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.

MotoGP: Race Results from Valencia

11/10/2013 @ 1:51 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Race Results from Valencia Sunday Valencian GP MotoGP Valencia Scott Jones 01 635x423

MotoGP Race Results from the Valencian GP at Valencia, Spain:

1Jorge LORENZOYamaha Factory RacingYamaha156.146’10.302
2Dani PEDROSARepsol Honda TeamHonda155.9+3.934
3Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda TeamHonda155.7+7.357
4Valentino ROSSIYamaha Factory RacingYamaha155.5+10.579
5Alvaro BAUTISTAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda155.2+14.965
6Stefan BRADLLCR Honda MotoGPHonda154.7+24.399
7Bradley SMITHMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha154.5+29.043
8Nicky HAYDENDucati TeamDucati153.9+39.893
9Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati TeamDucati153.1+53.196
10Michele PIRRODucati Test TeamDucati152.6+1’02.983
11Aleix ESPARGAROPower Electronics AsparART152.5+1’04.197
12Hector BARBERAAvintia BlusensFTR152.4+1’06.826
13Claudio CORTINGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki152.2+1’11.481
14Danilo PETRUCCICame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter152.0+1’13.643
15Colin EDWARDSNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki151.5+1’24.249
16Hiroshi AOYAMAAvintia BlusensFTR151.0+1’33.010
17Michael LAVERTYPaul Bird MotorsportART150.31 Lap
18Luca SCASSACardion AB MotoracingART150.21 Lap
19Bryan STARINGGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda150.21 Lap
20Martin BAUERRemus Racing TeamS&B Suter147.71 Lap
Not Classified
Andrea IANNONEEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati153.34 Laps
Randy DE PUNIETPower Electronics AsparART150.77 Laps
Cal CRUTCHLOWMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha154.421 Laps
Yonny HERNANDEZIgnite Pramac RacingDucati147.922 Laps
Lukas PESEKCame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter146.427 Laps
Damian CUDLINPaul Bird MotorsportPBM145.027 Laps

Source: MotoGP; Photo: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved


  1. Westward says:

    Marquez will win again next season unless Rossi finds his mojo again, otherwise this kids unstoppable…

  2. L2C says:


    If two certain riders remained healthy, I doubt Marquez would have won the championship. He was 23 points down from Pedrosa following the Assen TT. Lorenzo was down 9. Plus, Aragon gifted him and even wider margin on his teammate.

    Folks like to say there are no ifs and buts in racing, however Marquez was gifted no less than four extraordinary opportunites to secure the championship this year. If all of the top riders remain fit next year, and freak-accident free, he most definitely will not be a shoo-in.

    And there won’t be any more fun and games, because they are all serious as a heart attack now.

  3. “If two certain riders remained healthy, I doubt Marquez would have won the championship.”

    Ah, yes. The ever-present ‘if’ in such discussions. At the end of the day, ‘if’ counts for squat. MM93 was the most consistent rider this season and it won him the championship. End of story. Congrats to all the players for an epic season. I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to watching testing begin Monday.

  4. L2C says:

    Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Rossi have all demonstrated in one way or another that they won’t be playing games in 2014. It’s going to be pure sport.

    Rossi firing Burgess? Forget it, man. Rossi respects Marquez, but he’s ready to slit his throat at the earliest opportunity. Rossi sacking his number one guy – a legend – in order to contend at the front is chilling. It was the coldest, hardest and most calculated move he has made all season long. If Rossi gets anywhere near that cradle, he’s going to slaughter whatever he finds within, and smile about it on the podium.

    Marquez did not hold sway over Lorenzo in any way, shape or form in the latter half of this season. If you think Lorenzo – the bludgeon master – has lost his thirst for blood, you need to wake up.

    And Pedrosa’s display with Lorenzo in the race today tells you everything you need to know about his intentions. No more Mr. Nice Guy relying solely on perfection to post acceptable results. His bottled rage has been uncorked.

    The party is definitely over.

  5. L2C says:

    Well, Trane it’s easy to discount the injuries and freak acciddent in hindsight, but those things did matter. Consistency, sure, but again, Lorenzo won 8 races. He arguably was more consistent than Marc; 4 points and a championship being enough to obscure the harsh reality of the situation.

    But I’m not going to argue with you about it. I accept the fact that Marquez deserved to win. But there was at least one other rider who also deserved it.

  6. “And Pedrosa’s display with Lorenzo in the race today tells you everything you need to know about his intentions.”

    JL99′s intentions were clear, too; he baffed Pedrosa hard on several occasions and nearly punted him completely off track on the last one. Jorge’s been studying at the Marquez School of Aggressive Riding. Next year will, I suspect, keep Race Direction somewhat busy in the premier class.

    “I accept the fact that Marquez deserved to win. But there was at least one other rider who also deserved it.”

    I think any of the top three deserved to win it. They’re all great riders and they all exhibited brilliant sportsmanship over the season. I hate seeing any riders injured and, of course, those injuries played a huge role in the outcome of the season. At the end of the day, though, the injuries were the result of mistakes. MM got away with his crashes this season; the others didn’t. That’s the nature of winning championships.

  7. Well, looks like Repsol Honda was reading my comments and decided that I was right, and they laid down the law. Now I feel kind of bad, because for a while there Moto GP was really exciting, but obviously it’s back in the business of promoting their businesses once again.

    Because that’s what we saw in the last two races, team orders all the way. Marquez was obviously called off Lorenzo in the last race. In this race little Dani Pedrosa did his duty, played the good soldier and ran interference for the points leader, challenging and pushing Lorenzo while Marquez hung back and saved his tires. No doubt he was given the okay to take a shot at Lorenzo and pass if he could do it safely, but under no circumstances risk the championship. And that’s exactly what he did regardless of the bravado he spouted when interviewed, and the little show that Pedrosa put on. Notice Pedrosa almost lost it when Marquez waived him by, that was Dani’s conscience messing with his head. Thats pride fuckin wich you, Fuck pride! Pride only hurts, it never helps. You fight through that shit, cause a year from now when you kickin it in the Caribbean, you’ll be glad you went for the money Dani. :) Wouldn’t it have been ironic and perhaps even just if he had gone down and taken both Hondas out of the race.

    So all you old farts going on about Moto GP being a business, got to see exactly what businesspeople do in these situations, play the short odds and go for the safe money. So we got seven laps of showmanship, followed by 20 laps of everyone at Honda and Yamaha falling into line and doing what they were instructed to do, a win-win for everyone in the business, screw the fans/suckers. Honda gets the championship, and Yamaha proves that they really have the best rider and the best bike, right? *gag* PLEASE!

    I can almost hear the big boys saying at team meetings, just make it look good, make it look real, like you’re really trying. Makes you wonder if Moto GP is totally fixed, and it all gets decided before the season even starts. Something akin to a theatrical performances that apes sporting competition, like pro wrestling.

    Personally I’m tired of being suckered, this is the reason why so many have no interest in this ‘sport’, because it’s not really a sport, it’s a business agreements disguised as racing, with just so much left to chance. All that matters is, everybody gets paid at the end of the season. What is it the kids say these days ‘fuck you pay me’. So everybody plays along otherwise the business agreement goes into the toilet, and it could end up a free-for-all, chaos and disorder, with the top riders just going for it, you know the way a race is supposed to be.

    But you boys just keep drinking that Jimmy Jones punch, and shelling out your money for a new bike to add to your collection every year, because this series is for you, all for you, the businessmen.

  8. Jason says:


  9. Westward says:


    I would argue, that if Rossi doesn’t break his leg in 2010, or Stoner doesn’t get injured in 2012, Lorenzo never becomes a champion. See that is why Lorenzo never defends his title. Not everyone is going to be an injury prone Pedrosa.

    I’d like to see Lorenzo win a title when everyone is healthy…

    Marquez did dominate Lorenzo this season. If not for that silly DQ or the play it safe riding of the last two races, Marquez could have had two or three more wins.

    I’m just glad the kid was more mature than Lorenzo was at that age and tamed he inner demons enough to win a title by being smart not overly passionate…

  10. Hey cool says:

    Thanks beeler you twat. I like how you put them all in order of finishing in the same photo. No chance you could have a pic of the track, or some umbrella girls and save the spoiler for the main text? I was just going to suggest you put the pic of the podium in the front page seconds after the GP ends just to really spoil it but you beat me to it.

  11. crshnbrn says:


    “Marquez will win again next season unless Rossi finds his mojo again.”?

    That’s an awful lot of mojo! Rossi finished ahead of Marquez only twice all season, and the first time was at Qatar, Marquez’s first race on a GP bike. Rossi won only one race on the same bike Lorenzo won eight races on.

  12. Gear says:

    Love to see J-Lo on fire…His spirit is awesome..with underpower Yammi compare to Hondas, i think he is the true champion…But Marc deserve the championship title with his pure ability and perfect machine..
    For next year, im juz hope more than 3 riders can compete for podium.

  13. crshnbrn says:

    @ Westward

    “If” Stoner wouldn’t have gotten injured in 2012, he would have defended his title.

    I too would like to see Lorenzo win a title when everyone is healthy. That would be one heck of a season. Hell, I’d even settle for seeing Marquez win a title in his rookie season when everyone is healthy.

  14. Shinigami says:

    Unquestionably a well earned championship for MM. NO IFS, ANDS, OR BUTS.

  15. Jimbo says:

    Cant wait for next season:
    Smiling Champion no longer a rookie,
    Lorenzo wanting to wipe the smile off his face,
    Pedrosa going all for nothing in his potential last year on the only bike he could do it on,
    Rossi in “sell soul to win again” mode (cutting burgess was cold man!)
    “CRT” bikes now much closer to Factory/Sat machines (Hayden will be faster next year)
    Will be great!