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.

Tardozzi Fired from BMW WSBK Team – Mechanics May Strike at Magny-Cours

09/29/2010 @ 3:53 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

Tardozzi Fired from BMW WSBK Team   Mechanics May Strike at Magny Cours davide tardozzi

According to our good friends at MotoMatters, Davide Tardozzi has just been handed his pink slip from the BMW World Superbike Team. The Italian manager has been instrumental in helping BMW get its house in order, but Tardozzi and the rest of BMW’s non-German crew are being purged from the team regardless. Tardozzi had apparently been banned from the BMW garage, as World Superbike heads to Magny-Cours this weekend, but the team’s mechanics are expected to work through the end of the season. Apparently not pleased with the idea of being replaced, the non-German mechanics are rumored to be planning a strike for Magny-Cours.

BMW’s non-German members have reportedly not been offered a contract for next season, leaving them in quite the lurch as the season comes to a close. It’s not clear exactly how a strike would affect BMW’s WSBK operations, and what it would mean for Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus, but you can bet it’s not the positive atmosphere you’d want in your garage.

With BMW complaining that the non-Germans have not been at BMW HQ enough, the factory is withholding their pay checks, which has only added fuel to the fire, and is the root cause for the mechanics’ strike. How this will all play out, we can’t say, but for certain we’ll know Friday as FP1 gets underway.

Source: Speedweek via MotoMatters

Comment:

  1. Aj says:

    Why doesn’t anyone call a spade a spade here. The Germans are being racist. Men from all over the world have brought that bike up to speed, now the Germans want to step in and take back the credit.

    Ya, the S1000RR is a good platform, but without the team they have in WSBK, it would be a back marker. Good luck in 2011 :p

  2. emd says:

    Wow, thats a quick turn around for Tardozzi, something went very wrong in this one I wonder how it went down?

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  5. econo says:

    Tardozzi should just join Suzuki instead

  6. WSBK_Fan says:

    Why don’t we wait until we know more facts ? I’m very sure that it’s not BMW’s target to have a “german only team”, who cares ?!

    In the opposite, it’s important to show for BMW to be an international company, at least they want to sell their stuff all over the world.

    I’m really curious to know, what went on behind the scenes, I expected Tardozzi to move to Yamaha anyway …

    BTW not all germans are racists (however it’s true that you can find racists in every country!).

  7. Jim says:

    The new team motto, Let Chaos Reign. What ever the reasons and where ever the blame should be placed, this does not bode well for the team in 2011. If Tardozzi was the wrong guy, the people who brought him in should also pay a price.

  8. Mark says:

    Credible rumors indicated that Tardozzi was leaving BMW for Yamaha and taking some of his current mechanics with him. Why would any company expose their latest engineering developments to people who are no longer going to be working for them next week, and take that knowledge with them to work for the competition.
    I think what they mean by “non-German” employees are any employees working on the team that are not directly employed by BMW corporate, meaning the team members that are contracted specifically for the WSBK team.
    To insinuate that there is some sort of racist motivation behind this decision is patently ridiculous, and just shows how quickly some people default to their own racist views hidden just below their surface.

  9. Sean says:

    Bah, Tardozzi’s presence was “felt” through improved performance in the first half of the season, but the BMW’s seem to be humming along mid pack again.

    The words “firing all non germans” would inflame suspicion in any educated, post WW2 person, but I think Mark is right on this one.
    I’ve seen how BMW works their race teams. When they ran HP2′s at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, they sent a team over from Germany, 6 or 8 guys, only one or two of them spoke English. They worked out of the BMW dealership I worked at.

    That’s patently different from the way Ducati did it, working out of the same dealership, but with a team of Americans.

  10. Mark says:

    I think we have a similar situation with Jeromy Burgess at Yamaha. This is exactly why he is being very coy about his future. If he announces that he is following Rossi to Ducati, Yamaha will have no choice but to insulate him from their latest developments. Even though Yamaha knows that he is most likely following Rossi, they really can’t do anything until they are absolutely certain, and Burgess is playing this perfectly. In Tardozzi’s case, the cat was let out of the bag too soon.
    As for the performance of the BMW, I’m not very high on that bike. It does have one hell of a powerful engine, but as we all know, power is only part of the equation. Being an in- line 4 with an even firing crank, it suffers from the same issues that other even firing 4′s do, in either WSBK or MotoGP, Yamaha understands this and came out with the cross-plane crank with great success. BMW, Honda and Kawasaki will have to adopt this as well if they are going to stick with their in-line fours.