Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pata Honda Signs '14 World Supersport Champ van der Mark to Superbike World Championship Team for 2015-2016 Seasons


Two years of World Superbike for van der Mark and Honda
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News    21.09.2014
Two years of World Superbike for van der Mark and Honda
Honda's new World Supersport champion Michael van der Mark has signed a two-year agreement to race with the Pata Honda team in the World Superbike championship in 2015 and 2016.
The 21-year-old, who secured the 2014 World Supersport series title with two rounds to spare on 7 September in Jerez in Spain, will ride the Pata Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP from next season. It was confirmed on Friday 19 September that Pata will be with Honda for further two years in the World Superbike championship.
Although he has raced on Honda’s CBR600RR for four years - winning the European Superstock 600 championship in 2012 before stepping up to World Supersport last season - van der Mark is no stranger to Honda’s 1000cc flagship sportsbike.
The Dutch rider has won the last two editions of the prestigious Suzuka 8-hours World Endurance championship race in Japan, impressing many with his outright pace on the larger machine.
Van der Mark still has two rounds remaining in this year’s World Supersport championship at Magny-Cours, France on 5 October and at Losail in Qatar on 2 November. However, the team’s testing schedule and the calendar for the 2015 World Superbike championship are yet to be announced.

Michael van der Mark
Date of birth                                      26 October 1992
Place of birth                                    Gouda, Netherlands
Home town                                       Rotterdam, Netherlands
Race number                                    60
2015 race machine                           Pata Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP
First race                                           2005 – Assen, Netherlands, Dutch Jr. Cup
World Supersport debut                    2012 – Moscow, Russia (wildcard)
World Supersport races                    20
First World Supersport podium         2013 – Phillip Island, Australia
Total World Supersport podiums      11
First World Supersport win                2014 – Assen, the Netherlands
Total World Supersport wins             5
Career Highlights
2005                4th, Dutch Junior Cup – Aprilia
2006                2nd, Dutch Junior Cup – Aprilia
2007                2nd, ONK Dutch 125cc championship – Honda
2008                ONK Dutch 125cc champion – Honda
                        3rd, IDM 125cc championship – Honda
                        Selected CEV Spanish championship – Honda
                        26th, Dutch 125cc GP – Honda
2009                ONK Dutch 125cc champion – Honda
                        Selected CEV Spanish championship – Honda
                        18th, Dutch 125cc GP – Honda
2010                125cc Grands Prix – Lambretta
                        7th, Dutch 125cc GP
                        Debut, European Superstock 600 championship - Honda
2011                3rd, European STK 600 championship – Honda
                        Wildcard – Moto2 GP, Assen
2012                European Superstock 600 champion – Honda
2013                Winner, Suzuka 8-hours – Honda
                        4th, World Supersport championship – Honda

2014                Winner, Suzuka 8-hours – Honda
                        World Supersport Champion – Honda
Michael van der Mark
Michael van der Mark
I’m really, really happy with this next step. It’s been going in two-year stages for me with the team, so this next stage in World Superbikes is fantastic and really exciting. It’s a good and safe place to be with Honda for 2015 and 2016. I’ve had a great experience with this team for the last two years and there was never really any question that I would be going anywhere else. World Superbikes in 2015 is going to be really interesting – there are new technical regulations and I think there will be a few surprises next year. Although the electronics will be a big change for me, I have shown that I can ride a superbike and now I really can’t wait to get started.
Ronald ten Kate
Ronald ten Kate - team manager
In a way, I’m a little sad that we have to let Michael go from his contract with Ten Kate Racing for 2015. But in reality, I am absolutely happy and proud that he has been given this fantastic opportunity with Honda. There is now a clear plan and vision to grow his impressive talent in the future. We have been working with Michael now for four years – two in Superstock 600 and two in World Supersport – so this next step for him feels completely natural. He fully deserves this chance and we are all looking forward to taking these next steps together with him.
Robert Watherston
Robert Watherston - head of motorsports, Honda Europe
We are absolutely delighted that Michael has found his niche with Honda. He has gelled with the CBR range from day one in European Superstock where he became champion in 2012. Now he has a world title with Honda and the CBR600RR and we’re looking forward to the next two-year cycle as we target our common goal of another world championship together.
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Honda racing Supersport action from Jerez
Supersport action from Jerez
Honda racing Suzuka 8-hours 2014
Suzuka 8-hours 2014
Honda racing
Honda racing Suzuka 8-hours 2014
Suzuka 8-hours 2014
Honda racing Supersport action from Jerez
Supersport action from Jerez
© 2014 Pata Honda

Honda's Endurance World Championship Season Comes to Early End at 24 Hours of Le Mans

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24 Hours of Le Mans - Le Mans 21.09.2014
Honda Racing forced to retire from the 24 Hours of Le Mans
The 2014 Endurance World Championship season drew to a disappointing close for the Honda Racing team as it was forced to retire from the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the early hours of this morning.

The retirement came after 14 hours of eventful racing in which the team and its riders, Julien Da Costa, Sebastien Gimbert and Freddy Foray, had fought back from 19th to second place following a minor early-race crash.

Having collected nine bonus championship points for lying second at the eight-hour stage, the team lapped comfortably until 3.30am when Da Costa was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop after feeling vibrations on the bike.

A two-hour period followed in which the Honda Racing crew located the problem, which was caused by a gear tightening on the gear shaft, and worked tirelessly to repair the machine and get it back on track. Da Costa re-joined the race and returned to the pits several times, but despite the team’s hard work, they eventually made the decision to retire from the race on safety grounds. The final EWC standings will be decided when the race ends at 3pm this afternoon.

It’s has been a year of highs and lows for Honda Racing, but the team ends the season with its debut EWC win under its belt and a determination to come back fighting in 2015. 
Neil Tuxworth
Neil Tuxworth    team manager
This is an incredibly disappointing and frustrating end to a very eventful season for us. The riders and the crew have worked so hard for the whole season and we didn’t deserve to end it like this, but on the positive side, we have achieved our first-ever EWC victory this year and we know that we have the ability to lead and win races. Endurance is tough and you have to take the lows with the highs. I’m proud of the team and I think we can still hold our heads high. 
Julien Da Costa
Julien Da Costa
It is very disappointing to suffer with problems at four of the three races this year. We are a strong team and we know we can win, but we have suffered a lot of bad luck with the bike. 
Freddy Foray
Freddy Foray
This is not how we wanted to end the season and I am disappointed. It’s been a difficult year for the team, who have worked so hard, and after the win in Germany we hoped we could end the year with another one. It was not meant to be but that is endurance. 
Sebastien Gimbert
Sebastien Gimbert
I would obviously prefer to win the last race at Le Mans but I would also have preferred to finish and win the Bol d’Or without a technical problem – that goes without saying. The whole team has worked really hard and given so much and I can’t fault them. There is always next year and we will come back stronger.
© 2014 Honda Racing

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mid-America Speedway in Indianapolis to Host Shelina Moreda's Girlz MotoCamps October 24-26

The most awesome Girlz MotoCamp so far - Halloween Style in Indianapolis!

Girlz MotoCamps by Shelina Moreda go to Mid-America on October 24 - 26!

Shelina Moreda is in the history books as First Female to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a Motorcycle. We want you to make history in Indianapolis too at our first Indy Girlz MotoCamp!

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The First Girlz MotoCamp on the National expedition is going to be the most amazing experience so far. We have some of the fastest girls in the country coming together to instruct at this camp. A power-house group of top notch female Flat Trackers, Roadracers and Cross Country racers to share their skillset.

We have an extraordinary opportunity at this camp for students to put their learned skills to use during an optional Halloween Costume competition all-girls class night race.

Girlz MotoCamp is a fun, unique opportunity for female riders of any level, to get personalized coaching from female motorcycle professionals and build a network with other female motorcyclists. No motorcycle experience required! Our instructors are trained to improve every level of rider, from beginner to racer.
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Help females blaze a trail in motorsports by getting involved in our Girlz MotoCamp special girlz-only race class on Saturday night, FREE to MotoCamp students! Dress up in your favorite costume for the 6th Annual Mid-America Halloween Race and show the boyz how it's done!

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