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2014 Yamaha YZF-R25 Officially Unveiled in Indonesia – 2-inline DOHC 8-valve 36PS 250cc power – Rp 53million (RM14,893.00)

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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2014 Yamaha YZF-R25 has been unveiled officially in Indonesia for its world premiere. It is a very interesting bike and focuses on the performance which is exactly what Yamaha should do and they do deliver. It comes in 3 colour choices that is Diablo Red, Racing Blue and Predator Black. That Racing Blue version really reminds me of the livery of the YZR-M1 that is being used currently in MotoGP 2014.

As I told you earlier this is an interesting bike. I love this bike as soon as I know the official specs. It delivers 36PS (35.5hp, 26.5kW) at 12,000RPM with torque rated at 22.1Nm at 10,000RPM. This is definitely one of the highest power rating for a 250cc bike compared to currently available in the market. As a comparison, look at these numbers: 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250 2-cylinder is at 32hp, 2011 Naza Blade 250 V-Twin 2-cylinder at 28.8hp and YZF-R25 only lower than 1998 Kawasaki ZX250R 4-inline at 45hp (this one higher la cause 4-inline, I put here to compare only la bro).  (more…)

2014 NAZA N5 launched in Malaysia – entry-level 250cc single-cylinder DOHC 4-valve liquid-cooled 6-speed bike at RM13,988 (OTR) for the first 500 customers

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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NAZA Bikes Sdn Bhd introduced yet another new addition to its product range today, the brand new NAZA N5, in a launch event held today at NAZA Automall in Petaling Jaya. Present at the event were Datuk Wira HJ SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, NAZA Group of Companies Joint Group Executive Chairman; Mr. Oh Sei-young, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kolao Group; Mr. Bae Dong-Jun, Chief Executive Officer of KR Motors and Mr. Nik Danial Nik Mahmood, Vice President of Naza Two Wheels & Four Wheels Division.

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NAZA N5 comes in black or white colour choices

This latest NAZA N5 was specifically designed to meet increasing market demands for more dynamic 250cc entry-level motorcycles. A bike of convenience for city dwellers and country goers alike, the NAZA N5 is user-friendly and thrilling to ride, it is ideal for entry-level riders, who wish to navigate the roads with ease, boost their confidence and enhance their riding ability.

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This model comes with 6-speed transmission and is powered by a DOHC 4-valve single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. Power is rated at 28hp and 24Nm of torque. Being single-cylinder, 28hp is comparable to the Kawasaki Ninja 250SL which are said to be introduced in Malaysia this 22th May, but at the weight of 148kg curb mass, it is heavier that the 250SL at only 124.5kg sorry, Ninja 250SL also 148kg, so it is the same weight, tq to reader loki for the update. The lighter the bike, the easier it is to take corners.

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Round 5: French MotoGP™ – Race Results: French victory makes it five in a row for Marquez

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez continued his relentless push for a second MotoGP™ World Championship as the Spaniard won his fifth race in a row with victory at the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

Starting from pole position, Marquez had a poor start and as the riders completed their first lap, found himself in tenth position. The reigning champion then increased his pace and made his way through the field, setting a new Circuit Record Lap time of 1’33.548 on lap eight, and then taking the race lead on lap twelve. Marquez’s constant pace led him to victory over Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi, who claimed his third second-place finish of the year. Taking third place was GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, who rode brilliantly to claim his first podium since the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.

The track temperature today reached its highest level of the race weekend, with a figure of 46°C recorded in the final stages of the race. Race tyre choice amongst the riders was similar to that from yesterday’s Free Practice 4 session, with the soft compound front and rear slicks proving to be most popular. Only one rider selected the medium compound front slick for the race, the other twenty-one riders selected the soft compound front. Fourteen of the twenty-two starters opted for the soft compound rear slick, while eight riders selected the extra-soft rear that was available only to the Ducati and Open-class entrants. Despite the warmer than usual temperatures at Le Mans, tyre performance during race was excellent, with today’s French Grand Prix having the highest average speed ever recorded at this circuit.

Marquez’s latest victory sees his lead in the championship over his teammate Dani Pedrosa increase to forty-three points. Rossi remains in third place in the rider standings, but now sits just two points behind Pedrosa after five rounds.

Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“It’s been a while since we had a completely dry race weekend at Le Mans, and the constant fine weather gave riders plenty of time to find a setup to get the best performance out of the tyres. The pace this year was a big step forward from last year, but the riders also commented that the warm-up performance and safety of our tyres at Le Mans has also improved, so I am pleased with this result. New Circuit Best Lap, Race Lap and overall race time records were set this weekend at Le Mans. This is a very positive outcome for Bridgestone and shows that our revised tyre allocation for this circuit worked well for the riders.”

Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda – Race Winner
“I enjoyed today quite a lot, particularly the early part of the race. Maybe I was too calm in the early laps, I knew my rhythm was good so maybe I had too much confidence. Then when Lorenzo overtook me, I started to go quick and overtaking many riders which I enjoyed. When I was in second place I saw Rossi in front so I pushed 100% and when I reached Valentino I thought it would be a fight to pass him, but he made a mistake which allowed me to get through. I’m really happy for my fifth victory in a row, and I want to enjoy this moment as even though it looked easy, it was difficult go get the win.”

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Extra-Soft, Soft & Medium; Rear: Extra-soft, Soft & Medium (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main) & Hard (Alternative)
Weather:  Dry. Ambient 24-25°C; Track 43-46°C (Bridgestone measurement)

French MotoGP™ Top Ten Race Classification
Pos
Rider
Team
Race Time
Gap
Front spec
Rear spec
Tyres
1
Marc MARQUEZ 
Repsol Honda Team
44’03.925 
Soft
Soft
Bridgestone
2
Valentino ROSSI
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
44’05.411
1.486
Soft
Soft
Bridgestone
3
Alvaro BAUTISTA
GO&FUN Honda Gresini
44’07.069
3.144
Soft
Soft
Bridgestone
4
Pol ESPARGARO
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
44’07.642
3.717
Soft
Soft
Bridgestone
5
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda Team
44’08.002
4.077
Soft
Soft
Bridgestone
6
Jorge LORENZO
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
44’11.013
7.088
Soft
Soft
Bridgestone
7
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda MotoGP
44’15.452
11.527
Soft
Soft
Bridgestone
8
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
44’26.028
22.103
Soft
Soft
Bridgestone
9
Aleix ESPARGARO
NGM Forward Racing
44’26.551
22.626
Soft
Soft
Bridgestone
10
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
44’27.033
23.108
Soft
Soft
Bridgestone

Michelin confirms their interest to come back for MotoGP

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

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A tweet from @michelin_sport has gives us hope to see their comeback for MotoGP. Based from our observation, the latest entry that theu can get into MotoGP is in 2016 season after the current Bridgestone sponsorhip ends in 2015. We actually hoping to see multi tyre sponsors fight their way to the race like in the 90s. There are Michelin back then, along with Dunlop for Moto2 and Moto3 for 2014 seasons. Pirelli has been the tyre sponsors for WSBK but who knows if they are also interested for MotoGP action too.

Round 5: French MotoGP™ – QP2 – Another outright lap record lands Marquez on pole in Le Mans

Saturday, May 17th, 2014
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2014 MotoGP World Championship, Round 5, Le Mans, 18th May 2014

There is no stopping Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez at the moment, as the Spanish star smashed the existing Le Mans outright circuit lap record by 0.605 seconds for his fifth pole position from the first five races of the season.

While Marquez continued his stranglehold on the top qualifying position this year, starting second on the grid for tomorrow’s French Grand Prix will be Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro, with the MotoGP™ rookie claiming his first ever front-row start with a personal best lap time of 1’32.734. Andrea Dovizioso’s successful record at the Le Mans circuit continued today, as the Ducati rider was third in Qualifying Practice 2 with a time of 1’32.755.

In the time attack during Qualifying Practice 2, Marquez and Espargaro set their best time on the soft compound slicks front and rear, while Dovizioso used the soft compound front matched with the extra-soft rear slick.

As was the case yesterday, weather conditions today were warm and dry, with the peak track temperature of 45°C recorded during QP2. In the earlier Free Practice sessions, riders assessed a wide range of tyres to see which options were more suitable in the warmer than usual temperatures at Le Mans. During race simulations in FP4, almost every rider preferred the soft compound front slick, matched with their softer rear slick option; extra-soft for the Ducati and Open-class riders, soft for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders. Coincidentally, as well as being more consistent over longer runs, this same tyre combination yielded the best performance over a single lap, hence it was used by most riders during their qualifying runs.

The twenty-eight lap French Grand Prix starts at 1400 local time tomorrow (GMT +1), with the next MotoGP™ session, the twenty-minute morning Warm Up commencing at 0940 local time.

Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“Another day with perfect conditions gave the riders ample opportunity to try out all the slick tyre options and decide on their race tyre combinations. Although temperatures are warmer than we usually experience at Le Mans, this circuit isn’t demanding on tyres so most riders will opt for their softer rear slick option for the race. For the front tyre, the soft compound option seems to offer the best combination of cornering and braking performance, so I expect this to be widely used tomorrow. This year at Le Mans we’ve brought a new rear tyre allocation with a focus on improved warm-up and safety for the riders. However, it is plain to see that is also provided quite an improvement in performance which the riders, in particular Marc exploited to maximum effect. To beat the existing outright lap record by over half a second is an incredible achievement. Over longer runs, many riders are on a similar race pace so it should be a close contest tomorrow.”

French MotoGP™ QP 2 times – Riders that qualified from QP1 shaded in gray
Pos
Rider
Team
QP2 Time
Gap
1
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team
1’32.042 
2
Pol ESPARGARO
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’32.734
0.692
3
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
1’32.755
0.713
4
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda MotoGP
1’32.846
0.804
5
Valentino ROSSI
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
1’32.873
0.831
6
Jorge LORENZO
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
1’32.899
0.857
7
Alvaro BAUTISTA
GO&FUN Honda Gresini
1’33.006
0.964
8
Aleix ESPARGARO
NGM Forward Racing
1’33.015
0.973
9
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda Team
1’33.023
0.981
10
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’33.058
1.016
11
Andrea IANNONE
Pramac Racing
1’33.102
1.060
12
Cal CRUTCHLOW
Ducati Team
1’33.315
1.273