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.

Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

Mugen’s third purpose-built electric superbike for the Isle of Man TT, the Mugen Shinden San, has been revealed in Japan. Campaigning two machines for this year’s TT Zero race, Mugen has John McGuiness and Bruce Anstey at the helm of its “Shinden San” bikes, as the duo looks for a one-two finish in this year’s race. With MotoCzysz not racing at the Isle of Man this year, Mugen is a hot favorite to take the top podium spots, as well as crack the 110 mph barrier for electrics on the historic Snaefell Mountain Course (Mugen is targeting a 115 mph lap). An evolution on the company’s previous designs, the Shinden San fits 134hp — 10hp more than last year, thanks to a new smaller three-phase brushless motor provided by Mission Motors — into its 529lbs bulk.

Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

Chatting with a couple of NASCAR fans recently, I was reminded that any competition is boring if you don’t care who wins. But if you do care, then even cars driving around in circles can be very compelling entertainment. Those NASCAR fans really cared about how their favorite drivers finished, and not only how they finished in the latest race, but what and how those drivers were doing off the track as well. Those fans had been captured by the personalities of those drivers. One of the things NASCAR does well is sell personalities. All major sports-related businesses do this to some extent, but some organizations do it better than others.

Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

MotoGP: Race Results from the San Marino GP

09/15/2013 @ 8:47 pm, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Race Results from the San Marino GP jorge lorenzo san marino gp misano yamaha racing 635x423

MotoGP Race Results from the San Marino GP at Misano, Italy:

Pos. Rider Team Bike KM/H Diff.
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 161.0 44’05.522
2 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team Honda 160.8 +3.379
3 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 160.5 +7.368
4 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 160.1 +15.062
5 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 159.6 +22.355
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 159.6 +22.599
7 Alvaro BAUTISTA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 159.1 +31.059
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team Ducati 158.4 +42.702
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 158.3 +44.858
10 Michele PIRRO Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 158.1 +47.818
11 Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 158.1 +48.011
12 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 157.2 +1’03.154
13 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar ART 157.0 +1’07.600
14 Hiroshi AOYAMA Avintia Blusens FTR 156.5 +1’15.528
15 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 156.4 +1’17.907
16 Claudio CORTI NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 155.7 +1’29.655
17 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar ART 155.4 +1’33.990
18 Michael LAVERTY Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 155.3 +1’36.860
Not Classified
Bryan STARING GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 153.8 4 Laps
Hector BARBERA Avintia Blusens FTR 155.6 7 Laps
Yonny HERNANDEZ Paul Bird Motorsport ART 153.7 19 Laps
Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing ART 152.2 21 Laps
Andrea IANNONE Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 155.6 25 Laps
Lukas PESEK Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 148.0 25 Laps

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Yamaha Racing

Comment:

  1. damn says:

    Nice jorge! Of it wasnt for 2 times broken collarbone the standings would be different. Dani only 1 attack and nothing more. Hes on a fast bike but doesnt know how to battle. Scared he his.

  2. Jimbo says:

    I feel so sad for Dani, seeinig him after the race he looked so defeated. Mostly if a rider loses he can put it down to his bike, fitness or bad luck to maintain his morale. Sadly Dani has realised he is not as good as Marc. It must be a deflating and quite sad realisation for him. WHen he was interviewed he knew he had done his best but could not beat him.
    Pedrosa is one of my favourite riders (i have a 26 samurai t-shirt!) and please correct me but i believe he is one of the most sucsessful MotoGP riders to never win a championship. He owned the second half of the 2012 season and if it wasnt for the bowling ball bautista he might have won. What must be so sad for him is the realisation he now likely not win a championship: With the seemless ‘box the Yams will shrink the gap behind the Hondas so Jorge will become harder for him to beat. And as for Marc – he rides the same bike and quite simply is more talented as a rider (not as experienced i grant you) but he will not beat him. Makes me feel for him.
    Any way despite the 4th position it was lovely to see Rossi so much happier with his bike, and Jorge winning will hopefully be the start of a more exciting final third of the champion ship. These things are always more exciting if goes down to the wire rather than a clear out and out victor.

  3. Leo says:

    Pedrosa is the new Mamola…

  4. Craig says:

    Dani will win again… it’s simply a bit like Rossi now… everything will have to align perfectly… perfect start, perfect set up and perfect race.

    He is just as fast as Marc, just not over race distance right now. If he does move on from Honda… it will be interesting to see where he goes for sure… Maybe he doesn’t take chances since his move on Hayden in 2006 didn’t go so well… Can you imagine taking down Marc right now… OUCH!

    He is good… needs a little mojo and he’ll be good… maybe not champion, but an alien none the less.

  5. L2C says:

    I think the mandatory combined rider/bike increase is what is plaguing Dani’s bike setup. The placement of the extra kilos is probably what is upsetting the balance of his bike for his riding style.

    Just a guess. No science involved.

    Otherwise, only five races left.