Monday, September 24, 2007

First pics: 2012 Yamaha, Honda, Ducati MotoGP bikes!


MotoGP bike development to peak by 2012, will culminate in these machines?

These are the first pics (scoop shots, sneak previews etc...) of the 2012 MotoGP bikes from Yamaha, Honda and Ducati. 2007 MotoGP world champ, Casey Stoner has already started testing the machine which he expects to be riding five years down the line and he doesn't seem too unhappy with it! Colin Edwards has already started on his new fitness program and he expects to be ready for these new bikes by 2012.

Rossi has, reportedly, said he's confident of being able to match Stoner's pace and that Yamaha only need to make minor adjustments to the pedals. Hayden and Pedrosa, in the meanwhile, are still said to be struggling with grip issues...


...and it's not just Yamaha, Honda and Ducati. Aprilia have also started development work on their MotoGP bikes, though things are still at a more... ummm.., basic level right now!

Jokes apart, Yamaha and Suzuki have indeed started testing their 2008 MotoGP bikes. Rossi tested the prototype version of Yamaha’s 2008 YZR-M1 at Motegi. The bike features a new chassis, swingarm, bodywork and seat unit. However, Yamaha’s pneumatic valve engine for 2008 still isn’t ready, and is only expected to be ready for testing by the end of next month.

Suzuki also tested their 2008 GSV-R MotoGP bike at Motegi, with their development rider Nobuatsu Aoki (who also has a wild card entry at the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang this year…) putting the bike through its paces. The 2008 GSV-R features new bodywork, new exhaust system, revised chassis and various redesigned / repositioned components.

Stay tuned for further developments...


Nobuatsu Aoki (above) tests the 2008 Suzuki GSV-R...

...while Rossi (centre and right) evaluates the 2008 Yamaha YZR-M1

Also see:
Motegi, Japan: Casey Stoner is 2007 MotoGP world champ!
Rizla Suzuki: The best pit babes ever?
Fearsome: The 1975 Yamaha TZ750 dirt-tracker!
Evo6 and CB1100R: Stunning new Hondas revealed!
Fifth Gear video: Ducati 1098 vs Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera!
DVD review: Riding solo to the top of the world
Cool concept: Yamaha Air Tricker...
Book review: Riding Man
Casey Stoner unveils "motorcycle of the future!"

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