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.

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.