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.

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.

Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

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01/30/2011 @ 2:46 am, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

Comment:

  1. HG says:

    “I´ll miss this number next year!”

  2. gildas says:

    Lorenzo, the only man capable of being Motor GP world champion, AND a profondly boring wanabe at the same time…

  3. ML says:

    I thought JL had “big brother” issues, but it looks like he’s just a douche.

  4. froryde says:

    Actually I think the initial-number-logo thing is quite cool. Too bad he’s still a douchebag.

  5. Rolf says:

    “Jorge presents the new “Junior League” logo”

    (Heh. That cap and the baggy pants makes him look like a 12 year old skate kid)

  6. William says:

    What a bunch of pathetic losers the people who Hate are . Jorge is not my favorite rider,but he is a more than a deserving Champion . He has proven that thru-out his career. I tried to find Motogp sites besides crash in order to escape the whiners and crybaby’s, but it seems that some have found this site too.

    The real posers and douche bags are the people who cannot understand and have absolutely No clue- as to how much talent it takes to even make it on the Grid: let alone do what Jorge did last year.

    Comment on his looks and his behavior, though i believe the Story concerned the Number not his appearance or if he didn’t behave to your standards, grow up and say something relevant.

  7. SBPilot says:

    @ William.

    Though I agree with you to a certain extent. I think it’s fair to assume that no one doesn’t appreciate his talent, it’s evidently there and he’s superbly quick. He just portrays himself as the many descriptions posted by others, ala “douchebag” , “12 year old skate kid” , “wannabe”, most of which are true.

    Regardless of your skill and accomplishments, if you present yourself the way he does, unfortunately, you don’t win too many people’s hearts. He’s on top of the world, and he’s also only 24 years old, so telling him to grow up is out of the question it seems, but really, it’s him who needs to grow up a bit. His manager should be giving him some guidance perhaps.

  8. 76 says:

    +1
    Agreed JL proved he was the best last year and thats no small challenge, thats the best rider in the world. I also hope he realizes he needs to be more of himself (whoever that is) and work with that. His after race theatrics did not show well, they as everyone has already commented seemed contrived and forced rather than fun, let alone un original. It showed he was still trying to prove something when he was already the best racer.

    Maybe he needs a hypeman instead, like his very own Flavor Flav or something cause hes needs to hang up his acting career and keep with the racing which he has already proved, hes the one to beat.

    The logo, its cool, looks good lets get on with the season already.

  9. gildas says:

    I’m not a hater, I admire his talent to no ends. He is a master of his art on a bike.

    BUT, and this is just a vain BUT, he seems to be very ill advised by someone on what to do and how to look. He probably is a great guy, with stories about sliding the front at 140mph, but some people want to make him look like a cross between a skate kid and Jesse James AND fooling no one.

    I wish PR asshats would leave him the fuck alone.

  10. Anthony says:

    When these guys act like themselves they are hated on as well so I guess there is no winning for them. Pedrosa is a great example. He dresses and acts like himself, but he gets hated on to no end for having no personality, style, flair, etc… and now JL for having too much.

    Why anyone cares about any of it I’ll probably never know. If JL wants to get rich by dressing and acting like a fool good for him. If Perdosa wants to keep his dignity, good for him. None of it means anything to me. I’m just interested in who does what on the track. Boring I know.

  11. Rolf says:

    Jorge’s victory is well deserved, he’s a very skilled rider, a joy to look at (riding!) and we’re glad he’s part of the field. We’re just making a bit of fun about his hat, come on, lighten up.

  12. 76 says:

    Anthony,
    I think Ben Spies proves your point that they can be themselves, a racer, talk about racing and without the confetti and cape but still be respected, popular and respected. Yes they can just be racers and still win both ways, it just takes more time. Theatrics, I’m all for it, its fun and it can be emotional and entertaining, it also can go terribly wrong and well your going to get called on it when it does.

    I will bite my tounge with concern for Dani Pedrosa and Alberto Puig.

  13. What happens next year he’s not the champion? back to 99 ? Cool and douchy at the same time.