As day one of the 2013 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin wound to a close, Cycle World spent some time in the paddock interviewing Stefan Bradl, the talented young German who was Moto2 World Champion in 2011 (beating out Marc Marquez) and MotoGP Rookie of the Year in 2012. Bradl, on [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
America has produced many great Grand Prix roadracers, but none has spent more time after retiring from competition promoting motorcycling stateside than 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz. Crowning moment came two years ago, when Schwantz joined Circuit of The Americas principals “Red” McCombs, Bobby Epstein and Tavo Hellmund at a press conference in Austin [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Dani Pedrosa’s Honda is started, he rocks it off the stand, engages first and accelerates to the droning pit-speed limit. Once he lowers his faceshield, the engine winds up effortlessly like a blender on “liquefy.” It should: This 1000cc V-Four makes 240 horsepower, and the bike weighs only 350 pounds. After Pedrosa makes the 270-degree [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
MotoGP Qatar: Clash Of Giants, No Kidding! Jorge Lorenzo dominates, Valentino Rossi returns, Marc Marquez arrives.
Photographer : Mark Wernham
MotoGP has never been so talent-rich as now. The past had great champions, but mainly in ones and twos: Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer, Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Mick Doohan. This past Sunday, one of four riders would win at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, the first MotoGP race of 2013. Would it be the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Jerez: The Final Preseason MotoGP Test Yamahas top the time sheets in Spain, but Honda has prepared for a different outcome at the season-opening race in Qatar.
At the recent test at Circuit of The Americas near Austin, Texas, some were ready to acclaim Repsol Honda MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez Master of the Universe and even dismiss Yamaha as “a spent force.” But as Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo said at the final preseason test at Jerez, “Every track is a different world.” At [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)