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Is Dovizioso’s Win in Austria the Start of a Ducati MotoGP Surge?

There is an interesting interview of Ducati’s MotoGP boss Gigi Dall’Igna over on the GP One website.  In essence, Dall’Igna states Ducati has improved its bike, while trading some top speed for better “balance”. Dall’Igna also says he is pleased with Jorge Lorenzo’s riding.  Lorenzo finished fourth last weekend, while his teammate Andrea Dovizioso won, […]

Remembering What Motorcycles are Capable of (with video)

The “Crusty Demons of Dirt” days are long gone, but there are still freestyle motocross videos being made that can remind all of us what motorcycles are capable of in the most skilled hands. If you hang in there (the first few minutes are not that interesting), you will see some amazing riding in the […]

Austrian MotoGP Results

One of the most exciting races of the year today in Austria as Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) and Marc Marquez (Honda) had a fierce battle in the second half of the race … ending with an aggressive passing attempt by Marquez in the final corner. Dovizioso, exhibiting the judgment he has gained racing for more than […]

Austrian MotoGP Qualifying Results

Marc Marquez (Honda) will start from pole position tomorrow following qualifying for the Austrian MotoGP event. Factory Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo will join him on the front row … each riding with Ducati’s downforce fairing. Indeed, Ducati took three of the top five qualifying positions with Danilo Petrucci in the fifth position. […]

2017 Honda CB1100 EX: Smooth Ride From New Front Fork

We will have multiple articles on our 2017 Honda CB1100 EX test bike, but we wanted to provide a quick first impression on the new front end settings. When Honda announced changes to the CB1100, it identified two new models, including the RS and EX. We were not sure the EX model, which is now […]

Triumph Latest European Manufacturer to Form Joint Venture With Indian Concern

Yesterday, Triumph Motorcycles UK and Bajaj Auto India announced a “global partnership” to develop “mid-capacity” motorcycles drawing on the strengths of both entities. Other European motorcycle manufactures have established joint ventures with Indian manufacturers. India itself represents a massive market for two-wheelers, and manufacturing costs in that country have proven attractive. We don’t have any […]

Rossi Fastest at Brno Test

The post-race test at the Brno circuit allowed all of the MotoGP teams to test new parts (including fairing designs) and tires before next weekend’s race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Most of the riders did more than 50 laps at the test. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) posted the quickest time … nearly two […]

Brno MotoGP Results

An interesting race unfolded at Brno earlier today when virtually every rider began the race on rain tires, and then the track remained dry throughout the race. Marc Marquez (Honda) was the first rider into the pits … changing to his dry bike with slicks. This turned out to be the decisive move in the […]

Brno MotoGP Qualifying Results

Championship points leader Marc Marquez (Honda) took pole position earlier today at the Brno circuit. Starting on the front row with Marquez tomorrow will be Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and Dani Pedrosa (Honda). There is a good chance of rain tomorrow. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) qualified in sixth position while using the unusual looking “downforce” fairing pictured […]

Lorenzo Debuts New Ducati Fairing During Brno Practice

Jorge Lorenzo rode half of the second practice session at Brno today with a new, downforce fairing on his factory Ducati. With relatively few laps on the design, Lorenzo offered it has “potential”, but needs a lot more testing. Lorenzo ended practice 2 a lowly 15th on the time-sheets. Weather was mixed today with practice […]

“12 + 1” Times World Champion Angel Nieto Passes Away

Thirteen times World Champion (he preferred to say “12 + 1”) Angel Nieto passed away this evening on the island of Ibiza, succumbing to injuries sustained in an accident aboard his quad with an automobile several days ago. Here is a statement from MotoGP on the passing of this Spanish legend. Spanish motorcycling legend Angel […]

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer Enters MD Test Fleet

It’s no secret that we tend to like Moto Guzzi motorcycles here at MD.  Their quirks and idiosyncrasies, most often, only add to their charm. Since the legendary marque was purchased by the conglomerate Piaggio in late 2004, technical improvements and refinements have been made to engines that were largely unchanged for decades. In the […]

MotoGP Season Resumes at Brno This Weekend

The battle for the points lead in the MotoGP championship at the half-way point of the current season is incredibly tight. The top four riders are separated by just 10 points. Here is an excellent summary from the MotoGP Championship on where we stand going into the Brno round: 2017 is already making history. After […]

Yamaha Takes Third Straight Suzuka 8 Hour Victory.

The prestigious Suzuka 8 Hour team competition was held last weekend, and the Yamaha Factory Racing Team took its third consecutive win in the event with riders Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark. The Yamaha trio dominated the race, ending more than a lap clear of second place Kawasaki. Here is a […]

Okay, So Now VW Is Not Selling Ducati … Apparently

This story in AutoBlog paints a rather convincing picture that various forces at VW will block any effort to sell Ducati, despite the fact that bids have been solicited from numerous potential buyers. It is quite clear that German companies, such as VW, have a rather complex management structure, which may prevent consummation of a deal […]

2018 Suzuki GSX-S750: MD First Ride

When Suzuki first introduced the GSX-S750 to the U.S. market back in 2015, we attended the press launch in Austin, Texas expecting an exciting ride behind local resident Kevin Schwantz. Instead, torrential rain prevented us from fully evaluating the bike. That original model entered a tough market against other reasonably priced alternatives. We are thinking […]

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