New MCN October 26: Marco Simoncelli 1987-2011

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In this week’s issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday 26 October, MCN and the racing world remember’s Marco Simoncelli after the Italian tragically passed away after an incident during the Sepang MotoGP race.

We ride the 2012 BMW S1000RR at the track launch in Valencia. The BMW was already the class-leader, but have BMW taken it to another level with changes to the electronics, chassis and engine?

Also, riders plan to meet across the UK for MCN’s Brussels demo, the new-for-2012 Triumph Speed Triple R, Akrapovic celebrates 20 years and Eugene Laverty dominates the Portimao test on his first ride of the Aprilia RSV4.

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What you’ll find in the October 26 issue of Motorcycle News:

Marco Simoncelli remembered
MCN and the racing world remembers MotoGP’s bright light Marco Simoncelli, with 10-pages dedicated to the 2008 250GP world champion after he tragically passed away due to injuries sustained during the Sepang MotoGP race.


Kawasaki ER-6N


 2012 BMW S1000RR first ride
BMW has updated its class-leading S1000RR superbike for 2012, with new traction control, a modified chassis and more low-midrange power. Is the BMW even better than before?


2012 Triumph Speed Triple R revealed
The class-leading Triumph Speed Triple 1050 has only ever lacked one thing – a taste of the exotic. That’s all changed for 2012, with the introduction of the Speed Triple R.



Meeting points across UK from MCN Brussels demo
Riders joining MCN’s Brussels rally to protest against stifling EU measures are planning meeting points across the UK.


Race bikes honour Akrapovic
Igor Akrapovic started making his own exhausts 20 years ago in a shed in Slovenia. Now his titanium masterpieces adorn many of the world’s fastest MotoGP and WSB bikes. 




Laverty tops Portimao timesheets on Aprilia RSV4
When Eugene Laverty penned a deal to ride a factory Aprilia in 2012, it was pretty obvious that he was going to be fast. The question was how fast? But after just six hours on the bike at Portimao last week, we already have the answer. 

Liam Marsden

By Liam Marsden

Former MCN Web Producer