COTA a year ago.

Sixth fastest was Millennium Technologies/Lucas Oil/KWR’s Kyle Wyman, the team owner/racer lapping at 2:10.521 to best Wheels In Motion/Western Services/Meen Yamaha’s Josh Herrin. Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz, Broaster Chicken Honda’s Jake Gagne and Fly Racing/Motul/ADR Motorsports’ Cameron Petersen rounded out the top 10 from today’s sessions.

Garrett Gerloff was again the fastest of the Supersport racers, the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha rider stepping up big on day two to slice 1.4 seconds off his best from yesterday. Gerloff lapped at 2:11.728, which was .271 of a second under his pole position time from last year’s Supersport race at COTA.

That put him .658 of a second ahead of M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Valentin Debise, the Frenchman’s best also coming in the last of four 50-minute sessions today. Debise’s best was a hair quicker than Gerloff’s Yamaha teammate JD Beach, the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion ending up third quickest after the two-day test.

Rickdiculous Racing’s Daytona Anderson jumped up to fourth fastest, a tad over half a second faster than yesterday’s fourth-placed rider Brandon Paasch on the second M4 ECSTAR Suzuki. Paasch slipped down a spot to fifth.

“It was a good day,” Gerloff said. “We figured out some things with this new bike. Even though there are some things that are similar to last year, it is a new bike and we have to find different settings for the tracks we go to. The tracks we have been testing on are a lot more flowing and fast and not a lot of hard braking compared to this track where it doesn’t flow very well and there’s a lot of hard braking. They demand two different setups and we struggled a bit with that yesterday. Today, with the better track conditions and everything, we were able to figure out some things that we couldn’t yesterday with the wind. Everything is feeling good and ready for the race in three weeks.”

Day Two Lap Times


  1. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha) 2:11.728
  2. Valentin Debise (Suzuki) 2:12.386
  3. JD Beach (Yamaha) 2:12.402
  4. Daytona Anderson (Yamaha) 2:15.273
  5. Brandon Paasch (Suzuki) 2:15.848
  6. Nick McFadden (Suzuki) 2:16.153
  7. Lucas Silva (Yamaha) 2:17.183
  8. Brandon Cleland (Suzuki) 2:17.872
  9. JC Camacho (Yamaha) 2:18.961
  10. Caroline Olsen (Yamaha) 2:19.227


  1. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 2:08.305
  2. Toni Elias (Suzuki) 2:08.432
  3. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 2:08.827
  4. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 2:09.696
  5. Bobby Fong (Kawasaki) 2:09.745
  6. Kyle Wyman (Yamaha) 2:10.521
  7. Josh Herrin (Yamaha) 2:10.627
  8. Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha) 2:10.977
  9. Jake Gagne (Honda) 2:11.122
  10. Cameron Petersen (Kawasaki) 2:11.506

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Source: MotoAmerica


TBR Introduces NEW Harley Davidson Moto Footpegs

29 03 2017

Designed to Fit Current Model Harley Davidson Dyna & Sportster

SANTA ANA, CA – March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A leader in aftermarket exhausts and performance accessories, Two Brothers Racing (TBR) is excited to introduce their new line of Moto Pegs to their product lineup. These footpegs, designed to fit most current model Harley Davidson Dyna and Sportsters, allow you to add yet another element of TBR customization and functionality to your bike.

Available in three finishes: natural, powder black and polished, these pegs are100% constructed of stainless steel and use an engineered tapered lock mount which allows for infinite adjustment in rotation to suite the rider’s preference.

Designed to deliver both improved control and feel to the rider, TBR’s new Moto Pegs provide high ground clearance with a secure boot perch and a classic moto look. “The goal was to create a product that enhanced the riding experience and had a badass, functional look,” says TBR owner Craig Erion, “We are very excited with the final product, which is 100% TIG welded and constructed in our facility in Santa Ana California. We’re fully committed to a true ‘Made in America’ product.”

As mentioned before, the new footpegs are slated to fit most current model Dyna and Sportster models. Specifically the Sportster models 1988+, and Dyna models 1991+ that do not come with forward controls or floorboards.


Headquartered in Santa Ana, California, Two Brothers Racing is one of the leading manufacturers of performance exhaust systems and aftermarket components on the market today. Established in 1985 and having over 30 years in the motorcycle industry, this race heritage brand delivers the finest exhaust systems and accessories for everything from sport bikes, to v-twin cruisers, to offroad. For more information, contact: sales@twobros.com.

Source: Two Brothers Racing


GBC Motorsports Adds Two New Sizes to Grim Reaper Lineup

29 03 2017

ANAHEIM, CA – March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – GBC Motorsports is expanding its popular lineup of Grim Reaper tires, giving ATV and UTV owners 13 different sizes to help them tackle a wide range of terrain.

GBC Motorsports has added 30x10R14 and 28x10R14 sizes of the Grim Reaper tire.

GBC’s Grim Reaper tire is the perfect choice for ATV riders and UTV drivers who encounter a variety of terrain, from the sandy and rocky deserts to slick and muddy trails. Wrap around shoulder lugs offer puncture protection and maximum ground contact for better stability, while the deep lugs and siping provide exceptional debris clearout. The 8-ply rated radial construction ensures durability in the roughest of conditions.

GBC Motorsports’ Grim Reaper is designed to tackle a wide variety of terrain while
providing durable puncture resistance, stability and longevity.

GBC Motorsports is now stocking the Grim Reaper in 30x10R14, and the 28x10R14 will become available in summer of 2017. The Grim Reapers and other GBC tire models are available from authorized GBC Motorsports dealers. Learn more at www.gbcmotorsports.com, and get the latest updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Source: GBC Motorsports


Free Dealer Registration for 2017 American International Motorcycle Expo Presented by Nationwide Now Open

29 03 2017

New Columbus Location Puts The Powersports Industry’s Expo Close To Dealers

IRVINE, CA – March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Motorcycle and powersports dealerships can start planning for the 2017 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) presented by Nationwide, with the opening of the show’s free dealer registration portal. In a new location and at a new time, the Motorcycle Industry Council produced AIMExpo will fill up the entire exhibition space at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, from September 21-24. The highly-anticipated move puts the industry’s biggest show within 500 miles of 41% of the nation’s dealers, making the event – where 2018 products will be launched – more accessible to dealership personnel than ever before.

Qualified dealers will discover a streamlined registration process for their free trade-attendee credential that secures access to a variety of valuable tools and experiences at the industry’s only all-inclusive powersports expo. Kicking off AIMExpo’s four-day format are two days dedicated specifically to trade and media. Dealers, industry and media attendees will have the opportunity to personally interact with and view global and North American new product introductions from OEMs and aftermarket companies.

At the Powersports DEALER Seminars presented by PowerSports Business (PSB), retailers will have free access to a wide range of seminars geared toward enhancing their business and helping it reach its ultimate potential. Presenters are among the best and brightest leaders in the industry, as selected by PSB. Dealers will also be able to participate in demo rides on a variety of machines at AIMExpo Outdoors!

“Creating a valuable dealer experience, including educational seminars that help make a dealer’s business more effective and profitable, and a showcase of the industry’s new products that will drive sales in 2018 are vital reasons why a dealer needs to attend,” said Cinnamon Kernes, AIMExpo Show Director. “We recognize the investment a dealer needs to make in time and expense to attend, and we are working hard to provide a substantial ROI for their investment.”

She added, “the new central location makes AIMExpo less than a day’s drive for nearly half of the U.S. dealers and only a short flight for even more. The downtown Columbus location will remind many dealers of industry shows from previous years, except the weather will be warm! As the only convention in town, we’re looking forward to having the powersports industry take over downtown Columbus, bringing to life the tight-knit community that we all know and love.”

Dealer registration is free to all motorcycle and powersports dealers at AIMExpoUSA.com/register. In addition, dealers will find information about where to stay with special show rates at host hotels.

Dealers with questions about AIMExpo or registering to attend can call toll free at 855-MC-SHOWS (855-627-4697) or visit AIMExpoUSA.com for more general show information.

Be sure to stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitter or Instagram: @AIMExpo.

About American International Motorcycle Expo

The American International Motorcycle Expo’s (www.aimexpousa.com) purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the greater powersports industry. AIMExpo is the single most important event of its type in the North American market and has international impact within the motorcycling and powersports community.

About the Motorcycle Industry Council

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues, and the American International Motorcycle Expo. As a not-for-profit, national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers, distributors, dealers and retailers of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, ROVs, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts, accessories and related goods and services, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, California, with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.

Source: American International Motorcycle Expo


Industry Leader Launches ROR Brands

29 03 2017

Former MAG Exec Rod Derifield Back In The Saddle

SANTA ANA, CA – March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Powersports industry brand builder and entrepreneur Rod Derifield is back in the saddle… literally. Most recently President of the Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG) Off-Road Group, including DragonFire, Malcolm Smith Racing, ProTaper, QuadBoss and Renthal, Derifield is launching ROR Brands. ROR’s initial products will focus on seats and related accessories with imminent plans to expand into other arenas. The first look at the business will be at the Laughlin River Run.

“ROR Brands is founded on strength of passion for the powersports industry and our commitment to elevate the riding experience,” says Derifield. After managing five MAG brands with more than $50 million in sales in the U.S. and the U.K., Derifield has seen the loyalty and passion that riders have, and it is a vision he shares. “We want every rider to enjoy every ride in comfort… for as long as they want.”

Prior to the powersports industry, Derifield pioneered advancements in the life sciences field. “There are many design technologies and materials used in the medical device industry that are a natural fit for a motorcycle, ATV or UTV,” he explains. “After building various brands in the motorcycle industry since 2012, I could clearly visualize the road to synergy of materials, design, and technology from medical device and life science industries with the need to alleviate some of the ‘pain in the butt’ aspects of being in the saddle all day.”

Analysis, planning and strategy clarified some of the industry needs. However, it was the passion, strength, and loyalty of the powersports community and the opportunity to acquire Royal Riding that convinced Rod the time was right to launch ROR Brands. “We are only getting started… the powersports industry will be hearing more from ROR,” concludes Derifield.

Look for the ROR Brands roll out at the Royal Riding display during the Laughlin River Run, April 26-29, 2017. For more information on ROR BRANDS and its products, e-mail rod@rorbrands.com, call (714) 325-5572 or click on https://royalriding.com/pages/ror-brands-inc

About ROR Brands Inc.

ROR Brands provides high quality, innovative seating products and accessories to the powersports industry via the well-known consumer brands within its portfolio, including Royal Riding, Royal Riding Off-Road, BS Sand and a number of other aftermarket leaders in the powersports industry. Founded by Rod Derifield in 2017, ROR seeks to revitalize the industry, one brand at a time, while making a positive impact on the powersports community as a whole.

About Royal Riding

Ride In Comfort… For Longer! Whether you are riding a motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV, quad, horse or just sitting outside for long periods of time, our mission is to provide comfortable, quality Gel Seat Pads so you can Ride Longer — Ride Like Royalty. With five standard sizes of motorcycle gel seat pads and three different cover options to meet your specific needs, Royal Riding has got you cushioned!

Source: ROR Brands, Inc.


AFT Events Reports Record Attendance, FansChoice.tv Audience, Media Engagement for Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT

29 03 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  American Flat Track’s 2017 season opener, the Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT presented by Politis & Matovina, garnered record attendance, strong media coverage and reached new heights for live streaming viewership and social media engagement.

AFT Events, American Flat Track’s internal promotions company, estimated that approximately 9,500 fans attended the event. The magnitude of the record crowd for the inaugural race hearkens back to some of Pro Flat Track’s most iconic events, such as the Indy Mile, Springfield Mile and Houston Astrodome TT.

The purpose-built TT course created a new atmosphere for the sport. The success of the event held on Thursday, March 16 ensures that Pro Flat Track will continue to be a cornerstone of Daytona Beach’s Bike Week festivities.

“They say, ‘Build it and they will come’” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “I think that if you are going to build it anywhere, Daytona is the place. We are delighted that Flat Track fans and visitors to Bike Week turned out in such great numbers. We look to carrying this momentum forward throughout the 2017 season.”

On the live streaming front, the Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT was FansChoice.tv’s largest audience for a flat track event since the inception of the live streaming platform in 2014. More than 32,000 unique viewers tuned in over the course of the night, a 138-percent gain over the 2016 average. With a total of nearly 2,000,000 minutes viewed during the event, the average live streaming viewer on FansChoice.tv watched an average of more than 60 minutes.

Additionally, American Flat Track’s Facebook Live debut reached 1,600,000 and piqued the interest of more than 100,000 viewers in key demographics for the industry.

Traditional media coverage included several appearances by top American Flat Track athletes to television and radio outlets in the Orlando and Daytona Beach markets. Total media coverage of the event exceeded 50 stories from a wide range of motorcycle industry press and non-endemic outlets.

NBCSN will feature the Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT presented by Politis & Matovina in the premiere of its American Flat Track programming on Monday, July 3, at 11:00 p.m. ET (8:00 p.m. PT), beginning a stretch of weekly primetime broadcasts covering all 2017 American Flat Track events.

Source: American Flat Track


Husqvarna Motorcycle’s “701 SUPERMOTO RIDE OUT” 2017 Competition Now Finished

29 03 2017

Winner Set To Experience 4 Days of Magnificent Riding in California

March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce the winner of the second edition of the 701 SUPERMOTO RIDE OUT, the competition that this year offers four days of exciting riding with the 701 SUPERMOTO in the majestic national forests of California.

Joining an elite group of the most famous influencers and bloggers from the Supermoto social media community will be lucky winner, Parker Pitman of Australia.

Parker can expect to come away with some lasting memories, because the program from April 24-28 is something of a biker’s dream trip. While riding the 701 SUPERMOTO, he and the group will experience the amazing 50km long, winding Mulholland Highway in the mountains of Santa Monica that the aficionados call “The Snake”. He will also experience some unforgettable country visits as the group rides through the Hollywood Hills to the Pacific Coast. Parker will also be in the company for fellow bikers for four days of fun and adventure.

Follow the news and the progress of the 2017 SUPERMOTO RIDE OUT on the social media.

701 SUPERMOTO microsite: http://www.701supermoto.com/en/home/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/husqvarna1903/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Husqvarna.Motorcycles.International/

Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903.

Husqvarna Motorcycles are widely known and respected in the off-road world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna Motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Mattighofen, Austria since 2013.

Source: Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH


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