Bike Devil’s Week on Two-Wheels: Our Weekly News Update – 5th August

Bike Devil’s Week on Two-Wheels: Our Weekly News Update – 5th August

Posted 5th August 2019

It’s time for the ‘Bike Devil Week on Two-Wheels’ update – and August already!

Triumph are at it again – fresh off the back of announcing its brand new Daytona will be unveiled later this month, they have unveiled two new machines – the Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT. Packed with the world’s largest production motorcycle engine at 2500cc, the new Rocket 3 has 11% more power than the previous generation machine and the highest torque of any motorcycle – with 221Nm @ 4,000 rpm. That certainly gets our heart beat racing a bit! As well as the new machines, there will be a whole host of new accessories available for it too.

Anyway, that’s enough talk about new bikes – let’s take a moment to appreciate the ‘classic’ with the news that Massimo Tamburini’s 916 has gone on display in the Ducati museum in Bologna, Italy, to mark the 25th anniversary of the launch of the world-renowned machine. If you’ve never been to the museum, it’s definitely one to add to the biking bucket list. Check out the link here [https://www.ducati.com/ww/en/ducati-museum-and-factory/museum] for more information and to plan your trip…

In racing news, the British Superbike paddock was at Thruxton this weekend. It was a great result for the Honda Racing team with Andrew Irwin taking first place on the podium in race one and a second in race two. A momentous occasion for the 24-year-old, he achieved a raft of firsts – his first pole position, his first podium, and his first ever win in the premier class – not a bad weekend hey?! Not only this, he set the fastest lap time of the whole race weekend in Q2… #onit

Current championship leader, Scott Redding bagged a second place in race one and then nabbed the top step in race two, maintaining his lead from teammate, Josh Brookes, by 20 points – a lead he will no doubt want to extend with just five rounds left…

Following the weekend, it was announced today James Ellison and Smiths Racing BMW have ‘parted company’ following the weekend. As it currently stands, he was placed 21st in the British Superbike standings, his teammate, Peter Hickman, is 8th. It was rumoured that Ellison was retiring at the end of the 2018 season, so does this mean that Thruxton was his final race in front of British Superbike crowds?!

In other news, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne has announced his autobiography ‘Unshakeable’ will be out in autumn 2020. Having won the British Superbike Championship a whopping six times, we’re pretty sure it will be packed with plenty of anecdotes and experiences!

Stay tuned for the next Bike Devil round-up in a week’s time!

Log On, Tune In, Ride Out……