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.

Trailer: Quick – Now We Get It…Sorta

01/27/2012 @ 11:44 am, by Jensen Beeler23 COMMENTS

Trailer: Quick   Now We Get It...Sorta Quick movie poster 635x910

Back in May of last year, we brought you the trailer for the Korean movie Quick (allegedly set to be released under the name Fast in the United States). Other than featuring a BMW S1000RR, we had no idea what was going on in the original trailer, though we certainly were intrigued. Thankfully, an updated trailer has been released that actually unfurls the plot line a little bit more for us, and we can get an idea about what the Quick, Fast, but not Fastest, movie thing is about.

Already out in South Korea and Japan, Quick will debut in Singapore next week on February 2nd, however there is no date for the US market premiere at this time (sad trombone). Could a foreign film supplant such masterpieces as Biker Boyz and Torque as the definitive motorcycle action movie of our time? We don’t know, and only time will tell. Can someone send us a copy of this though? Thanks for the tip Rick!

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  1. Keith says:

    looks to be a better movie all around than Biker boyz was.

  2. AK says:

    Look better then both Torque and Biker Boyz.

  3. Sloan says:

    It stuck me funny that an Asian film has a BMW as the star.

  4. kenwho says:

    Koreans hate the Japanese (with good historical reasons) so a BMW should not be surprising.

  5. Larry says:

    Probably couldn’t get a Hyosung to hold up to all that speed.

  6. will her head explode if they go under 50mph?

    this flick looks so bad it might actually go around the bend and be good

  7. Corey S says:

    Reminds me of my visit to Seoul a few years ago. Looks like normal Seoul traffic. I have been in many countries and I can say Korea is the scariest place I have ever driven. Bunch of crashes and overturned cars is normal stuff.

  8. MikeD says:

    Holy Shit Batman… That was so BAD it might just turn out great…(O_o )

  9. *adds to watch list* That was fun.

  10. Grant Madden says:

    Could be the funniest,most explosive,high speed,feel good movie to come out of Korea.No, cant think of any others,so yes it probably will be.Just expect everything to explode or roll spectacularly and dont hold your breath waiting for anything more complex than a comic book and you,ll love it I should imagin.

  11. bemer2six says:

    ok so its all been said. I’m ready to watch the movie lets roll!!

  12. arkangel says:

    i love it
    / great concept and wonderfully over the top !!

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  14. Sharki says:

    Ladies and Gents. There’s a sub version on youtuuuube. Search ‘Quick korean movie Eng Sub full’. Its quite funny. Some silly stunts as usual.

  15. Mildly Unhinged says:

    It’s “The Transporter,” instead on a motorcycle, Korean style. I hope there’s some Korean martial arts (Judo, Taekwondo, Aikido) in there other than the Asian babe screaming in that guy’s ear the whole movie

  16. Tom says:

    Want to really go fast, get a turbo Hayabusa.

  17. Old Marine says:

    Not sure about Korea traffic, but from another life I do remember the scariest ride in an Okinawa taxi with three other Drunk Marines Screaming “Banzai” on the main drag…….

  18. Odd. My wife is from Okinawa and I’ve been there many times. Traffic there, within the last 20 years at least, is about as tame as you can get and still consider yourself to be driving in a city. Times change, I guess. :)

  19. Damo says:

    @Mildly Unhinged

    Of the martial arts you listed only Taekwondo is actually Korean. (Sorry to be nitpicker)

    I agree this is a “so crazy bad” it is great film. Kinda like Machine Girl if you ever get a chance to see it.

  20. Westward says:

    I’ll bet it’s the best motorcycle centric action film anyone has seen…

    I’m not sure how it works in Korea, but I got the impression that, the Traffic Police are a completely separate entity than the Police, with a lower budget. It seemed like the equivalent of a gang from the parking authority trying to stop a rich kid from speeding…

    Looks fun. Definitely on my “to watch list…”

  21. conchop says:

    From Madonna getting bounced around in the back of a BMW 5 series to this Korean chick getting bounced around on the back of a BMW S1000RR, the entertainment factor is almost worth the high cost of keeping one of the BMW’s adequately maintained.

  22. Shaitan says:

    Yes, but the bike doesn’t transform into a robot. How can it possibly succeed!?

  23. Westward says:

    Well I Just watched the movie, and it’s better than Biker Boyz & Torque, though it has a couple of scenes reminiscent of the latter… Actually it’s more like a tamer version of the bike scenes from Ultraviolet…

    It’s got a “Speed” like plot, with a twist. The movie is more on the comedic side of an action drama. It won’t win any oscars , but it was entertaining. Oh, and besides the BMW, there are Hondas, Yamuda, and Hyosungs too…