The Energica EgoGP bike breaks cover
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.
The ‘TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge’ is available for pre-order
The era of gamers is at its peak and tech companies are launching challenging new games for the millennials to keep themselves busy. Not exactly healthy but at the end of the day, it is business as usual for guys like this French gaming company called ’Kylotonn Games’ who have created a brand new game for us to get the closest feel of the mad race that is the Isle of Man TT.
At the end of last year, the company released a teaser of their new game called ‘TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge’. Today, the folks have released the full trailer of the game and also have made it available for pre-order for PC, PS4 or Xbox One. If you have access to any one of these, consider yourself lucky.
Arch Motorcycle’s future gets rendered by OBIBOI
With what started out as a custom weekend project for Hollywood’s Keanu Reeves, Arch Motorcycles has come a long way ever since it set up shop back in 2007. Joined by a self-taught engineer Gard Hollinger, the company started making production models soon and has to date made three models.
The bikes are yet to reach stardom and people have already started imagining them in a different genre. An Italian artist who goes by the name Oberdan Bezzi, also famously called as OBIBOI has sketched an impressive looking concept which might be expected from the Arch stable in the future.
KTM unveils a limited edition RC 390 and a race-spec SSP300 kit
It’s been five years since KTM introduced the Duke and RC series and since their launch, they’ve sold like hotcakes. It inevitably attracted all the attention because of its aggressive new sharper styling and plenty of exciting features. There is hardly any fault regarding the overall packaging of KTM with their RC and its approach towards performance-oriented segments of motorcycles. But, KTM believes in remaining at the top of the podium.
Which is why KTM has given their RC series yet another update that sharpens its racing DNA. Hence it also gets the “R” at the end. It is a standard RC 390 that gets upgraded with top-spec equipment ready for the Supersport 300 competition and we can also avail the optional and dedicated SSP300 Race Kit which aligns with the international SSP 300 FIM regulations.
The Panigale V4 has finally taken the first step of fulfilling its purpose
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.
Chassis manufacturer Kalex begins testing for Moto2 with their first Triumph 765 mill
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.
Ducati showcases a new look for their 2018 MotoGP season
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.
Energica becomes the motorcycle supplier for FIM Moto-E World Cup
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.
"The Doctor" gets himself a flashy new helmet for Winter Test
By the time you are reading this, Rossi and Vinales are putting the 2018 season MotoGP bike through its paces and testing their readiness at Sepang, Malaysia at the Winter Test.
And as tradition goes, AGV has designed special Pista GP R helmets for “The Doctor” just for the Winter Tests, and it’s called “Huichol’’, from the Mexican art form it’s been inspired from. The bright colors and snazzy decals are typical Rossi style and it looks spectacular.
Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M Superbikes gets updated for 2018
Touted as the sharpest and most track-focused supersport bikes you could get your hands on, Yamaha has updated their mad YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M superbikes with recalibrated equipment and a couple of new features keeping the competition alive and well.
Taking one step closer to the true-blue racing pedigree of the M1, the 2018 R1 series will enhance rider experience by improving suspension, shifting and fuelling to be the "most sought-after supersport motorcycles designed to deliver the pinnacle of performance on and off the track".
Aprilia’s "Factory Works" has couped up a 215 hp RSV4
Aprilia Racing christened its ‘Factory Works’ project which allowed customers to get access to their special, high-performance machines that begins life as the extraordinary 201 hp RSV4. It was the single most exciting thing to come out of the 2015 EICMA convention which got every moto aphrodisiac’s blood racing.
For the 2017 EICMA stand, Aprilia brings in the 2018 version of the RSV4 superbike that has been now primmed up to 215 hp, courtesy a weight saving program and some fancy equipment kits altering the engine components and bodywork.
Get ready for a new dream sequence: The Ducati Panigale V4
The wait is finally over folks. Ducati has officially opened up a new phase in motorcycling by launching the new Panigale out to the world that will be powered by their all-new Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine. Similar to the one running on their Desmosedici GP bike and with 214 hp and 91.5 lb-ft of torque, this will be the most powerful bike in its class.
Christened as the Panigale V4, Ducati calls it the ‘new symphony of all Italian performance and emotion.’ The cover outside remains seemingly same and so does the name but the story inside is an all-new thriller that is bound to scare the daylights off of anyone trying even to come close to this beast.
One of the reasons why Valentino Rossi is considered the greatest.
To become the most successful human being of motorsport’s biggest game is a feat that takes an entire lifetime of belief and sacrifice. And of course, all the talent one can fathom think of. Luckily for an Italian bloke called Valentino Rossi, it’s all in his blood.
Starting his career in 1996, the Italian legend has until now swiped nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name and is still running hard to become the best rider in the MotoGP world.
Just when the current season was looking good for Rossi, the champion suffered a huge blow to his run due to injuries on his leg during an enduro training accident. It put him out of the race for him to claim another title. But he says he is not done with it yet.
Triumph is blazing guns to get ready for the 2019 Moto2 World Championship.
Back in June this 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 being tested with the second track test at the Ciudad del Motor de Aragón by Julian Simon, 2009 125cc World Champion, Moto2 runner-up and experienced Moto2 test rider.
Aprilia powered Griiip G1 made a debut win at the recently concluded Italian Formula X Series.
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 litre class supersport segment.
Now, the same V four soul has made its way into another Israeli to go win races. The Israeli we are talking about here is not another two-wheeled dreamer but is a Formula X single seater race car called the Griiip G1. Running on the 65 degree V4 machine for the first time, the race car triumphed at the Varano De’Melegari circuit despite falling ten positions behind when the race started.
2017 BMW HP4 Race
Public demand for race-ready road bikes has never been higher, and the folks down at the Bayerische Motoren Werke are trying to take that momentum to the bank with its HP4 Race. Like many of its track-day competitors have recently done, BMW set about the business of mini-mass producing a bike that carries as much of its factory-team race gear as they are comfortable sharing with the world. However, the factory isn’t risking much in this bid for a slice of the hardcore race-fan market with a limited-edition run of 750 hand-built units, so in addition to the obvious attraction of the technology and power we can add rarity to the curb appeal. Here we have a 215 horsepower engine pushing the world’s first all carbon-fiber frame with a veritable alphabet soup of features that are surely indispensable for racers looking for an edge.
Continue reading for my review of the BMW HP4 Race.