Kevin Schwantz Tests Suzuki XRH-1 MotoGP Bike at COTA, While Randy De Puniet Matches Pace of Open Bikes

Suzuki’s MotoGP test team took advantage of the presence of the MotoGP paddock at Austin to plan a test directly after the Grand Prix of the Americas. Under the watchful eye of team manager Davide Brivio, the team planned to have test rider Randy De Puniet put in three days of testing at a circuit, as the team had not yet tested the Suzuki XRH-1 at COTA, in a bid to gather more data ahead of their return to the series in 2015. Unfortunately for Suzuki, very heavy hail and thunderstorms made testing extremely difficult on Monday, leaving the track very dirty and much slower than it had been for Sunday’s race.

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.

No Kawasaki in 2010 MotoGP?

07/04/2009 @ 6:03 pm, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

No Kawasaki in 2010 MotoGP? Marco Melandri Hayate Assen 560x401

Rumors are flying as to whether Kawasaki will be on the MotoGP grid come 2010. If the Italian press is to be believed, Hayate Team Manager Andrea Dosoli has already declared that Hayate will be a no-show for next season.

However, an interview with Marco Melandri at Laguna Seca, by reliable MotoGP Matters, suggests that Kawasaki has yet to make a decision on MotoGP, and could be holding judgment until after the next round at the Sachensring .

According to reports in the Italian press, Dosoli said that he didn’t expect Kawasaki to return to MotoGP next season.

“I don’t think that Kawasaki will be here next year: The decision to pull out was taken at a very high level, and coming back into MotoGP would be an admission that they made the wrong decision.”

The Hayate team has had minimal support from Kawasaki this year, and is running what is essentially last year’s bike. Considering what they’ve been up against, Hayate and Marco Melandri have done a remarkable job, taking second at the French GP in Le Mans, and currently standing 8th in the Championship points.

“With a budget of 25% of what it was last year, I think we’ve done pretty well,” said Dolsoi, who is proud of what his team has accomplished. Sacrifices have been made at every turn, with crew members of the team doubling up on jobs. For instance, Dosoli is both team manager and crew chief to Marco Melandri. Hayate has also reduced costs by cutting out things like press releases, and selling unnecessary equipment such as their hospitality unit and transporters.

Many thought that this season with Kawasaki was Melandri’s make or break season. After performing poorly at Ducati, Marco hoped that by moving to Kawasaki, it would show the world that it was the GP8, not the Italian rider, that was the problem. Nicky Hayden clearly wishes that this point could be proven more loudly, as he sits 13th in the Championship points, after taking Melandri’s spot at the Factory Ducati team.

With Hayden on a factory ride, five places down from Melandri who is running last year’s bike, Marco has quietly, but poininatly gotten the message across. At the beginning of the season, Melandri said, “my motivation is this, and to show Kawasaki that they made a mistake in choosing to pull out their factory support.” We think Melandri has proven that point to Kawasaki, with the season only at the halfway mark, and likely proven it to Ducati was well.

Rumors now point to Melandri joining Marco Simoncelli at Gresini Honda. This would be a homecoming for Melandri, having probably seen his best performances while riding for the Gresini backed team.

Hayate has been struggling so far at Laguna Seca this weekend, so it will be interesting to see what comes of things at the Sachsenring in Germany , and what announcements might be made. One thing is certain though, if Hayate does pull-out, Dorna will be looking at a grid under its magical 18 bikes minimum.

Comment:

  1. jason says:

    No Kawasaki in 2010 MotoGP? – Asphalt & Rubber: Named the Millona, the bike tips the scales at 275lbs, and p.. http://bit.ly/k1Umn

  2. jason says:

    No Kawasaki in 2010 MotoGP? – Asphalt & Rubber: Named the Millona, the bike tips the scales at 275lbs, and p.. http://bit.ly/28LxX

  3. No Kawasaki in 2010 MotoGP? – Asphalt & Rubber http://bit.ly/NkBqO

  4. “With a budget of 25% of what it was last year, I think we’ve done pretty well,” said Dolsoi, who is proud of what his team has accomplished..

    They need to stay in Moto GP..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. ariciu says:

    niko do not be sad! i’ll buy you an icecream instead of motoGP tickets

  6. Niko says:

    I won’t be sad,hedgehog! Kawasaki is good enough on the road!Let Honda win the racing cake!:)

  7. bens Gol says:

    duh sungguh di sesal kan kawasaki tidak masuk motogp di 2010 ini..