Jorge Lorenzo Possibly Returning to MotoGP in 2021

The MotoGP Grid could have one of their formidable stars return for the 2021 Season. This follows after initial rumours suggested that Jorge Lorenzo would return to Ducati, under the condition that Andrea Dovizioso doesn’t resign with the factory team. Jorge Lorenzo confirmed on July 8th that he’s working with Ducati on a contingency plan for the exiting of Dovizioso. It should be mentioned that Lorenzo is currently a test driver with Ducati.

Both Jorge Lorenzo & Ducati Management clarified that Andrea Dovizioso is their primary choice for acquisition in 2021. However, delegations between these parties have sustained themselves for a prolonged timeframe. It’s known that Ducati will make one final effort in reobtaining Andrea Dovizioso for the 2021 season, where meeting rejection they’ll enact contingency plans with Jorge Lorenzo.

After this information became public knowledge amid the MotoGP Grid, it didn’t take long for Andrea Dovizioso to disregard any sentiments made by Ducati or Jorge Lorenzo. Andrea emphasized that he’d instead terminate his position for the 2021 MotoGP Season than be provided with a horrendous deal.

Ducati has requested that Andrea Dovizioso take a smaller salary amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking a similar position to notable athletes like Lewis Hamilton, Conor McGregor, and Novak Djokovic, the Ducati Factory Team Driver, refuses to consider a downgraded salary. This shows an evident lack of care towards Ducati’s interest, which will harbour resentment between both parties over the upcoming 2020 races.

Minor History on Jorge Lorenzo

Lorenzo adores racing in MotoGP & wouldn’t have left the sport if doctors hadn’t advised him to take a prolonged break. After almost a year of not competing professionally, the injuries holding back Jorge Lorenzo have disappeared. The Three-Time World Champion could find himself given another opportunity to acquire a 4th. It should be mentioned that Jorge Lorenzo confirmed that negotiations are finalized & nothing is inevitable but hopes his return is possible.

Those prevalent in the history of Jorge Lorenzo will be concerned by the possibility of this switch. His previous stint with Ducati in 2017 proved unfavourable for Lorenzo, prompting him to switch Mid-Season in 2018 for Honda. Supporters of Jorge Lorenzo hope history won’t repeat itself.

Fabio Quartararo Ready for 2020 MotoGP Championship

The 2020 MotoGP Championship arrives on July 19th, with organizers scheduling thirteen races into less than four months. This revised calendar begins in Spain, with all eyes moving towards a new driver that dominated the 2019 season. Fabio Quartararo knows he’ll be reviewed throughout all thirteen races, ensuring that his skillsets are strong enough to sustain placement with Yamaha. Motorsport reporters have begun questioning Fabio on his thoughts towards the upcoming season, with sentiments indicating a level of eagerness that hasn’t ever been seen by Quartararo.

The Green Flag in Jerez will drop shortly, with MotoGP teams having two weeks to complete their production on new motorcycles for the 2020 Season. Fabio Quartararo is working diligently with Petronas Yamaha SRT, which is the subsidiary brand to Yamaha’s Factory Team. Fabio continues to work with engineers to ensure his 2020 Motorcycle exceeds expectations, which will help ensure his placement for the next two seasons with Yamaha’s Factory Team. It’ll also help guarantee that fans of Valentino Rossi won’t immediately dismiss Fabio Quartararo for contention in the 2021/22 MotoGP Championships.

Training for Return

When questioned on what was accomplished during the lockdown period, Fabio Quartararo mentioned that he continuously worked on home-based cardio. This was the primary form of exercise available to motorcyclists during the pandemic lockdown. Fabio remarked that after the lockdown restrictions in Andorra were lifted, regular training with his motocross bike was initiated. These pre-emptive moves have enabled Fabio Quartararo to remain mentally & physically prepared for the upcoming 2020 season.

Under these conditions, Fabio anticipated that he’d recover usual pacing without many challenging to his overall lap time during qualifying. Quartararo mentioned that the one issue awaiting all personnel in MotoGP with Jerez is the weather. Conditions are different than what’s typically seen, with temperatures in April considerably lower than July. All MotoGP Teams must focus on not overheating their motorcycles while still obtaining peak performance. This challenge is hard to overcome for any team in moto racing.

The question becomes which challenge will be harder for Fabio Quartararo. Will is be overcoming Valentino Rossi’s legacy with Yamaha’s Factory Team or hurdling over different weather conditions at ever conventional & unconventional track in the 2020 MotoGP Season.

Motorcycle Live 2020 Cancelled by Full Year

Unfortunate headlines struck motorcyclists that were intending to purchase tickets for the Motorcycle Live 2020 Expo. It was announced by organizers that their venue has been cancelled & won’t arrive again until 2021. Announcers remarked safety concerns with the novel coronavirus, worrying that an outbreak won’t unfold amongst guests. Since governments worldwide have reopened their economies, it’s been found that outbreaks are unavoidable with large populations coming together in one area. Motorcycle Live Expo Organizers feel similar conditions would unfold in the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre.

Inside sources have remarked to motorcyclist magazines that COVID-19 conditions in Great Britain continue to prove unfavourable. Organizers cannot risk the safety of employed personnel, meaning the November 21st to 29th venue won’t arrive for an additional twelve months. The new dates for the Motorcycle Live Expo are November 20th to 28th, 2021. It’s presumed that the United Kingdom will have obtained a vaccine for COVID-19 by this period. Without a vaccine, there could be an additional postponement until 2022. This would have detrimental effects on the UK Motorcycle Market.

The Managing Director of the Motorcycle Live Exposition issued a public statement on their decision. Finlay McAllen remarked that Audience Interaction & Friendship Building are the two core aspects of their venue, meaning guests are near other attendees. It’d be impossible for MLE Organizers to revise their core attributes under social distancing measures, with delays on Expo availability better suited for the general safety of others.

The Reasoning

Finlay clarified that a large percentage of their visitors are regular attendees, meeting their friends & family to enjoy a weekend of motorcycle-themed entertainment. McAllen ended his sentiments by mentioning that all organizers are disappointed with the postponement but happily support the decision to ensure the safety of loyal visitors.

It should be mentioned that significant penalties & fines could’ve been imposed onto the Motorcycle Live 2020 Expo if their operations had continued during COVID-19 Social Distancing. The United Kingdom has increased its efforts to punish intolerant civilians, organizations, and companies that’ve actively participated in disobeying social distancing measures.

Thirteen Races in 2020 MotoGP Season

Supporters behind MotoGP were thrilled when Dorna Sports confirmed that 2020 would have thirteen official Grand Prix’s. That number was expected to be considerably smaller amid the rumours from inside sources, which indicated that the COVID-19 Pandemic had forced numerous options to become unavailable for Dorna Sports. Formula One was to maintain pivotal delegations with some locations considered by MotoGP. After weeks of speculation, unrest & concern for the 2020 season, outfits with this motorsport can begin preparing for the upcoming championship.

The COVID-19 Pandemic forced MotoGP to terminate their initial 2020 Season. The Qatar Grand Prix was slated to launch this year’s events, with that event being postponed days before it was slated to become. Grand Prix’s that were first postponed have now become cancelled, including the Japanese and Italian GPs. This extends towards the Australian, Finnish, Dutch, and British Grand Prix’s also being cancelled outfit.

Dedicated fans behind MotoGP knew that some variation of a 2020 season was slated to resume by July. This followed after Dorna Sports confirmed in April that Grand Prix’s would be continued in Spain as the Jerez Circuit. Back-to-Back Races will be maintained, with the 1st arriving on July 19th & the 2nd coming on July 26th. It should be noted that these Grand Prix’s are contracted through two corporations & haven’t received government approval, which is required to move forward. Dorna Sports keeps this factor quiet & hopes that a 2nd wave won’t prompt them to cancel their venues a 2nd time. This is a possible reality that event organizers, team outfits, and motorcyclists all hope to avoid.

Confirmed Grand Prix’s

Additional announcements were made regarding upcoming races. It was confirmed that the Brno Czech Republic Circuit would maintain a Grand Prix on August 9th for a single race. Back-to-Back venues are being supported in Austria, with the first GP arriving on August 16th. The 2nd Austrian Grand Prix is being maintained on August 23rd. Misano Circuit in Italy wan initially expected to be cancelled & lost to Formula One, with fans informed that Back-to-Back Grand Prix’s would be held at Misano. The 1st arrives on September 13th, with the 2nd following on September 20th.

Final Venues closing the 2020 Season include Le Mans & Catalan in France, with Le Mans holding Back-to-Back Venues on the October 18th to October 25th. Catalan Grand Prix will be maintained in a similar format with identical GPs being held on September 27th to October 11th. The last Grand Prix’s will be held in Valencia on November 8th to November 15th. Those wanting to witness these events should research their local sports providers, such as SkySports or TSN.

Mugello Italian Circuit Selects F1 Over MotoGP

Dorna Sports operates the MotoGP autosport, with their representatives confirming on June 10th that the Mugello Italian Grand Prix won’t be supported in their 2020 revised season. This follows after speculation & rumours indicate that Formula One defeated MotoGP in contract negotiations with Mugello Organizers. It’d explain why the Monza Grand Prix hasn’t been confirmed by Formula One.

This isn’t the exclusive event that’s been terminated by MotoGP for their 2020 revised season. It was also announced that the Qatar Grand Prix wouldn’t be returning for 2020, amid six other locations. Those include Germany, Holland, Finland, Australia, Britain, and Japan. Italy marks the eight confirmed cancellation for the 2020 season. It’s not known how Dorna Sports will maintain a full season under these lost contracts. The exclusive event permitted for their 2020 season is the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez, which is slated to begin on July 19th. A secondary Jerez GP will be held on July 26th. The remaining venues under this revised schedule are slated to release before June 21st.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, the chief executive officer for Dorna Sports, provided reporters insight into the current situation. He first noted his sadness towards announcing that the Mugello Grand Prix must be terminated for 2020. Carmelo indicated that the logistical challenges associated with maintaining a race this year would’ve been impossible, involving Dorna Sports to rearrange multiple aspects of this year. Ezpeleta hopes that their return can be evoked for the 2021 season.

Additional sentiments from Carmelo Ezpeleta remarked that the beauty of Mugello is undeniable, making this closure announcement that much more disappointing. Carmelo would than thank supporters for understanding the logistical challenges associated with COVID-19, while also confirming that they’ll replace Mugello with another notable location for a stunning weekend of racing. That replacement location hasn’t been unveiled by Dorna Sports.

Tifosi Supporters Shocked

It should be mentioned that Formula One hasn’t confirmed that they’re competing at Mugello. Formula One Organizers terminating the 2020 Italian Grand Prix at Monza would disappoint thousands of Tifosi Italian Supporters. It’d mark a significant hit to Scuderia Ferrari’s home race. We’ll inform our readers if the FIA or Formula One confirms Mugello for their 2020 revised season.

2021 Kawasaki KLX Off-Road Line Unveiled

The novel coronavirus hasn’t stopped motorcycle manufacturers from unveiling their latest models. Recovering from the financial downfall associated with this pandemic is prompting these manufacturers to reveal new motorcycles earlier than anticipated, hoping to earn higher profits for the 2021 fiscal year. The latest manufacturer to release to the upcoming line of “Off-Road Motorcycles” is Kawasaki, with significant improvements being issued to this annually updated product line.

June 1st marked the date that Kawasaki confirmed four new models for the 2020-21 Season, with all four being released for July of this year. Details regarding the internal specifications of these updates’ models weren’t released in this teaser announcement, with Kawasaki confirming that additional information will be provided by June 15th. It doesn’t matter that minimal details were provided, with dedicated fans of this brand still obtaining their first look at the Kawasaki KLX Product Line.

The most notable alteration to the 2021 KLX Product Line is their naming convention system. Complex names were previously implemented with these motorcycles, making it a challenge when purchasing at local retailers. That won’t happen again with each model being separated by the difference of one letter. Consumers considering the 2021 KLX Product Line can purchase the KLX233R, KLX233L, and KLX233G. Depending on the model selected, associated prices can increase.

Those wondering how much has changed with this updated product line shouldn’t be concerned. Notable features from 2020 return into the 2021 series, including the 233cc Thumper Engine. Updates specifications with the Kawasaki KLX Product Line is its Six-Speed Transmission. 18” Wheels bolster that with ABS Breaks & an Electric Ignition. It should be mentioned though that the KLX Product Line supports a 140cc Engine Model, which is currently available for purchase. The 233cc Engine Model won’t be released until July 2020.

Price Tag

Costs with the Kawasaki KLX 2021 Product Line vary. Obtaining the baseline model will require a payment of $3,149.00 & allow riders to drive away with the 2021 Kawasaki KLX233R. Inquiring the Sister Model KLX233L will require an additional three hundred at $3,449.99 with taxes. The premium model under this product line isn’t costly, with the Kawasaki KLX233G maintaining a price tag of $4,399.00.

TVS Motors Expanding the Norton Motorcycles Workforce

Norton Motorcycles have experienced fluctuations in their business operations since COVID-19 infected nations worldwide, including the United Kingdom. It ignited a multitude of financial issues for the motorcycle manufacturer, nearly crippling their operations. Norton would inevitably file for bankruptcy in February 2020 after having an influx of unpaid discrepancies. This included the dispersing of Pension Funds, prompting unnamed individuals on the Board of Directors to demand new management.

Investigations were issued into Stuart Garner, the previous owner of Norton Motorcycles. Details from reports indicated that this CEO had engaged in illegal activities to benefit his financial growth. Garner left the United Kingdom before COVID-19 became an international pandemic, with law enforcement looking into his whereabouts. Stuart Garner will be deported back to the United Kingdom for due processing.

The history of Norton Motorcycles isn’t defined by their last chief executive officer, with the manufacturer having a formidable history in the United Kingdom. This history predates World War One & Two, with Norton Motorcycles founded in 1898. After the despicable actions of their former CEO, the Board elected to sell a majority stake of Norton Motorcycles to TVS Motors. Representatives with TVS Motors confirmed that significant investments would be made towards expanding Norton, allowing for a substantial number of High-End Motorcycles to be developed.

New Career Opportunities

Visiting the Norton Motorcycles Webpage revealed an influx of opportunities in the “Career Section”. Engineers and manufacturing plant managers are being hired at high percentages, reaching the valuation of 150+ employed personnel. Considering that the former workforce with Norton Motorcycles was 55, it’s shocking to see the number rise by double its standards under previous ownership. It should be mentioned that Norton Motorcycles has conventionally operated with low workforces, with this being the highest valuation of active personnel seen since World War Two.

TVS Motors guaranteed that their 1st priority is fulfilling the previous orders made during 2019 & 2020. To account for these influxes of orders, TVS is considering relocating the headquarters of Norton Motorcycles to Dodington Park. It’s enabled for this brand to have a modernized production facility. Progress of this nature will allow Norton Motorcycles to expand their offerings internationally.

Harley Davidson Donates LiveWire Motorcycle for COVID-19 Relief

The coronavirus pandemic has forced alterations onto the daily lifestyles of civilians, local businesses, and massive corporations. Most are doing their part to limit the epidemic by social distancing & donating to research or relief funds. This extends towards significant corporations like Harley-Davidson, who announced that they’d be auctioning off a LiveWire Electric Motorcycle. It’s become their most popular motorcycle in 2020, with this auctioned model receiving customized paint job and components.

Its standard value on the market is $45,000.00. It’s expected that $75,000.00 or more will be earned for this model. All funds received will be immediately donated to the United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Relief Fund. It should be noted that Harley-Davidson is permitting a maximum of 500 Customized LiveWire Electric Motorcycles, meaning availability for worldwide consumers is limited.

The crew behind this customized Harley-Davidson LiveWire implemented the full catalogue of carbon fibre panelling, parts, and accessories for this model. That immediately puts another $10,000.00 onto the standard cost of this motorcycle. Its paint scheme included a light green & grey, resembling classic vehicles from the 1940s. This crew finalized the customization process by putting a unique & one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson Badge Signature onto the back panel.

The Auctions Terms & Conditions

The winner of this auction will be the highest spender, who will also obtain travel & accommodations to the Milwaukee Harley-Davidson Museum. It’s here they’ll be presented with the vehicle, upon which they’ll be provided with a private tour. The owner will then see the location of where this LiveWire will sit when they pass. One of the conditions for buying this motorcycle is returning it to the Harley-Davidson Museum, as it holds historical value on two levels. It’s the 1st customized and auctioned LiveWire in existence, which is also being done during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whoever obtains this vehicle will be donating towards the perfect cause. The USA Division of United Way is requesting assistance from those capable. Their requests include financial aid, housing & food. Harley-Davidson will provide United Way will all three of those requests through this auctioned donation.

The Iron Fist Motorcycle Club of Florence

Harley Davidson Road Glides have been seen throughout the streets of Florence, the thunderous sounds of their engines echoing throughout the canals and ageing churches. These motorcycles have taken reign over the locked-down city during the COVID-19 pandemic, with their leader supporting Italian families in need with essential items. These motorcyclists have implemented these measures for over forty days, servicing the elderly and young families in Florence.

These individuals are named “the Iron Fist Motorcycle Club of Florence”, who embraced the concept of assisting elderly and financially unsound families in the region. These individuals cannot risk leaving their homes because of the associated problems it’d bring to their respective families. The Iron Fist Motorcycle Club has obtained numerous food donations from volunteer associations and private citizens, then dispersing these products to those required. Riders that have been with this club for decades are known for peacefully riding through Tuscan Roads with large saddlebags filled with camping gear. Those saddlebags have been replaced with items like Bread, Milk, Biscuits, Pasta, Flour, Tomatoes, and Cheese.

The Founder & President of the Florence Chapter – Iron Fist Motorcycle Club, provided insight into their decision. He remarked that their contributions are indeed associated with Motorcycle clubs and that they’d initially encountered backlash from local law enforcement. All forty members in this chapter would inevitably be pulled over and searched multiple times, with each search revealing nothing but essential items for registered civilians in need.

Overcoming Disruptions with Law Enforcement

Challenges with local law enforcement were anticipated & not considered offensive. How would you react seeing forty Harley Davidson’s throughout Florence, with every rider dawning a face mask with Skulls or Demons imprinted onto them? Even local neighbourhoods were initially concerned for their safety at first. However, after multiple searches from Florence Law Enforcement, local politicians informed civilians that the Iron Fist Motorcycle Club is a peaceful entity.

Never once has this decades-old charter been listed as a terrorist or gang-related entity. Immediately after this announcement was publicly posted, their rate of booked essentials skyrocketed. Now that Italy is slowly lifting their lockdown restrictions in Florence, this Chapters president confirmed that they’d return to their previous camping adventures in Tuscany.

Two Grand Prix’s Confirmed for MotoGP

Dorna Sports stands as the title operators behind MotoGP, the worlds most famous motorcycle racing league. They’ve struggled to maintain their 2020 Season after the COVID-19 pandemic had worldwide implications. That’s starting to change with the announcement that Spain will hold the initial starting rounds for the revised 2020 Season, which won’t become official under the Spanish Government reviews and approves these two Grand Prix’s.

It’d disappoint Dorna Sports not to obtain approval, with the COVID-19 pandemic prompting the initial eleven rounds of their 2020 season into closure status. This included the Finnish, Qatar, German, and Dutch Grand Prix’s. After Dorna Sports workforces were told to remain indoors at their homes for social distancing, organizers began revising the 2020 Season. They determined a maximum of twelve Grand Prix’s can be held throughout the European Union from August to November.

Organizers initially had hoped the 1st Grand Prix would be held in either Austria or the Czech Republic. Logistical challenges in those nations prompted Dorna Sport Organizers to selected the Jerez Grand Prix in Spain instead. Revised selections in the location prompted their calendar days to change as well. Instead of an August start, MotoGP will begin their 2020 Season on July 19th if the Spanish Government approves this plan. An additional Grand Prix would be held on July 26th.

The Approval Process

Having these initial Grand Prix’s secured by the Spanish Government won’t be the final process in the approval process. The Fédération International de Motocyclisme will also be required to review these planned Grand Prix’s and approve the process, with FIM being the governing entity behind MotoGP.

It should be mentioned that MotoGP Organizers publicly expressed in April that holding a Spanish Grand Prix wouldn’t be possible in 2020. This followed after the Spanish Government banned all tourism and national activities. However, those social distancing measures were lifted and enabled Dorna Sports to reconsider this location. They’ve determined in their plans like Attendees wouldn’t be supported, and a maximum of 1600 personnel would be recommended. All staff would be tested daily, with Dorna Sports looking to purchase 10+ thousand COVID-19 Testing Kits.

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