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The Isle of Man TT will see the return of the sensational Ryan Farquhar. Keith Amor, his old rival has joined the KMR Kawasaki team and will be competing in the Lightweight Race. Farquhar was off from the tracks since 2012 after Trevor Ferguson, his uncle expired from a crash in the Manx Grand Prix in his own machine known as the Supertwin.
Alongside Keith Amor the 37 year old Ryan Farquhar will hit the roads and both of them will be hungry to win the competition. Keith Amor will also be making a comeback after his shoulder injury in 2011. These two have had a long time rivalry and they have been involved in some of the most memorable battles in the past.
The main attraction in the race will definitely be the fact that both of them will be riding the same bike which is Kawasaki ER6. The riders will go for the Mountain Course in the month of June this year. In an interview with News Letter, Farquhar said that there are lots of preparations that needs to be done and most importantly he would have to do TT before anything else. The whole team has worked really hard for the last two weeks and they are hoping to make a mark this season.
On the other hand Keith will get a Lightweight TT bike and he will be sponsored by Manx Gas. The color of the bike is yet to be decided. Keith has added that it would be an easy three lap race for him and he would be like to just enjoy himself during the race. Both the riders explained how their past has haunted them these 2 years and the comeback would be really important for both of them.
Spanish Moto GP rider Marc Marquez, who is just twenty years of age, has become the youngest rider to snatch the Moto GP world championship title. At the Valencia Grand Prix, in Spain, Marc ended his race in the 3rd position.
Jorge Lorenzo, the two times world champion, claimed his 8th win of the season, but this was not enough to knock over Marc Marquez’s thirteen point lead that he extended in the race. At last, there was only 4 points difference between them.
Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez’s teammate, ended 2nd. After the race, Marquez told that he could not explain what he felt; this was like a dream come true. He added that he was probably very clear early in the season and after that Jorge Lorenzo came shooting at the end and he
had to hold his nerve in the last race. He is really overjoyed.
Requiring only ending the race in top – 4 to seal the win in his very first year in Moto GP, Marc Marquez begun on pole position but he was quickly overtaken by Jorge Lorenzo going in the 1st corner.
Dani also moved past Marc and a stunning fight between Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa resulted as the latter was in attempt to bunch the leading field in an effort to heighten Marc’s scopes of sliding down on the pack. Still, his program as both Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa ran wide and led Marc to move in front for a short period of time.
Honda is Japanese multinational company that has been giving tough competition to Kawasaki. Honda has been manufacturing the Honda CBR600RR from the year 2003. But this bike has been revised in the year 2005, 2007 and 2009 previously. Recently, Honda came out with the 2013 revised version of the Honda CBR600RR. Honda has taken the performance level of this sports motorcycle to a whole new level. The bike delivers an amazing performance on the circuit. Along with that it offers a joy ride on the road as well.
The large intake and whacky headlights are a new addition to the bike. The redesigned central intake works in combination with the new headlights. The ECU settings have been revised which ensures a smooth throttle response and boosts up the torque. The fuel economy has also improved due to the ECU setting changes and the reduced aerodynamic drag (6.5%). The advancement in the aerodynamics has led to better wind protection and nimbler handling making the ride comfortable for the rider. The wheel design has twelve spokes like its predecessors.
This sports motorcycle is available in the market in 3 colors: blue and white, tri-color red and solid red. The 2013 version also has a Repsol edition which is orange in color. The bike has the same liquid-cooled 599c engine, baseline and frame like the 2007 Honda CBR600RR version. The suspension of the bike is also noticeably of a higher quality. As these bikes are neutral and light, the corner speed is high and the stability of the bike is also good.
The front end of the bike does not put forward the same idea which the original, angular Honda CBR600RR did in 2003. While changing directions or applying the brakes, it is noticed that the rider slips too often from the seat. But all in all, it can be said that 2013 Honda CBR600RR is comfortable, fast and friendly.
Yamaha driver Valentino Rossi has praised the new seamless shift gearbox developed by his team. However, he is not sure whether the gearbox will make its debut in the next weekend. Yamaha were under a lot of pressure to bring out this new gearbox, which reduces the shift times significantly. Honda were the first to embrace this technology back in 2011, and it has been followed by several teams including Ducati since then. This technology apparently improves the stability of the bike as well. Moto GP will be heading to Indianapolis this weekend.
Ahead of the race, Rossi has said that he has not noticed a significant reduction in shift times, but a significant difference comes in other areas of the bike. He says that the bike is now far easier to handle and also extremely stable during acceleration. Braking stability has also improved after the introduction of this new gearbox. Subsequently, it has also had an effect on the tyres as well. He says that tyres are now subjected to less stress and this has helped them go longer without requiring a change. Rossi, though, is warranting an inclusion for this gearbox only after it has been tested properly to run without any problems during the race.
“[The new gearbox] doesn’t change a lot in terms of lap time. We tried to make some comparison. A lot of people speak about two-tenths a lap – I think it is less than two-tenths. But the big improvement is, I think, in 20 or 30 laps because the bike becomes a lot easier to ride, more stable, more stable in acceleration, but also more stable in braking. For me, it’s better for the tyres, less stress for the tyres, and also it’s very good for the riders because the bike becomes more easy to bring at the limit,” said Rossi.