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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Round 8 Assen MotoGP: Marquez blows away the field in fantastic flag-to-flag Dutch TT - 1st Marcquez, 2nd Dovizioso, 3rd Pedrosa

1-Marc-Marquez---Repsol-Honda---Dutch-MotoGP-race-winner Dutch TT at Assen was an eventful flag-to-flag contest, with a wet track at the start of the race rapidly drying over the twenty-six laps, but in the end there was no stopping Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez who adapted best to the changing conditions for his eighth consecutive victory in 2014. Marquez traded the race lead with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso in the early stages of the race while on wet tyres, before the leading pair swapped bikes on lap six and headed out of pit lane on slick tyres to resume their battle. Marquez made the race-winning pass on Dovizioso on the fifteenth lap and then upped the pace – almost setting a new race lap record on lap 19 – to eventually take the chequered flag 6.714 seconds ahead of Dovizioso who claimed an excellent second place. Dani Pedrosa ensured two Repsol Honda's made the podium by seizing third place. Rain fell leading up to, and for the first few laps of the race but once it stopped the track dried extremely quickly at which point the riders on slicks were able to lap much quicker than those still on wet tyres. By the eighth lap all the riders that started on wet tyres had changed to slicks to take advantage of the improving track surface. Twenty-one riders started the race on the soft compound wet tyres front and rear with only two riders; Pramac Racing's Yonny Hernandez and Paul Bird Motorsport's Broc Parkes starting the race on the soft compound slick tyres front and rear. The slick tyre options that were used on the riders' spare bikes after they changed bikes for the dry conditions were the extra-soft and soft compound front slick, and the soft and medium compound rear. Marquez has amassed 200 championship points courtesy of his flawless win record, while Pedrosa and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi are joint-second in the standings with 128 points each. Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department "The variable weather certainly made for an exciting race, but in the end Marc showed the same impressive performance so congratulations to him and Repsol Honda on another superb performance. Today was quite tricky for the riders and teams as conditions changed quickly leading up to the race which meant final decisions on race tyre choice were made just moments before the race . Almost every rider made the decision to start on wet tyres before switching to slicks, and the pace that some of the riders were able to set on slick tyres as the track dried out was very impressive. I am pleased with how both our specifications of tyres performed today in what were challenging conditions." Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda – Race Winner "Today was incredible, before the race I was quite nervous because these are the conditions nobody wants, as it's hard to know the best strategy. We started on wet tyres even though we knew that after six or so laps the track would dry. After I swapped bikes I made a mistake which allowed Dovi to get past me, but then after a while I was able to catch Andrea as I had a better rhythm. After that it was a bit easier but I still had to keep my concentration to take the win." Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Extra-soft, Soft & Medium; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric) Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative) Weather: Wet/Dry. Ambient 19-18°C; Track 22-23°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Dutch TT: Top Ten Race Classification
Pos
Rider
Team
Race Time
Gap
Front spec*
Rear spec*
Tyres
1
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team
43'29.954
Soft (Wet)
Soft (Wet)
Bridgestone
2
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
43'36.668
6.714
Soft (Wet)
Soft (Wet)
Bridgestone
3
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda Team
43'40.745
10.791
Soft (Wet)
Soft (Wet)
Bridgestone
4
Aleix ESPARGARO
NGM Forward Racing
43'49.153
19.199
Soft (Wet)
Soft (Wet)
Bridgestone
5
Valentino ROSSI
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
43'55.767
25.813
Soft (Wet)
Soft (Wet)
Bridgestone
6
Andrea IANNONE
Pramac Racing
43'58.957
29.003
Soft (Wet)
Soft (Wet)
Bridgestone
7
Alvaro BAUTISTA
GO&FUN Honda Gresini
44'00.836
30.882
Soft (Wet)
Soft (Wet)
Bridgestone
8
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
44'00.939
30.985
Soft (Wet)
Soft (Wet)
Bridgestone
9
Cal CRUTCHLOW
Ducati Team
44'13.985
44.031
Soft (Wet)
Soft (Wet)
Bridgestone
10
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda MotoGP
44'18.616
48.662
Soft (Wet)
Soft (Wet)
Bridgestone
* Tyre selection made by rider at the start of the race


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Saturday, June 28, 2014

2014 Honda CBR250R Black and Yellow - RM19,999

image A beautiful livery of the recently launched CBR250R in black and yellow. Already available in some bike dealers shop. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight launched and CB650F, CBR650F previewed in Malaysia - standard RM19,999, Repsol RM20,999, Trico and ABS RM22,999 (basic)

2014-CBR250R-Malaysia-001 That is a very long title that I have to write. Yes, the rumors are correct and indeed the 2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight has finally landed to Malaysia. Most of the changes are cosmetics like the obvious use of the dual headlight compared to the 2011 Honda CBR250R that use single headlight. This design follows the design of the headlight of the CBR1000RR. In Indonesia, the CBR250R gains few optimization on the intake airflow and new exhaust muffler design of the 1-cylinder 249cc DOHC MC41 engine with the bore and stroke dimension of 76.0 mm x 55.0 mm that maxes out 29ps at 9,000RPM with the torque rated at 23Nm at 7,300RPM. For Malaysia version, we can't confirm about this changes since we are not able to get the official technical specification yet, but since this CBR250R is Asean CKD in Thailand, we think it should carry the same specs like the Indonesian and Thai version. The price of the 2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight is RM19,999 for the standard version, RM20,999 for the Repsol and RM22,999 for the Trico and C-ABS version (all prices are basic not including tax, insurance and registration). This number is way above our estimation of RM16,500 because we thought maybe Honda wants to fight the price of the Kawasaki Ninja 250SL at RM17,689. For that, we'd say sorry. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 Ducati Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S unveiled in Malaysia by Next Bikes Sdn Bhd - 1200 RM106,888, 1200 S RM119,888

19-2014-DucatiMonster-1200-002 Ducati Malaysia (Next Bike Sdn Bhd) maintained its steady momentum with the second half of 2014 looming with the launch of its most performance-oriented Ducati Monster variant yet – the 1200 at an event held today at Monkey Garage Café, Bangsar. Present at the event were En Nik Danial Nik Mahmood, Vice President of NAZA Two Wheels & Four Wheels Division and Mr. CW Juan, General Manager of Next Bike Sdn Bhd. Ducati Monster 1200 comes with 135hp at 8,750RPM and 116.6Nm at 7,250 RPM . The more powerful version of the Monster 1200 carry the S insignia that gives out 145hp and 124.7Nm for a rider who are hungry for more power. "The latest incarnation of the ever iconic Ducati Monster is a very important model to Ducati and Next Bike Sdn Bhd. To date, many have found homes in Malaysia. We aim to sell 100 – 120 units of this Monster 1200 family in 2014," said Datuk Wira Hj SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman of NAZA Group of Companies. 

Yamaha YZF-R25 spotted at Exit Damansara, Malaysia

spyshot-r25-malaysia A spyshot of this Yamaha YZF-R25 has been posted to MM fb page by Mohd Adib and it shows that HLYM are actually testing this bike for the preparation for the Q1 2015 launch. It has been launched earlier in Indonesia as the world premiere and soon, it will be in our land. Price for the Yamaha YZF-R25 in Indonesia is Rp 53million or RM14,983 (direct conversion). Thanks to Mohd Adib for the tip!

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2014 Demak Skyline 200 - RM9,710 (basic)

2014-Demak-Skyline-002 Demak Motor has unveiled this 2014 model named Skyline. Based from my research on the net, it seems that this bike is powered by 200cc engine and enclosed in deltabox frame. At first, it looks like FZ150i but on closer inspection it looks very different. You'll notice the tail light design on the picture after the jump:  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight are coming this Friday 27th, Yamaha YZF-R25 are coming to Malaysia on Q1 2015

  A note from our friend, Mr Norick, has tipped us about the upcoming presence of the Yamaha YZF-R25 which is planned for CKD production on first quarter of 2015. This can be a great leap taken by HLYM since it has been a very long time we haven't seen any 250cc bike from Yamaha in Malaysia. If this is true, YZF-R25 will fight against the popular Kawasaki Ninja 250 which is also a 250cc bike equipped with inline-two engine. Yamaha YZF-R25 is a very interesting bike since it features a powerful engine in its class for a 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine with a styling that looks Japanese enough. The bike can produce 35.5hp at 12,000RPM and 22.1Nm at 10,000RPM. Based on this information, we can see that this engine is a high-revving engine and because of that it can gives a nice growl when it get revs high.  

2014 Yamaha MT-09 unveiled in Malaysia - CBU RM54k, CKD Q1 2015

mt09-malaysia After series of leaks and rumors, the 2014 Yamaha MT-09 has finally being unveiled in Malaysia by Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia. It comes with 850cc 3-cylinder engine that maxes out 115ps at 10,000RPM and 87.5Nm at 8,500RPM. Yamaha MT-09 is one in the Dark series along with MT-07 and MT-125 and it has been the most powerful too. The styling is a naked streetfighter with lightweight engine to get its handling quick to turn and managable when riding whether in town, city or open road. Check out the technical specs after the jump: 

2014 Marco Melandri's Nolan X-802R Full-face Helmet for Misano

NolanMarcoMelandriA beautiful livery from Nolan for X-802R Marco Melandri riding the Aprilia Racing Team bike. Prepared for the Misano. Nice. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

2014 CB650F, CBR650F and CBR250R are coming to Malaysia very soon - 2 days before Ramadhan?

ScreenShotSSD079 We have been waiting for the CBR250R for a while now since it has been launched earlier in Thailand and Indonesia. It is just about time that we are going to get this. The engine are still the same from the 2011 Honda CBR250R MC41 engine but few optimization has been made on the intake airflow and new exhaust muffler design. The 1-cylinder 249cc DOHC engine with the bore and stroke dimension of 76.0 mm x 55.0 mm are now able to maxes out 29ps at 9,000RPM with the torque rated at 23Nm at 7,300RPM. The one thing that can be noted here is that the fuel efficiency has also increased to 50.1km/l. Tank capacity is 13l, so, this means that you can go 651.3km with every fuel tank, theoritically.  

Akrapovic Winning Ride briefing

6-Akrapovic-006-Akrapovic focus on titanium cast parts because they want to get the best quality for their products.
-They have more than 600 employees and still expanding quite fast nowadays.
-Mostly their product based on Titanium parts.
-They use Hydroforming to reshape the muffler (Using high pressure water to get the shape of the muffler)
-Also have Rubberforming technology.
-They use 3D scanner to run RnD and also the bike itself for testing the prototype.
-Akrapovic name come from the owner last name, they change their logo due to legal issues in 1999

Friday, June 20, 2014

2014 Yamaha YZF-R25: A new generation engine - 35.5hp at 12,000RPM

YamahaR25-Engine-overview-002 Yamaha YZF-R25 is surely and interesting 250cc bike in its category. It features 35.5 horsepower at high-revving engine of 12,000RPM. The engine is using the offset cylinder to maximise the power delivery to the crankshaft as the connnecting rod will be in straight position when the piston hits BDC (bottom dead center). Also included is the proven DiASil alloy cylinder that minimises friction to the wall of the cylinder from the piston.  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Michelin City Pro motorcycle tyre at Motack, Penang - RM53-RM83 depends on sizes

City Pro Diagonal ViewMICHELIN, the market leader in tyre technology has showcased its latest innovation in the Asian market with the new MICHELIN City Pro in a launch event on June 15 in Padang Kota Lama in Penang, held in conjunction with the MOTACK 2014 and the Penang Bike Week 2014. MICHELIN City Pro is the latest generation of Michelin motorcycle tyres especially designed for intensive urban use and subjected to the most demanding of impacts and stresses. It is intended for small motorcycles of up to 150cc and big-wheeled scooters. Whether it is used by a city-dweller commuting to and from work, a courier or a delivery rider battling through inner-city traffic jams on poor roads, the MICHELIN City Pro is perfectly adapted to the needs of its users. The MICHELIN City Pro tyre offers three significant advances in comparison with its predecessor and rivals, namely unprecedented robustness to substantially reduce punctures, enhanced safety and longer life. 

2014 Arai Corsair-V Dunlop - 1985 Joey Dunlop Limited Edition Replica - est. RM3,200

2014-Arai-Corsair-V-Dunlop Arai has released this limited edition Corsair-V Dunlop full-face helmet tribute to Joey Dunlop who is a great racer of IOMTT in 1985. The base colour is yellow with sponsor decals in black just like what Joey Dunlop used to have. Price is not cheap at USD1k or RM3,200 (estimation).

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Monday, June 16, 2014

HJC FG 17 Green Mamba - Green and Black awesomeness - estimated RM1,780

greenMamba1 Another awesome design of Green Mamba that differs than the one that we always see. This one shows a simpler shades of green with black base colour. And of course, that Green Mamba snake. 

Round 7 Catalunya MotoGP: Marquez conquers the Catalan Grand Prix to maintain perfect win record - Rossi 2nd, Pedrosa 3rd

Marc-MarquezCatalan As dark clouds loomed over Montmeló, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez weathered a storm of challenges from his MotoGP™ rivals to win his seventh race from seven starts in 2014. The rain that threatened to fall over the Spanish circuit failed to eventuate, allowing the riders to compete at a ferocious pace on slick tyres resulting in today's Catalan Grand Prix being completed in record time, beating the old mark by over five seconds. The electric pace also created one of the most exciting race finales in recent history as Marquez, his teammate Dani Pedrosa, and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi all battled for victory. It was Marquez who ultimately prevailed from the three-way fight for the lead. He survived a late attack from Pedrosa on turn ten of the final lap which saw the riders touch, and went on to win the race from Rossi by 0.512 seconds. Pedrosa's last gasp move on Marquez saw him run wide, but he recovered to claim third place, finishing just over a second behind Rossi. On his way to victory, Marquez set a time of 1'42.182 on the second lap of the race to break the six-year-old race lap record at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Widespread cloud cover and fresh winds brought a cool change, with the peak track temperature recorded today being 40°C; 14°C less than recorded during yesterday's Free Practice 4 session. Despite the significant change in temperatures, the cooler weather didn't have a major effect on race tyre choice, as riders still used the slick options they preferred in yesterday's hotter conditions. All riders except for Stefan Bradl selected the medium compound front slick, with the German rider opting for the hard compound front. For the rear tyre, thirteen of the twenty-four starters selected the medium compound rear slick, with the remaining eleven riders selecting the soft compound rear slick. No riders chose to use the hard compound rear slick for the Catalan Grand Prix. Tyre performance at what is the one of the most gruelling events on the calendar for tyres was exceptional, with the top four finishers completing the race under the existing overall race time record. Marquez moves to 175 championship points and extends his lead over second-placed Rossi to fifty-eight points. Pedrosa remains in third place on the championship table, and just five points behind Rossi in the standings. Shinichi Yamashita – General Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department "What an excellent race! Congratulations to Marc and Repsol Honda on their seventh victory this year, not to mention Honda's one-hundredth win in the modern MotoGP era. Well done also to Valentino and Dani for making the podium and pushing Marc all the way to the chequered flag. We had much cooler conditions today but this didn't change the riders' minds on which tyre combination to use for the race. This circuit has quite a low grip level so I am very pleased with how our tyres performed in the race, with a new Circuit Record Lap being set by Marquez and the top four riders able to complete the race quicker than the existing overall race time record. I am proud that Bridgestone was involved in such a fantastic race here in Catalunya, but now our attention turns to this week's MotoGP tests at Montmeló and Aragon, as we continue to test new tyre developments in our quest to give riders even higher levels of safety and performance." Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda – Race Winner "Today was more difficult than the last race at Mugello as the Yamaha riders had strong pace at the beginning of the race. I made a mistake chasing Valentino when braking into turn one, which cost me around a second, but after that I was able to catch him again and we had a nice battle. In front of the crowd here at my home circuit it was really special to fight the last few laps with Valentino and Dani, but the most important thing was we were able to get the victory and the twenty-five points for the championship."
Catalan MotoGP™ Top Ten Race Classification
Pos
Rider
Team
Race Time
Gap
Front spec
Rear spec
Tyres
1
Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 42'56.914 Medium Medium
Bridgestone
2
Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 42'57.426 0.512 Medium Medium
Bridgestone
3
Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 42'58.748 1.834 Medium Medium
Bridgestone
4
Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 43'01.454 4.540 Medium Medium
Bridgestone
5
Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP 43'08.062 11.148 Hard Medium
Bridgestone
6
Aleix ESPARGARO NGM Forward Racing 43'11.127 14.213 Medium Medium
Bridgestone
7
Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 43'13.041 16.127 Medium Medium
Bridgestone
8
Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 43'13.089 16.175 Medium Medium
Bridgestone
9
Andrea IANNONE Pramac Racing 43'14.954 18.040 Medium Soft
Bridgestone
10
Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 43'21.695 24.781 Medium Medium
Bridgestone
 


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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Round 7 Catalan MotoGP 2014: Pedrosa on pole position for the Catalan Grand Prix - Lorenzo on second

1-PedrosaCatalan

Dani Pedrosa claimed pole position at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the second year running, after the Repsol Honda rider set a time of 1'40.985 to lead an all-Spanish front row at the Catalan Grand Prix.

On another hot day where track temperatures reached over 50°C, Pedrosa kept his cool to claim the front slot on the grid from Yamaha Movistar MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo by just 0.115 seconds. Completing the front row was Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, who crashed while chasing his seventh-straight pole position but still managed to clock the third quickest time of 1'41.135. All riders on the front row used the medium compound slicks front and rear during their time attack in Qualifying Practice 2.

The peak track temperature today of 54°C was recorded during Free Practice 4, with today's objective for the teams being to find a tyre combination that could tame the greasy track conditions brought on by the scorching temperatures. With grip hard to come by from the track surface, the riders looked for maximum grip and stability from their tyres, and as a result, the medium compound front slick was preferred by almost every rider. Rear tyre choice for the race also became clearer after today's practice sessions, with the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders, and the majority of the Ducati riders almost certain to race the medium compound rear slick. Most of the Open-class riders look set to choose the soft compound rear slick for the twenty-five lap Catalan Grand Prix.

Weather forecasts indicate a high probability of rain tomorrow, and tomorrow's Warm Up session at 0940 local time (GMT+1) may be the only opportunity for the riders to assess the circuit in wet conditions before the race commencestomorrow afternoon at 1400.

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

"Today we had the same hot conditions and during the practice sessions the riders were able to test a few different tyre combinations, so we now have a much clearer idea of what will be used for the race. The combination of the high track temperature and the low-grip surface here at Montmeló means that the riders need as much grip as possible from their tyres to compensate. This means that we don't expect any Factory-class riders to use the hard compound rear slicktomorrow; instead the medium compound will be their main race tyre. Rear tyre choice for the Open-class riders is more varied, with most of them preferring the soft compound rear, while others feel the medium compound rear offers more consistent performance over race distance. Front tyre choice is more straightforward, with almost every rider preferring the medium compound front as it gives good cornering grip and strong braking performance at the end of the straights. There is still a strong possibility of rain tomorrow, in which case the teams will have two wet tyre compound options to choose from for the race. "

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)
Weather:  FP3 - Dry. Ambient 25-29°C; Track 37-43°C (Bridgestone measurement)
                 FP4/QP - Dry. Ambient 30-33°C; Track 46-54°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Catalan MotoGP™ QP 2 times – Riders that qualified from QP1 shaded in gray
Pos
Rider
Team
Combined FP1&2 Time
Gap
1
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda Team
1'40.985
2
Jorge LORENZO
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
1'41.100
0.115
3
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team
1'41.135
0.150
4
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda MotoGP
1'41.220
0.235
5
Valentino ROSSI
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
1'41.290
0.305
6
Aleix ESPARGARO
NGM Forward Racing
1'41.308
0.323
7
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
1'41.337
0.352
8
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1'41.491
0.506
9
Yonny HERNANDEZ
Energy T.I. Pramac Racing
1'41.671
0.686
10
Pol ESPARGARO
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1'41.677
0.692
11
Andrea IANNONE
Pramac Racing
1'41.751
0.766
12
Alvaro BAUTISTA
GO&FUN Honda Gresini
1'42.024
1.039


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Round 7 Catalan MotoGP 2014: Pedrosa on pole position for the Catalan Grand Prix - Lorenzo on second

1-PedrosaCatalan

Dani Pedrosa claimed pole position at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the second year running, after the Repsol Honda rider set a time of 1'40.985 to lead an all-Spanish front row at the Catalan Grand Prix.

On another hot day where track temperatures reached over 50°C, Pedrosa kept his cool to claim the front slot on the grid from Yamaha Movistar MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo by just 0.115 seconds. Completing the front row was Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, who crashed while chasing his seventh-straight pole position but still managed to clock the third quickest time of 1'41.135. All riders on the front row used the medium compound slicks front and rear during their time attack in Qualifying Practice 2.

The peak track temperature today of 54°C was recorded during Free Practice 4, with today's objective for the teams being to find a tyre combination that could tame the greasy track conditions brought on by the scorching temperatures. With grip hard to come by from the track surface, the riders looked for maximum grip and stability from their tyres, and as a result, the medium compound front slick was preferred by almost every rider. Rear tyre choice for the race also became clearer after today's practice sessions, with the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders, and the majority of the Ducati riders almost certain to race the medium compound rear slick. Most of the Open-class riders look set to choose the soft compound rear slick for the twenty-five lap Catalan Grand Prix. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Aprilia Dominates at Sepang Two Wins by Marco Melandri, Two One-Two Finishes for the RSV4

1-2.ApriliaRacing_Sepang   The first ever World Superbike Championship round at Sepang bore the Aprilia signature, dominator in both races. Marco Melandri's double win and Sylvain Guintoli's double second place confirmed the supremacy demonstrated from the first practice laps of the weekend where the RSV4, including the "satellite" bike ridden by Toni Elias, showed just how much they liked the Malaysian track. Race 1 had the two RSV4s ridden by Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli pulling away at the front from the very first lap to battle for the win. It was the rider from Ravenna who brought it home in the end, skilfully bridging the gap that had been created after a crashing pileup in the first few turns. Once he had caught up with his team mate, Marco overtook him in one of the braking sections on the tenth lap, holding onto the lead until the chequered flag. Race 2 changed in form but not in substance. A red flag in the third lap decreed a restart for a race now shortened to 10 laps and the starting grid based on the riders' positions at the time the race had been stopped, which put the three RSV4s on the front row. Sylvain Guintoli took the lead straight away while Marco Melandri battled to chase down his team mate. In the final lap the two Aprilia riders made a series of passes that were as spectacular as they were clean, with Marco Melandri prevailing after Sylvain's last ditch attempt in the turn right before the finish line. It was a flying finish, the second one-two of the day and overall standings that were radically changed. This brings Melandri up to fifth place in the rider standings, whereas only 13 points separate Guintoli from current leader, Tom Sykes. Aprilia shortens the gap in the Manufacturer standings as well, where they lie in second place just 4 points from the top. Marco Melandri: "A double win that was just what we needed! Despite the difficulties we never gave up. We kept working and fighting. I had a good feeling straight away with my RSV4 here. The conditions in Race 1 were difficult but I managed to catch up to Sylvain. After overtaking him I set my own pace. I knew I could defend well in the braking sections and I was able to manage the race to the end. Race 2 was even harder because I also had to battle with the Kawasakis before catching Sylvain. In the last tap I thought I would give it a try. I had to give 100 percent down to the chequered flag. Anyway, all the riders deserve admiration today because riding in these conditions is not easy at all. I want to dedicate this win to Manu, her belly and all the guys on the Team. See you at Misano!" Sylvain Guintoli: "In Race 1 I thought I had implemented my strategy well, but unfortunately toward the end Marco just had a really good pace and forced me into a few mistakes. I think I did better in Race 2, trying to pull the pin straight away, but toward the end Marco quite simply had just a little more. I tried to fight back and I think we gave anybody watching the race plenty of entertainment in that last lap! We earned some important points in the championship and showed that Aprilia is back out front with a great day. Now we'll get some rest after this really tiring weekend."

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Championship Edition - only 10 units - RM160,888

13-2014-Ducati-1199-Championship-Edition-013 Ducati Malaysia introduced the champion of its current range, the 1199 Panigale Championship Edition, at the Welcome Centre of the Sepang International Circuit, in conjunction with Round 6 of the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) being held in Malaysia over the weekend. Making the event even more thrilling was the fact that it is the first time the World Superbike Championship has been held in Asia and the Ducati Superbike team riders, Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, were present to unveil the bike that has created such a buzz amongst biking enthusiasts. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

QBEE booth at WSBK Sepang- lots of discounted items

image Qbee Motor Group booth are open at WSBK Sepang and there are lots of discounted items are sold there. image Check out the Acerbis riding jacket completes with shoulder and elbow armour that just priced at RM250. That's cheap bro. image For more leisure attire, there is the eni t-shirt for just RM25. image eni lubricants are also on sale here or you can just and pickup free stickers here. Come and check out QBEE booth. They have a strong supporter to MotoMalaya and we thanks QBEE for that.

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2014 Kawasaki Z250SL unveiled in Malaysia

image It has been unveiled but will be available in Malaysia at the end of the year. Z250SL is the naked version of the supersports 250SL which just unveiled 2 weeks ago. Price for the 2014 Kawasaki Z250SL is not unveiled at the launch but we are guessing that it will be lower than the supersports 250SL.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Zaqhwan Zaidi takes 7th starting grid on Supersports Sepang WSBK 2014

image A great show from Zaqhwan Zaidi to finish the qualifying at 7th position which only just one position away from the 2nd grid group. Tomorrow will be an interesting day to watch he fights for this new race in Malaysia. Supersports race starts on 12pm for 14 laps.

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Zaqhwan Zaidi takes 7th starting on Supersports Sepang WSBK 2014

image A great show from Zaqhwan Zaidi to finish the qualifying at 7th position which only just one position away from the 2nd grid group. Tomorrow will be an interesting day to watch he fights for this new race in Malaysia. Supersports race starts on 12pm for 14 laps.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

WSBK Aprilia Racing Team takes on Sepang Circuit for the first time - Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri

1-apriliaWSBK World Superbike is headed for its début on the Malaysian Sepang circuit, a new stop on the 2014 calendar. The setting for many world championships, the circuit just a few kilometres from the capital Kuala Lumpur is a rather recent one, opened in 1999. Quite long, more than 5.5 km, the Malaysian track should make for a good show thanks to the combination of long straight stretches, violent braking sections and fast turns. The Aprilia team riders are very familiar with the tricky new track, having already ridden on it during their respective careers. Both of them see it as a favourable circuit for the characteristics of the Aprilia RSV4, the reigning Manufacturer World Champion bike. Sylvain Guintoli prepared for this round, characterised by a rather extreme climate, with a week of intense training in Borneo. Race conditions therefore do not concern the French rider: "Finally a track where we will be able to use the raw power of the RSV4. Sepang is a great track, wide, fast and I know it very well from my GP days. I have just completed 7 days of training in Borneo with similar heat and humidity so the very hot and tropical conditions won't be a problem. Can't wait". Marco Melandri, who has also been working hard to be in top condition for this round, also expressed his appreciation of the Malaysian track. The rider from Ravenna and the Aprilia racing division are focusing on finding continuity and finally aiming for an important result. Marco Melandri: "It's nice to be back at Sepang, an incredible track where all the horses of a powerful SBK like the RSV4 are put to use. The races will be very hard given the temperatures and high humidity, but I've been working hard and I want to get back in the thick of things to battle for the positions that count. I'm confident in Aprilia's enormous commitment to put me at ease".  

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

2014 Honda NM4 Vultus now available in Singapore - Japan futuristic-style machine

2014-Honda-NM4-Vultus-Singapore We just read about this 750cc jet fighter futuristic style bike unveiled in 30th Osaka Motorcycle Show 2014 in Japan in March but now the bike are already available in our neighbour shore, Singapore, as posted by Speedway Motor Singapore. The NM4 Vultus specs is advanced too as it includes 6-speed hydraulic dual clutch transmission. Practicality also has been taken into consideration as there are two storage compartment on the left and right front fairing. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

2014 Michelin City Pro motorcycle tyre launched in Malaysia - tube type tyre that is 20% more resistant to puncture

image Verati Sdn Bhd, the distributor of Michelin motorcycle tyre in Malaysia introduces the Michelin City Pro, a tube type tyre that is 20% more resistant to puncture. Last year, Michelin has introduced the Pilot Street and Pilot Street Radial which is a tubeless type tyre for the premium sporty under 250 rider who wants the best tyre in dry and wet condition. Here are 10 interesting features and info about the Michelin City Pro: 

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