Rea Second-Fastest on Day 2 as Pata Prometeon Yamaha sign off from Misano Test

Pata Prometeon Yamaha completed it’s 2024 test programme after two days at Misano World Circuit today, as Jonathan Rea hit the top of the lap times before finishing second overall on Day 2 in Italy today – while teammate Andrea Locatelli continually achieved the same positive work rate he has th…
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Dramatic day for Bautista: #1 explains his three Friday crashes, decision on his future coming after Misano?

The second day of Misano testing in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship concluded on Friday, with riders on the grid testing various parts and setups in anticipation of the next race weekend. One of those riders pushing the pace on Friday was Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati), but the reigning World Champion had three tumbles on Friday and four during the test. With today’s action disrupted by rain, the Spaniard put his bike fourth overall in the spell of dry weather in the afternoon.

FOUR CRASHES IN TWO DAYS: “The morning crash was strange… second one was at the last corner when it was wet!”

Whilst enjoying a an extremely positive two-day test on the Italian coast, Alvaro Bautista somehow managed to crash his Ducati Panigale V4 R four times in just under two days. You can read the rest of Bautista’s thoughts from day one here. Speaking about his crashes on Day 2 of testing, Bautista said: “The morning crash was strange. I thought I was on SCX, but I was on SC0. The feeling was, s**t, no? So, maybe I forced it more than I had to, and I crashed. But then they told me that I was faster on the SC0! The second crash was at the last corner when it was wet. I lost the front passing over a patch. I didn’t expect it! Otherwise, not so bad!” Bautista explained that, on the last crash, he simply got sucked into the corner of turn 14 and couldn’t recover.

“I PREFER THE FEELING ON THE RACE TYRE”: Bautista talks testing, race setup for Misano

Aside from the frequency of his crashes across the two-day test, another hot topic of discussion was the potential improvement and discovery made by Bautista in preparation for the race weekend on the Adriatic. Speaking about this, Bautista said: “I prefer the feeling on the race tyre. I am happy, especially with the engine characteristics that we resolved here.” When asked about the overall state of his setup, Bautista explained: “I think the situation is the same. We have worked well on engine behaviour. We have not found anything for the setup, but I think what we have found in terms of the engine will help us a lot.”

DECISION COMING SOON? Bautista not drawn on decision yet; “After Misano, I will take a decision

Amidst the discourse and debate of silly season, one of the hot topics in the WorldSBK paddock has been the future of its current Champion. Bautista, when asked about his future plans beyond this season, had this to say: “I’m just focusing on this. My priority is to think about the Misano race and to do our best. I think after Misano I will take a decision.”

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Rea finds a step at Misano test? “Changing the way the bike behaves was to let me ride the way I want…”

The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship grid hit the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” for testing and it was a very positive one for Jonathan Rea (Pata Prometeon Yamaha). With new items to try to help make him feel even more comfortable on the Yamaha R1, Rea finished fourth on Day 1 and second on Day 2, leading Yamaha’s charge in Italy on both days. Speaking on Friday, he revealed why the changes had been made and how he felt riding with the new setup.

REA’S TEST: fourth on Day 1, limited running on Friday

Rea’s best time during Day 1 of the test was 1’33.206s as he finished in fourth, coming in the afternoon session on his 73rd lap of the day. The #65 completed 27 laps in the afternoon and 46 in the morning as he tested a new chassis balance which came with positive results, as well as trying different weight distribution and rider positions as Yamaha look to make the six-time World Champion as comfortable and as fast as possible.

The Northern Irishman only did half-a-day on Friday, with the first four-hour session ending an hour early as rain fell. Rea was 13th at the time but he was able to test for a further hour in the afternoon. He was able to set a 1’33.133s to provisionally claim P1 but found himself demoted by Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) after the #54 set another unbelievable lap time with a 1’52.535s. Speaking after Friday’s action, Rea discussed the upgrades on his R1 and praised Yamaha’s rider coach, Niccolo Canepa, for his role in the upturn in form.

HIS VIEW ON THE CHANGES: “From the first exit, it seemed quite normal to me”

Rea said: “We put an SCQ tyre on at the end and I was able to go quite fast. It was the first time I felt that I could ride the bike the way I wanted with it. In the last few rounds, I’ve got nervous with the SCQ because I didn’t feel 100% with the bike. Step by step, it’s been a positive test but still a lot of work to do. The updates were just a balance change on the bike, setup ideas. I’ve been trying to ride the Yamaha in the Yamaha way and sometimes it’s not working. I always looked at the data of Loka, Remy and even sometimes Toprak but I’m me, I have my style. At Cremona, Nico Canpea was a big help with the video analysis, and I was able to see that my lap time wasn’t amazing, but I was really good in some areas. We just need to make this bike my bike in the way I need to ride. The idea to change the way the bike behaves, the style, the geometry was to let me ride in the way I want. From the first exit, it seemed quite normal to me.”

DENNNG’S THOUGHTS: “A really positive day of testing, making steps forward all day…”

Speaking during Friday morning’s action, Pata Prometeon Yamaha Team Principal, Paul Denning, reviewed the test for Rea, saying: “Day 1 was really positive. I think it was Jonathan’s best day of testing, and actually the first test at Jerez was good as well. It was a positive day of testing, making steps forward all day. At Cremona, we didn’t really find that. We came to a wall and couldn’t get over it. Here, he was progressively faster all day and arrived very close to the fastest riders at the end with P4, and the fastest Yamaha, so for JR it was a target achieved that he wanted to do at the start of the day. Jonathan will only do half a day today to finish his testing allocation. The plan was the same as yesterday. Just refining small details, trying to maximise our performance in braking, cornering, and turning so that the better we can exit the corner, and the faster we are in the middle of the corner, the better we are in terms of any straight-line speed differential. Chattering is always an issue here, especially in the last sector, so we’re trying some setting options to reduce that and, so far, they’re working quite well.”

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REPORT: Razgatlioglu OBLITERATES lap record pace again with Rea P2, Bautista fourth after THREE crashes

With the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship hitting Misano for a two-day test, it was Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) who left Italy as the fastest rider. Despite rain around lunchtime disrupting the day, the #54 was able to put in a lap time that was even faster than yesterday’s unbelievable effort as he finished ahead of Jonathan Rea (Pata Prometeon Yamaha) in second. Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) missed out on a place in the top three but more cause for concern would be his three Friday crashes.


Turkish superstar Razgatlioglu set a 1’32.918s to claim first place on Day 2, backing up his P1 from Thursday with another strong day after topping the times in the initial dry running and again as the test concluded. After posting the aforementioned time, the 2021 Champion jumped on his second bike and set a 1’32.535s, a tenth faster than yesterday’s time. The #54 worked on setup and electronics, as well as aiming to prepare for the Emilia-Romagna Round in a few weeks. Teammate van der Mark claimed ninth spot with the Dutchman praising BMW’s new seat he first tried on Thursday. His best time was 1’33.715s, more than a second off his teammate’s barely believable time.

REA SURGES TO SECOND: using the final hour to full potential

Rea had been hovering outside the top ten until the final hour of testing, when he surged up the order with a 1’33.113s to provisionally claim top spot, although finished the day in P2. It came after what Team Principal Paul Denning described as his “best day of testing” with Yamaha on Thursday, with the #65 testing a new chassis balance, weight distribution and rider position at Misano. It was also a decent outing for teammate Andrea Locatelli who finished the day in fifth, just two tenths away from Rea as the Japanese manufacturer showed their potential.

Elsewhere within the Iwata-based brand’s camp, Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was also inside the top ten as his rich vein of form continued with sixth place after he set a 1’33.639s. Next door, teammate Dominique Aegerter was able to move into the top ten with eighth to end the test on a high note. Philipp Oettl (GMT94 Yamaha) rounded out the Yamaha field as he claimed 18th place after bouncing back from his crash yesterday.

HIGHS AND LOWS: Bulega third, Bautista fourth with three Friday spills

Nicolo Bulega ( Racing – Ducati) was the lead Ducati rider on Friday as he finished in third, overhauling teammate Alvaro Bautista in the final stages by posting a 1’33.133s. All eyes were on Bautista’s box though, with the reigning Champion claiming fourth with a 1’33.175s. However, it was a disrupted day for the #1 with THREE crashes – at Turns 8, 14 and 16 – bringing his total for the test to four. Michele Pirro was also on track with the team and the Italian claimed a highly-respectable 12th place with a 1’33.876s.

Independent Ducati rider Sam Lowes (ELF Marc VDS Racing Team) secured P14 despite feeling under the weather, with the Brit focusing on rider position and ergonomic improvements and dropping down the order in the afternoon. The #14’s best time was a 1’33’949s, and he was closely followed by Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team). ‘Petrux’ revealed yesterday he still had some shoulder pain as he made his return from injury but a 1’33.963s meant he secured a top-five spot on Friday. The other Independent Ducati rider on track was Andrea Iannone (Team GoEleven) who finished in P16.


Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) finished seventh despite briefly topping the times as the afternoon progressed, setting a 1’33.458s while teammate Axel Bassani was 13th. Lowes was continuing to work on the new electronics settings that teammate ‘El Bocia’ is already using, with the Brit explaining after Thursday’s action that he was happy with them but needed to work on finer details. Tito Rabat (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was one of the standout names on Friday after running second in the early stages, with the Spaniard posting a 1’33.856s and lapping only a tenth away from the fastest time. The #53 used the SCQ tyre for that time, ensuring he could use the softest tyre in dry conditions, but fell to tenth as riders went out later on during the day.

HONDA’S WORK CONTINUES: Lecuona moves into 11th, Vierge 17th

Japanese manufacturer Honda came into the Misano test full of confidence after a strong outing at Cremona and they had more upgrades to try in Italy in the shape of new exhaust pipes as well as continuing to evaluate a new swingarm option. Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) was the fastest Honda rider as he set a 1’33.866s to secure 11th place, while teammate Xavi Vierge was further back in 17th after the #97 posted a 1’34.419s. Tarran Mackenzie (PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda) was just behind the factory team’s efforts as he claimed 19th, while Adam Norrodin (PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda) rounded out the WorldSBK field.

HUERTAS ON TOP IN WORLD SUPERSPORT: two tenths between him and Manzi

In WorldSSP, it was Adrian Huertas ( Racing WorldSSP Team) who claimed top spot after posting a 1’37.028s in the afternoon, lapping under race lap record pace although still some way off the all-time record time. Stefano Manzi (Pata Prometeon Ten Kate Racing) had been top throughout the majority of Friday but Huertas’ was able to overhaul him in the closing stages, with Bahattin Sofuoglu (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) in third. His teammate, Marcel Schroetter, crashed in the afternoon which briefly brought out the red flags.

The top six from Friday at Misano, full results here:

1. Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) 1’32.535s

2. Jonathan Rea (Pata Prometeon Yamaha) +0.578s

3. Nicolo Bulega ( Racing – Ducati) +0.598s

4. Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) +0.640s

5. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Prometeon Yamaha) +0.784s

6. Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) +0-876s

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WHAT WAS SAID AT MISANO ON DAY 2: “I have some options… we have found some productive things”

With the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” hosting MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship test action ahead of next month’s round at the same venue, it was a good chance to catch up with key figures from the paddock. From riders discussing their future, finishing strongly after a difficult test and upgrades where some conclusions could be drawn, we’ve gathered the best from Misano in one article for you.

AN UPDATE ON 2025: “After Misano, I start to decide for my future”

Reviewing the test and providing an update on when we might hear about his future, Andrea Iannone (Team GoEleven) said: “The feeling with the bike is not good, we struggled in many areas. We had an idea after Assen to improve something. But this is a completely different track so, at this moment we struggle. In any case, we don’t give up and we always try to improve. The braking point on entry. Also, the feeling with the tyres is not good. Engine braking, traction, wheelieing, I have problems in many areas. But we’ll try to improve at home. We’ll see the data better. In the slow corners, the feeling with the front is not good, so it is difficult to stop the bike. For us, turning is difficult. But this is normal. I’ll go to Mugello tomorrow, but only for one day. We will see. After Misano, I start to decide for the future. For sure, I have some options, but we will see. I have my targets, but in any case, it’s difficult to decide at this moment.”

ENDING ON A HIGH: “we struggled a bit with chassis setup and electronics… at least we have a great base to start the round!”

After spending a lot of time outside the top ten but eventually finishing P8, Dominique Aegerter (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) said: “We only did one lap with the SCQ. I think I can go a little bit faster in some corners. We improved a lot this afternoon. Big thanks to the team – they helped us to find the right direction. Finally, we can have a better setup to start here in two weeks. We didn’t test everything that Yamaha brought. We struggled a little bit with the chassis setup and electronics. We needed time to find the speed because testing without speed is meaningless. I think the four Yamahas are quite close. At least we have a very great base setup to start the round!”

AIMING HIGH FOR MISANO: “we found something to have more feeling with the front with the SCQ”

Looking ahead to his home round and explaining the gains he found at Misano, Axel Bassani (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) said: “My time was with the SCQ tyre but the feeling with the SCX was better, I think it was possible to do 33.8s, 33.7s on it. We found something to have more feeling with the front with the SCQ. The lap was not so good, but the ideal lap was not so bad. We found something. We had a lot of things to try, so we hoped for good weather. Unfortunately, today was s**t weather. It’s part of the game and it’s the same for everybody. We missed a lot of work but it’s okay. We have to focus on the race weekend, my home weekend, so I want to do a good job and try to have a good round for our fans. I want to do a good job for the fans but it’s not easy, the level this year is so high.”

CHASING THE ROSTRUM: “the bike feels more like my bike…”

Discussing the final step to get on the WorldSBK podium, Sam Lowes (ELF Marc VDS Racing Team) said: “Just a bit of tyre management. The Superpole’s not been bad actually but starting on the front two rows is very important. Since the last race at Assen, my position on the bike has changed. I feel more natural on the bike, and the bike feels more like my bike.”

NEW ITEMS REVIEWED: “We were expecting to make a big jump”

Honda brought new items to Misano to test, with Team HRC Team Manager Jose Escamez explaining the conclusions they could draw: “We have found some productive things. Not as much as we expected, because we were expecting to make a big jump. Obviously, there is always a willingness to make the big changes that we really need, but we couldn’t make it as much as we thought. We have found small things and details that will allow us to understand the direction that we need to take moving forward. We couldn’t make many conclusions. We also have other things to test which was also important. But we will keep trying to work in that direction.”

HOME ROUND JOY: “it will be special, being an Italian on an Italian bike…”

Giving an overview of the test and explaining how he’ll feel heading into his first home round in WorldSBK, Nicolo Bulega ( Racing – Ducati) said: “Not bad because today we focused on finding different setups on the bike. I feel more comfortable on the bike. We just need to work on it and improve my feeling. The feeling is not better on the bike, but my position on the bike, yes. I think we can start to work from this position in order to improve my feeling. I think we are in a good way. it will be special, being Italian on an Italian bike. It will be nice.”

TEAMMATE RELATIONSHIP: “we want to improve this package so sometimes you have to ride together.”

Speaking about how he was occasionally riding with teammate Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), Michael van der Mark said: “We had some clear things to try. Every time we wanted to try something this morning, it started raining or drizzling. It was a long day. You want to work and improve, try different things, and I didn’t really get the time to. At the end of the day, we had two dry hours but it’s never enough. It’s always useful to ride together, you can always learn and improve. We want to improve this package so sometimes you have to ride together.”

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Bongers provides clearest hint yet on van der Mark future: "There’s no reason to split anything up…"

The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship has headed to Misano for a two-day test ahead of the latest round of action on the Adriatic Coast. The ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team have enjoyed a super start to 2024, with Turkish star Toprak Razgatlioglu starring onboard the M 1000 RR. Teammate Michael van der Mark has also impressed, currently sitting P7 in the Championship. WorldSBK caught up with BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc Bongers to get his thoughts on BMW’s line-up for next year.

“BOTH PARTIES ARE PLEASED”: Bongers delighted with top form from Toprak

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bongers is thrilled with the sturdy start made by Razgatlioglu at BMW. Having already been a podium finisher in six races so far this season, including three race victories, Bongers was naturally jubilant when asked to discuss Toprak’s season so far after the #54’s instant impact on the German manufacturer.

He said: “Both parties, Toprak and ourselves, are pleased with how things are going. We’re not in a rush. We’re a happy family. If you’re in a happy relationship, you don’t see any point in splitting up…we have a really happy atmosphere in the box.” Toprak himself discussed his happiness at being part of the BMW team, and he confirmed that he has a contract with the Bavarian outfit for 2025. He also discussed his appreciation of his teammate, Michael van der Mark, which you can watch here.

“STRONG RESULTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON”: van der Mark impresses on injury comeback

Like teammate Toprak, Dutchman Michael van der Mark has also impressed in the early stages of the 2024 season, sitting firmly inside the top ten in the Championship standings. The #60 rider has endured a horrid last couple of years, including a broken leg just last year, but has rebounded to enjoy a much more positive start to his 2024 campaign and has been fighting just outside the podium places.

Addressing van der Mark’s form, especially in the context of wider silly season rumours, Bongers had this to say: “Mickey’s shown strong results in the beginning of this season. I speak for the entire project that there’s no plans to split anything. We plan to communicate towards the end of June.”

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Navarro replaces Baldassarri for Orelac Ducati’s WorldSSP campaign

There’s been a mini rider reshuffle in the FIM Supersport World Championship ahead of the Pirelli Emilia-Romagna Round. Jorge Navarro will now race for Orelac Racing VerdNatura in 2024 after previously being with the WRP-RT Motorsport by SKM-Triumph squad. The #9 replaces Lorenzo Baldassarri after the Italian left the team by mutual agreement after three rounds of the season.

Navarro made his WorldSSP debut last year and secured one podium for the Ten Kate Racing Yamaha outfit in what proved to be a challenging season off the back of a severe injury he suffered towards the end of the 2022 Moto2™ season. He ended the campaign strongly but found himself looking for a new ride, linking up with the WRP-RT Motorsport-Triumph team for 2024 as they made their debut in the Championship.

In six races this season, the Valencian rider managed a best of seventh place on four occasions and was a regular fixture inside the top ten as he and his new team impressed early on. He claimed the fastest lap in Race 1 in Barcelona, a track he knows very well – proven by the 28-year-old setting the all-time lap record in Moto2™ in this year’s Catalan Grand Prix in Practice 1 although it was subsequently beaten by Sergio Garcia in Practice 2.

The one-time WorldSSP podium finisher steps into Orelac Racing VerdNatura to replace Lorenzo Baldassarri, who returned to WorldSSP this season after a difficult debut WorldSBK campaign in 2023. There were high hopes the ‘Balda’-Ducati combination would propel him to the success he enjoyed with Yamaha back in 2022 when he was a regular fixture at the front, but it hasn’t turned out that way. A best of ninth is the highlight, with Phillip Island Race 2 the only time the Italian scored points this season.

Discussing the move, Team Manager Jose Calero said: “Signing Navarro was an old aspiration that now allows us to make a considerable leap in quality and with which we will continue working to be among the top positions of the World Championship. We have everything we need to fight for victories. Navarro replaces Lorenzo Baldassarri in our team, with whom, by mutual agreement, we have decided to separate our paths.”

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2025 Honda Grom Preview, Plus Other Honda MiniMotos 

2025 Honda Grom Cherry Red
2025 Honda Grom in Cherry Red

The popular and fun-inducing Honda Grom gets a fresh face for 2025, and the Honda Navi returns for 2024 with new color options. Other small Honda models, including the ADV160, Ruckus, and Metropolitan, will also return for 2025.  

2025 Honda Grom 

2025 Honda Grom Candy Blue
2025 Honda Grom in Candy Blue

The Honda Grom, first introduced in 2014, has been one of Honda’s top-selling models and has inspired its own subculture. Built to be easy to customize, the Grom is now in its fourth generation with new styling, and a full range of Honda Accessories are available. 

Related: Honda Grom First Ride Review 

2025 Honda Grom ABS Pearl White
2025 Honda Grom ABS in Pearl White

The Honda Grom is powered by a fuel-injected 125cc Single with an overhead cam and has a bore and stroke of 50 x 63.1mm and a compression ratio of 10:1. It has a five-speed gearbox and a top speed of about 60 mph. Fuel capacity is 1.6 gallons, seat height is 30.0 inches, and claimed wet weight is 227 lb for the ABS version and 224 lb without ABS. 

2025 Honda Grom SP Matte Black Metallic
2025 Honda Grom SP in Matte Black Metallic

The 2025 Honda Grom will be available in Candy Blue, Pearl White, or Cherry Red for $3,599. The SP version (includes SP graphics and a chin fairing) will be available in Matte Black Metallic for $3,699. The ABS version will be available in Pearl White for $3,799. 

2024 Honda Navi 

2024 Honda Navi Arctic Silver Metallic
2024 Honda Navi in Arctic Silver Metallic

As the most affordable and approachable model in Honda’s streetbike lineup, the 234-lb Honda Navi features a compact size, light weight, and an automatic CVT transmission. Popular among younger riders, the Navi starts at only $1,999 and is powered by a 109cc Single, which is located at the rear of the bike to allow space in the front for a lockable storage pod. The Navi boasts a claimed 110 mpg, giving it decent range from its tiny 0.9-gallon fuel tank. 

Related: Honda Navi First Ride Review 

2024 Honda Navi Blue Metallic
2024 Honda Navi in Blue Metallic

The 2024 Honda Navi will be available in non-painted white for $1,999. For those wanting a splash of color, the Navi will be available in Artic Silver Metallic, Pearl Red, or Blue Metallic for $2,099. 

2024 Honda Navi White
2024 Honda Navi in White

2025 Honda ADV160 

2025 Honda ADV160 Pearl Blue
2025 Honda ADV160 in Pearl Blue

This Honda scooter is designed around the concept of “city adventure” and features a 156cc Single, an automatic transmission, a two-step adjustable windscreen, and under-seat storage. The ADV160 also includes a centerstand (and sidestand), a 12-volt accessory outlet, a 3.1-gallon fuel tank, a 30.1-inch seat height, a small storage compartment, all-LED lighting, and Honda’s Smart Key system. 

Related: Best Motorcycles for Smaller Riders 

2025 Honda ADV160 Matte Black Metallic
2025 Honda ADV160 in Matte Black Metallic

The 2025 Honda ADV160 will be available in Pearl Blue and Matte Black Metallic for $4,499. 

2025 Honda Ruckus 

2025 Honda Ruckus Beige
2025 Honda Ruckus in Beige

The Ruckus features a simple design that lends itself to customization. It’s powered by a 49cc Single and has an automatic transmission, a seat height of 28.9 inches, fuel capacity of 1.3 gallons, a wet weight of 194 lb, and a helmet holder to lock a helmet under the seat. The 2025 Honda Ruckus will be available in black or beige for $2,899. 

2025 Honda Ruckus Black
2025 Honda Ruckus in Black

2025 Honda Metropolitan 

2025 Honda Metropolitan Red
2025 Honda Metropolitan in Red

The Metropolitan is designed for urban transportation and features a classic European scooter style. It’s powered by a 49cc Single with automatic transmission and comes with an inner storage bin that can hold a 1-liter bottle and a large hook for securing a bag. Honda also offers a rear trunk, rear carrier, a rear trunk attachment kit, and an outdoor cover as accessories for the Metropolitan. 

2025 Honda Metropolitan Denim Blue Metallic
2025 Honda Metropolitan in Denim Blue Metallic

The 2025 Honda Metropolitan will be available in Denim Blue Metallic or Red for $2,649. 

Check out more new bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide 

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WHAT WAS SAID ON DAY 1 AT MISANO: “Toprak’s lap time was impressive… he’s pushing everyone!”

The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship descended on the iconic Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” for a two-day test. Day 1 generated plenty of headlines, from Honda’s new upgrades to how Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) is feeling after his return to action. Here, you can read some of the hottest quotes from Thursday in Italy, with several topics covered.

A NEW SEAT FOR VAN DER MARK: “I went out, liked it, kept it on all day…”

BMW brought a new seat for Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) at Assen, and now teammate Michael van der Mark tried it. Discussing this, and Razgatlioglu’s incredible lap time, the Dutchman said: “I feel alright. I just put it on. Toprak used it at Assen. It is different, a lot different. I went out, liked it, kept it on all day. We’re going to stay with it. Toprak’s lap time was impressive. It’s not just the SCQ time, it’s the laps he did before with the SCX tyre. He’s pushing everyone! I tried a lot today with back-to-back comparisons, things like swingarms, testing them back-to-back without changing the bike too much.”

A STEP FOR BAUTISTA? “I improved my feeling… we tried different setups, it didn’t work; I crashed at the last corner”

Reviewing his day at Misano, reigning Champion Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) said: “I’m happy because we did some tests that we wanted to do here. One of them was with engine behaviour. From this year, I didn’t feel the same as last year with the management of the gas, traction or the force I put on the tyres; for me, it’s something different from last year. In the winter tests, we couldn’t try as I wasn’t at my best. In the first few rounds, we were more focused on setup. Here, we had the chance to try. Fortunately, I was correct in my feeling, and we found we needed to work in this area, especially the first part of the throttle. For me, it felt like too much power and more than last year; technically, it was similar but here we adjusted the electronics, and I improved my feeling and the way I can ride the bike. We tried different setups on the bike, but it didn’t work; in fact, I crashed at the last corner. We were trying a bit of an extreme setup. I tried to force it and find the limit, and I found the limit very quickly.”

ELECTRONICS TESTING FOR LOWES: “First impression was good… I improved my feeling compared to last year here”

Reviewing his new electronics settings and a day where he didn’t get to use the soft tyres, Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) said: “I felt quite good on the bike and good to be back at Misano. We went out after lunch, more or less on the base bike, and I was able to go down to a good pace. We had some things to try but unfortunately, we had to finish early because we had some issues, so I missed the hour or so and didn’t use any soft tyres. I think I improved my feeling compared to last year here, so it was quite positive. I used the new electronics, or new settings, and it’s constant work like electronics are. We stuck with them all day and there’s still some small tweaks tomorrow, especially on the initial touch of the throttle; trying to get comfortable in the first sector, when I’m on the edge I’m still struggling to be fully confident to open the gas. Overall, the first impression was good. When you use the same thing, you get used to it, so when you change it, you need to understand the positives and negatives and maybe change the riding style a little bit too.”

LECUONA REVIEWS HONDA UPGRADES: “It was different… it gave us some positives and some negatives”

Lecuona: “The crash was just to wake up! It was a very small crash at Turn 8. It was my fault. The lap before, I went a bit wide, and I said, ‘I need to try’. I felt comfortable on the bike, so I needed to try to stop. I crashed just at the end, I lost the front very gently and the bike finished up just a metre inside the gravel. It’s one crash I need to have to know the limit. We tried only the new exhaust. We put the focus on our base and worked hard on the new bike to be ready for the race. It was different. It gave us a little bit more in one point, a little bit less in another. We tried to improve the bike, so we tried new things. Honestly, it had some positives and some negatives. We need to check the data and learn in case we can rebalance the bike.”

BULEGA SEARCHING FOR GAINS: “I’m still missing something when I’m releasing the brake with angle”

Bulega: “I’m happy but we have to work because my feeling is still not at 100% like at the beginning of the season. Step by step, I’m getting better. The feeling at Cremona wasn’t so good but here, today, we improved a lot. We got almost to my 100%. I think we still have to work because I’m not there yet, and I’d like to do something different on my bike when I’m riding. I don’t have the perfect feeling at the front and I’m still missing something when I’m releasing the brake with angle.”

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RAZGATLIOGLU AFTER 1’32.663s: “We found a good electronics setup, including engine brake…”

Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) secured P1 as testing at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” with a lap time that would’ve turned heads up and down the paddock. The BMW rider was four tenths underneath the existing MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship lap record at the Italian venue as he utilised the SCQ tyre to full effect on Thursday in Italy to claim P1.

The #54 had been quick all day but he saved the best performance to last, chucking on Pirelli’s SCQ tyre designed for Tissot Superpole sessions and Tissot Superpole Races to set a barely believable 1’32.663s. His time was around four tenths quicker than last year’s pole time, a 1’33.017s set by Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati); that time is also the outright lap record at the historic venue.

Reviewing his epic lap and his test day, Razgatlioglu said: “I’m very happy because we tried many parts. This is really positive. Also, I did a very good lap time with the SCX tyre, after I used the SCQ tyre, and I did another very good lap time. I kept working after the SCQ tyre run, using old SCX tyres for 10 laps to understand the new parts. On the last lap, I did a 1’33.5s with the 18-lap old tyres. This is nice. Just at the end, I felt the front with too much stress because the tyres did a lot of laps. I hope we improve more. The electronics setup is now much better, and we improved a lot. Normally, when the put the SCX tyre, the bike immediately changed a lot. Now we’ve found a good setup, and good electronics setup and I’m enjoying it a lot with my bike in the final two hours; we found a good electronics setup, including engine brake. Step by step, we are getting stronger. We’re finding a good setup and trying new parts.”

Despite a strong day and an incredible lap time with new parts tested, Razgatlioglu revealed he was feeling the effects of a crash he had while training at mentor Kenan Sofuoglu’s ranch recently, with the #54 revealing he had ‘a little bit of pain’ in his right shoulder. Although he had a small amount of pain, the 2021 Champion didn’t let it affect him with his incredible lap time and he was still delighted with his, and the team’s, work on Thursday.

Razgatlioglu said: “Today, I’m also a little bit tired because two days ago, I crashed at Kenan’s track. My right shoulder is in a little bit of pain; on track, it’s not bad. I think, because it’s getting warm, I’m not feeling the pain. Only at Turn 10 I am feeling the pain and also the first braking zone, but after it’s okay. I’m very happy because the team’s very happy. We did a good lap time with the SCX tyre and SCQ tyre. Tomorrow, I have three more SCQ tyres… we will see!”

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