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Tentative 2018 MotoAmerica Schedule

April 13-15: Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia

April 20-22: Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas

May 4-6: VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, Virginia

June 1-3: Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

June 22-24: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California

July 20-22: Utah Motorsports Campus, Tooele, Utah

August 10-12: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California

August 24-26: Pittsburgh International Race Complex, Wampum, Pennsylvania

September 7-9: New Jersey Raceway Park, Millville, New Jersey

September 21-23: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama
 

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Listing of MotoAmerica machines eligible for 2018 Twins

http://www.motoamericaregistration.com/PDF/2018/Regulations/MotoAmerica%20Pro%20Twins%20Eligibilty%20List%2010.25.17.pdf


Ducati Monster 797/797+ JAN 2017- PRESENT*

Harley Davidson Street 750
Harley Davidson Street Rod JAN 2014- PRESENT*

Harley Davidson Street Rod JAN 2017- PRESENT*

Kawasaki Ninja 650 JAN 2012-END*

Kawasaki Ninja 650R JAN 2017- PRESENT*

KTM 790 DUKE JAN 2018- PRESENT*

Suzuki SV650 S/A (K8,K9) JAN 2008-END*

Suzuki SV650/A JAN 2016- PRESENT*

Yamaha FZ-07/MT-07 JAN 2013- PRESENT*
 

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Wait...KTM coming out with a 790 Duke?? I thought it was a typo and you meant 690 Duke, but then I saw it says Jan 2018 and newer! Didn't know they were increasing the displacement of it. The 690 is a pretty cool bike so I'm sure the 790 will be too.

Nevertheless, the twins class is a builders class. They made the rules very open. Lots of engine and chassis modifications are allowed. The deep pockets will be running at the front of that class. Aka Charlie Mavros! lol He's a Ducati guy though, so if he does some rounds I bet he'll build a kickass $40k Monster 797 lol
 
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I finally got to meet Toni Elias last year and he's an extremely nice rider that loves the USA and I always wondered why. Now I know.

https://www.gpone.com/en/2017/12/09/motogp/elias-marquez-is-like-rossi-he-studied-him-and-then-beat-him.html

Now Toni is like Captain America, but he still thinks often about the European races: “Despite the fact that I don't like how little professionalism there is in Europe - he specifies confidently - Just look at how many riders have alternated through the minor Superbike teams this season. In the USA people keep their word and the same goes for signed contracts. In America the rider maintains the commitment made until the end and the team pays staff always and on time. This professionalism is decreasing in Europe and that is why I like being in America.”
 

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I finally got to meet Toni Elias last year and he's an extremely nice rider that loves the USA and I always wondered why. Now I know.

https://www.gpone.com/en/2017/12/09/motogp/elias-marquez-is-like-rossi-he-studied-him-and-then-beat-him.html

Now Toni is like Captain America, but he still thinks often about the European races: “Despite the fact that I don't like how little professionalism there is in Europe - he specifies confidently - Just look at how many riders have alternated through the minor Superbike teams this season. In the USA people keep their word and the same goes for signed contracts. In America the rider maintains the commitment made until the end and the team pays staff always and on time. This professionalism is decreasing in Europe and that is why I like being in America.”
I think it's sort of a double edged sword though...I can totally see what he's talking about in Europe not having that sort of commitment, but that's because the demand and pressure is much greater. There are a lot more talented guys there fighting for rides. If one guy is being a douche (think Fenati), it doesn't really matter how fast he is, because there are 10 guys waiting in line to replace his ass that are very similar in talent and are more willing to do the job. But here in the US, if one of the top guys wants to bitch about something and gets on the team nerves a bit, who are they gonna replace him with?? Toni came here last year as a replacement rider and he started winning right away. He proved to be one of the best, even THE best in MotoAmerica right now...so of course the team will kiss his ass a bit. Suzuki finally broke Graves' streak of championship wins, and that was thanks to Toni. They had no second thoughts of ditching Lewis' ass for Toni when they realized he can actually win races for them.

The top guys in MotoAmerica have it pretty good, but the rest not so much. When Zemke was at my home track doing some 1-on-1 instruction, I asked him about Beaubier and Gerloff and why aren't they trying to move to the world level and get into WSBK or WSS. He said because they wouldn't really get any money if they did. He said they are doing pretty damn well where they're at now, financially...but if they went to Europe, they'd likely have to ride without getting paid or close to it. There's just no money and competition is super high. He said in WSS only the top few guys actually make money, or at least enough to have a decent living. Guys like Sofouglu, Mahias, Cluzel, Jacobsen, and maybe a couple other factory guys, but that's about it. And neither Beaubier or Gerloff would be able to score a factory ride right away.
 
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MotoAmerica/Dunlop Official Pre-Season Test

Barber Motorsports Park

Birmingham, Alabama

March 27, 2018

Combined Day Two Results (all on Dunlop tires):


Motul Superbike:

1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R1), 1:24.677

2. Mathew Scholtz (Yam YZF-R1), 1:24.695

3. Garret Gerloff (Yam YZF-R1), 1:24.783

4. Toni Elias (Suz GSX-R1000R), 1:25.096

5. Roger Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000R), 1:25.539

6. Jake Lewis (Suz GSX-R1000R), 1:25.661

7. Cameron Petersen (Hon CBR1000RR SP2), 1:26.060

8. Danny Eslick (BMW S1000RR), 1:26.512

9. David Anthony (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:26.852

10. Taylor Knapp (Suz GSX-R1000R), 1:27.496*

11. Max Flinders (Yam YZF-R1), 1:28.630

12. Sebastiao Ferreira (Yam YZF-R1), 1:29.127

13. Bruno Silva (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:29.606

14. Sam Verderico (Yam YZF-R1), 1:32.917

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Supersport:

1. Hayden Gillim (Yam YZF-R6), 1:26.804

2. JD Beach (Yam YZF-R6), 1:27.312

3. Braeden Ortt (Yam YZF-R6), 1:28.910

4. Nick McFadden (Suz GSX-R600), 1:28.990

5. Jason Aguilar (Yam YZF-R6), 1:28.995

6. Ashton Yates (Yam YZF-R6), 1:29.538

7. Miles Thornton (Suz GSX-R600), 1:29.702

8. Daytona Anderson (Suz GSX-R600), 1:29.843

9. Nolan Lamkin (Yam YZF-R6), 1:30.773

10. Lucas Silva (Yam YZF-R6), 1:31.695

11. Jaret Nassaney (Suz GSX-R600), 1:32.952

12. Fernando Silva (Yam YZF-R6), 1:31.695

13. Andrew Bowen (Tri Daytona 675), 1:35.270

14. Tyler King (Yam YZF-R6), 1:35.541

Twins:

1. Brad Perdiew (Yam FZ-07), 1:38.256

2. Jason Madama (Yam FZ-07), 1:38.571

3. Shane Perry (Suz SV650), 1:39.725

4. Carl Price (Yam FZ-07), 1:42.071

5. Samuel Wang (Yam FZ-07), 1:44.225

Liqui Moly Junior Cup:

1. Ashton Yates (Kaw 400), 1:39.061

2. Alex Dumas (KTM RC 390 R), 1:40.017

3. Jackson Blackmon (Yam YZF-R3), 1:40.094

4. Dallas Daniels (Kaw 400), 1:40.821

5. Josh Jovi (Yam YZF-R3), 1:40.902

6. Cameron Jones (Kaw), 1:41.316

7. Sean Ungvarsky (KTM RC 390 R), 1:41.626

8. Gauge Rees (Yam YZF-R3), 1:41.833

9. Tyler Wissel (Yam YZF-R3), 1:42.617

10. Joseph Blasius (Yam YZF-R3), 1:42.701

11. Tyler Freeman (Yam YZF-R3), 1:43.103

12. Ryan Wissel (KTM RC390), 1:43.243

13. Jamie Astudillo (Kaw 400), 1:43.312

14. Draik Beauchamp (Yam YZF-R3), 1:43.401

15. Hunter Dunham (Yam YZF-R3), 1:45.483

16. Trevor Standish (Yam YZF-R3), 1:46.921


Stock 1000:

1. Billy Ethridge (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:30.360

2. Mitch Card (Yam YZF-R1), 1:31.609

3. Felipe MacLean (Suz GSX-R1000R), 1:31.862
 

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Wow - what a boring set of races from Saturday..... Elias and Beach with effectively no competition. Scholtz was there for awhile then faded, and Beaubier was a complete non-entity. Gerloff might get there eventually but in the Saturday race he was not noteworthy at all.

For some reason FuboTV did not air the Sunday races, but it sounds like Beaubier showed up and Scholtz was on the podium again. I was thinking that Bobby Fong would be a contender again based on how well he did last year on the Superstock ZX10 but he didn't do too much to impress.
 
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