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Ben Spies: ‘I’ll never race again’

Ben Spies has admitted the serious shoulder injury that forced him into premature retirement last year will never recover sufficiently enough to allow the Texan race again. The triple American superbike champion first damaged his right shoulder at the end of 2012 when he crashed out of a rain-lashed Malaysian round while riding for Yamaha’s factory squad. Spies moved to ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 18 April 2014

Ducati unveils airbag option for Multistrada

Ducati project engineer Paolo Versari demonstrated the airbag with a trial firing at the press conference at the company’s factory in Bologna, Italy Ducati has unveiled the first rider airbag to be integrated into a motorcycle. Ducati’s Multistrada S Touring D-Air model is loaded with sensors and an extra ECU to analyse the sensor data and fire an airbag worn ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 17 April 2014

TfL launches campaign to reduce bike accidents

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a new motorcycle safety initiative it hopes will reduce the number of motorcyclsits killed and injured in the capital by 40% by the year 2020. TfL has targeted six ways it believes will further reduce the number of motorcycle accidents on London's roads, having already reduced the number of riders killed each year by ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 16 April 2014

Kevin Schwantz rides Suzuki’s MotoGP bike

Texan legend Kevin Schwantz has given Suzuki his impressions of the Japanese factory’s new 1000cc MotoGP project at the Circuit of the Americas. The 1993 world 500cc champion took the opportunity to lap on the XRH-1 machine while Suzuki takes part in a special two-day test session at COTA in advance of its full-time return to MotoGP competition in 2015. ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 16 April 2014

Bridgestone surprised by COTA front tyre issues

Bridgestone has admitted it did not expect to see such major front tyre issues during last Sunday’s Circuit of the Americas MotoGP clash in Texas. Several riders reported excessive wear on the right side of the medium compound front tyre at COTA, with factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi one of the worst hit. The Italian looked on course for a ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 16 April 2014

What's on: April 16-22

Our What’s On listings now show events by their date, making them easier to find. Click the links below to choose the listing for your area and find out what events are on near you this week. If you would like to see your biking event listed please email the details with a contact phone number to sam.williams@motorcyclenews.com. All listings ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Events
  • 14 April 2014

WSB Aragon: Rea leads them all on day one

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) was the leader of a British 1-2-3 in the first day combined practice times in the WSB class at Motorland Aragon in Spain, with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Chaz Davies (Ducati World Superbike Team) second and third respectively. Rea has taken part in two very recent tests in Spain before this weekend, ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 11 April 2014

Colin Edwards to retire at end of 2014

Colin Edwards has announced on the eve of his home MotoGP race in Texas today that 2014 will be his final season in motorcycle racing. The 40-year-old used the pre-event press conference at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) to officially announce his retirement after a career spanning two decades in World Superbikes and MotoGP. Edwards, who has made 187 ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 10 April 2014

Electronics main focus for Suzuki in Austin and Argentina tests

Suzuki will not have a raft of new parts for Randy de Puniet to assess during forthcoming post race tests in Austin and Argentina, with the Japanese factory concentrating on development of the latest electronics spec. Suzuki has only tested with the standard Dorna-supplied Magneti Marelli hardware twice in Malaysia back in February. The task of getting its own Mitsubishi ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 10 April 2014

Smiths' Triumph head to TT with Rutter and Johnson

British Supersport team Smiths’ triumph will make their first journey to the Isle of Man TT in 2014, securing the services of two former winners to spearhead their supersport campaign, as Gary Johnson and Michael Rutter come onboard. Both riders are past 600 winners at the TT, with Johnson victorious in the 2011 race and Rutter winning back in 1998, ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 09 April 2014

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