Yamaha and Valentino Rossi Set to Continue with Two-Year Contract Extension


Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd is delighted to announce that it has signed a new two-year agreement with Valentino Rossi. The nine-time world champion will continue to race with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP for the 2015 and 2016 MotoGP World Championship seasons.

The announcement comes midway through an excellent season for the MotoGP veteran. Rossi currently sits in second in the standings having taken four second place finishes and a total of five podiums from eight races so far this year.

Lin Jarvis – Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing

“I am very happy that we have concluded the agreement with Valentino for 2015 and 2016. Since his return to Yamaha in 2013 it’s been a very positive experience for everybody involved. After two difficult years ‘away from home’ Valentino returned last year, not only to us but also to his beloved YZR-M1. Fans of racing across the world were happy to see him rediscover his competitive performance and witness him take pleasure in riding and having fun again on two wheels. The “fun factor” is crucial to Valentino to get results – in fact when he first joined us in 2004 one of the most important motivations for his move to Yamaha was his desire to create an environment where he could enjoy racing. His enjoyment is obvious to all who meet him at the MotoGP events or who see him race on TV and is reflected in his excellent race results this year where he is currently in second position in the World Championship. We look forward to the next two and a half years together and it is our intention that Valentino will remain with Yamaha until the end of his sporting career and beyond.”
Valentino Rossi

“I am very happy to announce that I have signed a new contract with Yamaha to continue together in MotoGP for the next two years. I am very proud of this announcement. It’s very important to me because I really enjoy working with my crew and all the guys from the team, both the Japanese and European members that have been with me almost my entire career. It’s great because this was my target; I wanted to continue, I am feeling good and I’m motivated to keep giving my best. I am very happy that I can keep riding my YZR-M1, that has been my love for so many years and will still be my love this year and the following two seasons. A big ‘Thank You’ to everybody, I will try to keep giving the maximum to arrive in front and make good races. Enjoy!”

2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight now appears on Boon Siew Honda website


Boon Siew Honda has updated their website to feature this 2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight that has been launched last week. I’m waiting for this update by them for me to check out the technical specs. What I’m looking for is the power rating. From what I’ve read from the brochure and the website, it is stated that the maximum output for this CBR250R is 20.2kW at 8,500RPM and torque at 23.3Nm at 7,500RPM. Continue reading “2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight now appears on Boon Siew Honda website”

Yamaha 135LC is going to be 150cc and named Jupiter MX King in Indonesia?


A hot news from TMCBlog has shown this decals of the rumored Jupiter MX King which is said to feature Jupiter MX 135cc engine base but upgraded to 150cc. However, it is not known this bike will be a moped like the current Jupiter MX, or naked like the Suzuki Belang R. In my opinion, since this is named the same as the Jupiter MX, it should be made to be like the moped style. This has been rumored for a very long time since the Jupiter MX engine (also known as the 135LC in Malaysia) have the same engine base as the Vixion (FZ150i).  Continue reading “Yamaha 135LC is going to be 150cc and named Jupiter MX King in Indonesia?”

Honda RC213V MotoGP Machine Joins Asama Hill Climb


Asama Hill Climb is a popular event started in 2012 in Komoro City, Nagano, where visitors enjoy a city parade as well as demonstration performances of automobiles and motorcycles. As the third year of the event, thanks to the cooperation of parties related to this event, the public road was closed during the hill climb performance, and that made the racing machine performances possible, which can generally be seen only at circuits.

From Honda, the RC213V for FIM Road Racing World Championship Moto GP class joined this event, and performed an exhibition ride. The rider on the machine was Takumi Takahashi, who is now on the top of the ranking for the All Japan Road Race Championship this season.

A test riding with the CBR1000RR was scheduled on Friday, June 13, the day before the event, but, due to the bad weather with hail, Takahashi had no choice but to rehearse with an automobile. He first rode the bike on the course just on the day of the event.

On Saturday, June 14, the exhibition ride for the event was held twice. A cheer went up from the large audience for the RC213V riding on the public road, which you can not see anywhere else.  Continue reading “Honda RC213V MotoGP Machine Joins Asama Hill Climb”

Round 8 Assen MotoGP: Marquez blows away the field in fantastic flag-to-flag Dutch TT – 1st Marcquez, 2nd Dovizioso, 3rd Pedrosa


Dutch TT at Assen was an eventful flag-to-flag contest, with a wet track at the start of the race rapidly drying over the twenty-six laps, but in the end there was no stopping Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez who adapted best to the changing conditions for his eighth consecutive victory in 2014.

Marquez traded the race lead with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso in the early stages of the race while on wet tyres, before the leading pair swapped bikes on lap six and headed out of pit lane on slick tyres to resume their battle. Marquez made the race-winning pass on Dovizioso on the fifteenth lap and then upped the pace – almost setting a new race lap record on lap 19 – to eventually take the chequered flag 6.714 seconds ahead of Dovizioso who claimed an excellent second place. Dani Pedrosa ensured two Repsol Honda’s made the podium by seizing third place.

Rain fell leading up to, and for the first few laps of the race but once it stopped the track dried extremely quickly at which point the riders on slicks were able to lap much quicker than those still on wet tyres. By the eighth lap all the riders that started on wet tyres had changed to slicks to take advantage of the improving track surface. Twenty-one riders started the race on the soft compound wet tyres front and rear with only two riders; Pramac Racing’s Yonny Hernandez and Paul Bird Motorsport’s Broc Parkes starting the race on the soft compound slick tyres front and rear. The slick tyre options that were used on the riders’ spare bikes after they changed bikes for the dry conditions were the extra-soft and soft compound front slick, and the soft and medium compound rear.

Marquez has amassed 200 championship points courtesy of his flawless win record, while Pedrosa and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi are joint-second in the standings with 128 points each.  Continue reading “Round 8 Assen MotoGP: Marquez blows away the field in fantastic flag-to-flag Dutch TT – 1st Marcquez, 2nd Dovizioso, 3rd Pedrosa”

2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight launched and CB650F, CBR650F previewed in Malaysia – standard RM19,999, Repsol RM20,999, Trico and ABS RM22,999 (basic)


That is a very long title that I have to write. Yes, the rumors are correct and indeed the 2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight has finally landed to Malaysia. Most of the changes are cosmetics like the obvious use of the dual headlight compared to the 2011 Honda CBR250R that use single headlight. This design follows the design of the headlight of the CBR1000RR. In Indonesia, the CBR250R gains few optimization on the intake airflow and new exhaust muffler design of the 1-cylinder 249cc DOHC MC41 engine with the bore and stroke dimension of 76.0 mm x 55.0 mm that maxes out 29ps at 9,000RPM with the torque rated at 23Nm at 7,300RPM. For Malaysia version, we can’t confirm about this changes since we are not able to get the official technical specification yet, but since this CBR250R is Asean CKD in Thailand, we think it should carry the same specs like the Indonesian and Thai version.

The price of the 2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight is RM19,999 for the standard version, RM20,999 for the Repsol and RM22,999 for the Trico and C-ABS version (all prices are basic not including tax, insurance and registration). This number is way above our estimation of RM16,500 because we thought maybe Honda wants to fight the price of the Kawasaki Ninja 250SL at RM17,689. For that, we’d say sorry.  Continue reading “2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight launched and CB650F, CBR650F previewed in Malaysia – standard RM19,999, Repsol RM20,999, Trico and ABS RM22,999 (basic)”

2014 Ducati Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S unveiled in Malaysia by Next Bikes Sdn Bhd – 1200 RM106,888, 1200 S RM119,888


Ducati Malaysia (Next Bike Sdn Bhd) maintained its steady momentum with the second half of 2014 looming with the launch of its most performance-oriented Ducati Monster variant yet – the 1200 at an event held today at Monkey Garage Café, Bangsar. Present at the event were En Nik Danial Nik Mahmood, Vice President of NAZA Two Wheels & Four Wheels Division and Mr. CW Juan, General Manager of Next Bike Sdn Bhd. Ducati Monster 1200 comes with 135hp at 8,750RPM and 116.6Nm at 7,250 RPM . The more powerful version of the Monster 1200 carry the S insignia that gives out 145hp and 124.7Nm for a rider who are hungry for more power.

The latest incarnation of the ever iconic Ducati Monster is a very important model to Ducati and Next Bike Sdn Bhd. To date, many have found homes in Malaysia. We aim to sell 100 – 120 units of this Monster 1200 family in 2014,” said Datuk Wira Hj SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman of NAZA Group of Companies.  Continue reading “2014 Ducati Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S unveiled in Malaysia by Next Bikes Sdn Bhd – 1200 RM106,888, 1200 S RM119,888”

Yamaha YZF-R25 spotted at Exit Damansara, Malaysia


A spyshot of this Yamaha YZF-R25 has been posted to MM fb page by Mohd Adib and it shows that HLYM are actually testing this bike for the preparation for the Q1 2015 launch. It has been launched earlier in Indonesia as the world premiere and soon, it will be in our land. Price for the Yamaha YZF-R25 in Indonesia is Rp 53million or RM14,983 (direct conversion).

Thanks to Mohd Adib for the tip!