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MCN 11 August 2021

Launched in 1955, MCN has been bringing its readers exclusive news stories about bikes for 60 years. Every week, MCN’s team of expert test riders & journalists will: • Review new and used motorcycles • Help bikers make the very best buying decisions • Provide the latest MotoGP and Superbikes news MCN is also famous for its unrivalled motorcycle sport news and insight. From the white-knuckle world of MotoGP to the elbow-clashing action of World Superbikes and British Superbikes, MCN gives the inside story. There are also thousands of motorcycles for sale in MCN. So if you’re thinking about buying a new machine there’s almost definitely a fantastic bargain waiting to be snapped up!

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
Frequency:
Weekly
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51 Issues

in this issue

3 min
7 days in 60 seconds

‘We are losing something big in MotoGP’MARQUEZ ON ROSSI’S RETIREMENT MOTOGP MOVES It’s the end of an era for MotoGP The list of rider superlatives has been hammered to a pulp over the last few days in the wake of Valentino Rossi’s decision to announce his retirement from MotoGP. Even staunch, bitter rivals have parked their animosity to tip their metaphorical hats to the man who has defined MotoGP – and, for many, motorcycling – for over a quarter of a century. Get the inside line on what his retirement means for MotoGP. 10-PAGE SPECIAL, STARTS P4 TECHWATCH Honda bikes will be uncrashable Yes, you read that right. It’s not possible, though – surely? Well, Honda believe it is, and say that by 2050 they will make sure that their range of two-wheelers will remain upright…

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1 min
‘he has been a constant star to navigate by’

Not everybody loves Valentino Rossi. But even those who don’t – and have more reason than any of us, who have only sat in a grandstand or shouted at our TV for or against him – have come out to pay their respects to the man who made MotoGP ‘the Rossi show’ for over a quarter of a century. Biaggi, Stoner, and Marquez alone represent three ages of MotoGP dominance who suffered at the prickly end of Rossi’s genius. Whether that was on the track back at his peak when Vale could do things with a bike that seemingly defied physics, or in pit lane, acerbic press conferences or hilarious – but sometimes brutally cutting – post-race celebrations, they all felt the impact of his power. But they also have the self-awareness…

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1 min
new nicky hayden lid

Arai have unveiled this ‘Nicky Reset’ paint job for its RX-7V. The design is as worn by the late, great Nicky Hayden during testing and has been one of the designs most requested by fans. Arai have worked with the Hayden family who have agreed to the release to help keep memory of 2006 MotoGP champ, who died in a road accident in 2017, alive. The Nicky Reset will be available from October, priced £789.99. Sales remain strong New bike sales stayed strong in July with 12,437 machines sold. That’s actually just under 12% down compared to this time last year, however, due to pent up demand from lockdown, July 2020 was up 40% compared to a typical year. Compared to 2019, July’s sales sales are 25% up, with the year-to-date figures…

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4 min
the end of an iconic era

MOTOGP CORRESPONDENT ● GRAZIE VALENTINO ROSSI ● GRAZIE VALENTINO ROSSI ● GRAZIE VALENTINO ROSSI ● GRAZIE VALENTINO ROSSI ● GRAZIE Legend, icon, superstar, record-breaker, history maker, trailblazer. And now, soon to be ex-racer. Valentino Rossi – arguably the greatest motorcycle racer of all time – will end his decorated career spanning a quarter-of-a-century at the end of 2021. An incredible 9360 days since his debut as an unknown rookie in Shah Alam in 1996, the final chapter will close on one of MotoGP’s greatest success stories in Valencia on November 14. The news everybody was dreading, but expecting, was beamed live around the globe from an exceptional press conference staged in a small room in the bowels of the Red Bull Ring’s main grandstand last Thursday. “I decided to stop at the end of the season.…

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1 min
‘rossi has been a constant in my life’

MATT BIRT WRITES: “I was 22 when I got the gig as MCN’s MotoGP reporter back in 1996. “I’ve just recently celebrated my 48th birthday, and in that long period one of the few constants in my life has been a regular interaction from March to November with a certain Mr Valentino Rossi. “No words I write here can fully express how fortunate I feel to have written and talked about his entire GP career. There are only a handful of people on the planet who can say they did that, so I feel truly blessed to be one of them. “I could fill the next 20 issues of MCN with memories of documenting Rossi’s career. “But his unbelievable win for Yamaha in Welkom 2004 is the one race I can say was an…

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1 min
rivals pay tribute

CASEY STONER ‘My validation…’ You’ve been without doubt one of my greatest rivals, my achievements have been all the more validated having raced against you. We’ve had some tough battles over the years and I learnt a lot from you. I hope you enjoy the next chapter in your life, there is a lot left to enjoy.” MARC MARQUEZ ‘Big loss to MotoGP’ “We lose part of MotoGP, maybe the biggest part of MotoGP, because Valentino always brings a lot of people. He did many good things inside of the track but also outside of the track. Everybody knows that our personal relationship is not the best one, and everybody has his way, but I don’t have any problem and I can recognise that we are losing something big in MotoGP. Luckily for MotoGP he…

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