Michelin confirms their interest to come back for MotoGP

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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

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

2014 Icon Airmada Colossal – nevermind Godzilla, this is Colossal Squid – estimated RM1,200

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Another great graphic for the popular Icon Airmada series of full face helmet. This time it features a comic graphic of giant squid as the monster from the ocean. The colour play is nice here with the blue and orange mix. There is also another Colossal colour that is black and white if you are a fan of monochrome and lo-fi stance. 5 more pictures after the jump:  Continue reading “2014 Icon Airmada Colossal – nevermind Godzilla, this is Colossal Squid – estimated RM1,200”

2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight unveiled in Indonesia – Rp 56,7 million (RM15,982)

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Indonesia now has a newly designed Honda CBR250R available for riders to get their hands on the riding experience of the machine. The engine are still the same from the 2011 Honda CBR250R MC41 engine but few optimization has been made on the intake airflow and new exhaust muffler design. The 1-cylinder 249cc DOHC engine with the bore and stroke dimension of 76.0 mm x 55.0 mm are now able to maxes out 29ps at 9,000RPM with the torque rated at 23Nm at 7,300RPM. The one thing that can be noted here is that the fuel efficiency has also increased to 50.1km/l. Tank capacity is 13l, so, this means that you can go 651.3km with every fuel tank, theoritically.  Continue reading “2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight unveiled in Indonesia – Rp 56,7 million (RM15,982)”

KTM Duke 200 Jalur Gemilang custom livery by Mirul

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A good way to show your patriotism with this classy and unique livery that features the Malaysian flag symbol and accents. The livery is a complete makeover with attention to details as we can see every parts of the bike including the belly pan, radiator guard and tail are all made to live up the red, green and blue colour of Malaysian flag. Can be fitted to Duke 125 and Duke 390. 5 more pictures after the jump:   Continue reading “KTM Duke 200 Jalur Gemilang custom livery by Mirul”

2014 Yamaha YZF-R25 will be launch in Indonesia on 20th May

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A teaser from iwantyamahar25.com has shown the date for the launch of the awaited Yamaha R25 which follows the supersports of Yamaha R series. The date is 20th May 2014 and looking at this launch date, this could be the world premiere of the launch of the R25. We know nothing about the engine specs of the bike but most speculates that R25 will have 32-35ps of horsepower that comes from 2-cylinder engine. It could also just be 1-cylinder engine since many manufacturer are pushing for fuel-efficiency. At least now, we know how long we have to wait before knowing everything about the R25.

2014 Yamaha MT-125 – Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark – learners street bike based from YZF-R125 platform

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This has come as an absolute surprise. We never thought that Yamaha are keeping on its shed this 2014 Yamaha MT-125 with the tagline ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’. The MT-125 are targeted as the learners bike for those who are looking for a streetfighter style ride but easy to handle for beginners. It got all the aura of its bigger brother, the 2-inline 689cc MT-07 and 3-inline 850cc MT-09 for that street-cred that some might be looking for. If you still remember, the ‘Dark’ trend started with the MT-09 ‘Discover Your Dark Side’ and then followed with MT-07 with ‘Rise Up Your Darkness’. Now it is seemingly correct to tag this MT-125 ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ that can be related to the easy handling and more manageable power of the 125cc engine.   Continue reading “2014 Yamaha MT-125 – Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark – learners street bike based from YZF-R125 platform”