Two years ago, Honda wowed us with its dual-clutch transmission in the new VFR1200F. With finger/thumb-actuated Manual and fully automatic Drive/Sport modes, this six-speed box impressed with its lightning-quick upshifts and auto-throttle-blipping downshifts. But the system also had a few quirks. Shifts at slower speeds were clunky, and ride-by-wire throttle response at lower rpm in [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Dorna is a bigger company than Infront Motor Sports, and MotoGP is a bigger championship than World Superbike. MotoGP is coming from a longer history; World Superbike is only 25 years old. Having said that, we have been growing and make steady technical regulations. Dorna and Infront Motor Sports belong to separate funds of the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Mark Wernham
Ben Spies is staying in MotoGP. The 28-year-old former AMA and World Superbike champion has signed an agreement with Ducati to compete in the 2013 MotoGP World Championship. Spies will join fellow American Nicky Hayden, current Tech 3 Yamaha rider Andrea Dovizioso and Moto2 standout Andrea Iannone on the Italian V-Fours. According to a press [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Tim White
Ducati tried everything, and Valentino Rossi gave a lot of effort. It was impressive to see how he stayed motivated. We weren’t always on the same page with little things, but as far as the big stuff, we had a lot of similar comments. That was a good thing, especially for me, because it was [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
MotoGP: Casey Stoner Out Of Title Chase! Injuries suffered by the Repsol Honda rider at Indianapolis round will require surgery.
[ Casey Stoner posted this snapshot of his severely swollen ankle on his Twitter account. ] Casey Stoner will miss this weekend’s Czech Grand Prix and possibly more rounds of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship. The reigning series champion is headed home to Australia for an operation to treat severe ligament damage and chipped bones [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
MotoGP: Ben Spies Up In Smoke At IndyGP Yamaha rider’s season-long run of bad luck continues at the Brickyard.
Photographer : Mark Wernham
Ben Spies was confident that he would either win or finish second in Sunday’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And why not? The Yamaha factory rider had been quick all weekend, running among the top four every session, qualifying on the second row of the grid for the 28-lap race and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Josh Hayes: “The War Is Done.” Is the two-time and reigning AMA Pro SuperBike champion poised for a “three-peat?”
Photographer : Nic Coury/PhotographNic.com
[ Josh Hayes powers out of the heat haze at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Next stop for AMA Pro Racing is New Jersey Motorsports Park, where Hayes intends to “go faster than we did last year.” ] July’s AMA SuperBike event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was a race for second place, with Blake [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : James Wirth
I’m happy to have grown up and come through the different categories with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. It’s a great rivalry that started many years ago, and I don’t see any reason why it won’t continue for the rest of the season. I’m going to look back and be quite proud that I was [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Andrew Wheeler - AutoMotoPhoto
Reigning MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner has won the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca two years in a row, and both times, the Repsol Honda rider made the winning pass on title-rival Jorge Lorenzo over blind Turn 1. According to Brembo, the Italian manufacturer that currently supplies all but three [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ben Spies Splitting With Yamaha? American MotoGP star says he is leaving Yamaha’s factory MotoGP team at the end of this season.
An e-mail allegedly written by MotoGP star Ben Spies and posted Tuesday morning on American website SuperbikePlanet.com claims the Texan will leave the factory Yamaha squad at the end of the 2012 season. Spies is currently in his second year with the team. After nine of 18 scheduled races, he is 10th overall in points. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)