MotoGP Opens Official Online Store

motogp_storeThe MotoGP has just opened its first official online store. The store will sell all licensed MotoGP products, like hats, sweatshirts, backpacks, and books. The store went live today and can be accessed at

“MotoGP fans all around the world have been looking forward to a comprehensive offer of official merchandising and the new MotoGP Store can now cater to their wishes, with unparalleled ease of use and an exhaustive range of products, matching the offer of what fans can purchase on-site at a MotoGP event, as well as products that have not been seen at the circuits” said Pau Serracanta, Dorna Sports’ Commercial Area Managing Director.

The MotoGP store will ship globally to racing fans around the world. Dorna Sports has partnered with Insiteout, an e-commerce company, to bring the online store to fruition.

“At Insiteout, we tackled the challenge of transferring the emotion and passion experienced at the track to an online experience up to the standards of the MotoGP fans: a user-friendly Store which will be improved constantly to match the demands of the fans,” said Marc Malagelada, co-founder and Marketing Director of Insiteout.

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Kennaugh and Miller Set for TT Assault

Hud_iomttThe UK-based South African rider Hudson Kennaugh will join America’s Mark Miller onboard a pair of Aprilia RSV4s to tackle the world famous road race as it celebrates its Centenary year.

Kennaugh will fly out to the island on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon after he contests Round Four of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Thruxton, ahead of first practice later that evening.

This will be the second time that Kennaugh, who finished runner-up in the 2010 BSB-Evo Championship, has taken part in the historic event.

He made his TT debut last year, and is relishing the opportunity to go back and take it on again. “I love the TT, it’s a fantastic event which just gets bigger each year, so to be coming back for a second attempt is just awesome,” he said.

“I’ve always had an enormous amount of respect for those guys who raced the roads, and getting out there last year was a real buzz. I’ve been keen to get back again, so it’s great to get the chance to come back with Splitlath.

“It’s new ground for me going out there on the Aprilia, but it’s going to be great. Mark’s got great form around there, so I think we can work well together. I can’t wait.”

American ace Miller is no stranger to the TT. The former AMA turned road racer has contested the event several times, winning the 2010 TT Zero electric bike race, and has competed in the Macau GP many times, which he has previously described as “a walk in the park” compared to the TT.

Team Manager John Dimbylow is looking forward to the event. “This is my first TT and I can’t wait to get out there with the bikes to experience it. We are running Aprilia RSV4s in three races, and it’s going to be good for us to see how we get on.

“Hudson was keen to do the TT again and I felt that it would be a new opportunity for Splitlath Motorsport. We are keen to develop ourselves as one of the UK’s leading Superbike teams, and believe tackling an event as famous as the TT is an essential part of the journey.”

The first qualifying session for the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy takes place on Monday 30th May. You can listen live around the world via

[Press Release and Photo Courtesy of the IOMTT]

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2011 AMA Pro Racing Preview: Miller Motorsports Park

Miller_Motorsports_Park_AerialFor the first time since 2008, the AMA Pro Racing series will be returning to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, for the third round of the 2011 racing season. The AMA riders haven’t been at Miller for two seasons, but they did get a chance to test out the track last month.

Josh Hayes, who currently holds on to a narrow lead at the top of the points standings, was the fastest rider around the Miller Motorsports track during the testing session. Hayes is also coming off a solid weekend at Infineon, where he took home a race win and a second place finish.

Tommy Hayden also took a win at Infineon. Hayden has only 6 points separating himself from the top of the leader-board and could dethrone Hayes this weekend.

“We want to keep the momentum going,” Hayden said. “We’ve got a great bike this year, I’m feeling good, and we’re just trying to make the most of it.”

Hayden’s teammate, Blake Young, is just another two points behind. Young won both races at Daytona this year, and took 3rd and 4th at Infineon. Young was the only rider, besides Hayes, to lap under 1’51 during the MMP test and should be riding at the front this weekend.

The top three riders have a solid gap in terms of points at the moment, but riders like Martin Cardenas, Larry Pegram, and Ben Bostrom will also be challenging for podium spots this weekend.

In the Daytona Sportbike class, Jason DiSalvo is making himself out to be the clear leader for 2011. DiSalvo has won every race so far this season and leads the series by 37 points. But DiSalvo hasn’t been as dominant as his record suggests. Josh Herrin, Danny Eslick, and Jake Holden have all been giving the Latus Ducati rider a lot of pressure.

Fans at Miller this weekend will get to see all the great racing that the AMA has to offer, but they’ll also see some international riders take to the track. The World Superbike series will be at Miller this weekend for the 5th round of the 2011 WSBK Season.

The racing action will begin on Saturday, with the races taking place on Monday.

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Honda to Expand Motorcycle Production Capacity in India

new-honda-unicornHonda’s wholly-owned motorcycle production and sales subsidiary in India, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI), will be expanding its motorcycle production capacity. HMSI’s second plant is currently under construction and a and a third production facility is being planned to keep up with the increasing demand in India.

Honda’s second plant is expected to be operational by this July. The second plant will produce .6 million units annually, but Honda is looking to up that number to 1.2 million by March 2012.

A third plant is being planned for the following year. Honda expects to have its third plant up and running in the first half of 2013. This plant will produce another 1.2 million units, bringing Honda’s annual production in India to 4 million units.

Motorcycle sales industry-wide reached more than 11.3 million in 2010. Honda accounted for about 1.5 million of those sales.

Honda said in a press release:

“India represents the world’s second largest motorcycle market behind only China, and industry-wide motorcycle sales in India for 2010 reached 11.32 million units (up 30% compared to 2009). HMSI was established as a wholly-owned motorcycle production and sales subsidiary of Honda in 1999 and began production in 2001. HMSI’s sales have grown steadily with 2010 sales of approximately 1.526 million units (up 40% compared to 2009) achieving a record high for ten consecutive years.”

HMSI expects the CB Unicorn Dazzler, its first model in the 150cc class, to continue to attract young consumers. Honda will also be introducing the CBR250R, HMSI’s first 250cc sports bike.

[You Can Read Honda’s Full Press Release Here]

Senators Send Letter Urging a Ban on Funding For Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints

motorcycle_only_checkpointRepublicans and Democrats may not be able to agree on much, but a dozen senators from both parties agree that motorcycle-only checkpoints are a bad idea. Republican Jim Sensenbrenner and 11 other senators have sent a letter to a key U.S. House committee urging them to support a bill which would ban federal funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints.

Congress is currently considering the surface transportation re-authorization bill, and Sensenbrenner and his colleagues are trying to get H.$. 904 and H.Res. 239 included in the bill.

According to the AMA:

  • H.R. 904 would prohibit the U.S. Transportation Secretary from providing grants or any funds to a state or local government to be used for programs to check helmet usage or to create motorcycle-only checkpoints.
  • H.Res. 239 would support efforts to retain a ban on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) ability to lobby state legislators using federal tax dollars and urges the agency to focus on motorcycle crash prevention and rider education and training.

A dozen senators have signed the letter, including; Thomas Petri (R-Wis.), Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Ron Paul (R-Texas), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.), Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Mike Ross (D-Ark.).

Here is a portion of the letter which was sent to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as well as to the panel’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit:

“These important pieces of legislation would ensure that the Department of Transportation (DOT) and NHTSA focus on proven methods of motorcycle safety… NHTSA’s Motorcycle Law Enforcement Demonstration Program has not proven to be an effective use of taxpayer dollars….

“Through this program, the state of Georgia was provided a $70,000 grant to create motorcycle-only checkpoints to inspect rider compliance with DOT-compliant helmet regulations. The checkpoints are not a proven method of ensuring motorcyclist safety, and have certainly not been an effective use of limited federal taxpayer dollars….

“We take motorcycle safety seriously and want NHTSA to focus its safety efforts on proven lifesaving methods. Including H.R. 904 and H.Res. 239 in the surface transportation re-authorization bill would set the record straight, that the House of Representatives supports rider education, driver awareness, training and proper licensing as the best methods of preventing motorcycle crashes, not mandatory federal helmet laws.”

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