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Silverstone MotoGP Results

Wet weather at Silverstone, as it often does, shook up the points battle in the MotoGP class earlier today. Co-leader in the championship at the start of the day, Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi won the race and put a 12-point cushion between himself and teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who finished fourth. The Ducatis of Danillo Petrucci and […]

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Three Brits Discuss Their Home GP at Silverstone This Weekend (Video)

With seven races left, the MotoGP series visits Silverstone this weekend. Yamaha factory riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo are tied on points at the top of the championship, 52 points clear of last year’s champ Marc Marquez (Honda). Silverstone is the home race for three British MotoGP riders, including two who have recently signed […]

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Naked Version of Yamaha R3 on its Way

Yamaha Japan has confirmed a naked version of the R3, called the MT-03, is in production featuring the same 321cc parallel twin engine and chassis from the sport model. These are official pictures from Yamaha. You can look at the specifications for the R3, and simply substitute more upright ergonomics (taller handlebar, for instance) and […]

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2016 Victory Empulse TT: MD Ride Review

Polaris Industries owns both the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands. The acquisition of Indian has led Polaris to push Victory in the direction of high performance, including production models based on two recently developed race bikes. One of those production models is the subject of this test, the 2016 Victory Empulse TT electric motorcycle. We […]

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Harley-Davidson’s 2016 Models Include New Dark Customs, Bigger Engines for Some Cruisers and the Return of the Road Glide Ultra

Harley has announced some of its 2016 models, and highlights include new Dark Customs, and the first cruisers to feature the powerful Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine outside the CVO line. Back for 2016 is the Road Glide Ultra tourer. Read about these and other changes for 2016 in the following press release: MILWAUKEE […]

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MotoGP Documentary “Hitting the Apex” for UK Only

This looks like a well produced, interesting documentary covering MotoGP racing and its current stars. Narrated by Brad Pitt, it could conceivably spur needed interest in motorcycles and motorcycle racing here in the United States. Unfortunately, at present, this appears to be headed for UK distribution only. Before you look at the movie trailer below, […]

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Yamaha Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Motorsports Division at U.S. Headquarters

Earlier today, MD attended Yamaha’s celebration of its 60th Anniversary in the motorsports business (marked by the first Yamaha motorcycle introduced in 1955, the YA-1). Yamaha threw a big party at its Cypress, California headquarters, invited most of its employees, the media and several distinguished guests. As part of the celebration, Yamaha added the following […]

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Shifting Your Weight to the Outside in a Corner … Why?

Why do professional Supermoto racers, such as Jeff Ward above, and even road racers Kevin Swantz and Aaron Yates below, attack most tarmac corners at race speed by dipping the bike to the inside and shifting their weight to the outside? Isn’t it always preferable to shift your weight to the inside while cornering … like […]

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With Plenty of Bridgestone “Edge Treatment” Coming His Way, Lorenzo is the Favorite From This Point Forward

While the spectacular elbow dragging of Marc Marquez (Honda) caught everyone’s attention when he entered the MotoGP class a couple of years ago, Marquez is not the king of corner speed in MotoGP.  That would be Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha). As a result, it turns out that certain Bridgestone tires work to Lorenzo’s advantage. Those would be […]

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Brno MotoGP Results

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) was dominant at Brno with a wire-to-wire victory today. No one could match his pace, and at the checkered flag he had roughly 4-1/2 seconds in hand over second place Marc Marquez (Honda). Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) finished third. This result leaves Lorenzo and Rossi tied in points for the championship, although Lorenzo […]

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Lorenzo Quickest in Brno Practice While Rossi, Marquez and Pedrosa Each Crash

The opening day of practice for this weekend’s Brno MotoGP race saw extremely hot and slippery track conditions for practice session 2 in the afternoon. Several riders went down, but only Dani Pedrosa (Honda) appears to have an injury of any significance. Pedrosa experienced a huge high-side when fluid leaking from his fork caused him […]

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2015 KTM RC 390: MD Ride Review

It wasn’t that long ago that KTM, at least in the United States, was viewed as different or quirky by the majority of motorcycle enthusiasts. Unusual styling, odd engine displacements and street legal models derived almost directly from dirt racing models could seem somewhat out of place in our market. Times change. Lately, it seems […]

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Can the Sport Bike Segment Make a Comeback?

It doesn’t seem that long ago that the development cycle for production sport bikes here in the United States (both 600 cc and 1000 cc) had shortened to two years. If a manufacturer didn’t make significant changes in that amount of time, it risked being left behind, both technologically and in terms of sales success. […]


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