MotoGP: Race results from Indianapolis

For The Doctor, this was his 69th MotoGP win. Hayden, Lorenzo and Stoner took second, third and fourth places in the inaugural Indianapolis MotoGP...

2008 MotoGP race results from Indianapolis:

1. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (B) 37min 20.095 secs
2. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 37min 26.067 secs
3. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 37min 27.953 secs
4. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 37min 48.257 secs
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP (M) 37min 48.919 secs
6. Ben Spies USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 37min 49.740 secs
7. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 37min 56.318 secs
8. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (B) 37min 57.353 secs
9. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 37min 58.537 secs
10. Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 38min 2.532 secs
11. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 38min 7.274 secs
12. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 38min 16.057 secs
13. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP (M) 38min 17.461 secs
14. John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 38min 18.448 secs
15. Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 38min 20.708 secs
16. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 38min 25.715 secs
17. Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 38min 25.949 secs
18. James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 38min 28.063 secs
19. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 38min 41.118 secs

Full race report here

More pics from various 2008 MotoGP races...

First official pics: 2009 Ducati Monster 1100 and 1100S

The 2009 Ducati Monster 1100S (left) and Monster 1100 (right). Time to hit the troll road again...

The much rumoured, awaited and anticipated Ducati Monster 1100 is finally here. No more Photoshop jobs – this is the real item. The bike will be available in two versions – the standard 1100 (which weights 169kg) and the 1100S (which weighs in at 168 kilos).

Both, the 2009 Ducati Monster 1100 and 1100S get a brand-new single-sided swingarm, while the 1100S also gets higher-spec Öhlins suspension, gold-painted wheels and carbonfibre front fender. Both the bikes are fitted with the same 1100cc v-twin, which makes 95bhp at 7,500rpm and 10.5Kgm of torque at 6,000rpm.

Ducati will officially unveil the bike in Cologne, at the Intermot Show, on the 8th of October. Details on pricing and availability to follow soon…

We'd like another 30-40bhp, but the Monster 1100 is still the coolest Monster

2009 Suzuki Gladius 650 unveiled

The 2009 Suzuki Gladius 650. Not bad looking for an entry-level bike...

Suzuki have a new middleweight naked for 2009 – the Gladius Maximus. Er... no, it's actually the Suzuki Gladius 650. Powered by the SV650’s v-twin, the Gladius looks fresh and funky. The spec looks fairly basic – steel tube trellis frame, conventional fork/monoshock and… well, not much else really.

The bike weighs in at around 202kg dry, and with that 70bhp engine, the performance is definitely not going to surprise anyone. Still, for someone looking at buying their first bike, the Gladius 650 looks quite all right. Pricing, availability and other details to follow soon…

Specs and first official pics: 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000

The 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K9, with its MotoGP-inspired Titanium mufflers. Hmmm...

In the sportsbike world, the unveiling of a new Suzuki GSX-R1000, every year, is a fairly momentous occasion. Reduced weight, more power, more electronics (to safely harness all that power…), bigger/uglier exhausts and new colours (some of which can actually be quite bad). Those few things more or less sum up what we expect from new GSX-R1000s every year. And the 2009 model doesn’t disappoint.

The 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 gets a lighter, more compact 999cc inline-four, which delivers more power and torque and offers enhanced throttle response across the engine’s entire rpm range. The K9 GSX-R1000 engine is now more oversquare than before, and the compression ratio has also gone up from 12.5:1 to 12.8:1.

For those who may be interested, here’s a ton of technical details: The new GSX-R1000 engine employs bigger titanium valves, forged pistons, shot-peened conrods, Iridium spark plugs (for a stronger spark, for better combustion) and Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) plated cylinders integrated into the crankcase, reducing friction and improving heat transfer, durability and ring seal.

New, 12-hole fuel-injectors produce a finer fuel mist for more complete combustion, reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. And as before, the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) offers push-button selection of three performance settings to suit riding conditions and personal tastes. However, the switch has now been relocated on the left handlebar control module.

The cable-operated back-torque-limiting clutch makes for efficient clutch operation with superb feel, claim Suzuki. And the new Suzuki Advanced Exhaust System (SAES) uses an under-engine chamber and low-slung, large-volume MotoGP-inspired titanium mufflers.

To ride, we're sure the K9 GSX-R1000 is brilliant as ever. But styling-wise, we wish Suzuki were doing something radically new...

The 2009 GSX-R1000’s wheelbase is 10mm shorter, the swingarm is 33mm longer, for improved high speed handling. The bike’s twin-spar frame is made of five cast sections, mated with an arched swingarm made of three castings and one-piece die-cast rear subframe. Big Piston Front (BPF) forks, with an endurance-race-proven design, deliver superb feedback and responsive, stable operation, and are very lightweight.

The rear shock absorber features adjustable rebound damping, spring preload, and both high-speed and low-speed compression damping. Twin 310mm brake discs at the front, with monoblock radial-mount four-piston calipers, handle the stopping duties. And the bike rides on 17-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels, shod with 120/70 (front) and 190/50 (rear) ZR-rated rubber.

The 2009 GSX-R1000’s kerb weight is 203 kilos. And while there is no official word on the power output, we’d say there should be at least 170 rear wheel horsepower available, so you know what the performance is going to be like…! Details on pricing and availability coming soon…