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Corona Extra Superbike World Championship
Its a Bumper Crop for possible
Winners in the most
Competitive SBK World Superbike Championship Ever!
It marks a dramatic turn-around from just 18 months ago when the
Championship was seemingly relegated to the saving sponsorship
of Pirelli and its spec tires in order to survive without the
major Japanese teams. But now World Superbike is back with a vengence
with the start of the 18th consecutive World Superbike season
just around the corner at the Losail circuit in Qatar on February
24-26. The final line up of competing manufacturers, teams and
riders indicates that the 2005 SBK Corona Extra Superbike World
championship is in for its most competitive season on record.
The confirmed entry of 30 riders is the envy of almost any global
Motorsports series, with six manufacturers represented by proven
- and soon-to-be – stars of the SBK firmament.
to its carefully crafted technical regulations and a single make
tyre strategy, SBK has never been a more accessible and evenly
matched series. Up to ten riders are approaching SBK 2005 with
realistic expectations of an outright championship win; if they
can keep up an impeccable level of consistency. Given the circumstances
of the 2005 season, there should be something approaching 15 possible
race winners, at any one round of the scheduled 12 - from Qatar
in February to the finale in France on September 9. The only disapoint
for the immediate future is that World Superbike was not able
to keep America on its schedule this year.
tests the factory Yamaha R1 Superbike at Phillip Island in his
first ride back on a Yamaha Superbike since the ill-fated 2001
season when he almost clinched the Championship. Can Nori do it
this time? Can
he catch ultra fast Troy Corser on the new Suzuki GSXR1000? Is
Chris Vermeulen on the Honda CBR1000RR the winning ticket. Or
can Xerox Ducati copy their performance from past years?
Protagonists revealed at the Team
Ducati Xerox 2005 press launch included (from left to right):
Richard Wergan, Head of Marketing Communications for Xerox Europe,
Ducati CEO Carlo Biaggi, Ducati
Corse CEO Claudio Domenicali, team pilots and reigning Wolrd Champion
James Toseland with runner-up Regis Laconi, Technical Director
Ernesto Marinelli, Team Director Paolo Ciabatti, Team manager
The Bologna based manufacturer of high performance vee-twin motorcycles
to the masses is the most successful in the history of the sport,
having won 13 manufacturers’ and 11 riders' championships.
For the first time in several seasons Ducati riders are not quite
the most numerous on the SBK grid, but quality has not been sacrificed
in the new era of Ducati’s SBK participation.
factory Ducati Corse squad, sponsored by Xerox this season, can
boast the talents of both the champion and runner up in the tightly
contested 2004 title battle. Englishman James Toseland (who at
23 was the youngest champion in the history of the Superbike division)
is once more teamed up with Frenchman Regis Laconi on the full
factory 999F05 machines.
very welcome and full-strength Spanish element is introduced to
the class once more this year, with 250GP race winner Fonsi Nieto
partnering 2004 Supersport rider Lorenzo Lanzi in the Team Ducati
SC – Caracchi squad, a long-standing entry which enjoys
close links with the factory.
entries having kept faith with Ducati are Team Pedercini’s
Lucio Pedercini and Alessio Velini, and Czech rider Jiri Mrkyvka,
who will have the pleasure of riding on his home track this year,
at Brno on 17 July.
Vermeluen on the Yen Kate Honda is a top contender for the Championship
win this year.
In its debut SBK season Honda’s CBR1000RR Superbike secured
four race wins, one factor in the obvious popularity of Honda
machinery for 2005. A plethora of top names have opted for Honda
motive force, including Winston Ten Kate riders Karl Muggeridge
(2004 Supersport Champion) and Chris Vermeulen (2003 Supersport
Champion and winner of those four Honda SBK victories in 2004).
2004 Renegade Ducati Koji won six races through the season, but
for 2005 a change of rider and machine will see a single man Renegade
Honda KOJI team opt for CBR power. The CBR will be piloted by
seven-time SBK race winner Ben Bostrom; a very welcome high profile
American rider in the cosmopolitan ’05 rider line up.
the best-loved star in World Superbike, the 40 year-old Italian
Pierfrancesco Chili will team up with 21-year-old German youth
Max Neukirchner in a Klaffi Honda line up of contrasting experience
levels. The Austrian squad, headed by former World Sidecar Champion
Klaus Klaffenbock, is new to World Superbike, but has extensive
track time and podium experience in World Supersport to call upon.
World Superbike team mates Andrew Pitt (right) and Noriyuki Haga
By far the most numerous of all the machines on display will be
from the Yamaha stable, a full third of the permanent grid of
30 riders choosing the 2005 YZF-R1. The most closely supported
squad will be the Yamaha Motor Italia pairing of serial 2004 race
winner Noriyuki Haga and 2001 World Supersport Champion Andrew
Motor France have enticed three-time 500cc Grand Prix winner Norick
Abe into one of their riding slots this season, making it a double
attack from Japan in terms of the entire Yamaha effort. Sebastien
Gimbert, such a sensation at the final Magny Cours races in 2004,
is gearing up for a full time assault with YMF this year.
Marco Borciani and Portuguese Miguel Praia will run for the DFX
team in the DFXtreme Sterilgarda set-up, with Spaniard Jose Luis
Cardoso (a Spanish Championship regular and GP competitor of years
gone by) and 2004 European Superstock Championship winner Lorenzo
Alfonsi team up in the DFXtreme squad.
Two single riders teams will also run Yamahas, European Superstock
runner-up Gianluca Vizziello in the Team Lorenzini by Leoni camp
and Belgian Michel Nickmans in the Team Zone Rouge pit garage.
Corser (right) has been fastest rider in World Superbike
testing on the Suzuki GSXR1000. The Alstare Corona team is joined
by Japanese rider Yukio Kagayama (left), probably a requirement
from Suzuki of Japan to assure the team gets
front line factory bikes.
Short on numbers, but big on talent, experience and possibility,
is the Alstare Corona Extra squad, with 1996 SBK Champion Troy
Corser (soon to be married to long term partner Sam) and new SBK
team inductee Yukio Kagayama on their books.
needs no introduction to the class but Kagayama has been making
a name and garnering wins in the tough British Championship for
the past two seasons. Both Suzuki riders have already set good
testing times at Phillip Island on the 2005 GSX-R1000K5.
The PSG-1 team are no strangers to the top step of the podium,
thanks to their now dissolved partnership with Pierfrancesco Chili.
Having adopted Kawasaki ZX-10s for the 2005 season, they will
run British star Chris Walker and experienced ZX-10 pilot Mauro
Sanchini. Having scored a second place last year Walker in particular
is the rider Kawasaki are pinning most hopes on.
SBK competitors, Bertocchi Kawasaki, will run Ivan Clementi and
the always high profile Giovanni Bussei on their ZX-10s. After
gaining knowledge of the machine in 2004, Bertocchi is a well-placed
team for 2005.
Back for a third full year of track action the Foggy Petronas
FP-1 three cylinder machine cuts a distinctive sight and emits
a distinctive noise, both on and off track. With two podium finishes
and two Superpole wins on the board last year, the Petronas team
have invested Aussie pairing Garry McCoy and Steve Martin with
the responsibility for their combined hopes and dreams in 2005.
experienced rider is eager to maintain their overall top seven
statuses from 2004, with McCoy a winner in race two at Phillip
Island and Martin a three-time Superpole winner. Each has swapped
a private Ducati for the high-profile 900 Petronas triple, one
of the most exciting pieces of technology ever to grace World
Superbike, run by a team with four-time SBK champion Carl Fogarty
at its head.
With several top Supersport exponents submitting to the gravitational
pull of the Superbike class, the Supersport season is shaping
up to forge a new generation of middleweight stars, as well as
providing another real challenge for the ‘old guard.’Strong
entries from all four Japanese factories and Ducati are led by
some household names in Supersport, while others have opted for
youth and enthusiasm.
for the past three years, Ten Kate Honda, have Katsuaki Fujiwara
and Sebastien Charpentier on their CBR600RRs, while former World
Champion Fabien Foret and one-time European Superstock Champion
Michel Fabrizio fill slots in the Team Italia Megabike Honda pit
garage. Johan Stigefelt from Sweden adds his 250GP experience
to his own Stiggy Motorsports Honda outfit.
Yamaha Motor Germany team heads Yamaha’s perennially competitive
presence with their R6 product; Aussies Kevin Curtain and Broc
Parkes will be forming a serious double act.
Ducati effort, undertaken on 749R twin-cylinder equipment, comprises
two single rider squads - one for Jurgen van den Goorbergh in
the Selmat camp and the other servicing Gianluca Nannelli, who
rides for Team Caracchi.
riders include former SBK factory Aprilia pilot Alessandro Antonello
(Team Kawasaki Bertocchi) and NCR Ducati privateer David Garcia
(Team Lightspeed Kawasaki).
The final line-up of the Moto 1 Suzuki team from France is yet
to be decided, but is expected to feature two strong riders. The
Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki push gets behind Spaniard Javier Fores.
FIM CUP 600cc
For 2004 the successful European Superstock Championship has been
upgraded and renamed the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup. It will have
a ‘little brother’ in the Superstock 600 European
Championship, with both series included in each European round
of the SBK series
big Superstock class features an entry which hints at the future
of the continued flowering of the SBK grid, as former champion
Vittorio Iannuzzo runs one of four MV Agustas which will grace
the Superstock sessions with its Italian four-cylinder pace
BEGINNINGS - 2005 Season Kicks off at Qatar on February 24th
The first race for the Superbike and Supersport competitors takes
place at the Losail circuit in Qatar, with action beginning on
Thursday 24 February, culminating on raceday, Saturday 26. The
first of 12 rounds, Qatar is a new adventure for all SBK competitors,
who will enjoy a two day test on the preceding weekend, to familiarise
themselves with the circuit.
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- Live broadcasts on 89 television networks covering 170 countries
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Jenna and the other SI Swimsuit Models and to vote for your favorite!
Jenna Gets Dumped fromTop 3 on
Sports Illustrated Model Search
Jan 26th - Our favorite Calendar Angel in the
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search on NBC TV is 19 year
old cutie Jenna from Dallas Texas. On the 4th week of the Show,
Jenna was cut from the top four girls, down from the 12 contestants
that began. Her extreamely sexy 120 lbs. in a fantasticaly proportioned
5'9" package is a cross between the beautiful baby girl
face of tennis star Anna Kournikova with the rockin' body of
a Brooke Burns. Jenna must be what Texas hosiptality is all
thought the judges made a huge mistake in eliminating
Jenna who they said us "too pinupy" for the
SI Swimsuit Calendar, and who didn't fare as well as the
other 3 finalistson the fashion model catwalk . Big Mistake!
And we thought a swimsuit pinup calendar was all about
cute pinup models with rockin' bodies.
to say, we've got our phone call into Sports Illustrated
now to book Jenna (right) for our FastDates.com Calendars!
The 3 remaining
girls are now one flat chest Blond with no boobs whats ever,
and two very simialr and less atractive Brunettes, one with
really bad attitude. We really thing Sports Illustrated really
screwed up with their entire top 12 pick in general (exception
Jenna), and in their decision to eliminate Jenna from the top
3 finalists who are being flown to Bora Bora for the magazine
shoot. They should have eliminated one of the similar looking
brunettes and kept Jenna as the prerequest pinup model us guys
do want to see in a swimuist pinup calendar.
forget to watch the Show on NBC Wednesdays 8/7pm. And
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click on Jenna's picture and we will take you to heaven
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a hot biodied long legged 5'9" Anna Kournikova with
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