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Never say never

Mick finally returned for the penultimate round at Interlagos in Brazil. He was a shadow of the rider who had so dominated proceedings before Assen. Gaunt and grey after seven weeks of hell. His legs were spindly remnants of what they used to be, and his right calf was still encased in a light cast, but nothing was going to stop him defending that precious 22-point lead he still held over Rainey. I have never seen anybody give so much with absolutely no reward. After 28 laps, 121.044 kms of excruciating pain the Australian finished with no points in 12th place in the race won by Rainey, but he was back and ready for the final showdown at Kyalami in South Africa just two weeks later. He was hanging onto the Championship lead by two precious points.

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Win one of four Triumphs in solo DGR

Even though the pandemic has forced the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to go solo this year, Triumph Motorcycle is back on board as the major sponsor.

DGR operations manager Ramsey Sayed says the event will still go ahead on 27 September 2020 around the globe, but as a “ride solo, together” event.

Riders who register online, fundraise at least US200 for Movember, dress-up, and ride as individuals and/or with a pillion will be in the running to win one of three Triumph motorcycles.

One random winner will get a Bonneville T120 and the three highest fundraisers globally will also win Triumph motorcycles.

Triumph Bonneville T120 Cranberry Red Aluminium Silver Fr Qtr
T120

The top fundraiser gets a Triumph Thruxton RS, a Hedon DGR Kingpin helmet and $US2000 worth of Belstaff apparel.

Second and third fundraisers get a Triumph Scrambler 1200 and Speed Twin as well as the Hedon helmet and Belstaff gear.

There will also be Belstaff and Hedon prizes for the top 50 fundraisers, while those who raise $US200 or more get a 2020 DGR patch.

Solo DGRDistinguished Gentleman's Ride ladies

“The focus for this year will be to connect riders from all around the world, despite their COVID-19 social distancing restrictions,” Ramsey says.

“We want riders to know that we may be socially distanced, but we can still be connected digitally. It definitely came at a difficult time.

“We not only need to take people’s local lockdown restrictions into consideration, but we also needed to consider how riders and hosts have been financially affected in losing jobs and security, and how this may have impacted their lives. It’s a three-degrees of separation thing, some hosts either had COVID-19, or knew someone who did, and even have family members who lost their lives because of it. We wanted to be sensitive to those who spend countless hours volunteering to run their ride, who may not be able to get involved. 

“The main thing we’d want people to be aware of here is that we know that some areas of the world might be opened up by the time DGR hits in 2020, but DGR isn’t only a local event – it’s a global movement – and when we have so many folks who are integral in running their rides who have been heavily impacted by this, we need to look out for each other.”

Many DGR fans may not like the virtual DGR idea but it will be a real test of the commitment of participants and whether they are doing it for the benefit of others and in the spirit of the event, or just for pleasure.

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Triumph Motorcycles Partners with Distinguished Gentlemens Ride

Triumph will support the 10th annual Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride.

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Ride Solo Together.

Triumph & Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

On September 27th the landmark 10th Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride will take place worldwide and Triumph will once again support this incredible event and fundraising movement as the main sponsor.

Triumph and the Movember Foundation join forces with the 2020 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride on the 27th September for this year’s unique event. With the aim of supporting and fundraising for men’s health with this year’s ride, and its commitment to men’s mental health, the DGR has never been more relevant in light of the momentous challenges the world is facing.

On this day, thousands of gentlefolks worldwide are invited to wear their best dapper garb and to ride solo to fundraise in support of the research against prostate cancer and for mental health support.

DGR: The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, whilst connecting the global motorcycling community and to raise funds for a cause important to every rider.

The event has been attracting an increasing amount of riders year after year since 2012, and in 2019, new fundraising and attendance records were set: 6M USD raised for the cause with more than 116,000 riders participating across 104 countries.

Ride Solo Together: In order to maintain the DGR’s mission, while adapting to this challenging period, the 2020 DGR will be for the first time a solo event, in which participants will embrace the spirit and mood of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride by riding alone or with a passenger from the same household. This new format will enable riders to comply with the different social distancing regulations in place in each country, while sharing their passion for motorcycles, and still contribute to the Movember cause and spread awareness through social media.

Triumph and DGR: Triumph is proud to once again partner with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to support this incredible event and to encourage every Triumph fan to support the DGR and to dress dapper, ride, and donate – while observing clear social distancing regulations that each country has in place.

In addition, Triumph is donating four brand new motorcycles from its Modern Classic range to be gifted to the three highest fundraisers worldwide and to the winner of the Gentlefolk Competition.

The Triumph Modern Classic motorcycle family represents the quintessence of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride spirit: elegant, iconic, characterful and built for the ride.

Triumph social media channels will be using the hashtags #DGR2020 and #ForTheRide to interact and engage with all participants worldwide. A series of influencers and celebrities will be joining the solo ride to help the DGR 2020 to be another record-breaking edition.

If you want to put on your best tweed, dress dapper, and take part in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride this year, you can get more information or sign-up by visiting the DGR Website. www.gentlemansride.com

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KTM Announces Details for the 2021 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition

Get ’em started early, folks!

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KTM ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR THE 2021 KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION

2021 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition

MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America, Inc. is excited to announce details for the 2021 KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION, the clear choice for young racers looking to kickstart their championship-winning career. This mini weapon debuted during Opening Ceremonies of the 2020 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch, and is yet another example of KTM’s ongoing commitment to support racing at the youth level and build future champions of the world.

2021 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition

KTM’s FACTORY EDITION models are the result of years of designing and developing factory race machines for some of the fastest riders on the planet. Hard-fought victories, title chases, lessons and experiences have led to the creation of a FACTORY EDITION for the youngest shredders, and this purebred race machine offers the same competitive advantage as found in the full-sized FACTORY EDITION thanks to a potent range of premium components.

2021 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition

The list of specifically selected performance features includes a full FMF exhaust system, CNC aluminum ignition and clutch covers and high-performance DUNLOP GEOMAX MX 53 tires. Designed for a wide variety of terrain, the MX 53 tires feature BLOCK-IN-A-BLOCK technology and provide enhanced grip and control to offer the best race setup found on the showroom floor. Topping all this off with refinements to the engine and jetting, while wrapping everything in special FACTORY EDITION graphics and a blue gripper seat, make the KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION the most ‘READY TO RACE’ 50 cc machine on the starting line.

KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Factory graphics
  • FMF pipe
  • FMF silencer
  • Blue gripper seat
  • Smaller rear sprocket
  • CNC clutch cover
  • CNC ignition cover
  • Reworked jetting
  • Special clutch configuration
  • Gray grips
  • Chain guide
  • DUNLOP tires

This class-leading model was presented during Opening Ceremonies at Loretta Lynn Ranch on Sunday, Aug. 2 while the future AMA National Champions prepared for a week-long battle at the nation’s largest amateur motocross event, the perfect backdrop to introduce KTM’s latest race-focused machine.

2021 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition

The 2021 KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION is slated to arrive in North American KTM dealerships this fall. For more information and to view a complete list of authorized KTM dealerships, please visit www.ktm.com/us/.

2021 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition
2021 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition
2021 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition
2021 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition
2021 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition
2021 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition
2021 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition

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Marc Marquez undergoes second operation

Dr. Xavier Mir (MotoGP™ Traumatology Specialist): “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation. The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an over stress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”

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Apple TV+ Unveils First Look at Long Way Up

Charley and Ewan’s latest journey, the Long Way Up, takes place throughout South America.

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Apple TV+ Unveils First Look at “Long Way Up,” New Original Series Starring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman

“Long Way Up” to Debut Globally September 18 on Apple TV+

Long Way Up

Apple TV+ today unveiled a first look at “Long Way Up,” an epic new motorcycle series, starring and executive produced by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, which reunites best friends after more than a decade since their last motorbike adventure around the world. The first three episodes of “Long Way Up” will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, September 18, and new episodes will roll out weekly.

Covering 13,000 miles over 100 days through 16 border crossings and 13 countries, starting from the city of Ushuaia at the tip of South America, Ewan and Charley journey through the glorious and underexposed landscapes of South and Central America in their most challenging expedition to date, using cutting edge technology on the backs of their electric Harley-Davidson LiveWire® motorcycles in order to contribute to the sustainability of the planet.

Long Way Up

The new series will follow Ewan and Charley as they journey through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and up through Colombia, Central America and Mexico. Also joining them are their longtime collaborators, directors David Alexanian and Russ Malkin following them in their electric Rivians.

“Long Way Up” is a new original series that follows Ewan and Charley’s previous adventures in “Long Way Round” and “Long Way Down.”

The series will join an expanding offering of acclaimed unscripted series and films including the recently announced Fireball,” an original feature documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog and Professor Clive Oppenheimer; the soon-to-premiere 2020 Sundance US Grand Jury Prize award-winning documentary, “Boys State”; and the acclaimed, five-time Emmy nominated – including for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special – “Beastie Boys Story.”



Long Way Up
Long Way Up

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The Champion returns to face his rivals for the crown

As Marquez returns, there are also two more riders suffering through the pain barrier, although both managed to finish the Andalucia GP. 2016 Czech GP winner Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), with more recovery time for his scaphoid, will want to be able to go the distance a little better, and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins, with a dislocated shoulder compounded by a small fracture, will be aiming to take a step forward too. The Spaniard took a hard-grafted tenth place last time out, but after Suzuki’s incredible preseason showing he’ll want to recover more ground and score as quickly as possible. The good news for the Hamamatsu Factory in the second race in Jerez though was Joan Mir, with the number 36 putting a crash in the season opener behind him to take fifth and get some reward for his speed. He’ll be even more keen to conquer Brno too, as the Czech track was the scene of his huge crash in testing last season that sidelined him for two races.

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Can Bastianini and Marini overhaul Nagashima in Brno?

Three races, three winners is the simplest way to write the story of Moto2™ so far in 2020.  It was Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) taking the lead in Qatar before he had to settle for understudy in Round 2, with Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) bouncing back to take the second victory of the season. Then it got even closer, with a crash during the Andalucia GP seeming to put the Japanese rider on the back foot – and a new winner emerging onto the top step, for the first time in the intermediate class no less. The new kid on the victory block was Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team), and it means we head into Brno with only five points separating the top three. 50, 48, 45 – Nagashima, Bastianini, Marini. With another 75 in play in the next three weekends.

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Can anyone topple Arenas in Czechia?

For McPhee, the Czech Repubic holds good memories as it’s the site of his first Grand Prix win. Suzuki has had some solid speed at the venue too, and Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team) was on the podium there last year. Ogura was in the top six – as a rookie – Darryn Binder (CIP – Green Power), who stormed from the near back of the grid to take fourth in the Andalucia GP, was a top ten finisher in 2019. The likes of Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse), Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) and Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) have solid finishes at the track too, adding more and more names to the hat for who will be fighting it out it what will surely prove another Moto3™ classic battle at Brno.

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