Indiana’s Criminal Justice Institute has started a motorcycle safety campaign called Ride Safe Indiana, which for now consists in a couple of videos showing 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden advising bikers to go easy on the throttle and always wear their gear. Both videos are also based on the power of example, meaning you’ll see some of Hayden’s most serious crashes. Follow the jump to see the videos.
Valentino Rossi won the season-opening race in Qatar after leader Casey Stoner crashed during lap six. After the race, Stoner admitted that a “silly mistake” was the cause of his crash. The second place on the podium was occupied by Jorge Lorenzo, while third went to Andrea Dovizioso, who was milliseconds faster than Nicky Hayden right before the finish line. Read the race results after the jump.
Chris Vermeulen, who has recently underwent keyhole surgery has just started walking again and he’s already riding his trial bike in an attempt to recover his knee faster for the Assen race. Meanwhile, he’ll skip this weekend’s WSBK round in Valencia, so the video is more of a way to keep fans posted about his evolution.
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas officially presented yesterday in Madrid his Moto2 team called Jack&Jones by Antonio Banderas, which will compete in the Moto2 World Championship.
The 49-year-old Hollywood star is no stranger to motorcycles as he bought his first motorcycle more than 30 years ago and can now brag about a decent collection involving all types of motorcycles from touring to dirt ones.
Banderas about his passion for motorcycles and racing: “I am a motorcycle lover, and I’ve been a big fan in recent years. This gave me the opportunity to compete on the inside and I didn’t have to think about it!”
For the 2010 World Championship, which will debut this weekend in Qatar, Banderas hired riders Kenny Noyes and Joan Olivé and says: “I want to be involved with the team where the riders, both Joan and Kenny, have everything they need to compete at the highest level.”
The dices have been thrown in what the 2010 MotoGP season is concerned, so Italian design guru Oberdan Bezzi comes with a plan for both the 2011 Ducati racing team and Valentino Rossi and his latest sketch pretty much says it all.
Obiboi hopes for a 100% Italian racing team, so he revives the iconic Martini Ducati livery on a Ducati Desmosedici and hopes The Doctor will master this for many seasons to come, starting with the 2011 one. Although the chances for the designer’s dream to come true are small, Rossi hasn’t confirmed or infirmed his possible switch to Ducati in 2011.
Oberdan Bezzi describes the 2011 Martini Ducati MotoGP on his blog with the following words: “would be the result of a favorable astral conjunction, a real emergency room! Sponsor a mythical (Martini) with great tradition in the engine high-level entrant into starring in the World Championship, the renewed desire to challenge a champion without peer (Valentino Rossi) and the technical competence of a prestigious brand and hungry for glory (DUCATI)! The ingredients of a dream everything ITALIAN!”
Designer Marc Senger has recently presented his latest concept, the Audi LSR land speed record motorbike. A superbike of the future, the Audi rocket is scheduled for the 2031 Bonneville Speed Week trials and, judging by the way it looks, this streamliner is a winner already.
Yamaha Motor USA has found a rather funny way to promote the Ben Spies and Colin Edwards team for the 2010 World Superbike Championship. Their latest video shows the two take on a road trip in Texas to bond before the new season. Just check it out.
Motorcycle designer and builder Andrew Morris is the kind of fan that gets stuff done from special reasons and he recently presented his 250bhp turbocharged tribute to Barry Sheene at Goodwood. The bike is called the Icon Sheene and dubbed ‘the ultimate road bike’. A simple look at it is what it takes to understand why.
When asked about his favorite Grand Prix motorcycle road racer Morris said: “Barry Sheene was a hero – of mine and everyone else. I believe the Icon Sheene is a fitting tribute to this remarkable man and I’m very fortunate to have his family’s backing for the project.”
Take a look at these photos of the 185rwhp Buell 1190RR race bike. They were taken right before the bike was shipped to a customer in Germany.
Although we’re aware that the machine will spend its life on race tracks, we can’t help but wonder how would a press release of the road legal bike have sounded? It looks to us like a pair of headlamps and mirrors sit in between it and street homologation as this project originally started life with plans to become a street-legal superbike before Buell was discontinued by the uninspired American giant.
Rizla Suzuki has today released the first pics of the 2010 GSV-R, the 800cc MotoGP racing bike that will be ridden by Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista in the upcoming season. The bike will again distinguish thanks to the dominating Blue with RIZLA written on each side.
Althought the bike doesn’t look much different from the 2009 model, the team claims their fourth generation model is better from all points of view: acceleration, aerodynamics, chassis and electronics. Still the V4 copes with engine restrictions implemented into this year’s championship, meaning Suzuki will only supply 6 engines for all 18 races.
While it is nice seeing that reliability is also taken into concern, what happened to “the best race engine is the one that ceases right after passing the finish line”?