Casey Stoner Honda RC213V Testing NewsThe Australian Casey Stoner, who retired from motorcycle racing at the conclusion of the 2012 MotoGP Championship, wrapped up another test for HRC, Honda reported Wednesday.
During the three-day test at Sportsland Sugo in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Stoner continued the Honda testing program for the 2013 RC213V prototype that current Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez use in 2013 MotoGP, and the 2014 RC213V Production Racer.During the testing at the 3.737-kilometer circuit, which occurred under dry conditions except for some rain on the third day, the two-time MotoGP Champion tested a new frame and a new engine on the 2013 RC213V. Although he got some time in on the Production Racer, most of those testing duties were handled by another HRC test rider, Takumi Takahashi.Casey Stoner (HRC Test Rider) says: “It’s been quite a good three days and we got a lot of track time considering it gets dark and cold here quite quickly! We had a busy test schedule based on the current 2013 bike and an updated version of the 2014 bike.“Both have some very positive aspects and we’re just trying to get a better understanding of them. It was a little tricky to get a true feeling here in Sugo as we had no comparison ‒with it being the first time we’ve ridden here. All in all it was a good test and the first time we’ve not been interrupted by rain!”
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.