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Misano MotoGP Results

Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) won his second MotoGP race in a row (and the second in his career) yesterday at Misano. Bagnaia led from the start, and quickly built a big gap over second place. Championship points leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) slowly chipped away at Bagnaia’s lead and was on his rear fender for much of […]

Misano MotoGP Qualifying Results

After winning his first MotoGP race last Sunday, Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) earned pole position for tomorrow’s Misano race with a new lap record during qualifying. Bagnaia’s teammate Jack Miller qualified in second position, with championship points leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) qualifying third. Ducatis will occupy four of the top five positions on the grid tomorrow. […]

New Faces at Misano MotoGP This Weekend: Andrea Dovizioso Joins Yamaha Satellite Team, While Franco Morbidelli Moves to Factory Squad

The Yamaha MotoGP effort gets a new look this weekend at Misano. Andrea Dovizioso, who had taken a sabbatical from racing after leaving Ducati last year, will debut as a rider for the Yamaha satellite team. Dovizioso’s contract extends through next year. Meanwhile, Franco Morbidelli, who has been recovering from a serious knee injury and […]

Triumph Introduces New Speed Triple 1200 RR Combining Cutting-Edge Technology With a Classic Flair

After Triumph’s complete redesign of the Speed Triple 1200 RS earlier this year, Triumph now comes with the Speed Triple 1200 RR built on the same platform. Although the bikini fairing and single headlight give the new RR a slight, retro flair, this is far from a retro motorcycle. Indeed, the specification is upscale from […]

Aragon MotoGP Results

The Aragon MotoGP race earlier today evolved into an epic battle between Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) and Marc Marquez (Honda). Bagnaia led from the start with Marquez shadowing him as the pair set a blistering pace that no other rider could match. With three laps remaining, Marquez began to attack Bagnaia repeatedly and pass him several […]

Aragon MotoGP Qualifying Results

Qualifying for tomorrow’s Aragon MotoGP race was held earlier today. Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) broke the lap record while taking pole position. His teammate Jack Miller qualified in the second spot. Championship points leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) will start from the third position on the grid tomorrow. For full qualifying results, take a look here. Stay […]

Moto Guzzi Reveals First Photos of V100 Sport Tourer, Along With Details of New Factory and Museum

Moto Guzzi, long the retro stalwart, is moving forward with modern motorcycles and a new factory/museum. We see here the first official photos of the new Moto Guzzi V100 sport tourer. The first model will be called the “Mandello”. The Mandello will be officially presented at the EICMA show in Milan on November 23, 2021, […]

Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Piaggio Formalize Swappable Battery Consortium

Six months after signing a letter of intent, Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Piaggio Group have signed an agreement for the creation of a swappable battery consortium. The basic premise, of course, is to allow customers of light electric vehicles, including motorcycles, to swap an expended battery for a fully charged battery at conveniently located stations, […]

Honda Europe Announces Significant Changes to CB500F, CBR500R and CB500X for 2022

We are bringing you an announcement from Honda Europe (specifically, the UK press release) concerning modifications to the very popular Honda 500cc models for the 2022 model year. We most recently tested the Honda CB500X. We suspect these same changes will be announced for U.S. models shortly, but we cannot guarantee that. In any event, […]

Triumph Reveals Prototype of Radically Redesigned Tiger 1200

On the heels of the pictures of the prototype Tiger Sport 660, Triumph has now revealed another prototype … a new Tiger 1200. Other than these few pictures and the video teaser below, we have this simple statement from Triumph: Lighter and more powerful, the all-new Tiger 1200 transformation is on its way. The all-new Tiger […]

Viñales Will Begin Racing for Aprilia at the Next Race in Aragón

After testing his new Aprilia MotoGP bike at Misano, Maverick Viñales is already comfortable and fast. His reported best lap time from his first day on the bike was already very competitive at the MotoGP level. The next MotoGP race is at Aragón on September 12. Viñales will be aboard the Aprilia for the first […]

KTM Announces 2022 RC 390

KTM’s RC 390 has undergone a major redesign for the 2022 model year. The lightweight single will now feature plenty of big bike tech. In addition to sophisticated electronic rider aids (described in the following press release), the new RC 390 features significant weight reduction (the new wheels, alone, save 7.5 pounds). Fully adjustable suspension […]

Silverstone MotoGP Race Results

Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) dominated today’s MotoGP race at Silverstone. Quartararo took the lead early in the race and quickly established a sizeable gap over second place. As Quartararo cruised to the win, the battle for the podium ended with Alex Rins (Suzuki) finishing second and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) taking the first MotoGP podium for the […]

Pol on Pole at Silverstone

“Pol on Pole” … something a journalist couldn’t help saying. After an enormously difficult, and disappointing, start to his career at Repsol Honda this year, Pol Espargaro upstages his teammate Marc Marquez to take pole position for tomorrow’s MotoGP race. The more usual names you see in qualifying results, including Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) and Fabio […]

Triumph Tiger Sport 660 Revealed in Prototype Camouflage

Triumph’s Trident 660 has apparently been a big success. The formula included an inexpensive, basic naked bike with a 660cc triple engine. Now, Triumph is building on that formula, and releasing photos of a prototype Tiger Sport 660 (pictured). The prototype looks production ready, so we would expect formal announcement of the new model this […]

Yamaha MotoGP and Maverick Viñales Part Ways, Effective Immediately

Yamaha MotoGP and Maverick Viñales have had a bumpy ride together this year. Unhappy with Yamaha, Viñales negotiated an early termination of his contract so that he could go elsewhere next year. Next, Viñales was suspended by Yamaha for allegedly trying to damage his M1 race bike at the Styrian GP. Earlier today, Yamaha and […]

Kawasaki Creates Special Edition of Z900RS for Europe

We thoroughly tested the Kawasaki Z900RS when it was introduced for the 2018 model year. We found the retro styling spot-on, and the performance up to modern standards, including engine, suspension and brakes. Kawasaki Europe has just revealed the 2022 Z900RS SE with unique “Yellow Ball” paint together with some performance upgrades. Those upgrades include […]

Maverick Viñales Officially With Aprilia MotoGP in 2022

Maverick Viñales, currently under suspension from his Yamaha MotoGP team, will join Aleix Espargaró as a rider for the Aprilia factory team in MotoGP next year. Viñales is a former Moto3 World champion with nine wins in the MotoGP category. Known almost as much for his inconsistency as his, occasional, blinding speed, Viñales and Aprilia […]

Austrian MotoGP Results

A wild MotoGP race in Austria earlier today saw the riders confront heavy rain during the last few laps. During the dry portion of the race, Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati), Marc Marquez (Honda) and Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) diced at the front of the pack. With just a few laps remaining, the riders had a choice … […]

Austrian MotoGP Qualifying Results

Jorge Martin (Ducati) took his second pole position in a row at the Red Bull Ring earlier today. Lining up on the front row with Martin tomorrow will be Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) in second position and Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) in third position. Martin won last week’s race at the Red Bull ring, and has to […]

Viñales Suspended by Yamaha – Will Not Race This Weekend at Austrian MotoGP Event

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team has suspended Maverick Viñales and withdrawn his entry as a rider in this weekend’s Austrian MotoGP event. As explained in the following press release, this decision was taken as a result of “unexplained irregular operation of the motorcycle” by Viñales during the Styrian MotoGP race last Sunday. Behind the scenes, […]

Moto Morini X-Cape 650 Entering Production

The Italian company Moto Morini, now under Chinese ownership, displayed a prototype of the X-Cape 650 Adventure model two years ago. The bike now appears ready for production with specifications and European pricing announced. The 649cc twin will compete with the likes of Suzuki’s V-Strom 650, but at a much reduced price. The base model […]

Styrian MotoGP Results

The first race after the summer break for MotoGP was held at the Red Bull Ring in Austria earlier today. Starting from pole position, rookie Jorge Martin (Ducati) took a lead on the 1st lap that he never relinquished. Martin was hounded by defending champ Joan Mir (Suzuki) for much of the race before Martin […]

Valentino Rossi Announces Retirement from Motorcycle Racing at the End of 2021

Whether you consider him the GOAT or not, nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi has been the most influential motorcycle racer in the modern era. In a press conference this morning on the eve of the Styrian GP in Austria, Rossi said he was hanging up his leathers and would not race motorcycles following the final […]

Honda CB1000R 5Four – Modern Mechanicals With Retro Endurance Racing Looks

Based on the production Honda CB1000R previously tested by MD, the CB1000R 5Four is a retro-look machine offered through Honda UK dealers. The CB1000R 5Four was largely designed by Guy Willison, a British motorcycle designer and builder who frequently appears on British TV. Honda UK calls it “an homage to the sheer beauty of classic […]

Aprilia Unveils Tuareg 660 With Basic Specs

Yesterday, Aprilia provided the first look at the production Tuareg 660, which it has teased for quite some time. A photo of the new bike, which is expected to be a 2022 production model, along with a video discussing basic specifications was released. Take a look at the video below, but the new Tuareg 660 […]

Jonathan Rea Races Fabio Quartararo at Assen … Sort of

Comparisons between MotoGP and WSB machinery at the same track are always interesting. It just so happens that the stars aligned and MotoGP raced at Assen immediately prior to WSB (with similar weather conditions). The winners were Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki), respectively. The numbers were crunched over at the GPOne website, where […]

Ricky Carmichael Working With Triumph to Develop Dirt Bike Models

If you wondered why PIERER Mobility Group added Gas Gas to its group of dirt bike brands (which already included KTM and Husqvarna) in 2019, the reason might have been made a bit clearer by a recent announcement from Triumph. Triumph is pursuing the development of motocross and enduro models with the help of the […]

KTM Announces Limited Edition, Track-Only RC 8C Sport Bike

It has been a while since KTM offered a larger displacement sport bike, but earlier today it announced the RC 8C track-only sport bike powered by the 889cc twin found in the 890 Duke R. This is a very high-end machine that will retail for $38,999. The components, as you might expect, are top drawer […]

The Year of Jubilee, Episode 3, Focuses on GNCC Racing and 8-Time Champ Kailub Russell

The final episode of the Year of Jubilee video series that we first brought to your attention 3 months ago may be the best. With the same superb photography and story telling as the earlier episodes, this time we get a close-up look at Kailub Russell and the GNCC series he dominated with 8 championships […]

New Harley-Davidson Sportster S Unlike Any Sportster Before It

Featuring a version of the Revolution Max 1250cc v-twin first introduced in the Pan America 1250, the new Sportster S unveiled by Harley-Davidson today is a modern, high-tech interpretation of the Harley icon. About the only things familiar are the feet-forward ergonomics. With a claimed 121 horsepower, the new Sportster S should leave its ancestors […]

BMW Announces CE 04 Electric Scooter

BMW is bringing a new electric scooter to the U.S. during the first quarter of 2022. Priced at $11,795, the CE 04 will have an estimated range of 80 miles and a top speed of 75 mph courtesy of a 42 horsepower motor. Here are the details from the BMW press release and video: Woodcliff […]

MotoGP Cancels Phillip Island Round, Makes Other Calendar Changes for Remainder of Year

We have lost track of the number of times the MotoGP calendar has changed for 2021 (maybe you are keeping count … we are not). Nevertheless, at the outset of the summer break before racing resumes in August, we thought MD should bring you up to date on the change just made yesterday by the […]

The New “Aliens” of MotoGP – The Young Riders Separating Themselves From the Pack

Every rider who makes it to the MotoGP level is exceptional. MotoGP is the pinnacle of the sport of motorcycle roadracing. Nevertheless, certain riders separate themselves and achieve status above the others. More than a decade ago, the term “aliens” was used to describe the MotoGP elite. At one point, you could expect that a […]

Yamaha and Viñales Agree to Early Termination of Contract; Viñales to Land at Aprilia … or Ducati?

In the following press release, Yamaha and Maverick Viñales announced that they will be parting ways at the end of this year – ending Viñales’ MotoGP contract with Yamaha one year early. Maverick Viñales is an extremely talented rider who has struggled, at times, with wildly inconsistent results while at Yamaha. Viñales has 9 MotoGP […]

Assen MotoGP Results

The classic Assen TT was held earlier today and Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) captured his fourth MotoGP victory on the year. Quartararo took several laps to work his way around early leader Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati), but then immediately established a pace that no one else could match, resulting in a gap of several seconds to second […]

Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Team Signs 3-Year Deal With Ducati to Compete in MotoGP Beginning Next Year

With Saudi Arabia’s Aramco as the title sponsor, Valentino Rossi will contest the 2022 MotoGP championship as a team owner. The Aramco Racing Team VR46 will run Ducati motorcycles with Valentino’s younger brother Luca Marini already slotted in as one of the two team riders. Valentino might take the other slot himself, although this decision […]

Garrett Gerloff to Replace Injured Morbidelli at Assen MotoGP

Yamaha WSB pilot Garrett Gerloff has been called up this weekend to race in the Assen MotoGP in place of the injured Franco Morbidelli. Morbidelli injured his knee during training at Valentino Rossi’s ranch Tuesday. We are not aware of the prognosis for when Morbidelli will return. Gerloff won two MotoAmerica Supersport championships before entering […]

Revolution Max 1250 Will be Featured in New Harley-Davidson Model Launched on July 13

The Revolution Max 1250cc v-twin housed in the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 impressed MD, both with its peak power and torque as well as its smoothness. On July 13, Harley-Davidson will announce another new model powered by this same engine. Pictured is the teaser photo provided by Harley, which looks very much like the Custom […]