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: Spanish GP at Jerez Race Results

05/04/2009 @ 3:13 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

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Going into Sunday’s race, it seemed for certain that a Spaniard would once again be on the podium at Jerez. Then The Doctor showed up with a lightning fast warm up time, that just eeked out Jorge Lorenzo’s. With the Italian interjecting himself on this previously Spanish only affair, the Spanish GP was shaping up to be a a blood sport exhibition for the 123,000 Spanish fans filling the grandstand. Continue reading on for a full race report from Jerez.

Surprising everyone with his warm-up lap, it was Valentino Rossi, starting from the second row, who won the Spanish GP and his got his first victory of the season. Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner broke away from the pack at the start, while Rossi got caught up in a little teammate traffic behind Jorge Lorenzo. It took Rossi two laps to get past Lorenzo, and the bulk of the remaining race to catch up to Stoner and Pedrosa. Rossi passed Stoner, and finally passed Pedrosa on the 18th lap of the race, and didn’t look back until the finish line. Pedrosa finished in second place, while Stoner was lucky to hold on to 3rd, as Jorge Lorenzo was gaining on the Australian in the final laps of the race.

Stoner got a break however as Lorenzo crashed his Fiat Yamaha M1 while trying to match the Australian’s times. The crash was a blow to Jorge, who now falls to third in the overall standings. Many fans wondered why he pushed so hard with so much to lose, but as Lorenzo explains that the odds were against him from well before the beginning of the race.

“The start was good for me, as I only lost two places, so that wasn’t the problem with me not having the pace. I knew from the warmup that something was just not quite perfect; the rear and front both didn’t give me any confidence, and when this happens it is hard to ride smoothly. To counteract the problem you ride too aggressively, and that’s when you have to change and brake when you shouldn’t. I lost the gap between myself and the leaders, and whenever I got near Casey he improved his lap times. That was difficult to fight against, and I had to take risks to keep with him. In the end my front tyre called it a day and I fell.”

Randy de Puniet surprised everyone by not crashing and finished a respectable fourth place. Marco Melandri also stirred up some hope in the Hayate camp with a fifth place finished. 

Valentino Rossi is now the MotoGP series leader with 65 points, he is followed by Stoner who has 54 in second place. In a tie for third, both Pedrosa and Lorenzo have 41 points.

Results of the MotoGP Race at Jerez:

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerTimeDiff
146Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA45’18.557 
23Dani PEDROSAHONDA45’21.2572.700
327Casey STONERDUCATI45’29.06410.507
414Randy DE PUNIETHONDA45’50.45031.893
533Marco MELANDRIKAWASAKI45’51.68533.128
665Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI45’52.68534.128
75Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA45’52.97834.421
84Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA45’53.18234.625
924Toni ELIASHONDA46’01.24642.689
107Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI46’03.74045.183
1159Sete GIBERNAUDUCATI46’06.74948.192
1272Yuki TAKAHASHIHONDA46’10.43251.875
1352James TOSELANDYAMAHA46’12.24053.683
1415Alex DE ANGELISHONDA46’12.49853.941
1569Nicky HAYDENDUCATI46’19.7941’01.237
1688Niccolo CANEPADUCATI46’29.4531’10.896
Not Classified
 99Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA38’40.2264 laps
 36Mika KALLIODUCATI20’38.93715 laps

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