jueves, 31 de mayo de 2012

25 Years of World Superbike: Roger Burnett

Roger Burnett

Recently inducted into the SBK Hall of Fame Roger Burnett was the first rider ever to score a pole position, at the opening round at his home circuit of Donington way back in 1988. He has, as rider, team consultant, rider manager and PR guru been part of SBK history almost every step of the way. With the memories of an epic Donington SBK weekend in 2012 permanently etched in the mind of all who were there to see it unfold, what better time to get the thoughts of an ‘old-time’ British ex-rider who still takes a keen interest in the modern day SBK paddock.

Q: How was the championship in the early years? Did you know it was going to be such a success?
A: I think there was a real excitement that global four-stroke racing was going to be on proper GP short circuits. Prior to SBK starting four-stroke racing was all about TT-F1, which took into consideration road tracks. So what we all got excited about was that and the fact that that it was going to be a full World championship of 12 rounds, with two races per event. That formula, back 25 years ago, was ahead of its day. Now MotoGP has had to go four-stroke so SBK was ahead. The formula of two races gives a fantastic day of entertainment, whether for the TV viewer of live spectator. Add in that the whole formula was production based, and therefore could be a real shop window or the manufacturers. That made it a brilliant, exciting, concept.

Q: How strong was the bond between racing and production machines?
A: The manufacturers joined in, with the first year of the Honda RC30 in 1988 a production-based model that we raced, then the Yamaha OW01 was in its infancy, so the manufacturers had models to promote and display – and hone into becoming better roadgoing products. I always understood in my racing career that I was privileged to be able to race bikes and the only reason I could do that I that people bought them for the road. So to be involved in the concept and initiation in a world championship that gave the roadbike audience something back was exciting and a real privilege. I absolutely love the Superbike World Championship and I love the people. There are people in there who have been there for 25 years. Racing is competition and with competition there can be a little bit of bitchiness from time-to-time, but generally speaking the camaraderie in the paddock and the atmosphere is so much better than the MotoGP paddock.

Q: Do you have any strong memories of those first races?
A: What was really surprising that Ducati wheeled out this bloody great big red thing in the first rounds; so noisy you could not believe it. Then Marco Lucchinelli jumps on it – and he was a god really. I do not know how old he is but in 1988 he was already pushing a decent age and he was a seasoned kind of racer. That Ducati was so good and it came from nowhere. Nobody anticipated that Ducati would have such a strong product for that championship from year one. And what has been proven is that they have had a strong, competitive product for the whole 25 years, which has been unbelievable.

Q: You did a lot of travelling in the early years, lots of fly-away rounds, so it must have been difficult to do all that even without the huge numbers of people in a modern-day SBK team?
A: We used to do a lot of it ourselves. Steve Parrish and I were always mates and when we did the back-to-back Canadian and American rounds we kind of shared travel together – because Steve was always good at organising and so on. We would freight the bikes over there, fly in from Europe, collect our bikes from the freight depot in a Ryder hire-truck, put our kit bikes into it at the other end – we did it ourselves with a forklift – and then drove to the first race. After that round we would re-pack the crate and drive down to America to the next round! In those days, across two teams, we had ten people – including the riders!

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Source: http://www.zimbio.com/MotoGP/articles/DJvNpBYwsOL/25+Years+World+Superbike+Roger+Burnett

Steve Baker Peter Balaz

Loss of passion, Casey Stoner Early Retirement

 Casey Stoner


Le Mans, France: MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner surprised the world by declaring exercise will be retired from MotoGP at the end of the season due to family reasons.

26-year-old rider, who has collected 35 victories on the MotoGP races during his career and led the standings while after winning two of three races this season, delivered remarks at a press conference on Thursday, before the session of the Grand Prix of France.

"After thinking for a long time and many discussions with my wife and family, I have decided to stop competing at the end of the season," said Repsol Honda team this star.

"After years of taking part in a sport that I love, and with all the sacrifices I have to do, I no longer have the passion to continue and I think it's better to stop," he said.

Stoner, who had become world champion MotoGP with Ducati in 2007, became a father for the first time in February when his wife, Adriana, gave birth to a baby girl.

However, he agreed that being a father has reduced her passion for motor racing. "People say you'll slow down when you get married, but in the first year I got married, I won the championship," he said.

Joining Stoner in the MotoGP class in 2006 with Honda satellite team having previously played in 125 cc class, its debut at Donington Circuit (2001) and 250 cc classes.

The option to move to Ducati team in 2007 bringing Stoner won the MotoGP series opener in Qatar, which is then followed by a victory which made it nine times world champion that year.

He moved to the Honda factory team last year and earned his second world championship circuit in Phillip Island, Australia, the country of origin, having previously won nine races that season.

2011 MotoGP Stoner ended the season with a finish in the top 10 Grand Prix of Valencia. "Casey has announced that 2012 will be his last year in MotoGP. Let's hope he has a fantastic year, "said Honda team in the Twitter account, on Thursday.

Source: http://www.zimbio.com/MotoGP/articles/0OqN9kMcmUn/Loss+passion+Casey+Stoner+Early+Retirement

Carlo Bellotti Jean Pierre Beltoise

miércoles, 30 de mayo de 2012

Checa up and down as Melandri wins another

On a sunny race day at Miller Motorsports Park the sixth round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship delivered some great action and two different race winners to the 49,000 strong weekend crowd. In a landmark day for the series, race one saw World Superbike reach its 600th individual race mark.Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) and Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) took one race victory apiece, but the weekend winner was the rider who finished third each time today, Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing). With his haul of 32 points Biaggi now leads the series by 18, from Melandri and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team). Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) was the other podium finisher today, second in race two, and after scoring fourth in race one he is fourth overall and only 1.5 points from Melandri and Sykes.It was a truly up and down day for Checa, as he fell in race two. His fourth no-score of the season, coming along so shortly after his fourth race win, puts him fifth overall.Race 1Checa pulled a controlled win out of the bag, eventually heading home Melandri by 2.313 seconds. Third was Biaggi who had to work hard in the final laps to hold off Rea. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing) finished fifth, with pole man Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati) sixth. Slowing front row starter Tom Sykes was finally caught by Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Aprilia) with Davies seventh and Sykes eighth.Carlos Checa: "I had a great time and I always enjoy coming to America, spending time around here, and I always feel really well at this track. It is a fantastic moment for me to win again, get on the podium, to take a victory, so some great feelings come back. It is a really special day for all the Americans here as it is Memorial Day so I want to dedicate this victory to you."Marco Melandri: "I was struggling a lot last year so to get such a good race was amazing for me. I tried to make life not easy for Carlos but when I came back in the end, I tried to come back to him a few times but I made a mistake. So, for the last lap I chose not to try too much because it was easy to make another mistake. Second place was good for me after such a tough qualifying."Max Biaggi: "It is good to be on the podium and I appreciate the third position. I had a long fight with Rea and his Honda and we got good points for the championship. In the end I could not go faster than that. On the first lap with so many riders there was a battle and I am happy now because we had a good race and finally we got some California-style weather." Results: 1. Checa (Ducati) 21 Laps/103.047 km in 38'21.283 average 161.201 kph; 2. Melandri (BMW) 2.313; 3. Biaggi (Aprilia) 5.338; 4. Rea (Honda) 5.517; 5. Laverty (Aprilia) 12.201; 6. Smrz (Ducati) 13.262; 7. Davies (Aprilia) 19.662; 8. Sykes (Kawasaki) 21.292; 9. Fabrizio (BMW) 21.450; 10. Haslam (BMW) 23.433; 11. Giugliano (Ducati) 23.696; 12. Guintoli (Ducati) 24.752; 13. Camier (Suzuki) 29.400; 14. Badovini (BMW) 31.222; 15. Baz (Kawasaki) 32.966; 16. Berger (Ducati) 35.409; etc.Race 2Melandri and Rea went 1-2 in the second race at Miller, which was halted, shortened to 18 laps, and then re-started late after an oil spill following a crash. The wait was worth it for the spectators as the last lap fight was tense and exciting right up until Melandri took his second win of 2012, by only 0.195 seconds. Biaggi was third and Davies fourth, easily the SBK rookie's best result of the year. Fifth was Sykes, sixth came Laverty, with Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) seventh. Early leader Carlos Checa was unlucky to fall and no score.Marco Melandri: "It was such a difficult race for me, I was lucky for sure when Carlos made a mistake. I was struggling a little bit with a full fuel tank but after 50% of the race it was getting better. When Johnny passed me he was much faster than me, and I lost a bit of concentration, so Max passed me and then Chaz Davies did as well. So I tried to stay calm, take my rhythm and try to get a good feeling to catch Johnny. I was very lucky because my engine was so strong so I could pass him on the straight. Otherwise for me it would have been really difficult to pass him. So a podium in race one and a win in race two is really unbelievable."Jonathan Rea: "Marco made some mistakes in the middle of the race and then I was making some mistakes at the end of the race. He was really strong but I am just so happy to come out of Miller with a fourth and a second. It is so nice to be here on the podium in America. I grew up watching AMA motocross and it was my dream to come to America and race. My team did a fantastic job. We have been lacking a little bit in a straight line but it is unbelievable everywhere else and I could really push to the maximum."Max Biaggi: "To come all the way to Utah and finish on the podium twice is not so bad, but my dream was to win a race. But there were some other guys who did a better job than me so third position is not so bad. I am not super happy, but not so bad."Results: 1. Melandri (BMW) 18 Laps/88.326 km in 32'56.257 average 160.897 kph; 2. Rea (Honda) 0.195; 3. Biaggi (Aprilia) 2.137; 4. Davies (Aprilia) 4.245; 5. Sykes (Kawasaki) 9.534; 6. Laverty (Aprilia) 9.798; 7. Giugliano (Ducati) 11.891; 8. Haslam (BMW) 12.715; 9. Smrz (Ducati) 13.017; 10. Guintoli (Ducati) 13.703; 11. Camier (Suzuki) 15.687; 12. Fabrizio (BMW) 21.923; 13. Badovini (BMW) 23.940; 14. Baz (Kawasaki) 24.051; 15. Berger (Ducati) 33.897; 16. Hopkins (Suzuki) 38.692; etc.Points (after 6 of 14 rounds): 1. Biaggi 160.5; 2. Melandri 142.5; 3. Sykes 142.5; 4. Rea 141; 5. Checa 130.5; 6. Haslam 103; 7. Guintoli 95; 8. Laverty 86; 9. Giugliano 64; 10. Smrz 61.5; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 195.5; 2. BMW 176; 3. Aprilia 171; 4. Kawasaki 148.5; 5. Honda 145; 6. Suzuki 48.5.

Source: http://www.fim-live.com/en/media/news/news-detail/article/1338273126-checa-up-and-down-as-melandri-wins-another/

Stefano Bianco Fabio Biliotti

Karel Abraham on Ducati against air fighter

Karel Abraham vs L-19 Dolphin vs Porsche 911

Karel Abraham showed to the crowd of spectators at Brno International Airport that he is faster that army jet L-19 Dolphin and Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driven by Champion of the Czech Republic Tomas Micanek

Karel Abraham said,  “It´s an exciting bike. I really would like to ride it at circuit - not only in straight. It didn´t seem to me to ride about 300 km/h. The runway is very wide, so you don´t feel the speed as at the race track.” 

Tomas Micanek said, “It´s a shame that I couldn´t drive fastest RSR version, because our mechanics were still working on it and preparing it for next race. I think that in this case we could see Porsche passing the finish line at the first place,” 

“Yes, and If I rode MotoGP Desmosedici, guess who´s the winner,” said Abarham.

Source: http://www.zimbio.com/MotoGP/articles/uULATfLVD_t/Karel+Abraham+Ducati+against+air+fighter

Giacomo Agostini Jack Ahearn

martes, 29 de mayo de 2012

25 Years of World Superbike: Roger Burnett

Roger Burnett

Recently inducted into the SBK Hall of Fame Roger Burnett was the first rider ever to score a pole position, at the opening round at his home circuit of Donington way back in 1988. He has, as rider, team consultant, rider manager and PR guru been part of SBK history almost every step of the way. With the memories of an epic Donington SBK weekend in 2012 permanently etched in the mind of all who were there to see it unfold, what better time to get the thoughts of an ‘old-time’ British ex-rider who still takes a keen interest in the modern day SBK paddock.

Q: How was the championship in the early years? Did you know it was going to be such a success?
A: I think there was a real excitement that global four-stroke racing was going to be on proper GP short circuits. Prior to SBK starting four-stroke racing was all about TT-F1, which took into consideration road tracks. So what we all got excited about was that and the fact that that it was going to be a full World championship of 12 rounds, with two races per event. That formula, back 25 years ago, was ahead of its day. Now MotoGP has had to go four-stroke so SBK was ahead. The formula of two races gives a fantastic day of entertainment, whether for the TV viewer of live spectator. Add in that the whole formula was production based, and therefore could be a real shop window or the manufacturers. That made it a brilliant, exciting, concept.

Q: How strong was the bond between racing and production machines?
A: The manufacturers joined in, with the first year of the Honda RC30 in 1988 a production-based model that we raced, then the Yamaha OW01 was in its infancy, so the manufacturers had models to promote and display – and hone into becoming better roadgoing products. I always understood in my racing career that I was privileged to be able to race bikes and the only reason I could do that I that people bought them for the road. So to be involved in the concept and initiation in a world championship that gave the roadbike audience something back was exciting and a real privilege. I absolutely love the Superbike World Championship and I love the people. There are people in there who have been there for 25 years. Racing is competition and with competition there can be a little bit of bitchiness from time-to-time, but generally speaking the camaraderie in the paddock and the atmosphere is so much better than the MotoGP paddock.

Q: Do you have any strong memories of those first races?
A: What was really surprising that Ducati wheeled out this bloody great big red thing in the first rounds; so noisy you could not believe it. Then Marco Lucchinelli jumps on it – and he was a god really. I do not know how old he is but in 1988 he was already pushing a decent age and he was a seasoned kind of racer. That Ducati was so good and it came from nowhere. Nobody anticipated that Ducati would have such a strong product for that championship from year one. And what has been proven is that they have had a strong, competitive product for the whole 25 years, which has been unbelievable.

Q: You did a lot of travelling in the early years, lots of fly-away rounds, so it must have been difficult to do all that even without the huge numbers of people in a modern-day SBK team?
A: We used to do a lot of it ourselves. Steve Parrish and I were always mates and when we did the back-to-back Canadian and American rounds we kind of shared travel together – because Steve was always good at organising and so on. We would freight the bikes over there, fly in from Europe, collect our bikes from the freight depot in a Ryder hire-truck, put our kit bikes into it at the other end – we did it ourselves with a forklift – and then drove to the first race. After that round we would re-pack the crate and drive down to America to the next round! In those days, across two teams, we had ten people – including the riders!

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Source: http://www.zimbio.com/MotoGP/articles/dwkXjz8LoHj/25+Years+World+Superbike+Roger+Burnett

Giacomo Agostini Jack Ahearn

25 Years of World Superbike: Roger Burnett

Roger Burnett

Recently inducted into the SBK Hall of Fame Roger Burnett was the first rider ever to score a pole position, at the opening round at his home circuit of Donington way back in 1988. He has, as rider, team consultant, rider manager and PR guru been part of SBK history almost every step of the way. With the memories of an epic Donington SBK weekend in 2012 permanently etched in the mind of all who were there to see it unfold, what better time to get the thoughts of an ‘old-time’ British ex-rider who still takes a keen interest in the modern day SBK paddock.

Q: How was the championship in the early years? Did you know it was going to be such a success?
A: I think there was a real excitement that global four-stroke racing was going to be on proper GP short circuits. Prior to SBK starting four-stroke racing was all about TT-F1, which took into consideration road tracks. So what we all got excited about was that and the fact that that it was going to be a full World championship of 12 rounds, with two races per event. That formula, back 25 years ago, was ahead of its day. Now MotoGP has had to go four-stroke so SBK was ahead. The formula of two races gives a fantastic day of entertainment, whether for the TV viewer of live spectator. Add in that the whole formula was production based, and therefore could be a real shop window or the manufacturers. That made it a brilliant, exciting, concept.

Q: How strong was the bond between racing and production machines?
A: The manufacturers joined in, with the first year of the Honda RC30 in 1988 a production-based model that we raced, then the Yamaha OW01 was in its infancy, so the manufacturers had models to promote and display – and hone into becoming better roadgoing products. I always understood in my racing career that I was privileged to be able to race bikes and the only reason I could do that I that people bought them for the road. So to be involved in the concept and initiation in a world championship that gave the roadbike audience something back was exciting and a real privilege. I absolutely love the Superbike World Championship and I love the people. There are people in there who have been there for 25 years. Racing is competition and with competition there can be a little bit of bitchiness from time-to-time, but generally speaking the camaraderie in the paddock and the atmosphere is so much better than the MotoGP paddock.

Q: Do you have any strong memories of those first races?
A: What was really surprising that Ducati wheeled out this bloody great big red thing in the first rounds; so noisy you could not believe it. Then Marco Lucchinelli jumps on it – and he was a god really. I do not know how old he is but in 1988 he was already pushing a decent age and he was a seasoned kind of racer. That Ducati was so good and it came from nowhere. Nobody anticipated that Ducati would have such a strong product for that championship from year one. And what has been proven is that they have had a strong, competitive product for the whole 25 years, which has been unbelievable.

Q: You did a lot of travelling in the early years, lots of fly-away rounds, so it must have been difficult to do all that even without the huge numbers of people in a modern-day SBK team?
A: We used to do a lot of it ourselves. Steve Parrish and I were always mates and when we did the back-to-back Canadian and American rounds we kind of shared travel together – because Steve was always good at organising and so on. We would freight the bikes over there, fly in from Europe, collect our bikes from the freight depot in a Ryder hire-truck, put our kit bikes into it at the other end – we did it ourselves with a forklift – and then drove to the first race. After that round we would re-pack the crate and drive down to America to the next round! In those days, across two teams, we had ten people – including the riders!

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Source: http://www.zimbio.com/MotoGP/articles/5aoKLqCfkrA/25+Years+World+Superbike+Roger+Burnett

Dario Ambrosini Ray Amm

lunes, 28 de mayo de 2012

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Johnny Bengtsson Angelo Bergamonti

Loss of passion, Casey Stoner Early Retirement

 Casey Stoner


Le Mans, France: MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner surprised the world by declaring exercise will be retired from MotoGP at the end of the season due to family reasons.

26-year-old rider, who has collected 35 victories on the MotoGP races during his career and led the standings while after winning two of three races this season, delivered remarks at a press conference on Thursday, before the session of the Grand Prix of France.

"After thinking for a long time and many discussions with my wife and family, I have decided to stop competing at the end of the season," said Repsol Honda team this star.

"After years of taking part in a sport that I love, and with all the sacrifices I have to do, I no longer have the passion to continue and I think it's better to stop," he said.

Stoner, who had become world champion MotoGP with Ducati in 2007, became a father for the first time in February when his wife, Adriana, gave birth to a baby girl.

However, he agreed that being a father has reduced her passion for motor racing. "People say you'll slow down when you get married, but in the first year I got married, I won the championship," he said.

Joining Stoner in the MotoGP class in 2006 with Honda satellite team having previously played in 125 cc class, its debut at Donington Circuit (2001) and 250 cc classes.

The option to move to Ducati team in 2007 bringing Stoner won the MotoGP series opener in Qatar, which is then followed by a victory which made it nine times world champion that year.

He moved to the Honda factory team last year and earned his second world championship circuit in Phillip Island, Australia, the country of origin, having previously won nine races that season.

2011 MotoGP Stoner ended the season with a finish in the top 10 Grand Prix of Valencia. "Casey has announced that 2012 will be his last year in MotoGP. Let's hope he has a fantastic year, "said Honda team in the Twitter account, on Thursday.

Source: http://www.zimbio.com/MotoGP/articles/0OqN9kMcmUn/Loss+passion+Casey+Stoner+Early+Retirement

Brian Ball Andrea Ballerini

domingo, 27 de mayo de 2012

AMA Press Release

Source: http://sportbikeblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/ama-press-release.html

Alessanro Brannetti Reiner Bratenstein

IOMTT: Kawasaki-Zytek ZX10ev Breaks Cover with 134hp, Six-Speed Gearbox, & Kawasaki Motors UK

With Honda’s electric motorcycle racing effort thinly disguised as the Mugen Shinden and getting a tremendous amount of attention, the motorcycle racing press missed the very subtle joint-entry by Zytek Automotive and Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing into the 2012 TT Zero. Already incorporating one of the most advanced technology groups in electric and hybrid automotive technology, as well as one of the top Isle of Man TT racing teams, the Kawasaki-Zytek ZX10ev race bike also benefits from another ...

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Hans Braumandl Dieter Braun

sábado, 26 de mayo de 2012

Harley-Davidson Swept Away During Japanese Tsunami is Headed to H-D Museum After Owner Refuses Its Return

It has been a month since we first reported about the Harley-Davidson motorcycle that washed up on Canadian soil, which was the first major piece of debris to hit North American soil from the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Remarkable in its own right, the American-made motorcycle was being stored in the back of box truck before the earthquake, and during the tsunami, the box separated from the vehicle and ended up floating across the Pacific ...

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Dennis Boulom Christian Bourgeois

New bikes tires, D616

SO some guy just stopped me on the road and wanted to talk tires with me. It dawned on me that I dont know anything about the tires on my new (to me) bike.
So I did a bit of searching and they seem to be a favorite for this bike or alteast when I google imaged the tires I saw a bunch of bikes like mine.

So anyone have actual real world experience on them?

Dunlop D616

http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.com/tire...ce/sport/d616/

Source: http://www.esportbike.com/forums/showthread.php?t=144755&goto=newpost

Paul Berwick Kees Besseling

viernes, 25 de mayo de 2012

Thursday Summary at Le Mans: On Stoner’s Retirement

It is hard to upstage Valentino Rossi. It takes something large, significant, to take the limelight away from the nine-time World Champion, and the man who has been the charismatic heart of MotoGP for the best part of 15 years. To do that, you have to “Go big or go home,” as British road racer Guy Martin likes to put it. At Le Mans, Casey Stoner upstaged Rossi. The press conference – usually a rather ...

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Willi Bertsch Paul Berwick

Rossi Enjoyed Fun Battle with Stoner

Valentino Rossi Le Mans 2012

Valentino Rossi finally on podium this year. On the wet Le Mans race, Rossi was strong on front group. the battle begin with 3 others, Stoner, Crutchlow, and Dovizioso. After Crutchlow and Dovizioso crashed, Rossi just focused to take over Stoner and he did on the last lap.

Rossi said, “I’m really, really happy. We knew we had a special opportunity in the wet today, so I tried to ride perfectly and not throw it away. I started well and immediately made up some positions, and then I passed the two Yamahas to get behind Stoner. I was able to match his pace, but then my visor started to fog and I had to slow down for a couple of laps until I was able to clear it by lifting it a little."

He continue, "Once I could see again, I re-passed Cal and then Dovi. When I realized that I could really push hard and that it was possible to catch Stoner again, I went for it. It was a great race and a nice, fun battle with Stoner to the last lap. I enjoyed myself and I’m happy for my team and all the guys at Ducati, who are working so hard for me. Now we must continue giving our all until we’re also able to be competitive in the dry. We found a good base to work from in Portugal, and it wasn’t bad in the dry here, either, although not as good as in the wet. Now our main goal is to take another step forward and make up some more tenths.”

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Source: http://www.zimbio.com/MotoGP/articles/0yWrLa-W0YI/Rossi+Enjoyed+Fun+Battle+Stoner

Andrea Ballerini Kork Ballington

jueves, 24 de mayo de 2012

2012 European Literbike Shootout - Video

Recently, we teased you with a sneak peak of our track impressions after riding the 2012 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC, BMW S1000RR and Ducati 1199 Panigale S at the fast and undulating Thunderhill Raceway with our friends at Keigwins at the Track.

We were genuinely impressed with all three machines, and our purely subjective ratings continually changed during the course of the day. Now, however, we've had a chance to ride our protagonists on the streets and highways, get dyno numbers, collect our thoughts and tabulate scores on the trusty MO scorecard.

More: 2012 European Literbike Shootout - Video on Motorcycle.com

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Kent Andersson George Andrews

WSBK: World Superbike from Asen 2010 Highlight Videos

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Gilbert Argo Manuel Arias

miércoles, 23 de mayo de 2012

25 Years of World Superbike: Roger Burnett

Roger Burnett

Recently inducted into the SBK Hall of Fame Roger Burnett was the first rider ever to score a pole position, at the opening round at his home circuit of Donington way back in 1988. He has, as rider, team consultant, rider manager and PR guru been part of SBK history almost every step of the way. With the memories of an epic Donington SBK weekend in 2012 permanently etched in the mind of all who were there to see it unfold, what better time to get the thoughts of an ?old-time’ British ex-rider who still takes a keen interest in the modern day SBK paddock.

Q: How was the championship in the early years? Did you know it was going to be such a success?
A: I think there was a real excitement that global four-stroke racing was going to be on proper GP short circuits. Prior to SBK starting four-stroke racing was all about TT-F1, which took into consideration road tracks. So what we all got excited about was that and the fact that that it was going to be a full World championship of 12 rounds, with two races per event. That formula, back 25 years ago, was ahead of its day. Now MotoGP has had to go four-stroke so SBK was ahead. The formula of two races gives a fantastic day of entertainment, whether for the TV viewer of live spectator. Add in that the whole formula was production based, and therefore could be a real shop window or the manufacturers. That made it a brilliant, exciting, concept.

Q: How strong was the bond between racing and production machines?
A: The manufacturers joined in, with the first year of the Honda RC30 in 1988 a production-based model that we raced, then the Yamaha OW01 was in its infancy, so the manufacturers had models to promote and display – and hone into becoming better roadgoing products. I always understood in my racing career that I was privileged to be able to race bikes and the only reason I could do that I that people bought them for the road. So to be involved in the concept and initiation in a world championship that gave the roadbike audience something back was exciting and a real privilege. I absolutely love the Superbike World Championship and I love the people. There are people in there who have been there for 25 years. Racing is competition and with competition there can be a little bit of bitchiness from time-to-time, but generally speaking the camaraderie in the paddock and the atmosphere is so much better than the MotoGP paddock.

Q: Do you have any strong memories of those first races?
A: What was really surprising that Ducati wheeled out this bloody great big red thing in the first rounds; so noisy you could not believe it. Then Marco Lucchinelli jumps on it – and he was a god really. I do not know how old he is but in 1988 he was already pushing a decent age and he was a seasoned kind of racer. That Ducati was so good and it came from nowhere. Nobody anticipated that Ducati would have such a strong product for that championship from year one. And what has been proven is that they have had a strong, competitive product for the whole 25 years, which has been unbelievable.

Q: You did a lot of travelling in the early years, lots of fly-away rounds, so it must have been difficult to do all that even without the huge numbers of people in a modern-day SBK team?
A: We used to do a lot of it ourselves. Steve Parrish and I were always mates and when we did the back-to-back Canadian and American rounds we kind of shared travel together – because Steve was always good at organising and so on. We would freight the bikes over there, fly in from Europe, collect our bikes from the freight depot in a Ryder hire-truck, put our kit bikes into it at the other end – we did it ourselves with a forklift – and then drove to the first race. After that round we would re-pack the crate and drive down to America to the next round! In those days, across two teams, we had ten people – including the riders!

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Juan Borja Sergio Boroncini

Australia hosts first ever Trial GP

This coming weekend, over thirty of the best Trial riders from across the globe will compete for glo...

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Jan Bäckstrom Chris Baert

martes, 22 de mayo de 2012

Luthi shines in Le Mans

Interwetten-Paddock's Tom L�thi put in a tremendous ride to take his season-first victory at the Mon...

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Stefan Brägger Vincent Braillard

Drivers will ?push hard from start to finish? in Monaco ? Pirelli | 2012 Monaco Grand Prix

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Pirelli say the low grip levels at Monaco means tyre conservation will be less of a concern for drivers this weekend - even with the super-soft.

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Douglas Beasley Daryl Beattie

domingo, 20 de mayo de 2012

To repeat

I still don't like those yellow walls at Charlotte. Maybe if they tried some kind of yellow & white stripe pattern like Darlington, it would be ok. ...

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Norman Black Kenny Blake

From Kimi Raikkonen to Casey Stoner ? An Interview with HRC?s Rhys Edwards

The longer I get to work in the MotoGP paddock, the more it strikes me how many talented people contribute to the show by working behind the curtain while a small percentage of personalities get most of the media attention. Rhys Edwards, whom you may recognize from his frequent position in Casey Stoner?s seat during shots of the Respol garage, is one of many people I?ve met who manage to perform roles of great responsibility ...

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Stuart Aspin Len Atlee

sábado, 19 de mayo de 2012

Stoner: We can Now Focus on the Rest of the Season

Casey Stoner Le Mans 2012

Casey Stoner dominate the 1st day session on Le Mans circuit. He told that everything was good. The setup is not a big problem to worry. The focus now is still fixing chatter issue, especially when they use the hard fornt tyre.

"The sessions today went quite well for us. Believe it or not, today we were trying to create chatter, so we can make the most use of this dry time on track to understand it a little better and make some improvements for the rest of the season." said Stoner.

Stoner continue, "We are happy to use some of the sessions to focus on fixing the chatter issue, and not worry about the set up immediately. We started to find some chatter at the end of the day when we switched to the hard front tyre and hopefully it will stay dry tomorrow so we can continue to work on this."

Talking about the retirement, Stoner said "After yesterday's announcement, I definitely felt a weight off my shoulders when I got on the bike this morning. The last two races I've had a lot of thoughts running through my mind and this weekend I already feel better knowing it's off my chest and we can now focus on the rest of the season, and try to enjoy it".

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František Bartoš Loek Bodelier

2012 Le Mans MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Thrilling Session Sees Pole Decided In Final Moments

Results and summary of the qualifying practice session for the MotoGP class at Le Mans:

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Gino Borsoi Luca Boscoscuro

viernes, 18 de mayo de 2012

Flashback Le Mans 2011: Stoner Win, Rossi Got Podium

Le Mans MotoGP Podium 2012

France GP last year on Le Mans circuit named Casey Stoner as the winner. Dovizioso and Rossi also filled the podium. For Stoner, the Le Mans 2011 victory was the 2nd victory on 2011, but for Rossi, it was the 1st podium ever since he joined Ducati. Valentino Rossi only got 1 podium with Ducati until now.

The 2011 race was started with Casey Stoner as pole man. Casey Stoner was dominate all Le Mans session, from FP1 till race. Marco Simoncelli and Andrea Dovizioso was also started from front row. While Valentino Rossi the 3rd winner, started from 9th position on 3rd row. Honda's riders, Stoner, Pedrosa, Simoncelli and Dovizioso lead the race after start. In the middle of the race, Stoner made gap and the battle was begin between Dani Pedrosa and Marco Simoncelli for 2nd place. 

Pedrosa was crashed after an incident involved Simoncelli, and Pedrosa got a collarbone injury after. 6 laps before race over, the race direction was gave penalty to Simoncelli. Simoncelli from 2nd place, had to  enter the pit and down to 7th. But Simoncelli finally finished on 5th. 

On the 3rd group, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso, and Valentino Rossi were looked for 3rd place. After penalty given to Simoncelli, Rossi goes 2nd, and Dovizioso and Lorenzo were still tailing him. 4 laps before finish line, Lorenzo was wide. Rossi and Dovizioso made gap to Lorenzo. On the next lap, Dovizioso took over Rossi and got the 2nd place on race. Rossi was finished 3rd.

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Gerhard Bauer Manfred Baumann

Stoner: Hondas and Yamahas will be Competitive at Le Mans

Casey Stoner estoril 2012

Casey Stoner lead the championship for now, only 1 poin from Jorge Lorenzo. On Le Mans last year, Stoner took the victory. Now Stoner come to Le Mans still with chatter and arm pump problem.

Stoner said, ?The past two tracks have not historically been my best, but I've managed wins at both of them, so I'm hoping we can go to Le Mans and be competitive again. I've had some mixed results there in the past. 

Speaking about the circuit character, he continue, "The track layout is unique, it's a little stop-start with a lot of braking and I think this year both the Hondas and Yamahas will be competitive there. It was disappointing that the weather in Estoril on Monday prevented us from testing. We need to work on the chatter issue we have on the bike, so let's hope we have some dry sessions from day one in Le Mans so we can get out on track and work on it.?


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Alex Barros Geoff Barry

jueves, 17 de mayo de 2012

2010 World Superbike Season Begins With Closest WSBK Finish Ever

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Gianfranco Bonera Bruno Bonhuil

Video: The Best Highside Save Ever?

During the second AMA Pro Supersport qualifying session at Sears Point, #422 Genki Hagata had a moment that every motorcycle racer knows all too well: a highside. Still completing his out-lap, Hagata’s Yamaha YZF-R6 lost traction at the rear wheel, and then abruptly regained it, which for most riders would usually mean an ejection seat straight into the kitty litter, but not for Genki. Holding onto the bars throughout the incident, Hagata avoided crashing (again, ...

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Hans Baltisberger Carlo Bandirola

miércoles, 16 de mayo de 2012

30% of Honda?s Business to Come from India by 2020

As several of our readers pointed out in the latest financial report from Honda, The United States, and North America as a whole, represent just a very small portion of Big Red’s total volume of motorcycle sales. For Honda’s 2011 fiscal year, North America sold a whopping 1.6% of the company’s total motorcycle inventory, while Asia accounted for nearly 79% of Honda’s total sales. While Honda and other motorcycle manufacturers certainly makes better margins on ...

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Brian Ball Andrea Ballerini

2012 Donington World Superbikes - Superpole results

Superpole 1 was, for the first time in a while, a dry Superpole, meaning three sessions, with 12 going through from the first one, and 8 qualifying for the last.

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Raffaele Alberti Josef Albisser

lunes, 14 de mayo de 2012

Fernandez and Leib winners of the qualifying races

The Mexican Grand Prix started today at Nicolas Espa�a's track in Guadalajara and Rodolfo Fern�ndez ...

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Pierluigi Aldrovanti Alejandro Aleman

Effenbert boycott Donington WSBK

Effenbert Liberty Racing have decided not to bring their hospitality suite, the largest in the paddock, to the European World Superbike round at Donington. While Liberty Racing will support Sylvain Guintoli, Jakub Smr? and Maxime Berger this weekend, they will do so without their sponsor's hospitality.

They say they are doing this as a protest against what they believe was favouritism shown by the WSBK organisers towards certain riders at the weather-beleaguered World Superbike round at Monza last weekend.

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Adrian Bernetic Manfred Bernsee