Sunday, February 26, 2006

Join the Motorcycle Podcast Group Forum

We put together a Motorcycle Podcast Group Forum for everyone to get involved in talking motorcycles!! So be sure and check it out at the MPG Forum here.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

New Logo


This is my New Logo. Hope everyone likes it!! Oh ya, its me....

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Web Page Problems

Web Page Problems

Some of you might have seen my “Coming Soon” web page for about a day.  I purchased a web page from godaddy.com and it screwed up the forwarding to my Blogger page.  I am working on a proper web page for the show, so look for my new web page in the future.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Episode 8


Episode 8

I’ll be doing an interview with Wayne Wilder of Komodo Gear, looking for ideas of what to you want me to ask Wayne Wilder about Komodo Gear, previous interview on Motocast, where you can go to enter a free gear giveaway, a pair of  boots and a pair of gloves.  Just answer three simple questions after listening to the interview with Wayne Wilder

Listener survey on web site, Please go to my web site and take a listener survey, its anonymous and it will help with getting some advertisers for the web site.

Frapper Map, need more pins, we are up to 22 pins and going strong.

Keep the email coming.  I have received some great suggestions for future shows.

I have been signing up for press releases from the various sites, manufactures, teams and the AMA.  So my news and insider info should be getting better for the future shows.

Advertisers:  I am looking for some advertisers for the show.  I have a media Kit available for companies to look over.  If you are interested send me an email at roadracerpodcast@gmail.com and I’ll get it out to you.  As everyone knows, the Podcasting world has been growing quickly and it’s a new medium for advertisers to get
involved in.

MPG:

The Motorcycle Podcast Group has finished another round wheel discussion and I have been tasked with editing the show together.  We had a special guest Ray from Kneedraggin.net who talked about the Snell Helmet standard and a recent Motor cyclist helmet test on a recent show of his.  So we asked him to come and talk with us.  The show should be up sometime this week.  Additionally we have a new MPG web site up and running.  Bob Hayes and Prubert have both put in a lot of work and it really looks good.  You can got there to down load the show and subscribe to it thru iTunes.

Buell news:

I reported last episode that two time Canadian superbike champion Pascal Picotte was going to be riding a Buell XBRR in the Dayton 200 for Trev Deeley Motorcycles, but his sponsor Yamaha Canada did not like that he was riding another brand, so it was reported that Picotte was replaced by 2005 Canadian 600cc Sport Bike Champion Steve Crevier.
Source: Roadracing World.

Additonally from an AMA press release:
AMA PRO RACING CONFIRMS BUELL FORMULA XTREME ELIGIBILITY
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (February 10, 2006) – AMA Pro Racing confirmed today that the Buell XBRR motorcycle, the race-kitted variant of the road-going XB12R, is eligible for competition in the AMA Formula Xtreme Series.
In making the announcement AMA Pro Racing Director of Competition, Merrill Vanderslice noted that AMA Pro Racing technical personnel have inspected the motorcycle and it was determined that Buell has met the requirements for the XBRR to be eligible for AMA Formula Xtreme.
“By design, Formula Xtreme rules are the most liberal of all the classes within the AMA Superbike Championship,” stated Vanderslice. “The class was created with broad equipment parameters and air-cooled V-twins are afforded the most latitude. Buell has based this motorcycle on its XB12R street bike and the modifications made are within the rules allowed in the class.”
Vanderslice acknowledged that a press release distributed by Buell to announce the motorcycle may have created some confusion as to the bike’s eligibility.
“Regardless of the wording in the release, the bottom line is that Buell has produced a racetrack version of an existing street motorcycle and modified it within the rules,” he noted. “We were aware of Buell’s plans and inspected the motorcycle on Friday, Feb. 3 as part of the approval process.
“The intent of the Formula Xtreme class is to include a diverse group of motorcycles, and we welcome Buell’s increased participation in AMA championship racing. We are confident the company’s inclusion will enhance the sport of motorcycle road racing.
Anthony Gobert:

It was reported that Anthony Gobert was having a Heroin Problem and was stopped and arrest for various traffic violations.  It was also reported that when Anthony was stopped for his traffic violation he was out seeking heroin.  Anthony was convicted and sentenced to 300 hours community service and his drivers license was suspended until 2010.

There have been various accusations that Gobert was racing high and the web was full of postings about his problem and even his mother posted on the web.  I posed a copy of the email from Anthony’s mother on my web site for everyone to read.

Via e-mail:Hi. I have read your article about Anthony. I would be grateful if you could make it clear that the addiction is completely gone and Anthony has been clean for a long time.The court case was adjourned last year a few times and so for the article to give the impression that it is a current thing is very misleading. I understand that you have not in any way embellished the facts but you were not given the full facts. The newspaper article in Australia was also very misleading and did not state the full facts. It also selectively printed only part of the whole storey. The reason why Anthony received such a minor penalty is that the judge could see that Anthony had taken steps to help himself and was no longer an addict. He has in fact been clean for a long time.Some jealous person over here has gotten hold of the article and has sent it to every journalist and motorcycle person all over the world and this in itself is very sad that someone could be so hateful as to try to sabotage another person.Thank you,Sue Gobert (Note: Sue Gobert is Anthony Gobert's mother and manager.)

Source: Roadracing World

USGPRU

I just finished an interview with the president of the USGPRU Stewart Atkin-Cade and East Coast Rep Dennis Woods.  It’s a series for 125cc and 250cc bikes.  They have announced that they are raffling off a brand new Honda RS125 GP race bike at the USGPRU National Championship Final race at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 21, 2006.  For more information I have a link on my web site to the USGPRU.

Dayton 200 Coverage:

Speed TV is having over 8 hours of coverage of the Dayton 200 beginning on March 9th to March 12th.  So set your TIVO’s and DVR’s if you can’t see it live.  Additionally, if anyone is going to the Dayton 200 and would be willing to call me for an interview

From a press release from the AMA:
DAYTONA 2006 FEATURES A FULL PLATE OF TELEVISION COVERAGE
SPEED features 8 hours of live coverage
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (February 10, 2006) – Fans of AMA championship motorcycle racing will get their fill of action in March when SPEED fires up 12 hours of race coverage from Daytona Beach, including eight hours of live coverage, culminating with the broadcast of the 65th running of the Daytona 200 by Honda, the opening round of the AMA Lockhart-Phillips USA Formula Xtreme Series.
SPEED’s coverage kicks off March 9 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. ET, including coverage of the AMA Supersport and Superstock season openers as well as Daytona 200 and AMA Superbike qualifying. Last year, Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin turned the fastest lap ever on the newly configured, 2.95-mile Daytona International Speedway. Repeat coverage of the Supersport and Superstock races will air at 11 p.m. ET on March 9 and again at 12 p.m. ET, March 10.
On March 10, the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series takes center stage with primetime same-day coverage starting at 9:30 p.m. ET. The “Big Three” of Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed and James Stewart will bring their season-long battle to one of the premier events on the AMA Supercross schedule, featuring the longest and most exhausting track in the series.
On March 11, SPEED will offer morning-to-evening coverage of Daytona Bike Week racing. The day starts at 11 a.m. ET with flag-to-flag coverage of the 2006 AMA Superbike Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited season opener. Defending champ Mat Mladin will begin his quest to win a record seventh AMA Superbike title. This year, Mladin will face an even deeper field of competitors, including the returning factory Kawasaki squad led by brothers Tommy and Roger Lee Hayden.(image placeholder)
Fans of the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship won’t be left out either. After the Daytona Superbike race, SPEED will present Thursday night’s Flat Track season opener from Daytona’s Municipal Stadium. Chris Carr is hoping to close in this year on some of Scott Parker’s AMA Grand National records.
Live coverage of the 65th Daytona 200 by Honda featuring the AMA Lockhart-Phillips USA Formula Xtreme Series will take the green flag starting at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 11. This year defending Daytona 200 winner Miguel Duhamel will face a strong field of competitors as he tries to become the first six-time winner of the prestigious race.
“AMA Pro Racing is thrilled to again be working with SPEED for the 2006 racing season and these 3 days in March - with 12 hours of programming, is a great rollout for another fantastic season of coverage for fans of AMA racing,” said AMA Pro Racing’s Vice-President of Commercial Development John C. Farris, Jr. “The Daytona Bike Week tradition gathers the entire AMA racing community and it is great to have SPEED bringing it to life for the fans that aren’t able to attend the events,” added Farris.
Veteran broadcasters Ralph Sheheen, who is also announcing the entire Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series on SPEED, and Brian Drebber will provide play by play alongside expert color analysis from former Daytona winner Freddie Spencer. 2 Wheel Tuesday’s host Greg White will be reporting from the pits with help from racer Jason Pridmore during the Daytona 200.
For additional information on all the Daytona AMA Pro Racing TV programming go to www.speedtv.com or www.amaproracing.com.
2005 Suzuki GSXR Cup
The 2005 Suzuki GSXR cup will be aired on Fox Sports Net, I put a link in the show notes to the local listings.

http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/article/?article=25031     

Jessica Zaluski

I did an interview with Jessica Zalusky back in episode 4, we talked about her injury she got while racing at VIR.  Jessica will be riding again in t Racing two Save Lives event.  The 2006 event will be held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. It will run 9am -6pm from April 13th to April 16th and will allow riders/racers from across the country to contribute to a great cause, while riding an AMA roadracing venue.
Racing 2 Save Lives is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children's charities by raising awareness, involvement, and capital within the motorcycle racing community through donations, corporate sponsorship and fundraising events. All profits generated by Racing 2 Save Lives are distributed among carefully selected organizations that have a significant impact on the lives of children-in-need, and their families.For more information, please visit www.racing2savelives.org.     
Endurance Racing:

Last episode I talked about the FIM endurance racing series and here is a press release from MV Agusta, a classic Italian motorcycle company.:

From MV AgustaItalian manufacturer MV Agusta will also be represented in the World Endurance Championship again this year, with a team run by Davide (brother of Alex) Capirossi’s Riding School. The Racing4Life squad will be run in conjunction with Ayrton Senna foundation. Their MV Agusta 1000F4 Senna (of course) will be ridden by Davide Capirossi, Andrea Artusi and 90’s Grand Prix star Fausto Ricci.The first round of the World Endurance Championship will be held at Assen, Netherlands, on Easter Monday, the 17th of April, with the Le Mans 24 Hour race held a week later on the 22nd and 23rd of April.

New American Motorcycle Company
Fischer Motor Company has opened an assembly plant in the Eastern Shore region of Maryland to build the company’s new motorcycle, the Fischer MRX. Scheduled to begin deliveries to dealers in May, the MRX is a 650cc, liquid-cooled, V-twin sport motorcycle designed by Glynn Kerr and based on his MRX Concept shown 2 years ago at the Indianapolis Dealer Expo. Glynn Kerr is the President of the Motorcycle Design Association, and widely considered one of the world’s top designers. Look for more information on the Fischer MRX, including updates, pictures, and specifications to be added soon at www.fischer1.com .
Hotbodies Racing:
Famous both for their performance-bike accessories and support of motorcycle road racing world wide, Hotbodies Racing has signed up to Sponsor Team Kenny Roberts’ MotoGP program in 2006. In celebration of partnering with Team KR the Hotbodies Racing booth at the Indy Dealer Show will have one of the team’s MotoGP bikes on display for photo opportunities for all attendees.Hotbodies Racing specializes in manufacturing performance parts for performance bikes. Hotbodies Racing is the design leader in Undertails, Undertail Exhausts, Windscreens, Flush-Mount Signals, Huggers and full-race Bodywork. Hotbodies Racing supports the sport with sponsorship and its own in-house race team, and encourages dealer inquiries. For more information visit: www.hotbodiesracing.com.
Yamaha Offers to buy back the R6:

Yamaha motor company has offered to buy back the new 2006 R6 from customers.  Yamaha sent a letter to new R6 owners stating the the 2006 production run of R6’s does not reach the 17,500 rpm red line only 16,000 rpm.  They have offered to purchase back any R6 from a customer that wants to return the bike, to include all associated costs, taxes, fees etc.  They have until March 15th to respond to the letter.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Free Stuff!!


Free Stuff for the Listeners!

Motocast, a member of the Motorcycle Podcast Group, announces free stuff for their listeners! Prubert, Nate and Dr. Dave are giving away free boots and a back protector from Komodo. Just download their most recent episode of Motocast and answer three simple questions and you could be a winner. For more information on the contest, and to see pictures of the prizes, go to the Motocast web site and for more information on Komodo and their products go to the Komodo web site

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Episode 7


Episode 7

Intro: In the 7th episode of roadracer podcast, News, an interview with 2005 AMA Supermoto Champion Jurgen Kunzel and amateur01 racer Athena Detlefs.

Opening:

Welcome to the Seventh episode of Roadracer Podcast, I am your host John Bunce. That commentary was from the 1979 British Grand Prix.  It was a three way battle between Will Hartove, Barry Sheen and Kenny Roberts.  You can purchase the Barry Sheen Story on DVD from a great british magfaizine called Two Wheels Only, http://www.two.tv/.  The magazine is about 10 dollars an issue at Borders Books, but well worth it.  The promo DVD was included in an issue of the magazine for free back in March 2004

MPG

New motorcycle podcast group web page is up and running, www.motorcyclepodcastgroup.com, and we have out first show up, show #0.  The sound quality is all over the place with volume issues, but we are working that out and it will get better in the future.  You can find the RSS feed on the MPG web page.  We even have our own email address, MPG@motorcyclepodcastgroup.com.  So if you want to send us an email, leave your comments, or show ideas, send us an email.

2005 AMA Supermoto Champion Jurgen Kunzel:  I played a promo from Supermoto Podcast out of Germany a few episodes ago.  I talked with the host Christian Queens and he was interviewing the 2005 AMA Supermoto Champion and the German Supermoto Champion Jurgen Kunzel.  They did their interview in German but he said that I could send in a few questions and he would ask Jurgen in English for me.  I screwed up one of the questions and said Las Vegas instead of Reno, but they made fun of me and figured it out in the end.  So here is the interview.

Were back.  If you would can you send an email to the host of Supermoto Podcast, Christian and thank him for the interview.  I’ll put a link on the web site. Email Christian here, c.queens@noa-marketing.de

Listener Email:

I have been receiving interviews about music in the Podcast and I have a poll up on the web site.  But I think I am leaning towards just one song at the end of the Podcast.

News:

Last episode I talked to Jimmy McDowell a WERA racer and he talked about riding with 15 year old racer Josh Herrin.  Well Josh was picked up by Graves Yamaha, but will not be eligible to race in the AMA until he turns 16 in May.  So he’ll race in the WERA national series until May 23 when he turns 16.

Max Biaggi: I talked about Max going to WSBK for Suzuki, but the Alstare Corona Suzuki Team announced its rider line up for 2006 and he’s not with them.  I’ll keep an eye on him and get you some updates when I hear anything.

Buell Race bike: Very exciting news about Buell.  There are 4 Buell XBRR race bikes in the Daytona 200 in March.  They will be backed buy dealer based teams from four different countries.

Hal’s Performance Advantage Buell from the USA, Hannover (Germany) Buell team, Warr’s Harley-Davidson/Buell of London (England), and Trev Deeley Motorcycles, of Vancouver, Canada

The four teams are expected to test the XBRR race bikes at Texas Motor speedway this month.

http://www.buell.com/en_us/mania/racing/xbrr.asp     

All the XBRR race bikes have been sold out and are no longer available for purchase.

Ducati Contingency Program: Ducati North America announced a 1 million dollar contingency program.  It covers 180 races and includes WERA events for 2006.  Additionally Ducati is offering a special race only SS1000 race bike for sale at a reduced price of $7,999.

Technical Details:These motorcycles are almost identical to Model Year 2005 SS1000F. In order to be brought into the United States for “Racing Purposes Only” the following components have been removed: Front Headlamp, Rear Tail Light, Mirror, Turn Signals. “Competition Only” stickers are prominently placed on the bikes as well. The bodywork is stock, so there will be holes where the components have been removed. For most racing organizations, the bodywork would need to be replaced with enclosed belly pan bodywork in order to be used on the track. Colors available are red and yellow.

WSBKPod: There is a new Podcast about the World Super Bike championship, hosted by Alan Fleming and is available thru iTunes.  Sounds good, so check it out.

Motorcycle Endurance Racing:  
Full Calendar: The 2006 World Endurance Championship calendar sees the return to the championship of the classic Le Mans 24 Hour and Bol d'Or 24 Hour races after an absence of four years. Together with the now well established Oschersleben 24 Hour race, the three middle distance events at Albacete, Zolder and Suzuka and the season opening Assen 500km sprint, the addition of the two classic 24 hour events means that the endurance season stretches to almost one hundred hours of racing. The full calendar is as follows:
April 17: Assen 500km Netherlands
April 22/23: Le Mans 24 Hours France
May 20: Albacete 8 Hours Spain
June 18: Zolder 6 Hours Belgium
July 30: Suzuka 8 Hours Japan
August 12/13: Oschersleben 24 Hours Germany
September 16/17: Bol d'Or 24 Hours (Magny Cours) – France

For more information go to http://www.fgsport.com/     

2006 USGP Tickets.

2006 MotoGP Laguna Secca, tickets available for 2006 race.  Steve Jones is selling tickets in the private luxury Trophy section.  They aren't cheap about $1200 per seat.  He's got extra seat because he bought a block of them for friends and some of them backed out so he is stuck with them.  There's a link on my web site http://stevejones.cc/suite

Be sure to tell him that you heard it through Roadracer Podcast

Athena Detlefs

Lets play my interview with Athena Detlefs.  First I want to apologize for the pour sound quality and my heavy breathing, the mic was too close.  I started off welcoming her and asking her to tell us a little about herself.  

Wrap Up:

Send me your emails to roadracerpodcast@gmail.com and your voice mails through Skype to my id of roadracerpodcast
Add a pin to my Frapper map and don’t forget the round table discussion at Motorcycle Podcast Group.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Motorcycle Podcast Group Round Table Discussion

Show #0 is up and running. You can either download the show directly here and you can subscribe to the RSS feed here. Just copy the link into your iTunes and enjoy the first show!

Here's the web site, MPG.

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