Sunday, March 1, 2015

AMA Releases Sporting Rules for Professional Road Racing Classes in MotoAmerica Series

AMA announces sporting rules for MotoAmerica

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- February 26, 2015 -- The American Motorcyclist Association has published the 2015 sporting regulations governing the professional road-racing classes for MotoAmerica, the new home of the AMA Superbike Series.

The sporting regulations cover race-day procedures, event operational standards, scheduling conventions and the qualifying process.

"A number of regulations and procedures were adopted from world-championship competition," said AMA Director of Competition Bill Cumbow. "This supports our goal of developing American riders to compete on the international level."

The sporting rules also were designed to create excitement for American road-racing fans.

"One element that fans will enjoy is the inclusion of Superpole for qualifying," said MotoAmerica Race Operations Manager Niccole Cox. "Superpole determines the top 20 grid positions in two 15-minute shootout sessions, adding another level of challenge to the Superbike and Superstock 1000 riders. The sporting regulations also allow for two Superbike/Superstock 1000 races on Sunday at select events."

 The rules are available at
About MotoAmerica
MotoAmerica is the new North American road racing series created in 2014. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Fame Inductee Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling.
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Team Drive M7 Aspar's Hayden & Laverty Find Improvements in 2nd MotoGP Test at Sepang

25/02/2015. MOTOGP TEST SEPANG                                                                                                      

Nicky Hayden clocks best lap of Sepang since joining DRIVE M7 Aspar Team

American rider finds eight tenths on third and final day at Sepang to end Malaysian test on a high

The second test of the MotoGP preseason concluded today at Sepang, ending six days of hard work in Malaysia during the month of February. The premier class riders will now take a break until the middle of March, when they will be back on track in Qatar for the final preseason test. Once again the hot conditions made life difficult with up to 60°C on track but that didn't prevent the riders from improving their lap times. For the second successive day and for the second successive test Marc Marquez was once again the fastest rider in MotoGP although he didn't manage to break the 1'59 barrier like he did at the previous test. Marquez left his closest rival Jorge Lorenzo behind by some three tenths of a second although the rest of the times were particularly close considering the length of this circuit, suggesting that the upcoming season could be a tight and entertaining affair.

After two days working on the set-up of their machines today was an opportunity for the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team riders to complete race simulations. In total Nicky Hayden completed 49 laps today, clocking his best lap of the Malaysian circuit since signing for the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team. On his fifteenth lap the American shaved eight tenths off his time from yesterday, breaking the 2'01 barrier. Even though he knows there is much work still to be done, Nicky heads home from Sepang in optimistic and excited mood. Eugene Laverty continued his progression over the three days of the test, improving his lap time again today to clock a 2'01.815. A late change to his front suspension improved the Irish rider's feeling with the bike significantly and he is also now looking forward to the next test in Qatar.

Nicky Hayden 2.00.813 (49 laps): “To be honest we took a big step forward today. Our position is not spectacular but I have dropped my lap time considerably. We managed to get into the two minutes' and I tried to go a little bit faster but we just fell short. We have to be realistic - we are competing at a very high level and you have to work hard for every fraction of a second. But we are on the right track, we have improved a lot compared to the first test and this is positive. Also today we were able to do a long run, which helped us to improve. I made a small mistake but in general my pace has been consistent. I am happy with the team because they are working very hard and we have improved in a lot of areas, although we still have a lot of work to do, especially in terms of the electronics. We leave Sepang satisfied although we can't afford to relax. We have to keep trying to evolve in several areas, principally with the engine braking."

Eugene Laverty 2.01.815 (61 laps): “We didn't manage to improve the lap time as much today as we had hoped but we have made progress with the setup of the bike. Today we completed a long run on used tyres which was very useful to measure our performance. We also learned quite a lot about the performance of the bike over long distance and our pace and lap times were consistent. At the end of the day when the conditions were a little better we made a change to the front suspension which helped us to take another step forward. It was good to finish the test on a positive. The results of this second test here at Sepang give us cause for optimism. We have made quite a lot of progress, we still have a lot of work ahead but every time I ride the bike I feel that we are more prepared and I'm looking forward now to travelling to Qatar and continuing to work."


Movistar Yamaha's Lorenzo & Rossi Wrap Up 2nd MotoGP Pre-Season Test in Sepang

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Sepang, Malaysia
Sepang MotoGP Test (2) - Day 3
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Completes Second Sepang Test
18:00 Local time GMT+8
SunnySunnyTemperatureAir 35°C
Track 55°C
TemperatureHumidity 67%
Free Practice
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 Sepang International Circuit (Malaysia), 25th February 2015

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team has wrapped up the second official test of the 2015 season today at the Sepang International circuit in Malaysia. Riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi have spent the three days of riding working through a number of testing elements, an update to the gearbox and some intensive work on their YZR-M1 set ups.

Today’s last day of testing was the toughest for the riders as they focused on a time attack in the morning before starting a full race distance simulation in the afternoon in the hotter temperatures.

Lorenzo scored his fastest lap of the day in the morning with a 1’59.437 to slot into second on the timing sheets, 0.322s from first, a position he held until the end of the day. The time is his fastest of both this and the previous Sepang test. Finally the heat proved too extreme for him to be comfortable and it was decided to wrap up for the day having not completed the race simulation.

Rossi’s fastest time from the cooler morning session was a 1’59.833, putting him in fifth place, 0.718s from the top, where he stayed to the end of the day’s riding. Like his teammate Lorenzo, Rossi also suffered in the afternoon session and was unable to find a set up that worked well enough to complete the race simulation.

The team will now return to Europe whilst the engineers return to Japan to process the data and take another step forward in the direction of the 2015 YZR-M1. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP will regroup in Qatar for the final pre-season test and opening race of the season at the end of March.
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
2nd / 1'59.437 / 73 laps
“Well today I got the best lap time in Sepang ever for me, two tenths faster than the first test. The track was in worse condition than before so the bike has improved quite a bit. Also we made a lot of laps in the 2’00 time. At 3:30pm we tried a race simulation in the highest temperature I’ve ever ridden here in Sepang; it was really difficult to keep a good lap time and pace, the bike felt not so good with so much temperature. I decided to stop as I wasn't feeling confident in braking. Everyone did a simulation at this time of day so I think they all had problems also. In general I think it's been a very positive test and our engineers have collected enough information and data to make further improvements for the next test in Qatar and especially for the first race of the season, at the end of March. I look forward to getting on board my M1 in two weeks while in the meantime I will keep on working and training hard, as usual, for the best possible start of the season.”

46Valentino Rossi
5th / 1'59.833 / 59 laps
“At the end it has been a positive test. I’m not very happy about my position and my lap time as I wasn't able to make a good lap, I always had traffic and didn't have the right moment to push. I think I could have been faster and in the top three. We continued to work with the gearbox and settings and we worked with the used tyres, where we still have to improve with the new bike. Now it will be very interesting to understand our level in another track as the balance between manufacturers can change there. I’m very curious about Qatar and how competitive we are for the first race.”

Valentino Rossi
2015 Yamaha YZR-M1 Project LeaderKouji TsuyaKouji Tsuya
2015 Yamaha YZR-M1 Project Leader
“We have finished this second test at Sepang in a successfully way. Here in Malaysia we have tested especially an updated gearbox both with Valentino and Jorge and we’ve got good results and very good feedback from both riders, similar that we expected. We have worked well during these three days of testing and we have successfully completed our test plan without any issues. Obviously there are things yet to improve but I think it was a great beginning. I would like to thank both riders for the great efforts they put on track testing new components. We could get good feedback and data, enabling us to make further improvements in the near future so now we just have to keep on working very hard by full power and be ready at the next test in Qatar. We want to win the opening race also at Losail, to cheers from all Yamaha fans all over the world!”
Team DirectorMassimo MeregalliMassimo Meregalli
Team Director
“During the morning everything went well and lap times were good. When we started the race simulation in the afternoon the circuit conditions were much hotter and the bike behaved completely differently. As a result we were unable to find a pace we were happy with. The engineers will now take the data away from these three days and work to find a solution for the hotter temperatures for our next time on track. Overall we are satisfied with the majority of our testing, the riders have worked extremely hard as have all the team members. We are confident we will be fighting fit and ready in Qatar.”
The extended imagery from the third test day at the Sepang International Circuit (Malaysia) is available on
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'59.115
2.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'59.437
3.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)CWM LCR Honda1'59.658
4.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Ducati Team1'59.722
5.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'59.833
6.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech31'59.883
7.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'59.912
8.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing2'00.244
9.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)Team Suzuki MotoGP2'00.275
10.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team2'00.468
11.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech32'00.490
12.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Pramac Racing2'00.556
13.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Pramac Racing2'00.603
14.Maverick Viñales (SPA)Team Suzuki MotoGP2'00.604
15.Stefan Bradl (GER)Forward Racing2'00.685
16.Scott Redding (GBR)Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS2'00.695
17.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar2'00.813
18.Michele Pirro (ITA)Pramac Racing2'00.875
19.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Aprilia Racing Team Gresini2'01.310
20.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing2'01.487
21.Karel Abraham (CZE)AB Motoracing2'01.536
22.Jack Miller (AUS)CWM LCR Honda2'01.593
23.Eugene Laverty (IRL)Drive M7 Aspar2'01.815
24.Loris Baz (FRA)Forward Racing2'02.587
25.Alex De Angelis (RSM)Octo IodaRacing Team2'03.300
26.Katsuyuki Nakasuga (JPN)Yamaha Factory Test Team2'03.448
27.Marco Melandri (ITA)Aprilia Racing Team Gresini2'03.569
Technical Informations
LocationSepang, Malaysia
Length (m)5548
Width (m)25
Turns righ10
Turns left5
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Malaysia
Record Lap
Time 2'01.150
Best Lap
Time 1'59.791
2014 Results
1st M.Marquez (Honda): 40'45.523
2ndV.Rossi ( Yamaha): +2.245
3rdJ.Lorenzo (Yamaha): +3.508
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