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Fri, 2015-02-20 15:12
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Bayliss is back


Hopes are high for #65


MV Agusta, stripped naked


The switch to World Supersport has done Gino Rea good


The most photographed motorcycle this weekend


Kyle Smith: definitely a name to watch in WSS


The transition from MotoGP to World Superbikes is not easy, as Randy De Puniet is finding out


Marco Faccani, teammate to Kenan Sofuoglu in WSS. An unenviable position indeed


TB21, ready to roll


Fastest so far. The Suzukis go well at Phillip Island. Alex Lowes goes fast everywhere


The nut between the handlebars?


Show time


Mean & Green: Christian Gamarino is one of many Kawasaki ZX-6R's contesting World Supersport this year


Linkage loveliness


Kenan Sofuoglu, the man to beat in World Supersport


Matteo Baiocco at work


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Tue, 2015-02-17 13:45
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Alex Lowes proved the Suzuki is still fast around Phillip Island


His Chazness


Superquadro. Desmodromico. E bellissimo!


Revelation of the test was surely Jordi Torres. He is getting the hang of WSBK fast


Holding out for a Hero? EBR may have found one in Niccolo Canepa


Juggling fuel. Race bikes want it in a different spot to road bikes


New boy Kyle Smith dragging elbows Moto2 style


An Aussie riding a pom bike? Sam Lambert rides at Phillip Island as a wildcard this weekend


Most serious face in racing? Leon Haslam is a prime candidate


... but he faces stiff competition from Nico Terol


Unmistakeably MV


This man has his sights set on the World Supersport championship this year. I wouldn't bet against him


His teammate was faster, but you can't rule Tom Sykes out


When he was riding, Gino Rea was fast. But an old foot injury didn't help


Form following function


If the fans had their way, all of the bikes would be carbon black


Lorenzo Zanetti had a decent year last year. The MV Agusta offers new chances in 2015


A lot of people have this man at the top of their list of favorites


The best looking tail in racing?

 

 


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Mon, 2015-02-16 12:52
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It is difficult to overstate just how different the GP15 is from its predecessors. Some details are already clear from the press shots, but more will come tomorrow. For the moment, here is a selection of the press shots.

 


It's all new


Different exhaust routing, to one side of the fuel tank


Top yoke looks broadly similar to the GP14.


Lower exhaust is shorter, but will have to be extended again, as it's overheating the swingarm


Chassis is curved underneath and at the top. Much narrower and tighter, more compact


The tail is smaller, and a thing of beauty


Note the rear cambox, the engine has been tipped back much further


There's a special air intake on the left of the bike. Where it leads is a mystery for the moment


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Wed, 2015-02-04 05:55
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The biggest change on the 2015 Honda RC213V, the rear subframe mount points


Yamaha's exhaust is slightly different to the one trialed in Valencia. Looks good, sounds fantastic


Matteo Flamigni and his magical laptop


Suzuki have brought a new exhaust system, which is shorter


Suzuki's frame is very slim above the swingarm pivot


The Ducati GP14.3 - A number of small but subtle differences


The GP14.3, a closer look. The most visible change is a narrower waist around the seat, the chassis curving inward as it rises


Just visible, if you look closely, the curve of the upper part of the chassis


The geometry has changed a little too. The front forks are barely poking through the top yokes on the new bike, less than the old


For comparison, here is Danilo Petrucci's Pramac GP14. He has 6+cm of fork through the top yoke


That puts the bike very much on its nose


The Aprilia is the most changed bike since Valencia. New chassis, revised engine. It looks more like a prototype now


No seamless gearbox yet, though. That is likely to come later in the year


It is a good-looking machine. This is test rider Michael Laverty's bike


A wet clutch is something of an oddity on a racing motorcycle


The Aprilia, unclothed


Tech 3's new exhaust sponsor means that they cannot follow the design of the factory bike


Ohlins goodies for Pol


The #25 bike awaits Maverick


Suzuki's 4-2-1 exhaust


The rear end of the Honda RC213V is very special indeed


Serpentine elegance


Attention to detail: the onboard camera and rain lights are both enclosed in bodywork on the factory Hondas


The Open Honda looks almost cheap by comparison


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Tue, 2015-02-03 12:32
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The close-up photos of the 2015 Honda RC213V speak for themselves. Look closely at the fit and finish, and marvel at a piece of precision engineering


Note the analog rev counter on Dani Pedrosa's dashboard


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Mon, 2015-02-02 15:52
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With the start of the World Superbike season just a couple of weeks away, the factory Ducati team launched their 2015 WSBK campaign. The Aruba.it Ducati team was presented to the press at Arezzo in Italy. After the event, the team issued the following press release and photos, containing photos of the new livery:


The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team presented today in Arezzo

  • The presentation of the official team took place at the Aruba Data Center.
  • The event was broadcast in live streaming on new website www.arubaracing.it.
  • The new livery of Davies’ and Giugliano’s Ducati Panigale R bikes was unveiled.

Borgo Panigale/Arezzo (Italy), 2 February 2015: The Aruba Data Center in Arezzo today hosted the presentation of the new Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team, the only official Ducati team in the 2015 Superbike World Championship.

The agreement between Ducati and Aruba, Italy’s leading web hosting and cloud services company, will last three years.

During the event, in the presence of media representatives from the two sectors (Motorsport and Information Technology), as well as team sponsors and partners, the team illustrated its sporting plans and technical innovations for the 2015 Superbike Championship, which will get underway on 22 February at Phillip Island in Australia.

The two riders, Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, then revealed the new livery of the factory Panigale R of the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team.

Stefano Cecconi, CEO of Aruba S.p.A and Team Principal, acted as host, explaining the reasons that have led his company to participate together with Ducati in the world championship for production-derived bikes.

Stefano Cecconi: “Over the years our company has achieved important results on a national level, with hosting services that include web sites, datacenters, certified email and digital signatures. More recently, thanks to some acquisitions and the success of our cloud services, we have started a process of international expansion, opening several bases and data centers overseas. In November last year we won the tender to become the registrar of “.cloud” domains, a service aimed at a world market.

We therefore needed a new and efficient way to support all of this from an image and communications stand point. It was only natural to consider the world of motorsport, not just a very popular sport, but one that also has a strong technological component of innovation, research and development, As a fan, I knew the Superbike championship very well and had no doubts about its suitability, not just because it is a global event with the right coverage, but also and above all because - and here the project turned into the dream - it could perhaps allow us to participate with a much more active role. The initial idea was to create our own private team, a difficult but not impossible project. We were heading along that path and were in contact with many teams and riders, as well as several manufacturers: in the end we chose Ducati.

During the course of our discussions with Ducati we decided together that perhaps we could do something better, combining and sharing our forces to the benefit of the factory team.

And it is for this reason that we are particularly pleased today: because we are not just realizing a project or a dream, but the end result of all this is so much more than we had dared to imagine. The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team is born.”

Next to take the stage was Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, who highlighted the positive sales figures achieved by Ducati in 2014 and underlined the importance of World Superbike for Ducati.

Claudio Domenicali: “We are particularly pleased with our agreement with Aruba, also because both companies share a significant series of values, ranging from technological avant-garde in our respective sectors to the ability to offer ‘made in Italy’ excellence, operating with passion and com-petence to ensure the satisfaction of our users and clients across the world.

2014 closed very positively for Ducati, in that we achieved a new sales record, delivering 45,100 bikes to customers, a 2% increase with respect to 2013, and we have confirmed the growth trend for the fifth consecutive year. An increment also linked to the integration of new products that, despite the uncertainty of the market, have contributed to the achievement of this important result for Ducati. During the course of 2015, we will start to deliver the new models that we recently presented, among which the Scrambler, Multistrada and the new Panigale 1299, perfect for use on both the road and the track. For customers who prefer more extreme track use, we have further evolved the Panigale R, which has improved in many ways and which maintains the maximum displacement permitted by the Superbike regulations (1199 cc).

The Superbike World Championship is very important for Ducati and for our history: we have won 14 riders’ titles and 17 manufacturers’ titles and we absolutely want to win again with the Panigale. The three-year agreement with Aruba is the ideal platform to continue this commitment and return as frontrunners in the championship.

I would like to close by personally thanking Stefano Cecconi and welcoming Aruba, one of our most important partners. I wish our riders Chaz and Davide and the entire Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team the very best of luck.”

Then, Luigi Dall’Igna (General Manager of Ducati Corse) explained the increased involvement of the entire Ducati Corse structure in the Superbike project, also in the light of the new technical regulations.

Luigi Dall’Igna: “The new regulations introduced for the 2015 season will bring Superbikes very close to production models in terms of preparation and also introduce a price-cap for some tech-nical components. In this difficult economic period, I believe that this is the right path to take with a view to keeping costs under control and levelling the playing field. The reorganization that has taken place inside Ducati Corse over recent months means that we can now better capitalize on the synergies between the engineers who work at the Ducati factory and those working at the tracks, for the benefit of the entire Superbike programme. We have also extended to Superbike our partnership with Akrapovič, with whom we have collaborated in MotoGP since last year, and together we have developed a new exhaust that has already given excellent results in the winter tests. Our aim for 2015, which is shared with our new partner Aruba, at this point can only be one: to win again and be protagonists in the championship this season.”

Paolo Ciabatti (Sporting Director of Ducati Corse) and Ernesto Marinelli (Ducati Corse Superbike Project Director) then spoke in more detail about sporting activities and the technical evolution of the new Panigale R.

Paolo Ciabatti: “After a difficult 2013 season, last year we returned to Superbike in an official capacity. We resumed our collaboration with Feel Racing, the technical and logistical structure historically tied to Ducati, and during the season we scored some encouraging results, with six podiums and two pole positions. This year we have reached an important agreement with Aruba, a company that has also become our partner in the management of the team and which will help us in the field of communication, and obviously our ambitions are now much higher, because we want to fight for the title with the Panigale. Together with Aruba we have also shared the decision to give continuity to the organization of the team and we are very satisfied to be able to continue working with Feel Racing and with the same riders as last year, Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, because we believe that they have the talent to aim for the podium in every race.”

Ernesto Marinelli: “The 2015 Panigale R Superbike is an evolved version of the one we raced in 2014. We have come into line with the new technical regulations and, as well as the normal suspension, brakes and chassis upgrades, the three areas where we have made the biggest changes are the new electronics, the engine and the new exhaust system, which has come from the collaboration with Akrapovič. The electronics package has been totally revised, also because a €8000 price-cap has been introduced by the regulations. Many components have been changed, in particular the sensors, including the IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) platform, which is now in common with production bikes, as well as the new Magneti Marelli MLE, which costs less than a third of the one used last year. Despite the significant difference in price, we have however been able to maintain virtually the same management strategies and update them with new settings. The engine is not as highly tuned as before and is closer to the production engine of the new Panigale R, using the same pistons, but in any case we have succeeded in maintaining the same maximum power output as the 2014 bike.”

After unveiling the new livery of the factory Ducati Panigale R bikes, team riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano spoke about the positive results seen in the recent Portimao and Jerez tests and their expectations for the 2015 championship.

Chaz Davies: “We’ve worked very well over the winter and I think that we’re on the right track so to speak. I’m very confident about the upcoming season, and I am sure that we can fight for the positions that count every weekend. The new livery of the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team Panigale R bikes is really great and very aggressive and now I cannot wait to get on track in Australia for the first races of the 2015 season!”

Davide Giugliano: “We’ve made good progress during the winter tests, especially last week in Jerez where I had strong pace and felt already totally at ease on my bike. I must thank all of the guys in Ducati, because they have worked tirelessly over the winter in order to provide us with these fantastic Panigale R bikes. As an Italian rider, with an Italian team, it will be my honour to race with the Ducati for a second consecutive season; we’ll be doing all we can to bring home the best possible results for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team.”

The presentation was broadcast in live streaming on the team’s new website, www.arubaracing.it, providing both the press and the many fans across the world with the chance to watch the event live.

In a few days’ time, the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team will travel to Australia, where the final winter test sessions will take place at Phillip Island on 16 and 17 February, followed by the opening round of the 2015 World Superbike Championship, to take place over the weekend of 20-22 February at the same track.

Wed, 2015-01-28 13:51
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The new, lower exhaust


The new air intake retains the lip which appeared late last year


Swingarm and rear wheel


An abundance of sponsors


The business end


Bridgegestone/Ohlins/Brembo, industry standard


Note the mount for the rear-facing camera on the right. Honda's is integrated into the bodywork


Exhaust close up


Clutch, side vent, exhaust


Right side, wider angle


Sensors adorn the front wheel


Lots of shots of the right of the bike, few of the left...


One of the few close up images of the left side


Got to put those sponsor logos somewhere ...


Fiat is back, in a limited way


Nicely integrated tail light


Stoppers


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Sat, 2015-01-10 09:48
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Ready to rumble, down under


Stopping power. But dissipating heat wasn't the problem, disks got brake covers to keep the heat in


Team Rossi - Matteo Flamigni and Silvano Galbusera played a key role in Rossi's revival. Though not as great a part as Rossi himself


Famous name, a lot to live up to. Remy Gardner gets a shot in the big leagues in 2015


Oh I do like to be beside the seaside


Oh I do like to be beside the sea ...


Phillip Island was another step in the rehabilitation of Cal Crutchlow. Until almost the last lap


War in Moto3. 'T was ever thus


Jack Miller came out on top, thrilling the Australian crowds


Ohlins trickery from Dovizioso's Ducati


Danilo Petrucci worked hard, suffered through a tough year, and was rewarded with a Ducati ride for 2015


Phillip Island. Sea, sky, sonic assault


Photographers love PI


Mr White


It was a tough weekend for Marc Marquez, crashing out using the asymmetric tire


His loss was Valentino Rossi's gain, the Italian getting his second win of the season


Behind them, PI produced some fantastic racing


Jack Miller, mastering the leg thing


The best front end in MotoGP? Got to be close


Farewell tour for the Leitner/Pedrosa partnership


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Wed, 2015-01-07 15:08
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There is no part of a Honda racing motorcycle that is not beautifully made


A study in yellow, white and blue


Scott Redding takes racing in front of his home crowd very seriously


Stefan Bradl, knee down...


... elbow down, forearm down ...


... and sometimes, everything down.


Marc Marquez, looking in the direction his competitors are usually to be found.


Johann Zarco had a very strong season in 2014, yet the Moto2 teams all abandoned Suter for 2015


Tires, suspension, front wheel buried under braking


'T was a cold and misty morning


Andrea Iannone was sometimes impressive, but still too inconsistent in 2014


Alvaro Bautista demonstrates "the stoppie"


The Doctor's Office


If your tires look like this, you should consider a career in motorcycle racing


Moto3: the race of the weekend, every weekend


Like I said, 't was a cold and misty morning


Even the welding is a work of art


Aleix Espargaro gets physical with his Forward Yamaha


An inch above the ground


Not an inch above the ground

 


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Sun, 2015-01-04 22:14
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You can teach old dogs new tricks, if they are willing to learn


... and here's one of the things the old dog learned: a radical new body position


Redding on red


The wheels on the bike go round and round ...


Barcelona was Alex Marquez' first win of the year. More would follow


Bike swap time


Pol Espargaro, all smiles


A sense of the scale of the Montmelo circuit


Is their generation about to be pushed aside?


Where's the wipers?


Enea Bastianini, Italy's next great hope


TV talk


Yonny Hernandez did such a good job on the GP13 that he earned himself a factory contract


They don't like it up 'em


Red on Red


Brad Binder goes just a little bit too far


Dani Pedrosa, always pushing to excel at home


It's been quite the learning curve for Bradley Smith


Formic


The hardest part of racing. Getting up when you go down


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