WSBK et al. Aprilia surprised by Camier pace Canadian SBK series news and notes

MotoGP Rossi rushed to the hospital over appendix scare Ducati reveals 2010 bike

AMA Pro Racing John Hopkins to return to AMA competition??? John Hopkins to return to AMA for 2010

Formula 1 and Ǫ

Michael Schumacher has been in Spain testing using a GP2 car. Rain has hampered his runs most of the week but Thursday weather and skill came together for decent results.

As soon as I post this things will change, but here are the F1 drivers as I know
Formula One 2010 confirmed drivers

The 2010 Formula One grid is still taking shape, with some teams already confirming at least one, if not two of their drivers.

Here is a list of the drivers that have been confirmed so far (listed in alphabetical order team by team):

AT&T Williams
Rubens Barrichello
Nico Hulkenberg

Campos Meta Grand Prix
Bruno Senna

Force India Formula One Team
Adrian Sutil
Vitantonio Liuzzi

Lotus Racing GP
Jarno Trulli
Heikki Kovalainen

Mercedes GP
Michael Schumacher
Nico Rosberg

Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber

Renault F1
Robert Kubica

Kamui Kobayashi

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Fernando Alonso
Felipe Massa

Scuderia Toro Rosso
Sebastien Buemi

None confirmed

Virgin Racing F1
Timo Glock
Lucas Di Grassi

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Jenson Button
Lewis Hamilton

Announced 2010 Car Launch Dates | Note some teams are opting for a pit lane launch during testing.
28 January - Ferrari
29 January McLaren
31 January Renault Track debut
31 January Sauber Track debut
1 February Toro Rosso Track debut
12 February Lotus

Others have been reported but not confirmed by the team web sites. Things continue to come together for US F1. Ecclestone repeats his warning that two teams will not make the first 2010 grid.

Nelson Piquet[/url] may be coming to a track near you. He had been rumored in association with a couple of the new teams but has turned his back on F1 is heading to NASCAR.

On the Street

Cycle World take the new GS for a ride They shake and rattle but antique bikes are getting more expensive

Press Release Issued By Husqvarna Motorcycles (January 13, 2010)

January 13, 2010 - Woodcliff Lake, NJ - While the U.S. motorcycle market endured some tough times as a whole in 2009, Husqvarna had a winning year on the track and in the sales department. "Retail sales were up 9% compared to 2008," says Husqvarna Motorcycles North America President Mark Brady. "This was a phenomenal result considering that 2009 was our first full year of operation in the USA."

According to the just-released industry sales figures U.S. motorcycle sales declined 41% in the past year, yet Husqvarna is happy to have bucked this negative trend. "Our sales accelerated through the end of the year, increasing 98% for the last two months of the year!" This late sales spike pushed Husqvarna up to 9% in y-t-d sales overall. "This is a true testament to both our dedicated dealers and great new products, such as the 250cc model range," explains Brady.

Race results also helped keep Husqvarna sales on the gas. Great performances by Glenn Kearney in the GNCC series (not to mention winning the overall at The Little Brown Jug Enduro), combined with Canadian import Cory Graffunder's EnduroCross podiums, Zip-Ty Racing taking Top 2-Stroke honors at the infamous Glen Helen 24 Hours and Adrien Chareyre capturing an X Games SupermotoX medal were all proud moments. However, the 2009 Husqvarna highlight had to be Desert Master Nick Burson winning the AMA D-37 Desert #1 plate and taking first overall honors at California's legendary Elsinore Grand Prix.

"It is clear from the results that we put some early housekeeping in order, offered a top quality product and presented one of the best retail financing programs in the entire industry," says Brady. He is quick to add that Husqvarna will continue with 6.99% financing for 2010 and even better bikes! "We have some exciting new models joining the range, including the all-new TE630 and SM630. We have also updated the popular 250 model range and we will be announcing some serious 2010 race series sponsorships shortly."
Marketing Manager & Racing Chief Scot Harden believes the best is yet to come, as Husqvarna will be reentering the AMA National Enduro Series in 2010 after a 20-year hiatus from woods competition. "We look forward to re-establishing Husqvarna as the leader in off-road racing, and as a logical extension of this success, continuing to win on the retail sales level as well," concludes Harden. Husqvarna named Marque of the Year for 2010 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

BMWGroup Mexico showed a 13% decrease in motorcycle sales for 2009.

ǣFurthermore, BMW Motorrad placed 1,066 units, which corresponds to a decrease in the 13.3 % compared to the 2008 (previous year: 1,230). Similarly, the continuous brand with the deployment of full of emotion and dynamism with the new BMW K 1300 line and an agile handling, naked models precise, BMW F 800 R. And yet to be found in a very challenging year, BMW Motorrad increased their participation in the segment of motorcycles with engines larger than 500 cc.

From BMW PressClub Mexico, translation by Bing

I dont cover gages much. For some perspective ACEA, the European manufacturers association for car and motorcycle manufactures, is reporting passenger car sales rebounded in the second half of the year but still came in 1.6% down for the year.

Royal Enfield is entering the liter bike segment with this shot Royal Enfield Musket Thursday, January 14, 2010
1896 HILDEBRAND & WOLFM?LLER Riding in the Snow I have the solution. Triumph motorcycles makes record sales in 2009!
The UK market saw sales drop 10% across the board. In that market Triumph showed a 26% increase in sales.

ǣTriumphs success has been attributed to several factors, not least its wide range of critically acclaimed products, which has ensured a broad appeal to different types of riders. From high-powered sports bikes, to laid-back cruisers, Triumph has established leading models in every category

The range of models combined with price point has done much for Triumph. Range of model problems is something that is lacking in forum discussions of BMW. BMW is addressing some of this. The G450 was a major shift. The S1000RR is another. But they still are heavily dependent on the mature touring models to generate sales. Husqvarna may help the BMW AG bottom line but how much it is acting as a feeder product line for the Roundel models is still very much in question. YAMAHA put its prototype hybrid under the microscope, the HV-X

Bike Cruller

I have not been able to follow the 2010 Dakar as I had hoped and planned. However; I came across some great pictures at Boston Globe site