The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team spent an extra day in Jerez today, after yesterday's Gran Premio de España, to take part in a one-day Official IRTA Test. Maverick Viñales was the 4th fastest rider, whilst Valentino Rossi wrapped up the testing session in 10th position.
After a difficult race weekend, the teammates returned to the track after 11AM to evaluate various settings and testing items.
Viñales briefly topped the rankings with his fastest time of the day - a 1'38.139s, set on lap 19 - before he took the opportunity to assess various settings. He ended a full day of testing in fourth place, 0.409s from the top of the timesheets, and completed 64 laps in total. He looks forward to putting the new data to use at the next Grand Prix of France, held in two weeks' time.
Teammate Rossi was also motivated to get back to work at the Jerez track, where he completed his 40,075th km of Grand Prix racing (the equivalent of a lap around the world) on lap 15 during yesterday's race. He put his vast experience to good use today when he compared solutions for his YZR-M1 and tried some new Michelin tyres. He rode 69 laps and took tenth place in the timesheets with a best lap time of 1'38.673s, 0.943s from the fastest rider.
Zarco Tops the Testing Time Sheets in Jerez - Syahrin Sits Out
Just one day after his fantastic second place finish at the Spanish Grand Prix, Johann Zarco was back on track today to go through some different settings aboard his Yamaha YZR-M1. Following some intense working hours and 63 laps at the Jerez Circuit, the French star concluded the official test superbly in first position and was even 0.226 seconds faster than during Qualifying last Saturday.
Meanwhile, Hafizh Syahrin decided, together with his experienced Monster Yamaha Tech3 crew, to skip the test in order to fully recover after struggling the entire weekend with pain from a bicycle accident. However, the Malaysian rookie used his time perfectly to gain more MotoGP experience.
Successfully battling through a dry and dusty GP of Portugal, Jamie McCanney has wrapped up round three of the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship claiming a win and a runner-up Enduro 1 class result in Castelo Branco. With three out of eight rounds completed, the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider enjoys a four-point lead in the class' provisional championship standings.
Less than a week after his double victory at the GP of Spain, Jamie entered round three of the series in Castelo Branco looking for an equally solid performance. Starting the weekend by topping the Enduro 1 standings at the short opening SuperTest, Jamie retained his lead in the class throughout day one. Securing his fourth Enduro 1 class victory of the season on Saturday, Jamie also found himself finishing as a runner-up in the overall EnduroGP class.
Day two of the Portuguese GP saw the Manxman get involved in a tight battle for the Enduro 1 class victory from the first to the last special test. Winning four tests during the day, the WR250F powered rider suffered a few small mistakes that saw him place 15 seconds from a provisional day two victory.
Collecting some good points in Castelo Branco, Jamie now finds himself at the top of the Enduro 1 World Championship's points standings with five rounds remaining in 2018.
Jamie McCanney and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action in Talin, Estonia for round four of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on June 1/3.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are delighted to confirm that Pol Espargaro has signed a two-year extension to his current contract to remain part of the works team for the 2019 and 2020 MotoGP seasons.
Pol Espargaro was one of the first recruits for KTM’s comprehensive and dedicated effort to fight with the very best teams and factories at the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. The new agreement will take the Spaniard into four years representing the Austrian brand as the company eyes considerable expansion in MotoGP from 2019 onwards.
Espargaro: “It has been really easy for me to make this decision; I did not think of another possibility for even a minute. I cannot hide how happy I am being involved in this amazing project, despite the challenges and the work we still have to go through. I love the KTM philosophy and I want to continue trying to reach our goals. I don’t know when we will be able to do it, but I’m sure that we will arrive. I have to thank my whole crew for how they push and how they support me, with the leadership of my crew chief Paul Trevathan, and for sure Mike Leitner and Pit Beirer for how they strive every day. And, of course, all the people that work at the races and back at Munderfing. We are a team with an ambitious aim. I’m enjoying my best moments in the MotoGP championship, and I’m really happy to know that I’m going to continue here at least until 2020”.
Pit Beirer (KTM Motorsports Director): “Pol has been such a strong part of our project and gave us a lot of trust and belief as well as the highlights so far with two ninth positions. I’m really happy we can continue together for another two years because we can build on the work we have already done and keep progressing with the bike; he should definitely be one of the people that should benefit from everything we have achieve and learned and how we will push on in the future.”
The 26 year old, born in Granollers and in the shadow of the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya, is negotiating his fifth term in the premier class since claiming the Moto2 title in 2013. #44 has been the strongest performer on the KTM RC16 with four top ten finishes in MotoGP despite the project clocking only 21 events as a full-time member of the Grand Prix grid in the run-up to this weekend’s Gran Premio Red Bull de España at Jerez.
The first round the North West EMX qualify was this past weekend in Denmark at a track that was a combination of hard pack and deep sand, a track condition that I have never experienced before.
As always, my equipment was on point but my riding was far from it. Free practice was the most positive of the weekend as I came home in 4th. Prequalifying was just filled with huge mistakes yet somehow came out with an okay finish in 6th. In the qualifying race my start was horrible, I managed to chop through the pack quickly until I was pushed onto a bank causing me to crash and drop to the back of the field. I clawed my way back to 9th.
Race 1 on Sunday I had a good jump out the gate but missed my shift and lost loads of positions into the first corner. As the race progressed I made my way up to 7th, about to make the pass into 6th and crashed. I couldn’t start my bike for a long time and eventually I got going again but I was long behind everyone and in last place. Finished race 1 in 37th place scoring no points.
Race 2 start couldn't be any worse as I was in dead last. It was going to be a long race and the track was rough so I had to be smart and patient about the situation and rode a solid ride back to 11th. My pace wasn’t far off but lots of work to be done on the starts before the next big race.
Overall position was 16th. Next EMX race I must make sure I make my way into the top 10 overall standing to qualify for the final in July.
Huge thanks to my sponsors in Germany and back home:
The second round of the National Enduro season took place down in Port Elizabeth at Van der Kemp’s Kloof on the 28th April 2018.
About Van der Kemp’s Kloof Nature Reserve
The Van Der Kemp’s Kloof Trail starts at the historical Bethelsdorp Village (outside the Van der Kemp’s Kloof Church), the first missionary settlement in Port Elizabeth.
It proceeds up the kloof into wilderness atmosphere, returning along the plateau through botanically interesting grassy Fynbos, with magnificent views across the Swartkops Valley and Algoa Bay.
A very tough and demanding 35km loop, filled with loads of rock trails, awaited the riders on Saturday. The first lap was sure to be dusty as the riders took off in various groups, and five laps needed to be completed to finish the race.
Kyle Flanagan – 3rd in E1 category
“Firstly, I am super happy to be riding after my injury sustained at Round 1. I knew coming into this round, it was going to be tough and, so I started the first lap slow and steady, to build up to the finish. During the first lap I unfortunately took a wrong turn, which resulted in losing some time but once back on track, the laps went smooth. The track was very demanding and my fitness was down from not being able to train for the past couple of weeks. Five laps of 35km were completed and we came through the finish in a respectable 3rd place in the E1 class. I know that I have what it takes to challenge for the win and will be pushing hard at the next round to improve on our results.”
Blake Gutzeit – 2nd in E2 category
“I started on the 19th row so I knew dust was going to be a big factor on the first lap, so I had to calculate the risks for overtakes to make sure we didn’t make any mistakes. It was hard for me trying to overtake on the first lap, second was better but once I got to the third lap, the race was on. I managed to close the gap to Travis Teasdale, but coming into the fourth lap I felt a little lethargic and my reactions were a bit slow so I had to slow down a bit. I then filled up and fuelled my body and got going again to close down Teasdale, but managed to beat me by 40 seconds, which gave me second in E2 and second overall. A massive thanks to Yamaha and my Team!”
Bruce May – 5th in National Seniors
“I had a good battle with Bolle, and in the process took the wrong route at one of the splits. Realising my mistake, I stopped, and waited for Bolle to pass me to giveaway my advantage however, a crash on a technical climb at the end of the last lap resulted in failure to re-overtake Bolle. It was great racing, the track was hard on the hands, and definitely felt like we had done some work. Unfortunately my wrong-route taken caused me a 30min penalty which dropped me from second down to fifth.”
Denzil Torlage – 2nd in National Masters
“The first lap started quite intense with a lot of dust and a lot of riders to overtake. Coming into the second, the dust had settled somewhat but from passing so many riders early on, I started to get a bit tired and that’s when local rider, Steve Landman passed me for the lead of the race. I managed to settle into a good rhythm by lap three and held second position to the flag. The course was hectic and very demanding on the body.”
South Coast Bike Festival Super Enduro – 30 April 2018
Other news: South Coast Bike Festival Super Enduro
Two of our Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha riders made the trip up to Margate to compete in the Super Enduro event held at the South Coast Bike Festival. Both Blake Gutzeit and Kyle Flanagan dominated proceedings with Blake Gutzeit taking the win, and Kyle Flanagan in second position.
Developed exclusively by Yamaha and available free of charge to every rider - whatever brand of motorcycle or scooter they own - the new MyRide app allows tracking and storing detailed information about every ride. With the new Yamaha MyRide app, riders can record everything from lean angle, acceleration and speed through to elevation and braking force, making every journey even more rewarding.
Apart from being able to review and analyse their own riding experiences, riders can also share their personal GPS Exchange Format (GPX) files* with other MyRide users. It is also easy to download other users' files to see how their rides compare to your own. MyRide additionally enables riders to add pictures to their favourite journeys and share their stories and adventures via social media.
By storing detailed information about riding style and destination, MyRide gives users the power to refine, enhance and improve their riding skills and get more out of every trip. Riders can keep details of every motorcycle they ride or test - and they are able to check out many new routes by downloading other MyRide users' GPX files. You have the bike. Now go get the app! Download the free MyRide app now from the App Store or Google Play.
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The season opener of the ADAC MX Masters was held at an incredible venue that I have never been to before. Fürstlich Drehna is a sandy track that went from well-manicured and developed into an extremely challenging track with massive rutted jumps.
Saturday started with free practice allowing me to get to know the track and lay down a few fast laps. Timed practice I went out mid pack, made a silly mistake and crashed in the first lap putting me right at the back of the field where I now needed to try put in a fast lap to get that all important gate pick. At the end I managed a 5th fastest giving me a decent gate pick. My lap times were good considering I was always moving through traffic, this gave me confidence I could match the leaders in the race.
Moto 1 started with an average start coming out in about 10th place but avoiding a first corner crash held me up a bit putting me outside of the top 15. A few mistakes in the opening laps hindered my progress but I did find good rhythm and could charge through the field finishing the moto in a comfortable 2nd place.
Moto 2 was a better start and rounded the first turn in about 10th place. I was able to steadily make my way through the field to 2nd place and set my sights on the leader. I consistently put in fast laps and could see the gap closing between us. I put pressure on the leader and was able to capitalise on a small mistake and lead the last lap and a half for the win. I am happy to have the red plate going into round 2 of the ADAC MX Master series held in Mölln, 26th & 27th May. Next stop is the first round of the EMX Championship in Denmark.
Extract from race organiser report: ADAC MX Junior Cup 85 (link)
In the ADAC MX Junior Cup 85, the first race was already held on Saturday. Liam Everts (KTM), the son of ten-time world champion Stefan Everts, dominated the prelude and was able to win safely. On Sunday, however, the 13-year-old was harassed by Camden McLellan (Kosak Racing Team / KTM) midway through and had to give in to pressure from the South African in the closing stages of the race. "I had a few lapses and Camden was just a bit faster in the end," admitted Everts. "But it was still a good showing with the victory on Saturday, so in the next race I'll try to do better and win the overall title." McLellan had already announced after the first race that he can fight with a good start to the victory and the 13-year-old kept his word. " I caught up with Liam at the end of the race and put pressure on him, "said Mc Lellan happily," and when he made a small mistake, I was there to grab the win. I am very satisfied with my performance here and think that I can show even more on tracks with hard ground.
Huge thanks to my sponsors in Germany and back home:
KOSAK, KTM, Motorex, SN Hydraulik, Troy Lee Designs, Bridgestone, Mefo Mousse, Xtrig, ORS Suspension, Matura, Goldfren, Twinair, Pepp Underwear, Herschel Supply Co, KTM South Africa, Red Bull South Africa, Esjots Sprockets, Werthaus Wohnbau
Auto Fabrica is one of the UK's most exciting custom builders, bringing cutting edge design to classic style. Yamaha contacted them knowing they'd craft something unique without sacrificing the energy beneath. A Sports Heritage staple, the XSR900, was chosen as the base for its extensive customisation capabilities, as well as the proven power of its 847cc three cylinder power plant.
Auto Fabrica co-founders Bujar and Gaz Muharremi linked up with designer and close friend Toby Mellor to lay down the blueprints for the Type 11 Prototype One. This design focused on blurring the lines between classic style and modern surface language. The team decided this would be a track machine so they wouldn't be held back by the regulations for day to day road use.
The Story Begins with the Prototype One
The Prototype One was race ready down to the smallest detail and oozed raw power. Custom Öhlins suspension, Brembo calipers, specialist PFM brake discs and BST Carbon Wheels provide stunning handling. Carbon-nylon 3D printed, CAD designed elements combined with a hand laid carbon fibre elements and featuring Zirotek coatings were specially selected and designed to fit harmoniously with the traditionally made, radically styled, handmade wrap over aluminum body. A flush fitted dial, contrasting seat unit, quick fill race tank and handmade sand bent, 3-into-3 exhaust topped it all off.
The Tale Develops as the Prototype Three Emerges
It quickly became clear that this bike was only the beginning of the story. They wanted something with the same DNA they could take to the road. The Prototype Three took shape, this time using a true legend as the base; the Yamaha XS750. With the style of the 70s, the XS750 fit with the Auto Fabrica love of modern design on classic lines. Performance parts added the power and the team brought the historic machine right into the future. Brembo calipers and a Motogadget Speedo mix with flowing forms created using traditional panel beating techniques and hand forming. All these blended with creative interpretations of classic designs, like the 3D printed velocity stacks and bespoke headlight structures. The signature sand bent exhaust marked the creation as unmistakably Auto Fabrica.
A Legend is Born in the Prototype Two
After the Prototype One and Prototype Three, there was only one place to go. The Type 11 Prototype Two took everything from first two builds and combined it into a road going machine. The Prototype Two was built on the Yamaha XSR900 base and takes its performance perks from the Prototype One where the Prototype Three shines through on the aesthetics. High quality, bespoke, blended collections of design philosophies and techniques give the Prototype Two it's powerful visage. A round headlight, conventional fuelling, trimmed seats, indicators, road tires and matching metallic silver paint finish tie the Prototype Two to the classic style of the Prototype Three.
"Seeing this project evolve has been something really special for all of us," commented Antoin Clémot, Yamaha Motor Europe Motorcycle Product Manager. "This went from a beautiful idea with a great bike to three incredible creations that speak to everything Yamaha's Yard Built platform represents. That the Prototype Two is going to find its way into enthusiasts hands is
thrilling as well. So often these are one off pieces and knowing that this bike will be ridden out there in the real world, by people with a love for unique design, is something we can all get a kick out of."
Yamaha Motor Europe and Auto Fabrica will be holding an open event this weekend from 10am to 8pm, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st, at Iris Studios in London to launch the machine and give the press and public a chance to experience the bike. The Prototype Two will be supplied in a strictly limited run, sold as the Auto Fabrica Type 11 and tailored to order with the first deliveries expected between Summer and Autumn 2018.
Round 15 - AMA Supercross Championship - April 21, 2018
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin charged his way to victory in the 450SX class on Saturday in front of a packed crowd at Gillette Stadium for Round 15 of the 2018 AMA Supercross Championship.
As the gate dropped for the 450SX Main Event, Musquin powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to the front and assumed the lead on the opening lap. The Frenchmen dominated the first 21 laps of the race until Eli Tomac interjected just before the white flag. With victory on his mind, Musquin fought back to make a last-lap pass on Tomac and capture his third win of the season in Foxborough.
Musquin: “After Eli got past me, I knew I had to do something – it’s for the win. I led so many laps and I was bummed but I felt like I was riding really good so I knew I could charge. I was going into the main rut the whole Main Event and he cut really tight, I definitely didn’t expect it. Obviously, the outcome was pretty brutal and I’m sorry about what happened with the crash but it could have been bad for me too. It was for a 450 Main Event win, sometimes you have to try your hardest and I know I did that.”
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordon Smith rode to his second-straight podium finish in the 250SX East Championship on Saturday with a solid second-place performance. Smith got off to a great start aboard his KTM 250 SX-F and maintained a consistent pace in second throughout the entire 17-lap Main Event. Smith heads into the Las Vegas finale with only a 15-point deficit from the overall leader in the 250SX East Championship
450SX Main Event Results - Foxborough 2018
1. Marvin Musquin, KTM
2. Eli Tomac, Kawasaki
3. Jason Anderson, Husqvarna
4. Blake Baggett, KTM
450SX Championship Standings
1. Anderson, 332 points
2. Musquin, 298
3. Tomac, 269
4. Brayton, 247
5. Baggett, 243
250SX East Main Event Results - Foxborough 2018
1. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna
2. Jordon Smith, KTM
3. Kyle Peters, Suzuki
250SX East Championship Standings
1. Osborne, 180 points
2. Smith, 142
3. Martin, 165
4. Forkner, 157
5. Renzland, 137
Blistering sunshine at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA), with blue sky as far as the eye could see, was an omen for a faultless race by Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi. The pair had a rather lonely ride at the Grand Prix of The Americas, securing second and fourth place respectively.
Viñales started from first place on the grid and was in third place after the first corner. He needed a couple of laps to find a good rhythm before he started chasing the man in front of him, with Rossi in his wake.
With 14 laps to go, the Spaniard put in a block pass into turn 1 on Andrea Iannone, so he had a clear track ahead of him to hunt down the race leader. He consistently dropped laps in the 2'05s, but was not able to inch closer and decided to focus on managing the gap to the riders in pursuit. He did so brilliantly, finishing the race in second place, holding a 3.560s gap to the front over the finish line.
Rossi speeded to the first corner from P5 on the grid, but with all riders squeezing through the tight left-hander, he was pushed back a position. He soon reclaimed fifth place though, as he passed Johann Zarco in the first lap in turn 12. The next lap he also picked off Cal Crutchlow, so he was directly behind Viñales.
As his teammate passed Iannone at the start of lap 6, the Doctor pressed to do the same. He was looking threatening behind his compatriot, but couldn't quite manoeuvre his bike into third position. As his tyres started to lose grip, Rossi lost touch with the fellow Italian. For the remainder of the race he clocked high 2'05s and low 2'06s laps in a lonely ride and finished taking the chequered flag in fourth place, 9.587s from first.
Today's race results see Viñales climb up to third place in the championship standings, with 41 points. Rossi also gained a place, holding seventh with a 29-point total. Yamaha is now in second place in the Constructor Championship with 56 points, while Movistar Yamaha MotoGP moved up to first position in the Team Championship, having scored 70 points.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action in two weeks' time, when the MotoGP paddock will arrive in Jerez, Spain, for the Gran Premio de España.