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 This past weekend I attended the Virginia International Raceway stop of MotoAmerica.  Phil and I drove, 4 hours, to check out the action of this year’s motorcycle race.  This is the first time I have attended a professional motorcycle race in person.  I had a great time and learned a few things along the way.  In no order ….bp 10 

1.  The track is a lot steeper in person then on TV.  Wow the elevation change on the back side of the track had to be at least 300 feet top to bottom, with a couple “S” turns tossed in.  There was not many attempted passes in that section, it would take super skill or brass ones to pull it of downhill at 130MPH. 

2. Phil may still be “persona non-gratia”.  If you listen to DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio you know Phil has been hard on MotoAmerica over the last year.  Not for the motorcycle racing but for the seemingly lack of effort to entice fans to the events.  More on that below.  But anyway, I put in for media credentials for both Phil and myself, I got the “hard card” ID like badge and Phil got an armband and they misspelled his name.  LOL 

3.  The “Air Wall” works as advertised.  Hayden Gillim crashed right in front of us coming out of turn 3, sliding right into the bp 2Air Wall. I would guess he was going 80-90MPH when the motorcycle slides out from under him.  Hayden got up and walked away, though the spectators, not sure that would have been the case with a stack of tires.  

4.  When you are standing near the motorcycles when they launch off the starting line it is faster and louder than on TV. 

5.  Fox Sports 1 must get better ratings for a regular season baseball game then the Championship motorcycle race for SuperCross.  Baseball pre-empted about 20 minutes of SuperCross and that made us cross. 

6.  Virginia International Raceway is a great facility for racing.  In addition to the track there is a small hotel and condo on site.  The view of the track is good, except where they had to put up advertisements for the TV cameras, but that is money and money is why they have a good facility.  

7.  MotoAmerica is getting better.  There was a lot going on at track between races, stuff for kids, bp 6scattered corn hole games, the WALL of DEATH, vendors, and the spectacle of the race bikes getting worked.  It is a lot more then there has been in the past.  BUT, there seemed to be a more than a few cars from the DC, Maryland area based on no advertising in the Washington DC region.  What would they get if they actually tried to recruit fans to VIR? 

8.  My phone and sunlight do not mix.  I tried to do a few Facebook Live events during the weekend and then came of OK at best.  I will have to take OK as I could barely see my screen and at times had no idea if the recording was on or off!  Oh well. 

9.  The visceral feeling as the race started or flew by.  TV, at least for now, just cannot replicate that feeling as dozen high powered motorcycles scream off the line or through a turn just 25 yards away.  WOW

 

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WOW…. where do we start…. MOTOGP, Moto2, Flat Track, Daytona 200, Drag Racing, Supercross!!!!!

Hector Arana Jr becomes the 1st to break 200MPH on the Pro Stock Motorcycle tour.

Two red plates going into the 250 Supercross final, but only one comes out!  Phil was cheering Austin Forkner to get into a fight….WHAAAA?

Eli Tomac dominated the night but it is still Jason Anderson’s Championship to lose!  What is going on with Money Marvin Musquin?   OH, and Phil has a tweet liked by the GOAT!

Flat Track kicks off the season with the Daytona TT!  LOTS of great racing with a bunch of MotoAmerica and wild card racers doing well.  Wonder if Phil still wants to punch JD “Jiggy Dogg” Beach?  JD finished 2nd in the twins!

Oh and then there was MotoGP…. Moto2 was uneventful really but the finish of premier race was AWESOME.  Dovi and Marquez fighting into the last turn!!

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This week on DawgHouse Motorcycle News Rants & Racing show #383

10 Awesome roads to ride from around the world!  These are not the normal rehashed and rehashed set of roads (well mostly).  The #4 road on the list is the Iroha-Zaka in Japan which looks just unbelievable. Check out this map view of the road….d1

In an earlier show (DawgHouse 373) I discussed the possibility that motorcycles may not be allowed on the road as to dangerous to the riders. The framework that is working in Europe now is called “Vision Zero”, the Zero is for zero deaths.

Ken now has to admit I might be right!  Recently the US government has introduced a discussion of a version of Vision Zero and guess what was left out of that discussion…. MOTORCYCLES!  The AMA is worried that the reason the Federal Government left out motorcycles from it future planning is that they want to ban motorcycles.

In racing news…. MotoAmerica’s 2017 season schedule is out and there are some new tracks!!!! They have added Pittsburgh International Race Complex and Sonoma Raceway (and Ken again has to admit Warren was right). AND… Phil likes the change!!!!

Ken and Phil RANT about Virginia International Raceway before heading to MotoAmerica races at VIR.

Victory Motorcycles to race an electric bike at Isle of Mann.

Lost motorcycle rider found in Guatemala.

Yamaha and Triumph motorcycles recalled for the same bad part.

Ducati customers are the most satisfied?

World Superbike in Imola.

Dani Pedrosa returns.

 

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Doing Yoga on a moving motorcycle
MotoAmerica get CBS TV Deal
Motorcycle riding a roller coaster
Slingshot v. Spyder v. Morgan
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Things got a little loud and crazy on this “fun”(?) filled episode.

SOA Red Rose discussion, what does it all mean

Ken is still talking about winter riding tips.

We discuss gifts for the rider in your life… it starts off really well and then……………………..

Yamaha recalls 28 YFZ-R6 motorcycles.

2014 MotoGP crash statistics

MotoAmerica get a GREAT TV deal


3-Time MotoGP 500cc World Champion and the man who will be spearheading MotoAmerica, Wayne Rainey will be joining the Pack on The Dawghouse, Tuesday night Oct 28th.

Wayne Rainey will forever be remembered as a man who dominated MotoGP in a time when the field was loaded with legends. Now he will also be remembered as a key part in the group that will be revitalizing American road racing.

The Pack is extremely anxious to ask Wayne about the new series, and his dreams and desires for it, plus throw in some old school racing talk. The show runs live on NTNRadio.com from 6-8 pm eastern with a live interactive chatroom on the website for listeners to chime in with their questions and comments. NTNRadio.com is also on the TuneIn app, Shoutcast app and Xiia app for our mobile friends. A podcast of the show will be available within a few hours of the end of the show.

The Dawghouse is a completely irreverent, totally biased, intellectually challenged and scornful study of the twisted life of the motorcycling world and those who inhabit our planet… all wrapped up in a disturbing weekly LIVE broadcast! Listen in every Tuesday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Eastern time.) on NTNRadio.com

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