Journey Continues: WSB, Flat Trackers

Steve Atlas | September 23, 2010
The Yamaha World Superbike YZF-R1 has a crossplane crankshaft which smooths out the torque curve so the rider can get back into the throttle earlier.
MotoUSA is back at it once again, this time heading to France to ride all the World Superbikes for the second year in a row!

The excellent adventure continues as another insane last-minute invite just rolled across our desks here at the MotoUSA offices: Infront Sports has once again been kind enough to invite us to test all of the World Superbikes and a couple of the top World Supersport machines, this year in Magny-Cours, France!
 
As the resident racer on staff (and the one who got the email), I will be the lucky one heading across the pond to ride all of these bad boys once again. Last year we brought you a shootout of sorts of all the bikes in our 2009 World Superbike Comparison, which took place at Portimao, Portugal. But with the final round of the championship moving back to France, this time around I will be riding some of the world’s most powerful production-based road racers at a venue all new to me, one which I’ve only ever been to as a spectator. Time to hit the XBox hard and learn the track – you would be surprised just how much it helps!

The 2010 version is set to be even bigger and better in terms of video as well, with our in-house video ace Ray Gauger now having over a year of shooting road bikes under his belt (we plucked him from the dirt world) and with full video access for our test the Monday after the race weekend, stay tuned for what could potentially to be one of the more epic tests in MotoUSA history. 

Though it will have to fend for that title with another historic MotoUSA adventure the following weekend, as we have been invited to test six of the top factory and factory-supported GNC Flat Track race machines in Arizona. And it’s on a Mile, nonetheless, which should provide for one wild and utterly unreal experience. The guys from TheFastandDirty.com set everything up and will be handling the video and photos for this never-been-done-before shootout, yours truly the guinea pig, err… test rider. Been awhile since I’ve dirt tracked and it will be my first time on a Mile, so … fingers crossed…

With a new Ducati intro the week following the flat track test (as long as I live through it, that is) in Italy, the coming month is set to be yet another one packed to the gill with endless travel and all-nighters to be able to hit all the deadlines for these stories, but it’s this kind of madness that we motorcycle-loving adrenaline junkies live for, so stay tuned as no shortage of awesome new content for your reading and viewing pleasure is to come, all stuff you won’t want to miss!

Steve Atlas

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