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: Qualifying Results from Austin

04/20/2013 @ 1:17 pm, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

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MotoGP Qualifying Results from the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, TX:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeKM/HTimeDiff.
1Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda TeamHonda341.62’03.021-
2Dani PEDROSARepsol Honda TeamHonda339.12’03.2750.254
3Jorge LORENZOYamaha Factory RacingYamaha335.02’04.1001.079
4Cal CRUTCHLOWMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha332.42’04.2671.246
5Stefan BRADLLCR Honda MotoGPHonda336.82’04.4451.424
6Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati TeamDucati336.52’04.8731.852
7Alvaro BAUTISTAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda335.72’04.9421.921
8Valentino ROSSIYamaha Factory RacingYamaha335.22’05.3802.359
9Aleix ESPARGARO*Power Electronics AsparART320.12’05.3892.368
10Nicky HAYDENDucati TeamDucati336.52’05.5682.547
11Bradley SMITH*Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha334.12’06.7403.719
12Ben SPIESIgnite Pramac RacingDucati333.82’07.0444.023
3Andrea IANNONE*Energy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati335.02’06.8720.760
4Randy DE PUNIETPower Electronics AsparART315.32’07.1291.017
5Hector BARBERAAvintia BlusensFTR316.92’07.7171.605
6Yonny HERNANDEZ*Paul Bird MotorsportART315.42’07.7381.626
7Michael LAVERTY*Paul Bird MotorsportPBM310.22’08.2592.147
8Colin EDWARDS*NGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki313.42’08.4752.363
9Claudio CORTI*NGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki315.92’08.7922.680
10Danilo PETRUCCI*Came IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter315.02’08.8252.713
11Hiroshi AOYAMA*Avintia BlusensFTR310.02’09.0622.950
12Bryan STARING*GO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda311.62’10.0983.986
13Lukas PESEK*Came IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter313.82’10.5074.395
14Blake YOUNG*Attack Performance RacingAPR307.22’10.6064.494
15Karel ABRAHAM*Cardion AB MotoracingART310.52’23.31717.205

*Participated in QP1

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

Comment:

  1. L2C says:

    That shit was crazy! I’m in the process of filing a lawsuit against Márquez to cover the expenses of picking my jaw up from off of the floor, since he’s the one responsible for it being down there in the first place.

    That was the most ridiculous practice and qualifying sessions I have ever seen. Just absolutely unreal. Every time Pedrosa closed the gap, or even took the lead spot, at one point, Márquez would slash another second or half a second from his fastest time and reclaim the top position. Nobody. No. Bah. Dee. Could keep up with him. Nuts!

    That’s gonna be some race tomorrow. Just hope my man Dani can pull through and finish in the top two on the podium. I’d hate for him to be demoralized. And especially since it’s so early in the season. I have faith. He can do it, but it’s going to be awfully hard to do it tomorrow at that circuit.

    At least no one knows how a race is going to play out there. Hopefully it doesn’t get too messy.

  2. Westward says:

    Dragging Elbow ! That’s an insane pic. Dani Pedrosa’s heart is going to burst if Marquez takes victory. Assuming they finish one two with Lorenzo third, ties Marquez for the lead… Unless Cal manages to upset the Yamaha order of the universe, and drops Jorge to fourth, than Marc would lead overall.

    Then we would here the Spanish media trumpet the call about the first rookie champion since Roberts I think….

  3. TheSeaward says:

    Someone give Espargaro a real bike. That man is killing it.

  4. Joe says:

    Marquez is a beast!
    Amazing talent!
    If he can be consistent we may be looking at the next Rossi!
    Of course, the Honda may be the best bike on the grid as well.
    Joe

  5. pooch says:

    …and how does VR46 feel, edging out a CRT rider by 9 thousandths of a second, Rossi having extensively tested at COTA where Aleix has not – have said it before on this forum and I’ll say it again, Aleix needs a factory ride!

    And Marquez is a Beast – no question. I’d love to see him take his maiden victory at COTA. Methinks that will be a popular win there, seeing as you U.S guys, like us Aussies, have no-one in contention this year (sniffs)

  6. L2C says:

    Apparently Rossi’s bike is suffering from brake issues. Not sure what that means. Is he being forced to brake earlier than he would like? That would definitely increase his lap times.

  7. SBPilot says:

    Yea MM is killing it. He may even win the title this year, his talent is beyond everyone else, full stop.

    And yes, Espargaro is just incredible. Everyone last year criticizing CRTs and now look at how well they are doing just after one year. Especially ESP he is really class act on that bike. I am very curious what Aspar will do, lease a Honda or build a frame with an M1 engine or will Aprilia create an engine as powerful as the prototypes. Problem for ESP is he will have to relearn a new bike and redevelop the entire thing again if they go either Honda or M1 engine route and then be disadvantaged again having no data from a previous year to build on .

  8. Gutterslob says:

    Yup, Marquez killed em all in that qualifying session. Like they say in America, Mad Skillz!!

    Question:
    That number 74 on MM’s front fender; that his own tribute to Daijiro Kato, or is it a HRC thing?

  9. Gutterslob says:

    ^ Never mind. Found the answer.

    It’s the 10th anniversary of Kato’s death.
    http://www.redbull.com/en/motorsports/motogp/stories/1331586984833/breaking-news-future-and-past-are-present-in-austin

    A Gresinni thing, but I suppose every rider would want to put a 74 sticker this weekend.