Monday, July 20, 2009

John Surtees’ son, Henry Surtees passes away in a racing accident

From left: John Surtees with son Henry, who was racing in F2

Henry Surtees, who was just 18 years old, was killed today in what’s being called a ‘freak racing accident,’ during an F2 race at the Brands Hatch circuit in the UK. Henry was the son of John Surtees, the only man ever to win both 500cc motorcycle grand prix racing (1956, with MV Agusta) and F1 car racing (1964, with Ferrari) world championships.

‘He had shown himself to be one with the possibilities of reaching the very top. Despite his young age he had shown maturity, technical understanding and speed. Most importantly, he was a nice person and a loving son. He will be deeply missed,’ said John, speaking about Henry.

We convey our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the Surtees family.

Flossie: Castrol’s robotic motorcycle test rider is totally cool!

That's not just any old robot who's sitting on the Fireblade, it's Flossie himself!

In their quest to develop the finest motorcycle engine oils, Castrol have recruited a new test rider – Flossie, the robot. ‘He is invaluable in tests which support our core product benefits such as increased power or increased acceleration,’ say Castrol.

Flossie (who isn’t related to a certain Rossi, as far as we know…) can test any scooter or motorcycle and has a ‘self learning’ mode that allows it to learn a bike’s gear change pattern, clutch feel and throttle response etc.

Castrol claim that Flossie is the ultimate precision rider who never gets tired, isn’t troubled by engine noise at 16,000rpm, doesn’t mind riding in extreme cold or heat… and doesn’t even crave a cold beer and a hamburger after a hard session of testing. And isn’t that just brilliant…

Here's Flossie in action. You don't want to miss watching this video!

2009 German MotoGP: Pics from Sachsenring

Pics from the 2009 German Grand Prix at Sachsenring. Rossi rules...!

More MotoGP pics here

Sunday, July 19, 2009

2009 German MotoGP: Race results from Sachsenring

Valentino Rossi won the German MotoGP at Sachsenring, followed by Lorenzo in second place and Pedrosa in third. As always, the dogfight between Rossi and Lorenzo was hugely entertaining...

1. Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team 41min 21.769 sec
2. Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team 41min 21.868 sec
3. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 41min 24.668 sec
4. Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 41min 31.995 sec
5. Alex de Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini 41min 43.291 sec
6. Toni Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini 41min 52.621 sec
7. Marco Melandri Hayate Racing Team 41min 53.070 sec
8. Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Team 41min 53.495 sec
9. Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 41min 54.634 sec
10. James Toseland Monster Yamaha Tech 3 42min 5.695 sec
11. Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 42min 19.144 sec
12. Niccolo Canepa Pramac Racing 42min 22.308 sec
13. Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 42min 25.414 sec
14. Mika Kallio Pramac Racing 42min 25.924 sec
15. Gabor Talmacsi Scot Racing Team MotoGP 41min 22.338 sec

Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team

Pics from various races in the 2009 MotoGP season. Sachsenring pics to follow soon...

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Marotti unleash Honda 750 V4-engined trike

With its 100bhp Honda V4 engine, the 440kg Marotti trike should be good fun...!
Via Autoblog

The Poland-based Marotti have prepared this rather outlandish trike you see here, which is fitted with a 750cc, V4 Honda engine. The vehicle weighs 440 kilos and with the engine producing 100bhp at 11,000rpm, the package is sure to provide a few thrills.

Power is transferred to the Marotti trike’s rear wheel via chain drive, and a sequential six-speed gearbox is used. The 17-inch wheels are shod with 255/45 (front) and 275/45 (rear) tyres and the suspension consists of double rocker arm setup at front and roller rocker arm at the rear.

Marotti claim their trike has the dynamics of a motorcycle and is as safe and easy to drive as a car. Hmmm... looks quite all right to us!

Marotti trike - the promo videos...

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