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World Supercross take over Villa Park for a UK spectacular If World Supercross wanted to bring its own particular brand of glitz and glamour to the UK, then it did so in quite spectacular fashion at the start of July. And Bike Middle East was there to soak in the atmosphere. The first round of the 2023 season started at Villa Park in Birmingham, UK, with an impressive show of riders and talent. After first filling the stadium with tonnes of dirt and converting the famous football stadium into full supercross track, the track designers came up with a layout that featured massive air, hugely technical sections and big corner speeds. The event featured two main events, SX2 and WSX. Each event featured a group of top riders competing for pole and rank, as they made their way to a final three-race shootout. Best scores across the three races…

Krazy Horse reveals its one-off Indian Sport Chief RAGE custom motorcycle Famed bike builders, Krazy Horse, has unveiled ‘RAGE’, a custom Indian Sport Chief, which has been built for Richard Jones, bassist for the Welsh rock band, The Stereophonics. The bike has been built using design elements from Jones himself, traditional fabrication methods for a more British look and performance modifications suitable for the British roads and riding style. Krazy Horse, a long-time partner of Indian Motorcycle, has been building custom motorcycles for 28 years, working with trusted collaborators to build some of the finest custom Indian Motorcycles in the world. As part of the concept of the ‘RAGE’ build, the team were keen to use traditional methods where they could, including hand sand-cast detail elements that linked to the personal history of Richard Jones and a nod to the recent ‘Forged’ series of Sport Chief builds in the US.…

The GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 team will have to wait a little longer for the return of the flying Spaniard Pol Espargaro’s hoped for return to the MotoGP fray at this coming weekend’s Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley will now be delayed. The Spaniard has been rehabbing since his fall during the practice and quali program for the 2023 season-opener at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal in March. The main issue has been a back injury, which still has a small edema issue around the vertebrae that needs treatment. The timing is not good for both the rider and team as the date in Italy is immediately followed by a journey to Sachsenring for the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland and then the TT Circuit Assen for the Motul TT Assen for a MotoGP ‘triple header’ before the summer break. “I was really looking forward to getting back on…

Reigning WorldSBK Champion Alvaro Bautista takes all three wins in a dominant performance in Italy Reigning WorldSBK Champion Alvaro Bautista beat Toprak Razgatlioglu and Axel Bassani in Race 2 at the Pirelli Emilia-Romagna round to take his tenth consecutive victory. He became the first rider in WorldSBK history with 14 wins out of the first 15 races of the Championship, and extended his points haul in the championship to 298. Toprak Razgatlioglu took second place in Race 2 as he crossed the finish line 8.446s behind the race winner. He remains second in the standings with 212 points, 86 fewer than Bautista. Local hero Axel Bassani completed the Race 2 podium to take his fifth podium, the first one since San Juan 2022. He is fifth in the standings with 126 points and is the top independent rider. But for Bautista the triple win highlighted his dominance of the season…

Championship leader Bautista takes 12th win of the season, as Ducati take first and second at home in Italy Championship leader Alvaro Bautista claimed his 12th win of the season at the Pirelli Emilia-Romagna round of the World Superbike Championship. The Ducati rider took his 70th WorldSBK podium boosting his lead to a 78-point advantage over Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu. Bautista’s teammate Michael Rinaldi took second, ahead of Razgatlioglu in third, making it a Ducati one-two at their home race, much to the delight of huge partisan crowd. The Ducati pair sported a special yellow livery for the Saturday race to pay homage to Ducati’s history. After some start line drama, the race was yellow flagged before it got underway, reducing the number of laps to 20. After the restart the front three soon gapped the pack, before Razgatlioglu dropped off the back of the dominant Ducatis. Danilo Petrucci ran in…

Michael Dunlop smashes the lap record around the Isle of Man Course during practice Riding his Hawk Racing Honda Fireblade Superbike, Michael Dunlop unofficially blew away the current lap record with a 135.531 mph average speed over the 37.75-mile road course. However, as the record was broken during a practice session, the official existing lap record of 135.452 mph set by Peter Hickman in the 2018 Senior race still stands. Up to that point Hickman on his FHO Racing BMW had been the man to beat, but Dunlop set out a strong marker Friday afternoon with a 134.270 mph lap from a standing start. As the clock ticked down, he pushed deeper and cracked the 135.531 mph average on a flying lap. Hickman had been delayed during the Superbike/Superstock practice session, after breaking down in the previous Supersport/Supertwins practice session. With this sort of pace being set during practice, all…

Ducati adds the funky new Graffiti Livery Evo to its Hypermotard 950 RVE For 2024, Ducati will add a new livery, aptly titled Graffiti Livery Evo for the RVE version of the Hypermotard 950. The new livery uses water decals to achieve a refined and complex graphic design, inspired by street art. The graphics cover the entire bike, creating an effect comparable to that of airbrush painting. The RVE logo, placed on the rear sides, identifies the new Graffiti Livery Evo livery. The Hypermotard 950 is Bologna’s self-titled fun bike, designed for all enthusiasts who want adrenaline-pumping adventures with their bike. Inspired by the world of supermotards, the Hypermotard combines exuberant performance with refined electronics that guarantee full control in every situation. The reference to the supermotard world can be found in the high double exhaust, the straight saddle profile and the extreme proportions of the bike. The SP version…

Red Bull GASGAS factory racing’s Daniel Sanders out for several months after surgery to repair broken femur After sustaining an unfortunate injury to his right leg while training in the Australian Outback a few days ago, Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Daniel Sanders has successfully undergone surgery to repair damage to his right femur. Just one month after grabbing his first-ever FIM World Rally-Raid Championship race victory with his win at the Sonora Rally in Mexico, the GASGAS rider’s luck changed dramatically when a minor crash while riding his GASGAS RX 450F turned more serious. “I’m so annoyed, not to mention disappointed. All I was doing was having fun on the rally bike and had a small crash, but I’ve ended up like this with a broken leg,” said Sanders. Thankfully, the surgery seems to have gone well, which is good news – I’m feeling good too. It’s going to…

Indian Motorcycle has revealed the final custom Sport Chief build within its ‘Forged’ video series The final custom build of Indian’s Forged series has been revealed to the public. Featuring long-time friends and renowned freestyle motocross riders Carey Hart and Jeremy ‘Twitch’ Stenberg, the final custom bike takes the stock performance of the Indian Sport Chief to an entirely new level. When speaking to Twitch about his build plans, Hart said, “It’s already a great base. The components on the production Sport Chief are great, but for what you’re going to be doing, I’m going to really focus on the chassis, handling, and braking. You’re going to ride the wheels off this thing, so it has to perform. It’s not just a trophy bike.” Hart started off by stripping the bike down to its motor and frame. He re-engineered the brakes with race-spec Beringer components and tapped Trac Dynamics to develop a…

O’Halloran becomes the fifth different victor of 2023 as Ryde rebounds to win race three McAMS Yamaha rider, Jason O’Halloran ended his recent poor run with his first victory in the 2023 Bennetts British Superbike Championship to become the fifth different race winner of the season. With O’Halloran taking the race two victory, LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha’s Kyle Ryde rebounded from a crash in that second race to become the first rider to claim a double victory on a weekend, having one the sprint race the previous day. Ten points now separate the leading five riders in the standings ahead of Knockhill.BeerMonster Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell finished the final race of the weekend in second place, firing him back ahead in the championship standings, but only by three points from his teammate Glenn Irwin. ROKiT BMW Motorrad’s Leon Haslam scored the most points across the Oulton Park and Donington Park events…