|No. 51, Monday July 9, 2000
Early pics of Triumph’s new Bonneville have leaked out via the publication
of a new book, Triumph Bonneville and TR6, written by Timothy Remus and
published by MBI. The 790cc twin, designed by John Keogh, runs a new frame
employing the powerplant as a stressed member. A six-speed gearbox from
other models in the range is employed, with fifth gear blanked off. This
effectively gives the machine four speeds plus an overdrive. The machine’s
styling is closely matched to that of a 1969 Bonneville, running the bigger
Euro tank with eyebrow badge. A difference between these drawings and the
bike due to be launched later this year is the real thing has rubber kneepads
on the tank. Our thanks to Union Jack Motorcycles for putting us on to
has continued its aggressive expansion campaign with the purchase of Laverda.
Established in 1949, Laverda has been struggling badly in recent times,
with a number of companies shaping up as potential suitors. Last year it
showed the design for its 900cc Tre road bike, which was intended to revive
its fortunes, but failed to find the money to put it into production. Since
then the company has been reduced to producing a limited number of its
outdated twins out of spares stock. Aprilia meanwhile is booming, with
a high-profile world superbike campaign and the recent acquisition of Moto
Guzzi for around $100 million.
Valentino Rossi became the seventh winner in nine 500cc world championship
races this season, controversial Anthony Gobert was the only Australian
to score a world championship point at the British Motorcycle Grand Prix.
In his first 500cc ride of the year, Gobert finished 15th on a Modenas
After a brilliant qualifying performance that put him third
on the grid, Garry McCoy had a disastrous race, finishing 17th - although
the Red Bull Yamaha rider set the fastest lap of the 500cc race after a
late tyre change as the Donington Park track dried.
There have now been a record 19 500cc races without a back-to-back
winner. Suzuki rider Kenny Roberts, second at Donington and now 29 points
clear of Spanish Yamaha ace Carlos Checa, is the only multiple winner this
Ulsterman Jeremy McWilliams, aged 36, led eight laps at Donington
before finishing third on an Aprilia twin.
Gold Coast teenager Anthony West crashed out of the 250cc GP
and has a broken bone in his right hand but is expected to race his Shell
Advance Honda at the German GP on July 23. The Donington round was the
first race at which West has not finished this season.
German Ralf Waldmann on an Aprilia snatched victory from Frenchman
Olivier Jacque on a Yamaha in the 250cc GP at the last corner, while Japan’s
Youichi Ui won the rain-interrupted 125cc GP - his fourth win of the season
on his Spanish-built Derbi bike.
Jacque and Ui now lead the championships in the two smaller
More info: <http://www.motograndprix.com>
yet to find out how, but Yamaha rider Noriyuki Haga overcame his three-week
suspension from world superbike racing to win the first heat at Laguna
Seca last weekend. He dominated the event, taking a 2.6 second lead ahead
of the battle for second. Colin Edwards (Honda) got the latter in front
of his home crowd, ahead of Australian Troy Corser (Aprilia) and Ben Bostrom
(Ducati). Troy Bayliss (the Australian stand-in for Carl Fogarty) took
out the superpole contest but didn’t feature in the top 10 results.
In race two, Corser shadowed a battle for the lead between Bostrom,
Haga and Bayliss, then slipped through and walked away from the half-way
mark. He eventually built up a comfortable seven-second-plus cushion ahead
of Haga, Bostrom and Yanagawa. Bayliss was eventually forced back to seventh.
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to mention that last week’s edition represented our first birthday.
48 we ran a trivia question: in what year did Jim Filice and John Kocinski
contest the Castrol Six-Hour in Australia, and on what bike. A number of
folk replied, and we received this from Don Cox, the competition columnist
for Two Wheels mag: "It was 1986 on a Yamaha FZ750. I met them at the airport.
When they came out of customs, the Yamaha bloke and I saw the Fox bags
and such and looked at the guys (and Jimmy's wife) and thought: that can't
be them, they're too small!
"I drove JK to Yamaha at Silverwater. He wanted to stop at Jim
Eade's to look at the Triumphs, because his father sold Triumphs in Little
Rock! I recall trying to explain the link between the American war of independence
and the founding of a colony 12 years later in Sydney. JK looked at me
blankly. This was the same guy who latter got up Mike Scott because he
didn't know the meaning of the word frequently!"
400cc Burgman scooter is about to experience some hot competition, with
persistent rumours of a 500cc Yamaha nearing production, and a new one
referring to a 600cc machine from Honda.
to the folk who sent us messages, pics and tributes after the death of
Joey Dunlop just over a week ago. Reader Bill Donnelly sent us one, which
we’ve placed here. Joey’s funeral was last Friday, and you can send tributes
or messages to www.honda-racing.co.uk/joey - we’re told they’ll be forwarded
to the family. Should you wish to send a donation to Dunlop’s favourite
charity, make it payable to "The Romanian Orphans", c/o James Mc Mullan
& Sons, 22 High St, Ballymoney Co Antrim, BT53 6AQ Northern Ireland.
is recalling all 748, 916 and 996 bikes prior to the current model year
to have their rear axles inspected. Apparently they can crack.
happier note, UK MCN tells us that last June’s World Ducati Weekend at
Misano attracted 17,000 bikes and 23,000 people.
motor-racing commentator Murray Walker recently missed an F1 GP for the
first time in 50 years, thanks to a motorcycle. The 75-year-old gent dislocated
his hip while kick-starting a 1931 Rudge.
rider Anthony Gobert - taking on a guest ride with the Kenny Roberts Proton
team at last weekend’s Brit GP - has been quoted by Cycle News magazine
that he feels some frustration with the KR3 GP bike. Apparently it’s too
small for him, However team boss KR Senior has said he is happy with the
feedback from Gobert, which has already encouraged some significant changes
to the machine. "Anthony's told us things that have really taken us further
down the road. We're far away in lap times, but we're not so far in finding
the engineering to solve that," he told Cycle News.
superbike racer and multi-Australian champion Robbie Phillis has added
to the ranks of the Australians populating the GP circus. He’s working
as rider liaison for the Petronas team and was spotted lurking in the pits
at the British GP.
Grant Langston took out both motos of the South African 125 MX GP to extends
his lead in the championship. Standings: Langston 342, James Dobb 298,
Mike Brown 278.
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