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Muñoz quickest at a wet Assen

The showers did help to mix up the order, too, with the World Championship-leading GASGAS Aspar Team duo a little further back on the timesheet. Last-start winner Izan Guevara was seventh on a 1:53.575 and Sergio Garcia, whose margin in the riders’ standings has been cut to seven points, was eighth on a 1:54.115. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) took ninth on a 1:54.306 and Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) was 3.184 seconds off the pace in 18th on his Honda.

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Trans7 to broadcast MotoGP™ in Indonesia until 2026

Now confirmed as the home of FTA MotoGP™ coverage in Indonesia for another four years, Trans7 will continue to bring the best of the sport to the millions of fans in the country, with every MotoGP™ race shown live, coverage of qualifying, and tailor-made pre- and post-show programming hosted from their studio in Jakarta.

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The fast Frenchmen talk Assen and the season so far

Can Quartararo or Zarco convert their hot streaks into a victory at the Cathedral?

Recent results suggest that Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) and Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) will be difficult to beat in this weekend’s Motul TT Assen. Quartararo won and Zarco finished second, days ago at the Sachsenring, and they now hold first and third respectively in the MotoGP™ World Championship standings. Ahead of Free Practice at the TT Circuit Assen, we hear from the fast Frenchmen about the season so far and the weekend coming up at the Cathedral.

Reflections at the halfway mark

The summer break might not start until after this weekend, but with 10 rounds now completed and 10 to go this year, we have reached the halfway point of the 2022 MotoGP™ season. It’s a similar story for Quartararo and Zarco, starting slowly but coming on strongly since the return to Europe for the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Quartararo: “It has been a great first part of the season. Qatar, Argentina, and Austin were quite tough – I think I was complaining a little bit too much about my top speed and I was not focused on my riding. Then when we arrived in Europe, I could really focus on my riding and had great results. From Portugal to now, we have been on the podium almost all the time – just in Le Mans, we finished fourth – but I think that we have had a great first 10 races, exactly the same points as the same stage last year, so I think we are going in a great way.”

Motul TT Assen: Pre-Event Press Conference

Zarco: “I’m pleased with how it’s going for me, this first half, because I didn’t start as well as I started the ’21 season with two podiums in a row in Qatar last year. But, trying to get focused really on each weekend, give the maximum energy that I can, and I try to control well this Ducati bike. The 2022 bike is sometimes a bit more difficult to fix, so then the races are becoming sometimes a bit more difficult, but the results were coming in recent races and just for this, I’m really happy.”

The trend says Zarco will win this weekend

One of the quirkier talking points in recent days has been Zarco’s progression. In the last four races, he has finished fifth, then fourth, then third, and second. Does he think the pattern can continue this Sunday and the two-time Moto2™ World Champion will pick up his first ever MotoGP™ race win?

Zarco: “Easier to say than do it, but why not? It would be so fantastic to follow this logic. I think the tricky weather which we can have during this weekend, for me it can help just to save some energy physically. With the rain tyres, I enjoy the bike even more because you need less strength to bring the bike into the corner, so for me the tricky conditions can be great to follow that logic. Let’s see.”

Track-by-track: The keys to cracking the Cathedral of Speed

Could rain spice things up?

As Zarco alluded to, rain is forecast for Friday in Assen, before the weather is expected to improve on Saturday and Sunday. Of course, the threat of more showers will remain into race day, creating uncertainty for riders and teams, but Quartararo is hoping to enjoy all that Assen has to offer in the dry.

Quartararo: “I think I’ve improved my riding quite a lot on the wet, but when you arrive at a kind of track like Assen, you want to have a dry track, because for me it’s one of the tracks you enjoy the most mythical tracks on the calendar, so we hope for a dry race.”

The stage is set for another exhilarating round of MotoGP™ at the TT Circuit Assen. Make sure you catch FP1 for the premier class on Friday at 09:55 local time (GMT +2).

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Harley-Davidson Releases 2022 G.I. Enthusiast Collection

The Pan America and Tri Glide celebrate America’s armed forces with the 2022 G.I. Enthusiast Collection.

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NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON ENTHUSIAST COLLECTION INSPIRED BY STORIES AND EXPERIENCES WITHIN THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON COMMUNITY

2022 G.I. Enthusiast Collection Celebrates Service of U.S. Armed Forces Members

MILWAUKEE (June 21, 2022) – Harley-Davidson today introduced its new Enthusiast Collection, an ongoing series of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles featuring special-edition paint created to celebrate the unique backgrounds and special interests of riders within the Harley-Davidson community. Each Enthusiast Collection design will be launched annually, available in limited quantities across a curated selection of motorcycle models.

“The Enthusiast Collection motorcycles are inspired by Harley-Davidson riders and their unique stories,” explained Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO Harley-Davidson. “Harley-Davidson is proud to launch this program with the G.I. Enthusiast Collection, which honors the legacy of Harley-Davidson riders who have served or actively serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

To commemorate the launch, two U.S. veterans, Gary Wetzel, and Brian “Amarok” Critton, will be awarded G.I. Enthusiast Collection models. Wetzel is a Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic actions in the Vietnam War after his U.S. Army helicopter was shot down and came under heavy enemy fire. Severely wounded, he continued to fight back and help other injured soldiers. He is an avid Harley-Davidson rider and veteran issues activist. Critton served for a decade in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Iraq, and now is active with veterans service organizations like Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). In March, he was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to a Muay Thai meeting in Jacksonville designed to help combat veterans deal with PTSD when he saw smoke billowing from a vehicle involved in a three-vehicle accident that happened moments earlier. His instincts turned into action while others watched as he pulled a woman from the burning car. These two Harley-Davidson riders exemplify the spirit of Harley-Davidson Enthusiasts.

2022 Enthusiast Collection Features

The G.I. Enthusiast Collection is draped in stunning Mineral Green Denim Deluxe paint, an all-new color created specifically for this collection, and completed with service-inspired graphics. The G.I. Enthusiast Collection is available only as factory-installed for the Pan America™ 1250 Special and Tri Glide® Ultra models, in limited quantities primarily for the U.S. market.

“The new Mineral Green Denim Deluxe paint pays homage to the Olive Drab paint used on Harley-Davidson WLA models,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Design. “This color features a metallic effect resulting in a subtle gold highlight, allowing the color travel to be more dramatic and show off the shape of the surfacing.

“The tank graphic celebrates the iconic white five-point star, which was used during WWII on military vehicles,” adds Richards. “The tank graphic also features a stenciled ‘H-D’ and a location of Milwaukee, Wisconsin abbreviated, inspired from the spec tags found on government-issued military equipment. The stenciled approach is a treatment often found on military vehicles as lettering was frequently done in the field. Here we’re calling out the birthplace of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the original WLA model.”

Pan America™ 1250 Special G.I. (Enthusiast Collection)

A rugged, powerful, technologically advanced motorcycle powered by the liquid-cooled V-Twin Revolution® Max 1250 engine, the Pan America model is designed from the ground up to inspire rider confidence and fuel the spirit of adventure on and off-road. Since its launch in February 2021, the Pan America 1250 Special model is the #1 selling adventure touring motorcycle in North America and was named Best Adventure Bike and Motorcycle of the Year by Motorcycle.com. The Pan America 1250 Special G.I. model will have a U.S. MSRP of $20,799.

  • Mineral Green Denim Deluxe paint
  • Enthusiast Collection logo on front of fairing
  • White Star with H-D graphic on both sides of the fuel tank
  • Mechanical features identical to Pan America 1250 Special model

Tri Glide® Ultra G.I. (Enthusiast Collection)

A long-haul American touring trike, the Tri Glide® Ultra model is designed to go the distance with comfort, torque and style. Features include Tomahawk™ custom wheels, premium Boom!™ Box GTS infotainment system, trunk and King Tour-Pak® luggage carrier, Daymaker® LED headlamp, standard Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements by Harley-Davidson and the Twin Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine. The G.I. Enthusiast Collection Tri Glide Ultra model will have a U.S. MSRP of $38,099

  • Mineral Green Denim Deluxe paint
  • Special graphics
  • Enthusiast Collection and Harley-Davidson on rear of Tour Pak luggage carrier
  • White Star with H-D graphic on tank sides
  • White Star on trunk door
  • Mechanical features identical to Tri Glide Ultra model

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Triumph acquires Electric Motorcycle manufacturer Oset

Oset will now have some serious backing from Triumph. 

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 TRIUMPH ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF THE ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURER OSET BIKES 

Triumph announces the acquisition of the electric motorcycle manufacturer OSET Bikes, as part of their wider plan of offering a full range of off-road motorcycles and to nurture a new generation of motorcycle riders. 

Ahead of the launch of the Motocross and Enduro range, Triumph Motorcycles takes another exciting step in the off-road world through the acquisition of OSET Bikes, a leader in the world of children’s electric, off-road motorcycles. Started in 2004 by Ian Smith, who wanted to build an electric off-road bike for his son Oliver, OSET has been setting the benchmark in its segment for the past 18 years. OSET has sold more than 40,000 bikes globally that feature their inhouse developed electric powertrains. 

The acquisition of OSET sits within Triumph’s strategy of entering the off-road segment, announced in 2020, and provides both companies with the opportunity to share and benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience in their respective segments, enabling both brands to grow internationally in parallel. 

Triumph’s philosophy, For The Ride, played an important role in the acquisition of OSET as it enables the Hinckley-based brand to inspire future generations of riders by providing them with the perfect starting point to develop their passion and dreams. OSET Bikes offers products that are suitable for any rider, starting from 3 years old and upwards. 

“We are excited about the opportunity of joining forces with OSET Bikes: a dynamic brand that has been encouraging children into motorcycling for many years and have been at the forefront of developing electric trials bikes for fun and competition. Whilst the two brands will continue working independently, Triumph and OSET will collaborate on new state-of-the-art products to inspire young riders into off-road riding, across the segments that Triumph and OSET will have a presence in, drawing on their respective strengths to build the best bikes in the world.”  – Nick Bloor, Triumph CEO 

“When we built that first ‘garage’ bike for my son, Oliver, I had no idea that it would lead to this moment. We are all very excited for what the future holds for OSET as part of the Triumph family. The OSET brand will remain as OSET and will continue to serve the trials and off-road motorcycling community. We are now better positioned to develop and innovate across our range, while enjoying the security of scale and market position Triumph can offer OSET” – Ian Smith, OSET Bikes CEO

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Guidotti: “New idea” coming soon as KTM chase improvements

“Brad is an incredible fighter and he can reach 7, 8, 10 positions during the race but it’s more risky, more tyre wear, everything is useless, you can do it easier starting from a better grid position. We are focusing on this issue and maybe in Assen we can see something better, in case of constant weather conditions it will be difficult in Assen, otherwise we will test our new idea in Silverstone or the next races.”

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MotoGP™ riders to be honoured in new Assen Walk of Fame

“That’s pretty cool,” said the 2021 World Champion. “I mean, it’s quite big. I saw before coming some pictures on social media, but I didn’t expect it to be that big. It was super nice and I was impressed by this plate. It will be a great memory and of course, it is a big pleasure because as a rider, to win in Assen is something big, something that for me means a lot and it’s only the first one. So, I hope I can win many more.”

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Hayley Bell | Ep. 39 Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

Ep 39: Rider Magazine Insider Podcast Hayley Bell
Hayley Bell gets ready to pass the baton during the Women Riders World Relay in 2019.

Our guest for Episode 39 of the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast is Hayley Bell, Founder and President of Global Business Development for Women Riders World Relay. The mission of Women Riders World Relay is to bring fun, experience, confidence, and a sense of unity to female riders globally. Between February 2019 and February 2020, more than 3,500 women from 79 countries on six continents circumnavigated the globe on two wheels, passing a baton from woman to woman and logging 63,000 miles.

For her efforts with WRWR, Bell was named 2019 Motorcyclist of the Year by the American Motorcyclist Association. We talk to Bell about how she started WRWR, how the movement grew exponentially within a matter of weeks, and how hundreds of women around the world volunteered their time and effort to plan, organize, and complete the global relay. We also talk about the impact WRWR is having on the motorcycle industry, and her role as a spokesperson and advocate.

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Grand Prix of Japan: Time Schedule changes

Due to the logistical challenges posed by the Grand Prix being staged back-to-back with the Grand Prix of Aragon, as well as potential delays caused by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and its effect on airspace, it has been decided to not run practice sessions for the Grand Prix classes – MotoGP™, Moto2™ and Moto3™ – on Friday morning. 

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Opportunities to score big in MotoGP™ Fantasy at Assen

The World Championship returns to the Cathedral this weekend and it’s not just riders who should be excited

The Motul TT Assen is an event which all of the riders circle on their calendar, and it’s also a big weekend for MotoGP™ Fantasy players as well. Anything can – and usually does – happen at Assen, meaning gamers can score big with some astute picks in their team. With that in mind, let motogp.com set the scene for you after a scintillating German Grand Prix just days ago, then cast an eye to what awaits at the Cathedral.

Who made the Dream Team at the Sachsenring?

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) is enjoying red-hot form with last weekend’s German GP marking his second consecutive win and this third consecutive podium. Unsurprisingly, he was also the biggest scorer in MotoGP™ Fantasy, with 41 points in total. In addition to the 25 points which ‘El Diablo’ earned for the win at Sachsenring, he also accrued a tidy haul from qualifying on the front row, gaining an early position, and setting the fastest lap of the race.

Joining Quartararo as a Gold rider in the Dream Team was fellow Frenchman Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing). He qualified third and finished second in Germany, meaning a total of 30 MotoGP™ Fantasy points.

Heading up the Silver Riders was Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team). The ‘Thriller’ lived up to that nickname by riding his way to a podium despite qualifying sixth and having to serve a Long Lap penalty which cost him three positions. Even that was a hair-raising experience given the gravel which had been spilt into the penalty loop, but Miller kept his Desmosedici upright and fought his way back to third position by the chequered flag. If you had him as a Gold Rider, you would have scored 27 MotoGP™ Fantasy points.

The other rider in the Sachsenring Dream Team was the Sunday man, Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing). Unlike Quartararo, Zarco, and Miller, the South African was unable to make it through to Q2, instead earning the majority of his points by charging from 15th on the grid to seventh. Had you selected Binder as one of your Gold riders, you would have collected another 26 MotoGP™ Fantasy points.

Which constructor provided the biggest yield?

Yamaha came out as top constructor in MotoGP™ Fantasy in Germany, but only just. Helping get them over the line was Quartararo’s team-mate at Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™, Franco Morbidelli, who rode from 20th on the grid to 13th. That gave the Iwata marque 29 points, half a point more than Ducati scored in the game.

The key considerations for the Motul TT Assen

The TT Circuit Assen has a habit of turning it on for wild and unpredictable MotoGP™ races, and that means there might be some value plays.

Do you remember the last time MotoGP™ visited Assen?

Quartararo also won at the Dutch circuit last year but his price is now 5.2M, making the World Championship leader hard to get hold of without breaking the bank. Looking at the next most recent race winner, Francesco Bagnaia is going for 4.1M, while Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) is 4M. Even when Espargaro has failed to finish on the podium at the last two rounds, he was fifth and then fourth – and one of those results would have looked a whole lot different if not for that heartbreaking lap count error.

One name that does really stand out as a value pick is Miller. The Australian will only set you back 2.6M yet, if the German GP was any indication, he is clearly much happier with the settings of his Desmosedici after the Catalunya Official Test. Plus, rain is forecast at various times during the weekend, including race day, and it was a weather-affected 2016 Dutch TT when Miller became a MotoGP™ race winner.

The Pramac Ducati riders are also worth a look, with Zarco quietly accumulating solid points in both the riders’ World Championship and for MotoGP™ Fantasy players. He is priced at 3.9M while Martin’s going rate is 2.6M. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) is hitting some good form yet is cheap at 1.3M, and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) showed good pace at the Sachsenring before retiring with a technical drama. ‘Top Gun’ is therefore worth a look at 2.7M.

It’s time to make your selections as we get ready for what will surely be another hair-raising weekend at Assen!

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