2013 MotoGP NewsEurope’s leading company in the field of motorcycle lubricants and lubrication, MOTUL views MotoGP as the perfect test bench for its two-wheel test and development program and the global series provides the perfect backdrop at which to carry out that research.
Reflecting its strong and loyal commercial support of the Championship, MOTUL’s trackside presence in 2013 will be substantially increased. More corner signage will be visible at a greater number of circuits than ever before – 16 of the 18 tracks visited, starting with the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar on April 7.In the coming season Motul ‘corners’ will be seen across four continents and the Middle Eastern sub-continent: Circuit of the Americas (Austin, Texas), Indianapolis and Laguna Seca in the USA; Jerez, Catalunya and Aragón in Spain; Great Britain, Germany, France, San Marino, Netherlands and the Czech Republic in Europe; Japan, Malaysia and Australia in the Far East and Australasia.Complementing this commercial agreement, MOTUL is also proud to continue its partnership with the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France for the 18th consecutive year at Le Mans. The race on May 19th is considered to be one of France’s major international sporting events.On track, MOTUL has extended its agreement to be the official lubricant partner with the Monster Energy Yamaha Tech3 team for a record 24th year. The team will count on the experience and speed of an all-British line-up this year with riders Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith, and will be greatly encouraged by the performance of Crutchlow in pre-season testing when he topped the time sheets at the recent Jerez test. Monster Yamaha Tech 3 is aiming to improve upon the excellent 2012 results achieved when it finished as the leading privateer team and third placed team in the World Championship classification. Smith is making his debut at the elite level, while Crutchlow is determined to capture his first Grand Prix win.Considered by the French company as a vital test bench and living laboratory for its motorcycle products, MOTUL has profited from its involvement in MotoGP to develop its new motorcycle product range which was recently launched on the market for the benefit of the wider motorcycling community.MotoGP visits thirteen countries over the course of the season and ten nationalities of the world’s most skilled riders form a grid of cutting-edge prototype machinery. MOTUL is the number one motorcycle lubricant in Europe, and has a presence in more than 85 countries worldwide so MotoGP plays a key part in its marketing and sales strategies
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!