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Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa has suffered a huge highside crash in FP2 at Japan’s Twin Ring Motegi, breaking his right collarbone in the process.
The Spaniard, the most successful rider at the venue, lost the rear of his bike at Turn 11, and the vicious highside has left him requiring surgery.
He will be replaced in Japan by former 250 World Champion Hiroshi Aoyama, who also subbed for the Spaniard in 2015.
Pedrosa said: “Obviously I’m very sad about what happened, as I was looking forward to racing in Japan at Honda’s home circuit and one of my favourite tracks. “I was on the out-lap of my last run in FP2 when I momentarily lost the rear entering turn 11, and when the tyre found grip again it launched me in the air.”There’s not much more to say; now I just want to focus on...
Here it is – the eagerly-anticipated Yamaha R6, the manufacturer’s all-new supsersports machine.
It’s been a long wait, and the bike more than lives up to the hype. This is no evolution, think more full-blown full-on technical revolution.
Yes, the engine and chassis may be essentially the same, but the 2017 R6 features a revised suspension package, ABS brakes, traction control, and an optional quickshifter.
The ride-by-wire system has three riding modes, which can change the throttle response and engine map for more or less throttle aggressiveness, while there is also six-stage traction control, which can be switched off. Yamaha claims it is so smart it can even take adapt to tyre wear throughout a race or track session – trick.
Visually the bike apes the R1’s styling cues, which...
BMW has unveiled its vision of how it thinks motorcycling could look in 100 years with its VISION NEXT 100 Motorrad concept.
BMW envisions a future where two-wheel vehicles have enough onboard intelligence to make it possible for riders to use them without protective clothing, and while the emphasis here is still on the thrill of the ride, the concept’s intelligent rider aids means safety is paramount.
BMW claims the Motorrad’s systems will be smart enough to anticipate the road ahead and offer guidance on what to do to avoid incidents, and it can even step in and take over to prevent anything from happening if necessary. However, the really clever part is the use a self-balancing system that absolutely prevents the possibility of the bike toppling over, either when in motion or when...
The online application ordering system for the Yamaha YZF-R1M is now live, and Yamaha is now accepting reservations for the 2017 edition of this exclusive and limited edition track and race bike.
Inspired by the MotoGP-winning YZR-M1 machinery currently being raced by Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, the high specification YZF-R1M offers private riders and race teams the opportunity to experience the latest factory bike technology.
Both the 2015 and 2016 editions of the YZF-R1M were sold out within a short time, and for 2017 all interested riders and teams are advised to make their reservation at: https://r1m.yamaha-motor.eu/
All customers who purchase the 2017 YZF-R1M are also invited to attend the 2-day long exclusive Yamaha Racing Experience that will be held in...
BMW has added to more models to its achingly cool nineT range – the R nineT Pure and the R nineT Racer.
The R nineT Pure is a stripped back retro street bike while the R nineT Racer gains a half-fairing and becomes the manufacturer’s take on a café racer.
It’s the racer that drew the attention of the crowd at its launch at INTERMOT, with its styling and white, blue, and red paint scheme earning particular praise.
However, beneath its bygone styling lies a bike with cutting edge rider aids including BMW’s Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and anti-locking brakes.
If it goes as well as it looks we’re in for a treat.
What you’re looking at here is the 2017 Yamaha MT-10 SP, a hardcore version 0f the manufacturer’s already accomplished streetfighter.
The bike has received Öhlins semi-active suspension, a quickshifter and slipper clutch, all the trinkets the bike needs to confront its tech-heavy European rivals head on.
The standard bike is already excellent (see our review earlier this year) and these simple enhancements will refine the package even further and give it even more bang per buck.
We can’t wait to ride it…
One of the most eagerly-awaited sportsbikes of recent year’s has finally broken cover – the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP.
Honda has actually released two versions, the Fireblade SP and SP2 which it unveiled at INTERMOT.
The new SP isn’t the revolution we were expecting, think of it more as an evolution designed to bring the bike back on an equal footing with its rivals, which means there’s no new engine configuration (V4), ground-breaking technology or mindblowing performance figures.
However, the bike has been radically overhauled – power is up by 11bhp to 190bhp and a massive 15kg has been lopped off the bike’s weight, and this has led to a 14% increase in the Honda CBR1000RR’s power-to-weight ratio. The engine itself is a relatively unworked version of the existing unit, and the power...
Suzuki returned to the drawing board when it came to its flagship superbike, designing and building a brand new machine using technology developed from competition in MotoGP.
Both the GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R utilise an all-new, 999.8cc inline four-cylinder engine, which uses Suzuki Racing Variable Valve Timing (SR-VVT), and a new finger-follower valve train as part of Suzuki’s Broad Power System. Developed for use on the firm’s GSX-RR MotoGP racer, the system allows the new engine to produce strong low-midrange power, before the variable valve timing system boosts top-end output.
Suzuki’s SR-VVT is a compact and lightweight mechanical system, that is built into the intake sprocket and is activated by centrifugal force, while the new finger-follower valve train is 6g lighter than a...
Ducati’s Chaz Davies shone again at Race 2 at Magny-Cours, dominating the race to claim his second win of the weekend.
The race started with polesitter Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) getting off the line well, but he was quickly overtaken first by his teammate Tom Sykes and then by Davies.
The fourth lap saw Sykes attempting to pull the pin and run away at the front, and he succeeded building up a gap of about a second on Davies and Rea, but then in the fifth lap, Rea overtook Davies to move into second place.
By mid-race point the battle between the two Kawasaki riders for the top step of the podium began to heat up, and Rea and Sykes were within less than three tenths of one another, with Davies a second and a half behind.
Everything changed in the eighteenth lap, when...
Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam scored a double victory at Assen to move to within 17 points of Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, enough to take the championship fight to the wire.
In an incredible opening race Haslam beat his title rival Byrne to the finish line by just 0.010s in a hard-fought contest which opened the penultimate round of the season at Assen.
At the start of the race James Ellison initially led the pack from pole-sitter Byrne with Luke Mossey, Jason O'Halloran and Haslam all in close contention. Mossey was instantly on the move and the young contender dived through ahead of Ellison to lead mid-way through the opening lap, but as they crossed the line he had repaid the move to regain the position.
By lap three Mossey was leading the field from Ellison and Byrne, but the pair were...
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne set the fastest ever BSB lap of Assen to claim the 50th pole position of his career, firing his Be Wiser Ducati in front of the JG Speedfit Kawasaki duo of James Ellison and Leon Haslam ahead of tomorrow’s two crucial races.
Christian Iddon had been one of the first riders to set a time, but the Tyco BMW rider then headed into the gravel before rejoining and trying to improve, but with an incredibly tight pack and the top seven riders under the existing lap record, he will start ninth on the grid.
Byrne then moved to the top of the times as Ellison hunted him down, but the championship leader continued to up the pace and then fired in an incredible lap that kept his rivals at bay. Ellison was also coming under attack from his team-mate Haslam, but at the...
Ducati team took its sixth win of the season in Magny-Cours, France, thanks to Chaz Davies’ triumph in Race 1.
With a wet track at the start of the race, Davies, who finished Superpole in third position, opted for intermediate tyres and although the Welshman’s choice was non-conformist, as most riders chose wet compounds, it eventually proved to be inspired.
Davies had to bide his time initially as the track was slippery, and was momentarily pushed out of the top ten, but soon mounted an incredible comeback that – as his opponents were forced to pit – saw him win with a ten-second advantage. It was Davies’ sixth victory of the year, a personal record.
He said: “I tried to make an educated guess on tyres, as in the past we haven’t always opted for the best strategy in these...
This is the first proper glimpse of Ducati’s new SuperSport.
The bike, which is officially being unveiled at INTERMOT next week, is a spare parts bitsa, borrowing the Hyperstrada’s engine, the Monster’s chassis, and the Panigale’s front fairing.
Designed for spirited weekend rides and short-distance touring, the bike fills a narrow niche in Ducati’s line-up, slotting in between the Hyperstrada 939, the Panigale 959 and the Monster 821.
More to follow when the 2017 Ducati SuperSport officially debuts in Germany on Tuesday.
BMW Motorrad is launching the BMW Motorrad Street Air by Alpinestars, an advanced airbag system offering comprehensive upper body protection and the freedom to ride a motorbike in both on- and offroad situations.
The technology is adopted from the current Alpinestars Tech-Air® street airbag system, a system which requires no motorbike-mounted sensors and instead relies on a sophisticated algorithm that detects imminent danger and inflates the full upper body airbag to provide a highly-effective crash protection system ahead of the first impact.
The BMW Motorrad Street Air Dry by Alpinestars textile riding jacket is designed to interconnect with the Alpinestars airbag system vest and is an essential component for the system to be fully operational.
It offers instantaneous inflatable...
It is now mandatory for motorcyclists in France to carry EC homologated motorcycle gloves.
The move is the result of the 2015 decision of the Interministerial Committee for Road Safety, which now comes into force and applies to all drivers of motorcycles, tricycles and quads such as the Piaggio MP3 or Quadro.
Any rider or pillion stopped by police not wearing approved gloves can be issued a €68 fine.
The new law is the result of a French study which found that 12 % of motorcyclists wore no gloves.
Trials legend Dougie Lampkin has added another accolade to his impressive trophy haul by becoming the first rider to wheelie the 37.7-mile Isle of Man TT course.
The 12-time world champion set off from the iconic grandstand in the Douglas and battled strong winds, traffic (the roads remained open during the attempt) and the sharp rises and falls of the TT circuit to lap the course in one hour 35 minutes, with the whole feat shown live on Red Bull TV.
This is the first time a live lap of the TT course has ever been broadcast, and the footage showed just how much of a challenge Lampkin faced, his etched with pain, particularly as the wind picked up on the Mountain section.
“It feels fantastic," said an emotional Lampkin as he arrived at the end of the course.
"The last 15 seconds...
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken a stunning maiden win at MotorLand Aragon to extend his championship lead ahead, bringing his career tally to 54 wins and equaling Australian legend Mick Doohanin the all-time standings.
After a scuffle off the line through Turns 1 and 2 at a dry but cool MotorLand Aragon, it was Suzuki rider Maverick Viñales who emerged from the melee to turn his front row start into the early lead in the race. With the front group close all the way down through the top ten, Marquez soon struck to take the lead before a wobble through Turn 7 saw the championship leader drop back into the group slightly, down to P5
The lead began to stretch for Silverstone winner Viñales, before Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi hooked on to the back of the Suzuki rider and began probing...
The grey of Friday at MotorLand Aragon turned powder blue on Saturday, as qualifying brought warmer temperatures and late September sun for Aragon. Q2's pre-session favourite for pole was unquestionably Marc Marquez after the Repsol Honda rider was fastest by some margin in both FP3 and FP4, and #93 turned promise into pole position in spectacular style to head the timesheets by an incredible gap of six tenths.
FP4 saw PULL&BEAR Aspar rider Yonny Hernandez into the top ten, but the Colombian sadly wasn't able to replicate the performance in Q1 as Pramac’s Danilo Petrucci, Avinita Racings’ Hector Barbera and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini duo Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl joined the South American in the battle for graduation to Q2. Petrucci eventually topped the session, with Bradl...
One of the worst kept secrets in the WSBK paddock is official – Aprilia will be providing factory backing for the Milwaukee SMR squad for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
The team, which is having a torrid campaign with BMW machinery, has recently
signed Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori to ride for them, both of which are well though of in the Aprilia camp.
The RSV4 RF is one of the best bikes in the paddock, although it is notoriously difficult to set-up, requiring factory technicians to unlock its full potential.
The news leaves current riders Karel Abraham and Josh Brookes out of a ride, with Brookes expected to return to BSB.
Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager, said: “Our agreement includes, in addition to providing bikes and materials, support from Aprilia Racing personnel...
Honda’s WSBK pilot Nicky Hayden is returning to MotoGP, deputising for the injured Jack Miller on the factory Honda at the Aragon GP.
The former world champion will be riding for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing team for the Spanish round at Motorland Aragon, filling in while Miller recovers from his hand injury.
Hayden said: ““First of all I want to wish Jack a speedy recovery. He is a buddy of mine and he is a rider I believe in a lot, so I hope he can get healthy as quickly as possible to show the high potential we all know he has got.
“This is an unusual experience for me because I’ve never been a stand-in rider before. But I have a good relationship with Honda and when the idea first came up they were behind it and Ten Kate gave me their blessing, so it is nice to go...
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne celebrated a double dose of victory in the opening round of the BSB Showdown at Donington Park.
The four-time champion fought intensely with his title rival Leon Haslam, who finished second in Race One but crashed out of contention while battling to settle the score in Race Two.
In the opening Showdown race Byrne claimed a storming victory to move back to the top of the standings by just two points from arch rival Haslam who finished second.
At the start of race one Title Fighter James Ellison had taken the initial advantage from his team-mate Haslam, Byrne and Christian Iddon. Byrne was instantly on the attack though and moved into second with a move at the Hairpin on the second lap.
The Be Wiser Ducati rider then waited a lap later to make a pass on Haslam...
The first of the two WSBK races after the summer break at the German Lausitz EuroSpeedway circuit, a track where the factory derivative World championship has not raced since 2007, finished with Ducati’s Chaz Davies claiming the Race One win
The Welshman's domination of the race was a crushing blow to the Kawasaki duo of Tom Sykes and Johnny Rea, winning with a gap of more than ten seconds ahead of his nearest rival Sykes, posting the best lap time and snatching pole in the morning.
Davies got off the line well, followed by the trio of Sykes, Rea and Italian Lorenzo Savadori on the IodaRacing Team bike, with Davide Giugliano, Nicky Hayden, Jordi Torres and Michael Van Der Mark squabbling for honours in the second pack.
The first surprise of the race came in the seventh lap when...
KTM is to enter the Moto2 class in 2017 supplying the Ajo team with two bikes, which will be ridden by Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira.
The move means the team, which is currently heading the Moto2 series with Johann Zarco, will ditch Kalex and become the Austrian’s official factory backed outfit, providing young riders with a career path all the way through the FIM CEV Moto3 championship to MotoGP.
The riders are well known to the team and the paddock – Brad Binder is a race away from becoming the 2016 Moto3 world champion, while Miguel Oliveira came within a cat’s whisker of snatching the Moto3 crown in 2015.
The bike itself uses KTM’s signature steel trellis frame and there’s also an aluminum swingarm, WP suspension and the spec Moto2 Honda CBR600RR engine.
If it goes as well as...
This is the new Dainese Mugello R D-air® racing suit – the company’s latest evolution of its airbag technology.
The one-piece state-of-the-art suit boasts more 25 new features, with the airbags now covering the neck, shoulders, collarbones and the lower sides of the rib cage.
The Mugello R D-air® racing suit, available also through Dainese’s custom works program, will be introduced in two color options from April 2017 starting from £3,399.95.
Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam claimed his first triple victory in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park to emerge ahead of Ducati’s Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne in the standings, with just three points separating the arch rivals ahead of the opening round of the Showdown at Donington Park next weekend.
After a JG Speedfit Kawasaki 1-2-3 in Saturday’s opening race, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team were ready to fight for their positions in the Showdown, with the two races on Sunday deciding the final three Title Fighter places.
In the second race of the weekend Haslam hit the front from pole position ahead of team-mate James Ellison and Honda’s Dan Linfoot. The fight for the front was intense from the start and as the pack streamed across the line for the second lap Ellison...
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa became the eighth different MotoGP winner in eight races today, taking a stunning victory at Misano, his 29th in MotoGP and the 52nd in his career, as well as the 120th for Honda since the start of the MotoGP era in 2002.
Pedrosa's choice of a soft-front and medium-rear Michelin tyre combination proved to be the best one for today’s conditions and for his riding style, as it allowed him to charge through the field at an incredibly fast pace and to set a new track record of 1’32.979 on his way to the victory.
Starting eighth on the grid, he was sixth at the end of the first lap and progressively improved his speed over the course of 22 laps, overtaking Dovizioso, Viñales, Marquez, Lorenzo and finally Rossi in a series of bullish moves before crossing the...
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo took a record-breaking pole position at Misano World Circuit, beating his own pole lap from 2015 and putting in the first ever 1:31 lap of the Adriatic venue.
The Spaniard had been written off by many in the paddock as he struggles to gel with the Michelin tyres, but Lorenzo the reigning champion struck back in style, putting in a new lap record in qualifying to beat his own from 2015, laying down a marker at a track that, while behind enemy lines, has proven one of the Mallorcan's best.
After just missing the 1:31 bracket in that first run, the 'Spartan' then came back out and lowered the lap time once again to put in 1:31.868 and smash the record. The pole at Misano is his 64th in the world championship – taking him one above Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and...
BSB saw history made today at Oulton Park as Leon Haslam, James Ellison and Peter Hickman climbed the rostrum in the opening race to claim the first-ever podium lockout for the Kawasaki factory team.
It was a flying start for the three JG Speedfit Kawasaki riders, with Haslam and Ellinson finishing first and second in the opening practice with Hickman only 0.6s behind in tenth. Continuing that form throughout the remaining practice sessions, the trio came into qualifying with Haslam second on combined times, Ellinson ninth and Hickman13th.
With this weekend seeing three races around the Oulton Park circuit, qualifying was held early on Saturday and all three riders were able to progress through the three sessions – the first time this season the entire JG Speedfit team made it to...
The MotoGP series has officially retired the use of #58, a move which honours Marco Simoncelli, who was racing under the number when he died during the Malaysian GP at Sepang in 2011.
The news was announced at Misano, officially called the ‘Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli’, which is hosting this weekend’s MotoGP round.
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said: "Today we say to Marco's father, Paolo, that from now this number belongs to the Simoncelli family. Nobody will use it, unless they decide somebody can use this number."
Misano was the local race for the 250cc world champion, who had 14 victories (14 in 250cc, two in 125cc) and 31 podiums (two in MotoGP, 22 in 250cc, and seven in 125cc in Grand prix racing.
AGV has unveiled its latest racing helmet, a full factory version of its popular Pista design.
The lid, the Pista GP R, is an evolution of the Pista GP and boasts the same lightweight materials as the GP, but it is claimed to have a better field of view and enhanced aerodynamics and venting. There’s also a new rear spolier and visor locking system, and a Pinlock as standard – why every manufacturer doesn’t include this as standard is beyond me.
However, this helmet allows riders to feel proper factory as there’s also a built-in hydration channel, the first time we’ve seen this feature integrated into an off-the-shelf lid. This is channel is connected to a pouch stored in the rider’s leathers and brings the hydration tube to the rider’s chin, where a drinking valve is located,...
What. A. Weekend. Crutchlow and Lowes get pole, and Maverick Viñales dominates to claim his maiden GP win, becoming the first man to win in Moto3, Moto2 and the premier class. Here are 11 things I’ve learnt from Silverstone:
1) Wearing cargo shorts during Saturday’s qualifying was a big mistake. When it rains here, it really rains
2) A wet and cold foreskin are really uncomfortable, especially when it’s windy too. Do not stand on the infield at Copse into the wind if you’re wearing cargo shorts (see point 1)
3) Cal Crutchlow is a bone fide Alien and deserves to be treated as such
4) There’s nothing in the world like hearing the grid of MotoGP bikes fly past. THAT sound of the engines being tortured. Brutal
5) Moto3 bikes sound so much cooler than Moto2. It’s that deep, feral boom. Love...
Suzuki’s Maverick Viñales proved he could be the next ‘Alien’ with a stellar ride at Silverstone, claiming a historic first win for Suzuki since their return to MotoGP and becoming the seventh winner so far in 2016.
Viñales, who got his first podium in Le Mans in the French GP, got a front row start and simply pulled away once away in the lead – putting in an incredible performance to cross the line 3.4 seconds clear. After an almighty battle behind him, it was home hero and pole man Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda and Valentino Rossi on the factory Yamaha who completed the podium.
As the race started all eyes were firmly on the grey threatening clouds, and many riders on the grid were still making their final tyre decisions just minutes before the warm up lap.
As the race got...
Britain’s Cal Crutchlow has taken an incredible home pole position at the Octo British Grand Prix, as the LCR Honda pilot kept his stunning wet weather form from the Czech GP to claim his third career pole. Crutchlow became the first British rider to win in the premier class in 35 years last time out at Brno, and his performance in the tricky conditions means he’s now the first British rider to claim pole position in a home GP since 1977.
The heavy rain meant qualifying became a frantic and fascinating affair, with Eugene Laverty and Jack Miller topping Q2 to make it through to Q1 – Laverty’s performance particularly catching the eye.
Q1 saw nearly every rider make a break from the pits from the off, eager to set a time before the weather worsened.
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo looked...
Honda’s Marc Marquez suffered more Silverstone heartache after once again crashing in front of the Valentino Rossi stand.
The Spaniard had shown great pace and had recorded the fastest time both in the morning’s dry FP3 and in the afternoon’s wet FP4, and was improving his best qualifying effort when he crashed at Copse, causing him to miss the last five minutes of the session.
The current championship leader took a heavy impact and looked winded, standing at the side of the track to watch the rest of the session, but his lap was still good enough to place him fifth on the grid.
He said: “My feeling was very good both in the dry and wet, but we implemented a small change to the set-up for the rain that didn’t work as expected.
“I went out in Q2 and couldn't feel the rear tyre too...
Eugene Laverty put in a spectacular performance in the wet at Silverstone to qualify in a sensational sixth place.
The Ducati rider had made it through to Q2 by dominating Q1, piloting his GP14 to lead the session, but a small bike issue at the start of the decisive second session cost him crucial tyre temperature and, ultimately, pole.
Laverty had looked good to claim a stunning pole in the treacherous conditions, looking smooth and fast throughout, and inside the time set by pacesetter Cal Crutchlow in the first two sectors of the final lap only to lose rear grip and crash out.
However, his pace was enough to earn him sixth place on the grid.
A delighted Laverty said: “The second row is our best ever qualifying so I have to be happy in some ways but our potential was so high...
The weather was the focus of the pre-event Press Conference at the British GP, and Friday's changeable weather did little to disappoint the hype. With mostly fine skies threatening rain, FP1 at Silverstone saw Suzuki’s Maverick Viñales take the top spot, with the Spaniard posting the fastest lap in the last few minutes of the session.
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was second in the morning, ahead of Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, who took a tumble at Turn 12, but was uninjured.
FP2 saw all the grid improve their lap times, and Ducati’s Andrea Iannone led for a lot of the second with Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa just behind the Italian on the timesheets before the shootout began as the clock ticked down towards zero.
Viñales was the first to set an all-red sector lap to take back the top...
Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam delivered an inch perfect lap to claim pole position in qualifying ahead of tomorrow’s at Cadwell Park, smashing his own lap record in the process.
An intense qualifying session first saw Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon crash out unhurt in Q2 at Mansfield to end his run prematurely, leaving him 13th on the grid for race one. He wasn’t the only rider to slide out of the action as Dan Linfoot was narrowly holding ninth before a crash at the Mountain. The Honda Racing rider was luckily able to still make the cut for Q3 and the team rapidly made the changes to get him back out in the final session to qualify ninth.
Buildbase BMW’s Lee Jackson was the first to complete a flying lap, putting the Buildbase BMW at the top of the times, but just a few minutes later his...
The Continental Sport Attacks you see here are shagged – they’re just on the right side of legal, but they’re still fucked. And what am I replacing them with? Another set of Sport Attacks. Here’s why…
I got these fitted ahead of my annual pilgrimage to the TT, and on the ride over from Tamworth to Liverpool to catch the early morning boat they impressed straight from the off.
After the obligatory scrubbing in period it became clear they have impressive levels of grip, allowing you to carry some pretty big lean angles.
Their performance cannot be underestimated. During that week on the Isle of Man they dealt with the very best and worst conditions that the island could throw at us – rain, greasy damp conditions, gravel strewn roads and sticky, hot tarmac.
They’re really quick to...
This is one of those bikes that manages to be all things to all people – it’s agile, punchy, entertaining and has character in spades. It’s British too, and it’s the best naked middleweight money can buy.
This is the ‘inbetween’ model, a final runout of the predecessor tot the current model which featured the neat, twin, underseat silencers but ditched the trademark bug headlights for some equally distinctive Dame Edna-esque units, which were cracked. I’ve ridden four of these bikes now, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 (all press bikes admittedly) and they were all cracked. Not good enough.
The 675cc powerplant is the star here, its 105bhp more than powerful enough for the road, but it’s torque not power which is key here, offering a wide, silky smooth and elastic spread of drive out of...
Pata Yamaha WSBK rider Alex Lowes got the chance to ride a MotoGP bike yesterday as reward for winning the Suzuka 8-Hours endurance race.
Lowes joined Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider and fellow Suzuka team-mate Pol Espargaró at Brno to experience the YZR-M1 during the official one-day IRTA test.
The Lincolnshire lad had to wait until the last hour of the day before he could sweep his leg over the bike, but he soon got a feel for the power of the M1 and improved his first hot lap by over a second when he set a fastest time of 1’59.558s.
Clocking the twelfth fastest time and managing a 1.146s improvement in just fifteen laps, the test unfortunately ended a prematurely when Lowes suffered a small front end crash at the end of the session.
Lowes said: “Obviously this was one of the best...
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