The bLU cRU Meets The Blue Angels As Yamaha’s Josh Hayes Flies With The U.S. Navy
Pensacola, FL – August 23, 2016 – Four-time AMA Superbike Champion and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory rider Josh Hayes fulfilled a lifelong dream on Monday when he strapped into the cockpit of the #7 U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet piloted by Lt. Tyler Davies and took to the skies over Pensacola and the Gulf of Mexico.
Josh enjoyed the thrill of a lifetime as Lt. Davies deftly flew his Blue Angels fighter jet through a series of aerobatic maneuvers, including barrel rolls, loops, inverted flying, high- and low-speed passes, and tight turns.
“Today was definitely one of those bucket-list experiences,” Josh said after he and Lt. Davies touched back down at Pensacola Naval Air Station following the flight. “I’ve always been a huge aviation buff, and when I was a kid, I used to dream of someday being a fighter pilot. In fact, that’s why I started riding and racing motorcycles, for that feeling you get from going fast and maneuvering the bike through the turns. To me, it’s the next best thing to flying. I’ve watched that Blue Angels video with the soundtrack of Van Halen’s “Dreams” about a thousand times. Well, today, that dream came true for me.”
A video crew from BeIN Sports was on-hand to document Josh’s Blue Angels experience, and the footage will be broadcast on a future episode of the network’s Tuesday night “Pit Lane” program, with the airdate to be announced. Some of the footage will also be shown during BeIN Sports’ broadcast of the final round of the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship from New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday, September 11.
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ALEX LOWES MAKES FIRST MILES ON YZR-M1 IN BRNO TEST
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider Alex Lowes got to enjoy his first fifteen laps on a MotoGP bike around the Automotodrom Brno during today‘s IRTA Brno test, clocking an impressive debut best of 1‘59.558s.
Brno (Czech Republic), 22nd August 2016
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider and 39th “Coca-Cola Zero” Suzuka 8-Hours Endurance Road Race winner Alex Lowes joined Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider and fellow Suzuka teammate Pol Espargaró at the Automotodrom Brno this afternoon to experience the YZR-M1 during the official one-day IRTA test.
Patiently waiting until the last hour of the day before he could sweep his leg over the 1000cc racing machine, the Briton confidently enjoyed his first laps on the premier class MotoGP bike. Reacquainting himself quickly with the Czech circuit, having not ridden there since he was 17 years old, Lowes soon got a feel for the power of the MotoGP YZR-M1 and improved his first hot lap by over a second when he set a fastest time of 1‘59.558s.
Clocking the twelfth fastest time and booking more than 1.146s improvement in just fifteen laps, the test unfortunately ended a little pre-maturely when Lowes suffered a small front end crash at the end of the session, but the WorldSBK rider nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
ALEX LOWES – PATA YAMAHA OFFICIAL WORLDSBK RIDER
“Obviously this was one of the best days of my life! From when you‘re a kid you dream about an opportunity to ride a MotoGP bike and it was fantastic. Obviously I didn‘t do too many laps, but the feel of the bike was incredible. The power of the bike and the way that it turns was everything that I expected and even more than that, so it was an incredible experience.
I have to say a massive thank you to Yamaha for giving me this opportunity, it‘s a dream for me. Also a massive thank you to the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team for giving me the opportunity as well and I‘m so sorry for the crash, but honestly I really enjoyed the experience and it‘s a day I will remember for the rest of my life.
The brakes and the tyres are quite a lot different from a WorldSBK bike, but the biggest difference is the power. When I came from my first lap onto the straight I felt the engine‘s full power and it was amazing, I couldn‘t believe how fast it was, so I would say the biggest difference is the power.
The crash was on my last couple of laps, nearly at the end of the day and obviously the reason was because I tried to push a bit too much without understanding everything. I braked a bit more and lifted the rear a bit, went a little wide and the track was a bit dirty and I lost he front. It was only a small crash but I‘m feeling really sorry for that. Honestly, it was a fantastic experience and I really enjoyed it, even if I did only 15 laps, they were the best 15 laps I ever had.
The YZR-M1 is so nimble and agile, it’s a big step compared to what I have been used to. I have no experience of anything like this before and the way you go from one side to the other, it‘s like you are on a bicycle, it is really easy. So many things felt a lot better for me but were also difficult to understand in the limited time available, but it’s been great.”
Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro – August 21, 2016
SEQUATCHIE, Tenn. – FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Cody Webb put forth a dominant performance on Sunday to capture his fourth-consecutive win at the AMA Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro (TKO).
The Tennessee region received much rain leading up to the race weekend, including scattered showers during Sunday’s featured Pro Class action. The rain lent a hand in making the already-brutally-tough conditions even more challenging for the riders. Webb, however, rode a flawless day as he maintained the top position in each round throughout the day.
In the TKO Race 1, Webb was able to best Husqvarna-backed rider Colton Haaker by just over 30 seconds, which would ultimately be the closest margin that any rider attained all day. Webb led a field of the top 25 riders into the next segment of the day, TKO Race 2.
In TKO Race 2, Webb heightened the intensity to finish nearly four minutes ahead of the 2nd place rider, Wade Young. From there, the top 15 riders advanced to the Final Knockout race of the day, with Webb once again at the helm.
Webb continued his dominance as he lapped every rider in the field at least one time, finishing three minutes ahead of the 2nd place finisher of Young.
Webb’s success marks the fourth consecutive TKO title he has won in the last four years.
“I felt great all day on the slippery terrain at the Trials Training Center – my KTM 300 XC-W was finding traction all day when others weren’t and it made the racing that much easier for me,” Webb said. “I was beyond ecstatic to win for the fourth straight year with the target on my back and I look forward to trying to go for five straight next year.”
Webb will compete next in the AMA EnduroCross Series, which kicks off next Saturday, Aug. 27 in Atlanta, Georgia.
ROSSI POWERS THROUGH FIELD TO TAKE SECOND IN BREATHTAKING BRNO RACE
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi fought hard today to take second in the Grand Prix of the České Republiky with teammate Jorge Lorenzo finishing in seventeenth at the Automotodrom Brno.
GRAND PRIX OF CZECH REPUBLIC
Brno, Czech Republic – 21st August 2016
14:00 LOCAL TIME GMT+2, AIR 17°C / TRACK 18°C, RAINY / HUMIDITY 100%
2nd – VALENTINO ROSSI, +7.298 / 22 LAPS
17th – JORGE LORENZO, +1 lap / 22 LAPS
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi brilliantly turned the Grand Prix České Republiky around, claiming an incredible second place on the podium after making a perfect tyre decision. Jorge Lorenzo secured seventeenth position after being forced to switch machines twice due to a problem with the front tyre on his first bike.
Wet conditions made for uncertainty regarding the tyre decision at the start of today‘s race at the Automotodrom Brno. Rossi had a cautious start as he launched his Yamaha from sixth on the grid and dropped back to twelfth position, before picking up the pace. The Italian overtook his teammate for eleventh place but was then passed by Dani Pedrosa.
After waiting seven laps for his harder spec tyre to get up to temperature, The Doctor knew it was time to put the hammer down. He had to let Cal Crutchlow go in front and followed him to Pedrosa, Bradley Smith and Pol Espargarò, who he passed with 14 laps to go. A lap later Rossi gained a position as Andrea Dovizioso suffered a technical problem. The Italian kept following Crutchlow and continued to work his way past Danilo Petrucci and Maverick Viñales, as Aleix Espagarò retired from the race, and then set his sights on Marc Marquez in fifth place, overtaking him with seven laps to go.
Riding as the fastest man on track the nine times World Champion passed Hector Barbera a lap later and had the crowds cheering as he wrestled second place from Andrea Iannone. Rossi then quickly took off, creating a distance between himself and the Italian, but soon realised that the margin between him and the now leading Crutchlow had grown too large to close in the last four laps. The Doctor decided to settle for second place, finishing 7.298s from first and taking twenty points for the championship.
Lorenzo was on the same tyre combination as his teammate and took a while at the start to get heat into his tyres. From second on the grid he fell back to sixteenth place before being able to push hard. The Mallorcan made a charge in the second half to the race as his tyres started to produce more grip. What followed next was a flurry of overtaking manoeuvers as he fought his way to tenth place.
Lorenzo kept riding aggressively, but was forced to come in to the pit box with seven laps to go after losing much of the central tread from the front tyre. The unforeseen sudden pit stop forced him to change to his second bike which was fitted with slick tyres for a potential normal bike change in the flag to flag conditions. The track was still far too wet for slick tyres so he returned to the pit box a lap later to switch back to his first bike which had since been reequipped with a new front tyre. This then allowed him to finish the race in a disappointing and distant seventeenth place.
Rossi‘s second place moves him up to second position in the world standings with 144 points, 53 points behind the leader, with teammate Lorenzo six points behind him in third place.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP now head to Silverstone in the UK for the British Grand Prix in two weeks‘ time.
The extended imagery from today’s Race at the Automotodrom Brno is available on
MASSIMO MEREGALLI – TEAM DIRECTOR
“After seeing today‘s weather forecast we knew that the game would be decided by tyre choice. We chose the hard rear for both Valentino and Jorge because we expected the track to dry very slowly and we thought that the hard option would let us finish the race without changing the bike. We were right! Of course we also expected the first laps to be difficult for both riders and they were extremely good to manage the situation. Valentino handled the beginning of the race with his usual calm and experience and he did not panic when he got back to 12th position. He was also reactive to understand when it was time to change the pace and attack. Second position is fully deserved and allows him to reduce the gap to the top of the standings. Despite the final result, Jorge‘s race was impressive. Without the problem of the front tyre, he could have been on the podium. All team members worked really hard from Friday and especially today during the race, as they were ready to face all circumstances. We will now stay in Brno until tomorrow for the IRTA test to work on some new parts and have a direction for the second half of the season.”
“At the beginning I was desperate because I thought we made a mistake, but lap by lap the hard rear became better and it was a very long race, you have to stay concentrated not to make a mistake. I started from p12, so it was a great race and I‘m happy with these 20 points, also because I‘m second in the championship and I think today we did a good job and we made the right choice.”
“It‘s a big pity because I was doing a great race, only I had some difficulties stopping the bike at the beginning when there was a little bit more water and especially with the hard tyre on the exit I didn‘t have grip. I needed to be very careful and that is why I was quite far from the top. Little by little, as the track dried, the rear became better and I started to gain confidence, so seven laps before the end the front tyre tore up so I had to change bike twice and finished the race on the first bike in seventeenth. Rossi was unlucky in Mugello and I was very unlucky today, a lot of bad luck this season. We have to work, so this doesn‘t happen more often, because we see it happen sometimes in the dry and today in the wet and we have to try not to have more tyre mishaps in the future.”
Jared Mees wins the Central New York Half-Mile and Ryan Wells secures GNC2 Championship title
ELBRIDGE, N.Y. (Aug. 20, 2016) – Defending Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Champion Jared Mees put on a masterclass performance in front of a packed house at the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Saturday, Aug. 20 to score his fourth win of the season and extend his championship lead to 16 points over Kawasaki’s Bryan Smith. Joining the pair on the podium was Jeffrey Carver, Jr. for his first podium of the season.
As time runs out in the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Championship, Mees knew going into the Central New York Half-Mile that he had to pad his points lead before the series went into the final two rounds on Smith’s favored Mile tracks. The No. 1 Rogers Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 rider did just that, even though it looked as though Smith on the No. 42 Crosley/Howerton Kawasaki Ninja 650 had the speed to beat Mees.
Mees credited his 1.555-second victory to what he learned from the Heat Races earlier in the day and the experience of his team behind him.
“Just not overriding the race track,” Mees said simply. “I knew watching the Heat Races what a good start and running your own race, not trying to push so hard to catch the guy in front of you and make more mistakes… So I wanted to go there and I clicked my laps over and over and over again. We made a few changes for the Main Event. It’s phenomenal what we’re doing this year, honestly. I mean Bryan (Smith) was the guy to beat; he was. All day long, he was so tough. I’m like, man he is really riding strong on these Half-Miles lately and I knew I needed to get a good start and just run my own race.”
The master plan worked. Smith got caught up behind Carver, Jr. on the No. 23 BriggsAuto.com Harley-Davidson XR750, and even when Smith got past him, Mees had too much of a lead. Although it wasn’t a major points loss to his rival, Smith was disappointed not to leave with a win after having a strong day.
“It didn’t feel very good because Jared (Mees) beat us,” Smith said. “I need to beat him. No matter what place it’s for. I knew he’d be tough in the final, he always is. I just got stuck back in the beginning. I got kind of shuffled back the first couple laps and by the time I got into second, Jared just had too big of a gap. I’m bummed. I wanted to win. I was the guy to beat all day and I gave it away in the final.”
On the flipside, Carver, Jr. was quite pleased to score his first podium of the season for his new team. The self-made and former privateer racer’s confidence continues to grow now that he only has to worry about riding the bike. But podiums aren’t going to satisfy him for long. Carver, Jr. and championship tuner Johnny Goad are looking for that win and thought they could have had it in New York.
“It feels great,” Carver, Jr. said. “These types of slick tracks just come to me. I really thrive on them. It feels really good to get up on the box. I definitely know that there was a chance for a win but you know the better guys beat me tonight. I was really happy with it. I got seventh the last three weekends in a row with the new team and it’s just stellar, really. I’m just stoked about it.”
While the battle for the GNC1 Championship rages on, the GNC2 title was clinched early. Ryan Wells’ second-place finish was all that was needed for the No. 94B Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda CRF450R rider to seal the deal back in his home state of New York.
“A new team, great people – guys who just want to win at the race,” Wells said about his Parkinson Brothers Racing squad. “To get three races this season – a fourth would’ve been cool – but man, this Championship is not going to get old and I am beyond excited. I just can’t thank those guys enough. It all paid off. I’m just too excited.
“It’s been five years, took a little longer than we wanted, but me and Parkinson Brothers Racing, we wanted this thing. So I can’t thank them enough and can’t thank everybody else enough that helped me to get me here. I’m stoked!”
As Wells said, the only thing that would have made it sweeter would have been a win, but he wasn’t going to be too greedy. Early on, it looked as though Wells was on track for that win, but Dalton Gauthier on the No. 14A DGR Motorsports Yamaha YZ450F wasn’t going to let him have it. He stayed right on Wells’ tail and once Gauthier got past Wells, he built himself a healthy lead to score his third win of the season.
“I didn’t really get off to a good start,” Gauthier said. “Ryan (Wells) got the hole shot on me and I knew I just had to stay away from him the whole race and I can make my move. My dad had the bike working amazing and it was getting better and better as the race went on, and I ended up passing Ryan. We had a nice little battle going on and I just saved myself for the end of the race and that’s what I needed to do.”
No. 99J Ben Evans Honda CRF450R rider Kevin Stollings finished third, his fourth podium of the season.
In a few weeks time, AMA Pro Flat Track heads to Springfield, Ill. for the penultimate round of the Championship at the legendary Springfield Mile II on Sunday, September 4. Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://www.springfieldmile.org/Tabs/Events/EventList.aspx.
Award Updates Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines:
Harley-Davidson Pole Award: No. 23 Jeffrey Carver, Jr.
McElroy Packaging Lucky 13 Award Winner: No. 1 Jared Mees
MotoBatt Hard Charger Award Winner: No. 20 Jarod Vanderkooi
Öhlins Fastest Lap Award Winner: No. 42 Bryan Smith
Sunoco “Go The Distance” Award Leader: No. 5 Jake Johnson (352.79 miles completed)
ThreadBeast “Beast on the Track” Award: No. 55 Jake Shoemaker
Larry and Judy McElroy Rookie of the Race Award Winner: No. 99J Kevin Stollings
Westside Truck Parts “Just off the Box” Award Winners: No. 92S Brandon Price (4th), No. 15A Cameron Smith (5th)
Sunoco “Go The Distance” Award Leader: No. 36B Kolby Carlile (258.01 miles completed)
ThreadBeast “Beast on the Track” Award: No. 36B Kolby Carlile
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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin Finishes 3rd Overall at Budds Creek MX National
Dean Wilson Rides to Best Finish of the Season With 6th Overall Round 11 – AMA Pro Motocross Championship – August 20, 2016
MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin continued his overall podium-streak on Saturday with a 3rd place finish at the Budds Creek MX National for the penultimate round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Additionally, team rider Dean Wilson earned his best finish of the season with 6th overall after a consistent 5-5 performance in Maryland.
As the gate dropped for the 450 Class Moto 1, it was BTOSports.com/KTM rider Andrew Short who nearly captured the holeshot aboard his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammates Marvin Musquin and Dean Wilson established themselves inside the top six on the opening lap, each aboard a KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition.
Musquin sat back in the 4th place position for the first few laps but soon turned up the intensity to make a charge toward the front. Musquin first made his way past Short to overtake 3rd place before setting his sights on Justin Barcia for 2nd. Musquin engaged in a close battle with Barcia for several laps before ultimately making the pass to secure 2nd place in Moto 1.
Wilson put forth a solid performance in Moto 1 to ultimately finish 5th place, with KTM-mounted Short in 7th.
In Moto 2, Short once again shot off the gate to nearly capture the holeshot before jumping into the lead position on the opening lap. Musquin and Wilson didn’t get the most favorable starts, however, as both riders found themselves just inside the top 10 on the opening lap.
Musquin immediately charged through the pack and settled into 4th place, where he once again went to battle with Barcia for a podium position. Despite a hard-fought effort, Musquin wasn’t able to best Barcia, where he ultimately finished 4th in Moto 2. Wilson made a late-in-the-race charge to bring himself into 5th place, finishing just behind Musquin in the second moto.
Musquin’s 2-4 moto scores gave the 450 Class Rookie 3rd overall for the day, while Wilson secured 6th overall with 5-5 finishes.
“I was happy with the first moto to get around Barcia and get 2nd but the second moto didn’t end up the way I wanted it to,” Musquin said. “I thought the second moto was going to be the same as the first so I was trying to be patient, follow Barcia’s lines and make it happen at the end but I wasn’t able to. He was able to push at the end. I’m a little disappointed but to end up 3rd overall was good.”
The 13-round AMA Pro Motocross Championship will conclude next Saturday, August 27 in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
450 Class Overall Results Ken Roczen (1-1)
Justin Barcia (3-3)
Marvin Musquin (2-4)
Eli Tomac (6-2)
Phil Nicoletti (4-6)
Dean Wilson (5-5)
Fredrik Noren (8-7)
Andrew Short (7-9)
Benny Bloss (11-10)
Anthony Rodriguez (10-11)
Championship Point Standings
Ken Roczen – 534
Eli Tomac – 458
Marvin Musquin – 365
Justin Barcia – 316
Christophe Pourcel – 217
Benny Bloss – 204
ALEX LOWES TO TEST MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3‘S YZR-M1 IN MONDAY BRNO TEST
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider and 39th “Coca-Cola Zero” Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race winner Alex Lowes will join the Yamaha MotoGP rider line-up for Monday‘s Brno Test.
Brno (Czech Republic), 20th August 2016
Fresh from their success at Suzuka, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider Alex Lowes will be reunited with his Yamaha Factory Racing endurance teammate and Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team‘s Pol Espargarò at the Automotodrom Brno following this weekend‘s HJC Helmets Grand Prix Ceské Republiky.
As an expression of gratitude for his superb endurance performance, Yamaha will invite Lowes to experience Espargarò‘s YZR-M1 as part of the official IRTA test organised at the Czech circuit on Monday 22nd August.
After the pair‘s amazing achievement in Japan a month ago where Espargarò had the opportunity to enjoy the YZF-R1 for a second time, it is now the Briton‘s turn to swap wheels and step aboard the Tech3 Yamaha YZR-M1. Lowes is greatly looking forward to his first chance to sample the GP machinery with his main goal during the test focused on adapting his riding to the YZR-M1.
ALEX LOWES – PATA YAMAHA OFFICIAL WORLDSBK RIDER
“I‘m really looking forward to Monday‘s test on the YZR-M1. I‘m very thankful to Yamaha for providing me the opportunity, and to Hervé Poncharal and the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team for making it possible. Brno is a fantastic circuit and it will be good to work with Pol again, from inside his own garage this time! It‘s been a good month already with the Suzuka victory and a really positive test this week on the World Superbike. Yamaha giving me the chance to try one of the best MotoGP bikes in the world will be a great experience for me as a rider and really is the icing on the cake!”
Alex Lowes – Biography
At just 25-years-of-age, Alex Lowes is the 2013 British Superbike Champion, recording 20 podiums, eight wins and six pole positions on his way to the title. A fast and determined racer, Lincolnshire-born Lowes made his mark on the Superbike World Championship in 2014, achieving two podiums and two fastest-lap records in his debut year. 2016 saw Lowes switch to Yamaha as he pursues his goal of consistently challenging for race wins and ultimately the WorldSBK title aboard the Yamaha YZF-R1.
Date of birth: 14-09-1990
Place of birth: Lincoln, UK
Nationality: United Kingdom
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Marital state: Girlfriend
Hobbies: Golf, Winning, Motocross, Movies
2016: Suzuka 8 Hours win, Yamaha Racing Factory Team & Superbike World Championship, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team
2015: Superbike World Championship
2014: Superbike World Championship
2013: 1st, British Superbike Championship
2012: 4th, British Superbike Championship
HUGO SCAGNETTI BECOMES THE FIRST PILOT TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD ALONE ON A CONNECTED MOTORCYCLE
Madrid (Spain), 19th August 2016
Hugo Scagnetti travelled through 13 countries in Europe, Asia, and America; a total of 37,000 kilometres on board his totally connected Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z
The solidarity aspect of the project, whose purpose was to raise funds for research into the treatment of avascular necrosis with stem cells, continues on the project‘s website www.telefonicayamaha.globalrider.org
Scagnetti also fulfilled the technological objectives of the adventure by testing different Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, proving how they can help a pilot and his machine to respond to extreme situations better
The Telefónica Yamaha Globalrider solidarity adventure, the first journey around the world alone on a connected motorcycle, has concluded successfully. Hugo Scagnetti has made his motto “moving forward is the only way to come back” come true, arriving back to Madrid after travelling 37,000 kilometres through 13 different countries in Europe, Asia, and America (see HERE the press release issued from Jerez de la Frontera on 21st April 2016, following the launch of the Telefónica Yamaha Globalrider project).
The purpose of the trip was to raise funds for research into in the treatment of avascular necrosis with stem cells in the Haematology Service of the Puerta de Hierro Hospital and the Traumatology Service of the La Paz Hospital of Madrid.
Scagnetti finished the journey having met all the originally established objectives for both the solidarity aspect of the project, which continues despite the journey having ended on the www.telefonicayamaha.globalrider.org website where economic donations to the research can to be made, and the technological aspect of the project with Hugo having had the chance to experience innovative technologies applied to the motoring world for the first time, technologies that will be of great use to that industry.
In addition to the motorcycle trip itself, the pilot crossed the Adriatic Sea, the Caspian Sea, and the Sea of Japan by ferry, and the Pacific Ocean – between Seoul and San Francisco – and the Atlantic Ocean – between Toronto and Paris – by airplane transmitting everything from the exterior temperature to the tire pressure to his own mood in real time thanks to a pioneering combination of IoT, Cloud, and M2M technologies that made it possible to study both his behaviour and that of his machine, and to remotely monitor the entire journey.
Hugo had to make important, on the fly decisions such as rectifying the established route so as to avoid areas of conflict. For example, he decided to go around the Black Sea as soon as he left Istanbul en route to Capadocia considering the terrorist attack that had just struck the Turkish capital, thus avoiding some originally planned cities as a precautionary measure. Similarly, he also rectified his route through the United States where, in the end, he decided to travel through the northern part of the country until reaching Canada in order to make the Atlantic crossing quicker under the special program “flight with your bike”. In this way, he was able to complete that portion of the trip in less than ten hours, continue travelling through France the following morning, and arrive in Brittany where his family was waiting for him.
The role of technology
Telefónica technology played a fundamental role in this journey because both the motorcycle and the pilot wore “machine to machine” (m2m) and “Internet of Things” (IoT) technology, making it possible to generate and gather information regarding geolocalization, acceleration, gasses, temperature, tire pressure, inclination, probable falls, and even Hugo‘s physical condition and mood in real time so that a team of individuals could remotely control and aide Scagnetti and guarantee his security as much as possible.
Hugo had a button that kept him connected at all times and that proved to work in different risk situations, not just because he could push it in case of need but also because the system itself detected abnormal telemetric situations, such as in the two occasions where he fell off the motorcycle.
The pilot‘s skill, the motorcycle‘s precision, and the technology made it possible for Hugo to cross Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Russia, South Korea, the United States, and Canada, 1200 kilometres of deserts, and to support temperatures of up to 47 degrees with hardly any incidents and only two technical checks in Istanbul and San Francisco.
The reliability of the Super Ténéré XT1200Z was essential for Scagnetti, as was his complete confidence in the machine. This because it responded at all times despite the heavy load it carried (a load of nearly 400 kilos), even in the most extreme situations, like in Uzbekistan where he travelled through 800 kilometres of roads full of potholes that turned into pools of water when it rained.
Telefónica Yamaha Globalrider was born thanks to the promise made by Hugo Scagnetti after suffering avascular necrosis to the femoral head. He promised himself that if he was able to walk again he would travel around the world on motorcycle and produce a TV documentary to raise funds for the scientific research being conducted in the field of regenerative medicine with stem cells for children and young adults.
Hugo said “I wanted to prove that a person could travel around the world on motorcycle after suffering a serious health issue and raise funds to keep developing technology that can improve the life of many people who suffer the same illness I do”.
Telefónica Yamaha Globalrider was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of Telefónica and Yamaha; the support of partners like Beesion, Cisco, Intel, Mapfre, Rukka, Sandisk, SW-Motech, Symantec, or Telnet Ri; and the collaboration of Acens, Asus, CartoDB, Dynamic Line, Garmin, Iberia, Last Lap, Michelin, Parrot, Pegatin, Pléyade, Redverz, Sociograph Neuromarketing, and Thethings.iO.
The next step is the production of a documentary series for Movistar+ which will highlight the value of contact with other peoples and cultures through history, music, personal experiences, and the use of technology. Funds from the distribution rights of this documentary will go directly to the research teams of the Haematology Service of the Puerta de Hierro Hospital and the Traumatology Service of the La Paz Hospital in Madrid. Both institutions are working together in the treatment of avascular necrosis with stem cells.
Global Motorcycle Anti-Lock Braking System Market 2016-2020 with Bosch, BWI, Continental, Honda & ZF TRW Dominating – Research and Markets
DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Motorcycle Anti-Lock Braking System Market 2016-2020” report to their offering.
The global motorcycle anti-lock braking system (ABS) market to grow at a CAGR of 29.62% during the period 2016-2020.
Global Motorcycle Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
The shifting anti-lock braking system from accessories to standard fitting will be a key trend for market growth. Continuous evolution is the key for maximum adoption of any technology, and the same applies to the motorcycle ABS market too. For instance, motorcycle ABS was first developed by BMW for K100 model in 1988, and other OEMs like Honda and Suzuki followed the trend. Bosch is the leading vendor in the motorcycle ABS market, and has continuously strived to develop ABS, which will have adoption in maximum segments of motorcycles. Their journey started in 1995, when Bosch developed ABS, named generation 2L1 that weighed 9.92 pounds. However, this ABS and series of next versions of ABS were based on the model from the automobile industry, and this kept the weight of the unit heavy. Therefore, factors like high cost, large size, and heavy weight kept the ABS adoption limited to select premium motorcycle models and that too as accessories.
According to the report, one of the key drivers for market growth will be rapid electrification of mechanical components leading to increased electronic contents in motorcycles. The worldwide demand for powered motorcycles is on the rise. The development of one component brings forth other components, which increases the efficiency and riding experience for the rider. This demand is enabling the rapid electrification of mechanical components and driving the adoption of infotainment systems in motorcycles.
Further, the report states that frugal innovation of anti-lock braking system through mechanical system will be a challenge for the market. India, known for its frugal innovation in many fields, developed the ABS through mechanical system, popularly known as mechanical ABS. This ABS is not as effective as electronic ABS, but it ensures that the wheel of the motorcycle is always in rolling condition. Also, it can be fitted on the motorcycles having both mechanical and hydraulic braking systems.
Safety benefits: Reduction in stopping distance and skidding during sudden braking
Design complication owing to different scenario simulations
Development of one-channel ABS for emerging markets like India
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Fresh from a podium fight at the Austrian Grand Prix, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP heads to the Brno for this weekend‘s HJC Helmets Grand Prix České republiky.
Brno (Czech Republiky), 17th august 2016
After a strong ride from Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi last Sunday, the teammates immediately headed to the Automotodrom Brno with the aim to further their championship challenge during this weekend‘s back-to-back race in the Czech Republic.
Lorenzo arrives in Brno in second place in the championship standings and with a confident mind-set after a third place in Spielberg. Thanks to the 16 points he collected last Sunday he decreased the margin to the rider leading the championship to 43 points with eight Grands Prix left.
This weekend the current World Champion aims to deliver another top result to further strengthen his record at the Brno circuit. Previously he secured a 125cc victory in 2004, two 250cc first places in 2006 and 2007 and a MotoGP win in 2010 and 2015.
Rossi also underlined his fast pace last week at a track that supposedly didn‘t suit the Yamaha and increased his point-total to 124 points. He looks forward to delivering another strong performance by making the most of the YZR-M1‘s strengths this weekend in the flowing hills of the Czech Republic.
The nine-time World Champion has fond memories of previous events at the Brno track. He secured his first ever 125cc win at the Czech Republic track in 1996, now twenty years ago. He followed it up with a 250cc victory in 1999, a 500cc first place in 2001 and modern era premier class Brno win in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009.
The Brno track hosted its first FIM Czech Grand Prix in 1987 and has been a fans‘ and riders‘ favourite thanks to its great atmosphere and stunning location. The circuit has a fast layout consisting of 14 corners in total (six left, eight right), a 636m longest straight, and multiple changes in elevation to test the bikes‘ set-up. The hills surrounding the circuit also offer spectators an excellent view so they won‘t miss a moment of the thrilling racing action.
MASSIMO MEREGALLI – TEAM DIRECTOR
“After the race in Austria, we headed straight to Brno for the back-to-back race and we are determined to give it 100% as always. We are back at a track where we can definitely be strong: Brno is a very smooth track with fast corners, which suits our bike well. The team always enjoys this round and Vale and Jorge both have scored great results here in the past. They are both in good physical form and are looking forward to meeting the Czech fans again, who always give this Grand Prix a special atmosphere.”
“We achieved a great result in Austria after a difficult period for me, so I‘m pretty happy to come back with a podium finish. I‘m happy to ride again this week at Brno in a back-to-back race. That racetrack is beautiful and it suits the YZR-M1 perfectly. I like the Brno circuit a lot because it has plenty of high-speed corners and I have good memories there. Last year we dominated the race and I hope to have good feelings there again this time round. We need to stay in the fight again and try to recover some more points for the championship as we did in Spielberg.”
“I like that we go back on track immediately. In Austria I wanted to get on the podium but I wasn‘t able to so unfortunately. Anyway, it was a good race. After the tests we were a little bit in trouble but during the race we didn‘t do so badly. Now we go to Brno, a track that we know well and that I like very much. Last year Jorge was much faster than me and I’m curious to see if this year I will do better. We are working well and the Brno GP is close. I want to get back on track!”