It's the weekly MotoSport Friday 5. Lots to talk about in the world of Sportbike. A great documentary came out today and Ben Spies announced his retirement from racing are just some of the week's headlines. Check them all about below.
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Ducati MotoGP rider Ben Spies announced this week he is retiring from professional motorcycle racing, effective immediately as a result of shoulder injuries. The three-time AMA Superbike Champion, 2009 World Superbike Champion and MotoGP race-winner has spent the past 12 months recovering from shoulder injuries.
Moto Guzzi bikes are turning heads as their transverse v-twin engine seems to belong to an age long-gone. Guzzi's big-bore enduro-touring machine is the Stelvio, with its meaner and better-equipped NTX version.
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Tyco Suzuki is pleased to announce former MotoGP star and runner up in the 2011 BSB series, John Hopkins, will be spearheading their assault on next season's British Superbike Championship - aboard a GSX-R1000 TAS Racing prepared machine. Hopkins sat out 2013 to recover from injuries and is well-known to the British Superbike Championship as he narrowly lost out on the 2011 title in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch by just 6/1000ths of a second.
Leading AMA Pro Road Racing team Michael Jordan Motorsport (Yes, the Hall of Fame NBA player) says it is planning to move into international competition next season, though it is yet to determine whether it will be heading for MotoGP or the World Superbike Championship. Jordan's team has been a popular addition to the American-based national series over the last decade, but the withdrawal of key backer National Guard has prompted the team to glance further afield for its 2014 plans.
The documentary film "Why We Ride" sees limited release on Friday in New York and Los Angeles before expanding to additional theaters next week. The film, by director Bryan H. Carroll, taps into the reasons of, quite simply, why we ride. Whether it's sportbikes or dirt bikes, track days or a cruise along the countryside, "Why We Ride" is about the love of two-wheels and why we saddle up.
Written By: JC Current