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Yamaha unveils price and 3 accessory packs for the new Tricity 300

001Yamaha is taking the Urban Mobility segment to the next level with the introduction of the all-new Tricity 300 - a smart and modern 3-wheel scooter with a best-in-class specification and premium build quality. Its dynamic styling brings a fresh and sporty new look to the city streets - and being the lightest model in its class makes it ideal also for first-time customers.

Available in a choice of three colours, Nimbus Grey, Tech Kamo and Gunmetal Grey, Tricity 300 will be in the market in July 2020. The price varies per country, please contact your local Yamaha Dealer for specific information.

Yamaha has also developed three new Accessory Packs with a range of carefully selected products to match individual needs: Urban Pack, Sport Pack and Winter Pack. 

You can also create your dream Tricity 300 by either using the online model configurator on the Yamaha Urban Mobility product page - or, even cooler, with a mobile app showing the chosen Genuine Accessories directly on the scooter in stunning 360 3D views. The Yamaha My Garage App can be easily downloaded with a mobile device from the Apple App store or the Android Google play store. end bike test

PREMIUM SUSPENSION UPGRADE FOR „BEAST 3.0“AND „SUPER SCALPEL “

WP APEX PRO 7746 SHOCKWP APEX PRO 7746 SHOCK 1WP Suspension launches a series of new premium suspension components for the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R MY2020 and KTM 890 DUKE R MY2020. The APEX PRO 7746 SHOCK, the APEX PRO 7500 CARTRIDGE and the APEX PRO 7117 STEERING DAMPER* have been specially developed to make the „BEAST 3.0“even more aggressive, tighter and responsive, the „SUPER SCALPEL“even sharper, more agile and sportier. This tailored and fully adjustable upgrade is a must have for riders looking for absolute performance and 100% control over the bike, the road and the competition.

// WP APEX PRO 7746 SHOCK

APEX PRO stands for pure, concentrated motorsport - distilled from decades of racing experience and in cooperation with current racing title holders. These ingredients are used to create the new WP APEX PRO 7746 SHOCK, which is tailor-made with the highest precision for 890 DUKE R / 1290 SUPER DUKE R pilots. The extremely low weight and high-tech materials bring motorsport demands to the road. The suspension characteristics of the WP APEX PRO 7746 SHOCK can be easily adjusted to almost any situation by means of the separate high and low speed compression and rebound settings. Thanks to the new SCS BIG VALVE technology, the suspension now delivers maximum precision and a direct feedback in every riding situation.

Features and benefits:

Technology derived from the Supersport World Championship - Motorsport know-how for the road 

Easily adjustable with standard tools

Highest quality thanks to precise manufacturing tolerances

Separate high and low speed compression setting

Rebound adjustment and height adjustment

46 mm piston and 18 mm piston rod guarantee optimum oil circulation

Internal 'rebound spring' for more stability in the braking phase

Large nitrogen tank for constant damping

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// WP APEX PRO 7500 CARTRIDGE

The WP APEX PRO 7500 CARTRIDGE takes the suspension of your 890 DUKE R / 1290 SUPER DUKE R to a high-end level. Tailored to your individual needs, it is simply fitted into the standard outer tube of the original fork. Since only high-quality aluminium CNC parts are used, it reduces the weight considerably compared to the standard fork. The WP APEX PRO 7500 CARTRIDGE was originally developed for racing, so it is especially suited to riders looking for an impressive, no compromise, handling upgrade. The Closed Cartridge System ensures greater driving stability through the oil reservoir and more safety through the constant spring performance. The damping characteristics can be precisely and individually adjusted to your needs with standard tools thanks to the adjustable compression and rebound damping.

Features and benefits:

High suspension performance and good response in every situation

More confidence in all situations thanks to better surface contact

Exclusive aluminium CNC parts - machined and anodized

Fully adjustable with standard tools

Reduces tyre wear and improves handling

The suspension ensures that the engine power goes where it belongs - on the road
WP APEX PRO 7117 STEERING DAMPERWP APEX PRO 7117 STEERING DAMPER 1// WP APEX PRO 7117 STEERING DAMPER

With the new WP APEX PRO 7117 STEERING DAMPER the rider can focus 100% on the next corner. Developed with feedback directly from the racetrack and optimized under the influence of the most successful motorsport heroes, the WP APEX PRO 7117 STEERING DAMPER delivers top performance for every track. With 30 clicks of fully adjustable damping, it can be adapted quickly and precisely to the needs of every rider. With the new WP APEX PRO 7117 STEERING DAMPER, steering kickbacks, unwanted vibrations and a shy hand on the throttle are a thing of the past. (Only available for KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R).

Features and benefits:

Prevents unpleasant steering kickbacks during strong acceleration

Developed on the racetrack, for the racetrack

Fast and precise damping adjustment with 30 clicks

Adjustment mechanism directly on the piston rod, therefore slim design

Special chromium alloy enables significantly reduced friction coefficients

More information is available at www.wp-suspension.com or contact the nearest WP AUTHORIZED CENTER.end bike test

BMW Motorrad: 5-year warranty for all helmets.

P90371544 highRes bmw motorrad rideMunich. The previous warranty period of two years for BMW Motorrad helmets will be extended to five years retroactively from 1 January 2020. This means that motorcyclists can look forward to riding even more and have to worry a little less about their helmet and safety.

All helmets in the BMW Motorrad product range, valid from the date of purchase on 1 January 2020, will therefore be covered by a contractual warranty period of five years from now on. Purchases made before this date are still limited to a warranty period of 24 months. The warranty applies to all helmets purchased from a participating BMW Motorrad dealer.

The warranty covers material and manufacturing defects of the product. Installed BMW Motorrad communication systems, in turn, are excluded from the BMW Motorrad warranty extension for helmets. This means that the warranty expressly does not apply if a defect or damage is caused by improper handling, an accident or the improper installation of the system and accessories - even by third parties. Scratches on the visor, sun shield, helmet shell or plastic parts are also not covered by the manufacturer's warranty.P90371531 highRes bmw motorrad ride
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Yamaha to Restart Production at Facilities in Italy and France as Coronavirus Restrictions Eased

R3sideviewYamaha Motor Europe today announced that final product manufacturing will resume at the Motori Minarelli engine factory in Calderara di Reno, Italy and the MBK Industrie assembly plant in Saint Quentin , France on Monday 4th May.

Production at both facilities was temporarily suspended on March 16th to ensure the safety of the workforce, prior to the mandatory lockdown eventually imposed in both countries to combat the spread of coronavirus.

The situation has been monitored closely in the intervening period, with the factory closures assessed on a weekly basis.

Resumption of production has been a two-phase process, with phase one taking place in April. In strict accordance with the restrictions in each country, this initial phase saw a return to work only by those employees allowed to do so and able to practice social distancing in their role, together with a program to introduce Covid-19 safety measures within the main working environments and to prepare the factory for full re-opening and the recommencement of priority operations.

Phase two will commence on May 4th with a progressive return to final product manufacturing operations at both facilities, where working practices will be adapted to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the workforce, which remains the priority for Yamaha Motor Europe.

Eric de Seynes, Yamaha Motor Europe President and CEO
“The reopening of both Motorcycle, Scooters and engines production plants we have in Europe is a positive news within a very complicated period we are experiencing. It has been possible thanks to the cooperation with all involved parties, which I sincerely want to thank, and will happen securing all the safety standard for our employee. It also represents a key milestone to support with new products our dealer network which during the coming weeks will restart operations in all the countries involved in the lockdown as Italy (May 4th) or France and Spain (May 11th).”
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Building A Modern Flat Tracker: The MT-07 DT Story

cq5dam.web.1200.1200A year ago today, Estenson Racing’s JD Beach made history with a thrilling victory at the team’s home race in Chandler, Arizona, the Super TT. It was not only a career first for the dirt track and road racer; the victory ended a near 30-year win drought for a Yamaha Twin in the premier class of American Flat Track. It also marked the beginning of a new era, that of a modern flat tracker – the MT-07 DT.

So what exactly is the MT-07 DT? Simply put it’s a purpose-built chassis with a production-based Yamaha MT-07 engine. Multi-time road race champion Tommy Hayden, who heads the program for the Estenson Racing team, goes into a little bit more detail of what they can do within the rules of American Flat Track’s AFT SuperTwins class:

“From a chassis point of view it’s really similar to MotoGP, pretty much everything is a prototype,” Hayden explained. “In particular with our bike, we have made to our specification every piece of the chassis with very few restrictions per the rules. Whereas the engine, I would say it’s similar to World Superbike. It starts off as a production engine, but there’s very little production about it when we get finished with it. Even the parts that are not replaced are heavily machined and changed. The displacement is changed. Pretty much besides the shell of the engine cases, everything else is changed or modified.”cq5dam.web.2000.2000Although it was Estenson Racing that took it to the track for its debut American Flat Track season, the development didn’t start there. It was originally a project that was in house at Yamaha Motor Corporation USA (YMUS) started by Racing Division Manager Keith McCarty. After near-extinction with very little funding, flat track started to rebuild its momentum in 2015. There was an uptake in interest for the new MT-07 (then FZ-07 in the U.S.) engine for flat track racing and McCarty recognized the potential for the brand in the sport.

“The very first thing that happened was that we were getting a lot of requests for engines for flat track racing,” McCarty said. “We thought we could not only sell the engines but build some performance parts for it as well.”cq5dam.web.2000.2000 1They then went about developing a head with some help from Vance & Hines, cams by Web Cam and velocity stacks designed and made by YMUS. For the exhaust, they tested several pipes and settled on a Graves MT-07 pipe, which provided the best all-round performance. They started off with a 700cc, the standard size of the regular MT-07, before eventually boring it to close to 750cc’s.

“That project turned out really well,” McCarty said. “The G&G guys used our engine setup and there are a number of guys that ran Yamahas that bought those parts from us, and then had a lot of success with them in terms of consistency, reliability, all of those things. So that kind of led us to the next thing.”cq5dam.web.2000.2000 2That next thing was the chassis. As mentioned before, it’s not really as easy as just buying one off the shelf. There were a couple of options in the U.S. and McCarty went to California-based C&J, to see if they could design a chassis that was distinct to Yamaha.

“It didn’t turn out like what I was looking for,” McCarty said. “We didn’t want it to be just a Yamaha engine in a C&J frame, or look like any of the other models that they build. I wanted something more relevant and more modern in its design. That kind of got me going on doing our own frame.”

It just so happened that at the same time, YMUS’ motorcycle product line manager Derek Brooks (an ex flat track racer) was working on an idea of his own. He had gone to Jeff Palhegyi of Palhegyi Designs, who works with YMUS with a lot of future concept builds and prototypes. Wanting to build something special as the center piece for the Yamaha display at the AIMExpo, Brooks and Palhegyi had roughed out the idea of a ‘next generation’ flat track bike built on the new MT-07 CP2 engine. After some hallway discussions, Brooks, McCarty, and Palhegyi put their heads together to build not just a cool looking ‘concept bike’, rather a true flat track race machine for the future.cq5dam.web.2000.2000 3“We started brainstorming about building this frame so we could actually maybe build them and put them into production to race,” McCarty said. “I was responsible for the geometry and that sort of stuff. One of my main objectives was I wanted the bike to have a real air box, not just a K&N stuck on the back of the throttle bodies. I also went to Graves Racing’s Chris Lessing to help with the link and shock settings, which was inspired by road racing.”

Brooks, who was responsible for driving the overall look and styling, wanted to make sure that it was not only modern, but cohesive design.

“The last thing I wanted to build was a traditional looking flat track bike,” Brooks said. “I felt it was time to progress the styling. We brought in design elements of the MT-07 around the fuel tank and even some dirt bike cues on the rear fender. The main element of design though, was blending the whole body into one harmonious design instead of individual, elemental pieces.”

The DT-07 dirt tracker concept bike was unveiled as planned at the 2015 AIMExpo in 2015, complete with a Kenny Roberts replica paint scheme. It definitely turned a lot of heads with its looks, especially with the growing trend of street trackers, but as far as a race bike goes there was more work to be done. YMUS then took it back in-house and started readjusting some of the things that were off on the geometry.cq5dam.web.2000.2000 4“We took it out for several tests, had a variety of different guys ride it and got some pretty good results right off the bat,” McCarty said. “I wanted to take it to the next level. So we worked with Southland to make some frames, some units for us to possibly look at using them to race flat track or selling them.”

Around that same time, there was a guy in Arizona who started to get back to his motorcycle and flat-track-racing roots. A self-made business man in the logistics industry by the name of Tim Estenson who built his own very successful trucking company. He dipped his toe back into flat track racing by helping a rider race some of the Twins races in 2016 and stepped in the following year with a two-rider team, one AFT Twins rider and one AFT Singles. He found success in that debut season with an X Games win with Sammy Halbert and winning the 2017 AFT Singles title with Kolby Carlile. From there on out he kept building on that, and really came in big in 2019.

“Tim Estenson had been racing Yamahas,” McCarty said. “They were doing okay, but he wasn’t really happy with their direction. Tim and I put a little deal together where he could take the bike that we started with and take it from there.”

As for Estenson, he could’ve gone an easier route with an already established flat tracker, something that they had won on before, but his heart was set on Yamaha.

“Yamaha was bred into me as a young boy,” Estenson said. “It’s what I first started riding, so it’s more of a sentimental thing for me. When I got back into flat track with my team, I went racing with Yamahas and some other bikes, and had a couple wins with those, but I just kept thinking about the Yamaha and its legacy. Then there was this sense of, ‘if I’m winning on a purpose-built race bike, what have I accomplished?’ All of a sudden I said, ‘That’s it! We got to go back to the Yamaha.’”

He took what he been developing with the MT-07 the previous two seasons, took what YMUS had developed in house – the MT-07 DT – and went forth to build on that framework and take it to the race track. Estenson also brought in Palhegyi to help with the chassis development.

The team showed some potential for the all-new flat tracker with a Jake Johnson podium at the Daytona season opener and Beach’s landmark win for Yamaha that Estenson was hoping for pretty early in the season. Later that year, they backed it up with a Beach and Johnson 1-2 finish at the Buffalo Chip TT. While there was early success, there was some struggle as well developing a new bike at the race track. American Flat Track presents some unique challenges and not just with the dirt, there are four very different type of tracks: Miles, Half-Miles, Short Tracks and TTs.

“I think what makes developing the flat track bike more difficult than let’s say MotoGP or superbike is that the conditions of the track change so much and so fast,” Hayden said. “When you’re testing it’s really hard to measure your gains and to really be confident that you’re making things better or worse, that it’s not the track changing. Literally in 10 minutes your racetrack can be a second slower if it’s too wet or too dry or a new line develops. Then there’s the types of track that vary so much. From the little, bitty small tracks to Mile ovals to some of the TTs with the jumps and different things. So I feel like that also makes it more challenging, even sometimes frustrating because you think you have something good but maybe it’s only really good on one specific kind of track or type of dirt or something like that.”end bike test

Yamalube Yamaha EWC Official Team by YART Unveil Revised Livery and Strengthened Rider Line Up for 43rd Edition of Suzuka 8 Hour

cq5dam.web.2000.2000 6The Yamalube Yamaha EWC Official Team by YART will race the 43rd edition of the Suzuka 8 Hour with a revised rider line up and a brand-new livery, as they step up to lead Yamaha's assault on the prestigious Japanese endurance race.

With the Yamaha Factory Racing Team absent from this year's event, having secured a fifth successive podium finish 12 months ago, the YART Yamaha rider line up has been strengthened by the addition of Kohta Nozane, with the Japanese Superbike  frontrunner drafted in to race the #7 Yamaha R1 alongside YART Yamaha regulars, Niccolò Canepa and Marvin Fritz.

In recent years the Yamalube Yamaha EWC Official Team by YART has been one of the teams to carry the flag for the Endurance World Championship regulars, taking the fight to the factory teams that join the championship only for the Suzuka event, traditionally the final race on the EWC calendar.

In 2019 the YART Yamaha trio of Canepa, Fritz and Broc Parkes battled at the front throughout the race, despite having to start on the spare bike following a crash in warm-up, and eventually finished in a creditable sixth place. This year the team return to Suzuka with their sights set firmly on the podium.cq5dam.web.2000.2000 4

The 43rd edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours is currently scheduled to take place on Sunday 19th July, but the date may yet change as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Mandy Kainz: Team Manager - Yamalube Yamaha EWC Official Team by YART

"Suzuka is an important race for us. Normally it's the final race of the season, although that's not the case this year, but as a long time Yamaha team it's also something of a home race for us. Racing alongside our colleagues at YMC and in front of the passionate Japanese fans is always a very special feeling. For the past few years we've been the back up to the Yamaha Factory Racing Team at Suzuka, but with them absent this year it places more responsibility on our shoulders. I am confident that we can step up and repay the faith shown in us by Yamaha. Kohta Nozane is one of the most exciting young talents racing in the Japanese Superbike Championship so I'm happy to welcome him into the team to race alongside Niccolò and Marvin. We know Nozane-san well, he knows the bike and the team, and we also know that at Suzuka he will be very strong. In the past we've been one of the teams capable of fighting it out at the front with the factory squads but this year, with such a strong rider line up aboard our Yamaha R1, already a proven package, I think it's possible to challenge for the podium. That will be our goal."cq5dam.web.2000.2000 5end bike test

Training day: Yamaha World Superbike Championship Riders’ Fitness put to the Test at Loughborough Sport

cq5dam.web.1200.1200Prior to the start of the 2020 season, Yamaha’s four World Superbike Championship riders headed to Loughborough Sport, housed within Loughborough University, United Kingdom, for a series of fitness tests designed to assess their readiness to manage the unique physical demands of a gruelling WorldSBK season.

Pata Yamaha’s two riders, Michael van der Mark and Philip Island race-winner Toprak Razgatlıoğlu, were joined by GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team’s duo, Federico Caricasulo and Garrett Gerloff, to take part in a series of tests during the day, which were widely similar to those conducted across other high-demanding sports, including physiology tests, strength and conditioning, and physiotherapy screening. 

Tests conducted can help with data to determine the correlation between physical fitness and rider performance, with the results allowing riders to receive tailored training routines to maximise their on-track results. Alongside this, sports nutritionists consulted with the riders to advise them on the best foods and hydration methods during a typical race weekend. cq5dam.web.2000.2000Rhona Pearce, Sports Science Manager at Loughborough Sport Performance Centre, explained what her team’s aims are: “While we have done a lot of physiology tests with riders over the past 10 to 15 years, our strength & conditioning and physio teams have done less, and this is the first year we have looked to join all our services together to support motorcycle racers.

“So, we are continually looking at how we can improve this support and getting feedback from the Yamaha team on the testing and reports has been really useful in helping us to progress what we do to better support the team.”

In the physiology lab, the riders did a standard set of cycling physiology tests measuring VO2max, maximal aerobic power output, and lactate thresholds. This can sometimes directly correlate with performance in sports like cycling, and although this is less directly relevant in motorcycle racing, Loughborough Sport has found after testing almost 100 riders that generally better race fitness is produced by those riders with a higher VO2max. cq5dam.web.2000.2000 1Strength and capacity tests were used to determine upper and lower body strength, as well as core fitness, using techniques such as the one-rep max to see the riders’ maximum force output. 

Physiotherapy screening began with analysing the riders’ medical history and at what factors may affect performance, whether that be a physical injury from a fall or any current or previous health conditions.

The riders finished the day with a serious challenge - 45 minutes of cycling in full race leathers, helmet and gloves in a climate-controlled heat chamber to measure how their physiology, natural hydration levels and durability are affected by racing in hot environments. These results are important in order to understand how to stay appropriately hydrated during a race  event in somewhere like Thailand or even southern Europe in mid-summer.

Pearce explained what her team found from the results of these tests: “There was quite a variation between the four riders we tested, with all of them having comparable results in at least one area with good athletes from other sports. In the main, the most comparable were the strength tests.  

“We have had some riders in the lab with excellent physiology test results, up there with national level runners and cyclists, but the strength element is probably more closely related to performance for motorcycle racing.”cq5dam.web.2000.2000 2Motorcycle racing has very unique demands when compared to other sports though, with riders withstanding continuous stress on their whole bodies for more than 30 minutes during races, whereas other athletes tend to have those stresses for a shorter duration or have more regular breaks. 

Although the riders did not display especially high max force outputs, unsurprising when you consider the lower weight requirements for racing, they did show impressive muscle endurance, while Pearce also noted their motivation to push through discomfort during the exercises.

After compiling the data, each rider received specific training advice based on their test results and a physical profile highlighting which areas to focus on. Pearce said: “We aimed to give each rider advice on which areas of their fitness they would most benefit from working on, and specific training sessions to allow them to do this. Obviously with the four riders having different exercise preferences, we tried to give advice on how they could adapt the physiology training sessions to suit their interests and equipment.

“We used the testing and screening to generate a physical profile of each rider from a strength, stability and mobility perspective. Using this profile, we are able to identify areas of strength and weakness upon which we can then place more or less emphasis. Conversations with the riders are also very valued, as that gives us insight into their personal riding style and the areas in which they suffer fatigue during races or issues they have had previously.”cq5dam.web.2000.2000 3Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Loughborough Sport Performance Centre team are unable to provide follow-up tests for the riders, but usually they would undertake these assessments two to three times per year. 

Had the season gone ahead as normal, the Yamaha riders – who undertook the tests in January – would likely receive follow-up tests around the Donington Park WorldSBK round in July, with a final assessment for the year taking place after the season finale in Argentina.

“In an ideal world the first test would happen as they get back into training after the end of the season, say around November time,” Pearce confirmed. “Another test before racing starts would be perfect, as we could then see how their fitness has developed during the time when they should have the most opportunity to focus on specific improvements." 

Outside of motorcycle racing, the current coronavirus pandemic also means that people are having their daily routines interrupted due to the lockdowns and restrictions in place around the world, with Pearce giving some final words of advice on how to maintain fitness during this tough period. 

“We would say the most important thing is to keep in the habit of training regularly, no matter what that might look like, and keep it fun and interesting, whether it’s simply exercising in other areas of your house or having a virtual challenge with friends or family so that you get the mental benefits as well as physical.

“There is a lot of information and a lot of resources people can access to help them train at home, and we are going to be sharing our ideas on social media. If you usually lift weights in the gym then getting resourceful at home with whatever you can find to use as weights or create resistance is good, but also consider thinking more about technique, good posture and movement patterns when your focus isn’t on lifting the biggest weight you can.”

Outside of motorcycle racing, the current coronavirus pandemic also means that people are having their daily routines interrupted due to the lockdowns and restrictions in place around the world, with Pearce giving some final words of advice on how to maintain fitness during this tough period. 

“We would say the most important thing is to keep in the habit of training regularly, no matter what that might look like, and keep it fun and interesting, whether it’s simply exercising in other areas of your house or having a virtual challenge with friends or family so that you get the mental benefits as well as physical.

“There is a lot of information and a lot of resources people can access to help them train at home, and we are going to be sharing our ideas on social media. If you usually lift weights in the gym then getting resourceful at home with whatever you can find to use as weights or create resistance is good, but also consider thinking more about technique, good posture and movement patterns when your focus isn’t on lifting the biggest weight you can.”

Check out the Loughborough Sport Performance Centre on Twitter, on Facebook and Instagram. More information is also available on their website.end bike test

Honda Motor Southern Africa To Extend Service and Warranty Plans for the Duration of the Lockdown Period

HONDA000Honda Motor Southern Africa will extend service and warranty plans across all its products; Automobiles, Motorcycles and Power Products for the duration of the lockdown period; this extension applies only to those Honda customers who were due to have their Honda products serviced or repaired during the lockdown period.  

"Honda Motor Southern Africa agrees with the decisive action taken by our President to lockdown South Africa, in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic." says Dinesh Govender, General Manager of Automobiles and Corporate at Honda Motor Southern Africa. "Honda Motor Southern Africa is fully committed to the South African market and we are prepared to do our part to flatten the curve of this deadly virus. As a result, all Honda dealerships and workshops nationwide have been closed during the lockdown."HONDA001"Honda understands that some of our customers may have reached the end of the included Honda Service Plan during the lockdown and that their products were due for a service during this particular time.  We are also aware, that some customers may need to have their products repaired, however their warranty would have reached the expiration dated during the lockdown period. Therefore, we have decided to assist these customers by extending their service plan and warranty for the duration of the lockdown". HONDA002Customers can visit www.honda.co.za to view the terms and conditions relating to the service plan and warranty extension, or to book a service at their nearest Honda dealership which will carried out after lockdown.

Although Honda dealerships and workshops nationwide are all closed during lockdown, customers should note that the Honda roadside assistance is operational with limited staff and services during this time.HONDA003end bike test

Talking Isolation, MXGP & MXoN with Gautier Paulin

cq5dam.web.1200.1200As we continue to cross days off of the 2020 calendar whilst patiently waiting for the world to defeat the virus that has caused a global pandemic, it is interesting to observe the way each individual is handling this unprecedented situation. For riders like Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Gautier Paulin, the confinement is not an issue.

“Personally, I am not completely away from my normal life,” the 30-year-old MXGP star said, “In wintertime, this is how it is for me. I don’t see anyone, I don’t go out, I don’t party, I don’t do anything except for eating and sleeping, family and training. So right now, the only difference is that I don’t see my family, I just facetime with them. I have everything I need to stay fit and in shape and to train in any situation whether that is inside or outside, even for things like if the weather is bad, I will train inside to prevent getting sick and things like that. I can still continue my full physical training, of course, I need to adapt everything because I am someone who loves to do sport outside as much as possible, and I have been this way since I was a kid but together with my trainer we have adapted the plan, but I am still training in the zone I want.”

Unlike most other motorsports, MXGP managed to complete two rounds of the 2020 series, much to the surprise of Paulin who is currently fifth in the Championship Standings,  “I saw this coming, not a big pandemic like this as no one could imagine this, but before leaving to GP number one, I told my wife to just get everything we need for the baby in case of emergency because we are always travelling everywhere and in case we get stuck somewhere I wanted to be sure we have all the needs for the little one."

"I was actually surprised to ride the first two GP’s and even more when we were expecting to go to Argentina. After Valkenswaard, we had a meeting at 10:15pm with all of the team members and it was at that point we all realized this was serious. I decided directly to stop riding for my own security and also for the security and safety of the mechanics.”2019 MXON Wilvo Paulin ESZ 54405The coronavirus outbreak has certainly thrown a spanner in the works for many top athletes who have thoroughly planned their entire year based on the 20-round calendar that was supposed to run from late February through to the end of September, but despite being one of the most structured and meticulous athletes on the grid, Paulin is ready to adapt his regime. “It will be a tough challenge because I started training really early last winter, but I will be okay” he assured, “we cannot change anything we are dealing with it right now we just need to take it day by day because we don’t know what will happen from day to day, whether we are still locked inside or we can go out, or what. Obviously, the next GP is scheduled for Russia 7th of June. We still have two months, but who says that it will happen? So, I just continue to focus on myself and either way I will be in shape. This is what I have to do for my job, for my goal and actually I love to stay fit anyway, so actually I am making the most of this crazy situation.”

Infront Moto Racing, the promoters of the FIM Motocross World Championship are continuously monitoring the situation and adjusting the calendar where possible. As it stands, 18 rounds still remain with the season stretching all the way to November. The new calendar now includes a never-before run of six Grands Prix in a row in July. “We are now scheduled to race six GP’s in a row and eight in a really small timeframe” he said, “this has never happened before. How the team will handle it, especially with the season looking to end in Argentina or Indonesia or places like that, it’s going to be something really different. 

From the business side, it’s really a big deal. But for me, the most important thing is that all of my guys stay healthy, and that all of my family stays healthy. All of the sport and business stuff aside, I am only concentrating on the essential side to this and that is to have everyone safe and healthy. And then for the sports side, I am positive that it would be an advantage for me because I am fit, and I will prepare myself for it.”

The new calendar will also see the biggest and most spectacular motocross event of the year, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, take place in the middle of the season. “There are so many things we want to do, but we cannot with the problems that the virus has caused.” He stressed, “Motocross of Nations in the middle of the season doesn’t make any sense to me. It has always been at the end of the season and the event is like a big gift to everyone who loves motocross. We celebrate the end of the season proving which nation has the best racers.”  2020 Wilvo Paulin Matterley UK ESZ 6696A question mark also hovers over how quickly the riders will be able to get back up to speed once the world resumes and it is safe to ride again, but Paulin is confident he is ready to start again as soon as he is sure that everyone is safe. “I have a bike that I love, so for me, getting back on the bike is no stress.” he boasted, “My bike is done, it is ready, I was already happy with it at the first rounds, this is already a big step. When we can ride again, I will concentrate fully on riding and not on testing or anything like this. How long it will take to be ready on the bike is hard to say because when you start riding there is many things that can happen that can mean we need more time. Things like blisters for example, or small injuries or getting sick. Right now, my biggest worry is what is going to happen if we have to go to Russia for the third round with the virus still being a big threat in the world. I am not worried about being ready to be back on the bike, I am ready. I have been off for more than a month, but I am charged with motivation because I know my bike is ready. My main concern is how to prevent getting sick when we start travelling and racing again because this is going to be like playing poker.” 

On a positive note, Paulin and his wife Clementine welcomed their first-born child into the world in May last year and amidst all the drama at present, he feels a sense of calm and peace. “I am so blessed for everything I have right now. All of my people and family are safe, and I am able to enjoy these moments watching my little one grow. It’s really nice. It is the best gift I have ever had, and I feel like it’s a new gift everyday that I am incredibly thankful for.”end bike test

Alex Marquez wins the inaugural #StayAtHomeGP

stayathomegp1The Repsol Honda Team converted their success on track to success in the virtual world as Alex Marquez claimed a stunning first win of 2020 with Marc Marquez finishing a respectable fifth.

Six laps around the Mugello circuit produced thrilling action for the first #StayAtHomeGP, riders attacking from the moment the lights went out. With a more condensed event format than a typical GP, riders had little time to refine their setting.

Keeping calm, Alex Marquez stuck to his pre-race plan and put in a sterling performance to make history and clinch the win aboard the Repsol Honda Team RC213V in his eSports debut. A massive seven second lead stamped his authority on the field. 

Marc Marquez put in a strong and consistent ride to secure fifth place in his debut eSports race, demonstrating impressive riding skills in both the real and virtual worlds. A strong start saw Marc in podium contention as he looked to match the pace of his teammate in the early laps.

The result sees the Repsol Honda Team become the first official MotoGP team to win races in both the real and virtual worlds.

Alex Marquez  73

First stayathomegp2

"Fantastic! What a result! It was a really funny event with all of the other riders and I am really pleased to win my first race! I found a good setting with the RC213V which let me race how I wanted to and I knew I had a few different lines for when I needed. Even at just six laps you really needed to stay focused because with one small mistake it can go very wrong. I enjoyed it a lot and I hope everyone who watched also had a good time. Let's hope that everyone continues to follow the advice of the doctors and scientists so that we can return to a more normal life, seeing friends and family, enjoying the outside and going racing."

Marc Marquez  93

Fifth 

"First of all congratulations to Alex on the win, I knew from our time playing together he would be very fast but he did a great job. Of course, I would have liked better than fifth, but the result isn't too bad and as a team we did well. You need a different style in these kinds of races so I had to adapt my strategy a little bit during the day. A good time and I am really happy to be able to do something for the fans. Now we want to be riding and battling back on track, because it means the world is in a better situation, but first we have to win the battle with the Corona Virus. Stay safe everyone!"

1. Marquez Alex

2. Vinales Maverick

3. Bagnaia Francesco

4. Quartararo Fabio

5. Marquez Marcend bike test

 

 

 

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