BMW’s involvement in MotoGP is well-chronicled, having been bestowed the title of "Official Car of MotoGP" for the past 15 years.
Seeing an opportunity to commemorate the occasion, BMW and MotoGP have partnered up yet again to present a special one-off BMW M6 to the best MotoGP qualifier at the end of the season. This particular collaboration has actually been going on since 2003, but this year, they’re upping the ante with a pretty incredible prize.
The special-edition M6, which was recently unveiled at the Spanish Grand Prix, is dressed in a fancy Frozen Black Metallic exterior to go with an equally fancy set of 20-inch matte-black, light-alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the interior of the M6 Frozen Black carries a unique combination of carbon fiber trim with leather upholstery in Merino and Sakhir Orange. Oh, and don’t forget the M multi-function seats, the heads-up display and the GPS navigation capabilities.
No performance mods were given to this unique M6, so you can expect it to be powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. With those numbers, the M6 is capable of hitting 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.
Click past the jump to check out the safety cars that have participated in MotoGP over the years.
Ducati auctioned the famous Desmosedici GO10 CS1 which is Stoner’s Phillip Island-winning model. The motorcycle comes without the small fairing winglets as they were removed to reduce lift. The Ducati Desmosedici GP10 CS1 has won the race with an average speed of 175.100 kmph. It will be supplied with a certificate of authenticity from Ducati Corse (racing department), and the new owner will be given a VIP tour of the Ducati factory in Bologna.
At the heart of the bike lies a 200+ hp liquid-cooled, 90-degree 799 cc V-4 four-stroke, desmodromic DOHC engine with four valves per cylinder. The engine is mated on a six-speed cassette-type gearbox with alternative gear ratios available and a dry multi-plate slipper clutch.
In terms of suspension, the Ducati Desmosedici is packed with a front Öhlins upside-down 48 mm front forks and a Öhlins rear shock absorber, adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping.
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The Ducati Desmosedici GP11 VR2 was auctioned by Ducati with an estimated price of €300.000-€350.000. The motorcycle was the second of four variations Rossi raced during the 2011 season but is ostensibly the same as the GP10 of the previous season.
The motorcycle is fitted with a 800-cc D-16 engine and the suspension was an Öhlins TRSP25 48-mm “Through Rod” front fork with a TRSP44 rear shock absorber.
The bike had also received a new carbon airbox and a new electronics package designed to soften the savage throttle response lower down. A more sophisticated traction control system was also introduced, and engine revisions included a higher inertia and crankshaft to further tame the throttle response.
As MotoGP moves into a new era in 2012, Rossi’s GP11 exemplifies the evolution of the 800-cc D16 from the world-beating GP7 through until the end of this formula in 2011. The GP11 was the ultimate development of the D16 that provided Ducati their only MotoGP World Championship.
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Honda Racing Corporation has decided to unveil their long-awaited NSF250R 4-stroke bike at the Catalunya race circuit in Barcelona on June 2, 2011, just in time for the future Moto3 class that’s set to take the place of the current 125cc category of the GP125 class of the FIM Road-Racing World Championship.
The new NSF250R 4-stroke bike bears striking similarities to the bike it’s replacing, the RS125R. Incidentally, the RS125R was ridden by both Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso to their respective World Championship runs.
In developing the NSF250R, Honda Racing Corporation wanted to build a bike that took the same high-performance, lightweight, and compact elements of the RS125R. “We want users to ride with the same sense of comfort and inherits important elements from the RS125R such as the ability to learn the basics for moving up from entry level to the MotoGP,” HRC explains.
The bike is scheduled to have its official press face time on June 2nd at the Catalunya circuit in Barcelona with a public demonstration by Alex Criville happening a day later on June 3rd followed by another demo lap right after the warm-up session of the MotoGP race on Sunday, June 5th.
Those of you interested in keeping tabs on the new Moto3 class of MotoGP, you might find it worth your time to check out the bike that’s being groomed to contend in the new series beginning in 2012.
UPDATE 10/11/2011 : America has waited enough, Honda. Now the Japanese company is finally dropping the wait after announcing the arrival of the 2012 HRC NSF250R. Developed for the FIM GP road racing competition in the Moto3 class, the NSF250R promises to live up to the hype - and so much more.
Any true fan of the MotoGP series will find the name Pierobon extremely recognizable due to the fact that they are a famous Italian tuner that delivers frames and components for various racing competitions. The tuner’s recent work is the F042 HStreet - a road legal street bike based on the Ducati’s two cylinder engine, the Desmodue SS900. The price for the complete bike is 19,000 euro or $25,260 at the current exchange rates.
The bike features big aluminum tubes that are supported by structures that are simple but robust, inspired by the Pierobon F042 - a celebrity in Supertwin League. The HStreet is built on a 1390 mm wheelbase and weighs only 140 kilos.
The bike rides on light 17" wheels and features an aluminum frame in combination with a network of pipes above the L-shaped twin-function carrier, united in the new rear swingarm. However, Pierobon did not announce if any modifications were made for the engine.
When BMW released the M3 GTS, you would have expected that there would be drivers from all over the world drooling at the chance to take the almighty car out for a spin.
Well, drivers, drool with envy. MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi already has first dibs.
The Italian motorbike superstar earned the privilege after being awarded the BMW M award prize for being this year’s Best Qualifier. As part of this prize, Rossi was given a chance to run the M3 GTS around the Ricardo Tormo circuit for a few laps.
After his much-enviable run around with the M3 GTs, MotoGP found Rossi and asked about his comments on the car. “It was amazing in the GTS, just amazing,” he said. “It was great, especially under braking with the light weight that it has.”
Rossi was so taken by the M3 GTS that he even managed to convince BMW to trade in his BMW M Award prize for a brand-new M3 GTS, making him one of the very first owners of BMW’s new superduper sports car.
Yes, we know. Some guys just have all the luck.
We ran into Top Chef’s Fabio Viviani at the Red Bull Grand Prix in Mazda Raceways at Laguna Seca. Although Fabio was deeply focused on the track, he still took time for a pose. Fabio was cheering for the Italian Team, while climbing up the hill toward the best spot on the track, the famous ’Corkscrew’. At the end of the qualifying session Valentino Rossi, the fastest Italian on two wheels ended up at the 2 position.
Today, the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) announced the end of the 250GP class. The sanctioning body unanimously voted to the following changes in the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations:Unleaded fuel will comply with the new EU standards; Replacement of the 250GP class with 600cc four-stroke engines.
Currently, the 250GP class consists of two-stroke engines with a maximum of 250cc. This class has been active since the inception of the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix by the FIM in 1949. Although the reasoning is understandable, the thought of completely eliminating the 250GP class is sad, to say the least. It has always been the most successful of the so-called “support” groups to MotoGP (the premier racing class). In fact, it was the 250GP where manufacturers like Aprilia, KTM, and others made their mark in motorcycling racing.
I realize in this eco-friendly world that a two-stroke engine is considered worthless and unnecessary; however I had the pleasure of seeing a real 250GP in the form of an Aprilia RS250. It was a few years back at a local bike rider’s watering hole and this very different sounding bike pulled up. It was probably the coolest looking bike I had ever seen. It looked and sounded like it was ready and waiting for the next Grand Prix. The end of an era in motorcycle racing has been thrust upon us; I do believe a moment of silence is owed to the 250GP class.
The 25 years old Casey Stoner won the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.He dominated the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix race at Laguna Seca from start to finish on Sunday to take his sixth win of the year.
Stoner passed the finish line with an advantage of almost 10 seconds ahead of his compatriot Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki).Vermeulen was followed by Marco Melandri (Honda Gresini) who had a superb race, from the 10th place to the 3rd.
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Valentino Rossi heads to one of the three race tracks where he has no victory yet(The three race tracks where "The doctor" did not win are Laguna Seca, Istanbul Park and Misano). Rossi has a chance at the Red Bull U.S. Grand prix to secure his first victory at Laguna Seca and to be sure that he is closer to the championship leader, Casey Stoner.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway is back in business! After Bernie Ecclestone couldn’t reach an agreement with Tony George for future GPs at Indy and deleted the race track from the F1 schedule, now for the first time in nearly a century(the last was on August 14, 1909) the Motorcycle Grand Prix will return to Indianapolis on September 14th 2008, as the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
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Dani Pedrosa dominated the 30 lap German Grand Prix and obtained Honda’s first ever 800cc with advantage of over 13 seconds, this being the biggest official dry victory margin.
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