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BMW debuts the M2 MotoGP Safety Car [w/video]

BMW M Division is supplying MotoGP with a fleet of Safety Cars, ensuring that whatever happens on the track, the safety of MotoGP is well guaranteed. To enable these high-performance Safety Cars to do their job as intended, BMW M endowed them with the latest technology.

After all, BMW M cars are laden with excellent driving attributes that allow them to tackle any challenges on the track. All of BMW M’s Safety Cars are particularly modified at its factory for them to serve as the perfect lead cars on motorcycle races.

The latest iteration of these safety cars is the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car, which is set to debut this season. BMW M and MotoGP have been close partners for nearly two decades. BMW M has been a symbol of high-performance driving as well as motorsport-inspired piloting.

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Bmw M6 Gran Coupe is the new MotoGP safety car for the 2013 season

The pace/safety cars for the MotoGP series this year are again from BMW’s M division. It was in 1999 that this division first teamed up with MotoGP when it got a Z8 and put in some graphics and a light bar to be used as a MotoGP safety car. Since then, a variety of BMW M cars have been used to lead a group of motorcycles.

In 2009, the division unveiled the X6 M sports activity coupe to the public in MotoGP safety car form. In 2013, BMW M offered eight vehicles for the series. Its most major development is the addition of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, which was recently introduced at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Aside from the 560-horsepower four-door coupe, we will also see the M6 coupe (with two fewer doors), and an M5 sedan (with the same engine) as safety cars.

A BMW M3 that uses frozen gray paint is what the safety officer of the track will be using. Meanwhile, the medics will carried by two M550d xDrive wagons. Lastly, two HP4 models will be used as safety bikes. These two vehicles will be entering the track at the Qatar Grand Prix, located at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. “We are delighted that our cooperation with MotoGP is already entering its 15th season,” said Thomas Schemera, Director of Sales and Marketing at BMW M GmbH.

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Marco Simoncelli dies in the Malaysian Grand Prix

Honestly to tell you I am not a huge fan of motorcycles but even I heard of Marco Simoncelli, a great Italian motorcyclist. It appears that this was his last day as Simoncelli passed away due to a crash on the second lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix. According to sources, Marco Simoncelli was fighting for the fourth place with Alvaro Bautista when he lost control of this bike and slid across the circuit, into the the path of Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi, both of whom then hit the Honda.

Simoncelli lost his helmet during the accident, he was taken by ambulance to circuit’s medical centre but later at 4.56pm local time his death was announced. It seems that it was the first death in Moto GP since Daijiro Katoh, who died back in 2003 in the Japanese Grand Prix. Daijiro Katoh was competing for Gresini Honda team, same team as Simoncelli.

The Italian driver, who was 24 years old, became one of the most exciting new stars in MotoGP this season and this was just the second year at the the top level with the Gresini Honda team. Still, death came too soon for Simoncelli as this motorcyclist had more to show to us and the entire world… R.I.P.! [source: Autosport]

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X-Lite to launch jeweled Lorenzo Valencia helmet

If you’re truly a fan, you might want to keep a memento of Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo’s triumph at the final round in Valencia and of his having been named the 2010 MotoGP World Champion. A good reminder of this feat is the jeweled version of the X-Lite X-802 helmet.

X-Lite will be launching a very limited number of hand-crafted replicas of this helmet. Dubbed Lorenzo Valencia, this helmet is finished in eight layers of paint, with impregnation of gold pigment. Just like Lorenzo’s original, the Porfuera symbol on top has about 1800 hand-laid Swarovski crystals. This symbol translates as ‘on the outside’.

Creating one helmet takes 96 hours. Aside from the helmet, buyers will also receive a special presentation packaging plus, the World Champion’s signature. The X-802 is a helmet meant for MotoGP competition.

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