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.

Video: Casey Stoner Testing the Honda RCV1000R

10/08/2013 @ 4:46 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

Video: Casey Stoner Testing the Honda RCV1000R Casey Stoner HRC test 2014 Honda RCV1000R RC213V 04 635x423

We have already brought you the report of Casey Stoner testing the 2014 Honda RC213V and HRC’s “production racer” machine, the Honda RCV1000R. And, we have already brought you a bevy of photos from that test. Well now, we are bringing you another little video action from Stoner’s recent GP test at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit — just for good measure.

Source: HRC


  1. Pieter says:

    Am I incorrect in saying that the video was in fact about the production racer? It states that as Casey leaves the garage. Looking at the high res pics, the RC213V has Repsol branding on the fairing as well as the RC213V logo.

  2. Pieter, you’re indeed correct. This is why I shouldn’t be posting at 4am. ;)

  3. smiler says:

    Strewth it’s only a V4.

  4. Prich says:

    I was never fond of Stoner’s demeanor off track, but I do miss seeing him swing a GP bike around the track.

  5. Pieter says:

    That “production” racer looks insanely fast and sounds the part!! Can’t wait to see it on the grid next year!!

    Jensen, no worries, just checking my sanity as well!

  6. L2C says:

    Why the ’70s cop show music? I kept waiting for Starsky & Hutch or CHiPs or SWAT or somebody to show up and stop the bad guys.

  7. pooch says:

    F-me, @ 0:44 I think I had a brain jizz. Bike looks so horny in matte black I could cry for the fact I will never ride such a magnificent beast. Beautiful big flash from the exhaust under engine braking round one corner I noticed too. Come on Casey….. return, there’s a young upstart pup that needs a good box round the ears.

  8. Hisham says:

    Who care about his “demeanor off track” for god sake. He is a motorcycle racer. The one who actually put racing 100% during race weekend. He doesn’t care about all the media/PR thingy. Give him any bike and he will TRY to make it competitive irregardless.

    Ok back to comment about this post. Please come back CS. The only racer I’m enjoying watching is JL and CC….

  9. paulus says:

    Why run numbers on the bike?
    Keeping his ‘brand’ alive… strange tactic for a guy who will not return to racing ;)

  10. Damn says:

    nakamoto always looks/seems interested about what casey has to say. and with casey as a test rider hrc get alot of feedback from a rider taking the bike to the limit. test riders are always to slow for acurate feedback. with mm and cs they get alot of good data.

    btw i think development from honda and yamaha were never so high as this year. both dont want to lose but due to injury i think honda wil take the title this year but im confident yamaha wil be hot next year after the fix the braking on the bike. its very close between honda and yamaha this year. without injury’s the battle for the title between these giants would end in the last corner in the last race. next year there are no honda/yamaha tracks anymore.

  11. pooch says:

    Why put numbers on the bike ? Well, it’s a mark of respect. I’m fairly sure it’s not something that CAsey would have asked for. Honda loves Casey. Nakamoto credits Stoner with ‘waking up Honda Engineers’ and holds Casey in the highest regard.

    Hisham, I agree. So many people who call themselves racing fans slagging off Stoner for his ‘off track demeanour’ who gives a sh*t ? It’s about Racing, not the person. If you want to follow racer for his so called Personality, then go dress in yellow and join the Rossi clones, the cult of personality worshippers. Meh.

    I so want Lorenzo to win this year. Never thought I’d say that but MM93 shows no respect for anyone on the track. Didn’t in Moto2, and isn’t in MotoGP. He’s fast but he cares not who is on the racing line. People think that’s exciting but Stoner was that fast without being a douchebag to other riders.

    Anyone else see the video in Parc Ferme where Marquez denied touching Dani ? Even with a huge black streak on the forearm of his leathers, he lied to the world media. Then in the speeches he tried to lie again, but then recanted and admitted a touch. He is fast, young, but I do not like someone who so easily lies about his actions. It is not the mark of a sportsman.

  12. TheSwede says:

    Too much pit box wankery and not enough track action, but still nice to see CS27 slinging it on a GP bike