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Welcome to the third edition of Performance - our online magazine which is becoming more reader driven… Thank you to all of those who have sent in articles and … please keep them coming!



Baseball, Basketball and Football (not Soccer!) – they are all Sports watched by millions in one certain country and are so massive it's difficult for outsiders to understand. And strangely, add Supercross to that list…



American Rich Lambrechts, like many of his family before him, is a skilled craftsman, technician and designer with a passion for saving and restoring classic machines. Through this passion he has befriended the men who not only built and raced some of the most iconic machines, but also imprinted their names into the history books...



Things are changing at Volvo. With the help of a company called Polestar they are shedding their safe, secure and albeit slightly sensible image and entering into the realm of the ultra-fast car market to take on the likes of the new BMW M3...



Öhlins has long been famed for its meticulous R&D and it’s this attention to rigorous testing that has helped create the great reputation that the company enjoys today...



On January 5th around 200 hardened adventure riders set off from Lima, Peru to tackle the ultimate test of man and machine that is the Dakar Rally. Now in its 34th edition, this year's Dakar was a gruelling fourteen stage, 5233 mile journey that took in some of the harshest terrain in South America. For the select few factory supported riders who benefit from the best parts and manned service trucks, the Dakar is all about the leader boards. Yet for the hundreds of privateers, like Brit based Aussie Simon Pavey it's a battle of attrition that regularly sees less than 50% reach the finish line...



Renowned throughout the motorsport globe, the Andreani Group is much more than just the Italian importer for Öhlins…



When Petar Baksa saw our MotoGP Book competition in the last edition of Performance for a 'trick' machine featuring Öhlins components, he knew he had the perfect motorcycle sitting in his garage. The Croatian businessman had spent two years perfecting his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade by removing excess weight and fitting the best aftermarket items money could buy, turning the machine into a true track day weapon...



After nearly thirty years and nearly 300 World Championship titles, Öhlins' revolutionary twin tube shock absorber design remains the number one choice. So what are the secrets behind its success?



MotoGP- A resurgence of excitement?!

With the MotoGP World Championship now well under way, it is shaping up to be one of the closest and most competitive years in recent history. All eyes are fixed on the battle between reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and 2012 rival Dani Pedrosa however quickly becoming a thorn in their side is rookie sensation Marc Márquez who, following his fantastic victory at the second round in America, is now the youngest ever victor in the premier class...



There's a buzz around Rallycross

This year IMG stepped in to promote the European Rallycross championship and it has already created some buzz. With former World Rally champion Petter Solberg joining the action with his own team running a Citroën DS3, the action on track promises excitement. Solberg won a heat already in the first round but it was American Tanner Foust in a 600 BHP+ Ford Fiesta who left UK and Lydden Hill with overall honours...

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