*All as in: Fans, Media, Competitors (teams & riders) & Industry personnel.
This weekend will mark the last event in Daytona Motorsports Groups (DMG) reign over AMA Pro Road Racing as riders compete at the last race on this years schedule at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Hopefully this will bring a to close the darkness that has been cast upon the series under DMG’s rule of recent years. After that, as announced last week, a new regime will take control under the name of MotoAmerica which is headed-up by a group led by former three-time GP World Champion Wayne Rainey and will be sanctioned by the AMA and FIM North America.
MotoAmerica has a tall order ahead of them to reignite pro roadracing here in America after the train wreck that started derailing back in 2008 with the DMG takeover of AMA Pro Road Racing coupled with the economic meltdown which ensued not only in America but worldwide. They will need *All of our help to achieve success in this daunting task.
What MotoAmerica needs from *All of us is for everybody involved to get on the same page and work together in returning our National roadracing series to the status it held prior to 2009 as one of leading national roadracing series that team owners and managers from the world stage looked to for new talent.
Now we *All have a clean slate to work with and the need for unity between *All of us is essential to the success of MotoAmerica. Following are just a few thing we *All can do:
Fans: Support the new series by attending events whenever possible (and introducing possible new fans by bringing family or friends to events), by tuning into televised events (if on TV as is anticipated) for rating purposes. We can also help by having an open-minded, positive outlook during the maiden season as the rebuilding of the series begins. There is no guarantee that the first year or two will be all smooth sailing so we must resist the urge to start bashing the new series on Internet moto-forums and social media as the inevitable growing pains occur.
Media: Similar to above as far as having an open-minded, positive outlook when reporting news and presenting opinions on the new series and by not highlighting every little hic-up that happens along the way.
Competitors: Get involved in the new series (if at all possible) and sell the advantages of getting in on the ground floor and growing with it to existing and possible new sponsors (of course a TV package is crucial here) and by working together with the new regime in growing the series.
Industry: Although many (OEM, Aftermarket, Track / Promoters, etc…) have been left with a bad taste in their mouths after the DMG debacle, try to look for new opportunities to move forward with the new series and leave the negative feelings that DMG left with so many in the past. This is another crucial need for MotoAmerica to get off the ground and headed in a positive direction as quickly as possible.
It’s going to take all of the above and more for MotoAmerica to succeed in getting the sport of motorcycle roadracing in America back to a level not seen now for nearly decade and affording our top up and coming riders a realistic opportunity to eventually move onto the World stage. We can *All help in this by doing our part, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem.
Here’s looking to a bright and prosperous future for MotoAmerica and *All involved.
I’ve just learned of the recent passing of former Two Wheels Only Motorcycle Resort (Suches, GA) Co-Proprietor Greg (GT) Turner.
From GT’s family:
Dear Friends of GT, We are greatly saddened by the loss of GT this past Monday. He was a good kind man and he will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. On Saturday, Aug 23 at 2pm, a memorial service for GT is being held at Banister Funeral Home, 2068 Hwy 19, North Dahlonega, Georgia. We look forward to meeting any of our brothers friends who will be able to attend. We would appreciate any support to get the word out about GT’s service on Saturday. We’d like to make sure everyone is aware. Something will be posted on the Banister Funeral Home site shortly as well. If you would like to speak at the memorial service, we would welcome your stories and memories.
From TWO’s Facebook page:
Rest in Peace, Greg Turner~TWO
I just got word from Mimi White that our old friend, GT passed earlier today.
My condolences to GT’s family and especially Brit.
Many of you may remember the “rustic” nature of TWO during Frank Cheek’s tenure and certainly there are hundreds of riders forever grateful for Frank’s vision.
However, there are many more riders who will always be appreciative of the charming upgrades instituted by Brit and GT. TWO blossomed, literally, under their stewardship. With their guidance, and the efforts of a small group of energetic employees, TWO became not only a place for riders to visit, but it was a place where you were made to feel welcome. There was always a smiling face, cold water, iced tea and sweets for the weary rider to replenish their sagging energy. And for those lucky enough to visit on Friday and Saturday nights, the promise of a well-crafted evening meal was there for those willing to wait. TWO at that time, was a haven for two-wheeled brothers and sisters and the mood there was always one of easy, good times. Not before Brit and GT owned the business, nor since they walked away from TWO has that resort been such a polished expression of genuine hospitality.
Let us all take a moment to remember GT Turner as a man that, for ever how briefly, lived a dream and in turn gave us one to be cherished forever.
~peace to GT and all those that mourn his passing
Let me start out by making it clear that I am not a professional movie critic by any means. However, based on my love for most things to do with motorcycling, I feel that I’m qualified enough to give an honest opinion of the film ‘Why We Ride’.
I attended the first Atlanta showing of the film recently along with about 170 other motorcycle enthusiasts from this area and thoroughly enjoyed the film as did seemingly the rest of those in attendance. It was very cool seeing it on the big screen while hearing through surround sound in a theater full of moto-types.
As the film’s title suggests, ‘Why We Ride’ is a documentary made up of riders and racers simply explaining what it is about motorcycling that means so much to them. Some of these people are well-known in the industry and sport while others are just ordinary folks who all share the common bond that being a motorcyclist brings into ones life.
Along with the individual testimonies, the history of the motorcycle is touched upon along with various forms of the sport of racing motorcycles and the motorcycling lifestyle in general. A lot of emphasis is also put on the fraternity that exists amongst family and friends who ride or race together. Some of the thoughts shared by those in the film are humorous while others are emotionally charged and quite inspiring.
I’m not sure how much the film would appeal to somebody that has little to no interest in motorcycling but I do think that most people who have some interest in motorcycles or maybe has a close friend or family member that rides or races motorcycles would enjoy the film and hopefully better understand the passion that said friend or family member has about it. Of course there will be some people (even some motorcyclists) who see the film and are not impressed but the majority of those that I have spoken with or have read comments from about the film, that have seen it, found it to be very entertaining and easy to relate to.
At the showing that I attended, as the film ended, the audience broke-out into applause and most stayed seated to watch the credits roll as each of those featured in the film identified themselves and told of their main affiliation with motorcycling.
I hope you get a chance to view this film if you haven’t already and hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did. Below is a link to the ‘Why We Ride’ film website where you can watch the preview trailer and check upcoming show dates, locations and times. The film has also just been released on DVD so I’ve included a link for that as well but do yourself a favor if possible and experience the film on the big screen if you have the opportunity.
While attending the International Motorcycle Shows Atlanta stop recently I was able to spend some time with Mr. Daytona, 1993 WSBK Champion Scott Russell, talking about current events in motorcycle roadracing, both here in America and abroad.
Also on this episode, an interview with former pro racer, current Disalvo Speed Academy lead instructor and AMA Pro Road Racing crew chief Brian Stokes. We discuss Brian’s pro racing career, his role with the Speed Academy and his move from Graves Yamaha to Triumph where he will work as crew chief for Elena Myers in the 2014 AMA Daytona Sport Bike Series.
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This weekend marks the third of 12 stops for the 2013 / 2014 Progressive International Motorcycle Shows tour at the Cobb Galleria Centre near Atlanta GA. You can save $3 on admission by ordering tickets online and using the promo code ‘TWITTER14’.
Below are some highlights to look forward to at this weekends show:
*Five time Daytona 200 winner and 1993 World Superbike Champion Scott Russell will be doing a World Champion Q&A on the Progressive Stage on Friday, Nov. 15 at 6 pm, Saturday, Nov. 16 at 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm. and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 12:00 pm.
*Brian Stokes, former AMA Pro racer, current AMA Pro Racing crew chief and DiSalvo Speed Academy lead instructor, will give Advanced Riding Techniques seminars on Friday, Nov 15 at 6:30pm, Saturday, Nov. 16 at 12:30pm & 4:00pm and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 12:30 pm.
*Jillian Rossi, professional Bike & Helmet Painter, will be holding a Pinstriping tutorial and demonstration on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 4:30 pm.
*Around the World Doug Wothke will tell his story of adventure riding live Saturday evening on the Progressive Stage.
From hard-core enthusiasts to casual riders, the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta will be the place for motorcycle enthusiasts to immerse themselves in bike culture, meet the professionals, talk to experts and climb on all the hottest rides. This is the first place in the United States to see all of the new models from leading manufacturers including BMW, Can-Am, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Star, Suzuki,Triumph, Yamaha and more, as well as the latest aftermarket parts and accessories.
The Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Atlanta will be open to the public Friday, November 15th through Sunday, November 17th, at the Cobb Galleria Centre, located at Two Galleria Parkway Southeast. Show hours are Friday, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the event is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-11. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Following the Atlanta stop, the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows nationwide tour will continue across the country with stops in Los Angeles, New York, Michigan, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Ohio, Chicago and Seattle. For more information, call (800) 331-5706 or visit www.motorcycleshows.com.
Thought some of you might enjoy some vintage race bike porn as we enter the cold and gray of the long racing off-season. If you have never attended an AHRMA event you should consider doing so as there’s just something about seeing and hearing these cool old bikes on track and strolling through the paddock, checking out the machines and talking with riders and crew members.