Casey Stoner Rules Out a MotoGP Return…Again

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

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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?

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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

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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.

Casey Stoner Rules Out a MotoGP Return…Again

06/15/2013 @ 1:04 am, by David Emmett17 COMMENTS

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Casey Stoner has quashed rumors that he could make a return to MotoGP. In an interview with the British magazine Autosport, he says he will not come back to Grand Prix racing while it continues in the direction it is heading in. “I’m closed. I’m done with it,” Stoner told Autosport.

There have been persistent rumors that Stoner could come back for a couple of wildcards at the end of the season, though the Australian has denied he would be interested in coming in as a wildcard.

More outlandish rumors surfaced a month ago, claiming that Stoner was close to making a shock return to Ducati, and that the Italian company’s new German ownership had offered him a large sum to race again.

But Stoner told Autosport that there was no truth in either of those rumors, and he had absolutely no interest in a return to MotoGP at the moment.

Stoner’s difficult relationship with Dorna bosses, and especially the CEO of Dorna Carmelo Ezpeleta, had left the Australian disillusioned with the politics of the sport.

Only a radical change in technical direction might tempt him back, Stoner previously having joked that he might return “if they start racing 750cc two strokes”. While the technical rules remain in the hands of the MSMA, that will not happen.

He missed riding a bike, Stoner said, but he could do that without going racing. The politics were what kept him away, he told Autosport: “Honestly the rest of it was too far out for me to want to, or think about, going back.”

He still followed the sport, Stoner told Autosport, but only as a casual fan. His loyalty lay with the team, he said, and the mechanics he had worked so closely with during his years at Ducati and Honda.

Source: Autosport; Photo: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Comment:

  1. BBQdog says:

    I would welcome some more foreigners in this Spanish Open Championship.

  2. L2C says:

    No surprise there. But this won’t do anything to stop the Casey Comeback Crazies from claiming that Stoner is the best, and that his win on the Ducati proves it, and that when he does make his comeback, he will do it on the Ducati again just to make a stronger point, and that no rider has ever existed that can ride as good as he can, and that no rider will come to exist in the future to overshadow his greatness because, again, Ducati. And Ducati some more. And still more Ducati. Because long live Stoner because Ducati 2007.

  3. irksome says:

    Casey who?

    Oh yeah, the guy who quit his day job who thinks his comments are still relevant; the Sarah Palin of MotoGP.

  4. Westward says:

    Stoner ?

    The who infactically stated that he would not race @ Motegi because of the Fukushima disaster, and then did. Also the same guy that implied his retirement was a rumour, and then a few weeks later did.

    I stand corrected, Stoner is the rock of Gibraltar….

  5. Damo says:

    Good.

  6. Gutterslob says:

    @irksome
    That’s a tad rude. Stoner never claimed that he could see Russia from Australia.

  7. Idgy says:

    Its just sad that this happened – how many other sports see their top stars quit and walk away like this?

  8. kev71 says:

    Good Riddance! I hope he is a man of his words and does not come back.

  9. mxs says:

    You guys are nuts … so much hate for a quick guy who likes to say it as it is. Sure he was not perfect, but who is? At least he always had interesting things to say. And nobody will ever beat hos slow motion footages …

    Let me guess, you prefer the darling Rossi or one of the boring spanish guys?

  10. kev71 says:

    I do happen to be a Rossi fan, since 1996 when I first got into racing. I respect Stoner for his talent, just wish he would have kept his mouth shut and kicked ass on the track. A man who bites the hand that feeds him will soon go hungry. Stoner knew this and retired at the top of his game. I admire him for this as well. Truthfully, I grew tired of his constant complaining. He had been racing pretty much his whole life. Maybe he grew tired of the lifestyle, maybe Dorna and\or Honda told him he needed to zip it and he saw it as a good way to get out. Maybe it was both; none the less, I am glad he left and hope he stays away and keeps his mouth shut (as he has done so far).

    As for the “boring Spanish guys,” do you mean their riding ability or personalities?

  11. Mark says:

    I loved watching Stoner ride – it was pure art.!
    To me – there is no art without a point of view or perspective.
    I celebrate that ..
    So Casey Stoner had all the right & more to voice his opinion& express his point of view
    - as do all artist in MotoGP..

  12. pooch says:

    Haters gonna hate, and that’s nothing more boring than reading negativity without logic.

    No one can deny that Stoner in the current championship would at least upset the Spaniards domination of the Aliens scene ad provide even better racing.

    Maybe if Audi offered Stoner Rossi’s head on a Spike outside Dorna HQ. He might accept that. Oh hang on, he already took Rossi’s scalp.

  13. TheSwede says:

    Stoner gets so much flak for no reason..

    Problem is the guy is just misunderstood. All he wants to do is race. That’s it. He even said he only cared about winning races, championships were a nice side effect of that at the end of the season. He was constantly in pursuit of the “perfect” race. He started every interview talking about the bike, the track, the tires, the weather. All the technical aspects of racing. Because if you perfect everything else, the only thing left is the riders skill. But if you don’t understand that, it all comes off as whining and complaining..

    Yes he liked to shoot his mouth off every now and then but it was hardly an everyday occurrence, and frankly who doesn’t? Cal has been particularly mouthy this season, and Edwards never pulls punches..

    If you honestly don’t think the racing would be even better/more exciting with him on the grid you’re just kidding yourself

  14. Boztich says:

    BBQdog :-D likewise in 2011 and 12 the Repsol Cup..

  15. smiler says:

    Handbags ladies.
    For those American amoungst us. How are they doing?
    Stoner was equal 6th in MotoGP wins in 2012 well ahead of such stars as Roberts and Gardiner.
    He won 2 championships with 2 different manufacturers.
    Now having said that his talent was inversely proportional to his ability to keep his gob shut.

    But credit where credit is due. His form in MotoGP is as follows: 8th, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 4th, 1st, 3rd.

    Looking at this, what is particulary funny is the current situation:
    Rossi wins 105
    Lil Dani and Lorenzo I’ll copythat 47 each. Merguez 27. Merguez has been at it since 2008. By then end of this year Rossi had 39 wins. Rossi’s record is safe I think.

  16. @smiler: You’re slippin’, mate. If Marquez = Merguez, the least you could do is call Stoner ‘Vegemite’ and Roberts ‘Cheez Whiz’ or sommat. Good grief, man, attention to detail!

  17. mxs says:

    @kev71 says:

    As for the “boring Spanish guys,” do you mean their riding ability or personalities?

    **************************
    Personalities on all days (I guess the language barrier is part of it, but charisma and lack of straight shooting is another ….). Riding not so, because all can ride, I think we all recognize that … but their racing pedigree is somewhat not excitement promoting. Marquez seems to be different, just the way he talks about risks and how he applies …. Lorenzo and Dani will settle if everything is not perfect on a given day. I’d take Cal Crutchlow any day over them … do you see the difference?