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 Supermoto National Championship Series Formed

02/05/2014 @ 11:31 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

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Just last week we were lamenting the lack of popularity of supermoto racing in the United States, and this week we hear that the American Motorcyclist Association has thrown its weight behind the folks at USA Supermoto.

Forming the AMA Supermoto National Championship Series, supermoto racing now has a nationwide pro series at its disposal, with six races on its inaugural calendar. We are pretty pumped to here supermoto racing process to the National level in the USA. We highly recommend you attend a race if one is by you in 2014.

“Supermoto is an amazing sport to watch and an even more amazing sport to compete in,” said AMA Vice President of Operations Jeff Massey. “Since the beginning, supermoto has needed a true grass-roots network U.S. [sic] to help sustain the top level of competition. This series will help accomplish that goal by giving today’s amateur and sportsman-level competitors a place to race, feeding the sport with expert-level talent going forward, and providing a showcase for sponsors and teams active in the discipline.”

“We had a great inaugural season in 2013, and we’re excited to step up our program for the new season as an AMA National Championship Series,” said Matt Stewart, President of USA Supermoto, the AMA’s promoting partner for the series. “We have been working with the AMA for some time to strengthen supermoto racing in the United States, and everything has been positive. We’re looking forward to watching our racers compete for AMA national No. 1 plates in 2014.”

2014 AMA Supermoto National Championship Series Calendar:

  • March 7: Las Vegas, Nev. Caesars Palace, in conjunction with Stadium Super Trucks*
  • April 19-20: Lake Havasu City, Ariz., SARA Park
  • May 30-June 1: Elkhart Lake, Wis., in conjunction with AMA Pro Racing Road Race Championship Series
  • July 5-6: Denver, Colo., in conjunction with NASCAR event
  • July 26-27: Salt Lake City, Utah, during Bike Jam at Miller Motorsports Park
  • Sept. 13-14: Sturgis, S.D., downtown street race

* Open and 250 class only.

Source: AMA; Photo: © 2007 Aleix Llovet Vidal / Creative Commons – Attribute Share Alike 3.0

Comment:

  1. Chaz says:

    I’d like to check this out. Under this racing format do they race only on tarmac or do they have a dirt section with jumps too? (like the ABC wide world of sports event).

    I’d really like to see dirt track racing. The kind Nicky Hayden $ Bros were doing. Is there a league and schedule for that?

  2. The courses are a mixture of dirt and road, complete with jumps and powerslides.

  3. Chaz says:

    Very cool!

  4. John D'Orazio says:

    This has some real potential. A racing series that promises excitement on equipment that is not expensive. Now, if we can only watch it on TV.

  5. David says:

    Yes there is finally something in Colorado!! Count me in.

  6. Elton Alwine says:

    Hopefully it’s only a western United States championship for the short-term. I’m excited to see it, but I was thinking this should be a feeder into AMA Flat Track and Superbike. So why not piggyback it onto those event dates?

    There is simply no event close to the East Coast.

  7. chris says:

    umm… the “inaugural season” was in 2003.

  8. SteveR says:

    AMA???? you mean the 6 event club races scheduled for 2014 & sporadically seen on TV…. are they still around? I thought they died off…

    you mean the AMA that advocated motorcyclists policing themselves when it comes to loud exhausts?… the same AMA that advocated local towns write new, motorcycle specific exhaust loudness laws even though 99% of all towns have noise ordinaces….. that AMA??….. the same AMA that advocated not wearing a helmet is ok, but a performance exhaust is not????

    the AMA that sold off the only real thing of value.. AMA PRORacing… to the stinkin nascar bozos who ruined competitive roadracing in the US…that AMA???

    The AMA that gave us John Rock Page
    http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/ama-pro-superbike-rider-johnny-rock-page-says-he-is-suspending-himself-from-competition-due-to-his-medical-marijuana-use/

  9. jimboecv says:

    One of the best races I’ve seen was supermoto in downtown Reno, about 2006 I believe. I would love to catch Sturges for the street aspect alone. Problem is IMO there’s too little money in it now for most riders to drive around the country, and too little reason for sponsors to support (tv, big crowds? Not likely)
    I hope it works this time!

  10. Singletrack says:

    On paper, in photos and super slo-mo, Supermoto has it all. Color, cool slides, bar-to-bar action and more. A major selling feature is that you can bring the show just about anywhere with enough pavement and some dirt. Well suited to cities. But I’ve watched a few Supermoto races over the years, and usually come away with the same impression. “Meh.”

    None of the speed of road racing, and none of the intense, high flying action of Supercross. I think people prefer to watch specialists at work. That’s why the 100m sprint and the Marathoners get the attention. The middle distance runners may be just as fit and talented, but fall through the attention gaps.

  11. Doctor Jelly says:

    F-YEAH!!! It’s coming to my little city!!11!!!1!11!!

  12. andrewinoc says:

    The “inaugural” race of the season has already been rescheduled. Was set to run with the Robbie Gordon SST’s in Las Vegas. Is this a sign of the future??