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.

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.

Rumors of Valentino Rossi’s Retirement Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

10/25/2011 @ 2:31 pm, by Jensen Beeler34 COMMENTS

Rumors of Valentino Rossis Retirement Have Been Greatly Exaggerated Valentino Rossi Marco Simoncelli

After the tragic events at the cancelled Malaysian GP, and the subsequent tragic death of Marco Simoncelli, there were whispers regarding whether Valentino Rossi and/or Colin Edwards would retire after the incident that cut-short SuperSic’s life. These whispers and thoughts turned into idle chatter, which then lead to unfounded speculation.

It is of course only natural in this FOX News world that we live in that every possible angle and outcome be explored before any sort of precedent for those mental exercises presents themselves. Perhaps a lessen on the difficulties of basic human communication, even the most well-intended and honest speculation can be misperceived and distorted as it is retold, which in this case lead to a mass hysteria that the nine-time World Champion would retire from MotoGP racing.

Squelching the fire almost as soon as it began, Davide Brivio (Rossi’s Manager), Alessio Salucci (you might know him better as Uccio), and finally Valentino Rossi himself (no parenthesis necessary) denied outright that the thought of retiring had even crossed the Italian racer’s mind. “Quit? I do not know who said it, but it wasn’t me,” said Rossi. “Maybe it was to sell more newspapers…Marco was great. We shared so many memories, we used to meet almost every day, we’d train together and we’d race against each with any type of machine that had an engine.” Hopefully that ends the speculation.

Turning our attention to more real matters, Marco Simoncelli will be laid to rest Thursday in his home town of Coriano, Italy. A public viewing of Simoncelli’s body is planned for tomorrow, with the funeral scheduled for Thursday, October 27 at 3:00pm at the church of Santa Maria di Coriano.

Source: MotoMatters & Twitter (Davide Brivio & Alessio Salucci)


  1. Walt says:

    I know you were only making a point. But Fox News has no idea who Rossi or Simoncelli are.

  2. Other Sean says:

    Oh jeez, another Fox news dig. I thought A&R was above that.
    It’s a news channel, it’s got huge ratings. Sorry it’s not NPR, CNN, or CBS, but it’s not TMZ either.
    Sorry to get off topic, but that puts me off. Unnecessary.

  3. I like how that’s the thing people are commenting on here…

  4. Other Sean says:

    Well, come on, nobody with a brain in their head thought Rossi would retire over this. Would Simoncelli have wanted that? Heck no.

  5. Keith says:

    what’s fox news? I’m just glad Rossi isn’t retiring…until he’s darn good and ready to. Then I hope switches over to WRC! ;^) ttfn stbu

  6. luke says:

    I’m really still waiting to hear what Rossi says about the crash and it’s effects on him in an honest interview. He must be just devastated. Probably we will never hear that though, top tier motogp seems to be one of those sports where (unless your c. edwards) your interviews are just full of corporate censored cliches and carefully worded sound bites.

  7. I could say lots about the format in MotoGP & how journalists interact with riders, but I’ll try to keep it short. I can think of only one situation where a PR person stepped-in on a question asked to a GP rider, there’s a lot less interference than you’d think.

    The bigger issue is time and language. With someone like Rossi, he’ll get peppered with questions in Italian for 20 minutes, and then non-Italian journalists will get 3 minutes with him as he’s getting on his scooter. Then of course he knows only so much English, so he’s answers sound canned, when really he just know X number of phrases in English. Very tough to find the thought behind the word when it’s like that.

    Something I’ve been doing, along with other English-speakers, is recording both sets of media scrums, and getting the non-English portions translated.

  8. duxbros says:

    I think it’s all up in the air and anything is possible, despite what Uccio and Davide are saying. We’re talking about Valentino Rossi, who does what he wants to do. I think retirement isn’t out of the question because he wants to be healthy to do what he wants to do next–WRC, F1? The 2012 Duc is a big unknown. I hope it blows everybody off the track but I’m guessing the GP12 bike is still problematic, and does he want to have another year of mid-pack finishes? Valentino loves to have a good time and he sure isn’t right now. For that matter I think everybody but HRC would like to just skip Valencia and end the season yesterday.

  9. ML says:

    I’m glad to know Rossi is still in it for the long haul. As for the fox news reference, its just a joke. I guess those who get offended either love fox news (:shudder:) or they are not familiar with their journalistic honesty, integrity, and credibility (or the lack there of).

  10. motogpdr says:

    as a clinca mobile physician (the only american in its history) I’d like to comment that I have treated all of the motogp riders and marco was one of the most gentle and sweet men I have ever met….R.I.P. Marco…..

  11. Aveldina says:

    Sad, leave the guy alone… RT @Asphalt_Rubber Rumors of Valentino Rossi's Retirement Have Been Greatly Exaggerated –

  12. Chuck says:

    Hey Beeler stick to reporting the news leave your political views at the door – there’s enough of this already going on all around us. Motorcycling news that is….

  13. Carlos says:

    Jensen, quit trying to be political man, that’s how you’re going to lose readers. People come on this website to read about motorcycles and racing, not your bullsh*t political views. Get it together man.

  14. Carlos says:

    Oh and by the way, I think it’s bullsh*t that Autoblog managed to report about the new S1000RR before you guys did. Again, you guys need to get it together

  15. Jimmy Midnight says:

    Okay Boys & Girls, What have we learned?

    If you don’t hear it with your own ears or see it with your own eyes then don’t invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth.


  16. Dutch says:

    @Carlos. Right on man! Total Bullsh!t! I say you cancel your subscription to A&R today and demand a refund!

    oh wait………

    back on point: Riding in Sic’s memory is the only choice. Expect a dramatic lid and plenty of 58′s on 46′s leathers and bike in Valencia.

  17. Boo hoo! It seems that there are some fans of Murdoch’s on here. More fool them I suppose…

    Speaking of poorly-informed ‘journalism’ – and I use that term loosely – has anyone had the misfortune to read this article – which in my eyes is the journalistic equivalent of something found on the sole of your loafers… The final sentence is enough to make my blood boil.

  18. irksome says:

    MotoMatters has a great piece on why ALL these guys will carry on doing their jobs:

    It’s what they do; anything less would be both unthinkable and an insult.

    As to the Fox News reference, I can remember when the shark frenzy was called the CNNing of the news. The 24-hr news cycle of today is voracious and, since Fox has decided to try to place themselves at the top of that cycle, they have to be prepared to become the adjective du jour. I DO find it interesting that its viewers seem to become so defensive at even the smallest PERCEIVED slight, which the reference in this article was most certainly not.

  19. DareN says:

    C`mon man – Fox News? Let`s talk motorcycles – stay away from politics & religion. Uncalled for…

  20. Shebel2stroke says:

    Regarding richard mushnets post, remember folks dont feed the trolls.

  21. Shebel2stroke – if you can’t even type my name out properly, then don’t bother accusing me of trolling. I see a lot of needless comments on this thread regarding anything but Marco/Rossi/the media’s perception of this freak accident. The ridiculous Aussie article I posted was to see if anyone else felt as incensed as I did when I read it.

    As for the Fox reference, over here (the U.K.) Murdoch’s association is one of the main forces against unbiased and impartial reporting. Seems that some of you chaps Stateside seem oblivious to the horses**t that they spoonfeed you with?

  22. DareN says:

    Thank you for enlighting us here in US. Now ,sir, please stick to motorcycles.

  23. Patron says:

    I read that article and felt compelled to comment as I felt like you obviously did.

    However, I also feel that political ref’s among these articles dont have a place. Whether I agree with them or not. Just my opinion.

    Very sorry to see Sic go. I really do feel a genuine sense of loss, and I never met the man. I cant imagine how his family and friends feel right now.

  24. Just so we’re all clear, where in the following sentence is there a political reference?

    “It is of course only natural in this FOX News world that we live in that every possible angle and outcome be explored before any sort of precedent for those mental exercises presents themselves.”

  25. MrFancyPants says:

    I guess we know who the FOX news fans are

  26. irksome says:

    @Jensen: There is nothing wrong with the sentence; it’s a legitimate reference to the voracious 24-hr news cycle. There IS something wrong with those who perceive it as a slight. Touchy touchy, eh girls?

  27. DarN says:

    Here, Jensen ;”As for the Fox reference, over here (the U.K.) Murdoch’s association is one of the main forces against unbiased and impartial reporting. Seems that some of you chaps Stateside seem oblivious to the horses**t that they spoonfeed you with?”
    That how your comment is perceived.
    Are we done? Otherwise, change your name to Politico / Huffington Post – at least we would now what to expect.

  28. Patron says:

    Comments before mine mentioned a political undertone. I was commenting that I agree politics don’t have a place in these articles. Never mentioned your FOX news remark. I do believe tho, that your political views have made their way into your work before. But I could be wrong about that. I’m not bored enough to prove it either way. But any time politcal BS comes through you get what you have above. Pointless. I dont care about anyones political stance. Like mine or not. Really, who cares.

  29. DareN says:

    Well said, Patron.

  30. Westward says:

    Fox does News ?

    I have to agree with Steve Jobs on this one, Fox is a destructive medium.

    Show me a person that defends Fox’s integrity, and I’ll show you someone that is either ignorant, or part of the deception that they are fair or balanced…

    Back to the subject at hand. I for one thought it possible, that this could bring Rossi to early retirement, but am glad to hear that it has not…

    Andiamo Rossi…

  31. MrFancyPants says:

    in all honesty I thought The Doctor was making this his last year the moment he signed on with Ducati

  32. Jake Fox says:

    @Richard Mushet

    I took the time to comment on that article you linked to. My response is as follows:


    You probably consider yourself a journalist or aspire to be one considering you write for a newspaper. I suppose it didn’t occur to you how hypocritical it be for a journalist to write this little bit of tripe so let me explain. As you may be aware, journalists often put themselves in harm’s way to bring us (the viewers, the readers, the listeners) the news. This happens in war zone reporting, natural disaster reporting, anywhere there is danger you’ll often find a member of the press around. Every now and then, a journalist gets killed doing their job. We could debate the value of that journalism just as easily as we could debate the value of motorsports. When a reporter dies, you can just as easily blame the viewer, the reader, the listener, or the news organization that sponsored their activity, as you so easily do with spectators of motorsport.

    Do try to look in the mirror next time before pointing the finger at others.

  33. @Jake Fox

    Boom goes the dynamite.

  34. Patron says:

    Good luck getting that comment posted. You revealed a truth to her that she simply doesn’t have the capacity to understand. I wrote a comment for that article myself. So far she has decided not to allow through comments that point out her inadequacies as a (gulp) journalist.