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.

AMA Daytona Sportbike VIR: Who Won Race 1?

08/17/2010 @ 4:15 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

AMA Daytona Sportbike VIR: Who Won Race 1? AMA Pro Racing Race 1 VIR photo finish1

AMA Pro Racing had to use this photo finish to decide who won Race 1 of the Daytona Sportbike series at Virginia International Raceway this weekend. Coming up to the finish line #30 Bobby Fong is sling-shotting past #36 Martin Cardenas, as both riders vie for the race win. Official standings place the victory margin at 0.001 seconds. Can you make the call as to who won? Race results after the jump.

Race Result from Race 1 of the AMA Pro Racing’s Daytona Sportbike Race at Virginia International Raceway:

130Bobby FongDucati 84823 Laps
236Martin CardenasSuzuki GSX-R6000.001
31Danny EslickSuzuki GSX-R6000.363
46Tommy AquinoYamaha YZF-R61.666
515Steve RappDucati 8482.220
660Michael BeckDucati 8484.529
734Michael BarnesYamaha YZF-R68.489
8133Kyle WymanYamaha YZF-R612.343
97Fernando AmantiniKawasaki Ninja ZX-6R14.916
102Dane WestbyYamaha YZF-R614.940
1132Santiago VillaSuzuki GSX-R60025.807
1238Kris TurnerSuzuki GSX-R60025.931
13120Jodi ChristieHonda CBR600RR35.918
14811Michael MorganSuzuki GSX-R60036.354
1555Chris FillmoreSuzuki GSX-R60037.494
1613Melissa ParisYamaha YZF-R640.585
1778Reese WackerSuzuki GSX-R60053.958
18461Abe StaceySuzuki GSX-R60022 Laps
19175Sam RozynskiYamaha YZF-R60.892
2057Cory WestSuzuki GSX-R60019 Laps
21210Paul AllisonYamaha YZF-R616 Laps
22213David WhiteKawasaki ZX-6R14 Laps
2354P. J. JacobsenSuzuki GSX-R60011 Laps
24119Jeff WoodYamaha YZF-R610 Laps
254Clinton SellerYamaha YZF-R62 Laps
2647Josh DayYamaha YZF-R643.637
278Josh HerrinYamaha YZF-R62:59.537

Source: AMA Pro Racing


  1. Lefty says:

    AMA racing has been quite good this year …

  2. dp says:

    Maybe you are right Lefty. But as it stands, who and where are the stars? If I wanted to go watch a bunch of no names, I would go to my local track. I wouldn’t spend my time or money paying for an AMA sanctioned event, and the attendance base would probably be about the same. The problem remains that all the talent has left, even the old ‘factory’ riders that are left (Hayden, Hayes, etc) should be cleaning up, but they are not. I also get tired of watching the same bike (GSXRs) make up the top 9 places out of 10. The AMA has succeded in killing superbike, as well as the support classes.
    Sorry for the rant, I just needed to get that off my chest.

  3. Westy says:

    Actually these guys are in Daytona Sportbike class, not Superbike. Hayes, Hayden and Ben Bostrom are cleaning up the superbike races. VIR race 1 saw Hayden win by .004 of a second over Ben. Hayden almost tucked the front after crossing the line (finish is on a curve) and had to stand it up and run into the grass at 170 mph! Can’t say the series isn’t entertaining this year…

  4. Rob says:

    dp – who cares if there are huge names. Right now the most interesting racing has been AMA and Moto2. These kids may not be starts yet (in the Daytona Sportbike group anyway) but in due time, the best of the best will go farther just as Spies has. Watch the AMA racing at VIR and watch the Brno GP and tell me which was more interesting. GP is so boring I almost don’t care to watch the races anymore.

  5. AMA Daytona Superbike VIR: Who Won Race 1? – #motorcycle

  6. buellracerx says:

    dp – maybe if you take time to actually start watching the races, you could make an educated statement as to the current state of the AMA classes. I was at VIR; it was some of the best racing I’ve seen (well, in DSB anyway).

    Are you and is everybody else entertained to watch a Rossi-like character come to a race & clean up??? Cleanup races are boring, I don’t want to watch some guy running up front all by himself. Give me a race like DSB last year @ MID-OHIO between Eslick & Hacking; now that’s excitement.

    Oh, and for the record, the Eslick’s GSXR was getting owned @ VIR in terms of power by both the R6 and 848. Maybe if you started watching DSB you’d sing a different tune…

  7. johnrdupree says:

    Wow, they need a better finish line camera.

  8. Ken says:

    ^^ yeah i thought this was a picture from 1930 or something until i noticed it was new age bikes

  9. Steveo says:

    The camera is actually very expensive it takes hundreds of photos and compresses them together at the finish line hence its grainy but accurate out come. It would be extremely tough to decipher one photo snapped at a given point instead they take 100′s and then bunch them together to make a whole image as the bikes cross the line. Heres a link.

  10. Tricky says:

    That race was awesome! Far more entertaing than MotoGP. I don’t think dp actually watched it or he would have a much different opinion… I mean there were 3 848′s in the top 6 and only 2 GSXRs!!! :) and the finish was literally to the wire! Great race!

  11. jamesy says:

    It looks like a slightly flat area was photoshop’d onto Martin’s tire. Nothing like a good conspiracy!
    But I agree with Rob; Moto 2 and AMA have had spectacular racing this year much to my very pleasant surprise.
    Anyone who thinks Eslick is not a racer’s racer is delusional. Watch that kid go on to more prestigious series. And Cardenas is spectacular to say the least.
    Westy can go watch club races if that works for him, but having participated at that level, good as some guys were we didnt see that close of racing at the top. Not 20 to 40 spectacular passes per race, never!
    Bottomline: If that racing doesnt make you wanna grab your chair arms, you better check your pulse.

  12. jamesy says:

    OOOOPS sorry Westy!!!, I meant dp… apologies to all

  13. Sean Mitchell says:

    I have no doubt you speak the truth, but I sure as hell can’t even tell from that picture!

  14. irksome says:

    After the debacle of last year I had given up on AMA racing, but this season has really changed my thinking, in particular the level of racing in Sportbike. These kids have delivered again and again; and is anybody doubting Eslick’s abilities now that he’s not “cheating” on an 1190cc Buell?
    Even Superbike has been an eye-opener; enduring (rather than watching) the Yoshi/Mladin Show had gotten pretty damn old. And I’m old enough to remember Mladin on a Ducati, Duhamel on the HD VR, Russell, Polen, all the way back to the pre-NASCAR track configuration at Laconia.

    And btw, Mr. Fong got it by a mile…