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W E L C O M E
I never thought the day would come where I could
say that Honda have released a new CBR1000RR
Fireblade model. Well, that day has come and not
only have they released a new model, but 3 new litre
beasts. SA however will only be getting 2 of the new
models - the base RR and slightly more racey SP. The
SP2, a special homologation model, which will be
raced by Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl in this years
World SBK championship, will not be making it to SA,
or at least for now, says Honda SA.
The world launch of the new RR and SP models
took place at the famous Portimao circuit in Portugal,
and we are proud to be the first publication in SA
(and probably the world) to bring you this EXCLUSIVE
Covering the launch for us is a man you might have
heard of. He is a two time winner of the Isle of Man TT,
a British Supersport champion and has ridden, and
raced, just about every motorcycle in almost every
motorcycle road racing category there is. His name is
Steve Plater, and we are honoured to have him do the
article for us on the new CBR1000RR’s.
Great insight by a man who knows everything there
is to know about superbike machines, especially when
it comes to the new CBR’s, as he had a hand in the
development of the new bike.
Sounds like Honda’s new litre bike really is all
that and more, reading not only Steve’s comments,
but also other well respected journos from around
the world, who all say the new bike is a quantum
leap over any of the previous models, a superbike
for every man, a motorcycle that will dramatically
improve every rider’s confidence. Now that’s a good
I can’t wait to get my hands on the new bikes and
see for myself just how good they are. They are
set to arrive in SA around end March,
early April, so make sure you get to
your nearest Honda dealer to book
yours. We have been told estimated
prices of around R240,000 for the RR
and R300,000 for the SP model.
Staying on the new
CBR1000RR, World SBK riders
Hayden and Bradl have tested the
new SP2 model for the first time at
a test in Spain, at the Jerez circuit.
While both say the bike feels
good, there is still loads of room
for improvement. I am just
happy to see a new bike on
the grid, and have no doubt
they will be challenging the
Kawa’s and Ducati’s sooner
rather than later.
The last time Honda
raced an SP2 model in
World SBK it did pretty well,
actually, better than pretty
well, it won two titles with
Colin Edwards. I’m sure
Hayden and Bradl will be
thinking of that.
The last couple of weeks sure packed loads of
exciting news, which is all featured in this issue.
The biggest might just be the Yamaha and Ducati
MotoGP teams launched. Both showed off their new
bikes, livery and riders to the public, with Maverick
Vinales for Yamaha, and Jorge Lorenzo for Ducati,
pretty much getting all the attention.
Yamaha only have praise for Vinales at the
moment, who seems can do no wrong. He has
already proved how fast he can be on the Yamaha by
toping the Valencia test timesheets at the end of last
year. Going to be interesting to see how he and Rossi’s
relationship develops over the course of the year. All
seems rosey now, but what if Vinales consistently gets
one over Rossi, how will he react, especially when he
is still looking for that elusive 10th World title.
As for Lorenzo, I know he does not have the
biggest fan base but I am telling you not to count him
out. I said it in last months issue, I really think he is
going to be good on the ever improving Ducati, and I
will not be surprised if he takes the win at the opening
round at Qatar, a track where the Ducati works really
well thanks to its almighty speed.
Lorenzo has the extra motivation to do well on the
Ducati. If he does go out and win on the bike he will
have that record over Rossi, who was not able to do
so. Yes the Ducati is now a much better bike than the
one Rossi raced, but Lorenzo won’t care about that,
he will just want to get one over Rossi who has over
shadowed him from day one, and Yamaha, who even
when he won them a world title in 2015, chose Rossi
Plenty of drama no doubt to come in 2017 and I for
one cannot wait for the season to start!
Great news for us here at RF is that we will
once again have EXCLUSIVE race columns from
Brad Binder (Moto2) and Shez Morais (World
Supersport) this season. I am also glad to say
we will be hearing from Darryn Binder as
well, who is one to watch in this years Moto3
championship, now that he is on a more
competitive KTM machine. Hence why I’m
wearing my official Darryn Binder merch in
my eds column pic (excuse the facial hair,
it’s been a tough deadline). Proud to
say that we will continue to be
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email me at rob@ridefast.
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We catch up with
Darryn in this issue,
who is busy preparing
himself for the season
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Contents FEBRUARY 2017
42: FEATURE: RACE! BMW R NINE T
26: FEATURE: 2017 NAKEDBIKES
46: FEATURE: YOSHIMURA STORY
34: COVER STORY: 2017 CBR1000RR’S
50: FEATURE: ROAD RACING 101
54: FEATURE: RACING 2017
60: FEATURE: RIDING TIPS
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2017 HONDA CBR1000RR
2017 Triumph Street
Triple Range unveiled
Weeks after the initial video teaser, here comes Triumph
shedding light on its new 2017 Speed Triple range which got
reborn coming with more power, torque, technology, and
Visually, the new Street Triple comes with a
more aggressive, sharper style that makes
for a perfect street fighter look. Every
component is new while still retaining the
model’s authentic look, especially through
the slightly redesigned dual-headlightsbug-deflector
The engine is another important new
component. Inspired by the race-bred
Daytona engine, the new 765 cc unit
comes with increased power and torque
thanks to more than 80 percent new parts.
These include an increased bore and
stroke, new crankshaft, pistons, and
Nikasil plated aluminum barrels. The
gearbox has been revised too, now
coming with shorter 1st and 2nd gear
ratios for better acceleration.
Another great thing is the fact that the
engine is tuned for three different outputs,
thus giving birth to three separate Street
The standard model is called the Street
Triple S, which is lighter than the previous
model and comes with higher spec tires,
Showa suspension, and all-new gullwing
swingarm. This is topped off with an
output of 113 HP, ride-by-wire throttle, two
riding modes, ABS and switchable traction
Next in line is the Street Triple R, which
is said to deliver the perfect blend of
power and performance for road riding.
The engine cranks 118 HP while other
standard tech includes four riding modes,
new angle-adjustable TFT instrument
cluster, fully adjustable Showa suspension,
and Brembo M4.32 radial monobloc front
The top of the range is now represented
by the Street Triple RS, which is the
most dynamic and powerful naked that
Triumph built so far. Being also oriented
for track use, the RS puts out 123 HP
while coming with performance parts such
as Brembo M50 calipers, fully adjustable
Showa big-piston forks, Ohlins STX40 rear
monoshock, additional Track riding mode,
lap timer, quickshifter and Pirelli Diablo
Supercorsa SP tyres.
It’s worth mentioning that the new onboard
full-color instrument panel is offered
in two versions. The one on the S model
shows the speedometer, rev counter,
riding mode symbol, gear position, fuel
gauge, odometer, trip meter, and journey
For the R and RS, the computer is also
able to display the instant and average fuel
consumption, range to empty, riding mode
selection, service information, coolant
temperature as well as warning symbol
No pricing information is available at the
moment, but do stick around to learn more
when it will become available.
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MV Agusta Dragster 800
Blackout breaks cover
When MV Agusta recently announced funding for
superbike development had dried up, meaning there’d be
more recycled models coming instead. The Dragster 800
Blackout is a good example of what’s ahead.
The Dragster 800 Blackout debuted
at the Motor Bike Expo in Milan in
the middle of Jan. Mechanically, it’s
nothing new, just another Dragster
800. Stylistically, though, there’s a lot
going on. That main LED headlight
actually looks pretty good when
compared to the chiseled cowlings
seen on the majority of naked bikes
today. However, due to the black
backdrop and dark lighting, it’s hard
to tell whether that auxiliary light at
the bottom of the fork leg is ugly, or
Perhaps the oddest styling choice
would be the rain tires. They were
obviously chosen for their looks, just
as the backyard brat/cafe/scrambler
builders like to use vintage enduro
tread tyres for the aesthetics, not
An aftermarket exhaust and other
bits, and blacked-out bodywork,
complete the build; again, these are
all common touches in the budget
custom scene, and black paint is
quite common across the industry
as a factory option to lower a bike’s
cost. That does not appear to be
the tack MV Agusta is taking with this
Even if it was confirmed as a
production bike, it’s unknown what this
would cost if it came to SA as a factory
mode. Cayenne SA is the MV importer
here in SA, and we will have to wait
and see if they have any plans for this
model coming into the country.
Quinton Kotze now at
Dyno by Quint
You might recognise his face, he is a very well
known and respected man in the motorcycle
scene - his name is Quinton Kotze and he is
now the new man handling bikes sales and
general enquiries at the famous Dyno By Quint
bike dealership based in Edenvale.
If you have a used motorcycle you would like to
sell then give Quinton a call on 011 609 9275.
They are always looking for good stock to buy.
GPT Universal Speedo
Trickbitz have just received stock of the new
GPT Universal Digital Speedo. This universal
digital speedometer not only gives your current
speed either in MPH or KPH but also shows
your distance covered with the built in odometer
and trip clock. Both small and lightweight the
unit is powered by the machines 12 volt power
supply and features a blue backlight for night
For more information and pricing on this
product, call Trickbitz on 011 672 6599.
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Honda’s Groundbreaking Self-
Balancing Motorcycle Tech
Seeing a two-wheeler standing the right side up by its
own isn’t such a new thing. However, so far it was done
using gyroscopes, but Honda’s new technology only relies
on a few small electric motors and some software. Meet
the new Riding Assist!
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The same Honda robotics team that
worked on the ASIMO project and
theUni-Cub scooter has now created
an advanced self-balancing technology
that could reach production very soon.
Honda’s engineers came up with
a new approach to maintain a
motorcycle upright at low speeds by
modulating the angle of the fork as well
as continuously applying input to the
So, whenever the motorcycle’s speed
drops below three miles per hour
(4.8 km/h), like when pulling out of a
driveway or starting and stopping at a
traffic light, the angle of rake is lowered
to improve stability. Moreover, the
electric motor in the triple clamp will
start steering left and right accordingly.
All is done using an advanced software
to control the electric motors, and the
video below also hints that it is capable
of following the rider around. Yeah,
your future motorcycle will be more of
a horse or dog. Briefly petting it on the
headlight assembly will probably trigger
the following mechanism.
Jokes aside, it is amazing to see this
system at work. It simply looks like
it’s breaking the laws of physics and
I really hope this isn’t some of that
fakery Lexus used to trick us into
believing it has created the real Back
To The Future hoverboard.
Honda hasn’t revealed much
information on this new technology
and no solid plans. However, looking at
how less the new technology alters the
motorcycle’s shape and weight, I’d say
the new Riding Assist function could
become a real thing within two years.
Yeah, veteran riders might consider this
unnecessary, but think about disabled
riders who would be able to enjoy
motorcycling again. Or, think of it as a
foolproof system in case you forget to
deploy the side stand before getting off.
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Ducati is starting this year with rivets, visible welds, and
bare metal. No, it’s not a scrapyard build, but the Italian
bike maker teamed up with Diesel to create a limited
edition Diavel that will appeal the most to Mad Max or
To create the new Ducati Diavel Diesel,
the two brands took inspiration from
a post-apocalyptical retro-futuristic
world. The result was unveiled during
the Milan Men’s Fashion Week at
an event whose emotion-charged
setting and music provided the perfect
backdrop for the new motorcycle.
“The collaboration with Diesel enabled
us to explore original stylistic and
technical aspects whilst staying within
the Ducati brand and fully respecting
its values,” said Ducati Motor Holding
CEO Claudio Domenicali. “In this case,
we worked with Diesel on an already
uniquely original bike like the Diavel,
and the result was surprising, to put it
mildly. The details characterizing the
Diavel Diesel cannot fail to captivate
connoisseurs of special bikes but also
people from different walks of life,
such as fashion. It’s always stimulating
for us to move outside the world of
motorcycling and widen our brand’s
areas of interest.”
So, what’s special with this Diavel?
Well, you can start with a hand-brushed
stainless steel superstructure with visible
welding and rivets that make it look even
more badass than the standard version.
Next, comes the real leather wrapped
custom saddle, on which the pyramid
element appears at various points to
highlight the three Ds of Ducati, Diavel,
More custom parts come in the shape
of a hand-brushed stainless steel tank
cover with visible welding and rivets, front
cowl and passenger saddle wearing the
same raw details, black lateral anodized
air intakes with red methacrylate covers
as well as a red LCD dashboard and red
links on the chain.
Of course, there are more custom bits
and bobs on the Diavel Diesel which
you can admire in the photo gallery
and the video below. There is no
pricing information for the moment, but
the company said the production will
be limited to 666 units.
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MARTIN RETURNS TO ISLE OF
MAN TT WITH HONDA
Fan favourites team up aboard brand new CBR1000RR SP2.
Honda Racing has made headlines with
the signing of Guy Martin to contest the
2017 Isle of Man TT alongside returning
IoM legend John McGuinness aboard the
all-new CBR1000RR SP2.
With 15 TT podiums to his credit and after
a year away from the roads, Martin remains
in search of a maiden victory at the Isle of
Man. The duo have also been signed for
the North West 200.
“Neil [Tuxworth] has been talking to me for
a while about joining the team, but I had a
lot of thinking to do before I committed and
said yes,” Martin said. “I spent a lot of time
on my pushbike to and from work, thinking
about what to do.
“I didn’t want to grow old regretting not
giving the Honda a go and the more
time passes since making the decision,
the more time I’ve thought it is the right
decision. Honda is a great team and the
Fireblade has always been a weapon on
the roads, so with the new bike, I‘m keen
to give it a go.
“We’ve got a busy testing schedule coming
up and I’ve put some other stuff off to make
time. John is the man, I’ve got massive
respect for him and I’m looking forward to
racing on the Fireblade against him.”
McGuinness – a 23-time race-winner at
the TT – said it will be an important year for
Honda Racing with the new bike: “I’m back
with Honda for another year, really I’m part
of the family, and I can’t wait to see what
the new Fireblade SP2 can do! I know the
old model like the back of my hand and
have taken a lot of my TT wins with the old
girl, so I can’t wait to get out on track and
try the new machine out.
“I have a good feeling about this year and
think we have a really good package to
show that we mean business. I, of course,
would like another TT win and I would quite
like my lap record back! I always say when
it’s broken that the lads are just borrowing it
and I hope this year that this is the case.
“I am sad to say bye to the old Fireblade,
I have a lot of history and good memories
with that bike, but testing the new model
can’t come soon enough and neither can
the race season. I’m excited to have Guy
as my new teammate, we’ve enjoyed
many a racing battle over the years and
I’m looking forward to seeing what we can
The all-new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade
SP2 – a road-legal homologation
special based on the Fireblade SP that
is specifically developed for racing and
features a revised cylinder head with larger
valve sizes and lightweight Marchesini
wheels – will make its road racing debut at
the North West 200 in May.
V4 DUCATI SBK
Next generation production
motorcycles set to feature grand prixderived
News is that Ducati could potentially
replacing its V-twin superbike engine
format for a V4 engine format based on
technology from the current Desmosedici
Reported by MotoGP journalist David
Emmett at Ducati’s MotoGP team
launch, Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali
acknowledged the Italian manufacturer is
considering a V4 in the future.
“The engine development we have made
in MotoGP has been exceptional. We
have an engine which is very reliable, very
light, compact and has a lot of interesting
technology. We are seriously thinking of
introducing it to regular customers as it is
a masterpiece of engineering.”
While little more detail was given on
the development of this new model, it
is expected that it won’t be realised as
a production machine until 2019 at the
earliest as Ducati has confirmed there will
be ongoing development of the V-twin
Panigale racebike until 2018.
While rumours of a V4 Honda Fireblade
have existed since Honda discontinued
the RC45 racer in 1999, Aprilia is the only
other manufacturer currently using that
engine format in production sportsbikes
and other machines in its range.
As was the case with Ducati’s Testastretta
V-twin superbike engine appearing in
sports-tourers and nakedbikes, you
can assume more road-focussed V4
units could appear on other machines in
Ducati’s model line-up in the future. We
can only hope!
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Lorenzo emotional:”I feel like I am part of a big family. This is a special
day”, Dovizioso” We are working well, we are charged up”
The 2017 adventure begins from Bologna
for the Ducati guys. The Desmosedici
GP17 was unveiled to the public, although
not in its definitive version. In fact, the bike
that was presented is still not the new
one and we will have to wait for Qatar to
see that one. As Gigi Dall’Igna himself
stated, it is still in the development stages,
development that began with Casey
Stoner and Michele Pirro and which will
be fine-tuned with Andrea Dovizioso and
Jorge Lorenzo in order to be ready for the
This is an important year for the Ducati
team. Positive results were achieved in
2016, so now they are on an upward
trend, aspiring to return to the top of
the world. Gigi Dall’Igna throws down
the gauntlet: “A team that wants to win
something so important must not have
any excuses. With Lorenzo we have
removed any excuses; now we just
need to win... we want to try.” Focus is
therefore on the work done and on what
will be the new Desmosedici GP17:”Our
strong points are the engine and the
aerodynamics. We started from there,
seeking to improve some critical points.
Development is ongoing and we will see the
real 2017 bike in Qatar.”
Lights, colours and the curtain goes up. It is
the big moment for Jorge Lorenzo and
Andrea Dovizioso. The Desmosedici
Gp17 appears from backstage,
framing the entrance of the next
season’s Ducati standardbearers.
Jorge appears to be
emotional. After the Yamaha
years, his new adventure in
He finds a family with
Ducati: “I feel more nervous
than when I am in a race
- he confesses - after so
many years, to be on a new
team... The welcome I received
moved me. It is like being in a
family. I was struck by the palpable
he talks about
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new bike: “It amazed me, I’ll admit, despite the
fact that it is very powerful, you can still ride it really
well. It is smooth in action. I like it.” The goal is
simple:” Obviously to get back to winning
It will certainly not be easy, but we
have the potential.”
Andrea Dovizioso already knows the
Ducati environment well and he
hopes that the new season will be
an upward continuation of 2016, a
season where he drew satisfactions
that were often not there in the past.
The previous seasons had been marked
by hard times for him, with alternating
joy and disappointment. The goal for
the new year, needless to say, is
to improve:”Last year we finished
the season very well and we are
obviously beginning the new year
charged up. I have believed in this
project and, despite some difficult
times in the early years, we have grown
a lot.” Then he talks about his relationship
with his teammate: “Jorge and I have known
one another for some time. Since we
raced and cried about not winning
(he laughs). It is an honour to
have him on the team and
motivation to do better.”
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FOR YAMAHA MOTOGP
Yamaha unveiled the MotoGP bike Valentino Rossi and new signing
Maverick Vinales will ride in 2017.
The bike Valentino Rossi and Maverick
Vinales will race this season was unveiled
during a launch event at title sponsor
Movistar’s headquarters in Madrid on
A new livery was also shown off, featuring a
deeper shade of blue and more prominent
The 2017 season marks Rossi’s fifth in
succession at Yamaha, the Italian having
finished as runner-up in the standings in
each of the last three seasons.
“The important thing will be to make
good races and try always to be fast and
competitive enough to fight for the victory,”
“This is important, stay
concentrated and be always
strong. After that, for the
championship you never
“We need to wait first
races also to understand
potential of the bike and
potential of the rivals. The
important thing to work to be
strong every Sunday.”
Speaking about Vinales
joining the team to replace
Ducati-bound Jorge Lorenzo,
Rossi added: “In our team, I
got used to having a strong
teammate with Jorge.
“Maverick impressed me very
much already from the first
day. Essentially I prefer that he
needed a little bit more time
to go fast, but unfortunately for me he’s
already very strong.
“I think that especially we can make a good
job together to improve the bike and to try
to bring the bike to the podium every week.”
Vinales, who made his public debut in
Yamaha colours at the launch, kicked off
his partnership with the team by topping
post-season testing at Valencia last
The Spaniard is also said to have
impressed during private testing at
Sepang later in the month.
“Last year when I was following the
Yamaha I knew the bike was really fast,”
“When I got on the Yamaha I just tried to
ride like I know how to do, and the bike
was really good. I was really fast, I was
quite surprised that I could go so fast,
just in a few days.”
Triumph will enter the Moto2
championship as its sole engine supplier
from the start of the 2019 season.
The British manufacturer will replace
Honda, whose contract as engine
supplier to the intermediate class
expires at the end of 2018.
Moto2 was born in 2010, when the
category replaced the 250cc bikes, and
the change came with the introduction
of Honda’s four-cylinder CBR 600RR
Nine years after that transition, and due
to a lack of interested parties, MotoGP
promoter Dorna decided to search for
According to a report in Speedweek, the
first talks took place with MV Augusta,
which ruled out the project on cost
A second option led to Triumph, which
was delighted to get involved in a top
It will supply Moto2 teams with a threecylinder,
750cc engine that will produce
The agreement between the Hinckley
manufacturer and Dorna has already
been signed, and it is likely to be
announced during the opening round
of the 2017 season on the March 26
weekend in Qatar.
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KTM FAN PACKAGE 2017
The MotoGP returns in Austria this season, and if you’re a KTM fan wishing to see your
favorite team live doing what it does best, the KTM Fan Package for 2017 is now
available for purchase at your local dealership.
Between August 11th and 13th, the best
riders in the motorcycle world championship
will show off their motorsport skills for
the second time at the Austrian Red Bull
Ring, which is also considered by many
the most popular Grand Prix venue on the
For the first time, KTM will race its machines
in all three classes. Following years of
success in the Moto3 championship, the
2017 season will see KTM enter the Moto2
championship, with SA’s hero Brad Binder,
with a chassis developed in collaboration
What’s more, the KTM MotoGP factory team
will be entering the fray for its first full season
after competing as a wild card entry in the
2016 season finale in Valencia. With the KTM
Fan Package, fans have the opportunity to
watch the premier class of motorcycling live
in action once again in Spielberg.
Flanked by the “Bull” and with a seating
capacity of more than 8,000 right in the
infield, the KTM grandstand represents the
heart and soul of the Orange Family. Buying
the KTM Fan Package will grant you a seat
in the middle stand, a KTM-branded T-shirt,
cap, lanyard, and earplugs.
There are only 3,000 tickets available, and
KTM says they usually go fast, so make
sure you contact your local dealership to
claim your own in time for the big race.
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2017 WORLD SBK
IN SPAIN TEST
Two time back-to-back World SBK champion, Johnny
Rea tops the timesheet after two day test in Spain.
The World SBK boys got
their 2017 pre-season testing
underway at a 2-day test in
Southern Spain. Jonathan Rea
(Kawasaki Racing Team) once
again proved he is the man to
catch after he finished the 2-day
test on top.
Reigning world champion
Rea continued with his strong
pre-season form aboard the
Kawasaki ZX-10RR and despite
a crash at the mid-point on day
two, was able to lead the way
with a lap time of 1.39.809s.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing
Team) had one final push at the
end of day two, to boost himself
into third position overall, 0.410
behind his team-mate.
Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee
Aprilia) stunned under the
Spanish sun, impressive not only
with the length of time spent on
track – producing over 70 laps –
but setting a time only 0.111s off
Rea’s. Thought to be testing with
Pirelli’s qualifying tyre, his lap time
of 1.39.920 is a clear indication
of the pace the Aprilia RSV4
RF has heading into the new
season. Meanwhile, team-mate
Eugene Laverty continues to
work on set-up on the brand new
machine and ended the day in
the top 14; the Irishman set a lap
time of 1.41.886 despite being
involved in a collision with Randy
Italian Marco Melandri (Aruba.it
Racing – Ducati) finished the first
test of 2017 in fourth position
overall, after leading the way at
lunch time. Most notably Melandri
finished ahead of Chaz Davies
(Aruba.it Racing –Ducati), as
they continue to test the 2017
updates to the Panigale R. Both
22 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2017
iders were just 0.5s off the top of the time sheets as
they completed the top five with the Italian machine.
Rolling out the brand new Fireblade for its second
day on track, Nicky Hayden (Honda World Superbike
Team) was able to put in a solid run of 67 laps on his
second day despite continuing to suffer with his knee
injury. Improving on his day one time, the Kentucky
Kid’s 1.40.548 put him in the top six in Andalucia.
Stefan Bradl (Honda World Superbike Team) wasn’t
far behind, also improving on his day one time – with
1.40.854 – to put him in ninth. The German continues
to adjust to the switch from MotoGP, whilst developing
and understanding the 2017 CBR1000RR SP.
Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
continues to improve and develop his YZF R1
throughout the pre-season regime, putting in 83 laps
on day two and the Brit was also able to improve
on his time set on day one by 0.458s – with a
time of 1.40.600. New team-mate Michael van der
Mark secured a spot in the top ten at a circuit the
Dutchman has enjoyed success at in the past. His lap
time of 1.41.450 was an improvement on his time set
from the first day.
BARNI Racing Team’s lone recruit Xavi Fores
continues to develop and improve his pace aboard
the Panigale R, ending the day in eighth and under a
second behind Rea’s time. Rookie to the class, Randy
Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) had a
challenging second day at Circuito de Jerez. Crashing
with just two hours of the day remaining, the Swiss
rider suffered for the afternoon but will still able to
improve on his time set in the opening day in Spain.
Markus Reiterberger (Althea BMW Racing Team) may
have finished down in 12th position, however the
German is continuing to make progress aboard the
S 1000 RR. Improving on his time set yesterday by
almost a second, it’s clear big steps are being made.
Team-mate Jordi Torres had a more difficult day, as
the Spaniard suffered a crash in the morning as he
high sided at turn three. The Spaniard suffered with
an injury to his right arm and was forced to sit out for
the remainder of the test.
World Supersport teams didn’t miss the chance
to test their machines ahead of the season opener
in Phillip Island, as three teams took to the track
for the second and final day. Zulfhami Khairudin
(Orelac Racing VerdNatura) continued with his
competitive pace, and the Malaysian rider ended
the test on top – setting a final time of 1.44.410.
Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) made
a massive improvement on day two as he begins to
alter his riding style to suit the Honda, he ended in
second position, just ahead of his team-mate Robin
Mulhauser. Spaniard Nacho Calero took fourth spot
overall in the test, ahead of Kyle Ryde (Kawasaki
Puccetti Racing) as he begins to understand his
new team and ZX-6R. Hikari Okubo (CIA Landlord
Insurance Honda) rounded out the WorldSSP riders,
taking over two seconds off his initial time.
on the new
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The new range of Official RideFast Brad Binder merch is now
available. Two new shirt styles have been released - Black tee
with 41 on front and Bradical logo on back and the white World
Champ design. All shirts are available in following sizes:
Kiddies: Age 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12.
Adults: Small, medium, large, XL, XXL, XXXL.
Ladies (only in black design): Small, medium, large
There are also two new cap designs out - Orange 41 curve peak
cap and Camo BB41 flat peak cap.
A4 sticker kits are also still available.
To order your Official Brad Binder
merch, email email@example.com,
or visit one of these stores:
• Full Throttle Edenvale, Cresta, PTA
• MotoMate Sandton
• Planes / Trains / Automobiles Bedford Centre
According to Shark, the Race-R Pro has been
developed from the most technical data of the human
head for a universally precise fit. A wind tunnel-tested
Double Blade Racing Spoiler at the rear of the helmet
minimizes unwanted cyclonic air flows while increasing
stability even at speeds of 298kph.
The comfort of the Race-R Pro helmet is unmatched,
and the optical distortion-free shield should provide
an impeccable field of vision. Hours of wind tunnel
testing has yielded the company’s most efficient
ventilation system with four air intakes and seven
Shark’s Race-R Pro is the premier top of the line
helmet. The lid comes standard with premium
features typically offered for world class racers,
blending style, strength, and safety into one.
With four unique colours to choose from, riders
are sure to stand out on and off the track in the
SHARK Race-R Pro helmet.
The new helmet is already available at dealerships
as with prices starting at R10,800.
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The all-new Yamaha MT-09. The eyes of darkness.
Contact your nearest Yamaha dealer today.
Yamaha MT-07 Tech black and blue
Yamaha MT-09 Tracer Tech black and blue
Yamaha MT-10 Tech black and blue
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The best new
The new year is here and so are – or soon to be- a bunch of new two-wheeled machines rolling out
of dealer showrooms and on to SA roads. There’s something new coming for every kind of rider –
sportsbikes, nakedbikes, adventure bikes, scooters, commuters and any other genre you can name. In this
feature we take a look at some of the most popular nakedbikes to go on sale in 2017. Words: Matthew Shields
KTM 1290 Superduke R:
For 2017 the KTM 1290 Super Duke R has received a raft of
changes that have modified the bike’s appearance, engine
and handling performance. Most noticeably different is the
styling with the SDR now carrying a LED headlight built on an
aluminium structure. The 1301cc engine now runs smoother,
consumes less fuel and produces less emissions. The engine
delivers a whopping 177hp with titanium inlet valves and
new combustion chambers help deliver the smoothest,
widest powerband ever on the Super Duke R. The Beast is
off the leash!
Yamaha are transferring the YZF-R1M supersport
technology across to the nakedbike range with the MT-
10SP wearing Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS), Thin
Film Transistor (TFT) instrumentation and a dedicated colouring.
Hot on the heels of the widely acclaimed MT-10 and finished in
a Silver Blu Carbon colour scheme that has
been inspired by the limited-edition YZF-R1M
supersport, there’s a lot to love about the
premium machine in Yamaha’s superb
Right on 45 years since the 903cc Z1 in 1972, 2017 will
see Kawasaki add another Z to the iconic model series
– the Z900. The new Z900 will strike a chord with
many purists with its stunning design, and focus
on handling and real-world performance. The
new Z900 mounts a 948cc in-line four engine
in an all-new ultra-lightweight frame and will
be a fantastic middleweight option in what
has become one of the most hotly-contested
market segments in motorcycling today.
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The best new
Ducati Monster 797:
The baby Monster is back at Ducati with the new 797 a
compact, sporty machine that embodies everything the
Monster has always been about. With styling elements
and sharp handling all heralding from the bigger
Monsters in the range, the 797 uses the air-cooled 803cc
Desmodue L-twin like that in the Scramblers but with a
lot more torque. With traction control, ABS, high quality
finish and superb styling it will be a highly-desireable
machine for many road riders.
Triumph Street Triple 765:
Bigger is always better and in more than one way
does that ring true with Triumph’s new Street
Triple. Heavily revamped for the first time since its
release 10 years ago, it’s now a three bike range
that starts with the base-model S, mid-range R and
up-spec RS model. All three machines carry a
slightly different state of tune from the engine,
chassis specification and components
making for three very different nakedbikes
to suit all road and trackday riders.
Like Triumph’s 765 Street Triple, the MT-09 has
come in for its first major revamp in 2017. The
three-cylinder nakedbike has aggressive new styling
with twin-eye LED headlights and a shorter rear
end. There is now a A&S clutch, quickshifter,
while the forks feature a compression
damping adjuster in the left fork tube
for greater tuning control. Already
a highly-popular machine
thanks to a combination of
performance and price, there’s
a whole lot more to like about
the MT-09 now.
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MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR:
MV Agusta has made its Brutale more exciting and stylish with
the extensively updated Brutale 800 RR for 2017. Based on the
highly-acclaimed and recently updated Brutale 800, the RR has
a bit more of everything to make this the pinnacle machine in the
legendary Brutale model line-up. Thanks to the “RR” equipment,
this machine is even more intense, immediate, fluid and
adrenaline inducing on what was already a superb machine. With
140hp at 13,100rpm and maximum torque of 86Nm at 10,100rpm,
what more could you want from a nakedbike on the road!
KTM 390 Duke:
KTM has given its baby Duke a ride-by-wire fuelling system,
TFT display and wrapped it in a look emulating the 1290 Super
Duke R. With a heavily revised engine and frame, new opencartridge
forks, bigger front brakes, LED lights and revised
ergonomics, there will be a lot of new riders keen on what the
new 390 Duke has to offer. Add to that the Optional KTM MY
RIDE hands-free kit and audio player and this bike has all the
mods and cons a young rider will ever need!
2017 RACE CALENDAR
M O T O G P • W S B K
• 26/03 MotoGP / Qatar, Losail
• 09/04 MotoGP / Arg, Termas de Rio Hondo
• 23/04 MotoGP / USA, COTA
• 07/05 MotoGP / Spain, Jerez
• 21/05 MotoGP / France, LeMans
• 04/06 MotoGP / Italy, Mugello
• 11/06 MotoGP / Spain, Barcelona
• 25/06 MotoGP / Netherlands, Assen
• 02/07 MotoGP / Germany, Sachsenring
• 06/08 MotoGP / Czech Rep, Brno
• 13/08 MotoGP / Austria, RedBull Ring
• 27/08 MotoGP / UK, Silverstone
• 10/09 MotoGP / Italy, Misano
• 24/09 MotoGP / Spain, Aragon
• 15/10 MotoGP / Japan, Motegi
• 22/10 MotoGP / AUS, Phillip Island
• 29/10 MotoGP / Malaysia, Sepang
• 12/11 MotoGP / Spain, Valencia
• 25/26/02 WSBK / AUS, Phillip Island
• 11/12/03 WSBK / Thailand, Chang Int Circuit
• 01/02/04 WSBK / Spain, Aragon
• 29/30/04 WSBK / Netherlands, Assen
• 13/14/05 WSBK / Italy, Imola
• 27/28/05 WSBK / UK, Donnington
• 17/18/06 WSBK / Italy, Misano
• 08/09/07 WSBK / USA, Laguna Seca
• 19/20/08 WSBK / Germany, Lausitzring
• 16/17/09 WSBK / Portugal, Portimoa
• 30/01/10 WSBK / France, Magny Cours
• 14/15/10 WSBK / TBA
• 03/04/11 WSBK / Qatar, Losail
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2017 HONDA CBR1000RR & CBR1000RR SP
Honda’s highly anticipated sporting flagship is a complete ground-up redesign that
has the Honda faithful salivating and its competitors curious, if not outright worried.
Words: Steve Plater Pics: Honda
is one of
circuits. It’s long,
undulating with lots
of elevation changes,
and features a challenging
succession of corners from
relatively low speed turns to
the mega flat out sweep onto
the start and finish straight.
It needs a lot of learning and
then full commitment and full
confidence in the bike. At first I
thought Honda were being pretty
brave letting the Worlds’ Press
out on their newest version of their
Fireblade. However once I had ridden
the bike there myself it turned out to be
the right choice.
arrived a couple
of days before the
first press contingent
I found myself in the
company not only
of the Honda Europe
team running the
launch, but also with World
250 and 500 GP Champion
Freddie Spencer as well as
World superbike star Tito
Rabat. Our job was to set the
bikes up for the press and
help them understand the new
‘Blade during their time here at
the launch. We spent four days
riding both the RR and the SP
versions, and by the time the first
guys arrived we knew the bike pretty
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The very first thing that caught my attention was the
exhaust note. In standard trim, which meets all the strictest
EU regulations, it has a brilliant sound, quite unlike any other
previous Fireblade. It is just awesome. Even at low revs it
sounds like a racer, and at full taps it simply howls! Both the
RR and the SP will win buyers just because of that sound.
The second thing to keep me interested was how small the
bike feels, and in fact is, when you sit on it. The reach to the
bars is short, the fairing is smaller than any of the other 1000
cc superbikes and in fact the bike feels like a new generation
600. Having said that, it is very comfortable, and immediately
generates a feeling of being in control. The instrument cluster
is very attractive and certainly easy to read.
There are two models, the RR, and the more expensive SP.
Basically they are the same bike, with the same spec motor
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“This new Honda
is just so easy
to ride fast. It
and stops better
than any showroom
superbike on the
market at the
and electronics, and only the paintwork
identifying the differences at first glance. To
me Honda’s have always been very pretty
bikes, and the new Fireblade is no exception.
The most striking colour combination and
styling reminds me a lot of the “Honda
Legends” endurance racing team of a few
years ago. Talking of that, my old team mate
and real legend, John McGuinness, turned
up to help us out on the track as well.
Back to the bikes. Honda say that 90%
of the bike is new. The engine is lighter and
has nearly 11hp more, putting out a fraction
under 190 hp, and overall the bike is 15kg
lighter. This puts it pretty close to the bike
I rode at the TT not long ago. Both bikes
feature the latest Bosch IMU interactive
electronic measuring system and interfaces
with Honda’s own ECU. This gives the bike
5 different power options and 9 levels of
traction-wheelie control. It has an electronic
quick shifter which can be adjusted to
change the sensitivity of the change, and
works for both up and down shifts. The
bike has a ride by wire throttle and full ABS.
The ABS complies with the latest Euro 4
requirements which mean it cannot be
switched off. (So maybe after Brexit us Brits
may have different rules?)
The RR version has Showa front and
rear suspension which is fully adjustable in
the traditional way, ie with real tools when
the bike is standing still. The SP has fully
electronic suspension which uses input from
the IMU and the engine ECU to constantly
adjust itself according to the speed and
riding style of the rider. Another trick feature
is the adjustable engine braking control.
Interestingly it doesn’t have a launch control,
but is that really important on a road bike,
especially where the traction/wheelie control
make it easy to launch? The other difference,
which is a subtle one but show the lengths
Honda have gone to with this new bike
is that the fuel tank on the SP is titanium
instead of the mild steel on the RR, which
saves another bit of weight.
The frame is the same on both versions
and has more flex than the old one while the
swing arm is a lot stiffer.
All of this adds up to a bike that really is
a weapon in both versions. It is super fast,
and even more important, handles and stops
better than any ‘Blade in history. There are
other rival superbikes which claim more
outright power, but power isn’t always the
answer to winning races. Control and being
easy to ride is the real secret, and Honda are
masters in this area. This new Honda is just
so easy to ride fast. It accelerates, turns and
stops better than any showroom superbike
on the market at the moment. This bike
makes everyone a good rider, and it makes
good riders into exceptional ones!
Taking the bike out onto the Portimao
circuit, which I thought would be difficult for
the journalists to manage, turned out to be
a good choice because the bike is so easy
to ride. It does fast so effortlessly. Everyone
felt comfortable in a very short time.
Once the riders had tried the standard
RR and got to know the circuit better they
took the SP out for some extended sessions,
fitted with Bridgestone V02 slicks. Once
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they felt comfortable really pushing the
bike they were given the chance to
play around with the different settings.
I had already found that even small
adjustments were easy to feel, and every
one made a noticeable difference.
Once the testing, riding and enjoying
the new Honda in the company of
journalists from around the World was
done, I had time to think back on the
whole experience. What is this new
Fireblade all about?
Well, it really is a Mega superbike. It
makes a statement in a way only Honda
can. Everything is so well thought out
and well turned out that it looks right, and
more importantly, works right. It is bang
up to date with all the latest technology
only available to factories like Honda,
who use their experience in all types of
racing to package all this trickery into
a stock showroom model available to
anyone. You can walk into a showroom
and buy a bike which can win races and
give any rider lots of happy hours on the
track or the road.
Another important thing is that this
bike is the foundation for this years’
attack on the TT with John McGuiness
and Guy Martin, and for Nicky Hayden in
World Superbikes. I reckon it is going to
do the business this year, I really do.
The CBR1000RR SP’s
calipers are light, but
they provide exceptional
stiffness and excellent
New Öhlins Smart EC
New Öhlins Smart EC
The CBR1000RR SP and SP2
feature a new Öhlins Smart
electronic control suspension
system. It comes with three
pre-set suspension modes,
plus two “blank” userprogrammable
modes. It’s fully
adjustable, semi-active, truly
premium and track-ready — a
huge upgrade from what you’d
normally find on a streetbike.
Titanium Fuel Tank
The CBR1000RR SP and
SP2 feature a radical, new
thin-wall titanium fuel tank.
Filled to capacity, the tank
is almost four and a half
pounds lighter, but still offers
plenty of operational range.
Almost a full pound lighter
than our previous models,
the new CBR1000RR subframe
further refines our
mass centralization efforts.
Light is always right, and
this year’s models are the
lightest CBR1000RRs we’ve
Lithium Ion Battery
The new CBR1000RR SP and
SP2 come standard with a
high-tech lithium-ion battery
that is just half the weight
of the previous lead-acid
battery—a huge savings!
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New Thin Film Transfer Display
TFT means an instrument display that’s
lighter and easier to read than previous LCD
designs. It’s a first for Honda, and it’s making
its premiere on the new 2017 CBR1000RRs.
Full LED Lighting Package
Headlights, tail lights, turn signals—
with the new CBR1000RRs it’s all
done with lightweight, efficient,
Improved Radiator Design
Almost an inch narrower, featuring
a new high-density core, and
100 grams lighter than last year’s
model, the new radiator tucks in
tighter and cools just as efficiently.
Assisted Slipper Clutch
Assisted Slipper Clutch
Superbikes can deliver a great
deal of back-torque through the
driveline, upsetting handling—
not the CBR1000RR models. Its
Honda-designed assisted slipper
clutch is the same type used on
our MotoGP bikes. The design
does away with the need for heavy
clutch springs, ensuring full power
transmission with smooth shifting
and a light clutch pull at the lever.
pistons, the new
CBR1000RR revs like
only a flat-plane inlinefour
can. It also makes
ten horsepower more
than our previous
You’ll notice that the new CBR1000RR SP
features new five-spoke wheels. They’re
light and strong—more than a pound lighter
than the previous six-spoke wheels. The SP2
offers an even more impressive upgrade:
lightweight, premium Marchesini wheels.
New Gyro-Assisted ABS
Almost an inch narrower, featuring
Every new CBR1000RR SP
and SP2 comes with anti-lock
brakes, and they’re available on
the standard CBR1000RR as an
option. But these brakes go one
better, including rear-wheel lift
analysis (think hard stopping here),
along with a program that takes
lean angle into account.
CBR1000RR (base) R240,000 (est)
Arrives in SA early March
• 189 HP @ 13,000 RPM
• 117Nm @ 11,000 RPM
• The new 2017 CBR1000RR is
substantially lighter, more than 24mm
narrower, features our first Superbike
throttle-by-wire system and more. The
chassis is more responsive, and the bike
features a full LED lighting package.
CBR1000RR (SP) R300,000 (est)
Arrives in SA early March
• 189 HP @ 13,000 RPM
• 117Nm @ 11,000 RPM
• Designed for the demanding trackday
rider, the SP model adds Öhlins Smart
electronic control suspension, a
lightweight lithium-ion battery, titanium
muffler and more.
Will not be sold in SA for now.
• 189 HP @ 13,000 RPM
• 117Nm @ 11,000 RPM
• This limited-edition bike is designed
for the most serious enthusiasts and
professional racers. In addition to all the SP
features, the SP2 uses a cylinder head with
larger intake and exhaust valves, along with
premium forged Marchesini wheels.
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CUSTOM R-NINE-T BY RACE!
BMW built the R9T as a bike that customers can customize in the true cafe racer
tradition. To this end there are a plethora of bolt-on aftermarket goods available for
the bike from a variety of manufacturers. But what happens when a specialized bike
and car builder like Race! gets hold of one, you get a real masterpiece.
Race!, headed up by motorcycle enthusiast
Marco Casciani is based in spectacular
premises just around the corner from the
Kyalami race Track, so the name and venue
for an outfit like this is spot on. The shop is
spectacular complete with a full custom centre.
If you are in the market for something unique -
go and have a look at some of their machines
like the delectable Ducati Desmosedici RR on
the floor for sale. The Aprilia RSV, complete
with Max Biaggi’s race engine is something to
behold - but what caught our eye - just having
got back from the Scrambler launch, was this
custom R nine T.
Words: Glenn Foley Pics: Zenon
A veritable work of art.
For this build, Race!
Approached Italian aftermarket
Rizoma and brought
in every conceivable
aftermarket part for the bike.
Rizoma is an Italian outfit that
specializes in high end bolt-on
goodies for most makes and
models - so every part from the
branded headlight globe right
through to levers, mirrors and the
black cast tappet covers and
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ody panels is available off the shelf. High-end stuff
and Race! imports for most makes.
But this is not simply a bolt-on custom build, Race!
has included their own personal touches ensuring
that the bike is unique.
Take a look at the custom x design exhaust system
- that is hand made in the shop - to give the bike,
what they say - a neater look with a bit more
attitude. The bodywork has been sprayed to a rust
finish and it looks fantastic. All of these bits and
bobs are done in-house and the overall effect is
We’ll say this - this custom R nine T is not for
everyone - they have converted what is a very
comfortable cruiser like machine into a pretty hard
core racer. Yup - the seating is very aggressive with
low swept clubman type bars give the bike some
real attitude, but the seating position is really racey.
You perch on the bike and open wide, the big
1200cc Flat twin roars along at a rate of knots.
In terms of performance you can’t fault her, typical
1200 Beemer - but this bike is not about that. This
bike is all about attitude. And make no mistake - this
bike has it by the tonne. Everywhere we stopped,
heads were turned. A factory built. Fantastic stuff.
If you are in the market for something special -
give Race! a call. If you have a bike that you’d like
customized or personalized, this is one outfit that
know what they are up to.
Give them a call (011) 466-6666
Love the custom spray job done by RACE!
Rizoma reservoir caps.
X-Pipe full inhouse systen by Race!
Custom tappet cover by Rizoma.
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Y O S H I M U R A
The Legend & the Brand
It’s one of the biggest name brands in the motorcycling industry, and has a racing pedigree of the highest
standards and it was all started by one man. Words: Clive Strugnell
Once in a while, quite unintentionally,
a man will have such an influence in his
chosen world that he becomes a real
legend….through his actions and his
character. In motorcycling one name
comes into mind instantly. Soichiro
Honda. He didn’t set out to become
famous, he just wanted to build a good
motorcycle. Not far from where Honda
lived (Japan is a small place) a man called
Hideo Yoshimura plied his trade as an
aircraft mechanic, which he had been
trained to do in the Japanese air force
towards the end of WW 2. After the war
the American armed forced occupied
Japan, and at the local air force base
“Pops” Yoshimura started repairing
motorcycles for American airmen based
there. Being young, probably quite bored
and living on a wide open airfield it’s just
natural that they tore around the perimeter
on their favourite BSA’s and Triumphs. In
no time at all they found out that not only
was Pops good at repairing their bikes, he
knew how to make them go faster!
It wasn’t long before Pops left the air
force and in 1954 he opened his own
motorcycle shop. His attempts at selling
four BMW’s he imported failed miserably,
but it wasn’t long before his tuning skills
became well known. Probably because
of the restraints of war he was incredibly
clever at modifying standard parts to
make motorcycles go faster. His wife and
children were drafted into the business
as it grew. Honda had started producing
small motorcycles in 1948, and by
the time the Yoshimura shop became
a thriving business Honda models
were becoming a familiar sight in his
Pops liked his American servicemen
customers, and from them learned
English, and heard about the famous
Daytona 200 motorcycle race. In 1969
Honda made history with their industry
changing four cylinder superbike, the CB
750, followed soon after by Kawasaki’s
eye-opening 900 four. Right from the
beginning Pops worked his magic on
these bikes and when he arrived to
open shop in Los Angeles in 1971 he
was ahead of the game when it came to
making them go faster. He was probably
the first to fit tuned 4:1 exhaust systems
in place of the standard four pipes on
these early superbikes, and his favourite
saying to customers as they wheeled their
bikes out of his workshop with their new
pipe in place was “Feel the Power”!
In the early days in the USA Pops let his
growing reputation do his marketing for
him. It wasn’t long before he expanded
his business and became the best known
tuner and supplier of performance parts
for Superbikes. By 1978 Yoshimura
was regularly winning important races,
including the iconic Daytona 200, and
his expertise was sought after by the
Japanese factories themselves. He
became very much part of the Suzuki
factory developed race bikes. One of the
main reasons Yoshimura developed such
a huge reputation was that Pops had an
incredible work ethic…he either worked,
worked some more at the racetrack, or
slept. Like his compatriot Soichiro Honda
he was old school Japanese…it had to be
done properly or not at all. His reputation
around the World grew, and in fact he has
left a legacy in the company he founded
which has never changed. Anyone who
uses Yoshimura products will always
“Feel the power”.
Pops died of cancer in 1995.
Fortunately his family, headed by his son
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Fujio Yoshimura, has grown the business
worldwide, with manufacturing plants of
their own in the USA, Japan and Taiwan.
They have close associations with several
motorcycle manufacturers, and Yoshimura
has developed race bikes win on race
tracks around the World, including
Motocross, Endurance racing, National
Championships and more recently in
Classic bike racing. Yoshimura is still
recognised as the leading innovators
in performance motorcycle exhaust
Here in South Africa Yoshimura enjoys
the same reputation. Originally imported
here in the late 1970’s, the brand really
took off when Dirk du Plooy became
the National distributor in 1991, with
Yoshimura products becoming one of
the mainstay brands of his company, TD
Agencies. Dirk, once one of the fastest
men in South African road racing, having
won the SA National Championship
on the most fearsome race bike on the
planet at the time, a Yamaha TZ
750, has many of the same qualities
that Pops himself infused into his
products. He has a great work
ethic, an unmatched knowledge
of all things motorcycling and an
impeccable reputation for his
TD Agencies is now the oldest
importers and distributors
of motorcycle clothing and
accessories in the country
still being run by the original
founder. That is some going in a
notoriously fragile market where dealers,
importers and distributors rely on the
sales of new bikes. In fact TD Agencies
is also the longest standing distributor of
Yoshimura products in the world.
Along with Yoshimura products, TD
Agencies imports a number of other
brands. like the IXS brand, Shad luggage
products from Spain and the BMC
airfilter range. These products are used
Worldwide by championship winning race
teams, so what better endorsement could
anyone wish for?
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ROAD RACING 101
It’s the greatest sport on earth! 2-wheeled road motorcycle racing is packed with adrenaline, and excitement
like no other. Here is a break down of what is what in the wonderful world of world road motorcycle racing.
Words: Clive Strugnell
The first motorcycle race took
place 30 seconds after the second
motorcycle ever made pulled up
alongside the first one. And it’s been
going on ever since. In an effort to explain
why one bike was faster than another,
riders soon began to try and make
motorcycle racing fair. Uhummm..., what?
Well there always had to be a reason
why the one was faster than the other,
so racing started to be organised into
groups. Big bikes had to race other big
bikes. Small bikes against other small
bikes, and so on. So now there are
literally thousands of different classes
of motorcycle racing. As time goes by it
keeps getting more diverse and more and
more complicated. There are track races,
short off road races. Long off road races.
Races for lots of different age groups. In
fact no matter what type of bike someone
manufactures, there is a racing class for it
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
began in 1949, and was introduced
by the Fédération Internationale
de Motocyclisme, the International
Motorcycling Federation (FIM), which
controls all World Championships and
most other motorcycle sport. The Grands
Prix, now called MotoGP, is run by a
partnership of the FIM, Dorna Sports,
a company with the commercial rights,
IRTA, the International Road racing &
Teams Association, and the MSMA, which
is the Motorcycle Sport Manufacturers
Association. This partnership decides on
the categories to be contended, the rules
for the bikes and the races themselves
and in fact anything to do with motorcycle
Grand Prix Racing. They all have equal
votes, but Dorna has a casting vote in the
event of a tie.
The grand Prix classes have changed
over the years, reflecting mostly the
developments in the modern motorcycle
industry. For example the politically
correct demise in two stroke motorcycle
engines has seen all the Grand Prix
classes now accepting only four stroke
engines. The biggest change in the
general thinking on GP racing is that
originally each class had its’ own World
Champion at the end of the season, and
every class had equal standing. These
days, although each class still has its’
own World Champion, the two modern
smaller capacity classes are largely seen
as a training ground and stepping stone
for riders, teams and manufacturers to
progress into MotoGP. This is how grand
Prix racing has developed since it started:
1949 – 2002 500cc class
now 1000cc MotoGP
1949 – 2010 125cc class
now 250cc Moto3
1949 – 2012 250 cc class
now 600cc Moto2
1949 – 1982 350cc class
1962 – 1983 50cc class
replaced by 80cc
1984 – 1989 80cc class
1977 – 1979 750cc class
The good old days of 500cc Grand
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The elite in road motorcycle racing
At the very top of the tree is MotoGP. This
is the Premier class for all motorcycle
racing, and the one every competitive
rider aspires to. MotoGP evolved from the
500cc Grand Prix class,
The Premier GP class, which, as we
have said, is now called “MotoGP”,
features purpose built four cylinder four
stroke racing machines and, in terms of
performance around a Grand Prix circuit,
are the highest performance motorcycles
ever manufactured. They accelerate, turn
and brake faster than any other class
of bike on the planet, and reach speeds
They corner at lean angles approaching
the impossible, dropping to over 50
degrees from vertical. Their 1000cc 4
cyl engines are pure factory prototype
units, and these bikes probably have the
highest power to weight ratio of any racing
machine ever made. One of the main
technical rules in this class is that each
team is only allowed a certain number
of engines for a season, in an effort to
limit cost, these engines are sealed at the
beginning of the season, and no further
development is allowed on them. Of
course the factories continue development
at their racing R&D departments, but
these are only used the next season. In
addition the very complex electronics may
only be controlled by one make and type
of ECU unit, which is closely monitored by
the organisers. There are slight variations
regarding the number of engines, with
some teams being allowed more engines
and the ability to make changes on them
during the season, depending on their
experience in the class. This is to enable
new manufacturers to enter with as little
disadvantage in terms of performance as
This class was introduced as a cost
controlled class to run before the MotoGP
main event, and replaced the last two
stroke class in GP racing. It features a
one make (at the moment Honda, Triumph
engines from 2018) 600cc four stroke
4 cylinder engine, which is leased from
the factory. There is also a limit to the
number of engines a team may use per
bike. The rest of the machine is almost
free of any restrictions other than a
weight limit, which has resulted in many
specialist frame builders being asked to
supply frames and components to the
teams. Because the engines are from
one manufacturer the other traditional
motorcycle factories don’t enter this class
at all, with the exception of KTM who will
be entering it for the first time this year.
The racing is close and well up to the
standard expected from any full GP class,
and it has proved to be an ideal feeder
class to MotoGP.
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This picture pretty much sums up
Moto3 - The most intense, exciting
racing you will ever see.
Moto 3 replaced the 125cc class in 2010,
and is now the smallest class in GP
racing. It has attracted new manufacturers
like Mahindra and KTM, whilst Honda still
represent one of the big four Japanese
giants. The class uses any make of 250cc
four stroke single cylinder engine, and
has few technical restrictions, although
there are controls on the electronics, for
instance. Since its’ inception this class
has proved to be incredibly popular. It
features the biggest entries seen in any
class for many years with young, talented
riders intent on a future in MotoGP has
seen some incredibly close and skilled
racing in every round. It is seen as the
breeding ground for future generations of
MotoGP riders and it is not uncommon
for the factories racing in the top class,
MotoGP, to sign up youngsters during
their first season in this class! With limited
engine power and small motorcycles
Moto3 rewards riding skill just as much as
the ultra-powerful and technical 1000cc
MotoGP class. Riders who excel in Moto3
are almost guaranteed a place at the top
as their careers progress. Let’s hope that
Brad Binder can keep the momentum!
The three modern motorcycle Grand
Prix classes have not lost any of the
prestige as the ultimate evolution of
two-wheeled motorcycle racing. All
three classes still feature cutting edge
technology and offer competitors and fans
alike the purest form of racing possible.
WSBK-- World Superbikes
The evolution of production based
motorcycle racing has progressed
incredibly over the past twenty
years or so, and the performance of
production based race bikes, especially
those developed by the motorcycle
manufacturers themselves, has edged
ever closer to that of the factory grand
prix bikes. This, together with the
astronomical cost of factory Grand
Prix bikes, has resulted in national
championship motorcycle racing in every
country where bikes are raced being
At the top of the tree there is WSBK,
which is a World championship for
production based superbikes with 4
cylinders of up to 1000cc and twin
cylinders of 1200cc. This championship
was launched in 1988 by the FIM, who
now run it in partnership with Dorna,
the same company involved in running
the MotoGP World Championship. As
the bikes are production based, this
championship is a very valuable marketing
tool for manufacturers and their suppliers.
Up to 9 different manufacturers enter
teams each year. Having said this the
high cost of producing a factory World
Superbike has made it very difficult to be
Watch out for Darryn Binder in
this years Moto3 championship.
He has made the switch from
Mahindra to KTM machinery
so we can expect to see him
challenging right at the top end
of the field.
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competitive. This also limits the number
of privateer teams that compete, although
there are some very successful ones.
The WSBK is run throughout the World
on every continent except Africa, and sees
two completely separate races per event.
This is completely different to MotoGP.
The huge attraction of WSBK is that the
fastest bikes are lapping almost as fast as
the purebred Grand Prix bikes, and they
have a direct lineage to the bikes coming
off the showroom floor. No other racing
class can live up to the old adage “win on
Sunday, sell on Monday” like WSBK!
Over the years the rules have
continuously been modified to try and
reduce the cost of racing these bikes.
Back in 1988 a factory Superbike only
superficially represented the production
model it was based on. These days the
stakes are so high that the major players
simply produce production bikes with
all the features they need to win races.
This has resulted in modern off the
showroom floor superbikes being the
fastest, most reliable and best handling
motorcycles ever offered for sale! One of
the reasons modern bikes are so reliable
is that the teams are restricted to only a
limited number of engines a year, so a
lot of technology goes into making them
reliable. The old days in both WSBK and
MotoGP where a rider could go through
several engines in a weekend are long
gone. Another rule relating to the engines
is that once the engine spec is finalised
for the year the teams’ engines are sealed
and no more development can be done
on them for the rest of the season.
The new SuperSport 300
championship should be
really exciting to watch.
WSS – World SuperSport 600
World SuperSport 600 is a 600 cc
support class to the WSBK main feature.
They only have one race a weekend.
In this class, bikes with 4 cylinders are
restricted to 600cc, whilst 3 cylinder bikes
can be up to 675cc, to equalize their
As with the 1000cc big brothers,
the manufacturers who take this class
seriously produce absolutely fully decked
stock bikes so that they can use the
technology they need to win races. The
main cost difference for a 600 WSS team
is that they only have one race per event.
In both WSBK and WSS there are
two World Championships at stake,
one for the riders and one for the
manufacturers… both of them are highly
For 2017 SA will have Sheridan Morais
competing in the World Supersport
championship on board the new Yamaha
R6 for Team Kallio. We all know how good
Shez is so let’s hope that he can bring
home the title!
WSS 300 – World SuperSport 300
With 300cc superbikes gaining popularity
in Europe and the East, the FIM have
added a new junior class for bikes up to
300cc. This class will compete at all the
European WSBK rounds, and should be
as exciting and competitive as Moto3…
SA will have good representation in
this category for 2017, with the likes
of Dorren Lourerio, Troy Bezuidenhout
and Jared Schultz competing in the new
class. We wish them the best of luck!
So far in the history of WSBK and
WSS we have not had any South
African Champions, and very few really
competitive riders, although with the
strength of the talent we have here and
abroad at the moment we should soon
see a South African on the top step
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GEARING UP FOR THE NEW
The new year has officially started, the real world of contracts finally lining up with
the world of motorcycle racing. If the riders are excited, that gives fans reason to be
excited too. Here are 10 reasons to look forward to 2017.
Words: Dave Emmett Pics: GP Fever.de & others
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Riders who swapped factories are
now free of their old contracts, their new
contracts having commenced as the world
That also leaves them free to post about
the new season on social media again.
Aleix Espargaro was so keen to do so that
he posted right on the stroke of midnight.
1. Six factories
For the first time since 2004, MotoGP has
six different manufacturers* competing
again. Unlike 2004, however, the level at
which those manufacturers are competing is
much more equal.
In 2004, only Yamaha and Honda won
races, though Ducati were regular visitors
to the podium, and would win more
consistently in 2005 and 2006. In 2016,
four different manufacturers won races in
the dry – Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki,
and Ducati – and all four were consistent
In 2017, Suzuki and Ducati will be even
more competitive, while Aprilia’s progress
last year promises an outside shot at a
podium in 2017. Newcomer KTM’s record
in other classes makes clear that they enter
intending to win.
While that is unlikely this year,
progress will be rapid. Winning the triple
crown – rider, team, and manufacturers
championship – is no longer an easy task.
* Yes, there have been more different
makes of bikes entered both before and
since in MotoGP, but those were small race
shops, not major motorcycle
2. Lorenzo at Ducati
Whatever the reasons for Jorge Lorenzo
to join Ducati – and no doubt they have
something to do with the tensions inside
the Movistar Yamaha garage – there is no
doubting his motivation.
The Spaniard has a point to prove,
and judging by his preliminary outing at
Valencia, he looks more than capable of
Can Lorenzo tame the Desmosedici
GP17, and succeed where his great rival
Valentino Rossi failed? First and foremost,
the current Ducati is a very different beast
to the truculent monster Rossi inherited
from Casey Stoner.
That said, the signs so
far are good, his pace
at Valencia looking
hanging over Lorenzo is not so much the bike as the tyres, the Spaniard
struggling at times last year to get the Michelins to work. When things
worked, he was unbeatable, when they didn’t he was painful to watch.
Given his record at Losail, you can pencil his name in for the win at
Qatar. But it is after Qatar that the real challenge starts.
If 2016 is anything to go by, it promises to be a year of highs
and lows, of drama and glory for both Ducati and Lorenzo.
3. Maverick Viñales – Alien status confirmed?
Maverick Viñales has all the ingredients that make up a
MotoGP Alien: multiple wins in his first year in Grand
Prix, wins in his first year of Moto2, and wins in
every class he has competed in. His first season in
MotoGP was the only aberration, the only year he
didn’t win a race in Grand Prix.
Part of that was clearly down to Suzuki, Viñales’
rookie year also being Suzuki’s first season back in
MotoGP. He made up for it in his second year, finally
winning a race and bagging a couple of podiums.
Yet he was still not a consistent threat for the
podium or the win. Was that the bike or had Viñales
finally hit the ceiling?
We get the answer to that question in 2017.
Viñales takes the place vacated by Jorge Lorenzo
in the Movistar Yamaha team, and a bike that racked
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up six wins last year. He showed his pace
at Valencia, and, rumor has it, at Yamaha’s
private test in Sepang.
Viñales moved to Yamaha to try to
win a championship, but first he has
to beat the second most successful
motorcycle racer of all time, and a
man with a reputation for crushing
teammates when they grow too
Maverick Viñales alongside
Valentino Rossi promises to be
a year of drama on track, and
who knows what off track.
4. Can Rossi make it 10?
It is truly remarkable that
Valentino Rossi, at the age
of (nearly) 38, starts his
22nd season as one of the top
favorites to take the title. It would
be impressive enough at any time
in the past, but you can make a very
good case for this being the toughest
MotoGP field ever to headto the grid.
Not only does Rossi have to
remain competitive after all these
years, he also has to be better than
he ever has been to win it all.
Rossi’s hunger for victory remains
insatiable. He keeps a keen edge on that
hunger by training with the young Italian
riders coming up through the VR46 Riders
He may be doing Italy a favor by bringing
on more young Italian talent, but he
his also helping himself, by driving
himself to ever greater heights.
He will need all the help he can get. He
faces a motivated Jorge Lorenzo wanting to
rub his nose in it at Ducati, perhaps the
most talented rider to swing a leg over
a bike in Marc Márquez, and a deeply
talented upstart teammate who has
come to Yamaha to beat him.
It will be an incredibly
tough challenge. But you
don’t win nine Grand Prix
by walking away from
challenges. You can’t write
him off for title number ten.
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5. Who can stop Márquez?
Marc Márquez’s first two MotoGP titles
demonstrated beyond doubt that the
Spaniard possesses a truly exceptional
talent at riding a motorcycle.
He routinely demonstrates that
talent by saving motorcycles that are
so outrageously far beyond the limits of
crashing that he leaves you wondering if
there isn’t some trickery or sleight of hand
But he didn’t always save them, and
ended in the gravel just a fraction too
often. That cost him the championship in
2015, and made him determined not to
make the same mistake again in 2016.
He didn’t, and it was a more mature
Marc Márquez who took the title last year.
From exceptional rider, he become an
He will start 2017 looking invincible,
but there are still cracks in his armor. If
someone can put him under pressure,
get him to push to keep up, they can lure
the Repsol Honda man into a mistake.
Given the breadth and depth of talent he
faces, there is no question the pressure
6. Could Iannone be the next
Andrea Iannone had been hoping to
finally enjoy the fruits of all the hard
work he had put in at Ducati riding
uncompetitive bikes. Instead, he was cast
aside to make way for Jorge Lorenzo.
He could still benefit, albeit
from the hard work of others.
Aleix Espargaro and Maverick
Viñales have left a clearly
competitive Suzuki GSX-
RR for Iannone to inherit,
the gap to the Yamaha,
Honda, and Ducati
closing almost race by
Iannone is fast
enough to win races,
as he proved in
2016. The bike is
good enough to
win, more or less.
Now, the Italian
has to put it
all together to
make a run at
the title in 2017.
marks that remain
are over his
character, and whether he has the
intelligence and application to take
on the world and win. If he succeeds,
he could take on the mantle of the
new Kevin Schwantz.
7. Who will inherit the crown in
The big names which have dominated
Moto2 for the past couple of years are
all gone, headed off to MotoGP where
they face a baptism of fire. That leaves
the Moto2 championship wide open, with
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Brad Binder makes the step up to
Moto2 with the new KTM/WP team
seasoned veterans facing rising stars, along
with a handful of talented rookies entering
Tom Luthi is the veteran left holding
the fort, and in pole position to win a
Moto2 championship at last. To do so, he
must face rising young talent like Lorenzo
Baldassarri, Franco Morbidelli, Luca Marini
and Miguel Oliveira, along with more
established riders like Taka Nakagami and
Then there are the rookies coming into
the class: Pecco Bagnaia, Jorge Navarro,
the enigmatic talent Fabio Quartararo, and
Moto3 champion Brad Binder (who the
team here at RideFast, and the whole of
SA, will no doubt be screaming for.)
Then there are the talented riders who
have come up short: can Danny Kent
recover the form that saw him win Moto3
in 2015? Will Alex Márquez finally find the
consistency to mount a title challenge?
What of Sandro Cortese? Xavier Simeon?
Add in the return of Suter and the debut
of KTM as manufacturers and Moto2 has
all the elements needed for a fascinating
8. KTM – will the path from Moto3 to
With their entry into the Moto2 class, KTM
becomes the first manufacturer to offer
riders a path all the way from national
championships through to MotoGP.
From GPR 250 production racer, to
RC250R in Moto3, the new Moto2 chassis
making its debut in 2017, and the RC16
MotoGP bike, KTM is in a position to find
young talent at the local level, and bring
them on through the ranks, all the way to
KTM’s Moto2 team is clearly blazing the
trail for this new system. Brad Binder was
brought on by Aki Ajo and put in a position
to win the Moto3 title. Miguel Oliveira came
within a whisker of pulling off the same feat
a year earlier.
If they can succeed in Moto2, they will
be first in line for a seat with KTM’s MotoGP
project, just as the contracts of Bradley
Smith and Pol Espargaro are about to
Much hangs on how good the KTM
Moto2 bike is. The Austrian factory has
already proven capable of building a
winning chassis, but now in Moto2, they
must wrap it around a Honda CBR600RR
engine. KTM is committed to winning, so
they will work until they get it right.
If KTM succeed, Ducati could be the
next factory to follow in their footsteps.
Ducati Corse boss Gigi Dall’Igna has
admitted an interest in building a Moto3
bike at some point in the future.
A Moto3 bike would be the first step
on the path to providing a route for talent
through the Grand Prix classes. Ducati will
be keeping a very keen on eye on their
Austrian rivals this season.
9. Will the Moto3 Rookies Mature?
2016 saw a bumper crop of rookies
burst onto the scene in Moto3. Nicolo
Bulega, Aron Canet, Joan Mir, and Fabio
Di Giannantonio all made an immediate
splash, scoring a handful of podiums and a
win or two between them.
These were obviously genuine talents,
beating established names like Brad Binder,
Romano Fenati, Niccolo Antonelli.
2017 sees them face real pressure
to convert those strong debuts into
championship chances. If their first season
was a test of talent, their second year is a
test of character. This is the season that
champions are made.
They are not the only riders to face tests
of character. After being sacked in the
middle of last season, Fenati returns with
vengeance in his heart, but he must learn
to remain calm and focused if he is to win
Niccolo Antonelli’s talent is plain for
all to see, but he has to stop falling off to
succeed. Can Aki Ajo turn him around
as the Finn has done with so many other
The racing in Moto3 is outstanding every
single season. 2017 promises to be an
even better year than usual.
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10. Will Kawasaki’s World
Superbike Reign Come to an End at Last?
The World Superbike series is sadly underappreciated,
fans saying that the racing has
not lived up to expectations.
It may seem that way looking at the
results – Jonathan Rea, Tom Sykes, and
Chaz Davies shared all but one of the 26
race wins between them – but the racing
on the ground has often been better than
the list of winners suggest.
2017 offers the chance of improvement.
Though the Kawasakis enter the season as
favorites, and Chaz Davies promises to be
a factor at Ducati once again, the prospects
for a much tougher championship are
good. More competitive bikes and a
tougher field should spice things up nicely.
First among the challengers is surely
Marco Melandri. After a year of absence
enforced when he skulked away from
Aprilia, the Italian is back with Ducati, and
he is fast.
He showed his pace at preseason
testing, having spent much of the time
since signing his contract hooning around
Italian tracks on a Panigale R. When
everything is right, Melandri is a genuine
threat. So far, the signs are good at Aruba.
Next, there is an Aprilia with much
stronger factory support. The Milwaukee
team switch from BMW to Aprilia, and do
so with backing from Noale.
Eugene Laverty returns to the Aprilia
fold, and the last time the Irishman rode
an RSV4, he came very close to lifting a
title. Young talent Lorenzo Savadori starts
alongside him, a rider obviously capable of
competing at the front.
Then there’s a new Honda Fireblade,
and though initial impressions of the bike
made it look like the update was nothing
more than Bold New Graphics, there have
been significant changes under the skin.
More power, a lighter crank, better
weight distribution and above all, a radical
upgrade to the electronics should put the
Honda CBR1000RR back in contention.
Nicky Hayden and Michael van der Mark
were surprisingly competitive on the old and
slow bike, but Hayden and new teammate
Stefan Bradl should be much closer to the
sharp end in 2017.
Van der Mark has headed off to Yamaha,
where he joins Alex Lowes. The Crescent
team are in their second season with the
Yamaha YZF-R1, and should have most of
the bugs ironed out.
Van der Mark proved his mettle on the
Honda, and Lowes showed he could be
quick when things came together on the
R1. The bike may still struggle with the
Pirelli tyres, but Yamaha are serious about
Nicky Hayden on the all-new Honda
CBR1000RR. Both him and Bradl going
to be contenders on the new bike.
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HOW TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS ON EVERY SINGLE TRACK DAY
Dan the man from lifeatlean.com will help you become that confident and consistent track rider that you
have always strived to be. Over the course of the year we will bring you articles that will help you improve
your riding style and lap times. Words: Dan Netting
On any given track day they’ll always
be a section of riders that are looking to
do more than simply ride around for a day
with a smile on their face.
A substantial amount of riders are
looking to make progress in their riding.
This could be getting over the fear
of higher entry speed and lean angle,
learning to trust the bike and tyres more,
seeing a better number on their lap timer,
or even simply looking better in photos
and reaching that knee down grail.
Even with these goals at the top of
their minds, many from that same section
of riders will achieve the typical level of
results from their day.
Not very much.
This ISN’T because they’re incapable,
because others are simply better, or their
current level is the best they’re ever going
Even with this being the case these are
the feelings that will come to the surface
as they wonder why they aren’t able to
get past their current plateaus and ride
as fast as the guys coming past them
In my experience the problem usually
comes from how riders approach a track
day and their attempts to improve.
Quite simply, they don’t have a plan.
You can read all the books and
watch all the videos you like, but even
with a solid level of riding knowledge
substantial results are unlikely to come if
you’re just riding around expecting stuff
to happen or spending the day messing
around with friends.
Now don’t get me wrong, having fun
is most definitely a goal for track days,
but if it’s also your goal to really begin to
see improvements in your riding, more
than just a better lap time, then you
have to spend the time to actually try to
What Does a Riding Plan Look Like?
The beauty of all this is that your plan
doesn’t need to be incredibly elaborate.
It’s more about giving yourself focus
and attention on a particular part of your
riding you’d like to improve. To do that
you merely need to get specific and
To get focused it’s a good idea to ask
the following two questions for each
session where you’d like to practise:
1. What’s the area I want to focus on in
2. Where are the best one of two places
I can practise improvement?
Once you can narrow down the thing
you want to improve and where you want
to try and improve it, you give yourself
focus for the next session rather than just
riding around hoping for development to
Improvement is definitely possible
in terms of outright speed without
this focus, but you’ll likely learn
very little about riding or where the
advancement came from.
Example: Braking Improvement Plan
Let’s say that you’re looking to raise your
level in the braking zone. You find yourself
rolling off and braking too early and you
know you’re losing time.
You know from your study that we
want a solid visual braking marker, that
we want to be well aware of it on our
approach, and that we want to get to our
maximum braking effort quickly.
With that area in mind you pick the
biggest braking zone to work on.
For the next few sessions you work on
getting your actions for that braking zone
into better shape.
Maybe in the first session you give
yourself the goal of finding a good
starting braking point and finding a
reference marker for it. Something that
doesn’t feel too scary and will allow you
to more comfortably work at pushing it
toward the corner.
In the next session you’ll work at
getting to maximum braking effort
quicker, which you then find gives you
the feeling that you need to get OFF the
brakes to actually reach the corner with
any sort of speed.
With this realisation you can see that
you have room to continue accelerating
for longer by being less tentative with the
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throttle down the straight with the solid
and comfortable braking point you’ve
given yourself. As well as this, you can
likely begin pushing the braking point
closer to the corner too.
That’s something you can now look to
improve in session three.
Getting to the Specifics
It’s all about working with specifics. You
may think that breaking everything down
like this is going to mean wasted time
where you could be improving in multiple
areas, but when flying around a circuit
at 100+ mph your available attention to
focus and practice the different facets of
your riding is extremely limited.
You need the brain space to actually
put the required stuff into action and note
the results you’re getting.
For me, being a better rider isn’t just
about going faster, it’s about being
smooth, tidy and consistent, which
in turns translates into larger safety
margins and a better foundation to work
at further improvement.
Getting specific and focused for your
riding sessions is the absolute best way
to see improvement in these areas too.
So to recap the advice is pretty simple.
1. Think about what area is the
biggest problem for you.
2. Set yourself a plan for a number of
your sessions to work on that problem.
3. Be specific and break it down into
one action on one corner if you have to.
You’ll start seeing some noticeable
improvements in your riding if you
approach it like this. Not just in what the
lap timer says, but in how you feel on
track mentally and the confidence you
have in your actions too.
Reading this I’m sure many of you are
now wondering just how you find the
weaker areas of your riding to focus on, or
maybe that you don’t actually know what
correct technique is to work on improving
on your own.
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G e t t h e m o s t o u t o f y o u r R i d i n g f o r 2 0 1 7
In the pursuit of improved riding performance, it’s important to utilize every training method at your
disposal. Too many riders get stuck on a single technique such as weight training or dig themselves into a
rut by thinking to ride for hours on end is enough – unfortunately it’s not. Words & Pics: Mandy Thomas
To get the most out of your riding
you need to step outside of your fitness
comfort zone and seek fresh, dynamic
programs. The answer is cross-training,
as it draws from a variety of disciplines
and incorporates them into vigorous
and productive workouts. This training
method combines several different
workout strategies (i.e. body building,
track and field, and boxing) in a single,
comprehensive training session.
The benefits of cross-training:
• Conditioning: By performing a variety
of exercises from different disciplines,
you are asking more of your body than
with a traditional, straight-forward
approach. The increased workload and
variety of movements cause your fitness
levels to grow. Cross-training workouts
aren’t tailored to a single goal, such as
gaining strength or getting faster, but
cater to all these needs simultaneously.
With cross-training, it’s possible to gain
muscle, lose fat, increase stamina all in a
• Injury Prevention: Often when guys
get injured through exercise, it’s because
they are excessively doing a single
activity. Joints, ligaments, muscles and
tendons are under a tremendous amount
of stress though repeated movement, and
it’s important to give them the occasional
break. By mixing up your training you
give the over-used parts of your body
a chance to rest and the under-used a
chance to strengthen and catch-up.
• Active Recovery: Active recovery
is when you do an alternative type of
training to recover from your primary
training method. For instance, I might
give my riders swimming mixed with
isometric exercises to actively recover
from their high intensity sessions building
up to a race. Doing this actually speeds
up recovery by increasing blood flow and
the delivery of nutrients to stressed or
damaged muscle tissue.
• Mental Stimulation: The variety of
exercises and training methods used in
cross-training keeps the body guessing
and the mind interested. No two
workouts are the same with the variety
stemming not only from the different
disciplines but also the format of how the
sessions are brought together.
Try this sample Base Fit cross-training
program to kick-start your new routine
1 High Knees 50 (total reps)
2 Narrow Push Ups 20
3 Hip Flexor Pikes 10 (per leg)
4 Lateral Lunge Single Press 10 (per side)
Do exercise 1 only. Then repeat exercise
1 but add exercise 2. Then do exercise 1,
2 and 3. Finish with exercise 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Then move on to the next 4 exercises.
5 RDL’s 10 (per leg)
6 Bicycles 10 (per side)
7 Side Bridge Hold with Front raises 10
8 Reverse Lunge Bicep Curl 10 (per leg)
Do exercise 5 only. Then repeat exercise
5 but add exercise 6. Then do exercise 5,
6 and 7. Finish with exercise 5, 6, 7 and 8.
(MTB and Olympic
van Vuuren (Enduro)
HIGH KNEES: (Hip Flexors, Cardio)
This is a high knee action jog on the spot.
Hold your hands out in front of you hip
height and try to get your knees to touch
your hands with each step action.
NARROW PUSH UPS (Core, Triceps)
Go into the push-up position on your hands and your feet, but place your hands directly
underneath your shoulders. Drop your body towards the floor by bending your arms (as
you would a normal push-up), but make sure your elbows are tucked in and brush up
against your sides as you lower your body (do not let them flare out to the side)
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Lying on your back in the crunch position, bring your left elbow
to meet your right knee across your body. Your right elbow is
back towards the floor and your left leg is outstretch just over
floor; Now switch to bring your right elbow to your left knee,
while stretching out your right leg and left elbow.
HIP FLEXOR PIKES (Core, Hip Flexors)
Hold your hips up off the floor with your hands on a step. Keeping your legs straight lift
one leg as high as you can and hold that position for 1 second. Repeat on the other side.
SIDE BRIDGE HOLD WITH FRONT RAISES
Hold the side bridge position. Keeping your free arm straight
while holding a weight, touch the ground in front of your
chest, then lift the weight back up again (keep your arm
straight the entire time).
LATERAL LUNGE WITH SINGLE PRESS (Shoulders, core, quads, hamstrings, balance)
Hold a dumbbell at shoulder height in your right hand. Lunge laterally to the right
keeping the dumbbell shoulder height. As you return, bringing your feet together, do a
single shoulder press. Repeat all reps on one side before working the other side.
REVERSE LUNGES WITH BICEP CURLS (Legs and Biceps)
Holding a dumbbell in each hand, take a large step backward
into the lunge position. As you step backwards do a bicep curl.
Ensure each lunge and bicep curl are performed simultaneously.
ROMANIAN DEADLIFTS (RDL) (Lower back, glutes, hamstrings)
Reach for the floor with both hands while lifting your right leg up behind, keeping both
legs straight. When your torso and right leg are parallel to the floor, stand back up straight.
If you have any questions regarding your fitness
training or need assistance putting a plan together for
the year please e-mail me on email@example.com.
Mandy Thomas – BASE FIT
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EXCLUSIVE RACE COLUMN
DARRYN BINDER: MOTO3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
2016 was my second year in the Moto3
World Championship racing a Mahindra in
the Platinum Bay Real Estate team and it
was a very difficult year to say the least. We
struggled in the beginning with mechanical
issues which led to a couple of crashes and
a real difficult time all round. Towards the
mid-season we managed to sort out the
mechanical issues we had and finally could
concentrate on riding the bike and making it
work for me. The last few races of the season
we started to set good lap times and finally
could fight in the races.
I finished the 2016 season off quite well
as I managed to score points in the last 3
rounds with a 4th, 10th and 12th.
I couldn’t be more excited for the 2017
season, although I am staying with the same
team, Platinum Bay Real Estate, the team
have changed manufactures from Mahindra
I can’t wait to finally get to swing my
leg over my new machine. My team has 2
private tests planned, one in the beginning
of February and one towards the end of Feb,
so I will have got to know my new bike a little
before we go into the official IRTA tests in
March to be held at Jerez and Qatar.
I am currently staying in Vergiate, a small
town in Italy just outside Milan, where I am
doing all my pre-season training with my
team mate Marcos Ramirez and our trainer
Jordy Manzoni, or as he likes to call himself
- Coach360. I will be training here until the
season starts in March.
We train 6 days a week with 2 sessions
each day. Our training differs daily between
running, riding, gyming and swimming, in a
morning or afternoon session.
Riding bikes changes between Motocross,
Supermoto and Trials biking.
Sunday is my day off.
It really is intense but it’s the best way for
me to get myself ready for the season ahead.
I am looking very forward to the 2017
Moto 3 season on board my KTM and hope
to get some really good results this year.
Thanks to Rob and the team from
RideFast for not only supporting me from day
one, but my brother Brad too.
Will be keeping you up to date with my
racing this year in my race column.
Chow for now,
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