Retro Roadster: China To Recieve Voge 350 AC

It’s no secret that China sports a large motorcycle community – many brands of which are new and strange to the Western and Central Hemispheres. 

Voge, a spin-off created by Loncin Industries (the single largest engine manufacturer in China), is one such brand.  Formed by a manufacturer with an annual production of 2.5 million motorcycles, 3 million engines, and 150,000 ATVs, Voge’s reach (though limited only to the Eastern and Central Hemispheres for now) is highly influential – and their bikes’ reputation isn’t half so bad either. 

A view of the all-new Voge 350 AC to soon be debuted in China

Ever heard of the Brivido 500 and Trofeo 300AC (not The Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo Is Coming Soon) ? They’re making a big splash in Italy at the moment, and this is just a couple of examples of some of the more popular models from Voge.

So when we heard that Loncin Industries was about to go release a retro-styling roadster under the Voge name to the good people of China, of course, we took the story. 

A view of the all-new Voge 350 AC to soon be debuted in China

According to RideApart, The 350 AC was recently revealed at the Chongqing Motor Expo, with the focus on the machine’s versatile 321cc motor. The report states that this small parallel-twin engine is technically “a reverse-engineered clone of Yamaha’s twin powering the likes of the YZF-R3 and MT-03”, capable of 42 hp @ 10,500rpm. 

Should the 350 AC find a debut in UK countries, A2-licensed riders will be able to take advantage of the power displacement, which also comes with a non-adjustable inverted fork, a preload-adjustable monoshock for the back, Nissin disc brakes with ABS, a full LED headlight, and a two-in-one exhaust system. 

A view of the all-new Voge 350 AC to soon be debuted in China

The price of this beastie has yet to be revealed, though the report states it’s very likely that we’ll be seeing this bike in dealerships by early Q1 of 2022. 

We’ll keep our eyes peeled (especially whether or not the 350 AC will be debuted anywhere else other than China); in the meantime, make sure to check out other neat motorcycles currently coming out of China.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

AMA Hall of Famer and Superbike Champion Wes Cooley Passes

Wes Cooley AMA Hall of Fame Superbike Yoshimura Japan
Wes Cooley, AMA Hall of Famer and former AMA Superbike racer, passed away on Oct. 16, 2021. (Photo courtesy Yoshimura Japan)

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame offers its condolences to the family, friends and fans of Wes Cooley, a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2004 who was a pioneering force behind the rising popularity of AMA Superbike racing in the 1970s and early ’80s. Cooley passed away on Oct. 16 at his home in Twin Falls, Idaho, after reportedly suffering complications from diabetes. He was 65.

Wester Steven Cooley was born in Los Angeles on June 28, 1956, and was a product of the Southern California roadracing scene. When he entered his first AMA Superbike Series event at Daytona International Speedway in March of 1976 on a Kawasaki KZ1000, he was a young, hard-charging rider who differed in several ways from the old-school roadracer mentality that had been the norm in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Along with some of his 1970s contemporaries, Cooley helped change the face of the then-new Superbike class by stepping up the level of competition, eventually winning two AMA Superbike Championships in 1979 and 1980. He gave Suzuki its first AMA Superbike title in 1979.

In addition to his Superbike exploits, Cooley also made history by becoming the first rider to win an AMA Formula One National on a four-stroke.

Not only did Cooley become a racing icon in America, he was also a legend in Japan for winning the inaugural Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance race in 1978 and again 1980.

In May of 1985 at Sears Point Raceway, Cooley sustained life-threatening injuries in an ugly crash. Cooley made a slow but steady recovery from that horrible accident, and went on to teach in the Team Hammer Advanced Riding School for a few years, eventually earning a nursing degree and working as a medical professional in Idaho. When inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, he acknowledged that his 1985 accident is what propelled him into the medical field.

Cooley will always be remembered for changing the face of AMA Superbike racing in its formative years, but he was also a fan favorite throughout his racing career, a guy who always took the time to connect with fans.

In 2016, Cooley served as Grand Marshal for the AMA’s Vintage Motorcycle Days and drew an expansive crowd.

Cooley is survived by Melody Rose, his partner of many years, along with son Wes Jr. and daughter Alexis.

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Royal Enfield Releases Schedule for 120th Anniversary Limited Edition Helmets

Happy 120th, Royal Enfield!

With the company’s celebrations, the Indian multinational motorcycle manufacturers have given us an exclusive range of top-quality, limited edition helmets

12 helmets have been created for the occasion – one for each decade of work that Royal Enfield has been giving the masses beautiful bikes to swing a leg over.

A man trying out a Royal Enfield motorcycle, wearing a Royal Enfield helmet

The first two are already on Royal Enfield’s official website, but they won’t be around long – Access to buy the first helmet will be opened in 1 day and 30 minutes from now, so be sure to go check them out!

RideApart states that each helmet’s availability will emerge in pairs for every week of 2021’s Q4 – the last showing up for the 24th of November. 

As always, these limited edition helmets are all handmade – so if you’re not the type to let them get dusty on a shelf, you’re guaranteed a good lid for the can.  

Here’s the Helmet Release Schedule (and year run-down) for a quick skim:

Helmet 1:

A view of a limited edition helmet available from Royal Enfield

Representing 1900s

*Available within the next 24 hours*

Helmet 2:

A view of a limited edition helmet available from Royal Enfield

Representing 1910s

*Available within the next 48 hours*

Helmet 3:

An outline of a limited edition helmet available from Royal Enfield

Representing 1920s

*Launching the 25th of October*

Helmet 4:

An outline of a limited edition helmet available from Royal Enfield

Representing 1930s

*Launching the 27th of October*

Helmet 5:

An outline of a limited edition helmet available from Royal Enfield

Representing 1940s

*Launching the 1st of November*

Helmet 6:

An outline of a limited edition helmet available from Royal Enfield

Representing 1950s

*Launching the 3rd of November*

Helmet 7:

An outline of a limited edition helmet available from Royal Enfield

Representing 1960s

*Launching the 8th of November*

Helmet 8:

An outline of a limited edition helmet available from Royal Enfield

Representing 1970s

*Launching the 10th of November*

Helmet 9:

An outline of a limited edition helmet available from Royal Enfield

A motorcyclist and car sharing the same road

Representing 1980s

*Launching the 15th of November*

Helmet 10:

An outline of a limited edition helmet available from Royal Enfield

Representing 1990s

*Launching the 17th of November*

Helmet 11:

An outline of a limited edition helmet available from Royal Enfield

Representing 2000s

*Launching the 22nd of November*

Helmet 12:

An outline of a limited edition helmet available from Royal Enfield

Representing 2010s

*Launching the 24th of November*

Make sure to stay posted for this – I personally can’t wait to see the helmets for Y2K. 

Stay speedy, stay safe; and while you’re here, have a read of more articles we’ve curated on Royal Enfield’s gorgeous beasties.

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Augusto Fernandez pips Gardner to Friday honours

The top three are within a tenth as the Moto2™ class get some slick tyre running in during FP2; Raul Fernandez finishes P8

Augusto Fernandez (Elf Marc Racing Team) took Day 1 honours in the Moto2™ class at the Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell’Emilia-Romagna after finishing fastest in FP2, which saw the riders able to head out on slick tyres as a dry line appeared. World Championship leader Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) ended Friday in P2, 0.076s off Augusto Fernandez’ 1:40.930, as Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing) also finished within a tenth of P1 in P3.

A frantic end, Raul Fernandez leaves it late

Gardner was the first rider to venture out on slick tyres as no rain fell for large parts of the afternoon at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, and after a couple of laps, the Australian went P1. This prompted everyone else to stick a set of slick tyres in as we witnessed a very busy final 10 minutes of the day, as every rider improved their times from the wet FP1 session.

The times were chopping and changing lap after lap, but Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was seemingly struggling to find pace quickly. The Spaniard, second in the title race, was 30th with under a minute to go. But two personal best lap times – one just before the chequered flag and his final flyer – saw the rookie sensation climb to what could be a crucial P8.

The top 10 heading into FP3

Despite missing most of FP1 after a crash at the final corner, Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta Racing) is fourth quickest on Day 1 ahead of rookie Celestino Vietti (SKY Racing Team VR46). Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team), another rider to crash at the final corner in FP1, finished a solid P6 ahead of Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) – the Japanese rider bouncing back from a late tumble on Friday morning.

Raul Fernandez is 1.4s shy of Augusto Fernandez’ effort ahead of FP3, so is ninth fastest Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia). 2021 FIM CEV Repsol Moto2™ European Champion Fermin Aldeguer (+EGO Speed Up) completes the top 10, impressive stuff again from the young Spaniard.

Make sure you tune into Moto2™ FP2 at 10:55 local time (GMT+2) to see who will be heading straight into Q2.

Bendsneyder defies gravity for spectacular save in Misano

Top 10 combined:
1. Augusto Fernandez (Elf Marc VDS Racing) – 1:40.930
2. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.076
3. Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing) + 0.082
4. Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta Racing) + 0.516
5. Celestino Vietti (SKY Racing Team VR46) + 1.223
6. Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) + 1.396
7. Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) + 1.400
8. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 1.457
9. Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) + 1.491
10. Fermin Aldeguer (+EGO Speed Up) + 1.763

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Miller storms to dominant wet Friday P1, Quartararo 16th

The Australian is 0.9s clear of Zarco on Day 1 at the Emilia-Romagna GP with Bagnaia inside top 10

Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) ended a wet Day 1 at the Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell’Emilia-Romagna at the summit thanks to a superb 1:41.305 in FP2, a lap time that saw the Australian take a 0.927s advantage over Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) into qualifying day. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) left it late to claim P3 on Friday, the Spaniard is the only other rider to get within a second of Miller at Misano so far.

Rain plays a leading role as Quartararo struggles

Rain in the morning and in the early afternoon meant the premier class got plenty of wet weather running under their belts on Friday, but the sun did creep through the clouds for most of FP2, allowing conditions – and therefore times – to improve. Miller was quick to demote FP1 pacesetter Zarco to P2 as the Aussie sat over a second clear of anyone for a while in FP2, with all but two riders improving by the mid-point of the afternoon stint.

With more rain forecast for Saturday morning’s FP3, the FP2 conditions – wet, but much better than FP1 – could be the best conditions the riders face in the chase for automatic Q2 places. Quartararo was P12 with five minutes to go, with title rival Bagnaia looking comfortable – after his crash in FP1 – in P5. No improvements were made by the Frenchman in the closing stages, meaning Quartararo would end Day 1 down in P16, with Pecco – as things stand – making his way into Q2 in P8.

Who’s inside the top 10?

Iker Lecuona (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) enjoyed a solid day at the office in the tricky conditions, the Spaniard ends Friday in P4 on the combined standings after finishing FP1 in ninth. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) is 1.2s down on Miller in P5, the Portuguese rider claimed top 10s in both sessions too, with rookie Luca Marini (SKY VR46 Avintia) impressing in P6.

Title contender Bagnaia crashes unhurt in FP1

Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), wildcarding at Misano, produced some familiar classy wet weather riding to pocket a P7 on Friday, the Italian sits fractionally ahead of Bagnaia in P8. Danilo Petrucci (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) and Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) are the final two riders currently occupying top 10 positions, something that could be crucial if mother nature doesn’t play nice on Saturday morning.

A huge FP3 coming up

All eyes will be pointing towards the skies when the riders open their curtains ahead of FP3, with plenty of big names – including Quartararo – needing to find some pace in the wet conditions if they are to make it straight into Q2. Reigning World Champion Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), San Marino GP podium finisher Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama) and eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) are just three names sitting outside the top 10, so you don’t want to miss what unfolds in FP3.

Tune into a vital third Free Practice session from the Emilia-Romagna GP at 09:55 local time (GMT+2) on Saturday morning to see if title leader Quartararo can claw his way into the top 10.

Top 10 combined:
1. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) – 1:41.305
2. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) + 0.927
3. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) + 0.986
4. Iker Lecuona (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) + 1.271
5. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) + 1.286
6. Luca Marini (SKY VR46 Avintia) + 1.296
7. Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) + 1.310
8. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) + 1.364
9. Danilo Petrucci (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) + 1.470
10. Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) + 1.504

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Migno stays top as Acosta improves to P2, Foggia struggles

The World Championship leader made progress in another wet session at Misano, as rival Foggia ends Friday down in 23rd

Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team) is the fastest Moto3™ rider on a wet Day 1 at the Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell’Emilia-Romagna. The Italian’s FP1 time, a 1:52.529, wasn’t beaten in the afternoon – but World Championship leader Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) got close. The Spaniard sits 0.007s down on Migno, Alberto Surra (Rivacold Snipers Team) claimed P3 overall as title contender Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) struggled to a P23 finish on the opening day.  

A wet Free Practice Friday, contrasting fortunes for Acosta and Foggia

With rain persisting at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, the Moto3™ riders spend both FP1 and FP2 getting to grips with the wet conditions. After topping FP1 despite a crash, Migno’s time wasn’t beaten, but it was Acosta who took charge in FP2 to finish 0.7s clear of Surra.

Foggia ended FP2 down in P22, 1.9s off his rival’s pace on a tricky day for the Italian – plenty of work to do for Foggia, especially if the wet weather continues to play a role in proceedings this weekend.

The top 10

Behind the top three, Ayumu Sasaki (Red Bull KTM Tech3) picked up P4 with a late lap in the second session, with Filip Salač (CarXpert PrüstelGP) going well in the treacherous conditions on Day 1 to finish P5. Niccolo Antonelli (Avintia VR46 Academy), wildcard Mario Aji (Honda Team Asia) – a crasher in FP2 – and COTA winner Izan Guevara (Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Team) take away top eights on Friday. Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia) and Stefano Nepa (BOE Owlride) closed out a top 10 that is split by 1.066s ahead of qualifying day.

The lightweight class will be back out on track at 09:00 local time (GMT+2), with more rain forecast – bad news for Foggia, not so bad news for Acosta as things stand.

Top 10 combined:
1. Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team) – 1:52.529
2. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.007
3. Alberto Surra (Rivacold Snipers Team) + 0.278
4. Ayumu Sasaki (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) + 0.820
5. Filip Salač (Car Xpert Pruestel GP) + 0.833
6. Niccolo Antonelli (Avintia VR46 Academy) + 0.888
7. Mario Aji (Honda Team Asia) + 0.900
8. Izan Guevara (Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Team) + 0.917
9. Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia) + 1.062
10. Stefano Nepa (BOE Owlride) + 1.066

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New age limit and entry list rules introduced from 2022

Compulsory airbags, rider communication and MotoGP™ World Championship age limit increases have been announced – more here

The Permanent Bureau has worked closely for many years with all Road and Circuit Racing stakeholders, including IRTA and the MSMA, towards creating the safest sport possible. Whilst all parties, and fans, are conscious that motorcycle racing is dangerous, all bodies are committed to continued improvement and evolution, making it safer every day and ensuring that the sport continues to grow on a global scale.

Via a process of constant review and revision, this commitment from the Permanent Bureau and all those within the sport goes back various decades, in close collaboration with the riders themselves in the Safety Commission, and has already resulted in significant improvements to safety within motorcycle racing. To build on this progress, additional safety regulations and improvements will now come into force in four key areas, aimed at further minimising the risk of motorcycle racing as much as possible. These key areas are minimum age limits and entry list sizes for each series, alongside projects in development concerning improvements in rider equipment and rider communication.

Entry list sizes and age limits:

In coming seasons, the number of competitors on track in each series will be limited as outlined below. In addition, new age limits for each class, series or Championship will come into force. These age limits will be introduced as part of a policy to be implemented worldwide, with the FIM committed to ensuring they are also adhered to by National Federations and Continental Unions, to make a discernible difference to the sport at every level.

Raising the minimum age for each category of motorcycle racing is a decision taken in order to ensure a safer pathway for all riders beginning and continuing their careers.

In addition, increasing the age limit for certain categories will enable greater parity between different countries and continents, helping to increase accessibility by levelling the playing field and ensuring each rider is able to gain similar experience in different categories around the world.

From 2022:

The Talent Cups, which are organised and/or supported by Dorna, such as the European, British, Northern and Asia Talent Cups, as well as pre-Moto3™ series, will raise the minimum age to 13 and there will be a maximum of 30 competitors on each grid.

The minimum age for competitors in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup will be raised to 14.

The FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship in the FIM CEV Repsol will see the minimum age limit raised from 14 to 15. A maximum of 32 competitors will be permitted in each race.

In the WorldSSP300 class in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, the minimum age limit will be raised from 15 to 16. A maximum of 32 riders will be allowed to line up on the grid.

For the 2022 season, there will be an exception granted for riders who have already entered in the same class in 2021 to allow them to continue to race.

For 2023 and thereafter, the proposal is to raise age limits further as follows:

A minimum age of 14 should be applied to all racing at any Grand Prix-type circuits, including all those that have or have had Grade A, B or C homologation, which will include the Asia, British, European and Northern Talent Cups.

The minimum age for competitors in any class in the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship will be raised to 18. This includes for Moto3 and Moto2, for which the age limit is currently 16.

The winner of the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship and/or the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup will be allowed to join Moto3 at 17 years of age. For the 2023 season only, there will also be an exception granted for riders who have already entered Moto3 in 2022 to allow them to continue to race.

The FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship and the Moto2 European Championship, both in the FIM CEV Repsol, will have a minimum age limit of 16. The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup will also increase the minimum age by one more year to 15.

With the same philosophy as that applied in 2022 (for riders who have already competed in 2021), an exception will be granted to riders already participating in the Talent Cups in 2022 to allow them to continue to race in the same class in 2023.

The minimum age for competitors in the WorldSSP Championship will be raised to 18.

Rider equipment:

From 2022, airbags will be compulsory in all Sprint Circuit Racing FIM championships.

For the FIM Sidecar World Championship, tests are underway to determine whether the known algorithms are valid for passengers. These tests will make it possible to know whether the airbag can be used by all participants from 2022.

Rider safety equipment has improved significantly throughout the decades and continues to do so thanks to improvements across the industry, from leathers, gloves, back and chest protectors and boots to FIM homologated helmets and innovative airbag systems. It has never been safer to ride a motorcycle at speed and these improvements help to protect a rider from injury, in many instances helping to save lives whilst not compromising rideability, which is also intrinsic to on-track safety.

A first meeting took place at the Aragon GP between all partners, including leather and helmet suppliers, technical staff and medical personnel, on the next step towards improving the level of protection afforded by rider equipment, with increased focus on protecting competitors against an impact from another rider or motorcycle, particularly the chest and neck.

All parties are committed to making improvements in these areas and meeting this challenge as safely and as quickly as possible whilst ensuring the high level of current protection is not compromised.

Rider communication:

The ease and speed of communication between riders, pit wall and Race Direction has improved significantly in recent years, with dashboard technology, high-tech light panels at circuits and instant channels of communication between marshal posts and Race Direction all contributing to a safer environment for all competitors.

The next step to increase the safety of all those on track will focus on communicating to a rider or bike that a crash has taken place ahead as soon as possible.

A first meeting between all partners and technical suppliers has already taken place in order to discuss the installation and implementation of the required technology in rider equipment, on motorcycles and/or around each circuit, the aim of which is to implement automatic, near-instant warning systems for all following riders/motorcycles. The first tests will start as soon as the beginning of the 2022 season, and the system must and will be applicable to Championships of all levels, including Talent Cups.

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Bulega tops wet weather FP1

Nicolo Bulega (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) topped the wet weather Moto2™ timesheets in FP1 at the Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell’Emilia-Romagna with a 1:48.322. Augusto Fernandez (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) claimed P2, 0.063s off Bulega’s pace, as rookie Tony Arbolino (Liqui Moly Intact GP) enjoyed a solid opening stint at Misano with a P3.

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Zarco top, Bagnaia crashes in a rain-soaked FP1

Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) enjoyed a very successful opening MotoGP™ Free Practice session of the weekend at the Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell’Emilia-Romagna, as the premier class complete a rain-soaked Friday morning on the Adriatic coast. Second fastest Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was 1.4s down on Zarco’s 1:42.374, Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) was third as teammate Francesco Bagnaia crashed late on at Turn 8.

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Migno fastest in the wet, Acosta crashes

Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team), despite a late crash at Turn 3, finished top of the Moto3™ FP1 timesheets on a wet morning at the Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell’Emilia-Romagna. The Italian set a 1:52.529 to beat teammate Alberto Surra by 0.278s, with Filip Salac (CarXpert PrüstelGP) claiming P3 in the opening session.

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