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New YZR-M1 has more potential indicates Rossi

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Multi-time world champion Valentino Rossi believes the 2020 Yamaha YZR-M1 has greater potential than its predecessor following three days of testing in Malaysia.

The Italian legend experienced one of his stronger pre-season outings in recent years, dipping into the 1m58s lap times to finish fifth on the timesheets during the final day.

Despite the positive improvements, Rossi is still adamant there’s work to be done in order to build an advantage over his competitors.

“Everybody is very strong, very fast as always,” Rossi stated. “We are not so far from the top. The second day was better than the first day because we worked a lot on the new bike. We need some more experience and some more kilometres, but today we already found something good, especially for the grip, and the pace with the race tyre is positive.

“For me, the bike has better potential than last year, but we need to work because also the other manufacturers are making steps, and like I said before, they are very strong. So, we need to continue to work hard, but it looks like we’re heading in the right direction.”

Rossi will be out on track next on 22 February in Qatar for the final pre-season test ahead of round, scheduled for 8 March at the Losail circuit.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

WorldSBK determines rev limits for 2020 season

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The Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) has determined the initial rev limits set for 2020 as the all-new Honda Fireblade and updated Yamaha YZF-R1 are rolled out this season.

The performance balancing algorithm has been used to determine the RPM of each of the five manufacturers and their respected models. The performances are based on the final three rounds of the 2019 season.

The 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R (SP) Fireblade with its all-new engine has a limit based on the maximum rpm of the homologated street machine, while the 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1M with its engine incrementally revised for EU4 legislation has a rev limit based on the performance balancing algorithm following the 2019 season.

The championship-winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR has been capped at 14,600rpm, with the Ducati Panigale V4 R coming in at 16,100rpm and the Yamaha YZF-R1 at 14,950rpm. The BMW S 1000 RR is set to 14,950rpm and the new 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R at 15,600rpm.

The opening round of the 2020 WorldSBK season kicks off on 27 February-1 March at Phillip Island.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Bayliss secures WorldSSP wildcard at Phillip Island opener

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Teenage talent Oli Bayliss will make his international debut as a wildcard in Phillip Island’s opening round of the 2020 World Supersport Championship (WorldSSP).

Bayliss will pull double-duty in round one of the Australian championship and WorldSSP with Cube Racing, following in the footsteps of triple world champion father, Troy Bayliss.

“I’m really excited and grateful to have this opportunity to race at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in the World Supersport Championship for the first round as a wildcard rider,” 16-year-old Bayliss commented.

“It’s going to be really tough with how fast them guys have been going over the years and it’s going to be a great opportunity to ride with some of the fastest guys in the world to see how I can place amongst them.

“I will be doing double duties, so it’s going to be a big weekend and a bit of a challenge – I’m going to be training very hard coming up to that round to stay fit.

“When dad was racing with World Superbikes, I grew up around a lot of the mechanics who are still around in the paddock now. They might help me a little bit, but the main thing is going out there and giving it my all.

“The difference between my ASBK bike and World Supersport bike is around 10 to 15 horsepower. It’s not much, but enough to go a second or two a lap quicker.”

Bayliss will also be on track during the final official pre-season test on 24-25 February, just days before the Motul Superbike World Championship, Yamaha Finance round, at Phillip Island between 28 February and 1 March.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Team UK named for International Island Classic

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The UK team for the International Island Classic has been named for the 2020 instalment set to take place on 24-26 January.

Captained by Tony Hart, the squad will feature Alex Sinclair, Michael Neeves, Rich Llewellin, Richard Peers-Jones, Paul Gaskin, Hasse Gustafson, Johnny Nordberg, Roger Gunn, Damien Kavney, Jim Agombar, Clive Warner and Brendan Wilson.

“Team UK is coming to race the might of the Aussies and the Yanks, and we are well aware that we are up against it,” said Hart. “I know our bikes are seriously underpowered against the big 16-valve motors the others will be running but that can’t be helped, until we get our new 2020 UK regulations for the class.

“Our riders and their machines know the Challenge they face in the race and if the outcome is simply we did our best with honest period bikes then we shall be humble and leave with pride in the knowing we did our best, we can’t let the others have all the fun.

“We love the camaraderie of the motorcycling community, we’ve got some beautiful bikes to share with the fans, and a lot of British good humour to bring to the party. Australia has been through a lot these past weeks, and we’re keen to come and share our love of motorcycles with everyone.”

A total of 400 bikes will take to the Phillip Island circuit over the three days, where each class will be decided after one qualifying session and four races – and the Phil Irving Trophy will be the rider who scores the highest points in non-International Challenge events.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Harley-Davidson tops declining road bike sales in 2019

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Road bike sales across Australia posted an 11.6 percent decline in 2019, while it was Harley-Davidson who topped the segment following the latest Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) report.

The motorcycle market as a whole recorded a 6.1 percent drop in sales, with all market categories except scooters affected by the downturn.

The 2019 market remained relatively steady in terms of its composition, however off-road bikes regained the status as the most popular category and comprised 38.5 percent of the market. Road bikes claimed a 35.8 percent share, ATV/SSVs accounted for 20.1 percent of total sales, and scooters again took an increased share of the total sales with 5.6 percent.

Among individual brands, Honda came in at number one with 23.3 percent market share across all segments, followed by Yamaha in second place with 22.4 percent share, Kawasaki in third with 8,962 sales 10 percent share, followed by KTM 8.6 percent share and and Suzuki with 7.8 percent share..

In road bike segment, Harley-Davidson finished ahead of Honda, with Yamaha in third. Husqvarna and KTM were the outstanding performers, with increased sales in 2019 compared to 2018.

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Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Australian pricing revealed for 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP

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Honda Motorcycles Australia has revealed pricing for its all-new 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade, which is due for arrival in the second quarter of next year.

The SP variant, to sole model to be brought into Australia in HRC-inspired Grand Prix Red and Matte Pearl Black colourways, will be priced at MLP $49,999, with pre-orders now being taken at dealerships across the country.

Heavily inspired by the RC213V MotoGP machine and its street-legal RC213V-S counterpart, the 2020 CBR1000RR-R SP is powered by the most powerful inline four-cylinder engine that Honda has ever made.

Sharing the same bore and stroke as the RC213V-S, the 2020 CBR1000RR-R SP delivers maximum power of 160kW at 14500rpm and peak torque of 113Nm at 12500rpm while tipping the scales at only 201kg.

It utilises a cutting-edge aerodynamic package – also influenced by HRC’s multiple championship-winning RC213V – works in tandem with a new Bosch six-axis IMU.

The SP model boasts a new 43mm Ohlins NPX front fork that replaces the NIX fork of the previous model and second-generation Ohlins Object Based Tuning interface (OBTi) offers finer control of settings front and rear. The front discs are larger in diameter and worked by new Brembo Stylema four-piston calipers while the ABS is adjustable for track riding.

For more information, visit www.motorcycles.honda.com.au.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Top privateer Walters to remain Kawasaki-supported next year

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Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) privateer of the year Matt Walters will continue to be supported by Kawasaki Motors Australia in 2020 for an 11th season.

Walters experienced a strong 2019 campaign aboard the ZX-10RR, earning a front-row start at Phillip Island’s penultimate round which he later converted into a season-best fifth overall placing.

“[I’m] super happy to back with Kawasaki Motors Australia for my 11th year with the Japanese manufacturer,” said Walters. “Together we have won championships, and this year [we went] back-to-back Australian Superbike privateer [of the year].

“The small family-run team and I will be setting our sights straight for the podium and really looking forward to 2020 on my Kawasaki ZX-10RR at the season starter at Phillip island.”

Kawasaki Motors Australia national sales and marketing manager Robert Walker added: “2019 was a very strong year for Matt, taking out the ASBK ironman award and we were very happy with his result for the year.

“Each year Matt and the team have represented Kawasaki very well and improved on their results. We are eager to see how his 2020 season progresses on the Ninja ZX-10RR.”

The opening round of the 2020 ASBK season is scheduled for 27 February-1 March at Phillip Island, running in conjunction with round one of the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Alleged positive anti-doping test provisionally suspends Iannone

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The FIM has revealed MotoGP World Championship contender Andrea Iannone has been provisionally suspended after allegedly returning a positive sample for a banned substance under the World Anti-Doping Code.

The Aprilia Racing rider is understood to have returned an adverse analytical finding of a non-specified substance under Section 1.1.a) Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) of the 2019 Prohibited List.

The reading was collected in a urine sample from him at an in-competition test carried out by the FIM at the penultimate round of MotoGP in Sepang, Malaysia, at the beginning of November.

Iannone has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample, while his provisional suspension comes into immediate effect from 17 December 2019.

He is banned from participating in any motorcycling competition or activity until further notice. Under Article 7.9.3.2 of the World Anti-Doping Code, the premier class race winner may request lifting of his provisional suspension. Iannone has since made a statement on social media, indicating he’ll request and attend the analysis of his B sample.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Scott joins Staring at Kawasaki BCperformance in 2020

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Kawasaki BCperformance has revealed Glenn Scott will join the outfit alongside team regular Bryan Staring for the 2020 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK).

Scott, a long-time Kawasaki-supported rider, showed promising form at the beginning of the 2019 ASBK series before suffering season-ending injuries halfway through the year at Morgan Park.

“After a large accident forcing my 2019 season to a grinding stop, it brings me great pleasure to have such an amazing opportunity presented to me for the 2020 ASBK season,” Scott explained. “BCperformance has proven they are a top running team in ASBK and I am excited to be part of their professional outfit for 2020.

“Although we are competitors it will be great to work alongside Bryan Staring, having an experienced and strong teammate will push me and help me build my experience on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR.

“I would like to personally thank Kawasaki Motors Australia and BCperformance for this incredible opportunity, the Ninja ZX-10RR is an amazing Superbike and I consider myself very lucky to have the opportunity to take it to its limits on track for the 2020 season. I would also like to thank my supporters and personal sponsors for continuing their support into the 2020 ASBK Season.”

Western Australian Staring will embark on his third season with the BCperformance squad, coming off a strong campaign this year that saw him dominate The Bend’s third stop of the series.

“I couldn’t be happier to continue my partnership with Kawasaki BCperformance in the 2020 Australian Superbike Championship,” said Staring. “This will be the third-consecutive season with the team/manufacturer combination that is growing, learning and improving each year. I feel very well supported from both Kawasaki Australia and the BCperformance team.

“We have a great motorcycle in the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR. This race bike is a dream package to work with because the engine is incredibly strong, it handles well, and the electronic system is completely functional and reliable. I believe in 2020 we can surpass our previous best performances given our growing experience with this motorcycle and the top components the team utilise.

“The fantastic personnel and culture within the team provide a great working environment for myself and one that the supporters can easily enjoy on race weekends. This is the springboard I will use to succeed in the 2020 Australian Superbike Championship and I am very grateful to be continuing together.”

Team owner Kelvin Reilly added: “I am super happy with our line-up for the 2020 Australian Superbike Championship. It’s a pleasure to work with Bryan and I believe the lessons learned during 2019 will make us a stronger more consistent team in 2020.

“Securing Glenn was a big part of our strategy and he showed good speed during the past season and believe he will work well in our team. I am also grateful to Kawasaki Motors Australia for the continuing support in this project as the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR is a formidable machine along with the Dunlop tyres and Ktech suspension we have an excellent package to succeed.

“As our working relationship gets stronger and stronger every year, it is also a pleasure to work with Kawasaki Motors Australia and I must thank them for their continued support along with all our other sponsors who will be announced shortly.”

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Single rider strategy forces Parkes to sit out Sepang EWC

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A triumphant single rider strategy for YART Yamaha at the 8 Hours of Sepang ultimately saw Australian Broc Parkes sit out the second stop of the 2019/2020 FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC).

The rain-affected event saw the race reduced to under three hours, and with Parkes scheduled to ride in the final 30 minutes, it was decided to leave Niccolo Canepa out on a drying track and bring the victory home. The same decision was made earlier in the race when fill-in Karel Hanika was set to take the reigns.

“It was shorter than expected because of the weather, but no less exhausting for that,” said YART team manager Mandy Kainz. “We had a problem with the bike in the early stages of the race, but Niccolo did an incredible job to fight his way through to the front in difficult conditions and without any electronic rider aids.

“At the first pit stop it was tight at the front of the race, so we decided to keep Niccolo on the bike, rather than lose time while Karel got used to the conditions. We made the same decision at the final pit stop, opting to stick with Niccolo rather than putting Broc on the bike for the final 30 minutes on a damp but drying track.

“It was the correct decision and it paid dividends for us in the end. So, thanks to the team and the riders for a fantastic job – this win puts us back in the game as far as the championship is concerned. Finally, I wish Marvin a speedy recovery and I look forward to seeing him back on the bike, and hopefully on the podium, in Le Mans.”

YART Yamaha is now ranked fourth in the championship standings as the EWC heads to Le Mans on 18-19 April 2020 for round three.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au