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.

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.

Red Bull to Enter MotoGP with Honda? Repsol to Sponsor Yamaha?

06/17/2009 @ 6:11 pm, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

Red Bull to Enter MotoGP with Honda? Repsol to Sponsor Yamaha? Red Bull motogp

If that title didn’t illicit a “huh?” from you, then let us be the first to say the MotoGP rumormill has kicked it up a notch now that we’re about a third of the way through the 2009 season. The first rumor up to bat is the talk that Red Bull, the maker of the energy drink with wings, is looking to sponsor a MotoGP team. Early speculation places Red Bull flying into premiere motorcycle racing with the factory Honda team, which is currently Repsol Honda.

That brings us to our next rumor in this double-header, Repsol is rumored to be considering a move to Yamaha next year. Displeased with the performance Honda has given them in bringing a Spanish MotoGP Champion into fruition, the Spanish Oil company is looking for new tune at the Piano making company. More bizzaro after the jump.

Making connections between Red Bull and a MotoGP team is an easy feat to do. Competitor, Monster Energy Drink, has already drawn first blood in the MotoGP series, sponsoring first John Hopkins, then the Kawasaki MotoGP team, and then this year, the Tech 3 Yamaha team and Valentino Rossi. Monster is reportedly paying over $3 million for the right to appear on the chin bar and side of Rossi’s helmet, and on Rossi’s cap. Red Bull in turn sponsors both the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca and the Indianapolis Grand Prix, riders including Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, the KTM 125cc team, and the Red Bull Rookies Cup.

Looking to raise its involvement further, as Monster has done, Red Bull is looking for a team to sponsor. Earlier reports indicate that the Austrian company has already talked with Ducati, first as a factory sponsor, and then as a sponsor to the Pramac team. After that deal failed due to who would control picking the team’s manager, Red Bull has started its hunt anew.

Opportunistically, Repsol is rumored to be upset with the way Honda has progressed over the past few seasons, and is looking to leave the company that makes cars and generators for Yamaha. This move would then allow Red Bull to sweep into Honda, where Pedrosa & Dovizioso already reside, thus consolidating its sponsorship effort.

Keen to keep Pedrosa on-board for a new contract, Honda has been doing something very un-Honda like, blaming the bike, not the rider, for poor performance. Part of the motivation for this, besides keeping a talent like Dani around the Honda paddock, is also because of the pressure marquis sponsor Repsol has over the Honda factory team. Repsol has helped fund one of the largest budgets in MotoGP, in the hopes that a Spanish MotoGP Champion will emerge.

The hopes for that outcome have been squarely settled on Dani Pedrosa’s shoulders, but Repsol surely must be noticing the stellar seasons the other Spaniard, Jorge Lorezno, has been having while at Fiat Yamaha. Repsol would love to get some of that action, and had flat out admitted it is not in any rush to sign up again with Honda.

Surely a public statement like this has its negotiating value, but could there be some truth behind that threat? Honda will certainly have to treat it as such, that is of course unless someone like Red Bull can continue footing the very large check Repsol has been willing to cut since the start of the 990cc days. The fact that Fiat’s partnership expires with Yamaha at the end of this year, doesn’t help the chances that Repsol might be able to jump ship.

Source: GPone

Comment:

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  3. hjworton says:

    The thing that surprises me about this story is: Repsol have seen enough of Dani boy to think that Jorge is a better bet for them. Fair enough, JL makes for good copy and all Dani does is either win or crash.

    If Repsol do become title sponsors of the Factory Yamaha in 2010(Would it be both bikes ? Would it spark a bidding war with Fiat ?), this then, to me, sees a shift in power away from Rossi to Lorenzo. He would effectively be bringing Repsol over to Yamaha. That, in Motogp terms, is big. Where is VRs big sponsor ? You’d think that with his appeal around the globe that big names would be tripping over themselves to become associated with the doc.

    More realistically, I see VR continuing with a Fiat Yam and Jorge running in Repsol colours, if it happens at all, that is. Imagine the frantic phone calls Mr.Puig is making right now ! Which brings up another point: Where will Dani ride in 2010 ? IS there anywhere else for him to go ? Maybe a change of factory is exactly what he needs to make the big step to become champion. Where would it be though ? Not Yamaha. Seats Taken. Suzuki ? No. Maybe a red bike…..Mmmmmmm

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  6. jon says:

    Fiat Yamaha contract is through the 2010 season… no Repsol Yamaha in 2010.

  7. chris says:

    I hope Redbull can influence the media to give m’cycle racing more exposure in the UK and indeed the world.F1 will get a page in a newspaper and BSB,WSB combined get 2/3 lines.
    BBC is the same no results in the sports news.
    I would like to see some pressure on the media in general to achieve more 2 wheeled coverage.