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 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.

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Race Bike

07/12/2013 @ 12:11 pm, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

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Another year, and another Pikes Peak race bike from the Falkner Livingston Racing crew to frustrate current Ducati Multistrada 1200 S owners. This gorgeous machine was quick all throughout practice week in the hands of Micky Dymond, but being the first runner out of the gate on race day, with a very green track that had endured two heavy rainstorms, Micky hit the tarmac on several occasions during his Race to the Clouds — a herculean effort in its own right.

Certainly not the result the team deserved, but as Nicky Hayden is found to remind us, that’s why we line-up on the grid on Sunday. Taking the “official” fastest time up the mountain on a motorcycle was Bruno Langlois, with the Frenchman riding a Ducati Multistrada 1200 S as well. Of course, we all know Carlin Dunne was the fastest up the course on his electric superbike from Lightning Motorcycles, but the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb doesn’t count the exhibition class in those results.

Each year I wax on about how gorgeous these Multistradas are, and this year is no different. In the pictures after the jump you will find yet another mouth-watering Ducati, with a new race livery, a custom-built exhaust from Akrapovič (only six were made), carbon brakes, a dry slipper-clutch conversion, and a bevy of other interesting modifications to the Italian adventure sport-tourer. Enjoy!

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Photos: © 2013 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

Comment:

  1. I am very interested in how they have the riding position and geometry of bike setup, suspension, etc..

    I’d like to ride it to feel it out.. I’m a sportbike guy but have to say being more comfortable for cruising and longer riding days can be nice.. but I do not want to compromise the sport suspension and front-end feel I love..

    Maybe someday I can have it all… and not be required to have 4 different bikes?

  2. cruise says:

    Wouldn´t a classic superbike be the better concept to race the course since it is completely paved? I think they are giving away some potential here by using the Multistrada instead of, lets say, Panigale or whatever. But in the end – still an impressive piece of machinery!

  3. jimmy smith JR says:

    I’d like to get a feel of that geometry after that pants adjustment….if ya get my drift!

  4. jimmy smith JR says:

    And Mr. Cruise….paved though it may be now…it is still majorly bumpy/undulating. So the Multi gives ya a bit more suspension travel. I suspect that’s why there doing that.

  5. Spider Grips says:

    Hi guys – the current rules for Pikes Peak in the 1205 class require that the motorcycle comes from the factory with top mounted handlebars – which made the Multi the bike of choice for us from Ducati.

  6. Gabe says:

    The official motorcycle classes for PPIHC require handlebars. That’s why the sportbikes with clip-ons compete on the “exhibition” category. That’s where the Panigale would compete.

  7. Richard Gozinya says:

    The handlebars rule is just to keep the motorcycles from smoking the cars.

  8. chris says:

    beautiul! it also has an aluminum subframe… not that you can seen it. i built it, yeah!

  9. KK says:

    wouldn’t the hypermotard maybe be a better bet? probably lighter and I think you can get an 1100 cc in it. hmm

    either way im sure they choose the multistrada for a reason that us plebeians cant under stand

  10. 76 says:

    Sportbikes with clipons have their own class – 750 superbike

    The more upright riding position with handlebars does have some advantages on a course like Pikes Peak, so does the power of a twin.

    There are some sections that a “sportbike” will have advantages even the fact that its a inline4, its all about the right recipe up there and these guys have obviously found something right with setup and the Multi

    Does look smoking though!

  11. Faust says:

    After all the times people have mentioned the 750 class on here, people still haven’t heard anything about it and continue to claim you can’t use clip ons at Pikes Peak…. Wow.

  12. Here’s an Electric one for you! The bottom line is that CARLIN DUNNE WON!… and he qualified on pole! He was faster than Micky Dymond in qualifying and on race day, by 5 seconds…., AND, of all things, he was ON AN ELECTRIC BIKE, which is only in its development stages! The fact is an electric vehicle has never won a major sporting event race, and Carlin is the pioneer to do so! If Carlin had been riding a Multistrada, as he was when he won the last two years, he would have surpassed all by a lot more this year…

    Carlin won two years ago on a demo Multistrada from Ducati of Santa Barbara. If he had raced on that same bike this year, I think he would have spanked Dymond. Your publication is making it sound like Dymond’s lesser results have a “green track” to blame. Well, this isn’t golf. The turf doesn’t determine the lay of these kinds of balls. Ducati is to blame. An electric bike, driven by Dunne, beat the second and third place finishers who were both on Ducatis. If Ducati would have had Dunne racing for them again this year, he would have won for them. It’s obvious. Scientific even. What could be faster than Lightening? Carlin Dunne on a Multistrada. Sincerely, Lauren Sullivan

  13. L2C says:

    Nothing as beautiful as twin Akrapovič umbrellas. Stunning. And the bike’s exhaust is pretty nice, too.

  14. paulus says:

    I get the feeling it is simply for Ducati to sell more ‘bling’ on an annual basis… and destroy the value of the loyal buyers who bought last year’s model.

  15. Dave says:

    paulus, time has proven over and over that is will not in fact destroy any loyalty, ducati buyers just keep on buying.

    that Multi really is nice, the only thing that puts me off about them is that at the Austin MotoGP round, there were about 75 multis to every Ducati superbike. I kind of value the unique…

  16. yungjaxxx says:

    KK, the Multis have been smoking the hypermotards for a several years now at PP

    Multi = Superbike power but touring comfort and riding position

    You gotta try one…they are LEGIT and so fun to ride

    *yes, I came off of sport/track bikes to a Multi :-D