Earlier this week, we wrote about BMW inviting some special guests to witness the start of production for its R nineT roadster. Along with a couple of German celebrities such as television chef Horst Lichter and actor Ronald Zehrfeld, the guests included custom motorcycle shop Urban Motor.
BMW tasked Urban Motor with creating the first custom R nineT to highlight the motorcycle’s potential. The result is what Urban Motor calls the “Track Grinder”.
Urban Motor handcrafted a new aluminum tank, side covers and fairing for the nineT, adding a three-tone color scheme. The painted circles on the bikini fairing give the illusion of a headlight; the actual light is mounted underneath the fairing. Another unique feature is the Motogadget Motoscope display composed of red LED pixels.
Other features include an Alcantara leather seat, Gilles Tooling handlebars, and LED taillight.
[Source: Urban Motor]
Ever wonder how a two-time MotoGP Champion lives? Pretty well it turns out, as we see in a new video released by Monster Energy and DirtShark.com shows. Jorge Lorenzo let DirtShark.com into his beautiful mansion in Barcelona, Spain, to show where the 2010 and 2012 MotoGP Champion calls home.
The 12,917 sq-ft. home on the Mediterranean has four bedrooms, five bathrooms, two heated swimming pools and two hot tubs – including one on the rooftop. In the basement is a large gym with a full boxing ring where Lorenzo does his daily workouts. Other amenities include a home theater, billiard room and a discoteque.
“I don’t party so much because … I’m a good boy,” says Lorenzo. “But sometimes when I win some races, I throw a party.”
And of course, there’s Lorenzo’s motorcycle collection. In the garage, he keeps a Yamaha R1, a TMax, a couple of dirt bikes. Lorenzo also has his two championship-winning Yamaha M1 racebikes, but they hold a special place in his home, close to his two MotoGP trophies.
Opulent? Definitely. But if you’re a 26-year-old two-time World Champion making about $6 million a year, this is probably how you’d live too.GA_googleFillSlot("MCL_com_Pre-Roll");
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Harley-Davidson has opened its first dealership in Vietnam, the world’s fourth largest market for motorcycles.
Located in Phu My Hung in District 7 of Ho Chi Minh City, the new Harley-Davidson of Saigon opened its doors this past weekend with a full lineup of 27 models.
Vietnam is one of the world’s largest markets with sales of 3.1 million two-wheelers in 2012, trailing only China, India and Indonesia. Almost all of those are small displacement vehicles however, as most residents were restricted to engines smaller than 175cc. Large displacement motorcycles weren’t even legal until 2007. That will all soon change, as the Vietnamese government is removing license restrictions on March 1, 2014, opening up the market to manufacturers.
Suzuki, Ducati and KTM have all entered the Vietnam market in recent years, and Harley-Davidson is joining their ranks, ready for the expected floodgates to open on a large and mostly untapped market. As in many markets, the Harley-Davidson brand carries a lot of cachet in Vietnam, initially brought to the country in the ’60s by American soldiers.
Prices range from VND336 million (US$15,900) for Sportsters to VND1.17 billion (US$55,400) for Touring models.
[Source: Thanh Nien Daily]
With the holiday season upon us, there’s bound to be that one person on your list who you never know what to get. If you’re still stumped on what to get that special someone, head to Alpinestars HQ in Torrance, CA this Saturday, December 7th, from 9am – 3pm, for their parking lot holiday sale.
This year, everything from men’s, women’s and youth clothes will be offered at killer discounts with moto suits and protective gear at wholesale prices. There will even be gear on sale for the four-wheel enthusiasts in your life, too.
A live DJ will provide entertainment, and a few food trucks will be on site to make sure no one goes hungry. Cash and credit card will be accepted, and all sales are final. For more information, including directions, check out the main image above or log onto www.alpinestars.com
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More and more manufacturers are entering the small-displacement sportbike market and AMA Pro Racing has taken notice, opening the possibility of adding a new racing class representing the growing segment.
With plans to consolidate the Daytona Sportbike and Supersport classes and the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series signed through 2015, a spot will open up on race weekends for another racing class to support the premier Superbike Championship. The logical choice is to introduce a new small-displacement class.
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“To complete the progressive class structure in 2015, AMA Pro Racing is investigating the potential of adding an entry-level division showcasing the smaller-displacement machines which are currently in large demand in showrooms across North America,” says a statement from AMA Pro Racing.
This potential new class could potentially include models such as the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Honda CBR250R (and its replacement the CBR300R) as well as new models to come such as the Yamaha R25, KTM RC390 and Triumph‘s new 250.
Small-displacement classes are fairly common in other national and international road racing series. The Canadian Superbike series has included a Honda CBR250R series for a few years now while the World Superbike Championship has its European Junior Cup which has used various models including the Honda CBR500R this past season.
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Those two examples were spec racing series with all competitors running similar machines. It’s not clear however whether AMA Pro Racing’s plans will be open to different machines or if it plans to field offers from manufacturers for a single-make series.
[Source: AMA Pro Racing]
AMA Pro Racing announced plans to combine its Daytona Sportbike and Supersport classes into a single category by the 2015 season.
The two classes currently share many similarities including engine displacement regulations, minimum weight limits and eligible machines. The Supersport class has more restrictions on modifications and are limited to a maximum top speed of 165 mph while Daytona Sportbike machines are allowed to reach speeds up to 170 mph. Supersport races also run for only 35 mile sprints while Daytona Sportbike races run for 50 miles (with the exception of the Daytona 200.)
By 2015, the two classes will be consolidated into a single middleweight category, bringing AMA Pro Racing more in line with other national racing series and the FIM World Supersport Championship. The 2014 season will be a transition year that will see the Supersport class combine its East and West divisions to form a single national championship.
The new middleweight class will likely mean the end of AMA Pro Racing’s often confusing engine displacement rules. Internationally, Supersport racebikes must use four-cylinder engines between 400cc and 600cc; Triples displacing 500cc to 675cc and Twins between 600cc and 750cc.
In the U.S. however, the Sportbike and Supersport classes designed more around power to weight ratios, with four-cylinder bikes weighing less than 355 pounds, Triples weighing less than 360 pounds and Twins no more than 375 pounds. In practice, this resulted in a wide range of engine configurations from 600cc Inline-Fours to 1125cc Twins.
The disparity was most apparent in 2009, when Danny Eslick won the Daytona Sportbike Championship on a Buell 1125R, scoring just five points ahead of Josh Herrin whose Yamaha YZF-R6 had an engine with nearly half the displacement. The big Twins have disappeared in recent seasons, with the 2013 grid consisting almost entirely by 600cc Inline-Fours with a couple of Triumph Daytona 675s and an odd Ducati 848.
AMA Pro Racing hasn’t provided any specifics, though we expect the rules will be more inline with the international rules.
[Source: AMA Pro Racing]
The sudden and tragic death of Kurt Caselli during this year’s Baja 1000 has had a big impact on the motorcycle community. An immensely talented competitor and champion, Caselli was a rising star in his prime and was destined for greatness. A three-time AMA Hare & Hound champion, WORCS champion, and ISDE gold medalist, Caselli even won a two stages in the Dakar Rally in his first attempt last year.
Indeed, Caselli’s passing can be felt far and wide. If you never had a chance to fully understand what made Caselli not only a great rider, but a better human being, check out KTM‘s touching tribute video below, in which a few members of the KTM family reflect on the life and career of a man whose time was cut entirely too short.
Rest in peace, Kurt. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends, and loved ones.
Indian manufacturer Hero MotoCorp is teaming up with electronic fuel injection expert Magneti Marelli in a new joint venture. Hero will hold a 60% share in the company with Magenti Marelli controlling the other 40%. The two companies are initially investing a combined US$8.5 million into the joint venture, with a planned investment of US$27 million total over the next ten years.
The new company, to be called HMC-MM Auto Ltd., will develop new EFI systems for Hero that will help improve performance and fuel efficiency while meeting various emissions standards around the world. The technology will also allow Hero motorcycles to have proper fueling to meet the needs of different climates, altitudes. At the moment, the Karizma ZMR (pictured above) is the only Hero model equipped with fuel injection.
Advanced fuel injecting systems will also allow Hero motorcycles to add other new technologies including ride-by-wire throttle, control, selectable fueling maps and traction control. Hero will also be able to adapt its products for markets such as Brazil where gasoline and ethanol flex-fuel motorcycles are common-place.
“This is one of the most important areas in various technologies involved in making of better fuel-efficient, environment friendly modern engines,” says Pawan Munjal, managing director and chief executive officer of Hero MotoCorp. “Fuel technology has undergone a major shift over the past two decades. The advances in electronics and control technology, which have become smarter and real time, have given a very useful tool in the hands of engine designers to precisely optimize fuel supply for control of output performance, emissions, fuel consumption and usage of certain fuel blends.”
The joint venture is an important step for Hero which intends to increase its presence into other markets including North America where its motorcycles will be distributed by Erik Buell Racing. The deal with Magneti Marelli will be the company’s first joint venture since Hero’s split with former partner Honda.
For Magneti Marelli, the joint venture will see its technology equipped by the world’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer.
“The scope of this agreement is quite significant for Magneti Marelli as our partner in this JV is the world’s largest manufacturer of two-wheelers,” says Eugenio Razelli, CEO, Magneti Marelli. “The aim is to partner with Hero MotoCorp in order to equip with advanced powertrain solutions all Hero motorcycles and scooters, and indeed most two-wheelers circulating in a country where current sales are already close to 15 million units per year. We are also proud to be able to contribute to initiating a technological revolution in favour of sustainable mobility for two-wheeled vehicles as well, in one of the most important markets in the world.”
[Source: Hero MotoCorp]
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KTM announced its 2014 AMA Supercross team, with reigning 250SX West Champion Ken Roczen joining Ryan Dungey on the 450 class team. The two will form a formidable one-two punch for the Red Bull KTM factory team as it hopes to unseat three-time champion Ryan Villopoto of Kawasaki.
“Next year’s competition is going to be tough with several young, fast and talented riders entering the 450 class,” says Dungey who has finished third for three straight seasons after winning the title in 2010. “The competition is strong which pushes us all to step up and ride faster. This will be my third season with Red Bull KTM and KTM is pushing to win a US Supercross Championship. My goal will be to win as many races as possible and consistently finish on the podium to work toward earning that title.”
Roczen won the 2013 250SX West title for KTM with three wins and five second-place results. The German racer has competed in the 450 class before on a KTM 350SX-F, but for 2014 he’ll be riding the 450SX-F Factory Edition which was developed specifically for Dungey.
“I’m really looking forward to stepping up to the 450 in both Supercross and Motocross classes next year,” says Roczen. “I feel really good riding the bigger bike. I know the competition will be tough but my goal is to battle up front each week. I’ve changed a lot of things in my program so I can run up front.”
Marvin Musquin returns to race for KTM in the 250SX East series. Musquin finished second in 2013, winning four main events but falling three points short of Honda rider Willaim Hahn. Taking Roczen’s place in the 250SX West series is Dean Ferris. The newcomer spent the last two seasons in the European MX GP series and won an MX2 class race for Australia at the Motocross des Nations. Musquin and Ferris will ride the KTM 250SX-F.
“With such a talented group of riders; Ryan and Ken both contesting the 450 competition and Marvin joined by Dean in the 250 competition, I really think 2014 is going to be an exciting year for KTM. Ryan and Ken have both made a lot of changes to their personal programs to put them in the best place possible mentally and physically heading into the start of Supercross season,” says Roger de Coster, Red Bull KTM team manager.
“I’m really glad we were able to add a fourth rider to the squad. With Ken moving up, it’s good for Marvin to have a teammate to train alongside as he works toward finishing one better and winning the East Coast SX title. I was very impressed with Dean’s speed at the Motocross des Nations this year and I’m interested to see what he can do in the outdoors. Having only just arrived in the US a month before the start of the Supercross season, the upcoming series will more or less be a learning season for him with higher expectations for 2015.”
Real road racers have balls the size of melons. Whether it’s blazing past Isle of Man neighborhoods at speeds nearing 200 mph, or dragging shoulders on the walls of the famed street circuit at Macau, the guys who do this are nuts, and we love them for it.
This year, veteran IOM and Macau competitor Mark Miller (and teammate Brandon Cretu) got the special opportunity to pilot fully race-prepped EBR 1190RS machines around Macau for the Splitlath Redmond racing team. They stuck a camera to the side of the bike to capture the intensity and bar-bashing nature of the race as well. This is the result.
As you can see in the video below, Miller is in the thick of the action as he qualified in 20th place. He gets off to a good start, but loses some positions as he avoids a crash in front of him. From there, watch him pick apart the other riders en route to his 11th place finish.
Some interesting things to note:
- The 1190RS has a great V-Twin rumble at full song!
- It also seems to lack top-end power compared to its four-cylinder rivals (watch it suffer on the long straight).
- Miller makes up quite a bit of ground under braking and with corner speed.
- Real road racers are every bit as aggressive once the green flag drops as short circuit racers. Check out the close passing!
The first production models of the BMW R nineT roadster have rolled off the assembly line in Berlin. The R nineT is a special model for BMW, representing the company’s 90 years in the motorcycle industry, so it’s no surprise the start of production was made with much fanfare.
BMW invited 100 guests including the team from German customization studio Urban Motor to watch assembly of the first three units of the R nineT including the final dynamometer testing where more than 1,000 different parameters are measured before a motorcycle can be released.
Guests also saw how the R nineT’s air-cooled boxer engines are produced in parallel beside the new liquid-cooled engine equipped in the current R1200GS and R1200RT models. BMW demonstrated fine details such as the aluminum nameplate riveted to the steering head and the process of applying the black lacquer finish to the aluminum fuel tank. The entire process involves 21 employees and 14 assembly cycles.
Project Manager Roland Strocker and his team demonstrated the R nineT’s customization potential, setting up a workshop display where they could alter the bike’s character by installing various accessories.
As a former student, and later instructor, at the Yamaha Champions Riding School, it pained me to learn that the program has ceased operation. However, the school’s loss could be your gain, as Miller Motorsports Park will be holding a garage sale this weekend to move many of the assets from the school — yes, that includes motorcycles.
The sale will be held this Saturday, December 7, in Team Garage 1004 at Miller Motorsports Park. Items for sale will include many of the school’s motorcycles, including Yamaha YZF-R1, YZF-R6, FZ1 and FZ8 models, plus helmets, Alpinestars boots, gloves and leathers, and a large assortment of Yamaha parts.
The motorcycles have been meticulously maintained by the Race Shop at Miller Motorsports Park; most of them have very low mileage and are like new. Although some of the riding gear is three years old, the remainder is brand-new and in perfect condition.
For industry and Miller Motorsports Park employees, the sale will last from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The sale then opens to the general public from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cash and credit cards will be the only accepted forms of payment. All sales will be final, with no warranties expressed or implied.
For information about Miller Performance, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit www.MillerPerformanceUSA.com.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall for 2,475 units of the 2012 BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL in the U.S. because of a software problem causing engines to stall. A similar recall was previously announced in Canada but we now have more information about the problem.
According to documents released by NHTSA, the calibration threshold for the throttle valve control software is overly sensitive. In certain conditions, the engine control unit may receive an incorrect signal, causing the ECU to enter a fail safe mode which limits engine speed to about 2000 rpm, which may cause some engines to stall.
BMW first received reports of a stalling K1600GT in August 2011 in Europe. Later that year, BMW obtained that K1600GT to investigate the cause for the engine stalling. By the end of 2011, BMW had received six more similar complaints from Europe and one from the U.S. In January 2012, BMW received a report of a customer injuring his knee after his motorcycle stalled while attempting a U-turn.
While investigating these stalling issues, BMW initiated an unrelated review of its K1600GT and GTL because of engines entering fail safe mode. BMW learned the throttle valve software was identical to that used in a different model, though it uses a different throttle valve design than the K1600 models. This led to the conclusion the calibration was overly sensitive for the K1600′s valves.
At the time, BMW did not make a connection between the fail safe mode and the engine stalling reports. In March 2012, BMW released a software update to new production models to correct his issue. Meanwhile, more reports came in from previously produced models. By May, BMW had received a total of 13 complaints from Europe, one in Australia and three from the U.S.
It wasn’t until October 2013 that BMW engineers were able to confirm the fail safe model and stalling issues were one and the same, leading to the recall.
BMW dealers will notify owners and provide a free throttle control software update.
Darvill Racing, the Isle of Man based team, will run two factory-supported privateer Brammo machines in the 2014 FIM eRoadRacing World Cup. One will be prepared in Prototype 2 (P2) form, while the other in eSuperStock (eSS) trim. The team will also field additional entries in national championships. Both bikes will be based on Brammo’s successful Empulse R street sports bike.
Preparation of the team’s first TTXP2 racer is currently underway, where it will then take on an extensive winter testing program before the team makes its FIM eRoadRacing debut at Circuit Zolder in Belgium in May. The team is currently in discussion with several guest ‘star’ riders and is expected to announce its line-up and main sponsor shortly.
“We’ve been considering a switch to ebikes for a while now and feel that the time is right for us to take on this new challenge,” said Team Principal Alex Aitchison.
“The championship rules allow privately run teams like ours to compete on a level playing field and we are confident that we have the experience and resources to step up and contribute to what is one of the world’s most exciting race series.”
To learn more, visit www.Brammo.com.
We should have seen the writing on the wall earlier. The eRoadRacing series cut its ties to its Australian arm before the start of the end of the 2012 season, and now they’ve done it again, announcing plans to focus its efforts solely in Europe for 2014 and beyond. All is not lost, however, as one of the series’ former competitors, Arthur Kowitz, has created a new playground for American e-bike racers — the U.S. eMotoRacing Series.
Held in conjunction with the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA), races will be held at many of the nation’s finest racetracks like Barber Motorsports Park, Daytona International Speedway, Grattan Raceway, Miller Motorsports Park, New Jersey Motorsports Park, NOLA Motorsports Park, Road America, Roebling Road Raceway, Sonoma Raceway, and Willow Springs International Raceway.
Much like traditional gas-powered racing, the series will be split into two classes, the eGrandPrix class for 100% prototype machines from companies like Motoczysz, Lightning and Brammo, and the eSuperSport class, aimed at production-based racers and race-prepped, electric-powered street bikes. Currently, the two most popular entries for this class are projected to be the Zero SR and Brammo Empulse TTX. Both classes give participants the opportunity to showcase and develop new technologies, while enjoying relatively affordable racing.
According to Kowitz, licensing requirements will mirror those required by AHRMA, and racers will have significantly more track time than previously allotted with eRR. “A typical weekend will start on Friday with four practice sessions, then Saturday will have a practice session and a race, and Sunday with have another practice session and another race.” Kowitz continues, “there might be a few events that are compressed into two days. And there might be some events that don’t get four sessions on Friday, it really depends on entries in the classes. Races should be about six laps. In total, that is substantially more track time than we got in 2013.”
Much of the rulebook is still being finalized, but the series could potentially allow much more freedom for e-bike pioneers to showcase their talents. “I’m pushing for allowing different technologies such as KERS and such, which were banned in TTXGP and eRoadracing,” says Jeremiah Johnson, fellow e-bike racer and advisor to Kowitz. “During the TTXGP and eRoadracing days, I heard people saying they didn’t want to race because these things were banned. So I want to take away the excuses and also give them a venue to test their theories.”
Again, depending on the number of entries, it’s entirely possible for gas bikes and electrics to be on track at the same time. Says Kowitz,”if this happens, the gas and electrics will be scored separately.”
Keep it here for the latest developments from the U.S. eMotoRacing Series. For now, here is the provisional 2014 AHRMA roadracing schedule:
2/28-3/2 Roebling Road Raceway, Bloomingdale, GA
3/28-30 NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, LA
4/25-27 Willow Springs International Raceway, Rosamond, CA
5/1-2 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA
6/6-8 Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
6/13-15 Grattan Raceway, Belding, MI
7/11-13 New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ
8/29-31 Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT
10/9-12 Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL
10/17-19 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
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The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, visited Britain’s largest motorcycle show, Motorcycle Live, at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham. The visit saw the Duke astride numerous motorcycle models including UK icons Norton and Triumph as well as a Ducati 1199 Superleggera (one of the few men able to afford the $70,000 rarity).
During his visit Prince William enjoyed a display of off-road riding – one of nine opportunities for visitors to ride at Motorcycle Live, eight of which are inside the halls of the NEC. He also met Dean Linehan, exhibitions director of MCI Exhibitions, the company that organizes the annual motorcycle exhibition.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge to Motorcycle Live,” said Linehan. ”We know he likes motorcycles and that he rides when he can, but he showed a great knowledge of and appreciation for the UK’s motorcycle industry, which employs more than 80,000 people and will generate around £7.5 billion for the British economy this year.
The Prince’s visit ended with the presentation of a wooden balance bike, complete with special graphics, intended for Prince George of Cambridge – the Duke’s four-month-old son – although the younger prince may have to wait another year or so before he can ride it.
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French manufacturer Voxan revealed a new electric motorcycle at the Salon de la Moto show in Paris. Boasting claims of 200 hp and 147.8 ft-lb., the Voxan Wattman is vying for the mantle of the world’s most powerful electric motorcycle.
The Wattman is the company’s first electric motorcycle, with Voxan moving away from its previous V-Twin engined gas chuggers, thanks to its new owner, electric automaker Venturi Automobiles.
Engineered in Monaco and produced in France, the Voxan Wattman claims a top speed of 170 kph (105 mph) with a 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) time of 3.4 seconds and 0-160 kph (0-99 mph) time of 5.9 seconds. Those are impressive acceleration times considering the claimed weight of 772 pounds.
Much of that weight is made up by the 12.8 kWh lithium-ion battery which Voxan claims can provide a range of 111 miles. The Wattman is equipped with a European quick charge Combo II socket which Voxan claims can provide an 80% charge in less than 30 minutes.
The battery pack and motor casing form most of the Wattman’s aluminum “exoskeleton” chassis. The rear suspension is a four-link double-swingarm system with two horizontally-aligned shocks, while a more conventional 43mm upside-down fork is used up front.
The front brake uses four 230mm discs with four-piston calipers from Beringer, similar to the front brake on the Brough Superior SS100. Beringer also supplies the 230mm rotor and two-piston caliper for the rear brake.
The 18-inch carbon fiber wheels are equipped with Michelin Commander II tires, with a 130/70 rubber up front and a wide 240/40 at the back.
Voxan plans to produce a small number of Wattman motorcycles on a made-to-order basis. No pricing details were revealed.
Retired Grand Prix racer Doriano Romboni suffered fatal injuries in a crash during practice for benefit race in memory of Marco Simoncelli.
Romboni, 44, reportedly lost control during the second practice session at the second-annual Sic Supermoto Day, running into the grass before swerving back onto the track and into the path of Gianluca Vizziello. Romboni was air-lifted to Santa Maria Goretti hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The accident was tragically reminiscent of the crash that claimed the life of Simoncelli at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang, Malaysia.
A number of notable racers were taking part in Sic Supermoto day including Max Biaggi, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Bostrom and Troy Corser.
Romboni raced in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc Grand Prix World Championships from 1989-1998, accumulating six wins and 22 podiums in 101 races. His best season came in 1994, finishing fourth overall in the 250cc class with eight podium finishes including a victory at Laguna Seca. In 1999, Romboni moved over to the World Superbike Championship, racing parts of a few seasons.
“In Doriano we lost a valuable rider, a person of great worth and an esteemed technician, who was loved and appreciated by the motorcycle racing community,” says Paolo Sesti, president of the Italian Motorcycling Federation.
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British manufacturer Hesketh Motorcycles is producing an all-new model honoring the brand’s Formula One roots. The new Hesketh 24 features a massive 1950cc V-Twin engine and will be available in the U.K. in February.
If you aren’t familiar with the Hesketh brand, we don’t blame you. The company was founded in 1980 by Lord Alexander Hesketh, a British politican and baron after his F1 race-winning team folded. Hesketh Motorcycles developed a handful of models in small numbers, most notably the Hesketh V1000. The company has shifted from owner to owner before being acquired by current owner Paul Sleeman in 2010.
Not only is Hesketh 24 the first new model under Sleeman’s ownership, it’s also the first new model from the brand in this century. Hesketh will only produce 24 units of the model but is developing other new models including a two-seat version.
The Hesketh 24 is powered by a nearly two-liter 56-degree V-Twin engine claiming 118 hp. If the size of the engine isn’t unusual enough, Hesketh says the 6-gallon fuel tank is mounted below the engine.
Other features include Ohlins suspension, Brock’s Performance BST carbon fiber wheels and Beringer brakes.
The paint scheme is inspired by Hesketh’s F1 race car that James Hunt drove to victory in the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix. A circuit map of the Zandvoort track where Hesketh tasted its only victory is drawn on the side, though oddly, Hesketh used the track’s current layout instead of the completely different track layout actually used in the 1975 race.
The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) has released a provisional schedule for the 2014 World Superbike Championship. The 2014 calendar calls for 13 rounds – one fewer than last year – and has a couple of notable changes from this past season.
Gone are the United Kingdom’s Silverstone circuit, Monza in Italy, Germany’s Nurburgring and Turkey’s Istanbul Park while India’s Buddh International Circuit will again be M.I.A. New for 2014 are Malaysia’s Sepang circuit, Italy’s Misano and Phakisa Freeway in South Africa. Laguna Seca will continue to be the lone U.S. stop on the WSBK tour, though the round is still subject to contract.
One more round scheduled for Nov. 2, though no location was announced. The FIM says it will be “overseas” which presumably means outside of Europe. Buddh may yet have a chance to fill that final round, though somewhere in South America may also be a possibility.
The 2014 season is tentatively scheduled to start Feb. 23 at Australia’s Phillip Island circuit. A long wait will follow before the second round at Spain’s Aragon circuit on April 13. The July 13 Laguna Seca round precedes the next long break before resuming Sept. 7 at Jerez in Spain.
The World Supersport class will run in every round except Laguna Seca. Superstock 1000 will race at seven rounds.
Provisional 2014 WSBK Calendar:Date Country Circuit WSBK WSS STK February 23 Australia Phillip Island X X April 13 Spain Aragon X X X April 27 The Netherlands Assen X X X May 11 Italy Imola X X X May 25 U.K. Donington X X June 8 Malaysia Sepang (Subject to Contract) X X June 22 Italy Misano X X X July 6 Portugal Portimao X X X July 13 U.S.A. Laguna Seca (Subject to Contract) X Sept. 7 Spain Jerez X X X Sept. 21 Russia Moscow Raceway X X Oct. 5 France Magny Cours X X X Oct. 19 South Africa Phakisa (Subject to Contract) X X Nov. 2 Overseas To be confirmed X X
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