Shoei pilot Josh Day came home with the Eastern Region AMA Pro Racing Supersport Presented by Shoei title at VIR. Meet Josh and his team and learn a little more about this highly competitive series!
Meet privateer Jarred Browne who joined the Shoei team this year.
This weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Ducati rider Larry Pegram took his first AMA Superbike victory in 10 years! After an epic, race long battle with Mat Mladin, Larry came home with the Superbike checked flag for the first time since Willow Springs in 1999!
Learn more about Larry and his factory Ducati 1098R at www.ducati.com.
On the offroad side of of the racing world, Shoei’s dominance of the GNCC series continued as Geico Kawasaki’s Paul Whibley took the win at the John Penton GNCC in Millfield, Ohio. With Shoei riders Strang, Mullins, and Hawk taking spots 3rd through 5th, it’s easy to see that the top off road riders trust Shoei to keep them safe and comfortable. Learn more about Paul at www.paulwhibley.co.nz
Also, be sure to check out the new Trey Canard video recently added to the Media area of our site. It’s full of exciting footage shot at Trey’s private test track! See more of Trey at www.factoryconnectionracing.com
Here’s a great RacerXOnline review with the current GNCC points leader.
Shoei Rider Trey Canard closed out an extremely tough 2009 AMA West Coast Supercross Series with a big win in Salt Lake City. Read more »
Shoei rider Paul Whibley is carrying the OMA number 1 plate on his bike this year and started his season as a true champion after overcoming several obstacles on his way to victory at round 1 of the series.
After holeshotting the race, Paul crashed down a cliff on the first lap and ruined his goggles working his way back up through the pack. He had to stop for an unscheduled pit stop to replace the goggles before continuing. Hard charging and a great pit stop allowed him to catch a fleeing Jimmy Jarrett. Then disaster struck again as Whibley’s chain derailed! After pulling over to fix the chain, Whibley went at it once again and caught and passed Jarrett on his way to winning the race by 30 seconds!
Suzuki’s Josh Strang led a Shoei sweep of the podium at the Pirelli Big Buck GNCC. Strang finished just seconds ahead of Kawasaki’s Paul Whibley. Third place went to early race leader Charlie Mullins. Fellow Shoei rider Thad Duval came home in fifth. Only 4th place Nate Kanney broke up the Shoei party at the front! Whibley currently leads the series, followed by Mullins. Looks like if you want to win in the woods, there’s only one helmet to wear! The VFX-W was designed to work well for off road riders. External plastic vent covers have been removed entirely to prevent breakage, and Shoei specs all of it’s offroad helmets with plastic visor screws to make it easier for the visor to break away in the event of a crash or collision with a tree branch. This can help prevent your neck from being jerked back violently. Just ask all of the top off road riders in the country which helmet they choose!
Monster Energy’s Paul Thacker achieved his dream yesterday – jumping a snowmobile more than 300 feet through the air and landing safely back to earth at Minnesota’s Brainerd International Raceway and, in the process, setting a milestone on March 26th, 2009, that will be forever remembered in both action sports and the sport of snowmobiling.
Said Thacker: “I got up to 87 miles per hour and hit the take-off ramp. When I was in the air I just knew it was perfect. Flew over 301 feet. With the amplitude and the way I landed I knew we got to where we wanted to be. I was already screaming in my Shoei helmet on the down run!”
Photos courtesy of John Hanson
Team Geico Powersports/Factory Connection rider Blake Wharton took the wire to wire victory in the Lites class this past weekend at the FIM World Supercross round in St. Louis, Missouri!