Honda is set to dominate the premier motocross class as they launch a radically improved 2009 CRF450R that is lighter, more powerful and better handling. As supposed, the totally new engine gets fuel injection in a quest for even more power and the new chassis makes it easier to be maneuvered to the top of the podium.
Suzuki practically based RM’s 2009 revision on the fact that it gets fuel injection, a first in motocross racing, and together with that it improved the entire bike in their attempt of becoming a track leader and the most feared opponent ever to be faced by the competition. Let’s see if they succeeded.
Suzuki has indeed got rid of its 125cc two-stroke RM, but that was only to make room for the RM-Z250, a bike that has significantly evaluated during these past years and which unveils itself as reaching the highest levels of refinements you can encounter in the given class.
Yamaha has just launched the Team Replica of the new YZ 450F, a notorious MX1 motorcycle in which’s seat David Philippaerts won the World Championship only a month ago.
This limited edition celebration model is destined to European motocross fans looking for a new kind of experience on a dirt bike. In order for their requirements to be accomplished, Yamaha Monster Motocross Team has teamed up with Yamaha Racing, the new model ending up featuring upgraded frame and motor compared to the simple version of this bike.
There are also many carbon fiber pieces which reduce the overall weight and also give a clue on this bike’s performance capabilities. The Kawasaki-like graphics stand as a reminder of actual race version and make the 2009 Yamaha YZF 450F Team Replica even more special.
Yamaha plans on making only 100 such bikes for the European market, something that makes them even more craved for.
A little over 30 years ago, a bright young man was working at a French coast resort town in the North called Le Touquet. In the summer things were very busy, since the beach is the closest beach to Paris (hence the area is dubbed “Paris Plage” - Paris Beach). Lots of things to do, with a big and wide beach full of sunbathing people.
But in the winter things are a bit dead. The young man was a passionate motorcycle rider, and together with some like minded friends, he decided to race on the beach. A couple of dozen of them started a beach race, just for fun. When they finished racing they noticed that they had drawn an immense crowd of people who were watching them.
The young man decided that maybe it was a good opportunity to breath some oxygen in a resort town that was as dead as a door nail during the winter months. So, he organized a beach race during the first weekend of February.
The young man was called Thierry Sabine, and after organizing the “Le Touquet” beach race (now called the EnduroPale), he went on and started another race which has become the most popular and toughest race in the world; the Paris-Dakar!
Both the Le Touquet and the Dakar earned him world fame. Unfortunately, he has not been able to enjoy the fame since he died in a helicopter crash during the Dara race. But both his legacies live on.
The EnduroPale has become “the” race to attend for February. 1100 motorcycle start (at the same time), and must race for the hole shot 7 kilometers away.
Usually, the hole shot winners are bikers with specially prepared motorcycles. KTM 950 and BMW HP2 have been previous winners, but the last year’s winner of the hole shot was a Honda 900 CBT Fireblade, specially prepared for deep sand.
Speeds reach 200 kph, and then the 1100 motorcycles are funneled through a bottle neck. They used to race through the sand dunes, but that got stopped several years ago due to environmental concerns. Now the first bottleneck is a narrow hill.
Of the 1100 motorcycles thundering, stumbling and crashing through deep sand over 15 kilometers, some 20 are professionals, 50-100 are expert riders and the remainder are Sunday riders who want to say they participated in the great race. Many have never raced on sand before.
For three hours, you see the professionals dodging falling motorcycles and crashing riders, jumping over motorcycles littered on the ground with exhausted riders next to them.
Since the spectacle is free, the “show” extracts record crowds. Some years, despite the cold, 500,000 spectators have stood alongside the beach front.
Many nationalities have participated from around the world. Big names like Cyril Despres, David Knight, Potisek brothers, Jean-Claude Mouse and Arnaud Demeester have been present.
There are a lot of prizes for the different categories, and recently, the organizers have even awarded a prize of the top foreigners.
This year the organizers are doing one better. The €242 registration fee will include a DVD of the race, so if you’re participating, you’ll see what you missed.
If you’re interested, registrations open on 6 October. → http://www.enduropaledutouquet.fr/
The race itself will be held on the 22nd of February 2009.
I am saying that because this video is a remembering of the most notorious motorcycle crashes that took place in 2004 during organized hill climbing competitions. And guess what? Things aren’t any different today.
Would I vote this the most dangerous motorcycle sport? Definitely! Just listen to the guy at the end of the video and you’ll feel the same way too.
Present at a Wisconsin casino on August 16th 2008, Robbie did what a Knievel knows doing best: jumping over stuff. In this case, over four airplanes and a helicopter, but it was enough for the public to go nuts.
Notice that the asphalt was wet, either from rain or to prevent things from catching up fire, so the jump was pretty risky even though it didn’t covered that much distance. We heard the landing was ok too!
Husqvarna keeps us on pins and needles in what concerns the launch of the 2009 TC 250, the bike that it’s suppose to be the lightest motocrosser yet to be produced. There are many chances that it will participate in the 2009 World Motocross Championship, but what we do know for sure is that it weighs 48.5 lbs.
Much of the massive weight reduction is due to the compactness of the four-stroke engine (13 percent smaller than everything else out there) featuring four titanium radial valves. Developed in collaboration with MX3 racer Andrea Bartolini, the new bike is expected to rule on the 2009 motocross scene.
But in order to do that, it will first have to be produced and rumors are that this autumn will bring racers face to face with it. Let’s hope so!
This is one of the funniest commercials I’ve seen in a while. Not about a motorcycle, but about riding gear, it shows up a neard’s idea about motocross. Just look at him go with the name and number painted on its back. That’s crazy!