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Ben Bostrom seemed motivated, if not excited to be back on the competive factory Ducati in a career reprive.
2006 AMA Superbike Daytona Tire Tests
Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin racers Ben Bostrom and Neil Hodgson bothshook down their Ducati 999 Superbikes in the first off-season test for the team, with Ben second quickest overall. Ben Bostrom, a former Ducati racer in both AMA and World Superbike competition, made his debut with the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team at the test. He was the top man on the time sheets when he completed his work and second quickest when the day had ended. "I loved the bike from the first laps on Saturday. The Ducati 999 was just how I like a race bike, very firm and responsive. I could feel every little change we made to the settings. It was good at the test, but we really haven't pushed the limits with it yet. We made some small changes to the suspension and it just felt right to me. I'm excited about the new season ahead of us and I think the lap times showed that."
Ben went down late on Monday but was unhurt. "I had a crash at the end of the day. It was a small crash for the rider but a big crash for the bike, unfortunately. My foot slipped off the brake pedal at the slowest corner of the track and down I went. I locked up the front," he said.
Bostrom's best lap was 1:37.849, well below the existing lap record at the revised 3.0-mile track in his first ride on the Ducati 999 Superbike. "It was interesting to ride the 999 after racing for Ducati while this bike was on the drawing boards a few years ago. I can tell the factory used the data and information us racers gave them to develop the 999. The bike is fantastic."
Neil Hodgson was fourth quickest with a lap of 1:38.707. The former World Superbike champion from England was able to slice his lap times late in the day as he improved in the difficult turn one at Daytona. "The test was good for me, but obviously it is a bit threatening when your teammate is quicker than you," said Hodgson. "It's early days, though, and we managed to cut our times by the end of the test. Still some ways to go for us, but we're getting there. My comfort level at this track is definitely improved here. We were second last year in the race, but I feel more comfortable here already with what we accomplished."
"We are very glad Ben was immediately on the pace. He hasn't ridden a Ducati in many years and had never ridden a 999. Neil struggled some but in the last 40 minutes was able to up his pace," said Ducati's Paolo Ciabatti. "I think it is a good beginning. We have a lot of new personnel this year. We have a good harmony in the team and they got along very well. We are happy at this stage and want to see what we do at the next tests."
Daytona Superbike Times
Paris, France, Nov 18th 2005 - The 2006 edition of the Pirelli Calendar, a cult object for more than 40 years for people who love photography, beauty, and the evolution of society, was presented in its world premier in Paris. The 2006 edition features photography by the British - Turkish duo, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, world renowned photographers who specialize in women's portraits, and was shot in a striking sixties-like setting on the French Riveria and stars six extraordinary beautiful and sensual women.
American pop music and movie star Jennifer Lopez makes her Pirelli debut this year, together with supermodels Giselle Bundchen (also featured in the 2001 calendar), Guinevere Van Seenus, icon Kate Moss (who made her debut in the famous 1994 Herb Ritts edition), Britain's Karen Elson (first appearing extremely young in 1999, then again in 2001), and Russian Natalia Vodianova (who made her debut in 2003 with bruce Weber and also starred in Nick Knights' 2004 edition) and nude, sexy and georgeous in 27 shots that make up the most transgressive edition of "The Calendar".
The Pirelli Calendar dates back to 1964 when the Marketing Department of Pirelli Ltd in the UK decided to issue a Calendar for their top U.K. customers as a gift for the closing year. In fact the Pirelli Calendar project had been born one year earlier, in 1963 with Terence Donovan, but had not met the approval of Pirelli's managers. However for 1964 the pictures were so beautiful that the new calendar was released for distribution and the success on the media was immediate.
Over a period of more than 30 years the Pirelli Calendars have shaken the media world with their audacity, innovation and spectacular imagery. The Calendar was very much a product of the cultural revolution which inspired a new sensuality, a new appreciation of the female form and, above all, an urgent need to break taboos. In the sixties a tidal wave of creative energy swept through rock music, fashion, films and photography, and the stuffiness and austerity of post-war London quickly surrendered to a new vitality which turned the city into the style capital of the world. At the same time a tyre manufacturer with a foreign name shot to fame outside Italy with an annual PR extravaganza which became coveted by students, cabinet ministers, royalties and superstars alike. An idea of creative genius became a printed icon for each year, spawned many inferior imitations and stretched the parameters of sensual fantasy and fabulous photography. The Pirelli Calendar has redefined the rules of glamorous photography; by tradition calendars were hung on garage walls - now they hang in museums, and Pirelli have gone on redefining those rules year after year. Its twelve leaves were - and still are - awaited with enthusiastic anticipation.
So how can you get a Pirelli Calendar? You probably can't. It is an exclusive Corporate gift which is distributed only in limited quantities worldwide (40,000 copies) to selected customers, VIPs and relevant personalities. Pirelli Corporation in Italy sells the calendars to their national distributors around the world at a cost of around $40 each. The distributors, in turn, give them as promotional gifts to the media, their distributors and friends. In the overly conservative country of America where there is such a huge social hangup over nudity, and an employer can be sued for sexual harassment if they hand out or display a nude calendar in the workplace, the Pirelli USA automotive division buys and gives away only a small handful of calendars to special industry friends. The motorcycle division at Pirelli USA does not order the calendars, nor will they provide us with press materials or a sample of the calendar. Once in a while you can find Pirelli Calendars on Ebay.com, but your change of getting a current calendar is next to impossible or very expensive, with prices ranging as high as $400 per copy..
The Pirelli Calendar Books and the Pirelli Calendar Website are your best opportunity to see what you've been missing. Perhaps someday Pirelli will offer their calendar for sale internationally through their website. But for now, you can find detailed information and pictures from the Pirelli Calendars on the Pirelli website at Pirellical.com
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