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Aprilia RSV4 motor will now power the "Wolf GB08 Thunder"

Aprilia RSV4 motor will now power the "Wolf GB08 Thunder"

And that is NOT another motorcycle we are talking about

The Aprilia RSV4 has been a well-accomplished name in the circuits of SBK championship, where the motorcycle has already recorded seven world titles in a span of six years. It is this testimony of the RSV4, which has made it quite unshakable when it comes to consistency in the liter class supersport segment.

Now, the same V four soul has made its way into another Italian body to go win races. The Italian we are talking about here is not another two-wheeled dreamer but is a Formula X single seater race car called the Wolf GB08 Thunder. Running on the 65 degree V4 machine for the first time, the race car will run at the Italian Sport Prototype Championship 2018.

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Video: A narrow escape for a motocross rider while dune bashing in Qatar

Video: A narrow escape for a motocross rider while dune bashing in Qatar

The Qatari desert has some of the world’s highest sand dunes where the adventure junkies meet up to run on Dune bashing sessions. You can find 4x4s, Quads, ATVs, and motorcycles pumping their adrenaline on the soft sands of the desert.

There are also freeride motocross sessions where riders hop onto their dirt trail bikes and race up a towering sand dune to jump almost up to 100ft in the air to finally land on the soft sand. One lad here was doing his usual runs where he built up speed and took the jump like business every day. But when he was about to land, his whole life must have flashed before his eyes.

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Yamaha enters the electric world with the new TY-E trial motorcycle

Yamaha enters the electric world with the new TY-E trial motorcycle

A 150 lb trial having a carbon-fiber monocoque body and a high-torque motor

Entering the electric bandwagon, the Japanese Blue team has officially announced its future plans with its new electric trials bike, the TY-E. This came just days after Yamaha filed a patent for TY-E name, which is now in its concept stage.

Setting sights on the 2018 FIM Trial-E Cup races in France and Belgium, the Yamaha Factory Racing chaps have worked out of Yamaha’s ‘Evolving R & D’ unit to get on with this rad looking concept. It is a 154 lbs lightweight, low-speed high torque machine built to take on any terrains.

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Valarie Thomson suffered a crash while attempting to set the motorcycle land-speed record

Valarie Thomson suffered a crash while attempting to set the motorcycle land-speed record

The BUB Seven Streamliner crashes past 4 miles. Luckily, Valarie walks unhurt

“America’s Queen of Speed” Valerie Thompson and her All American Team "7" Racing crew traveled 8,500 miles from her hometown in Scottsdale, Arizona, all the way to Southern Australia with the BUB Seven Streamliner to break the all-time land-speed record of 376.363 mph. With conditions all ideal and as anticipated, the team set to reach the 400 mph mark and Valerie took off.

Just when she reached the 4-mile marker, the BUB Seven Streamliner crashed at 299 mph and along with it smashed Valerie’s dreams to break the record. Fortunately, Thompson walked away from the stunning wreck with only minor injuries to her leg.

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Valerie Thompson set to beat the motorcycle land-speed record

Valerie Thompson set to beat the motorcycle land-speed record

The world’s fastest female motorcycle racer to go above the 376.363 mph record

To be referred to as “America’s Queen of Speed” is a feat that might require a lifetime of sweat and blood. But even after achieving a land-speed record for seven times in her lifetime already, Valerie Thompson doesn’t seem to pull back on the throttle anytime soon. She and her All American Team "7" Racing crew are traveling to Australia to break the all-time land-speed record of 376.363 mph.

The planet’s fastest female motorcycle racer will travel 8,500 miles from her hometown in Scottsdale, Arizona, all the way to Southern Australia with the BUB Seven Streamliner and her crew. They will attempt to break the land-speed record at the World Speed Trials at the 28th Annual Speed Week which is a new motorcycle-only event regulated by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and the AMA.

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Video: Triumph bench tests their 765cc triple,their best ever engine

Video: Triumph bench tests their 765cc triple,their best ever engine

Back in June last year, the British motorcycle manufacturer had announced their entry into the world of motorsports by replacing Honda as the engine manufacturer for the Moto2 Motorcycles from the 2019 season.

Making use of the talented 765cc Triumph Street Triple engine, the folks at the racing department are putting all their resources into tuning this three-pot motor into a dedicated Moto2 worthy engine. With multiple enhancements and developments underway, the engine has successfully been bench tested and we have the video right here to soothe your ears and soul.

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The Energica EgoGP bike breaks cover

The Energica EgoGP bike breaks cover

The FIM MotoE World Cup is finally underway. Enel becomes the title sponsorer

Last year, Dorna Sports, S.L., the commercial entity that holds the rights to conduct all MotoGP Championships and all forms of supersport and superbike racing held around the world, announced that it would be conducting races that will consist of electrically powered Energica Ego superbikes running the circuits.

In a launch event held yesterday at Officine Farneto in Rome, Dorna announced more details about the electric racing with showcasing of the race-spec Energica EgoGP along with naming the series the “FIM Enel MotoE World Cup” from its inception in 2019.

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The Panigale V4 has finally taken the first step of fulfilling its purpose

The Panigale V4 has finally taken the first step of fulfilling its purpose

Ducati is running it on WSBK tests for it to compete in the 2019 season

The preliminary two-day WorldSBK test at the world famous circuit of Jerez, Spain has been completed and the World SuperBike Championship teams have just begun getting grips of their new machines and expectations. But there was an air of desperation and anticipation when the sight of a new bike and the roar of a new engine was present at Jerez.

It was Ducati’s new fanboy, the Panigale V4. Wrapped in black, without many liveries, the V4 took 64 laps and six hours of testing at Jerez along with Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri testing out their Panigale Rs’ for the 2018 season. After seeing the performance and Ducati test rider, Lorenzo Zanetti’s lap-times, the Italians will probably enter the halo machine into the WSBK sooner than expected.

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Harley Davidson now has its own event at the Winter X Games

Harley Davidson now has its own event at the Winter X Games

It’s called the Snow Hill Climb and riders will drag race up the hill

Debut in 1995, the X Games is an annual extreme sports event hosted, produced, and broadcast by ESPN. A couple of years later, they started the winter edition of these games where the most celebrated winter action sports athletes from around the world compete in a myriad of sporting activities on the icy Buttermilk Mountains in Aspen, Colorado.

Events include Shovel Racing, Snow Mountain Bike Racing, Skiboarding, Ice climbing, Snow skating, and other such sports on the snow. The 2018 edition is right around the corner, and this time Harley Davidson has decided to be part of the action and is introducing a new event: The Snowhill Climb.

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Video: Kalex making a racing chassis

Video: Kalex making a racing chassis

The choice for most riders on the Moto2 calender

Out of the 32 riders on the Moto2 calendar, 20 of them choose to run on a bike that fits the Kalex chassis. Other manufacturers include KTM, Speed-up, Tech3, Suter, and NTS. The reason why they run on most machines is always a pondering thought but many believe it is mostly because of the conservative nature of the teams.

Of course, there hasn’t been one team complaining about the chassis. They are built to last multiple races and handle all the flexes and forces thrown at it. Kalex is easily one of the best in the business and we get to see a peek inside their factory.

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Chassis manufacturer Kalex begins testing for Moto2 with their first Triumph 765 mill

Chassis manufacturer Kalex begins testing for Moto2 with their first Triumph 765 mill

we have our first images of the engine-chassis combination

Founded in 2008, Kalex Engineering is a German specialty engineering company that designs, manufactures and sells high-performance parts for motorcycles. But they are famous for their Moto2 class stunt where they provide chassis structures to the Moto2 teams. What began with one team, Kalex is now the preferred chassis manufacturer for most of the teams in the current Moto2 season.

Being the preferred chassis manufacturer, Kalex is the first amongst the other makers (KTM, Speed-up, Tech3, Suter, and NTS) to receive the brand new Triumph 765cc motor developed for Moto2. Kalex is undergoing the first full series of tests at the Bavarian city of Bobingen, Kalex’s headquarters.

And we have the first images, thanks to Speedweek.

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Ducati showcases a new look for their 2018 MotoGP season

Ducati showcases a new look for their 2018 MotoGP season

New livery and strong motivation

It has been over a couple of months that the world witnessed the end of the 2017 MotoGP championship. But for many like me, excitement levels are even higher now with the teams busy putting the 2018 MotoGP bikes through their paces and testing their readiness for the opening race of the MotoGP in Qatar.

Showcasing their 2018 game-plan, Ducati introduced the Ducati Desmosedici GP18 prototype that comes with a fresh new flair. With the Italian brand’s most successful MotoGP campaign behind them, Ducati promises an exciting 2018 season at an event in front of a packed crowd of media, press, team sponsors and the factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.

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Harley Davidson enters the Snowquake 2018

Harley Davidson enters the Snowquake 2018

Donates 8 Street Rods to the Snow Dirt event

What it is, is a Dirt Quake on Ice. As simple as it sounds, the dirt track race bikes challenge each other on Europe’s finest snow and ice race track in the Italian Alps.

For 2018, the event is in its third edition and has managed to grab a few eyeballs already. Including the folks of Harley Davidson, who have committed to giving 8 ice track-spec Street Rod 750s. They have invited journalists along with ex WSBK and MotoGP rider, Ruben Xaus to take their chance at each other on the ice.

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Jay Leno gets a taste of Travis Pastrana's craziness

Jay Leno gets a taste of Travis Pastrana’s craziness

Sits on a recliner and has bikes jumping over his head

A professional motocross racer, 17-time X Games winner, world record distant jumper, and the list goes on. Having so many tags behind his name, Travis Pastrana is undoubtedly the crazies daredevil there is out there. He has already had 32 surgeries and is still earning to get onto his bike every single time.

Jay Leno, the host of "The Tonight Show" back in his days, had the 15-year-old Travis on his show just when the stuntman had turned Pro. Now, after a decade, both meet at Travis’s own show: The Nitro Circus.

Leno is going to participate in one of the crazy stunts happening at the Nitro Circus and it is a huge deal.

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Dorna and the FIM makes airbag suits compulsory for all GP riders

Dorna and the FIM makes airbag suits compulsory for all GP riders

including the Moto3, Moto2, and MotoGP

It has been over a couple of months that the world witnessed the end of the 2017 MotoGP championship. But for many like me, excitement levels are even higher now with the teams busy putting the 2018 MotoGP bikes through their paces and testing their readiness for the opening race of the MotoGP in Qatar.

Taking safety into top priority, the MotoGP organizers Dorna and the FIM made a new call to make it compulsory for riders to wear a suit under the riding jacket that would expand with air upon impact. Just like the airbags in your car.

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Its all over for the Dakar defending champion, Sam Sunderland

Its all over for the Dakar defending champion, Sam Sunderland

He went crashing into a large hole during the timed “special” of Stage 4

The 40th edition of the most grueling race in the world is underway in its 5th stage as we speak, and the leaderboards are having a field day with a lot of names jump around as expected. One name stuck off the charts is Sam Sunderland, the British Dakar defending champion in the Motorcycle segment.

The Dakar frontrunner is out of 2018 season after he landed hard on the surface after a small jump over a ditch, resulting in the KTM 450 Rally hitting his back pretty hard. There wasn’t any feeling down his legs and felt numb in his lower back, ending his hopes for a back-to-back winning of the legendary desert event.

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Italian Motorcycle Federation will see no riders at the Isle of Man TT

Italian Motorcycle Federation will see no riders at the Isle of Man TT

or any other road courses elsewhere in the world

Following the death of Italian rider, 38-year old Dario Cecconi during the 2017 Tandragee 100, the Federazione Motociclistica Italiana (Italian Motorcycle Federation) have henceforth changed their insurance policies included in the federal license.

It will exclude Italian riders certified with FMI from participating in the legendary Isle Of Man TT mountain course or the Macau course in the future. This includes any other road racing events that happen anywhere in the world.

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Harley-Davidson to spend more than half a million to beat Indian

Harley-Davidson to spend more than half a million to beat Indian

At the 2018 American flat track racing to regain the title

In its return to professional flat track racing after more than 6 decades away from the sport, Indian Motorcycle Racing swept the 2017 American Flat Track Championship. It won 14 races of the season aboard the brand-new Scout FTR750 premier race bike, and this has hurt Harley Davidson of its dominance in the race until now.

Folks at the Milwaukee firm seems to be disappointed by this humiliating defeat by the Springfields and have come up with a contingency program to lift themselves up for the 2018 season. Making sure it doesn’t repeat again, Harley Davidson is reportedly spending $562,500 for the 2018 American Flat Track race schedule.

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MotoGP tech that keeps us all humbled down

MotoGP tech that keeps us all humbled down

And of course, no one can afford it

It has been over a month that the world witnessed the end of the 2017 MotoGP championship. But for many like me, excitement levels are even higher now with the teams busy putting the 2018 MotoGP bikes through their paces and testing their readiness at the Winter Tests. It sure does not come cheap. Teams spend close to $100 million a year.

Manufacturers put in all their resources and money into running the best of their machines on the world stage and claim for the ultimate crown. Pool it with the talent and the knack of precision shown by riders, this is no ordinary show. All are vying for the glory of unadulterated use of power and the pride of being at the top of their game.

To be there, it is only made possible by the crazily engineered equipment and mechanicals that take the riders well over 210 mph and help keep them planted on the asphalt at those blazing speeds. Be it the 270 hp powertrain or the carbon brake units, they are top-notch magical devices that we peasants can only dream of having on our street bikes.

Here are five of the most critical units MotoGP has provided insights for. Watch these mechanical feats on the $2 million GP bikes working and be awed.

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Energica becomes the motorcycle supplier for FIM Moto-E World Cup

Energica becomes the motorcycle supplier for FIM Moto-E World Cup

In the future, motorcycles will whiz past you on the tracks but you won’t hear a thing

Dorna Sports, S.L. is that commercial entity that holds the rights to conduct all MotoGP Championships and all forms of supersport and superbike racing held around the world. Now, this organization is prepping up for conducting races that will consist of electrically powered superbikes. The FIM Moto-E World Cup.

Drona has awarded the ’one make’contract to an Italian electric performance motorcycle manufacturer, Energica, after considering a Belgian company, Sarolea, and Lightning Motorcycles of the USA as contenders for the supplier.

The FIM Moto-e World Cup is becoming a reality in 2019 and will run on Energica Ego motorcycles.

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Team Monster Energy Honda's Dakar bike stolen

Team Monster Energy Honda’s Dakar bike stolen

Not enough to uproot the team spirit says Honda

The 40th edition of the infamous Dakar Rally is just a month away and almost 150 rally motorcycles will land in Peru, South America, to have a go on some of the most gruesome terrains stretching 5,500 miles in a span of 14 days.

While all teams and bikes have already begun their journey from home, team Monster Energy Honda may have faced a setback as one of their Honda CRF 450 Rally was stolen from Le Havre docs ahead of its scheduled shipment.

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