The 29th September 2019 will see three of the top South African Motocross racers participate in the prestigious, Motocross des Nations hosted in Assen, The Netherlands.
The 29th September 2019 will see three of the top South African Motocross racers participate in the prestigious, Motocross des Nations hosted in Assen, The Netherlands.Two of the riders, Anthony Raynard (Current MX2 point’s leader) and Lloyd Vercueil, have been selected to represent South Africa this year and both are Yamaha mounted riders. The Team consists of Lloyd Vercueil riding MX Open, Anthony Raynard riding MX2, and then Michael Docherty riding MX1.
Lloyd Vercueil“It is a huge privilege and an honour to have been selected and given this opportunity to represent South Africa at the motocross of nations in Assen.” Lloyd has had a phenomenal season so far in South Africa onboard his Floorstore on Trend Summit Racing Yamaha YZ450F and is currently third in points for the National MX1 category considering Lloyd has not raced for five years.
Anthony Raynard“I am extremely excited and proud to be chosen for the SA team. This event is on the goal list every season for most riders and taking place at the incredible Assen circuit makes this year even more prestigious” says current National MX2 points leader. This is the second year Anthony has been selected to represent South Africa at the MX of Nations. Anthony has had a fantastic year on board his Tintswalo Yamaha YZ250F in the South African National Motocross MX2 category leading right from the start of the season and is still currently leading with two rounds to go.
The team will be flying the South African flag high in The Netherlands at the Assen circuit and are hoping to do well in every category. Follow the SA team on Facebook and Instagram.Facebook: South Africa MXON. Instagram: @Team.SA.MXON
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team rider Fabio Quartararo has taken his fourth podium finish of the 2019 MotoGP season at the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, just missing out on victory in a last-lap duel. There was more success for team-mate Franco Morbidelli at his home race as well, also matching his best-ever MotoGP finish in fifth at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
Leading from the third lap until the final one, Quartararo gained even more valuable experience in his rookie season as he maintained the gap from Marquez for most of the race. Not quite able to outfox the World Champion on the final lap, Quartararo was nonetheless delighted to take home his second runner-up spot of the year and move up the ladder to seventh in the championship, as well as extending his lead in the rookie of the year battle and moving to the top of independent riders table.Morbidelli also has plenty to celebrate after completing his 100th Grand Prix race in front of a home crowd, taking his second fifth place in succession as he continues to improve on the Yamaha YZR-M1. Looking to use the result as a spring-board for the rest of the season, he’s going into next weekend’s race full of confidence. Now tenth in the title race, his result combined with his team-mate's also helps the squad to stretch their lead in the independent team award.
The 2019 MotoGP championship continues next weekend at Motorland Aragon, kicking off on on Friday 20th September ahead of race day at the Gran Premio de Aragon on Sunday 22nd.
Honda Motorcycles Southern Africa is pleased to announce that the CRF250L is now available in a new Stealth Black colour scheme, in addition to the classic Extreme Red.
A 250cc dual-purpose motorcycle covers many bases: it slips easily through congested city streets thanks to lightweight and slim proportions matched with superb manoeuvrability, while its suspension, ground reach and seat height deliver a fun and comfortable ride on rough tarmac and trails. It opens up a whole new range of two-wheeled opportunities, whatever the rider's experience level.
The Honda CRF250L, launched worldwide in Europe in 2012, is just such a machine. It's found popularity with older riders - who often keep it as a second bike - while also connecting a younger demographic to Honda, many of whom use it as a cool, stylish alternative to a scooter. And for every owner, it offers the chance to head off the tarmac and on to the dirt.
With styling cues taken directly from Honda's CRF250R and CRF450R MX machines, the CRF250L is ready for anything a rider can throw at it: it's tough, practical and equally at home around a city block or out on the trail.
Honda CRF250L - Ready for Road and Trail
Well proven, the CRF250L's tough steel frame and long travel Showa suspension remain unchanged, but new bodywork draws its influence from the minimalism for the CRF450R MX for a sharper, slimmed-down look. The digital dash displays the tachometer and fuel gauge and ABS is fitted as standard, with the option of disengaging it for the rear brake.
Although unchanged for 2019, the 249cc engine boasts strong bottom-end torque and peak power, after upgrades in 2017 to PGM-FI, throttle body and air box.
The CRF250L is a true small capacity all-rounder, and as such is built so form and function seamlessly intertwine. Its slim width not only helps it in traffic, but also off-road where the smooth seat/tank interface also allows the rider to transfer their weight freely.
Cohesively laid out, the digital dash features a speedometer, tachometer plus fuel gauge and clock. The rear light, indicators and number plate bracket are compact and tuck neatly out of harm's way.
The 7.8L (including 1.8L reserve) fuel tank delivers class-leading range: with fuel consumption from the engine of 33.3km/l (WMTC mode), over 250km is possible. The flat filler cap is hinged for convenience.
For 2019, the CRF250L comes finished in new 'stealth' black in addition to Honda's Extreme Red racing colour with graphical accents drawn directly from HRC's factory machines.
The CRF250L's frame is constructed from steel, with twin oval-section main spars and a semi-double cradle. A wheelbase of 1,445mm is matched to a 27.6°' rake with 113mm trail and ground clearance of 255mm. Seat height is 875mm with wet weight of 146kg.
A 43mm Showa inverted fork has 250mm of stroke: light weight and rigid, one side houses the spring while the other provides damping control. A 17mm front wheel spindle (2mm larger in diameter) improves rigidity and handling feel. Pro-Link rear suspension features a 240mm axle stroke; the Showa shock absorber is a single tube design with 40mm diameter cylinder.
The tapered aluminium swing arm incorporates a monoblock casting that provides the correct rigidity balance and reduces un-sprung mass. Extruded aluminium is used for the chain adjustment collar.
Up front, a 256mm floating wave-style disc is worked by a two-piston calliper. Two channel ABS is fitted as standard and gives the rider the option to switch it off for the rear calliper. Aluminium rims (21-inch front/18 rear) wear block pattern tyres (front: 3.00- 21 51P, rear: 120/80-18M/C 62P). A small detail - but a useful one off-road - is that the gear lever features a folding tip.
The CRF250L's 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder DOHC engine delivers strong bottom-end torque and high rpm power, with a linear delivery. Peak power of 18.2kW is delivered @ 8,500rpm with peak torque of 22.6Nm arriving @ 6,750rpm.
PGM-FI feeds fuel/air mixture through a 38mm throttle body and draws air from the air box via a direct connecting tube. The exhaust muffler has a diameter of 115mm, houses the
catalyser and uses two chambers. A large bore downpipe helps the engine breathe and make more power.
The engine uses a compact roller/rocker arm valve train and cylinder head, with bore and stroke of 76 x 55mm. An offset cylinder reduces frictional losses while the piston itself incorporates a special surface material, plus a molybdenum coating. The oil pump features an internal relief structure that prevents aeration of relieved oil.
The crank journal employs a half-split, press-fit metal bearing while the crank bearing uses a cast-iron bush, reducing weight, smoothing the engine and strengthening the rigidity of the case housing, minimizing the internal diameter change due to thermal expansion.
A primary balance shaft further reduces vibration and the six-speed gearbox and clutch are manufactured to cope with the extra stress of riding off-road. The 10.7 kW heat- release radiator features a thin guide-ring cooling fan to maintain even temperatures at low speeds.
World of Yamaha is now officially open to the public for retail with the full range of Motorcycles, Marine products, Golf Cars , Power Products as well as Spares and Accessories products for sale.World of Yamaha is now officially open to the public for retail with the full range of Motorcycles, Marine products, Golf Cars , Power Products as well as Spares and Accessories products for sale.World of Yamaha has been open as a business centre, events facility and Showroom to showcase the brands range of products from 2011.World of Yamaha is the only venue of its kind in Africa that combines an innovative architectural design with one of the most aesthetically pleasing showrooms in Africa.“We are proud of the facilities we have here at World of Yamaha and customers are welcome to purchase from our range of motorcycles, marine products and apparel” says Robin van Rensburg (Managing Director of Yamaha Distributors SA). World of Yamaha will be trading from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday and 09:00 to 14:00 on Saturdays as of Monday 02 September 2019. For sales queries you can contact Michael Creevy on (011) 259 7850.
New colours for the YZF-R6, YZF-R3 and YZF-R125 supersport models
Yamaha's R-world features the most complete selection of high performance supersport motorcycles. Inspired by Yamaha's M1 MotoGP bike and led by the flagship YZF-R1M and YZF-R1, the outstanding 2020 R-Series line-up gives every thrill-seeking rider the opportunity to move rapidly through the capacity ranks and progress all the way to the top. For 2020 the YZF-R6, YZF-R3 and YZF-R125 will be available in a number of new colour options and featuring a new graphic design, including the Icon Blue version which is in line with the current livery of the Yamaha racing teams in the world championship, further reinforcing the strong R-Series family links and underline their pure race-bred DNA.
2020 colour options
Genuine Accessories - ultimate choice and best quality
Yamaha R-Series riders can make the bike their very own by fitting a range of Genuine Accessories that have been purposely developed for these exclusive supersport models. Specifically, for the YZF-R3 and YZF-R125 models, an accessories Sport Pack is available - an exclusive set of Genuine Accessories that has been carefully selected by Yamaha.Consisting of a license plate holder, endurance screen, LED blinker sets, side sliders and a tank pad, this Sport Pack not only sharpens the look and feel of the YZf-R3 and YZF-R125 - it also highlights the close link between these lightweight supersport bikes and Yamaha's winning WSBK and WorldSSP racers.
Configure a virtual Yamaha with MyGarage App
With the free MyGarage App, Yamaha R-series enthusiasts can configure their ultimate Yamaha supersport model in 3D.
MyGarage users can save and share their accessorised virtual bikes and can also send their chosen configuration to a Yamaha dealer who will fit the selected Genuine Accessories to the customer's new or used R-Series model.
It was a positive weekend for the Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team, with Garrett Gerloff taking a thrilling victory in race one, and Cameron Beaubier scoring a pair of podiums at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, on August 24-25.
The team got off to a flying start at round eight of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. Gerloff topped the timesheets in qualifying and Beaubier earned pole position in Saturday’s Superpole. When it came time to race, the intensity level was at a fever pitch as the season begins to wind down. In race one, Gerloff got out front early and was able to build a healthy gap while his teammate battled for second. On lap three, the 24-year-old ran off the track and found himself in third and locked in a three-way battle, undoing all of his hard work. Beaubier then moved into the lead, with Gerloff into second. From there on out, it was a fight to the finish between the Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team YZF-R1 riders.Around the halfway mark, Beaubier made an error in the chicane, allowing his younger teammate through. They exchanged the lead a few more times with Gerloff coming out on top and crossing the line .326 of a second ahead of the reigning Superbike champ.
On Sunday, it looked to be more of the same for the Texan who has been on a hot streak in the latter half of his Sophomore Superbike season, taking three wins in four races. He got off to another flying start taking the holeshot and leading the first lap. Unfortunately, a technical issue ended his race early in turn three.
Meanwhile Beaubier was shuffled back and got caught up in an early-race battle. The three-time Superbike champ was able to take the lead by lap five and worked on building a gap on the competition. After the halfway mark, his championship rival caught him and they battled for the lead. As the race neared the end, an error in the chicane had the reigning Superbike Champion going off track and seeing his competitor stretch off in the distance. Fired up and not wanting to give up the win, or the five championship points, Beaubier put his head down and put in some flying laps. He closed the gap on the leader for another thrilling finish. The Californian took one last shot at the lead in the final corners of the race, but he came up short of the win by a little over three-tenths of a second.
Up next on the schedule for the Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing team is the penultimate round of the 2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at New Jersey Motorsports Park, September 23-25. Beaubier sits second in the standings, 35 points adrift of the leader while Gerloff is in third and trails by 56 points.
You buy a new bike and what do you do next? You enjoy the experience, for sure, but before long many owners start to browse the accessories catalogue and showroom shelves to tailor their machines for their needs.
All components on a standard street bike, be they tyres, brakes, exhausts or suspension, have to fulfil a number of demands for a wide range of riders that dictate how that component performs.
Original equipment suspension fitted to a motorcycle, like the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S with its WP semi-active system, is impressive because within its adjustment range it has a huge range of settings to suit different riders and conditions. It can be tailored (and thanks to the clever semi-active system, it can tailor itself) to meet a rider’s needs – as well as factoring in eve changing road conditions and the loading on the bike.
From novice riders, through wide ranging weight differences to huge variations in the types of roads and riding conditions a bike faces – it doesn’t take much thought to figure out that the suspension on most bikes must meet diverse and broad challenges.
Much of the motorcycle market is not afforded the luxury of suspension at the highest level as found on KTM’s flagship Super Adventure S and instead stands on equipment that is more limited in its performance. It’s a complex and difficult task for any manufacturer and their R&D team to build a motorcycle to cater for an incredible range of customers, road types and riding styles.An additional consideration here is that suspension fitted to most motorcycles has to meet a certain price point to enable manufacturers to hit their target price in the showroom. In certain sectors of the motorcycle market, where the motorcycle is hitting a relatively low price point, the suspension is compromised further to reduce costs to the manufacturer and, therefore, the end user.
And this is where WP’s growing Pro Components aftermarket range of street bike suspension arrives. In a world where owners make expected upgrades to areas like the exhaust, fuelling and braking, WP’s Pro Components range is offering a credible and effective upgrade for a standard street motorcycle.
But why do it? The answer is easy to understand. It offers a big performance upgrade for your bike. Fitting the WP Apex Pro fork cartridge and shock improves handing, reduces weight, gives you a huge range of adjustment, and adds response, feel, comfort and confidence in a single swoop. It also has secondary effects, such as improved tyre wear. Upgrading your suspension is like half a dozen upgrades to your bike for one investment.
The WP Pro Component product range includes the Apex Pro 6500 fork cartridge kit, which are in part developed by American racer Chris Filmore. At the infamous Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado, Chris scored the record time in the middleweight category in 2018 with this suspension fitted to a KTM 790 Duke. The Apex Pro 6746 shock absorber was also used in the event, as well as by many and various test riders in different conditions around the world.
The benefits WP claims for the aftermarket parts, in comparison to the standard suspension it replaces, includes their lightweight construction, precision engineering, build quality and proven technology of the open cartridge forks and high-pressure gas filled shock.Practically speaking, things couldn’t be easier in terms of the dealer service and ease of getting the WP Pro Components fitted to your bike. It is a big part of the offering with the WP Apex Pro fork cartridge kits and replacement shock designed to be simple ‘straight swap’ with your bike’s stock equipment. WP says you can expect a roll-in, roll-out fitting process from a WP Authorized Centre, which they can typically complete within an hour. The shock simply replaces the one already fitted, and the fork cartridge units swap to fit inside the OE outers and stanchions.
The product range for street bikes is a new venture for the hugely experienced, traditionally off road-oriented manufacturer. WP acknowledge that the current fitment level is limited to just over a dozen different bikes, but it is a growing range that is under development for different bikes all the time.
The current choice of fitment includes Yamaha’s MT-09, which is a widely popular motorcycle; partly because of its performance and partly because of their showroom price tag – they offer a lot enjoyment for your buck. Performance, however, isn’t endless and the reality of a bike with a price tag as impressive as this is that they arrive at a showroom with compromised standard suspension in order to meet that price point.
That’s the theory, but what about the practice? On a hot and sunny test ride along what you can easily call a perfect suspension testing range of roads (country lanes, flowing sections of bends and even some dual carriageways) we were invited to sample WP’s Pro Component range. The route was also unpredictable and in places a long way from billiard table smooth, which made the MT-09 also a perfect bike to experience the Apex Pro Component upgrade.Common in bike sport, and offroad riding, upgrading suspension on a bike like the Yamaha brings a transformation to the handling and it was great to get the chance to run a standard MT-09 back-to-back with one fitted with Apex Pro kit. Across the bumpier sections of the test loop the standard bike offered a choppy ride, hitting dips and springing back off bumps. The rougher it got, the less comfortable you feel through the handlebars, footrests and seat.
With the Apex Pro forks and shock installed in an identical machine on the same stretch of road, the ride is instantly ironed smoother. The suspension controlled what was chopping and the kicking back through the seat and transformed it into positive feel and much more measured damping. Perhaps more obvious was that the changes improved the controlled feel of steering through the bends, making the MT-09 feel more accurate and less woolly.
It was a similar story when testing the KTM Duke 790 and 1290 Super Duke R, again, back-to-back on the same stretches of roads. Both bikes proved the standard WP equipment fitted to the KTM models can also be improved through the Pro Component range. On this test we ran sportier settings, but it is clear for different riding conditions alteration is easy with simple adjusters enabling change. If you prefer a softer set-up for more comfort or you want to go the other way when you take your bike to a trackday, the WP upgrade enables you to enhance your ride further. The Apex Pro 6500 fork tops feature simple clicker adjusters to change compression and rebound. Preload can be easily changed, too. At the point of installation, the WP service centre can also tailor the spring rate and individual settings for you, your bike and how and where you ride. The same is true of the rear Apex Pro 6746 as used on the Yamaha, which is also fully adjustable with the sweetly designed high and low speed adjuster and again the option for a preload adjuster.
As you step up through the WP range of forks and shock absorbers in the Pro Components street motorcycles catalogue, that array of adjustment and performance only increases. That goes right up to the point of the XPLOR Pro fork and shock available for the KTM 790 Adventure (and fitted as standard on the new KTM 790 Adventure R Rally), which is the same high-spec suspension that has taken 12 Dakar Rally titles under the WP’s Cone Valve moniker.
The experience in street racing is something that many don’t realise about the WP brand. This upgrade can of course be used on track, and if you are in the business of racing or want to spec-up your bike for trackdays, the Apex Pro range makes as much sense as it does on the road. Indeed, WP products are in use in every class of MotoGP, World Supersport, they are fitted to Supersport 300 KTM RC 390 Rs – and have also been fitted to Isle of Man TT winning machines.
No doubt you like riding your bike, but investing in WP’s Pro Component street range can turn your relationship into something deeper because the upgrade allows you to explore your bike and the environment it’s in further or faster. As we’ve experienced, the jump in performance for a standard bike fitted with the Apex Pro cartridge kit and shock hikes the handling and performance of a standard MT-09 to otherwise untapped levels. As investments go, it’s a transformational one – and one that offers demonstrable improvements for your overall riding experience.
To find out more, configure your bike or to find your local WP Authorized Dealer head to www.wp-suspension.com
The calm and serenity of the fishing town of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga will, from 5 to 8 September, be punctured by the distinctive sounds of BMW’s boxer engines.
The calm and serenity of the fishing town of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga will, from 5 to 8 September, be punctured by the distinctive sounds of BMW’s boxer engines. A little more than 250km outside Johannesburg, the picturesque Dullstroom will play host to BMW GS riders during the 2019 national BMW Motorrad GS Trophy qualifiers.
As before, this year’s BMW Motorrad GS Trophy includes an array of on- and off-road routes at various difficulty levels ranging from green to black, to test participants’ riding, with exquisite natural scenery to match.
A perennial highlight on BMW Motorrad owners’ calendars, the event will also welcome participants from the eight regional teams across South Africa who have triumphed in their respective selection processes. The top regional, female and media challengers will be selected to form the six-person Team South Africa that will contest the seventh edition of the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy on both New Zealand’s North and South Island from 9 – 16 February, 2020.
“The GS Trophy remains the chief opportunity for BMW Motorrad to engage our unique blend of GS owners, to share in their passion for riding, and to give them the chance to take their motorcycles to some of the best routes this country has to offer. In the spirit of BMW Motorrad, the GS Trophy will again have all the elements to make life a ride,” says Edgar Kleinbergen, General Manager of BMW Motorrad South Africa.
Registration for this year’s BMW Motorrad GS Trophy costs R2,000 and includes a GS Trophy riding shirt, marshalled routes with emergency medical services, all dinners, and live entertainment. Participants will have to arrange their accommodation.
Most regional dealerships will organise and host ride outs to Dullstroom for their customers. Interested riders are advised to contact their local dealers for details.
For more information on this year’s BMW Motorrad GS Trophy event – and to register – visit: http://gstrophy.co.za/.
Following the announcement of Yamaha Motor Europe's reformed Racing Strategy that will see the Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP and Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2 take on Factory status in 2020, it is with great pleasure that Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. can confirm that next seasons rider rostrum will consist of Jeremy Seewer, Gautier Paulin, Arnaud Tonus, Jago Geerts and Ben Watson.
Currently making up the top-four in the 2019 MXGP World Championship with four rounds remaining, Seewer, Paulin and Tonus have put in some outstanding performances this season where between them they have accumulated 14 podium finishes in as many rounds.
Seewer has enjoyed a second full season with Yamaha inside the premier class, where he has taken his YZ450FM to four podium finishes and is currently second position in the Championship Standings with a 37-points advantage over Paulin.
Paulin is currently third and has also accumulated four podium successes onboard his YZ450F, while teammate Tonus is 6-points further adrift in fourth position and has crested the podium on six occasions this season.
All three riders will make up the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team where they will line up on YZ450FM machinery determined to challenge the MXGP crown in 2020.
Strengthening Yamaha's 2020 Strategy, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team has retained its strong contingent of MX2 riders for yet another season, Jago Geerts and Ben Watson.
Widely recognized as one of the most promising young talents in the world, Geerts is one of only three race winners this season. The 19-year-old is in his second full MX2 season and has managed to celebrate five podium finishes this year. He is currently 3-points from securing a place inside the top-three in the 2019 MX2 World Championship with four rounds remaining.
Fresh off a maiden podium in 2019, Watson has proven he still has what it takes to challenge the crown despite facing some adversity this season. The 22-year-old is currently seventh in the championship standings after suffering from a broken hand that required surgical repair.
Both riders are looking forward to the 2020 season where they aim to challenge a place on the top step of the podium on Yamaha's cutting edge YZ250FM.
Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff scored a win each for the Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team at round seven of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at Sonoma Raceway, on August 10-11.
In Saturday’s race one, Beaubier went for the holeshot from pole position, but found himself in second with Gerloff right behind in third. Track conditions on the 2.2-mile track in Northern California’s wine country were a bit tricky and caught many riders off-guard, including the reigning Superbike Champion, who lost the front in turn four on the third lap of the race.
Soon after, his Texan teammate took the lead and knocked down some fast, consistent laps to build a healthy gap. Gerloff went unchallenged to cross the line by more than 10 seconds, earning his second-career Superbike win in back-to-back races aboard the Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory YZF-R1.
Looking for some redemption at his home track, Beaubier got off on a much better foot in Sunday’s race two. The Californian got the holeshot he was looking for and led from start to finish to take his third victory of the season. A combination of his win and his title rival’s error in race two allowed Beaubier to gain back five points in his battle for the championship.
Now that he has the taste for it, Gerloff was looking to keep his winning streak alive. He was in third when the series points leader made an error and ended up on the ground. Gerloff then attempted to catch his teammate, but unfortunately his tire choice made it difficult to make a late race charge to the front. At the end of the day, the runner-up finish was a good points haul for the newly turned 24 year old, who sits third in the standings, 40-points adrift of the championship leader with three rounds remaining.
Up next on the schedule for the Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing team is round eight of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, August 23-25.