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 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.


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


  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:

    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:

    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.