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.

26 Hi-Res Photos of Casey Stoner Testing the 2014 Honda RC213V & Honda RCV1000R Production Racer

10/04/2013 @ 12:30 am, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

26 Hi Res Photos of Casey Stoner Testing the 2014 Honda RC213V & Honda RCV1000R Production Racer Casey Stoner HRC test 2014 Honda RCV1000R RC213V 02 635x423

Here at Asphalt & Rubber, we miss Casey Stoner racing in the MotoGP Championship. That may not be the most popular opinion, especially with MotoGP fans, as the Australian never really warmed up to being in the spotlight, dealing with the prying questions of the press and demands of fans. Casey called things the way he saw it, and always strived for more on the track — and this ruffled many, as they viewed his words as complaints instead of his pursuit of perfection.

As critical of himself as he was of the machinery, tracks, and other riders, Stoner raced on a different level. There is an understanding of motorcycle racing dynamics in the two-time World Champion’s mind that few GP racers can match, and the proof of that is in Stoner’s results. It is this understanding the HRC hopes to tap into whenever they have they Aussie test a machine for them.

Taking to the Twin Ring Circuit in Motegi, for yet another test with Honda, Stoner rode back-to-back an early iteration of the 2014 Honda RC213V as well as the 2014 Honda RCV1000R “production racer” that non-MSMA teams will race next season. We have 26 high-resolution photos of Casey on these bikes after the jump, for your viewing pleasure.

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Photos: Repsol Media

Comment:

  1. So does the production racer and 2014 RCV still have an exposed rear wheel speed sensor cable? ;)

  2. CrankyHippo says:

    I would love to see a Stoner vs. Marquez battle… A man can dream

  3. smoke says:

    Julian, the proof is in the 1st picture after the text.

  4. Yeeha! Stephen says:

    OK all you sticklers for detail… how do you tell the bikes apart? Inquiring minds ya’ know.

  5. MP says:

    Hey Yaaha! Not sure if this is the answer, but in a few shots, you can see the bike is rocking Nissin Brakes. I suspect that’s the 1000R and the RC2013V would have Brembos.

  6. MP says:

    YeeHa! sorry.

  7. ervgopwr says:

    MP is correct. RCV213 has decal that says it below Repsol on the fairing. 1000R is just black fairing with Nissin brakes.

    Also most curious that they haven’t created a little shroud/cover for the TC on right rear swing arm. Obviously no one else is on the track with the testing, but still. Will the same exposure be allowed for the next race for DP or MM? In the first picture it’s clearly there waiting to be damaged.

    Casey looks happy. Titles in the bag, getting out for a little spin. That’s some good living.

  8. Yeeha Stephen says:

    “Casey looks happy. Titles in the bag, getting out for a little spin. That’s some good living…”

    Your own private track day on the baddest bike in the land. Whoot!

    I’d need a few Buds standing-by just so I could rub it in their faces! And then partake in a few Buds after… if ya’ know what I mean.

    Daydreams from Deep in the Heart of Texas

  9. Motobell says:

    COME BACK YOU IDIOT! You are denying your fans the greatest talent field in history of all racing. Watching Casey beat a bike into submission is breathtaking

  10. Nick says:

    Casey,

    PLEASE come back and beat Marquez [and everyone behind him]!!!

    Sincerely,

    - everyone

  11. Matt says:

    Somebody can correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the RCV1000r supposed to use Showa suspension?

  12. dc4go says:

    Would be real nice to see Honda can Pedrosa and hire Casey back… Get back in the ring and see what you got

  13. Brandon Grosstueck says:

    To Yeha!Steven: the RCV factory has a gaping oval intake up front, the production RCV1000R has split intake holes like the current RCV.

  14. SBPilot says:

    Cool. I’m glad the front end has a different intake design so viewers will be able to identify the bikes easily . I’m actually quite happy to see Honda putting so much effort in their RCV1000R, it’s going to be a serious machine, and with the right rider with the rules changes, there maybe some serious surprises next year.

  15. Bruce Monighan says:

    The guy looks happy and thin. Lots of racers put on the pounds after they stop racing . Look at RC, man that guy added a few pounds when he got in a race car.

    I think Marquez not only rides like Casey, has a mind like Casey, he kinda looks like him too.

    Casey’s personality never bothered me. He was a racer, intent on burying the comeptition and he suffered no fools. Mick Doohan was a lot like that too, and Mat Maldin. Odd kind of because the Aussies are know as easy going fun loving folks, but put them on a race bike and they are going to bury you.

    I will bet that Casey wants a race against Marquez as much as we do, he is just not willing to put up with the Dorna circus to do it. Would not suprise me to find out that he has asked for a private “test day” at the same time and location as Marquez. Bragging rights from a day like that.

  16. Justin says:

    Thanks for the pics & just a little request
    Is there no way to add a next function when you folks provide pics like these?

    Always great pics & love them but having to always reverse back to main page to view next pic is a small hassle.
    Just asking :)

    But thanks again for the great pics & story

  17. pooch says:

    feelin’ like crying…i miss #27

  18. TexusTim says:

    well I hope casey’s days of racing are not over…would be great to see him spank marquez, someone needs to spank that kid right away…cmon 27 we the fans miss you, do it for us and put all the politics behind you.

  19. taikebo says:

    this is the video of Stoner testing Honda production racer

  20. BKP says:

    I lightened up a pic of the new prototype. The difference in intake design from the production racer Casey is riding in the video above is clear.

    http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/af272/bkpoiencot/Casey-Stoner-HRC-test-2014-Honda-RCV1000R-RC213V-22_zps698885aa.jpg