• Le Mans Racing Suit from 1971 Movie goes for One Million Dollars

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    Could you ever imagine wearing a million dollar racing suit? If I would have told you that you could be the proud owner of an original Steve McQueen Le Mans Racing Suit for that price would you believe me?

    Well it turns out that the racing suit worn by Steve McQueen in the 1971 movie Le Mans has just sold for a million dollars. This extremely rare white suit has orange and blue stripes, patches and “Micheal Delaney” stiched onto the suit sleeve.

    Timothy Davies won the racing suit over 40 years ago when he was 12 years old. While Davies estimated the suit to go for around $300,000 he ended up with 984,000.

    Source: Chaparral Motorsports

  • Motorcycle Riders will be able to run red lights in Illinois

    1732 days ago by in ( Uncategorized )

    Intersections have sensors built into the roads to detect the weight of vehicles so to control red lights. While this system works great for busy streets, it doesn’t however work very well for motorcycle riders. Motorcycle riders have complained for a long time that their bikes are too light to trip the red light censors hence extremely long wait times in areas of no car or truck traffic.

    Illinois will be the first state to address this issue. WFIR-TV states that motorcycle riders will be able to run red lights as long as the conditions are right. While one can argue that this will cause “unsafe driving conditions” you have to remember that motorcycle riders are cautious by nature due to the fact that riding a motorcycle is extremely dangerous.

    While the new running a red light for motorcycle riders will first be held in Illinois other states are considering this law as well.

    Source: Chaparral Motorsports

  • Nicky Haden Injures Shoulder in Motorcycle Crash

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    Nicky Hayden on Tuesday Dec 27th broke his left shoulder blade due to a slower rider that clipped his front his wheel while riding a Honda XR100 in Owensboro Kentucky. While Nicky Hayden is okay it appears that the 2011 racing season hasn’t been particularly well for Hayden.

    Nicky Hayden’s racing season ended because be broke his right scraphoid when he was knocked down alongside teammate Valentino Rossi in the Valencia Grand Prix. That particular accident had halted any plans of racing Ducati’s new Desmosedici GP12.

    In a public news statement Hayden says,
    “Obviously, injuries are never good,” Hayden said in a team release, “but it’s part of motorcycle racing. Just like at Valencia, it was kind of a freak accident. I was starting to train again, like I normally do during the winter, at a private track near my house. I came up behind another rider, and he went to move out of the way. I wasn’t going that fast, but he clipped my front wheel and I went down and landed pretty hard on my left shoulder, and that was it. It’s disappointing, but there’s nothing to do about it but heal quickly. Anyway, this doesn’t change my expectations for 2012 which, fortunately, is just around the corner.”
    While 2011 wasn’t Nicky Hayden’s best season the good news is Dr. Arthur Ting who say Hayden decided that surgery wasn’t necessary.

    Source: Cycle News

  • Yamaha Factory Team will not ride 250cc class in 2012

    1733 days ago by in ( Uncategorized )

    The Yamaha Factory Off-Road Team has announced they will not compete in the 250cc class in 2012.

    Paul Whibley will return to the Yamaha team in 2012, while Jordan Ashburn will riding the 450cc class next year. Whibley will defend his Parts Unlimited OMA National Championship and race in the Grand National Cross Country Championship. Jordan Ashburn, who won the XC2 class in 2011, will be moving up to XC1 and racing in the Rekluse AMA National Enduro Championship in 2012.

    “We had to make some tough decisions heading into the new season,”  Randy Hawkins the AmPro Yamaha owner said in a news statement. “The choice to pilot only two Pro 450cc riders just seemed to be the right one. Paul and Jordan work excellent together I and honestly believe that they will push each other to be the best!”

    While we’ve seen allot of downsizing in 2011 the move for Yamaha to pull out of the 250cc has Motorcycle News in awe and hoping that we’ve seen the last of cuts for the 2012 season.

  • 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Schedule Posted

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    2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC)

    The series will once again consist of 13 races, utilizing a two-day weekend format at each venue. ATVs will compete on Saturday, while motorcycles race on Sunday.

    The Can-Am Grand National Cross country series includes 13 races total while ATVs race on Saturdays and dirt bike race on Sunday.

    The race starts at Westgate River Ranch in Florida on March 10th. The races are expected to be at the following race tracks.

    • Snowshoe Resort
    • Unadilla MX
    • Ironman
    • Loretta Lynn’s

    2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series Schedule

    Race Location Date
    Round 1 Westgate River Ranch River Ranch, FL March 10-13
    Round 2 The General Aonia Pass, GA March 17-18
    Round 3 Steele Creek Morganton, NC March 31-April 1
    Round 4 Big Buck Union, SC April 14-15
    Round 5 The Mammoth Park City, KY April 28-29
    Round 6 Indy 100 Springville, IN May 12-13
    Round 7 Buckwheat Masontown, WV May 26-27
    Round 8 Snowshoe Snowshoe, WV June 23-24
    Round 9 John Penton Millfield, OH July 7-8
    Round 10 Unadilla New Berlin, NY September 15-16
    Round 11 Powerline Park St. Clairsville, OH October 6-7
    Round 12 Ironman Crawfordsville, IN October 20-21
    Round 13 Loretta Lynn’s Hurricane Mills, TN November 3-4

    Source: GNCC

  • 2012 MotoGP Claiming Rule Team Changes

    1734 days ago by in ( Uncategorized )

    Grand Prix Commission meeted recently in which they decided in the approval of nine new Claiming Rule Teams (CRTs) for next year which means that MotoGP now has 21 teams for 2012.

    CRTs are a new feature of MotoGP which we will see in 2012. Essentially, these teams will be somewhat restricted compared to the traditional teams, but the cost of entry is much lower, leading many new outfits to enter the fold and attempt to compete.

    There’s a few restrictions that these CRTs will provide but the good news is that the entry for races is lower which will bring out more teams to compete.

    You can read all of the 2012 MotoGP regulation changes here.