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: Qualifying Results from Laguna Seca

07/20/2013 @ 3:37 pm, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

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MotoGP Qualifying Results from the US GP in Laguna Seca, California:

1Stefan BRADLLCR Honda MotoGPHonda264.31’21.176-
2Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda TeamHonda263.11’21.1930.017
3Alvaro BAUTISTAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda268.41’21.3730.197
4Valentino ROSSIYamaha Factory RacingYamaha269.31’21.4180.242
5Cal CRUTCHLOWMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha264.21’21.4200.244
6Jorge LORENZOYamaha Factory RacingYamaha264.11’21.4530.277
7Dani PEDROSA*Repsol Honda TeamHonda264.81’21.7280.552
8Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati TeamDucati262.31’22.0260.850
9Bradley SMITHMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha253.61’22.0750.899
10Nicky HAYDENDucati TeamDucati265.31’22.0900.914
11Aleix ESPARGAROPower Electronics AsparART259.51’22.0990.923
12Randy DE PUNIET*Power Electronics AsparART
13Hector BARBERA*Avintia BlusensFTR257.51’22.8080.791
14Alex DE ANGELIS*Ignite Pramac RacingDucati266.71’23.2531.236
15Colin EDWARDS*NGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki258.71’23.2721.255
16Danilo PETRUCCI*Came IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter252.91’23.3231.306
17Claudio CORTI*NGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki259.71’23.6161.599
18Yonny HERNANDEZ*Paul Bird MotorsportART255.01’23.8751.858
19Karel ABRAHAM*Cardion AB MotoracingART260.31’23.9191.902
20Michael LAVERTY*Paul Bird MotorsportPBM249.41’23.9871.970
21Hiroshi AOYAMA*Avintia BlusensFTR255.41’24.2352.218
22Bryan STARING*GO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda249.51’24.7562.739
23Lukas PESEK*Came IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter246.01’24.8092.792

*Participated in QP1

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


  1. JW says:

    It’s been a long time since I anticipated a race like I have this one. Bradl is fighting for his job, I wish him luck. A tough weekend for Nicky..

  2. L2C says:

    Nice to see Bradl sticking it to his Moto2 arch rival Márquez. Though I slept right through qualifying.

    It’s hot and it’s Saturday, I cannot be blamed.

    Should be a good race tomorrow. Most likely will be a great race. I’m nervous!

  3. gabe says:

    I missed the qualifying, awaiting for the race with high expectations. Someone must have sent Bradl and Bautista the memo that silly season is almost over.

  4. a tom says:

    Awesome, who would’ve thought an all-Honda front row would even be a possibility, excluding Pedrosa no less? And a non-factory non-Cal pole? Boggles the mind, but hopefully makes for great racing tomorrow!

  5. “Nice to see Bradl sticking it to his Moto2 arch rival Márquez. Though I slept right through qualifying.”

    MM93 crashed out in Turn 4 after pushing just a wee bit too hard. I’d say he still had some left in the tank. Should make for a really, really, really good race. Nobody has enough of an edge to walk easily.