Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Takes Its First Ever Twins Grand National Flat Track Victory In 2010 Twins Season Opener
We’re pleased to pass along the following report from the proud, winning Lloyd Brothers team. For more photos and observations, see our previous posting below.
Joe Kopp takes the ENI USA R&M / Lloyd Brothers Motorsports / Pegram Racing / Latus Motors Ducati Hypermotard-powered flat tracker to victory in Arizona.
Johnstown, OH (2 May 2010) – Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, Inc. is excited to have taken its first ever Grand National Flat Track victory in Saturday’s Yavapai Downs Mile. Saturday’s Ducati victory marks the first time that a readily available, production engine has won a Grand National Twins race in 29 years. Limited production, flat track race-only Honda RS750 and Harley-Davidson XR750s have won every Twins National since 1981.
In the season opening round- and Ducati’s third ever attempt at winning a modern era Grand National- Joe Kopp proved that a modern production engine can win a Grand National Flat Track race. The Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati Flat Track Project began only a year ago, when Ducati Superbike rider Larry Pegram approached friends and flat track team co-owners David and Michael Lloyd about the potential of Ducati’s air-cooled engine as an ideal flat track platform.
Pegram Racing and Lloyd Brothers Motorsports joined forces to build a stock-framed dirt track bike from a Ducati Sport . After a quick shakedown by Pegram the bike entered the 2009 Springfield Mile, where it immediately proved a formidable opponent to the dominant Harley-Davidsons qualifying for the 18 rider main event directly from the heat race. It has been close to 50 years since a stock framed motorcycle qualified for a Grand National Twins Mile main event.
After a summer of modifications- including the addition a custom VMC racing chassis- Pegram entered the Indy Mile and missed the main event by one position in the semi qualifier after recovering from a 120 mph low-side crash while in qualifying position in the heat race.
Incorporating everything learned over the 2009 season, the bike now races in its third generation of development. In Saturday’s season opener 2010 rider Joe Kopp took the lead at the start and ran a fantastic race, only facing competition from Sammy Halbert, whom he drafted past on the final lap to take the checkered flag by .025 seconds.
Saturday’s race was also a significant event as the Ducati upset the might of Harley Davidson on the Mile, something no other manufacturer has been able to do for 17 years. The next race for the ENI USA R&M (which produces and markets Agip lubricants) / Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati entry will be the famed Springfield Mile on May 30; featuring a cameo by Larry Pegram on a second bike alongside Joe Kopp.
Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, Inc. is supported by:
ENI USA R&M producers and marketers of Agip lubricants, Pegram Racing, Latus Motors, Motion Pro, Arai, Penske Racing Shocks, Ducati USA, K & N Engineering, M4 Exhaust, Saddlemen, Daniel Kalal, Vortex, VMC Racing Frames, Flat Trak Fotos, Race Image, Vesrah, Yuasa Batteries, Eurosports.net, Durelle Racing, Fox Performance, Moto Concepts.
To read Joe Kopp’s own personal report on his win in Prescott Valley, click HERE .
Photo provided courtesy of ]Lloyd Brothers Motorsports].
At Saddlemen we are proud of the successful racing efforts of our sponsored riders.
Joe Kopp Victorious At Yavapai Mile – Historic Flat Track Win With Ducati
The Yavapai Downs Mile flat track race, run May 1st, proved to be a milestone win for Joe Kopp (proudly sponsored by Saddlemen), and the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports racing team. For the first time in nearly 30 years, a Grand Nationals “Twins” race was won with a production engine motorcycle, in this case the Lloyd Brothers Ducati Hypermotard, breaking a streak of victories for limited-production, race-only engined Honda and Harley-Davidson 750’s reaching back to 1981. The win by Joe and Lloyd Brothers with their “Duck” also brought to an end a 17-year-long win streak for Harleys at Yavapai.
Arizona’s Yavapai Mile was the season-opening event for the twin-cylinder segment of the flat track circuit, and so proved a great start for Joe Kopp’s 2010 campaign. Lloyd Brothers will run multiple machines at the Springfield Mile on May 30th, and the Indy Mile on August 28th. Joining Joe as a teammate at these two big events will be racing veteran Larry Pegram, running a second Lloyd Brothers stock-framed Ducati.
To read Joe’s personal report on his win in Prescott Valley, click HERE .
At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better – whether for professional racers, commuters or “weekend warriors.”
Parts Unlimited Rep’s SV650 Features Color-Scheme Matching Sport Saddle
Recently, we produced custom seats for this highly modified 2006 Suzuki SV650, owned by Parts Unlimited representative Dave Schmalenberg. The saddle was made as our “Track” style of sport bike seats, and following our design philosophy with this line of saddles, our “Gel Channel” feature was covered in yellow material to coordinate with the bike’s paint scheme.
Dave contacted us after receiving the seat, letting us know how he liked it, “The seat is very comfy, and looks awesome. No feedback on the passenger seat yet, but I will let you know as soon as I can sucker someone into riding on the back with me. (Anyone that knows me won’t ride on the back with me). Thanks again… the seats are EXACTLY what I wanted!”
Here’s a rundown of the custom work and modifications Dave made to his Suzuki:
- Swingarm, rear wheel, and brakes: 2007 ZX6R.
- Forks, triple clamps, front wheel, and brakes: ZX6R.
- Shock is from a GSXR750.
- Tag T2 bars with Moose risers.
- CRG levers and mirrors.
- Custom Barnett braided steel cables and Goodridge lines.
- Hand built exhaust with Leo Vince GP Pro silencer for 2009 R6.
- Hotbodies undertail and rear fender.
- Michelin Power Pure tires.
- Dynojet Power commander and LCD display.
- Engine is cammed and ported.
- Many other custom modifications and parts not listed…
Maryland’s Old Glory Harley-Davidson Host Bikes-And-Bands Event
On April 24th, Saddlemen paid a visit to Old Glory Harley-Davidson in Laurel, Maryland for their big Glory Days Rally. Big crowds showed up, and we were happy to see lots of interest and sales of Saddlemen products. (Above) Saddlemen’s Director of Sales, Stan Alicki, thanks a customer for the purchase of a BR3400 Back Seat & Sissy bar Bag at the big Saddlemen luggage display inside the dealership.
Another “thank you” goes out to the people at Drag Specialties, who featured a great looking Saddlemen display in their big pavillion tent (seen above, with Brian, parts manager there at Old Glory Harley-Davidson).
At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Our knowledgeable staff will be at dealerships, rallies and other events across the nation throughout the year.
Seat And Luggage Demo Draws Enthusiastic Interest From River Run Attendees
This year’s Laughlin River Run in Nevada, proved to be a great opportunity to show off the Saddlemen product line to the riding public. 2010 was the 28th annual River Run, or as it called in the “fine print,” the American Motorcycle Association Southwest Regional Road Riding Convention. We set up our display booth right outside of the popular Pioneer Hotel, where we kept busy talking to a constant stream of visitors.
“Sunglass City!” (Above) Our marketing director, Greg Friend, at left, demonstrates the wide range of features built in to our “SaddleStow” sissy bar and back seat bags. We also brought along examples of our innovative saddlebags and our famous motorcycle seats for product presentations to the public.
Seats, saddlebags and luggage… at Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Whether at major motorcycle related events like the Laughlin River Run, or at product demonstrations at local motorsports retailers, we have knowledgeable representatives touring across country throughout the year.