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The prize for winning the MotoGP eSports comp is a CAR?!

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‘MotoGP17’ videogame players can battle each other online for the ultimate prize; four wheels (?!)

eSports have been picking up the pace within the public consciousness for years, and now – finally – motorcycle videogame racers are going to have the chance to race each other online in a global championship. It’s a global search to find the MotoGP online champion.

And then they’ll win a BMW M240i (?!)

The structure of the championship is a simple one. There will be seven online time trials on PlayStation4 throughout the season, and the top sixteen fastest players will then qualify for a live final to be broadcast across Dorna’s TV partners (so probably BTSport if you’re here in the UK).

And then the MotoGP online champion will get the keys to a brand new BMW M240i (?!)

Online racing competitions aren’t new of course. WRC, Project Cars and Gran Turismo all have successful championships. But the people behind MotoGP are hoping to be up there competing and potentially overtaking them in popularity soon,

“We know what the final goal is – we want to, in a few years, become the most important eSports racing championship”, says Andrea Loiudice, marketing manager for the MotoGP’17 videogame, “we think Dorna’s involvement is the key. In the first year, we’re making small steps to reach the goal, and we’re not expecting to have huge results straight away, but we think Dorna’s involvement and their idea of what they want to achieve is cool.”

So how will they make the difference? Milestone – the game developer – think they’ve found the secret,

“One of the problems with racing eSports – and we have watched a lot – is that the show is poor. When you see a race on TV, you see a lot of different things – replays, lots of different cameras. But when you see racing eSports, it’s a poor show, and this is an area that we are working on very hard with the directors of Dorna who put the show on TV.

We’re working on the kind of show that we want to put together for the final races, and that will be a big improvement for racing games.”

For the first year, there won’t be a whole championship however, instead racers will compete in the Red Bull Rookies Cup before progressing to Moto3 and through to Moto2. Only then will the best of the best make it through to racing in the MotoGP class for the final.

MotoGP’17 itself is released on June 15th, so if this sounds like the kind of thing you’ll be interested in, you’ve got a few weeks of practice time in before the competition begins in earnest.

One thing is bothering us though. Why, WHY is a car the ultimate prize in what has the potential to attract and bring in a whole new generation of motorcycle riders? Surely a manufacturer – even BMW – could have put up a vehicle with two wheels as the ultimate, lust-worthy goal?

(That said, we’re not going to complain if we actually win!)

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Is the Manx Missile Cavendish about to trade cycling lycra for motorcycle racing leathers?

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Could the Manx Missile hang up his lycra and pedals for something a little more petrol propelled?

Mark Cavendish has been the fastest thing on two (pedal-powered) wheels for a while now, but in recent interviews, the Isle of Man native and good friend of Cal Crutchlow has expressed an interest in two-wheeled vehicles of a motorcycling kind.

Speaking in an interview with Esquire Magazine from when he was in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One last year, Cavendish shared his love of fast cars and bikes, telling the interviewer that he’d ‘always loved anything to do with motors, or machines… Vehicles really. Just love them’. Before being asked if he’d ever considered being an F1 driver?

‘Nah. I don’t think I’m good enough. Everybody thinks that it’s like driving a car down the promenade, it’s totally not the same. To be honest, I prefer motorbikes more; I would like to race them instead.’

Ok, so it’s not a huge admission or a massive surprise – it’s something we’ve all probably dreamed of and one time or another, but when pressed on the issue he does seem to have considered the possibilities more than just in passing.

When asked if motorcycling racing might actually be next for him he replied with an emphatic, ‘In all seriousness, I think so’.

Adding fuel to the fire have been comments from him earlier this month made during press conferences in support of the Dubai Tour.

When asked explicitly if he’d consider hanging up his cycling blocks for motorcycle leathers, he certainly didn’t dismiss the idea, ‘Anything is possible, you know… I will just look at my options for the short term and the long term and see what I do with my future’.

So that’s definitely not a no.

For cycling fans fearful that he might be closer than expected to making the jump, there’s probably not any immediate cause for panic. In the very same Esquire feature he also explicitly stated that he had a ‘fair few years‘ left in his professional career.

Could a cycling pro move over to motorcycles with any expectation of success? Multi-discipline racers aren’t unheard of. Rossi loves his car racing and Lewis Hamilton has always expressed an interest in a taking turn in MotoGP.

But that’s from a motor vehicle on short track racing onto another motor vehicle on a similar track. We’d imagine that the speeds and skills involved from pedal cycle to internal combustion engine are a little less transferable for any moral human.

But then Mark Cavendish isn’t your average human being and reports suggest that the times that he has spent on track have been pretty impressive.

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Indian electric Emflux claims 120mph, over 100 miles range for under £8,000

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Startup company put its first electric sportsbike concept on display, alongside some impressive claims.

The Emflux can hit 62 mph in 3 seconds and charges to over 80 percent in half an hour. Couple that with a range of around 115 miles and a top speed of 120 mph and you have an electric motorcycle to pique anyone’s interest. Throw in a claimed price of under £8000 and you get the room to take notice.

That’s what the Indian startup Emflux did this week at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

The 25-strong company has completely developed the machinemachine i and the team have designed everything except for the brakes, suspension and tyres.

Featuring a steel-trellis frame and single-sided swingarm, the chassis of the machine certainly looks the part, and along with the 60kW motor and 9.7 kWh lithium-ion cell battery the entire package only weights 169 kgs.

Alongside the mechanics, the technology on-board features a built-in GPS system, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity – all alongside an NVIDIA Jetson TK1 core processor. That’s a mighty big brain to go alongside some mighty big claims from the startup firm.

The company say that they are planning to build 199 of the bikes for the local, Indian market, with another 300 for export.

Oh and if you want Ohlins suspension, forged alloy wheels and carbon-fibre bodywork, then the price will go up by another £10,000 or so.

With new companies coming out with interesting designs and ideas for new electrically powered motorcycles almost weekly now, surely it’s time for one of the major manufacturers to step in? Isn’t it?

Source: Emflux

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