Up until a year ago big bikes in Thailand equaled madness as far as I was concerned. Then my man of some years standing introduced me to a Ducati 1098S, a bike capable of producing 160hp, he\'d on a whim. Some guy who had to leave Thailand and needed to sell his motorcycle.
Rather than being horrified I was instantly smitten with this great red hunk of beautiful machinery filling our garage and felt rather alienated as I watched him take off up the road and come back, some hours later, grinning from ear to ear.
The new trend of selling big bikes in small bike countries, we see this new trend, not only in Thailand were recently Kawasaki, Yamaha and Harley-Davidson joined the market for selling big bikes. Ducati already has a sales office for a few years in Thailand.
Recently the trend of selling big bikes also invaded India, India is the undisputed world's second largest motorcycles market. India has about 7.7 million motorcyclists last year; most of these motorcyclists drive little commuter bikes, with engines below 150cc engine displacement.
Only 10% of the 7.7 million motorcyclists in India drive a motorcycle with a larger then 150cc engine displacement.
After a good season and the great results this season, Team Alstare have dropped Max Biaggi as team member.
With Team Alstare losing their long time Corona Extra sponsorship the team don't have the budget to meet Max Biaggi big wage demands and there was always some doubt whether the team would stay in WSB. Here's what Alstare has to say...
With reference to the current situation Team Alstare is facing regarding sponsorship, it is with regret and sadness that the team announces that it will not be renewing its contract with Max Biaggi for 2008.
Suzuki and Team Alstare would like to thank Max Biaggi for his great performances and results achieved during the 2007 season, and also for his technical contribution.
India's largest motorcycle manufacturer Hero Honda on Wednesday launched its newest 150cc bike the 'Hunk'. The introduction was not unexpected, rumorers about the Hero-Honda 150cc Hunk could be found on the Internet for weeks.
Hero-Honda has launched two model variants of the Hero-Honda Hunk motorbike one with kick-starter and one with electronic starter. While the kick-starter model would be available, Hero-Honda expects that most motorcycles sold would be with electronic starter, as the Hero-Honda Hunk with electronic starter is not that much more expensive.
Thai Honda Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Thai Honda), a Honda subsidiary that manufactures motorcycles, power products, and various components in Thailand, marked the 10 million unit milestone in power product production in early October.
Established in 1965 as Honda's first production facility in Thailand, Thai Honda began power products production in 1987. In addition to general-purpose engines, Thai Honda manufactures other power products including water pumps and trimmers and currently has an annual production capacity of approximately 2.1 million units. Thai Honda achieved this 10 million milestone only 3 years and 2 months after achieving the 5 million milestone in August 2004.
Power products manufactured by Thai Honda have been exported worldwide including not only within the Asia Oceania region, but also to Europe, the U.S., and Japan and gained worldwide acclaim for their performance and quality.
Yamaha De Carli Team rider Antonio Cairoli secured the 2007 Italian championship title at the last of round of the six race championship held at the Gazzane di Preseglie track in Brescia.
Cairoli, as defending 2006 champion, entered the last round with a ten points lead on fellow Yamaha rider Manuel Monni and managed to seal his championship by winning the first moto, while his closest rival placed seventh when penalized for overtaking under a yellow flag. Needing only two points from the second moto Cairoli took things steady and finished second behind winner Monni.
The 2007 Italian championship turned out to an all Yamaha affair with the first four riders riding a YZ250F, while 16 year old Team Yamaha de Carli rider Alessandro Lupino, finished in sixth position.
Fiat Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi claimed his tenth consecutive career podium at Phillip Island today, taking third place and clocking the fastest lap of the race in the process. Team-mate Colin Edwards finished ninth in a race that was won by Casey Stoner, with Loris Capirossi second.
Starting second on the grid, Rossi slipped to fourth but passed Dani Pedrosa on lap two, only to make a small mistake at the end of the lap, briefly touching the grass at the start of the main straight and letting Pedrosa back past. On lap four of 27 he managed to get in front of the Spaniard once again and he then set off after Nicky Hayden, who was running second behind Stoner. Despite setting the fastest lap on lap seven, Rossi was unable to make much headway until lap 11, when he passed Hayden for second.
Rick Johnson and Sebastien Tortelli have joined forces with KTM to serve as rider coaches for the KTM Factory Junior SX/MX Team as well as the MDK KTM Factory Racing and MDK KTM Lites Teams.
After witnessing the success that ten-time World Motocross Champion Stefan Everts has had after he began coaching KTM's European teams, KTM's Director of Racing, Kurt Nicoll, decided to follow that lead by bringing Johnson and Tortelli aboard. "I feel Johnson and Tortelli have the knowledge and ability to share their skills with these riders in a way that will benefit them at this point in their racing program, but more importantly, throughout the rest of their pro career," stated Nicoll.
It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Norifumi (Norick) Abe (32) on October 7, 2007, following a traffic accident. Norick Abe, as he is fondly known by motorcycle race fans around the world, was competing this season in the JSB1000 class of the All-Japan Championships from the Y'S GEAR Racing team. Norick was riding a motorcycle in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Pref. when he met with an accident at about 6:20 pm and he was pronounced dead at 8:50 pm at the hospital where he was taken for treatment.
In 1993, Norifumi Abe became the youngest rider ever to win the pinnacle 500cc class of the All Japan Road Race Championships. The following year he was competing in the All Japan Superbike Championship when he joined the Yamaha camp and started competing in the World GP500cc class.
Lorenzo Lanzi and Troy Bayliss will line up on the second row of the grid for the Ducati Xerox Team after a relatively below-par Superpole qualifying session at the Magny-Cours circuit. James Toseland (Honda) took the pole ahead of Max Neukirchner (Suzuki), with the other two title contenders Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) and Max Biaggi (Suzuki) in fourth and sixth respectively.
Quickest after the first two qualifying sessions, the 38 year-old Australian put together his fastest lap of the weekend in Superpole, but his time of 1m39.174s was only good enough for the second row. "I'm pretty disappointed with my lap to say the least" declared Troy. "That was as fast as I've ever gone around here, but I honestly thought I was going to do quite a bit better. It wasn't just one thing, the whole lap was missing just a little bit; I didn't flow with the bike and it didn't come together. I'm a bit disappointed to start on row 2, but the bike's been working quite good and I'm looking forward to a nice sunny day and some good racing.