EVER WONDER WHAT HAPPENED TO MONTESA? LET HONDA TELL YOU
Honda will bring in a limited number of $9000 Montesa Cota 4RT Repsol Replicas.
In the mid-eighties Honda bought the troubled Montesa brand to use as an easy-entry into the Spanish motorcycle market. Since then Montesa has been a niche motorcycle that was not imported to the USA. For 2014 Honda will bring the Montesa Honda Cota 4RT Repsol Edition trials bike to American trials riders.
The Cota engine.
It will only be offered in limited numbers, but the 259cc, fuel-injected, four-stroke claims to feel more like at two-stroke (thanks to a special decompression system that lessens engine braking). The price will be $8999 and it will be available for order in April 2014. For info on how to order go to www.trials.honda.com
ZACH’S MEDICAL REPORT: OUT OF ACTION
Zach (16) and Justin Hill (35).
Zach Osborne has two small fractures in his collarbone as the result of his crash in practice at Anaheim III. Zach will miss the next few rounds, but hopes to be back by Houston on April 5.
TIGER LACEY BENEFIT AUCTION: TWO DAYS LEFT TO BID ON SIGNED JERSEYS FROM ALL THE SUPERCROSS STARS
Here is a sampling of the rider’s signed gear that is available. Click below to see the rest and make a bid: www.ebay.com/sch/tigr221/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=
GRAND PRIX MOTOCROSS TO BE SHOWN ON CBS SPORTS STARTING ON MARCH 1
After many less than serious efforts to show the Grand Prix Motocross series in the USA, Youthstream has announced that it has signed a real deal with a network someone has heard of. According to Youthstream, the CBS Sports Network will showcase the GP Series as part of its CBS Sports Spectacular programming. The races will not be live, because that would mean showing them nine hours ahead of American time, but they will be shown on a same-day basis, starting with the opening round in Qatar on March 1. The MXDN will also be shown on September 28.
PARIS SUPERCROSS MOVED TO THE CITY OF LILLE
Lille Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
The Bercy Stadium, where the Paris Supercross takes place, will be renovated this year—thus, there will be no "Paris Supercross" this year. However, the Paris Supercross will be held in the city Lille on November 15-16. The Lille Stade Pierre-Mauroy is an open air soccer stadium that holds 50,000.
CARLSBAD REUNION ON FEBRUARY 9 AT IRON FIST BREWERY IN VISTA
All former Carlsbad racers are invited to the Carlsbad Reunion on Sunday, February 9, at the Iron Fist Brewing in Vista, California, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Riders expected to attend are Roger DeCoster, Marty Smith, Marty Tripes, Ron Lechien, Broc Glover, Tommy Croft, Jim Gibson, Bill Silverthorn, Jim Beauchamp and more. Admission is free!
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SHIRO HELMETS COMING TO AMERICA
Shiro Helmets are coming to the American market. Although totally unknown in the USA, the Spanish brand will get a leg up by being imported by Fullmer Helmets. Jonathan Barragan is their highest-profile rider. The initial wave of Shiro Helmets will hit stores in early 2014 in the form of four models: Full Faced, Off Road, Modular and Dual Sport. Shiro Helmets range in price from $149 to $349 and will be available in authorized Fulmer Helmet dealerships across the U.S. in 2014.
COULD THIS BE A SUPERBIKE ENGINE? NISSAN ZEOD RC THREE CYLINDER ENGINE
ZEOD RC three-cylinder.
Nissan helped develop the innovative DeltaWing Indy car concept and when it was rejected by Indycar as a design, it moved to sports car racing. Now Nissan will take its own version of the DeltaWing to the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans—called the Nissan ZEOD RC.
Nissan’s version of the Deltawing.
It will be a hybrid race car (internal combustion and electric). The batteries for the electric motor will be charged by a 1.5 liter, 88-pound, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine that is on 20 inches tall and 8-inches wide. But, hold on to your hat, it makes 400 horsepower. What’s so interesting about this car engine—imagine it, or something similar in a MotoGP bike. Small, light and powerful.
HERO RNT TWO-WHEEL-DRIVE/ DIESEL/ELECTRIC SCOOTER
Hero RNT 150.
Hero MotoCorp, Honda’s former business partner in India, has produced a prototype scooter of amazingly convoluted proportions. It has a 150cc turbocharged direct-injection diesel engine. It is two-wheel drive (and it only has two wheels). It has an electric motor in the front hub. And if that isn’t enough, the diesel engine provides 1500 W of continuous electric power to the electric motor as a generator. As practical transportation for the Indian market, the scooter could see production with just the diesel engine only.
OSSA AND GAS GAS MERGE INTO OSGASGAS? GASOSSA? GASOSGAS?
In an valiant effort to keep the Spanish motorcycle industry alive during Spain’s incredibly rough economic times, Gas Gas and Ossa have formally merged into one company. They will combine their engineering, R&D and human resource operations under one roof, but will remain as two distinct brands. Insiders say that it is, more accurately, an acquistion of OSSA by Gas Gas. Hopefully it will help them survive.
HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW MXA? THE ONE WITH THE HUSKY TC250 TWO-STROKE ON THE COVER
MXA is a motorcycle magazine—we test motorcycles, do product tests and provide technical info. If that’s not your cup of tea—we aren’t offended. However, if you are interested in motorcycles, the March 2014 issue has the first-ever test of the 2014 Husqvarna TC250 two-stroke. We also got our hands on Ken Roczen's KTM 450SXF Supercross bike and did a comparison test between a hopped-up RM-Z250 and a big-bore RM-Z270. The icing on the cake was the 2014 MXA 250 Four-Stroke Shootout. The March issue is in the mail now. If you want to subscribe, go back to the home page and click on the "Subscribe" button.
KTM GROWS BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS IN 2013
With the numbers in for the 2013 selling season, KTM reported worldwide sales of 123,859 bikes. That is a 15.6% increase over 2012 and comes with a 17.0% increase in revenue as well. KTM’s success is largely built on their willingness to build new products, open new markets, partner with Bajaj in India, capitalize on the adventure bike market and aggressive pursue dirt bike sales in the USA.
SUZUKI HAS HAD AN INTERESTING 12 MONTHS & GETS ANOTHER NEW PRESIDENT
New President Takeshi Hayasaki.
American Suzuki, which goes by the official, if slightly dyslexic, name of "Suzuki Motor of America Incorporated" has announced the appointment of a new company President, Takeshi Hayasaki. He will replace Toru Muraki, who was named President in 2013. Muraki replaced Seiichi Maruyama, who was named president in 2011. Maruyama replaced Kinji Saito, who was named President in 2008. Saito replaced Rick Suzuki, who was named President in 1998. According Suzuki, the newly appointed President, Mr. Hayasaki, served as assistant to the American Suzuki President Rick Suzuki from 1996 to 2002 and has worked with distributors in Australia, Latin-America, Europe and Canada.
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ALL-NEW TREY CANARD REPLICA F2 CARBON HELMET
You can wear the same off-the-shelf helmet as the one worn by Andrew Short, Trey Canard and Weston Peick. The F2 Fly F2 Carbon utilizes state-of-the-art, aircraft-grade carbon fiber and Kevlar composite construction, the F2 Carbon represents lightweight race-inspired helmet technology for the masses.
Colors are White/Red/Black or Black/Blue/Hi-Viz. The retail price is $299.95. For more info go to www.flyracing.com.
GNCC SERIES GOES BACK TO THE LOVING ARMS OF THE AMA
Back in March of 2012, MX Sports dropped its AMA sanction and decided to go it alone without the AMA. The dropping of the AMA sanction two years ago started a wave of rumors that MX Sports would try to do the same with Loretta Lynns and the AMA 250/450 Nationals. None of this was true, but what was true was that the major motorcycle manufacturers are closely aligned with the AMA, and they prefer to pursue championships in internationally recognized series. Thus, without AMA sanctioning, the GNCC was just another local series, no matter how good, competitive or valued it was. By joining forces the GNCC becomes higher profile (at least in the head offices of the Big Five) and the AMA gains a respected series into its ranks.
GODSPEED! TOMMY AQUINO
Tommy Aquino—Rest in peace.
Former factory Yamaha rider Tommy Aquino was killed and a second man seriously injured Sunday in a crash at Piru Ranch MX Park in Piru, California. The other rider was heli-lifted to the hospital, but Aquino was pronounced dead at the scene according to the Ventura County Star.
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