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Vance & Hines Reveals 2022 Flat Track Racing Team

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Vance & Hines Reveals 2022 Flat Track Racing Team Competing in AFT Production Twins and Singles

Company Supports AFT as Presenting Sponsor of Production Twins Class and Offers over $100,000 in Contingency Sponsorship for Riders

Santa Fe Springs CA – February 9, 2022 – Vance & Hines announced today that the company will field two riders competing in American Flat Track (AFT) racing for the 2022 season. Jessie Janisch will compete in AFT’s Production Twins class aboard a Vance & Hines-built Harley-Davidson XG750R motorcycle and Brandon Kitchen will campaign a Husqvarna FC450 in AFT’s Singles class. Both riders will be supported by a technical team from the company’s Racing Development Center in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Jessie Janisch earned his spot on the Vance & Hines Team in 2021 when he rode six races on the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R and ended the season with four trips to the podium and a win in Charlotte, North Carolina. His podium finishes were on two different mile tracks, a TT and his breakthrough win in Charlotte was on a half mile, his first win on a twin-cylinder motorcycle. Janisch is a veteran rider who has raced in both twins and singles classes for the past twelve years with a reputation for success on TT tracks. Originally from West Bend, Wisconsin, Janisch will be running National Number #33 for the 2022 season.

Brandon Kitchen has been considered one of the hot young stars on the AFT Singles circuit since his debut in 2020 when he won the Indy mile on a bike borrowed from Vance & Hines. The 2018 Michigan state champion had two top five finishes in 2021 after he was set back by an injury. He ended the season finishing twelfth in AFT Singles. Kitchen will ride a Husqvarna FC450 in 2022, running National Number #80, with support from Husqvarna Motorcycles USA.

Technical support for the program comes from experienced Vance & Hines employees based at the company’s Racing Development Center.

Craig Koontz, a 12-year Vance & Hines employee who is a long-time motorcycle rider and racer, will be Flat Track Team Manager. Koontz was involved in the company’s Harley-Davidson XR1200 road racing program from its inception.

Steve Polk has a decades-long history of preparing racing motorcycle engines for flat track and motocross, with some of the sport’s top teams using his handiwork on the track. He joined Vance & Hines at the time the company began developing the XG750R for Harley-Davidson. Polk takes the role of Flat Track Crew Chief.

“We’ve got two great riders and our job is to give them motorcycles that can win,” said Koontz. “We’ve got a lot to do before heading to Florida for the start of the season, but we’ve got the team and the resources to make this a successful year for Vance & Hines.”

Vance & Hines expands its involvement in flat track racing as the presenting sponsor of AFT’s Production Twins class and has announced a contingency sponsorship program that makes over $100,000 in prize money available to AFT riders. The company has partnered with Harley-Davidson and is the only organization designated to produce the Harley-Davidson XG750R race-only motorcycle, a turnkey solution for riders wishing to compete in AFT’s Production Twins racing.

The company’s crew at races will extend their efforts beyond supporting Janisch and Kitchen, as tech staff will offer support to other riders using Vance & Hines components on their race bikes.

The 2022 AFT season kicks off in Florida with the Volusia Half Mile on Thursday March 10. AFT has eighteen races slated for this year.

Learn more about the company’s history and products at www.vanceandhines.com

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Yoshimura Sert Wins FIM Endurance World Championship Title on Bridgestone Tires

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Yoshimura Sert Motul Wins the FIM Endurance World Championship Title, the World’s Foremost Series of Endurance Motorcycle Races, on Bridgestone Tires

  • Bridgestone is proud to celebrate YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL’s FIM Endurance World Championship title.
  • After a dominant season, YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL became the second team to win the title on Bridgestone tires since 2018.
  • Since 2017, Bridgestone has supplied tires for teams competing in the FIM Endurance World Championship.

Tokyo (October 10, 2021) ― Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) today announced that YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL won the FIM*1 Endurance World Championship (EWC) title, the world’s foremost series of endurance motorcycle races, on Bridgestone tires. YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL is the second team to win EWC title on Bridgestone tires since 2018.

Since 2017, Bridgestone has supplied tires for teams competing in the EWC. As one of three teams on Bridgestone tires, YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL earned first place in two 24-hour races this season. Going into the year’s final race, 6 Hours of Most in the Czech Republic (October 9), the team held the overall points lead and maintained the lead with third-place finish – earning the 2021 EWC title outright.

“I am very pleased and honored to win the championship in the first year of participation as YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL by using Bridgestone tires,” said Yohei Kato, Team Director of YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL. “We vowed to fight in this Endurance World Championship on behalf of the Suzuki Factory Team, and this season has proved to be a dream come true by winning two of the world’s most famous 24-hour races, namely, the 24 Heures of Le Mans and the Bol d’Or.The whole team has been respecting each other in the spirit of “One for all, all for one”, and we will keep working together to improve the Suzuki GSX-R1000R into an even better package. Thank you to all the sponsors, partners and fans who warmly supported the YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL this year. We pledge to attract everyone to an even better championship next year and YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL will go all out to defend its title.”

“I would like to congratulate all of the members of YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL on their EWC title,” said Masato Banno, Senior Vice President and Executive Officer, Global CTO (Global Chief Technology Officer), Bridgestone Corporation. “YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL won both the Le Mans and Bol d’Or 24-hour endurance races, two of the toughest races in the series and showed why they deserved to be champion. Bridgestone is very proud to have contributed to their series championship in our first year as a team partner by supplying highly durable tires. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the many motorsports fans who supported us and to all the teams who worked so hard and cooperated in tire development. We will continue to refine our technology and support motorsports from the ground up through the development and supply of high-performance tires.”

The Bridgestone Group is implementing its Mid Term Business Plan (2021 – 2023)*2, which aims to realize its vision to provide social value and customer value as a sustainable solutions company toward 2050. To further enhance, the development of Dan-Totsu (the clear and absolute leader) products in the tire business, which is its core business, the group will continue to improve its technologies through motorsports, requiring maximum performances of tires. As an active member supporting the advancement of mobility society, the Bridgestone Group will continue to contribute to the automotive industry and motorsports culture by engaging in a wide range of motorsports with sustainability.

FIM stands for Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme

About Bridgestone Corporation: Bridgestone is a global leader in tires and rubber building on its expertise to provide solutions for safe and sustainable mobility. Headquartered in Tokyo, the company employs approximately 140,000 people globally and conducts business in more than 150 countries and territories worldwide. Bridgestone offers a diverse product portfolio of premium tires and advanced solutions backed by innovative technologies, improving the way people around the world move, live, work and play.

Cardo Systems Set For MotoAmerica Sponsorship

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Talk To Me: Cardo Systems Set For MotoAmerica Sponsorship Again In 2021

Motorcycle Communications Technology Company Returns As Sponsorship Partner For Premier Road Racing Series

MotoAmerica, North America’s premier motorcycle road racing series, has announced that Cardo Systems will again be a series sponsor for the 2021 MotoAmerica Championship. Cardo will continue to showcase its advanced PACKTALK lineup, which features industry-leading mesh connectivity, to road racing fans via the MotoAmerica Series.

Cardo Systems specializes in the design, development, manufacturing and sale of state-of-the-art communication systems for motorcyclists. Since inception in 2004, Cardo has pioneered the vast majority of innovations for Bluetooth motorcycle communication systems – having created the first rider-to-rider product and innovating connectivity with the introduction of its Dynamic Mesh Communication (DMC).

“Last year we worked with Cardo for the first time and it was great for both of us,” said MotoAmerica Senior Sponsorship Manager Lance Bryson. “We used the Cardo systems for some TV features on our broadcast and MotoAmerica Live+ programming where we were able to really show how well the system works with riders talking to each other while riding around the track. The 2021 season is going to be a good one and we’re happy that Cardo is along for the ride with us.”

“We’re excited to be returning for another year with MotoAmerica,” said Dan Emodi, Cardo Systems’ Chief Marketing Officer. “The series provides an incredible platform to not only showcase our product’s capabilities, but to reach and engage passionate motorcyclists that are always looking for the latest and greatest motorcycle accessories.”

As the category leader, Cardo offers a wide range of products designed for multiple use cases. Cardo’s FREECOM line offers three variations of Bluetooth communication systems, while the PACKTALK line utilizes the “always on” mesh connectivity via Cardo’s proprietary DMC.

For more information visit cardosystems.com.

About Cardo
Cardo Systems specializes in the design, development, manufacturing and sale of state-of-the-art wireless communication and entertainment systems for motorcycle riders. Since inception in 2004, Cardo has pioneered the vast majority of innovations for Bluetooth motorcycle communication systems. The company’s products, now available in over 100 countries, are the world’s leading communication devices for the motorcycle industry.

Kaspersky becomes sponsor of Aprilia Racing

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Kaspersky has become a sponsor of Aprilia Racing – one of the most successful teams in motorcycle racing history, Partners with Piaggio Group

Kaspersky has become a sponsor of Aprilia Racing – one of the most successful teams in motorcycle racing history. The cybersecurity company’s logos will be placed on the team’s bikes for the entire 2021 season, starting with the first race in Qatar on March 28. The sponsorship comes as part of Kaspersky’s partnership with Aprilia’s parent company Piaggio Group – Europe’s largest scooter and motorcycle manufacturer.

This new sponsorship adds to the cybersecurity vendor’s contribution to motorsport. Kaspersky has been a long-time supporter of talented racers, who the company helps to reach their full potential. The global list of athletes, supported by Kaspersky, includes the first female Emirati racing driver Amna Al Qubaisi, as well as Formula One racer Antonio Giovinazzi.

“Kaspersky is committed to securing the technological progress of the mobility industry and to the development of motorsports. Despite working in different sectors to Piaggio Group and Aprilia, we share the same values of constant improvement, innovation and becoming the best at what we do. I’m sure our partnership will be beneficial for the whole mobility, automotive and motorbike community,” says Alexander Moiseev, CBO of Kaspersky.

Aprilia Racing is the most advanced technological expression of the Piaggio Group – it has won an astonishing 54 world titles, including 28 since the Noale-based manufacturer joined the Piaggio Group in 2005. From its inception, Aprilia Racing has been an extraordinary breeding ground for new talent.

“It is a great honor to have Kaspersky’s name on the Aprilia RS-GP livery this year. Our new partner is a successful name in motorsport and we are sure that MotoGP will represent a wonderful new challenge in this realm. Together, we will be able to enhance talents and honor the true spirit of racing, as both Kaspersky and Aprilia Racing have been able to demonstrate in the course of their history,” says Massimo Rivola, CEO of Aprilia Racing.

The sponsorship of Aprilia is part of Kaspersky’s new partnership with Piaggio Group, which gives one of the world leaders in motorcycle production access to the IT company’s time-proven expertise and the ability to securely use the best of what technology can offer. Kaspersky has long been a household name in automotive cybersecurity – for over a decade it has worked with renowned vehicle manufacturers, as well as developers of connected components.

Vance & Hines Launches NHRA Race Team

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Vance & Hines Launches NHRA Motorcycle Race Team – Three-Time Champion Angelle Sampey to Campaign New Four-Valve Suzuki-Powered Bike

Vance & Hines Signs on Mission Foods as Partner for NHRA Pro Stock Team

February 8, 2021 – Santa Fe Springs CA – Vance & Hines announced today that the NHRA’s winningest female, Angelle Sampey, will ride the company’s new four-valve Suzuki-powered race bike in the 2021 NHRA Camping World series. The team’s quest for the championship in 2021 is a partnership between Vance & Hines and global food producer Mission Foods.

A three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) champion, Sampey’s 43 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle wins make her the NHRA’s top female athlete. She has the fourth most wins in NHRA PSM history. In 2019 and 2020 Sampey was a member of Vance & Hines’ Harley-Davidson-sponsored team.

Sampey will be among the first to ride the recently announced Vance & Hines four-valve Suzuki-powered machine. The new engine features a modernized top-end which provides increased valve lift and reduced mass in the valve train. The 1850cc motor delivers nearly 400 horsepower and will be paired with a custom chassis developed using data from thousands of runs in NHRA competition.

“I’m so excited to be part of the Vance & Hines team again this year,” said Sampey. “This is a first-class company that gives me the best bikes I’ve ever ridden. I’m feeling really good about what we can accomplish together this year. “

“We’re happy to be working with Angelle once again,” said Vance & Hines President & CEO, Mike Kennedy. “Vance & Hines is in a wonderful position right now. We’ve got one of the top riders in the sport aboard our outstanding new equipment and we have Mission Foods as our new Team Partner. I couldn’t have hoped for anything better as we go into the 2021 season.”

Multi-billion-dollar company Mission Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of best-selling tortillas and wraps, joins the effort as a sponsor of the new team. The food giant shows its passion for motorsports with sponsorships in IndyCar, AFT and GT3 racing and now enjoys relationships with both Arrow McLaren SP and Vance & Hines.

“Terry Vance and I have talked about putting together a race team, and I was overjoyed to get his invitation to work with Angelle and the Vance & Hines crew,” said Juan Gonzalez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mission Foods. “NHRA has a great tradition and loyal fan base, we can’t wait to see our brand and products at this year’s NHRA races.”

The team will feature the brilliant yellow and red Mission Foods logo on the race bikes, rider, crew and the team transporter at all scheduled Pro Stock Motorcycle events for the 2021 season. The NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season starts in mid-March at the Gator Nationals in Gainesville FL.

ABOUT MISSION FOODS

MISSION®, owned by GRUMA, S.A.B. de C.V., is the world’s leading brand for tortillas and wraps. MISSION® is also globally renowned for flatbreads, dips, salsas and Mexican food products. With presence in over 112 countries MISSION® products are suited to the lifestyles and the local tastes of each country. With innovation and customer needs in mind, MISSION® focuses on the highest quality, authentic flavors, and providing healthy options that families and friends can enjoy together. For more information, please visit www.missionfoods.com

ABOUT VANCE & HINES

About Vance & Hines: The Vance & Hines brand has always been about enhancing the exhilaration of the motorcycle ride. It started over 40 years ago, when Terry Vance and Byron Hines were two young enthusiasts in the fledgling Southern California motorcycle drag race scene. Terry always wanted to go faster and Byron knew how to make that happen. In short order, their on-track success and innovation drew the attention of other racers, riders and motorcycle manufacturers, which ultimately translated to commercial demand for their products and services. Today, the Company’s mission and activity is the same; make bikes go faster on the racetrack and take those learnings to make impactful products for riders around the world. Since the Company’s inception in 1979, it has run factory race programs in partnership with Suzuki, Yamaha, Ducati and Harley-Davidson in drag racing, road racing and flat track. Vance & Hines is based in Santa Fe Springs CA and has its Racing Development Center is in Brownsville IN. Learn more about the company’s history and products at www.vanceandhines.com.

Harley-Davidson Revs Up at Sturgis; Builds New Headquarters

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Harley-Davidson is revving up its involvement at the 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with a new headquarters, exciting activities, and workshops that are sure to inspire riders just as much as the beautiful roads around them. Most notably, Harley-Davidson is going all-in on creating experiences across the rally that keep riders engaged including:

New this year, Harley-Davidson will call the Full Throttle Saloon’s Pappy Hoel Campground in Vale Township, S.D. home to its official headquarters for the 79th, 80th and 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rallies. As the main Harley-Davidson destination, the grounds will now host Harley Owners Group® (H.O.G.) H.O.G. member check-in as well as demos of the brand’s first electric motorcycle, LiveWire™.

Complimentary pinstriping by Skratch, tattoos by Mike Davenport, and fabrication demonstrations by 7 Metal West taking place at Full Throttle Saloon’s Pappy Hoel Campground.

The campground will also host special exhibits including P&A customization demonstrations on 2019 bikes and a showcase of Harley-Davidson’s Battle of the Kings U.S. competition winning bikes in the chop, race, and dirt categories. Riders won’t want to miss a daily display of six builds from the 2019 Born Free show that are sure to inspire what’s possible in customization along with open Q&A on August 3rd and 4th with two of the build teams from San Diego Customs and Suicide Machine Company.

Harley-Davidson is also offering more ways for attendees to unlock all that Sturgis has to offer through its H-D Black Card.

Additional details can be found in the release below and at H-D.com/Sturgis.

MILWAUKEE (July 30, 2019) – As the official motorcycle sponsor of the 79th Annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™, Harley-Davidson Motor Company welcomes all motorcycle riders and fans to the beautiful Black Hills region of South Dakota for the largest motorcycle rally in the United States. Harley-Davidson will host activities starting August 3rd through August 10th at multiple venues throughout the region.

New this year, Harley-Davidson will call the Full Throttle Saloon’s Pappy Hoel Campground in Vale Township, S.D. home to its official headquarters for the 79th, 80th and 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rallies. As the main Harley-Davidson destination, the grounds will now host Harley Owners Group® (H.O.G.) H.O.G. member check-in as well as demos of the brand’s first electric motorcycle, LiveWire™.

“We are excited to be based at an all-new facility at Pappy Hoel,” said Ann Janikowsky, Harley-Davidson Director of Marketing, Community and Experiential. “The all-new H-D Garage will house a stage for demonstrations, a great new-bike demo area, custom bike displays, special events, the H.O.G. venue and more. While we’ve turned Pappy Hoel into Harley Headquarters, there will also be outposts at the Harley-Davidson Rally Point and Sturgis Community Center, and tour destinations in Deadwood and Hill City.”

Additional notable activities taking place at Full Throttle Saloon’s Pappy Hoel Campground include complimentary pinstriping by the legendary artist, Skratch, tattoos by Mike Davenport, and fabrication demonstrations by 7 Metal West. The campground will also host special exhibits including P&A customization demonstrations on 2019 bikes and a showcase of Harley-Davidson’s Battle of the Kings U.S. competition winning bikes in the chop, race, and dirt categories. Riders won’t want to miss a daily display of six builds from the 2019 Born Free show that are sure to inspire what’s possible in customization along with open Q&A on August 3rd and 4th with two of the build teams from San Diego Customs and Suicide Machine Company.

Harley-Davidson is also offering more ways for attendees to unlock all that Sturgis has to offer through its H-D Black Card. Visitors are encouraged to register for a Black Card at any primary Harley-Davidson location and use the card at all Harley-Davidson activities to receive access to exclusive programming throughout the rally and be automatically entered to win prizes, including gift cards, merchandise and concert tickets.

Racing fans can catch Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team racers Sammy Halbert and Jarod Vanderkooi in action at two exciting American Flat Track series events during the Sturgis Rally. The team will race on August 4th at the Buffalo Chip TT in Sturgis, and on August 6th at the Black Hills Half-Mile Presented by Law Tigers at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D. For race schedules and ticket information visit Americanflattrack.com. Fans can also visit the Full Throttle Saloon’s Pappy Hoel Campground on August 5th at 3 p.m. for an autograph session with the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines drag racing team riders Andrew Hines and Eddie Kraweic, and at 5 p.m. with the American Flat Track team.

For Sturgis Rally details and a complete schedule of events at all Harley-Davidson venues go to H-D.com/Sturgis, or pick up a copy of the H-D Official Schedule and Map at H-D sites and other locations in the region.