RideFast Magazine February 2017 issue


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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

launch story.

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

sales pitch...

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

over him.

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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Binder merch for 2017, so

email me at rob@ridefast.

co.za to order yours.

We catch up with

Darryn in this issue,

who is busy preparing

himself for the season


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Contents FEBRUARY 2017




34: COVER STORY: 2017 CBR1000RR’S





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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

overall performance.

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

Triple models.

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

brake calipers.

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.



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

model, though.

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

time usage.

For more information and pricing on this

product, call Trickbitz on 011 672 6599.



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

steering angle.

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 And Diesel Reveal Post

Apocalyptic Diavel

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

Bioshock fans.

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,

and Diesel.

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

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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

both do.”

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.


Next generation production

motorcycles set to feature grand prixderived

V4 engine.

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

MotoGP racer.

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

Championship opener.

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

“red” begins.

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

passion.” Then

he talks about

his sensations

concerning the


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

the title.

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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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

Movistar branding.

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,”

said Rossi.

“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,”

said Vinales.

“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

an alternative.

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

around 160bhp.

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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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

championship calendar.

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

with WP.

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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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

Lorenzo Savadori


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.

Marco Melandri

Stefan Bradl

Lucas Mahias

on the new

Yamaha R6

Alex Lowes





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 rob@ridefast.co.za,

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

exhaust ports.

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.


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


of 2017

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 MT-10SP:

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


Kawasaki Z900:

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.


The best new


of 2017

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.

Yamaha MT-09:

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.


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!


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


in Portugal

is one of

my favourite

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.

When I

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

well ourselves.


3 5


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

accelerates, turns

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.

Brembo Monobloc

Front Calipers

The CBR1000RR SP’s

race-proven, radial-mount

Brembo monobloc

calipers are light, but

they provide exceptional

stiffness and excellent

braking performance.

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.

Lightweight Sub-Frame

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

ever produced.

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!


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,

cool LEDs.

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.

All-new Four-

Cylinder Engine

Featuring highcompression


pistons, the new

CBR1000RR revs like

only a flat-plane inlinefour

can. It also makes

ten horsepower more

than our previous


Premium Wheels

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.

CBR1000RR (SP2)

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.





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

bits manufacturer

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

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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


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

personal integrity.

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

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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

not replaced

1962 – 1983 50cc class

replaced by 80cc

1984 – 1989 80cc class

not replaced

1977 – 1979 750cc class

not replaced

The good old days of 500cc Grand

Prix racing.


The elite in road motorcycle racing

- MotoGP!

Moto GP:

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

approaching 360km/h.

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.


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

production based.

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.


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…

Here’s hoping!

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

quite soon…




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


Riders who swapped factories are

now free of their old contracts, their new

contracts having commenced as the world

greeted 2017.

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

podium threats.

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

making it.

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

strong. The

question mark

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


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

world championships

by walking away from

challenges. You can’t write

him off for title number ten.


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

at work.

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

extraordinary racer.

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

will come.

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.

The question

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


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

the class.

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

Dominique Aegerter.

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?

Mattia Pasini?

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

MotoGP work?

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

the top.

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

a title.

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.


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.

it Ducati.

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.




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

to reach.

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

with ease.

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

this session?

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

miraculously appear.

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


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.



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

single workout.

• 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

for 2017.

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

(per side)

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.

Elisa Gianchino

(MTB and Olympic

Gold Medallist)

Lodewyk Jansen

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)


Kirsten Landman



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.


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.


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.

Dwayne Kleinhans


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 mandy@basefit.co.za.

Mandy Thomas – BASE FIT







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

to KTM.

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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