MotoAmerica – North America’s new road-racing series spearheaded by three-time World Champion Wayne Rainey – has announced the voices that will be behind all its TV broadcasts on CBS Sports Network.The MotoAmerica TV talent will feature veteran race caller Jonthan Green, the comic voice of two-time World SBK Champion Colin Edwards, and the attractive pit reporter Cristy Lee.
All three will debut during a MotoAmerica season premier show (date to be announced) ahead of the opening round at Circuit of the Americas in Texas April 10-12 during MotoGP.Green has spent more than 20 years covering motorsports throughout the two-and four-wheel world, including MotoGP, World Superbike, Formula One and Indy Car.“I am honored and excited to be part of this new era for the sport and wholeheartedly believe in what Wayne [Rainey], Chuck [Aksland] and the team are aiming to do over the coming seasons,” Green said.“I am delighted to be part of this excellent broadcast team. I’ve known Colin Edwards his entire career and have covered his World Superbike and Moto GP efforts as a reporter, commentator and presenter. Over the years we’ve become great friends and he is without doubt the most popular and charismatic racer in the world of motorsport. I can’t wait to help bring his insight of the sport that he loves so much to the fans.“I’ve also worked with Cristy Lee many times before and she is a consummate broadcast professional with an unrivaled passion for motorcycles. I will be putting all of my well-known energy and enthusiasm into the job of helping making MotoAmerica the best National championship in the world and I can’t wait to get started.”Edwards – the 2000 and 2002 World Superbike Champion who retired last season after 12 years in MotoGP – has been racing since the age of four. The Texan also spent much time in AMA Superbike, and will bring his comic ways to the broadcast booth.“I’m very excited for this new adventure with MotoAmerica. I’ve always been a little vocal during my career and a big part of that is wanting people to feel like they know who I really am,” Edwards said.“Since retiring and looking forward to this new chapter, my plan is to continue being vocal so you all will know what’s really going on out there. I’ve got a little experience in this area and look forward to getting the ball rolling. See ya in COTA.”As for Lee, she is an amateur road racer and a broadcaster with 10 years of experience as a pit reporter in series like motocross and AMA Superbike. She also hosts the Barrett-Jackson auto auctions and the show All-Girls Garage.“I’m really excited for a new road racing series with MotoAmerica. I’m ecstatic to be part of this new series and be in the pits once again, as I have been for the past couple of years. I think it’s a great, fresh start for the series,” Lee said.“I’m excited for the new class structure as well with the combination of Superbike and Superstock racing together in two different classes. I think it will bring a lot more exciting racing to the table for the fans. I’m thankful to be on board and working with Jonathan Green and, of course, Colin Edwards. I think we’re going to make a great team and overall it will be a great season. I couldn’t be happier.”All MotoAmerica events will be telecast on CBS Sports Network, as part of a multi-year agreement between Torque.TV and CBS Sports Network. Extensive digital coverage of the MotoAmerica Series, including event highlights, features and other content will also be featured on www.Torque.TV.The 2015 television schedule will be released at a later date.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!