• The 2017 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth Now Available

    The 2017 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth is a new and limited edition model in the Sport Heritage range. It teams the Japanese company with a famous name from the car world. Abarth was originally founded in 1949, and has specialised in small sports cars for 60 years, including being featured as the sportier end of the FIAT brand.

    2017 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth
    The 2017 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth

    Abarth already sponsors the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team and supplies a number of specialist vehicles as part of that relationship. So it seems only right that Yamaha honour them by producing a total of 695 bikes with some exclusive lightweight parts.

    Typically for a factory special, the 2017 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth features the standard 950cc three-cylinder engine with traction control and slipper clutch. But what it does gain is a full lightweight Akrapovic exhaust system with titanium double slip-on silencer. So that will help acceleration a bit, as well as making you sound faster.

    2017 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth
    Just running in the 2017 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth

    Also helping you feel faster is a sportier riding position, thanks to swallow ‘clip-on’ style handlebars and the single racing seat. It’s finished with a suede cover and red stitching. And the seat cowl is one of the new lighweight carbon parts which feature the Abarth logo, along with the carbon front mudguard.

    Online order registrations opened on January 17th with the first 95 customers getting an invitation to an exclusive Yamaha VIP Abarth Experience, along with their choice of companion. The events will be confirmed when the new owners finish their purchase, and will take place between May 1st and June 16th 2017 at circuits in Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Austria and the UK.

    Each event includes the chance to test drive a range of Abarth vehicles on the circuit, take a drive with a professional racing driver, and also be given the chance to visit Abarth’s Turin headquarters by prior appointment throughout 2017.

    Once the initial 95 models of the 2017 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth have gone, the remain 600 are available to order from your local Yamaha dealer from April 2017. And to be fair, you’ll have as much fun on the road or track on the XSR900 as you would in any car.

    Then again, if you do appreciate small, four-wheeled vehicles, then you might like the fact Abarth have also procuded a concept car to match the bike. The 695 Tributo XSR has the same grey and red livery, an extensive array of carbon fibre, and also gets an Akrapovic exhaust system.

    2017 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth and Car

    It’s just a shame they haven’t produced a matching motorcycle trailer and made it all available as a set!

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  • Pirelli confirm debris caused Vettel puncture

    Pirelli has confirmed that debris caused the puncture that ended Sebastian Vettel’s Austrian Grand Prix.

    Formula One’s official tyre supplier issued a statement on Wednesday following their analysis of the Ferrari driver’s right-rear tyre which blew while he was leading at the Red Bull Ring.

    “Analysis of the tyre issue that affected Sebastian Vettel at the recent Austrian Grand Prix has been concluded and the results shared with Ferrari,” said Pirelli.

    “The few remaining parts of the tyre in question, together with an in-depth comparison to other tyres used in the race, reveal no signs of fatigue or structural failure in the right-rear tyre itself.”

    “Consequently, the issue appears to be caused by an item of debris, which led to the breakage of the tyre.”

  • Ferrari dominate final practice as Rosberg crashes

    Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari 1-2 in final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix as championship leader Nico Rosberg crashed heavily.

    Vettel posted the quickest time of the weekend so far, a 1:07.098 to finish ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen, 0.136s slower than the German.

    Lewis Hamilton was the quickest Mercedes in third, over two tenths off the pace, as teammate Rosberg’s day came to an early finish when his suspension broke exiting Turn 2.

    Rosberg crashed heavily against the wall as a result, and while he was unhurt, Mercedes will face a race against time to get his car ready for qualifying.

    Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen completed the top five in the Red Bull cars.

    Several cars appeared to suffer blistering problems after Pirelli lowered the rear tyre pressures from 19.5 to 18.5 overnight.

  • Rosberg handed time-penalty for Hamilton collision

    After several hours of deliberation by the race stewards, Nico Rosberg was handed a 10-second time penalty and reprimand following his crash with team mate Lewis Hamilton.

    The Mercedes duo collided on the final lap of the race as Rosberg attempted to prevent Hamilton from passing.

    The stewards said: “Having taken note of the extensive evidence given by both drivers and the video and telemetry data, it was apparent that Car 44 (HAM) was in front of Car 6 (ROS) – i.e. more than fully alongside – and that the driver of Car 44 could have clearly made the turn (T2) on the track, if not for the resultant collision.

    “Car 6 did not allow Car 44 ‘racing room’ and hence the driver of Car 6 was responsible for the collision.”

    The championship leader was also awarded two penalty points for the accident and a reprimand for not having stopped while his car was damaged.

    “The driver continued on the track with a damaged car spreading debris and with the front wing detached but recognition of extenuating circumstances, that he slowed down and tried to mitigate risk to other drivers and cars.”

    On the first lap in Spain both crashed out of the race after colliding into each other while in Canada contact between the pair left Rosberg compromised for the rest of the race going into turn one.

  • 2016 Austrian Grand Prix race result

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    Lewis Hamilton



    Max Verstappen

    Red Bull


    Kimi Raikkonen



    Nico Rosberg



    Daniel Ricciardo

    Red Bull


    Jenson Button



    Romain Grosjean



    Carlos Sainz

    Toro Rosso


    Valterri Bottas



    Pascal Werhlein



    Esteban Gutierrez



    Jolyon Palmer



    Felipe Nasr



    Kevin Magnussen



    Marcus Ericsson



    Rio Haryanto



    Sergio Perez

    Force India


    Fernando Alonso



    Nico Hulkenberg

    Force India


    Felipe Massa



    Sebastian Vettel



    Daniil Kvyat

    Toro Rosso