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2014 Yamaha FZ150i unveiled in Malaysia – RM8,538 (basic)

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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The wait is over. Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia (HLYM) has finally bring us the awaited 2014 Yamaha FZ150i with the new refreshed facelift that is already released earlier in Indonesia. Many riders in Malaysia who looking for a great fuel-efficient 150cc bikes are holding up their money to wait for this bike. In Indonesia, this bike is named as the Yamaha V-ixion Lightning to distinguish itself from its predecessor.  (more…)

2014 AGV K3 SV has arrived to Malaysia – RM1,290

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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AGV K3 SV Andrea Iannone

Full face helmets are now common in Malaysian riders riding gear as many are now knows the importance of safety. Other than safety, helmet also one kind of item that can shows the riders personal artistic preference. Some prefers gothic look, some prefers colourful livery and some just prefers plain type. (more…)

Kawasaki Naked Variant of RR Mono is in the works – Z250SL

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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A naked variant of the Kawasaki RR Mono or the 250SL is in the works right now and said to be released first in Indonesia as soon as 30th April. That is just about two more weeks ahead.
It carries the code Z250SL which tallies with the current naming of the Kawasaki models as of Z250. This naked variant of Z250SL will have the same 1-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that provides 28hp. The single cylinder engine are slim enough to make the bike to be packaged in a chassis that is no more wider than a 150cc bike. Simply said, 250cc in 150cc package. Slimmer bike will give better handling in traffic and the bigger engine of 250cc will give proper speed you have the chance to use on the open road.
What’s even more interesting with this Z250SL is that the price is said to be lower than the full-fairing variant 250SL.
Will it comes to Malaysia? That is always the question that I wish I could answer. I’m just as clueless as you guys about it.

Via: http://tmcblog.com

Unfortunate End to Texas Grand Prix Weekend for Movistar Yamaha – Rossi 8th, Lorenzo 10th after the jump start penalty

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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Grand Prix of the Americas at the COTA circuit in Austin, Texas proved to be a difficult one for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders with Valentino Rossi taking eighth and teammate Jorge Lorenzo taking tenth.

After a less than perfect start that saw him drop from sixth on the grid to ninth, Rossi re-grouped and started to work his way back through the pack. Displaying his trademark efficiency the nine-time world champion made short work of the opening laps, passing Andrea Dovizioso, Stefan Bradl and finally Cal Crutchlow for fourth in turn seven. Rossi then began to close down Andrea Iannone and looked confident of scoring a podium finish until a sudden loss of grip on the right side of the front tyre left him unable to keep his pace, dropping him to eighth which he held to the line.

Teammate Jorge Lorenzo experienced his second Grand Prix weekend to forget today, making a jump start at the beginning of the race and receiving a ride-through penalty as a result. He pitted immediately at the end of the opening lap and re-joined at the back of the field in 23rd. The four-time world champion then showed his dedication and professionalism, working hard to move back through the pack to earn his first championship points of the season. As he crossed the finish line he did so in tenth position, less than four seconds from Rossi in eighth.

The eighth place finish gains Rossi a further eight points to give a total of 28, dropping him to third on the overall standings. Lorenzo’s tenth place earns his first championship points of the season, putting him in 16th with six points.   (more…)

MotoGP Round 2 – Circuit of The Americas Results: Marquez makes it back-to-back victories, Dani Pedrosa on 2nd and Dovizioso first podium for Ducati since September 2012

Monday, April 14th, 2014
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Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez capped off a perfect weekend at Circuit of The Americas by winning his second successive Americas Grand Prix ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa.
The race started in dramatic fashion after Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo jumped the start and as a result had to relinquish his race lead and enter the pits to serve a ride-through penalty. This gifted the race lead to Marquez who was able to consistently lap in the 2’03 time bracket to quickly build a gap over the rest of the field. At the chequered flag Marquez crossed the finish line 4.124 seconds of Pedrosa in second place, while Andrea Dovizioso finished in an impressive third place to score his first podium with Ducati.
Intermittent rain fell earlier in the day but track conditions were dry for the race, although track temperatures were considerably lower than yesterday. The peak track temperature during the race was 33°C, ten degrees cooler than yesterday afternoon. The medium compound rear slick was the preferred race option, with sixteen of the twenty-three riders on the grid selecting this option, while six Open-class riders selected the soft compound rear slick. In similar fashion to the season-opener in Qatar, only race winner Marquez selected the hard compound rear slick. All riders selected the medium compound front slick for the race. The improved track conditions compared to last year resulted in quicker race pace this year, with Marquez setting a new Circuit Record Lap time of 2’03.575 on lap three, while the overall race time was nine seconds quicker than last year.
Marquez’s two wins from two races sees him lead the championship standings over teammate Pedrosa by fourteen points, while Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi is a further eight points behind and third overall in the championship points table.  (more…)