Welcome to this week's News Cycles, Common Tread’s roundup of what’s happening on our servers and everywhere else. Every Friday, look for a collection of news, stories, and all things moto from around the web. This week: Futurists, Rossi laps the world, and a man tries a jump. Oh, and today’s May the Fourth.
Johann Zarco signs two-year deal with KTM
KTM is preparing for war in MotoGP, first scooping up Tech3 as a satellite team and now capturing Johann Zarco for their factory team. He’ll be joining Pol Espargaro for 2019.
Ma carrière continuera la où tout a commencé, de la RedBull Rookies Cup à la conquête du titre MotoGP. Vous l’avez compris, je rejoins @ktmfactoryracing pour les deux prochaines années. Je suis très heureux de monter sur cette KTM avec laquelle nous partageons les mêmes ambitions : Ready to race ! My carreer will continue where everything began, from RedBull Rookies Cup to the conquest of the MotoGP title. You understand it, I join @ktmfactoryracing for the next two years. I’m very happy to ride this KTM, which we have the same ambitions : Ready to race ! @michelinmotorcycle
In the gallery: Futurism and motorcycles
Get a little culture in ya via The Vintagent’s latest article on motorcycles and the Futurist artists obsessed with machinery and motion.
Mees culpa: This is not the first time the flat track champ was accused of tire doping
A random tire test brought back concerning results for American Flat Track’s star. Mark Gardiner digs deep into AFT, tire doping, and Jared Mees’ not-exactly-spotless history with tire tests.
How to get your kid on a motorcycle
Who’s going to show young riders the ropes if we don’t? Lemmy shares his experiences guiding Stinky from backyard minibiker to street-legal motorcyclist. Sweet Grom!
Test ride an Indian, lend a hand
Indian’s looking to raise up to $30,000 to benefit the Infinite Hero foundation. “For every motorcycle test ride completed at an Indian Motorcycle dealership in the month of May, Indian will donate $20 in that rider’s name. Riders can schedule a test ride at a nearby Indian Motorcycle dealership at IndianMotorcycle.com.” As part of this campaign, Carey Hart is heading out for a Hart’s Good Ride event to show appreciation for active duty soldiers.
Valentino Rossi has raced enough to lap the world
That's 369 Grands Prix, 8,730 laps raced. Someone did a little trackside math and figured out that by the 15th lap of this weekend's Spanish GP, the Doctor’ll have raced the equivalent of a lap around the world across his long career.
May is National Motorcycle Safety Month
But only if you want it to be.
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