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.

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.

2013 Bol d’Or 24-hour Race Results

04/22/2013 @ 10:33 am, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

2013 Bol d’Or 24 hour Race Results src kawasaki bol d or 24 hours 2013

While we were busy getting sunburned in Austin, on the other side of the globe in Magny-Cours, men and women road motorcycles around a french track for 24-hours straight, in a little something called the Bol d’Or.

With SRC Kawasaki making a return to the pole-position, the French squad made it two years in a row at the winner’s circle, giving them a fantastic start to the World Endurance Championship. At the helm of their Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R were Gregory Leblanc, Loris Baz, and Jérémy Guarnoni, who battled through rain and the cold night to put the Kawasaki on the top step.

Finishing with a comfortable nine-lap lead over the Monster Energy Yamaha YART squad from Austria, SRC’s position at the front was closely contested early-on by the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) and Yamaha France GMT94. They team had a solid ride from Igor Jerman, Broc Parkes, and Sheridan Morais (who replaced Josh Waters), and looks to be in good shape for the rest of the EWC season.

The same consistency cannot be said for SERT, which four hours into the race already had two crashes to its name. The first crash was with Anthony Delhalle, who was followed shortly after into the gravel by Vincent Philippe, who while being stretchered off the course, jumped out of the medics’ stretcher and refused to get in the ambulance. Ten hours later, SERT would be back in the podium hunt, and later would finish with a third-place result.

BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent also crashed twice, but couldn’t recover from the setbacks, leaving Sébastien Gimbert, Sylvain Barrier, and Karl Muggeridge had to throw in the towel at dusk.

Another impressive performance was put in by Yamaha France GMT94, who looked to be in the hunt for a podium as well. However, an electrical issue towards the end of the race saw the team slip back and fall out of contention — an unjust result for riders David Checa, Kenny Foray, and Matthieu Lagrive.

The Honda TT Legends squad also retired with a mechanical issue, 18-hours into the race. Sitting in fourth place throughout most of the Bol d’Or, Dunlop came into the pits with a bad heat exchanger. Fixing the machine, McGuinness then went out, but the damage had been done to the motor, and the bike had to retire.

Interestingly enough, Michael Rutter’s last-minute team change to the National Motos squad put The Blade on the top-placing Honda entry at the finish. Rutter was replaced in the Honda TT Legends squad by Michael Dunlop, after Dunlop set the fastest lap for the team in qualifying and worries in the team about Rutter’s injured leg making the race-distance abounded.

In the Superstock class, local man Jason Pridmore rode the Franks Autowelt BMW S1000RR, along with co-riders Pedro Vallcaneras and Steve Mercer, to a second place finish. Only 20 laps back from SRC Kawasaki at the end of the 24 hours, and 6th place overall, Pridmore and crew finished on the same lap as the first-place Superstock team, Junior Team Suzuki LMS, making it a tight race in the SST class.

Race Results for the 2013 Bol d’Or 24 Hours at Magny-Cours, France:

1Team Kawasaki SRCKawasakiLeblanc/Baz/Guarnoni808 LapsEWC
2Monster Energy Yamaha YARTYamahaJerman/Parkes/Morais-9 LapsEWC
3Suzuki Endurance Racing TeamSuzukiPhilippe/Delhalle/Da Costa-11 LapsEWC
4Yamaha France GMT94 MichelinYamahaCheca/Foray/Lagrive-15 LapsEWC
5Junior Team Suzuki LMSSuzukiGuittet/Masson/Chevaux-20 LapsSST Franks AutoweltBMWVallcaneras/Pridmore/Mercer-20 LapsSST
7Team R2CLSuzukiGiabbani/Dietrich/Buisson-23 LapsEWC
8National MotosHondaJunod/Rutter/Four-24 LapsEWC
9Team Motors EventsSuzukiFastre/Lucas/Savary-25 LapsSST
10Starteam Pam RacingSuzukiPrulhiere/Maurin/Longearet-26 LapsSST
11AM Moto Racing CompetitionSuzukiLoiseau/Maitre/Hardt-29 LapsSST
12Metiss JLC MotoMetissMichel/Huvier/Cheron-32 LapsOpen
13Atomic MotosportSuzukiTangre/Jond/Camus-33 LapsSST
14Yamaha Viltais ExperienceYamahaBardet/Besnard/Berthome-39 LapsSST
15Maco Racing TeamYamahaBouan/Cummins/Roccoli-39 LapsEWC
16RAC 41 YamahaYamahaCharpin/Praud/Depoorter-41 LapsEWC
17Bolliger Team SwitzerlandKawasakiSaiger/Mita/Wildisen-42 LapsEWC
18Racing Team SarazinKawasakiGuerouah/Kokes/Major-52 LapsSST
19No Limits Motor TeamSuzukiCasas/Boscoscuro/Rosso-56 LapsSST
20Team Louit Moto 33KawasakiMarino/Savadori/Jonchiere-58 LapsSST
21Team FMA AssurancesHondaBlack/Kerkhoven/Fissette-60 LapsEWC
22Team Space Moto 37SuzukiNouvellon/Deneque/Roche/-63 LapsEWC
23AZ MotosSuzukiMezard/Boue/Dupuy-65 LapsSST
243D Endurance Moto CenterKawasakiSalchaud/Egea/Holub-71 LapsSST
25SPE SamuraiSuzukiTeramoto/Fujishima/Piccolo-74 LapsEWC
26Team 2CP RacingSuzukiGelas/Descours/Petitjean-78 LapsSST
27ACR 74SuzukiHuguenin/Vial/Grippi-79 LapsSST
28DL Moto RacingKawasakiMorin/Thuillier/Saive-80 LapsSST
29PL PerformancesSuzukiLepand/Delanoe/Blanchet-84 LapsSST
30BMRT Moustic Moto Expert 58KawasakiMange/Elbachir/Burlin-89 LapsSST
31Acro Racing TeamYamahaJean/Grimber/Lucas-93 LapsSST
32Team Racing + OuifmKawasakiDubarle/Tabaries/Vigneau-94 LapsSST
33PlusraceSuzukiNavarette/Jacoby/Monier-98 LapsSST
34Dunlop Motors EventsSuzukiCholvin/Richert/Putin-106 LapsSST
35TMS RacingHondaFarlet/Herniques/Majastre-107 LapsSST
36JCB YDCG RacingKawasakiCahagnet/Deneque/Marle-120 LapsSST
37Scuderia Deux RouesDucatiFrancois/Ancelin/Teissier-164 LapsOpen
38BI-Meca Racing TeamKawasakiFeuillee/Morat/Durant-165 LapsSST
39Racing Team 87YamahaHamard/Viaud/Taillandier-174 LapsSST
40Flembbo Leader TeamKawasakiDemarey/Prosenik/Ortiz-188 LapsEWC

Source: FIM


  1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a motorcycle endurance race televised here in the US, aside from Daytona, certainly not a 24-hour motorcycle race, like they have in Asia and Europe.

    The bikes are so much more interesting than those in Moto GP or World Superbike, since they are more closely related to street bikes, requiring parts and engines that can survive over extended running periods. I imagine that innovations which are directly applicable to street bikes are more often derived from this kind of racing, than any other.

  2. Mike says:

    I’ve been to 30 24-hour races (and 3 Daytona 200s) and the innovation has almost completely gone out of them, precisely because they are just very long superstock races now. Long gone are the prototypes, TZ750s with lights and car-engined oddities. Only the Metiss soldiers on with a funny front end. The number of non-French teams and riders has gradually dwindled.
    The only innovation now is in the French interpretation of the rules – ask Jason Pridmore.
    That said, a 24-hour race is still a real challenge. The best teams are ultra-skilled and the riders are all heroes in my book.
    To push a bike back to the pits from the far side of the track in the night, in the rain, rebuild it and go out and race for another 12 hours just for the privilege of finishing out of the points. Crazy!