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20th November 2019

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‘jorge lorenzo deserves our total respect’

It’s very easy to look back over the 2019 MotoGP season and forget just what an incredible rider Jorge Lorenzo is. The ignominy of his terrible year may have chamfered the edges off his results tally – but it shouldn’t tarnish his legacy. Quite simply one of the most effortlessly smooth and graceful riders ever to contest MotoGP, it was perhaps inevitable that the brutal Honda might break his will to continue. There were times when it looked like the Ducati would, too. But his phoenix-like rise back to the top step after Ducati delivered the changes he desired was all the proof needed that Jorge still had it. Sadly, his Assen back injury took more from him than he revealed in public – and proved to be the catalyst for his…

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britain goes new bike bananas!

Bike fans have been descending on Birmingham’s NEC this week for the start of Motorcycle Live. Thousands of visitors flocked to the NEC when its doors opened last Saturday to get their first look at 2020 models including Kawasaki’s new Z H2. And show organisers have been delighted with the turn-out. “We’ve had a great start and it’s all been really positive,” said Finlay McAllan. “Everyone is an enthusiast and this is their annual pilgrimage to see the new bikes in the flesh.” A bold new breed of super-nakeds are among the highlights with fans queuing up fling a leg over the new Z H2 and Ducati’s new Streetfighter V4. Neil Collinson, 48, from Bishop’s Stortford, wanted to see the V4 in the flesh before putting a deposit down. He said: “I love it. It’s…

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supercharged superlight ss

Norton have supercharged their 650 Superlight super-twin and thrown in a carbon-fibre frame, subframe and swingarm to create a genine lightweight sportsbike. The new chassis weighs 47% less than the aluminium item on the standard machine and with claimed figures of 170bhp and 160kg the SS look like a serious bit of kit. Visitors to Motorcycle Live at the NEC have been checking out the latest arrival from the Donington Hall-based outfit, but only 50 will be made and you’ll get a fiver change from £50k. Norton’s Head of Design Simon Skinner said: “The dimensions and feel of the frame will be identical to the aluminium version. We want to create the same feel and feedback and not make it too stiff. “We’ve used the same gearbox and running gear as the V4…

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the moment that changed everything

Barrel-rolling through the gravel trap at Assen’s high-speed turn seven in opening practice for the Dutch TT in late June, Jorge Lorenzo knew it was the beginning of the end. Honda’s wild RC213V had shattered his already fragile confidence 11 days earlier in a traumatising crash in the post-race test in Barcelona, which he described as ‘ugly’ and the ‘biggest crash of his career’. The painful spill in Assen left him with two fractures in his back, and it was the straw that literally broke the camel’s back. He said: “When I was rolling in the gravel and I stood up, I thought to myself: ‘Jorge, is this really worth it after what I’ve achieved? I’m done with it, I don’t want to race anymore. But then I went home, I decided…

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lorenzo: ‘the day has arrived’

‘More than anything, I love to win races’ ‘The Honda never felt natural’ ‘Honda and Lorenzo cannot be fighting to just score some points’ One of the greatest success stories in MotoGP history reached its final chapter last weekend when Spanish star Jorge Lorenzo retired from racing. A 13th place in Valencia brought an ignominious ending to a glittering career, with five world titles and 68 victories making Lorenzo one of the most decorated riders in the 70-year history of World Championship competition. Having gone from race winner at Ducati in August 2018 to perennial backmarker within months of an ill-fated switch to Honda that turned into an injury-ravaged horror show, Lorenzo announced his retirement at the age of 32 during an exceptional press conference on the eve of the Valencia race weekend. Flanked…

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paddock fallout

Valentino Rossi “He is one of the most important riders in the modern era. We are losing a very important part of our sport. He’s a great champion and impressed me with his speed and concentration.” Cal Crutchlow “On his day, a lot of people wouldn’t be in the same race. Sometimes when you are on the podium, you wouldn’t be in the same race as him. He’s been a great champion and professional.” Andrea Dovizioso “He’s won a lot of races and championships, so he can be happy with his career. What he did in the world championship is something huge.” Marc Marquez“He is a strong character on and off the track and for me a real champion.” Maverick Viñales “He’s a great rider and a great talent. He showed every race that he was always at…