Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dainese's Aaron Yates Gatorade Commercial

After having his picture on a limited edition Michael Jordan Gatorade bottle, Jordan Suzuki's #23 aaron Yates is featured on this national TV Gatorade ad. It's short, it's fast but it's good.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Better late than never: AMA Pro Mid-Ohio photos

Miscelanious photos from Mid-Ohio. You can click on the slideshow if you wish to watch the photos in bigger size.

Max Biaggi has almost perfect weekend in Brno

Max Biaggi had a great weekend at the FIM Superbike World Championship round in Brno, Czech Republic. After clocking the fastest time on Friday, the Aprilia rider took his Dainese leathers and his Factory RSV4 to his first victory of the season in Race 1.
A rebounding Ben Spies took the win in Race 2, ahead of Max by 0.213 seconds.

After this weekend, Biaggi sits in 5th in the WSBK points standings, with 4 rounds to go. Great job for the Roman Emperor for the first year on his new Aprilia.

Championship Point Standings (after 20 of 28 races):

1. Haga, 326 points
2. Spies, 319
3. Fabrizio, 273
4. Rea, 206
5. Biaggi, 200
6. Haslam, 180
7. Sykes, 150
8. Carlos Checa, 145
9. Byrne, 134
10. Smrz, 132
11. Kiyonari, 119
12. Kagayama, 96
13. Nakano, 86
14. Regis Laconi, 77
15. Max Neukirchner, 75
16. Corser, 53
17. Xaus, 50
18. Parkes, 31
19. Lagrive, 19
20. Hopkins, 17


MotoGP Donington 2009

The last MotoGP at Donington was a nail-bitter to the finish but unfortunately not including the 2 Dainese stars on their Fiat Yamaha. Jorge Lorenzo took the control of the race in the early stages before crashing and pulling out. Valentino then took the lead ahead of a very strong Andrea Dovizioso on his Repsol Honda before making a small mistake and crashing towards the end. Vale manage to remount his bike and raced back to the front, passing James Tosseland in the last lap, finishing an excellent 5th considering his race.
First time winner Dovizioso took the top spot ahead of a very happy Collin Edwards and Frenchman Randy De Puniet on his Playboy LCR Honda.

Rossi achieved big by remounting and finishing 5th while title rivals Lorenzo, Pedrosa (9th) and Ducati's Stoner (14th) lost valuable points on the Doctor.
MotoGP World Championship Point Standings (after 10 of 17 races):

1. Rossi, 187 points
2. Lorenzo, 162
3. Stoner, 150
4. Pedrosa, 115
5. Edwards, 103
6. Dovizioso, 94
7. Melandri, 79
8. De Puniet, 74
9. Vermeulen, 67
10. Capirossi, 66
11. De Angelis, 60
12. Toseland, 55
13. TIE, Hayden/Elias, 47
15. Kallio, 34
16. Canepa, 28
17. Sete Gibernau, 12
18. Yuki Takahashi, 9
19. Talmacsi, 5

Race summary video:

NISSAN UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Mt-Sainte-Anne 4X Women Final

Watch Jojo Petterson race Anneke Beerten, Fionn Griffiths and Jill Kintner in the 4X Women Final at the NISSAN UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Mt-St-Anne, as she came very close to 2nd.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Joanna Petterson takes 3rd at Mountain-Bike World Cup in Mont Ste Anne

Congrats to Dainese's Jojo Petterson for her 3rd place finish in the UCI World Cup 4X round at Mt Sainte Anne in Quebec, Canada on Saturday.

Jojo's race report:

"Mont Ste Anne is the stage for the 2010 World Championships and in preparation for the event the organizers have spent a lot of time on all the race tracks. The DH track had extensive time and energy spent on it, with some great new changes, fun sections and more jumps. 4X was redesigned from top to bottom and now includes two good rock sections.
I started the weekend on my new 2010 SuperTeam frames, making a change to how I set up the DH bike I was feeling good in DH and felt strong heading into qualifying. As it seems to go for us this year, it started raining half an hour before our qualifying began. My run began a bit on the cautious side to feel out the conditions, but after a few moments I realized it was still pretty tacky so I let the brakes go a bit and hit my lines. But as it goes, in a really fast section I ended up losing my traction in a fast berm and completely came off the bike. I jumped up and grabbed my bike, straightened my bars and headed back on track. I had broken a pedal though and came unclipped in the rock section, losing more time. From then on I knew I wasn’t going to make the cut, but I pushed as hard as I could and crossed the line without qualifying for finals.
In the process I managed to sprain my wrist slightly, so for 4X I was taking it easy to see if I was able to hang on. Good thing I did. Racing started Saturday with a round of 16 for the women, 4 heats. My first heat I was 2nd to Anneke Beerten, and the next heat was going to be a challenge. I was up against Anita Molcik, Anneke Beerten and Melissa Buhl. Taking outside lane choice I had to find a passing opportunity. In the first turn I was in 4th just looking for a pass, Anita slid out and I passed her on the first berm. Following Anneke and Melissa I took the outside through the rock garden while Melissa took the inside. Unfortunately for Melissa she went down hard in the rock section and I passed her there.
I was into the finals with Anneke, Jill Kintner and Fionn Griffiths.
Again I had the outside lane choice so passing would be my only opportunity for finishing better than 4th. We started and headed down with myself in 4th. I followed the pack looking for a pass. Anneke and Jill took the inside line on the jump section and Fionn and I headed outside for the big double. On the lip of the jump, Fionn slid out with a rear flat and I narrowly avoided her and cleared the jump, pulling into 3rd. Ahead in the berm Jill had crashed and I wasn’t able to pass her, so Fionn snuck around us and I was back into 4th. Jill and I pedaled for the finish and I was again unable to pass, when Jill took another painful sounding crash and I was able to pass her taking finishing 3rd.
The racing was great and I think everyone needs to be congratulated on a great course and some really fun competition.
Thanks to everyone for their continued support.
Now I’m after No.1 ! "

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Outstanding Rossi and Lorenzo at the "Ring"

What a race, what a battle!

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo took their Dainese leathers to another epic battle this Sunday at the Sachsenring for the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

Congrats to the Fiat Yamaha riders for another 1-2 finish. Vale extending his lead in the champioship by a few points.

Monday, July 20, 2009

AMA Pro Road Racing at Mid-Ohio 2009

AMA Pro Road Racing celebrated a great weekend of racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with battles to the checkered flag in all 3 classes, both Saturday and Sunday.
Since the beginning of the season, AGV Dainese riders have established their very strong presence in the fields, in American Superbike, Daytona Sportbike and the very disputed youth class, Supersport. All our riders were coming into Mid-Ohio, on the momentum of their good performances at Laguna Seca, especially for Superbike contenders Rockstar Makita suzuki's Blake Young and Jordan Suzuki's Aaron Yates, Daytona Sportbike racer Steve Rapp and Supersport class Russ Wikle and James Rispoli who all had great finish in California, including podium spots for Young and the #23 of Yates.

American Superbike:
Mixed results with an outstanding performance by the fastest man on track this weekend, Aaron Yates who finished second on Saturday, after being slowed down by a lapper during his battle with Factory Yamaha's Josh Hayes. Despite a heavy crash on Friday Blake Young managed to finish in the Top 10 with Dainese teammates National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Geoff may and Corona Extra Honda's Jake Holden.
On this physically demanding track, AGV's Neil Hodgson was still suffering from his previous injury as the Honda rider was suffering from shoulder pain.
Sunday saw the return of a very strong Yates who would clock the fastest lap times in the morning warm-up. Racing was strong and intense between Hayes, Bostrom, Hayden and the #23, but Yates fell victim to a crash due to a gear jump in the carrousel. Blake Young took his Rockstar Makita Suzuki to a 4th place finish while Geoff May finished 8th after a race long battle with Matt Mladin, ahead of Corona Extra Honda's Neil Hodgson and his Roland Sands custom-painted AGV GP-Tech.

AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike
Point Standings (after 14 of 20 races):
1. Mladin, 390 points
2. Hayden, 264
3. Bostrom, 246
4. Hayes, 245
5. Pegram, 223
6. Young, 201
7. May, 199
8. Yates, 198

9. Knapp, 127
10. David Anthony, 120
11. Holden, 113
12. Ulrich, 100
13. Hodgson, 94

AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike Presented by AMSOIL:

We strongly recommend to watch the races on Speed TV because the Daytona Sportbike races at Mid-Ohio were intense from start to finish. On both days, Steve Rapp battled up-front, taking his Yamaha to a 6th finish, on both days, making it 3 in a row since The Rapper also took 6th at the previous round in Laguna Seca. Steve is now 8th in points in a tie with Honda's Jake Zemke.

Point Standings (after 14 of 20 races):
1. Cardenas, 285 points
2. Eslick, 275
3. Hacking, 241
4. Herrin, 211
5. DiSalvo, 201
6. Peris, 177
7. Davies, 176
8. TIE, Zemke/Steve Rapp, 157
10. Aquino, 155

AMA Pro SuperSport Presented by Shoei:

Depsite excellent qualifying by Roadracingworld.com Suzuki's Russ Wikle and a 4th row on the grid for James Rispoli, our AGV Dainese riders were unlucky in the youth class. Russell crashed out while fighting for 4th in the 5th lap and James "The Rocket" Rispoli suffered a low-side crash, while going for 5th with 5 laps to go. not the expected results for our two riders, but a positively good weekend as they once again showed their speeds and potential confirming their strong presence in the class.

SuperSport East Championship Point Standings (after 5 of 9 races):
1. Day, 94 points
2. Leandro Mercado, 81
3. Wikle, 63
4. TIE, Pascarella/Nash, 62
6. Carter, 52
7. Wacker, 51
8. Kyle Wyman, 48
9. TIE, Worrell/Lazo, 43

Saturday, July 18, 2009

AMA Pro Racing at Mid-Ohio - Race Day 1

It was a pretty good race day at the Mid-Ohio Sport Cars Course track in Lexington, OH for the AGV Dainese riders. Mid-Ohio is a very fun track set in the beautiful green Ohio countryside, and the racing today, both in Daytona Sportbike and AMA Superbike was excellent. Especially in the superbike race where we saw a train of 9 riders racing it out all race long, all withing 1 second for a while.

Daytona Sportbike:
Our star rider in this class, Steve "The Rapper" Rapp had another great performance, battling all race long with Aprilia's Chaz Davies. Despite being in Davies' wheel most of the race, Steve didn't manage to pass the liter bike and settle for 6th, equaling his Laguna Seca results. Let's keep in mind that this is a class with 41 riders.
AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Presented by AMSOIL - Race 1 Mid-Ohio
1. Danny Eslick (Buell 1125R), 21 laps
2. Josh Herrin (Yam YZF-R6), -2.317 seconds
3. Tommy Aquino (Yam YZF-R6), -2.365
4. Jake Zemke (Hon CBR600RR), -4.744
5. Chaz Davies (Apr RSV1000R), -7.653
6. Steve Rapp (Yam YZF-R6), -8.421
7. Taylor Knapp (Buell 1125R), -18.154
8. Chris Peris (Hon CBR600RR), -18.284
9. Jason DiSalvo (Suz GSX-R600), -20.303
10. Shawn Higbee (Buell 1125R), -39.115
16. Barret Long (Duc 848), -61.727
20. Santiago Villa (Suz GSX-R600), -63.480
26. Russ Wikle (Suz GSX-R600), -97.155

 AMA Superbike:

What a race we got (don't miss the broadcast on Speed TV!). From Superpole where Dainese riders scored 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 10th to today's thrilling race, the fans were treated to some exciting racing.
the first laps saw Yamaha's Josh Hayes and Tommy Hayden lead the pack while Dainese riders Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Blake Young and Jordan Suzuki's aaron Yates were battling it for 4th. Very quickly Young and Yates passed Hayden and pushed towards Hayes. Aaron passed Blake towards the mid-point while behind them Matt Mladin was working his way up the field. With 6 laps to go Aaron Yates was about to make a pass on Josh Hayes when they both got slowed down by a lapper who didn't move out of the way and held Yates back. The #23 charged in the last two laps, trying to catch back the time lost on Hayes but could get there on time before the checkered flag. Josh Hayes won the race 0.183 seconds ahead of the Yates. Exciting race and best results for aaron after two 3rd place finishes at Road America and Laguna Seca.
Blake Young, who had suffered a big crash in qualifiers on Friday, finished in 7th, ahead of National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Geoff May and Corona Extra Honda Jake Holden.
Finishing 11th was AGV's Neil Hodgson who is still not physically 100%, especially on a track like Mid-Ohio where his shoulder is working hard.

AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike Presented by Parts Unlimited - Race 1 Mid-Ohio
1. Josh Hayes (Yam YZF-R1), 21 laps
2. Aaron Yates (Suz GSX-R1000 K9), -0.183 second
3. Mat Mladin (Suz GSX-R1000 K9), -3.055 seconds
4. Ben Bostrom (Yam YZF-R1), -3.251
5. Larry Pegram (Duc 1098R), -5.300
6. Tommy Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000 K9), -6.792
7. Blake Young (Suz GSX-R1000 K9), -7.746
8. Geoff May (Suz GSX-R1000 K9), -16.261
9. Jake Holden (Hon CBR1000RR), -31.205
10. Michael Laverty (Suz GSX-R1000 K9), -22.997
11. Neil Hodgson (Hon CBR1000RR), -31.205
12. Taylor Knapp (Buell 1125RR), -47.247
13. Chris Ulrich (Suz GSX-R1000 K9), -55.379
14. Scott Jensen (Suz GSX-R1000 K8), -80.927
15. Shane Narbonne (Suz GSX-R1000 K8), -81.021
16. Russell Holland (Yam YZF-R1), -81.496
17. Barrett Long (Duc 1098R), -82.090

Valentino and Lorenzo again

VR46 and JL99 are the fastest again, taking the top 2 qualifying spots at the German MotoGP today. Rossi scoring blazing lap time, looking for his 101st victory.

In the 250 QP, our man AGV Dainese rider Marco Simoncelli scored the pole in the wet.

Monday, July 13, 2009

AMA Daytona Sportbike - Laguna Seca

AGV Dainese's Steve Rapp had another strong performance at Laguna Seca where he took his Bazzaz/Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6 to a 6th place finish, missing the Top 5 by 0.4 seconds

Steve is now 9th in the Standings with 4 rounds (8 races) to go.

AGV Dainese's other representatives in that class, Road Racing World's Russ Wikle and Santiago Villa:

Laguna Seca AMA Superbike

Better late than never. :-)

Great performance for the AMA Superbike AGV Dainese riders at Laguna Seca with more podium for Rockstar Makita Suzuki' Blake Young and Jordan Suzuki's Aaron Yates. Despite a nasty crash in the first lap, followed by a re-start, AGV's Neil Hodgson took his Honda to 6th, followed in 7th by his teammate Jake Holden. National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Geoff May in 9th and Chris Ulrich in 12th close the AGV Dainese Top 15.

Series standings:
6th - Aaron Yates 173 pts
7th - Geoff May 173 pts
8th - Blake Young 169 pts
11th - Jake Holden 101 pts
12th - Chris Ulrich 92 pts
14th - Neil Hodgson 72 pts

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

King Kenny back in racing?

After retiring his team from the MotoGP series in 2007, it looks like former AGV Dainese racer, the legendary Kenny Roberts will try the adventure again with the new Moto2 class next season.

Monday, July 6, 2009

AGV Dainese Youth Rocks at Laguna Seca AMA Supersport

AGV Dainese's Russ Wikle, James Rispoli and Garrett Willis capped the weekend in AMA Supersport with great performance at Laguna Seca on MotoGP weekend. While Russ scored another podium with a 2nd place finish, James "The Rocket" Rispoli continues to impress with a good performance in 4th, followed by Garrett Willis in 5th.

Good jobs boyz!