Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - Special-edition R1200 goes over to the dark side - Special-edition R1200 goes over to the dark side: "Triple Black – the name of this new special model of the BMW R1200 GS says it all. By offering its bestselling motorcycle in a new, almost all-black colour scheme BMW will be making the stated wishes of many customers come true.

The GS wears its engineering on the outside, emphasised on this model by the gloss black of the tank and front mudguard, the plain black engine and front suspension and the dark metallic grey of the swing arm, rear frame and cylinder head covers.

This special model also has cross-spoked wheels with glossy black rims - optional on the R1200 GS and standard on the R1200 GS Adventure - and the special look is completed by a new black seat with bold GS logos moulded on the sides
Its engine is derived from the fire-breathing HP2 Sport

Production of the limited-edition R1200 GS Triple Black will start in November and the first South African deliveries are expected early in the new year. Pricing will be announced when they arrive.


The 2010 BMW R1200 GS and its sister model, the R1200 GS Adventure have been upgraded with a new DOHC boxer engine, derived from the fire-breathing HP2 Sport.

For this application it's been retuned to deliver a quoted 81kW at 7750 and 120Nm at 6000rpm for a wide torque spread and long touring legs.

Antilock braking is standard and and a new version of BMW's electronic suspension adjustment system, revised for use with long-travel 'enduro touring' suspension, is an extra-cost option, allowing the rider to adjust the suspension at the press of a button to suit load and road conditions.arrive

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - Ducati, Yamaha dominate Australian MotoGP - Ducati, Yamaha dominate Australian MotoGP: "Casey Stoner's authority at his home Phillip Island circuit remained unchallenged as the Ducati rider won took his fourth consecutive Australian MotoGP victory. Starting from pole - his third of the season - Stoner, who'd celebrated his 25th birthday the day before, led from start to finish for his third win of 2010.

Eventually crossing the finish line 8.598s ahead of 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo it was the perfect end to a strong weekend from Stoner, who had demonstrated his pace throughout the practice and qualifying sessions, which had been run in mixed conditions.

However with bright sunshine providing ideal conditions on race day, Stoner grabbed an advantage of more than a second by the end of the first lap, winning comfortably and saying afterwards:

'This feels really nice
The fight for third went right down to the final lap
. I think when I won two in a row here nobody expected me to make it three but having done that I felt there was a lot of expectation on me today.

'Everything has gone well for us, we have been happy with the bike from the first practice and the support from the fans has been fantastic.

'I have to admit that before the race I was feeling the pressure, I was more nervous than I normally am but maybe I should be like that more often because I didn't make a single mistake!'

The result moved Stoner up into third in the championship standings ahead of Valentino Rossi.

Lorenzo rode a lonely race in second to finish almost 10sec ahead of third-placed team mate Rossi
Pedrosa rode in qualifying but opted not to race

It was Lorenzo's 14th podium finish in his title-winning campaign and his 32nd top-three result in the MotoGP category in his 50th premier-class start.

The fight for third went right down to the final lap as Rossi edged out Stoner's team mate Nicky Hayden in a superbly close battle. Hayden seemed to have the advantage when he passed Rossi at Honda corner three laps from the end but the nine-times World champion returned the move at the same spot on the final lap to beat the American to the final podium spot by only 0.038sec.

Yamaha Tech 3 rider Ben Spies scored achieved his eighth top-five finish of his debut MotoGP season with fellow rookie Marco Simoncelli (Honda) three seconds further back in sixth.

Colin Edwards (Yamaha Tech 3), Aleix Espargaro (Ducati), Marco Melandri (Honda) and Randy de Puniet (Honda) made up the top 10.

Andrea Dovizioso was the only rider who failed to finish after his works Honda went sick on lap four.

Absent due to injuries were Dovizioso's team mate Dani Pedrosa - who rode in qualifying but opted not to race as he continues his recovery from a broken collarbone - and Loris Capirossi (Suzuki), who sustained a groin injury in a crash in qualifying. Both expect to be fit to return at Estoril in a fortnight.

Results of Australian MotoGP on Sunday
1 Casey Stoner (Australia) ducati 41min09.128
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha +8.598sec
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha +17.997
4 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati +18.035
5 Ben Spies (US) Yamaha +22.211
6 Marco Simoncelli (Italy) Honda +25.017
7 Colin Edwards (US) Yamaha +35.168
8 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Ducati +46.194
9 Marco Melandri (Italy) Honda +46.294
10 Randy de Puniet (France) Honda +59.635
11 Mika Kallio (Finland) Ducati +59.664
12 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Suzuki +59.732
13 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda +1min05.029
14 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati +1min05.053

Points standings after the Australian MotoGP
1 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 333
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 228
3 Casey Stoner (Australia) Ducati 205
4 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 197
5 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda 179
6 Ben Spies (US) Yamaha 163
7 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 152
8 Marco Simoncelli (Italy) Honda 102
9 Randy de Puniet (France) Honda 100
10 Marco Melandri (Italy) Honda 93
11 Colin Edwards (US) Yamaha 90
12 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 76
13 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Suzuki 73
14 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Ducati 60
15 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 47
16 Mika Kallio (Finland) Ducati 43
17 Loris Capirossi (Italy) Suzuki 41
18 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Honda 11


Alex de Angelis (Motobi) took his first Moto 2 win at Phillip Island, leading home Scott Redding (Suter) and Andrea Iannone (Speed Up). De Angelis started from pole but had to fight back from a poor start that saw drop to fourth before slowly moving up to join the battle for the lead.

A strong finish saw De Angelis win by 2.172sec as he followed up his first podium of 2010, last time out in Malaysia, with a first victory of 2010. It was only his second GP win, the first coming in Valencia in the 250cc class in 2006.

Redding rounded off an impressive weekend with his second podium of 2010 as he rode to second - his best Moto2 result to date. The 17-year-old Brit showed great determination and maturity, starting from second on the grid and challenging at the front for most of the race.

Iannone came home 0.802sec behind Redding, his Speed Up suffering from tyre issues towards the end. Iannone had also been part of the leading group for most of the race in a thrilling battle with the two riders who finished ahead of him. It was his seventh podium of 2010 as he moved to within two points of Julian Simon in the fight for second in the standings.

Suter rider Simon finished fourth, par rider ended the race in fourth position, ahead of Stefan Bradl (also on a Suter) and team mate Mike di Meglio, Bradl equalling his best result of 2010 so far and Di Meglio recording his best finish to date in Moto2.

Newly crowned World champion Toni Elias (Moriwaki) came out on top in a fascinating contest for seventh, ahead of Simone Corsi (Motobi), Alex Debon (FTR) and Karel Abraham (FTR) and Thomas Luthi (Moriwaki).

A first-lap collision between Hector Faubel (Suter) and Wayne Maxwell (Moriwaki) ended both riders' races early, the former unable to rejoin and the latter being black-flagged.

Result of Australian Moto2 GP on Sunday
1 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Motobi 38min51.102
2 Scott Redding (Britain) Suter +2.172
3 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Speed Up +2.974
4 Julian Simon (Spain) Suter +10.344
5 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Suter +10.617
6 Mike di Meglio (France) Suter +17.847
7 Toni Elias (Spain) Moriwaki +27.145
8 Simone Corsi (Italy) Motobi +27.249
9 Alex Debon (Spain) FTR +27.398
10 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) +27.66


Marc Marquez' ninth win of 2010 stretched the Derbi rider's lead at the top of the 125cc World championship standings to 12 points, as he won from pole position. The 17 year-old also equalled Jorge Martinez' 1988 record as the Spanish rider with the most 125cc wins in a single season as he strengthened his title charge with just two rounds remaining.

Marquez finished 6.062sec clear of field after opening up an early lead, well ahead of title rivals Pol Espargaro (Derbi) and Nico Terol (Aprilia), who battle for the remaining two podium positions throughout the race. Espargaro eventually finished five seconds clear of Terol, however, after upping the pace in the final stages.

In a tight battle for fourth position which required a video finish between Efren Vazquez (Derbi) and Bradley Smith (Aprilia) the Derbi rider edged his British competitor by 0.001sec with Esteve Rabat (Aprilia) close behind in sixth.

The result leaves Marquez on 272 points at the top of the standings, with Terol on 260 and Espargaro on 255 with only the Estoril and Valencia rounds to go.

Result of Australian 125cc GP on Sunday
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Derbi 38min13.008
2 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Derbi +6.062sec
3 Nicolas Terol (Spain) Aprilia +11.576
4 Efren Vasquez (Spain) Derbi +19.032
5 Bradley Smith (Britain) Aprilia +19.033
6 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Aprilia +20.593
7 Tomoyoshi Koyama (Japan) Aprilia +31.519
8 Luis Salom (Spain) Aprilia +46.598
9 Randy Krummenacher (Switzerland) Aprilia +48.730
10 Danny Webb (Britain) Aprilia +58.456

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Hummer driver tells mom he's in Zim: News24: South Africa: News

Hummer driver tells mom he's in Zim: News24: South Africa: News: "Pretoria – The 18-year-old boy who crashed into and killed two motorcyclists and injured a third with his mother’s Hummer in Pretoria North, has apparently sent her an SMS saying he has fled to Zimbabwe.

Apparently he wants to come home, but is too afraid.

A reliable source told Beeld the police have given the parents until Tuesday to convince him to hand himself over, otherwise they will issue a warrant for his arrest.

Pieter Coetzee, 60, and JP Kruger, 32, died on impact when the Hummer crashed into them in Rachel de Beer Street.

Coetzee’s son, 25-year-old Pieter jnr, was admitted to the Montana hospital in Pretoria.

Police spokesperson Matthews Nkoadi said the suspect fled the scene when the Hummer burst into flames.

Gave permission

According to the police, the mother is now alleging that she gave her son permission to use the car.

Shortly after the incident, she said that her son had stolen the car.

“The mother later said she doesn’t know which one of her two sons took the car.

“On Monday morning she told the police at the Pretoria North police station that it had been her 31-year-old son who took the car, with her permission,” Nkoadi said on Monday.

Louis von Allermans, president of the Christian Motorcyclists Association’s Hatfield branch, who went to see Coetzee jnr along with his family on Sunday to tell him about his father’s death, said he is doing well.

His condition is stable.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Ducati - The name is Diavel

Ducati - The name is Diavel: "October 12, 2010

The innovative new Ducati to be unveiled at the Milan show
After months of speculation and spy photography the long wait is almost over, the Diavel will make its first public appearance at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan 2-7 November.

Officially announcing the new model's name ahead of the official presentation, the famous Italian manufacturer is about to turn another dream into reality, using the local Bolognese dialect word for 'devil' in naming their new model Diavel - pronounced Dee-ah-vel.

The idea for the name was born early in the development process of the bike, when the prototype was assembled and wheeled out in front of a group of Ducati engineers and technicians for the first time. One person looking from the rear of the bike saw its silhouette and exclaimed in Bolognese dialect: 'Ignurànt comm' al diavel!' Meaning: 'Evil, like the devil!'

From then on, Diavel became the internal nickname for the project, which Ducati now makes official as it approaches the upcoming unveiling in Milan. Reminiscent of how the 'Monster' was named 20 years ago, the Diavel is now destined to follow the same Bolognese tradition, shaping the future of motorcycling while staying faithful to its heritage.

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