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Maladin was smooth, consistant, and untouchable at Sears Point.

AMA Chevy Trucks Superbik National Championship, Rounds4&5

Double AMA Superbike Win
for Matt Maladin on Suzuki at Sears Point

Will In line Fours have to be handicapped to give the Twins a Chance?

Sonoma, California, USA (Sunday, 4 May) – After a two day rain delay, the on-track action finally got underway at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, with three-times American Superbike champion Mat Mladin making full use of the dry conditions to win both of today’s 28-lap AMA Chevy Trucks Superbike Championship races. Team mate Aaron Yates finsihed 2nd both races some 8 seconds behind his team mate on their GSXR1000s, while the closest V-Twin Honda riders, Miguel Duhamel in race one, and Ben Bostom, race two, where some 16 seconds behinf the Suzuki's on the twisty Sears Point course.

Persistent rain forced officials to postpone almost all of the practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for Friday and Saturday, leaving starting grids for today’s races to be determined by the positions in which the riders currently lie in the championship, with Mladin and his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 sitting on pole position as the current points leader in the Superbike Championship.

Mladin made a steady start in both races, before making his way to the lead and then working on building a solid buffer between himself and his opponents. At the completion of the opening 28-lap national, Mladin crossed the line 8.295 seconds clear of teammate Aaron Yates, with American Honda rider Miguel DuHamel almost a further eight seconds in arrears. The afternoon’s second race was almost a copy of the first with Mladin taking the race lead on lap two before easing away from the field to take a 7.484 second victory over Yates, with Ben Bostrom (American Honda) third. DuHamel did not make the start of the second Superbike race after crashing heavily during the Supersport race, which was run between the two Superbike races.

“It turned out to be a pretty good day today,” said Mladin. “We only had 27 minutes in this morning’s practice session to get the bike set up to a point where we wanted it and it proved to be very good on the day. We obviously could have made the bike a bit better than what it was, but after having all of our sessions washed out over the past two days we ended up with a very good bike.”

“The second race proved to be a lot faster than the first and I guess that pace showed when I reeled off the fastest lap of the day with a 1:37 flat on the second lap. At the end, it all worked out well and we’re leaving here with a 24-point lead in the championship.”

“We were happy with the performance that we were able to get from the bike here. This circuit does not have a whole bunch of straights like some others, so it was nice to be able to get the bike handling and steering as well as it was just to show that the bike is great at all types of circuits, including those where you don’t need a whole heap of power, just a good set up.”

By the end of the day, American Honda’s Ben Bostrom had moved into third place in the Superbike point standings after a third in the second Superbike race and a fifth in the first. Because there’d been no Superbike practice prior to Sunday morning, and since no endurance testing could be done in the lone 30-minute session, Bostrom had to make an educated guess on tire choice. His tire was slightly too soft, and he came fifth. After correcting the problem, and making adjustments on his Honda RC-51, he improved to a fighting third in
the second race, after getting the jump on the field.

Erion Honda’s Kurtis Roberts moved to fifth in the points in his first race since dislocating his right shoulder while training on his motocross track. Heavily taped up and immobile, Roberts finished seventh in the first leg, hindered, like Bostrom, by a wrong tire choice. For the second race Roberts removed all his restraining bandages, chose a slightly harder rear tire, and went on to finish fourth, just behind Bostrom.

American Honda’s Miguel DuHamel was the first rider to ascend the victory rostrum, finishing third in the first race of the day, the first superbike race. From the podium he jumped on his Honda CBR-600RR and was in contention for another podium position in the Pro Honda Oils Supersport race when he viciously high-sided two turns from the finish.

DuHamel was transported to Sonoma Valley Hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken left collarbone. He’s expected to visit noted motorsports surgeon Dr. Arthur Ting on Monday, after which his status for the next round of the AMA Superbike Championship, at Road Atlanta in two weeks time, will be determined.

Today’s double victory makes it four wins from five starts in this year’s 18-round championship and now gives the Australian Mladin a 21-point lead in the series over Yates, with the Suzuki pair a further six points clear of Ben Bostrom. The American championship heads to the Road Atlanta circuit in Georgia for rounds six and seven of the Superbike championship on May 16 – 18.

RESULTS – Round’s 4 & 5, 2003 AMA Chevy Trucks US Superbike Championship

Round 4 (28 laps)
1. Mat Mladin (Team Yoshimura Suzuki) 28 laps
2. Aaron Yates (Team Yoshimura Suz) +8.295 secs
3. Miguel DuHamel (American Honda) +16.2
4. Eric Bostrom (Team Kawasaki) +43.3
5. Ben Bostrom (American Honda) +59.1
6. Steve Rapp (Valvoline EMGO Suzuki) +67
7. Kurtis Roberts (Erion Honda) +85
8. Larry Pegram (Dream Team Ducati) +90
9. Jason Pridmore (Attack Suzuki) +91
10. Lee Acree (Suzuki) +93
Round 5 (28 laps)
1. Mat Mladin (Team Yoshimura Suzuki) 28 laps
2. Aaron Yates (Team Yoshimura Suz) +7.484 secs
3. Ben Bostrom (American Honda) +16.379
4. Kurtis Roberts (Erion Honda) +25.6
5. Eric Bostrom (Team Kawasaki) +33.6
6. Larry Pegram (Dream Team Ducati) +57.1
7. Jason Pridmore (Attack Suzuki) +74
8. Jordan Szoke (Corona Extra Suzuki) +79
9. Steve Crevier (Suzuki) +81
10. Shawn Higbee (Suzuki) +83

2003 AMA Chevy Trucks US Superbike Championship (points after 5 of 18 rounds)
1. M Mladin 174; 2. A Yates 153; 3. B Bostrom 147; 4. E Bostrom 138; 5. K Roberts 131; 6. M DuHamel 121; 7. S Higbee / L Pegram 99; 9. V Haskovec 94; 10. J Pridmore 91.

Calendar Girl gets Lucky - retires from modeling to raise future World Champions!
Our former SBK Fast Dates World
Superbike Calendar model Sam Davies from Great Britain, also known around the race paddock as the constant companion and girlfriend to former 1999 World Superbike Champion Troy Corser, will be hanging up her bikini this season. Sam accompanied Troy to his home country World Superbike round at Phillip Island Australia last month where it was quite obvious the couple were planning to add a new member to the Foggy Petronas Superbike Team. No word yet on whether team owner Carl Fogarty has offered the youngster a long term contract or if Troy's team mate Jammie Witham's position on the team is in jepardy. Should the new teamster be a girl, then we'll be looking to add a beautiful new model (just like her mom) to the 2021 Fast Dates Calendar.

British Superbike Championship
MonsterMob Ducati's Shane Byrne strengthens grip on the 2003 British Superbike Championship with second consecutive double victory
May 6th: MonsterMob's Shane Byrne [photo] followed up his first ever double win at Thruxton over Easter with a repeat performance in front of a bumper bank holiday crowd at Oulton Park, Cheshire, to take command of the 12 round series. "I got my head down in race one and kept plugging away and gradually built a gap. There was a minor problem with the bike so we decided to use the spare for race two and I was a little apprehensive but it all worked out just fine. Another double is unbelievable and all credit to a fantastic team effort."

Meanwhile team-mate Stuart Easton couldn't reciprocate in the Supersport class when problems in qualifying relegated him to a row three start aboard the MonsterMob 748 Ducati. The 18-year-old Hawick racer battled his way up to fifth at the flag to be docked a place for a chicane infringement on the final lap. "I’m disappointed as I’ve conceded a lot of points to my rivals today. I need to be winning and a sixth place is not a lot of good to my championship aspirations."

Second away from the line in the opening race, Michael Rutter hung onto the rear of race leader for the first eight laps, before handling problems forced him to slow and accept 20 points for second place. In race 2, Rutter was involved in a battle for second place with John Reynolds, but handling problems struck again in the closing stages of the race and Rutter was forced to settle for third. "Second and third may seem like reasonable finishes, but we came here this weekend to win, so I'm not particularly happy about the results," said Rutter. "Because we've had a few problems with set-up this weekend I had to muscle the bike around in both races and you just can't ride a Ducati that way. But, we learn more about the bike at every meeting and I'm confident we'll have things sorted for Knockhill."

Leon Haslam jumped four places in the championship standings after bringing his Ducati 748 home in fourth place in the 16-lap Supersport race at Oulton Park. The 19-year-old former GP rider had held second place for much of the race, but lost out on a podium finish when Dean Thomas and Simon Andrews used a top speed advantage to best effect towards the end. "Set-up is critical at Oulton Park but the problems we had on Saturday, combined with the weather, meant that we weren't quite there come race day," said Haslam. "I was able to run the same lap times as Karl Harris, but I just didn't have the top speed needed to stay with Dean Thomas and Simon Andrews when they came past me towards the end. But, after not finishing at the previous two rounds, it was good to finally see the chequered flag again this weekend."
The next round takes place at Knockhill, Scotland on 17/18th May.

Race One

1. Shane Byrne (Ducati)
2. Michael Rutter (Ducati)
3. Steve Hislop (Yamaha)
4. Steve Plater (Honda)
5. Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki)
6. John Crawford (Ducati)
7. Gary Mason (Yamaha)
8. John Reynolds (Suzuki)
9. Glen Richards (Kawasaki)
10. Mark Heckles (Honda)

Race Two

1. Shane Byrne (Ducati)
2. John Reynolds (Suzuki)
3. Michael Rutter (Ducati)
4. Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki)
5. Steve Hislop (Yamaha)
6. Mark Heckles (Honda)
7. Dean Ellison (Ducati)
8. Glen Richards (Kawasaki)
9. Gary Mason (Yamaha)
10. John Crawford (Ducati)


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Pickerington, Ohio – At the conclusion of the Genuine Suzuki Accessories 750cc Superstock race at California Speedway on April 5, 2003, AMA Pro Racing impounded cylinder heads from #22, Tommy Hayden and #56, Tony Meiring, for further investigation. This inspection was completed Sunday May 4, 2003 at Infineon Raceway (the next round in the series). Tommy Hayden’s cylinder head on his 636cc Kawasaki ZX6R was determined to have minor machining in the combustion chamber. A penalty of 20 points and a $2000 fine were applied. Tony Meiring’s cylinder head was found to be within specification.

Tommy won the race 3 weeks ago at CA Speedway and again this weeknd at Infinion. The 20 points lost will drop Tommy from 1st in the standings to 3rd behind our own Fastdates.com Corona Suzuki rider Adam Furgusson and Hooter's Vincent Haskovec.

1). 85 Adam Fergusson, Birmingham, AL SUZ
2). 84 Vincent Haskovec, Lake Elsinore, CA SUZ
3). 81 Tommy Hayden, Owensboro, KY KAW 3
4). 76Tony Meiring, Tracy, CA KAW
5). 71 Jason Disalvo, Stafford, NY YAM
6). 67 Jimmy Moore, Eugene, OR SUZ
7). 66 Joshua Kurt Hayes, Gulfport, MS SUZ
8). 64 Chris Caylor, Marietta, GA SUZ
9). 55 John Haner, Pearland, TX SUZ
10). 54 Jordan M Szoke, Ontario, Canada SUZ

Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez
May 9-11th 2003
Gibernau Heads Home on a Mission in front of 200.000 race fans

This weekend will mark the start of the European ten race contingent of the MotoGP World Championship at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. The Jerez event is one of the most exciting and popular in the MotoGP calendar, last year luring an audience of no less than 201,418 during the three days of qualifying and racing. The party atmosphere amongst the spectators and traditionally clement weather makes this one of the most appealing motorsport events in the world.

Fresh from the most emotionally-charged win in MotoGP history two weeks ago in South Africa, Spanish star Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) returns to Spain just seven points behind title leader Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda RC211V). Rossi placed second at Welkom with Max Biaggi (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) third.

Last year Gibernau managed a tenth place riding a Suzuki but this year his
expectations have stepped up a gear now he’s equipped with a V5 four-stroke Honda RC211V. His early season form has been impressive with a fourth at round one in Japan and a win from pole position in South Africa.

Many riders believe the World Championship begins for real in Spain at Jerez with round three. The first two races sometimes produce atypical results on account of the mass of specialist ‘wild card’ riders at Suzuka in Jaopan and the alien nature of Welkom in South Africa which is ridden only once a year by
the MotoGP teams who don’t test there at all.

But no matter what the results of the early races, the atmosphere at Jerez
when the bikes hit the grid on raceday is seldom matched anywhere in the world for sheer volume and raw energy. Up to 200,000 people will throng the Andalucian venue which is a natural amphitheatre for the high drama of this year’s 16-round MotoGP series.

Built in 1986, Jerez hosted its first Grand Prix the following year and has
remained on the World Championship calendar ever since. The track is a true measure of rider talent as much as a test of machine performance. Most of the 4.423km track’s corners flow into each other requiring a neat, flowing style from the riders and a solid all-round performance from the motorcycle. Jerez is a track with a little bit of everything – short, medium and long turns, uphill braking, and downhill braking. The Spanish track is used by many teams for MotoGP testing precisely because of the all-round demands it makes on machine set-up. And it puts a premium on

front tyre grip.
“The front end is very important at Jerez,” said Sete Gibernau. “You need to have good feel. The two most important sections of the track are the last two fast rights. You can always feel when you get them right because the revs are really high and you may touch the limiter before the final hairpin. If you do that, and the rest of the lap was good, you know it’s going to be a fast lap.”

The thirty-year-old is in a great early season position to get a real grip at
the top of the table and he will draw huge support from a crowd that will back him to the hilt. If the season ‘proper’ begins here, Jerez could also signal a ‘proper’ title challenge from the experienced Gibernau.

Current World MotoGP Champion Valentino Rossi has enjoyed his fair share of success at Jerez. He won the 125cc Grand Prix there in 1997, the 250cc race in 1999 and MotoGP races in 2001 and again last year. He also holds the lap record at 1m 42.920s/153.429kmh. And the World Champion is happier the focus
is back on Europe.

“It will be good to get back to Europe,” he said. “I like Jerez for obvious reasons because I’ve had so much success there, but it’s a fantastic track for riders and with the amazing atmosphere and the big crowd it can be a very special place. And we can all stop living out of suitcases for a while now

The Camel Pramac Pons boys are eager to get into action. Max Biaggi will be locking horns with his great rival Rossi on equal machinery for the first time in Europe. “I so much wanted to ride for Honda this year,” said the former Yamaha teamster who is now the all-time leading points scorer in Grand Prix racing. “Now I can race instead of having to develop a bike.”

Ducati MotoGP Team riders Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi bring the awesome Desmosedici to Spain this weekend for its long-awaited European race debut at Jerez, the first and biggest Grand Prix of the Continental MotoGP campaign.
Bayliss, Capirossi and the 220-plus horsepower Italian V4 made headlines at the season-opening Japanese and Africa's GPs, leading both races and dazzling fans with speed and noise - the snarling 16,000rpm Desmosedici is music to the ears of any motorsport fan.

The Ducati MotoGP Team's entry into MotoGP has brought a whole new dynamic to the class, adding the kind of passion, colour and excitement that only the legendary Italian marque could bring. And the team's season-opening performances have exceeded even the most optimistic expectations: Capirossi making the podium at Suzuka, Bayliss now fourth overall in the riders' points chase and Ducati currently second in the manufacturers' World Championship!

Jerez, which regularly attracts in excess of 200,000 fans, is the first of nine European races that make up more than half of the 16-race 2003 MotoGP campaign. The racing moves out of Europe again in late September, the season concluding at Valencia, Spain, on November 2.

Fortuna Yamaha Team rider Carlos Checa is always one of the main attractions in Jerez, being one of just two Spanish riders in the MotoGP class. Catalunya-born Checa currently lies in joint-eighth place in the World Championship and will try to improve that position this weekend on his Yamaha YZR-M1. After a tricky start to the year, finishing tenth at the
Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka and ninth at the Africa's Grand Prix in Welkom two weeks ago, Checa is aiming to climb the podium again this weekend as he did at the Spanish Grand Prix three years ago.

Checa will be rejoined this weekend by his Fortuna Yamaha team-mate Marco Melandri, who has been out of action for the past two races due to leg
injuries sustained during his first morning practice at the Japanese Grand Prix just over a month ago. Yamaha test rider Norick Abe stepped in as Melandri's replacement for both of the first two races of the season but now hands the baton back to Melandri who will compete in Jerez.

Tohru Ukawa (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V), slightly deflated after a sixth at the last round at Welkom, is ready to take the fight to his rivals. “I’m all set for more racing,” he said. “I tested here in winter, and it rained all the time, so we didn’t learn that much. But we’ve got plenty of set-up options anyway. As always I’ll give it my best and who knows – it might even rain.”

Nicky Hayden (Respsol Honda RC211V) is good to go after two steady rides in his rookie year. “I seem to remember going to Jerez way back when Wayne Rainey
invited me and my brother Tommy to an invitation race here. I’ve tested here too – but it rained all the time. But I expect it to be a whole lot of fun and I’m just going to keep riding that learning curve.”

Give our Miss SBK Fast Dates World Superbike Nicki Lane your support as she attempts to retake her crown!
Nicki writes from the British Isles- "Hello Guys! How`s things in the colonies? All's fine here in London where I'm getting ready for the 2003 Miss Great Britain Pageant on May 16th. It spans a weekend. Taking place in a very swanky private members club called the Elyseum.

All us girls will be staying at the Royal Horseguards Hotel. Hope I'm not sharing with another model as I will never get in the bathroom. Friday consists of press calls, photo sets, hair and makeup practice and rehersels. Saturday much the same, but the real pageant is on the night with filming for TV. Unfortunately in this country we don`t do talent sections ( it's a shame as I am sure I`d have the male judges votes with a couple of naked backflips!!!)

Speaking of being naked, I look forward to coming back to California in July for World Superbike and The LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, so I can take up my favourite hobby of naked sunbathing once again to avoid unsightly tan lines ha ha!! I'll see you all soon! Cheers!" -Nicki Lane, Miss Great Britain 2001.

Vist Nicki and the other Contestants on the Miss Great Britain website www.miss-great-britain.com