In this week's MCN paper: It’s Miller’s time!

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Dear MCN reader,

Welcome to this week’s new issue of MCN – boasting all this week’s biggest stories – and two new sections to lose yourself in, too.

It’s been an epic week – especially in sport. Watching Jack Miller crouching down beside his Ducati MotoGP bike in parc ferme while trying to wrestle his surging emotions into some semblance of control was an exceptionally endearing moment. ‘Jackass’ is a larger-than-life character, brimming with Aussie charm and bravado, but the pure emotion that poured out of him after crossing the line for his first dry MotoGP win – in the face of a pretty torrid start to his dream factory ride – showed just how much that win meant.

While much of that tide of emotion was euphoria, there’s no doubt that a decent chunk of it was also pure relief. Relief that he’d delivered on his promise, silenced the massing critics, and stamped some authority on new title leader Pecco Bagnaia.

But Jack’s exceptional weekend was just one of a whole raft of superb performances – and shock losses. From the insane emerging talents of Pedro Acosta in Moto3, to a superb ‘champions ride’ by Sam Lowes in Moto2, to the extraordinary collapse of Fabio Quartararo’s total Jerez dominance, it had it all. Get the inside line on all the stories this week in our new MCN Sport section of the paper, which now boasts more analysis, insight and opinion than ever before – all from our world-class team of Michael Laverty, Michael Scott, John McGuinness, Matt Birt, Colin Young, Greg Haines, Michael Guy and Josh Close.

New Out & About section

Sport isn’t the only part of MCN to see changes this week. There’s a whole new regular 6-page Out & About section kicking off this week, which will hopefully help you to make 2021 one of your best biking years ever (we certainly all need to get out more after the restrictions of the last year). From destinations to ride to, to great routes, unmissable events and reader-recommended trips – there’s something in there for everyone, wherever you are in the country and however far you want to ride this week. Tune in every week to get more out of your bike life.

Kit and kaboodle

With summer rides hopefully just around the corner, we’ve pulled together a raft of deals on new riding boots to tempt you into some swanky new footwear – while also getting the team to review their riding jeans so that you can choose a ‘below the waist’ summer riding combo (we’ll let you choose your own socks and undercrackers) with confidence, while also saving cash.

Elsewhere in the issue we pitch Ducati’s new Panigale V4 S against the new Aprilia RSV4, grab a first ride on BMW’s new M1000RR and Harley’s Softail Standard, speak to the UK’s biggest petrolhead, celebrate 25 years of LCR, ride the bonkers Applecross road, recommend five £3k petrol sippers, show you how to pass every MOT first time and much, much more…

Enjoy the issue,

Richard


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