MCN 27 October 2021

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7 days in 60 seconds

‘It was very emotional These are things I will always remember’VALENTINO ROSSI MOTOGP A Misano to remember Last weekend’s Misano MotoGP will be one that’ll be etched in our memory banks. Not only did we see France’s first premier class champ crowned, as Fabio Quartararo sealed the deal at his first opportunity, but we also saw the Doctor’s last GP in front of his home fans. And Italy certainly sent the GOAT off in style with a sea of yellow in the stands, special liveries on the VR46 squad bikes, fireworks, flypasts and awards. And he honoured his fans by dedicating his final Misano lid to them, then throwing it into the crowd after the race. Join the Misano celebrations with our picture special on PAGE 58 TOP STORY Can you imagine a silent Ducati? Looks…

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‘age limit is a good step but not enough’

I remember the first time I heard the name Fabio Quartararo. Keith Huewen was excitedly talking about the kid who they’d changed the rules for. Having taken back-to-back titles in CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship, Fabio was allowed to race Grand Prix as a 15 year old, rather than having to wait until he reached the minimum age of 16. “This kid’s a sensation” said Huewen, as FQ took a podium in his second GP. But things fizzled out and it took Fabio until 2018 to get his first win... Was he simply too young before then to handle the pressure? Perhaps. There’s much talk over the stress youngsters are under simply doing their school exams at that age, let alone competing in a professional sport. So there’s something of…

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don’t get caught out

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone has been extended to the North and South Circular roads – an expansion of roughly 18 times its previous size. The zone applies 24/7 and vehicles that enter must comply with regs or pay a £15 daily charge. For motorcycles, this means any vehicle that is not Euro 3 (pre-2007), will pay the levy unless it is exempt. Head to and search for the ULEZ checker. Three’s company Just as the weather turns, heated kit experts Keis bring us the G301 – a waterproof heated glove that’s aimed at people that ride in all weathers. Designed for maximum warmth, the G301 is a three-finger glove that reduces airflow between the fingers for insulation. Powered by either the bike’s electrics or an optional battery, the G301s are…

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ducati’s stunning silence

SPORTS REPORTER Ducati will become the sole bike supplier in the MotoE World Cup from the 2023 season, signing a four-season deal with Dorna. So what does the Italian brand’s surprise MotoE announcement mean for the future of their road bikes? It was revealed last week that the MotoGP manufacturer will take over from fellow Italian company Energica, which has announced its withdrawal at the end of the 2022 season. Energica has been the supplier since the electric class had its inaugural season in 2019. “This is a very important step for us because we are continuing to do what we’ve done in the past, but with the technology that for sure will come on two wheels in the future, even for production motorcycles,” said Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali. “At Ducati, our core values…

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fit for a king

MV have unveiled a special edition version of their Superveloce retro sportsbike to honour the racing successes of former MV Agusta factory racer Giacomo Agostini. Ago won 15 world championships across his career, as well as 311 individual grand prix victories. This isn’t the first time MV have celebrated Ago’s wins, having previously released the F4 Ago and F3 Ago. To celebrate such a special man you need a special bike, so MV have taken the Superveloce and added some very fancy components. For a start the suspension is now top-level Öhlins: fully adjustable 43mm MIX forks up front and a TTX36 shock at the rear. The forks now sit in forged aluminium triple clamps with a CNC’d alloy steering damper mount. The sexiest change though is the bodywork, which is…

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make sports-touring great again

NEWS EDITOR Honda have brought touring back into focus with their new NT1100 – an Africa Twin based sports-tourer that has modern performance, old-school practicality and a sensible price. Honda say they have built the bike because there’s a large group of people out there who want the comfort, technology and performance of modern adventure bikes without the lofty seat height or associated cost. The truth too is that for most people, especially if you spend time just on road, they’re a better choice. As the NT1100 name suggests, the new bike is powered by the 1084cc parallel twin from the Africa Twin. It’s got new intakes and exhaust innards to fatten up the midrange, with a minor drop in peak torque, so it now produces 100.5bhp @ 7250rpm and 75lb.ft @…