• 01. Background
  • 02. Dirt Track
  • 03. Road Race
  • 04. Moto2

frame00Son of American racer-journalist Dennis Noyes, Kenny made his world championship debut in 2010. Althought, he began riding dirt bikes at the age of four but didn’t start racing Dirt Track until he was seventeen and didn’t get on the pavement until 2001.

Kenny started racing Dirt Track in California on a Honda XR100 at the legendary Lodi Cycle Bowl. After working his way up to the 600 class and through the ranks from amateur to professional on the west coast, he got his chance to race the Nationals on the factory Lineaweaver Husaberg.

In his rookie season Noyes won the 2000 Formula USA Pro Singles National Dirt Track Championship.

Although he planned to continue racing Dirt Track, an unexpected chance to try his hand at road racing came up with BQR Honda in Spain. With absolutely no roadracing experience, he started from scratch in the ultra-competitive Spanish CEV series and, in 2003, still riding with BQR, won the Bancaja Superseries 1000cc (Superstock) title. He moved to Yamaha for the next two seasons, winning the National Endurance Series on his Folch R1.

During the following seasons Noyes has become one of the top riders in Spain’s premier class, the CEV 1000cc Formula Extreme. He won his first FX National at Jerez for Motorrad Suzuki in 2008 and continued to score wins, poles and podiums with Palmeto Kawasaki in 2009. As one of the most promising riders in the prestigious Spanish FX championship and with plenty of four-stroke experience Kenny was a clear candidate to be among the ranks of the new Moto2 class and was signed by Team Jack & Jones by Antonio Banderas to race their new Harris-framed prototype in 2010.

Fourteen of the seventeen races that composed the Moto2 World Championship were totally new to Kenny. He fought for mid-field placings at these tracks during a learning season, but did manage to lead several laps of his second race, took the pole in his third while finishing seventh twice, in Jerez and Catalunya. 

This season Kenny is compiting for the top theam in the spanish moto2 Championship and looking ahead to move to the World Supersport Championship or to a return to World Moto2.

 

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In his first year Noyes blazed from novice to expert filling the living room with trophies and having a little more fun at every race. By the end of his second season, in 1997, Kenny was up to speed running third in the “100 National” behind the late Toby Jorgensen and dirt track legend, Chris Carr.  Proving that had learned his lessons well, Noyes was ready to move up to the 600 class.   

Stepping up to the 600 class directly from the small XR 100 Kenny quickly worked his way up from amateur to “pro-am” winning races at local events and keeping the “pros” honest in the West Coast Flat Track Series.  In his second year Kenny got signed to ride for Husaberg and went out of state racing from coast to coast in open and “Pro-Am” events and in the Amateur Nationals held in Indianapolis, where they won the TT National Championship race.

In 2000 Kenny turned “pro-expert” and set out to contend in the Nationals. To the amazement of national riders, teams and fans, Noyes won the Pro-Singles National Championship in his rookie year. On unknown tracks and up agains the best racers in the nation he achieved an amazing nine podiums and three wins taking home the title in what turned out to be an unforgettable year.

 

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After winning the National Pro-Singles title Kenny got a call from overseas to try his hand at Road Racing in Spain, with Honda BQR. He had no experience on the pavement but Noyes decided to go for it working hard with his new team in 2000 and 2001 as he worked on adapting his aggressive dirt track style to the technical Spanish road courses and discovered the secrets of tire selection and road bike set up.

By the end of the ’01 season Noyes was starting to get it figured out and in the last race, under the rain in Jerez, his race long battle for third place with Jose Luis Cardoso was a sign of what was to come.  But it was in 2003 that Kenny had his breakthrough season putting it all together and winning the Spanish Superstock Series. He was on the podium six out of seven races, winning three and, once again proving that he was ready to take the next step.

In 2004 and still on the steep end of the road racing "learning curve" Kenny moved up to Spain’s premiere category, the 1000 cc Formula Extreme class, and also tried his hand at World Championship Endurance Racing. His progress from year to year has brought him into the select group of top Spanish riders ending the 2007 season by leading the final round for half of the race and finishing fourth after a race long battle among the top 6 riders.

So far in 2008 Noyes was one of the clear favorites to win in Spain’s premiere class and has Started out the season with a pole position, new track record in Valencia, and three podiums. A win in the 750 Suzuki cup, a second position in the World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Albacete, and a third in the first round of the CEV.

He continued to score wins, poles and podiums with Palmeto Kawasaki in 2009, but a couple of mechanical DNFs kept him out of the battle for the title. In 2010 he gets his Grand Prix opportunity with Team Jack & Jones by Antonio Banderas in the inaugural Moto2 season.

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Kenny had his World Championship debut in 2010 racing for the Antonio Banderas Team and managed to lead several laps of his second race, took the pole in his third while finishing seventh twice, in Jerez and Catalunya.

In his second season Noyes signed with Avintia BQR and managed to improve his best finish in GP placing 5th in Valencia.

In 2012 Kenny returned to CEV in the Moto2 class and fought for the Spanish Moto2 Championship. He has been on the podium in 4 of the six races and ended the year third in the points table.

This season Kenny is compiting for the top theam in the spanish moto2 Championship and looking ahead to move to the World Supersport Championship or to a return to World Moto2.

His experience with Harris, FTR and Suter in Moto2 and with 1000cc Formula Extreme bikes in the CEV (where he still holds two lap records from 2009) are an ideal preparation for getting the most from production-derived 600cc Supersport machines.

 


   

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