Sunday, May 31, 2009

2009 Italian MotoGP: Race results from Mugello

Casey Stoner won the race at Mugello, followed by Lorenzo in second place and Rossi in third

2009 Italian MotoGP: Race results from Mugello

1. Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 45min 41.894 sec
2. Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team 45min 42.895 sec
3. Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team 45min 43.970 sec
4. Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 45min 44.023 sec
5. Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 45min 45.168 sec
6. Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 46min 6.345 sec
7. James Toseland Monster Yamaha Tech 3 46min 7.515 sec
8. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda MotoGP 46min 7.940 sec
9. Niccolo Canepa Pramac Racing 46min 13.709 sec
10. Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 46min 16.708 sec
11. Marco Melandri Hayate Racing Team 46min 16.984 sec
12. Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Team 46min 21.016 sec
13. Mika Kallio Pramac Racing 46min 34.356 sec
14. Toni Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini 46min 34.372 sec
15. Alex de Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini 46min 3.967 sec

Dani Pedrosa
Yuki Takahashi

Pics from various races from the 2009 MotoGP season. Pics from Mugello coming soon...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

2009 MotoGP wallpaper

As we wait for the Italian MotoGP to kick off at Mugello tomorrow, here are some pics - wallpaper for your PC's desktop - from the 2009 MotoGP season...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Valentino Rossi vs Wayne Rainey vs Eddie Lawson vs Kenny Roberts at Laguna Seca

Lawson, Roberts, Rainey and Rossi will be racing against each other in 250cc karts at Laguna Seca, three days before the USGP in July this year!

Rossi, against Rainey, Lawson and Roberts – who wouldn’t want to watch that race?! And yes, the four greats are indeed going to race against each other in July this year, just before the USGP at Laguna Seca. Well, no, they won’t be going head to head on motorcycles – that simply isn’t possible – but they’ll be racing against each other in specially prepared karts, fitted with two-stroke engines from the Yamaha TZ250 racebike.

The four multi-time world champs will race at on Thursday afternoon, three days before the American MotoGP event at Laguna. Both Lawson and Rainey have raced karts competitively since retiring from motorcycle racing. ‘I'm quite fast but I don't know if I am at the same level as Eddie. I have some good experience with karts so I'm confident to be competitive. I think the karts in America will be 250, which are very fast. I use a 125cc two-stroke…,’ says Rossi.

We have some great memories of watching Rainey, Lawon and Schwantz slugging it out on their 500cc two-stroke GP bikes. We don’t want to sound like doddering old men who’re always talking about the good old days, but really, those were the days!! And Rainey vs Lawson vs Roberts vs Rossi is one race – even one that’s on karts rather than bikes – we certainly wouldn’t want to miss…!


BMW S1000RR: What lies beneath...

A useful video that provides an in-depth look at the BMW S1000RR's bits and pieces. It all looks and sounds pretty impressive, but the only thing is, can this BMW take on bikes like the Aprilia RSV4, Ducati 1198S and the 2009 R1? Hmm... we suppose we'll find out over the next few months!
Here's a riding impression of the S1000RR...
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Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V NTX unveiled

For those who are really, really serious about their off-road adventure touring...
Pics: Motoblog

Moto Guzzi are going after the BMW R1200GS Adventure in a big way. To lure buyers away from the big-bruiser-Beemer, Guzzi are all set to launch a new version of the Stelvio – the Stelvio 1200 4V NTX – which seems to be a bit more off-road-oriented than the standard bike.

The NTX’s engine remains unchanged but the bike gets various new accessories as standard kit. These include side panniers, various guards for the shaft drive and the engine, additional lights and off-road tyres. After all, if you’re going the long way around, you might as well look the part… :-)

A road test video of the 2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mac Motorcycles: New British brand announces plans for a range of bikes

Pining for simple, sporty, lightweight, air-cooled British singles - the kind Triumph and Norton once used to make? Mac Motorcycles might soon bring some joy to your life...

The UK-based Xenophya Design, in collaboration with one Ellis Pitt, are setting up a new motorcycle company, which has been named Mac Motorcycles. To begin with, this company may build a range of light, sporty and not-too-complicated motorcycles, which would be powered by an air-cooled, single-cylinder 500cc Buell engine.

‘Between us we’d designed, modified, built and ridden all sorts of motorcycles over the last 30 years and thought it was time to produce a motorcycle that reflected our philosophy. Our influences have been diverse and we’ve made unusual connections between genres of motorcycles such as choppers, Italian singles from the 1950s, flat-trackers and competition specials. What underpins Mac Motorcycles’ philosophy though is the belief that the riding experience and the stories that go with motorcycle journeys seem to have been hijacked by technology and plastic,’ says Ellis.

For the past few months, Mac Motorcycles have been working on four motorcycle designs, with the bikes named Spud, Ruby, Peashooter and Roarer. The company, based in the small English town of Upton-Upon-Severn in Worcestershire, plans build a few hundred of these bikes, in small batches, increasing production as and when required. Apart from selling these bikes in the UK, they plan to market Mac motorcycles in various other counties, including North America, Japan and Australia. Prices are likely to be in the region of £8,000-10,000.

We had earlier interviewed Mark Wells and Ian Wride of Xenophya, which you can see here, and visit Mac Motorcycles on their new website here



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