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06 Most WorldSBK 2022 Sunday Razgatlioglu G72 0791 previewPata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK’s Toprak Razgatlıoğlu spectacularly took two absolutely stunning victories from his main championship rivals to sign off the first half of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship in style at Most in the Czech Republic today. 

It was also an historic day for Yamaha, as the Superpole Race victory became the 100th win in WorldSBK for the Japanese manufacturer. A further victory was added to the tally from Race 2, as the Turkish ace treated fans at the Autodrom to another no-holds barred three-way fight against Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki). Almost finding “another gear” towards the end, he hit the front for a final time on Lap 17 and, demonstrating unbelievable pace, set the fastest race lap on Lap 20 of 22. 06 Most SSP 2022 Sunday Razgatlioglu R3JM6662 previewRazgatlıoğlu has now led laps in 15 consecutive races, an outright WorldSBK record, and has crossed the line in the lead 140 times this season to date (ahead of both Bautista on 100 and Rea on 71). 

The defending champion has also won six of the last eight WorldSBK races – and today’s performance has allowed Razgatlıoğlu to narrow the deficit to second-placed Rea to just seven points in the Riders’ Championship (26 after the UK Round), and 38 to series leader Bautista. Yamaha and the team have also both overtaken Kawasaki in the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ Standings, but at mid-season the competition remains extremely close. 06 Most WorldSBK 2022 Sunday Locatelli GB9 8364 previewContributing to both of the latter statistics is teammate Andrea Locatelli, whose consistency to finish in the top six remains very solid. While disappointed with “only” three P6 results this weekend, “Loka” retains fourth place in the championship and increases the gap to 14 points to the chasing pack. 

Next on the calendar for Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK is a two-day test at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the weekend of 20-21 August before Razgatlıoğlu and Locatelli join the McAMS Yamaha British Superbike team for a very special guest appearance and demo laps at Cadwell Park in the UK on Monday, 29 August. 06 Most WorldSBK 2022 Sunday Yamaha 101 Wins GB9 9673 preview

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu: – SPRC: P1 / Race 2: P1

“First, I’m really happy and big thanks to my team – every day we are improving the bike, especially today, because yesterday my big problem was rear grip but today we see a good improvement. We are always fighting to the maximum and I’m really happy for this good weekend! Now we have 101 victories for Yamaha! After Superpole Race, I am feeling the bike is very good, just in last laps the rear tyre had a big drop and then I’m fighting with Johnny for the win. Second race, I take a good pace and after I’m not killing the rear tyre. After some laps, I am riding with Alvaro and Johnny but my feeling is that Alvaro is very fast so I pass Johnny – then fighting with Alvaro which is difficult because he is so fast on the straight but slower in some corners. But I pass him and then ride much better, the feeling is more relaxed and I see very good lap times! I’m not looking at the championship, just focus race by race. Important for me, many wins and I am just focused on this. I think this is very good motivation because every race I am fighting for the win. Today was very good, I enjoyed the races a lot!”end bike test

MY23 KTM 50 SX Factory EditionBuilt for mini champs that want to do things right, and do them in style, the KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION unleashes new looks for 2023. This mini weapon delivers the thrill of race-spec performance straight out of the crate and features fresh factory-inspired orange and blue graphics to match its READY TO RACE build.

First introduced at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, the KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION comes equipped with a long list of premium components to give young racers the perfect first taste of factory performance. KTM’s designers and engineers-working with racers of all sizes-sought to spec out the perfect mini machine for future champions, which led to a carefully selected parts list that includes a full FMF exhaust system, CNC machined aluminum clutch and ignition covers, race-derived gearing, jetting, and clutch configuration, premium Dunlop Geomax MX 53 tires, and a special gripper seat to keep racers planted under power.
 MY23 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition 3
The KTM 50 SX, which features a potent range of premium componentry in its own right, resides at the heart of the KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION, meaning mini shredders can count on advanced WP XACT suspension with AER technology, high-end Formula brakes paired with waved discs, NEKEN tapered bars and ODI grips, and black-anodized aluminum rims as standard. All of this highlights its ultralightweight design, rider-focused ergonomics, and powerful yet ridable 50 cc engine with an easy-to-manage, adjustable centrifugal clutch. There’s no mistake that the KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION is fully READY TO RACE.
 MY23 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition 5

// New FACTORY EDITION graphics

// FMF pipe // FMF silencer

// Orange gripper seat

// Smaller rear sprocket

// CNC clutch cover

// CNC ignition cover

// Reworked jetting

// Special clutch configuration

// Gray ODI grips

// Chain guide with orange inserts

// Dunlop Geomax MX 53 tires

The 2023 KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION will arrive on KTM dealer floors from August 2022 onward. For more information, visit
ktm.com.MY23 KTM 50 SX Factory Edition 1end bike test

KTM AG E Sportminicycles

  • • KTM AG is the European leader in offroad motorcycles and offers a complete range of electric sportminicycles
    • The group will expand its electric offroad range to over 20 models from all three motorcycle brands in the next 2 years
    • Strong expertise and an innovative product range ensure KTM AG remains a reliable partner for its dealers

    Charlotte, NC, July 20, 2022 – KTM AG, Europe’s leading manufacturer of powered two-wheelers with its motorcycle brands KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and GASGAS, presented its comprehensive electric sportminicycle lineup at its KTM North America Dealer Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina last weekend. GASGAS MC E 5The current range offers electric bikes for young riders with different skill sets, from first balance bikes to advanced competition models. In 2022, the range has been expanded with the addition of the new SX-E 3, EE 3 and MC-E 3, which bridge the gap between the group’s electric balance bikes and the advanced SX-E 5, EE 5 and MC-E 5 models. By the middle of this decade, the electric lineup will feature more than 20 electric offroad motorcycles from all brands, ranging from beginner to competition-level models, aimed at young talents who are taking the future of motorsports to the next level. 

With decades of expertise in the engineering and manufacturing of motorcycles, KTM AG is carefully assessing the opportunities for electric mobility and developing products that are sustainable both ecologically as well as economically. HUSQVARNA EE 5“Everyone is talking about e-mobility these days. At KTM AG we are constantly pursuing developments in this field, living up to our responsibility as an innovative, sustainable company,” says Hubert Trunkenpolz, Chief Marketing Officer at KTM AG“We strongly believe that e-mobility plays a role when it comes to short distance, urban mobility and small engine size. In the offroad segment, we need to consider the circumstances on the tracks, such as limited availability to charge big batteries.” 
Strong dealer partnerships is one of the main pillars of success for KTM AG. As the world’s market leader in offroad competition motorcycles, the company is a solid partner to its global dealership network. KTM AG is committed to meeting the high expectations of riders and dealers as well as society, as a reliable manufacturer in the powered two-wheeler industry. KTM SX E 5
“Our relationships with our dealers, their feedback and input have always been invaluable to us. That’s why we are proud to present our range of electric motorcycles for the youngest riders for the first time here in the world’s biggest offroad motorcycle market. It was great to spend a couple of days together with our partners, riding the newest generation of motorcycles and sharing our vision and plans for the future,” says Florian Kecht, Chief Sales Officer at KTM AG“We are committed to the brick-and-mortar business and will continue to supply our dealers with a wide, best-in-class product range that meets the expectations of all our stakeholders, now and in the future.” end bike test

yamten7Yamaha Motor Europe has teamed up with Riders for Health, powered by Two Wheels for Life, to give you the chance to win one of the official rally-spec Yamaha Ténéré 700 World Raid bikes ridden to victory in the Tunisia Desert Challenge by Alessandro Botturi.

Across Africa, more than 60% of the population live in rural communities, far from medical centres and with no means of transport to allow them to access essential health services. Founded over 30 years ago, Riders for Health works across Africa to ensure health professionals have a way to reach communities to provide critical support and medical supplies with a reliable form of transport. 

Yamaha Motor Europe, in partnership with Riders for Health, launched the Yamaha Ténéré World Raid Team in 2022 to help raise over €100,000 to replace a fleet of life-saving motorcycles in The Gambia. In April, the team made its debut in the Tunisia Desert Challenge (TDC), with Italian rider Botturi storming to an emotional victory, the first for a production bike in the Rally Raid class, highlighting the capabilities of the special edition Yamaha Ténéré 700 World Raid as it conquered some of the harshest terrain on the planet.

His teammate Pol Tarres showed incredible pace and bravery to battle through bad luck and finish in a respectful 30th overall as he completed his first rally, with the extreme conditions of the TDC providing the perfect test for the new Yamaha Ténéré 700 World Raid’s racing credentials. You can relive all of the action and drama from Tunisia by going exclusively behind the scenes with the team in the video below as they powered through adversity to emerge victorious.

For your chance to win one of the official rally-spec Yamaha Ténéré 700 World Raid bikes raced by the team, plus the opportunity of a once-in-a-lifetime experience riding with Botturi or Tarres, and lots of other prizes, you can register to take part in the online prize draw here. The money raised will help provide essential equipment that will allow Riders for Health to continue their excellent work across the African continent.

The next challenge for the Yamaha Ténéré World Raid Team as they continue to help raise awareness for Riders for Health is the Africa Eco Race (AER) on the 15th -30th of October, which follows the original Paris-Dakar route. Starting in Monaco, the AER will provide another opportunity for the team to showcase the potential of the production-based Ténéré 700 World Raid against its prototype rivals, with the route covering over 6,000km as it traverses through Morocco and Mauritania before finishing beside the legendary Lac Rose in Dakar, Senegal. end bike test

IMG 8650We were invited to a very posh and extravagant launch of the 2023 MX range, just outside of Pretoria, on a very cold day. Bill went along for the brief, as there was absolutely no chance of him riding because his aged body would disintegrate in this environment; still, this is what he had to say…

After listening to the presentation of the new 2023 KTM MX range, of both two-stroke and four-stoke machines, I was wide-eyed. The things these new MX bikes now offer were seen only on super bikes of the past, and not that long ago either. Quick-shifters (both up and down the gearbox), variable power modes, launch control, traction control and other stuff I forgot about are amazing attributes for ‘mere’ Motocross motorcycles, right?IMG 8658The world has certainly moved on in this aggressive form of motorcycle racing and way above anything I could appreciate, if I chose to ride, which I did not. They also looked stunning as well, and it even seemed a shame to get them dirty and scratched.

With around 100kg, as the average weight, and the 450 spitting out a claimed 63hp these bikes are engineering marvels to say the least. Can you imagine those sorts of figures on a road bike? Unfortunately that is far from practical because these are serious and ‘real’ race ready MX bikes and need performance related maintenance to keep them at 100%.IMG 8654So the new 2023 range of two-strokes are – 300 SX, 250 SX and the 125 SX, all having an electric start, fuel injection and a new electronic power-valve. There’s also the 85/65/50 range for the kids, which weren’t on display.

In the four-stroke corner there’s the mighty 450 SX-F, 350 SX-F and the 250 SX-F.

All the above have new thinner (from the saddle) lighter bodywork, wider footrest’ (that everyone who rode seemed to like), new swing-arm and frame and heavily revised suspension. The new WP units can be adjusted ‘tool-free’, which I thought was a brilliant idea rather than searching for spanners and screwdrivers during pit stops.IMG 8651These new WP units are now relatively soft during the initial stroke and then magically transform into ‘super-stiff’ during the final part of the stroke for heavy landings, whilst coming down from 20m+ in the sky for example. All who I spoke to were commenting how impressive these new WP units are with a soft plush feel at the bottom of the stroke, making the riding less intense on their body parts. 

Yes I know I didn’t ride but I can totally appreciate how superb this new range of KTM MX bikes are, quite possibly the best money can buy after what I saw and heard? All of these new models are now appearing in dealers throughout South Africa, so drop into your local dealer to view them in the flesh, or plastic and metal, to be more precise.IMG 8656

Go to www.ktm.com to view the 2023 MX range and digest all the technical information, and to locate dealer locations throughout South Africa.end bike test

MATTMind over matter. It’s all in your head. Just believe. All these trite sayings, as applied to riding a bike, can actually – if performed properly – be the difference between life and death.

A bit dramatic for sure, but it’s true, I tell ya! Take it from a professional bike rider who has taken the piss, bent the rules, outright tickled Satan’s sack with a scuffed Alpinestars toe slider – and learned the hard way but also, miraculously, survived the past 35 years of riding bikes on the road. Irresponsibly it has to be said, with an attitude that was careless at best, downright suicidal at worst.

I’m often asked for riding tips, and it’s a subject I want to cover (and definitely will start to do so in the coming weeks on the show) but ultimately, when someone asks for my best riding tip, it boils down to “Never give up.” (But, also, “know when to give up” which complicates matters, but more of that later).01

I know, and have even seen with my own eyes, that many accidents happen that really shouldn’t have happened. The reason was not the bike in any way, it was the rider. And not the rider’s ability, exactly, but his or her belief and sang froid in the moment.

‘Sang froid’ just means, because I live mainly in France at the moment and I want to sound way more clever than I actually am, ‘cold blooded’. It describes the propensity to think in a relatively cool and calm manner in the face of great stress, and this is what you need if you ever find yourself in difficulty on a bike.

It cannot be taught, only experience (numerous racing crashes and an unfortunate amount of bins on the road too, in my case) will help, as will visualisation. 02Visualisation is an underrated way to train your reactions. Thinking about potential nightmare scenarios – whether it be in bed at night before you drift off to sleep, behind the wheel on your daily commute or even sipping a coffee during a break at work – can, I believe, help prepare you for such a dreaded situation if it should ever actually materialise.

The accident that arises most frequently is running wide in a corner, either off the road entirely or across the road and into oncoming traffic. It goes without saying that the punishment for this type of mistake can be extremely severe.03I am convinced that most of these incidents would never have happened, if only the rider had not ‘given up.’ I’m talking specifically of the scenario – usually encountered by the relative novice – whereby they get into a corner at what they think is too fast a speed. 

They panic, do what is entirely natural and look at the outside of the corner where it seems they will crash and then that’s exactly what happens. They climb into the brakes, the bike stands up and they are now doomed to exit stage left at the point on the edge of the road where their eyes are still transfixed. 

If they understood how capable are even a basic bike’s tyres and its chassis’ ability to lean and take a corner then they could force their eyes – in spite of the natural, panicked glance at the outside of the turn – back to a point through the corner on the natural line and exit, and in the vast majority of cases they would make it through the corner.04You can practise this through visualisation, being prepared mentally to deal with what you think is a lost situation like entering a corner too quickly, and it may just give you the confidence and decisiveness to ‘never give up’ and at least attempt the turn.

Ideally you would let go of the brakes entirely, or trail them delicately deep into the corner, but this type of skill takes years to develop and to execute properly needs the benefit of some racing experience. But, even if you do end up using too much brake and you ‘lose the front’ then this low-side type of crash has a significantly increased chance of less severe consequences than does heading off the road still upright, and invariably at greater speed.

At this point it’s worth mentioning that on some rare occasions it is better to know when to give up, although admittedly I may just be confusing the issue for some of you!07This is the type of decision that if you race long enough then you’ll probably have to face at least once. It happened to me at turn two at the previous incarnation of Kyalami’s layout, a good 4th gear 180km/h sweeper. The front end started to fold on me and in responding to the impending crash, probably rather too clumsily, I found myself in the gravel trap upright at a silly speed barely holding on to the bike as the tyre wall loomed.

In what must have been a literal split second I weighed up the relative merits of coming to a very sudden stop against the wall while still on the bike or jumping off and cartwheeling through the gravel.

I jumped off. I walked away from the crash. The bike returned to the pits on the back of a truck and nearly bankrupted me when I had to fix the ridiculously heavy damage.

That was a case of knowing when to give up. It happens less frequently on the road, but situations can still arise where you need to make a similar call. Being mentally prepared can give your decision making that extra bit of speed that could save you even if it is at the expense of your bike, which can always be repaired or replaced.

The finest example of never giving up I have ever witnessed was in Northern Ireland at an old World War II airfield that had been converted into a circuit around which I and the journalist behind this website were racing a Yamaha R6 in the British Endurance Championship.08Because it was Northern Ireland it was pissing down, a proper epic kind of deluge that had soaked you through to the skin within the first lap, waterproofs on or not. And because it was Northern Ireland and I had set up the team we were hungover from a pre-race night on the Guiness. 

The spray generated by the other bikes made visibility almost zero and we were wondering when they were going to red flag the race. They didn’t. Our third rider came in and out went Bill, muttering to himself and anyone who would listen about the madness of riding in such conditions and how he was probably going to be dead within minutes.

Leaning on the pit wall I watched his first few laps, although he had a couple of decades of drag racing on the international stage under his belt I think, if memory serves, this was his first circuit racing experience. He was, despite the weather, obviously enjoying it because his times were getting quicker and he was overtaking people.

But then he got a bit carried away, and lost concentration for the briefest of moments. Slipstreaming two bikes down the start-finish straight the spray was worse than ever and he found himself in the process of barrelling past them just as the second gear left-hander at the end of the straight appeared.

As he later admitted he frightened himself half to death at the sudden realisation that he was on the outside of them as he entered the corner hard on the brakes but still carrying what he thought was too much speed for the turn.

But rather than giving up and heading off into the tall grass he decided to “lob it in, let go of the brakes and hope for the best.” We gasped in amazement on the pit wall, almost convinced that the whole overtaking around the outside move was planned – badly – because we didn’t expect him to emerge from the cloud of spray on the corner exit, but he did.

Even if it was a near fatal mistake it still ranks as one of the best overtakes I’ve seen, and it all came down to the experience needed to believe in the bike and the tyres and having the presence of mind to not give in to the temptation to panic and run off the track, but to at least try and make the corner even though at the time even he was convinced he was effectively in the act of crashing.

Preachy waffling over. There’s some potentially life-saving info in there somewhere, but essentially it all boils down to “never give up.” So don’t; you might as well crash trying to make the corner, don’t you think?

Mat Durrans

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KTM National Motocross round 4 Rover EC Captured by Justin Reinecke for www.zcmc.co.za 183Red Bull KTM - Motocross National Championship Round 4

Red Bull KTM put in a stellar performance in the sand of Rover MX track this weekend when the fourth round of the National Motocross Championship took place in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.KTM National Motocross round 4 Rover EC Captured by Justin Reinecke for www.zcmc.co.za 1First mention has to be standout performance from Tristan Purdon as he stormed to the overall victory in both MX1 and MX2 classes in a near-perfect run only finishing in second in one of the four respective heats. Purdon clearly on high after his wins commented: “It was a great day on the bike, bring on the next round”.

Cameron Durow who was only ten days post-op after suffering a broken collarbone proved he was tough as nails by deciding to ride still and try consolidate some points to stay in contention for the overall championship. Visibly in pain, he still managed third in both MX1 and MX2 classes. “I went into the day not expecting anything really, I qualified first in MX2 and second in MX1 with my collarbone holding up well” he said. He went on to say: “I made a big mistake in the first moto where both my feet came off the pegs landing on the bike that hurt me quite bad and had to manage the pain and effort from there.” KTM National Motocross round 4 Rover EC Captured by Justin Reinecke for www.zcmc.co.za 85It was a case of “what could have been” for Jonathan Mlimi after getting a great start and leading the race had the bad luck of a red flag coming out after some riders crashed hard forcing a restart. Mlimi’s second start was not relatively as fast and he had to fight back only to suffer a significant crash that sent him to hospital calling a harsh end to his day.

Luke Grundy has been untouchable in the high school class and executed another flawless event with 1st place in both moto’s securing yet another 1st overall.KTM National Motocross round 4 Rover EC Captured by Justin Reinecke for www.zcmc.co.za 146Trey Cox was a sensation in the sand securing top spot overall after a superb show throughout the day. “PE did not disappoint, I wasn’t feeling it but after getting a good start I managed to control the race” Cox commented. Cox crashed on the second lap of the last moto but after a heroic comeback still managed to catch and pass Neil van der Vyver to take the overall win.end bike test

hells angels sonny bargerSonny Barger, a leader of the Hells Angels who was key to bringing the outlaw motorcycle club to international notoriety, died on Wednesday from cancer. Barger was 83.

“If you are reading this message, you’ll know that I’m gone. I’ve asked that this note be posted immediately after my passing,” a post on Barger’s official Facebook page said. “I’ve lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club.

“Although I’ve had a public persona for decades, I’ve mostly enjoyed special time with my club brothers, my family, and close friends. Please know that I passed peacefully after a brief battle with cancer,” Barger also said. “But also know that in the end, I was surrounded by what really matters: My wife, Zorana, as well as my loved ones. Keep your head up high, stay loyal, remain free, and always value honour.”end bike test

> The main challenge? To complete 1,000 km or more in a week
> There are daily prizes and a unique experience to be won at the end
> Download the RISER app and make sure you register for the event now

THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK is the right excuse to hit the open road. The main challenge: to complete 1,000 km or more in a week’s riding. To join, simply download the RISER app, accept THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK in the Upcoming Challenges section and start recording your rides.THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK 2022
During THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK, there will be daily challenges, with participants completing them entering a draw for daily prizes including:

Day 1 | July 4

Day 2 | July 5

Day 3 | July 6

Day 4 | July 7

Day 5 | July 8

Day 6 | July 9
Challenge: RIDE 390 KM IN ONE GO
Day’s Prize: SIDE BAG SET

Day 7 | July 10

At the end of the week and for six adventurous riders who complete 1,000 km and at least three out of the seven daily challenges, KTM will offer them the chance to live a unique experience.

The first five finalists drawn will win an all-expenses paid invitation to join a pure KTM riding activity, where they will get to test the next generation of KTM ADVENTURE machinery. A sixth and final spot will be given to the rider with the greatest number of kilometers completed.

All riders who successfully complete 1,000 km or more during the week will receive a personalized award by KTM. To get involved, check out theworldadventureweek.com.THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK 2022 1end bike test

1ab1ba20c eb8e c244 b0d2 63d59f328bbfA day to frame at the Cathedral for Marco who, as a rookie, gives the Mooney VR46 Racing Team the first podium in its history in the Top class. Tougher race for Luca Marini, 17th, after a contact at the start that damaged his Ducati Desmosedici GP26a063b0 b6f3 74cd 3d78 00540d0b986fAssen (Netherlands), June 26th 2022 - A Sunday full of emotions and a really solid race on the Ducati Desmosedici GP for Marco Bezzecchi, the 46th Italian on the podium in the Top class. The rookie of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team crosses the finishing line of Dutch GP in second place, hitting the first podium in MotoGP of his young career and the first in the history of the Team. Race compromised at the start, after a contact that damaged one of the winglets of his bike, for Luca Marini in P17.8def9440 e264 c2ac ea49 743af136d2d2Starting from the P4 after an excellent qualifying session and always at ease on the Dutch track in the free practice sessions, Marco keeps the contact with the very first ones after the start and moves up to second place after five laps. Capable of a constant and precise race pace, he is second under the checkered flag, first among the rookies. With today's points, he climbs to P14 in the general standings (55 points) confirming himself as the leader among the rookies.

Step back after a very positive trend in the recent weeks for Luca, 13th yesterday in qualifying and forced to an uphill race after the start due to an accident that irremediably damaged his Ducati. He closes out of the Top15 and is in P15 in the general standings (52 points) on the eve of the summer break and before the British GP scheduled for next August 7th. 7e92ddb3 9c1f d014 d46f 7245663e8797end bike test