Yamaha’s bLU cRU Lays the Path for Tomorrow’s Racing Generation


Yamaha’s bLU cRU programme is a platform to support the next generation of young riding talent in both road and off-road racing. The platform creates a safe, professional environment to encourage, nurture and build tomorrow’s racing stars, through the guidance and unparalleled experience of the Yamaha Racing world.

The bLU cRU platform is also represented at the pinnacle of each global racing discipline contested by Yamaha. Yamaha Racing’s top Official riders in MXGP, Enduro, Dakar, WorldSBK, WSS and Endurance have the responsibility of being bLU cRU Ambassadors. These elite racers stand as an example for the young racing generation of tomorrow, upholding key values for racing and manufacturer representation, including performance, education, dedication, respect and health and fitness. Their spirit of success and behaviour in the very visible eyes of both the media and the racing fans sets the standard for the bLU cRU generation of tomorrow.

For young ambitious off-road riders, the YZ125 bLU cRU Cup provides the perfect entry into Yamaha’s racing pyramid. Riders within their National 125 Championships using the Yamaha YZ125 can apply pre-season to be part of the programme. Once accepted, they will be provided with a bLU cRU package with a number of benefits, including Yamaha Racing Paddock Blue clothing, bLU cRU sticker set for their YZ125 machine and more.

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Motorcycle Racing isn't what it used to be


Motorcycle racing never stands still – good job really as that would be most boring!

In a bid to serve up a crowd and TV audience-pleasing spectacle, series owners are constantly trying to find ways to make the action more accessible and more compelling. And, of course, more profitable.

The likes of Dorna (MotoGP and WSB) and MSV (BSB) don’t just organize races for the fun of it. Right now there are some major changes in the motorcycle market that are making race organizers nervous. The most pressing issue seems to be the imminent extinction of the supersport 600 road bike.

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Historical Shah Alam Stadium Hosts FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 Finale!


Round , Shah Alam Stadium, 17 – 18 December 2016. Gates will drop for the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 series at the world-renowned Shah Alam Stadium on 17 and 18 December 2016 from 9AM – 6PM (+8:00GMT), with over 20 international riders from 14 countries contending for the last time for overall standing and championship title.

Home to Selangor FA and host to countless global concert tours and football competition including the Chelsea FA and Arsenal FA’s friendly match against Malaysia’s national team, the stadium has the capability to hold a capacity of 80,372 audiences. This remarkable moment for the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship will transform its vicinity into a show stunning track to crown the overall champion of the 2016 series.

Satheswaran Mayachandran, CEO of Asia Supersports Group, said that the stadium has its charm and is the perfect venue to host the finale. “Shah Alam Stadium has a strong history and reputation in hosting various international sports and activities. Crowning the championship’s overall champion will be historical for the race.”

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Max Biaggi Returns to the MotoGP Racing Circus


Max Biaggi will return to the MotoGP paddock, this time as the team manager of the Mahindra Racing Moto3 outfit. The Italian double WSBK champion and four-time 250cc Wold Champion, has also been signed on by Mahindra Racing as brand ambassador ahead of the 2017 season of the championship.

Starting in March 2017, Max Biaggi will be the team principal of a Mahindra-factory-backed team in the Italian CIV championship, as well as in some races of the Spanish FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 junior World Championship.

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2017 MotoGP Season Could Be Exciting


I had a quiet chuckle to myself last week as Jorge Lorenzo wobbled out on his new Ducati during the MotoGP test at Valencia and was about 12 seconds off the pace.

However, the wily Spanish superstar had the last laugh as he got to grips with the power-packed Ducati GP16 and ended up well inside the top 10 fastest times and only a little over a second off the fastest.

Maverick Vinales was also moving to new team and he too, impressed. Actually he did a while lot more than impress. He scared the pants off the MotoGP paddock and his Yamaha team-mate, Valentino Rossi, in particular.

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2016 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship - Round 3 Race Report


Watched on by 30,000 spectators, Andy McLiesh capitalised on his pole position to win Moto 1 and 2 in Round 3 of the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship.

The Australian had been riding steadily throughout the weekend, trailing Gabit in terms of lap times in the practice sessions before turning it up a notch to cement his grip on the pole position after Final Qualifying and Super Chrono sessions.

The Bayanihan Park Track had been laid out over a public recreational park and part of a taxi depot. The surfaces of the “tarmac” section were therefore rough concrete (the taxi stop part) and fine concrete on two basketball courts, punctuated by strips of grassy dividers. The “dirt” section on the other hand, was uncut grass. This made the entire track much more slippery than what the riders had faced previously. Besides that, although the track covered a large area, it became narrow with many sharp corners thrown in (no straights).

Thus, in the face of a narrow, twisty, and slippery track, that Number One starting slot became the most coveted piece of real estate. The final starting positions were only determined after the dust had settled in the Super Chrono session (a shootout between the fastest six riders from the first qualifying). So fierce was the competition that the top five qualifiers: McLiesh, Dibben, Gaban, Gabit and Matsumoto were separated by less than a second.

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Yamaha MotoGP Seal 2016 MotoGP Team Title in Season Showdown


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi gave a brilliant performance at the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, to bring Yamaha's Factory Team the 2016 FIM MotoGP Team Title.

The Team arrived at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo with one goal in mind: secure the Team's Title for the second year in succession.

After the triple-header overseas, Rossi and Lorenzo arrived back on European soil feeling confident that they could put up a strong fight. Highlights of the first 17 rounds of the 2016 season saw the blue team secure five Grand Prix victories (three by Lorenzo and two by Rossi), a total of 19 podiums (ten by Rossi and nine by Lorenzo, including five double podiums), and two consecutive perfect 45-point scores (first and second place) at the Gran Premio de España (Circuito de Jerez, Spain) and the Grand Prix de France (Le Mans, France).

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Yamaha MotoGP Fly to Spain for 2016 Season Finale


The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team returns to Spain this week for the 2016 MotoGP World Championship finale, the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, with the third place in the Rider's Championship and the Team's and Constructor's Titles still up for grabs.

Valentino Rossi enters Spain intent on fighting for a podium spot. Having secured second place in the championship at the previous round at the Sepang International Circuit a fortnight ago, he focusses on the fight for the Manufacturer's and Team's Title to close the season in the best way possible. The nine-time World Champion previously has taken two premier class wins at Valencia, in 2003 and 2004, and he has claimed multiple podiums with second places in 2002, 2009 and 2014 and third places in 2005, 2008 and 2010.

Lorenzo arrives in his home country determined to keep the pressure on to take third place in the championship rankings at his final race for Yamaha. The Mallorcan joined the team in 2008 and has shown his strength at the Ricardo Tormo circuit on more than one occasion. Highlights of his successes with the YZR-M1 at the Valencian circuit are premier class victories in 2010, 2013 and 2015 (securing the 2015 World Championship title) and a podium with a third position in 2009.

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MotoGP Season 2017 and the Riders


With the majority of MotoGP seats filled before this season’s halfway point, thanks to Valentino Rossi opting again for Yamaha and Jorge Lorenzo huffily signing for Ducati as long ago as April, we missed out on the traditional silly season of speculation. Some paddock wags even suggested re-starting the season in July with 2017 teams and riders.

Marc Marquez’s decision to stay at Honda and keep countryman Dani Pedrosa alongside him suits everyone. For most of the season the Honda, with a backwards-spinning crank limiting top speed, new Michelin tires unsuited to Marc Marquez’s riding style and with the team apparently slow to optimize new, limited, engine management software, was supposed to be a nail no-one could win on. Three quarters of the way through the season, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Jack Miller and Cal Crutchlow had all won races on it.

With Valentino Rossi choosing to serve what’s left of his riding career with Yamaha, his new team-mate is super-fast Spaniard Maverick Vinales, fresh from a win on his Suzuki GSX-RR. Unable to match the riches Yamaha laid on the table, Suzuki lost the man who could have taken more wins for them in 2017, and instead gained notorious crasher and reckless Ducati reject Andrea Iannone. He’ll race the blue and white bikes alongside Moto2 graduate Alex Rins.

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Soaked Sepang Battle Delivers Double Yamaha Podium


Heavy rain saw the start of the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix delayed and the race distance reduced to 19 laps, but the more than 95,000 attendees still got plenty of thrilling racing action. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo fought hard during the race to take second and third, their fifth double podium of the season.

Rossi had dropped two places from his position on the starting grid as the 21 MotoGP riders stormed out of the gates. As a result he went into the first corner in fourth, but quickly worked his way to the front over the next couple of turns. Rossi swiftly gained the lead and tried to break away but he was soon joined by Andrea Iannone. The following 11 laps were a consistent tug of war for the lead in the race between the two Italians.

The Doctor used the nimble character of the Yamaha to the fullest in the twisty sections of the Sepang circuit. With 12 laps remaining Iannone made his first attempt to take off at the front, but Rossi didn't let him escape and upped his pace further to close the gap within two laps, with Andrea Dovizioso in tow.

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