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The main novelties that the Piaggio Group brands will present at EICMA 2018 are: Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory; Moto Guzzi V85 TT; Piaggio MP3 300 hpe; Vespa Elettrica; Vespa GTS.
With good pace aboard the Fireblade, the Aussie held the lead for the majority of the 18-lap race and it wasn’t until the closing stages when Leon Haslam made a pass. Keeping on Haslam’s heels until the chequered flag, O’Halloran crossed the line just 0.086 seconds off the win and claimed the fastest lap of the race (1:34.857). With today’s results ‘The O’Show’ has moved up the championship standings into fourth place.
Ryan Vickers has taken his first victory in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship, after grabbing the lead on the final lap from Kevin Keyes.
Vickers made all the early running in the opening sequence of laps, however Keyes soon battled back mid race and took the lead from the Yamaha man.
The pair both swapped places throughout the last few laps, however it was Vickers who grabbed the victory on the final lap from the Irishman, with Sheldon-Shaw rounding out the podium.
First pole position, first win and first Showdown for the all-new Fireblade at Silverstone
It has been a weekend to celebrate for Honda and the all-new 2017 Fireblade at the ninth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship, where Honda Racing and its riders Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran recorded a host of firsts for the new-Fireblade in its 25th anniversary year.
Jason O’Halloran secured his place in the all-important Showdown during the final race of the day, but it wasn’t without drama. Disaster struck on the opening lap when the Aussie crashed out, and unhurt from the fall was forced to watch on to see how his Showdown rivals faired in the falling rain. With two of his closest rivals also crashing out in the tricky conditions, O’Halloran and the new Fireblade had done enough to secure the final spot in the Showdown.
Meanwhile team-mate Linfoot went from zero to hero in race three, after what started out as a difficult weekend for the Yorkshireman suffering three crashes in practice and today’s opening race. With rain falling at the 3.67-mile circuit as the final race got underway, Linfoot glided through the pack on the opening lap jumping to sixth place, after starting from 21st.
Mastering the conditions aboard the Fireblade as the rain got steadily worse and having made his way into second place, he set his sights on the lead. Not deterred by the conditions Linfoot made his move on reigning BSB Champion Shane Byrne and took the lead. Holding the lead and with most of the field crashing out in the conditions, including Byrne, the race was red flagged at over two thirds race distance and Linfoot claimed his maiden British Superbike Championship win.
The results from the weekend give the all-new 2017 Fireblade its first race win, along with its first ever qualifying pole position and its first appearance in the MCE British Superbike Championship Showdown, as Honda celebrates this iconic machines 25th anniversary year.
The Honda Racing team will now head back to its Louth-based workshop and prepare the Fireblades for the next round of the championship, which takes place next weekend (15-17 September) as the Showdown gets underway at Oulton Park.
Jason O'Halloran arrives at Cadwell Park next weekend (August 18/29/20) pushing to maintain his position inside the top six of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Honda Racing’s home round of the season.
The Australian contender, who now bases himself in nearby Market Rasen, has high hopes for his home round following a recent test at the Lincolnshire circuit and knows that he needs a big points haul as just 18 points separate him from seventh placed Jake Dixon.
O’Halloran said: “I love Cadwell Park; its 20 minutes up the road from where I live and I love riding there and love the whole event. I have only ever raced two Superbike races there and I have been on the podium in both of them, so that’s a good record! Something on my bucket list is to win a Superbike race at Cadwell Park; for me that would make my year if I could do that.".
Aleix Espargaró is back in the points, finishing tenth in the Assen GP. This is certainly a positive result that ends Aleix's streak of zero point finishes, but the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Spaniard's race should have ended with a much different result.
Just after the mid-race point, the Espargaró-Aprilia package demonstrated its full potential. After a cautious start without forcing his pace too much, Aleix moved up from fifteenth to seventh, joining Crutchlow's group. An even more significant statistic is that during that part of the race (16th and 17th laps) he had lapped with the second best time and his gap behind the leader was less than seven seconds. In short, all the conditions were right for an excellent race finale, on the hunt for a top-five finish. Instead, raindrops began to fall and the altered grip conditions (Aleix had the hard tyre on the rear) ruined his pace completely. Aleix dropped back position by position to the end, in any case managing to defend a top-ten finish.
Notwithstanding, the Aprilia RS-GP confirmed once again in this race that a top-five finish is definitely within reach of a project which has made clear progress in terms of performance over recent months.
Sam Lowes, who had started from the fourth row for the first time thanks to outstanding qualifiers, crashed out in the ninth lap while lying fifteenth. There were no consequences for him and he can take comfort in a weekend where he demonstrated the biggest improvement of his rookie year in MotoGP.
Just arrived at Via Moto the stunning new Piaggio Medley 125, equipped with the latest I-Get 125cc engine that is capable of 134mpg and an extremely flexible performance. In addition it is equipped with Start/Stop technology so it's kinder on the environment as well. We have a demonstrator at Via Moto for you to try and it is open to CBT holders as well.
Just arrived at Via Moto is the all new Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber. In Matt Black with yellow trim the uprated 850cc engine provides ample power and torque while the all new chassis provides an easy to handle bike. Via Moto also has a model on demonstration so visit us at 284 Shalesmoor, Sheffield, S3 8UL or call 0114 3033000 for more information.
A Via Moto Suzuki sale covering a number of new Suzuki models in stock - but hurry these offers are limited and once they are gone they are gone!