It is hard to guess this year’s favorite Christmas present of the eight-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi, but it seems that a group of Italian fans from the Skydive Sport Center Tortuga in Arezzo, Tuscany get pretty close to what really matters: showing your appreciation. And when that happens at 3000 feet from the ground, you just can’t get enough of it.
It is now official. Aprilia will sell previous Grand Prix motorcycles ridden by Tetsuya Harada and Jeremy McWilliams in the 1999 and 2000 500cc World Championships. If you are a fan I probably don’t even have to mention that the bikes in case are RSW 500 V2 GP models and simply skip to the number of bikes and the prices.
Well, things complicate here as Aprilia doesn’t mention their financial demands, but do adds the fact that buyers will have to sign a contract in which they take the obligation of not divulging the technical details as they will continue belonging to the Italian maker, under intellectual property law.
Getting down to business, we find that only three are available:
The bike used by Harada in the 1999 season;
The bike used by Harada in the 2000 season;
The bike used by McWilliams in the 2000 season.
If you’re ready to spend some serious cash on one serious bike you can contact Aprilia here.
Ducati North America has announced that additional units of the Desmosedici RR MotoGP replica will be produced and addressed to the market in cause.
So few lucky riders who remained with a bitter taste in their mouths after closing out of the ordering process now have the opportunity to get their hands on one of those pre-sold units which meanwhile became again available.
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SRO SPORTS announces the DVD release of “MotoGP Riding Secrets”, a material that is suppose to familiarize amateur riders with the techniques of the best motorcycle pilots in the present. With 121 minutes of running time and a price of $24,99, the viewing of this new DVD will have impressive consequences on your lap times.
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Born from MotoGP, the 2009 Yamaha R1 is the most technologically advanced motorcycle of the day and, implicit, well worth of a detailed video in which the technical specifications are being explained.
Apparently, now you can be your own fan as you won’t be riding, but racing this bike. Just make sure to do it on a closed track.
Yamaha France will be supplying its motor heads with YZF-R1 and YZF-R6 models featuring a kit which transforms them in street legal replicas of the Yamaha M1 raced by Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo in the MotoGP Championship.
The kit is only available in France in a limited edition of only 35 units and it includes the full MotoGP-style fairing, gas tank cap, and graphics. Also, the bikes feature only the rider seat for extra truthfulness.
And you haven’t even heard the best of it. The kit can be adapted to a variety of new or used Yamaha R1 and R6 models so the price will be influenced by as much or as few elements of the kit you need to buy in order to have your bike look like Rossi’s.
If I would relate the word “funny” with “crash”, this would be the video I’d refer to. But, as I do not want to say that, I simply call it bad luck for the pilots and lots of entertaining for the spectators.
As you can see, inspiration strikes racing drivers in some of the most dangerous situations and yet they manage to maintain a practical and cold thinking. How would you react in any of the given layouts?
Today, at Laguna Seca, home racer Colin Edwards will announce that he will sign its contract with Tech 3 Yamaha Team. How do we know that? Well, the last time I checked we were not predictors, but there has been done some negotiating last week at the rain-hit German GP at Sachsenring and the positive conclusions are to be announced today.
Even though the Texan has a great evolution in this year’s MotoGP Championship for Herve Poncharal’s squad (two podiums and a pole position) it initially considered to quit the premier class and race in America. But it seems that the tough negotiators at Yamaha can make anybody reconsider their options.
Colin Edwards will make team with British riders James Toseland, so Yamaha’s expecting a successful 2009 MotoGP.
Poncharal didn’t lost much time as it renewed its contract with Yamaha for two more years at the same race.