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 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: Mixed Weather for Qualifying at Jerez

04/28/2012 @ 1:31 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Mixed Weather for Qualifying at Jerez 2012 Spanish GP Jerez Friday Scott Jones 41

With rain in all three of MotoGP’s Free Practice Sessions at Jerez, qualifying for the Spanish GP was unsurprisingly shaped by the weather. Getting a dry track with damp sections, riders were able to go out initially on slicks, though mid-way through it looked like rain could cut short the chance for lap-time improvements. The weather more or less cooperated though, only interrupting the qualifying briefly, though it did help make for some interesting results, with more than a few riders caught sliding along the asphalt.

The highlight of qualifying was surely the closing minutes, as Spaniards Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa traded lap times back and forth for the pole position. With Lorenzo just edging out Pedrosa in the last two laps, the Spanish duo will be set to continue their battle with each other tomorrow. A second back from the pace of the factory Yamaha and factory Honda, Nicky Hayden rode an impressive session on his factory Ducati, and just squeaked ahead of British rider Cal Crutchlow, who looked to be a contender for the pole spot for most of the session.

Getting a front row start at the Qatar GP, Crutchlow has been shining star in Yamaha, and once again has bested factory rider Ben Spies, as well as teammate Andrea Dovizioso. With Spies’s spot on the factory Yamaha MotoGP team coming under serious question with the latest results, the American has to improve his position in the Yamaha ranks if he wants to keep his seat come contract renewal time. With Crutchlow looking to move out of the satellite unit, and Dovi moving to Tech 3 expressly to make an audition for the factory team, the inter-Yamaha rivalry is heating up nicely.

Making an embarrassment out of the Ducatis of Karel Abraham, Hector Barbera, and Valentino Rossi, the CRT effort of Randy de Puniet on the Aprilia ART made a Top 10 qualifying position. Decimating Colin Edwards on the BMW/Suter, de Puniet will be the CRT rider to watch on Sunday, with the question being how many prototype bike scalps he can collect in the process.

One of the scalps that is certainly up for grabbing is surprisingly, or perhaps unsurprisingly, Valentino Rossi’s, who excelled with the Ducati in wet conditions, but continues to flounder during dry ones. Unable to ride the GP12 the way he wants to, Rossi’s pace has brought about some talk as to whether the Italian is sandbagging his results in order to push Ducati in a direction that will see the Italian factory incorporate features the Italian rider has requested — one of which is an engine with a more usable power band (the GP12 is widely regarded as having the most aggressive engine in the paddock).

How much of that talk is grounded in truth is left to speculation, but The Doctor’s results certainly are not impressive, especially considering the pace of his teammate and satellite rivals. With more rain expected for Sunday’s race though, VR46 fans may still have some hope in salvaging the race weekend.

Qualifying Results from the Spanish GP at Jerez, Spain:

1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha282.11’39.532-
2Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda283.51’39.6670.135
3Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati282.31’40.5631.031
4Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha281.71’40.5701.038
5Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda285.91’40.5771.045
6Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha280.91’41.0901.558
7Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha284.01’41.1801.648
8Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda286.91’41.4471.915
9Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda287.31’41.5502.018
10Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART265.61’41.7002.168
11Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati284.21’41.7242.192
12Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati288.81’41.8712.339
13Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati282.31’42.9613.429
14Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART267.71’43.1353.603
15Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR268.21’43.3633.831
16Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART266.51’44.3084.776
17Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR269.51’44.4674.935
18Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda257.41’44.6455.113
19Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR261.41’44.7175.185
20James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART264.81’45.7246.192
21Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter264.51’46.2006.668

Source: MotoGP; Photo: © 2012 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved


  1. Westward says:

    I am surprised to see Hayden and Crutchlow ahead of Spies and Stoner. Abraham ahead of Barbara is also interesting…

    However, if Hayden can push that bike into third and under a second of the pace setters, I would think Rossi under actual race conditions should fair better than thirteenth… If the numbers are a true reflection of pace for Stoner, Spies, and Dovizioso, then maybe Rossi could make the rostrum…

  2. 76 says:

    Should be a good race no matter if its dry or wet, lets just hope its one or the other, mixed conditions is not only dangerous its annoying. You can tell each rider is on pins and needles the entire time, should be some good passing seeing as the grid has become such a mixed bag. I think Lorenzo is going to be tough to beat here but I’m sure Stoner will show up sooner or later in the race, wet race its Lorenzo.

  3. My admiration for Hayden just goes up as I see VR struggling to stay in the top 15. Rostrum for Rossi? Maybe if it snows …