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Ducati honours Aussie Troy Bayliss

Ducati has honoured Australia’s three-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss with a special Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary model.

The limited-edition serial-numbered bike will be available in Australia and New Zealand from January 2022 with an Australian ride away price of $27,489.

It comes in a special livery that celebrates the Ducati 996 R of Troy’s first World Superbike title in 2001 with his race number 21.

Troy Bayliss - Australia Day announces comeback
Troy Bayliss

He also won in 2006 and 2008 and his 52 World Superbike victories rank third in the history of the championship behind Brits Jonathan Rea and Carl Fogarty.

Troy also raced in the MotoGP, winning the 2006 Spanish GP.

The special Panigale V2 is more than just a special paint job, though.

Justifying the $4500 premium over the standard V2, the bike is equipped with Öhlins The NX30 front fork and TTX36 rear shock absorber and is 3kg lighter thanks to a lithium-ion battery and solo seat.

It also comes wth sport grips, carbon fibre and titanium muffler cover, self-cleaning brake and clutch pumps, smoke grey oil tanks and Troy’s #21 on the saddle and fairings.

The above video was filmed at the Ducati Museum, on the track and at the Bayliss home in Australia.

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The third challenge of the Rising Stars Series has landed!

Back for a second year after a highly successful 2020, the Rising Stars Series consists of four Online Challenges in which Gamers will be divided into three categories, depending on their location. These three are the Americas, Europe and Africa, and finally Asia and Oceania.

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FIM CEV Repsol ready to roll at MotorLand

Jose Antonio Rueda (Team Estrella Galicia 0,0) is on a roll recently too, so he’ll be looking to continue that form, and the likes of Aspar Junior Team’s David Alonso and SIC Racing’s Syarifuddin Azman have had some standout rides already this season, the latter as the first to defeat Holgado to a win. Astra Honda Racing Team’s Mario Aji and Asia Talent Team rider Takuma Matsuyama, on the other hand, will be looking to bounce back after a tough outing on the Algarve… with Aji still aiming for that first podium and Matsuyama gunning to go one better. Both share the target of better luck, as do a few in the field.

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Honda British Talent Cup saddles up for Brands Hatch

The likes of Ryan Hitchcock (Wilson Racing), fourth to start the season before a rockier ride, and Sullivan Mounsey (iForce Lloyd & Jones), who suffered a double DNF in Scotland, will be looking to fight back in the close battle for the top ten, top eight and top five as well, as will Jamie Lyons (C&M Motors Ltd/Tooltec Racing), with the battle near the front incredibly close.

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Ones To Watch: Moto3™

Who are the stars of the lightweight class who could make a leap in performance in the second half of 2021?

Throughout the first half of 2021, some Moto3 ™ World Championship stars, ️like leader Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo), have shone more than others. Other riders have fought for respectable positions without achieving the expected result. Here, we look at 5 riders who, could build on the potential shown in races 1 to 9 and achieve the results their potential merits.

Jeremy Alcoba (9th, 58 points)

2021 for the Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3 rider started with good results in qualifying: 4th and 3rd in the two rounds held at the Losail International Circuit, but in both races he was unable to cross the finish line, opening the season with two consecutive zeroes.

Once in Europe, he again qualified on the front row in Portimao, but could obtain only 2 points. If in the first 3 rounds he had proven to be competitive in qualifying, at the Red Bull Spanish GP he went through Q1 before Q2, where he recorded the second fastest time. Then his progress continued by taking the podium for the first time in 2021, a third place that renewed his confidence.

The following rounds in France, Italy, Barcelona, ​​Sachsenring and Assen were full of ups and downs. At Le Mans he was out of the points. At Mugello he started from the second row but finished 15th, while at Montmeló he converted a strong qualifying to second place in the race. In Germany he starred in an epic comeback: starting 20th, he just missed out on the podium by finishing 4th. At the Dutch TT, Jeremy took the first pole of his career and finished the race in the Top 10.

Jeremy will visit several tracks he is unfamiliar with in the second half of the season. But he can aspire to get strong positions on circuits where he already achieved good results last year such as Misano, Aragón and Valencia. In addition, with the return to Portimao at the end of the year, the ’52’ will also have a new opportunity to climb to the highest step of the podium. Don’t rule it out!

FREE: Enjoy the full Acosta vs Foggia final lap fight

Andrea Migno (10th, 58 points)

After nearly a full career spent racing KTMs, the move to the Rivacold Snipers Team Honda was much more natural than even Migno himself could imagine. At the second round in Qatar, after going through Q1, he set the sixth fastest time in qualifying and was about to get on the podium. In Portimao came the first pole of the year and the first podium, a third place that allowed him to occupy fifth place in the championship. Arriving in Jerez, he consolidated his pace with another front row and fourth place, and at the next round, at Le Mans, he managed another pole before struggling to 11th place in the rain. At this point he sat as high as third in the World Championship.

Arriving at his home race at Mugello charged with enthusiasm and determined to consolidate his consistency, Migno encountered his first major setback. A crash on the first lap did not allow him to finish his home race and a week later, in Catalunya, he suffered a fall, another zero and a significant setback in the World Championship.

Fifth place in Germany was an improvement, but he failed to back that up at Assen, where the Italian scored his third zero in 4 races, falling to 10th in the championship. With future visits to circuits such as the Red Bull Ring, Misano, Valencia and Austin, Migno can regain the necessary concentration by seeing the results he obtained on these tracks in the past. After a 5-week break, Andrea will return recharged as he seeks to regain the consistency that he showed in the first part of the season.

Izan Guevara (15th, 36 points)

The Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Team rookie has shown remarkable consistency in the first part of the season in his first year in the Moto3 ™ World Championship. In the first Grand Prix of the season he immediately secured a front row start and then finished the race in seventh place and less than a second behind the winner. The following week, back on the Losail track, the Spanish rookie did even better in the race by coming home sixth.

FREE: the last 5 minutes of Moto3™ in Valencia

The Portuguese roller coaster was a bit more complicated and the Mallorcan finished out of the points. In the next two rounds, at Jerez and Le Mans, he was out of the Top 10, setting the 11th and 14th fastest times in the race, adding even more points to his tally. The Mugello round was the toughest for him yet. After qualifying in 29th, he regained some positions in the race, but could not get past 17th. Determined to redeem himself in Catalunya, he  was on course for a podium finish before he crashed out on the last lap. In the two rounds at the Sachsenring and the Dutch TT, the rookie was 10th and 12th, respectively, placing 15th overall in the World Championship.

The young Spanish rider will have to face new circuits such as the Circuit of the Americas in Austin and the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia but, given the solidity he has shown in the first half of the season by consistently finishing in the points, he could be a constant presence in the Top 5 places. Without doubt, it would be an exciting preview of what could come in 2022.

Xavier Artigas (17th, 30 points)

15 riders fighting on an astonishing last lap!

The 4 retirements and a race outside the points do not reflect the full potential of a rookie determined to stand out in the colors of Leopard Racing. The Spanish rider began his adventure in the lightweight class of the 2021 World Championship with three consecutive zeroes registered in the double of Losail and in Portimao, sometimes without having any responsibility. But at Jerez he recovered with an encouraging ninth place and then improved again at Le Mans, where he finished 7th.

At Mugello he stayed out of the points zone. Despite having recovered some positions in the race, the Spaniard was cut off in 16th place, and the following week in Catalonia he suffered his fourth retirement of the season. He then redeemed himself in Germany and Assen, where he achieved two ninth places and resumed his rise in the general classification.

Of course, the Catalan lacks experience and qualifying is still his weak point, but being in a team that has taken several riders to the world title in recent years, Artigas has what it takes to get himself into the leading positions. Will he get his first podium this year?

Deniz Öncü (20th, 25 points)

The young Turkish star’s second full season in the Moto3 ™ World Championship has on major highlight: his first podium finish at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Logically, the Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider’s hope is to conquer many more in the future.

After being left out of Q2 only in the first two Grand Prix of the season, in Qatar, the ’53’ has a seventh best qualifying time in Portimao as the best result in ‘qualifying’ and in the race we have seen him often fighting for top positions. He has sometimes been penalised him for a lack of experience and other times for bad luck, but the young Turk has shown that he knows how to fight with the fastest.

Last year at the Red Bull Ring, he was on his way to a breakthrough result when he crashed out. In 2021 there will be two rounds on the Austrian track and Öncü could give us a pleasant surprise after a key summer break for everyone. To find out what these 5 drivers – and the rest of the light class grid – will be capable of, we will have to wait for them to return to action. That makes the Michelin® Grand Prix of Styria from the 5th to 8th of August a must-watch.

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MotoGP™ tech recap: what we’ve seen so far in 2021

Visually though, in 2021, Ducati’s GP21 isn’t too dissimilar to their 2020 bike. The ‘salad box’ at the back of the bike, which houses a mass damper, has changed shape slightly. In addition, the Bologna factory have brought some new aero to the table at the bottom of the side fairings, which is thought to have been a creation to explore the possibility of ground effect in MotoGP™, to help turn the bike.

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2021 Thai GP cancelled

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the cancellation of the OR Thailand Grand Prix, which was set to take place at Chang International Circuit from the 15th to the 17th of October. Despite the best efforts of all parties involved, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions have obliged the cancellation of the event. 

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Season so far: Italian Grand Prix

Victory number four of 2021 for Fabio Quartararo but the paddock’s thoughts were firmly with the family and friends of Jason Dupasquier

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo claimed a commanding and emotional Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley victory to extend his World Championship lead to 24 points, as Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) crashed out on Lap 2. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and reigning World Champion Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) completed the Mugello podium.


MotoGP™ riders share memories and condolences for Dupasquier

A somber Italian Grand Prix was secondary following the tragic passing of Jason Dupasquier. The Swiss teenager was well-liked and respected throughout the paddock with the MotoGP™ grid coming together before the race and then speaking afterward on a dark day for our sport.


What happened between Zarco and Bastianini pre-race?

In a baffling moment before the Mugello race even got underway, Ducati’s Johann Zarco and Enea Bastianini came together as they were about to line-up on the grid. Bastianini was sent over the top of his Avintia Esponsorama machine, with the pair explaining what happened above.


UNSEEN: Rossi’s relief at making top ten return on home soil

It’s no secret that The Doctor has struggled in the opening half of 2021, with his one shining light coming on home soil at the Italian Grand Prix. Our cameras followed the final laps from the Petronas Yamaha SRT box as Rossi’s team celebrate his return to the top ten.


Muuugello: Rossi explains legen-dairy helmet design

It wouldn’t be Mugello without Valentino Rossi unveiling a special, one-off helmet design. And his 2021 edition didn’t disappoint with the 42-year-old cracking a ten out of ten Dad joke. Let the man himself talk you through the design plus his best impression of a cow.

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New Bike Alert: Track-Only KTM RC 8C Developed To Dominate

The 2022 KTM RC 8C has just been debuted to the world – and to say it’s landed with a bang is an understatement. 

KTM just dropped the supersport, lightweight racing prototype this morning amidst a flurry of excitement. 

A front view of the all-new track-only 2022 KTM RC 8C

The 140kg/309 lb. 2022 KTM RC 8C is a hand-built machine built specifically for the track grid. 

The 128 Hp, 889 cc LC8c, DOHC, 8 valve parallel twin (the same as in the KTM 890 DUKE R) provides all the punch necessary while still making an easy-to-maintain, high-torque production engine for the client.

A front-right view of the all-new track-only 2022 KTM RC 8C

KTM also used carbon, Kevlar-reinforced GRP bodywork inspired from the MotoGP™ RC16, which encases a very pretty 25CrMo4 steel tubular frame. 

We promised race-ready, so this also means the frame is augmented by a selection of WP Pro Components and fronted by a custom, 43 mm WP APEX PRO 7543 closed cartridge fork (put together in the same department that maintains suspension of the RC 16).

A back-right view of the all-new track-only 2022 KTM RC 8C

With zero hydraulic stroke limitation, you’re guaranteed fully customizable damping properties, and they’ve chucked in an equally adjustable WP APEX PRO 7746 shock with preload adjuster at the rear of the bike. 

The body panels and gas tank are both quick-release and sit on a light, aluminum pair of Dymag rims with Pirelli race slicks. 

The brakes are, of course, Brembo race-spec, with Stylema front brake calipers grabbing 290 mm fully floating brake disks and a two-piston caliper with a 230 mm fully floating disk for the hub. 

A view from above of the all-new track-only 2022 KTM RC 8C

The 2022 RC8C has a race dashboard (AIM MXS 1.2), a data logger that can be analyzed in AIM Race Studio, and a Brembo 19RCS CORSA CORTA radial master cylinder – a technical addition with many solutions taken straight from master cylinders used in MotoGP™, and one that lets the rider tailor the bite point exactly where it’s needed when it’s needed.

A front view of riders battling on the all-new track-only 2022 KTM RC 8C

Fancy getting inside racing tips from the likes of superstar racers Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio? Clients who purchase the 2022 RC 8C will also have access to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing test team at the Circuito de Jerez – with just 100 bikes made and only 25 customers allowed to the event, you’ve got a 25% chance of making it!

A front view of riders battling on the all-new track-only 2022 KTM RC 8C

Crazy for cocoa puffs? The RC 8C itself will dent pockets a bit at £30,999, plus extra for the ‘Race’ and ‘Trackday’ packages (tire warmers, stands, etc.), and an additional £2500 deposit through KTM’s online ordering system.

For what you’re getting, it’s worth it.

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Pedrosa confirmed to make wildcard appearance in Austria

“The company was working and pushing hard to follow his requests, along with Mika’s [Kallio]. Dani was a good reference as he retired at the end of 2018 while still at the top of the sport and we can see some of his influence in the current success of the KTM RC16. He will have a mixture of the current race bike and some small upgrades and he will have some testing to do during the weekend but we also don’t want to overload him. We want him to enjoy the Grand Prix! There are a lot of young, strong riders in MotoGP at the moment, so he will be busy but this is a good way for him to learn more and feel the current benchmark in the sport and this will help us for future testing.”

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