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After successfully launching MV Agusta Finance in Italy and the UK, the brand is now extending the offer to customers in France, Germany and Spain.
MV Agusta is increasing its offer of finance services across Europe as part of its plan to broaden its customer base and make its bikes more accessible to new customers. Special promotions have been offered earlier this year to customers in Italy and the UK. MV Agusta Finance, in collaboration with specialised partners in each of the markets, launched a number of financing initiatives. The aim was to help customers fulfill their dream of purchasing an MV Agusta by making the entire buying process as easy and light as possible from a financial standpoint.
The strategy is being quite successful and having a positive impact on sales, which encouraged MV Agusta to extend it to other European countries. New initiatives have just been launched in France, Germany and Spain, partnering with Crédit Agricole, CreditPlus and Soyou, respectively. Customers in these markets now have the possibility to take advantage of the dedicated finance programmes specifically conceived for MV Agusta products.
“MV Agusta Finance is becoming increasingly important as an element of our sales strategy across our markets” said Raffaele Giusta, Global Sales Director, MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. “Appealing to a wider audience and broadening our customer base is the ultimate goal and constitutes one of the pillars of MV Agusta’s growth plans for the near future. In this I am delighted about our new partnership with Crédit Agricole, CreditPlus and Soyou, three of the most prominent and respected personal credit institutions in Europe. Together we will make the MV Agusta dream come true for thousands of bikers.”
To find out about MV Agusta Finance country-specific personal finance promotions, consult the MV Agusta official website www.mvagusta.com or visit your local MV Agusta dealer.
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This weekend the FIM Motocross World Championship moves from the sand to the hard-pack of Pietramurata, Italy, for the final trio of races as we conclude this year’s FIM Motocross World Championship.
Pietramurata is one of the most scenic circuits on the MXGP calendar, always producing the best atmosphere and stunning racing. And while the event will run behind closed doors this time around, there just something so special about that place that even without the crowds of cheering fans, it will still guarantee three awesome races.
The stony clay circuit will host the FIM Motocross World Championship for the ninth consecutive time, having become a regular on the MXGP racing calendar since 2012. The first FIM Motocross World Championship race to take place here was back in 1987 that saw Massimo Contini victorious in the 125cc category. Other winners at the hard pack circuit includes the likes of Max Nagl, Clement Desalle, Antonio Cairoli, Jeffrey Herlings and Tim Gajser, just to name a few.
And of course, alongside the MXGP and MX2 World Championships, we will also be joined by the Women’s Motocross World Championship and the EMX Open class during the round of Trentino this weekend.
In WMX, it’s all coming down to the wire as just four points separate Championship leader Nancy Van De Venfrom Courtney Duncan of DRT Kawasaki, while Larissa Papenmeier is just a further 2 points back on 160 and Kiara Fontanesi not far behind too on 156 points. And there is no doubt that these ladies will give it their all, as we have seen plenty of times before. For Fontanesi, the round of Trentino is much like a home round and a circuit she enjoys and has had plenty of success at.
While in EMX Open, Karel Kutsar will enter the races here in Italy as the championship leader, ahead of Kim Savaste who sits second in the championship, 21 points ahead of Miro Sihvonen who is third. It has been a while since we have seen the Open class out in action, the last time being the Latvian triple-header, so it will be interesting to see who can perform well on the hard pack over the next three rounds.
Last year, the main attention of the MXGP of Trentino was on the gruelling battle between Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli and Team HRC’s Tim Gajser who had us all on the edge of our seats. The GP in Trentino was a turning point in the championship, as it was the first time that Gajser was able to beat Cairoli, with two race wins, while Cairoli was forced to settle for second.
Now we return to Trentino for the home stretch of this year’s world championship to witness yet another Gajser vs Cairoli battle, as the pair go head-to-head for the title. There are 74 points separating the two in terms of the standings, so every race and every point will be more vital than ever during the upcoming GPs.
Cairoli is someone who knows how to win around here, as he has done so three times before, in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Though his results this weekend will be more important than ever, if he wants to stay in contention for that 10th world title.
Meanwhile for Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s, Clement Desalle, this will be his final stint in the FIM Motocross World Championship as he prepares to hang up his boots at the end of the season. The Belgian won the MXGP of Trentino back in 2014, so it would be good to see the Kawasaki rider add another podium as he concludes his GP racing career.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin was a podium finisher here last season also, as he scored two solid thirds, for third overall. It would be good to see the Frenchman grace the podium once again, following his success in Lommel just over a week ago. Of course, his teammates, Arnaud Tonus, who narrowly missed out on a podium here last year, and Jeremy Seewer, who is pushing to secure a medal this season, as he currently sits third in the championship, will no doubt be pushing for top results too.
2019 MXGP of Trentino Top 3, MXGP:
MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 583 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 509 p.; 3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 499 p.; 4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 476 p.; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 465 p.; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 403 p.; 7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 375 p.; 8. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 362 p.; 9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 289 p.; 10. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 263 p.
And in MX2, things are just as interesting as exactly the same point margin divides Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tom Vialle and Jago Geerts of Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing. And for the pair, it will be an opportunity to go after their first victory in Trentino, as the class was previously dominated by Jorge Prado, who has now moved up to MXGP, leaving the door open for a brand-new winner.
Both riders finished on the podium last year, with Geerts taking to the second step while Vialle was third. And while the pair will be battling for the top spot, there are also two other riders who will no doubt be going at it for as many points as possible and that is Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori J1 Racing’s Maxime Renaux and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jed Beaton who are separated by 20 points for third in the standings.
Additionally, Monster Energy Yamaha Racing’s Ben Watson has been on the rise, with a good podium track record at the previous triple header in Belgium, where the Brit went 3-2-1 during the three GPs. Of course, the terrain will be different this weekend, though looking at last year’s results, Watson went 7-3 here last season, to miss out on the podium by just a mere point, so with that in mind, we could possibly see the Yamaha rider continue his podium success.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen also missed out on a podium spot last season by a single point, just like Watson. During the second half of this season, the Dane has been strong, pushing inside the top 5 during most races and going after race wins too, so it will be interesting to see if he can put in two solid results here in Trentino.
2019 MXGP of Trentino Top 3, MX2:
MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification: 1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 651 points; 2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 577 p.; 3. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 476 p.; 4. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 456 p.; 5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 446 p.; 6. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 440 p.; 7. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 417 p.; 8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 307 p.; 9. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 279 p.; 10. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 234 p.
TIMETABLE (Local Timing CET)
SATURDAY: 09:20 EMX Open Free Practice, 09:50 WMX Free Practice, 10:20 EMX Open Qualifying Practice, 11:00 WMX Qualifying Practice, 12:30 EMX Open Race 1, 13:20 WMX Race 1, 14:30 EMX Open Race 2, 15:25 WMX Race 2.
SUNDAY: 08:15 MX2 Free/Time Practice, 09:15 MXGP Free/Time Practice, 11:05 MX2 Race 1, 12:05 MXGP Race 1, 14:00 MX2 Race 2, 15:00 MXGP Race 2.
If you’ve ever scrolled through adventure biking photos on social media, chances are you’ve come across images of Vanessa Ruck, aka The Girl On A Bike, ripping up the trails on various mud-splattered motorcycles. But behind the action shots and infectious smile that she shares with her thousands of followers online is a story of grit, determination, and a refusal to give up on a motorcycling dream. Ollie Rooke caught up with Vanessa to discover the incredible story behind The Girl On A Bike and to find out how the Adventure Bike Rider Festival inspired her.
It was a bicycle accident of all things that got Vanessa Ruck into motorcycling. She was cycling home from work one night when a car ran a red light and knocked her flying. After being rushed to hospital, doctors failed to properly identify her injuries and sent her home. It was a fateful decision that would have painful repercussions and change the course of Vanessa’s life.
She says: “Back then I was fit, I was athletic, and I was healthy but that all changed when I got on my bicycle after work. If I fast-forward to now, I’ve had seven surgeries including a reconstructed shoulder and hip. They couldn’t have been more wrong that night at the hospital. I was actually sent home with bruising!
“When I finally got treatment, my recovery was a bit of a rollercoaster. They’d tell me I was doing alright but then I’d hurt and I knew it wasn’t right, so I’d go back and do more tests and they’d spot something else that they’d missed. Then I’d be back in for more surgery.”
Despite enduring several years of reconstructive surgeries and painful rehabilitation, Vanessa admits, perhaps surprisingly, that she wouldn’t change anything because it was that accident that led to her pursue her motorcycling dreams and the creation of The Girl On A Bike.
She says: “If you could take me back to two minutes before the accident and say that I could wave a magic wand and make it not happen, I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s a journey I needed to go on. In that moment life as I knew it changed.
“The idea to start motorcycling came because I was no longer able to cycle to work and having to drive into central Oxford each day was absolutely killing me. So, one Friday night after a couple of gin and tonics, I decided to get a motorbike. I was on the path to becoming a biker.”
Vanessa already had a full motorcycle licence after passing her test a few years previously but hadn’t ridden since. So,she went out that same weekend and brought a Suzuki Bandit 600, along with riding gear, and rode to work the following Monday morning. It wasnât long before she was well and truly smitten with life on two wheels and soon added a Harley Davidson to her garage, after renting one with her husband on their wedding anniversary.
Vanessa says: âAfter just one afternoon I needed that Dyna Street Bob in my life. It was one of the best decisions Iâve made as far as my mental health recovery from the accident is concerned. With mental health issues, there are so many different causes and angles, and itâs the side of recovering from an injury that people donât normally talk about. When I was no longer able to do all the sport I used to do, I didnât really see the point in doing much at all.
âThe Harley gave me a sense of adventure without a physical requirement. It became a new way to experience adventure and freedom, the adrenaline, the wind in the hair, without needing to actually do anything except sit on what was essentially a sofa on wheels.
âI still remember the first time we went motorcycle camping. It was probably only six miles from the house, which was about as far as I could go at the time, and it was incredible. Yeah it was nothing compared to some of the stuff that weâd done previously but that didnât matter because, from where I had been mentally and physically, it was huge.âEnduro rush
Despite enjoying her time on the Harley, Vanessa continued to miss the thrills and adrenalin rushes of her pre-accident days when she could regularly be found mountain biking, kite surfing, snowboarding, and rock climbing.
She says: âIâd become addicted to the adrenaline and the endorphins and Iâve always wanted that back. Just because my body is slightly reconstructed doesnât mean I canât do that. So, after my third surgery, I woke up one morning, turned to my husband and said: âCan I get a dirt-bike?â I donât remember seeing dirt bikes, reading about them, or even seeing them on TV. I still have no idea where it came from.â
Once again, Vanessa didnât hang around and she went out and brought a Yamaha WR250F as soon as she could despite not being well enough to ride it. However, the bike became an inspiration as she struggled through months of physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
She says: âIt was five months until I could sit on it. It was in the conservatory and it became something to focus on when I couldnât be bothered to do physio, or when my body just hurt too much. It was my long-term goal. I was going to go greenlaning on that bike.
âI still remember the first day I could ride it vividly, after my doctor signed me off. My husband and I only had the one bike between us, so one of us was in the car. Weâd discovered some byways that we could ride close by, so we each started at the beginning and the person in the car would drive round to the other end.
âI was so overwhelmed by how horrifically hard it was but it was amazing, and we quickly realised we needed two bikes.â
Greenlaning provided the thrills Vanessa was looking for, and over the next few years, she pursued her new passion as often as possible in between further reconstructive surgeries on her hip, and the painful rehabilitation that followed.
Throughout, she regularly shared her experiences on and off the bike on Instagram, Facebook, and her own website, growing a following of more than 100,000 people inspired by her courageous story.
Eventually, greenlaning simply wasnât enough to satisfy Vanessaâs thirst for adventure so, after being egged on by her riding mates, she entered her first enduro race despite not being sure if she was a good enough rider to compete.
She says: âFive metres from the start-line there was a thigh-high plastic waste tube that you had to ride over. There were spectators everywhere, I was the only girl on the start line and I honestly thought I was going to die. I got straight over it! At this point I was thinking, oh my God, I can do this. I started to realise the extreme sports adrenaline that I used to love could massively come from motorbikes.âInspired by the ABR Festival
With her love of riding off road cemented, it was only a matter of time before adventure biking caught Vanessaâs attention, and the 2019 Adventure Bike Rider Festival proved the perfect opportunity to discover more.
She says: âThat (the festival) was the beginning, it really was. I especially enjoyed the Little London Enduro Track. I just went around and around until people must have thought I was bonkers. At the festival, I was able to ride more adventure bikes than I had ridden previously. Over double in fact. Iâd ridden three beforehand and tried five at the festival.
âIt got me more into off-roading and solidified my belief that the big bikes are a lot more capable off-road than you think. I did miss out on the talks though. I was too busy riding motorbikes. Perhaps you could make the festival even longer next year.â
After six years, seven surgeries, and countless months spent in recovery, it was Vanessaâs love of motorcycling that helped her find the courage and determination to endure and overcome her injuries. She is also proud of the fact she has helped inspire others to pursue her two-wheeled dreams by sharing her story on social media.
Vanessa will be one of a host of well-known faces from the world of adventure biking you can meet at the 2021 Adventure Bike Rider Festival, which is once again sponsored by Bridgestone.
Weâd love to see you there, so weâre gifting you a Â£10 saving with a discounted ticket, but donât hang around because they will sell out soon.
So, what are you waiting for? Guarantee your place at the largest celebration of adventure motorcycling ever held in the UK by getting your ticket today.
Buy your 2021 Adventure Bike Rider Festival tickets HERE.
What happens if 2021âs event is cancelled because of a global pandemic?
Itâs perfectly understandable to be asking that question given everything thatâs happened in 2020. We hear you loud and clear, so we want to let you know that weâve put in place a policy that will protect you and your cash in the instance that we have to re-arrange the Adventure Bike Rider Festival 2021 because of coronavirus.
If that happens, we will give you the option to either roll your ticket over to the next yearâs event or claim a full refund. Weâre here to serve you, and that means everything we do will be with your best interests at heart.
The only woman to ever win an FIM sanctioned road race Championship, Ana Carrasco, has signed a contract with the Provec Kawasaki team to fight for honours in the 2021 WorldSSP300 Championship.
Recovering from a recent fall in testing, Carrasco was unable to complete the 2020 season concentrating instead on her recovery to full fitness having fractured several vertebrae which have since been successfully fused.
Her focus and passion for success remains undiminished and her intention is simple, to regain the premier position in her chosen championship underpinning her past success and to add racing history by achieving a second World Championship.
Riding a Ninja 400 prepared by the same Catalan enterprise which also manages Kawasaki’s successful WorldSBK team, the link between Carrasco and Provec is a logical fit for both parties and a strong platform to build on previous success, as she explains.
Ana Carrasco: “2018 was a very special year for me and in some ways it only feels like yesterday. Winning the WorldSSP300 world championship for sure changed my life forever. Not only had I achieved one of my life goals but also I became a symbol for other women to aspire to make their dreams real. On the grid, I am a racer like anyone else, not a woman but a competitor. It’s on this level I will race with the support of Provec and Kawasaki in 2021 and my desire to win the championship a record second time has been the fuel for my recent recovery. I want to thank not only Kawasaki and Provec, but also all our partners and sponsors that even in this Covid situation and despite the injury they support this project for coming season”.
After a punishing training and fitness regime that would daunt the most accomplished athlete, Carrasco is now ready to remount her Ninja and has won plaudits not only in her native Spain but worldwide as Guim Roda Provec Racing Director explains.
“Both Ana and the Provec team have unfinished business in the WSSP300 Championship. There is such a depth of support for her in Spain and across the world which psychologically seems like it’s worth a second per lap off her times. We have the machinery, the expertise and, most importantly, the rider to succeed in the coming season. This is a project built just for Ana, her efforts will benefit the WorldSSP300 Championship and secure incredible media exposure to all Championships and to Kawasaki, so we feel our obligation to secure her a competitive project to keep making history. She deserves, as a rider, and as a person, this effort – for sure 2021 will be her time to make history once more.”
Steve Guttridge, Race Planning Manager for Kawasaki, explained how Ana and the WorldSSP300 series is such a logical fit for Kawasaki.
“Since its inception, Kawasaki has been the major player in this championship and for 2020 we remain manufacturer, team and rider champions. Success on track for the Ninja 400 is matched by interest in Kawasaki showrooms across the globe. For us this strong connection between racing and our customers is one of the things that makes this championship so attractive.
For Kawasaki, Ana is what you could call the “final part of the jig-saw”; a former world champion for Kawasaki and a globally recognised athlete in her own right. Her fight back to fitness is characteristic of her determination on track.
Kawasaki and Provec are both determined to play a part in her journey towards a second world championship in 2021.”
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Yuasa are celebrating with Josh Brookes and the VisionTrack Ducati team after the Australian won the British Superbike Championship for the second time in his career. Two brilliant victories at Brands Hatch last weekend was enough to secure the title and give Yuasa their first as a BSB sponsor.
This was the first year GS Yuasa, manufacturer of Yuasa batteries, have sponsored the factory-supported Ducati Panigale V4 R in the BSB. The bikes’ striking red, white and blue livery featured the Yuasa logo on the belly pan and fairing, and also on the rider’s leathers throughout the very successful 2020 championship.
As well as Brookes’ title win, there was further celebration for the Cumbrian team with Christian Iddon taking third and fourth on the day. In the end, Brookes completed the season with five wins from 18 races, more than anyone else this year.
Like most events around the country, the 2020 BSB championship had a delayed start due to the Covid-19 situation and the organisers were forced to run the entire season behind closed doors. Nevertheless, millions of fans still got to enjoy the excitement of British Superbike racing and watch Brookes claim his fantastic second championship from the comfort of their television screens.
Jon Pritchard, General Manager – Sales and Marketing for GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Josh has claimed his second British Superbike Championship title and the very first with Yuasa’s backing. After a successful 2019 season we knew our exciting new partnership with Paul Bird Motorsport and the VisionTrack Ducati team would be a force to be reckoned with in 2020, so it’s great to have been part of it this year.
âYuasaâs core values are reliability, quality and performance and our partnership with VisionTrack Ducati strongly mirrors this. We also believe that success is achieved through teamwork and this is continuously demonstrated by their strong team ethics.
âWe are delighted to be able to share the success of Josh Brookes and the team and we are celebrating this monumental success with them. We canât wait to see what more they can go on to achieve in the future.â
GS Yuasa are the worldwide market leader for motorcycle batteries and fitted as original equipment by over 90% of bike marques. The battery manufacturerâs Yuasa brand is the UKâs number one choice for vehicle and industrial batteries, offering some of the most well recognised, trusted and high-quality battery products for use in a diverse range of automotive, motorcycle, industrial and standby power applications.
Yuasa has an impressive portfolio and history of success in motorsport, including being a team sponsor of HRC Repsol Honda in MotoGP where Marc Marquez claimed a sixth MotoGP title last year. Yuasa has also had a lengthy involvement as a title sponsor of Halfords Yuasa Racing in the British Touring Car Championship, celebrating no less than four driverâs and constructors title wins.
For more information on Yuasa UK products visit yuasa.co.uk/
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The Triumph Bonneville Bobber, an eye catching hardtail lookalike with boisterous looks and ingenious engineering.
Walking across the Triumph Showroom at Fowlers Motorcycles, with the offer of “ride what you want”, it was the Bonneville Bobber that drew my attention. The striking features of the downward sweep from nose to tail, the bulge of the polished crank case and the flick of the seat, it’s all part of Triumph’s ‘bob job’ styling that will draw you to this corker.
The seat appears to ‘hover’ over the arch of the fat rear wheel, and it hides the reason why you can ride the Bobber for more more miles than its hardtail predecessors. It covers a ‘swing-cage’ rear suspension and gives a good cushioned feel on the road. The rear wheel pushes 77hp from the 1200cc twin parallel engine and it’s a delightful ride. It comes with all the good thump of a shorter stroke twin and takes you confidently up to questionable speeds in the delightful sweep of the single speedo dial. On a modest 9 ltr tank, you’ll get plenty of steady miles and respectful nods from fellow retro riders.
I took her for a spin in a very wet and windy Bristol, getting obligatory paps under the Clifton Suspension bridge. The moody atmospherics of the day made the Bobber even more appealing and the wet weather wasn’t intimidating. It gripped well either ‘rain’ or ‘road’ mode and I trusted the handling when I pushed the throttle on the dry patches. It reaches max torque at a mere 4,000 rpm but at 78ftlbs, its perky enough. My favourite bit has to be the ‘brap brap’ out of the pipes, ripping echoes in a concrete car park I found. Slow speed throttle control became a lot more fun – check out the video to hear it!
It’s got black bits in all the right places and chrome detailing that won’t intimidate you when it’s time for that all important clean. It is a classier bike than its garish competitors, made unique with a side mounted ignition key, retro battery cover and a well polished crank case, shrouded by prominent down pipes. If you want a beefier look, then the Black edition has darker aesthetics, proper ‘phat’ wheels and a slick LED headlight up front.
For the full review, check out the video here below. I make no apologies for the terrible Bristolian accent and many mentions of handing the ‘Dirrrrty Bobberrrr’ back to the Fowlers team, it caused us immense amusement!
Photos by @shaolinmike