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Driver gets ‘slap’ for swerving at riders

A Canberra motorist facing possible jail time for swerving his car at two lane-filtering motorcyclists has got off with a relative slap on the wrist.

The driver, whose name has not been released by ACT police or the courts, has been convicted on driving with intent to menace.

He had faced maximum penalties of more than $3000 in fines or 12 months in jail or both for each of these charges.

However, he has been released on a one-year good behaviour order and disqualified from driving for three months.

He also avoided a fine.

It is not yet known if the charges of driving with intent to menace were downgraded.

Menacing videos

The incidents occurred on Majura Parkway on 30 October 2018. One incident is shown in this video which we published on November 2.

ACT Police were made aware of this video a day later and began investigating.

A second video later emerged showing the same driver swerving at another rider.

ACT Police made several calls for help to identify the two riders so a charge could be laid.

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The rider in the second incident

At the time, ACT Police issued these details of the incident:

About 4:30pm, the riders were separately travelling northbound on Majura Parkway, Majura, when a green Ford Falcon swerved, almost colliding with the riders. At the time, the riders were lawfully lane filtering.

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The Australian Motorcycle Council says it is “of concern when a driver uses their vehicle in a premeditated manner, as a weapon to harm others”.

“There appears to be little distinction between the quality of actions of this driver and those of the driver who killed pedestrians in Melbourne, although a difference in the scale or degree,” the MCA says.

ACT rider Bill Gemmell says “keeping the offender’s name name out of the public gaze does nothing to ensure the deterrence objective is met”.

“This result doesn’t make me feel safer because the place has an epidemic of bad driving,” he says.

Legal filtering

Interestingly, these incidents occurred only a few weeks after the ACT made lane filtering legal.

Lane filtering was introduced in NSW five years ago and is now legal in all states and territories.

Not only is lane filtering legal but it also benefits all motorists as it helps move heavy traffic more quickly.

You can do your bit to educate drivers by sharing our “Open letter to drivers“.

Filtering rage

Drivers obstructing riders has been happening since lane filtering was introduced.

Check out this video from 2017 sent to us by Newcastle rider Harry Criticos.

“I was filtering legally when a driver stuck his whole body out in an attempt to block me,” the 2016 Triple Black R 1200 GS rider told us.

“I did not stop and he did make contact with the bike. I hope it hurt.”

This motorist was fined $325 and three demerit points.

Lane filtering is legal 

Surely it is time for some major advertising campaigns in each state to advise motorists that riders are allowed to filter and what benefits there are for ALL motorists.

That was the major finding of an online poll we conducted in 2016, yet there are still few major ad campaigns.

So far, lane filtering education campaigns have been minimal and mainly aimed at riders, not the general motoring public.

We not only need major ad campaigns, but also roadside signage such as this photoshopped sign.

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Here’s a sign we’d like to see!

We are not aware of any polls about lane filtering in Australia.

However, in California where lane splitting (filtering at higher speeds than 30km/h) is legal, polls have found it is vastly unpopular among other road users. The main objection is that it’s unfair!

That breeds hostility which results in stupid behaviour such as in the above video.

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Lane splitting is unpopular in the USA

So long as lane filtering remains unpopular and/or erroneously believed to be illegal, motorists will do stupid and dangerous things to stop riders filtering.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Watch out for unmarked Tassie Tigers!

If you are heading down to do a lap of Tasmania before or after your annual MotoGP pilgrimage, watch out for the unmarked Tassie Tigers!

We don’t mean the extinct thylacine, known affectionately as Tasmanian Tigers.unmarked tassie tiger

We are talking about the Triumph Tigers that Tasmanian Police seem to have approved as covert motorcycles.

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Unmarked police bikes are civilian versions which have discrete emergency lights, sirens and cameras fitted, but no police identification stickers, numbers or paintwork.

While we are not exactly sure what models the Tassie cops are using, when we asked Police Minister Mark Shelton for specifics a spokesperson said they wouldn’t be “releasing further details for operational reasons”.

However, they did include this photo of a Triumph Tiger XRx adventure bike, so it appears they will be able to patrol on dirt roads as well.Unmarked Police-Bike

Here is the ministerial press release:

This contemporary patrol method allows the unmarked motorcycle to penetrate traffic by lane filtering and is primarily used to detect offences like speeding, mobile phone usage, inattention, traffic light offences and blocking intersections,” a ministerial statement says.

The initial trial in Hobart detected more than 1000 offences in the first three months with the majority being high risk offences and 1-in-4 being a mobile phone offence.

The unmarked motorcycles are fitted with full lights and sirens and three different models of motorcycle will be used.

Motorcycle officers report that there has been a noticeable change in driver behaviour and the introduction of helmet-mounted recording cameras has led to only one person challenging an infringement.

The program has also received strong public support with many motorists supportive of mobile phone enforcement and other offences that contribute to traffic congestion.

Is it sneaky?

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Police using TruCAM laser speed camera in an unmarked car with tinted windows

Using unmarked motorcycles or cars to patrol for traffic offences is similar to the use of covert speed cameras.

The Minister’s assertion that the public approves of such covert traffic policing may be askew, says the Australian Motorcycle Council.

“The perception of unmarked vehicles has changed as result of other aspects of an increasing surveillance culture by governments,” the AMC says.

“Marked police vehicles in all states are a visible presence which positively influences road behaviour, often to improve rider safety.

“Unmarked police vehicles such as used by detective agencies are understandable, but unmarked vehicles for road law enforcement appear more punitive as they have no perceived positive role in encouraging good roadcraft.

“A great opportunity exists if well-trained police riders were tasked with giving words of advice to riders displaying poor skills. A good rider is a good risk manager.”

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Tasmania is not the only state using covert police motorcycles.

Police in most states and territories use a variety of unidentified road and off-road motorcycles, mainly BMWs and even a Suzuki Hayabusa in Queensland!

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Queensland Police Sergeant Dave Nelson says he can scan a motorist’s speed up to 1km away on his “plain-clothes” motorcycle.

“So I can see you before you see me and by the time you realise that I’m not just a normal motorcycle, but a police motorcyclist, it’s too late,” he says. 

The QPS stays they use unmarked motorcycles as “both an operational resource and to engage with motorcycle riders to discuss and promote road safety”.

Queensland has a fleet of six unmarked motorcycles and “intends to expand its fleet with a view of targeting road users doing the wrong thing and promoting road safety”.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Two riders die, several injured in multi crashes

Saturday was deadly for motorcycle riders with two killed and several injured as eight motorcycles were involved in three crashes in Queensland and Victoria on Saturday (20 July 2019).

Victorian crash

In the latest incident, Victorian Police say two motorcycles collided with ute towing a trailer at the intersection of Edwards and Paynes roads, Chirnside Park, about 4.40pm.

One of the motorcyclists, a yet to be formally identified man, died at the scene.

The other motorcyclist, a 38-year-old Ringwood east man was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital in a critical condition.

The driver of the ute was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Police are calling for witnesses to the incident or with dash cam footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.gov.au.

Brisbane fatal

The 31-year-old male rider died and his 27-year-old female pillion was injured when their black Honda motorcycle collided with a Mazda 3 on Old Cleveland Rd about 2pm.

The pillion and Mazda driver, a 72-year-old woman, were taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Forensic Crash Unit investigators are appealing for witnesses and dash cam footage.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1901395867.

Five-bike crash

The 54-year-old male rider of a red Harley-Davidson motorcycle had his right lower leg amputated in a five-bike crash at Brightview, in the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane about noon yesterday.

Police say the Harley rider appears to have been overtaking a vehicle heading north when it ran into a silver Holden Commodore sedan travelling south.

“Four other motorcycles following crashed while taking evasive action,” police say.

The 54-year-old man and another motorcyclist were airlifted to hospital for treatment to their injuries with another three men treated by paramedics.

The driver of the sedan, a 36-year-old woman, was also treated for minor injuries at the scene.

If you have information, quote this reference number: QP1901395049.

Click here for tips on safe overtaking in a motorcycle group.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro and Superveloce 800 Serie Oro Sold-Out Only Days After Launch

In total, these 600 motorcycles (300 apiece) sold out in days after a social media pre-order launch. Impressive.

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MV Agusta announces that the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro and the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro, both to be produced in a 300 units limited series, were sold out only days after launching a pre-order campaign through the company’s social media platforms. The first deliveries of the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro are expected by November 2019 while the Superveloce 800 will arrive in March 2020.

When first presented at EICMA in November 2018, the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro had been deemed “the most desirable and anticipated bike of 2020”, whilst the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro was acclaimed as “most beautiful bike of the show”. Requests for the bikes started raining in at Schiranna’s MV Agusta headquarters, and only a few days after pre-orders officially opened they were sold out.

The Brutale 1000 Serie Oro is possibly the meanest and most aggressive looking naked ever. It is certainly the most powerful 1000 cc naked bike ever produced, with its 208 HP, 4 cylinder engine intimately related to the F4 RC racing superbike. It is capable of reaching top speeds of over 300 Km/h.

The Superveloce 800 Serie Oro has a decidedly classic look, reminiscent of MV Agusta’s glorious legacy. But beyond the attractive yesteryear’s looks, It features a steel trellis chassis, a 148 HP inline-3 cylinder 799 cc engine with a counter-rotating crankshaft coupled to a 6-speed gearbox and an iconic triple-exit exhaust system. The Superveloce 800 also includes a number of advanced technologies, including a TFT dashboard as well as state of the art engine and vehicle control electronics incorporating ride-by-wire, multi-maps and traction control.

Timur Sardarov, CEO of MV Agusta, said: “We are delighted with the success of these two launches. It proves that we are on the right path to continue in MV Agusta’s glorious tradition of constant innovation, breathtaking performance and superb design. 600 passionate riders from all over the world have shown their unfaltering appreciation for our iconic brand and our unique motorcycles. We shall do everything in our power to make them proud of owning an exclusive piece of true motorcycle art”.









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Rider dies in head-on ute collision

A 50-year-old male rider has died in a head-on collision with a ute on the Rosewood-Marburg Rd at Tallegalla, west of Ipswich, about 4.15pm yesterday (18 July 2019).

It is the fourth motorcycle crash with a ute in South East Queensland in the past couple of weeks.

Police say the Pine Mountain rider sustained critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 62-year-old male driver of the ute was not seriously injured.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1901381969

The rider  was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2019 Silk Way Rally: Day 10, SS9: Shorty Shines in Stage Nine

Our friends from WESTx1000 are out at the 2019 Silk Way Rally bringing coverage from Day 10 of the event. 

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Day 10, SS9: Shorty Shines in Stage Nine

The Retired MX Star Wins His First Stage in the World Championship

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Silk Way Rally; Special Stage Nine: What was mesmerizing about the modest sized dunes dominating challenges in the 8th leg, pales in comparison to the spectacular mountain-sized monuments of khaki colored granules just outside of Alashan. Though this was near the site of the previous day’s ASS, we didn’t have the chance to absorb the full magnitude of this place – massive shadows in the horizon opening up to China’s own Sahara. To never feast your eyes on such a sight is to do them, and yourself, a disservice. Like setting foot into a Dali painting, the mountains create bizarre illusions, appearing Martian to a novice. Peaks look within reach, yet the true distance is incalculable without a couple bottles of a water and a Fitbit. The cliffs are two faced, completely darkened by shadow on one side, brilliantly white on the other. A rollercoaster building anticipation as one ascends and releasing pure exhilaration all the way down, a ride with which one American feels right at home.

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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and today, at least one of them is “Short.” It’s here in China where retired Motocross-star-turned-Rally-Raid-pro won his first stage in the World Class championship. (And it’s about time.) A truly underrated rally racer, Andrew Short #29 (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) understands hill climbs, whoops, berms, getting loose and going airborne like their something he tackled for, say, two decades… It’s no wonder he looked so at ease throughout this multifaceted special. Stage Nine wasn’t just another highspeed road race or Enduro like the former seven – to exclude SS8 of course. Shorty (as he’s known ‘round town) knew he’d made good time, feeling confident yet again, through the dunes which were quite well suited for his style. But instead of his usual fluid nature, being smartly conservative when outside his comfort zone, he pushed himself to the top of his limits, taking more risks than usual in the fast parts to ultimately win the day’s crown. It’s still too soon for the United States to bust out in unison Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” but if Shorty’s feat was a representation, at all, of his country, we have much to be proud of.

“Today it was more like motocross – not those fast roads. I was able to move on the bike, I had a good start position, so overall a really good day for me. Nice to win my first FIM special even if it has taken me a lot longer than I thought to get to this point. And I’ve still got a long way to go. These guys have been doing it so long. They have so much knowledge and expertise, and also speed. There’s some truth in the fact that this being a level playing field helps (first time for bikes on the Silk Way Rally), but for the most part it’s just because they’re fast.” – Andrew Short #29, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

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HERO Motosports’ Paolo Goncalves #4 performed well in the sand sierra as well, sliding into Second place at the finish. Quite unfortunate he was taken out of contention for engine troubles earlier in the event. Frenchman Adrien van Beveren #10 of Yamaha Rally Team too boxed his way through the penultimate stage with the third seed as his prize. At only a minute-forty-five behind the winner, he’s in clear shot of the final podium in Dunhuang. Fourth position in the 9th leg, #6 Sam Sunderland (Red Bull KTM) still has plenty of space between him and his adversaries in the General Classification. If all goes according to plan, we’ll see the Brit-born factory rider at the top of the pyramid summing up the 2019 Silk Way Rally. But then who will fill those next two coveted spots – Short, Beveren, Benavides K. or L.? It’s such an airtight competition right now, predictions would be a fool’s errand.

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In the Car class, a victor appears to have already been chosen. And although again, we could blame fate (or recklessness) for any casualties among the elite, #201 Nasser Al-Attiya and Mathieu Baumel (Toyota Gazoo) are much too clever to endanger their massive advantage by pushing it. Any troubles they might encounter would be at the hands of destiny. Some exhaustive driving by with pinpoint accurate navigating, the team managed a tough stage without any hiccups, securing their 8th consecutive triumph. Wei Han and Min Liao #208 (Geely Auto) came out of the beach day in Second, only to be starting the final stage at a tense position. Whereas Overdrive Racing, Eric Van Look and Sebastien Delaunay #205, will be cozy in third and gunning for their Chinese opponents.

“It was a very difficult stage today. I have raced many Dakar’s, but I have never known such an exhausting special. Like yesterday it was very interesting, but the body, already tired, I was really tested today. There’s only one stage left now to finish this Silk Way Rally in style.” – Nasser Al-Attiya #201, Toyota Gazoo Racing SA

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It somehow feels right to have a KAMAZ-Master truck present on the podium at this Russian run event. But that’s not to say the team this year won’t have earned it. With the Belarusian hopefuls, vessel #304 MAZ-SportAuto piloted by Siarhey Viazovich, officially out of the race after tumbling down a dune, KAMAZ is pushing to have all three steps filled with their machines – and so far, the effort is paying off. Anton Shibalov, Dmitrii Nikitin and Ivan Tatarinov are sitting on the top driving camion #303; Andrey Karginov, Andrey Mokeev and Ivan Malkov in the #300 have the second landing on lockdown; and teammates Airat Mardeev, Dmitrii Svistunov and Sergei Krenev holding the last stair behind the wheel of #302. Not to be forgotten, the US CRV team, #310 captained by Aviv Kadshai, Izhar Armony and Maoz Wilder, have scrapped their way to 6th in the stage and 7th overall, their greatest stats yet. Glad to see the Stars and Stripes are putting up a good fight in this cross-country battle having Short, CRV and UTV #229 (Austin Jones and Kellon Walch) pulling solid results at the rally!

“We drove this special at a good pace, but I never had the impression of taking any risks. The goal was to drive carefully and get over the obstacles as efficiently as possible. Something we clearly achieved, as the first cars didn’t take much time off us.” – Anton Shibalov #303, KAMAZ-Master Team

Will the standings remain steadfast as this 2019 iteration comes to an end? Or will the fickle nature of Rally Raid alter the outcome of a seemingly certain finale?

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2019 Silk Way Rally: Day 9, SS8: They’re All Duned

Our friends from WESTx1000 are out at the 2019 Silk Way Rally bringing coverage from Day 9 of the event. 

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Day 9, SS8: They’re All Duned

A Not-So Restful Day Precedes a Long (Long) Day in the Sand

Silk Way Rally; Special Stage Eight: Some have been dreading it. Others live for it. SS8, the longest and reportedly most difficult of the event, introduced the dunes. They weren’t the only obstacle of the stage, but the first portion of the 326.6KM special was certainly a white-knuckle welcome back to the racecourse after the only “non-race” day out of ten.

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Just off the starting line, there was some traversing through low lying desert speckled with camel grass, the dirt chunky, cracked and tight around the barely visible pathways. As pilots approached the inevitable, the earth dissolved into beach-like sand, soft and deep much like you’d find in Baja California. And then, there were dunes. Humble at first, but challenging nonetheless, where racers encountered sharp cliffs which perimeter sequential shallow valleys. More demanding than intimidating. And don’t dare let off the gas or you’re bound to be buried, if not take a tumble, which is what camas #304 MAZ-DportAuto endured not too far into the stage, but more on that later. The fast section in the middle was multifaceted, offering dry riverbeds, ravines, canyons, another few steppes and was quite a bit quicker to navigate. But then, before vehicles could reach the ASS, dunes were brought back into the picture, this time staggeringly more monstrous.

“Today I feel really good. I really enjoyed the first stage in China. It was very different from what we’ve had until now. More navigation, more desert, the dunes… It is an amazing place here in China. I am happy with my work today. We have two more days, and my goal is to try and recover time.” – Kevin Benavides #7, Monster Energy Honda Team

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Kevin Benavides #7 (Monster Energy Honda) surfed the proverbial waves as one might expect from a Dakar veteran, finishing in the coveted position – and moving him to 2nd Place overall only about 25 minutes behind Sam Sunderland #6 (Red Bull KTM Factory) who completed the special 8th after sustaining a crash. Nipping at his heels was Adrien Van Beveren #10 (Yamaha Rally Team) reaching his highest position yet this event sitting comfortably in the second seat 42 seconds behind Kevin. These results bring the Frenchman to the Third spot in the General Classification. Privateer #31 Adam Tomiczek of the Orlen team, who surprised us all with his spectacular slide into Second at the end of SS6, began SS8 clean, but was quickly surpassed by Monster Energy Honda team rider, Joan Barreda #11 (who concluded in 6th) and found himself outside of the Top Ten of the special,. But he held his respectable 9th place in the overall standings, followed by teammate #32 Maciej Giemza in 10th. Andrew Short #29 (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) looked really comfortable in the sand making the slippery madness look effortless, yet his stats today don’t quite reflect this. The only American motorcyclist here in the East, in fact, fell further back than expected into 9th. Undeterred, he still holds onto 5th in general.

Initially, it seemed Rafal Sonik #101 may have experienced some mechanical issues as he was finally overtaken by his one of his adversaries, #102 Aleksandr Maksimov, reordering the Quads for the first time the entire race. But Sonik Team’s press officer cleared the air saying, “it was just slow day” and reassured us this is a minor setback. Which of course is true if the last two stages continue to go in Sonik’s favor, as he’s still well ahead of both Maksimov and #103 Arkadiusz Lindner in the competition.

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Lucky number Seven, Nasser Al-Attiya and Mathieu Baumel #201 (Toyota Gazoo) are undefeated so far and are in it to clean house. The whims of destiny could still catch up with them, as with a few of the top competitors this race, but if not, we’ll be sure to see the duo in the Winner’s Circle in Dunhuang. This is the first time in Silk Way Rally history a team has ever achieved so many victories in a row. Second after Al-Attiyah, the Dutchman Eric Van Loon and Frenchman Sebastien Delaunay #205 of Overdrive Racing held their car in position like a swift cat evading a pack of ravenous dogs. And the only thing which can satiate their hunger is a podium finish. With just two steaks left – or so it seems – will it be Chinese Geely Auto team piloted by #208 Wei Han and Min Liao, currently holding the 3rd step? Or the French Raid Lynx team, #212 Jérome Pelichet and Pascal Larroque, who, at the moment, is the meat in this premiere sandwich? Although, neither team ended SS8 at their best also being taken by SRT Team, #203 Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin rounding out the Top Three.

“I remember the Gobi Desert being beautiful but not this magnificent. We drove in a superb special. The dunes were incredibly high. In certain places we were incapable of following the tracks of the bikes all the way to the top and had to make our own route. The camel grass was hard on the car…and on my neck. I thank my co-driver for the excellent job he did today. I have no hesitation in saying he is the best navigator I’ve had by my side in the last 12 years!” – Eric Van Loon #205, Overdrive Racing

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No matter who you’re rooting for, it’s the camas we all look forward to watch tackle the dunes. These giants of Motorsport precariously teeter-tottering in banked turns, maintaining alarming speeds to climb the steep, slick hills, sending it over the crest and exposing its belly to the terrified onlookers – like coming across a pissed off grizzly in the woods standing on its hind legs to display dominance. You could hear the #303 KAMAZ-Master truck for miles, engine noises bouncing around like a pin ball making it hard to mark their direction. The cars and the bikes and so on can be heard much the same manner, but they just don’t equal the vibrato. A roar bellowed into the air before #302 KAMAZ (Airat Mardeev, Dmitrii Svistuno and Sergei Krenev) landed into sight dividing the earth beneath it, then soaring away into a Second-Place finish. Closing out the podium on the third step was team #300 Andrey Karginov, Andrey Mokeev and Ivan Malkov who have trained well for this world class landscape. The most promising truck of the race, #304 MAZ-SportAuto manned by Belarusians Siarhey Viazovich, Anton Zaparoshchanka and Andrei Zhyhulun, unfortunately succumbed to the sand hills between Bayinbaolige and Alashan rolling off a steep cliff. Although they landed on their feet (er, tires), the roll cage was irreparably damaged forcing their hand. This loss gave way to the (almost) full KAMAZ fleet clinching every ledge of the podium. With such a spirited show keeping the KAMAZ at bay over the last six stages, it’s sad to see the MAZ truck out of the running. But this is further proof that anything can happen, even this far into the race.

“On crossing a dune, I saw Viazovich stopped over to my left. The crew seemed ok, and I couldn’t see any damage to the truck. We carried on our way without taking any risks. The dunes were much more abrupt than on previous years. The nose of the truck hit every crest before jumping over the obstacle. Fortunately, we didn’t have to stop.” – Anton Shibalov #303, KAMAZ-Master Team

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2019 Silk Way Rally: Day 7/8, SS6 SS7: Going Fast to Take It Slow

Our friends from WESTx1000 are out at the 2019 Silk Way Rally bringing coverage from Day 7/8 of the event. 

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Day 7/8, SS6 & SS7: Going Fast to Take It Slow

Waving Goodbye to Mongolia, Teams Make the Most of Serious Speeds Before a Tedious Transfer

Silk Way Rally; Special Stage Six: What were once endless peaks and valleys of shimmery green, today was a sea of golden brown. The former curling of earth lay flat and placid with minor swells to offer a break in the monotony. But as the average viewer sees a void of features and hurdles, the rally racer sees a distorted horizon, complicating the legibility of the roadbook. This is really where the navigator shines. Having to use a keen set of eyes to swiftly read and execute quick-changing directions among the mess plate of pathways laid out in the dirt. The pace faster than ever, competitors are making the most of the free-for-all because these last few stages will offer a variety of countryside more akin to other World Class they’re used to.

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Whether it was luck, skill or a bit of both, HERO Motosport’s Oriol Mena Valdearcos #25 outshined his adversaries taking the victory in this last stage before the long transfer to Northern China. Even more astonishing is Polish privateer Adam Tomiczek #31 whose grand performance placed him second after Mena, putting the Orlen Team into the overall Top Ten. Coincidentally, his teammate #32 Maciej Giemza too broke through. It’s moments like these which make rally raid so exciting. Grassroots racers rising up the ranks by their merit and the inevitable mistakes of their Factory comrades. The SS6 roadbook was tricky, turn right, and you’re on the fast-track to the Finish Line. Turn left, and like the Benavides brothers, Kevin (#7 Monster Energy Honda) and Luciano (#77 Red Bull KTM), the clock ticks away at lightspeed. This stage made a significant impact on the day’s lineup and the general standings, which, importantly, sees Kevin – one of the most promising riders of this year’s SWR – dropping to 7th overall. Sam Sunderland may have made some similar errors in the special, however, still maintains a comfortable lead in the rally.

“I [haven’t] even been in the Top Ten yet, so, to be…Top Five it’s nice. This was excellent!” – Adam Tomachek #31, Orlen Team

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Colorado-born Andrew Short #29 (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) may seem like he’s hanging out in the upper-middle part of the pack when looking at his daily stats (for instance, he ended the stage in 6th), but in fact America’s most humble moto star is actually holding down 4th in the General Classification. Evidence his conservative tactics could lead to the podium after all! Fan favorite Laia Sanz #44 (Red Bull KTM) proved her worth once again finding herself in 5th after teammate Sunderland. On the other side of the celebration, Paolo Goncalves #4 of HERO Motosports is officially out when early on his bike came to a halt due to mechanical issues.

“Today, I am happy. It was a good stage for me. I just [got] lost a little bit…Luckily, I [chose the good way]. I [had] a good race, but anyway, I am happy because the first two days were not easy for me with the mud and the bumpy…and broken tracks. But [it] seems the third day I’m feeling really good, I’m confident with the bike and I feel really grateful because after last year, [when] I was sick and out of racing for a long time, it’s nice to feel strong again, and fast, and enjoy.” – Laia Sanz #44, Red Bull KTM Factory

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The Car class has been nonstop chaos. The order shuffled and reshuffled everyday like a deck of cards at the Tables, with only Nasser Al-Attiya and Mathieu Baumel #200 left out. In this scenario, they’d resemble the Jokers, sitting on the side watching as the kings, queens and other numbers are mixed incessantly. But the Toyota Gazoo team is no joke. Besting the rest by, now, 40 minutes and 33 seconds. A time which would have been even more impressive had they not missed three kilometers after the restart. Nonetheless, they again claimed the stage title. And although nothing is for certain, a betting man would likely put his money on Al-Attiya staying true to his word: finally winning the Silk Way Rally.

“The special was difficult to navigate. You had to really pay attention. At certain points we hesitated, but in the end, everything worked out OK. It is the 6th victory on the trot for us. Tomorrow is relaxed – just 550 kilometers of liaison to go into China, where we will discover the dunes of the Gobi Desert.” – Nasser Al-Attiya #200, Toyota Gazoo Team SA

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Within the scuffle, Eric Van Loon and Sebastien Delaunay #205 of Overdrive Racing earned themselves a much better position than the previous, ending the stage at 2nd after yesterday’s 7th place finish. Denis Krotov and Dmytro Tsyro #209 in the MINI would have achieved a spectacular feat if, after leading by 23 minutes only 50 kilometers from ASS, they hadn’t suffered a puncture and a stuck gearbox. A strong conclusion such as this could have brought them twenty minutes or so closer to the Winner’s Circle had they succeeded. “Team USA” in the Can-Am, Austin Jones and Kellon Walch #229, have made leaps and bounds to nestle into the SxS class’ second seat ahead of everyone but Russian team Sergei Kariakin and Anton Vlasiuk #220.

Plenty of politics are involved in rally raid, there’s no question. But it can be frustrating for those competitors who depend on results to determine their tactics. Although the MAZ-SportAuto team seemed to have claimed the stage victory, the starting order for the following special state otherwise. Instead, the KAMAZ-Master fleet has taken the three premiere positions pushing #304 Siarhey Viazovich, Anton Zaparoshchanka and Andrei Zhyhulun into 4th. Overall, the leading MAZ team from Belarus will begin again in China with a good enough distance to observe mistakes, even follow tracks, and make up for lost time. Leg Seven may not be a real rest day, but the liaison across the border can give the athletes time to consider their next strike. There are only three more specials left, and as the world works in mysterious ways. Anything can happen!


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Nolan Swallowed by Shark

The French and the Italians are ganging up on the international helmet market. Nolan has been around since 1972, and is currently the sole market player to manufacture all its helmets in Italy. One of Europe’s largest helmet manufacturers, the Nolan Group cranks out over 400,000 Nolan, Grex and X-lite lids per year, from a single factory employing 360 souls. 2Ride Holding is the French buyer, manufacturers of SHARK, Bering, Bagster, Ségura and Cairn casques among many other outdoor products, and employing a work force of over 1000. 


PRESS RELEASE

May 16, 2019

With the consent of antitrust authorities, the 2Ride Holding Group has confirmed its acquisition of the Nolan Group.

As a result, the brands Nolan, X lite, Grex and N-Com are to join with Shark, Bering, Ségura, Bagster and Cairn to form a leading player in the market of protective equipment for motorcycle riding and outdoor sports.

2Ride Holding (SHARK, Bering, Bagster, Ségura and Cairn), leader in the French market for motorcycle and outdoor accessories, and the Italian group Nolan announced that their merger had been finalized.

The creation of such a strategic alliance between these two European companies attests to their intent on making significant inroads into the global marketplace and will enable them to pursue their geographic expansion plans.

With €150 million in sales revenue and a workforce of around 1,000, the Group distributes its products in over 80 countries worldwide and enjoys a global leadership status in the market of protective equipment for motorcycle and outdoor sports.

100% of its products are conceived, designed and created in Europe, and a good majority of them are even manufactured in the European territory.

Patrick François, President of 2 Ride Holding: “We’re thrilled today to be concluding this merger. Our intent is to optimize all this Italian, French and European expertise in order to offer our global consumers more protective and easier-to-use products.

The NOLAN and SHARK brands, as well as their respective teams, both embrace the same values, dedicated to the safety of our riders, whether on a motorcycle or any other means of transportation.

As of now, our teams have begun to work together in the aim of building this future for our users.”

Alberto Vergani, President of Helmet Invest: “Today marks the successful conclusion of a lengthy process. We’re pleased to witness the initiation of a collaboration across all teams of the group. Our Italian know-how and all the hard work that went into these past 26 years will therefore carry us into a new and promising era.”

Erwann Le Ligne, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of the company Eurazeo PME: “As had been announced during our collaboration last year with the 2 Ride Holding Group’s management team, this cooperation entered into with the Nolan Group serves to confirm our ambition of doubling in size over the next five years inside Europe as well as outside. This transaction will be backed by continuous efforts in innovation and moreover will strengthen both entities’ international development.”

Angèle Faugier, Member of the Board of Directors – Naxicap Partners: “Shark and Nolan are two renowned and respected brands operating in the motorcycle market and not just in Europe, but with worldwide appeal. After all these years of growth and development alongside the 2 Ride Holding Group, we’re more than ready to accompany them into this next phase.”

Transaction advisors:

The advisory team of 2 Ride Holding:

  • Financial advisor: Fineurop Soditic (Germano Palumbo, Marcello Tedeschi, Martina Zanellato)
  • Legal advisor: DLA Piper (Goffredo Guerra, Christian Iannaccone, Silvana Bonazzi)

The advisory team of the Nolan Group:

  • Financial advisor: UBS Corporate Advisory Group
  • Legal advisor: NCTM (Simone De Carli, Cesare Saputo)

The exchanges held between these parties were initiated by the mergers & acquisitions firm Prima Merchant & Partners (Giuseppe De Lorenzo, Gianpaolo Ferrari).

About the 2 Ride Holding Group

The French group 2R Holding is specialized in “Riders” equipment across all market segments. The group has always based its development strategy on a robust capacity to innovate in pursuit of performance, state-of-the-art and safety. Through its “motorcycle” division, as represented by its 4 high-profile complementary brands (Shark Helmets, Bering, Bagster and Ségura), the group enjoys today leadership status in the global market of complete motorcycle accessories (helmets, leather goods, clothing, luggage, saddlery, etc.). Since its 2016 integration into the Cairn Group of branded accessories (skiing and cycling helmets, etc.), 2R Holding has broadened its product lines and demonstrated its strong drive to expand beyond the motorcycle segment.

About the Nolan Group

The Nolan Group is an Italian firm founded in 1972. The company successfully penetrated the market thanks to its commitment to both safety and quality coupled with a drive to innovate. The Group is currently the sole market player to manufacture all its helmets in Italy by virtue of a fully-integrated production process, extending from raw material acceptance to final product assembly. As one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of helmets, with an annual output of over 400,000 units, Nolan employs 360 and operates at a single site.

Founded nearly 50 years ago in Italy, the Nolan Group manufactures helmets under the brand names Nolan and Grex, in addition to X-lite. Alongside this activity, the Group features N-Com, which serves as in-house department dedicated to the development of communication systems.

About Eurazeo PME

Subsidiary of Eurazeo, Eurazeo PME is an investment firm dedicated to majority shareholdings in French small and medium-sized enterprises worth less than €250 million. In its capacity as long-term professional shareholder, Eurazeo PME accompanies its participations with all of the financial, human and organizational resources necessary to ensure a durable transformation and moreover assists its portfolio holdings in implementing a sustainable and, consequently, responsible form of growth. This commitment has been enshrined and rolled out via an official CSR (corporate social responsibility) policy.

Eurazeo PME posted a consolidated revenue of €1.3 billion in 2018 in accompanying the development of the following companies: 2Ride Holding, Dessange International, Léon de Bruxelles, Péters Surgical, Redspher, the MK Direct Group, Orolia, Smile, In’Tech Medical, Vitaprotech, and EFESO Consulting. These companies enjoy strong positioning in their respective markets and are being led by highly-experienced management teams.

About Naxicap

Considered among the leaders in the private capital venture sector in France, NAXICAP Partners manages capital assets worth €3.2 million. In its role as a socially conscious and responsible investor, NAXICAP Partners has established solid and constructive partnerships with entrepreneurs intent on seeing their projects through to fruition. Given that its portfolio encompasses over 50,000 employees, Naxicap considers it especially important to accompany its partner firms in their CSR initiatives. Besides 2R Holding, we are currently working closely with: House of HR, European Cargo Services, Softway Medical, BVA, Emerige, Focal, Technicis, Fitlane, Findis, Teufel, and ECF. The company’s workforce comprises 40 investment professionals across 5 offices in both France and Germany.

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Energica Signs Agreement With DellOrto To Develop EV Power Units For Small- And Medium-Size Vehicles

Long known for its involvement in the world of internal combustion engines, Dell’Orto is branching out into the EV space.

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Energica Motor Company, leading company of high-performing electric motorcycle and single manufacturer of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup for the three-year period 2019-2021, and Dell’Orto SpA, a historic manufacturer of electronic fuel injection systems, have signed an agreement for the development and production of a new type of Power Unit for small-size (power range 8/11kW) and medium size (power range up to 30 kW) electric motorcycles (EV).

Thanks to this agreement, Energica Motor Company and Dell’Orto will continue their common path of development and expansion in the mentioned segments (EVs of small and medium sizes) – which is expected to grow significantly in the upcoming years. The small-and-medium-size EV market has over one million vehicles per year with a growth, only the first quarter 2019 in Europe, of 79% (ACEM data vs. Q1 2018).

This project has the ambitious goal of offering technologically-advanced solutions to the major manufacturers operating in the “two-wheeler” market, by combining Energica unique know-how in the electric motorization with Dell’Orto’s design skills in injection systems, as well as their production and commercial reach in Europe, China and India.
The agreement provides with the joint development of an innovative system, based on the know-how of the two companies and a 50% revenue sharing model on its production.

Dell’Orto SpA, with over 85 years of history and a constantly growing turnover equal in 2018 of about 100 million Euro, operates in the production of power systems for “two wheeler” manufacturers including Piaggio, BMW , KTM, Peugeot, Kymco, Sym, and for the main automotive groups such as FCA, General Motors, PSA, BMW, Renault, Volvo, Mahindra. In the Motorsport area, the company is present in MotoGP, Moto3, Karts and from 2019 in MotoE, with an ad-hoc data acquisition system. The Dell’Orto Group has its European headquarters in Cabiate (CO) and production sites in India and China.

Both companies have mutual commitments in the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, the electric motorcycles global competition which got underway last July 7th.

“Thanks to the know-how acquired and recognized internationally, Energica aims to start the development of this motorization, expanding our offer with a large volumes segment with high potential growth in the world. Our teams are already working on new solutions to meet the new market demands”, says Livia Cevolini, CEO of Energica Motor Company S.p.A.

“This challenge well represents the continuous will of Dell’Orto to innovate not only in its core sector of internal combustion engines, but also in the field of urban sustainable mobility that we consider to be one of the fastest growing sectors for the future electric traction”, says Davide Dell’Orto CTO Dell’Orto Spa.

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