Just as Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier showed who was boss in the Superbike class during MotoAmerica testing at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Yamaha Extended Services/Graves Motorsports Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff dominated the Supersport class.Aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6, Gerloff led seven of eight sessions over the two-day test, and kept posting quicker and quicker times. He finished the day with a 2:11.987, finishing 0.859 of second quicker than his teammate, the reigning MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach (2:12.846).
Garrett Gerloff says: ”It’s just testing,” the 20-year-old Texan said. “Everything feels good. It feels good to be where I’m at, but I just want to focus on the race – that’s what really counts. Definitely, feel good today, feel good with where the bike’s at. Hopefully, the track and the conditions are the same for when we come here for the race so that we can do the same thing that we are doing now.“For sure there’s no room for slacking off because everybody else is going to be working their butts off to be faster than me or faster than whoever at the race. So I’m just going to keep doing the same thing I’m doing, I feel like I have a solid program together. We’ll see what happens.”Rounding out the top five were Wheels In Motion/Motosport.com/Meen Motorsports Yamaha’s Joe Roberts, M4 Sportbike TrackGear.com Suzuki’s Valenin Debise, and HB Racing/Meen Yamaha’s Dakota Mamola.The 2016 MotoAmerica Championship begins its second season April 8-10 at Circuit of the Americas, running as a support series for MotoGP.
2016 COTA MotoAmerica Supersport Test Results, Combined:
1. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha) 2:11.987 2. JD Beach (Yamaha) 2:12.846 3. Joe Roberts (Yamaha) 2:13.149 4. Valentin Debise (Suzuki) 2:13.700 5. Dakota Mamola (Yamaha); 2:14.677 6. Cameron Petersen (Suzuki) 2:14.878 7. Benny Solis (Honda) 2:15.491 8. Xavier Zayat (Suzuki) 2:16.036 9. Jay Newton (Yamaha) 2:17.621 10. Travis Wyman (Yamaha) 2:17.747
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!