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.

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: Race Results from the Indianapolis GP

08/18/2013 @ 12:31 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

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MotoGP Race Results from the Indianapolis GP, Indiana:

Pos. Rider Team Bike KM/H Diff.
1 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team Honda 152.2 44’52.463
2 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 152.0 +3.495
3 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 151.8 +5.704
4 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 151.0 +19.895
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 151.0 +19.955
6 Alvaro BAUTISTA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 151.0 +20.061
7 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 150.8 +24.842
8 Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 149.9 +40.690
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 149.9 +40.701
10 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team Ducati 149.9 +40.823
11 Andrea IANNONE Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 148.9 +59.668
12 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar ART 148.5 +1’06.650
13 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 148.3 +1’09.462
14 Claudio CORTI NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 148.0 +1’15.207
15 Hiroshi AOYAMA Avintia Blusens FTR 147.8 +1’20.159
16 Hector BARBERA Avintia Blusens FTR 147.4 +1’25.879
17 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 147.2 +1’29.616
18 Michael LAVERTY Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 146.9 +1’36.388
19 Bryan STARING GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 145.9 1 Lap
Not Classified
Yonny HERNANDEZ Paul Bird Motorsport ART 147.2 10 Laps
Lukas PESEK Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 144.5 13 Laps
Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar ART 142.6 22 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
Blake YOUNG USA Attack Performance Racing APR 0 Lap

Source: MotoGP; Photo: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved


  1. L2C says:

    That was a great race. Wish Dani had won, but I’ll take the 2nd place finish. And I’ll also take the fact that Dani didn’t fade at the end!!! Yes! Finally! N0-fade-Pedrosa FTW! OK, for the 2nd place – but that’s what Pedrosa needs to do to win this thing.

    I admit, though, Pedro had me worried for a minute on the last laps. I was feeling pretty bummed, too.

    Anyway, great Rossi finish. That three-way fight between Bautista, Cruchlow and Rossi was epic. A whole lot of passes from them. Was very exciting.

    And the battle for eighth between Dovi, Hayden and Smith was really good, as well. Sucks that Smith elbowed pass Hayden, but that’s racing.

    It was a nail-biter till the very end. Márquez won – but he had help. LOL! He took advantage of two injured riders, but that’s racing, too. I’m just glad that Dani didn’t give and settle like he usually does. He took 2nd place. That bodes well for him for the rest of the season.


  2. Shawn says:

    Good race. I wasn’t surprised that Marquez won it; he seems all but unstoppable at the moment.

    The best actual racing was the 3-way battle for 4th place with Bautista, Crutchlow, and Rossi. That new tank of Crutchlow’s seemed to help the beginning of the race, but not the end (his other tank seemed to be the opposite). It could have been due to Indy having such a relatively bad surface, though. It’ll be interesting to see if Cal uses the new tank at Brno next weekend, and if it has any benefit to him. For the first 6 or 7 laps, it looked like he might actually have a shot at a podium finish.

    Not at all surprised that the Attack Racing entry blew up on Lap 1. As much as I applaud Richard Stanboli for basically being a one-man design team and building his own entry from scratch, I really think he let his reach exceed his grasp when he tried to compete in Moto GP. Seems basically a repeat of the earlier FP sessions, when Young lunched something in the top end and started spewing smoke all over. Cal certainly was up in arms about it when Blake Young wouldn’t get off the track.

    I wonder if anyone got a good, hi-res photo of both the factory Ducks getting airborne over the curbing on the last lap. Would have made a great poster!

    Unsurprisingly, the more exciting overall racing was in Moto 2, though, with a “Where the hell did he come from?” attack by Esteve Rabat for the win over a Nakagami that I thought for sure was running away with it.

    I hope that the production racer entries for 2014 help to close in the field. Having the top CRT entry finish over a full minute behind the factory bikes is a real non-starter. It really ends up dividing the race into two simultaneous races – the factory bikes in front, them all the CRT bikes scraggling along in the back field. In fact, by the numbers, the slowest CRT bike would have been lapped if the race lasted another handful of laps.

  3. Slangbuster says:

    Marquez could turn out to be the next Hailwood, Ago, Roberts, Rossi…. and I hope he does. He certainly has all the ingredients. Kudos to Rossi for clawing his way up to 4th and a big thanks to Bowling Ball Bautista for not knocking anyone down today. Loved the last turn last lap inside pass/punt by Hayden on Dovi (a little payback?) . Too bad that allowed Smith to get past…. but it was worth it. Amazing and inspiring that Lorenzo and Pedrosa are running up front with those injuries.

  4. mike says:

    “”and a big thanks to Bowling Ball Bautista for not knocking anyone down today. “”


  5. L2C says:

    “Bowling Ball Bautista”


    Wish I had thought of that! :)

  6. motogpbonehead says:

    With Marc’s younger sibling eclipsing Marc’s 125 record for first podium, hopefully in a few years we will see Marquez v Marquez

  7. Dan says:

    that was probably the most boring race of the season so far. Fell asleep half way through. Indy just doesn’t deliver the racing like other tracks. If not for Marquez, I probably would have turned it off. Thank God for WSBK

  8. Damo says:

    “Bowling Ball Bautista”

    Does have a nice ring to it.

    People call Johnny Rea “Rollerball Rea” sometimes too, haha.

    (Fans of both of them, but you have to laugh sometimes.)

  9. JW says:

    Hayden payback on Dovi:


  10. tony says:

    ok guys, just 1 question…

    whose coming second this year?