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Aug 6

Drivers Set For Double, Triple Duty This Weekend At Road America

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

It’s set to be a busy weekend in Road America for a number of sports car drivers, as GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series races together for the first, and only time.

A total of eight drivers will be pulling double duty between Saturday’s VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race and the Orion Energy Systems 245 ALMS round on Sunday, including three who will also add Saturday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race to the mix.

Triple Duty drivers are John Edwards, Bill Auberlen and Spencer Pumpelly, all of whom will be racking up plenty of miles around the 4-mile, 14-turn circuit in three different types of machinery.

Aug 6

Bisceglia Wins AMA Racing Horizon Award

Photo Credit: Skyler Wilder/Red Bull Signature Series

Photo Credit: Skyler Wilder/Red Bull Signature Series

The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to recognize 36 new AMA national champions following a tremendous week of motocross racing at the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., July 28 through Aug. 4.

“The Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the country’s premier amateur motocross event, and the riders who raise AMA No. 1 plates over their heads here can count themselves among the best of the best,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “We congratulate all the riders for excelling on the national stage, and we once again thank our promotional and organizational partner MX Sports for providing an exceptional experience for thousands of AMA members, from track prep to the awards ceremonies.”

Among the most decorated racers over the week of competition was AMA Motocross Horizon Award winner and Amsoil/Factory Connection Honda rider Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas. Bisceglia swept all three motos in the Open Pro Sport class and scored two firsts and a second in the 250 A class for two national titles.

Aug 6

36 MX Champions Crowned At Loretta Lynn’s

Photo Credit: Skyler Wilder/Red Bull Signature Series

Photo Credit: Skyler Wilder/Red Bull Signature Series

The 2013 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL wrapped up a week-long competition on Saturday, officially crowning 36 National Champions at the evening’s award ceremonies. Adverse weather conditions presented additional obstacles for the racers but in the end, the 32nd annual championship proved to be one of the most historic events to date.

For the first time ever, Loretta Lynn’s was broadcast live on RacerTV.com all week long with the ultimate culmination on Saturday afternoon as the 250 A and 250 B final motos were broadcast live on NBC as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. In front of a mass audience on network television, 250 A National Champion Matt Bisceglia and 250 B National Champion Aaron Plessinger each put in a spectacular final moto to close out their week at the Ranch.

Aug 6

Rain Halts Stoner’s Testing Return

Rain Halts Stoner's Testing Return

Photo Credit: HRC

Double World Champion, Casey Stoner, climbed aboard a MotoGP machine for the first time today since retiring from the sport in November 2012. However, Bad weather affected his return and the Honda development test at the Twin Ring Motegi in Tochigi, Japan.

The original plan was for Casey to re-familiarize himself with the RC213V – 2013 machine, in the morning and then test the new 2014 prototype in the afternoon and a few other test items. Unfortunately, after just 6 laps the rain arrived and halted testing for the day.

Casey Stoner

“It was good to get back on the bike, if only for a few laps! We only managed to get one run in before the rain arrived which was a little disappointing. It was really nice to get that first run, it’s been 9 months since I’ve been on a bike and it’s going to take me some time to get used to everything again! The bike and the track felt good and I hope that we can get some better testing in tomorrow with some dry track time and run some more laps.”

Aug 6

Hartley Seizing The Moment In Sports Cars

hartley seizing the moment in sports cars

Photo Credit: Nick Busato

Three years ago, Brendon Hartley was on the fast track to Formula One.

As a Red Bull test and reserve driver, the New Zealander, who moved to Europe at the age of 16, had come up through the single-seater ranks and showed promise in Formula Renault 3.5, being touted as the energy drink giant’s next greatest star.

But after being dropped from the Red Bull Junior Team midway through the 2010 season, Hartley was forced to re-evaluate his long-term prospects for F1, despite later making repeated attempts of breaking into the sport’s pinnacle.

“Growing up, my dream was F1,” Hartley says in a SPEED.com interview. “But the start of last year, I realized that it’s not as easy to get there as meets the eye. There are only 22 seats and the majority of the seats are taken up by drivers who are paying to be there. I’m not saying I deserve to be there more than anyone else.

“I had a big chance and was very close to being a Formula One driver, probably more than people realize. But at that moment in my career, I was young and a bit lost within my head and I didn’t cope with the pressure I had around me and missed out on the opportunity.”