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MotoGP: Pedrosa signs two-year test deal with KTM

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Dani Pedrosa has signed a two-year deal with Red Bull KTM to be the manufacturer’s MotoGP test rider for 2019-2020.

The three times champion and thirteen-season premier class veteran will work alongside Mika Kallio developing the KTM RC16 for what will be the motorcycle’s third year of Grand Prix competition.

 

 

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New kit: Alpinestars Limited Edition Stoner Supertech R boot

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The Australian MotoGP race weekend at the legendary Phillip Island circuit is synonymous with one rider, two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner. The Australian took six consecutive premier class wins at his home Grand Prix during his illustrious career, and to celebrate this remarkable achievement Alpinestars has created the Limited Edition Stoner Supertech R Race Replica.

The Stoner Limited Edition Supertech R recognizes Stoner’s racing success, his style and his devastating speed. Featuring all of the technical innovations of Alpinestars’ class-leading Supertech R boot, the special colorway allows fans to enjoy a distinctive, premium race boot fit packed with cutting edge performance innovations, including a redesigned compound rubber sole, an ergonomically profiled shin plate and a redesigned front flex area.

Stoner burst onto the MotoGP scene in 2006, taking pole in just his second race as he established himself as one of the quickest riders on the grid. He dominated the championship the following season, taking tens race wins and six pole positions on his way to giving Ducati their first premier crown.

Stoner added another MotoGP title in 2011 and finished his career with 38 wins, 69 podiums, 39 pole positions and 29 fastest laps from his 115 race starts

New kit: Alpinestars launches Limited Edition Doohan Supertech R boot

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The San Marino MotoGP race weekend at the iconic Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli holds fond memories for five-time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan; the Australian won at the track in 1991 and enjoyed another five victories on Italian soil throughout his illustrious career.

Mick dominated racing’s premier class until 1998, winning five consecutive world titles, and to celebrate this incredible feat Alpinestars has created the Limited Edition Doohan Supertech R Race Replica.

The Doohan Limited Edition Supertech R’s are a fitting tribute to Doohan’s achievements on the track. Featuring all of the technical innovations of Alpinestars’ class-leading Supertech R boot, the special colorway allows fans to enjoy a distinctive, premium race boot fit for Champions.

New Kit – Alpinestars John McGuinness Limited Edition Supertech R Boot

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The Mountain Course; legendary, iconic and one of the ultimate challenges in motorsports. 37 and a half miles of everyday street tarmac that snakes through stone-wall lined country lanes, along tree tunneled straights, through usually sleepy towns and over the foreboding mountain roads of the Isle of Man at full throttle. A rugged, windswept island setting that sits in the middle of the Irish Sea which, for over 110 years, has been the greatest test of rider and machine at the annual TT races.

To complete the TT course is special, to win is to join a small group of motorcycle racing’s revered stars. With 23 TT victories in his career to date, John McGuinness is a legend; the King of the Mountain who has re-written the record books and stood on more TT podiums than any rider in history. His focus, his accuracy and his devasting speed has set a bench-mark that few can aspire to match and for such ability, it is fitting for Alpinestars to introduce the John McGuinness Limited Edition Supertech R Boot.

The boot itself is the usual no-compromise boot you’d expect from Alpinestars. Designed and developed to the highest technical standards, the Supertech R Boots today represent the pinnacle of racing innovation for track and road use. Alpinestars’ most iconic sports boot, the Supertech R incorporates a whole host of performance innovations including a redesigned compound rubber sole, an ergonomically profiled shin plate, a redesigned front flex area, plus the pioneering dual torsion, bio-mechanical ankle brace – all of which enhance this CE certified boot.

New kit – Proper Cleaner

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Everybody’s favourite truck mechanic, tea connoisseur and TV host, Guy Martin has just launched a new bike cleaner.

Nothing to revolutionary from the Lincolnshire maverick, though the big difference is in how the cleaner is packaged. Instead of shipping a big bottle of liquid around the place, which is mostly water, the Proper Cleaner comes in slug-form which is wrapped in a water soluble packet that dissolves on contact with water, rather like those washing machine globules.

It’s not the first time that a concentrate has been sold to save costs, shipping and the planet. Where Guy’s cleaner differs is that replacements are tiny dry packets, about the size of a pair of cheesy Wotsits. They come in a fairly sturdy resealable ziploc bag, so you shouldn’t have any worries about water getting to the slugs and dissolving them prematurely. The cleaner will keep for up to three years in its resealable pouch.

As Guy puts it: “I use loads of it, and apart from anything it takes up a right load of space in the shed when it’s mixed in bottles! Now then, 70% of the planet is covered in water and there’s a massive business in delivering it all over the world, that seems crackers! So, I had a yarn with a few folk about doing something soluble, add your own water whenever you need to.

“We found a man, who knew a girl, who knew a fella, who found some folks up North, who could make what we needed and after months of testing, it’s now in your bottle but with your own water! It uses less fuel to get it to you, the liquid is bio-degradable, it’s not tested on Nigel the dog or his mates and it won’t take up half your shed! It’s Proper Cleaner and it’s the future!”

Proper Cleaner is said to be safe on all parts and surfaces, including carbon fibre, anodised parts, rubber seals and it’s disc rotor and pad friendly too. The made-up liquid is biodegradable too. And it’s designed, tested and made in the UK.

It costs £6.50 for 1.5 litres-worth, including the spray bottle. Replacement packets are then a fiver for a double packet (which works out at £3.33 a litre) and will initially be available through Guy’s guymartinproper.com website, and then hopefully in shops around the county soon after that.

MotoGP – electric support class set to debut in 2019

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Motorcycle racing’s premier series is set to go electric for 2019 with the news that MotoGP is launching the world’s first electric racing championship – the MotoE World Cup.

There will be 18 bikes competing in the inaugural season, supplied by Italian company Energica, all filled by current grand prix teams, with each of the eight independent MotoGP teams provided with two bikes, with the four remaining machines to be slotted into Moto2 or Moto3 teams who chose to enter MotoE.

Practice sessions will take place on Friday, qualifying on Saturday, and the 10-lap races will occur on Sunday – mimicking the current GP schedule. The first pre-season test is set to take place at Jerez, later this month.

Michelin will continue as a single-tire supplier in the GP paddock, providing rubber to the MotoE teams.

Enel, the title sponsor for the series, will also be on-hand to help with charging the electric motorcycles – recharging time is said to be less than 30 minutes. The partnership with Enel is actually quite extensive, with the Italian electric company providing fast-charging stations to the MotoE paddock, as well as green energy supply/storage on-site at the five MotoE venues.

New metal – 2018 Triumph Speed Triple

Speed-Triple-RS-Front-3-4-Crystal-WhiteThe 2018 Triumph Speed Triple S and 2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS represent Triumph’s ongoing evolution to its modern motorcycle lineup.

This latest iteration of the Speed Triple includes IMU-powered electronics (RS model) and a modest 13hp power increase.

The bike boasts more than 100 new parts in the engine alone, with the Speed Triple RS now claiming 148hp at the crank, with 86 lb.ft of peak torque also on tap.

This power is controlled by five riding modes (four riding modes for the S model, which doesn’t have a Track mode), and a safety net is created by an IMU-powered traction control system.

That IMU also powers the cornering ABS, which means that the new Speed Triple is finally in line with its rival machines, in terms of rider aids.

The new Speed Triple gets an all-new 5in TFT dash and new hand controls.

The RS comes with Brembo brakes, Öhlins suspension, and dual Arrow exhausts.

Nicky Hayden – godspeed Kentucky Kid

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The racing world is in mourning after learning the sad news that Nicky Hayden has succumbed to injuries suffered during an incident while riding his bicycle last Wednesday.

Nicky passed away at 19:09 CEST this evening at Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, Italy. His fiancée Jackie, mother Rose and brother Tommy were at his side.

Throughout his career Nicky’s professionalism and fighting spirit was greatly valued and carried him to numerous successes, including his childhood dream of being crowned MotoGP World Champion with Honda in 2006.

As well as being a true champion on the track, Nicky was a fan favourite off it due to his kind nature, relaxed demeanour and the huge smile he invariably carried everywhere.

Nothing says more about Nicky’s character than the overwhelming response expressed by fellow racers and his legions of fans over the past few days. Jackie and his family are truly grateful for the countless prayers and well wishes for Nicky.

The ‘Kentucky Kid’ will be sorely missed by all that ever had the pleasure of meeting him or the privilege to see him race a motorcycle around a track, be it dirt or asphalt.

The racing world says goodbye to one of its dearest sons. Rest in peace Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Patrick Hayden.

 

Review – Springfield Bike Show

Quick mooch around the Springfield Bike Show in Spalding at the weekend. Loved the Matchless, the tidy KR1S and the Suzuki SV650 in the MotoGP colours, courtesy of Wheels.

In fact Wheels were the only dealership exhibiting – shame really when you’ve got Ducati, Webbs, and Balderston on your doorstep. Same with clothing – Branded Biker was the only retailer there…

What was positive was the amount of people in the halls, the atmosphere and the number of bikes in the car park.

New Metal – 2017 Triumph Street Triple

2017-triumph-street-triple-rTriumph’s 2017 Street Triple has broken cover, and the new bike promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The big news is its 765cc engine, with the increase coming as a result of increases in the bore and stroke on the iconic three-cylinder motor, with Triumph using a new crank, pistons, and barrels in its construction.

Three versions will be available – S, R and RS.

The R and RS get a TFT dash and slipper clutch as standard, while the RS also quickshifter and premium components, including fully adjustable Showa big-piston forks, a Öhlins TTX 40 shock, Brembo M50 four-piston caliper brakes and five riding modes.

The Street Triple R gets four riding modes and features separate-function Showa big-piston forks, a Showa rear shock and Brembo M4.32 four-piston calipers.

The base model Street Triple S receives just two riding modes, separate-function Showa forks, a preload-adjustable Showa rear shock and two-piston front brakes.