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2016 WorldSBK Race 2 @ Phillip Island: Rea wins Race 2 as Davies falls

28 Feb

Photos courtesy of WorldSBK.com

Reigning Champion Jonathan Rea took the first double win at Phillip Island since Carlos Checa in 2011 today as key title rival and last year’s runner up Chaz Davies fought hard on the final lap, in the end losing the front into Turn 4. Rea is also the first reigning world champion to win a double opener using the number #1 plate.

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It was Tom Sykes on his ZX-10R who got the best launch off the line from pole, with teammate Jonny Rea taking Ducati’s Davide Giugliano by the time the WorldSBK field first launched through the Southern Loop. After briefly challenging for the lead, Rea then settled into second as Michael Van Der Mark made a move to take P3 from Giugliano. The Flying Dutchman then had a look down the inside of Rea into T2 before thinking better of it and holding position, the two Ducatis then lead by Chaz Davies close behind and ready to pounce.

Nicky Hayden, initially staring down a gap to the front group, then clawed back the time to the Ducati in front of him and tagged onto the front group. After a few laps staying with those in front, the Kentucky Kid then made a move into T1, Giugliano initially pushed back into P6 until the Italian fought back later in the lap. Hayden took him back once again, before the Ducati rider managed to cut back inside again and claim P5.

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With 12 laps to go, Sykes ran wide into T4, opening the door for teammate Rea to go through for the lead. Michael Van Der Mark and Chaz Davies needed no invitation to follow the reigning Champion through and with Michael Van Der Mark then taking the lead from Rea into T1, the young Honda rider then kept the position and led the group of seven riders now joined by Yamaha’s Sylvain Guintoli.

Althea BMW rider Jordi Torres, starting from P12 after an injury in testing, was the rider leading the charge to catch up by the time Giugliano attempted a pass on Sykes and clipped the Yorkshireman’s back wheel. Pushing both the Kawasaki in front and his own Ducati wide, the move from the Italian saw Nicky Hayden and Sylvain Guintoli given the green light to take them both, the Frenchman’s opportunism to grab the position pushing the new Yamaha YZF R1 into the top 5.

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With the leaders then split into two groups: Van Der Mark, Rea, Davies and Hayden followed by Guintoli, Giugliano and Sykes, Nicky Hayden was the rider setting the best lap times before Rea took Van Der Mark for the lead. That made the field close up once again before Rea and Davies made an initial break for it, Van Der Mark trying to stay with them, and the battle in the final laps seemed the decisive factor in which of yesterday’s podium sitters in Race 1 would be on the top step today.

Davies then took Rea into T4, pushing the Kawasaki rider wide, before Rea fought back into T1 and blocked the line for his rival in any attempt to repass him into the Southern Loop. Turn 4 looked set to be the scene of another attack on the final lap after that first successful rehearsal, and sure enough Ducati rider Davies tried the move again, unwilling to settle for another P2 after being beaten by big title rival Rea in Race 1. Davies, determined to at least try, found himself sliding off the track into the gravel as the ambition of the move outweighed his stopping distance, sadly seeing the chance of victory slip away.

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That left Rea out in front of Van Der Mark and the Dutchman’s American teammate Nicky Hayden hanging onto third, the Kentucky rookie having improved his management of the Pirelli tyres significantly since his first race and setting very competitive lap times. Stalked by Ducati rider Giugliano throughout the next few corners, it seemed the MotoGP Legend was set for his first podium on his first race weekend in WorldSBK, until Giugliano somehow found space to go past with a spectacular move to just pip the American to the podium.

Buriram is now the next stop for WorldSBK as the paddock heads north to Thailand, the scene of Rea’s first double of 2015, and those chasing the reigning Champion will be sure to fight hard once again as they try and stop the Northern Irishman in his bid to be the first back to back Champion of the new Millenium.

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2016 WorldSBK Race 1 @ Phillip Island

27 Feb

Photos courtesy of WorldSBK.com

Jonathan Rea has kicked off his title defence with an incredible last lap victory over Ducati rider Chaz Davies, the Kawasaki rider pulling a move around the outside to beat Davies over the line by 0.063 seconds.

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After a great getaway for both ZX-10Rs, Sykes and Rea went almost side-by-side into the Southern Loop as the first racing lap of the 2016 season got underway. The lead group off the line was led by the Kawasaki Racing Team pair, with Ducati’s Davies getting an amazing launch from ninth on the grid to join his teammate Davide Giugliano and Honda rider Michael Van Der Mark in the battle at the front.

Rookie Aprilia rider Lorenzo Savadori was initially the last of the lead group of ten, before Yamaha duo Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes joined Honda rider Nicky Hayden in the push through to join the battle and an eight rider train set off for the line. Sykes lead the group as the Ducatis dueled behind him and Rea, with Flying Dutchman Van Der Mark joining the fun. Sykes, after losing the lead to Rea, then dropped back along with Hayden and the Yamahas of Lowes and Guintoli, leaving the two Aruba.it Ducati riders to tousle with van der Mark in the lead group of four headed by Rea.

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Rea led the way as the war raged behind him, with the lead group becoming a trio as Davies and Van Der Mark proved the only two able to keep the pace of the reigning Champion. Holding the lead but with both riders behind breathing down his neck, Rea stayed calm and kept his race rhythm going as those behind him continued to play cat and mouse with each other. As the laps ticked down, Davies got closer and started to seriously pressure the Kawasaki rider, seeming to be attempting to test any possible passes he had in mind for the last lap.

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On that last lap, Davies pounced down the hill from Lukey Heights, taking the lead just before the final corner, before Rea took the outside line and blasted around the Ducati through the final turn, the two bikes straightening up on the Gardner Straight with almost nothing between them. It was the flash of green over the line first, however, as Rea’s bravery around the outside proved to give him the pace necessary to nudge the nose of the Kawasaki over the line first, separated by only 0.063 seconds.

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Van Der Mark came home third behind the two of them, recording his fourth career podium in only his second season, whereas teammate Nicky Hayden struggled to keep the pace in the latter stages of his debut and dropped back to 9th. Local hero Josh Brookes made up for a difficult qualifying session to come home 10th, and 2014 WorldSBK Champion Sylvain Guintoli was the first Yamaha home in 6th, showing great potential for the YZF R1 in its first WorldSBK outing. Leon Camier carried through his incredible form from practice to end the race 7th on his MV Agusta, with Jordi Torres on his Althea BMW behind him in 8th ensuring there were six manufacturers classified in the top 10. Yamaha’s Alex Lowes suffered a crash whilst circulating well within the top ten, walking away from the scene with disappointment the only consequence.

The lights go out for Race 2 tomorrow, allowing riders and teams to sleep on the results of an incredible Race 1. Will the pack shuffle overnight or will the battle with Rea rage once again?

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Team Orelac Racing VerdNatura looks forward to WSS Round 1 @ Phillip Island in Australia

25 Feb

Photos courtesy of Team Orelac Racing

Team Orelac Racing VerdNatura looks forward to the opening round of the 2016 World Supersport Championship to be held at Phillip Island circuit this weekend.

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“I like Phillip Island because it has a lot of fast corners and is a real ‘rider’s track’. The grip is good and it is fun to ride – as long as you have a good set-up. It is not a hard track to learn, but you need to be brave and have the correct lines to go fast. I don’t think that it is very technical, but it is the kind of track where you need to have really good control of the bike – especially in the fast corners. For me, it’s a real fun track to ride and the scenery is beautiful. I have only ridden there before on a Moto3 bike, so I will have to learn how to manage my Kawasaki. Once I do that, I think it will be very enjoyable and a lot of fun.”

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“I think Phillip Island is a very nice track because it has fast and slow corners and is great fun to ride. It has always liked me and I feel comfortable racing there. I think the Kawasaki can work very well there and I am really looking forward to my first time out there on this bike. For me, it is a technical track, because of the range of fast and slow corners, and you need a good set-up so that you can find the best racing line. There are lots of places where you can make up time if you know what you are doing, but if you don’t know what are doing, or do not have the right line, it’s also easy to lose time.”

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Team Owner – Jose Calero

“Orelac Racing VerdNatura has history in the WSS class – for Nacho this will be the fourth year. It is a great class to be part of because it is challenging and very exciting to watch and, although it is very competitive and hard, it can also be very rewarding. The new rules make it more affordable and I think it is a great class for young riders to show their potential. I think Orelac is the only Spanish team fielding a Spanish rider and that is a great honour as well as a great responsibility. Spanish riders are known worldwide for their speed and for winning championships, so the challenge is there for sure.

“Orelac stopped directly participating at the end of 2012, but decided to enter again after the team Nacho signed on for at the start of 2015 was unable to continue the season after the first race in Phillip Island. That was really sort of an emergency situation in order to give Nacho the possibility to finish the season he started. Clearly the work is much more involving now because the team has grown exponentially in comparison to last season. I believe we are ready to approach the coming season properly but, in racing, the work never stops.

“Orelac Racing started in 2008 with Nacho racing in the STK 600 with a small truck, one mechanic, me, and a lot of passion. The team is now much bigger and more challenging to manage, but we have very good people and so I feel very good about it – even though it can be difficult at times. If it were easy, everybody would do it! We know this season is definitely not going to be easy, but although the team is new at this level, the people behind it have a lot of experience.”  

Team Manager – Giulio Bardi

“I think Nacho will do well this year. He is training hard and really focusing on his riding. Let’s not forget he was on the podium a few times in the STK 600 class, challenging for victory against some very fast guys. The transition to WSS wasn’t easy and a few injuries didn’t help. The Supersport class is a very tough class to be in, but he’s very committed and the first test in Jerez showed the work he’s done in the winter is paying off, so I expect good races from him.

“Fahmi has come from Moto3, so he will have to adapt to WSS and get used to the extra weight and the handling and power of a much bigger bike. Having said that, I think he will adapt fast to all those differences. He is a very good and experienced rider and knows what it takes to be at the front. I believe he may surprise many people, given a bit of time. He will have to learn a lot of the tracks this year, but my experience tells me that if the rider feels comfortable on the bike and with the team, the learning process goes much quicker.

“The new time schedule on Friday (two one hour sessions) gives us a bit more time for the initial setup and I think we’ll be able to take advantage of that. Everybody in Orelac Racing VerdNatura is working hard and really looking forward to this project. Hopefully we will start the year on a very positive note and go on from there.”

 
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MSI GT72 and GT80 of GTX980 graphics notebooks are VR ready

24 Feb

As the No.1 in Gaming brand in the gaming industry, MSI is always ahead of others in meeting users’ needs by introducing the most up-to-date solutions and offering the most complete gaming features for extreme gamers. The company stands by the principles of breakthroughs in design, the pursuit of excellence, and technological innovation.

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World’s first VR ready Notebooks with extreme GTX 980 graphics

After an extensive research and hard work, MSI, in cooperation with NVIDIA, released GTX 980 models which support virtual reality gaming. Desktop GeForce GTX 970 or Mobile GTX 980 graphics are a must-condition for VR Ready. They will provide the users with the required graphics processing power, image quality, decreased latency and consistent performance level, all of which are crucial for VR gaming experience.

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MSI GT series of GTX 980 graphics VR Ready gaming notebook models approved by NVIDIA are the following:

GT72S 6QF Dominator Pro and GT72S 6QF Dragon Edition (29th Anniversary Edition);

GT72S 6QF Dominator Pro G Heroes Special Edition;

GT80S 6QF Titan SLI 29th Anniversary Edition;

GT80S 6QF Titan SLI Heroes Special Edition.

Many of the VR products used MSI gaming notebooks as demo at CES 2016 were successfully tested using VR technology at different booths. MSI has produced world’s first notebook with VR display.

The visitors got to experience UA Health Box, a product representing a new concept of healthy lifestyle supported by MSI GT72 and GT80 series.

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Also, MSI notebook was a part of the Intel booth presentation of HTC VIVE and provided the greatest support with smooth running and minimum latency. The Taiwan VR company 3Glasses also used MSI gaming notebooks for their VR products live demo, which shows that MSI powerful gaming notebook is the world’s best notebook to support the highest performance demand and the most stable performance present at VR developing and VR demonstration.

Andy Tung, the president of MSI Pan America, commented on the MSI’ new step in the world of technology: “VR has traditionally been reserved for desktops, but NVIDIA has given notebooks such as the MSI GT72 Dominator and GT80 Titan / SLI with GeForce GTX 980 the necessary punch to bring virtual experiences to life while on the go. NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX GTX 980 VR Ready badge makes identifying VR capable machines easy and guarantees a fantastic and immersive gaming experience.”

 
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ASUS Malaysia Announces RT-AC88U and RT-AC5300 Wireless Routers

23 Feb

ASUS Malaysia has announced two new wireless routers during a media briefing. The routers are the RT-AC88U, an ultra-fast AC3100-class dual-band 802.11ac wireless router with a four-transmit, four-receive (4×4) antenna configuration and the RT-AC5300, which is an ultra-high-performance AC5300-class tri-band wireless router, with Broadcom NitroQAM technology that delivers the world’s fastest combined Wi-Fi data rates of up to 5334Mbit/s1.

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This high-performance, easy-to-use router uses Broadcom NitroQAM technology to deliver a combined dual-band data rate of up to 3167Mbit/s — 2167Mbit/s on the 5GHz band and 1000Mbit/s on the 2.4GHz band. RT-AC88U is perfect for low-latency online gaming, smooth 4K/UHD video streaming and extremely-fast file-sharing. The four-antenna design combined with ASUS AiRadar and universal beamforming ensure that RT-AC88U gives superb multi-device performance with wide, reliable and fast coverage.

Online gaming enthusiasts will also appreciate the fact that RT-AC88U is the world’s first router with a built-in gaming accelerator powered by the Gamers Private Network (GPN) from WTFast for the ultimate low-ping gaming experience. Other innovations in RT-AC88U include support for 802.3ad Link Aggregation, which allows two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports to be combined into a super-fast 2Gbit/s wired connection.

RT-AC88U uses Broadcom NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology to boost maximum Wi-Fi speeds on both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequency bands by up to 25%. With NitroQAM, 5GHz speeds can be improved from 1734Mbit/s to 2167Mbit/s, and at 2.4GHz speeds are boosted from 800Mbit/s to 1000Mbit/s. This gives RT-AC88U a combined total data speed of up to 3167Mbit/s for lag-free, low-latency online gaming, smooth streaming of 4K/UHD (ultra-high definition) movies and blindingly-fast file-sharing.

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With four powerful external dual-band antennas, configured in a 4-transmit, 4-receive (4×4) MIMO design on both bands, RT-AC88U provides extremely stable Wi-Fi coverage, ideal for multi-room and multi-level homes.

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Designed as the ultimate state-of-the-art router for enthusiasts and gamers, the futuristically-styled RT-AC5300 uses a 4×4 (4-transmit, 4-receive) MIMO antenna array on all three bands. Combined with AiRadar universal beamforming and Tri-Band Smart Connect, RT-AC5300 provides outstanding multi-device performance, with super-wide coverage.

For the smoothest-ever online gaming, RT-AC5300 includes an exclusive built-in game accelerator powered by Gamers Private Network (GPN) from WTFast, which significantly reduces ping times and latency for an unrivaled experience in virtually all competitive multi-player online games. The stunning better-than-wired speeds of RT-AC5300 will be a boon to any gamer needing the freedom and convenience of Wi-Fi, with the reliability and performance normally associated with a wired network.

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Increasingly, the available wireless bandwidth in a household has to be shared between a large number of Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including laptops, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and smart home devices. To provide additional bandwidth for these multi-device households, RT-AC5300 uses a tri-band AC5300-class design, with two independent 5GHz frequency bands and one 2.4GHz frequency band. ASUS RT-AC5300 features many state-of-the-art technologies to enhance performance and improve stability even on the busiest networks.

Tri-Band Smart Connect technology intelligently selects the optimum frequency band for each device, based on the device’s speed, its signal strength, and how busy each band is. This means users never have to decide which band to use, as RT-AC5300 does it all automatically. The result is better range and faster, more reliable connections — all the time! For advanced users, Link Aggregation (802.3ad) support provides a way of combining two of the Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports into a single ultra-fast 2Gbit/s wired connection (using two network cables).

This feature, normally only found on professional-grade network switches, will be of particular interest to users with high-speed network-attached storage (NAS) devices, which increasingly offer 802.3ad support. This means that users can fully exploit the capabilities of the latest NAS devices, for fast device backups and file sharing.

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Samsung Announces Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

22 Feb

Samsung Electronics announced the newest additions to the Galaxy family of products, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Created for today’s consumer lifestyle, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge lead the industry with a refined design, more advanced camera, streamlined software functionality and unparalleled connectivity to a galaxy of products, services, and experiences.

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Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge introduce the first Dual Pixel camera on a smartphone, delivering brighter and sharper images, even in low light. Thanks to the revolutionary Dual Pixel technology, brighter lens with wider aperture, and bigger pixel, the camera has a faster shutter speed and a more accurate autofocus even in low-light conditions. Motion Panorama, a new camera mode, brings movement to traditional panoramic photos, giving the user a completely immersive visual experience.

The 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 edge are constructed with 3D glass and metal – all in a sleek design with durability and ergonomic curves for a comfortable grip. From work to play, the device’s new Always-On Display, gives users a simplified, zero touch experience where they don’t need to worry about missing a call or important notification.

Without compromising design, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge both have increased utility with IP68 water and dust resistance. Edge UX, the advanced edge experience available on Galaxy S7 edge, provides convenience and increased efficiency by creating easy shortcuts to users’ most loved functions such as email, Selfie mode, panorama mode or third party applications.

Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge deliver fast wired and wireless charging technology. Additionally, the hybrid SIM card tray allows users to insert a microSD card for up to 200GB of additional storage and in some select countries, the tray can be used with a dual SIM card.

Samsung also made significant hardware and software updates to optimize gaming performance on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The powerful processer and bigger battery capacity ensure longer playing time, and the internal cooling system keeps the device from overheating. Game Launcher, a new add-on for gamers, allows users to manage battery consumption and minimize notifications. Additionally, users can record their gaming experience or share their screen to play with others. Paired with Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Vulkan API gives users the ability to play high-performance graphic games with lower battery consumption.

Samsung continues to push the boundaries of hardware, software and services to create devices that are designed to improve how consumers connect, share, organize and get more out of life. The company is redefining what is possible, beyond the limits of today’s technology, by introducing a constellation of seamless mobile experiences.

Whether it’s the seamless connection between Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge and the new Gear S2 Classic to monitor fitness, or connecting with Gear VR to “travel” the world – Samsung redefines what’s possible for the mobile experience and beyond.

Beyond the phone, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge users can also get the best mobile payment service with Samsung Pay; it’s secure, easy-to-use and accepted almost anywhere. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning and advanced tokenization, Samsung Pay works with NFC (Near Field Communication), MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) and Barcode technology, making mobile payments available to more merchants and consumers than ever before.

Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will be available starting mid-March 2016.

 
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2015 Ninja ZX-10R: CNY Pre-Lantern Festival 2016 Group Ride

21 Feb

Photo Montage series courtesy of fellow biker, TC Lam

Today’s ride started off with a little comical – the Ninja ZX-10R was running low of fuel, having approximately 2 litres or less remaining in its tank, and the RV Point at Petron station in Jalan Kuching for our riding group has a distance of 26.2km away. Given that the Ninja ZX-10R in its economical mode would consumes approximately 20km per litre – it should be able to reach the said destination.

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Factored in the numerous traffic light junctions in-between, there’s gonna be some fuel burnt when the Ninja remains idle, so estimating the bike could reach the RV point was just too risky to take – the idea of having to push the bike for a few kilometres from the RV point was not something I am willing to put up with. So I had to fill-up the Ninja ZX-1oR prior to riding it to the rendezvous point. The Ninja took up 15.4L to be full, so my estimation of it having 2 litres or less remaining was spot on.

Nevertheless, the distance to RV point had increased to 28.8km after the slight detour to the nearest station from my home for the required fill-up (our group normally top-up to full at RV point). All this while, I have been riding the Ninja ZX-10R via its Middle and Low Power modes, with the S-KTRC set to either Level 2 or 3. The previous time riding with the same group, I had the bike set to Low Power and TC at Level 3, as recommended by Kawasaki for use in either winding or slippery roads.

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It was okay to use such settings during the first quarter distance in the previous group ride outing but I found the Ninja ZX-10R was easily overtaken by a CBR500R and a Ninja ZX-636R in the process. So for today’s group ride, I decided to set it to Full Power and S-KTRC at Level 2, and see the difference (if any) in performance it would made!

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Our group ride started off from the RV Point around 9.15am and we reached our breakfast area at Ulu Yam Lama approximately 9.45am. On the way there along the twisty Jalan Sg Tua route which runs alongside the Batu Dam towards Ulu Yam Baru and Lama, I had the Ninja powering up at all the twisty sections, and it was able to keep up with the leading group until we came across several slow moving cars and small lorries that hampered the rhythm of my pace as the riders in front of me all managed to overtake the convoy with ease but incoming traffic on the opposite side meant my turn to do the same was delayed.

By the time I could overtake those slow moving vehicles, the leading group was about 700m away. With two more such slow convoys of vehicles up front, the Ninja ZX-10R and me soon lost touch with the leading group, leaving only the medium and slower groups behind me – since it was our group’s CNY pre-Lantern Festival ride today, there were nearly 30 bikers, with the leading group consisted of 11, with me being the 12th in terms of pace.

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Our group spent over an hour for breakfast, and we resumed the ride at 10.55am. For the ride up to Goh Tong Jaya Starbucks, I decided not to be with the leading group and started off as the last 3 riders and slowly made my way up to the next cigarette break point at Goh Tong Jaya police beat base prior to the Starbucks side. The Ninja ZX-10R and me managed to claw our way up to 9th before dropping off to 13th at the later stages as I decided not go any faster, having achieved the objective I had in mind and let a few of the medium pace riders to get in front of me.

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It was the same situation after we had our coffee break at nearby Nanyang Kopitiam at Goh Tong Jaya instead of Starbucks as the latter was full with other bikers from different groups. During our group’s ride down to Karak Highway via the normal Genting Highlands twisty road section, the Ninja ZX-10R was among the Top 8 and occasionally in the Top 5 as I decided to evaluate how fast the performance it is capable of when set to Middle Power (decided not to be on Full mode riding down) and Level 2 of S-KTRC.

Upon entering Karak Highway, I had the Power mode set to Low (60%) as it made not much difference as I don’t need the acceleration of a 1,000cc bike to cruise all the way to the Gombak Toll Plaza. Furthermore, a few members in the group were riding 250cc/650cc bikes and the reduced mode would made the Ninja ZX-10R to be at the same level as these machines.

Within 5km away from the Gombak Toll Plaza, I slowed down my pace to 115km/h and eventually 105km/h as I had achieved the target of what I had set out to do with the Ninja ZX-10R for today’s group ride.

 
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Next Bike Launches Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT

19 Feb

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MTS-04It has been quite a while since this blog last attended a Ducati motorcycle launch organised by Next Bike in the country. The previous one was way back in October 2013, which was the launch of the 899 Panigale by Team Ducati Corse’s MotoGP rider, Andrea Dovizioso, held at the Ducati booth in Welcome Centre of the Sepang Circuit, on the Friday of the race weekend.

Since then, the other Ducati bikes that were announced after the 899 Panigale, had been released to the local market without any official launch  – sticking to the belief that Ducati Bologna had been providing massive publicity globally that none was ever needed for local promotions.

That was a big mistake, something which Next Bike had discovered to its chagrin as the unsold number of Ducati bikes had taken up a lot of warehouse space, with mounting pressure to clear them off as newer models are on the horizon.

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Flash forward to the present, the new 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S has been introduced to the country since May 2015 in CBU type. While it sold very well, it was decided there would be no launching until the CKD versions are brought into the country. Hence, this was the reason why the motorcycling media were invited to witness a 2015 machine being launched in February of 2016.

As the saying goes, “it’s better late than never” and this being “Bolehland”, it is hardly surprising anymore.

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The launch was held on a Friday evening, which is also dubbed as “Happy Hour Night” as office workers tend to celebrate the end of another stressful working week at the pubs and cafes everywhere before going home. As such, traffic congestion was horrendous even for big bikers to navigate their machines thru. Added to that was the evening shower, which always made the Friday evening rush hour worse.

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As it is, most events NEVER started on time in Bolehland, so even if the invited guests and media were late, they would still be on time.

Anyway, once the event started, the next surprised that unfolded was the use of misty spray to herald the official unveiling of the new Multistrada 1200 S – which translated to images showing the bike and the Next Bike personnel mostly hidden behind the thick cloud of smoke. Brilliant!

Anything that’s fabulous with the new Multistrada 1200 S has been reported and reviewed extensively outside of Malaysia, so there’s nothing left to be said here until it has been reviewed on local twisty roads as well as the city traffic.

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That will be another article in the near future. Stay tuned.

As for the prices, the Multistrada 1200 ABS is retailing at RM119,999 while the Multistrada 1200 S goes for RM135,999.

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Canon Announces EOS 80D w/EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Kit Lens

18 Feb

Canon has launched the EOS 80D – a fully equipped DSLR providing enthusiasts with all they need at their fingertips to propel their photography and video skills…

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Ideal for enthusiasts and moviemakers who love experimenting with different genres, and styles, the camera adapts to what you want to shoot with exceptional speed and ease. Combining leading imaging technologies – including a new 24.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 6 processor – and a new 45 all cross-type point AF system and fast responsive 7 fps maximum continuous shooting rate, the EOS 80D is a versatile camera that inspires you to learn new skills for capturing striking stills, or Full HD movies.

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Canon is also unveiling a new versatile EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens with new ultrasonic motor (Nano USM), alongside an optional power zoom adapter, for smooth movie zoom control with the option to control it via WiFi*. The new lens enables fast AF for stills, plus allows smooth and quiet autofocus for movies, making it a great hybrid lens for both applications.

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Nano USM is a newly-developed lens drive system that combines the quiet smoothness of an STM (Stepping Motor) system that’s great for shooting movies, with the speed of the Canon Ring-type USM (Ultrasonic Motor) system that’s ideal for sports and action photography. The Nano USM unit comprises an elastic metal body and a ceramic voltage element. By changing the frequency and phase of the high-frequency voltage applied to the ceramic voltage element, drive control of rotational direction and speed is achieved. In perfect combination, frequency control and phase control provide focus lens drive with a control algorithm that’s perfectly suited to both still image and movie shooting.

Whatever subject you’re looking to explore at the next level – from sports, to wildlife, or action – the EOS 80D excels in capturing everything with responsiveness and intricate detail. The new sensor provides stunning clarity and the freedom to crop in, while the new 45 all cross-type point AF system and 7 fps drive system with reduced vibration can freeze the action with ultimate precision and image quality, making it ideal for capturing sports and following wildlife. For pin-point focusing or wide-area tracking, the AF points are individually selectable or grouped into areas, giving you greater control over composition regardless of where your subject is in the frame. When shooting with lens combinations with narrow apertures the 27 f/8 compatible AF points offer focus in extreme situations.

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Designed to shoot in a range of lighting conditions, the EOS 80D provides a native ISO 100-16,000 range, expandable to ISO 25,600, and the AF system works down to light levels as low as -3EV (moonlight). The 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor measures visible light and invisible infra-red light, giving accurate exposures, while Flicker Detection delivers consistent exposure under flickering artificial lights, with the new White Priority setting enabling you to reduce the appearance of warmer colour tones.

The EOS 80D has been meticulously crafted to provide photographers with everything they need at their fingertips. The instinctiveness of the EOS 80D’s design means you can easily change settings, with conveniently-placed controls giving you access to the most commonly used modes and settings. The Intelligent Viewfinder displays approximately 100% of the frame, as well as the current settings – you can also quickly switch to the 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen, ideal for movie shooting, Live View mode, or accessing menu functions quickly.

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Become the videographer you aspire to be

Whether it’s a travel vlog, or cinematic style movie you’re looking to create, the EOS 80D offers full flexibility in Full HD movie shooting. Enthusiasts and newcomers alike can achieve accurate auto focus and smooth focus tracking thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology which can be easily adjusted with AF tracking sensitivity and AF speed via the menu, giving you greater control over the pace and responsiveness of the AF to suit the style of your movie.

Serious videographers can be confident footage will achieve a professional looking result, with the ability to shoot Full HD movies at 60p in MP4 format – perfect for slowing down the action while still having full control over focus thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The EOS 80D includes both headphone and microphone inputs, allowing you to capture and have full control over audio during a shoot. Even more effects can also be achieved in-camera with the addition of HDR, Dream, Memory, Dramatic B&W and Old Movie styles.

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Easily connect, shoot remotely and share your work

Further enhancing the photographic possibilities of the EOS 80D you can remotely shoot stills or movies using your Smartphone or Tablet device* by using Canon’s Camera Connect app. Alternatively photographers can connect the EOS 80D from a PC without the need for a home WiFi router. For sharing, EOS 80D’s WiFi and Dynamic NFC connectivity makes it simple to connect and download full resolution Jpegs to your smart device*. You can also archive easily to Canon’s Connect Station CS100, allowing you to quickly and easily save, view and share your photos and movies from one single accessible location.

EOS 80D key features:

  • A responsive camera to keep pace with the action
  • Stunning photo and movie quality in a wide range of conditions
  • Everything you need to develop your photography
  • Perfect for creative videography
  • Easily connect, shoot and share your images and movies

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Repsol Honda Team unveil new RC213V in Indonesia

14 Feb

Photos courtesy of Repsol Honda HRC

On their way to Australia for the second MotoGP test of 2016, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa made a stop in Indonesia, for the official presentation of the Repsol Honda Team and the new RC213V, which they’ll campaign during the 2016 MotoGP World Championship.

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The Repsol Honda Team met in Jakarta on Saturday with the Sport and Youth Minister of Indonesia, Mr. Imam Nahrawi, and had fun playing a futsal tournament with the journalists and the Minister, who confirmed the plan to hold a MotoGP round here in Indonesia in the near future.

Today, at Sentul International Circuit Marc and Dani, together with HRC Executive Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto and Team Principal Livio Suppo, unveiled the 2016 RC213V in front of the Indonesian fans. This marks the second consecutive year that the Team has held its official launch in Indonesia, where the passion for MotoGP is incredible. The Repsol Honda racers met the fans during a signing session before continuing their trip to Australia, where the track action will resume at Phillip Island February 17-19.

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Marc Marquez

“It never ceases to amaze me how much people unconditionally love and support MotoGP here in Indonesia, so it has been an honour for us to officially unveil our RC213V at the Sentul Circuit today and to meet so many fans on the occasion. Now we go to Australia and I’m looking forward to continuing our work on the new engine and the new electronics. We made a few steps in the right direction over the three days at Sepang but we need to make some more at Phillip Island. I’m confident the HRC engineers and my team will come up with more improvements as we get used to the new software.”

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Dani Pedrosa

“Today we had our team launch and I feel very proud of having been part of the Repsol Honda Team for my entire career in MotoGP. This year I’m physically feeling in good shape and I’m eager to start the new season. We are facing many changes and we have a lot of work to do but I’m looking forward to it. Here at Sentul our supporters made us feel so welcome and supported; it has been a great boost in view of the next test at Phillip Island. I’m happy this year we are testing at three different circuits in such different weather and track conditions; I think it will be very useful to help us to better understand the new engine, electronics and tyres.”

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Shuhei Nakamoto HRC Executive Vice President

“This country is very important for Honda and Repsol and we are very happy to be here this weekend. We are also glad to hear from the Minister of Sport and Youth their intention to hold a GP here. Indonesian fans deserve to see live their MotoGP heroes in action! Next week Marc and Dani will have three important days of testing in Phillip Island. We are working very hard to improve our knowledge of the new common software and Michelin tyres. We are also working on our new engine but I believe our engineers will be able to give Dani and Marc a good machine to fight for the Championship!”

 
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