Photos from 250+ Feet up COTA’s Petrolsaurus Rex

Standing 251 feet above Turns 16, 17, & 18, the COTA observation tower provides a bird’s eye view of just about every tun on the circuit, if you can stomach its subtle sway in the wind and clear-glass floor at the precipice. Officially called by COTA as the “Observation Tower” – it really needs a better name for casual conversation. We’ve heard COTA Cobra used a few times with some lovely alliteration, but the structure has always struck us as less snake-like, and more like a big dinosaur — we’re going to use the name “Petrolsaurus Rex” until I hear something better, or COTA sends me a cease and desist order. I climbed to the top of Petrolsaurus Rex (read: took the elevator) during the MotoGP Warm-Up session, and snapped a few photos in the process. Enjoy!

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.

Boom Goes the Dynamite! – First Podium For…

06/20/2010 @ 11:53 am, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

Boom Goes the Dynamite!   First Podium For... MotoGP Silverstone GP podium2 560x371

If you haven’t seen today’s British GP at Silverstone, stop reading this article, and go watch your Tivo right now. We can hardly contain ourselves after watching the race, so we’ll keep this intro short. While the race winner is not going to surprise too many GP race fans, it’s the rest of the finishes that had us jumping up and down on our chairs. Spoilers after the jump.

Boom Goes the Dynamite!   First Podium For... Ben Spies British GP Silverstone podium 560x371

Dovi beats Pedrosa, Hayden beats Stoner, de Puniet continues not to crash, and the ultimate event….Spies takes a podium. There! We finally got it out before bursting! After favorable remarks from all the riders about Silverstone’s new layout, the British track has seemingly tossed up the pecking order at the four major teams in MotoGP. Fiat-Yamaha can rest assured that they’ll likely take another Championship, even with Valentino Rossi injured, as Jorge Lorenzo looked well in control of today’s race.

But for Marlboro Ducati, the British GP was a shake up to what otherwise would have been business as usual. Nicky Hayden not only qualified for the first time ahead of his teammate Casey Stoner, but the American Champion found himself beating the Australian in today’s race, if only by a couple tenths of a second.

Opposite day continued as Repsol Honda saw the continued meltdown of Dani Pedrosa who finished 8th. Meanwhile his Pedrosa’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, continued to carry the HRC flag, and took the second step on the winners’ podium.

Our favorite outcome of the day was the event all American’s have been waiting for: Ben Spies standing on a MotoGP podium. Taking a close third place, and beating out the two Marlboro Ducatis, Spies bested Team Texas teammate Colin Edwards who finsihed 9th for the day. This very well could be a glimpse at things to come in the Yamaha camp.

In other news, celebrating Texans have crossed the border into Oklahoma, claiming the Panhandle State as new sovereign Texan territory, which will now be known as Spiestoria. Huzzah!

Race Results from MotoGP at the British GP:

199Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA41’34.083-
24Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA41’40.8266.743
311Ben SPIESYAMAHA41’41.1807.097
469Nicky HAYDENDUCATI41’41.3977.314
527Casey STONERDUCATI41’41.5777.494
614Randy DE PUNIETHONDA41’43.1389.055
758Marco SIMONCELLIHONDA41’48.50814.425
826Dani PEDROSAHONDA41’49.39615.313
95Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA42’02.03727.954
1041Aleix ESPARGARODUCATI42’16.47742.394
1140Hector BARBERADUCATI42’17.44843.365
1219Alvaro BAUTISTASUZUKI42’17.49143.408
1336Mika KALLIODUCATI42’17.66343.580
Not Classified
65Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI27’33.0797 laps
Not finished first lap


  1. Kevin White says:

    Made all the more impressive by the fact that A) his bike is supposedly down on power quite a bit from the other M1s, and B) he may still be riding on a fractured ankle.

  2. 7point62 says:

    Heh, the tags kinda gave it away for the folks that didn’t know the results. Gutted about Hayden though – he rode his socks off. If he had to be beaten by anyone I’m sort of glad it was Spies.

    Bloody shameful that there were no Brit wildcards on the grid. Not that there was much of a grid anyways. Every MotoGP starter is guaranteed a point these days, it seems. Except the suzooks!

  3. Sean Mitchell says:

    I’m a Hayden fan, and have never liked Spies, so it was a heartbreaker for me. Can’t say it wasn’t exciting though, almost as good as a WSBK race…

  4. Sean Mitchell says:

    Ducati is having a bad year in both series. To be beat by a Satellite Team…they really need to get it in gear. I still blame the Multistroodle for dulling Ducati’s hardcore racebike blade!

  5. CBR600RR 09 says:


    I watched it live and OMG! I am a mad Casey supporter and WHAT A RIDE!!!

    But woosh!!! I was cheering for Spies, congratulations to him! What an amazing ride by him as well, and boy didnt he punish Nicky for his error! ROARED past him!

    Best race all year so far (GP series)

  6. Sean Mitchell says:

    Seriously though, this is the second time there has been a huge battle going on during the last lap, and they cut to Lorenzo way off in front crossing the line, and a moronic shot of his crew cheering. Sheer bafoonery on the part of the broadcast director.

  7. skadamo says:

    Nice! DVR here i come. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Boom Goes the Dynamite! – First Podium For… – #motorcycle

  8. Woody says:

    +1 with Sean. It looked like Nicky might take his spot back, then they cut to Whore-Gay crossing the line. Great editing, you cunts.

  9. Sean says:

    They ALWAYS cut to the leader crossing the line. Its all most news programs will show, so it will always happen. What was really irritating was the 1/2 a lap of Lorenzo they showed a lap or two earlier .

  10. Howard Worton says:

    They do have to show the winner of the race, it’s kind of the point of racing – winning, I mean. Bit silly to miss that. As it happens, no crucial action was missed, no harm done.

    Worth mentioning that while Nicky did finish ahead of Stoner, the Australian was last going into turn one after a starting problem. Stoner did look very fast, shame for him. He may even have challenged The Janitor.