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Aprilia Unveils ELECTRICa Project Aimed At Younger Riders

Tue, 2022-11-08 11:40

APRILIA ELECTRICa PROJECT

THE APRILIA ELECTRICa PROJECT IS A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE OF YOUTHFUL MOBILITY; AN INNOVATIVE VISION THAT ASPIRES TO FREEDOM AND FUN, VALUES IN LINE WITH APRILIA’S FOUNDING PRINCIPLES; VALUES THAT WILL REMAIN AT THE BASE OF ALL APRILIA MODELS OF THE NEAR FUTURE 

The ELECTRICa project represents Aprilia’s vision of mobility for the youngest riders of the near future. It is a window that opens towards tomorrow, a careful and competent look forward that Aprilia, always on the cutting edge of experimentation, offers the new generations to guarantee them fun in motorbike riding in any environment and without barriers.

So, as just happened with the introduction of the 660 platform, which met the demands of the youngest generation of motorbike riders to perfection with a range of high performance, lightweight, and fun motorcycles – but at the same time easy and accessible – the ELECTRICa is the original and brand-new project from Aprilia dedicated to the next generation.

The ELECTRICa project uses all the know-how made available from the Piaggio Group (that Aprilia is part of), which has been working on electric propulsion since 1975, having introduced a long line of vehicles throughout the times such as the MP3 Hybrid, the first hybrid scooter in the world.

The enormous possibilities introduced by digitalization and networks are producing a radical change in life habits for all. Because an increasing amount of activity can be carried out remotely, commuting needs will also change but moving around without barriers will remain a necessity, especially among the youngest people. The thrilling riding experience that only a bike can provide cannot be virtually replaced or reproduced. The ELECTRICa project is a new concept – a lightweight, zero emissions bike with a fun and satisfying ride to provide maximum freedom and riding pleasure even for use in the cities of the future: the fun and freedom of riding will, therefore, not be lacking and they will always be the cardinal principle at the base of all vehicles built by Aprilia, the sport bike factory par excellence.

 

An Aprilia ELECTRICa electric motorcycle. Photo courtesy Aprilia.

 

The look is unmistakably Aprilia, especially from the front where a modern interpretation of the triple headlamp cluster typical of all Aprilias stands out to favor stark and clearly sporty lines. Accessibility is guaranteed by the compact dimensions and the low saddle height, but also by the light weight and the presence of both brake controls on the handlebar, a choice that makes the transition from scooters easier.

The electric motor is positioned in the central area and powers a chain final drive. The keyless system, the LCD instrumentation, and phonic wheels in the rims introduce the theme of technology aimed at practicality, as well as active electronic aids for a safe riding experience, an area where Aprilia has been a pioneer and is still at the top among manufacturers on a global level.

 

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Giorgio Parodi Association Hosts Motorcycle And Air Show In Italy

Tue, 2022-11-08 11:40

The first GP Day took place in Celle Ligure; a whole day dedicated to Giorgio Parodi’s memory, the founder of Moto Guzzi from Genoa and brilliant aviator, a wonderful event with many bikers and flight lovers coming from different Italian regions.

Giorgio’s passions, motorbikes and aircrafts, led him to establish Moto Guzzi in 1921 together with his father Emanuele Vittorio, and later in 1928, to found the Aeroclub di Genova with another prominent citizen, Enrico Profumo.

 

Motorcycles ridden into the motorcycle and air show hosted by the Giorgio Parodi Association in Italy. Photo courtesy Giorgio Parodi Association.

 

Starting from the early hours in the morning, old and modern motorbikes met in front of the municipal building, with Associazione Moto Guzzi Genova friends waiting for them, while Voli di Mare seaplane started its flights with many tourists staring at the sky.

During this warm October day, models as Airone, Astore, Cardellino, Le Mans and other important pieces, part of the Italian motorcycle heritage, made a parade on Celle Ligure natural stage in a unique contest, while take-offs and ditches left intrigued the many participants to this unusual air-motorsport show.

 

The view from a seaplane that was part of the motorcycle and air show hosted by the Giorgio Parodi Association. Photo courtesy Giorgio Parodi Association.

 

Moto Guzzi has recently blown out 100 candles as the Italian Air Force (which Giorgio Parodi belonged to) will do in 2023. To celebrate these important anniversaries, we must not be missing two pieces by Danilo Luce, a songwriter from Abruzzo region, who has translated into music the roar of the engines on the road and in the sky. “Tutti Pazzi per la Guzzi” and “Un cuore in Volo” have become the official musical theme for every Guzzisti meeting.

The Giorgio Parodi Association, organizer, and promoter of the whole event is very fain for the success of the event and would like to express its thankful appreciation to Celle Ligure Municipality for the great support in the organization and to all associations and clubs and every single person who contributed to make really unique this day, without forgetting the Gaslini Institute, a ‘just cause’, which the fundraising was addressed to.

And now let us meet up next in 2023!

 

A Moto Guzzi sidecar rig as seen at the motorcycle and air show hosted by the Giorgio Parodi Association. Photo courtesy Giorgio Parodi Association.

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Honda Introduces New Rebel 1100T “Bagger,” Announces Returning Models

Mon, 2022-11-07 20:15

Honda Reveals New “Bagger” Rebel and Returning Motorcycle Models for 2023
 
November 7, 2022 — ALPHARETTA, Georgia

New Rebel 1100T DCT offers “bagger” cruiser styling and convenience

Announcement includes on-road models from five categories

For the 2023 model year, American Honda announces the return of 11 on-road motorcycle models. From cruisers to miniMOTOs, scooters and sport bikes, the announcement includes a diverse range of motorcycles that showcase the breadth of Honda’s lineup.

The highlight of the announcement is the new “T” trim level of the Rebel 1100 platform. The Rebel 1100T DCT builds on the success of Honda’s “new-school” cruiser platform with “bagger” styling (including wind protection and substantial cargo space), as well as Honda’s advanced dual clutch transmission (DCT). In addition to this new version, the standard Rebel 1100 is back in both manual-transmission and DCT iterations. Other confirmed returning 2023 cruisers include the Rebel 500 and 300—offered in several trim levels and new colors for 2023—as well as the classic Shadow Aero and bobber-inspired Shadow Phantom.

Returning sport bike models include the value-driven CBR1000RR, the agile CBR600RR and the entry-level sport-naked CB300R. The touring-focused NC750X continues to deliver incredible versatility for 2023, and it’s available with DCT or a manual transmission. A pair of miniMOTO models—the best-selling Super Cub and the nostalgic Monkey—both feature available ABS and receive new colors for the new model year. The adventure-inspired ADV150 scooter is back for 2023 as well.

“This announcement covers nearly every category of on-road motorcycle, which is a testament to how deep our product offering is,” said Brandon Wilson, Manager of Sports and Experiential at American Honda. “While each model has a distinct goal in mind, they all benefit from Honda’s renowned premium build quality and reliability. Whether it’s for the first-time rider or the weekend warrior, we’re committed to delivering the best possible ownership and riding experiences to all of our passionate two-wheel customers.”

REBEL 1100

 

A 2023 Honda Rebel 1100. Photo courtesy American Honda.

 

In just the two short years since its introduction, Honda’s versatile Rebel 1100 has made waves in the cruiser market, with a “new-school” cruiser design that’s equally adept at relaxed Sunday outings, dynamic backroad carving and longer-distance highway touring. For 2023, the platform is even more capable, with a new “T” trim level that offers “bagger” styling and convenience. The Rebel 1100T DCT comes standard with a large windscreen, as well as hard saddlebags that offer a combined 35 liters of space, giving riders added comfort and cargo storage.

Still available are the two standard Rebel 1100 versions (manual transmission and dual-clutch transmission), making for a broadened cruiser platform capable of delivering myriad riding experiences. All three versions feature a high-performance, water-cooled parallel-twin engine with plenty of power for the highway and acceleration for spirited riding, along with comfortable ergonomics, a relaxed riding position and sporty handling. For those who want to make the Rebel their own, a long list of Honda Accessories are offered.

 

A 2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT “bagger.” Photo courtesy American Honda.

 

MSRP

Rebel 1100T DCT $11,299

Rebel 1100 DCT: $10,099

Rebel 1100: $9,499

Colors

Rebel 1100T DCT: Metallic Black; Bordeaux Red Metallic

Rebel 1100 DCT: Iridium Gray Metallic; Green Metallic

Rebel 1100: Iridium Gray Metallic; Green Metallic

Available: December

Rebel 1100 Info

 

REBEL 500 / REBEL 300

 

A 2023 Honda Rebel 500. Photo courtesy American Honda.

 

As the best-selling entry-level cruiser models in the powersports industry, Honda’s Rebel 300 and Rebel 500 offer a potent combination of approachable performance and head-turning style. These cruisers’ 471cc and 286cc engines provide plenty of power for getting around town or cruising on the highway, and their smooth, linear delivery contributes to their user-friendly nature. Comfortable ergonomics provide a relaxed riding position and complement their balanced handling. Both models are available in standard and ABS versions, and the Rebel 500 ABS SE includes numerous pre-installed add-ons from the extensive list of Honda Accessories. With their minimalist design, iconic peanut fuel tank, LED lighting and blacked-out engine components, the Rebel 300 and Rebel 500 have a timeless look that any rider can appreciate.

 

A 2023 Honda Rebel 300. Photo courtesy American Honda.

 

MSRP

Rebel 500 ABS SE: $6,949

Rebel 500 ABS: $6,749

Rebel 500: $6,449

Rebel 300 ABS: $5,049

Rebel 300: $4,749

Colors

Rebel 500 ABS SE: Titanium Metallic

Rebel 500: Matte Black Metallic; Candy Blue

Rebel 300: Matte Black Metallic; Candy Diesel Red

Available: December

Rebel 500 Info

Rebel 300 Info

 

SHADOW AERO

 

A 2023 Honda Shadow Aero ABS. Photo courtesy American Honda.

 

Old school never goes out of style. With a large front fender, chrome headlights, low-slung seat, spoke wheels and of course a V-twin engine with swept-back twin exhausts, Honda’s Shadow Aero embodies the classic cruiser appearance. Its retro look is paired with modern technology like programmed fuel injection, a shaft final drive and available ABS for a safe, comfortable and reliable ride. From coastal cruises to winding mountain roads, the Shadow Aero delivers the iconic cruiser experience.

MSRP: $7,799

Colors: Ultra Blue Metallic

Available: February

Shadow Aero Info

 

SHADOW PHANTOM

 

A 2023 Honda Shadow Phantom. Photo courtesy American Honda.

 

With its clean, understated styling and impressive ride quality, Honda’s Shadow Phantom is all about no-nonsense performance and rider enjoyment. The bobber-inspired V-twin has a blacked-out engine, short fenders and black wheels with spokes, all of which come together for a timeless look. Between the programmed fuel injection, comfortable riding position and low center of gravity, the Shadow features modern creature comforts to complement its effortless style. This elegant cruiser boasts Honda’s legendary build quality and reliability, so owners can hit the open road with confidence.

MSRP: $7,999

Colors: Matte Black Metallic, Adventure Green

Available: December

Shadow Phantom Info

 

CBR1000RR

 

A 2023 Honda CBR1000RR. Photo courtesy American Honda.

 

Offering the ultimate combination of value and performance, Honda’s CBR1000RR comes from a lineage of legendary sport bikes with countless racing accolades. Its precise cornering, adrenaline-inducing acceleration and impressive braking capabilities are a result of Honda’s “Total Control” design philosophy, which delivers a remarkably connected feeling on the pavement. Available with ABS or conventional brakes, the value-oriented CBR1000RR is the ideal counterpart to its track-focused sibling, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.

MSRP

CBR1000RR ABS: $16,899

CBR1000RR: $16,599

Color: Grand Prix Red

Available: December

CBR1000RR Info

 

CBR600RR

 

A 2023 Honda CBR600RR. Photo courtesy American Honda.

 

Purpose-built for carving up winding canyon roads and clocking fast laps on the track, Honda’s CBR600RR is a proven supersport machine. Its high-revving, responsive inline four-cylinder engine is matched with a light-handling chassis and high-performance Showa suspension for making quick work of the tightest corners on the track or on the backroads. With a decorated resume that includes eight World Supersport titles (nine if you count its CBR600F predecessor), the CBR600RR has been tested, developed and proven at the highest level.

MSRP

CBR600RR ABS: $13,099

CBR600RR: $12,099

Color: Grand Prix Red

Available: December

CBR600RR Info

 

CB300R ABS

 

A 2023 Honda CB300R ABS. Photo courtesy American Honda.

 

The ultimate entry-level sport-naked machine, the CB300R ABS showcases Honda’s sporty standard styling in its most lightweight representation, delivering exemplary sporting performance and feathery, centralized unsprung weight. Touting premium features from its larger-capacity siblings, along with a minimalist design that expresses attitude through exposed hardware and a dramatic cutaway tail, the CB1000R shows that even an affordable, approachable naked sport bike can be the center of attention.

MSRP: $5,049

Color: Pearl Dusk Yellow; Matte Black Metallic

Available: December

CB300R ABS Info

 

NC750X

 

A 2023 Honda NC750X. Photo courtesy American Honda.

 

With a liquid-cooled, SOHC 8-valve parallel-twin engine offering ample torque, matched with a chassis that boasts good handling and quality suspension, Honda’s NC750X is the ultimate do-it-all machine—a commuter king that is also ideal for riding backroads and getting off the beaten path. Powerful, nimble and comfortable, the NC750X has an affordable price along with features like a large front storage compartment (capable of storing most helmets), an upright riding position and Honda’s available high-tech automatic dual-clutch transmission (DCT), enabling it to deliver adventure, performance and utility, all in a single, versatile machine.

MSRP: $9,399

Color: Matte Nightshade Blue

Available: November

NC750X Info

 

SUPER CUB

 

A 2023 Honda SuperCub. Photo courtesy American Honda.

 

Timeless style and unparalleled practicality have propelled Honda’s Super Cub to become the most popular motor vehicle of all time, with over 100 million units sold worldwide since its release in 1958. Powered by a reliable 124cc four-stroke engine, the Super Cub has plenty of power for zipping around town, while still maintaining impressive fuel efficiency. Hidden behind its classic styling, modern technology like fuel injection, front-wheel ABS and an electric starter offer superb ride quality and convenience for everyday riding. With a smooth-handling, lightweight chassis and step-through design, the Super Cub makes getting around town less of a chore and more of an adventure.

MSRP: $3,849

Color: Pearl Gray

Available: November

Super Cub Info

 

MONKEY

 

A 2023 Honda Monkey. Photo courtesy American Honda.

 

Few motorcycles stand the test of time as well as the Honda Monkey. The diminutive model has evolved considerably since its inception, though its mission to maximize fun in a pint-size package remains unchanged. Its styling and spirit are true to its roots, which date back to 1961 when the model was developed for a Honda-owned Japanese amusement park called Tama Tech. While the Monkey is very much vintage-inspired, its 124cc engine, plush suspension and ABS brakes are anything but, offering the best in modern performance. Popular among riders of all ages, this nostalgic miniMOTO continues to be a staple of the Honda lineup.

MSRP: $4,249

Color: Pearl Nebula Red; Banana Yellow

Available: November

Monkey Info

 

ADV150

 

A 2023 Honda ADV150. Photo courtesy American Honda.

 

Injecting an enjoyable sense of escapade into even the most mundane urban commutes, Honda’s ADV150 delivers on the “City Adventure” concept, with a rugged-yet-capable design that combines a low vehicle weight with practical features like an automatic transmission, two-stage adjustable windscreen and under-seat storage. Put it all together, and the result is the Africa Twin of the scooter world—a sensible machine that adeptly traverses metropolitan roads and is even up for mini-adventures.

MSRP: $4,349

Color: Candy Rose Red

Available: November

ADV150 Info

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Di Mario Wins 2022 AMA Nicky Hayden Road Race Horizon Award

Mon, 2022-11-07 19:25

AMA Congratulates Road Race Grand Championship Award Winners

Alessandro Di Mario takes home Horizon Award

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates a host of winners from the AMA Road Race Grand Championship, held Oct. 21-23 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

Chief among them is Lexington, Ky., native Alessandro Di Mario, who not only rang up top finishes in the 400 Superstock Expert, Lightweight Twins Superstock Expert, and Lightweight Twins Superbike Expert classes at Barber, but who earned the prestigious 2022 AMA Nicky Hayden Road Race Horizon Award — an award given to the rider best suited to excel at the professional level based on attitude, enthusiasm and performance.

“When I got the award, it was pretty cool because not many people get it,” Di Mario said. “I’ve looked up to [former winners] Eric Wood and Anthony Mazziotto. They’re cool people and fast. I want to be like them.”

While Di Mario laid claim to the expert classes, Landen Smith made his mark at the novice level, finishing first in the 400 Superstock Novice class. The Florida native was presented with the AMA Amateur Road Racer of the Year award.

In the veteran landscape, William Posse of Moncure, N.C., was awarded the AMA Vet/Senior Road Racer of the Year.

“Every season brings about great competition and individual performances,” said AMA Road Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “Among many great riders this year, Alessandro, Landen and William proved to be more than deserving of their awards.”

To learn more about the AMA Road Race Grand Championship, visit https://americanmotorcyclist.com/ama-road-race-grand-championship/.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. Besides offering members money-saving discounts on products and services, the AMA also publishes American Motorcyclist, a recently revitalized and monthly full-color magazine (and digital version of same) that covers current events and motorcycle history with brilliant photography and compelling writing. American Motorcyclist is also North America’s largest-circulation magazine. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

 

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Video: Ducati Modernizes 2023 Scrambler Lineup

Mon, 2022-11-07 18:21

Next-Gen Freedom: the new generation of Ducati Scrambler

The Ducati Scrambler becomes more modern, lighter and with an even more lively personality

With the new generation of Ducati Scrambler the customization possibilities are even greater: nine colours available for the Icon version thanks to interchangeable covers

Ride by Wire, Riding Mode and Quick Shift make their debut in the Ducati Scrambler world

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 7 November 2022 – In the seventh episode of the Ducati World Première web series 2023, Ducati unveiled the new Ducati Scrambler family to the public (scroll down to see the video).

To rewrite your own history, sometimes you need to press the fast forward button. This is what Ducati Scrambler has done with this new generation, which becomes more contemporary and with an even more vibrant personality.

The next-gen “Land of Joy”, the Ducati Scrambler’s universe of freedom, fun and self-expression expands, becoming more colorful and irreverent.

The new generation of Ducati Scrambler has been completely redesigned, retaining the spirit that has made this family a worldwide success by winning over 100,000 fans: an essential, fun, easy-to-ride motorcycle with a great personality, whose uniqueness emerges even stronger thanks to an eye-catching, modern style.

The new Ducati Scrambler is the perfect choice for those who want a motorcycle with a unique and recognizable style, dynamic and fun, accessible and safe for everyday use. A motorcycle designed for those who seek freedom and want to share their style and way of being with others.

The second generation confirms the simplicity and authenticity that have always represented essential values for all Ducati Scrambler enthusiasts. The air-cooled twin-cylinder Desmodue engine, trellis frame, wide handlebars, low center of gravity and fun riding are enhanced by advanced electronics and more modern style in lines and concepts.

The result of this recipe are three Ducati Scrambler models: Icon, Full Throttle and Nightshift. Three differently styled motorcycles, united by a relaxed riding position and low weight, to offer enthusiasts of all experiences and abilities great riding pleasure, on urban journeys as well as on out-of-town trips.

The Style

The new Ducati Scrambler keeps its iconic design intact while evolving its distinctive elements in a contemporary key.

The front DRL (Daytime Running Light), recognizable at first glance thanks to the 4 circular sectors (a trademark of the Ducati Scrambler universe), tapers and becomes sharper to have a more modern and elegant cut. The front headlight, now full LED, retains the iconic “X”, redesigned and applied to the exterior for an even more distinctive style. The design of the rear light, which remains full LED, also evolves while maintaining the classic and recognizable semicircle shape. Also LED are the turn signals.

The steel tank has been redesigned and equipped with an interchangeable cover that, along with the fenders and details on the headlamp, gives the bike its color and allows easy, quick but complete customization. Elegant anodized aluminum covers below the tank complete the renewed design of the front of the bike.

The new instrumentation with 4.3-inch color TFT cluster and dedicated HMI makes the new Ducati Scrambler even more modern, integrating perfectly with the style of the bike in its shapes and information display.

A key element of the Ducati Scrambler’s personality, the twin-cylinder Desmodue engine has new clutch and alternator covers featuring the “X” logo, while the belt covers now have a more refined shape in keeping with the bike’s new style. The exhaust, also evolved, has even more essential lines and the turn of the headers leaves the engine fully exposed.

The Technique

The new Ducati Scrambler has also been renewed in its technical contents and lightened by 4 kg, thus obtaining a more manageable and easy to ride bike.

The chassis is all new and makes an important contribution to the bike’s overall weight reduction. The trellis frame has been updated and lightened. The swingarm is new and is now combined with a shock absorber repositioned towards the center of the bike. The engine has also undergone some updates that has reduced its weight. Finally, for a sportier feel, the rear frame is now separate from the main frame.

Riding improvements also come from a slightly increased steering angle that contributes to ease of use both in maneuvering and in city traffic. Newly designed wheels confirm the 18” and 17” sizes at the front and rear, respectively.

The Desmodue engine, which has always been a distinctive feature of the Ducati Scrambler, has been modernized in its contents, is about 2.5 kg lighter than the previous generation, and is now equipped with a new eight-disc clutch with a softer pull. The clutch is also more compact, which has made it possible to reduce the side encumbrance of its cover, thus offering more space for the rider’s foot. The new Ducati Scrambler is equipped with a bearing-mounted shift drum, which allows for smoother and more precise shifting.

Ducati Scrambler is even more fun and safer with the introduction of Ride by Wire throttle management. This solution, which on the one hand makes the engine’s response ready at every opening angle of the throttle, while remaining progressive and easy to manage at all rpm, on the other allows the adoption of Ducati Traction Control and to have two Riding Modes: Road and Wet. The latter, designed specifically for riding on wet surfaces, offers a smoother throttle response and a traction control calibration more oriented to stability and safety. Standard equipment is completed by Cornering ABS, which is essential for making riding even safer.

Thanks to the introduction of Ride by Wire, the new generation of Desmodue engine has the option to mount the Quick Shift up/down, standard equipment on the Full Throttle and available as an accessory on the rest of the range.

Also available as an accessory is the Ducati Multimedia System, which offers the ability to manage music and calls by connecting your smartphone to the bike.

The air-cooled, two-valve twin-cylinder engine confirms the maximum power output of 73 hp , and is also available in a 35 kW version for motorcyclists with an A2 license. The Ducati Scrambler Icon, as well as Full Throttle* and Nightshift, will arrive at dealerships in March 2023.

* Please contact your local dealer to check product availability

 

A 2023-model Ducati Scrambler Icon. Photo courtesy Ducati.

 

Ducati Scrambler Icon

The Icon version represents the Ducati Scrambler par excellence. The new tank is the element that shapes the customization concept of the new Ducati Scrambler Icon. In fact, the colored portion is a replaceable cover, as the fenders, the tags on the wheels, and the little front headlight covers. The look of the Ducati Scrambler can adapt to all tastes with great ease . In fact, the three standard colors (’62 Yellow, Thrilling Black and Ducati Red) are joined by six more, available as accessory kits, to dress up the new Ducati Scrambler Icon in nine different liveries. Available colors include Rio Celeste, which represents one of the lightest and liveliest hues on the Ducati Scrambler color scale. Or Jade Green, which is inspired by jade and distinguished by a soft sheen, or Velvet Red.

The Ducati Scrambler Icon features a revised handlebar that is lower and closer to the rider, allowing more control over the bike. The seat has been redesigned, with a more tapered and streamlined shape. Completing the design of this new generation of Icon are black under-seat side panels with Ducati Scrambler graphics.

 

A 2023-model Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle. Photo courtesy Ducati.

 

Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

The Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle is the sportiest proposal in the 2023 range and is inspired by U.S. flat track competitions on dirt ovals. The side number plates bear the number 62 (1962 was the debut year of the first Ducati Scrambler) in perfect Tracker style and, along with the skid plate, define a decidedly grittier aesthetic for those who do not want to go unnoticed.

The Full Throttle’s sporty character is underlined by the sport-look seat cover, the dedicated livery in GP19 Red/Dark Stealth, and the black finish of the exhaust heat shields and front side covers. A shorter front fender, a tail without a rear fender, red tags on the alloy wheels, a street-legal Termignoni silencer, Ducati Performance LED turn signals* and standard Quick Shift up/down complete the package.

Also available as an accessory is the Rosso GP19 seat cover, which gives the bike a sporty single-seat look.

Even the riding position, thanks to a variable section handlebar compared to the Icon version, changes and becomes sportier.

* In countries where homologated

 

A 2023-model Ducati Scrambler Nightshift. Photo courtesy Ducati.

 

Ducati Scrambler Nightshift

The most elegant among the proposals in the Ducati Scrambler 2023 range is the Nightshift, distinguished by more classic and refined details, such as the saddle, in Café Racer style, stitched and in the dark leather shade, or the alternation of glossy and matte surfaces. Ducati Scrambler Nightshift, like Full Throttle, features side number plates, a minimal front fender, no rear fender, black finishes for the aluminum aesthetic details, as well as compact LED turn signals*.

Nebula Blue coloring and spoked wheels, now completely black, make the Nightshift decidedly sophisticated in appearance, which is completed – as on the previous generation model of the same name – with a flat-set variable-section handlebar and bar-end mirrors, also in café racer style.

* In countries where homologated

Customization

To give fans the chance to express their personality in the best possible way, Ducati Scrambler offers a wide choice in terms of clothing and accessories . The collection of the latter starts with the three exhaust proposals made by Termignoni, starting with the street-legal silencer with black finish and contrasting ring available in yellow, red or blue. It continues with the complete steel exhaust, not street-legal, mounted in a high side position in perfect Flat Track style, with black finish and accompanied by dedicated mapping for the ECU*. The third proposal is a street-legal short silencer, also in steel, again with black finish and accompanied by dedicated map*. For these two versions, too, it will be possible to choose the color of the contrasting ring among the three proposed colors.

The catalogue of course includes other accessories, including saddles, the aforementioned colored covers, many details machined from billet – footpegs, mirrors, tank caps – and soft bags, all viewable via the online configurator.

Milestone’s capsule clothing is characterized by a casual, outdoor and contemporary style. Garments designed for both motorcycle and everyday use. The capsule consists of technical and lifestyle garments.

Technical garments include a jet helmet with a rigid and durable composite fiber outer shell made in collaboration with Arai, as well as gloves and a technical jacket consisting of a soft shell with protectors and a water-repellent inner down jacket that can also be worn separately. The jacket is available in men’s and women’s versions.

The line is completed with Downtown C1 pants, Company C4 jeans, and Downtown C2 boots.

The lifestyle garments are born to wear the Ducati Scrambler style in every situation. The Hybrid sweatshirt, available in men’s and women’s versions, is designed to combine the concepts of sweatshirt and down jacket. Within the line we find a variety of other garments such as t-shirts, sweatshirts and caps, unique and easy to wear garments for all occasions.
The capsule can be purchased at Ducati dealerships or on the online shop.

* Accessory not homologated for road use

#DucatiScrambler #NextGenFreedom

 

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Documentary On 2022 Isle Of Man TT Comes Out Nov. 23 (Includes Video Trailer)

Mon, 2022-11-07 17:50

‘TOURIST TROPHY’ RELEASES WEDNESDAY 23 NOVEMBER

There’s just over two weeks until the feature-length documentary film, ‘Tourist Trophy’, hits our screens. Directed by accomplished documentary maker, Adam Kaleta, the film is an authentic, true-to-life portrayal of the 2022 TT Races, following several of the event’s leading competitors as they navigate the highs and lows of racing on the Mountain Course.

‘Tourist Trophy’ will be streamed exclusively on TT+, the event’s free-to-register digital platform. Subscribers to TT+ will be able to watch the feature-length film for free from 7.30pm (GMT) on Wednesday 23rd November. TT+ is available online, on mobile, and on a range of free apps for Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox and Roku.

Meanwhile, a limited number of tickets for the island’s big screen premiere of ‘Tourist Trophy’ have now gone on sale. Staged in the Villa Marina’s Royal Hall, this special event will also feature a short chat show prior to the film’s screening – as well as a signing session at the end of the evening. A number of the film’s biggest stars will be in attendance including Peter Hickman, John McGuinness MBE, Michael Russell, and brothers, Ben and Tom Birchall. Tickets are available via the Villa Marina website.

LIMITED-TIME OFFER

The film’s release will also coincide with the launch of the 2023 TT+ Live Pass. With an expanded ten-race programme in 2023, the TT+ Live Pass continues to represent incredible value for money, delivering 11 days of edge-of-your-seat live coverage to your favourite screen or device via the TT+ digital platform. To celebrate the release of ‘Tourist Trophy’, advance purchasers of the 2023 TT+ Live Pass can take advantage of our limited-time offer and secure theirs for the same 2022 price of £14.99.

 

 

 

More, from another press release issued by Isle of Man TT Press Office:

‘TOURIST TROPHY’

STREAM FOR FREE FROM WEDNESDAY 23 NOVEMBER

There’s just over two weeks until the feature-length documentary film, ‘Tourist Trophy’, hits our screens – hit the link above to see the latest trailer!

Directed by accomplished documentary maker, Adam Kaleta, the film is an authentic, true-to-life portrayal of the 2022 TT Races, following several of the event’s leading competitors as they navigate the highs and lows of racing on the Mountain Course.

‘Tourist Trophy’ will be streamed exclusively on TT+, the event’s free-to-register digital platform. Subscribers to TT+ will be able to watch the feature-length film for free from 7.30pm (GMT) on Wednesday 23rd November. TT+ is available online, on mobile, and on a range of free apps for Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox and Roku.

Meanwhile, a limited number of tickets for the island’s big screen premiere of ‘Tourist Trophy’ have now gone on sale. Staged in the Villa Marina’s Royal Hall, this special event will also feature a short chat show prior to the film’s screening – as well as a signing session at the end of the evening. A number of the film’s biggest stars will be in attendance including Peter Hickman, John McGuinness MBE, Michael Russell, and brothers, Ben and Tom Birchall. Tickets are available via the Villa Marina website.

LIMITED-TIME OFFER

The film’s release will also coincide with the launch of the 2023 TT+ Live Pass. With an expanded ten-race programme in 2023, the TT+ Live Pass continues to represent incredible value for money, delivering 11 days of edge-of-your-seat live coverage to your favourite screen or device via the TT+ digital platform. To celebrate the release of ‘Tourist Trophy’, advance purchasers of the 2023 TT+ Live Pass can take advantage of our limited-time offer and secure theirs for the same 2022 price of £14.99.

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WorldSBK: Bautista Can Clinch Title This Coming Weekend In Indonesia

Mon, 2022-11-07 17:26

Match-point: Bautista will have his first title chance in WorldSBK’s 900th race
 

Event schedule (local time)

Friday, November 11th

09:00-09:45 > WorldSSP – FP1

10:00-10:45 > WorldSBK – FP1

12:00-12:45 > WorldSSP – FP2

13:00-13:45 > WorldSBK – FP2

 

Saturday, November 12th

08:30-09:00 > WorldSBK – FP3

09:55-10:15 > WorldSSP – Superpole

10:40-10:55 > WorldSBK – Superpole

12:00           > WorldSSP – Race 1

13:30           > WorldSBK – Race

 

Sunday, November 13th

08:30-08:45 > WorldSBK – WUP

08:55-09:10 > WorldSSP – WUP

10:30           > WorldSBK – SP Race

12:00           > WorldSSP – Race 2

13:30           > WorldSBK – Race 2

WorldSBK in numbers

900 – The first race in Mandalika will be the 900th in WorldSBK history.

32-33 – Alvaro Bautista (30 wins) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (29) are rapidly closing in on the most successful winners in WorldSBK history. Bautista has the sixth all-time place within reach, held by Troy Corser (33), the 7th of Chaz Davies (32) and the 8th of Colin Edwards (31). Razgatlioglu can match Davies with a second career hat-trick in Mandalika.

27/30 – With three more podiums, Alvaro Bautista can become the second rider in history with at least 30 in a season. He stands at 27 now: Jonathan Rea recorded 34 in 2019 and 30 in 2021.

What to look out for in Mandalika

Championship P1 – 507 points

Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Ducati – Racing)

In 2021, for the inaugural WorldSBK event at Mandalika, Bautista finished seventh in Race 1 and tenth in Race 2.

He will have a first chance to win the title if he outscores Razgatlioglu by 17 points and outscores Rea by 1 point

“Mandalika will definitely be a mystery for everybody, but a bit more for me because I’ve never been there with Ducati.  It will be the second year with WorldSBK there; the track is quite nice but there are a lot of question marks about the asphalt because they resurfaced the track, so we have to see how the conditions are there. Then, the weather will be another key point; it’ll be very complicated. I think, for us, we have to be very focused, especially on Friday because it will be important to get the reference on track with Ducati, try to get a good setup and be ready for everything because anything can happen. For me, it’s the most difficult race on the calendar. For me, it’s more important to discover the track with Ducati and try to have the same feeling with the bike as we had all season. The target is trying to get our performance and then we’ll see. The Championship ends after Race 2 of Phillip Island; before that, it’s stupid to think about the future.”

Championship P2 – 425 points

Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK)

In 2021, Razgatlioglu claimed the title at the Mandalika International Street Circuit. He finished second in Race 1 and fourth in Race 2 in 2021.

He currently sits in second place in the standings, 82 points behind Bautista and 16 points ahead of Rea.

“Going to a Muslim country is very good for me. Many people support me there and this is good motivation for me. I also have good memories at Mandalika, as we won the Championship there in 2021. We finished in second place in Race 1 last year and now we need to get three wins. We’ll be fighting for the win again; I love this track and I go there more relaxed and just wanting to take the win. I’m very happy to come back to Mandalika. There is a very good atmosphere there. I’m just scared about the rai… we will see. I don’t like rain and I hope for dry conditions.”

Championship P3 – 409 points

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)

Rea was the first WorldSBK winner at the Indonesian venue. In 2021, he won both races.

He’s third in the Championship standings with 409 points. He is 16 points behind Razgatlioglu.

“I’m really excited to go to Indonesia, Mandalika because last year was a first experience of the track. I really enjoyed the whole event, everything from the circuit layout to atmosphere, the fans were incredible especially in difficult conditions. It’s a circuit where we’re expecting to be strong. I enjoyed the track last year and I did a double win. I won in the wet and also in the dry. I really want to do a really nice weekend, trying to maximise our potential and keep working on our ZX-10RR.”

Championship P4 – 260 points

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Ducati Racing)

In 2021, he finished 12th in Race 1 and didn’t finish Race 2.

Rinaldi heads into the final two rounds after strengthening his grip on fourth in the standings

“We go to Mandalika next week. It’s a really nice track, in a really good place. It’s very hot so we need to train hard to race there. Also, sometimes it rains a lot there, so we’ll need to adapt quickly to any change of conditions. I really liked the crowd there, how they support us and how they support motorsport. It’s really cool to go there.”

Championship P5 – 217 points

Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)

In 2021, Lowes was injured in FP3 and did not take part in the races. Therefore, he will race for the first time this year.

“Obviously last year was the first year on the calendar, a new circuit. I didn’t race because I was injured but the parts that I did, I really enjoyed. I think the layout is great. It’s always nice to get new venues and I think the whole atmosphere was a lot of fun last year. I’m riding well at the minute so I’m hoping to get there and challenge for the podium. Like I said, it’s a layout I really enjoy. The weather can be a little bit of a mess, maybe we’ll have some rain but I’m looking forward to it.”

Championship P6 – 212 points

Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) 

In 2021, Locatelli was fourth in Race 1 and eighth in Race 2.

“I want to be back on track. It was a new track last year. The weather was a bit strange, but it was really good. The feeling was not so bad. It was a nice track and a nice place, which is important. I don’t remember the weekend but, for sure, we arrive in Indonesia with a lot of confidence because in the end, even if San Juan was a strange weekend, it was also positive. We trust to be able to push immediately in Mandalika to find the feeling with the bike, to improve the bike and to fight at the front because the season is almost over. I want to enjoy the moment.”

To keep an eye on:

It will be Team HRC’s Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge’s first time at the Indonesian venue, with Honda keen to extend their slender three-point lead over BMW for fourth in the overall Manufacturers’ standings.

On BMW’s side, Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) stood on the podium in both races in 2021 with Ducati, whilst Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) finished third in Race 2 with BMW.

Kyle Smith (TPR Team Pedercini Racing) will make his WorldSBK debut at Mandalika as he joins the team for the two remaining rounds of the season.

Championship standings (after Race 2 – Round 10)

1. Alvaro Bautista (ESP) Ducati (507 points)

2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (TUR) Yamaha (425 points)

3. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki (409 points)

 

 

Dominique Aegerter. Photo courtesy Dorna.

 

On the verge of back-to-back titles: Aegerter returns to Indonesia looking to retain the title
What to look out for in Mandalika

Championship P1 – 424 points

Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha)

Aegerter has not yet won at the Indonesian venue. In 2021 he finished second in Race 1 and third in Race 2.

Aegerter will have a first chance to claim his second WorldSSP title in Race 1 if he outscores Baldassarri by three points.

“I will approach the Indonesian round as always. There is no difference. In Argentina, everybody told me last year I was thinking a lot about the Championship. But I am quite relaxed. I just stay focused, train hard at home and prepare myself in a professional way. I will start Friday as always, then in Superpole I’ll try to get a good starting position and, in the race… I’ll try to fight for the victory or the podium. This is our goal.”

Championship P2 – 352 points

Lorenzo Baldassarri (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team)

It will be Baldassarri’s first WorldSSP race at the Indonesian venue.

He stands in second place in the standings, 72 points behind Aegerter.

“We are fast also in the new track. I have to give my 100% to learn fast the new track in Indonesia to win as many races as possible and enjoy. I have a great bike, a great team. I’m having a very good season. I think I will try to learn the track with my team, with the maps, with the computer, watching videos but also, I’ll play SBK22. I think we can arrive well prepared to Indonesia.”

Championship P3 – 216 points

Can Oncu (Kawasaki Pucetti Racing)

In 2021, Oncu’s best result at Mandalika was a sixth place in Race 2. In Race 1, he finished in seventh position.

“I like Mandalika. Last year there, it was not so bad for me so I think this year can also be very good for us, we can do a good job. I’m looking forward to going there and doing my best and I hope to achieve a podium. We’ll try our best to win. Argentina was a bit difficult for us and I’m sure Indonesia will be better.”

To keep an eye on:

Respectively fourth and fifth in the standings, Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team) and Stefano Manzi (Dynavolt Triumph) will also race at the Indonesian venue for the first time.

With three podium places in the last two rounds and a podium finish at Mandalika in 2021, Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing) will be one rider to follow in Indonesia. Raffaele De Rosa (Orelac Racing Verdnatura WorldSSP) will be another one to watch after two podium places claimed in the last two rounds. In 2021, he took his first and only WorldSSP win at Mandalika.

Championship standings (after Race 2 – Round 10)

1. Dominique Aegerter (SUI) Yamaha (424 points)

2. Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA) Yamaha (352 points)

3. Can Oncu (TUR) Kawasaki (216 points)

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MotoGP: Champions Recognized At Awards Gala

Mon, 2022-11-07 04:31

The FIM MotoGP Awards bring the curtain down on an incredible season

Thrills. Spills. Glory. Triumph. Mistakes. Victories. Podiums. History. This was 2022

Sunday, 06 November 2022

The FIM MotoGP Awards ceremony brought the curtain down on 2022, celebrating an incredible season of competition and rewarding all those who wrote their part in the history books.

 

2022 MotoGP World Champion Francesco Bagnaia (center), 2022 Moto2 World Champion Augusto Fernandez (left), and 2022 Moto3 World Champion Izan Guevara (right). Photo courtesy Dorna.

 

The Champions and winners in 2022 took centre stage at the event, with newly-crowned MotoGP World Champion Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), Moto2 World Champion Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Moto3 World Champion Izan Guevara (Valresa GASGAS Aspar Team) headlining.

The 2022 Awards were hosted by Gavin Emmett and Alina Marzi, with FIM President Jorge Viegas and Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta in attendance to present the range of awards to the heroes of the hour (and year).

 

2022 MotoGP World Champion Francesco Bagnaia pointing to his name on the MotoGP World Championship trophy. Photo courtesy Dorna.

 

Bagnaia headlined in MotoGP as he received his trophy after making history as the first Ducati rider to take the crown in 15 years, completing the triple crown, and he picked up the BMW M Award for best qualifier in the MotoGP class too. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was on stage as runner up, and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP) completed the top three as well as taking the honour of top Independent Team rider.

The Tissot Pole of Poles winners this season were Bagnaia, Aron Canet (Flexbox HP 40) and Izan Guevara in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 respectively, and they picked up their prizes.

This year’s MotoGP Rookie of the Year award was presented to Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) in the premier class, Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in the intermediate class and Diogo Moreira (MT Helmets – MSI) in the lightweight class.

Ducati swept the Team and Constructor titles in the premier class, as well as the riders’ crown, giving the Bologna factory the coveted Triple Crown. Kalex came out on top in Moto2, and GASGAS in Moto3.

The FIM Finetwork JuniorGP Champion and Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup winner, that one rider being Jose Antonio Rueda as he took both titles and became the first to so do in one year, also took to the stage.

That’s a wrap on 2022. As the curtain falls, we celebrate the incredible achievements we’ve seen this season and the chapters written into the history books, forever to remain part of the sport. Goodbye to those going to new challenges elsewhere, good luck to those ready to face those in 2023 as part of the paddock… and congratulations to everyone who made 2022 a truly unforgettable season of the FIM MotoGP World Championship.

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AHRMA Releases 2023 Road Race Schedule

Fri, 2022-11-04 23:20

AHRMA Announces 2023 Road Race Schedule

(November 4, 2022, Knoxville, Tennessee) – The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) 2023 Bridgestone Tires National Historic Cup Roadracing series will unfold over 10 weekends at a variety of racetracks throughout the United States.

“We’ll have a track for everyone during 2023,” said Brian Larrabure, AHRMA’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, “from internationally known venues you’ll see on TV, to fun and challenging regional tracks, racing with AHRMA will highlight all kinds of bikes and all kinds of tracks.”

The season kicks off February 16 with a track day and a full weekend of competition at Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, GA and will conclude October 8, during the 18th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, in Birmingham, AL.

Right in the middle of the season, AHRMA will return to an iconic venue. The third annual AHRMA Classic MotoFest of Monterey brings AHRMA’s brand of vintage and alternative modern bikes and sidecars to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on the July 14 weekend. The event will also feature vintage observed trials, vintage and post-vintage motocross as well as vintage flat track.

Bridgestone Tires returns as the 2023 AHRMA National Historic Cup Roadracing series sponsor. “Without Bridgestone, many of us wouldn’t have competition-grade tires for our classic bikes,” Larrabure said.  “And their generous support off the track is also making our season possible.”

Mark your calendar now for some of the world’s best classic motorcycle racing events with AHRMA.

2023 Bridgestone Tires AHRMA National Historic Cup Roadracing Series Schedule*

2/16-19 Roebling Road Raceway; Bloomingdale, GA

3/17-19 Carolina Motorsports Park; Kershaw, SC

5/26-28 Heartland Motorsports Park; Topeka, KS

6/2-4 Motorsports Park Hastings; Hastings, NE

6/23-25 New Jersey Motorsports Park; Millville, NJ

7/14-16 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (AHRMA Classic MotoFest); Monterey, CA

7/28-30 TBA

8/4-6 Blackhawk Farms Raceway; South Beloit, IL

9/8-10 Talladega Gran Prix Raceway; Munford, AL

10/5-8 Barber Motorsports Park; Birmingham, AL

*Preliminary Schedule as of 11/4/2022

About AHRMA:

The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to competing on fantastic classic and true vintage along with a wide range of modern motorcycles.  With about 3,300 members, AHRMA is the largest vintage racing group in North America and one of the biggest in the world. The association has grown steadily over the years, reflecting the increasing interest in classic bikes.

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MotoGP: FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer Franco Uncini Retires

Fri, 2022-11-04 20:28

Franco Uncini steps down as FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer

A special Press Conference celebrates the MotoGP Legend’s incredible career and confirms his successor

Friday, 04 November 2022

At the end of the 2022 season, MotoGP Legend Franco Uncini will step down from his role as FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer. An incredible advocate for rider safety over nearly four decades, Uncini’s impact on the sport cannot be overstated.

Uncini began his on-track career in the 250 World Championship in 1976, taking his first podiums and victories, and was runner-up the following season. He moved into the premier class for 1979, taking a podium as a rookie and three more the year after. 1982 saw Uncini win the 500 Championship with seven podiums, of which five were wins, writing his name into the sporting history books.

Following his retirement from racing, Uncini’s role in the paddock then became one of advocacy. A vocal presence as rider representative working towards better safety conditions from the mid-80s on, he was then chosen by the Grand Prix riders to represent them as their safety delegate from 1993.

Since, Uncini’s presence has only grown and the Italian was named FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer in 2013, adding to his impact on the sport once more. After his tenth season as Safety Officer, he will now step down and leave a legacy that will be difficult to match, having dedicated his career to improving safety for his fellow riders and MotoGP Legends over nearly four decades.

The new FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer was named in a special Press Conference in Valencia as Bartolomé Alfonso, whose career began as a track marshal at Jarama before he moved to a new role in the FIM MotoGP World Championship as timekeeping coordinator and later Events Director at Dorna Sports. The next chapter saw Alfonso move to become General Manager of Lusail International Circuit in Doha, before he was named Managing Director of MotorLand Aragón in 2008.

In 2018, Alfonso then became General Manager of Racing Loop, developing circuits and motorsport projects in different parts of the world, working with local promoters and sanctioning bodies the FIM and FIA. Alfonso has been a member of the FIM Road Racing Commission since 2012.

As he retires, the FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports would like to thank Franco Uncini for his decades of work and dedication, and wish him the very best as he steps away from his direct role in the sport – safe in the knowledge his legacy will be lasting and his presence always welcome in the paddock. Thank you, Franco.

QUOTES

FIM President Jorge Viegas: “This is a special announcement I think for all of us. As you all know, Franco has decided, already more or less a year ago, to leave his role as FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer, after 30 years more or less. After an incredible career as a rider he became the most important person for the safety of his colleagues. This is one of the most important tasks in our world. I tried to convince him not to go! I’m sure Franco, after few days or weeks, he may wonder why he decided this! But he has a family who will gain from him being home. I want to say that Franco is always welcome in MotoGP at the races.

“We gave deep thought, along with Dorna, to find someone who is able to take on this huge responsibility with us. We gave a lot of thought to who could perform this task as Franco did. Tomé has been working for a long time in designing circuits, looking at the safety of circuits, and he will now be working only for the FIM. He will do his best to make all the circuits as safe as possible.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “Franco doesn’t know, but he’s been so important to the development of the Championship. He was there first with me as a fan of MotoGP, and I remember when he was World Champion, and then later when I had the chance to join Dorna, one of the biggest experiences I’ve had is the personal connection with Franco, and from the beginning our personal friendship. As the President says, he decided he needs more time with his family but as I told him the other day, he has two families. And he mustn’t forget this family! I hope he will stay close to us. His experience is very important. His relationship with Tome has been very important in the past, and it will remain so in the future The only thing I can say to Franco and his family is thank you for all the effort he has made during all these years. It has passed very fast! When I see photos of us at the beginning of our time in the World Championship it seems close, but really it’s been 31 seasons. We’ve been working closely with him all that time, he started as rider representative, and his experience has been really fantastic. The only thing I can say again is, thank you very much.”

Franco Uncini: “I’m here to announce my retirement and I have a long list of people to thank. For sure Carmelo Ezpeleta is the first, he’s our boss! And a fantastic person. Mike Trimby, and IRTA President Herve Poncharal, and the past Presidents. FIM President Jorge Viegas and his predecessors. Then, the MotoGP Safety Commission. Carlos Ezpeleta! And Loris Capirossi, who I’ve spent the last ten years with! Thank you to, not all but almost, the circuits on which I’ve worked. All the IRTA, Dorna and FIM people. I’ll stop here otherwise I’d be here for hours. I love it and I love this sport. It’s been the centre of my life forever. Thank you FIM, IRTA, Dorna and the Safety Commission, we’ve done an extraordinary job for safety. I’ve had many sleepless nights but I’m happy and satisfied with what we’ve achieved. 30 years doing this job, 20 with IRTA and 10 with FIM. I’m a grandfather to two, I have two daughters, and my wife who has been at my side since 1981 and who still can bear me! Thanks, and thanks to my daughters. I need to slow down and make room for young people. I feel Tomé can continue this excellent job, and as the President said, Tomé was also my choice. He’s the person I believe can continue this job. Thank you very much everybody.”

Tomé Alfonso: “I don’t think anyone else has done what Franco has done for safety, and if we see it from the perspective of the tracks, that job hasn’t only helped MotoGP but every racetrack for 365 days a year. I would like to thank him for everything, and I will do my best to continue his incredible work.”

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MotoGP: CryptoDATA Tech Becomes Majority Owner Of RNF Team

Fri, 2022-11-04 20:18

CryptoDATA Tech becomes RNF MotoGP Team majority and strategic shareholder

RNF Racing Ltd. is pleased to announce a new majority shareholder with CryptoDATA Tech, a blockchain-applied technologies pioneer and developer of hardware and software cybersecurity solutions. This strategic investment marks a significant milestone and a beginning of a new era for the fifteen months old RNF MotoGP team.

After previously announcing the cybersecurity company as the Official Premium Partner for the final three races of the season, CryptoDATA’s became a partner who shared the same passion, values and recognised the potential value of a MotoGP team in the long term.

With CryptoDATA as the majority shareholder, the vision and strategy is to go beyond racing and expand the business and services into motorsports mainly in MotoGP and taking the role of the business and branding aspects of the team. RNF MotoGP Team will continue participating as an Independent Team in the premier class of the FIM MotoGP World Championship with Team Principal Razlan Razali remaining at the helm focusing on the sporting and technicality side of the team.

In conjunction with the final race of the season and to mark the start of this historical milestone, RNF MotoGP Team and CryptoDATA will be unveiling a special livery design on race day at the Valencia Grand Prix.

Razlan Razali, Founder and Team Principal RNF Racing Ltd.

“Today marks a historical milestone for the team. I’d like to thank CryptoDATA for putting their trust in me and the team for the future.”

“In a short period of time, discussions have evolved into a long term commitment. We have extended our partnership, and as I previously stated, this is a fantastic collaboration. The union of the two companies will drive the team to not just perform in racing, but also to grow the business aspects of the team, and this is where both parties join forces to share expertise and experience. My main focus is to ensure the team fights for the championship while CryptoDATA’s team consisting of young, smart, innovative, and ambitious individuals will develop strategies to strengthen our position off track.”

“With the experience from our previous successes, the same strong and passionate crew from our MotoGP garage, and a solid rider line-up, we are set for a competitive comeback with CryptoDATA for the next season.”
 

Ovidiu TOMA, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, CryptoDATA Tech

“We are delighted to extend our partnership and become the majority shareholder of the RNF MotoGP Team. The MotoGP World Championship is an exclusive and international showcase, a special universe where the starting grid is a stage for heroes in which CryptoDATA has found its space by sharing its values and objectives. We became the first Romanian company to Title Sponsor a Moto Grand Prix at the Red Bull track this year, and we are now more excited and motivated than ever to become the majority shareholder in the RNF Team. This represents not only a historical milestone for CryptoDATA, but also a new beginning and a significant incentive.”

“We look to 2023 with optimism and confidence as our team is led by trained, serious, and experienced managers. We will do our best to support the team to achieve their goals and to reach their highest potential in MotoGP.”
 

Bogdan Mărunţiş, Global Strategy and Founder, CryptoDATA Tech

“We are glad to announce our partnership with the RNF team, and we are confident that we can help the team set strategic goals for the upcoming season and long-term performance goals both on and off-track. We want to start the team’s transformation into a successful business that will provide unique experiences to our fans and partners while promoting our brand values in the top series of global racing.”

“As CryptoDATA representatives, we will be in charge of the business’s strategic management and will work to provide stability and further strengthen the team’s position in the MotoGP world and in the business world.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, Chief Executive Officer of Dorna Sports S.L

“The agreement that Razlan Razali has reached with CryptoDATA allows him to maintain the viability and presence of his project in MotoGP. We are delighted to see a new sponsor supporting a team, especially one that Dorna brought to the championship. We were happy with the relationship with CryptoDATA at the Austrian Grand Prix, they have the idea to develop and the idea to put things together with Aprilia next year which is the stability needed for MotoGP, it’s a very warm welcome for CryptoDATA to MotoGP. The fact that they are not just limiting their participation in the sponsorship area but in an entire team shows the importance of Motorsport and of MotoGP in particular. We know that Razlan had many requests, and we believe he has chosen the best option for the future and to consolidate his structure.“
 

About RNF MotoGP Team

A new beginning, a collaboration that goes beyond racing. The RNF MotoGP Team will debut in the premier class of the 2023 FIM MotoGP World Championship grid as the first-ever satellite team for Aprilia showcasing Portuguese MotoGP rider and 5-times race winner Miguel Oliveira with promising Spanish youngster and 2021 Moto2 Vice World Champion, Raul Fernandez.

The addition of CryptoDATA to the RNF MotoGP Team brings sustainability on and off track, as it sets the tone for further developing and improving performance in the upcoming season. The team will collaborate on two missions for the team with CryptoDATA spearheading the business side while RNF MotoGP Team focuses on the sports itself.

Our shared passion for performance, innovations and technology will bring a fresh and unique value to the world of motorsports.

About CryptoDATA Tech

CryptoDATA Tech is a global ambassador for promoting the importance of data security and digital privacy worldwide. The company has pioneered the development of services and products based on blockchain technology that enables private and secure communication, satisfying the requirements of its collaborators as well as tech users worldwide. Wispr, one of its major products, is an online messaging app that allows motorsport fans to exchange messages without constraints from anywhere in the world, thereby fueling the passion and determination of the motorsport community.

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