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ISSUE#03 MARCH’18

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HAFIZH SYAHRIN FIRST MALAYSIAN IN MOTOGP

ADAM NOORODIN

AYUMU SASAKI

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After a hectic 2 weeks of motorsports surprises for 2018, Malaysia can be proud to have a MotoGP rider in the category, and Hafizh Syahrin is the first Malaysian to achieve this and cant be better than Yamaha Tech3 team, Hafizh Syahrin will be replacing Jonas Folger. More suprises in store as Tech3 Team Manager Herve Poncharal announce that 2018 will be the last season Yamaha, a collaboration of 18 years will be dissolve. The question now is which manufacturer did Herve signed with? But we still will rejoice for 2018 as we 4 Malaysia in all 3 category Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP

KHAIRUL IDHAM PAWI

HAFIZH SYAHRIN

ZULFAHMI KHAIRUDDIN

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PHUKET BIKE WEEK 2018 "ASEAN rolling together", the legendary event in Asia, will celebrate its 24th anniversary on 11st -16th April 2018. The event will be a big gathering of motorcyclists, expecting to attract more than 10,000 motorcycles, 50,000 visitors from 30 countries to Phuket. Fun and event will take place at Patong Beach on 11st-13th April 2018 and in Phuket Town on 15th -16th April 2018. The events include Motorcycle Exhibition, Bicycle Ride for Peace, Custom Bike Contest, Live Entertainment, Miss Phuket Bike Week competition, Bicycle and Apparel accessories from local and international sellers. Join us for the Convoy around Phuket town and social activities to help donate to Sea Animals, other social activities like Safe Riding Helm on heads; lights on motorbikes, and Donations for underprivileged schools and day-care facilities for mothers in prisons. Phuket Bike Week 2018, held in the provinces of Phuket, Patong and Phuket City government, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ride

Phuket Bike Week 2018 Schedule Part A. : Date 11-14 APRIL 2018 ( 4 Days ) at Patong Beach , Phuket DAY 1: WENESDAY 11 APRIL 2018 13.00 – 24.00 Motorcycle Festival 15.00 – 17.30 Register custom bike contest 16.00 – 17.30 Live music 17.30 – 18.30 Live music by “Hard Rock Café” 18.30 – 19.00 Show from Miss PBW2018 contestants 21.00 – 21.30 Thank you party 21.30 – 23.30 Music Festival by Hard Rock 23.30 – 00.30 Music Festival & Beach Party DAY 2 : THURSDAY 12 APRIL 2018 13.00 – 24.00 Custom bike competition & Motorcycle festival 16.00 – 17.00 Custom Bike Contest 17.30 – 19.30 Live music by Hard Rock 19.30 – 22.00 PBW2018 Grand Dinner at Grace Land Resort & Spa 20.00 – 21.30 Live music by Rock n Ride 22.30 – 23.30 Thank you party hosted by Phuket Bike Week Association 23.00 – 24.30 Music Festival & Beach Party DAY 3 : FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 08.00 – 18.00 Songkran Festival 18.00 – 24.00 Custom bike competition & Motorcycle festival 18.00 – 19.30 Live music by Hard Rock 20.00 – 21.30 Live music 21.30 – 22.30 Thank you party hosted by Phuket Bike Week Association 23.00 – 24.30 Music Festival & Beach Party DAY 4 : SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2018 12.00 – 24.00 Custom bike competition & Motorcycle festival 17.30 – 19.30 Live music 19.00 – 19.30 Riding convoy around Patong (Meeting point – at Hatpatong Alley, opposite Loma Park) 20.00 – 20.30 Show from Miss PBW2018 contestants 20.30 – 21.30 Opening ceremony “PBW 2018” By Mayor of Patong. Presenting the token of appreciation to special guests and International Bike clubs’ presidents. 20.30 – 22.00 Live Music by Rock n Ride 22.00 – 22.30 Thank you party 22.30 – 00.30 Music Festival & Beach Party


i-Moto KMSB Kawasaki together with Kawasaki is makings an entry into the retro category with the all-new Z900RS. Conceived as a homage to the legendary Z1, it is powered by a liquid-cooled 900cc-class InLine Four – an engine choice that makes the Z900RS unique in this category. The newest Z is a synthesis of the traditional and the modern. An engine with a traditional In-Line Four configuration is backed by Kawasaki’s latest rider support technology, the engine and frame design both benefit from the latest in advanced analysis technology, and carefully crafted styling elements are complemented by hightech features like LED lighting and digital instrumentation. Great efforts were taken to achieve the Z900RS’ look and feel, with each component meticulously selected and every setting carefully considered. A synchronous ride feel combines the smooth response of an In-Line Four tuned for low-mid range torque, a deep rumbling exhaust note crafted to deliver additional rider enjoyment, and neutral handling that enables both leisurely and sporty riding. This is complemented by timeless looks that blend Z1-inspired styling with modern technology and craftsmanship techniques, and an attention to detail and high level of fit-and-finish to rival that of the Z1 itself. For riders searching for a bike with character and a rich history, the Z900RS – also available in a variation with a cafe racer image – offers both in abundance, while providing an opportunity to slow down, look around and enjoy the ride.

Thanks to its smooth In-Line Four tuned for strong low-mid range torque, and unhurried handling care of its lightweight trellis frame, the ride feel of the Z900RS is unique in the retro category. Both engine and chassis response were carefully designed to not be too quick, making it easier to feel at one with the bike. The resultant stress-free riding is complemented by a crafted exhaust note that enriches the riding experience from the time the rider thumbs the ignition – features that will enable riders to enjoy their machine for many long years. The Z900RS’ refined character is reminiscent of the legendary Kawasaki bikes of yesteryear: it is happy to run at a leisurely pace, but is more than capable of accommodating more spirited riding should the mood arise.


i-Moto While Kawasaki engines are historically renowned for their greatsounding exhausts, this the first time that Kawasaki has conducted sound research to craft a model’s ideal exhaust note. Designed to elicit rider response, the sound tuning focused on the engine’s initial roar to life, idling and low-speed riding where the rider is best able to enjoy the exhaust’s deep rumble. * Kawasaki’s experience with sound tuning started with the 20142016 Z1000 and 2017 Z900. The know-how gained from those models was brought to bear when designing the Z900RS. However, where those two models had crafted intake howls, it was the sonorous exhaust note of Z900RS that was tuned.

Complementing a light overall weight (noticeable as soon as the bike is lifted off its side-stand), frame rigidity and chassis geometry tuning were selected to deliver light, natural handling. Like the engine, the chassis responds to rider input predictably, going where the rider wants it to without resistance. In keeping with its retro sport character, the Z900RS’ stance is less forward-leaning than the Z900.

Large-diameter inverted fork contributes to excellent ride comfort and sporty riding potential. Response is unhurried, offering reassuring handling in riding situations ranging from in-town to winding roads. The high-grade fork features compression and rebound damping adjustability, enabling precise settings to suit rider preference and riding style.

Unlike the twin rear shocks of the Z1, the Z900RS features Kawasaki’s Horizontal Back-Link rear suspension. This choice of modern suspension (also featured on Kawasaki’s supersport and Supernaked models) offers a higher level of sporty riding potential – something that Kawasaki engineers were not willing to sacrifice. Like the fork, the linked suspension delivers a balance of ride comfort and sporty performance.

300 mm front discs gripped by radial-mount calipers provide sure, strong stopping power. Radial-pump front brake master cylinder contributes to brake touch and control.

Whether navigating city streets or winding through the hills, the Z900RS’ relaxed riding position, more upright than that of the Z900, offers both comfort and control, accommodating both leisurely riding or running at a more spirited pace.

Contributing to rider reassurance, the Z900RS is equipped with advanced Kawasaki rider support technology. KTRC features two modes that cover a wide range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence.


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Race-inspired clutch technology offers both a much lighter feel at the lever, as well as a back-torque limiting function that helps prevent rear-wheel hop when downshifting.


i-Moto With a seamless blend of Z1-inspired styling elements and modern craftsmanship – from the iconic teardrop fuel tank to the innovative oval LED taillight – the Z900RS offers timeless good looks with an exquisite attention to detail and

superb fit-and-finish that results in a very high-quality appearance. Functional beauty was a priority, with a simple, yet refined design pursued. In contrast to the sharp, edgy design of the Z Supernaked models, the Z900RS uses rounded elements to emulate the retrostyle design of classic motorcycles.


i-Moto The centrepiece of the Z900RS’ design, the beautiful teardrop fuel tank is reminiscent of the Z1. The frame was completely redesigned to accommodate the tank’s ideal position and slim shape. Only after the fuel tank position was fixed were the seat length, tandem seat and tail cowl length all balanced for the optimal retro sport proportions.

With a naked bike, the engine is an important styling element, and with its simple, uncluttered design the engine adds to the Z900RS’ presence. Stylish engine fins built into the cylinder head create the image of an air-cooled engine, and are complemented by an engine design featuring many Z1 motifs. The engine cover design is reminiscent of traditional naked models. An insistence that all the engine covers be die-cast aluminium pieces adds to the high- quality appearance.

When designing the exhaust system over 20 variations were considered before arriving at the final design, one that emphasises the presence of the In-Line Four engine. Double-walled header pipes give the exhaust a more powerful appearance, while making it more difficult for the headers to become discoloured over time. A lack of connector pipes or exhaust devices ensures clean lines. A short megaphone silencer contributes to the Z900RS’ retro sport image. The header pipes, pre-chamber and silencer are all formed from high-quality stainless steel, and are treated to a buff finish.


i-Moto We rode the all new Kawasaki Z900RS at Putrajaya. Kawasaki Malaysia organised the Media Test Ride for the recently launched Z900RS. The super smooth Z900 engine and that is the only component used from the Z900. Other than that you’ll be amazed that the retro styled RS offer a different type of biking character and experience. With a shorter 1st gear and a longer 6th gear ratio, the 949cc liquid cooled 4 cylinder engine Back in 1973, Kawasaki introduced the Z1 900, a bold in-line four powered bike that would inspire an entire new generation of motorcycle design. Today, the Z1 900 spirit lives on in the all-new 2018 Z900RS. Combining timeless retro styling, high quality components and muscle power of the original Z1 with today’s cutting-edge technology and performance, the powerful yet friendly-to-ride Z900RS represents a modern re-invigoration of the icon that started it all.​ Riding both the standard and the special edition Z900RS at the Kawasaki Media Test from Putrajaya Lake Club to IOI Resort and back.


i-Moto Harley-Davidson through its exclusive distributor in Malaysia Didi Resources Sdn Bhd inaugurates new showroom sales, service and spare parts (3S) at The Casket Alley in Petaling Jaya. About 20,000 square feet is also equipped with a maintenance space that can accommodate six motorcycles, genuine spare parts, tapping and painting work and Harley Davidson brand accessories and apparel. Didi Resources chairman Rewi Hamid Bugo said Harley-Davidson Petaling Jaya is located at Gasket Alley and is operated by Goh Brothers Motorcycles with an investment of RM3 million in providing the best after-sales service to the owner. “We are working closely with Harley Davidson Asia Pacific in developing this brand and will be opening new showroom in Penang and Melaka and some other locations this year,” he said at the opening of the 3S center here today. At the same time, four new 2018 models were introduced, namely HarleyDavidson Fat Bob, Breakout 114, Street Glide Special Anniversary, Ultra Glide Limited Anniversary priced from RM128,000 to RM218,000.

DIRECTOR Harley - Davidson Motor Company, Johan Kleinsteuber (Left) Goh Kian Sin (Right) Manager Goh Motorcycles Sdn Bhd and Director of Didi Resources Motorcycles Sdn Bhd, Rewi Hamid Bugo. “All the new range of models will be rolled in stages to the Malaysian market to give more choice and offer a premium two-wheeler lifestyle,” he added. To reinforce brands and joinings closer to the user, Harley-Davidson Ownership Group Petaling Jaya (HOG) was established in organizing activities or events to loyal customers for each distributor. Existing owners are also invited to conduct registration and activation for free for service and warranty purposes subject to terms and conditions.


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Red Bull rider and international enduro legend Chris Birch held his off road adventure training clinic at Sg Buaya, Rawang. Chris who is also an X-treme Enduro champion and RedBull Romaniacs winner shows his versatile riding skills by blasting around on a KTM1190 Adventure R in the mud before launching it off during a small hill climb demo. Running the clinic with his assistant Chris Whitehouse, they focus with the group of riders to teach balance, control and traction, the three most important aspects of riding off road. Once these three factors are in place it is possible to ride smoother, more efficiently and faster! Some of the skills covered in Day One Clinic: • Setting up your bike correctly for off road • Correct, strong and efficient riding positions • Cornering techniques for traction and speed • Drills to boost clutch, throttle and brake control as well as balance and timing. • Trail obstacles like logs, rocks, ruts and tree roots, • Climbing and descending hills safely and more effectively We attended day one and we improved our off road riding skills manage a few power slides without crashing…. Great stuff what we learned!


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AP Honda Racing Thailand’s Muklada Sarapuech continues to make waves. The 2015 Asia Dream Cup Champion made history again in Round 1 of the 2018 Idemitsu FIM Asia Road Racing Championship at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand when she became the first female rider to win the Asia Production 250cc class. Muklada, who received two sanctions after Race 1, put in a clean and faultless performance in Race 2 as she weaved, dodged, feinted and parried against the rest of the boys. The AP Honda Thailand rider led the group across the start/finish line from Lap 2 to Lap 6. The pressure sent her off the track limits on Lap 7. But this time, Muklada was careful to rejoin without gaining any advantage. That single mistake had sent Muklada from third to eleventh. With only two laps to go, Muklada overtook three riders to reach P7 on the penultimate lap, and another five riders to take the win with 19’11.671s. Rafid Topan Sucipto crafted a great comeback by finishing second followed by Kanatat Jaiman in third. Peerapong Boonlert, the fastest rider in Race 2, ended the race in fourth. Race 1 winner Anupab Sarmoon crossed the finish line in fifth. As the season opener drew to a close, Anupab Sarmoon holds the championship lead with 36 points. Muklada is tied in second with Rafid Topan – each with 31 points apiece.

In Race 1 Yamaha Thailand Racing Team’s Anupab Sarmoon, came out tops in the first race of the season. The Asia Production 250cc class had always been notorious for its no-holds-barred dogfight at the sharp end of the grid. With 13 riders battling for P1 in a 10-lap melee to the finish line, the polesetter found himself fending off attacks at every corner from the likes of Muklada Sarapuech, newcomer Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi, Indonesia’s Rheza Danica Ahrens, and Andy Muhammad Fadly. With no particular rider dominating the 10-lap race, the notorious last corner at the Chang International Circuit became the deciding factor of the race. Anupab nimbly avoided a particularly aggressive move from Muklada Sarapuech who had earlier

succeeded in forcing Mario Suryo Aji off the racing


i-Moto Mario Suryo Aji is officially the youngest rider to ever race in the Asia Production 250cc class, and the Astra Honda Racing Team rookie pulled off a stunner during the free practice sessions with the fastest time in the intermediary class – 1’53.106s and created a new circuit record in the process.

line. The Yamaha rider then neatly held his lines to the finish line to pick up his first win of the season with 19’14.601s. Muklada was second across the chequered flag followed by MarioSuryo Aji. However, Muklada’s actions from Turn 9 to Turn 10 had prompted an immediate investigation into the results. Consequently, race officials penalized the AP

Honda Thailand rider and she dropped five positions to P7. Muklada was further fined with a 3-point championship points deduction for unsporting behaviour. Mario was promoted to P2, followed by his team mate Rheza Danica Ahrens in third.

Wildcard rider Thitipong ‘Tingnote’ Warokorn ended a 3-year winning drought for the Kawasaki camp when he took Race 1 by storm. The last time a Kawasaki had won at the 4.554km Chang International Circuit, was Katsuaki Fujiwara who netted the first SuperSports 600cc win at the ARRC’s inaugural race in Buriram, Thailand. Thitipong, racing for the Core Kawasaki Racing Team, started the race from P6 but began breaking away when he took the lead on Lap 4, leaving Australian rider Anthony West and defending champion Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman scrambling for the remaining two spots on the podium. By Lap 14, Thitipong had stretched the lead to 3.9 seconds. As the chequered flag came down on Lap 18, Thitipong crossed the finish line in 29’59.235s. 4.274s behind the wildcard, Ant West pipped Azlan to second place. Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi finished fourth while Ahmad Yudhistira ended his race in fifth.


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Givi Asia Sdn Bhd stated their commitment for the safety of Police and Marshalls by sponsoring 200 Givi M30 helmets for the up and coming Le Tour De Langkawi (LTDL) which will run from 18th-25th March 2018. LTDL 2018 chief executive officer M Kumaresan viewed the sponsorship as added excitement which also ensured the smooth running of the race, which begins in Kangar this Sunday. He also said that this proves that there are many local companies that recognise LTDL as a viable platform to promote their products to a wider audience. “The fact is that many agree that cycling stage races are a growing sport with a strong following and for sponsors, on our part we will try to ensure a win~win situation for each partner and company that contributes sponsorship,” said Kumaresan. “We hope that when this race is publicised by the print and electronic media both foreign and local, the names of these sponsors and their products will be better known,” he added. To ensure the safety of the motorcycle units within the race entourage, Givi Asia have provided 200 units of crash helments which will be used by police, marshals and media personnel during the race. Givi Asia managing director On Hai Swe said his company felt honoured

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to be involved for the first time in the race that is a national project. ”This race also receives wide coverage and is followed in Europe, including Italy, where our company headquarters is located. In line with our philosophy of prioritising safety, we have provided high quality helmets which are comfortable to be used by police and marshals during the race,” said Hai Swe. LTDL 2018, featuring eight stages, is scheduled to begin in Kangar, Perlis on March 18, two days after the team presentation in Langkawi on March 16, with the grand finish scheduled in Kuala Lumpur on March 25. A total of 22 teams, comprising WorldTour, Continental Professional, Continental and national teams have confirmed their participation in this edition of the race, which will cover a total distance of 1,341 km across eight states in Peninsula Malaysia. This 2.HC status race is organised by Ciclista Sports with full support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports

GOOD NEWS! We know that you've been anticipating this, and we're excited to finally announce the first two track dates for 2018! - 23 March 2018 (Friday) - 20-21 April 2018 (Friday and Saturday) Mark your calendars and start planning your leave for 2018! Please stay tuned for more updates including session times and more TRACK DATES! To see our trackday schedules please visit w w w . sb r tr ackd ay. co m


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Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn. Bhd (“HLYM”) delivers the latest Maxi-Scooter from its arsenal of Lifestyle-themed motorcycles. Previewed during the launch of the MT-09 recently, XMax 250 will be made available nationwide at all authorised Yamaha big bike dealers by end March 2018. The XMax is powered by 250cc, liquid-cooled, 4stroke, Single-Over-Head-Camshaft, 4 valves fuelinjected and CVT Bluecore engine which produce excellent power and torque while complying with EU4 emission standards. The first of its kind being designed with a onepiece, compact and rigid forged crankshaft, the XMax performance efficiencies are further complemented by its overall light weight and low mechanical noise. Aesthetically, XMax 250 inherits its DNA from the TMax series for its iconic and luxurious looks. The XMax 250 is equipped with the following features: 1) Antilock Braking System (ABS) in both front and rear wheels for a safer journey.

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2) Traction Control System (TCS) for greater riding confidence on slippery surfaces. 3) Large underseat storage to keep 2 XL full-face helmets and more, for your everyday needs. 4) Smart key system with answer-back function for your daily convenience. 5) LED headlights and taillights for improved visibility. 6) Full LCD instrument panel for clearer readability. 7) Handy ‘on-the-go’ 12V power outlet for charging your electronics devices.

8) Adjustable handlebar and windshield positions for your preferred riding comfort and customized aerodynamics. Fitted with motorcycle style telescopic front forks, XMax boasts a comfortable ride with its easy to manoeuvre steering, agile handling and sheer stability. Two Luxurious colours will be introduced – the Metallic White and Rusty Bronze. The selling price for XMax 250 starts from RM22,498.50 (including GST).


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Triumph Motorcycles has launched the brand new Tiger 800 XCX and XRX line-up – one of its best-loved and most critically acclaimed motorcycles ever. The longest running adventure story, with a bloodline that began with the gold-medal winning Tigers of the 1936 International Six Day Trial, continues with a new generation that incorporates all of the trademark Tiger spirit and takes capability to a whole new level. Major update to off-road capability and all-road, all-day comfort:  More than 200 upgrades to the chassis and engine.  More responsive, optimized Triple engine.  New shorter Ratio 1st Gear enables enhanced off-road traction, low speed maneuverability and acceleration.  New lighter, free-flowing silencer with improved exhaust note.  New “Off Road Pro” riding mode, with a choice of up to six riding modes.  New five-position adjustable screen.

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New high level of state-of-the-art technology:  New adjustable full colour TFT instruments.  New signature LED lighting.  New illuminated, ergonomically designed, backlit switchgear and fiveway joystick control.  New updated cruise control.  All of these add to the Tiger 800’s extensive core stateof-the-art technology. Major Triple engine update – more responsive, character and sound:  Major engine update of the Tiger’s signature, optimized Triple power plant.  New shorter Ratio 1st Gear.

New lighter, freer flowing exhaust giving better sound. More Tiger style and highestever level of finish and detailing:  New premium bodywork.  New high quality badges, graphics and detailing.  New colour.  More contemporary and dynamic stance. The most comprehensive choice available:  Even more choice, with both XRX and XCX models now even more distinctive and purposeful for their type of adventure.


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i-Moto The new, significantly updated Tiger 800 XCX and XRX family has once again pushed the boundaries of this world-renowned range with over 200 chassis and engine upgrades. These are complemented by a suite of major off-road improvements that work hand-in-hand with carefully crafted on-road enhancements. Triumph has specifically targeted improvements to technology, comfort, and style alongside the introduction of a new generation engine that maximises the rider experience. As a result, the new Tiger 800 is better in every way – both on the road and off road. Benefits of the new Tiger 800 Major technology advances Every new Tiger 800 represents a huge step-up in rider technology with improvements including fullcolour TFT instruments, up to six riding modes, high-specification Brembo front brakes, optimised suspension configurations, handlebar-mounted switchcubes incorporating elegant backlit buttons, distinctive signature allLED lighting, updated cruise control, enhanced chassis, and premium bodywork. Next generation engine A mass-optimised 800cc Triple engine now gives more immediate power delivery and a peak power output of 95PS. It has even more character and a lighter exhaust system with a sportier soundtrack that together transform the new generation engine. There is a new, shorter ratio first gear to enhance offroad traction, all-road low speed responsiveness, and more

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immediate acceleration that gives the rider a truly thrilling feel. In addition, the new Off-Road Pro riding mode on the XC models allows an advanced rider to take complete control off road. An added dimension to comfort Triumph has enhanced the rider ergonomics across the whole Tiger 800 range. This includes moving the handlebars back by 10mm for a more commanding riding position, higher specification Brembo front brakes, a range of premium WP or Showa suspension components fitted across our range, new handbook-approved off-road tyre specification fitment, new five-position adjustable windscreen and aero diffusers for segment-leading aero protection, and a new seat compound giving all-day riding comfort. Premium style Tiger signature styling is now even stronger across the latest 800 range. New premium bodywork includes high quality painted finishes with updated side panel designs, along with higher quality badges, graphics and detailing to deliver real presence. This also gives each Tiger a more

contemporary and dynamic stance that highlights the on and off-road bias of each model, while retaining the distinctive and instantly recognisable Tiger 800 silhouette. Tiger 800 core technology The Tiger 800’s trademark handling and category-defining core technologies are the foundation of this bike's superb riding experience. All the Tigers' essential adventure standards are maintained with ABS, traction control, ride-by-wire throttle, cruise control, heated seats and grips (on selected models), power sockets, and a two-position seat height (810-830mm on XRX models, 840-860mm on XCX models) adjustable by 20mm to suite riding style and terrain, and a low ride height XRx model variant that at 760 mm is 50mm lower than the standard XRX range of seats. Tiger 800 models From the road-focused Tiger XR, mid spec XRX and range topping XRT, to the off-road hungry Tiger XCX and fully-loaded XCA – not forgetting the XRX low ride height model – there is a Tiger 800 for every person, every ride and every adventure.


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New features: • 5” adjustable TFT instruments Full colour, clear instrumentation provides precise rider information with intuitive operation. • New all-LED lighting - Offering improved visibility and enhanced style, LED signature lighting creates clear views in front and behind. • Switchcubes and five-way joystick - New ergonomically designed handlebar switch cubes and joystick are intuitive and comfortable to operate. • Illuminated backlit buttons Handlebar mounted switchcube buttons are now illuminated, allowing for easier night-time use. • “Off-Road Pro” riding mode Delivering the most focused offroad set up ever advanced riders can opt to turn systems off and be in total control. • Brembo front brakes – Twin Brembo front brakes deliver reliable, premium capability in all conditions. • Five-way adjustable wind screen and aero diffusers – Single hand adjustable windscreen, delivering enhanced wind protection for category leading rider aero comfort. • Updated cruise control - Accessed easily through the left hand switchcube, the simple-to-use, single button cruise control helps reduce rider fatigue. Core Technology Features • Distinctive 800cc three cylinder engine with ride-by-wire electronic throttle control. • Up to six riding modes. • Heated rider and pillion seats. • Sump and radiator guards. • Switchable ABS and traction control.

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• Tailored ergonomics - adjustable seat height and handlebar position. • Onboard computer. • Immobiliser. • Premium adjustable front and rear suspension.

• Centre stand. • Heated grips. • Hand guards. • Engine protection bars. • Power sockets (1 x 12v, 1 x USB).


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The Monster Yamaha Tech3 pair concluded the Buriram test in outstanding fashion today, as Johann Zarco topped the time sheets for the majority of the day, while Hafizh Syahrin showed a sensational achievement during his first ever MotoGP test. Johann Zarco performed in incredible form, smashed the lap record around midday with a best time of 1’29.867 and finished the three days at the Chang International Circuit as the

fastest Yamaha rider. In progressing run by run, Hafizh Syahrin was able to conclude his first premier class experience just 1.756 seconds off the top and even outperformed multiple World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.


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i-Moto The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team duo Valentino Rossi and Maverick ViĂąales completing both a dry and a wet session run on the final day of the 2018 MotoGP pre-season testing on a positive note,

finishing in second and fifth place respectively in the combined timesheets, and in third and seventh position in the wet session


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With a masterful lap of 1:54.029 Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Johann Zarco dominated the MotoGP field on the last day of testing before the start of the 2018 season. The remarkable Frenchman took over the top spot with two hours to go, before he carried out a race simulation in order to be perfectly prepared for the first race, which takes place in two weeks’ time under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit.

On the other side of the Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin improved his pace aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 considerably. The premier class rookie skimmed nearly 1.5 seconds from his best lap on day one to complete what is just his second MotoGP test only 0.141 behind the fastest newcomer of the category, with a fantastic accomplishment to reach the top 16 overall. Both, Zarco and Syahrin are eager to commence the season following highly promising signs during their respective preparations.


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The final day of the last test of the pre-season dawned sunny and dry but quite windy in Qatar. Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa used the three days to finalize their preparation for the start of the 2018 season and to work on the race setup of their RC213V. A special test in the wet at the final hour at the Losail Circuit organised by race direction, artificially soaking the track.


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Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) leaves the #QatarTest as the fastest man on track, with the Frenchman just over a tenth over Jorge Lorenzo’s 10-year-old pole lap record to top the test with a 1:54.029. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) shot back up into the higher echelons on Day 2 to get closest to the Frenchman as he was 0.247 further back – with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) completing the top three as he was once again a constant presence to be reckoned with. Lorenzo’s record that Zarco was hunting down is a 1:53.927, set in 2008 when the now five-time World Champion debuted – a longstanding mark of pace at the venue to add some extra lustre to the Tech 3

rider’s laptime. Behind that show of outright pace from the Frenchman’s Yamaha, Rossi’s two and a half tenth deficit was nevertheless enough to put the Italian into P2 despite a crash earlier in the day – and Dovizioso was just 0.055 off his compatriot. In fourth, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) was the fastest Honda with a 1:54.457 – continuing his fantastic preseason form – after putting in 57 laps, which was the most of the top five. It was incredibly close between the Brit and the third Yamaha Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), however, with the Spaniard – fastest in testing at the venue last season and the race winner – just 0.014 off after he made a late attack.


i-Moto The top five were the same as the combined times on Day 3, but the man who leaves the desert sixth overall set his best laptime on Day 2 – Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar). The Italian, whose 1:54.586 was the fastest lap on Friday, was sidelined on the third and final day of the third and final preseason test, suffering with illness. Slotting behind the ‘Maniac’ and his Day 2 assault, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was seventh overall as he guns for his seventh title – and by another tiny margin, with only 0.005 in it. The reigning Champion also showed impressive pace on a long run, and did the most laps of anyone as he racked up 75. He ended the day sandwiched between the Team Suzuki Ecstar machines, as Alex Rins took P8 and ended preseason on form and fully healthy ahead of his sophomore season. Two Ducatis locked out the top ten overall, with Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) just 0.009 off Rins ahead of him and 0.033 ahead of the Ducati Team machine of Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo, who went fastest in Sepang with the quickest ever lap, put in a 1:54.692 in Qatar for P10. Second Alma Pramac Racing rider Jack Miller, who headed out late with a soft tyre for a time attack, was P11 overall and another tiny margin made the difference – just 0.057. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), after a big crash on Day 1 and having been affected since by some pain in his left hand, did the least laps on Friday of anyone but put in 44 more on the final day,

ending the test in P12 overall after having topped the #ThaiTest. Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was the fastest rookie by the end of action in thirteenth, with the Italian-Brazilian leaping up the leaderboard to set a 1:55.132 and take back the honour of fastest rookie from Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Indemitsu), who has largely been the man to watch in preseason. And the second quickest rookie was the newest kid on the block, Hafizh Syahrin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), as the Malaysian – who debuted in Buriram as he steps in to replace Jonas Folger – took P16 and was only just over a tenth off Morbidelli. Nakagami was four tenths further back on Saturday, with fellow rookies Xavier Simeon (Reale Avintia Racing) and Tom Lüthi (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) another half second in arrears. Behind Morbidelli, Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was the fastest rider for Austrian factory KTM in P14, just over a second off Zarco at the top, with teammate Pol Espargaro still affected by injury. Espargaro did, however, get back on track on Day 3 after sitting it out on Friday, and the Spaniard was three tenths off his teammate. The man completing the top fifteen was Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), after an early foray much further up the timesheets. The elder Espargaro brother did a 1:55.232 on the last day, with the Noale factory having four 2018 RSGPs in Qatar for the first time ahead of the first race of the year.


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Thomas Luthi Franco Morbidelli

The FIM, grand prix motorcycling's governing body, has issued a 24-bike entry list for the 2018 MotoGP season. The entry list does not confirm any new riders, with all 24 seats having been already filled, but it does clarify the rider numbers and official entrant names that will be used next year.

Xavier Simeon Five rookies - Xavier Simeon, Thomas Luthi, Franco Morbidelli, Takaaki Nakagami and Hafizh Syahrin arrive in the premier class, forming MotoGP's largest newcomer group since the 2015 season. The grid size increase from this year comes courtesy of an extra bike for the LCR squad, which for the last two seasons has run a sole Honda for Cal Crutchlow but has now added Nakagami to its line-up.

Takaaki Nakagami

Nakagami and Crutchlow will ride with title sponsorship from Idemitsu and Castrol and respectively. While Luthi, Morbidelli and Nakagami will all use their rider numbers from Moto2, Simeon will use #10, as his usual #19 is already in use by Aspar rider Alvaro Bautista. Of this year's grid, Avintia Ducati pair Loris Baz and Hector Barbera and Aprilia's Sam Lowes are absent from the 2018 entry list. Barbera and Lowes will both step down to Moto2, with the Pons and Interwetten squads respectively, while Baz returns to the World Superbike championship after signing a deal with Althea BMW. A total of 11 nationalities are represented on the 2018 grid, an increase of four from this year.

Hafizh Syahrin


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TEAM: DUCATI CORSE BIKE: DUCATI

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO NATIONALITY Italian DATE OF BIRTH 23/03/86 WEIGHT 67 kg HEIGHT 167 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 8 PODIUMS 42 DEBUT Qatar, 2008

TEAM: TECH3 BIKE: YAMAHA

JOHANN ZARCO NATIONALITY French DATE OF BIRTH 16/07/90 WEIGHT 69 kg HEIGHT 170 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 PODIUMS 3 DEBUT Qatar, 2011

TEAM: ALMA PRAMAC RACING BIKE: DUCATI

DANILO PETRUCCI NATIONALITY Italian DATE OF BIRTH 24/10/90 WEIGHT 77 kg HEIGHT 181 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 PODIUMS 5 DEBUT Qatar, 2012


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#10 TEAM: AVINTIA BIKE: DUCATI

XAVIER SIMEON NATIONALITY Belgium DATE OF BIRTH 23/03/86 WEIGHT 67 kg HEIGHT 167 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 DEBUT Qatar, 2018

#12 TEAM: MARC VDS BIKE: HONDA

THOMAS LUTHI NATIONALITY German DATE OF BIRTH 16/07/90 WEIGHT 69 kg HEIGHT 170 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 DEBUT Qatar, 2018

#17 TEAM: ASPAR BIKE: DUCATI

KAREL ABRAHAM NATIONALITY Czech DATE OF BIRTH 02/01/90 WEIGHT 72 kg HEIGHT 181 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 DEBUT Qatar, 2011


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TEAM: ANGEL NEITO TEAM BIKE: DUCATI

ALVARO BAUTISTA NATIONALITY Spanish DATE OF BIRTH 21/11/84 WEIGHT 60 kg HEIGHT 169 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 PODIUM: 3 DEBUT Qatar, 2010

TEAM: MARC VDS BIKE: HONDA

FRANCO MORBEDELLI NATIONALITY Italian DATE OF BIRTH 21/11/84 WEIGHT 60 kg HEIGHT 169 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 DEBUT Qatar, 2018

TEAM: MOVISTAR YAMAHA BIKE: YAMAHA

MAVERICK VINALES NATIONALITY Spanish DATE OF BIRTH 12/01/95 WEIGHT 61 kg HEIGHT 169 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 4 PODIUMS 11 DEBUT Qatar, 2015


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TEAM: REPSOL HONDA TEAM BIKE: HONDA

DANI PEDROSA NATIONALITY Spanish DATE OF BIRTH 29/09/85 WEIGHT 51 kg HEIGHT 160 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 31 PODIUM 112 DEBUT Spain, 2006

TEAM: SUZUKI ESTAR BIKE: SUZUKI

ANDREA IANNONE NATIONALITY Italian DATE OF BIRTH 9/08/89 WEIGHT 67 kg HEIGHT 178 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 PODIUM 7 DEBUT Qatar, 2013

TEAM: LCR BIKE: HONDA

TAKAAKI NAKAGAMI NATIONALITY Japanese DATE OF BIRTH 09/02/92 WEIGHT 51 kg HEIGHT 160 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 DEBUT Qatar 2018


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TEAM: LCR BIKE: HONDA

CAL CRUTCHLOW NATIONALITY English DATE OF BIRTH 29/10/85 WEIGHT 69 kg HEIGHT 170 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 2 PODIUM 13 DEBUT Qatar, 2011

TEAM: REDBULL KTM BIKE: KTM

BRADLEY SMITH NATIONALITY English DATE OF BIRTH 28/11/90 WEIGHT 67 kg HEIGHT 179 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 PODIUM 2 DEBUT Qatar, 2013

TEAM: GRESINI BIKE: APRILIA

ALEIX ESPARGARO NATIONALITY Spanish DATE OF BIRTH 30/07/89 WEIGHT 69 kg HEIGHT 180 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 PODIUM 1 DEBUT Indianapolis, 2009


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TEAM: ESTAR SUZUKI BIKE: SUZUKI

ALEX RINS NATIONALITY Spanish DATE OF BIRTH 08/12/95 WEIGHT 69 kg HEIGHT 180 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 DEBUT Qatar, 2017

TEAM: ALMA PRAMAC BIKE: DUCATI

JACK MILLER NATIONALITY Spanish DATE OF BIRTH 18/01/96 WEIGHT 69 kg HEIGHT 180 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 1 PODIUM 1 DEBUT Qatar, 2015

TEAM: REDBULL KTM BIKE: KTM

POL ESPARGARO NATIONALITY Spanish DATE OF BIRTH 10/06/91 WEIGHT 69 kg HEIGHT 171 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 DEBUT Qatar, 2014


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TEAM: APRILIA RACING BIKE: APRILIA

SCOTT REDDING NATIONALITY English DATE OF BIRTH 4/01/93 WEIGHT 78 kg HEIGHT 185 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 DEBUT Qatar, 2014

TEAM: MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP BIKE: YAMAHA

VALENTINO ROSSI NATIONALITY Italian DATE OF BIRTH 16/02/79 WEIGHT 65 kg HEIGHT 182 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 7 (2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2008,2009) GRAND PRIX WINS 81 PODIUMS 157 DEBUT South Africa, 2000

TEAM: AVANTIA DUCATI BIKE: DUCATI

TITO RABAT NATIONALITY Spanish DATE OF BIRTH 30/07/89 WEIGHT 69 kg HEIGHT 180 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 DEBUT Indianapolis, 2009


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TEAM: TECH3 YAMAHA BIKE: YAMAHA

HAFIZH SYAHRIN NATIONALITY Malaysian DATE OF BIRTH 05/05/94 WEIGHT 65 kg HEIGHT 180 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 0 GRAND PRIX WINS 0 DEBUT Qatar 2018

TEAM: REPSOLHONDATEAMBIKE: HONDA

MARC MARQUEZ NATIONALITY Spanish DATE OF BIRTH 17/02/93 WEIGHT 59 kg HEIGHT 168 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 4 (2013,2014. 2016, 2017) GRAND PRIX WINS 35 PODIUMS 63 DEBUT Qatar, 2013

TEAM: DUCATI TEAM BIKE: DUCATI

JORGE LORENZO NATIONALITY Spanish DATE OF BIRTH 4/05/87 WEIGHT 64 kg HEIGHT 173 cm MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINS 3 (2010, 2012,2016) GRAND PRIX WINS 44 PODIUMS 110 DEBUT Qatar, 2008


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