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 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.

Ducati CEO Confirms Rossi/Hayden for 2011

08/03/2010 @ 7:29 pm, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS

Ducati CEO Confirms Rossi/Hayden for 2011 Rossi Ducati Desmosedici 46 photoshop

UPDATE: Ducati has denied del Torchio’s statements in Cycle World’s article.

It’s not like we didn’t already know that Rossi had signed with Ducati, but Ducati Motor Holdings CEO Gabriele del Torchio let it slip during an interview with Cycle World magazine that both Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi would be riding with Ducati for 2011. This makes the first person at Ducati to go on the record about next year’s MotoGP rider line-up at the Italian company, which should send Ducatisti into a fervor, and drool marinara sauce.

Del Torchio’s exact words to Cycle World were: “Nicky is a wonderful person and a great rider. This year, he greatly contributed to improving our Desmosedici racer. Next year, he and Valentino will hone the bike to its ultimate winning potential.” Del Torchio goes on to tell Cycle World about the upcoming “Vyper/Mega Monster” bike that will debut at Milan, if you like your desmo’s go on over to Cycleworld.com and read the full article.

According to our sources, Valention Rossi signed with Ducati a month ago, during the Catalan GP. It was rumored that Rossi was set to announce his move to Ducati while in Barcelona, which fit with the information we received, but later when that announcement didn’t come, news of a gentlemen’s agreement between Yamaha and Ducati came to the surface. With Rossi himself saying he would make an announcement at Brno, everyone is waiting to see what happens after the Czech GP on August 15th…that is of course until today with del Torchio’s confirmation.

While many knew about the Stoner/Honda switch, we think with all the leaks this story has sprung, Rossi moving to Ducati is officially the worst kept secret in the MotoGP paddock.

Source: Cycle World via Ducati News Today

Comment:

  1. MotoGP needed this to be confirmed, now confirmation of other movements should follow. Truly a massive coup for DUCATI!!

  2. This move makes motoGP more exciting :-)
    and hopefully develops more talent to par with vale

  3. Peter G says:

    Looks like I stop being a DUCATI fan now… Back to HONDA for me…

  4. maha dey tambi says:

    i cannot believe it..how can rossi sign agreement with the ducati camp while he still have contract with yamaha?i like to see him so..but that i think imposible right now..imposible..rossi still not giving any clues about this issue..

  5. Peter G says:

    Not a problem. After all, STONER has signed for HONDA for 2011 and beyond. So, ROSSI has now signed for DUCATI for 2011 and beyond. Happens all the time in sport..

  6. Ducati CEO Let’s Rossi/Hayden News Slip – http://aspha.lt/18t #motorcycle

  7. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Ducati CEO Confirms Rossi/Hayden for 2011 http://aspha.lt/18t #motogp #rossi #FTW #motomatters

  8. NORICK says:

    ” According to our sources, Valention Rossi signed with Ducati a month ago, during the Catalan GP “…mmmmmmm… none of them were here in Barcelona that weekend…

  9. KK says:

    next year is gonna be so exciting for motogp

    Ducati paddock is gonna be like a giant uberitalian supersandwich with an italian rider on an italian bike sponsored by an itlian car company (if he brings fiat)

  10. Isaac says:

    FIAT will follow Rossi. I don’t know that will play with teh Marlboro sponsor. Maybe a small blu white logo on the faring where the TIM logo is now. Kind of like of the Ferrari F60-10.

  11. John says:

    OOPS! CW is retracting this story.

  12. wheres the cw link john?

  13. just an update its confirmed guys,
    rossi will now ride for ducati

  14. johndoe says:

    maybe petronas is the main sponsor for ducati next year if rossi join ducati?? Petronas Ducati Racing Team…hmmm not bad

  15. nick b says:

    This is what you get when you simply cherry pick media stories and/or press releases.

    The deal has not been done, as confirmed by Ducati.

    Both Ducati and Jarvis (for Yamaha) have confirmed that VR has both deals in front of him and to date has not decided. Brno may see a development.

    A key issue has been Jeremy Burgess’ reluctance to start from square one all over again.

    In the meantime, lazy journalism like the above informs no one.

  16. hey yamaha is giving a hint on what will happen in Brno this weekend! :-)
    http://www.ducatirossi.com/2010/08/yamaha-is-giving-hint-to-what-will.html

    Thats 99% sure rossi is moving to ducati!!!!

  17. nick b says:

    He probably will go, the point I was making was that a week ago he had both deals in front of him and had not commited, which was why Ducati were forced to isssue the denial.

    Until he opens his mouth and confirms its all speculation.

    The real question is Jerry Burgess. Even with JB, I cant see Ducati troubling Lorenzo next year.