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Over the last few years MotoAmerica motorcycle racing has been improving bit by bit, in the racing arena.

That was true until this season when the 2019 racing, in almost every class, became WOW.

In the superbike series there were multiple winners all though the season, on any given

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week any one of six riders could end up on the top step.

Both the superbike (Cameron Beaubier) and sport bike (Bobby Fong) championship went down to the last race weekend. AND emerging champions like Alex Dumas, Andrew Lee

and Rocco Landers only add to the level of talent in MotoAmerica. As far as the racing goes…

MotoAmerica had the best racing in the world in 2019!!!! No doubt, hands down, the best racing in the world!

TV coverage

It was not only in racing that MotoAmerica improved.

The premier American motorcycle racing series moved from BEIN Sports to Fox Sports 2 tripling the number of homes that could see the races. Fox Sports 2 showed all the superbike races live or same day, with an encore showing later in the week for 45 hours of coverage. As for the other races like the Liqui Moly Twins Cup, many folks have been critical of the lack of coverage on TV. I say “dude” it is a building process, geez!!ma nbc

AND if that was not enough MotoAmerica had an hour long spot each week with NBC Sports Network. “Inside MotoAmerica” was a show that highlighted the races and provided interviews and features from the previous week’s races. Each show was repeated once for 22 hours of motorcycle racing coverage. I though “Inside MotoAmerica” was well produced.

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If you could not get Fox Sports 2 or you wanted to watch all the race action in every class, then you could have bought into MotoAmerica Live+. As part of The DawgHousemotoamerica live Motorcycle Radio show we have been calling for this for a few years, along with dumping BEIN. I know they have been listening to our show as Wayne Rainy and Chuck Askland stopped by and talked with us while we covered the races at VIR and Pittsburgh. Do we take credit for the steaming… but of course!!! ILMAO

Silly season

The MotoAmerica schedule for next year is set, Utah and Sonoma are out and “The Ridge” and Indianapolis are in for 2020. Looks like The DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio might get to go to 3 races next year (yes, we could go to NJ, but no way we are driving there from Virginia…Indy might be longer but so much easier)!

Is fan favorite JD Beach going to return next year, does not sound like he is. While there has been no official notice, the race announcers have stated, on live TV, that he is not returning. So, I assume we will get to see him full time riding American Flat Track.

Garrett Gerloff has rumors that he will be racing in World Super Bike next year. I hope he lands a contending ride as we really need a MotoAmerica alum to do well to attract more attention to the series.

Looks like factory Yamaha is pulling out of the series sponsorship. Sad but Yamaha is having a rough time financially in the US. They even recently moved their HQ from California to Georgia to save money.

Wrapping it up

I really enjoyed MotoAmerica’s 2019 motorcycle racing season. Between seeing racing live at the track, on Fox Sports, NBCSN and the streaming package I could not have asked for much more. All I have to say is things are looking up for motorcycle racing in the US.

I would like to give a special thanks to the folks over at Liqui Moly US for providing The DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio tickets to give away to fans of both our show and MotoAmerica!

 

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I recently attended the 2019 MotoAmerica Championship of Virginia at Virginia International Raceway.  Phil, from The DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio show, and I attended the race with press credentials. Those credentials got us into almost all parts of the race including the starting line and paddock.

The racing has gotten a lot better, to the point where I will state that the racing in MotoAmerica is the best in the world!

I am not saying the talent is better than MotoGP but, MotoAmerica has 6 riders that could win a race and currently has 4 different winners in 6 races. In fact, the winner of the 2nd superbike race was JD Beach who had won an American Flat Track race the week before. As you can see from below, we had a good time while lining ups interviews for the DawgHouse.

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Liqui Molly DawgHouse Ticket Winners

We also spent a lot of time with the fans. MotoAmerica has gone all out to make the race day a family event. From stunt shows to vendors there was something for everyone to do between races. We also met with several DawgHouse fans while we were at the race. We introduced the winners of the Liqui Molly ticket give away to Rick the Liqui Molly representative.

 

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Wayne Rainey, his wife, Chuck Askland and Phil.

If you have been following The DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio you know we have been hard on MotoAmerica. We know that the leaders in MotoAmerica have been listening as we have talked with them on several occasions. I can’t say that anything we said or did had any direct input to them but a lot of what we were asking for is now delivered! 3 time World Champion Wayne Rainey and one of the owners of MotoAmerica Chuck Askland even stopped by to say high! Next time I will get a better picture.

motoamerica-logoMay 4-5 MotoAmerica motorcycle racing is at the Virginia International Raceway in Danville, VA.  I and the rest of the DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio “Pack” will be covering the races.

With press passes from MotoAmerica, we will be all over the event.  Expect MANY posts and “LIVE events” on my IJustWant2Ride Facebook and on my @IJustWant2Ride Twitter account.  Who knows I might just even post to my under utilized Instagram account.

Phil will be posting to the DawgHouse twitter and Facebook pages if you want to see all the things we are up to.

You can count on a FB Live broadcast of the start of the MotoAmerica Superbike race on Saturday, right from the pit lane wall!

From my POV MotoAmerica has the best motorcycle racing in the world this year.  Any of motoamerica live6 riders could win week to week, assuming they hit the setup.  JD Beach won this weeks American Flat Track race, a win with the superbikes would be a true feat!  You can catch both the Saturday and Sunday MotoAmerica Superbike races on Fox Sports 2 (3PM EST) or streaming on MotoAmerica Live +…. you might even see me on TV!

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If you have listened to our DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio podcast you would have heard us rant about MotoAmerica. Not so much the racing but the fact that it is so hard to see!

It was on the BEIN network and BEIN just did not have much access to American households.

THAT HAS ALL CHANGED FOR 2019!

MotoAmerica has reached a deal Fox Sports 2, available on almost all cable packages, nearly 57 million home! Fox Sports 2 will offer all 10 rounds Super Bike racing live or same day. Each race will be rerun within 7 days. That is a big upgrade over last year.

BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!!

NBC Sports Network is going present “Inside MotoAmerica” with 11 shows of race highlights and features from the MotoAmerica.

MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey stated…. “We’d like to thank NBC Sports for their interest in the MotoAmerica Series and we can’t wait to showcase our racing, personalities and MotoAmerica lifestyle to our fans, both new and established, with a little different flair. We know the shows will be well-received by our fans, our teams, sponsors and racers, and we’re excited to get the season started.”

Inside MotoAmerica will premier Saturday April 13 at 11PM.

BUT WAIT …. EVEN MORE!!!

If you have cut the cable and don’t have access to Fox Sports 2 you can still get all the races!

MotoAmerica Live + is the series live streaming package. If you have internet access you now have race access.

MotoAmerica Live + will provide you with all 10 rounds of the MotoAmerica series plus MA-LiveLogo-vertical-570x356the practice sessions, the qualifying sessions and the races in all five classes. Plus, features, interviews and more in a package that will provide fans with all the on-and off-track action.

If MotoAmerica Live + interests you… The annual package will be available for purchase for a pre-sale price of $49.95 through March 31. After March 31, the season pass will be available for $69.95 with single-event (weekend) packages available for $9.95.

 

We, at the DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio, have been preaching for a long time the need for this kind of change for fans to have more access. We are on board with the changes and are looking forward to the season.

The first race this year is April 6th from Road Atlanta.

I think the racing in Super Bike in 2019 is going to be AWESOME, but the series NEEDS YOU to step up. Set your DVR or buy the package and watch the races!!!

 

 

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A lemony fresh studio freaks Warren out!

Supercross in Atlanta, KTM ruled the 450s what happened to Roczen and Tomac.

MotoGP preview and bench racing.

Is this Rossi’s last shot at a championship?  Phil thinks so.

Warren says that Zarco will not will a race and is now a 50-10 finisher.

Ken predicts that this is the last year for Rossi and Lorenzo!

Listen to the show HERE!!!

ama-supercross-logo-vector-downloadAMA Supercross has left Fox Sports Network and moved to NBC Sports Channel, I am sure Supercross got a better deal financially but the fans are screwed.  First race is January 4th 2019.

Most of the fans of Supercross have to watch the races from home, few of the races are near most of us, especially if you live on the east coast. That being a fact, NBCSC is delaying the broadcast of 7 of the races. The Nashville race, for example, is delayed until 11PM EST. My wife and I love Supercross but we are not going to watch until 3 in the morning races of which we know the results.

Now NBCSC has a fix for this delay issue!

For the small fee of $75 you can watch all the races LIVE on line, imagine that! Well no thanks, we will pass. As an aside… I think NBC’s coverage of most sports is poor so I am hoping for the best with Supercross.

So now we get delayed, sometimes by weeks, broadcast of American Flat Track and now Supercross. NBC does hate motorcycle racing!

If you would like to hear what we had to say, regarding this issue, on the DAWGHOUSE MOTORCYCLE RADIO click here!

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World Superbike in Portimao.  Rea does it again and again.

Yamaha has a lot of changes going and it is not all good. Dropping double digits in sales, dropping supersport road  racing in America, our take on what is going on.

Supercross 2019 schedule is out and there are 3 new stops!

Tom Sykes where is he going at the end of the year.

Click HERE to go the page and listen to the show.

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In August by buddy Phil and I, representing the DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio show, attended the MotoAmerica race at Pittsburgh International Race (PittRace) complex. This was our second MotoAmerica race for the year, we attended the race at Virginia International Raceway a few months earlier.

ijustwant2ride.comWe parked about as far away from the action as possible, just the luck of the draw. But during the long walk we did see a lot of vehicles from out of state (Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Minnesota to name a few). When we did make it to the gathering we found that MotoAmerica had again set up events and activities for folks to enjoy between races. A globe of death, and stunt shows among other things were ready to go. The State of Pennsylvania even had their Motorcycle Safety team out giving away stickers and yard sign promoting motorcycle safety.

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Watching the race while watching the race!

The racing facility was very nice, well laid out and easy to get from point A to point B.
Food truck were located near the viewing area and were serving some good eats. The only issue with we had with the Pittsburgh Race Complex was that there was only one place from which to watch the race, Spectator Hill.

From Spectator Hill it is possible to view about 40% of track as well as a jumbotron. You could walk and see bits and parts of the track from a few other locations but really nothing more then flashes. As far as attendance our best guess is that there were 2500-3000 people there that day. Spectator Hill was not crowded but if you doubled the number of the folks there, it would be quite well packed.

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Josh Herrin crossing the finish line

The racing, just like VIR, was great! We watch the Liquid Molly race as well as the Super Stock and Superbike races. We watched the Super Stock race from Spectator Hill and the Superbike race from the pits, the starting grid and the media center. I am not going to detail the races, that you can get from multiple sites as well as MotoAmerica.

The week leading up to the race we were not sure if were going to be issued media credentials. Phil and I (primarily Phil) got into an argument with some of the folks associated with MotoAmerica including one of the owners. Our “discussion” was about the “coverage” of the sport. Long story short, we believe that MotoAmerica is not getting the product out to enough eyeballs. We have said, on multiple occasions, that the product (racing) is very good now, that the on-site activities are good, but beIN is killing them on viewership.

We had a great time at Pittsburgh Race Complex and look forward to attending next year’s race as well!

 

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Flat track racing from the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis!

MotoGP at Bruno…. what the hell happened to Ducati? Did they eat Wheaties?

OMG BEIN Network is in even less American homes… sigh
The rant! What just happened to road racing in America?!?!?!?!?!?

Click here to listen to the show!!

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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