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 MotoGP.com 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.

This Is Pretty Much What the Monster 800 Will Look Like

With the advent of the Ducati Monster 1200, it was only a matter of time before Ducati’s middleweight liquid-cooled “Monster 800″ would be spotted, and unsurprisingly the machines have a great deal in common. The one big difference seems to be that the 821cc Monster gets a double-sided swingarm, which has become Ducati’s new way of differentiating between its big and medium displacement models of the same machine, see entry for Ducati 899 Panigale. With the spied Ducati Monster 800 looking ready for primetime, and a pre-fall launch isn’t out of the question. Giving us an excellent glimpse into what the Ducati Monster 800 would look like, Luca Bar has again used his Photoshop skills to render up images of the still unreleased “baby” Monster.

2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12

03/19/2012 @ 5:52 am, by Jensen Beeler29 COMMENTS

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Unveiled online today, here are the first pictures of the 2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12. Unsurprisingly using a twin-spar aluminum frame, instead of the carbon fiber chassis found on the GP11, perhaps the biggest change for fans who have been following the GP12′s development is the new tri-colore paint scheme, which is visually very similar to the design of the Ducati 1199 Panigale Tricolore.

Getting hip to this whole internet fad, Ducati Corse made its 2012 season launch live on Facebook, hosted by team sponsor TIM. With 96,000 fans connected to the video stream, it’s arguably the most public launch of a Desmosedici to date, and the subject of social media was a hot topic for the unveilings Q&A session (including some insight into Nicky Hayden’s accidental leaking of the Ducati Streetfighter 848). We’ve got a bunch of hi-res studio shots after the jump, along with some photos from the live unveiling.

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Studio Photos of the 2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12:

Live Unveiling Photos of the GP12:

Source: TIM (Facebook), Nicky Hayden (Twitter), & Valentino Rossi (Twitter)

Comment:

  1. Cpt.Slow says:

    NICe!

  2. Skeptical says:

    boring..

  3. Neil says:

    I knew it would have green in it, lol…

  4. adam s says:

    FINALLY! i dont see Willie G.’s mug when i sign on!

  5. Jake says:

    The Desmo GP7 and GP8 were considerably better looking than this. I’m not a fan of the snub nose and fat ass.

  6. Jake says:

    Then again, so long as it goes like stink all is forgiven.

  7. M.I. says:

    More shameless hoopla. Ducati better hope Rossi can pull off a miracle with this new incarnation or they’re going to regret all of the money they’ve spent on the Emperor’s new clothing.

  8. Dr. Gellar says:

    ^^What M.I. said…^^

  9. Westward says:

    Oh! huh? ahh-h…

  10. I added the studio photos from Ducati Corse to the post.

  11. AC says:

    I’m just glad there’s no Rossi neon green (besides the 46) clashing with the red.

  12. shumy27 says:

    it’s not a Ducati… :-(

  13. F1 says:

    good stuff,, better than last year for sure. But I can’t see how much longer Marlboro is going to put up this kind of coin without even a shadow and bar code on a bike that, objectively speaking, won’t come within 10 seconds of a podium.

  14. BBQdog says:

    I wanna see nudy picts of this Duc.

  15. Rexr says:

    The Desmo use to be a stunning bike but WTF have they done to it……

  16. misterminor says:

    very clean “sponsor bikes”.. can’t even find a “58″ on Rossi’s bike. Let’s hope it’ll do well. Both riders deserves it.

  17. RJ says:

    There’s some neon Japanese writing on the side of Rossi’s seat unit. Apparently it says “No Hard Feelings About Last Year Japan!”

  18. RT @Jmal18: RT @Asphalt_Rubber: 2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12 http://t.co/cCoZGxgd <-I'm in love with the tricolore livery!

  19. PD says:

    Think the best Desmo thus far was the ’10, with the solid deep, dark, metallic red.

    This red (as well for the ’11) is just too lacking in substance, and the wide white band does not help. I do like the addition of the green however, particularly when in combination with Vale’s yellow.

    Not that I want to support Altria or its ilk in any way, but I don’t quite get that there’s really no visible indication whatsoever of Marlboro’s sponsorship on the bike. If you didn’t know of the sponsorship, there would be no way that you could discern it by looking at the bike. How would Marlboro be OK with this? But then again, in the big picture, this is a good thing.

  20. Just added the studio shots of the 2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12 to the post – http://t.co/O39TGoHs #MotoGP

  21. @RJ: Apparently, your Japanese sucks. It says, “Good luck, Rossi-fumi!”

  22. APATHETICSIGHT says:

    They managed to make a bike uglier than last year!!!! Lime green, yellow aend orangish red with the ugliest tail section since the suzuki hayabusa!!!!!! and they copied many things from the 1199 tricolor. LAME!!!Im chering for honda (Casey) and yamaha (Ben) again this year.

  23. APATHETICSIGHT says:

    garbage bike!!!!!!!!

  24. Beary says:

    Ah welcome the new Ducatiha. Or is that Yamacati ?

  25. Tony says:

    i thought they could only improve on the terrible paint job on the gp11 bike, i was wrong.

  26. bram says:

    Desmosedici in Stoner era is the best…

  27. RJ says:

    @Trane Francks: Apparently, your ability to tell what is sarcasm sucks too.

  28. @RJ: Stranger things have been known to happen. ;-)

  29. finance says:

    I need to send this to my roommate we were just talking about this this morning!