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BMW S 1000 RR Sets New Land Speed Record At Bonneville
(Press release edited by #webBikeWorld) - Motorcycle racer and team owner Valerie Thompson set her 7th land speed record on her CTEK sponsored BMW S 1000 RR during the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s 28th Annual World of Speed event September 6-9 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover Utah.
Thompson is no stranger to speed records; she is a seven-time land speed record holder and both the owner and driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team.
She set a personal best top speed of 212 mph on her CTEK sponsored BMW S 1000 RR during the March 2013 Texas Mile competition. Thompson is an official member of the BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH Club, Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club, Texas Mile 200 MPH Club, ECTA 200 MPH Club and a lifetime member of the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH Club.
Thompson set the record during the World of Speed event where her BMW S 1000 RR was fast right out of the trailer. Six out of eight of Thompson’s passes were over 200 mph.
On her last run of the event, Thompson enjoyed her best speed on the salt with a first pass at 209.85 mph and a return run of 207.71 mph, setting a new MPS-G 1000 record at 208.81 mph. The new record earned Thompson lifetime membership in the prestigious Red Hat Club, recognizing her 200+ mph performance.
“I've wanted the 200 MPH Club Red Hat since I started racing on the salt, so it’s an awesome achievement for me. I can't thank my team enough for their outstanding fight to the end. Ray Garcia did an incredible job of making all the right calls on the bike’s set up. Now I can focus on setting more records and going faster with the Red Hat,” added an ecstatic Thompson. ... See MoreSee Less
(Press release edited by #webBikeWorld ) - Honoring the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel’s Snake River Canyon jump, Spike TV presents a revealing look at America’s most infamous daredevil, Evel Knievel, in the original Spike TV documentary “I Am Evel Knievel.” The 90-minute special will premiere on Spike TV Wednesday, September 10 at 11:00pm ET/PT.
“I Am Evel Knievel” combines original exclusive interviews with archival footage of this larger-than-life character to tell Knievel’s incredible story. Featured interviews include Matthew McConaughey, Kid Rock, Michelle Rodriguez, Guy Fieri, Robbie Maddison, and family members including sons Kelly and Robbie, and former wives Linda Knievel and Krystal Kennedy-Knievel. Lathan McKay, owner of the world’s largest collection of Evel Knievel memorabilia, is also featured.
The enduring legacy of Evel Knievel is the unforgettable death-defying jumps. The documentary features footage of Evel’s greatest jumps, including the seminal Snake River Canyon and Caesars Palace jumps. The film also showcases Knievel’s rise from a small town rebel in Butte, Montana, to a cultural icon whose rise to superstardom was built on nerves of steel and the ability to get up and do it again no matter the severity of the fall. He lived like every day was his last, which led to a tumultuous life encompassing meteoric success, wild hubris, egomaniacal mistakes and ultimately redemption.
“My dad proceeded through life as if limitations of his own imagination, courage and abilities did not exist – it was really something to grow up with,” stated Kelly Knievel.
“When Evel hit the ground hard, he hit the bull’s eye in an America that was hungry for heroes, hungry for men who scoffed at danger and walked away from death,” said Director/Producer Derik Murray. “Evel Knievel was the first, the original, the craziest daredevil that ever lived. He did it on heavier bikes, and he did it without the technology and experience that comes with today’s action sports heroes.”
The documentary is the latest in Spike TV’s original “I Am” series. The network debuted the critically acclaimed “I Am Steve McQueen” earlier this year and “I Am Bruce Lee” in 2012, also produced by Murray.
Wayne Rainey Group to Run AMA Racing in New MotoAmerica Series
In coordination with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), KRAVE Group LLC announced that it has entered into an agreement to take over promotional and management rights for AMA Road Racing properties in North America as part of the newly formed MotoAmerica series.
The move comes at a pivotal time in professional road racing, and will allow MotoAmerica to award AMA and FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) North America No. 1 plates to class champions beginning in 2015. Races and venues will be announced at a later date.
“When I was a kid first learning how to race, my ultimate goal – the goal of every young racer – was to compete in the AMA,” said KRAVE Group LLC Partner and MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey, a two-time AMA Champion (1983 and 1987) and three-time 500cc World Champion (1990, 1991 and 1992).
Rainey, who notched 24 Grand Prix race wins during his storied career, was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999 and is also in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the MotoGP Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
“The United States has produced some of the fastest riders in the world,” Rainey continued. “To bring that status and excitement back to the U.S. we need to start fresh – and that is our ultimate goal. MotoAmerica is going to bring one of the most exciting sports on earth back to the forefront; to recruit the next generation of young riders while supporting and highlighting today’s established stars.”
Alongside Rainey, the newly formed KRAVE Group LLC (dba MotoAmerica) includes Chuck Aksland. From a racing family, Aksland enjoyed a brief career as a well-respected road racer. After retiring from competition, he managed Team Kenny Roberts for 20 years and also guided the careers of World Superbike star Jonathan Rea and current U.S. Road Racing championship contender Roger Hayden. Recently, Aksland served as VP of Motor Sports Operations at Circuit of the America (CoTA).
Another partner in KRAVE Group LLC is Terry Karges, a former motorsports marketing executive and team owner who spent 17 years at Roush Performance before being named Executive Director of The Petersen Automotive Museum. Richard Varner is the fourth partner in KRAVE (Karges, Rainey, Aksland, Varner). Founder of Champions Moto motorcycles, Varner is also an energy sector entrepreneur and businessman.
“If you are an amateur or professional motorcycle road racer in America, if you are a fan of road racing or if you are a company that does business in this industry, this is an exciting day,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Our goal has always been to entrust the promotional and commercial rights for professional racing to a talented, dedicated, well-capitalized professional entity, and MotoAmerica certainly offers all that and more.”
The agreement between the AMA and KRAVE Group LLC (MotoAmerica) was finalized on September 3. More information will be released shortly, including future race dates, classes, rules and event information. For more and continued updates, please visit MotoAmerica.com. ... See MoreSee Less