The powered two-wheel world changed forever when Yamaha launched the original TMAX back in 2001. By being the very first machine to offer motorcycle performance with scooter comfort and convenience, this dynamic Sport Scooter has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of TMAXers all over Europe.
As the best-selling Sport Scooter in Europe every single year since its launch, the TMAX has been on an incredible journey, and along the way has established a truly iconic status among its legions of fans. Two decades after the introduction of the very first TMAX, Yamaha has created a special edition model that marks the outstanding achievements of one of the most loved and revered designs in the company’s history.Featuring a range of exclusive equipment and offered in a unique new colour, the TMAX 20th Anniversary celebrates the continuing success of the world’s most successful Sport Scooter, and gives TMAX lovers the opportunity to own the ultimate edition of this truly remarkable Yamaha.
TMAX: Nothing but the MAX
Before TMAX, anyone looking for a fast, comfortable and enjoyable way to get to work had the choice of a smaller capacity scooter or a geared motorcycle. Both of these options were fine for many customers, but neither was the ideal solution for a discerning group of commuters and leisure riders who specifically wanted a machine that offered the simplicity of a "twist and go" automatic scooter together with the thrilling acceleration and high speed stability of a sports motorcycle.
Recognising the gap in the market, Yamaha’s designers embarked upon the project to build the world’s fastest scooter in the late 1990s. Nothing was ruled in or out, and in true Yamaha style the company ignored conventional thinking and created a totally new kind of hybrid two-wheeler that successfully combined the advanced engine and suspension technology from a motorcycle with user-friendly scooter features. Equipped with a step-through chassis and wind-beating bodywork – as well as automatic transmission, luxurious seating and a large underseat storage space – the radical TMAX was a huge gamble for Yamaha, but it was a gamble that was to forever change the face of long distance commuting.
The rest is history, and in 2001 this innovative and exciting high performance maxi scooter was launched into a vibrant European market that had never seen anything like it before. Its unique blend of motorcycle performance combined with scooter comfort and convenience made long and medium distance commuting quicker, easier and more fun than ever before.Best-selling Sport Scooter for 20 consecutive years
In fact the original TMAX was so far ahead of its time that there wasn’t even a category for it, and so Yamaha created the Sport Scooter class which has since grown to become the most important segment in the scooter business.
TMAX has maintained its immense popularity and has been the best-selling Sport Scooter every year since its introduction 20 years ago. With almost 300,000 units sold to date in Europe, TMAX is by far and away the most successful Sport Scooter ever produced, and is one of the most important models in Yamaha’s line-up.
TMAX timeline: Evolution of an icon
Throughout its remarkable history the TMAX has constantly evolved to meet the needs and desires of each new generation of customers. Driven by a 500cc, twin-cylinder engine capable of achieving 160 km/h (100 mph), the 1generation TMAX was the first true Sport Scooter. With its compact powerplant mounted rigidly in the tubular steel frame, it delivered a new level of high speed stability that made it the ideal vehicle for customers who needed a fast, comfortable and easy to use long distance commuter.
Between 2004 and 2007 the 2nd generation TMAX’s class-leading performance was taken to the next level with the introduction of a more powerful fuel injected engine, while handling quality was enhanced with new forks and dual front disc brakes with ABS as an option. A parking brake was fitted, and a larger 15-inch rear wheel was featured.
In 2008 the 3rd generation TMAX came with all-new bodywork, and handling performance was refined with the introduction of an all-new lightweight cast aluminium frame. Fork tube diameter was increased by 2 mm to 43 mm, and a new 15-inch front wheel was introduced.
2012 saw the introduction of the 4th generation TMAX that featured a new body design as well as a larger capacity 530 cc engine with belt transmission – and a new aluminium swingarm reduced the unsprung weight to give even smoother and more responsive rear suspension operation.
The 5th generation TMAX arrived in 2015, and its most notable new features were the motorcycle-type upside down front forks and radial-mounted brake calipers that underlined this iconic Sport Scooter’s position as the highest specification model in its class.
In 2017 the 6th generation TMAX came with a dynamic new look and featured a range of sophisticated electronic rider aids that offered even greater control in different riding conditions. Its class-leading specification included the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) and Traction Control System (TCS) – and TMAX was also offered in a higher specification DX version which featured D-MODE switchable power modes, with cruise control, a heated seat and grips and an electrically adjustable windscreen as standard.
2020 saw the launch of the most dynamic and most powerful TMAX ever seen. Its new more aggressive bodywork combined with a larger capacity 560cc engine took the whole TMAX experience into new territory, and reinforced its status as the ultimate high performance scooter of all time.
TMAX 20th Anniversary: MAX evolution.
As a tribute to the outstanding success of the TMAX over the past two decades, Yamaha introduce the new TMAX 20th Anniversary. Only 560 individually-numbered units will be manufactured, making it one of Yamaha’s most exclusive special editions that is sure to be appreciated by TMAX customers all over Europe.Unique forged carbon bodywork
The key feature on this new model is the forged carbon bodywork that gives every scooter its own "fingerprint". Unlike traditional carbon fibre which has a uniform weave pattern, each of the forged carbon fibre components used on the TMAX 20th Anniversary has its own individual surface finish that makes every one of the 560 units unique.
The distinctive boomerang body panels as well as the front fender and muffler heat shield are all manufactured from this strong and lightweight carbon material, giving the TMAX 20th Anniversary an even more dynamic look and premium feel – and yellow highlights on the boomerangs and fender are a reminder of the original model’s bright yellow colour scheme.Special heated seat and heated grips
Manufactured from premium grade materials, the exclusive heated seat features yellow stitching to match the accents on the boomerangs and front fender, and a 20th Anniversary logo confirms the scooter’s exclusive status. Heated grips are also standard, and these feature special end grips that enhance this iconic Sport Scooter’s specification.Numbered badge
Each TMAX 20th Anniversary will be fitted with a numbered badge that confirms its exclusivity as one of just 560 units that have been manufactured as a tribute to the industry’s most successful and iconic Sport Scooter. Together with the unique "fingerprint" of the forged carbon bodywork, the production number gives every individual model its own special identity.
The most unique and desirable TMAX ever made will be finished in a special Tech Graphite colour that underlines this very special scooter’s dynamic looks and perfectly complements the exclusive forged carbon bodywork. Contrasting bronze-coloured wheels reinforce the premium status.
Yamaha TMAX 20th Anniversary Key Features
Unique forged carbon bodywork
Special heated seat and heated grips
Powerful 560cc EURO5 compliant engine
Dynamic and aggressive body design
Integrated LED front flashers
Fully-equipped with best-in-class specification
Lightweight aluminium frame
Traction Control System & D-MODE
Large storage space
Smart Key keyless operation.
Monotone TFT instrument panel
Motorcycle-type suspension with optimised settings
Centre stand locking system
Online Ordering System
The new Yamaha TMAX 20th Anniversary will be available exclusively via an Online Ordering System that is designed to be quick and easy to use. This system is due to go live on 31st March 2021 and details of the process will be announced soon. Please stay tuned for further information.
Estenson Racing opened the 2021 Progressive American Flat Track season in dream fashion on Friday night, scoring three podium finishes at Volusia Speedway Park. The Mission SuperTwins duo of JD Beach and Kolby Carlile were in particularly great form with Beach taking the runner-up position and his younger teammate ending the night sixth. The AFT Singles team also had a top night, with Dallas Daniels in second and Mikey Rush third.
Beach won his Semi and then backed that up with a second-place in the four-lap dash for cash. He proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that those performances were no fluke by putting forth a race-long challenge for victory in the premier class Main Event. That effort ultimately concluded in a hugely rewarding runner-up result just 0.487 seconds removed from victory. Like Beach, Carlile also showed strength, storming up to sixth position on the race’s final lap.Meanwhile, AFT Singles teammates Daniels and Rush were every bit as impressive. The two ran in third and fourth, respectively, early in the Main Event until it was momentarily halted by a red flag. Reigning class champ Daniels made a concerted push off the restart and quickly executed a pass for position with an eye on tracking down the leader. The 17-year-old ace successfully reeled in the front runner but simply ran out of time, finishing a scant 0.131 seconds short of victory at the finish line.Rush worked his way up to third, where he found himself at the head of a five-rider freight train contending for the final spot on the podium. The experienced rider held strong in that position, hitting the flag 0.072 seconds ahead of his fourth-placed rival.
The Estenson Racing team will look to build on its spectacular start to the year in tomorrow evening’s second half of the season-opening Volusia Half-Mile doubleheader.
Tommy Hayden – Estenson Racing Team Manager
“What a great start to the 2021 season for the entire team. The 450 guys both were competitive all day. Dallas was fighting for the victory on the last few laps, and Mikey rode a strong race to put both our bikes on the podium.
“The SuperTwins guys both had a really good day as well. JD was riding really well all day, winning his heat, taking second in the dash, battling for the win the entire race, and finishing with a very strong second place. Kolby picked it up in the Main Event and charged through the pack for a very solid sixth. It was good to see him ride with more confidence in the Main.
“This was by far our best overall performance in the last two years, and that was because of the commitment and hard work of our riders and each member of the team. Every member played a part in today’s success. We are looking forward to coming back tomorrow and trying to take it one more step farther in both classes.”JD Beach – Estenson Racing Mission SuperTwins
“It’s great to start off the year like this to be on the podium after the year we had last season. I just can’t thank the whole team enough. They worked so hard this winter and just kept plugging away and kept trying to think of new things to try to make the bike better. They never gave up. I’m just so excited. We still have a long way to go, and it’s a long year, but we’re definitely starting off on the right foot. I also have to thank my family and friends back home. They’ve had to put up with a really grumpy guy. When the race weekend doesn’t go well, it goes back home with me, and they’ve had to deal with me. So I have to thank them for staying behind me and to keep pushing me. I couldn’t have done it without them. I’m really pumped about today, but we’ve still got to wake up and do it again tomorrow.”
Kolby Carlile – Estenson Racing Mission SuperTwins
“I am so happy with how tonight went. To be able to walk away from race one with a sixth-place finish feels so amazing. My best finish of last season was a 13th, so for me to start off this year with a sixth is amazing. We didn’t qualify great or have a good Semi finish. I was struggling to find my comfort zone on the bike earlier in the day but our team put their heads together to come up with a plan for the Main Event. The bike was great. I got a great start and kept moving forward the whole time. I need to put myself in a better place earlier in the day, and I believe I can run in the top five. I had a great off-season coming back from my injury. I also revamped my training program as well. Fitness was on point tonight, and my knee was great. I am excited to go for it again tomorrow!”
Dallas Daniels – Estenson Racing AFT Singles
“It was a really good night here at the Volusia Half-Mile. My Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F was working amazing. My crew chief James Hart and mechanic Larry Fulton had the bike working great. We made big improvements from last year, obviously, not making the Main Event at the season opener, and now coming out and getting second. I felt like I got held up a little bit by Max Whale but once I cleared him, I slowly tracked down Shayna (Texter-Bauman) but it was just too little too late. I’m looking to improve tomorrow and hopefully get on the top step.”Mikey Rush – Estenson Racing AFT Singles
“We’re excited to put it on the box today at Volusia. After struggling a little bit earlier in the day, the team made some changes to the bike. We ended up coming from the third row to get into fourth right off the bat and worked our way into third. I have to give a big thanks to the whole team for supporting me like they do. I’m super excited to be on the box at this first race. We’re sitting third in the points now, and hopefully, we can carry this momentum on to tomorrow and for the rest of the year.”
WP Suspension is pleased to announce the launch of the new WP XPLOR PRO 7448 Air Fork. The split system, equipped with a combination of WP AER TECHNOLOGY, CONE VALVE TECHNOLOGY and CLOSED CARTRIDGE construction redefines the personal limits of any ambitious enduro fanatic and allows the perfect balance between extremely robust damping performance and the lightness and agility that is crucial for the perfect run to the podium.
To be prepared for even the toughest circumstances, flexibility is the ace up your sleeve. With the new WP XPLOR PRO 7448 Air Fork, short-term changes in the track and other conditions are no problem. The Air Fork enables any adjustment of the air pressure directly at the AER fork leg for even big changes in driving dynamics on the trail or deep in the middle of nowhere. The fine tuning is performed by using easy and quickly accessible adjusters for compression and rebound. Developed and proven in professional enduro sports, the XPLOR PRO 7448 Air Fork shines with WP CONE VALVE Technology and WP CLOSED CARTRIDGE design, which not only leads to unique response at high speeds, but also guarantees a constant damping performance with high puncture resistance after strong impacts. The XPLOR PRO 7448 Air Fork will be available from 5 March for R51 201.00. (net retail price).
The XPLOR PRO 7448 Air Fork will be available for the following motorcycles:
KTM: EXC (150, 250, 300); EXC-F (250, 350, 450, 500);
Husqvarna: TE (150, 250, 300); FE (250, 350, 450, 501). From 2017-
GASGAS: EC (250, 300); EC-F (250, 350); 2021
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End of the first official IRTA test for the young rider of the Sky VR46 Avintia who is making his first steps on the Ducati MotoGP.
Doha (Qatar), March 7th 2021 - Luca Marini's first official test of 2021 in archive after two days of hard work to continue to become familiar with the new Ducati MotoGP.The rider of the Sky VR46 Avintia has completed about hundred laps at Losail track and was able to improve his lap time, the position on the bike and the electronics. Positive feelings and a best of 1.55.605 signed in the final stages of the Day2.
Of the three, today is definitely the day I enjoyed the most. I was able to ride more easily, I made a good step forward on the setting and a great job in the garage. I have done a lot on my riding style in braking and now I am closer to the other Ducati guys. In these days before the second testing session we will check the data to understand in which area to focus and further evolve my style. The riding position is better, I can do more laps and keep a good pace. I am doing a lot in terms of electronics, I have more confidence on the front too and I have pushed more on the tires that are really very different from Dunlop. We have to work on many details to be 100%, but we can think of a race simulation in the next session.
The Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha team has announced Maria Herrera as their rider for the 2021 FIM Supersport World Championship campaign, in which the team will receive support from Yamaha to become the Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team.
Ahead of the new season, Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha have moved to a new headquarters in Fiano Romano, Italy, and this marks its second season in WorldSSP, where it will once again field the Yamaha R6 bike, having also enjoyed success over their past two FIM Supersport 300 World Championship seasons.
Spanish rider Herrera is no stranger to the category, and despite her young age, 24, she boasts a valuable amount of experience, which made her the perfect fit for the team’s second endeavour into the category. For 2021, Herrera will take part in the WorldSSP Challenge, featuring at the European stages of the championship, which currently make up the first nine rounds.
Hailing from the Iberian region of Spain, Herrera has shown from a young age that she is a fierce competitor, winning the ‘Campionato Velocità del Mediterraneo’ in 2011. The following year she stepped up to the CEV Moto3 class, and during her second season in 2013 she took two victories on her way to fourth in the championship. That year she also earned a Moto3 world championship wildcard entry at the Aragon Grand Prix.
She took part in three more Moto3 Grand Prix in 2014, where she raced in Jerez, Barcelona and Valencia, before she earned a full-time ride in the championship for the following year. She went onto complete three full seasons, racking up 65 Moto3 starts, and in 2018 switched to WorldSSP300, riding a R3 GYTR-kitted bike.
After a single campaign, Herrera made the move to the WorldSSP class on a Yamaha R6 in 2019, combining this with a full-season ride in the newly-formed MotoE World Cup. After some impressive performances, she spent another year in MotoE and joined three WorldSSP rounds.
On this basis, coupled with the strong foundations of the Sandro Carusi-led outfit, the Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha team is confident of being competitive, having already achieved success in the WorldSSP300 class.
Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team
“I chose this team because many people speak well of Sandro, the bike, the group and the potential they have. My main goal for this year is to do a great job and have fun by going fast.”
Sandro Carusi - Team Principal
Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team
“I am very happy to be able to announce Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha’s participation in the WorldSSP class with Maria Herrera. Having the only woman in the championship, who is a huge talent, gives us the opportunity to demonstrate the level we have reached. I'm sure it will be a strong incentive for all of us.”
Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Manager
“We’re really excited to see the Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha team coming back to the WorldSSP class in 2021. Sandro and his team have already given young talented riders a great opportunity in WorldSSP300 and it’s great to see how they have continued that trend in the 600cc class. Maria is an impressive and versatile young rider who adds good experience to the team and I expect them to achieve some strong results together this year.”
FRESH IN DEALERS SOON: THE ALL-NEW KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R ALLOWS FOR LIMITLESS TRAVEL POSSIBILITIES EVEN WHERE THE ROAD ENDS
Drop a pin on the map and hit the road! The 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R has been redesigned to let adventurers discover the most hidden paths under the sky with added agility, class-leading performance and an extensive list of electronics that work together to enhance the rider’s feeling while out exploring.
The second instalment in the new generation of liter-class KTM ADVENTURE models comes in the form of the all-new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R. Engineered to cross the wildest and most challenging terrain, this motorcycle has the capacity to take adventurers anywhere.
Primed and ready to plant its flag anywhere on the planet, the 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R has been designed from the ground up with an extensive list of innovative upgrades.
Riding the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R across rough terrain in the easiest and most intuitive way has been a development priority for the completely reworked 2021 edition. An all new bodywork providing excellent ergonomics and allowing to hold the fuel in the tank as low as possible has been designed for better agility, a lower center of gravity and an even better feeling in all riding conditions.A sharper cornering sensation has been achieved by moving the steering head back by 15 mm, re-locating the front section of the engine and introducing a slightly longer new diecast open-lattice swingarm for a greater depth of feeling under acceleration. KTM engineers have analyzed and trimmed every centimeter of the new bodywork in order to provide the right thickness and the optimal rider-bike contact.
The sensation of control and balance is augmented by the new three-part fuel tank that holds 23 l and is positioned lower to assist riding equilibrium. Like the chassis, the subframe has also been reconstructed and is topped with a sporty stepped seat at 880 mm of height with slim dimensions and a handy storage underneath.
Further enhancing handling is the reworked 2021 WP suspension configuration. The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R streams elements of KTM’s prolificacy in offroad and embraces the best of WP XPLOR technology. The fully-adjustable 48 mm front forks with an impressive 220 mm of travel feature split damping functions and quick modification potential with a twist of the respective dials. The same travel measurement graces the WP PDS shock. The competence of the system was achieved through tests in the Californian desert-land as well as long stretches of varied landscapes across Europe.
The 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is a vessel for the latest electronics packages and continuation of the collaboration with first-rate pioneers like Bosch. A new 6-axis lean angle sensor filters information on the exact pitch and position of the bike and its behaviour. In turn, this affects the degree of Motorcycle Traction Control, Motor Slip Regulation, Motorcycle Stability Control and forces of Offroad ABS. To fit the needs of the modern all-terrain riding enthusiast, all rider assists can be tweaked or disengaged.Alongside the standards RAIN, STREET, SPORT and OFFROAD ride modes, the optional RALLY mode permits riders to set throttle response to aggressive and select one of nine different levels of wheel spin. The changes to suit any kind of topography are all charted through the all-new and more use-friendly 7’’ TFT dash, which is hooked to a new Connectivity Unit. The larger view has quicker and more practical menus and clearly shows turn-by-turn directions indicated by the KTM MY RIDE app.
The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R relies on the new Euro 5-ready LC8 that is now 1.6 kg lighter and froths out 160 hp at 9,000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm for the best power-to-weight offering in the segment. KTM has combed through the internals of the V-Twin powerplant to improve heat dissipation and shave grams in the quest for improved rideability.
With a lot of effort going towards optimizing the air flow through the bike, the 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R features two separate radiators instead of the one-piece unit of its predecessor. With cleverly designed air ducts, the amount of hot air streaming towards the rider´s legs has been significantly reduced and the difference becomes easily noticeable in the slow, tight sections.Thanks to a reworked airbox, riders can now easily access the air filter by simply removing four screws. The filter itself now features vertical ribs, instead of horizontal, which helps direct dust or sand towards the bottom of the air box. Overall, a better design for hardcore adventurers.
Some additional engine updates include lighter engine cases, new pistons, improved shifting, altered coatings and easier filter access and a re-jigged two-header exhaust unit, with the updated package making the LC8 flighty, more reliable and more dependable for all types of trail. 15,000 km service intervals have again been achieved with low fuel consumption at 5.7 l / 100 km. Together with PANKL, KTM has also reworked the gearbox shifting mechanism for faster, lighter and more responsive actions. The full force of this update can be felt through the optional Quickshifter+, which now has a faster and even more precise operation.
To cope with the rigours of life away from the beaten track, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is armed with premium level equipment. New, Adventure-specific Bridgestone tires are wrapped around ALPINA aluminium spoked wheels, which can be run tubeless with a reassuring O-ring sealant in the spoke nipples. This new generation 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R comes with modern and eye-catching paint and graphic set.
KTM RACE ON tech takes keyless ignition to a new level of autonomy, separate Tire Pressure Monitor system sensors provide more detailed customisation and four piston radial mounted Brembo callipers bring the whole show to a fearsome stop or satisfying slide. The windshield, the levers, the pegs and the handlebars all are adjustable to further enhance rider adaptability.
As is the case with its S model counterpart, the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R benefits from a remodelled optional software package policy. With the Rally Pack offering the RALLY riding mode, the MTC slip adjuster and the adjustable throttle response, the all-in-one Tech Pack includes the Quickshifter+, the Motor Slip Regulation, the Hill Hold Control, the adaptive brake light and all the features of the Rally Pack.
KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R - MODEL HIGHLIGHTS
// All-new ergonomics offering extra agility
// Redesigned seat with lower height
// Reworked long-travel, adjustable WP XPLOR suspension
// Optimized weight distribution with lower-placed fuel tanks
// Cutting-edge electronics that enhance the ride
// New, intuitive 7’’ TFT display with redesigned handlebar switches
// New LED headlight with LED daytime light
// Revised V-Twin engine [EURO 5] with improved heat dissipation
// New, Adventure-specced tires by Bridgestone
Joachim Sauer - KTM Product Manager: “For KTM, ‘R’ stands for ‘Rally’ and ‘Racing’ so with the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R we really feel in our element. Adopting all the great benefits of the recently launched S model, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is here to set new standards of all-terrain performance. With this new offroad powerhouse we wanted even more rideability and to achieve it, we looked into rider-focused ergonomics and improved suspension performance. The new bike also offers a big step forward in terms of weight distribution and riding agility. Making gains with the overall performance of our LC8, we were also able to give the 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R innovative technical features. If some of the best moments of adventuring come about by discovering the unknown, with this bike riders could not have a better tool for the job.”
The new generation KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R will be available at KTM dealers internationally starting March 2021. For the North American markets, it will become available in the fall of 2021.
Milan, February 16th, 2021. It is the day ofthe Sky Racing Team VR46, just a month before the start of the World Championship in Qatar, it presents the Teams and riders of the 2021 season of this project, the eighth consecutive one. A project that, thanks to the trust and constant work ofSky and VR46, over time has seen the birth of promises, the growth of talents and the achievement of important milestone of the contemporary motorcycling. It will be the turning point season, which begins with a goal already achieved at the start,Luca Marini's debut in MotoGP with Sky VR46 Avintiathanks to the agreement betweenSky Racing Team VR46, Esponsorama Racing and Ducati.Marini will be the second rider of Team Sky-VR46 to make his debut in the top class after Francesco Bagnaia, Moto2 World Champion in 2018, who is now waiting for his friend for new challenges on the track in the top class.
A new start for Moto2, where we will be able to count on the talent ofMarco Bezzecchi- one of the title contender in 2020 - and on the qualities of the young rookieCelestino Vietti Ramus, making his debut onKalexin the new category after having impressed in Moto3. TOTAL BLACK- The new MotoGP and Moto2 liveries for the 2021 season, revisited in colors by the VR46 graphic and creative department, have the same appearance in both categories: the touch of light grey becomes shiny black, with a game of contrasts introduced by the chromed blue, which redesigns the graphics of the two Teams in a more “racing” way while remaining faithful to the colors that have always accompanied the crew.
MOTOGP- Among the most talented young rider in the entire Italian panorama and in the VR46 Riders Academy since his birth, Luca Marini will make his MotoGP debut with the Sky Racing Team VR46. He earned the promotion to the top class thanks to 6 successes in the intermediate category (all riding the Kalex of the Sky Racing Team VR46) and three seasons as a protagonist in Moto2, crowned by the second place in the Championship in 2020. That of 2021 will be a Team completely built around Luca, where the experience of Ducati, its technicians and of the crew chiefLuca Ferraccioliwill meet the capacity of the sporting director of Esponsorama AvintiaRuben Xausand the coach of the VR46 Riders AcademyRoberto Locatellitogether with some of the historical members of the Team. LUCA MARINI, MOTOGP rider Sky VR46 Avintia
“I can't wait to start this new season with Sky VR46 Avintia. I didn't have the opportunity to test Ducati at the end of November as in a normal season and the wait was so long. I spent the whole winter thinking about the first day of testing! With the support of the Academy, I am training to be physically and mentally ready. There will be so many things to learn, I will work hard to grow and adapt myself to the new category as fast as possible. At the same time, I want to enjoy this first year in MotoGP: it will be a special moment in my life. I would like to thank Ducati and the Sky Racing Team VR46 for believing in me and repaying them for the trust they have placed in my abilities. I hope that our relationship can evolve in the years to come”. RUBEN XAUS, Sporting director Esponsorama Avintia
“I am happy to welcome Luca to MotoGP in the Sky VR46 Avintia. As a sporting director I’m proud to see the birth of this partnership with the support and commitment of Ducati and all our partners. We were dreaming on young riders, as rookies since years with a great desire to show their best: a starting point that we share with Luca and the Sky Racing Team VR46 project, a reference Team for skills and results in Moto2. It will be a challenging year, but full of emotions on track”. MOTO2 –Fourth in the Championship in 2020 with 184 points,Marco Bezzecchiis among the most awaited for the 2021, with two wins plus 5 podiums. Pure talent in Moto3, in the first season at the Sky Racing Team VR46 he found a new dimension and was the protagonist of an exponential growth, scoring the first podium and the first victory in the intermediate class. MARCO BEZZECCHI, Moto2 rider Sky Racing Team VR46
“Like every year, I'm always happy to be back on track after a long off season. I met my crew a few weeks ago in Tavullia, we're excited and can't wait to see them again in Qatar. Fingers crossed for the calendar, I'm sure we'll have fun. We need to keep concentrating and working hard: in this way we can make a step forward compared to last year, become more consistent and be in the group of the strongest riders in every GP”.
At the debut in CEV in 2018 with the Sky VR46 Junior Team, then in the World Championship with the first podium and the first victory (Moto3, Austria 2020) with the Sky Racing Team VR46:Celestino Vietti Ramusis close to another key passage of his career with the usual colors. In 2020 he impressed with his ability to manage the race and speed, which allowed him to take two wins, two more podiums and the possibility of making his debut in the higher category. CELESTINO VIETTI RAMUS, Moto2 rider Sky Racing Team VR46
“I am waiting for this moment since the testing session in Jerez, when I have tried the Moto2: I am happy because once again I will face a key milestone in my career together with the guys of the Sky Racing Team VR46. It won't be easy, there are many tricks to take care compared to the Moto3, but also a lot of power and speed to manage. In November I really enjoyed it and the feelings were more than positive. Working hard with the Team and continue to take the measures of the new category is the target and then being able to get some good positions, but no rush”.
After the World title in 2020 among the Team, confirmation is the target forPablo Nieto, Team Manager of the Moto2 team for the fifth consecutive year. Alongside himLuca Brivioin the role of Team Coordinator andRoberto Locatelli, who in addition to following the riders of the VR46 Riders Academy will split himself between his commitment in MotoGP and Moto2. Ambitious goal and key roles confirmed:Sergio Martinezwill continue to follow Marco Bezzecchi, whileJairo Carriles, Luca Marini's crew chief last year, will take care about Celestino Vietti Ramus in his approach to Kalex. PABLO NIETO, Team Manager Moto2 Sky Racing Team VR46
“It will be a very special year for the Sky Racing Team VR46: confirmations and great opportunities. We come from a very special 2020 and at the same time full of results and goals achieved. Repeat ourself will not be easy, but Marco and Celestino are a sparkling couple from many points of view. They are fast, competitive and they want to impress everyone. For Celestino the target is to approach and work hard to adapt himself to the new category as soon as he can, while I'm sure Marco will give his best since Qatar GP”.
Energica the single manufacturer supplying the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup Series with their Ego Corsa Machines
Energica Motors Italy moves into its 3rd season with Dorna for MotoE with a contract to 2022
The FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup has been the new addition to the MotoGP World Championship since 2019, an all-electric series powered by Energica, which has seen close racing and outstanding battles on some of the most iconic circuits in motorcycle racing. All 18 riders have fought corner after corner for the ultimate prize, with two world cup champions crowned so far in Matteo Ferrari (2019) and Jordi Torres (2020) and several individual race winners and podium finishers.
Energica was chosen by Dorna as the single manufacturer of the series for the new era of electric motorcycle racing and will maintain its role at least until the end of 2022, with the EGO Corsa machine being the absolute star of the show – a racing oriented electric motorcycle capable of incredible performances and highly praised by the riders partaking the series. With many of the current stars confirmed for 2021, there is plenty of excitement for the new season.From the race to the road, the first two seasons of MotoE™ have helped Energica to create a huge amount of experience that is constantly being transferred to their road models. The EGO Corsa is the state-of-the-art electric racing motorcycle developed by Energica for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup. It shares common ground with the road-going EGO, albeit with several racing-oriented modifications and equipment which make this bike a true masterpiece that has been praised by MotoE riders and media for its power and rideability.The international media raved about the Energica EGO, “However it’s the EGO Corsa that has convinced me that if the world turned its petrol taps off tomorrow, life really wouldn’t be so bad” Michael Neeves, MCN. “The official bike that gave birth to the new electric series. A true race bike, surprising with its performance,” Edoardo Licciardello, Moto.it
“Overall, the Energica EGO Corsa is an impressive package, and it is easy to see why the MotoE races have been good racing, with close-fought battles all the way to the finish.”Jensen Beeler, Asphalt and Rubber.
The provisional calendar for the 2021 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup can now be revealed, with the Cup set to expand to a six-event, seven-race season. After a four-event inaugural Cup in 2019 and five events in 2020, the third year of competition for MotoE™ adds another round and two new tracks. After an exciting 2020 campaign, all eyes are now on the 2021 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, which is scheduled to get underway on May 2nd, 2021 at ‘Circuito de Jerez’ in Southern Spain. The provisional calendar for the upcoming season consists of six events overall, with the season finale being a doubleheader at Energica’s home track, the Misano World Circuit, on September 19th.The new calendar comes with pleasant confirmations, like the aforementioned Jerez and Misano but also Le Mans – which made its MotoE debut in 2020 – as well as welcome returns like Austria’s Red Bull Ring and exciting ‘debutants’ like the Circuit de Catalunya (Montmeló) and Assen’s TT Circuit, the ““Cathedral of Motorsport”. The first five events will all feature three free practice session, which will allow all MotoE riders to have more track-time to find the perfect set-up for their Energica EGO Corsa machines and get ready for Saturday’s E-Pole and Sunday’s race.
2 May 2021 MotoE Circuito de Jerez Àngel Nieto Spain
16 May 2021 MotoE Le Mans France
June 2021 MotoE Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya
27 June 2021 MotoE TT Circuit Assen Netherlands
15 August 2021 MotoE Red Bull Ring Austria
18-19 Sept 2021 MotoE Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini
Applying an extra pulse to its advanced e-mobility line-up, KTM is proud to release the KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 12eDRIVE and 16eDRIVE electric balance bikes internationally. Available across KTM’s dealer network, these two thrilling mini machines will allow juniors to unearth a fantastic new experience at their earliest age.
The practicality and the versatility of electric power provides the perfect entry-level platform for the smallest of potential bikers. Kids can revel in the excitement of power-assisted speed and the raw instincts of motorcycling thanks to the KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 12eDRIVE and 16eDRIVE electric balance bikes.
Any future rider can discover the basics of bars, wheels, torque and balance. They can emulate their Red Bull KTM Factory Racing heroes before developing to rip a track with the KTM SX-E 5 – an innovative electric motocrosser that can ‘grow’ with a child.
The KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 12eDRIVE is the ideal starter for youngsters, typically between 3 - 5 years of age. Featuring 12” wheels with pneumatic tires and a low 33 cm seat height, it allows riders to learn to push or coast with confidence before graduating to the 3-level powered mode. It weighs less than 8 kg, boasts an aluminum frame and BMX style forks.
The KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 16eDRIVE is the clear choice for slightly taller riders or those with more ‘miles’, perhaps for an age range of 4 - 8 years or a 45 - 61 inseam measurement. The bike has a high-output motor that is slightly more powerful than its smaller brother. It is fitted with larger 16” wheels and provides an increased 43 cm seat height.
Both models offer quick charging and roughly 30 - 60 minutes of run-time for an exceptional amount of fun, along with hours of hand-eye coordination and outdoor exercise. Kids can also appreciate the freedom and empowerment of a throttle. Light, portable, robust, intuitive and ‘race-styled’, both the KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 12eDRIVE and the KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 16eDRIVE are essential appetizers ahead of the wide possibilities and competitive potential offered by the KTM SX-E 5.
KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC - MODEL HIGHLIGHTS
// Sturdy, lightweight aluminum frame -> easy for children to pick up & handle
// Three progressive power modes -> first experience of powered speed
// Safe, thermally protected 20V battery -> 30-60 mins run time & 45-60 mins charging time
// 33 cm & 43 cm seat heights -> age ranges from 3 to 8 // Steel, BMX-style forks, BMX-styled chain & freewheel
// Multi-functional throttle with ride mode display & battery level
// Race Replica aesthetic with tapered footrests and ergonomics
Joachim Sauer - KTM Product Manager Offroad: “The diversity of the whole KTM Offroad range is something we are very proud of and now with the KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC DRIVEs we have an ideal first platform. It’s not only a cool and enjoyable product but one that carries pure strands of KTM’s READY TO RACE DNA. Importantly, the two models are also further superb examples of how we can use e-mobility effectively. Future generations or riders can make their first revs into biking thanks to the KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC DRIVEs.”
KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 12eDRIVE and 16eDRIVE electric balance bikes are available at authorized KTM dealers from February, 2021 onwards
When launched in 1999, the first generation Hayabusa shocked the motorcycle world by delivering a whole new level of speed, power and overall performance. It instantly gained the title of the world’s fastest production motorcycle and gave birth to the ultimate sport bike category. Even though the industry’s adoption of a self-imposed limit soon put an end to the era of top speed wars, the Hayabusa’s outstanding performance across all metrics combined with its nimble handling and eye-catching appearance to keep it in the category’s number-one position for the past two decades.The original Hayabusa was much more than the sum of its parts. The abundant power its engine produced offered a wider range of gear selection options for any given speed, and this ultimately delivered a more controllable and pleasurable ride. Aerodynamic styling that instilled the Hayabusa with one of the lowest drag coefficients achieved on a production bike not only contributed to controllability, stability and rider comfort, its striking new design helped realize the Hayabusa’s iconic presence. Sales of the first generation exceeded 115,000 units.
A full model change in 2008 retained all the hallmark features of the original Hayabusa, while increasing engine displacement and introducing new features that included a bold new body design. Further enhancement of performance in 2013 upgraded the front brakes and introduced an Anti-locking Brake System (ABS). These new features helped sell another 74,100 units over the life of the second generation, bringing total sales of the Hayabusa to more than 189,100 units.Suzuki’s team of engineers and designers have been working tirelessly since to refine countless aspects of the bike’s performance to create an entirely new generation that is poised to further up the overall balance of performance and carry a new generation of Hayabusa riders into the future. The third generation Hayabusa leverages the latest technological innovations to provide greater control and comfort, and ultimately to assist riders in gaining confidence as they enjoy outings on the “Ultimate Sport Bike”.
The HAYABUSA product concept is;“Ultimate Sport” (Upping the ante with yet greater refinement, dignity and ultimate riding pleasure.)
The new-generation Hayabusa was developed not only to achieve an even higher overall balance of ultimate performance and comply with the stringent Euro 5 emissions standards, but also to capture the hearts of both devoted followers and all who lay eyes on the stunning beauty and sharper, tauter form of its bold new design.Since its original launch in 1999, the Hayabusa has continued to provide riders with greater horsepower and torque than any other sport bike at engine speeds up to 6,000 rpm. The new Hayabusa proudly carries on this legacy as the ultimate sport bike, delivering even smoother torque and more power through the low to mid range, making it even faster and more controllable on the whole. An advanced new collection of intelligent electronic controls lets riders choose how the bike will respond and perform in various situations. This promotes greater rider confidence by helping even those who are less experienced learn how best to take advantage of what the Hayabusa has to offer. It also provides a number of additional comfort convenience features that bring greater pleasure to riding and pride to ownership.The development team was fully committed to preserving all that made the Hayabusa a legend, while upping the ante in creating a new generation that is poised to carry riders into the future. The result faithfully reflects Suzuki’s ongoing commitment to fine craftsmanship and to sweating every detail to get them right.
The design concept for the new Hayabusa’s styling is “The Refined Beast”. The goal was to visually express the intelligence embodied in the electronic control systems that enhance and advance the riding experience, and skillfully marry that with bold styling befitting a magnificent beast whose stance screams of power, performance, poise and keen perceptive abilities. The result is a due tribute to the Japanese peregrine falcon from which the Hayabusa takes its name.Design Features
- • Styling conveys a modern image of advanced performance and new features, all while faithfully inheriting the wind-cutting silhouette and overall look for which the Hayabusa is famous.
- • An aggressive stance conveyed by its mass-forward impression, upswept tail, bold new rear combination lights, and the straight, upswept line from the exhaust pipe through the muffler.
- • A modern, luxurious look as expressed in its sharper lines and fine attention to detail, the intricate shaping of its large, bold panel surfaces, the sharp, aerodynamic look of its attractive new mirror design, and the new 7-spoke wheel design.
- • A face with a fresh new countenance as expressed through its tighter, bolder new headlight design and innovative position lights with integrated turn signals.
- • The strategic application of color that creates a visual expression of the Hayabusa’s great potential. This includes the trio of two-tone body colors. The unique theme for each of the available schemes also uses the secondary color to accentuate the sense of aerodynamic performance. Other examples include the chrome-plated V-shaped moldings on side cowlings that convey power and speed, new English and Japanese logos that heighten the image of speed and sophistication, and V-shaped accents inspired by the falcon’s hackles on the black cladding below the fuel tank, air intakes and foot pegs.
- • Inherits the Hayabusa’s legendary high-performance 1,340cm3 liquid-cooled inline-four engine, while implementing refinements to further improve efficiency and durability.
- • New exclusively designed exhaust system contributes to improved low- to mid-range power and torque output, and also to satisfying Euro 5 emissions standards.
- • Improved engine characteristics result in smoother, more consistently powerful output through the low- to mid-range engine speeds most used in daily riding.
- • Light, strong twin-spar aluminum alloy frame and swingarm constructed using castings and extrusions combine top performance with tried and proven reliability.
- • Wind-cutting aerodynamic design features one of the best drag coefficients achieved by any motorcycle, excellent lift characteristics and wind protection. In addition to contributing to high-speed stability and controllability, this makes the ride more comfortable and less tiring.
- • Handling characteristics achieve a fine balance of confidence-inspiring stability at high speeds and nimble handling with reassuring controllability at low speeds.
- • Internal settings for the fully adjustable 43mm outer diameter KYB inverted front forks and KYB rear suspension changed to better absorb shock and realize even great straight-line stability.
- • 4-piston Brembo Stylema® front brake calipers paired with 320mm outer diameter discs improve braking efficiency.
- • New exclusively designed Bridgestone tires provide better grip.
- • New 7-spoke wheel design improves grip feel.
- • 50:50 front-rear weight distribution.
- • Handlebars mounted 12mm closer to the rider vastly improve comfort, reduce fatigue, and also enhance handling control when enjoying a sporty ride. www.suzukimotorcycle.co.za