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Pirelli have released the ANGEL GT II. The carcass with innovative variable cord end count and high-silica compounds combined with a new tread pattern design – derived from ‘intermediate’ race tyres – set the benchmark for performance and optimise the effect of the electronic rider aids The Pirelli ANGEL GT II is the new Pirelli Sport Touring tyre, the successor of the Pirelli ANGEL GT and the evolution of the Italian brand’s interpretation of the Gran Turismo concept. https://youtu.be/y0OekVSFjQY The Gran Turismo designation generally refers to travelling at speed over a long distance, with safety and comfort. The technical development of Pirelli ANGEL GT II in terms of profiles, structures, compounds and tread pattern targeted the following main objectives: To ensure maximum adherence in all road conditions, linear behaviour in lean transition and consistently support line-holding;To couple the sportiness of Pirelli DNA to exceptional performance also in full wet conditions;To…

Alicia Sornosa, an adventurous Spanish motorcyclist, has travelled 15,000 km on her Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro, down the backbone of East Africa. The journey, which Alicia undertook for charity, started in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and crossed Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Lesotho, before finally arriving in Cape Town, South Africa. Alicia encountered a number of incredible experiences during the challenging but gratifying journey, helping her draw attention to the many problems that, unfortunately, afflict the African continent. Her achievement has had a strong response in Spain, so much so that she was rewarded by the Spanish Geographical Society with their “Journey of the year 2018” award, which was handed to her personally by King Felipe VI of Spain, during a public ceremony. Alicia travelled the 15,000 kilometres in the company of another great Spanish traveller, Polo Arnaiz (already a participant in the motorcycle world tour of 2013-2014). He was also…

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing cleaned up in the first round of the 2019 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship with Sam Sunderland taking the top step of the podium, ahead of teammate Luciano Benavides. Sunderland lead the overall standings by a narrow 18 seconds over the second-placed rider coming into the final stage, which wound its way north for a total of 351.96 kilometres, with a 214.47-kilometre special testing the riders before the finish at the famous Yas Marina Circuit. Arriving at the finish, Sam won the stage by an impressive three-minutes-and-26-seconds from his teammate Benavides and in turn claimed the rally victory by over eight minutes. “Things went perfectly today. We knew coming into today’s final stage that we would have to stick to our planned strategy, commented Sunderland. “The stage brought us closer to Abu Dhabi and as such, the tracks towards the end were a lot faster…

KTM’s Sam Sunderland has maintained his overall lead in the 2019 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, finishing fifth at the end of the second day of competition. Delivering the best result for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Luciano Benavides finished fourth fastest just over three minutes behind the day’s winner. Matching his fourth-place finish from the opening day, the 23-year-old successfully navigated his own way through the expansive dunes of the Liwa Desert. Ultimately, he posted a stage time of three-hours-and-16-minutes, less than four minutes from the stage winner. The Argentinian rider’s confidence continues to grow. “It was a good day for me today. I rode alone for the whole stage so I was able to learn a lot about this desert and how to read the dunes,” said Benavides. “I was able to maintain a good rhythm and I’m not too far away from the top guys so I’m happy with…

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team got their 2019 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship campaign off to an excellent start with a win on stage one of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Sam Sunderland posted the fastest time with teammate Luciano Benavides coming home in fourth. The opening day of the 2019 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge saw riders cover a total of 370.86 kilometres as they left the famous Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi to head south, through the desert towards the bivouac at the Qasr Al Sarab resort. The strong winds and sandstorm that greeted riders at the start of the 261.97-kilometre timed special only added to the challenge of the stage. Feeling fit and motivated following his Dakar Rally podium success earlier in the year, Sam Sunderland unquestionably comes into the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge as one of the favourites. Despite being the 10th rider away from…

More than ten thousand fans turned at Mugello for the ‘Aprilia All Stars’, a day of celebration of the famous brand from Noale. As part of the event, Aprilia’s MotoGP team presented the new RSV4 1100 Factory, along with the special 225 hp X version. This new bike is a concentration of technology and racing know-how expressed to an even further extreme in the X version which, created for the tenth birthday of the RSV4 project, reaches 225 HP and a weight of 165 Kg. The Aprilia Racing Team Gresini were also there to display the 2019 RS-GP machines which made their début two weeks ago in Qatar, ridden by Andrea Iannone and Bradley Smith. But that wasn’t all for fans to enjoy. Out on track, attendees could watch the antics Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi, Manuel Poggiali, Alex Gramigni and Roberto Locatelli. Aprilia has a long and successful history on track,…

The striking Yamaha NIKEN has been chosen as the “Best of the Best” for 2019 in the globally-renowned Red Dot Award Product Design competition. The achievement marks the second design award received by the NIKEN following on from the Good Design Award 2018. The NIKEN is what Yamaha calls an LMW (Leaning Multi-Wheel), which boasts an 845cc liquid-cooled in-line three-cylinder engine and a clever three-wheeled design. Thanks to the double front wheels, an LMW is less susceptible to changes in the riding environment, providing a higher degree of stability during turns. At the core of the design is the solid ground contact of the front two-wheels, coupled with a sports bike style design and dynamic engine response. The Red Dot Design Awards, organized by Germany’s Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, are widely recognized as one of the most prestigious design awards in the world. We were in the UK when Yamaha was testing the Niken. Read all…

Red Bull KTM’s Tony Cairoli has hit 87thcareer wins by taking victory in the second MXGP of the season under sunny British skies at Matterley Basin. The race was the first European round of 2019 MXGP season after the long trip to Argentina to open the series. The former Motocross of Nations venue provided a fast, challenging and sun-kissed setting for the Grand Prix of Great Britain and for what is always a busy and popular fixture on the calendar.Cairoli actually missed out on his first qualification heat win on Saturday due to a mistake on the last lap of the race that cost the nine-times world champion the chequered flag. But in the race Cairoli kept his head and it was his rival and first moto leader Tim Gajser who fell and gifted a free run for #222 to the finish line. The result marked the third consecutive moto…

This weekend will see the fifth edition of the annual Custom Show Emirates, running alongside the 4thedition of the International Motor Show Abu Dhabi. The show, which runs from Thursday 28ththrough to Saturday 30that ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, will be part of the inaugural ‘Abu Dhabi Engine Week’and will feature 110 local and 70 international exhibitors from 17 countries over the 47,000 sqm. of indoor & outdoor space. More than 100 unique bikes will be on display, including for the first time in the Middle-EastIndian Motorcycle’s FTR 1200 S. Visitors will be able to experience over 20onsite ‘action-packed’ activities, including 4×4 and saloon drifting, stunt driving, custom car and bike competitions, engine battles, a Bikers Build-Off, dyno zone, wheelie machine, king of mechanics, kids garage and much more, all aimed at both car and bike lovers. The show will also feature a dedicated area for custom sand vehicles, as well as specialist exhibitors from USA, Italy,…

With the new KTM 790 Adventure about to hit stores across the Middle East, WP Suspension has announced two entirely new components for the Adventure R. At the front, the new WP XPLOR PRO 7548 forks now offer more comfort when using harder set-ups. Part of this is achieved by allowing unlimited opening up of the WP Cone Valve, so harshness is reduced. Importantly, all adjustments can be made externally. The new WP XPLOR PRO 6746 rear shock uses friction optimized components, housed in a factory-style design, with an optimised WP PRO Components set-up. WP has been working on the system for more than a year designing the new products in parallel with the bike. They also carried out many weeks of durability tests in the field, as well as on the dyno, in order to help establish the best design to meet a certain high level of reliability, combined…