Honda's Participation in World Championship Racing and Dakar Rally 2019 -
Honda announced plans for its participation in motorcycle motorsports world championship racing activities for the 2019 season, at EICMA 2018 in Milan, Italy.
In 2019, Honda will continue to compete in the premier classes of motorcycle road racing, Motocross and Trial world championships and the Dakar Rally 2019, with Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) factory teams*1 aiming to win the titles in each category.
In the FIM*2 Road Racing World Championship Series MotoGP class, five-time champion and 2018 winner Marc Marquez will be joined by Jorge Lorenzo to race for Repsol Honda Team. In the FIM Motocross World Championship Series MXGP class, 2016 champion Tim Gajser and Brian Bogers will continue to represent Team HRC.
In the FIM Trial World Championship Series TrialGP class, twelve-time consecutive winner Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami in his 24th year in the championship will once again race for Repsol Honda Team.
In the Dakar Rally 2019, Kevin Benavides, Joan Barreda, Paulo Goncalves, Ricky Brabec and Jose Ignacio Cornejo will represent Monster Energy Honda Team.
In addition to Honda's factory teams, major Honda teams will compete in major world championship in 2019.
In the FIM Superbike World Championship Series, HRC will support the team operated by Althea Racing and Moriwaki Engineering with Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari as their riders.
In the FIM Endurance World Championship series, 2017-2018 winners F.C.C. TSR Honda France will continue to be represented by Freddy Foray and Josh Hook, with Mike Di Meglio also joining the team. Last season's overall third-place team, Honda Endurance Racing, will continue their quest to win the EWC title.
In the 450SX class of the AMA*3 SuperCross World Championship Series held mainly in North America, American Honda's factory team, Team Honda HRC, will continue with Ken Roczen and Cole Seely.
Racing is Honda's driving force, and through competing in various races, hones its technologies and its people. The racing spirit and technologies gained are part of many Honda products. Honda will continue to realise "The Power of Dreams" with its customers, in its products, services and racing activities.
Kevin Brumann Wins A Place on The MJC Yamaha EMX125 Team as the Winner of the 2018 YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup
Following a successful display of speed, skill and determination, paired with a fantastic attitude off the track at the 2018 bLU cRU Masterclass, Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to announce that 14-year-old Swiss rider Kevin Brumann is the winner of the 2018 YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup and will join Florian Miot and Luca Diserens on the MJC Yamaha EMX125 team where the trio will contest the 2019 EMX125 Championship onboard GYTR kitted YZ125 machines.
Brumann was one of five bLU cRU Masterclass graduates who won his chance to attend the 2018 bLU cRU Masterclass after a dominant performance at the YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup SuperFinale, which took place at the on the world stage at final motocross Grand Prix of the year in Imola, Italy on the weekend of September 30th, where he won both races in spectacular style.
The Masterclass took place on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Latina, Rome. Similar to last year’s Masterclass, it was an exclusive event that brought together a group of bright young Yamaha Racing talents from both on and off-road racing disciplines. The event ran to a schedule that has been mindfully designed to encourage, nurture and develop aspiring professional riders. It also offered representatives from Yamaha Motor Europe, and the already acclaimed bLU cRU Ambassadors such as Arnaud Tonus, Kiara Fontanesi, Michael van der Mark and Niccolò Canepa, the chance to observe the promising young riders for more than just their talent and flair on a motorcycle.
After exposing an impressive skillset on the bike, showing maturity in media interviews and exhibiting a polite and friendly attitude off-the-bike, Kevin Brumann has been chosen as the lucky winner of the YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup where he will receive support from the MJC Yamaha EMX125 team, Yamaha Motor Europe and the entire bLU cRU in 2019.
The YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup is an official European project designed to support young teenagers with a passion to race. Riders aged between 12 and 16 years old that race a YZ125 in one of the fifteen FIM-approved national championships may enter. The top-scoring riders registered for the YZ125 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup in each national championship will be invited to the 2019 SuperFinale which will take place at the most prestigious event of the year, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Assen, The Netherlands on the weekend of September 29th.
In addition to the YZ125 FIM Europe bLU cRU Cup and following the amazing reaction and enthusiasm for the all-new YZ65 and updated YZ85 earlier this year, the 2019 bLU cRU program has expanded and from 2019 onwards will be made up of three classes, YZ65, YZ85 and YZ125 where one rider in each class will support from Yamaha for the following year. All three classes will line up for the SuperFinale at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations.
The Ténéré story: where it all began
The Ténéré can trace its roots back to the launch of XT500 enduro-adventure bike in 1976. With its strong torque and compact chassis, this versatile single cylinder 4-stroke became an instant success. In many countries throughout Europe the XT500 was Yamaha's best-selling model during the late 1970s - with over 60,000 sold in France alone during its 14-year production run.
Its go-anywhere ability, rugged design and outstanding reliability opened a new world of adventure to many motorcycle riders - and these same qualities made it the ideal choice for competitors in the first Paris-Dakar Rally that was won by Frenchman Cyril Neveu on a Yamaha XT500.
Quickly establishing a reputation as the toughest desert rally bike, the XT500 became the default model for adventure seeking riders and rally racers alike, and today it is considered to be one of the most significant and iconic motorcycles of the late 20th century, with active owner’s clubs throughout the world. By the end of the 1970s the XT had achieved legendary status amongst Europe's riders, and in 1983 Yamaha introduced the XT600Z that became the company's first Adventure bike to carry the Ténéré name - a Tuareg word meaning 'desert' or 'wilderness'.
At this time the Ténéré line-up was constantly evolving and growing, and the end of the 1980s saw the introduction of the 2-cylinder XTZ750 Super Ténéré, followed in the early 1990s by the single cylinder XTZ660 Ténéré. During this period the Yamaha Adventure range went on to win many more Dakar Rally events - with Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel claiming 6 victories on his XTZ750-based factory Yamaha in the 1990s. Today's Yamaha Adventure range features the sophisticated XT1200Z and XT1200ZE Super Ténéré models that were introduced in 2010, as well as the exclusive high specification XT1200ZE Raid Edition.
Ténéré 700 World Raid: Tested to the extreme
The first sign that Yamaha was developing a new Adventure bike came with the launch of the T7 concept in 2016. Displayed at motorcycle shows all over the world, it created immense interest and gave riders a taste of what was to come - and in 2017 Yamaha introduced the Ténéré 700 World Raid prototype that was one step closer to the final production specification.
Since 2017 the Ténéré 700 World Raid prototype has undergone an intensive world tour in various key locations all over the globe, and during this development phase the bike has been subjected to the most extreme testing in hostile terrain and severe climatic conditions.
Piloted by a team of professional riders including multi Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel and Official Yamalube Yamaha Rally Team riders such as Adrien van Beveren and Rodney Faggoter, the World Raid prototype has been pushed to its limits across the globe, from Australia's unforgiving outback through to the brutal South American deserts.
At the same time as putting thousands of hours on the development bikes, the Ténéré 700 World Raid programme has also showcased the design to many hundreds of local riders who have been invited to give Yamaha their valuable input and help shape the final production model.
All-new Ténéré 700: The lightweight go-anywhere Adventure bike
With a spirit of adventure embedded within its DNA, every Yamaha Adventure bike is rugged, tough and reliable. Each Ténéré model in the Adventure segment will open up the possibilities of endless travel, and enable its rider to discover a feeling of utter freedom. The only limit is within rider's imagination. The Next Horizon is Yours.
Yamaha's in-depth off-road expertise and outstanding track record are beyond doubt. Now the time has come to re-establish Yamaha as a leading force in the Adventure segment with the introduction of the all-new Ténéré 700 - a lightweight no compromise Adventure model with one of the highest specifications in its class, and one of the most exciting and significant new Adventure models to be launched for many years.
Equipped with the successful CP2 689cc parallel-twin engine and a completely new chassis, the Ténéré 700 is designed to deliver class-leading handling and agility in the dirt - combined with high speed long distance performance on the road - making it an extremely capable and versatile Adventure bike. Ténéré 700 model overview
• Rally-bred T7-inspired dual sport design with pure Ténéré DNA
• Light, compact, nimble
• Outstanding off road performance
• Year-round on road capabilities
• Go-anywhere long distance potential, 350km+ fuel range
• Powerful, smooth and economical high-torque engine
• Switchable ABS option for off road riding
• Effective screen and hand guards for excellent weather protection
• State of the art long-travel suspension
• Available in 3 colour variations
689cc 4-stroke CP2 engine with Adventure settings
Yamaha has revolutionized the motorcycle world with the development of the crossplane philosophy engines that power a range of the company's best-selling models, and the new Ténéré 700 is equipped with the highly respected 689cc parallel-twin engine. The key characteristic of this compact CP2 engine is its strong and linear torque output that gives instant throttle response together with outstanding acceleration - attributes that make it a capable and versatile performer on and off the road. Producing maximum torque at 6,500rpm, this engine offers the ideal balance of performance and controllability - and with its excellent fuel economy, it contributes towards the Ténéré 700's ability to cover long distances between fuel stops.
To cater for the unique requirements of Adventure riders, the final transmission is optimised, and together with a range of model-specific fuel injection settings, these features contribute towards the bike's outstanding versatility and remarkable performance in different riding environments.
New lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame
During the development of the Ténéré 700 one of the key goals was to achieve a slim, agile and light feeling chassis that would be equally suited to both road and off-road riding. To satisfy these requirements Yamaha's designers have developed an all-new lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame that combines a low weight with immense strength, making it ideally suited a variety of riding conditions.
Featuring a compact 1,590mm wheelbase and a slim body, this rugged chassis delivers responsive handling characteristics, and with 240mm of ground clearance the Ténéré 700 is designed to keep its rider out of trouble over the roughest terrain.
Slim, compact and ergonomic body and seat
The ability to shift your body weight forwards and rearwards to suit the terrain ahead is crucial when you want to maintain full control in off road riding situations, and so the Ténéré 700 is equipped with a flat 880mm high seat and slim body that allows maximum rider agility. The compact bodywork and narrow fuel tank also enable you to grip the tank with the knees whether sitting or standing, giving added confidence and control in every situation, whether you're riding on dirt or asphalt.
Aggressive rally-bred face with four LED headlights
The new Ténéré 700 is equipped with a distinctive looking headlight assembly that is a direct spin off from Yamaha's latest factory Rally bikes and the T7 concept machine. A total of four LED headlights project powerful beams of light that can light up the darkest wilderness. Stacked in a 2 + 2 layout and protected by a clear nacelle - and with two LED position lights at the base - this strong face gives a purposeful look that matches this new Adventure bike's imposing character.
Adjustable long-travel 43mm upside down forks
When you're riding in the dirt you need the best possible suspension systems, and the Ténéré 700's long travel forks are undeniable evidence that this is a serious Adventure bike with class-leading off-road capabilities. The flex resistant 43mm forks stay in shape over the most extreme terrain to give precision steering and smooth suspension action - and with 210mm of suspension travel, this high specification front end enables you to attack the most challenging off-road terrain with confidence.
Offering full damping adjustment, these rally-specification front forks ensure high levels of comfort with lightweight handling performance when you're on the road, making the Ténéré 700 one of the most capable and enjoyable long-distance tourers.
Remotely adjustable rear shock absorber
The Ténéré 700 is equipped with a rally-bred link-type rear suspension system that gives smooth and progressive action for maximum riding comfort and enhanced levels of control.
Featuring a lightweight aluminium swingarm for low unsprung weight, this high specification rear end offers 200mm of travel which, like the front suspension system, is designed to be able to handle the most severe off-road riding conditions as well as giving a comfortable ride on the road. Another significant feature is the remote adjuster that lets you fine tune the preload settings while you're on the go, making it quick and easy to dial in the shock to suit the riding conditions.
Rally style cockpit with tapered handlebars
Sitting on the new Ténéré 700 with the rally-bred cockpit in front of you, you'll absorb the pure Dakar character of this new generation Adventure bike and be inspired to get out there and explore. The compact rally screen and nose fairing give you excellent protection from the wind while maintaining the slim and lightweight character of the bike, and the competition type tapered handlebars give a relaxed riding position whether you're seated or standing.
21-inch front & 18-inch rear spoked wheels
Just like the high specification front and rear suspension, the spoked wheels clearly demonstrate that this bike is built for serious off-road riding. With their ability to efficiently absorb the continuous impacts experienced when riding in rough terrain, these lightweight wheels work with the long travel suspension to give you optimum handling performance and control.
Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres are fitted as original equipment, and because the Ténéré 700 features a competition type 21-inch front wheel/18-inch rear wheel combination, you have the possibility to fit a wide choice of tyres to suit your own requirements - ranging from a pure enduro pattern for predominantly off road use, through to dual sport pattern tyres for year round on/off road versatility.
Slim long-range fuel tank with 16-litre capacity
Throughout the development of this new generation Adventure bike, Yamaha's key goal was to ensure that the Ténéré 700 would deliver class leading off road performance together with outstanding on-road abilities and offer a genuine long-range potential.
The slim design of the fuel tank belies its 16-litre capacity, and its narrow rear section offers plenty of rider mobility and excellent knee grip. Whether you're sitting down or standing up, the compact dimensions of this long-range fuel tank enable you to shift your weight around effortlessly - and thanks to the excellent economy of the 2-cylinder engine, 16-litres of fuel will give a potential riding range of over 350km which gives the new Ténéré 700 a high level of year-round all-terrain versatility.
Compact rally style multi-function instruments
Another example of how the new Ténéré 700 has been developed using rally-bred technology can be seen with the compact rally style instruments. Located centrally behind the screen for great visibility, this lightweight instrument panel displays a wide range of information that can be absorbed without having to take your eyes off the road or track. The multi-function LCD display features comprehensive information including gear position, fuel level, two trip meters and estimated fuel range, as well as average and instant fuel consumption and more. The cockpit is designed to accommodate the fitment of aftermarket navigation devices, enabling you to add extra equipment to suit your own requirements, including GPS, road book readers and smart phones.
Switchable ABS for easy adjustment
The braking system consists of dual 282mm wave front discs and a 245mm wave rear disc that gives high levels of stopping power with plenty of feel at all speeds on the highway or in the dirt.
When you're riding off road you have the option to temporarily disable the ABS whenever required by activating the kill switch while stationary. With the ABS turned off you can take full manual control, and you can choose to lock the rear wheel deliberately in certain situations - such as very tight turns or on steep descents.
Good rider protection
On long journeys the screen and front cowl give good protection from the wind and weather, and because of the bike's slim and compact body you are able to tuck in tightly to the chassis and keep out of the main airflow. As well deflecting wind and rain, the tough plastic handguards also help to prevent damage from rocks and stones kicked up by vehicles in front of you, and they offer added protection from branches and foliage when you're in the wilderness. And if you do take a tumble in the dirt, they help to protect the levers and throttle from accidental damage.
Key Technical Features
• High-torque 689cc 4-stroke CP2 parallel-twin engine
• New lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame
• Slim, compact and ergonomic body and seat
• Aggressive rally-bred face with four LED headlights and two LED position lights
• Adjustable long-travel 43mm upside down forks with 210mm travel
• Remotely adjustable link-type rear suspension with 200mm travel
• Compact rally style cockpit with tapered handlebars
• 21-inch/18-inch lightweight spoked wheels with adventure tyres
• Slim long-range fuel tank with 16-litre capacity for 350km+ range
• Compact rally-style multi-function instruments
• Switchable ABS for on the fly adjustment
• Screen and handguards give good rider protection
The new Ténéré 700 will be available in the second half of 2019 at Yamaha dealers across Europe.
Colours Ceramic Ice, Competition White, Power Black
Yamaha Genuine Accessories: Make it yours
Yamaha has developed a full range of Genuine Accessories that enable customers to build their very own Ténéré 700 with a look, feel and specification that matches their unique character and the way they use your bike. Full details will be released at the world press launch.
Build a dream collection with the free MyGarage app
The MyGarage app is the best way for customers to build their dream collection of Yamaha motorcycles - and it's totally free! By downloading the free app anyone can start creating their very own personalized Yamaha.
MyGarage enables customers to add or remove a wide range of Genuine Options accessories and view the bike from any angle. Once a dream bike has been created it can be saved and shared with friends - and once a final decision is made on the ideal specification, it can be sent to the local Yamaha dealer who will turn it into reality.
In the world of motorcycle drag racing nothing is bigger than the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Pro Stock motorcycle class. I say that because it’s the only two-wheeled class that runs in conjunction with Top fuel, Funny car and Pro Stock car in the premier league of National USA drag racing; three to four days of qualifying and often 100,000 plus crowds, not to mention huge TV audiences, attract massive sponsorship deals, and so it should. Just look at these intimidating monsters that cover the quarter mile in a few seconds. Well actually USA pinnacle drag racing is now shorter after a fatal crash in 2008 when Scott Kalitta crashed his Funny car, which can be found on YouTube if you want to be shocked. So, to try to reduce speeds, NHRA brought the distance down from 1,320 feet (402m), to 1,000 feet (305m). But, as usual, in racing the top speeds have caught up.
If you’re wondering how fast, as you should, a top-end Pro Stock motorcycle will cover the 1,000 feet in around, or below, 6.8 seconds with terminal speeds of 200mph (320km/h). Also they reach 200km/h in less than four seconds, and a 0-100km/h time of less than one second, with all bikes using only a 10-inch wide rear drag slick tyre! Let’s not forget that a Pro Stock motorcycle has no forced induction (turbo or supercharged) and no nitrous oxide injection is allowed either, they’re all normally aspirated engines in different forms, well only two to be precise.
This class is so tight that well over 40 entries will compete for only16 places in the elimination sages, bit like a world cup with eliminations leading to semi-finals leading to a big finale. I said ‘tight’ because in the last event 6.83 seconds qualified first and 6.94 was 14th, which all leads to the reaction times off the lights to win, where these guys are the best. And ladies too as they can compete on equal terms with the men and indeed Angelle Sampay has won the world tile before. World title, huh…only in America, where every sport has its ‘own’ world title, if you know what I mean?
Now on to the bikes. Apparently they have to resemble a ‘street bike’ from a distance, hence the bodywork but the two engines are either a massive V-twin or not so massive in-line four cylinder. Class rules state the V-twin can be 160 cubic-inch (2.6 litres), but it has to have only two-valve cylinder heads and push rod camshaft activation, also with fuel injection allowed. On the other side is the Suzuki based engine (what else?), which can go to 107 cubic-inch (1,750cc), with a two-valve GS based head and use of carbs only. To also level the field the V-twin can weight no more than 620 pounds (282kg), and the four-cylinder 515 pounds (234kg). Obviously to try to offset the ridiculous torque the big twin makes off the line, but it does make for the closest racing you’ve ever come across. Sometimes lead weights are added to the bike to keep these parameters equal on all counts.
Interestingly the Suzuki based engine still uses modified GS1150 EF crankcases from the eighties but with a hyper expensive CNC billet two- valve cylinder head and predictably hefty clutch and gearbox. Still a testament to how strong those Suzuki engines were and still are. I’ve seen claimed horsepower from a 1640cc engine at 320hp, so being racing figures it will probably be more.
However in the Harley-Davidson and Buell camp it’s a different story and then some. In fact the only connection with the two names mentioned are the brand name stickers on the bikes bodywork, and they’re, err…V-twins. S&S racing division makes the huge engines for the Buell bikes, all 2.6 litres of them. Entirely made from billet components and claiming 360hp plus, who knows what the torque figures must be, and you can even buy just the S&S engine for $42,500 if you fancy transplanting one into your scooter but just listen to these figures folks. 5 –inch piston size or 130mm across, no compression figures but think of at least 18:1, billet rocker arms and push rods made from Superman’s legs that allow this ridiculous engine to rev to 10,500rpm! The camshafts have at least a one-inch lift (26mm) and the valve springs are rated with a return pressure of over 1,400kg, or the same weight as a small family car, amazing components or what? Obviously many ‘secrets’ are hidden in those billet barrels as well, which have cast iron liners.
As you can see from the images here ‘Harley-Davidson’, built by Vance & Hines, are the team to beat with three riders, Andrew Hines, Chip Ellis and Eddie Krawiec who is last year’s Championship holder, leading the way. Steve Tonglet is close behind on the Suzuki machine and many more are close as well.
With one round to go, of 16, at Pomona in California, it’s going to be close and, by the time you read this, it will all have been decided and the NHRA 2018 Pro Stock motorcycle Champion named. So please visit www.nhra.com for all the final class results and even more information, well worth a look. Also check out the many videos of these bikes on YouTube, you’ll be highly impressed believe me!
Francesco Bagnaia closes this incredible season with the title in Moto2. Party completed by Luca Marini at his first victory.
Sepang (Malaysia), November 4th 2018 - Francesco Bagnaia, third at the finishing line of the Malaysian GP, is the 2018 Moto2 World Champion with the Sky Racing Team VR46. After an incredible season with 8 victories and 12 podiums, Pecco won the title in the intermediate class. A special day completed by the first victory of Luca Marini, who has dominated the GP.Pecco, a talent raised in the Sky project and the VR46 Riders Academy since 2014, rookie of the Year in Moto2 in 2017, is the true protagonist of the 2018 season. After winning the inaugural race in Qatar, he has successed in Texas, France, Holland, Austria, San Marino, Thailand and Japan and he has reached 304 points in the standings. With 16 podiums in the 2017/2018 biennium, all with the Sky Racing Team VR46, is one of the most successful Italians in the Moto2 category.Historic day for the Team also crowned by Luca's first victory, second in qualifying yesterday, impressive in the warm up and able to impose his pace in the race dominating from the first to the last corner.
Introducing the Scrambler 1200 XE, all-new benchmark-setting motorcycle that represents a first for dual-purpose capability and modern custom style. This beautiful new 1200 Scrambler delivers a category redefining level of performance, specification and finish, fused with Triumph’s iconic Scrambler DNA and all the capability of a genuine adventure motorcycle.
Built to deliver a sublime riding experience on every road, packed with class-leading specification and state-of-the-art technology, this new modern classic takes the
legend that Triumph started to a whole new level. The first of a new generation, and the best in every dimension. The real deal is here.
New benchmark setting Scrambler
1200 Scrambler XE – built to be just as great on the road but with even more extreme off-road capability
High Power 1200cc Bonneville twin engine, with dedicated Scrambler tune, delivering 90 PS @ 7,400 rpm
Incredible torque output of 110 Nm @ 3,950rpm
Sculpted high level exhaust and a signature twin Scrambler soundtrack
Category dominating capability
Class leading state-of-the-art technology including;
2nd generation TFT instruments
6 riding modes, including Off-Road Pro on the XE
Optimised cornering ABS and cornering traction control on the XE
IMU and fully integrated technology system
All LED lighting, including signature DRL headlight
Intuitive switch cubes & 5-way joystick
Illuminated backlit switches
USB charging socket
Heated grips as standard on the XE
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team are celebrating at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit today, as they have returned to the top step of the podium with Maverick Viñales taking a stunning win. Valentino Rossi was also a strong contender in today's Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. He crossed the line in sixth place.
VIñales didn't have the start he had hoped for from second on the front row and slotted into tenth position after the first corners. At the end of the first lap he started to climb his way back up the ranking order, and on lap 3 he moved into eighth position. He remained there for a while, but was looking comfortable.
Drama happened with 21 laps to go, when Johann Zarco and Marc Márquez collided. Unaffected by the incident, the Factory Yamaha rider used the moment to launch his attack. He smoothly fought his way through the rider field to take the lead on lap 8. From that moment on he did exactly as he predicted yesterday: he put his head down, lapping 1'29s laps, to break away at the front.
Towards the end of the race the Spaniard had a comfortable advantage of over 4s, allowing him to have a bit of a breather over the last five laps. He didn't put a foot wrong and secured a fantastic victory, with a 1.543s margin over his closest rival.
Rossi had a good start from seventh on the grid, gaining a spot on the first lap. He continued to fight in the bunched-up leading group and soon found a way past Álex Rins to take fifth. He was looking to hit the front of the pack early but got involved in a scrap with Zarco and Jack Miller, which moved him back to sixth.
As Zarco and Márquez touched going into turn 1 on lap 6, the fight for the lead heated up. Viñales took the number one spot on lap 8 and the Doctor was keen on following him. He wrestled for a bit with Andrea Dovizioso and initially came out victorious, so he could attempt to follow his teammate in first place, but he couldn't quite keep up the challenge.
A fight with Andrea Iannone cost him some valuable time, and with 12 laps to go he got swept up again in a battle consisting of five riders fighting for second place. Rossi was pushed back to fifth but wasn't about to give up. With 8 laps to go he made another charge, briefly reclaiming second place, only to find himself in sixth again shortly after. The Italian pushed hard and had another try in the final three laps, but still finished the race in sixth place, 5.132s from his teammate.
Today's results see Rossi hold third position in the championship standings with a 15-point gap to second. Viñales remains in fourth place, and thanks to his splendid win he currently has a 15-point gap to his teammate.
Yamaha holds third place in the Constructor Championship after the race in Australia, with a 44-point margin to second, while the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team remain in second position in the team standings, with now a 16-point gap to first.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action at the Sepang International Circuit next weekend for the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, held from November 2nd - 4th.
This weekend marked a significant moment for Jonathan Mlimi, South Africa’s rising motocross star. After a stand-out year of racing in his still young motocross career, he stormed to his second national title and was crowned Pro Mini Champion at Johannesburg’s Dirt Bronco track.
As the son of motocross legend Eury Mlimi, the youngster is running fast on a path his father fought hard to pioneer in the 80’s. Eury turned the sport on its head when he became South Africa’s first black professional motocross rider.
“Firstly it was hard to get anything done as a black person in South Africa during the Apartheid era. So my dad had one goal and that was to change his story and his life in general. He wanted to move away from the homelands and pursue his racing career, and he was welcomed with open arms in the motocross community,” explained Jonathan.
While he was still too young to witness his father race, Jonathan describes growing up watching his older brother Joshua compete, who is equally as passionate about the sport and rides on the same Red Bull KTM team as him.
“My dad started taking me with to watch my brother race - it was always so much fun because he would let me dress up in my brother’s kit and ride around on my push bike,” he said.
Winning the Pro Mini Championship has only pushed Jonathan deeper into his motocross dream of becoming “one of the best riders in the world”, and he has already set his sights on repeating the victory in the High School Class next year.
A parting shot from nine-time National Champion and fellow Red Bull KTM rider Kerim Fitz-Gerald:
“Jono is a very composed athlete and comes across very calculated when he rides - he doesn't often make silly mistakes or ride out of his comfort zone. With Eury as his father he has a really good backing and the right people behind him to go far in this sport.”
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team's 2018 FIM World Superbike Championship campaign came to a premature conclusion in Qatar this evening, when WorldSBK Race 2 was cancelled on safety grounds shortly before the scheduled start. The news brought the curtain down on the team's most successful WorldSBK season to date, during which Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes racked up three race wins and a total of 14 podium finishes between them.
Van der Mark and Lowes were met by high winds, a sandstorm and then torrential rain as they arrived at the Losail International Circuit for the final race day of the 2018 season. The adverse weather saw a delay to the race program, with the WorldSBK riders taking to the track for 15 minutes of warm-up more than 90 minutes later than scheduled.
Following the session concerns were raised by the riders about the track conditions, which resulted in a further delay to the program as circuit staff worked to disperse the water running across the track in several areas.
Following the WorldSSP race, which was shortened from 15 to 12 laps, the safety commission made the decision to cancel WorldSBK Race 2, due to standing water on the track and after taking into account the differences in power and tyres of WorldSBK and WorldSSP machines.
The cancellation of the final race of the 2018 season meant van der Mark missed the chance, albeit an outside one, to challenge for second place in the championship standings, but the Pata Yamaha rider was happy to finish third, which exceeded the expectations he had at the start of the year.
For Lowes, whose speed and consistency in Qatar was impressive throughout the weekend, the cancellation of Race 2 meant he lost the opportunity to add another podium finish to the one he secured yesterday in Race 1 when he took a hard fought third place. The Pata Yamaha rider ended the season sixth in the championship standings with 248 points.
While Qatar marks the end of the 2018 FIM World Superbike season the work doesn't stop for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team. The team head to Spain next month, where van der Mark and Lowes will commence their build up to the 2019 season.
2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the YZF-R1, surely one of the most influential motorcycles ever to be launched by Yamaha. Designed without compromise, the original R1 brought race bike engine performance and new levels of handling agility to the road rider and introduced a new era in supersport motorcycle design.
Yamaha's R-series supersport line has grown to include four class-leading motorcycles that have been developed using the same no-compromise philosophy that has made the YZF-R1 such an enduring success.
For 2019 Yamaha will introduce the new YZF-R3that features a radical YZR-M1 inspired look together with a range of new performance-enhancing technology and refined ergonomics. Together with the recent announcement of the new YZF-R125 - as well as the latest YZF-R6, YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M - the R-series range is the most comprehensive line up of premium supersport models.
R World is calling
Yamaha has a rich heritage of building the most sought after Supersport motorcycles designed to deliver the pinnacle of performance on and off the track. From the rider-friendly YZF-R3 to the competition-focused YZF-R1M, the Yamaha R-series model line-up provides options for riders of all skill levels to experience the pure exhilaration of R World.
New 2019 YZF-R3
Powered by a 321cc twin-cylinder engine that delivers excellent power for navigating cross-town traffic, carving twisty roads, or participating in a track day, the new 2019 YZF-R3 is a user-friendly lightweight supersport featuring Yamaha's race-inspired R-series styling. With its accessible seat height and ergonomic riding position, the new YZF-R3 is the perfect bike for first-time riders or experienced sport bike pilots who prefer a compact, nimble and agile machine.
Renowned engine and chassis
A reliable 321cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, in-line twin-cylinder, dual overhead cam (DOHC), 4-valve, fuel-injected engine is at the heart of the YZF-R3. Featuring the latest combustion technology together with lightweight forged aluminium pistons and all-aluminium DiASil cylinders with an offset design, the smooth-running and quick-revving YZF-R3 engine produces easy-to-manage power.
A lightweight high tensile steel tubular frame with a simple design incorporates the engine's crankcase as a stressed structural member of the chassis, resulting in the perfect balance of rigidity and weight. The long asymmetrical swingarm design ensures the efficient transmission of engine power to the rear wheel and delivers excellent straight-line stability, while the Monocross rear suspension system features a preload-adjustable KYB rear shock that gives stable damping and contributes to a mass centralization of weight.
Combined with the all-new inverted front forks, an all-new triple clamp, 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels, a 298mm front brake disc with a floating twin-piston brake caliper, 32 degrees of handlebar steering range, a 780mm seat height and approximately 50/50 front-rear weight distribution, the YZF-R3 chassis delivers agile and responsive handling.
All-new Inverted front forks and R-series type aluminium handlebar crown
To help achieve the right balance of comfort and sport riding performance for both street and track, the 2019 YZF-R3 features all-new KYB 37mm inverted front forks. Featuring a larger surface area between the outer and inner tubes than on conventional forks, the inverted design significantly improves fork rigidity, giving a sporty front-end feel and precise levels of surface feedback - while maintaining high levels of riding comfort.
Coupled with an all-new triple clamp that incorporates an aluminium handlebar crown with R-series styling, the new front suspension assembly works to provide the rider with outstanding handling during cornering and braking. The new inverted forks also enhance the overall specification of the 2019 YZF-R3 so that it more closely matches the premium appearance of the larger R-series models, giving a heightened pride of ownership and true feeling of belonging to the R family.
New fuel tank design and lower handlebar position
The easy-to-ride character of the YZF-R3 is further enhanced for 2019 thanks to a new fuel tank and fuel tank cover design, along with a handlebar position that is 22mm lower. Fuel tank capacity remains at 14 litres, but the redesigned shape of the tank and cover (31.4mm wider above the knee area and 20mm lower at the fuel cap) helps to achieve a feeling of unity between the rider and machine.
From riding around town to being tucked in on a straight or banking over while apexing track corners, the ability to easily grip the YZF-R3 from multiple body positions allows the rider to take advantage of its full performance potential.
Aerodynamic new front fairing and windscreen design
The new YZF-R3 features a front fairing and windscreen design that pays homage to Yamaha's flagship MotoGP®race bike, the YZR-M1, with an aggressive look that also achieves outstanding aerodynamic performance.
Developed in conjunction with wind tunnel and track tests, the new fairing and windscreen combination reduces aerodynamic drag by seven percent, enabling a decrease in air turbulence around the rider's helmet when in a tucked position, and giving an increase of up to 8 km/h in top speed. The YZR-M1 style central duct in the fairing also functions to direct airflow to the radiator, contributing to engine cooling performance.
Additional new features
New YZF-R1 inspired dual LED headlights and position lights add to the aggressive look of the redesigned front fairing, and a new LCD instrument panel displays essential information that is easy to read at a glance.
The lightweight 10-spoke wheels are shod with radial tyres, providing the YZF-R3 rider with the best possible grip in all riding conditions.
Ultimate Yamaha lightweight supersport
High-revving 321cc inline 2-cylinder liquid cooled DOHC 4-valve engine
Compact and lightweight high tensile tubular steel chassis
Radical new YZR-M1 MotoGP® inspired styling
New front fairing and screen gives up to 8 km/h top speed increase
YZF-R1 style dual LED headlamps and position lamps
Reshaped fuel tank and lower handlebars for improved sports ergonomics
New 37mm inverted front forks and Monocross rear shock
New multi-function LCD instruments with easy to read displays
Refined performance with outstanding reliability and excellent economy
Idealized 50/50 weight distribution for agile handling