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SBK World Superbike Championship, Imola Round 10 of 11

Regis Laconi Doubles at Imola Towards the Title
Autodroma Enzo & Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy 23-26 September 2004:: The ever-changing 2004 World Superbike Championship series threw up another pair of outstanding races for the 76,000 Imola crowd, blessed by sunshine and some exceptionally dramatic on-track action. Regis Laconi took the championship lead from his team-mate James Toseland (Ducati Fila 999F004) after two wars of attrition for the leading riders. Laconi overpowered Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) in race one, as the young Aussie lost a fraction of front end feel and traction, and performed the same trick in race two, this time on the perennially competitive Toseland.

Two other top contendars in the Championship battle saw their hopes virtually dashed as Piere francisco Chili suffered major engine problems thoughout the weeked with his PSG-1 Ducati, and Noriyuki haga crashed out of race two while fighting Laconi for the race lead. The championship battle is still very much alive for three riders, with Laconi on 295, Toseland on 291 and Vermeulen on 282. An epic battle beckons on October 3, with Noriyuki Haga also still in with an arithmetical chance of the overall title win.

Ducati Corse team mates James Toseland (right and Regis Laconi (left) are 4 points apart going into the final SBK World Championship round at Magny Cours in 2 weeks.

Regis Laconi Takes Imola Superpole
Saturday Sept 25th
: This yearís King of Superpole was ordained once more at Imola, as Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila 999F04) took his fifth such success of the 2004 season. Starting last away after finishing the regulation qualifying sessions fastest of all, Laconi swept around one of his favourite tracks to record a time of 1:49.818. Laconi is one of four riders going for a realistic shot at their first World Superbike Championship title, and the two 21-lap races on Sunday are sure to be hotly contested, with the top five Superpole qualifying places containing all four would-be champions.

HONDA HEADS UP: Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR rider Chris Vermeulen felt that he was about to take his first ever Superpole win of his short ten round Superbike career, but Laconiís late challenge deposed him from his position of pre-eminence. The 22-year-old Australian was the only rider to join Laconi inside the 1:49 second mark, finding his four-cylinder Honda a willing partner in his attacks on the sweeps and hills of Imola.

MCCOY COMEBACK: Having struggled in some of the more recent SBK events, the most experienced rookie in World Superbike found his feet in superb style at Imola, as Garry McCoy (Scuderia Caracchi Xerox Ducati 999RS) spun and hustled his big vee-twin to a fine third place. A winner at Phillip Island this season already, McCoy professes not to be a fan of the Imola track, but his uniquely dramatic riding style appears to suit the 4.933km circuit down to the ground.

HAGA HANGS IT OUT: The aggression and control shown by Noriyuki Haga (Ducati 999RS) was enough to put him fourth in Superpole, after finishing second quickest in regular qualifying. The Japanese rider is one of the famous four championship challengers, and one of the most experienced Superbike riders on the grid. Hagaís team-mate Leon Haslam experienced several technical problems in regulation qualifying, which conspired to make him miss Superpole, finishing 19th fastest for a fifth row start.

JAMES THE FIFTH: Working his factory Ducati Fila 999F04 hard around the undulations and bumps of Imola, James Toseland, the current championship leader, missed out on the front row, but only by one place as he went fifth in Superpole, a two place improvement on his regulation qualifying best.

THE BUSSEI THUNDERBOLT: Giovanni Bussei (De Cecco Ducati 998RS) set the Superpole competition alight with a blistering lap of 1:50.895, by far his personal best of the weekend. Until James Toseland took his place at the head of the table, albeit temporarily, Bussei was the leading rider, finishing his Superpole session in an impressive sixth place. He was the best 998 Ducati rider on show, finishing his Superpole competition just in front of Lucio Pedercini (Pedercini Ducati 998RS). Having left the Pedercini team to join the Scuderia Caracchi Xerox Ducati squad shortly before Imola, Gianluca Nannelli took his 999RS machine to eighth place, ousting regular DFX Extreme Sterilgarda 999RS Ducati rider Steve Martin in the process.

CORSER TOP TEN: Troy Corser (Foggy Petronas FP-1) took his somewhat outgunned three cylinder, 900cc triple to a top ten finish, an impressive result on such a power-sapping track. His team-mate Chris Walker took 18th fastest time, putting him on an unhappy fifth row starting position. Best of the local riders making a wildcard appearance was former GP and Superbike star Doriano Romboni, taking 12th place in Superpole, one behind regular rider Marco Borciani (DFX Ducati Extreme Sterilgarda 999RS).

UNLUCKY 7: Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati 998) experienced two separate major technical problems in the final untimed qualifying session at Imola, missing out on Superpole and starting 16th on the grid. Having qualified eighth in regulation, he was expecting a far different end to his Saturday of toil on home ground.

WORLD SUPERSPORT: Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) once more brought all the pre-race elements together under his command to secure his eighth pole position of the 2004 season, a remarkable achievement with no peer in WSS history. Heading up an all Australian front row, Muggeridgeís best was a 1:52.131, a mark he could have improved on still further had the track been entirely dry after Friday eveningís monsoon rainfalls. Broc Parkes, Muggeridgeís team-mate, starts the 21-lap race on Sunday from the front row, qualifying second fastest, some 0.722 seconds from Muggeridge. Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Italia) secured third place, Kevin Curtain (Yamaha Motor Germany) starting fourth, the last rider on row one. Jurgen van den Goorbergh (Yamaha Italia) was fifth fastest rider, ahead of Klaffi Honda pilot Sebastien Charpentier. Lone Briton Iain MacPherson, secured 17th starting spot on his SL Ducati 749R.

Laconi heads Haga, Tosleand and Gary McCoy in the early stages of race One as they chase Vermeulen.

Laconi Takes Control on Sunday with Two Close Fought Race Wins

RACE ONE: Chis Vermeulen Takes A Short Lived Championship Lead
Sunday 26th: An almost certain start-to-finish victory for Chris Vermeulen was only halted by the aggression and pace of Regis Laconi on the last two laps of the 21-laprace opener, as the Frenchman blew by on the run down the hill to the first Ravazza, putting over a second between himself and Vermeulen in the last two laps as Laconi upped the pace and Vermeulen fought against a loss of front end feel and performance. Laconi held the advantage of pacing Vermeulen for the last hald of the race to learn where the young Aussie was strongest and weakest, puting the knowled to good use to pass on the last lap and hold him off to the finish. Still, Vermeulen's 2nd place ahead of Toseland was enough to put Chis into the Championshop poinds lead ahead of the Brit.

James Toseland (Ducati Fila) recovered from a mid race drop in pace to re-pass Noriyuki Haga (Ducati 999RS) for third place, after a bold pass on the exit of the Variante Alta turn. Garry McCoy capitalised on his front row start with fifth place.

The Championship points tally after the day's fist race had Vermeulen in the lead by 1 point ahead of Laconi, and 2 paoints ahead of Toseland, with Haga just 14 points adrift and still in strong contention if either of the three leaderrs made a mistake in the 3 maining races with 75 points still up for grabs.

RACE TWO: Drama for Vermeulen, Agony for Haga and Estacy for Ducati Corse
World Championship points leader Cris Vermeulen was forced to swap his number one Ten Kate Honda CBR1000 for his spare bike after an electrical problem struck the bike as he headerd out to the grid. Mounted on his backup bike with cold tires, Chris just got 2 turns around the track for the warmup lap anf his front end washed out and crashed on the stone hard tires. damaing the bike and seemingly his clinch on the Championship. Fellow racer Giovanni Bussei quickly pulled over and waved Chris (who was visibly injured with a severe limp) to get on the back of his race bike and rode him back back around the track with the field to the starting grid. Chris got off, limped his way over the pit wall and scamperd over to his number one bike which had been repaired and was now running in anticipation for him, but it too was on cold tires and Chris would have to start the race from pit lane at the rear of the pack. He got away some 6-8 seconds behind the field, but once his tires warmed up he did match the pace of the leaders. Starting flat last, and suffering from a badly bruised hip, hand and ankle, Vermeulen took an improbable and outstanding sixth place to still remain in distant contention for the Championship goiong into the fianl race at Magny Cours. And poor Buessi, for all his consideration to help his fellow rider, was award a Stop and Go Penalty for carrying a passenger on his bike during the warmup lap!

The second outing was another spectacular man-to-man fight for the win, after a triumvirate of riders had made it a close contest for half the race. Championship contender Noriyuki Haga was trading paint with James Toseland for the lead in the opening laps, then around lap 10 seemed to slip off the pace due to seeming bike or tire problems, puting him within the gras of a closely following Laconi. They battle for a lap as well untilHaga went down hard and slid off the track, allowing Toseland to escape to possible victory, only to be headed off in the last three laps by Laconi. In a photo finish, Laconi held off the aggressive Toseland on the inside, who was actually leaning on laconi and his bike coming out of the final chicane and trying to elbow his way past on the short finish straight, by only 0.041 seconds.

"Regis was obviously protecting his line going into the last chicane," declared James about the photo-finish. "Unfortunately that finish-line is so close to the chicane but I had to try and win! It was a fantastic race, that pass he made was a tough one. I didnít want to finish second but weíre still in the hunt for the title with one round to go, which is the main thing. It couldnít have worked out any better for the championship. Regis and I are team-mates so thereís going to be no love lost at Magny-Cours and itís going to be close right down to the very end".

"I made a few small mistakes at the beginning and the bike didnít feel so good with the full tank so I didnít try to push so much," declared Regis."Haga passed me and James too so I decided just to follow them. Haga crashed in front of us which was quite difficult then I just had to pass James for the win. The only way I found to do that was on the very fast left in fifth gear. It was hard for sure but I had to go for it. The last chicane was very difficult, I braked late but I knew it was close to the finish so I just tried to be fast all the way through. It was really great to win at Imola today because Imola is a Ducati track."

MARTIN SECURES PODIUM FIVE: After some drifts in form of late, Steve Martin (DFX Ducati 999) kept his head and his pace to leave Imola with a sixth place and then a more than welcome third, as the top riders dropped out of contention one by one. After a sparkling pre-race showing, Garry McCoy (SC Xerox Ducati 999) was the Aussie privateer most likely to succeed in any potential podium tussle, but he maintained a respectable sixth in the series with two fifth place Imola finishes.

LOCAL LION: Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati 998RS) had a lowly homecoming, taking only a seventh place and suffering from having to start from 16th place on the grid. Walking back in to the pits he received a heroís welcome, and he remained fifth in the championship fight, with 222 points.

OPPOSITE VIEWS: Troy Corser secured two points scoring finishes on his Foggy Petronas machine, but 12th and tenth were not the results he was looking for. Chris Walker had no such luck, with a double no score.

Muggeridge helped the Ten Kate team keep the Superspot Title for a 2nd year

Karl Muggeridge / Ten Kate Clinches 600cc Supersport Championship
SUPERSPORT: Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) once more showed his Supersport pre-eminence by taking win number six of the year, and the world title itself. His was the third straight win for the Ten Kate Team, who's other rider Broc Parkes, was in contention to beat Muggeridge for almost all 21-laps. His desire to pass had his team covering their eyes at some points, but when Jurgen van den Goorbergh fell out of contention the title was decided there and then. Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) was third, with the first non-Honda the Breil Ducati of Lorenzo Lanzi, fourth. The fight for second in the championship now moves to Magny Cours, with Parkes only four points adrift of van den Goorberghís 119 points. Charpentier could also finish higher than his current fourth place.

SUPERBIKE Race Results

Race 1: (Laps 21 = 103,593 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team /Time /Gap
1 / R. LACONI / FRA / Ducati Fila / 38'58.507 /
2 / C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 38'59.629 / 1.122
3 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Ducati Fila / 39'04.145 / 5.638
4 / N.HAGA / JPN / Renegade Ducati Koji / 39'05.117 / 6.610
5 / G.MCCOY / AUS / XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. / 39'10.481 / 11.974
6 / S. MARTIN / AUS / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda / 39'18.505 / 19.998
7 / P. CHILI / ITA / PSG - 1 Corse / 39'28.246 / 29.739
8 / M.BORCIANI / ITA / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda / 39'28.987 / 30.480
9 / G.NANNELLI / ITA / XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. / 39'39.718 / 41.211
10 / L. HASLAM / GBR / Renegade Ducati Koji / 39'46.479 / 47.972
11 / I. CLEMENTI / ITA / Kawasaki Bertocchi / 39'48.853 / 50.346
12 / T. CORSER / AUS / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 39'52.185 / 53.678
13 / P. BONTEMPI / ITA / Zongshen / 40'12.864 / 1'14.357
14 / L. PINI / ITA / Boselli Racing / 40'14.214 / 1'15.707
15 / D. ROMBONI / ITA / Giesse Racing Team / 40'21.500 / 1'22.993
Fastest Lap 4° Régis Laconi 1'50.708 160,411 Km/h
Race 2 : (Laps 16 = 96,432 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team /Time /Gap
1 / R. LACONI / FRA / Ducati Fila / 39'04.926 /
2 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Ducati Fila / 39'04.967 / 0.041
3 / S. MARTIN / AUS / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda / 39'17.278 / 12.352
4 / G.NANNELLI / ITA / XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. / 39'28.091 / 23.165
5 / G.MCCOY / AUS / XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. / 39'33.563 / 28.637
6 / C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 39'36.644 / 31.718
7 / L. PEDERCINI / ITA / Pedercini / 39'39.968 / 35.042
8 / M.BORCIANI / ITA / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda / 39'44.003 / 39.077
9 / I. CLEMENTI / ITA / Kawasaki Bertocchi / 39'44.266 / 39.340
10 / T. CORSER / AUS / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 39'44.579 / 39.653
11 / G.BUSSEI / ITA / DeCecco Racing / 39'48.860 / 43.934
12 / L. HASLAM / GBR / Renegade Ducati Koji / 39'59.276 / 54.350
13 / L. PINI / ITA / Boselli Racing / 40'08.070 / 1'03.144
14 / D. ROMBONI / ITA / Giesse Racing Team / 40'12.435 / 1'07.509
15 / A. VELINI / ITA / Pedercini / 40'12.928 / 1'08.002
Fastest Lap 5° Noriyuki Haga 2'04.831 173,813 Km/h

Riders Championship Standings:
1 LACONI 295, 2 TOSELAND 291, 3 VERMEULEN 282, 4 HAGA 254, 5 CHILI 222,
6 MCCOY 185, 7 MARTIN 170, 8 HASLAM 150, 9 CORSER 137, 10 BORCIANI 130,
11 WALKER 112, 12 CLEMENTI 85, 13 SANCHINI 79, 14 NANNELLI 72, 15 BONTEMPI 63.
Manufacturers Standings:
1 DUCATI 480, 2 HONDA 289, 3 PETRONAS 183, 4 KAWASAKI 118, 5 SUZUKI 90.

SUPERSPORT Results: RACE : (Laps 21 = 103,593 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team / Time /Gap
1 / K. MUGGERIDGE / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 39'56.749 /
2 / B. PARKES / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 39'58.000 / 1.251
3 / S. CHARPENTIER / FRA / Klaffi Honda / 40'06.963 / 10.214
4 / L. LANZI / ITA / Ducati Breil / 40'07.696 / 10.947
5 / F. FORET / FRA / Yamaha Italia / 40'08.331 / 11.582
6 / A. PITT / AUS / Yamaha Italia / 40'08.495 / 11.746
7 / M.FABRIZIO / ITA / Italia Megabike / 40'21.836 / 25.087
8 / S. CHAMBON / FRA / Suzuki Alstare Corona Extra / 40'26.281 / 29.532
9 / M.BAIOCCO / ITA / Lorenzini by Leoni / 40'28.338 / 31.589
10 / A. ANTONELLO / ITA / Kawasaki Bertocchi / 40'34.246 / 37.497
11 / M.NEUKIRCHNER / GER / Klaffi Honda / 40'45.416 / 48.667
12 / C. COXHELL / AUS / Yamaha Motor Deutschland / 40'50.710 / 53.961
13 / D. SACCHETTI / ITA / Italia Megabike / 40'51.210 / 54.461
14 / K. FUJIWARA / JPN / Suzuki Alstare Corona Extra / 40'53.550 / 56.801
15 / C. KELLNER / GER / Yamaha Motor Deutschland / 40'54.368 / 57.619
Fastest Lap 4° Karl Muggeridge 1'53.160 156,935 Km/h
Riders Championship Standings:
5 CURTAIN 69, 6 LANZI 69, 7 FORET 66, 8 CHAMBON 64, 9 FUJIWARA 55,
10 NEUKIRCHNER 55, 11 CORRADI 44, 12 KELLNER 27, 13 PITT 26, 14 BROOKES 25,
Manufacturers Standings:
1 HONDA 187, 2 YAMAHA 165, 3 SUZUKI 96, 4 DUCATI 82, 5 KAWASAKI 40

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John Reynold (left) the new BSB Champ on the podium with John Denning, and team mate Yukio Kagayama.

John Reynolds/Rizla Suzuki Win British Superbike Championship
Donnington Park, Great Britain Sept 19th - Rizla Suzuki’s John Reynolds has won the 2004 Think! British Superbike Championship at today’s final round at Donington Park and team-mate Yukio Kagayama raced to third overall in a season that has seen the team take 25 rostrum finishes from 26 starts.

Just a week after the duo clinched the British Superbike Manufacturers title for Suzuki, Reynolds took third place in the first race to secure his third British Superbike Championship, while Kagayama scraped home in 14th after a dramatic off-track excursion at Craner Curves that left him with it all to do in the second race to keep a hold on his season rostrum position. The Japanese ace was up to the task in the second race, finishing fourth and taking third overall. Reynolds finished fifth after riding defensively to help his team mate and take the title by 29 points from Michael Rutter.

The Rizla Suzuki rider had gone into the action needing just eight points to ensure he took the country’s premier title for a third time, but was under intense pressure in the build up to the action.

“People were congratulating me as though I had won the title, after my winning double (last week) at Oulton Park, but there was still a job to be done, and I had to work hard to be focussed on that,” Reynolds explained.
He qualified fifth, and in the early stages was running fifth, while upfront Ryuichi Kiyonari, the 21 year old Japanese racer, was dictating terms, ahead of his team-mate Michael Rutter, the only rider who could deny Reynolds the crown.

By one thirds distance, Reynolds was third, and on course for the crown: “it is a fantastic feeling but also one of relief that it is done and dusted. I am delighted for the team, they came close to winning the title four years ago here, now they have it.

“When I crashed at Thruxton and broke my collarbone I thought my chances of the title were gone, but two weeks later I was racing and winning at Brands Hatch – it was not a case of being brave, rather being inspired by Paul and the team.

“I had the best bike and the best team – all three of my titles have been good, all hard to achieve and this has been no exception,” said Reynolds.

Kiyonari completed his daily double, again ahead of Rutter, who secured the runners up positions, while Sean Emmett, in his final race for MonsterMob Ducati, took third place from Scott Smart.
Yukio Kagayama, fifth, just from Reynolds, ended the season in third place overall in the standings, while in the Superbike Cup, for independent riders and teams, James Ellison underlined his title success with another winning double.

Yukio Kagayama – British Superbike Number 3: "Congratulations to John-san for winning the Championship. This is a title he deserves and Rizla Suzuki deserves. I am happy to finish third overall. This is an almost unbelievable result when I remember my injuries at start of season. I am a Factory Suzuki rider and I honestly say Crescent Rizla Suzuki is a brilliant team to ride for. This is big honour for me to be rider for this team and a big honour to ride in front of British fans. Thank you!"

Race One Result: 1: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 32:05.596, 2: Michael Rutter (Honda) +10.981, 3: JOHN REYNOLDS (RIZLA SUZUKI) +12.559, 4: Scott Smart (Kawasaki) +15.169, 5: Sean Emmett (Ducati) +16.223, 6: Glen Richards (Kawasaki) +20.760, 7: Dean Thomas (Ducati) +27.223, 8: James Haydon (Yamaha) +33.589, 9: Gary Mason (Yamaha) +39.785, 10: Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +39.873.
Race Two Result: 1: Kiyonari 30:57.801, 2: Rutter +11.862, 3: Emmett +23.062, 4: Smart +24.194, 5: YUKIO KAGAYAMA (RIZLA SUZUKI) +24.521, 6: JOHN REYNOLDS (RIZLA SUZUKI) +26.271, 7: Thomas +27.184, 8: Haydon +33.864, 9: James Ellison (Yamaha) +34.186, 10: Steve Plater (Yamaha) +37.151.

Final Championship standings: 1: JOHN REY NOLDS (RIZLA SUZUKI) 446, 2: Rutter 417, 3: YUKIO KAGAYAMA (RIZLA SUZUKI) 335, 4: Smart 330, 5: Emmett 315, 6: Kiyonari 234, 7: Thomas 193, 8: Haydon 181, 9: Hill 137, 10: Richards 125.

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Rescheduled: AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship Final at VIR to Oct 9th & 10th
Sept 17th -AMA have announced that the weekend of October 9 & 10 has been nominated as the new date for the postponed final round of this year’s American AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship at Virginia International Raceway.

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Karl Muggeridge - World Supersport Champion
A spectacular three race winning run at the end of the 2003 World
Supersport season was an impressive feat for the combination of Karl \ Muggeridge, Ten Kate Honda and the new CBR600RR Honda, but it was just a taster of what was to come.

The 30-year-old Australian rider, now a long term resident in Andorra, has carried on his 2003 form almost through the 2004 season, despite a couple
of minor wobbles on the path to Supersport greatness in the first two rounds at Valencia and Phillip Island. Muggeridge scored an irrepressible five wins in the next six races, to put himself in an almost unassailable 38-point championship lead before the penultimate round at Imola, another race in which he was triumphant.

His win at Imola allowed him the luxury of winning the championship one race early in the ten round World Supersport season. It also gave Ten Kate
and Honda a third Riders' title in successive years, one with the CBR600FS in the hands of Fabien Foret, plus two for the CBR600RR with Chris Vermeulen in 2003 and now Muggeridge this year.
Muggeridge, called 'Muggas' by all and sundry, had his early experiences of racing at his local tracks in Australia, but quickly realising his abundant natural talent, he decided to start competition in the always competitive Australian national scene. Covering huge distances to compete Muggeridge soon tired of the long hauls, with too little rewards in terms of recognition and remuneration to continue.

The 1999 season saw Muggeridge fourth in the UK championship, shortly
before another one of his big steps in expectation pushed him into the World Championship.

Muggeridge's maiden WSS race win came during his full time season with the Ten Kate team, taking victory in the second of two Brands Hatch races in 2000.
An ill-fated swap to the Alstare Suzuki team in 2001 dented Muggeridge's competitive edge somewhat, even if Muggeridge was occasionally capable of running strongly at the front. Seventh overall was a two-step drop from his previous year's fifth for Honda, and thus Muggeridge returned to the CBR fold.

Another tough season for the Honda UK team, moving up to World Supersport, was highlighted by a fine third at a torrentially wet Silverstone circuit, on his way to overall 14th. Seeing his talent undimmed his old partners Ten Kate Honda stepped in with an offer to ride alongside his countryman, the ebullient young Australian Chris Vermeulen. The Ten Kate pairing proved a potent force in 2003 but it was Vermeulen who secured the championship, with Muggeridge fourth. All of Muggeridge's ten WSS race wins have come on Honda machinery and all of them in Ten Kate colours.

Naturally, he puts his close working relationship with Ten Kate as a prime reason for his recent success. "One the things I have always tried to go iswork well with the guys and make the most of everything. Chipping away at things. Riding for these guys is really motivational because they just want to keep pushing, keep going for the wins."

With such a chequered history of ups and downs, Muggeridge adopted some highly unusual preparations, shortly before his immaculate run of success in 2003 and 2004 Supersport.

He explains that they have been an integral part of winning nine of the last 12 available Supersport races. "I'm definitely mentally stronger. I went on retreat course last year, in Switzerland, just to get rid of the negative stuff about my career, the crashes and injuries and all that. It was like somewhere to go to just reset yourself - to defrag your hard drive, if you like. Only it took ten
days not two hours, like it does on your computer. I did it last year, just before I started winning races. It was living like a monk, no communication with anyone. I just came into the last three races with a clear state of mind, knowing what I wanted and how I could get it. It has simply carried on into this year."

Ever the professional, Muggeridge ended his glory day at Imola with a touch of reality. "Winning the title with my family here is fantastic and it has already sunk in - but right now all I'm thinking about is the final race at Magny Cours."

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Ducati SBK -

Sept 16th - Regis Laconi and James Toseland completed preparations for the last two rounds of the World Superbike championship with a two-day test session at Magny-Cours, France, the venue for the season's finale on October 3.
Almost two days of good weather in the Nevers area enabled the two Ducati Fila riders to lap without any problems and find some good settings for the French circuit in view of the race.

Regis Laconi, whose best time was 1'43.0 on race rubber, declared: "We worked a lot on chassis settings here and I was very happy with the feeling. We started with the same front-end problem as at Assen, but over the two days we sorted that out and I was able to run very quick and at a very constant pace. I'm optimistic for the race."

James Toseland, with a time of 1'43.2, was just a couple of tenths of a second off the pace of his French team-mate. "These two days were very positive, we were trying to get the bike to work good around this difficult circuit and we succeeded. We tested a number of different tyre compounds, both front and rear, and made some changes to the bike, but I found that I was also pretty happy with my Assen set-up with which I won last Sunday's race."

Four riders, Toseland, Vermeulen (Honda), Laconi and Haga (Renegade Ducati) are still in with a chance of the title as World Superbike heads to Imola next week and then Magny-Cours seven days later for its exciting finale.

Ducati presents its new 2005 model line at Intermot in Munich -
President talks about Aprilia
Munich, September 14, 2004 – The gates are opening at the 4th edition of INTERMOT, the international motorcycle and bicycle show in Munich. The
first motorcycle manufacturer to meet the press was Ducati, which presented its new line for 2005.

The entire world of Ducati is on display in an 800 square meter space at stand number 705. Ducati is set to welcome thousands of fans of this
celebrated Italian motorcycle maker with its full range of bikes,
accessories and apparel destined for stores and racetracks in 2005.

"Irrespective of the fluctuations of the market, which are sometimes favourable and other times not, as during this particularly difficult year,
the development of the Ducati range of bikes is always based on two fundamental criteria" commented Federico Minoli, the Chairman and Managing-Director of Ducati.

"For the Superbike segment we are transferring all the innovations and appearance of the racing bike to the streetbike
product, whereas for the other families, we continue to innovate in the best Ducati tradition, albeit remaining faithful to the aesthetic and technological principles that have always characterised our marque."

"As far as the Aprilia group is concerned - continued the Ducati Chairman - the situation remains unsettled, with a decision expected from the pool of financing banks on the future of the company. Ducati has confirmed its offer for the acquisition of the entire group and also its interest in only the Moto Guzzi brand and in Aprilia's off-road

Our interest is linked to an industrial plan that foresees the relaunching of the products and the brands. The success of Ducati demonstrates that
products with a strong personality and a precise market positioning are the most effective way of taking on the Far East's major motorcycle
manufacturers, rather than the sheer weight of numbers of bikes produced."

There are many new offerings from Ducati. Each family has been upgraded to improve performance, comfort and style, including the 999 SBK range and the new Multistrada s shown at left.

Motegi (Japan), Sunday 19 September 2004 - The Grand Prix of Japan proved to be a disappointing race for the Ducati Marlboro Team as both riders were involved in crashes and failed to finish.

Like last year, the race at the Motegi circuit in Japan began with a tremendous pile-up at the first corner which involved six riders including Loris Capirossi. The Italian, who lay immobile on the ground after the crash, suffered slight concussion and two bone fractures to his right foot. It was a day to forget also for team-mate Troy Bayliss. Sixteenth on the starting-grid, the gritty Australian was making a fantastic recovery when he crashed five laps from the end while in fifth position.

The good performance of the Ducati Marlboro Team riders on Friday and Saturday, when both Loris and Troy were quick on race tyres, was not transformed into a similar result in the race.

"This could have been our best race of the season, but instead it was a day to forget" declared Livio Suppo, director of the Ducati Marlboro Team. "During the warm-up Loris was third quickest and Troy was also in a good position. Unfortunately Loris was involved in a bad crash at the first curve and was unable to demonstrate all his potential. Troy, after starting in sixteenth position, was having an incredible race, but he crashed while in fifth place five laps from the end. In 2003 on this track we were struggling a lot, but this weekend's qualifying demonstrated how much the bike has progressed since last year: unfortunately we were unable to get a good result to confirm this progress".

Loris Capirossi's Grand Prix of Japan came to an end at the first corner, when he was involved in a big crash, together with five other riders. The Italian, who had been consistently quick over the weekend and third in the morning warm-up, was convinced a good result could have been possible today. Now Loris is faced with a race against time to recover for the Grand Prix of Qatar.
"I don't know what happened, I just found myself on the ground" admitted Loris afterwards in the Clinica Mobile. "It was a pity, but that's racing and these things can happen. This could have been an important race for us: we had gone well during qualifying and in the morning warm-up and were convinced we could have obtained a good result, instead it all came to an end at the first curve. This is a strange track and last year there was also a crash involving 4 or 5 riders, including Troy. I'm now just going to have to do well in the next race."

Ducati Marlboro Team rider Troy Bayliss gave the spectators at Japan's Motegi circuit an exciting race: after starting from the sixth row, he managed to get up to fifth place with a spectacular recovery. Unfortunately Troy's race came to an end when he crashed out with five laps remaining.

"I got a reasonably good start and I had a good race despite starting from sixteenth on the grid. I was really disappointed about the crash because I was riding well. It's better to have a crash in fifth position than sixteenth position, so I'm leaving here on a positive note because I was doing OK. I look forward to the next race, I'm going to go home and train like mad to get ready for Qatar".

October 14th La Honda,
(San Francisco region) CA

Motivated Ducati owners in the San Francisco Bay Area and Ducati North America wil organize a full day of biker activities in La Honda, California to support the La Honda Fire Department
MH900evoluzione Owners Club, Ducati North America. BevelHeaven.com and Doc
Wong will host La Ducati Day 2004 on October 10th, 2004 in La Honda, California.

The activities include Ducati Garage Challenges, auctions, raffles, Concourso Ducati, technical seminars, food, music and other fun events!
LDD2004 takes place in La Honda, California situated in the beautiful Santa
Cruz Mountains California, now renamed "La Ducati".

This area is home to
some of the most beautiful motorcycling roads in California. Admission to La Ducati Day 2004 is FREE. Arrive with your Ducati and enjoy the day with fellow Ducatisti. Some of the events listed below have a modest entry fee, of which 100% goes
to the La Honda Fire Brigade.

· ·Sportbike Suspension Setup Clinic
Jim Lindemann and Gary Jaehne will measure and tune your motorcycles suspension to match your weight/riding style, all for a $30.00 donation to the La Honda Fire Brigade.
· ·Raffles
Attendees can purchase raffle tickets to win very cool prizes that will be raffled off during the event.
· ·Auction Area
Charity auction to raise money for the La Honda Fire Brigade.
· ·Ducati Clubs Area
Participating Ducati Clubs and groups will be able to display in this area. No fee for Ducati Clubs to participate, but must provide club volunteers to work the Helmet Check/Welcome area, Parking Area and other duties for the event.
· ·Concorso Ducati Area
Ducati Concours d'Elegance brought to you by BevelHeaven.com - $10.00 entry
fee for participants, general admission is free.
· ·Swap Meet Area
Attendees who register will be allowed to display and sell, barter or trade their Ducati related items in this area. A $15.00 fee will be charged to display. If you would like to register to display, please contact Hans Mellberg.
· ·Tech University Classroom style seating area for technical discussions/sessions on riding, maintenance, etc. Free attendance.
· ·Vendor Area
Retail vendor display area, where manufacturers and dealers will have the latest Ducati parts and accessories available to browse and purchase.
· ·Ducati Garage Challenge Area
Ducati Garage Challenges: A $5.00 fee will be charged for each Ducati Challenge entered.

For further information please visit www.ducatiusa.com
or contact:
Vincent Chiaro
PR and Event Coordinator
Ducati North America
Ph. +1-408-343-4414

John Clelland, President MH900Evoluzione Owners Club