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 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.

Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

Given the competitive nature of the electric racing realm, its rare to see the big high-power bikes without their fairings, as teams are reluctant to reveal their secret sauce. Debuting the Mugen Shinden San this past weekend in Tokyo though, Team Mugen did just that, giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the team’s 2013 race bike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. You don’t have to be an electron-head to get excited by these photos, as any race bike with a carbon fiber frame and swingarm is pretty drool-worthy, though the Shinden Ni’s carbon fiber battery enclosure does hide a great deal of the electric superbike’s geek factor. While the sheer size of the battery bike is impressive, it was expected when the Shinden was first announced.

Moto3 Coming to Replace 125GP in 2012?

06/01/2010 @ 12:17 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

Moto3 Coming to Replace 125GP in 2012? Moto3 replacment 125GP 635x453

MCN is reporting that the days of 125GP may be numbered as Dorna and the FIM get ready to replace the small displacement GP series with what’s being called the new Moto3 race class. Drawing from the formula found in Moto2, Moto3 features prototype bikes with 250cc four-stroke single-cylinder motors. However instead of a single-spec motor rule, as found in Moto2, Moto3 appears to be open to multiple engine manufacturers.

Allegedly the new series is designed to bring some teams out of the crowded Moto2 class, where 40 bikes can be found on the starting grid, and put them into the lower racing class where they would be more competitive. This also serves the double purpose of bolstering the entry-level GP racing series ranks, as some teams have jumped ship to Moto2 for the added exposure and relatively lower costs.

Adding more fuel to the fire is the rumor that Honda has already been testing what could be a Moto3 prototype. Said to have been taking laps around Motegi, Honda has supposedly wedged its 250cc thumper into an RS125 chassis. The result has been a lap time that’s 1.5 seconds faster than 125GP bike.

If rumors are to be believed, the new Moto3 race series could be seen by 2012, as MotoGP gets set to change its racing format back to 1000cc displacements.

Source: MCN


  1. Ceolwulf says:

    OK, we’re definitely going to need street replicas of those.

  2. This could be interesting although I would have preferred a 450 single class. Maybe we will see Ducati get back to the glory 250 Desmo single days!!

  3. monkeyfumi says:

    What a surprise! Honda is behind the death of the last two-stroke class.

  4. Cru Jones says:

    “Adding more fuel to the fire is the rumor that Honda has already been testing what could be a Moto3 prototype. Said to have been taking laps around Motegi, Honda has supposedly wedged its 250cc thumper into an RS125 chassis. The result has been a lap time that’s 1.5 seconds faster than 125GP bike.”

    I think find that paragraph is probably incorrect. I bet you meant a 300cc thumper. I have yet to see a Moriwaki or hopped up CRF250 that can lap faster than a proper RS125R, let alone 1.5 seconds faster.

  5. @Cru Jones

    It won’t be a production based engine. But a 4-stroke of double the capacity can easily out pace a 2-stroke of half the size (just look at a 990 MotoGP vs. 500GP). Most estimates say that 2-strokes make about 30% more power than a 4-stroke for any given capacity).

  6. Jaybond says:

    The 250cc prototype 4 stroke engine should’nt be astronomical in terms of cost, to be developed, which is why the Moto3 will be open to any engine manufacturers. Now that’s interesting.

  7. Kevin White says:

    I think it’s more than 30% more power. Of course you have a lot of other factors at play here. But 250cc GP bikes made 95 HP, while 600cc Supersports are around 145 HP (both at the wheel). S0 the two stroke is at 380 HP/liter while the four stroke is at 242 HP/liter, which gives you about 57% more per liter.

    For dichotomy, 1000cc, 500cc, and 250cc would have been nice. Or 800/400/200.

    Looks like it’ll be 1000cc (in 2012), 600cc, and 250cc instead.

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  9. Bjorn says:

    I think a rule specifying carburetters, points and stator plate ignitions might push things in an interesting direction. Imagine that; not even a battery or ignitor box, let alone an ECU. It wont happen, but I still like the idea of extreme simplicity.

  10. Jaybond says:

    Twin cylinder 250cc 4 stroke should be good.

  11. @Kevin your example isn’t a very good one because 600 supersport bikes aren’t in anywhere near the state of tube as a GP 250. The 30% figure I mentioned is for any given number of cylinders and bore and stroke etc.. As an example the original 990 MotoGP bikes had about 50% more power than the 500s despite being twice the capacity (500×1.3=650, 650 x 1.5 = 975 so it roughly works out)

  12. Kevin White says:

    NSR500 was around 200 HP or 400 HP/liter, RC211V was around 250 HP or 253 HP/liter — a 58% difference between two and four stroke GP engines.

    RC212V (800cc) is around 207 HP or 259 HP/liter, still a 54% difference in power per displacement.

    800/400/200 would have been the proper counterparts to the old 500/250/125s if they were going for roughly equal total power output — 1.6x the displacement.

  13. BikePilot says:

    A heavily modded 250cc four stroke single MX engine can make quite a lot of power and over a wider spread than a 125cc single two stroke can manage. I wouldn’t be surprised if a worked-over 2010 CRF250R powered (stock displacement) bike would lap faster than a RS125. I’m personally partial to two strokes, but at least in MX the 250cc fours have a significant advantage over the 125cc two strokes. From a manufacturing and R&D standpoint it makes sense given that two stroke 125s are essentially out of production and zillions of 250cc four strokes (mostly in MX bikes) are produced every year. The biggest drawback of the four strokes imho are cost (both purchase and upkeep) and noise.

  14. FROE says:

    When this all started back when 500cc two-stroke where being pushed out ( Inevitable Thanks to the tree hugger) it was a shame! Not much changed in the field for what factory or teams or riders would be at the top of the box. Seems then and now money was the key. That was not the case when MOTO2 came along. The field seemed to get very competitive and it was left up to the riders to fight it out. Not to say money is not a factor. So I would say having a spec motor in the Moto3 class would make it alot more interesting.