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.

Larry Pegram Says Ciao to Ducati

11/16/2010 @ 5:23 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

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Larry Pegram announced today that he will not be riding a Ducati in the AMA American Superbike series. Pegram initially put together the Team Foremost Insurance / Pegram Racing team in 2006 with the help of Ducati North America, and campaigned the Ducati 1198R Superbike last season to a fourth place Championship position. Pegram is expected to announce what bike he will campaign next week, with the idle gossip in the AMA paddock suggesting either a Suzuki or Kawasaki.

“I truly appreciate each and every fan who came to the races to cheer on the team,” Pegram said in his press release. “Ducatisti are very enthusiastic about racing and that really helped our good races become great races.”

“I am very proud of the results that Foremost Insurance / Pegram Racing achieved for Ducati and I am very appreciative of the support they gave the team, especially Michael Lock and the employees of Ducati North America and Corse,” continued Pegram. “It is with a very heavy heart, that I announce we will be unable to continue racing with the brand in 2011.”

We couldn’t reach Ducati for a comment on Pegram’s announcement (although we might be able to lure a PR person out in the comments section), but it is interesting to note Pegram’s mentioning of former Ducati North America CEO Michael Lock, who left the company earlier this year. Perhaps Lock’s departure has something to do with Pegram’s move.

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Comment:

  1. Mark says:

    Aprilia RSV4, hopefully??

  2. 76 says:

    maybe Ducati North America not playing a supporting role anymore might have alittle more to do with it than Lock, just a guess.

  3. Other Sean says:

    Always seemed like the red headed step child of Ducati racing. But yes, Lock’s gone, and Ducati production racing seems to now be the red headed step child of the factory!

  4. Faster1 says:

    It’s sad, that even in the states, the worldwide prestigious motorcycle company, Ducati, which was once synonymous with racing is all but gone from racing. No doubt that they are putting all their eggs (finances) in the Valentino Rossi GP basket, all at the expense of all other series. If I were a share holder in a company which made these crazy decisions, I would be furious. Even if Valentino wins a title for Ducati (which seems unlikely), does Ducati really expect global financial returns from the limited exposure? I guess that selling their (once dominant) sportbikes to john Q Public is not that important anymore. There is no longer a publicly viewed platform to showcase their factory efforts. Satilites never have the factory clout.
    Ducati worldwide factory racing will be missed. VR had the right shirt, it just needs to be modified “Bye Bye Ducati Sport-bike Racing”.
    2cents

  5. Dave says:

    I read somewhere that KTM might be interested in getting in to AMA.
    Would be cool to see Larry on an RC8 next year.

  6. Neil says:

    Think BMW people….BMW…

  7. The whole “Ducati abandoned WSBK to pay for Rossi” rumor really has to stop (this is the first I’ve heard it with an AMA twist though). Marlboro picked up the tab for Rossi (and pays a HUGE portion of Ducati’s MotoGP bill), the same went for Xerox in WSBK. The idea that Rossi’s 15 million euro rumored salary would cause the demise of all of Ducati’s other racing efforts is a bit ridiculous.

  8. joe says:

    Who does have a factory team in AMA? Do they yellow flag laps while speed is on commercials? Is it true 2012 AMA superbike will only run on nascar ovals? Will Ducati stop making production motorcycles to pay Rossis salary?

  9. John says:

    There really is little benefit I can see to any factory supporting AMA racing, The races are a mess, lightly attended, TV coverage has low ratings. As expensive as fielding a race team is, a factory has to be ablel to believe that its investment will result in increased exposure and sales. Couple the poor product DMG has set out with a rotten economy and it is easy to see why all the factories, not just Ducati have little interest in the AMA program.

    As to World Superbike, that series has its act fully together. I believe that Ducati has bowed out of a factory effor in a snit over what it feels are unfair rules. Truth be told, Ducati’s current superbike platform just is not quite good enough, so Ducati is probably smart to save the euros and put those funds into developing its next superbike.

  10. k- says:

    In response to “John,” I am not sure what you mean by the races being a “mess” but I found the AMA races this year to be highly entertaining (much better than many of the WSBK and Moto GP races)and many of the riders agreed that it is much better now. I went to WSBK, AMA and Moto GP events this year and all were lightly attended in the U.S. European events had a much better atmosphere overall.

    I do agree with you about the TV coverage but hey…. it’s SPEED. you can only watch so many episodes of “Pinks,” “Pinks ALL-OUT,” and NASCAR practice!

    I also agree that Ducati’s bike is not up to par with the others so a full factory effort is not economical on their part.

  11. 76 says:

    Actually the rumor is that Eraldo Ferracci is the going to be running a team for 2011, rider unkown..

  12. Other Sean says:

    There’s too much going on at once with Ducati to really know what’s what. I’ve a hard time believing that suddenly last year the 1198 was uncompetitive when it almost won the year before, and did win the year prior to that.

  13. Halfie30 says:

    Ducati has clearly moved out of factory SBK teams to focus that money on it’s next Super Bike. From rumors going around they may actually run cam chains instead of belts. If this is the case I hope the “old” belt cam bikes become the new “supersport” line of Duc’s, but that is just me dreaming… LOL.