Jeffrey Herlings Back in MXGP Russia

The Latest Injury

Injuries are nothing new to this Dutch professional. In 2014 he couldn’t compete in Brazil due to a shoulder injury. Later that year he fractured his femur in Belgium. It was earlier this year that he injured his foot in an accident during training in Spain that kept him out of the loop for seven rounds of the championship. This caused a significant setback in KTM’s plans for the young star. 2018 was a brilliant year. Herlings had 33 moto victories, he won 17 GP’s and had a total of 19 podiums. He was heading for his first title, but then the injury happened in January, taking him out of the race and into a cast.

Uncertainty Regarding His Future

After this injury, there was for a short moment some doubt whether Herlings will remain in Europe for KTM. The alternative was to move over to the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. In March it was confirmed that the Red Bull KTM rider would remain in Europe. Later that month, physical training for Herlings increased, and it was announced that he would possibly be back on his bike in late April. After already missing out on the opening round in Argentina, it was clear that he will also not be at the Grand Prix in Holland, Britain and Italy. He remained positive about his recovery. He was eager to get back and gave his all during training, but due to the complexity of the operation to his foot, he was hesitant to pushing too hard too fast and create another setback in his season.

Return for MXGP Russia

All the training and rehabilitation finally delivered results. Herling announced this week that he will be part of the MXGP in Russia and is already for three weeks back on his bike. He competed in the Dutch Masters last week at Rhenen and didn’t only win his first moto, but also came in third overall. In Austria he raced in the ADAC MX Masters came in just behind Jeremy Seewer in second place.

Herlings stated he felt that he could handle a high speed on his bike, but certain aspects still created issues for him. This meant that he had to change his thinking when going to Russia. Always committed to winning and glad to be back with his KTM team, he stated that any place between 5th and 10th would make him happy for now. He also mentioned that the more sandy terrain of Latvia would probably mean that he would have to rethink his strategy while keeping the situation with his foot in mind.

Although for now, it seems that his 84 GP wins will remain at that number for a little longer, he is keen on delivering a second half of the season which will equal his performance during last season. With his determination and KTM’s support, he will probably do just that. For now, he might be just hanging in the back but expect to see this young champion on podiums again soon.

Gear Up for a Weekend of High-Performance Racing

This weekend is another highlight on the events calendars of MotoGP fans. All eyes are set on Wisconsin which is the playground for the Dunlop Championship at Road America from Friday the 31st of May to Sunday the 2nd of June. This race forms the fourth leg in the MotoAmerica Road Racing Series. This legendary piece of the circuit is set between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The four-mile stretch includes 14 turns and has challenged some of the best racers that the world had to offer since it had been established in 1955. What makes this leg of the race unique is that it has 640 acres of incredible viewpoints, allowing for excellent opportunities not to miss any of the high-speed adrenaline pumping action.

A Wonderful Racing Tradition

In 1976 the AMA Road Racing Championship was first introduced. This event provided a platform for motorcycle manufacturers as well as racing teams to display their performance capabilities and their production models to the racing world. Since the race was first introduced, the championship came a long way. After ups and down it was awarded to Wayne Rainey and the KRAVE Group in 2015, who then with the assistance of some partners, not only renamed the race but also grew it into a great success story. Now known as the MotoAmerica Road Racing Series, it is currently one of the most significant events in the industry. The race offers five classes of road racing. Racers can participate in Superbikes, Stock 1000, Supersport, Twins and Junior Cup. The goal which MotoAmerica set for this championship was to rediscover a keen interest in road racing. They also aim to send their riders to the top-level tournaments.

Highlights of the Weekend

The MotoAmerica EBS Brakes Superbike Championship is scheduled for Saturday at 3 pm. This is the premier race class and showcases the top road racers. These riders challenge the road in modified motorcycles which can easily reach speeds up to 200 miles per hour. Names to expect in this class are Cameron Beaubier on his Yamaha racing for Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory. Second in the ranks is Josh Herrin from Dublin on his Suzuki GSX-R1000. The third is the South African, Mathew Scholtz for Westby Racing on his Yamaha.

The Supersport class presents the middleweight race class and is dominated by the Americans. In first, second and third place with Jeremiah Walker on his MV Augusta and Nick McFadden and Ryan Alvar both on Yamaha.

The upcoming stars are represented in the Liqui Moly Junior cup with an age group of 14 – 25. Cameron Jones currently leads this young group. The American is racing on Kawasaki. They are followed by Kevin Olmedo from El Salvador and the American, Trevor Standish, both on Yamaha.

The MotoAmerica Road Racing Series is presenting riders and spectators alike with plenty of adrenaline, great sportsmanship, fierce competition and skilled riding. With seven events still due in the series, including Utah, Pittsburgh and Alabama, road racing is indeed brought to the vans.

MotoGP Shaping Up for the Future

Carmelo Ezpeleta is busy preparing for the MotoGP future. It seems that the aim is to showcase more races and less test, but what is all planned for the future of MotoGP? Many contracts are running for five years and are due to end in 2021. By then, Ezpeleta wants the course to be already set for the future. He is setting up new agreements to run for the period 2022 to 2026. The current contracts worth 2.5 million from Dorna for each driver and include a maximum running of 20 Grand Prix’s.

Changes to be made include an increased number of Grand Prix from 20 to 22. It would mean that the number of races for bikes would then overtake the number in Formula 1, currently standing on 21. The aim is to achieve the maximum number of races per person. At the moment there are 19 races. Since Finland and Indonesia are expected to join in the future, and more tracks are indicating interest in joining up, an increased number of races becomes a requirement. It would lead to possibly reducing the number of test days even further after this season’s reduction from three to two already.

Ezpeleta is upfront about the fact that he is happy with the current grid. This is supported by the names of Aprilia, Honda, Ducati, Suzuki, Yamaha and KTM. It doesn’t seem that new manufacturers like Honda, BMW and Agusta will join the ranks for now. This idea is supported by some of the names in the race who don’t want to see more than 24 riders at once on the tracks.

It became evident that Valentino Rossi will not be running his own Yamaha customer team after his resignation and he will probably continue with protégés like Morbidelli. Dorna also seems keen to continue with 22 riders for the six manufacturers, instead of the current 24 after 2021.

Divisions will stay mainly the same. Yamaha and KTM will retain their four, Ducati has six for Pravac and Avintia and Honda four for Repsol and LCR. It is only Aprilia who will have a change to their starting places. This is due to their withdrawal in the period 2002 to 2004 in the Ivano Beggio after only three years, and they haven’t paid their fine since then. Therefore, they are considered more to be a customer team, racing as a Gresini partner. For them to gain official manufacturer status, they have to sign for five years from 2022, and early withdrawal will entail a hefty financial penalty.

Technical changes are minimal and are only to support continuity. It indicates stricter limitations regarding aerodynamic development, to retain costs while making adjustments. Dorna wants to create stability with early negotiations and talks are already underway with customer teams like Tech3, LCR, Gresini, Pramac, Avintia and Petronas. Representatives are at the table, to negotiate and get some plans set by the end of 2020. The future of MotoGP is something to look forward to with more races, as soon as all agree.

The Arenas of Greatness

In MotoGP, where speed and glory go hand-in-hand the thrill of being at the tracks when records are set, and challenges accepted, turns racing into more than a sport, it becomes a lifestyle. The road is more than a racing ground; it is indeed an arena where guts and glory meet for a rendezvous. Each of these areas of glorious victory comes along with its moments of triumph and devastation, marking greatness.

Some highlights and low lights on the world’s most famous tracks: Nürburgring

It is 1976, and Giacomo Agostini is in the race set in Germany with his 500cc MV Agusta. The Nürburgring is notoriously challenging, but Agostini’s win was after some changes were made to the track which was nick-named by Jackie Stewart as “The Green Hell”. This win was Agostini’s 122nd Grand Prix win, and his record is still standing today. A memorable moment in a lifetime of contribution to his passion for speed. Agostini is also always the record holder for the highest number of fastest laps, a total of 117.

Autodromo del Mugello

Set in Tuscany, Italy and home to the 2018 Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley the adrenaline pumping event is much closer to recent history. Ducati has the eyes of the world’s MotoGP community set on them as Andrea Dovizioso becomes the fastest man in MotoGP history. Breaking the records for the fastest lap speed and setting the new world record at an all-time high of 356.4km/h. With ever-increasing records speeds, how long before this new record would be shattered?

Sepang International Circuit

It is at this Malaysian track that in the name of guts and glory, speed sent a bill in the form of a day of mourning. One of the unfortunate days in 2011 when the young Italian racer, Marco Simoncelli fell off his bike and slid on the track into the way of oncoming fellow racers Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi. His death was imminent and a stark reminder to all present of the danger lurking in the shadows of adrenaline.

Isle of Man

Since 1907 this is one of the most dangerous racing tracks in the world. An entire arena of glory set in this island village. Enthusiast flock from all over the world to be part of this annual event and every time it is a memorable moment in MotoGP history. The death toll of riders on this track is a stark 258 up to 2018, but the price is also sometimes paid by spectators and bystanders with four deaths recently.

This sport is indeed more than a sport; it is a lifestyle choice, a way of being and declaring who you are. Tracks are more than stretched of the tarred road; it is arenas of human endurance and magnificence. It is within these highs and lows that the passion for speed of this sport is sometimes a double-edged sword, for there are a few that know that it is in the face of death that you genuinely become alive.

Finding the Best Racing Gear

Racing gear for track and on the road can be quite pricy, but every part of it is well worth the effort, especially when you consider what could happen without it. Racing suits, helmets, gloves and boots all work together to provide the ultimate protection. Therefore, it’s simply not worth trying to save a couple of dollars as the quality of the gear is sure to suffer with it.

It’s essential to understand what to look for when choosing race gear as some safety factors play a significant role. When you begin to shop around, you’re sure to see some cheaper options that look great, but with closer inspection, you might see some areas that reveal rather significant risks.

Below, we look at the most significant factors that play a role when choosing the best gear that provides the ultimate protection. We aren’t looking at brands or prices, but rather the things you need to look at before investing in your safety while riding or racing.

Helmets

Helmets are the most important and one of the most expensive parts of your kit. It’s essential to choose helmets that fit perfectly as a loose helmet could do more damage than good. Cheaper helmets tend to be round, which already doesn’t suit our faces, making at least one of the areas around your head be at risk. However, as soon as you move to premium helmets, you’ll find various shapes that suit your head shape for the best fit and protection.

Be sure to look for D.O.T. rating on the inside of the helmet. This ensures the helmet has been tested for drops, falls and much more. It also indicates that it passed those tests and is recognized as a safe option.

Suits / Jackets / Pants

When it comes to body wear, there are a few things to consider. Firstly, we need to look at comfort and the best protection, which would usually involve high-grade padding around the shoulders, torso, elbows and knees. Some suits include additional padding around the hips and back area as well, which is a great addition.

When choosing a suit, you also want to look for the D.O.T. ratings while doing some checking of your own. This would include the quality of the stitching, how well it fits you and the quality of the leather they use. If you’re a road rider, you’d also want to look at how well it keeps you cool and ensure it works with the rest of your gear.

Gloves and Boots

Gloves and boots are the last parts of a standard kit and are also some of the most important. With boots, you’d want to ensure it’s not too flexible and won’t allow your ankle to bend in ways it’s not supposed to go. You’d also want good quality leather and clamps that won’t fail as soon as you fall.
When it comes to gloves, be sure to choose ones that provide high-grade coverage on the inside of your hand while also protecting your fingers. Also, check the quality of the material and the stitching.

MotoGP Spain Results

This past weekend marked the fourth race in the 2019 MotoGP season, once again delivering great excitement as we see the most prominent teams take to the Circuit de Jerez.

It’s certainly been more exciting than F1 as the first place is still up for grabs by multiple teams, including Repsol Honda, Suzuki, Ducati and Yamaha. These four top teams manage to deliver excellent racing results with each of the four past events. For now, it’s Repsol Honda in the lead, followed by Ducati, but let’s have a look at the finishing positions for the last race and how they got to where they are now.

Spanish GP Results

The Spanish GP is always one with loads of excitement as it’s a challenging track and separates the pros. In first place, we once again see a Repsol Honda cross the fine at the checkered flag. It was Marquez who managed to gather another 25 points for the team with a total time of 0:41:08.685 second. His teammate Lorenzo only got in at a 12th place and added a total of 4 points to the team, which was one of the main reasons the gap between them and Ducati has decreased drastically. The other Repsol Honda riders finished in 8th with Crutchlow, 9th with Nakagami and 10th with Bradl.

Runs on the Suzuki wern’t far behind with a split of just 1.654 seconds behind the leader. He managed to grab 20 points for the Suzuki team with a second-place finish. However, they also didn’t do too well as J. Mir didn’t score any points for the team as he did not finish.

In third place, the Yamaha team manages to close the gap with Vinales scoring another 16 points for the team. Rossi also managed to contribute high points with a 6th place finish, adding 10 points. This means the team scored a total of 26 points for the Spanish GP, giving them a massive boost in getting closer to the top positions.

Finally, we get to Ducati who as a team would’ve gotten the highest points of the race if it wasn’t for Yamaha. Dovizioso got in at fourth place with just 2.804 seconds behind the leader, followed by his teammate Petrucci in fifth place to score 11 points.

Team Standings

This is where things get interesting as we see some significant changes in point differences between the most prominent teams after the last race.
In the first place, Repsol Honda managed to remain at the top now with a total of 76 points. They’ve managed to grab two wins in the 2019 season and four podiums, which is highly impressive.

Right on their heels is the Ducati team who currently have 70 points. They’ve managed to win one race, but it’s the three podium finishes that give them the boost to stay close to the leader and hold onto second place.

Just one point behind them is Suzuki with a total of 69 points, followed by Yamaha with 67 points. As you can see, of the top fourth teams, anything can happen, and the next race might give us a whole new layout and results.

MotoGP Betting Options

Sports betting is a big attraction for sports fans from around the world and those who want to make a quick profit by knowing something about an upcoming event.

It’s well worth knowing about the different types of MotoGP bets and how they work as this could reveal some new wagering options without making it complicated. Of course, you might even discover options with betting odds or some that offer specific bets that give you an advantage with a particular wager.

Below, we look at some of the options and see what it covered. We won’t go into a tremendous amount of detail as this is more of a beginners guide to MotoGP betting and the options available.

Race Winner

Race winner bets are the most standard and well known. You bet on the winner of the race, and the bookie will provide odds. There are also advanced betting types, including season winners, winning teams and much more.

These are work based on the odds of the racer or team winning the race. Bettors have the option to bet on qualifying as well, but for the best results, use the actual race and place your bets. Be sure to do some research and get the very best information before placing a bet as the track, team and racer would play a huge role.

Outright Championship

This is much like the race winner betting option, but here you wager on the racer who will win the entire season. The odds are usually massive for these bets and well worth your time. You have the option of placing the best before the season begins, after, halfway through or towards the end. However, the longer you wait, the lower the odds will be, which means you need to bet a lot more to score.

These betting options are great for those who know something about a team or those who get new drivers and think they’ll still win the season. Once again, research is vital, and you’ll need to ensure your money is on the team who stands the best chance.

Outright Constructors

This is where you get on teams instead of racers. For example, if you think Ducati will win 2019, then you can place a bet on them without having to wager on the races. This can be a challenging wager as some racers would do well, but the teammates doing and tend to pull the team points down. Other might not win every race, but both racers manage to finish well, giving them more points and eventually leading to the winning team for the season.

Live MotoGP Betting

This is new but extremely exciting for MotoGP fans. Bookies now make it possible to wager on certain events taking place while the race is on. This means you can bet on the race winner halfway through the race, who will finish is second, what will the gap be and so much more.

MotoGP Team Standings

It has been an action-packed season for MotoGP in the first three races of the season in 2019. We saw some incredible over-takings and even more exciting race winnings, keeping the score close as we move to the next race of the season.

Up next is the Spanish GP, which takes place on the 5th of May 2019. We once again expect to see some amazing racing as the current leaders take to the track to see if Ducati, Yamaha of Suzuki claim the highest points for their team.

Below, we look at the current standings and how the team got to the top five positions. Unlike F1, the teams are close in points with just 39 points diving Ducati in first and KTM in fifth place. Sure, the gap is rather big if you’re hoping KTM would reach first by the end of the season, but if both racers had to claim first place and second place for a few races, it’s entirely possible.

Current Team Standings

Ducati has once again been the shining stack of 2019 so far. They hold onto the top ranks with a total of 57 points. The team manages to claim three podium finishes and even a win. However, they’ll need to keep going strong and remain at the front to take the win for 2019.

Right behind them, we see the Repsol Honda team who are currently holding onto second place with six points dividing them and the leaders. When we look at the winnings, we see a similar record to Ducati with three podium finishes and a single race win.

Yamaha has never been far from the top and has managed to change things around many times in the past, especially with Rossi on the team. They are currently tied with the Repsol Honda team at 51 points and manages two podium finishes. In the first three races, they haven’t managed to claim a win just yet.

Suzuki is the last team to hold high numbers with a total of 49, one win and one podium finish. They are only two points behind both Yamaha and Repsol Honda, giving them more than enough reason to fight for a top three season finish.

KTM might be in fifth place of all the teams, but they manage to deliver amazing results. Thus far, we haven’t seen a podium finish or a race win and they currently have 18 points in total.

While KTM and the rest of the teams are unlikely to catch up to the top four in 2019, we look forward to seeking how the leads take to the track and claim their positions. The Spanish GP is also most likely to reveal who has second and third place as we see both Yamaha and Repsol Honda at 51 points, which is bound to lead to excellent race action.

Using Tennis Balls for Tubeless Dirtbike Tires

Those who ride endurance with dirt bikes tend to come across all types of terrain, including sand, water, mud, gravel, loose stones and even rocks.

While dirt bike tires can withstand just about all the terrains mentioned, the tubes in the tires don’t always do quite as well. For rocks and stones, it’s recommended to run with a softer tube, which gives you more grip as the tire can flex around the rocks and stones easier, making more things possible as you have a lot more grasp. Of course, this also means you can pinch a tire much more comfortably, leading to punchers when you can afford it least.

Sure, you can fix it next to the road or even install a full new tube, but that means you need to take quite a lot with you when riding, including tire levers, a tube, tools to remove the wheel and more. And all that in addition to the tools you need for other parts of the bike and let’s face it, tire levels are small and easy to pack again, and they tend to have quite a lot of weight to them as well. So, what’s the alternative?

One of the most popular options is a mousse, which is a tube replacement that’s made of foam. These work great, but they do come at the cost of around $100 for just the back wheel, and no they don’t last forever. Most recommend changing them as often as six months, making it quite a costly addition to your dirt bike running costs.

Of course, there are other ways to give you tire the pressure needed to make the most of your enduro rides, which doesn’t cost nearly as much as a Mousse or replacing tubes every time you get a puncher.

Tennis balls seem to have become a top choice for riders who do the casual weekend mountain trips and occasional rock climbs. One such option is Tennis balls, which would replace your tube and provide the protection needed to make the most of your ride.

It’s been said that a dirt bike tire with tennis balls is similar to the pressure of a tube pumped to 12 psi, making it perfect for the average rider. Those who do significant rock climbs tend to prefer a softer back wheel, some as low as five psi.

One of the significant factors with any tube replacement is the weight and heat these tubes run under. Firstly, you don’t want to pack on too much pressure onto the back wheel as it takes away from the feel you need to get up mechanical parts.

Secondly, the tube, mousse or Tennis balls can get quite hot with long, challenging rides, so be sure to lubricate the balls, which keeps them from getting too hot from friction and popping.

MotoGP Standings for Qatar and Argentine GP

Now with two MotoGP races behind us, we can finally begin to predict what the season holds ahead. There have been some impressive times within the first two races, only again featuring the Ducati team neat the front while Rossi on the Yamaha isn’t allowing them to get ahead too far.

With the list of racers below, you’ll find some surprising results, which might make you reconsider the bets you’ve placed when it comes to choosing the season winner or even those who stand on the podium for the Circuit of the Americas and Spanish GP.

Qatar GP Results

When we look at the race results from the Qatar GP, we instantly see familiar names show up, including A. Dovizioso who managed to win the race and score 25 points. He finished in just 42:36.902 but didn’t have a massive lead as M. Marquez came in at only 0.023 seconds behind him to grab 20 points for the first race of the 2019 season.

In third place, we see the Honda team as C. Crutchlow finished just 0.320 seconds behind the leader, gaining 16 points. In 4th A. Rins on the number 42 Suzuki came in precisely 0.457 seconds behind Dovizioso and scored 13 points. Finally, in 5th position, V. Rossi on his ever-popular number 46 Yamaha finished 0.600 seconds behind the leader and got off to a fair start with 11 points.

Argentine GP

The Argentine GP featured unique results in comparison to Qatar, which is expected, but it certainly shines an entirely new light on what could happen in the races to come. In first place with a time of 41:43.688 we saw the 93 Honda raced by M. Marquez cross the line and score another 25 points. In second, V. Rossi made a comeback but only couldn’t keep up with the Honda as his 46 Yamaha finished 9.816 seconds behind the leader to score 20 points. In third place, A. Dovizioso grabbed 16 points for the Ducati team.

In fourth place, yet another Ducati appears as J. Miller finished 12.140 seconds behind the winning Honda to add 13 points and finally, in fifth place, A Rins once again seems in the top 5 with a time 12.563 behind the winner to claim 11 points.

Current Standings

It’s important to keep up with the total point standings after each race as you’ll see patterns forming, making it easier to predict, even if you don’t follow the sport closely. From the top 5 standings, things could still change drastically as only 25 points divide each of the racers and even 6th position with C. Crutchlow isn’t far behind with just a point behind D. Petrucci.

Currently, M. Marquez leads with 45 points, followed by A. Dovizioso with 41 points. V. Rossi is the first with a significant gap of 10 points as he appears in third with 31 points to his name. A. Rins has a total of 24 points, and finally, D. Petrucci has 20 points.