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 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.

WSBK: Superpole at Phillip Island Cancelled After Tragedy

02/25/2012 @ 2:12 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

WSBK: Superpole at Phillip Island Cancelled After Tragedy Tom Sykes WSBK Superpole pit box 635x516

It is our displeasure to report that Saturday’s World Superbike Superpole qualifying event at Phillip Island was cancelled after a fatality occurred during the Australian Superstock 600 support race. In an incident very similar to the one that took Marco Simoncelli’s life last year, 17-year-old Oscar McIntyre collided with fellow ASTK racers Luke Burgess and Michael Lockhart on the second lap of Saturday’s support race. Though McIntyre received immediate medical attention, he succumbed to his injuries, and event organizers eventually cancelled the Superpole sessions. The last time a World Superbike sessions was cancelled was at Donington in 1998 and due to the snow.

Accordingly, this means that Sunday’s racing grid will be determined by the best lap times from the Qualifying Practice 2 session, which puts Tom Sykes at the pole position, followed by Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa. Look for a strong showing from the Kawasaki contingency on Sunday, but the smart bets are still on the Aprilia of Biaggi and the Ducati of  Checa, which have been consistently fast all week. Get excited race fans, the first race of the 2012 World Superbike Championship is about to be underway.

QP2 Results from World Superbike at Phillip Island, Australia:

Pos.No.RiderTeamTimeDiff.
166T. SYKESKawasaki ZX-10R1’31.323 -
23M. BIAGGIAprilia RSV4 Factory1’31.4770.154
37C. CHECADucati 1098R1’31.6210.298
496J. SMRZDucati 1098R1’31.7830.460
550S. GUINTOLIDucati 1098R1’31.8320.509
62L. CAMIERSuzuki GSX-R10001’31.9040.581
759N. CANEPADucati 1098R1’31.9530.630
865J. REAHonda CBR1000RR1’31.9590.636
9121M. BERGERDucati 1098R1’31.9660.643
1084M. FABRIZIOBMW S1000 RR1’32.0680.745
1158E. LAVERTYAprilia RSV4 Factory1’32.0690.746
1291L. HASLAMBMW S1000 RR1’32.0820.759
1333M. MELANDRIBMW S1000 RR1’32.1230.800
1434D. GIUGLIANODucati 1098R1’32.1980.875
1519C. DAVIESAprilia RSV4 Factory1’32.3381.015
1617J. LASCORZKawasaki ZX-10R1’32.4111.088
174H. AOYAMAHonda CBR1000RR1’32.5761.253
1867B. STARINGKawasaki ZX-10R1’32.6131.290
1944D. SALOMKawasaki ZX-10R1’32.6401.317
2086A. BADOVINIBMW S1000 RR1’32.7031.380
2187L. ZANETTIDucati 1098R1’32.7821.459
2225J. BROOKESSuzuki GSX-R10001’33.3842.061
2318M. AITCHISONBMW S1000 RR1’33.3962.073
2435R. DE ROSAHonda CBR1000RR1’33.4012.078
2520D. JOHNSONBMW S1000 RR1’33.8162.493

Source: WSBK

Comment:

  1. Keith says:

    looking forward to watching tomorrow on SPEED…late and not live. Which is a pity iirc wsbk, motogp and ama are what they started with.

  2. Will says:

    Wasnt a wsbk race at Philip Island canceled in 2000 due to torrential rain? RIP Oscar. At least he died doing what he loved

  3. CLB says:

    All the best to you… You are gone, but all the best and God’s Peace to your family who now lives without you. RIP!

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  5. Westward says:

    At the Age of 17, no matter how one dies or whether he loved it, seems irrelevant… At that age, no one expects to die, and for an activity that that seems like everyone is doing it, no one ever expects it to happen…

    Out of respect, I can wait a week.

    I know it will cost WBSK more money, but then maybe it will put the focus more on actual prevention of such an incident. I know this may not apply to this situation, but I for one think the grid should not have more than 20 pilots.

    Even in MotoGP, I’m OK with there being only 17 bikes on the track. I get why Bradl is there, he is a champion, I get why Barbara is there, He could easily have been one too if not for the the people that did win.

    But when you have people that are there who have never been in real contention for a championship, then that simply pollutes the integrity of the talent, and the overall sport as well…

  6. To Westward,
    I have to say you have some good points as far as the number of riders who should be on the grid. I however must disagree with you all together when you mention who these field of riders should consist of. Just because a rider is not as popular as others, and maybe because you never heard of them does not mean they do not have the talent to be on the grid. This sport is very unforgiving, you go down , you can die, we all know this. At the speed of this sport a split second can and can’t mean life and death. AGAIN a split second can and can’t mean a Championship. Oscar McIntyre obviously had the talent to be a Champion in the series he was in or he would not be there, He didn’t buy or find his license, He EARNED them. R. I. P. Oscar , Just my own opinion, I mean no body any disrespect.
    Mike Morton

  7. Smitch says:

    Oscar’s death will not share the strangle hold on the news that Marco’s did. He was no less of a person than Marco, just less famous. I for one thought the endless coverage of Marco’s death was a bit much.

  8. Westward says:

    @MIKE MORTON

    Never said anything about a persons popularity. I only mentioned talent. Example, Alex De Angelis has more talent than Karel Abraham, yet Abrahams is in Moto1, not because he is better, but because he can afford it.
    Put Abrahams on a factory Honda, I bet De Angelis, Barbara, and Edwards still beat him on Satellite Hondas…

    I know nothing about McIntyre, I think he is an Australian, and the race was at Philip Island. I am also not very well versed in my SuperStock600 knowledge. But, I do know that countries like to pad the grid with their countrymen at home circuits.

    As for popularity, pilots become so, based on a display of talent recognized by the audience. Hence the reason you may have heard of Marquez or Maverick Vinales…

    Again, I can’t comment on McIntyre qualifications or talent, for the same reason I can’t comment on anything regarding AMA. I just am not aware of either…

    All I can say, is that he was taken way too soon, just like Simoncelli…

  9. To Westward:
    My Bad , I took it wrong ,I thought you were saying the man didn’t have enough talent to even be out there, and Like I was saying ,no disrespect meant to anybody .

  10. Gritboy says:

    Very sad. :(