Saturday, January 24, 2015

AMA Pro Flat Track Announces Thom Duma Fine Jewelers to Return as Official Jeweler of 2015 Grand National Championship


























As was announced earlier this week, Thom Duma Fine Jewelers will return as the Official Jeweler of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season. Former AMA Grand National number holder Duma, who raced the GNC circuit starting in the mid-'70s, also will award the 2015 AMA Grand National Champion with a specially made Rolex watch as was gifted to 2014 AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees in TDFJ's inaugural season as a sponsor last year.

In the shot above, racing gets underway in heat race #1 at the Springfield Mile II during round 14 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Illinois State Fairgrounds over the Labor Day weekend as the season winds down.

(L-R) Brad Baker on the #1 Harley-Davidson Motor Company/Screamin' Eagle Racing Parts/Dunlop Tire-sponsored factory Harley-Davidson XR750, Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Las Vegas H-D/Blue Springs H-D-backed XR750, Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on the #2 Zanotti Racing/Moroney's H-D/Burt Ives Honda-sponsored XR750, Sammy Halbert on his #7 South East H-D/White's H-D/Racing Unlimited-sponsored Kawasaki EX650, Mikey Martin on the #91 Bonneville Performance/Factory Triumph Racing/Castrol Oil Racing-backed Triumph Bonneville and former National #16 Ronnie Jones on the #74G Harley-Davidson of Salina/Arai/Amsoil-sponsored XR750 blast off the starting line to get The Rolling Thunder Show off to their big start at the mecca of speed in the Illinois State capitol-hosted event.

Former National #26 & 62, Duma has been a big help to the Grand National Championship series with his sponsorship, and has also helped and sponsored the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports team over the course of the last few seasons, both officially and unofficially. Without a major title sponsorship, Duma's help with the awarding of the Grand National Championship prize is a big shot to whomever will capture this year's crown, and is much appreciated by all for his dedication to the sport he has known and loved for decades.

Check out AMA Pro Flat Track's official release below as we also give a big 'thanks' and tip of the helmet to Thom Duma for coming back on board again for the upcoming season. You rock dude!










Thom Duma returns as Official Jeweler of AMA Pro Flat Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  (Jan. 22, 2015) - AMA Pro Racing and Thom Duma Fine Jewelers announced today a renewed exclusive agreement naming the jewelry store as the Official Jeweler of AMA Pro Flat Track for the 2015 season.
 
The Warren, Ohio-based jeweler, which has been in business for over a century, will award the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion a Rolex Cosmograph wristwatch valued at $12,000. In 2014, Jared Mees won the No. 1 plate and was the recipient of the stunning timepiece.
 
"We are very excited to continue our partnership with Thom Duma Fine Jewelers," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "Not only do they make beautiful, imaginative jewelry, but they are also fantastic supporters of flat track. Tommy Duma supports many riders and is a fixture in the paddock. His love of the sport is clear, and we're happy to work with him and to be able to award our Grand National Champion with a beautiful Rolex watch."
 
 
 
2014 AMA Grand National Champion is flanked by Thom Duma and AMA Pro Flat Track announcer Scottie Duebler during the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season. AMA Pro Flat Track announced earlier this week that Thom Duma Fine Jewelers will return as the Official Jeweler of the 2015 season after their inaugural season last year. As part of his winning season, Mees was awarded a special Rolex watch from TDFJ for clinching the 2014 championship. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
 
 
 
Duma has been a part of flat track dating back to 1976 when he raced in the Grand National Championship himself. During a five-year career at the sport's highest level, he sported two national numbers - No. 62 and No. 26. His connection to flat track is personal, and it's even visible in his jewelry. Duma created the "Racer Series" of customizable, flat-track themed jewelry to pay homage to the sport.
 
"I'm excited to be back as the Official Jeweler of AMA Pro Flat Track for 2015," said Duma, President of Thom Duma Fine Jewelers. "I'm excited to continue building relationships with the racers and their teams and their fans and hopefully become their jeweler as well."
 
The 2015 season begins with a double header at DAYTONA Flat Track March 12 and 13. For tickets and information, please click here.
 
Every round of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season will be available live, in high definition and free of charge for fans to watch online at www.FansChoice.tv.
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.   







Guintoli & van der Mark Unveiled in Italy as Team Pata Honda Riders for 2015 World Superbike Championship






























Pata Honda's 2015 WSBK riders presented in Italy
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News    24.01.2015
        
 
Pata Honda's 2015 WSBK riders presented in Italy
 
The Pata Honda line-up for the 2015 World Superbike championship was officially unveiled at Verona in Italy today when Sylvain Guintoli and Michael van der Mark were presented to a large and enthusiastic crowd of Italian fans and media.
 
The two riders – both world champions in 2014 - have already tested their 2015-specification Pata Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP race machines this year at Portimao, Portugal and, earlier this week, at Aragon in Spain.
 
In spite of less-than-favourable weather conditions, both riders declared themselves happy with the development of the CBR, on which their Netherlands-based team has worked hard to meet revised technical regulations for the 2015 WSBK season.
 
Reigning World Superbike champion, Guintoli, 32, and his 22-year-old Pata Honda team-mate, van der Mark, who won last season’s World Supersport crown, will return to Spain tomorrow for a two-day test at Jerez on Monday and Tuesday next week.
 
The forthcoming season marks the third in which Pata, one of Europe’s largest and most successful manufacturers of potato chips and snacks, has supported Honda’s official entry in the World Superbike championship. Pata president, Remo Gobbi, a passionate follower of motorsport on two and four wheels, was alongside both Pata Honda World Superbike riders when the covers came of their CBR machines on Saturday afternoon.
Sylvain Guintoli
Sylvain Guintoli
Bringing the number one plate to a new manufacturer is a big deal, really, because it doesn’t happen very often. It’s symbolic for me, too, because I’ll be going for the title again on a different bike, the Honda CBR. I’ll definitely be wearing the number one with pride this year. But I’m motivated by the challenge and I’ve found a team that also wants it really badly. The bike has changed quite a bit over the winter and we have new regulations. The team has worked hard and we know it’s going to be a big challenge, but that’s what makes it interesting! The 2015 engine is quite close to last year’s specification and, if anything, is a bit smoother, which is good news for us because, built as standard, it suits the new rules. We’re still working on a few things li ke weight distribution and geometry but the bike is already quite different to last year. I’m very pleased with the work that has been done over the winter. There is still more work to be done, but the team is a big asset; you can feel the power of Honda, and it feels good. 
Michael van der Mark
Michael van der Mark
I’m in the same team as last year but, after winning the World Supersport title, I had to make another step and, for me, that was World Superbike. It’s maybe a little easier for me because I have the same team, but I still have to get used to the bigger CBR and its more sophisticated electronics and find a good set-up. I think the biggest challenge for me and everyone is the new regulations. At the moment the bike feels really good but we’ll have to see where it is after the first few races. I have to learn a lot, of course, but I don’t put any pressure on myself – I just want to do my best, make forward steps and see where we can get to. The weather hasn’t been great at the two tests we’ve had this year but my feeling with the CBR is much better than my first outing at Jerez. To gether with Sylvain, I think we have a great team. He brings a lot of experience as last year’s world champion, but I think we can learn from each other and that’s what we’ve been doing in the tests. 
Ronald ten Kate
Ronald ten Kate
Our rider line-up is very good on paper with two world champions on the Honda CBR Fireblade. I think that would be unique for any team but certainly for us. There’s a lot of knowledge and experience that Syvlain is bringing to the team – he’s been on a lot of different bikes in different paddocks. On the other side, Michael has stepped up to Superbike and he’s the young gun. Apart from a few outings at Suzuka, he has no experience on the big bikes, so when you put those guys in the blender I think we’ve got the perfect team. You can already smell, feel, sense that something great is coming up.
Carlo Fiorani
Carlo Fiorani
The 2015 season has already started very well as we are the only team with two world champions in our garage – one from Superbike and the other from Supersport. Of course, our plan was to have a very experienced rider and a young rider with very good prospects. Our expectation is to have good results with Sylvain and, after a few races, to see Michael fighting in the top six. We want him to grow with the team and be ready to challenge for the title in 2016. The team has worked really hard with the new regulations but the CBR was already quite production-oriented. After the first tests we are quite satisfied and we expect Honda to be fighting for the podium once again.
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Kyle Smith Announced as Team Pata Honda's World Supersport Pilot for 2015 Season

















Kyle Smith to ride 2015 Pata Honda CBR600RR
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Kyle Smith to ride 2015 Pata Honda CBR600RR
 
British rider Kyle Smith has been announced as the rider to take on Michael van der Mark’s title-winning Pata Honda CBR600RR in the 2015 World Supersport championship.
 
Smith, 23, was born near Huddersfield in the UK but moved to Spain with his family aged six. He lives in Calp, 120km south of Valencia, in the region where he began his racing career.
 
After some years and regional championships in junior motocross, Smith had his first road race in Majorca in 2004, but it wasn’t for another three years that he began to race consistently, ending up in Spain’s CEV 125GP series.
 
After forays in Formula Extreme and Moto2, he competed in three European Superstock 600 races on a Racedays Honda CBR600RR in 2013, taking victory at Jerez in Spain before stepping up to the Superstock 1000 series last season.
 
With two podiums from the eight races, Smith’s performance earned him eighth place overall and the attention of the Pata Honda World Supersport team management.
 
Smith’s first test will be with the Pata Honda team at Phillip Island in Australia, just ahead of this season’s first World Supersport championship round on 22 February, and the young Yorkshireman is relishing the challenge ahead.
 
Kyle Smith - profile
 
Date of birth                 16 September 1991
Height                           167cm
Weight                          63kg
Place of birth                Huddersfield, UK
Home town                   Calp, Spain
Race number                111
Race machine              Pata Honda CBR600RR
First road race              Palma de Mallorca
 
Career Highlights
 
2001                Valencia State MX65
2002                Champion, Valencia State MX65
2003                Champion, Valencia State MX85
                        Spanish national MX85 championship
2004                Spanish national MX85 championship
                        First road race
2005                2nd, Spanish National MX85 championship
2006                Spanish national MX championship
2007                4th, Cuna de Campeones Bancaja championship
2008                30th, CEV 125GP championship
2009                14th, CEV 125GP championship
2010                7th, CEV Formula Extreme
                        CEV Kawasaki Ninja Cup champion
2011                8th, CEV Formula Extreme
2012                2nd, CEV Formula Extreme
2013                19th, CEV Moto2 championship
                        12th, Superstock 600 European championship (three races)
                        Moto 2 World Championship
2014                8th, FIM Superstock 1000 Cup
 
Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith
This is a fantastic opportunity for me – I’ve got the bike, I’ve got the team behind me, I’ve got support from Honda, so I think this is going to be a year for me to prove who I am. I like CBR machines and although there is a bunch of new tracks for me to learn this year, I’ve not had too many difficulties learning new circuits in the past. It starts at Phillip Island which everyone seems to like and I’ve watched loads of videos of races there, so I can’t wait. Set-up is the big thing, of course, but, with the experience of the Pata Honda team behind me, I couldn’t be in a better position. I always put pressure on myself and I always race to win. That’s what I aim to be doing this season.
Ronald ten Kate
Ronald ten Kate - team manager
Supersport for us has always been like a breeding ground where we try to bring on young riders that we believe in. Kyle matches that requirement and he showed some quite exceptional performances on the Honda CBR in Superstock 1000 last year. He’s shown that he’s a proper racer and, on a proven bike in an experienced team, we really think he can do well. We’re hoping to get him at least on the podium, but I think sometimes he’ll be able to do even better than that.
Carlo Fiorani
Carlo Fiorani - racing operations manager, Honda Europe
After taking the World Supersport title again last year with the Ten Kate-run Pata Honda team, we accomplished our target of bringing a young rider, Michael van der Mark, from Superstock to Superbike. This is always Honda’s ambition and now we have a new challenge with another young rider, Kyle Smith. He’s a great talent and we’ve been watching him in Superstock for the last couple of years where he has done a good job. Our focus is to grow him up with the team and to fight again for the World Supersport championship. From a technical point of view we have the same team, but they are always looking to continue the development of the Honda CBR600RR, which we expect to be highly competitive once more in the championship.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Team Pata Honda's Guintoli & van der Mark Wrap Up Pre-Season World Superbike Test at Aragon






























Guintoli and van der Mark complete Aragon test
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Guintoli and van der Mark complete Aragon test
 
The Pata Honda World Superbike team concluded back-to-back pre-season tests today at Aragon in Spain, following a two-day test last week at Portimao in Portugal.
 

Unfortunately, the weather at both tests prevented riders Sylvain Guintoli and Michael van der Mark from completing a full scheduled programme on the 2015 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machine that they will campaign in this season's World Superbike championship.
 

However, in spite of some rain at Portimao and very low track temperatures at Aragon, both riders declared themselves happy with the progress that was made in developing this year's CBR alongside new technical regulations for the series.
 

Reigning World Superbike champion, Sylvain Guintoli, said: "In spite of the rain in Portimao last week, the test was good there for the first time out on the 2015-spec CBR; and the times were quite good, even on 25-lap tyres. I was feeling a lot more comfortable on the bike by the end. Aragon has also been good, but it's been really cold. We worked on power delivery, engine brake and bike balance with some interesting findings. I cannot wait to race in Australia."
 

Guintoli's 2015 team-mate, current World Supersport champion, Michael van der Mark, was equally positive, despite a lack of track time: "The test was quite good for what we were able to do," he said. "This afternoon I did many laps of Aragon and tried many different things, but of course, the track was not in an ideal condition for the tyres. But I'm happy with the laps we were able to make and I'm looking forward to testing some more in, hopefully, drier and more normal conditions."
 

The team's technical co-ordinator, Pieter Breddels, said, "After yesterday's wash out, we were able to do some laps today and cross-check the settings found in Portimao last week. Michael tested new front geometry, which Sylvain already tested last week, and we tried some softer springs and a higher bike for Sylvain to give him a little more feel and transfer. All in all, considering track conditions and the number of laps, we leave with a positive feeling for our third and final test this month where we hope to see some more dry track time."

The two world champions will now make their way to Verona in Italy where the full 2015 Pata Honda rider line-up will be presented to media and race fans at Motor Bike Expo this Saturday 24 January.
 

Following the team launch, both riders will return to Spain for a further two-day test at Jerez on Monday and Tuesday next. After this final European pre-season outing, the Pata Honda bikes and equipment will head north to the team's workshop in the Netherlands to be packed into flight cases for Australia, where round one of the 2015 championship will take place on 22 February.
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