Wednesday, April 23, 2014
A replacement for the Kawasaki Ninja KRR-ZX150 is needed as the UNECE regulation in 2014 has been implemented in Malaysia that makes the 2-stroke is no longer being able to be produced. A logical step that we can see is to replace the identical bike that can give about the same power of the 150cc 2-stroke bike. Kawasaki Ninja KRR-ZX150 can produce 29.6 hp which is a strong number for the 150cc lightweight 2-stroke bike.
2014 sees MotoGP™ return to South America for the first time since 2004, as Argentina's Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo hosts round three of the season.
Measuring 4806 metres in length, the Termas de Río Hondo circuit is characterised by numerous fast, long-radius corners that are expected to result in one of the highest average speeds of the year. The high speeds, hard braking zones and high camber angles of some corners results in this circuit being one of the more severe for tyres on the MotoGP™ calendar.
The Rio Hondo circuit has an unbalanced layout with nine right-hand corners compared to just five left-handers. However, the left-hand corners tend to be more severein nature than the right-handers and in particular corners such as turn six and eleven generate high tyre temperatures, so the overall loads placed on the left and right shoulders of the tyres are similar. This means the rear tyre allocation for this circuit will be symmetric.
The overall severity of the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo means the rear tyre allocation features rubber compounds from the harder end of the scale. Rear slick tyre options for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders are the medium and hard compound rear slick, while the Ducati and open-class riders have access to the soft and medium compound rear slicks. As the Rio Termas Hondo circuit is a new addition to the World Championship, Bridgestone's dataset for this circuit is limited, while a wide range of weather conditions could also be encountered. As a result, a special front slick tyre allocation will be offered for this weekend's Argentina Grand Prix to ensure riders have enough options to deal with the potentially variable track conditions. The riders will be able to choose from three front slick options - the soft, medium and hard compound front slicks - instead of the usual two front options offered per race weekend.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
"I am happy to see MotoGP return to South America after almost a decade as it such a passionate region for motorcycle racing. This is an important market for Bridgestone and it pleases me that we will be able to showcase our advanced technology to a whole new audience. The large number of fans present at last year's test at Termas de Río Hondo was a good indication of the reception we can expect this weekend, and I hope to see a huge crowd welcome the sport back to Argentina. From a racing perspective, none of the factory teams tested at this circuit last year so it will be interesting to see which riders are able to adapt themselves to the demands of this very fast circuit. This weekend will be a busy one for our engineers as they will be tasked with helping the teams get the best out of the tyres at this new circuit."
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Division
"The Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo is a new addition to the MotoGP in 2014, and our test at the circuit last year shows it is one of the harshest circuits on the calendar for tyres. This circuit has a high average speed with some sections featuring high-camber angles, while corners like turn six are large radius, high-speed corners that generate very high tyre loads. The circuit is interesting in that although there are nine right-handed corners compared to five left-handed corners, the left shoulder of the tyre experiences higher temperatures than the right shoulder, due to the left-handers generally being faster, more demanding corners. As we have limited data for this track, we have decided to have a special allocation for the front tyres this weekend to ensure maximum safety for the riders. Both our front and rear tyre allocation for this race has to provide high levels of durability, stability and resistance to overheating, so we will provide tyres formulated from our harder rubber compounds for the Argentina Grand Prix."
Read the original post at http://motomalaya.net
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Only 5 units of this 2014 Movistar Yamaha YZF-R15 has been made by YIMM in Indonesia as the special model for the introduction of Yamaha YZF-R15 there.
Monday, April 21, 2014
10. This is the time to experience new kind of world class racing by world class riders. We can also expect some MotoGP riders who are now in WSBK like Toni Elias. 9. The chance to see familiar road bike in action. YZF-R1, ZX-10R, Panigale 1199, GSX-R1000 and many more. 8. Tom Sykes will be there too riding the ZX-10R. He is 2013 WSBK champion. 7. eni will be the dominant sponsor for the race. They will want to make a presence there, so, there might be a great offer of their products on sale.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Confirmed: 2014 Honda CBR250R will follow the double headlight design as of the CBR300R coming this 24th April to Japan - estimated RM18,254
Honda Japan has give a confirmation about the availability of the CBR250R that will use the double headlight design as of the recently introduced CBR300R in Thailand. This is logical and actually cost effective since the similar design will use similar parts hence minimizing the variety of the parts that the factory needs to prepare. I have read earlier that this CBR250R will be the global model along with the CBR300R. I'm thinking that for the country specific regulation, the country might get the CBR300R or CBR250R but not both. We have seen that Thailand got the CBR300R, so Malaysia and Indonesia might be getting the CBR250R. The design of the 2014 CBR250R is absolutely interesting which is sportier and much more race-like in terms of the appearance. The highlight of the design is the use of the double headlight that looks like the CBR1000RR (a.k.a The Rabbit). In my opinion, the double headlight looks much more modern and looks more 'balanced'. The design is different than the 2011 CBR250R which follows the design cues of the VFR1200.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Our neighbouring country, Indonesia, will be getting the Yamaha YZF-R15 on 23rd April which is just few days away. YZF-R15 has been talked about for a very long time in Asean especially in Malaysia and Indonesia due to the resemblances of the engine and chassis, but differs in the fairing type of the Yamaha FZ150i or the Vixion in Indonesia. Many riders of FZ150i in Malaysia and Vixion riders in Indonesia are asking why the YZF-R15 are not marketed here since the engine and chassis are the same which should be no problem in terms of maintenance and parts availability. This dream has come true to Indonesian riders as they are getting the YZF-R15 soon, but not yet to Malaysian riders. Arrghhh!!! Yeah, I feel you. [caption id="attachment_16189" align="aligncenter" width="640"] 2014 Yamaha YZF R15 Indonesia version[/caption] YZF-R15 has been released earlier in India and known as the R15 Version 2.0, which means that this bike is already on its 2nd version in production. The Indian have included the sariguard (the rear tyre cover to prevent womens' sari stuck to the rear tyre) but this one in Indonesia doesn't include that item.