2010 Moto2 Preview: Indy U.S. Grand Prix

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com moto2_elias_le_mans The Moto2 series will be coming to Indianapolis this weekend for the Indy U.S. Grand Prix, and Toni Elias will look to build upon his 55 point lead in the series.

Elias has won the last two Moto2 races, and will be looking for his third in America.

“I like Indianapolis, it’s one of my favorite tracks,” said Elias. “We’ll see how the bike feels there. We must improve in wet conditions because we suffered a lot. The situation is good overall though. When I was a child I always liked America and it would be nice if in two weeks I could take a third-straight victory.”

Andrea Iannone sits in second in the overall standings, and has finished on the podium the last two times out. But Elias’ biggest challenge could come from the Americans this weekend.

Kenny Noyes will be joined by Roger Lee Hayden and Jason DiSalvo as wildcard entries at Indy.

Noyes is having a successful rookie season in Moto2. Noyes has yet to find the podium, but he did earn his first pole position at the France GP.

Hayden is entering the Moto2 round at Indy, because it’s the one World Championship he has yet to race in this year. Hayden has raced in the Daytona Sportbike, the World Superbike, and the MotoGP this year. He is hoping for a top ten finish in Moto2.

“The track is really nice. We’d like to get a top-10, which will be difficult. We’re going to have to do our best, riding my best ever. The bike’s going to have to be performing well, but that’s our goal.”

DiSalvo ended his tenure with Triumph in the World Supersport earlier this year, and will be looking for some redemption at Indy.

British Superbike Preview: Calwell Park II

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

bsbk_kyonariFor most of the field in the British Superbike series, this weekend will be their final race of the season. The ninth round at Cadwell Park will narrow the field down to just six riders, who will compete in the British Superbike showdown.

There is only one spot to fill in the top six, as all riders in the top five have secured their positions in the BSBK showdown. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Tommy Hill, Josh Brookes, Michael Rutter, and Michael Laverty, will now be concentrating on podium credits, which are the only points that will transfer over into the showdown.

“We may be safely in the top six but I don’t think you can underestimate how important the Podium Credits are at this stage,” Hill said. “They are so important and so the best podium finish possible is the aim for sure.”

Kiyonari has earned 23 podium credits so far this season, as Hill has earned 20 to Brookes’ 19. Rutter and Laverty are further behind, with 10 and 9 podium credits respectively.

As the top five riders battle out for the advantage during the BSBK showdown, a battle of survival will ensue between Alastair Seeley, John Laverty, and Stuart Easton, to decide the final title fighter.

The main battle will be between Seeley, who currently holds the 6th place spot, and Laverty, who sits just ten points back. Easton can still get into the top 6 mathematically, but it would take a superb weekend from the Swan Honda Rider to accomplish the feat.

“I know that I still have an outside chance of getting in to the Showdown, but we know that anything can happen,” Easton said. “I really need to get my head down and finish ahead of Alastair (Seeley) and John (Laverty).”

Spotlight: British Biker Cooperative

Written by Rodders, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

bbc2010best-showbikeV2 Nope, they’re not the largest broadcasting conglomerate in the world, they just like to ride. The British Biker Cooperative (BBC) was founded in 1977 and is fueled by the passion of  the 150 member base of British motorcycle enthusiasts. The Milwaukee based group also publishes The British Steel, a quarterly magazine dedicated to the British motorcycle lifestyle. I find it particularly ironic that the group is based in Milwaukee; the Harley state, which is pretty much anti-British motorcycle.

The BBC sponsors meetings and other member related events. They also participate in outside events that garner exposure for the British motorcycle and those who appreciate them. The member base of the BBC includes racers, tourers, and everything in between. Most of the club members ride triumphs, but they also represent BSAs and Nortons, ArielMatador, Matchless, Royal Enfield, Sunbeam, Velocette, and Vincent.

According to the site, the BBC runs models from bone stock to completley customized. And the average age of the member base? 30. Quite surprising that younger chaps would be more interested in throwback bikes vs the old timers. The BBC also has a decicated female membership base. On the celeb tip, AMA hall of Famer and World Champ on the “Norton Hogslayer”, “TC” Christenson, is a dedicated member of the BBC, attending a good portion of the club’s events.

It’s great to see such a dedicated group to preserve the purity of the British motorcycle. Cheerio, BBC.