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MotoGP World Championship Two MotoGP races took place during the month of August, the first at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria and the second at the Brno racetrack in the Czech Republic. The Red Bull Ring event saw the Ducatistake centre stage. Andrea Iannonedominated in practice and started the race from pole position ahead of Valentino Rossi on the factory Yamaha and fellow Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso. Iannonewon the race ahead of his team-mateDovizioso, making it a double win for the Italian manufacturer, with the two Ducatisleading the race from start to finish to secure the top two steps of the rostrum. Jorge Lorenzo closed in third place with the factory Yamaha, with Rossi fourth and championship leader Marc Marquez crossing the line in fifth on his factory Honda. It was Marc Marquez who scored pole position in the following race at Brno. The Spanish Honda rider lined up on the front row alongside Lorenzo and Iannone. In contrast to the practice sessions, the race took place in the rain and saw Cal Crutchlowscore an unexpected win with the privateer Honda of team LCR, ahead of Rossi and Marquez. The latter therefore maintains his championship lead and now holds 197 points. Rossi is second with 144 points, meaning that he has 53 to make up. No easy task considering that Marquez is proving to be extremely consistent in terms of results, but there are still seven races left to run so anything is possible. Jorge Lorenzo lies third with 138 points and Marquez’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa is in fourth place with 109 points on the other Honda. In the Moto2 class, the Austrian race was won by Frenchman Zarco ahead of Italian riderMorbidelliand SpaniardRins. German Folger scored the win in the Czech race, and was followed across the line by Rinsand Englishman Lowes. In the general standings, Zarco leads the way with 181 points, withRinschasing behind on 162. Lowes lies third with 137 points. The Moto3 class continues to be the hardest fought, with many young riders beginning to show their potential. At the Red Bull Ring the win went to Spaniard Joan Mir, his first victory in the world championship. The Brno race was won by Scotsman McPhee. The championship leader is South African Binder, who holds 179 points ahead of Spaniard Navarro, on 118, and Italian Bastianini, with 94. The Superbike World Championship is still on its summer break and will resume over the weekend of 16-18 September at the German Lausitzring. Market news New MV F4 Zagato Here is the first image of theMV Agusta F4 Zagato, a very special one-off bike,prepared by designer Zagatoand based on the bike that was originally designed by Massimo Tamburini. Only the technical base of the MV F4 superbike remains, while the entire chassis has been totally reconceived byZagato. We’re certain that superbike fans won’t like it, but Zagato’s work of art recalls various aesthetical motifs from the past: there is something of the old MV GP bikes, as well as an undeniable modernity and clean lines that designers from across the globe will appreciate. At this point, all we can do is wait excitedly to see it for ourselves at the EICMA show in Milan this November. Honda City Adventure This will not be its definitive name, but the concept is clear from the term City Adventure. Derived from the Honda Integra, this brand new bike (a sort of two-wheeledSUV) definitely makes an impact in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bszb6aQ-Ygc The first images of the definitive version of the City Adventure became available in Europe one month ago. Now Honda has released the first video of the “City Adventure” that will soon go into production.This hybrid combines the structure of a bike with that of a maxi-scooter (it derives from the Integra 750) and is designed to be used on the road but with the possibility to also use it on dirt. The video shows us that it has an enduro look reminiscent of the Africa Twin. We can also see that the rear wheel will be 15” rather than 17”, undoubtedly due to the increased travel of the rear suspension. We don’t know what it will ultimately be called, just as we don’t yet have any tech specs. So again we must wait for all to be revealed at EICMA in Milan.