2013 MotoGP Championship Preseason Test CalendarWith winter more than halfway over, the official preseason testing sessions for the 2013 MotoGP Championship are about begin.
For 2013, eight official tests will occur before the 2013 MotoGP Championship season-opener race at Qatar April 7. The first official test begins in Sepang Feb. 3-4.Speaking of this year’s official schedule, MotoGP says: ” Making this year’s test schedule particularly exciting is the adaptation of the spec Magneti Marelli ECU by numerous CRT teams, for which they will be granted an extra two days ‘ECU Test’ in Malaysia before the rest of the field joins them on the 5th February.“Additionally, the inclusion of highly anticipated Texas race at the Circuit of the Americas means that the Repsol Honda Team has already scheduled a private test there in March, with the possibility still remaining of other teams joining.”The traditional post-season MotoGP test at Valencia held in November was marred by rain. The test, which is the first time for riders to officially pilot the bikes they will ride in the following season, was led by Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. The other highlight was Valentino Rossi’s first official return on the Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 following a two-year stint with Ducati. Rossi put in 28 laps in wet conditions, finishing 16th quickest.2013 MotoGP Pre-Season Tests:
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!