Racing line – YKKCBI http://ykkcbi.com/ Sat, 07 May 2022 16:24:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ykkcbi.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/ykk-150x150.png Racing line – YKKCBI http://ykkcbi.com/ 32 32 Going off the racing line in Miami means ‘game over’ – Motorsport Week https://ykkcbi.com/going-off-the-racing-line-in-miami-means-game-over-motorsport-week/ Sat, 07 May 2022 12:34:09 +0000 https://ykkcbi.com/going-off-the-racing-line-in-miami-means-game-over-motorsport-week/ Lando Norris says it’s “game over” for any driver trying to get off the racing line on the Miami Formula 1 track. F1 cars hit the new circuit for the first time on Friday as the sport travels to the Florida city for round five of the 2022 championship. Several drivers spun throughout the two […]]]>

Lando Norris says it’s “game over” for any driver trying to get off the racing line on the Miami Formula 1 track.

F1 cars hit the new circuit for the first time on Friday as the sport travels to the Florida city for round five of the 2022 championship.

Several drivers spun throughout the two practice sessions, with Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz making contact with the barriers during the day.

With the venue’s asphalt being so new, the drivers took advantage of the practice session to lay down some rubber and form a more grippy surface – but outside the racing line there is little grip left for the drivers.

“The surface is also very tricky, you disconnect anywhere and it’s almost over, you turn, you end up in the wall,” Norris said.

“It’s punitive. That’s why you’ve seen a lot of people end up in the barriers.

“It’s a little weird. If you disconnect, it’s just terrible. I hope they can do something a little better. I do not know what.

“When they clean the track, it helps. There were a lot of marbles and other things [on Friday morning] and as soon as you logged out, the game was over.

The McLaren driver also commented on the bumpy nature of the circuit, which he admits came as a surprise to him: “I think everyone expected it to be very smooth and beautiful – but it’s not the case.”

Norris finished the second practice session in sixth place, and says Mercedes, who have struggled so far in 2022, appear to be far ahead of McLaren in Miami.

“We are not where we want to be and Mercedes are one step ahead of us. This is our most comparable team, with similar PUs.

“Mercedes has probably been one of the best cars in low-speed corners all season, but nobody looks at the GPS very well and ever picks it up.

“So [it’s] not a surprise in any way. It just makes us want to work even harder and try to beat them again.

“Being positive things have gone in the right direction, we just need it to go a bit more in the right direction. We’ll see where we end up.

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Fluxá signs for R-ace GP, Dufek Complete’s Van Amersfoort Racing line-up https://ykkcbi.com/fluxa-signs-for-r-ace-gp-dufek-completes-van-amersfoort-racing-line-up/ Sun, 20 Feb 2022 21:10:23 +0000 https://ykkcbi.com/fluxa-signs-for-r-ace-gp-dufek-completes-van-amersfoort-racing-line-up/ Lorenzo Fluxa will stay in Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine in 2022 and will run with a winning outfit R-ace GP. The seventeen-year-old Spaniard competed with R-ace GP in the Formula Asia Regional Championship in recent weeks and notched a better second-place finish in race two of the first weekend of Abu Dhabiand he […]]]>

Lorenzo Fluxa will stay in Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine in 2022 and will run with a winning outfit R-ace GP.

The seventeen-year-old Spaniard competed with R-ace GP in the Formula Asia Regional Championship in recent weeks and notched a better second-place finish in race two of the first weekend of Abu Dhabiand he will now race with the FRECA team.

Fluxá scored zero points in his 2021 FRECA rookie season as he raced for Van Amersfoort racebut the young Spaniard is hoping for a much better 2022 campaign, not least thanks to a competitive FRAC campaign.

“I’m really looking forward to racing with R-ace GP this year,” said Fluxá, who joins the already confirmed Gabriel Bortoletto in the French team.

“Over the past two years the team has achieved great results in the Championship and I can’t wait to start working with them and achieve as much success as possible.”

Dufek continues with Van Amersfoort Racing

Dufek is another seventeen-year-old who will switch to Formula 3 machines in 2022, with the Austrian/Swiss driver completing Van Amersfoort Racing’s line-up.

He raced for Van Amersfoort Racing in 2021 in both Italian and ADAC Formula 4 championships, finishing sixth overall in the Italian series and seventh overall in the German championship. He took one victory out of the thirty-six races he entered in both classes last year.

And Dufek hopes the experience he gained with the team last year will benefit him as he steps up to FRECA for the first time where he will partner the already confirmed Kas Haverkort and Levente Revesz.

“Being able to continue my career with Van Amersfoort Racing is a highlight for me,” says Dufek. “We’ve had an amazing year together, covering two extremely tough leagues in one season.

“I have learned so much during this year, both on and off the track, so I am really happy to be able to continue improving with VAR this year. Although I know the driving characteristics will not be similar due to the use of different techniques and tyres, I appreciate the opportunity to familiarize myself with the Formula Regional car during the Asian rounds.

“I feel extremely ready to attack the new season with VAR. Like last year, I know it will be a difficult season with a lot to learn, but I am convinced that we will do well!

Joshua Dufek remains with Van Amersfoort Racing but moves to FRECA racing in 2022 – Credit: Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine
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Review: Michelin’s Wild Enduro Racing Line tires are tough, sticky and heavy https://ykkcbi.com/review-michelins-wild-enduro-racing-line-tires-are-tough-sticky-and-heavy/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 16:30:00 +0000 https://ykkcbi.com/review-michelins-wild-enduro-racing-line-tires-are-tough-sticky-and-heavy/ Michelin has slowly expanded its mountain bike lineup in both directions, and the lineup now includes everything from rugged e-MTB options to featherweight cross-country tires. Lately, they’ve been hit the spotlight with success by freeriders like Carson Storch and Cam Zink, to name a few, as well as gravity teams GT Factory Racing and MS […]]]>

Michelin has slowly expanded its mountain bike lineup in both directions, and the lineup now includes everything from rugged e-MTB options to featherweight cross-country tires. Lately, they’ve been hit the spotlight with success by freeriders like Carson Storch and Cam Zink, to name a few, as well as gravity teams GT Factory Racing and MS Mondraker. We’ve even noticed some teams blacking out their tires for specific conditions, which says a lot when top riders choose them without any obligation.
Wild Enduro Racing line details

Wheel sizes: 29″
Width: 2.4″
Casings: 4 ply, Down Hill Shield
Compound: Magi-X DH
Weight: 1459 g – front, 1350 g – rear (actual)
Price: $106.99 each
More information: Michelin tires

You might recognize these treads from the Wild Enduro series, but the flashy blue and yellow hot patches dictate the “Racing Line” version, which features technologies designed for the rigors of downhill, e-MTB and enduro racing. This means that the toughest casings weigh about 150 grams more than the “Gravity Shield” casing that has been around for some time. At the moment the Wild Front/Rear Racing Line combo is only available as a 29″ x 2.4″ option and their weights measured 1459 and 1350 grams respectively.

4-ply Bomber protection in a bendable yet firm case with sticky Magi-X DH rubber.

Design and production

Another brand, another tire nomenclature to decipher. This time, Michelin has brought together the compound, support and puncture resistance of their downhill tire construction while borrowing the tread patterns previously found on the lighter Wild Enduro options. All blue and yellow Racing Line tires use Magi-X DH compound, which is very similar to Five Ten’s Stealth rubber – it’s firm, but sticky.

You might mistake the Wild Enduro Front for a mud spike, and it’s not far off. It is designed to be versatile in all conditions and to clear debris. While the Wild Enduro Rear features a similar shoulder knob, grip in the center of the tire is optimized to restore rolling resistance. Michelin’s star-rating scale places the rear tread in this pair as the fastest-wearing tire due to the time it will take to burn through the shorter center blocks.

Construction technologies include a “Down Hill Shield” aimed at deterring sidewall tearing and a 4-ply “Double Defense” layer. Along the top is a high-density puncture protection sheath to ward off sharp objects that might get between the tread blocks. Additionally, the sidewalls feature reinforcement that tapers upwards from the heel along the sidewall to prevent pinching and add stability under low pressures.

Performance

INSTALLATION

The Wild Enduros tires were installed on the Bontrager Line 30 Carbon wheels without much struggle or the need for tire levers, despite the plastic rim strip that can make other tires difficult to mount. The tires popped into the seat at pressures of around 30 psi with just a standard pump. Some bent tires can lose air like a leaky sieve, but that was not the case with Wild Enduro, even after two more swaps with different axles.

In terms of sizing, I took the good advice of leaving the tires inflated to a higher pressure of 45 psi for twenty-four hours to allow them to fully stretch to their full capacity. After that, the front and back, despite looking smaller, are 2.4″ wide across the case and 2.5″ from edge to edge.

TRACTION AND TURNS

Immediately, the effort required to turn these tires over on pavement due to the weight and sticky compound is noticeable. You can feel the tank track-like tread turn knob by knob; Granted, testing mostly took place in the back half of a wet, cold fall.

A quick tear in a set of concrete stairs revealed the high level of cushioning provided by both the slow rebound rubber and the thick casing, even on a 24kg eMTB. That square, open tread and supportive casing looked promising once things headed downhill on the trail.

After the first ride in a mix of sloppy organic dirt and mud-covered bedrock, you could have been fooling me if you said these Wild Enduros were filled with tire inserts. Grip levels were adequate with pressures close to what I would do on a bike without the added weight of a motor; 23 psi in the front tire, 26 psi in the rear, but the support was next level. I gradually lowered the pressures over two laps and my confidence in casing security and tread traction increased.

Typically, a tire with such an open tread doesn’t perform well on bedrock or roots, but the Wild Enduros were predictable in those scenarios. The front features similar mud-shedding qualities to the Schwalbe Magic Mary, however, finding the shoulder knobs was an easier task. There’s a ton of bite in those shoulder buttons and when the right presses are found the case feels stable and doesn’t feel flimsy. They are wild diggers when you put them to the test in soft ground.

That means you have to lean a little harder to corner on hard-packed dirt. They are consistent when you steer the bike, but have an earlier breaking point. Compared to something like a Maxxis Minion DHF on the same 30mm rims, you need patience in firmer ground, letting the shoulder knob hit the ground and weighting the dropout to sink in slightly in the case. Only then can you push further into the turn, otherwise you may start to slip if you are overzealous.

The transition from center to shoulder knob on the rear tire is not as drastic as a full semi-slick. You need to be careful when braking on the trail, as the rear tire can sometimes build up with organic dirt. In bad weather, Michelin suggests doubling up on Wild Enduro Fronts and using it on the rear wheel for really muddy conditions. This is exactly what Martin Maes did during the EWS in La Thuille, but I never felt the need to try this option, given the amount of sand in the soil of the Côte-Nord. The front-wheel grip was able to handle the majority of hard braking, while the Wild Rear remained sufficiently consistent and allowed me to perceive awkward spots where it might break free momentarily. I’d be happy to take any relief from the faster, lower tread on the rear tread that I can get.

Firm, heavy, slow, sticky, open, mixed rear tread – who are they good for? Electric cyclists, cyclists who flatten frequently and those who frequent demanding trails with easy vertical access. They conform much better in hot weather, like most other tires, but the Wild Enduro Racing Line in particular is firm enough to handle heavy loads at low pressure without the carcass or tread moving.

At slower speeds on a traditional bike, with end pressures hovering around 18 psi in the front and 22 in the rear, they feel over-damped. The feeling of hardness is amplified by the cold and can prevent you from moving forward on the bumps of stuttering. I even had to modify my suspension settings by decreasing the spring force and opening up the shock to compensate for this. As a constant tinkerer, I wonder what a slightly larger volume could do to overcome this trait. The rugged four-ply carcass might be the only mountain bike component to have a minimum Weight Limit.

DURABILITY

There is, however, something to be said for their durability. “I haven’t had a puncture yet” are the famous last words, but I’m confident I could ride the Wild Enduro Racing Line tires with no pressure and still get home in time for dinner anyway.

So far, all the buttons have worn evenly – they’re just starting to show signs of wear, but none of them have come off unexpectedly yet. There are signs that the rear tire lugs are beginning to crack slightly along the base of the outer edge. It’s nothing out of the ordinary for the amount of aggressive riding they’ve been subjected to, though the brutality of several days in a dry bike park might say otherwise.

They also held their form very well after a few setups and there was a horrible case on a big log gap jump. Not only did the tire survive, it did not lose air and showed no signs of impact. Fortunately, no rims were damaged during this test session.

WEIGHT

A friend jokingly asked how these “car tires” performed on the track. I wasn’t sure if it was a reference to the history of the brand or if he had listened to the weight penalty incurred by the Racing Line duo. Michelin is transparent and lists the weights of all their MTB tires, which is not the case for some products known to tip the scales. The front end weighed 1459 grams, a bit more than the claimed 1400 grams. Meanwhile, the rear came in at the quoted number of 1350 grams, almost exactly the same weight as the equivalent 29-inch case options of a 2.4-inch Schwalbe Magic Mary.

It is what it is, so if you’re worried about weight and don’t need durability, Michelin offers other front and rear Wild Enduro tires with a Gravity Shield that are about 150 grams lighter per end.

THE PRICE

Price aside, you’re unlikely to throw away a cut Michelin Racing Line tire after a ride. Listed at $99 USD, this combo is in line with other high-end choices for World Cup and Enduro World Series competitors where the trade-off between high wear and all-around traction is paramount. A 3CG Maxxis Assegai hovers around a similar dollar figure and wears at a similar rate, in my experience between these tires.


Advantages

+ Versatile tread patterns perform in a variety of conditions
+ Extremely durable housing, ideal for e-bikes
+ Front tire is always grippy and predictable

The inconvenients

The bracket comes with a hefty weight penalty
Magi-X DH compound rolls painfully slow
They can feel too cushioned and harsh, especially in colder temperatures


Pinkbike’s take

When it comes to grip, MIchelin’s sticky, slow rebound Magi-X DH rubber is all about traction, not rolling speed. This means that the Wild Front tread pattern is predictable and safe on a variety of surfaces, while the Wild Rear’s shorter center blocks provide good grip on the slope, but are better suited to drier conditions.

As for construction, lighter riders in cool climates should head to other options from Michelin that won’t weigh them down and conform to trail surfaces without harsh feedback. The rugged four-ply housing requires more effort to turn and handle, best suited for e-MTBs, high-speed bike parks, or riders who want to forget about the flats.

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Argentinian Colapinto completes Van Amersfoort Racing team https://ykkcbi.com/argentinian-colapinto-completes-van-amersfoort-racing-team/ Thu, 03 Feb 2022 15:19:46 +0000 https://ykkcbi.com/argentinian-colapinto-completes-van-amersfoort-racing-team/ Van Amersfoort Racing have signed Franco Colapinto for the 2022 season, with the Argentinian driver completing his driver training, alongside Rafael Villagómez and Reece Ushijima. The Buenos Aires-born rider will step up after a busy season, where he juggled single-seaters and LMP2. Finishing sixth in the European Formula Regional Championship by Alpine, Colapinto also made […]]]>

Van Amersfoort Racing have signed Franco Colapinto for the 2022 season, with the Argentinian driver completing his driver training, alongside Rafael Villagómez and Reece Ushijima.

The Buenos Aires-born rider will step up after a busy season, where he juggled single-seaters and LMP2.

Finishing sixth in the European Formula Regional Championship by Alpine, Colapinto also made appearances in the European and Asian LeMans series and in the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship – LMP2.

The 18-year-old made his F3 debut in post-season testing at Valencia, setting the fastest time on day two.

“I really enjoyed my first time in the F3 car,” said Colapinto. “It is obviously much more powerful than the FRECA car, but at the same time it has surprisingly similar driving characteristics to the LMP2 car; fast and full of support.

“A significant difference with the LMP2 class will of course be the tire management, but I like that smart part of racing. I’m really looking forward to teaming up with Van Amersfoort Racing because they have such a strong history.

“They take their return to the FIA ​​F3 Championship very seriously, and I’m really delighted to be part of this journey. The team is motivated and an absolute pleasure to work with. Pre-season testing in Bahrain are fast approaching and I can’t wait for them to start!

READ MORE: Leclerc strives to become ‘more consistent’ as he targets title in 2022

Colapinto made his single-seater debut in the final round of the 2018 Spanish Formula 4 Championship, winning the last of four races. Moving to full-time in 2019, the Argentine topped the series, claiming 11 wins and securing 14 podium finishes overall.

He then spent 2020 competing in the Formula Renault Eurocup and the Toyota Racing Series, finishing third in both championships, before moving to Formula Regional for 2021.

VAR CEO Rob Niessink said: “We are delighted to have Franco on board for our first season in FIA F3. Looking back at his career so far, he has shown not only that he has a fair amount of raw talent, but also has the ability to adapt quickly to circumstances.

“We already had our eye on him as a potential candidate, which was reinforced after seeing him play in post-season testing at Valencia in early November last year. We have structured well our F3 team over the winter period and we are more than ready to hit the track in early March in Bahrain.”

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Hauger and Daruvala lead new PREMA Racing lineup for 2022 https://ykkcbi.com/hauger-and-daruvala-lead-new-prema-racing-lineup-for-2022/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://ykkcbi.com/hauger-and-daruvala-lead-new-prema-racing-lineup-for-2022/ For the first time in four years, PREMA Racing will field a brand new team in Formula 2, with the Italian team announcing the promotion of Formula 3 champion Dennis Hauger and the capture of 2021 race winner Jehan Daruvala. PREMA led the 18-year-old Hauger to the F3 title last season, with the Red Bull-backed […]]]>

For the first time in four years, PREMA Racing will field a brand new team in Formula 2, with the Italian team announcing the promotion of Formula 3 champion Dennis Hauger and the capture of 2021 race winner Jehan Daruvala.

PREMA led the 18-year-old Hauger to the F3 title last season, with the Red Bull-backed driver securing nine podiums, including four wins, and three pole positions en route to the crown.

Finishing 17th with the Hitech Grand Prix in 2020, Hauger initially struggled to advance to F3 but finished his second season with 205 points, 26 ahead of runner-up Jack Doohan.

“I am delighted to continue with PREMA in 2022,” said Hauger, who was Italian F4 champion in 2019. “We had a good year in 2021 with incredible teamwork, and I really appreciated.

“I’m extremely happy that they continue to believe in me, and I look forward to continuing the hard work we’ve put together this season as well.”

READ MORE: ‘You can feel it stronger!’ – Hauger talks about his first F2 experience after Abu Dhabi post-season test

Hauger won the F3 title with PREMA in 2021

Fellow Red Bull junior Daruvala will return to PREMA after two seasons in F2 with Carlin, having competed for the Italians in the 2019 F3 championship. A title challenger, Daruvala finished this season third with two wins and five more podiums.

Moving to F2 with Carlin, Daruvala scored two podiums, including a win, in his debut year when he finished 12th. Two more wins followed in his second season, along with three more podiums, with him finishing 2021 seventh in the standings.

“I am really happy to be back at PREMA and to continue being part of the Red Bull Junior team for the 2022 FIA F2 Championship,” said Daruvala. “We have worked together in the past and share a fantastic relationship.

“PREMA are a champion team and I can’t wait to get started and look forward to a successful F2 campaign.”

READ MORE: ‘It was always a two-year plan’ – Piastri exceeded all expectations, says Rosin

Daruvala challenged for F3 title with PREMA in 2019
Daruvala challenged for F3 title with PREMA in 2019

On the occasion of Hauger’s graduation, team principal René Rosin said: “We are delighted to continue the work we started with Dennis (Hauger) last year in F3, which has leads to so many great results. Of course, being a rookie isn’t always easy.

“However, in the official playoff test, Dennis has made steady and impressive progress, and we look forward to a positive season together. We are also proud to be working with the Red Bull Junior team again, and hopefully that together we can add more chapters to our successful story.”

On Daruvala’s return, Rosin added: “We had a great relationship with Jehan (Daruvala) when we raced together in FIA F3 and we have deep respect for his skills and work ethic. he fits in very well with our team and I can’t wait to see the progress he has made over the past two years.

“He has put in impressive performances in post-season testing and he also has great experience in terms of racing formats and procedures. With the Red Bull Junior program we will provide him with all the support he needs to pursue their goals.”

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What is a course or course? https://ykkcbi.com/what-is-a-course-or-course/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 08:15:18 +0000 https://ykkcbi.com/what-is-a-course-or-course/ If you don’t have a clear idea of ​​what this is, this article is a perfect read. Here you will learn what it basically is and how to optimize it. While a racing line is one of the most essential and common observations on a racing track, few people know its function and meaning. In […]]]>

If you don’t have a clear idea of ​​what this is, this article is a perfect read. Here you will learn what it basically is and how to optimize it.

While a racing line is one of the most essential and common observations on a racing track, few people know its function and meaning. In motorsport, the race line indicates the optimal path around the racetrack. In most scenarios, this line uses the full width of the track and further extends the radius of a turn. He begins by entering the outside edge of the turn, touches the top which is a point on the inside and exits the turn by coming back to the outside.

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Runners generally choose to stick to the race line because it is the best technique to minimize the overall time needed to complete the course. As this is the best route around the race track, it can easily be seen on the asphalt as tire skid marks from previous cars.

Optimization of the race line

The main goal of any racing car driver is to find the optimal line around the racing track. This will ensure that they complete a trip around the track in the least amount of time possible and do not make any mistakes around it. However, this line can vary depending on whether the driver wants to complete the lap as quickly as possible, save fuel and car tires, or overtake another driver in the race. The race track is quite often separated into different parts, like chicanes, standard turns, straights and double tops. In addition to that, these standard turns can be further broken down into a deceleration phase at the entry of the turn, which is followed by the top and finally an acceleration at the exit of the turn.

Corner entry

This is the first phase of a turn and begins with threshold braking in a straight line. The main objective of the driver here is to achieve the highest rate of deceleration. This phase is followed by the turn in which the driver begins to steer the vehicle towards the summit. Usually, most drivers learn to finish braking before this point and make a more circular turn with a more constant speed towards the top.

However, in recent years, several drivers have started to implement track braking when entering the bend. Drag braking essentially occurs when brake pressure is transmitted to the turn point, allowing the car to decelerate faster due to the forces created by the tires. It also helps the car to turn in a more optimized direction. This further causes the car to travel on an Euler spiral path which decreases the radius to the top. If done right, it will result in a higher average speed and shorter elapsed time than a conventional circular entry.

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Mountain peak

Simply put, the top, better known as the clipping point, is inside the corner and at the closest point a vehicle passes through. For ease of understanding, this is the point where the vehicle has the slowest speed and minimum radius in the turn.

It can further be classified into an anterior peak and a subsequent peak. While an earlier vertex will reach the inside of the wedge, the later vertex has a larger radius. On top of that, the first peak has a higher speed. A driver primarily chooses his peak based on the car’s cornering capabilities.

Corner outlet:

This phase begins as soon as the car begins to accelerate past the apex. It is often considered the most important aspect of any turn that helps reduce lap time. A driver must therefore optimize his output performance. The main objective in this phase is to provide maximum acceleration while pointing the vehicle in the right direction for the straight ahead.

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Any vehicle that has a lower acceleration potential will do this primarily by applying full throttle from the top and choosing a more circular path. On the other hand, vehicles that have a higher acceleration potential may experience wheel spin and be unable to reach top speed until the turn is completed. This could further create a corner exit path with a higher radius that could mirror the Euler spiral seen in the corner exit.

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Troy Lee designs GasGas Factory racing line for 2022 https://ykkcbi.com/troy-lee-designs-gasgas-factory-racing-line-for-2022/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 11:42:02 +0000 https://ykkcbi.com/troy-lee-designs-gasgas-factory-racing-line-for-2022/ The Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing team makes a grand entry into the second year of supercross and motocross racing in the United States in 2022. With the returning lineup of talented and seasoned racers, Justin Barcia is headlining our 450 effort on the proven MC 450F, and his teammates Michael Mosiman […]]]>

The Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing team makes a grand entry into the second year of supercross and motocross racing in the United States in 2022.

With the returning lineup of talented and seasoned racers, Justin Barcia is headlining our 450 effort on the proven MC 450F, and his teammates Michael Mosiman and Pierce Brown are riding the MC 250F in the 250 Division. With big goals. on the horizon, the whole team is motivated to start the race in 2022 with the return of the iconic Anaheim SX on Saturday, January 8.

With a solid year of racing experience – and victory – aboard the GASGAS MC 450F in 2021, Barcia approaches the new year with high expectations for himself and for the team. Coming out explosively, frankly, at the opener of last year’s season, Barcia led GASGAS Factory Racing to their first premier class win at Houston SX, followed by three more supercross podiums. He marked another “first” for the brand on the road, claiming victory at Spring Creek National and ultimately making four more podium appearances throughout the summer. Joined this season by highly accomplished race mechanic Olly Stone, Barcia feels stronger than ever as he appears to be a permanent fixture on the podium in 2022.

Justin Barcia: “I’m really happy for the second year in the team! The first year we had so much fun and we worked really hard. We won two races which was great but our goal is still to win the championship and that is what we are looking for in 2022. The team has changed a lot this year. I have a new mechanic, Ollie, who excites me; and we have a few other new guys on the team who are doing a terrific job. The whole GASGAS brand is really cool and makes the job a lot easier when you can have a lot of fun with the team. We definitely have a strong squad for this year and for me I’m down and working hard, having fun and ready to compete in this championship!

250 runners with the 250SX series split into Eastern and Western championships, team riders Michael Mosiman and Pierce Brown are both super excited to split and conquer coast to coast aboard the MC 250F. Entering his fifth season in the category, Mosiman has enjoyed his fair share of podiums and top five, but the 22-year-old is aiming for wins in 2022. With a constructive offseason behind him, Mosiman has battled for the championship in the two 250 categories this season.

Michael Mosimane: “This is my second year on the team and I couldn’t be more excited for the season! The new guys we have are really experienced and we had a lot of fun in the preseason. I’m really excited about the quality of the ride we’ve put in and can’t think of a bad day we’ve had on the track. We all had really good bar battles and it was really fun. I’m just looking forward to the season, the camaraderie is better, the familiarity is better, the bike is better and overall we have a really well balanced program and I think you’re going to see it in the results. Line up against his teammate in the 250SX class, Pierce Brown is set to face the 2022 season with new race mechanic, Derik Dwyer, who brings years of championship experience to the relationship. Brown, 19, made a breakthrough at last year’s Daytona SX, claiming his first career podium, but his momentum was shortlived after injuring his thumb in the next lap. He pushed hard to bounce back for the season away from home but hasn’t been able to complete a full season on track.Feeling fit, fast and on the gas, Brown is aiming for a strong and consistent year in 2022.

Pierce Brown:“Everything went very well this offseason! We have a few new faces in the squad – I have a new mechanic, Derik Dwyer, and a new coach, Wil Hahn, who came halfway away last season. With these two added to the program, I feel like everything is coming together and I’m really delighted! I feel like I haven’t been so prepared for a season so far in my career, so it’s shaping up to be a really good year. Everyone in the team freezes really well. We ride together everyday and go to the gym together every day which really makes it easier when you’re having fun. I’m excited! We’re going to turn heads, that’s for sure! With Team Director Tyler Keefe in charge of the program for his second year, the team is delighted to welcome our new Team Leader Josh Wisenor, who comes to GASGAS with years of top-level experience in the paddock. . Additionally, racing mechanics Olly Stone and Derik Dwyer round out a strong line with the return of the key Jay Burgess and team coach Wil Hahn will begin his first full season with the team in 2022.

Tyler Keefe:“Entering the second year with the GASGAS brand is very exciting. I think the first year went very well and we had very good results in the race but honestly we had a lot of positive momentum for the brand and for the drivers. Bringing the fun back into our sport a little bit and getting creative on some marketing stuff has been fun and I think a breath of fresh air for the motorcycle industry and also for the Troy Lee Designs brand. For 2022, having the same riders to lean on is exciting, and we’ve recruited new crew members to help elevate the team, as well as our new coach, Wil Hahn. We had a lot of fun and the whole team works well together, so I think we will have some decisive races this year. The 250 guys are about to make a statement for themselves and solidify as one of the guys to beat. Justin has had a great season in 2021, so with him tweaking a few things here and there, he’s going to build on that and try to be up front every week. It should be exciting!

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Holding the Line (Racing) – Harvard Independent https://ykkcbi.com/holding-the-line-racing-harvard-independent/ Sun, 31 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://ykkcbi.com/holding-the-line-racing-harvard-independent/ Never has the importance of the crew at Harvard been so evident as at Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest rowing event. 2,231 boats competed last weekend in 619 rowing clubs, attracting. 200,000 spectators and the business of hundreds of vendors. Yet some of the breed’s most important members are perhaps the least […]]]>

Never has the importance of the crew at Harvard been so evident as at Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest rowing event. 2,231 boats competed last weekend in 619 rowing clubs, attracting. 200,000 spectators and the business of hundreds of vendors. Yet some of the breed’s most important members are perhaps the least recognized as well. Small in stature to minimize extra weight and without an oar, the coxswain is often overlooked compared to his much larger teammates. However, their role, especially during the Charles race, is anything but tiny.

“Head of the Charles is one of the most important races for coxswains, if not the most important, because it is a real test of skill to lead and the ability to maneuver around others in an unpredictable situation,” said said Hailey Kwoun ’24, coxswain of the Harvard men’s team. heavyweight rowing team.

Sprint regattas are typically 2,000 meter events where competing boats race side by side in a straight line, while lead regattas are time trials run over 5,000 meters of meandering river. The boats start ten seconds apart, the winner being judged by his time of course rather than his finish position. This makes choosing the right racing line all the more crucial. “The longer the race, the more opportunities there are to add meters,” said Radcliffe heavyweight coxswain Holly Conlon ’23. “Especially when Head of the Charles is not a straight course.”

Justin Han ’24 had never been in a regatta on Saturday, but he cherished the opportunity to make his debut on such a difficult course. “It was great to have one of the biggest races in the world as my first one,” he said.

Han appreciated the home ground advantage Harvard students enjoy over the Charles. “The advantage we have of training every day on this river was clearly evident,” he said. “For example, over the weeks [Bridge] round, we are told to aim for the Lowell Bell tower. This means that during the race you don’t have to think too much about the angle you are going to take because you just know how to aim for the tower.

Han’s strategy for Weeks Bridge is more than just convenience. The turn is 90 degrees and is in the middle of the race. This is perhaps the most notorious part of the course and is enough to stir up fear even in the most experienced sailor. “The Weeks’ round is probably the bane of most coxswain lives,” Kwoun said. “Most coxswains are going to screw it up. And even if they have perfectly clear traffic, they probably still won’t get the line they want. ”

Not to be outdone, the 180 degree turn that followed under Eliot Bridge delivers a brutal punch to the coxswain. Their technique must be absolutely perfect to have any chance of winning their event. “If you get stuck on the outside of a corner unnecessarily, you can add tons of time to your run,” Conlon said.

Han learned too well the difficulty of maneuvering those corners during a race. After successfully sailing on the Weeks Bridge, he unfortunately crashed his boat on the side of the Eliot Bridge. Although incredibly disappointed that it cost his team precious time, Han couldn’t afford to think of anything else other than his next move during the race.

“There is a lot of panic when [a crash] come; everyone is just trying to do what they can, ”he said. “As a coxswain, it’s my job to get them back in line and get them back to rowing on time and with discipline to finish the race. Han’s boat was able to recover from its accident and placed 37th, beating eight other boats in the process.

Kwoun’s experience on Saturday was not that of crisis management but that of celebration. She guided her boat to first place in the Men’s Club Four race, Harvard’s first victory in that event since 1973, how the rest of the field did. A few days after the event, she reflected on her performance with enthusiasm. “I’ve run Head of the Charles three times before and have never finished near the top so it was extremely exciting for me,” she said.

Conlon was not happy with her boat’s 14th place finish in the Women’s Eight Championship, but her eyes are already on the future. “It was disappointing, but there is a lot to look forward to,” she said. “Our training is mainly focused on preparing for the spring and our spring racing season. “

The following week, Head of the Charles is strangely calm. The fans left and the stands were dismantled, not to return for a whole year. The river that has welcomed so much joy and also heartache is empty except for the practice sessions of local schools and rowing clubs. For those who have experienced this weekend firsthand, however, the scale of the event will resonate much longer. Harvard coxswains will continue to try to guide their teams to glory in the same way they always have, by being low-key, but essential.

Declan Buckley ’24 (declanbuckley@college.harvard.edu) secretly wishes to have rowed with a crew.

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ESPORTS: FDA takes Endurance Series title as Racing Line Motorsport dominates in Barcelona https://ykkcbi.com/esports-fda-takes-endurance-series-title-as-racing-line-motorsport-dominates-in-barcelona/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://ykkcbi.com/esports-fda-takes-endurance-series-title-as-racing-line-motorsport-dominates-in-barcelona/ • The Ferrari team takes the crown despite the resounding victory of their rival for the title • The protagonists of the championship finish one-two, BMW SIM G2 Esports completes the podium• List of participants | Qualifications | Result | Ranking FDA Esports won the inaugural GT World Challenge Europe Esports Endurance Series title thanks […]]]>

• The Ferrari team takes the crown despite the resounding victory of their rival for the title
• The protagonists of the championship finish one-two, BMW SIM G2 Esports completes the podium
• List of participants | Qualifications | Result | Ranking

FDA Esports won the inaugural GT World Challenge Europe Esports Endurance Series title thanks to a measured second place in today’s season finale at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

But the Ferrari team was made to sweat as rival Racing Line Motorsport won the three-hour competition, staged on Assetto Corsa Competizione, in a dominant fashion. Maintaining the momentum that started with their victory last time at the Nürburgring, the crew of the # 191 Bentley took pole for the final to stage a decisive showdown on the Spanish track.

The No.51 Ferrari took fourth place on the grid, but the same result would not be enough to secure the championship if Racing Line could convert pole to victory. And with three hours of frantic simulation ahead, nothing could be taken for granted.

As the Bentley got off to a good start and maintained its lead, Ferrari was in the thick of the action as Giovanni De Salvo made contact with third starter Mikhail Statsenko (# 147 YAS HEAT McLaren). The latter sped to the left, causing chaos as the peloton charged, while De Salvo was able to continue unscathed.

There were moments of tension for the FDA Esports team as stewards wondered if further action was needed, but ultimately the Italian crew was able to breathe a sigh of relief as the incident went unpunished. The race quickly calmed down, Marek Schinz comfortably moving away behind the wheel of the dominant Bentley # 191.

At this point the Racing Line team was doing whatever it needed, but De Salvo was also in the FDA Esports Ferrari. After 40 minutes he passed JOTA’s # 38 McLaren for second place, further strengthening his team’s title bid. Schinz remained behind the wheel of car # 191 for the second hour, while David Tonizza took over the Ferrari. There was no change in the dynamics of the race, as the Bentley still had the pace to extend its advantage up front.

Kevin Siclari took over the lead car for the last hour, while De Salvo climbed back into the Ferrari and the Bentley pulled away again. Indeed, it was a perfect performance from the Racing Line team, but with the FDA machine holding P2 and no pressure from behind, it wasn’t quite enough to snatch the championship.

Siclari crossed the finish line more than 30 seconds ahead of De Salvo, securing a dominant victory for his side. But, once the No.51 Ferrari passed the checkered flag in second place, the championship was no longer in doubt: FDA Esports could celebrate securing the crown with just five points.

Behind them, the n ° 62 BMW SIM G2 Esports completed the podium thanks to Arthur Kammerer and Gregor Schill. Kammerer moved up to third as he passed JOTA’s # 38 McLaren after an hour, reacting quickly when a overtaken car nearly came to a standstill in the race at Turn 1. He then battled Robbie Stapleford for several turns. before completing the pass. , having finally escaped well to secure the second podium of the campaign for his team.

The # 38 McLaren crossed the finish line in fourth, but a 15-second penalty for a Zoom camera violation brought the Stapleford / McGregor car back to sixth in the final standings. This promoted the # 4 Mercedes-AMG Haupt Racing Team Schindler Mercedes-AMG to fourth, giving the car driven by Müller / Hitz the best result of the 2021 Endurance Series season, while GPX Racing by Rennwelten (Ibraimi / Hoeke ) was the best Porsche in fifth. .

The penalized McLaren was next in P6, while Simonini / Houben’s # 157 Sainteloc By R8G entry marked the best result of the season for an Audi taking seventh place. The No.14 Mercedes-AMG Unicorns of Love (Richter / Kisser) is eighth, followed by the No.34 Predator Simracing By R8G – which makes its first scoring appearance this season thanks to Harteveld / Nerbi – and finally the no. ° 121 Odox Motorsport Audi shared by Spanish drivers Gerard Martínez and Nicholas Albaladejo Camins.

Today’s race closed the curtain on all five Endurance Series races, with each event taking place one week after the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup. FDA Esports secured four podiums during the campaign, missing only the Nürburgring. The Italian squad is undoubtedly a worthy champion, even though Racing Line Motorsport has proven to be the class of the peloton in the last two rounds, winning back-to-back triumphs at the Nürburgring and Barcelona.

Although the Endurance Series is over, there are still two rounds left in the GT World Challenge Europe Esports Sprint Series, while there is also further action to come from the Continental Championships in Asia and America. Each category is part of an expanding esports presence organized by SRO Motorsports Group in partnership with Fanatec, Kunos Simulazioni, AK Esports, Pirelli and The Sim Grid. They are complemented by the revolutionary Fanatec Esports GT Pro series, in which professional GT drivers score points for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Team Championship.

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Mortara and di Grassi to form the ROKIT Venturi Racing team for Formula E season eight https://ykkcbi.com/mortara-and-di-grassi-to-form-the-rokit-venturi-racing-team-for-formula-e-season-eight/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://ykkcbi.com/mortara-and-di-grassi-to-form-the-rokit-venturi-racing-team-for-formula-e-season-eight/ Lucas di Grassi will stay in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship for his eighth season after being announced to run for the ROKiT Venturi Racing team alongside Edoardo Mortara. The decision of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler the team to withdraw from Formula E at the end of season seven left di Grassi’s future […]]]>

Lucas di Grassi will stay in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship for his eighth season after being announced to run for the ROKiT Venturi Racing team alongside Edoardo Mortara.

The decision of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler the team to withdraw from Formula E at the end of season seven left di Grassi’s future on the line, but the Brazilian was recruited from Venturi to replace Norman NATO, despite the Frenchman’s first victory at the Berlin E-Prix.

Di Grassi says Team Venturi has made great strides in recent years, especially with Mortara involved in the championship battle until the last race of the season, and he hopes to help continue the progress when season eight begins. in january in Saudi Arabia.

“Anyone who knows me knows how competitive I am – driving for a team that I know can fight at the front and really challenge the championship is essential for me” said di Grassi. “ROKiT Venturi Racing was simply the best choice and I’m really happy to be part of the team.

“I have been Venturi since season 1 and I know they have a solid history in Monaco. The team performed very well last season. You can see that the team has come a long way over the last few years, the momentum is really there and they have shown clear improvements across the board.

“Edo had a fantastic, really strong season, he fought for the title until the very end and there have been several times during the season that I have driven both Venturi cars and have could see how competitive they were. “

Di Grassi is delighted to line up alongside Mortara as the Brazilian feels the Swiss rider is “very talented”. He believes the duo will work well together and bring the team the results they deserve.

“It’s not just a team issue, though. “ added di Grassi. “I’m really happy to drive alongside Edo, we’ve known each other for a very long time, we’re part of the Audi program together, I respect him as a driver, as a human – he’s a very talented driver and a great character, I think we will work very well together.

“I’m really happy to continue with the team” – Edoardo Mortara

Mortara is thrilled to be back for season eight with Venturi, and he’s just as thrilled to be working alongside di Grassi as the Brazilian is working alongside him.

The Swiss driver hopes the team’s recent positive trajectory continues into the new season as he looks to build on his most impressive Formula E season to date, which included a race victory in the Puebla E-Prize and second place in the drivers’ championship standings.

“I’m really happy to continue with the team and it’s a pleasure to welcome Lucas to the family. Mortara said. “We have had a very solid season this year, my best so far in Formula E, which is also a testament to the hard work of the team around me.

“We are on a good trajectory and we want to maintain it in the future. Competing against Lucas in the past, he’s always been extremely competitive and he’s very good at energy management – one of the most critical points for success in Formula E.

“The progress we’ve made in Season 7 has been tremendous, but there is still a lot to do and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”

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