Thursday, April 30, 2009

Larry P. Langford, Mayor of Birmingham, AL, rides Dainese

Today in the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Geoff May gave a thrill ride to Mayor Larry Langford. Under motorcycle police escort, the VIP two-up ride, took to the street in this memorable occasion.

Needless to say that the ride was made easier for Mayor Langford thanks to the extreme comfort of his Dainese leathers and AGV helmet ;-)

France/Belgium TV commercial for motorcycle safety

Targeted at raising safety awareness and motorcycle presence to car drivers.

Great Racing Weekend ahead, MotoGP and AMA Superbike

Keep an eye on all AGV and Dainese riders this weekend with the boys of MotoGP battling it down at the Gran Premio de Espana inJerez, Spain and the AMA American Superbike down in the U.S. South at Barber.

For sure, some good racing for race fans.

#43 Sam Halbert's latest race report: Willow Spring, CA

AGV Dainese's man of dirt, Slammin' Sammy Halbert had another great racing weekend, at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond CA, and took the AGV and Dainese brands on the podium again. Congrats to Sammy! Here's his race report:

"I was super excited to be back racing another Eddie Mulder WCVDTS event and ready to put my fresh out of Jim Kelly’s race shop H-D XR 750 engine to the test. At the last event I rode here I led the first 19 of 20 laps in the final so I was very motivated to make sure I led the last lap this time around.
The day started off great, as we rolled into the track there was a dump truck dumping a load of dirt on the track and I knew that it was going to be a fun day of throwing a roost off the back of my H-D. I was in the second heat race and pulled a nice holeshot and never looked back. I rode hard for the first 5 or so laps and then backed it down a notch and still had the fastest heat of the day.
That set me on the pole for the $1,000 to win Dash for Cash. More...

A special thank you to everyone who has ever supported the Halbert Family Racing Team!"

Digger Open Pro:
1. 43 Sammy Halbert
2. 3 Joe Kopp
3. 37 Jimmy Wood
4. 54z Mikey Rush
5. 26 Brandan Bergen
6. 21 Jared Mees
7. 69 Jethro Halbert
8. 51 Steve Murray
9. 42e Kayl Kolkman
10. 28 Shaun Russell

Photo’s by Jamey and Janice Blunt

Rossi And Agostini Attending Isle Of Mann TT Races


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Dainese riders dominate MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan

Fiat Yamaha team mates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi took early control of the 2009 FIM MotoGP series today in Motegi, Japan. It is a long championship and plenty can happen before a new champion is crowned but this weekend in Japan the two Dainese riders proved they are both title contenders.

Jorge signs his first victory in Japan and 2nd in his MotoGP career while Vale takes his AGV GP-Tech to the second podium spot ahead of a fast Pedrosa.

Grand Prix of Japan:

1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)

2. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)

3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)

4. Casey Stoner (Ducati)

5. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda)

2009 MotoGP Championship Standings:

1. Jorge Lorenzo - 41 pts

2. Valentino Rossi - 40 pts

3. Casey Stoner - 38 pts

4. Andrea Dovizioso - 22 pts

5. Dani Pedrosa - 21 pts

Friday, April 24, 2009

Marco Simoncelli si back with the fastest time

The Gilera-mounted AGV Dainese rider is back in Motegi, after missing the opening round in Qatar, he was the fastest 250cc in FP1 of the Polini Grand Prix of Japan.

Dainese's Joanna Petterson gets Top 10 at UCI World Cup in South Africa

Here's Joanna's report on the first round of the UCI Mountain-bike World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.


2009 Pietermaritzburg, RSA World Cup Report

The World Cup season kicked off in a country I haven’t had a chance to visit since I left when I was 13. Despite the fact we left such a long time ago I can still proudly represent South Africa while competing world wide. I spent a few weeks prior to the event visiting family and it was a bit of an emotional roller coaster but part of me felt very much at home. Kauai is my home but SA still has a part of me. Something that I can’t really explain but I am sure you are all familiar with.

So, onto the most important part for you all, the story about racing.

The 4-cross track was a great effort on the part of the builders, longest in history but also a bit stretched out. It was a good track with just a little too much space in between the features of it. It had a few good sized jumps that I was able to enjoy before qualifying and unfortunately between practice and the start of my qualifying run I made a few changes and ended up being 1/10 of a second off the 8th position and was cut. There was a great group of girls in attendance though, so riding with them was really my benefit from the weekend. And not making the final eight just gave me little more energy for the long pedal in Sunday mornings DH.

Being a town with no snow, therefore no ski lifts and therefore a truck uplift for Downhill this had to be one of the most odd experiences for all of us. We loaded into moving trucks, sat on bubble wrapped hay bails strapped to the walls and got driven to the start of the DH. The truck meandered through the streets, drove onto the freeway for about 3 kilometers filling our air space with noxious exhaust and then proceeded to exit and drive through some more neighborhoods, past some farms and through the cane fields lining the top of the hills. We got dropped off and rode down the hill a bit to the start line. The track consisted of a steep rock section at the top and then gradually made its way through the beautiful eucalyptus forest to the base of the hill. It had quite a few pedal sections, some good sized jumps and a challenging gap jump that had me off at quite a high speed on my first attempt. But I was just a little bruised and ended up clearing it in my final and making up a few seconds instead of going around. The crowd in South Africa was great! People attended practice and qualifying and cheered all the way down. When I crossed the finish line the crowd was so loud and electrifying. A few people even told me they got goose bumps when I finished. My run was good and clean from top to bottom and I needed a bit more gas in the tank though and finished up with a time of 4:42.48. I gave up the hot seat to Sabrina Jonnier and was thrilled to have gotten there. The day ended with me in 9th. I am happy about the event and my position and currently stand in 9th overall in the World Cup Standings.

Thank you to everyone for their efforts at the start of the season, getting me my product and helping to me get to the races. It’s a good season ahead.

Next stop is Belgium from April 29th-3rd for the next World Cup 4X race.


1) Tracy Moseley

2)Emmeline Ragot

3)Sabrina Jonnier

4)Fionn Griffiths

5)Claire Buchar

6)Floriane Pugin

7)Melissa Buhl

8)Miriam Nicole

9) Joanna Petterson

10) Emily Siegenthaler

Dainese visited the Sea Otter Classic 2009

In partnership with BTI (, their cycling line U.S. distributor, Dainese's crew attended the great mountain-bike event at Laguna Seca/Monterey last weekend.

For 2009 Dainese is reinforcing and re-focusing it's presence in the MTB industry in the U.S. and hope that its name will be synonim to performance and protection in gravity once again. Building on a strong history that saw Dainese reach the top of World mountain-biking competition in the '90's with riders like Nicolas Vouilloz and Anne-Caroline Chausson, the brand has strategically partnered with BTI in order to strengthen its presence in the gravity segment.

Dainese riders on top at Polini GP of Japan

On a roll after their performances at the first round, AGV Dainese's Valentino Rossi and his Fiat Yamaha and Dainese team mate Jorge Lorenzo, finished top 3 after Friday's Free Practice 1 at the Polini Grand Prix of Japan in Motegi.

Valentino clocked the fastest time (1'48.545) ahead of Ducati's Casey Stoner (1'48:601) and Jorge with 1'48.965.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Dainese renew TT involvement as Official Safety Partner for 2009

Monday 20 20th April 2009 -

Dainese has today announced that the company has been appointed the 'Official Safety Partner' to the Isle of Man TT Races for 2009. As part of the significant deal, the first of the TT's Superbike races will be known as The Isle of Man Dainese Superbike Race Race.

The Italian company, which specializes in safety products for action sports enthusiasts was founded in 1972 by the current managing director, Mr Lino Dainese, who enjoyed his first visit to the Isle Of Man in 2008 when Dainese first became involved at the Safety Partner.
“It was a great pleasure to visit the Isle Of Man last year with my friends Giacomo Agostini, Carl Fogarty and Marco Lucchinelli and see first hand the heroics of the brave TT riders,” commented Lino Dainese – “In 2008, we went to the Isle of Man TT as part of our Dainese 35th anniversary celebrations. It was the first time we had been involved in this incredible, legendary race. Our aim, as Safety Partner, was to use our experience to contribute to rider safety, and we are proud to continue our relationship for one more year”.

Martyn Quale, MHK, Minister for Tourism and Leisure, Isle of Man Government, commented: “We are delighted to have Dainese back again as the official safety partner of the TT races as it is a company with a fantastic heritage. They contributed hugely to last year’s great event and I know they have benefited from their association with the TT.”

Last year Dainese signed a deal with TT star and road racing specialist, Guy Martin. The 26-year-old Lincolnshire rider, who was cursed with bad luck in 2008 is thrilled to be continuing his involvement with Dainese. "This is a huge honour," he said. "I'll be doing everything I can to win this year.”

Martin will be wearing a AGV helmet for the first time this year and will join all-time greats in the ‘legends of protection’ who have been protected head-to-toe by Dainese and AGV – Barry Sheene, Giacomo Agostini and the reigning 250cc World Champion Marco Simoncelli and the eight-time World Champion and current MotoGP title holder, Valentino Rossi.

Monday, April 13, 2009

AGV Dainese riders score podium finish at Qatar MotoGP

AGV Dainese rider, and reigning World Champ, Valentino Rossi finishes a very good second at the CommercialBank Grand Prix of Qatar, ahead of his Dainese and Yamaha team mate Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

National Guard Jordan Suzuki Geoff May - Fontana video

Another great vid' from the lads at OnTheThrottle

Dainese and MotoGP legends Nieto and Rossi in Qatar


Angel Nieto (look for a Nieto replica AGV helmet to be released in 2010)

“Stoner is very strong, but Rossi is very close and Lorenzo could get there,” analysed the Spaniard from inside the Losail International Circuit paddock, before indicating that a ‘Laguna Seca-esque’ strategy from Rossi would be needed to tame Stoner and prevent an Australian victory.

”Rossi needs to use a tactic to stop Stoner from escaping, because if he goes away from the start it will be hard to stop him. For the podium I think they will both be there, and also Lorenzo if he pushes very hard.”

Marco Simoncelli out of Qatar race

After riding through pain in practice reigning World Champ and AGV Dainese rider Marco Simoncelli had to pull out of the opening race on the 2009 FIM 250cc World Championship at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Marco Simoncelli is in Qatar

Marco's weekly shcedule: Break scaphoid Sunday, surgery Tuesday, practice Friday!!

For the 2009 FIM 250cc World Championship, Simoncelli switched helmet, wearing a GP-Tech instead of the Ti-Tech he has been sporting for the last few seasons.

Photo by Scott Jones at

AMA Superbike stamped Dainese!

What an amazing photo from Brian Nelson (MotorcycleUSA), nothing could describe Dainese's renewed strong effort in AMA Pro Racing than this shot.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Blake Young video portrait by the On The Throttle crew

The crew at OTT brings us another great video, this time featuring Dainese rider Blake Young.

On The Throttle

Russ Wikle came close to a podium finish at Road Atlanta

but the Team rider crashed along other riders due to moisture on the track, after a few laps in the lead group of the AMA Pro SuperSport race. Unfortunately his team doing their best at trying to get his bike race-fit, Russ had to retired after the red flag restart.



BRASELTON, GA – Michael Jordan Motorsports riders Geoff May and Aaron Yates put in impressive performances this weekend during AMA Pro Racing's Round 3 of the American Superbike Championship at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA. May earned double podium finishes in the races, while Yates enjoyed one top five finish and picked up valuable Championship points. The riders competed at Road Atlanta on their 2008-spec Suzuki GSX-R 1000s. The bikes will now be retired and May and Yates will race on brand new 2009 GSX-Rs for the remainder of the season.

Geoff May, National Guard Jordan Suzuki No. 54 May, of nearby Gainesville, took third place in both Saturday and Sunday's American Superbike races. He has now visited the rostrum in three of the five races he’s competed in this season and sits third overall in the Championship with 92 points.

3rd PLACE, SATURDAY RACE 1 – In Race 1 May found himself down in position six (P6) by the midway point of the race, after starting on the front row. However by continuing to apply pressure and drawing on his high fitness level, May moved himself forward during the later stages of the race and put his National Guard Jordan Suzuki on the box at the checkered flag.

"I just stayed motivated," said May, who raced in front of a large contingent of local family and friends. "I just stayed patient and every time somebody made a mistake, I just picked him off."

3rd PLACE, SUNDAY RACE 2 – In Race 2 May had a huge moment on the start that resulted in not one, but two, massive wheelies off the line. Finishing the first lap in 10th position, the Georgia rider made an inspired ride to the front and joined the frantic seven rider battle for second place. May methodically moved through this intense pack and soon found himself in a battle for second place with Factory Suzuki's Blake Young. At the line, it was Young in second with May third, just a scant .2 seconds behind for his second podium of the weekend.

"I was afraid I was going to get run over at the start," said May. "I just put my head down again and we had the bike set up good for the end of the race. I've been trying to really work hard on the end of the race, on the last half, on worn-out tires. I start getting faster and faster and faster and put in my fastest laps, usually, in the last couple laps."

Aaron Yates, Jordan Suzuki No. 23
Road Atlanta fan favorite and Milledgeville, GA resident Aaron Yates had a solid weekend at the Braselton circuit, culminating in a top five finish in Sunday's contest. Yates heads into Round 4 in eighth place in Championship points with 62.

6th PLACE, SATURDAY RACE 1 – Starting from eighth position on the grid, Yates moved forward through the tough American Superbike field and soon found himself in a tussle with the Factory Yamaha of Josh Hayes. Yates and Hayes dueled throughout the 50 mile contest with Yates crossing the line a mere .02 seconds behind Hayes, finishing in sixth position.

“We only had 10 minutes of practice this morning and that really put a damper on my setup for the race,” said Yates. “It was a good battle today with Josh and my Jordan Suzuki 1000 has what it takes to run up front.”

5th PLACE, SUNDAY RACE 2 – In Sunday's Race 2 Yates was embroiled in a seven rider battle for second position for much of the race. At the back of this group after the first lap, local hero Yates continued to move forward as the race progressed. At the line, Yates put his Suzuki GSXR firmly inside the top five and recorded the second fastest lap of the race while doing so.

“Considering I didn't get the start I would have liked I'm fairly happy to get a top five finish out of the weekend, after just missing it in yesterday's race,” said Yates. “We got my 2008 GSX-R1000 working well this morning and it was a good, fast group of guys for most of the race battling for that second spot. I would like to have been further up and know my crew and GSX-R can do it. We have our 2009 Suzukis coming for Barber and I'm ready to get up on the box.”

AGV Dainese Riders Storm AMA American Superbike Podiums at Road Atlanta

Here's the AGV Dainese P.R for the Atlanta weekend.

Costa Mesa, CA – April 7th, 2009

During a sunny weekend in Georgia, the AGV Dainese USA riders reinforced with bravado their presence in AMA Pro Racing, during Round 3 of the series at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA, last weekend.

In the AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited we were proud of the Superpole results of top Dainese riders Blake Young and Geoff May qualifying 3rdth on the front row, ahead of Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates (8th) on 2nd row, followed by Team’ Chris Ulrich (12th) on 3rd row. and 4

For a short while we fear for rain as stormy clouds approached the track and got the deep knee sliders out of the box for all our Dainese riders, but luckily, apart from a short rain fall during the Sportbike race, the track remained mostly dry for the weekend.

The AGV Dainese riders rode very strong races both on Saturday and Sunday with Geoff May making us all very proud at Dainese when he rode his National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 to the podium twice, finishing 3rd in both races. On Sunday Geoff and his Dainese team mate Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young had a great battle for 2nd which saw Blake make a final pass in the last laps.

Aaron Yates had a very good weekend too scoring a 5th and 6th, on his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000, and improving his standing in the series.

AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike Road Atlanta results for AGV Dainese riders:

Geoff May (Suz GSX-R1000) 3-3

Blake Young (Suz GSX-R1000) 4-2

Aaron Yates (Suz GSX-R1000) 6-5

Chris Ulrich (Suz GSX-R1000) 11-12

Barrett Long (Duc 1098R) 12-18

Shane Narbonne (Suz GSX-R1000) 20-20

AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike Points Standings (after 5 of 21 races) for AGV Dainese riders:

Geoff May – 3rd

Blake Young – 4th

Aaron Yates – 8th

Chris Ulrich – 14th

Barrett Long – 17th

In AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Presented by AMSOIL, AGV Dainese’s Steve Rapp, who was on his first ride for team Bazzaz/Pat Clark Motorsport, took his AGV GP-Tech and Dainese W-Frame leather suit to a 9th finish on Sunday after a great battle with Michael Beck, allowing him to secure a 9th place in points standings. Steve, who settled in with his new team, was happy to get more seat time on his new ride.

We salute Team Suzuki’s Russ Wikle and his impressive performance over the weekend who saw him scoring two 18th place finish in a very deep field of riders, after qualifying 24th in practice.

AMA Pro Pro Daytona SportBike Road Atlanta results for AGV Dainese riders:

Barrett Long (Yam YZF-R6) 17-16

Russ Wikle (Suz GSX-R600) 18-18

Santiago Villa (Suz GSX-R600) 27-20

Steve Rapp (Yam YZF-R6) DNF-9

Shane Narbonne (Yam YZF-R6) DNS-24

AMA Pro Pro Daytona SportBike Points Standings (after 5 of 21 races) for AGV Dainese riders:

Steve Rapp – 9th

Barrett Long – 13th

In the AMA Pro SuperSport Presented by Shoei, 17year-old Team Suzuki’s Russ Wikle was on track for another podium finish for AGV and Dainese, after his amazing third-place podium finish in the AMA Pro SuperSport season opener at Daytona.

Wikle qualified second on the grid aboard his Suzuki GSX-R600 and was running in the lead group for podium position during the race's opening laps. Unfortunately, a rain shower caught out several of the front-runners, including Russ, bringing out a red flag. Despite very strong effort from his Team Suzuki his machine was too badly damaged to make the restart.

From all at AGV Dainese USA, congratulation to all our riders for racing hard and representing us with pride on the AMA Pro Racing circuit. See you all in Birmingham, Alabama for Round 4.

“Providing people with head-to-toes protection in action sports” has been the Dainese’s mission since 1972 when the company was founded by its President Lino Dainese.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Aaron Yates and James Rispoli on Pit Pass Radio tonight Tuesday April 7th

From a press release issued by Pit Pass Moto Weekly

Pit Pass Moto Weekly - Motorcycle News and Talk Show

Advance, North Carolina (April 7, 2009) - Top talent and industry insiders from the motorcycle industry give their uncut opinions and race stories. Get your weekly motorcycle news live from Pit Pass Moto Weekly. Pit Pass Moto Weekly is now heard in 52 countries around the world.

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Aaron Yates, Superbike Racer - Jordan Suzuki
Aaron raced in front of his hometown crowd this past weekend at Road Atlanta and finished 6th on Saturday and 5th on Sunday in the Superbike class. He is currently in 8th place overall in the series. Yates is the 2008 Superstock Champion and a five time AMA National Champion. He has won titles in the 1000 cc Superstock, 600 cc Supersport, 750 cc Supersport and SuperTeams classes. The Georgia native has also earned 43 AMA National victories, four wins in AMA SuperTwins (Harley-Davidson 883) class and four wins in AMA Super-Teams Endurance competition.

James 'The Rocket" Rispoli, Dirt Track Racer - Weirbach Racing and NPS Racing Engines
James has been racing dirt track since the age of 6. Last year he raced for the factory supported Aprilia dirt track team run by Lloyd Brothers Motorsports and finished 6th nationally on a limited schedule. He placed 2nd at the Indy Mile in 2008 on the only stock framed twin in the basic expert class. In 2009, James is challenging for the title in the new AMA Pro Flattrack class and will run a limited WERA National Road Race series and limited AMA Supersport series on the east coast. In 2009, he is racing for the Weirbach Racing team for dirt track and the NPS Racing Engines team for road racing.

Other guests include Josh Strang, GNCC Racer, Mike Quindazzi, Online Director - Ultimate Motorcycling, Neale Bayly, Moto Journalist - SPEED Channel,

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Marco Simoncelli breaks scaphoid - bad news

Marco broke his scaphoid on his right wrist while practicing. The accident happened at the famous “Cava” (quarry) where Valentino Rossi and friends get together and train with their motocross bikes.

Marco is now probable for the opening round in Qatar.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Steve Rapp Joins Bazzaz/Pat Clark Motorsports

Press-release issued by Bazzaz/Pat Clark Motorsports

CHINO, CA - Bazzaz / Pat Clark Motorsports is excited to be adding veteran rider Steve Rapp to the team. Rapp will be joining the team and Chris Clark (2008 Horizon Award Winner) for the first time at the third round of the AMA Pro Road Racing series at Road Atlanta.

For the Road Atlanta event Rapp will ride the #48 Bazzaz / Pat Clark Motorsports Daytona Sportbike class, Rapp is currently ranked 8th position in the point standings. Once the series moves to round 4 at Barber Motorsports Park, Rapp will ride the number #15 Bazzaz / Pat Clark Motorsports bike and will continue to do so for the remainder of the season.

Team Manager Ammar Bazzaz claims, "Through serendipitous good fortune, we are very excited to be adding Rapp to the program. We have had a professional and personal relationship with Steve for several years. His level of professionalism and experience is not only commensurate with our company and racing philosophy, but also strengthens our development team."

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