2012 Bol d’Or Final Qualifying Results

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.

Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

Mugen’s third purpose-built electric superbike for the Isle of Man TT, the Mugen Shinden San, has been revealed in Japan. Campaigning two machines for this year’s TT Zero race, Mugen has John McGuiness and Bruce Anstey at the helm of its “Shinden San” bikes, as the duo looks for a one-two finish in this year’s race. With MotoCzysz not racing at the Isle of Man this year, Mugen is a hot favorite to take the top podium spots, as well as crack the 110 mph barrier for electrics on the historic Snaefell Mountain Course (Mugen is targeting a 115 mph lap). An evolution on the company’s previous designs, the Shinden San fits 134hp — 10hp more than last year, thanks to a new smaller three-phase brushless motor provided by Mission Motors — into its 529lbs bulk.

Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

Chatting with a couple of NASCAR fans recently, I was reminded that any competition is boring if you don’t care who wins. But if you do care, then even cars driving around in circles can be very compelling entertainment. Those NASCAR fans really cared about how their favorite drivers finished, and not only how they finished in the latest race, but what and how those drivers were doing off the track as well. Those fans had been captured by the personalities of those drivers. One of the things NASCAR does well is sell personalities. All major sports-related businesses do this to some extent, but some organizations do it better than others.

2012 Bol d’Or Final Qualifying Results

04/13/2012 @ 5:36 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

2012 Bol d’Or Final Qualifying Results Team SERT Bol dOr 2012 qualifying 635x423

Concluding its second day of qualifying, the grid for the 2012 Bol d’Or remains essentially in the same order, as the times on Friday at Magny-Cours were slower than yesterday’s qualifying session. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team’s legacy of FIM World Endurance Championship domination remains intact, which lead SERT Team Principal to say, “I don’t understand what the competition is doing!” during the press debrief. SERT’s Vincent Philippe was the only rider to break into the 1’39 time bracket. The 76th running of the Bol d’Or 24 Heures starts tomorrow at noon, local time.

Second & Final Qualifying Results for the Bol d’Or 24 Hours at Magny-Cours, France:

Pos. Team Bike Riders Class Time
1 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki Philippe/Delhalle/Foret EWC 1’40.514
2 Team Kawasaki SRC Kawasaki Da Costa/Leblanc/Four EWC +0.339
3 Yamaha GMT94 Michelin Yamalube Yamaha Checa/Foray/Lagrive EWC +0.564
4 BMW Motorrad France Thevent BMW Gimbert/Cudlin/Nigon EWC +0.579
5 Monster Yamaha YART Yamaha Jerman/Martin/Giabbani EWC +1.054
6 Louit Moto 33 Kawasaki Baz/Guarnoni/Chevaux SST +1.935
7 Bolliger Team Switzerland Kawasaki Saiger/Stamm/Tangre EWC +2.078
8 Junior Team Suzuki LMS Suzuki Guittet/Tangre/Enjolras SST +2.124
9 Yamahalube Folch Endurance Yamaha Ribalta/Dos Santos/Tizon EWC +2.664
10 National Motos Honda Monge/Bocquet/Masson EWC +2.690
11 Honda TT Legends Honda Donald/McGuinness/Johnson EWC +2.880
12 Team Motors Events Suzuki Savary/Dietrich/Moreira SST +2.943
13 Maco Racing Yamaha Pridmore/Junod/Balck EWC +2.998
14 AM Moto Racing Suzuki Loiseau/Denis/Maitre SST +3.114
15 Starteam 67 Suzuki Lucas/Hardt/Diguet SST +3.350
16 RAC 41 Yamaha Avenue Ipone Yamaha Brivet/De Carolis/Gantner SST +3.372
17 Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers BMW Molinier/Prulhiere/Briere EWC +3.553
18 TRT 27 City Bike Suzuki Depoorter/Hedelin/Houissin EWC +3.634
19 Penz13 Kraftwerk Herpigny BMW Auger/Fastre/Vallcaneras SST +3.632
20 Atomic Motorsport Suzuki Muteau/Lalevee/Jond SST +3.845
21 Team Raffin Motos MV Agusta Slachaud/Polesso/Buffard Open +3.998
22 DG Sport Herock Yamaha Van Keymeulen/Cudlin/Vizziello SST +4.180
23 MCS Racing Ipone Suzuki Devoyon/Bellucci/Saseta SST +4.200
24 3D Endurance Moto Center Kawasaki Debise/Delegue/Holub SST +4.272
25 Team FMA Assurances Honda Sotter/Mackels/Morin EWC +4.414
26 Tati Team Kawasaki Perrault/Deletrez/Echard SST +4.539
27 SH Technologie Scrubs BMW Pouhair/Teramoto/Demarey EWC +4.602
28 TSV Volpke by Schubert BMW Altendorfer/Kispataki/Reichmann SST +4.743
29 Moto AIN Racing Yamaha Haquin/Mizera/Varesco SST +4.906
30 Dunlop Motors Events Suzuki Charpin/Maccio/Wolf SST +5.168
31 No Limits Suzuki Saltarelli/Erbacci/Casas SST +5.198
32 DL Moto Racing Kawasaki Szalai/Meco/Meyer SST +5.330
33 Viltais Racing Division Yamaha Bardet/Besnard/Rochet SST +5.404
34 AZ Moto Expert Suzuki Mezard/Mau/Navarrete SST +5.989
35 Racing Team Sarazin Kawasaki Gerouah/Kokes/Bernon SST +6.168
36 Team R2CL Suzuki Capela/Dumain/Cheron EWC +6.550
37 Motobox Kremer Suzuki Gaziello/Scherrer/Paavilainen EWC +6.733
38 Aprilia Le Mans 2 Roues Aprilia Boue/Parisse/Le Royer SST +6.811
39 TMS Racing Honda Gaillard/Henriques/Palaccio SST +7.115
40 Team Racing+Oui FM Honda Dubarle/Tabieres/De Souse SST +7.581
41 Ecurie Chrono Sport Kawasaki Herveux/Pibolleau/Segura SST +7.584
42 Flemmbo Dijamant Serbia Kawasaki Bosio/Cersosimo/Dehaye EWC +7.873
43 Motoracingparts BMW Lehnherr/Jourdan/Gigiger/Coiro SST +7.886
44 BI-Meca Racing Team Kawasaki Feuillee/Pons/Bergeron SST +7.908
45 Motos Actives Sport 14 Suzuki Pigeon/Pigeon/Roche SST +7.986
46 Space Moto Suzuki Nouvellon/Deneque/Gallerand EWC +8.150
47 Acro Racing Team Yamaha Jean/Grimber/Lucas SST +8.968
48 PLV Racing Yamaha Lerat/Sajoux/Besson SST +9.120
49 Max et Yann Racing Suzuki Thepaut/Cury/Laniel EWC +9.183
50 Team Racing 85 Kawasaki Gaufreteau/Landreau/Perrin SST +9.762
51 24 Racing Lesmotard.com BMW Delage/Romanens/Bruno SST +10.496
52 SRET 666 BMW Delanoe/Lepand/Leroy EWC +10.996
53 YD Racgin CG Motos Kawasaki Thouxet/Deneque/Belmomme SST +11.147
54 Team ACR 74 Suzuki Huguenin/Schertenleib/Petitjean SST +11.180
55 Leman Racing BMW Villarroya/Monnot/Vinet EWC +11.863

Source: FIM

Comment:

  1. MikeD says:

    Like someone mentioned before:

    There’s something C00L about race bikes with headlights. It makes me feel more “conected” to it.

  2. Neil says:

    don’t seem to be any Ducatis in this? Can’t they last 24hrs?

  3. MikeD says:

    OMG…u Sir are going str8 to Rider Hell for that one…what a BLOW, ROTFLMAO.

  4. Anon says:

    No Ducatis because everyone knows that Italian Electrics are not going to work in the dark. Not sure how long the lone MV and Aprilia are going to survive, maybe they plan to stay in the pits overnight.

  5. Neil says:

    Well you have to ask the question, why is the most successful superbike manufacter of all time not represented? Not even by a privateer team of punters froma duc club? They can’t be that bad electrically these days or still have a 24 hr reliability problem, surely? And expense shouldn’t rule it out by someone?

  6. 76 says:

    Electronics isnt what makes a Japanese bike the weapon of choice in a endurance race, lets start with something alittle bigger, just maybe the engine. How many club racers have their japanese bikes engine blueprinted? now ask yourself the same question about a duc? Oh yeah nothing like cracking an engine just to insure that tolerances are at there ideal measure as per OEM spec

  7. Neil says:

    Look I’m honestly asking a reasonable question given the race history of this brand (that I have experienced in ownership), why are they not represented?

  8. The simplest answer might be because Ducati doesn’t support a factory team. The maintenance of the desmodromic head is a reasonable guess as well.

  9. 76 says:

    The best answer you will get (other than what jensen just said) is that the ducati engine in racespec vrs a japanese is that it will degrade faster, that does not work in your favor in a endurance race esp at this level.

    I’m not talking streetbike riding here and your 15k valve check, a 24 hour endurance race puts a some serious wear on a bikes engine and a Duc is not know for that so all of the focus and development from the teams go to what they know and what they trust. Ducati would have to step in and actually be proactive in helping these teams and that does not seem to interest them

  10. Neil says:

    Thank you gentlemen for that explanation. Seems a shame that there is no representation by Ducati. Nice to see that bm’s are there and that MV. The euro manufactures are back with innovation, technology and design, who would have thought that 10 years ago?