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Yamaha's Maverick Viñales put in a formidable performance at the Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix to destroy the opposition, picking up his second win of the 2019 season in emphatic style.
It was Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller who took the holeshot from the second row, with the Aussie bravely heading round the outside to take the lead from front row starter Franco Morbidelli on the Petronas Yamaha.
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, meanwhile, had made lightning starts to move through from P11 and P10 respectively, but it was Vinales who was making waves at the front, snatching the lead from Miller at Turn 11 as Marquez passed Morbidelli for P4.
A frantic first lap wasn’t over yet though, as Dovizioso battled Miller for P2 at Turn 14 and Turn 15, with both heading...
The roads in Veneto are motorbiking heaven, and the mountains and hills of the Dolomites are the ultimate playground. They’re the perfect mixture of fast, flowing, open bends together with tight, technical and challenging tighter corners. And the best bit? Base yourself somewhere central like Asolo and you’ll have a myriad of great roads and riding just 30 minutes from your doorstep.
A round-trip from Asolo to the San Boldo Pass and back is a perfect four-hour test of rider and machine. The back roads heading out from Asolo are great for warming up tyres and getting your eye in; there’s nothing too technical here, but there’s some nice riding as the road rises and falls as it cuts its way between the hills, then the speed increases considerably when you pick up the main toad to...
Five-time WSBK champion Jonathan Rea added to his Race One win on Friday with Superpole and Race Two wins at the Losail International Circuit, ending a remarkable season with 17 victories in all and a points total well into the 600s.
In the last round of a truly memorable season, Rea took his run of career race wins to 88, by securing all three race victories under the floodlights in Qatar. In the short Tissot-Superpole sprint race Rea led every lap and beat Alvaro Bautista by 2.027 seconds. In the 17-lap season finale he had pressure from two Ducati riders behind him but used his strong overall race package to push on in the final laps and take a winning margin of almost three seconds.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “Seventeen race wins this year and two triples – Donington and here – so...
Marc Marquez has clinched victory in an incident-packed MotoGP race at Phillip Island.
The 2019 Champion was involved in a race-long duel with Maverick Vinales who crashed on the final lap while trying to put a move on Marquez.
After darting into the lead on Lap 10, pole-sitter Vinales was stalked by Marquez until the final lap with the Repsol Honda rider measuring his rival’s pace around the iconic Australian circuit.
Marquez made his move at the start of the last lap to charge into the lead on the main straight into Turn 1. The newly-crowned MotoGP world champion then produced a defensive lap to keep Vinales at bay, with Vinales looking to sweep around Lukey Heights and attack Marquez down into Turn 10, but his soft rear tyre slipped out from underneath him to send the Yamaha...
Riders and race officials have called off qualifying deeming the weather conditions too dangerous to continue running at the Australian GP; qualifying is now rescheduled for Sunday morning should weather allow it.
Morning running on Saturday at the Australian Grand Prix was limited to just a few laps as high winds and rain hit the Phillip Island Circuit. While the rain eased in the afternoon, strong gusts of wind persisted. Riders attempted to run during Free Practice 4 but an emergency Safety Commission meeting between the MotoGP class riders ruled it was too dangerous to continue running today.
Before the red flag, Marc Marquez managed a 1’31.185 to lead Free Practice 4 from Maverick Viñales.
Sunday’s provisional schedule will see MotoGP Warm-Up held at 09:50 Local Time with...
Jonathan Rea has notched up his 15th win of the season in the Qatar WSBK opener after battling Alex Lowes early on before keeping clear of a late charge from Ducati’s Chaz Davies, as Kawasaki seals the manufacturers’ title.
Starting from pole, the reigning world champion enjoyed the perfect getaway in front of Lowes to dictate the pace as he and the Pata Yamaha bolted clear of the chasing pack.
With Davies carving through the field from 12th place on the starting grid, having made it up to fifth place on the opening lap, the Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider used the opening two-thirds of the race to catch up with Lowes before taking second place with a smart block pass at the final corner on Lap 12.
But Rea duly responded to the attack from Davies to keep clear of the Welsh rider to...
Ducati has launched its eagerly-awaited Super Naked; the Streetfighter V4. There will be two versions to choose from; the base model, with a price of £17,595, and a higher-spec ‘S’ version, costing £19,795, with both landing in dealers in March 2020.
The Streetfighter uses the 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine, making a claimed 208hp at 12,750rpm, with 90.4lbft of torque at 11,500rpm. Tuned for street riding and targeting acceleration rather than top-end speed, Ducati claims the Streetfighter V4 actually has 31% morerear-wheel torque at 60mph than the Panigale sportsbike.
Both machines share the same engine and performance figures but the S has forged aluminium Marchesini wheels, Ohlins NIX30 electronically-controlled forks, an Ohlins TTX36 rear shock, and an Ohlins...
Johann Zarco will make his debut in LCR Honda IDEMITSU colours this weekend as he replaces Takaaki Nakagami at the Australian Grand Prix.
The 2017 MotoGP rookie of the season has joined Lucio Cecchinello’s outfit for the final three races of the calendar with Nakagami having opted to undergo shoulder surgery ahead of the 2020 campaign.
Zarco will be determined to demonstrate the ability that saw him claim three podiums back in 2017 as he rejoins the MotoGP class following his acrimonious mid-season split from KTM.
Paddock insiders believe this is a dress rehearsal for the Frenchman to take Jorge Lorenzo’s seat inside the Repsol Honda team for the 2020 season. If Zarco impresses Honda bosses in the next three races, he will be offered Lorenzo’s ride. If he fails to deliver, his...
The riders' Championship may already have been decided before the paddock arrived at the Twin Ring Motegi, but the Motul Grand Prix of Japan saw plenty of milestones: Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took a commanding victory to wrap up the constructors' Championship for Honda, Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) pushed him as hard as he could and took second to secure Rookie of the Year and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) pounced on Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) to take his 100th Grand Prix podium.
It wasn’t the perfect getaway for polesitter Marquez but he held his advantage into Turn 1, with Quartararo braking later to get underneath his teammate Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and start his stalking of the reigning Champion early. But that allowed the...
The Japanese MotoGP race weekend at the iconic Motegi circuit sees Alpinestars launch the ‘Motegi MotoGP’ Supertech R race replica boot in celebration of Japanese culture and the country’s unrivalled passion for motorcycle racing. The ‘Motegi MotoGP’ Supertech R features an eye-catching white, black and red colorway, complete with a bold red and white ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ design in Japanese characters, allowing riders to stand out from the crowd every time they hit the road or track.
Alpinestars most iconic road riding boot worn by a roster of the fastest world champions past and present, the Supertech R features performance innovations, including a redesigned compound rubber sole, an ergonomically profiled shin plate and a redesigned front flex area – all of which enhance the...
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez again demonstrated his incredible skill in mixed conditions, securing his 90th career pole position in front of Honda’s home crowd.
The predicated rain hit Motegi from late Friday evening and persisted throughout the morning on Saturday. Free Practice 3 began in soaking wet conditions but with no sign of the rain easing, riders quickly headed out on track to assess conditions. Free Practice 4 at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit saw the circuit begin to dry, with Marquez showing incredible confidence in the mixed conditions to go 1.342 seconds faster than his nearest opposition.
This confidence carried on through to Q2 where the freshly crowned eight-time World Champion took pole position – his first at the Japanese track in the premier class.
As a result,...
Alpinestars has released the crash data from Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez’s vicious high side in FP1 during the Thailand Grand Prix.
The Spaniard FP1 suffered a monster highside at Turn 7 when pushing on cold tyres and the data from his his race suit manufacturer shows that there were two seconds between Marquez losing control of his RC213V and the crash, with the airbag being deployed 0.585 seconds before Marquez made contact with the asphalt. On the first impact with the ground, the left shoulder sensor registered a staggering impact of 26.14Gs. However, this didn’t quite match the reading that Loris Baz registered when he crashed at the Sepang Test in 2016 – the Frenchman’s left shoulder clocked 29.9Gs.
Thanks to the airbag technology Marquez was able to escape from the incident...
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was crowned the 2019 MotoGP World Champion in the only way he knows how: with a thrilling race win delivered at the final corner at the Thai MotoGP round.
A full house at the Buriram Circuit were treated to an edge of their seats MotoGP race as they witnessed Marc Marquez crowned World Champion for the eighth time. From the front of the grid, Marquez charged forward and immediately began to chase pole setter Fabio Quartararo on the Petronas Yamaha. With his only title rival, Andrea Dovizioso, a distant fourth Marquez was able to focus solely on the race win.
After trading fastest laps, the pair settled into their rhythm and Marquez waited for his moment to attack. The final laps were explosive as the 2019 MotoGP World Champion launched an all out assault...
The Spanish MotoGP race weekend at the iconic Aragon circuit saw Alpinestars launch the ‘Randy Mamola Legend’ Supertech R Race Replica boot in recognition of one of MotoGP’s most endearing characters, Randy Mamola.
The American enjoyed a successful career that lasted from 1979 through to 1992, with Randy finishing second in the premiere 500cc World Championship on four different occasions. Randy competed in 151 races in 500cc racing, securing 13 wins, 57 podiums, five poles and 11 fastest laps, and his unique blend of bike control, racecraft and showmanship saw him become a firm favorite with fans across the globe.
Recognized as one of the sport’s most charismatic personalities, Randy continues to entertain fans on and off the track, piloting the Ducati two-seat MotoGP bike as well...
Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea secured a fifth straight World Superbike title with two rounds to spare after taking victory in Race Two at Magny-Cours; the Northern Irishman, 32, becomes the first rider to win five World Superbikes titles.
His nearest title rival, Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista, exited early in Race Two after being taken out by Turkish Puccetti Racing’s Toprak Razgatlioglu.
Turkey’s Razgatlioglu beat Rea in Sunday morning’s Sprint Race which was same one-two as Saturday’s Race One.
That meant victory for the Kawasaki rider in Race Two was guaranteed to land him the title if Spaniard Bautista finished outside the top 11.
Bautista looked set to challenge strongly in Race Two before Razgatlioglu’s mistake on lap two led to both riders exiting which left Rea in second spot just...
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez completed a perfect home weekend with a faultless 23-lap race where the World Championship leader delivered on his early weekend domination.
With a perfect start, Marc Marquez shot forward and immediately began to open an advantage of half a second after just a few corners, growing to a full second by the end of the first lap. Lapping on average half a second faster than the riders behind him for most of the race saw Marquez quickly build an insurmountable lead, 5.5 seconds clear by mid-race distance.
Yamaha's Maverick Viñales managed to gain a few tenths during the middle of the race, but Marquez quickly responded to stabilise the gap. Ultimately unchallenged, Marquez took his 78th career victory from 200 Grand Prix starts by 4.8 seconds in front of his...
Johann Zarco has seen his dream factory ride turn into a nightmare even quicker than anticipated, with KTM deciding replace him in the team with immediate effect.
Zarco and KTM had decided to mutually end their association at the end of 2019, but the Austrian powerhouse has decided to act now and relieve the Frenchman from racing duties for the remainder of the season.
The official reason is that 'developments and ongoing work mean that priorities have been realigned', and while Zarco is exempt from his MotoGP commitments, he will remain contracted to KTM until the end of the season.
He will be replaced in the team by test rider Mika Kallio - who rode the KTM on its debut in the MotoGP division in Valencia 2016 and has contributed strongly since the early testing phases of the...
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez rode a controlled race, pouncing on the last lap to take the MotoGP win at Misano.
After a promising morning Warm Up session where Marquez, the Spaniard entered the 27-lap San Marino Grand Prix with confidence.
Marquez made a flying start to the race and moved to fourth by the first corner, quickly progressing up to third just a few corners later. Muscling past Yamaha's Maverick Viñales on Lap Four, the World Championship leader set about closing down the almost one-second lead of Petronas Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo. The Frenchman’s advantage was soon reduced to just two tenths, with Marquez electing to wait for his moment to attack. As the laps ticked down, the reigning champion began to edge closer and put increasing pressure on the young French rider....
Suzuki's Alex Rins snatched a dramatic victory on the finish line to win the British Grand Prix at Silverstone ahead of Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez.
Marquez led virtually all the way round and was on course for his seventh win of the season, appearing to have held off the younger Spaniard, only for Rins to produce a spectacular piece of riding on the final lap for his second win of the season.
Another Spaniard, Maverick Vinales, was third, with MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi a place further back.
The result sees Marquez extend his lead in the Championship to 78 points after second-placed Andrea Dovizioso of Italy suffered a bad crash on the first lap.
Dovizioso suffered his spectacular crash on the first lap as he went into the back of Frenchman Fabio Quartararo and went flying off...
To celebrate this weekend’s British MotoGP at Silverstone – Alpinestars has launched a new pair of Supertech R’s inspired by Cal Crutchlow.
Cal secured his place in British racing history when he gave a wet riding masterclass to take victory at the 2016 Czech Republic round – becoming the first Briton to win a premier class race since in 1981. He claimed 18 podiums, four poles and four fastest laps in his nine-year MotoGP career – as well as three WSBK wins, five WSS wins and the 2006 British Supersport title.
And paying tribute to Cal’s career, Alpinestars has just launched a set of new Limited Edition Supertech R race boots inspired by the man himself – with distinctive white, black and fluorescent yellow colour scheme, plus Union Jack detailing.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez delivered his 60th premier class pole position from 120 premier class starts with a new lap record at the British Grand Prix.
Times were tumbling from early in the day as the Silverstone circuit record was improved on continuously throughout the day. The bar was provisionally set during Free Practice 3 when Marquez was one of three riders to enter the 1’58s – over a second faster than the record from 2017.
Immediately in the 1’58s from his first flying lap of Q2, Marquez left it late to set his fastest time as he secured pole with a 1’58.168 and set a new outright lap record around the Silverstone circuit.
The record-breaking lap is his 60th pole position in the premier class on what is his 120th premier class start. This is also the World Championship...
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso won a spectacular Austrian Grand Prix with a last-corner pass on Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez after a terrific sparring match with the Spanish champion that lasted from the first to the last lap.
Dovizioso powered away well at the start from the front row, then overtook the provisional race leader Quartararo on Lap 6. He was followed immediately by Marquez, with whom Dovizioso then had an amazing scrap that only finished at the chequered flag.
On the final lap it was Marquez who held a slender lead, but Dovizioso used all of his race craft to line up and all-or-nothing overtake at the final corner reminiscent of Marquez’s own move on the Italian two years ago. However, unlike Marquez’s failed effort, Dovizioso pulled off the perfect block pass up the inside...
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez claimed his 50th victory in the premier class after a chaotic start to the Czech GP.
Saturday’s dreary conditions were initially nowhere to be seen as race day at the Czech GP began. But a brief rain shower half an hour before the start of the MotoGP race left the track with wet patches and led to a delayed start and a reduced race distance of 20 laps.
After securing pole by 2.524 seconds in thrilling style on Saturday, championship leader Marquez shot forward to lead the shortened race as the lights went out. With the likes of Andrea Dovizioso, Alex Rins and Jack Miller behind, Marquez settled into a consistent pace and steadily opened up a half second lead over his rivals by lap ten. Even with a moment at Turn 10, Marquez’s lead continued to grow as the...
A perfectly timed switch to slicks and a masterful ride aboard the RC213V saw Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez run away with pole position for the Czech GP and equal Mick Doohan’s premier class pole record.
Torrential morning rain ceased just ahead of Free Practice 3 but left the Brno circuit soaking wet. Although conditions improved throughout the morning session, the rain returned during the lunch break to ensure every Saturday session at the Czech GP was wet.
Undaunted, Marquez continued to challenge for the top spot as he had done throughout the weekend. Second in FP3 had the reigning world champion confident of a strong result in the wet or dry. Even with the rain, the grid would be decided on slicks and Marquez was the first to head out as the dry line appeared. Expertly navigating...
The Factory Kawasaki team has been classified as the winner of the incident-packed 2019 Suzuka 8H race.
Team Green had a stranglehold on the race as it entered the dying stages, with WSBK riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam putting in strong rides to build up a healthy lead over the Factory Yamaha #21 Yamaha bike and Factory Honda #33 machines.
With minutes to go, Rea was riding the final stint when the rain began to come down, adding more tension to an already close race. And then all hell broke loose as the the #2 SERT Suzuki let go of its engine heading into Turn 3. Instead of leaving the track and pulling off, the Suzuki rider instead chose to stay on the racing line, cruising round the circuit and depositing oil on track, which Rea hit and crashed with just two minutes left on...
Yamaha has announced new versions of its flagship sportsbikes at the Laguna Seca WSBK round.
The 2020 YZF-R1M and the 2020 YZF-R1 feature significant revamps to meet stricter emissions rules on the road and to stay in touch with the ever fiercer competition on the track.
New styling, revised suspension, improved electronics and a reworked engine mean that despite sharing its bare bones with the existing model, the updated R1 promises to be a vastly improved package.
At first glance, the new models may appear to be similar to the existing bikes, but Yamaha has altered almost every panel on the R1. Signature elements remain, including the MotoGP M1-aping nose intake shape and the twin, round headlights below the nose, but the front end is new, as is the tank.
The new R1M also boasts...
Ducati has unveiled a limited edition Panigale V4S in homage to arguably its greatest ever superbike, the iconic Ducati 916, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Just 500 individually-numbered Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916s will be built, with bike number five being auctioned off in tribute to Carlin Dunne, who lost his life racing a Ducati at Pikes Peak earlier this year.
Although based on the 1103cc, 211bhp V4S, this special version features the front frame from the 998cc V4R, a dry clutch, Marchesini Racing forged magnesium wheels and a Euro4-compliant titanium Akrapovic silencer.
All 500 machines come in a distinctive new livery, inspired by Fogarty’s championship-winning 1999 Ducati 996 World Superbike.
The route from Asolo in the north of Italy through South Tyrol and into Austria is biking heaven. Snaking through the scenic countryside, the roads are glorious; smooth, plenty of grip and a glorious mix of wide, fast, sweeping bends and tighter, technical, slower corners.
The temperature's hot. Really hot. As I set off, the thermometer its a giddy 35, there isn't a cloud in the sky and the roads are empty. My bike, a 2006 Aprilia RSV-R Factory, feels good. It feels like it's made for trips like this and is great at churning out the miles. It's roomy, comfortable and has more than enough grunt to make each bend an occasion. The suspension feels plush and the noise from the engine is intoxicating, with the deep rumble that accompanies every downshift delivering a lot of smiles per...
Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales proved he belongs in MotoGP’s elite when he claimed his and Yamaha’s first MotoGP win of 2019 at Assen.
Vinales took the lead with 11 laps to go, but ran wide two laps later gifting the lead back to Marquez.
However, Vinales regrouped and re-passed the championship leader, setting consecutive personal best laps to eke out a slender gap.
Marquez pushed hard to stay with him, but once clear of pole sitter Fabio Quartararo, the Honda rider, with one eye on the championship, started to back off.
This left Vinales to take Yamaha’s first win since the 2018 Australian round to breath fresh momentum into his season following a tough start which included being taken out of three races in collisions which weren’t his fault.
Vinales said: "It feels like I'm...
Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea took the 75th WSBK win of his career to slash Ducati’s Alvaro championship lead to just 16 points with his second victory of the weekend at Misano.
The reigning champion, looking to recover after slipping off in the Superpole sprint race which Bautista won, was handed a golden opportunity when Bautista low-sided off while leading on the second lap at Turn 4.
With the stricken Spaniard rejoining the race in last place and more than 40-seconds back on the leaders, Rea set about hunting down Kawasaki team-mate Leon Haslam with Puccetti Kawasaki’s Toprak Razgatlioglu also in the front group.
After the Turkish rider charged into the lead at the start of Lap 5, Rea pushed Haslam into third place as he began his dash to the front and 25 valuable championship...
The Italian weather once again threw a spanner in the WSBK works with heavy rain hitting Misano. So hard in fact that the red flag was brought out on the sighting lap for Race One. With Sunday’s racing in Imola being cancelled earlier in the season because of torrential rain, teams and fans looked to the sky…would the same fate hit Misano?
After a delay, a restart was planned for 14:24 with a quick-start procedure; one mechanic and one minute.
The race started with Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea leading Sandro Cortese on the satellite Yamaha and BMW’s Tom Sykes, before Yamaha’s Alex Lowes passed the chase trio with an audacious move around the outside. Champions leader Alvaro Bautista then pounced to take fourth place from Cortese, with Lowes taking the lead into turn on Lap Two. Lowes then...
Here it is, the Ducati Streetfighter V4, the bike racer Carlin Dunne will race at Pikes Peak.
The course is a challenge: there are 156 turns and thousands of feet in elevation, and is the perfect testing ground for the prototype machine ahead of the 2020 launch of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 production bike.
In keeping with tradition, the Streetfighter V4 derives directly from the sporty Panigale V4 stripped of its fairings, and fitted with high and wide handlebars, while the high performance of the 1100cc Desmosedici Stradale will be kept in by aerodynamic profiles specifically designed for this model.
The prototype will race with a "pixelated" livery, designed by the Centro Stile Ducati; unlike the normal practice with prototypes, the livery does not hide the lines, but...
These racy gloves are made out of a mixture of kangaroo, treated cow hide and goat hide, and feature a whole host of state-of-the- art protection taken derived from experiences learnt in MotoGP and WSBK – Kevlar stitching, super touch armour on the knuckles and dual- compound hard sliders. They also feature Alpinestars clever double cuff fastener which has DFS on the cuff and the company’s patented finger bridge, which prevents finger roll and separation in the event of a spill.
On the bike the fit is just right, being long enough in the finger without having any excess material at the fingertips and they’re reassuringly protective while being supple enough to offer good feel at the bars and levers. And that double cuff makes getting the glove on and off easy, while also ensuring that...
Alpinestars has launched a new Limited Edition Supertech R boots, the ‘Rea 2019’.
Jonathan Rea is the most successful rider in World Superbike Championship history. With four back-to-back world titles under his belt, 2018 saw him equaling the existing record of 17 wins in a single season with his 11th consecutive victory. His final win, under the spotlights at Losail, was his 56th for Kawasaki; a record for a single rider with a single manufacturer in WSBK.
Alpinestars has provided Jonathan’s performance protection technology throughout his WSBK career and to celebrate his achievements on the track, Alpinestars has launched the Limited Edition ‘Rea 2019’ Supertech R boot. Featuring a red, green and black design derived from his own signature style and the Kawasaki WSBK team, the...
This fully CE-approved chest protector is designed to protect the sternum and chest from high speed impacts.
It is made from soft, flexible and breathable shock absorbing material which is combined with dense and lightweight layers of foam to disperse energy quickly and evenly over its surface in the event of an off.
Wearing it couldn’t be simpler; just slip in to your leathers and the clever design, which allows the protector tto effectively mold to the contours of your chest as it heats up means it stays snugly in place. It’s so comfy and unobtrusive I don’t even notice it’s there. This is a must for trackdays and fast road riding.
Marc Marquez celebrated a dominating home victory at the Catalan GP, riding to the front early on and controlling the race to take the 48th premier class win of his career.
The hottest conditions of the weekend met the MotoGP World Championship as the 24-rider strong field lined up on the grid. 51°C track temperature caused Marc Marquez little issue as he relished an early fight as the lights went out.
Marquez would soon find himself leading his home Grand Prix with a comfortable advantage due to incidents behind.
Consistently lapping in the mid to low 1’40s during the early stages of the race, Marquez maintained his advantage to cross the line 2.660s clear of second place.
The Spaniard said: "I chose the soft rear to try and push in the beginning and to try to not overheat the...
The TT offers spectators the chance to get incredibly close to the action, so close that you can feel the grass being pushed towards the track as the racers rush by. Here are the top five viewing spots:
- Conker Trees: This section of the course is great for experiencing the raw power of a superbike; fifth gear, big lean angles and wheelies galore. Plenty of space to view with good facilities…try the Malteser cake.
- Railway Hotel, Union Mills: This spot allows you to follow the bikes as they tip left, right and left again, laying long layers of rubber as the riders muscle the bikes on to the straight towards the Crosby.
- The Gooseneck: One of road racing’s classic corners. You’ll literally be able to reach out and touch the riders as they tip right to tackle the Mountain...
This one-piece suit is fully CE-certified in its entirety, not just in specific areas, and every part of the garment conforms to the CE standard2016/425 for riding safety. As you’d expect from a CE-certified suit, it boasts some pretty impressive spec. The suit is made from high grade, highly abrasion resistant 1.3mm leather, which is reinforced in the impact zones (bum, hips and elbows) and it’s full of technology proven in MotoGP and WSBK, including the familiar sturdy plastic external armour on the shoulders, knees and elbows to stop the suit gripping the tarmac in the event of a spill.
Then there’s the removable CE armour that sits below the leather on the shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, tibia and shins.
But all that protection is as good as useless if the suit doesn’t fit...
Michael Rutter has taken his seventh career Isle of Man TT victory by successfully defending his TT Zero crown with Mugen setting a new lap record for the electric bikes. The Bathams Mugen rider kept clear of team-mate John McGuinness to win by 8.566s in the single-lap TT Zero race and set a new lap record of 121.91mph.
We caught up with him after his win to talk about the kit that helps him achieve success...
“I have been racing now for more than 30 years and I have been with Alpinestars for a good few years now. I can’t imagine wearing anything else; the fit and the feel with Alpinestars is extraordinary. It is a totally different level. If it wasn’t for Alpinestars I would have given up racing a long time ago. They are that good. Everything is done right.
“I race with an airbag....
These boots offer the best of both worlds – they’re brilliantly comfortable straight out of the box while being reassuringly protective. They’re the same boots you see Marquez, Lorenzo, Crutchlow, Dovizioso and Quartararo wearing in MotoGP and all this on-track crash research means they’re proven.
The superb level of protection these boots offer is mainly thanks to their construction – the Supertech R actually consists of two boots; an inner and an outer.
The inner boot has been designed to absorb any knocks while also reducing ankle twist and features a four-link system that effectively links the calf collar to the reinforced heel cup. It sounds uncomfortable but it isn’t, thanks largely to the inner boot’s lightweight mesh fabric construction. The inner boot also features a...
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