Petronas Yamaha makes official MotoGP entry at Spanish test

Morbidelli an impressive sixth on day one aboard the Yamaha.

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The all-new Petronas Yamaha SRT outfit made it’s official entry into the MotoGP paddock this week at Valencia’s post-season test in Spain, with riders Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo sampling the Yamaha YZR-M1 for the first time.

Morbidelli, who just completed his rookie MotoGP campaign, immediately gelled with the Yamaha, which was evident through his quick-time of 1m32.085s, ranking him sixth on the result sheets.

“It has been a great first day,” said Morbidelli. “I felt good with the bike as soon as I got in it and the connection with the team is really good. I managed to get some laps in this afternoon that were solid and fast.

“I have more time to find in my riding, as I get to know the bike and understand its strengths and weaknesses, to get the most out of this test. I have been surprised how smooth the Yamaha is to ride and how easy it is to understand.”

Moto2 graduate Quartararo enjoyed his first 38 laps in MotoGP with a best-lap of 1m33.850s, placing the teenager in 23rd position while being the third fastest rookie.

“The first day of the test has gone really well,” Quartararo stated. “It was a shame we didn’t get to do more laps because of the conditions, which weren’t the best, but I am happy because each time I went out onto the track I improved. So far in the middle of the corner and the exit we are quite strong but I am losing time in braking.

“The team are encouraging me to believe in the brakes because at the start you think you’re not going to be able to get stopped but in the end you can do it and I enjoyed that. The most impressive thing about my first outing on the Yamaha was the power, especially on the first straight, and also the brakes. Hopefully we can have good conditions tomorrow because we want to work on braking and improving the feeling.”

The duo will return to the circuit today along with full MotoGP contingent for day two of the official test.


Tanti’s racing future cemented for 2019 campaign

Standout year has national number three linked to Serco Yamaha seat.

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New South Welshman Aaron Tanti has revealed his racing future is locked in for the 2019 season where he’s to remain in the MX2/SX2 category, following the closure of the Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing team.

Tanti experienced a breakout year in 2018, capturing a number of race victories on his way to third in the Pirelli MX Nationals MX2 standings, making him a favourable contender for the crown next season.

While unable to disclose the team he’s contracted to, the number 18 has been heavily linked to a position at the champion-winning Serco Yamaha outfit alongside regular Nathan Crawford, expected to prompt the departure of MX2 champion Wilson Todd.

“I’ve got a big thing for next year and I’m happy with it,” Tanti declared to “I don’t think I can say too much yet, but I’m 100 percent racing – I’ve got something sorted in MX2.

“This was my first year riding full-time and it was massive learning curve. I’m going to have to learn how to control a championship and on my bad days, I’m going to have to make them as good as they can be. I learned a lot this year and it’s been a big eye-opener – I’m going to be ready for 2019.”

Despite earning the crown with Serco Yamaha, speculation circulating at AUS-X Open Sydney indicates Todd will return to DPH Motorsport aboard Husqvarna machinery for the first time in his career after a potential opportunity in Europe failed to come through.

With the Australian Supercross Championship now at a close and this weekend’s S-X Open Auckland the final racing commitment for many teams and riders, the domestic silly-season is set to kick into overdrive throughout the coming weeks.


Lorenzo completes initial laps aboard RC213V in Repsol Honda debut

Spaniard 18th fastest on opening day of MotoGP testing at Valencia.

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Multi-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo has made his debut with Repsol Honda at the opening day of Valencia’s post-season MotoGP test in Spain.

After completing a two-year stint with Ducati at the weekend, where he finished 12th for ninth in the standings, the Spaniard completed his initial laps aboard the championship-winning RC213V before rain called for a premature end to the day.

The number 99 logged 30 laps with a best time of 1m32.959s, granting him 18th overall on the day – 1.543s off the fastest time set by Maverick Vinales (Yamaha Factory Racing).

Missing four of the last five grand prix, Lorenzo is still nursing a wrist injury, which he believes improved drastically in recent weeks, ultimately allowing him the race the season finale on Sunday along with this week’s two-day test.


2019 BMW R 1250 RS | +18Nm grunt | TFT/Bluetooth STD

For 2019 BMW’s premium sports tourer, the R 1250 RS receives the new 1254cc ShiftCam boxer twin, with significant power gains of 11hp and 18Nm of torque, now reaching 136hp and 143Nm. While BMW also boast significantly optimised refinement and running smoothness – especially at low rpm.

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2019 BMW R 1250 RS

The intake camshafts are further designed for asynchronous opening of the two intake valves, resulting in enhanced swirl of the fresh, incoming mixture and more effective combustion. Other technical changes to the engine relate to the camshaft drive – now taken care of by a toothed chain (previously a roller chain) – an optimised oil supply, twin-jet injection valves and a new exhaust system.

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2019 BMW R 1250 RS

Two riding modes as standard adapt the motorcycle to individual rider preferences, while the standard Automatic Stability Control ASC ensures a high level of riding safety due to providing the best possible traction. The set-off assistant Hill Start Control is likewise a standard feature, enabling convenient set-off on slopes.

“Riding Modes Pro” is now available as an optional equipment item, featuring the additional riding modes “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” (configurable); and Dynamic Traction Control DTC.

The new R 1250 RS also features a LED headlamp as standard and in addition to this, the LED daytime riding light is available as an optional equipment item.

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2019 BMW R 1250 RS

BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA is also available as an optional extra, providing  automatically adaptive damping to the situation according to riding state and manoeuvres, and also automatic compensation in all load states.

The R 1250 RS also allows customers to choose from a variety of seat height variants as part of the optional and special equipment range. The 820mm seat is the standard version. The 790mm “low” version is also available as well as the 760mm “extra low” and 840mm “sport” version. As such, a total spectrum covering a height difference of 80mm is offered between the lowest and highest seat variant ex works.

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2019 BMW R 1250 RS

The R 1250 RS also features ‘Connectivity’ as standard including a 6.5-inch full-colour TFT screen, which in conjunction with the standard BMW Motorrad Multi-Controller, means riders can access vehicle and connectivity functions swiftly and conveniently.

With an active Bluetooth connection to any standard smartphone, the rider can also enjoy listening to music during travel. In addition, the freely available BMW Motorrad Connected App offers handy arrow-based navigation suitable for day-to-day use directly via the TFT screen. The BMW Motorrad Connected App is available for free from the Google and Apple app stores.

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2019 BMW R 1250 RS

2019 BMW R 1250 RS highlights

  • Evolved boxer engine with BMW ShiftCam Technology for variation of the valve timings and valve stroke on the intake side.
  • More power across the entire engine speed range, optimised fuel consumption and emission levels, increased running smoothness and refinement.
  • Increased output and torque to 100 kW (136 hp) at 7750rpm and 143Nm at 6250rpm.
  • Capacity increased to 1254cc (previously 1170cc).
  • Asynchronous valve opening on the intake side for optimised swirl and more effective combustion.
  • Camshaft drive now via toothed chain (previously roller chain)
  • Optimised oil supply and piston base cooling.
  • Knock sensor system for optimised travel suitability.
  • Latest generation of BMS-O engine control and use of twin-jet injection valves.
  • New exhaust system for optimum performance characteristics.
  • Two riding modes, ASC and Hill Start Control as standard.
  • Riding Modes Pro, featuring additional riding modes, Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS Pro, Hill Start Control Pro and Dynamic Brake Assistant DBC, available as an optional equipment item ex works.
  • Electronic suspension Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” available with fully automatic load compensation.
  • LED headlamp for the R 1250 RS (completely new design)
  • Connectivity multifunctional instrument cluster with 6.5 inch full-colour TFT display offering many features as standard.

BMW R 1250 RS – Black Storm Metallic (Standard Edition)

This traditional BMW Motorrad colour gives the R 1250 RS a dynamic look and as in all other versions, a newly designed model inscription is applied. Cylinder head covers with the lettering “ShiftCam” – referencethe new engine generation – set it apart from the predecessor model at first sight.

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2019 BMW R 1250 RS – Black Storm Metallic

The body finish is to be found on the fuel tank cover, the rear side sections on the left and right, the upper trim section, the front wheel cover and the radiator trim elements. The contrast here is provided by the central fuel tank cover in Night Black, the main and rear frame finished in black matt and black brake calipers as well as wheels and front spoiler in Asphalt Grey metallic matt.

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2019 BMW R 1250 RS – Black Storm Metallic

Upside-down fork slider tubes anodised in silver (without Dynamic ESA) or gold (with Dynamic ESA) add a technological accentuation, underscoring the sporty, active riding qualities of the new R 1250 RS.

2019 BMW R 1250 RS Exclusive

This style variant emphasises the new R 1250 RS by means of a body finish in Imperial Blue metallic. The cylinder head covers in Agate Grey metallic matt provide a discreet contrast, as does the main frame finished in the same colour.

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2019 BMW R 1250 RS Exclusive – Imperial Blue Metallic

As an additional contrasting colour Asphalt Grey metallic matt on the front spoiler and cast wheels underscores the exclusive character of the new R 1250 RS. In conjunction with the black embossed seat in the rear section, the main frame coated in black matt gives the new R 1250 RS a harmonious look.

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2019 BMW R 1250 RS Exclusive – Imperial Blue Metallic

The body finish Imperial Blue metallic is to be found on the fuel tank cover, the rear side sections on the left and right, the upper trim section, the front wheel cover and the radiator trim elements. Meanwhile, gold brake calipers and slider tubes in silver or gold emphasise the motorcycle’s  appearance.

2019 BMW R 1250 RS Sport

In this style variant the R 1250 RS Sport features the colour Austin Yellow metallic with cylinder head covers in Agate Grey metallic matt with ShiftCam inscriptions. The wheels in Night Black, the powertrain coated in black and the black main frame give the R 1250 RS a particularly appearance.

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2019 BMW R 1250 RS Sport – Austin Yellow metallic

Meanwhile the main frame coated in Lightwhite and the striking Austin Yellow metallic is the dominant colour, appearing on the fuel tank cover, the rear side sections on the left and right, the upper trim section, the front wheel cover and the radiator trim elements.

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2019 BMW R 1250 RS Sport – Austin Yellow metallic

The dynamic qualities of the new R 1250 RS are highlighted by means of silver anodised slider tubes, gold brake calipers and a high-end stainless steel engine spoiler.

Option 719 Spezial finish Stardust Metallic

The high-quality paint finish Stardust metallic with metallic effect gives the new R 1250 RS a particularly exclusive touch. It is applied with enormous attention to detail by means of an elaborate painting process that involves gold and glass flakes being mixed into the brown-bronze base colour so as to provide effects when the finish is later exposed to the light. The body finish is to be found on the fuel tank trim elements, the side sections and the top of the front wheel cover – in the R 1250 RS also on the upper trim section.

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2019 BMW R 1250 RS

Painted graphic accentuations in gold round off the overall impression. The main frame and cylinder head covers are finished in Agate Grey metallic matt, giving the new R 1250 RS a pronounced look of refinement in conjunction with the powertrain finished in black and the rear frame. Cast wheels in Night Black and gold brake calipers additionally emphasise the motorcycle’s character.

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2019 BMW R 1250 RS

A supplement to Option 719 Spezial paint finish is the separately available seat in black/brown with contrasting seams and Option 719 Signet.

2019 BMW R 1250 RS


Capacity cc 1254
Bore/stroke mm 102.5 x 76
Output kW/hp 100/136
At engine speed rpm 7750
Torque Nm 143
At engine speed rpm 6250
Type Air/liquid-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke boxer engine with two overhead, spur gear driven camshafts , a counterbalance shaft and variable intake camshaft control system BMW Shift Cam
Compression 12.5/1
Fuel Premium unleaded95 RON (option:
Valves per cylinder Ø intake/outlet mm 4
Ø Throttle valves mm 52
Engine control BMS-O
Emission control Closed-loop three-way catalytic converter, exhaust standard EU-4

Electrical system

Generator W


Battery V/Ah


Headlamp Full-LED (option:LED daytime riding light)
Rear light LED brake light/rear light
Starter W 900

Power transmission

Clutch Wet clutch with anti-hopping function, hydraulically activated
Transmission Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gearing system
Primary ratio 1.650
I 2.438
II 1.714
III. 1.296
IV. 1.059
V 0.943
VI 0.848
Secondary drive Shaft drive
Secondary ratio 2.818


Frame construction type Two-section frame concept consisting of main frame with bolt-on rear frame, load-bearing engine.
Front wheel control Telescopic fork
Rear wheel control Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever, WAD spring strut, continuously adjustable spring preload by means of hand wheel, rebound-stage damping adjustable by hand wheel (Option: Dynamic ESA Next Generation)
Spring travel, front/rear mm 140/140
Castor(unladen weight according to DIN) mm 110.8
Wheelbase(unladen weight according to DIN) mm 1530
Steering head angle(unladen weight according to DIN) ° 62.3
Front Brakes Twin disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 320 mm, 4-piston radial brake callipers
Rear Brakes Single disc brake, diameter 276 mm, 2-piston floating caliper
ABS BMW Motorrad Integral ABS as standard (part integral), disengageable (option: ABS Pro)
Front Wheels Die-cast aluminium, 3.50 x 17″
Rear Wheel Die-cast aluminium, 5.50 x 17″
Front Tyres 120/70 ZR 17
Rear  Tyres 180/55 ZR 17

Dimensions and weights

Total length mm 2,165
Total width including mirrors  mm 880
Seat height mm 820 (760 to 840 possible) 820 (760 to 840 possible)
Empty weight according to DIN, kg road-ready 243
Permitted total weight kg 460
Fuel tank capacity l 18

Performance figures

Fuel consumption (WMTC)l/100 km 4.75
CO2 g/km 110
Acceleration 0-100 km/hs 3.25
Top speed km/h >200


MotoGP rookies take to Valencia in opening day of testing

Pramac Racing’s Bagnaia fastest of the premier class newcomers.

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Recently-crowned Moto2 world champion Francesco Bagnaia topped the list of MotoGP rookies on day one of testing at Valencia, finishing up 11th on the timesheets while debuting with Pramac Racing.

The number 63 experienced his first taste of the Ducati Desmosedici GP18, lodging a best-time of 1m32.39s, just 0.980s off the pace from leader Maverick Vinales (Yamaha Factory Racing).

“Unfortunately the rain stopped us after only 38 laps,” Bagnaia explained, “But I’m really very satisfied with this first day. Honestly, we just tried to lap as much as we could. We’ll start working on the setup tomorrow. My first feeling? The bike is impressive.”

Fellow Moto2 graduate and Team Suzuki Ecstar newcomer Joan Mir was 15th at the end of the day with a 1m32.787 time, marking his first official appearance with the squad after already sampling the Suzuki in Japan.

On his first ever outing on a MotoGP machine, Fabio Quartararo was able to get 38 laps under his belt to set a quickest time of 1m33.850s, which also marked the maiden outing for the newly-introduced outfit Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The last of the rookies was KTM Tech3 Racing’s Miguel Oliveira, logging a total of 33 laps while recording a quick-time of 1m35.118s. The test also signifies Tech3’s transition to KTM machinery. Testing will resume today for day two.


Short adds WORCS series to 2019 racing commitments

Motocross rider turned desert racer joins Husqvarna’s factory off-road outfit.

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Former AMA supercross and motocross regular turned desert racer Andrew Short will add the WORCS series to his racing commitments in 2018 as he joins the American Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing outfit.

Short, already a member of the global factory Husqvarna team in desert and rally racing, is set pilot the FX 450 in next year’s WORCS championship alongside his efforts in the Dakar Rally and FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.

“I am really excited to join the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team and to race the WORCS series,” Short commented. “I think it’s something that has become a big passion of mine.

“The off-road community is unique and how they approach racing is really cool. With my motocross background and continuing to race rally, I feel like off-road is a great combination of the two and I am hoping to find a lot of success doing it.”

The American favourite retired from a lengthy motocross and supercross career in 2016 before making a shock transition to rally racing, beginning with the 2018 Dakar Rally. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Team is set to be completed by Colton Haaker, Thad Duvall and Trevor Bollinger.


Most Important Road Rules Every Motorcycle Rider Should Never Break

Contributed post for our important American readers

Ah, America. The land of the free, the home of the brave. But to what extent are we allowed to exercise the freedom that was paid for in blood, sweat, and tears by our forebears? There are so many fun things to do in life and motorcycle riding is probably one of the most fun.

But what limits are set? What lines are drawn? When does enjoyment become harmful to an equally-entitled citizen? Well, as a general rule, you’re allowed to wave your fist around as long as it doesn’t hit you or anybody else.

But that’s a description that, while it encapsulates the core idea of rights, doesn’t really help much in terms of helping us regulate our behavior. Well, that’s what this article is intended to help with. While it’s true that there are so many rules to follow, these are the ones that you should never, ever break.

Always Wear a DOT-Approved Helmet

This is the most basic tenet of riding safety. You don’t need to finish a few units of Anatomy and Physiology to know that head injuries are extremely dangerous and that it’s so easy for them to become fatal. This is why the Department of Transportation puts heavy emphasis on wearing proper protective gear when riding your motorcycle. Here’s a quick guide on what exactly are the DoT’s standards when it comes to helmet types.DOT helmet stickers

Use Appropriate Lights and Light Signals

It may seem like a very basic rule but many motorists — not just motorcycle riders, but car drivers too — seem to forget it. You can’t expect your fellow motorists to be able to read your mind. Give them a heads up for them to be able to react to the next move you’re going to make. While it’s generally advisable to avoid riding your motorcycle at night (because motorcycles are easily overlooked), if you really must, then always, always keep your headlights on.

Following this rule will not only keep you from causing any accidents, it’ll also save you the trouble of having to pay for medical expenses and having to look for experienced motorcycle accident lawyers like the professionals at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP.

Don’t Swerve, Just Do a Slow Curve

Erratic driving and sudden turns will almost always result in accidents. Even when you make use of proper light signals, it’s still better to change direction gradually rather than abruptly. Motorcycles aren’t as stable as their 4-wheeled counterparts, and are therefore most prone to the loss of control.

This rule becomes even more important during less-than-ideal road conditions. Wet roads, and even worse, snow and ice-covered roads are to be avoided in general. Only ride when the weather’s ideal, unless you really need to.

Wear Proper Motorcycle Riding Attire

No, denim isn’t abrasion-resistant enough to pass for proper bike attire. All riders go down at some point in their bike-riding journey. You don’t want to be reminded of that time you lost control and ended up sliding (quite painfully too) across the rough concrete. Save yourself the pain and the scar and make sure to get armored protective gear.


Vinales fastest on day one of Valencia MotoGP testing

Riders hit the track in preparation for the 2019 season.

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Maverick Vinales (Yamaha Factory Racing) took the first honours of 2019 track action at the Valencia, setting the quickest time of 1m31.416s to head 2018 world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) by 0.302s, with Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing) third on the timesheets.

The timesheets weren’t the only headline-makers, however, as we witnessed Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team), Johann Zarco (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and others get to grips with their new machines – although it was an earlier end to the day than anticipated after rain cut action short in the late afternoon.

The day also began with a similar problem, with the skies dry but the track a little damp, and that delayed proceedings a little. Once it did get underway, the day ushered in a new era.

At the Repsol Honda Team, Marquez was a threat near the top for much of the day and the reigning champion had two other black-liveried bikes in the garage – a 2019 development bike and an all-new bike for the coming season. But arguably the biggest talking point from the test was Lorenzo’s debut on an RC213V machine.

The five-time World Champion didn’t head out until around 1pm local time, but eventually completed 30 laps before rain stopped play at around 3:20pm. Still not up to full fitness after his wrist injury, Lorenzo ended day one with the 18th fastest time – his 1m32.959s was 1.543s off Vinales as he begins his adaptation from Ducati to Honda.

Vinales was the later improver to take to the top. The Spaniard’s main focus was on the engine, and he began with some time on the ‘old’ bike. Then? “We changed the engine and we felt like we’d suddenly improved on the points we need to,” says the Spaniard. “I’m really happy and the direction we followed with Yamaha was the correct one. We felt much better into the corner, it’s where we needed to improve and now we’re trying to understand how to improve the acceleration.

“The difference is especially on the engine braking. The new engine is much better,” he adds – and he confirmed he did his fastest lap-time on the new engine. Teammate Valentino Rossi, meanwhile, was also near the top – and he had positive things to say about the engine he tried, that it stresses the tyre less. He also gave a peek of what he’ll be working on tomorrow – another spec.

“Today we tried one (engine) and tomorrow we’ll try the other one, which is similar but different. Tomorrow, the most important thing is try the second spec. For me, these two tests are not crucial, but are important. We have time until next February to choose the engine, but in this test we can give a good indication to work more in one way.”

Ducati was a slightly different story, with 2017 and 2018 runner-up Andrea Dovizioso left a little frustrated after day one. With no dry lap-times from the weekend as a reference, the Italian worked on an updated GP18 to lay down some laps to use as a comparison for the new bike – but then it rained. Tomorrow the number 04 will be looking to get that base and then begin work in earnest if the weather proves better, but he did finish day one only 0.001 off Rossi.

On the other side of the garage, newcomer Danilo Petrucci described it as the first day at school as he debuts in factory colours, and had no negatives to report back. Test rider Michele Pirro, meanwhile – the only rider to crash on the opening day – headed out on a GP19 for 19 laps to set the 10th fastest time, 0.804s from the top.

Behind Dovizioso, LCR Honda Castrol’s replacement rider Stefan Bradl completed the top five after 51 laps, putting in a 1m32.015s, with teammate Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) a little further down the timesheets in P13.

In sixth came one of the most impressive performances of the day from new team on the grid Petronas Yamaha SRT. Franco Morbidelli, fresh from being crowned 2018 Rookie of the Year, was only two tenths off Rossi and using a hybrid of Johann Zarco’s former 2018 bike with a new engine from the factory.

And on his first ever outing on a MotoGP machine, teammate Fabio Quartararo was able to get 38 laps under his belt to set a quickest time of 1m33.850s – 2.434s off Vinales. The biggest change? The Frenchman reported it was the power – and where he has to brake in the premier class compared to the intermediate.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) was satisfied and positive after day one too. The Spaniard was working on updates and hopes the machine will be the basis of their 2019 bike, and he was up the timesheets from early in the track action and eventually finished up in P7. New teammate Andrea Iannone also took to the RS-GP for the first time. The Italian was only able to get 15 laps under his belt to as he ended the day in P19, while test rider Bradley Smith was able to get to grips with his new bike – 17 laps completed for the British rider, with a best time of 1m33.709s.

Behind Aleix Espargaro and Petrucci was the hero of the hour for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing on Sunday: Pol Espargaro. The Spaniard was positive after day one and ended up P9, putting in 35 laps due to the decreased track time and eager to go again tomorrow. The focus, he says, is currently on electronics – where KTM could stand to make a key gain as they aim to establish themselves as regular runners nearer the podium they took in the grand prix.

New teammate Johann Zarco, meanwhile, reported a 50/50 day – the Frenchman said he initially struggled to find a base setting but is delighted with the feeling in the team and the factory support; another eager to head out again on Wednesday. Zarco was P17 overall, seven tenths off his new teammate.

The fastest rookie of the day was Francesco Bagnaia, who joins Alma Pramac Racing. He impressed in P11 just behind Pirro, and was focusing on simply putting in the laps and settling in. His teammate Jack Miller, meanwhile, said his new bike has almost nothing in common with the old and had positive reports – although the Australian’s day was brought to an even earlier end due to a small technical problem they’ll have rectified for day two. He ended the day in P14.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins slots into P12 after day one. A podium finisher on Sunday, Rins was straight back to business in testing and, much like Dovizioso at Ducati and Marquez at Honda, was about to head out to begin some key work when the rain came down. The Spaniard was suited and booted to start evaluating the Hamamatsu Factory’s new engine, but that will now be a task for tomorrow. Rookie teammate Joan Mir, meanwhile, ended the day in P15 just behind Jack Miller – and only a few tenths off Rins after an impressive first day of ‘official’ experience – having briefly tested the Suzuki in Japan previously.

Just behind Mir came Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing). The Spaniard, out of action since his crash at Silverstone, said he was positively surprised how he felt on the bike and his sixteenth-place finish on the first day showed once again that the former intermediate class champion is made of steel. His new teammate, Karel Abraham, was four tenths off him as the Czech rider moves in one leap from a GP16 to a GP18. He spent most of the day settling in, and reported he made some big changes already.

Jonas Folger (Yamaha Test Team) was another man back in action as he begins working as a Europe-based test rider for the Iwata factory. He did 30 laps on the first day and was 0.040s ahead of Quartararo.

The final names on the timesheets were Hafizh Syahrin and Miguel Oliveira, who both begin new eras – as does the Tech 3 team. Beginning a new chapter with KTM, the KTM Tech 3 Racing riders put in 20 and 33 laps respectively as the Malaysian adapts from the Yamaha and Oliveira adapts from Moto2. Riders will return to the track today for day two.

Detailed results


Aussie launches electric Savic Motorcycles

Australia’s first electric motorcycle company, Savic Motorcycles, will launch their electric Cafe Racer prototype at the Melbourne Moto Expo on Friday (November 23, 2018).

Melbourne rider Dennis Savic, 26, spent more than 650 hours designing and building the prototype.Savic Motorcycles electric cafe racer prototype

The three Cafe Racer production versions will be made in Melbourne and Taiwan. They will be available in 2020.

  • Alpha 60kW, from $20,000;
  • Delta 40kW, from $15,000; and
  • Omega 20kW, from $12,000.Savic Motorcycles electric cafe racer prototype

Each model comes with several battery pack options. The largest offered in the Alpha will provide range of up to 250km, while the smallest option in the Omega will have 50km range. 

Like all electric vehicles, peak torque is instantaneous and Dennis says his bike will accelerate from 0-100km in four seconds.

Customers will be able choose a range of options in brakes, suspension, wheels, tyres and three colours – Spectre, Stealth, and Rustic.

Aftermarket upgrades will also be offered. 

Savic says it’s a ‘dream come true’

Dennis Savic
Dennis Savic on a Magelli converted to electric in 2016

This is a bit of a dream come true.

When I was 14, I decided I wanted to design and build my own vehicles one day. So I did my engineering degree and when I graduated about three years ago I got stuck into it. It’s been a long time coming.

These motorcycles are a unique offering with the most advanced features and functionality that the materials, engineering, electronic controls, electrical technology and 3D printing can offer today. 

We have created a unique design featuring a perfectly rolled (not bent) backbone frame and developed our own powertrain package.  

Our 5-10 production prototypes will start manufacture in the coming months. They feature a fully integrated, stressed, liquid-cooled, motor and energy storage system.

Depending on the model and battery pack a customer selects, a single charge can provide up to 11kWh. That costs only $3 as opposed to $15 for a petrol bike to travel 250km.

Savic Motorcycles electric cafe racer prototype

We will focus on sales and production first in Australia, then take the offering to international markets.

Our aim is to close our second round of private equity funding by February 2019.

We are accepting inquiries for our 10 C-FE (founder edition) models for 2019 and I already have a number of inquiries about the production run of about 50-100 for 2020.

Savic Motorcycles electric cafe racer prototype

Tough market

Every week we hear of a new electric motorcycle or company from traditional motorcycle companies and newcomers like Savic Motorcycles.

We wish Dennis the best of luck, but he is up against some tough hurdles in Australia:

However, it’s great to see a young Aussie engineer getting in early and developing a homegrown product.

Dennis has promised to stay in touch with Motorbike Writer during the process toward production.


Schuberth North America and Held Biker Apparel Big 2-Day Parking Lot Sale, Nov. 30/Dec. 1

‘Tis the season to find a Schuberth or Held product for a heck of a deal.

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It’s the SCHUBERTH North America and Held Biker Apparel’s BIG Parking Lot Sale on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st! During this sale you’ll find everything you need for urban, sport-touring, cruising, or adventure riding. From tinted visors and accessories for your SCHUBERTH helmet to get you ready for riding reason to Held riding apparel and bags, this free event has something for everyone. The event kicks off Friday at 9am until 3pm and Saturday at 9am and ends at 3pm. The festivities are taking place in the parking lot at SCHUBERTH North America in Aliso Viejo, click here for directions: SCHUBERTH Parking Lot Sale.

SCHUBERTH will have unbelievable deals* on discontinued colors and graphics in different models to choose from.  Held biker apparel will have amazing prices* on gloves, riding gear, and a limited inventory of riding bags!

*ALL SALES ARE FINAL (No exchanges or refunds and No warranties offered)

No parking fees, no entry fees, just walk on up to this free event and shop to your heart’s content. The sale will be a great way to spend a Friday or Saturday and help get you excited for riding season. Not sure about the size helmet you wear? Step into our mobile showroom to get fitted and while you are inside you can see our current portfolio of helmets and the variety of colored and tinted visors we offer.

Located at 33 Journey, in Aliso Viejo, CA, 92656; no matter if your favorite place to ride to is Cook’s Corner, Hell’s Kitchen, Palomar Mountain, down PCH, Jackson State Forest, the Sequoia National Forest, or Ranchita to Borrego Springs, SCHUBERTH North America and Held Biker Apparel will have you covered.

About SCHUBERTH North America
Helmet manufacturer SCHUBERTH is based in Magdeburg, Germany. They have been designing and manufacturing high-end head protection systems since the early 1950s. With their wide range of innovative products, the company is a world leader in motorcycle and motorsport helmets as well as protective helmets for industrial, fire service, police, and military use. For more information please visit

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