Kevin Schwantz Tests Suzuki XRH-1 MotoGP Bike at COTA, While Randy De Puniet Matches Pace of Open Bikes

Suzuki’s MotoGP test team took advantage of the presence of the MotoGP paddock at Austin to plan a test directly after the Grand Prix of the Americas. Under the watchful eye of team manager Davide Brivio, the team planned to have test rider Randy De Puniet put in three days of testing at a circuit, as the team had not yet tested the Suzuki XRH-1 at COTA, in a bid to gather more data ahead of their return to the series in 2015. Unfortunately for Suzuki, very heavy hail and thunderstorms made testing extremely difficult on Monday, leaving the track very dirty and much slower than it had been for Sunday’s race.

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: Race Results from the Spanish GP

05/05/2013 @ 6:09 am, by Jensen Beeler21 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Race Results from the Spanish GP dani pedrosa hrc jerez motogp

MotoGP Race Results from the Spanish GP in Jerez, Spain:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeKM/HDiff.
1Dani PEDROSARepsol Honda TeamHonda158.145’17.632
2Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda TeamHonda158.0+2.487
3Jorge LORENZOYamaha Factory RacingYamaha157.8+5.089
4Valentino ROSSIYamaha Factory RacingYamaha157.6+8.914
5Cal CRUTCHLOWMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha157.4+12.663
6Alvaro BAUTISTAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda157.3+15.094
7Nicky HAYDENDucati TeamDucati156.7+25.632
8Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati TeamDucati155.7+41.881
9Aleix ESPARGAROPower Electronics AsparART155.6+43.812
10Bradley SMITHMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha155.6+44.461
11Michele PIRRODucati Test TeamDucati155.5+45.974
12Hector BARBERAAvintia BlusensFTR154.7+59.859
13Michael LAVERTYPaul Bird MotorsportPBM154.2+1’09.743
14Danilo PETRUCCICame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter153.7+1’17.813
15Colin EDWARDSNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki153.7+1’18.177
16Bryan STARINGGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda153.7+1’18.928
17Claudio CORTINGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki153.7+1’19.307
18Hiroshi AOYAMAAvintia BlusensFTR153.7+1’19.457
Not Classified
Stefan BRADLLCR Honda MotoGPHonda155.124 Laps
Andrea IANNONEEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati154.324 Laps
Lukas PESEKCame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter150.824 Laps
Randy DE PUNIETPower Electronics AsparART151.225 Laps
Yonny HERNANDEZPaul Bird MotorsportART148.925 Laps

Source: MotoGP: Photo: HRC

Comment:

  1. L2C says:

    Yes! My man Pedrosa!

    And as for the Lorenzo getting bumped off of his own corner? He left the door wide open and Marquez went through and was fastest into his turn. Lorenzo was way late. The contact was unfortunate, but he should have conceded ahead of that because by the time he did turn in, Marquez had already taken ownership of that line. That’s racing!

    Pedrosa, yes!

  2. L2C says:

    And who took that you beautiful shot of Pedro? NICE!!

  3. Chasdev says:

    Penalty time for the young punk!
    Maybe he should try V8 Supercars or Nascar where running people off the road is normal.

  4. Was it not Lorenzo, who was accused of something similar a few years ago and retorted, “This is not classical dancing!”

  5. L2C says:

    Penalty shlenalty. Just because Lorenzo is Lorenzo on Lorenzo’s corner doesn’t mean that he has any more right to that line than anybody else. If you watch the replay, he didn’t turn in when he should have because he knew Márquez was there! But then afterwards he decided to turn in anyway because he also knew what conceding would mean, so he had to make his presence felt. Thing is, Márquez was on a wider line due to the speed he was carrying, why Lorenzo thought that Márquez would back down is anybody’s guess, but it was not the wisest decision he’s ever made. Márquez got there first and Lorenzo got caught outside of his normal line. There was nothing he could do about it, really. Lucky for him he didn’t lose control of his bike. Rossi and Crutchlow would have gladly lapped up those points.

  6. Kevin Koetters says:

    It was nice to see some chippiness and real racing in MotoGP for once. So often it seems to be a boring procession with little dicing, especially since Super Sic is gone. MotoGP so often fails to offer the excitement of WSB or other racing. Hopefully they keep it up. I like seeing Marquez stir the pot.

  7. Calisdad says:

    It was clear by the 3rd lap that Lorenzo’s tires were an issue. I’m surprised they lasted the race. Big question is why the Hondas didn’t have issue with them.

    Marquez couldn’t get around Lorenzo cleanly so he chose the only method available to him. He hasn’t earned much respect and I don’t see him getting much.

    Kudos to Dani. Best race he’s run in awhile.

  8. irksome says:

    Yamaha had to run the softer compound since the bike needs to carry corner speed. Honda could run the hard as their bike needs to stand up quicker; point and shoot, y’know? On a cooler track, the Yamaha wouldn’t have experienced so much tire degradation.

    As to Marquez’s pass, if Lorenzo hadn’t been there to act as a berm he would have been in the gravel. It’s up to the stewards to decide if that constitutes “too aggressive”.

  9. Phil says:

    Yamaha need a better bike!

  10. TexusTim says:

    marquez did it just right…rossi style good on ya young gun !!! man if this kid wins the championship in his first year he will need a better pr manager….lol

  11. DarN says:

    Pedrosa caught a big break – Lorenzo was a second ahead and as good as gone when his tires went off. Marquez was going nowhere but straight on the last turn – at least 20 mph too hot to stick it. In the same time it is racing and Lorenzo should never allowed him the opportunity. good race, fair fight.

  12. Faust says:

    @Calisdad

    Because the yamahas were on the soft and the Hondas were on the hard? People have been talking about that for days.

  13. Gutterslob says:

    None of this would have happened to Lorenzo if they simply named the corner after Gibernau.

  14. zhakarias says:

    @Calisdad

    Sorry man but today everyone were on the same tires: hard on the front tire and soft on the rear.

    About Yamaha vs Honda

    I think the problem for yamaha is the M1 is quite important the speed on the curve so that put more effort on the front tire while the honda put all in the rear tire as they goal is exit the curve as soon as possible to take the best of their gearbox and engine.

    So today with the temperatures on Jerez the front tire of Jorge just gave up out before the Marquez rear did the same (Also Marc has nothing to lose everything to win this season).

    And as far as I remember the Honda bikes generally perform better when the track is hot and the Yamahas when it’s cold.

    PD: My apologies for any grammar or writing mistake this is my first post ever in english

  15. L2C says:

    Marc Márquez: “I saw many times on the videos you can overtake at the last corner. I remember Valentino and many riders. I just tried to do the same.”

    Say what you want, but for me, this goes a long way towards me warming up to the guy. He is as genuine as they come. When athletes regard the history of their sport in such passionate terms and manage to let you know that they understand their position in it – well, that’s pretty much irresistible.

    Kudos to Marc Márquez today. It was a job well done.

  16. JW says:

    Happy for danni, he needed to win this race . That last corner pass will go down in history as one of the most humiliating passes in motogp history. I am reminded of the Rossi pass on Stoner at Laguna

  17. flying says:

    Racing is racing yes & sh!t happens

    But truth is Marc was over his head & not on “The Line”
    What he was on ….was on his way off the track.

    He was lucky Lorenzo still had control & was arcing a turn
    when Marc used him as a berm/stop

    The only thing cooler would have been if Lorenzo knew Marc was
    losing it he could have braked hard & let him skittle past & gone under instead.

    No way Marc could have held that turn if not for the berm Lorenzo
    provided.

    But racing is racing & sh!t happens to all at some point.

  18. “Penalty time for the young punk!”

    I watched that pass over and over and I’ve come to the conclusion that Lorenzo ultimately turned in on Marquez. I’m not certain that Marquez would have managed to make the corner had they not made contact, but it’s pretty clear to me that by the time Lorenzo turned in, Marquez already had the line. Unfortunately, because their lines were radically different, they were holding quite different trajectories when they crossed paths.

    I think Lin Jarvis summed it up quite correctly. Lorenzo left the door open more than he had on earlier laps and Marquez shot his bolt. The contact wasn’t ideal, but was a racing incident. A penalty would be uncalled for, IMO.

    Lorenzo’s finger wagging was classic. Looks as though Lorenzo’s adversarial war has been revived with a new player. He might be hugging Pedrosa on occasion, but I imagine that Marquez won’t enjoy the warm-cuddly for a while yet. *snort*

  19. Adam says:

    Cudos to Marc, and dani. Lorenzo is just a sore loser. Good to see a kid in motogp that can back up his racing. He is a bruiser. And a winner. Sorry Lorenzo you have meet your match its not so nice nice anymore. Adapt or lose. Ok so where was Cal? The jurnos on this page and MM we’re touting that he was going To challenge for the victory but yet against he showed his true potential. It’s a 3 horse race.

  20. dc4go says:

    Lorenzo left that wide open , last turn anyone would have taken too I don’t blame Marquez.. Racing incident move on ..

  21. jet says:

    I remember Sic was mixing it up w/ the big boys when he came over and they all were sniffling and bitching cause of the way he was riding,Marc is following in his steps,lets see how long it takes before the hammer falls…