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As of yesterday, JAFTA is finally law in Europe and Japan, and the trade agreement is a big deal for both parties involved, as well as motorcyclists. What? You haven’t heard of the Japan Europe Free Trade Agreement (JAFTA)? For our European readers, it is a critical piece of legislation, […]

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Leon Camier’s misfortune of suffering a fractured vertebra has become PJ Jacobsen’s gain, as the American racer has been promoted into the factory Honda team at this year’s Suzuka 8-Hours endurance race.The move is a huge win for Jacobsen, for several reasons. First, the Suzuka 8-Hours has always been an […]

The post PJ Jacobsen Gets the Nod – Will Race on HRC’s Factory Red Bull Honda Team at the Suzuka 8-Hours appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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More bad news from the World Superbike paddock, as Chaz Davies joins Leon Camier in the list of riders who have injured themselves during the two-month summer break Davies broke the collarbone in his right shoulder during a training incident. As such, Davies will miss the Race of Champions at […]

The post Chaz Davies Breaks Collarbone in Training Accident appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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12 Ducati racers. 12 Ducati Panigale V4 S superbikes. 12 race liveries to drool over. If you are not on the Adriatic Coast of Italy right now, you are missing out on one of the motorcycle industry’s best events…even if you don’t ride a Ducati motorcycle. This is because World […]

The post Spicy Meatballs! The Panigale V4 Looks Good in Race Livery appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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Not exactly the best kept secret in the WorldSBK paddock, but now Tom Sykes and the Kawasaki Racing Team will officially part ways at the end of the 2018 World Superbike Championship season. The news has been a long-time coming for Sykes, as he has been increasingly more hostile towards […]

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Sometimes, it seems like motorcycle manufacturers are intentionally tanking the supersport segment. For proof of this, I look at the electronics available, on this supposedly cutting-edge segment. Something as ubiquitous as traction control is still slow to come to the supersport space, while it remains a standard feature on virtually […]

The post The MV Agusta F3 Will Be the First Supersport with an IMU appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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Episode 81 of the Two Enthusiasts Podcast is out, and it is a marathon show – right at 2.5 hours in length. Because of that duration, we cover a huge range of topics, the first of which is a little news about Harley-Davidson, and the growing American trade war. From there, […]

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It is a truism in MotoGP that though they hand out the trophies on Sunday, the race is often won on Friday and Saturday. Practice is when riders and teams can find the setup tweaks they need to go faster, evaluate tire choices, and plan a strategy. Which tires offer […]

The post Sunday MotoGP Summary at Sachsenring: No Stopping #9 appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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For the past five years, Belgian brand Sarolea has been at the Isle of Man TT honing its electric superbike. The results haven’t always been there for the boutique company, but Sarolea set its best time around the Mountain Course in 2017 with Dean Harrison at the helm, posting a […]

The post Sarolea MANX7 Electric Superbike Debuts for the Road appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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Ever since Triumph was tipped to become the new engine supplier for the Moto2 Championship, there have been rumblings and speculations about what the British brand’s over-arching plan was for the sport biking space. The engine being used for Moto2 is the same 765cc power plant found in the Triumph […]

The post Sorry, There Will Be No Triumph Daytona 765 for 2019 appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.

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