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.

Get Ready for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

10/18/2013 @ 9:08 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

Get Ready for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 mv agusta turismo veloce 800 invitation

Those Italians in Varese are getting their EICMA machine ready, and have sent the international press invitations to see the new MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800. As the name implies, the machine is a sport-tourer, likely based off the still unreleased MV Agusta Rivale 800 platform and its 800cc three-cylinder engine.

Details beyond this are unknown, though the Turismo Veloce 800 is likely to look like sex on two wheels, as all MV machines tend to do. We hope that the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 looks like the MV Agusta Tricruiser concept we saw back in 2011. Photos of that rolling piece of art are after the jump.

Get Ready for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 MV Agusta Tricruiser concept 04

Get Ready for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 MV Agusta Tricruiser concept 01

Get Ready for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 MV Agusta Tricruiser concept 02

Get Ready for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 MV Agusta Tricruiser concept 03

Source: MV Agusta


  1. AdmiralSlow says:

    1) You might want to blur out the location and contact info for the event. Don’t want the Italians to reserve a seat for Mr Jablowme, Heywood.

    2) It’ll probably look like an F3 with a bigger fairing and bags. That concept bike is far too different with any model they currently make and I don’t think MV has that kind of cash to start a brand new assembly line.

  2. Anvil says:

    Doubt it’ll look too much like the Tricruiser. It doesn’t seem too practical for a sport-tourer, although I hope they took some inspiration from it.

  3. Judge says:

    MV Agusta and Erik Buell Racing = a match made in heaven? They both have what the other desperately needs.

    Except a dealer network, neither has a dealer network. Never mind.

  4. kostritzer says:

    I REALLY hope it looks nothing like that! Now a sport touringized F3…that’s something I can get excited about!

  5. MikeD says:

    For all that’s Sacred, Holly & important to MV Agusta i hope this bike looks NOTHING like that concept.

    That Fairing is PLAIN WRONG & THEN SOME.

    Something MORE along the lines of a Futura, VFR800, F800GT . . . please ?

    Hope this one lives up to MV’s current level of aesthetics.


    Hope you are right !

  6. Tom says:

    Judge – Sorry, but I don’t think MV Agusta and Erik Buell Racing are in the same class together. How many people do you know want a Buell or dream about owning a Buell? I have yet to meet anyone. I’ve always felt that Buell designs and makes motorcycles that nobody wants to actually buy.

  7. MikeD says:


    Now you’ve done it. You have picked the wrong brand to botch. Apparently u haven’t seen the banter/inquisition/holly crusade that’s known as the EBR 1190RS comments section. I would start running if i was you. It won’t be safe for you anywhere on this website now.
    The Buell fan boys and girls are going to burn you alive at the stake for spewing such blasphemy.
    May the Motorcycle Gods have pity on your foolish soul. (^_^)

  8. Richard Gozinya says:

    Tom, that’s always been one of Erik Buell’s shortcomings. His bikes functionally are amazing. But aesthetically they’re generally hideous. I always liked the looks of the XB Lightnings though, something brutally functional about them, sort of a Rocky Balboa thing going on there. The 1125 on the other hand, that was all kinds of wrong.

  9. Judge says:

    Tom – none, don’t know a single one. I agree, MV and EBR might be complete opposites. MV’s got style coming out its tail pipes, but fit and finish, and reliability are the worst. Like Richard said, Erik’s got ingenuity and reliability squared away, but aesthetics are for shit. Hence my realization that they both have what the other needs, except (I thought) a dealer network. It appears that MV has around 16 dealers in the US. EBR stated in an article from June 2012 “in 2011 we signed a handful. Now we are signing more every month. We should hit our goal of 70 new dealers by the end of August (2012).”

    70!!! Search for a new EBR on Cycletrader results in only 2. And only 1 of those dealers confirms anything about EBR on their website.

    I can tell you one thing though. My view of EBR would have improved if he’d of teamed up with an Italian outfit. But a company from India? Ah, not so much.

  10. Richard Gozinya says:

    Judge, I actually think the Hero thing is a good move. He’s getting their money, maybe help with production stuff. As far as design elements, he doesn’t so much need to team up with an Italian company, as hire someone like Galluzzi or Terblanche. Oddly, for designers best known for their work with Italian brands, neither of them are actually Italian. For that matter though, he could bring in just about any designer. I know that Filipo Barbacane and Roland Sands have both done beautiful custom Buells in the past.

  11. Judge says:

    So we can agree that he needs an outside influence for his design work, preferably European. Of course he needed Hero’s money. But the other so obvious thing he’s missing is style, and there’s none of that in India. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon comes to mind:

  12. jake318 says:

    I have a stable of roughly 15 liter bikes/ Superbikes And my top 3 are as follows

    1 2007 MV AGUSTA F4 1000R = Stunning looks , fast , and great handling track day bike . 2 . 2010 ROEHR 1250SC= Supercharged 1250cc L/C Harley Davidson V-ROD V-TWIN 180HP 115 LBS TORQUE @ 8000RPM , INCREADABLE bottom end/ midrange power good handling , great looks .
    3 2006 TRIUMPH SPRINT 1050 ST= 1050 INLINE TRIPLE 125HP 75? LBS TORQUE @ 8000 RPM

    Point is I love my MV AGUSTA F4 1000R BUT Its not that I have MV bias . I judge motorcycles on there merits NOT the brand , I like many different brands of bike s .