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.

Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

Given the competitive nature of the electric racing realm, its rare to see the big high-power bikes without their fairings, as teams are reluctant to reveal their secret sauce. Debuting the Mugen Shinden San this past weekend in Tokyo though, Team Mugen did just that, giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the team’s 2013 race bike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. You don’t have to be an electron-head to get excited by these photos, as any race bike with a carbon fiber frame and swingarm is pretty drool-worthy, though the Shinden Ni’s carbon fiber battery enclosure does hide a great deal of the electric superbike’s geek factor. While the sheer size of the battery bike is impressive, it was expected when the Shinden was first announced.

Aspar Racing’s Aprilia-Designed CRT MotoGP Bike

03/21/2012 @ 3:59 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

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One of the biggest compliments ever made regarding the Aprilia RSV4 was actual meant to be a criticism, as when it came time to homologate the RSV4 for World Superbike racing, the competition cried afoul — saying the RSV4 Factory was really a MotoGP bike in a production bike’s clothing. Said to be the leftovers from Aprilia’s aborted MotoGP effort, the Aprilia RSV4 had a meteoric rise in WSBK, and won the Championship after only the company’s second season back in the series.

It should come then with little surprise that the Aprilia and its V4 motor has been the popular choice for teams in the MotoGP Championship looking for a claiming-rule team (CRT) solution. Dubbed the ART, the Aprilia-powered CRT bike also features an aluminum chassis that is designed by the Italian company. Thus with Aprilia offering essentially a turn-key GP solution for teams like Aspar Racing, it probably shouldn’t shock us that the similarities between the production WSBK-spec RSV4 and prototype ART being almost too close to distinguish between the two, even down to the bodywork.

Given the fact that Dorna desperately needs an alternative to prototype racing machines built by Ducati, Honda, and Yamaha for its CRT gamble to work — not to mention the need for CRT bikes and teams that are competitive on the track with the bikes from the OEMs — one can only imagine that Dorna is turning a blind eye to obvious “bending of the rules” that is occurring with the ART project. If the ends justify the means, then surely none of this matters to Ezpeleta et al, and right now Randy de Puniet and the Aspar Racing team’s CRT effort are the MotoGP rights holder’s best bet at recapturing control of MotoGP racing.

That all being said, the Power Electronics Aspar team debuted its ART race bike, and as is the custom, disclosed only some of the most basic technical specifications about the machine. At the helm of Aspar’s ARTs will be Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro, and while the CRTs as a whole have been off the pace of the prototype bikes, RdP’s pace on the Aprilia has been noticeably quicker, and could give some of the slower satellite riders a run for their money. Technical details and photos are after the jump.

Though sparse of an real details, an interesting figure of note is the ARTs 165kg dry weight, which is noticeably heavier than the 157kg MotoGP minimum. This gives some further credence to why the minimum weight limit was raised in MotoGP, and also shows some areas of improvement that Aprilia can make to its racing package.

Technical Specifications of the ART – The Aprilia-powered & Aprilia-designed CRT Bike:

Engine: Aprilia, 65° V4 , four-stroke, liquid cooling, double camshaft distribution, four valves per cylinder.
Cylinder Capacity: 999cc
Maximum Power: 220+ hp
Top Speed: 330+ km/h (205+ mph)
Transmission: 6 speed with alternative links available. Oil clutch with anti-stutter tank.
Fuel Delivery: Electronic injection via Ride-by-Wire.
Starting Unit: Aprilia Racing ECU.
Exhausts: Arrow
End Transmission: Cadena – Regina
Chassis: ART Aluminum
Suspension: Öhlins 42mm inverted forks and Öhlins rear shock, with preload control, hydraulic brake and extension.
Brakes: Brembo, double 320mm carbon front discs, with four piston callipers. Individual rear disc with two piston callipers.
Weight: 165 kg (364 lbs)

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Aspar Racings Aprilia Designed CRT MotoGP Bike Power Electronics Aspar Aprilia ART MotoGP CRT 04 635x423

Source: Power Electronics Aspar Racing

Comment:

  1. SPEKTRE76 says:

    I love how I can see traces of both my beloved RSA250 and RSV-4 in it’s DNA.

  2. MikeD says:

    LMAO…SWEET…ANOTHER Mule HIGH on Pixie Dust Misfit trying to mix in with the few Thoroughbreds left on the field…Mediocre Measures to TRY to improve A Mediocre Event.
    They should have 2 classes on the same event…Real GP Bikes and wannabes…1st Place GP and first place Wannabe…everybody wins ! LOL.

    How about they iron all the wrinkles off their CUBE Project with all their super fancy schnancy anti-this, anti-that software they have now ? Now that was a real wild Bronco AHEAD OF IT’S TIME that made HAGA and EDWARDS run away crying for their mom’s, not some pedestrian, garden variety superbike.

  3. MikeD says:

    Upon closer “hating”… are they running a wet clutch ? Is that a butterfly valve on the exhaust ? Whaaat ?! lol.

  4. M says:

    Any idea if/when the new WSBK engine tested at Aragon by Laverty will show up under RdP / Espargaro?

  5. Ed Gray says:

    The translator seems to have been struggling a bit.

    “6 speed with alternative links available” links??? Ratios maybe?

    “Oil clutch with anti-stutter tank” anti stutter tank??? Slipper clutch? What is tanks a translation of?

  6. Isaac says:

    @Ed

    A slipper clutch is a back torque limiting clutch that keeps your rear wheel from locking up during hard downshifts before entering a corner. In my own opinion, they make riders pansies.

  7. JawDroppin says:

    Whatever happened to riders “blipping” the throttle on downshifts… Agree with @Isaac…

    JD ;)

  8. mxs says:

    Still there, they just don’t have to waste time doing it …

  9. DeezToolz says:

    @MikeD- “garden variety superbike?” Can you (or anyone you know) handle an off the showroom floor RSV4-F, much less a fully built version? I’m looking forward to seeing what these things have, and I think it gives the GP fella’s a good run for their money. Even if it means lap-traffic, good. Those guys haven’t had to deal with lap traffic since BSB or AMA or wherever they came from.

    @JawDroppin- Autoblip is now a feature that can be programmed into the APEX2 ECU that these bikes run.

    @Isaac- Getting a chassis settled prior to turn entry is challenging enough. RTLSC’s aren’t fool-proof, you’ve still got to ease it out, just a little quicker. Techno-gizmo’s are a racers advantage. Tenths are important.

    @A&R- Keep it coming! I love reading more about them ‘prillers. (for obvious reasons)

  10. MikeD says:

    @DeezToolz:

    Dude, im hardly qualified to ride a bicycle…yet delusional enough to get on my old bike…watch out for me.

    But back to ur legit question…when u compare an RC211-212-213, M1 or GP 1x? to the RSV GP Mockup u can tell right away who’s cutting corners($$$) with some destiled Superbike.
    That’s all i was implying…hating aside…best of luck to those busting their booties trying to make more with less…THESE GUYS.

  11. shedman says:

    @MikeD

    ‘Garden variety superbike’? You’re off your tits man. Look at that WSB Aprilia’s speed at Phillip Island and tell me how that’s pedestrian.

    The RSV4 had the rest of the WSB paddock crying foul that it was too close to a GP bike a couple of years ago (gear driven cams and all) and yet this year we’ve got haters bagging it as too much like a Superbike and cutting corners.

    I’m sure Gigi Dall’Igna would piss himself laughing at your post too.

  12. DeezToolz says:

    @MikeD: Haha, OK, cool. I gotcha. Definitely a legit point about budget. But I’m thinking that’s what the point of CRT really was.

    I do, however, see two classes at the same time as still being a fun race to watch. Think of GP1 and GP2 autos. That’s a production vs. a one-off class, and it’s awesome to see everyone on the same strip of pavement.

    @Shedman: Good historical reference about everyone moaning about the gear driven cams. They were calling the V4 an overdeveloped WSBK, broaching the topic of money spent on WSBK’s.

  13. MikeD says:

    @Shedman:

    The RSV4 may be the greatest SBK but we are talking here GP Bikes that make more than 230hp w/o breaking a sweat, ALL DAY…with a truck load of $$$ for budget…and guys in a white lab coats doing their magic on it…and NOT from a recycled SBK engine format but rather clean sheet design.
    Next to them the Priler is a FIST on a GUN FIGHT. Gear driven cams or NOT.
    A prototype frame does not make a GP BIKE or a SBK engine into a GP one for that matter…like a said, a MULE on CRACK trying to race an Arab or British Pure Blood Race Horse.
    Is a great effort, just not up to GP BIKE LEVEL. I would love them to shut me up and prove me wrong.

  14. BBQdog says:

    At the moment this ‘mule’ has already arrived just behind full MotoGP Ducati’s.

  15. MikeD says:

    BBQdog says:
    March 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM
    At the moment this ‘mule’ has already arrived just behind full MotoGP Ducati’s.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Fair enough, but let’s wait until is behind the RC213 or the 1000 M1 then we can make a big deal about it … (^_^)
    Ducati’s horse seems to be ” still dazed & confused”… not a great reference point at this time…JMHO.
    CRTs are coming, there’s no denying it.
    All i would like to know is if MotoGP will turn into The CRT SuperBike CUP or will it remain 100% Prototype ?