A solid performance by Yamaha riders Frans Verhoeven and Olivier Pain in the OiLybia Rally du Maroc last week, finishing 4th and 6th respectively. The main objective was to test the bikes in preparation to Dakar as the OiLybia rally is the final rally of the year. It is regarded by many as a dress rehearsal for the 2013 Dakar, starting in the first week of January in Peru, South Amercia.
After suffering through a first day which was almost entirely written-off by rain, Sykes and Baz were able to start testing on day two in the same kind of warm and sunny conditions they expect to find when they arrive for the race weekend itself at Motorland, between June 29 and July 1. Ambient conditions approached 30°C with track temperatures much higher than that.
The classic Italian circuit, build inside the grounds of a former Royal Park, has been around in one form or another since the 1920s. Even with several chicanes Monza is still a unique venue in terms of top speed and the need to slipstream, with engines held at full revs for a long time down the fast start-finish straight.
Round six of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series took place this weekend in San Diego, CA. Honda had a successful night on the podium with TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed and Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda racing's Cole Seely both capturing second place in the Supercross and Lites classes.
The Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series made its way to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California this weekend for round three. Honda was on the top of the podium with TwoTwo Motorsport's Chad Reed winning the Supercross class and GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac winning the Lites class.