Honda e and CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE win Design Awards in the "Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020" - Honda e wins' Red Dot" Best of the Best"
Honda announced that the all-new Honda e electric vehicle and the CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE supersport bike won product design awards in one of the most respected awards in the world, the Red Dot Award*.
Honda e won "Red Dot: Best of the Best 2020" in the automobile category, and also received "Red Dot 2020" in the meta category of "Smart Products". Honda e is a new-generation electric vehicle focused on a simple design and ease of use built upon Honda's philosophy of human-centric design, while bringing new values to customers that meet the needs of modern urban life through seamlessly connected technology and outstanding driving dynamics. Honda e's dashboard features two large touchscreens which display a wide range of applications and connected infotainment services in a lounge-like atmosphere, seamlessly integrating with the occupants' urban lifestyle. By accessing various connected services displayed on these large touchscreens, the driver and occupants can enjoy the same connectivity and comfort while driving, stationary or charging. The battery is situated under the floor, realizing a low center of gravity and a firm footing despite its small size, and contributes to an optimum balance between stability and handling.
CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE received "Red Dot 2020" in the motorcycle category. The CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE was announced at EICMA 2019 in Milan, Italy in November 2019, with sales soon beginning in Europe. Positioned as the top flagship of CBR series, the CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE was developed with the concept, "TOTAL CONTROL for the Track", pursuing high performance on the track and in races. Its engine was designed with technologies from the RC213V MotoGP machine which continues to win world titles, resulting in the most powerful engine for a CBR yet. The frame has enhanced stability under acceleration and braking, and with the help of advanced electronic control system supporting sport riding, its potential has been further enhanced. Honda believes CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE won the award in part due to its functional beauty honed through pursuing the limits of high-performance and radical new form to achieve uncompromising function not in the public roads, but also in the circuit.
*The Red Dot Award was founded in 1955, and has since become one of the most respected design awards worldwide. 49 categories of industrial products are judged on nine criteria including degree of innovation, functionality, durability and ergonomics. Outstanding designs are awarded by three awards, "Red Dot: Best of the Best", "Red Dot" and "Honourable Mention". "Red Dot: Best of the Best" is the most prestigious award among them.
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Coronavirus pandemic halts production in France and Italy at Yamaha Motor Europe.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is forcing Yamaha Motor Europe to suspend production temporarily in Italy and France.
Specifically, the Motori Minarelli engine factory in Calderara di Reno, Italy, and the MBK Industrie assembly plant in Saint-Quentin, France, will be offline until at least March 22. Following that date, Yamaha will assess work safety conditions for its employees on a weekly basis.
Social distancing is becoming one of the most prevalent means of combating the spread of coronavirus, and is especially important in places like Italy, where the spread of the virus has been rampant. France too, as of writing, has registered thousands of cases and has taken strict measures to help level off infection.Yamaha Motor Europe is taking steps as well to ensure that the employees aren’t financially disadvantaged as a result of the closures.
“The health of our employees and our social responsibility are our priorities at this stage, which is why we took the decision to suspend production at these two facilities in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic," Eric de Seynes, president, chief executive officer of Yamaha Motor Europe, said in a company press release. “We also value highly the skills and commitment of a workforce that has shown tremendous loyalty to Yamaha, but now faces an unprecedented situation outside of the workplace. For their peace of mind, we are working to ensure that no employee will lose out financially between now and the return to a stable situation both in Italy and France.”
For the first time since 2014, Yamaha Motor Europe will enter a Factory team into the highly competitive FIM MX2 World Championship. Building on a fruitful 23-year relationship, the previously named Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2 team has been renamed the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team for the 2020 season and has retained its strong contingent of MX2 protagonists Jago Geerts and Ben Watson for a third season.
Both riders will be campaigning the works version of Yamaha’s popular YZ250F, the YZ250FM. After finishing third in the 2019 MX2 World Championship where he proved his promise as one of only three race winners, 19-year-old Belgian sensation Geerts is a hot favourite for the title. Despite the pressure, the talented youngster remains calm. “I had a really good season last year” admitted the humble teenager, “I finished third overall in my second year of MX2. Now I’m working hard and looking forward to the next season where I just want to go out there and have fun and then we will see where I end up”.Yamaha Motor Europe’s enhanced commitment to the MX2 series has given Geerts an added boost of motivation, “in the MX2 class there are really a lot of riders who can win” he said, “you need to work hard during the season and keep working. I think it will be an exciting year.”
Unlike Geerts who has four years left in MX2, Watson will turn 23-years-old in June and due to the class’ age restriction will be forced up into the premier class at the end of the year, and after a turbulent 2019 season, the Briton still sees himself as a title contender.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself for a solid 2019 season”, he said, “a lot of things didn’t go my way. Luck wasn’t on my side.
I do see myself as a title contender. I just want to go out there and make sure I am enjoying myself. When I am enjoying myself, my riding will show in itself.”
Purdon starts the 2020 motocross season in victory
Tristan Purdon couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2020 season...
The Red Bull KTM motocross star left onlookers in awe as he went 1-1 to snatch MX1 victory at the opening round of the season in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
On a track notorious for its unforgiving sand and demanding weather conditions, Purdon’s performance was particularly impressive. Despite some slow starts by his own high standards, his consistent pace was unmatched as he worked his way up the ranks of what was a highly competitive field.
The victory comes at the perfect time for Purdon, who is still waiting to hear the outcome of the 2019 MX1 Championship. “I’ve been so excited for a fresh start and to put last season behind me, and winning the opening round was the perfect way to do it! I came into 2019 with a lingering wrist injury, so I feel like a different person starting the year with nothing holding me back,” said Purdon.It was a somewhat disappointing day for Red Bull KTM teammate Kerim Fitz-Gerald, who received a DNF in the first moto of MX1 due to technical issues. In MX2, however, he managed to wrap the day up in sixth overall. As the reigning national MX2 Champion, Fitz-Gerald will look to come back swinging in defense of his 2019 title.
The journey to the start line of Rover Raceway was perhaps tougher than the race itself for Jonathan Mlimi. The rider was sent to the sideline in 2019 after breaking his leg during a practice ride. With a new appreciation of the sport, Mlimi managed to lead a portion of the second heat and finish the day in sixth overall. Having given but a glimpse of his true potential in the High School Class, Mlimi commented:
“It gave me a lot of confidence to see that I’m capable of pushing the pace up front. Unfortunately, I’m still dealing with a niggle from the accident and felt it in the second moto especially. I’m going to get that sorted before the next round and come back stronger!”
Saturday 08 February saw the Proudly Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha team take on the first round of the highly anticipated MSA National Enduro take place in the very wet and muddy Lesotho.
The hosting club for the event, Live Lesotho, quickly decided that the original route Altus de Wet had set for the Enduro had to be abandoned with the safety of the riders being the first priority.
The decision was made for the Offroad Time Trial loop that had been raced the day before for the National Offroad to be used as the National Enduro loop.
09:00 saw Kyle Flanagan take the hole shot up the first hill climb and into the hills of Lesotho.
Kyle would eventually take second place respectfully in the E2 category losing out only to Travis Teasedale.
Lloyd Kirk started side by side fellow bLU cRU stable mate Luke Walker from the McLarens bLU cRU Yamaha Racing team with a full on drag race up the hill and a classic two strove versus four stroke battle. Lloyd would pull a gap on Luke up the hill in the end.
This is the first time Lloyd has raced the all-new 2020 YZ250FX and the bike proved to be a formidable weapon on the day. This was very noticeable by the end of lap one when Lloyd closed down the gap and caught the leader Kyle Flanagan when they both came into the pits together.
Lloyd would take a respectful second place on the day in the E1 category losing out to Bradley Cox in the end. Lloyd was noticeably quicker than he had been in previous years on board the new YZ250FX.
Denzil Torlage and Bruce May started side by side on the hill climb and would eventually take first and second place in the Masters category.
In conclusion the Proudly Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha team had a great start to the national series and will go into the second round prepared to get back into the victorYZone.
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Cox storms to a double victory at season opener in Lesotho
Bradley Cox, son of motorsport legend Alfie Cox, couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2020 season...
Cox, a multi-disciplined star from KwaZulu-Natal, stormed to a double victory this weekend in both the National Cross Country and Enduro season opener in Lesotho.
The rider has fast made a name for himself in Cross Country in particular and stepped into the season as the reigning OR3 National Champion. With a strong determination to break into the world of enduro too, Cox signed up to compete in the E1 Class for the first time in 2019.
With every passing race it became increasingly clear that he would soon become a force to be reckoned with in this sport. It was a break-out season for Cox who managed to place third nationally, and later that year narrowly missed a top ten finish at the ‘Mother of Hard Enduro’ – the Motul Roof of Africa. Fast forward to 2020, and Cox has spent the ‘off-season’ preparing for what looks to be one of the most exciting racing years of his career. In a highly competitive field this weekend he stormed to the top step of both the E1 and OR3 Class.
“I’m a bit lost for words to be honest. I always set big goals for myself so when I saw this weekend would be a double header, I wanted to go for both wins. I trained really hard this off-season because I knew that to achieve something like this my fitness had to be up there. I felt the pressure carrying the number one plate in Cross Country, but knew what I had to do and it all went super smoothly. It was my break-out season in enduro last year, so I’ve become really hungry to win the enduro title too. I just went for it – I’m paid to do a job, and that job is to win!” said Cox.
Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate and fellow multi-disciplined athlete Jarryd Coetzee had a solid start to the 2020 season too.
With a strong determination to defend his 2019 OR2 title, Coetzee managed to secure the second spot on the podium behind Brett Swanepoel. Perhaps even more impressively to some, Coetzee pushed the pace with the frontrunners in the E2 Enduro Class in his debut race to the sport of enduro entirely. He finished fourth in what is the most competitive national enduro class the country has to offer.
The opening round of the series was a far cry from what Scott Bouverie had hoped for by his own high standards. Bouverie lined-up as a favourite in Lesotho this weekend – a place that he tasted enduro glory multiple times in his career. After a crash in the first kilometers of the route, however, the rider was forced to limit his losses and pushed to finish the event fifth overall.
After his stellar performance at the 2019 Motul Roof of Africa, Bouverie has given but a glimpse of what he is truly capable of. It’s onwards and upwards for the rider as he continues his pursuit of what has been a seemingly elusive E2 title.
Rounding out the Brother Leader Tread KTM squad was Kirsten Landman, who after conquering the 2020 Dakar Rally was all too happy to be back on her KTM 250 XC-W TPI. As the only female in the E2 Class, Landman once again put on an impressive performance as she took her place as one of the select few to finish the unforgiving route.
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Costs and logistics
Participation in the Honda Quest True Adventure 2020 is free, however travel to and from Cape Town for boot camp and Quest is not included, and for the cost of the contestants.
Entrants should take note of the dates for boot camp and the actual Quest event, should they need to apply for leave from their work place.
Apart from the title of winning Quest True Adventure 2020, the winning team will each win the Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L that they used during the Quest True Adventure event.
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Closing date for entries, February 23rd 2020.
2020 Brother Leader Tread KTM Team. The wait is finally over…
This weekend marks the start of the National Cross Country and Enduro season which kicks off in Lesotho on Friday, 7 February. Ahead of one of the most highly anticipated championships of the year, Brother Leader Tread KTM has announced its star-studded line-up.
The hunt for the National E2 glory will be spear-headed by Scott Bouverie. The enduro rider will enter the season on a high after his recent performance at the Motul Roof of Africa where raced against both local and international talent to finish second overall.
It’s been three years since his last national title, and after coming painfully close to taking the E2 crown last season Bouverie will set off with all guns blazing on Saturday.
Relieved to be back on her KTM 250 XC-W TPI is enduro queen Kirsten Landman. The rider recently returned from Saudi Arabia where she became one of the first South African women to finish the iconic Dakar Rally.Having achieved what many describe as the ultimate goal of a motorsport rider, Landman mentioned wrestling with the question of ‘what’s next’. She explained: “I couldn’t be happier to have gotten that Dakar finisher’s medal – it’s honestly a dream come true. But at the same time, the whole experience made me realize how much enduro riding will always be the sport I’m most passionate about. I can’t wait to get back onto my smaller bike and take on some technical terrain! The year ahead is full of possibilities and hard enduro races I still want to conquer, and that makes me so excited.”
Lining up with the team after a truly unforgettable racing year is Bradley Cox. The multi-disciplined star steps into the season as the reigning OR3 Cross Country Champion. He fought tooth and nail to snatch up his first cross country title and is about to pull out all the stops in defense of the red plate.
Cox also comes into the Enduro Championship swinging on his trusty KTM 150 XC-W TPI. After his debut performance at the Roof of Africa in December, where he narrowly missed a top 10 Gold finish, the rider has shaken off his rookie status and made it clear that he will be a force to be reckoned with this season.
Like Cox, Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate and reigning OR2 Champion Jarryd Coetzee has signed up for both the National Cross Country and Enduro Championship. The rider is more renowned for his Cross-Country talent, but hopes to change that as he steps into new territory:
“I grew so much as a rider last year, especially after the fight it took to win the championship. I want to keep that momentum going and continue to grow in all facets of this sport. There’s absolutely nothing stopping me from trying something new, so I thought I might as well give enduro a shot!” said Coetzee.
A new face lining up with the Cross-Country team is Tristan Purdon – a motocross rider from Red Bull KTM. Take one look at his credentials and there’s no doubting that Purdon has the pace for this sport. While it might come as a shock to see Purdon as a Cross Country rider, the decision to sign up for the season came naturally to him.
“I’ve grown up on a farm, so this kind of riding isn’t new to me! I’m excited to try shake things up this year and looking forward to seeing how I perform this weekend,” he said.At the time of this press release, it was unclear whether star rider Ross Branch would be able to race the first National Cross-Country event of the season. Like Landman, Branch only recently returned from Saudi Arabia following his ground-breaking performance at the Dakar Rally.
He unfortunately sustained a shoulder injury during the event and is waiting for the green light to race again.
1 WORLD TITLE, 18 VICTORIES, 47 PODIUMS
AND 7 DIFFERENT YOUNG RIDERS ON THE PODIUM
Tavullia, January 30th 2020. The adrenaline journey of the Sky Racing Team VR46 along the 2020 season – starts the March 8th in Qatar – is revealed from the home of the young Italian motorcycling talents. In Tavullia, land of training and pure fun, Sky and VR46 are happy to be back at work for ready for a new season in the World Championship.In the place of worship of a sport that will never cease to thrill, where champions and friendships are born, the new Team, one of the most successful in recent years, presents the new bikes and riders. The only Team with four young Italian promises in both classes: Luca Marini and the newly arrived Marco Bezzecchi in Moto2, Celestino Vietti Ramus and Andrea Migno in Moto3, back here after 2 years. All of them on track to hit ambitious goals and give fun and entertainment after 6 seasons of great achievements: 1 world title with Francesco Bagnaia in 2018, 18 victories, 47 podiums and 7 different young riders on the podium.2.0 GRAPHICS – Many innovations dictated by a strong iconographic link with the history of the Team. The design department of the VR46 has redesigned the Team's graphic appearance starting from the logo, which now dominates the entire surface of the bike. It is played with colors, which reflect even more the young and sparkling aspect of the Team: the silver is now combined in an unusual way with the fluorescent yellow of the VR46 logo, while the chromed blue leaves room for the shiny metallic Candy, which becomes the absolute protagonist of this 2.0 graphics.THE TEAM – Pablo Nieto, the reference point of the Sky Racing Team VR46, remains at the head of the Teams for the 6th consecutive year in the role of Team Manager in Moto2 and Moto3. Luca Brivio is confirmed as Team Coordinator and Roberto Locatelli riding coach of the VR46 Riders Academy. New opportunities into the pits to encourage the growth of the riders, but also that of the technicians and all the professionals who work behind them. In Moto2 Sergio Martinez, former data technician of the Team, is promoted as crew chief of Marco Bezzecchi, while Jairo Carriles will support Luca Marini. In Moto3 Marco Urani is confirmed with Celestino Vietti Ramus, while Danilo Angeli, former crew chief in Moto2 in 2017 and data technician in Moto3 in the two-year period 2018/2019, will guide Andrea Migno.