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This week we have exclusive news that Donington Park-based manufacturer Norton will compete in this year's Senior TT with an all-new v4.

MCN has the exclusive inside story of how the bike was born. The new bike features a Spondon chassis, Ohlins suspension, carbon-fibre wheels and Brembo brakes.

Also this week we ride James Ellison's CRT bike, McGuinness rides speedway, we discover Britain's best roads on Britain's best bike and we interview Joey Dunlop's mother.

Plus we have all the news from a thrilling weekend of racing in BSB at Thruxton.

MCN has worked hard to make sure the all-new paper will feed your passion for motorcycles better than ever before. It'll take a moment to get used to the new surroundings - but we've tried to make as little stand between you and the fantastic stories that biking breeds as possible.

Here's how the new paper works:

The week
All the news that matters from a week in bikes, all in one place. Catch up quick on all the must-know stories and whet your appetite for the big stories in Focus.

Where we go in deep on the stories that matter. Road tests, features, analysis, interviews, surprises, MCN brings every tool to bear to crack the story.

Letters, celeb columns, polls and advice - Comment feeds the discussions that define the week's debate, and harnesses the power of MCN's readership.

Bike life
Men and machines with stories to tell. From used bikes to dream garages, epics enjoyed and nightmares survived: why a life in bikes is better.

The best writers in bike sport. Bringing you the inside story on the riders, race bikes - and rucks - that make up the greatest spectacle in sport.


Britain's fastest race bike
The only all-British MotoGP team's PBMUK Aprilia is off to what you could call a 'solid' start to the 2012 season - and as BBC pundit Steve Parrish discovered, you won't believe how fast a slow one of these bikes is.

 MCN January 11

MCN January 11


 May Dunlop interview
May Dunlop talks of the pain and pride as she watched her wee boys grow into racing legends.


Hailwood in colour
MCN has painstakingly recoloured this original black and white photograph of Mike Hailwood from 1967.

 MCN January 11

 MCN January 11

Bikes built in the UK today
The golden days of the prolific British bike industry are sadly behind us, but that doesn't mean there aren't dedicated manufacturers still producing home-grown machines. And these are all of them...


McGuinness rides speedway
The 17-times TT winner is an all-round bike nut, but his passion for speedway burns fiercest of all. The day he would try it himself had to come. We were there when it did.




Why Britain is best
Britain's got a brilliant adventure bike at last, and we've always had brilliant roads. MCN's Andy Downes embarks on a national stock-take to discover just how brilliant.


Recalibration required
Nothing prepares you for how rapid a ZZR1400 can be. After a 186mph blast our photographer Ian Jubb needs his brain remapped.




Cal's top form gives Tech 3 a dilemma
Tech 3 has lined up Bradley Smith for MotoGP in 2013. But Cal Crutchlow is staking his place for next year. So is Dovizioso. Three into two doesn't go. So how will it pan out?

Read the latest stories causing a buzz this week in News…

Liam Marsden

By Liam Marsden

Former MCN Web Producer