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Superbike delight as METZELER takes three North West 200 wins

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

Yamaha Breathes Pure Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP DNA Into the YZF-R125

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.

Key Features:

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 new spec MV's are here!

001The 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.


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001Ross 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.002“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.003This 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.004With 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.end bike test


001After 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.002Only 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.003Myers 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.004On 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.”
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.

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)end bike test


001The 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.002

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.003

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.004
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Yamaha Confirms Three-Year Technical Partnership for the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and La Vuelta

001Yamaha 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.end bike test

Yamaha confirms Ténéré 700 price and Online Ordering System launch date

2019 tenere700 01Yamaha confirms Ténéré 700 price and Online Ordering System launch date   

Developed in the toughest environments by some of the world's most experienced rally racers, the rugged, compact and nimble new Ténéré 700 is ready to open up a whole new world of excitement and opportunity for every rider with a passion for exploration. Equipped with the successful CP2 689cc parallel-twin engine and a completely new chassis, the Ténéré 700 is designed to deliver class-leading handling and agility in the dirt - combined with high speed long distance performance on the road - making it an extremely capable and versatile Adventure bike. 

And now you can be the first to own the Ténéré 700! 2019 yam xtz700 02Online Ordering System

In less than 30 days, on March 27th 2019 at 14:00 CET, Yamaha will launch an Online Ordering System for the most passionate fans who want to plan their summer riding adventure now! The first deliveries planned in July 2019 will be allocated to our online customers on a first-come first-served basis at a special price of €9,299* for the standard model. The price is exclusively for online orders and applies until the online system closes on July 31st 2019.  

The Online Ordering System will enable customers to confirm their order for a variety of Ténéré 700 options, which will be available in the full power specification and in a 35kW version. Both versions are available in three colors: Ceramic Ice, Competition White or Power Black. 2019 yam xtz700 03 Dealership delivery schedule

After supplying the initial batch of online orders, Yamaha will commence delivery of the Ténéré 700 to dealerships across Europe from September 2019 at the standard price of €9,699*. 

Ténéré 700 Key features
• Rally-bred T7-inspired dual sport design with pure Ténéré DNA 
• Light, compact, nimble 
• Excellent balance of power with control 
• Outstanding off road performance 
• Year-round on road capabilities 
• Go-anywhere long distance potential, 350km+ fuel range 
• Powerful, smooth and economical high-torque engine 
• Switchable ABS option for off road riding 
• Effective screen and hand guards for excellent weather protection 
• State of the art long-travel suspension 
• Available in 3 colour variations 2019 yam xtz700 04Genuine Accessories 

To further optimise the versatility, capability and looks, Yamaha will release a wide range of Genuine Accessories for the Ténéré 700. To meet the requirements of the globetrotters, the line-up will include luggage options and several other items to enable riders to travel long and far in comfort and convenience. For the sporty thrill-seekers that love off road action, Yamaha will offer several rally-oriented items to further sharpen the bike's performance and style. 

*Please note that the prices quoted are for the Standard version only, and the price varies per country. Please contact your local press officer for specific information.

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Krummenacher Takes WorldSSP Win for Yamaha in Phillip Island

ldmqe0gdtpinm3glmo70Evan Bros. Bardahl Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider, Randy Krummenacher, celebrated his 29th birthday in style with a resounding victory in the opening race of the 2019 Supersport World Championship in Phillip Island today. The Swiss rider rode a calculated race to win by more than five seconds from GMT94 Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider, Jules Cluzel. Krummenacher's Bardahl Yamaha teammate, Federico Caricasulo, claimed the final podium position in third.

For safety reasons, today’s 16-lap race included a mandatory pit stop, with riders free to choose when to do their pit-stop to change tyres, under the condition that no tyre was used for more than 10 laps.

It was Cluzel who took the advantage to lead from the start, but the Frenchman was quickly overhauled and then gapped by the Bardahl Yamaha pairing of Krummenacher and pole position qualifier, Caricasulo. The Swiss rider led the race initially, but the Italian found a way past his teammate on lap six.g1r0nuv10dhqp5hvaog2Krummenacher and Cluzel were the first to head in for the mandatory tyre change at the end of lap seven, with both riders managing clean stops. The same wasn’t true of Caricasulo, however. The Italian stopped at the end of lap eight but was delayed in pit lane after trying to exit with the rear stand still attached to the bike, an error that cost him almost 10 seconds in delay.

After his stop, Krummenacher quickly re-established a commanding lead at the front of the race, with Cluzel chasing hard in second and Caricasulo pushing to make up the deficit in third. But Krummenacher wasn’t to be denied his first win of the season, controlling the race masterfully from the front and taking the victory with a five-second advantage over his closest rival.

Cluzel picked up important championship points in second, while Caricasulo claimed the final podium spot in third.m6deqex1rwamvodc4ti2After an intense battle with Hikari Okubo in the second half of the race, Kallio Racing Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider, Thomas Gradinger, eventually got the better of the Japanese rider to finish fifth, with GMT94 Yamaha’s Perolari close behind in seventh.

Kallio Racing Yamaha’s Loris Cresson was happy to secure points in the opening race of the season, as the young Belgian brought his Kallio Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 home in a creditable tenth place. 

Kallio Racing Yamaha’s Isaac Viñales was left disappointed after failing to finish in his WorldSSP debut in Phillip Island. Having re-joined the race following a minor crash at turn two in the opening laps, the Spaniard was forced to retire with just three laps remaining due to damage sustained in the crash.end bike test


844efd8b 7d19 47e5 8bc5 24c57b059badAt the first IRTA testing session of the new season, in Moto2, Marini is immediately really fast. Even Bulega is close to the strongest guys. Step forward for Foggia and Vietti Ramus in Moto3.

Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), February 22nd 2019 - In Andalusia, three days of intense work for the Sky Racing Team VR46 between important steps forward and the confirmation of the positive feelings of the last week. The first official test of the 2019 season sees, in Moto2, Luca Marini in the group of the protagonists in fourth place overall and followed by Nicolò Bulega seventh. At work also the Moto3 couple, with Dennis Foggia who closes 16th and Celestino Vietti Ramus 24th.
Thanks to an excellent 1: 41.146 (1.41.155 in the last session today), scored in the Day1, Luca is immediately behind the first guys with a gap of only 0.164 thousandths from the leader Binder (1: 40.982) and satisfied for the technical progresses on the track and also the physical ones. With a gap under three tenths and an important chronometric step forward Nicolò closed with an excellent 1: 41.281, the fastest rookie.
In Moto3, with a good 1:46.382 Dennis has broken the wall of 1.47 and he is closer to the Top guys (Masia, 1:45.241). Constant steps forward also for Celestino who has signed a best lap time of 1:47.054fe71667d d95e 4d73 b133 738174e4f05fend bike test




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