Aug 2, 2014


McCarty, Wright-Phillips score spectacular second half goals as New York overcomes one-goal halftime deficit to earn three points in front of 20,862 fans

Photo Credit: Rob Tringali/New York Red Bulls

HARRISON, NJ (August 2, 2014) – Being down a man and a goal at the start of the second half, the New York Red Bulls fought back to earn a gutsy 2-1 win over the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena Saturday night in front of 20,862 spectators. Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty and MLS Golden Boot leader Bradley Wright-Phillips, who is one goal shy of the team’s record season record in that category, tallied terrific goals after the break, as New York moved to 28 points off a 6-6-10 record.



New York goalkeeper Luis Robles made two terrific stops in the fourth minute, going down to block an A.J. Soares flick off a New England corner kick before denying Andrew Farrell’s follow-up blast on the rebound.The visitors took the lead in the 20th minute. Teal Bunbury had space on the right and his deflected cross was put home from close range by forward Charlie Davies.

The Red Bulls nearly had the equalizer 20 minutes later, as midfielder Ambroise Oyongo launched a diagonal ball to Thierry Henry, who dribbled towards goal and hit a shot that went into the side netting after going off a Revolution defender. Soon after, Red Bull Roy Miller played a well-weighted ball through to Wright-Phillips. Wright-Phillips was able to round goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth but New England was able to clear the ball away before the Englishman got his shot off.

New York was reduced to 10 men when Matt Miazga was shown a red card for a late challenge on Lee Nguyen just before halftime. However, the Red Bulls were the stronger team coming out of the break and tied the match two minutes into the second interval. Substitute Eric Alexander fed McCarty at the top of the box and the Red Bulls midfielder spectacularly chipped it over Shuttleworth and into the back of the net.

Then, in the 54th minute, New York almost took the lead. Oyongo led a counterattack into New England’s half and ripped a shot that Shuttleworth parried. Henry nearly got to the loose ball first but the Revolution was able to clear.

The Red Bulls’ efforts though would pay off and Wright-Phillips would continue his remarkable goal-scoring form by putting the hosts ahead in the 63rd minute with his league-leading 18th tally of the season. Lloyd Sam had possession for New York on the right wing and found Wright-Phillips, who cut it to his left foot and curled it off the left post and in.


New York Red Bulls 2, New England Revolution 1

August 2, 2014

MLS Regular Season

Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ


Scoring Summary:

NE: Charlie Davies 1 (Teal Bunbury 4) 20’

NY: Dax McCarty 2 (Eric Alexander 7) 47’

NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips 18 (Lloyd Sam 7) 63’


Disciplinary Summary: 

NE: Charlie Davies (caution) 2’

NY: Matt Miazga (red card, ejection) 47’+

NE: Scott Caldwell (caution) 69’

NY: Kelyn Rowe (caution) 83’


New York Red Bulls (6-6-10, 28 pts.): Luis Robles, Chris Duvall, Matt Miazga (Ejected 47’+), Ibrahim Sekagya, Roy Miller, Lloyd Sam, Tim Cahill (Eric Alexander 46’), Dax McCarty (Kosuke Kimura 87’), Ambroise Oyongo, Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips (Peguy Luyindula 77’)


Substitutes not used: Ryan Meara, Armando, Bobby Convey, Andre Akpan


New England Revolution (8-12-2, 26 pts.): Bobby Shuttleworth, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares (Daigo Kobayashi 77’), Kevin Alston, Scott Caldwell, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, Steve Neumann (Diego Fagundez 58’), Teal Bunbury, Charlie Davies (Patrick Mullins 58’)


Substitutes not used: Brad Knighton, Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, Dimitry Imbongo


Referee: Allen Chapman

Referee’s Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Peter Balciunas

4th Referee: Daniel Fitzgerald

Attendance: 20,862


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Hayes wins in Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca AMA Pro SuperBike

Jul 14, 2014

MONTEREY, Calif. (July 13, 2014) – Three-time AMA Pro SuperBike champion Josh Hayes took another major step toward updating that descriptor to ‘four-time’ on Sunday afternoon at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as he closed out the GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round with a convincing victory, his fourth in a row.

The Monster Energy Graves Yamaha ace, racing on the No. 4 Yamaha R1, moved past the holeshooting Martin Cardenas on the 23-lap race’s opening circulation. The contest was pretty much decided at that point, save for 18 more precision laps executed at breakaway speed. The race was red flagged and called official with 19 laps complete due to a crash by rider Marcel Irnie.

Hayes’ biggest challenge figured to come from rookie teammate Cameron Beaubier, who opened the race from the front of the grid after claiming his second pole position of the 2014 season on Saturday. However, the 21-year-old failed to capitalize on his prime starting position at launch and was shuffled back to fourth, corralled behind Cardenas and his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing teammate, Roger Hayden, while Hayes eked out a gap in front.


Beaubier found his way into third on lap 4 and then moved into second on the following circuit, but by then he already trailed Hayes by more than two seconds.


Beaubier demonstrated similar pace at that point but was unable to make significant progress whittling away at the gap, and the consistent 39-year-old eventually wore him down.


Hayes boasted a commanding multi-second advantage with just three laps remaining when the race was red flagged and ultimately called complete. The win is the 46th of Hayes’ remarkable career and his fourth in succession, both on the season and at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.


As a result, Hayes now leads the title chase with more than a full race’s points allotment in hand and only four contests left in play. Two of those races will take place next weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and it’s not inconceivable that he could lock up the crown as early as Sunday.


“What a beautiful day,” said Hayes after claiming his fifth win of the season. “I can promise you it’s never as easy as it looks. The last few laps I was actually having a pretty hard time. I was just trying to stay focused which can be pretty hard to do when you’re riding by yourself. Cameron had a little carrot out there in front of him. I didn’t have much to look at. I was more running like a scared rabbit, looking at the pit board. It’s a little bit of a different game.”


Beaubier was credited with second while Hayden, who passed Cardenas while working lap 7, came in third. With his runner-up result, Beaubier now moves into second in the points as well, 40 back of Hayes (175-135), and one up on Hayden in third.


“I think I rode OK,” said Beaubier. “I got a pretty rough start and was behind Rog and Martin and was able to pass them. But by that time Josh already had a second or two. I put my head down and started clicking off the laps. Overall, I’m pretty happy to get out of here with second place, especially after the weekend I had at Barber, throwing a couple bikes down the road. It’s good to get some confidence back heading to Mid-Ohio.”


Hayden was hoping for a little more than third, but was happy with his day overall.


“I got a decent start but the first couple of laps I was having trouble getting by Martin,” said Hayden. “Then Cam got by me and he got Martin. Finally, I got by Martin and I was trying to catch Cam in the middle of the race. I was starting to make inroads but the last couple of laps I was starting to make a couple mistakes because I was pushing pretty hard. That was pretty much it. It was a pretty good ride for me – Barber didn’t go very good so I feel like this was a bit of a rebound.”


Once it settled in, the race took on a processional shape with more than a second’s worth of padding separating every rider in the top ten – most of those gaps near the ten-second range.


KTM/HMC Racing’s Chris Fillmore finished in fifth behind Cardenas, while ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing’s David Anthony suffered his first finish outside the top five all season long in sixth.


Team AMSOIL Hero EBR’s Cory West and Proto-Tech Spain Yamaha’s Bernat Martinez took seventh and eighth, respectively, while third Yoshimura pilot Chris Clark and Porter Racing Kawasaki’s Sebastiao Ferreira completed the top ten.


Hayes will now take his mammoth championship lead and all the momentum across the country into the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend in just a few days’ time.


AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike


Jake Lewis won his first AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday. The 18 year-old started strong and won a difficult but decisive victory on his Motosport.com/Meen Yamaha entry in the 20-lap final.


“It’s just a huge weight off my shoulders,” said Lewis. “It’s been an up-and-down year. Last year, I was close to winning and this year I’ve been close to winning, so it’s just a huge weight off my shoulders to get the first win. Qualifying fifth – I was a little bit disappointed with that, but I knew it was going to be a heck of a race. I was sitting on the grid thinking, ‘I’m going to win this race,’ because last year I was so close to winning. I got off to a good start, went into the lead in Turn 2 and never looked back. That’s been my weakness throughout my career – looking back – so I just put my head down and stayed focused and clicked off lap after lap and got into a good rhythm and brought home the win.


Lewis beat second place finisher JD Beach on the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha machine, making it three runner-up finishes this year for Beach.


“Jake was riding great and he got his first win,” said Beach. “I was really wanting that win, but it was a really good race. Hopefully, next weekend we can put something together. I have one of the best bikes out there so all I need to do is get a little bit better of a start and do fast laps and hopefully we can get the win.”


The battle for third was a war between Danny Eslick and Jake Gagne, two previous race winners this season. Eslick and Riders Discount Racing Triumph beat Gagne and RoadRace Factory/Red Bull by defending passing attempt after passing attempt over the final three laps.


“Being up here on the podium is huge,” said Eslick. “Obviously, I had the big win at Daytona and that’s been the top of the year for me. But all I could think about were the races I’ve been losing since Daytona and not being on the podium. Yeah, Daytona was awesome but I want to be up here week-in and week-out with these guys. It’s just huge for the Riders Discount team and Attack Performance. … It’s just good to be up here on the podium.”


Gagne was third before losing ground when the leaders hit traffic. By the time he could regroup, Eslick had made his way past.


“We had a great battle but I couldn’t make a pass stick,” said Gagne.


Dane Westby and Yamalube/Westby Racing snatched back fifth from Beach’s teammate Garrett Gerloff. Westby regained the spot with two laps left to finish in front of the factory rider.


Polesitter Jason DiSalvo tagged onto Westby early, but lost further ground after Gerloff came by. DiSalvo finished the contest a shade over 21 seconds back, but ahead of Blake Young (GN Gonzalez Racing) and Jake Zemke (GEICO Motorcycle Racing). Benny Solis rounded out the top ten.


Kaleb De Keyrel was the top AMA Pro SuperSport regular in the race, taking 17th spot on his De Keyrel Racing entry.


Next Race


AMA Pro Road Racing will be back in action next weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend on July 19-20.


Source and Photo: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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Canelo Alvarez Wins Close split-Decision Over Erislandy Lara

Jul 13, 2014


Canelo vs. Lara and Lopez vs. Vargas Will Premiere on SHOWTIME®
Saturday, July 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Immediately Followed by ALL ACCESS: Canelo vs. Lara Epilogue

Photo Credit: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME
Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions

LAS VEGAS (July 12, 2014) – Canelo Alvarez won a close split-decision victory over Erislandy Lara in the SHOWTIME PPV main event in front a sold-out pro-Canelo crowd at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Judge Jerry Roth scored it 115-113 for Lara, Dave Moretti 115-113 for Canelo and Levi Martinez 117-111 for Canelo.

The Mexico vs. Cuba showdown was a classic boxer-puncher matchup with Mexican superstar Canelo as the powerful aggressor and Cuban sensation Lara the slick boxing southpaw.

Canelo started the bout patiently and picked his spots, but Lara’s footwork and movement seemed to frustrate him. Canelo became increasingly more aggressive as he tried to cut off Lara. Canelo landed only 23 percent of his total punches including 73 power shots to the body.

A decorated Cuban amateur, Lara displayed superb footwork limiting Canelo’s chances and scoring when necessary. The game plan was effective as he frustrated the 23-year-old superstar.

“I came to fight, I didn’t come to run here,” Canelo said. “You don’t win by running. You win by hitting. He does have a great jab and he moves around, but you don’t win a fight that way. You don’t run.

“I want to leave people with a good taste in their mouth. This wasn’t the fight I expected; I wanted to go toe to toe. He didn’t come to fight. He came to run. He’s a great boxer – I respect him – but he has to learn how to throw more punches.”

It was an early birthday present for Canelo, who turns 24 in six days and is now 8-1 in 12 round fights.

“When he learns how to fight then I’ll give him the rematch,” Canelo said. “For now, my birthday is coming and we’re going to have fun.”

The 32-year-old Lara, who pressured Canelo into the dangerous bout via social media, was upset with the split decision.

“One hundred percent I won this fight,” Lara said. “I was controlling the rounds and, worse, I made him look bad in front of his fans. People know I won this fight.

“The body shots connected but they didn’t have any force. I still have no respect for him. I’m asking for a rematch. One hundred percent I’ll do the same and we’ll win again.”

Abner Mares bounced back from the first loss of his career and overcame the adversity of a cut on his left eyelid with a unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Oquendo, scored 96-94, 98-92 twice.

Mares suffered the cut from a punch in the fourth round, but his cut man, “Jacob “Stitch” Duran did a tremendous job of closing the gash and preventing it from affecting his fighter. Fighting for the first time with renowned trainer and defensive specialist Virgil Hunter, Mares fought intelligently throughout the bout. The three-division world champion prevented Oquendo from inflicting damage inside, utilized solid footwork and was extremely efficient.

Mares landed 49 percent of his power punches, doubling up Oquendo (24 percent), who failed to make adjustments and didn’t throw enough jabs to put himself in a position to land power shots.

Francisco Vargas defeated Juan Manuel Lopez via TKO when Lopez’s corner stopped the bout after a vicious third round.

In a round of the year candidate, Vargas (20-0-1, 14 KOs) and Lopez exchanged shots in brutal back and forth action in the third stanza. Seemingly never in a dull fight, Lopez was knocked down with 20 seconds to go in the third after eating a huge right hand. Lopez got up and continued to press, but ate another big shot in the closing seconds and was dazed as he walked back to his corner.

Lopez (34-4, 31 KOs), who won by KO or was stopped in 11 of his 12 world title fights, wanted to continue but his corner decided to stop the contest.

“I knew he was hurt but I know he’s a warrior,” Vargas said. “My corner was making preparations to be able to knock him out. I won by throwing combo punches to Lopez’s upper and lower body. Once I did that, I knew he had lost control.

“I’m very happy for this moment. I want to tell everyone that I’m ready for anybody at 130 pounds.”

While it was the biggest victory of Vargas’ young career, this could be the end for the road for what has been a brilliant campaign for the former world champ.

“I wanted to keep fighting – I’m a warrior,” Lopez said. “But my corner decided it was enough. I really don’t know right now if I’m going to retire. I have to sit down with my family and my promoter and decide what the next step will be.”

In the opening bout of the PPV, Mauricio Herrera defeated defending WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Johan Perez by majority decision (114-114, 116-112 twice).

The early rounds were close, but the crafty Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs) pulled away after the sixth, pocketing rounds and landing power shots with ease. Herrera’s strong right hand and defensive sharpness was the difference against Perez (19-2-1, 13 KOs), who continually ate punches and couldn’t block Herrera’s slick combos.

No stranger to close decisions, Herrera was also the more effective fighter, having thrown and landed more power, jabs and total shots.

“It was difficult at first because he had a very awkward style,” Herrera said. “It took me a minute to figure it out and he was making me miss a lot of shots at first. But once I relaxed and adjusted to the awkward style I was able to get into rhythm, take control of the fight and put more pressure on him. I felt like I was a hungrier fighter here tonight and that’s why I pulled away with the victory.

“I graduated tonight – graduated to the next level.”

Perez, who raised his hands after the bell rang in the 12th, took issue with the judges’ decision.

“I felt that Mauricio had a difficult style and that it was a close fight,” Perez said. “Ultimately, I felt that I won the fight. I am really surprised by the decision and I want an immediate rematch.”

Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs) defended the WBO Bantamweight World Championship with a brutal 7th round knockout victory over Pungluang Singyu in a live bout presented on Canelo vs. Lara: COUNTDOWN LIVE on SHOWTIME®.

The vicious right hook immediately floored Singyu (46-3, 31 KOs), sending the former WBO Bantamweight Champion to the canvas reeling in pain. Referee Russell Mora counted out the Thai boxer at 1:35 of the seventh.

“Brilliantly executed knockout,” said expert analyst Farhood of the Japanese Kameda, who was making his U.S. debut. “I’d love to see him fight again, who wouldn’t?”

IBF Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter was interviewed during the SHOWTIME PPV and asked about his Aug. 16 showdown with undefeated British star Kell Brook.

On fighting Brook: “I’m ready and real excited. Kell Brook is young, 28 years old. He’s 32-0 with 22 knockouts. He’s undefeated so It’ll be fun.”

On Mayweather announcing Maidana rematch: “I am not surprised at all. He wants to right some wrongs from that first fight. Everybody knows Floyd Mayweather is smart. He will adjust and I expect him to do a lot better in this next fight.”

On his hopes of fighting Floyd: “I want some of that, for sure. I want that ‘0’. You know, Kell Brook has an ‘0’ but that doesn’t mean nearly as much to me as getting a shot at Mayweather’s.”

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Gana el Rebaño Sagrado contra La Maquina Cementera

Jul 9, 2014
  • Alineación Chivas : Luis Ernesto Michel; Edgar Solís, Carlos Salcido, Jair Pereira, Néstor Vidrio, Fernando Arce, Israel Castro, David Toledo, Ángel Reyna, Omar Bravo, Aldo De Nigris.
  • Alineación Cruz Azul: Guillermo Allison; Alejandro Castro, Julio Cesar Domínguez, Fusto Pinto, Gerardo Torrado, Christian Giménez, Alejandro Vela, Rogelio Chávez, Mariano pavone, Pablo Becerra, Mauro Formica.

Carson, CA a 9 de Julio del 2014. El día de hoy se enfrentaba “La Maquina Cementera”  contra “El Rebaño Sagrado” en el Stubhub Center siendo este su segundo partido para las Chivas Rayadas del Guadalajara de su gira por Estados Unidos.

Cabe destacar que el pasado sábado 6 de Julio las Chivas perdían contra Cruziero Esporte Clube en El paso Texas con un marcador de dos goles a cero.

En el minuto 32’ Aldo De Nigris abría el marcador para las Chivas Rayadas de Guadalajara aprovechando un error defensivo de parte de La Maquina Cementera.  Este gol es ya el quinto gol de De Nigris en la pretemporada.

Al minuto 74’ Omar Bravo anotaba el segundo gol de la noche para las Chivas, poniendo el marcador dos goles a cero.

Parecía que se le acababa la esperanza a los cementeros, pero al minuto  83’ Pablo Barrera anotaba el primer gol para Cruz Azul.

El Stubhub center lucio pletórico de aficionados, en su mayoría podíamos ver que venían a apoyar al Rebaño Sagrado. No obstante, la afición de La Maquina Cementera era notable y algunas veces opacaba a la porra de las Chivas.  Se conto con la asistencia de mas de 19 mil aficionados.

El marcador final del partido era de 2 a 1 a favor de las Chivas Rayadas de Guadalajara.

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Ganan las Chivas USA contra Montreal Impact #CHVvMTL

Jul 5, 2014


Fotografia: Samuel Coronado

Alineación  Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy; Donny Toia, Bobby Burling, Carlos Bocanegra, Tony Lochhead, Marvin Chávez, Marco Delgado, Agustín Pelletieri, Eric Avila, Leandro Barrera; Erick Torres

Alineación Montreal Impact: Troy Perkins; Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Heath Pearce, Karl Ouimette, Patrice Bernier, Andrés Romero, Justin Mapp, Felipe Martins, Marco Di Vaio, Jack McInerney

Carson, CA a 5 de julio del 2014
El día de hoy en el Stubhub Center se enfrentaban Chivas USA contra Montreal Impact donde Chivas USA venia de ganar los dos partidos pasados y Montreal que se encuentra en el decimo lugar en la conferencia este de la MLS.

De acuerdo a las estadísticas oficiales de la MLS Montreal Impact ataco y tuvo mas la posesión del balón durante todo el partido. Mostrando una superioridad pero no obstante empataba contra las Chivas USA.

Cabe destacar que el portero de la Selección norteamericana Tim Howard estuvo presente en este partido.


La asistencia al Stubhub Center fue muy pobre en esta ocasión se conto con la asistencia de un poco mas de cuatro mil personas.

En el tiempo de reposicion Erick ” El Cubo” Torres anotaba un gol de una manera espectacular “Un gol de pelicula” como el mimso Cubo Torres lo llamo en entrevistas.

Y de esta manera concluía el partido con una victoria 1 gol a 0 de las Chivas USA contra Montreal Impact.

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Chivas USA le gana a Real Salt Lake #MLS #CHVvRSL

Jun 28, 2014

Fotografia: Samuel Coronado

Alineación Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy, Donny Toia, Bobby Burling, Carlos Bocanegra, Tony Lochhead, Tony Lockhead, Mauro Rosales, Martin Rivero, Agustín Pelletieri, Eric Avila, Erick Torres, Leandro Barrera


Alineación Real Salt Lake: Jeff Attinella, Chris Wingert, Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler, Kenny Mansally, Cole Grossman, Luis Gil, Luke Mulholland, Javier Morales, Joao Plata, Robbie Findley


Carson, CA a 28 de Junio del 2014. – El día de hoy se enfrentaron las Chivas USA contra los Real Salt Lake en el Stubhub Center en Carson, CA.


Casi empezando el partido Luke Mulholland de Real Salt Lake cometía una falta y era amonestado con la tarjeta roja, dejando así a el equipo de Utah con 10 jugadores, dándoles así ventaja a Chivas USA.


En el minuto 35’ Erick “El Cubo” Torres, anotaba el primer gol de la noche par alas Chivas USA. Marcando así un record y venciendo a Cuauhtémoc Blanco de acuerdo a los records de la MLS de el Mexicano que anota mas goles. Cabe destacar que es el decimo gol que El Cubo Torres anota en la temporada.

En el minuto 71 Real Salt Lake por poco y anotaba el gol para el empate.

Se conto con una asistencia de casi seis mil asistentes al StubHub Center.


De acuerdo con las estadísticas en la pagina oficial de la MLS Chivas USA jugo de una manera superior, y así lo demostró en la cancha contra los Real de Salt Lake.

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Jun 26, 2014

Red Bulls return to Red Bull Arena from 2014 FIFA World Cup break for second of three meetings with Toronto FC
HARRISON, NJ (June 26, 2014) – The New York Red Bulls return to MLS action tomorrow night when they host Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena at 8:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now by calling 1.877.727.6223 or logging onto tickets.newyorkredbulls.com. The match will also be shown live on MSG+ with coverage starting at 7:30 PM.

New York is coming off a 2-0 win on the road against New England on June 8, the team’s last regular-season game before the league-wide FIFA World Cup break. Eric Alexander and Peguy Luyindula each recorded a goal and goalkeeper Luis Robles recorded a career-high 10 saves in his third shutout of the season. The Red Bulls, on 18 points with a 4-5-6 record, are currently tied for fifth place with the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference.

Friday’s match is the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season, with Toronto FC earning a 2-0 victory at BMO Field on May 17. The Reds currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 19 points and a 6-4-1 record.

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Jun 9, 2014

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 9, 2014) – KWR/Millennium Technologies’ Kyle Wyman was a man on a mission at the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader.

The 24-year-old entered Round 2 of the AMA Pro Road Racing season at Road America this past weekend still stewing from the disappointment of his finish in the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Back in March, it appeared Wyman had earned his third Daytona Harley-Davidson victory and had done so in thrilling fashion. However, he was later disqualified when it was determined his XR1200 had non-compliant and improperly modified engine components.

That setback only fueled Wyman’s fire and he was determined to put himself back on top of the box when the season resumed in Elkhart Lake, Wis.The field was stacked with gifted and hungry riders, but he simply would not be denied.

Wyman kept himself positioned near the front of the pack and braved an attempted slingshot pass from an opponent when he chose to lead up the hill the final time in the sprint to the checkered flag. It was a strategy that had worked in his favor in his 2012 victory at the track, and it did so again on Sunday – by a meager 0.033-second margin.


“I was seeing red, basically,” said Wyman. “I had a lot of time to think about Daytona. So far I’m two-for-two on crossing the line first, so I’ll take that. … I’m really happy to have redeemed myself in that fashion. … I’m just really happy to get up here for Millennium Technologies at their home race, and to redeem myself from Daytona, and get maximum points.”


On his tactics, Wyman said he was thinking back to his last victory in Wisconsin.


“That’s how I did it in 2012,” said Wyman. “I led out of the last corner to the line. I feel the last segment is one of my strong points. That was kind of the plan from the get-go, as long as I could keep myself toward the front.


“I saw Tyler (O’Hara) coming so I didn’t know how things were going to shake out because you can easily get shuffled to fourth like nothing. The strategy was to lead so if I just consciously passed whoever was in front of me and tried to go as fast as I could and stay in front of everybody, the strategy didn’t have to change on the last lap. It was just, go.”


O’Hara was coming, indeed.  The 2014 title leader looked to have been erased from contention for a victory on lap four. He was hot in pursuit of the 2013 race and series champion, Suburban Motors’ Steve Rapp, when his race was upended.


Early-leader Rapp had the back half of the circuit absolutely dialed, allowing him to consistently open up a substantial gap in that section. However, the chasing pack would gobble his advantage back up by working together in the draft down the home straight and in the run down into Turn 5.


On lap four, Ruthless Racing’s Danny Eslick decided it was time to take away Rapp’s open air, diving into the lead entering Turn 1. Rapp lost the front and hit the deck moments later while surrounded by the remainder of the lead pack.


Besides Rapp, Josh Chisum Racing/Bartels Harley-Davidson’s O’Hara got the worst of the incident as he was forced to take evasive action to avoid hitting the downed champ.


This turn of events left Wyman, Eslick, and Rapp’s teammate, Ben Carlson, all alone up front with O’Hara nearly four seconds back.


However, O’Hara took advantage of the titanic battle for the lead and ran the lead group back down, setting up a four-man melee on the race’s final lap. O’Hara moved into a podium position but was ultimately shuffled back to fourth, his hard work not rewarded with a change the final points tally.


Eslick finished a close runner-up, missing out on the win by just fractions of a second. It was an impressive effort nonetheless, as the Oklahoman missed Saturday qualifying following a hard fall in the day’s GoPro Daytona SportBike race. He qualified just tenth-best in the cold morning session but blasted his way to the front of the pack, and very nearly the win.


“Man, I had it set up there at the end to draft (by) him at the line, but I think (I hit) the limiter like three times on that last shift,” Eslick said. “That’s all it takes; everybody’s bikes are pretty evenly matched so you mess up that one little bit, miss a shift by just that much and you’re going to lose out.


“The race was a lot of fun. It’s not been the best weekend for me here. Daytona was awesome but here we’ve hit the ground, destroyed a bike, cost the team a whole bunch of money, and beat myself up. So it was nice to get out there and have a little bit of fun and get on the podium.”


Carlson actually led across the line to take the white flag first. However, he was dropped back to fourth momentarily as the leaders fought for position. The Wisconsin native managed to move back into third by the lap’s conclusion to secure his second consecutive home-race podium.


The third place finisher later admitted he knew O’Hara was on the charge.


“I knew he was coming,” said Carlson. “I looked back once coming into (Turn) 5 and saw he was coming. Our pace, because we were going back and forth and passing, I kind of figured he’d catch us. So, yeah, I knew he was there. And actually, he got ahead of me but Kyle took him wide going into Canada Corner. Good race. I had fun.”


Daytona runner-up Gage McAllister on the Folsom Harley-Davidson entry edged Thunder Roads Magazine’s Ryan Kerr and Chili Pepper Racing’s Hayden Schultz for fifth. As a result, McCallister still sits second in the points, seven behind O’Hara and one up on Eslick.


Level 10/Peter Brady Racing’s Eric Stump, third Suburban entry Nick Hansen and O’Hara’s teammate, Josh Chisum, completed the top ten.


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Round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season, the Triumph SuperBike Classic, will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., June 21-22.

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AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike recap: Road America

Jun 5, 2014

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 5, 2014) – The 2014 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike races at Road America will be remembered as a big step in the career of Jake Gagne.

The Californian had won a race and a pole before in the class and finished second in points last year, but this past weekend, the former Red Bull Rookies Cup champion dominated like never before.


Gagne, 21, won the pole at both races at Elkhart Lake and did so at a blistering pace.


“It was a perfect weekend and I’m really stoked,” said Gagne. “To come out of here with pole and two wins, I couldn’t ask for anything better for the whole RoadRace Factory/Red Bull crew. They have been working hard since Daytona.”


The former youth motocrosser who first raced on pavement in 2008, enjoyed a strong 2013, but his AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike campaign was overshadowed by the dominance of champion Cameron Beaubier. Gagne also enjoyed some solid performances in Europe before coming stateside for AMA Pro, so the paddock knew he was a contender. The twists and turns at Road America seemed to play into Gagne’s strengths.


Three riders bettered Beaubier’s qualifying mark from last year and Gagne, who qualified second in 2013, shaved nearly two seconds off his previous best lap in this year’s sessions. The RoadRace Factory/Red Bull pilot’s mark of 2:18.647 topped Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff by two tenths. Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Dane Westby joined them on the front row, lurking just under a second behind Gagne on the time charts.


Race 1 saw Gagne get the holeshot ahead of Gerloff and Castrol/Triumph/Sportbike Track Time’s Jason DiSalvo.  Gagne built a strong lead, and by the time the first circuit was completed, was free to run clear laps.


However, his advantage disappeared with a red flag that waved while he worked lap 10 due to Joe Roberts’ crash on his M4 Motorcycle Road Racing Honda. Roberts suffered a hand injury and was unable to race Sunday. Essentially, Gagne would have to win the race twice.


The restart and resulting three-lap shootout made Gagne feel challenges from rivals who previously had seen their chances at a win slip away. Jake Lewis on the MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha YZF-R6 jumped to the front, but Gagne was able to retake the lead and pull a bit of a gap to win it.

“The first part of the race we were just clicking off laps,” said Gagne on Saturday. “We were a little bummed when we heard it was going to be a three-lap dash after the red flag. I knew the guys would be back up there on me. Jake and Garrett both made some moves. Going into the last lap, I tried to get a clean, strong lap.”


On Sunday, Gagne continued his excellence. After the initial race was red-flagged early when Gerloff crashed, Gagne shook off Westby and JD Beach on his Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha to pull away to win by 12.209 seconds. Gagne did the “Superman” as he crossed the line the final time.


“We made some pretty significant changes for Sunday,” said Gagne. “I thought it improved the bike.”


Gagne finally made a mistake after the races were won. He dropped the bike turning around in the grass as he headed for victory circle.


“I jumped off the bike so it was pretty clean. It might have bent a clip-on. I think the guys are all right with it,” he laughed.


Beach had a great weekend, earning third and second in just his second weekend with the Factory Yamaha team. The dirt-tracker came up big to run in the podium positions. On Saturday, he seemed to get better as the race wore on. On Sunday, Beach fought an early battle with Gagne and challenged Westby late. He showed he isn’t content to let Gerloff position himself as team leader just yet.


“It feels good to get second here at Road America, but it would feel even better if I’d won,” said Beach on Sunday. “Jake rode a great race and pulled a pretty big gap on Dane and me. I’m glad to be on the podium. My team and I are improving with each race, so I’m really happy with our progress.”


Many of the top riders in the class saw a similar theme – one strong race, but another with struggles – in Wisconsin. Some class protagonists found themselves by the side of the track instead of in the action.


Gerloff had a wild weekend. The Texan had a big crash in qualifying that left his team scrambling to get his bike prepared for the race. Gerloff took the rebuilt machine to second in a gutsy ride.


“My Y.E.S. team had to totally rebuild the bike for me after my crash this morning, and they did a great job getting it race-ready in a very short amount of time,” he said after his performance on Saturday. “We weren’t able to get in any practice laps since the race followed right after qualifying, so I wasn’t sure what I had. The front-end felt a little different, so I had to adjust to the change and just concentrate on my lap times. The restart helped me because my team was able to adjust the front suspension and get me a little more comfortable. It was a big improvement, and I’m really happy to finish second, although I wish I’d won.”


On Sunday, an early crash netted Gerloff a trip in the ambulance, but he was cleared of a suspected concussion.


Westby had a similar event Saturday. The Oklahoman had made a push to second place on the final lap before he had a mechanical issue. It was tough to stomach after a Daytona crash thwarted another shot at the podium.


Westby was able to rebound to third on Sunday, charging after a so-so start to pass Beach before “calling off the dogs” when a few drops of the wet stuff began to fall.


“It is absolutely amazing and a huge weight off my shoulders,” said Westby after the weekend was in the books. “After pilot error at Daytona and a component conflict (Saturday) … when you put together a team like we have done, you obviously want to produce results. We were able to come through, and there is more coming in future races. Today, I felt the wisest decision was to stay on the podium and let the guys go when it started raining. I wish it had been a really good battle to the finish, but that’s how it goes. The team did a great job on the little Yamalube bike and I’m glad it paid off today. We have a really cool thing going and it was a super weekend with all the fans coming out to a great track.”


Danny Eslick had a similar one good, one bad tale to tell. Eslick had a scary crash early in Race 1, a rare occurrence for the Oklahoman.


“I’m a little bit beat up, banged up, bruised, but my pride’s probably hurt more than any of it,” said Eslick. “I think it was 2008 since I’ve last crashed out of a race. It’s a bit of a disappointment for me, that was a pretty good run I had going there.”


But, on Sunday, Eslick took a solid fourth on his Riders Discount Racing Triumph, unable to run with Beach and Westby but clear of the battle behind him.


“I was just trying to salvage the best finish I could and stay in line for the championship,” he said.


A similar fate met Jake Lewis. Lewis took full advantage of the red flag to lead briefly on the restart before eventually finishing fourth. That moved the fast teenager into a tie with Eslick in points. Sunday, however, saw him fall behind Gerloff’s crash. His team’s mad scramble to repair the damage got him back in the race but well behind the leaders. He moved up to 14th at the checkered flag, but it was an impossible task to earn much more for the Kentuckian.


DiSalvo rode in the lead pack on Saturday and earned a solid fifth, less than five seconds back. The New Yorker showed plenty of fight but couldn’t keep up the pace at the front. DiSalvo did not finish the race on Sunday, completing only nine laps.


RoadRace Factory/Red Bull’s Tomas Puerta showed impressive speed both days. The young Colombian fought in a tough pack inside the top ten both days, taking seventh on Saturday and his best AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike result yet when the reigning AMA Pro SuperSport champ earned fifth on Sunday.


Blake Young took advantage of the late red flag Saturday to gain positions. The GN Gonzalez Racing pilot and local Wisconsin favorite earned sixth after charging through the field following the restart. Sunday, he was tenth.


Kyle Wyman was consistently good in Wisconsin, earning two eighth place results on his Kyle Wyman Racing Yamaha.


Steve Rapp on his D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph machine earned seventh on Sunday after issues on Saturday. For Rapp and other Triumph pilots, such as Castrol/Triumph/Apex Manufacturing’s Elena Myers and Latus Motors/Castrol/Triumph Racing’s Bobby Fong, the weekend seemed to give mixed results after early promise. Triumph swept the second row of the grid at Road America but missed out on the podium.


Team H35’s Benny Solis earned two top-tens as a result of his battling in the pack that included Puerta and Young. Sixth and ninth were his results. That netted Solis tenth in points heading into Barber Motorsports Park.


Jake Zemke and Tuned Racing’s Bryce Prince also earned top tens at Road America.


“Of all the guys I was around, I think my bike worked better in the corners,” said the veteran Zemke. “We’re just fighting an uphill battle and are unfortunately down a little bit. We’re maximizing the positives of the bike currently. We have half the puzzle figured out, so we just need the other half now.”


Gagne now leads the championship standings with an even 100 and holds a 22-point advantage over Eslick, who sits at 78. Eslick will try to close that gap later this month when AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike heads to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., June 21 and 22. After the long straights and fast corners of Road America, Gagne and the rest of the field will face a much different challenge at another great circuit.


GoPro Daytona SportBike yearend point fund

  1.       Jake Gagne
  2.       Danny Eslick
  3.       Jake Lewis
  4.       Garrett Gerloff
  5.       JD Beach

Sunoco “Go the distance” award

Leader – JD Beach (706.5 miles)


Saddlemen Rookie of the Year award

Leader – Tomas Puerta


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Round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season, the Triumph SuperBike Classic, will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., June 21-22.


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Hayes yields AMA Pro SuperBike victory in Wisconsin

Jun 3, 2014

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 1, 2014) – Three-time AMA Pro SuperBike king Josh Hayes made it clear that he’s not ready to be put out to pasture any time soon at the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader. The 39-year-old dug deep in difficult conditions on Sunday and claimed the 43rd victory of his AMA Pro SuperBike career in a showcase of bravery and skill.

Just keeping his R1 on two wheels over the twice-stopped race’s final two laps was a supreme test of his skills as the rain poured down on the Wisconsin circuit. The Mississippian made it through despite a number of near-crashes on the tense run to the checkered flag – which was actually shown as a final red flag, stopping the race for good when a number of last-lap incidents.


“I’m really happy for my team,” Hayes said. “Big thank you to Monster Energy Graves Yamaha for providing me with what I need to win races.”


Commenting on the level of difficult of today’s victory, Hayes said, “It was harder than the hardest lap I’ve ridden around this racetrack just to negotiate around.”


Hayes’ Factory Yamaha teammate, Cameron Beaubier, made his first real rookie mistake during the dry portion of Sunday’s contest, prior to the race’s first red flag. The 21-year-old was the favorite coming into Race 2, having dominated in the lead-up to the race, reeling in the pole position and the win on Saturday.


Beaubier appeared content to sit just behind early-leader Hayes and Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas and wait for the race’s second half before making his move, similar to the strategy he used so frequently en route to his 2013 GoPro Daytona SportBike crown.


However, looks can be deceiving. Beaubier lost the front of his No. 2 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Turn 1 on lap six of 13 and crashed out of contention. If he had won the race, he would have had more than a full race’s points lead over three-time champ Hayes, but the miscue completely altered the complexion of the developing title fight.

Later that same lap, riders started to signal it was raining in the back half of the circuit and the race was red flagged shortly after.


Until the stoppage, Cardenas was glued to Hayes’ rear wheel at the front of the race, well separated from the remainder of the pack. Cardenas’ teammate, Roger Hayden, was all alone in third at the time, with ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing’s David Anthony leading a group that included Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram, KTM/HMC Racing’s Fillmore and third Yoshimura runner Clark.


At the restart, the frontrunners all took to the circuit with full slicks. The race resumed with Hayes opening an early advantage over Cardenas, while Hayden and Clark settled into a close fight for third.


However, when the rain returned a second time, it was with a vengeance. Hayes managed to hold on for the win, but Cardenas plummeted down the order.


Meanwhile, Anthony blasted forward and claimed the runner-up spot, the first podium result of his AMA Pro SuperBike career.


Hayden was credited in third, followed by Clark, who picked up his third fourth-place result of the season.


“It was pretty good,” Hayden said. “Actually, I don’t really don’t deserve third place; I got lucky with Cameron crashing. Those guys were faster than me. I’m just glad to finish the race on the two wheels.”


Fillmore crashed on the final lap, but was listed in fifth, as the late red flag reset the final results by a lap. He was followed by Pegram and Cardenas.


Spaniard Bernat Martinez finished in eighth on the Proto-Tech Spain Yamaha R1, while Seven Sports’ Trent Gibson and Dumas Superbike Team’s Fancois Dumas rounded out the top ten.


Despite being a lap down when the first red flag was shown, Beaubier reentered the fray from the pits at the restart. The rookie ran off track once and later crashed a second time. However, despite his difficult day, he picked up 13th place points for his title campaign.


As a result, Beaubier and Hayden are now tied atop the order with 90 points apiece. Hayes is right there as well, sitting third with 85 points.


AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike


RoadRace Factory/Red Bull’s Jake Gagne swept the weekend’s GoPro Daytona SportBike action at Road America on Sunday, taking it to the field once again en route to his third class victory. Gagne was the master of the four-mile track and led all 12 laps in the weekend’s second race.


Much like Saturday’s race, drama in the late laps put Gagne’s result in doubt when rain began to fall on the final lap. The leaders slowed their pace until the checkered flag flew moments later.


“To come out of here and get pole and two wins, I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Gagne. “It was a nice race and I tried not to make any mistakes. It started raining at the end and it made me a little nervous. We’ll try to keep the momentum going into Barber and keep going faster.”

JD Beach on a Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha, and Dane Westby aboard a Yamalube/Westby Racing entry, battled for second place, with Beach earning the spot for his second podium of the weekend in a race stopped when teammate Garrett Gerloff crashed.


Westby rebounded from a last-lap mechanical issue on Saturday to get the result he’d been looking for since he contended for the win in the DAYTONA 200 in March.


Danny Eslick earned a solid fourth in his comeback from a crash on Saturday. The DAYTONA 200 champ cleared away from a hostile battle for fifth, which was won by Tomas Puerta on his RoadRace Factory/Red Bull machine. Team H35’s Benny Solis, D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph’s Steve Rapp and Kyle Wyman Racing’s Kyle Wyman all finished within a second of Puerta.


Veterans Jake Zemke of GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing and BGN Gonzalez pilot Blake Young also earned top ten finishes.


Gagne now leads series points over Eslick by 22 points.


AMA Pro SuperSport


After two red flags, the race shaped up as a five-lap affair with two of the most experienced SuperSport riders in the class, with TOBC Racing’s Hayden Gillim topping Celtic Racing HVMC pilot Corey Alexander in a photo finish.


Alexander led the white flag lap, but Gillim made the pass in turn one. Alexander retook the lead in turn fine and looked to have the drive off of turn 14, but Gillim was able to draft by and win the race by just 0.015 seconds.


“It’s so amazing after all of the bad luck I’ve had here over the years. I’m glad we could put on a good show for all the fans,” said Gillim. “He had a good gap on me and I slipped coming out (of the last turn). I thought I was done but somehow a miracle happened.”


Tuned Industriers rider Jason Aguilar took an impressive third. The youngster earned his first AMA Pro SuperSport podium in a tough fight with Kaleb De Keyrel of De Keyrel Racing, Alexander’s teammate Wyatt Farris on the Celtic Racing HVMC entry and House of Paint Designs’ JC Camacho. Just 0.170 seconds separated the four riders as they passed the checkered flag in a big blur. Aguilar went from 14th starting spot to achieve the best result of his young career.


Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series


KWR/Millennium Technologies’ Kyle Wyman battled his way to a thrilling victory in Sunday’s Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series contest at Road America.


Wyman out-dueled Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson Benny Carlson and Ruthless Racing’s Danny Eslick during an intense final lap to claim the checkered flag first by a scant 0.033-second margin.


“It was a fun race,” Wyman said. “There was a lot going on I’m just really happy to be up here for Millennium Technologies at their home race and to redeem myself from Daytona and get maximum points.”


Eslick crossed the stripe in second with Carlson just another 0.123 seconds back in third.


Pole sitter Tyler O’Hara on the Josh Chisum Racing Bartels Harley-Davidson XR1200 took fourth, missing out on the win by just three tenths of a second.


O’Hara clawed his way back into contention on the race’s final lap after losing more than three seconds at mid-distance. The Californian was forced to take evasive action to avoid early leader Steve Rapp on the Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson when the defending champ crashed in turn one working lap four of seven.


Folsom Harley-Davidon’s Gage McAllister narrowly edged Thunder Roads Magazine’s Ryan Kerr and Chili Pepper Racing’s Hayden Schultz for fifth.


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Round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama for the Triumph SuperBike Classic on June 21-22.


Source and Photography: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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