Happy Birthday Grandad Valentino (Rossi)
Today, on the 16th February 2021, nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi celebrates his 42nd birthday. For the last 20 years, he’s been ‘Mr MotoGP’, winning titles in the 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and MotoGP category. Many men have come to try and best The Doctor. Very few have succeeded. But... Read more
Docs say Marc Marquez is on the mend
The latest press release from the HRC Repsol Honda MotoGP team makes for positive reading for any Marc Marquez fans. After a crash at the first round of 2020, the Spanish sensation had operation after operation to fix his poorly arm. One setback after the next though meant he... Read more
Why do GP bikes look so different these days?
As Fagan quite rightly noted, Twitter went into a mini-meltdown the other day when Ducati unveiled their 2021 MotoGP weapon. Some people were really quite keen on it’s new, futuristic design. Others weren’t. In the couple of hours after its reveal, the 2021 Desmosedici suffered even more body-shaming than... Read more
The world’s sexiest motorcycle
Following Ducati’s recent unveiling of Jack and Pecco’s 2021 Desmosedicis, and a subsequent twitter marathon, there was only one thing for it; a lesson in how a racing motorcycle should look. Personally, I appreciate prototypes for what they are – function over fashion – and styled to please the... Read more
Who’s going to win MotoGP in 2021?
After one of the most peculiar seasons of MotoGP ever, which saw nine different winners over 14 rounds, predicting who’ll win in 2021 isn’t going to be easy. Will it be one of 2020’s nine different winners? Will it be Marc Marquez? Will the Repsol Honda rider even be... Read more
Rossi vs a Robot. WTF is Yamaha’s MOTOBOT?
Simply speaking, MOTOBOT is Yamaha’s autonomous motorcycle riding humanoid robot. But how and why have Yamaha decided to try and build a robot that can beat nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi round a track? And more importantly, have they achieved it? Well according to the guys in charge of... Read more
A trio of champions for Buildbase Suzuki
2021 will see ex-Moto3 world champion Danny Kent and ex-European Superstock 600 champion Gino Rea ride the Buildbase Suzuki GSXR-1000R BSB superbikes. Tim Neave, a UK Pro Flat Track champion and part of 44Teeth’s championship winning Freetech Endurance team, will compete on their Superstock 1000 machine. Danny Kent might... Read more
The evolution of Supersport 600 racing
From grass-roots club racing, to World Championship level, Supersport racing has, for as long as plenty of us can remember, been home to some of the closest, most exciting racing going. Since 1989 the ‘axe-murderers’ have entertained BSB crowds with the thrills, spills and fairing bashing antics of characters... Read more
Top 5: Free MotoGP documentaries
In the bleak midwinter, when frosty winds doth blow, all the racing’s stopped on telly and Boris has closed the pubs down for the umpteenth time since the C word befouled each and every one of our lives, you’re probably bored shitless. And even if we are allowed to... Read more
Camier to manage HRC World Superbike team.
Can you remember when Leon Camier ran away with the British Superbike Championship on his blue and white Airwaves Yamaha. It doesn’t seem like yesterday, does it? Well that’s because it wasn’t yesterday, it was over 11 years ago. And it was 11 years ago that the lanky Kentish... Read more
Honda announce 2021 BSB rider line-up
The Honda Superbike Challenge Program is Honda Motor Company’s latest venture, which aims to give national level racers the leg up they need to take the next steps in their careers. It’s just been announced that, as part of this program, 22 year old Japanese rider, Ryo Mizuno, has... Read more
Broken bones and bankruptcy: is bike racing worth it?
Over the years, I’ve been admitted to hospital more times than I can remember, and every single time it’s been after an incident involving a motorbike. I soon learnt that injuries are the true cost of bike racing. Bones-wise, I’m running out of things to break; I’ve done both... Read more