2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S Review – It’s a weapon

Ducati Multistrada V4 S Review

Motorcycle Test by Trevor Hedge – Images by RbMotoLens & TH

Ducati’s latest Multistrada V4 S is a rolling showcase of the most advanced technology available to mainstream motorcycling today.  It also a formidable all-roads adventure machine that builds speed with ruthless efficiency, all the while keeping its rider comfortable and either thrilled, or zen, depending on whatever the mood dictates. 

Bit of Zen going on here…

It has 170 particularly well-bred horses that gallop forward with a relentless force, but puts those hooves down smoother than any Ducati that has been bred before.  

This is no Panigale V4 motor simply repurposed, but a completely new beast that, while sharing some of the sportsbike’s DNA, is more of a distant well-bred cousin than direct descendent. 

It does share the 70-degree offset counter-rotating crank pins that clearly announce its Bologna birthplace as soon as it stirs into life. That twin-pulse beat is unmistakably Ducati, and the engine certainly benefits from the DNA of its sprint racing cousins, but this Granturismo version of the engine has been bred for the steeplechase, it is a very different animal indeed.

There is some magic happening inside those crank-cases

The headline change in the architecture is the move to a more conventional valve-train, that’s right, no Desmo here.  Ducati have done it their own way though and dictate 60,000 kilometre valve clearance checks to help reduce servicing costs. Servicing costs was not the only reason though. Desmodromic engines have, by nature, a rough idle and are snatchy at low revs, but this new Ducati V4 Granturismo engine is a smooth operator indeed and conventional valve springs play their part in this equation and to help with heat management the rear cylinders do not fire when at idle. 

We have a whole feature that outlines all the changes in detail but the main points are that the engine sports a 2 mm larger bore than the 1100 Panigale to realise a capacity of 1158 cc. It bests the outgoing 1262 cc DVT Testrastretta twin for power, and almost matches it for torque, despite its smaller capacity.

170hp/125Nm, versus 158hp/129Nm for the twin, and despite having two more cylinders the V4 is not only much smaller in its dimensions, it’s also lighter. If you want to dig into the nuts and bolts then check out the aforementioned technical feature, as for how it goes on the road the answer is magnificently.  

Needs pipes to add some V4 symphony! Due to the labour involved in getting to the rear headers don’t expect fitting a fully system to come cheap.

The only criticism is that this bike screams out for a set of pipes!  Out of low speed corners you do get a bit of aural accompaniment but it’s not sonorous enough to match the grunt being delivered to the tarmac. Thankfully this is easily fixed with a racier exhaust, and to be fair in these days of Euro5 legislation it is pretty much out of Ducati’s control. These restrictions are not just about emissions, but also very much about noise and those levels can be harder to achieve than getting the gases out of the muffler clean enough to feed as oxygen to baby seals. 

Maintenance intervals are 15,000 km with valve clearances only required every 60,000 km

I have to rave about the quick-shifter though. I’ve used countless quick-shifter set-ups over the years, including many of the latest two-way set-ups, but shifting on the particular Multistrada V4 S I rode was next level. It had me thinking Ducati had slipped a MotoGP seamless shift gearbox into my test bike, seriously, this has to be the next best thing…   It was flawless to the point of having me scratch my head trying to figure out what voodoo they had conjured to make it so perfect. I feel like I need to keep raving about it more but that will do your head in so have to move on…

The gearbox and associated quick-shift set-up is sublime, the best I’ve used

On the highway the touring range provided by the 22-litre fuel tank is in excess of 300 kilometres, but if you start using most of those neddies then economy suffers quite markedly and you can burn through a tank in under 250 km, quite easily.

The suspension I was not quite so enamoured with from the off.  The Skyhook suspension on this model year has an automatic levelling function which automatically sets the sag after sensing the load onboard. There are a gazillion options in the set-up menu for the electronic suspenders and in Sport mode I still had to stiffen it up to almost maximum before the rear shock would stop blowing through its stroke on compression when riding average B roads at pace. There are 24 different levels of pre-load which can be set via the menu system and I ramped it up to maximum.  Each step adds 0.5 mm of pre-load, which equates to 12 mm of pre-load being added when set to level 24. 

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S

Yes a big part of my preference for dialling that right up is that I am larger than the average bear, but still Ducati claim a load capacity of 230 kilograms and I am only about half that.  I have found over the years that shocks without linkages are much more sensitive with their set-up. If they are not in their happy place, when it comes to pre-load and damping settings, then they just blow through and don’t cut the mustard. It’s a fact that shocks in bikes without a rear linkage work much harder than bikes with a conventional rear suspension design.

Ideally it would have a heavier spring in the rear for my bulk, but I am happy to report that the electronic suspension had enough variables to choose from in order to make it work well enough. There really is an incredible level of suspension tuning available to the rider, all from a few button presses through the menu system of the brilliant 6.5-inch TFT screen. All the switch-gear is back-lit which is a nice touch. 

Ducati Multistrada V4 S switch-gear is back-lit

The front seemed to work fine although with our test bike wearing chunky dual-sport Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres you could feel the tread blocks squirming a little when you really started to press on. The top-shelf Brembo Stylema stoppers had more than enough power and feel to smash that Pirelli into the bitumen, however lever feel and feedback is tactile enough to make them still useable off-road. 

Earlier Multistrada models made no real pretence of having any serious off-road ability, but that all changed recently as Ducati turned their focus to err a little more on the ‘all roads’ side of the equation and have made the Multistrada more off-road ready than ever before.

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S

A 19-inch front operates through a generous 170 mm of suspension travel while the rear 170/60-17 works through a suspension stroke of 180 mm.  Thus clearly, despite all its electronic smarts, it is never going to be as taut and performance oriented as a Panigale, nor would you want it to be in the real world, or you could certainly never do this…

It might not steer quite like a Panigale, but then a Panigale can’t do this…

With the recent announcement of a new Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak, complete with much lighter 17-inch Marchesini rims at both ends, Ducati have added the most sporting Multistrada they have ever made. It still has 170 mm of suspension travel, but instead of the Marzocchi system used on the other Multistrada models, the Pikes Peak edition uses Ohlins EC 2.0 suspension with events based smarts. This makes the coming Pikes Peak model the first Multistrada ever to wear Ohlins, and the systems that drive it are the same as used on the Panigale V4 S and Streetfighter V4 S.  It also runs different geometry compared to the other Multistrada models, has a more sporting riding position and runs sportier pads in the Brembo M50 Stylema calipers. 

Arriving in Australia during the second-quarter of 2022 priced at $44,500 Ride Away the Pikes Peak edition will be the ultimate Multistrada for carving up the tarmac

Clearly the Pikes Peak is the Multistrada for the more serious tarmac warrior, and I am sure it would also do more than okay at track days too! But anyway, let’s get back to the more dual-sport Multistrada, in particular the V4 S we had on test. And to be honest, that really does provide plenty of tarmac performance as it is. 

The latest V4 S is a genuine dual-sport that likes to get dirty

A couple of 300 km loops that took in the Reefton Spur and all the best back-roads in Central Gippsland had really seen me start to gel with Multi. With the suspenders firmed up I was now in my happy place showing those Pirellis no mercy. My riding partner remarked that they could actually see smoke coming from the tyre at times, this was simply due to them hooking and driving through those big blocks of rubber as there was no sideways action going, they were holding on remarkably well.

This is pre Reefton but still despite their chunky demeanour the Pirellis held on well and wore better than I would have ever expected

I could not believe they weren’t shredded by the time we got home, as I could feel those tread blocks moving around, but somehow they didn’t start falling apart. A bit of technology in the tyres as well as the bike it seems and these hoops were developed especially for this bike in a joint Pirelli and Ducati partnership, it shows. 

So much technology on this bike, but then tyre pressure monitoring is still an optional extra…

I could probably write 10,000 words on the subject of technology when it comes to this bike, and still not cover everything in fine detail.  Thus while we all know about riding modes, lean-angle sensitive ABS/Traction, wheelie control, hill hold, engine braking control, all of which are best in the business, and can be fine tuned to your preference, let’s cover another trick up its sleeve that is only now starting to feature on a select few motorcycles. 

Radar assisted Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection. I mean really, is this stuff actually useful on a motorcycle? To my surprise, yes, very much so. Don’t diss it until you try it. 

Running on a dual-lane highway the adaptive cruise senses the vehicle in front is closing, due to its lesser speed, and slows the motorcycle to maintain a safe distance. Change lanes and immediately the motorcycle senses that there is no longer a slower vehicle ahead and it accelerates smoothly back up to the speed you had set. You can also change the distances it will intervene and separate you from the car in front. For someone running interstate highways or main roads across the burbs it would prove a genuinely useful asset. 

Blind spot detection and radar cruise

Likewise the Blind Spot Detection systems worked flawlessly during my time with the bike, a small light in the mirror alerting you to an approaching vehicle can be quite reassuring. Both of these features are genuinely useful. The mirror stalks are also new for this model year and now actually still provide vision if you want to stand on the pegs while riding off-road.

Screen works amazingly well and the instrumentation is impressive

Ducati are more advanced than any other motorcycle manufacturer when it comes to aerodynamics and while the Multistrada doesn’t sport wings like the Panigale, you can still tell extensive wind tunnel development has taken place. The windscreen is brilliant considering its size.

The windscreen is brilliant, secret squirrel voodoo type magic

No buffeting of my Shoei no matter how I change position, no reverse buffeting either, and even with the panniers on, the Multi was rock solid in cross-winds. It’s also adjustable with a single finger and no doubt those side deflectors make their contribution to the aero performance.

I love decent integrated luggage. It makes last-minute overnighters so convenient. Just throw your clothes, shoes, wash-bag, camera, computer in and away you go. Get to the destination and need to do a run for some rum cans or bourbon to bring back to your digs, simply slot it in the panniers and away you go.  I think you might be able to use them for less important items like food too. 

Adjustable seat height, 840 mm – 860 mm. On our test bike both rider and pillion seats were heated

The seat is plush but also supportive, really impressive. On the ‘Travel and Radar’ optioned bike we had on test both the rider and pillion seats are also heated. Luxury…. The standard seat is adjustable between 840 and 860 mm while an optional extra low 810 mm seat is available as an option, as is a high 875 mm perch.

The seat is a nice place to spend time but the latest Multistrada is also much more home when up on the pegs compared to its predecessors

Both the lights and optional spot-lights worked well.  I certainly appreciated the spot-lights as any dawn, dusk or night riding around my way is an exercise in roo, wombat and deer dodging. 

The spotlights were appreciated come dusk

Amazingly, despite all the technology on this Multistrada V4 S with ‘Travel and Radar’ pack, tyre pressure monitoring was missing, and after spending $37,590 on this motorcycle you might be put out a bit after having to cough up more for that fairly basic and genuinely useful feature.  

Updated mineral glass 6.5-inch TFT display on the S models

The TFT screen functionality includes the increasingly popular Sygic Maps for navigation. You will need to download the maps for the states you are travelling in and also the Ducati Connect app to your phone. It all works well enough with a reasonably intuitive interface and controller system. 

Sygic navigation app and all the various suspension and rider aid settings are controlled via the display

It really would need another 5000 words to take you all through the functionality, but instead we will just show you these videos kindly provided by Ducati that walk you through the systems.  You can even set a pin code whereby you can still start your bike if you misplace your proximity key. 

This first video gives you an overview of the functionality offered and customisations available. From the internal tyre calibration functionality when you fit new rubber, to the huge amount of suspension and rider mode adjustments available via the menu system. 

This second video runs you through the adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection systems.  They worked perfectly in my time with the bike.

This third video runs you through how to use the Ducati Connect system and the apps required to activate the extra functionality. Your phone sits in a pocket at the rear of the 22-litre fuel tank, it is big enough to swallow the latest Pro Max iPhone and includes a USB charging port.

Handy tank pocket for your phone complete with USB socket

One thing that sets the navigation system apart from many is that you do not have to be wearing a Bluetooth headset in order to use the navigation. As someone that generally can’t be bothered faffing about with headsets this was very welcome indeed. Bellissimo Ducati! 

So from those videos you can see this bike has a lot going on and is a far cry from the relatively simple original.  This latest machine fully loaded with all the fruit may weigh a few more kilograms than the 2003 original but it makes exactly double the horsepower of that original Desmo DS twin and a heap more torque.

Granturismo engine is 1158 cc of granterrifc

I really must end this review by revisiting that truly incredibly GranTurismo V4 engine I raved about earlier. It propels you forward with such smooth and effortless shove that it really is a joy to command from your right hand. That best in the business quick-shifter also plays its part in helping this drivetrain stand out as the most impressive engine I have sampled.

It really does conjure up the old iron fist in velvet glove adage but its so good we might have to make that magnesium paw in satin mitt as its just too smooth for that original aphorism. On the road it is just about perfect, off-road, even with all the electronic smarts smoothing out the power delivery it does not hook up quite as fluidly as its twin-cylinder competition, but that’s to be expected.

Can you feel the serenity…?

Ultimately outright tarmac performance is hindered a little due to its dual-sport geometry and long-travel suspension but it is that, and its pretty impressive 220 mm of ground clearance (46 mm more than its predecessor), that also manages to give the Multistrada more off-road chops than most previous incarnations of the model. I can imagine the new more tarmac focussed Pikes Peak edition is going to prove perhaps the fastest point-to-point real world motorcycle on the planet.  

The Pikes Peak edition is not going to be quite as comfortable getting up to these sort of capers though

As tested here the Multistrada V4 S with ‘Travel + Radar’ package, plus the optional spoked rims and a few other bits and pieces, won’t get you all that much change from 40k. That’s a lot of coin, but this is also a hell of a lot of motorcycle. 

The Multistrada V4 S is a weapon, make no mistake about it

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S Specifications

TYPE V4 Granturismo, V4 – 90°, 4 valves per cylinder, counter-rotating crankshaft, Twin Pulse firing order, liquid cooled
BORE X STROKE 83 mm x 53.5 mm
POWER 170 hp (125 kW) @ 10,500 rpm
TORQUE 12.7 kg (125 Nm, 92 lb ft) @ 8,750 rpm
FUEL INJECTION Electronic fuel injection system, Øeq 46 mm elliptical throttle bodies with Ride-by-Wire system
EXHAUST Stainless steel muffler, double catalytic converter and 4 lambda probes
GEARBOX 6 speed
PRIMARY DRIVE Straight cut gears, ratio 1.8:1
RATIO 1=40/13, 2=36/16, 3=34/19, 4=31/21, 5=23/29, 6=25/27
FINAL DRIVE Chain, front sprocket z16, rear sprocket z42
CLUTCH Multiplate wet clutch with hydraulic control, self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run
FRAME Aluminum monocoque frame
FRONT SUSPENSION Ø 50 mm fully adjustable usd fork, electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension
FRONT WHEEL Light alloy cast, 3″ x 19″
FRONT TYRE Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 120/70 ZR 19
REAR SUSPENSION Fully adjustable monoshock, electronic adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension, aluminium double-sided swingarm
REAR WHEEL Light alloy cast, 4.5″ x 17″
REAR TYRE Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 170/60 ZR 17
WHEEL TRAVEL (FRONT/REAR) 170 mm / 180 mm 
FRONT BRAKE 2 x Ø 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo M50 Stylema monobloc 4-piston 2-pad callipers, radial master cylinder, Cornering ABS
REAR BRAKE Ø 265 mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating calliper, Cornering ABS
INSTRUMENTATION 6.5″ TFT colour display with Ducati Connect and full-map navigation system
DRY WEIGHT 218 kg 
KERB WEIGHT* 243 kg 
SEAT HEIGHT Adjustable, 840 mm – 860 mm 
WHEELBASE 1,567 mm 
RAKE 24.5°
TRAIL 102.5 mm 
SAFETY EQUIPMENT Riding Modes, Power Modes, ABS Cornering, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Daytime Running Light, Ducati Cornering Light, Ducati Brake Light, Vehicle Hold Control
STANDARD EQUIPMENT Ducati Skyhook Suspension, Ducati Quick Shift, Cruise control, Hands-free, Backlit handlebar switches, 6.5″ TFT colour display with Ducati Connect and full-map navigation system, Full LED headlight
WARRANTY 24 months (48 months**), unlimited kilometres
Valve Clearance Interval 60,000 km

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pricing

  • Multistrada V4 – From $28,990 Ride Away
  • Multistrada V4 S – From $33,490 Ride Away
  • Multistrada V4 S Travel Package – From $35,990 Ride Away
  • Multistrada V4 S Travel + Radar Package – From $37,590 Ride Away
  • Multistrada V4 S Performance Package – From $35,690 Ride Away
  • Multistrada V4 S Full Package – From $39,690 Ride Away
  • Multistrada V4 Sport S Performance Package – From $36,790 Ride Away
  • Multistrada V4 Sport S Full Package – From $40,690 Ride Away
  • Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak – $45,400 Ride Away
2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S is a great mount for exploring Australia on.

Source: MCNews.com.au

With a 283 MPH Run, The Voxan Wattman Remains The Fastest Electric Motorcycle In The World

Max Biaggi and Wattman are breaking and setting new electric bike records yet again.

Begin press release:

Max Biaggi and the electric motorcycle constructor Voxan broke 21 world speed records at Space Florida’s Launch and Landing Facility, at Kennedy Space Center (United States). The new records were set between 18 and 23 November 2021.
On Monday 22 November, the most coveted of all the world records targeted in Florida was beaten. With a speed of 455.737 km/h (283.182 mph), Max Biaggi and the Voxan Wattman claimed the prestigious world record in the ‘partially streamlined electric motorcycle under 300 kg’ class.

In line with FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) regulations, the Voxan Wattman’s speed was measured from a flying start over 1 km in opposite directions, within a period of two hours. Under Federation rules, the final speed is the average of the two speeds recorded over these two runs.

The Wattman’s GPS speedometer recorded a maximum instantaneous speed of 470.257 km/h (292.204 mph). The Voxan machine, designed by Sacha Lakic, set the stopwatch alight with a blistering performance.

On Sunday 21 November, a non-streamlined version of the Voxan Wattman without its fairing also took on the challenge over a distance of 1 km, from a flying start. The principle was identical: 1 km in opposite directions, within a period of two hours. Once again, the final speed was the average of the two speeds recorded over these two runs. The new world record in the ‘non-streamlined electric motorcycle under 300 kg’ class is now 369.626 km/h (229.675 mph).

Gildo Pastor, President of Venturi Group, with Max Biaggi – (c) Voxan

Gildo Pastor’s team had a number of other world records in their sights. After these six days of attempts, the final record tally is as follows:

‘Under 300 kg’ class
– 1 mile, flying start, partially streamlined: 454 km/h (282 mph)
– 1 mile, flying start, non-streamlined: 368 km/h (228 mph)
– ¼ mile, flying start, partially streamlined: 293 km/h (182 mph)
– ¼ mile, flying start, non-streamlined: 285 km/h (177 mph)
– 1 mile, standing start, partially streamlined: 273 km/h (169 mph)
– 1 mile, standing start, non-streamlined: 260 km/h (161 mph)
– 1 km, standing start, partially streamlined: 223 km/h (138 mph)
– 1 km, standing start, non-streamlined: 219 km/h (136 mph)
– ¼ mile, standing start, non-streamlined: 156 km/h (96 mph)
– ¼ mile, standing start, partially streamlined: 149 km/h (92 mph)

‘Over 300 kg’ class
– 1 km, flying start, partially streamlined: 408 km/h (253 mph)
– 1 mile, flying start, partially streamlined: 404 km/h (251 mph)
– 1 mile, flying start, non-streamlined: 367 km/h (228 mph)
– 1 km, flying start, non-streamlined: 364 km/h (226 mph)
– 1 mile, standing start, partially streamlined: 255 km/h (158 mph)
– 1 km, standing start, partially streamlined: 216 km/h (134 mph)
– 1 mile, standing start, non-streamlined: 216 km/h (134 mph)
– ¼ mile, standing start, non-streamlined: 153 km/h (95 mph)
– ¼ mile, standing start, partially streamlined: 142 km/h (88 mph)

“In less than a year, we have succeeded in lowering the motorcycle’s weight, while increasing its power and improving its stability. Following the records we set in November 2020 in the ‘over 300 kg’ class, these 21 new records are another magnificent reward for the Venturi Group, for Max Biaggi, and for our valued partners, Saft, Michelin, and Mercedes. I am pleased to think that the experience gained from this project will contribute to improving ecomobility. I share these records with my country, Monaco, which does so much to promote sustainable development.”
Gildo Pastor, President of the Venturi Group

“Saft is proud to have contributed to these records alongside Voxan. The Wattman’s cutting-edge battery uses our Lithium-Ion technology, which allowed considerable weight and power gains on the motorcycle and improved braking, without sacrificing safety or reliability. It is the result of tireless efforts by Saft’s teams on both sides of the Atlantic, who designed, tested, and manufactured the modules of this high-performance battery for Voxan in under five months.”
Annie Sennet, Executive Vice President, Saft Space & Defense Division

“We at ROKiT are absolutely delighted to see the Voxan Watman achieving these new world speed records for electric motorbikes, as history tells us that speed records have a major effect in driving new technologies forward, rapidly. Technological excellence, combined with world-class engineering and piloting skill have produced outstanding results for us all. Many congratulations.”
Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman and Co-Founder of the ROKiT Group of Companies.

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More Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello finer details revealed | 115 hp

2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello

More details about Moto Guzzi’s V100 Mandello are now available – apart from local pricing and arrival in Australia – with questions about performance finally answered.

2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello

The V100 Mandello is a number of firsts for the brand, starting with the inclusion of adaptive aerodynamics, as well as fitting semi-active suspension, an IMU and cornering ABS, plus quick-shift. An even greater change in some ways is the use of liquid-cooling, something that Moto Guzzi have kept away from as long as possible but have adopted largely to meet ever increasing emissions standards.

2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello

The Mandello will run a compact 90 degree transverse V-twin with a 1042 cc capacity, and is actually shorter than the motor in the V85 TT, while boasting significantly more performance.

The V100 Mandello runs a liquid-cooled 90 degree transverse twin

Cylinder heads have been rotated 90 degrees and the exhausts exit out of the sides of the heads, instead of towards the front of the bike, with the radiator now taking up that forward facing real-estate.

115 hp and 105 Nm of torque are the official figures of the V100 Mandello

The figure everyone has been waiting for is the 115 hp. Torque peaks at 105 Nm but the vast majority of that is available from just 3500 rpm, with the red-line at 9500 rpm.

A wet sump lubrication system is run, as well as a hydraulically controlled wet clutch, as had been spotted on the earlier images released.

The V100 Mandello boasts a significant jump in performance over the V85 TT

The V100 Mandells boasts an almost 50 per cent increase in power over the V85 TT for a point of comparison, while torque is up by 30 per cent. Those wishing for a higher performance Moto Guzzi look to have their wish granted.

Moto Guzzi also highlight the single-sided swingarm, with shaft final drive for less maintenance, and run without a linkage when it comes to the rear suspension.

A single-sided swingarm and shaft drive is joined by Brembo brakes

A steel tube frame that’s mainly hidden away behind the bodywork runs to a wheelbase of 1486 mm.

Pillion get what looks like a well padded seat with grab handles and good ergonomics.

A pillion grab rail is mentioned but not evident in the pictures provided

The adaptive aerodynamics can reduce air pressure on the rider by 22 per cent according to Moto Guzzi, giving the level of wind protection you’d expect from a larger touring machine. The front screen is electronically adjustable.

Adaptive aerodynamics are a new feature and linked to speed and riding mode

A 17.5 litre fuel tank incorporates the aerodynamic system, which actually works automatically, adjusting according to speed and riding mode.

Electronics comprise a RbW system, now matched to a Marelli 11MP ECU and six-axis IMU, which provides cornering ABS, cruise control, ride modes, three engine maps, four levels of traction control and three levels of engine braking. The electronics also control the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension which adapts to the conditions.

Öhlins semi-active suspension is also offered on the up-spec model

Everything is displayed via a 5 inch TFT, with full LED lighting including an active cornering lighting system, which bends the lights into the corner – again making use of the IMU data.

2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello

The Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello will arrive in two forms, with the up-spec version running the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension and adding the quickshift, heated grips and stock multimedia platform.

2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello

We’ll have to wait a little longer for the specific Australian availability and pricing schedule.

2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello
2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello
2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello

Source: MCNews.com.au

Benelli TRK 800 expands offerings in the adventure space further

2022 Benelli TRK800

Benelli has been getting stronger after being re-established and it seems that Italian riders don’t even seem to mind that the brand is now made in China rather than in their homeland. 15,000 models have been sold in Italy since the brand was reborn, including 6500 units from the original 500 powered TRK platform which is a top seller in Italy. Modern Benelli sales in Europe have eclipsed 35,000.

The 2022 Benelli TRK800 at EICMA

A new TRK 800 debuted at EICMA that promises to be a step up from the original LAMS-legal TRK 502, offering more performance and a higher level of general specification.

The 2022 Benelli TRK800 at EICMA

With the TRK 502 available now for $9,990 ride-away, the new 800 version is likely to offer a similarly competitive package, although rivals such as the more powerful KTM 790 powered CFMoto 800MT is likely to provide some stiff competition.

The 2022 Benelli TRK800 offers a big step up from the TRK 502

The TRK 800 will maintain the adventure styling queues of the TRK 502 and adds full LED lighting, including DRLs, with double arched headlights.

Power output is 76.2 hp or 56 kW and the bike is Euro5

Powering the TRK 800 is the 754 cc twin-cylinder powerplant – liquid-cooled – that was already seen in the Leoncino 800. Performance is 76.2 hp or 56 kW, while torque peaks at 67 Nm at 6500 rpm. In comparison the 500s offer 35 kW.

The TRK 800 also runs a trellis steel frame with Marzocchi 50 mm USD forks, fully adjustable, and featuring a generous 170 mm of travel. An aluminium swingarm is mated to a central monoshock with preload and rebound damping, with 171 mm rear travel.

Marzocchi provide the 50 mm fully adjustable forks

Brembo provide the braking system, with dual 320 mm semi-floating rotors and four-piston calipers. On the rear is a 260 mm rotor, with a single-piston caliper. Both are backed by ABS.

In tune with the adventure theme is the aluminium alloy spoked wheels with tubeless rims, running a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear, clad in 110/80 and 150/70 rubber respectively.

Spoked wheels are also featured with Benelli saying rims are tubeless

Other features include an adjustable fairing and hand guards for strong wind protection, while the seat is kept slim but spacious for an easy reach to the ground, while retaining comfort. Grab rails for the pillion or to be used as tie-down points along with a centre-stand are standard.

A pillion grab rail on the TRK 800 joins a comfort orientated seat

A 22-litre fuel tank offers a generous range, while a high tech 7-inch TFT display is what you’d expect on a premium adventure machine.

2022 Benelli TRK 800

Other points of note for the new TRK 800 are Euro5 compliance, claimed fuel consumption of 4.6L per 100 km for a 400 km+ range, slip and assist clutch and Delphi ECU.

2022 Benelli TRK 800

Seat height is a fairly manageable 834 mm for an adventure machine, with 211 mm of ground clearance and the bike will take a max load of 214 kg. The one figure that stands out is the 226 kg weight figure, which is actually quoted as the dry mass, meaning the bike will tip the scales at more than 240 kg when ready to ride.

2022 Benelli TRK 800

The Benelli TRK 800 is due in the second half of 2022, with pricing yet to be released, however Benelli Australia are encouraging riders to register their interest now at the Benelli Australia contact form.

2022 Benelli TRK 800

2022 Benelli TRK800 Specifications

2022 Benelli TRK800 Specifications
Engine In line 2 cylinders, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, 4 valves for cylinder double
Capacity 754 cc
Bore x stroke 88 x 62 mm
Compression 11.5:1
Power 56,0 kW (76,2 Cv) @ 8500 rpm
Torque 67 Nm (6,8 kgm) @ 6500 rpm
Lubrication Forced lubrication with wet sump
Fuel supply Electronic fuel injection with double throttle body Ø43 mm
Exhaust With catalytic converter and oxygen sensors
Clutch Multi discs servo-assist and slipper wet clutch
Gearbox 6 speeds
Final drive Chain drive
ECU Delphi MT05.3
Frame Trestle steel tubes with plates
Fork Upside-down forks Ø 50mm with adjustable hydraulic brake rebound,compression and spring preload
Shock Aluminum rear swing arm with central shock absorber spring preload and hydraulic rebound brake adjustable
Front brake Twin semi-floating disk ø320 mm, mono block radial calliper 4 pistons, ABS
Rear brake Single disc ø260 mm with double piston and ABS
Wheels Spoked wheel tubeless type with rim and hub in Aluminum alloy, 19in x MT3.00 DOT -D, 17in x MT4.25 DOT – D
Tyres 110/80 R 19 M/C 59V, 150/70 R 17 M/C 69V
Length 2240 mm
Width 927 mm
Height 1408 mm
Wheelbase 1528 mm
Ground clearance 211 mm
Seat height 834mm
Dry weight 226 kg
Load (max) 214 kg
Fuel capacity 22 L
2022 Benelli TRK 800
2022 Benelli TRK 800
2022 Benelli TRK 800

Source: MCNews.com.au

Coming soon: 2021 FIM Awards Ceremony

In terms of MotoGP™, 2021 World Champion’s Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) will be in attendance, and they’ll be joined by last season’s title winners: Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Italtrans Racing Team’s Moto2™ winner Enea Bastianini and Aspar Team’s Moto3™ Champion Albert Arenas. The likes of WorldSBK title rivals Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea will also be there to collect their Awards for their 2020 and 2021 successes.

Source: MotoGP.comRead Full Article Here

ASBK Finale | Entry List | Race Schedule | TV Schedule | Points Standings

Mi Bike Logo ASBK

Australian Superbike Entry List

No Rider Make Model
1 Wayne Maxwell Ducati V4R
2 Markus Chiodo Yamaha YZF-R1
3 Jed Metcher Yamaha YZF-R1
5 Josh Hook Honda CBR1000RR
13 Anthony West Yamaha YZF-R1
14 Glenn Allerton BMW M1000RR
16 Luke Jhonston Yamaha YZF-R1
17 Troy Herfoss Honda CBR1000RR
25 Daniel Falzon Yamaha YZF-R1
28 Aiden Wagner Yamaha YZF-R1
32 Oli Bayliss Ducati V4R
37 Michael Edwards Yamaha YZF-R1
43 Jack Miller Ducati V4R
51 Chandler Cooper Honda CBR1000RR
60 Ben Burke Kawasaki ZX-10R
61 Arthur Sissis Yamaha YZF-R1
65 Cru Halliday Yamaha YZF-R1
78 Nathan Spiteri BMW M1000RR
83 Lachlan  Epis BMW M1000RR
92 Jack  Davis BMW S1000RR
98 Evan Byles Kawasaki ZX-10R

ASBK Superbike Championship Points

Pos Rider Total
1 Wayne MAXWELL 132
2 Troy HERFOSS 106
3 Glenn ALLERTON 100
5 Oli BAYLISS 87
6 Bryan STARING 87
7 Mike JONES 74
8 Arthur SISSIS 71
9 Jed METCHER 70
10 Josh WATERS 53
11 Anthony WEST 52
12 Matt WALTERS /

Australian Supersport Entry List

No Rider Make Model
10 Noel Mahon Kawasaki ZX-6R
17 Broc Pearson Yamaha YZF-R6
26 Tom Edwards Yamaha YZF-R6
29 Harrison Voight Yamaha YZF-R6
39 Scott Nicholson Yamaha YZF-R6
44 Tom Bramich Yamaha YZF-R6
55 Olly Simpson Yamaha YZF-R6
68 Luke Power Kawasaki ZX-6R
74 Timothy Large Yamaha YZF-R6
81 Senna Agius Honda CBR600RR
86 Dallas Skeer Suzuki GSXR600
92 Billy Van Eerde Yamaha YZF-R6
127 Max Stauffer Yamaha YZF-R6
220 Declan Carberry Suzuki GSXR600
308 John Lytras Yamaha YZF-R6

Motorsports TV Supersport Championship Standings

Pos Rider Total
1 Broc PEARSON 91
2 Tom EDWARDS 84
4 Luke POWER 63
5 Dallas SKEER 62
7 Scott NICHOLSON 58
8 Aidan HAYES 47
9 Rhys BELLING 42
10 Tom BRAMICH 41
11 Mitch KUHNE 30
12 John LYTRAS 28
13 Timothy LARGE 25
14 Luke MITCHELL 24
15 Matthew LONG 23
16 Jack HYDE 23
17 Noel MAHON 17
18 Joel TAYLOR 17

Australian Supersport 300 Entry List

No Rider Make Model
3 Cameron Dunker Yamaha YZF-R3
11 Brandon Demmery Yamaha YZF-R3
12 Henry Snell Yamaha YZF-R3
13 Jordan Simpson Yamaha YZF-R3
16 James Jacobs Kawasaki Ninja 400
22 Zack Johnson Kawasaki Ninja 400
25 Brodie Gawith Yamaha YZF-R3
32 Jai Russo Yamaha YZF-R3
35 Varis Fleming Yamaha YZF-R3
36 Angus Grenfell Yamaha YZF-R3
39 Glenn Nelson Yamaha YZF-R3
45 Jamie Port Yamaha YZF-R3
50 Carter Thompson Yamaha YZF-R3
51 Samuel Pezzetta Yamaha YZF-R3
57 Cooper Roundtree Yamaha YZF-R3
58 Lucas Quinn Yamaha YZF-R3
59 Tom Drane Yamaha YZF-R3
63 Clay Clegg Yamaha YZF-R3
66 Mitchell  Simpson Yamaha YZF-R3
69 Archie McDonald Yamaha YZF-R3
72 Ben Baker Yamaha YZF-R3
88 Joe Mariniello Kawasaki Ninja 400
91 Taiyo Aksu Yamaha YZF-R3
95 Matthew Rindel Yamaha YZF-R3
96 Tara Morrison Kawasaki Ninja 400
97 Peter Nerlich Kawasaki Ninja 400
121 Reece Oughtred Yamaha YZF-R3
279 Hayden Nelson Yamaha YZF-R3
355 Laura Brown Yamaha YZF-R3

Dunlop Supersport 300 Championship Standings

Pos Name Total
1 Ben BAKER 136
2 Zackary JOHNSON 101
3 Reece OUGHTRED 98
4 Cameron DUNKER 86
5 Carter THOMPSON 76
6 Caleb GILMORE 75
7 Brandon DEMMERY 74
8 Tom DRANE 54
9 Archie McDONALD 51
10 Glenn NELSON 51
11 Joseph MARINIELLO 51
12 Peter NERLICH 47
13 Jacob HATCH 46
14 Angus GRENFELL 41
15 Jonathan NAHLOUS 40
16 Zylas BUNTING 39
17 Lucas QUINN 33
19 James JACOBS 28
20 Matthew RINDEL 28
21 Clay CLEGG 26
22 Zakary PETTENDY 23
23 Jai RUSSO 16
24 Brodie GAWITH 14
25 Liam WATERS 10
26 Laura BROWN 9
27 Zane KINNA 7
28 Taiyo AKSU 4
29 Varis FLEMING 2
30 Henry SNELL 1

Australian YZF-R3 Cup Entry List

No Rider Make Model
3 Cameron Dunker Yamaha YZF-R3
11 Brandon Demmery Yamaha YZF-R3
12 Henry Snell Yamaha YZF-R3
13 Jordan Simpson Yamaha YZF-R3
23 Marcus Hamod Yamaha YZF-R3
25 Brodie Gawith Yamaha YZF-R3
32 Jai Russo Yamaha YZF-R3
33 Jack Favelle Yamaha YZF-R3
35 Varis Fleming Yamaha YZF-R3
36 Angus Grenfell Yamaha YZF-R3
39 Glenn Nelson Yamaha YZF-R3
45 Jamie Port Yamaha YZF-R3
50 Carter Thompson Yamaha YZF-R3
51 Samuel ezzetta Yamaha YZF-R3
58 Lucas Quinn Yamaha YZF-R3
59 Tom Drane Yamaha YZF-R3
63 Clay Clegg Yamaha YZF-R3
66 Mitchell Simpson Yamaha YZF-R3
69 Archie McDonald Yamaha YZF-R3
72 Ben Baker Yamaha YZF-R3
73 Levi Russo Yamaha YZF-R3
91 Taiyo Aksu Yamaha YZF-R3
95 Matthew Rindel Yamaha YZF-R3
121 Reece Rindel Yamaha YZF-R3
355 Laura Brown Yamaha YZF-R3

Australian YZF-R3 Cup Championship Standings

Pos Name Total
1 Ben BAKER 131
2 Cameron DUNKER 96
3 Reece OUGHTRED 89
4 Brandon DEMMERY 76
5 Caleb GILMORE 72
6 Carter THOMPSON 70
7 Glenn NELSON 69
8 Jacob HATCH 62
9 Archie McDONALD 60
10 Angus GRENFELL 52
11 Varis FLEMING 51
13 Brodie GAWITH 46
14 Clay CLEGG 45
15 Lucas QUINN 43
16 Zakary PETTENDY 40
17 Laura BROWN 38
18 Tom DRANE 35
19 Henry SNELL 29
20 Liam WATERS 28
21 Matthew RINDEL 28
22 Jonathan NAHLOUS 23
23 Taiyo AKSU 18
24 Zane KINNA 16
25 Jai RUSSO 10
26 Sam DAVIS 6
27 Hayden NELSON 4
28 Lincoln KNIGHT 3
29 Jamie PORT 3

bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup

No Rider Make Model
12 Nikolas Lakusic Yamaha YZF-R15
13 Marcus Hamod Yamaha YZF-R15
14 Harrison Watts Yamaha YZF-R15
18 Elijah Andrew Yamaha YZF-R15
26 Cameron Swain Yamaha YZF-R15
27 Toby James Yamaha YZF-R15
29 Hayden Nelson Yamaha YZF-R15
33 Jack Favelle Yamaha YZF-R15
35 Varis Fleming Yamaha YZF-R15
40 Oliver Skinner Yamaha YZF-R15
41 Hudson Thompson Yamaha YZF-R15
42 Riley Nauta Yamaha YZF-R15
46 William Hunt Yamaha YZF-R15
48 Valentino Knezovic Yamaha YZF-R15
65 Nate O’Neill Yamaha YZF-R15
66 Lachlan Moody Yamaha YZF-R15
68 Ryan Larkin Yamaha YZF-R15
72 Levi Russo Yamaha YZF-R15
74 Bodie Paige Yamaha YZF-R15
93 Tate McClure Yamaha YZF-R15

Oceania Junior Cup Championship Standings

Pos Rider Total
1 Cameron SWAIN 143
2 Levi RUSSO 92
3 Nate O’NEILL 86
4 Ryan LARKIN 84
5 Riley NAUTA 83
6 Hudson THOMPSON 80
7 Harrison WATTS 77
8 Varis FLEMING 72
9 Hayden NELSON 63
10 Toby JAMES 60
11 Marcus HAMOD 57
12 Jack FAVELLE 55
13 William HUNT 55
14 Nikolas LAKUSIC 48
15 Valentino KNEZOVIC 48
16 Tate McCLURE 45
17 Elijah ANDREW 31
18 Oliver SKINNER 29
19 Lachlan MOODY 27
20 Bodie PAIGE 21

The Bend ASBK Schedule

Friday 3rd December
7.15 7.30 Riders Briefing (SSP300, R3 Cup, OJC) Briefing 1 15 mins
7.35 7.50 Riders Briefing (SBK, SSP) Briefing 2 15 mins
8.30 8.50 Yamaha Finance R3 Cup FP1 20 mins
9.00 9.30 Motorsports TV Supersport FP1 30 mins
9.40 10.05 Dunlop Supersport 300 FP1 25 mins
10.15 10.50 Alpinestars Superbike FP1 35 mins
11.00 11.20 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup FP1 20 mins
11.30 11.50 Yamaha Finance R3 Cup FP2 20 mins
12.00 12.30 Motorsports TV Supersport FP2 30 mins
12.30 12.50 Lunch – ASBK Pillion Rides 20 mins
12.50 13.15 Dunlop Supersport 300 FP2 25 mins
13.25 14.00 Alpinestars Superbike FP2 35 mins
14.10 14.30 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup FP2 20 mins
14.40 15.00 Yamaha Finance R3 Cup FP3 20 mins
15.10 15.40 Motorsports TV Supersport FP3 30 mins
15.50 16.15 Dunlop Supersport 300 FP3 25 mins
16.25 17.00 Alpinestars Superbike FP3 35 mins
17.10 17.30 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup FP3 20 mins
Saturday 4th December
9.00 9.20 Dunlop Supersport 300 Q1 20 mins
9.30 10.00 Motorsports TV Supersport Q1 30 mins
10.10 10.30 Yamaha Finance R3 Cup Q1 20 mins
10.40 11.20 Alpinestars Superbike Practice 40 mins
11.30 11.50 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup Q1 20 mins
12.00 12.20 Dunlop Supersport 300 Q2 20 mins
12.20 13.00 Lunch – ASBK Pillion Rides 40 mins
13.00 13.20 Yamaha Finance R3 Cup Q2 20 mins
13.30 14.00 Motorsports TV Supersport Q2 30 mins
14.10 14.30 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup Q2 20 mins
14.40 14.50 ASBK TV Track Time Media 10 mins
14.50 15.10 Dunlop Supersport 300 R1 7 Laps
15.20 15.35 Alpinestars Superbike Q1 15 mins
15.35 15.50 ASBK Promotional Session Promotional 15 mins
15.50 16.05 Alpinestars Superbike (Top 12) Q2 15 mins
16.15 16.35 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup R1 5 Laps
16.45 17.05 Yamaha Finance R3 Cup R1 6 Laps
Sunday 5th December
8.30 8.35 Dunlop Supersport 300 & Yamaha Finance R3 Cup WUP 5 mins
8.45 8.50 Motorsports TV Supersport WUP 5 mins
9.00 9.05 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup WUP 5 mins
9.15 9.25 Alpinestars Superbike WUP 10 mins
9.35 9.55 Yamaha Finance R3 Cup R2 6 Laps
10.05 10.35 Motorsports TV Supersport  R1 9 Laps
10.45 11.05 Dunlop Supersport 300  R2 7 Laps
11.15 11.55 Alpinestars Superbike  (Replayed at 1230hrs) R1 11 Laps
12.05 12.25 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup R2 5 Laps
12.25 13.10 Lunch – ASBK Pitlane Walk 45 mins
13.10 13.30 Dunlop Supersport 300 R3 7 Laps
13.40 14.10 Motorsports TV Supersport R2 9 Laps
14.20 15.00 Alpinestars Superbike R2 11 Laps
15.10 15.30 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup R3 5 Laps
15.40 16.00 Yamaha Finance R3 Cup R3 6 Laps
After Race
16.15 17.00 ASBK 2021 Champions Photo Shoot Straight
17.30 18.30 ASBK 2021 Awards Ceremony Building

ASBK TV and LiveStream Schedule

For fans unable to make it to The Bend this weekend (and there’s still time, tickets and championships-to-be-decided reasons to go!), we have options…

ASBK fans from all over the world can enjoy all the live racing action from the comfort of their own home this weekend from the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul Grand Finale at The Bend Motorsport Park.

ASBK TV official Free-to-Air broadcast partner SBS have stepped up to provide ASBK fans the opportunity to catch the livestream action from Saturday via their exclusive broadcast platform SBS On-Demand.

SBS has long been the home of great motorsport and in 2021 they have again provided ASBK race fans with both Live Free-to-Air coverage and the opportunity to catch all the action via SBS On-Demand after each round. At no cost to join, ASBK fans simply need to jump on and subscribe to SBS On-Demand.

The ASBK Championship comes to massive conclusion on Sunday and ASBK TV have all the angles covered with Free-to-Air coverage on SBS HD, SBS On-Demand or via Fox Sports Australia from 12.30pm – 3.30pm (Australian Central Daylight Times).

New Zealand race fans can catch the action on Sky Sport NZ who continue to broadcast every round of ASBK to fans across the ditch.

From the comfort of home, or on mobile devices, SBS will provide free to air coverage, and Fox Sports Australia and Sky Sport NZ will ensure pay TV viewers won’t miss a minute of the action.

Live race coverage will include the Alpinestars Superbike, Motorsports TV Supersport, Dunlop Supersport 300, Yamaha Finance R3 Cup and the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup, plus race fans will get no shortage of behind the scenes features.

Fans across the nation and around the world can also go to www.asbk.com.au and watch up to the live ASBK TV Live Stream on Sunday.

Exclusive Live telecast of the Grand Finale of the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul, can be seen:

Saturday 4th December
ASBK Livestream Telecast 10.30am – 5.00pm (ACDT = SA time)

  • Exclusive telecast on SBS On-Demand

Sunday 5th December
ASBK Live TV Telecast 12.30pm – 3.30pm (ACDT = SA time)

  • SBS HD
  • Fox Sports Australia
  • Sky Sport NZ
  • SBS On-Demand

Sunday 5th December
ASBK Livestream Telecast 9.30am – 4.00pm (ACDT = SA time)

Check your local guides for times and more information.

Keep up to date with the latest news on the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul via www.asbk.com.au and following ASBK on Facebook and Instagram.

Source: MCNews.com.au

New Safety Management System for TT Mountain Course

Isle of Man TT

The Isle of Man TT’s new Safety Management System (SMS) has been unveiled, aiming to drive safety performance, and safeguard the future sustainability of the iconic event, a move likely aimed at proactively fending off pearl-clutchers who are increasingly closing down anything remotely dangerous.

IOMTT Superstock Peter Hickman
Peter Hickman on his way to Superstock TT victory at the 2019 Isle of Man TT

The SMS ushers in a new, systematic approach to managing risk, encompassing organisational structure and policies; hazard identification and mitigation; third party assurance; and the promotion and communication of standards.

All areas of the event have been subjected to careful review under this new process, which is designed to ensure unnecessary risks are mitigated. To fans watching worldwide the SMS won’t always be noticeable, but to teams, riders and those working on the event its introduction marks the beginning of a significant change in culture.

Supersport Qualifying - Isle of Man TT 2018
Supersport Qualifying – Isle of Man TT 2018

A range of new initiatives resulting from the SMS will be rolled out in time for TT 2022. Changes will be delivered across much of the organisational structure, bringing numerous benefits and further investment to a number of areas, including race management; regulations and standards; accident response and investigation; marshalling; medical provision; and paddock infrastructure.

TT Production Manager, Nige Crennell, has led the SMS project. Nige joined the TT organisation in 2018 after a career in the RAF, first as a Tornado pilot and more latterly in aviation risk management. Working with a range of stakeholders across Isle of Man Government and the wider TT organisational network, Nige took full advantage of the two-year hiatus to start the journey and ensure that when the TT resumes in 2022, it does so from a much stronger position.

Nige Crennell – TT Production Manager

“For the TT to be sustainable in the long term we have to be able to manage effectively the risks associated with the event and protect against reputational damage. This isn’t about making sure that everyone is wearing the right kind of hi-vis jacket. It’s about clearly defining roles and responsibilities. We want to be confident that everyone involved is doing their job to the best of their ability and has all of the tools and training required to do so.”

Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes – 2018 Isle of Man TT

Fellow Manxman, Doctor Gareth Davies, has also played a significant role. Doctor Davies is one of the Chief Medical Officers for the TT and, until very recently, was head of London’s Air Ambulance, leading teams in the response to London’s major incidents: the Paddington, Southall and Potters Bar rail disasters, the 7/7 bombings, and the terrorist attacks at Westminster and London Bridge. Whilst Doctor Davies will continue with the TT’s own Air-Med provision, his decades working in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) have helped to shape much of the project.

Gareth Davies – Chief Medical Officer

“It’s been an incredible process and one I’m proud to be part of. There may be some mourning for some of the more outdated and makeshift elements of the TT, but you can’t apply professional excellence without making changes ­– and that’s the business we’re in. There’ll be new generations of TT fan who will embrace what we’re doing and will support it wholeheartedly. I’ll be proud to hand over this new version of the TT to the next custodians, which is all we are.”

The SMS is a comprehensive process without an end point. Below is an overview of the most notable changes planned for TT 2022 and their benefits.

Phil Read winning at the 1967 Isle of Man TT
Phil Read winning at the 1967 Isle of Man TT, with technology coming a long way since
  • Organisational Structure
    • Greater clarity between Promoter, Race Organiser and Governing Body
    • Greater clarity around all roles and responsibilities
    • Greater oversight throughout the new structure
    • Greater consultation and collaboration across the entirety of ‘Team TT’
    • Establishing more effective communication channels between all parties and volunteers
    • Up-scaling the organisational team to mitigate key person risks
  • Course Oversight
    • Race Control redesigned and rebuilt for TT 2022
    • Installation of electronic red flag system, partnering with F1 and MotoGP supplier
    • Bespoke GPS tracking system (Tested at TT 2022, mandatory for TT 2023)
    • Installation of CCTV, giving race control more oversight of the TT Course
  • Marshalling the Mountain
    • Root-and-branch review conducted of role and scope of marshal organisation
    • Closer working relationship with the Race Organiser
    • Ensuring common standards with assets in the UK and Isle of Man
    • New-look marshal training designed and created with key personnel
    • Investment in marshal training, including two new online modules
    • Investment in IMC training tools, including two sidecar fabrications
    • Largest-ever marshal training programme to roll out ahead TT 2022
  • Equipment for Marshals and Medics
    • Investment in Air-Med provision, fitting out helicopters with latest equipment
    • Investment in Air-Med welfare, with provision of new welfare unit
    • Investment in medical response with acquisition of a fast-response vehicle
    • Investment in 60+ marshalling posts, upgrading and replacing equipment
    • Investment in marshal PPE, including essential fire safety gear
  • Accident Response
    • Race Control to gain complete oversight of TT Course
    • Digital red flag system and GPS tracking to aid accident response
    • Air-Med helicopters fitted out for improved medical fit
    • Availability of a fast-response vehicle
    • New common standards applied for marshals training
  • Accident investigation
    • Comprehensive change in culture to accident investigation
    • Improved response to any external enquiry
    • Introduction of a proactive accident reporting process
    • Introduction of an incident lessons timeline (6hrs / 12hrs / 24hrs)
    • Inclusion of pre-accident factors in investigations
    • Analysis of accident timeline and chain of events to drive decision-making
    • Analysis of accident and near-miss data to drive decision-making
    • Collected organisational intelligence to drive decision-making
    • Use of CCTV, in-car cameras and body cams to supplement evidence
  • Rider PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)
    • Increased PPE standards for leathers, boots, gloves and body armour
    • Introduction of FIM helmet homologation standard for TT racing
    • Creation of a technical team, trained for oversight of standards
  • Race Regulations
    • Reduction of starters in each race (50 in 1000cc classes, 60 elsewhere)
    • More exclusive field to drive higher standards and professionalism
    • Change to single start (no longer pairs) for Qualifying
    • Longer afternoon session to open Qualifying, easing pressure on teams
    • Final qualifying moved to the afternoon, ensuring longer preparation and recovery time
    • Single-lap warm-up on race days to give riders feel for course conditions
  • On-Site Care
    • Acquisition of a new, state-of-the-art, medical centre to be located on-site
    • Beginning the journey to establish an event-specific medical code
    • New drug and alcohol protocols (zero tolerance) and testing programme
    • Sports-science research project initiated with University College Isle of Man
  • Rider Welfare
    • New protocols to care for the mental health of riders
    • Introduction of ‘chill-out’ zone, gifting riders time and space
    • Access to trained occupational therapists
  • Pit-lane Operation
    • Larger pit boxes, accommodating four-person crew
    • Fire safety cover for all teams
    • Alterations to pit entry and exit with wireless timing system
    • New railings to assist with the filling of fuel dispensers
  • Paddock Infrastructure
    • Extensive maintenance programme
    • Parc Ferme doubles in size
    • Digital information screens
    • New time-keepers’ units
    • Redesigned winners’ enclosure

Source: MCNews.com.au

Aprilia add Tuono 660 ‘Factory’ edition in 2022

2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory

The Aprilia Tuono 660 will be available in two flavours for 2022, the standard and a new ‘Factory’ version, offering a more comprehensive list of features, as is always the case with an Aprilia machine carrying the ‘Factory’ moniker.

Aprilia’s Tuono 660 gets a Factory edition in 2022

That means a number of up-spec features for the middle-weight Tuono, although this seems to be a case of delivering an RS 660 in the Tuono’s clothes. The Tuono 660 lacks various features seen on the standard RS 660 by way of comparison – reflected in the price difference between models, with the Factory model then returning these to the bike to make for an up-spec Tuono 660.

The 2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory will now match the RS 660 on specification

The Tuono 660 Factory will be lighter, more powerful and boast a higher level of specification.

That starts with running the 660 cc parallel twin in the RS 660 state of tune, bumping power back up to 100 hp, from the 95 you receive on a standard Tuono 660. The Factory also runs one less tooth on the front sprocket to sharpen up acceleration.

Details include boosted power to 100 hp and a lighter battery

Torque remains unchanged at 67 Nm at 8500 rpm, with 80 per cent available from just 4000 rpm. Weight savings in comparison were a simple matter of adding a lithium battery, saving 2 kg and bringing the kerb weight down to 181 kg in total. The changes see the Tuono 660 Factory up 5 hp and down 2 kg.

The Tuono 660 only offers rebound and pre-load in a single leg, however the Factory version will be fully adjustable, with rebound, compression and prel-oad adjustability, as seen on the RS 660.

The Factory gets the full adjustable fork

It’s a similar story with the rear shock, with a Sachs unit to offer compression, rebound and pre-load adjustment, where the standard Tuono only gets rebound and pre-load.

The Sachs shock likewise is fully adjustable

The Tuono 660 Factory also runs the full APRC electronics suite, where the standard Tuono misses out on the IMU – which can be added as an option. As a result the Tuono will offer multi-map cornering ABS, in-line with the RS 660, while the front headlight cluster’s cornering lights will be activated to offer better lighting through corners based on bike lean angle.

The full IMU equipped APRC suite is standard

The full run down includes Aprilia Wheelie Control, Aprilia Cruise Control, Aprilia Quick Shift (bidirectional), Aprilia Engine Brake, Aprilia Engine Map and Aprilia Traction Control, although the last is not listed as being specifically cornering sensitive on the Factory or the RS 660, despite the IMU.

Five ride modes, split between three for the road and two for the track handle presets of these settings, and are further customisable to get things just right for the rider.

The Factory comes in a Factory Dark colour scheme

To stand out in the crowd, the Tuono 660 Factory will arrive in a Factory Dark graphic, with single-seat tail fairing and lighter pegs for both rider and pillion.

All in all it looks like the Tuono 660 Factory will be the version for those who wanted the purity of the full RS 660 spec machine, while retaining the nakedbike feel.

2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory

The current 2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 currently retails for $20,430 ride-away, with the price tag on the RS 660 $20,730 in comparison. It seems likely the new Tuono 660 Factory will demand a premium – perhaps even over the RS 660 with which it shares the higher spec components, however pricing is yet to be confirmed with delivery also a long way off – currently quoted as September 2022…

2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory – Bi-directional quickshifter

2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory Specifications

2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory Specifications
Engine type Aprilia forward-facing parallel twin-cylinder, four stroke, liquid-cooled with radiator and water-oil heat exchanger, DOHC with silent chain on the right side, four valves per cylinder
Bore and stroke 81 x 63.93 mm 
Engine capacity  659 cc 
Compression ratio 13.5:1 
Maximum power at crankshaft 100 hp (73.5 kW) at 10,500 rpm  
Maximum torque at crankshaft 67 Nm (6.83 kgm) at 8500 rpm  
Fuel system Airbox with front air vent. Two ∅48mm throttle bodies, Ride-by-wire management 
Ignition  Electrical  
Lubrication Wet sump  
Transmission Six gears with Aprilia Quick Shift (AQS) up and down system 
Clutch  Multiplate wet clutch with slipper system 
Secondary drive Chain, drive ratio 16/43  
Electronic management Six-axis IMU, APRC suite that includes ATC (traction control), AWC (wheelie control), AEB (engine brake) AEM (engine mapping), ACC (cruise control), five riding modes (Road and Track, 3 pre-set and 2 customisable) 
Chassis Aluminium dual beam chassis with removable seat-supporting subframe 
Front suspension Kayaba 41 mm upside down fork with top out spring, aluminium pins to fasten radial callipers. Both stanchions allow for rebound, compression and spring pre-load adjustment. Wheel travel: 110mm 
Rear suspension Asymmetric aluminium swingarm. Single shock with top out spring and separate reservoir, adjustable in rebound, compression and spring preload. Wheel travel: 130 mm 
Front brake  ABS, 320 mm double disc, Brembo radial callipers with four∅ horizontally opposed 32 mm pistons.  Radial pump and metal braided brake hose 
Rear brake  220 mm diameter disc; Brembo calliper with two 34 mm separate pistons. Master cylinder with separate reservoir and metal braided hose, Multi-map Cornering ABS  
Wheels Aluminium alloy, front: 3.50 x 17”, rear: 5.50 x 17” 
Tyres Radial tubeless, front: 120/70 ZR 17 rear: 180/55 ZR 17 (alternatively 180/60 ZR17) 
Wheelbase 1370 mm  
Length 1995 mm  
Width 805 mm 
Saddle height 820 mm
Headstock angle 24.1°
Trail 104.7 mm 
Kerb weight 181 kg
Dry weight 169 kg 
Emissions compliance Euro 5  
Fuel consumption 4.9 litres/100 km  
Fuel tank capacity 15 litres
Colour range  Factory Dark 
Price/Arrival TBA/September 2022
2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory – Brembo brakes
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Moto Wrap | Dirt Track | Dakar prep | Tough One | Roof of Africa

Billy Bolt wins last ever Tough One event

The Tough One Extreme Enduro first ran in 2005 and was run the final time over the weekend, with Billy Bolt taking a historic win as a result.

Held in the Nantmawr Quarry on the Welsh/English border, the location is renowned for brutal climbs in both directions, slick logs and a relentless pace.

Bolt took the win on his TE 300 two-stroke from David Knight, who’s won the event six-times, with Mitchell Brightmore taking third place in the Pro class.

Billy Bolt – P1

“Had a rough week last week hence my lack instagramming but it ended off on a good note with a win at the Tough One yesterday. Very nice to add my name to the winners list for such an iconic race. Back to Spain today to get to work ready for super enduro this weekend let’s go!”

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2021 Tough One Results – Top 5

Pos Rider Team Time
1 Billy Bolt Rockstar Husqvarna 1:57:50
2 David Knight CCC Manhattan KTM 1:59:41
3 Mitch Brightmore Husqvarna 2:07:56
4 Jack Spencer Beta 2:08:23
5 Jack Price GasGas 2:08:29

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Wade Young wins 2021 Roof of Africa for Sherco

Wade Young has taken the 2021 Roof of Africa win for Sherco Factory Racing, ahead of TT Racing riders Travis Teasdale and Matthew Green in the gold class.

Wade Young – P1

“Long cold days in the mountains but super happy to get the win the Motul Roof of Africa 2021. #TeamSherco Great way to end the season! Thanks to the race organizers for another outstanding event. See you next year!”

Travis Teasdale – P2

“Roof of Africa is done and dusted. I had a great race winning the time trial and day three was my highlight. The course was extremely wet and really hard to navigate your way through the mountains. I am happy to end my season on the podium and looking forward to the next season already.”

Matthew Green – P3

“Third at the Roof of Africa. What a feeling. Super happy to get another Gold Roof under the belt and bring home some silverware while at it. Huge thanks to everyone directly and indirectly involved with my racing. Days like today are just unforgettable! Riding in the most insane mountains during a thunderstorm with some of yours best mates is something not many will experience. Went out today with the intention to just have fun and I can definitely say I achieved that! Racing the Roof at the highest level definitely puts you through a lot of emotions and I think that was quite evident today when I crossed the finish line. Today marks the end of the 2021 racing season and it is impossible to thank everyone for everything they have done for me but just know I really do appreciate each and everyone who helps. The biggest thanks has to go to my incredible parents. If you know me well you know how much they do for me. It’s been a wild ride. And I’m walking away with the biggest smile on my face. Thank you!”

2021 Roof of Africa Results

Pos Participant Team Total
1 Wade Young Sherco Factory Racing 13:40:31
2 Travis Teasdale TT Racing 14:09:25
3 Matthew Green TT Racing 14:53:58
4 William Slater TBR Suspension 15:47:44
5 Blake Gutzeit 16:17:16
6 Luke Walker McLarens Yamaha Racing 17:11:58
7 Tristan Tamsen TT Racing 17:52:16
8 Chayse Orsmond 18:32:01
9 Heinrich Aust Rockstar Energy Huqvarna 19:14:35
10 Andrew Houston Peak Yamaha 21:53:26

Daniel Milner joins Fantic D’Arpa Racing Team for 2022

Australia’s Daniel Milner has revealed that he’s joined the Fantic D’Arpa Racing Team for 2022, to compete the EnduroGP and Italian Enduro championship, pursuing a long standing personal goal.

Daniel Milner

“Excited to be racing for Fantic Racing on the Fantic D’Arpa Racing Team for 2022 in the EnduroGP and Italian Enduro. This has been a goal of mine for years, so getting this opportunity to help grow this brand and team was a no brainer. Also, getting Scott Lillis along side me will make it way easier to push to chase our dream and goals. Bring on 2022.”

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Factory Honda signs Wilson Todd for 2022

Three-time Australian Champion Wilson Todd has signed with Factory Honda for 2022, after hitting the MX2 age limit in Europe, having spent the last two years racing in the highly competitive MX2 World Championship.

Wilson Todd

“I enjoyed my time in Europe and I was proud of the results we achieved against the factory team. I finished as high as fourth in a race, and we had a top five overall finish and several top tens. There is an age limit in the MX2 class and I turn 24 before next year’s championship starts which makes me ineligible. I was faced with some hard decisions and in the end the best decision for me was to come home and race. My focus is to win the MX2 and SX2 Australian Championship, but I hope to do a race or two overseas through Yarrive’s contacts and team internationally.”

Wilson Todd
Wilson Todd

Todd has proven to be one of the best Australian riders. In the past seven years he has won three championships and finished runner-up twice. He has also proven himself on the world stage. Tony Hinton, Honda Australia’s General Manager of Sales welcomed Wilson Todd to Honda’s Factory Team.

Tony Hinton

“Wilson Todd completes an impressive line-up for Honda. Wilson is a welcomed surprise as he was achieving great results overseas in the World MX2 Championship and we were unsure if he was going to return. He proved competitive against the world best this season and we are fortunate to have him racing our new 2022 CRF250R in next year’s Australian Motocross and Supercross Championship.”

2022 marks Wilson’s first year with Honda and the Queenslander is looking forward to racing with the championship winning team. Wilson still hopes to compete overseas and will patiently wait to see if there are any opportunities to do some racing in America next year in between the Australian Motocross Championship.

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Ryder and Rogers with WBR Yamaha for 2022

The WBR Yamaha Bulk Nutrients Team will head into 2022 with two young prospects to contest the Pro MX and Australian Supercross Championships in the MX2 division. In keeping with their role of developing the up coming riders within the Yamaha ranks, Levi Rogers and Ryder Kingsford will spearhead the team in 2022 and both have been a part of Yamaha’s emerging talent for several years.

Ryder Kingsford – Image by RBMotoLens

Rogers moves across from the Yamalube Yamaha team and looks forward to the new surrounds and environment to continue progressing in his career. Rogers has proven to be fast, as fast as anyone on his day, with plenty of rides in his rookie MX2 season in 2021 showing he is capable of mixing it with the biggest names in the MX2 class.

Working with the Whitten family at WBR Yamaha, Rogers will be looking to cash in on his undoubted speed and turn that into results both at a state and national level. At just 18 years of age, Rogers has time on his side and is out to make his second year in the MX2 category memorable for all the right reasons.

Levi Rogers

“2021 was my first year in MX2 and while there was speed and some good results, there was some mistakes which I need to reduce to be a contender at each and every round. I’m thankful Yamaha were keen to keep me on board and that Travis and Nathan from WBR Yamaha offered me a great opportunity for the new season. “We already have a few plans in place and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into a new year with the team. Their bikes have been proven to be good, we have a great group of sponsors on board and hopefully we can get a full season completed. I’m excited for 2022 already.”

Levi Rogers

Joining Rogers will be young Yamaha sensational Ryder Kingsford. Like Rogers, Kingsford has been a long-term product of the Yamaha Junior Racing program and after a strong 2022 season where he finished in second place in the inaugural MX3 championship, he makes the move to not only the WBR Yamaha team, but also steps up to the MX2 division.

Kingsford is equally skilled at motocross and supercross, having both style of tracks at his disposal in his own back yard in Goulburn. He has already won multiple Australia junior championships in motocross and supercross and is eager to make the big leap into the professional ranks.

Ryder Kingsford

“I know stepping into the MX2 class is a big decision to make but Yamaha and WBR were happy for me to take it and I thank them for showing the faith in me when I could have stayed another year in MX3. Getting the support of the team at WBR Yamaha is awesome and we have already had a successful couple of days testing and I feel right at home on the bike and with the team. We plan on doing as many events as possible before the start of the Pro MX Championship in March so I’m well prepared for what’s to come.”

Ryder Kingsford

Dylan Long has also been an ambassador for the WBR Yamaha dealership since his retirement from full time racing a few years ago, but the racing bug has bitten again and Long will compete in a range of activities for WBR Yamaha included selected rounds of the Pro MX and Australian Supercross Championship.

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Romain Febvre injury update

Romain Febvre underwent successful surgery on his right leg that he broke at the Paris Supercross last weekend; the factory Kawasaki rider will rest for a few weeks before starting preparation for the 2022 season.

Romain Febvre

Together with several other leading MXGP riders and seasoned Supercross specialists, Romain Febvre entered his last race of 2021 on Saturday; it was a unique and additional opportunity to race in a one-off Supercross event inside his home country of France after recently celebrating his second place in the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship.

Feeling comfortable on the track laid out in the Paris la Defense Arena, Romain posted the third fastest lap time during the Superpole to confirm his fastest time from Friday practice. Fifth in the first of the three races Romain made a great start in the second sprint race, pushing his fastest lap time and was a challenging for second position behind Marvin Musquin when he crashed spectacularly on the finish jump!

After being transferred to the hospital Ambroise Pare at Boulogne Billancourt where he had further examinations, Romain underwent surgery and was treated for a double fracture of the tibia and fibula of the right leg. Following successful surgery Romain remains positive for his full recovery.

Romain Febvre

“Not the way I wanted to finish the season for sure! I was happy with my riding, didn’t took any risks, and I felt more and more comfortable with the track when I had this crash. In my career I already recover from injuries, I know what that means and for sure I will be back stronger.”

Romain Febvre

Kevin Horgmo joins F&H Kawasaki Racing Team

The F&H Kawasaki Racing Team has secured its first new signing for the 2022 FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship as Norwegian Kevin Horgmo, this year’s EMX250 series runner-up, moves up to the GPs.

For the fifth year in succession Team F&H will be officially representing Kawasaki in the MX2 World championship next season and the exciting Norwegian talent joins the Dutch squad with high expectations from both team and rider.

Kevin Horgmo – F&H Kawasaki Racing Team

One of most talented riders from Scandinavia, Kevin was at the sharp end of a tense battle for the FIM Europe EMX250 title this summer, eventually ending the series as runner-up with two overall victories, three moto wins and six podiums.

The MX2 World Championship will not be an entirely new experience for Kevin as he already raced a few GPs this season, with a twelfth position as best result in Czech Republic. After battling for race wins, podiums and the title he now moves to the GPs more experienced and mature. Kevin has already started working with Marc De Reuver, who will again be the coach to the F&H riders next season.

Kevin Horgmo

“I’m really excited to join F&H Kawasaki Racing Team; the KX250 is a completely new bike for me but already after the first test I feel so comfortable on it. To be a member of a team like this is what I feel I’ve been missing in the past; the team has everything I need to succeed so now it’s up to me to perform! It will also be good to work with Marc as a trainer; for sure I will learn a lot from him!”

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Maxime Renaux signs with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP

Yamaha welcome reigning FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion Maxime Renaux to the premier MXGP class in 2022, the 21-year-old Frenchman joins the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team, where he will campaign a YZ450FM in the FIM Motocross World Championship for the next two years.

Renaux has been with Yamaha for more than a decade and has worked his way up the Yamaha Racing pyramid, ever since he was a young star-on-the-rise on a YZ85. In 2015, the young talent celebrated three EMX125 wins aboard a GYTR kitted YZ125 and eventually won his first World Title with an impressive victory at the Junior 125cc World Championship in El Molar, Spain, in that same year.

Maxime Renaux

After the 2016 and 2017 seasons were marred by injury, the determined Frenchman entered the lower capacity premier class, MX2, as a wild card in 2018 and instantly showed great potential.

At the age of 18, Renaux completed his first full-term in MX2 in 2019 where he managed to steer his YZ250F to a maiden podium finish on his way to seventh overall in the final classification. The following year, in 2020, the Yamaha ace quickly established himself as a title threat. He eventually finished third in the MX2 World Championship after celebrating his first-ever Grand Prix race and overall win at the MXGP of Italy in Faenza.

After many notable performances throughout his first two years in MX2, Renaux was drafted into the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team and substantially improved his riding and racecraft. In his debut season as a ‘Factory’ Yamaha rider, the ‘959’ took his YZ250FM to 24 top-three finishes, 10 race wins, 14 podium finishes and five Grand Prix wins on his way to title glory in the 2021 FIM MX2 World Championship.

After the Paris Supercross at the end of November, the French star will step up to the premier class, where he will join seasoned MXGP riders Jeremy Seewer and Glenn Coldenhoff under the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP awning.

Maxime Renaux

“I’m really excited for the new challenge and the next chapter, to move to MXGP. I know it’s going to be an all-new challenge, and it is the most important part of my career because once you reach MXGP you are at the top, there is no class to move forward. I feel ready for it, and I am really looking forward to making this experience a good one, and a long one. I have tested the bike, and I feel already really good and really comfortable. I’ve been riding a 450 in the past, so it’s not a new bike for me, but it is the first time on a Factory YZ450FM, and I already feel super ready for it, so now we will spend the winter testing and developing the bike to suit me as best it can, so that we are ready for next season. I’m looking forward to everything.”

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Toby Price to headline KTM’s Dakar efforts in 2022

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner, Toby Price, and Kevin Benavides are fired up and focused on success as they enter the final phase of preparations ahead of next January’s Dakar Rally. The three-man team of former Dakar Rally winners will be joined by newly retired MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci, who will make his Dakar debut at the 2022 event.

Toby Price – Image by Rally Zone

With just over one month to go before the highly anticipated start of the 2022 Dakar Rally, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are currently completing their final period of testing before packing their bags and heading to the start of the famous race, early in January 2022.

Matthias, Toby, and Kevin will all compete on the latest version of the KTM 450 RALLY – a bike developed in close cooperation between KTM Technologies, KTM’s R&D department, KISKA, and KTM Motorsports over the last two years.

Matthias Walkner

Toby Price showed impressive pace at the 2021 Dakar Rally, but was frustratingly forced to retire following a crash on stage nine, which caused a year of disruption for the Aussie. Following three separate surgeries, Price has largely stayed away from competition, spending time on his bike at home in Australia during the second half of the season, before joining the team later in the year to test and develop the new KTM 450 RALLY.

Contesting the Rallye du Maroc in October, he put in five solid days of racing, also taking the time to further improve the set-up of the new machine through the Moroccan dunes in preparation for the Dakar. Happy with his own performance, and that of the bike, Toby will be looking to make amends for his 2021 Dakar disappointment and claim his third title at the 2022 event.

Toby Price

“I’m really looking forward to Dakar 2022. This year’s race didn’t go too well for me, crashing out on stage nine. I was sitting in a good place, so it was tough to have to retire. The plan for the next one is similar to those I’ve had in the past to be honest – make it safely to the rest day in a solid position, stay in contention, and try to let the days come to me. On the days that we need to push, we’ll really go for it. It’s easy to make a plan, but the rally is always changing day-by-day, you have to be able to adapt. I’m feeling really good now, and the work on the new bike is definitely going in the right direction. All being well we should be in the mix, and I can’t wait to go racing again with the Red Bull KTM team!”

Toby Price – Image by Rally Zone

Joining the team in Saudi Arabia, former MotoGP star Danilo Petrucci will be riding for KTM Factory Racing and making his competitive rally debut at the Dakar. Swapping his KTM RC16 for a KTM 450 RALLY, the likeable Italian will take on the world’s toughest rally hoping to complete the event at his first attempt.

Danilo has already had time to test his Tech3 KTM Factory Racing rally bike alongside the team and has undergone intense road book training, under the watchful eye of KTM’s Rally Sport Manager Jordi Viladoms, in order to be ready to face the incredibly challenging navigation required for rally racing.

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2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP | First Look Review

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP
Offered in the U.S. for the first time, the up-spec 2022 Yamaha MT-10 SP receives the same updates as the MT-10 but also features Öhlins semi-active suspension, a color-matched lower fairing, and braided steel brake lines. It comes in YZF-R1M-inspired Liquid Metal/Raven.

Yamaha’s “Hyper Naked” lineup includes six MT models, with MT standing for “Master of Torque.” The range starts with the entry-level MT-03 and works its way up to the MT-07, MT-09, MT-09 SP, MT-10, and MT-10 SP. All have been updated recently, and the 2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP, the latter being offered in the U.S. for the first time, are the latest to get upgraded.

2022 Yamaha MT-10

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP
2022 Yamaha MT-10 in Cyan Storm

Our last test of the MT-10 was in 2017 (when it was known as the FZ-10), and it proved to be an exciting, versatile sit-up sportbike, even performing well as a sport-tourer when accessorized with a taller windscreen, a comfort seat, and luggage.

For 2022, the MT-10 gets a more stripped-down look, with unnecessary bodywork removed. Enlarged intake ducts mounted on either side of the fuel tank cover increase efficiency while enhancing the bike’s aggressive stance. New twin-eye mono-focus LED headlights and LED position lights above the headlights combine with a more compact nose assembly to minimize overhang. Separate high and low beam units are said to project a powerful, even beam with softer light at the edges.

Yamaha has also improved the MT-10’s ergonomics with a reshaped fuel tank, a revised rider triangle that enhances the feeling of sitting “in” the bike, and a more comfortable seat.

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP

Also new is a 6-axis IMU and a full suite of electronic rider aids originally developed for the YZF-R1. The system includes lean-sensitive traction control, slide control, lift (wheelie) control, engine brake management, and ABS, all with multiple levels or modes. Each can be adjusted independently, or the Yamaha Ride Control system provides four ride modes with presets for each one. The MT-10 is also equipped with an up/down quickshifter.

Yamaha has refined the MT-10’s liquid-cooled, 998cc CP4 inline-Four with new fuel injection settings and revised intake and exhaust systems that are said to deliver a more torquey, street-focused engine character. A new airbox with three differing-length intake ducts tuned to resonate harmoniously at varying engine speeds creates a unique intake roar that enhances the overall riding experience. Sound is heightened further by new Acoustic Amplifier Grilles positioned on the front left and right of the fuel tank, transmitting the tuned induction sound directly to the rider.

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP

Like the YZF-R1, the new MT-10 features a throttle-by-wire system with the Accelerator Position Sensor Grip (APSG), which uses a spring, slider, and gear mechanism to produce varying degrees of resistance to recreate a natural throttle feel during use. The rider can also change throttle response characteristics by adjusting the PWR (Power delivery mode) between four different power modes.

Originally developed to cope with the demands of high-horsepower superbikes under race conditions, the MT-10’s aluminum Deltabox frame uses the engine as a stressed member to minimize weight. Equipped with a long aluminum swingarm while still maintaining a compact 55.3-inch wheelbase, the chassis is designed to deliver agile yet stable handling in a wide variety of low- and high-speed riding conditions.

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP
2022 Yamaha MT-10 in Matte Raven Black

Fully adjustable KYB suspension can be tailored to rider preferences. The triple-disc brakes, with dual 320mm floating discs with 4-piston radial calipers in front and a single 220mm disc with a 2-piston caliper out back, get upgraded for 2022 with the addition of a Brembo radial brake master cylinder. Also new is a 4.2-inch color TFT display.

The 2022 Yamaha MT-10 will be offered in two color options: Cyan Storm or Matte Raven Black. It will be available from dealers in March 2022 for an MSRP of $13,999.

2022 Yamaha MT-10 SP

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP

Joining the MT-10 for 2022 is the up-spec MT-10 SP, which replaces the manually adjustable KYB suspension with Öhlins semi-active suspension and is offered in a YZF-R1M-inspired colorway with premium styling accents.

The new MT-10 SP is the first production motorcycle to be fitted with the Öhlins’ next-generation electronically controlled suspension employing the latest spool valve damping. This state-of-the-art technology provides an even greater range of damping adjustments and a higher degree of response.

Riders can choose between three semi-active damping modes (A-1 [Sport], A-2 [Intermediate], A-3 [Tour]), as well as three manual settings (M-1, M-2, M-3). When any of the automatic modes are selected the system adjusts rebound and compression damping continuously to match the current running conditions, ensuring the most appropriate settings are always in play.

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP

Manual mode allows precise electronic adjustment of compression and rebound damping for both the front fork and rear shock. Managed through the YRC menu, the suspension can be tailored to suit the riding style or environment.

The MT-10 SP is also equipped with an exclusive color-matched lower fairing for a more aggressive race-bred look, while also directing more air to the oil cooler at speed. It’s also equipped with braided steel brake lines, providing a high level of feel at the lever and more resistance to fade.

The 2022 Yamaha MT-10 SP is available in Liquid Metal/Raven. It will be available from dealers in May 2022 for an MSRP of $16,899.

For more information or to find a Yamaha dealer near you, visit yamahamotorsports.com.

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