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2011 Honda NSF250R Coming to the U.S.

2011 Honda NSF250R Coming to the U.S.

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.

It’s powered by an all-new liquid-cooled single-cylinder 249cc four-stroke engine that has been specifically designed for racing. The sleek design features technical highlights that include a front-intake and rear-exhaust configuration with a high charging efficiency. To be able to generate strong power throughout the high-rpm range, the NSF250R also comes with titanium valves for both the intake and exhaust to reduce friction and lighten the valve train.

Furthermore, the NSF250R’s design reduces friction between piston and cylinder, improving the bike’s overall durability by offsetting the cylinder centerline and applying nickel silicon carbide (Ni-SiC) for the cylinder surface treatment. Lightweight and well-balanced, the NSF250R offers impressive power output and superb handling to achieve a great blend of high performance plus rider-friendly traits well suited to up-and-coming racers.

"This is a great opportunity for people who want to start road racing with a full-on track bike," said Keith Dowdle, Assistant Manager Honda Riders Club of America. "Now riders have the option of buying a purpose-built race-ready motorcycle right out of the box, as an alternative to modifying a street bike—all at a reasonable price of $28,599."

Orders for the bike are now open so if you’re planning to purchase bikes to race in 2012 moto-racing series, now’s the time do so.

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Track owners unveil Craig Jones statue

Track owners unveil Craig Jones statue

The Autodromo do Parkalgar in Portimao, Portugal will show a statue of a victorious Craig Jones at the entrance now that the track’s owner Paulo Pinheiro has unveiled the provisional statue. This will be replaced by one made of stone in the near future to pay a tribute to the British rider who lost his life in an accident during the World Supersport round at Brands Hatch last season. Jones was competing for Parkalgar Honda.

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Shinya Nakano to race for Aprilia in 2009

Shinya Nakano to race for Aprilia in 2009

Shinya Nakano now completes Aprilia’s team for the 2009 World Superbike Championship after signing a contract for 2009 with the possibility to carry over to 2010. The event took place yesterday after the racer visited the Racing Department of Noale. Apparently, that wasn’t a tough decision to take as the idea of racing side by side with Max Biaggi thrills Nakano.

Press release after the break

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A short, but fulfilled life on the track: Craig Jones

A short, but fulfilled life on the track: Craig Jones

A tragedy sheered on the FIM Supersport World Championship! Twenty three years old Craig Jones passed away in the Royal London Hospital after suffering an accident during the Sunday race at Brands Hatch. It lost control and fell of his Team Parkalgar CBR600 Honda at Clark Curve and was unfortunately hit by another racer who came from behind.
After the red flag was raised as Craig laid unconscious on the track the medical staff intervened and then flown Craig by the Kent Air Ambulance to (...)

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Ducati Xerox Team line up for crucial Brno battle

Ducati Xerox Team line up for crucial Brno battle

The Ducati Xerox Team arrive at the Automotodrom Brno for this weekend’s ninth round of the World Superbike Championship at the spectacular and notoriously difficult Czech Republic circuit in the forests around the town of Brno. Not only is the Automotodrom one of the most fearsome circuits on the calendar, but it also has a reputation of not being a particularly happy hunting-ground for the Ducati Xerox Team, which aims to set the record straight this weekend.
The last round at Misano saw (...)

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