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.

AMA Pro Road Racing Modifies Classes & Rules for 2015

12/04/2013 @ 1:54 pm, by Jensen Beeler23 COMMENTS

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AMA Pro Racing  announced today that by 2015 it will overhaul the racing class structure and rules for the AMA Pro Road Racing series. The changes are designed to make America’s premier road racing series more cost-effective, and to bring AMA Pro Road Racing inline with other national and international racing divisions.

Perhaps the most important change to the racing structure, AMA Pro Racing says that the Superbike class will see incremental changes made to the technical rules package over the next two seasons “in the interest of rule commonality, performance parity, and cost containment.”

This likely means that AMA Pro Superbike will adopt rules similar to the rules progression seen in World Superbike, with EVO-spec bikes that more akin to Superstock series motorcycles being the mode du jour from 2015 and onward.

Most of the changes being made to AMA Road Racing occur in the middleweight category, with the Daytona SportBike class being merged into AMA Pro Supersport class for 2015. The Supersport class will also no longer be split between East and West divisions, instead becoming one singular racing series for the 2014 season.

The Harley-Davidson XR1200 racing class will remain on the schedule through 2015, but AMA Pro Racing says it is considering a small-displacement class, likely 250cc to 300cc, as a development series for AMA Pro Road Racing as well. Details beyond this on the small-displacement class do not exist, though it seems like a logical choice for AMA Pro Racing to make.

“These long-term, strategic moves have been planned with careful consideration and after many conversations with our motorcycle manufacturers, teams, riders and event promoters,” said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “We feel that these changes will help us elevate the sport of professional motorcycle racing in North America to greater heights.”

Source: AMA Pro Racing; Photo: Michael Jordan Motorsports

Comment:

  1. TexusTim says:

    300 class, forget 250s… geez

  2. Buellbafett says:

    ‘Improved’ racing class structure won’t mean much without consistent television coverage.

  3. james h says:

    Its great that they are thinking with the bigger picture in mind. However, I really don’t see the point of the Harley series as HD doesn’t make that specific bike anymore & because there are better low cost race bike alternatives (i’m not harley hating as i am a harley owner). & while I do enjoy watching the AMA races in person at the Laguna Seca round, they really should relinquish paddock space to the WSS & Moto’s 2/3 if that is one of the reasons those classes don’t race there.

  4. Terry says:

    AMA still exist?

  5. JD says:

    which should inspire a new american manufacture, like Apple Motor Corp. the fastest lightest machines with superior design aesthetics and the ultimate computing technology and the best engineers available…and on and on

    sounds good at least in my dreams

  6. Jake says:

    Too little, too late.

  7. proudAmerican says:

    “These long-term, strategic moves have been planned with careful consideration and after many conversations with our motorcycle manufacturers, teams, riders and event promoters,” said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “We feel that these changes will help us elevate the sport of professional motorcycle racing in North America to greater heights.”

    Blah, blah, blah. DMG put more energy into writing the words of that press release than they’ve actually spent during the last five years to make their racing series viable again.

    Hey DMG, can you please work as hard at getting television coverage back to your races?

  8. Bill says:

    Would be nice to see consolidated rules so you can race a bike in WSBK, switch tires run AMA, then run BSB. Right now BSB is the best show on 2 wheels.

  9. Pete says:

    Bill nailed it. Run all 3 production race series under one formula. Easy to move between series as a team and rider.

  10. Dc4go says:

    I’m with Bill please consolidate WSBK, BSB, and AMA rules package so we can see wildcards @ Laguna, Silverstone, Brands Hatch and ect.

  11. smiler says:

    The rest of the world needs help to stop the Spanish Armada in MotoGP and likely WSBK as well. So if the AMA can start supplying great riders like Edwards, Roberts and Hopper to the world stage then that can only be good.

    Imagine seeing Erik Buell in WSBK in the future.

  12. Steve says:

    AMA sold the racing division years ago…. to some group that has paid little attention to it since….

    In my opinion, American Roadracing is DEAD! There are only a handful of races scheduled for 2014 & who knows if any will be on TV…..

    I resigned my membership from the AMA after the Nobby Clark debacle… don’t need the AMA or want to support those clowns anymore! They can’t make up their minds if they are for helmets, against…. but when it comes to exhaust laws… which are already covered under “noise/nuisance laws”…the AMA advocates we “police” ourselves & support new, specific laws aimed at motorcycles…. they sound much more like the enemy to me!

    So…. the AMA or PRO Racing will not get any support from me until they make a lot of changes….

  13. Norm G. says:

    re: “Blah, blah, blah. DMG put more energy into writing the words of that press release than they’ve actually spent during the last five years to make their racing series viable again.”

    re: “Hey DMG, can you please work as hard at getting television coverage back to your races?”

    breaking news, we’re WAAAY past the knee-jerk behavior of pointing fingers. it stopped being about what THEY have to do about 5-8 years ago. when WE ultimately fail to support, what they do or don’t do is immaterial. so, one is either part of the solution…? or they are part of the problem.

    time has come for you to make a decision Mr. Anderson. (Rinehart voice)

  14. Norm G. says:

    re: “AMA Pro Racing says it is considering a small-displacement class, likely 250cc to 300cc, as a development series for AMA Pro Road Racing as well.”

    right then, hustle up. this idea’s been floated before. we’ve already been long at this at the club levels, CCS, WERA, OMRRA, WSMC, etc. it’s we come to know the name Garrett Gerloff.

    in absence of a domestic policy for tiered licensing…? this the best driver for sales (well best we’re gonna get anyway). this is manufacturer, dealer, Normstradamus approved.

  15. sideswipeasaurus says:

    A small cheap class of 300′s is a good move. The XR1200 series should have been killed long ago. If I can be terribly un-PC it’s like the special olympics. A contest cordoned off from regular competition so an uncompetitive group and their parents can have a trophy. Actually that’s really not fair. The special olympics has great merit and purpose. Harley road racing doesn’t. They haven’t had much of a clue there since Elvis was gyrating to young women by the truckload. AMA, look at the roadmap of SBK EVO, strike the FIM/Dorna letterhead off and put your own on and be done with it. As far as promotion and support you should have a team field trip to BSB.

  16. majortom says:

    XR 1200?! They don’t even make them any more. Lame. Where are the electric? Excellent idea for a light weight class.

  17. Singletrack says:

    Didn’t he really mean to say…” elevate the sport of professional motorcycle racing in North America from the lowest depths” ;)

  18. Singletrack says:

    A small displacement class is certainly needed as a support class during a day of racing. Young riders need to showcase their talents in front of the major teams.

    But it’s a double edged sword. As televised entertainment, small bikes can be a snooze fest. Slow bikes piloted by unknown riders won’t pull an audience – but the OEMs would want the TV coverage to justify a factory effort.

    If it’s left to club level racers or youths 16 or under (18?), it would be justified as a development series, that should be included within a weekend of national level races.

  19. proudAmerican says:

    NormG–

    Nice deflection, but WE stopped supporting AMA races because they became a farce…a comedic attempt to continue racing, but not actually spend the money necessary to keep it exciting.

    The factories were told they weren’t needed and rules were changed on a regular basis to benefit certain…ahem, Buell…manufacturers. Pace cars were endangering riders on open racetracks…and on and on and on. I have neither the time nor inclination to explain my stance to you in great detail.

    Read some of the other comments here. Apparently, I’m not the sole person in America who has given-up on the AMA’s ability to run a racing series.

    Feel free to be the head cheerleader for the AMA. You get my vote.

  20. Norm G. says:

    re: “Feel free to be the head cheerleader for the AMA. You get my vote.”

    ever notice, when an issue arises in the motorcycle industry, be it here or abroad (pick your topic), it’s always about what THEY have to do, and never about what YOU have to do…? you can set a watch on the kneejerk reactions of ZERO culpability. weird innit…?

    re: “Read some of the other comments here. Apparently, I’m not the sole person in America who has given-up on the AMA’s ability to run a racing series.”

    never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups – George Carlin (1937-2008)

  21. KSW says:

    Why 2015 rules announcements without a 2014 schedule. Contracts are signed or being signed at all levels including media coverage/photogs/pit crews etc…. 2014 Doesn’t look good for AMA unless you like WERA class racing under the AMA Pro banner. I don’t see what a sponsor gets out of AMA nor do they unless what they’re saying quietly isn’t what they’re telling AMA? Maybe they have told AMA and that is just another problem.

  22. sunstroke says:

    AMA is officially gone. EVO regulations require performance-balancing, just like the current Daytona Sportbike regulations. The tuning and performance levels of the machines are now in the hands of the sanctioning body, not the manufacturers and teams.

    RIP AMA Pro Racing, you are just 2-wheel Grand Am, a high speed reality TV program that no one watches