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Headcheck – AMCN Vol 58 NO 03 – On sale 6-19 August, 2008 | COLUMNS | GASSIT GARAGE


Benelli plans to develop the marque as a major player on the world stage, revealing a 16-valve 599cc engine with ‘ultra-short stroke’ and variable length intake technology, expected to deliver 97kW at 15,500rpm in its street-legal and production form.


Carlos Checa and Ryuichi Kiyonari on the Dream Honda Racing Team CBR1000RR survived brake failure and rain to give Honda its 22nd Suzuka 8 Hours victory. Meanwhile, Australian rider Jason O’Halloran brought home the Moriwaki Honda in sixth place.

Bike test

AMCN tests four unique sportsbikes that “refuse to be categorised”; the Aprillia RSV1000R, Benelli Tornado TRE1130, Ducati 848 and the Suzuki GSX-R750. The test ended in a dead heat between the GSX-R and the 848.

He said that?!

“Everyone respects him. But today I lost quite a lot of that” – Casey Stoner after the Laguna Seca round of the MotoGP turned into a heated battle between him and Rossi

Pics of the issue

1. Germany has always had the answer to the so-called hoon issues we face in Australia: the Nurburgring. It’s like your favourite well-known piece of road, just without the Highway Patrol bit…


2. Good old fashioned racing or just plain dangerous? MotoGP fans split over the Stoner/Rossi rivalry.