Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - June 25, 2013 - Saddlemen captured seven podium finishes in the Triumph SuperBike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park. Warm temperatures and some close battles made for an exciting weekend in Birmingham, AL as some of the best young racers in the sport put their Saddlemen seats to the test.
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Saddlemen’s impressive stable of talented young racers put forth their best efforts this weekend in the Daytona SportBike class, and after all was said and done it was Jake Gagne who led the way with a pair of 2nd place finishes. After a commanding performance in Saturday’s race, the RoadRace Factory rider experienced a setback when he high-sided in Sunday morning warm-ups. Despite injuring both feet, the 19-year old fought through the pain and challenged for the lead through a majority of the second race. As the leader pulled away in the final laps Gagne settled for another 2nd place finish, and with it a solid hold on the same position in the DSB standings.
Gagne’s RoadRace Factory teammate, JD Beach, is continuing to demonstrate growth as he held off a late charge to take the final spot in the top-5 by just .003 seconds. Beach improved on Sunday with a 3rd place finish. Although he was the fourth bike across the line, Beach was promoted to the podium after a 5-second jump-start penalty was enforced on several riders. This podium is the second of the season for Beach, and he holds a 2-point lead for 3rd place in the standings.
National Guard/Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli continued his streak of 7th place finishes with another in Race 1 aboard his Saddlemen Performance Chicane seat. The Rocket made some adjustments in Sunday morning practice that apparently paid off. Rispoli made a beautiful pass into third at the famous “Charlotte’s Web” turn, but fell back to a battle for fifth place in the final laps. Though James did not capture his first top-5 SportBike finish, he did end up with a career-best 6th place, and is in 5th in the Daytona SportBike standings.
Riders Discount racer Joey Pascarella put together a pair of top-10 finishes. Following Saturday’s 9th place finish, the 2012 Daytona 200 champ finished 10th on Sunday. These are the first top-10 finishes of the season for the Pascarella, and he has climbed the ranks to 15th after five races.
D&D Cycles/Castrol’s Bobby Fong rode his Saddlemen-equipped Triumph Daytona 675 to an 8th place finish in Race 1, but dropped out midway through the second race. Fong is in 10th in the standings.
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With National Guard/Celtic Racing’s Caroline Olsen still recovering from shoulder surgery, Saddlemen only had four racers compete in the SuperSport class at Barber. Race 1 saw a pair of Saddlemen-equipped riders atop the podium, as RoadRace Factory’s Tomas Puerta finished 2nd and TOBC Racing’s Nick McFadden followed in 3rd.
Puerta followed up on Sunday with a 3rd place finish, missing out on a 2-2 weekend by just .004 seconds. Puerta did not earn points for his SuperSport West campaign, but a pair of podium finishes on his Saddlemen-equipped R6 is a good sign for the 20-year old in search of his first SuperSport title.
Puerta was joined on the Sunday podium by fellow Saddlemen racer Hayden Gillim who finished 2nd. The Team 95 rider improved on his 4th place in the first race of the weekend by earning his second podium finish of the season in Race 2 and establishing himself in 3rd place in the SuperSport East standings.
McFadden just turned 16 this June, qualifying him for AMA Pro competition. He started his AMA career off with a bang with his 3rd place podium appearance in his first pro race. Unfortunately, Nick crashed out of the second race, but his impressive debut got him started at 10th in the SuperSport East standings.
National Guard/Celtic Racing’s Corey Alexander continued his strong 2013 campaign with a pair of 6th place finishes. After 3 rounds of racing on his Saddlemen Performance Sport seat, Alexander is just two points behind the SuperSport East leader in 2nd place.
- Saddlemen’s new FTB line of sport luggage offers modern style and quality materials and construction.
- Universal mounting capabilities and various bag types makes this line a great option for any motorcycle.
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Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - June 4, 2013 - Saddlemen has introduced a new line of luggage aimed at bringing a modern and sporty look to motorcycles of all kinds, from cruisers to sport bikes and more. Saddlemen’s new FTB line of sport luggage combines style, utility and quality construction to offer an array of bags that not only serve their purpose, but look great doing it.
The FTB line features the same quality materials and construction that Saddlemen is known for, and presents a new set of options for motorcyclists that might be looking for functional luggage with an updated look.
Rugged 1200-denier SaddleTuff™ fabric and marine-grade vinyl make up the semi-rigid construction that offers a blend of shape retention and flexibility, all while remaining light weight and portable. A bevy of internal and external pockets, pouches, and storage compartments make these bags ideal for carrying everything from tools and small personal items to clothes and larger items.
The FTB line is also universally compatible with multiple mounting rings, and can also be used with Saddlemen’s Versa Mount System to mount directly to a seat or rack. With a full lineup that includes sissybar bags, sissybar combo bags, and trunk/rack bags, Saddlemen has an FTB option for any motorcycle.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - June 5, 2013 - Round two of the AMA Pro Road Racing season yielded top results for Saddlemen-sponsored riders. The double-header weekend at Road America, held May 31-June 2, resulted in 11 top-ten finishes for Saddlemen, including 3 race wins and 6 podium appearances.
Coming off a 4th place finish in the season-opening Daytona 200, RoadRace Factory’s Jake Gagne finished 2nd in race one on his Saddlemen-equipped Yamaha YZF-R6. He bettered his result in the second race after a back-and-forth battle out front. Gagne pressured his competitor into a mistake with just a few laps to go and took his first SportBike victory of the season, propelling him into the second spot in the DSB standings.
Gagne’s RoadRace Factory teammate JD Beach also had a solid weekend, earning a pair of top-5 finishes. Beach made his first podium appearance of the season after a thrilling 3rd place finish in Saturday’s race, and followed it up with a solid 4th place finish on Sunday. Beach is in fourth in the class standings after the first few rounds of racing.
D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph’s Bobby Fong brought home 6th in race one on his Triumph Daytona 675. James Rispoli was also a top-ten finisher, earning a pair of 7th place finishes on his National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R600.
Joey Pascarella and Kyle Wyman each earned a top-15 finish in Daytona SportBike on their Triumph Daytona 675s. Pascarella was 13th in race one on his Riders Discount Triumph, and Wyman finished 15th in race two.
National Guard/Celtic Racing’s Corey Alexander is off to a hot start on his Saddlemen-equipped Suzuki GSX-R600, landing in the winner’s circle twice at Road America. His two victories on his Saddlemen Performance Sport seat closed the gap in the SuperSport East championship to just six points behind the leader.
Tomas Puerta, another RoadRace Factory rider, followed up a 4th place finish in race one with 3rd in race two. Following his podium at Road America, Puerta has a comfortable 32-point lead in the SuperSport West standings.
Hayden Gillim was another top Saddlemen rider in SuperSport, finishing 8th in race two on the Team 95 Yamaha YZF-R6. National Guard/Celtic Racing newcomer Caroline Olsen finished 14th on Saturday but was injured in a multi-bike crash off the starting line in Sunday’s race. Olsen has undergone surgery to repair an injured shoulder and is expected to make a full recovery.
In the Harley-Davidson Series, Saddlemen rider Cory Texter finished a lucky 13th on the MOB Racing Harley-Davidson XR1200. Texter has finished top-15 in both rounds this season.
Saddlemen riders have a short break before heading south to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, for round three of the AMA Pro Road Racing season, June 21-23.
Saddlemen has been making high performance seats for racing for over 20 years. During that time some of the world's fastest racers have fitted their motorcycles with Saddlemen seats, including land speed attempters, flat track racers and road racers. Saddlemen is the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing.