Saturday, August 15, 2009

2009 Czech MotoGP: Race results from Brno

Rossi now leads the 2009 MotoGP world championship by 50 points

Czech Republic MotoGP: Race results

1 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha 43'08.991
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 43'20.757
3 Toni Elias San Carlo Honda 43'29.747
4 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda 43'30.409
5 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki 43'30.529
6 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro 43'34.535
7 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha 43'34.667
8 Alex De Angelis San Carlo Honda 43'43.100
9 James Toseland Monster Yamaha 43'44.608
10 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda 43'48.815
11 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki 43'49.767
12 Niccolo Canepa Pramac Racing 43'59.652
13 Gabor Talmacsi Scot Racing 44'08.179

Mika Kallio, Marco Melandri, Jorge Lorenzo, Michel Fabrizio

Czech Grand Prix: Practice, qualifying pics from Brno. Race pics posted here

Friday, August 14, 2009

AD Koncept’s Playboy LCR-Honda Fireblade replica

Randy de Puniet's bike for the street? Well, this is as close as you can probably getVia MCN

French outfit AD Koncept has done a MotoGP-replica Fireblade – an LCR Honda Playboy paintjob, which is likely to be a bit less common than the usual Repsol-rep thing. According to MCN, it’s taken all of £15,000 (about US$25,000, not including the cost of the original, brand-new ’Blade…) to create this bike. The stock bodywork has been retained, though various carbonfibre bits have been bolted on and the stock windscreen has been replaced with a smoked double bubble unit.

The LCR Honda-replica Fireblade also gets a fully adjustable Ohlins fork and shock, Brembo brakes with monobloc radial-mount callipers and a Leo Vince titanium exhaust system. All of which, we suppose, are must-haves if you absolutely must be Randy de Puniet on the street…

Here's a load of race-rep Fireblades. We love the Lawson/Gardner Rothmans colours!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Casey Stoner to miss next three MotoGP races due to ill health

Casey Stoner, who's been afflicted with a mystery virus, will miss the next three MotoGP races, effectively ending his chances of winning the 2009 MotoGP world championship

Due to continuing ill health, Casey Stoner will not race in the next three MotoGP races. The 2007 MotoGP world champ will return to action only in October, for the Grand Prix of Portugal. Despite suffering from severe fatigue and, by his own admission, not being able to perform at his best, Stoner is still currently third in the 2009 MotoGP world championship standings, behind Rossi and Lorenzo. Now, however, since he will miss three races, his fight for the title is effectively over.

‘I feel very sorry for the factory, my team, my sponsors and the fans. I am also disappointed because the bike in the last races has been very competitive. I will be doing everything possible to come back at full strength for Portugal,’ says Stoner.

‘It's obviously difficult for us to contemplate the next three races without Casey, but it's clear that the most important thing at this time is his health. Since his debut with us in Qatar in 2007, Casey has won 18 times as well as taking countless podium finishes, becoming one of the top riders in the world championship in the process,’ says Livio Suppo, MotoGP Project Director at Ducati. ‘We are confident that the doctors will help solve the issues that have affected him since early June and that Casey will be able to take part in the last races of the year in peak fitness. Then we can prepare for 2010 in the best way possible.’

Monday, August 10, 2009

Lazareth Wazuma: 500bhp BMW V12-powered quad that runs on bio-ethanol

A video of the Wazuma V12 in action
Via MotoRevue

French specials builder Lazareth have now come up with the Wazuma – a quad (four-wheeled motorcycle?) that’s fitted with a supercharged BMW V12, which produces 500 horsepower. It isn’t a hybrid and there isn’t a single lithium-ion battery here, but for what it’s worth, the Wazuma V12 can run on E85 bio-ethanol. How’s that for going green? The price tag, if you must ask, is a mere 200,000 euro (US$284,000) so when you do buy one, you can keep it parked next to your Ferrari 458 Italia. Probably.

The Lazareth Wazuma V12, in all its four-wheeled glory
Pics: MotoRevue, GTspirit, TesztMotor

Special Edition Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R up for grabs in the UK

Kawasaki UK are offering you a chance to win this bike!

First used on the Kawasaki GPZ900R back in 1984, the ‘Ninja’ tag now 25 years old. And Kawasaki UK are celebrating by offering you a chance to win a specially prepared ZX-6R Ninja. The bike comes with a Ninja 25th Anniversary paintjob, Akrapovic exhaust system and some other tasty bits and pieces. For more details on how you can enter the draw and perhaps win the bike, visit Kawasaki UK here