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.

WSBK: Monza Race 1 Results – No Justice for the Emperor

05/11/2009 @ 1:33 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off

WSBK: Monza Race 1 Results   No Justice for the Emperor max biaggi monza wsbk

The first chicane of the Monza circuit is notorious for accidents and hated by all racers because it tightens into a dangerous and tight funnel. Race 1 of the World Superbike Championship at Monza would not be spared of the dangers of the first chicane as a terrifying accident brought the race to an almost immediate halt with five riders seriously involved. Race 1 would continue to prove itself to be full of surprises as more riders ran in to different sorts of difficulty throughout the race’s duration. Continue reading for more and spoilers.

Coming into Turn 1 of the chican, Makoto Tamada clipped the back of Brendan Roberts’ Ducati who then collided into Tommy Hill and Troy Corser with both bikes going down, then catching fire. With Tamada down, Roberts slid off in the gravel, his bike sliding and flying into the pack, which then whipped out Max Neukirchner, who had entered the corner in the lead.

Neukirchner suffered a broken right femur and a dislocated left foot, while Roberts has a break high on his left femur and also sustained a heavy blow to his throat. Makoto Tamada suffered a broken left wrist. A brusied Troy Corser was able to restart the race but would later crash out, and Tommy Hill would go on to finish the race in 20th.

Under red flag, it took race control over an hour to pick up the pieces of debris, and clean the track up from oil spills.

Under the restart, it was Michel Fabrizio who won his first World Superbike Championship victory at Monza. Fabrizio’s win comes after Ben Spies, who was leading through the Parabolica on the final lap of the race, began to slow down, then sit up, and finally ran out of fuel leaving the Texan to roll his bike over the the finish line to take 15th.
This is a tough blow to the American, who has consistently been inconsistent in his race day form, despite dominating the free practices and Superpole rounds. 

Following closely behind Fabrizio was Noriyuki Haga, and then Max Biaggi. a close second and Max Biaggi in third. However Biaggi was penalised with 20 seconds for cutting the Roggia chicane handing an automatic third to Ryuichi Kiyonari.

On his way to the podium, Max Biaggi heard the news that he had received a penalty for cutting the Roggia chicane on the seventh lap, and that he would recieve a 20 second penalty. Also, it was announced that Monza race direction was awarding third place to Ryuichi Kiyonari, with Biaggi coming in 11th after the 20 second penalty was added to his time.

Clearly the Roman Emperor was not happy about the outcome, and in typical Biaggi fashion, pouted about this unjustice while in the pits.

“This Championship is managed by amateurs! It’s disgusting the way they treated us! First, the cutting of the chicane was almost insignificant and I didn’t even gain a tenth of a second and second, when I asked for the FIM representative, Claude Denis for an explanation he told me that he didn’t have time to discuss this with me. I’m tired of this conduct, I’m calling it quits with SBK.”

Biaggi then threatened to sit out of the second race at Monza, but Aprilia and his team was able to convince Biaggi to take part in Race 2, where he finished better than his 11th place in Race 1.

Race Results from Race 1 of the World Superbike Championship at Monza, Italy: 

184M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R 
241N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R0.239
39R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR8.175
471Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K911.001
565J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR12.447
666T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R113.693
7111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR19.172
855R. LaconiFRADucati 1098R24.989
97C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR26.930
1023B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R27.418
113M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory27.752
1296J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R29.545
1356S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV4 Factory30.952
1467S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R31.414
1519B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R136.998
1631K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K942.732
1715M. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R48.835
1898J. ZemkeUSAHonda CBR1000RR48.888
1925D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R50.612
2033T. HillGBRHonda CBR1000RR51.706
2177V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR55.510
2294D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R158.214
2399L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R1’01.130
2488R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’16.850
RET91L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR1 Lap
RET11T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR


Source: MotoGP MattersTwo Wheels Blog

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