In a historic finale to the 2013 MotoGP season, Marc Marquez was crowned world champion who also became the youngest ever to win the title. He managed to beat the reigning world champion in his rookie season, becoming the second rider to achieve this feat since Kenny Roberts in 1978.
Each year, BMW sponsors the racing series and the rider with the most number of pole positions is awarded a special "BMW M Award" in the form of a latest BMW M-Series. This year, the 20 year old Marquez was awarded a truly menacing BMW M6 Coupe in Frozen Black. What a rookie season it has been for Marc with the M6 being the icing on the cake.
Hopefully, Marc can handle this powerful four wheeler as well as he does powerful two-wheels sport bikes.
More details about the BMW M6 Coupe Frozen Black just past the jump
Over the past 15 years, BMW has been the official safety car of Moto GP. The partnership has lasted that long and judging by the recent unveiling of the new safety car for the 2013 season, the bond between BMW and Moto GP are as strong as it’s ever been.
This year, the official safety car of the Moto GP season is a BMW M6 Gran Coupe. Sporting the traditional BMW safety car colors of white matched with strips of red, blue, and light blue, the 6-Series Gran Coupe Safety Car looks like it’s ready to lay down the safety standards for the 2013 season.
Considering that competitors will be on high-powered bikes, this 6-Series Gran Coupe also has a powertrain - a 4.4-liter V-8 twin-turbo engine - that can match wits with those two-wheeled rockets. That engine is good for 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, and mates to a seven-speed M double-clutch transmission. This provides the M6 Gran Coupe a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 4.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe Moto GP Safety Car is ready to hit the track when the season officially kicks off this weekend at the Grand Prix of Qatar.
BMW has built a lot of safety cars over the years. Check out a couple of other models that also served as Moto GP safety cars after the jump
The Yamaha YZF-R6 is now available with a special paint job (red white and black) developed to mark the company’s WGP 50 years anniversary. The color scheme is based on the famous ‘speedblock’ design that was made famous by Yamaha’s Grand Prix race bikes in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
The Yamaha YZF-R6 is built using a compact ‘mass-forward’ body scheme and a lightweight aluminum die-cast Deltabox frame which strengthens the major sections around the centre of gravity offering a top notch handling.
The bike is propelled by a 599cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine combined with a highly advanced electronic intake (YCC-I) and throttle (YCC-T).
To keep the bike’s performances to a superlative level Yamaha equipped it with a slipper clutch, perfected on its racing bikes. This feature allows the R6’s rider to achieve smoother downshifting for more effective corner entry.
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To celebrate Yamaha’s 50 years of success in Grand Prix racing, the Japanese manufacturer created a special edition 50th Anniversary design, based on the red, white and black colour scheme featured on its MotoGP-winning factory bikes. This unique paint scheme is now offered for the Yamaha TZR50.
The unique character of the Yamaha TZR50 had always attracted a lot of interest, while its tasty design made many jaw drops. But the new WGP 50 Anniversary package makes it even more appealing to the eye.
On the technical side of things the Yamaha TZR50 WGP 50th Anniversary continues to offer the same sporty performance as the base model, featuring a responsive liquid-cooled 2-stroke 50cc engine fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The bike sits on a pair of stylish 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 100/80-17 front and 130/70-17 rear tires. The wheels are combined with front and rear disc brakes and a high-specification suspension.
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With a razor sharp design, a serious dose of aggressivity and a strong engine, the Yamaha FZ8 WGP looks eager to burn some rubber on the race track.
This angry looking naked was developed using technology borrowed from the advanced YZF-R supersport model. Power comes from a high-tech 779cc engine which delivers an earth shaking torque rated at 8.4 kg-m available at its peak at 8,000 rpm. The engine is mounted on a lightweight Deltabox frame specially developed to respect the supersport standards.
As far as ergonomics go, the Yamaha FZ8 WGP features specially-designed footrest/handlebar/seat layout which offers a pretty comfortable and upright riding position. Moreover the 17 litre fuel tank features a slim rear section further improving the rider’s comfort. The bike is painted in Yamaha’s latest WGP 50th Anniversary colour scheme – white red and black.
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Yamaha is celebrating a special 50th anniversary shindig, and to earmark the occasion, the Japanese automaker has built a radical new MotoGP-inspired Yamaha Aerox that, for a scooter, looks really dandy.
Its sleek bodywork is finished off in a head-turning color scheme and comes with a special sports seat and a race-type piggyback shock. This setup provides a comfortable riding experience for the rider and, should there be enough space, the passenger.
Whereas other scooters try to catch attention with bombast and sparkles, the Aerox WGP 50th Anniversary doesn’t need to do it. It already speaks for itself, thanks in part to a 50cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke engine and a smooth-handling sports chassis that will provide significant performance capabilities.
This Yamaha Aerox is exactly the scooter that you’ve been wait for. With this upstanding scooter, you’re going to enjoy the thrills of riding a scooter as capable as the Yamaha Aerox WGP 50th Anniversary.
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Just look at the Yamaha YZF-R125 and tell us that you’re not falling in love with it. Now, dress it up in exclusive WGP 50th Anniversary colors and you have a machine that’s certainly worth your time and money.
First, the full-sized race-developed Deltabox frame of the bike brings a superior and comfortable riding position. The uncompromisingly-styled R-series body frame looks fast even when the bike’s standing still.
In addition to that, the bike also features dynamic acceleration and a thrilling ride, thanks to a 125cc sporty liquid-cooled engine that has been complemented with a free-revving short-stroke cylinder and an efficient 4-valve head.
When you want the best, the Yamaha YZF-R125 is as good a choice as you can make. It not only offers the best riding experience, but it also comes dressed to look the part of a road warrior sports bike.
Find out more about the Yamaha YZF-R125 WGP 50th Anniversary after the jump.
The Yamaha YZF-R1 WGP 50th Anniversary bike comes with an elite new color scheme derived from Yamaha’s Assen TT-winning MotoGP bike. The WGP 50th Anniversary R1 commemorates Yamaha’s notable Grand Prix inheritance.
With the MotoGP- expanded TCS, R1 riders can now modify the performance characteristics of the 998cc in-line 4-cylinder engine in order to get more thrilling cornering on the road and reduce lap times on the circuit. On top of that, the bike also features a new front cowl for optimized high-speed performance. Stylistically, the bike has been garbed in the famous red, white, and black factory-bike color scheme of the WGP R1.
Finally, the YZF-R1 WGP 50th Anniversary’s race-bred technology and race-bred style is incomparable to anything else you can find in Yamaha’s model line-up. Nothing comes close to the look or feel of the new 50th Anniversary R1, proving that there’s some serious claim to the bike’s stature as one of the finest models in its segment today.
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This 1965 Ducati 250 GP is only a replica model of the iconic 250 GP super bike, but that doesn’t mean that it should be ignored. On the contrary, this bike is a living testament to what people will do to ensure that they’re replicas are as close to the real models as possible.
The bike was constructed to competition specs, including the addition of Ducati’s big-valve 250-cc SOHC engine. The engine comes with twin plugs, a single Dell’Orto PHF32CS pumper carburetor, a five-speed gearbox, straight-cut primary gears, and a competition clutch.
Quite a replica, huh?
There’s more too. The "replica" 350 GP also has a full fairing, Veglia tachometer, clip-on bars, rear sets, twin leading-shoe front brake, a left-side gear change, and last but certainly not least, a Conti megaphone exhaust, as well as a quick-release fiberglass fuel tank.
Needless to say, this red and silver 250 GP replica was built with the most laborious attention to detail as any replica we’ve seen in years. Maybe that’s why it was pegged for an auction price from €14,000 - €18,000 ($18,000 - $23,000) at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco. Actual selling price was $10,606.
The Indianapolis MotoGP received a nice treat last weekend when the new 2012 BMW M5 Safety Car officially made its debut at the event. Taking the place of the 1-Series M Coupe Safety Car that was used earlier this year, the M5 Safety Car received a number of aesthetic changes for its debut stint in the world of MotoGP.
Among the changes done on the car include the same livery scheme that was used on the 1-Series M Coupe, as well as new front and rear spoilers, a lightweight Akropovic titanium exhaust system, a high performance coilover suspension, a set of 20" alloy wheels, Recaro bucket seats, and all the amenities included in a safety car.
With the exception of adding the Akropovic exhaust system, the engine of the vehicle was left largely the same, which means that the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine still carries 560 horsepower and 502 lb/ft of torque. This leaves it with a 0-62 mph time of just 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph courtesy of BMW’s M Driver’s Package.
Check out more photos of the 2012 BMW M5 Safety Car at the source link provided.
Yahama has been around GP racing for the past 50 years and to commemorate this silver anniversary, the Japanese motorcycle maker will be unveiling a special livery for the YZR-M1 motorbike. Likewise, this special livery will also dress up the brand’s MotoGP racebikes at Assen TT and Laguna Seca.
As for what you need to look out for with the bike, the “YZR-M1 WGP50th Anniversary Edition” livery will come in a unique red and white paint scheme that celebrates the two-tone livery of the Yamaha Factory Racing team. There’s also a special 50th anniversary logo that will be used by the team this season. This logo will be displayed on the fuel tank of the 2011 YZR-M1 bike, as well as on the uniforms of all the members of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team, and team riders Jorge Lorenzo, the reigning MotoGP World Champion and 2010 Rookie of the Year Ben Spies.
The bike will make its official debut at a special event on June 22, 2011 where it will be broken in by no less than Lorenzo and Spies themselves. That event is still a little over a month away so in the meantime, you can check out photos and a video of the special edition bike.
The long and arduous task of building the new world-class, 3.4-mile racetrack in Austin, Texas took a positive turn after track officials officially unveiled the circuit’s name. From here on out, the racetrack will be called the ‘Circuit of the Americas’.
Now that that’s been settled, the important part of actually building the track before it hosts the 2012 Formula One U.S. Grand Prix continues on. Earlier this year, the site from where the track will rise officially broke ground, kicking off a tight and busy 18 months to build the track before it opens to racing.
The Circuit of the Americas will be the latest race track to open in the US, one that is expected to host other racing events apart from Formula One. In fact, executives announced that the track will also host MotoGP starting in 2013. It is still unclear whether the Circuit of the Americas will be the third US track on the MotoGP schedule, or if it will replace the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which does not have a contract set up for 2012 or 2013.
In addition to running 3.4 miles, the circuit also features 20 turns, a 133-feet elevation change, and most importantly for stability and business reasons, a 10-year contract with Formula One.
Seeing as the 2011 F1 seasons just kicked off, it seems like there’s plenty of time for the Circuit of the Americas to be completed. But given how a Formula One season runs as fast as the cars that compete in them, 2012 will be just around the corner in no time.
Let’s just hope that by then, the Circuit of the Americas will have more than just an official name to show for it.
Ducati is definitely back in the competition, winning the Spanish leg of the 2010 MotoGP season. And they did it with an additional bonus too, bagging third place in the race. The race was held at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Aragon, Spain on September 19th.
Australian rider Casey Stoner was the hero of the hour for the Italian motorcycle manufacturer, beating hometown hero Dani Pedrosa to the checkered flag. Pedrosa came in a full five seconds behind Stoner in the finish. Completing the victory for Ducati is American Nicky Hayden, who came in third.
With the win, Stoner cut down Ducati’s losing streak in the current MotoGP season. Prior to his win, Ducati was able to get a second place finish at the United States Grand Prix held at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The second place finish also came courtesy of Stoner. However, Ducati still remains third in the manufacturer’s standings with 105 points.
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Fans of popular MotoGP racer Valentino Rossi might not get to see him in action at the last two rounds of the 2010 MotoGP season. Apparently, Rossi has to undergo surgery in order to treat a shoulder injury he received in an accident last April 15th while doing motocross training in Pesaro Italy. The injury came just four days after he won the the first race of the season in Qatar. Rossi still managed to race for the second round in Jerez, Spain, placing third overall. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo won first place in that round.
Unfortunately for Rossi, this accident wasn’t the only one that would end up affecting him during this racing season. Rossi ended up being involved in another accident just two months after the first one when he was practicing in Mugello for the Italian Grand Prix. He suffered a broken leg and subsequently missed that race and the next three races that followed. It was the first time in his career that he was not able to start for an event.
September 5th of this year was a sad day for MotoGP fans all over the world. On this date, Technomag-CIP rider Shoya Tomizawa died after crashing into a corner in the Misano World Circuit in Italy. Tomizawa was only 19 at the time of the accident.
The young rider was competing in the inaugural San Marino Grand Prix race for the newly created Moto2 class. Tomizawa was approaching the Curvone corner on lap 12 when he lost control of his bike and was thrown onto the track. He was then hit by the the bikes of riders Scott Redding and Alex de Angelis, who were right behind him when the accident happened. Tomizawa was immediately rushed to the circuit’s medical center then to a hospital in nearby Rccione where he died due to severe cranial, thoracic, and abdominal trauma.
Last Sunday, two weeks after Tomizawa’s death, the MotoGP Paddock paid him a tribute in a special ceremony held at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain. The Technomag-CIP team rolled his bike onto the starting grid and a minute of silence followed, in his honor. Riders attending the tribute also placed the #48 (Tomizawa’s number) onto their uniforms, helmets, and bikes as a sign of respect. Tomizawa was laid to rest in his hometown of Asahi, Chiba in Japan on Sept. 15.
MotoGP also announced that the number 48 will be retired from the Moto2 races as one of the tributes to him. Furthermore, Tomizawa will be posthumously awarded the Michel Metraux trophy, given the best rider in the category. The award was given after Tomizawa’s fellow riders unanimously voted for him upon the suggestion of current Moto2 leader Tom Elias. His family will receive the trophy in the next Grand Prix in Japan this November.
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Yamaha fans everywhere can rejoice as Colin Edwards will be joining the team again for the 2011 MotoGP season. Edwards has confirmed that he has resigned for a new one year contract with his team Monster Yamaha Tech 3. The new contract is an extension of his current contract with the team.
The 36-year-old Edwards made the announcement after completing his 100th race at the Gran Premio A-Style de Aragon in Spain last Sunday. He joined the Yamaha team in 2008 and has since become one of the most prominent riders of the team. He had an outstanding stint with Yamaha last year, winning the top non factory rider award. Edwards started in the MotoGP circuit in 2003, riding for Aprilia.
Edwards is currently number 11 in the world rankings, with his best start at seventh position at Laguna Seca, Brno, and Misano. And despite having a disappointing 12th place finish in last Sunday’s race, he was still able to maintain his current position.
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Dani Pedrosa rode his Honda towards the win of Italy’s MotoGP Grand Prix yesterday in Mugello during the forth stage of the 2010 Championship. The Spaniard was followed by Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo (the man on top for the moment) and teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Valentino Rossi crashed quite hard during the qualifying rounds on Sunday, so he had to satisfy with the moral support shown by fans during the race as he was recuperating in hospital in Florence after his right tibia operation. Please read the race results after the jump.
Monster Yamaha Tech3 riders Colin Edwards and Ben Spies got into a MotoGP chitchat for BBC Sport ahead of next weekend’s Mugello race. They actually tried to make it look like an interview in which the experienced rider, Edwards, questions the newcomer, Spies, about the world of MotoGP, but the Texans actually end up talking about cowboy hats and hot sauce. See what more in the video after the jump.