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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Shark Race-R helmets launched

Shark have just announced that the latest edition to their innovative helmet range, the Race-R series, are due to be in dealerships across the country next week.


There will be two models, the Race-R Pro and the Race-R, and they are a direct replacement for the popular RSR2 helmets, which fit at the top of the manufacturer's range.

Both helmets have an all new design and a significant amount of features to make them safe, comfortable and aerodynamic. The Race-R pro has carbon and other lightweight fibres in it's construction and has been developed by racers including Randy de Puniet and Tom Sykes.

The range has been awarded a 5-star SHARP rating, they come in a range of colours and have a 5-year warranty.

If you fancy a look for yourself you can find your local dealer at www.nevis.uk.com

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Free Competition to win MotoGP Tickets

IntentsGP, providers of a hassle-free premier class camping service for racefans, have announced a MotoGP competition to win 2 free weekend tickets to either the Silverstone or Assen MotoGP worth £140


All that entrants have to do is answer 3 questions. The winner will be randomly selected from all correct entries. In addition, every correct entry will win a £20 voucher for use against one of their accommodation packages in 2011. Definitely worth checking out, even if you don't win the competition there are some great deals for bike racing fans!

Click here to visit IntentsGP to enter

The competition runs from now until 5th May.

New limited edition 'Flag Japan' helmet launched

To show their support to the rescue and welfare operations after the Tsunami in Japan, Arai have introduced a new ‘Flag Japan’ design on their Quantum helmet. The Japanese Red Cross Welfare Organisation will receive a significant percentage of the proceeds from every 'Flag Japan' helmet sold.


This limited edition helmet is a derivative of the iconic ‘Flag’ design series, legendary designer Aldo Drudi has made this special version with the Japanese flag as the centre of attention. 



The Quantum helmet employs some of the RX-7 GP’s race-developed design and safety features but is designed with road-riding in mind with improved peripheral vision and a fully removable and washable lining.



The Quantum ‘Flag Japan’ will be available in the UK as a special order only at an RRP of £469.99 in a size range of XS-XXL. Orders close May 14, 2011 visit www.whyarai.co.uk for full details.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Brits invade the Netherlands - Assen World SBK

Despite having anticipated the early morning blast to the euro star, the sound of zips and velcro at 3.30am is a shock to the system. Interrupting the unexpectedly cold morning, I fire up the inline-4 and embark on the first of many miles to meet up with like-minded 2-wheeled travellers.

Carving our way through eerily quiet country roads as we make our way to Folkestone, the RR feels tight and responsive from its 20k mile service the previous week, conscious that our eyes are still only half open we cruise at a modest pace and arrive at the tunnel in time for our 8.00am crossing.


A tank-load later and the compulsory high-vis vests for the French roads have long since been stuffed away into tank bags and tail packs. Now we face lunch-time traffic on the Antwerp ring road, with cramped legs and aching wrists, filtering turns into a nightmare game, dodging frantic lorries just to keep sight of the rider in front.

Emerging from the chaos the CBR’s temperature drops and fan cuts off as a sigh of relief, a short ride later a blue sign with Nederland encircled by gold stars tells us we’ve reached the border. A few tyre-squaring motorway sprints later and more interesting roads appear as we near our hotel.

The roads are smooth, grippy and narrow but the flat terrain provides a good view ahead, by now we are used to riding on the other side of the road and finally the opportunity comes to get the 600 cranked over and nailing apexes – where it should be all the time. The aches and groans soon disappear as those of us on sports bikes remember just why the hell we decided to tackle this epic ride.


Thanks to Tom, TJ, Mike, Robin, ‘Donkey’ Dave, Shaun, Jason, Donna, Alan, Anita, Steve and Renata for the great company and a cracking trip.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Rea and Checa victorious at Assen

Castrol Honda's Jonathan Rea claimed his first win of the 2011 season at race 1 in Assen yesterday, proudly stepping up to the top step of the podium on behalf of his team in their local race, after crossing the line just 0.7s ahead of Aprilia rider Max Biaggi and 3.5s ahead of championship leader Carlos Checa.


Ducati-mounted Checa put in a much better performance in race 2 though, passing Max Biaggi on the last lap to claim the win. With Rea capping off the podium in race 2, he and Checa both walked away with 41 points a piece, meaning Checa still leads the championship

Melandri had a slightly less successful weekend after just missing out on the podium in 4th place in race 1 and crashing out whilst battling with Rea in race 2. He still remains 3rd in the championship however.

Read more at www.worldsbk.com

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Nicky Hayden to ride parade lap at 2011 IOM TT

Current Ducati MotoGP racer and 2006 World Champion, Nicky Hayden, is planning a flying visit to the 2011 Isle of Man TT.


Following the trend of fellow MotoGP stars Rossi, Lorenzo and Capirossi, who have all visited the island in recent years, the Dainese rider Hayden will be stopping by on Wednesday 8th June to take part in the Arai parade lap and to start Supersport Race 2.

Hayden said: “I’m really looking forward to going to the Isle of Man. I’ve been to pretty much every kind of motorcycle race you can imagine - the Daytona 200, the Jerez MotoGP, the Anaheim Supercross, the Namur World Motocross - but I’ve never been to the Isle of Man or any other real street race. The TT is just one of those events that every race fan wants to see eventually.”


The ‘Kentucky Kid’, who secured Ducati’s first podium of the 2011 season at round 2 in Jerez, is a favourite with fellow riders and fans alike. He holds the record for the youngest AMA Superbike champion, winning at just 21, and he was also awarded ‘Rookie of the Year’ in his debut MotoGP season in 2003.

Hayden will round off the week with the British round of the MotoGP at Silverstone on Sunday 12th June.

Keep checking Momentum for updates on the 2011 IOM TT and MotoGP championship.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

World SBK heads to Assen this weekend

Round 3 of the 2011 World Superbike Championship looks set to ignite the Netherlands this weekend as the series heads to the famous Assen TT circuit.


The circuit has a wealth of history extending right back to when the circuit was first built in 1955. It has hosted countless Motorcycle GPs and has been on the World Superbike calendar since 1992. The traditional Dutch TT is held annually on the last Saturday of June and if you've ever seen those boys race, it makes for some pretty intense spectating!

For World Superbikes, this race is just about as highly anticipated as they come. With Carlos Checa and Althea Ducati storming away with 3 race wins in the first two rounds of this season, he looks like the man to beat as the 3rd round approaches.

Italian Marco Melandri has also made a very impressive start to the season in his factory Yamaha role. Melandri has adapted well to his superbike and his GP experience of the technical layout of the track could benefit him this weekend.

Who can forget Jonathan Rea’s outstanding performance last year though, taking his first World SBK pole position, claiming the double victory and smashing the circuit lap record at the same time. The Ten Kate Castrol Honda crew take great pride in Assen being their home race, as their workshop is based just 30 miles down the road.


Making his final preparations for the weekend, Rea said: I’m really excited to be heading back to Assen this weekend, we’ll obviously be looking to capitalize at the team’s home circuit where we tested a lot last year and where we know the Honda Fireblade works really well. We’ll just work steadily over Friday and Saturday to put ourselves in a good position for Sunday and try to get our season started properly.

Rea’s teammate at Castrol Honda, Ruben Xaus, has also enjoyed some success at Assen with a win and 2nd place back in 2003. Xaus will again be using the team’s experience at the circuit to secure points for his championship battle.

With the usual mix of world class racers including British riders Camier, Haslam, Rea and Sykes, Assen is certain to deliver another edge-of-seat weekend of racing. Read more at www.worldsbk.com

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Ducati already testing GP12

The 2011 MotoGP season may have only just kicked off (in some style we might add!) but Ducati are already using their factory racers, Rossi and Hayden, to test their 2012 bike.


Just 5 days after the epic second round of the 2011 championship at Jerez, Spain, Valentino took to the track for the first time on the Ducati GP12. “I’m happy,” Valentino Rossi said after the test. “I like the GP12. In my opinion, it’s more enjoyable, more fun to ride. It was the first time we had it on the track, so we had some work to do, but the engine is nicer. It’s a lot of fun, and you can do some nice slides. It’s the bike we’ll ride next year, so it was very important—and also very nice—to be among the first to take it on the track.”


By the end of the day, the Italian had put in 50 laps on the development bike. Team mate Nicky Hayden, who scored a podium in the last race, is scheduled to take it on the track today.

Friday, 8 April 2011

The ride to work

The frantic sound of the zips and poppers of winter lining virtually being torn off makes the body start to release adrenaline in anticipation.

A click and a snap later and the tinted visor is firmly in place, lunch and shoes in the backpack, a quick dusting off of the summer gloves and the front door is already swinging closed behind me.


It’s not by any means the first time the bike’s been out this year, but I can tell from the mild early morning temperature and the hazy blue sky, that it’s going to be the first I’ve completely enjoyed.

Hands fumble into gloves as I glare at the smooth, dry tarmac, almost inspecting it to see if it’s going to match my expectations. The bike fires in to life and I head off on the commute to work.

As much as I’m enjoying inhaling the warm spring air, the visor soon comes down and toes slide back to the pegs. I’m content with a calm cruising speed, flowing through deserted B-road corners as rows of cars queue on the dual-carriageway.

Opening up the bike feels amazing, like I’m letting it breathe after a winter of suffocation under its cover. Somehow the bike feels more comfortable, smoother and more purposeful than when I last rode it.

Eventually I rock up to work, cut the engine and stop for a second. My fingertips aren’t cold, my neck isn’t glowing red and my visor isn’t steamed up, now I remember why I love 2-wheels, this is bliss.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Celebrities Get On their bikes to help in Africa

Five celebrities have been putting in the overtime behind the scenes over the last few months learning to ride motorcycles and training to ride off-road in adverse conditions. This week their training is being put to the test as they embark on their ultimate mission – a five day ride to deliver vital health supplies to clinics in the remotest communities in Africa.


The team of celebs consisting of Gethin Jones, Darren Gough, Shobna Gulati, Jill Halfpenny and Oliver Mellor are working with bike-based charity ‘Riders for Health’ to get an intimate experience of the incredible work they do to help over 10 million people a year.

The group met up with health workers on Monday in Lesotho, a place with severe HIV problems, where 1 in every 3 children is born with the virus. Since then the team have been navigating the challenging road network on a quest to hand over essential medicines to clinics in Roma and Semonkong.

“Not many people realise just what good motorbikes can do for communities,” says Darren Gough. “Riders for Health are the perfect example of just what amazing things can be achieved by bikes - they help over 10 million people every year and bikes are at the heart of everything they do.”

The trip continues until the 10th April and you can help to do you bit by spreading the work and making a donation to help ‘Riders for Health’ to continue their critical work. Visit www.geton.co.uk/africa to find out how.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Meet Simoncelli at Manchester's Dainese store

Marco Simoncelli will be visiting Dainese’s flagship D-Store on Saturday 16th April as part of a whistle-stop tour before the third round at Estoril at the end of the month. The former 250cc champion will be at the Manchester store between 16:00 – 18:00 to meet and greet his UK fans.

Known for his big hair, Simoncelli finished the first race of 2011 in Qatar in fifth position and was leading the second race at Jerez before slipping off in the tricky conditions. The young-Italian is in his second year of the MotoGP championship riding for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini.

Get yourself down to meet the big guy at: D-Store Manchester, 1 Portland Street, Manchester M60 1HR

On Corse for a great weekend with Ducati

Ducati Days, The Art of Corse on 21/22 May


The Ducati event at Silverstone on 21/22 May looks set to be an action packed weekend and now they’ve just become an even better deal. As well as some amazing track riding, Silverstone are giving full ticket holders two free Silverstone BSB tickets and 20% off Ducati Grandstand tickets for the UK MotoGP round (4 tickets max).

The days offer riders all three different track configurations as well as activities taking place in the paddock, including suspension set-up, trade stands and seminars from industry experts on motorcycle technology, running a race team and how to become fit enough to compete at the top levels of racing.


For those that are planning on riding, there will be plenty on offer, including optional training from the Californian Superbike School. Riders will also get a crack at riding the national and international circuits including use of the sparkling new ’wing’ pits. Don’t worry if you’re not riding though you’ll have full access to the pits and there is plenty to keep you entertained.


Prices for the weekend are:
Day ticket only £15
Weekend ticket only £25
Guest ticket (Food included for both days) £50
Parade Lap ticket (Food included, parade laps are controlled with safety cars) £100
Rider ticket (inc entry and food plus 2 days on track) £495

Get your tickets at your local dealer or visit www.ducatiuk.com for more details

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Suzuki track day at Brands for under £100

After running three sold-out track days to celebrate the GSX-R’s 25th birthday last year, Suzuki have put on another three for 2011.

The first event, where you can ride alongside the Relentless Suzuki team as well as a few biking celebrities including BSB champ John Reynolds, is being held at Brands Hatch on 27th April.

For the bargain price of £99 the first day is almost full already, you can sign-up at www.focusedevents.com and keep your eyes pealed for the next day to be announced.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Lorenzo wins chaotic Jerez MotoGP

Factory Yamaha Rider, Jorge Lorenzo, emerged as the victor of the action-packed second round of the MotoGP World Championship in Jerez, which saw an unprecedented number of riders visit the circuit's gravel traps.



Early progression made by Ducati rider Valentino Rossi was cut short when he attempted to pass rival Casey Stoner for 3rd place and lost the front end, leaving Stoner no where to go. Both riders ended up crashing, with Rossi eventually remounting but Stoner unable to rejoin the race.

Unexpected front runner Marco Simoncelli had opened up an impressive lead over Lorenzo in the early part of the race, only to throw it away with an unfortunate high-side, resulting in the end of his race.


A mid-race surge from Dani Pedrosa saw him holding 2nd place for a few laps until American Ben Spies pounced on a mistake from the Spaniard. Spies only managed to hold on to the position for a few laps before the extreme riding conditions and heavily worn tyres saw him crash out of the race.

With Lorenzo and Pedrosa secure in 1st and 2nd positions respectively, the battle for 3rd position was on, with compatriots Hayden and Edwards both desperate for the podium. A bold move from Edwards saw him take the lead role, however an engine problem shortly after forced him to end the race prematurely.



In the end it was the steady and consistent riding of Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Hayden that secured the podium positions in what can only be described as a nightmare of a race. With Stoner's DNF and Rossi eventually working his way back up to a highly-credible 5th place finish, the championship has just been shaken up. We can't wait for round 3!

Images courtesy of www.motogp.com

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Stoner wraps up pole position at Jerez

After posting consistently quick lap times throughout the free practice sessions, it was no suprise to see that the Honda Repsol duo of Stoner and Pedrosa had secured 1st and 2nd positions respectively in qualifying today.


Despite Spanish team mate Pedrosa laying down the lead in this morning's free practice session, Stoner delivered the goods in qualifying and posted a 1’38.757 lap, which was 0.158s faster than Pedrosa's best effort. Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo made it clear that the Honda boys won't have it easy this weekend as he finished just 0.161 behind Stoner, settling for the final spot on the front row on the grid, just in front of team mate Ben Spies who finished 4th fastest.

A qualifying session filled with crashes left Valentino Rossi way back in 12th position after a nasty fall in turn 8 resulted in a trip back to the pits for his second bike. Lets hope for an exciting race with less visits to the gravel traps than qualifying. Check back tomorrow for a full race review.

Imagery courtesy of www.motogp.com