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American racing legend Nicky Hayden has been inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, as part of its 2021 class of inductees. A nod to his racing number of 69, Hayden is the 269th inductee to the Motorsports Hall of Fame.

In 2018, Hayden was posthumously inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, one of the motorcycling world’s top recognitions, but today’s announcement honors Hayden’s feats from a more mainstream perspective, as the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America recognizes those from the automotive, motorcycling, powerboats, and aviation sports.

The Yamaha YZF-R7 is Yamaha’s answer to Twins Cup racing, refined over the MT-07 it replaces to have a stiffer chassis, better suspension, and some minor engine tweaks.

The real beauty of the R7 though is that it takes much of the work and expense in racing an MT-07 out of the equation, especially with its $9,000 price tag.

Hoping now to make the race-prep situation even simpler, Yamaha has released a bevy of “Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing” (GYTR) products for the twin-cylinder machine.

What’s in a name? Well, if you are the new Ducati Multistrada V2, there is not much beyond some minor upgrades for the 2022 model year.

The first of the Italian brand’s new models that will debut in the company’s two-and-a-half-month-long teaser series, the 2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 is mostly a name change to keep the “mid-sized” adventure bike conforming to the rest of Ducati’s mid-sized lineup.

When Suzuki released the GSX-S1000GT sport-touring model last week, they left out one key piece of information: what the bike was going to sell for in the United States.

The Japanese brand did the same thing last month with the Suzuki GSX-S1000 sport bike too, leaving us in the dark on what the GSX-R K8-derived machine would cost when it hit US soil.

Now we get word on both of these bikes, and it turns out that Suzuki has been swinging for the fences, giving all the GSX-S models very aggressive pricing for 2022.

Swedish electric motorcycle/moped maker CAKE has just announced the closing of a $60 million funding round, which will help the company scale its production and bolster retail and service locations for the two-wheeled brand.

According to the company’s press release, the fundraising was done via two convertible notes (financial debt instruments that can be turned into equity stakes in the company, at a later time), totaling $14 million and $46 million each.

The bulk of the financing came from Swedish pension fund AMF, while the rest of the funding came from several investors, led by current CAKE shareholders Creandum and Headline.

Starting next Thursday, Ducati will be debuting a new motorcycle for the 2022 model year every two weeks. The releasing event culminates on December 9th, and we already know what bike will capstone Ducati's new model debut: the Ducati DesertX. For those that didn't get the memo, the following is the schedule and teasing title for Ducati's six-part unveiling schedule online:
  • September 30, 2021 - "Your everyday wonder"
  • October 14, 2021 - "Mark your roots"
  • October 28, 2021 - "Rule all mountains"
  • November 11, 2021 - "A new Fighter in town"
  • November 25, 2021 - "The evolution of Speed"
  • December 9, 2021 - "Dream Wilder - DesertX"
As we can see, Ducati is being less obvious with some of its debuts than others, but with some insight into what the Italian brand has been up to, and which bikes it updated and debuted last year, we can reasonably discern what to expect in the coming weeks.

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