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Tuesday 16 June 2020

News Briefs

Vance & Hines has a new video available on its website for its Fuelpak FP3. Designed for dealers to refer customers to when planning the purchase of the FP3, the film points riders to the ease of install and use - Connect, Tune and Ride. Connect the Fuelpak FP3 to the bike's data port, and pair it with Bluetooth to any Android or iOS device. Tune the bike with any number of dyno-tuned maps, created by the technicians at Vance & Hines. Step three, the most critical and the one that dealers must encourage customers to do straight away - ride!

National Powersport Auctions (NPA) has introduced a new app for dealers. Features include one-tap access to the NPA Value Guide, current real-time market prices, projected returns on inventory, the ability to sell inventory through consignment or NPA 'Direct Buy'. NPA 'Simulcast' will be added soon.

Italian headquartered brake manufacturer Brembo continues to have multiple problems with product recalls. Following widespread issues with its master cylinder pistons, the company has now been hit by a second and equally widespread brake pad problem - one that could see the rear brake pad friction material become separated from the backing plate. The latest recalls affect the Ducati 1299 Superleggera and a Triumph model, but it is thought to be an issue for any bike using Brembo's BRM10B compound. There are thought to be thousands of such bikes in circulation in the United States and worldwide. According to Asphalt & Rubber, Brembo front brake pads could have their attachment issues.

Dorna Sports, the MotoGP and WSBK Championships rights holder, has outlined plans which, if approved, would see the MotoGP season get underway with two races at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto at Jerez, with a GP of Spain on July 19th and Andalusia GP on July 26th. These races would be followed by a Motul FIM WSBK round at the venue on August 2nd.

This year's FIM Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials have been cancelled for 2020. Featuring the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship, they were slated for August 29 - September 3rd; organizer Delicate Promotions has announced 2021 dates of August 28th through September. This will be a major but inevitable blow for the many hundreds of racers and their teams who would have been travelling from all corners of the world to compete on what, for once, was being touted as likely to be excellent course conditions this year - an increasingly rare occurrence.

As the race world continues to wait on the starting grid, the latest formal news from the AMA's Daytona Beach, Florida AFT office is of "postponement" of the May 30, Lexington, Kentucky, 'Red Mile'. AFT said it would "communicate its full updated race schedule following the release of updated federal social distancing guidelines. The OKC Mile at Remington Park, Oklahoma City, is currently scheduled as the season opener on June 20.

MotoAmerica, the home of the AMA Superbike Series, has announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor of Wisconsin's safer-at-home order being set to expire on May 26, as this edition of AMD Magazine headed for press, the plan was for the racing portion of the opening round of the 2020 MotoAmerica Series, May 29-31, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, to continue, but without fans.  All five classes of the premier national motorcycle road racing championship in the U.S. – Superbike, Supersport, Liqui Moly Junior Cup, Stock 1000 and Twins Cup – will compete in the series opener, May 29-31. After that, MotoAmerica is planning to return to Road America, June 26-28, along with all previously scheduled activities, including Vintage MotoFest, the MotoAmerica Heritage Cup and the opening round of the Mini Cup by MOTUL.

The Easyriders Rodeo slated for June 5-7 at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, has been cancelled. The remaining upcoming events at Fowlerville, Michigan, (August 21-23) and Chillicothe, Ohio, (September 3-7) are not yet affected and are still planned to go ahead.

Sources: AMD, IDN, FT, Reuters, PSB, MPN, B&B, BDN, MCN, AP, Bloomberg, MSNW, Electrek,