For the upcoming Le Mans MotoGP race, Yamaha France has released just four different race replicas of their four MotoGP riders. So the Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo replicas feature the Fiat-Yamaha color scheme, while those of Ben Spies and Colin Edwards received the Monster Tech3 Yamaha paintjobs.
But there’s actually much more to these bikes than just paint; there’s a small race kit, which includes:Bike seat cover with the official team colors bearing the number of pilot Pair of YEC racing levers Replica helmet of the MotoGP rider whose race replica you’ve chosen (which can be signed by that rider was well) Official Yamaha team shirt, 2 paddock passes paddock at Le Mans for the Moto GP weekend “Wild card” track day with Yamaha instructors Certificate of authenticity and a plaque attached to specific authentication framework makes these machines truly unique.
Most importantly, the four Yamaha GP riders are the ones handing in the keys and that has probably the most to do with the fact that only the Colin Edwards replica is still available despite the €16,990 price tag, $1,000 more than what Europeans would pay for a standard R1.
Jorge Lorenzo won the Spanish Grand Prix after a spectacular duel with Dani Pedrosa in the final lap of the Jerez MotoGP. Teammate Valentino Rossi was the third to pass the finish line.
Honda rider Dani Pedrosa set off from pole-position and pretty much dominated the Jerez race until, with six laps before the checker flag, Jorge Lorenzo came strong from behind and finally claimed the first place on the podium during the race’s final lap. Read the race results after the jump.
If Ferrari gets its wish, MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi might be trading up his Yamaha motorcycle for something of the four-wheeled variety, namely a Ferrari F1 race car.
It’s been no secret that the Prancing Horse has been after Rossi for quite some time now, making numerous invitations and overtures over the years for the Italian icon to switch racing disciplines.
And if the Scuderia haven’t made their intentions any more obvious before, outgoing Fiat Group Chairman and current Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo pretty much let the entire world know about Ferrari’s on-going courtship with Rossi. "We want a third car in F1 next year and I would do everything to have Valentino," he said. "When he wins this year’s MotoGP, enough is enough, he must also win in Formula 1."
Whether Rossi does make the switch is still up in the air, but if you ask us, he’s dominated MotoGP long enough - he’s won nine World Championships and is in serious contention for number 10 this year. It’s time he switch gears and add a new challenge to his already sparkling career.
And what better way to do that than hitting up Formula One?
Former AMA superbike champion Ben Spies is fresh off the Yamaha M1 after his first MotoGP race at Qatar and gives an interview to On the Throttle TV in which he shares from his Italian retreat outside Milan his first impressions after the qualifying and the actual race. Also, Spies is asked to compare the 2010 M1 with his previous superbike and also talks about some of the other riders such as Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner. Check it out.
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.
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”?
On the occasion of Valentino Rossi’s 31st birthday, Fiat on the Web has released a short celebration video in which they also suggest fans to post their own Youtube videos and make “The 31-year-old Doctor” happy with the event in case that being a multiple MotoGP World Champion isn’t enough of a reason already.
As announced, Fiat Yamaha team has today taken the wraps off the 2010 MotoGP bikes at Sepang before the first official tests of the new racing season. Looking at the new liveries, we have to admit there isn’t anything to make our jaws drop, but nothing wrong either…apart from the ‘stuck in 2009’ part.
Racing riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were there and posed with their pit crews before taking the action to the actual track. More pictures after the jump.
On Thursday February 4 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, the Fiat Yamaha team will be unveiling their 2010 YZR-M1, so 2009’s championship winning team has released a video teaser ahead of the event. Riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo (present in the video) will first unveil the team’s new livery and then get on the bikes for the first official 2010 tests. Good luck in 2010 boys!
MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo and supermodel Tatiana have recently got together for the making of the Barracuda 2010 sexy calendar and here are the excellent results. Furthermore, we’ve also attached the backstage video, which is worth more than 1000 pics. Watch it after the jump.
After Nicky Hayden leaked a shot of the Ducati GP10 just before Christmas, Ducati went on and officially unveiled their MotoGP racing motorcycle this week in Italy. As a result of the bike’s new big-bang firing order, more traction and wheelie-control electronics, Casey Stoner says it is "a lot smoother on the throttle, it’s got a lot more bottom end. It’ll wheelie a lot less and just have so much more traction."
Although other details aren’t mentioned, we’re happy to see the two Ducati riders so enthusiastic about their new bike and the upcoming 2010 MotoGP season. Please watch the Ducati GP10 launch videos after the jump.