ROSSI CONFIRMS 2018 YAMAHA WILL BE BASED ON 2016 BIKE

ROSSI CONFIRMS 2018 YAMAHA WILL BE BASED ON 2016 BIKE

Valentino Rossi has confirmed that Yamaha’s 2018 MotoGP challenger will be based on the 2016 version of the M1, following this week’s private test in Sepang.

The Italian was joined by works teammate Maverick Vinales and Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco in Malaysia, where comparisons between the 2016 and 2017 versions of the M1 were made.

It followed a Valencia test where the trio likewise spent time considering which of the two bikes should form the basis for the Iwata marque’s 2018 machine.

Rossi has revealed all three agreed at Sepang that Yamaha should ditch the troubled 2017 bike and stick with the 2016 version that Zarco used to such good effect during his rookie season.

“We tried the old bike, the one from 2016,” Rossi told Italy’s Radio Deejay. “We deliberated and we were all agreed the 2017 bike was worse.

“We still have to see what the new bike will be like, there will be something interesting. But the base will be the bike from 2016.

“Now is a critical moment. Between now and February, Yamaha needs to make a big leap forward.”

Reflecting on a season that yielded only fifth place in the points, Rossi said his mistake was to assume that the problem was with him and not the bike when Vinales went fastest in last year’s Valencia test.

“The problem was that when Vinales arrived, he went very fast,” Rossi added.

“I tried it and I didn’t like it, but I thought, maybe because it was the end of the season, I was out of shape.

“So we continued with that project [the 2017 bike], but this was a mistake because we lost a lot of time.”

Additional reporting by Matteo Nugnes

Source: Rossi confirms 2018 Yamaha will be based on 2016 bike

AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST ASSOCIATION DEFENDS MOTORCYCLISTS’ FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS IN AMICUS BRIEF TO U.S. SUPREME COURT

AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST ASSOCIATION DEFENDS MOTORCYCLISTS’ FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS IN AMICUS BRIEF TO U.S. SUPREME COURT

Unlawful search and seizure protection should cover motorcycles.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association filed an amicus brief with the highest court in the land Nov. 20 defending the rights of motorcyclists against unlawful search and seizure as protected by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The amicus brief was filed in case No. 16-1027, Ryan Austin Collins v. Commonwealth of Virginia. The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that, because Collins’ vehicle was a motorcycle and not a car or truck, the officers who searched under Collins’ motorcycle cover did not need a warrant to do so. The AMA’s brief argues that the judgment of the lower court should be reversed.

AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman stated that the amicus brief points out an example of how motorcyclists’ rights can be threatened at all levels—and branches—of government.

“The AMA and its members must be vigilant at all times, because we can never know where the next threat will be,” Dingman said. “The U.S. Supreme Court is the final arbiter on matters of Constitutional rights, and the Court’s decisions direct the enforcement of law across the country at all levels. When motorcyclists’ freedoms are before the Court, it’s critical that we speak forcefully and convincingly to defend those rights.”

The AMA’s brief states: “This Court’s analysis should not be affected by the fact the vehicle searched was a motorcycle rather than a car or truck. … There is nothing inherently suspicious—and no inherent justification for a search—in the use or ownership of a motorcycle.”

The brief points out that a motorcycle cover is commonly used to protect motorcycles from the elements, to provide privacy and to prevent theft.

“By removing and looking beneath the cover of the motorcycle parked in the curtilage of the home, the police conducted a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment,” the brief continues.

While the AMA’s brief expresses no opinion regarding the petitioner’s ultimate guilt or innocence of the alleged crime, it emphasizes that motorcycles should not be subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures. The consequences of the erosion of motorcyclists’ protections under the Fourth Amendment would be severe.

Source: American Motorcyclist Association defends motorcyclists’ Fourth Amendment rights in amicus brief to U.S. Supreme Court – American Motorcyclist Association

HONDA, YAMAHA DENY INTEREST IN POACHING DOVIZIOSO

HONDA, YAMAHA DENY INTEREST IN POACHING DOVIZIOSO

Honda and Yamaha have dismissed reports that they are interested in poaching Andrea Dovizioso from Ducati for the 2019 MotoGP season.

Dovizioso scored six race victories this season and was Marc Marquez’s main championship challenger, only falling short of denying the Honda rider in a dramatic Valencia season finale.

The Italian veteran’s success will likely make him one of the key players in the rider market for the 2019 season, with all 12 factory riders’ contracts up for renewal after next season.

Earlier this year, Dovizioso revealed he was close to a return to Honda, where he raced from 2009-11 before switching to Tech 3 Yamaha and then Ducati, amid last year’s rider market negotiations.

But, while praising Dovizioso’s efforts this season, ex-Honda team principal Livio Suppo insisted that reports of a renewed bid for the 31-year-old’s services are wide of the mark.

“It’s no secret that last year, when there was the possibility that Dani [Pedrosa] was leaving, we spoke with Dovi,” said Suppo before the recent news of his departure from Honda.

“We like Dovi, we know his value, we know he is a good rider. Honestly everybody in this paddock didn’t expect the season he’s done, and we are very happy for him.

“At the time [last year] we spoke to him, but next season everybody has riders under contract so there’s no need to speak about it.”

Dovizioso scored six race victories this season and was Marc Marquez’s main championship challenger, only falling short of denying the Honda rider in a dramatic Valencia season finale.

The Italian veteran’s success will likely make him one of the key players in the rider market for the 2019 season, with all 12 factory riders’ contracts up for renewal after next season.

Earlier this year, Dovizioso revealed he was close to a return to Honda, where he raced from 2009-11 before switching to Tech 3 Yamaha and then Ducati, amid last year’s rider market negotiations.

But, while praising Dovizioso’s efforts this season, ex-Honda team principal Livio Suppo insisted that reports of a renewed bid for the 31-year-old’s services are wide of the mark.

“It’s no secret that last year, when there was the possibility that Dani [Pedrosa] was leaving, we spoke with Dovi,” said Suppo before the recent news of his departure from Honda.

“We like Dovi, we know his value, we know he is a good rider. Honestly everybody in this paddock didn’t expect the season he’s done, and we are very happy for him.

“At the time [last year] we spoke to him, but next season everybody has riders under contract so there’s no need to speak about it.”

Yamaha team boss Lin Jarvis added that Dovizioso’s interests would be best served by remaining at Ducati rather than risking a switch to a rival manufacturer.

“There’s no truth honestly to any of these rumours [of Yamaha wanting to sign Dovizioso],” he said. “But I have great respect for Andrea.

“You reap what you sow, and in Andrea’s case it didn’t arrive by accident – it arrived by five years of commitment to the project.

“He’s grown with the bike, and this year, all of the stars aligned for Dovi and he had a phenomenal season. From his side, I believe the best thing for him is to remain at Ducati.”

Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti conceded that the Italian manufacturer will most likely have to up its financial offer to Dovizioso in light of his success when negotiations about a contract extension begin.

“Negotiating power is always based on your results,” admitted Ciabatti. “A rider with a winning history, as Dovi has had this year, will be in a stronger position when he negotiates.

“I’m sure when the time comes, we will have to consider that he’s won seven races for Ducati – and hopefully some more.”

Source: Honda, Yamaha deny interest in poaching Dovizioso

NOTICE OF MEETING: PISMO STATE BEACH AND OCEANO DUNES STATE VEHICULAR RECREATION AREA LISTENING SESSION

NOTICE OF MEETING: PISMO STATE BEACH AND OCEANO DUNES STATE VEHICULAR RECREATION AREA LISTENING SESSION

Public encouraged to attend presentation regarding plans for this important recreation area

The American Motorcyclist Association believes you may be interested in attending a meeting of California State Parks regarding the future of the Oceano Dunes (Pismo) State Vehicular Recreation Area. The California Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking feedback on the development of a Public Works Plan.

DPR currently operates Oceano Dunes SVRA and Pismo State Beach under Coastal Development Permit A-4-82-300-A5. A PWP would promote greater efficiency for DPR to meet obligatory code compliance, provide a diverse range of recreation opportunities, and improve public service facilities. The Coastal Commission reviews and approves PWPs in the same manner as Local Coastal Programs as described in Chapter 6 of the Coastal Act.

This meeting offers a forum for the public to learn about the PWP process and provide input about their vision for visitor experiences and recreational opportunities at these park units. This will be the first of several public meetings about the PWP project.

DATE & LOCATION: 6:30 – 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, Ventana Grill, Pacific Room, 2575 Price St., Pismo Beach, Calif.

If you have comments and questions to be addressed at this meeting but cannot attend, please email pwpinfo@parks.ca.gov. Meeting facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need specific accommodations, please contact Vicki Perez at (916) 324-5801.

Visit ohv.parks.ca.gov/ for the meeting notice and additional information.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help us protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling, and your support will help the AMA fight for your rights – on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government.

To join, go to www.americanmotorcyclist.com/For-Members/Join-The-AMA. To encourage your friends to join, tell them about the many AMA benefits you appreciate and forward the link to them.

Source: Send a Message

URGE YOUR FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 3990 LIMITING PRESIDENTIAL MONUMENT AUTHORITY

URGE YOUR FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 3990 LIMITING PRESIDENTIAL MONUMENT AUTHORITY

Legislation to help ensure designations have local support

The American Motorcyclist Association supports H.R. 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act, introduced in October by U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah). The bill amends the American Antiquities Act of 1906, further defining the authority of presidents who use the act to set aside public lands as national monuments.

Currently, the Antiquities Act allows presidents to make national monument designations, but limits the area of new monuments to “to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected.”

The AMA believes that previous presidents overstepped their authority under the act and designated much larger swathes of land as monuments, sometimes encompassing millions of acres. Such sweeping designations may jeopardize opportunities for responsible motorized recreation.

Under H.R. 3990, presidents would gain authority to reduce the size of existing monuments, under some circumstances. In addition, the legislation would allow the president to unilaterally designate land up to 640 acres. Monument designations between 640 and 10,000 acres would be subject to review under the National Environmental Policy Act. Designations between 10,000 and 85,000 acres would require approval from all county commissioners, state legislatures, and governors in the affected area.

We hope you will use the simple process below to send a message to your representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor this important legislation. You can preview the message before submitting it. 

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help us protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling, and your support will help the AMA fight for your rights – on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government.

To join, call (800) AMA-JOIN. To encourage your friends to join, tell them about the many AMA benefits you appreciate and forward the phone number to them.

Thank you in advance for taking part in this important effort to match recreation opportunities to demand. If you do submit comments, please let us know at grassroots@amacycle.org.

Source: Send a Message

U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE IS ‘SYMPATHETIC’ ON BIKES FOR BEEF TARIFF ISSUE, BUT WON’T TAKE ACTION

U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE IS ‘SYMPATHETIC’ ON BIKES FOR BEEF TARIFF ISSUE, BUT WON’T TAKE ACTION

Tell USTR and Congress you want action, not sympathy!

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told a congressional committee that he is “sympathetic” to American motorcyclists, dealerships and others, but he cannot remove small-displacement European motorcycles from a proposed import tariff while negotiations continue in a dispute with the European Union over U.S. beef imports.

Lighthizer addressed the issue before the House Ways and Means Committee in response to a question from U. S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio). He said that he had heard from motorcyclists and from the motorcycle industry. The exchange between Renacci and Lighthizer starts at 2:01:00 of this video.

Tell Lighthizer we need action, not sympathy!

Use the American Motorcyclist Association’s convenient tools to urge the U.S. Trade Representative to withdraw this ill-conceived proposal to enact a 100 percent tariff on 51cc to 500cc motorcycles from the European Union. Motorcyclists should not be penalized with exorbitant tariffs because of a dispute over beef.

If enacted, this tariff will cause serious and irreversible harm to American small- and medium-sized business owners who sell the vehicles. Additionally, consumers will be denied access to certain models of competition and recreational motorcycles that contribute to the lifestyle and wellbeing of millions of American families.

The time is now to voice our continued, strong opposition to the proposal. America’s motorcyclists aren’t pawns in a game of international chess. Take action now to protect against significant hardships this tariff will cause to hardworking, everyday tax-paying Americans.

Tell Ambassador Lighthizer and Congress to remove motorcycles from the proposed tariff. Make our voice stronger by sharing the AMA Action Alert. Share with your friends on Facebook.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

Source: U.S. Trade Representative is ‘sympathetic’ on Bikes for Beef tariff issue, but won’t take action

SUPERBIKE CORSE’S EVENTS FOR 2017 – UPDATED

SUPERBIKE CORSE’S EVENTS 2017UPDATED 11/28!

NEXT Event=>Dec 6th (Wed): Bike Night @ Pizza 900° – Laguna Hills, CA @ 6:30pm [Directions]

2018 Events:
Jan 3rd (Wed):
Bike Night @ Pizza 900° – Laguna Hills, CA @ 6:30pm [Directions]
Feb 7th (Wed)
: Bike Night @ Pizza 900° – Laguna Hills, CA @ 6:30pm [Directions]

 

PAST EVENTS (Click on photos to go to event photos page):

11/06/17 Chuckwalla Valley Raceway Trackday

11/01/17 Pizza 900° Bike Night

10/4/17 Pizza 900 and Alpinestar Tech-Air

9/06/17 Pizza 900° Bike Night

08/19/17 Superbike corse Open House

 

7/22/17 Superbike Corse No-Tax BBQ

7/05/17 Pizza 900 Bike Night

6/07/17 Pizza 900deg Bike Nite

6/07/17 Pizza 900 Bike Nite

5/03/17 Pizza 900 Bike Night

5/03/17 Pizza 900 Bike Night

04/09/17 MotoGP Viewing Ride to Doffo

04/09/17 MotoGP Viewing Ride to Doffo

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04/05/17 Pizza 900 Bike Night w/Raffle Prize

 

LATE MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY ICON TOM WHITE TO BE HONORED AT GLEN HELEN RACEWAY ON NOV 11

LATE MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY ICON TOM WHITE TO BE HONORED AT GLEN HELEN RACEWAY ON NOV 11

Orange County, Calif. — Glen Helen Raceway and the White family will honor motorcycle industry icon and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Tom White with a memorial ride day and life celebration on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, according to a press release from Dubya USA.

White passed away Nov. 2 in his home in Orange County.

Glen Helen Raceway will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the event.

Glen Helen staff and the White family will honor Tom’s life in a trackside ceremony at 11 a.m.

The White family invites all friends and motocross enthusiasts to attend Tom’s memorial ride day. All entry fees will be waived in Tom’s honor, but the White family will accept donations to the Early Years of Motocross, which will be distributed among several of Tom’s favorite charitable organizations.

“Tom loved Glen Helen Raceway, both the facility itself and its incredible staff,” said the White family. “Whether it was announcing the REM Series races every weekend, organizing the World Vet Motocross Championship, or working with track owner Bud Feldkamp to procure the AMA National or USGP event, Tom’s second home was that race track. Our family thanks the owner and operators of Glen Helen for honoring him with a wonderful day of riding to celebrate his life and the motorcycle community he loved so dearly.”

DIRECTIONS
Glen Helen Raceway is at 18585 Verdemont Ranch Road, San Bernardino, Calif. Visitors should take the 215 freeway to the Palm Ave. exit, and head southwest. Turn right onto Verdemont Ranch Road and follow the signs.

ABOUT GLEN HELEN RACEWAY
Located in San Bernardino, Calif., the world famous Glen Helen International Raceway is the premier motocross racing facility in the United States. It has hosted the United States Grand Prix of Motocross, Motocross des Nations, AMA Motocross National, World Vet Motocross Championship, and the World 2-Stroke Championship. Its weekly REM motocross series is one of the most popular in the country.

ABOUT TOM WHITE
Tom was raised near the ocean in Huntington Beach, Calif., where he grew up surfing before discovering his life-long passion: motorcycles. He soon found his niche in flat track racing, eventually earning national number 80 as a professional.

In 1976, White founded Tom White’s Cycle Specialties, which would later become White Brothers Cycle Specialties when White partnered with his twin brother, Dan. Over the next 25 years, White Brothers would grow into a nearly $40 million-a-year company that employed nearly 200 employees at its peak. White sold White Brothers in 2000, and turned his attention towards restoring and collecting vintage motocross bikes.

Over the next decade, White’s collection grew to over 170 motorcycles, including a variety of unique models from brands such as Husqvarna, CZ, Maico, Bultaco, BSA, and others. White believed his efforts were but one piece of a greater industry initiative to ensure the history and legacy of motorcycle racing in the United States remained intact and relevant for future generations of racers and fans.

White’s Early Years of Motocross Museum, located on his family’s private property in Orange County, California, is not open to the public, but it has played host to motorcycle industry events including product launches, professional racing media gatherings, as well as numerous charity fundraising efforts.

In addition to his role as a motorcycle historian, White discovered another passion over the past few decades: announcing motorcycle races. White became the announcer of the weekly REM motocross series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California, one of his greatest joys. In 2017, White was honored with a monument along Glen Helen’s Walk of Fame. White also served as the announcer for many professional races throughout the United States, reveling in the thrill of all disciplines of motorcycle racing.

In 2014, White was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame. And in 2018, White is due to receive the prestigious Dick Hammer lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Trailblazers Motorcycle Club.

“While we mourn the loss of an incredible human being, we also celebrate his life, his achievements, his passion for motorcycles, and his love of friends and family,” says the White family. “We hope that Tom’s life story serves as inspiration to everyone that fierce determination and good will can yield a life extraordinarily well lived.”

Tom White passed away peacefully in his home in Orange County, California, on November 2, 2017, surrounded by his family and several of his favorite motorcycles.

Source: Late motorcycle industry icon Tom White to be honored at Glen Helen Raceway on Nov. 11 – American Motorcyclist Association

AMA MOURNS PASSING OF TOM WHITE, MOTORCYCLING ICON

AMA MOURNS PASSING OF TOM WHITE, MOTORCYCLING ICON

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer was beloved philanthropist

Tom White passed away on Nov. 2, 2017.

Tom White, a motorcycle racer, philanthropist and historian and the co-founder of White Brothers Cycle Specialties, succumbed to cancer today, Nov. 2, at his home. He was 68.

“Tom White was one of the great people in motorcycling,” said Rob Dingman, president and CEO of the American Motorcyclist Association. “In addition to his personal accomplishments on the track and in the business community, Tom was a wonderful person and a joy to be near.”

In addition to founding White Brothers Cycle Specialties, Mr. White created the World Vet MX Championship and the World Four-Stroke Championship, established the Early Years of Motocross Museum and competed as AMA National No. 80 in flat-track competition from 1971 to 1976.

Mr. White was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2014.

“While we mourn the loss of an incredible human being, we also celebrate his life, his achievements, his passion for motorcycles, and his love of friends and family,” the White family said in a statement. “We hope that Tom’s life story serves as inspiration to everyone that fierce determination and good will can yield a life extraordinarily well lived.”

White Brothers grew into a $40 million-a-year company that employed nearly 200 employees at its peak, the family said. Mr. White sold the business in 2000, turning his attention toward restoring and collecting vintage motocross bikes, culminating in the Early Years of Motocross Museum, situated on his family’s property in Orange County, Calif.

Mr. White’s lasting contributions also included the Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes the person or persons who have made the largest impact on the growth of motocross in America.

Mr. White’s family said that he enjoyed announcing motorcycle races during the past several years at the weekly REM motocross series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif. This year, Mr. White was honored with a monument along Glen Helen’s Walk of Fame.

Mr. White also volunteered many years as an announcer at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, an annual fundraiser for the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation.

Mr. White is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren. His family said that he will be honored in a memorial service to be announced at a future date.

Source: AMA mourns passing of Tom White, motorcycling icon – American Motorcyclist Association

MOTOGP CONFIRMS 2018, 2019 TESTING CHANGES

MOTOGP CONFIRMS 2018, 2019 TESTING CHANGES

MotoGP
Peter McLaren
18 Oct 2017
MotoGP 2019: ‘The number of official, three day tests outside of Europe is reduced to two’

As rumoured, MotoGP is to place new limits on private testing in 2018, with one of the three official pre-season tests also being dropped in 2019. The changes follow concerns that teams were using their five days of private testing to gain a set-up advantage for a circuit ahead of the race weekend, rather than for pure bike development. Testing will also be banned during the summer break next season.

The decision to drop one of the official pre-season tests for 2019 is mainly in response to the growing number of races; Thailand is joining the calendar in 2018 and Finland in 2019, with others also showing interest.

The 2018 pre-season test line-up is Sepang, Buriram and Losail. Buriram has replaced Phillip Island in order to gather data (especially tyre data) ahead of October’s inaugural Thai MotoGP. However once the Buriram venue is ‘known’, it is perhaps the most logical venue to be dropped from the 2019 test schedule.

The full wording of the testing changes can be seen below:

MotoGP Class Testing Restrictions – Effective Season 2018

 Current arrangements for official tests are unchanged being a two day test after Valencia, three of three days tests at the beginning of 2018 at circuits outside of Europe and three, one day tests on Mondays after events.

Teams are restricted to five days of private tests with their contracted riders. After the winter test ban period only three days of testing are permitted prior to events and other tests can only take place on a circuit where the event has already taken place. No testing can take place within 14 days of the event at the same circuit.

No testing with contracted riders is permitted in the “summer break”. In 2018 this means between Monday 16 July and Thursday 02 August.

Test teams of Manufacturers may nominate three current Grand Prix circuits at which they may test at any time except within 14 days of the event at that circuit. They may also test during the three days preceding the first official test after the winter test ban period. Such teams may also participate at all official tests.

MotoGP Class Testing Restrictions – Effective Season 2019

Regulations will be as per season 2018 above with the following changes:

The number of official, three day tests outside of Europe is reduced to two.

Teams will continue to be restricted to five days of private tests with their contracted riders. However, at least two days of private testing must take place between the last event of the season and 30 November. Remaining tests can take place at any time but not within 14 days of the event at the same circuit.

Other amendments agreed during the Motegi weekend, all effective from the 2018 season, were as follows:

Airbag Systems

All rider’s race suits must be fitted with an Airbag system designed with the purpose of minimising injuries. The technical specifications of the systems and the testing methods were also approved.

Moto2 Testing with Triumph Engines

Each manufacturer of Moto2 chassis who is supplying teams in the 2018 season may test chassis fitted with Triumph engines for a maximum of ten days per manufacturer. Testing may be conducted using any rider and the number of riders who may participate on each test day is not limited.

MotoGP Class Wild Card Machines

Each wild card entry is restricted to the use of three engines for their exclusive use. The technical specifications of the engine, ECU hardware, other electronics. etc., must be as those for the manufacturer of the machine.

Wild Card Entries in the MotoGP Class 

Each Manufacturer is permitted to enter a maximum of three wild cards per season. With the exception that Manufacturers who benefit from concessions are permitted to enter a maximum of six wild card entries per season. Entries from any single Manufacturer cannot be at consecutive events.

Source: MotoGP confirms 2018, 2019 testing changes | News | Crash

TRIUMPH TESTS MOTO2 ENGINE WITH DAYTONA-BASED PROTOTYPE

TRIUMPH TESTS MOTO2 ENGINE WITH DAYTONA-BASED PROTOTYPE

Triumph provided an update on its Moto2 engine development, showing the 765cc engine undergoing testing in a prototype based on the Daytona.

Dennis Chung September 8, 2017

Triumph has released an update on the development of its Moto2 engine, showing for the first time a prototype undergoing tests at the Ciudad del Motor de Aragon circuit. Triumph is set to replace Honda as the sole engine supplier for the Moto2 World Championship in 2019, using a motor based on the 765cc Inline-Three powering the Street Triple RS.

Triumph to Supply Moto2 Engines

For this test, the engine is mounted to a race chassis based on the current Daytona 675. Former 125cc World Champion and Moto2 runner-up Julian Simon took the prototype out on a shake down test to produce data on the engine’s performance and durability under racing conditions.

Triumph calls this a race prototype chassis, though the frame, and swingarm, not to mention the fairing, look similar to the existing Daytona 675. The subframe, however, looks new, and the prototype sports race suspension, OZ wheels and a different exhaust system

Based on the Speed Triple RS’ 765cc engine, the Moto2-spec powerplant includes a number of modifications including a revised cylinder head, titanium valves and stiffer valve springs. Triumph also added a tuneable slipper clutch and added a taller first gear. Moto2 bikes will also be managed by a spec ECU by Magneti Magelli. In its production form, Triumph claims the engine offers 121 hp at 11,700 rpm and 57 lb.-ft. at 10,800 rpm. The race engine will be higher revving and should see a significant bump in power and torque.

According to Triumph, development is proceeding ahead of expectations with Simon able to produce consistent and competitive lap times. Triumph says it is on schedule to deliver the first batch of Moto2 race engines by June 2018.

“At this stage of the development program we are in a good place. We are very pleased with the pace that Julian is showing with the latest engine and his feedback has been very positive,” says Steve Sargent, Triumph’s chief product officer. “We have confidence that we will deliver an engine that the teams will enjoy racing with and a spectacle and sound that will excite the fans.”

Simon has been playing a key role in developing the engine and he says the engine has improved since he last tested it.

“I am really happy to be here in Aragón testing the development of the 2019 Moto2 engines with Triumph,” says Simon. “I can see there has been a big improvement with the latest engine, giving a great feeling. There’s a lot of power and the gearing is fantastic, and for the sound, this is also fantastic. To me, it’s fun.”

Of course, this does raise the question of if (when?) we’ll see a new Daytona 765 enter production. Unfortunately, this prototype offers little clues about a potential new model; there’s far too much of the existing Daytona 675 in the test prototype, and we’d have to expect a new model would look a little more different from is predecessor.

Then again, the video does end with a tease about there being “even more to come in 2018…”

Source: Triumph Tests Moto2 Engine with Daytona-Based Prototype

DUCATI DESMOSEDICI STRADALE: THE SOUND OF A NEW ERA

DUCATI DESMOSEDICI STRADALE: THE SOUND OF A NEW ERA


The new engine derived from MotoGP

“We are proud to reveal this technological jewel that starts a new chapter in our company’s history, demonstrating its vitality and high level of investment in the development of new products. This engine also demonstrates the close collaboration between Ducati Corse and the group developing production motorcycles, and how much racing is able to develop technology that is then usable for the standard models”
Claudio Domenicali – CEO Ducati Motor Holding


The new V4 90° engine, based on the experience gained in MotoGP where the performance of the four-cylinder Desmosedici is at the top of its class, was designed to equip future Ducati supersport models. By transferring the technology of its most powerful engine from competition to production, Ducati offers its enthusiastic customers the experience that has been acquired over many seasons of MotoGP.

It’s called Desmosedici Stradale and is destined to become a milestone in the history of the company based in Borgo Panigale, which before now had never equipped a mass-produced sport bike with a four-cylinder engine

A V4 for the future of Ducati sport bikes

The Ducati Desmosedici Stradale is born from the heart of the Ducati Desmosedici GP and now is ready to turn its power and excellence into pleasure for all roadgoing sportbike enthusiasts. Unique, light, compact, technically advanced, with an unmistakable sound.
An engineering masterpiece, capable of bringing together the smooth power delivery of its V4 with the racing attitude and the strength more of its 210 Cv.

Source: Desmosedici Stradale

DUCATI V4 PANIGALE REVEALED

DUCATI V4 PANIGALE REVEALED

Submitted by Visordown on Thu, 09/07/2017 – 15:00

This time the bike, not just the engine

ONLY this morning, Ducati unveiled the engine that will power its first four-cylinder production bike, the Panigale V4, due to officially debut on November 5.

Thanks to the dark wonders of the internet, though, you don’t wait until then to see it, because this, the best leaked image of it so far, has just emerged.

It’s not the first look we’ve had at the complete 1103cc machine, which makes a claimed 210hp and 88.5lbft. Earlier this week a mobile phone picture of it emerged, apparently at a circuit where it had been undergoing tests.

 But this picture is better quality and leaves no doubt as to what we’re looking at, thanks to ‘Panigale V4’ clear on the side of the fairing.

It shows that the new model doesn’t stray far from the look of the existing V-twin Panigale, with similarly-shaped headlines, fairing and tail unit.

But the differences are also more discernible. The headlight recesses have grown, likely incorporating airducts.

 There also several subtle differences to the bodywork, including the fairing, tail unit and front mudguard.

The Ducati Panigale V4 is due to be officially unveiled in Milan at 9pm on November 5 and go on sale next year.

Ducati says the engine is derived from that of the Desmosedici GP machine raced in MotoGP.

The firm says it’s suited to the track but also designed for the needs of the road, with good low-down and mid-range torque, achieved with the help of its slightly larger displacement than its MotoGP ‘counterpart’.

A higher-revving R version of less than 1000cc, intended more for track use, is in the ‘advanced development stage’ according to Ducati.

Read more about it, including the full specs, in our separate story on the engine here.

Source: Ducati V4 Panigale revealed | Visordown

IS THIS THE FINAL CHAPTER OF BIMOTA?

IS THIS THE FINAL CHAPTER OF BIMOTA?

09/05/2017 @ 10:04 AM, BY JENSEN BEELER

The Bimota brand has a storied past, from its creation by Valerio Bianchi, Giuseppe Morri, and Massimo Tamburini, to its modern rebirth (several times over).

In between those chapters, we have seen a story born out of the company’s Rimini headquarters that has created some of motorcycling’s most iconic models, but it seems that the Bimota story is set to end.

In a story published by Cycle World, Bruno dePrato reports that Bimota has closed its doors in Italy, and all but officially ceased its business operations.

Bimota found new life in 2013, when Swiss investors Daniele Longoni and Marco Chiancianesi acquired the failed motorcycle company. Bimota began anew, featuring a BMW-powered model as its centerpiece, the Bimota BB3.

A superbike with a BMW S1000RR power plant, the Bimota BB3 failed to be the sales success that Bimota hoped for, with the company failing to fill the homologation requiremens for the World Superbike Championship, which ultimately lead to their dismissal from the paddock.

Hoping to spur sales, Bimota released a number of restyled models during the 2015 EICMA show, which included a supercharger for its water-cooled Ducati-powered models and a café racer version of hub-center steering Bimota Tesi 3D.

Now, the company has been reduced to reports of a few models trickling somewhere out of Switzerland, the homeland of Bimota’s current investors – as they seemingly deplete the final count of inventory pieces.

The recent news of Bimota’s closing shouldn’t surprise followers of the motorcycle industry though, as the Italian brand hasn’t shown signs of life to our recent memory.

This should also be a sad day for motorcycle enthusiasts, as the Bimota brand is responsible for some of the best motorcycles ever created, mixing both beautiful styling with cutting-edge performance.

The Italian marque has always struggled to recapture the magic that it once showed with its founding members. Maybe one day that special formula of talent will return to this phoenix of a brand.

Source: Cycle World

Source: Is This The Final Chapter of Bimota? – Asphalt & Rubber

DUCATI PANIGALE V4 SPOTTED IN PHOTO

DUCATI PANIGALE V4 SPOTTED IN PHOTO

09/04/2017 @ 6:42 PM, BY JENSEN BEELER

Later this week, Ducati will debut its Desmosedici Stradale engine, the new 90° V4 engine that will power Ducati’s next superbike (amongst other models). To see Ducati’s next superbike though, we’ll have to wait until November’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy…or will we?

This photo is going around the internet, purporting to show the new “Panigale V4” superbike. The photo looks legit, and looks very similar to the spy photos that we have seen of the Ducati’s new superbike machine.

The bodywork on the Ducati Panigale V4 mimics very closely the previous generation Panigale (the v-twin model), though there are some obvious changes. It looks like the headlight recesses also channel air around the body, likely to aid in cooling the V4 engine.

We can also see the “frameless” chassis design continues, with the aluminum black frame spar going from the rear cycling bank, attaching to the front cylinder bank (hidden under the fairing), and protruding forward to make the headstock/airbox.

The exhaust on the Panigale V4 also looks similar to the v-twin model, though it appears that there is a twin-pipe loop under the rider’s seat, rather than the single-pipe on the previous edition.

The engine case is also different from before, and placed in a slightly different position on the motorcycle.

While there are subtle differences between the Ducati Panigale V4 and the Ducati 1299 Panigale range, what is perhaps more interesting is the similarities between the two bikes.

It looks like Ducati will have an interesting presentation in Milano, in two months’ time.

Photo: Into the Red

Source: Ducati Panigale V4 Spotted in Photo – Asphalt & Rubber

SUCCESSFUL SURGERY FOR VALENTINO ROSSI

SUCCESSFUL SURGERY FOR VALENTINO ROSSI

09/01/2017 @ 1:57 AM, BY JENSEN BEELER

The Movistar Yamaha team has updated us on Valentino Rossi’s condition, as the MotoGP underwent surgery on his right leg earlier today.

Rossi was first examined at the Ospedale Civile di Urbino, where he was initially diagnosed, then he was transferred to the Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Ospedali Riuniti in Ancona, where the surgery was performed.

The team reports that the operation was a success, and that the doctors implanted metal pins (locking intramedullary nails, to be precise) into Rossi’s leg to hold the bones together.

“The surgery went well. This morning, when I woke up, I felt already good,” said Valentino Rossi in a press statement. “I would like to thank the staff of the Ospedali Riuniti in Ancona, and in particular Doctor Pascarella who operated on me.”

“I’m very sorry for the incident. Now I want to be back on my bike as soon as possible. I will do my best to make it happen!”

It is not clear how long Valentino Rossi will be on the sidelines for the rest of this year’s MotoGP season, though his championship hopes have certainly been dashed.

For those just catching the news, Rossi was diagnosed with a displaced fracture of his tibia and fibula bones on his right leg, the same leg he broke at Mugello in 2010.

The incident occurred on Thursday, while Rossi was training with his VR46 Riders Academy, riding off-road with enduro motorcycles.

Source: Successful Surgery for Valentino Rossi – Asphalt & Rubber

DUCATI’S NEW V4 ENGINE NAMED “DESMOSEDICI STRADALE”

DUCATI’S NEW V4 ENGINE NAMED “DESMOSEDICI STRADALE”

08/31/2017 @ 11:52 AM, BY JENSEN BEELER

In one week’s time, Ducati will unveil its new V4 engine, which will power the next-generation of the Italian company’s superbikes and other high-powered motorcycles.

Set to debut the Thursday before the San Marino GP round for MotoGP, Ducati has begun teasing us some information, the first of which is the new motor’s name, the Desmosedici Stradale.

True to Ducati naming conventions, the name of the engine literally means what it is, a road-going version of the Desmosedici engine that powers Bologna’s MotoGP project.

Between the choice of that name, and the fact that the motor will debut at a MotoGP round, it is clear that Ducati is playing to the engine’s roots that stem from the Desmosedici GP bike, which also uses a 90° V4 power plant with desmodromic valves.

We can expect some technology from the v-twin “Superleggera” to be used as well, with the new Desmosedici Stradale engine being a sort of hybrid of the two engine designs.

At the event in Misano, we expect Ducati to give all the technical specifics of the Desmosedici Stradale engine, including its unique firing order. Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali hinted to A&R that motor’s firing order is something special, saying it was “something between a v-twin and V4.”

Domenicali added with a smile that “the most interesting stuff is inside,” referring to the technology and design found within the Desmosedici Stradale engine. This news should mean that the unveiling next week should be very interesting for both Ducatisti and motorcycle enthusiasts.

It is also important to remember that the Desmosedici Stradale engine will not only power Ducati’s next superbike platform, the but the V4 engine will also be used for several other Ducati models, likely those that require high-power outputs.

We look forward to seeing Ducati’s new superbike debut at the EICMA show later this year, and to also seeing what new models the Demosedici Stradale powers in the coming model years.

Source: Ducati’s New V4 Engine Named “Desmosedici Stradale” – Asphalt & Rubber

CARBON-NEUTRAL CARS: SYNTHETIC FUELS TURN CO2 INTO A RAW MATERIAL

CARBON-NEUTRAL CARS: SYNTHETIC FUELS TURN CO2 INTO A RAW MATERIAL

Gerlingen, Germany – Up until recently, a carbon-neutral combustion engine was the stuff of dreams. Now it may soon become reality. The secret lies in synthetic, or carbon-neutral, fuels, whose manufacturing process captures CO2. In this way, this greenhouse gas becomes a raw material, from which gasoline, diesel, and substitute natural gas can be produced with the help of electricity from renewable sources. “Synthetic fuels can make gasoline- and diesel-powered cars carbon-neutral, and thus make a significant contribution to limiting global warming,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Bosch experts have put an exact figure on the contribution that could be made solely by the European car fleet: by 2050, the use of synthetic fuels as a scheduled supplement to electrification could save up to 2.8 gigatons of CO2, or 2,800,000,000,000 kilograms.1 That is three times Germany’s carbon-dioxide emissions in 2016.

Low-soot combustion reduces cost of exhaust-gas treatment

A look beyond Europe’s borders shows how urgent it is to further reduce traffic emissions: if the climate targets set by the Paris conference are to be achieved, CO2 emissions from traffic worldwide will have to be reduced 50 percent over the next four decades, and by at least 85 percent in the advanced economies.2 “Achieving our future climate targets calls for other intelligent solutions apart from electromobility,” Denner says. After all, even if all cars were to drive electrically one day, aircraft, ships, and even trucks will still run mainly on fuel. Carbon-neutral combustion engines that run on synthetic fuels are thus a very promising path to explore – also for passenger cars. In addition, synthetic fuels can be designed to burn practically soot-free. In this way, the cost of exhaust-gas treatment can be reduced.

One further crucial advantage is that the existing filling-station network can continue to be used. The same applies to the existing combustion-engine expertise. Moreover, even though electric cars will become significantly less expensive in the years ahead, the development of these fuels may be worthwhile. Bosch has calculated that, up to a lifetime mileage of 160,000 kilometers, the total cost of ownership of a hybrid running on synthetic fuel could be less than that of a long-range electric car, depending on the type of renewable energy used.

A new lease on life for filling stations and old vehicles

Technically speaking, it is already possible to manufacture synthetic fuels. If the electricity used is generated from renewables (and thus CO2-free), such fuels are carbon-neutral and very versatile. The hydrogen (H2) that is initially produced can be used to power fuel cells, while the fuels created following further processing can be used to run combustion engines or aircraft turbines. Pilot projects to commercialize synthetic diesel, gasoline, and gas are currently underway in Norway and Germany. In addition, because synthetic fuels are compatible with the existing infrastructure and engine generation, achieving a high degree of market penetration would take far less time than electrifying the existing vehicle fleet. Nor will anything change for the drivers of older vehicles, as even classic cars will still run on synthetic gasoline – in terms of chemical structure and fundamental properties, it is still gasoline.

Q&A – More about synthetic fuels

What needs to happen before synthetic fuels become established?

Despite everything, considerable efforts are still needed before synthetic fuels can become established. The processing facilities are still expensive, and there are only a few test plants. The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is thus supporting synthetic fuels as part of its “Alternative energies in transportation” initiative. The widespread use of these fuels will also be helped by the increasing availability of, and thus falling prices for, electricity from renewables.

How are synthetic fuels made?

Synthetic fuels are made solely with the help of renewable energy. In a first stage, hydrogen is produced from water. Carbon is added to this to produce a liquid fuel. This carbon can be recycled from industrial processes or even captured from the air using filters. Combining CO2 and H2 then results in the synthetic fuel, which can be gasoline, diesel, gas, or even kerosene.

How expensive will the fuel be?

At the moment, producing synthetic fuels is a complex and expensive process. However, a production ramp-up and favorable electricity prices could mean that synthetic fuels become significantly cheaper. Present studies suggest that the fuel itself (excluding any excise duties) could cost between 1.00 and 1.40 euros a liter in the long run.

What’s the difference between synthetic fuels and biofuels?

Synthetic fuels do not mean a choice between fuel tank and dinner plate, as biofuels do. And if renewable energy is used, synthetic fuels can be produced without the volume limitations that can be expected in the case of biofuels because of factors such as the amount of land available.

Tags: Fuel, Gasoline, Powertrain, Diesel, CO 2

Source: Carbon-neutral cars: synthetic fuels turn CO2 into a raw material – Bosch Media Service

THAILAND SET TO JOIN 2018 MOTOGP CALENDAR

THAILAND SET TO JOIN 2018 MOTOGP CALENDAR

The news that Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta is on his way to Thailand to sign a contract with the Buriram circuit to host MotoGP from 2018 signals that the publication of a 2018 provisional MotoGP calendar is imminent.

The Thai round of MotoGP is the final piece of the puzzle needed for putting together next year’s Grand Prix schedule.

The 2018 calendar will consist of 19 races, with the Thai round being added to the Pacific flyaways held in October. The series kicks off March 18th, at Losail in Qatar, a week before the Formula 1 season-opener in Australia.

To prevent the risk of night dew forming and making the track surface treacherous, the race is to be moved a couple of hours earlier, with the race set to start at 7pm local time instead of 9pm.

The 2018 schedule will look very similar to this year’s calendar, the races following much the same sequence. Thailand will be added to the three existing flyaway races in the Pacific region in October.

The plan, as we understand it, is to split the races up with a break of one weekend between the four races. It is still uncertain how the back-to-back weekends will be split up, whether the split will be three and one, or two and two.

Sepang has an agreement with Dorna to be the penultimate race on the calendar, and the last race of the flyaways. The Malaysian circuit is also believed to be keen not to be paired with Thailand on back-to-back weekends, as they fear that having the two events too close together will eat into their attendance figures.

A similar effect has been seen at Brno, where ticket sales have fallen since being paired with the Austrian round at the Red Bull Ring, just 300 kilometers away.

There are still a few question marks left in the calendar. The locations of two races are yet to be confirmed. The demise of the Circuit of Wales project leaves the British Grand Prix without a definite home at the moment, though the choice will be between Silverstone and Donington Park.

Silverstone is the current favorite to get the race, as the facilities at Donington are not up to hosting MotoGP. The paddock and garages are simply not large enough to house MotoGP’s ever expanding trucks and hospitality units.

However, Donington’s new owners MSV are known to have an interest in hosting MotoGP.

The other unknown is the location of the German Grand Prix. The Sachsenring has historically been a very popular location for the event, with crowds regularly exceeding 90,000 on Sundays.

But the circuit has struggled to make money, in part due to the high costs for erecting temporary grandstands around the circuit. Attempts to offset the costs by raising ticket prices caused attendance to fall sharply, dropping from 93,000 in 2016 to 77,000 in 2017.

According to German-language publication Speedweek, the ADAC, who own the rights to the German Grand Prix, are considering a switch to the Nürburgring in western Germany. Attendance at that race was poor in the past, but that was during the 1990s, when the popularity of the sport was at a low.

Crowd sizes everywhere have grown enormously, and with successful German riders like Jonas Folger in the sport, attendance should be greater.

Preseason testing kicks off on January 28th in Sepang, with two more tests set to take place before the first race in Qatar. There will be a test at Buriram in Thailand, to provide the teams and Michelin data for the track, and then the series will head to Qatar, for a final test ahead of the first race.

With the season expanding to 19 races, at least one of the preseason tests is due to be dropped, but that will only take place once MotoGP has raced in Thailand.

Source: Thailand Set to Join 2018 MotoGP Calendar – Asphalt & Rubber

NO VOTE ON BILL THAT PROMOTES WIDER AVAILABILITY OF UNSAFE E15 FUEL – THANK YOU!

NO VOTE ON BILL THAT PROMOTES WIDER AVAILABILITY OF UNSAFE E15 FUEL – THANK YOU!

You’ve made a difference! Because of your help, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works announced July 21 that there will be no vote on the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517).

The bill, introduced by U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), would amend the federal Clean Air Act’s ethanol waiver for limitations on Reid Vapor Pressure (a measure of gasoline’s propensity to evaporate).

If passed and signed into law, the legislation would allow the sale of E15 fuel – which can damage motorcycle and ATV fuel systems and engines — during the summer riding and driving season, June 1 through Sept. 15. Under current EPA regulations, E15 cannot be sold during these popular travel months.

The American Motorcyclist Association opposes E15 fuel because using E15 in motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles is illegal and may cause engine and fuel system damage and void the manufacturer’s warranty.

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use E15 or higher ethanol blends.

The rush by the ethanol industry to force more E15 fuel into the marketplace greatly increases the chance of inadvertent misfueling by motorcyclists and ATV owners — as well as owners of boats, small engines and other machines that are not certified for E15 use. Blender pumps, confusing pump labeling and the lack of any significant consumer education by the ethanol industry or the federal government all contribute to the potential for misfueling.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

Source: Join the AMA

1299 PANIGALE R FINAL EDITION – WHEN THE END TELLS THE WHOLE STORY

1299 PANIGALE R FINAL EDITION – WHEN THE END TELLS THE WHOLE STORY


This is the celebration of the twin cylinder Ducati Superbike legacy. We combined the most advanced aluminium monocoque chassis with our most powerful Superquadro engine to create the Panigale 1299 R Final Edition. For passionate riders ready to own the strongest part of Ducati’s V-twin history, complete with celebratory livery and numbered billet top yoke.
Discover more on panigale.ducati.com

DUCATI’S 2nd 2017 ISSUE OF REDLINE MAGAZINE AVAILABLE NOW!

DOWNLOAD DUCATI’S 2nd 2017 ISSUE OF REDLINE MAGAZINE!

This Redline issue is loaded with emotions and new discoveries for Ducatisti hearts.

The success that was branded double D (Ducati-Dovizioso), first at Mugello, with the historic all-Italian victory and an unrestrained Petrucci taking bronze, followed by a second win at Montmelò, launches the Italian flag with Ducati’s name on it towards exciting races.

Adventurous like no Ducati before it, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro arrives on the scene to let you explore the world on two wheels and go where no one has yet dared to go.
More in this issue, the SuperSport: comfort and versatility united into a sporty soul.

On the Scrambler slope: the return of the Full Throttle in grand style and the reveal of the Mach 2.0.
The unveiling of the DRE Safety Academy, the Ducati riding course focused on safety, with an in-depth look at the “Bosch Cornering ABS”, the latest technology on the motorcycle safety frontier.

The Multistrada 950 will transport you to Genova, where you’ll be immersed in its traditional atmosphere and the charm of its alleyways.

Also, the summer clothing line, the new Ducati Bicycles By Bianchi collection, and more, in the second issue of Redline for 2017.

Download your copy and follow your passion!

Source: Ducati

DECISIONS OF THE GRAND PRIX COMMISSION

DECISIONS OF THE GRAND PRIX COMMISSION

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The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Paul Duparc (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Carlos Ezpeleta (Dorna), Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting) and Corrado Cecchinelli (Director of Technology), in a meeting held in Assen on 24 June 2017, made the following decisions:

Technical Regulations – Effective Immediately

Catch Tanks

Detailed changes concerning tank capacity, including tubing, and non-return valves were approved.

Chassis Construction Materials

During the GPC meeting in Losail new regulations were approved concerning materials that may be used in the construction of Moto3 and Moto2 class chassis. With slight modifications, primarily concerning the material used for swinging arm and wheel spindles, the regulations will now apply to chassis in all classes.

Technical Regulations – Effective 2019

Updated, detailed specifications for Moto2 electronics and ancillaries were confirmed.

Sporting Regulations – Effective Immediately

Insurance for Wild Card Riders

Wild card riders will henceforth be included in the accidental injury insurance provided by IRTA and will no longer need to obtain insurance from their National Federation for that event. This will give them the same level of cover as the permanently contracted riders.

Participation in Different Championships at the Same Event

At some events there are races for the same category of machine in different Championships. It will no longer be permitted for a rider to compete in more than one Championship during the same event.

Other Matters

Dashboard Displays and Messages

It has already been confirmed that machines in the Moto3 and MotoGP class must have the dashboard facility to display text messages, linked to the current warning lights, with effect from 2018. This will also apply to the Moto2 class from 2019. The GPC have now confirmed the precise list of messages that will be sent with the warning lights by Race Direction.

Some teams already have the facility on their machine dashboards to receive text messages and, following approval from the Safety Commission, the GPC confirmed that such teams may already use this facility as a “virtual pit board”. This does not require any amendments to existing regulations.

Appointments of Official Suppliers

The GPC confirmed the appointment of the following official suppliers to the Championship:

–  Triumph as supplier of engines for the Moto2 class with effect from 2019.

–  Dell’Orto as supplier of the ECU for the Moto3 class from 2018 to 2020

Request from HRC

The GPC approved a request from HRC to, in the interests of safety, replace the inlet valves on a number of their Moto3 class engines due to a manufacturing flaw leading to incidences of cracking. The changes will be made under the supervision of Technical Direction staff and engines so affected will be limited to a total usage of 2,200 km.

Source: MotoGP™

MOTOGP DASHBOARD MESSAGES APPROVED, STARTING IN 2018

MOTOGP DASHBOARD MESSAGES APPROVED, STARTING 2018

06/28/2017 @ 11:54 pm, by David Emmet

On the eve of the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, the Grand Prix Commission, MotoGP’s rule making body has allowed a system which was first mooted at the same race last year.

In Assen, the GPC gathered to discuss various minor tweaks to the MotoGP rules, but among them was a major upgrade: permitting the use of dashboard messages by the teams from 2018.

The ability to send messages is piggybacking off the system put in place to aid Race Direction. With spec ECUs and spec dashboards in Moto3 and MotoGP, Race Direction had long wanted the ability to send messages to the bikes on track.

They can already send a signal warning the riders that the race has been red-flagged, or to tell a particular rider that he has been black-flagged, but they had wanted to expand on that ability.

The spec ECU and dashboard used in both Moto3 and MotoGP is capable of operating in full duplex mode, both sending and receiving messages via the timing loops around the track.

That allows Race Direction both to send a message to one or more riders, and to be certain that they have actually received the message (though seeing/reading/comprehending it is a different kettle of fish altogether).

At the Sachsenring MotoGP race last year, a debate unfolded over whether teams should be use that system to send their own messages. The desire to be able to do so came from the fact that multiple riders missed their pit boards, and did not come in on time, thereby throwing away any chance of winning the race.

Afterwards, several riders expressed a desire to be able to receive messages from the team, to help them decide when was the best time to swap bikes from wet tires to slicks.

Their wish has now been granted. From 2018, when the dashboard message system is adopted in MotoGP and Moto3 (Moto2 is to follow, when the engines are switched to Triumph and the electronics to Magneti Marelli), the teams will also be able to send their riders messages, without any limitation or restriction.

Source: MotoGP Dashboard Messages Approved, Starting in 2018 – Asphalt & Rubber

WATCH CHRIS FILLMORE’S RECORD-BREAKING RIDE UP PIKES PEAK

WATCH CHRIS FILLMORE’S RECORD-BREAKING RIDE UP PIKES PEAK

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Want to watch the fastest motorcycle run ever up Pikes Peak? At this year’s Race to the Clouds, Chris Fillmore took his KTM 1290 Super Duke R on a record-setting ascent to the mountain summit, with an impressive time of 9:49.625.

More impressive though is the fact the Fillmore broke the record on his rookie debut to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

If you have less than ten minutes to spare, you can watch Chris Fillmore’s run up the mountain. It’s extra enjoyable, because the Pikes Peak organizers thought that the first three minutes of the video should include a voice-over interview with Fillmore at the mountain’s summit, rather than letting us listen to that KTM purr.

Source: Watch Chris Fillmore’s Record-Breaking Ride up Pikes Peak – Asphalt & Rubber