Two times Isle of Man TT winner Cam Donald won the first race in last weekend’s Pirelli Malaysia Superbike Championship, but crashed out of race 2 with a spectacular highside after hitting a damp patch of track. Cam says he’ll be “Back to this in no time!”
Category: Motorsport News
The Yerriyong Motorsports facility proposed for the south coast of NSW has moved another step closer to becoming a reality with the Shoalhaven City Council endorsing the proposed motorsports facility. Council will now recommend that the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel approve the application as a “deferred commencement consent” (meaning more information needs to be supplied before a final consent will be given) at a meeting in Nowra this Wednesday. The development will involve the upgrade and extension of the existing Nowra District Motorcycle Club and the construction of a new sealed road racing track with administration buildings and parking, and has an estimated budget of $19 million. The Federal Government pledged $9.532m towards construction of the venue under the National Stronger Regions Funding initiative last December. The proposed facility would be run by Motorcycling NSW and would not only cater for motorcycle sports, but also for car and kart racing. It will also be able to facilitate other community activities including cycling, fun runs, rider and driver training, corporate events, school-based activities and television and film production. Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash said “The motorsports facility will provide the area with a state of the art motorsport hub with the ability to host racing at a national standard, providing a range of flow on benefits to the entire Shoalhaven”. A survey has shown outstanding community support for the development, with over 90% of respondents in favour of the complex.
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Harley-Davidson has revealed its first all-new flat track race bike in 44 years, and has the bike ready to compete at the AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile in Illinois. The XG750R is powered by the fuel-injected, liquid-cooled Harley-Davidson Revolution X™ V-Twin engine from the Harley-Davidson Street® 750. The Street 750 is the bigger sibling of the 500cc LAMS version we get here in Australia. The race-prepared Revolution X engine has been fitted into a frame developed in collaboration with Vance & Hines Motorsports. Harley-Davidson Racing Manager, Kris Schoonover, said that “after decades of flat-track racing success behind the Harley-Davidson XR750 flat track motorcycle, we knew it was time to develop the next-generation Harley-Davidson to compete in one of the best spectator racing sports out there today.” The AMA Pro Flat Track series is billed as America’s original extreme sport, and is widely regarded as the most prestigious and competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing in the world. Racing is held on Mile and Half-Mile tracks, with custom-built twin-cylinder motorcycles reaching speeds in excess of 140 mph (225km/h). The new XG750R motorcycle is strictly for race competition and there are no plans to make it available for sale to the general public at this time.
The rumours we all knew were true have now been officially confirmed – Jorge Lorenzo is headed to Ducati. Ducati has been pursuing Lorenzo since Casey Stoner’s illness in 2009, but Jorge has turned them down on multiple occasions. But it’s now been confirmed that Lorenzo has signed a two year deal with Ducati, starting in 2017. The Ducati MotoGP team has not won a race since Casey Stoner’s departure at the end of 2010, with the Australian claiming Ducati’s only championship back in 2007. Valentino Rossi had two seasons with Ducati in 2011 and 2012, and claimed just three podium finishes. The Ducati Desmosedici is now considered by many, including senior figures inside the Italian factory and star test rider Stoner, as capable of winning and by bringing Lorenzo on board the Italian manufacturer is hoping to secure another MotoGP title. Lorenzo will once again be working with team boss Luigi Dall’Igna, who moved to Ducati from Aprilia in 2013. The pair worked together during Lorenzo’s successful time at Aprilia. Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. officially announced today that its partnership with Jorge Lorenzo will be discontinued at the close of the 2016 MotoGP season. It brings to an end an eight year relationship that saw Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha claim three MotoGP titles (2010, 2012 and 2015), 41 races wins and 99 podiums together. Yamaha has already confirmed Valentino Rossi for 2017 and 2018, but are now looking for a second rider to replace Lorenzo. Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales has been suggested as the most likely candidate but Yamaha will make no further announcements until a rider is confirmed.
So we have our first non-Kawasaki race win for the 2016 season, and of course it is a Ducati.
Chaz Davies delivered on his pre season promise and blitzed the field. On lap 3 he set a new lap records and took off into the sunset to win by over 4 seconds…