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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Tyre-some but crucial checks

As the days get longer and the heavily wintered roads start to dry, the fair weather riders amongst us have started to creep back out. Before you get too carried away and dust off your one-piece race suit, take a couple of minutes to make sure your bike is up to the job! TyreSafe have announced that April is tyre safety month and are asking all riders to give their tyres a check over, especially if your machine has been standing over the winter.

The top tips are to check your tyre pressures, inspect for cuts, bulges and uneven wear, and before you head out, measure your tread depth to make sure your legal. For more information visit www.tyresafe.org

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Road or Track, it's all good!

Whether your next bike's a motorway hack or an apex grinder, Kawasaki are giving you the ultimate chance to try before you buy! A free entry tour is kicking-off at Silverstone on 9th April and Kawasaki are bringing along a whole host of shiny new metal for you to road test, and if your looking for some early season track action you can get a session on the Stowe Circuit for only £25, on your own bike or one of their race-prep'd ZX6Rs.

You can register your interest for this and a whole lot more at www.kawasaki.co.uk

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

In search of the perfect racing package - 2011 WSBK

A 3-year old bike, a 38-year old rider and a relatively small scale Satellite team, it doesn’t instantly shout Championship winning set-up does it? But add the words Checa, Althea and Ducati 1198 and you’d be mad to overlook them as contenders.



The opening two rounds of the 2011 World Superbike Championship have shocked the paddock, the fans and the bike racing world as we know it. We’ve witnessed the demolishing of three generally accepted truths:

1) Factory teams lead races
2) A newer bike with the latest technology is best
3) The arrival of ‘young blood’ automatically retires the ‘old boys’

With Ducati opting out of a full factory team in the World SBK championship, it’s certain that Ducati Corse are working closely with their satellite teams. The detail of support is pretty closely guarded, but with Althea team owner and manager Genesio Bevilacqua’s close relationship with Ducati it’s safe to assume that factory parts, race data and a degree of financial and technical support is heading their way.



Moving on to the machinery, and without entering the tiresome twin vs. inline-four debate it’s evident that even with its extra couple of hundred CCs the Ducati suffers down the straights. The bike itself is a few years old, but has undergone some strong development over that time and it’s now at the levels of perfection. Add a couple of years of race data and settings to refer back to and it’s safe to say the bike is now reaching its peak. The first two rounds of this season have proven a developed 3-year old Ducati can easily take on the new metal such as the 2011 ZX10R.



The final corner of the race team triangle is the rider and with grand prix and superbike racing legend Carlos Checa piloting the Althea Ducati, you can start to see how this teams slots together so smoothly. With the fresh intake of young riders like Eugene Laverty and Maxime Berger, being fast isn’t enough, Checa has the racing expertise and the track knowledge to take the team to the top. Demonstrated perfectly at Philip Island where Checa and the team worked hard to get the perfect set-up and strategy to secure the double win.

In the first two rounds we’ve already seen the convention of the ideal race team set-up challenged, reassuring us and the industry that no matter what the budget or how fresh the technology and riders, nothing can stop a committed team from challenging at the front of the pack. Bring on the rest of the season, make sure you follow the developments with Momentum.

Images courtesy of www.carloscheca.com read more about the team at www.althearacing.com

Monday, 28 March 2011

World SBK edge-of-seat action at Donington

In an action packed weekend of racing at round 2 of the World SBK Championship at Donington, it was Marco Melandri and Carlos Checa who eventually walked away with a race win each.


Race favourite Carlos Checa looked strong all weekend but a poor start in race one left him hanging mid-pack. A busy battle at the front saw Jacub Smrz take an unexpected lead from which he opened a strong lead. A late surge from Marco Melandri saw him slash the gap in a handful of laps, Smrz with heavily worn tyres had no answer to Melandri's pass but kept an impressive 2nd place. Meanwhile Checa had made progressive passes on his rivals and snatched the final podium position from Leon Haslam on the final lap.



After a change of rear tyre for race 2, Checa made a break from the early stages of the race and maintained his position to the checkered flag. Melandri pushed hard to catch-up mid-race after a long battle with Leon Camier but eventually submitted to 2nd place with British rider Camier giving the local fans something to celebrate with a 3rd place finish.

Full race reports at worldsbk.com

Thursday, 24 March 2011

S1000RR is a real 3asy Rider

The BMW S1000RR superbike has just become more affordable than ever. With the new 3asy Ride finance scheme, customers can own the high-tech, high-speed S1000RR for around £150 a month.

The "3asy Ride" scheme gives customer three options at the end of the payment plan:

1. Make the final payment and complete the purchase of the bike
2. Return it to BMW with no further obligations, or
3. Trade it in and transfer any extra value on to a brand new BMW


For full details visit www.3asyride.co.uk

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Furygan celebrate the sunshine

The first few warm days of the biking year have been celebrated with a launch of Spring/Summer riding gear by Furygan. The new items include a professional looking range of leather and textile jackets as well as a great selection of gloves. Find out more at www.nevis.uk.com

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Support MotoGP's "We are for Japan" T-shirt

MotoGP is doing all it can to support those in Japan following the recent earthquake and its aftereffects. All 17 riders in MotoGP have signed a specially printed shirt with the message “We are for Japan”.



The t-shirt will be available at a range of circuits on the World Championship calendar, as well as being available from the MotoGP official website at http://weforjapan.motogp.com. Do your bit, buy the t-shirt and spread the message.

Castrol Honda make UK return

Castrol Honda head to Donington in preparation for this weekend's second round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship, check out this video interview with team manager Ronald ten Kate and riders Ruben Xaus and Jonathan Rea. Good to see the old Castrol Honda colours back in the UK!

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Stoner battles to take Qatar win

Casey Stoner converted his free practice and qualifying results into a race win at the opening round of the MotoGP today. Stoner didn't have it easy though, with team mate Dani Pedrosa and world champion Jorge Lorenzo both battling for the lead in the early parts of the race.

The first race of the season revealed the Honda’s blinding speed with Stoner and Pedrosa clearing off down the straight. However this didn’t deter current champ Lorenzo form putting a factory Yamaha wedge between Repsol team-mates as he celebrated 2nd place at the end of the race with Pedrosa rounding off the podium in 3rd. Full results at motogp.com


Saturday, 19 March 2011

Stoner and Honda take first pole of the season

The first pole position of the 2011 MotoGP season has been snapped up by Casey Stoner on his new Honda RC212V. Stoner backed up his free practice results by smashing the competition in the first qualifying session of the season with a time of 1’54.137. He'll be joined on the front row by team mate Dani Pedrosa (+0.205) and Jorge Lorenzo (+0.810). Cancel Sunday dinner, this race will be unmissable. More at motogp.com




Friday, 18 March 2011

The GSX-R diet

This guaranteed weight loss programme is undoubtedly unique! Suzuki have shaken up the 2011 supersport class with the new GSX-R600 and proved you don't need to take drastic measures to lose weight. By looking closely at every detail of the new bike they've managed to shed 9kg of weight giving it the best power-to-weight ratio in its class - without binning the features we've grown accustomed to. 



















Watch out for this leaner machine at the front of supersport races near you. More at suzuki-gb.co.uk

Jaguar E-type celebration at Goodwood FOS 2011

This years Goodwood Festival of Speed is to include a celebration of 50 years of the Jaguar E-type. The stunning styling and groundbreaking 5.3L V12 engine made this perhaps the most instantly recognisable cars of all time. 145mph top speed ain't bad for 1961 either.

















This years Festival of Speed runs 30th June - 3rd July. More at goodwood.co.uk

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Honda all work no play

After a busy winter of work for the 3-rider MotoGP team Repsol Honda it appears they finally get a chance to play, with Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa topping off the timesheet at free practice 1 in Qatar today. With an obvious investement in improving the performance of the RC212V, it's evident Honda have every intention of walking away with the 2011 Championship.

 


















 More at motogp.com

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