Motorcycle deaths down from 20009
In what can only be considered good news for motorcyclists, federal officials have reported that motorcycling deaths on the nation’s roads dropped by 16 percent in 2009 compared to the previous year, according to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).
“The death of any motorcyclist is one too many, so this news that fatalities are down is encouraging,” said Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government relations. “While we are pleased that the number of motorcycling fatalities dropped dramatically in 2009, a one-year drop isn’t a trend. We need to determine why, and ensure that the decline continues.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported on Sept. 9 that motorcycling fatalities in 2009 decreased for the first time in more than a decade — dropping to 4,462 in 2009 from 5,312 in 2008. (Click here to read the press release from NHTSA.)
Federal officials said traffic deaths involving all vehicles nationwide fell 9.7 percent in 2009 — from 37,423 in 2008 to 33,808. The figure is the lowest since 1950. Traffic safety officials said that the decrease may be due to increased seat belt use, tougher enforcement of drunk driving laws and improved vehicle safety features.
According to NHTSA figures, motorcycling fatalities have decreased in the past — from 1980 to 1997 — but then fatalities increased steadily for 11 years. 2,294 motorcyclists were killed in 1998, and the number of fatalities rose each subsequent year, reaching 5,312 in 2008.
Moreland cautioned that there will be speculation about why motorcycling fatalities are down so significantly in 2009, and noted that there aren’t any solid answers.
“The motorcycling community looks forward to receiving some real answers about motorcycle crashes and what causes them from the new federal crash causation study that is under way at Oklahoma State University (OSU) through the Oklahoma Transportation Center in Stillwater,” Moreland said. “Then we can put our heads together to find solutions, reduce crashes and save more lives.”
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is overseeing the just-begun, four-year, $3 million OSU study, which is the first major research on the subject in 30 years.
The last major study into the causes of motorcycle crashes was issued in January 1981. Called “Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures Volume I: Technical Report,” the study became known as the “Hurt Report,” named after lead researcher Hugh “Harry” Hurt of the University of Southern California. Hurt was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2007 for his pioneering work.
That study provided a wealth of data that has been used by organizations and individual motorcyclists to help keep riders safer on the road. But the traffic environment has changed enormously in the decades since, prompting the AMA to begin campaigning for a new study several years ago.
SPEED, the North American television home to MotoGP motorcycle racing coverage, announces a partnership with Soft Pauer that enables fans to bring live timing and scoring to their smart phones and other mobile devices.
New App for Phone.
The Official MotoGP Live Timing Application Premium Pass was launched by Soft Pauer at the beginning of the MotoGP 2010 season. It was an immediate success as MotoGP fans were, for the first time, able to experience MotoGP in a new and innovative way.
The App, which will now carry SPEED branding for all North American sales, offers an unprecedented level of information to consumers, which can be immediately understood with the unique dynamic/interactive track map which provides the users with a clear illustration of all the gaps between the riders. With users also able to access the same live timing information and in the same format that is used by the teams at each Grand Prix venue to track the progress of a session or particular team or rider. Uniquely, all the data from the whole season will be retained on the user’s device to enable them to look back at and re-run the sessions whenever they want.
Soft Pauer’s Chief Executive Otmar Szafnauer said, “We’re delighted to partner with such a prestigious organization as SPEED. The tie-up is a natural one and will give MotoGP fans a unique perspective of a race weekend. Short of actually being on one of the bikes, you can’t get closer to the action”.
“This is a fantastic App and we’re very keen to get involved with it.” said Kevin Annison, VP of Digital & Interactive Media for SPEED. “We are always striving to give our viewers the best possible coverage of each MotoGP event and enhance our telecast through new and innovative technologies. By adding this App to complement our TV coverage, I think we’ve succeeded in that endeavor.”
The MotoGP on SPEED App is available on the iTunes Store and Android Market at a cost of $11.99. Users will immediately receive all the races run so far in 2010, as well getting all the ones to come live.
The next MotoGP World Championship race on SPEED — from Aragon, Spain — is scheduled for Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. ET.
Reed and Kawasaki Split
Monster Energy Kawasaki and rider Chad Reed have mutually agreed to end their relationship.
Monster Energy Kawasaki Statement Regarding Chad Reed:
“Monster Energy Kawasaki would like to thank Chad Reed for being a part of our team for the 2010 AMA Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship and the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Series. Reed was a valuable member of our program scoring one win and multiple podium finishes aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors”.
Harley-Davidson Starts 2010 Florida H-D TOUR.
Stop by your local Harley Dealer and pickup your pasport then start touring Florida.
AMA FLAT TRACK: Knoxville Round Canceled
The rainy weather continued overnight in Iowa, forcing the Knoxville round to be canceled. The heavy rains that saturated the Knoxville Raceway half mile continued overnight forcing Knoxville Raceway and AMA Pro Racing to cancel the once postponed, Round 16 of the AMA Pro K&N Filters Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com.
Tonglet wins again
LE Tonglet won again in the NHRA Pro-Stock Mototcycles. Sporting the colors of NITRO-FISH Tonglet was ffastest qualifier and came out the winner for the second time in a row.