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SBK World Superbike Championship, Losial Qatar, Season Finale Round 12 of 12
THIS MAKES 54 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR APRILIA AND 104 FOR THE PIAGGIO GROUP
Sylvain Guintoli Is 2014 World SBK Superbike Champion on his Aprilia RSV4
Aprila Doubles Its Triumph as Manufacturer World Champion
Losail, Qatar, November 2nd 2014 - It is a triumph, a double world championship win that was unimaginable just a few races ago. On the Losail track in Qatar Sylvain Guintoli completed a comeback that will go down in Superbike history and with two brilliant and undisputable wins in the two night races on the desert circuit he overtook Tom Sykes, earning the World Champion crown for the first time in his career.
Aprilia doubles the celebration by becoming the Manufacturer World Champion for the third consecutive year, reaffirming the undisputed technical superiority of the RSV4, the Italian bike that has rooted the best competition in the world since its rookie year in World SBK (2009), winning 7 World titles (three Rider and four Manufacturer). This world championship combination (Rider and Manufacturer) is the third one for the Aprilia RSV4 after sweeping the competition in 2010 and 2012 with Max Biaggi.
The night races in Losail were the culmination of a comeback that seemed impossible. After the American round at Laguna Seca the advantage Sykes (Kawasaki) had built up over Guintoli was 44 points, a huge gap with just three rounds left in the season. Since then the RSV4 and its riders were on the comeback trail, proving to be unbeatable. At Jerez and Magny-Cours Aprilia dominated the races winning three times with Melandri (and Guintoli second each time) and once with Guintoli (and Melandri second). These were extremely significant points that allowed Aprilia to catch up and overtake Kawasaki in the Manufacturer World Championship and Guintoli to turn up at the Qatar round trailing Sykes by just 12 points. Complete Race Coverage Here
COMPLETE EICMA 2014 COVERAGE HERE
COMPLETE IMS 2014 COVERAGE HERE
Honda's long awaited RCV 213 V-4 World Superbike broke cover at EICMA
MotoGP insired Superbikes were almost everywhere at EICMA - this is Yamaha's all new R1M special edition model with uprated Ohlins suspension and a lightweight Titanium exhaust system.
The all-new reborn retro Matchless V-Twin is aimed at wealthy Collectors.
New 2014 Ducati 1299 Panigale, 1199R 15 Superbikes announced
EICMA, Italy, November 3rd 2014 - Ducati found that "lost mid-range torque" with its current Superquadro1199 motor. It just took an 87cc displacement increase with a bigger bore to bring back the previous generation longer stroke Testastretta motor's torque curve that Ducati fans loved and missed with the Superquadro. The new generation Superquadro short stoke engine was specifically designed for racing and peak power, and as such, the engine's architecture won't allow it to return return to a longer stroke. But the Superquadro short stroke engine design does allow it to have a larger bore up from 112 to 116mmm, hence the new larger 1285cc displacement was the next best option for the new 1299 Panigale engine - though Ducati doesn't admit to the reason at their EICMA Press introduction other than it was to "keep up with the competitors".
New Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) Streetbike Engine
Adding Variable Cam Timing to Its Legendary V-Twin Increases Power and Torque
October 15th 2014 - Ducati presents the first motorcycle engine with variable timing of both the intake and exhaust camshafts. Named Ducati Testastretta DVT, Desmodromic Variable Timing, Ducati's new Desmodromic engine is the first in the world with variable timing on both inlet and exhaust camshafts, leading the way for a whole new generation of such engines. The innovative, new design overcomes an engineering gap in current production motorcycle engines and underlines Ducati's strength in developing ground-breaking engine and motorcycle technologies. Continued Here
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Ducati Premiers It's New Retro Scambler at Intermot
Intermot, Cologne Germany, October 1st 2014 - The wait is over at last. The Ducati Scrambler is finally out of the yellow container that has so jealously guarded it over the last few months and is now – after the previews granted to employees and Ducatisti at
World Ducati Week 2014 - officially ready to be revealed to all enthusiasts. This is more than just a new bike: it’s a whole new world, one that expresses itself via a range of versions that provide a starting point for satisfying the different needs and wants of individual motorcyclists. CONTINUED HERE
Marquez with his Gold 2014 World Championion helmet.
MotoGP World Championship, Valencia Round 18 of 18
Marquez Ends a Historical 2014 MotoGP Season at Valencia
Valencia Grand Prix, Circuito Ricardo Tormo, Spain, Sunday Nov 9th 2015 - Double MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) scored his 13th victory of 2014 at the Gran Premio de la Comunit at Valenciana at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, today, to become the most successful rider over the course of a premier-class season. The Spanish phenomenon took the record from another Repsol Honda rider, Mick Doohan, who won 12 races during the 1997 500cc World Championship. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi secured a superb second place under difficult conditions during the 2014 season finale.
Earlier in the day Marquez had been boosted by the superb Moto3 World Championship achieved by his younger brother Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW), which makes the pair the first siblings to win Grand Prix world titles since the dawn of motorcycle Grand Prix racing in 1949.
Marquez slides inside of early race leader Andrea Iannone who qualified in 2ndm and passed Rossi on the opening lap to lead for two laps on the Parmac Ducati before falling back and eventually retiring.
Starting from pole in what began as a dry race, Rossi took off as soon as the lights dimmed and arrived at the first corner in second place behind compatriot Andrea Iannone. Followed closely by Marc Marquez, the nine-time World Champion was quick to find a strong pace, but as soon as the first lap was finished white flags were waving, signaling rain and allowing riders to come into the pits to change bikes.
Marquez's record-breaking MotoGP ride was nerve-wracking in the extreme, with light drizzle falling after half-distance which had several riders enter the pits to change to their number-two bikes fitted with rain tyres. Marquez - who had made his way into the lead from third place at the end of the first lap - saw his lap times drop several seconds as the rainfall reduced grip. But he bravely and correctly decided to continue on slicks, despite a fall at the recent Aragon Grand Prix, where he had come to grief on a dampened track while using slicks.
Rossi didn’t let the changeable conditions slow him down and set a fastest lap of 1’32.437 on lap five. As things closed up at the front, fans were thoroughly entertained with a heated battle between Rossi, Marquez and Iannone. Sparks were flying from Rossi’s bike on lap 12 as Dani Pedrosa started to get into the mix. Six laps later rain threatened again, allowing the Doctor to reel in Marquez. Rossi kept his head down, but as the track dried again he came just short and finished in a deserved second place, 3.516 seconds behind the front man.
All this time he was under serious pressure from Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) who doggedly chased the youngster until the track started drying out and Marquez increased his pace again to beat the Italian by 3.5 seconds, with team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) crossing the line in third place. The pair's Valencia results were enough to win Repsol Honda the team's title for the second consecutive year. Honda had already won the MotoGP Constructors World Championship, for the fourth consecutive time.
Teammate Lorenzo had an unlucky end to the 2014 season. Starting from fourth on the grid, he soon got caught up in a fight with rival Pedrosa. The Movistar Yamaha rider looked to be the stronger of the two until drops of rain began to fall and he took a few laps to get a feel for the situation, falling back to seventh.
As the track started to dry Lorenzo regained confidence and rose to fifth, having retaken Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso by lap nine. Four laps later the Spaniard arrived at the back of Iannone’s bike and won a hard battle with him before continuing his hunt for Pedrosa in third, until rain once again disrupted the race. Lorenzo struggled to get the bike stopped in the uncertain conditions and dropped down the order. He decided to come into the pits on lap 20 to switch to his wet bike and rejoined the race in 14th place. Unfortunately the gamble didn’t pay off. He dropped back to 21st and was forced to retire with five laps remaining as the conditions remained dry.
Marquez's 19th career MotoGP win - and his 45th in total across three categories - is the culmination of another astonishing season from the 21-year-old who last year became the youngest rider to win the premier-class title and this year the youngest rider to win the world's most important motorcycling prize twice in succession.
Pedrosa's third-place result was a great return to form after DNFs at the last two events. The former 125 and 250 World Champion once again raced hard throughout, battling his way through from fifth place at the end of the first lap and then resisting the temptation to call into the pits for rain tyres. Although he eventually lost touch with the front two, he continued to run a fast pace in the treacherous conditions.
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) had a difficult final race with Honda. He started well but struggled with grip on the damp track and didn't want to risk a fall in his last ride with the LCR team. The former Moto2 World Champion ended the race in eighth place, just behind the Yamahas of Pol and Aleix Espargaro.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda: race winner - “I am so pleased, especially for my brother! It is a very happy day, even more than in Motegi when I was crowned champion. Today Alex took the Moto3 title that he deserved, and to cap it off I was able to close the year with a victory here in Valencia. I congratulate my brother for his season, because both him and Honda have done a great job this year! Now it's time to celebrate in the way that the occasion deserves, because it will be difficult to repeat another season like this. During today's race I was reminded of Aragon, because it was raining and there was a moment in which I considered whether or not to change the bike. In the end we stayed calm and today we were successful with our strategy. It was an ordeal which I enjoyed but suffered a bit at times! Thanks to the whole team for all their efforts this season!”
Valentino Rossi, 2nd, Movistar Yamaha - “I’m happy, because I finished this very positive season for me and my team with a great race and a good result here in Valencia. For me it’s a great achievement to take the pole position and to finish in second place, especially because this race was very difficult and the conditions were very dangerous. I tried to stay concentrated and not to make a mistake. It’s a bit of a shame that I started to suffer a little bit on the right side of the tyre, because I wasn’t so far from Marc, but it still has been a good season. We got second in the championship, a lot of podiums and two victories. Now, we have to work to be even better next year. My bad luck is called Marc Marquez, because without him I can win the championship and a lot of races. He did a fantastic job and won a lot of races. It’s a great pleasure to fight with him, but we are not so far and we never give up and try to come closer. Especially on Tuesday, but also tomorrow we will start working for next season. I am very close to 300 points, but Marquez won a lot more races than me, so me and my team need to improve the Yamaha to try and stay closer during the whole season. The test is important because we have a lot of new stuff to test for next year, so it will be interesting.”
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 3rd - “It has not been my best season and obviously I'm not satisfied, but you have to take the positives from the situation because we learned a lot this year. Over the next few days we have some testing and we will try to get the best out of the bike for the next test, which comes in February. Today's race was difficult. It rained a lot in some areas of the track and it was very hard to keep upright because at other parts of the track it was dry. We had to take risks and also be careful at the same time. On the other hand, we finished on the podium and that's good because we hadn’t taken points at the previous two races.”
MOTOGP RACE: (30 laps = 120.15 Km)
POS / RIDER / NAT. / TEAM / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / KM/H / GAP
1 / Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 46'39.627 / 154.4 /
2 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / YAMAHA / 46'43.143 / 154.3 / 3.516
3 / Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 46'53.667 / 153.7 / 14.040
4 / Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 46'56.332 / 153.5 / 16.705
5 / Cal CRUTCHLOW / GBR / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 46'56.400 / 153.5 / 16.773
6 / Pol ESPARGARO / SPA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 47'17.511 / 152.4 / 37.884
7 / Aleix ESPARGARO / SPA / NGM Forward Racing / FORWARD YAMAHA / 47'17.795 / 152.4 / 38.168
8 / Stefan BRADL / GER / LCR Honda MotoGP / HONDA / 47'21.430 / 152.2 / 41.803
9 / Michele PIRRO / ITA / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 47'25.337 / 152.0 / 45.710
10 / Scott REDDING / GBR / GO&FUN Honda Gresini / HONDA / 47'30.818 / 151.7 / 51.191
11 / Hector BARBERA / SPA / Avintia Racing / DUCATI / 47'36.139 / 151.4 / 56.512
12 / Danilo PETRUCCI / ITA / Octo IodaRacing Team / ART / 47'36.627 / 151.4 / 57.000
13 / Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Drive M7 Aspar / HONDA / 47'36.889 / 151.4 / 57.262
14 / Bradley SMITH / GBR / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 47'37.144 / 151.3 / 57.517
15 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / Drive M7 Aspar / HONDA / 47'38.402 / 151.3 / 58.775
16 / Alvaro BAUTISTA / SPA / GO&FUN Honda Gresini / HONDA / 47'38.491 / 151.3 / 58.864
17 / Karel ABRAHAM / CZE / Cardion AB Motoracing / HONDA / 47'42.016 / 151.1 / 1'02.389
18 / Alex DE ANGELIS / RSM / NGM Forward Racing / FORWARD YAMAHA / 47'55.422 / 150.4 / 1'15.795
19 / Michael LAVERTY / GBR / Paul Bird Motorsport / PBM / 48'05.936 / 149.8 / 1'26.309
20 / Broc PARKES / AUS / Paul Bird Motorsport / PBM / 48'16.839 / 149.3 / 1'37.212
Pole Position: Valentino ROSSI 1'30.843 158.7 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record): Marc MARQUEZ 1'31.515 157.5 Km/h Lap 8
Old Circuit Record Lap: Dani PEDROSA 1'31.628 157.3 Km/h 2013
Circuit Best Lap: Marc MARQUEZ 1'30.237 159.7 Km/h 2013
FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS:
1 MARQUEZ 362, 2 ROSSI 295, 3 LORENZO 263, 4 PEDROSA 246, 5 DOVIZIOSO 187, 6 P.ESPARGARO 136, 7 A.ESPARGARO 126, 8 SMITH 121, 9 BRADL 117, 10 IANNONE 102, 11 BAUTISTA 89, 12 REDDING 81, 13 CRUTCHLOW 74, 14 AOYAMA 68, 15 HERNANDEZ 53, 16 HAYDEN 47, 17 ABRAHAM 33, 18 BARBERA 26, 19 PIRRO 18, 20 PETRUCCI 17.
FINAL CONSTRUCTOR POSITIONS:
1 HONDA 409, 2 YAMAHA 354, 3 DUCATI 211, 4 FORWARD YAMAHA 138, 5 ART 17, 6 PBM 15, 7 AVINTIA 11.
FINAL TEAM POSITIONS:
1 REPSOL HONDA TEAM 608, 2 MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 558, 3 DUCATI TEAM 261, 4 MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 257, 5 GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 170, 6 PRAMAC RACING 155, 7 NGM FORWARD RACING 151, 8 LCR HONDA MOTOGP 117, 9 DRIVE M7 ASPAR 116,
10 AVINTIA RACING 35, 11 CARDION AB MOTORACING 33, 12 PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 18, 13 OCTO IODARACING TEAM 17.
MOTO2 RACE: (27 laps = 108.135 Km)
POS / RIDER / NAT. / TEAM / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / KM/H / GAP
1 / Thomas LUTHI / SWI / Interwetten Sitag / SUTER / 43'08.366 / 150.3 /
2 / Esteve RABAT / SPA / Marc VDS Racing Team / KALEX / 43'08.499 / 150.3 / 0.133
3 / Johann ZARCO / FRA / AirAsia Caterham / CATERHAM SUTER / 43'19.094 / 149.7 / 10.728
4 / Luis SALOM / SPA / Paginas Amarillas HP 40 / KALEX / 43'21.380 / 149.6 / 13.014
5 / Xavier SIMEON / BEL / Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 / SUTER / 43'22.055 / 149.6 / 13.689
6 / Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Technomag carXpert / SUTER / 43'23.072 / 149.5 / 14.706
7 / Sam LOWES / GBR / Speed Up / SPEED UP / 43'27.191 / 149.3 / 18.825
8 / Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / Tech 3 / TECH 3 / 43'38.551 / 148.6 / 30.185
9 / Anthony WEST / AUS / QMMF Racing Team / SPEED UP / 43'38.593 / 148.6 / 30.227
10 / Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / Gresini Moto2 / SUTER / 43'38.970 / 148.6 / 30.604
11 / Jordi TORRES / SPA / Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 / SUTER / 43'38.981 / 148.6 / 30.615
12 / Ricard CARDUS / SPA / Tech 3 / TECH 3 / 43'41.788 / 148.4 / 33.422
13 / Jonas FOLGER / GER / AGR Team / KALEX / 43'41.960 / 148.4 / 33.594
14 / Takaaki NAKAGAMI / JPN / IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia / KALEX / 43'42.363 / 148.4 / 33.997
15 / Louis ROSSI / FRA / SAG Team / KALEX / 43'42.373 / 148.4 / 34.007
16 / Hafizh SYAHRIN / MAL / Petronas Raceline Malaysia / KALEX / 43'43.944 / 148.3 / 35.578
17 / Robin MULHAUSER / SWI / Technomag carXpert / SUTER / 43'44.057 / 148.3 / 35.691
18 / Nicolas TEROL / SPA / Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 / SUTER / 43'55.362 / 147.7 / 46.996
19 / Ratthapark WILAIROT / THA / AirAsia Caterham / CATERHAM SUTER / 43'59.016 / 147.5 / 50.650
20 / Roberto ROLFO / ITA / Tasca Racing Moto2 / SUTER / 44'00.243 / 147.4 / 51.877
Pole Position: Esteve RABAT 1'35.199 151.4 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record): Thomas LUTHI 1'35.312 151.2 Km/h Lap 18
Old Circuit Record Lap: Jordi TORRES 1'35.694 150.6 Km/h 2013
Circuit Best Lap: Pol ESPARGARO 1'34.957 151.8 Km/h 2013
FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS:
1 RABAT 346, 2 KALLIO 289, 3 VIÑALES 274, 4 LUTHI 194, 5 AEGERTER 172, 6 ZARCO 146, 7 CORSI 100, 8 SALOM 85, 9 CORTESE 85, 10 SCHROTTER 80, 11 MORBIDELLI 75, 12 WEST 72, 13 LOWES 69, 14 SIMEON 63, 15 FOLGER 63, 16 TORRES 57, 17 SIMON 56, 18 CARDUS 45, 19 SYAHRIN 42, 20 DE ANGELIS 37.
FINAL CONSTRUCTOR POSITIONS:
1 KALEX 430, 2 SUTER 284, 3 CATERHAM SUTER 146, 4 SPEED UP 121, 5 TECH 3 97, 6 FORWARD KLX 33.
MOTO3 RACE: (24 laps = 96.12 Km)
POS / RIDER / NAT. / TEAM / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / KM/H / GAP
1 / Jack MILLER / AUS / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 40'10.983 / 143.5 /
2 / Isaac VIÑALES / SPA / Calvo Team / KTM / 40'11.138 / 143.5 / 0.155
3 / Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 / HONDA / 40'11.938 / 143.4 / 0.955
4 / Danny KENT / GBR / Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo / HUSQVARNA / 40'12.555 / 143.4 / 1.572
5 / Alex RINS / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 / HONDA / 40'13.234 / 143.3 / 2.251
6 / Efren VAZQUEZ / SPA / SaxoPrint-RTG / HONDA / 40'13.491 / 143.3 / 2.508
7 / Niccolò ANTONELLI / ITA / Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 / KTM / 40'14.603 / 143.3 / 3.620
8 / Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / Mahindra Racing / MAHINDRA / 40'15.199 / 143.2 / 4.216
9 / Brad BINDER / RSA / Ambrogio Racing / MAHINDRA / 40'15.231 / 143.2 / 4.248
10 / Karel HANIKA / CZE / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 40'15.346 / 143.2 / 4.363
11 / Enea BASTIANINI / ITA / Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 / KTM / 40'16.445 / 143.1 / 5.462
12 / Alexis MASBOU / FRA / Ongetta-Rivacold / HONDA / 40'16.763 / 143.1 / 5.780
13 / Jakub KORNFEIL / CZE / Calvo Team / KTM / 40'16.942 / 143.1 / 5.959
14 / Romano FENATI / ITA / SKY Racing Team VR46 / KTM / 40'17.192 / 143.1 / 6.209
15 / Juanfran GUEVARA / SPA / Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 / KALEX KTM / 40'17.709 / 143.1 / 6.726
16 / Francesco BAGNAIA / ITA / SKY Racing Team VR46 / KTM / 40'22.758 / 142.8 / 11.775
17 / John MCPHEE / GBR / SaxoPrint-RTG / HONDA / 40'27.646 / 142.5 / 16.663
18 / Andrea MIGNO / ITA / Mahindra Racing / MAHINDRA / 40'35.902 / 142.0 / 24.919
19 / Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN / MAL / Ongetta-AirAsia / HONDA / 40'39.021 / 141.8 / 28.038
20 / Jasper IWEMA / NED / CIP / MAHINDRA / 40'39.387 / 141.8 / 28.404
Pole Position: Niccolò ANTONELLI 1'39.183 145.3 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record): Efren VAZQUEZ 1'39.400 145.0 Km/h Lap 7
Old Circuit Record Lap: Luis SALOM 1'39.744 144.5 Km/h 2013
Circuit Best Lap: Jack MILLER 1'39.068 145.5 Km/h 2014
FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS:
1 MARQUEZ 278, 2 MILLER 276, 3 RINS 237, 4 VAZQUEZ 222, 5 FENATI 176, 6 MASBOU 164, 7 VIÑALES 141, 8 KENT 129, 9 BASTIANINI 127,
10 OLIVEIRA 110, 11 BINDER 109, 12 KORNFEIL 97, 13 MCPHEE 77, 14 ANTONELLI 68, 15 AJO 52, 16 BAGNAIA 50, 17 GUEVARA 46, 18 HANIKA 44, 19 TONUCCI 20, 20 KHAIRUDDIN 19.
FINAL CONSTRUCTOR POSITIONS:
1 KTM 384, 2 HONDA 384, 3 MAHINDRA 168, 4 HUSQVARNA 156, 5 KALEX KTM 62, 6 FTR KTM 4.
On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter - Movie Review
In today's extensive coverage of motorcycling on TV and the internet, On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter was somewhat disappointing. The original On Any Sunday released in 1971 served as a primer aimed at us enthusiasts back in that day who knew very little about the other exciting segments of the motorcycle sport like dirt track, ice racing and desert racing. On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter, is just a less ambitious and somewhat boring repetitive sequel covering much of the same old stuff. It misses the mark of where much of our motorccyle sport has evolved since then.
And now 45 years later, for all us older and much more knowledgable enthusiasts who are the only people searching out to see On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter, it showed us that nothing was new. Really? There were no insights, technical advancement features (OK there was an electric race bike shown running up Pikes Peak).
no real race drama or much informative commentary by producer Dana Brown, the son of original On Any Sunday producer Bruce Brown.
We didn't need to see a return to the same AMA dirt track, Amateur Ice Racing, Speedway, Practice Track and Trail Riding scenes already covered in the first movie.The brief interviews with James Stewart, Mark Marquez, Roland Sands, etc. It made made little sense.
Why the trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats with a couple of privateers on stock bikes which broke down. I'd have loved to have seen a world record Streamliner attempt, or Leslie Porterfield on her turbo Hayabusa streetbike breaking 300mph. What about showing us instead, a 130+ mph race lap with Joey Dunlap at the Isle of Man TT on narrow 2-lane village streets and twisty mountain roads?
The Nitro Circus segment with Travas Pastrona and a few of his more dangerous jumps was cool, but much too short. The visit to Roland Sands' shop didn't even show his bikes, just actor Mickey Rourke saying "Bikes Are Cool." And we saw reruns of MotoGP TV race crashes we've all seen before. Frankly, much of the movie was boring.
Plus it totally ignored Supercross (the most popular form of motorcycle racing in America). World Superbikes and the sportbike segment which exploded over the last 40 years which has kept the Japanese and European bike manufacturers alive. And it ignored the huge Harley Biker craze the last 50 years with scenes like Sturgis and Daytona. And the current Cafe Racer bike movement. And what about the around the world bike trips with actors Ewan McGregor, David Beckham, or the Edelweiss World Tours, etc.?
Red Bull's involvement helped to finance the movie, but it also limited what they covered in the movie. Obviously they didn't want to feature Monster Energy sponsored Supercross, Monster sponsored MotoGP Champion riders like Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, or beer drinking Harley riders, World Superbike where Red Bull is not involved, and Monster sponsored Isle of Man TT , etc.
Why rehash the same small 5% off-road market segment that was already covered in the first movie 45 years ago, and ignore the huge 95% of the street bike sport that has evolved since then wth its huge fan base, which would have made The Next Chapter current and profitable. - by Jim Gianatsis, Editor
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Alstare Bimota DB3 EVO World Superbike
Up close detail shots of the race bike and full-size screen saver photos with SBK Fast Dates Calendar Kittn Petra.
World Superbike Returns to Laguna Seca July 17-19, 2015
10/22/2014 - As expected, the World Superbike Championship is returning to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in July for a third consecutive year as the U.S.’s only round in the title chase. The race will be held on the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California the weekend of July 17-19. It is also expected to include a round of the new MotoAmerica AMA Pro Roadracing Championship, though it has yet to be confirmed.
“We continue to be pleased with the growth of the fan base for the series,” says Gill Campbell, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager. “With the continuation of GEICO as title sponsor, it seems clear that the U.S. motorcycle industry also sees this as an important event in which to reach out to their enthusiasts.”
Nearly 50,000 fans attended last year’s race, according to the racetrack, with 24 percent of the ticket buyers coming from Southern California. The 2015 World Superbike Championship will consist of 14 rounds.
Tickets for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round go on sale in December and will be available online at www.MazdaRaceway.com or by calling the ticket office at 800/327-7322
Shayne Byrne (67) celebrates his 4th hard fought Bristihs Superbike title win at Brands Hatch.
British Superbike Championship, Round 11 of 11 Brans Hatch, Great Britain
Historic Fourth British Superbike Title For Byrne
Brands Hatch, UK, Sunday 19th October 2014 - Shane 'Shakey' Byrne became the first man in history to take the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship on four occasions when he clinched the 2014 crown with a double victory on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki at Brands Hatch today. Complete Race Coverge Here
Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar Celebrates 20 years by bringing
Czech SBK Calendar Kittens Jitka and Petra to 2014
Laguna Seca World Superbike and the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show
By Jim Gianatsis Photos by Jim Gianatsis, Massimo Oliana and Sabrina Mosca
California, USA, July 15-22nd 2014 -The FastDates.com Calendars and myself, producer / photographer Jim Gianatsis were excited to announce an agreement with SBK World Superbike and the international model agencies PetrasAngles.com and UmbrellaGirlsUSA.com to bring beautiful Czech Republic SBK grid girls Jitka Pralinka and Petra Ruzinka to the United States during July 2014 to work for SBK and shoot with me at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca United States SBK World Superbike and AMA National race weekend July 11-13th, and the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show in Malibu on July 20th.
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Malibu, CA, Sunday July 20th 2014 - The 2014 edition of the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show continued its now 23rd year tradition as the premier outdoor streetbike event in America with producer photographer Jim Gianatsis moving the Show this year to the beautiful green lawns of the Malibu Golf Course among the twisty canyon roads in the Santa Monica Mountains alongside the Pacific Ocean. Highlighting this year's exciting activities was the emergence of another new and soon to be renown custom bike builder to the sport for which the Calendar Show is known for cultivating. Additional Calendar Show coverage and photos at:
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Edelweiss Motorcycle Tour of the Pyrenees
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Barcelona, Spain, June 2014 - For me, there's no more beautiful, educational and exciting place in the world to visit than Western Europe. And to visit parts of it on a world class motorcycle on perfect riding roads without traffic, unencumbered by baggage, with experienced tour guides who know all the best roads and places to stop, is nothing short of nirvana.
This is the definition of an Edelweiss Bike Travel tour. And while they have a tour catalog chock full of motorcycle tours taking place around the world from the far reaches of Africa and Asia, to Australia and America, every one of their European tours is on my bucket list. Especially when they partner their rides up with motorcycle manufacturers like BMW, Ducati and Triumph, with a Start and End point at the company's factory for a visit or at a World Superbike or MotoGP round. Complete Story Here
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World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli joins Pata Honda
Monday Nov 3rd, 2014 - The 2014 World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli has signed an agreement to ride for the Pata Honda team alongside Michael van der Mark in the 2015 championship aboard Honda’s CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machine.
Guintoli is one of the most widely experienced riders in the World Superbike paddock and won the 2014 title in yesterday’s final round at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The French rider, who lives in the UK with his English wife Caroline and their four children, has also ridden at the highest level in MotoGP.
The 32-year-old has a total of nine World Superbike wins to his credit, five of which have come this season: at Phillip Island in Australia, Assen in the Netherlands, his home round of Magny-Cours in France last month, and a double race win in Qatar yesterday to end the season in some style. He boasts a total of 40 WSBK podium finishes.
Although the 2015 season will be Guintoli’s first ride for Honda, he has a strong historical relationship with the team’s title partner Pata, having ridden for a Pata-sponsored Ducati team in 2012, taking two race victories to finish seventh that season in the World Superbike standings.
The announcement of Guintoli’s appointment to the Pata Honda World Superbike team and his new partnership with 2014 World Supersport champion, Michael van der Mark, means that the team will bid farewell to both Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam. The entire Pata Honda team and Honda Motor Europe offer their very best wishes to both riders in the future careers.
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Yonny Hernandez contracts with Ducati to continue with the Pramac Racing Team in 2015 MotoGP World Championship
Oct 31st, 2014 - Ducati Corse is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Yonny Hernandez that will tie the Colombian rider to Ducati for 2015, with an option for 2016.
Hernandez, born on July 25th 1988 in Medellín, made his MotoGP debut in 2012 and began his adventure with Ducati last year in the GP of Aragòn, as replacement for the injured Ben Spies on the Pramac Racing Team Desmosedici machine.
Confirmed by the team for 2014, Yonny has raced this season with a GP13 Factory bike, often showing good form in qualifying and the races: his best career result came last Sunday at Sepang, where he finished seventh. Hernandez currently lies fifteenth overall in the standings with 53 points.
Next year Yonny will continue to race for the Pramac Racing Team, and at the post-race tests in Valencia he will get a first chance to try out the Desmosedici GP14.2 with which he will take part in the 2015 season
Randy de Puniet joins Crescent Suzuki World Superbike for 2015.
Oct 14th 2014 - Crescent Suzuki is delighted to announce its completed rider line-up for the 2015 FIM Superbike World Championship as world-renowned competitor and current Suzuki MotoGP™ test rider Randy de Puniet joins the UK-based team alongside Alex Lowes.
A long-standing racer in Grand Prix, de Puniet has amassed 139 MotoGP race starts and five 250cc GP race wins during his 15 years on the world stage so far. During 2014, he has become instrumental to the development of Suzuki’s 2015 return to GP competition with the all-new GSX-RR.
The 33-year-old Frenchman will enter the World Superbike series full-time with his new Crescent Suzuki squad for the 2015 season but will also continue to test the Suzuki GP machine, with particular responsibility for matching the bike’s performance to MotoGP’s new 2016 tyre provider. De Puniet is very motivated for competitive action aboard the World Superbike specification GSX-R1000, after his successful second-place result as part of the Yoshimura team in the 2014 Suzuka 8 hour endurance race.
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki will complete its last race of the 2014 season with current riders Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes at the Losail International Circuit, in Qatar, on November 2nd, before beginning an extensive winter of testing and development with de Puniet and Lowes.
Randy de Puniet: “I’m so happy to be joining Crescent Suzuki for the Superbike World Championship because my target for 2015 was to get back to competing on the race track. Testing for the past year was ok but of course what I really want is to race! I really enjoyed racing in Suzuka this year - to race, to fight and to be on the podium is everything to me. I had the opportunity to join the Crescent team for next year and I’m really happy; my first priority was to stay with Suzuki because I want to stay within this family, and for me this is a new challenge – a new championship, new bike, new tyre, everything is different and I have many things to learn but I am ready for that and I’m very confident. I will be joining a very strong team with a lot of experience and I think the bike will be good next year. We have a good test plan for this winter and I think we will be ready for the first race in Phillip Island next year.”
Paul Denning – Team Manager: “We couldn’t be happier to have secured Randy’s agreement to compete in the 2015 World Superbike Championship on board our GSX-R1000. We needed a high quality rider to replace Eugene; Randy was the obvious choice, and we are very proud to have gained his trust and commitment to race with us next year.”
Terol to join
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Oct 10th - Spanish website Motoworld.es reported that Nicolas ‘Nico’ Terol, 26, will be soon signing a deal to race in World Superbike next year with team Althea Racing. The 2011 125cc World Champion would contest his rookie year in the series after 10 full seasons spent in the GP paddock.