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: Stop-and-Go Qualifying at Assen

06/30/2012 @ 12:03 am, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

MotoGP: Stop and Go Qualifying at Assen Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Assen 2 635x421

With the Dutch TT taking place on a Saturday, instead of the customary Sunday afternoon for race days, the schedule for MotoGP has been shifted ahead a day, and accordingly qualifying comes to us from a Friday. A pleasant way to end the work-week, the Dutch weather apparently didn’t get the memo before filing its TPS report of off-and-on rain, which made for an interesting qualifying session. Giving riders fifteen minutes of dry track, a drizzle hit Assen, which quickly brought the riders back into the pit box.

Getting a second chance at things though, qualifying only had another 15 minutes of dry track, as qualifying was again interrupted by the rain. With the third time being the charm, riders thrice had a chance for a maximum-speed lap, though only five minutes remained in the session. Still for many, this was enough of an opportunity to get a few flying laps on the time sheets, making for a very sporadic, yet oddly entertaining show for the assembled Dutch fans.

The biggest surprise of the whole qualifying session was Casey Stoner, who in the last remaining laps put on a free clinic of how to ride a chattering Honda RC213V faster than anyone else on the grid, including the well-behaving Yamahas. Overcoming his lackluster week thus far, Stoner will start from pole, followed by teammate Dani Pedrosa. Rounding out the front row is Jorge Lorenzo, who continues to have a firm grip on the MotoGP Championship.

A surprise second-row starter is Stefan Bradl, who got a solid tow from Valentino Rossi down the final section of the Dutch circuit, he will start from the fourth position on his satellite Honda. Meanwhile Cal Crutchlow will start fifth, after getting slowed-down with the paddock’s least favorite rider, Hector Barbera. Rounding out row two is Ben Spies, whose racing orders might be “do or die” on Saturday, as the Texan won at Assen last year.

Noticeably off the pace was Karel Abraham, who is still nursing an injured hand from Catalunya. The Czech rider sat out the British GP, and is clearly not even close to 100% in his riding form. Top CRT goes to RdP, though teammate Aleix Espargaro has been showing an improved form, making for a good scrap between the two Aspar riders. Noticeably going nowhere were the Ducati riders, which included Valentino Rossi, who was once again out-qualifed by his teammate Nicky Hayden.

Qualifying Results from the Dutch TT at Assen, The Netherlands:

Pos.RiderNationTeamBikeKM/HTimeDiff.
1Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda303.41’33.713-
2Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda303.41’33.8280.115
3Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha305.71’34.0010.288
4Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda304.01’34.0350.322
5Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha299.01’34.4860.773
6Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha297.21’34.6440.931
7Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha299.61’34.6980.985
8Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda299.41’34.7221.009
9Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati300.01’34.7511.038
10Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati302.11’35.0571.344
11Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati305.01’35.2891.576
12Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART286.61’35.8302.117
13Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART286.31’36.0072.294
14Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR283.21’36.6472.934
15Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART284.71’36.9433.230
16Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda270.01’36.9673.254
17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati302.81’37.1103.397
18Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR279.81’37.1913.478
19James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART283.51’37.2813.568
20Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR284.31’37.5543.841
21Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter283.41’38.3054.592

Comment:

  1. Gutterslob says:

    The race is over now, but I’m posting here just to say that Stoner’s pole lap was the highlight of the entire weekend. It was simply godlike!!