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.

MotoGP: Race Results from Sepang

10/13/2013 @ 2:24 am, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Race Results from Sepang dani pedrosa sepang motogp repsol honda 635x423

MotoGP Race Results from the Malaysian GP at Sepang, Malaysia:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeKM/HDiff.
1Dani PEDROSARepsol Honda TeamHonda163.340’45.191
2Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda TeamHonda163.1+2.757
3Jorge LORENZOYamaha Factory RacingYamaha162.9+6.669
4Valentino ROSSIYamaha Factory RacingYamaha162.6+10.351
5Alvaro BAUTISTAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda161.8+22.149
6Cal CRUTCHLOWMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha161.8+22.301
7Bradley SMITHMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha161.3+30.864
8Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati TeamDucati160.4+45.111
9Aleix ESPARGAROPower Electronics AsparART159.4+59.264
10Yonny HERNANDEZIgnite Pramac RacingDucati159.3+1’01.417
11Hiroshi AOYAMAAvintia BlusensFTR159.2+1’03.665
12Randy DE PUNIETPower Electronics AsparART158.5+1’14.256
13Claudio CORTINGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki158.0+1’21.603
14Hector BARBERAAvintia BlusensFTR157.6+1’27.976
15Colin EDWARDSNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki157.5+1’29.442
16Danilo PETRUCCICame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter157.5+1’29.551
17Luca SCASSACardion AB MotoracingART156.4+1’47.930
18Bryan STARINGGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda156.1+1’52.927
Not Classified
Michael LAVERTYPaul Bird MotorsportART155.08 Laps
Lukas PESEKCame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter154.29 Laps
Nicky HAYDENDucati TeamDucati159.112 Laps
Damian CUDLINPaul Bird MotorsportPBM153.413 Laps
Andrea IANNONEEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati160.514 Laps

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Repsol Media

Comment:

  1. L2C says:

    Too bad I overslept. Only saw the last four/five laps. It was a welcome spoiler. :-)

  2. L2C says:

    Nice Simoncelli banner, JB. Cool.

  3. Gonzo says:

    First loser was almost 3 seconds back?!!?!?!??!?
    What was Pedrosa doing out there, and was everyone else asleep?

  4. JW says:

    Great turnaround Dani, congrats!

  5. JW says:

    Race

    The high: 26 perfection after his airborne last race.

    The low: Hayden after the punch in the gut news of this week, dismounting his flaming Desmo, then symbolically waving his arms goodbye to Ducati.

    Didn’t Jorge touch MM. LOL..

  6. smiler says:

    1. Spanish 2. Spanish 3. Spanish. Dorna will be very happy.

  7. Former Racer says:

    I am glad to see D.Pedrosa get a win. The press along everybody in social media are down on him. What I find funny, all the haters can’t even come close to doing anything in Moto GP. I thought that Mark would be good, I never expected him to be this good. Ducati, What a fall from grace. ART bikes are better.

  8. jack says:

    Rossi, you are an embarrassment. Retire already.

  9. Spamtasticus says:

    Jack,

    Fourth in the highest tier of one of the most dificult and dangerous sports in the world is embarrasing by your standards? Do your accomplishments in life merrit such a perspective or are you just an unimaginative troll?

  10. David says:

    I think I hear a fat lady singing.

    Only reason Pedrosa won is because the Lorenzo/MM battle allowed Pedrosa to get a gap.

    The fat lady may as well keep singing for the next few years.

  11. TexusTim says:

    good close racing even M.M. rode a good clean race ….rossi can ride better at his age than most of the field …Jack thats a very stupid and uninformed comment sorry but you cant run him down here like that without a response.

  12. Ross Ewich says:

    everyone is congratulating Dani. smells more like team orders.

    “Marc, go easy on the guy… you already put him in the weeds. let up for a race. throw the guy a bone. just once. it’ll really help things in the other garage. thanks.”

  13. Gabe says:

    Awesome race. I saw Lorenzo make contact with Marquez a couple of times. Where are the pitchforks?

  14. Pembeton says:

    Yeh exactly Gabe.

    Can’t say I’m not surprised some of the crybabies here aren’t all over Lorenzo in the same way. If you’re gonna overreact one way, please have some consistency and keep it up.

    Lap15 in particular was a little dubious, Lorenzo made pretty aggravated contact with a lent over Marquez after being overtaken, charging through his race line into his back/shoulder. It wasn’ ultra dangerous but certainly blurred the line between assertion and aggression a little bit.

    I’m sure neither of them are upset about it, quite the opposite they had another great battle which made the race but unfortunately it allowed pedrosa to concentrate on gapping.

    Shame that Marquez keeps fluffing the starts, it’s almost charitable to Lorenzo/Pedrosa and the audience but God help everyone else when he learns to hole-shot from pole every race..

  15. Jimbo says:

    Was very pleased to see Dani win a race – i wont detract from his achievement by completly buying into the team orders argument but i conceed something was probably said and that may have made MM back off slightly. Still think Dani would have won well done!

    @Gabe/Pembeton agree totaly. But I am pleased there was contact and that neither rider complained as it just proves that that is what happens in racing.

    @smiler – every week you moan about the riders being spanish. Who cares? are you some closet racist whose wife ran off with a spaniard? This is sport just be please there are three fantastic riders we get to watch every race day and enjoy their race craft. We are not watching the world cup we are watching individuals race. Where they are from doesnt matter, If we got rid of the spanish riders the races would be very boring.

  16. Grimey Benson says:

    @Ross Ewich

    I honestly agree with you on this one.

  17. Mtgr says:

    Last week Marky Marq should get race suspensions, this week Georgy runs into that back of Ped, hits MM and forces him off track and nothing?
    Thank goodness no one listened to the whiners and we had some good racing.

  18. @Gonzo: “What was Pedrosa doing out there, and was everyone else asleep?”

    It’s called kicking ass and taking names. Dani really rocked it!

    @Gabe: ” I saw Lorenzo make contact with Marquez a couple of times. Where are the pitchforks?”

    Yeah, no kidding. Lorenzo bashing MM’s back with his boot sure proved the fickle nature of Race Direction. Had MM pulled that on JL, the mob would have thrown the noose over a high branch. I’m all for rules, but I’m not at all for arbitrary rules.

  19. JW says:

    Ya 3 spaniards on the podium, I will watch the sport no matter tho. As an American I always hope Hayden or some American could get on the podium say once every 2 years just to pinch myself.

    As for Lorenzo, is it me or is he the biggest hypocrite rider in MOTOGP. Difference this time is that MM takes the bump and keeps his mouth shut. This will earn him more respect as the years roll on. Lorenzo by his words and deeds is a troubled man and will never be champion again IMO. Human nature often shows that we get most agitated about what we ourselves are guilty of.

  20. @JW: “Difference this time is that MM takes the bump and keeps his mouth shut.”

    MM is still a Moto2 rider at heart and that’s how it’s done there. I remember in the parc fermé after Lorenzo’s last win with MM coming in 2nd where Lorenzo asked MM, “Did I touch you?” and MM just laughed it off and said, “It’s all a part of the game.”

    I find the contrast to be intriguing.