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.

Photos: Rossi + Lorenzo + Yamaha = ???

01/15/2013 @ 2:09 am, by Jensen Beeler28 COMMENTS

Photos: Rossi + Lorenzo + Yamaha = ??? Valentino Rossi Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 MotoGP 12

Valentino Rossi likes to refer to the Yamaha YZR-M1 race bike as “his” M1. Leaving Yamaha for Ducati, Rossi even wrote his M1 a “Dear John” goodbye letter, which many understood to be a message to former-teammate Jorge Lorenzo that the young Spaniard was riding on the coattails of the nine-time world champion. Burying the hatchet that once built a wall in the pit box, Rossi and Lorenzo are once again teammates, though the pecking order has changed to some degree within the factory Yamaha Racing team.

With Lorenzo the reigning World Champion, and Rossi coming off an abysmal two-year stint with Ducati Corse, for the first time in a long while, the Italian racer finds himself in the #2 seat. With some questioning whether the better days are behind him, there is even doubt coming from The Doctor’s own mouth about his ability. Sandbagging or true position, one can never be sure, but the issue is surely going to be one that is touched upon heavily in the beginning of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship.

With the winter ban nearly over, and riders returning to their racing duties, we won’t have long until we see bikes on the track testing. Until then, we have the marketing machines of the various factories for entertainment, and not to let Ducati steal the show with its 2013 Wrooom event, Yamaha has teased out some photos and a video of its 2013 team. Now, I am a huge fan of Gigi Soldano’s work, and I like to think I’m a pretty open-minded dude…but shit gets weird after the jump.

Photos: Rossi + Lorenzo + Yamaha = ??? Valentino Rossi Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 MotoGP 16

Photos: Rossi + Lorenzo + Yamaha = ??? Valentino Rossi Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 MotoGP 24

Photos: Rossi + Lorenzo + Yamaha = ??? Valentino Rossi Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 MotoGP 21

Photos: Rossi + Lorenzo + Yamaha = ??? Valentino Rossi Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 MotoGP 23

Photos: Rossi + Lorenzo + Yamaha = ??? Valentino Rossi Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 MotoGP 14

Photos: Rossi + Lorenzo + Yamaha = ??? Valentino Rossi Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 MotoGP 22

Source: Yamaha Racing

Comment:

  1. Jimmy Midnight says:

    I think I can! I think I can!

  2. Destroyer Bonees says:

    PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!!!

  3. chris says:

    that’s funnier than the manigale photo shoot! hmm… what happens when you let an 80′s high school yearbook photographer run things? this.

  4. chris says:

    can you think of another manufacturer that inspires this amount of affection for their machine? I think not..

  5. Yeeha!Stephen says:

    Should’ve left out that close-up @ 0:34 of the orange-peeled paint job on the tank/airbox cover.

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  6. Chaz Michael Michaels says:

    Yamaha Factory Racing…sponsored by Zoolander.

  7. smiler says:

    To be fair Chris is was Rossi that started the big love in with the Yamaha. The first photo of Lorenzo would better in a copy of Playboy for men. Just needs some Vaseline.
    If they are that in love then 2 lbs of fresh liver up the exhaust and they can have all the fun they want.

    Rossi has started the games already by talking down his chances.
    Although having MotoGp dominated by Rossi is not much of a spectacle. I really hope he spanks (given the theme) Lorenzo around the paddock for a while.

  8. Slangbuster says:

    They look like Steve McQueen and Pee Wee Herman. You Pick who’s who. Pretty funny!

  9. Edward K says:

    The bike has always looked good in all blue. The Gauloises livery was always the best (to me)… And hey, u gotta love the machine to some extent to do well with it.

  10. irksome says:

    Well, at least they drew the line at dry-humping.

  11. Riccardo says:

    It is going to be entertaining to watch these 2 race each other but Monster knew better not to bet against Lorenzo by buying him out of his Rockstar contract.

  12. MikeD says:

    MY EYES ! OH DEAR MOTO GOD, MY EYES ! GET A ROOM U THREE !

    What was seen can’t be unseen…next time i want a spoiler’s alert and/or warning.

    Ah, U guys and some of your comments………..pure gold, ROTFLMAO.

  13. Is it any wonder that other riders resent Rossi and his adoring media? Even this story lists Rossi first in the title, and the first two paragraphs are mostly devoted to him. I’d be thoroughly pissed if I were the current World Champion and got this kind of treatment. I picture Lorenzo opening a newspaper, seeing Rossi on the front page, with a follow-up story on pages 2 and 3, and finally finding the stories of himself on page 14, right below the ad for “Bob’s Septic Pumping Service.”

    I hope Rossi sucks ass this year, gets his ass thoroughly handed to him by Lorenzo, and realizes he has no more excuses left for his brain-washed adoring fans. I liked Rossi, until he was so threatened by the arrival of his new teammate (Lorenzo), that he demanded the wall, and refused to share any R&D data. Like a spoiled brat grabbing his toys and stomping out of the sandbox.

    Oh, and this Yamaha video sucks big time. I think I’ll go watch an old one with Colin and Ben wearing 70′s sweat bands and tank tops.

  14. vanduc996 says:

    Well it worked for me. Just two men and their machine. Simple, to the point, no modern day flash n cool or attempts at post modern irony.
    What I’m really hoping for out of this season is a battle for the ages; between the wounded but wily veteran, a true legend no matter what, but one who is very hungry to bow with sporting dignity, and the in his prime heir apparant, now firmly established in his own right and plainly the truest test Rossi has ever had. Same equipment, no B.S, winner takes all, including historical pecking order amongst the Gods of motorcycle racing.
    That’s the potential I see in the coming season and what I see spoken to in this video.

  15. AlexOnTwoWheels says:

    Ahhhh, Yasss, sama time I lika to faq my motorbike……

  16. pooch says:

    Boring as Batshit.

  17. Halfie30 says:

    @ProudAmerican: Let’s be real here. Lorenzo was drawing lines to make that wall get put up. Copying his leathers, trying to be a “personality”, etc… I’m not a huge fan of Rossi these days, but it would be good for the sport for him to have a couple more comparative years. By then we will see Lorenzo is. It as fast as he thinks he is with newer blood than himself barreling down his lap times…

  18. Lone Amigo says:

    Weird? You don’t know from weird.
    Love of bike, more mysterious and sensual curves than any other mechanized monster, a certain je ne sais quoi needed to even think about riding such a ravenous wraith of a moto, all combined with the best blue ever airblasted onto a Yamaha — these demand the haute couture approach, and not the in your face gun bra approach of topgun melded with lady gaga googoo. If X Fuera and The Doctor, move confidently and smile enigmaticallly, it is because they are the smooth operators of MotoGP. This season is shaping up to be spectaculoso, not weird.

  19. ZootCadillac says:

    “hmm… what happens when you let an 80′s high school yearbook photographer run things? this.”

    Did you really just say that? Gigi Soldano is just about the most well-respected photographer in the GP paddock. I have a feeling he would not have been the one to come up with this concept.

  20. ben pees says:

    hahah very funny comments, but i must admit the first photo of rossi at the top of the article is simple amazing.

  21. paulus - Thailand says:

    “Gigi Soldano is just about the most well-respected photographer in the GP paddock. ”

    Not after these he wont be :)

  22. Even after these Paulus. There are some truly great shots in this shoot…there’s also some…interesting shots as well.

  23. Of note, if you took Lorenzo out of these photos, especially with his Rossi-copycat history, would we think these shots were anything but truly epic?…especially after Rossi’s first and last reactions with the M1 at Welkom and Valencia??

  24. L2C says:

    That was not so bad. The video could have been edited down to 30 secs, though, and it still would have had the same effect. And Rossi’s name should be mentioned first. He’s the original classic.

  25. L2C says:

    Also, I think Gigi Soldano was going after a Ridley Scott’s Alien effect. They may account for the weird vibe of the shoot.

  26. L2C says:

    “They” should be “That”.

  27. Motonut says:

    I have no idea why they both looked the same height in this video when Jorge is 5’8″ and Vale is 5’11″.

  28. L2C says:

    Yeah, definitely going for that H. R. Giger biomechanical vibe. And as much as I like the new livery of the 2013 Hondas, these Yamahas take the prize. Very well done.