As the rain begins and stops, the sun breaks through and dries the asphalt blanketed by the cold, the snow, and the sleet, we can think of many things. Is the battery still have life in it? How low are the tires? How bad is the gas?
These are just a few of the thoughts that can run through your mind as the spring begins to set her heals in and make a break for Summer. That’s why at meRc magazine we are inspired and energized. The salt has been washed away. The bitter air has recessed to the North. And the roads now seem accessible to more days of two wheeled adventure.
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After winning the MotoGP Triple Crown: The Rider, Team, and Manufacturer Championships, the factory Yamaha team finds itself in a difficult position looking for a title sponsor for next year. After Valentino Rossi’s departure to Ducati Corse for the 2011 season, Fiat, the team’s sponsor from 2007 until recently, dropped the Yamaha squad after its loss of the Italian rider (Fiat had long been associated with Yamaha because of the company’s desire to woo Rossi into the Ferrari Formula 1 team…that and the Italian helps sell the Italian made cars).
Perhaps under-appreciating the value of having Rossi on board a Yamaha bike in 2011, the tuning fork brand has now been left scrambling for a marquis name to help foot the bills for the next season. Despite having the reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and Rookie of the Year Ben Spies, deals with Petronas, Telefonica, and AirAsia have failed to materialize, despite lengthy rumor, meaning Yamaha’s corporate Blue/White livery might be spotted in Qatar (something reserved usually for non-sponsored wild card riders).
The 2010 MotoGP World Champion won from pole for the third consecutive year at the circuit as he took his eighth victory of the campaign at the bwin Grande Premio de Portugal, ahead of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.
Jorge Lorenzo won from pole position for the third year in succession at Estoril as he took victory at the bwin Grande Premio de Portugal on Sunday, finishing ahead of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.
The Fiat Yamaha rider, for whom this was an eighth win in his title-winning 2010 campaign, got the better of his rival and team-mate Rossi as they battled early on and when he took the lead on the 17th of 28 laps he did not look back, eventually taking the chequered flag 8.629s clear of the Italian. It was Lorenzo’s first win since the Brno round, and leaves him on course to still be able to beat Rossi’s 2008 record points haul (373) in a single season in MotoGP with one round to go. Continue reading “MotoGP Results from Estoril” »
From the guys at Spanish firm Radical Ducati comes the 9½, a Ducati ST2 motor wedged into a Monster 900 chassis, making an Italian beauty that’s part cafe racer, part streetfighter. Drawing inspiration form Ducati’s single-cylinder race bikes from the 1970′s, the 9½ is not only a looker, but is comprised of parts from Ducatis long forgotten past (but perhaps more memorable bikes, if you can handle that oxymoron).
If you look closely you’ll see pieces from not only the ST2, Monster 900, but also from the Ducati 916 Superbike (swingarm and rear-wheel), and 999 Superbike (fuel tank). Some other Radical parts enter the mix as well from its RAD series, and the result is a retro-esque bike that looks scintillating, classy, light, and fast. Keep your eyes trained for more bikes from Radical Ducati, we expect we’ll see some more great pieces (like this Radical Ducati RAD02 Imola) from the firm as they continue their Desmo mash-up. Bunch o’photos after the jump.
Radical Ducati 9½ Build Specifications:
- Modified Monster 900 frame
- M900 97 fork
- M900 carburetors
- Single side swingarm kit
- M900 front wheel
- 916 rear wheel
- Brembo disc brakes
- Brembo PR19 brake pump.
- Frentubo blue Kevlar brake lines
- ST2 engine (tuned)
- K&N air filters
- 916 racing electrical wiring
- Aviacompositi rev counter
- ST2 original ECU
- Wolfman two independents exhaust tubes
- Laser megaphones
- SP footpegs
- Malagutti 500 water radiator
- MT03 aluminum modified front mudguard.
- 999 fuel tank with Ergal quick-open gas tap.
- RAD 02 Cafe Racer solo seat.
- Tomaselli aluminum clipons
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TECH 3 Yamaha rider Ben Spies has been awarded the coveted Rookie of the Year award, following the Texan’s fifth place in the Australian Grand Prix.
Spies, who joins Jorge Lorenzo next year in the factory Yamaha MotoGP team, has impressed all year, turning in a string of strong performances during the 2010 season. The former multiple AMA Superbike champion currently places sixth in the 2010 MotoGP championship standings, with 163 points.
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The Ducati Team rider won his home race, the Iveco Australian Grand Prix, for the fourth consecutive year with a clear victory ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi at Phillip Island on Sunday.
Casey Stoner’s authority on his home Phillip Island track continued in style on Sunday as the Ducati rider won at the circuit for the fourth year in a row. Starting from pole position – his third of the season – the 25 year-old led the Iveco Australian Grand Prix from start to finish as he made it a third win of 2010 in front of a partisan crowd.
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Announced during the Phillip Island press conference, Yamaha Racing has decided to release Valentino Rossi from his contractual obligations at the end of the MotoGP season, thus allowing the Italian rider to test with Ducati Corse during the testing sessions at Valencia, which follow immediately after the Valencian GP. While many in the MotoGP paddock expected Yamaha to come to this decision, it’s taken quite some time, and a lot of lobbying and consternation from Rossi to get the Japanese factory to see things his way.
Since you’ve hurt yourself, it seems that Stoner and Lorenzo have finally found the courage to say what they really think about you.
Yes, and I am glad. When you are injured and start to lose blood, the younger ones immediately feel stronger and think they can tear you apart: it’s like the jungle! But I like it. That’s just the way it is.
At the beginning, Lorenzo, like Stoner, used to say: “Ah, Valentino, he was my hero when I was little”, but it is not true. It’s all rubbish.
I am just an obstacle, a target. Like Biaggi was for me.
When 2 people are fighting for the same goal, it is normal to hate each other. You are lying if you deny it. I am not talking about homicidal hate but violent, yes. As such, it pleases me that Stoner and Lorenzo say what they really think about me. Because it is the truth.
We watched the race at Mugello, and when Lorenzo was in front of the cameras wishing you to get well soon, we were amazed. What do you think?
Valentino Rossi won the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Sunday, in which third place was enough for Jorge Lorenzo to be crowned the 2010 MotoGP World Champion. Andrea Dovizioso finished second to take the other podium spot.
Jorge Lorenzo was confirmed as the 2010 MotoGP World Champion on Sunday at Sepang, as the 23 year-old Fiat Yamaha rider rode to a third place finish in the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. It was a thrilling race which Valentino Rossi won as the Italian took his first victory since the season opener in Qatar, on a day on which his great rival and current team-mate celebrated his first premier class title.
Pole holder Lorenzo got off to a fantastic start and led into turn one as the race got underway, but Rossi’s getaway from the starting grid was not so swift and he had dropped as low as 11th on the opening lap. A candidate for the race victory Casey Stoner (Ducati Team) suffered a huge disappointment when he crashed out on the opening lap, bringing to an end his race.
Now that MotoGP has finished its provisional calendar, World Superbike can release its dates for the 2011 season. With two tracks yet to be determined (one in Europe, and the other in Italy), the word provisional is very literal for this schedule. The April 17th date is traditionally done at Valencia, but rumors suggest that Dorna has strong-armed the circuit into disallowing World Superbike to race there in 2011.
Where WSBK will go in its stead remains a big question mark, as surely Infront Motors Sports would like an additional round in the ripe Spanish market (WSBK will be at Aragon June 19th as well). The other tentative venue is in Italy, which traditionally is the round at Imola. With budget and safety concerns surrounding the track, it’s again a country WSBK absolutely wants on its schedule, but finding the right host will be an issue.
The season opener will be at Phillip Island, per usual, and start three weeks ahead of MotoGP. The second race, where it may be, will come one week after MotoGP’s season opener at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Returning as the ultimate round is Portimao, as Magny-Cours comes in as the penultimate venue.
2011 FIM Superbike World Championship Provisional Calendar:
|February 27||Australia||Phillip Island|
|April 17||The Netherlands||Assen|
|May 30 (Monday)||United States||Miller Motorsport Park|
|June 12||San Marino||Misano|
|June 19||Spain||Motorland Aragon|
|July 10||Czech Republic||Brno|
|July 31||Great Britain||Silverstone|
|October 2||France||Magny Cours|