2016 MotoGP NewsAprilia made an important announcement Tuesday at EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show) – the Noale-based motorcycle manufacturer will rejoin the MotoGP grid in 2016 with a factory prototype.
“In 2016, Aprilia will return to MotoGP with the goal of winning and discovering the same success we have enjoyed in World Superbikes,” says Roberto Colaninno, CEO of Piaggio, which owns Aprilia.With the return of Suzuki confirmed for 2015 MotoGP, there can possibly be five manufacturers in 2016 MotoGP – Yamaha, Honda, Ducati, Suzuki and Aprilia.Aprilia’s last season with a factory prototype in MotoGP was 2004, when Jeremy McWilliams and Shane Byrne finished 19th and 20th, respectively, and the Italian brand finished sixth in the manufacturer points race.But its been a different story in other World Championship classes; Aprilia garned 10 titles in the former 125cc class, and nine titles in the former 250cc class, which included titles by Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi.Aprilia has also faired well in World Superbike, where it took the 2009 and 2011 manufacturer titles en route to Biaggi taking those both championships.And Aprilia’s ART machines have dominated in MotoGP since the CRT class was implemented in 2012. Aleix Espargaro took the top CRT honors aboard Arpilia machinery in 2012 and 2013.In other Aprilia racing news, longtime boss in World Superbike Luigi Dall’Igna signed as head boss at Ducati Corse, where he will overlook the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer’s SBK racing efforts.
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.