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.

MotoGP: Hector Barbera Sentenced to Six Months in Jail for Assault on Girlfriend

05/10/2013 @ 12:46 pm, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Hector Barbera Sentenced to Six Months in Jail for Assault on Girlfriend hector barbera 635x421

Reports are coming out from the Spanish media that Hector Barbera, of the Avintia Blusens MotoGP team, has been arrested for the assault and battery of a woman identified as his girlfriend. The incident took place after the Spanish GP, as Barbera and his girlfriend were staying in Jerez for a few extra days before heading to Le Mans for the French GP. Coming to blows during a heated argument, Barbera’s girlfriend was treated for bruises and contusions, and spent the night in the hospital.

Receiving a lightning-speed trial, both Barbera and his twenty-three-year-old girlfriend were found guilty of assault and battery against each other, with Hector being sentence to six months in jail, and his girlfriend receiving five months of jail time. The sentences can likely be commuted to community service time, according to the Spanish media.

Posted to his Facebook page, a statement from Barbera reads, “Related to the incidents happened today, just clarify that is has just been a simple couple discussion already solved by the Jerez Court and that both parts has accepted. We apologize the way the incidents had occurred, even if the Jerez Courts has solved equally for both parts.”

With just a week until the start of the French GP, it is not clear at this time what Barbera’s sentencing will mean for the Spaniard’s participation at Le Mans. However, we do know that the incident surely isn’t going to help his reputation in the MotoGP paddock, and we can only guess as to the ramifications it could have with his and the team’s sponsors.

Source: GPone, EFE, & Facebook

Comment:

  1. bemer2six says:

    so there are both going to jail fair! But I still think that HB should know how to control his temper! U just don’t go around beating up Girls.

  2. Tifo says:

    Motocross accident????? That was the excuse for his black eye in Jerez was it not? Did the other half throw the first punch? Ha ha. Seriously though, wtf?!?! What a mess and something to challenge Pedrosa’s boat captain exam fraud charge. What next? Hell…makes a change from tax evasion I guess.

  3. Sean says:

    That’s amazing. If this had happened in the US, he would be doing jail time and she would not even have been charged.

  4. JW says:

    Fellow inmates are going to make him their bitch, very unfortunate..

  5. Tcrook21 says:

    Sean is 100% correct.

  6. Chaz Michael Michaels says:

    @Sean,

    Not so fast. You clearly don’t have all the facts.

    Sources of no credibility close to this case and speaking in complete anonymity say that Hector’s girlfriend was Lorena Bobbit.

  7. Burtonium540 says:

    When you are 5’5/140lbs a fight against a 23YO girl is a fight for survival.

  8. Gutterslob says:

    He’ll be “looking for a tow” of a different kind now, I assume.

  9. JoeKing says:

    He has a roll model…

    http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news–general-news/molyneux-gets-18-months-probation-for-wife-attack/5120.html

    Classy guys

    His sentance has already been commuted to “public service”. It seems celebrites(?) in Europe are treated the same as here…OJ..Lohan..Senators/Representitives.. ad nauseum.

  10. B.T. says:

    @Tifo..HILARIOUS!! True ,I don’t think we have all the facts but…I like how they “BOTH” went to jail! Takes two to Tango. Gotta be hard to concentrate handling a MOTOGP BIKE @ SPEED and dealing with a “Nutjob” @home.
    That will take years off your life.
    I hope DORNA listens to his side of the story and treat him fair.

  11. Mr.X says:

    This story reminds me of my girl and me after Daytona one year…hotel security had to pull her off me.

    This is just what MotoGP needs, some better characters! Why aren’t any of these guys in and out of rehab? Oh, yea, we already have a bunch of crappy TV like that. Never mind.

    Now, if only there were some more non-Spaniards in the series getting the best bikes, then they could call it a “WORLD Championship.”

  12. Westward says:

    @Burtonium540

    HA HA HA HA…. LOL LOL LOL LOL….

    Or as the Spanish put it, JA JA JA JA….

  13. Alonzo says:

    Hey Sean had it been in the NFL there’d be no penalty at all unless a dog was involved. Des Bryant of the cowboys beat his MOM and didn’t miss a game

  14. TexusTim says:

    wow…comunity service ? I wonder what hector would qulify for ?

  15. David says:

    Lets not forget famous people are no different than the rest of use. Just Humans, nothing more nothing less.

    Humans have evolved very little in the human nature aspect since the days of the Caveman.

  16. meatspin says:

    courts work pretty fast over there. I wonder what sparked the row? Looking at HBs face, it seemed like he got told pretty good.

  17. David says:

    damnit….I read that a few times before posting and still missed the spelling of ….us….corrected from use.

    My spelling and comprehension has not evolved either.

  18. Ducati says:

    I strongly doubt he will have a career left in MotoGP. Honestly will the team continue with this guy? The team’s sponsors are definitely not liking this.

  19. Riccardo says:

    Their jail system isn’t run by private corporations milking the system and finding any reason to jail you on the spot and this wasn’t a Jodi Arias tax payer financed TV show hence the community service change.