Photos from 250+ Feet up COTA’s Petrolsaurus Rex

Standing 251 feet above Turns 16, 17, & 18, the COTA observation tower provides a bird’s eye view of just about every tun on the circuit, if you can stomach its subtle sway in the wind and clear-glass floor at the precipice. Officially called by COTA as the “Observation Tower” – it really needs a better name for casual conversation. We’ve heard COTA Cobra used a few times with some lovely alliteration, but the structure has always struck us as less snake-like, and more like a big dinosaur — we’re going to use the name “Petrolsaurus Rex” until I hear something better, or COTA sends me a cease and desist order. I climbed to the top of Petrolsaurus Rex (read: took the elevator) during the MotoGP Warm-Up session, and snapped a few photos in the process. Enjoy!

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 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.

Paris Hilton Joins 125GP – Hell Officially Freezes Over

12/11/2010 @ 1:05 pm, by Jensen Beeler23 COMMENTS

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According to the folks at Motocuatro, socialite Paris Hilton will be picking up where Antonio Banderas left off, and is set to unveil her 125GP team next Saturday. Officially Team SuperMartxé VIP by Paris Hilton, the unveiling of the team is to be held at the Hotel ME in Madrid, Spain. It’s not clear at this time where Hilton’s interest in motorcycle racing stems from (perhaps she is taking a page from, and one-upping, Kim Kardashian’s sponsorship of a NASCAR Sprint Cup team), but the Hilton fortune heiress has put together a very strong team, making her entry into the 125 GP very compelling.

Hilton is reported to be partnered with Nano, Xavi Montero, and Ricard Garriga, while Ricard Jové will be the Technical Director to the team. Riding for the SuperMartxé VIP by Paris Hilton team will be Sergio Gadea (formerly with the Pons Racing Moto2 team) and Maverick Vinales (the 2010 Spanish 125 GP Champion). Also on-board the team are Christian Lundberg and Rossano Brazzi, making the team well-founded with technical expertise, along with its promising young riders. Let’s all collectively cross our fingers and hope that pink colored bikes won’t be a staple on the 2011 125 GP grid.

Source: Motocuatro via GPOne


  1. Mark says:

    Hot women and fast motorcycles have always been a great combination. I’s good to see they are now actually contributing more to the sport than just standing around and looking pretty.

  2. gildas says:

    Remind me, only riders are WADA tested? Right?

  3. Doctor Jelly says:

    I really hope they don’t use umbrella guys…

  4. mrbubbles says:

    please stop calling Paris the “Hilton Heiress”; first off, Hilton hotels is owned by Blackstone, a major hedge fund group. second, there are over 80 offsprings who may get a piece of the inheritance from the original Hilton fortune, controlled by Barron Hilton, who also has pledged to donate over 92% of his close to $2billion fortune to charity… which leaves Paris about $500,000, assuming the fund distributes equally to all 80 offsprings.
    lastly, what got Paris her notoriety was arguable her sex tape, which was actually filmed in a Marriott!

  5. Jerry says:

    Look for the coolant temperature gauge that says, “That’s hot.”

  6. Jeram says:

    so shes investing in a new race team in a class that will be dead after its first season…


    atleast let 125gp go out with a bit of class… jeeez

  7. JawDroppin says:

    What a fucking joke!!! So this is what sport has been reduced to now???

    Paris… GTFO and stick to what you know best – riding blokes, not bikes!!!

    JD ;)

  8. irksome says:

    Hmm… Team Jizz-Gobbling-Talentless-Whore has a nice ring to it.

  9. 76 says:

    Are you serious? I for one think its great that Kids in the 125 get some money to run a team. If you havent noticed there isnt all that much going around these days. So what if its Hilton? good for her, I dont know any background on her interest or motivation but if her money is green thats a pretty good start. Its 125 dude, kids that need support & airtime both of which someone like her can provide…. get real and get laid, your a salty bit arent you

  10. Isaac says:

    “Doctor Jelly says:
    December 11, 2010 at 3:02 PM I really hope they don’t use umbrella guys”


  11. Matt K says:

    Hopefully she wont be the team running the KTM’s.

  12. jimmy k says:

    If you haven’t noticed by now….Their really not riding those bikes either. First the bikes are PARKED too close! Second the scenery is fake and you can tell the back drop is a back drop…LOL and their hair is being blown by a fan! Third if they were really riding those bikes with what their wearing their mini’s would be up around their waist with panties showing…oh i forget Paris doesn’t wear panties….LOL oh and then finally…isnt 125 gp a crotch rocket gig…the harleys pics barly even make the pic hot…Now if Paris and Nicole were on a GSXR 1000 together…I might raise a flagpole half mast!

  13. crazy says:

    Great class , pity it is being closed!

  14. Rolf says:

    I wonder wat the team colors wil be. Heh-heh. At least this gives 125GP some press, maybe it saves the 125 class from being scratched.

    Oh and JimmyK, thanks for pointing out those subtle errors we all overlooked in that otherwise awesome picture *cough*. You may also like ;-)

  15. Alan W says:

    There’s a bike in the pic?

  16. got40 says:

    How does mrbubbles know all that?

  17. 76 says:

    got40 says:
    December 12, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    How does mrbubbles know all that?

    It would seems Mr.Bubbles also reads the non-motorcycle related news as well

  18. Oliver says:

    jimmy k, Everything you say is right but it is oh so wrong that you noticed!

    Keep on posing girls cos sure as hell we’ll keep on looking!

  19. buellracerx says:

    I just threw up a little in my mouth…

  20. mrbubbles says:

    I’m a finance guy for non-profit organization, and have dealt with Paris’ uncles regarding their charitable foundation, which is how I got the breakdown… and they chuckle @ the sex tape in Marriott fact.

    it’s just funny once the myth of “heiress” was exposed to me, it really makes you wonder why people don’t automatically assume any one with the last name of “Ford” or “Yamaha” or “McDonald” are heir or heiress to the mega fortune?

    same applies to Trump… how many people across the US with last name of “Trump”, and how many can legitimately claim a piece of the Donld’s fortune?

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  22. Wintermute says:

    jimmy k …… DUHHHHHHHHH