Few are aware that Yamaha was the first Japanese factory to officially enter World Superbike. In the late 1980s, a team managed by Davide Brivio, currently team manager for the Fiat Yamaha MotoGP effort, fielded a budget-effort FZ750 with motocrosser-turned-roadracer Fabrizio Pirovano, who twice finished in the WSB runner-up position. But the factory squad didn’t [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
CW Interview: Yamaha Motor Italia World Superbike Team Manager Massimo Meregalli After more than 20 years of trying, Yamaha won its first World Superbike title with American Ben Spies.
Dainese wants a bigger slice of the U.S. motorcycle-apparel market. So, when the Italian company unveiled its 2010 Motorbike Collection this past January at the D-Store in Costa Mesa, California, it pulled out all the stops. Arriving from the corporate offices in Vicenza were top staffers from the company’s marketing and product-development departments, as well [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Yamaha Factory Crew Chief Tom Houseworth Speaks Out Rapping with the top wrench for World Superbike Champion Ben Spies.
Photography by Andrew Wheeler and Mark Wernham Tom Houseworth knows Ben Spies as only a crew chief can. The pair began working together in late 2002 at Yoshimura Suzuki and, over the next several seasons, produced five AMA titles, including three Superbike championships, beating the interminable Mat Mladin in the process. Following their stunning success [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Jeff Allen Hype built into Round One of the 2010 AMA Supercross/FIM World Championship was all for good reason. This is it, really, the best of the best, put into a spectacular show for the world to watch. Although “A1″ at Anaheim Stadium wasn’t a sellout, the atmosphere was unlike that of any [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Jeff Allen Racing doesn’t get much better than at Round 2 of the AMA Supercross series, held this past weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. Anything can happen, and it did. Luckily, Cycle World photographer Jeff Allen was there to capture the action. Ryan Dungey’s surprising speed from Round 1 in Anaheim carried over to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Gold & Goose Valentino Rossi shocked Grand Prix racing when he left Honda for Yamaha in 2002. Thirteen years earlier, in 1989, Eddie Lawson did just the opposite, shunning Yamaha, with whom he’d won three 500cc world titles, for Honda. As with Rossi, the move worked: Lawson, working with tireless engineer Erv Kanemoto, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
First Ride: Ben Spies’ World Superbike-winning Yamaha YZF-R1 Hot laps in Portugal on Yamaha’s crossplane crankshaft title-winner.
I enjoyed watching three-time AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies clinch the 2009 World Superbike title in his rookie season, but the real reason that I traveled halfway around the world to the Autodromo do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal, was to ride what is arguably the world’s best Superbike: Spies’ factory Yamaha YZF-R1. Standing in Spies’ [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Riding Impression: Mat Mladin’s Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 Cycle World rides the 7-time AMA Superbike Champion’s Superbike.
Photography by Brian J. Nelson A dynasty is over. For his competitors, the departure of seven-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin—who retired at the end of the 2009 season—couldn’t have come sooner. But there is no denying that Mladin and his powerful Yoshimura Suzuki team—headed by Crew Chief Peter Doyle—were more often than not the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
First Ride: Max Biaggi’s Factory Aprilia RSV4 On-bike video: Cycle World rides Aprilia’s amazing V-Four Superbike.
On the Monday after the final round of the World Superbike championship in Portugal, I stood in the Aprilia pit ready to ride Max Biaggi’s factory RSV4. The Italian’s mechanics were in a good mood; they seemed to enjoy preparing the #3 machine—even for journalists! I think this new Aprilia is beautiful. I like its [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Holy Heimlich Maneuver! Rubén Xaus’ factory BMW S1000RR took my breath away. In race trim, this fuel-injected inline-Four makes more than 200 horsepower and has none of the road-going niceties—heated handgrips, anti-lock brakes or hard saddlebags—I associate with the Bavarian bike maker. Luckily for me, Xaus doesn’t wear a flip-up helmet, either. After my Arai [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)