MCN Sport

MCN Sport

Season Preview 2017

MCN Sport is a UK-based, quarterly magazine dedicated completely to the beautiful and dangerous sport of motorcycle racing. Whether it's MotoGP, Superbikes or TT racing, MCN Sport covers it all in a way you will not find anywhere else. Our approach is to revere the past, celebrate the present and have fun trying to figure out what might happen in the future.... Our contributors are some of the world’s best race photographers and journalists in MotoGP, World Superbike, British Superbike and Roads. The result is a magazine of exceptional quality and originality, backed up by the contacts and experience of our mother publication Motor Cycle News. “I know this magazine. It is the best. Period.” – Valentino Rossi"

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POWER As you’d expect from a Moto3 engine builder, the engine is already powerful. The next job is to make it easier to use WP SUSPENSION As if entering MotoGP isn’t hard enough, KTM are using their own suspension, WP, rather than Öhlins like everyone else STEEL FRAME Ducati tried it in MotoGP for the same reason – they understand steel – but gave up. For now it allows fast alterations For now, KTM have landed two riders who are a lot faster than their new motorbike. Which is how it should be at the beginning of a development cycle. Two years from now, the Austrian factory hope it will be the other way round. And if their record in other branches of bikesport is any guide, the RC16 will be a podium contender in 2019. It’s…

3 Min
240bhp on snow

IT IS NOT LIKE AN ORDINARY SLOPE. IT IS AN UNIMAGINABLY STEEP HILL IMAGINE the health and safety assessment meeting prior to this jape. “So,” says Red Bull’s risk assessor, his facial twitch appearing worse than normal, “in summary, the three-times MotoGP world champion and Honda’s most valuable motorcycling asset will attempt to ride up part of a world championship downhill ski course on a 240bhp RCV213V with hundreds of 2in steel spikes sticking out of the tyres and the course will be lined with members of the public.” No wonder Red Bull’s publicity machine played down the stunt. They said Marquez was going to ride up a ‘ski slope’ and didn’t mention it was the Kitzbühel world cup downhill course in Austria. As anyone who has tried skiing this will tell…

2 Min

BASICALLY RIGHT With rules unchanged this year, Suzuki know they have a good bike. “What we have done so far is quite surprising,” admits boss Davide Brivio. “Everything was new two years ago, and managing to win a race last year was amazing. But this has to be just the starting point.” UNDERSEAT FUEL MotoGP bikes look fat under the seat because that’s where the fuel is. That location frees up space for the airbox ( for big power) and optimises the weight distribution change as the fuel is burned in a race CONSTANT EVOLUTION That slim Akrapovic silencer might look like the last word in style but the entire exhaust system will change throughout the season as different tracks demand different power characteristics. INLINE ENGINE Like the Yamaha, the Suzuki is a straight four. Cylinders lean…

4 Min
wsb the ones to watch

“I CAN RIDE AT 95 PER CENT NOW, NOT ON THE LIMIT” CHAZ DAVIES #7 Team: Aruba.itDucati After winning seven of the last eight races in 2016, Davies heads into the 2017 season as favourite to challenge back-to-back champion Jonathan Rea. Over the past two seasons, the Welshman has shown he’s more than capable of beating the Rea/ Kawasaki combination. The only missing link is consistency. Then again, he may already have sorted that: his late season saw him win more races (11) than Jonathan Rea (9) in 2016. If he can keep that up all season long, he’s without doubt a title threat. Davies himself is well aware of how close he is, pointing out that he didn’t fall once after last year’s summer break. He attributes this feat to a set-up breakthrough which…

2 Min
editor’s blather

“WE’VE GONE BEYOND SUPERFICIAL GLAMOUR TO DISCOVER DARK, BROODING FORCES THAT LIE BENEATH” IT’S EASY TO FORGET that not everyone likes motorcycle racing. I was once at Knockhill circuit standing next to an extraordinarily beautiful and elegantly-dressed lady called Kerry. We were on some sort of team-building weekend which had ended with a minimoto endurance race at Knockhill. It was a gorgeous summer evening, and I’d just passed my main rival to move our team into the lead. But Kerry wasn’t keen on taking over. “I don’t understand. Where would you rather be?” I asked her. “In a piano bar in Manhattan,” she replied. Oh, right then. So I was fascinated to learn that even Sam Sunderland, winner of the 2017 Dakar and clearly the hardest man in the world, can have too much of a…

4 Min
“the big change is the chip in the rider’s head.”

BAUTISTA. HE’S GRABBED THE BULL BY THE HORNS SOMETIMES THE GLOSS people put on things makes me smile. My favourite line from pre-season testing is, “We weren’t shooting for lap times. We were just working on stuff.” Which basically means, “Damn, I was slow.” The thing is, on the first day of a test you pretty much know how your season is going to pan out. That can be a great feeling if you are Maverick Vinales. But if you are Scott Redding, or Jack Miller, or Tito Rabat, it can be horrible. Imagine how they feel about a rookie like Johann Zarco coming in and being just 0.4 seconds off the pace. Jack’s in his third year of MotoGP now, and he’s still a second off. Sam Lowes had a tough time too.…