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OOSTHUIZEN CROWNED NATIONAL ENDURO KING

001It was a weekend of celebration for PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA RACING as the 2019 National Enduro Championship drew a close in Port Elizabeth. For star rider William Oosthuizen the event marked a particularly significant moment as he received the first national title of his career.
 
Oosthuizen was recruited by the Husqvarna crew at the start of 2018. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands and came painfully close to winning the E1 Championship, finishing right behind Kyle Flanagan in second place. Looking back, having come so close to victory was a turning point for Oosthuizen who bounced back with determination and entered the 2019 season swinging.
 
“Last season was an important learning curve for me. It was my first-time racing for a factory team and coming so close to the title made me realise what I was capable of doing with their support. I came back with more determination than ever to finish the 2019 season differently,” said Oosthuizen. 
 
The celebrations didn’t end there. PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA RACING teammate Brett Swanepoel crossed the finish line of what could be his most rewarding season yet.
 
Having overcome an injury that almost ended his career, Swanepoel showed race fans that he was back to his full competitive form as he stormed to his first E2 and overall victory in almost two years. The rider has been making steady progress with every race this season and was elated that his hard work finally paid off in Port Elizabeth.
 
“It’s been a long, hard year. I’m over the moon with the way I’ve progressed and I’m so happy to be back to the speed and strength that I had before my accident. This wouldn’t have been possible without my family and team, who never stopped believing in me – even in the darkest times of my injury,” said a grateful Swanepoel.
 
The cherry on the top of what will be an unforgettable season for Husqvarna was a podium finish from Matthew Green. Having just come off a successful season of international racing, the rising star managed to secure second place in the E1 Class on Saturday.end bike test

Proudly Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha Dominate the championship at round 6 of the SA Enduro Series

yam01The Proudly Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha team attended the sixth and final round of the MSA National Enduro series hosted by the Rover Racing club, with the goal of wrapping up the National Championship titles in E2, Masters and the all-important Manufacturers award.

Kyle Flanagan, “Coming into this race I knew I didn’t have to push too hard to win the championship so my goal was just to finish the race inside the top five.” Kyle took second for the day and secured the win in the E2 Category championship on his YZ250X. “Winning the E2 championship has been a lifelong dream of mine and words cannot begin to describe how much this championship win means to me.”yam02Lloyd Kirk came into the sixth round after having contracted flu in Turkey during the Sea to Sky event and not feeling well at all. “My goal for this race was just to finish the race and stay hydrated.” Lloyd placed a respectable seventh for the day and secured second place in the E1 championship. “This has been a rather challenging season for me and I’m really happy to take second place in the E1 championship.”

Bruce May had yet another flawless day out on his YZ250FX. Bruce placed first overall for the day and took the win in the Masters championship with an absolutely flawless season leading from round one through all the way through to the final round at Rover.yam03Denzil “The General” Torlage had a great ride aboard his YZ250X. “The course was very physical with the thick sand stealing my momentum around almost every turn.” Denzil finished the day off in fourth place and secured third place in the Masters championship. “This season was rather challenging but I remained injury free and consistent,” Stated Torlage.

“An awesome team performance resulting in excellent results for the day. Managing the event, Yamaha also become the overall National Championship Manufacturer, yet to be confirmed, for the year,” says Peter Wilkins- General Manager of Yamaha Motorcycles.

Thank-you must be expressed to all sponsors for their support throughout the 2019 racing year: Bidvest, AMP, Shoei, Acerbis, RK Chains, Progrip, Yamalube, GYTR, PSP Racing, Metzeler Carbontech and Hayward Suspension.yam04end bike test

The Yamaha Motor Europe Collection Hall Launched in Amsterdam

006To preserve the company's heritage in Europe, Yamaha Motor Europe has launched its Yamaha Motor Collection Hall. Racing heroes, Yamaha Motor Europe management, motoring journalists and key figures from the motorcycle world were in attendance, 25th September last, to mark the official opening of the hall, containing the Yamaha Motor Europe Collection. 

The collection marks Yamaha Motor Europe's efforts to preserve both the racing and production history of the brand, containing a broad spectrum of significant machines from 1961 to the present day. Present alongside the historic consumer products are an impressive selection of fabled racing machines, whose histories are littered with success, from the early days of Dakar, to the tarmac tracks of the Grand Prix Championship. 007Stephan Peterhansel's 1991 Dakar winning Yamaha YZE750 can be seen alongside the 2009 World Superbike Championship dominating YZF-R1 that Ben Spies took to victory in his maiden year on the world stage. Motocross fans can enjoy many legendary race machines, including Stefan Everts 2006 MX World Championship winning Yamaha YZ450F, and an evolution of that machine that kept up the victory achievements, Adrien Van Beveren's 2015 l'Enduropale du Touquet winning YZ450F. 008The Yamaha Motor Europe Collection also provides a unique insight into Yamaha's development past, with the 2007 MT-03 concept on display, along with icons from the past, including the 1961 Yamaha MF1, 1969 YL1 and the 1968 YAS1. Add in the 1986 XJ650 Turbo amongst many others and the collection is truly a feast for a two-wheel enthusiast.      

Racing legends from Yamaha's on- and off-road history, including Giacomo Agostini, Christian Sarron, Stephan Peterhansel and Stefan Everts were present at the launch alongside Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis, YART Yamaha EWC Team Manager Mandy Kainz and Yamaha Classic Racing Team founder Ferry Brouwer.   Eric de Seynes, President Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.009"The Yamaha Motor Europe Collection Hall is dedicated to the memory of our past in racing, and to the memory of what has revved the heart of our customers. A "home" for our iconic models and it has two vocations: first to inspire our engineers and designers in their process of creating future models, and second, support the credibility and the emotional value of our novelties, in the respect of our past creations."

The Yamaha Motor Europe Collection Hall is not open to the general public. The collection units will be travelling around Europe and can be viewed at various shows and events organized by the national Yamaha Motor distributor.010end bike test

Toprak Razgatlioglu to Partner Michael van der Mark at Yamaha in 2020

003Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to announce that it has secured the services of Toprak Razgatlioglu for the 2020 FIM Superbike World Championship. Razgatlioglu, who claimed his first WorldSBK race victory in Magny-Cours at the weekend, will partner Michael van der Mark in the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team.

Razgatlioglu arrived in the WorldSBK paddock in 2015 to contest the European 600 Superstock Championship, which he won in his debut season. A move up the European 1000 Superstock Championship followed, where the young Turkish rider was a title contender for two years before stepping up to the WorldSBK class in 2018.004Razgatlioglu immediately made his mark in the premier production class, securing two podium finishes in his debut season with second place at Donington Park and third place in the penultimate round in Argentina.

The 22-year-old has developed even more strongly in 2019, securing his first top-three finish of the season at the Italian WorldSBK round in Imola and finishing on the podium at every round since. Razgatlioglu secured his maiden WorldSBK win with a scintillating performance in Race 1 at Magny-Cours, which he started from 16th position on the grid. The young Turk backed that up with victory in the Superpole sprint race the following day.005end bike test

YZ125 bLU cRU Riders Wrap Up 2019 SuperFinale in Rain-Hit Race

001After two thrilling days of riding on the international stage for the first time at the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations, the 2019 YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup came to an end on Sunday with the YZ125 race.

The YZ125 riders faced heavy rain and difficult conditions on Sunday at the TT Circuit Assen, contesting the last 2019 SuperFinale race after the YZ65 and YZ85 riders competed on Saturday.

A dry track on Saturday saw Latvian rider #601 Mairis Pumpurs set the pace in timed practice, ahead of Swedish rider #454 Liam Hanstrom and British rider #579 Bobby Bruce. Overnight rain left the track in a very slippery state, leaving the YZ125 class to run in full-wet conditions for the first time at Assen.000As the gate dropped practice leader Pumpurs took the holeshot to establish a very strong lead. Behind him Bruce also built on his practice pace to take second, battling with Spanish rider #252 Raul Sanchez behind. As the track got more challenging every rider put their head down over the 20-minute race. With Pumpurs sitting unchallenged in first place he took the victory nearly a minute clear, followed home by Sanchez, who battled past Bruce, in second and third respectively to complete the podium at the weekend’s most difficult and entertaining bLUcRU SuperFinale race.

For Pumpurs, Sanchez and Bruce, the bLU cRU Masterclass awaits on 18, 19 & 20 November in Spain, where they will be joined by two carefully selected YZ125 wildcards as they further develop their riding skills under expert tutorials and guidance. From the Masterclass, one of the five YZ125 riders will then win a place with the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team for the 2020 EMX125 Championship.

At the same time, a new chapter begins for every YZ bLU cRU rider at the SuperFinale as they have made the first steps towards careers in international racing.002end bike test

KTM OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES ITS KTM SX-E 5 JUNIOR E-MODEL

01KTM has put a lot of effort and all of its of electric know-how that’s evolved over the last 10 years into the development of the KTM SX-E 5. The result is a highly competitive electric minicycle with a comparable power output to the KTM 50 SX, yet with minimal maintenance and noise.

The bike has six power modes allowing a complete beginner to step onto a READY TO RACE machine with ease, whilst the full power mode is exciting and challenging for the fastest junior. With a premium chassis developed by our KTM engineers, the KTM SX-E 5 is fully adjustable in terms of ride height, especially with the additional KTM PowerParts lowering kit, and is aimed at riders aged three to 10 years old. The bike grows with the rider both in ability, and in size – a special feature for this high-quality machine.02This innovative junior bike has an electric motor powered by an ultra-modern lithium-ion battery pack with a robust housing for maximum protection and safety was really at the core of the development of this new model. The power is smooth and controllable offering rideability benefits over other bikes in its class, whilst also providing fantastic agility on the motocross course. Like its combustion counterpart, the KTM SX-E 5 is fitted with WP XACT 35 air fork technology, as well as the WP XACT shock absorber, and it also features high-quality components such as premium disc brakes, cast footpegs, tapered aluminum handlebars and proper race ergonomics. In fact, the KTM SX-E 5 has undergone the same development process as the bigger SX models as raced by the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team. It’s truly an exciting, safe, innovative yet racy machine that will create new riding possibilities for riders and tracks in the future.

The KTM SX-E 5 is a model we’re really excited to see arrive in dealers. It offers a premium chassis, like those on all of our SX models, but also a lot in terms of rideability thanks to the electric motor, as it’s easy to ride, but at the same time it can be super-fast without making noise. We tested the bike with such a wide range of riders; the complete beginner can ride on a track almost straight away with this bike as it’s so easy to ride, yet a national level rider can have comparable lap times to that of the combustion bike, which is something special. The adjustability of the bike means that a rider can use it for years as they get faster – they can also be more independent in the operation of the bike, and apart from oiling the chain there is really minimal maintenance required. In terms of safety the electronics team worked hard to reach a really high level, and so with top level performance combined with a huge adaptability for the rider, the KTM SX-E 5 is a fantastic new model in the KTM line-up,” said Joachim Sauer, KTM Senior Product Manager Offroad.03The e-mobility sector is becoming an important part of modern travel, and KTM has a dedicated R&D team working on this segment that are developing platforms for KTM’s future plans in e-powered motorcycles. This, combined with years of knowledge in creating premium sportmotorcycles, ensures that KTM is at the forefront of e-technology. KTM has announced it is committed to 4kw-18kw (peak power), low voltage motors and is working to adhere to the most stringent safety standards. The launch of the KTM SX-E 5 an exciting next chapter in KTM’s e-mobility story.

The new KTM SX-E 5 will be available during the last quarter of 2019 at authorized KTM dealers.04end bike test

YART Yamaha EWC See Their Bol d'Or Aspirations go up in Flames

001The YART Yamaha EWC team saw their chance of a first win at Circuit Paul Ricard go up in flames just four hours into the restarted Bol d'Or, when Loris Baz crashed out of the race lead after hitting oil dropped by a rival.

The YART Yamaha EWC team saw their chance of a first win at Circuit Paul Ricard go up in flames just four hours into the restarted Bol d'Or, when Loris Baz crashed out of the race lead after hitting oil dropped by a rival.

Baz, riding his second consecutive stint aboard the YART Yamaha YZF-R1, had just reclaimed the race lead after a pit stop when the FCC TSR Honda of Mike Di Meglio suffered an engine failure and dropped oil throughout the 180 degree Le Beausset corner.002Erwan Nigon, running third aboard the SRC Kawasaki, was the first to go down on the oil closely followed by Baz, whose bike then collided with the Kawasaki. Both bikes caught fire and were almost completely destroyed before marshals managed to extinguish the flames. Fortunately, both the riders and the marshals walked away uninjured.

It was a fiery end to what had already been an incident packed 83rd edition of the Bol d'Or. Torrential rain and high winds in the early stages saw the race red flagged and temporarily suspended after just three hours, while YART Yamaha were lying third, as standing water on track made it unsafe to continue.

With thunderstorms and more heavy rain forecast during the night Race Direction, after consultation with the Team Managers, decided to suspend the race until 06.00 the following morning, when weather conditions were predicted to improve.003It was Niccolò Canepa who took the restart for YART Yamaha, with the former Endurance World Champion doing a double stint in the tricky conditions, on a track that was initially fully wet but was starting to dry rapidly as a result of the blustery wind whipping around the circuit. Despite some minor technical issues, Canepa managed to progress from third to second before pitting early to switch to slicks and to hand the bike over to Baz.

Baz, taking maximum advantage of the slicks on a rapidly drying track, immediately made his mark on the race. The Frenchman was over a second quicker than his closest rivals throughout his first stint and rapidly progressed back through the field to take the race lead, before heading back in for the pit stop with an advantage of more than half a minute at the front. With such a strong pace in what were still tricky conditions, Baz remained onboard for a second consecutive stint. The YART Yamaha rider had just reclaimed the lead when the incident occurred at Le Beausset that eliminated Baz and his two closest rivals from the race.

It was a bitterly disappointing end to what had been an incredibly strong weekend for the YART Yamaha EWC squad. After dominating qualifying to claim pole position, the team looked set to challenge for their first ever win in the Bol d'Or, the only European endurance race at which they have yet to stand on the top step of the podium, until bad luck robbed them of the opportunity.

Yamaha was represented on the Bol d'Or podium by the Wójcik Racing Team, with Gino Rea, Christoffer Bergman and Axel Maurin finishing in an incredible second place aboard their YART Yamaha prepared EWC class YZF-R1. In the Superstock class it was the reigning champions Moto Ain who took the win with their SST specification Yamaha YZF-R1, piloted by Roberto Rolfo, Robin Mulhauser and Hugo Clere.

Baz, riding his second consecutive stint aboard the YART Yamaha YZF-R1, had just reclaimed the race lead after a pit stop when the FCC TSR Honda of Mike Di Meglio suffered an engine failure and dropped oil throughout the 180 degree Le Beausset corner.

Erwan Nigon, running third aboard the SRC Kawasaki, was the first to go down on the oil closely followed by Baz, whose bike then collided with the Kawasaki. Both bikes caught fire and were almost completely destroyed before marshals managed to extinguish the flames. Fortunately, both the riders and the marshals walked away uninjured.

It was a fiery end to what had already been an incident packed 83rd edition of the Bol d'Or. Torrential rain and high winds in the early stages saw the race red flagged and suspended after just three hours, while YART Yamaha were lying third, as standing water on track made it unsafe to continue.004With thunderstorms and more heavy rain forecast during the night Race Direction, after consultation with the Team Managers, decided to suspend the race until 06.00 the following morning, when weather conditions were predicted to improve.

It was Niccolò Canepa who took the restart for YART Yamaha, with the former Endurance World Champion doing a double stint in the tricky conditions, on a track that was initially fully wet but was starting to dry rapidly as a result of the blustery wind whipping around the circuit. Despite some minor technical issues, Canepa managed to progress from third to second before pitting early to switch to slicks and to hand the bike over to Baz.

Baz, taking maximum advantage of the slicks on a rapidly drying track, immediately made his mark on the race. The Frenchman was over a second quicker than his closest rivals throughout his first stint and rapidly progressed back through the field to take the race lead, before heading back in for the pit stop with an advantage of more than half a minute at the front. With such a strong pace in what were still tricky conditions, Baz remained onboard for a second consecutive stint. The YART Yamaha rider had just reclaimed the lead when the incident occurred at Le Beausset that eliminated Baz and his two closest rivals from the race.

It was a bitterly disappointing end to what had been an incredibly strong weekend for the YART Yamaha EWC squad. After dominating qualifying to claim pole position, the team looked set to challenge for their first ever win in the Bol d'Or, the only European endurance race at which they have yet to stand on the top step of the podium, until bad luck robbed them of the opportunity.

Yamaha was represented on the Bol d'Or podium by the Wójcik Racing Team, with Gino Rea, Christoffer Bergman and Axel Maurin finishing in an incredible second place aboard their YART Yamaha prepared EWC class YZF-R1. In the Superstock class it was the reigning champions Moto Ain who took the win with their SST specification Yamaha YZF-R1, piloted by Roberto Rolfo, Robin Mulhauser and Hugo Clere.end bike test

Cameron Beaubier Crowned Champion at MotoAmerica Season Finale in Alabama

2001The Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team scored the results needed for Cameron Beaubier to retain his number-one plate in a spectacular come-from-behind run for the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff capped off the season in dominant fashion finishing first and second, respectively, at Barber Motorsports Park on September 20-22.

Beaubier had a 16-point deficit going into the season finale. With the cards out of his hands, the reigning Superbike champ was all in for the wins. He also needed his teammate Gerloff to join him on the podium in second for that final push in his late-season charge to the title.

From the start, the Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing duo showed speed, topping the timesheets, with Gerloff leading the way on Friday and Beaubier taking Superpole. In race one, the Californian got a great start from pole but was shuffled back to third. His younger teammate put his head down and built a healthy lead up front. On lap six, Beaubier made his move into second and set after the Texan. With five laps remaining, he was able to make the pass into the lead, and the factory bLU cRU riders set a hot pace to cross the line 1-2, over 18 seconds ahead of the competition.2002With the championship still in sight, Beaubier lined up again in Sunday’s race hoping for a repeat performance. That nearly went up in a puff of dirt going into the first corner as he was pushed wide into turn one. He recovered but was shuffled back to sixth. As champions do, he kept fighting while Gerloff was once again out front setting the pace. Beaubier was able to move his way through the pack fairly quickly and take the number two spot by lap five. He caught up to his teammate and moved into the lead four laps later. Once again, the pair set a fast pace and kept it on two wheels to get the job done, securing Beaubier’s fourth MotoAmerica Superbike Championship and Yamaha’s 10th AMA Superbike title. It also marked Beaubier’s sixth win of the season and his 17th podium. The cherry on top for a successful weekend was an all-Yamaha YZF-R1 podium with Mathew Scholtz joining the factory riders on the podium.2003It was a solid end to an impressive year for the sophomore Superbike rider. The Texan overcame challenges and really hit his stride in the second half of the season. After scoring his first career win in the premier class in race two at Laguna Seca, he backed it up with three more victories and earned a total of 15 podiums to end the year third in the standings.

2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Barber Race One Results

  1. Cameron Beaubier
  2. Garrett Gerloff
  3. Toni Elias
  4. Josh Herrin
  5. JD Beach
  6. Jake Gagne
  7. Kyle Wyman
  8. Cameron Petersen
  9. David Anthony
  10. Travis Wyman

2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Barber Race Two Results

  1. Cameron Beaubier
  2. Garrett Gerloff
  3. Mathew Scholtz
  4. Toni Elias
  5. Kyle Wyman
  6. Cameron Petersen
  7. Josh Herrin
  8. Jake Lewis
  9. David Anthony
  10. Max Flinders

2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings

  1. Cameron Beaubier 367
  2. Toni Elias 362
  3. Garrett Gerloff 316
  4. JD Beach 226
  5. Josh Herrin 213
  6. Mathew Scholtz 204
  7. Jake Lewis 172
  8. Jake Gagne 131
  9. Cameron Petersen 128
  10. David Anthony 1182004end bike test

Team SA at MXON

001The 29th September 2019 will see three of the top South African Motocross racers participate in the prestigious, Motocross des Nations hosted in Assen, The Netherlands.

The 29th September 2019 will see three of the top South African Motocross racers participate in the prestigious, Motocross des Nations hosted in Assen, The Netherlands.Two of the riders, Anthony Raynard (Current MX2 point’s leader) and Lloyd Vercueil, have been selected to represent South Africa this year and both are Yamaha mounted riders. The Team consists of Lloyd Vercueil riding MX Open, Anthony Raynard riding MX2, and then Michael Docherty riding MX1.

Lloyd Vercueil“It is a huge privilege and an honour to have been selected and given this opportunity to represent South Africa at the motocross of nations in Assen.” Lloyd has had a phenomenal season so far in South Africa onboard his Floorstore on Trend Summit Racing Yamaha YZ450F and is currently third in points for the National MX1 category considering Lloyd has not raced for five years.

Anthony Raynard“I am extremely excited and proud to be chosen for the SA team. This event is on the goal list every season for most riders and taking place at the incredible Assen circuit makes this year even more prestigious” says current National MX2 points leader. This is the second year Anthony has been selected to represent South Africa at the MX of Nations. Anthony has had a fantastic year on board his Tintswalo Yamaha YZ250F in the South African National Motocross MX2 category leading right from the start of the season and is still currently leading with two rounds to go.

The team will be flying the South African flag high in The Netherlands at the Assen circuit and are hoping to do well in every category. Follow the SA team on Facebook and Instagram.Facebook: South Africa MXON. Instagram: @Team.SA.MXON004end bike test

Fantastic Fabio takes fourth podium finish at Misano

001PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team rider Fabio Quartararo has taken his fourth podium finish of the 2019 MotoGP season at the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, just missing out on victory in a last-lap duel. There was more success for team-mate Franco Morbidelli at his home race as well, also matching his best-ever MotoGP finish in fifth at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Leading from the third lap until the final one, Quartararo gained even more valuable experience in his rookie season as he maintained the gap from Marquez for most of the race. Not quite able to outfox the World Champion on the final lap, Quartararo was nonetheless delighted to take home his second runner-up spot of the year and move up the ladder to seventh in the championship, as well as extending his lead in the rookie of the year battle and moving to the top of independent riders table.002Morbidelli also has plenty to celebrate after completing his 100th Grand Prix race in front of a home crowd, taking his second fifth place in succession as he continues to improve on the Yamaha YZR-M1. Looking to use the result as a spring-board for the rest of the season, he’s going into next weekend’s race full of confidence. Now tenth in the title race, his result combined with his team-mate's also helps the squad to stretch their lead in the independent team award.

The 2019 MotoGP championship continues next weekend at Motorland Aragon, kicking off on on Friday 20th September ahead of race day at the Gran Premio de Aragon on Sunday 22nd.003end bike test

 

 

 

 

 

 

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