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Two-time MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci is set to make a return to the series at this weekend’s Thai Grand Prix, with the Italian set to replace the injured 2020 world champion Joan Mir at Suzuki as he continues to recover from injuries sustained at the Austrian Grand Prix in August.

The news was first published by Spanish newspaper AS, then confirmed by The Race’s own sources later on Monday afternoon before being officially announced by Suzuki this evening.

Petrucci is en route to the Buriram circuit directly from last weekend’s final round of domestic American superbike series MotoAmerica, where he finished his rookie championship season in second place.

Petrucci, who exited MotoGP at the end of 2021 after a 10-year spell, was initially linked to Suzuki for what would have been his home race at Misano earlier this month, with team boss Livio Suppo in particular very keen to make the guest appearance happen – only to see Ducati step in to stop it while Petrucci was still in contention for the MotoAmerica championship.

“I thought it was a good idea to have Danilo here, back in MotoGP,” the veteran team boss told The Race at the time.

?Everyone loves Danilo and it would have been nice to give him this chance, of course with no future. But anyway, I thought it was a good idea. Unfortunately for several reasons, it didn’t happen, but we tried.

?At the end, I understand that of course, Danilo is fighting for a championship, and the week after he will have a race in America. I understand that it was better not to do it.”

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However, that series is now resolved in favor of his championship rival Jake Gange after a controversial final weekend at Barber Motorsports Park that featured fresh allegations of unfair treatment towards Petrucci once again aired by his team after he was first penalized for a jump start and then put back onto the podium following an appeal.

That in turn has cleared a path for Petrucci to finally get the chance to step in and replace Mir.

It comes as Mir continues to battle against the injuries he sustained in his Red Bull Ring opening lap high-side last month. He broke the talus bone in his right ankle in the fall, and this bone is notoriously slow to recover due to a limited blood supply. He will again not be fit at this weekend’s race, the fourth in a row he will have missed.

Mir was first replaced at Misano by occasional Suzuki test rider and Suzuka 8 Hour podium finisher Kazuki Watanabe, before Mir himself attempted to ride at Aragon but was forced to withdraw. Suzuki’s other test rider Takuya Tsuda was then promoted from wildcard to stand-in at home last weekend in Japan, in a race that ended with a dramatic fireball following a technical problem on his GSX-RR.

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Two-time MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci is set to make a return to the series at this weekend’s Thai Grand Prix, with the Italian set to replace the injured 2020 world champion Joan Mir at Suzuki as he continues to recover from injuries sustained at the Austrian Grand Prix in August.

The news was first published by Spanish newspaper AS, then confirmed by The Race’s own sources later on Monday afternoon before being officially announced by Suzuki this evening.

Petrucci is en route to the Buriram circuit directly from last weekend’s final round of domestic American superbike series MotoAmerica, where he finished his rookie championship season in second place.

Petrucci, who exited MotoGP at the end of 2021 after a 10-year spell, was initially linked to Suzuki for what would have been his home race at Misano earlier this month, with team boss Livio Suppo in particular very keen to make the guest appearance happen – only to see Ducati step in to stop it while Petrucci was still in contention for the MotoAmerica championship.

“I thought it was a good idea to have Danilo here, back in MotoGP,” the veteran team boss told The Race at the time.

?Everyone loves Danilo and it would have been nice to give him this chance, of course with no future. But anyway, I thought it was a good idea. Unfortunately for several reasons, it didn’t happen, but we tried.

?At the end, I understand that of course, Danilo is fighting for a championship, and the week after he will have a race in America. I understand that it was better not to do it.”

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However, that series is now resolved in favor of his championship rival Jake Gange after a controversial final weekend at Barber Motorsports Park that featured fresh allegations of unfair treatment towards Petrucci once again aired by his team after he was first penalized for a jump start and then put back onto the podium following an appeal.

That in turn has cleared a path for Petrucci to finally get the chance to step in and replace Mir.

It comes as Mir continues to battle against the injuries he sustained in his Red Bull Ring opening lap high-side last month. He broke the talus bone in his right ankle in the fall, and this bone is notoriously slow to recover due to a limited blood supply. He will again not be fit at this weekend’s race, the fourth in a row he will have missed.

Mir was first replaced at Misano by occasional Suzuki test rider and Suzuka 8 Hour podium finisher Kazuki Watanabe, before Mir himself attempted to ride at Aragon but was forced to withdraw. Suzuki’s other test rider Takuya Tsuda was then promoted from wildcard to stand-in at home last weekend in Japan, in a race that ended with a dramatic fireball following a technical problem on his GSX-RR.

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In 2019, Red Bull shocked the spinning community when it revealed that it was hosting a spinning competition called Red Bull Shay’ iMoto at the Wheelz N Smoke arena in Alberton, South of Johannesburg.

At the time, the spinning community was not sure how the selection nor judging process worked, but nonetheless fans were excited and bought their tickets and the stands were packed at the world class event.

Red Bull had completely updated the venue by setting up a stage, they added lights worthy of being at a concert along with a multitude of stands to cater for the crowds.

They also gave the pitch a new layout, added some new tar and paint and voila, they turned what is seen as a ghetto motorsport into a world class motoring event.

ALSO WATCH: Red Bull spinning: Introducing the top 12 spinners heading to Shay’ iMoto 2022

The inaugural Shay’ iMoto event

At the inaugural event, Vernon Hendricks, more affectionately known as Veejaro, took the crown by edging out his Southside crew team mate and female spinner, Kaylin Oliphant.

Event winner Vernon ?Veejaro? Hendricks poses for a portrait during the Red Bull Shay’iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on 19 October 2019. Photo: Craig Kolesky, Red Bull

Lots of fans weren’t happy after the event though because they said the selection process and judging criteria wasn’t transparent and that Southside crew had 3 spinners involved in the competition which gave them an unfair disadvantage over other spinners.

Another problem on that night was that fans were given a card at the entrance that they had to use to vote.

The one side of the card was red and the other side was blue and after two spinners battled it out the crowd was asked to be the fourth judge and put up their card.

What Red Bull didn’t realize was that at night the blue was less visible than the red, so we found that the spinner that was red would win.

Vernon ?Veejaro? Hendricks performs at the Red Bull Shay’iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on 19 October 2019. Photo: Mpumelelo Macu, Red Bull

Nonetheless, Veejaro put up an excellent fight to make it to the final and he deservedly beat Kayla in the final to be crowned the inaugural Shay’ iMoto champion.

The COVID-19 edition

In 2020, the world came to a standstill when the Covid-19 pandemic changed the way we lived.

At the time, there were limits on the amount of people there could be at events and we were not sure how sports would navigate this challenging time.

Winner Katra performs during Red Bull Shay’ iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 19, 2020. Photo: Craig Kolesky, Red Bull

Spinning particularly took a very hard knock because spinners thrive on having their fans there to cheer them on and without fans the whole vibe of the event just changes.

Red Bull surprised us when they announced that they would be hosting the event behind closed doors from a secret location and the event would be live streamed to anyone who wants to watch the event live.

This time, Red Bull took the competition to a warehouse in the east of Johannesburg, where they had the winners and runners up from the previous year automatically qualify.

Some of the spinners were replaced with new faces like Cape Town spinning legend Eddie Rasta and fan favorites Bareng Mpane and Katra Mokgoshi.

Edidie Rasta performs during Red Bull Shay’ iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 19, 2020. Photo: Craig Kolesky, Red Bull

Spinners found it more challenging spinning on this indoor arena because of the heavy duty epoxy surface that the warehouse had and this caused mechanical issues on many spinners cars.

Some may even remember Bareng’s E30 catching a light and the live stream had to be paused so the fire could be dealt with.

Once the competition went on Eddie Rasta and Katra battled it out in the final where Katra edged Rasta out to win the competition on his first try.

Katra (right) poses for a portrait after winning Red Bull Shay’ iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 19, 2020. Photo: Craig Kolesky, Red Bull

As with the first year, there were more complaints from the live crowd and the spinners. Particularly with the fact that certain spinners were allowed to come to the competition with more then one car.

This meant that when their primary car gave problems they could just switch vehicles. This was a rule Red Bull immediately reviewed for the 2021 event. Competitors were only allowed one car for the duration of the event.

ALSO WATCH: Sparks fly, adrenaline surges in SA’s car ‘spinning’ circles

The third installation ? Still behind closed doors

Although lockdown restrictions were eased in 2021, Red Bull chose to host the event behind closed doors at Wheelz N Smoke but the difference was that they let spinners enter themselves into the competition by posting a video of themselves on the Red Bull website and their fans could vote them into the competition.

Judges are seen during Red Bull Shay’ iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 11, 2021. Photo: Craig Kolesky, Red Bull

This shows that Red Bull had been listening to the previous complaints and they were trying to improve the competition for the fans and for the spinners.

The shock news of the 2021 competition was that Katra, the previous years champions had declined the invitation to defend his title, citing politics amongst the fans, and even harassment from certain fans as his main reason for not competing.

This meant that the third place runner up of 2020 got an automatic entry into the competition.

Once again, 2021 saw a host of new spinners such as Boksie, Mr Wheelz and Shakir competing for the title, as well as some old faces such as Kayla and Sunesh. Which meant that even though the fans had voted, they definitely had their favourites.

Many spinners had problems with their cars but thanks to the one car rule from Red Bull they had to fix their cars between rounds or forfeit their spot to one of the two the reserve spinners.

Samkeliso Thubane almost didn’t make the cut off for the competition because their team had to replace a clutch and dyno the vehicle before he arrived at the event. This meant that Sam Sam had much less time to practice then the other spinners but he managed to qualify and it’s no surprise when he took on Boksie in the final to win the 2021 Shay’ iMoto final.

Sam Sam poses for a portrait after winning Red Bull Shay’ iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa, on September 11, 2021. Photo: Mpumelelo Macu / Red Bull

This year, Sam Sam returns to the competition with the hopes of being the first driver to retain his title but the competition will be tough with the Kruger Brothers, Vaaijie, Boksie, Sunesh and Kayla eager to taste victory after coming so close in previous years .

the judges; Magesh Ndaba, Jeff James, Shahiem Bel, and a fourth guest judge, together with the live audience will definitely have their hands full with deciding who drives off with this year’s title.

Judges Jeff James, Magesh Ndaba and Shahiem Bell (From left to right) are seen during Red Bull Shay’ iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 19, 2020. Photo: Craig Kolesky, Red Bull

Tickets to Red Bull Shay’ iMoto are available at www.redbullshayimoto.com and at the door. For those who will not be able to join in on the action at Wheelz N Smokes, can catch all the action on SABC 1 in September.

This content has been created in partnership with Skid Marks, one of South Africa’s top spinning and motorsport platforms. You can follow Skid Marks on YouTube.

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) [summary] => In 2019, Red Bull shocked the spinning community when it revealed that it was hosting a spinning competition called Red Bull Shay’ iMoto at the Wheelz N Smoke arena in… [atom_content] =>

In 2019, Red Bull shocked the spinning community when it revealed that it was hosting a spinning competition called Red Bull Shay’ iMoto at the Wheelz N Smoke arena in Alberton, South of Johannesburg.

At the time, the spinning community was not sure how the selection nor judging process worked, but nonetheless fans were excited and bought their tickets and the stands were packed at the world class event.

Red Bull had completely updated the venue by setting up a stage, they added lights worthy of being at a concert along with a multitude of stands to cater for the crowds.

They also gave the pitch a new layout, added some new tar and paint and voila, they turned what is seen as a ghetto motorsport into a world class motoring event.

ALSO WATCH: Red Bull spinning: Introducing the top 12 spinners heading to Shay’ iMoto 2022

The inaugural Shay’ iMoto event

At the inaugural event, Vernon Hendricks, more affectionately known as Veejaro, took the crown by edging out his Southside crew team mate and female spinner, Kaylin Oliphant.

Event winner Vernon ?Veejaro? Hendricks poses for a portrait during the Red Bull Shay’iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on 19 October 2019. Photo: Craig Kolesky, Red Bull

Lots of fans weren’t happy after the event though because they said the selection process and judging criteria wasn’t transparent and that Southside crew had 3 spinners involved in the competition which gave them an unfair disadvantage over other spinners.

Another problem on that night was that fans were given a card at the entrance that they had to use to vote.

The one side of the card was red and the other side was blue and after two spinners battled it out the crowd was asked to be the fourth judge and put up their card.

What Red Bull didn’t realize was that at night the blue was less visible than the red, so we found that the spinner that was red would win.

Vernon ?Veejaro? Hendricks performs at the Red Bull Shay’iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on 19 October 2019. Photo: Mpumelelo Macu, Red Bull

Nonetheless, Veejaro put up an excellent fight to make it to the final and he deservedly beat Kayla in the final to be crowned the inaugural Shay’ iMoto champion.

The COVID-19 edition

In 2020, the world came to a standstill when the Covid-19 pandemic changed the way we lived.

At the time, there were limits on the amount of people there could be at events and we were not sure how sports would navigate this challenging time.

Winner Katra performs during Red Bull Shay’ iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 19, 2020. Photo: Craig Kolesky, Red Bull

Spinning particularly took a very hard knock because spinners thrive on having their fans there to cheer them on and without fans the whole vibe of the event just changes.

Red Bull surprised us when they announced that they would be hosting the event behind closed doors from a secret location and the event would be live streamed to anyone who wants to watch the event live.

This time, Red Bull took the competition to a warehouse in the east of Johannesburg, where they had the winners and runners up from the previous year automatically qualify.

Some of the spinners were replaced with new faces like Cape Town spinning legend Eddie Rasta and fan favorites Bareng Mpane and Katra Mokgoshi.

Edidie Rasta performs during Red Bull Shay’ iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 19, 2020. Photo: Craig Kolesky, Red Bull

Spinners found it more challenging spinning on this indoor arena because of the heavy duty epoxy surface that the warehouse had and this caused mechanical issues on many spinners cars.

Some may even remember Bareng’s E30 catching a light and the live stream had to be paused so the fire could be dealt with.

Once the competition went on Eddie Rasta and Katra battled it out in the final where Katra edged Rasta out to win the competition on his first try.

Katra (right) poses for a portrait after winning Red Bull Shay’ iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 19, 2020. Photo: Craig Kolesky, Red Bull

As with the first year, there were more complaints from the live crowd and the spinners. Particularly with the fact that certain spinners were allowed to come to the competition with more then one car.

This meant that when their primary car gave problems they could just switch vehicles. This was a rule Red Bull immediately reviewed for the 2021 event. Competitors were only allowed one car for the duration of the event.

ALSO WATCH: Sparks fly, adrenaline surges in SA’s car ‘spinning’ circles

The third installation ? Still behind closed doors

Although lockdown restrictions were eased in 2021, Red Bull chose to host the event behind closed doors at Wheelz N Smoke but the difference was that they let spinners enter themselves into the competition by posting a video of themselves on the Red Bull website and their fans could vote them into the competition.

Judges are seen during Red Bull Shay’ iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 11, 2021. Photo: Craig Kolesky, Red Bull

This shows that Red Bull had been listening to the previous complaints and they were trying to improve the competition for the fans and for the spinners.

The shock news of the 2021 competition was that Katra, the previous years champions had declined the invitation to defend his title, citing politics amongst the fans, and even harassment from certain fans as his main reason for not competing.

This meant that the third place runner up of 2020 got an automatic entry into the competition.

Once again, 2021 saw a host of new spinners such as Boksie, Mr Wheelz and Shakir competing for the title, as well as some old faces such as Kayla and Sunesh. Which meant that even though the fans had voted, they definitely had their favourites.

Many spinners had problems with their cars but thanks to the one car rule from Red Bull they had to fix their cars between rounds or forfeit their spot to one of the two the reserve spinners.

Samkeliso Thubane almost didn’t make the cut off for the competition because their team had to replace a clutch and dyno the vehicle before he arrived at the event. This meant that Sam Sam had much less time to practice then the other spinners but he managed to qualify and it’s no surprise when he took on Boksie in the final to win the 2021 Shay’ iMoto final.

Sam Sam poses for a portrait after winning Red Bull Shay’ iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa, on September 11, 2021. Photo: Mpumelelo Macu / Red Bull

This year, Sam Sam returns to the competition with the hopes of being the first driver to retain his title but the competition will be tough with the Kruger Brothers, Vaaijie, Boksie, Sunesh and Kayla eager to taste victory after coming so close in previous years .

the judges; Magesh Ndaba, Jeff James, Shahiem Bel, and a fourth guest judge, together with the live audience will definitely have their hands full with deciding who drives off with this year’s title.

Judges Jeff James, Magesh Ndaba and Shahiem Bell (From left to right) are seen during Red Bull Shay’ iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 19, 2020. Photo: Craig Kolesky, Red Bull

Tickets to Red Bull Shay’ iMoto are available at www.redbullshayimoto.com and at the door. For those who will not be able to join in on the action at Wheelz N Smokes, can catch all the action on SABC 1 in September.

This content has been created in partnership with Skid Marks, one of South Africa’s top spinning and motorsport platforms. You can follow Skid Marks on YouTube.

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Hero preparing to launch the new Vida electric scooter on October 7, alongside refreshing current models?

So, from today (September 26) we are entering the peak of the 2022 Festive Season, with auspicious Navratri days beginning and Diwali just around the corner, prospective customers will start flooding the market which will give a strong boost to the market.

In order to take advantage of these incoming customers, Hero MotoCorp have shared their plans of introducing nearly 8 two-wheelers in upcoming weeks, aimed at refreshing their existing lineup and enticing consumers to choose their products.

Hero has recently unveiled VIDA brand that will spawn electric vehicles from the company..

This is said to be the biggest push by Hero to gain as many new customers as possible this festive season, as the company predicts record demand in the next many weeks.

So read- Honda BigWing Flags Off 2nd Edition Of ‘SunChasers’ Ride To Leh-Ladakh

It is being said that the company will be refreshing the current lineup, which means mainly visual changes (colours, graphics etc.) and no new product will be introduced in the motorcycle segment. This could include the new Xtreme 160R Stealth Edition and fresh paint schemes of the HF range, Glamor range and Splendor Plus range.

Coming to scooters, the Gurgaon-based brand will be launching their first electric scooter under their newly introduced Vida branding. The unveiling has been scheduled for October 7, with the availability of the electric scooter in early 2023.

Regarding this upcoming scooter, a lot of details are not yet available. We don’t know what it will be named or what could the specifications be. But what we can say with certainty is that the new Vida electric scooter will be sold through the company’s wide range of dealerships where the new e-scooter will be sharing its dedicated floor space with the existing myriad of two-wheelers.

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Hero preparing to launch the new Vida electric scooter on October 7, alongside refreshing current models?

So, from today (September 26) we are entering the peak of the 2022 Festive Season, with auspicious Navratri days beginning and Diwali just around the corner, prospective customers will start flooding the market which will give a strong boost to the market.

In order to take advantage of these incoming customers, Hero MotoCorp have shared their plans of introducing nearly 8 two-wheelers in upcoming weeks, aimed at refreshing their existing lineup and enticing consumers to choose their products.

Hero has recently unveiled VIDA brand that will spawn electric vehicles from the company..

This is said to be the biggest push by Hero to gain as many new customers as possible this festive season, as the company predicts record demand in the next many weeks.

So read- Honda BigWing Flags Off 2nd Edition Of ‘SunChasers’ Ride To Leh-Ladakh

It is being said that the company will be refreshing the current lineup, which means mainly visual changes (colours, graphics etc.) and no new product will be introduced in the motorcycle segment. This could include the new Xtreme 160R Stealth Edition and fresh paint schemes of the HF range, Glamor range and Splendor Plus range.

Coming to scooters, the Gurgaon-based brand will be launching their first electric scooter under their newly introduced Vida branding. The unveiling has been scheduled for October 7, with the availability of the electric scooter in early 2023.

Regarding this upcoming scooter, a lot of details are not yet available. We don’t know what it will be named or what could the specifications be. But what we can say with certainty is that the new Vida electric scooter will be sold through the company’s wide range of dealerships where the new e-scooter will be sharing its dedicated floor space with the existing myriad of two-wheelers.

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