Stoner wins drama filled Iveco TT Assen GP

Current world champion, Casey Stoner overcame an incident-filled race at the Assen circuit to power home the victory for Repsol Honda team.

The race started with high drama as Álvaro Bautista took out championship leader Jorge Lorenzo at the very first corner, The factory Yamaha rider is clearly upset about the incident, which has been put under investigation by race direction.

Majority of the race was led by the Repsol Honda Team pair of Stoner and Pedrosa who were swapping places with Ben Spies in third. As the Honda pair started to pull out Stefan Bradl crashed out – following him were the likes of Yonny Hernandez and Nicky Hayden who crashed out in the last corner – but managed to wrestle his bike back on track. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso went past Spies into third.

Stoner made his move on Pedrosa as the Spaniard looked to be struggling and lead the race, with six laps remaining both Hondas looked to be slowing, yet had pulled out a seven second lead over there nearest rivals. In the end it was Stoner who took the chequered flag to go equal on points at the top of the championship, Pedrosa finished second and Dovizioso took yet another podium this year.

Stoner wins drama filled Iveco TT Assen GP

Current world champion, Casey Stoner overcame an incident-filled race at the Assen circuit to power home the victory for Repsol Honda team.

The race started with high drama as Álvaro Bautista took out championship leader Jorge Lorenzo at the very first corner, The factory Yamaha rider is clearly upset about the incident, which has been put under investigation by race direction.

 

Majority of the race was led by the Repsol Honda Team pair of Stoner and Pedrosa who were swapping places with Ben Spies in third. As the Honda pair started to pull out Stefan Bradl crashed out – following him were the likes of Yonny Hernandez and Nicky Hayden who crashed out in the last corner – but managed to wrestle his bike back on track. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso went past Spies into third.

Stoner made his move on Pedrosa as the Spaniard looked to be struggling and lead the race, with six laps remaining both Hondas looked to be slowing, yet had pulled out a seven second lead over there nearest rivals. In the end it was Stoner who took the chequered flag to go equal on points at the top of the championship, Pedrosa finished second and Dovizioso took yet another podium this year.

Stoner wins drama filled Iveco TT Assen GP

Current world champion, Casey Stoner overcame an incident-filled race at the Assen circuit to power home the victory for Repsol Honda team.

The race started with high drama as Álvaro Bautista took out championship leader Jorge Lorenzo at the very first corner, The factory Yamaha rider is clearly upset about the incident, which has been put under investigation by race direction.

Majority of the race was led by the Repsol Honda Team pair of Stoner and Pedrosa who were swapping places with Ben Spies in third. As the Honda pair started to pull out Stefan Bradl crashed out – following him were the likes of Yonny Hernandez and Nicky Hayden who crashed out in the last corner – but managed to wrestle his bike back on track. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso went past Spies into third.

Stoner made his move on Pedrosa as the Spaniard looked to be struggling and lead the race, with six laps remaining both Hondas looked to be slowing, yet had pulled out a seven second lead over there nearest rivals. In the end it was Stoner who took the chequered flag to go equal on points at the top of the championship, Pedrosa finished second and Dovizioso took yet another podium this year.

Pulsar 200 NS launched in New Delhi

Bikers in the capital now have a reason to celebrate.

Bajaj have officially launched the new Pulsar 200 NS in the NCR region and the motorcycle is now available at Probiking outlets across the region. The motorcycle has been priced at Rs 85,000 (ex-showroom) Delhi, with an on on-road price of Rs 94,300 (approx).

You might remember that the Pulsar 200 NS was first launched in Maharashtra a couple of weeks ago in Pune. The launch represents Bajaj Auto’s strategy of launching the Pulsar 200 NS in a phased manner across the country, with the capital city being the first in northern India. The Pulsar 200 NS will be launched in other parts of the country in the next couple of months.

Read Bike India’s first ride report of the Pulsar 200NS here.

Benelli opens concept showroom in Vietnam

Benelli, one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in the world, have recently launched a state-of-the-art concept showroom in Saigon, the capital city of Vietnam.

The Pesaro (Italy) based company, which is now a part of Chinese automotive group Qianjiang, went bankrupt in the mid-80s after a string of successful sporting victories, but got resuscitated in the mid-90s thanks to entrepreneur Andrea Merloni’s endeavours.

The concept showroom will house famed Benelli bikes like the TNT R, TNT 899 and the 1130 Century Racer edition. Benelli have inaugurated this showroom as part of the companies long term plan to consolidate their presence in emerging markets. Benelli have stated that,”The Vietnamese market is certainly a strategic market in Asia and Benelli Q.J. decided to introduce in Vietnam some products dedicated to the customers of the ASEAN countries”. With the new ‘Benelli concept showroom’ in Saigon, the firm intends to meet the requirements of the Asian customers by introducing and developing new motorcycles and scooters for the emerging markets. Reason enough for us to start making wild guesses about when will this revered marquee makes its way to Indian shores, now that most of its compatriots are here already?

Shelina Moreda, the Diva on two-wheels

“I wanna be the Danica Patrick of two wheels,” says 27 year old Shelina Moreda, the diva who is taking the AMA world by storm.

Moreda, who started by riding at quite a young age on her parents’ dairy farm, got her first dirt bike at the tender age of 12 and a Kawasaki street bike at age 18. The transition from riding up and down the California coast with her buddies to racing on a track has been fairly seamless, she states.

Moreda is one of only three women in the Pro American Motorcycle Association SuperSport circuit. Her tools of trade in races are a Yamaha R6, a Brammo electric bike and a Harley-Davidson. Her professional career started 3 years ago where she became the first woman to race an electric bike at the international level and in the AMA Vance & Hines XR1200 series. Also, she was the first woman to race at the Indianapolis Speedway. Quite an outstanding CV, we say!

Her source of inspiration is her father Don Jr, who raced cars and dirt bikes and introduced her to motorcycles and racing. Moreda states that her driving force has been the support and encouragement provide by her fans. Model good looks and friendly, easygoing nature have helped her score sponsors like GoPro cameras and Brammo bikes. Her goal is to be a part of the top 10 in SuperSport in the AMA, and she would love to have a shot at the Daytona SportBike class in 2013.

Shelina Moreda, the Diva on two-wheels

“I wanna be the Danica Patrick of two wheels,” says 27 year old Shelina Moreda, the diva who is taking the AMA world by storm.

Moreda, who started by riding at quite a young age on her parents’ dairy farm, got her first dirt bike at the tender age of 12 and a Kawasaki street bike at age 18. The transition from riding up and down the California coast with her buddies to racing on a track has been fairly seamless, she states.

Moreda is one of only three women in the Pro American Motorcycle Association SuperSport circuit. Her tools of trade in races are a Yamaha R6, a Brammo electric bike and a Harley-Davidson. Her professional career started 3 years ago where she became the first woman to race an electric bike at the international level and in the AMA Vance & Hines XR1200 series. Also, she was the first woman to race at the Indianapolis Speedway. Quite an outstanding CV, we say!

Her source of inspiration is her father Don Jr, who raced cars and dirt bikes and introduced her to motorcycles and racing. Moreda states that her driving force has been the support and encouragement provide by her fans. Model good looks and friendly, easygoing nature have helped her score sponsors like GoPro cameras and Brammo bikes. Her goal is to be a part of the top 10 in SuperSport in the AMA, and she would love to have a shot at the Daytona SportBike class in 2013.

Honda Readying A CBR 400R?

Honda’s recent models, the CBR 250R and CBR 150R, have been highly successful in many parts of the world.

And, there is no denying that the CBR600RR and the CBR1000RR have been legends for years. However, while the 150-cc and 250-cc motorcycles are for the beginners, the 600RR and 1000RR are for the pros. There is nothing that bridges the gap between these two sets of motorcycles and, to address this, it is believed that Honda are working on a CBR 400R.

According to an exclusive scoop by the Japanese magazine Young Machine, the new CBR 400R is expected to be a parallel twin-cylinder 400-cc machine that will generate approximately 50 PS of peak power and will attain a top speed of 180 km/h. That’s all we know for now but we’re as excited as you are and can’t wait to see how it pans out, and whether Honda brings this new bike into the country. If it does it will be the ideal sportsbike for an entire generation waiting to upgrade from the de rigeur 250ccs, but – for financial or safety concerns – don’t want a full-fledged big bike. Until then, wait, watch and pray!

Czech engineers ready to build a six-prop flying bike

No we are not talking about Star Wars neither are we playing a cheek-in-bone joke with the Jetsons.

The phenomenon of building a flying bike/vehicle has been making the rounds ever since we took to the sky. Many have attempted in creating wacky and insane personal flying machines, pods, vehicles but none of them has actually been able to take it to the sky successfully.

The FBike as it has been termed, is a collaborative effort between a bunch of Czech companies and enthusiasts and is still very much in its early stages of development. The project began in the autumn of 2011 with a proposal to create an e-bike, but enthusiasts from Czech firms like Technodat, Evektor and Duratec set their sights on loftier designs instead. Inspired by the stories of Jules Verne and Czech author Jaroslav Foglar (who penned a trilogy of works featuring a flying bike invented by a young apprentice locksmith).

The proposal for the FBike was to fit a number of electrically-driven propellers to the custom frame of a two-wheeler that would allow the pilot to rise above the traffic for as long as the batteries would hold out. Gyroscopes & accelerometers would be housed in an on-board control unit for keeping stability in check and automatically adjusting the speed of each propeller for a smooth and steady flight. It’s also expected that the FBike would be capable of a flight time of approx 3 to 5 minutes.

The FBike team states that the vehicle is not expected to ever go into production, it’s just being created for marketing purposes. The first flight tests are expected to take place in mid-August, as of now we just have to keep our fingers crossed.

For more details about the FBike … click on the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yiLZh3lluBg#!

65,000 enthusiast take part at the World Ducati Week

The 7th edition of the extravaganza came to a close at Misano Circuit, Italy and the famed motorcycle-manufacturer is all set to return to its base at Bologna.

Entitled as the planet of champions, the WDW2012 has an incredible tally of 65,000 Ducatistis with approx 30% of the inflow coming from visitors internationally from USA, Europe, India, Russia, Brazil, China and even the likes of Nepal, Gabon etc.

 

The highlight of the WDW2012 would definitely be the drag races which featured the likes of Rossi, Troy Bayliss, Hayden, Checa, Smrz, Canepa and Zanetti etc It is sure to go down in WDW history as one of the most exciting, friendly and close-fought competition. The exclusive final showdown Rossi and Bayliss was some sort of a dream match-up with their rubber smoking Diavel’s burning the tarmac down.

The stage was also set at Piazzle Roma for one spectacular performance from the ‘Ducati All Stars’ featuring the likes of Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Billy Morrison (The Cult) and Isaac Carpenter (Loaded) etc to name a few. The show finished with massive fireworks display over the Riccione beach-front venue.

WDW2012 event visitors have been treated to an incredibly packed program including the prestigious Ducati Riding Experience track school with the Troy Bayliss Academy and Master Racing Courses aboard Ducati’s brand new 1199 Panigale. Audi and Lamborghini added a little extra adrenaline with Audi providing Ducatistis an opportunity to passenger the highly desirable R8 LMS and R8 V10 with professionals. Overall WDW2012 was by far the most successful event of Ducati till date.