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: Qualifying Results from Phillip Island

02/22/2013 @ 11:18 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

WSBK: Qualifying Results from Phillip Island carlos checa wsbk qualifying phillip island 635x672

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Phillip Island, Australia:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeTimeDiff.
1Carlos ChecaTeam Ducati AlstareDucati Panigale 11991’30.234-
2Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1’30.429-0.195
3Michel FabrizioRed Devils RomaAprilia RSV4 Factory1’30.581-0.347
4Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1’30.615-0.381
5Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR1’30.615-0.381
6Sylvain GuintoliAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1’30.683-0.449
7Leon CamierFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001’30.991-0.757
8Leon HaslamPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR1000RR1’30.998-0.764
9Jonathan ReaPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR1000RR1’31.742-1.508
10Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory1’31.283-1.049
11Loris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1’31.576-1.342
12Chaz DaviesBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR1’31.870-1.636
13Max NeukirchnerMR-RacingDucati Panigale 11991’32.010-1.776
14Jamie StaufferTeam Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR1’32.353-2.119
15Ivan ClementiHTM RacingBMW S1000 RR1’32.773-2.539
16Glen AllertonNext Gen MotorsportsBMW S1000 RR1’32.352-2.118
17Jules CluzelFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001’32.402-2.168
18Alexander LundhTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1’32.487-2.253
19Ayrton BadoviniTeam Ducati AlstareDucati Panigale 11991’32.540-2.306
20Federico SandiTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1’32.898-2.664
21Vittorio IannuzzoGrillini Dentalmatic SBKBMW S1000 RR1’33.082-2.848

Source: WorldSBK

Comment:

  1. Ewan Munro says:

    Holy Jesus!!! I guess that kind of pisses all over the speculation about whether the Panigale will work as race bike!

  2. pooch says:

    New surface has really dropped lap times – those are smokin’ ! 8 riders in the 1.30′s is a better result than the 2012 MotoGP at the Island.

    Great start to the supers.

  3. Cpt.Slow says:

    Bravo for the season being back! Well, Pani is not still-born- thank goodness and it shows the quality rider that is Carlos. I hope the new stewards recognize that fact and not penalize the bike unjustly.

  4. smiler says:

    The Panigale did come 2nd in Superstocks. Good sto see such close times. Hope it is a good 2 races. Shame it looks like Silverstone is being dropped. Cannot see why they don’t move it to Brands. Best circuit for bikes & for viewing.

  5. Gutterslob says:

    So Sykes and Melandri had the exact same time? How do they decide who’s in front then? Becasue Sykes finished ahead of Melandri in the standings last year, or do they average the best times from the previous qualifying/practice sessions?

  6. dc4go says:

    Awesome!! Whats more interesting is that the Aprilia’s qualified 2-3rd on race tires cause the Rsv cheawed up the rear qualifiers! Laverty did 15 laps in the 31′s so think he’s going to be the man to beat but Checa’s at devil Phillip Island!! WSBK rules!!

  7. Bertus Ras says:

    Gutterslob, I was gonna post that Sykes did the time before Melandri, but that would be incorrect it seems. Melandri did his at 15:43’54.211 local time, Sykes at 15:44’34.913. If that doesn’t determine who goes ahead (which I believe it should), the next step would be to look at the previous timed session. Sykes did a 1’30.740, Melandri a 1’30.931. At least, that’s how it appears it was adjudicated.

  8. mudgun says:

    the race is being streamed on beINsport.tv at 530 et.

  9. I believe it’s 7:30 ET, isn’t it?

  10. mudgun says:

    sorry, you’re right…got a little excited I guess