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THE FIRST RIDE: YAMAHA'S 2018 MT-07
THE GRID LIFE: DAYTONA 2018
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needed this break from the circus. Not that the circus is bad, by any means. But I felt that he just needed to simply… be. I did my best to show my bro a good time and to keep him entertained. We even went to a Jazz Club and listened to a live performance per his request. A good time was had and I sent him on his way to New York, A few weeks go by and the next thing you where I would also be in attendance. And just know, Tom and I are cruising around Philly in my like clockwork, right after the work was done, we Slingshot doing what we do best: Living our best clocked out and hit the streets of Manhattan for lives and having a blast. There was no talk of more good living. work or industry topics, for the most part. This was simply two buddies enjoying life, all the while, Racers are human beings. There. I said it. As looking like some type of dynamic duo as we much as they possess alien or otherworldly cruised about the city. As I played tour guide and qualities and abilities, at their core, they are posted a few pics on social media, my phone human. Sometimes, just sometimes… they just like was ringing from local shops and dealerships to do human things. Like drink coffee and eat asking if I could bring him by. I declined those cheesesteaks. request on Tom’s behalf because that wasn’t what Enjoy the race issue. this visit was about. ast Fall, I received a text message from Tom asking if it would be cool if he came to hang out in Philly with me for a few days before the launch of the 2018 Kawasaki model line up in NY, where he would be presenting. The answer was of course, yes.
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THE PRESS ROOM
INDUSTRY NEWS THE 2018 HANDBUILT MOTORCYCLE SHOW Revival Cycles’ fifth annual Handbuilt Show is ready to wow the crowds in Austin, TX with a juried selection of custom motorcycles. Year after year, the show continues to grow and this year will be no different. Actually, there is one major change for the 2018 event… a new venue. Formerly held at the Fair Trade Market, this year’s event is will happen at the American Statesman Building, running from the evening of April 19 through to April 22. This new venue is hoped to provide better accommodations for both show participants, vendors and attendees, alike. The Handbuilt Show coincides with the MotoGP/MotoAmerica weekend festivities in late April so surely, Austin will be the epicenter of motorcycle culture for the duration. For more information, please visit HERE.
SUZUKI’S 2018 GSX250R Sliding in under the radar is the 2018 GSX250R. Suzuki has released the 2018 model in a number of new colors that include: Candy Cardinal Red/Pearl Nebular Black (shown), Pearl Glacier White, or Pearl Nebular Black. With a price tag of $4,449, the GSX250R provides plenty of excitement and ability for the proverbial buck. While it gives propers to its predecessor, the Katana 250… this is not a Katana. The GSX250R’s twin cylinder fuel injected engine provides 248CCs of fun in a full fairing package that’s aggressively styled and functional. Read the full review on the 2018 Suzuki by clicking HERE. 14 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
DUCATI BRINGS A NEW DUCATI ISLAND TO CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS Ducati North America is offering attendees of the 2018 US MotoGP round a unique ticket experience that includes a three-day ticket package and plenty of Italian bells and whistles. Included in the ticket purchase price: access to COTA’s Velocity lounge, Demo rides, Scrambler Road Trip tour bus, appearances by the Ducati MotoGP race team, premium seating, Ducati only parking pass, VIP Pit Lane walk, gift voucher and much more. New for the Ducati experience this year, is the Ducati only track lap. If you’ve attended Ducati Island in previous years, it is notable to mention that this year’s Island has moved a new location near the main grandstands that provide a great view of the start/finish line. The three-day ticket packages begin at $259 per person and can be purchased HERE. The MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas takes place from April 20-22 at Circuit of the Americas.
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THE PRESS ROOM: INDUSTRY NEWS INDIAN AND JACK DANIEL’S TEAM UP FOR A LIMITED EDITION INDIAN SCOUT BOBBER Indian Motorcycles, Klock Werks Kustom Cycles and Jack Daniel’s have collaborated to produce a limited run of 177 custom Indian Scout Bobbers… and they sold out in 10 minutes. The partnership was established to celebrate American craftsmanship, ingenuity and remind riders that “Bottles & Throttles Don’t Mix.” Jack Daniel’s is the only distillery in the world that has its own fire department, staffed entirely by volunteers. That department was the base of inspiration, particularly their gold and black fire trucks. The bike was developed as a testament to the passion and dedication to their craft, shared by the volunteers and employees at both Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniel’s. The bike is a tribute to firefighters and EMS professionals across the globe. To celebrate the hard work, commitment, and bravery of all firefighters and EMS first responders, Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s are hosting sweepstakes only open to these service members. Participants can enter to win bike #001 at a variety of events this year, including Daytona Bike Week (March 9-18), Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (April 23-28), Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Aug. 3-12), and Red Knights Motorcycle Club International Convention (Aug. 16-19).
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Each of the 177 individually-numbered motorcycles is accented with Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade themes. The bike has subtle two-tone matte black paint, a first for Indian Motorcycle, and is covered in real 24-karat gold graphics on the tank and fenders. The 24-karat gold carries through to the Fire Brigade emblem on the tank and the “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” emblem on the front fender. Other custom details include a perforated genuine leather seat with “Jack Daniel’s” embroidery and custom grips, pegs, and shift levers inspired by the “Old No. 7 Brand.” The bike features premium gloss black finishes on the fender struts, hand control levers, engine valve covers, and exhaust tips, while a gold-colored Indian Scout badge further showcases the attention to detail given in the design of this limited-edition bike. Also unique is a one-of-a-kind Montana Silversmith badge that’s individually numbered and coated with real 24-karat gold. Each of the 177 limited edition bikes comes with a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group™ for one year. Each bike will be built to order with delivery starting in August 2018.
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YAMAHAâ€™S 2018 MT-07
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hen Yamaha announced that they were doing away with the FZ prefix for the US models of
their hyper naked line, it was reasonable to ask, "Why?" If itâ€™s not broken, why fix it? Think about it this wayâ€Ś If it can be better, make it so. Taken to task, that is what Yamaha did with their 2018 MT-07. Understanding what MT stands for explains half of the theory. MT translates to Master of Torque. That aside, what we know in the US as the FZ line up has been known globally as the MT. The FZ models have sold tremendously well in the American market with sales topping 15,000 since their introduction in 2014. There are more FZs 20 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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sold in North America than any other Yamaha And what better method of unification is there model.
than the 2018 MT-07. Straight away, the 2018 embodies the true spirit of the hyper naked class.
The MT line was launched globally in 2015 On its side stand, the bike looks like it is begging and had a stellar sales year in 2017 with for a street fight and it has the muscle to back numbers breaching 24,000 units sold. So why it up. The entire bike has been redesigned, in wouldnâ€™t they unify the two brands internationally? comparison to prior model years. Revisions include Essentially, they are the same bike. It was high a new tank, seats (both rider and passenger), time that they did. And by doing so, Yamaha has head lights, radiator covers, relocation of turn unified the MTâ€™s international brand, connecting indicators and several other upgrades. MT owners across the globe. The opportunity for expansion of the lifestyle appeal of the MT has just The 2018 MT-07 has an aggressive, ominous and gone through the proverbial roof with this move. in some manner, intimidating presence that plays Masters of Torque, unite!
off of the second generation MT design work.
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Powered by a 689cc inline 2 cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valve engine, the MT-07 produces 50.2-foot pounds of torque. Impressively, the MT-07 offers commanding acceleration. That ability is courtesy of the famed Yamaha cross plane philosophy that is characterized by uneven firing intervals. In other words, the bike has plenty of get up and go. The MT-07 provides a proper sense of agility and reliability thanks to its tubular backbone frame and impressive suspension setup. On the front end, the 41mm KYB forks work in harmony with the adjustable rear KYB rear shock to offer a sportier feel and performance. With a wet weight of 403 pounds, the MT-07 is better than stable. Itâ€™s damn near rock steady. That bodes well for the confidence department. The press launch for the 2018 MT-07 took place in Marabella, Spainâ€Ś where it rained for the SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 25
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Riding through the small towns and up through the mountainous region, with rain attacking sideways… confidence in the machine was key. Despite the waterworks, the MT-07 performed extremely well. duration of the road test. Riding through the small inches and a seat height of 32 inches, my large towns and up through the mountainous region, frame (260 pounds, 6 feet in height) found with rain attacking sideways… confidence in the the ergonomics of the MT-07 slightly compact. machine was key. Despite the waterworks, the While the bike could be classified as an entryMT-07 performed extremely well. Acceleration level machine, that would be doing it a grand through the ascending and descending turns disservice. While its rider functionality, userwas smooth and consistent. Powering out of the friendliness and price tag ($7,599.00) makes the twisties, the inline twin engine pulled with strength MT-07 an easy and fun bike to ride, it has the and commitment. It simply proved to be a solid substance to go beyond being an introduction machine in unfavorable riding conditions… And into the world of motorcycling. If you are looking to be honest, that torrid riding atmosphere only to get your hooliganism on, the MT-07 has the made me long for the day when I can get my stones. The MT-07 checks several boxes ranging hands on an MT-07 in better riding weather.
from commuter to asphalt slayer. This model has a tremendous amount of potential regardless of
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Yamaha is in the throngs of embracing their dark the dark side of Japan beyond the Night Flou side. Culturally, you have to look at the ancient colorway (other color options include Tech Black Japanese philosophical differences between light and Yamaha Blue). The bike is engineered to and dark. Light represents security, rationality, evoke a specific emotion, a designated vibe that reason and the like. Darkness takes things to the would connect rider to machine and machine to other side to be inclusive of being aggressive, rider. Yamaha wants to take you to the dark side on edge and pushing the envelope. The MT- of Japan. And they want you riding the MT-07 07â€™s style, presence, and attitude encapsulate all the way. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 31
CORNERING LEARN THE SKILLS DISCOVER THE ART
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VALENTINO ROSSI WILL REMAIN IN MOTOGP FOR ANOTHER 2 YEARS
For those wondering if the 2018 season would be the last for Valentino Rossi as a competitor, wonder no more. Valentino Rossi has just signed a new deal with Movistar Yamaha that will see “The Doctor” on the grid through to 2020. The 39 year old Italian first took the ride with Yamaha in 2004. He took a short break in 2011, pairing with Ducati, but quickly returned to Yamaha in 2013 and has been there since for a total of 13 years, winning a total of 7 MotoGP Championships. “When I signed my last contract with Yamaha, in March 2016, I wondered if that would have been the last contract as a MotoGP rider. At that time, I decided that I’d take that decision during the following two years. During the last two years, I came to the conclusion that I want to continue because racing, being a MotoGP rider, but especially riding my M1, is the thing that makes me feel good.” – Valentino Rossi, #46
MICHAEL DUNLOP AND JOHN MCGUINNESS: RIVALS UNITED! Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness: Rivals United! Two Isle of Man Legends are teaming up in what can only be categorized as a “never saw that coming” move. John McGuinness has announced that he will ride for Michael Dunlop’s MD Racing team in the 2018 Isle of Man TT Supersport races. John McGuinness will make his return to the Isle of Man this 2018 season after sitting out the 2017 races, recovering from injuries sustained at the 2017 North West 200. McGuinness will pilot a Honda CBR600RR comparable to MD Racing t e a m o w n e r, M ich a e l Dunlop in the four-lap races to be held in June of 2018. 34 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
MOTOAMERICA IS OFFERING THE LARGEST RACE CONTINGENCY IN U.S. RACE HISTORY Over $6 million is up for grabs in the 2018 MotoAmerica Race Season thanks to six manufacturers that are stepping up in a major way and putting their money where their mouths are. BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, and Yamaha are putting up over $4.5 million and MotoAmerica is putting up $1.5 million to bring the total purse for the 2018 season to an impressive $6.03 million. This is the most money offered in a single race season in the US, in history. Here is the breakdown of the contingencies, as offered by the manufacturers:
grabs for a win in the Motul Superbike class, $6000 in Supersport and $3000 for a Stock 1000, Twins Cup or Junior Cup victory. Suzuki will pay through to fifth place in all five classes. BMW: $795,000 in contingency in both the Motul Superbike class and the Stock 1000 class to riders using its S1000 RR. BMW will pay $4000 to win a Superbike race and $3000 to win a Stock 1000 with a payout back to 10th place in both classes. In addition, BMW will offer up $27,000 in championship bonus money in Superbike and Stock 1000.
Yamaha: $312,000 in its bLU cRU contingency program with payouts in all five MotoAmerica classes. A Yamaha victory in the Motul Superbike class will pay $5000 with victories in Supersport, Stock 1000 and Twins Cup paying $1000 each. If you win a Junior Cup race on a Yamaha R3, you will take home $500. Yamaha will pay contingency to the top five Kawasaki: $1.07 million with the company offering in Superbike and Junior Cup and to the top three in money in all five MotoAmerica classes. A victory in Supersport, Stock 1000 and Twins Cup. the Motul Superbike class will earn a rider $15,000, a Stock 1000 win will get them $5000 with a KTM: $51,500 with $25,500 in race contingency Supersport or Twins Cup victory worth $3000. A win for the nine-round Junior Cup Series and $26,000 in in the Junior Cup class will pay $2500. Kawasaki championship bonus money. KTM will pay $15,000 to win the Junior Cup Championship, $7500 for will pay contingency down to fifth place. second and $3500 for third. Suzuki: $931,250 with a whopping $10,000 up for Honda: $1.43 million in Superbike, Supersport, Stock 1000 and Junior Cup classes. A win in Superbike, Supersport and Stock 1000 will pay $5000 with a Honda victory in the new Junior Cup class netting the rider $2500. Honda will pay through to 10th place in all four classes.
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THE PRESS ROOM: GRID NEWS DUNLOP MOVES TO TYCO BMW FOR THE 2018 ISLE OF MAN TT RACES 28-year-old Michael Dunlop has formed a new partnership with TAS Racing Tyco BMW in the RST Superbike and Pokerstars Senior Races at the 2018 Isle of Man TT. Dunlop is the only TT racer that 37.73 mile Isle of Man road course in less than 17 minutes. Dunlop and Team Tyco will also challenge other international road racing events including the Ulster GP and the North West 200. In all, the Tyco BMW team has won 27 North West 200 wins and 18 Isle of Man TT victories. of Man TT.
KTM AND TECH 3 TOGETHER IN 2019
It was only last month that Tech 3 announced that they were ending their partnership, after a 20-year relationship. While Tech 3 will remain a committed partner to Yamaha for the remainder of the 2018 season, they will now officially partner with KTM in 2019 in the premier class. KTM will provide KTM RC16s for the Tech 3 team. This agreement ups KTMâ€™s presence on the GP grid to a total of 4 bikes.
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MOTOAMERICA NEEDS YOU!
MotoAmerica is looking for volunteers for their 10 round 2018 season, in several categories that range from Track Marshals to Hospitality. No experience is necessary and there are several perks that accompany the volunteer status that include free camping, extra guest passes, swag bags and meet and greets with the riders and teams. Here is the list of volunteer positions available:
certify racing motorcycles conform to the rulebook. * Grid Marshal: assists chief steward help riders follow the practice and qualifying procedures and make sure their motorcycles are positioned correctly on the grid for race starts. * Marketing: Marketing volunteers assist with kidsâ€™ zone, deployment of signage, podium presentations and other various event marketing tasks.
* Track Marshal: provides support for motorcycle recovery in the event of a crash or mechanical * Hospitality Volunteer: Hospitality Volunteers assist in the MotoAmerica hospitality, ensuring failure. the area is clean and stocked, and providing a * Tire Marshal: assists tire-control coordinator welcoming environment for staff and VIP guests. in the paddock, hot pit, and grid to ensure competitors follow tire-allocation regulations. The 2018 season begins at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA. For more information, visit the * Technical Control: supports technical director to official FaceBook for MotoAmerica Volunteers. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 37
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THE GRID: TOM SYKES
I MET THE MAN FROM YORKSHIRE several years ago at a Kawasaki event in Times the same. I’ve said that not everyone can state that Square, NY. Through an interested chain of events they have the 2013 World Superbike Champion and circumstances on that day that would provide as their designated driver (Tom doesn’t drink). An a more than an entertaining origin story, if we unlikely pairing, but a true pairing, nonetheless. were both characters in an international buddy cop film… We became friends. In the years that What I have learned from my friend is the measure followed, Tom and I would see one another at of remaining, if nothing else, consistent. Someone industry and race events, several throughout the who is consistent is reliable. Watch him pilot year. No matter where, when, or how, Tom and his KRT ZedX-10RR around Laguna Seca, Brno, I would pick up right where we left off. It was like Aragon, any circuit for that matter… What you we never missed a beat.
will witness is a rider that is smooth, strategic and controlled, lap after lap, sans the very rare “off”.
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THE GRID: TOM SYKES field, Sykes is focused on the Championship. and off the track which comes through some very It was only five years ago in 2013 that he good years of development and hard work. captured the Crown. The 2017 season came to close with Sykes pulling a firm third place in the SBI: So beyond the great relationship with Championship standings. Time has passed but Kawasaki, the solid team, the lethal bike… You the mission remains the same.
have an impressive list of sponsors. Dainese, Shark, etc? Am I missing anyone?
Allow him to introduce himself…
TS: I feel I have a great relationship with all of my personal sponsors. We have been working
SBI: Who is Tom Sykes in 2018, compared to together for many years now and fully respect one the 2017 Tom Sykes?
another. For me, safety is paramount in racing and
TS: 2018 me is actually slightly more prepared that’s why I choose Dainese and Shark. I’m also and sharper both mentally and physically due to very lucky to be working with Monster Energy. a number of reasons. And also I’ve worked very So that would explain my energy! And it’s really hard with my team during the winter to be able to nice to be working with such a big brand like get more from myself and the bike as a package. them with the added bonus of being invited to really fun events. SBI: You’ve been with Kawasaki for just under a decade, now. What makes that relationship so SBI: Perhaps a sore subject… However, explain special?
the 2012 season… You placed second overall in
TS: Kawasaki and I have grown and developed the effort for the Crown. How does one miss out together for nine years and basically feel like on the Championship by half of a point? family. The fact that the ZX-10RR is arguably the TS: I came within half point of the Championship best bike on the grid also helps.
due to mainly 2 events… The main reason was that when I won the only race in Monza, we
SBI: How lethal is that Kawasaki ZedX 10RR?
were only awarded half points as the race was
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probably 16 points.
you? TS: Millie and Mia are my personal life and I
Sykes made up for more than that half of a point am blessed to have these two little angels in my in 2013 when he won the Championship with a life. They also help with motivation as the racing total of 9 race wins, 18 podiums and 13 fastest life is not only for me but also for Millie and laps. Since then, his seasons have ended in 2nd Mia as I would really like to give them the best place (2014, 3rd place (2015), 2nd place possible future as I can provide. Family is the most (2016) and 3rd place (2017).
important thing of all and I’m so proud to have the family around me that I do.
Away from the grid, Sykes is a dedicated Father of two little ladies, Millie and Mia. His home life SBI: I couldn’t agree with you more. Family is the is focused on his daughters, family, training and most important thing of all. Changing subjects, a proper cup of coffee.
slightly… I have shared a few meals with you. I’ve seen you eat a lot of food and you are no
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"I AM NOW MORE CONSCIOUS OF THE BIKE'S NEEDS AS WELL AS MY OWN."
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last meal together because I ordered broccoli with think some people would be surprised to know our steaks. You seemed buggered that there was that you don’t drink. Why not? something great and leafy on the table… The TS: I just don’t like the taste. So I see no point. question remains, where does it all go? Genetics And also, I’ve got enough energy and fun inside and metabolism aside, what does a day in the me to go the distance anyway. gym for you consist of? TS: Without going into too much detail, I basically Sykes is undeniably the most charged up guy in focus on cardio work based around running. I any room that he is in. And if you’ve been in a also incorporate some rowing, cycling and cross- room with him, you know what I mean. Naturally training. I like to play football when I can, too. hyperactive with several proper coffees makes up Apart from that, I do some certain areas of strength the barrel of energy that is Tom Sykes. and resistance work. It is no surprise that his favorite city and circuit is SBI: Fair enough. Let’s talk about your other London and Donington Park, respectively. He was passion. Coffee. What makes a cup of coffee born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England. And he’s great? And I mean great as in receiving the Tom every bit a Yorkshireman. Sykes seal of approval? TS: Well my weapon of choice would typically SBI: What is the glory of Yorkshire? be a flat white when I’m traveling as that seems TS: Well, if you didn’t already know Yorkshire is the to be the most consistent. But really as long as God’s own country! I have to say that I just love my coffee is based around the 6-ounce size with the countryside of Yorkshire. It is a massive county a double shot of good beans with a nice fruity so it covers a lot of area. It’s mainly because I aftertaste. Then comes the milk, and this is make was born and raised there so will always be my or break time… There is plenty of nicely foamed favorite. And to add that’s where my family and milk going around but… but the difference is majority of friends are. “velvet-like” milk with the temperature not too hot. Then you are onto a great coffee!
SBI: What is the game plan for winning the 2018 championship?
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first round in Australia. That is mainly basically remarkable talent, wisdom and keen instinct, a knowing that I as the rider could and would champion does make. However, just because he is certainly like to ride harder to showcase my full consistent, it doesnâ€™t mean that he is comfortable. potential but we understand that unfortunately The 2018 Tom Sykes is ever more focused on due to the rules and therefore the characteristics the Crown. Ten seasons on the grid, the hunt is of the bike that this is not the way. I am now more ever long. There is work to be done. Efforts to conscious of the bike's needs as well as my own. be fortified. Race by race, point by point, the Championship waits for no one. You must hunt it Five years ago, Tom Sykes was crowned down and claim it for yourself. Time passes but Champion. Consistency with a healthy dose of the mission, and the man remain the same. 54 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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aytona in March, for the past 5 years, has when you work with some top-level pros you learn signified the start of race season. Yes! What
a thing or two. Second, of course, I had to make
we have all been thinking of and dreaming about all
it pretty! Fresh new coat of paint and some stickers
winter. We all usually have brand new gear, fresh
made her all mine!
work done to our motorcycles, and that undeniable itch to throw our leg over two wheels and go racing. I’m not the typical kamikaze rider who can just push This year was different than any other year because It
it to the limit on the first lap on a new bike. I like to
was my first time competing on a liter bike in the USA.
build my confidence and speed. The last thing I want is to get in too hot into turn 1 at Daytona International
Yes, I have raced a 1000cc motorcycle overseas,
Speedway at 200mph in 6th gear trying to downshift
but I had always raced a 600cc in the states. I was
into 2nd gear and slow the bike down quickly and
shocked when I competed on both sized motorcycles find out that I can’t! during the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix because my body was not ready for all that hard work! Sure, I was in
I signed up for 5 races and had at least one practice
shape and worked out regularly, but nothing prepares session each day. I took my time and worked on one you for riding a big bike, like riding a big bike. Muscle turn, or small step at a time. I’ve made the mistake in memory and reaction from doing lap after lap getting the past of putting too much pressure on myself and your body acquainted with 100 plus more pounds
stopped having fun.
and 40mph faster g-forces. I had to withdraw from one of my Superstock 1000 races because my arms When you put high expectations of time or race were so sore I couldn’t brake or even lift my arms up.
placement, and then you don’t achieve those results,
I knew the only solution would be to purchase a liter you can begin to have self-doubt or get discouraged. bike and do more laps at home in the states.
Especially riding a new bike, I just wanted to have fun. I think this is a lesson that we all need to take and use.
So, I purchased a used Suzuki GSXR 1000 and
When I had the least amount of stress, and the most
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othing says the coming of Spring like March!
springs hope like starting a new season. You can almost
Theoretically, you shed your Winter coat, you get
feel the electricity in the air from the fans and riders alike.
your tush in the gym to sweat off those Winter pounds that
We are bonded into one family that practically worships
accumulated around “your middle” and your vision looks
the two-wheeled rockets that men and women alike try and
toward the blooming of roses, the sounds of birds in the
tame for a weekend at racetracks around the world. This
trees and like the kid in all of us says, “It stays lighter later.”
is our sport! Sure, it may not be as popular as American
If you’re a grown-up, "Daylight Savings!”
Football or Futbol or F1, but we don’t care. MotoGP is our baby! And just like other sports, we have our favorites,
But when you’re a motorcycle racing fan, more specifically
sometimes to a fault, and some of us are faced with the
a MotoGP geek like myself, March means the start of the
reality of what the season may hold for us. But for a brief
MotoGP Season and with that comes predictions on what
moment, it is the Genesis, the start of a season where hope
will transpire for the upcoming 2018 season. Nothing
springs eternal. So without further adieu... My predictions
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for the 2018 MotoGP Season.
Spanish rider Jorge Martin taking the title. After scoring his first victory at the last race of the season in Valencia, Martin
has the experience and speed to take the title.
These little guys are the future and there is no greater satisfaction than watching where future champions got
It won’t be easy but I see him narrowly winning over
Aron “The Bulldog” Canet, Enea Bastianini and his own teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio.
With a stacked field, as is usually the case in Moto3, just think of a pack of wild dogs being let loose to wreak
havoc for 45 minutes on a Sunday and that’s what Moto3
This field is stacked like Thelma from Good Times! Think
is. With 2017 Champ Joan Mir gone to Moto2, I see
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year. Sam Lowes, Miguel Oliveira, Mattia Pasini, Danny
good part. Kind of like a Tinder Date. You know where
Kent, Brad Binder, you name them, they are in Moto2
it's heading but she still makes you wait for it.
this year. And while everybody has pegged Francesco Bagnaia the "New King", I have Alex Marquez getting it
Make no bones about it, even the riders feel that this year
done. Narrowly but, I feel he knows how to win consistently
could easily see as many as ten different race winners and
now and if he doesn’t win it, any of the aforementioned
as many as six legit riders fighting for the championship.
names could easily take the title. Moto2 is going to be a
But to go forward with this article, let’s start from the bottom
must watch this year.
and work our way up.
WHO WON'T WIN
Let’s be honest, GP is what you’re here for! I know that but
Although they will be a dominating force next year and
I feel I should make you suffer a little before I get to the
years after, KTM is a step behind. Although top 5 finishes
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uncertainty, I see Lorenzo coming to terms with the Ducati
and fighting for a championship. Champions find a way to win and I think Lorenzo will find a way to show why he’s
Rookies Hafizh Syahrin, Takaaki Nakagami, Franco
one of the greatest aliens to ever put a leg on a motorcycle.
Morbidelli, Thomas Luthi and Xavier Simeon have a steep learning curve, along with the Aprilia team of Aleix
Valentino Rossi: Don’t even talk about age. Rossi knows
Espargaro and Scott Redding, although Aprilia could finish
how to win. Throw qualifying out the window, practices,
on a podium this year. The legit championship contenders
etc... Come race day, Rossi takes no prisoners and his
with the exception of two riders come from factory teams.
hunger for number ten is insatiable! Look for him to be in the hunt all the way down to Valencia. Rossi ain’t going
Who are these two-wheeled warriors fighting for the title?
nowhere but to the top of the podium and possibly hoisting
Cal Crutchlow: Marc Marquez admitted that Cal basically
his tenth championship trophy come November.
has the same bike as he does and if he manages to avoid crashes and stays consistent, Willow’s Dad could find
Andrea Dovizioso: After pushing Marquez to the final race
himself in the thick of things come November in Valencia.
last year and outdueling him twice on the track, “Desmo Dovi” has the confidence to compete for the championship
Dani Pedrosa: Until you convince me he won’t, Pedrosa
and confidence is a dangerous thing. Look for outright war
is always in the hunt. If he solves the problem of heat in
in Valencia and don’t be surprised to see “Dovi” winning
the tyres and stays healthy “the other Repsol rider” could
it all in a winner take all battle for supremacy!
find himself winning his first World Championship in the Premiere Class.
Marc Marquez: What more can you say about “The Baby Faced Assassin” that hasn’t been said? To coin the phrase
Maverick Vinales: All you have to do is watch how he won
from “The Nature Boy" Rick Flair, “To be the Man, you got to
his Moto3 Championship and how he rode the first three
beat the Man!" Marquez is the Man. Can he be beaten?
months of the season and you know Vinales lives up to his
Of course. For a race or two or three. But for a season,
first name. If Yamaha solves its problems of grip, Vinales
with a championship on the line? That is a different story.
could easily walk away with the title!
They will come at him with everything short of missiles and
Jorge Lorenzo: Last year, the Five-Time World Champ
machine guns but until I see it for myself, I have Marquez
was humbled and although this year is starting off with
winning number seven.
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DARK HORSE Alex Rins will have his coming out party this year and if he remains healthy? Watch out for Rins and a revamped Suzuki to mix it up for wins, podiums and a shot at a title!
I hope you feel the excitement of the season as much as I’m trying to convey with my words. I love the unknown. That’s what makes Life exciting. MotoGP is no exception. There will be the element of the unknown that will happen
this year. It always happens, it always does. Just what it will be? Who knows?
One thing is for certain, at least in my mind. He who manages this “unknown” the best will be your 2018 MotoGP World Champion. And we, the viewer, will be the lucky recipient.
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s we enter the 2018 season, I will have been teaching motorcycle track riding for 25 years. Over the course of that time I have had the good fortune to learn from dozens of fantastic teachers. These riders have taught me how to both improve my riding and instruction techniques in dozens of areas. We have covered line selection, body position, input timing, vision, suspension and chassis setup, braking techniques and much more. Part of the beauty of our sport is that since there are so many important areas to master, the potential personal improvement never ends. Despite the nearly infinite amount of material to master, there are a few “gems” that I have found along the way that riders can use to self-diagnose their riding. This month’s article will focus on a simple check that can help fix a widespread problem that affects riders at nearly every level. If a rider is on the proper line and gives the major inputs (brakes, turning, throttle) at the correct time, the most common issue that limits both traction and confidence is improper bar input. The further that the motorcycle is leaned over, the more critical it is to be able to relax your arms. The point of greatest lean angle occurs at the slowest point of the corner, which is always in that space between where the braking ends and the throttle application begins. At this moment, the tires must have ALL of their grip available for turning. This means that ANY force in the handlebars at this point that is more than the “thumb and forefinger” guidance needed to maintain your arc (1-2 lbs. of force) is too much. Nearly every school I’m aware of speaks to this point in one way or the other. There are a myriad of classroom and on-track drills designed to help riders relax their arms mid corner, and most students come away with a clear understanding of what the desired end result should be. Unfortunately, the most common thing that follows is those same riders go out and ride at speed and immediately fall back into their own habits (sound familiar?). With a newfound awareness of the tension in their arms they make efforts to relax, but then they spot 112 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
someone who they want to chase down and revert right back to baseline once again. The common mistake here is that riders tend to focus on the main objective of the lesson (in this case, soft arms). Wait a minute, did I just say that focusing on the main part of the lesson is wrong? In many cases, the answer is yes. Relaxing on the bars is not possible by just using your arms. To execute this practice properly, the force to support your body HAS to go somewhere else. Your body is a large interconnected kinetic chain, and unless your foundation is properly set it is impossible to achieve the desired result. There are two main prerequisites for soft hands; (1) to use your legs to support your body weight and (2) to engage your core so that you can separate the loads in your upper and lower body. Without both things in place, it is impossible to take the force out of the bars (without veering off course). Instead of focusing on your arms, riders should instead go to the very base of the kinetic chain and begin there. The place where you will carry the most load at full lean is on your inside foot, and that is where the first “gem” of self- analysis exists. At full lean, the ball of your inside foot should be on the peg. Most (but not all) of your foot should be over the peg itself. This is not a hard and fast rule, but I usually heavily engage the very outside of the peg at the very base of my 4th toe. The pressure on the peg should be like you are trying to push the peg UNDER the motorcycle. This makes it easy to point your knee towards the apex (which is the angle that provides maximum weight support). Although a few fast riders have made it work over the years, your knee should never be near the fairing at full lean unless you achieve the 60+ degree lean angles of MotoGP riders (who sometimes don’t have space to point their knees out). Finally, the key to making this all work is to actively engage your feet on the pegs. The checkpoint “gem” is that your heel should be higher than the ball of your foot. How much higher? A good ballpark is that your foot should
be 30-40 degrees above level. Using your foot is a powerful checkpoint because as soon as you put pressure on the ball of your foot and raise your heel your core will also automatically engage. Riders with “flat” feet sit with their weight in the seat and pressure in their arms – they have no choice! This simple check is absolutely critical, and not only makes riding with softer hands easier, it almost makes it automatic.
You’ve started at the bottom (and most critical) part of the kinetic chain. A helpful hint to successfully putting this into play is to be sure to start creating your foot pressure early enough. Once you’re leaned over, it’s already too late. You should begin to engage your inside foot as soon as you roll off the gas and begin your corner entry. This allows you to make a change when you are straight up and down and much SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 113
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Stage two of this check involves properly placing the rest of your body. Once actively raising your heel early is natural, youâ€™ll want to practice shifting your torso away from the tank and off to the inside at the same time you begin your foot pressure. The finishing touches come when you begin to pull your heel towards the inside of the bike and actively engage the middle of your outside thigh on the tank for added support. When you start making a 30-40 degree angle with your inside foot pointing towards the inside (looking at the peg from the top) your knee will move away from
It all starts with an actively engaged inner foot. This easy-to-implement change is one that far more riders can successfully implement, even when they start to ride too fast too early (donâ€™t we all do this sometimes?). When you couple this with proper torso placement, foot placement and outer leg grip then engaging your core and relaxing your arms will happen easily and naturally. Remember that flat feet = no core = weight on your arms. You can do it!
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Until next time... Ride fast. Ride safe!
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From Voodoo Industries comes their new 43mm, CNC machined aluminum clip-ons. The clip-ons have a hinged collar for simple installation. The bars are set at 7 degrees and come with a set of bar ends composed of billet aluminum and Delrin. Available in black and chrome. Colors: Black, Chrome Price: $140.50 - $182.25 Contact: http://voodoomoto.com HOT BODIES RACING • RACE BODYWORK FOR THE GSX-R 1000 New for the 2017 and 2018 GSX-R 1000, this set of primer gray race bodywork is made with four harness fiberglass fabric and kevlar reinforced mounting areas. Lightweight and strong, the set works with the stock exhaust headers and includes competition spec oil containment belly pan. Hot Bodies Racing claims this to be the lightest bodywork on the market today and back it with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.
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SportBikes Inc Magazine March 2018