Yamaha Factory Racing Press Release: As the flag dropped at the finish line in Motegi this afternoon it signaled not just an incredible victory for Jorge Lorenzo but also a defining moment for Yamaha. The race win is the 200th Grand Prix victory for Yamaha in the premier class of Grand Prix racing. Both Jorge [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
IOMTT Press Release: The TT Races Paddock turned the clock back to 1967 with the Isle of Man ’67 Senior TT Re-enactment at today’s Classic TT. Giacomo Agostini and John McGuinness recreated the Italian legend’s battle with Mike Hailwood in the Diamond Jubilee Senior TT, which was ultimately won by the Englishman after Hailwood clawed [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
MV Agusta Press Release: The Italian motorcycle manufacturer who is currently the sales leader of the middle weight supersport class has decided to return to racing on the world stage and is convinced that they have joined forces with the ideal partner: ParkinGO. The two companies will be joined together in a three year contract. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
MV Agusta 3: It Is What It Was It might look like something from the 1970s, but this all-conquering MV Agusta GP 500 Triple is new from the tires up.
The legacy of MV Agusta three-cylinder racebikes and their many world championships is not just a mere fact of numbers: It has been reborn in steel and aluminum and magnesium. Ezio and Maurizio Mascheroni and Enrico Sironi, the men of HRT who made major contributions to the development of MV Agusta’s new 675 F3, have [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Italian cows are huge, the secret motorcycle lane down the center of Italian roads is not one-way, Hannibal driving 37 elephants through the Alps really was a pisser worthy of the history books, and relieving yourself while wearing gloves is nearly impossible. Those are things I learned while taking part in the three-day 2011 Italian [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
In addition to their great contributions to the development of the new 675 F3, HRT engineers Ezio and Maurizio Mascheroni and Enrico Sironi created a perfect copy of Giacomo Agostini’s world-title-winning three-cylinder GP 500. Every detail is perfect because Sironi was a member of the legendary MV Agusta technical team and still has copies of all the original [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Tuners: The Men Behind the Machines Carruthers, Kanemoto, Johnson, Leonard, Ferracci, Doyle, Houseworth, Ludington, Mathers, Muzzy, Bazzaz, Fasola...
Photographer : Brian J. Nelson, Gold & Goose
I’ve been fortunate to have had conversations over the years with some of roadracing’s top builders. At Talladega in 1974, all of the factory Yamaha TZ750As were violently unstable in Friday practice; I saw Don Castro’s bike throw his boots right off the footpegs as he passed start/finish on the superspeedway. On Saturday morning, Kel [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Return to Imola A former Daytona 200 winner finally gets his wish: to “race” a two-stroke Yamaha Twin in Italy.
Tensions were high. Engines were hot. The warm-up lap was done, and the field was back on the starting line ready for the drop of the green flag. We waited and waited but no flag. Up ahead, a bike was off to the side of the track while a mechanic changed a sparkplug. Finally, it [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
When a new machine comes along and information is scarce, I begin exploring possibilities. Recently, MV Agusta revealed that it had developed a three-cylinder 675cc machine with 138 horsepower. Poking around the Internet suggests this bike has been in development for at least two years, delayed by uncertainty over the company’s future. Now that Harley [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
How about another footnote to history? This one concerns a machine called “Linto,” a 500cc Twin that was created by engineer Lino Tonti in 1967-68. It consisted of two 250cc top ends from the Aermacchi horizontal single-pushrod DS racer, combined as a parallel-Twin on a newly designed common crankcase. A jackshaft took power from the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)