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Honda Makes It Official: Espargaro Joins Marquez on Repsol Team Beginning 2021

As we reported earlier, in a surprise move, Honda was rumored to be negotiating with KTM’s Pol Espargaro to become the teammate of Marc Marquez on the factory Repsol MotoGP team next year. Part of the surprise related to the rumored demotion of the younger Marquez brother, Alex, to the satellite LCR Honda Team. Both […]

Marquez Brothers Honor Sacrifices Made in Covid-19 Crisis With Custom Helmets to be Auctioned for Red Cross

We are a week away from the start of the 2020 MotoGP series in Jerez. The Marquez brothers, Marc and Alex, will be wearing special helmets from Shoei, which will be auctioned off for the benefit of the Spanish Red Cross after the race. The purpose of the helmet design is to “pay some respect […]

Under 250 Pounds with 80 Horsepower – Langen Motorcycles Two-Stroke

In the ICE world, you can’t beat two-strokes for power output in a lightweight package. The problem, of course, has been getting them to burn clean enough to meet modern emissions standards. A small British company founded by Christofer Ratcliffe, known as Langen Motorcycles, is planning small-scale production of the two-stroke Café racer you see […]

TV Coverage of 2020 MotoGP Events

After numerous Covid-19-related delays and schedule changes, we now have a MotoGP race schedule that begins on July 19 at the Jerez Circuit in Spain (see below). At this point, the events will go forward without fans present, so how do you watch the races on television/computer streaming? In the United States, NBC has exclusive […]

Revisiting Cornering Technique – Weighting the Outside Peg on the Tarmac

It has been roughly five years since we wrote about this topic – a topic that seems to interest MD readers. Why is it sometimes faster to shift the weight to the outside of your bike while cornering on tarmac, as opposed to hanging off the inside of your bike (like Marc Marquez)? We now […]

Andrea Dovizioso Breaks Collarbone Racing Motocross Event – Undergoes Successful Surgery

Still unsigned for next year, with Ducati negotiations apparently stalled over money, Andrea Dovizioso broke his collarbone racing a motocross event over the weekend. He immediately underwent surgery, which has been declared successful and has put him on track to participate in the 2020 MotoGP opening round at Jerez on July 19. Here is the […]

Marc Marquez vs. Pol Espargaro – The Rivalry Though the Years

With the rumor swirling that Pol Espargaro may leave KTM to join Marc Marquez as his teammate at Repsol Honda next year, we thought it worthwhile to gather a few YouTube videos highlighting the rivalry between these two Spaniards that began when they were children. Marquez, of course, has had the more successful career overall, […]

Indian Claims Industry-First With New ClimaCommand Classic Seat

The following press release from Indian Motorcycle describes the new ClimaCommand Classic Seat, which Indian claims brings unique heating and cooling seat technology to the motorcycle industry. Indian says the seat is already shipping to dealers, and available on its web site. 16 models (dating back to 2016) allow installation of the new seat. The […]

Reports Indicate Pol Espargaro May Move to Repsol Honda Next Year, Displacing Younger Brother of Marc Marquez

Press reports indicate KTM’s Pol Espargaro has an offer to join Repsol Honda as the teammate of Marc Marquez beginning with the 2021 MotoGP championship series. Although the deal does not appear to be final, KTM itself acknowledges Honda has an offer on the table for Espargaro. Espargaro has been quoted as stating that Honda […]

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R: MD Ride Review, Part 2

We briefly described the riding experience provided by the 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R in Part 1 of this review. This bike is fast with a capital “F”, but, in some ways, more usable than four-cylinder super-nakeds that make most of their power much further up the rpm range. As the third iteration of […]

MotoGP Issues Revised Calendar for 2020 – First Race Will be at Jerez on July 19

With the Covid-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on sports-event calendars around the world, World Championship motorcycle racing at the MotoGP level will finally get underway on July 19 at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Jerez will be the location of the first of several double-headers with back-to-back races — the second just 7 days later on […]

Casey Stoner Gives Revealing Interview on YouTube

Two-time MotoGP champ Casey Stoner, who retired from racing at a very young age while at the top of the sport, gives a revealing interview to Chris Vermeulen in this YouTube Video. Topics include Stoner’s six wins at his home track in Phillip Island, testing roles with Honda and Ducati, and his admiration for his […]

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX: MD Ride Review, First Thoughts

We have already put 100 miles, or so, on our 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX. This is a substantially revised model from Kawasaki. All of the changes for 2020 are described in an earlier MD article here. The Ninja 1000 is a bike we have always liked (we last tested the 2014 model). With this bike, […]

MD Project Bike: Dirck Modifies a 2019 KTM 790 Adventure, Part 2

If you read Part 1, you know that we are modifying a 2019 KTM 790 Adventure – the standard model, not the R (with longer, adjustable suspension and knobby tires). We started out by swapping the front wheel from the stock 21″ to a 19″ from a KTM 1290 Super Adventure S, which was a […]

Jack Miller Moves Up to Factory Ducati Squad for 2021

Jack Miller was the child prodigy of motorcycle racing when he skipped Moto2 and moved directly from Moto3 to MotoGP in 2015. He was 20 years old. He certainly encountered a steep learning curve, but as a Ducati satellite team member (Pramac Racing), he took five podiums and finished eighth in the points last year. […]

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