America’s Cameron Beaubier is set to make his debut appearance in the World Superbike Championship, the Team Graves Yamaha pilot set to ride next weekend aboard the Pata Yamaha YZR-M1 at Donington Park.Beaubier will substitute for the injured Sylvain Guintoli; the 2014 World SBK Champion (Aprilia) suffered a crash last month during qualifying for round five at Imola. The Frenchman was forced to undergo surgery to his left ankle, and rehabilitation has taken longer than expected. Guintoli targets a WSBK return at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli June 17-19 (round eight).
It didn’t take Yamaha long to decide on a substitute. Beaubier, the 2013 Daytona SportBike and 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion, was the perfect choice. The Roseville, Calif., native has won four races in four rounds, and is second in points – nine behind teammate Josh Hayes, a four-time AMA SuperBike Champion.Beaubier will pilot a Pata Yamaha World Superbike YZF-R1 in both 23-lap races at the Derby circuit. He will be just the second American represented on the 2016 WSBK grid so far this season, the other being 2006 MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden. And he’s no stranger to Donington; he raced there in 2009 while competing in the former 125cc GP class.Cameron Beaubier says ”I feel really fortunate that the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team is giving me this opportunity to be a part of the team for the weekend while Sylvain is healing up. I’m also thankful that Yamaha US is allowing me to do this in the middle of our season! It will be a tough weekend with lots of learning but I’m going to do my best and have fun!”He joins the other official Pata Yamaha team rider Alex Lowes, who is currently ninth in the standings after five of 14 rounds.For more, visit our World Superbike page.
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.