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.

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.

Photo of the Week: Old Grudges Die Hard

08/22/2011 @ 12:42 pm, by Scott Jones18 COMMENTS

Photo of the Week: Old Grudges Die Hard Dani Pedrosa t shirts Indianapolis GP Scott Jones

Two seasons after Dani Pedrosa knocked Nicky Hayden off the track at Estoril and seemingly derailed his teammate’s championship bid, emotions about the move still ran hot at The Kentucky Kid’s home race. There’s no telling for whom the pair in this photo might have shirts made next weekend, but the odds are on Filippo Preziosi.

Considering that these guys look like they’ve eaten meals that weighed more than Pedrosa, they seem unlikely to care that the father of the career-wrecking Ducati GP concept is in a wheelchair, but certainly the majority of Indy’s great fans will keep it classy. Best of luck to Nicky and Dani and all of those who compete at the highest level of motorcycle racing.

Scott Jones is a professional photographer known for his great action shots and poignant candids when covering MotoGP and WSBK racing events. You may have already seen his work on MotoMatters (they still have more calendars available that feature Scott’s work by the way). Not only do we like Scott’s shots, but he fits right in with our all Nikon-totting office.

You can find him on his blogTwitter, & Facebook. Scott is such a nice guy, he’ll even let you stay in his Lake Tahoe cabin. All images posted, shared, or sent for editorial use or review are registered for full copyright protection at the Library of Congress.

Photo: © 2011 Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. DareN says:

    That is radiculus comment. Pedrosa have earned his reputation on and off truck. Good rider does not need a manager / babysitter to wipe his behind every single time something goes wrong. I am sure once he wins the championship (maybe) he will be respected. Then I will respect him as a rider – do not have a lot good to say about his personality.

  2. jamesy says:

    Pedrosa’s a headcase who will not win a world championship until he conquers the space between his ears, and dump Carlos Puig from his advising guru list. We wish well to all who can manage that. Lorenzo’s mental toughness is what makes him superior at this time. We’ve seen Stoner go from whining about a Rossi pass at Laguna to disappearing to the verge of his 2nd championship. Is it not a mental sport above all?
    He DOESNT SUCK, but there is this definite vacuum in his vicinity… just sayin

  3. DareN says:

    Well said, Jamesy. And to win champioship you have to be leading on the last lap, not the first…

  4. Pacasp says:

    I’m noticing a disappointing trend here with Asphalt and Rubber: bring up a shallow, false premise like this one (or “will Elena Myers-a woman- ever get to race a MotoGP machine?”), then take the moral high road and shoot down that same argument.
    If the men in your photo don’t like Dani Pedrosa, then they don’t like him. Who the hell are you to use that premise to make fun of their size? Thank god they weren’t black or you’d probably have called them the “N” word, wouldn’t you?

  5. Beary says:

    Dani will never win a championship, not only does he break too easily, but similar to Lorenzo and Stoner, he freaks out when someone gets too close. Somehow linking Preziosi and saying they don’t care he is in a wheelchair, errrr, sorry ? Then going on to poke fun at these guys because of their weight? Grow up. It’s obvious this article was meant to ridicule these two guys, but you’ve descended to the very same level you seek to place yourself above.

  6. Pacasp says:

    Hey Beary, Asphalt and Rubber seems to be making a habit of this kind of reporting. Just check out the same caliber of comments concerning Elena Myers test riding a Suzuki GP machine at Indy.
    BTW, your comments are spot-on.

  7. I love to spark a lively discussion and I appreciate the comments made here. Thanks to all of you.

    My point in contributing this photo is that I don’t think you should criticize someone unless you know you can do better. (And even then you’re probably better off keeping that to yourself, since we all make mistakes, even elite MotoGP riders.) Over and over again I observe people who appear to me to have no particular insight, or position from which to criticize, expressing hateful opinions of amazing athletes who perform at levels far beyond what the rest of us will ever achieve. People with no idea what it takes to ride a MotoGP bike belittle the skills of those who do not win in the class, and others with no personal experience of the riders make malicious comments about their characters as if they know them intimately. This happens in all sports, and just as it is certainly the right of those in this photo to dislike Dani Pedrosa for whatever reasons they find compelling, it is also my right to find objectionable wearing that opinion on a t-shirt, which I suspect only serves to make them feel a bit better about themselves at the expense of a very talented person who does not deserve to be mocked in this way.

    In that, perhaps I am guilty of the same thing for which I hold these two fellows accountable. It does make me feel a bit better to stand up for Dani, whom I think is a genuinely good person and insanely talented on two wheels. When I see these guys saying he sucks it does piss me off, and I am grateful for the opportunity to say so. Sadly, my attempt to express that with some levity did not come off, and I alone am responsible for that in this case.

    I admit it’s possible that in spite of the condescension they chose to express in their attire, these two men are otherwise a pair of princes in both manners and generosity. It’s also possible that they are, in spite of their appearances, highly skilled motorcycle racers fully qualified to comment as experts that Pedrosa does in fact suck, even though this goes against my personal experience with the Spanish rider, an individual who has shown over and over again that, his physical frailty aside, he is the only other rider capable of matching the speed of Rossi, Stoner and Lorenzo. It’s possible they are fully aware of the remorse Dani showed after the incident at Estoril but choose to dismiss it as fraudulent based on greater insight into Dani’s mind and heart than I have in my admittedly limited experience. That experience is based only on Honda press debriefs, the chats that sometimes happen afterward, and on the opinions of paddock insiders who known Dani better than I and who describe him as a thoughtful, warm young man when he is not under the intense scrutiny of the international media. Rossi handles that situation well, most others do not have his gift in that department. In my opinion that does not mean they suck as motorcycle racers or as people.

    I am certainly guilty of making these assumptions. I stand corrected, and again, for that I appreciate the comments here.

  8. invisible cities says:

    Well said Mr. Jones!

  9. jamesy says:

    Oh Bullsh*t Jones. Nowhere does it say on their shirts that he sucks at riding a motorcycle. He is paid millions of Euros to Suck or anything else anyone wants to opine. It is YOU who are the reactionary here. Are YOU a motogp rider who is capable of assessing Dani’s talent? Was Bela Karolyi capable of doing a double back flip? You do not need to be supremely physically talented to recognize those qualities and differences in others.
    And OBTW if his actions & statements after the Estoril incident speak to you of remorse then I dont believe you have a very good grip on knowing peoples demeanor. Its entirely possible that either of the guys wearing the rude shirts (yes, they most certainly were that!) could beat you at any of the things you mentioned. just sayin… give some, get some dude.

  10. keet says:

    sorry, scott, i disagree, they’re millionaires riding motorcycles for a living on the public stage, if they can’t take it, they should play golf.

    also, it does come off as quite hypocritical for making fun of two guys you know nothing about for making fun of some guy they know nothing about, no?

    you can whitewash the dani/nicky incident all you want as you are an obvious pedrosa fan/apologist, but if you remember back, dani showed little remorse toward hayden and puig actually came out and said the incident was nickys fault. the people you keep around you says a lot about your own character (pedrosa & puig)

  11. @invisible cities–Thanks!

    @keet–I certainly sympathize with that perspective, having held it myself for most of my life. But if there’s one single thing that has changed since I started working in MotoGP I think it’s my understanding of top class athletes. Having the opportunity to observe them at least in a limited way when they are off camera has made me alter my own belief that the salaries they receive should require excellence in all aspects of their work. It’s mainly Pedrosa and Stoner who have had this effect on me. Both are superstars on the track but quiet, private individuals otherwise. My opinion now is simply that the salary requires only excellence on track and meeting the team/contract requirements to the best of each individual’s ability. It doesn’t really matter to me that some riders dislike talking to the press or doing publicity appearances, and I can’t hold it against them if their personalities off the bike are such that these chores are difficult for them. They can ride faster than anyone else, and to me that’s why they are in MotoGP, not because they are gifted public speakers or shrewd at politics. Some don’t like Spies because they say he’s boring off the bike. I think Spies is awesome because ON the bike he is fantastic and exciting, and that’s what I care about. So while I respect your opinion, I’ll ask that we agree to disagree about the salary issue.

    To return to Estoril, it is not my intention to whitewash the incident, but rather to express that my understanding of Dani’s reaction to his mistake was not well publicized and I believe, largely misunderstood. It’s my belief that he felt terrible for what was basically a mistake, albeit a terrible one that an athlete at his level should not make. Saying that something should not happen, however, doesn’t mean that it never will. Pro sports are full of dropped passes, bungled ground balls, and missed shots in clutch situations, yet even our best athletes are fallible. Dani came across afterward as not really caring what had happened, but I don’t think this is accurate. In Rick Broadbent’s book, Ring of Fire, he tells how Dani was nearly in tears about it. This jibes much more with my own experience of Dani’s personality than what was conveyed at the time.

    As for Alberto Puig, I have never defended him or his actions, as I simply have no experience with him that compels me to do so. In fact the biggest complaint I have about Pedrosa is that he has not severed the connection with his mentor and become, so to speak, his own man. However, I have read enough about their history to believe that doing this would be something like a son cutting ties with a father. Though I don’t know, I suspect that Dani would feel like an ungrateful sod were he to separate from Puig, so I cut him slack on this even though I sincerely wish he would do so. I agree completely with your statement that the company you keep says a lot about you, I just think that such situations can be very complicated, and while Puig’s involvement with Dani’s career may be as harmful in some ways as it is beneficial in others, or even more the former recently than the latter, only Dani knows the real story there. I choose to believe that he feels he is doing the right thing by keeping Puig around, so though I don’t agree with it from my limited perspective, I try to remind myself that I don’t know the whole story.

  12. DareN says:

    Dear Mr. Jones,
    There is nothing wrong with being Dani Pedrosa`s fan and I applaud you for it. You have to respect, however, the other peoples` right to exspress their feelings, even if it is not in classy manner. As for Puig, I think his remarks and pressure from DORNA broke Marco Simoncelli`s spirit and I wonder if he ever be the same again. I do not want to watch him content with the 3rd place,I want him fighting,sometimes reckless – that is what the racing is all about. As for Dani – karma is a b..ch….

  13. Patron says:

    I’m not above criticizing anyone for anything. I’ll admit that. I doubt any of us are. And I dont need to be more skilled then them to do it either. The amount of monday morning quarterbacking that goes on after any given football game….c’mon….we all do it. And just because we arent more skilled at racing than any man who has ever so much as subbed in for a MotoGP racer, doesnt mean we cant critisize these guys. That doesn’t mean we are all asses about it tho. I dont like pedrosa for many reasons. Thats my right to feel different about different people.

    But I’m not sure the relevance of this 3yr old photo. Because indy is next weekend? It was obvously an attempt to get people to comment the way they are. It seems that you posted this pic just to argue your point tho. We can tell you are a pedrosa fan. And good for you. Thats your right. But I think we can move on from the Pedrosa – Hayden thing. From either side of the fence youre one

  14. Pacsap stop trolling. We never wrote such an article, and don’t take the argument to such a base level as to put racial slurs in our mouths.

    I welcome opposing viewpoints on this site, but civility and decorum have to come with it.

  15. Beary says:

    Pacsap is far from Trolling… he is responding in kind, to an article so laced with negativity and ridicule, that is deserves no space on any Professional website. This kind of ‘writing’ from staff brings down your whole image, Mr Beeler, and I’m more than surprised you gave it space.

    Jones initial response was to admit he’d made an error, but close his response with thinly veiled sarcasm. (see last paragraph of initial response.) He reasoned that we thought ill of him because he made assumptions. Wrong. We thought ill of this article, because it was mean-spirited, and biased. Are these the qualities you seek to promote in your writers, Mr Beeler ? Oh hang on, Scott is usually just a photographer, is he ?

    See what I did there? It’s poor form to be judgmental and mean sprited, most especially on a world-wide forum. I think that you were genuinely surprised at the bad response to your snark, Mr Jones. But for me, Journalism should be unbiased observation – in this kind of forum. There was no ‘levity’ as you put it in this article. Just immature lashing out at a couple of guys who ‘pissed you off”.

    So learn from this Mr Jones, and move on.

  16. I’m trying to do just that, thanks everyone for calling me on it. What I wrote was inappropriate and as I said earlier, my responsibility alone. I apologize to anyone who was offended and will take more care in the future.

  17. DareN says:

    Hey,Jonesy – take it easy…No reason to go sour on us. These riders are in entertainment business – if they cannot take it they can find different line of work. By the way,you take killer pictures…Thanks,
    D.

  18. Not sour, just offering a sincere apology in the hopes it’s accepted as intended. And thanks for the compliment, glad you enjoy my work, D.