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2016 Moto GP & WSBK Seasons Around the corner!!

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An exciting time in 2016 as so many circumstances and products have been implemented in Moto GP and WSBK/Supersport this year.  Everyones looking forward to another great battle of the Rivals in the sport and a continuation of last years season which may be one of the best in history (motogp).

WSBK isnt far behind in drama either as teams like Ducati are planning on going even harder this year for a title. Riders like Nicky Hayden joining the riders list.  Marco Melandri (former champion) testing for MV Agusta has also caused some attention.  MV looking to develop further and charge to the top with their F4RC this year.  BMW is coming on strong as well.  All teams looking to catch the ever consistent ZX10R with pilot Rea on board - dominating.  Ducatis Chaz Davies hopes to take that championship away from him.  Its going to be great. 

In SSP, MV Agusta has caught the attention of riders and teams for sure!  More riders will be on board the F3675 trying to top the charts with a very competitive bike.  Again everyones chasing Kawasaki's ZX6 with Sofuoglu leading.  Watch out for him, Gino Rea on MV this year and Cluzel looking to pass the ZX6 and bring a title back to Italy's town of Varese where the MV's are bred.


MotoGP has new electronics meaning everyone shares the same system.  Magnetti Marelli will be the provider of the Unified Software.  Bridgestone is no longer and Michelin is now in - working hard mind you to develop a tire ready to race with in Qatar coming soon in March.  2016 also has new bikes for the factory teams raising challenges for all riders.  Its a whole new season.  Whatever happened last year, doesnt matter.  Everyones starting at the same point.  It should be alot fun to watch the teams and riders progress.  Cant wait!!!


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MALICIOUS MALWARE!! WHAT? ...dukes website down.,,,really? Sorry to all!

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Apologies!!  Last week, the week of the 20th doesnt my host suspend my site due to malicious malware/corrupting files. 

What a joke?  Who takes the time to commit such crimes..(i think its a crime) on a site or a business as small as The Dukes Of Cycle.  Is this for real?  Or is someone(s) trying to take advantage?  host?  hmmmm, perhaps. 

Well, after the week of troubleshooting were back live online.  I just find it really really weird.  What are people coming to?

Peace out, gotta go back to wrenching.   

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A word on todays motorcycles, technology, and service!

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Consumers are forced to make decisions based on numbers and results, ultimately through some sort of racing.  Whether its tarmac, dirt, sand, even ice, manufactures battle to sell their products so the company name sells.  2015 has these manufacturers showing strengths in engineering and technology like we've never seen before.  This technology shows up right out of a box in your local dealers finding the streets in your hands and mine.  Its truly incredible.  A blog needed only about those details...

Motorcycles of today, in fact for years now, have not been like the once "bicycle with engine" days were and any handyman can fix them.  Those were somewhat acceptable in the 70's and 80's.  Heck, even auto mechanics were certifiying them.  The good old simple engines and carbs with a 5 wire harness are long gone and those primitive hydraulics for suspensions have me looking back and wondering how the heck they rode those.

Well, your motorcycle was and now more then ever needs to be maintained - and better then your cars.  See cars are more expendable and most people lease not worrying too much about them.  - Cant lease a motorcycle.!  Point being we have to take care of our motorcycles.  Not to mention the safety aspect. 

**What we need to note is Preventitive Maintenace.  Scheduled maintenance intervals will ensure youre touring or racing will last a long time with no break downs. 

The cost in the long term is priceless as is insurance on your house or life for that matter.  That being said, it leads me to the moral of this blog.  "You must maintain or enhance or service your motorcycle by qualified and proven technicians or establishments."



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WSBK SuperSport Race 2 Chang Circuit Thailand

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Due to a crash Zannetti on his F3 did not finish.  Cluzel on his MV led the race until 3 laps left when a mechanical failure caused him to pull off the track in disappointment. 

Thai rider Wilairot who was in second place behind Cluzel ends up winning his first ever SuperSport race and only his second ever podium finish all on home soil!!  Was a treat and a memorable moment for the Thai in the Chang Circuit.

MV Agustas Reparto Corse team have some work cut out for themselves but we all know racing and how difficult it is.  Although MV had a crash and a breakdown, they were still at the front of the circuit very competively and that to me is already exciting!! 

Dont count them out...Next race will be on the 12th Of April in my favourite country of Spain!!!  Check it out.



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