It still amazes us how fast MotoGP riders can pilot their perspective prototypes when conditions are wet. Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit was held under extremely wet conditions, but the riders appeared smooth and, of course, quick.When the race wrapped up, winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) posted a best lap of 2:11.950—just over 11 seconds off the Circuit Record (2:00.606, Jorge Lorenzo, 2015). Quite impressive, and shows the amazing technology that Michelin has already put into its rain tires during its first season with MotoGP.
Dovizioso was quick throughout Saturday’s wet sessions, and claimed his second pole of the season there—the other pole arriving at a wet Assen. Dovizioso worked hard for his win, battling for a while with nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi. But when Rossi ran wide towards the end of the race, Dovizioso capitalized on the opportunity, and opened a considerable gap.When Sepang MotoGP was completed, Dovizioso claimed Ducati’s second win this season (other by Andrea Iannone at Red Bull Ring) by 3.115 seconds ahead of Rossi, and 11.924 seconds ahead of Lorenzo.To show just how amazing these guys are in the rain, we uploaded an exclusive photo gallery from the photographer we have covering overseas racing. Enjoy!Photos by Luciano Bianchetto
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.