Lorenzo’s R1 to be Auctioned off For Charity

riders_for_healthNext week at Motorcycle Live in England, one attendee will drive away on Jorge Lorenzo’s Yamaha R1. Lorenzo’s motorcycle, which he rode during the parade lap at the 2010 Isle of Man TT, will be put up for auction with proceeds going to Riders for health.

The bike, which was signed by Lorenzo, will go up for auction at Motorcycle Live on Sunday 20th November at 12.30pm.

The Yamaha R1 is worth about id=”mce_marker”6,000 off the showroom floor. Riders for Health, the official MotoGP charity, is hoping to raise a little more than that during the auction.

The auction is open to all Motorcycle Live attendees. If you want to bit on the bike, but can’t attend Motorcycle Live, you can bid by telephone. (call the Riders for Health office on +44 (0)1604 889 570 for more details.)

All the proceeds from the sale of will go to supporting Riders for Health’s work in Africa. Riders for Health works to provide rural communities with health care. The motorcycles donated, maintained, and managed by Riders for Health give doctors access to remote communities.

TT Racers Mourn Fallen Rider Dave Wells

dan_wellsDave Wells, an Isle of Man TT veteran, passed away this weekend after a crash while racing at Mallory Park.

Wells started his TT career in 1988.  Wells raced along the Mountain Course for more than two decades. He scored two TT wins, eight podium finishes and another 10 top six positions. Wells last raced at the Isle of Man alongside Roy Hanks in the number 9 Sidecar.

Manx Grand Prix and Southern 100 press officer Phil Edge, said:

“Dave Wells was a devoted TT competitor having ridden in the Sidecar races every year since 1988, with the exception of 2001 when the TT races were cancelled due to the foot-and-mouth epidemic in the UK… Dave Wells competed in 42 TT races between 1998 and 2011, taking victory twice, finishing second three times; third five times and finishing in the top six another 10 times during a 23-year TT career… There will be a massive void in the TT paddock in 2012, but one that that will be all the more richer with the fond memories of Dave Wells for his professionalism and enjoyment he provided for sport he loved and lived for – Sidecar Racing. A very special Guy!”

Mallory Park’s general manager John Ward said:

“He is going to be greatly missed by everybody, he was a fantastic character who loved his racing, loved his sport.”

Wells death is the third major racing death in the last month. Marco Simoncelli passed away after a crash during a MotoGP race last week, and earlier this month, Dan Wheldon died during an Indycar race.

Oliver Godfrey: The First Man to Conquer the Isle of Man Mountain Course

oliver_godfreyThe Isle of Man is celebrating 100 years of motorcycle racing around the famous mountain course this Saturday. The centennial celebration will honor riders like Giacomo Agostini, Joey Dunlop, Mick Doohan, and the man who preceded all other TT Champions, Oliver Godfrey.

Godfrey, from London, won his one and only TT in 1911 at the age of 23 during the first Isle of Man race held on the Mountain Course. (The TT has been around since 1907, but those races were held at St John’s Short Course. Godfrey raced at St John’s from 1907 to 1910, but he never won on the short course.)oliver_godfrey_isle_of_man_tt_finish

Godfrey was one of five riders to compete in the 1911 TT. Arthur Moorhouse, Charles Franklin, Jimmy Alexander and Jake De Rosier lined up next to Godfrey for the first laps around the Isle of Man’s mountain course, but Godfrey was the only rider to have a smooth ride for all five laps of the inaugural race. The length of the TT and the unpaved country roads made crashes just about inevitable. Moorhouse, Franklin, and De Rosier were slowed by a crash or fuel problems during the first TT, leaving Godfrey, riding an Indian motorcycle, the opportunity to cruise at an average speed of 47.6 mph to take the first ever TT victory.

Godfrey was never able to duplicate the results that he achieved in 1911. He would fail to start in 1912 and he earned a DNF in 1913. Godfrey was able to climb back up to the podium, however, in the 1914 TT.

oliver_godfrey_indianGodfrey may have been able to claim another TT victory, but when World War I broke out he joined the war effort. Godfrey flew for the 27 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. Godfrey would die at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

You can read more about Oliver Godfrey here. Tim Pickering, one of the authors of the upcoming book “Franklin’s Indians” and Chris Smith, of Motorsport Publications LLC ( www.ClassicBikeBooks.com ) have come up with a great mini biography for Oliver Godfrey.

Arai Corsair V Isle of Man TT Helmet

If you are a fan of the Isle of Man and would like to have a Limited Edition Helmet to celebrate the 100th running. This is your ticket! There are said to only be 250 total coming to the states and we have a full size selection ( for now )!

The Arai Isle of Man TT Helmet is a new graphic option that celebrates 100 years of the mountain course in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race.  There is even a course layout map on the top of the helmet – just don’t try consulting it on your run!  The Isle of Man TT has long been regarded as the pinnacle of motorcycle racing, and for good reason.  The stakes are high and the competition is fierce.  With virtually no room for error, these guys push their bikes to the absolute limit in pursuit of the lowest lap times.  Now you can celebrate the legacy that is the Isle of Man with the Arai Corsair V Isle of Man TT helmet.  TT logos as well as the Three Legs of Man (their unusual insignia) complete the graphic.  And of course, the Arai Corsair V is one of the best helmets available on the market today.  So, not only are you getting a beautiful graphic design, the functional design of the Corsair V Isle of Man is hard to beat as well.

 

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Arai Corsair V Isle of Man Doohan

With five consecutive 500cc world titles under his belt, it is no wonder that Arai has released the Corsair V Isle of Man Doohan Helmet for 2011. Mick Doohan is actually visiting the TT for the first time in 2011, and will complete a lap with 2010’s five-time TT winner Ian Hutchinson.  The Arai Corsair V has long been regarded as one of the best motorcycle helmets currently in production, and now you can own the Corsair V Doohan TT replica helmet.  With its distinctive black, red, and white color scheme, and the Three Legs of Man and TT logos, the Arai Corsair V Doohan is sure to turn heads.  Estimated delivery to the Arai warehouse is early to mid August, pre-order yours today!

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