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Petronas SRT look back on what was a steller season 2019

Razali and Stigefelt reflect on awesome season for the Malaysian squad

It has been an incredible rookie year for the Petronas Sepang Racing Team in the 2019 MotoGP World Championship. In a superlative season, Fabio Quartararo took six podium finishes and seven pole positions en route to securing Rookie of the Year and Top Independent Rider, whilst strong results from Franco Morbidelli further helped the squad to finish fourth in the overall teams’ standings as well as secure the Independent Team title.

Alongside that, the 2019 Moto3 season was also successful, with John McPhee taking the team’s debut Grand Prix victory and finishing the year fifth in the championship race.

Looking back on the amazing year, even as preparation gets underway for the team’s sophomore MotoGP season in 2020, Team Principal Razlan Razali and Team Director Johan Stigefelt air their thoughts on the epic 2019 season.

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Petronas SRT Yamaha Team Principal Razlan Razali and Team Director Johan Stigefelt

If someone told you in Valencia last year that the team would achieve the great results it did in 2019, what would you say to them? How satisfied are you with this season?

Razlan – “I’d never have believed them if someone had told me the great results we’d achieve in our first year. We didn’t expect it, and we went into the season relying on Franco to deliver for us based on the target that we set for him at the beginning of the year. The aim for him was to be top six in the championship, and for Fabio it was to be Rookie of the Year. We didn’t expect at all to do what we did as a team and to have the riders perform so well, especially Fabio. We’re extremely satisfied with the year, because it’s been a wonderful fairytale season.”

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Fabio Quartararo secured the Rookies Cup at Motegi

After one year with all three categories working together, how do you rate the 2019 season and what was your highlight?

Johan: “The highlight of the season for me was to roll out the three teams together in Qatar after a hard season in 2018 to establish the team. Working so hard to get everything ready meant it was a proud moment in Losail at the first race; one of the milestones for the whole project. Of course, the season itself was amazing in MotoGP, achieving way beyond our wildest expectations. In a way, the entire year was one big highlight for us thanks to what we achieved.”

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2019 Petronas Yamaha Sepang MotoGP Team was officially presented for the first time in January at the team launch

Why do you think the team has been able to surprise the MotoGP paddock and the wider motorsport community?

Razlan: “We made such a strong entry into the paddock with the MotoGP team, not only with the performance of our riders. We came into the first race in Europe with our trackside presence making a big impact and with people immediately commenting on how friendly the team were, and how welcoming. We presented ourselves very well in 2019, not only in MotoGP but in Moto2 and Moto3 as well. We don’t look like a first-year rookie – it looked like we’ve been there for a long time. Of course, we have with Moto3, but MotoGP is a very different ballgame and we were able to bring a breath of fresh air to the paddock.”

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Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo

What’s the key to having all three teams together and as a single group?

Johan: “The thing for me, working as Team Director across all three categories, was how important it was to keep everyone together as one team. Listening and talking to everyone in the team is key, and I try to be a friend as well as a boss to everyone and to listen to them. At the end of the day, it’s a hard job with a lot of time spent away from our families, and we have to ensure that we have a nice environment out of the garage and that everyone is well looked after.”

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Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli celebrated topping qualifying at Jerez, however Quartararo’s weekend was ruined by mechanical issues in the race

What are your favourite moments of 2019?

Razlan: “There are two moments that I’ve reflected on a lot. Number one was John’s win at the French Grand Prix, with the team able to get our first taste of victory. After that, it was the first podium of Fabio in Catalunya, which was also an amazing moment. Of course, we had seven pole positions all season, but to get on the podium for the first time in our rookie season was just fantastic.”

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Razlan Razali and Fabio Quartararo

Johan: “I have two favourite moments of the year, starting with John’s first win for the team. It was a big relief for us because we’ve worked for five years in Moto3 and I pushed this year to have a top rider in the class. Signing John, I knew that he would be a good rider, and it only took five races to have pole position and a win. The second big moment was Fabio’s pole and Franco’s second place on the grid in Jerez. We went there with a brand-new hospitality, new trailers and a whole new set-up in Europe. We made a big impact before we even went out on track, and the pole was quite surreal.”

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Fabio Quartararo at Jerez – Image by AJRN

It’s the first year working with Yamaha in MotoGP. How is the relationship with them?

Razlan: “It was a steep learning curve, but we have had a tremendous amount of support from Yamaha both commercially and technically. Yamaha are very happy with what we’ve done and we’re very happy with the support they’ve given us. It feels like we’re not just a client but also a partner, and we’re contributing together and developing the bikes for 2020.”

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Franco Morbidelli

After one year working with the three categories, how different or similar is working with each team?

Johan: “The basics of running a team are the same in all categories, but in MotoGP there is more pressure from the media, sponsors and fans. I was a little surprised and shocked to see how much attention there was on us, but that’s a consequence of the success we enjoyed and having a huge name like Petronas partnered with us. Everyone in motorsport know who they are and I’m so proud to carry their name.”

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Fabio Quartararo was scintillating during pre-season testing

How important has this season been for the Malaysian Grand Prix and Malaysian motorsport and what’s the next step?

Razlan: “For the Malaysian Grand Prix, having the team was fantastic. The crowd came in droves to support not only the event but our team, and working together with Petronas has been very effective both for us and for Malaysia. Getting over 100,000 people on Sunday was amazing, and to see so many of them wearing team merchandise makes me very proud. Although the results weren’t what we were hoping for, to start from pole and finish inside the top five was great. Maybe we can do better next year in the race, but in general we’ve given the young kids in Malaysia something to aspire to. They can now see that the dream of being a MotoGP rider can be reality if you work hard.”

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Franco Morbidelli

Next season the team will keep four of the current riders and welcome two new riders in Moto2. The team will also have two A-spec bikes from Yamaha in MotoGP. What can we expect to see in 2020?

Johan: “Starting 2019 like we did, the pressure will be on now for 2020. This season was the honeymoon, but now we need to live up to our results and our image. We need to keep the team happy and smiling as we do it as well. There will be a bigger challenge, but we’re ready to meet it. We’ve set the bar high, but the target will be to raise it even higher. Everyone in the team is competitive and wants to do better – no one is happy until we’re performing at our expectations. 2019 was a tough year in Moto2 and it’s nice to have an experienced rider like Xavi Vierge and someone who is fresh and hungry in Jake Dixon. Jake can surprise and Xavi just needs fine-tuned to be at the top. In Moto3, we’ve set the bar high with John and we know what we need to work on to be at the front every weekend. With Pawi coming back to Moto3, it will also be a challenge – but he know the class and the bike and he had success there in the past. I am looking forward to seeing him and John working together throughout the year.”

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Franco Morbidelli

Source: MCNews.com.au

BMW reveals E-Power Roadster prototype

BMW Motorrad has been toying with the idea of an electric motorcycle for some time and has now revealed the working E-Power Roadster prototype at a small media event.

For now it’s called the E-Power Roadster and it is the first time an electric BMW motorcycle has been ridden by journalists.

However, it’s still a long way from production. Thank god! At the moment it looks hideous and heavy!

This hefty 289kg prototype seems to have been built just to show journalists that they can make an electric motorcycle.

The Bavarian company has been making their electric C-Evolution scooter for some years now, but this is their first working electric motorcycle prototype.

This E-Power Roadster is made up of existing BMW models with the front end from an S 1000 R and the rear from a R 1200 RS.

Bulky prototype

The small media event follows the recent release of a patent drawing that has little resemblance to the bulky prototype.

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Patent drawing

BMW as also unveiled several electric concepts over the past few years:  the boxer-style Vision DC Roadster unveiled in June 2019, the Concept Link electric scooter and the electric S 1000 RR concept called the eRR.

E-Power Roadster

The E-Power Roadster is powered by a 13kW battery and a 101kW/199Nm electric motor from a 7 Series car.

Despite its 289kg of bulk, BMW claims the bike will dart to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds which is 0.1 seconds faster than Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire.

They also claim it can be fast charged at 5km of range every minute which means 20 minutes for a 100km charge.

Despite its bulk, maximum range seems to be only about 160km and we’re not sure wether that is on the highway or in the city.BMW E-Power Roadster electric

BMW hasn’t provided a lot of technical detail, but it compares with Harley’s 152km (highway) and 235km (city range).

However, neither is anywhere near Energica’s claimed 400km.

BMW Motorrad boss Christoph Lischka says they will only produce the bike if they can get close to 300km of range.

In 2018, BMW Motorrad managing director Stephan Schaller said electric motorcycles were “not in their immediate future”.

In 2017, BMW Group Australia boss Marc Werner said Australia was not ready yet for electric motorcycles and scooters.

He said we needed tax incentives, import subsidies and/or charging infrastructure to catch up with the rest of the world on low-emissions vehicles.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Rider awarded $A31.5m in crash payout

A Californian rider has been awarded a $US21.5m (about $A31.5m) payout for injuries suffered when a Kia Optima illegally left the carpool lane and jettisoned his bike across three lanes into a truck.

The fiery crash in February 2018 left rider Matthew Rada with “catastrophic” injuries that ended his career as a graphic artist.

GoPro video from another rider was used as evidence in the LA Court.

The verdict against the driver and his employer may yet be appealed.

However, it dwarfs a payout earlier this year to a North Carolina Harley rider.

He was awarded $US4m (almost $A6m) after a crash with a driver who failed to yield right-of-way.

The 29-year-old rider was travelling about 15mph (about 24km/h) when he was struck by a vehicle that accelerated away from a stop sign without seeing the motorcycle.payout

America is renowned for its excessive compensation payouts, mainly due to high medical costs.

According to a study by US Jury Verdict Research, the average motorcycle accident verdict is about $A560,000 and the median verdict award just over $US70,000.

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In Australia, payouts for motor vehicle crashes are a lot less and rarely over $1m.

Compensation can be determined by a number of factors.

They include physical and mental injuries, the rider’s age, hospital expenses, on-going medical costs, pain and suffering, motorcycle damage and loss of earnings.

Big payouts are rare in Australia and vary from state to state based on third-party insurance regulations.

Riders should ensure they have adequate insurance cover and seek professional legal aid after a crash.

Click here for tips on what to do after a minor crash.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley-Davidson recalls Trikes over brake issue

Harley-Davidson Australia have recalled 363 trikes over an issue where a rear brake could suddenly activate.

The official recall notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, says it affects the 2019-20 CVO Tri Glide, Tri Glide Ultra and Freewheeler. (VINs of affected vehicles listed at the end of this article.)

“The electro-hydraulic control unit (EHCU) software may respond incorrectly to a faulty rear wheel speed signal by activating one of the rear brakes,” the ACCC notice says.

“Unintended brake activation may increase the risk of an accident or injury to the vehicle occupants and other road users.”

Owners should contact their nearest Harley-Davidson Australia dealer “immediately to schedule a safety recall service to install new software, free of charge”.

2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Tri-glide
2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Tri-glide

2019 recalls

This is the third recall for Harley-Davidson this year following an issue with aftermarket saddlebags falling off and Street models developing rust on the brakes.

With just a few weeks to go in 2019, there have been 24 recalls of motorcycles plus two accessories (the Harley bags and a Honda Monkey bike rack).

That compares with last year’s 37 motorcycle recalls, the second highest number of recalls in the previous 10 years: 28 in 2017, 39 in 2016, 30 in 2015, 28 in 2014, 20 in 2013, 24 in 2012, 16 in 2011, 14 in 2010 and 23 in 2009.

The most recalls this year was six for Yamaha; followed by 4 for BMW; Harley, Honda, Suzuki and Triumph on three (if you count the aftermarket accessories for Harley and Honda); and one each for Kawasaki, Indian, Piaggio and KTM.

That compares with the previous year where Ducati had 6;  Indian, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, KTM, Triumph 3; BMW, Harley, Husqvarna, Moto Guzzi 2, Aprilia and MV Augusta one each.

Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

• Australia

• USA

• New Zealand

• Canada

VINs of affected trikes

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Ducati North America Raises Funds for Carlin Dunne Foundation With Successful Charity Auction in New York City

A fantastic display of affection shown for Carlin Dunne and his foundation.

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The New York motorcycle community gathered last week to show their generous support for the Carlin Dunne Foundation and to commemorate the Ducati racer’s legacy with a charity auction. The event, organized by Ducati North America in partnership with Canoe Studios NYC, featured a silent auction and a display of helmets from Carlin’s career. The auction ended with more than $60,000 being raised for the Carlin Dunne Foundation.

Guests who attended the Manhattan event on December 5 were able to share memories of Dunne during an evening of comradery which featured a retrospective of Dunne’s career given by Ducati North America CEO Jason Chinnock. During the silent auction, unique items were dontated from partners at Bell Helmets, Alpinestars, Cardo Systems, Yeti and Spider Grips. Personal signed items were donated by former World Champions Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts and Eddie Lawson, among others with all proceeds going to The Carlin Dunne Foundation.

The Carlin Dunne Foundation was established this summer after the passing of Dunne. The foundation was created with the help of proceeds from the auction of the #005 Panigale V4 916 25th Anniversario, and the charity was built with one vision and two objectives: First, the foundation focuses on helping athletes diagnosed with, or at risk for, CTE, Concussion Syndrome, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Secondly, the foundation is dedicated to providing mentorship programs for up-and-coming riders while developing a network focused on providing tools necessary to succeed, including programs geared to help rookies navigate the racing business and hone their skills in the extreme sports arena.

Additionally, anyone wishing to support the Carlin Dunne Foundation directly may donate through the following link: http://bit.ly/2Kse57r-Donate-Carlin-Dunne-Foundation

















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“We made a big impact before we even went out on track”

Razlan: “For the Malaysian Grand Prix, having the team was fantastic. The crowd came in droves to support not only the event but our team, and working together with PETRONAS has been very effective both for us and for Malaysia. Getting over 100,000 people on Sunday was amazing, and to see so many of them wearing team merchandise makes me very proud. Although the results weren’t what we were hoping for, to start from pole and finish inside the top five was great. Maybe we can do better next year in the race, but in general we’ve given the young kids in Malaysia something to aspire to. They can now see that the dream of being a MotoGP rider can be reality if you work hard.”

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Di Meglio to continue with Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Mike Di Meglio (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS MotoE™ Team rider): “I am very happy to be able to continue one more year in Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS. 2019 has been a year of ups and downs. We started very well, but the falls in Misano slowed our progression and limited our chances of fighting for the title. MotoE are very short races in a very short championship, so there is no room for error. This first year has been one of learning and we have acquired experience that will be very useful for us to fight again for the title. In addition, I am sure that both the bikes and the tyres will evolve for next year and it will be very interesting to be able to live it in the first person.”

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Harley Trikes recalled for electronic related brake issue | MY 19-20

Motorcycle Recall Notice

Today an official recall was issued for Harley-Davidson Trike models sold in Australia from March 12, 2018 through to November 5, 2019.

There are 363 trikes affected by this safety issue that relates to possible faulty brake application by the electronically controlled EHCU, that might stem from a faulty rear wheel speed signal.

The CVO Tri Glide, Tri Glide Ultra and Freewheeler are all affected and owners should contact Harley-Davidson to have the fault rectified at their earliest convenience.

Recall Notice

Details
PRA No. 2019/18001
Date published 10 Dec 2019
Campaign Number 0175
Harley-Davidson Trike Models
CVO Tri Glide (FLHTCUTGSE)
Tri Glide Ultra (FLHTCUTG)
Freewheeler (FLRT)
Model Years 2019-2020
Affected Vehicles 363

What are the defects?

The electro-hydraulic control unit (EHCU) software may respond incorrectly to a faulty rear wheel speed signal by activating one of the rear brakes.

What are the hazards?

Unintended brake activation may increase the risk of an accident or injury to the vehicle occupants and other road users.

What should consumers do?

Affected consumers should contact their nearest Harley-Davidson Australia dealer immediately to schedule a safety recall service to install new software, free of charge.

To find a local dealer, visit HERE

For more information or immediate assistance, contact Harley-Davidson Australia Pty Ltd on 02 9886 0600 in Australia.

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Harley-Davidson CVO Tri-Glide

Source: MCNews.com.au

Are novelty motorcycle helmet covers legal?

Many riders like to get into the holiday spirit by wearing Santa, elf, Elmo or reindeer novelty helmet covers.

However, they could be a safety hazard, they may void your insurance and some police say they may be illegal.

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While novelty helmet covers may be fun and potentially protect your helmet from dust, scratches and chips, they could also be a safety hazard.

They can come loose and obscure your vision or become a choking hazard, especially at high speeds.

Most suppliers recommend they not be worn on the highway, but only at city speeds.

Since most are only worn in charity parades, speed should not be an issue.

But be aware that they can reduce ventilation which would make them stiflingly hot on a summer’s day in a slow-moving toy run procession.

They may also suppress important surrounding noises such as emergency sirens or the sound of screeching tyres.

Legal aspects of novelty covers

While we cannot find any legal reference in the Australian Road Rules to these novelty covers, police can still issue a ticket if they believe it is an offence.

So we contacted them for their interpretation of the road rules.

VicPol say it is “not possible to provide a blanket yes or no answer to your query, as it must be assessed on an individual basis”.

They suggest the following points could impact on the compliance:

  • The correct fitment is highly unlikely as the covers are “one size fits all’ and not manufactured for specific brand / model helmets.
  • The cover has the potential to impede vision through the visor when fitted or whilst travelling.
  • The cover may prevent the rider from securing the helmet correctly through the helmet buckle.
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Queensland and South Australia police say novelty helmet covers are legal:

Novelty helmet covers are not illegal, as long as the rider is wearing a motorcycle helmet that complies with Australian standards and is securely fastened. Riders will need to ensure that the novelty cover does not obscure their vision.

WA Police did not respond, but the Western Australia Road Safety Commission says riders are already vulnerable road users and “wearing gear that might potentially make it harder for riders to spot other road users would not improve this situation”.

ACT Police say they would “take action against the user of the helmet cover if it contributed to an incident or collision (for example, if the cover impeded the vision of a rider)”.

“It is concerning to police that the manufacturers openly identify significant risks to the user of the product on their website,” they say.

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Since most riders wear novelty helmets as part of a fund-raising or at least fun-raising ride, it would be a particularly belligerent Scrooge cop who fined a rider over a helmet cover!

Speaking of Scrooges: If you crash while wearing a novelty helmet cover, your insurance company may use it as an excuse to void your policy.

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Multi-year deal announced for Mellross at CDR Yamaha

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CDR Yamaha Monster Energy has officially confirmed Hayden Mellross will join the returning Kirk Gibbs for the 2020 MX Nationals championship.

Mellross, who missed supercross with a knee injury sustained during the nationals, has signed a two-year deal to ride motocross and the Australian Supercross Championship.

After claiming third overall in his first MX1 season with Raceline KTM this year, the 25-year-old replaces Penrite Honda-bound Luke Clout for 2020 and 2021.

“Every kid that grows up racing dirt bikes in Australia has a dream to ride for the CDR Yamaha team, so it’s exciting to me to be part of this team now,” Mellross said. “They have won an incredible amount of championships in their history and are undoubtedly the benchmark for professional racing in Australia.

“It’s with pride I can say that I’m a CDR Yamaha team rider. I am also excited to be back on Yamaha, as it’s a brand I spent plenty of time on in the US and one that I have had plenty of success on in the past. I have heard nothing but awesome things about the 2020 YZ450F, so I’m looking forward to getting some seat time on the bike.

“The first MX Nationals round is in March, but I have a program mapped out over the off-season to get myself back in shape, riding well and ready to go for when the nationals come around. Together with the team at CDR, I’m sure that we will have everything ready to go and chase every championship in 2020 with all we have.”

Gibbs has re-signed with CDR Yamaha Monster Energy for 2020 in a motocross-only arrangement, also due to contest the New Zealand championship once again. He was runner-up in NZ this year and fourth in the Australian outdoor series.

“For 2019 we put together a deal that allowed me to race both in New Zealand and Australia and I think it’s a great way to go for me,” Gibbs explained. “New Zealand provides the perfect preparation for the MX Nationals and with the CDR and JCR teams working so closely, it’s a seamless transition between each country.

“We know have a great base to build from after the 2019 season and heath wise I’m in the best condition I have been in some time. New Zealand gets underway in late January, so I have already ramped up my training for that and then its straight into the MX Nationals in March, so it’s a busy start of the year for me but one that I enjoy.

“I’m excited to be back with the CDR Yamaha team again in 2020 and look forward to working with Craig [Dack] and the team again and hopefully this time, we can have a good crack at the championship next year.”

This year, once the nationals were completed, CDR Yamaha Monter Energy called in supercross specialist Dan Reardon to contest supercross, as well as featuring American guest Josh Hill for three of the five rounds.

Source: MotoOnline.com.au