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This weekend saw the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans take place, an iconic event which is one of the most demanding races in the world.
It’s a fascinating spectacle, as the FIM Endurance World Championship series is a proper battle between the different tyre brands.
The bike manufacturers take it seriously too, with many top riders from series across the world finding themselves on a factory and satellite team.
It’s an eclectic mix, and throw the darkness of night into the pot and you have an event which is like no other in the world.
This year’s race proved to be the closest yet, with just 19.8 seconds separating the top two teams after more than 800 laps of racing, with the French GMT94 Yamaha Factory Team edging out its Austrian sister squad, the Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART), in...
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 stunning Red Bull Ring in Austria produced a thrilling race for the 95,000 fans who flocked to witness the Grand Prix von Österreich, with Ducati’s Andrea Iannone taking his first premier class win at the Spielberg track.
Starting from pole position, Iannone was the only rider to choose the new medium compound rear tyre, a move which initially looked a gamble, but ultimately turned out to be a masterstroke – the tyre had been especially developed for the Austrian circuit following a recent test there.
The Italian, who will be departing the factory team after a season marred by controversy, including wiping out his team-mate earlier in the season, got the holeshot and led for most of the first-lap until Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi passed him just before they crossed the stripe for...
Irish road racer Lee Johnston will line up for Jackson Racing at this year’s Isle of Man TT races, with the diminutive Irishman riding Nicky Hayden’s 2016 WSBK Honda CBR1000RR.
The 27-year-old will ride the Ten Kate prepared Fireblade that carried the 2006 MotoGP world champion to a World Superbike Race win last season at Malaysia and fifth overall in the Championship, in the Superbike Senior TT Races.
He said: “I want to be back at the front again, winning races and I think this is the bike that can help me to do that. I had plenty of offers for this year and in the end it was all of the little things coming together that sealed the deal.
“We are getting help from Honda but with Alan and his team I can run my own choice of kit, bring some of my own people to work on the bikes and...
It was a mixed weekend for BSB contender Leon Haslam at Oulton Park, with the championship leader winning Race One, but suffering a huge crash in the second race after a collision with James Ellison.
The weekend began with Ducati’s Shakey Byrne grabbing pole position but Race One saw Haslam hit the front of the pack from the start of the race with the five-time champion and team-mate Mossey hounding him throughout the race.
The ‘Pocket Rocket’ had been fending off Byrne and Mossey throughout the race and managed to hold them off to the line, but behind the leading trio the chasing freight train of riders were embroiled in an incredible scrap for fourth position.
On the final lap the Honda Racing team emerged ahead in the battle for fourth as O'Halloran made a last lap move on Peter...
Nicky Hayden remains in a very serious condition in hospital after a bicycle accident while training in Italy.
The 2006 MotoGP world champion was reportedly hit by a car between Tavoleto and Riccione, south of the seaside resort of Rimini and rushed to a local hospital with severe head and chest injuries. However, the severity of his injuries led to the medical team deciding to fly him to the Bufalini hospital in nearby Cesena, one better equipped to cater to serious head injuries.
Hospital staff describe Hayden’s condition as ‘very serious’ and he has now been moved to intensive care.
Hayden was in the region training following last weekend’s fifth round of the WSBK series at nearby Imola.
The Kentucky Kid raced for the factory Honda and Honda MotoGP teams before switching to...
Josh Brookes has secured another ride at this year’s Isle of Man TT after agreeing to ride for Ryan Farquhar's IEG/KMR Kawasaki team in the Lightweight class.
The Australian will be making his Supertwins debut and will ride the bike earmarked for Hudson Kennaugh, who has withdrawn from the meeting.
Brookes joins fellow road racing stalwarts Lee Johnston, Peter Hickman and Danny Webb who are also riding KMR Supertwins.
Brookes, who lies fourth in the British Superbike series, willride a Norton in the Superbike and Senior TT races.
The bike the 2015 British Superbike champion will ride is the one that Michael Rutter took to first and second places in the Supertwins races at the North West 200.
Team boss Ryan Farquhar said: “When Hudson withdrew from the North West 200 and TT, my...
The Ducati team took its first win of the season in Race 2 at Aragon thanks to a brilliant performance by Chaz Davies.
The Welshman bounced back from his crash in Race One to claim his sixth victory at the Spanish track and 21st of his career.
Starting in tenth position, Davies quickly stormed through the field, already joining the leading group on the third lap. Davies and teammate Marco Melandri then stalked race leader Johnny Rea until lap 12, when Davies pounced to take the lead.
As in Race One, the final laps resulted in a spectacular series of passes between the leading protagonists, with Melandri climbing to second position before eventually falling away. Davies on the other hand continued to dice with Rea several times before making the decisive move at the last chicane to...
Conditions were finally perfect for qualifying at the 2017 Isle of Man races, fuelled by Monster Energy, and Ian Hutchinson and Bruce Anstey set the pace with both averaging laps of over 129mph.
Hutchinson’s lap of 129.535mph came on his Superstock BMW after stopping at Governor’s Bridge on his opening lap on the Superbike with Anstey posting a time of 129.212mph on the RC213-VS Padgetts Honda.
Hutchinson was first to leave the line at 6.23pm alongside Peter Hickman on the Smiths Racing Superstock BMW. Gary Johnson and James Hillier, Steve Mercer and Lee Johnston and Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop quickly followed the opening pair down Glencrutchery Road.
Kneen was reported to have stopped at Quarter Bridge but he was soon back out on his Superstock mount while the Norton pairing of...
Honda’s WSBK assault has got wings this season, with the Red Bull backed Ten Kate team unveiling its 2017 livery.
This is the first time that Red Bull has been a title sponsor in the series, and with the new Fireblade beneath riders Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl, the team looks capable of taking a podium or even a win.
Former MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden. “I’m really glad to get back together with Red Bull, who I have represented in the past, and it’s a great opportunity for me. We have to focus now on the job ahead and work as hard as we can in order to be ready for the season opener. The level of the competition is higher than ever and we have a big job ahead of us, but everybody is really motivated and I cannot wait to get started.”
Joining Hayden in the garage is former Moto2...
Michael Dunlop is set to race the all-new GSX-R1000 in 2017, with the 13-time Isle of Man TT winner signing for the new-look Bennetts Suzuki team for the forthcoming season.
Dunlop will race the new machine at the TT, the North West 200, the Southern 100 and the Ulster Grand Prix road races, as well as contesting the opening round of the BSB championship at Donington Park in April.
The 2016 Superbike and Senior TT winner and current out-right lap-record holder has already tested the bike at shakedown test at the team’s Mallory Park, and heads to Spain for more tests at Cartagena and Almeria.
Dunlop said: “I was chatting with team manager Steve Hicken for a while, and obviously we’ve worked together a lot before. With the new bike coming it’s been a bit different and we had to gather...
Michael Dunlop took his 14th Isle of Man TT victory after winning the four-lap Supersport race by 13.2 seconds from James Hillier.
The Northern Ireland rider overhauled Hillier half way round the first lap but it was only on the final lap that he pulled clear as he took his first 600cc win since 2014. Peter Hickman took third for his second TT podium in as many days and set the fastest lap of the race on the final lap at 126.848mph.
Overnight conditions led to a delay of just over two hours 15 minutes but the race finally got underway shortly after 1pm with riders warned of damp patches at Ramsey Hairpin, the Nook and Governor’s Dip. And, as in Sunday’s Superbike race, Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki was again quickest on the first nine mile run to Glen Helen.
His advantage over...
Ian Hutchinson took his 15th victory at the Isle of Man TT races when he took a thrilling Superbike race on Sunday afternoon by five seconds from Peter Hickman, after Hickman had closed the gap down to 1.6s on the final lap.
Hutchinson’s final run over the Mountain on the Tyco BMW saw him edge clear from Hickman’s Smiths Racing machine, who claimed his maiden TT podium, with early race leader Dean Harrison taking third.
James Hillier (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) led at Glen Helen on the opening lap by 0.8s from Harrison with Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop tied for third but on the run to Ramsey Hairpin, Harrison was 1.3s quicker to turn his deficit into a lead of 0.5s. Dunlop was now in third, 0.7s behind Hillier, with Hutchinson, Hickman and Conor Cummins completing the top six. The...
Italian rider, Italian bike, Italian GP…and the tricolore flew high over the podium at Mugello, as Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso took a magnificent win battling rivals on track and illness off it to cross the line over a second clear of Yamaha's Maverick Viñales and an impressive home podium for second Italian Danilo Petrucci on the Pramac Ducati.
Home hero Valentino Rossi shot off the line for the lead from P2 on the grid, denying teammate and polesitter Viñales as Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo stormed up from seventh to fight off Dovizioso for third.
With the leaders in-line, Lorenzo used the incredible speed of the Ducati to take the lead for the first time in red, dueling with old nemesis Rossi before the Italian took him back.
Dovizioso pounced next, passing Lorenzo after...
Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea celebrated his 39th and 40th career WSBK wins after winning both races from the season opener at Phillip Island.
Rea claimed pole, and in a dramatic race, the defending champion was part of the leading pack of seven riders which saw the lead change hands almost every lap until tyre wear and performance came into play in the closing stages.
The final lap saw Rea in a scintillating battle with Ducati’s Chaz Davies, with the Ulsterman taking the flag by the narrowest of margins.
The second Phillip Island race saw a small piece of history being made on two main fronts. Firstly, race one front row winner Rea, second placed man Davies and third placed Tom Sykes had to start Race Two from the third row under the new championship regulations – Sykes took over seventh...
Yamaha factory riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi dug deep in a dramatic qualifying session at Le Mans to claim a superb first and second place respectively.
In fact it was a dominant performance for the Japanese manufacturer, with rookie sensation and local hero Johann Zarco piloting his satellite bike to the final place on the front row.
Viñales and Rossi went all out in an intense 15-minute qualifying session at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit , and having topped FP4, Viñales was one of the last men to leave pit lane, finding some free track space and going directly on the attack. He took the top spot with his first flying lap, a 1'33.134s, before being pushed back to sixth place when the pace quickened.
With more than seven-and-a-half minutes to go, he came...
Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales delivered a stunning performance at the Grand Prix de France, taking his third victory of the season and the 500th Grand Prix win for Yamaha.
Viñales was strong right from the beginning of the 28-lap French round. Starting from pole, he flew off the line to take the holeshot and slotted into second as he dived into Turn 3, behind Tech 3’s Johann Zarco.
The Frenchman tried to build a gap, but the Spaniard, shadowed by his teammate Valentino Rossi, kept up and with 22 laps Viñales made a textbook move on the satellite Yamaha rookie to take over the lead.
Now at the front, the Spaniard put the hammer down. He did everything in his power to escape from Zarco and managed his pace to perfection, ensuring he held on to his P1 position until he got in a fierce...
In a contest where only 14 riders finished the race, Jonathan Rea put in stellar performance to win his eighth race of the year and Kawasaki’s 100th in Superbike history.
Despite having to start from the fourth row of the grid because of his huge high speed crash in Race One,
Rea made a superb launch and was able to scythe his way through the field – such was Rea’s early pace that he went from tenth on the grid to second after just one complete lap, eventually taking the lead at Redgate on Lap Rea.
It was a commanding ride, and while many riders fell, Rea kept his cool, managing the gap to the chasing pack.
It was team-mate Tom Sykes who pushed Rea hardest. Sykes was in fifth place in lap one and eventually got to second place on lap seven. He managed to close the gap with some...
This weekend sees WSBK visit one of the most iconic venues on the calendar – TT Assen Circuit in Netherlands, known to all as The Cathedral of Speed.
Reigning world champion, and current series leader, Jonathan Rea is hoping that he can continue the run of form that has given him a strong lead in the early part of this year’s campaign.
The Dutch track is the Ulsterman’s favourite circuit and he is hoping that he can continue the run of form he has enjoyed on Dutch soil over the years – since joining the WSBK class full time in 2009, Rea has had 12 podium finishes, with no fewer than nine race wins, including double wins in 2010 and in the last two years, 2015 and 2016 on the Kawasaki.
Rea also has another reason to look forward to the weekend – Race Two on Sunday will see him make...
The Mountain Course; legendary, iconic and one of the ultimate challenges in motorsports. 37 and a half miles of everyday street tarmac that snakes through stone-wall lined country lanes, along tree tunneled straights, through usually sleepy towns and over the foreboding mountain roads of the Isle of Man at full throttle. A rugged, windswept island setting that sits in the middle of the Irish Sea which, for over 110 years, has been the greatest test of rider and machine at the annual TT races.
To complete the TT course is special, to win is to join a small group of motorcycle racing’s revered stars. With 23 TT victories in his career to date, John McGuinness is a legend; the King of the Mountain who has re-written the record books and stood on more TT podiums than any rider in...
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...
Things got pretty hot in Texas in qualifying for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, with drama first striking as reigning champion Marc Marquez took a tumble on his Repsol Honda at Turn 13.
With the other riders closing in on his time as he made his way back to the Honda garage on a scooter, Marquez was able to get back out, and set a sixth pole position at the Circuit of the Americas – closely followed by a resurgent Maverick Viñales on the Yamaha.
However, that wasn’t the end of the tale, and Marquez found his riding under the spotlight again – Viñales, after an impressive show of race pace earlier in the day in FP4, came across a slower-moving Marquez on his first flyer on his second run and was forced to abandon the lap.
A visibly angry Viñales gesticulated wildly as the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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