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Nakagami leads Honda armada as testing concludes in Jerez

Meanwhile Ducati were the only manufacturer, according to Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), who weren’t on engine duty – they were confirming, successfully, their results from the Valencia test. The Borgo Panigale factory were focused elsewhere, including some time working on a seat modification first seen on Day 1 ridden by test rider stand-in Alvaro Bautista. Despite a tumble on Wednesday, Dovizioso put in 44 laps – saying he didn’t feel limited by the crash – with a fastest of 1:38.292 to put him in P8, and it was new teammate Danilo Petrucci who flew the flag highest in fifth, a 1:38.109 his fastest of 68 laps.

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Jerez Test Day 2: Marquez leads at midday

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has started the final day of testing before the winter break as the quickest rider on track in Jerez, setting the day’s fastest time so far – a 1:38.452 on his fifth lap of his 18 so far. Danio Petrucci (Ducati Team) – Wednesday’s pacesetter – currently sits in P2, 0.361 off Marquez’ time, with Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) P3 on the timesheets at 13:00 local time (GMT +1) – 0.466 off the top.

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bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup joins the Road to MotoGP™

Official ASBK Test
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Phillip Island, VIC

Round 1: Wakefield Park Raceway (ASBK)
Goulburn, NSW

Round 2: Broadford State Motorcycle Complex
Broadford, VIC

Round 3: Morgan Park Raceway (ASBK)
Warwick, QLD

Round 4: Winton Motor Raceway (ASBK)
Benalla, VIC

Round 5: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (ASBK)
Phillip Island, VIC

Round 6: Sydney Motorsport Park (ASBK)
Eastern Creek, NSW

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Qatar Motorsports Academy welcomes a new generation

“We are very happy to kick-start the Qatar Motorsports Academy activities,” says Al Remaihi. “We have worked very hard, with the help of Dorna Sports SL and Aspire Academy, to make this project a reality. We are delighted with the response we have received, with more than 200 children pre-registering for Academy. Of course, the Academy capacity is less than this number and we will have to carefully choose who stays with the Academy. It is really nice to see the excitement of all the children that joined us today and amazing to share this experience with all of them.”

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2019 Zero DSR | First Ride Review

2019 Zero DSR
The 2019 Zero DSR electric dual-sport gets more power and torque, increased range and useful features like a windscreen, grippy tank panels, hand guards and a 12V socket. (Photos by Aaron Brimhall)

Sometimes, I can be such a sucker. Apparently, the good folks at Zero Motorcycles know this and jumped on my weakness. While unveiling the 2019 DSR dual-sport electric motorcycle in Santa Cruz, California, the Zero reps set the hook and reeled me in. Following the tech presentation they explained, “…and after the street portion of the ride we’ll ride off-road at a private ranch that we’ll have all to ourselves—dirt roads, unimproved roads, water crossings, a beach-riding photo op and some single-track too.”

2019 Zero DSR
Riding an electric dual-sport on a private ranch with wooded trails and beach access? Sign me up!

What??? In my younger years I spent lots of time riding motorcycles around this very same area, decades ago before much of the land became fenced and gated. So I had a good idea about the mix of redwoods, bay laurel trees, ferns and banana slugs we’d see. Sold! I was all in and ready to roll.

2019 Zero DSR
Weighing a claimed 416 pounds, the Zero DSR carries its weight low since the “tank” is an empty storage compartment and the enormous battery occupies the space where an internal combustion engine would normally be.

Regarding electric vehicles, some cite concerns about limited range and hassles with recharging battery packs. That’s legit to a point, but the Zero engineers continue to notch advancements by tapping into new battery chemistry, advanced magnet composition, better firmware and redesign of the motor controller for more efficient yet more powerful motors, increased long-term charge storage and more. Claimed horsepower increases from 67 on the DSR we reviewed in 2016 to 70 on the new model, and torque jumps from 106 lb-ft to a whopping 116 lb-ft—that’s more grunt than the most powerful 1,000cc sportbike in production today, as the Zero reps love to explain, and the controller delivers it very smoothly and quickly.

Read about 2019 updates to the full Zero Motorcycles electric lineup

2019 Zero DSR
The Zero DSR’s digital instrument panel shows speed, mode, remaining charge, remaining range, battery output/regen as well as a clock and tripmeter functions.

Given increased range claims of 163 miles in the city and 78 miles on the highway, even this new and improved iteration still offers a radically different performance envelope compared to internal-combustion machines. So the key is to clearly identify and stay within the working envelope. Specifically, Zeros can work very well for commuting (especially if you can recharge your bike while at work or school), and in the case of the DSR, it would be grand to have one on hand for riding out from a mountain cabin.

2019 Zero DSR
Although considered a dual-sport in Zero’s lineup, the DSR is a street-biased motorcycle that is heavy by dual-sport standards. But having direct drive with no clutch simplifies things when the going gets rough.

Ken’s Gear
Helmet: Arai Defiant
Jacket: Cortech Sequoia XC
Pants: Aerostich Darien
Boots: TCX Air Tech

On pavement the street-biased DSR feels agile like a sporting 600cc bike in terms of weight and size—albeit one with monster torque. Much of its weight is carried low, which makes it feel even lighter and more nimble than its claimed 416-pound curb weight would suggest. Yet the instant-on torque rockets you out of corners, setting the front end to skipping over the pavement if you’re not careful. The wide handlebar lends leverage for steering input and you can slice and dice your favorite back road right into bite-sized pieces thanks to the stout aluminum frame and high-quality fully adjustable Showa suspension.

2019 Zero DSR
The Zero DSR has fully adjustable Showa suspension front and rear. Ahead of the rear shock is the air-cooled electric motor.

I got caught out on the fast-paced first corner; set on Sport mode, the Zero returns little regenerative “engine” braking when you roll off the throttle—surprise! Luckily, my old two-stroke reflexes kicked in and I just squeezed harder on the lever for the single-disc front brake. Off-road, braking power is less of an issue than tire traction; the hybrid Pirelli MT-60s strike a good compromise for street and dirt use, but of course they can’t match the grip of full-on knobby tires when riding on the loose stuff.

The DSR’s riding position feels open and comfortable, with a fairly broad and sufficiently padded seat, though the passenger step restricts rider movement a bit. The handlebar sits a tad too low for this six-footer while standing on the pegs, but the nice, wide footpegs are dual-sport comfortable.

2019 Zero DSR
The Zero DSR has an open, comfortable seating position, but for tall folks the bars are too low for stand-up riding.

In the dirt, managing the strong initial power onset can be a little tricky. But with practice it becomes simple to modulate power while negotiating tight spaces, especially if you ramp down to the Eco setting that restricts power delivery. (There’s also a Custom setting for adjusting power and regen to your liking.) Once you get the hang of it, negotiating tight quarters on heavily wooded trails becomes a joy since no clutch skills are needed—one less thing to distract you from the task of actually riding the bike.

In keeping with dual-sport and ADV bike trends, the DSR now comes equipped with a modestly sized windscreen, grippy tank panels for off-road, up-on-the-pegs riding, hand guards and a handy 12-volt accessory socket—all at no added cost over last year’s MSRP of $16,495. That adds measurably to the utility and versatility quotients. Also, the decent-sized “tank top” storage compartment is handy if you don’t install Zero’s accessory extra battery (Power Tank) or fast-charge (Charge Tank) setup.

2019 Zero DSR
The Zero DSR’s windscreen, formerly an accessory but now standard, adds wind protection and should improve aerodynamics for better range. The DSR has belt final drive, but a chain conversion kit is available.

Adapting to any vehicle takes some effort as you work to its strengths and cover its weak spots. We already do that when we jump back and forth from four wheels to two, so it’s just another parallel path when we jump from internal combustion to electric bikes. In summary, it’s not about the DSR’s limitations; it’s about how well it actually works as a motorcycle in a variety of settings. And as this short first ride proved, the 2019 Zero DSR can work very well indeed as a capable and versatile dual-sport machine.

2019 Zero DSR Specs
Base Price: $16,495
Warranty: 2 yrs.; 5 yrs./unltd. miles for power pack

Type: Z-Force 75-7R passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux, interior permanent high-temperature magnet, brushless motor
Controller: High efficiency, 775-amp, 3-phase brushless controller w/ regenerative deceleration
Battery: Z-Force Li-ion intelligent
Max. Capacity: 14.4 kWh
Nominal Capacity: 12.6 kWh
Standard Charger Type: 1.3 kW, integrated
Input: Standard 110V or 220V
Transmission: Clutchless direct drive
Final Drive: Belt

Frame: Aluminum twin-spar w/ aluminum swingarm
Wheelbase: 56.2 in.
Rake/Trail: 26.5 degrees/4.6 in.
Seat Height: 33.2 in.
Suspension, Front: 41mm USD fork, fully adj. w/ 7.0-in travel
Rear: Single shock, fully adj. w/ 7.0-in travel
Brakes, Front: Single 320mm disc w/ asymmetric 2-piston floating caliper & ABS
Rear: Single 240mm disc w/ asymmetric 1-piston floating caliper & ABS
Wheels, Front: Cast, 2.50 x 19 in.
Rear: Cast, 3.50 x 17 in.
Tires, Front: 100/90-19
Rear: 130/80-17
Claimed Wet Weight: 419 lbs.
Claimed Load Capacity: 356 lbs.
GVWR: 775 lbs.

Claimed Peak Horsepower: 70
Claimed Peak Torque: 116 lb-ft
Claimed Top Speed: 102 MPH
Claimed Range: 163 miles city/78 miles highway
Charging Time (110V): 9.8 hours


Alpinestars Christmas Gift Guide

If you’re wondering what to get the gearhead in your life for the holidays, Alpinestars has some ideas. 

Begin press release:

Just in time for the Christmas season, Alpinestars presents to you just a small array of items from our 2019 collection (click on the product name for links to more information, including purchasing instructions):

TECH-AIR® STREET AIRBAG (suggested retail price  – $1,149.95)

STELLA DYNO v2 LEATHER JACKET  (suggested retail price  – $529.95)

VISION THERMAL LINER (suggested retail price  – $159.95)

HURRICANE RAIN SUIT (suggested retail price  – $119.95)

C1 V2 GORE WINDSTOPPER® GLOVES  (suggested retail price  – $79.95)

ISABEL DRYSTAR® GLOVES  (suggested retail price  – $94.95)

NUCLEON KR-CELL PROTECTOR (suggested retail price  – $99.95)

CITY HUNTER BACKPACK  (suggested retail price  – $119.95)

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Danilo Petrucci tops opening day of Jerez MotoGP Test

Joan Mir fastest rookie

Alvaro Bautista tests 2019 Ducati

Jerez MotoGP Test- November 2018 – Day One

A cold morning in southern Spain meant the track action didn’t get going until 11:30am local time (GMT +1), but conditions soon improved in the afternoon as the premier class riders continued their crucial 2019 preparations under sunny skies in Jerez.

By the half way mark it was Repsol Honda Team’s Jorge Lorenzo heading the pack, but times would tumble further – and Petrucci would emerge fastest.

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

At Ducati, Petrucci completed 53 laps on Wednesday to be the only rider to dip below the 1:38 bracket. Both he and Dovizioso had a 2018 spec and 2019 spec bike to compare on the opening day in Jerez, but according to Team Manager Davide Tardozzi, both riders soon switched to the 2019 Desmosedici.

Danilo Petrucci – P1

“I’m very pleased with the way things went today, because it’s always good to finish the day in first place, but in particular I really like the feeling with the used tyre. I always felt good on the bike, like at Valencia, and for me this was important because we changed almost nothing in the set-up and in any case we always went well. Today we didn’t focus on lap times, but instead worked a lot on our pace and also tried some new components that gave us very useful information. Overall I’m really happy with the way we are working together as a team.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Danilo Petrucci
Danilo Petrucci

Dovizioso crashed at turn five on his final run which put a premature end to his day after getting 53 laps in as he and Ducati concentrated on electronics, chassis and the engine.  In the evening Andrea went for a check-up with the Clinica Mobile doctors, who diagnosed him with a bruised left thumb, but the Italian rider should be able to go out on track again tomorrow.

Andrea Dovizioso – P2

“Today we were able to do several tests and we were very quick, even on used tyres, and so I’m pleased about that. Unfortunately at the end of the session I crashed at turn 5 while I was improving my time and I hurt my left thumb. Luckily nothing seems to be broken and if the pain is bearable tomorrow I’ll continue with our work load because we still need confirmation on some of the new components.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Andrea Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso

The test also saw the presence of Álvaro Bautista, who on Monday and Tuesday had made his debut with the factory Panigale V4R of the Racing – Ducati team with whom he will compete in the 2019 Superbike World Championship. In this two-day MotoGP test, Álvaro is standing in for Michele Pirro on the Ducati Test Team’s Desmosedici GP, because this afternoon the Italian underwent surgery on his right shoulder, which he injured in a crash during practice at Mugello. Bautista did a total of 64 laps, the best of which was 1’38.830, and he finished the day in ninth place.

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Alvaro Bautista
Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Dovizioso

Álvaro Bautista – P9

“I’m very pleased to be able to help Ducati to develop the new bike and collect some important information, but it was also nice to get back on a MotoGP bike once again. It’s been two months since I raced the GP18 at Phillip Island, but today I felt good on the bike, even with the gearbox that created a few problems for me in Australia.We managed to test everything we had planned and I believe it was a positive day from all points of view. Tomorrow we’ll continue to try some new parts in view of the next season.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Alvaro Bautista
Álvaro Bautista

Just ahead of Bautisa was Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) in P8, the Australian on a part-2018 and part-2019 Desmosedici for the time being as he worked on the geometry.

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Jack Miller
Jack Miller

Jack Miller – P8

“It was a good day for us. We have been on track a lot and lap after lap I feel more and more comfortable on the bike. The chrono is not bad even if I have to do better in the fourth sector where I think I have left at least three tenths of a second. Tomorrow we will also work on this”.

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Jack Miller
Jack Miller

Miller’s rookie teammate Francesco Bagnaia (Alma Pramac Racing) had another good day on track and was 14th fastest on Day 1. The reigning Moto2 Champion has the 2018 Ducati available to him and he completed another 51 laps, finishing 1.189 off Petrucci. Bagnaia described Jerez as a “more difficult” track than Valencia to rider a premier class machine, but he also confirmed he’s progressing in the right way.

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Bagnaia
Pecco Bagnaia

Pecco Bagnaia – P14

“This track is more demanding than Valencia and you need to control the bike a lot. I’m pleased with the progress made on the setup but I still have some difficulties in braking: I have to be able to use the rear brake more like Dovi does. We did a lot of laps with used tyres and the pace is good”.

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Bagnaia
Pecco Bagnaia

For Honda, Takaaki Nakagami was the leading name on Day 1, continuing his impressive start to the 2019 preseason. The Japanese rider completed 66 laps on board a 2018 RC213V, the same bike teammate Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) was using last season. The number 30 rider said the improvement in the engine between the 2017 Honda and the 2018 Honda is quite big, and he was also able to set consistent lap times on the used tyre. Overall, Nakagami was delighted with his progress so far.

Takaaki Nakagami – P3

“I’m really happy with today’s first day of testing, and in particular with my feeling on board the bike. The lap time was really consistent both with new and old tyres. We focused on trying to improve rear grip, and Öhlins gave me a different shock and some other new items to test which were quite positive for me, because I had a really good feeling with the machine. Still we have to try to make myself more consistent in my riding with the used tyre. Tomorrow we have a few small things to try, but I am happy with the progress we have made on this first day.”

Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) wasn’t far off, though. The second fastest Honda after the first day of action, the Spaniard ended Wednesday P5 on the timesheets. According to Team Manager Alberto Puig, the bikes were the same as they had in Valencia as the Japanese factory continue to mix parts in order to find the best combination to take to Japan. Marquez ended the day 0.549 from the top after completing a half-century of laps, while also sporting a new aero package on the front of his Honda.

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez – P5

“We started with this season’s bike before swapping to the new one. We did that in order to try and better understand a few things, because the feeling is different. Tomorrow we’ll concentrate more on the new version. Today we mainly worked on the bike’s base setup and tried some new details. Our race pace was good. I already feel comfortable on the bike, and tomorrow we’ll work to further adjust the setup and geometry, besides continuing to try new particulars. I think the base is good and that we’re going on the correct direction.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez

New teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who led in the morning for a time, was seventh fastest on his third day riding a Honda. The Spaniard set a quickest time of 1:38.749 to finish 0.781 off Petrucci after getting another 56 laps under his belt. Lorenzo is still not 100% fit, adding to the challenge of adaptation from the Ducati.

At Yamaha, work continued on the engine. Maverick Viñales (Yamaha Factory Racing) was a threat at the top throughout the day and put in 58 laps before the end of play – with the number 12 finishing up just over four tenths off the top in P4. He said they were working on race pace, but also said they’re not yet sure about one of the two different spec engines they’re testing – with more work to do on Thursday. Viñales was joined in the pit box by new crew chief Esteban García for the first time today.

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Maverick Vinales
Maverick Viñales

Maverick Viñales – P4

“We tried the same engine as we used in Valencia, to try to understand which way we should go. This track is even more difficult for us than Valencia, there it‘s easier to make a good lap time, so I‘m quite happy that today we were so consistent with many laps on the tyre. The track was a bit slippery for our bike today, but the M1 was working well, so I think the decision is more or less made, but we still have to check. I prefer riding with more engine brake, because for my riding style it helps a lot. I‘m quite curious to see what happens tomorrow when we start modifying the set-up a little. Let‘s see if we can be more competitive. I think we can still improve the electronics and the base set-up a lot, because the bike works a bit different now and it permits me to enter the corner faster, so we need to change the setting, because I can ride more naturally now. It was a good first day with Esteban. It was good to reconnect, he‘s a really calm person, so we work well together. We were on top for a while today, so I‘m happy.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Maverick Vinales
Maverick Viñales

Teammate Valentino Rossi was a later presence pitting out, but the number 46 put in 50 laps on Wednesday once out on track. He ended the day just over a second off Viñales, in P17, but didn’t put in new tyres. He also suffered a technical problem that brought one run to a halt, with Rossi pulling off track after hearing a problem in his M1.

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Valentino Ross
Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi – P17

“At the end my position in the timesheets is really bad, also because we had some problems with the new tyres, so I didn‘t do a time-attack. My pace is a little bit better, but I have to check the data more thoroughly. We continued to test the engine, we made some comparisons. The direction to go in and the decision is quite clear. I started riding on new tyres, but at one point I heard a strange noise, so I stopped. I sincerely don‘t know what happened yet.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Valentino Ross
Valentino Rossi

Petronas Yamaha SRT, meanwhile, had another solid day. Franco Morbidelli was sixth overall after 70 laps and a best of 1:38.659, and rookie teammate Fabio Quartararo ended the day in sixteenth. The Frenchman’s best was a 1:39.414 as he continues settling into the premier class.

Franco Morbidelli – P6

“I am very happy with today. We have backed up the good feeling from Valencia at a different circuit, which is not as suited to the characteristics of our bike as other tracks. It has been a good day in terms of our speed, we have to improve our consistency but the feeling on new tyres was good. We have to work out what else we can improve and I also have to keep learning but it’s a case of ‘so fast, so good’. Today we basically focused on working with the electronics at this circuit, especially on our first runs. We also tried some set-up changes but nothing really new compared to last week.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Franco Morbidelli
Franco Morbidelli

Fabio Quartararo – P16

“Today we took another step forward in terms of corner speed, in comparison with Valencia, which is important. Now we need to analyse corner by corner where we are losing the most time – some in the exit, some in the entry – and see from the data what we can work on. The important thing is that we are improving and especially here at one of the most difficult circuits on the calendar, where I have not ridden a MotoGP bike before. I am really happy with today and I hope we can continue improving tomorrow. We have saved some new tyres with the second day’s work in mind.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Fabio Quartararo
Fabio Quartararo

Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was another entering a new era who impressed – and he was the fastest rookie. He led the way for Suzuki in Jerez to finish the day tenth on the timesheets, although, the 2017 Moto3 World Champion suffered his first MotoGP crash after going down at Turn 7 just after 13:00 local time. The Spaniard was ok and headed back out later in the day to improve – a hot 1:38.956 his best time, putting him under a second from the top.

Joan Mir – P10

“The important thing is that I’m feeling good. I have some bumps and bruises but nothing worse, despite it being a hard crash. After the crash I was able to get my good feeling back straight away and recover my lap times, and I continued to put in laps until the end of the day. I set a time in the 1:38 bracket and I’m very satisfied with that for the first day. I also worked a bit on the electronics and a few new parts. We’re happy with what we’ve achieved today and how it’s all been going, and we hope tomorrow will also be good.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Joan Mir
Joan Mir

His teammate Alex Rins, alongside test rider Sylvain Guintoli, had a lot of new parts to try on Wednesday. The new engine and the chassis has been the main focus for the Hamamatsu factory, with the new engine more powerful than last season’s. According to Team Manager Davide Brivio, Rins was on an aluminium chassis, while Guintoli was testing a carbon-based chassis – with Brivio also confirming the plan is to build an aluminium chassis that has the same stiffness as the carbon one.

Davide Brivio – Suzuki Team Manager

“Today was a good day, despite Joan’s crash. Fortunately he was OK and able to test again in the afternoon. He set some very good lap times and he tried a few different parts, he did a good job after the crash. Alex had a tricky day with a lot of hard work on testing; back-to-back comparisons with chassis in order to get as much information as possible. So we feel good about today and everything is on schedule. We’re looking forward to working again tomorrow.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Alex Rins
Alex Rins

Rins ended the day P13 on the timesheets after completing 87 laps – the most of any rider – while Guintoli was P22.

Alex Rins – P13

“I tried the 2019 chassis today and I’m quite happy. The new chassis has some positives and some negatives at the moment, but we’ve only just started to test it so there’s plenty of time to make more comparisons and improvements. I also had the new engine to try, the one I already had in Valencia last week. I feel that the new spec. engine has more power than the old one. We’ve improved it since Valencia, because there it felt a bit aggressive, but now the power delivery has been made smoother thanks to the electronics. So now I feel really good with this engine, but we’ll continue working on it to get the perfect feeling. We got a lot done today and we’re happy.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Alex Rins
Alex Rins

At Aprilia, the test got off to a tough start as Aleix Espargaro missed Day 1 through illness – although he’s hoping to ride on Thursday – but new signing Andrea Iannone put the Noale factory in P11 overall with a 1:39.008. He was only able to complete 24 laps, however, then sitting out the rest of the session after a crash. Test rider and new arrival Bradley Smith, meanwhile, did 69 laps. He was working with Aleix Espargaro’s bikes, with a new spec engine focused on power delivery and torque, and each Aprilia rider had two chassis to compare. CIV Superbike superstar Matteo Baiocco was also on track for the Noale factory, and he did 49 laps.

Bradley Smith – P18

“This type of test with Aleix’s material was planned, but his physical problem sped up the timeline. It was important for me to test all the material available to Aprilia in order to complete the programme and provide the technicians with the best possible indications. Compared to Valencia, some big steps forward were made. I feel much more at ease with the RS-GP. Today I compared to different types of engine and tomorrow morning I’ll continue with Aleix’s bike before going back in the afternoon to work with the test team.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith

Finally, for KTM, it was all hands on deck as the Austrian factory look forward after a more difficult 2018 – Valencia notwithstanding – and they had six bikes in the garage. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider was the lead Orange machine on Day 1 in Jerez too, in P15 with a best of 1:39.241 after 58 laps. New teammate Johann Zarco was in P19, but the focus? Development and definitely not the timesheets. KTM are working on a huge list – seamless gearbox, chassis parts, aerodynamic parts, a slightly different engine…and they’re using the new IMU.

Their two Independent Team riders at Red Bull KTM Tech 3, meanwhile, were working on the best bike from 2018 – although they’re expected to receive an update in Sepang. Hafizh Syahrin did 51 laps with a best of 1:40.630 and rookie Miguel Oliveira put in 61 laps, ending the day around a second off his more experienced teammate.

Hafizh Syahrin – P21

“The first day here is already over and I have the feeling that we are going in the right way together with my crew to set up the new bike. We start to understand it step by step, the character and how to ride it. We did quite a good amount of laps and began to find out how the suspension works, what we can change about it and how we can use it. We believe that we could have improved the lap time if we would have changed the tyres again, but we saved them because I wanted to do a long run in order to simulate a race. Even by the end, my lap times were quite good. So, I’m very happy and I hope we can make another step forward tomorrow, trying to get closer to the top.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Syahrin
Hafizh Syahrin

Miguel Oliveira – P23

“Today we rode here in Jerez de la Frontera for the first time. We made some good progress in the course of the day. We didn’t do huge steps, but went one small one by another. We were able to understand the bike better and better, found some things that are missing, which also refers to the riding side. Now we focus on improving tomorrow.”

MotoGP Test Jerez Nov Day Miguel Oliveira
Miguel Oliveira

Testing continues on Thursday.

Jerez MotoGP Test- November 2018
Day One Times
  1. PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:37.968
  2. DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:38.185 / 0.217
  3. NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1:38.348 / 0.380
  4. VINALES Maverick 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:38.376 / 0.408
  5. MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:38.517 / 0.549
  6. MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:38.659 / 0.691
  7. LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:38.749 / 0.781
  8. MILLER Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:38.816 / 0.848
  9. BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:38.830 / 0.862
  10. MIR Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1:38.956 / 0.988
  11. IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:39.008 / 1.040
  12. RABAT Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:39.097 / 1.129
  13. RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1:39.150 / 1.182
  14. BAGNAIA Francesco 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:39.157 / 1.189
  15. ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:39.241 / 1.273
  16. QUARTARARO Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:39.414 / 1.446
  17. ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:39.564 / 1.596
  18. SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1:40.174 / 2.206
  19. ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:40.192 / 2.224
  20. ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:40.438 / 2.470
  21. SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:40.630 / 2.662
  22. GUINTOLI Sylvain 50 FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1:40.743 / 2.775
  23. OLIVEIRA Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:41.699 / 3.731
  24. BAIOCCO Matteo 15 ITA Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1:42.766 / 4.798


KTM offer genuine KTM RC16 MotoGP machines up for sale

KTM give you a chance to own a genuine MotoGP bike

Chances like this do not come along too often: KTM is releasing two of their ground breaking MotoGP KTM RC16 race bikes for sale.

The motorcycle comes as part of a special ‘pack’ to ensure an exclusive and special MotoGP experience for the most avid of racing fans

There are a lot of motorcycles leaving the factory floors at Mattighofen but hardly any are as exclusive as this.

Randy De Puniet
Randy De Puniet – Valencia MotoGP Testing 2016

KTM are thrilled to be able to offer two of our MotoGP KTM RC16 race bikes for private purchase.

Mika Kallio
Mika Kallio – Valencia MotoGP Testing 2016

This pure track weapon was sculpted and created over a two-year period up until the motorcycle’s wildcard MotoGP debut at Valencia in 2016.

Mika Kallio – Valencia MotoGP 2016

Just two seasons of full time competition on the MotoGP grid later and the RC16 was part of the 2018 Valencia Grand Prix podium celebration.

Included in the very rare sale of this milestone of engineering are a number of other items. For the sum of 250,000 euros the bike is accompanied by: a full set of Pol Espargaro’s race gear, a signed Pol Espargaro helmet and the chance to become a member of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team for the weekend with a paddock tour, pitbox tour, a meet and greet with Pol and Johann Zarco, a set of Red Bull KTM team wear and Red Bull Energy Station access all weekend at a Grand Prix of your choice.

KTM RC Pol Espargaro
Pol Espargaro – KTM RC16

KTM take pride in their motorcycles having the READYTORACE DNA but it doesn’t come more unique and refined as the RC16.

Interested buyers should contact: [email protected] for initial enquiries


Ducati North America Brings Nine New 2019 Motorcycles to New York Motorcycle Show

If you’re headed to the New York International Motorcycle Show, here’s your chance to see all the new Ducati models. 

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The city of New York will soon have their chance to witness the breathtaking new 2019 lineup from famed Italian motorcycle leader Ducati, as the brand is bringing their newest models to the East Coast for the first time. The display at Manhattan’s Javits Convention Center will be open to the public Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 2, as part of the New York International Motorcycle Show (IMS).

Leading the way is the new pinnacle of performance technology, the Panigale V4 R, along with an adventurous and all terrain capable Multistrada 1260 Enduro, and the first significantly new Diavel since its debut in 2010, with a new 1262 cc engine and muscular styling — making it a completely new motorcycle. The Hypermotard 950 also gets a big update with a new look, lighter weight improved technology and higher horsepower engine.

Celebrating one of this year’s key victories for Ducati, four-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb champion Carlin Dunne’s Multistrada Pikes Peak motorcycle, which won the 96th running of the 2018 race in June in practically stock trim, will also be displayed.

Movie and comic fans will additionally enjoy the presence of the Scrambler Full Throttle ridden by actor Tom Hardy, as Eddie Brock in the blockbuster film “Venom” – which will be onsite for fans to take photos with.

Along with showcasing new models, other favorites on the show stand will include the Panigale V4 S superbike, 959 Panigale, SuperSport in new Titanium color, as well as the Monster 821, representing the Ducati Worlds, ranging from Racetrack, Travel, Lifestyle, Scrambler to Sport & Fun. For those wishing to be one of the first clients to take delivery of a 2019 model, Ducati also will be taking orders on-site at the Javits Center.

Motorcycles Slated for New York IMS Showcase

  • Diavel 1260 ($19,995 MSRP / Available April 2019) – Unconventional, unique and unmistakable, the second-generation Diavel 1260 remains faithful to the original spirit of this incredibly special bike, drawing on its key styling elements and putting a decidedly more contemporary slant on it. Its Testastretta DVT 1262 engine is capable of delivering 159 horsepower at 9,500 rpm. The bike also includes an upgraded chassis to make it more responsive on mixed-road routes. The S version on display also features fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, dedicated wheels, and an even higher-performance braking system, with Ducati Quick Shift up & down Evo (DQS) as standard to allow clutchless shifting.
  • Panigale V4 R ($40,000 MSRP / Available March 2019) – The new Ducati flagship superbike, the Panigale V4 R, will make its East Coast debut in New York. The motorcycle features technology taken from MotoGP racing and is a racing bike that can be enjoyed on the streets. Following Ducati’s first mass-production four-cylinder engine, the V4, debut in 2017, the V4 R is now the pinnacle of the new Panigale V4 family and can claim the title as the ultimate road-legal Ducati competition bike. This is the most powerful, high-performance factory bike ever built by Ducati, with new technology like carbon fiber aerofoils that increase stability and allow for reduced reliance on electronic controls.
  • Multistrada 1260 Enduro ($21,795 MSRP / Available March 2019) – The Multistrada 1260 Enduro is the new generation of the off-road member of the Multistrada family. It has an increased engine size with the 1262 cc Testastretta DVT engine pushing out 158 horsepower, which is an increase from 152 horsepower from the previous Multistrada 1200 Enduro.
  • Hypermotard 950 ($13,295 MSRP / Available February 2019) – With new sharper angles and a lighter weight, the adrenaline-packed Hypermotard takes its look from the supermotard race world and for 2019 comes with completely overhauled ergonomics and an ultra-advanced chassis set-up and electronics package. A full 8 lbs lighter than the previous model, the Hypermotard mounts a renewed 937 cc Testastretta 11° engine with a more muscular 114 hp.
  • Hypermotard 950 SP ($16,695 MSRP / Available February 2019) – The spirited and higher-performing Hypermotard SP also on display is Ducati’s offer for those looking for Hooligan-style excitement, featuring a flat seat, increased-travel Öhlins suspension, Marchesini forged wheels and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO, as well as Carbon Fiber components such as front mud guard and timing belt covers.
  • XDiavel (Matt Liquid Concrete Grey) ($20,795 MSRP / Available December 2018) – New for 2019, the XDiavel – famous for representing the best parts of the Ducati performance world and the relaxed cruiser world – now comes available in an uncompromising new color palette, the stunning Matt Liquid Concrete Grey. The finish and style express the motorcycle’s edgy spirit and take the XDiavel’s strong look to new levels.
  • Scrambler Icon ($9,395 MSRP / Available January 2019) – The Scrambler brand was launched in 2014 and has become Ducati’s best-selling model by volume. For 2019, the new Scrambler Icon continues this vintage-inspired-joy of a motorcycle with important technological updates in the world of safety, including Bosch Cornering ABS. Visually, the new motorcycle continues retro-inspired style with new, beefier side panels to match the steel of the teardrop tank and the glass of the headlight. A black-painted engine, brushed cylinder head fins and machine-finished rims give the new Ducati Scrambler Icon even more eye-catching panache.
  • Scrambler Desert Sled ($11,995 MSRP / Available January 2019) – For 2019, the Scrambler Desert Sled rekindles the spirit of classic American off-road bikes without compromising the Ducati Scrambler lifestyle. With its red frame, new seat with color-coordinated stitching and spoked wheels with black rims, it exudes off-road fun. The new Desert Sled also features an Off-Road Riding Mode that allows ABS disengagement for down-in-the-dirt joy. A dedicated riding position and adjustable Kayaba suspension also ramp up the fun factor. Rugged off-road character oozes from the type-approved headlight mesh guard, high mudguards (specially designed for this version) and engine skid pan.
  • Scrambler Café Racer ($11,995 MSRP / Available January 2019) – The new 2019 Scrambler Café Racer draws its inspiration, and its Silver Ice Matte graphics with blue frame, from the legendary Ducati 125GP Desmo. The new 17″ spoked wheels and aluminum bar-end mirrors give the bike a cool 1960s race look, while a modern radial front brake pump provides braking performance on a par with that of a sport bike. It’s a rare Ducati in blue – one surely to catch the eyes of everyone on the streets.
  • Scrambler Full Throttle ($10,995 MSRP / Available January 2019) – The new 2019 Full Throttle takes its cue from the flat track Scrambler ridden by Californian racer Frankie Garcia in the 2018 American Super Hooligan Championship. With its two-tone black-yellow, white-striped tank, all-new rear end with dedicated seat and white-rimmed yellow number holders, this bike has a real dirt track competition feel. A low-slung tapered handlebar – light and ergonomic – stubby front mudguard and dual-silencer exhaust add to the distinctiveness of the Scrambler Full Throttle.

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