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Home contender Bradley Ray stormed to pole position in qualifying ahead of the second round of the BSB championship at Brands Hatch with a margin of 0.097s over reigning champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne.
A rapid qualifying session saw Ray and Byrne duel for the pole position ahead of tomorrow’s opening race, but the 20-year-old hotshot had the edge in the closing minutes to snatch the lead position from his Be Wiser Ducati rival.
Ray said: "To be honest, coming off what we did yesterday in free practice I was a little bit conscious of coming into today being 17th and quite far down. I got a bit worried overnight, we were chasing our tail a bit looking through data and I was getting a bit annoyed to see myself down in 17th and I didn’t know why.
"We found something this morning in free...
Michael Dunlop has taken to the track for the first time on the all-new Tyco BMW S1000RR during a shakedown test at the Kirkistown Circuit in County Down, Northern Ireland.
The latest version of the German Superbike was unveiled at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show in November, but Dunlop’s Tyco BMW team and Peter Hickman’s Smiths Racing BMW team only took delivery of their machines in the last month. Since then it’s been a race against time for the teams to get the bikes prepared and built to official Superbike specification.
Despite their best efforts, neither team had their bikes ready for the official British Superbike tests in Monteblanco, Spain or Portimao, Portugal last month and they were also forced to miss the final BSB test earlier this week at Silverstone.
The BMW has been...
Kawasaki’s Jonny Rea had mixed feelings about his bike throughout Friday and the Saturday Superpole, but in Race One of the third WSBK round of the season he put to bed any worries he or his team may have had with a dominant performance at MotorLand Aragon.
The reigning champion increases his lead to 14 points now, after Ducati’s Marco Melandri could only come in fourth.
The race was red flagged after three laps, after a horrible collision involving Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda), Jordi Torres (MV Agusta) and Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia). The Honda rider appeared to slip on Turn 10, with the other two riders just behind and unable to avoid contact. The Brit was immediately taken to the medical centre for evaluation, while Torres and Savadori exited the track on their own feet,...
1) Positive thinking
Having the correct state of mind is crucial to a good ride. Whether you’re learning a new skill or pushing for a fast lap, a good mind set will pay dividends. Developing a new skill requires you to ride within your limitations, placing your attention on what you are doing. This allows you to understand the technique and gives your brain the time to digest new information. In the first few sessions of a trackday only work on one area of your riding.
2) Study a circuit map
The importance of a circuit map cannot be underestimated. Used correctly there are many advantages to be gained, none more-so than highlighting clear, easy to identify objects and markers for your braking, turn entry, apex and corner exit. Replaying laps of the circuit in your mind using these...
Roads racing ace John McGuinness has revealed that he has had a set-back in his recovery from the broken leg he sustained in an accident at last year’s North West 200.
The 23-time TT winner, who recently signed for Norton after years of racing for Honda, broke his right tibia and fibular last year when he was thrown from his Honda Fireblade at the North West 200 course following a problem with the machine’s ECU.
He had been making good progress in his recovery and was hoping to get his first ride on the Norton SG7 V4-RR this month, but he has revealed he’s suffered a ‘set-back’ – on Twitter he posted: “Not sure what to say, unfortunately my leg has had a bit of a set-back. Sorry I’ve not said sooner, I’ve just been trying to get my head around it all first. To say I’m gutted is an...
A flying Marc Marquez proved unstoppable in Argentina as he powered to pole.
Saturday’s proceedings at the Argentina GP opened with the Free Practice 3 session and Marquez was fast from his first lap, quickly moving to top and becoming the first rider to set a 1’38 to move straight through to Q2.
Marquez continued to show impressive speed aboard his Honda RC213V and claimed his fifth pole position at the sixth running of the Argentina GP with a lap of 1’38.304.
Marquez said: “In Qualifying I was really focused to push to the maximum and fight for pole position. On the second tyre I made a small mistake at the first corner so I cancelled the lap and went back in. We had planned to do three runs and my team was ready. I am happy because it’s never easy to get pole position here,...
Michael Dunlop is the third most successful rider in the Isle of Man TT’s long and illustrious history and has 18 victories so far to his name. The northern Irish racer is widely recognised as one of road racing’s most determined and tenacious competitors, and the 2019 campaign sees him join the Alpinestars line-up as he races between the hedges in a bid to add more silverware to his name.
Michael will wear Supertech R boots and recently visited the company’s Italian HQ in Italy to get measured. He said: “Alpinestars is the best company in the world in terms of producing protective rider equipment. For 2019 my plan was to make sure I have the best materials available to me, and that is why I’ve chosen Supertech R boots. I firmly believe these boots are a different level. I’ve spoken...
We love this Racing colour scheme on the Gen 2 Tuono. It’s not authentic to that model, having actually been the paintjob for the limited edition Racing version of the previous generation bike, but it looks cool, it’s recognisable as an Aprilia and it suits the bike’s lines.
Not all paintjobs do work though. I can remember riding to the British MotoGP at Silvestone on a Ducati 848 Evo SE in 2012 and overtaking a Yamaha painted in Rossi Ducati colours. The rider was obviously a massive Rossi fan, and had got PaintNation to spray the bike in the Ducati livery. The bike itself was immaculately finished, but it just looked wrong – a Yamaha masquerading as a Ducati. It drew a lot of attention in the car park, simply because it stuck out like a sore thumb, and almost universal ridicule. It...
Suzuka ’91: Four title contenders enter the final lap mere feet apart. An all out battle, passes under braking so late you can not bear to look and the lead will change hands again and again. An inside line appears, barely an opening at all and the number 34 Suzuki dives in and makes the pass stick. When the checkered flag is waved the top four is decided by .556 of one second and Kevin Schwantz is victorious with a final lap battle that is cemented in MotoGP history.
No one typifies the all-or-nothing, knife-edge, racing of the era like Kevin Schantz. Hailing from Houston, Texas, a background in motocross gave him the skills to battle shoulder to shoulder in the tight chicanes and historic corners of grand prix road racing with unique style.
In 1993 he became World Champion wearing...
1) The superbikes at Ballaugh are spectacular
2) Ballacrye is sooooo fast
3) Bruce Anstey’s RCV sounds mean
4) The Norton sounds better
5) The Suter smells so, so good…but the sound was slightly underwhelming
6) Cam Donald’s best days may be behind him
7) The Irish can spend all day talking to you about how flat and smooth the road surface is
8) It’s illegal to overtake in double whites on the Mountain, even when the traffic is one way. Sorry officer.
9) Graham Hill and Jimmy Hill are brothers. Possibly. Then again…
10) The peanut butter cheesecake at the Forge in Santon is to die for
11) NEVER try and do a Michael Jackson joke
12) It takes three women to make tea at the WI in Ballaugh…Caroline pours it, Jennifer stirs, and Gladys adds the milk. Tastes mighty fine too
LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow produced a stunning ride to emerge victorious in an action-packed Argentina Grand Prix.
Mixed wet conditions, a delayed start, penalties and crashes ensured it was a wild race at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, but Crutchlow held his nerve superbly to see off the challenge of Johann Zarco to clinch his third career MotoGP win and the 750th for Honda in the premier class.
Starting from the fourth row, Crutchlow moved through the field and took advantage of a start penalty that was handed to a charging Marc Marquez. Moving past Zarco and Alex Rins to claim second, the Briton hit the front seven laps from the end when leader and polesitter Jack Miller went wide at a corner.
Crutchlow managed the closing stages expertly, keeping Zarco at bay to seal a...
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 and Redding 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 shoehorn shaped...
The top twenty seeded riders for the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races are confirmed as follows
No. 1 Conor Cummins Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles Honda
No. 2 Dean Harrison Silicone Engineering Kawasaki
No. 3 John McGuinness Norton
No. 4 Ian Hutchinson Honda Racing
No. 5 James Hillier Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki
No. 6 Michael Dunlop Tyco BMW
No. 7 Gary Johnson RAF Kawasaki
No. 8 Michael Rutter Batham's Honda RCV
No. 9 David Johnson Honda Racing
No. 10 Peter Hickman Smith's BMW
No. 11 Lee Johnston Ashcourt Racing BMW
No. 12 Derek McGee Doyne/McGee Racing Kawasaki
No. 13 Sam West Cycle Store BMW
No. 14 Phil Crowe Sheffpack BMW
No. 15 Jamie Coward PreZ Racing Yamaha
No. 16 Derek Sheils Burrows Engineering / Kelly Developments Suzuki...
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...
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez took a brilliant victory in Termas de Rio Hondo with a dominant performance at the front, taking the championship lead in the process to leave Argentina four points clear on the way to Texas.
The Spaniard said: “Today was a perfect day. I have been so concentrated since FP1 and everything worked well, just a tiny hiccup in FP4. But we kept pushing, pushing and in the race I knew that my strongest point was the first five laps. I put everything in and then I saw the difference, one second, two seconds, three seconds and then I settled into my rhythm and pushed a little less. I managed the tyres and the bike, it was a really sweet feeling with the bike.”
Marquez took the holeshot from pole as Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso pounced for second, with Yamaha's...
Yamaha has issued a global recall for its 2015 R1 and R1M for replacement gearboxes after several bikes suffered complete failures.
Yamaha has begin contacting owners and is drawing up timetable to replace the transmission of every bike.
Yamaha UK hasn't commented on the issue, but Yamaha USA has issued a letter to owners outlining what is being recalled, what actions Yamaha and its dealers are taking, and what owners should do going forward.
Here is the letter in full:
Dear Yamaha Owner:
This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in all 2015 YZF‐R1 motorcycles. Our records indicate that you...
Pramac Racing's Jack Miller’s huge gamble to switch to slicks on a drying track for the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina paid dividends, with the Australian snatching a jawdropping maiden MotoGP pole position off Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa on his final lap. In doing so, Miller became the first ever Ducati satellite rider to secure pole position.
It was a gritty and spectacular performance by Miller, who dug deep as his bike bucked, slipped and slid beneath him, especially in Turns 7 and 8 where the slicks struggled to find grip on the proper wet asphalt. Miller said: “When you go from wets to slicks they are a lot heavier to turn, so you've got to get the timing right to stay in that wheel width of dry line. So just to get that flow, you've got to go out there and...
Following yesterday's bombshell that KTM would no longer be building superbikes once the RC8R comes to the end of its life, we thought we'd better ride one while we still could.
KTM’s eye-catching flagship RC8R certainly stands out from the crowd – its angular bodywork looking as crisp and fresh as it did when the original bike was launched to a stunned public in 2007. It’s aged well, and still looks futuristic in this its sixth year of production.
Yet underneath the aggressively sculpted plastics, stacked headlights and bright orange trellis frame lies a dying breed – a litre bike with no sophisticated electronics or riders aids. This is very much an analogue bike in a digital age and it’s all the better for it.
Swing a leg over the bike and the first things that strikes me is just...
I bought this lid last year online after my trusty Dainese helmet finally gave up the ghost, and I’ve got to say, I’m impressed. It initially felt tight, really tight, when I first tried it on in the shop, but the sales rep convinced me it would bed in, and I’m pleased I took his advice – after some six months of wear it now fits me like a dream; snug without being uncomfortable.
The longest I’ve worn this in one hit is eight hours, and I still felt fresh; no headaches, no pressure points. I’ve worn this exclusively for recreational rides and it works well in all weathers – the lining is comfortable, the vents are powerful and work, and the Pinlock does a decent job of ensuring the visor stays mist free.
Another great thing about this ‘budget’ Arai is the wide visor aperture which...
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez secured a seventh straight pole position at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas after setting a 2:03.787 in Q2 to finish 0.273 clear of Yamaha's second Valentino Rossi, with LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow completing the front row in Texas.
After horrendous weather throughout the morning in Austin, the lightening and rain was replaced with beautiful blue skies above the Circuit of the Americas for qualifying. Normal service was resumed at the beginning of Q2 as Marquez slammed in a 2:03.787 straight out the gate, chasing down teammate Jorge Lorenzo – who topped the timesheets in Q1 - to put in the best time of the weekend. Lorenzo then encountered a chain issue with his Honda machine heading onto his second flying lap behind the number 93 – a Marquez-style...
This is my fourth RX-7GP and I have nothing but praise for it. It’s essentially the same lid as used by racers such as Cal Crutchlow, Dani Pedrosa, Jonny Rea, Leon Haslam and it shows – the attention to detail is exquisite and it oozes quality.
This my everyday lid, and it’s performed faultlessly on numerous bike tests, trackdays, European tours and the daily commute to work.
It’s truly all-day comfortable, and the powerful venting and the non-itch lining do a good job of keeping my scalp dry and sweat free. The brilliant combination of visor vents and Pinlock means you’ll never suffer with misting and the visor change mechanism is easy to master once you’ve got the knack – but you will have a few nervous moments getting used to the sound of plastic scraping...
Nicky Hayden's iconic #69 will be retired from premier class racing in a special ceremony at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend.
The event kicks off at Midday on Friday and will see FIM President Jorge Viegas and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta preside over a ceremony attended by Hayden's family and friends in which the Kentucky Kid's #69 will be officially retired from the MotoGP class.
Later that day, the MotoGP paddock will join Hayden's family, friends and track marshals at Turn 18 'Hayden Hill' grass berm, where Hayden's 2006 Championship-winning Repsol Honda will be on display.
Race day will then see the Hayden family present at the front of the MotoGP grid, together with Nicky’s 2006 RC211V.
So, the covers are off, the manufacturers have made their move and Ducati has blown everyone out of the water with the Panigale V4R, its WSBK homologation special.
WSBK is a production-based race series, which sees tweaked versions of the actual bikes you can go and buy race against one another in competition – and this is why the V4R exists; to allow Ducati to take the WSBK fight to Kawasaki and wrestle the title out of the hands of the all-conquering Johnny Rea.
The new Panigale V4R runs a 998cc version of the Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4, with the stroke shortened from 53.5 mm to 48.4 mm, and the 81 mm bore untouched, essentially taking an extremely oversquare and rev-focused motor and making it significantly more oversquare and revvy.
The engine internals have also lost a...
There’s a reason these boots are so popular with road racers – they’re brilliantly protective. True, they will never win an award for their good looks, but get past the aesthetics and you’ll discover a boot that is among the best in the world.
The secret to their superior protective qualities is Daytona’s two-boots-in-one system – essentially a rigid inner boot which sits in a tough outer boot. The inner boot itself has been designed to be non-twisting, and is made from tough plastic with a hinged joint and Gore- Tex breathable lining, while the outer is made from leather and features metal toe sliders and a thick, reinforced sole.
As much as the focus of these boots is on comfort, they’re also supremely comfortable. The adjuster at the calf and the Velcro straps on the inner boot...
Almost a decade ago Ducati took the world by storm by unveiling the Desmosedici – a road legal GP bike. And after years of speculation Honda has followed suit with this, the RC213V-S.
Production is set to be limited to some 300 units, and each bike will be hand-built at Honda’s Kumamoto factory, with the big H predicting that one bike per day will leave the production line.
The ultra desirable bike will be available in two colour schemes – the Freddie Spencer-inspired red, white and blue HRC Nippon paint or a clear coated finish on the carbon-reinforced fairings.
The bike may be derived straight from the world of MotoGP, but your £140,000 gets you a customer spec racer, and not the full factory bike as raced by Marquez and Pedrosa. What this means is that there is no seamless shift...
Glorious sunshine basked the Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto once again for the second of a two-day test in Southern Spain, where four WSBK teams continued to work on their 2019 set-ups.
More than 600 laps of the 4.2km circuit were run by the eight riders, and steps were made ahead of what is set to be a sensational season with new bikes, new teams and new riders. Despite this, it was still four time world champion Jonathan Rea who led the way on the Kawasaki.
Rea continued with his sensational pace out on track for the second and final day of testing, as the 2018 world champion was continuing to work on getting the chassis in tune with the engine on his ZX-10RR. Explaining that his new bike offers even more potential than the 2018 Ninja, he was a force to be reckoned with, setting...
Portuguese custom builders it roCkS!bikes are no strangers to the Yamaha XJR, having caught the attention of the custom world with a number of amazing builds on both the 1200 and 1300, including ‘Stealth’ and ‘Sunburn’. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic street bruiser they’ve turned their attention to the 2015 model to deliver a jaw dropping café racer creation – the Yard Built XJR1300 ‘CS-06 Dissident’.
Working underground in a small workshop just outside Porto in Portugal since 2013, Osvaldo Coutinho and Alexandre Santos are civil engineers by day and it roCkS!bikes by night. Their engineering skills are plain to see in their builds with precision and attention to detail focused on creating their signature ‘monocoque’ one piece tank, seat and tail units in all their...
Alvaro Bautista enjoyed another perfect round at his home race at Aragon to maintain his perfect start to the WSBK season, taking another three wins to bring his total to the season to nine.
The MotoGP exile produced a carbon copy performance, taking a comfortable Race One win before adding the Sprint Race and Race Two victories to his tally to extend his lead in the standings to 39 points over Jonathan Rea.
The Spaniard said: "It has been an extraordinary weekend for me. Winning three races here in Spain in front of my family, my friends and the Spanish fans was really great. In all three, I was able to make my own strategy, that is get a fast start and maintain my own pace.
“The conditions in the three races were different, especially today in the Superpole Race which took place...
12 things I've learnt from my trip to Jerez:
1) Jerez is fast
2) It's an easy track to learn
3) But difficult to master
4) The 749S is outgunned on the straights
5) But unbeatable in the corners - it's so stable when cranked over on its ear
6) Kneedown, slider kissing kerb through the sweeping Sito Pons right-hander feels epic
7) Racetec K3s are phenomenal - quick to warm up, unbelievable levels of grip and durable...sticky, snotty fun
8) I love trackdays and bikes, but both are cruel mistresses
9) European trackdays rock - the riders are friendly, disciplined and fast
10) The Telford boys we shared a garage with are some crew - you couldn't wish to meet a better bunch. My sides are still aching from laughing so much. As are my kidneys...
11) Veal Roquefort is good
12) Paella in...
Action cameras are gaining in popularity, especially with the rise in ‘Crash for Cash’ cases, as well as being used to record your special rides and trackdays for prosperity, and the Drift Stealth 2 is up there with the best – it’s a great entry-level action camera and a worthy alternative to the ubiquitous Go Pro.
The unit is very compact – it measures just 80mm x 42mm x 27mm and weighs 97g,some 40 per cent lighter than the original Stealth. These measurements make it very aerodynamic and sleek; ideal properties when mounting on helmets or bike fairings. The rubber housing feels sturdy enough, and while it doesn’t claim to be waterproof, it feels like it would withstand a drop.
An industry standard screw hole site at the bottom of the unit for mounting to tripods and other useful...
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.
The curtain has fallen on Dani Pedrosa’s MotoGP racing career.
The Spaniard, a three-time World Champion, has been named a MotoGP™ Legend and was inducted into the MotoGP™ Legends Hall of Fame at the season finale at Valencia.
Pedrosa won the 125 Championship in 2003, the 250 title in 2004 and 2005, and is one of the most successful riders of all time in the premier class. The Spaniard was inducted into the MotoGP™ Legends Hall of Fame at the season finale at Valencia.
Pedrosa ends a highly successful 18-year GP career, all of it as a Honda rider, having achieved three World Titles (125 in 2003, 250 in 2004 and 2005) 49 poles, 54 wins, 153 podiums and 64 fastest laps out of 295 starts.
Pedrosa is one of the best racers to have never won the championship, injuries taking their toll...
These subtle leathers are from Wolf, the British brand that is being relaunched for2016.
Made from a mixture of cow and kangaroo leather, the Racing-K is only available in black – a very understated and stealthy look that many manufacturers seem to have moved away from in recent times.
The leather used is 60 per cent cow hide and 40 per cent kangaroo, a material which more and more manufacturers are embracing as it’s stronger and offers greater flexibility than cow hide. It’s also supple too – essential for getting a snug but comfy fit.
This flexibiity is a key feature of the Racing-K. There are well-placed stretch panels on both sides of the ribcage and behind each arm, and these allow a greater degree of movement when on the bike. Wolf claim these stretch panels allow up to two...
Multiple World and British Superbike race-winner Leon Haslam believes he has ‘unfinished business’ in the MCE British Superbike Championship and now the Derbyshire rider is returning it home soil with the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team for an assault on the title that he has narrowly missed out on in the past.
The 32-year-old returns to the championship with a renewed desire to lift the coveted title after finishing runner-up to multiple title-winners Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne during the 2006 and 2008 seasons. Haslam scored 16 race victories and a further 38 podium finishes in the British Championship before he moved to the World stage in 2008.
The ‘Pocket Rocket’ finished runner-up in the 2010 World Superbike title battle with Max Biaggi and most recently ended his 2015...
It’s closer than ever as the flag falls at the end of the Americas GP, with Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez taking the win and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso taking the Championship lead.
The Americas GP also made it back-to-back podium finishes for Suzuki, with Andrea Iannone putting in an impressive push from the front row to take third and his first rostrum finish of the season – and first rostrum with the Hamamatsu factory.
It was also Iannone who got the holeshot from second on the grid, but Marquez also got a flyer from Row 2 – slotting into second and on the chase behind the ‘Maniac’. Making his move soon after and taking the lead, #93 started to pull a gap – but Iannone wasn’t done, and gave it everything for a late dive up the inside of the reigning champion. Running a bit wide on...
This brilliant rucksack was a replacement for my trusty R20, which I managed to destroy after hitting a deer in a big off on the way home from work.
It features Kriega’s genius parachute-style Quadloc harness system, which effectively takes the weight off your shoulders and spreads it evenly across your chest, and a well-padded back and shoulder straps. It really works.
The main compartment is 25 litres, hence the name, and it’s plenty big enough to easily swallow jeans, trainers, spare visor and gloves, waterproofs and all my other junk on the daily commute. The compartment itself is accessed via a sturdy zip at the top of the bag, and once open there’s a small, waterproof pouch, ideal for storing a wallet, and a laptop pocket (it’s big enough for a 15in MacBook Pro). It’s also...
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 2015 Yamaha XJR1300 and XJR1300 Racer have drawn considerable attention in standard form already, with design updates inspired heavily by the custom world. A shortened and cleaned frame, narrower fuel tank and smaller headlight pay homage to recent custom creations and also show the potential for further customisation.
Throughout 2015 a series of Yard Built projects by select custom builders will focus on the new XJR1300 will demonstrate what is possible through creative use of ‘bolt-on’ parts, reinforcing the real ‘Yard Built’ concept instead of dramatic cutting and welding. First up to take on the challenge are two legendary Copenhagen based builders.
“The Wrenchmonkees provided valuable insight into this latest model of XJR with their earlier collaborations”, says Yamaha...
KTM is expanding its MotoGP test programme after adding Randy de Puniet and Thomas Luthi to its test team ahead of the manufacturer’s return to racing’s premier class in 2017.
Alex Hofmann and Mika Kallio have already begun turning laps on the company’s RC16 bike, and they will be bolstered with the addition of WSBK exile De Puniet and Moto2 pilot Luthi.
De Puniet has extensive MotoGP and WSBK experience, and was instrumental in developing Suzuki’s GP racer, while Luthi will combine his testing role with his Moto2 ride.
The bike will be officially unveiled at the Red Bull Ring during the Austrian GP, and will make its racing debut as a wildcard entry at the season finale at Valencia.
Alvaro Bautista kept his winning run going in the Thailand sprint race, which was cut short by a red flag following an incident between Leon Camier and Thitipong Warokorn.
The factory Ducati rider had another strong race on the V4R, trading passes with Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea on the opening lap of the sprint race before gradually pulling clear until a red flag on lap six prematurely ended the race early.
The red flag was caused by an incident involving Moriwaki-Althea Honda’s Camier and Kawasaki Thailand’s Warokorn at the Turn 3 hairpin. The Thai wildcard rider was taken to the medical centre immediately while Camier was shown walking away unaided from the incident.
With results taken from the last completed sector point, effectively the halfway through lap six, Bautista won by 1.6s...
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