More Shutdowns, MotoGP Hosts a Virtual Race and Global Pollution Drops

Since the Coronavirus started to spread there have been many production shutdowns from manufacturers all over the world. From Ducati in Italy to Harley here in the U.S. now Indian has joined in. Races of all kinds have been suspended or canceled for the season, but some have found ways to still help their fans enjoy their racing. MotoGP is one hosting a virtual race soon. The biggest thing is the Drop, in Global Pollution. AMERiders gives you info on all these stories.

A Week after Harley Shutdown Indian does the same

A week after Harley-Davidson announced it would suspend production in the U.S., Polaris now confirms that it will also temporarily shut down two oversea facilities and five U.S.-based plants, including the Spirit Lake Indian Motorcycles plant. About 650 workers are affected. 

The other facilities affected by the shutdown are located in Roseau, Minnesota; Osceola, Wisconsin; Huntsville, Alabama; Battle Ground, Washington; Monterrey, Mexico; and Opole, Poland.

Indian now becomes the 2nd motorcycle giant in the U.S. to stop/halt/pause production.

MotoGP hosting a Virtual Race

We know that esports aren’t the same as on-track MotoGP action. Still, as some other motorsport series like F1 have already demonstrated, it’s still great to see your favorites go head-to-head in a live event. That’s why MotoGP.com will host its first-ever Virtual Race on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Fittingly, they’re calling it the #StayAtHomeGP, and as long as you have a working internet connection, you should be able to watch it from wherever in the house you’re sitting.  

The action starts on March 29, 2020, at 15:00 (GMT +2), which is 11:00 Eastern Daylight Time. You’ll be able to stream on MotoGP.com, esport.motogp.com, and across the MotoGP social media network. It will also be shown on some TV stations (presumably, whichever ones usually show MotoGP racing in your locality), so check your local listings for more details.  

We don’t know for sure exactly who will participate, but MotoGP specifically mentions Maverick Viñales, Fabio Quartararo, Alex Rins, and Marc Márquez by name. Hopefully, it’ll be more than just the four of them hanging out in their respective basements, drinking Mountain Dew, eating chips, and throwing controllers on the ground when someone ragequits. Incidentally, the game they’ll be playing is the official MotoGP video game from developer Milestone. 

The virtual race will take place at Autodromo del Mugello, and will last for six laps. To qualify, all participants will take part in a five-minute qualifying time attack to work out who ends up where on the grid. Both qualifying and the actual race will be shown via streaming and any TV stations that are airing this MotoGP event, so we should get to see it all.  

It’s unclear whether any racers will also be wearing headsets during play, which could make the event extra entertaining. However, most racers now seem to have pretty solid media training, so it’s doubtful we’d suddenly find out that the MotoGP paddock has its very own Kimi Räikkönen-type DNGAF personality within the ranks. Still, you never know! As ever, I live in hope. 

A Stiff Drop in Global Pollution during the pandemic

It’s evident that the spread of COVID-19 has negatively impacted financial markets worldwide. The global pandemic has forced shelter in place orders in the US and abroad and halted production for many industry drivers in the name of containing the virus. With manufacturing limitations in place, corporations, small businesses, and individual workers are struggling to cope with the economic toll of the outbreak.  

While the situation is dire for many, commercial shutdowns have led to a vast reduction in pollution worldwide. However, looking to history, the lull in greenhouse gas emissions likely won’t last long.

Location-data company Inrix reported that US traffic volume fell by 30 percent in March. In California, where vehicular pollution levels require more stringent emissions standards (CARB), cars on San Francisco’s roadways reduced by 50 percent. Inrix calculated that New York, Michigan, and California saw the largest drops, reducing traffic figures by 37 percent.  

The cutbacks were even more drastic internationally. Traffic in Italy plummeted by 65 percent and NASA reported that nitrogen oxide levels across central and eastern China have fallen by as much as 30 percent.  

Of course, the drop in traffic volume directly affected the air-pollution levels and major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Chicago, and Atlanta have experienced major emissions dips as a result. Columbia University measured a 50 percent decline in carbon monoxide in the past week alone. 

Though the data sets are encouraging for an ever-changing climate, historians believe that the pollution pause will be short-lived. Citing the Great Recession of 2008 and the oil crises of the 1970s as past examples, experts believe that the emissions figures will rebound with the economy once the novel coronavirus outbreak recedes.  

“I won’t be celebrating if emissions go down a percent or two because of the coronavirus,” said Stanford University environmental scientist Rob Jackson in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “We need sustained declines. Not an anomalous year below average.” 

To help businesses regain their footing, countries like the Czech Republic have already requested the easing of European Union zero carbon emissions plans and some airlines are rolling back emissions-reducing policies. With unemployment on the rise and businesses on the brink, easing regulations seem like a surefire solution but at what cost to the environment? 

Only time will tell if the pollution levels skyrocket to pre-COVID-19 times, but as motorcyclists, we can only enjoy the reduced traffic volumes for now. Just remember to stay safe out there and keep two wheels on the pavement, the last place you want to be right now is a hospital.

I would love to see a this drop in Global Pollution stay around for an even longer time. However, that may not be the case if we don’t pay attention to what caused the Global Pollution in the first place.

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The Motorcycle Industry Is Helping out in Various Ways During COVID-19

In the midst of the ever-growing crisis of the coronavirus, the motorcycle industry is helping out in many different ways. Donations of all kinds and other things have been coming out to help combat the virus and get us all “out of hiding” as I like to put it. AMERiders has the information for you on what is being done.

Besides hearing all the bad stuff of the dickwads and dicwadettes cleaning out the shelves at the stores of hand sanitizer and wipes to resell online at a ludicrous premium. (Kudos to the companies that have stopped some of these nutcases). I have love loss for those other nutcases who feel the need to stock up on toilet paper and paper towels either save some for the rest of us. With all this stupid stuff being done, we mostly hear about the bad stuff, so much so that it’s easy to forget that good things are also happening. People and companies are stepping up and helping, and it’s a beautiful thing to see. I wanted to bring those to your attention because I think we all need some happy thoughts in these weird times. 

In Italy, for example, small motorcycle manufacturer Benelli has stepped up and donated two ventilators and 4,500 Tyvek suits to the Italian Red Cross. Tire manufacturer Pirelli and its partners donated $800,000 as well as 65 ventilators, 5,000 protectives suits, and 20,000 protective masks to help local health care providers. Here in the U.S., Yamaha Motor Manufacturing of America has donated 380 respirators, 49,000 gloves, 325 Tyvek suits, and 18,000 alcohol wipes to the Piedmont Newnan Hospital. 

Companies aren’t the only ones helping out. While the individual capacity to donate either money or gear is more limited than for big companies, countless motorcyclists around the world are instead putting their time and their ride at their community’s disposition to help in a time of need.  

The owners of a motorcycle riding school in Littleport, England, are offering people in their area to pick up prescriptions and deliver them where needed for free. Similarly, groups of riders in the Italian region of Umbria are helping seniors who can’t leave their homes due to the lockdown by picking up their prescriptions and delivering them to their door. In Sudbury, Canada, the members of the Warriors biker club volunteered to help the Meals on Wheels service by delivering meals to local seniors on a daily basis.  

MotoGP & WSBK are helping by offering free Streaming

MotoGP and WSBK: Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta released a public letter encouraging the series paddocks and fans alike to stand strong and stay safe throughout this pandemic, and said he looks forward like all of us to when race seasons are in full swing. At this time, no further race rescheduling has been announced. However, MotoGP.com is now streaming ALL its content for free via MotoGP VideoPass! The free trial lasts until April 27, 2020, so if you’re missing racing, you have plenty of archival races, documentaries, and interviews going all the way back to 1992 to keep you busy.

Thankfully, these stories aren’t unique. If you ask me, good deeds deserve more visibility than toilet paper hoarders and online price gougers. I applaud the motorcycle industry for what they are doing. This is a time to be selfless and to help one another, don’t you think? If anything, it’s good for the soul. If you wish to help, a number of charities and local initiatives are seeking volunteers, look them up. So, how will you do some good today?  

~Please stay safe

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Motorcycle Production Halts With More Manufacturers Amidst COVID-19

We are seeing more and more Motorcycle Production Halts growing throughout manufacturers amidst the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The list of motorcycle manufacturers temporarily suspending their activities to help slow down the spread of the virus keeps growing. In Europe, almost all companies have either closed their facilities or reorganized their internal procedures to respect the authorities’ health and safety recommendations. From KTM to Ducati, the European motorcycle industry has almost come to a standstill. Similar measures are now being taken stateside as Harley-Davidson becomes the first American motorcycle giant to take action and announce that its U.S. production will be put on hold until the end of the month. AMERiders explains.

Harley Davidson Suspends Production!

Harley confirmed that it suspended most of its activities after one of its Menomonee Falls employees tested positive for the COVID-19, which prompted the shutdown of the Pilgrim Road facility on Wednesday afternoon. Activities at the Tomahawk, Wisconsin, and York, Pennsylvania, facilities have also been suspended.  Since late January, Harley-Davidson, Inc. has been assessing the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and taking proactive measures in the interest of the health and safety of its employees, dealers, and consumers.

As things currently stand, the hiatus is expected to last through March 29, a decision that affects close to 2,000 employees. The manufacturer will take advantage of the downtime to gets its facilities’ production and public areas sanitized and disinfected. 

Already on Monday, the company asked all Milwaukee HQ and product development center’s employees who can to work remotely, at least until the end of March. All the company-sponsored events scheduled through mid-April have also been canceled. As for the assembly lines workers affected by the production hiatus, local media reports that they will be placed on temporary layoff but will still have access to their medical coverage. 

There is no confirmation yet of the impact the shutdown will have on the motorcycle industry nor whether the suspensions will have to be extended. We continue to monitor the situation and to report on any updates as manufacturers announce their plans to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak. Stay tuned for more information.

Motorcycle Production Halts BMW Following In KTM’s Footsteps

The manufacturer announced on March 18 that all activities at its car manufacturing facilities across Europe and in South Africa would be suspended until April 19—including Mini and Rolls Royce plants. BMW’s Berlin Spandau motorcycle factory is included on the list of affected facilities. A total of 30,000 workers are impacted by the decision, 2,000 of which are assigned to the Berlin Spandau production line. Certain European dealers are also temporarily closing down due to a dramatic drop in sales.

“We take our responsibility seriously, both when it comes to ensuring the protection and health of our employees and to achieving the best possible balance in terms of profitability,” CEO Oliver Zipse said in a statement on Wednesday.

The announcement comes only two days after the manufacturer announced that it was closing the BMW Welt, BMW Museum, and BMW Group Classic. 

The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the motorcycle industry in ways both big and small. Pierer Mobility, the parent company of KTM, Husqvarna, and GasGas, announced that it is proactively stopping production for a limited period of time at the end of the month. 

The main KTM and Husqvarna facility is located in Mattighofen, Austria. The GasGas factory is located in Girona, Spain. According to the March 12, 2020, COVID-19 Situation Report from the World Health Organization, there were 2,140 confirmed cases in Spain and 302 confirmed cases in Austria. At this point, every effort to keep people at safe distance from one another is necessary according to international public health experts. Pierer Mobility’s facilities will remain closed from March 30 through April 10, 2020.

Moto Morini did not give an official date for resuming production at this time, which is completely reasonable given these extraordinary circumstances. We send our best to every employee of Moto Morini, KTM, Husqvarna, and GasGas during these difficult times, and hope that everyone keeps themselves and their communities as safe as we all can. 

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Shutdowns and Cancellations continue amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Shutdowns and Cancellations continue for motorsports amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. All over the world from Nascar to Isle of Man and the LeMans 24 Heures are being canceled, postponed or shutdown due to the spread of the Coronavirus. AMERiders gives you an update on these cancelations.

2020 Isle Of Man TT Cancelled

In February we wrote an article about 23-time IOTM winner John McGuinness unveiling his bike the Kawasaki ZX-10RR for the race. Well as of now the race has been canceled With all the cancellations going on we all knew it was probably inevitable, but the Isle of Man government officially announcing that the 2020 IOMTT is canceled due to COVID-19 concerns still hits especially hard. The event was originally scheduled to take place between May 30 and June 13, 2020. This follows an announcement from the IOM government that it is ramping up its protective measures to keep its citizens safe.

The decision to cancel has not been taken lightly, and all options including postponement and delaying the decision have been considered in detail. Representatives from the Isle of Man Government will now discuss the implications with all relevant businesses, stakeholders and individuals affected by this cancellation, which it recognises will be significant.

‘With the visitor restriction in place for the foreseeable future, we wanted to make the decision now to give businesses, visitors and all involved stakeholders time to manage the impact going forward. The Isle of Man, and the Isle of Man TT, are faced with unique challenges regarding COVID-19 and making this decision will provide certainty to teams, competitors, sponsors and stakeholders of the event and to visitors across the globe.”

“The decision also aims to provide reassurance for our residents and healthcare professionals that the health and well-being of the Isle of Man’s residents is the single biggest priority and focus of this Government.

Laurence Skelly MHK, who is the IOM Minister for Enterprise

The Isle of Man is hardly alone in seeking to deter international travel during this time of uncertainty in the face of Coronavirus Pandemic. Since the TT regularly attracts thousands of visitors from all corners of the globe every year, and since most public health officials agree that gathering in large groups is an extremely bad idea right now, this is absolutely the right call. 

Previously, the only other time the Isle of Man TT was canceled was in 2001, after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Currently, organizers are looking ahead to the August running of the 2020 Classic TT races and the Manx Grand Prix. Plans for those may change if necessary, but at the moment, they are still on the calendar. Announcements will be made tomorrow regarding measures the IOM government will take to support businesses that will be adversely affected by the cancellation of the TT.

And yet another Motorsports Shift due to the Coronavirus Pandemic…

Le Mans 24 Heures Motos

As we’ve been seeing for some time now, international motorsport continues to be affected by coronavirus pandemic concerns. This now includes the 24 Heures Motos as FIM Endurance World Championship announced that instead of its previously scheduled dates of April 18 and 19 2020, it will now be postponed until September of 2020.

The annual motorcycle endurance event takes place at one of the most hallowed of all international racing facilities, Le Mans. France currently has a ban in place on gatherings of 1,000 people or more. Therefore, the FIM, Eurosport Events, and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest have jointly decided to postpone the 24 Heures Motos until the weekend of September 5 and 6, 2020.

This change to the EWC calendar means that Le Mans will provide a dramatic closing race to the 2019-2020 season, rather than occurring right in the middle. As it stands, the first two races of the championship took place in 2019, with the 24 hour Bol d’Or in France on September 21 and 22, 2019 and the 8 Hours of Sepang in Malaysia on December 14, 2019. According to the original calendar, Le Mans was the next EWC race scheduled, to be followed by the 8 Hours of Oschersleben in Germany on June 6, 2020, and the Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan on July 19, 2020, to cap the season. 

This also means that the traditional “Pre-Mans” testing originally scheduled for March 31 through April 1 is also canceled. Although it hasn’t been specified yet, presumably testing prior to the event will move to late August or early September, just before the new date of the 24 Heures Motos main event. 

So far, both the German and Japanese event dates later in 2020 remain unchanged. The situation is continually evolving, and we’ll keep you updated with the latest information on any further rescheduling as we have it.

Motorcycle Production Updates

Italy Quarantine Motorcycle Production Update

We reported last week about the Coronavirus Pandemic lockdown limiting bike production here is an update to that article:

Yamaha confirmed its France and Italy facilities would remain closed until March 22 while Ducati has stopped its activities in Borgo Panigale until March 25. As for Brembo, production will remain at a standstill until March 22 as well while Moto Morini will extend its shutdown until April 3. 

Despite the measures being taken worldwide, MV Agusta released a statement confirming that it had no plans to suspend its activities. The number of workers on site has been reduced and the proper sanitization and safety measures are respected to ensure the employees’ safety however business proceeds as usual. 

As for Piaggio and its subsidiaries—Moto Guzzi and Aprilia—production resumed after a three-day hiatus due to one of the employees of the Pontedera facility testing positive for COVID-19. Sanitization measures were taken and the production line was reorganized to respect the recommended one-meter safe distance between workers.

UPDATE March 16, 2020: The effects of the measures being taken to help slow down the spread of COVID-19 are starting to hit. Ducati and Moto Morini became the first Italian motorcycle manufacturers to suspend their activities following the nation-wide lockdown announced by the government on March 9. Ducati confirmed the shut down of its Borgo Panigale facility. The company plans to gradually restart production as the situation allows it. 

Brake component manufacturer Brembo has also suspended its activities and its Bergamo facilities will remain closed until next week. The closure could have important repercussions both in the automotive and motorcycle industries considering Brembo’s impressive list of clients. 

Yamaha has also announced that it has suspended production at its Italy and France facilities and that the offices will remain closed until March 22, 2020. 

Some have made a game out of being quarantined.

As the number of cases of coronavirus continues to grow, people are coming up with creative ways to deal with the mandatory or recommended isolation. In Italy and Spain, people share in musical moments from their private balconies to give the lockdown a lighter tone. Meanwhile, North Americans are too busy hoarding toilet paper to do anything remotely as fun. Racers all over the world are also stuck home, away from what they do best: ride bikes. For trials champion Antoni (Toni) Bou, the solution is simple:

Bring the motorcycle inside. 

If you’ve ever watched trials competitions, you know how impressive these guys’ skills can be. They have to balance on two wheels—and often on only one—while navigating through an obstacle course. Do you know what else is a good obstacle course? A house. 

Multiple FIM Trial World Championship winner Toni Bou decided to take advantage of his particular set of skills and to combine his routine and his passion for trials by going about his normal day, around his house, on his bike.

From brushing his teeth to picking an outfit to making coffee, his feet barely touch the ground at all.  He whips his trials bike around like it’s nobody’s business. After a bit of playtime on the patio with an absolutely gorgeous view of the sea, he even bunny hops his way down the stairs to the basement where a dream garage awaits. The grand finale is when he jumps his bike on a platform placed on top of a raised lift. Tadam!

A little bit of training, a little bit of fun, and definitely a good way to spend some time at home. Today, Toni Bou takes the crown for the most creative way to deal with the lockdown. In the meantime, we’ll just be over here emptying shelves like the world has ended. 

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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The CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Has Many Large Gatherings Cancelled

With the outbreak and spread of the CoronaVirus (COVID-19), various large gatherings and locations are being postponed, rerouted to somewhere else or flat out canceled, left and right. Some of these gatherings, or locations you wouldn’t expect to be shut down due to the CoronaVirus. AMERiders has the update.

One such event is the Silk Way Rally which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020, however, thanks to COVID-19 those plans might change between now and race time. The event is scheduled to take place between July 3rd & 16th, 2020, and start in Moscow’s Red Square, and return to Kazakhstan for some of its 12 total rally stages in 2020. Note that: Registration is currently open for the 2020 SWR if you want to participate.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Silk Way Rally Organization Committee is closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 that broke out in the beginning of the year and that is affecting some regions of China. SWR Organizers maintain constant contact with the relevant authorities and the Chinese Automobile Federation.
If there is any danger to the health and safety of rally competitors, the SWR sporting department will modify the final stages of the race route. The race will be conducted anyway, and we will ensure its total safety.
We offer our full support to all our Chinese partners and hope the situation will get better very soon. The final decision on the exact route of the Silk Way Rally will be made shortly.

Vladimir Chagin – Head of the Silk Way Rally
Other large gatherings and locations.

I mentioned other large gatherings and locations above here is a list of some of those. A Few gatherings are really big things.

NASCAR announced Friday that it has postponed this weekend’s races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and next weekend’s races at Homestead-Miami Speedway because of COVID-19. No makeup dates have been set.

IndyCar announced it has canceled all events through April.

The Masters Tournament, scheduled for April 9-12, has been postponed.

The Boston Marathon, scheduled for April 20, announced Friday that the event has been moved to Sept. 14.

MLB: announced a delay in the regular season “by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic.” The opening day had been scheduled for March 26.

The NCAA canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournament, turning March Madness into March Sadness, and all spring sports championships, including some events that would not be held until after Memorial Day.

Harlem Globetrotters have suspended games for the next two weeks. (This made my husband and I sad as they had a game scheduled for this weekend for our town and it was canceled)

NBA: The league suspended the season indefinitely after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. The league has told its teams that play will be suspended a minimum of 30 days.

NFL: NFL Media reported March 3 that the league is “closely monitoring developments” related to the coronavirus and that it is still planning to hold the NFL draft in Las Vegas on April 23-25. The NFL’s annual meeting in late March, which is attended by team owners, general managers and coaches, has been canceled.

NHL: The league announced Thursday that it is suspending the season indefinitely. In a statement, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expressed hope play would resume “as soon as possible,” but no definite timeline was announced.

High schools: The Los Angeles Unified School District has directed its high school principals and athletic directors to ban spectators from sporting events to prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to a memo sent to schools Wednesday. The CIF announced on Thursday morning that it is canceling the state basketball championships scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

Some big ones

International Olympic Committee (Tokyo 2020 Olympics): The IOC has insisted on numerous occasions that the Summer Games in Tokyo, scheduled to begin July 24, will take place as planned. But officials in Greece have barred spectators from the traditional lighting of the Olympic torch and multiple qualifying events have been canceled.

World Figure Skating Championships: The health minister of Quebec, Danielle McCann, announced Wednesday that the competition, scheduled in Montreal from March 16-22, has been canceled.

Formula One: The globe-trotting racing series will not start its 2020 season until May. The season-opening Australian Grand Prix scheduled for this weekend has been canceled, and previously scheduled races in Bahrain, Vietnam, and China have been postponed. The season is scheduled to begin on May 1 with the Dutch Grand Prix.

(Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)

One of the most shocking of all is the fourth time since it opened in 1955 Disneyland will close beginning March 14th through the end of the month. The biggest news for the Mouse is that all Disney parks across the globe will be closed by the 16th of March.

If you want complete information on the virus here are two links below that I believe are better than using the media hype.

CDC and the virus live update

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MotoGP Postponed Till Late This Year & Lockdown Limits Bike Production

The global COVID-19 outbreak has hit motorsports hard, with Qatar’s new travel restrictions, the first MotoGP race of the season was canceled, there have been further shifts in the races schedule and because of Italies extended lockdown there could be a limit on bike production. AMERiders looks into all this for you.

As of March 1, the Qatari government is requiring all passengers who are either arriving from Italy or who have been to Italy in the past two weeks to stay in quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. This is an effort to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also commonly called coronavirus, per the FIM, IRTA, and Dorna race organizations.

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Circuit of the Americas, the FIM, IRTA, and Dorna all officially announced that the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas is officially postponed until November 15, 2020. The race weekend will start on November 13. 

“With the disruption in international flights serving areas that are home to many teams, fans, freight and competitors, the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas has been postponed until November 15, 2020,” the official announcement post from COTA began.

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These shifts in the schedule were also made. The Thailand Grand Prix is officially rescheduled for October 4, 2020, and will now be Round 16 of the championship as the calendar currently exists. With growing global COVID-19 concerns, what the actual 2020 MotoGP calendar will finally look like when all is said and done is anyone’s guess. (My wonder is if the races will even happen this year)

In an interview with Catalunya Radio, FIM president Jorge Viegas mentioned the possibility of staging two races at one circuit over the course of a single weekend if necessary. MotoGP is contractually obligated to run at least 13 races for a complete season. Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta suggested that running events that are televised-only but closed to the public is also a possibility, according to Autosport. It’s worth noting that Formula One is already taking that approach for its 2020 Bahrain GP. 

UPDATE: The MotoAmerica races that were scheduled to take place during the #AmericasGP event at COTA will also move to November 2020. Further details will be announced soon, per MotoAmerica.

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This is definitely shaping up to make 2020 a decidedly strange year for global sports series.

Italy has extended its lockdown but how does this affect bike production?

Governments around the world are taking increasingly more serious measures to protect their respective populations from the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. From tightening border controls to emitting travel bans to canceling events, every country affected by the bug is on high alert. Within a matter of days, Italy became the European epicenter for the disease after the number of cases exploded, now ranking third in the world after China and South Korea. Italian authorities signed an order to limit the movements of a quarter of its population.

The companies Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, and MV Agusta that all have their HQs in the quarantined provinces. Considering Aprilia has its office in Noale, Veneto, Moto Guzzi in Lake Como, Lombardy, and MV Agusta in Schirana, Lombardy, the three companies could see their ranks diminish as people’s movements are limited and controlled. Ducati was the last manufacturer to be affected by the lockdown as it was in northern Italy.

People are allowed to go to work and to run essential errands such as groceries. Employees who have the possibility of working remotely are invited to do so. At a corporate level, companies that rely heavily on shipping and receiving are mainly affected in their delivery process. For instance, truck drivers in charge of picking up and delivering goods cannot step out of their truck without proper protection (masks and gloves). Some Locals describe the streets of Milan—Italy’s business hub—as completely empty.

While the Italian industry is taking a hit, as shown by the dropping stock market, as we write this, there is no mention of a concrete impact on the activities of the biggest motorcycle manufacturers in the country. Italian media SecurAuto reported on March 6, 2020, that Piaggio had taken certain measures—including installing hand sanitizer dispensers, limiting the number of meetings, and encouraging conference calls with external clients and suppliers.

For other companies, such as component manufacturer Brembo, the action plan included restricting access to its facilities for people who have been in direct contact with residents of the affected areas. While the motorcycle manufacturers themselves might not be hit as hard, a slow down at the suppliers’ level could ultimately affect the output in a domino effect, which means the lockdown will affect bike production somewhat.

The global health and travel situations are ever-evolving, so this information could also change several times between now and then. Other international racing series, such as Formula One, are also feeling the effects of this global health concern.

All we can say at this point is Stay safe and stay healthy.

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Trademark Filings and Better Sales for Royal Enfield Is Good News

As we wrap up 2020’s second month (already!), manufacturers are posting yet another round of financial results. Just like in 2019, the portrait varies greatly across the board. At the company level, the results are still coming in but for one handful of executives, things are finally looking up. Royal Enfield is finally back in the positive. This is good news after name trademark filings for Sherpa, Hunter, the Flying Flea and the Roadster filed earlier this year. AMERiders has your information.

We say finally because 2019 was a brutal year for the Indian manufacturer. The company recorded over 36 consecutive months of year-over-year negative results, a trend that was on track to continue into 2020 when it announced a 13-percent drop in sales in January. 

The consistent drop was attributed to a number of factors, including impending new emissions standards that slowed down the entire Indian two-wheel market. The company also took aggressive measures and alongside the introduction of its BS6-compliant models, it also pulled its entire 500-cc models from its Indian lineup. 

It looks like the strategy has paid off and thankfully, the downward spiral ended in January. February 2020 ended on a much more positive note as Royal Enfield recorded a two-percent growth in sales compared to February 2019. The manufacturer moved 61,188 units last month compared to 60,066 units over the same period last year. 

While Royal Enfield’s sales were plummeting on the domestic market, sales abroad were thriving, led by the 650 Twins. Surprisingly, the tables have now turned and as the local sales are finally improving, the global ones have slowed down. Only 2,348 bikes were exported during the month versus 2,564 in 2019, resulting in an eight-percent slump. 

Combined, the results are rather flat which is still better than yet another month in the red. Now, rumors suggest that Royal Enfield is working on a slew of new bikes which will likely help spruce sales up now that the company has done its due diligence and caught up to the new standards. 

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As we said RE is working on new bikes we can tell that from the Trademark Filings that were done earlier this year for four bikes. The Sherpa, Hunter, the Flying Flea and the Roadster. First two in January and the 2nd in February,

Both of these filings are specifically for product classification 12 and 25, motorcycles and clothing respectively. Presumably, it is just covering all of its bases here as RE would obviously need to have a full range of merch related to a new bike as soon as it launches. 

You may recognize Flying Flea as the nickname for Royal Enfield’s compact 125cc two-stroke developed for the British War Department for use in WWII. It was equipped with folding handlebars and a sealed fuel tank so that it could be dropped into a war zone with troops by parachute or glider. Now, it’s unlikely that Royal Enfield is developing a new war effort bike or a new two-smoker for that matter. But could the Flying Flea name be attached to a compact 125 throwback bike in a similar vein to Honda’s Monkey? I’ve heard worse ideas. 

Allegedly Royal Enfield is on the cusp of launching a handful of new platform motorcycles. Based on the increased quality and rideability of the INT 650 and Continental GT, the future for RE looks bright.

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A New Trademark & Management Shakeups What’s Next for Harley?

In the wake of management shifts, Harley-Davidson has filed a new Trademark Logo with EUIPO. Although, logo trademark filings are, not quite as exciting as new bike technology patents. This one is quite noticeable as the design seems to show us that Harley-Davidson isn’t planning to stop its electric expansion any time soon. AMERiders has extra tidbits for you.

It’s no secret that Harley has had a rough time in the past few years, and most recently reported their sales had declined more than expected to round out 2019. They clearly needed to make some changes going forward. In light of this Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson’s president and CEO is officially stepping down from both roles at the company. After serving the company for 26 years, the company and Levatich mutually agreed that the time is now for new leadership, according to a statement.

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“The Board and Matt mutually agreed that now is the time for new leadership at Harley-Davidson. Matt was instrumental in defining the More Roads to Harley-Davidson accelerated plan for growth, and we will look to new leadership to recharge our business,”

Jochen Zeitz

Board member Jochen Zeitz—who turned Puma’s fortunes around and also helped bring the LiveWire project to life—will step into the roles of acting president and CEO, as well as Chairman of the Board.  Zeitz also had this to say,

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Matt for his 26 years of service to Harley-Davidson. He has worked tirelessly to navigate the Company through a period of significant industry change while ensuring the preservation of one of the most iconic brands in the world. The Harley-Davidson Board and leadership team will continue to work closely together as we search for a new CEO.”

Jochen Zeitz

It is unclear at this point what the future may hold for Harley at this point unless you look at the New Trademark that they submitted to EUIPO. Harley has taken a washer and a lightening bolt to come up with a new electrified logo. With just this filing and no accompanying context, it’s unclear what Harley’s plans are for where it wants to use this logo going forward.

It’s reminds us that life can continue even when things get shook up, like the CEO of a company stepping down. Many things may have been going on prior to filing and the management shift as well.

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This logo does suggest electricity, and it’s pretty easy to use for whatever electric vehicles Harley chooses to slap it on. What kinds of electric motorcycle designs would you like to see come from Harley-Davidson going forward? Even if its awakening is coming kind of late, it’s clear that the company is at least beginning to see that it needs to adapt in order to attract new customers. What do you think that looks like?

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Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race Bike for John McGuinness Unveiled

Participating in and completing the Isle Of Man Tourist Trophy Race is no small feat. It is arguably the most prestigious and perilous road race in the history of motorsports, the Isle Of Man TT has been a hallmark of motorcycle culture for over a century. It goes without saying then, that winning the race 23 times cements your name as legendary. This is exactly what John McGuinness has done, and he shows no signs of slowing down.  AMERiders gives you the information on the bike he will be riding this year.

For this year’s Isle Of Man TT, John McGuinness will be piloting the Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki ZX-10RR. Unveiled in a press launch at the London Motorcycle Show, the Kawasaki ZX-10RR will be the first time the 23-time winner will be racing a Kawasaki-powered machine. The ZX-10RR will be racing in the RST Superbike category, RL360 Superstock and Senior TT Races. Additionally, McGuinness will be racing the new bike in the Superbike and Superstock races in May, at the NW 200. 

McGuinness expresses delight and excitement when asked about his sentiments about the signing. He went on to explain that Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki’s success with fellow racer James Hillier speaks for itself in terms of the team’s results and reliability. 

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Bournemouth Kawasaki team owner, Pete Extance shared his excitement about McGuinness joining the team stating:

“It’s absolutely incredible news that we can welcome Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness onto our Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki machinery. To me, John is Mr. TT and what an honor it is to have our Bournemouth Kawasaki dealership associated with him.”

McGuinness’s last podium finish came in 2016 when he took third at the Senior and Superbike TT races. He seeks to eke out a championship with Kawasaki in this year’s races. The 2020 Isle Of Man TT is scheduled for May 30 to June 12. 

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A Closer Look at the 2021 Harley-Davidson Streetfighter

Let’s take a look at the 2021 Streetfighter, no not the game, the Harley-Davidson Streetfighter. This model is one of two highly-anticipated that H-D has coming out, the other being, of course, the company’s first adventure bike; The Pan America. While the Pan Am is receiving most of the attention, it shares the spotlight with the Bronx, also expected to launch later this year as a 2021 model. AMERiders takes a closer look at the smaller of the two upcoming models, 2021 Harley-Davidson Streetfighter. 

Harley has tried seducing the sportbike-enthusiast audience before with little to no success. As the brand now seeks the favors of a new generation of riders, the time seems as good as any to tackle the sportbike segment once again. That’s where the new Bronx comes in. 

Look-wise, Harley serves a quintessential naked sportbike silhouette. Picture a “streetfighter” in your head and that’s pretty much what the Bronx looks like. There’s very little negative space in this design, resulting in a dense and imposing-looking bike. The core is completely blocked out by the engine. The bike’s sharp s-shaped profile, upswept tail, and angular shapes almost seem exaggerated due to how much real estate is dedicated to the new Revolution Max engine

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The Max is an entirely new liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-twin, available in two displacement sizes—975cc and 1,250cc. The smallest of the two versions underlines the Bronx and is expected to produce “more than 115 horsepower” and “more than 70 lb-ft of torque”, in Harley’s words. Power is sent to the back via a belt final drive. 

Aside from the engine’s details and estimated power figures, Harley hasn’t released any other information regarding its new model and ultimately, we know very little about the Bronx. Pictures of the bike at the Toronto Motorcycle Show, help to add a bit of information to the list (provided this is as close to the production version as it gets). 

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We notice at the front that it uses a pair of discs teamed with a set of what looks like dual-piston Brembo calipers while at the back, a classic single disc and single caliper set up is used. The pre-production unit on display doesn’t seem to have the ABS so maybe Harley will choose to offer the feature as an option. The suspension set up includes an inverted fork and a single preload-adjustable shock. 

There is a single gauge at the center of the handlebar suggesting the Bronx won’t be equipped with a complete Harley infotainment system. However, looking at the control clusters, it does look like it will be equipped with cruise control—provided these aren’t parts from the bin used just for show. 

We’ll eventually learn more about the 2021 Harley-Davidson Bronx, once the company is ready to talk about it. This is after all the same manufacturer that barely said anything about the LiveWire for five years until the model actually to launched. As a 2021 model, chances are the Bronx will launch sometime at the end of the Summer or in the Fall of 2020 at which point we’ll get all the sweet details.

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