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Ross Branch Wins Stage One Of The 2021 Rally Kazakhstan

cq5dam.web.2000.2000 2Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team’s Ross Branch has raced to an impressive victory on stage one of Rally Kazakhstan. Completing a highly successful day for the team, Ross’ teammates Adrien Van Beveren and Andrew Short rounded out the top five, bringing home their Yamaha WR450F Rally bikes in fourth and fifth respectively.

With almost five months having passed since the Dakar Rally, the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team riders were excited to return to action with all racers completing the opening 280km special with strong rides, kickstarting the 2021 edition of Rally Kazakhstan in the best way possible.

Focusing on improving his navigational skills during the off season certainly paid off for Ross Branch, as he opened stage one and then raced to a deserving victory aboard his Yamaha WR450F Rally. Despite a minor mistake near the end of the special, the Botswana native had built up a comfortable margin over the chasing pack to maintain his lead and complete the stage with a two-minute gap over second place. The victory marks Ross’ first ever stage win in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.

Adrien Van Beveren put together an impressive ride on stage one to place fourth. After familiarising himself with a new style of roadbook used for this event, the Frenchman caught up to the leading riders but was forced to slow his pace to escape the dust kicked up by those ahead of him. Biding his time and concentrating on his navigation proved to be highly rewarding for the 30-year-old, as he stayed on the right course and found himself opening the stage after those in front made a mistake. Riding the final part of the stage in clean air, Van Beveren increased his pace and made up for lost time, going on to complete the special just seven minutes down on stage winner, and teammate, Ross Branch.cq5dam.web.2000.2000Rounding out a successful start to Rally Kazakhstan for the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team was Andrew Short in fifth place. The slower, technical sections found early on in the stage were to the American’s liking, after which he pushed onto the finish and delivered a mistake free ride. Feeling comfortable on his Yamaha WR450F Rally, Short enjoyed the opening stage and looks forward to tomorrow’s stage two.

The second stage of the 2021 Rally Kazakhstan will see the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team take on a 279km special located to the south-east of the city of Aktau. Each rider will have their navigational skills put to the test as they’ll be faced with a maze of desert tracks where mistakes could prove to be costly. At the end of the stage, the team will arrive in Bay Kendirli on the coast of the Caspian Sea.cq5dam.web.2000.2000 3Ross Branch – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

"A really good first day here in Kazakhstan. It was great to open the stage and my navigation was pretty good. A few mistakes here and there but overall it was on point. It was a pretty fast stage and the bike was on the limit for most of the day, so it was a good test and it’s just great to be back racing. I can’t wait for tomorrow. I’ll open the stage again but I’m confident with my navigation, myself, and the bike, so I’m really excited to get going again."

Rally Kazakhstan 2021

Stage 1 Provisional Classification

  1. Ross Branch (Yamaha) 3:14:07
  2. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 3:16:15 + 0:02:08
  3. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 3:17:44 + 0:03:37
  4. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 3:21:23 + 0:07:16
  5. Andrew Short (Yamaha) 3:21:46 + 0:07:39
  6. Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero) 3:24:19 + 0:10:12cq5dam.web.2000.2000 1end bike test

Seven days, 1,000 kilometers, July 5th to 11th 2021.

THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEKPowered by KTM and RISER, THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK is the perfect excuse to put some mileage on your motorcycle. It is an invitation to go explore the tracks and trails you’ve always wanted to and is an opportunity to share your favorite places with the global Adventure bike community.

The most adventurous riders will be rewarded with daily and weekly prizes and the chance to be featured on and KTM’s global social media channels. There will be different challenges to complete on each of the seven days, with all riders completing 1,000 km or more in total receiving a personalized award.KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S 2021The challenges will be open to all Adventure riders from all brands. The goal is to strengthen the growing Adventure community and bring together riders who share the passion for Adventure motorcycling. To enter, you simply need to download the RISER app from the App Store or Google Play and start recording your rides.

For all adventurers keen to learn more about this exciting new challenge, more information is available on bike test

The fourth weekend of Suzuki race action in May sees Round 2 of MotoAmerica

asbk1bobby fong1The fourth weekend of Suzuki race action in May sees Round 2 of MotoAmerica and the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki team back in action in Superbike and Supersport action at Virginia International Raceway in America.

The opening round of the series at Road Atlanta at the beginning of the month produced a sensational double win for Sean Dylan Kelly aboard his GSX-R600 and a second and fifth place for Bobby Fong in the Superbike class aboard his GSX-RR1000, with Superbike team-mate Cameron Petersen finishing a strong 4-4 position.

‘SDK’ leads the Supersport class while Fong and Petersen are currently third and fourth in the premier SBK class aboard their Team Hammer machinery.

May 22-23: Round 2. MotoAmerica. AMA Superbikes. Virginia International Raceway. Danville. Virginia, USA.asbk9cameron petersenend bike test

Hot Rocks

001The rain is coming down hard, soaking us to the skin even though we’re decked out in the finest waterproof gear known to mankind. And we’re freezing because the temperature has plummeted to somewhere down in the single digits, and there’s a gale blowing that means the wind chill factor is enough to make even a seasoned mountaineer grimace.

This wouldn’t be anything particularly out of the ordinary for the UK if we were testing bikes ‘Up North’ somewhere in the middle of winter, but we’re not.

It’s August and we’re on the south coast – an area that is occasionally laughingly referred to as the English Riviera – and we’re not even on the bikes at this point, but Bill is still slowly turning blue and I’m shivering uncontrollably as I fumble with numb fingers to revive my waterlogged phone.

We’re cowering under Brighton pier, trying unsuccessfully to shelter from the rain which is now coming in almost horizontally, as it often does in this ‘green and pleasant land.’14 Brighton PierPleasant my arse – which by the way is soaking wet and in danger of getting frostbite – but definitely green. How could it not be, with all this bloody water falling on it, all the sodding time? 

I’m wondering whether my editor at Superbike magazine, and my prospects for becoming his Deputy Editor will be affected if I leave the bikes and take a taxi home when I hear a low growl followed by a string of profanities that border on a severe case of hypothermia induced tourette’s.

Bill is staring at a small metal pipe and the nearly empty space that housed the tiny bit of sodden hash that was in there moments ago. With most of his scarce supply scattered to the wind and lost in the pebbles of Brighton beach, he stares forlornly at the remaining crumbs, mumbling something about death and how he wants to surrender to its dark embrace.

With a manoeuvre straight out of a David Attenborough documentary about exotic birdlife Bill somehow thrusts his head into his armpit while simultaneously summoning flame from a soggy match and emerges with lungs brimmed with smoke, thrusting the pipe into my hands before exploding into a spasm of coughing that threatens to turn him inside out.

Once I’ve stopped my own impersonation of the ageing Marlboro man after his first gasper of the day I let the psychologically warming effects of the assassin’s narcotic take me away to a better place. 

That place is where I’ve recently spent three years working for a bike magazine. A place where the sun shines so frequently that you need never look at a weather forecast to plan your next photo shoot. A place where speed limits seem to be only advisory. A place where the weed doesn’t cost a week’s wages for half a week’s supply and where more people seem to smoke it than not.

That place is South Africa.

“For fuck’s sake!” Bill is fiddling with a smouldering hole in his waterproofs where a hot rock has proved that it will always get you, no matter how severe the prevailing conditions. “What the fuck are we doing freezing our tits off under Brighton pier in the middle of the afternoon in the middle of the fucking summer!” he yells at nobody in particular. 

“Let’s go to the pub,” he adds with what might be the most intelligent thing he’s said all day.

“Let’s go to South Africa,” I reply, surprising myself with this sudden thought that seems to have escaped from my brain through my mouth without any conscious input from me.

Several medicinal pints later it has been agreed that this is indeed a worthy and valid course of action. Although we have what are literally dream jobs – working with the best people on the best bike magazine in the UK, possibly the world – we are both also in the process of being dumped by the women in our lives and always seem to be skint. And wet. And cold.

Three weeks later we’re drinking beer on a BA flight to Joburg with our entire lives stuffed into a couple of suitcases and with enough cash to keep us going for a month or two before starvation and shame sends us scurrying back to Blighty.

This is how Bill and I found ourselves in South Africa, where we ended up working for the nascent Superbike SA, and went on to start 2Wheels magazine that ran for a very enjoyable and successful decade before the world changed and print media began its inexorable decline. The financial crisis of ’08 instigated a chain of events that saw Bill establish this eponymous website and me go into further debt buying enough equipment to start ‘The Bike Show’ that, miraculously, still survives nearly 10 years later.

I will never forget that moment under the pier on Brighton beach towards the end of the 20th century, it was a defining moment in my life. I remember the weather, I remember that it was a two-bike test that we were shooting but I can’t remember who the photographer was and I have only the vaguest recollection that they were two naked bikes. Possibly.

But I remember the pipe, and the calm, warming aura of certainty that enveloped me as the plan for a South African return began to take shape. 

I have now known Bill for a very long time, first professionally, and quickly thereafter as a mate. He is in many respects, like me, a bit of an arrogant knobhead, but two things that I have always been guaranteed during twenty-odd years of friendship are – between the epic bouts of whingeing – a massive amount of laughter and an honest, expert and encyclopaedic knowledge of bikes.If you want to know about bikes, then keep reading this website. Chances are you’re going to have a laugh along the way, too.

With over two decades of working together, and a good few years of professional collaboration ahead of us I have many, many anecdotes that I feel it is my duty to record for posterity.

In the telling of these stories I hope to pass on the wisdom I have gained – in this case ‘a hot rock under a cold pier foretells a cool adventure’ – not just about life, but about the thing we all love most – bikes.

In my next Chat I will tell of the scariest winter riding episode I had as Road Test editor at Superbike UK, and the outrageously expensive and monstrously rapid special that so very nearly didn’t make it back alive.002

watch The Bike Show on Ignition (DStv ch189) or search The Bike Show on You Tube.

Mat Durrans

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mgp7joan mirr19The seventh round of the MotoGP™ World Championship saw a battle of tyre choice, high temperatures and high attrition.

Suzuki’s sole representative for the weekend, Joan Mir, got an impressive start from his 10th place grid spot, going eighth, before very quickly carving through to fourth on the first lap. On the following lap he had made his way into a strong third, which he defended very well against attacks from his rivals. He then briefly moved in a super second place, but on Lap 7 he found himself back in third.mgp7joan mir9As the race wore on, tyre choice became the dividing factor between the field and Mir began to struggle with his medium-medium compounds, especially on the rear of the bike. Despite this, he stayed focused under pressure from the Ducati pairing of Zarco and Miller behind him, holding them off until Lap 16. After that he switched his attention to bringing home the best possible finish; in the closing laps he saw off a chasing Maverick Viñales to achieve a very useful fifth place finish. With this result he also maintains fifth in the Championship standings.mgp7joan mirr31Shinichi Sahara - Project Leader and Team Director:

“In spite of only getting 10th on the grid yesterday, as usual Joan made a good start and recovered positions very quickly to get up to the front. Due to the tyre choice and maybe a few other factors, Joan couldn’t keep hold of a podium position, but 5th is still a nice result and it’s very important for the championship, so we’re feeling pleased. There are still a lot of races left this season, it’s a very long championship, so we will work to improve and continue getting strong results. I’ve realised this weekend how important it is to have two riders in the box, for comparisons and for judging the situation, but hopefully Alex will come back for the next race. Anyway, overall, this Top 5 result from Joan has been important for us.”

Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager:

“Today we couldn’t replicate last year’s race where we managed a double podium, but last year we had the advantage of better tyre longevity. This time around we couldn’t manage the same durability of the tyres, and this is a pity and a shame for Joan. However, Joan did a very good job to hold onto a Top 5 finish in this difficult race. We will continue pushing and developing, we also have a test here tomorrow which could be useful. So now we’ll be turning our focus towards the next races and trying to build on our championship points. Hopefully at the next round in Sachsenring Alex will be able to rejoin the team and begin riding again.”

Joan Mir:

“We didn’t make the right decision with the tyres today, I switched to the medium-medium on the grid and then I had to battle against the rear spinning and it was a struggle, especially in the last part of the race. It’s a shame because I felt I had podium pace, but in the end I still achieved 5th place which isn’t bad. I tried my best to manage the situation and stay on the bike. The first four riders in the race had the hard rear tyre and it seems that was the better choice, but we will learn from this mistake - both me as a rider and the team too. Tomorrow we will try a few things and let’s see if there’s something that can help us in the future.”mgp7joan mirr19GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA - MotoGP™ Race Classification:

1. M. OLIVEIRA - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - 40:21.749
2. J. ZARCO - Pramac Racing - +00.175
3. J. MILLER - Ducati Lenovo Team - +01.990
4. F. QUARTARARO - Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP - +01.815
5. J. MIR - Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - +05.325
6. M. VIÑALES - Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP - +06.281
7. F. BAGNAIA - Ducati Lenovo Team - +08.175
8. B. BINDER - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - +08.378
9. F. MORBIDELLI - Petronas Yamaha SRT - +15.652
10. E. BASTIANINI - Avintia Esponsorama - +19.297
11. A. MARQUEZ - LCR Honda CASTROL - +21.650
12. L. MARINI - SKY VR46 Avintia - +22.533
13. T. NAKAGAMI - LCR Honda IDEMITSU - +27.833
14. J. MARTIN - Pramac Racing - +29.075
15. L. SAVADORI - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - +40.291
Not Classified
I. LECUONA - Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing - 27:01.887 - 17 laps
V. ROSSI - Petronas Yamaha SRT - 25:24.511 - 16 laps
A. ESPARGARO - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 16:52.680 - 11 laps
M. MARQUEZ - Repsol Honda Team - 11:51.134 - 8 laps
D. PETRUCCI - Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing - 08:33.342 - 6 laps
P. ESPARGARO - Repsol Honda Team - 06:49.922 - 5 laps

MotoGP™ World Standings:

1 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 118
2 Johann ZARCO Ducati 101
3 Jack MILLER Ducati 90
4 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 88
5 Joan MIR Suzuki 76
6 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 74
7 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 54
8 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 44
9 Brad BINDER KTM 43
10 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 40
11 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 31
12 Pol ESPARGARO Honda 29
13 Enea BASTIANINI Ducati 26
14 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 25
15 Alex RINS Suzuki 23
16 Danilo PETRUCCI KTM 23
17 Jorge MARTIN Ducati 19
18 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 16
19 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 15
20 Iker LECUONA KTM 13
21 Luca MARINI Ducati 13
22 Stefan BRADL Honda 11
23 Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia 4
24 Michele PIRRO Ducati 3
25 Tito RABAT Ducati 1end bike test


KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO 2022 Manuel Lettenbichler 2KTM’s relationship with the world-known Red Bull Erzbergrodeo dates back a few decades already. This long and successful history dates to the event's inception in 1995, with KTM riders taking no less than 16 wins since then. To celebrate the wealth of race success already achieved and with a keen eye on future victories, KTM is proud to introduce the 2022 KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO as a special tribute to the iconic event.

Using the 2022 edition of the wildly successful fuel-injected KTM 300 EXC TPI as a platform, the KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO steps up the READY TO RACE-ability with several race-inspired upgrades. Taking feedback from elite extreme enduro riders into consideration, the KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO is specially built for the toughest offroad terrain across the globe.KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO 2022 3Featuring a long list of special protection parts, including closed hand guards, clutch slave cylinder protection, a robust skid plate, brake disc guards and radiator protection, the 2022 KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO is developed to withstand the most extreme, jagged rock-hopping scenario.

The 2022 KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO also comes with further additions such as factory wheels with anodized orange hubs, enduro-specific pull straps, radiator fan, mapping select switch, CNC machined triple clamps, a grippier Factory seat and a special frame coating in orange for added racing appeal.KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO 2022 Manuel Lettenbichler2022 KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO – RACE-FOCUSED FEATURES
// Special Red Bull Erzbergrodeo graphics
// Frame finishing coated in racing orange
// Factory wheels with anodized hubs
// METZELER 6 DAYS EXTREME soft tire set-up
// Closed, heavy-duty handguards
// Radiator fan & radiator protectors
// CNC-machined triple clamps
// Factory seat & lightweight skid plate
// Chain guide bracket protection
// SUPERSPROX STEALTH rear sprocket
// Clutch save cylinder protection & orange oil plug
// Front & rear pull straps
// Front brake disc guard
// Solid rear disk & disk guard
// Rear brake safety wire
// Map selector switchKTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO 2022KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO 2022 1Joachim Sauer - KTM Product Manager: “The KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO is a bike 100% built for purpose - and that purpose is to tackle the most extreme of trails like those found at the notorious Red Bull Erzbergrodeo. Receiving all the updates of our 2022 KTM EXC model range, this special edition bike has features developed by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders to meet the extreme demands of every hard enduro rider. For 2022 it also comes with a unique set of Red Bull Erzbergrodeo graphics that make it stand out in any paddock. This is undeniably the most READY TO RACE extreme enduro motorcycle on the market – a bike that is fully ready to line up in the quarry and tackle the famous Iron Giant.”

The 2022 KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO will be available in authorized KTM dealers from June 2021 onwards.     and   KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO 2022 Manuel Lettenbichler 1end bike test

Odendaal Doubles Up with Victory in Thrilling Wet Second WorldSSP Race at Aragón

001After making a final corner pass for victory in the opening FIM Supersport World Championship race on Saturday, Evan Bros Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Steven Odendaal did exactly the same in the weekend’s second race to take a sensational second victory at MotorLand Aragón. Meanwhile, GMT94 Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Jules Cluzel produced an incredible fightback from last on the grid - due to a tyre pressure infringement - to a podium finish in third.

Off the back of his maiden WorldSSP victory, Odendaal lined up third for the second race and immediately took the lead after an incident ahead. Over the opening few laps, the South African dropped to third, but started to reel the top two back in when Cluzel overtook him with six laps to go. The 28-year-old followed the French rider through on the front pair with four laps to go, before a titanic battle for victory ensued.002On the following lap, Odendaal made his move at the final corner to take the lead of the race, holding on until the last lap, as Raffaele De Rosa’s Kawasaki got by. However, heading into the last corner, the Evan Bros Yamaha rider fired back up the inside and held on until the line for victory.

Having started from last on the grid and off the back of a disappointing end to the opening race, GMT94 Yamaha’s Cluzel wasted no time in his charge to the front. The three-time winner in Aragón was into the top 10 by lap three, and continued to pick off the riders ahead. With barely two-thirds of the race completed, Cluzel had overtaken Odendaal for the podium places, and just two laps later he had hit the front.0003It then turned into a four-way battle for the lead, with the 32-year-old dropping back to third in the final moments of the race. Cluzel held off a late challenge from Kallio Racing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Hannes Soomer to score a deserved podium finish in third.

Soomer, who had enjoyed a solid first race in which he finished seventh, had already shown his wet weather prowess after two podiums in the Magny-Cours round last year, and was once again right in the mix at Aragón. The Estonian initially dropped back from sixth on the grid, but as the race wore on, his pace continued to improve. Soomer found himself in the lead battle in the closing stages, but just missed out on his first WorldSSP podium of the season by 0.055 seconds, finishing fourth.006Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s rookie Dominique Aegerter enjoyed a strong first weekend to open his WorldSSP account. After finishing a sensational second in his maiden race, the Swiss rider put in another fine performance to take fifth, impressive considering he had never ridden the Yamaha R6 in these conditions.

Kallio Racing Yamaha’s debutant Vertti Takala was looking to make amends after falling in Saturday’s race, with the former Ice Road Racing rider using his experience of racing in slippery conditions to take a superb eighth from 18th on the grid.004After taking a point in the opening race, Ten Kate Yamaha’s Galang Hendra Pratama enjoyed a lightning getaway in the second race, finding himself in 12th by the end of the opening lap, having started down in 21st. The Indonesian youngster made up more places during the race and recorded his best-ever WorldSSP result in 10th.

ParkinGO Yamaha’s Manuel Gonzalez, who rode well to fifth on Saturday, was just behind in 11th, with the 18-year-old falling back after an initially strong start, while fellow Spanish rider Maria Herrera, who had finished 12th in Race 1 for the Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team, added more points to her tally for this weekend in 13th.005GMT94 Yamaha’s Federico Caricasulo was involved in a first lap incident, which saw him drop to the back of the field. The Italian made some progress, but was too far back to make an impact and crossed the line in 18th.

Steven Odendaal: P1 & P1

Evan Bros Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team008“It was the best way we could’ve started the season, with a double win. The conditions today were really difficult. Finally we won the race, it was a nice battle and I took a lot of risks, but in the end I can’t afford to play it safe if I want to win. It was tricky, I’ve never raced the intermediate tyres and I hadn’t even tried them on the warm-up lap, so it took some time to get into the race. Next we go to Estoril, I had a good race there last year so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do.”007end bike test


KTM 350 EXC F 2022 4Getting key updates that elevate performance across the range, the updated for 2022 KTM EXC model line-up is landing at authorized KTM dealers now. Perfectly mixing cutting-edge technology with enviable handling and READY TO RACE offroad performance, the new line-up is here to master all extremes.

With the 2022 EXC line-up, KTM reconfirms its status as the provider of the most comprehensive and exciting set of offroad bikes on the market. Whether riders are searching for a peerless motorcycle to ace any terrain or equipment to find those extra race seconds, there is no reason to think anything but ‘orange’. The key to this bar-setting versatility is the high standards and the quality that is injected through the updated for 2022 KTM EXC range.KTM 250 EXC TPI SIX DAYS 2022 1Across the new line-up there are two key upgrades to boost performance. All new models receive updated WP suspension settings aimed at offering a firmer and even more planted feel while riding across the gnarliest terrain. The second key upgrade is the addition of new MAXXIS MaxxEnduro tires. After extensive testing, the new tire combo showed improved durability and puncture-resistance and will provide even comfort for extended hours across a myriad of surfaces.KTM 300 EXC TPI 2022
Innovative Transfer Port Injection (TPI) engineering means KTM EXC 2-Strokes are perfectly meeting the increased demands of the modern offroad rider. The three motor capacities guarantee the best choice of horsepower and torque capabilities to suit the rider’s preferences. With the KTM 300 EXC TPI being the flagship model to satisfy any Hard Enduro ambition, it is the 2022 KTM 250 EXC TPI that has come under the R&D microscope featuring revised 13:52 gearing. This modification will help the quarter-liter in terms of traction and front end lift on the most technical sections.KTM 300 EXC TPI 2022 3The 4-Strokes KTM EXC-F models talk the torque as dependable, reliable, accessible and thrilling fuel-injected machinery. For several years, the symbiosis of 250 handling and 450 power characteristics has positioned the KTM 350 EXC-F as the definitive offroader and the crown remains steadfastly in place. With the now firmer, sportier settings on their WP fork and rear shock, all new KTM EXC-F models come with improved high-speed performance.KTM 350 EXC F 2022
KTM’s READY TO RACE mantra is a vital development pathway and the endeavors of racers like Manuel Lettenbichler and Josep Garcia help sculpt the KTM EXC models that make it into the hands of riders around the world. For 2022, KTM has visually emphasized the connection with competition even further through the incorporation of blue colors and the blue seat. The graphics and race plastics ensure that any KTM EXC will not be missed right at the front of the pack.KTM 350 EXC F 2022 1Inherently involved with top-level offroad competition for decades, KTM reaffirms its support to the massively popular amongst racers FIM International Six Days Enduro with the release of the full line-up of revamped 2022 KTM EXC SIX DAYS models. For 2022, KTM designers have gone bold with the introduction of a striking new colorway that perfectly mixes elements of a modern world map with a head-turning retro style. Featuring a long list of race-inspired parts as standard, the 2022 KTM EXC SIX DAYS models are ready to take on the grueling week-long event out of their crate.KTM 250 EXC TPI SIX DAYS 20222022 KTM EXC - KEY RANGE UPGRADES
// Revised WP suspension settings for a firmer & more responsive feel
// Improved oil circulation in the suspension for more consistent feedback
// New MAXXIS MaxxEnduro tires for unmatched grip in all terrains
// New 13:52 gearing giving the KTM 250 EXC TPI added bottom end punch
// Head-turning 2022 colors inspired by the Factory bikes
// Bold design & retro colors for the revamped KTM EXC SIX DAYS line-up     and     KTM 350 EXC F 2022 2end bike test

Where R/World meets yours

R701Since the original YZF-R1 changed the face of the Supersport world forever back in 1998, the Yamaha R-Series has gone on to establish itself as the definitive high-performance motorcycle line-up.

Today's range is headed by the flagship R1M – the most advanced production motorcycle ever made by Yamaha – and the R-Series offers track riders a superb choice of machinery including the R1 and R6 RACE, backed up by an extensive range of GYTR tuning parts that enable owners to attain even higher levels of engine and chassis performance. Yamaha is committed to offering the widest choice of Supersport models for all riders, and at the other end of the spectrum the 2-cylinder R3 and single-cylinder R125 are the ideal introduction to R/World for newer track and road riders.

The nature of the Supersport world is changing, and while the more extreme models continue to attract a devoted following of performance-focused riders, Yamaha is further expanding its segment-leading supersport range with the launch of the new R7 that will introduce a new generation of riders to R/World.  R702Yamaha R7: Respecting the legend

No motorcycle would ever dare to compare itself to the original YZF-R7. Only 500 of these full factory race bikes were produced in 1999 to gain homologation for World Superbike and Suzuka 8 Hours. Raced by legendary riders including Noriyuki Haga and Wataru Yoshikawa, the YZF-R7 is considered to be one of the most exotic and desirable Japanese motorcycles ever built.

The new R7 has been named in order to show respect for the original limited edition YZF-R7 superbike. Proudly carrying this illustrious name, the 2021 R7 is a new kind of Supersport that has been created to appeal to a younger audience, and is built to introduce the next generation of riders to the thrills, excitement and pride of ownership that comes with every R-Series.

New Yamaha R7: Adding a new dimension to R/World

While there is always going to be a place for the legendary R1M, R1 and R6 RACE, the arrival of the new R7 makes R/World a reality for many younger riders who yearn for the Supersport lifestyle.

Powered by Yamaha’s outstandingly successful and much-loved CP2 engine that is famous for its strong and linear torque delivery – as well as its reliability and low running costs – the new R7 is ready to shake up the middleweight market. Clothed in exquisitely crafted bodywork and featuring an extremely high specification that includes radial-mount front brakes, inverted forks and an A&S clutch, the R7 is a new kind of motorcycle that offers exciting Supersport performance with outstanding handling and aggressive R-Series style – and all of this at a highly competitive price.

Light, compact and agile, this stunning looking machine is designed to give its rider the highest degree of control and the biggest fun factor in its class – whether they’re riding on the track or on the street. This Supersport really is within the grasp of every rider who wants to be a part of R/World. R7 is a new reality, and it’s ready to attract a new audience and have a significant impact on the Supersport world.R703689cc CP2 engine: Sports performance with everyday fun

With its clear focus on pure riding excitement, accessibility and affordability, the new R7 represents an exciting new dimension to the R-Series Supersport family. Regarded as one of the most characterful, responsive and reliable designs in its class, Yamaha’s successful 689cc CP2 engine is the perfect powerplant for this new model.

Featuring a 270 degree crankshaft that gives an uneven firing sequence, the 4-stroke inline 2-cylinder DOHC 4-valve liquid-cooled CP2 engine delivers strong and linear torque across a wide rpm range, making it a lively performer in all gears and at all engine speeds. Maximum power of 73.4PS (54kW) is produced at 8,750 rpm, and more significantly the maximum torque of 67 Nm is achieved at 6,500 rpm, giving the R7 extremely strong standing start and roll-on acceleration – while the uneven pulses of the 270 degree crankshaft create a very real feeling of mounting excitement as the revs rise.

Dedicated changes to the existing CP2 engine include a new ECU specification and optimised air intake ducts, as well as a revised exhaust design and idealised fuel injection settings. These measures work to enhance controllability and deliver a smooth and responsive throttle response, contributing to the enjoyable torque-rich riding experience of the R7 – while also achieving full EU5 compliance. In addition to these dedicated modifications, the R7 also runs a slightly reduced secondary gear reduction ratio to give a sportier character with stronger acceleration.  R706 A&S clutch: Ultimate controllability

A key new feature on the R7’s CP2 engine is the adoption of an Assist & Slipper (A&S) clutch that delivers smoother gear shifting and prevents engine over-rev and rear wheel hop during hard braking, resulting in more predictable and controllable handling when approaching corners.

Another advantage of the R7’s A&S clutch is that it provides a significantly lighter feel at the lever, approximately 33 per cent less than a standard clutch.R707Optional Quick Shift System: Seamless upshifts for full-on acceleration   

R7 riders can choose to have an optional Quick Shift System (QSS) fitted to their new Supersport by the supplying Yamaha dealer. This simple but effective QSS features a switch positioned on the gear shift rod, and when any upshifting movement is detected the ECU instantaneously cuts power to the transmission for a few milliseconds, allowing for faster and smoother full throttle upshifts for even more exhilarating acceleration.

Slim and lightweight frame: Ultra-responsive handling with agile cornering

Slimness and compactness are two of the defining characteristics of the R7, and this new Supersport features a lightweight backbone style frame that is designed to deliver responsive and agile handling together with fast and nimble directional changes.

A rigid mounted aluminium centre brace contributes towards the bike’s sharp handling performance on the track and road, and the high tensile steel frame uses tubing of varying strengths in key locations in order to achieve an idealised rigidity balance.  R708 Fully adjustable 41 mm inverted forks: Easily set up for track or road

A great deal of attention has been paid to the design of the R7’s new suspension package in order to achieve accurate front end feel during cornering and braking. The new KYB 41 mm inverted front forks provide a high level of stability together with confident roadholding on racetracks and twisty roads. And to ensure a firm and predictable front end feel, a gravity cast upper triple clamp and forged aluminium lower triple clamp are featured.

The R7 can be set up by the rider to suit different conditions, and these Supersport class forks are fully adjustable for preload as well as compression and rebound damping. With the compression function located in the left fork leg and the rebound function in the right leg, adjustments are quick and easy to make.

For precise handling with accurate feedback the R7’s high specification inverted forks give a steep caster angle of 23.7 degrees with 90 mm trail, and with a compact 1,395 mm wheelbase and a 51/49 front/rear wheel weight distribution, this new Supersport is built to corner hard and fast.

Newly designed link-type Monocross rear suspension

The R7 adopts a redesigned link-type Monocross rear suspension system with damping characteristics and a spring rate, that are designed to suit the sporty character of the bike. Being horizontally mounted, the shock contributes towards mass centralisation that enhances handling agility – and is easily adjustable for preload and rebound damping, enabling the R7 chassis to be quickly set up for track or street use.

Supersport riding position: Clip-ons, rearsets and solo-style rider’s seat

The R7’s sporty riding position is the result of many hours of test riding by factory riders, and the use of clip-ons confirms the bike’s genuine Supersport DNA. After experimenting with a wide variety of bar/seat/footrest configurations, the final result is designed to give a sporty yet adaptable riding position that allows plenty of freedom of body position to master different riding situations – especially race tracks and twisty roads.R704

An important feature is the seat design which is narrow around the rider’s inner thighs and wider at the rear, allowing maximum freedom of movement. The back sweep and drop angle of the clip-on handlebars and the positioning of the rear sets have been carefully considered in order to realise a tucked-in riding position that enables the rider to achieve optimum control together with the greatest possible aerodynamic efficiency. The ability to tuck tightly into the machine is enhanced by the deeply indented tank cover, and these knee pockets also enable the rider to grip the bike during braking and cornering.

The solo-style seat features a bump-stop design with a passenger pad on top of the tail, and the optional Yamaha Genuine Accessories seat cowl can be easily fitted to the R7 for riders who only go solo. 

Radial mount calipers and radial master cylinder: High performance with fingertip control  R705The R7’s genuine R-Series credentials can be seen in the high specification front braking system, featuring radial-mount 4-piston brake calipers that give accurate and uniform stopping power for the ultimate in fingertip control. This advanced front braking system also includes a Brembo radial master cylinder that delivers linear brake pressure for enhanced controllability.

Ultra-athletic dimensions: The search for perfect control

What makes the R7 such an attractive Supersport for a wide range of customers is the fact that it is designed to enable its rider to achieve a high level of control in many different situations. A key element that makes the R7 owner feel truly at one with their machine is its compact and athletic outline that allows the rider to be in charge of the machine, rather than the machine dominating the rider.

With a wet weight of just 188 kg and compact proportions, it means that the bike is highly accessible and riders can become an integral part of this new generation Supersport. Along with its mass centralised design, low frontal area and small moment of inertia, the compactness gives the R7 rider a feeling of total control that helps to elevate their riding and confidence to another level, while at the same time boosting the enjoyment of a trackday experience, weekend ride or daily commute.  

Super-slim R-Series bodywork: Reduced air resistance for optimal performance

The key to pushing any Supersport bike through the air most effectively is to keep its frontal area as small as possible, and this is where the R7 has a strong advantage. Its compact CP2 engine is one of the narrowest in the 700cc class, and the minimalist tubular chassis keeps overall dimensions to a minimum. These factors have enabled Yamaha to create the slimmest ever R-Series – that’s even narrower than the R3 and R125 – making the R7 one of the most aerodynamically efficient bikes with a rider on board.

The incredibly small frontal area not only makes the R7 one of the most stunning looking supersport models, but it also pays dividends in terms of performance. Producing the same maximum power as any other CP2-powered Yamaha, the aerodynamic new R7 is capable of achieving a significantly higher top speed.

Evolving R-Series face: Pure and aggressive as ever

With its aggressive twin-eye glare and YZR-M1 MotoGP™ bike style M-shaped air intake, there can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the R7 is a fully paid-up member of the R-Series family. The R7 represents the evolution of the R-Series face, and features a single LED headlight recessed within the iconic M-shaped air duct, while LED position lights are located within the twin-eye face – and there’s a new air deflector located at the base of the intake.

Newly designed full LCD instruments

The compact Supersport cockpit features newly designed lightweight LCD instruments with a high-contrast negative mode display that gives clear and easy to absorb information, allowing the R7 rider to focus on the road ahead. Features include gear indicator as well as a shift indicator light, and a QSS indicator when this optional feature is used.

Lightweight 10-spoke alloy wheels

For easy manoeuvrability together with agile handling and responsive suspension action the R7 is equipped with lightweight 10-spoke cast alloy wheels. A high level of traction is provided by a 120/70ZR17 front tyre and a wide 180/55ZR17 rear tyre that deliver stable and confident roadholding when cornering, accelerating and braking.  

Technical Highlights

Compact, high-torque, 689cc, CP2 crossplane technology engine

EU5 compliant

Ultra-compact design with pure R-Series DNA

Highly aerodynamic full fairing with aluminium lower cover

High specification inverted 41 mm front forks

Link-type Monocross rear suspension with newly designed shock

A&S clutch

Lightweight tubular frame with aluminium centre brace for tuned chassis rigidity

Clip-on handlebars and lightweight rearsets with stylish heel guards

Sporty and adaptable tucked-in riding position

Aggressive R-Series twin-eye face with LED position lights

Powerful central LED headlight

Lightweight 10-spoke cast alloy wheels

Radial mount front brake calipers with Brembo radial master cylinder

Supersport cockpit design with full LCD instruments

Central M-shaped front air duct

Powerful front and rear brakes

Slimline 13-litre fuel tank with deeply sculpted knee indents

R-series style tail

120/70 front tyre, 180/55 rear tyre end bike test

Third for Quartararo in Rain-Hit French GP Thriller

yamahaFabio Quartararo braved the changing Le Mans conditions to take third place in the French Grand Prix, reclaiming authority at the top of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship. Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Maverick Viñales finished the race in tenth place.

Fabio Quartararo returned to the MotoGP podium this weekend, braving the ever-changing conditions to take third place in a chaotic French Grand Prix at the Le Mans Circuit.

A heroic effort in qualifying saw Quartararo head a Monster Energy Yamaha one-two on the grid but come race day a new challenge was ahead with dark clouds hanging ominously over the Le Mans Bugatti circuit. It was the YZR-M1 of Maverick Viñales who took the early advantage, leading in the early stages, but Quartararo was on a charge as he made his way into the lead on lap three. However, drama was ahead as the rain started to fall.  999x 999Deciding to pit for his first MotoGP flag-to-flag pit stop at the end of lap five, the Frenchman emerged back on track with the wet tyres fitted in second place with Viñales eighth.

Quartararo returned to the lead on lap nine but was later penalised with a long lap penalty for stopping in Vinales' pit box when swapping machines. Taking it like a champion, the 21-year-old completed the penalty cleanly and continued in second. 

Conditions would change yet again towards the end of the race with the track rapidly drying. Quartararo lost out on second to countryman Johan Zarco in the closing stages, crossing the line in third 14 seconds behind the winner. After a solid start to the race, Maverick Viñales ended in tenth place, collecting six valuable points for his championship quest.

The PETRONAS Yamaha SRT riders endured mixed fortunes in the challenging conditions. Franco Morbidelli fell victim to an opening lap crash while fighting for positions, before re-mounting and finishing 16th, while Valentino Rossi, who started the Grand Prix ninth, fought his way up to seventh before slipping back to 13th after getting caught up in the same incident as Morbidelli. After the flag-to-flag stop, Rossi remained in contention for the top ten, crossing the line 11th at the end of the race.MotoGP deuxieme victoire consecutive pour Fabio QuartararoQuartararo’s third place finish sees him re-take the championship lead, sitting one point ahead of Francesco Bagnaia. Yamaha is now second in the constructors’ table and teams’ championship. 

MotoGP is back in action in two weeks for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello held across 28-30th May.

Shark Grand Prix of France Race Results:

  1. Jack Miller - Ducati Lenovo Team
  2. Johann Zarco - Pramac Racing +3.970
  3. Fabio Quartararo - Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +14.468
  4. Francesco Bagnaia - Ducati Lenovo Team +16.172
  5. Danilo Petrucci - Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing +21.430
  6. Alex Marquez - LCR Honda CASTROL +23.509
  7. Takaaki Nakagami - LCR Honda IDEMITSU +30.164
  8. Pol Espargaro - Repsol Honda Team +35.221
  9. Iker Lecuona - Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing +40.432
  10. Maverick Viñales - Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +40.577
  11. Valentino Rossi - Petronas Yamaha SRT +42.198
  12. Luca Marini - SKY VR46 Avintia +52.408
  13. Brad Binder - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +59.377
  14. Enea Bastianini - Avintia Esponsorama +1’02.224
  15. Tito Rabat - Pramac Racing +1’09.651
  16. Franco Morbidelli - Petronas Yamaha SRT + 4 laps
  17. Marc Marquez - Repsol Honda Team +10 laps
  18. Aleix Espargaro - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +12 laps
  19. Miguel Oliveira - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +15 laps
  20. Alex Rins - Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +15 laps
  21. Lorenzo Savadori - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +16 laps
  22. Joan Mir - Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +23 laps

2021 MotoGP World Championship Standings

  1. Fabio Quartararo - Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 80 points
  2. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team 79 points
  3. Johann Zarco – Pramac Racing Ducati 68 points
  4. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team 64 points
  5. Maverick Viñales – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 56 points
  6. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 49 points
  7. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 35 points
  8. Franco Morbidelli – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT 33 points
  9. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU 28 points
  10. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team 25 points
  11. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 24 points
  12. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 23 points
  13. Enea Bastianini – Avintia Esponsorama 20 points
  14. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda CASTROL 18 points
  15. Jorge Martin – Pramac Racing Ducati 17 points
  16. Danilo Petrucci – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing 16 points
  17. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team 16 points
  18. Stefan Bradl – Honda HRC 11 points
  19. Valentino Rossi – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT 9 points
  20. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 9 points
  21. Luca Marini - SKY VR46 Avintia 9 points
  22. Iker Lecuona – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing 8 points
  23. Lorenzo Savadori – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2 points
  24. Tito Rabat – Pramac Racing Ducati 1 pointend bike test




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