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Carbon Fiber Brough Superior Moto2 Bike To Make Debut At Silverstone

Despite some early promise, there has been much complaining of a lack of innovation from chassis builders in Moto2. the bikes have followed the same basic layout as all modern race bikes since the late 1980s: aluminium twin spar chassis and conventional suspension arrangements.The only real interest has come from wildcards. At Le Mans, the French Promoto Sport team raced their Transfiormer chassis, with some solid results. Beyond that, the bikes have been pretty much identikit.

At Silverstone, another interesting wildcard will get its first public running. The British round of Moto2 will see the Brough Superior make its debut in a competitive race, after making an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year. The bike is a rebrand of the design by John Keogh and Taylormade Racing, discussed on MotoMatters.com last year. The bike uses a monocoque chassis design made fully from carbon fiber, with integral fuel tank. The front suspension is a single wishbone with damping in the forks, while the rear swingarm is also fully carbon fiber. The radiator has been moved to the rear of the bike, to allow the machine to be narrower and free up space in front of the engine.

Andrew Gosling Shoots The Phillip Island Tire Test, Day 2


The Honda exhaust remains a work of eye-watering beauty


Brighter later


Tito Rabat, the fastest man in Moto2. So far...

Andrew Gosling's World Superbike Phillip Island Testing Shots, Day 2


The only #1 you'll see this year. Tom Sykes showing he's a true champion


Eugene Laverty rolls out for a new challenge this year on the Suzuki


Fastest EVO man so far: Niccolo Canepa

Andrew Gosling's World Superbike Phillip Island Testing Shots, Day 1


One Chaz takes over from another. Chaz Davies takes over the bike and race number of retired champion Carlos Checa


New boy on a new bike. Geoff May takes the EBR 1190 for a spin


Ready? Then we'll begin

Second Shooter: Tim White Captures Laguna Seca, Part 3


The secret to going fast? Countersteering


What now, Son Goku?


Firestarter

Second Shooter: Tim White Captures Laguna Seca, Part 2


Style comparison. Smooth transitions


versus necessary muscle


The right stuff

Second Shooter: Tim White Captures Laguna Seca, Part 1


It took him a few laps, but Marc Marquez would eventually catch Valentino Rossi...


... and get past him ...


... then be pushed wide by him ...


... and off into the dirt...

An Alternative View Of Austin: Tim White Shoots Texas For MotoMatters


Better luck in Jerez? Jorge Lorenzo couldn't stop the Repsols in Texas


You could have become very rich betting that the entire Moto2 grid would make it through turn 1 in one piece


Stefan Bradl sparks it up with his elbow

Final 2013 MotoGP Austin Test Photos

"Hmm. I am beating Valentino, so why is that I still feel so empty?  DAMN YOU MARQUEZ!"

"Hmm. I am beating Valentino, so why is that I still feel so empty?  DAMN YOU MARQUEZ!"

 

Grey is the new blue.

Grey is the new blue.

 

"Who has the key?"

"Who has the key?"

 

The ritual pose.

The ritual pose.

 

More 2013 MotoGP Austin Test Photos

Only one wall separates the GP Tech team from the Yamaha garage. Might as well be a chasm.

Only one wall separates the GP Tech team from the Yamaha garage. Might as well be a chasm.

 

The LCR team are working well here. They also wash their bikes a LOT.

The LCR team are working well here. They also wash their bikes a LOT.

 

Bradl lifts a wheel over the start/finish line.

Bradl lifts a wheel over the start/finish line.

 

Jorge looks slightly more composed.

2013 MotoGP Austin Test Photos

Pedrosa tips into Turn 1. Nobody is happy with grip at the track yet, least of all Dani

Pedrosa tips his Honda in Turn 1. Nobody is happy with the grip yet, least of all Dani.

 

Working alone in a quiet garage, Bradl has made substantial progress.

Working alone in a quiet garage, Bradl has made substantial progress.

 

Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.

Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.

 

Lorenzo has an easy way about him, and always has a smile for everyone in the briefing.

Lorenzo has an easy way about him, and always has a smile for everyone in the briefing.

 

Pedrosa does not.

Pedrosa does not.

 

When Amateurs Attack: Valencia Test Photos By David Emmett


What all the fuss was about: The aluminium twin spar chassis FTR built for Ducati


Whether it works or not, it looks stunning

Assen. Thursday. Photos

MotoMatters.com ace photographer Scott Jones may not be on the ground at Assen, but we still have a few photos for you. Our friend Michel Hulshof of Sports Photography picked his favorite spots around his home track and shot a few snaps for us. Enjoy: 


Fastest man on day 1: Jorge Lorenzo


CEII gets up close and personal with the fans

A Few More Images From Valencia

As we were working our way through the backlog of administration and other horrors which fill the off-season at MotoMatters Towers, we stumbled across some more photos kindly contributed to us by our good friend Tammy Gorali. Tammy was fortunate enough to have a grid pass for the 125cc race, as well as pit lane access for the post-race tests. So just to tide you over through the start of a long dark winter, here's a few of her photos.


Valentino Rossi never misses a chance to make a chicken joke


His teammate takes testing a lot more seriously


Marco Simoncelli had fun, fun, fun till they took the T bike away

Saturday Images From Valencia

Sadly, our regular photographer Scott Jones couldn't make it to Valencia. Fortunately, we ran into Israeli TV commentator Tammy Gorali, who also happens to be a pretty mean snapper herself. She was kind enough to allow us to use some of the shots she took today during qualifying.


Hello knees, hello toes


Robot dancing attracts a particular kind of groupie


Andrea Dovizioso has a specially designed helmet on this weekend

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