Aspar Team Press Release: MotoGP and Superbike riders shared the track at Jerez again today as the final test of 2015 continued in the Spanish sunshine. The track surface took a little time to warm up, but the riders were soon able to start working on their new standard electronics packages for 2016, as well as the new Michelin tires. A crash for Michele Pirro saw the red flag produced at around 4pm but once the Italian rider was out of danger the action was able to resume until the track closed at 6pm. Unfortunately Pirro’s crash was not the last of the day. Around an hour later POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Eugene Laverty lost the front in turn seven, injuring his left wrist. X-rays at a local hospital confirmed a break to his left radius, just by his wrist. Further examination also revealed a dislocated shoulder and blow to the head. This evening Eugene will be admitted to a hospital in Jerez for a CAT scan to check for any further injuries, before tomorrow flying from Seville to Barcelona and the Hospital Universitario Quirón Dexeus, where Dr. Xavier Mir and his medical team will conduct surgery to relocate and fix his broken and displaced radius. Meanwhile his team-mate Yonny Hernández will complete the test tomorrow after enjoying a positive day today working on the traction control and engine braking aspects of his new electronics, improving the handling of the bike and the lap times. Eugene Laverty #50: “It’s a disappointing end to a good day of testing. We made good progress with the new electronics and the last exit before I crashed was probably the first time we had the bike working correctly. The lap times were getting better and then I crashed, so I’m disappointed. It would always be nice to do another day but the positive thing is that the bike is working well, we are not too far away from the others and Yonny can continue to test tomorrow. Also the Ducati guys are making a big effort so the aim right now is to recover and return in Sepang in a good way.” Yonny Hernández #68: “The first run out yesterday was brief but today we were able to spend almost all day on track here at Jerez. We waited a little this morning for the track to get up to temperature and then we started working again on the new electronics. We tried some different things with the traction control and the engine braking. We have got the bike turning better in the slow corners and I am happy with the job we have done because virtually from the start we went a second quicker than yesterday. The relationship with the team is improving every day and I really like the new electronics, which are quite similar to what I used last year.” For more information: www.asparteam.com Read More
AMA Pro Racing Press Release: NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will televise the 2015 Superprestigio of the Americas presented by Yamaha motorcycle race on Sunday, November 29, at 9 p.m. ET /6 p.m. PT. The Superprestigio of the Americas was held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, and it brought together motorcycle racers from different disciplines to race together on the specially-designed indoor short track. AMA Pro Flat Track riders like Jared Mees, Brad Baker, Kenny Coolbeth and Bryan Smith faced off against popular road racing superstars Josh Hayes, Roger Hayden and others, and the action was incredible. The entire event will be televised on NBC Sports Network this Sunday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. The NBC Sports Channel Finder is located HERE. For more information: www.amaproracing.com Read More
Honda Pro Racing Press Release: The Honda World Superbike Team completed a three-day test at Circuito de Jerez today in readiness for the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship. This was the last outing of the year for the Dutch-based outfit before the start of the testing ban, which will mean the WorldSBK teams have to stop their track activities until mid January. Nicky Hayden made the most of the warm and sunny conditions to continue his familiarization with the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. The 34-year-old put in a remarkable total of 250 laps around the 4.423km (2.748 mile) Spanish track over the course of the three days as he worked tirelessly with the team on various aspects of the bike. The 34-year-old American evaluated new swingarms and tried different geometries, gearing, front fork and rear damper settings. In the afternoon of t he final day, Hayden got a successful first taste of Pirelli’s qualifying tires, clocking in with a 1’40.193 lap time. 2014 World Supersport Champion Michael van der Mark had to pull out from the test after the first day of action due to pain in his right forearm. Initial medical examinations performed at the Stuivenberg Hospital in Antwerp, Belgium, by Dr Geert Peersman, reported an over-stressed muscle, with the presence of fluid, which was aggravated by the cold conditions encountered in MotorLand Aragón early last week. The 23-year-old Dutchman has received an initial treatment and will now take a week of complete rest before a further evaluation of his condition takes place. Nicky Hayden #69: “We really must be thankful for the weather because, apart from temperatures a bit chilly in the morning, we had really great weather for three days; we needed it after missing so much time at MotorLand Aragon. We worked a lot in pretty much every area, because it’s still early days. We tested a lot of things and the team worked extremely hard over the three days changing wheelbase, gearing and more. They did a huge amount of work. Overall we take some positives out of this test. I had great fun on the qualifying tyre today and I was told my time would have been enough to be on pole position here two months ago. It’s clear that everybody has made a big step forward already so we still have a lot of work to do. But I’m happy and looking forward to everything, let’s see if we can keep going this way.” Michael van der Mark #60: “I’m very disappointed that I could not make the most of this test, as the severe pain in my right forearm didn’t allow me to continue riding. It’s a shame because this was a great chance for us to keep working on the bike before the winter break, especially given the perfect weather conditions we encountered. We still need a week to fully understand what we need to do but it looks like it’s a small issue that can be solved quite quickly. There is nothing I can do now, I just need to wait and be ready for January.” Pieter Breddels – Technical Manager: “Despite Michael not being able to ride in the last two days, it has been overall a very productive test. With Nicky everything went smooth, we did a lot of laps and went through a lot of things. I think we’ve made a good step forward. Today we tried some qualifying tires and the lap-time Nicky was able to set is promising. All the big teams were testing here so this has been a good benchmark for us and we’re very happy with how it went. We can now enter the winter break in a positive mood and we will keep working hard in order to be ready for the next test in January, when we will try new items and especially a new engine upgrade, which will soon be available to us.” For more information: www.hondaproracing.com Read More
You know the old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Well, Suzuki doesn’t. Or didn’t anyway, when the decision-makers in Hamamatsu decided to replace the popular SV650 standard with a naked bike called the Gladius. Heavily stylized in an ill-advised attempt to appeal to women (or metrosexuals?), the Gladius missed the mark completely and was subsequently rebadged as the SFV650 to little avail. That left a hole in the market that the Honda CB500, Kawasaki Versys 650, and Yamaha FZ-07 quickly filled, leaving Suzuki with a token share of a segment it had once dominated. Finally, Suzuki has seen the error of its ways and brought back the SV650. The familiar 645cc, DOHC, 90-degree V-twin has been upgraded with more than 60 new parts to increase output (from 71 to 75 horsepower) and improve fuel efficiency. New, FEM-designed pistons are strong and lightweight, with resin-coated skirts that reduce friction in the plated cylinders. The SDTV EFI system with 39mm throttle bodies and 10-hole injectors has been upgraded to allow better low-speed running, and inhales though a new airbox with staggered intake funnels for improved torque. Dual-spark ignition and a lightweight, catalyst-equipped 2-into-1 exhaust help the engine meet stringent Euro 4 emissions standards. A new radiator with a larger cooling fan works with a liquid-cooled oil filter to keep engine temperature in check. The chassis wasn’t neglected either, as it features more than 70 new parts. As on the Gladius/SFV650, the frame is a lightweight steel-trellis unit instead of aluminum like the original SVs. The two-person seat and gas tank have both been reshaped, the latter now 2.5 inches narrower despite having the same capacity. The 30.9-inch seat height is said to be the lowest in class. Suspension consists of a traditional 41mm telescopic fork and a linkage-equipped shock with adjustable spring preload working in conjunction with a steel-beam swingarm. The brake system employs a pair of Tokico two-piston calipers grasping 290mm rotors up front and a single-piston caliper pinching a 240mm disc in the rear. While ABS is now mandatory in Europe, American buyers can choose their SV with or without the Nissin system that is said to be smaller and lighter than before. All told the new bike weighs 15 lbs. less than the one it replaces, and 18 lbs. less on the ABS version. As on most modern motorcycles, the SV features a multi-function LCD dash display with adjustable backlighting. It also gets the one-push Easy Start system from the GSX-S1000, plus the Throttle-body Integrated Idle Speed Control (TI-ISC) with a Low RPM Assist function that aids in accelerating from a standstill. The SV has always been an excellent beginner’s bike, and there’s every reason to expect that will continue for 2017 and beyond. Available in the USA as the SV650 or SV650A (with ABS), it is expected to hit dealerships by late spring or early summer. Price has yet to be determined. Read More
A hot issue! Hot pink, that is. But the bikes were also hot: “Built for Speed II” lined up five hopped-up musclebikes in a big performance shootout. Jay Gleason, all 135 pounds of him, ripped the bikes through the quarter mile, while legend Don Vesco ran them for ultimate top speed. The Vance & Hines Yamaha FZR1000 and Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1100 were naturally aspirated, Fours N’ More’s GSX-R1100 and NOS Systems’ Honda Hurricane were running nitrous, and Mr. Turbo’s Suzuki Katana 1100 ran, what else, a turbo. The Yoshimura bike sprinted a 9.77-second 145.39 mph to rule the strip, while the NOS Honda hit a 174-mph top speed. Amazing numbers back then, but now you can just see your local dealer and save the nitrous for parties. The Headline of the Issue award goes to “Berms of Endearment,” a story of editor Ron Lawson and his ATK 604 thumper project bike. He ran it as a moto, enduro, and dualsport machine in the year he worked on it. Interesting note: The rear brake is mounted on the countershaft and, said Lawson, it either didn’t work or would get so hot it locked. He loved the electric start. Except when the bike would start itself after he closed the garage door… Finally, the Vintage Rockers Cycle Club, a small band of Ace café-inspired riders from Santa Cruz, California, was the springboard for a piece on Rocker culture being reborn in America. Which stands as proof that café culture never really dies but simply gets reborn by the next generation of enthusiasts. Been watching the custom scene in 2015? For a limited time, check out the November 1990 issue on Cycle World – COVER TO COVER – The Complete Cycle World Magazine Archive.
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