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.

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.

MotoGP: Epic Racing in Catalunya

06/14/2009 @ 7:46 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Epic Racing in Catalunya Fiat Yamaha Rossi Lorenzo Catalunya motogp 560x358

With a tenth of a second separating Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi in yesterday’s qualifying, the Catalan GP was shaping up to be a MotoGP race worth watching. Adding to the intrigue was a course that is especially demanding on tires, and a heat wave that was sure to make the rubber selection ever more critical. Bridgestone brought to the track an asymmetrical tire compound that was expected to help teams, but with so many factors going on, race day was bound to get interesting.

The fans at the Circuit de Catalunya were given a treat of a race, that saw two riders battling it out until the very last turn. The end result is a three-way tie in the MotoGP Championship standings, and a season that is really starting to brim with excitement.

With the 90,000 fans in the little town of Montmeló, just outside of Barcelona, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo gridded on the starting line, knowing that only .013 seconds had separated the pair the previous day. With 25 laps to determine who would be the victor, neither rider seemed content to let the other one by without a fight.

The pair was so evenly matched, the only a tenth of a second separated them at the end of the Catalan GP as well.

From the start of the race, it was clear that the front row of the grid would be the only contenders for the lead. For the first 9 laps, Rossi, Lorenzo, and Stoner broke away from the pack, and seemed evenly matched. However, on the tenth lap, Casey Stoner, who was suffering from stomach pain, was not be able to hold onto the Fiat Yamaha pair. Watching the duo slip away, Casey could only sit in third place as a battle to the finish unfolded before him.

With the pair practically next to each other the entire race, Rossi passed Lorenzo early on in the race. By lap 13, Lorenzo returned the favor, squeaking in on the inside of Rossi. Rossi waited until lap 23 to make his next move on Lorenzo, out braking the Spaniard down the front straight. Now in the lead again, Rossi tried to pull away from Lorenzo, but Jorge wasn’t having any of it. Slipping behind the Italian coming down the straight on the very next lap, Lorenzo got around Rossi, and entered into Turn 1 ahead of his teammate.

Neck-and-neck for the next two laps, Lorenzo slammed the door on Rossi in the last lap, but two turns later Rossi gave it another go around, but can’t seem to make the pass stick. With only a few more turns left, it seems Lorenzo might pull off a home town victory. But as the pair enter the last turn, Rossi made one final move around Lorenzo, and the pair drag race it to the finish line. Rossi having just the extra edge from the pass, crossed ahead of Jorge by a margin of only .095 seconds.

Photo Sequence of Rossi’s pass on Lorenzo in the last corner:

Commenting about his victory, Rossi only had this to say:

“In Italian you would just say about that race, ‘Mama Mia!’. This battle with Lorenzo was very, very close. Our two bikes are set-up very well and we had the same pace so I knew we would get to the end of the race like that so it was fantastic.

It was a great race and we know that Lorenzo is very strong, so to try and beat him in the future we have to be at 100%. I’m so happy about today and my 99th GP win. It was so important to take this victory here in Barcelona, more than just the 25 points, because for me, for my team and for the crowd it is just fantastic, so I think the show was unbelievable.”

This was the first time since Estorial in 2006 that a MotoGP race was decided on the last corner, and the 2009 Catalan GP might go down as the best race of the season, if not one of the more important ones standings-wise. Stoner would finish third, but having trouble with his health, would find Andrea Dovizioso trailing him by only .15 seconds.

Dani Pedrosa also finished the race, although in a disappointing 6th place. The fact the young Spaniard even raced today is a showing of his commitment to his fans and team, although it probably wasn’t the result he was looking for.

Today was Rossi’s 99th career victory. MotoGP will test in Catalunya tomorrow on Monday, and then prepare for the Dutch GP at Assen, where Rossi will look for his 100th career win.

Race Results for the 2009 MotoGP Catalan GP outside of Barcelona, Spain:

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerTimeDiff
146Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA43’11.897
299Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA43’11.9920.095
327Casey STONERDUCATI43’20.7818.884
44Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA43’20.8338.936
565Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI43’31.72819.831
63Dani PEDROSAHONDA43’34.07922.182
75Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA43’35.44423.547
814Randy DEPUNIETHONDA43’37.16225.265
936Mika KALLIODUCATI43’43.69431.797
1069Nicky HAYDENDUCATI43’45.49033.593
117Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI43’48.58036.683
1215Alex DEANGELISHONDA43’48.77136.874
1352James TOSELANDYAMAHA43’51.33039.433
1433Marco MELANDRIKAWASAKI43’56.68544.788
1559Sete GIBERNAUDUCATI43’58.65146.754
1688Niccolo CANEPADUCATI44’07.77055.873
1741Gabor TALMACSIHONDA44’39.5371’27.640
Not Classified
24Toni ELIASHONDA15’45.21416 laps
Not finished first lap
72Yuki TAKAHASHIHONDA

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