Buell has prepped up a racing version of the 1125R to compete (ONLY in the hands of licensed professional road racers) with Japanese and Italian liter bikes in the AMA Pro Racing American Superbike class. The move is one that the motorcycling world had been expecting, given the fact that Buell flirted with racing in the past, but the 1125RR is an entirely new turn-key machine for privateers willing to pay the $40 grand price.
We recently made a post regarding the 2010 Ducati 848 Hayden Edition and now came across a video of one such special bike on the internet. It is located at Commonwealth Motorcycles in Louisville, Kentucky in expectancy of that also special future owner.
North Carolina Ducati dealer Hattar Motorsports came up with this Martini Racing paintjob for the 1098S model.
Although drinking and riding isn’t something that we recommend, we have to admit that the Martini Racing livery looks just like the right ‘detail’ if planning to make the Ducati 1098S stand out even more than it already does with the usual paint schemes.
If taking this amazing looking motorcycle on the race track, it will surely be confused with a veritable racer (which it isn’t far from being, by the way).
We were wondering when the Martini Racing colors could find their place on a motorcycle because we’ve seen plenty of championship-winning race cars showing it ever since 1968. There could be no better choice than this specific Ducati model.
Dani Pedrosa obtained a well-deserved victory at Mazda Raceways Laguna Seca this weekend, after more than a year away from the highest position of the podium. He managed to keep Valentino Rossi behind while ’the doctor’ was about to pass him on the last straight. A few more laps and Rossi could have take the win. A fantastic race for Pedrosa.
Valentino Rossi obtained last weekend at Assen his 100th Grand Prix victory as a professional pilot and became again the current leader of the provisory MotoGP top, after an easy race in which no pilot managed to seriously threaten his position. Lorenzo finished second and Stoner came in third.
The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is creating a new race series for electric motorcycles starting 2010. The news comes after the recent success of the world’s first zero-emissions motorcycle race at the Isle of Man and the two are seriously connected because the man behind this project, which will be part of the Road Racing Grand Prix Commission, is Azhar Hussain, organizer and founder of the TTXGP.
Italy’s “red” motorcycle and car manufacturers will compete in a winner-takes-all race on July 13th at the Ducs Fly South track day at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
The event is Ducati’s major for the summer and the most interesting part of it goes like this: Universal Autosports staff will pilot three Ferrari Challenge cars around the track and see which one obtains the best lap time. Immediately following the hot lap competition, professional Ducati instructors and racers will compete in an identical way on Ducati motorcycles.
The best of the best Ferrari Challenge driver and Ducati rider will go head-to-head and, hopefully, offer an answer to the old car vs. motorcycle dilemma.
This video shows an unbelievable towards impossible motorcycle save achieved by AMA Superbike racer Jamie Hacking. What is definitely a scene that will remain in the archives of racing as the “greatest save of all times” happened while the American rider came out a high-speed corner on his Kawasaki ZX-10R and suddenly the bike lost traction of the rear tire.
Despite ending up scrapping the floor at over 120mph, Hacking somehow managed to hold on to the handlebar and the bike miraculously saved the day. The racer ended up finishing the race on a decent podium position (you sure know which that is).
The Catalan Grand Prix was a shot of adrenaline for the entire Fiat Yamaha Team as racers Lorenzo and Rossi fought for the first place on the podium. In the end, Rossi ended up drinking the winner’s champagne while Lorenzo came in second and Stoner third.
This has to be the greatest race of the season so far!
Get the detailed results and see the video after the break.
It’s always nice to see comebacks in the motorcycle industry, especially for fans of the different brands. In what Norton is concerned, although they’ll most likely never reach their former glory, the modern interpretation of their mid 1990s racer is enough to provide the industry with an accurate impression of how advanced the technology implemented in this model was for its time. And with performance data comparable to that of modern supersport models, we reckon the Brits have little catching up to do.