If you thought this “robot apocalypse” was going to be quick, smooth and over before us humans noticed, you were wrong. Robots are cocky. Just look at this motorcycle robot, which (who?) looked at seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi and said, “I am Motobot. I was created to surpass you.”
Yamaha MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has been cleared to race again a mere 21 days after breaking his right leg in a motocross accident, the series announced today. If all goes well in practice, he’ll be back racing at Aragon this weekend.
There’s something wonderful about watching an athlete with the determination to finish whatever event they’re competing in when things just flat-out suck—when it’s useless, it’s not worth the effort, and it’s not going to result in a good finish anyway, but damn if they’re not going to finish it anyway.
Nine-time world champion and MotoGP Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi was hospitalized Thursday due to an endurance motocross crash that fractured parts of his right leg, reports Motorsport.com. Sadly for those hoping this year would bring him championship number 10, he will take a while to recover.
It was heartbreak in Assen, Netherlands for Dutch rider Bo Bendsneyder as his 10th place finish was given a DNF. A last lap kurfuffle with another rider on the final chicane resulted in Bensneyder being ejected from his bike as he slid across the finish line. Apparently this is against the rules. Lame.
Moto2 qualifying for tomorrow’s Dutch Grand Prix came to a halt today as Italian rider Lorenzo Baldassarri launched his bike, and himself, high into the air in a crash that left this viewer assuming he must be completely broken. Baldassarri later tweeted from the hospital that he’s “almost like new”:
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rosso sustained mild thoracic and abdominal trauma in a what a team press release calls “motocross training accident” in Italy, reports Roadracing World. Fortunately, no serious injuries or fractures were reported.
Until Nicky Hayden showed up in MotoGP, there was little anybody could do about Italian legend Valentino Rossi’s dominance on motorcycle racing’s biggest stage. But the kid from Kentucky with the aggressive riding style honed on the dirt tracks of middle America managed to halt Rossi’s five-year winning streak in…
American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden succumbed Monday to injuries from being struck by a car while cycling Wednesday in Italy ahead of the World Superbike race at Misano, multiple outlets are reporting. Hayden was the last American motorcycle racer to win a MotoGP world championship in 2006. He was 35.
During the Moto3 race at the MotoGP World Championship’s French Grand Prix over the weekend, it was almost like some sort of weird, hypnotic spell had been put on the field. As if prompted, a huge group of riders began solo slides into a gravel trap along the race course in an almost surreal fashion.
As video games continue to move into the world of sports, including racing, MotoGP just added itself to the list. In an official, MotoGP-governed eSports championship, gamers will compete for a digital MotoGP title later this year. The fastest e-motorcycle racer, ironically, will win a new car.
Wasp stings are bad, sure, but they’re particularly bad if you’re trying to keep a high-powered motorcycle within the confines of a race track. That’s exactly what happened to MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow, who said he got stung about five times when a wasp wound up in his leathers during qualifying on Saturday.
Once again, Marc Márquez dominated the Circuit of The Americas, proving that he is your God and scoring a fifth straight victory in Austin. While Rossi and Pedrosa put up a fight during the race, it seemed there was no doubt the Spaniard would continue blowing away the field in America.
In case you hadn’t heard, Jalopnik has been out at Circuit of The Americas all weekend watching bikes go fast. If you didn’t get to enjoy the races for yourself—or even if you did—at least enjoy a lovely new wallpaper for your desktop.
Loris Baz had the save of the weekend after nearly losing it coming on to Circuit of the Americas’ main straight during qualifying. It was a Code Brown, but no leathers were soiled, if the rider himself is to be believed on the matter.
Repsol Honda Team rider Marc Márquez defended his unofficial title of the King of Texas today, topping off five pole positions in a row with a fifth win in a row out of all five MotoGP races at Circuit of The Americas. Holy crap.
Young Movistar Yamaha rider Maverick Viñales was one of the favorites to finally end Marc Márquez’s 100 percent win rate at Circuit of the Americas going in to this race, qualifying second just behind Márquez. Unfortunately, the Maverick named for a Top Gun character just crashed out on lap two.
Former world champion Kevin Schwantz’s parents owned a Yamaha dealership, so his mom was cool with riding motorcycles as a kid. But she only had one rule: Don’t ever race them.
There is no greater joy in life than the Butt Cam used in motorcycle racing. MotoGP sticks a camera on the back of the bike, pointed right at a rider’s derriere. This isn’t just my Tina Belcher-esque fascination with butts, though. It’s the one up-close view of how riders move to achieve truly ridiculous speeds on…