GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Lucas Mahias leaves Round 4 of the 2018 Supersport World Championship at Assen still leading the overall standings after a strong ride to fourth, although he was disappointed not to be able to fight for the race win on Sunday. His teammate Federico Caricasulo was pushing as hard as he could during the race before contact with another rider saw him crash out while battling in the leading group. In the European Supersport Cup, Alfonso Coppolamade a strong start but faded towards the end of the race to finish in 20th place.
Mahias struggled to find the perfect setup in Aragon and, unfortunately, he suffered from a similar issue throughout the weekend in Assen. Starting from the middle of the front row, the reigning WorldSSP Champion led in the early stages of the race but was riding on the absolute limit for the entire 18 laps. He fought hard in the leading group and battled all the way to the line with some sensational riding. In a dramatic finish, it looked like he might be on the podium but he ended up missing out in the sprint to the line and finished in fourth, just 0.341s behind the winner. Despite being disappointed on missing out on the podium for the second consecutive race, the 29-year-old French rider leaves the TT Circuit Assen still leading the overall championship with 71 points, although his lead has now been reduced to one-point heading into Round 5 at Imola.
Caricasulo also found it hard to get the perfect setup with his GRT Yamaha R6. Despite this, he fought valiantly all weekend and during the race, he had made his way up to fifth from seventh on the grid and was battling with his teammate in the leading group. That is when disaster struck, as there was contact with another rider on lap 13 at Turn 6 and his race ended prematurely. Luckily, despite it being a very fast crash, he walked away battered and bruised but without any serious injury. After his DNF, the 22-year-old Italian is now fifth in the championship standings with 49 points, trailing his teammate at the top by 21 points but confident he can fight back at Imola.
Coppola once again showed great progress throughout the race weekend, as the inaugural Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge winner continues to adjust to the WorldSSP championship. Lining up on the grid in 25th place, he enjoyed a number of good battles with other riders before the extra weight of the R6 and the longer duration of the race started to tell. Battling all the way to the line, he finished in 20th place and is now determined to work hard on his strength and stamina before the next round at Imola.
The GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team now head to a private test at Brno later in the week, before it is time to set their sights on Round 4 of the WorldSSP Championship at Imola on the 11th-13th May. Check out the full WorldSSP race results from Assen.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team have travelled to Austin, Texas in the United States of America for this weekend's Grand Prix of The Americas. After a chaotic race day at the Termas de Río Honda Circuit both Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi are keen to get straight back in the hot seat of their YZR-M1s to score some solid points.
Viñales arrives in the USA holding fourth place in the championship standings and beaming with his usual fiery determination. The Spanish rider counts the Circuit of The Americas as one of his favourite tracks and is eager to put the learnings from his Argentina experience to good use here.
When COTA was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2013, the then 18-year-old secured a strong second place in the Moto3 class. He followed this up with his first Moto2 race win in 2014. His best MotoGP finish at the American track was a fourth place, just off the podium, in 2016. He was unable to finish his first race on a Yamaha on American soil last year, but the solid pace he showed throughout the weekend suggests that he will be a strong contender also this time round.
Rossi currently sits in eighth place in the championship standings after scoring no points at the last Grand Prix. However, the nine-time World Champion is not a rider that should ever be ruled out. He and his team will pull together and give their 100% to make a strong comeback and turn their fortunes around.
The Italian acknowledged in the past that the COTA track has an interesting lay-out that's not easy to master, but that makes riding there all the more fun for the Doctor. Through recent years he improved his performance at COTA, with a hard fought third place in 2015 and a second place in last year's race as his best results so far.
The Circuit of The Americas was constructed in 2012 and was added as a permanent fixture on the MotoGP calendar the following year. The 5.5km-long track is run counter-clockwise, has 20 corners in total (11 left turns and 9 right turns), a longest straight of 1.2km and has a 41m-elevation change. Its tight hairpins, inclines, declines and fast straight make finding a well-balanced setting vital, but the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team is up for the challenge, in order to snatch places on the podium in front of the 120,000-capacity crowd.
Altherm Yamaha Official WMX's Courtney Duncan dominated the second round of the FIM Women's Motocross World Championship on the rut-strewn clay of Agueda, Portugal to claim her first round victory of 2018 and the WMX Championship Red Plate as the new series leader.
Joining the 'Kiwi Girl' on the podium, No Fear Yamaha Official WMX's Nancy van de Venput in two solid races for third overall, while the defending champion MXFonta Yamaha Official WMX's Kiara Fontanesi bounced back from the adversity she faced in Race 1, where she finished 7th, for 3rd place in Race 2 and 4th overall.
The track in Agueda had been battered by rain across the days leading in, which made the typically hard-pack surface very soft and technical. Fresh off her first race victory in the final race at the opening round in Trentino, Italy, Courtney Duncan stamped her authority on the 2018 WMX Championship with a convincing double race win in Portugal.
In the opening race of the weekend, Duncan got off to a blistering start, leading van de Ven around turn one, while Fontanesi was left for dust and forced to charge her way through the field.
What Fontanesi lacked in speed off the gate she made up for on the track as she impressively charged her way up into the Top-10 before the end of lap 2. After 10-minutes of weaving her way through the pack, the defending champ made light work of the championship leader, Larissa Papenmeier, before hitting a kicker on a short and sharp decent, which caused her to crash. Following a quick remount, the Italian was resurgent and managed to fight back to 7th place.
Meanwhile, Duncan remained superior in her craft on the rough and rutty red clay as she led every single lap to win by 13-seconds over van de Ven who crossed the line in 2nd place.
After overnight rain, the girls lined up first thing this morning ready to brave much sloppier conditions than they raced in yesterday. Duncan got off to another good start and chased Papenmeier around turn-one with Fontanesi in her wake. While frantically pulling tear-off's, after taking a face full of roost, Fontanesi pinned it around the outside of Duncan for 2nd.
Duncan's team owner is none other than Josh Coppins, former MX1 vice world champion, Yamah ace, and fellow 'Kiwi' legend and is always advising her to be patient and bide her time, as a lot can happen over the 20 minute plus 2-Lap course of the race.
After two laps of patiently sliding around in the mud, Duncan found some lines that worked well and she set the fastest lap of the race before executing a text book pass on Fontanesi by charging up the inside and pushing her wide. The 'Kiwi Girl' then went on to chip away at the lead of Papenmeier and eventually used the power of her YZ250F to make a pass by pinning it around the outside line. Papenmeier did get squirly, which made for a heart-stopping moment as the two rubbed plastic. Fortunately, they both managed to keep their bikes on two-wheels with Duncan asserting her place at the front of the field.
Wet conditions always makes for an interesting race and more often than not, it's a battle of survival. Fontanesi & van de Ven both stayed out of trouble and put in strong rides to finish 3rd and 4th, respectively, which was enough to give van de Ven her first podium finish of 2018, with 3rd overall.
As the clear-cut fastest rider this weekend, Courtney Duncan was masterful on the wet and muddy clay. Having won three races, from four, this season, she will go into the third round of the championship with a 3-point lead over Larissa Papenmeier.
Nancy van de Ven has moved up to 3rd place in the WMX World Championship standings with a 6-point buffer over Kiara Fontanesi in 4th.
Yamaha extends its lead in the WMX Manufacturers Classification, and now leads by 10-points.
The next round of the FIM Women's Motocross World Championship will take place in Teutschenthal, Germany on the weekend of May 20th
The National Enduro season kicked off in Robertson, Western Cape, this past weekend.
The atmosphere was tense as South Africa’s best lined up for a fresh start in the shadow of the looming Langeberg Mountain Range.
A new racing format introduced a ‘flag to flag’ style event, which sent riders off in batches to conquer four loops of approximately 35km.
The rugged Western Cape terrain presented a daunting technical valley and rocky river bed to conquer, and leading riders took over an hour to get through each lap.After a testing day in the saddle, the Brother Leader Tread KTM squad managed to bring home two podium positions.
New to the E2 Class this season was Scott Bouverie, who had a rollercoaster day out. As no stranger to rough and rocky terrain, things looked promising for the rider as he blitzed his way through the first loop.
After a calculation error in the second lap, a frustrated Bouverie had to push his bike after running out of fuel: “The day started off really well. I made a misjudgement on the second lap with fuel, and lost a lot of time. I’ve been battling with a shoulder injury, so pushing the bike was a real challenge!”With years of experience and a strong sense of grit, he was able to fight his way back up the ranks to secure a third spot in his class behind Wade Young and Travis Teasdale.
Commenting on his new KTM 300 TPI, he said: “It’s an amazing bike, and it really performed today.”
A determined Dwayne Kleynhans set off guns blazing in the E1 category.
With his sights securely fixed on the championship, the rider was off to a solid start. After leading for some of the race, it was Yamaha’s William Oosthuizen who managed to snatch up the top spot for the day.
Kleynhans finished less than three minutes behind him, but was satisfied with his result:
“This was the best start I’ve had to a National Enduro season, so I’ve got a good platform to build on from here. The E1 class is stacked, and there are a lot of hungry kids looking to beat me!” he said.
Turning his focus to round two, he added, “Going to do some homework now - I have a few things I want to work on so I can come out swinging in the next race.”
Stealing the show was Kirsten Landman.
It was a first-time experience for South Africa’s leading enduro lady as she lined up with the E2 Class.
“Today was tough, and I really had to dig deep on that last lap. I came in after my third lap and I was ready to finish! It was a riding lesson for me, and I’ve just got so much respect for the top guys and the pace that they run at,” said Landman.
After pulling off a sixth place and adding her name to the short list of E2 finishers, she comments: “I’ve realised that I need to work on my overall speed. I’m good at the technical stuff, but I lose so much time on the open sections. It’s a fear I have, and one that I’m determined to overcome.”
As part of her effort to build up her speed, Landman has taken up motocross and has committed to the National Cross-Country season this year.
“I’m trying new things because I want to bridge the gap and finish closer to the guys,” she said.
The Austrian parent company, WP Suspension GmbH, is entrusting KTM South Africa in the establishment of a new network of Authorized Centers, thus transferring the responsibility of the brand’s products to the Midrand-based company.
Franziska Brandl, Managing Director of KTM South Africa, has been entrusted to lead the WP brand to ‘Get In Front’ - in line with the brand’s slogan - and will manage the establishment of the network of Authorized Centers to sell and service both WP OEM equipment and Pro Components parts.
Backed by the experienced Greg Smyth as WP Suspension’s PG&A Manager and Stephan Marais as WP Suspension’s Customer Service Manager, the newly created division is set to deliver product and service of only the highest quality. ABOUT WP
WP is at the forefront of suspension technology, delivering race winning performance in a wide range of competitive environments. From Motocross and Supercross, Enduro and Rally, to Superbike and every class of MotoGP, racers have scored an impressive array of victories with WP suspension at the heart of these wins.
The expertise garnered in competition have filtered down into state-of-the-art products for the Aftermarket & OEM products.
WP AUTHORIZED CENTERS
Discussions regarding the appointment of these new Authorized Centers are at an advanced stage, and WP will announce the full list in due course. Five Authorized Centers are expected to be operating in South Africa by mid-2018.
The changes being made are customer driven. The ability to have a geographically spread and factory trained network of Authorized Centers will benefit WP customers who will receive high service levels, technician specialisation, the back-up of the considerable expertise that WP can offer, and a more local service.
Each Authorized Center will be able to sell, setup and service WP’s range of competition-focused Pro Components, such as the company’s famed Cone Valve forks and Trax rear shock absorber. Pro Component parts – from triple clamps and steering dampers to T-shirts and stickers – will also be available for those looking to tune their performance to perfection.
Each Authorized Center will be able to supply spare parts and servicing items, either direct to the customer or to other outlets, ensuring that customers get back riding without delay.THE PRO COMPONENTS RANGE
In terms of Off Road Pro Component products, WP can deliver Spring Cone Valve forks and Trax shocks to an extensive list of Japanese models, as well as to KTM and Husqvarna customers looking to replace their OEM units to get the most performance out of their bike.
Additionally, AER Cone Valve forks, which combine WP’s two greatest technologies, the cone valve damping and the AER Spring System, can also be supplied to KTM and Husqvarna machines.
Away from the adult market, KTM and Husqvarna customers can buy Pro Component WP suspension for models ranging from 50cc to 85cc, with AER Cone Valve forks and the Trax shock available for the KTM 85 SX and Husqvarna TC 85.
In addition to the Off Road Pro Component products available from WP there is also a range of On Road Competition Cartridge Kits, Competition Shocks and steering dampers. Both Off Road and On Road products will be available from all Authorized Centers.
Managing Director, WP Suspension, South Africa
“With WP Suspension being part of the KTM Group structure it was the logical step for us to adopt WP Suspension in South Africa. We are thrilled to re-launch WP and to give it the platform it deserves, with a strong network of WP Authorized Centers giving our clients the opportunity to race with the best possible components, backed by top class service.”
WP Sales Manager, WP Suspension GmbH, Austria
“We are really excited that South Africa will develop this new network of Authorized Centers in 2018. This model is being replicated across all our territories and it enables us to build on WP’s considerable reputation. The result will be that we are able to deliver class leading products and services to riders and racers that will have a demonstrable impact on their riding and results.”
Further details can be found at www.wp-suspension.com where customers are able to enter details of their machine into a configurator to understand what WP options are available for their bike, which can then be emailed to their local Authorized Center.
After quite a lengthy period with no news with regards to what is happening with Triumph in South Africa, we recently met with Bruce Allen, who will be heading up the Triumph operation, to get some insight into the new operation and this is what he had to say;
Q: The single point Triumph Flagship facility does not provide a sufficient footprint for representing the Triumph Brand in Gauteng, how does this help a Triumph owner?
A: Globally Triumph is going through a process whereby the brand is being positioned in the premium manner it deserves. In assessing the requirements for re-establishing the Triumph business in South Africa, while at the same time following the global direction of premium representation, we had to balance the investment required against the ability to still have multi-point representation in a city. For this reason, we have positioned the site for the new facility in Woodmead as geographically central as possible in order for current customers to be able to access us from the various freeways. Current Triumph volumes unfortunately do not allow for the multiple dealers to invest at the required level, so there is a compromise between an ongoing presence for Triumph in SA and a single point facility.
Q: I live in Gauteng, but Triumph SA does not yet have the service capacity to look after my needs, what do I do?
A: The transition time between the previous distributor in SA and Triumph SA being appointed has been extremely brief and has not allowed for adequate capacity to be established to take care of customers’ needs. Triumph SA has entered into an agreement with previous Triumph dealers in Centurion, Edenvale and Boksburg to service and maintain Triumph motorcycles until December 2018. Triumph Johannesburg’s service facility will be ready to take care of customers’ needs from April 2018 at its (temporary) South Road Sandton facility. The service capacity of this facility will be gradually increased over the next 9 months to ensure that we are in a position to fully accommodate our customers by the end of the year.
Q: What do I do if I live in Cape Town and own a Triumph, who will look after my motorcycle?
A: As is the case in Port Elizabeth and Durban, Cape Town customers will continue to be supported by the same agents who currently look after their motorcycles in these cities.
Q: When will Triumph open other dealerships in other cities in South Africa?
We have made an initial commitment to have a retail presence in Cape Town next year (2019) and Pretoria the following year (2020). Durban will be considered over the next couple of years, but we are unable to make a commitment at this stage.
Q: When will I be able to buy a new Triumph motorcycle again?
A: We are planning to commence retailing motorcycles in May 2018. This will depend on time required for homologations and any potential cooperation from the previous distributor.
Q: I am interested in the new Speed Triple, will you be bringing it to SA?
A: Yes, the New Speed Triple is most definitely amongst the models on offer in SA. The full model line-up will include the following: Tiger 800, Bonneville Bobber (+Black), Street Triple, Tiger 1200 Bonneville Speedmaster, Speed Triple, Tiger Sport, Bonneville T100 Bonneville, T120 Thruxton, Street Scrambler and Street Twin.
Q: When will you be announcing retail pricing for the range of motorcycles that you plan to import?
A: We are still busy finalising our pricing strategy on a couple of the new models and will be in a position to announce our pricing in mid-March 2018 (so hopefully by the time you read this).
Q: I live in Durban and would like to buy a Bonneville Speedmaster, how do I go about this?
In line with our strategy of only retailing from a facility that is in line with Triumph’s global standards, motorcycles will only be available for sale from our Johannesburg store initially. However, should there be a requirement from an out of Gauteng customer, we would be happy to facilitate the sale and arrange delivery and handover where you live. Your service support is in place in Durban (Cape Town & PE).
Q: I am the owner of a 2016 Triumph Explorer XCa, and am concerned about the effect of the September 2017 ‘fire sale’ on the resale value of by bike. I am led to believe that the used values have dropped badly.
A: We believe that whatever has happened is very short term, and only has an impact on someone who wishes to sell their recent model triumph between the ‘sale’ and when we commence retail of our new bikes. A used motorcycle price is a function of a willing seller and willing buyer, if the used bike hasn’t been sold at a reduced value, the value has not dropped. When we come back into the market with the same bike that was discounted last year at the relevant retail price, the used values will be pegged off relative value to the new bike. i.e. how much less than a new bike should a one-year old bike be? The market will correct itself in the short to medium term. Our take on the entire effect of the ‘sale’ is that those who bought the cheap bikes really benefited, but not at the expense of current Triumph owners.
Q: Are Triumph parts readily available in South Africa?
Our first parts orders were placed on 1 March 2018 on commencement date as the new distributor for Triumph Motorcycles. Prior to this we requested the dealers that would continue as Authorised Triumph Service Centres stock up with fast moving parts in order to minimise the effect of a gap between distributors. We have ordered sufficient stock of the most frequently needed parts to ensure our customers are well supported.
Q: What effect does the change in distributor have on my warranty on my 2017 Daytona?
A: Your Daytona is still well covered in terms of the original warranty conditions set out by Triumph, and can be taken to any one of the Triumph service centres convenient to you.
Q: I am looking for a new Rocket III, but I don’t see it as an available model on your media release?
A: Globally Triumph has ceased production of the Cruiser models being Thunderbird and Rocket in order to focus on the segments where the opportunity lies for Triumph to be economically competitive.
? Test ride a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be in with a chance to win a trip for 2 to the Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary celebrations in Milwaukee, 29th August – 8th September 2018
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With an incredible nine new Softail® models and the recently unveiled new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special Sportster® models, there has never been a better time to take a Harley-Davidson motorcycle out for a test ride. From the 750cc Street Rod™ to the acclaimed Fat Bob® and amazingly versatile new Sport Glide™, all the way through to the Touring line, there is now an incredible riding experience for everyone. If that wasn’t enough, you could be in with the chance to win an amazing all expenses-paid trip to Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee, which takes place between 29th August and the 3rd September 2018.
It doesn’t matter if this your first experience in the saddle of a Harley-Davidson, or if you have been considering making the move for a while, it couldn’t be easier to enter the draw. Simply go to https://www.harley-davidson.com/aa/en/find-a-dealer.html or your authorised Harley-Davidson dealer and arrange a demo ride. You will then be entered into the draw for a chance to win the prize, which includes spending money and the use of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle whilst at the event.
Celebrating Harley-Davidson’s 115th anniversary in Milwaukee promises to be an incredible experience. The hometown event kicks off from the 29th August through to the 3rd September and features some amazing events – including beach racing, hill climbing and a parade through Milwaukee. There’s also the chance to visit the Harley-Davidson museum – with machines from every decade of our 115 year history. So don’t delay – book a test ride on a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle today. Who knows where it could take you?
Topping the Enduro 1 class standings on the opening day of competition in Lake Paijanne, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider Jamie McCanney has enjoyed a victorious start to his 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship season. With the championship opening GP taking place under extreme winter conditions, the WR250F powered rider wrapped up a highly positive weekend claiming fifth on the second day of racing in Finland.
With the season opening GP being an all-snow affair, Jamie McCanney and his Outsiders Yamaha team battled against sub-zero temperatures throughout the weekend in Finland. Making a steady start to the first day of racing, the Manxman increased his speed as the event progressed. Getting the 250cc class victory at the end of a long and demanding first day of competition, which included a number of night-time special stages, Jamie made the perfect start to the long 2018 season that lies ahead.
Feeling the effects of an exhausting 12-hour opening day, Jamie opted for a risk-free ride on the second day of racing in Finland. Avoiding costly mistakes, Yamaha's official representative in the Enduro 1 class secured a sold fifth place result to wrap up a tough weekend of racing on a high note.
Jamie McCanney and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action in Santiago de Compostela, Spain for round two of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on April 27/29.
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is delighted to announce that it will continue its strong relationship with nine-time World Champion and living MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, having signed a new two-year agreement.
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Valentino Rossi are delighted to have reached an agreement that will see the Italian rider remain with Yamaha's factory team for the 2019 and 2020 MotoGP seasons, aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1.
The contract extension comes just before the 39-year-old will embark on his 13th season with Yamaha, starting at the Grand Prix in Qatar, held from March 16th - 18th.
The combination of the Doctor and the YZR-M1 has led to many milestones in the past and together they secured four MotoGP World Championship titles. He is Yamaha's most successful Grand Prix rider in history, with 56 wins, 43 second places, and 35 third places secured in 206 races together. Moreover, out of the manufacturer's 500 Grand Prix victories, achieved in Le Mans 2017, exactly 11% of those victories were secured by him, making him the biggest contributing rider, having scored 55 victories on a Yamaha up to that point.
For an overview of some of Rossi's records and career highlights, visit Yamaha's special Valentino Rossi Webpage. Clicking on the statistics will reveal a hidden image.
With six strong podiums last year, including a brilliant GP victory in the Netherlands, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team is confident in their partnership with Rossi and look forward to being a serious title contender for 2018 and the following seasons.
This weekend Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales get to fire up their YZR-M1's engines again, signalling the start of the 2018 MotoGP season at the Grand Prix of Qatar.
It was only about a week and a half ago that the riders were at the Losail International Circuit to complete the final pre-season test. Rossi and Viñales finished in second and fifth place respectively in the combined Day 1-2-3 results and find themselves in good shape for this season's title challenge.
Nine-time World Champion Rossi is known for his love of close racing and he can't wait to get the show started in Qatar. He holds an impressive record at the Losail circuit of four wins (2005, 2006, 2010 and 2015), four second places (2007, 2009, 2013 and 2014), and one third place (2017), but he feels there is room for more trophies. This weekend he will go all out to start the 2018 season fighting at the front of the pack.
After the intensive winter testing season, Viñales also arrives in Doha eager to fight for victory at the opening race. The young Spaniard knows his way around the track, not only due to the many laps he completed during the winter test at the Losail circuit, but also because of his previous racing experience and successes in Qatar. He added a Moto3 victory to his resume in 2012, he secured second place in the same class one year later, and he took a brilliant MotoGP win on his debut race with Yamaha last year.
The 5.4km-long Losail International Circuit is located on the outskirts of Doha and was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2004. Four years later the track became the first and only circuit in MotoGP to host a night-time Grand Prix, held under the floodlights. Besides the special mood of an evening-race, the Losail circuit also offers a mix of medium and high-speed corners (six left, ten right turns) and an over a kilometre long main straight, that are guaranteed to make for an exciting race, with many overtakes.
The Qatar GP time schedule for the upcoming race weekend slightly differs from the usual. The Free Practice 1 session will take place on Friday afternoon from 14:45 - 15:30 local track time (GMT+3) followed by FP2 at 19:05 - 19:50. On Saturday FP3 starts at 14:35 - 15:20 and FP4 is held at 18:40 - 19:10, before the qualifying sessions from 19:20 - 20:00. On Sunday the warm-up is held at 14:40 - 15:00 and the race starts at 19:00.