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Yamaha has announced that Former World Champions Kenny Roberts and Eddie Lawson will participate in a very special fan lap promotion during a scheduled break in practice and qualifying for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix on Friday, July 22.
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The Paton Company is getting ready for another big challenge, with the introduction of a new 500cc four-cylinder Grand Prix racer powered by the unique Paton V4 two-stroke engine.
It’s obviously a motorcycle for track use only, but with its 190 bhp power delivery it’s more than capable of generating adrenalin for any motorcycle fan lucky enough to ride it.
In 2009 Valentino Rossi has continued to grow his legend and cement his place in the history of Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing. Valentino Rossi’s ninth (9th) career title is his seventh (7ht) in the premier MotoGP class and his fourth since joining Yamaha in 2004.
2009 Valentino Rossi 14th MotoGP Season Statistics
• Valentino Rossi has now matched Mike Hailwood and Carlo Ubbiali with nine titles in all classes. Only Agostini with 15 has more.
MotoGP World Championship leader Valentino Rossi made an early foray onto the Laguna Seca tarmac today, taking part in a Superkart exhibition alongside fellow Yamaha legends Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey. The foursome made four laps in Superkarts powered by a specially-prepared Yamaha TZ 250 engines, which lap the 3.601km California circuit just a couple of seconds slower than the MotoGP bikes.
The Italian and the three Americans hold an impressive 18 Grand Prix World Championship titles between them, including three each for Yamaha.
Last Friday afternoon, June 26 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, three Legends of Laguna Seca: Kenny Roberts Sr., Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey and their crews took to the track to shake down the Yamaha SuperKarts to get ready for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Valentino Rossi was not able to join the practice as he was busy scoring his 100th victory in Assen, the Netherlands. The Grand Marshal, Colin Edwards, was also busy in Assen finishing fourth on his YZR-M1.
"The most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever driven," said Roberts.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced that a new event the ‘Festival of Legends – Wings and Wheels’ will be debuting in fall 2010 at the world renowned race track. A special preview of the event will be on display at this year’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in the Yamaha Market Place on July 3 – 5, 2009.
The Festival of Legends exhibit at the race will have an eclectic range of historical motorcycles, including the new future F-450 racing class, linking motocross, supermoto and road racing models with those classic bikes from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s celebrated past racing pedigree.
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the next member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2009: accomplished racing director Gary Mathers. Mathers — who produced 48 championships in road racing, dirt track, Supercross and motocross for Honda and Kawasaki — will be among the motorcycling heroes honored at the 2009 induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas this Dec.
"A great flame follows a little spark," wrote the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri. His country has proven over and over again that intimate, passion-driven designers and craftsmen can grow into robust enterprises whose business model remains true to their original spark.
So it is with Spidi of Vicenza.