New MCN September 21: Smith confirms MotoGP ride

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In this week's issue of MCN, on sale September 21, we speak to Moto2 rider Bradley Smith after he signed a three-year deal with Tech 3 which will see him move up to MotoGP in 2013.

Plus, we reveal all the winner's from the 2011 MCN Awards, all the details on the 2012 Yamaha R1, and why the BMW R1200R is better than the R1200GS.

Also in this week's issue, we test second-hand retro bikes which can now be had for as little as £3000.

What you'll find in the September 21 issue of Motorcycle News:

2012 Yamaha R1 gets traction control
The 2012 Yamaha R1 will have a new six-stage traction control system along with a new paintscheme to celebrate 50 years of Grand Prix racing.



 2011 MCN Award winner's revealed
The Ducati Diavel is voted MCN's Machine of the Year as the winner's of the other classes are revealed.


New Harley-Davidson Switchback ridden
We ride the new Harley-Davidson Switchback, which can be transformed from a cruiser to a tourer in a matter of seconds with the addition of a screen and panniers.

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World's most surreal road test
MCN's John Westlake joins racing greats Giacomo Agostini, Carl Fogarty, Marco Lucchinelli and Marco Simoncelli on the Italian Legendary Tour, riding the impressive roads of Northern Italy.



Used retro bikes tested
Handsome, classic-inspired bikes with modern reliabilty can now be had for as little as £3000. MCN tests the Kawasaki W650, Triumph Bonneville and Moto Guzzi V7.




Bradley Smith gets 2013 MotoGP ride
Bradley Smith will take on Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo in 2013 after he signed a 'fairytale' three-year contract with the Tech 3 squad at Motorland Aragon.



Stoner pours more scorn on Ducati slump
Casey Stoner took a fresh swipe at Ducati and Valentino Rossi after the Bologna factory's fourth radically revised bike of 2011 flopped at Motorland Aragon.


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Liam Marsden

By Liam Marsden

Former MCN Web Producer