Millsaps Wins Monster Energy Cup and $100,000

20 10 2014

Falk Takes Home Super-Mini Title as Plessinger Scores Amateur All-Star Championship

LAS VEGAS – October 20, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Davi Millsaps won the Monster Energy Cup and $100,000. KTM’s Mitchell Falk swept both Main Events in the Super-Mini Class to win the championship. With a pair of wins in the Amateur All-Star Class, Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger captured the title.

Monster Energy Cup on Television

  • FOX Sports 1 will re-air the entire race tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT.
  • FOX broadcast network offers a 90-minute Monster Energy Cup encore special on Sunday, Oct. 26 following NFL football in most markets, while preceding football in others (check local listings).

Monster Energy Kawasaki team, Davi Millsaps

On his first-ever race for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, Davi Millsaps
won his first-ever Monster Energy Cup Championship

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

In the opening lap of the first Cup Class Main Event, Team Honda’s Trey Canard won the Toyota Holeshot Award with JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson in tow. Red Bull KTM’s Justin Hill quickly moved into second place and set chase to Canard.

On the first Lap, Anderson, who set the fastest lap time in practice, crashed. Canard held off the hard charge from Hill and won the race. Hill finished second and Millsaps finished third.

“I feel pretty good, the key tonight were the starts,” said Canard. “We got a good run off the gate and I was pumped on that finish, it was fun out of there. I almost lost it the first lap on the AMSOIL Arch, there’s a lot of technical elements out there.”

“It would be great to take the $1 million home and to make a difference to the less fortunate,” added Canard after the race.

Carson Mumford piloted his Kawasaki through the Toyota Holeshot in front of Falk in Main Event 1 in the Super-Mini Class. Falk moved into the lead on the opening lap, and on the following lap, Kawasaki’s Garrett Marchbanks passed Mumford for second. Falk held onto the lead for the win. Marchbanks finished second and Mumford finished third.

“The race was really awesome; you had to get a good start,” said Falk. “This track is different from an amateur race, so I played it safe and it worked. Everyone is riding great tonight.”

Falk Swept both Main Events

Falk Swept both Main Events for the Super-Mini Overall
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

In Main Event 1 in the Amateur All-Star Class, Kawasaki’s Darian Sanayei led the field through the Toyota Holeshot. Jon Ames held down the number-two position until Plessinger made a pass on him. On Lap 4, Plessinger made the pass for the lead and eventual win. Sanayei finished second and Yamaha’s Benny Bloss finished third.

Plessinger won the first Amateur All-Star Race

Plessinger won the first Amateur All-Star Race of his career
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Once again, Canard earned the Toyota Holeshot Award in the Cup Class’ second Main Event. Hill and Millsaps followed in second and third respectively. On Lap 8, Millsaps moved into the lead while Canard opted to run the Joker Lane, a slower section of the track that every rider must take at least once after the first lap. Millsaps entered the Joker Lane on the last lap of the race as Canard regained the lead. As Millsaps was exiting the Joker Lane he slid out and dropped back to fourth place. Hill finished second and GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac finished third.

“We’ll see how the next Main Event goes and go from there,” said Canard. “I need to keep charging hard and continue getting good starts. I’m excited; I need to put it in the back of my mind and not let it get to me and definitely not forget the Joker Lane.”

Falk captured the Toyota Holeshot Award and rode six perfect laps in the second Main Event in the Super-Mini Class. Yamaha’s Chase Sexton started in second and followed Falk for the duration of the race to finish second. Marchbanks finished third. Marchbanks finished second overall and Sexton finished third overall.

“I’m really excited and super grateful to take the overall win,” said Falk. “In the last Main Event, I got the holeshot and put in a lot of solid laps. I got all of my nerves out the first race and tried to maintain consistency throughout the entire race.”

Sanayei scored his second Toyota Holeshot in the second Amateur All-Star Class with Plessinger and GEICO Honda’s Jordan Smith following in second and third respectively. Plessinger passed Sanayei for the lead on Lap 2. On the last lap, Smith passed Sanayei for second place, where he would finish. Sanayei finished second overall and Bloss finished third overall.

“It makes me feel great to win,” said Plessinger. “I got off to a good start, and I did the same thing I did in the first Main Event. It was a great track tonight; I got the triple, triple down and rode my own race.”

After winning the first two Main Events, Canard put himself in position to win $1 million. All he needed to do was win the third and final Main Event. Anderson captured the Toyota Holeshot Award in the third and final Cup Class Main Event with Millsaps on his rear wheel. Millsaps moved around Anderson on the opening lap to take over the lead. Canard took over second place on the opening lap and set chase on Millsaps. While setting up a pass for the lead, Canard crashed on Lap 4, and on Lap 7, he crashed again. Tomac finished second and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey finished third. Millsaps’ win came on his debut ride for his new team. Tomac finished second overall and Canard finished third overall.

“This feels amazing, I didn’t even realize I won overall following the last race,” said Millsaps. “It’s great to be back on a new bike with a new team and to get here and get the overall win, it’s so worth it. The bike is awesome and I haven’t been on it that long, but so far so good and no complaints. I thought it was going to be a long day, but it turned around really quickly. I’m excited to build my garage with this money.”

“The final race was chaos,” said Tomac. “Seeing Trey go down was tough for me. There was a lot of banging going on through some of the corners.”

“It was in the back of the mind (the money), but I wanted to go in there like any other race,” said Canard. “It’s so good to see Davi (Millsaps) back and race against him. I’m just thankful to be healthy and this gets me excited for Anaheim.”

Jarryd McNeil captured the Dirt Shark Biggest Whip Contest with a 91.7. Beau Bamberg turned in a 89.3 for second place and Edgar Torronteras finished third with a 84.7.

“After doing this event for the last three years, I finally won,” said McNeil. “It takes a lot of practice to nail down the biggest whip, and I was glad that I was able to do it in front of all of these loyal fans tonight.”

The 2015 Monster Energy Cup will take place on Saturday, October 17, and tickets go on sale to the public tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. PST through UNLVtickets.

Monster Energy Cup Class Overall Results

  1. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki (3,4,1)
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (4,3,2)
  3. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda (1,1,8)
  4. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (8,5,3)
  5. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (7,7,5)
  6. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM (2,2,18)
  7. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (15,7,4)
  8. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (10,10,6)
  9. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Yamaha (6,6,16)
  10. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki (5,8,21)

Super Mini Class Overall Results

  1. Mitchell Falk, Costa Mesa, Calif., KTM (1,1)
  2. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki (2,3)
  3. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Yamaha, (4,2)
  4. Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., Kawasaki (3,5)
  5. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (5,6)
  6. Brock Papi, McMurray, Penn., KTM (8,4)
  7. Casey Keast, Kelowna, B.C., Yamaha (6,7)
  8. Carson Brown, Ravensdale, Wash., KTM (7,9)
  9. Justin Rodbell, Prince Frederick, M.D., KTM (11,10)
  10. Hannah Hodges, Deland, Fla., Suzuki (9,13)

Amateur All-Star Class Overall Results

  1. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (1,1)
  2. Darian Sanayei, Monroe, Wash., Kawasaki (2,3)
  3. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., Yamaha (3,4)
  4. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda (10,2)
  5. Robbie Wageman, Newhall, Calif., Yamaha (5,9)
  6. Chase Marquier, Newcastle, Okla., Honda (7,8)
  7. Ryan Surratt, Corona, Calif., Yamaha (6,11)
  8. Marshall Weltin, Ubly, Mich., Honda (4,14)
  9. Cody Mcculloch, North Branch, Mich., Yamaha (8,12)
  10. Bradley Taft, Nixa, Mo., Yamaha (16,5)

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

  1. Preston Masciangelo, Brantford, Canada KTM
  2. Julien Beaumer, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., KTM
  3. Reed Vogan, Cameron Park, Calif., KTM
  4. Donovan Hanson, Roland, Iowa, KTM
  5. Lux Turner, Gardenerville, Nev., KTM
  6. Colton Trouille, Lake Park, Ga., KTM
  7. Wryder Huffman, Clifton, Colo., KTM
  8. Bryson Buller, Farmington, N.M., KTM
  9. Peyton Crisp, Simpsonville, S.C., KTM
  10. Jackson Glather, Saint George, Utah, KTM

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Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross and Nuclear Cowboyz®.  Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment.  For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.

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Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Davi Millsaps Crowned Monster Energy Cup Champion

20 10 2014

IRVINE, CA – October 20, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The stakes were high as the fourth annual Monster Energy Cup returned to Las Vegas on Saturday and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Davi Millsaps showed speed and consistency to win the Monster Energy Cup Championship in his first-ever attempt. The unique event also invites the best Amateur All-Stars and Super Mini riders to compete on the hybrid racetrack. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Darian Sanayei put his KX™250F on the podium in both races to finish second overall in the Amateur All-Stars Class and Garrett Marchbanks rode his KX™100 to second overall in the Super Mini Class.

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One would have never known that Millsaps had not raced in 18 months, as he looked smooth and confident on his new KX™ 450F. The Monster Energy Cup’s three-race format, separated start gate, and joker lane were additional hurdles that needed to be considered, but none were an issue for “The Duke”. Millsaps did not start where he wanted in the first race and was forced to make some quick passes in order to stay in contention. He got into third position and rode safely to a podium finish. In race two, Millsaps got off to a great start and rounded the first lap in third place along with the leaders. He inherited the lead with three laps remaining but had saved the joker lane for the last lap and while pushing to try and keep the lead through the longer joker lane, he slid out and crossed the line in fourth place.

“I left it all on the track,” said Millsaps. “I knew Trey (Canard) was close but I had to push and try to get the win. I came out of the final corner and since the joker lane wasn’t getting ridden as much as the rest of the track, it was still slick.”

Going into the third and final race, Millsaps was tied for third place in combined points while the leaders finished 1-2 in both races. Determined for redemption, he got the holeshot and began to lay down consistent fast laps which no one was able to challenge. He took the joker lane without losing position and won his first race since February of 2013. Luck was in Millsaps’ favor as his rivals had poor finishes in the final race, giving him the overall win and making him $100,000 richer.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to be up on top of the box after being off the bike for so long,” said Millsaps. “I don’t think anyone expected this and I couldn’t be more thankful to my Kawasaki team. We’ve been working hard and will continue to work hard up to Anaheim 1.”

Kawasaki’s success continued into the Amateur All-Stars Class as Zac Commans, Sanayei, and Rookie White rounded out the top five in combined qualifying times, but Sanayei suffered a crash that broke his front tooth and fractured his hand. Unable to admit defeat, he fought through the pain to pull both holeshots in the two-race format and led laps in both races to finish second overall.

“Today was not easy for me, which makes this that much sweeter,” said Sanayei. “After crashing in practice, I wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to race but when your adrenaline kicks in, pain goes out the window. It’s safe to say my starts are on point, and I just didn’t have the rhythm section. The track was so fun and I’m alright with finishing second to Plessinger, since he will be turning pro and racing supercross this winter while I’ve got another year of amateur racing.”

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In the Super Mini Class it was Joey Crown who led Team Green in the qualifying times, but coming out of the gate in the first race was the youngest competitor at the Monster Energy Cup, Carson Mumford who grabbed the holeshot and battled for the lead. Marchbanks would make a pass on his teammate and attempted the chase down the leader but had to settle for second place while Mumford held on for third place. The second race saw Marchbanks and Crown come together as the pack came through the rhythm lane on the first lap, which brought out a red flag. Marchbanks lined up once again and this time for through the first lap clean but without starting upfront, he was unable to catch the leaders. His 2-3 score gave him second overall and Mumford finished fourth overall with a 3-5 score.

“Tonight was a great night,” said Marchbanks. “I would have liked to get the win and I think if I got better starts I could have. It was pretty sketchy at times out there so I’m just happy to come out healthy and on the podium.”

Kawasaki has a great track record at the Monster Energy Cup as they have won a championship every year since the inaugural event in 2011 where Team Green swept the Super Mini Class, Amateur All-Stars Class, and of course Ryan Villopoto winning the Monster Million. In 2012, Austin Forkner won the Super Mini Class while Adam Cianciarulo finished second in the Amateur All-stars. Last year Forkner successfully defended his Super Mini Championship and Commans took second in Amateur All-Stars. Although past champions like Forkner, Cianciarulo, and Villopoto were unable to compete this year, Millsaps, Sanayei, and Marchbanks continued the winning tradition and proved why champions choose KX™.

While Anaheim 1 is the next focus for Millsaps, Wil Hahn, and the Pro Circuit race team, Team Green will be lining up for the 2014 Thor Winter Olympics at Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainesville, Florida in one month’s time. Team Green riders will compete in both supercross and motocross over the coarse of Thanksgiving week, which is considered by many as the first race of the new 2015 season.

Results

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Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas, Neveda

Cup Class Overall

  1. Davi Millsaps, Monster Energy Kawasaki
  2. Eli Tomac, Honda
  3. Trey Canard, Honda
  4. Ryan Dungey, KTM
  5. Malcolm Stewart, Honda
  6. Justin Hill, KTM
  7. Jason Anderson, Husqvarna
  8. Jake Weimer, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
  9. Justin Barcia, Yamaha
  10. Blake Baggett, Suzuki

Amateur All-Stars Class

  1. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha
  2. Darian Sanayei, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green
  3. Benny Bloss, Yamaha
  4. Jordan Smith, Honda
  5. Robbie Wageman, Yamaha
  6. Chase Marquier, Honda
  7. Ryan Surratt, Yamaha
  8. Marshal Weltin, Honda
  9. Cody Mcculloch, Yamaha
  10. Bradley Taft, Yamaha

Super Mini Class

  1. Mitchell Falk, KTM
  2. Garrett Marchbanks, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green
  3. Chase Sexton, Yamaha
  4. Carson Mumford, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green
  5. Derek Drake, KTM
  6. Brock Papi, KTM
  7. Casey Keast, Yamaha
  8. Carson Brown, KTM
  9. Justin Rodbell, KTM
  10. Hannah Hodges, Suzuki

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Husqvarna’s Anderson 7th in Monster Energy Cup

20 10 2014

LAS VEGAS, October 20, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Reigning 250 West Supercross Champion Jason Anderson and teammate Zach Osborne made their debut on US soil as members of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team at the Monster Energy Cup this weekend in Las Vegas. Anderson finished a solid seventh in this popular event.

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The event, the team’s precursor to the 2015 AMA Supercross season also saw the entire crew – including Martin Davalos and Zach Bell present in the pit area.

Anderson and Osborne both battled slick track conditions and a stacked line-up in front of a packed Sam Boyd Stadium. Despite holding the fastest lap time of the day, Anderson struggled in the first moto after a fall and finished fifteenth, one place in front of teammate Osborne.

Moto 2 yielded slight improvement for Jason, who battled between positions 8-9 and sae him move up to seventh at the finish line. Osborne encountered an issue, forcing him off the track for the second moto.

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Third time out was a charm for Anderson as he took the holeshot and finished fourth in the final moto of the night, wrapping up a top ten finish in his first US race aboard the Husqvarna FC 450. Osborne returned to the track and finished 15th.

Coming off of injuries, fellow teammates Martin Davalos and Zach Bell elected not to compete in this event. They are preparing for the 2015 Supercross season.

Caption 1: Jason Anderson finishes overall 7th
Caption 2: Zach Osborne in action

Overall Results
Monster Energy Cup 2015

1, Davi Millsaps
2, Eli Tomac
3, Trey Canard
4, Ryan Dungey
5, Malcolm Stewart
6, Justin Hill
7, Jason Anderson, Husqvarna
8, Jacob Weimer
9, Justin Barcia
10, Blake Baggett

 

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YZF-R3 Sports Model to Roll Out Globally from January, 2015

20 10 2014

High-performance, 320cc Motorbike Based on YZF-R25 Platform

IWATA, JAPAN – October 20, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7272) announced today that the YZF-R3 Sports Model motorcycle powered by a 320cc water-cooled, inline two-cylinder engine is scheduled for release globally, starting with North America in late January 2015 and then later in Europe, Asia and other regions.

The YZF-R3, a model tailored for the global market, is based on the YZF-R25 model introduced in Indonesia in July. The YZF-R3 Sports Model boasts increased displacement and a lighter yet higher-performance chassis, a winning combination that immediately establishes the model as one of the most competitive entries in its class.

Like the YZF-R25, the Sports Model is a super-bike designed for daily use. Features include:

  • High-performing, easy-handling inline two-cylinder engine
  • Lightweight body for enhanced mass centralization
  • Body based on the popular YZF-R series platform

The YZF-R3 is a high-end model designed to please diverse motorcyclists, from daily users to ardent road-racers. Its 320cc displacement, relatively large for ASEAN and other Asian countries, anticipates the surging popularity of sports models in such markets.

In developed markets, where displacements of 600cc and over are considered mainstream, the YZF-R3 is expected to attract younger, less experienced riders looking for their first motorcycle. As an entry model, it is hoped to create new Yamaha fans who will step up to larger models someday.

The YZF-R series features a wide lineup, beginning with the YZF-R1 (1000cc) super-sports flagship model, followed by the YZF-R6 (600cc), YZF-R25 (250cc), YZF-R15 (150cc), and YZF-R125 (125cc).

Manufacturing will be carried out in Indonesia at PT. Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing.

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YZF-R3 (2015 North American version)

Name YZF-R3 (Blue/ Black/ Red)
Sales (release) Late Jan. 2015 (North America)
RRP 4,990 $US (Retail Price)
Target Sales 6,000 Units (first year in North America)

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BRP’s Evinrude Dealer Network Continues to Grow

20 10 2014

STURTEVANT, WI – October 20, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  BRP (TSX: DOO) has added 17 new North American Evinrude dealers to its network in the last three months.

Since the beginning of the year, 67 new North American dealers are now offering consumers Evinrude outboard engines. These now provide more boaters with the opportunity to experience its industry-leading E-TEC technology and the striking new vertical design, clean-rigging package and best-in-class fuel efficiency of the revolutionary Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboard engines.

“We’re happy to provide more engine options to our customers, and the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines are a fantastic addition to our boat selection,” said Rich Munoz, owner of Pompano Beach, Florida’s Boat Kings. “We already have plans to rig the Starcraft Tri-toon and Crossover boats as well as Striper Boats with Evinrude E-TEC G2 power. The ability to color-match the engine to the boat, the innovative i-Trim technology and integrated power steering delivers great value and performance to our customers.”

“BRP is committed to developing strong relationships with the most reputable dealers in the industry; dealers who provide good customer service,” said Alain Villemure, vice-president and general manager of BRP’s Marine Propulsion Systems division. “Adding new dealers to our existing network further increases our opportunity to share the new era of outboard engines, the Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards, with more consumers.”

For a complete list of new and existing Evinrude dealers, visit www.evinrude.com. BRP’s stated objective of expanding its powersports network by 65 to 75 new dealers in fiscal year 2015, and by 200 to 300 by fiscal year 2017, does not include BRP’s Marine Propulsion Systems division.

BRP’s Evinrude engine line-up from 3.5- to 300 horsepower offers customers superior value across a full range of applications. Engines are available at authorized Evinrude dealerships worldwide. Become part of the online Evinrude community at www.evinrudenation.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brpevinrude.

About BRP

BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business.  With annual sales of over CA$3 billion from 105 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,100 people worldwide. www.brp.com @BRPnews

Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo, Evinrude, Rotax, Can-Am, Spyder, E-TEC, G2 and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

For information:
Johanne Denault
Manager, Corporate Communications
Tel: 450.532.5173
johanne.denault@brp.com

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HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014

20 10 2014

ORLANDO, FL – October 20, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) -Honda Aircraft Company announced today progress and HondaJet program achievements during a press conference at the 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. The HondaJet has begun a demonstration tour for customers as Honda Aircraft and the HondaJet dealer network continue final preparations for entry into service.

“Over the past three weeks, many customers experienced their first flight in the HondaJet during a special demonstration tour, and we have enjoyed seeing their excitement as we showcase the aircraft’s capabilities,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “The HondaJet program is also in the final phase of certification testing with the Federal Aviation Administration with all four flight test aircraft maintaining an intensive certification testing schedule.”

Certification Flight Testing
Honda Aircraft Company has conducted extensive certification flight testing at various locations across the United States. This includes test of minimum control speed on ground (Vmcg) in Kinston, North Carolina; high-field operation test in Telluride, Colorado; high-elevation field performance test in Roswell, New Mexico; crosswind landing test in Lubbock, Texas; avionics system test in Wichita, Kansas; and extreme cold weather testing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

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The HondaJet flight test fleet has logged more than 2,000 flight hours and has conducted testing at more than 70 locations across the U.S.

HondaJet North American Demonstration Tour
In September, the first production HondaJet started a demonstration tour with dealers in the United States and Canada. U.S. cities have included Salt Lake City; Des Moines, Iowa; and Greensboro, North Carolina. Canadian cities included Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto. More than 100 passengers have experienced the HondaJet at these locations. The tour will continue immediately after NBAA with stops in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Antonio; Monterrey and Toluca, Mexico; Phoenix; and Southern California.

“Our customers are very excited with the climb performance, speed, and comfort of the HondaJet, and have consistently remarked how quiet it is in operation. They are also impressed with the spaciousness of the cabin and its interior fit and finish,” said Fujino. “Our effort to design the best interior with a focus on human factors has been appreciated by customers.”

Production Workforce Increases by More Than 300
At Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, production is ramping up and the final assembly line is full with 11 aircraft. The second production HondaJet is nearing build completion. Honda Aircraft anticipates its first flight in the next few months.

The company has also hired and trained more than 300 assembly technicians in the last 14 months to support aircraft production and its continued ramp-up. Honda Aircraft anticipates adding an additional 150 production jobs prior to entry into service.

To support production ramp-up, Honda Aircraft has integrated the latest technology with HondaJet assembly technicians using hand-held tablets that deliver work instructions. A fully interactive parts list allows technicians to easily identify parts and their assembly. These devices improve production efficiency and have the capability to expedite the interface between the assembly line and inspection.

Honda Aircraft Company World Headquarters Expansion
Honda Aircraft also announced that the company is expanding its world headquarters located at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, to accommodate increasing sales activity and add a dedicated hangar for delivery preparation. Construction has begun on two projects, which include a 49,968-square-foot expansion of the main headquarters building and the addition of a 24,405-square-foot hangar to support aircraft production and delivery. Both projects are scheduled for completion in the second half of 2015. The $19 million expansion will bring Honda’s total capital investment in Honda Aircraft Company’s facilities to approximately $160 million and increase its total square footage to more than 680,000 square feet.

“Honda Aircraft has experienced remarkable growth in both our workforce and infrastructure since the company’s founding in 2006,” said Fujino. “Our workforce now exceeds 1,200, and the expansion is part of a phased plan to accommodate our growth.”

The HondaJet Ownership Experience
Honda Aircraft is committed to providing the highest-quality training and support for the HondaJet and has partnered with FlightSafety International, the world’s leading aviation training organization. The HondaJet Training Center is operational with FlightSafety representatives working onsite. The full-motion, Level D simulator will be installed at the HondaJet Training Center in the first quarter of 2015. Pilot training will include type rating and recurrent pilot training programs for both single and multicrew operations.

Since the opening of Honda Aircraft Company’s customer service facility in 2013, the company has been preparing to support customers and dealers around the world. A 24/7 technical support center will be ready to assist dealers in expediting the resolution of maintenance issues, including aircraft on ground (AOG) situations.

Honda Aviation Finance Company Established, Accepting Loan Applications
Honda Aviation Finance Company, LLC has been established and has begun accepting loan applications. Term loan financing will be available to qualified HondaJet customers residing in the United States.

“Honda Aircraft has an established infrastructure and network to support sales and service,” said Fujino. “Together with our dealer network, we will be ready to provide our customers with an unsurpassed level of customer service from the first HondaJet delivery.”

About HondaJet

The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda’s first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.

About Honda Aircraft Company

Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company’s associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.

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BMW Motorrad achieves new all-time high in the third quarter of 2014. 100,000 units sold as of September for the first time.

20 10 2014

MUNICH, GERMANY – October 20, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – BMW Motorrad once again achieved outstanding retail results in September 2014, supplying a total of 9,991 vehicles. As compared to the already strong equivalent month in the previous year ( 9,264 units), 7.8 % more motorcycles and maxi scooters were supplied to customers. As of September, worldwide sales likewise reached a new all-time high of 100,217 units sold, an increase of 7.6 % (previous year: 93,154 units).

Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: “For the first time in the history of BMW Motorrad we have supplied more than 100,000 vehicles to our customers in the first nine months of a year. This is an increase in sales of 7.6% as compared to the equivalent period last year.”

BMW Motorrad recorded retail growth in almost all sales regions during the first nine months of the year. Germany remains the most important single market: here BMW Motorrad is once again the market leader, with 17,068 vehicles sold and a market share of just under 25%. It is followed by the USA, Italy, France and the UK in the ranking list of sales figures.

BMW Motorrad intends to remain on course for growth in the upcoming season with new models. A few days ago three new and innovative vehicles have been presented at the motorcycle trade fair INTERMOT in Cologne – the R 1200 R, the R 1200 RS and the S 1000 RR. The two water-cooled boxer models and the new supersports bike were a success with motorshow visitors, of whom there were more than 200,000. Two more new models will be presented at the international EICMA motorshow in Milan at the beginning of November.

Just a few days ago BMW Motorrad won four awards from UK’s most respected motorcycle publication, MCN.

Heiner Faust: “We are very pleased to have been named Best Manufacturer of the Year as well as winning first place with the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, the R 1200 RT and the R nineT.”

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With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 29 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2013, the BMW Group sold approximately 1.963 million cars and 115,215 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2013 was € 7.91 billion on revenues amounting to approximately € 76.06 billion. As of 31 December 2013, the BMW Group had a workforce of 110,351 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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