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.

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.

Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

Mugen’s third purpose-built electric superbike for the Isle of Man TT, the Mugen Shinden San, has been revealed in Japan. Campaigning two machines for this year’s TT Zero race, Mugen has John McGuiness and Bruce Anstey at the helm of its “Shinden San” bikes, as the duo looks for a one-two finish in this year’s race. With MotoCzysz not racing at the Isle of Man this year, Mugen is a hot favorite to take the top podium spots, as well as crack the 110 mph barrier for electrics on the historic Snaefell Mountain Course (Mugen is targeting a 115 mph lap). An evolution on the company’s previous designs, the Shinden San fits 134hp — 10hp more than last year, thanks to a new smaller three-phase brushless motor provided by Mission Motors — into its 529lbs bulk.

Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

Chatting with a couple of NASCAR fans recently, I was reminded that any competition is boring if you don’t care who wins. But if you do care, then even cars driving around in circles can be very compelling entertainment. Those NASCAR fans really cared about how their favorite drivers finished, and not only how they finished in the latest race, but what and how those drivers were doing off the track as well. Those fans had been captured by the personalities of those drivers. One of the things NASCAR does well is sell personalities. All major sports-related businesses do this to some extent, but some organizations do it better than others.

Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

WSBK: Race Results for Race 2 at Phillip Island

02/23/2014 @ 12:45 am, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

WSBK: Race Results for Race 2 at Phillip Island sylvain guintoli aprilia racing phillip island wsbk 635x421

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

Pos. Rider Bike Diff. Best Lap
1. S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory - 1’31.421
2. L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 0.283 1’31.660
3. T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.103 1’31.440
4. D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2.052 1’31.550
5. J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 4.951 1’31.937
6. L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 5.673 1’31.948
7. C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R 9.664 1’31.863
8. M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 10.574 1’31.720
9. T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 11.682 1’31.972
10. D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 15.065 1’32.603
11. N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 16.294 1’32.513
12. F. FORET Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 16.919 1’32.606
13. A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 19.694 1’31.598
14. S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 27.266 1’33.335
15. G. ALLERTON BMW S1000 RR EVO 27.845 1’33.213
16. J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 29.431 1’33.648
17. A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 36.393 1’33.148
18. C. CORTI MV Agusta F4 RR 37.018 1’33.418
19. I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 54.093 1’35.269
20. A. YATES EBR 1190 RX 1’13.385 1’36.732
RET E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.131 1’31.668

Comment:

  1. TexusTim says:

    what happend to laverty in the second race ?

  2. Josh Marsh says:

    Seems like Dorna forgot that wsbk runs two races a weekend and 8 engines is even more insulting the factory gp bikes. Give them 16 to make finishing the season without penalty a chance. I think the only way some of the full factory bikes are gonna make it till the end will be to dial back the hp to evo type numbers…those who dare turn it up will run away or blow up trying..these are production based engines remember not multi million dollar developed honda factory gp pieces.

  3. florida man says:

    I usually download the motogp races via torrents…piratebay.org for example.
    too bad i cant find english version of the wsbk races for download…
    i guess youtube will have to do. too bad its european and not english.

  4. Norm G. says:

    re: “Seems like Dorna forgot that wsbk runs two races a weekend and 8 engines is even more insulting the factory gp bikes.”

    +1. welcome to WORLD NEUTER BIKE.

    re: “those who dare turn it up will run away or blow up trying”

    +2. boys and girls, todays vocabulary word is SCATTER.

  5. Gutterslob says:

    Shame about Laverty. He was riding so well. Props to Suzuki too. Hope they can sustain it throughout the season.

  6. Norm G. says:

    re: “Shame about Laverty. He was riding so well. Props to Suzuki too. Hope they can sustain it throughout the season.”

    +3.

  7. Norm G. says:

    re: “too bad i cant find english version of the wsbk races for download”

    -100.

    too bad after the closure of almost 4,000 dealerships, the best strategy you can think up is to continue hitchhiking on the backs of the industry.

  8. damn says:

    Honda CBR1000RR SP yeah baby keep up development from MotoGP towards your superbike. massive results and clearly inspired by the rcv and so much better then last year! i mean 2008

  9. Florida man says:

    Norm G,
    What does one have to do with the other ?
    Seriously dude…lol
    Some people think they are the wisest to ever walk the earth.
    And actually no little to nothing about anything.
    But yet GOT to have an opinion even if they dont know the reason why…
    Lol ladies..

  10. RSA says:

    Florida man and Norm G. Goes to YouTube. I watched race 1 in English without a glitch. Race 2 is not available as yet though.

  11. RSA says:

    Hi Josh. I do agree that 8 engines for a full season in the SBK class is simply ridiculous. I would say 12 is more like it. Yes, SBK engines is not as expensive as MotoGP engines, but I say SBK engines should be developed more for durability than speed. Any person can go fast in a straight line, but it takes a real racer to maintain the highest possible speed without blowing the engine. Unfortunately does Laverty lack the finer skills of bringing it back in one peace.

  12. RSA says:

    Unfortunately does Laverty lack the finer skills of bringing it back in one piece.

  13. JS says:

    RSA – “Unfortunately does Laverty lack the finer skills of bringing it back in one piece.”

    No. No he does not lack the finer skills. Did you miss race 1?

    It’s not for a WSBK rider to be pissing about nursing a world superbike around a race track , especially a race that’s only 22 laps long -this isn’t endurance racing.