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2014 Eni SBK World Superbike Championship, Motorland Aragon Spain Round 2 of 12
Kawasaki's Sykes and Baz complete Aragon Round in Domination
A stunning performance from KRT Superbike riders Tom Sykes and Loris Baz gave the team a historic 1-2 finish in each 17-lap race at Motorland Aragon, with Sykes winning from Baz each time out. David Salom gritted his teeth to finish 13th in race one and 10th in race two on his Evo KRT machine. Tom and Loris now lead the championship outright, with Tom on 75 points and Loris on 71.
Ayrton Badovini on the new Alstare Bimota BB3.
2014 MotoGP World Championshi, Circuit of the Americas Round 2 of 18
Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, USA, April 11-13th 2014 - Magnificent Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) was in a class of his own at the Circuit of the Americas this afternoon, making the race all his own, as he did a year ago, when he won his first MotoGP race at this track. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) was the only man who got close to his young compatriot, but even he had to give up the chase and settle for a strong second place to put him second in the World Championship points chase behind his team-mate. Complete Coverage Here
The 2014 Pirelli Calendar Celebrates 50 years with Helmet Newton
For many years The Calendar has strayed away from motorsports to being just a exotic fashion shoot with very overpaid Hollywood actresses and supermodels. In fact, the 2014 Calendar was originally shoot last summer a joint effort from Patrick Demarchelier and Peter Lindbergh in a studio in NewYork with a group of supermodels posing togther. But after seeing the boring results, the Pirelli marketing department went back into its archives to resurrect the pictures that Helmet Newton had shot for the 1986 Calendar but were never used, when the shot near Monte Carlo was cut short for personal reasons.. We concur it was a good choice.
Commissioned independently of Pirelli UK's 1986 calendar by the company's competitive Italian wing, Newton's images for the tire giant are both as sensual and controversial as you might expect (albeit more for their explicit product placement than the full-frontal nudity for which Newton was renowned). After almost three decades stowed away in the Pirelli Foundation archives, they've been dusted off in celebration both of 50-year-old calendar created in homage to beautiful women, as well as the photographer who perhaps captured them best. The Calendar has returned to its beginnings to featuring beautiful women with the world's sexiest tires that dominate many of the Motorsports' premier Two and Four Wheeled World Championships.
Above: the 50th Anniversary 2014 Pirelli Calendar with Helmet Newton's 1986 photo shoot.
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The year 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the creation of the first, of a now legendary line of Ducati Superbikes with their trademark Desmoquattro 4-valve V-twin motors hung below a lightweight trellis tube frame, race bikes that went on to dominate the then new World Superbike Championship for next quarter of a century. Arguably the most significant motorcycle engine design of any kind since the CB750 Honda, and surely the most remarkable and successful volume production engine format ever used in world competition by any single manufacturer, the venerable Ducati 4-valve desmodromic engine recorded to this date 14 World Superbike Championship titles in the 24 year history of the world’s premier production bike based world roadracing series.
This book chronicles the development and history all five Ducati Corse World Superbike generations from the first Desmoquatro 750cc prototype to the revolutionary new 1199 Panigale Superquadro together with interviews with the Ducati designers, team racers and managers. This unique insight is provided by renown motorcycle racer and journalist Alan Cathcart who has had the envious and often exclusive opportunity to test ride every one of the factory Corse race bikes over the last 25 years, those tests of which are featured here. Photography of the Corse factory bikes and riders is proved by the world's most renown motorcycle roadracing photographers.
Kevin in the saddle with Suzuki factory test riders Randy DePuniet and and Nobuatsu Aokiat Circuit if the Americas.
Schwantz, who also tested the Yoshimura Suzuki Superbike team’s GSX-R1000s in preparation for his ride at the Suzuki 8-Hour in July , said: “I went on the MotoGP machine after riding the GSX-R1000 Superbike and it felt like going from a 500cc to a 250cc bike; the MotoGP machine is so small and compact! The bike turns, accelerates, goes fast; it does everything and I had fun and really enjoyed it.
“With this bike you have power and braking so you brake and accelerate and the bike does all the rest. I think Suzuki should race now - the sooner the better! You can test a lot but in the race you really understand.
“After having ridden the MotoGP machine, I now appreciate much-more the GSX-R and I want to continue to work on that now to prepare for my race at Suzuka in July. So tomorrow I will only ride the GSX-R.”
Kevin Schwantz test the new MotoGP bike with his iconic race number "34" on the front fairing.
Suzuki MotoGP Test Team Manager Davide Brivio said: “A positive day on a completely new circuit for us. One of the main targets is to continue the development of the new electronics and also to collect useful information on this track for next year when we will be racing.
“We have done that today but also we could work on bike settings and chassis comparison. The lap-time is not bad for the first day and we are looking forward to improving tomorrow hoping that the temperature can go up a bit and the track will be cleaner.
Suzuki Test Day Two, April 17th - The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team has concluded its Circuit of the Americas test at Austin in Texas after finding new direction and improvements to take to its next test in Argentina at the end of the month. Test riders Randy De Puniet and Nobuatsu Aoki were again joined on-track by former World Champion Kevin Schwantz and shared the test with the Yoshimura Suzuki AMA Superbike team as track temperatures climbed to 39 degrees; slightly higher than the previous day, but not as high as the previous weekend’s MotoGP second round.
De Puniet completed a total of 62 laps of the 5,315m circuit with a best lap-time of 2’05.85; just-over half-a-second quicker than his previous day’s best time.
Said De Puniet: “I’m happy that we have found a big improvement on throttle connection and traction control. We worked some time to find the right setting with the new electronics also and at the end we found a good compromise. We continued to work on the chosen chassis and it worked really well today. So the package is definitely better and I wanted to have an extra day to be able to continue the work as yesterday we spent most of the time setting-up the bike for the new circuit along with the new electronics. Also, I have not been riding a bike for a few weeks and I needed to get back the feeling.
“Anyway, today on the race tyre, we improved a lot from yesterday’s lap times and found a good pace. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to try some sort-of time-attack by the end of the day as we had a small problem on the bike and we lost the last half-hour on the track. But I feel we had the potential to even further improve our performance.
“Now we’ll go to Argentina - which is a completely new circuit - but I’m glad we will go there soon and hopefully I will be still hot from this test.”
Satoru Terada, Project Leader and Team Suzuki MotoGP Team Director, said: “We brought a new engine-spec and new chassis-spec here and found a good combination. We also worked on combining a good electronic setting to this new engine-spec and we are happy with the results. We also confirmed today our chassis choice.
“Our performance in terms of lap-times could have been better by the end of the day, but the important point is that we leave Austin with good information about our bike and about this circuit. We also had a time to enjoy Kevin Schwantz riding our latest MotoGP bike and also sharing the circuit with Yoshimura Team, supported by Suzuki Motor of America. Now we look forward to Argentina where we will test again on Tuesday and Wednesday after the MotoGP race.”
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Yamaha Is Presenting Sponsor For Three-Event GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout; Shootout Races Added To 2014 Yamaha Road Racing Contingency Program
“All of us at Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., are proud that Yamaha is the presenting sponsor for this new race series,” Starr commented. “We’re excited that our loyal customers and race fans in the Western part of the U.S. will now have three events to attend that are close to their homes, and they’ll be able to see for themselves just how breathtaking professional motorcycle road racing at this level is!”
Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., added, “I’m excited that Yamaha is now the presenting sponsor for the Shootout and that the fans will get the opportunity to see our Monster Energy Pro Superbike riders Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier, as well as our Y.E.S./Monster Energy Pro Sportbike riders Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach, compete in these three race weekends. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of fans come out to support the races and interact with our riders. Stay tuned for more information as the opening round of the Superbike Shootout draws near.”
Yamaha Expands 2014 Road Racing Contingency Program
Guerra said. “Our Contingency Program rewards aspiring Yamaha road racers, so we’re pleased to be able to extend the Program so that Yamaha R1 and R6 riders who compete in the races that are part of the three-event Superbike Shootout will be rewarded for their results.”
For complete details on how to register, along with specific information on which racing classes are included, visit the Road Racing Contingency page of the Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., Website at: YamahaMotorsports.com