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.

Yamaha’s 2011 MotoGP Livery Unveiling

02/21/2011 @ 2:11 am, by Jensen Beeler21 COMMENTS

Yamahas 2011 MotoGP Livery Unveiling 2011 Yamaha MotoGP livery Lorenzo Spies 14 635x422

Yup, it’s official folks: Yamaha will run without a title sponsor for the 2011 MotoGP season (at least initially), as the team’s official race livery was unveiled at Sepang today (actually, we’re releasing these photos ahead of the official announcement, so in a way this post is coming from the future), along with the official unveiling of the 2011 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP race bike.

Trading a corporate sponsor for a “50th Year in Road Racing Championship Grand Prix” emblem, Yamaha has seemingly been unable to woo a title backer onto its carbon fiber fairings after Fiat’s departure, despite winning the team, rider, and manufacturer Championships in the 2010 season. Check out the full gallery after the jump.

Today’s announcement speaks not only a tremendous volume about the economic climate around MotoGP and motorcycling as a whole, but also about where the star power currently resides in the MotoGP World Championship. While Yamaha has struggled to patch together a variety of sponsors, obviously the lack of a title sponsorship has dominated the news.

Contrast this result with Ducati, whose retention of Valentino Rossi’s services has lead to a plethora of deals directly with the Ducati Corse crew (here & here), but also other corporate dealings have likely been helped by the Italian Duo’s synergistic relationship.

2011 Yamaha MotoGP Team Structure & Livery:

2011 Yamaha MotoGP Team – Jorge Lorenzo & Ben Spies

2011 Yamaha MotoGP Team – Jorge Lorenzo

2011 Yamaha MotoGP Team – Ben Spies

Source: Yamaha Racing

Comment:

  1. doug says:

    Bikes look great, but those poses look like a high school seniors photos.. geez… corny at best.

  2. hangjebat says:

    no title sponsor????what??????…i feel sorry for lorenzo….he should not be entertain like this as world champion 2010….

    PETRONAS only give a small contribution i believe…poor them…they doesn’t want to take advantage of this situation with being the main title sponsor of the team but only take role as small player…big company but very small money…hey wake up la……..give full support la for motogp….be a huge player not as an injured one….

  3. BikePilot says:

    The guy on the left has a big X on his head…

  4. hangjebat says:

    the blue color make the bike looks not nice, …..they shoul use other blue

  5. hangjebat says:

    doug…..hahahaaha…..funny…Yamaha M1 look great in Rossi’s hand…he left, the bike back to the era when M1 started races in motogp…back to ugly faces

  6. hangjebat says:

    jim race who?

  7. GranitKD says:

    how about posting the RIGHT pictures for lorenzo instead of Ben spies twice.

  8. Andrey says:

    Stop the presses! …….. Ben Spies smiled!!!!! OMG

  9. Other Sean says:

    Ben looks dreamy with some hair on his head. And even their helmets are similar. What a pair!

  10. Faster1 says:

    Please hang- You must be new (or 12) if you don’t know who the well-informed jim race!

    The Yami has the best title sponsor on the grid,,,, YAMAHA. nothing to apologize for !

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  12. @tobymoody They don't have a title sponsor http://bit.ly/i1nJ7u Corporate sponsorship better than being underpaid by a title sponsor?

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  18. login says:

    no more championship for Yamaha this year and beyond……….and they back to dark ages….where Yamaha are only be there to make crowd…

  19. Dr. Gellar says:

    I actually like this livery a lot better than any of the FIAT Yamaha paint-jobs of the last few years. Never did like those much. Also, it is an interesting contrast to Ducati’s 2011 livery….cool and subtle vs. bright and aggressive.

  20. Westward says:

    The liveries look awesome, not much to criticise. Would have like to see light blue of Spies’s liveries have the same colour dispersion as Lorenzo’s red…

    Even like the greyed out star on Spies’s helmet…

  21. Vmax says:

    Really like the new Yamaha colours, brings back the days when racing was about man and machine as a team and not corporate sponsorship money!
    I remember the time when Abe rode the GP bike right after Rainey’s (Marlboro left) during the early nineties, Yamaha racing blocks with red white and black livery… cool.
    I’ll be looking for the 1:18 scale models to add to my collection, these will be my favorites!