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Red Bull KTM’s Jorge Prado dominated the Grand Prix of Latvia in the MX2 class and the latest round of the FIM Motocross World Championship to increase his lead in the standings to 30 points over Thomas Kjer Olsen. The eighteen year old Spaniard started from first place and set the pace in every session. His 1-1 represented his seventh ‘double’ of the year. From eight rounds of MX2 prior to Latvia, Jorge Prado has claimed seven wins (all seven he has contested in 2019). Prado was understandably upbeat despite a hard weekend for his teammates in the MXGP class. “This weekend was a bit down for the team. There were some ‘ups’ like my victory and the good ride by Tom but then Jeffrey and Tony getting injured is upsetting,” said Prado. “I wish a speed recovery for both of them. From my side it was a perfect weekend.…

Just six years since relaunching the Indian brand, more than 300 machines and 500 people travelled from all over France and Europe to the Auvergne region, to attend the very first event specifically dedicated to members of the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (IMRG). The program of events included a visit to the Baster museum, riding the fabulous roads of Puy de Dôme, and a parade on the mythical Circuit de Charade. “Mission accomplished!” exclaimed Pierre Audoin, Indian Motorcycle France’s Manager. “We are very proud to have successfully launched this event alongside Thierry Foucher. Up to now, the IMRG meetings have been integrated into existing events; in the past we have collaborated with the Dax Motor’s & Blues festival and Punta Bagna de Valloire, which allowed us to grow the gathering to give it more resonance and impact each year. “This year, we had to step up and create an annual…

The Pirelli Scorpion Rally has won the comparative enduro on/off road tyre test organised by the famous German magazine Motorrad, declaring them the best tyres in this popular segment. The magazine compared the Scorpion Rally with Metzeler’s Karoo 3, Michelin’s Anakee Wild, Bridgestone’s AX 41, Continental’s TKC 80, and Mitas’ E-07+. All the tyres (120/70-19 front and 170/60-17 rear) were tested on six BMW R 1250 GS bikes. The test was carried out in Sardinia on a five-day route that included country roads, dirt and off-road tracks. The comparative test was divided into four parts: the ride on asphalt, the off-road use, the wet test and tyre wear. A score was assigned to each part, based on the individual parameters. For the asphalt test, criteria such as handling, steering precision, cornering stability, cornering grip, traction in acceleration, stability at full load, braking reaction, behaviour in ‘limit’ conditions, noise and stopping…

KTM North America has announced that Marvin Musquin will remain with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for the 2020 and 2021 race seasons. Musquin, who has spent the last 10 years with KTM has gained recognition amongst fans as a fierce competitor. “I am pleased with the extension of my contract with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for the next two years,” commented Musquin. “KTM and Red Bull have supported me immensely and I believe the product, team and the overall program will contribute to my future success.” The 29-year-old French rider has been with the KTM brand since 2009, where the rising star at the time captured back-to-back MX2 World Championships in ’09 and ‘10. In 2011. Musquin signed with the U.S. based Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team and by 2015 he captured the 250SX Eastern Regional Championship. Since moving to the premier 450cc…

Yamaha has finalised its entry in the 2019 FIM Trial-E Cup with the TY-E electric trials bike for the second successive year. Kenichi Kuroyama will once again ride for the Yamaha Factory Racing Team as he aims to clinch the title win that he narrowly missed last year, finishing 2nd overall by just three points. The Trial-E Cup began in 2017 with just a single round, but that number was increased to two last season. This third season of the competition will again consist of two rounds, held alongside Round 3 of the FIM Trial World Championship in Zelhem in the Netherlands (June 22–23) and Round 4 in Comblain-au-Pont in Belgium (June 29–30). “Last year I won the first round but narrowly missed the win in the second, and that ended up costing me the title,” said Kenichi Kuroyama. “It was a really frustrating and disappointing result for me. I…

With just a week to go before the official FIM Enel MotoE test at Valencia, electric bike builder Energica has released video and pictures of a crash that occurred in testing at the Cremona Circuit. Official Test Rider Alessandro Brannetti crashed one of the Ego Corsas whilst braking into a corner. The bike tumbled and rolled on the gravel trap a few times. The images released by the company show how little damage the bike suffered in the incident, which goes some way to proving how solid and safe the bike is in a real world scenario. Energica has now completed the rebuild of all the Ego Corsa machines which will be used at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit for three days, from June 17th, before taking on the opening round of the series at the Sachsenring in early July. The company also completed eight days of testing with 80 laps…

Ducati and the Italian University for Design (IAAD) have teamed up for the first edition of the ”Ducati Design Experience“. On 15-26 July 2019 participants can be fully immersed into the world of Ducati icons, under the guidance of Ducati professionals and IAAD lecturers. Over twelve days, the experience will centre on Ducati and its unmistakable style, with conferences, workshops and experiences. Participants will be involved in a journey into the brand to gradually reveal the Company’s basic values and invite them to join the Ducati design process. The study path comprises three modules: explore, discover and create. Each module will include educational moments at IAAD’s head office in Bologna and workshops held in the corporate offices. Participants will also have the exclusive opportunity of entering the Centro Stile Ducati to study the complete design development process of a bike. Attendees will be divided into teams and assigned projects to…

Triumph dealerships from around the UK are putting their customised Bobbers to the vote in the famous manufacturer’s inaugural Bobber Build Off challenge. Using a combination of Triumph accessories and their own engineering skills, the 13 participating dealerships have designed and personalised a standard Bonneville to create a custom bobber. Each of the dealership’s creations were recently displayed at The Bike Shed Show in London, alongside the first of Triumph’s Factory Custom Limited Editions, Thruxton TFC and Rocket 3 TFC and its custom Speed Twin, designed by the Bike Shed’s Anthony ‘Dutch’ van Someren. Anyone can now vote on-line on Triumph’s website, with voting closing at 10am on Thursday 29th August. Fans will be taken through to the Triumph UK Facebook album page, where they can like their favourite Bobbers, each like counts as a vote. The three finalists will then go into a head-to-head showdown judged by a celebrity…

The Arc Vector, the world’s most advanced electric motorcycle, is right on production schedule and the team are busy refining the bike. Announced at last November’s EICMA show in Milan, the £90,000 neo-café racer will enter full production at the end of 2020 with 399 units to be built to order in the first 18 months. Having prototyped the Vector in Coventry in the UK, Arc is targeting expansion to a 65,000 square feet HQ in St Athan, South Wales, in 2020. As reported by Bike Middle East, the motorcycle has Human Interface Technology, a carbon monocoque and swing arm, hub-centre steering, power-dense battery cells, bespoke brakes and suspension, and race-inspired wheels. At the centre of the Vector is its lightweight, battery-module carbon monocoque. The motor and batteries are structurally integral to the monocoque, making the chassis incredibly stiff. Founder & CEO Mark Truman, the engineer behind Arc, has undertaken…

The organisers of the famous Bol d’Or have created the Bol de Bronze, the very first endurance race for young riders aged between 14 and 20. The event is being supported by the French Motorcycling Federation and Pirelli, who will be the exclusive tyre partner for the race. The event will run alongside the famous Bol d’Or Endurance race, which takes place from 20th-22nd September at the Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet, Larivière, France. The Bol de Bronze offers a unique experience to young riders; the chance to compete in a real endurance race on the 3.8 km configuration of this legendary circuit in front of the Bol d’Or’s spectators. The two-hour Bol de Bronze race will take place on the afternoon of Friday 20 September. The next day, the young crews will hit the track again for a thirty-minute sprint race just before the Bol d’Or begins. Jacques…