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MotoAmerica - Championship of Monterey 2019

Motion Pro attended the recent MotoAmerica round 6, Championship of Monterey. Motion Pro was on hand to see some great racing and support our sponsored teams and riders. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is one of the most notable circuits on the 2019 MotoAmerica schedule and definitely one to win for the teams and riders due to the prestige surrounding this race course's history. 

Coupled with the World Superbike schedule the race event schedule runs three days to allow both MotoAmerica and WSBK two days of racing. This made the event non-stop each day and allowed plenty of opportunity for the fans to get a glimpse of the pace the professional riders in WSBK and MotoAmerica push. The sights and sounds of the event were epic!

Motion Pro displayed in the hot pit setup from the Rickdiculous racing crew. We can't count the amount of MP chairs we seen around the paddock


For 2019 Motion Pro is proud to sponsor the MotoAmerica series. Roadracing in America is an important part of our motorcycle history and its future is crucial as Road Racing in America had been on a road to recovery in recent years. Since, MotoAmerica has paved its path in American RoadRacing competition and the future looks bright. Great effort has been put in place to reach U.S. audiences and viewers around the world. Instant race coverage is available from their very own live-streaming service, check it out here and subscribe: MotoAmerica Live Plus. MotoAmerica in 2019 has completed six events of the ten round schedule thus far.

Showing up to the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca venue it's easy to understand why this circuit is known world-wide. Central in the heart of Monterey, CA there is no shortage of fun things to do or see. The paddock on race days was packed with fans, racers, and plenty of drool-worthy factory bikes. The attendance totaled 67,685 fans from the 3-day event. This was credited to the amazing weather in Monterey, the sun stayed out all weekend and the ocean breeze was flowing in.  Browse below to see our Motion Pro sightings in the paddock and hot pit from the weekend.


The hills and terrain of WeatherTec Raceway Laguna Seca allow for some nice vantage points along the circuit. Motorcyclists can also ride up and tent camp in this particular area of the venue. 

The paddock at WeatherTec Raceway Laguna Seca 2019. The MotoAmerica competing teams are shown. The WSBK teams and riders are traditionally stationed in the pit garages along the raceway.


Motion Pro's support was easily visilbe across the event and pit area. Mechanics can be seen grabbing our specialty tools and products from their toolboxes to dial in team bikes throughout the weekend. Check out these photos for a behind the scenes look at the Laguna Seca round. 


Motion Pro has supported the Tuned Racing program for several years now. They field two riders for MotoAmerica, Bryce Prince #74 in Supersport and Justin Delong #187 in Stock 1000

The Tuned Racing equipped with our Motion Pro T-handle RackMotion Pro Mini-Pro T-handles and a few of our signature Ball-end Hex, Dual Drive, Metric T-handles

Speaking with the team we were interested where our Ball-end Hex, Dual Drive, Metric T-handles are primarily used. Bryce Prince's mechanic showed great examples of tight areas around the Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 which require a unique approach angle to reach fasteners. This particular triple clamp bolt above is hard to reach due the throttle housing and digital switch location. The ball-end hex feature allows up to a 25 degree working angle and can manuever past most obstructions

With the clutch serviced on Bryce Prince's bike, his mechanice is seen here adding transmission fluid using the Pro Funnel™ by Motion Pro

 

     

Plenty of Spinner T-handles were trickled around the bike stands and pit tables. Chris from Tuned Racing ensures correct tire pressure with the Motion Pro Digital Tire Pressure Gauge 0-60psi and Pro Fill™ Air Chuck


Team Rickdiculous Racing is supported by Motion Pro. While cruising through their pits on Saturday there was plenty of MP goods in-use

Sean Keen checks Hayden Gillim's Yamaha YZF-R6's tire presure with his personal favorite liquid filled Motion Pro Professional Tire Pressure Gauge 2 1/2" 0-60 Psi and Pro Air™ gauge chuck included

We were pleased to see our latest Damper Rod Tool on their work table. The Damper Rod Tool, 5 in 1 from Motion Pro was designed for use on several different damper rod sizes to work between the various suspension manufacturers

The Rev2 Variable Rate Throttle shown equipped on Hayden Gillim's Rickdiculous Racing's Yamaha YZF-R6


    

The Motion Pro Digital Tire Pressure Gauge 0-60psi is a commodity in the hot pits. As demonstrated here with the Cycle Gear/Sc Project/KWR Ducati team

T-handles and the Motion Pro Chromoly Hex Axle Tool shown in the Cycle Gear/Sc Project/KWR Ducati pit, the team was swapping clutches and dialing in their bike between the qualifiyng and practice sessions

    

Check out that blue MP sleeve on Kyle Wyman's race leathers. The MP blue against the red accents of the Ducati look great!


2 Wheel Legal/ Hudson Motorcycles pit setup with Richie Escalante's #54 Yamaha YZF-R6. Sweet leathers with the MP logo on display below


    

The Celtic HSBK Racing pit area. #99 PJ Jacobsen is their MotoAmerica Supersport rider for 2019

PJ Jacobsen's Celtic HSBK Yamaha YZF-R6 shown equipped with the Motion Pro Rev2 Throttle

MP rider Jason Aguilar's RiderzLaw Racing Yamaha YZF R6

RiderzLaw Racing with a clean pit setup. MP tools on-hand. 

The Motion Pro Coolant Recovery Tank, 275cc is utilized on many of the bikes we seen in the MotoAmerica series. The coolant catch tank is compact and easily mounts under the fairing body work. 


Andrew Lee's winning Franklin Armory/Graves Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS in the hot pits

    

Motion Pro Superlight T-6 Hex Axle Tool shown on the bike table with the Franklin Armory/Graves Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS 

Shane Baxter from Kawasaki showed off his toolbox and Motion Pro collection. The original MP Chain Breaker was easily identifiable and is a must-have for trackside boxes

Shane getting to work on Brenden Ketelsen's #44 Kawaski 400 in preperation for Sunday's Race

The Motion Pro T-handle products were scattered around the paddock and tool trays

 

Nice pit setup for MP rider Jason Uribe of Uribe Racing

Team tools are visible along the hot pit wall as practice and qualifying sessions get started


For MotoAmerica, racing included their Supersport, Stock 1000, Twins Cup, and Liqui Moly Junior Cup classes. Here's a highlight of our racers around the track and pits. All the classes put on great racing throughout the weekend, the most notable goes to the Supersport class where there was some toe-to-toe racing in both race 1 and 2.

The Motion Pro Umbrella is needed for the starting grid. When track temperatures are high, this umbrella protects from the sun and we must say it stands out from the crowd

    

 

    

MotoAmerica Superbike rider and Motion Pro athlete Kyle Wyman #33 on the gas out of turn 11 during Saturday's Supersport Race 1

Great image of the sweet belly-pan signage displayed on Kyle Wyman's trick Cycle Gear/SC Project/KWR Ducati

The MotoAmerica Liqui Moly Junior Cup Race took place on Sunday. The class was packed and definitely a lot of Rev2 equipped machines out there

Gauge Rees #46 from Team Rickdiculous exits the infamous corkscrew in Sunday's Liqui Moly Junior Cup Race

The Celtic HSBK Racing team had great results with team rider PJ Jacobsen #99 finishing second place in MotoAmerica Supersport

Cameron Petersen on the gas with his Rev2 equipped Omega Moto Yamaha R-1 while competing in MotoAmerica Superbike Race1

Hayden Gillim #69 showed promising speed all weekend and topped the 2nd Qualifying times on Sunday. Unfortunately a get-off in turn 5 resulted in a DNF on Sunday. Check out the bike in the last photo!

Tuned Racing's #74 Bryce Prince twisting his Motion Pro Rev2 throttle out of turn 11. Bryce had good results qualifying 5th in Sunday's second qualifying session. He ended up 6th place in Sunday's SuperSport Race

Franklin Armory/Graves Kawasaki's Andrew Lee took command of the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 class, topping Saturday's race with an uncontested first place finish

2 Wheel Legal/ Hudson Motorcycle's Richie Escalante #54 shown here in qualifying, had great results with a 3rd place podium finish in Sunday's Supersport Race

MP rider Jason Uribe in qualifying coming out of turn 11

Melissa Paris of MP13 Racing transitions out of the corkscrew in Saturday's Stock 1000 race. She placed 14th for the day

Unusual landing for the Rickdiculous Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. Luckily #69 Hayden Gillim was okay after this turn 5 crash in Sunday's Supersport race!


The World SuperBike racing on Saturday and Sunday was great! Here's a few shots of the action. A rider to mention for WSBK is #95 American racer JD Beach who competed in the WSBK event for the first time. JD did well to keep pace with the top WSBK riders in the world. 

    

For more information about MotoAmerica and the 2019 race schedule, visit motoamerica.com

To learn more about the 2019 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, visit worldsbk.com/en


Author: Eric Clay