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: Race 2 at Donington Park Ends with a Nearly Fractured Vertebrae

06/28/2009 @ 6:31 pm, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

WSBK: Race 2 at Donington Park Ends with a Nearly Fractured Vertebrae Ben Spies WSBK Race 2 Donington Park 560x332

If the close racing of Race 1 wasn’t enough drama for the fans at Donington Park, Race 2 provided it in full. Another breakaway start, and a couple key crashes, lead to a shake up in the finishing results, and one rider was rushed off to the hospital for a suspected fractured vertabrae that might change the course of the season. Continue reading for spoilers.

Ben Spies took an uncontested Double at Donington by winning Race 2 with relative ease. Spies took the lead in the first corner, and never looked back, finishing 6 seconds ahead of second place Leon Haslam.

As the track at Donington warmed up, it was clear some riders had the wrong compound of tire on their race bikes. Max Biaggi crashed first, hanging up any hopes for redemption after running out of fuel in Race 1. A lap later, Noriyuki Haga had a nasty crash where his Ducati tumbled and landed on top of him.

Haga walked away from the crash, visibly in pain. It was suspected he had a fractured vertebrae, but a later CAT scan confirmed he did not, although he did break a series of other bones in his arm and shoulder.

With the podium shake up completed, the race was left for Leon Haslam, Michel Fabrizio, and Shane Byrne to figure out the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place spots in victory lane. Haslam ended up holding off Fabrizio, and Shakey finished 4th.

Spies made 25 points on Haga for his day’s work at Donington, and now only trails the Xerox Ducati by 14 points. The big question now will be whether Haga will be able to ride any of the remaining races of the season, and defend is now narrow lead.

We’ll keep your apprised of the news as we get it.

Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Donington Park, UK:

Pos.Num.RiderCountryBikeDiff
119B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R1
291L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR6.622
384M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R6.816
467S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R7.349
566T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R18.145
622L. CamierGBRYamaha YZF R113.463
79R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR15.751
827J. EllisonGBRYamaha YZF R116.837
9111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR22.891
10117S. AndrewsGBRKawasaki ZX 10R30.347
1157L. LanziITADucati 1098R30.622
1214M. LagriveFRAHonda CBR1000RR31.562
1371Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K932.148
1423B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R32.607
1565J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR32.806
1699L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R34.269
1779B. YoungUSASuzuki GSX-R 1000 K940.644
1836G. LavillaESPDucati 1098R40.956
1925D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R41.302
2011T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR42.856
213M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory47.769
RET77V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR8 Laps
RET88R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K98 Laps
RET53A. PolitaITASuzuki GSX-R 1000 K917 Laps
RET7C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR18 Laps
RET94D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R118 Laps
RET41N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R19 Laps
RET96J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R21 Laps
RET56S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV4 Factory22 Laps
RET2J. HackingUSAKawasaki ZX 10R22 Laps

Comment:

  1. WSBK: Race 2 at Donington Park Ends with a Nearly Fractured Vertebrae – http://tinyurl.com/mj2sb4 #motorcycle

  2. Beatpusher says:

    Hey you didn’t mention the first top ten for BMW! Also, I’m pretty sure the aprllia didn’t run out of fuel. Listen to the post race withMax.