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.

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.

Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

Given the competitive nature of the electric racing realm, its rare to see the big high-power bikes without their fairings, as teams are reluctant to reveal their secret sauce. Debuting the Mugen Shinden San this past weekend in Tokyo though, Team Mugen did just that, giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the team’s 2013 race bike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. You don’t have to be an electron-head to get excited by these photos, as any race bike with a carbon fiber frame and swingarm is pretty drool-worthy, though the Shinden Ni’s carbon fiber battery enclosure does hide a great deal of the electric superbike’s geek factor. While the sheer size of the battery bike is impressive, it was expected when the Shinden was first announced.

Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

Mugen’s third purpose-built electric superbike for the Isle of Man TT, the Mugen Shinden San, has been revealed in Japan. Campaigning two machines for this year’s TT Zero race, Mugen has John McGuiness and Bruce Anstey at the helm of its “Shinden San” bikes, as the duo looks for a one-two finish in this year’s race. With MotoCzysz not racing at the Isle of Man this year, Mugen is a hot favorite to take the top podium spots, as well as crack the 110 mph barrier for electrics on the historic Snaefell Mountain Course (Mugen is targeting a 115 mph lap). An evolution on the company’s previous designs, the Shinden San fits 134hp — 10hp more than last year, thanks to a new smaller three-phase brushless motor provided by Mission Motors — into its 529lbs bulk.

Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

Chatting with a couple of NASCAR fans recently, I was reminded that any competition is boring if you don’t care who wins. But if you do care, then even cars driving around in circles can be very compelling entertainment. Those NASCAR fans really cared about how their favorite drivers finished, and not only how they finished in the latest race, but what and how those drivers were doing off the track as well. Those fans had been captured by the personalities of those drivers. One of the things NASCAR does well is sell personalities. All major sports-related businesses do this to some extent, but some organizations do it better than others.

Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

Best Shots of the Ducati Superbike 1199 So Far

07/22/2011 @ 2:49 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

Best Shots of the Ducati Superbike 1199 So Far 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Mugello spy photo 2

Though still small in resoltuion, these are the best shots of the upcoming 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 that we’ve seen to-date. Testing at the Mugello circuit in Italy a few months ago (alongside Ducati Corse and the Ducati Desmosedici GP12), Ducati is slowly progressing on the Superbike 1199‘s final design, which sees the flagship motorcycle ditching its trellis frame for a MotoGP-inspired stressed airbox front end.

The Superquadrata v-twin motor is built overly-square, and should produce nearly 200hp in its max trim. Other features are the LED headlight system, a horizontally-mounted rear shock, and a unicorn tears lubrication system (we’re not so sure about one of these three features). Expect more photos and info to “leak” out of Ducati as we get closer to EICMA, where the Ducati Superbike 1199 will debut. Thanks for the tip Geoffry!

Best Shots of the Ducati Superbike 1199 So Far 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Mugello spy photo 1

Source: Zig Wheels

Comment:

  1. zaphod says:

    Is Ducati like Ferrari by making awesome vehicles when the racing program isn’t doing so hot? Cause this bike should be awesome…458 awesome.

  2. MikeD says:

    Man…this thing stinks yet too much of 1198…I think the 1198 back wheel on the first Mule is playing with my head.

    Not necesarely a bad thing but im xpecting more of a “break-away” than this.

    P.S: U almost got me with the “unicorn tears” lubrication system…im reading normal stuff and then BAM!, WTF is he talking about !? LMFAO… (^_^ ).

  3. Isaac says:

    That wheel base looks really long. Anyways cant wait to see the final product!

  4. MikeD says:

    @Isaac:

    Nailed it. It does look longer than the first mules i remenber seeing….that or the rider is SMURF Size….or:

    On the CW article it does look shorter but then again it is hard on the front brakes on almost every picture so that helps to decrease the wheelbase.

  5. Matt A. says:

    Well, if they’re testing a race version of the bike, particularly for SBK, keep in mind that they can vary the swingarm, so that might explain why it looks odd. It could also just be the camera angle.

  6. Best pics of the new Ducati Superbike. In street trim. Looks like a normal and R (sp) version Via @Asphalt_Rubber: http://t.co/jIfOcv6

  7. G.Irish says:

    Anyone want to take bets on how long it’ll take Erik Buell to start crowing about how Ducati is copying his under seat exhaust idea?

  8. MikeD says:

    @Irish:

    U mean the under engine exhaust ? Ur too focused on the Ducati style, man…. (^_^ ) , let it go man, let it go….lol.

  9. swizzle says:

    “MotoGP inspired front end”. Really?? Last I checked, the GP11′s front end is kind of a disaster, lacking feel, and making it impossible Ducati’s factory GP team to compete with the Hondas and Yamahas. The mighty Valentino Rossi and his crew cheif cheif Jeremy Burgess have been scrambling all season to fix the front end, and still haven’t figured it out. Should they be sticking with what has been working in WSBK (see Carlos Checka) until the current MotoGP “front end” situtation is a little more ‘inspiring’? Thoughts?

  10. Shawn says:

    Short tail and MotoGP exhaust, looks like a R6 to me. Give me the iconic Ducati Supebike traits with fresh styling!!!

  11. Minibull says:

    @swizzle: Yea, the front ends the same as the GP bike which mean it will handle exactly the same…except its not a carbon fibre airbox, the forks will be smaller, the front wheel would be a 17, it would have steel discs and it wont be running prototype spec race slicks….and on top of that, nobody except the GP riders can push it to the limits they do…
    So yea, everybody who buys these will have massive front end issues as they cruise to there coffee shop…

  12. LarryRacer says:

    @Shawn yeah its a R6 and RSV4 hybrid combo

  13. LarryRacer says:

    @Minibull WTF whould anybod buy a SBK like this to ride in the streets or to a coffee shop it beyond me!!!! Too man faux Ducati owners on this planet.

  14. MikeD says:

    Well….xcuse me, but since that male enhancer isn’t working for me i thought this would be the ticket….LMFAO….Coffee Shop here i come !