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MotoGP Statistics update as we head to Jerez

2019 MotoGP
Jerez Moto Stats Update

By Dr. Thomas Morsellino


Previously in MotoGP by numbers

  • 198 – At the Americas GP, Valentino Rossi stood on the podium for the 198th time in the premier class and the 234th time in his Grand Prix career.
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COTA 2019 – The MotoGP podium L-R: Rossi, Rins and Miller
  • 49 – Suzuki have scored 49 points in the MotoGP in Constructor’s World Championship since the opening race in Qatar, which is the best start to a premier class season for Suzuki since 2000.
  • 40 – At 40 years and 57 days old on race day in Austin, Valentino Rossi became the oldest rider to score back-to-back premier class podium finishes since Jack Ahearn at the Belgium GP and the East German GP back in 1966.
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Valentino Rossi was on the podium at COTA – Image by AJRN
  • 19 – Since the opening Grand Prix in Qatar, 19 different riders have stood on the podium across all classes.
  • 8 – Aron Canet won in Austin for the first time since Silverstone in 2017, making eight different winners in the Moto3 over the last eight races, which is the first time this has happened since the introduction of the class in 2012.
  • 3 – Since the opening premier class race in Qatar, three different manufacturers have stood on the top step of the podium: Ducati, Honda and Suzuki, which is the first time this has happened in the premier class since the opening three races of 2008 with Ducati, Honda and Yamaha. Four manufacturers have never won the first four races in the class.
  • 3 – The win for Alex Rins at the Americas GP was the third victory for a Suzuki rider since the introduction of the MotoGP class in 2002.
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Suzuki celebrate Rins’ victory at COTA

Jerez scheduled to host the 300th MotoGP race

The MotoGP race at Jerez will be the 300th MotoGP race to take place since the class was introduced back in 2002. Below are some facts and statistics from the 299 MotoGP races that have taken place so far.

  • A total of 23 different riders have stood on the top step of the podium in the MotoGP class. The rider with most MotoGP wins is Valentino Rossi with 76, followed by Jorge Lorenzo (47), Marc Marquez (45), Casey Stoner (38) and Dani Pedrosa (31).
Jorge Lorenzo chases Casey Stoner at Jerez in 2012
Jorge Lorenzo chases Casey Stoner at Jerez in 2012
  • A total of 45 different riders have finished on the podium in the MotoGP class. Valentino Rossi is the rider with most MotoGP podium finishes, with 175, followed by Jorge Lorenzo (114), Dani Pedrosa (112), Marc Marquez (79), and Casey Stoner (69).
  • A total of eight different riders have won one race in the MotoGP class since 2002, as follows: Alex Rins, Andrea Iannone, Ben Spies, Chris Vermeulen, Jack Miller, Tohru Ukawa, Toni Elias and Troy Bayliss.
  • The MotoGP winners have come from seven different nations: Spain (138), Italy (107), Australia (41), USA (4), Great Britain (3), Brazil (3) and Japan (3).
  • 30 different riders have qualified on pole position in the MotoGP class (including the Malaysian GP 2011 and the British GP 2018). The five riders with the most MotoGP poles are Marc Marquez (54), Valentino Rossi (51), Jorge Lorenzo (43), Casey Stoner (39) and Dani Pedrosa (31).
  • Honda is the most successful manufacturer in the MotoGP class with 142 wins. Other manufacturers who have taken MotoGP wins are Yamaha (107), Ducati (47) and Suzuki (3).

MotoGP Facts and Stats

  • Alex Rins became the first first-time winner in the premier class of Grand Prix racing since Maverick Viñales won at the British GP in 2016, also riding a Suzuki.
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COTA 2019 – Jack Miller was back in parc ferme for the first time since 2016! – The MotoGP podium L-R: Rossi, Rins and Miller
  • With Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) in Qatar, Marc Marquez (Honda) in Argentina and Alex Rins (Suzuki) in Austin, three riders from three different manufacturers have won in the three opening races. This is the first time this has happened in the premier class since the opening three races of 2008 with Casey Stoner (Ducati), Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).
  • At the Spanish GP, Yamaha, KTM and Aprilia will be aiming to make it four manufacturers to win the first four races for the first time in the premier class of Grand Prix racing.
  • Alex Rins has only led across the line for a total of seven laps in 2019. Other riders who have led races this year are: Marc Marquez (34 laps), Andrea Dovizioso (18) and Valentino Rossi (8).
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Jack Miller and Rossi enjoy a cuddle in Parc Ferme – COTA 2019 – Image by AJRN
  • In Austin, Valentino Rossi stood on the podium for the second successive time, becoming the oldest rider to score back-to-back premier class podium finishes since Jack Ahearn at the Belgium GP and the East German GP back in 1966. In addition, this was his 198th podium finish in the premier class.
  • With his third-place finish in Austin, Jack Miller stood on the podium for the first time since he won the Dutch TT back in 2016. Miller is now leading the Independent Team riders classification with 29 points, ahead of Takaaki Nakagami (22).
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Jack Miller celebrates his third place finish last time out – COTA 2019 – Image by AJRN
  • Neither of the two Yamaha factory riders have won at least one of the three opening races for the second successive year. The last time that the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team did not have a win in any of the first three races of the year in two successive seasons was in 2002 and 2003.

Valentino Rossi

“I love racing in Europe because the tracks are fantastic, and I know them very well. We start at Jerez, which has been a difficult track for the Yamaha in the last two years, but we did well at the last two races, so it will be very interesting to see if we can be strong there. We have had a little break and from now on it’s ‘bam, bam, bam’, a very packed schedule until the race at the Sachsenring. We’re good, strong, and we are working well. It looks like the bike improved a lot. For sure, there are some areas that we need to work on. We need some time for that, but we can be competitive.”

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Valentino Rossi celebrating his COT 2019 podium – Image by AJRN

  • Andrea Dovizioso, who crossed the line in fourth in Austin, is now leading the Championship with 54 points, ahead of Valentino Rossi (51 points). This is the first time two Italian riders have led the Championship since Rossi was ahead of Dovizioso after the Spanish GP back in 2015.
  • Franco Morbidelli finished in fifth place at the Americas GP, which is his best resul tin the MotoGP class.
  • Morbidelli’s teammate Fabio Quartararo finished seventh in Austin as the highest-placed rookie, which is his best result so far. He is now leading the fight for the Rookie of the Year with 17 points ahead of Francesco Bagnaia (9), Joan Mir (8) and Miguel Oliveira (7).
  • Takaaki Nakagami finished 10th in the Americas as the only Honda rider across the line, which is the lowest points accumulated by Honda in a race since the introduction of the MotoGP class in 2002.
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Andrea Dovizioso – COTA MotoGP 2019 – Image by AJRN
  • Only seven riders have scored points in all three of the MotoGP races in 2019: Danilo Petrucci, Alex Rins, Takaaki Nakagami, Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Johann Zarco and Pol Espargaro.
  • Tito Rabat crossed the line in 15th place in Austin, which is his first point scoring finish since he was 11th at the Austrian GP last year before breaking his leg at the following GP in Silverstone.
  • Jorge Lorenzo will celebrate his 32nd birthday on qualifying day in Jerez, which will also be the 17th anniversary of his Grand Prix debut at this track. He had to miss the opening day due to being too young.
  • Hafizh Syahrin, who is scheduled to make his 100th Grand Prix start at the Spanish GP, will celebrate his 25th birthday on the race day at Jerez.
  • None of the four rookies in the MotoGP class this year have previously won a Grand Prix race at Jerez in any of the smaller classes. Nonetheless, all of them have stood on the podium at least once at the track in Grand Prix racing except Fabio Quartararo.

Motorcycle Grand Prix Racing at Jerez

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Jerez
  • This is the 33rd successive year that a motorcycle Grand Prix event has been held at the Jerez circuit since it was first used in 1987.
  • Assen is the only current venue that has been used consecutively for a longer period than Jerez.
  • A total of 98 Grand Prix races for solo motorcycles have been held at the Jerez circuit as follows: MotoGP –17, 500cc–15, Moto2 –9, 250cc–23, Moto3 –7, 125cc–24, 80cc–3.
  • The MotoGP race this year will be the 400th Grand Prix race in Spain since the first Spanish Grand Prix held in 1951 in Montjuïc.
  • Almost 24 years ago, Alberto Puig’s victory at Jerez on May 7th, 1995, was the first win for a Spanish rider in the premier class on home soil.
  • Since the first Grand Prix race in the premier class in Jerez, Honda have had 21 wins at Jerez, the last of which was last year with Marc Marquez.
  • Marquez’ win at Jerez last year was the 400th for a rider using Michelin tyres in Grand Prix racing. The first Michelin victory was at the TT back in 1973 with Jack Findlay.
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Jerez Lap Record and Results Data
  • Yamaha have had eight wins at Jerez in the premier class, the last of which was three years ago with Valentino Rossi.
  • Ducati’s only win at Jerez was in 2006 when Loris Capirossi won from pole position. The last time a Ducati rider finished on the podium at Jerez was in 2017 when Jorge Lorenzo crossed the line in third place, which was also his first podium finish for
    Ducati.
  • Last year, Andrea Iannone finished in third place at Jerez, which was the best result for Suzuki at the track since the introduction of the MotoGP class in 2002. Suzuki’s last of its two victories at Jerez was in 2000 when Kenny Roberts won the 500cc race on his way to clinching his world title.
  • Aleix Espargaro’s ninth-place finish in 2017 was the best result for an Aprilia rider in Jerez in the premier class since Doriano Romboni was sixth back in 1997.
  • Mika Kallio finished 10th last year in Jerez, which is the best result at the track for a KTM rider.
  • Jerez has been the most successful circuit for the Spanish riders as regards premier-class victories, with a total of 13 wins: Alberto Puig in 1995, Alex Criville in 1997, 98, 99, Sete Gibernau in 2004, Dani Pedrosa in 2008, 2013 & 2017, Jorge Lorenzo in 2010, 2011 & 2015, and Marc Marquez in 2014 and 2018.
MotoGP 2018 – Round Four – Jerez – Marc Marquez was victories at Jerez last year – Image by AJRN
  • There has been at least one Spanish rider on the podium in the MotoGP race at Jerez for the last 15 years, a sequence that started in 2004.
  • Valentino Rossi is the most successful rider at the Jerez circuit with nine wins; a single victory in both the 125cc and 250cc classes add to his seven in the premier class.
  • 2016 was the first time since 2009 that Spain did not have at least one winner across the three classes in Jerez.
  • There have been five different winners in the MotoGP class at Jerez in the last seven years: one for Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, two for Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez.
Casey Stoner won at Jerez in 2012. Seen here on the podium with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa
Casey Stoner won at Jerez in 2012. Seen here on the podium with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa
  • The nine Moto2 races that have taken place at Jerez have been won by nine different riders: Toni Elias, Andrea Iannone, Pol Espargaró, Tito Rabat, Mika Kallio, Jonas Folger, Sam Lowes, Alex Marquez and Lorenzo Baldassarri.
  • Philipp Öttl won for the first time in his Grand Prix career in Jerez last year, 21 years and 345 days after his father Peter’s last win at the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello back in 1996. They became the seventh father and son in Grand Prix history to win.
  • The seven Moto3 races that have taken place at the Jerez circuit have been won by six different riders: Romano Fenati (2012 and 2014), Maverick Viñales (2013), Danny Kent (2015), Brad Binder (2016), Aron Canet (2017) and Philipp Öttl (2018). None
    of the them have won from pole.

Great weekend for Alex Rins and Suzuki in Texas

In Austin, Alex Rins won for the first time on what was the 34th start of his career in the premier class. Below are some facts and statistics regarding the feat.

  • Alex Rins’ win in Texas was the third for Suzuki since the introduction of the MotoGP class back in 2002, along with Chris Vermeulen at the French GP back in 2007 and Maverick Viñales at the British GP in 2016.
  • This is Suzuki’s first win in the premier class in the United States. Suzuki have had four wins in smaller classes in the US: at Daytona with Hugh Anderson in the 50cc class (1964) and the 125cc class (1964 and 1965), and Ernst Degner in the 50cc class (1965).
  • Before the Spanish GP, Alex Rins is thirdin the Championship,becoming the highest-placed Suzuki rider in the premier class after the opening three races of the season since Kenny Roberts Jr. led after the Japanese GP in 2000.
  • Following the Americas GP, Suzuki have scored 49 points in the Constructors’ World Championship classification, which is the highest points accumulated after the opening three races by Suzuki since 2000 when they had 55 points at this stage of the season.
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Rins celebrates victory – COTA 2019 – Image by AJRN
  • With his win in Austin, Alex Rins became the 10th different Spanish rider to have won in the premier class of Grand Prix racing along with Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Alex Criville, Sete Gibernau, Maverick Viñales, Carlos Checa, Toni Elias and Alberto Puig.
  • Alex Rins became the first rider to have won at least once in Moto3, in Moto2 and in MotoGP at the Circuit of the Americas.
  • With his win in Texas, this is Alex Rins’ seventh successive top five finish since Japan last year. In addition, Rins has scored points in the last 12 successive races. The last time he failed to score any points was in Germany last year when he crashed on the opening lap.
  • In his Grand Prix career, Alex Rins’ first win in each of the solo classes he competed in came in the United States: Americas/2013 (Moto3), Indianapolis/2015 (Moto2) and Americas/2019 (MotoGP).
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Alex Rins celebrates his maiden MotoGP victory at COTA 2019

Davide Brivio – Suzuki Team Manager

“We are still feeling very happy about the positive start to the Championship, and especially with the victory we had in Austin with Alex. But we are conscious that from now on the races will be very different from the previous ones. Jerez will be a tricky one due to the unusual configuration of the track, very narrow and with some very technical parts. Our formula is to approach every race with humility, without pre-conceived ideas, and to use our working method which is step by step. We have seen that our GSX-RR has a lot of potential, and that Alex and Joan are growing very fast, each one on his own path. But we are also aware of some areas where we can improve, and this is our main objective. Our goal is to get as close to the top as we can, and then play our cards in the race. Staying consistently in the Top 10 and Top 5 which will give us the chance to fight for some good results.”

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Alex Rins celebrates his maiden MotoGP victory at COTA 2019

MotoGP weekend schedule
Times in AEST

Source: MCNews.com.au

Mellross not dwelling on trade-offs amid Ferris arrival

News 2 May 2019

Mellross not dwelling on trade-offs amid Ferris arrival

Points leader to be joined by triple Australian champion at Raceline KTM this weekend.

Image: Foremost Media.

MX1 points leader Hayden Mellross isn’t dwelling on whether Dean Ferris’ presence at Raceline KTM will prove beneficial or not to his campaign, as the triple Australian champion returns to the Pirelli MX Nationals this weekend in Murray Bridge.

Ferris, who won all 10 overall victories on his way to a third-consecutive premier class crown in 2018, will race Saturday and Sunday’s double-header with the support of Raceline KTM and supplement company Recover8, marking his first MX Nationals appearance since Coolum last year after he elected to pursue a career in America this season.

Mellross holds a five-point advantage in the championship standings, and despite Ferris entering the frame in one of the most pivotal weekends of the season, the New South Welshman has firmly set his focus on strengthening his title chances.

“I’ve been very open about the whole situation, and I’m currently in a championship hunt, so I don’t want to dwell on whether him coming on board is going to benefit or hinder me,” Mellross explained to MotoOnline.com.au. “I’ve just been focusing on what I need to do and preparing myself.

“Obviously, he’s going to be a big talking point at the races considering the championships he’s won, but in saying that, I’m going out there to win and that’s the same goal whether he’s on the line or not.

“Maybe there could be some pros that come out of it with his input into the motorcycle – I don’t think he’s ridden a KTM since being in America – so he probably could bring something to the table, but as I said, I don’t want to dwell on that as I’m doing what I need to do to stay in the championship hunt. I’m just going to continue focusing on that.”

A four-way battle for the crown is currently unfolding in the MX1 division, as just nine points separate the top four consisting of Mellross followed by Luke Clout (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy), Kirk Gibbs (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy) and Todd Waters (DPH Motorsport Husqvarna).


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Favoured Jerez circuit long been the focus for Lorenzo

News 2 May 2019

Favoured Jerez circuit long been the focus for Lorenzo

Repsol Honda pilot anticipating a strong showing this weekend in Spain.

Image: Supplied.

After missing a valuable portion of pre-season testing, Jorge Lorenzo has revealed his focus has been set on this weekend’s fourth round of MotoGP at Jerez since the series got underway.

Favouring the Spanish circuit, multi-time world champion Lorenzo is rebounding from an enduring campaign at Circuit of the Americas, where he encountered a technical problem.

The Spaniard is still coming to terms with the Repsol Honda RC213V, and paired with a venue that admittedly suits his style, Lorenzo is anticipating a strong result come Sunday.

“I have been focusing on this race since the start of the season,” Lorenzo declared. “With limited testing, we knew the opening rounds would be tricky. Jerez is one of my favourite circuits.

“The surface normally has a lot of grip and this suits my style very well unlike a couple of tracks we have already visited. I am sure we can achieve a good result with the Repsol Honda Team after learning a lot in the opening rounds.”

Following the first three rounds, Lorenzo sits 17th in the championship standings with seven points to his name.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

AMA Highlights May as Motorcycle Awareness Month

If there’s going to be a Motorcycle Awareness Month, *insert Justin Timberlake voice* it’s gonna be May!

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American Motorcyclist Association highlights May as Motorcycle Awareness Month

Motorists, motorcyclists urged to be attentive, courteous, considerate

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is issuing a special appeal to motorists to be aware of motorcycles during May, which is Motorcycle Awareness Month and marks the return of motorcyclists to the roadways throughout the country.
Drivers should doublecheck their mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes, maintain a safe distance when following motorcycles and pay particular attention when making left turns across traffic.

“Motorcycle Awareness Month also provides an excellent opportunity for us to educate the nonriding public about the safety issues that affect motorcyclists every time we leave our driveways,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “May typically is a time when riders in much of the country are getting their motorcycles out of the garage and onto the roads. By calling special attention to motorcyclists in the spring, we hope that motorists will stay alert to them throughout the rest of the year.”

Motorcycle Awareness Month — launched by the AMA in the early 1980s and adopted by many state motorcycle-rights organizations, government entities, and AMA-sanctioned clubs — is observed each May.

The AMA is tracking bills in state legislatures across the country that address the safety of motorcyclists, including the issue of distracted driving. Those bills range from prohibitions on minors using personal electronic devices, such as smartphones, to bans on the use of these devices by drivers of any age.

Distracted driving is dangerous for all road users, claiming 3,166 lives in 2017 alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The AMA supports legislation that includes enhanced penalty options to be determined by the courts in cases where distracted driving results in a crash.

The official AMA position statements on distracted and inattentive vehicle operation can be found at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/About-The-AMA/distracted-and-inattentive-vehicle-operation-1.

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Murray Bridge return for Long following elbow injury

News 2 May 2019

Murray Bridge return for Long following elbow injury

Empire Kawasaki rider back on the gate for South Australia’s double-header.

Image: Foremost Media.

Popular Victorian Dylan Long will return to racing this weekend at Murray Bridge’s fourth and fifth rounds of the 2019 Pirelli MX Nationals in South Australia.

The Empire Kawasaki challenger suffered an elbow injury in turn one of 2019’s season-opener at Appin, forcing him to withdraw from the following two rounds at Wonthaggi and Broadford.

Murray Bridge will mark the first double-header of the year, making for a challenging weekend ahead for Long in his racing return, although he hasn’t placed expectations upon himself as he endeavours to race himself back into shape.

“The elbow is good as new,” Long declared to MotoOnline.com.au. “It’s why we missed the last two rounds, I probably could’ve pushed it and gone back for Broadford, but I wouldn’t have been really ready for it.

“We decided to wait, and obviously not being in the points I could get the elbow sorted, and now it’s sweet and I’m ready to go racing. I’m just going to go out there and do my best, I haven’t got too many expectations on myself and see how I go.”

Long’s replacement for Wonthaggi and Broadford, Lawson Bopping, is understood to be remaining with the Empire Kawasaki outfit for this weekend’s event.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC | First Look Review

Triumph Rocket 3 TFC
Be still our beating hearts: the 2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC is a drastic departure from the previous Rocket 3. Images courtesy Triumph.

Since its launch in 2004, Triumph’s Rocket 3 has boasted a lot of “mosts”: most torque, most muscle, most…well…for lack of a better word, presence. With its signature three exhaust header pipes curving off the right side of the massive 2,294cc in-line triple, hulking 6.3-gallon gas tank and gaping twin megaphone silencers, nothing about the Rocket 3 has ever been subtle.

It was always essentially an overgrown cruiser, however, and the lone traditional cruiser in Triumph’s 2019 lineup. But now there’s a new Rocket 3 in town, badged as a limited edition Triumph Factory Custom, or TFC model, and rather than being just an accessorized version of the existing bike, the 2019 Rocket 3 TFC is an entirely new machine.

It boasts an all-new 2,458cc liquid-cooled in-line triple, the largest production motorcycle engine in the world, with the highest peak torque at a claimed 163 lb-ft and the most horsepower of any Triumph to date, a claimed 168. Details so far are scarce, but we do know that it features state-of-the-art components like titanium intake valves that allow for quicker, higher revving, and new Arrow silencers.

Triumph Rocket 3 TFC
Lighting is all-LED, including the stubby tail. Single-sided swingarm and rear hugger license plate holder are new.

Final drive is via shaft, housed in a new single-sided aluminum swingarm that, combined with the all-new aluminum frame, engine refinements, carbon fiber bodywork and other lightweight bits, make the new Rocket 3 TFC a whopping 88 pounds lighter than the standard 2019 Rocket 3. If Triumph’s figures are correct, that would put its dry weight in the neighborhood of just 648 pounds.

Helping to make such a beast a bit more rideable, the Rocket 3 TFC includes some modern tech like cornering ABS and traction control, four ride modes (Road, Rain, Sport and Rider-Configurable)–notably these all appear to be full-power and only adjust throttle mapping and traction control settings–Triumph Shift Assist (clutchless up- and downshifting) and Hill Hold Control to prevent the bike from rolling backwards when stopped on an incline.

Other features include full LED lighting, electronic cruise control, keyless ignition, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and a USB charging socket. The display is a new TFT instrument that is rider-configurable and can be optionally set up with Bluetooth connectivity for GoPro integration, turn-by-turn navigation and music/phone operation.

Triumph Rocket 3 TFC
TFT instrument is new and looks to be lifted from the new Speed Triple. Display is rider-configurable and can be upgraded with Bluetooth connectivity.

Suspension is by Showa front and rear, with an adjustable 47mm cartridge-style USD fork and adjustable single shock with piggyback reservoir. Brakes are high-spec Brembo M4.30 Stylema 4-piston radial-mount calipers gripping 320mm discs up front and a Brembo M4.32 4-piston caliper in back squeezing a 300mm disc, and new wheels are twenty-spoke cast aluminum with a beefy 240mm rear tire.

As a TFC model, premium details abound, including plenty of carbon fiber, a leather interchangeable solo and twin seat, and TFC badging with gold accents.

Only 750 Rocket 3 TFCs will be produced worldwide, with 225 slated for North America. Each will be individually numbered and will include a letter signed by Triumph CEO Nick Bloor, a personalized custom build book, a leather TFC rucksack and a Rocket 3 TFC branded indoor bike cover.

The 2019 Rocket 3 TFC won’t be available until December, but orders are being taken now at your nearest Triumph dealer. One can be yours for an MSRP of $29,000 ($33,000 in Canada).

Keep scrolling for more images:

Triumph Rocket 3 TFC
Twin LED headlights with DRL are new, as is the carbon fiber flyscreen.
Triumph Rocket 3 TFC
The new Rocket 3 TFC is sleeker, meaner and sportier than before…and we like it!
Triumph Rocket 3 TFC
Left side of the massive engine has premium badging details.
Triumph Rocket 3 TFC
Every Rocket 3 TFC will come with a numbered plaque and gold detailing.
Triumph Rocket 3 TFC
New aluminum single-sided swingarm houses the driveshaft.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Yoshimura Introduces Honda Super Cub Race Series Systems

Add a little badassery to your Honda Super Cub.

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The Honda Super Cub is back and Yoshimura has two high-performance options for this timeless classic.

For 2019 Super Cub we have two new GP-Magnum Race Series full systems available handcrafted by our sister company for Yoshimura R&D exclusively for the US market. These systems for the Super Cub are anything but cute. Both use stainless steel construction throughout the system with two sleeve options. Stainless satin finish or titanium that displays an insane bluing effect. A classic rolled then TIG welded end cap puts the cherry on top of this masterpiece.

Both GP-Magnum systems reduce weight, add performance and provide that classic Yoshimura sound.

If you’re serious about the small bore life, it Yoshimura!


2019 Honda Super Cub GP-Magnum Race SS/SS/SS   
Part #121400U500
MSRP: $437.99
QUALIFIED MANUFACTURER DECLARED “MODIFIED PART”

2019 Honda Super Cub GP-Magnum Race SS/TI/SS   
Part #121400U700
MSRP: $523.99
QUALIFIED MANUFACTURER DECLARED “MODIFIED PART”

Stock Full system weight: 8.6 Lbs.
Yoshimura GP Magnum stainless full system weight: 6.6 Lbs.
Yoshimura GP Magnum titanium full system weight: 6.2 Lbs.













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Lone rider dies in overnight crash

A motorcyclist has died after his bike left the road and hit a pile of rubble near Walgett in central NSW overnight.

Police believe the 20-year-old man was travelling along Opal Fields Road, Cumborah, between 7pm and 7.30pm (Wednesday 1 May 2019), when the crash occurred.

“He failed to reach his destination and people went looking for him,” police say.  

The rider is believed to have died at the scene.

Officers from Central North Police District established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Night rider

Lone riders

He is the third rider in the past week to have crashed and died, lying for some time before being located.

Last week, a passing motorist found a 52-year-old male rider lying on the Nottingham Road Bridge next to his crashed bike.

NSW Police say it is unknown how long the man had been lying on the road.

Paramedics attended, but he died a short time later.

In the second incident, a lone rider appears to have crashed at night.

The body of the 46-year-old Stockington man and his Harley-Davidson motorcycle were found the following morning down an embankment in the Lake Macquarie region.

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of all riders.

Take care

These incidents highlight the importance of lone riders telling someone where they are going and when they plan to arrive, especially when riding at nightNight rider learner submission.

That way an alert can be despatched if they go missing.

Lone riders should also consider carrying a locator beacon or downloading a smartphone app that provides friends and family with their location.

Click here for some of the important apps riders should consider.

Europe last year mandated “eCall” systems in all new model cars that send an alert to emergency services when they detect a crash.

BMW has already produced the technology for motorcycles with their K 1600 the first bike to fit an SOS button either as as an ex-factory or aftermarket option.

First-aid apps riders should download

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda helmet radar monitors your rear

Honda has been busy recently applying for patents for a range of out-there inventions including this helmet that integrates with the bike and monitors for of an impending rear-ender.

The helmet features a rear-facing camera that monitors traffic behind the rider.

This information is sent to a processing unit which detects a fast-approaching vehicle and sends a visual warning to the rider via the motorcycle’s instruments.

Rear-ender crashes are among the most common involving motorcycles, so this could be a useful safety device.

Honda helmet radar monitors for rear ender
Honda helmet radar monitors for rear-enders

Bike radar monitors for crash

It is similar to systems already found in many cars. Now it appears to be coming to motorcycles.

Ducati has also identified this issue and will be the first next year to add front and rear radar sensors to its motorcycles to warn riders of dangers.

Ducati and Audi demonstraties V2X radar monitors
Ducati and Audi demonstrate radar technology

Kawasaki will also add radar systems to their bikes to detect imminent collisions and warn riders. However it will go further by also applying automatic braking.

Suzuki has taken a different approach with a radar deflector that makes the motorcycle more “visible” to the sensors in surrounding hi-tech vehicles.

Helmet system

Instead of containing the radar technology to the bike like these companies, Honda has decided to integrate the helmet into their system.

This could be due to the higher radar placement which might make detection easier.

It’s not the first patent application from Honda that features a helmet.

They recently applied for an invention that recognises your face when you put your helmet on and acts as a remote key fob to switch on your motorcycle.

honda helmet key fob radar monitors
Honda’s helmet key fob patent drawing

There are several problems with integrating such technology into a helmet.

It makes the helmet heavier, more expensive, limits the choice of helmet that can be used with the bike, and, since helmets should be changed every five years, it would be obsolete long before the motorcycle.

Other recent Honda patents have included a rider air-conditioner, a “climate seat” that blows hot or cool air, a leaning trike and a hydrogen-powered motorcycle.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

MotoGP Front Runner, Andrea Dovizioso, Talks Braking With Brembo

Some interesting insight into how one of MotoGP’s best uses the brakes.

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Ranked number one in MotoGP after the first three rounds, Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati couldn’t have started this season any better. The Italian rider has 54 points. Not far behind are Valentino Rossi with 51, Alex Rins with 49, and Marc Marquez with 45.

In December 2018, Andrea Dovizioso spent an afternoon in Curno at the Brembo Racing headquarters where the braking components are designed, produced and tested for use in MotoGP, Formula 1, and other international motorsport competitions.

Once again, he confirmed what technicians who have worked with him in the World Championship have always said and what has earned him the nickname “rider-engineer”: He has a sharp ability to scientifically analyze the behavior of the bike and is skilled at making improvements to the motorcycle, which he has demonstrated with the Desmosedici.

Riding style

As soon as he entered the showroom, Dovizioso started asking questions about the caliper and brake disc combinations on display for the Formula 1 single-seaters and prototypes. He continued to ask the engineers questions inside the plant where the MotoGP brakes are produced.

“I saw a lot of precision and a level of engineering that I imagined existed but didn’t believe until I saw it. The amount of checks and the serious approach to work and materials is intense, which makes sense because braking is an essential aspect of racing,” he said before heading back to Borgo Panigale.

Andrea has his own way of viewing braking, “I am very demanding when it comes to braking because I’ve always been one of the strongest riders in this area and I’ve always been particularly sensitive with the brakes. For me, it’s essential that I have responsive, precise brakes. I usually brake by applying just two fingers on the front lever.”

Thumb master cylinder

As of 2017, Andrea Dovizioso has been the only rider to make Marc Marquez worry on a continual basis. Proof is in the second-place finishes he secured in the 2017 and 2018 final classifications, as well as his GP race wins: The Spanish rider won 16 and Dovizioso won 11. No other MotoGP rider earned more than four victories overall.

It may be just a coincidence, but this time period corresponds directly with his using the thumb master cylinder more regularly. This solution was created to help Mick Doohan return to riding 500cc bikes after his accident in the qualifying laps of the 1992 Dutch GP. The accident was serious enough that he risked amputation of his right leg, which had been crushed.

Doohan was unable to use his right foot so Brembo technicians designed a thumb master cylinder that enabled him to use the rear brake anyway. Instead of a right brake pedal, the rear brake was operated by a hand control positioned on the left part of the handlebar. This ingenious solution helped the Australian go on to win five consecutive World Championships in the 500cc class, from 1994 to 1998.

Dovizioso hasn’t been using it for long, however. “I used the thumb master cylinder back in HRC, but then I shelved it. I took it up again with Ducati and I’m pleased so many other riders have discovered it. I only use it on right-hand turns because when you’re in the middle of the curve, it isn’t possible to operate the rear brake with your right foot. To do this, some riders keep their foot forward, others move it to the tip of the foot peg.”

Some use the thumb master cylinder to avoid skidding when cornering, but Dovizioso doesn’t, “The force you can apply with your finger on the thumb master cylinder is a great deal less than what you can apply with your foot. That is why I only use it when the bike is at the maximum lean angle.”

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