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.

MotoGP: Rain-Soaked British GP Shakes-up Championship

06/12/2011 @ 11:05 am, by Jensen Beeler6 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Rain Soaked British GP Shakes up Championship 2011 British GP MotoGP Scott Jones

The nice British weather could only hold-out for so long at Silverstone this race weekend, as MotoGP came to the English track for the British GP. Accordingly, Sunday’s MotoGP race was soaked to the bone with rain, as Casey Stoner took his pole position for the day’s start.

Followed by Marco Simoncelli and Jorge Lorenzo respectively on the front row, the weather showed the potential to make it anyone’s race…that is of course as long as “anyone” doesn’t include Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow, both of whom could not compete because of broken collarbones.

Speaking of broken collarbones, Colin Edwards was set to race, just a week after breaking his at Catalunya, though his teammate was gutted about being unable to race in front of his home crowd after crashing in practice.

As the 15 riders launched off the starting line at Silverstone, it was Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo who lead through the first turn. Followed closely by Casey Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso, and Marco Simoncelli, Lorenzo’s lead would not last long as the top riders sorted themselves out.

First it was Andrea Dovizioso who got by teammate Casey Stoner, then a few laps later the Italian got by Lorenzo as well. Lorenzo continued to slip down the order as Stoner passed Lorenzo with ease, followed several turns later by Marco Simoncelli going past his Yamaha rival. Dovizioso’s lead wouldn’t last long either though, as Stoner was clearly a man on a mission at Silverstone.

Two laps into the race, the order seemed to settle a bit, with Stoner leading, followed by Dovizioso, Simoncelli, Lorenzo, Hayden, Spies, Edwards, Elias, Bautista, Abraham, Aoyama, Rossi, Capirossi, Barbera, and De Puniet. From this point foward, Casey Stoner put his head down, and broke away from the field, finishing the race 15 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.

While everyone tip-toed through the wet conditions, Marco Simoncelli showed that he has a bit to learn still in wet riding, as he miraculously held onto his San Carlos Gresini Honda when it lost traction and bucked him. Though Super Sic stayed upright, the moment did allow Jorge Lorenzo to get by him.

This lead to a three-way battle for second between Dovi, Lorenzo, and Simoncelli. That melee would only last for a moment though, as Jorge Lorenzo crashed out with 12 laps to go, hitting the tarmac only seconds after Ben Spies crashed in an unrelated incident. With both its riders out, the factory Yamaha squad finished the weekend on a down note, especially with Lorenzo now no longer at the top of the points leader board. Since Cal Crutchlow was out for the day with his broken collarbone, this incident also meant that Colin Edwards was the only Yamaha left standing on the track.

With Casey Stoner now lapping a full second faster than the rest of the field per lap, the British GP still had 11 laps to go before its almost preconceived conclusion. Andrea Dovizioso and Marco Simoncelli continued their battle without Jorge Lorenzo, with Super Sic getting past Dovi at one point, and then the Repsol Honda rider answering back at the exit of the turn. Close throughout the lap, Simoncelli would unfortunately find the tarmac a lap later (in the same corner as Jorge Lorenzo crashed just two laps prior), effectively putting Colin Edwards now into third place.

The rest of the race proved to mainly be a parade, as Stoner increased his lead, and eventually lapped Randy de Puniet and Hector Barbera with four laps remaining in the race. The day’s win means Casey Stoner sits at the top of the Championship standings, 18 points ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, and 33 points ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. MotoGP heads to Assen for the Dutch TT in two weeks’ time.

Race Results from the British GP at Silverstone, England:

Pos.No.RiderNationTeamTime
127Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda Team-
24Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda Team+15.159
35Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3+21.480
469Nicky HAYDENUSADucati Team+26.984
519Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGP+35.569
646Valentino ROSSIITADucati Team+1’04.526
717Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB Motoracing+1’32.650
824Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGP+1’51.938
97Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda Gresini+1’52.350
1065Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing Team+2’03.312
118Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGP1 Lap
1214Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing Team1 Lap
Not Classified
58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda Gresini10 Laps
1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory Racing12 Laps
11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory Racing13 Laps

Source: MotoGP; Photo: © 2011 Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. What a ride by Colin!

  2. DucracerX says:

    STONER RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. TJ says:

    Great writeup and great race. It always intrigues me the strategy of the teams and riders to win a 25+ lap race.

  4. 76 says:

    When the bikes are almost equal and its simply left to the riders and setup some interesting things happen dont they?

    Ducati is in a horrible position of constant catchup. I really wish all of those involved the best because I know they are pouring everything they have into it and getting lemons at this point, hopefully lemonade right around the corner.

  5. Chris says:

    Great ride from all the podium sitters. Casey will win the championship this year, he looks unstoppable on the Honda – wet or dry.

    Loved to see Jlo go down. I was getting tired of listening to him whinging this year, so eat some humble pie JLo – and try to keep it down, will you ?

  6. Dave Bardell says:

    How could you hear Jlo whining over Dani’s crying??