Pengurus Besar Ducati, Luigi Dall’Igna mengakui terkilan dan kecewa apabila pembangunan teknologi yang cuba diketengahkan oleh mereka dalam Kejuaraan Motosikal Dunia (MotoGP) seakan-akan tidak dihargai.
Ducati memperkenalkan beberapa teknologi baharu yang mampu meningkatkan prestasi jentera mereka sekaligus menjadi pencabar utama kejuaraan MotoGP musim ini.
Bagaimanapun, inovasi yang dibawa Ducati mendapat tentangan pesaingnya termasuklah pengenalan sistem aerodinamik seperti winglet atau fairing yang kini dipakai semua pasukan MotoGP.
Dall’Igna menuntut agar FIM dan MotoGP bertindak lebih adil terutama selepas peranti ride height bahagian depan jentera yang diperkenalkan oleh Ducati bakal diharamkan pada musim depan.
Bukan itu saja, peranti holeshot juga tidak lagi boleh digunakan.
Keadaan tersebut memberi tekanan kepada Ducati kerana mereka telah mengeluarkan dana besar terutama dalam penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D) kesemua jentera Desmosedici GP pada musim ini.
“Saya tidak boleh menentukan peraturan sendiri. Saya hanya boleh cuba memahami peraturan dan melakukan perkara yang dibenarkan.
“Tidak adil jika peranti-peranti berkenaan diharamkan selepas perlumbaan musim 2022 nanti.
“Tetapi, apabila semua orang menentang saya, tangan saya terikat dan tiada apa yang boleh saya lakukan mengenainya. Saya terpaksa menerima perubahan ini,” kata Dall’Igna.
The International Motorcycling Federation recently updated the list of FIM-approved competition vehicles for 2023.
The spreadsheet includes a track-only Yamaha R6 Race and YZF-R1.
The 2023 track-only R1 could indicate a newly updated street-legal R1 is underway.
The approved list titled “FIM Recognized Competition Vehicles” mostly comprised motocross, enduro, trail and cross country motorcycles and ATVs.
The list also includes a few track-only sportsbike, including the Honda NSF100, NSF250R and the Yamaha R6 Race that continues to be available in the market as a track-only machine after the street-legal model was discontinued.
However, FIM recently updated the list by adding one more model, a new 2023 Yamaha YZF1000W.
For those unaware, the YZF1000 is the Japanese manufacturer’s internal name for the YZF-R1, while the flagship YZF-R1M carries the YZF1000D code.
According to reports, FIM updated the documents on June 15 after receiving Yamaha’s submission on June 9.
While the internal code refers to a new track-only Yamaha R1 for the 2023 model year, it could also indicate that the Japanese marquee is set to introduce a street-legal 2023 YZF-R1 too.
While the matter is still inconclusive, the R1 is due for an update with the current-generation R1 is already seven years in the market since its introduction in 2015. Although Yamaha revised the R1 in 2020 to meet Euro 5 emission standard, it is the right time to introduce a new generation going into 2023.
If there is a new 2023 YZF-R1, there is a good chance there could also be a new 2023 YZF-R1M on its way, which we could find out soon enough.
The legendary Spa-Francorchamps racing circuit in Belgium is finally getting a much-needed renovation ahead of the planned return of two-wheel racing in 2022.
Crews already began the extensive work of the circuit at the end of last year as preparation for the 2022 Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme Endurance World Championship (or FIM EWC) scheduled to take place on June 2, 2022.
Spa CEO Natalie Maillet oversaw an intention to renovate the track back in 2019, but her tragic death at the hands of her husband jeopardized the plan.
However, Maillet’s dream to modernize Spa-Francorchamps is now back on track (no pun intended) which will cost around EUR25 million (RM115mil).
The main criteria of the renovations are to upgrade the condition of the facilities and increase the safety aspect of the surrounding area.
Careful analysis of how and why racers have crashed, including meeting the circuit certification requirements from FIM and FIA, is extensively considered during the renovations.
The upgrades also include a state-of-the-art medical facility.
The plan is to prepare the track for the FIM and FIA inspections in April 2022.
The 2021 FIM MiniGP World Series was a success, with Spain’s Izan Rodriguez Alvarez emerging as the world champion at the final MotoGP round in Valencia.
The championship is a part of an effort to grow future MotoGP riders and a race endorsed by FIM and MotoGP organizing body, Dorna Sports.
Unfortunately, it might seem that someone else has already held the MiniGP trademark since 2008.
Ryan Fleming founded the NJminiGP race organization back in 2008, proving that he holds the right to the MiniGP name.
“We have spent over a decade working to build a program that this sport is in dire need of,” Fleming explained.
“We have worked to create a sustainable instructional and developmental program that supplies top talent for the highest level of motorcycle racing.
“We have franchised this product up and down the East Coast successfully. Our name is everything that we are. We can’t lose our name.
“It’s who we are,” he said.
Moreover, the MotoAmerica Mini Cup series also goes by FIM MiniGP North America Championship; hence Fleming believed that Dorna is infringing the MiniGP name that belongs to him.
According to Fleming, he argues that the confusion could negatively impact his business despite the FIM-sanctioned race requiring Ohvale race bike while his NJminiGP rules include various bikes and models.
Despite the huge claims by Fleming, Dorna has yet to respond to the matter.
You’ve seen it on MotoGP bikes. Even your friends might have it. But what does it actually do? In this article, we’re going to talk about the very purpose of the brake lever protector and if you really need one for your bike.
From expensive performance parts down to the very details of the custom livery, it’s no secret that we fancy owning a bike that looks and performs like a MotoGP race bike. This includes the ever-so-popular brake lever protector you see many of your fellow riders have on their bikes.
But the lever protector is anything but an accessory in MotoGP racing. In 2011, the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) made it mandatory in all of the classes for the safety of the riders. Bikes aren’t allowed to race without the brake lever being completely protected. But what does it actually do?
As you can imagine, MotoGP racing is highly competitive. You often see the riders intensely racing side by side, especially when overtaking. The space between the riders when they get right up next to each other is so tight they could practically have a conversation. This is the reason why these bikes are equipped with the brake lever protector; it’s to prevent accidental braking in case the riders brush against one another.
What happens in the case of unintentional braking?
Two things normally happen when the front brake is unintentionally applied with enough force. The front brakes lock up, resulting in either the bike gets low-side and slides out of a corner, or flips front over at high speed. The latter is particularly dangerous and potentially fatal as the rider may be thrown off and land on their head or face first, causing serious injuries to the neck. Imagine if that were to happen at over 300km/h down the straight line. Either way, you can be assured it doesn’t end well.
With the brake lever protector, however, the lever is safe from accidentally being pulled and there is no risk of unintended braking which could cause serious crashes. It won’t stop crazy riders from advertently pulling your brake lever, though.
To let you better understand the importance of having the brake lever protected, let’s rewind to the 2006 Catalan Grand Prix. In the video below, you could see exactly how unintended braking activation resulted in a major incident involving six riders going into the first corner of the race.
Do I need a brake lever protector for my bike?
While it certainly gives your bike a great look, having a brake lever protector on a road bike seems downright unnecessary. Unless it’s a race bike or road bike that you regularly take to the track where in some cases mandatory.
Generally, we tend not to ride so fast and so close to each other on public roads. In fact, it’s a common practice to give other riders some space and stay away from reckless road users, be it a motorcycle or a car. However, let’s not rule out the possibility that it could happen on a public road considering the fact we do filter between traffics.
With that in mind, having a brake lever protector on a road bike does pose some other serious risks. For instance, it could get caught in somebody’s flailing jacket.
Similarly, the brake lever protector alone will not offer any sort of additional safety. Perhaps we should just focus on keeping a safe distance from other riders.
Demikian kenyataan dibuat Presiden FIM, Jorge Viegas selepas kalendar perlumbaan MotoGP 2020 terpaksa ditunda susulan kebimbangan penularan wabak Covid-19.
Aksi pembukaan di Litar Losail, Qatar menyaksikan ketiadaan kelas premier tatkala negara itu mengenakan kuarantin dua minggu bagi pengunjung luar.
Thailand, Amerika Syarikat dan Argentina turut mengikut langkah dengan membatalkan aksi MotoGP dalam usaha membendung penyeraban Covid-19.
Senario ini sekaligus memaksa FIM menunda kalendar MotoGP sehingga Mei dengan Litar Jerez bakal menjadi tuan rumah aksi pembukaan musim 2020.
Bagaimanapun, tatkala krisis koronavirus berterusan, dijangka penangguhan dan perubahan jadual tidak dapat dielakkan.
Ketika ini, aksi MotoGP memerlukan sekurang-kurangnya 13 perlumbaan berlangsung bagi mencapai status kejuaraan dunia dan Viegas berasakan FIM perlu membenarkan sekiranya kalendar 2020 di panjangkan ke tahun 2021.
“Jika perlu, itu yang perlu kami lakukan. Kami mahu memastikan MotoGP mengekalkan status selaku kejuaraan dunia. Jika perlu kami akan panjangkan ke Januari 2021,” jelasnya.
Sementara itu, Viegas berasakan impak koronavirus lebih besar terhadap aspek kesihatan dan ekonomi berbanding sukan permotoran.
Itali antara negara paling terkesan dengan Covid-19 dengan kerajaan telah mengisytiharkan darurat dan penutupan seluruh negara.
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