Kurt Caselli Foundation 2nd Annual Fundraiser

Kurt Caselli race action shot KTM Press Release: The Kurt Caselli Foundation is proud to announce its 2nd annual fundraiser to be held at Doffo Winery in Temecula, CA on May 30, 2015 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Entry to the event is $ 10.00 per person. An auction will be held during the day on items from Kurt’s past as well as motorcycle-related items donated from sponsors of the event. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and a special showing of On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter will take place in the afternoon. The custom Roland Sands Caselli bike will be on display and live music from the local band Wine Brew. In addition, wine will be available for purchase with a custom-made Kurt Caselli Foundation logo. Kurt’s Dakar bike will be on display along with a small collection of personal belongings and photos of his racing history. Guests can also tour the MotoDoffo Vintage collection of motorcycles which are on display in the outside seating area and the barrel room. Kurt’s mother, Nancy, sister Carolyn and fiancée Sarah White will all be in attendance supporting the event. Ride Like Caselli t-shirts and stickers will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to The Kurt Caselli Foundation with a mission to help protect the lives of off-road riders before, during and after a race.
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To learn more about the foundation please visit www.kurtcaselli.com. Where: Doffo Winery 36083 Summitville Street Temecula, CA 92592 When: May 30, 2015 10:00am to 4:00pm Cost: $ 10.00 per person For more information: www.ktmusa.com Read More

PHIL SCHILLING REMEMBERED Former Cycle Editor-in-Chief was a tightly packaged set of contradictions, like the Ducatis he loved.

Phil Schilling portrait Phil Schilling, with whom Cook Neilson lifted the former Cycle magazine to the heights of moto journalism, has died. He had lived with Parkinson’s disease for some years. I remember Phil two ways—visually and aurally. Visually, I see him arriving from California at Daytona Regional Airport, where it is a pleasant 72 springtime degrees. He is wearing a puffy down jacket, more appropriate to an Everest assault team. He is at Daytona not for journalism but because he has a project—a bike, a promising young rider, a wind-tunnel fairing. Aurally, on the phone, Phil’s academic drawl began every editorial conversation I had with him in the 1980s: “Waaaalll, Kevin…” Phil was a tightly packaged set of contradictions—rather like the Ducatis he loved. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he naturally absorbed the Midwesterner’s sense of duty and obligation. As a history student under Professor Mosse, he was facing a life sentence of scholarly papers and the slow climb to department chairman. Yet within was also a romantic being, yearning to burst out of the hard-earned tweed jacket and its perpetual servitude to reveal the Mike Hailwood-style tatty black racing leathers underneath. This transformation didn’t happen in a phone booth; it was a summons from Cook Neilson to join in the endeavor to bring legitimacy and rationality to the former Floyd Clymer magazine, Cycle. Just as Peter Egan would discover that shortening a VW’s shift lever to six inches magically converted it to a Formula 1 car, so Phil’s written words transformed the innocent fun of buzzing through Madison, Wisconsin’s City Park on small-bore bikes into a championship-deciding Grand Prix.  This romance we share. Phil Schilling vintage When Cycle moved to the West Coast, Phil missed the familiar—I would hear him tune in a faint Indiana radio station, broadcasting stock prices—the voice saying, “Canners and cutters, up an eighth…” Schilling and Neilson would put Ducati on the map in the US as Paul Smart did at Imola in 1972. Just as Helmut Fath orchestrated German industry to the production of his unique sidecar engines, so Schilling and Neilson enslaved the California motorcycle aftermarket to produce the highly modified bevel-drive Ducati twin—the California Hot Rod—that Neilson rode to a 1977 Daytona Superbike victory. Phil assisted young riders trying to make it in the 250 class, which through the 1970s launched so many pro careers. There was always a project bike, a plan, a career in the making. When Neilson abruptly left Cycle, Schilling became Editor-in-Chief, not an easy thing. The staff needs loyalty, but upper management demands it. Are we all happy? I visited the offices at Westlake Village and saw the cartoon that the staff had taped to his door. Entitled, “Phil’s Vacation,” it showed a man in a hammock swung between two palm trees. The figure was rigid, touching the hammock only with his heels and the back of his head! Yet he could be funny, as when he referred to the belief of mothers that “motorcycles give you tattoos.” Phil assembled a capable group of writers who remain active today. He collected and restored classic single-cylinder Ducatis. He wrote extensively on Ducatis and their history. Look for him somewhere on racer road. He is survived by wife, Allyn. Read More

PHIL SCHILLING “He was the best guy I’ve ever known.”

Phil Schilling and Cook Neilson After Gordon Jennings was lifted out of his Editor’s chair at Cycle magazine in 1970 and shifted over to Car and Driver, I found myself promoted to a job I couldn’t have imagined two years earlier—and feeling more than a bit overmatched. One of the first calls I made was to Phil Schilling, whose editorial submissions I had admired, and with whom I had chatted on the phone. I told him I needed him in New York City as quickly as possible. He arrived soon thereafter, and we began a professional relationship and deep personal friendship that lasted for the better part of 45 years. Most new hires in the magazine business start out as Associate Editors; Phil immediately had to assume the role of Managing Editor, which amounts to the day-to-day supervision of everything that goes into the creation of an issue. He was successful instantly: coordinating with the Art Director, writing cover copy (one of his best lines ever:  “CB500 Four: Honda’s Magic Lantern Lights Again”), producing his own feature articles and road tests, editing everybody else’s, coordinating with contributors, calming down the Publisher and other higher-ups. It didn’t take long for the higher-ups to recognize Phil for what he was—supremely talented, and a grown-up. Our publishing company executives let me move Cycle to California in 1972 largely because they trusted Phil. Without that trust, Cycle would have been stuck in New York City, where it would have withered. Phil and Cook Something we suspected before we even hired Phil as a staff member: Internal combustion journalism had never before seen such a pure writer. There were some guys who contributed to Road & Track who were okay, Car and Driver had Brock Yates and Leon Mandel, and of course there were Gordon Jennings and Denis Jenkinson, a pair of true giants. But Phil had a way with the language that truly set him apart. Early on, he did a piece about his little Formula 3 Ducati. He collected the bike’s parts, assembled them into a running motorcycle, restored it, then the bike melted to molecules in a shop fire in Plainview, New York. Phil’s story about the Formula 3, including its re-restoration, is called “A Satisfied Mind.” In my opinion, it joins Denis Jenkinson’s “With Moss in the Mille Miglia” as the two finest stories ever published in the enthusiast press. And in the middle of all the great stories Phil did, he was keeping me—and the rest of us—between the guardrails. I was impetuous; Phil was studied, calm. I had some harebrained ideas; Phil identified them as such, and suggested intelligent options. I could see (and fixate on) the trees; Phil saw the forest, and everything around it. At the end of the day, it was the Cycle team that made the difference all through the 1970s. But it’s fair to say that Cycle’s success revolved much more tightly around Phil than it did me. Phil ran the magazine for another decade after I left in 1979, and during that often-difficult time the magazine moved its standards and its literacy and its integrity higher and higher. Phil Schilling Hall of Fame One of the many reasons I love Phil is he had racing in his blood, and a profound understanding of the relationship between Lever A and Slot B. When I suggested back in 1973 or ’74 that he might use his talent to make my old 750GT Ducati run a little better, he sort of murmured okay. An hour or two later, on his lunch break, he had the engine out of the frame and the crankshaft and transmission out of the engine—and things got steadily better after that. Almost all the good ideas any of us had regarding our race program came from Phil. He knew, based on his long association with Ducati, exactly what needed to be done to the engine. Modifications to the chassis, suspension, exhaust, wheels, tires and bodywork, he figured out on the fly and as necessary. Our roadracing effort together was regrettably brief. I was old when we started, and when we finished 2nd to Wes Cooley at Riverside in 1977—my last race—I was 34, and satisfied to hang it up. But Phil and I could look back on a decent record: 39 races started, 20 wins, 4 DNFs, 4 crashes. Phil Schilling vintage Phil, of course, kept racing, putting first-class equipment under a diffuse and grateful collection of young guys all of whom wished they knew as much about riding as Phil did about building and tuning. Remember, too, that Phil (unlike many of his competitors) was a true amateur; he was doing what he was doing because he loved it, and supported that affection with his own money earned at a full-time (and very difficult) job. Phil for two decades was the heart and soul of the largest-circulation motorcycle magazine the world has ever known; was essential to the success of Ducati in North America, and world-wide; wrote about the internal combustion universe more perceptively, and more elegantly, than anyone ever has, before or since; mentored more than his share of hard-handed youngsters looking for stability, guidance and fast motorcycles; and through it all remained a man of dignity, humor, generosity, taste, judgment, gentleness and grace. Nobody ever gave more, and took less, than Phil Schilling. He was the best guy I’ve ever known. He was my best friend. Photo #1 Photo #2 Photo #3 Photo #4 Read More

MotoGP: Round #6 Movistar Yamaha Race Preview – Mugello

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot Movistar Yamaha Press Release: After a very successful weekend at Le Mans, where they scored the first Yamaha 1-2 of the season, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo head to ‘Autodromo del Mugello’ for Sunday‘s Gran Premio d’Italia in the flowing hills of Tuscany. This weekend‘s race isn‘t just special for local hero Rossi, as it marks his first home Grand Prix of the season, but also for the team itself, which is based in Gerno di Lesmo. The nine-time World Champion looks forward to putting on a show for the Italian crowd. Having secured a place on the podium at every round the MotoGP paddock has visited so far this season, he has once again established that he should never be ruled out come race day. He will aim to keep his podium streak going by adding another top result to his previous record of seven back-to-back premier class victories at Mugello from 2002 to 2008, two third places in 2009 and 2014, a 250cc win in 1999, and a 125cc win in 1997. Lorenzo is also eager to get back aboard his YZR-M1. He impressed with his blistering pace at Jerez and Le Mans and is determined to keep the momentum going at the Italian track, where he fought a sensational battle with Marquez last year. The four-time World Champion has a six-consecutive podium run at Mugello in the premier class to his name, consisting of three wins in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and three second places in 2009, 2010, 2014. The challenging circuit also saw him take a first place in the 250cc class in 2006 and a 250cc second place in 2005. The action at the winding 5245 meter circuit will kick off this Friday. Located 30km North-East of Florence, the GP at this historic track is a popular event, drawing thousands of enthusiastic spectators. Though Mugello is challenging, it is also a much beloved circuit amongst riders and engineers thanks to its mixture of fast and slow turns, a 1141 m longest straight and various uphill and downhill sections. Having hosted its first MotoGP event back in 1976, the track was bought by Ferrari in 1988 before becoming a permanent fixture in 1991 after extensive refurbishment. Set within beautiful countryside of Tuscany, the circuit offers great views, so the crowd can fully enjoy the action as they cheer on their favorite riders and teams. Valentino Rossi race action shot VALENTINO ROSSI  #46 Arriving at Mugello as the leader in the championship and being in a great shape is perfect. We are fast from the start of the season and this is important. I really like the Mugello circuit, the Italian Grand Prix is always a nice weekend, but also Jorge loves this track. Jorge and I will try to put our Yamaha‘s on top again, but this time I hope it will be in a reverse order! In Le Mans I struggled a bit, but I still managed to take second. At Mugello we must not make mistakes with the setup of the bike, starting from the free practices. We will work hard from the first day to make this a nice weekend. There will be so many people in Mugello. We will have even more fans visiting the track already on Saturday. It will be a great race! Jorge Lorenzo Le Mans Podium shot JORGE LORENZO #99: “Le Mans was a confirmation that I‘m feeling stronger and that I‘m in a great shape. Claiming a second victory in a row was very important to me and the team in order to know for certain that Jerez wasn‘t a one-time event. In Le Mans we got the pace and the rhythm to achieve another win. The YZR-M1 is a nice bike to ride and permits me to ride in the manner I like. In Le Mans we were able to do a perfect job during the whole weekend, as in Jerez, and now we look forward to racing again in Mugello. The track is maybe one of my favorites throughout the MotoGP calendar so I‘m eager to race there. In the past I got so many wins in Mugello and it‘s a suitable circuit for both me and the YZR-M1. It‘s fluid, with many uphill and downhill sectors and amazing, long high-speed corners such as Arrabbiata 1 and 2. I will try to fight again for the podium here and keep this nice momentum going!” MASSIMO MEREGALLI – TEAM DIRECTOR: “Mugello is our first home race of the season and personally I find it one of the nicest circuits of the championship and it‘s located in a beautiful area. In the past our bike suited the track very well. Now that our riders are on top form, that makes the coming weekend even more exciting. It‘s really important to start working in the right direction from the first session, so we can prepare for the race in the best way possible, because I expect a really tough race. Let‘s make it another great race to remember in front of the Italian fans!”
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VIDEO: Lapping Imola on the Ducati Panigale R We take a superbike ride around Italy’s Imola circuit.

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Ducati has a reputation for launching its new superbikes at memorable race circuits. Two years ago, I was lucky enough to be one of the first moto journalists to lap Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on the Ducati 1199 Panigale R. This time, I was off to Imola in Italy for the launch of what Ducati now simply calls the Panigale R. This circuit, tucked up against the ancient city center of the same name, is amazing. Only in Italy would residents build their houses within the confines of the racetrack and not complain, but actually embrace its very culture and existence. So, just two days after watching the World Superbike Championship round at the track, I found myself lapping aboard one of the most exotic and exclusive Ducatis ever made. Take a ride with me as I lap this ultra-challenging circuit.
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