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Green ‘in a good place’ ahead of AORC opener

Experienced talent to pilot all-new WR450F in E2 category.

Image: John Pearson.

New South Welshman Josh Green believes he’s in a good place ahead of the opening round of the 2019 Yamaha bLU cRU Australian Off-Road Championship, scheduled to launch on 9-10 March at Toowoomba in Queensland.

The Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Racing Team rider is set to pilot the all-new WR450F in the E2 category, the number 99 already declaring his comfort aboard the updated machine introduced for 2019.

“I have really gelled with the 2019 WR450F since the first day I rode it and feel that the changes Yamaha have made have improved the bike significantly,” said Green. “My times in testing have improved and we have just fine tuned the bike for Australian race conditions and I’m confident we are in a good place heading into round one.”

Green will be be joined by reigning E1 champion Luke Styke at the factory Yamaha squad, who’ll defend his crown in the class, while two-time Under 19’s champion Michael Driscoll will graduate to the professional ranks, contesting E1 alongside Styke.

Not only backing the series and the Active8 squad, Yamaha Motor Australia has also thrown its support behind a list of riders, including Stefan Granquist, Jeremy Carpentier, Nic Tomlinson, Riley Graham, Kirk and Harley Hutton, as well Jess Gardiner and Emelie Karlsson in the Women’s division.


Yamaha Motor Australia apprenticeship opportunities

YMA announce new apprenticeship program

A new Yamaha apprenticeship program is providing a unique opportunity for a passionate motorcycle enthusiast, with Yamaha Motor Australia seeking a passionate motorcycle enthusiast looking to establish a successful career in an industry they love.

The recent podium result by SunCity Yamaha technician Darren Stout at the 2018 World Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix, strengthened Yamaha Motor Australia’s resolve to set a solid foundation to build the company’s future.

YMA Apprenticeship Program
Yamaha Motor Australia Apprenticeship Program

The opportunity within Yamaha Motor Australia is a first step towards a rewarding career with the Yamaha family, and the new initiative is seeking a future Technician Grand Prix champion with an apprenticeship opportunity for a motorcycle technician.

The successful applicant will be mentored by our industry-leading technicians at the Yamaha Motor Australia head office located in Sydney’s Western Suburbs. Practical experience working for dealers within the Yamaha network will be complemented by an exciting opportunity to spin spanners for Yamaha’s factory race teams.

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Yamaha’s 2019 YZF-R1
Nathan Ellery – External Training Coordinator

“Yamaha Motor Australia is focused on fueling the professional development of our next generation. We will start by providing an opportunity for an aspiring motorcycle technician to be our first apprentice. We love motorcycles and aim to create a career path for a “bLU Future” within Yamaha Motor Australia.”

Passion is Yamaha’s ethos, and by offering this unique entry-level opportunity Yamaha Motor Australia is looking to ignite the passion in a youngster who knows that a ticket to a MotoGP and WSBK factory team starts with mastering the basics in the workshop.

YMA Apprenticeship Program
Yamaha Motor Australia Apprenticeship Program

Anyone who feels they have the right stuff to join the Yamaha Motor Australia team is invited to view the complete job description at (link).


Pramac Racing uncovers fresh look for 2019 season

Miller and Bagnaia pull the covers off their current Ducati contenders.

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Pramac Racing has uncovered its fresh look for the 2019 MotoGP World Championship designed by the Centro Stile Lamborghini, launched in a live broadcast from Milan, Italy.

Fielding Australian fan-favourite Jack Miller and MotoGP rookie Francesco Bagnaia, the team enters its 18th consecutive season of being on the grid in the prestigious series.

Miller, embarking on his second campaign with the outfit, will pilot the latest Ducati Desmosedici GP19 this year, recently completing a positive test at Qatar.

“This is a very important season for me,” Miller declared. “I have the official version of the Ducati Desmosedici GP at my disposal and I have to show that I can be competitive fighting with the leading group.

“I will also be able to count on the support of my team with whom we have built a wonderful relationship over the past season. Now it’s time to make a qualitative leap forward in terms of results.”

Bagnaia added: “I’m thrilled to be starting this new adventure with a team that from day one has been very present, very attentive and with great ambitions – these are very important factors for me.

“We did well during tests and lap after lap the feeling with the bike has improved. The first grand prix, however, is already just around the corner and I can’t wait to get on track in Qatar.”

The opening round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship is scheduled for 10 March at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.


KTM “Ready to Race” Motohall ready to open in May 2019

KTM Motohall opens May 11-12, 2019

KTM are counting down the days until they open “KTM Motohall’s” doors in May. Just in time for the new season, the KTM Motohall will welcome KTM fans from all over the world to its unique experience destination in the center of KTM’s hometown of Mattighofen.

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Dakar 2019

The doors of the KTM Motohall will soon be officially opened to visitors and employees. The building is located in the heart of the town, just a stone’s throw away from the where the company was founded, and has an innovative design, with a striking metal construction in the form of a tire track pattern as the architectural highlight.

The KTM Motohall has over 100 “READY TO RACE” exhibits, but is much more than just a traditional motorcycle museum. As well as recounting the impressive history of how the company became a solid foundation for the two-wheeled culture in the entire region, the KTM Motohall also provides an exciting insight into the present.

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Toby Price – Image by Sebas Romero

The exhibition center was created by a team of architects from Upper Austria, consisting of Hofbauer: Architect working in close collaboration with “X-Architekten”. What’s more, the renowned Atelier Brückner was also brought on board to work on the design as a whole. The experts from Stuttgart have brought a total of 2600 square meters to life with exhibits, installations, video technology, and racetracks. Interactivity is a core concept of the KTM Motohall.

The main focus of the final phase of the construction work is currently on the restaurant and bar, the large Innovation Lab, the events venue with capacity for 400 people, a spacious shop, workshops, the three-story underground parking garage, and a large motorcycle parking area.

The opening weekend of the KTM Motohall will finally arrive on May 11 and 12.

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2019 KTM RC16 MotoGP


Bridgestone Battlax AX Scrambler AX41S available now

Bridgestone Battlax AX Scrambler AX41S

Bridgestone’s Battlax Adventurecross Scrambler AX41S is a new concept, combining attitude, fashion and performance, with research into the scrambler and ‘café racer’ world.

Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Scrambler AXS
Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Scrambler AX41S tyres

The AX41S adopts the latest technologies in terms of compounding, a directly derivate
from Bridgestone’s sport-touring category, to ensure the necessary road performances, and provides the perfect match for both a custom build scrambler thanks to its design, and for the rider through its performance.

The design takes performance into account avoiding high heel an toe wear or other irregular wear and the AX41S has been developed in order to be used on the road, not only to match a nice custom build motorcycle in a show-room.

AX41S adopts a single sport-touring compound on the front and a sport-touring compound in 3LC configuration on the rear ensuring the necessary wet and dry grip levels for a secure ride on any café racer or scrambler bike.

Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Scrambler AXS
Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Scrambler AX41S tyres

Mixing fluent line tracing and blocky robust pattern is the idea behind the pattern design of AX41S. In order to match a wide range of café racer and scrambler bikes, a tiny touch of adventure recognition was added to the flowing grooves.

The Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Scrambler AX41S has arrived in a number of sizing options, with pricing listed below and the tyres available now from your Bridgestone stockist.

Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Scrambler AX41S sizes

  • 120/70HR17 (58H) AX41S F Tbl $199.95
  • 110/80HR18 (58H) AX41S F Tbl $189.95
  • 120/70HR19 (60H) AX41S F Tbl $199.95
  • 160/60HR17 (69H) AX41S R Tbl $279.95
  • 170/60HR17 (72H) AX41S R Tbl $289.95
  • 180/55HR17 (73H) AX41S R Tbl $299.95


New California Desert Protection Act Will Have A Huge Effect On Motorcyclists

Yesterday, lawmakers in Washington passed the sweeping National Resources Management Act that affects wilderness areas across the nation. Within the NRMA is the California Desert Protection and Recreation Act, which addresses more than 700,000 acres of California desert. It designates hundreds of thousands of acres of new wilderness areas in California, expands Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park, establishes new monuments, and, perhaps best of all, makes six OHV recreation areas in California permanent.

The six OHV areas named in the bill are El Mirage, Stoddard Valley, Dumont Dunes, Rasor, Johnson Valley, and Spangler Hills. Johnson Valley is named to expand in the act’s text by 20,240 acres. In total, the bill establishes around 300,000 acres of permanent OHV area in California across the six sites.

Earlier in the month the act passed the Senate and then received substantial support in the House, passing by a 363–62 vote. It still remains to be signed by President Trump.

The California Desert Protection and Recreation Act is a long time coming for many California off-road enthusiasts. Senator Dianne Feinstein backed the latest bill and has been advocating for similar action since the start of her tenure in congress in the early ’90s. In 1994, she was able to pass the California Desert Protection Act which established Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and Mojave National Preserve.

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More land was addressed in 2016 when then President Obama expanded protection of almost two million acres of desert in the state, and then in 2017 Representative Paul Cook and co-sponsor Pete Aguilar introduced the California Off-Road Recreation and Conservation Act, which would later become the California Desert Protection and Recreation Act.

When the bill is signed in to law, it will be a significant win for those who make use of OHV areas and those who want to see more thoughtful management of those areas. Pressure from various outside groups has at times threatened the very survival of some of the OHV areas included in the act. Hopefully this move will confirm the existence and proper management of these OHV areas for years to come.


Win a Trip to COTA and meet Valentino Rossi

Two lucky motorcycle enthusiasts will have the chance to win a trip to the American GP at COTA and have the chance to meet The Doctor himself. 

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Meet The Legend Meet The Doctor


Winning a trip to Circuit of the Americas and Meet 9 time World Champion Valentino Rossi seems like a dream right? Well, for 2 people this dream will become reality. We are inviting one winner (and their friend) to Austin Texas to not only enjoy a weekend of Moto GP festivities but also to meet the DOCTOR himself: Valentino Rossi. Enter now for the opportunity to win a trip for you and a friend to Austin Texas from April 11th-14th. Flight, hotel, and ticket to Moto GP included, oh and did we mention a meet-n-greet with Valentino Rossi?

Click here to enter.


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This is MotoGP™: Rivalry

I have had many rivals in my career and some amazing battles. Some riders, like Marquez, I’ve raced for a long time and we’ve fought in 125s, Moto2™ and MotoGP™. Others you arrive in the premier class, you face them for the first time and you have to learn about them – and learn from them. They always say your teammate is your first rival and that is true because you have the same bike, but you can’t just focus on one person: everyone on the grid is trying to beat you.

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Top 10 Most Motorcycle Travel-Friendly Countries

With the abundance of motorcycle travel companies these days, riding a motorcycle anywhere in the world is simpler than ever. But if you want to go it alone, we’d suggest crossing some of the following destinations off your bucket list—they’re bike friendly and adventure worthy.

Whether it’s the drama of the scenery, the hospitality of their people, or the richness of the motorcycling culture, these places all have one thing in common: You can discover them best on two wheels.

To say Spain is the epicenter of grand prix motorcycle racing is hardly a stretch. Motorcycling seems to be in the blood of the people. There must be an overlap between the spirit responsible for the good life of siestas and tapas (“you mean, as long as I keep drinking, you’ll keep feeding me?”) and one that acknowledges motorcycling as an endeavor worth pursuing. From mountain to sea, there are beautiful roads to explore. For motorcycle travelers, it doesn’t get too much better. Plus, anyplace that serves an array of cured meats for breakfast is A-OK.

Nowhere is the connection between land and machine more palpable than in Italy. The great cast of Italian marques (past and present) could only ever be from Italy. And you can sense it everytime you thumb the starter on an Italian machine. This is what wine snobs call terroir. It’s what motorcyclists call a hell of a good time. Is there a place more popularly photographed for its winding mountain passes and dramatic vistas? Practically everyone in Italy has a motorcycle story. Why shouldn’t you be one of them?

From the Scottish highlands to England’s Lake District, the UK is a motorcyclist’s bucket-list destination. Just look out for the rozzas. And the speed cameras. Depending on the location, you may not be able to discern the accent of the brickie sitting next to you in the pub, but at least the road signs are in English. The UK’s depth and breadth of biking culture—from the cradle of roadracing to the birthplace of café racing—makes it one of motorcycling’s great pilgrimages.

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KTMs and mountains. What else do you need? A MotoGP race? Check. Strudel? Check. Austria’s mix of German precision and Italian exuberance (see: KTM) is evident when smooth pavement leading up mountain passes is buzzing with European motorcyclists on holiday. In many parts of America, performance motorcycles are looked at with a mix of disdain, ignorance, and apathy. In Austria, that’s not the case. Sign me up.

For the motorcyclist, Morocco is the gateway to Africa. It’s accessible, it’s tempting, it’s sublime. The snowcapped Atlas Mountains are an ADV rider’s dream. Riding through poor mountain villages is a reminder of how far away from America you are. It’s a reminder of how small your scope can be. Wherever you are, you’re always close to a helping hand. The Moroccan denizens are hospitable and eager to engage with strangers.

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India’s sheer size makes traveling there daunting. Riding can be hazardous as narrow roads cling to cliffs and unyielding truckers ignore your existence. India is a land of extremes that accost every sense. The smells are either intoxicating or noisome. There’s abject poverty and lavish wealth. From the intimate beauty of Himachal Pradesh to the majestic Himalayas, India is a source of constant amazement. Riding a motorcycle there can be harrowing, but the support of locals makes it one of the friendliest as well.

The untrammeled wild of Patagonia is an allure to the motorcyclist in search of the spectacular. Unlike a lot of places, where the motorcycle seems right at home, Chile can make it seem like it doesn’t belong. Not that it’s out of its element, but the near-sacred sights of Patagonia seem to invite us to turn off the engine and put on a pair of hiking boots.

New Zealand

The land of the long white cloud is home to an unmatched diversity of landscapes. Glaciers, rain forests, sandy beaches, and quaint villages make it a dream vacation for anyone, but its smooth pavement and sparse population make it a paradise for the motorcyclist. New Zealand seems more exotic than other English-speaking countries, but remains a less daunting prospect than many far-flung destinations. Always nice to not have to rely on Google Translate to order a burger.

Sure, have your beach vacation. But then rent a bike and head north to the mountains for miles and miles of twisty roads. Thailand is as exotic as it seems. With a hospitable culture and, uh, Thai food, you really can’t go wrong. As in many other southeast Asian countries, congested urban areas mean you’ll be one of a zillion people on two wheels. Blend in with the crowd. Ride a motorcycle.

For our non-American readership, it should be said that the US is a great place to ride a bike. Ride the cycling meccas of California and the southern Appalachians; visit the Barber museum in Birmingham, Alabama; and the Harley-Davidson museum and factory in Milwaukee. Catch a down-home flat-track race at a middle-of-nowhere fairground. Wherever you wind up, there’s a road of note. For riding a motorcycle, the US offers an experience as vast as its borders.

Have a favorite place to ride a motorcycle? Tell us your story.


Alma Pramac Racing unleash 2019 livery

Paolo Campinoti, Alma Pramac Racing Team Principal: “The 2018 season gave us great satisfaction as we won the “Best Independent Team” title. With the confirmation of Jack Miller, who will have at his disposal the Ducati Desmosedici GP 2019, and the great talent of the reigning Moto2 World Champion Francesco Bagnaia, in the 2019 season we aim to confirm ourselves at the very highest level. We are also proud to tackle this new adventure with the fantastic livery designed by the Centro Stile Lamborghini, certain that they can create a winning combination with the Ducati Desmosedici GP. For our team, it is a source of great satisfaction to be a world ambassador of two such important ‘Made in Italy’ brands.”

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