If not as instantly recognizable as most famous sport stars, Australia's Casey Stoner was every bit the child genius as those champions were from the moment he could walk.
Stoner competed in his first motorbike race at just four years old. On Sunday, the 21-year-old sensationally wrapped up the MotoGP world title with three races of the season left. He became Australians first world champion since Mick Doohan won the last of his five 500cc crowns in 1998 and also the second youngest premier-class champion in the sport's history.
Stoner's sixth-place finish at the Japanese Grand Prix completed an meteoric rise to stardom for the baby-faced rider. Even at 18 months old, when most infants are tottering on their feet, Stoner was getting blisters from riding a motorbike on the family farm at Niangala in New South Wales.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced the line-up of motorcycles that will be premiered at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007 (organized by Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association), to be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 11, 2007. Honda's motorcycle exhibition will feature World Premiere concept models (prototype), pre-launch models, and a comprehensive line-up of other motorcycles and advanced environmental and safety technologies. Exhibition Models for the first time on display at the Tokyo Motor Show are the Honda EVO6, CB1100F and CB1100R.
The next generation of MotoGP machine is here in the shape of the Honda RC212V racing prototype. Built to conform to the new-for-2007 Grand Prix rules, the bike features an 800cc, V4 engine and a stunning all-new chassis built with mass centralization and ultimate handling in mind. Welcome to the future...
As expected, the strong home team emerged winners of the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations competition at Budds Creek, Maryland, on Sunday after the competition returned to the USA for the first time in two decades.
USA has won the competition more often in its 61 years of history than any other country and was also the defending champion. France was second in the three race event that matched the world's best riders across disciplines and Belgium took the minor podium place, with contributions from Jeremy van Horebeek on board a KTM machine.
KTM Red Bull Motocross factory riders were on the track for their individual countries in this competition that awards nations the prizes and not individual riders.
An elated Kawasaki Racing Team are today celebrating Randy de Puniet's superb second place at the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, after one of the most thrilling races in recent MotoGP history.
The 26-year-old Frenchman, starting from fourth on the grid, got off to a patchy start when he dropped back to 10th place as the pack launched itself off the line. He then had to contend with a couple of trips into the gravel, and a pit stop to change bikes, but it all failed to stop him from scoring his first ever premier class podium position.
What started as a wet race soon turned out to be a dry one and pit lane was a hive of frenzied activity as, one by one, riders came in to change bikes and slick tyres became the order of the day. De Puniet swapped machines at the end of lap seven and went from eighth position to 13th when he rejoined the track. From there, he made steady progress until finding himself behind eventual winner, Loris Capirossi, on lap 16, where he stayed until the end. It is a longed-for and hard-earned reward for him, his crew, the team and Bridgestone who are also celebrating: all today's top three riders, plus new world champion, Casey Stoner, are in partnership with the Japanese tyre manufacturer.
At 21, Casey Stoner sits at the top of his chosen sport, one race away from being crowned champion of the motorcycling world with the customary shower of champagne. Casey Stoner, met his wife Adriana Tuchyna, 18 at Phillip Island four years ago when Adriana asked him to sign her stomach.
In March, Stoner won the opening race of the MotoGP championship in Qatar, forcing Valentino Rossi, the sport's biggest name, to settle for second place.
It was no fluke. Stoner has now won eight of 14 races this year and enters the Japanese Grand Prix tomorrow (Midday, 12:00 pm Thai time) having virtually lapped the field. But if you're thinking he is an overnight sensation, think again.
Suzuki Motorcycle India today forayed into the scooter segment with the launch of a 125 cc with automatic transmission the 'Access 125' that gives a mileage of 65 km per liter under test conditions.
The scooter, available in five colors as red, blue, black, grey and silver, will hit the stores by the first week of next month. However, the company did not reveal the price.
''The changing market require more meaningful product across all categories which identifies with the need of a powerful product suitable for the new India,'' company Managing Director Satya Sheel told reporters here.
The Suzuki Access 125 is being produced from the company's Gurgaon plant and will hit the Indian stores by the first week of October. It is, at this time unknown it Suzuki is going to introduce the Suzuki Access to other Asian markets.
The 7th International KTM Festival wrapped up three days intense riding fun when more than 850 riders packed up their beloved machines and broke camp to conclude the biggest and most successful Orange Family event in the company's history.
Thank you Hungary! Thank you Hungaroring! A great host country and a great cooperation with the staff of one of the world's premier international racing circuits. Around 1200 participants leave the KTM Festival, taking with them great memories of a packed program of events and three days of continual riding fun. KTM enthusiasts tested themselves on everything from the challenging curves of the Formula One circuit to the tricky Enduro track, from the challenging jumps of the Motocross course to the asphalt surfing on the Supermoto track.
Today Yamaha Motors informs us that whatever else you maybe doing on Monday 10 September, make sure you are ready to see the first looks of the introduction of the new 'European' motorcycles and scooters models.
Why this is so important, Europe is for motorcycles and scooters designs one of the most important markets for motorcycles manufacturers, it is simple if the design is not accepted in Europe its introduction is almost useless in most territories of the world.
Yamaha who not to long ago blessed us with the O so popular remake of the '50's retro style scooter model the Vino or for Thailand the Fino. Is expected to follow this success story world wide.
Hundreds maybe close over thousand people lined up at Laan Kon Muang (the Civic Ground) outside Bangkok City Hall yesterday to get queue cards to buy discounted Royal yellow crash helmets bearing the emblem of His Majesty the King.
The first 10,000 helmets will be sold for the special price of 80 Baht per piece.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of its new engine plant in Ogawa, Saitama prefecture, Japan.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries and guests, including Atsuko Okajima, the vice governor of Saitama prefecture, and Kihei Kasahara, the mayor of Ogawa, as well as Takashi Yamamoto, managing officer of Honda.
The new engine plant is scheduled to begin production in 2009, with an annual production capacity of approximately 200,000 units. Engines produced at the new plant will be supplied to both domestic and global markets.