Musquin still on the podium despite battling knee injury

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Frenchman Marvin Musquin earned his first podium finish of the season at Saturday’s third round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, despite still battling an ongoing knee injury.

Musquin initially suffered the injury last November and has since been limited him to minimal bike time, however the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing ace displayed exceptional consistency at Anaheim 2’s Triple Crown, lodging 3-2-2 race scores for second overall.

“It’s not always been my strongest point on the start but I’ve been very consistent today,” Musquin admitted. “This week I only rode a little bit on Monday. I stayed in California and we got a lot of rain, but obviously it helped on the knee.

“I tried to work on it the whole week and I felt good getting on the bike compared to last weekend, so it was important and that’s what I need – to feel good and not have any pain. It was great racing tonight, I didn’t win any motos but I got second overall, I was consistent and I was able to battle for the lead and for the podium.”

Following eighth and fifth place finishes at rounds one and two, plus his second at A2, Musquin is now positioned fifth in the championship standings, equal on 56 points with Monster Energy Yamaha’s Justin Barcia in fourth.

The overall win was captured by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb – the first of his 450SX victory career while also becoming the third winner in as many rounds this year, and the second first-time victor in the last two stops of the series.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Ducati amps up electric bike race

Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali rides a Hypermotard converted to electric power with a Zero FX powertrain and recently said the company is about to join the electric bike race.

At a recent student event in Spain he told the crowd: “The future is electric, we’re not far from starting series production.”

It’s no news that Ducati has been considering an electric model since about 2017 when a Ducati executive revealed they had electric plans for a motorcycle and a scooter by 2021.

In the same year, VW Group Chairman Matthias Mueller upped the ante saying Ducati would have an electric motorcycle “by 2020”.

Ducati has also collaborated with Milano Scuola Politecnica di Design (Design Polytechnic School) students to produce the futuristic Ducati Zero electric sports bike.

Ducati Zero electric concept 2020 electric bike race
Ducati Zero electric concept

And, in preparation for electric motorcycles and scooters, Ducati introduced their first e-mountain bike, the MIG-RR, at the ECMA motorcycle show in Milan last November.

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Ducati MIG-RR electric mountain bike

So it’s all gearing up for an electric Ducati motorcycle sooner rather than later.

However, Claudio is a bit vague about timing: “not far from starting series production”.

He makes it sound imminent, but it would be strange to start series production before unveiling a concept model.

Realistically, we expect a concept at EICMA later this year with bikes available for sale next year.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Suzuki rolls out GSX-R1000 deals | $19,990 Ride Away

Suzuki GSX-R1000 deals

$19,990 R/A – 3.49% Suzuki Finance
Bonus Quickshifter

Jumping on board the latest-generation Suzuki GSX-R1000 has never been easier thanks to Suzuki Finance’s 3.49%p.a low comparison rate* offer, with a bonus Quickshifter also thrown into the mix. For $19,990 Ride Away with 12 months registration you can get your hands on the latest GSX-R1000, with a 25% discount on Suzuki Insurance’s annual comprehensive insurance also available.

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Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 ABS comes with a bonus Bi-directional quickshifter for a limited time

Until March 31, this finance offer provides the opportunity for customers to make huge savings on their finance repayments and offers more financial freedom by allowing funds to be kept free for other purposes – like gear and accessories!

During this promotion, customers can also enjoy a 25% discount off their comprehensive Suzuki Insurance annual premium, offering another great saving.

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There’s also a discount available on Suzuki Insurance’s annual comprehensive offering

The GSX-R1000 ABS is available for a special promotional price of $19,990 Ride Away with twelve months registration and a bonus Genuine Suzuki Bi-Directional Quickshifter^, valued at $899.

The sixth generation GSX-R1000 redefines the brand’s superbike offering and embodies the work and ambition of Suzuki engineers passionate about the GSX-R brand and its place in motorcycle history. Get your hands on the most powerful, hardest accelerating, sharpest handling GSX-R ever built today.

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Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 is available for $19,990 Ride Away for a limited time

For further information on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 ABS and the low rate Suzuki Finance and Special Ride Away Offer, interested customers should visit their local Suzuki Motorcycle Dealership, who can be found through the Dealer Locator on suzukimotorcycles.com.au (link)


The Fine Print

*The interest rate quoted is applicable for new applications for the ‘Low Rate Product’ from 1 January 2019 and is subject to change without notice. Comparison rate is 3.49% pa calculated on the basis of secured credit of $10,000 over a 3 year term. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Finance provided by Allied Credit ACN 143 964 667, Australian Credit Licence 000000. All applications are subject to Allied’s normal credit assessment and loan suitability criteria. Terms, conditions, fees and charges apply. Offer only available on MY17 GSX-R1000 ABS (GSX-R1000AL7) models. Applications must be approved before 31 March 2019 and vehicle must be delivered by 15 April 2019. ^Allow up to 8 weeks for supply of Genuine Suzuki Quickshifter. Cost of fitting the Genuine Suzuki Quickshifter will be covered by the selling dealership Free-Of-Charge. We recommend fitting to be scheduled for during the First Service. Advertised Ride Away price of $19,990 includes 12 months registration costs and dealer pre-delivery charges. Terms and conditions apply. Contact your Suzuki Motorcycle Dealer for full details.

Source: MCNews.com.au

KTM confirms Australian Ultimate Race qualification

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KTM Australia has confirmed qualification for the KTM Ultimate Race will take place in the country at Batemans Bay in New South Wales on 1-2 March.

A new initiative from the KTM Factory is to bring together the global KTM adventure communities, and with six KTM Adventure Rallye events now taking place all over the world, two lucky riders from each Rallye-hosting nation will qualify to take part in the KTM Ultimate Race.

The 12 lucky riders win the opportunity to race against each other in an exclusive class at the Dakar Series race in Morocco. They receive an all-expenses paid trip, including flights, accommodation, entry fees and a full race service on a factory-prepped KTM 790 Adventure R that has been built from Dakar DNA.

Riders will also be coached by some of the world’s best adventure ambassadors and treated like Factory supported riders during the trip. To top off an already epic experience, the winner of the KTM Ultimate Race at Merzouga will receive an incredible prize: a 790 Adventure R to keep and two VIP tickets to the Dakar Rally.

As the Merzouga Rally 2019 takes place immediately after the 2019 KTM Australia Adventure Rallye (30 March-5 April), there will be a stand-alone qualification event to find the two Australian riders.

Held in conjunction with the 2019 Transmoto 12-Hour at Batemans Bay, the KTM Uiltimate Race qualifications will require certain criteria to participate as set across all countries. Riders must compete on a V-Twin KTM Adventure bike (950, 990, 1090, 1190, 1290) that they own – the bike cannot be borrowed or rented.

They must hold a current MA racing license – a one-day licenses can be purchased on the day, however the two qualification winners must have a valid MA license to participate in Merzouga. Riders must not have raced professionally or participated in the Dakar Rally in the past 10 years. And they must have a GPS unit capable of following GPX tracks and an Instagram account. For more information, visit www.ridektm.com.au/ktm-ultimate-race.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Win a trip to Morocco to contest Merzouga Rally with KTM

KTM Ultimate Race arrives in Australia


KTM’s Ultimate Race event is offering 12 lucky riders the opportunity to race against each other in an exclusive class at the Dakar Series race in Morocco. They receive an all-expenses paid trip, including flights, accommodation, entry fees and a full race service on a factory-prepped KTM 790 Adventure R that has been built from Dakar DNA.

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KTM Ultimate Race

Riders will also be coached by some of the world’s best adventure ambassadors and treated like Factory supported riders during the trip. The new initiative from the KTM Factory to bring together the global KTM adventure communities.

With six KTM Adventure Rallye events now taking place all over the world, two lucky riders from each Rallye-hosting country will qualify to take part. And to top off an already epic experience, the winner of the KTM Ultimate Race at Merzouga will receive an incredible prize: a 790 Adventure R to keep and 2 x VIP tickets to the Dakar Rally.


So how do you qualify for this once-in-a-lifetime experience?

As the Merzouga Rally 2019 takes place immediately after the 2019 KTM Australia Adventure Rallye (March 30th – April 5th 2019), there will be a stand-alone qualification event to find the two Australian riders.

Held in conjunction with the 2019 Transmoto 12-Hour at Batemans Bay, the KTM Ultimate Race Qualifications: Australia will be run on Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd before the 12-Hour – meaning there will be plenty of spectators around to heckle riders throughout the challenges.

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KTM Ultimate Race

Certain requirements must be met for those wishing to participate in the Qualifications, as set across all countries.

Riders must compete on a V-Twin KTM Adventure bike (950, 990, 1090, 1190, 1290) that they own: the bike cannot be borrowed or rented.

They must hold a current MA racing license. One-Day licenses can be purchased on the day, however the two qualification winners must have a valid MA license to participate in Merzouga.

Riders can’t have raced professionally or participated in the Dakar Rally in the past 10 years, and they must have a GPS unit capable of following GPX tracks and an Instagram account.

The Qualification challenges will be tough, therefore we advise only experienced adventure riders to participate! The terrain of Morocco will be a serious task, therefore we are not holding back during this Qualification.

Details on the Qualification challenges and how to enter can be found online at www.ridektm.com.au/ktm-ultimate-race (link).

Entries for the Qualification are very limited and open on Friday, January 25th at 9.00am AEDT at www.ridektm.com.au/ktm-ultimate-race (link)

Source: MCNews.com.au

Lazy Sunday ☔️ Pull&Bear

Lazy Sunday ☔️ Pull&Bear


Source: Marc Márquez on Facebook

Webb captures maiden 450SX win at A2 Triple Crown

Reed encounters issues as McElrath takes 250SX West overall win.

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb has captured his maiden 450SX victory at Anaheim’s third round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross and FIM World Championship, marking the first Triple Crown of the series.

Webb was able to overcome Ken Roczen (Honda HRC) in the dying stages of main event one, just half a second separating them as they crossed the line. Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was third ahead of Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) and Cole Seely (Honda HRC), while Australian Chad Reed (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing) was 10th.

Webb dominated the second outing with a comfortable 3.818s win over teammate Musquin, as Justin Barcia (Monster Energy Yamaha) crossed the chequered flag in third followed by Tomac and Roczen. Reed was unable to start the race as his RM-Z450 was repaired from an incident that occurred in the opener.

Tomac put on a stellar display in main event three, earning a convincing 4.787s win over Frenchman Musquin, who kept Webb at bay for the duration. Roczen was fourth as Reed returned for a strong fifth place finish. Webb secured the overall ahead of Musquin and Tomac, while Reed wound up 12th overall. Roczen still leads the championship with a two-point lead on Tomac.

In the opening 250SX West encounter, Colt Nichols (Monster Energy Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha) stormed to victory with a 2.602s advantage over teammate Dylan Ferrandis, the duo finishing comfortably ahead of third’s Shane McElrath (Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM). The top five was rounded out by Adam Cianciarulo (Pro Circuit Monster Energy Kawasaki) and RJ Hampshire (Geico Honda).

It was Ferrandis who reigned supreme in race two despite Nichols leading early before settling for behind McElrath, as Geico Honda duo Hampshire and Cameron McAdoo closed out the first five. McElrath topped the finale main over an improved second for Cianciarulo, who defeated Ferrandis, Nichols and Hampshire. Overall it was McElrath who claimed victory ahead of Ferrandis and points leader Nichols. The AMA Supercross series will head to Oakland next weekend for round four.

Detailed results


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Moto Guzzi reveal V85 TT price and specs

Moto Guzzi has released the tech specs the 58kW V85 TT that arrives here in June in two models with a choice of two colours, initially.

Base-model single-colour “Grigio (grey) Atacama” (pictured above) will cost $18,890 (plus on-road costs) while the Enduro Premium (below) with multi-colour “Giallo (yellow) Sahara” paint costs $19,590.Moto Guzzi V85 TT arrives colours specs

Moto Guzzi Australia says these prices are “tentative” so we guess they could change with final specification or currency exchange rates.

Pricing compares with the following European scramblers and adventure bikes: Ducati Multistrada 950 ($18,390); Scramblers ($15,499-$17,290); BMW R nineT GS and Scrambler ($17,690-$18,750), F 850 ($17,990-$22,305); KTM 1090 Adventure R ($19,995); and Triumph Tiger 800 ($15,590-$18,350), Street Scrambler ($15,900).

Colour choice may also be expanded down the track.

The Enduro Premium model comes with a red painted frame, double-coated components, tri-colour fork protectors and a Skai (perforeted suede look) saddle with the Moto Guzzi logo double stitched in grey thread.

It will be shod with the new Michelin Anakee Adventure tyres for 80% road and 20% off-road.

Moto Guzzi Australia is already taking orders and say they are being “quickly snapped by customers”.

Tech specs have now also been released. See the end of this article for the full tech specs.

In summary, it has 85kW of power, 80Nm of torque, a high 830mm seat and weighs 229kg with 90% fuel in the 21-litre tank.

TT by name

TT stands for “tutto terreno” (all terrain in Italian), so it features several all-terrain features.

They include a high beak, high exhaust pipe, twin headlights, wired wheels, handguards, tubular steel frame, bash plate, high clearance and 1980s motorsport colour scheme.

We’re not really sure if it’s a scrambler or an adventure bike. Maybe it’s a new niche in between the two.

V85 TT features a unique asymmetric swingarm housing the shaft drive.

We believe theEnduro Premium will have an Ohlins mono shock and forks.

V85 TT should capably plug the gap left by the Stelvio which was shelved because the engine could not meet the new emissions standards.

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V85 TT in the Moto Guzzi wind tunnel at Mandello del Lario

When I visited the Mandello factory on the shores of Lake Como in July 2018 the assembly was already prepared for the start of production.

Our only concern about this beautiful adventure bike is that it is too pretty for off-road use.

What happens if you drop it as many adventure riders do?

Like a BMW R 1200 GS (and now 1250), it will need substantial protection for those heads, for a start.

Clever instrumentsMoto Guzzi V85 TT specs

The full colour, fully digital TFT screen has a host of information.

The two-helmet symbol at the top indicates electronic preload adjustment while the menu is expected to display various engine modes and possibly traction control settings.

A phone icon suggests it has Piaggio’s new connectivity app available for Android and iOS phones.

It allows the owner to ping their bike and locate it in a parking lot. It also has a panic alert system, which connects you with the pre-designated contacts in case of an emergency.

The app reminds the rider of a pending service, helps owners locate the nearest service stations and includes a customer care service.

This system was developed with German component manufacturer Hella. and is available on Piaggio scooters and Aprilia motorcycles.

It can be retrofitted through official service centres. Moto Guzzi V85 TT specs

The bike is a tribute to the Moto Guzzis that competed in African rally raids and the Dakar rally in the 1908s.

Moto Guzzi boasts of a “solid off-road tradition” extending back to the Six Day Reliability Trial in Austria 1939 where Moto Guzzi participated with the GT 20 and went on to win four gold medals.

The Italian manufacturer tackled the Paris-Dakar rally in 1985 with the V65 Baja and the following year with the V75 Baja.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT tech specs

Moto Guzzi V85 TT arrives mid-2019 season 2019
V85 TT
  • Engine: Transverse 90°, 853cc V twin, 2 valves per cylinder
  • Bore and stroke: 84 x 77mm
  • Compression: 10.5:1
  • Power: 59kW (80hp) @ 7750rpm
  • Torque: 80Nm @ 5000rpm
  • Fuel: 21 litres (including 5L res)
  • Economy: 4.9L/100km
  • CO2: 118g/km
  • Transmission: dry clutch, 6-speed
  • Frame: tubular steel
  • Seat: 830mm
  • Dry weight: 208kg
  • Wet weight: 229kg
  • Suspension: 41mm hydraulic telescopic USD fork, with adjustable spring preload and hydraulic rebound; double-sided swingarm in box-type aluminium, single shock, adjustable spring preload and hydraulic rebound, 170mm travel
  • Brakes: 320mm twin floating discs, Brembo radial-mounted callipers with 4 pistons; 260mm steel disc, floating calliper with 2 pistons
  • Wheels: 2.50” x 19”; 4.25” x 17”, spoked
  • Tyres: 110/80 – R19, 150/70 – R17

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Dakar 2019: Kings of the Desert

That’s a wrap on Dakar 2019.

Begin Press Release: 


SS10, Kings of the Desert

Evidently, You Can Put a Price on Victory

A challenge is meant to bring out the best in someone. Or uncover their worst. To see a difficult situation through to the end, assess the damage, then move onto the next as a better person (theoretically). At the end of this most ultimate of challenges, were so many more successes than failures. Lessons learned, and goals achieved. As the curtains closed on the 2019 Dakar Rally, Toby finally gets his kiss. Laia gives Toby a long-overdue haircut. Nassir won Dakar for a third time. Two Americans landed in the Top Five among different classes. And everyone had one hell of a race. So what happened at the crescendo?

The shortest of the specials was not meant to be easy. Harkening back to the beginning, the last stage started like the first: in reverse order. With cars, trucks and Side-by-Sides sprinkled intermittently between bikes and quads. It made for a frenzied event as racers contending for the podium pushed and shoved past slower competitors – adding a swirl of fesh-fesh and urgency to the already numerous dangers. Launching last off the line, top pilots, from two-wheeled to four, small to massive, were meant to weave around the day’s back-of-the-pack, causing chaos we can maybe assume the Dakar organization had foreseen. Just imagine: you’re riding a rally bike as fast as possible in a sand storm, when a race-spec dump truck is hurdling itself in your direction and planning to pass. Whether you like it or not.

“It’s very crazy to sit here and say that we won the Dakar rally with no stage victories until today. It’s really crazy. I’m over the moon, I’m so damned stoked. It’s been a long 10 days. Now I’ll just wait and see what damage I’ve done to my wrist. At the end of the day, the pain and torture has been worth it. I thought I would only be able to do two stages and then pull out and that would have been me done, but the support from everyone back home in Australia and then having some things go my way and a bit of luck, it just worked out in the end. It’s been an unreal rally.” – 2019 Dakar Rally Winner, Toby Price #3, Red Bull KTM Factory Team, AUS

But with little withdrawal today, most of the racers seemed to have overcome the obstacles set forth, managing the tremendous task of completing the Dakar Rally… In-tact. An unsurprising win came from KTM for the 18th year in a row. Australia is likely drunk with pride (and Fosters?) celebrating their good ol’ boy Toby Price (#3) for his second title after only three years. It’s not news Price had not only completed but won this rally with an injured wrist – having broken it a few weeks prior – making his winning smooch from Laia Sanz (#17) all the more sweet. Though, she won her side of the bet too, nabbing a place among fifteen best bikes at Dakar. (Farewell, mullet.) But it is respected rival, Pablo Quintanilla (#6) who, like Toby, rode on with an injury. Crashing on this final stage, breaking his ankle, then hopping back on his bike to 4th overall at the finish, Quintanilla endured what the average guy would consider extreme pain with Herculean strength.

Every Dakar is just one step closer to victory for the United States. This year saw outstanding performances, like from Californian Ricky Brabec (#15) when he achieved the first overall lead by an American since Robby Gordon (#316) in 2005. But then, his record expanded with two overall leads in a row, plus he is the first patriot to lead the General Classification three times in one event. Rookie Skyler Howes (#73) made his way to the Top Ten by Special Stage Five putting neck ‘n neck with the “big boys” (and Laia). Although, during the liaison an unfortunate accident out of his control eventually led to his withdrawal. In Cars, two of the three vehicles with Robby Gordon’s Team Speed had more of the same issues they’ve experienced throughout the competition. One of the Textron’s breaking down and the other coming to the rescue – making their exit of the desert two hours longer than expected. But ironically, the car out of contention driven by Cole Potts with navigator Max Eddy Jr. (#346) had a smooth, easy day at last having much less of the headaches they too had been contending with. But as a whole, the six members – Robby, his co-pilot, Kellon Walch, Blade Hildebrand, co-pilot Bill Conger (#367) and the from Auto 346 fought tooth and nail to get their vessels to Lima, to roll over the podium one last time.

“[It was the] hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I’ll be back for more…” – Max Eddy Jr. #346, Team Speed, USA

Grassroots riders Garrett Poucher (#71) and Nathan Rafferty (#104) have taken positions they should be proud of. Rafferty pushed himself, nearing the point of tears at one point, which he graciously documented on his social media channels. But in the end, it paid off, as did what many capable riders can’t do: finish the Dakar. And he did it in 50th place, cutting starting position from Day 1 nearly in half. Garrett, a late starter to the off-road racing scene who’s been dominating enduro and local rallies for such a short period, has shown viewers of the rally he’s tough as nails. Featured in the media for as many epic fails as epic successes, he has blown us away with a 92-wrung move up the ladder ranking in the high 20’s early on. Falling back a bit during the marathon stage, Poucher luckily kept himself together through some terrific crashes, pushing himself further to conclude this infamous event at 32nd. Casey Currie did precisely what he’d promised from the start, making a name for himself as the first American to reach the top five seeds in the Side-by-Side class during his inaugural year. And at fourth overall, he is the highest ranked US finisher in 2019!

Last of the Yanks, but certainly not least, an ever-humble Andrew Short (#29) comes home from Peru in an incredible 5th position. And he sums up his experience with gratitude and admiration: “Ended up 5th overall here at the Dakar Rally! Stoked. This crew behind me are amazing at what they do… My heart goes out to my teammate Quintanilla who left everything on the table today going for the win… Congrats to the Legend, Toby Price. He is simply amazing on a dirt bike. This race is special, and I hope one day I get the opportunity to do it again…For ten days, you basically check out of society as the race consumes you, but I can’t wait to look back at some of the moments.”

For 41 years, the Dakar Rally has dazzled the world. An untouchable realm for the elite, and hearty – the pioneers of motorsport. Taking the adventurous nature of navigation, merging it with the thrill of competition and setting the scene at first in Africa and now in ‘America del Sur.’ No longer an event, Dakar is a lifestyle, shared by the many archetypes who fill its mobile cities for 15 days or so. A scene straight out of Mad Max with overbuilt dump trucks rolling down a network of dusty lawless roadways at one moment. Then storming the dunes like mammoths running from a pack of sabretooth tigers in another. It’s a dream. A long-fought achievement, for those men and women who’ve battled this most notorious of races. January 17th signified the finale of such punishing pursuits, and then more many, the start of a very long year of waiting… Until the next opportunity comes, to dare Dakar.

KEY POINTS:

Ø Three years after becoming the first Australian winner of the Dakar, Toby Price has triumphed again, fighting against the increasing pain caused by a scaphoid injury that was not quite healed before the start of the rally. (Statement provided by the ASO.)

Ø Carlos Sainz has managed to complete what was a difficult rally for him with a stage victory. The Mini has beaten Sébastien Loeb by only 42 seconds at the finishing line. Cyril Despres is 3rd, 2’31 behind the Spaniard. (Statement provided by the ASO.)

Ø Francisco “Chaleco” López Contardo has won his first Dakar on his first participation in the SxS category. Although he finished third in the last special, the Chilean has also won 4 stages and has completed the rally with a lead of just over Gerard Farrés and Reinaldo Varela in the general standings. (Statement provided by the ASO.)

Ø Unsurprisingly, in light of the lead he had going into the last stage, Nasser Al-Attiyah won his third Dakar in Pisco. The Qatari was Twelfth to finish 9’ behind Carlos Sainz at the finish of the last special and offers Toyota its first victory in the car category. “It’s fantastic. No mistakes during the entire rally. It was a very, very difficult rally for everybody. The good thing was that from day three we were leading and we built on our time everyday until we came to the last day with a big, big lead. I’m really happy – thanks to Toyota, thanks to BF Goodrich tyres, all the sponsors, Qatar, Red Bull. It made everything happen right for this year. I’m happy for Toyota because it’s the first time in the history of Toyota that they won the Dakar, this is fantastic. [On being the favorite] It’s like what I always say, we respect all the other drivers. All the drivers are really very strong. Everybody wants to win the Dakar. But we felt when we came that in Peru, a 100% Peru rally, with no other country, there would be a lot of sand dunes, so we could do what we know we’re good at. We we’re leading from day three and, yeah, I’m really quite happy. [On avoiding mistakes that others made] This is the adventure of the rally. The rally is not easy and if you push every day, sure, you will have a problem with the car. I’m really happy to win this race with Toyota.” (Statement provided by the ASO.)

Ø Rankings of Americans after SS10

MOTO

7th Andrew Short #29 – 01h 18’ 10”; 5th in the General Classification

32nd Garrett Poucher #71 – 01h 41’ 54”; 32nd in the General Classification

53rd Nathan Rafferty #104 – 02h 00’ 57”; 50th in the General Classification

DNF Skyler Howes #73

DNF Ricky Brabec #15

CAR

52nd Blade Hildebrand, Bill Conger #367 – 03h 24’ 45”; 42nd in the General Classification

53rd Robby Gordon, Kellon Walch #316 – 03h 25’ 58”; 49th in the General Classification

DNF Cole Potts, Max Eddy Jr. #346

SIDE-BY-SIDE

7th Casey Currie #343 – 01h 37’ 28”; 4th in the General Classification

Ø Top Ten Stage Finishers in Motorcycles

1st Toby Price #3 – 01h 14’ 01”; 1st in the General Classification

2nd Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo #10 – 01h 16’ 22”; 7th in the General Classification

3rd Matthias Walkner #1 – 01h 16’ 39”; 2nd in the General Classification

4th Sam Sunderland #14 – 01h 17’ 20”; 3rd in the General Classification

5th Luciano Benavides #77 – 01 17’ 21”; 8th in the General Classification

6th Kevin Benavides #47 – 01h 18’ 00”; 12th in the General Classification

7th Andrew Short #29 – 01h 18’ 10”; 5th in the General Classification

8th Xavier de Soultrait #18 – 01h 20’ 17”; 6th in the General Classification

9th Daniel Nosiglia Jager #28 – 01h 24’ 03”; 10th in the General Classification

10th Sebastian Buhler #110 – 01h 24’ 42”; 20th in the General Classification

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Troy Bayliss tests Ducati Panigale V4R at Morgan Park

Images Karlos Neale

Troy Bayliss rode the Ducati Panigale V4R for the first time during a DesmoSport Ducati test at Morgan Park this week.

Ducati Panigale VR Troy Bayliss
Troy Bayliss tests Ducati Panigale V4R at Morgan Park

This was very much a first initial shakedown for the limited edition and somewhat bespoke Panigale V4R.

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Troy Bayliss tests Ducati Panigale V4R at Morgan Park – Team Manager Ben Henry

Unlike the other 1,103cc Panigale V4 models, the V4R displaces a short-stroke 998 cc in order to meet World Superbike capacity limitations.

Ducati Panigale VR Troy Bayliss
DesmoSport Ducati Panigale V4R – Troy Bayliss exits pitlane at Morgan Park

The V4R has been built with winning back the World Superbike Championship crown for Ducati as first and foremost in its design and mission statement. The Paniglae V4R spins to 16,500 rpm and makes 231 horsepower with the kit exhaust.

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DesmoSport Ducati Panigale V4R

DesmoSport Ducati also hope that will translate to ASBK Championship winning performance in the hands of Troy Bayliss.

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Troy Bayliss tests Ducati Panigale V4R at Morgan Park

With only one V4R to play with, no spares, and not even any race bodywork, the team will be up against the clock in order to get the machine on to the grid at the ASBK season opener late next month at Phillip Island.

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Will we see the V4R or the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition on the track at round one is yet to be decided

The team already know they have a well-sorted and race winning package in the Ducati Panigale R Final Edition, and until they have the necessary spares on hand, are in no great rush to have the new V4R on the grid for the season opener.

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Will we see the V4R or the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition on the track at round one is yet to be decided

The team tested a range of new Pirelli rubber this week at Morgan Park, and while they concentrated on the big twin, TB also did turn a few exploratory laps on the new V4R.

Ducati Panigale VR Troy Bayliss
Troy Bayliss tests Ducati Panigale V4R at Morgan Park

It was enough to highlight the eventual race potential of the new V4R, but they will need to do a number of long runs on the machine before they will be ready to put it on an ASBK grid.

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DesmoSport Ducati Panigale V4R

More testing is planned ahead of round one as they evaluate whether they can get in a position to start the season on the 16,500rpm V4R. Or whether it will have to wait until round two at Wakefield Park, or perhaps it might debut in South Australia at The Bend.

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DesmoSport Ducati Panigale V4R while in the shadows is the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

Even if fans might not get to see TB race the machine at the beginning of the season, the V4R will still be in the pits and will no doubt get fired up from time to time so you can hear the Termignoni roar.

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DesmoSport Ducati Panigale V4R

Images Karlos Neale


2019 ASBK Calendar
  • Official ASBK Test – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC February 2 – 3
  • Round 1- WSBK – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC February 21 – 24
  • Round 2- Wakefield Park Raceway – Goulburn NSW March 22 – 24
  • Round 3- The Bend Motorsport Park – Tailem Bend, SA April 26 – 28
  • Round 4- Morgan Park Raceway – Warwick, QLD July 5 – 7
  • Round 5- Winton Motor Raceway – Benalla, VIC September 6 – 8
  • Round 6- Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC October 4 – 6
  • Round 7- Sydney Motorsport Park – Eastern Creek, NSW November 1 – 3
Round Location Date SBK SSPT SSP300 R3 Cup OCE J Cup Sidecars Masters
ASBK Test  Phillip Isl 2-3 Feb X X X X X
Round 1 Phillip Isl 21-24 Feb X X X
Round 2 Wakefield 22-24 Mar X X X X X X
Round 3 The Bend 26-28 Apr X X X
Round 4 Morgan P 5-7 Jul X X X X X X
Round 5 Winton 6-8 Sep X X X X X X
Round 6 Phillip Isl 4-6 Oct X X X X X X
Round 7 Eastern C 1-3 Nov X X X X X X

Source: MCNews.com.au

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