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Ducati Announces New Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO And 1100 Sport PRO

New information arrived over the transom from the Land of Joy. The Ducati Scrambler family gets some new members, Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO and 1100 Sport PRO. Both PROs get updated graphics and new rear fender, while the Sport PRO gets Öhlins suspension and a new handlebar. Go take a look!

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New Scrambler Ducati 1100: Just PROs
  • Revamped graphics, new exhaust and seat trim, shorter rear fender and low plate holder characterise the two new versions of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO
  • Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO is enriched with an even more sporting heritage thanks to the new, narrower and shorter handlebar with Café Racer-style mirrors and Öhlins suspensions

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy) 27 January 2020 – Even more fun and high performance, featuring an original design, the new Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO and 1100 Sport PRO are the ideal choice for those who want to ride a motorcycle with a 1079 cm³ engine with generous torque right from the bottom of the rev range, a 15-litre steel tank that, combined with the comfortable seat with the new coating, ensure even the longest rides are enjoyed in comfort.

The fun is guaranteed on the new Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO and Sport PRO, thanks to their iconic style and sense of freedom, together with agility and safety. Created for those who love to ride motorcycles even outside the city, perhaps also with a passenger, these new models are a further declination of the bike that identifies the Ducati Scrambler “Land Of Joy”.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO stands out for its new two-tone “Ocean Drive” colour scheme, combined with a steel Trellis frame and rear aluminium subframe, both black. The aluminium covers are also black. A new right-side dual tailpipe and low-slung plate holder ensure distinctive rear-end styling and, together with the new livery, give the bike a coiled, compact look. Another hallmark is the framed headlight; inspired by the protective adhesive tape used back in the ‘70s, a black metal “X” has been incorporated inside the headlight: a detail that makes the bike instantly identifiable, even with the lights off.

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO is the beefiest version in the Scrambler family. It features all the styling details of the PRO, but also a unique equipment set with Öhlins suspension, low-slung handlebars and Café Racer rear-view mirrors . The 1100 Sport PRO also features a Matt Black colour scheme, complemented by side panels sporting a painted 1100 logo.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO

The Ducati Scramblers 1100 PRO are also at the forefront of electronics. They are equipped with Ducati Traction Control (DTC), regulated specifically for these models, and ABS Cornering, which ensure safety on every bend. The three standard Riding Modes (Active, Journey and City) help even less experienced riders to find the right balance in the use of electronic components by choosing their riding style.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO and Sport PRO will be available from the end of March 2020 (country specific). More information about the new models are on Ducati Scrambler officiale wesite. The lunch video is available on Ducati Scrambler official YouTube channel.

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Craigslist Ad o the Day: 1993 KX500

$9500 seems a bit high for a 27-year old dirtbike, but a street-going KX500 stroker probably is one-of-a-kind, and the seller does make a good case for why. Wonder if anybody makes a cruise control kit?

1993 KX500 street legal, CA plate – $9500 (Sylmar, CA)

You aren’t going to find another one, legit registered with DMV. I’ve had it for years and no problems renewing the registration. Price is high to weed out the weak and retarded. Makes Prius drivers cry and small children think that the world isn’t so bad after all.

I wouldn’t sell it, but I’ve got 4 ruptured discs and a daughter. I’d prefer to be buried on it, but the wife is jealous. Rebuilt motor, forks, shock, frame bearings, wheel bearings, good tires, wiring redone. All Kawasaki parts in the engine, all new Kawi bearings, Wossner connecting rod, Kawi piston. LED blinkers, PVL Stator, UNI filter, LED Headlight, Pro Circuit Pipe, FMF Silencer. Clark desert tank, nice aluminum kickstand, sprung with Racetech springs for 200#. Jetted for 32:1 Yamalube and 91 at 1500′. Fires right up and drops panties at 250 yards. Eats 450’s for lunch, if you’re able to hold on.

Email only because I don’t have time to listen to bullshit, cash only because that’s how it goes. I can email a video of it running just as soon as you’d like. No shipping, Nigerian 3rd party checks, no sob stories about how your kid/dog is sick and your sister’s cousin’s boyfriend’s uncle lost his job last month, I don’t give a s**t.

(Rest of ad is here if you’re interested.)

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Honda Celebrates 60 Years in the US with Kokoro Videos

Kokoro means heart. Soichiro Honda is bracketed here by Dave Mungenast and his wife Barbara, who started a Honda motorcycle dealership in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1965. Dave M. sounds like he was quite a guy; Green Beret, racer, adventure motorcyclist before there was such a category, and a risk taker who took at least one very good one. Later came Honda cars, then an Acura dealership… all three of which are still hawking Hondas in St. Louis. Honda sent us a couple of really nice 6-minute videos, packed with Mungenast nostalgia and classic Hondas. 
If you find yourself in St. Louis, though, what you really need to do is track down the Mungenast Classic Museum, which houses all manner of motorcycles besides Honda, and more than a few classic automobiles as well.
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Like a time machine transporting viewers back to an earlier era, the newest videos in the Honda Kokoro™ series take visitors on a virtual visit to original style Honda showrooms of the 1960s and ’70s, as seen at the Mungenast Classic Automobiles & Motorcycles Museum. The Honda Kokoro video series celebrates the heritage, culture, people and products that make Honda unique. “Kokoro” means heart in Japanese.

Last year marked Honda’s 60th year in the continental United States and the Mungenast family is an integral part of the brand’s American legacy. The Mungenast museum was established by the late Dave Mungenast, Sr., who became a Honda motorcycle dealer in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1965 and went on to establish a Honda auto dealership and one of the first Acura dealers in the U.S., in 1986. The Mungenast Automotive Family continues to operate all three dealerships in St. Louis.

The two-part video based on the Mungenast museum, tells the story of the relationship between Dave Sr. and his family with the Honda brand and includes a focus on both Honda automotive history and motorcycle history, through the products and memorabilia housed at the museum.

 The segment on automobiles features several rare Honda “S” model sports cars never sold in America, as well as a Z600 and a 1979 Civic. The motorcycle segment features a replica of the first Honda Scrambler to win a National Championship, a rare XLV750R never sold in America, and other iconic Honda bikes, including a Z50 Mini Trail, XL250, CBX, GL1000 Gold Wing and a 1970 CB750, named “Motorcycle of the Century” by Motorcyclist magazine.

The Mungenast Classic Automobiles & Motorcycles Museum is a permanent, two-building display dedicated to celebrating the memory of Dave Mungenast, Sr. and his family’s passion for everything on wheels. Founded with Dave Sr.’s donation of his collection of vehicles, the expanded facilities now include the next generation of Mungenast’s favorite bikes and automobiles, including many rare items. The family’s collection has something to pique the interest of every enthusiast, young or old. The museum is a gift from Dave and Barbara Mungenast and the Mungenast Automotive Family to the community that has supported the growing family of businesses since 1965. Mungenast Classic Museum

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Monkey Run Romania

An excerpt from the Monkey Manifesto: We believe the world is far too safe and organised, that we’ve come to live in ever decreasing circles of freedom. Fear of litigation, greed and a spineless refusal to take responsibility for ourselves have robbed us of one of the most interesting things in life: the unexpected. The Monkey Run rails against this. It forces you to be lost, to not know what’s around the next corner, to embrace the unknown.

“The Adventurists” are the people who first began organizing Monkey Runs, way back in 2017. The stated goal was to make life less boring, and with that in mind, they’ve been putting unsuspecting people on Honda Monkeys in Morocco, Peru and Romania ever since. The Romania edition comes highly recommended by their publicist; this year there’ll be week-long one in June and another at the end of August. What else have you got to do?


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The best road in the world just got even better

Love him or loath him, it’s hard to argue with Jeremy Clarkson’s verdict of Romania’s Transfaragasan Highway as ‘the best road in the world’. The Adventurists believe they’ve found a way to make ‘the best even better’ by throwing miniature motorbikes into the mix in the latest edition of the Monkey Run series.

The Adventurists are, as their name suggests, responsible for some of the world’s most exciting adventures, ranging from The Mongol Rally (billed as the ‘Greatest Adventure in the World’) to the Mongol Derby, possibly the world toughest horse race, a 1000 km journey across the Mongolian steppe.

Three years ago they launched the Monkey Run, which saw participants dropped in the Sahara and tasked with crossing the Atlas Mountains and reaching the Moroccan coast on 50 cc Monkey Bikes. After just the right mix of thrills, spills and camels, the success of the Moroccan Monkey Run led to the creation of the Monkey Run Peru and now the Romanian Monkey Run.

The Adventurists are keen to show off the miniature bikes’ prowess on some of Europe’s most exciting roads and trails, surrounded by epic vistas, before Brexit means anyone with a British accent isn’t allowed near the Transfaragasan Highway.

Whilst there’s no defined route set for the Monkey Run, riders will saddle up in the city of Sighetu Marmatiei, close to the border with Ukraine, before travelling a few hundred kilometres to a location outside of  Deva. In true Adventurists style, they’ll be parties thrown at either end so riders can meet fellow participants and then share heroic tales of adventure and compare battle-bruises. 

The fact there is no set route isn’t a result of The Adventurists lacking a good roadmap, quite the opposite in fact. It’s at the heart of what they’re all about and they actively promote getting lost and heading off the beaten track.

“There are a few spots we’d recommend everyone tries to hit, such as the Transfaragasan Highway, Dracula’s Castle and Berca Mud Volcano, but beyond that we encourage riders to look at their maps as little as possible. The idea of the Monkey Runs is to give people a true adventure that allows them to get under the skin of the country they’re in in a way that a normal holiday wouldn’t. There’s no set route, no backup and no support. That’s the whole point. You could just rock up, enjoy the launch party, team up with another rider and ride in tandem the length of the country to the finish line and you’d have an amazing time. However, there’s nothing like a little mishap in the back end of nowhere if you want to experience something truly memorable that forces you to embrace your surroundings and the people in it. These are the moments that modern life is missing. We believe the world is far too safe and organised, that we’ve come to live in ever decreasing circles of freedom. Fear of litigation, greed and a spineless refusal to take responsibility for ourselves have robbed us of one of the most interesting things in life: the unexpected. The Monkey Run rails against this. It forces you to be lost, to not know what’s around the next corner, to embrace the unknown.”

This drive for genuine adventure is why The Adventurists specifically chose Monkey Bikes, rather than more comfortable or powerful rides.

Monkey Bikes are a whole lot of fun and it’s hard to take a serious fall. Because they’re low to the ground they also feel much faster than they are, but in reality they’re slow enough for you to truly appreciate the landscape you’re travelling through. They’re perfect for this trip and they’re bound to break down at some point, which means you’ll be forced to engage with the locals and find out what the country and culture are all about.” 

Get involved:

Head over to theadventurists to read more about and sign up for the Monkey Run (there’s also editions in Peru and Morocco), a week long adventure, which features two editions in 2020, one beginning at the end of June and the second at the end of August.


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Inde Motorsports Ranch announces the IMR Riders Club

The IMR Riders Club gives track day enthusiasts a chance to enjoy all that Inde Motorsports Ranch has to offer. 

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Inde Motorsports Ranch announces the IMR Riders Club

Willcox, AZ – January 17, 2020 – Inde Motorsports Ranch announces the IMR Riders Club which offers the opportunity for motorcycle enthusiasts to enjoy a weekend of track riding at the ranch.

Inde is a private track near Tucson, Arizona, and member days are split between cars and bikes. Riders who join the new Riders Club will join regular members on these lapping days and can expect a minimum of 20 minutes on track every hour; however, if no cars are running that day the track will be open solely for motorcyclists.

Space will be limited, capped at only 20 non-members per event. In other words, this won’t be the typical three-rotation trackday packed with riders, but a chance to enjoy this incredible track with a few like-minded enthusiasts.

IMR Riders Club is open to any level of rider with fun and safety being the main focus of the day. Lunches and dinner the first night will be included with purchase of the event. The Winter/ Spring schedule is as follows:

January 25-25
February 22-23
March 7-8
April 11
May 30-31

Inde Motorsports Ranch is a 2.75-mile, 21 turn family-owned private racetrack in the Arizona high desert. Its country-club-like atmosphere includes onsite accommodations, gourmet kitchen, shooting range, game room, bathrooms with showers and much more.

Inde is also the winter home of the Yamaha Champions Riding School and any graduate of ChampSchool can rent a bike for the IMR Riders Club events. A YCRS senior instructor will be at all events in charge of safety and dual apex cones will be utilized to help riders navigate this technical track.

For more information or to register for events click here.

For more information please email [email protected] or call Chris Peris at 520-907-3833

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How To Get A Motorcycle License

Getting licensed to ride is the first step toward a fulfilling life with motorcycles. Motorcyclists ride on BMW motorcycle.Getting licensed to ride is the first step toward a fulfilling life with motorcycles.BMW

So the time has come. Maybe you’ve been dreaming of rides to far off locales, pricing used bikes on Craigslist, reading review after review to find the perfect bike for you. Maybe you have some friends who ride and you’re tired of being left out. Or maybe you’ve realized life is exponentially more rich and satisfying behind the bars. Whatever your reason, it’s time to make the dream a reality. It’s time to finally get a motorcycle license.

The problem is, getting a motorcycle license isn’t glamorous and probably hasn’t factored into your two-wheel fantasies. I don’t blame you—sitting around at the DMV, waiting to hand over paperwork doesn’t raise the pulse, but it’s an important part of getting legal.

Getting a license also gives you the chance to learn some fundamental safety rules, to practice basic skills, and to decide if riding really is something you want to pursue.

That’s all to say that there’s a process to getting licensed in America. It varies slightly from state to state, but the general steps outlined below will have you on the road to riding freedom in no time

Where To Start?

The open road awaits. Motorcyclist rides on Kawasaki motorcycle.The open road awaits.Harley-Davidson

First, you’ll want to check your state’s DMV requirements for a motorcycle permit or endorsement. Requirements vary state to state, so be sure to follow the procedure outlined by your state in order to make the process as simple as possible.

Just about any new rider looking to get licensed should expect to take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourse or equivalent program. Some states, like Oregon, have their own rider training programs. But the format is similar across the board. There will be two to three days of instruction, both in class and on a closed course, where you will learn the fundamentals of motorcycle operation and safety.

Triple check your state’s DMV requirements before signing up for a course however. There are lots of online courses and riding schools that promise to get you into riding shape that won’t be accepted by the DMV as proof of your riding qualifications.

When you find the right course, start at the very beginning too. Even if you’ve never swung a leg over a bike before in your life, you will have the chance to learn how to turn a bike on, how to engage the clutch, how to switch gears, and a lot more. By the end you’ll need to pass both written and riding skills tests.

In some states, successfully completing a basic rider course like this will allow you to skip an on-bike skills test when it comes time to go back to the DMV. If that’s the case, you’ll have to pay a fee, pass a motorcycle knowledge test and a vision test before getting the endorsement to ride.

And that’s about it. Getting the endorsement is pretty easy as long as you pass the prerequisite training program and knowledge test.

In some states you can bypass the weekend MSF course by taking a written and on-bike skills test at the DMV or approved location.

Permits Are Another Option

There’s no better place on earth. Riding a motorcycle on the road.There’s no better place on earth.Kawasaki

In some states, riders as young as 14 can apply for a riding permit. With a permit, riders can be out in the daylight, riding without a passenger within eyesight of a fully endorsed rider above a certain age/experience level. You will still need to take a motorcycle knowledge test and pass a vision test in order to get the permit, but it’s a great way to get some experience if you have a bike and a mentor rider available.

Many states still require successful completion of a basic rider course or supervised skills test even if you’ve been riding with a permit. Again, be sure to know your state’s requirements thoroughly before you make any decisions.

The 10,000-Foot View

Getting licensed is straightforward and definitely worth the effort. Riding a Yamaha motorcycle under a bridge.Getting licensed is straightforward and definitely worth the effort.Yamaha

Getting a license (endorsement) to ride a motorcycle is not confirmation of your superior riding skills. Rather, it’s the start of a potentially lifelong relationship with motorcycles that can be extremely fulfilling if you take it slow to start and nail down the fundamentals.

MSF has additional rider training courses that teach more advanced skills in a controlled environment and there are some great written assets out there from guys like Keith Code that drill down into all aspects of the mechanics of riding. Getting a license is an opportunity to develop your skills as a rider, in the real world where there are real consequences.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be completely stoked when you get that endorsement and itching to hit the road. But remember to take a breath, use your head and the skills you’ve learned, and ride within your limits. Speed and ability will come, it just takes time and practice.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

Toby Price third as Brabec wins the Dakar Rally 2020

Stage 12 of the 2020 Dakar Rally marked the final day of racing, with riders covering a total of 447 kilometres, including a timed special of 374 kilometres from Haradh to the finish at Qiddiya. Ricky Brabec led the overall standings by a comfortable 13min-56s from Pablo Quintanilla into the day, while Toby Price was 22min-34s off leading pace.

Dakar Rally Stage Ricky Brabec ABI

Dakar Rally Stage Ricky Brabec ABI

Ricky Brabec

Monster Energy Honda Team ace Brabec had snatched the leader’s spot on day three and refused to relinquish the top spot until the race wrapped up, two stage victories and 5000 kilometres later.

It was Pablo Quintanilla opening the track from Toby Price, with just 8min-30s separating the two, while Ricky Brabec seemed to be playing it safe with his lead, with teammate Kevin Benavides reportedly stopping and waiting for him.

Jose Cornejo set the pace in the first 69 km, with Brabec not far off, before Brabec upping the pace and taking the lead by km 119.

The final timesheet of the stage would see Jose Cornejo take the win from Brabec, who trailed him by 53-seconds, while Toby Price was 2min-53s off Stage winning pace.

Dakar Rally Stage Toby Price RallyZone

Dakar Rally Stage Toby Price RallyZone

Toby Price – Image by Rally Zone

Luciano Benavides was fourth, and Pablo Quintanilla fifth, Kevin Benavides sixth and top Sherco Adrien Metge in seventh, followed by top Yamaha in eigth. Macieg Giemza and Andrew Short completed the top 10.

Aussie Rodney Faggotter completed the final stage just outside the top-10 in 22nd, 9min-33s off leading pace.

The final standings would see Ricky Brabec retain most of the lead he held into the final stage, taking the overall win by 40h-2min-36s, with Pablo Quintanilla runner up, 16min-26s in arrears.

Dakar Rally Stage Ricky Brabec rallyzone

Dakar Rally Stage Ricky Brabec rallyzone

Ricky Brabec – Image by Rally Zone

Ricky Brabec – P1

“It’s a dream come true. Hopefully we can come back next year and repeat it. I know that it’s not going to be easy as the Husky and KTM boys will be breathing down our necks. I’m really excited to be here for Honda and for America as well. To be the only American to accomplish this goal is amazing. I think it’s really a dream come true. Now we’ve got to set our goals higher and accomplish more. We are going to come back next year and try and repeat this but, as I said, it’s not easy. We are happy. It was a big, tough race. A lot of kilometres. The team worked great together. The riders were good and the whole team worked well together so I’m really happy. The bikes were really good. We are all here. We are all happy and safe. That was the first goal. I can’t thank everyone enough – Honda, Monster and every one of the sponsors behind us. Thank you all so much. It’s the first time in Saudi Arabia. The scenery was insane! I love it. Hopefully I’ll be back next year. I’ve got a five-year contract so I think we’ll be back.”

Dakar Rally Stage Ricky Brabec rallyzone

Dakar Rally Stage Ricky Brabec rallyzone

Ricky Brabec – Image by Rally Zone

Pablo Quintanilla – P2

“I feel amazing. To spend most of 2019 in recovery and now to be here with my best ever result makes me extremely grateful. I never thought that I would be in this position at the beginning of the race. I would like to thank the team for their hard work over these two weeks – they have done an amazing job. Overall, my race has gone really well, it’s been a tough event for everybody, and the main goal was always to reach the finish. A podium at the Dakar is like a dream come true, especially after such a hard one this year. I still want that win so I’ll work hard and be back next year.”

Dakar Rally Stage Pablo Quintanilla Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Dakar Rally Stage Pablo Quintanilla Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Pablo Quintanilla

Australian Toby Price was third overall, 24min-06s off winning pace, with Jose Cornejo in fourth and KTM’s Matthias Walkner completing the top five.

Toby Price – P3

“I’m really happy with another podium at the Dakar – every time I’ve made it to the finish at this event I’ve got onto the podium. So far, I’m either a number one or a number three guy. The most important thing is to be here safely at the finish. Obviously, we came here to win, but it just wasn’t our year. Yeah, after 18 wins in a row it would have been nice to get a 19th, but I think KTM’s winning streak won’t be topped for a very long time. We’ll go away now, regroup and come back stronger for 2021 and take that number one plate back.”

Dakar Rally Stage Toby Price RallyZone

Dakar Rally Stage Toby Price RallyZone

Toby Price – Image by Rally Zone

José Ignacio Cornejo – P4

Today’s stage was short but intense. I battled it out with Walkner and Luciano Benavides. They started out in front of me, so I started the special very focused, trying to reduce the time. In the end I didn’t make any mistakes and was able to win the final stage of the Dakar, and thus finish fourth in the general standings. I’m very happy with the way the entire rally went. The team has finally achieved the victory we were looking for after so many years. I’m very happy with the whole team, they have worked so hard.

Dakar Rally Stage José Ignacio Cornejo ABI

Dakar Rally Stage José Ignacio Cornejo ABI

José Ignacio Cornejo

Matthias Walkner – P5

“Firstly, it feels really good to cross the finish line, especially after such a fast Dakar in a new country. For sure, I’m not so happy with my result as my goal was to reach the podium. I know I made some mistakes in the first week where I lost some time, and it was very difficult to make that back up – especially as so many riders were competitive this year. The good thing is, I felt good with my speed and my navigation for most of the rally. Unfortunately, even with 11 good days, one bad day can spoil your race in rallying. Overall, I’m happy because I know I did my best and the team and the bike have been perfect.”

Dakar Rally Stage Matthias Walkner KTM RALLY Dakar Rally

Dakar Rally Stage Matthias Walkner KTM RALLY Dakar Rally

Matthias Walkner

In sixth was Luciano Benavides, followed by Joan Barreda in seventh, with Franco Caimi the top Yamaha in eighth. Skyler Howes took ninth and Andrew Short 10th.

Luciano Benavides – P6

“It’s been a really tough Dakar and a very crazy race with lots of ups and downs. Overall, I have really enjoyed it and I’m happy to be here at the finish line. I knew this year would be a big challenge and would be a new experience for everyone, so my plan was to take it day by day and the main goal was always just to finish safely. I’m very happy with my pace, I have learnt so much and was able to really use that knowledge at this year’s event. So many riders were competitive, with times very close on a lot of the stages, so to come away with sixth overall is great. I’m really looking forward to the coming season now.”

Dakar Rally Stage Luciano Benavides KTM RALLY Dakar Rally

Dakar Rally Stage Luciano Benavides KTM RALLY Dakar Rally

Luciano Benavides

Joan Barreda – P7

“This was a Dakar that from the beginning was really tough for me. I spent a few days with some great difficulties, but little by little I began pulling back and picking up pace. I had a bit of bad luck with the cancellation of the two stages and the change of engine also penalized me. But in the end the good feelings came back. We have to stay positive but despite all the difficulties, I have finished another Dakar.”

Dakar Rally Stage Joan Barreda ABI

Dakar Rally Stage Joan Barreda ABI

Joan Barreda

Franco Caimi – P8

“It’s a huge relief to finally arrive at the finish of this year’s Dakar Rally. It’s been a really rough two weeks that we have passed through with many different challenges to overcome. Thankfully, we did overcome everything and today we arrived at the finish. The whole team has worked so, so hard, not just during this Dakar but during the whole year. Obviously, I wish Adrien and Xavier all the best for a fast recovery and will now take some time to enjoy this moment and reflect on the event. I’m pleased to have finished, especially after two years of not finishing. It’s been a real adventure and I’m also pleased with some strong stage results. Now it’s time for some rest and then to make plans for the season ahead.”

Dakar Rally Stage Franco Caimi

Dakar Rally Stage Franco Caimi

Franco Caimi

Andrew Short – P10

“I’m really happy to get to the end of this year’s Dakar – it’s been a long race, good fun, but very tough for me, I had a lot of challenges. The first week in the north was beautiful – I’ve never raced anywhere like it. I had some issues in those first few days that really put me on the back foot for the rest of the event. It took a lot out of me as you prepare all year for this race and to have such a big knock so early on was tough. This is only my third Dakar and I’m still learning. A two-week event like this is certainly different to a one-week world championship event and you have to be able to gauge your speed the whole way through. I definitely want to be back here next year for Dakar 2021.”

Dakar Rally Stage Andrew Short Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Dakar Rally Stage Andrew Short Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Andrew Short

Top overall Sherco rider was Adrien Metge in 12th, while Australian Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha Motor Australia) came home in 13th.

Rodney Faggotter – P13

“Wow its done! Top 20’s most stages, with a career best of sixth in stage 10 for a career best of 13th overall. I had a solid two weeks and rode the most “in control” but also the best I have ever done. The riders in front of me are the best rally riders in the world and most of them full time athletes – I’m pumped to be near and amongst these guys! Two weeks flat out and it comes to a instant stop and now I try get to reflect and appreciate everyone’s support and messages. Instead of going through and saying last but not least – I want to call out to my awesome hot beautiful supportive wife and best friend. Love ya babe!!! Thank you. And my boys Matt and Nate for their support! It’s so hard on family back home following the race especially when you disappear off the charts due to helping at a accident/or a mechanical failure or even just technical timing glitches. Massive shout out to the Dragon Yamaha team and my awesome mechanic Quentin Brossier. He says only a few English words and I say none French – so we get along great! He worked overtime all through the night sometime triple checking and sorting everything and I never had a issue. Thanks bud! Big thank you to Yamaha Motor Australia and Yamaha Motor Finance, Yamaha Motor Insurance Australia without their commitment to assist me this year – I would not have been here full stop. And also a big thanks to fellow competitor Ben Young for helping me get to the start line. So many others that helped or have helped previously – that got me to this point that I so much appreciate. Thanks guys.”

GasGas Factory Racing’s Laia Sanz was the highest placing female competitor, finishing stage 12 in 25th and completing the 2020 Dakar Rally in 18th overall.

Laia Sanz – P18

“I will remember a lot about this Dakar. Of course, I will remember Paulo, a true Dakar warrior. So, I have mixed emotions. I will also remember it because it is the race that I managed to start and finish my 10th consecutive Dakar, this is something I am very proud of. I think I’m the first Spanish rider to do that. Dakar is never easy, but when you have a crash it becomes so much harder. So, I’m pleased that I managed to overcome everything and finish the race, and also to have been the first rider to represent GasGas Motorcycles. It’s not been the best for me in terms of my overall result – after my crash on stage two I was riding in a lot of dust and the average speed was a little too high for me during the second week. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and want to thank all the GasGas Factory Racing team for their support.”

Dakar Rally Stage laia sanz

Dakar Rally Stage laia sanz

Laia Sanz – Image by Rally Zone
Source: MCNews.com.au

2020 Polaris Slingshot Revealed With Automatic Transmission

The available transmission ditches the clutch pedal on the entry-level SL trim level, which is priced at $26,499. The automatically shifting transmission uses identical ratios as the five-speed manual, only with a hydraulically actuated cog swaps. The new starter model gets a higher-revving 2.0-liter, 180 hp Prostar engine (replacing the 2.4-liter Ecotec powerplant). The base engine now revs to nearly motorcycle-like 8,500 rpm (as opposed to its 7,200 rpm predecessor), and produces 120 pound-feet of torque. Bundled into the package is a back-up camera, 100-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system, and cast aluminum 18-inch/20-inch wheels. Standard driver aids include speed sensitive power steering assist, traction control, stability control, and ABS.

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Jorge Lorenzo, Max Biaggi and Hugh Anderson to become MotoGP Legends

Jorge Lorenzo, Max Biaggi, and Hugh Anderson to be inducted into the MotoGP Legends Hall of Fame. 

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Jorge Lorenzo, Max Biaggi and Hugh Anderson to become MotoGP™ Legends

Spaniard, Italian and New Zealander set for induction into the Hall of Fame in 2020

Friday, 17 January 2020 – Five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, four-time World Champion Max Biaggi and four-time World Champion Hugh Anderson will become MotoGP™ Legends this season, with the Spaniard set to be inducted into the MotoGP™ Legends Hall of Fame at Jerez, the Italian at Mugello and the New Zealander later in the year.

It was decided on the day he announced his retirement that Jorge Lorenzo would become a MotoGP™ Legend this season, and the Majorcan is the first of the three riders who will be inducted in 2020. Fittingly, the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto will play host; the venue at which he made his Grand Prix debut on his 15th birthday and where the final corner bears his name.

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Lorenzo won for several manufacturers across three classes, taking 68 victories in total.

Lorenzo is one of the most successful riders of all time, taking his first win in 2003 and his 68th in 2018. Back-to-back 250cc Champion in 2006 and 2007, on pole in his first MotoGP™ race and becoming a winner third time out in the premier class prefaced Lorenzo’s biggest achievements in MotoGP™ as he then went on to take the World Championship in 2010, 2012 and 2015. He won those titles with Yamaha, with whom he accrued 44 wins, before a switch to Ducati in 2017. Lorenzo took three more stunning wins with the Italian marque before moving to Honda, later announcing his retirement from competition at the end of 2019.

Jorge Lorenzo: “To be named a MotoGP Legend makes me extremely happy. When I began competing in this world, what I really aspired to do was to get into the World Championship. To be able to win races and then five World Championships is something that far outweighs what I expected, and to be a MotoGP Legend is something even more difficult to achieve. To be named a Legend means, apart from the titles, that you’ve left a mark on the people and history of this sport. I’d like to thank Dorna and the FIM for their support all these years, and for having included me in this special group of select riders.”

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Biaggi ruled the 250 world four times in a row and thereafter proved a key contender in the premier class.

Max Biaggi made his first few Grand Prix appearances in the 250cc class 1991, and the Italian became a winner the very next season as he took his first victory. Two years later he would become Champion for the first time, and another few years after that would see him complete an awe-inspiring run of domination in the class as he became Champion in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. He then moved up to the premier class and took a maiden victory in his rookie season, finishing second overall. From his 1998 debut in the premier class until his departure in 2005, Biaggi took 13 wins and was runner up in the Championship on three occasions. When he left Grand Prix racing, Biaggi moved to WorldSBK and took two World Championships there – 2010 and 2012 – and since retiring from competition, he has returned to the GP paddock at the helm of Sterilgarda Max Racing Team.

Max Biaggi: “I’m honoured to become a MotoGP Legend and know that my name will be up there forever with other important racers like Agostini, Aspar, Nieto, Sheene… I’m happy that my racing legacy will always be remembered and it’s a good feeling that knowing all of my years of hard work are still being recognised, even today. I would like to thank everyone who decided to give me this honour.”

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Anderson was one of the first to bring some serious success to Suzuki’s fledgling Grand Prix project winning four titles and putting a target on the back of the Hamamatsu factory.

Hugh Anderson will be the final inductee in 2020. Anderson made his first GP appearances in the 500cc and 350cc classes in 1960, taking a podium in the latter. Two years later he added the 125cc and 50cc classes to his resume, becoming a race winner in both. That set his course and for 1963 the New Zealander took on the 125cc and 50cc World Championships in earnest, taking the crown in each class. He retained the 50cc crown the following year to make it back-to-back titles and was third in the 125cc title fight, reversing that in 1965 as he regained the 125cc crown and was third in the 50cc class. Anderson retired in 1966 after taking an impressive 25 Grand Prix wins and four titles in just six years.

Hugh Anderson: “How I felt when receiving the news? At first, apprehension: do my relatively modest achievements warrant this honour? Will I, can I, do justice to this invitation? Some hours later I felt a feelgood sensation envelope me. A gratification that after all this time the modern world has not forgotten the past and the riders of a very much different era still have some value. A question of the history of our sport being recognised at the highest level. Thank you.”

Lorenzo, Biaggi and Anderson now join a long list of greats that have been made MotoGP™ Legends that includes Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan, Geoff Duke, Wayne Gardner, Mike Hailwood, Daijiro Kato, Eddie Lawson, Anton Mang, Angel Nieto, Wayne Rainey, Phil Read, Jim Redman, Kenny Roberts, Jarno Saarinen, Kevin Schwantz, Barry Sheene, Marco Simoncelli, Freddie Spencer, Casey Stoner, John Surtees, Carlo Ubbiali, Alex Crivillé, Franco Uncini, Marco Lucchinelli, Randy Mamola, Kork Ballington, Dani Pedrosa, Stefan Dörflinger, Jorge Martinez and the late, great Nicky Hayden.

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Honda Rider Ricky Brabec Becomes First American to Win Dakar Rally

Honda Rider, Ricky Brabec becomes the first American to ever win the Dakar Rally while subsequently putting an end to KTM’s 18-year run of wins at the rally that took place this year in Saudi Arabia.

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FLASH NEWS: Ricky Brabec and Honda claim the final victory at the 2020 Dakar Rally

Monster Energy Honda Team has triumphed in the 2020 Dakar Rally! Eight years after the return of the official Team HRC squad to the world’s toughest rally, Honda rider Ricky Brabec has topped the overall podium, having commanded from the start of the rally to the final special held in Saudi Arabia.

With the victory, Ricky Brabec (Hesperia, California, USA) becomes the first ever American rider to clinch the Dakar Rally. The rider concluded this year’s edition with two stage victories, in a rally which he led uninterruptedly from stage three. Consistency proved to be Brabec’s secret weapon, while deft navigational skills and pace aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLY also helped him scoop the most coveted prize in off-road racing.

Monster Energy Honda Team delivered an excellent showing throughout the entire 2020 Dakar Rally campaign. The rally covered some 5000 kilometres of timed special stage and a total distance of 7800 kilometres, where, in addition to the two Brabec stage victories (stages 3 and 6), can be added those of José Ignacio Cornejo (stage 4 and stage 12), Kevin Benavides (stage 7) and Joan Barreda (stage 10), as well as plenty of top partial times, with the Honda squad seizing podium lock-outs on both stages 3 and 10.

This represents the sixth Honda victory at the Dakar Rally after the five clinched in Africa, the most recent occurring 31 years ago: Ciryl Neveu (1982, 1986, 1987), Edi Orioli (1988) y Gilles Lalay (1989) took the previous top honours. In 2013, Honda returned to the Dakar Rally after a 23-year absence. During that eight-year spell, Team HRC has been on the final podium on two occasions: Paulo Gonçalves (2015) and Kevin Benavides (2018) both in runner-up positions.

“First, I would like to congratulate Ricky Brabec on his victory. Also, I thank Joan [Barreda], Kevin [Benavides] and José [Ignacio Cornejo] on their fine performances. And finally, I thank the team staff and development team for making this win possible. It has been seven years since we returned to the Dakar, and by learning from our losses, and everyone involved working hard, we’ve finally won. The relentless work of everyone involved over the past seven years, in other words a Team Honda effort, made this possible. We must not forget that Paulo [Goncalves] contributed immensely to the first six years, and we thank him, and pray he rests in peace. We are also deeply grateful to all of our sponsors, and our fans worldwide.” – Yoshishige Nomura, HRC President

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Honda’s Achievements at the Dakar Rally

Year Best result Rider Nationality Bike
1986 Win Cyril Neveu France NXR750
1987 Win Cyril Neveu France NXR750
1988 Win Edi Orioli Italy NXR750
1989 Win Gilles Lalay France NXR750
* Honda did not compete in the Dakar from 1990 to 2012
2013 7th Helder Rodrigues Portugal CRF450 RALLY
2014 5th Helder Rodrigues Portugal CRF450 RALLY
2015 2nd Paulo Gonçalves Portugal CRF450 RALLY
2016 4th Kevin Benavides Argentina CRF450 RALLY
2017 5th Joan Barreda Spain CRF450 RALLY
2018 2nd Kevin Benavides Argentina CRF450 RALLY
2019 7th José Ignacio Cornejo Chile CRF450 RALLY
2020 Win Ricky Brabec U.S.A. CRF450 RALLY

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