Friday, June 10, 2011
Legendary Italian motorcycle manufacturer, Benelli (now owned by the China-based Qianjiang Group) are celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year. Established in 1911 in Pesaro, Italy, Benelli is one of the oldest European motorcycle brands in existence today.
To celebrate their 100th year, Benelli have launched two special edition machines – the TNT 899 Century Racer and TNT 1130 Century Racer. Both are fitted with Benelli’s three-cylinder engines, producing 120 horsepower at 9,500rpm in the case of the TNT 899 and 129 horsepower at 8,500rpm for the TNT 1130. Both bikes are fitted with a six-speed gearbox, high-spec suspension components from Marzocchi and Sachs, Brembo brakes with radial-mount callipers and special touches like Alcantara seats and a special paint job inspired by Renzo Pasolini’s Benelli racebikes of the 1960s.
2006 MotoGP world champ, Nicky Hayden recently visited the Isle of Man for the TT ‘experience,’ which included a parade lap of the TT circuit aboard a Ducati 1198. Fellow celebrity racers, Mick Doohan, Ian Hutchinson and Cal Crutchlow also joined the Kentucky Kid for the parade lap.
‘That lap was pretty awesome. We weren’t going fast but the speed we were doing while waving at the crowds was pretty fast! I really enjoyed my lap and seeing another form of racing. These boys are hard as nails. It was a real shame about the weather but maybe I can come back another year and see some racing,’ said Hayden.
Monday, June 06, 2011
Honda TT Legends' John McGuinness won the 2011 Superbike race at the IoM, while his teammate Keith Amor took fourth place in the race despite an injured shoulder...
The 2011 Isle of Man TT began in spectacular style for the Honda TT Legends team as John McGuinness led the majority of the six-lap Superbike race to secure victory, taking his tally of TT wins to 16. His teammate Keith Amor also put in a heroic performance, riding through the pain of an injured shoulder, finishing in fourth position on his Honda Fireblade.
‘I am speechless. I feel like I am dreaming. It looked like it was going to be a mega-close race to begin with. Bruce was really pushing hard at the beginning there and we lost some time but we had a great pit stop, went back out and got the lead back. I did six good laps, I didn’t make any mistakes and we had two terrific pit stops by a fantastic team. They put a lot of faith in me and I put a lot of faith in them and it paid off. Somebody said to me today if you get that 16th win it will be sweet 16 – and it certainly feels sweet,’ said John McGuinness.
Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) recently unveiled its all-new Moto3 machines – the NSF250R – which will be raced from 2012 onwards. As you would already know, the new Moto3 class, with machines powered by single-cylinder four-stroke 250cc engines, will replace 125cc two-strokes next year. The class is expected to be wildly popular and, indeed, aspiring racers will be able to buy the Honda NSF250R from December this year, for a mere 23,600 euros.
The Honda NSF250R Moto3 bike is fitted with a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, fuel-injected, single-cylinder, DOHC, 249cc engine that produces 48 horsepower at 13,000rpm and 28Nm of torque at 10,500rpm. The bike weighs a featherweight 84 kilos (kerb weight) and has a fuel tank capacity of 11 litres. Suspension components include a USD fork at the front and Pro-link monoshock at the rear. An aluminium beam frame and aluminium swingarm complete the racy little package.