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.

Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

Given the competitive nature of the electric racing realm, its rare to see the big high-power bikes without their fairings, as teams are reluctant to reveal their secret sauce. Debuting the Mugen Shinden San this past weekend in Tokyo though, Team Mugen did just that, giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the team’s 2013 race bike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. You don’t have to be an electron-head to get excited by these photos, as any race bike with a carbon fiber frame and swingarm is pretty drool-worthy, though the Shinden Ni’s carbon fiber battery enclosure does hide a great deal of the electric superbike’s geek factor. While the sheer size of the battery bike is impressive, it was expected when the Shinden was first announced.

Moto2: Ant West Loses Appeal in Doping Case

11/23/2013 @ 10:54 am, by David Emmett23 COMMENTS

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Ant West has been issued a retroactive ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and has had almost all the results for the last 18 months declared invalid.

All of West’s results between the Le Mans 2012 race and 20th October 2013 have been declared null and void, and will be scrapped from the official Moto2 results.

The retroactive ban goes back to a failed doping test at Le Mans in 2012. West had bought a supplement energy drink without checking the ingredients, and subsequently failed a drug test.

The energy drink (Mesomorph) turned out to contain the banned substance methylhexaneamine, traces of which were found in West’s urine.

At the time, the FIM imposed a one month suspension on West, but the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealed against the leniency of the ban, and that appeal has now been partially upheld.

The CAS found that West had violated the anti-doping code, and that the use of the banned substance methylhexaneamine offered important short-term benefits in competition, which demanded punishment.

However, the CAS were inclined to be more lenient than WADA had hoped, rejecting WADA’s call for a two-year ban, and imposing an 18-month penalty.

Furthermore, the penalty was imposed retroactively, meaning that West only faced a loss of existing results, rather than a ban from competition from this point on.

But the penalty could have financial implications for West, as the Australian had two podiums at Sepang and Phillip Island in 2012, and both those results will now be rendered null and void. West may face claims to return any bonuses or prize money received for those results.

The provisional judgment of the CAS can be read in the PDF file on their website, with the full judgment due to be posted on the CAS website in the coming days.

Source: CAS

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Comment:

  1. captnqrtrs says:

    The ban is enough, he shouldn’t have to relinquish his podiums for really an infraction on a drink that he was unaware of, i’m sure his people could have looked out for this as well him.

  2. L2C says:

    This is bullshit. Let him get injured. They’ll pump him full of painkillers and have him back out on the track in no time. No penalty for short-term benefits.

    I swear, there’s nothing like the racing world to piss you off every chance it gets.

  3. Skip says:

    He should tell them he is Spanish they might be more lenient

  4. johnc says:

    meh! all of these namby-pamby race rulings are absolute shite this past year.

    and as for drug usage while on the job, it does not seem to have hampered mayor rob ford of toronto, eh? ;-)

  5. TexusTim says:

    oops no more mesomorph phenadrine supplement

  6. “I swear, there’s nothing like the racing world to piss you off every chance it gets.”

    No kidding!

  7. R2C2 says:

    Revisionist history at it’s highest. It’s completely shite. If there was an issue, it should have been dealt with on the spot, penalties moving forward rather than going back in time and trying to undo everything.

  8. Minibull says:

    @L2C: Amazing, I have never thought of that. How are the painkillers not considered performance enhancing when a rider would have a hard time riding well without them…
    Piss poor IMO, and bloody hard on West.

  9. crshnbrn says:

    @Minibull

    Perhaps the key distinction is that methylhexaneamine is a “banned” substance where some pain killers are not, even though they could be considered to enhance a competitor’s performance if he/she feels less pain especially when performing with an injury.

    @R2C2

    Not to mention how does punishing West retroactively affect everyone who finished behind him?
    What a mess!

  10. phil says:

    Personally I think anti doping goes too far . Its a sad day when you can’t even have a harmless drink because someone in a lab thinks your cheating.

  11. paulus says:

    I hate to say it… but doping is rife in most sports. There is too much money at stake.

    How do you APPEAR to have a clean sport?
    Make a banned substance list that is a couple of generations older than the latest medication and/or leave items off the list that are needed to make the sport work.

    the organisation claim to be testing, the sport continues to get ever faster, higher, longer, quicker…. the bucks keep rolling in.

  12. Moot says:

    All this just because he drank an energy drink thar is not Red bull or Monster.

  13. Seb says:

    Indeed he’s not Spanish so… he gets the max punishment.
    About the component, it’s happened recently in a fitness competition. In Europe it’s very regulated so anything over the counter has to be lebelled with all components etc (and you’ll have a hard time finding anything more than caffeine really) but in other countries the regulations are quite more “free”.
    In any case I don’t think he got much of an advantage from it. Yes it’s a very mental sport but you also need to stay calm, so anything beyond caffeine is useless imo. On the physical side of the sport, and many will want to burn me alive for saying this, it’s really not very physical beside forearms and thighs. I spent 2 weeks training with Sete Gibernau, he was quite strong but look at Rossi or Lorenzo. Anyone who say they are high level athletes on the physical part, is a joke. This sport is all about mental annnnnd the equipment you have access to. You want strength in th eengine, not in the arms :) Of course at this level they are absolutely high achievers, exceptional guys.

  14. David,
    It would be total bullshit for them to come after West for any prizemoney from that period (besides the fact that amounts would be negligible, it would be needlessly vindictive. They’ve done their damage, and should forget about any retroactive penalty.

    For a detailed analysis of West’s “infraction”, read this: http://backmarker-bikewriter.blogspot.com/2012/11/in-ant-west-case-its-fim-and-motogp-who.html

    The whole thing was, and remains, a ridiculous exercise in the creation of petty sports fiefdoms.

    Mark

  15. Bill says:

    Could not agree more with Mr. Gardiner.

  16. Norm G. says:

    dope is for dopes. no seriously I think all this is a bunch o’ hooey. felt the same over a decade ago with Haga. this ain’t stick and ball. with all due respect to big money sponsors Redbull and Monster, there’s nothing you can put in your body that’s going to make a human perform appreciably better in the world of motorsport (emphasis on the word MOTOR). westy ended the season on all of 61 points. pol collected 265. NATCORK reigns supreme.

  17. j says:

    It take’s a very large dosage to have an affect of this drug.He may have had some trace’s but how much did he have ? The rider messed up and yes he was busted but to do this much damage seem’s irresponsible and mean.

  18. You guys need to put the “not Spanish” comments to bed. The FIM gave him a slap on the wrist, it was WADA that increased the penalty to an 18-month retroactive ban.

  19. “You guys need to put the “not Spanish” comments to bed.”

    Without a conspiracy theory to whine about, a lot of people wouldn’t know what to do with themselves.

  20. Jw says:

    THIS sport has rules, it needs rules. If riders don’t want to follow them, they can find another sport, like monster trucks

  21. Tanker Man says:

    There has to be more to this. According to this story, all he did was drink an energy drink that is available to everyone. If it is a legal drink how can he be punished? I realize that he IS being punished but the available information defies explanation.

  22. Not really. Something doesn’t have to be illegal, in a controlled substance sort of way, for it to be illegal for athletes to use in competition.

    It’s not an energy drink like Red Bull is an energy drink, it’s a pre-workout drink that people use to have increased energy and stamina so they can workout harder. There are a lot of products in this space that have WADA-banned substances. Top-tier athletes know this, and some are more reckless (intentionally or unintentionally) with what they put in their bodies.

    As an athlete that has performed at this level, I have zero sympathy for Ant on this issue. He is not a victim. Instead, he did not pay close enough attention to what he was using, and he got caught. There is no excuse for that.

    Performance enhancing supplements is a huge deal in sport right now, and WADA is coming down on athletes like a ton of bricks for the pure and simple reason that they want to get ahead of this trend and stamp it out. That’s why you see a huge disparity between what the FIM imposed and what WADA appealed the sentence to be.

  23. Ps. Mark I like how you downplay what methylhexaneamine does as a substance. The leading reason its on the WADA list is because of the serious health concerns that surround its usage.

    Maybe its safe, maybe its not. I’m frankly okay with the seven or so countries that have decided to error on safety and restricted its usage.