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girl Nicki Lane runs balls down the table after a nice
Alstare Corona Suzuki team owner Francis Batta shares the Qatar
podium with his race winners Kagayama (left) and Troy Corser (center),
with Ducati's Laconi (right).
Corona Extra Superbike World Championship, Losail Round 1 of 12
Laconi and Corser on Pole for an Epic Battle
2005 SBK World Superbike Fires opening Round in Qatar
Corser and Kagayama post first
ever Suzuki Double Win!
LOSAIL CIRCUIT, QATAR, Feb. 27th - Suzuki Riders the
Big Winners: After leading pre-season testing and most of qualifying,
Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki riders Tory Corser and Yukio Kagayama
took a race win each, the first time Suzuki pilots have headed
both podiums in World Superbike. With a second place and win to
his credit, class new boy Kagayama leads the championship with
an almost immaculate 45 points, from his team-mate Corser, who
secured a win and a third place. Xerox Ducati rider Regis Laconi,
with a third and a second place, earned third overall, with 36
points to Corser’s 41.
most competitive SBK Championship ever with 46 entries, nearly
twice a normal MotoGP grid. Big
Round One for the World's Premier Superbike Championship
LOSAIL CIRCUIT, QATAR, Feb. 24-27 - Coming of
Age: For seventeen years the World Superbike Championship has
provided production-based machinery with a truly global racing
series, making it an accurate reflection of trends and advances
in high performance sportsbike technology. As the first qualifying
sessions of the 2005 season begin at the Losail International
Circuit in Qatar on Thursday 24th February, the eighteenth season
of World Superbike promises to be a true coming of age for this
category of racing. With machines from six manufacturers on the
grid, and technical rules and regulations making it easier than
ever for both manufacturers and private teams to compete at the
highest level, World Superbike has effected a resurgence of impressive
Tour: SBK now hosts a full-time grid of 30 riders, shortly to
take part in a 12-round championship trail, from the new SBK venues
like Losail and Brno to established favourites such as Monza,
Phillip Island, Brands Hatch, Assen and Valencia.Qatar, Australia,
Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, the
Netherlands and France will feature on the SBK path this year,
with the promise of more new venues in the near future.
Beginnings: SBK’s new look entries, with Japanese produced
four-cylinder machines in the forefront in terms of outright numbers,
will line up for the first time at the magnificently appointed
Losail International Circuit, already the scene of a pre-season
test on 19 and 20 February. These sessions were a great success
for most of the competitors there present, and some new names
thrust themselves into the public consciousness after two hard
days at the fast 5.380km track.
Versus New: The established order in World Superbike is headed
by the 2004 champion James Toseland (Xerox Ducati 999F05), but
his testing experience at Losail was an ultimately painful one,
after suffering a huge highside crash on a fast right-hander on
the second day. Largely uninjured and typically resilient, Toseland
will face a seemingly endless list of potential race winners in
the races at Losail, such is the even match between machines and
riders in this year’s series.
will find 2004 runner-up Regis Laconi a tough competitor as always,
especially as he is the Englishman’s team-mate in the factory
Ducati squad once more. Ranged against the big Bologna twins is
an impressive phalanx of war machines from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki
and Yamaha, plus the technically fascinating three-cylinder, 900cc
Former WSS champion Chris Vermeulen (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR)
provided a true challenge to Ducati power in 2004, and this year
he is joined by his old Supersport team-mate Karl Muggeridge,
2004’s WSS champion.
biggest challenge this pre-season has nonetheless come from the
Alstare Corona Extra Superbike duo of 1996 champion Troy Corser
and fastest rider in pre-season testing at Losail, Yukio Kagayama.
Only two in number, the Suzuki effort nonetheless formed the top
two at the Losail test sessions.
more bikes on the grid than any other single manufacturer, Yamaha
has won the numbers fight already. In pre-season, the supposed
established order of Yamaha riders has been rearranged, with Jose
Luis Cardoso (Yamaha DFX Extreme Sterilgarda) and Sebastien Gimbert
(Yamaha Motor France) putting in some sparkling performances,
whatever the circuit or riding conditions.Gimbert is one of four
main supported Yamaha entries, with his team-mate, Norick Abe,
a fellow SBK rookie, but a star all over the world. Noriyuki Haga
(Yamaha Motor Italia) is an SBK Superstar of long standing, while
his team-mate Andrew Pitt is making a long-desired jump to the
Superbike class, having been a World Supersport Champion in 2001.
Another Yamaha rider to watch in the heat of battle is Cardoso’s
team-mate, Marco Borciani, a seasoned SBK competitor, while wild
card rider from Spain, Ivan Silva Alberola (La Glisse Yamaha)
was a true sensation at the recent Losail tests.
main two man thrust in World Superbike, Chris Walker and Mauro
Sanchini, come from the PSG-1 squad, and in Walker they have a
proven podium finisher. The Bertocchi squad, represented by Giovanni
Bussei and Ivan Clementi, is a long-standing fixture in SBK, with
a year’s experience of the ZX-10 Superbike.
Packs Them In: Pierfrancesco Chili (Klaffi Honda) has ripped up
SBK tarmac for over ten years, and in his 239 races has scored
17 wins. A little behind some other teams in terms of race readiness
for Qatar, the Klaffi Honda squad are first timers in SBK. Chili
is nonetheless a serious player in this or any other year. Max
Neukirchner joins him in the Klaffi Superbike squad from the Supersport
A strong one rider effort from the Renegade Honda team sees an
old SBK favourite Ben Bostrom back into the fold, bringing previous
experience of the CBR1000RR with him from his past two years in
Ducati Duo: Two fierce Ducati entries, each a rookie SBK rider,
will help break up the wail of four-cylinder machines with their
booming Ducati exhaust notes. Fonsi Nieto and Lorenzo Lanzi, each
from the Scuderia Caracchi team, are proven competitors in other
race classes, each with a major point to prove in 2005.
Three Into Two: The technically interesting and challenging Petronas
three-cylinder 900cc SBK machine enjoyed podium success in 2004,
as did its two new riders, Garry McCoy and Steve Martin. The latter
is still looking for his first SBK race win, while McCoy’s
triumph at home in Phillip Island was one of the most well-received
result of 2004.
Corser is hot!
Former World Champ emerges from the smuldering ashes of the uncompetitive
Foggy Patronas team like the legendary phoenix to emerge on top
in WSB qualifying with the Alstare Suzuki team.
Corser is Quickest in Practice
Feb. 24-2th - 5 Thursday's
Qualifying for the opening round of the 2005 World Superbike Championship,
looking to be the most exciting season ever with a full field
of 30 top teams and riders, got underway this afternoon at the
brand-new Losail circuit in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. Team
Alstare Suzuki's Troy Corser turned the quickest
tiome for the day on the newly redesigned GSXR1000, followed suprising
by new Yamaha rider and Spanish Formula Xtreme champ Jose
Luis Cardoso posting 2nd quickest on the R1 after haaving
set the third fastest time at last
weekend's pre-season tests. Reigning 2004 season Championship
leaders Ducati Xerox Team riders Régis Laconi
and James Toseland set third and tenth quickest
the morning's free practice had turned into a washout due to heavy
rain, this afternoon's one-hour session saw non-stop action as
the riders made the most of a dry track. Laconi, who remained
at the top of the timesheets for the first half of the session,
was one of only three riders to break through the 2m02s barrier.
The 29 year-old Frenchman was pleased with his eventual time of
2m01.980s, just over half-a-second behind front-runners Troy Corser
(Suzuki) and new arrival José Luis Cardoso (Yamaha).
am quite pleased with third fastest time, but the conditions on
the track after this morning's rain are not yet perfect",
declared Régis. "Today we concentrated on the front
forks with a different setting to try and improve the bike on
a race tyre and then I put the soft tyre on at the finish. Tomorrow
we will concentrate on going faster, in particular in the last
sector where I am losing a bit of time. There is a lot of action
at the top of the timesheets, this year will be an incredible
championship for sure".
champion Toseland eased his way back into the seat of his Ducati
999F05 as he was still feeling somewhat stiff after Sunday's come-off,
in which he suffered several bruises. The 24-year-old British
rider was not too concerned about his position in first qualifying
and was confident there was more to come in tomorrow's second
and final session.
just getting back up to speed, I wasn't that relaxed on the bike
today because I didn't realise just how big that crash was",
declared Toseland. "I'm still a bit stiff but tomorrow morning
I'll be a lot better because I'm loosened up by riding. I was
tenth but I feel my ideal position was seventh today and all I
need is more laps to get back into the rhythm. The bike doesn't
have an ideal setting at the moment, but a little bit more from
the bike and me riding as I did in the tests and I'm sure we'll
be fine. I should be doing the times of the top 3 and I will be
doing them eventually", he concluded.
The Yamaha Motor Europe-backed Yamaha Motor Italia
squad, featuring riders Noriyuki Haga and Andrew Pitt, are looking
forward to the challenge of moving up to the 1000cc class after
concentrating their efforts on the supersport series for the past
The Yamaha YZF-R1 is proving to be the machine of
choice for riders in this year's championship, confirming both
the machine's out of the crate performance and the ready availability
of official Yamaha racing kit parts. Of the 31 riders listed in
the provisional entry list for Qatar, 11 are entered on R1s. In
addition to the officially-supported Yamaha Motor Italia team,
other high profile entries come from Yamaha Motor France, who
will enter former Grand Prix rider Norick Abe and 2004 endurance
world champion Sébastien Gimbert; Lorenzini by Leoni's
Gianluca Vizziello and the privately entered DFXTreme squad, who
field Spanish Formula Xtreme champ Jose Luis Cardoso, who set
the third fastest time at last weekend's pre-season tests.
Honda's heavy duty effort with a number of top privateers
including Ten Kate is previewed in the sidebar at right. But it's
looking like all the other top teams will have their work cut
out for them against the reincarnated Francis Batta owned Alstare
Corona Suzuki World Superbike Team with former World Suiperbike
Champion Troy Corser and British Superbike star Yukio
Costing $US58 million and taking less than one year to build,
the 5.4km track displays Qatar's quest to make motorsport a major
industry on the Persian Gulf. The circuit hosted its first, and
so far only, world championship event with a MotoGP round last
October. Riders generally approved of the circuit layout, although
all noted a lack of grip due to the 'greenness' of the circuit
and its location in the middle of the desert. And while two days
of testing last weekend has 'cleaned' the track, the superbike
and superbike riders are also likely to find grip levels at a
premium during this weekend's race meeting, especially off the
racing line. Despite this the teams and spectators should enjoy
some competitive racing while enjoying the world class facilities
at the new venue.
World Championship round one, Doha, Qatar
1. Corser (Suzuki) 2m01.244s; 2. Cardoso (Yamaha) 2m01.388s; 3.
Laconi (Ducati Xerox) 2m01.980s; 4. Gimbert (Yamaha) 2m02.217s;
5. Neukirchner (Honda) 2m02.236s; 6. Kagayama (Suzuki) 2m02.284s;
7. Vermeulen (Honda) 2m02.469s; 8. Chili (Honda) 2m02.507s; 9.
Haga (Yamaha) 2m02.687s; 10. Toseland (Ducati Xerox) 2m02.754s;
Superbike World Championship round one, Doha, Qatar: 1 Corser
(Alstare Suzuki Corona) 2:01.466; 2 Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki Corona)
2:01.713; 3 Laconi (Ducati Xerox) 2:01.876; 4 Cardosa (DFX) 2:02.094;
5 Vermeulen (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 2:02.285; 6 Chili (Klaffi
Honda) 2:02.309; 7 Silva (La Glisse) 2:02.625; 8 Pitt (Yamaha
Italia) 2:02.640; 9 Lanzi (Ducati Caracchi) 2:02.780; 10 Gimbert
(Yamaha France) 2:03.008; 13 Martin (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 2:03.269;
27 McCoy (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 2:04.933
Friday Qualifying times:
1 Silva (La Glisse) 2:21.602; 2 Walker (PSG-1 Kawasaki) 2:23.646;
3 Laconi (Ducati Xerox) 2:23.844; 4 Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate
Honda) 2:24.041; 5 Gimbert (Yamaha France) 2:24.187; 6 Bostrom
(Renegade Koji) 2:25.164; 7 Vermeulen (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
2:25.330; 8 Corser (Alstare Suzuki Corona) 2:25.345; 9 Pitt (Yamaha
Italia) 2:25.419; 10 Haga (Yamaha Italia) 2:25.941; 12 McCoy (Foggy
PETRONAS Racing) 2:26.472; 18 Martin (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 2:27.986
World TV Coverage:
British Eurosport (UK): Friday 25 February 17.45 - 18.45 Superpole
(delayed), Saturday 26 February 07.30 - 13.45 SBK 1 + SSP + SBK
2 (live); Eurosport (Europe) Sunday 27 February 21.30 - 22.30
all races (highlights).
is regal in Superpole for Sunday's opening SBK 2005 double header.
Laconi Takes Super Pole With Corser's help Under Changeable Weather
LOSAIL CIRCUIT, QATAR, Feb. 26th - Late Run Suits
Regis: Xerox Ducati rider Regis Laconi, the 2004 season runner
up, fired an early first shot in the 2005 campaign by taking the
Superpole win at Losail International Circuit. In changing conditions,
the Superpole contest was run under ‘Wet’ regulations
thanks to a ruling by Race Direction, even with a largely dry
track surface underfoot at the start. The decision was vindicated
by a fall of rain with 20 minutes of the 50-minute session remaining,
and thus each rider was given a limited number of laps in which
to complete their personal best. As the racing line dried out
Laconi and company took to the track one more, hoping to improve
on their early session times, with Laconi making the best of it
and taking his seventh career pole position, with a 2:01.593.
The Frenchman edged out his closest rival Troy
Corser (Suzuki) in the final seconds of the fifty minute Superpole
session, which was run to wet-weather procedure, to take the pole.
His Ducati Xerox team-mate and reigning World Champ James Toseland
was unable to get his 2005 season off to a good start and will
line up on the fourth row of the grid after qualifying in thirteenth
"It was dry for the first few minutes and for
the last few laps of Superpole but no one went out for 30 minutes
in the middle because it was wet", commented a delighted
Laconi. "I went out at the start but I knew I could do better.
We changed both the front and the rear and I pushed very hard
on the final lap; to do a 2m01.5 in these conditions is really
good. For the race I am pleased with the set-up and with the duration
of my tyre, we have been working really hard to get the best feeling
all weekend and now it is working OK. Hopefully it will be dry
tomorrow for the race, because it's going to be a really tough
battle. The other guys will make life difficult for us, but for
sure that's good for the championship".
Toseland's efforts to improve during the morning's
second and final qualifying session were thwarted by the rain.
The world champion then missed out on a good position in Superpole,
slipping down to thirteenth on the grid with a time of 2m03.357s.
"Today was not such a good day" declared
Toseland. "In the wet this morning we weren't too bad but
you couldn't do much in that session. This afternoon I had a few
problems so came back in and was unable to get much of a long
run. I just needed more dry time on the track because every time
we seemed to try something it started to rain. We were just unable
to get back into a rhythm. Physically I feel a bit battered but
that's not the problem, the weather has not allowed us to get
the time, and when you haven't got the right feeling, you can't
set a good time in Superpole. Unfortunately I just didn't get
it together when I should have done, but I'm sure I'll be able
to run a good race tomorrow".
Row Squatters: Troy Corser (Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki) was the
man Laconi displaced to take Superpole, and sportingly he was
also the rider who got out of Laconi’s path during the Frenchman’s
fast run to the Superpole win. He was second by a margin of 0.048
seconds, with the front row completed by Yamaha Motor France IPONE
runner Sebastien Gimbert, and another full-time SBK rookie, Yukio
Kagayama, Corser’s partner in the Suzuki squad.
Haga on the Yamaha R1 Moto Italia bike qualified 7th, finished
5th in Race One.
Pitt Fifth, Cardoso Recovers to Sixth: Andrew Pitt, who had a
troubled final qualifying session after a machine problem, secured
the best spot on row two, riding his Yamaha Motor Italia R1 to
within almost a second of Laconi’s best on a changing circuit.
Two Yamaha riders followed him on the final grid placing, with
Jose Luis Cardoso (DFX Extreme Sterilgarda Yamaha) one of the
riders temporarily demoted below his previous qualifying position,
simply by not putting in a fast lap before the rains came. On
a drying track, he took sixth place, one up on the second Yamaha
Motor Italia rider, Noriyuki Haga.
Reasserts Class: Despite a crash in the final Superpole minutes,
Chris Vermeulen recovered both composure and lap time enough to
earn a second row start, with eighth best time on his Winston
Ten Kate Honda. Ivan Silva again used his last exit of pitlane
to secure ninth place on his La Glisse Yamaha, ahead of SBK legend
and new Klaffi Honda runner, Pierfrancesco Chili.
Battles On: Top Kawasaki runner was, as has been the case for
most of qualifying, Chris Walker, who had to sit out the final
possible lap after a minor machine niggle prevented him from setting
a fast final lap. He was nonetheless one place up on Kawasaki
Bertocchi runner Giovanni Bussei.
on Row Four: 2004 World Champion James Toseland, continually exiting
and entering the pit in qualifying today, slipped down the order
to finish Superpole only 13th, sharing the final four places of
a wet Superpole with Klaffi Honda runner Max Neukirchner, Norick
Motor France) and Marco Borciani (DFX Extreme Sterilgarda Yamaha).
Bets: Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati SC Caracchi) and Karl Muggeridge (Winston
ten Kate Honda) were two of the series’ bigger names who
did not make the Superpole cut after the final regulation qualifying
session proved to be wet, and necessarily slow laps left them
stranded just outside the top 16, unable to improve on their first
day times or positions. Fonsi Nieto (Ducati SC Caracchi) stayed
19th fastest thanks to his day one time, and for the same reason
Steve Martin (Petronas FP-1) was 20th, and fills the last space
on row five. Local rider Talal Al Nuami (La Glisse Yamaha) failed
to make the qualifying time but was allowed to race.
Grid Lineup: 1. Laconi (Ducati Xerox) 2m01.593s
; 2. Corser (Suzuki) 2m01.641s ; 3. Gimbert (Yamaha) 2m01.889s;
4. Kagayama (Suzuki) 2m02.643s; 5. Pitt (Yamaha) 2m02.670s; 6.
Cardoso (Yamaha) 2m02.745s; 7. Haga (Yamaha) 2m02.766s; 8. Vermeulen
(Honda) 2m02.960s; 9. Silva (Yamaha) 2m03.049s; 10. Chili (Honda)
2m03.100s; ... 13. Toseland (Ducati Xerox) 2m03.357s; etc.
_ Ten Kate's Carpentier on Pole
Winston Ten Kate Honda rider Sebastien Charpentier secured the
pole with the 2:03.841 lap time he set on day one, after the second
qualifying session in Supersport proved to be wet. Thus he heads
an all-Honda front row comprising Katsuaki Fujiwara (Winston Ten
Kate Honda), Michel Fabrizio (Italia Megabike Honda) and the second
Megabike runner, Fabien Foret.
Curtain (Yamaha Motor Germany), in fifth, was top Yamaha runner;
Christophe Cogan (Moto 1 Suzuki) was top Suzuki pilot and Gianluca
Nannelli (SC Caracchi 749R) best Ducati rider.
opening 18 lap races, two for Superbike and one for Supersport,
take place at the usual local times, with Qatar three hours ahead
of GMT. Thus SBK action gets underway at 12 noon, WSS at 13.20
two at 15.30.
takes the lead into turn one.
First Ever Double World
Superbike Win for Suzuki
Sunday 27th - After leading pre-season testing
and most of qualifying, Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki riders Tory
Corser and Yukio Kagayama took a race win each, the first time
Suzuki pilots have headed both podiums in World Superbike. With
a second place and win to his credit, class new boy Kagayama leads
the championship with an almost immaculate 45 points, from his
team-mate Corser, who secured a win and a third place. Xerox Ducati
rider Regis Laconi, with a third and a second place, earned third
overall, with 36 points to Corser’s 41.
One: Corser does the Deed
The return of the rains, which have uncharacteristically appeared
in these past few days, cause the first race to be held in two
parts. With ten laps completed, the rain brought out the red flags,
to stop the contest on safety grounds. With the race one fight
now determined on aggregate time, clear first section leader Troy
Corser only had to keep a safe gap behind second section leader
Yukio Kagayama to take the win. Kagayama was aggregate second,
with Ducati rider, Regis Laconi, third. Current SBK champ James
Toseland got the defence of his world title underway with two
sixth place finishes as he was still feeling the effects of last
Laconi finished runner-up in both parts of race
1, which was interrupted for rain just after half distance. The
Frenchman was then unable to make up the deficit to part 2 leader
Kagayama and eventual winner Corser and had to settle for the
final podium slot. "I made a so-so start and just tried to
pass the guys in front of me immediately because I was fourth
on the first lap. It feels tough to finish second in both races
and end up third overall but those are the regulations and I am
just happy to be on the podium".
Reigning Ducati Corse Champ James Toseland started
from thirteenth on the grid but had a particularly good final
few laps to finish in sixth position. "I got two good starts
and we hung in there. I was two-tenths off getting fifth in the
aggregate but considering everything that's happened this week,
it's a solid start. The confidence is coming again, I needed some
dry time and I can only get that in the races".
One: 1 Corser (Alstare Suzuki Corona); 2 Kagayama
(Alstare Suzuki Corona) +3.065; 3 Laconi (Ducati Xerox) +3.496;
4 Pitt (Yamaha Italia) +14.714; 5 Haga (Yamaha Italia) +20.300;
6 Toseland (Ducati Xerox) +20.562; 7 Silva (La Glisse) +22.031;
8 Vermeulen (Winston Ten Kate) +22.188; 9 Muggeridge (Winston
Ten Kate) +26.929; 10 Abe (Yamaha France) +27.231; 15 Martin (Foggy
PETRONAS Racing) +49.673; 17 McCoy (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) +1.01.558
out front ahead of team mate Kagayama, chased by Pitt and Laconi.
Two: Kagayama Post his first SBK Victory
In a dry race two, Kagayama and Corser had a tough race in the
early laps, but as time wore on Kagayama extended a lead to finish
ahead of Laconi by over two seconds. Corser, on a different choice
of a harder rear Pirelli tyre than the other top runners, was
third. A huge fight for fourth place, which featured eight riders
at one stage, went the way of Honda rider Chris Vermeulen (Winston
Ten Kate), making him the best Honda finisher on the first day
of the new season.
Laconi took 10 laps to get past Corser into second
place, but he was unable to do anything about Kagayama, who claimed
his maiden World Superbike win. "I tried to catch Yukio in
the final laps but it wasn't easy and when I saw it was easy to
slide I told myself to just ride and settle for second and that's
what I did. I did the best that I could do today and it was important
for me to start the championship with two results, unlike last
year, and get my season off to a good start".
Toseland was caught up in a seven-rider battle for
fourth place for much of the race, but he eventually passed Pitt,
Abe (Yamaha) and Neukirchner (Honda) to clinch his second sixth
place finish of the day in a photo-finish with Chili. "Two
sixths from thirteenth place is OK, as far as the championship
goes I'm joint fifth, which is not what I wanted but at least
it's solid. Towards the end of the race I was lapping as quick
as the leaders. After Sunday's crash I needed some dry time and
I just didn't get it. We haven't been able to try everything we
wanted and that made the whole weekend difficult for me. I'm disappointed
but I know I could have been out for a couple of rounds with last
week's crash, so I'll take these results any day".
Motor France IPONE runner and front row qualifier Sebastien Gimbert
left the Losail circuit with the new lap record to his credit,
2”01.852. Being knocked off by another rider in race one,
and experiencing a slipping clutch in race two, held his results
down, however, to a solitary tenth. Top Yamaha riders thus proved
to be Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia) in fourth place in race
one and his team mate Noriyuki Haga, one place behind in the interrupted
Champion James Toseland (Xerox Ducati) had to fight hard for a
pair of sixth places, experiencing many set-up problems on his
machine. In race two he could not quite re-pass Pierfrancesco
Chili (Klaffi Honda) for fifth place, and had his work cut out
to fend off SBK new boy Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France IPONE)
and outstanding class debutant, Max Neukirchner (Klaffi Honda),
who was to finish an eventual eighth after being fifth for long
periods of the contest.
a host of riders only taking one finish, due to a rash of crashes
and some unexpected mechanical gremlins (Chili was a retirement
on the warm up lap in race one, for example), the championship
table from ninth place features some riders many expected to shine
after their qualifying showings. Jose Luis Cardoso (DFX Sterilgarda
Yamaha) had an electrical contact problem stop his R1 on the warm
up of race one, while a crash in race two, with another Yamaha
rider, put him out of contention.
clash between Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) and Chris
Walker (PSG-1 Kawasaki) saw each man out of race two, underlining
a harsh weekend for Muggeridge and robbing both he and Walker
of a good finish. Wildcard Spaniard Ivan Silva Albertola (La Glisse
Yamaha) had an engine problem which sidelined him from race two,
after an excellent ride in race one, taking seventh place ahead
of some big SBK talents. Ben Bostrom (Renegade Honda Koji) just
missed out on a point in race one, and retired shortly before
the start of race two, with a mechanical problem.
Two: Superbike World Championship round one, Qatar:
1 Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki Corona); 2 Laconi +2.454; 3 Corser
+5.959; 4 Vermeulen +7.245; 5 Chili +8.600; 6 Toseland +8.601;
7 Abe +9.731; 8 Neukirchner +11.501; 9 Pitt +11.790; 10 Gimbert
+11.808; 11 Haga +21.364; 12 Lanzi +25.875; 13 Nieto +34.084;
14 Bussei +34.119; 15 Sanchini +47.446; 16 McCoy (Foggy PETRONAS
Championship Points (after 1 of 12 rounds):
Riders: ) Kagayama 45, Corser 41, Laconi 36, Vermeulen 21, Pitt
& Toseland 20, etc.
Manufacturers: Suzuki 50, Ducati 36, Yamaha 22, Honda 21, Kawasaki
7, Petronas 1.
to Ten Kate's Carpentier
Winston Ten Kate Honda riders Sebastien Charpentier and Katsuaki
Fujiwara dominated the race, but in the most peculiar circumstances
imaginable. Charpentier led the race by a seemingly safe distance
but unable to conserve his front tyre he slowly increased his
lap time, just as Fujiwara made seemingly impossible progress
after stalling on the line. Michel Fabrizio (Italia Megabike Honda)
was third, Kevin Curtain (Yamaha Motor Germany) fourth and the
second Megabike runner, Fabien Foret fifth, also unable to conserve
his front tyre.
Top Suzuki pilot was again Javier Fores in eighth, with Gianluca
Nannelli (SC Caracchi 749R) best Ducati rider in ninth.
second round of both championships takes place at Phillip Island,
on April 3, but this race is preceded by an official SBK test
at Valencia, Spain, on 12th and 13th March, and the Losail circuit,
25th February 2005.
FastDates.com World exclusive!
First Dyno Test of the hot new
Ducati 999R05 Superbike
with the $3,700.00 Termignoni Full Race Exhaust System
Is this now the world's
fasterst, most powerful production Superbike? For all that money
she cost, she better put out! We spend our hard earned bucks before
you have to. Find out 4 months before the print rags kiss butt
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strap the 999R05 to the Evoluzione Cyclesport Factory Pro Tuning
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Penthouse centerfold Ashton Grey tightening the screws on Bologna's
racing contingency program aimed at encouraging racers to get Ducati's
on the track.
DUCATI ANNOUNCES OVER $850,000
IN NEW RACING CONTINGENCY PROGRAM
CA - Feb. 25, 2005 - Two new racing contingency programs
were announced today by Ducati North America; the Professional Program
and the Club Program. Together, these programs provide $871,000
available for racers on Ducati motorcycles. The new programs further
demonstrate Ducati's commitment to racing in North America as already
seen by the addition of Neil Hodgson to the Parts Unlimited Ducati
Austin factory AMA Superbike team to partner Eric Bostrom.
Program" is geared towards anyone racing a Ducati 999R or
749R in the AMA Superbike or AMA Formula Extreme series. (Factory
team excluded.) This program has $450,000 in posted prize money.
Series AMA SUPERBIKE AMA Formula Extreme
Bike: 999R 749R
Number of Events: 10 10
Total Posted $ 275,000 $ 175,000
Overall Championship $ 50,000 $ 25,000
1st $ 10,000 $ 7,500
2nd: $ 7,500 $ 5,000
3rd: $ 5,000 $ 2,500
program, called the Ducati Dealer Racing Rewards, is focused on
Club level racing and includes cash and product certificate prizes
(redeemable for Ducati parts, accessories, apparel, or dealer
labor) in CCS,
AFM, OMRRA, WMRRA, Canadian Thunderbike, WSMC, and CMRA. The CCS
a total prize posting of $295,000.
in the Ducati Dealer Racing Rewards Program and Total:
Champion Cup Series - Race of Champions $24,500
Champion Cup Series - Regional Races $212,000
Loudon Road Race Series Championship (Sanctioned by CCS) $58,500
American Federation of Motorcyclist (AFM) $41,000
Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association (OMRRA) $9,000
Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association (WMRRA) $8,000
Canadian Thunderbike and SBK $24,000
Willow Springs Motorcycle Club (WSMC) $30,000
Central Motorcycle Racing Association (CMRA) $14,000
is the most aggressive racing contingency program Ducati has ever
offered and it is a demonstration of our commitment to racing
in North America. We want people to consider racing a Ducati this
season because we are a genuine alternative to the mass market
products and racing is in our blood. We are World Superbike Champions
and we intend to mount a serious challenge in AMA Superbike in
2005. The grass roots of racing produce the heroes of tomorrow
and we want as many of them as possible to learn their
craft on a Ducati. " says Michael Lock, Ducati North America
The new 2005
Superbikes epitomize the racing history of Ducati and represent
the evolution of a formula that has dominated Superbike racing
for over a decade. This year's Superbike family includes seven
models: the 749 Dark, 749, 749S, 749R, 999, 999S and 999R and
all are eligible for contingency money in addition to the Supersport
1000 and 800 in select racing classes. With the arrival of the
2005 model, the differences between the 999R and Ducati's competition
bikes have almost disappeared. The R model features the latest,
most advanced Testastretta engine, radically redesigned from the
cases up. The result is an engine that delivers 150 hp in a usable
format, the most power of any Ducati production engine, combined
with the most
intuitive chassis available anywhere in the world. For complete
racing contingency detailsr visitwww.ducatiusa.com.
it down to fully reveal Team Ducati Corse's latest 999F05 World
Superbike weapon for the 2005 season. But it doesn't stop there.
We get even more explicit with exclusive 1224 wide Screensavers
in both nude and scantily clothed PG-rated versions for your down
loading pleasure. If this doesn't get you off, you're really wacked
and nothing will.
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