Di Giannantonio reveals new MotoGP™ number

Fabio Di Giannantonio (Team Gresini Racing MotoGP) has revealed which number he will use in MotoGP™ for next season and beyond. The Italian – whose hero is Troy Bayliss – usually sports the number 21, a number synonymous with Ducati legend Bayliss. However, with Franco Morbidelli (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) already using 21 in the premier class, Diggia has been forced to use another number to slap on the front of his Ducati.

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Lorenzo, Viñales and more confirmed for 100km Dei Campioni

The entry list for the 7th edition of the 100km Dei Campioni, held at Valentino Rossi’s Ranch in Tavullia, has been revealed. Five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, Aprilia Racing’s Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins and plenty more join the star-studded list of names competing in 2021’s race.

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2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 | Video Review

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Testing the 2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 in the Azores, Portgual. (Photo by Marco Campelli)

We test the 2022 Husqvarna Norden 901, a new adventure bike based on the KTM 890 Adventure platform. It’s powered by a 890cc parallel-Twin that makes 105 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 74 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm at the crank (claimed). MSRP is $13,999.

With styling nearly identical to the popular concept Husqvarna showed at EICMA in 2019, the Norden 901 has a rally-style fairing with a round headlight and integrated fog lights. Positioned between the KTM 890 Adventure and 890 Adventure R, the Norden 901 is aimed at adventure riders who want to travel long distances but not sacrifice off-road capability.

The Norden 901 is equipped with ride modes (Street, Offroad, Urban, and optional Explorer), ABS (Road and Offroad modes), lean-angle-sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control, an up/down quickshifter (Easy Shift), and cruise control. The wide, flat seat height adjustable (33.6/34.4 in.). It’s equipped with adjustable WP Apex suspension, with 8.7/8.5 inches of front rear travel, and its 21-inch front and 18-inch rear tubeless wheels are shod with Pirelli Scorpion Rally FTR tires.

We subjected the 2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 to two days of on- and off-road testing on to São Miguel, a wet, foggy island in the North Atlantic Ocean that’s part of the Portuguese Azores archipelago and is crisscrossed with roads and tracks covered in pavement, cobblestones, gravel, mud, and sand.

Check it out in our video review:

To find a Husqvarna dealer near you, visit husqvarna-motorcycles.com.

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2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S | First Look Review

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S

Ducati’s Panigale V4 platform has been pushing the superbike segment forward with cutting-edge tech since it debuted in 2018. The Bologna, Italy, marque hasn’t grown complacent during that time either, revising the flagship sportbike with minor adjustments over the years. The 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S receive the most thorough update yet, with revisions to the engine, chassis, electronics, aero, and ergos.

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S

The Panigale’s MotoGP-derived Desmosedici Stradale engine maintains it’s 1,103cc capacity in 2022, but a new torque management system and dedicated mapping bump the V4 to 210 horsepower at 12,500 rpm and 90.6 lb-ft of torque at 11,000 rpm. Ducati’s new SBK gearbox helps deliver that power to the back wheel thanks to the lengthened 1st, 2nd, and 6th gear. As a result, the Panigale V4 said to deliver slow-speed cornering, harder corner-exit acceleration, and a higher top speed.

The V4’s updated electronics put the Panigale’s power parameters at the user’s fingertips with new Power Modes. In Full Power Mode, riders can access the motorcycle’s full potential, with no electronic filters dulling the engine’s torque curves (except in 1st gear). High and Medium Modes gain a refined throttle-by-wire map management system, which optimizes thrust upon open throttle. Low Mode limits the Desmosedici Stradale to 150 horsepower while a more manageable throttle response maximizes road riding comfort and enjoyment.

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S

In addition to the Panigale’s Power Modes, the four Riding Modes (Race A, Race B, Sport, Street) also change the superbike’s personality. The reworked dashboard communicates all those settings with new external lights and functions. At the suggestion of Ducati MotoGP riders, technicians developed a new Track Evo info mode. By shifting the tachometer bar to the top of the display, the gear indicator at center, and the rider aids along the right side, the new layout provides the ideal screen legibility for racers and track riders.

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S

Ducati’s MotoGP team is known for its aerodynamic packages and the 2022 Panigale V4 lives up to that reputation. The new double-profile winglets are thinner, more compact, and more efficient, but still provide 81 pounds of downforce at 186 mph. Of course, V4 engines are known to generate heat, and additional air-extraction gills on the lower fairing enhance cooling. Rider comfort also improves due to a flatter seat. The grippy seat cover also helps lock the rider in place during hard braking while a reshaped fuel tank offers a better anchor point for the user’s legs.

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S

While the Panigale V4 and V4 S share much of the same equipment, the up-spec S model features electronically controlled Öhlins suspension, with an NPX 25/30 fork, TTX36 rear shock, and steering damper. And it rolls on premium forged aluminum alloy wheels shod with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires. The standard V4, on the other hand, opts for a fully adjustable Showa Big Piston fork, Sachs rear shock, Sachs steering damper, and cast aluminum wheels.

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4

While the two chassis may employ different suspensions and wheels, both boast premium Brembo braking systems. Each superbike now benefits from a higher swingarm pivot, which increases the Panigale’s anti-squat characteristics under acceleration. Ducati modestly updates the superbike’s cosmetics as well, with both variants featuring the brand’s signature red fairings and new black Ducati logos. However, the V4 S also gains a two-tone seat and red wheel tape.

Available in February, the 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 retails for $23,295 while the 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S goes for $29,995.

For more information or to find a Ducati dealer near you, visit ducati.com.

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Survey: How do you rate helmet comfort?

The Australian Motorcycle Council is asking riders to help them work out a rating system for helmet comfort via an online survey.

Results will be supplied to the Australian Consumer Rating and Assessment of Safety Helmets (CRASH) working group to review.

They will include these results in their helmet comfort rating system.

The survey asks riders to rate helmets on seven factors:

  1. Visor’s ability to resist fogging up
  2. Ability to seal out moisture
  3. Noise inside helmet
  4. Ventilation inside helmet
  5. Aerodynamic neck loading (a wind tunnel test)
  6. Helmet weight
  7. Peripheral view

CRASH is run by a consortium of government agencies, insurance companies and the Australian Motorcycle Council to provide riders with independent and consistent information on the levels of protection from injury in a crash provided by motorcycle helmets and the comfort level of the helmet.

It is similar to the comprehensive British SHARP helmet safety scheme which has tested and rated hundreds of helmets.

But they don’t rate comfort which can be just as important as safety because a helmet that is not comfortable can be a distraction that could cause a crash.

Of particular interest in Australia is the ability to keep your head cool in our oppressive summer heat and humidity.

Sadly it is nearly impossible to test the comfort of a helmet in a shop.

You only get to test that once you buy the helmet and ride with it for several hours. And then it’s too late if you discover painful pressure points, or noise, aero and ventilation issues.

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Perhaps we need testing rooms at motorcycle shops where you can try on a helmet and sit on a couch for an hour with a fan blowing hot air at your head!

Meanwhile, an independent helmet comfort rating system is a good guide.

So get cracking and fill in the survey now by clicking here.  It only takes seconds.

But be quick as the survey closes on 13 December 2021.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

A look back at some famous teammate title tussles

Rossi vs Lorenzo, Doohan vs Criville and more – have a look at some classic teammate battles for the World Championship

In motorsport, they say your first rival is your teammate. Same team, same equipment, equal playing field. So we thought it would be good to take a little trip down memory lane to have a look at some Grand Prix rivalries between riders competing inside the same garage.

Doohan vs Criville (500cc) – 1996

The Repsol Honda Team pairing enjoyed many a great battle during their time together as teammates at HRC. The 1996 Spanish Grand Prix, Criville’s home race at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, was a major flashpoint. At the final corner on the last lap, Criville and Doohan went head-to-head for victory, but the Spaniard’s race ended with him highsiding. Spielberg and Brno also hosted a couple of classics between the duo.

Jacque vs Nakano (250cc) – 2000

One of the great 250cc showdowns was an all Tech3 Racing affair in 2000 between Olivier Jacque and Shinya Nakano. Victory at the final race of the season, held at Australia’s classic Phillip Island, handed Jacque the title, as the teammates finished 0.014s apart across the line – and just seven points apart in the overall standings.

Talmacsi vs Faubel (125cc) – 2007

The 2007 125cc World Championship fight between Gabor Talmacsi and Hector Faubel was one of the classic lightweight class battles. It all came down to a Valencia final day showdown. Faubel won the race but second place for Talmacsi was enough to see the Hungarian win the title, as the top five crossed the line just 0.8s apart. Talmacsi claimed the crown by five points over teammate Faubel.

Rossi vs Lorenzo (MotoGP™) – 2009

A simply unforgettable rivalry between two of MotoGP™’s greats. Factory Yamaha teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were just at the beginning of their premier class scrap, with the most famous head-to-head in 2009 coming at the Catalan GP. Final corner, last lap, after a race-long fight, Rossi came out on top. The Doctor won the title later that year, with Lorenzo second.

Rabat vs Kallio (Moto2™) – 2014

Marc VDS teammates Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio fought it out for the Moto2™ World Championship title in 2014. Between them, they claimed 10 victories and four 1-2s, as Rabat became a World Champion for the first time.

Lorenzo vs Rossi (MotoGP™) – 2015

A season that will never be forgotten. A Valencia GP that will never be forgotten. Lorenzo held his nerve to become a five-time World Champion, as that elusive 10th world title slipped away from Rossi’s grasps.

Gardner vs Fernandez (Moto2™) – 2021

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s magical pairing of Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez dominated the intermediate class World Championship in 2021. 13 wins were collected between the two of them, rookie Fernandez picking up eight of those, but it was Australia’s Gardner who won the title at the final race of the season in Valencia. Both now get ready to be teammates again, this time at Tech3 KTM Factory Racing in MotoGP™.

Where will the next teammate title tussle come from? Here’s hoping there’s plenty more on the way very soon. 

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2022 Motron Nomad 125, Warrior 400, and X-Nord 400 Launched

Earlier this year, Austria’s KSR Group unveiled a new brand called Motron Motorcycles. Aimed at entry-level riders, the company offers multiple models from 50cc mopeds to 400cc motorcycles. Now, RideApart has released an article stating that Motron has released the 2022 updates for the Nomad 125, Warrior 400, and X-Nord 400. 

The Nomad 125 is powered by a 125cc, single-cylinder engine that produces humble output figures of 13hp at 9,000 rpm and 7.4lb-ft of torque at 7,000rpm. Despite being a beginner-friendly motorcycle, the Nomad 125 is equipped with some decent hardware, including a USD fork and disc brakes at either end.

Other features on offer include a 3.7-gallon fuel tank, LED lights, and a 6-speed transmission. The bike rides on 17-inch wheels at either end, shod in 100/80-17 and 140/70-17 section tires, respectively. 

Motoron also revealed the Warrior 400 and X-Nord 400 models, alongside the Nomad 125. While the manufacturer has not shared specifications, it’s expected that both of them will be powered by the same engine. The frame and hardware components will likely be shared by both models as well. What we do know at the moment is that the Warrior 400 features a modern classic design, while the X-Nord 400 will be an entry-level adventure motorcycle. 

RideApart has also reported that both bikes are still undergoing the homologation process, so there’s no say when they will be available in the market.



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Garzo returns to MotoE™ and Tech3 in 2022

Hector Garzo: “I’m feeling very excited for next year because I am back with the Tech3 family which is the most important thing for me. I have already done a season in MotoE, the first year that the championship was built. In 2019, I came really close to winning the title, so this year, I want to fight for the championship again. It is going to be a really good year, so let’s go for the championship!”

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BTC: 2022 entries and number reservations open soon

Entries and number reservations for the 2022 Honda British Talent Cup will open soon! From Monday the 6th of December at 10:00 (GMT), the system will open at www.bsbteams.com for riders and prospective riders to reserve their numbers for the 2022 season. The reservation period closes on Monday the 3rd of January at 9:00.

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Pando Moto Unveils New Logo Alongside 2022 Collection

We had a chance to catch up with our friends from Pando Moto while in Milan for EICMA 2021. Along with the brand’s new logo, we were able to check out much of the 2022 collection in the Dyneema and Kevlar, as it were. We’re definitely looking forward to getting our hands on some stuff from the new collection for review as the Steel Black jeans continue to be one of our favorites. 

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NEW PANDO MOTO LOOKS: NORDIC REBIRTH

Innovative motorcycle apparel company reveals a new gear line along with a new logo

PANDO MOTO, a leading motorcycle apparel brand focused on safety, style, and function, revealed their new line of gear and a new logo today. Celebrating years of success designing motorcycle jeans, jackets, and other riding apparel with the highest safety standards and unique aesthetics, PANDO MOTO is moving forward with a new look – and new brand ideas.

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Riders’ needs evolve fast, and since all PANDO MOTO motorcycle apparel is Engineered by Riders®, the brand is reacting to what motorcyclists want: more casual gear and looks. Being passionate motorcyclists themselves, the PANDO team aims to understand the needs of the rider, listen to their voice, evaluate the riders’ feedback, and only then get to work. And this time around, riders want more apparel that’s designed to look and feel great both on and off the bike.

“We’ve noticed a trend where motorcyclists are looking for gear that can also be worn casually or combined with other activities. They want protective motorcycle jeans they can also wear for a skateboarding session with friends, shirts that can be worn for both riding and work situations…riders want apparel that doesn’t necessarily scream “motorcycles”, but can function in different scenarios throughout the day. And we’re happy to oblige”, Marius Bieliauskas, founder of PANDO MOTO, explains.

Reacting to this new trend, PANDO MOTO reveals a line of apparel that has a minimalist but casual look with new colors and designs to cater to the new generation of riders aiming to feel and look cool whether they’re riding, hanging out with friends, or working. In addition to the new apparel lines, PANDO has created a new logo to reflect the changes and emphasize their roots.

“The new logo concept came out of a desire to pull back from the old image, create something new, and bring a certain clean, crisp clarity into our brand. The new logo was born from our intent to show riders who we are and expose our roots”, Marius says.

The new PANDO MOTO logo has a completely different visual aesthetic drawing on strong, clear lines and leaning into the Nordic influence that has always been at the core of the brand’s philosophy and minimalist design.

True to these core values, the idea of a new logo design was born within the PANDO MOTO team collectively. The new, Scandinavian runes and Baltic symbols-inspired logo was created by designer Justinas Beneckas, but the entire PANDO team contributed to the process by adding their own ideas and feedback.

“Once we selected the version of the logo everyone was most excited about, what we loved was how universal it was and how, at the same time, it seamlessly showcased our origins and our mission in one bold stroke. We’re all stoked to start highlighting our brand through a new lens”, Anastasia, head of marketing at PANDO MOTO, explains.

The new logo reveal requires a transition period: the existing apparel lines will continue bearing the old PANDO MOTO symbol, while the 2022 collection will feature the new logo along with a new color palette to accentuate the change. The company goals and values, however, will remain the same: creating high-quality protective gear for riders, by riders.

“Our mission is simple: keep riders safe while looking rad and feeling comfortable. However, as a brand, we’re growing, improving, and perfecting our craft, and we hope the new logo will help showcase this”, Marius adds.

Check out the 2022 Pando Moto Collection here


About PANDO MOTO:

PANDO MOTO is a Lithuania-based, global-oriented motorcycle apparel company focusing on highest safety standards while retaining minimalist Nordic aesthetics and ultimate function. A regular guest at the EICMA motorcycle shows in Milan among other international events, PANDO MOTO remains proudly niche and deliciously extraordinary while catering to motorcycle riders worldwide and inspiring a new generation of bold, denim-wearing, software-engineering rebels, café racers, and adventurers around the planet. PANDO MOTO employs innovative, state-of-the-art textile technologies along with a cut-to-the-bone design philosophy to provide unparalleled protection no matter the terrain.

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