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Shocking, we know. What's been called the second-worst kept secret in MotoGP has officially been confirmed. MotoGP rookie and current World Superbike champion Ben Spies (shown at right, with Yamaha's Lin Jarvis) will be saddling up with the factory Yamaha crew starting next year. Rumors to that effect have been buzzing around the inteweb for some time and were recently fueled by Valentino Rossi's departure from the Fiat-Yamaha stable in favor of the Ducati Corse team.

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde SBK safety car – Click above for high-res image

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Aprilia RSV 1000 Factory Transformers livery - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Formula One champ Michael Schumacher has been enjoying his new gigs working with Ferrari's development team and hooning Honda Fireblades in various Superbike racing events, and he's proven to beabout as adept racing around on two wheels as he is on four. The seven-time F1 champion from Germany has been extended an open invitation by Honda racing officials to pilot one of its factory-prepped literbikes on the world stage. For his part, Schumacher has stated that he has no intentions to make a sec

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Click above for more shots of the BMW S 1000 RR in its race colors

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Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Aprilia RSV4

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We're saddened to report the passing of 23 year-old motorcycle racer Craig Jones from Northwich, Cheshire. Jones was a seasoned rider, having been part of the World Superbike and Supersport scene for the past five years. His untimely death was the result of an accident during the FIM Supersport World Championship race at Brands Hatch which took place on Sunday, August 3. During the crash, Jones was unavoidably hit by the rider directly following him after high-siding his Team Parkalgar Honda CBR

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Adding fuel to the fire of whether or not racing activities could ever be considered green at all is the fact that the Federation International De Motocyclisme (FIM) will be observing the United Nations Environment Program's World Environment Day, which is on June 5. Considering all of the carbon emissions that will be taking place at Miller Motorsports Park for the upcoming Superbike World Championship race and AMA Superbike race, the planting of six new trees will not overcome the environmenta

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Click above for high-res gallery of the BMW S 1000 RR

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