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: Lap Record Falls During Qualifying for Indy GP

08/27/2011 @ 12:20 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Lap Record Falls During Qualifying for Indy GP Ben Spis Qualifying Indianapolis GP

Lapping under perhaps the best conditions Indianapolis has to offer in late-August, MotoGP took to The Brickyard for the 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Though Indy’s newly paved track failed to impress riders with its first impression, as more rubber was put down on the racing line during the weekend’s sessions, the pavement increased its grip, making for some impressive lap times in the later practice sessions.

With Casey Stoner breaking Indy’s outright best lap time during FP3 with a 1’39.552 lap time (the previous “Best Lap Time” was set in 2009 by Dani Pedrosa with a 1’39.790), all eyes were on the Australian during qualifying to see if he could further push Indy’s outright top lap on two-wheels even further down on the stopwatch. Eyes were also on American Ben Spies, who has been consistently at the top of the timesheet all weekened.

Riding at a track he calls home, Spies said after the Free Practice that if he could get close to Stoner’s pace, he had a serious shot at a victory in front of his American fans. Was Spies within striking at the end of Qualifying, find out after the jump.

With Casey Stoner decimating Indy’s track record again, the Repsol Honda rider posted a 1’38.850 for the pole position, over half a second quicker than Ben Spies, who said his setup wouldn’t let him push the front tire any further than he was. Following Spies onto the front row was teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who overcame dismal practice sessions to round out the Top 3. With the two factory Yamahas up front, Stoner should have plenty to contend with if he doesn’t make a breakaway start.

Making bids from the second row are Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, and Colin Edwards, as the Texas Tornado showed promise all weekend, and clearly knows his way around the Indy infield. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow’s race to see how it all sorts out, but it looks like it could be the fastest GP race at Indy ever held.

Qualifying Results from the Indianapolis GP at Indy:

Pos.No.RiderNationTeamTimeDiff.
127Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda Team1’38.850-
211Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory Racing1’39.3730.523
31Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory Racing1’39.6290.779
426Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda Team1’39.9471.097
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda Team1’40.0241.174
65Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 31’40.0981.248
758Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda Gresini1’40.2041.354
869Nicky HAYDENUSADucati Team1’40.2441.394
919Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGP1’40.3331.483
108Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGP1’40.3601.510
1135Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 31’40.6201.770
1214Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing Team1’40.8151.965
137Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda Gresini1’40.9252.075
1446Valentino ROSSIITADucati Team1’40.9752.125
1524Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGP1’41.0302.180
1617Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB Motoracing1’41.0852.235
1765Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing Team1’41.0922.242

Source: MotoGP; Photo: © 2011 Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. Rexr says:

    Shouldn’t it be Stoner in the photo considering he’s the fastest……..dohhh…..

  2. and if we stuck to that rule, we’d have people complaining about spoilers. Lose/lose either way. I just tell Scott to give me a cool photo.

  3. Sean in Oz says:

    Just a coincidence that its a photo of an American then?

  4. Rexr says:

    So Scot hasn’t got a cool photo of Stoner then has he….???? I’ve got nothing again Spies as I follow his racing…..and it is a cool photo but it’s of the wrong person…….which happens alot on here…;0)

  5. As I said before, if we always posted a photo of the qualifying/race winner, you’d be on here complaining about spoilers.

  6. Rexr says:

    U’d have no complaints from me m8………I’d say ur getting more complaints now to honest….lol

  7. Dunno about that. Like I said, it’s a lose/lose.

  8. Rexr says:

    Typical answer….

  9. hoyt says:

    How ’bout a complaint to the complainers above? For fucks sake, it is a race photo with an article about an upcoming race.

  10. Rexr says:

    Hey beeler if u going to take my answer out for the second time for swearing make sure u take hoyts out as well……….