Casey Stoner Tops Day 2 Valencia Test Times

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.

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 Tops Day 2 Valencia Test Times

11/10/2010 @ 10:26 am, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

Casey Stoner Tops Day 2 Valencia Test Times Casey Stoner Honda RC212V Valencia test 635x454

Australian Casey Stoner topped the time sheets today at Valencia, in MotoGP’s second and last test at the Spanish track for week. Although clearly adapting to the Honda RC212V quickly, Stoner was still unable to touch Jorge Lorenzo’s top testing time from yesterday, with the World Champion being five hundredths of a second faster than the Aussie. While Stoner and Lorenzo were busy dazzling the at the front of the time sheet, the majority everyone’s attention was trained on Valentino Rossi, who tested over a second and half behind Stoner, putting him nearly at the bottom of the scrap heap for the day.

While many Rossi fans were expecting the Italian to light up the Spanish track on his new Ducati, Rossi battled a front-end issue (different from the one Stoner experienced) that prevented him pushing the GP11 hard in the testing sessions. Testing only the Big Bang motor, and not the Screamer, it looks like Ducati will stick in that direction for the 2011 season, as Nicky Hayden tested both motors and preferred the Big Bang configuration. Valentino Rossi and Crew Chief Jeremy Burgess will likely be talking to Ducati the rest of the week about where the team should focus its resources in developing the GP11 further. Testing results after the jump.

Day 2 MotoGP Test Times from Valencia (as of 5pm local time):

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Prev. Gap Lead. Gap Laps
1 Casey Stoner HRC 1:32.066 - - 63
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 1:32.179 +0.113 +0.113 30
3 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 1:32.322 +0.143 +0.256 49
4 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:32.450 +0.128 +0.384 63
5 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1:32.497 +0.047 +0.431 48
6 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 1:32.583 +0.086 +0.517 91
7 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1:32.738 +0.155 +0.672 86
8 Randy De Puniet Pramac Racing Team 1:32.836 +0.098 +0.770 73
9 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 1:32.942 +0.106 +0.876 68
10 Hiroshi Aoyama San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:33.105 +0.163 +1.039 83
11 Hector Barbera Paginas Amarillas Aspar 1:33.168 +0.063 +1.102 100
12 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:33.325 +0.157 +1.259 34
13 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:33.483 +0.158 +1.417 74
14 Loris Capirossi Pramac Racing Team 1:33.740 +0.257 +1.674 88
15 Valentino Rossi Ducati Team 1:33.761 +0.021 +1.695 70
16 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 1:33.793 +0.032 +1.727 68
17 Toni Elias LCR Honda MotoGP 1:34.800 +1.007 +2.734 86

Source: MotoGP


  1. Mark says:

    Based on Rossi’s lap times, I think the Ducati boys are drawing up a whole new bike as we speak.

  2. AD says:

    You don’t win anything by being fastest in testing! What we do know is that the Rossi/Burgess combination know how to develop a bike.

  3. joe says:

    back half of the pack, square one on a new bike, and wanting a championship this year, should be interesting.

  4. gnmac says:

    I know it’s probably way to expensive, but why not give Nicky the Big Bang and Rossi the Screamer?? Better yet, make Nicky just get used to the Screamer and give Rossi the engine he wants and feels he needs to drape the 2011 MotoGP championship in Ducati red!

  5. Minibull says:

    I wouldnt think Rossi would want the screamer, even though it has more power. Im guessing the big bang is similar to the M1′s crossplane in terms of power delivery. Maybe one less thing for him to get used to.

    Good to see Spies up at the top tho, heh

  6. Damo says:

    Wish Pedrosa was healthy enough to pull some better times. I guarantee Stoner is going to be a huge threat on that RC212V next year, although I would love to see Spies bring a championship back to the States.

    As you can see I will be heavily conflicted next season.

  7. Dr. Gellar says:

    I don’t think many people expected this kind of a wake-up call for Rossi, Ducati and company. Even if he wasn’t shooting for a fastest time, Rossi can’t possibly be pleased having only outpaced Karel Abraham and Toni Elias during the tests. I am pretty sure he’ll be back up towards the front by the beginning of the 2011 season, but he and the rest of the team have a lot of work to do. This transition will not be as easy as his switch to Yamaha from Honda appeared to be.

    Bet Red Bull might be wishing they had decided to put their paint-job on Stoner’s Honda for 2011 right about now. :-)

    I think Spies is showing that, despite some contrary opinions, there really is a significant difference between the factory and satellite Yamaha M1′s.

  8. Mark says:

    I think the Ducati GP bike suffers from the same issues as their Superbikes. A 90deg. Vee is difficult to position ideally in the chassis due to the need to place it further back in the chassis so the front tire can clear the front cylinder head. This shifts the weight balance further to the rear, resulting in not enough weight on the front end to make the tire work correctly. Ducati can get away with this in Superbike, but MotoGP bikes are at such a high level that this becomes a glaring deficiency.
    I think you’ll see them rotate the engine back so that the V is more vertical and push the motor forward, and lengthen the swingarm. Just like they’re planning on doing with the their new superbike.
    This should be a relatively straight forward mod, as it’s claimed that they can make a new frame quicker and cheaper in CF than in aluminum. I’m surprised that they didn’t try this solution a long time ago.