Historic victory for the tyre brand and for the British rider from Bradford who,Historic victory for the tyre brand and for the British rider from Bradford who,riding the RACETEC™ RR Slick fitted Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR of the SiliconeEngineering Racing Kawasaki team, crossed the finish line in first position withan impressive 53-second advantage over the next pursuer.
The METZELER brand also achieved victory in the Lightweight TT with MichaelDunlop realising a total of eight podiums thanks to James Hillier and JamieCoward performances, in addition to those of Dean Harrison.
Douglas (Isle of Man), 7 June 2019 – The METZELER brand and Dean Harrison have todaywon the Dunlop Senior TT, the most prestigious race of the Isle of Man TT, a historic andfascinating motorcycle competition which has been held since 1907 on the 60.720-kilometre(37.733 miles) road circuit of the Snaefell Mountain Course.
Victory in the Dunlop Senior TT is the perfect crowning moment of a week in which theMETZELER brand flew high winning the Lightweight TT with Michael Dunlop and climbingthe podium a total of eight times thanks to performances by James Hillier and JamieCoward., in addition to those of Harrison and Dunlop.
The success at the Dunlop Senior TT represents an historic victory for both METZELER and therider from Bradford who, after seven years of collaboration full of successes and victories in allthe other classes of the Isle of Man TT, a first time win in the Dunlop Senior TT. Furthermore, at30, Dean Harrison is one of the youngest riders ever to win this race.
After getting three second places in the Superbike and Supersport races on Monday 3rd Juneand in the Superstock race on Thursday 6th June, today Dean Harrison, on the Kawasaki NinjaZX-10RR of the Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki team fitted with METZELERRACETEC™ RR Slick tyres, has achieved a fantastic victory. He crossed the finish line, with anadvantage of over 53 seconds over Peter Hickman, second, and Conor Cummins, third.
To complete the podiums obtained by METZELER were James Hillier, third in the secondSupersport race, and Jamie Coward, who gave the tyre brand a splendid double in theLightweight TT classifying second behind Michael Dunlop, thanks also to the performance of theRACETEC™ RR treaded tyres.
The success in the Dunlop Senior TT and the excellent results obtained also in the other classesof the Isle of Man TT, as well as in the many road racing competitions such as the North West200 and the Ulster Grand Prix, demonstrate the high technological and performance standardsreached by METZELER in the development of its range of slick and treaded racing tyres. Theseproducts are tested in the toughest and most demanding road racing conditions and races, suchas the Isle of Man TT, and are made available to all riders through their dealer network
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has finalised its entry in the 2019 FIM Trial-E Cup with the TY-E electric trials bike for the second successive year. Kenichi Kuroyama will once again ride for the Yamaha Factory Racing Team as he aims to clinch the title win that he narrowly missed last year, finishing 2nd overall by just three points.
The Trial-E Cup began in 2017 with just a single round, but that number was increased to two last season. This third season of the competition will again consist of two rounds, held alongside Round 3 of the FIM Trial World Championship in Zelhem in the Netherlands (June 22–23) and Round 4 in Comblain-au-Pont in Belgium (June 29–30).
Kuroyama is a top-class trials rider with a record 11 All Japan Trial Championship titles and has finished a career-best 3rd in the FIM Trial World Championship. He is riding for the Yamaha Factory Racing Team in the All Japan Trial Championship’s premier IA Super class and currently sits atop the point standings with a 2nd at Round 1 in Wakayama and a win at Round 2 in Miyazaki.
The TY-E made its debut in the Trial-E Cup with Kuroyama last year. The Japanese rider was in close contention for victory at the opening round in France and eventually triumphed by riding to 2 marks and 28 cleans for the win. The scene was similar at the next round in Belgium, but this time Kuroyama fell short of a second win, finishing 2nd. This tied him with his rival on total points with a 1st and 2nd place finish each, but the series rules place priority on the final round’s results, thus Kuroyama and the TY-E ended their first Trial E-Cup campaign as the runner-up.
Yamaha TY-E Electric Trials Bike
The TY-E is an advanced development vehicle created as part of Yamaha Motor’s Evolving R&D programme. This initiative allows employees in the Research and Development Section to use 5% of their working hours at their discretion for voluntary, independent research not bound by conventional frameworks in order to spur innovation.
To help overcome the development problems associated with electric vehicles, such as delivering high output from compact and lightweight components, and being easy to ride where the bike responds just as the rider intends, a group of engineers looked to creating a competition trials model and set to work on its development.
The TY-E’s features include 1) a compact, high-rotation, high-power motor that achieves outstanding off-road performance with both powerful low-speed torque and long-lasting acceleration, 2) motor control technology delivering excellent response and a feeling of power from the extremely low to high-speed range, 3) a power unit equipped with a mechanical clutch to ensure instantaneous power and control, and a flywheel optimised for the electric motor to provide excellent traction, 4) compact, lightweight components like the newly designed, compact high-output battery pack, 5) a CFRP monocoque frame made as light as possible while securing optimal rigidity and space for the battery pack, and 6) extremely slim styling that does not interfere with the dynamic rider actions characteristic of trials.
Cameron Beaubier scored a pair of seconds this weekend at Road America to help close the points gap on the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship leader to just nine points. His teammate Garrett Gerloff crossed the line behind him in both races, making it the fourth double podium this season for the Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team.Saturday’s race one was met with varying conditions. Rain flags came out before the half-way mark, but it was not enough to come in to exchange slicks for rain tires. This closed the gap between the competition, making it both a challenge for position, as well as a challenge keeping it on two wheels. Ultimately the race came down to the wire with four riders left in the fight. After a competitor’s mistake, both Beaubier and Gerloff were able to advance to podium finishes. The reigning Superbike Champion wanted more though, and made one last push to draft up the hill for the lead, but unfortunately was .253 of a second short.
On Sunday, Mother Nature was more cooperative with sunny weather, which made for a hot pace. Both Beaubier and Gerloff were part of the four-rider lead group who were able to gap the field. The Texan made an attempt to move up towards the front, but ultimately was shuffled back to fourth. He then lost the draft and got dropped from the lead group.
Beaubier waited patiently, had a few attempts towards the front, but was unable to make it stick. In the heat of the battle on the final lap, his championship rival made an error that put him in the gravel, resulting in another double podium for Beaubier and Gerloff on their Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team YZF-R1s.
Up next on the schedule for the team is round five of MotoAmerica at Utah Motorsports Campus, June 15-16.
2019 MotoAmerica Superbike VIR Race One Results
- Toni Elias
- Cameron Beaubier
- Garrett Gerloff
- Josh Herrin
- Mathew Scholtz
- Cameron Petersen
- JD Beach
- Jake Gagne
- David Anthony
- Jake Lewis
2019 MotoAmerica Superbike VIR Race Two Results
- Josh Herrin
- Cameron Beaubier
- Garrett Gerloff
- JD Beach
- Mathew Scholtz
- Kyle Wyman
- Jake Gagne
- Jake Lewis
- Cameron Petersen
- Sam Verderico
2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings
- Toni Elias 151
- Cameron Beaubier 142
- Garrett Gerloff 104
- JD Beach 100
- Josh Herrin 96
- Mathew Scholtz 80
- Jake Lewis 76
- Cameron Petersen 65
- David Anthony 59
- Kyle Wyman 48
Irwin, Hillier and Bonetti share spoils as Harrison, Coward, Rutter, McGee, Elkin and Cooper join them on the podium
Munich (Germany), 20 May 2019 – It was another dominant event for METZELER at the opening International Road Race of the season, taking victory in the Superbike, Superstock and Super twin races alongside additional podiums in the Super sport category.
With fantastic weather gracing the North West 200 circuit throughout practice and qualifying, the riders wasted no time in getting their machines dialled in, seeing lap times quickly tumble. In the Superbike class, METZELER riders Glenn Irwin, Dean Harrison and Alastair Seeley all lapped under the existing lap record on their RACETEC™ RR Slick tyres to lock out the front row. Seeley secured pole position in the Super sport class on his RACETEC™ RR road legal tyres whilst Jamie Coward topped Super twin qualifying.
The now traditional Thursday evening races saw disaster strike Seeley as he crashed out whilst battling for the lead, however both Harrison and Hillier were able to reach the podium with second and third. The opening Superstock race saw Irwin kick off his North West 200 with a second place whilst the Super twin race saw a podium clean sweep as Stefano Bonetti took his maiden International Road Race victory ahead of Jamie Coward and Michael Rutter.
With weather taking a turn for the main race day, action was heavily delayed as rain soaked the nine mile circuit. Finally getting underway with a six lap Super sport race, Derek McGee narrowly missed out on victory, eventually securing second place at the chequered flag but setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
The opening Superbike race was reduced to four laps, with the circuit quickly drying. Taking to the track with RACETEC™ RR Rain tyres, Hillier and Irwin immediately took the lead, edging away from the rest of the field. Battling it out to the final lap, Irwin was able to slice past his team mate at the Juniper chicane to claim his fourth North West 200 Superbike win in a row and making it a METZELER 1-2.
Christian Elkin and Michael Rutter took second and third place in the second Super twin race whilst the last Superstock race saw Hillier scorch off the line and pull away to take his maiden North West victory ahead of METZELER-shod newcomer Richard Cooper, who took a sensational second place. With the weather closing in again ahead of the final race, the second Superbike race was cancelled.
North West 200 Race results (METZELER riders in bold):
Supersport Race 1
1) Lee Johnston
2) Dean Harrison
3) James Hillier
Superstock Race 1
1) Peter Hickman
2) Glenn Irwin
3) Michael Dunlop
Supertwin Race 1
1) Stefano Bonetti
2) Jamie Coward
3) Michael Rutter
Supersport Race 2
1) Davey Todd
2) Derek McGee
3) Conor Cummins
Superbike Race 1
1) Glenn Irwin
2) James Hillier
3) Conor Cummins
Supertwin Race 2
1) Jeremy McWilliams
2) Christian Elkin
3) Michael Rutter
Superstock Race 2
1) James Hillier
2) Richard Cooper
3) Davey Todd
The all-new Yamaha YZF-R125 arrived on the scene in January 2019 as the most advanced 125cc Supersport created by Yamaha. This YZF-R125 is instilled with R-World and racing DNA, building on years of experience by our racing teams in many categories. From May onwards this year the strands of this DNA run deeper and stretch further, combining pure racing spirit from Yamaha's legendary MotoGP Team into the special YZF-R125 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition.
This exclusive edition of the YZF-R125 perfectly reflects its racing pedigree with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP inspired livery that closely matches the YZR-M1s look of MotoGP superstars Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. The edgy, aggressive styling is unmistakable, and the instantly recognizable green Monster Energy claw marks this out as a track predator. This edition gives riders the opportunity to take one step closer to the world of racing talent, proudly reflecting pure Yamaha racing DNA on their own machine.
Of course a genuine Supersport machine needs the power to back up the styling and the YZF-R125 doesn't disappoint. The 2019 125cc liquid-cooled 4-valve beating heart at the centre, was completely redesigned for the 2019 model, for even more high-output torque and a broader, smoother power delivery at the flick of a wrist.
The technology behind the engine is pure science, a Variable Valve Actuation system (VVA) that optimizes the intake valve timing in relation to engine rpm. Translated to performance, the VVA system means the YZF-R125 rider experiences great thrills powered by high torque and strong acceleration from low to mid rpm and solid performance at higher engine speeds.
The impressive performance and power delivery is topped off by a handling package to match. The Deltabox frame with optimized geometry delivers the YZF-R125's legendary handling. The 2019 designed, lightweight aluminium swingarm completes the chassis setup optimizing rigidity for a sporty, agile and comfortable ride.
Power and handling are nothing without control, so the YZF-R125 offers plenty of serious R-Series features, including an accurate A&S (Assist and Slipper) clutch, 41mm upside down front suspension, GP style handle crown and a beefy 140 rear tyre.
The exclusive 2019 YZF-R125 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP edition is the ultimate homage to the real MotoGP deal and available to order from May 2019 onwards at your local Yamaha Dealer. The YZF-R125 comes also in Yamaha Blue, Tech Black and Competition White. Please contact your official Yamaha Dealer for more detailed information and the local retail price.
R-Series body with Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP livery
125cc engine with Variable Valve Actuation
High combustion efficiency for smooth power
Deltabox frame providing excellent rigidity
Aluminium swing arm for sporty handling performance
Light and precise Assist & Slipper clutch
Special design fuel tank with 11-litre capacity
YZR-M1 MotoGP-inspired supersport cockpit
Sophisticated high-visibility LCD instruments
Strong ergonomics for balanced riding position
Wide 140/70-17 rear tyre for sharp road holding and style
Powerful braking system with large diameter 292mm front disc and 230mm rear disc
Genuine Yamaha Accessories
Genuine Yamaha Accessories enable every R-Series rider to transform their own Yamaha even further. Designed to give enhanced performance, functionality and style, the range of components for the Yamaha R-Series models includes titanium exhausts and slip-on mufflers, billet covers, protectors and more.
Yamaha is working closely with approved suppliers to develop new products, and so the Genuine Yamaha Accessories range of parts and accessories is constantly evolving to include serious upgrades such as a full exhaust system, footpegs, and seat cover, or the impressive complete Sports Kit, featuring an endurance screen, license plate holder, rim stickers, tank pad, side sliders and LED blinkers.
The all new Euro 4 refined and beautifully detailed Mv Agusta Dragster and Brutale are arriving, customers will be offered an exclusive experience including riding skills, access to events etc. Each bike is sold with a 3-year factory warranty and a 3 Year full maintenance plan which includes wear and tear items. Where MV previously focused on selling over 15 000 motorcycles a year, there new strategy is to build beautifully crafted limited motorcycles.
MV Agusta South Africa will only be importing exclusive limited numbered bikes and will restrict the number of units sold so that each motorcycle although numbered will be sold in very limited numbers to retain their exclusivity.
The first Models to arrive are the very popular MV Agusta Dragster RR America of which only 2 will come to South Africa, the all new Brutale RC is also arriving and will be restricted to 2 units.
Pricing will be announced.
Ross Branch has done it again…
The rider fondly known as the ‘Kalahari Ferrari’ finished the 2019 Merzouga Rally in second place overall. This comes as a massive breakthrough for the 33-year old, who is fast making a name for himself in the world of Rally.
Branch has spent the past week racing in the heart of the Sahara Desert, where his Rally skills were put to the test over five grueling stages. A stand-out moment will certainly be his stage four victory – the first Rally stage win of his career.“When I’d finished the fourth stage I wondered why my phone had so many messages. I knew I’d pushed really hard, but I had no idea that I’d won the stage! This was a really big deal for me – it’s the first Rally stage win of my life!”
The Merzouga Rally has a strong reputation as the ‘Dakar Academy’ and presents a kaleidoscope of landscapes in south-eastern Morocco. The event also sets a very high bar for navigation – just the kind of experience that will pay off for Branch going forward.This was the first time the Botswana rider has returned to the dunes since his stand-out performance at the Dakar Rally, where he made headlines as the 2019 Dakar Rookie Champion onboard his KTM 450 Rally Factory Replica.
“With a podium finish at the Merzouga Rally, following Ross’ outstanding Dakar debut, he has sure laid the path for a new venture in his racing career. Long distance navigational races seem to suit Ross and we are looking forward to seeing him tackle more Rallies going forward with a firm eye set on Dakar 2020. Ross has delivered impressive results with only two Rallies to his name and has made his mark within the Rally circles, so we can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for him.”, KTM South Africa’s Managing Director, Franziska Brandl, commented.With an army of Southern African Rally fans behind him, Branch cannot emphasise his gratitude enough. “Second overall at my first Afriquia Merzouga Rally! I’ve been working really hard to get this podium and I’m so happy with this result! I can’t say enough how grateful I am to the BAS Dakar team and everyone else for their support. Thank you for always believing in me!” enthused Branch.
After 6 days and over 1000 kilometers, the KTM ULTIMATE RACE winner has been crowned!
Scott Myers has defeated the desert in order to become the winner of the first ever KTM ULTIMATE RACE.
After six days of racing in the Moroccan sands as part of the Merzouga Rally against eleven other KTM ULTIMATE RACE qualifiers on equally prepared KTM 790 ADVENTURE Rs, it was the 50-year-old from the USA who tasted victory.
Entry to the KTM ULTIMATE RACE was available to any rider who took part in one of the six KTM ADVENTURE RALLIES held during 2018 and at the start of this year. The special qualification events tested the riders to show if they had the excellent machine control, navigational skill and competent mechanical ability required in order to line up on a rally-prepared KTM 790 ADVENTURE R for a special class held within the Merzouga Rally.Only the top two riders from each event would be chosen and, further proving this was the opportunity of a lifetime for these KTM Adventure riders, they were supported like KTM Factory riders at the KTM ULTIMATE RACE. Backed up by four mechanics and 14 members of KTM staff, in the lead up to the event and throughout, the competitors were also coached by some of the world’s finest and fastest offroad riders like Chris Birch, Marc Coma and Quinn Cody.
The race began on March 31 with a short prologue and finished on April 5, with the KTM ULTIMATE RACE competitors having to cover five stages – including a marathon Stage 3 with an overnight in a bivouac and no outside mechanical support. In total, almost 1100 kilometers of hard offroad riding and navigating would push them to their physical and mental limits.Myers was consistently in the top places for all stages and took the early advantage with victory in the prologue. Radek Burkat from Canada retaliated for the Stage 1 win and New Zealand’s Kevin Archer fought strongly to take Stage 2. But it was Myers, again, who took the honors in the grueling marathon Stage 3 and sealed the win with runner-up in Stages 4 and 5.
After an emotional conclusion to the race, not only does Myers have the honor of being the first ever KTM ULTIMATE RACE victor, he will also get to keep his race-winning machine along with receiving an all-expenses paid package for two people to see the 2020 Dakar Rally.On finishing the race, Scott Myers (USA) said: “This is the best feeling in the world. You have no idea how happy I am right now. It was extremely tough, especially in the last stage. I just kept watching and thinking this has got to end! It was so hard. I was following Jordan (Huibregtse), he crashed, then he followed me, then I crashed. And we just kept doing that for the whole stage. But what an awesome experience. So cool.”
In second place and 59 minutes and 55 seconds back, it was Radek Burkat, 45, from Canada. He said: “That was awesome. Fantastic. I’ve never ridden anything like that in my life. Such an awesome event; the Merzouga Rally and the Ultimate Race. This is the epitome of adventure biking. Like the highest level. The pinnacle of cool stuff you can do with an adventure bike. Thank you very much.”
He was chased hard by Jordan Huibregtse, 27, from the USA who was just ten minutes further back to complete an all-KTM 790 ADVENTURE R podium, of course. He said: “It was a blast. Riding in Morocco on a KTM 790 ADVENTURE R with a bunch of great people from around the world. That’s an awesome experience. Seriously cool. I’m thrilled that I made it. Thrilled the bike made it and that I kept my podium spot.”
Hubert Trunkenpolz (CMO KTM AG): “The KTM ADVENTURE RALLIES and the KTM ULTIMATE RACE demonstrate what makes KTM Adventure riders different and that the READY TO RACE spirit is alive in our customers. I want to congratulate all twelve riders who took part, especially as the race was extremely tough on them and the KTM 790 ADVENTURE R. These are normal people and not Factory riders, but they saw the opportunity for an incredible adventure and tackled it head on.”
KTM ULTIMATE RACE 2020
For those who are attending this year’s KTM ADVENTURE RALLIES on a twin-cylinder KTM ADVENTURE bike, KTM is excited to announce the renewed possibility to compete for a place at the KTM ULTIMATE RACE in 2020 – registration can be done directly at the online booking of a KTM ADVENTURE RALLY event.
KTM ULTIMATE RACE 2019 RESULTS
1. Scott Myers (USA)
2. Radek Burkat (CAN)
3. Jordan Huibregtse (USA)
4. Sebastian Blum (GER)
5. Christiaan Odendaal (RSA)
6. Kevin Archer (NZL)
7. Elliot Kent (NZL)
8. Vasile Scurtu (CAN)
9. Greg Hodgskin (RSA)
10. Steve Robertson (AUS)
11. Stefano Sassaro (ITA)
12. Robert Nowak (AUS)
The second round of the National Motocross Championship brought the kind of results that Red Bull KTM’s Joshua Mlimi had been waiting for.
With a dream to take his place among the country’s best in this sport, Mlimi has been determined to shake off his ‘rookie status’ for the last two years. Despite the ups and downs that come with racing, the rider has inched ever closer to the front runners in the prestigious MX2 Class.
When the gates dropped at Zone 7 this weekend, Mlimi’s big moment finally unfolded. A fourth place in the first moto was superseded by an even better second place in the final moto. With a third place overall, it was a proud moment for the orange team as Mlimi stepped onto the MX2 podium for the first time.
“The ball is finally rolling in the right direction! I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen at round three,” enthused Mlimi.
Snatching up the second spot in the MX2 Class was teammate Kerim Fitz-Gerald. With longer laps and shorter rest between heats, the 2019 season has brought a new set of challenges for the nine-time national champion.
After attempting to cross-ride in both the MX1 and MX2 Class, Fitz-Gerald made the decision to focus on MX2 instead. He explained, “I realised how challenging it was going to be to race in both classes, so I’ve decided to focus on MX2 this season and give the championship my best shot.”
The second round of the series came with breakthrough for Mlimi’s younger brother, Jonathan. The rising talent was bitterly disappointed by his debut performance in the High School Class and returned with all guns blazing on Saturday.
With a third place overall, he breathed a sigh of relief to have chipped away at the gap on the leader board.
Another podium spot for Red Bull KTM came from MX1’s Tristan Purdon, who also finished third in Cape Town. Despite his best efforts, Purdon mentioned finding the Cape Town round frustrating.
Having only recently overcome a wrist injury, the rider explained, “I struggled with pain in my hand all day and it showed out there. At least we got some points on the board, and I was happy to walk away with a third overall. I’m still in the fight for the championship and I’m not going to give up.”
With Zone 7’s deep ruts, big jumps and sections of sand, the event proved to be a testing one for Nate McLellan. The Pro Mini rider finished in 6th overall, and with a promising shot at the championship this year will look to come back swinging at the next round in Bloemfontein.
Yamaha Confirms Three-Year Technical Partnership for the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and La Vuelta
Yamaha is pleased to confirm a strategic new 3-year partnership with A.S.O. and RCS Sports, organisers of Europe's three major Cycling Grand Tours, which will see the NIKEN become the official support motorcycle through to the end of the 2021 season.
Combining outstanding sport performance, all-round versatility and serious long-distance travelling capabilities, the NIKEN is a distinguished member of Yamaha's Sport Touring motorcycle range.
Its revolutionary Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) technology always ensures added points of contact with the road surface and means that it doesn't matter whether it's sweltering heat in summer, icy cold in winter, or any other season or condition, the NIKEN will ensure unrivalled comfort and riding confidence in any condition and any season.
Providing ubiquitous support
Each of the three Grand Tours crosses some of the most intense mountain roads imaginable. From the twisty mountain paths of Italy and Spain to the long valley straights of Belgium and northern France, the NIKEN will be the ultimate riding companion for the vast numbers of motorcyclists supporting the Grand Tours.
Offering a seamless transition from a conventional two-wheeler, with no alteration to riding style needed, Yamaha's NIKEN machines will be used by race direction, race commissioners and the official event support teams.
NIKEN riders will be assigned with a list of demanding responsibilities throughout each of these global sporting events. Some of the most vital duties include the provision of medical assistance, the changing of wheels for cyclists, the transportation of drink and nutritional elements and the and the regulation of the race & the publicity Caravan
Strengthening a solid partnership
Covering a combined distance of over 10,000km, the three major Grand tours together with all additional events organised by A.S.O. and RCS Sport work their way through some of the windiest mountain roads in the world. The first two of many events where NIKEN mounted riders will be providing their precious support will be the 2019 Strade Bianche in Italy on March 9 and the 2019 Paris-Nice in France on March 10/17.