NEWS BRAKES: Champ L of a rider?

2012-01-27 12:06


Ducati UK has reported record sales for 2011, reporting “significant increases” and its “best ever” figures.

The Italian manufacturer recorded 2345 sales in 2011, its best result since 2003, making it the UK’s fastest motorcycle brand with a 15.3% increase in sales.

Traditionally Superbikes accounted for 50% of Ducati UK’s overall sales, however, sales were spread evenly across its product range with Monster, Superbike, Multistrada and Diavel sharing equal slices of the market.


Former MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo is now allowed to ride on the streets of Spain after he passed his motorcycle test in January 2012.

Whilst the Yamaha rider (24), who became MotoGP world champion in 2010, has been riding motorcycles competitively since he was 15, he has never held a civilian driving licence that would allow him to ride on public roads.

Lorenzo posted on Facebook that he had passed his Spanish motorcycle theory test and that he now is now a motorcycle licence.


Japanese motorcycle giant Yamaha has announced that it will launch the XT1200Z Super Ténéré Worldcrosser in March 2012.

This is limited edition model has all the benefits of the XT1200Z Super Ténéré, including traction control, ABS, linked brakes and shaft drive.

Yamaha promises its Worldcrosser is a rugged high-performance parallel-twin and comes equipped with a range of specially developed high-specification chassis and bodywork parts designed to enhance its abilities.


Honda riders Jonathan Rea and Hiroshi Aoyama have completed a three-day test at Phillip Island in Australia in preparation for the 2012 World Superbike championship.

The Honda duo took advantage of warm, dry weather at the picturesque 4.5km circuit, to test the 2012 version of the CBR1000RR Fireblade – the 20th anniversary variant of Honda’s iconic sportsbike.

The team tested a host of new chassis and suspension components and continued the development of its electronic ride-by-wire throttle system introduced in 2011.

Rea starts his fourth season on the Fireblade and, following an injury-blighted 2011, is looking forward to a consistent title challenge in 2012.

This season he is partnered by Japanese ace Hiroshi Aoyama, the 2009 World 250cc champion, who joins the team following two years as a Honda MotoGP rider.

The 2012 World Superbike championship starts on February 26.