Friday, January 30, 2015

2015 MotoGP

I have been following MotoGP for a few years and since I own a Super Tenere I root for Yamaha.  Last time Yamaha won the championship was in 2012 with Jorge Lorenzo.  The past two years have been dominated by Marc Márquez on the Repsol Honda.

Yamaha YZR-M1 GP


For 2015 the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP factory team will continue with the same pair of successful riders they have been running for the past two years.  On the number 99 will be 2 time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo and on the number 46 the 7 time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi.



The 2015 Yamaha YZR-M1 looks pretty much the same as last year's since rules hardly change but there's no doubt the bike YZR-M1 has been vastly improved.




Jorge Lorenzo is the 2006 and 2007 250cc World Champion and the 2010 and 2012 MotoGP World Champion.


Valentino Rossi won the 125cc category championship for Aprilia in 1997.  He then moved to the 250cc category with Aprilia and won the 250cc World Championship in 1999. In 2001 he won the 500cc World Championship with Honda and the MotoGP World Championships in 2002 and 2003 with Honda again.  He then left Honda to join Yamaha and won the MotoGP in 2004 and 2005. Rossi won two more times with Yamaha in 2008 and 2009 before leaving for Ducati.  He returned to Yamaha in 2013 finishing 4th in the Championship and continued in 2014 finishing in 2nd behind Marc Márquez.


The front end brakes on a MotoGP bike do most of the ‘stopping’ work.  Corner speeds are crucial to success in MotoGP and if a rider can brake later than his competitors he can lap quicker.  With carbon brakes like these on the Yamaha YZR-M1 GP, Lorenzo and Rossi won't have a problem slowing down.



MotoGP will return on March 29th to the Losail International Circuit for the Grand Prix of Qatar.  May the best rider win.


The Yamaha grid girls will be there to offer support to the Yamaha riders.



9 comments:

  1. Looking forward to it although I don't know how much we'll get to see of it on TV.

    Yamaha still have the best rider ever in Rossi.

    I need some grid girls to support me...

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    1. Andrew, I will be posting grid girls on my Google+ page ;-)

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  2. I am hoping this season has a different result. Love those Yamahas (even though I current ride a Honda ;) )

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    1. Me too Thomas, tired of seeing the Honda's dominate just like Mercedes dominated F1.

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  3. Found your blog by exploring other biker blogs... glad I did!
    I just bought a Super Tenere ES; will pick it up tomorrow. I own several other bikes including a GoldWing for the wife's pleasure, and a '94 Moto Guzzi SPIII so I can attract attention at charity rides, etc..
    I'll be perusing your site to read your comments on the XT1200, hoping I've made the right decision by buying it!

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    1. I don't think you will regret it Greybeard. I love mine and I'm very happy with it, no problems whatsoever. Thanks for reading my blog.

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  4. Picked the "Super Ten" up Tuesday, and puttered around the neighborhood a while just getting accustomed. (They suggested limiting to 4k rpm until after the first service at 600 miles.)
    Today I put my wife behind me and together we rode 120 miles. I don't think I've ever gotten as comfortable with a bike so quickly in my life... and I've owned/ridden a LOT of bikes.
    Wonderful. Now... got a suggestion about which skidplate to buy? I'm looking at the Touratech.

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    1. Nice, it's a great bike. I'm not sure about Touratech but I think it attaches under the engine which is a major problem. I was in Colorado about to go over a pass when the guy in front of me went over a rock with the front wheel. The skidplate landed on the rock and pushed the two mounting bolts into the crankcase, it was the end of his adventure right there. I have Altrider all round, skidplate, crashbars, luggage rack.

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  5. One of these days I hope to attend a MotoGP race here in the states.

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