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.

WSBK: Race 2 is Action-Packed in Assen

04/26/2010 @ 6:03 pm, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

WSBK: Race 2 is Action Packed in Assen Max Biaggi WSBK Assen Race 2 560x349

With Race 1 seeing a number of worthy riders vying for the victory, there was little doubt that Race 2 would provide similar close-rider racing on the Dutch circuit. With each manufacturer with a horse in the race, Assen proved to be not only a venue where opportunities could be created, but it also seemed destined to shake up the World Superbike Championship Standings.

Taking the double was Johnny Rea on the Ten Kate HANNspree Honda, but the victory didn’t come easily for Johnny. First off the line was the BMW of Troy Corser, who had another great race on the S1000RR, but unfortunately could not go the distance again and make a podium out of it.

Race 2 saw the return of points leader Leon Haslam to the forefront of the race. Haslam finished second in Race 2 and swapped a number of passes with Rea, while James Toseland pursued the pair, butwas nearly two seconds behind Haslam, and four seconds behind Rea at the finish line. Despite the intense action at the beginning and middle of the race, the last remaining laps of Race 2 saw both Rea breaking away from Haslam, and Haslam distancing himself from the rest of the pack.

Picking up the table scraps was James Toseland, who podiumed for the second time this weekend. JT was just out of reach of Max Biaggi, who continues to have a strong season on his Aprilia RSV4. Of course Troy Corser was the surprise finish, with another fifth place spot for the BMW crew. The pack of contenders was rounded out by Checa and Smrz respectively, both having good races, but unable to push further up into the field.

The good new stops there here though, as both Xerox Ducati riders failed to make an impression in Race 2. Fabrizio finished 12th while Haga found himself in DNF land after technical problems sidelined his Ducati 1098R. Race 2 at Assen was also a miserable showing for the Kawasaki Crew, as Team Green made up three of the bottom for spots at the finish.

With the race weekend concluded, Haslam continues to lead in the points standings, with a 20 point gap over Max Biaggi. Johnny Rea was the real winner though, as his double victory launched him into 3rd place overall, 38 points back from Haslam.

World Superbike Highlights from Race 2 at Assen, Netherlands:

Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Assen, Netherlands:

165J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR
291L. HaslamGBRSuzuki GSX-R10001.942
352J. ToselandGBRYamaha YZF R13.928
43M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 1000 F.4.067
511T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR4.176
67C. ChecaESPDucati 1098R4.525
796J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R4.682
867S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R7.698
976M. NeukirchnerGERHonda CBR1000RR9.903
10111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR11.465
1199L. ScassaITADucati 1098R15.489
1284M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R23.604
1350S. GuintoliFRASuzuki GSX-R100029.085
1477C. VermeulenAUSKawasaki ZX 10R35.401
1515M. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R44.330
1695R. HaydenUSAKawasaki ZX 10R50.830
1723B. ParkesAUSHonda CBR1000RR58.819
RET2L. CamierGBRAprilia RSV4 1000 F.2 Laps
RET35C. CrutchlowGBRYamaha YZF R111 Laps
RET41N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R16 Laps
RET57L. LanziITADucati 1098R-
RET66T. SykesGBRKawasaki ZX 10R-


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