Friday, June 03, 2011
KTM have announced that their program for re-entering MotoGP in the new Moto3 class is on schedule – the company will have a team in Moto3 in 2012, in partnership with the Germany-based Kalex Engineering.
KTM’s Moto3 bike is being developed in-house by the company’s motorsports department in Mattighofen, Austria, and KTM engineer Wolfgang Felber is heading the team that’s working on the new racing bike. KTM will also supply engines to Kalex, whose bike is expected to be slightly different from the one developed by KTM. (Both bikes will be fitted with the same 250cc single-cylinder engine developed by KTM, but the KTM-Kalex bike is likely to have a different chassis and different suspension and braking components.)
Ducati UK will auction the 1198 that Valentino Rossi rode recently at the Silverstone circuit, during the official launch of the new Silverstone Wing. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Riders for Health. The bike will be displayed at the Riders for Health Day of Champions on the 9th of June and will then be auctioned on the 11th of this month.
For younger riders who are still a few years away from their first litre-class superbike, Aprilia have unveiled the latest iteration of the hot little RS4 125, which is now also available with a Max Biaggi race-replica paintjob. The bike is fitted with a 125cc single-cylinder four-stroke four-valve DOHC liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine that’s mated to a six-speed gearbox.
The racy, high-tech engine, coupled with the bike’s light, stiff aluminium beam frame, asymmetric aluminium swingarm, 41mm USD front fork, adjustable rear shock and 300mm front brake disc (with radial-mount four-piston callipers) deliver performance that’s worthy of what’s perhaps the world’s best 125cc sportsbike. And for those who aren’t ready to handle 125cc performance just yet, there’s also the Aprilia RS4 50, which is fitted with a liquid-cooled 50cc two-stroke engine.
Reigning MotoGP world champ, Jorge Lorenzo recently took to the streets of Barcelona, where he briefly rode his Yamaha YZR-M1 racebike. Commuters in downtown Barcelona, near the iconic Sagrada Familia in the heart of the city, came to a standstill as Yamaha executed a ‘pit stop’ for Lorenzo’s machine, with the Mallorcan then riding off on his 230bhp MotoGP bike. Watch the video below to get a glimpse of all the action!