MotoAmerica, North America’s new road racing series spearheaded by three-time GP Champion Wayne Rainey, will return to New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) this coming season. But not once – twice!Rounds three and nine of the 2016 MotoAmerica series, April 29 – May 1 and again on September 9 – 11, respectively, will take place at the track in Millville, N.J. The previously announced seven rounds bring this year’s MotoAmerica series to a total of nine action-packed championship rounds.
Loved by riders and teams for its sprawling 2.25 Thunderbolt Raceway, NJMP has been a staple stop of the AMA Superbike Series since the 2009 season. The beloved track has also served as the series finale over the last two years, including this September when Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier claimed the first-ever MotoAmerica Superbike title.“I’m excited to be going to New Jersey twice this year,” stated Beaubier. “I’ve had a lot of success there in the past and I’ve been able to wrap up two of my championships at NJMP, so it’s a special place to me. There are a lot of passionate fans in that part of the country and it will be nice to give them two chances to see us in 2016.”Having two races at NJMP will give MotoAmerica double the opportunity to serve what is a large portion of the motorcycle market in the U.S., with the 500-acre complex located near Philadelphia and New York City.The 500-acre complex, located just a short trip away from Philadelphia and NYC offer a great opportunity for East Coast motorcycle racing fans. And now, with two races being offered at NJMP, racing fans will have their fill.“New Jersey Motorsports Park was the perfect place to end our debut season in 2015,” said MotoAmerica partner Chuck Aksland. “And we think it’s the perfect venue to hold two rounds in 2016. We believe the fan base will not only support two races, they will embrace it. We’re excited to be going to that area of the country twice for a racetrack and facility that our teams, riders and staff look forward to going to.”NJMP is overjoyed host two MotoAmerica events on its 2016 calendar: “We are thrilled to be hosting two MotoAmerica races for the 2016 season,” beamed Brad Scott, Chief Operating Officer of New Jersey Motorsports Park. “MotoAmerica is our largest spectator event to date and this will bring two times the Superbike excitement for our fan base next season. We are planning more off-track activities for both events to keep the fun and energy in high gear throughout the race weekends.”The 2016 MotoAmerica Series will begin once more at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, April 8-10, in conjunction with the MotoGP World Championship, with round two one short week later at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., April 15-17. New Jersey Motorsports Park will host round three, April 29-May 1, with another two-week break to round four at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, Virginia, May 13-15. Road America will host round five of the series, June 3-5, followed a week later by round six at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., June 10-12.MotoAmerica will hold its first Saturday Superbike races at the newly named Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah, June 23-25 for round seven before venturing to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., for round eight – a round that will be held in conjunction with the World Superbike Championship – July 8-10. The nine-round series will conclude with the series finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park, September 9-11.
2016 MotoAmerica Series Schedule
April 8-10: Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas
April 15-17: Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
April 29-May 1: New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, New Jersey
May 13-15: Virginia International Raceway, Danville, Virginia
June 3-5: Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
June 10-12: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama
June 23-25: Utah Motorsports Campus, Tooele, Utah
July 8-10: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California
September 9-11: New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, New Jersey
Ducati DesertX + Dale Wagler and his BMW 1250 GS Adventure (Owner Review)
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena take a look at the Ducati DesertX ADV bike. Powered by the same liquid-cooled V-twin motor as several other models in the Ducati range, the DesertX is another entry into the upper-middleweight class of ADV machines. The big question of course, is can the DesertX make its mark and differentiate itself from a growing field of competitors?
The second segment is the premiere of our new series of ‘Owner Reviews’. These are real-world opinions of machines owned by everyman riders. For this first one, I chat with my friend Dale Wagler. Dale is a former Marine and hard-core street- and dirt-bike rider. Dale recently acquired a new BMW 1250 GS Adventure, and he gives us his thoughts on the bike’s positives—and a few negatives too.
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So, from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!