Jorge Lorenzo backed to recover from nightmare start to 2014

Jorge Lorenzo’s factory Yamaha boss Wilco Zeelenberg has backed the Spaniard to fight back from a disastrous start in his bid to wrestle the MotoGP crown away from Marc Marquez.

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Liqui Moly Relaunches Rebranded Motorcycle Products Line

Liqui Moly Relaunches Rebranded Motorcycle Products Line
German lubricants and additives manufacturer Liqui Moly announces a new era in the development of new products and the rebranding of the existing line. So next time you see a Liqui Moly container bearing the “Racing” name, you should know that the product belongs to the “old” line, as the current products have been renamed as “Motorcycle”.

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Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

If you grew up in the 1970s, you probably look back fondly on the Formula One cars of that era. The Marlboro McLarens, the Martini Brabhams, and best of all, the svelte John Player Special Lotuses. Axel Budde of Hamburg-based Kaffeemaschine is a fan of those glory days, and so is his client Arnd Rohrlapper. So they concocted the idea of a 1970s-style cafe racer in the iconic JPS black-and-gold livery. Here’s the finished bike, based on a Guzzi Le Mans Mk III, and it sure looks good.

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Eli Tomac 2014 Supercross Interview

We caught up with Eli Tomac in the 1st half of the Supercross season to see how he was adjusting. A rookie 450 rider for the GEICO Honda team, he will be one of the emerging stars in the years to come. Though his rookie season has been a challenge because of injuries he still gave us the time of day for an interview. Eli is an extremely nice guy and a great rider who we hope to see bounce back for the Outdoor season. Leave some comments below for #3 and make sure to watch him race at a Supercross event near you!


Jorge Martín fastest in preseason Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup test at Motorland Aragon

Jorge Martín fastest in preseason Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup test at Motorland Aragon 1

Jorge Martín was the man to beat at the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup preseason test at Motorland Aragon. Three days of beautiful sunshine and light winds made conditions perfect and the 24 Rookies put in an impressive number of laps without serious incident.

It was 16-year-old Spaniard Martín who held the top of the timing screen through most of the sessions including the very final lap when he found an extra half second compared with his best to that point in the period and recorded the fastest time of all.

He already had the quick time from Day 2 and it looked as though with slightly higher winds that would stand but as he explained that last lap just worked out perfectly. “Brad (Ray) was about fifteen metres in front and I was catching, catching, I caught him down the back straight and went straight past so it couldn’t have been better, just a great way to end the test.”

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Schuberth North America to Distribute Held in USA

Schuberth North America to Distribute Held in USA 

Schuberth/Held Partnership
Schuberth North America announces its partnership with German motorcycle apparel and equipment manufacturer Held.
Schuberth NA will serve as the sole distributor of Held products in the United States, with a selection of products to become available in June 2014.

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Braaper: portable bluetooth speaker that looks like a motorcycle exhaust [video]

Here comes the Braaper, bluetooth speaker design that fuses the discharges of motorcycle racing with the highest technology and sound quality. 

Assuming that, for motorcycle enthusiasts, the roar of an engine is 'music', was born the idea of the project Braaper, a portable Bluetooth speaker that mimics the lines of a motorcycle exhaust. Or at least on his side terminal. Compact and easy to carry (it is 7.5 cm long and 3 wide, with a weight of only 300 grams), when you turn on the Braaper debut playing the roar of an engine and then you can use it as a normal speaker, is to listen to music as a speakerphone for your phone.

MotoGP, Crutchlow underwent surgery, he won’t be 100% fit for Argentine

Cal Crutchlow - 

The massive crash Cal Crutchlow suffered in the Austin race has led to some unexpected consequences. The Englishman had suffered a dislocation to the little finger of his right hand . After the race he flew to San Diego to the clinic of Dr. James Chao, where further exams have found that the finger was also broken and that there was a splint on it.

MotoGP: Round #2 Bridgestone Race Debrief – Circuit of The Americas


Bridgestone Motorsport Press Release:
The Americas Grand Prix at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas was won by Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez for the second successive year. In second place was Dani Pedrosa on the other Repsol Honda RC213V while Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso surged through the field in the second half of the race to take third place for his maiden podium with the Italian manufacturer.
Track conditions for the Americas Grand Prix were dry, although much cooler than the practice and qualifying sessions. A peak track temperature of just 33°C was recorded during the twenty-one lap race.

Q&A with Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tire Development Department:

Last weekend was the second race at Circuit of The Americas. How have track conditions developed in the year since the first race here?

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Down & Out BMW Scrambler


It’s hard for me to write about a BMW Boxer custom without making comparisons to the one I ride around on every day, but this one demands even more scrutiny than usual, as it’s been built by the same guys that put mine together, namely, Down & Out Cafe Racers from Ooop North. Before we get into and spec or backstory, I’ll lay my cards on the table. I’m jealous. It’s lovely. I may even have to go round Shaun’s place and let the tyres down…

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Spidi Voyager-3 H2Out Jacket Review at

Spidi Voyager-3 H2Out Jacket Review The hearty construction of the Spidi Voyager-3 H2Out is a great choice for ardent travelers on every adventure. From the high-resistance polyammide outer fabric to the CE Force Tech protectors at the shoulders and elbows, you will be geared up to the max when zipping up this jacket. If those protective features are not enough out of the box, there is also the option of inserting additional CE protection at the chest and back. Your ride will also be augmented with a 150 gr/sqm insulated lining and a waterproof H2Out membrane for those rainy days. From the inguinal quick disconnect suspenders to the 6 external pockets (2 of which are waterproof) and YKK zippers, the Spidi has taken care to every detail.

Ask Kevin: What Do You Think of Aluminum Axles?

1953 Triumph 500cc Rickman Metisse

Question: I have just assembled a “new” Rickman Metisse utilizing a 1953 Triumph 500cc twin mated to a BSA Goldstar gearbox. The thing starts and runs beautifully. I even managed to get a license plate here in California by adding lights and a horn. In building the rear axle for the bike, I did some research on McMaster Carr’s website to discover that 7068 aluminum is “stronger” than 4140 chrome-moly steel, so I used the aluminum to save weight. The axle is 11/16-inch diameter. Did I make a mistake in doing so? I asked Gilles Vaillancourt at Works Performance about it, and he said he had tried to utilize aluminum axles many years ago, but his dirt track racers wouldn’t let him. Did they know something we don’t know? What do you guys think?

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Backmarker: TT Rider James Hillier

There was an epic storyline to the 2013 Isle of Man TT. A series of dominant performances by Michael Dunlop matched with a relatively lackluster beginning of the fortnight by his chief rival, John McGuinness, had many people wondering whether McGuinness would admit that it was time to hang up his leathers. Then in the Senior TT, the man affectionately known as ‘McPint’ roared back with a win and the outright lap record for good measure.

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One-two for San Carlo Team Italia at Aragon

The San Carlo Team Italia started where it left off in 2013 by placing its two riders at the top in Saturday's 13 lap Superstock 600 race at MotorLand Aragon. New signings for the team Marco Faccani and Andrea Tucci finished first and second respectively, with Faccani able to pull away in the early stages of the race courtesy of an impressive pace. The Ravenna-born rider was also the only one able to break through the 2'05s barrier by setting the fastest lap of the race in 2'04.951.

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Davide Brivio, Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager, Interview

Following the second round of the MotoGP world championship at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas, April 11-13, Suzuki’s MotoGP team stayed in the Lone Star state to continue testing and developing their MotoGP contender. was at the test, where a select group of journalists interviewed Davide Brivio, Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager prior to testing. The topics varied widely, but Brivio was candid in his responses (at least as candid as someone in his position can be), revealing interesting tidbits many may find insightful. Below is the transcript from the interview.

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