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 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.

BREAKING: Kawasaki Quits AMA Pro Racing

12/18/2009 @ 2:06 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

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Kawasaki has just announced that it will be leaving the AMA Pro Racing series. Citing the economy as it core reason for leaving the American racing series, Kawasaki says it hopes to return to road racing when the economic conditions in the United States allow the company to do so. For the DMG & AMA, this is the second manufacturer that has withdrawn from the now beleaguered racing series, and just a continuation of the momentum that has become AMA Pro Racing’s downward spiral.

Kawasaki’s move is another black-eye for the DMG which has seen the series’s biggest star, Mat Mladin, leave under its watch, along with three manufacturers who will not be returning for the 2010 season (Honda, Buell, and now Kawasaki). Buell of course has ceased to exist as a manufacturer, and Honda and Kawasaki have both left under the auspices of the economy, with links to the DMG’s management of AMA Pro Racing occurring only in side-room chatter.

With prize many greatly reduced for the 2010 season, leaving privateers virtually no incentive to race other than for the pure love of the sport, and with Yamaha recently booted out of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship Series, which is also run by the DMG’s Colin Fraser, this latest news prompts us to officially start the Death Watch on when the AMA will finally give DMG the axe, and begin rebuilding what’s left of American road racing.

Happy Birthday Jesus, sorry your American motorcycle racing is so lame.

Kawasaki’s Press Release:


IRVINE, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2009) ? Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. announced the company will not participate in the AMA Pro Racing road racing series in 2010.

“While we’ve always considered road racing an integral part of our sportbike development process, the realities of the current economic situation dictate the temporary suspension of our U.S. road racing activities,” said Bruce Stjernstrom, marketing director.

Kawasaki’s long history of successful road racing includes 20 AMA series championships. Among the many champions who have worn the Kawasaki lime green racing leathers are Reg Pridmore, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Miguel Duhamel, Scott Russell, Doug Chandler, Eric Bostrom and more recently Tommy Hayden and Roger Hayden.

“We expect to see eventual improvements in the general economic condition and Kawasaki will reevaluate its road racing position as we monitor those issues,” said Stjernstrom.


  1. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: BREAKING: Kawasaki Quits AMA Pro Racing – #motorcycle <– This is not good. First Honda, now Kawi.

  2. Collyer says:

    In nature, when the forest becomes too lush, too dense, and overgrown with too much growth & deviation, something amazing happens: lightning strikes, causing fire & destruction, which cleanses all the overgrowth & weak growth. This leaves a nearly clean slate for the strongest of flora to return to it’s vigor, and let the strongest survive & thrive. This is what is happening to the AMA, to our economy, and eventually, to mankind. I just hope the AMA can shed this diseased bark (DMG) before it dies from it. Then EVERYTHING will be privateer/amateur racing (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). Mankind has a little ways to go yet.

  3. race news says:

    BREAKING: Kawasaki Quits AMA Pro Racing

  4. Clarke Johnston says:

    The Daytona race has been in a downward spiral for several years, with spotty TV broadcasting, and then this years race with wacky rules and strange classes. Even the advertising in Cycle World was bad, it was hard to find the channel and time slots; which should’ve been in bold letters at the top. Duh. Pity that Kawasaki is leaving. They’ve been an excellent host at Sears Point (Infineon), and clearly spent a lot of money in so doing. All the rules changes (800cc or 1,000cc?….Twin or Four?) have left the casual watcher confused and with the sport ill-defined. Compound this with confusion between World Superbike and F1, and you’ve got a situation not unlike when Indy Car split into the IRL and the Champ Series. Both parts lost, Champ Car disappeared, and not IRL drivers are bailing for NASCAR, with Danica being the latest. These motorsports need to condense a bit. Too diverse for the viewing public.

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  6. RT @Asphalt_Rubber BREAKING: Kawasaki Quits AMA Pro Racing – #motorcycle

  7. BREAKING: Kawasaki Quits AMA Pro Racing – #motorcycle

  8. johnrdupree says:

    This may be what DMG wants. If they can get rid of all the factory teams they can create a series based around private teams. They can pay start money instead of prize money to build grids, dick with the rules to create parity, use homologated parts lists so everyone has equal access, and hopefully end up with close racing. I don’t think it will work, mind you, but they can try.
    If they had live coverage with a reliable TV partner showing (artificially) close racing, DMG and the teams might have a better chance to attract sponsors, or DMG could twist some Grand Am arms to help out. Ideally, the result would be a show every Sunday afternoon with a bunch of pretty bikes (who care who makes them or how big the motors are?) running in tight formation with lots of passing. This is a show that is easier to sell to non-motorcyclist race fans. You don’t need to be a fan of a particular manufacturer or engine configuration to enjoy the shiny two-wheelers banging fairings on the back straight at Road Atlanta.
    And that is what DMG has been chasing since they took over from the AMA, the non-motorcyclist race fan. They don’t give a shit if all of us moto-geeks watch anymore, hence the delayed Saturday time slot night boondoggle and trying to create classes based on performance instead of engine size. There aren’t enough of us for them to make real money and they’d probably be happy if we all shut up and went away. Then they could create their equalized class to sell to the masses. The big manufacturers won’t be on board with that because it doesn’t guarantee them the exposure they want, so from DMG’s point of view losing the factory Kawasaki and Honda teams is actually a step in the right direction.

  9. Alec Sharp says:

    RT @Asphalt_Rubber: BREAKING: Kawasaki Quits AMA Pro Racing – #motorcycle