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.

Photos: Cal Crutchlow’s First Day on the Ducati Desmosedici

11/11/2013 @ 2:01 pm, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

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Cal Crutchlow’s wish finally came true today, as the British rider finally got to swing a leg over a factory MotoGP machine. Taking to the track for the first time on the Ducati, all eyes were on the live timing screens to see how Crutchlow would get on with the…ahem…difficult Desmosedici GP13.

Making 39 laps around the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana, Crutchlow finished the day sixth-fastest, with a top lap time of 1’32.054 — just a tenth of a second off the pace of his new-again teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Not a bad start for the Brit, though he was still 0.797 seconds back from Jorge Lorenzo, who set the fastest time on Monday’s test day (1’31.257).

“Obviously the situation is completely different to what I was used to before today, but anyway, I’m very happy to come and work with the factory Ducati team. I’ve done everything you should on a first day at work and I think we can safely say that we’ve had a positive day learning everything: the bike, the electronics, the team,” said Crutchlow. “There are so many new things to get your head around, but it’s also interesting.”

“In the next two days, we’ll try to focus and improve. The team have been great at listening to my feedback, while I take advantage of their advice and experience. It helps to be able to count on Daniele Romagnoli, as he’s Italian like most of the Ducati technicians. I’m pleased with the way we’re working. We’re not going to change things overnight, but today was a positive first step.”

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Photos: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. Yeah, a whole season on a bike that’s less competitive than the bike you just got off, a dream come true.

    What a waste of a great rider, but I suppose it doesn’t matter considering how many great riders have been wasted in the same maner.

  2. ProudAmerican says:

    I plugged Cal’s statements into a “between the lines” translator program and it spit this out:

    “Obviously the situation is completely different to what I was used to before today…”
    –”Um, does my new contract have a ‘go back in time to my previous bike’ clause?”

    “I’m very happy to come and work with the factory Ducati team…”
    –”Can I get this payroll check cashed immediately? I’d like to have something positive to remember about today.”

    “I’ve done everything you should on a first day at work…”
    –”I wanted to take a sledge hammer to this piece of crap bike, but didn’t…”

    ”There are so many new things to get your head around, but it’s also interesting.”
    –”Oh fuck, oh fuck, oh fuck! What have I done?!”

    “The team have been great at listening to my feedback…”
    –”Are you guys serious? THIS is the best that Ducati can do?”

    “…while I take advantage of their advice and experience.”
    –”Cal, drink the Ducati kool-aid for two years, then take your money and run!”

  3. TexusTim says:

    the song remains the same..”ductai” careers begin and end there…too bad cal never got on the factory yamaha..just timing I guess, but brits seem to get the short end for some reason. then americans…spanish guys get all the breaks..Im pissed my parents weren’t spanish.

  4. Note to Cal (in case this got missed): FYI, no TC in first gear!

  5. JW says:

    ” The team have been great at listening to my feedback, ”

    That’s just it, listening and then doing something about the nessasary changes will be key to any Desmo success in 14

  6. JW says:

    ” The team have been great at listening to my feedback, ”

    That’s just it, listening – sure but then doing something about the nessasary changes will be key to the Desmo finishing inside of one minute from first place.

  7. n/a says:

    This could have been avoided if he used his mouth more effectively while riding for Yamaha. For example, Bradley Smith is getting a go on a factory bike/factory goodies! lol

  8. jet says:

    Seem’s all you rice burner’s are ” SCARED”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,LOL

  9. Stefan says:

    Why the negativity? Instead of supporting him and wishing him all the best, you start flaming? Great job guys… way to go. This is the old Desmo… the new one already in development. Lets wait what it can do and wish Cal, a great guy, all the best!

  10. Mtech says:

    So is his bike running an Akrapovic Exhaust Vs. Termignoni?

  11. Dc4go says:

    Good luck Cal let’s hope this works out , welcome Gigi!

  12. J Wilson says:

    I really wish CC the best, but as often as he got ditched by the M1, it scares me to think of the offs he may accrue with the DD . . . . . be careful !

  13. phil taylor says:

    Surely he’s Ducati’s last hope. If this doesn’t work then they might as well give up.

  14. Dc4go says:

    If Ducati listen to their riders, along with Gigi’s guidance they can turn it around by making a rideable bike capable of running up front. Improve the bike and the results will follow .

  15. smiler says:

    So many teenagers with handbags. If the world was ruled by you lot, nothing would ever change.
    Audi made it absolutely clear they would do the following:
    1. Sort out the internal workings of the racing department. Gobmeister the hatchet man has done this
    2. Develope the current bike and see what options for improvement there would be. This they have done. Not many as was expected.
    3. Not jump to any short term gains. The improvment would take time @2015. Done as well.
    4. Get the right people in to move Ducati corse forward. Also done.

    Cal is agressive, self made, not been through the usual 125, 250 route to motogp yet has been on the podium and mixing it well with factory riders. He saysprecisely what he thinks and is hard as nails. Dovi is Italian, talented and young.

    To be on Dovi’s pace in less than one day, I would argue is fine. He is ahead of the satelite riders and where he should be.

    Ducati have used several years to get their range sorted. They now have a rich owner, new riders, new and every experienced team principle.

    What is the problem again?

  16. To come up to Dovi’s speed in one day? Jeebus, man. Good goin’, Cal! This bodes very, very well for his new ride. A few months down the road, he could well be top Ducati rider and mixing it up farther up the grid than anybody might expect. I’m very interested to see how this plays out.

  17. sideswipeasaurus says:

    I wouldn’t read too much in Cal getting up to Dovi’s pace. That’s more the limitation of the bike. He’ll get up there but no farther and ask Dovi “Is this it?” and Dovi will answer “Yeah, that’s what we have to work with. This is as fast as you go unless you like chewing gravel.”

  18. meatspin says:

    day 2 times put him behind Bradley and Pol. lol

  19. I’ve placed information vital to the survival of Ducati Corse into the memory systems D16RR unit. Gigi Dall’Igna will know how to retrieve it. You must see this D16RR safely delivered to him in Bologna. This is our most desperate hour. Help us Cal Crutchlow, you’re our only hope.

  20. GARBAGE says:

    Probably the ugliest bike in all of racing!!!