Both AMA Amateur Days will have practice at 7:30 am, with racing to follow at 9 am. Gates are open both days from 6 am to 10 pm. There is a special online pre-entry race fee of $60, which saves $20 over the post-entry cost! AMA Membership is required, you can purchase at the track for $40 for one full year. You MUST be registered to race either Amateur Days. Click here to register online.
The AMA Pro National will run on Saturday, May 23rd. Gates open at 6 am, and close at the end of the day at 10 pm. The pit area is open from 9 am to 12 pm, with the first Pro Moto gate dropping at 12:30 pm. Online tickets for the FMF Glen Helen National went on sale at the introductory price of $40/ Sat- Only Adult Admission. Available for the first time, and only until Wednesday, April 1st are 4-Pack Ticket Discounts for $128. You have to act fast, early online ticket prices will increase to $45 on April 1st! Tickets will be $50 at the gate on race day, so get your tickets early to save a little money! Click here to buy tickets.
Reserved RV camping spots are almost sold out! The last four premium spots will go up for sale on April 1st at Noon. General RV Spots are available for $300. Click here to see general RV Spots that are still available.
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. announced recently that they will donate a Ninja ZX-6R ‘636’ sportbike as well as a two-night stay in Kauai, Hawaii and a Kawasaki Teryx® tour for two at Kipu Ranch for silent auction at the 25th Anniversary Gala for the American Indian College Fund in Los Angeles, April 11.
Proceeds from the auction of the Ninja ‘636’ and Kawasaki Teryx tour at Kipu Ranch will go to AICF’s mission of providing scholarships and other financial support to American Indian students, as well as funding American Indian Tribal Colleges, early childhood development and leadership development.
AICF raised more than $6 million dollars in 2013-14, and those funds provided 6,452 students with scholarships, of which 1,553 were first generation college students.
“Kawasaki is proud to support a cause that encourages higher learning,” says Chris Brull, Kawasaki Marketing Communications Director. “Everyone deserves the opportunity to explore their potential and AICF is creating educational opportunities that affect Native Americans in their own communities through scholarship and funding of tribal educational programs.”
The Kawasaki Ninja ‘636’ sportbike and Kawasaki Teryx tour at Kipu Ranch will be on auction at the American Indian College Fund 25th Anniversary Los Angeles Gala, taking place April 11, 2015. To learn more about AICF or for tickets to the gala, please visit http://www.collegefund.org/
KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD. ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT CHANGES, NEW PRESIDENT FOR MOTORCYCLE & ENGINE DIVISION
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI), the global parent company of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC), has announced several changes to its executive management. The Motorcycle and Engine Company’s current President, Mr. Shigehiko “Scott” Kiyama will be succeeded by Mr. Kenji Tomida, effective April 1, 2015. Mr. Kiyama spent many years working at KMC’s Irvine headquarters where he arrived in 2002 to oversee Kawasaki's planning, vehicle inventory and production management in the United States. He was assigned the duty as KMC’s President at the start of 2006, where he remained until his return to Japan in 2009.
Since July of 2013, the incoming president Mr. Kenji Tomida served as Senior Vice President and Executive Officer at KHI as well as General Manager of the Corporate Planning Division. His tenure with Kawasaki includes a seven-year period during the late 1980s where he worked in the finance department at KMC’s Irvine headquarters.
KHI also confirms that Mr. Hiroshi Takata, a former President of the Motorcycle & Engine Company, will retire from his current position and remain as a Director of KHI, effective April 1, 2015.
Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced it has acquired the electric motorcycle business of Brammo Inc. In addition, Polaris is acting as a leading investor in a recapitalization of Brammo that enables the company to focus exclusively on the design, development and integration of electric vehicle powertrains.Going forward, the two companies will leverage Polaris’ leading position in the global powersports industry to market a variety of electric vehicles utilizing Brammo’s award winning lithium-ion electric drivetrain technology, while freeing Brammo to continue developing its innovative electric vehicle powertrains. Brammo supplies these products, including the Brammo Power™ battery pack and Brammo Power™ vehicle management systems, globally to a wide range of OEMs. As part of this transaction, Polaris will utilize the assets acquired to begin manufacturing electric motorcycles in the second half of 2015 at its Spirit Lake, IA facility.
“We have enjoyed our involvement with Brammo Motorcycles over the past three years, and our excitement about their industry-leading lithium-ion electric drivetrain technology has increased commensurate with their improvements in cost and performance. Polaris and Brammo share a goal of adding the most advanced and highest capability electric solutions to Polaris’ portfolio of leading powersports products,” said Scott Wine, Polaris Chairman and CEO. The agreement allows both companies to be more agile during the development cycle with clear accountability toward selling products that exemplify Polaris’ standard for delivering world class vehicles.
Polaris has been a strategic investor and partner with Brammo since 2011. During that time, the companies have collaborated on a number of projects in motorcycles, off-road and on-road vehicles. “Today’s announcement strengthens not only Polaris’ commitment to bringing our consumers lithium-ion electric solutions, but also this partnership’s ability to continue innovating and developing leading electric drivetrain technology,” said Wine. “We anticipate a return on these investments and believe the new alignment brings us that much closer to delivering world-class electric solutions across our products.”
Brammo has designed and developed numerous electric vehicles, including the award-winning Enertia and Empulse motorcycles. Testifying to its capabilities and technology, Brammo motorcycles have won a number of awards including: 2013 Playboy “Motorcycle of Year” and “Best Electric” (Empulse R), 2012 GQ “Best Stuff of the Year” (Empulse), 2011 Popular Science “Best of What’s New” (Empulse), 2011 Motorcycle.com “Best of 2011” and a 2010 Silver Edison Award. In addition, Brammo’s motorcycles have won numerous racing championships including the 2013 FIM eRR North American World Cup Champion and 2012 TTXGP World Championship.
Dealer Expo welcomes Suzuki to the 49th Annual Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo, to be held December 5-7, 2014, at McCormick Place West in Chicago, IL.
Suzuki will be showcasing their vehicles at Dealer Expo in addition to prospecting for new powersports dealers to sell their line of award-winning motorcycles, scooters, ATV's and accessories for select markets.
"We are excited to showcase select new 2015 Suzuki models while also discussing the benefits for adding this premier franchise with attending dealers," said Jimmy Scarboro National Manager New Dealer Setup for Suzuki Motor of America Inc.
"We're looking forward to introducing Suzuki to the 4,700+ retailers that are already registered for Dealer Expo," said Mike Ausec, Director of Sales for Dealer Expo. "This show will be a great opportunity for Suzuki to expand their network of franchise dealers in North America."
American Motorcyclist Association teams with U.S. Forest Service's Wayne National Forest to produce 'Don't Ruin the Ride' off-road videos
The American Motorcyclist Association and the U.S. Forest Service's Wayne National Forest have jointly produced two YouTube videos promoting safe and responsible off-road motorcycling.
The videos encourage riders to stay on designated trails, offer courtesy to other trail users, obtain all the required permits, stay sober and resist the urge to race each other while trail riding.
"We were very happy to be able to work on this project with the U.S. Forest Service and, particularly, with our neighbors at the Wayne National Forest," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "Responsible off-road riding helps prevent damage to the forest and the trails, helps ensure continued access to public lands and makes the experience safer for us and for other trail riders. It benefits everyone involved."
Land managers at the Wayne National Forest -- the largest off-highway-vehicle trail system in Ohio -- say they are optimistic that the video will encourage riders to ride responsibly, while being mindful of natural resources. The Wayne National Forest covers almost a quarter of a million acres of Appalachian foothills in Southeastern Ohio.
"It was great to be able to partner with the AMA to develop the educational videos," said Chad Wilberger, Wayne's recreation program manager. "We hope these videos will help motorized trail riders understand that riding safely and responsibly is part of having an enjoyable riding experience."
One video (http://youtu.be/OjcXivy3b8c) features Walker Fowler, who finished second in the XC1 ATV class in the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship.
"When I ride the Nationals, I go all out," Walker says in the video. "When I trail (ride) with my friends, we take it easy. We know that if we tear up the trails we could lose access to public lands. There's a time to race. And there's a time to ride... Stay on the trail. Ride legally. Be safe. And keep our trails open."
The second video (http://youtu.be/oEWOz6GvoYY) features Dingman, AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey and AMA Chief Financial Officer Bruce Moffat at Wayne National Forest riding with some family members.
The messages in that video include:
Funding for the videos was made available from the Recreational Trails Program, an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
The Kawasaki Team Green KX™ Racer Support Program returns to Team Green Dealers with added benefits for 2015. The Racer Support Program benefits racers with an incentive package when purchasing select KX models from July 8, 2014 through February 28, 2015 with incentives ranging up to $1,500. To apply for the Racer Support Program, candidates must stop by their local Kawasaki Team Green dealer with a current, one-page resume and ask to fill out an application. The dealer will then submit the application package to Kawasaki Team Green for further review. Monetary incentives vary by model and supplies are limited. Eligible bikes include any new, not previously registered 2014 or 2015 models from the KX line.
“Teams Green’s Racer Support Program was designed to help racers at the local level,” said Reid Nordin, Kawasaki’s Senior Manager of Racing. “The Racer Support Program provides racers an opportunity to get a break when purchasing new KX bikes for the current and upcoming race seasons while also giving them an opportunity to build relationships with their local Kawasaki dealers and become part of the Team Green family.”
In addition, Kawasaki continues their industry leading contingency program stretching across 44 states and unmatched trackside support at more than 50 local, regional, and national level events. This combination solidifies the claim that KX truly is the bike that builds champions.
For more information please visit your local Kawasaki Team Green Dealer and ask about the Team Green KX Racer Support Program.
For more information please visit your local Kawasaki Team Green Dealer and ask about the Team Green KX Racer Support Program.
Reigning World Champion Tom Sykes has recently signed an agreement to continue as an official Kawasaki Superbike World Championship rider for two more years, covering the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Yorkshireman Sykes (28) won the title with Kawasaki in 2013 and is currently in a commanding 44-point lead in the 2014 championship as Kawasaki continues its ‘Ninja 30’ anniversary celebrations throughout the year. Having competed on official Kawasaki machinery since the 2010 season Tom has become ‘Mr Kawasaki’ in the eyes of not only his many fans but also the Kawasaki family and the world at large.
Sykes has won all of his 22 career WSBK race victories to date with Kawasaki and is the most successful rider in Superpole qualifying in the modern era, with 23 Superpole wins - again all on Ninja ZX-10R machines. In 151 race starts in WSB Sykes has taken 46 podiums and 21 fastest laps.
The 2015 season and beyond will present a new challenge for all involved in the KRT effort, as the technical regulations will change in some significant ways, but Sykes and Kawasaki are confident that the class-leading Ninja ZX-10R will be a competitive package in any form of
Tom Sykes: “I am very excited to re-sign and the decision was quite easy. I am looking forward to another two years with a great manufacturer. Kawasaki and I already have quite a good history. This is my fifth year as a rider with the brand, my fourth year with the current model of the Ninja ZX-10R, so for me it was an easy decision to continue.
I have put so much work into the bike I would not want to give my baby to someone else! We have been in discussion for a while but we have had really good success in recent years and continuing our relationship gives us an opportunity to take the story forward again. I sat at home and went through the pros and cons, like you do with a lot of things in life, and the pros for re-signing were almost endless.
I am very happy because Kawasaki and I have a high level of mutual respect and trust. The team is doing a great job so it is great to have two more years of continuity. I am relaxed now I know that I am moving on again with a great brand and a great team around me. I feel proud to have been involved in helping the development direction of the Ninja, so I am very happy to be staying where I am.”
Steve Guttridge, Racing Manager Kawasaki Motors Europe: “I'm so pleased that we have come to an agreement with Tom to continue the great job that he has been making in World Superbike on our Ninja ZX-10R over the past few seasons. He's our World Champion and a great ambassador for our brand too. At this moment we are very committed to continuing our dominance in Superbike racing and Tom is the man to help Kawasaki do just that."
Guim Roda, Team Manager Kawasaki Racing Team: “It is very good that Kawasaki and Tom have signed again for 2015 and 2016 as it is a very good point to work towards the new rules coming in 2015, and make another strong season in 2016. Tom knows the bike and team very well and I can guarantee he has still not arrived at the limit of his full potential. This is a very good opportunity to continue with great stability so we can improve the package and be even stronger next year.
The show will go on! I’m sure this is very good news for all Kawasaki fans and we want to say thanks for all the support shown to the KRT team and riders. I hope now we can enjoy a nice holiday during the current summer break and that Tom rests enough to remain very strong in the last part of the season.”