Monday, September 15, 2008

MotoGP: Race results from Indianapolis


For The Doctor, this was his 69th MotoGP win. Hayden, Lorenzo and Stoner took second, third and fourth places in the inaugural Indianapolis MotoGP...

2008 MotoGP race results from Indianapolis:

1. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (B) 37min 20.095 secs
2. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 37min 26.067 secs
3. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 37min 27.953 secs
4. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 37min 48.257 secs
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP (M) 37min 48.919 secs
6. Ben Spies USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 37min 49.740 secs
7. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 37min 56.318 secs
8. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (B) 37min 57.353 secs
9. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 37min 58.537 secs
10. Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 38min 2.532 secs
11. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 38min 7.274 secs
12. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 38min 16.057 secs
13. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP (M) 38min 17.461 secs
14. John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 38min 18.448 secs
15. Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 38min 20.708 secs
16. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 38min 25.715 secs
17. Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 38min 25.949 secs
18. James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 38min 28.063 secs
19. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 38min 41.118 secs

Full race report here

More pics from various 2008 MotoGP races...








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Sunday, September 14, 2008

One-off Ducati 1098 Senna


Custom-built Ducati 1098 Senna. Beautiful...

Pics: NextMoto

Here at Faster and Faster, even though we don’t follow F1, we have nothing but respect and admiration for the late, great Ayrton Senna. The three-time F1 world champ was also an ardent motorcyclist, and a friend of Claudio Castiglioni himself, who commissioned the MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna in tribute to the great man.

Fans will probably remember that Ducati also built the 916 Senna, in homage to the Brazilian who had already left an indelible mark on the world when he passed away in a racing accident in 1994. And taking up where Ducati left off, one Senna devotee has created the 1098 Senna that you see here. Like other Senna bikes created by Ducati and MV Agusta, this one also carries the ‘S’ logo on its fairing, and is painted gray-black, with red wheels. And it looks awesome…


Some pics of the MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna and the Ducati 916 Senna...

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Specials from Febur



Pics: Febur

Based in Italy, Febur was set up in 1996 by three motorcycle enthusiasts – Bursi Gianfrancesco, Fabio Ferri and Fabrizio Ferri. The company specializes in supplying exotic, high-end kit for Italian and Japanese sportsbikes, and also undertakes full-on customization jobs. Here are some bikes prepared by Febur. For more, visit their website here

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Benelli TNT 899S riding impression


The Benelli TNT 899S. Exotic styling, 120bhp three-cylinder engine and proper handling. Sorted!
Pics: Motociclismo

Benelli took their standard TNT 899 and bolted on a fully adjustable 43mm USD fork, a two-piece seat, and carbonfibre front mudguard and side-panels. Then they painted the bike orange, and lo!, the TNT 899S was born.

Powered by Benelli’s 899cc, 12-valve, DOHC triple that makes a claimed 120bhp at 9,500rpm and 88Nm of torque at 8,000 revs, the TNT 899S is a bit more affordable than the TNT 1130, but looks every bit as exotic. Motociclismo recently tested the bike, and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about it:

We wonder what the ‘TNT’ in Benelli TNT 899S stands for. Tornado Naked Tre? Or is it TNT, the explosive? Despite having a smaller engine than the 1130, the 899S packs amazing performance. Twisting the throttle is like the lighting the fuse on a detonator – it’s an explosion of sheer exhilaration.

Despite their ‘naked’ design and high handlebars, Benelli TNT bikes are explosive sportsbikes. Benelli developed the 899 to offer a bike that would be more affordable than the 1130, but the bike’s character hasn’t changed much and the aggressive design remains the same. It’s still a proper streetfighter all right…


It's bit cheaper than the TNT 1130, but the 899S is almost as hard-edged

To ride, the 899S is smooth and balanced – more refined than its bigger cousin. The three-cylinder engine sounds terrific and is very responsive, though power delivery is softer than that on the TNT 1130. With a claimed 120bhp on tap, performance is never lacking. The six-speed gearbox is slick and accurate, and the bike’s ergonomics are outstanding.

In terms of handling, the TNT 899S, like the 1130, feels firm and composed – it corners with remarkable aplomb. With a dry weight of around 200 kilos, the 899 also feels more agile than the bigger TNT and changes direction even more quickly. While exiting fast bends, you can really wind open the throttle and the bike accelerates hard, without ever threatening to lose traction.

The 899S suspension is quite firm, which feels good on smooth tarmac, but can be a bit uncomfortable on the rough stuff. The brakes are all right, though the rear has a tendency to lock up a bit too soon.

Overall, the Benelli TNT 899S offers optimum performance, versatility and great character, at a price that... could have been a bit lower! It’s still almost reasonable though, and the motorcycle, after all, is a strikingly cool Italian machine.

Full test report on Motociclismo here

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