Grand Prix Commission Lays Down the Rules for 2011 MotoGP Season

motogp The teams are being set, racers are testing out their rides, and now the Grand Prix Commission has laid down the rules for the 2011 MotoGP season. The Grand Prix Commission, which is composed of Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), held a meeting on December 9th to discuss the rules of the upcoming 2011 season. Here’s what they decided.

Each class, the MotoGP, the Moto2, and the new Moto3, will have two days of practice for each race. The MotoGP will get four 60 minute sessions, the Moto2 will get four 45 minute sessions, and the Moto3 will get two 45 minute sessions in the morning, and two more 30 minute sessions in the afternoon.

Each class will have three riders per row on the grid, and each class will be able to use a generator for tire warmers on the grid. For the MotoGP class, only Dorna supplied GPS systems may be used.

Those rules will all be in place for the 2011 season, but the Grand Prix Commission also decided that there will be a single supplier for the Moto3 in 2012. The Grand Prix Commission gave a list of criteria they would like to be met, and will accept applications until February 28th, 2011. The Grand Prix Commission will announce who will be the single supplier for the 2012 Moto3 season on March 19th, 2011.

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of

Preliminary 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing Schedule Announced

ama_proracingThe 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing season may still be a few months away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. The 2010 season came down to the wire in each of the classes, and the 2011 season is sure to bring the same excitement.

The 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing schedule has just been announced. The AMA Racing series will return to Miller Motorsports Park this year over Memorial Day weekend, and a few other changes have been made to the 2011 schedule.

Racing will start on March 10th, as riders prepare for the Daytona 200. The race will be held on Saturday, and last year’s winner Josh Herrin will be there to try to win the 70th running of the Daytona 200.

After Daytona, the series will head to California, then Utah, Wisconsin, and Ohio. This year’s schedule also brings riders to Virginia and new Jersey.

The event at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama is currently being negotiated, but is expected to take place sometime in June. The AMA are also deciding on where the season ending event will be held this year.

Here is the 2011 AMA Pro Racing Schedule so far.

March 10 – 12, 2011 Daytona International Speedway
May 13 – 15, 2011 Infineon Raceway
May 28 – 30, 2011 Miller Motorsports Park
June 3 – 5, 2011 Road America
TBD Barber Motorsports Park
July 8 – 10, 2011 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
July 22 – 24, 2011 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
August 12 – 14, 2011 Virginia International Raceway/TBD
September 2 – 4, 2011 New Jersey Motorsports Park
*Season Finale Location, Date and Banquet TBD

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Lascorz Starts Training for 2011 WSBK Season

joan_lascorzJoan Lascorz began preparing for the 2011 World Superbike season this weekend with a three day test at Almeria. Lascorz was a contender for the World Supersport title in 2010, but could only manage a third place finish due to an accident in August. Lascorz spent nearly a month in the hospital, but is now ready to start thinking about the 2011 season.

Lascorz will be moving up in class this year, as he joins Tom Sykes and Chris Vermuelen on the Kawaski World Superbike team. Vermuelen, Sykes, and Lascorz will be riding the newly minted Kawasaki ZX-10R during the 2011 season.

“I felt very good at this test but I must get a little more strength back to push the bike to his limits,” he said. “My first impression of the bike is very positive and it delivers power in a good way. On the first day I made a few laps, on the second day a few more and on the last day I felt much happier, and did even more laps than before.”

Lascorz is still recovering from his injury, and wasn’t at full strength for the test in Spain. But Lascorz if hopeful that he’ll be ready for the Sepang tests in February, and should be at 100% by the time the WSBK season starts.

“I had a much better feeling from the bike also,” Lascorz said. “For the moment I have to ride around my lack of strength but otherwise it all went OK. I have a few weeks to go before the Sepang test so I am working on improving my condition to let me go faster on the bike. For sure I will be ready for the first race.”

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A Look at the 2011 World Superbike Schedule

world_superbike_calendar In just a few short months, the World Superbike series will start up again for the 2011 season. The FIM has just released an updated version of the schedule, which now includes Donington and Imola.

The World Superbike will follow the same format in 2011 that it did in 2010. There will be 13 rounds, and each round will feature two races.

The 2011 World Superbike season will kick of at Phillip Island in Australia this year, and will finish at Portimao in Portugal. The WSBK will make one stateside appearance over Memorial Day weekend at Miller Motorsport Park, where it will share the track with the AMA Superbike series.

In 2011, the WSBK will race for the first time at Motorland Aragon track in Spain. The second round of the series will also be significant as the WSBK heads to Donington. Donington was the venue for the first World Superbike race in 1988.

2011 World Superbike Updated Schedule:

  1. February 27 – Australia – Phillip Island
  2. March 27 – Europe – Donington
  3. April 17 – The Netherlands – Assen
  4. May 8 – Italy – Monza
  5. May 30 (Monday) – United States – Miller Motorsport Park
  6. June 12 – San Marino – Misano
  7. June 19 – Spain – Motorland Aragon
  8. July 10 – Czech Republic – Brno
  9. July 31 – Great Britain – Silverstone
  10. September 4 – Germany – Nurburgring
  11. September 25 – Italy – Imola
  12. October 2 – France – Magny Cours
  13. October 16 – Portugal – Portimao

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American Honda Listens and Imports CB1000R

2011 Honda CB1000R The 2010 EICMA show in Milan might have taken place in the nation of Italy far across the Atlantic Ocean, but the US motorcycle market seems to have been a primary story of the event. There were either new announcements or confirmations of rumors concerning some new models from many different marques which would finally land on the shores of the US or North America. This American Honda news actually came a week after the EICMA news that the CBR250R is US-bound, but it does have connections to the Milan show in at least two ways; the CB1000R is designed and manufactured in Italy and it first broke cover at the 2007 EICMA show there. For the first time, after beginning production in 2008 primarily for the European market, the 2011 CB1000R will be in dealer showrooms throughout the US.

The CB1000R became a replacement for the rather popular (in Europe) CB900F Hornet/919 in the Honda line-up. It is powered by a modified version of the 998cc liquid-cooled inline-four fuel-injected engine sold in the 2007 CBR1000RR (Fireblade outside US), which has been tuned for around 125 HP and 74 lb/ft of torque with a meaty 2011 Honda CB1000R low and mid-range as a naked bike should have. The chassis is a single backbone design allowing for rigid construction, thin-walled for light weight, and comes with a nicely-sculpted single-sided swingarm out back. All of this is held up with suspension which is directly sportbike-derived and exceptionally adjustable. Twin front discs are grabbed with radially-mounted calipers allowing for hard charging in the corners with confidence.

The stance and stylistic Transformers-like headlight convey a certain image of power with hooligan-esque leanings and a touch of modern art at heart. While it may not be pleasing to everyone’s eye, the 2011 Honda CBR1000R will satisfy a very deep need for a powerful standard motorcycle reminiscent of the 1969 CB750KO with modern running gear. One important question remains – how much will it cost? Building motorcycles in Italy is not cheap…

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