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A Lap With Casey Stoner on His MotoGP Honda RC213VHere is an epic video allowing us to take a lap around Sepang on a MotoGP bike and to see the track from Stoner’s viewpoint. Casey Stoner makes piloting the MotoGP Honda RC213V look easy in this video. He clearly demonstrates that smooth equals faster!

Source: YouTube.com and Honda Racing Europe

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Biaggi Celebration

A Great Weekend for Max Biaggi

The opening round of the 2012 World Superbike season witnessed one of the best performances ever in World Superbike.

After running off the track in the first lap of race two and ending up dead last, Max Biaggi and his incredibly well set up Aprilia, put on a racing clinic for the fans at Phillip Island.  He finished the race in 2nd place – from dead last!

Carlos Checa finished in 1st seconds in front of Biaggi.

What’s equally notable, the two oldest racers in World Superbike were 1st and 2nd this weekend – Max being the oldest and Carlos Checa the 2nd oldest!

Read the full details here: WSBK Opener at Phillip Island!

Phillip Island Race 1 Results:
1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
2. Marco Melandri (BMW)
3. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
5. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
6. Michel Fabrizio (BMW)
7. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
8. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
9. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
10. Bryan Staring (Kawasaki)
11. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati)
12. Leon Haslam (BMW)
13. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
14. David Salom (Kawasaki)
15. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
DNF Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
DNF Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
DNF Carlos Checa (Ducati)
DNF Raffaele de Rosa (Honda)

Max Biaggi in Action

Max Biaggi Put On A Racing Clinic

Phillip Island Race 2 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
4. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
5. Leon Haslam (BMW)
6. Marco Melandri (BMW)
7. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
8. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
9. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
10. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati)
11. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
12. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
13. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
14. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati)
15. Josh Brookes (Suzuki)
DNF Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
DNF Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
DNF Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
DNF David Salom (Kawasaki)
DNF Michel Fabrizio (BMW)
DNF Mark Aitchison (BMW)

Source: WSBK.com

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Shiny toys: In 1966, crossing the Ohio River in Louisville, Ky.

Shiny toys: In 1966, crossing the Ohio River in Louisville, Ky.

What do you think about the following editorial by Frederick Seidel?  Silly?  Or Pretty Accurate?  Post your thoughts in the Feedback section below the article?

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By FREDERICK SEIDEL

Are motorcycles passé? Are they sort of over? I ask as a rider of two-wheel Italian beauties that go very fast, gracefully streamlined subsonic technology from the Ducati factory in Bologna. I own two sport bikes and two racers. I ride racing motorcycles on the street. One of my motorcycles is capable of nearly 200 miles an hour. I write prose about motorcycles. I write poems about motorcycles.

So I ask with some authority. Are motorcycles — even superb and lovely Italian motorcycles from the land of Donatello and Bertolucci — being replaced as love objects, as arm candy, by other more contemporary show-off desirables?

Electronic ones. Mostly made by Apple.

The iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, the 11-inch and 13-inch thin, light MacBook Air computers — these are the sleek gorgeousness young people go on about, have to have, and do have, in the millions. These machines, famous for the svelte dignity of their designs — and of course, far less expensive than a motorcycle — are a lens to see the world through and to do your work on. It’s their operating speeds that thrill. Young people cut a bella figura on their electronic devices.

Now, of course, it is not just the young who buy Apple products. I lay emphasis on the young, particularly young men, because they are the ones who might otherwise be buying motorcycles, and aren’t, at least not at all in the numbers they did before the economic downturn. The great recession was disastrous for motorcycle sales around the country, especially, it seems, for sport bikes, the ones that perform with brio but have no practical point to make. In other words, they are not bikes to tour on, they are not a comfortable way for you and a companion — wife or partner or friend — to travel to work or to a distant campground. You can do it, but it’s not ideal. Young riders were not buying motorcycles of any kind, and especially, it seems, not sport bikes.

Or, to say it another way, it’s as if the recession induced a coma in all the potential new motorcyclists, and in so many of the already experienced motorcyclists, from which they woke changed, changed utterly, and found themselves standing in line outside an Apple store, patiently waiting to buy the latest greatness.

They are buying a slice of what Apple does — and how it does it — and how it looks doing it. They are buying function but, just as important, they are buying glamour. The device enhances the buyer’s sense of self. It helps the person think and at the same time not think. Once, not so long ago, motorcycles did the same thing.

In a few days, at the International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Ducati will introduce a radically new sport bike called the Panigale, after Borgo Panigale, the neighborhood on the outskirts of Bologna where the Ducati factory is. The Ducati people are being secretive about how the Panigale will look and how it will perform. But there have been spy photos of the bike being tested on the Mugello circuit, with the former World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss aboard, and plenty of rumors and speculation about the tech specs.

We know this much. It will make brave hearts beat faster. It will weigh less than its predecessor. It will have a new sort of frame. It will have an ingenious new exhaust system. It will handle. It will be fast. It will be beautiful. How many Ducati followers — the Ducatisti — will have to have one? Some.

Oh, for the days — not so long ago — when a boy’s world would have fallen to its knees before a new Ducati design.

In Dallas, at Advanced Motorsports, his motorcycle dealership, Jeff Nash, a gentleman and one of the great Ducati racebike tuners in America, and a racer himself, deplores the passivity of the young who would rather be home with their iPads playing computer games than astride the red-meat lightning of an 1198 Superbike blazing down a Texas highway making that unmistakable growling deep Ducati sound. Mr. Nash would go further.

Better to be out in the air astride just about any motorcycle alive!

Source:  NY Times Editorial – Frederick Seidel is the author

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Eric Buell Racing Joins Forces with Hero RacingApparently, Erik Buell is continuing to stay busy in the off season:  “Hero MotoCorp has forged a partnership with Erik Buell Racing (EBR), through which Hero aims to make its first foray into the world of international motorcycle racing. Hero will be sponsoring two teams – Team Hero and AMSOIL Hero for the AMA Pro Racing National Guard Superbikes Championship. While multiple times AMA Pro Racing National Guard Superbikes champion Danny Eslick will represent Team Hero, long-time EBR associate racer Geoff May will represent team AMSOIL Hero. Both the riders will be riding EBR’s flagship, the 1190RS bike. ”

Congratulations Erik, Geoff and Danny!

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Hero Motor Corp Partners with Erik Buell Racing

Indian Motorcycle Manufacturer Hero MotoCorp Ltd. To Sponsor Erik Buell Racing Superbike Teams

Source: Overdrive and Road Racing World

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"The Mountain" Caldwell Park We bring you classic footage from Caldwell Park in Britain.  This video highlights  one very unique aspect of this track called “The Mountain“- one minor error with the throttle, tire placement, etc. and you are on your arse . . .  at best.  But, if you get it right, you’re in flight.

This track is definitely on our collective bucket list here at We Ride Motorsports!

What do you think about this track?! Tell us below in the comments section.


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Source:  YouTube and British EuroSport Live

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Ducati 1199 Panigale Test Ride & ReviewAt long last . . . after all of the persuasive  marketing videos and the pretty pictures, we have finally reached the  track ride and review phase for the Ducati 1199 Panigale.  This is what we have all been waiting for here at We Ride Motorsports!

Well, we like what we have seen and heard so far from the first rides.  Here are some of the descriptions of the initial impressions of the Ducati 1199 Panigale:

  • Neil Hodgson: “A race superbike in real trim . . . feels like my old [race] factory Ducatis”
  • “It is incredible”
  • The longer I spend on this bike . . . the more amazed I am”
  • “What a weapon!”
  • “Nothing like an old Ducati”
  • “25 hp stronger . . . 22 lbs lighter”
  • “Feels like a different machine . . . more agile . . . more powerful”
  • “This thing is . . . an incredible performer”
  • “Pulls like no Ducati ever . . . except maybe the Desmosedici”
  • “This thing is so much fun to ride!”
  • “Are sportbikes ever going to get better than this one?”
  • “Definitely a challenger for the best 1000”

Watch the review videos below which include commentary from BSB Champ Neil Hodgson:


You can read a full review here from Motorcycle.com

Source: YouTube, MCNews.com and Motorcycle.com

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Eric Bostrom Rides the 2012 MV Agusta 675

Eric Bostrom with the 2012 MV Agusta F3 675

MV Agusta recently officially debuted its new MV Agusta F3 675 for 2012.  Take a look at the videos below where the MV Agusta’s latest masterpiece is reviewed and later test ridden by none other than Eric Bostrom with Team Cycle World.

Source: YouTube and MCNews

Eric Bostrom’s First Ride

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