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“The Dude” hosts American Thunder Music Festival at Sturgis

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“”The Dude”, aka Jeff Bridges, is to make a special appearance August 11th at the American Thunder Music Festival during The Legendary Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, SD.

Jeff Bridges and friends host this concert to benefit The Bob Woodruff Foundation, an organization that provides resources and support to services members, veterans and their families to successfully come back into their communities to thrive physically, psychologically, socially and economically.

Bridges and friends will perform tunes from Crazy Heart and much more- so get your tickets ASAP!

Check out here more reasons why you need to go to Sturgis this Summer.

Other bands performing at Legendary Buffalo Chip

Toby Keith, Poison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tesla, Buck Cherry, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Bachman & Turner, STYX, Leon Russell, Gregg Allman & Many More!”

 

(Via .) AllAboutBikes.com

“The Dude” hosts American Thunder Music Festival at Sturgis

Spies and Edwards Auction Off Gear for Feed the Children

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“Hot on the heels of the massively successful MotoGP Day of Champions auction, Ben Spies and Colin Edwards are again putting their old gear to good use. The two Yamaha riders will be auctioning off their old gear to raise money for Feed the Children.

Yamaha will be auctioning off a set of Ben Spies’ original Alpinestars factory leathers, boots and gloves. The winner of the Colin Edwards package will be getting his Spidi leathers, his Arai helmet and Sidi boots and gloves. On top of that, Edwards is also donating a 4-day “Texas Tornado Boot Camp” at his camp in Texas.

“Both Ben and Colin are tremendously popular with American race fans and all of us at Yamaha are proud that they have donated both their time and their gear to such a worthy cause,” said Bob Starr, Yamaha’s General Manager of National Communications. “And to see them both on the GE stage together at this years’ Red Bull U.S. GP will surely be a treat for all the fans, especially the winning bidders!”

Yamaha will also be giving the winning bidders a pair of weekend 3-day general admission passes, including paddock access, to the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, in July. The winners will be put up in a hotel for the weekend. They will also be invited to the stage at a Saturday dinner where they will be able to get their gear autographed by the MotoGP stars in person.

The auction started yesterday on eBay and runs until June 20th. You can vote on the Ben Spies auction here (the price is currently at $2,500), or the Colin Edwards auction here ($3,750).”

 

(Via .) AllAboutBikes.com

Spies and Edwards Auction Off Gear for Feed the Children

AMA Pro Road Racing Heats Up and Heads South

Barber 2010 - Photo by Brian J. NelsonDAYTONA BEACH, FL (June 15, 2011) – Two weeks after the spectacular racing at Wisconsin’s Road America circuit, AMA Pro Road Racing is back in action this weekend at the Birmingham-area’s lush Barber Motorsport Park. From June 17 through 19, the central Alabama facility plays host to the Barber SuperBike Classic, which will feature edge-of-your-seat racing plus a number of activities in support of the Alabama National Guard, including special ticket offers for Guard members and their families.

 

The AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, Daytona SportBike, Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport, and Vance & Hines XR1200 divisions are all preparing to line up at Barber, which will see double-header races in three of the series’ four classes. As the points races tighten across the board, some new challengers have stepped forward to confront those riders who laid claim to the early part of the season.

 

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes continues to hold the points lead in the premier class, and the Mississippi boy has yet to finish off the podium in his championship defense. But with Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Blake Young having returned to his winning ways at Rounds 3 and 4, the battle’s even closer than the ten points currently separating them would indicate. Add Young’s Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate, Tommy Hayden, to the mix, and you’ve got three impressively dominant riders primed to deliver the same kind of wheel-to-wheel racing Road America fans witnessed.

 

The Daytona SportBike class standings saw a true upset at Round 4, as Team Latus Motors Racing’s Jason DiSalvo-who was near perfection after the first three races-crashed out of not one but two Road America contests, allowing Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Herrin, who took his first victory of the year at Round 3, to bang out two additional class wins and take over the championship. While entirely determined to make a comeback, DiSalvo will first have to contend with Vesrah Suzuki’s Cory West, who currently sits second overall.

 

The Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class, meanwhile, is still wholly up for grabs, five different riders having already won 2011 races in pursuit of championship crowns and the Motorcycle-Superstore.com $25,000 points-fund bonus. Barber Motorsports Park’s Round 5 will be the third East Division SuperSport race on the calendar-a coast LTD/Y.E.S. Yamaha’s Tomas Puerta is currently firmly in control of, while teammate David Gaviria owns the West Coast points race. Roadracingworld.com’s Benny Solis, however, has proved a winner on any given day, and a whole host of other young riders are also coming on strong, including Corey Alexander (Vesrah Suzuki), Travis Wyman, Elena Myers (SuzukiScoopFans Racing), James Rispoli (ANT-Racing.com Suzuki), and Dustin Dominguez (Team Latus Motors Racing).

 

And finally, having just celebrated its one-year anniversary, the Vance & Hines XR1200 class is flexing its new maturity in a big way, boasting increasingly deeper fields of riders and a rash of diverse talent. When Chris Fillmore (Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing) took his second victory of 2011 at Road America, he did so by defeating a staggering seven riders after a seesaw battle that saw the chase train cross the finish within a second of the race-winner. Fillmore is currently followed in the standings by Parts Unlimited’s Steve Rapp and Fillmore’s Bruce Rossmeyer teammate, Kyle Wyman.

 

Fans in attendance on Saturday are encouraged to stay late for some face-time with their favorite riders, as AMA Pro Racing, Barber Motorsports Park, and ZOOM Motorsports are hosting a special Track Walk at 5:30 p.m. to benefit local victims of the tornados that devastated the area in late April. For only $10, fans can walk all or a portion of the track while talking race strategy with AMA Pro stars; tickets can be purchased either upon Saturday entry at Gates 2 and 10, or in Lot E prior to the start of the walk.

 

For event tickets and information, visit www.barbermotorsportspark.com. For TV broadcast dates and times for Barber SuperBike and Daytona SportBike action, visit www.speedtv.com. Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and Vance & Hines XR1200 can be viewed lived on Speed2.

 

To learn more and be a part of AMA Pro Racing, please visit www.amaproracing.com and join us onfacebook.com/AMAProRoadRacing and twitter.com/AMAProSBK.

 

via AMA Pro Racing news release

Mees Unmatched in Michigan: AMA Pro Flat Track Round 8

HARTFORD, MI (June 13, 2011) – Round 8 of the AMA Pro Racing Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship came to Michigan’s beautiful Hartford Motor Speedway-home of the “Wicked Half-Mile”-last weekend, and even powerful rain storms in advance of the event couldn’t stop the banked oval from being ready to go come race day.

Photo by Dave Hoenig

 

Rogers Lake Racing/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson’s Jared Mees was ready, too, and the former AMA Pro Twins Champion ran away with the 25-lap National, proving he’s on a serious hot streak. After struggling early in the year, Mees turned in two wins and a second in just the last three rounds.

 

“After the California races, I decided I was just going to have fun and win races,” said Mees. “I’m not even going to think about points. I was doing pretty good at the Outlaw races, but now it’s coming together at the Nationals, too.”

 

Scott Powersports’ Johnny Lewis got the holeshot on his Kawasaki and led the first six laps with Mees glued to his rear wheel. Mees was able to power by on lap seven going into Turn 3, and the race for the lead was over as Mees instantly began to gap the rest of the field. Lewis had Kenny Coolbeth and his Harley-Davidson Motor Company-backed machine to contend with for a few laps, but he couldn’t hold off Coolbeth for long, and the latter took possession of second for good on lap eleven.

 

“When I got into second Jared was about half a straightaway ahead, and I thought I might be able to catch him,” said Coolbeth. “But he just kept pulling away.” Mees crossed the line with more than a 3-second win margin.

 

Photo by Dave HoenigThe day’s fast qualifier, Fasthog.com/American Harley-Davidson’s Bryan Smith, was able to secure the last podium slot on lap thirteen. Lewis, meanwhile, dropped back nearly another three seconds into a six-rider brawl for fourth with Lewis, Matt Weidman (White’s Harley-Davidson), Chris Carr (American Motorcyclist/Dallas Fort Worth Honda), Jake Johnson (Zanotti Racing), Sammy Halbert (Kings Kustoms / LZ Racing), and Jimmy Wood (Southland Racing).

 

At the end it was Carr taking the spot on lap twenty-one. Current series points-leader Halbert worked his way around Johnson and Weidman for a hard-earned sixth. Defending AMA Pro Grand National Champion Johnson and his fading brakes held on for an eighth-place finish, just ahead of Wood.

 

In a preview of things to come, Mees backed up his fast heat time with the Dash for Cash win and the $1,000, picking up the five points that go with it. Johnny Lewis was second, with Heat 2 winner Jimmy Wood third.

 

Despite the two points Halbert was able to pick up on Johnson, Mees maxed out on points and gained sixteen on Halbert. Heading into Round 9, only seventeen points separate the top three AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship contenders.

 

The Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles main turned into a two-rider war as series points leaders Gerit Callies (Vortex/O’Neal) and Mikey Avila (Digger 57/M.E.H. Corp) fought it out. Callies held the point early on, but gave way to current points leader Avila on lap eleven of the sixteen-lap event.

 

Weirbach Racing’s Mikey Martin, Bell Helmets/Teknic Leathers’ Hayden Gillim, and Scott Powersports’ Jake Shoemaker had a great race for fourth, finishing in that order.

 

The AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship next heads for the Lima Half-Mile at Ohio’s Allen Country Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 25. For tickets and information, visitwww.ohionationalchampionship.net or call 419 991 1491.

 

To be a part of the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship, visit them at www.amaproracing.com/ft and join them on www.facebook.com/AMAProFlatTrackSeries andwww.twitter.com/AMAProFlatTrack.

 

AMA Pro Racing Press release.

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