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New S1000RR rider in the Isle of Man TT this year.

Posted By Chase Hinderstein, Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ryan Farquhar will take Guy Martin's ride on the Tyco BMW S1000RR in this summer's Isle of Man TT. Martin has opted to skip this years challenge in favor of an endurance mountain biking competition. 

More detals on and the IOMTT's own site.



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Long Live the King

Posted By Chase Hinderstein, Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Long live the king. Not just a sign acknowledging the beloved Thai monarch which looms over the Chang racetrack but also a message reflecting the results of race 1 in this weekend’s World Superbike Championship. Jonathan Rea was able to pass and hold off further threats from teammate Tom Sykes to take the checked flag, defending his championship title and claiming the first three races of the year.

Both races this past weekend occurred with air temperatures over 90 degrees and track temps over 100. Still, the Championship’s first visit to Chang we well attended and continued to show that the 2016 season will be competitive, if not clearly led by the Kawasaki team.

As expected, Sykes was able to put his customary struggles in Australia behind him and both Kawasakis had the best pace.

Michael van der Mark filled out the podium in third aboard his factory Honda, while his teammate, American Nicky Hayden retired due to technical issues.

BMWs showed the ability to keep gathering points, if not yet truly ready to compete in the front group. They were led this weekend by Markus Reiterberger. Reiterberger finished 5th in race one, well ahead of his teammate Jordi Torres, who finished 8th.

Josh Brookes nibbled a single point in race one, finishing 15th after struggling with brake issues. Meanwhile. Brookes’ teammate, Karel Abraham was carrying enough pace for a top 10 finish, until he crashed out on the final lap!

Race 2 was a gem of a race. An ongoing battle between both Kawasakis, frequently swapping 1st and 2nd, allowed Chaz Davies to stay close on his Ducati. While the green bikes from Japan continue to show they’re the strongest machines at the moment, Davies often ran flawless laps and the sparring at the front cut back on their pace enough to keep him in true contention for the win.

Ultimately, it was Tom Sykes who held on for the win. Many of the passing attempts by Rea were thrilling, but they would carry too much speed into the ensuing apex to complete the turns and hold the spot, allowing Sykes to reclaim the lead.

Davies did fill out the podium in third, finishing only 0.314 seconds behind Tom Sykes.

Nicky Hayden overcame Saturday’s technical flaws to claim 5th, but he still seemed troubled by some of the bikes mechanics. Perhaps that’s a sign that he has more to give later in the season.

For BMW, again it was Reiterberger coming out on top in 7th place, ahead of his teammate Torres, who was 0.023 seconds behind in 8th. Karel Abraham did still afloat this time, grabbing a single point in 15th place, while his teammate atop the Milwaukee BMW failed to score in 16th place.

World Superbike and the 4 BMWs go back at it on April 2nd in the picturesque medieval town of Aragon, Spain. Meanwhile, the premier leagues for both Auto and Motorcycle racing kick off this coming weekend with the boys of F1 racing in Melbourne Australia and we reignite the nasty rivalry between the master Valentino Rossi and the young champion Marc Marquez, this Sunday when MotoGP kicks of their 2016 season under the lights in Qatar.

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Worlds Collide

Posted By Chase Hinderstein, Friday, March 11, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Why isn't Guy Martin one of the new members of Top Gear?

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Why isn't this show available in the USA?

I look forward to the results, however I expect the Red Bull to beat the S1000RR on every measure except perhaps personality. Anytime you get the opportunity to see Guy Martin interviewed, take advantage. It's a special treat!

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Thailand Preview - World Superbike March 12th & 13th

Posted By Chase Hinderstein, Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Previewing this weekend's races in Thailand and the second round for the 2016 World Superbike season, the key word will be HOT! Air temps this weekend in Buriram Thailand will approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit and I can't imagine what track temps will be. Surely the riders will appreciate the new format this weekend, racing once on each Saturday and Sunday, instead of twice in one day. Saturday will be particularly grueling for the riders and teams, as they will have to endure qualifying in the morning before race 1 in the afternoon.

Last year was the Championship's first visit to the circuit and Jonathan Rea finished the weekend with two wins. I'd expect that's a likely repeat this year on the Kawasaki. Chaz Davies will seek to challenge again of course, but his Ducati may not perform as well here as it did in Australia as the heat can be a problem for the Italian bike and the circuit doesn't seem to suit the Welsh rider. Tom Sykes may provide the best challenge on his own Kawa. Historically Sykes doesn't show well in Australia but then his true colors show in the following matches. 

Last year's races also had strong showings from the now defunct Aprilia team. Leon Haslam took 2nd in both races but he's competing in British Superbike this year. His teammate the Spanish Elvis Jordi Torres took 4th in both races, and he may show some real life this weekend. A top 5 finish in either race would be a great sign that BMW can truly compete in the 2016 season. 

While US tv coverage is still TBD at this point and not listed on, I would expect that beIN Sports will again show both races live. Note that for the Australian races, beIN had race 1 listed on the guide as too be announced but showed the Sunday listing for race 2 accurately.

Baring an major developments before then, I'll recap these race's results on Monday and then we can look forward to the double extravaganza next weekend, the start of both MotoGP and F1!



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Americans missing from Formula One

Posted By Chase Hinderstein, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Formula One is thought to be the second most popular sport in the world, but in the United States it’s rarely even an afterthought. I don’t know if you can put the cart before the horse or if you can have a chicken before an egg, but the races this year also have very little American presence on the track.

There has been some progress, and 2016 will introduce the new Haas racing F1 team I expect Haas will be a legitimate force, if not actual contenders for the podium. Backed by deep corporate pockets, seeking to expand their own brand globally, and with solid racing knowhow from their domestic efforts as well as a Ferrari engine, Haas should have a steep learning curve. However, they elected to go with known quantities in the driver’s seats and not an American behind the wheel.

In a sport where the highest team budgets can go beyond $500 million annually, staying solvent is always part of the equation in F1. Some teams have failed recently, and left their staffs unpaid and gear sent to auction. In this age, it’s sometimes not the best choice for winning that is selected, but that which will keep you afloat. It can be more practical for a team to develop a car than can secure points but not truly compete for the front, giving them a decent piece of the financial purse. A realistic effort and budget can gather lucrative points in the middle of the pack, making a team profitable, rather than overspending with the hopes of an occasional podium, where the results wouldn’t cover the financial costs. It can also be better to select a driver who brings along cash, rather than one who may be faster but needs to get paid.

Recently this played out on the newly badged Renault team, when they decided to release tenured driver, the Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado from his contract. Maldonado had been a bit wild in recent seasons, with some spectacular wrecks and many dnfs ( but he had always brought along millions from the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA. Likely due to the massive drop in oil prices, PDVSA had been recently slow in delivering their pledged payments and Renault cut Maldonado loose.

These types of motivators have had an impact on the lack of American presence on the grid. Manor is the lowest budgeted F1 team and emerged with new principal ownership from bankruptcy just a year ago. Last season they granted American and paddock favorite Alexander Rossi 5 starts behind the wheel. Rossi did well and outperformed his senior teammate on the track. However, once again finances prioritized decisions and when it had been hoped that the Californian would have a regular seat for the Manor team this year; they opted instead to bring in the first ever Indonesian driver in F1, Rio Haryanto. Indonesia is a large and important growing market for motorsports, and it’s understood that with Haryanto, Manor was securing $20 million in additional funding from the state owned natural gas company, and additional Indonesian sponsors are expected. Alexander has been hired in the Indy racing series for 2016 by the Andretti racing team.

Rio Haryanto
Rio Haryanto of Manor Racing

So, while I remain passionate about the drama and action of Formula 1, it’s hard to make the case for Americans to come along at this point. We have one race currently scheduled in the USA, in Austin, along with additional races held in Montreal and Mexico City. While Montreal is considered a fan and driver favorite, the race in Austin is struggling for its life. Attendance started strong a few years ago but has trailed off, and state funding has been withdrawn, threatening the future of the event.

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