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Viñales Delivers Qatar Masterclass to Take Victory as Rossi Rescues Twelfth

MVMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales delivered a masterclass in the opening round of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship at the Losail International Circuit, taking victory after a mid-race charge saw the Spaniard finish +1.092s clear of second place. Fabio Quartararo finished his factory Yamaha debut in fifth place. 

The season opener got going at a blustery Losail International Circuit, with Maverick Viñales claiming his first win at the Qatari venue since 2017. Team-mate Fabio Quartararo had a fast start to the 22-lap race but ultimately slipped to fifth position in the closing stages. 

From the front row, the factory pairing slipped to fifth and sixth positions after the start, but quickly found their rhythm as they began their attacks. It wasn’t long before the duo started making progress, with the factory Yamahas clearing Ducati’s Jorge Martin on lap three. With the podium positions already in sight, Viñales upped the pace, setting the fastest lap of the Grand Prix on lap four. Tag-teaming with his French team-mate, the pair set after Jack Miller, who was the next target in third place. The pair wasted no time in dispatching the Australian as they continued their charge towards the front of the field. 

It wasn’t long until the leading Yamahas swapped places, as the experienced Spaniard got the better of 21-year-old Quartararo at turn 11 and immediately set off after the leading Ducatis, a quest he completed by lap 15 as he hit the front of the race.  

From there, it was a masterclass from Viñales, who controlled the pace with the softer Michelin rear tyre, opening a comfortable one-second advantage over the chasing pack. The nine-time premier class race-winner didn’t look back, taking an emphatic victory under the lights. Meanwhile, Quartararo had slipped to fifth place as he battled with Suzuki’s Alex Rins throughout the closing stages of the race. The Frenchman held on to complete his factory debut rounding out the top five.  

Petronas Yamaha SRT got their 2021 season underway with Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli finishing the 22-lap Grand Prix in 12th and 18th places, respectively. The Doctor got his 26th Grand Prix racing career going with a bright start, although slipping to seventh, the 41-year-old stuck with his Yamaha counterparts before dropping further through the pack. The Italian recovered to take 12th place after losing a handful of positions after being forced wide at turn one mid-way through the race. Rossi’s countryman Franco Morbidelli suffered a technical failure on the grid but chose to start the Qatar Grand Prix to collect as much data ahead of round two next weekend at the same circuit. 

Viñales’ victory awards him 25 World Championship points and puts him at the top of the standings, while Quartararo sits in fifth 14 points adrift. Rossi collected four points in his SRT debut, whilst Morbidelli missed out on a point paying position. Yamaha and the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team also lead the constructors and teams’ championship with 25 and 36-point totals after Round one. 

The MotoGP paddock will have a few days rest before roaring back into action for the second visit to the Losail International Circuit for round two of the championship. 

Barwa Grand Prix of Qatar Results: 

  1. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) 
  2. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) +1.092
  3. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) +1.129
  4. Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) +1.222
  5. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) +3.030
  6. Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) +3.357
  7. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) +5.934
  8. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) +5.990
  9. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) +7.058
  10. Enea Bastianini (Esponsorama Racing) +9.288
  11. Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team) +10.299 
  12. Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha SRT) +10.742
  13. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) +11.457
  14. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) +14.100
  15. Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) +16.422
  16. Luca Marini (SKY VR46 Esponsorama) +20.916
  17. Iker Lecuona (Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing) +21.026
  18. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) +23.892
  19. Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) +46.346 
  20. Alex Marquez (LCR Honda CASTROL) +9 Laps 
  21. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU) +16 laps 
  22. Danilo Petrucci (Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing) +0 Laps end bike test


A satisfied Heinrich Aust after a tough day of racingjpgSouth Africa’s leading riders gathered for a showdown near the Magaliesberg mountain range this weekend. In what was one of the most competitive events the National Enduro Championship has seen, the country’s top riders when head-to-head over the unforgiving terrain renowned to the Hartbeespoort area. 

It was a bitter-sweet season opener for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna. Star rider Brett Swanepoel was forced to pull out of the event after battling with a stomach virus and ultimately the risk of severe dehydration. After his effort to be “the most prepared he’s ever been for a National Enduro” a disappointed Swanepoel explained: “I did everything possible to come into this event as prepared as I could. I tried to stick it out for four laps until I started becoming extremely dehydrated and realized that this situation was unfortunately out of my control. Thank you to my team who backed me today.”Heinrich Aust at the National Enduro season openerjpgThe silver-lining for the Husqvarna camp, however, was the eye-catching performance of new recruit Heinrich Aust. The rider not only snatched up second in the E1 Class, but finished fourth overall amongst the country’s leading Enduro riders. We catch up with the Aust after his unforgettable debut race: 

What were some of the stand-out moments of your Rockstar Energy Husqvarna debut?

Just arriving at the event was so exciting - I showed up and the team had already set up and were ready for the day of racing. It was super cool to have their support from start to finish. 

Like we expected, from the get go it was a race between Bradley Cox and I. It was really tight for the first three laps before he managed to get slightly ahead of me. I just focused on holding onto my pace and trying to make the gap smaller. I was super happy to take second place and get such a solid start to the season!

What kind of bike setup did you use for this event and how did it feel?

I used Michelin Enduro Medium for the front and a Michelin Enduro Medium back tyre, with a soft Michelin mousse at the back. It held up so well – I’m very stoked with it and could probably use it for another race! For suspension I went a bit harder om my clickers and rebound to suit the terrain – I knew it would be fast and flowy with lots of rocks. 

I absolutely love racing the Husqvarna TE 150i, it’s so light and the power delivery is smooth, fast and never misses a beat. 

It was a highly competitive field on Saturday. What did you learn from racing against some of South Africa's top riders?Brett Swanepoel at the start of the eventjpgIt was a super competitive field! I really enjoy that - it gave me an idea of what to expect for the rest of the season and the kind of pace I need going forward. It also gave me a good opportunity to get used to racing at that level on my TE 150i. I’ve been on that bike for the past two years now and feel like I’ve really got a grip on how to race it now. 

Now that you've gotten a taste of the kind of season you're in for, what are you goals for the rest of the year?

The format is a bit different this year – there is a National Enduro and an Extreme Enduro Championship. I have signed up for both, but my riding style suits the extreme stuff the most. I am just excited to grow as a rider through all of it. After Saturday I have a better idea of what I am up against this season and I am looking forward to seeing what I can achieve with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna.end bike test


2021 KTM 450 EXC F SIX DAYSAs the 2021 version of the oldest and most prestigious motorcycle race on the Offroad racing calendar roars back into life at the end of August, KTM provides KTM Rental & Race Service packages while additionally backing the event organizers.

KTM has always relished the scope and challenge of the ISDE. Not only have KTM bikes been part of the podium celebrations through the decades but the exclusive KTM EXC SIX DAYS models are some of the most sought-after from the full range of 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke cutting-edge machinery in the Enduro segment.

Following the postponement of last year’s event, KTM is again glad to be a part of this multi-national celebration of top-level Enduro competition that will take place in Italy in 2021. KTM racers have the chance to enter this demanding, six-day-long challenge and #RaceOrange aboard a model from the updated 2022 KTM EXC SIX DAYS range.2021 KTM 300 EXC TPI SIX DAYS 1KTM Rental packages*
Including all related costs for transportation to Italy, motorcycle registration and insurance, the comprehensive KTM Rental packages provide availability of these models from the new 2022 range:

KTM 250 EXC TPI SIX DAYS, KTM 300 EXC TPI SIX DAYS – at € 2,690 (excluding VAT)


KTM Race Service packages**
KTM’s versatile Race Service will hold a prominent spot in the Italian ISDE paddock for the full duration of the event. The comprehensive support set-up costs € 1,350 and provides:

// Technical instruction and assistance, according to FIM regulations
// Use of tools and one air filter per day per rider
// MOTOREX lubricants and products and race day fuel
// WP suspension consultation and assistance
// First bike service (before technical control)
// Storage boxes, catering, access to the Service Station areas
// Service points emergency assistance

Joachim Sauer, KTM Product Manager Offroad: “We are happy to be making solid plans for the ISDE again with a lot of enthusiasm that the race will be back to its best this year. For us, the ISDE is the perfect spot for KTM fans to get a real taste of our KTM EXC SIX DAYS models in the week-long race that inspired their development. Together with our support to the event organizers, we are really looking forward to seeing riders push the KTM EXC 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke models in the special tests of the Italian event.”

KTM is pleased to support what will be the ISDE’s 95th edition in 2021. The upcoming FIM International Six Days Enduro will take place at the Lombardy and Piemont areas from August 30 to September 4, 2021.2021 KTM 300 EXC TPI SIX DAYSTo secure their spot and register for the KTM Rental & Race Service packages, KTM fans shall contact their authorized KTM dealer.

numbers are limited, and bikes are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The deadline for booking is June 30, 2021.
** space is limited, and slots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The deadline for booking is July 31, 2021.end bike test

Celebration of an icon

3zHn5pIIa4M9TqIRP 7ZhNThe powered two-wheel world changed forever when Yamaha launched the original TMAX back in 2001. By being the very first machine to offer motorcycle performance with scooter comfort and convenience, this dynamic Sport Scooter has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of TMAXers all over Europe.

As the best-selling Sport Scooter in Europe every single year since its launch, the TMAX has been on an incredible journey, and along the way has established a truly iconic status among its legions of fans. Two decades after the introduction of the very first TMAX, Yamaha has created a special edition model that marks the outstanding achievements of one of the most loved and revered designs in the company’s history.EzjYvaGGKDKAaOy8bnWXXVFeaturing a range of exclusive equipment and offered in a unique new colour, the TMAX 20th Anniversary celebrates the continuing success of the world’s most successful Sport Scooter, and gives TMAX lovers the opportunity to own the ultimate edition of this truly remarkable Yamaha.

TMAX: Nothing but the MAX

Before TMAX, anyone looking for a fast, comfortable and enjoyable way to get to work had the choice of a smaller capacity scooter or a geared motorcycle. Both of these options were fine for many customers, but neither was the ideal solution for a discerning group of commuters and leisure riders who specifically wanted a machine that offered the simplicity of a "twist and go" automatic scooter together with the thrilling acceleration and high speed stability of a sports motorcycle.

Recognising the gap in the market, Yamaha’s designers embarked upon the project to build the world’s fastest scooter in the late 1990s. Nothing was ruled in or out, and in true Yamaha style the company ignored conventional thinking and created a totally new kind of hybrid two-wheeler that successfully combined the advanced engine and suspension technology from a motorcycle with user-friendly scooter features. Equipped with a step-through chassis and wind-beating bodywork – as well as automatic transmission, luxurious seating and a large underseat storage space – the radical TMAX was a huge gamble for Yamaha, but it was a gamble that was to forever change the face of long distance commuting.

The rest is history, and in 2001 this innovative and exciting high performance maxi scooter was launched into a vibrant European market that had never seen anything like it before. Its unique blend of motorcycle performance combined with scooter comfort and convenience made long and medium distance commuting quicker, easier and more fun than ever before.80743J3gaklAeq65CWkfiMBest-selling Sport Scooter for 20 consecutive years

In fact the original TMAX was so far ahead of its time that there wasn’t even a category for it, and so Yamaha created the Sport Scooter class which has since grown to become the most important segment in the scooter business.

TMAX has maintained its immense popularity and has been the best-selling Sport Scooter every year since its introduction 20 years ago. With almost 300,000 units sold to date in Europe, TMAX is by far and away the most successful Sport Scooter ever produced, and is one of the most important models in Yamaha’s line-up.

TMAX timeline: Evolution of an icon

Throughout its remarkable history the TMAX has constantly evolved to meet the needs and desires of each new generation of customers. Driven by a 500cc, twin-cylinder engine capable of achieving 160 km/h (100 mph), the 1st generation TMAX was the first true Sport Scooter. With its compact powerplant mounted rigidly in the tubular steel frame, it delivered a new level of high speed stability that made it the ideal vehicle for customers who needed a fast, comfortable and easy to use long distance commuter.

Between 2004 and 2007 the 2nd generation TMAX’s class-leading performance was taken to the next level with the introduction of a more powerful fuel injected engine, while handling quality was enhanced with new forks and dual front disc brakes with ABS as an option. A parking brake was fitted, and a larger 15-inch rear wheel was featured.

In 2008 the 3rd generation TMAX came with all-new bodywork, and handling performance was refined with the introduction of an all-new lightweight cast aluminium frame. Fork tube diameter was increased by 2 mm to 43 mm, and a new 15-inch front wheel was introduced.

2012 saw the introduction of the 4th generation TMAX that featured a new body design as well as a larger capacity 530 cc engine with belt transmission – and a new aluminium swingarm reduced the unsprung weight to give even smoother and more responsive rear suspension operation.

The 5th generation TMAX arrived in 2015, and its most notable new features were the motorcycle-type upside down front forks and radial-mounted brake calipers that underlined this iconic Sport Scooter’s position as the highest specification model in its class.

In 2017 the 6th generation TMAX came with a dynamic new look and featured a range of sophisticated electronic rider aids that offered even greater control in different riding conditions. Its class-leading specification included the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) and Traction Control System (TCS) – and TMAX was also offered in a higher specification DX version which featured D-MODE switchable power modes, with cruise control, a heated seat and grips and an electrically adjustable windscreen as standard.  

2020 saw the launch of the most dynamic and most powerful TMAX ever seen. Its new more aggressive bodywork combined with a larger capacity 560cc engine took the whole TMAX experience into new territory, and reinforced its status as the ultimate high performance scooter of all time.

TMAX 20th Anniversary: MAX evolution.

As a tribute to the outstanding success of the TMAX over the past two decades, Yamaha introduce the new TMAX 20th Anniversary. Only 560 individually-numbered units will be manufactured, making it one of Yamaha’s most exclusive special editions that is sure to be appreciated by TMAX customers all over Europe.13B9S5OiqAbBqtqRfdmf8uUnique forged carbon bodywork

The key feature on this new model is the forged carbon bodywork that gives every scooter its own "fingerprint". Unlike traditional carbon fibre which has a uniform weave pattern, each of the forged carbon fibre components used on the TMAX 20th Anniversary has its own individual surface finish that makes every one of the 560 units unique.

The distinctive boomerang body panels as well as the front fender and muffler heat shield are all manufactured from this strong and lightweight carbon material, giving the TMAX 20th Anniversary an even more dynamic look and premium feel – and yellow highlights on the boomerangs and fender are a reminder of the original model’s bright yellow colour scheme.FMJu03Dl4WY9HQfnHVGYdtSpecial heated seat and heated grips

Manufactured from premium grade materials, the exclusive heated seat features yellow stitching to match the accents on the boomerangs and front fender, and a 20th Anniversary logo confirms the scooter’s exclusive status. Heated grips are also standard, and these feature special end grips that enhance this iconic Sport Scooter’s specification.Ck02NfP44sgBwbx5 d6ViPNumbered badge

Each TMAX 20th Anniversary will be fitted with a numbered badge that confirms its exclusivity as one of just 560 units that have been manufactured as a tribute to the industry’s most successful and iconic Sport Scooter. Together with the unique "fingerprint" of the forged carbon bodywork, the production number gives every individual model its own special identity.

Exclusive colour

The most unique and desirable TMAX ever made will be finished in a special Tech Graphite colour that underlines this very special scooter’s dynamic looks and perfectly complements the exclusive forged carbon bodywork. Contrasting bronze-coloured wheels reinforce the premium status.

Yamaha TMAX 20th Anniversary Key Features

Unique forged carbon bodywork

Special heated seat and heated grips

Exclusive colour

Powerful 560cc EURO5 compliant engine

Dynamic and aggressive body design

Electric screen

Cruise control

Integrated LED front flashers

Fully-equipped with best-in-class specification

Lightweight aluminium frame

Traction Control System & D-MODE

Large storage space

Smart Key keyless operation.

Monotone TFT instrument panel

Motorcycle-type suspension with optimised settings

Centre stand locking system

Online Ordering System

The new Yamaha TMAX 20th Anniversary will be available exclusively via an Online Ordering System that is designed to be quick and easy to use. This system is due to go live on 31st March 2021 and details of the process will be announced soon. Please stay tuned for further information.D5FLhCLWa0JB9jfOVobchxend bike test

Estenson Racing Scores Podium Haul at American Flat Track Opener

cq5dam.web.1200.1200Estenson Racing opened the 2021 Progressive American Flat Track season in dream fashion on Friday night, scoring three podium finishes at Volusia Speedway Park. The Mission SuperTwins duo of JD Beach and Kolby Carlile were in particularly great form with Beach taking the runner-up position and his younger teammate ending the night sixth. The AFT Singles team also had a top night, with Dallas Daniels in second and Mikey Rush third.

Beach won his Semi and then backed that up with a second-place in the four-lap dash for cash. He proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that those performances were no fluke by putting forth a race-long challenge for victory in the premier class Main Event. That effort ultimately concluded in a hugely rewarding runner-up result just 0.487 seconds removed from victory. Like Beach, Carlile also showed strength, storming up to sixth position on the race’s final lap.cq5dam.web.2000.2000 3Meanwhile, AFT Singles teammates Daniels and Rush were every bit as impressive. The two ran in third and fourth, respectively, early in the Main Event until it was momentarily halted by a red flag. Reigning class champ Daniels made a concerted push off the restart and quickly executed a pass for position with an eye on tracking down the leader. The 17-year-old ace successfully reeled in the front runner but simply ran out of time, finishing a scant 0.131 seconds short of victory at the finish line.cq5dam.web.2000.2000 1Rush worked his way up to third, where he found himself at the head of a five-rider freight train contending for the final spot on the podium. The experienced rider held strong in that position, hitting the flag 0.072 seconds ahead of his fourth-placed rival.

The Estenson Racing team will look to build on its spectacular start to the year in tomorrow evening’s second half of the season-opening Volusia Half-Mile doubleheader.

Tommy Hayden – Estenson Racing Team Manager

“What a great start to the 2021 season for the entire team. The 450 guys both were competitive all day. Dallas was fighting for the victory on the last few laps, and Mikey rode a strong race to put both our bikes on the podium.

“The SuperTwins guys both had a really good day as well. JD was riding really well all day, winning his heat, taking second in the dash, battling for the win the entire race, and finishing with a very strong second place. Kolby picked it up in the Main Event and charged through the pack for a very solid sixth. It was good to see him ride with more confidence in the Main.

“This was by far our best overall performance in the last two years, and that was because of the commitment and hard work of our riders and each member of the team. Every member played a part in today’s success. We are looking forward to coming back tomorrow and trying to take it one more step farther in both classes.”cq5dam.web.2000.2000JD Beach – Estenson Racing Mission SuperTwins

“It’s great to start off the year like this to be on the podium after the year we had last season. I just can’t thank the whole team enough. They worked so hard this winter and just kept plugging away and kept trying to think of new things to try to make the bike better. They never gave up. I’m just so excited. We still have a long way to go, and it’s a long year, but we’re definitely starting off on the right foot. I also have to thank my family and friends back home. They’ve had to put up with a really grumpy guy. When the race weekend doesn’t go well, it goes back home with me, and they’ve had to deal with me. So I have to thank them for staying behind me and to keep pushing me. I couldn’t have done it without them. I’m really pumped about today, but we’ve still got to wake up and do it again tomorrow.”

Kolby Carlile – Estenson Racing Mission SuperTwins

“I am so happy with how tonight went. To be able to walk away from race one with a sixth-place finish feels so amazing. My best finish of last season was a 13th, so for me to start off this year with a sixth is amazing. We didn’t qualify great or have a good Semi finish. I was struggling to find my comfort zone on the bike earlier in the day but our team put their heads together to come up with a plan for the Main Event. The bike was great. I got a great start and kept moving forward the whole time. I need to put myself in a better place earlier in the day, and I believe I can run in the top five. I had a great off-season coming back from my injury. I also revamped my training program as well. Fitness was on point tonight, and my knee was great. I am excited to go for it again tomorrow!”

Dallas Daniels – Estenson Racing AFT Singles

“It was a really good night here at the Volusia Half-Mile. My Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F was working amazing. My crew chief James Hart and mechanic Larry Fulton had the bike working great. We made big improvements from last year, obviously, not making the Main Event at the season opener, and now coming out and getting second. I felt like I got held up a little bit by Max Whale but once I cleared him, I slowly tracked down Shayna (Texter-Bauman) but it was just too little too late. I’m looking to improve tomorrow and hopefully get on the top step.”cq5dam.web.2000.2000 2Mikey Rush – Estenson Racing AFT Singles

“We’re excited to put it on the box today at Volusia. After struggling a little bit earlier in the day, the team made some changes to the bike. We ended up coming from the third row to get into fourth right off the bat and worked our way into third. I have to give a big thanks to the whole team for supporting me like they do. I’m super excited to be on the box at this first race. We’re sitting third in the points now, and hopefully, we can carry this momentum on to tomorrow and for the rest of the year.”end bike test


001WP Suspension is pleased to announce the launch of the new WP XPLOR PRO 7448 Air Fork. The split system, equipped with a combination of WP AER TECHNOLOGYCONE VALVE TECHNOLOGY and CLOSED CARTRIDGE construction redefines the personal limits of any ambitious enduro fanatic and allows the perfect balance between extremely robust damping performance and the lightness and agility that is crucial for the perfect run to the podium. 

To be prepared for even the toughest circumstances, flexibility is the ace up your sleeve. With the new WP XPLOR PRO 7448 Air Fork, short-term changes in the track and other conditions are no problem. The Air Fork enables any adjustment of the air pressure directly at the AER fork leg for even big changes in driving dynamics on the trail or deep in the middle of nowhere. The fine tuning is performed by using easy and quickly accessible adjusters for compression and rebound. Developed and proven in professional enduro sports, the XPLOR PRO 7448 Air Fork shines with WP CONE VALVE Technology and WP CLOSED CARTRIDGE design, which not only leads to unique response at high speeds, but also guarantees a constant damping performance with high puncture resistance after strong impacts. 003The XPLOR PRO 7448 Air Fork will be available from 5 March for R51 201.00. (net retail price). 
The XPLOR PRO 7448 Air Fork will be available for the following motorcycles: 
KTM: EXC (150, 250, 300); EXC-F (250, 350, 450, 500); 
Husqvarna: TE (150, 250, 300); FE (250, 350, 450, 501). From 2017- 
GASGAS: EC (250, 300); EC-F (250, 350); 2021 

For more detailed information visit your nearest WP AUTHORIZED CENTER or go to 002
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df5215bb da02 4d1b a586 6d2e0d0812bdEnd of the first official IRTA test for the young rider of the Sky VR46 Avintia who is making his first steps on the Ducati MotoGP.

Doha (Qatar), March 7th 2021 - Luca Marini's first official test of 2021 in archive after two days of hard work to continue to become familiar with the new Ducati MotoGP.8f28c2e4 57da 4a38 8a03 15fb7f9c5e77The rider of the Sky VR46 Avintia has completed about hundred laps at Losail track and was able to improve his lap time, the position on the bike and the electronics. Positive feelings and a best of 1.55.605 signed in the final stages of the Day2.

lukaOf the three, today is definitely the day I enjoyed the most. I was able to ride more easily, I made a good step forward on the setting and a great job in the garage. I have done a lot on my riding style in braking and now I am closer to the other Ducati guys. In these days before the second testing session we will check the data to understand in which area to focus and further evolve my style. The riding position is better, I can do more laps and keep a good pace. I am doing a lot in terms of electronics, I have more confidence on the front too and I have pushed more on the tires that are really very different from Dunlop. We have to work on many details to be 100%, but we can think of a race simulation in the next session.end bike test

Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha Confirms Maria Herrera for WorldSSP Campaign

biblionThe Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha team has announced Maria Herrera as their rider for the 2021 FIM Supersport World Championship campaign, in which the team will receive support from Yamaha to become the Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team.

Ahead of the new season, Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha have moved to a new headquarters in Fiano Romano, Italy, and this marks its second season in WorldSSP, where it will once again field the Yamaha R6 bike, having also enjoyed success over their past two FIM Supersport 300 World Championship seasons.

Spanish rider Herrera is no stranger to the category, and despite her young age, 24, she boasts a valuable amount of experience, which made her the perfect fit for the team’s second endeavour into the category. For 2021, Herrera will take part in the WorldSSP Challenge, featuring at the European stages of the championship, which currently make up the first nine rounds.

Hailing from the Iberian region of Spain, Herrera has shown from a young age that she is a fierce competitor, winning the ‘Campionato Velocità del Mediterraneo’ in 2011. The following year she stepped up to the CEV Moto3 class, and during her second season in 2013 she took two victories on her way to fourth in the championship. That year she also earned a Moto3 world championship wildcard entry at the Aragon Grand Prix.

She took part in three more Moto3 Grand Prix in 2014, where she raced in Jerez, Barcelona and Valencia, before she earned a full-time ride in the championship for the following year. She went onto complete three full seasons, racking up 65 Moto3 starts, and in 2018 switched to WorldSSP300, riding a R3 GYTR-kitted bike.

After a single campaign, Herrera made the move to the WorldSSP class on a Yamaha R6 in 2019, combining this with a full-season ride in the newly-formed MotoE World Cup. After some impressive performances, she spent another year in MotoE and joined three WorldSSP rounds.

On this basis, coupled with the strong foundations of the Sandro Carusi-led outfit, the Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha team is confident of being competitive, having already achieved success in the WorldSSP300 class.

Maria Herrera

Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team

“I chose this team because many people speak well of Sandro, the bike, the group and the potential they have. My main goal for this year is to do a great job and have fun by going fast.”

Sandro Carusi - Team Principal

Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team

“I am very happy to be able to announce Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha’s participation in the WorldSSP class with Maria Herrera. Having the only woman in the championship, who is a huge talent, gives us the opportunity to demonstrate the level we have reached. I'm sure it will be a strong incentive for all of us.”

Andrea Dosoli

Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Manager

“We’re really excited to see the Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha team coming back to the WorldSSP class in 2021. Sandro and his team have already given young talented riders a great opportunity in WorldSSP300 and it’s great to see how they have continued that trend in the 600cc class. Maria is an impressive and versatile young rider who adds good experience to the team and I expect them to achieve some strong results together this year.”end bike test


KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R actionDrop a pin on the map and hit the road! The 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R has been redesigned to let adventurers discover the most hidden paths under the sky with added agility, class-leading performance and an extensive list of electronics that work together to enhance the rider’s feeling while out exploring.

The second instalment in the new generation of liter-class KTM ADVENTURE models comes in the form of the all-new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R. Engineered to cross the wildest and most challenging terrain, this motorcycle has the capacity to take adventurers anywhere.KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R Studio front right

Primed and ready to plant its flag anywhere on the planet, the 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R has been designed from the ground up with an extensive list of innovative upgrades.

All-terrain agility
Riding the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R across rough terrain in the easiest and most intuitive way has been a development priority for the completely reworked 2021 edition. An all new bodywork providing excellent ergonomics and allowing to hold the fuel in the tank as low as possible has been designed for better agility, a lower center of gravity and an even better feeling in all riding conditions.KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R staticA sharper cornering sensation has been achieved by moving the steering head back by 15 mm, re-locating the front section of the engine and introducing a slightly longer new diecast open-lattice swingarm for a greater depth of feeling under acceleration. KTM engineers have analyzed and trimmed every centimeter of the new bodywork in order to provide the right thickness and the optimal rider-bike contact.

The sensation of control and balance is augmented by the new three-part fuel tank that holds 23 l and is positioned lower to assist riding equilibrium. Like the chassis, the subframe has also been reconstructed and is topped with a sporty stepped seat at 880 mm of height with slim dimensions and a handy storage underneath.KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R Studio left
Further enhancing handling is the reworked 2021 WP suspension configuration. The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R streams elements of KTM’s prolificacy in offroad and embraces the best of WP XPLOR technology. The fully-adjustable 48 mm front forks with an impressive 220 mm of travel feature split damping functions and quick modification potential with a twist of the respective dials. The same travel measurement graces the WP PDS shock. The competence of the system was achieved through tests in the Californian desert-land as well as long stretches of varied landscapes across Europe.

Performance-tailored technology
The 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is a vessel for the latest electronics packages and continuation of the collaboration with first-rate pioneers like Bosch. A new 6-axis lean angle sensor filters information on the exact pitch and position of the bike and its behaviour. In turn, this affects the degree of Motorcycle Traction Control, Motor Slip Regulation, Motorcycle Stability Control and forces of Offroad ABS. To fit the needs of the modern all-terrain riding enthusiast, all rider assists can be tweaked or disengaged.KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R action 1Alongside the standards RAIN, STREET, SPORT and OFFROAD ride modes, the optional RALLY mode permits riders to set throttle response to aggressive and select one of nine different levels of wheel spin. The changes to suit any kind of topography are all charted through the all-new and more use-friendly 7’’ TFT dash, which is hooked to a new Connectivity Unit. The larger view has quicker and more practical menus and clearly shows turn-by-turn directions indicated by the KTM MY RIDE app.

Premium-spec components
The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R relies on the new Euro 5-ready LC8 that is now 1.6 kg lighter and froths out 160 hp at 9,000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm for the best power-to-weight offering in the segment. KTM has combed through the internals of the V-Twin powerplant to improve heat dissipation and shave grams in the quest for improved rideability.

With a lot of effort going towards optimizing the air flow through the bike, the 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R features two separate radiators instead of the one-piece unit of its predecessor. With cleverly designed air ducts, the amount of hot air streaming towards the rider´s legs has been significantly reduced and the difference becomes easily noticeable in the slow, tight sections.KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R action 2Thanks to a reworked airbox, riders can now easily access the air filter by simply removing four screws. The filter itself now features vertical ribs, instead of horizontal, which helps direct dust or sand towards the bottom of the air box. Overall, a better design for hardcore adventurers.

Some additional engine updates include lighter engine cases, new pistons, improved shifting, altered coatings and easier filter access and a re-jigged two-header exhaust unit, with the updated package making the LC8 flighty, more reliable and more dependable for all types of trail. 15,000 km service intervals have again been achieved with low fuel consumption at 5.7 l / 100 km. Together with PANKL, KTM has also reworked the gearbox shifting mechanism for faster, lighter and more responsive actions. The full force of this update can be felt through the optional Quickshifter+, which now has a faster and even more precise operation.

To cope with the rigours of life away from the beaten track, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is armed with premium level equipment. New, Adventure-specific Bridgestone tires are wrapped around ALPINA aluminium spoked wheels, which can be run tubeless with a reassuring O-ring sealant in the spoke nipples. This new generation 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R comes with modern and eye-catching paint and graphic set.

KTM RACE ON tech takes keyless ignition to a new level of autonomy, separate Tire Pressure Monitor system sensors provide more detailed customisation and four piston radial mounted Brembo callipers bring the whole show to a fearsome stop or satisfying slide. The windshield, the levers, the pegs and the handlebars all are adjustable to further enhance rider adaptability.

As is the case with its S model counterpart, the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R benefits from a remodelled optional software package policy. With the Rally Pack offering the RALLY riding mode, the MTC slip adjuster and the adjustable throttle response, the all-in-one Tech Pack includes the Quickshifter+, the Motor Slip Regulation, the Hill Hold Control, the adaptive brake light and all the features of the Rally Pack.KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R Studio rear left
// All-new ergonomics offering extra agility
// Redesigned seat with lower height
// Reworked long-travel, adjustable WP XPLOR suspension
// Optimized weight distribution with lower-placed fuel tanks
// Cutting-edge electronics that enhance the ride
// New, intuitive 7’’ TFT display with redesigned handlebar switches
// New LED headlight with LED daytime light
// Revised V-Twin engine [EURO 5] with improved heat dissipation
// New, Adventure-specced tires by Bridgestone

Joachim Sauer - KTM Product Manager: “For KTM, ‘R’ stands for ‘Rally’ and ‘Racing’ so with the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R we really feel in our element. Adopting all the great benefits of the recently launched S model, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is here to set new standards of all-terrain performance. With this new offroad powerhouse we wanted even more rideability and to achieve it, we looked into rider-focused ergonomics and improved suspension performance. The new bike also offers a big step forward in terms of weight distribution and riding agility. Making gains with the overall performance of our LC8, we were also able to give the 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R innovative technical features. If some of the best moments of adventuring come about by discovering the unknown, with this bike riders could not have a better tool for the job.”

The new generation KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R will be available at KTM dealers internationally starting March 2021. For the North American markets, it will become available in the fall of 2021.KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R Studio rightend bike test




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