Photos from 250+ Feet up COTA’s Petrolsaurus Rex

Standing 251 feet above Turns 16, 17, & 18, the COTA observation tower provides a bird’s eye view of just about every tun on the circuit, if you can stomach its subtle sway in the wind and clear-glass floor at the precipice. Officially called by COTA as the “Observation Tower” – it really needs a better name for casual conversation. We’ve heard COTA Cobra used a few times with some lovely alliteration, but the structure has always struck us as less snake-like, and more like a big dinosaur — we’re going to use the name “Petrolsaurus Rex” until I hear something better, or COTA sends me a cease and desist order. I climbed to the top of Petrolsaurus Rex (read: took the elevator) during the MotoGP Warm-Up session, and snapped a few photos in the process. Enjoy!

MV Agusta F3 800 Ago Now Officially Debuts

We already announced the bike last November, and brought you a bevy of hi-res images of the special edition machine. Although now that we think of it, MV Agusta never released anything on this Giacomo Agostini tribute motorcycle — better late than never, right? Back at the EICMA show launch, where the MV Agusta F3 800 Ago was first shown to the public (and Agostini himself), the Varese brand promised us two additional motorcycle launches in early 2014. MV Agsuta made good on half that promise with the Dragster 800 model, hopefully this Ago special edition isn’t the other half of that statement, and MV Agusta still has something waiting in the wings. That being said, the Tricolore & Gold paint scheme is gorgeous, and looks even better in person.

Isle of Man TT Gets TV Deal for Australia & USA

Want to watch the Isle of Man TT from the comfort of your non-British TV, but haven’t been able to in the past? A new TV from the Isle of Man’s Department of Economic Development will do just that. Inking a new TV contract with North One TV, the Isle of Man TT will be televised in the American, Australian, and of course British markets, making it easier than ever to watch the iconic road race. With a five-year contract with the Velocity Channel in the US, the American cable channel will show seven one-hour race shows. Each segment will air within 24hrs of each race, and be tailored for the American market.

Castiglioni Denies Fiat Buyout of MV Agusta Is in the Works

After reporting 22% growth in Q1 2014, Giovanni Castiglioni had some closing words about the rumors that Fiat could acquire MV Agusta — a popular rumor that has been swirling around in the press the last two months. Denying outright that MV Agusta had, or was in, talks with the Fiat-Chrysler group about an acquisition (some reports linked even MV Agusta to being bought by Fiat-owned Ferrari), Castiglioni said the Italian company solely was focused on building growth, and building motorcycles. “Moreover, I’d like to take this opportunity to deny rumours circulated by the media over the last few days concerning supposed negotiations vis-à-vis the sale of a share of MV Agusta to the Fiat-Chrysler Group,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, the President and CEO of MV Agusta.

A 2WD Hybrid-Electric Motorcycle for the US Military?

In the coming years, US special forces may be riding a tw0-wheel drive, hybrid-electric, multi-fuel motorcycle co-developed by BRD Motorcycles and Logos Technologies. Helping make this project possible is a Small Business Innovation Research grant from DARPA. The goal is to make a single-track vehicle for US expeditionary and special forces that will be nearly silent in operation, yet also capable of traveling long distances. Details on the proposed machine are light, of course, but it sounds like the 2WD dirt bike will be based off the BRD RedShift MX (shown above), and use an electric drivetrain, as well as a multi-fuel internal combustion engine to achieve its goals.

Colin Edwards Will Retire from Racing after 2014 Season

Announcing his decision during the pre-event press conference for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Colin Edwards told the assembled press that 2014 would be the Texan’s last season racing a motorcycle. Citing a lack of improvement on his performance in pre-season testing and at the Qatar GP, Edwards decision perhaps answers the lingering question in the paddock of when the American rider would hang-up his spurs after an illustrious career in AMA, WSBK and MotoGP. Talking about his inability to come to terms with the Forward Yamaha, which Aleix Espargaro was able to take to the front of the pack in Qatar, Edwards was at a loss when it came to understanding the Open Class machine and his lack of results.

MSF Updates Its Basic RiderCourse Curriculum

It is no surprise that statistics from the NHTSA show that motorcycle accidents and injuries are on the rise. According to the 2012 Motor Vehicle Crash report published by the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities for that year rose to 4,957, up seven percent from 2011, while injuries increased 15% to 93,000. While the NHTSA statistics are misleading because the motorcycle category includes mopeds, scooters, three-wheelers, pocket bikes, mini bikes, and off-road vehicles, new riders need every advantage they can afford. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has taken notice of these statistics and has revised the curriculum for its Basic RiderCourse to include a new Basic eCourse, which students will take prior to in-person instruction.

Yamaha Trademarks “R1S” & “R1M” at USPTO – “YZF-R1M” Trademarked Abroad – But Why?

Are new Yamaha YZF-R1 models coming down the pipe? That’s the question being asked after trademark filings in the US and abroad tipped off Yamaha Motor’s intention to use “R1S”, “R1M”, and “YZF-R1M” for motorcycle, scooter, and three-wheeled purposes. The filings are being taken as hints towards a possible multiple trim levels of the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, with the “S” and “M” designations being different spec machines than the current base model. The “S” nomenclature is a popular one in the two and four-wheeled world, though “M” would certainly be a novel designation, outside of say…BMW.

Bell & COTA Create Texas-Themed Limited-Edition Helmet

Continuing its theme of making limited-edition helmets for premier-class US rounds, Bell Helmets has teamed up with the Circuit of the Americas and Chris Wood, of Airtrix, to create a Texas-themed Bell Star Carbon helmet, just in time for COTA’s MotoGP race next weekend. Available only until April 13th, the Bell/COTA helmet features a red, white, and blue flag motif on the front, with both the American and State of Texas flags visible, which then wrap around the rear to merge with a hardwood design, reminiscent of the floorboards in a Western saloon. The helmet is also crowned with a Longhorn cattle skull, which adds to the Texan motif. The specially designed helmet also features a horseshoe, the COTA logo, and the 2014 Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas logo.

Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

Towards the end of the 800cc era, MotoGP looked to be in dire condition. Grids were dwindling, factories were reducing their participation, and teams were in difficult financial straits indeed. By the end of 2011, there were just 17 full time entries, Suzuki was down to a single rider, and were about to pull out entirely for 2012. How different the situation looks today. In a recent interview with the official website, Aprilia Corse’s new boss Romano Albesiano gave a brief outline of their plans. The Italian factory will continue to work with the IODA Racing team for 2014 to collect data on the electronics and tires, which they will use as input on an entirely new project being worked on for 2016.

2010 Yamaha FZ1 Owners Dodge a Bullet

09/11/2009 @ 11:52 am, by Jensen Beeler6 COMMENTS

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Owners of the “ultimate street brawler” (their words, not ours) will be simulataneously pleased and disappointed to see the 2010 Yamaha FZ1. As we reported earlier last month, the 2010 FZ1 did not see the incorporation of the YZF-R1′s cross-plane crankshaft, and it also missed out on some of the R1′s other attributes, both good and bad. Photos and more after the jump.

On the bright side, we were thankfully wrong about the styling update to the FZ1 that would bring the bike’s styling in-line with the current R1′s fairings and headlights. It also appears that the 6-pot front-calipers are a no-go for 2010. Indeed, the only performance modifications it appears that Yamaha has made to the 2010 FZ1, is an ECU re-map that provides a snappier throttle response.

To shake things up a little it, the 2010 FZ1 will be available in a set of new colors. Replacing the Cobalt Blue color scheme is a new Candy Red paint job. The Raven paint stays, but includes a more blacked out exhaust can and other bits Both color schemes will see the addition of gold forks and wheels.

Slowdown with your bad self Yamaha.

Source: Yamaha-Motor


  1. Bill Smith says:

    Yet another testament to the chronic inaccuracy in reporting from You’ve reported Jorge Lorenzo all but signed with Ducatti, Malboro/Ducatti dropping Casey Stoner, a mashup/makeshift photo for the new 2010 FZ1. Is there any truth to any of your reporting???

    I love the site but I recommend a name change:

  2. 2010 Yamaha FZ1 Owners Dodge a Bullet – #motorcycle

  3. Gary says:

    Wow, someone woke up on the wrong side of bed this morning. You guys do a fantastic job. The website looks great, the stories are all very interesting, and in these days of instant news there will always be inaccuracies. Ignore Mr. Bill Smith. He could never in a million years put together what you guys did. You all should be proud of your creation and ignore people like him. It’s easy to be a critic, not easy to work your a$$ off and do something worthwhile that so many people appreciate. Keep up the GREAT work!!

    PS – Thank the gods above yamaha didn’t use that horrendous R-1 styling. I can’t handle another bike with that horrible face! LOL!

  4. Bill,

    You’re more than welcome to your opinion on the quality and accuracy of the information on our site (please voice it whenever you think its an issue). When it comes to items in the news, we strive to bring only accurate information on what is happening in the motorcycle world, but like any publication, we will be misinformed and wrong at times. That’s just the nature of any level of journalism, and is not limited to only the online world.

    However, there is one thing you will never see happen on this site while I’m editor: speculation turned into fact, and that includes renders, photoshops, and drawings.

    When rumors are rumors, we state them as so. When we’re reporting what another site has heard or produced, we cite our source. In cases where something doesn’t pass “the smell test” we leave a comment stating such, and voice our personal barometer on the matter. And I think most importantly, when we’re wrong, we say that we were wrong, as is the case with this article.

    For the record, here are the articles that you’ve called into question:

    No Cross-Plane Crankshaft for 2010 Yamaha FZ1

    Rumor: Lorenzo/Ducati Deal All But Done

    I assume you’re getting the “Malboro/Ducatti dropping Casey Stoner” comment from the above article as well. Correct me if I’m mistaken.

    PS. I must admit, this article was a complete fabrication, but we couldn’t resist:

  5. Bob Bryant says:

    2010 Yamaha FZ1 Owners Dodge a Bullet – Asphalt & Rubber

  6. Bill Smith says:

    Troll/Stoner – now that’s journalism at its finest (funniest), keep up the good work!

    I smell the bait, I see the lure, but I’m not biting!