I begin this entry with a statement of full disclosure: After almost a decade online, I've been seriously considering the possibility of shutting down the Superbike Blog. Life changes over the course of ten or fifteen years, and with it, so does a person's focus. Such has been the case with me. And while I have maintained an active interest in motorcycling for the majority of my life, there's not always something new to write about in my two-wheeled adventures on a regular basis. You see, I tend to be
Spectro Oils is proud to once again team up with World Superbike and AMA Superbike winning tuner Eraldo Ferracci, who will apply his considerable expertise in support of Celtic Racing and the talented young rider, P.J. Jacobsen. ?Spectro has become the ?oil of choice? for...
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Gene Romero isn't the only high class former racer to run his own race series, Eddie Mulder does too. And if you can't make your way to Peterborough this weekend, Eddie Mulder's dirt trackers are part of Moto Jam at the Infineon Raceway (formerly Sears Point) this weekend. AMA Superbikes, USA Supermoto, Dirt Track, it looks a good event. Eddie Mulder's West Coast Vintage Dirt Track. G
#100During my tenure shooting and covering the AMA Superbike series I was fortunate enough to be involved. For me, it was truly international. It had many fans both here in the USA and abroad. Race tracks were full of fans, really full. The racers were all characters, good (Ben Spies) and bad (Matt Mladin) guys, and then some other crazy characters. It was a great time to be a photographer and in simplicity just being there. One person during those AMA days that truly
Former Grand National Champion, and one of the handful of current riders to have won the grand slam of nationals, Smokin Joe Kopp, will ride the Lloyd Brothers Motorsport Ducati (that features in Sideburn 4). What a turn-up this is. Larry Pegram raced last year, and he made the main, but couldn't commit to a season because he's concentrating on AMA Superbike. Pegram plans to race Indy and Springfield while Kopp says 'Equipment wise, I have the best of both worlds. I will be riding Ducatis on all the mile
At last, some decent footage of Kenny on the TZ750 comeback. We were afraid that no one had got decent clips, but Yamaha have spliced together a half-decent short film for those of us who didn't make it in 1975 or 2009. See it over at our friends' site, Hell for Leather.It all begs the question, if dirt track racing can create such strong memories, why aren't manufacturers throwing a few dollars at it now? It sounds like they're all dropping out of AMA Superbike racing. It wouldn't cost much
Those of you who follow now-retired, umpteen-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin on Twitter may've noticed this tweet from a few days ago:?a couple of world superbike offers have come my way in the past month. 1 of them very good in regards to machinery. decisions decisions?Mladin isn't answering any emails about the subject just yet, but the Superbike Blog is hereby on record as endorsing his presence in World Superbike. Such would be very cool.Go for it, Mat. You should've done so years ago.
It really doesn't take long to get from Granada to Valencia and is quite a nice drive.So here we are, the last few days of our holidays and we have now arrived in Valencia. We're staying in the same apartment I rented back earlier in the year for the World Superbike Round. The final round of the MotoGP season took place at the same location, and seeing as I already had left sufficient funds to cover for a deposit it made sense to rent the same apartment. It's
The man who has dominated AMA Superbike for a decade, Mat Mladin, announced his retirement from racing last week, effective at the conclusion of the 2009 season. The end of an era is upon us.If you've been reading the Superbike Blog since its inception some five years ago, you might think I'm ecstatically happy about the announcement. I've been manifestly brutal to Mat on occasion, sometimes deservedly, and sometimes -- I honestly admit -- out of my own frustration with the guy. In any case, I've given him both barrels
Just scanning the AMA Pro Racing results of the Springfield Mile made interesting reading. Bryan Smith #42 won from Coolbeth and Carr. SB3 cover star Jared Mees was fourth. Further down, Sideburn discovery Brandon Robinson made the main and finished 12th. The Wood BMW, being ridden by national number 51, Steve Murray didn't make the main. Only one non- XR750 did and that was the Ducati of Larry Pegram. Wow, what a comeback. And this is just a week after getting two top fives in the AMA Superbike championship at
This weekend sees the WRC in Cyprus and World Superbike in Qatar, both of which should be worth watching.However, starting next week things get really cracking. The Sebring 12 Hours in the ALMS and V8 Supercars' season-opening Clipsal 500 are amongst the highlights of the motorsport year, and both are happening next weekend. They'll be backed up by AMA Superbike, World Touring Cars, A1GP and Japanese SuperGT to name but a few.The weekend after that is notable for the first Formula 1 race of the year.And once we get into
That pretty much sums it up..For your viewing pleasure a selection of images from my coverage of the AMA Superbike Series and a selected number of MotoGP races in the USA, Australia and Spain.On a personal note, I'd like to thank the nice folks at RoadracerX, Cycleworld, Motorcycle Racer Magazine, Bike and Performance Bike magazines and other media outlets for their support and interest in using my work through 2008.Also I'd like to take a little moment to thank all the people I have met on my travels who have
Well, when you think the next piece of land is Tasmania then the South Pole.......I must apologise to those who wait with baited breath for words from me. (Yep, I hear 'em all lining up right now...) Life has been busy, then throw in a knee injury, visits to various people who want to twist your legs and say, "does this hurt?" seems to dissolve what time you "think" you have.Anyways, here we go. The last round (maybe ever) of the 2008 AMA Superbike Series took place
During the weekend of September 12th to the 14th, I covered the inaugural return of MotoGP and motorcycle racing to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Like many others, both professional and fans alike, I was excited. The last time I attended a race meeting at the IMS, (aside from testing in late July this year) I was with my wife Emily. In 2001 we attended the inaugural return to the US of Formula 1 and again in 2003 and 2004. It was at the same of