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.

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.

MotoGP: Marc Marquez Given One Penalty Point for Aragon Incident, Honda Docked Championship Points

10/10/2013 @ 3:24 am, by David Emmett12 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Marc Marquez Given One Penalty Point for Aragon Incident, Honda Docked Championship Points marc marquez repsol honda motogp 635x423

Marc Marquez has been handed a penalty point for his role in the incident with Dani Pedrosa at Aragon. On Lap 6 of the Aragon race, Marquez braked a little too late for Turn 12, found himself running into the back of his teammate Dani Pedrosa, the picked the bike up to run it wide.

In doing so, he just touched the back of Pedrosa’s bike, severing the rear wheel speed sensor, and sending the Honda’s traction control system into full power mode, which caused Pedrosa to be thrown from the bike when he opened the throttle.

Despite initially dimissing the crash as a normal racing incident, Race Direction had held the incident under investigation after the Aragon race, while they waited for further technical data from Honda on the crash. That data was delivered to them at Sepang, and after examining it, Race Direction found both Marc Marquez and HRC culpable for the crash.

Marquez was found culpable for riding in an irresponsible manner (violating section 1.21.2 of the Disciplinary code, the catch-all for dangerous riding), and HRC was found culpable for endangering their riders by using a vulnerable design for a vital part of a system that is important to the safety and performance of the motorcycle.

Marc Marquez was given a single penalty point by Race Direction, bringing his current total to 3 points. The single point for the Aragon crash will have no immediate impact; once a rider has accumulated 4 points, they start from the back of the grid, and if they amass 7 points, they have to start from pit lane. Accumulating 10 points automatically incurs a race ban, although the penalty points are reset to zero for all riders at the start of each season.

Honda were stripped of the 25 points in the manufacturers championship which they gained from Marquez’s win at Aragon. Instead, they received 13 points in the manufacturers’ standings for Alvaro Bautista’s 4th place in the race. Neither Marquez nor Honda have said they will appeal the sanction.

Race Director Mike Webb told the media, including Spanish magazine Motociclismo, that Marquez’s punishment was meant to be a signal to the Spaniard that he has to be more aware of other riders when on track, especially in braking.

Webb said that they had checked the braking data from both Marquez and Pedrosa, and both men had braked at almost exactly the same point as on previous laps, but that the greater proximity between the two riders and the difference in riding styles – one braking early and carrying corner speed, the other braking late and turning the bike – had caused the contact.

Marquez, as the rider behind, should have taken account of his closeness to Pedrosa. It was the responsibility of the rider behind to ensure that he would not hit the rider in front entering a corner, Webb said.

Though contact was only minimal, Webb said, this was just one of a number of incidents which had happened throughout the year.

Marquez’s braking had left him uncomfortably close to riders several times during the season, and as Marquez had actually made contact with Pedrosa at Aragon, Race Direction had taken the opportunity to give him a single point as a warning.

This was a message, Webb said, to let Marquez know that he needs to show more respect to his rivals when racing with them at close quarters on track.

The penalty against Honda was an acknowledgement of the design flaw of Honda’s rear wheel speed sensor, Webb said. Most other manufacturers had dual rear wheel speed sensors just in case one failed, and Honda had been warned previously by some team engineers that the sensor was vulnerable.

If the manufacturers designed their motorcycles to be so utterly dependent on electronic inputs to be ridden safely, then they had a duty to ensure that those systems would function safely and not endanger their riders if there was a malfunction, Race Direction felt.

Honda had already taken steps to prevent a reoccurrence of the Aragon incident. At Sepang, all Hondas now had a small carbon fiber plate protecting the sensor cable. Furthermore, HRC were looking at the software component of traction control, Takeo Yokoyama, Technical Director of the Repsol Honda Team told the website.

“From the software point of view, we of course do have a backup mode; if something happens with the sensor signal, the bike is supposed to go into the safety mode immediately. However, the strategy was not perfect, so for this race we have modified it so that we can detect such failures earlier,” Yokoyama said.

Source: Motociclismo; Photo: Repsol Media

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


  1. Ben says:

    The one person who comes along and can overtake at the front of these races gets a kick up the ass. Needs to “show more respect to his fellow riders”…..what a ridiculous statement.

    I’m starting to think Dorna’s already decided the championship results for the next few years to help manage their marketing campaign. MM is clearly not playing to the script!

    And can someone remind me what scrutineering is for?????? Isn’t that supposed to weed out dangerous bikes and technical issues before they get on the track? How do you come along after the fact and penalise a manufacturer.

    I’m going to concentrate on the Lingerie Football League I think…it seems like more serious sport at the moment!

  2. digitalrurouni says:

    I think this was a very fair assessment. I am a huge Marquez fan and do acknowledge that he has blown away the dust and the cobwebs off of the MotoGP championship more so than even the return of Rossi to Yamaha. and I am a huge Rossi fan. No one is trying to clip Marquez’s wings, I think they are just forcing him to be mindful of how risky it all can be. Let’s not forget also that this weekend’s round is where Simoncelli lost his life. Marquez has demonstrated many times that h can pull off spectacular moves in passing other riders WITHOUT unnecessary risk and contact. I think this point is to just encourage that behavior instead of just blindly charging through with no regard for his own safety and the other riders as well. I think Race Direction was fair.

  3. Gonzo says:

    I can see an argument being made for both sides of this argument…but I think it’s bullshit! If Honda had routed that wire along the inside of the swingarm, or had a two sensor system, then Pedrosa would have continued on his merry way, with Marquez just running wide.

  4. Hank says:

    I kinda want to se MM start from the back of the grid and watch him work his way up. He might grab 3rd or 4th?

  5. Ton Up Jax says:

    How about a return to where the rider’s skill actually controls the motorcycle- not a damn computer!

  6. Gabe says:

    I wonder if this is a way for race direction to pass the buck to HRC as far as calming Marquez down. This way, race direction doesn’t look like they’ve done nothing, no real penalty is incurred by the rider, the team sorts it out .

  7. FafPak says:


    Likewise, if Marq hadn’t touched Pedrosa, then Pedrosa would have continued on his merry way as well.

    I think the judgement passed was fair, and not harsh at all. Honda got punished for an unsafe design. Marq for a slap on the wrist for risky breaking.

    IMHO it is for Marq’s own good. We all saw the black tire markings on his forearm. What if his arm had gone further up into the rear tire section of Danny’s bike and had been ripped off?

  8. proudAmerican says:

    So let me get this straight–I see Moto-2 and Moto-3 riders bouncing off of each other through the corners, multiple times each race. To me, that’s fantastic racing by very determined, very skilled, very hungry riders.

    Marc barely brushes against Dani’s swingarm while passing him, and severs a wire that we now know is placed a little too precariously atop the swingarm itself.

    Had the wire not been severed, Dani wouldn’t have high-sided (wow, there’s an argument for fewer electronic rider aids!), and we would have seen the pass for what it was–a spectacularly smooth, close, and determined move by a very hungry contender for the Moto-GP title.

    In a nutshell, I see MM being punished because of where HRC placed a traction-control wire.

  9. Damn says:

    people are dumb by only looking at this fault. look at the bigger picture please cos you people act dumb

  10. TexusTim says:

    yes it apears that dorna doesnt want to upset the kid too much so they penalize the team to rein him in….WRONG they should have stripped his points for that race …the reason this is so critical is he took out a rider who had a chance at the championship and basicaly ruined his season…lorenzo let him by because he didnt want to risk it with him…..I have watched the race several times and he was doing more than applying pressure to pedrosa he was riding dangeriously and this punishment will not stop him from doing this again…moto2 and moto3 is a very different situation and more agressive style for sure but in motogp there is no place for taking out a leading contender…just think how bad it could have been when he blew the yellow flag and crashed…if those corner workers had not been on there game it could have been very very bad.

  11. Tim says:

    Folks are focused on a single event. The truth is this was just another in a chain.

    If in the end Marc kills himself no problem what so ever.

    If instead he kills or cripples someone else then all the “ride over your head because it excites us” cheerleaders will suddenly be silent or saying …well that is racing.

    Jorge is right

  12. crshnbrn says:

    @ Hank +1

    I would also like to see Marquez pick his way thru the field.

    @ Gabe +1

    I doubt HRC is happy to have egg on its face over this incident, especially with it coming to light that they had been previously warned about the vulnerability of the rear wheel speed sensor by team engineers. If Marquez goes on to win the championship, and Honda goes on to win the manufacturer’s championship, Pedrosa might just be told to deal with it.

    IMHO this was a freak racing incident that just happened to involve Marquez. As I stated in an earlier post, the issue that I have with it is when it occurred. To be racing your own teammate so aggressively just 1/4 of the way into a race with the race leader just in front of both of you isn’t very smart.