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MotoGP: Statement from Silverstone

Well, race day didn’t go to plan did it? My goolies have only just dried out after a day of waiting around for track action in consistent rain. Regardless of that rain, we should have witnessed a MotoGP race today, but Silverstone’s new surface dictated otherwise. The good news, however, is that Tito Rabat’s surgery (on multiple leg fractures) went… Read more →

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Panigale V4 makes BSB debut at Thruxton

Riders Motorcycles’ Martin Jessopp gave the Ducati Panigale V4 its British Superbike debut at Thruxton over the weekend – albeit during a gap in racing when sponsors’ pillion rides take place (and there must have been a serious love sesh with Race Director, Stuart Higgs as this sort of skulduggery never happens at BSB). In anticipation of swapping his BMW… Read more →

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MV Agusta Unveils Moto2 Weapon

After a 42-year hiatus from Grand Prix racing, MV Agusta has finally unveiled its all-new Moto2 challenger for the 2019 season – and it looks very naughty indeed. The Varese factory has chosen Forward Racing as its squad, although pilots for next year have yet to be confirmed. Of course, MV’s handiwork centres around a trellis/ally plate frame and houses… Read more →

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2018 Ducati MotoGP Gallery

With the usual Ducati cinematic soundtrack resonating in the background, Claudio Domenicali hosted Ducati’s 2018 MotoGP presentation at the firm’s auditorium in Bologna along with a lovely brunette lady in a fresh black number. Gigi Dall’Igna and his marvellous monobrow then took to the stage to talk briefly about the tech side of things. Of course, extracting anything juicy from… Read more →

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Triumph confirmed as Moto2 engine supplier

In this year’s worst kept secret, Triumph has finally been confirmed as Moto2 engine supplier from the 2019 season onwards after signing a deal with Dorna. The Hinckley factory will provide a ‘dedicated race-tuned’ 765cc triple motor based on the all-new Street Triple, with obvious upgrades for competition use to cope with higher revs.   A modified cylinder head, titanium valves,… Read more →

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The heat of the moment…

I hope many of you watched or have caught up with World Superbikes from Assen last weekend. Not only is The Cathedral of Speed one of the finest circuits on the calendar to ride, it provides plenty of close racing and unconditional on-track action thanks to its fast and flowing nature. And this weekend saw a certain amount of conspicuous… Read more →

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Michael Dunlop to race 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000

Michael Dunlop will race a 2017 GSX-R1000 with Bennetts Suzuki (the Hawk Racing squad that he’s been working with for the past few years) at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, Southern 100 and Ulster. It’s also been confirmed that the current TT lap record holder will contest the first round of British Superbikes at Donington Park. He’ll… Read more →

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Gallery: 2017 Red Bull KTM RC16

Sometimes all you need is a gallery of images to remedy another torrid Monday, so how about KTM’s 2017 RC16 shot by the insanely talented Sebas Romero? Launched today, just down the road from its factory in Mattighofen, KTM unveiled 2017’s colours and already look set to win this season’s sexiest bike competition, although we’re not entirely sure who the… Read more →

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The Finest Botty In WorldSBK?

Of course Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri haven’t launched an LP, although the album cover pic above could suggest otherwise. No, today was the turn of the Aruba.it Racing Team to unveil its 2017 colours and rider line-up in front of media, sponsors, industry bigwigs and fans worldwide. In what seems like a must-do for every team across all classes… Read more →

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2017 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Unveiled

As if the stealthy testing colours of Nicky Hayden and Steffi Bradl’s 2017 Fireblade SP2 weren’t sexy enough, the Ten Kate team has just unveiled its racing stripes for this season at Red Bull’s Hangar-7 facility in Salzburg. Why? Because the Austrian energy drink giants have become title sponsors of Honda’s official World Superbike Team, breaking the internet today with… Read more →

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LIVE: 2017 Ducati Team MotoGP Presentation

In a season of MotoGP musical chairs, 2017 is already shaping up nicely. Jorge Lorenzo’s move to Ducati alongside Dovi is an obvious focal point, and today we’ll get to see J-Lo in Ducati colours for the first time. The Bologna factory squad is live streaming its official unveiling from the Ducati auditorium at 9.30am (GMT), and you can watch… Read more →

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2017 Isle of Man TT is already awesome…

You’ve gotta love Wednesdays: the midweek hump day that provides unconditional dubplate news, strategically published under embargo in the UK’s largest journal. We had not one, but two announcements yesterday. To everyone’s amazement, northern tea drinker, Guy Martin is making a racing comeback alongside John McGuinness in the official Honda Racing squad aboard the new SP2. The lure of a… Read more →