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With an affluent racing career behind him and new sights set on his VR46 team’s debut for MotoGP, Valentino Rossi continues to be a legend in the racing industry.  Recently, we learned that the Italian racer collects bikes that he has ridden for MotoGP – and there’s one, in particular, that’s coming with a bit …

This past Thursday, nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi celebrated ‘One More Lap’ with the good people of EICMA 2021 and Yamaha.  The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer had Rossi ride on to stage on board a Yamaha M1 (bedecked in a 60th anniversary-livered scheme), after which point Yamaha also uncovered a limited edition GYTR VR46 Yamaha R1 …

Our favorite Team Blue racer hasn’t been very happy with his race bikes lately – and he’s putting his foot down for the 2023 contract.  The report from MotorSport.com states that 2022’s pre-season test ended with Quartararo snatching up ninth fastest and 0.707 seconds off the pace – far from where the man wants to …

You can’t say Yamaha ex-racer Valentino Rossi hasn’t been busy as of late.  From his recent retirement to his induction into the Hall of Fame at the FIM Awards ceremony, it seems that nearly everything this man touches turns to gold.  Everything, that is, bar his VR46 team’s sponsorship deal with Saudi Arabian oil giant …

Yamaha’s Doctor is now a member of the Hall of Fame – and the reality of retirement is hitting the iconic MotoGP rider pretty hard.  “I always think of this day like a nightmare, because it’s the end of a long career and I thought it would be in Valencia but in the end, I …

The 2016 Honda RC213V-S is a gorgeous motorcycle. Previously developed as a road racing machine by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC), Wikipedia tells us that the RC213V-S competed in the MotoGP series from the 2012 season, with ‘RC’ standing for Honda’s traditional racing prefix for 4-stroke bikes, the ‘213’ being used to notate the third works bike …

Yamaha’s nine-time Grand Prix World Champion is set to compete in his final MotoGP race in two short weeks at the Valencia Grand Prix. After this point, The Doctor will rest on the laurels of his 22-season premier class career and wave goodbye to his contracted days on the track with MotoGP.  To celebrate the …

Honda’s raging Repsol rider has just taken a wee fall during his off-road training last Saturday. The “slight head concussion” was purported by MCN to be enough to have Marc Marquez removed from his chances in the Algarve Grand Prix in Portugual, pulling his chances to also secure his first win at Portimao.  “This past …

This past Sunday saw the 2021 MotoGP Championship won for Yamaha as 22-year-old Frenchman Fabio Quartararo battled through a surprising turn of events.  According to Jalopnik, Ducati’s own Francesco Bagnaia proved a worthy adversary as both racers sought victory; Quartararo’s goal was to finish ahead of Bagnaia and secure the championship, and Bagnaia’s goal of …

When we last touched on this topic, MotoGP was considering stricter regulations for their race series on behalf of the spoked mortality rates among young riders but had yet to release anything.  Now, a report from CycleNews has revealed the changes that Dorna Sports plans on making to protect the safety of racers on their …

Italy’s leading premium amaro liqueur has just launched a partnership with the racing department of the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer – and I can’t think of a better way for Italians to spread motorcycle safety awareness.  The press release states that Amaro Montenegro, being the team spirit partner of Ducati Corse, “emphasizes the human factor at …

Motorcycle technology has come a long way since the pea-shooter Flat Track racing days of old. With the integration of bigger machines, immaculately tuned engines, and advanced scans to perfect aerodynamics, the world of racing has become more cutting edge – and, some would argue, too dangerous for the likes of the younger generations.  Just …

Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer Maverick Vinales has just joined the factory Aprilia racing team – and the Spaniard looks positively tickled pink about it.  Vinales had a bit of drama earlier in the year when he ended his contract with team Yamaha a tad early – a five-year business partnership that he was more …

If you’re looking for a little something extra to do this October, why not take your Ducati machine for a lap of the COTA MotoGP circuit? The exclusive 2021 Ducati Island Experience is officially back – and red riders looking for that extra zhuzh in the season’s activities will be able to celebrate motorcycle racing …

French oil manufacturer Motul has secured all but two podiums in the previous season of MotoGP – and this season, they’re planning for straight wins.  Motul’s top teams Suzuki and Pramac Racing are set to spend rubber at Round 10 of the Michelin Grand Prix of Styria.   The entire weekend is at risk for foul …

Remy Gardner, current Moto2 Championship Leader and son of 1987 500cc world champion Wayne Gardner, has just signed a contract with Tech3 KTM for the MotoGP 2022 season. This has come hot on the heels of his successes last season, having won himself five podiums and one victory in the last six rounds of the …

Pramac Racing has just signed a new deal extension with Ducati, creating a continued factory-supported sponsorship and giving riders Johann Zarco and rookie Jorge Martin access to two Ducati Desmocedici bikes until the end of the 2024 season.  According to a report from MotoGP‘s website, The partnership between Pramac and Ducati originally began in 2005 and …

A report from MCN has stated that world-renowned MotoGP rider, Jason Dupasquier, has passed away at a hospital in Florence after succumbing to injuries following a multi-rider incident at the Q2 session at Mugello’s Moto3 Race. The accident involved Jason falling off his bike, creating a red-flagged incident involving Ayumu Sasaki and Jeremy Alcoba at …

Aprilia has officially become the sixth manufacturer to sign a five-year contract with Dorna Sports to compete in MotoGP through 2026.  In a statement released by Aprilia Racing, they have committed to making advances in “technological research and experimentation excellence within the Piaggio Group”. Starting in 2022, Aprilia will now be on the track with …

In order to climb the professional ladder in the racing world, it’s no secret that you must live in Europe. No matter if the racing medium is cars or motorcycles, you must live in Europe to have the best shot at going pro. Though small series take place worldwide, they aren’t necessarily helping you get …

After 17 years out of the superbike spotlight, North America’s premier motorcycle road racing series, MotoAmerica, is bringing Superbike racing back to Brainerd International Raceway located in Minnesota. This pitstop will be for round 7 of the 2021 MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike Series, July 30-August 1, with the announcement that the series and all five of …

Moto GP Commentator and 1998 British Grand Prix 500cc race winner Simon Crafar takes us through every little detail regarding the safety of a MotoGP Helmet. On this weeks installation of MotoGP’s “Tech Talk”, Simon is on the Arai Grand Prix helmet service truck to give us a detailed look into the construction, composition, and …

MotoGP “Grid” Jacket Review A good looking, versatile riding jacket that is built to last. MotoGP Apparel — you see adverts for it now and then… But they don’t seem to have as much of a marketing push as many of the big names like Joe Rocket, Fieldsheer and Scorpion (yep, I think they’re a …

60 Years of MotoGP & the World Motorcycle Championship Author: Michael Scott Hardcover, 256 Pages (2008) Carlton Books, London, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-84732-1343 Coffee table books should, at the very least, be filled with wonderful images. Text usually takes a back seat. I’ve seen a few coffee table books that aren’t lately; big massive books that …