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[COVERAGE] MotoAmerica: Pittsburgh

August 31st, 2022 by Elusive Media

MotoAmerica returns the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, a 2.78mile track about 40 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, PA. 7 classes classes of racing came to battle it out. The Medallia Superbike has been keeping us on our toes with Petrucci and Gagne swapping for the championship in the last round. We also had a tricky weekend with a bit of dry and wet practices. While day two started of wets, the 2nd race for superbike ended up dry. And to everyone’s amazement, all races ended up being in the dry, despite an 80% chance of rain in the afternoon. While Petrucci had a 13 point lead coming into Pittsburgh, Gagne has always been strong here. Gagne riding away with two 1st places and Petrucci coming away with a 2nd and 3rd. Scholtz came back with two podiums after being away during the last round. It will be an enjoyable 4 more races with Gagne and Petrucci separated by 1 point!! See you in New Jersey!

Date: August 19-21, 2022
Location: Pittsburgh International Race Complex , Pittsburgh, PA
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] MotoAmerica: Pittsburgh

August 26th, 2021 by Elusive Media

MotoAmerica makes it way to the Pittsburgh International race complex where 7 out of the 9 classes were ready to put in a full weekend of racing! Royal Enfield Build Train Race was one of the new classes and exciting to check out. 7 women and 3 rounds.Pittsburgh fans were lucky enough to check out these ladies rips around the track. MotoAmerica Mini Cup Series raced on their own course within the complex and started their 3rd round at Pittsburgh. Another 8 races happened over the other 5 classes on Saturday and Sunday, a packed weeekend for fans. Jake Gagne on his Fresh N’ Lean Attack Performance Yamaha continues his winning streak this weekend at an amazing 13 wins with an impressive 93 points ahead in the championship. Toni Elias take over for injured Josh Herrin also had everyone talking this weekend. On his first outing on the Fresh N’ Lean Attack Performance Yamaha, he was able to secure 2nd place and 3 seconds gap over 3rd place Mathew Scholtz Westby Racing Yamaha. For Sundays race in superbike, everyone was dialed down with their setup. 10 rides were all within a minute of each other vs race 1 where 7 riders were within a minute. Toni Elias wasn’t able to hold on to a podium in the 2nd race, finishing 4th. Mathew Scholtz took over the 2nd position and Bobby Fong on his M4 ECSTAR Suzuki moved up to 3rd vs 8th on saturday. For more information on there classes, be sure to check out See you all in New Jersey!

Date: August 13-15, 2021
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] IMSA Six Hours of The Glen

July 11th, 2021 by Elusive Media

IMSA returns to Watkins Glen International! Last year never happened and it’s been 2 years since we’ve been able to attend the Six Hours of The Glen. This 4 day event is packed full of racing! Porsche Carrera Cup, Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240, and on the final day Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen! This track is massive, 3.4 miles and 11 corners. I hate to admit it, but this is my first time at the track and it sure won’t be my last. For the Six Hours of the Glen, 5 different classes race over the six hour length. DPi, LMP2, LMP3(new for 2021), GTLM, and GTD. With this many classes on track, the racing never seemed to end. Over takes are plentiful, and even with this length of a track,there is little time between another car flying by! Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen is the third event out of four that make up the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. For the full results check out! If you enjoy camping and enjoy motorsports, this race weekend is a must! Book your spot early, because they sell quickly!

Date: June 24-27, 2021
Location: Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] FormulaDRIFT: New Jersey The Gauntlet

June 30th, 2021 by Elusive Media

Formula Drift returns to Englishtown! But it’s no where near how you remember it. A few years back, the drag strip was no longer allowed to be used. Raceway Park does have a road course, which is used for many drift events, but FormulaD and Raceway park built it’s first dedicated drift track! It combines the track layout of Wall Township Raceway, but without the high banks. The figure eight now crisscrosses over what is left of the drag strip and drivers have to adjust to the different pavement changes. This would of been the second year, but due to Covid and NJ restrictions, the event had to move to 2021.
Arriving at 9am, the temp was already above 80 and sunny! It was going to be a scorcher and a long day of drifting! The paddock stretched all the way around the track with a car show taking up the front entrance. Round 2 of ProSpec battle was the first part of the day. They put on some epic battles with a dramatic ending for first and 2nd. Dmitriy Brutskiy taking 1st, Austin Matta taking 2nd after slamming into the final wall and his wheel getting ripped off! Nick Noback finish up 3rd in his E46 M3. With a short break between competitions, the Pro was up as the sun started to set. As we finish the driver introductions, national anthem and swore in cadets into Space Force(congrats to them!), no longer than 2 minutes after, light drizzle falls from the sky.
The Pro are about to start with a damp track that was dry all day. We all hoped that it was going to be short lived, the rain continued until the top 6 and it only started to dry out on the last battle. We all hoped for many close battles, but with the damp to soaked track, it was all about who could keep up the speed, angle, and without spinning out. The smoke was absent until the last battle, but sadly Christ Forsbergs NOS Energy – GT Radial Nissan 370Z was littered with issues this weekend. Replaced engine before qualifying and during the final ends up with electrical problems. It was amazing he made it, but still comes away with good points to keep the championship alive . Matt Field takes the win which makes is first FD Pro win in the Falken Tire – Drift Cave Chevrolet Corvette! With this win and points previous points leader finishing 9th, Field now leads the championship. Fredric Aasbo in his Rockstar Energy Drink Toyota GR Supra finishes the podium in 3rd. Looking forward to exciting next round in Erie, PA! See you there!

Date: June 18-19, 2021
Location: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] MotoAmerica New Jersey Round 9 ’19

September 14th, 2019 by Elusive Media

MotoAmerica returns to the 2.25 mile New Jersey Motorsport park for round 9 of the championship! Unlike last year where the rain came down in buckets, races were able to complete the the dry which made for some exciting races. Coming into the Championship of New Jersey, many of the classes are in close battle for a championship. Supersport had 4 rides under 50 point difference, Superbike had 3 rides under 50 points, and the Twins top 3 were covered just by 19 points! EBC Brakes Superbike Race 1 came down with Gerloff and Beaubier scrapping for first position on the first half the race, and a late charge from Beaubier in lap 18, but Garret Gerloff was able to pull away and take the win! Cameron Beaubier followed 1.7 seconds behind in 2nd, JD Beach in 3rd and Toni Elias in 4th. Yamaha YZF-R1 takes all 3 podiums! Race 2 of the EBC Brakes Superbike JD Beach leads the first half of the race. As the race continues, Beaubier is able to battle with Beach and positions swap multiple times, but in the end Cameron Beaubier excellent first corner speed gives him the lead and he takes the win! JD Beach comes in second 1.4 seconds behind. Mathew Scholtz finished off the podium make it a Yamaha lockout. Toni Elias is able to work his way up to 4th. Championships start to tighten up, as Superbike top 2 are only 16 points apart. Beaubier was able to gain some much needed points as Toni Elias still leads the championship. Supersport top 2 are only 10 points apart from each other, while the Twins Class top 3 are only 33 points apart! The last round will sure be an exciting one!

Date: September 7-9, 2019
Location: Thunderbolt Raceway, New Jersey Motosports Park, Millville, NJ
By: Erik
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[Remembering] Nicky Hayden 1981-2017

May 29th, 2017 by Elusive Media

Devastated and in total shock! A few days after arriving home from Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, i was notified that Nicky Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP World Champion had passed after his cycle accident 5 days prior. As I look up at his first MotoGP victory photo hanging on my wall, it’s hard to absorb that we all won’t be seeing that infectious smile and personality that we all grew to love.

I started to become a Nicky Hayden fan when i started following MotoGP in 2005, which was just a few years after getting my first motorcycle. And of course at the time he was 1 of 2 riders that was American, on the factor Repsol Honda(I road Honda at the time), and we were only a few weeks difference in age. How could I not become a Nicky Hayden fan? Once Indianapolis GP came on the race calendar, it was time to see & hear these motorcycles in person, along with see my favorite rider, Nicky!! Over the years I would attend every IndyGP and a few in Austin. I was lucky enough to have some conversations with him over the years, even with his limited time during a race weekend. He was always happy, motivated, determined to do his best week in and week out and that was one of my many reason I looked up to him.

He will be missed not just because of his racing background, but because of the person he was! His memory will live on between his family, friends, and millions fans! RIP Nicky! #

Here are some of my favorite photos that I’ve taken of Nicky over the years! So many great memories! #RideOnKentuckyKid

Date: May 29th, 2017
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] Formula One Spanish Grand Prix

May 19th, 2017 by Elusive Media

Formula One returns to Europe with an exciting amount of overtakes for first position. If you were seated in turn one, you got some to see some great overtakes and some unfortunate crashes that took out some favorite drivers. Right from the start, Sebastian Vettel who started from pole outpaced Lewis Hamilton to the first corner and takes the lead. Where as Valtteri Bottas touches Kimi Raikkonen going into turn one, which in return sends Raikkonen colliding into Max Verstappen. Kimi and Max are forced to retire. Felipe Massa gets a tire puncture going into the first corner and slides into the gravel; all this going into the first corner of the first lap! After a few laps things start to settle and drivers get into a rhythm. Lap 10, Vettel is 2 seconds head of Hamilton, but the race is far from over. After a pit stop by both drivers, Hamilton was able to switch to the softer compound, where Vettel had already used it earlier in the race. Hamilton is able to cut the gap in half from the pit stop and is now able to fight for the win. With the first attempt to overtake, both drivers make contact and Hamilton is push off course. But with only 20 laps remaining, Hamilton in his Mercedes is able to overtake Vettel. Sadly the German wasn’t able to keep the same pace as Hamilton and was able to secure his 2nd win this season! Ricciardo was able to take 3rd spot after Valtteri Bottas’s failed engine and and the collisions that happened at the start of the race. Its not the way Red Bull Racing wanted to take 3rd, as their recent upgrades showed little to no improvement against the other teams.

1st Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
2nd Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari
3rd Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull Racing

Date: May 12-14, 2016
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] MPACT 2016 Motorsports Festival and Car Show

July 15th, 2016 by Elusive Media

One of the best events of the year! Car Show, Track Day, Burnout & Rolling Races; something for everyone! Weather wasn’t too cooperative this year with the dense fog throughout the day, but it did make for some interesting photos! Enjoy!

Date: July, 9th, 2016
Location: Pocono Speedway, Long Pond, PA
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] FormulaDrift World: Canada Round8

September 14th, 2015 by Elusive Media

What an exhausting, exciting, & fun filled weekend! I was lucky enough to get invited to cover this year’s inaugural Formula Drift World Championship in Canada. The event took place at the Autodrome St. Eustache, just 30 or so minutes north west of the beautiful city of Montréal. I’ve been covering FormulaD events for the past 10yrs in New Jersey and the crowd and atmosphere at this event like no other; a very European feel. Arriving early to kick off the two day event, we were greeted by eager drift fans that had been camping out the night before at the track. Everyone had their campers and tents all setup to enjoy the whole race weekend, amazing! From the fan turnout the first day, you would of thought it was the start of the top16.

Nearly 40 driver from 8 different countries showedto compete in Round 8 of Worlds. Out of those 8 countries, Canada had a strong showing in drivers and they weren’t going to make it easy for anyone to walk in and take the top spot. Kevin Morin trying to battle for the top 32, gave Veteran driver Kean Kearney in his Oracle Lighting/Achilles Motorsports Dodge Viper a run for the next round as the judges and crowd went for “One More Time!” twice before it was decided that Kearney had won the battle.

The crowd was already on cloud9 from the exiting and some nail biting battles, but GoFast Energy Drink & FormulaD want to step it up with a tricked out Semi-Truck, carrying a guy with a Jetpack! Before the start of the top16, this guys shoots into the air and circles the track and lands safely back onto the Semi-Truck. Wow…what a way to start off the final part of this weekend! Now lets get on to some exciting Battles! Canadian drivers continue to impress and you can hear the locals cheer loud and together when one of their drivers enters the track. Tho Toronto driver Pat Cyr driving the Eneos Oil/Yokohama Tire Scion FR-S battled hard, has mechanical damage from a previous battle and is forced to retire claiming 10th.

As we work our way up to the podium battles, Canadian driver Tomy Boisvert-Bellemare(Canadian Local) in his Signature KCS Nissan S13 give Marc Lanreville and Matt Field a great battle and ends up winning and continuing to race for top position, WOW… Canada could take this!! While the final battles came down to the wire, and with all of Canada routing for Tomy, Fredric Asabo in his Rockstar Energy Drink/Hankook Scion tC take the final top step on the podium. It really was a fierce battle and props to both drivers for finishing the weekend as it started.

I can’t wait to cover another Canadian Round after this weekend. Well worth the drive! Check out the nearly 550 photos in the gallery for you enjoyment!

Date: September 6th-7th, 2015
Location: Autodrome St. Eustache, Québec, Canada
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

August 14th, 2015 by Elusive Media

We return after a three week summer-break with Movistar Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo only separated by 13 points and excited to see them continue the fight at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While Ducati and Honda are not currently fighting for the lead, both Italian riders, Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso have had a stronger first half of the season. At the Honda Team, they have had a rocky start to the season, but IMS has always been good circuit to both Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, who has never lost a round on the American soil.

After media day, a lot of talk has been going around with some riders and the track. Will Indianapolis be on the schedule next year? Is this the last home race for Nicky Hayden in MotoGP? Aprilia makes debut at IndyGP with Stefan Bradl after his team has financial issues. It’s exciting to see a new manufacture join MotoGP; good years ahead for Aprilia and MotoGP. This will be the second year on the resurfaced track and the weekend looks to be in the mid 70’s all weekend; everyone is looking forward to the free practices!

As expected, the first day of free practice(FP1&2) go to Jorge Lorenzo with Marquez on his Repsol Honda less than three thousands of a second behind! And it looks like the Ducati team has continued their good fortune after the break following in third and forth on the day. All eyes are on the Doctor though and he has some work to do as he finished the day in tenth. Qualifying day quickly arrives and FP3 the riders do some shuffling in the standings. Marc Marquez ends up finding an impressive four tenth of a second while Jorge Lorenzo is on par with his times as yesterday. Bradley Smith on his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 has an amazing lap and almost takes the top of FP3 with only three hundreds of a second behind Marquez. Rossi still hasn’t found what he’s looking for, though he just gets into Q2 in ninth. As we move into Q2 and find out our top ten, the Repsol Honda team clinches both top spots. As expected on American Soil, Marquez yet again find himself at the top and alone in the 1m31s, finishing at 1m31.884s. He clenches his 5th pole position his season. Dani Pedrosa get in a great hot lap and secures the 2nd position on the grid with a 1m32.055s. To finish the front row, Lorenzo on his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP grabs the last important front row position, 1m32.186s. Cal Crutchlow riding his CWM LCR Honda almost takes that last front row spot from Lorenzo, but ends up being two hundredths behind Lorenzo’s Yamaha. Danilo Petucci and Bradley Smith have an impressive lap time as well while picking up fifth and sixth. Less than a tenth separate third to sixth on the grid! The Ducati team(seventh/tenth) and Valentino Rossi(eight) can not seem to find the time needed and fall back to the middle of the 3rd row. Championship leader Valentino Rossi on his Movistar Yamaha will have to fight through some stronger riders ahead of him tomorrow; the start will be key!

Party Cloudy skies in the low 70s start off the morning warm-up for the MotoGP riders. While it’s a quick session, they can dial in those last minute adjustments. Lorenzo and Marquez found the limit and end up low siding; both riders OK. Now we fast forward to the start of the main event. With nearly 68,000 fans present at IMS, we are ecstatic to see the green light and put behind the three week summer break. The light turns green and we are off! Everyone gets away cleanly and Lorenzo is able to takes the lead into turn 1. He knows on a track like IMS, if he doesn’t attack first and Marquez in front will make things much worse! Rossi has a fantastic start and climbs up to fifth positions after the first lap is completed, while Marquez, Pedrosa, Iannone finish off the top 4. Rossi has clearly found something in the morning and is able to keep a competitive lap time in the beginning stages. Lorenzo also find a favorable setting and just starts grinding out the laps. Are we about to see Marquez finally lose his first American track!? While Lorenzo and Marquez fluctuate between .350 and .100 of a second each lap, that battle behind for third start to pick up. Prior to lap 10, Dani Pedrosa is able to keep a good distance from Rossi at about three seconds, but after six laps, Rossi closes the gap to a mire .144! As the last laps continue, Rossi and Pedrosa keep attacking each other for the last podium position. Back up at the front, lap 23, Lorenzo is still a quarter of a second ahead of Marquez. But Marc Marquez digs deep on the remaining last laps and tries to surprise Lorenzo and it works! By lap 25, Marquez leads by .100 of a second and increases that lead up to the finish line on lap 27, .688 seconds in front of Lorenzo. Marc Marquez on his Repsol Honda has once again won the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP race and still comes out undefeated on the United States circuits all while setting a new lap record(1m32.625s) on his 23 lap! Rossi ends up battling with Pedrosa til the end and is able to holds onto third position. Andrea Iannone on Team Ducati finishes off the top 5. Sadly the only American left on the MotoGP grid, Nicky Hayden on his Aspar Honda finishes in 16th.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway has yet again shown us a spectacular race and with growing numbers in attendance at nearly 146,000, we hope this won’t be the last time we return to this legendary flat track. It’s been an superb eight years so far! While Marquez was able to secure the top spot on the podium, this means the championship is even closer than ever this season! Jorge Lorenzo many only have gained a few points, but it cuts the lead to nine points! Tho Valentino Rossi has been on the podium every around, Lorenzo has been able to slowly chip away Rossi’s lead. Rossi will need to push harder if he wants to see that 10th MotoGP Championship Victory! I have a feeling we will be in for an exciting second half of the season and I’m hanging off the chair in suspense!!

Date: August 7-9th, 2015
Location: Indianapolis, IN
By: Erik
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