WPS Introduces 2016 KTM Featherweight Lithium Battery

28 08 2015

BOISE, ID – August 28, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – WPS has introduced a Featherweight Lithium battery for KTM Factory Edition and other 2016 KTM/Husqvarna 250/350/450 models. This is a direct fit, high performance replacement for the OEM KTM lithium battery (KTM # 79011053000).


Key Features:

  • Almost double the cold cranking amps (130 CCA’s) compared to the OEM lithium battery
  • Two (2) year replacement warranty
  • Lower retail price ($119.95) compared to stock

Available late September 2015. WPS Part number 490-2526.

About WPS Distributing

Boise, Idaho based WPS (Western Power Sports, Inc.) distributes over 120,000 products; including offroad and street motorcycle, ATV and UTV, snowmobile, and watercraft parts and accessories to dealers nationwide. Currently one of the fastest growing nationwide delivery systems of powersports industry products, WPS distributes products through its regional warehouse network; with locations in Boise, Idaho; Fresno, California; Memphis, Tennessee; Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and Ashley, Indiana.




Aston Martin announces apprenticeship opportunities

28 08 2015

GAYDON, WARWICKSHIRE, UK – August 28, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Aston Martin’s bold Second Century Plan for global growth and development is benefiting young job seekers, with news of more opportunities to join the business in sought-after apprenticeship roles.

The luxury British sports car maker – which currently employs almost 40 young apprentices across a wide variety of functions at its modern factory and global headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire – is today announcing ten more apprenticeships in a selection of priority positions.

The recruitment drive will see the apprentices join the business on a four-year fixed contract to learn their trade in one of the following areas: Paint, Trim, Maintenance, Control Engineering and Robotics, or Manufacturing Engineering.

To be considered for one of the ten places available, candidates must be aged 16 to 18 and have five GCSE passes (or equivalent) at grade C or above, including Maths, English and at least one science.

They will need to demonstrate an interest in the automotive sector through their previous work experience, hobbies or school project work, and be able to show a commitment to teamwork along with academic aptitude, ambition and a passion for the motor industry.

Aston Martin Learning & Development Manager Karen Botting said: “The company’s ongoing commitment to growth through its Second Century Plan means we must constantly assess our skills balance and staffing needs.

“It is vital that we are able to transfer the extensive skills and knowledge of our workforce to a new generation, in order to ensure the continuity of our developing business.”

Aston Martin CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “As a strong advocate of apprenticeships – I started my automotive career in just such a role – I’m very happy that we are able to offer more young people this valuable opportunity.

“The success of the Second Century plan for enhanced global growth of the Aston Martin brand and significant expansion of our exciting product portfolio is, clearly, fundamental to this business but, through initiatives such as this, it is also clearly bringing real, long-term, benefits to a number of young people.”

To find out more about the latest apprenticeship scheme recruitment programme, visit http://www.astonmartin.com/en/careers/apprenticeships



American International Motorcycle Expo Announces Details of 2015 Powersports Business Institute @ AIMExpo

28 08 2015

42 Seminar Sessions Targeting Enhanced Dealership Profitability and Operations

IRVINE, CA – August 28, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) has announced details for the 2015 Powersports Business Institute @ AIMExpo (PSBI@AIMExpo), sponsored by CDK Global Recreation (CDK) and National Powersport Auctions (NPA). AIMExpo’s comprehensive, dealer-focused educational program returns for its third year, boasting an enhanced curriculum tailored specifically for dealers. PSBI@AIMExpo is produced in partnership with EPG Media, publishers of Powersports Business.


For 2015 PSBI@AIMExpo expands to 42 seminar sessions among five tracks, targeting enhanced dealership profitability and operations. The curriculum focuses on improving all facets of the powersports retail business model in five key areas: Sales & Marketing sponsored by Fisher Investments; Leadership Plus sponsored by ARI Network Services; Service & Operations; Powering Profits sponsored by McGraw Powersports; and the newly added track geared toward AIMExpo’s growing V-Twin dealer audience, the Brick & Mortar Success Guide.

The 2015 program can be found here.

“A guiding principle of AIMExpo from the beginning was that the platform must serve the industry while also adding value to the industry. The primary objective of the PSBI@AIMExpo program is to do exactly that by providing dealers with insights into the latest market trends, and actionable steps to improve the core aspects of their business,” said AIMExpo’s Marketing Manager, Kevin Nixon. “PSBI@AIMExpo launched as a vital component of the inaugural show in 2013, and by combining feedback from the industry and past PSBI attendees we’ve fine-tuned and grown the curriculum. Knowledge is power, and the more critical thinking we can provide the powersports dealer base, the stronger our entire industry becomes.”

The 2015 PSBI@AIMExpo sessions will be held during the event’s trade days on Thursday, October 15, and Friday, October 16. The roster of speakers scheduled for this year, which includes both individuals new to AIMExpo as well as returning seminar leaders, will feature knowledgeable and well-respected voices from both inside and outside the industry.

“With the addition of the fifth track designed for independent retailers, especially V-Twin independents, we’re confident that dealers will agree we have taken a significant step forward in building this year’s lineup,” said Powersports Business editor in chief Dave McMahon. “Our industry continues to shine thanks to dealers, both franchised and independent, who have endured over the past few years in a slowly growing economy. Dealers will walk away from PSBI@AIMExpo seminars with usable information that will have an immediate impact on their ability to make their business a more effective and profitable enterprise.”

PSBI@AIMExpo is an entirely free program created for dealers attending AIMExpo. Likewise, registration for a trade credential to attend AIMExpo is also free for qualified powersports dealers (click here to register).


CDK Global Recreation, which provides technology solutions for every facet of dealership operations, returns as a premier sponsor of the PSBI@AIMExpo.

“CDK Global Recreation is proud to support the 2015 Powersports Business Institute @ AIMExpo,” said Zac Stringam, Marketing Manager/Recreation for CDK Global. “CDK Recreation is committed to helping our Lightspeed powersports dealers achieve their goals through the adoption of best practices and continued learning for all dealership employees. Through our Lightspeed eLearning courses and dealership best practices, we strive to help our dealers succeed and grow their businesses.”

National Powersport Auctions, the industry’s leading provider of remarketing and auction services, makes its debut as a premier sponsor of the 2015 PSBI@AIMExpo.

“NPA has been attending and participating in the Powersports Business Institute @ AIMExpo since its inception,” said NPA marketing director Ryan Keefe. “We’ve always admired the exceptional lineup of speakers PSB assembles and the proven real world applications dealers take away from the classroom sessions. We’re thrilled to announce our support of the PSBI@AIMExpo this year, and look forward to sharing our pre-owned secrets and trends with dealers in Orlando this October.”

The PSBI@AIMExpo curriculum and schedule provides maximum flexibility for dealers. Five different tracks allow attendees to receive education across a variety of topics while also ensuring they have the time to experience the exhibitors and features on the show floor as well as at AIMExpo Outdoors!

PSBI@AIMExpo track sponsorships are still available. Contact Allison Gruhn, agruhn@powersportsbusiness.com or 763-383-4467 for more information.

More than 500 exhibitors have already committed to AIMExpo in 2015. Exhibitor presence builds each day and companies looking to take advantage of the AIMExpo platform should contact an AIMExpo Account Manager toll-free at 855-MCShows (855-627-4697).

Be sure to stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitter or Instagram: @AIMExpo.

About American International Motorcycle Expo

The American International Motorcycle Expo’s (www.aimexpousa.com) purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the motorcycle industry. AIMExpo is the single most important event of its type in the North American market and has international impact within the motorcycling and greater powersports community. AIMExpo was recently honored in Trade Show Executive Magazine’s Fastest 50, recognizing the fastest growing trade shows in the U.S. AIMExpo is produced by Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group, a division of Marketplace Events. (www.marketplaceevents.com)


About Marketplace Events

Marketplace Events creates vibrant expositions connecting enthusiasts with experts, products and services in dynamic face-to-face environments.  The company produces 39 events annually in 21 markets including: 26 consumer home shows in the US;  11 in Canada;  one Holiday Boutique in Kansas City; and  the country’s premier trade and consumer show for the motorcycle industry, the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo).  AIMExpo was ranked by Trade Show Executive among their “Fastest 50 Class of 2014” which recognizes the most dynamic and fastest-growing trade shows in North America.  The 39 combined events attract 15,000 exhibitors, 1.5 million attendees and another 1.7 million unique web visitors annually. From 14 offices, the 110-person staff produces some of the most successful and longest-running shows in North America, including market-leading home shows in Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Orlando–some of which have thrived in their markets for more than 75 years.  www.marketplaceevents.com



Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Promotes John Rathyen to Regional Sales Director – East Region

28 08 2015

IRVINE, CA – August 28, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is pleased to announce that, effective August 24, 2015, John Rathyen has been promoted to Regional Sales Director – East Region.  John joined KMC in 2002 and most recently served as Senior District Manager in the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia area.  He has over 25 years of experience in the motorsports industry, including managing a large metro-area dealership in New Jersey.  John will report to Anthony Kestler, National Sales Director.

150828 Kawasaki John Rathyen


Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) started full-scale production of motorcycles over a half century ago. The first Kawasaki motorcycle engine was designed based on technical know-how garnered from the development and production of aircraft engines, and our entry into the motorcycle industry was driven by Kawasaki’s constant effort to develop new technologies. Numerous new Kawasaki models introduced over the years have helped shape the market, and in the process have created enduring legends based on their unique engineering, speed, power, design and riding pleasure. In the future, Kawasaki’s commitment to maintaining and furthering these strengths will surely give birth to new legends.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, side x sides, and Jet Ski® watercraft through a network of almost 1,200 independent retailers, with close to an additional 7,400 retailers specializing in general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with approximately 300 of them located at KMC’s Irvine, California headquarters.



Fasnacht Takes WMX Title at Ironman MX

28 08 2015

Italy’s Kiara Fontanesi Wins Moto 1

CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN – August 28, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  This year’s Women’s Motocross Championship was one for the books. The championship title was to be decided at the series finale in which Kawasaki’s Kylie Fasnacht and Marissa Markelon had just two points separating them in the championship standings as they made their way to round eight at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

In the end, it was Team Green Kawasaki’s Fasnacht dethroning defending champ Markelon, to claim the 2015 WMX Championship. However, it would be Kaitlyn Morrow claiming the Ironman victory with a 2-1 moto score. Morrow would finish the season fourth overall in the championship standings.


Congratulations to Kylie Fasnacht on winning the 2015 WMX Championship!
Photo: Beth Latham // Tomboy Barbie Photography

Neither contender would have exactly what you could call a standout day, but Fasnacht, who injured herself a week and a half before the Ironman race, finished just well enough to edge defending champ Markelon for the title, going 4-4 on the day, compared to a 5-3 for Markelon.

When the checkers came out it was Markelon who had more total points, but after the two throw out rounds were counted out of the final points, the WMX Championship went to Fasnacht.

“It definitely feels good to win the title and get that out of the way, it was pretty tight,” said Fasnacht. “I injured myself about a week and a half before I went into that last round, so I was kind of stressing about it, but I was able to salvage just enough points to get the title. In the first moto, I got an excellent jump off the line but when I went to shift up to third, I accidentally shifted down, so I was at the back of the pack when we got to the first turn. I had to work my way back through the pack and I was able to get back up to fourth.”

“In the second moto, I got a better start, and I just kind of locked myself into a position because I knew I had the championship at that point,” added Fasnacht.


Marissa Markelon put up a battle, and earned second overall this year in the championship points standings.
Photo: Beth Latham // Tomboy Barbie Photography

Markelon came into the race hoping for a miracle and knowing she would have to win both motos and hope for some help from others to get between her and Fasnacht.

“I knew the only way I could get the championship with the throw away rounds was to go in there and go 1-1,” said Markelon. “Unfortunately, Kylie and I both had bad first motos, which didn’t help either one of us – she got fourth and I got fifth, and that made it even more nerve wracking. The second moto, I almost got the holeshot and I was in second most of the race and I made a mistake on the second to last lap and Mackenzie Tricker got by me. Then Kylie tried to make a pass on me with three laps to go and we got together and I bobbled and ended up getting third. But I gave it everything I had and I’ll come out swinging next year.”

Yamaha’s Mackenzie Tricker put in an impressive ride at Ironman earning second overall with a 3-2 moto score. Tricker made some late moto charges through the pack to secure her finishing position. Tricker also holds the third overall position in the 2015 points championship standings.

N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Jessica Patterson rode what was most likely her last professional WMX race at Ironman putting in a solid finish of fifth overall with a 6-5 moto score. Patterson will continue to race in the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship.

Italy’s Kiara Fontanesi, who was giving the US series a go, added a bit of international flare to the event, winning the first moto, but the Yamaha rider would suffer mechanical issues on the second moto sight lap. Her team would work furiously to try and revive the bike, but when the gate dropped Fontanesi was unable to rejoin the WMX pack. She would suffer a DNF in moto 2, but would earn a 10th overall with her win in moto 1.

For more information on the WMX series check out http://racewmx.com.

Results (Moto Score)

  1. Kaitlyn Morrow (Yam) 2-1
  2. Mackenzie Tricker (Yam) 3-2
  3. Marisa Markelon (Kaw) 5-3
  4. Kylie Fasnacht (Kaw) 4-4
  5. Jessica Patterson (Yam) 6-5
  6. Shelby Rolen (Kaw) 7-6
  7. Amanda Brown (Hon) 8-7
  8. Amber Felicio (Hon) 10-8
  9. Rachel Gutish (KTM) 9-11
  10. Kiara Fontanesi (Yam) 1-DNF

Visit the Ironman National page on racewmx.com for more information. Thank you at see you at the races!



Engine Ice Announces 2016 Support Program Seeking Talented Riders for Their Hi-Performance Coolant Brand

27 08 2015

MERRITT ISLAND, FL – August 27, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Engine Ice is now accepting resumes for their 2016 support program. No matter your race discipline, if your vehicle has a radiator, Engine Ice Hi-Performance Coolant is the best product for your vehicle.

Engine-Ice-new-labelFor over 15 years, Engine Ice has been the powersports top-selling engine coolant and most recently ranked #1 in the 2015 Vital MX Audience Survey. “Our product is used by the top Motocross, Off-Road, Flat Track and Road Race teams in the country,” explained David Kimmey, owner of CycleLogic Products, manufacturer of Engine Ice. “But that’s not the only place you’ll find Engine Ice out-performing the competition. No matter two wheels or four, we have an impressive roster of ATV, UTV, Auto and Sprint Kart racers using our coolant and finishing on the podium every weekend. I encourage racers from every discipline to give Engine Ice a try.”

Athletes interested in applying for the 2016 Engine Ice Support Program simply need to email their resume to: sponsorship@engineice.com

Hot or Cold… we have you covered:
Engine Ice Hi-Performance Coolant is biodegradable, phosphate free, non-toxic, and typically reduces operating race temperatures, effectively keeping boil-over temperatures to 256°F or less and freeze-up protection to -26° F.

For more about Engine Ice Hi-Performance Coolants, please click here.

About CycleLogic Products, Inc.

Based in Merritt Island, Florida, CycleLogic Products Inc. is the manufacturer of Engine Ice Hi-Performance Coolant, the World’s premier coolant and antifreeze product. Racers using Engine ice Hi-Performance Coolant have won hundreds of championships at most every level, amateur and professional in motocross, road racing, karting, auto racing and more.



Tower Bridge MotoGP event with Jorge Lorenzo

27 08 2015

August 27, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP



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