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 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.

The Countdown to V-Day

07/29/2010 @ 3:10 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

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No it’s not Victory Day, nor Valentine’s Day, and not even the next showing of the Vagina Monologues, the countdown to V-Day in the motorcycle world is the day that Valentino Rossi announces his move to Ducati in MotoGP racing. Slated to occur at Brno during the Czech GP because of a gentlemen’s agreement, Valentino Rossi’s announcement will be the crack in the doors that opens the flood gates of other announcements. Like a line of domino’s strewn about the MotoGP paddock, Rossi’s plans for 2011 are the tipping stone that sets the rest of the paddock in motion…and we’re sure he’d have it no other way.

For starters, Rossi’s departure leaves a vacancy at the Factory Yamaha team that must be filled. Perhaps the second (or third) worst kept secret in the MotoGP paddock, the promotion of Ben Spies to a factory Yamaha bike is also directly linked to Rossi’s departure. Talking today to the Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport, Fiat-Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis all but confirmed this notion saying,  “If one of our two riders leave, then he [Spies] will be in the team.” “We believe we will have a winning team in 2011,” Jarvis continued. Likely wanting to offset the commotion that the departure of Rossi will bring, we can expect Yamaha to counter-announce the signing of both Lorenzo and Spies to the factory squad when Ducati announces the arrival of Vale.

Don’t expect the winning team that Jarvis mentioned to be called Fiat-Yamaha though. With Valentino out the door, the Italian car company is expected to leave with the Italian rider. Presumably Fiat was keen to snuggle up with Rossi to help bolster Ferrari’s, a Fiat subsidiary, chances of getting Valentino to drive/race in Formula 1…and occasionally hock Italian cars to European families. Thus with no Valentino in the mix, no Fiat sponsorship for the team.

Yamaha has been in talks with Petronas, who is already a current sponsor, in taking on a larger role in the team’s landscape, which could make the announcement at Brno a big one for Yamaha. There are also reports that Telefonica Moviestar would like to enter back into MotoGP racing, and a Spanish company sponsoring a Spanish soon-to-be Champion (Lorenzo), makes a lot of sense/cents in our minds.

All of this commotion at the factory level leaves a vacuum in the satellite squads. With Spies certain to move up from Monster Tech3 Yamaha to the factory squad, Team Manager Hervé Poncharal has all but assured us that a British rider will enter back into the team. With the UK being a large market for MotoGP, and no British riders in the series, there is certainly a lot of pressure on Dorna to bring in a worthy rider from the island country.

Who that rider will be leaves us with some conjecture, but perhaps the larger question is the status of Colin Edwards. Poncharal made no qualms telling us that he’s seen the American rider quietly discontent with his situation. Will he remain at Tech3? Remain in MotoGP? Remain in motorcycle racing? Only time will tell, so keep counting down the days during the summer break to Brno.

Source: MotoMattersCrash.net

Comment:

  1. N2bateu says:

    What would the team be called if fiat comes with rossi?
    Fiat-marlboro anyone??

  2. that other guy says:

    hi there
    new moto fan here getting on the wagon, what exactly is a factory team or a satellite team?? or when a bike is/not factory whaterver,
    thanks

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  5. Maxx says:

    Ducati Marlboro fiat……..who knows

    As for ur question well a factory team is as it sounds offical yamaha team and the satelite is well a private team (like u could run if u had the money) hope this helps..

  6. I wouldn’t count on team name change at Ducati. They’re already sponsored by Marlboro, which is also the main sponsor behind the Ferrari F1 team. Marlboro and Fiat may be different entities, but they have similar objectives.

  7. Sean Mitchell says:

    I wonder, is Ducati so over the moon with getting Rossi that they’re going to let him run his awful dayglow green colors on his leathers and number plate? That’ll look nasty against Bologna red.

  8. loki says:

    @ Sean Mitchell: lol. Well said. Though, with Rossi and Ducati being italian, I am sure that they will come to a right agreement. And it will look good. As, again, thay are italian… So yes, it will look good, don’t worry :)

  9. Scatterbrained says:

    Just wondering, why a pic of Lorenzo with this story?

  10. Jenny Gun says:

    Lorenzo’s rising star is one of the big reasons Rossi is leaving Fiat-Yamaha in the first place…that and he’s counting in the photo, and this is a “countdown” post.

  11. eze1976 says:

    actually looking forward to seeing how rossi/drudi incorporate the trademark colors into the mix, going to be a challenge but something pretty cool will come of it I’m sure