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 Results for Race 2 at Phillip Island

02/23/2013 @ 9:15 pm, by Jensen Beeler23 COMMENTS

WSBK: Race Results for Race 2 at Phillip Island Eugene Laverty Aprilia Racing WSBK Phillip Island 635x423

Race Results from World Superbike Race 2 at Phillip Island, Australia:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeTimeDiff.
1Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory33’45.938-
2Sylvain GuintoliAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory33’46.356-0.418
3Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR33’47.320-1.382
4Michel FabrizioRed Devils RomaAprilia RSV4 Factory33’48.220-2.282
5Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R33’57.483-11.545
6Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory33’58.446-12.508
7Jules CluzelFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100034’03.268-17.33
8Jonathan ReaPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR1000RR34’03.277-17.339
9Leon CamierFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100034’05.824-19.886
10Leon HaslamPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR1000RR34’05.934-19.996
11Max NeukirchnerMR-RacingDucati Panigale 119934’13.567-27.629
12Glen AllertonNext Gen MotorsportsBMW S1000 RR34’28.747-42.809
13Jamie StaufferTeam Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR34’28.831-42.893
14Federico SandiTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R34’30.837-44.899
15Alexander LundhTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R34’43.762-57.824
16Vittorio IannuzzoGrillini Dentalmatic SBKBMW S1000 RR35’08.512-82.574
17Chaz DaviesBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR34’08.6631 Lap
RETIvan ClementiHTM RacingBMW S1000 RR17’14.862
RETLoris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R

Source: WorldSBK; Photo: Aprilia Racing

Comment:

  1. Motoguru says:

    Aprilia means business this year!!! As usual…

  2. Kurt says:

    How is it Chaz Davies and Marco’s performances from Races 1 and 2 are such polar opposites? Come on BMW Riders… get your heads in the game. Would love to see a 1-2 punch in some more races this year, similar to last year.

  3. j.davis says:

    Don’t blame Marco for his race 1 nonresult. He was taken down and out by Checa.

  4. Gutterslob says:

    Good racing. Personally hope Sykes and the Pata Hondas mount a challenge this year, but it’ll be hard against factory supported teams.

    Am I the only one that hates those faux headlights on all the bikes?!

  5. BBQdog says:

    Former World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa has been taken to hospital in Melbourne after he was knocked out in a race-one tangle with Marco Melandri.
    The Alstare Ducati man clipped the rear of Melandri’s Goldbet BMW on the brakes going into Honda Corner and was knocked unconscious. Trackside officials report that Checa suffered no serious injuries but obviously won’t take part in race two

  6. dc4go says:

    Great opening round the Aprilia’s, BMW, and the Pinagale looked real good and fast .. Speedy recovery Checa you are one stand up RACER!!!

  7. Will says:

    Hey Jensen, why don’t you make the winners a little more obvious by using their picture as the image for the article?

  8. frod says:

    pictures? a la nascar? if you don’t know the faces of the race winners by now then you haven’t watched wsbk for the past few years.

  9. David says:

    Looks a lot like MotoGp racing.

    One factory running top 3 with one factory trying to stay close.

    All the other bikes 11+ seconds back.

  10. 190mph says:

    frod, I think Will was alluding to the fact that Jenson was giving away the winner of the races (even if you didn’t click on the story) by using a picture of them on the bike therefore spoiling the races for anyone that comes onto the site and hadn’t seen the races yet.

    I think that’s what Will was implying, though I could be wrong.

  11. cvgsp75 says:

    how the hell can we get to see WSBK here in the states ???
    my terrorist Bein sports channel only loves soccer and not bikes !!!
    can someone please direct me to visual bliss …

  12. Tony says:

    Hey Will, if you don’t already know the results, don’t go to sites that talk about them until you do.

  13. Campisi says:

    This is my first season watching World Superbike, so I’m still in that awkward phase wherein one must constantly put names and teams to faces and liveries. That said, the racing this weekend was pretty good. Here’s hoping Checa comes out alright.

  14. Frod says:

    hey cvgsp75, the race was streaming online on http://www.beinsport.tv/.

    btw, I guess your beIn sport channel is half terrorist because the other half is own by Time Warner.

  15. Balzac says:

    I’m with Will, I am being encouraged to NOT visit your website if you insist on giving away the results in the pic. We can’t all watch live, and it sometimes takes a day or 3 to download and watch the races. The good news is, it’s not like it’s the superbowl, and everybody in the supermarket is talking about who won, but if I have to avoid any moto-blogs because of in your face spoilers, you are doing yourself a dis-service.

  16. Frod says:

    now I see the hate starting to brew against Jensen who does a great job on this site.

    My question to you guys is when you go to WSBK.com or gaySpeed channel or any other site per that matter don’t you see the same spoiler alert?
    I’ve seem many times when Jensen writes (Spoiler alert) on the result, and this time the race was on Saturday in USA, this time I don’t think he spoiled anything.

  17. cvgsp75 says:

    @Frod thanks for the info… and all these peolple complaining about race results are not using common sense if didnt watch the race 99.999999 % of the time results are gonna be posted. If you dont have the will power to wait till you see the race dont complain !!! these website which ever they maybe are doing a great job informing us (pics & intereveiws) dont be ……well u know were im going with this

  18. Tony says:

    @Balzac, I don’t think your life is going to be to severely affected by not visiting this site for a few days. Do you really think there will be much of any other info on here besides the race results of the weekend? I think you’ll live for a few more days without going to ANY motorcycle racing website for “a day or 3.”

  19. So you come to a motorcycle news site, and expect not to get the news???

    If I had my way, we wouldn’t bother with spoiler warnings, and we would just publish the race-winner in the article headline (along with everything that happened above-the-fold). Coming to a website that reports industry news and happenings, and expecting them not report on a race is sort of ludicrous in my mind, yet somehow people feel justified in petitioning for this very action.

    Luckily cooler heads prevail around here. Our headlines are generic, our RSS feed is devoid of any details, as is our Twitter feed and Facebook account, and we publish the race results below the fold (meaning you have to click “Continue Reading” to view them. We go to get efforts to sanitize our media from unintended results spoilage, but I’m afraid there’s not much we can do if you PRO-ACTIVELY COME AND VISIT the front page of the site knowing that a race just took place.

    If your expectation is that the world will wait a day or three before discussing the results of a race, then you are sorely mistaken — the internet/mass media/civilization isn’t going to change for you my friend. I would also probably add that this reality also unfortunately that means you might have to sequester yourself from Facebook, Twitter, and racing websites, if you want to avoid spoilers before you sit down and view the race several days later.

    You see, my personal response to your complaint would be “deal with it,” or more likely something a little bit more colorful, because I have no patience on this issue. But again, cooler heads prevail at A&R HQ.

    So I say to you, dear readers, our sincere apologies for posting a photo that may or not spoil the race results (we don’t actually always post the race-winners in the photo, but did this time). We hear your complaints, and as much as I personally disagree with them, we are investing some resources in developing a very clever solution to this problem. Stay tuned…but in the meantime, try avoiding the site on race-weekends if you haven’t seen the race(s).

  20. L2C says:

    I don’t get the beef. News networks broadcast sports results the very same day and immediately following the final results. Internet media outlets do the same. Shhhh…be quiet, you’re not making any sense. Just skip A&R until after you’ve watched the races, that will solve your problems. You can always catch up on the other stuff later.

    Anyway, I love that these early Phillip Island races were given the MotoGP treatment camera-wise. The coverage was very exciting to watch. Especially compared to the few races that I saw last year, which gave the impression of Biaggi and Co. racing in quicksand or some other equally slow medium.

    If these latest examples of SBK/WSS represent Dorna’s production focus that will last throughout the rest of the season, count me in as a full-time fan. I couldn’t be happier with what I saw this weekend.

  21. Tony says:

    I’m not sure what you mean by MotoGP treatment. The production was pretty much the same as it’s always been. The only difference was instead of having a 10-12 bike freight train to the finish line it was only the top 4. That is very much like MotoGP. I’m hoping it’s not like that all year.

  22. frod says:

    guys, just one more thing. To those that don’t want to see the race results early and to those of us who love this site let’s keep coming to this website so we can keep the traffic and site alive.

    You all very well know that you’ll see the race results every bike site you would go but the kind of article that we all enjoy can find it just here.

    I not a hippie but love everyone that likes bikes, races, and riding on two wheels.

  23. L2C says:

    @Tony

    Yep, you aren’t sure what I meant. Feel free to read my post again to get the fine details.

    But as for the rest of your comment, there seems to be quite a few capable riders dealing with injuries in WSBK early this season, and that may have something to do with three or four riders, instead of more, competing at the front. This could reasonably change for the better by the time Aragon rolls around in the middle of April, as those riders have a lot more time to heal without tests, qualifiers and more races to impede their recovery. At least that’s what I gathered from the TV commentators and various articles posted on the net. At the very least, Tom Sykes could be in much better condition in six weeks time – and by some estimates he should definitely be in contention for the championship. Plus, Checa will also be back by then.