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John Hopkins Interview: Jerez MotoGP

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Motorcycle USA talks to John Hopkins about his surprising return to MotoGP, the upcoming British Superbike campaign and his re-dedication to the sport of motorcycle racing in this exclusive interview.

Ducati Community Social Media Site Launched

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Ducati North America is proud to announce the Ducati Community; a cutting edge social media site for Ducati enthusiasts to come together and share their experiences via photo, video and written anecdotes.

Jerez MotoGP Preview 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The 2011 MotoGP Championship heads to Europe for Jerez and the first Spanish GP where Casey Stoner looks to reaffirm Repsol Honda's early season dominance.

Great Start for Superstore's SuperSport Class

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Motorcycle-Superstore.com's AMA SuperSport class kicked off in great fashion at Daytona and included two riders grabbing hold of their first wins in the 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing series.

Single Track Mind: Blues Beating Bikes

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Amidst the doom and gloom of a soggy English winter, Mr. Melling brings good tidings of great joy as another riding and road racing season dawns.

John Hopkins to Return to Rizla Suzuki

Monday, March 28, 2011
After last riding for the squad in 2007, John Hopkins will return to the Rizla Suzuki team for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.

2011 World Superbike Donington Insider

Monday, March 28, 2011
Yamaha's Marco Melandri may have won the first World Superbike race of his career, but it wasn't enough to keep Max Biaggi out of the headlines at Donington.

Mick Doohan to Attend 2011 Isle of Man TT

Sunday, March 27, 2011
Former Grand Prix World Champion, Mick Doohan, has been confirmed to visit the 2011 Isle of Man TT Races where he will start the Monster Energy Supersport 2 Race and present trophies for the PokerStars Senior TT.

Kawasaki USA Fundraiser for Japan

Sunday, March 27, 2011
After not sustaining any damage from the Japan earthquake, Kawasaki Heavy Industries will continue its operations in Akashi while U.S.-based Kawasaki entities are collecting donations from its employees.

2011 World Superbike Donington Results

Sunday, March 27, 2011
The 2011 World Superbike Championship saw a newcomer take a win at Donington as Round 2 of the series visited the British circuit for its 80th anniversary.

MotoGP Unites to Help Japan

Saturday, March 26, 2011
In the wake of recent catastrophes that have affected Japan, the MotoGP community has banded together to produce a specially printed t-shirt signed by 17 riders.

2011 World Superbike Donington Superpole

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Ducati's Carlos Checa dominated another pole session on Saturday after achieving an impressive pace at Donington ahead of BMW's Leon Haslam and Kawasaki's Tom Sykes.

2011 MiRock Spring Bike Open Results

Friday, March 25, 2011
Bud Yoder defeated Jeremy Teasley in the opening round of the 2011 MiRock Superbike series in Rockingham, North Carolina.

Countdown to AMA Get Out and Ride Month

Friday, March 25, 2011
The AMA Get Out and Ride Month is kicking into gear on April 1st with a list of riding activities across the country.

Alvaro Bautista Recovering in Spain

Friday, March 25, 2011
Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista has returned to Spain to recover from a broken femur he sustained during practice for the opening round of the 2011 MotoGP Championship.

2011 WSB Donington Friday Qualifying

Friday, March 25, 2011
Aprilia's Max Biaggi returned to the top of the timesheets on Friday by securing the quickest pace in qualifying at Donington.

2011 WSB Donington Friday Practice

Friday, March 25, 2011
Once again Ducati's Carlos Checa remained out of reach for the World Superbike paddock as the Spaniard set the fastest pace during practice at Donington.

WSBK Celebrates 80 Years at Donington

Thursday, March 24, 2011
During a traditional pre-event press conference for Round 2 of the 2011 World Superbike Championship, riders gathered to celebrate 80 years of motorcycle racing at the Donington circuit.

Memorable MC: Triumph Thunderbird 650

Thursday, March 24, 2011
This month’s Memorable Motorcycle harkens back to the post-war era, when GIs returned home and forked over mustering pay for sleek rides like the Triumph Thunderbird.

Motorcycle Insurance Tips for Riding Season

Thursday, March 24, 2011
There’s nothing like cruising down the open road on your motorcycle – the wind in your hair and a few bugs in your teeth; but before you hit the highways and byways this season, make sure your insurance policy is up to speed.

Honda Motorcycle Production Back March 28

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Honda announces motorcycle production will resume at its Kumamoto Factory starting on Monday, March 28.

Virginia International Raceway Open House

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Please join us April 1st as we usher in the Spring at VIRginia International Raceway's Open House - featuring our Ronald McDonald House Charities benefit.

STAR Offers Free Classes to Natl. Guard

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
National Guard members are invited to attend Jason Pridmore’s Star Motorcycle School for free.

2011 World Superbike Donington Preview

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Carlos Checa arrives at Donington with the championship points lead, but rival Max Biaggi looking to gain ground. See how the SBK paddock lines up for Round 2 of the 2011.

Infront Extends Broadcast Agreement for WSBK

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Infront Sports & Media has extended broadcast agreements with ESPN/STAR, Al Jazeera and J Sport for television coverage of the FIM Superbike World Championship. They will provide full live coverage, as well as delayed and highlights from each race.

Kart Race with Superbike Racers at Miller

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
For those tha think they have the skills to take on a superbike racer, Miller Motorsports Park has your chance to prove it! Fans who purchase a ticket to The BigM Weekend will be eligible to win a slot in the Superbike Super Celebrity Mega Kart Showdown.

Powersports Industry Supports Japan Relief

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Three powersports industry associations today joined forces to provide financial assistance to the relief efforts currently underway in Japan.

Chris Vermeulen to Return at Donington

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team rider Chris Vermeulen is planning on returning to action at round two of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Donington Park.

USGPRU Promotes AMA Amateur Racing Finals

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the U.S. Grand Prix Racers Union (USGPRU) to promote and sanction the AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships on Oct. 8-9.

TT 3D: New Documentary on IOM TT

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The Isle of Man TT hits the big screen, and in 3D, with a new documentary chronicling the drama of one of the most dangerous races in the world.

AMA Suspends Josh Herrin for Infineon

Monday, March 21, 2011
The AMA has announced a one-event suspension and fine for Josh Herrin and Graves Yamaha for actions during the last-lap crash in the Daytona 200.

World Superbike: Toseland Out for Donington

Monday, March 21, 2011
BMW Italia rider James Toseland will miss the upcoming second round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington, the English rider having fractured his wrist during testing.

2011 MotoGP Qatar Insider: Honda

Monday, March 21, 2011
Our MotoGP Insider delivers the goods from Qatar and the openining round of 2011, where Honda flashed its might.

2011 MotoGP Qatar Insider: Yamaha

Monday, March 21, 2011
The GP Insider visits the Yamaha camp following a solid debut at Qatar, as well as more on Suzuki's inability to replace the injured Bautista at Qatar.

2011 MotoGP Qatar Insider: Ducati

Monday, March 21, 2011
The Ducatis have struggled in the early going of the 2011 MotoGP season. Get the inside word on Valentino Rossi's seventh-place result and Nicky Hayden's ninth in our MotoGP Qatar Insider report.

Bridgestone Official MotoGP Tire Thru 2014

Monday, March 21, 2011
Japanese motorcycle tire manufacturer, Bridgestone announced it has extended its partnership with the world’s premier road racing series—MotoGP—as the official tire supplier through the 2014 season.

2011 MotoGP Qatar Results

Sunday, March 20, 2011
The 2011 MotoGP Championship witnessed its first victory of the season at Qatar after some tense battles amongst the paddock.

2011 MotoGP Qatar Qualifying

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Casey Stoner keeps his rivals in check, with the Australian scoring pole position at Qatar – the 27th pole for #27.

Surgery for Bautista, No Qatar Replacement

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Alvaro Bautista underwent surgery to place a pin his fractured femur at Qatar. Logistical problems mean no rider in the Suzuki seat at Qatar, with John Hopkins slated for Jerez.

2011 MotoGP Qatar Free Practice 3

Friday, March 18, 2011
Casey Stoner continued to drop lap times at Qatar during Free Practice 3, with his Repsol rival Pedrosa closed the gap.

Alvaro Bautista Out for Qatar MotoGP

Friday, March 18, 2011
Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista suffered a broken left femur from a fast crash in the closing stages of the third practice session in Qatar.

2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 First Ride

Friday, March 18, 2011
Suzuki releases its new and improved GSX-R750 sportbike and we test ride it at Barber Motorsports Park in this motorcycle First Ride review.

2011 MotoGP Qatar Free Practice 2

Friday, March 18, 2011
Casey Stoner holds the front-running pace as Free Practice 2 concludes at Qatar, with teammate Dani Pedrosa cutting into the gap and Yamaha’s Ben Spies running third-fastest.

2011 MotoGP Qatar Free Practice 1

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Casey Stoner sets the pace as the MotoGP season kicks off under the lights of Qatar. See where the rest of the GP paddock stacked up during Free Practice 1.

Offical Ducati Corse iPhone App Released

Thursday, March 17, 2011
To celebrate the start of the 2011 MotoGP season, Ducati has released the official Ducati Corse Iphone App via the Apple App Store and iTunes.

Possible Global TT Series in the Works

Thursday, March 17, 2011
The Isle of Man government is looking to extend the scope of TT-branded races to more international events as soon as 2014.

AMA Responds to 2011 Daytona 200 Issues

Thursday, March 17, 2011
The 2011 Daytona 200 featured a thrilling finish, along with a number of issues and problems that hindered the on-track action. The AMA responds.

Salt Addiction: Jon Amo

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Jon Amo the 200 MPH Club Man of the Year in 2009, a land speed racing enthusiast and creator of landracing.com. The world's fastest rider, Rocky Robinson, brings us Jon's story.

2011 MotoGP Season Preview

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The MotoGP season opener beckons under the lights of Qatar. Get up to speed on what’s changed in the Grand Prix paddock in our 2011 MotoGP season preview.

2011 MotoGP Season Honda Preview

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Entering the 2011 MotoGP season Honda is looking mighty strong. Read more about the HRC Grand Prix effort in our season preview.

2011 MotoGP Season Ducati Preview

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Ducati snagging Valentino Rossi is the headlining offseason move in MotoGP, but how does the Ducati effort stack up in 2011? Read more in our 2011 MotoGP season preview.

AMA Announces April Get Out and Ride Month

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The AMA is celebrating April as "AMA Get Out and Ride! Month." There's no better way to rekindle America's ongoing love affair with two (or three)-wheeled wonders than a month-long ridefest.

Daytona: New Momentum for AMA Pro Racing?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Another spoiled week of racing at Daytona for the AMA? Not from the eyes of one MCUSA contributor, who saw something promising at the high banks of DIS – momentum.

2011 MotoGP Honda Shuhei Nakamoto Interview

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Executive Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto, of Repsol Honda discusses the team's success in recent pre-season tests as well as the upcoming MotoGP Championship.

Japanese Motorcycle Industry Assess Damage

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan have crippled the country’s automotive industry, with motorcycle manufacturers like Honda, Suzuki and Bridgestone assessing the damage.

2011 MotoGP Motegi Postponed

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Due to the recent devastation in Japan the 2011 Motegi GP has been officially postponed until later in the MotoGP season.

Josh Hayes AMA Superbike Interview

Monday, March 14, 2011
We chat with reigning AMA Superbike champion Josh Hayes. Read what he has to say in this exclusive interview.

2011 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2

Monday, March 14, 2011
Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa once again topped timesheets during pre-season testing in Qatar as the MotoGP paddock prepares for its first race of the 2011 championship.

2011 AMA SuperSport Daytona Insider

Monday, March 14, 2011
MCUSA uncovers the triumphs of LTD Racing's Tomas Puerta and David Gaviria during the opening round of the 2011 AMA SuperSport Championship in Daytona.

2011 American SuperBike Daytona Insider

Monday, March 14, 2011
Our insider puts you inside the 2011 American SuperBike paddock during the opening weekend at Daytona. Get the full breakdown of the racing action.

2011 Daytona 200 Insider Report

Sunday, March 13, 2011
Another AMA Pro Racing season opener at Daytona includes controversy in America's most prestigious road race. Our Insider delivers the story behind the the 2011 Daytona 200.

2011 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 1

Sunday, March 13, 2011
Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner push Repsol Honda to the top of the timesheets again as the 2011 MotoGP Championship edges closer.

2011 Daytona 200 Results

Saturday, March 12, 2011
The 2011 Daytona 200 contest featured an exciting sprint to the finish after a long day of crashes and red flags.

2011 AMA SuperBike Daytona Race 2 Results

Saturday, March 12, 2011
AMA SuperBike's Race 2 at Daytona featured a stunning ovetake in the final seconds of the contest between Suzuki's Blake Young and Yamaha's Josh Hayes.

2011 AMA SuperSport Daytona Race 2 Results

Saturday, March 12, 2011
The second Motorcycle Superstore SuperSport contest at Daytona went down to the wire as Yamaha's Tomas Puerta attempted to make it a perfect weekend.

Danny Eslick Daytona Sportbike Interview

Friday, March 11, 2011
We speak with Danny Eslick prior to the start of the 2011 AMA Daytona Sportbike motorcycle racing season at Daytona.

Jake Zemke Wins 2011 Daytona 200 Pole

Friday, March 11, 2011
Jake Zemke posted the fastest lap during qualifying for the 70th Daytona 200 ahead of Jason DiSalvo, Danny Eslick and J.D. Beach.

2011 AMA SuperBike Daytona Race 1 Results

Friday, March 11, 2011
The first American SuperBike race of 2011 contained a three-way fight for the lead with Rockstar Makita Suzuki riders dominating the field.

2011 AMA XR1200 Daytona Results

Friday, March 11, 2011
The first XR1200 race of 2011 was a close one with Daytona's winner being decided by just 0.016 seconds at the finish line.

2011 AMA SuperSport Daytona Race 1 Results

Friday, March 11, 2011
The opening round of the 2011 Motorcycle Superstore AMA SuperSport Championship at Daytona took place with one rider leading every lap of the contest.

Jeremy Toye Confirmed for 2011 Isle of Man TT

Friday, March 11, 2011
Jeremy Toye is all set for a sensational return to the 2011 Isle of Man TT Races. Toye will line up on Kawasaki machinery for British Superbike team Sondel Sport Racing.

Rizla Suzuki Reveals 2011 MotoGP Livery

Thursday, March 10, 2011
The 2011 Rizla Suzuki GSV-R today makes its worldwide premiere in its new livery. The machine, which Alvaro Bautista will be riding in this season's MotoGP World Championship is the final generation of the 800cc GSV-R four-stroke prototype.

2011 AMA Pro Racing Daytona Thursday

Thursday, March 10, 2011
The weather spoiled Thursday morning practice at the AMA Pro Racing Daytona opener, but riders took to the drying surface in the afternoon for qualifying sessions.

Idle Chat with Kawasaki’s Eric Bostrom

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Back to make his mark with the all-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Cycle World Attack Performance's Eric Bostrom is ready to face the AMA Pro Road Racing Series once again. Kawasaki chats with Eboz about the upcomming 2011 ama season.

FMF Apex Slip On Exhaust CBR1000RR Review

Thursday, March 10, 2011
We test FMF’s Apex slip-on exhaust pipe on our Honda CBR1000RR long-term project bike.

Yoshimura Suzuki Set for Miller WSB Round

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
After a solid result at the Phillip Island opener, the Yoshimura Suzuki squad is preparing to contest the American World Superbike round at Miller Motorsports Park with Australian rider Josh Waters.

Cyclechex Achieves Global Penetration

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Cyclechex, the first and exclusive provider of online motorcycle history reports, has now achieved global penetration.

AMA News and Notes March 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The American Motorcyclist Association has released their latest news and notes for this month with some new issues facing motorcyclists.

New Schuberth C3W Women’s Helmet

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Schuberth North America announces delivery of the new C3W to select dealers across the U.S.A. and Canada.

2011 AMA Pro Road Racing Season Preview

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
With the green flag ready to drop on the Daytona 200, MCUSA gives readers a glimpse of AMA Pro Road Racing's 2011 lineup in American SuperBike, Daytona SportBike and SuperSport.

2011 SuperSport Daytona Preview

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The 2011 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport series is on the verge of kicking off in Daytona as a new field sets their sights on the title.

Oakley 3D Glasses Get RealD Certified

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Oakley announces its new 3D glasses have been officialy granted certification from the most widely used 3D cinema technology leader RealD Inc.

New LeoVince Corsa Exhaust System at Daytona

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
LeoVince USA’s all new Factory R Full Corsa system will be the official exhaust pipe of the Cycle World Attack Performance Kawasaki team.

IOM TT: Dunlop to Kawasaki, Martin Tests Suzuki

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
As the International road racing season approaches, Michael Dunlop inks a deal with Kawasaki and Guy Martin gets up to speed on his new Suzuki.

IMR Offers New Pirelli Road Race Tires

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
A total of 30 new Pirelli road race compounds, sizes and prices are available this season through Innovative Motorcycle Research (IMR).

Jimmy Button’s M4M Cross Country Ride Week 1

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Jimmy Button and the Miles 4 Miracles crew have completed week one of their journey across the country that began February 20 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA and will end in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Dainese Continues to Sponsor 2011 Isle of Man

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Dainese, a leader in protective clothing, will renew its partnership with the 2011 and 2012 Isle of Man TT races and will launch a new partnership with the British Superbike Championship.

Ducati MotoGP Night a Success in Italy

Monday, March 7, 2011
More than 38,000 people made it out to Ducati's MotoGP send-off in Italy where Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden were present to interact with fans and meet workers.

XDL Freestyle Series Returns to Daytona

Monday, March 7, 2011
After a successful inaugural event during the 2010 Daytona Bike Week, the XDL Championship Series is returning to Daytona International Speedway on March 9-12.

P.J. Jacobsen Ready for Daytona 200

Monday, March 7, 2011
Armed with renowned Ducati tuner Eraldo Ferracci, P.J. Jacobsen and Team Celtic Racing are in the final stages of preparation for the 2011 Daytona 200 contest.

Garwood Customs to Unveil Bike at Daytona IMS

Monday, March 7, 2011
Garwood Custom Cycles is set to unveil a custom Susan G. Komen for the Cure motorcycle at the Progressive IMS in Daytona, on Wednesday, March 9, to help raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.

2011 Daytona 200 Features $235K Purse

Sunday, March 6, 2011
The 70th running of the Daytona 200 race will feature a total purse of $235,500 to be shared throughout AMA Superbike, Daytona SportBike and the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class.

AMA Pro Racing Announces Mobile Apps

Saturday, March 5, 2011
AMA Pro Racing has announced the release of new mobile apps for the 2011 season on both the iPhone and Android platforms.

2011 World Superbike App Available

Saturday, March 5, 2011
The 2011 World Superbike Championship can now be followed through a custom app for the iPhone and, for the first time ever, on the iPad.

2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 First Ride

Friday, March 4, 2011
Suzuki releases its new and improved GSX-R600 sportbike and we test ride it at Barber Motorsports Park in this motorcycle First Ride review.

Congressional Motorcycle Caucus Grows

Friday, March 4, 2011
The Congressional Motorcycle Caucus -- a bipartisan group that works to promote issues important to motorcyclists -- is gaining strength with the addition of new members.

Suzuki Donates '11 GSX-R750 to Barber Museum

Friday, March 4, 2011
At the U.S. press introduction for the 2011 GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 models at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala., American Suzuki Motor Corporation generously donated the first production 2011 GSX-R750 to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

Icon Patrol Waterproof Jacket Review

Thursday, March 3, 2011
A rainy, cold Oregon stormfront provided the perfect opportunity to test Icon's top-shelf foul weather riding gear, the Patrol Waterproof Jacket.

Bill Introduced to Block Motorcycle Checkpoints

Thursday, March 3, 2011
A federal lawmaker has introduced legislation to prevent the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from giving money to states and local jurisdictions for motorcycle-only checkpoints.

Salt Addiction: Jennifer Robertson

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Ever since her first motorcycle arrived under the Christmas tree Jennifer Robertson has been tearing up terrain in the search for speed.

Motorcycle Superstore Ups AMA Sponsorship

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
AMA Pro Racing is pleased to announce Motorcycle-Superstore.com's sponsorship of both the AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track series.

STM: India in GP - Welcome to the Future

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Our contributing correspondent sheds light on the India-based company, Mahindra, which has launched a MotoGP team under the assistance of Engines Engineering.