Hafizh Syahrin To Replace Jonas Folger at Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP Team

After completing the Thai pre-season test with Yamaha Tech 3 as a substitute, Hafizh Syahrin has been offered Jonas Folger’s empty position at the Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP team. 

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Monster Yamaha Tech3 to compete the 2018 MotoGP season with Hafizh Syahrin

Following Jonas Folger’s declaration not to contest in 2018, the entire Monster Yamaha Tech3 was trying to find the best solution to replace the German, thereby evaluating available riders. Finally, the French-based squad is very happy and proud to announce, that Hafizh Syahrin will be their second MotoGP rider this season, alongside Johann Zarco.

After having impressed everyone with his rapid progress, his high motivation and his extraordinary learning curve during his first ever test aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 last week in Buriram, Thailand, Monster Yamaha Tech3 is eager to continue the great work together with the talented Malaysian youngster.

I’m incredibly delighted after receiving the good news, that I will ride with Monster Yamaha Tech3 in 2018. Following three very interesting and great days of testing in Buriram, where I learned a lot, I want to thank my crew again, especially Nico and Maxime, but also Johann and Laurent for their advice. In just a short time, I really learned to fully control a MotoGP bike, which is still unbelievable for me. I’ll try to do my best and will give all I have this year. I want to thank Hervé, Yamaha Motor Corporation, Monster and the entire Tech3 team to believe in me and giving me this fantastic opportunity to compete full season in MotoGP. Thank you to my family, that always supported me to make this dream come true, especially my father, plus thanks to my fans and of course to Razlan. I’m looking forward to test again in Qatar and I’ll be even more motivated. Honestly, I can’t wait for the season to start. I’m just overwhelmed!” – Hafizh Syahrin, Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP Team #55

The recent test in Buriram was already history made for Hafizh. This official announcement of Hafizh competing the full season with Monster Yamaha Tech3 team is the biggest announcement and achievement for a Malaysian rider after more than 26 years of Malaysia hosting MotoGP. It is also a fantastic news for the Asian region. I must thank Hervé Poncharal for this opportunity, his faith and confidence in Hafizh. We will now hand over Hafizh in his good care for him to be developed into a better, competitive and complete MotoGP rider.” – Razlan Razali, SIC Chief  Executive Officer.

I’m really happy to announce that Hafizh Syahrin will be the second Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider alongside Johann Zarco. It’s been a tough time since we heard from Jonas Folger, that unfortunately he decided not to race in 2018 in order to look after his health and try to fully recover. It has been a long process to find somebody, who could be the one. In Sepang I met Razlan Razali, we were just chatting and now and then you have crazy ideas, which are sometimes the ones that bring the best result. I would like to thank Razlan Razali for his passion, his contagious energy and the involvement he has for MotoGP racing and for the sport in general, plus to support Hafizh Syahrin to climb the last step to the premier class. We had to convince all the people around us, that Hafizh is going to be a good MotoGP rider. Therefore, we had to give him a tough task during the three days of testing in Buriram. In the end, he did a tremendous job, he fulfilled the mission. Yamaha was more than happy with his performance and the whole Tech3 team was delighted. I am very honored and proud to give him this chance and I know this is going to be something historical, because it’s the first time that a Malaysian rider is racing a full season on a MotoGP bike and we know how popular our sport in this part of the world is. I want to tell Hafizh: Welcome in our family! We will take care of you like our son and I’m quite sure we can have a great season. You can learn from the team, from Johann. Thank you for your enthusiasm and for your involvement. I can’t wait to be in Qatar with you on our bike.” – Hervé Poncharal, Team Manager 

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2018 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special Revealed

As we expected, Harley-Davidson is expanding its Sportster lineup with the introduction of the new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special. The two models join the Forty-Eight, 1200 Custom and Roadster in using Harley-Davidson’s 1202cc Evolution V-Twin Sportster engine.

2018 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special draw inspiration from the custom-bike scene with mini-ape bars and ’70s-inspired fuel tank graphics.

“Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders,” says Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design. “A Sportster is a relatively easy bike to strip down and reinvent. What we’ve done to create the new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special is what Sportster owners have been doing with their own bikes for generations.”

2018 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200

The Iron 1200 is more than just an Iron 883 with a bigger engine. Yes, the extra 319cc displacement does make a difference, increasing maximum torque output by 36% (a claimed 73.0 lb-ft compared to the Iron 883’s claimed 53.8 lb-ft.).

Harley-Davidson added a satin-black mini-ape handlebar with an 8.75-inch rise, 32-inch spread and 6.5-inch pull back which opens up the rider triangle more. The single headlight is wrapped in a black screen inspired by West Coast styling trends that further highlights the height of the mini-ape bars.

 

The 3.3-gallon fuel tank comes in with multi-colored striped graphics that emphasizes the tank’s iconic shape. Behind it sits a café-inspired solo seat. Harley-Davidson offers a choice of Vivid Black, twisted Cherry and Billiard White colors.

Like the 883 model, the Iron 1200 has a blacked-out engine, with chrome pushrod tubes and tappet covers for contrast. The nine-spoke wheels are similar to those on the Iron 882, but without the chrome highlights.

Anti-lock brakes and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System are available as factory-installed options.

The 2018 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 is  priced at $9,999, a grand more than the Iron 883 but the least expensive of the 1200cc Sportster models.

2018 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special

The Forty-Eight Special shares the same beefy front end as the regular Forty-Eight, with a 130mm front tire and 49mm forks and large forged aluminum triple clamps.

The Special adds a 7.25-inch Tallboy handlebar (shorter and with less pull-back than the Iron 1200’s mini-ape) and chrome engine covers and exhaust shields to differentiate it from the regular Forty-Eight’s blacked-out look.

The 2.2-gallon “peanut” tank sports horizontal striping framing the Harley-Davidson logo. The Forty-Eight Special comes in three color options: Vivid Black, Wicked Red and Billiard White.

Other features include black split 9-spoke cast aluminum wheels and Scorcher 31 tires from Michelin. ABS and Harley’s Smart Security System are available as factory-installed options.

The 2018 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special is priced at $11,299, matching the price of the regular Forty-Eight and the Roadster.































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Pre-order TT Isle of Man to receive ‘King of the Mountain’ pack

Excitement is growing for the officially licensed TT Isle of Man title which releases on March 6 across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with the PC version to follow on March 27.

Pre-orders are open, and if you do order the Classic Edition, you can get your hands on the “King of the Mountain” pack for no charge.

This pack pays tribute to the late and great Joey Dunlop (who managed to rack up an incredible 26 wins at the Isle of Man TT) by giving players the chance to ride the CBR1000RR Fireblade (with the “tribute to Joey Dunlop” livery) which was famously used by John McGuinness to mark the 30th anniversary of Joey Dunlop’s first ever victory with Honda.

Bonus content*:
Bike: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade with exclusive livery ‘Tribute to Joey Dunlop’
Rider: John McGuiness, with special leather and helmet

*Limited time offer. Only available on participating stores. Pre-orders are not available on Steam, but the King of the Mountain Pack will be offered as a free early adopter bonus if you buy the game within the first 15 days from launch.

If you haven’t seen it yet, why not check out our preview for TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge below.

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Pre-order TT Isle of Man to receive ‘King of the Mountain’ pack

Excitement is growing for the officially licensed TT Isle of Man title which releases on March 6 across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with the PC version to follow on March 27.

Pre-orders are open, and if you do order the Classic Edition, you can get your hands on the “King of the Mountain” pack for no charge.

This pack pays tribute to the late and great Joey Dunlop (who managed to rack up an incredible 26 wins at the Isle of Man TT) by giving players the chance to ride the CBR1000RR Fireblade (with the “tribute to Joey Dunlop” livery) which was famously used by John McGuinness to mark the 30th anniversary of Joey Dunlop’s first ever victory with Honda.

Bonus content*:
Bike: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade with exclusive livery ‘Tribute to Joey Dunlop’
Rider: John McGuiness, with special leather and helmet

*Limited time offer. Only available on participating stores. Pre-orders are not available on Steam, but the King of the Mountain Pack will be offered as a free early adopter bonus if you buy the game within the first 15 days from launch.

If you haven’t seen it yet, why not check out our preview for TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge below.

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Lexus UX Keeps the Concept’s Tailfins for Production

Some of the things Lexus has planned for the Geneva Motor Show this year sound pretty dull. Europe will get its first look at both the three-row RX L and the LF-1 Limitless concept, and to celebrate the F division’s 10th anniversary, Lexus created a special edition RC F.

That said, it looks like the production version of the UX concept  will also debut, and if it still looks anything like the concept (pictured below), it will be anything but dull.

When Lexus first showed off the UX concept back in 2016, we were told it was only a design study. About six months later, however, we heard it had been greenlit for production as a crossover one size smaller than the Lexus NX.

Considering how bold and aggressive the concept’s styling was, we weren’t sure how much it would get watered down by the time we saw the final version. Based on a brightened version of the teaser image that Lexus sent out, it doesn’t look like much has changed. Including the weird-but-cool tailfins.






















Brightening the teaser image also reveals what looks like a UX 250h badge. Aside from confirming that the UX will get a hybrid version, the 250h badge also suggests less power than the NX 300h’s 194 hp.

Other versions may be quicker, but it’s probably safe to assume the hybrid UX will prioritize fuel economy over speed. Expect the UX to also cost a good bit less than the $37,000 or so it takes to get into a base NX.

Beyond those few details, we don’t know much, but we expect to find out more when Lexus reveals the production UX in Geneva on March 6.

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