Finding the Best Racing Gear

Racing gear for track and on the road can be quite pricy, but every part of it is well worth the effort, especially when you consider what could happen without it. Racing suits, helmets, gloves and boots all work together to provide the ultimate protection. Therefore, it’s simply not worth trying to save a couple of dollars as the quality of the gear is sure to suffer with it.

It’s essential to understand what to look for when choosing race gear as some safety factors play a significant role. When you begin to shop around, you’re sure to see some cheaper options that look great, but with closer inspection, you might see some areas that reveal rather significant risks.

Below, we look at the most significant factors that play a role when choosing the best gear that provides the ultimate protection. We aren’t looking at brands or prices, but rather the things you need to look at before investing in your safety while riding or racing.

Helmets

Helmets are the most important and one of the most expensive parts of your kit. It’s essential to choose helmets that fit perfectly as a loose helmet could do more damage than good. Cheaper helmets tend to be round, which already doesn’t suit our faces, making at least one of the areas around your head be at risk. However, as soon as you move to premium helmets, you’ll find various shapes that suit your head shape for the best fit and protection.

Be sure to look for D.O.T. rating on the inside of the helmet. This ensures the helmet has been tested for drops, falls and much more. It also indicates that it passed those tests and is recognized as a safe option.

Suits / Jackets / Pants

When it comes to body wear, there are a few things to consider. Firstly, we need to look at comfort and the best protection, which would usually involve high-grade padding around the shoulders, torso, elbows and knees. Some suits include additional padding around the hips and back area as well, which is a great addition.

When choosing a suit, you also want to look for the D.O.T. ratings while doing some checking of your own. This would include the quality of the stitching, how well it fits you and the quality of the leather they use. If you’re a road rider, you’d also want to look at how well it keeps you cool and ensure it works with the rest of your gear.

Gloves and Boots

Gloves and boots are the last parts of a standard kit and are also some of the most important. With boots, you’d want to ensure it’s not too flexible and won’t allow your ankle to bend in ways it’s not supposed to go. You’d also want good quality leather and clamps that won’t fail as soon as you fall.
When it comes to gloves, be sure to choose ones that provide high-grade coverage on the inside of your hand while also protecting your fingers. Also, check the quality of the material and the stitching.

MotoGP Spain Results

This past weekend marked the fourth race in the 2019 MotoGP season, once again delivering great excitement as we see the most prominent teams take to the Circuit de Jerez.

It’s certainly been more exciting than F1 as the first place is still up for grabs by multiple teams, including Repsol Honda, Suzuki, Ducati and Yamaha. These four top teams manage to deliver excellent racing results with each of the four past events. For now, it’s Repsol Honda in the lead, followed by Ducati, but let’s have a look at the finishing positions for the last race and how they got to where they are now.

Spanish GP Results

The Spanish GP is always one with loads of excitement as it’s a challenging track and separates the pros. In first place, we once again see a Repsol Honda cross the fine at the checkered flag. It was Marquez who managed to gather another 25 points for the team with a total time of 0:41:08.685 second. His teammate Lorenzo only got in at a 12th place and added a total of 4 points to the team, which was one of the main reasons the gap between them and Ducati has decreased drastically. The other Repsol Honda riders finished in 8th with Crutchlow, 9th with Nakagami and 10th with Bradl.

Runs on the Suzuki wern’t far behind with a split of just 1.654 seconds behind the leader. He managed to grab 20 points for the Suzuki team with a second-place finish. However, they also didn’t do too well as J. Mir didn’t score any points for the team as he did not finish.

In third place, the Yamaha team manages to close the gap with Vinales scoring another 16 points for the team. Rossi also managed to contribute high points with a 6th place finish, adding 10 points. This means the team scored a total of 26 points for the Spanish GP, giving them a massive boost in getting closer to the top positions.

Finally, we get to Ducati who as a team would’ve gotten the highest points of the race if it wasn’t for Yamaha. Dovizioso got in at fourth place with just 2.804 seconds behind the leader, followed by his teammate Petrucci in fifth place to score 11 points.

Team Standings

This is where things get interesting as we see some significant changes in point differences between the most prominent teams after the last race.
In the first place, Repsol Honda managed to remain at the top now with a total of 76 points. They’ve managed to grab two wins in the 2019 season and four podiums, which is highly impressive.

Right on their heels is the Ducati team who currently have 70 points. They’ve managed to win one race, but it’s the three podium finishes that give them the boost to stay close to the leader and hold onto second place.

Just one point behind them is Suzuki with a total of 69 points, followed by Yamaha with 67 points. As you can see, of the top fourth teams, anything can happen, and the next race might give us a whole new layout and results.

MotoGP Betting Options

Sports betting is a big attraction for sports fans from around the world and those who want to make a quick profit by knowing something about an upcoming event.

It’s well worth knowing about the different types of MotoGP bets and how they work as this could reveal some new wagering options without making it complicated. Of course, you might even discover options with betting odds or some that offer specific bets that give you an advantage with a particular wager.

Below, we look at some of the options and see what it covered. We won’t go into a tremendous amount of detail as this is more of a beginners guide to MotoGP betting and the options available.

Race Winner

Race winner bets are the most standard and well known. You bet on the winner of the race, and the bookie will provide odds. There are also advanced betting types, including season winners, winning teams and much more.

These are work based on the odds of the racer or team winning the race. Bettors have the option to bet on qualifying as well, but for the best results, use the actual race and place your bets. Be sure to do some research and get the very best information before placing a bet as the track, team and racer would play a huge role.

Outright Championship

This is much like the race winner betting option, but here you wager on the racer who will win the entire season. The odds are usually massive for these bets and well worth your time. You have the option of placing the best before the season begins, after, halfway through or towards the end. However, the longer you wait, the lower the odds will be, which means you need to bet a lot more to score.

These betting options are great for those who know something about a team or those who get new drivers and think they’ll still win the season. Once again, research is vital, and you’ll need to ensure your money is on the team who stands the best chance.

Outright Constructors

This is where you get on teams instead of racers. For example, if you think Ducati will win 2019, then you can place a bet on them without having to wager on the races. This can be a challenging wager as some racers would do well, but the teammates doing and tend to pull the team points down. Other might not win every race, but both racers manage to finish well, giving them more points and eventually leading to the winning team for the season.

Live MotoGP Betting

This is new but extremely exciting for MotoGP fans. Bookies now make it possible to wager on certain events taking place while the race is on. This means you can bet on the race winner halfway through the race, who will finish is second, what will the gap be and so much more.

MotoGP Team Standings

It has been an action-packed season for MotoGP in the first three races of the season in 2019. We saw some incredible over-takings and even more exciting race winnings, keeping the score close as we move to the next race of the season.

Up next is the Spanish GP, which takes place on the 5th of May 2019. We once again expect to see some amazing racing as the current leaders take to the track to see if Ducati, Yamaha of Suzuki claim the highest points for their team.

Below, we look at the current standings and how the team got to the top five positions. Unlike F1, the teams are close in points with just 39 points diving Ducati in first and KTM in fifth place. Sure, the gap is rather big if you’re hoping KTM would reach first by the end of the season, but if both racers had to claim first place and second place for a few races, it’s entirely possible.

Current Team Standings

Ducati has once again been the shining stack of 2019 so far. They hold onto the top ranks with a total of 57 points. The team manages to claim three podium finishes and even a win. However, they’ll need to keep going strong and remain at the front to take the win for 2019.

Right behind them, we see the Repsol Honda team who are currently holding onto second place with six points dividing them and the leaders. When we look at the winnings, we see a similar record to Ducati with three podium finishes and a single race win.

Yamaha has never been far from the top and has managed to change things around many times in the past, especially with Rossi on the team. They are currently tied with the Repsol Honda team at 51 points and manages two podium finishes. In the first three races, they haven’t managed to claim a win just yet.

Suzuki is the last team to hold high numbers with a total of 49, one win and one podium finish. They are only two points behind both Yamaha and Repsol Honda, giving them more than enough reason to fight for a top three season finish.

KTM might be in fifth place of all the teams, but they manage to deliver amazing results. Thus far, we haven’t seen a podium finish or a race win and they currently have 18 points in total.

While KTM and the rest of the teams are unlikely to catch up to the top four in 2019, we look forward to seeking how the leads take to the track and claim their positions. The Spanish GP is also most likely to reveal who has second and third place as we see both Yamaha and Repsol Honda at 51 points, which is bound to lead to excellent race action.

Using Tennis Balls for Tubeless Dirtbike Tires

Those who ride endurance with dirt bikes tend to come across all types of terrain, including sand, water, mud, gravel, loose stones and even rocks.

While dirt bike tires can withstand just about all the terrains mentioned, the tubes in the tires don’t always do quite as well. For rocks and stones, it’s recommended to run with a softer tube, which gives you more grip as the tire can flex around the rocks and stones easier, making more things possible as you have a lot more grasp. Of course, this also means you can pinch a tire much more comfortably, leading to punchers when you can afford it least.

Sure, you can fix it next to the road or even install a full new tube, but that means you need to take quite a lot with you when riding, including tire levers, a tube, tools to remove the wheel and more. And all that in addition to the tools you need for other parts of the bike and let’s face it, tire levels are small and easy to pack again, and they tend to have quite a lot of weight to them as well. So, what’s the alternative?

One of the most popular options is a mousse, which is a tube replacement that’s made of foam. These work great, but they do come at the cost of around $100 for just the back wheel, and no they don’t last forever. Most recommend changing them as often as six months, making it quite a costly addition to your dirt bike running costs.

Of course, there are other ways to give you tire the pressure needed to make the most of your enduro rides, which doesn’t cost nearly as much as a Mousse or replacing tubes every time you get a puncher.

Tennis balls seem to have become a top choice for riders who do the casual weekend mountain trips and occasional rock climbs. One such option is Tennis balls, which would replace your tube and provide the protection needed to make the most of your ride.

It’s been said that a dirt bike tire with tennis balls is similar to the pressure of a tube pumped to 12 psi, making it perfect for the average rider. Those who do significant rock climbs tend to prefer a softer back wheel, some as low as five psi.

One of the significant factors with any tube replacement is the weight and heat these tubes run under. Firstly, you don’t want to pack on too much pressure onto the back wheel as it takes away from the feel you need to get up mechanical parts.

Secondly, the tube, mousse or Tennis balls can get quite hot with long, challenging rides, so be sure to lubricate the balls, which keeps them from getting too hot from friction and popping.

MotoGP Standings for Qatar and Argentine GP

Now with two MotoGP races behind us, we can finally begin to predict what the season holds ahead. There have been some impressive times within the first two races, only again featuring the Ducati team neat the front while Rossi on the Yamaha isn’t allowing them to get ahead too far.

With the list of racers below, you’ll find some surprising results, which might make you reconsider the bets you’ve placed when it comes to choosing the season winner or even those who stand on the podium for the Circuit of the Americas and Spanish GP.

Qatar GP Results

When we look at the race results from the Qatar GP, we instantly see familiar names show up, including A. Dovizioso who managed to win the race and score 25 points. He finished in just 42:36.902 but didn’t have a massive lead as M. Marquez came in at only 0.023 seconds behind him to grab 20 points for the first race of the 2019 season.

In third place, we see the Honda team as C. Crutchlow finished just 0.320 seconds behind the leader, gaining 16 points. In 4th A. Rins on the number 42 Suzuki came in precisely 0.457 seconds behind Dovizioso and scored 13 points. Finally, in 5th position, V. Rossi on his ever-popular number 46 Yamaha finished 0.600 seconds behind the leader and got off to a fair start with 11 points.

Argentine GP

The Argentine GP featured unique results in comparison to Qatar, which is expected, but it certainly shines an entirely new light on what could happen in the races to come. In first place with a time of 41:43.688 we saw the 93 Honda raced by M. Marquez cross the line and score another 25 points. In second, V. Rossi made a comeback but only couldn’t keep up with the Honda as his 46 Yamaha finished 9.816 seconds behind the leader to score 20 points. In third place, A. Dovizioso grabbed 16 points for the Ducati team.

In fourth place, yet another Ducati appears as J. Miller finished 12.140 seconds behind the winning Honda to add 13 points and finally, in fifth place, A Rins once again seems in the top 5 with a time 12.563 behind the winner to claim 11 points.

Current Standings

It’s important to keep up with the total point standings after each race as you’ll see patterns forming, making it easier to predict, even if you don’t follow the sport closely. From the top 5 standings, things could still change drastically as only 25 points divide each of the racers and even 6th position with C. Crutchlow isn’t far behind with just a point behind D. Petrucci.

Currently, M. Marquez leads with 45 points, followed by A. Dovizioso with 41 points. V. Rossi is the first with a significant gap of 10 points as he appears in third with 31 points to his name. A. Rins has a total of 24 points, and finally, D. Petrucci has 20 points.

MotoGP Predictions 2019

We’re finally underway with the 2019 MotoGP and have already experienced two thrilling races, including the Qatar GP and the Argentine GP.

The results have been impressive and many predictions made towards the end of the last year and the beginning of this year have already been proven wrong, but there are more than just a few that could still be 100% right!

To get the most out of betting on the MotoGP, it’s best to use predictions. Confirm the possibilities by continually checking up on results as qualifying race dates get closer. The bookie’s odds are also great indications, which have been set by professionals, making it a high starting point.

However, when it comes to betting, you’ll also score more with your predictions by spotting something that could prove the bookies wrong and making a bet that gives you higher odds. To get you started on detecting those possibilities, here are some predictions for the season ahead.

Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo – Could be Brilliant

If we look at postseason predictions, it was slightly on the wire what these two world champions could bring to the Honda team. Some might remember the 2013 race where these two racers also look each other out while fighting for second place. Lorenzo was forced off the track while Marquez went through to claim second place.

We’ve seen both these racers fight hard to come out on top and it could be a bad thing to have them both in the same team. However, in the first two 2019 races, we expected to see more action from both these champions but got somewhat disappointing results instead. Lorenzo finished the first 2019 race in Qatar in 13th place and a slightly disappointing 12th at the Argentine GP.

Luckily, M. Marquez managed to keep up to his legacy by finishing in second with eh Qatar GP and in first with the Argentine GP, providing the team with additional points and a chance to claim a podium finish for the season.

It would be interesting to see if Lorenzo can bring the action we-re used to as he is currently holding the Honda team behind from grabbing a huge lead early in the season. Marquez has been as impressive as always, but it would take the whole team to stay ahead of Ducati and Yamaha.

Rossi Retirement

Some of the 2018 predictions had fans question whether Rossi would be giving in and going into retirement before the 2019 season began. Well, it’s already been proven wrong as the racing legend appears on the track and managed to pull some great results, even within the first two races.

Once again, we see Mr MotoGP on his Yamaha with the famous number 46 where he managed to finish in 5th place at Qatar and in second at Argentine. Could he be aiming for a 10th championship or would Marquez be taking it away from him for the 6th time?

Strava Tracking App Works for Enduro

Strava has become one of the top apps for both runners and cyclist who want more details about their workout. It offers detailed info about the ride, not only the distance but also the elevation. The route of your trip and critical information about your speed, past routes and new possible routes that might interest you for both off the road and on-road trails.

Strava has undoubtedly become one of the most used fitness apps out there, and many endure motocross riders have not started using it as well. Sure, it doesn’t provide a specific feature for enduro, but with some of the built-in functions, there’s merely nothing out there that offers the same advantages and features.

There is a possibility that Strava would be adding a motorcycle feature. This new feature will offer better accuracy when it comes to just how much energy you burn. The other states would also be focused on your specific style of riding. However, even when using only the mountain bike option, you’ll find the app is accurate and still offers all the same benefits.

Tracking

Strava makes it easy to get going with a ride; all you need to do is enter the app, head over to record and press start. It automatically begins to track your location and map out your route, no matter where you go.

If you stop, it pauses automatically and will start again as soon as it picks up you’re on the move again. The app data even provides details about how long you were actually riding for and how long you were standing still.

Those who make challenging trails are sure to love Strava as it points out the incline and decline of hills. It will point out where you went downhill, what steep uphills you traversed and how long they lasted.

Saving Part Routes

One of the most significant advantages of using Strava is that other people can see your past routes if you choose to make it public. It doesn’t share any of your details but instead allows the community to know where the possible paths are.

This allows Strava to grow and for everyone to discover new roads, trails and even hiking paths. Of course, for those who want to hit the trails with motocross bikes can enjoy this feature as well, but you’ll need to choose the mountain bike trails to ensure you don’t have loads of runners you need to look out for the whole time.

Create your Routes

Strava has a free feature where you can create your routes in advance of your ride. You’ll need to visit their website on a PC, log in, choose “My Routes” and create a new one. This brings up the map and starts with a quick tutorial to show you how it all works. You can toggle to see all the possible routes or those people have used before and you can switch between map styles, including satellite. Directly map out your route and follow it next time you go for a ride.

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales Aims for the Title

Though it’s still the beginning of the season and the first race of 2019 MotoGP hasn’t even started. The Yamaha team seems to have something that makes rider Maverick Vinales believe that they have what it takes to win the title.

Testing throughout the winter has been going great according to the enthusiastic rider who has completed multiple laps at Valencia over the off-season. At Jerez, he managed to pull some dramatic shifts on the timesheet over both days, starting with the first day in fourth and bumping up to third on the second test day.

It was mostly the long-runs that got Maverick excited about the season to come as he and Rossi were both finding the perfect tune for the 2019 engines. While Maverick seems to be all for the new changes and confident that they have a great chance to claim another title for Yamaha. His teammate, Valentino Rossi has his doubts. The previous world champion says it’s not enough to win and that they need more, which was announced after the first day of testing.

By the second test day, Vinales remained stocked with the performance of the bike, quoting that he is “quite happy”. By the end of testing, he was more excited about the season ahead. Pointing out his impressive times with used tires and giving him even more reason to believe he can lead the grid in the 2019 races to come.

Maverick went on to explain that he is more than pleased with just one-tenth behind the leader with used tires. He used to get two or even three tenths after only 30 laps before. He also included that he feels perfect about the bike and that it’s good enough to grab the title for the year ahead.
Soon after the comments above, he added that Yamaha still has room for improvement, especially when it comes to traction, which is the biggest downfall for the team at the moment. However, with the impressive lap times, he is pleased with the bike’s performance as it shows progress and that it’s running well.

He suggested that they start with mechanical grip and then only move onto the electronics of the bike. He is pleased with how the electronics are working and how well they deliver traction control while still offering brilliant power.

He went on to say that the top speed of the bike is also a bit of a problem, which once again relates to the mechanical grip. Maverick says if he doesn’t get out of the corner fast enough, there’s no way he can overtake. Its why he recommends the team looks at mechanical grip first.

Even with the negative points, he is still looking forward to improvements over the weeks to come before the first race. Giving the team more than enough time to improve the grip and provide a bike that has what it takes to win!

MotoGP Predictions for 2019

Race season is just around the corner where we once again see the fastest and world’s best riders take to the track to claim the next MotoGP title.

Though it might seem a little early for accurate predictions, we can certainly look at the changes and see a few exciting possibilities on the rise. Firstly, the grid is decreased by two, presenting only 22 riders for 2019. The Yamaha Petronas team has been replaced by the Aspar team, which is a good thing as we see even more competition enter the field.

We even see some exciting changes to what some teams will be running, starting with Ducati who will only include the GP18 and GP19 class. Yet, we also see significant improvements to the GP18 bike, making it much better than the GP17. Furthermore, the Honda team introduces three of the new RC213Vs bikes and presents their 2018 model who will be raced by Takaaki Nakagami. Don’t be fooled into thinking he doesn’t stand a chance as he has already shown some of the fastest times. Giving us more than enough reason to believe the 2018 bike has what it takes to lead the grid.

Yamaha is also presenting three new machines to hit the track along with the rookie (Fabio Quartararo) using the 2018 engine, which as with Honda as proven to have what it takes to lead. Suzuki, on the other hand, is aiming for significant progress in 2019 as they provide three new machines, each offering significant improvements over what we saw in 2018.

Marc Marquez is the Most Likely to Claim the Title


It’s quite amazing what Marc has achieved so far. Especially when considering another title win would mean his 6th in MotoGP and 8th in all classes, which is brilliant, no matter how you look at it.

Viewers might be getting a little bored but we’re sure he is hoping for some new challenge in 2019, but there’s little doubt that he wouldn’t be the title holder once again. The only possible way we see a loss is if one of the new riders and bikes are merely better or if he gets injured. While the injured way wouldn’t be in his control, we don’t see it being likely, and if there is a better rider in 2019, he would have to be near perfect to keep up with Marc.

When we look at the Honda bike and how they’ve changed it from 2016 to 2017, we see significant improvements in both power and torque, thanks to the conversion of moving to a big bang from a screamer. In 2019, the engine has even more to give and Marc has already confirmed that he’s happy with the standard setup. Not only does this make it much easier for the team, but should some new rider come to challenge, there’s still a lot the Honda team can do to improve the bike even more.