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MotoGP 2016 Provisional Calendar released.

Book Your Holidays now – MotoGP’s provisional 2016 calendar released:
1 20/03  Qatar – Losail International Circuit
2 03/04  Argentina – Termas de Río Hondo
3 10/04 United States – Circuit Of The Americas
4 20/04 Spain – Jerez de la Frontera
5 08/05 France -Le Mans
6 22/05 Italy – Mugello
7 05/06 Catalunya – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
8 26/06 Netherlands – TT Assen
9 10/07 Germany – Sachsenring
10 17/07 Great Britain – Silverstone
11 14/08 Austria – Red Bull Ring
12 21/08 Czech Republic – Brno
13 11/09 San Marino – Misano
14 25/09 Aragon – MotorLand Aragon
15 09/10 Malaysia – Sepang International Circuit
16 16/10 Japan – Twin Ring Motegi
17 23/10 Australia – Phillip Island
18 06/11 Valencia – Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo

The big changes – a three week break between Catalunya and Assen, Austria is in and Indianapolis out and the new round at the Red Bull Ring and Brno move to after Silverstone (which if you are in the UK pushes the British GP ahead of the school holidays and away from the Bank Holiday Monday!)

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Indy reports online now/ Edwards says goodbye to racing at home in camo

10/08/2014

What a weekend of racing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway brought.

There were many stand out performances with Marquez making it  a perfect 10, which also happened to be Spains 500th Gp win and 100th victory in the Premier class, plus Kallio beat Saarinen’s Finnish win record in Moto2  and Vazquez tasted victory for the first time in Moto3.

For all your race report needs I have been busy reporting over at crash.net with my Moto3 report here and Moto2 here

If you like your news all in one place you can try a slightly more condensed and combined round up at PaddockChatter here

If reading is not your thing at the end of a long race weekend here’s a final couple of  pictures from Twitter, in tribute to the fact that Indy marked Colin Edwards final race on home soil. He is awesome on and off track and will no doubt be missed widely as one of the big characters of the sport.He went full camo, very appropriate given his links as a tribute to the American troops and Texas Tornado Bootcamp!:

Then to wake you back up as you reminisce about Edwards long and excellent career I’ll finish with Dominique Aegerter’s luminous yellow leathers from the weekend, couldn’t miss him!:

 

 

 

 

MotoGP: Nicky Hayden’s book promo helmet at Indy

08/08/2014

Not letting recovery and not racing get in the way of a great marketing opportunity Nicky Hayden is still giving all the American fans as much as he can ahead of his home round of the MotoGP championship in Indianapolis.

Missing the next couple of races while recovering from having bones removed from his troubled hand to make it more flexible ( he is being replaced by Briton Leon Camier) you could expect to find the fan favourite with his feet up but Nicky will instead be holding Honda meet and greets on Friday and Saturday and getting down to business. The family business.

Earl Hayden, Nicky’s dad has written a book chronicling his racing family – all the Hayden’s can ride a bike, not just Nicky, Tommy and Roger Lee the multi-title winning Hayden Brothers.

The book entitled ‘The First Family Of Racing’ was launched by Earl himself at the start of the Indy weekend in a press conference, while Nicky contributed this lovely bit of advertising for his Fathers work:

Hayden’s Starline special is once again a beautiful creation by Roberto Marchionni with a healthy dose of Camouflage as seen on many of Nicky’s recent popular helmet designs, the book title and the ‘Earl’s Racing Team’ logo used on many of the Items purchasable to support the brothers in the Hayden General Store. The photo montage from the book cover is also prominent on one side while a large ’69’ plate covers the other. The barcode is a nice touch too.

I can’t review the book yet but if it is half as good as the now hard to find ( especially outside the U.S.) OWB to MotoGP it will be worth a read, the Hayden’s are an entertaining bunch!

Finally, here is a statement from the books press release where Earl Hayden reveals the best thing about his project – it’s for a great cause –

“I’ve been blessed to have a great life so far, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share it,” said Earl, who is donating his portion of the proceeds from this book to St. Joseph’s Peace Mission for Children, an emergency shelter for abused children in the Hayden family’s hometown of Owensboro, Ky. “I’m really passionate about this charity, and I hope to see it do well. If this book can entertain people and help make a difference, I’ll be tickled pink.”

For those interested the book can be found at the Hayden Bros General Store and also on Amazon.

MotoGP: Monster reveal Lorenzo’s Indianapolis helmet

08/08/2014

The summer break is done for all of us and MotoGP returns this weekend in the USA at the IMS – Indianapolis Motor Speedway to you and I, and as I’ll be typing a lot this weekend I’m going with ‘Indy’.

Jorge Lorenzo is officially off holidays ( he even went hashtag crazy with #ByeByeHolidays so you know he means business!) and back at Yamaha with a new contract that was announced with more of a whimper than a bang despite the PR machines best efforts as it wasn’t much of a secret.

The Spaniard has even taken to flogging his sunglasses via social media with a handsome discount code to boot. But Lorenzo is now the frontrunner of the special helmet brigade! Not a market salesman! Never fear. He just hasn’t told you about it as Monster were left to do the work for him:

Sticking with the snakes it appears to be some type of metal take on his mamba theme.

Hopefully there will be some more specials this weekend that are yet to be revealed. It’s becoming less frequent in the USA with less Americans in the top class of racing. Sadly for all the MotoGP family tomorrow will include a Special livery for Colin Edwards final American race. All good things come to an end but after a long run in the championship the paddock will be missing some character. With Nicky Hayden out injured there will be no United States rider in MotoGP in Brno.

 

MotoGP- Helmet News: Lorenzo’s Call Of Duty special has a familiar look!

Jorge Lorenzo is no stranger to a special helmet.

He also has a massive and well publicised love of computer games, he and his team-mate at Yamaha have been known to race each other online in the past, and he has worn a Halo themed helmet in the past.

The current world champion is also currently trying to play as many fans online as possible at his current favourite, the newly released Call Of Duty: Ghosts, so what better for the championship decider at Valencia than a special Call Of Duty themed helmet!

Lorenzo Call of Duty Ghosts helmet Valencia 2013

Game loving Lorenzo shows of his special Call Of Duty helmet, image via Jorge Lorenzo’s Facebook page, editorial use only, under fair use act.

In a season where the Spaniard has already brought us a glowing helmet, a green version of his ‘mamba’ lid and a grafitti covered charity special you could forgive Lorenzo for running out of ideas.

Although he is known for being a gamer, this time he was beaten to the Call Of Duty theme several races ago.

Though most people won’t have even noticed.

Here’s American Moto2 wild-card rider James Rispoli’s special helmet from his appearance at Indianapolis back in August:

Rispoli GP Tech Call Of Duty Ghosts

Great minds think alike? (Or at least get paid well for some great advertising!) Photo via TroyLeeDesigns.com and by Andrew Northcott. For editorial use only under the fair use act.

Rispoli featured his online gamer tag of “The Rocket7146” on his version so fans could go online and play against him too.

Rispoli 2

The back! All info as in previous image

The American finished the Indy Moto2 Grand Prix in 25th using his Mistral powered GP Tech bike, a decent ride for a wild-card made even more credible given the fact he was directly behind the regular Mistral riders; Danny Kent and Louis Rossi  for Tech3; who were 23rd and 24th respectively.

But not such a good finish for helmet-spotting!

Perhaps Rispoli and Lorenzo should get together for some online fun!

‘Call Of Duty’ does seem appropriate in title at least for the final round title shoot-out between Lorenzo and championship leader rookie revelation Marc Marquez (not a revelation in ability if you follow the support classes, but even for those in the know his adaptability and maturity have been astonishing) given the nature of the task in hand to win.

Hopefully his new HJC brings him better fortunes that previous years at Valencia, he was not fit to race in 2011 and was knocked off by a very apologetic James Ellison last year.

MotoGP: Hayden’s ‘Born To Ride’ helmet to be a special edition- Updated

UPDATE:

This helmet will be only produced on order from  Italian Arai dealers and will be available from February 2014 and costs € 1.049,  the helmet will come with a ’six pack’ that includes the helmet, and Arai bag, smoke visor, Arai cap, helmet cleaner and 10% discount on a new purchase.

The Arai RX-7 GP has a double omologation: ECE 22-05 and Snell M2010 and the rest of the features are the same for Arai’s top of the line racing helmet.

To pine over what could have been, check out my original post below:

Due to popular demand (because it looks good) Nicky Hayden took charge of his own press and announced on Twitter that his ‘Born To Ride’ army/camo helmet from the Laguna Seca and Indianapolis rounds will be released as a customer special edition.

Posting at @NickyHayden the American wrote:

“Good news for fans that been asking bout the camo helmet. Arai will be releasing a limited edition”.

No further details yet, but I will update as and when they become available. In the meantime here are some images of the helmets excellent artwork by Starline graphics, including of the open helmet idea originally used on the ‘Easy Hayden’ lid from last season…

Coming soon to an Arai dealer near you….
Image 1 by Arai HElmets uk via Facebook
Image 2 By @NickyHayden via Twitter

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MotoGP: Hayden’s ‘Born To Ride’ helmet to be a special edition

Due to popular demand (because it looks good) Nicky Hayden took charge of his own press and announced on Twitter that his ‘Born To Ride’ army/camo helmet from the Laguna Seca and Indianapolis rounds will be released as a customer special edition.

Posting at @NickyHayden the American wrote:

“Good news for fans that been asking bout the camo helmet. Arai will be releasing a limited edition”.

No further details yet, but I will update as and when they become available. In the meantime here are some images of the helmets excellent artwork by Starline graphics, including of the open helmet idea originally used on the ‘Easy Hayden’ lid from last season…

Coming soon to an Arai dealer near you….
Image 1 by Arai HElmets uk via Facebook
Image 2 By @NickyHayden via Twitter

camo hayden 1

MotoGP: Image of the GP – Indianapolis – flying Ducati’s!

ducati  Hayden Dovizioso wheels up over rumble strip Indianapolis 2013

Ducati’s at play – airborne style!
Image credit to @Charlie76king on Twitter, editorial use only.

As it’s a busy few weeks of GP action here’s the Image of the GP for Indianapolis during Brno race weekend (Ahem, oops!)

Ducati already said it all when as Hayden and Dovizioso clashed on the final laps final corner flying over the rumble strip, leaving both bikes with their wheels off the ground they said “After the race in Indianapolis, we know that our riders are both very motivated!”

Both riders were called to see the Ducati bosses and asked to try and avoid a repeat – it’s the third time the team-mates have clashed this season following  their final corner clash in Assen and when they touched in the Laguna Seca race last month.

Now, time to race in Brno…

Moto2 and Moto3 reports online now!

rabat winner

A return to winning ways for Rabat
Image via the Pons Tuenti Hp 40 press centre

Stunning performances up and down the field in all classes in Indianapolis, but where did MotoGP’s future stars come?

the main title rivals in both Moto2 and Moto3 missed out on wins with Alex Rins and Tito Rabat showing us in style what it takes to win at the Brickyard!

For a summary of events visit my round-up for PaddockChatter.com or for in depth race reports on crash.net for both Moto2 and Moto3 click the links, where you can share comment like and tweet away with other race fans!

MotoGP: Iannone’s Indianapolis helmet!

presuming everyone has now had a look at the luminous green excellence of the Lorenzo special (if not it’s here) here’s a look at a lesser spotted special lid – the Iannone Indianapolis helmet!

Iannone Indy helmet 2013

Iannone shares his 2013 Indy artwork with us!
Image via Andrea Iannone on Instagram

AGV recently ran a competition to design the helmet for this American round and after working with his usual artist this is the winning design incorporated in though i remember the winner having a cartoon style Iannone on it, which you can’t see here…

I had a go, but alas was not the winner (boo!)

design main

Not winning, but you never know unless you try, my entry with Iannone and bricks- it had a strip of bricks and stars and stripes on the side views!
Image via me at my PC.

In related Iannone helmet news, the Pramac riders Wild Rodeo helmet is to be made available for purchase by AGV! More details on AGV’s website here. It will be a Corsa model and cost £649.99 in the U.K.