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Team SorryMate – Snetterton Race Report 2019

Team SorryMate has now reached the halfway point of the season, Snetterton in Norwich. The weekend commenced with glorious sunshine, and the rain was minimal. The sun was a welcome change following the recent weather forecast in Knockhill, which inevitably lead to the Sprint race being postponed due to heavy downfalls.

Unfortunately, Matt is still recovering following his crash at Brands Hatch which led him to break his ankle in two places. Although Matt has been utilising hyperbaric treatment to speed up the healing process, he was not ready to hit the track at Snetterton. Nonetheless, Matt is looking forward to having his non-weight bearing cast removed and upgraded to a supportive ankle boot in the upcoming weeks.

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Despite this, the Snetterton weekend commenced with high aspirations with Practice one and two leading Kurt into a top ten position. This placement included a P5 for FP1. However, despite his strong and consistent lap times, Kurt faced issues in terms of the handling of the motorcycle, particularly around the twelve demanding turns of the Snetterton Circuit.

Kurt felt that improvements could be made to his bike as well as the bike’s suspension to resolve his issues. As a result, the team worked hard through Friday afternoon to the late evening, making adjustments.

With Saturday morning came overcast. However, the track remained dry. Kurt had an excellent opportunity to put the newly make bike adjustments into practice. He continued to improve throughout the season and eventually achieved a P6 in Qualifying. However, Kurt felt that improvements could still be made to his bike.

Kurt Team SorryMate

Despite a heavy spell of rain on Saturday afternoon, the track was dry ready for the Sprint race. Kurt had a good start and kept in with the pack fighting for the top 10 positions. However, halfway through the race, a couple of GP2 riders interrupted his flow, setting Kurt and his fellow competitors back slightly. There was a close battle that enabled the fight to achieve 10th to continue. By the end of the race, with a gap of 0.164, Kurt crossed the finish line in P11.

Kurt began the Feature Race on Sunday from the fourth row of the Grid. A bad start set him back slightly, surrounded amongst three GP2 riders. Kurt fought hard to keep with the group, not losing sight of his fellow Supersport competitors just ahead. However, after significant changes to the bike’s geometry over the weekend, we fell short of grasping that ideal setup, closing the race with a P13 finish. The weekend at Snetterton was a significant struggle in terms of achieving the best setup. However, The Wigley brothers continue to prepare for the next round with high spirits.

Scott Beaumont’s UCI BMX World Championships

Scott Beaumont’s goal for 2019 was to win the BMX and 4X World Championships in the same year. This is something which has never been done before. However, the events which unfolded from this goal was not what Scott had in mind.

Early morning practice

Scott was leading at the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships. In addition to this, last Friday at the UCI BMX World Championships, Scott went unbeaten in his qualifying races. Scott ended up setting the fastest lap of the day.

During the race, Scott was on fire. He was attacking the first straight already in the lead that was until another rider lost control on the takeoff of the double jump. The rider went on to hit Scott side on. Scott was thrown like a rag doll. Medics were quick on the scene in treating Scott on the trackside. Following this, he was then rushed to the medical centre on-site.

 Scott Beaumont

The injury Scott sustained was an open fracture, dislocation of his right thumb. The doctors on site tried to put the dislocation back into place but with no luck. They then administered local anaesthetic and tried again. In agony, Scott was desperate for the dislocation to go back in. It wouldn’t. So it was straight into an ambulance and with lights on straight to the hospital.

Following this, the doctors administered further local anaesthetic to try and get the bones back in place. At this stage, his thumb was starting to turn black from all the bleeding and swelling. They were unable to get it back in, and he was rushed into the operating theatre.

 Scott Beaumont

There was a 50/50 chance of Scott losing his thumb at this stage. 2 hours later and the operation was a success. The thumb joint back in place, colour restored to his thumb, and the genuine threat of having his thumb removed was now reduced. Scott’s, however, had to stay in the hospital for 48 hours while anti bionics were administered through a drip to try as a precautionary measure.

 Scott Beaumont

On Sunday afternoon, Scott was discharged, and the team drove straight back home. On Monday morning, Scott met up with his doctor to discuss the next 12 weeks and how best he can recover from his injury.

By Tuesday afternoon, he had a doctor saying that by racing this weekend in Italy, the risk of infection in the joint wouldn’t mainly increase and that in 9 weeks he could start training again.

However, this won’t hold Scott back, and he has already commenced training.

 Scott Beaumont

BSB-Timetable

Thruxton BSB Timetable 2019

Bennetts BSB is heading to Thruxton, with a superb support line-up including action from the Dickies British Supersport and Pirelli National Superstock 600 and 1000 Championships.

Check the timetable below for more information on what’s to come over the weekend.

Thruxton BSB– 02.03.04 AUGUST 2019
BSB EVENT TIMETABLE

 

Friday

09.00 – 09.20Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseFree Practice 1
09.30 – 09.55Dickies British SupersportFree Practice 1
10.05 – 10.50 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIFree Practice 1
11.00 – 11.25HEL Performance British MotostarFree Practice 1
11.35 – 12.00Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseFree Practice 1
12.10 – 12.30 //Molson Group British SidecarsFree Practice
13.00 – 13.20Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseFree Practice 2
13.30 – 13.55Dickies British SupersportFree Practice 2
14.05 – 14.25Dickies Junior SupersportFree Practice
14.35 – 15.20BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIFree Practice 2
15.30 – 15.55HEL Performance British MotostarFree Practice 2
16.05 – 16.30Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseFree Practice 2
16.40 – 17.00Molson Group British SidecarsQualifying
Saturday09.00 – 09.25Dickies Junior SupersportQualifying
09.35 – 10.05HEL Performance British MotostarQualifying
10.15 – 11.00BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIFree Practice 3
11.10 – 11.40Dickies British SupersportQualifying
11.50 – 12.20Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseQualifying
12.30 – 13.00Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseQualifying
13.15Molson Group British SidecarsRace 1 – 8 laps
13.40 – 14.20Safety Car & Pillion laps
14.40Dickies Junior Supersport Race 1 – 10 laps
15.20HEL Performance British Motostar ChampionshipRace 1 – 12 laps
16.00 – 16.18

16.25 – 16.37

16.44 – 16.52

BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES
IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI
DATATAG EXTREME QUALIFYING
Q1
Q2
Q3
17.10Dickies British Supersport Championship – Sprint Race 1 – 12 laps
17.50Molson Group British SidecarsRace 2 – 8 laps
18.15 – 18.25Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseFree Practice
Sunday08.55 – 09.03Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseWarm-Up
09.08 – 09.16HEL Performance British MotostarWarm-up
09.30 – 10.15Pit Walk
10.50 – 11.05BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIWarm-up
11.10 – 11.18Dickies British SupersportWarm-up
11.30Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseRace – 14 laps
11.55 – 12.20VIP Pillion Laps
12.35Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseRace – 16 laps
13.15Pit lane opens for Bennetts BSB race one: VIP grid walk
13.30BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIRace 1 – 20 laps
14.15 Molson Group British SidecarsRace 3 – 8 laps
14.55 HEL Performance British Motostar Championship Race 2 – 14 laps
15.40Dickies British Supersport Championship – Feature Race 2 – 18 laps
16.15Pit lane opens for Bennetts BSB race two: VIP grid walk
16.30BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIRace 2 – 20 laps
17.15 Dickies Junior Supersport Race 2 – 10 laps

Admission Prices

AdultTeenFamily Ticket
Weekend Admission (Friday-Sunday)£42 (online)£95
Friday Admission (Practice)£5
Saturday Admission (Qualifying/Support Races)£13£5
Sunday Admission (Main Raceday)£29£10£74

TICKET CHOICES

All tickets for this Race Meeting are listed below.

13-15 YEAR OLDS

Children between 13-15 years old will need to hold a teen ticket for this race meeting.

CHILDREN 12 & UNDERGO FREE

Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult (max 5 children per responsible adult) are admitted to the circuit and paddock (providing the responsible adult is still accompanying them) free of charge.

GRANDSTAND SEATS

Children 5 and under will be permitted to sit on a parent/guardian lap and therefore admitted free of charge. Where pre-allocated seats are issued then all seats taken must be paid for, irrespective of age.

PADDOCK ACCESS

Friday 2 & Saturday 3 August – Paddock access is free. Admission tickets include access to the paddock.
Sunday 4 Aug – An adult paddock ticket is required. Teen tickets include paddock access.

Call our office on 01264 882200 (option 1) for all event information.

9 year old Huckson

Could you beat this 9-year-old at Motorcross?

Brian has built a purpose-built track on his property to allow Huckson and his brother to train hard. Brian trains the boys on their lines, control and power usage. In the video, Huckson overcomes some mental barriers as well as physical. Due to his size, his motocross boots are too long in the leg; this means that he is unable to operate the brakes efficiently. But the family quickly overcome this issue.

His father watches Huckson around the track, as Huckson seems to slide around with little control. Brian advises Huckson to push his weight into the boots and allow his lower half to anchor the bike into the corners and over the bumps.

Off Huckson goes for another three laps trying his new technique, and he’s like a different rider! Chasing his brother round the track bettering himself with every lap.

Now, you can see that Huckson is a skilled motocross rider while riding the track, but where he comes into his own is on the jumps and stunts.

Huckson has mastered the tricks, working towards more significant heights and even more gnarly stunts! If a nine-year-old can do it, what’s stopping you?

To check out Huckson’s Facebook page, click here. For more motorcycle news, click here.
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Do you know your county’s speed camera thresholds?

Auto Express has recently released the findings of a recent study that they conducted into the speeds you must travel at in order to trigger a speed camera. The results are interesting and vary from county to county.

Auto Express sent a freedom of information requests to the UK’s 45 police forces to ask just how fast you must be travelling to be hit with a ticket from the cameras.

They claim that the majority of forces that responded advised that a camera would only activate when vehicles exceeded the speed limit by 10% + 2mph – 35mph on a 30mph road and 79mph on a motorway – which is in line with the Association of Chief of Police guidelines.

While this information may seem like a green light to get where you’re going more quickly, the report also reveals that not all forces use the scale and some forces declined to reveal the threshold at all.

So what are the thresholds?

Below is a list of some of the information that was gathered during the study!

 

Force                 Number of Cameras         Threshold

Avon and Somerset4110% + 2mph
Bedfordshire38Would not reveal the threshold
Cambridgeshire32Would not reveal the threshold
Cheshire1510% + 2mph
Cleveland410% + 2mph
Derbyshire1810% + 2mph
Devon and Cornwall9810% + 2mph
Durham0 fixed10% + 2mph
Essex63Don’t use a standard threshold
Greater Manchester235Would not reveal the threshold
Gwent2110% + 2mph
Hampshire3610% + 2mph
Hertfordshire53Would not reveal the threshold
Kent10910% + 2mph
Lancashire3410% + 3mph
Leicestershire3010% + 2mph
Merseyside1810% + 2mph
Metropolitan Police/TfL80510% + 3mph
Norfolk2610% + 2mph
North Wales2810% + 2mph
Northumbria5510% + 2mph
Nottinghamshire48Refused to confirm if the threshold exists
Police Service of Northern Ireland1210% + 2mph
Scotland173Refused to confirm if the threshold exists
South Wales13710% + 2mph
South Yorkshire2510% + 2mph
Staffordshire286Would not reveal the threshold
Suffolk410% + 2mph
Thames Valley29410% + 2mph
Warwickshire2810% + 2mph
West Mercia2310% + 2mph
West Midlands33Would not reveal the threshold
West Yorkshire40210% + 2mph

Can you trust your bike’s speedometer?

For the most part, yes. The modern bikes should always over-read the speed that you are travelling. For example, when travelling at an indicated 70mph on your bike, a GPS device would usually clock you at around 67mph.

Manufacturers are bound by legislation that means a vehicle’s speedo cannot underestimate the vehicles speed, most over-read by a few percents. Old vehicles may have much less accurate speedometers. It could be due to wear and tear, less accurate manufacturing methods or poor maintenance, all of which could add up to a speedo that wanders between speeds giving a very inaccurate reading.

If you need legal assistance in relation to a motorcycling offence, don’t forget to contact SorryMate by clicking here.

BSB Bad Luck for Team SorryMate

Bad luck comes in three’s for Team SorryMate

Team Sorrymate were looking forward to a positive weekend following on from previous races. Matt especially anticipated some strong lap times following his practise sessions however his weekend was unfortunately cut short during the opening stages of qualifying when a fellow competitor lost the front exiting turn one resulting in his bike shooting across the track leaving nowhere to go for Matt. This, unfortunately, left him with a broken ankle requiring surgery and an extended stay on the sidelines.

Kurt was additionally hit, but with the flu

Kurt additionally had a difficult weekend as he spent a vast majority of his energy battling with flu. But in keeping with his determined nature, he continued to soldier on completing practice within the top 5.  Although initially starting strong in qualifying, Kurt’s continuingly depleting energy saw him have to cut short the sessions resulting in a 9th finish.

The bad luck didn’t end here…

They say that bad things come in three’s, and Team SorryMate, unfortunately, experienced this first hand on race day when Kurt was caught out with the new minimum tyre pressure rule brought in by Pirelli resulting in a back of the grid start for Kurt.

Staying Positive

Despite this, he battled through the crowd and was able to bring the bike home in a very respectable 10th.  Team SorryMate are keeping their spirits high are already preparing for the next round. More for BSB news, click here. Altentaielt, follow SorryMate on Facebook by clicking here.

Iron Bum

Swindon Bikers Prepare to take on Iron Butt Challenge

A 1000 mile cross country journey would seem daunting in a car but two bikers from Swindon have decided that they will embark on the mission on their motorbikes in as little as 24 hours to complete the famous Iron Butt Challenge!

The challenge commences on the 21st of June

Peter Genet and business partner Stuart Gore will set off on their 1107 mile ride on the 21st June at 5 am as part of their Iron Butt Ride to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund and Lights for Learning.

Peter said: “It’s a huge task and the longest journey I’ve ever done is only 600 miles, which was difficult enough, so this will be a real challenge.

“Our colleagues think it’s a fantastic idea and wish us good luck but also think we’re both nuts for doing it because the ride is apparently hardcore.

“Fatigue and tedium will be the biggest issue – the M5 and M6 are quite long and boring roads but they’re the only way for us to cover this many miles in such a short space of time, hopefully, we’ll keep each other in good spirits.

“We will take breaks every 100 miles to stretch our legs and refuel because the seats will get quite uncomfortable if we stay on them for more than two hours at a time.”

The pair will receive their saddle sore badges after completing the challenge

The Iron Butt Challenge will begin at Chiseldon services, then the pair will ride along the A303 to Exeter, round the south of Dartmoor to Land’s End before heading through the north of Dartmoor to continue up to Glasgow and, finally, John O’Groats.

Then, once the pair have had a good night’s sleep, they will ride all the way back to Swindon to see exactly how much money they have raised in their mission. They will also receive their saddle sore badge and certificate.

This isn’t the first time Peter has helped raise funds for charity

Peter joined the RAF Benevolent Fund’s ride-out group last month and intends to help them provide more financial support services to serving and former RAF personnel which include welfare breaks, grants to help with financial difficulty and getting about inside and outside the home, specialist advice on benefits and support with care needs, as well as support for young people through the Airplay programme.

Peter is also a trustee of Lights for Learning, to pay for solar panels for schools and hospitals in developing countries.

Peter added: “After I got involved in the RAF charity I thought it would be good to raise much-needed funds for it and my own charity while also being a good excuse to go out for a long ride and have fun on the bike – after all, why not give it a try and do two birds with one stone? We’ve decided to do it on the longest day so we’ll have as much daylight as possible. Luckily it’s all downhill from up north so we can just free-wheel back.”

Have you got an inspiring story to tell us? Get in contact! For more information on the Iron Butt Challenge, click here.

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17% Increase In Arrests Made At Isle Of Man TT

Following the recent Isle of Man TT, statistics have been released showing the number of arrests made over the duration of the festival.

Arrests continue to grow during the festival

In 2018, the number of arrests made was 126. In 2019, it has increased to 148. What’s the reason for this increase? Well, with poor weather taking over the event many days, spectators flooded into local pubs and clubs to make the most of what they could do. Many of the arrests were drink related!

However, collisions are on the decrease

However, despite the increased number of arrests, the number of collisions has decreased from 78 (2018) to 62 (2019). Was this because the weather forced everyone in the pub for a social?

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A temporary speed limit has helped decrease accidents

Due to the high police presence and a temporary speed limit of 50mph, there were no motorcycle accidents on the Coast road. A success in the eyes of many.

There were two fatal accidents on the Isle of Man this year, both taking place in different locations on the Sloc A36 road in the south of the Island.

The statistics released were measured from Saturday 25th May to Friday 7th June, giving us the most accurate statistics possible. It is hoped that the statistics of fatalities will continue to decrease, and the number of arrests will follow the same path.

We would like to offer condolences to the families of people that lost their lives this year at the TT, including the family of Daley Mathison after he sadly passed away due to an accident on course.

BSB Knoxhill

BSB KnockHill 2019 TimeTable

Bennetts BSB is heading to KnoxHill, with a superb support line-up including action from the Dickies British Supersport and Pirelli National Superstock 600 and 1000 Championships.

Check the timetable below for more information on what’s to come over the weekend.

KNOCKHILL – 28-30TH JUNE 2019
BSB EVENT TIMETABLE

 

Friday

09.00 – 09.30Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseFree Practice 1
09.40 – 10.10Dickies British SupersportFree Practice 1
10.20 – 11.05BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIFree Practice 1
11.15 – 11.45HEL Performance British MotostarFree Practice 1
11.55 – 12.25Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseFree Practice 1
12.35 – 12.55 //Molson Group British SidecarsFree Practice
13.45 – 14.15Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseFree Practice 2
14.25 – 14.55Dickies British SupersportFree Practice 2
15.05 – 15.35HEL Performance British MotostarFree Practice 1
15.45 – 16.30BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIFree Practice 2
16.40 – 17.10Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseFree Practice 2
17.20 – 17.45Dickies Junior SupersportFree Practice
17.55 – 18.15Molson Group British SidecarsQualifying

Saturday

09.00 – 09.05Molson Group British SidecarsWarm up
09.10 – 09.35Dickies Junior SupersportQualifying
09.45 – 10.15HEL Performance British MotostarQualifying
10.25 – 11.10 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI Free Practice 3
11.20 – 11.50Dickies British SupersportQualifying
12.00 – 12.30Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseQualifying
12.40 – 13.10Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseQualifying
13.25 //Molson Group British SidecarsRace 1 – 15 laps
14.15Dickies Junior Supersport Race 1 – 15 laps
14.45Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseRace 1 – 24 laps
15.25HEL Performance British MotostarRace 1 – 18 laps
16.00 – 16.18

16.25 – 16.37

16.44 – 16.52

BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES
IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI
DATATAG EXTREME QUALIFYING
Q1

Q2

Q3

17.05Dickies British Supersport Championship – SprintRace 1 – 18 laps
17.40 Dickies Junior Supersport Race 2 – 15 laps
18.10Molson Group British SidecarsRace 2 – 15 laps

Sunday

09.00 – 09.05Molson Group British SidecarsWarm up
09.10 – 09.18Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseWarm up
09.40 – 10.00BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIWarm up
10.05 – 10.13HEL Performance British MotostarWarm up
10.18 – 10.26Dickies British SupersportWarm up
10.40Dickies Junior Supersport Race 3 – 15 laps
11.10Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseRace 2- 24 laps
11.35 – 12.25Pit Walk, Bennetts/VIP Safety Car & Pillion laps
12.40Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseRace – 22 laps
13.30BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIRace 1 – 30 laps
14.15Molson Group British Sidecars Race 3 – 15 laps
14.50HEL Performance British Motostar Race 2- 22 laps
15.40Dickies British Supersport Championship – Feature Race 2 – 26 laps
16.30BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIRace 2 – 30 laps
17.20Dickies Junior SupersportRace 4 – 15 laps

Admission Prices

AdultConcessionFamily Ticket
Weekend Admission (Friday-Sunday)£ (online)£ (online)Free
Friday Admission (Practice)£7£ 4£18
Saturday Admission (Qualifying/Support Races)£32£10£46
Sunday Admission (Main Raceday)£32£18£82

About Knoxhill

Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife is Scotland’s national Motorsport centre. The circuit is located in the Fife countryside about 10 miles north of Dunfermline. The track, initially opened in 1974, is 1.3 miles long and was created by joining service roads to a nearby disused railway. Since the 1980s Knockhill has been extensively developed to a point where it is able to host rounds of most of the major British car and motorcycle racing championships.

You can buy tickets by clicking here.

For more information, visit the official BSB Brands Hatch website here. For more motorcycle news, click here.

Ducati-Side

A Quick Look At Ducati’s First Electric Motorbike

World leaders in beautifully made bikes, Ducati, have released concepts for a new electric motorcycle. With global warming at the forefront of everything, leaders in the motorcycle industry are all beginning to design electric bikes to keep up with the times. Even Harley Davidson are joining in!

The bike resembles its popular Panigale Superbike

Now, what else could you expect from the Italian designers other than something that is aesthetically stunning to look at? They have indeed continued the tradition onto this new bike. Traditionally, electric bikes can look very futuristic and stick out in a crowd of “normal” bikes. However, the Ducati Elettrico has a striking resemblance to the very popular Panigale Superbike.

Ducati-back

While technical details are yet to be released; the renderings suggest that the bike will have a single-sided swingarm with offset mono-shock, a mid-mounted motor, chain drive, inverted front fork and Brembo brakes – all standard on many of Ducati’s current bikes.

It is important to remember that Elettrico exists only in these renderings, and there is no guarantee that Ducati is working on a bike like this. But if you take their CEO at his word, then you might not be surprised to see a motorcycle that looks something like this in the next few years.

The concept of an electric motorbike is far from the conventional bikes of Ducati, but, looks wise the designer has kept with the trendy ideas that already exist within the brand.

Ducati-Back-side

The new Ducati will come with a gearbox

On close inspection, it seems as though Ducati will make the bike with a gearbox, as the renderings include a gear shifter. This may encourage some of the more traditional petrol heads to give the Elettrico ago, as they have not cut out the control that the rider has over the bike with a completely automatic transmission. I would steer clear of an automatic electric motorcycle, as it could be seen that the bike was doing all the work. However, there are many benefits if Ducati were to choose to make the motorcycle automatic, as this would open up the machine to riders that otherwise wouldn’t be able to ride the bike.

We hope that other manufacturers will follow carefully in the footsteps of Ducati and begin to make electric motorcycles that look similar to their already successful petrol relatives. This would create less of a divide in the motorcycle world and enable those that choose to ride electric bikes to blend in with the crowd should they decide to do so