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North Hollywood, CA, April 22nd, 2006 - Famed Iron & Lace Calendar builder and TV star Russell Mitchell held a party and everyone was invited! The celebration was the 10th Anniversary of Exile Cycles, from when the British transplant and sexy former male model built his first commercial custom bike in his then home garage between his stud male modeling gigs. And being a manly man, Russ soon figured he had more fun building bikes than taking his clothes off for gay photographers. Soon Russ was marketing his own version of Henry Ford's vision of what a basic custom bike should be ("They can have any color they want so long as it's black.") and the bike building side of his life drew all his devotion, time, and started earning him a good living.
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MacKenzie leads ride-in on Day of Champions June 29th at Donnington, GB
The ride-in from Coalville is always one of the highlights of the annual Day of Champions and this year looks set to be no different with 200 bikes taking part. The ride will start at the Victoria Pub in Coalville - registration opens at 09.00 – followed by breakfast.
While you enjoy a bacon buttie and a cup of tea (or two!) you can watch the rider interviews with Chris Carter and stars from British Superbike and MotoGP. At 11.20 Niall Mackenzie will lead you to Donington where you will go on track at 12.00 for two laps of the famous MotoGP circuit.
You will then be free to enjoy the rest of the fantastic entertainment taking place throughout the day, with your tickets giving you access to the paddock and pit lane as well as the infield show.
Tickets cost £50 for riders and £35 for pillions. For more information, and to book your tickets, call 08702 242 960 or visit www.riders.org.
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Above Pendrosa ran away from American's Hayden and Edwards in the second half of the race.
Stoner was actually one of a selection of riders who headed into the city for a pre-event visit to the famous Bund area today. Alongside the majestic river Yangtze, Casey Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso and Makoto Tamada took part in a few traditional Chinese activities in front of a small gathering of fans and masses of local media.
After a short introduction and interview session translated into Mandarin for the fans, a Kung Fu expert took to the stage. Guiding the riders through “tiger stance” into “feathered crane,” the game subjects soon picked up the basics. This was followed by a lesson in Chinese drumming, playing along with the popular song “Strong men strive for victory.”
Catering for some of MotoGP’s newest fans, an autograph session took place by the river, with the stunning towers and buildings as a backdrop. Meanwhile in the pre-event press conference MotoGP’s new championship leader Hayden was joined by Melandri, Rossi, Shinya Nakano and Chris Vermeulen, with the Australian fresh from a positive weekend in Turkey where he took a gutsy seventh place after starting from a hard-fought pole-position.
Despite the sunny conditions in Shanghai today, weather forecasts are for rain on Friday and Saturday, with the track drying by Sunday's race-day, which could make for another race equally as exciting as the Turkish event, which lit up an already thrilling season.
Nicky Hayden (Honda): "Of course, I’m happy to be leading the championship, it’s a good feeling but I know that there’s a long way to go. The next few races are very important, but having already had a good start to the season allows us to put the heat on the others. We’ve got two races back-to-back, then heading into Europe is always hectic. We’re at the business end of the season now. For me, having been consistent is a good sign, I just want to take it up another level and get the W.
It’s not an easy circuit, and it was tricky last year. In the dry the surface has a good grip though, which makes it a lot better. There are 3 first gear corners, which in my opinion is 3 too many. The only thing that I really care about is that it is safe, which where I come from isn’t always the case. We had problems in winter testing, but I set my goals high in any case."
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha): "The championship situation isn’t so bad. If we had earned more points in Jerez then it would have been even better. We know that it’s a long season.
We looked at the chattering problem after Turkey, and I think that we have found a few solutions. It will be difficult here, you need to get to know the settings in practice. The feeling changes a lot from track to track, this time it is a big question mark. This season has been great. There are young and old riders, and it’s fun for spectators….maybe a little less for us!
Last year Shanghai was a bit of a turning point for us, from the race onwards we were very competitive. This year, we need to understand very early on if we are going to have problems or not."
Rossi Tops Wet Practice on Friday at Record Pace
The Italian Yamaha rider’s time of 2’09.393 was enough to put him above Ducati’s Loris Capirossi by over three tenths of a second, whilst John Hopkins (Suzuki), Sete Gibernau (Ducati) and Nicky Hayden (Honda) completed the top five. The lap was over four seconds quicker than last year’s fastest lap of the race, although conditions were not quite as treacherous as back then.
It had looked as though Hopkins would start from pole after a scorching lap just seconds before the flag. However first Capirossi and then Rossi, who looked extremely comfortable allowing his Yamaha M1 slide across the puddles, took top spot from him. The race winner from the last round in Istanbul, Marco Melandri, finished in sixth place more than a second off Rossi’s time, ahead of Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, Makoto Tamada and Randy de Puniet.The rain, which had held off during the 125cc qualifying session, had begun to fall again during the opening minutes of the second MotoGP session, and continued to pour down for the rest of the day.
It looked at one stage as if Sete Gibernau would maintain his advantage from the first half-hour when the rain started to fall, but after ten minutes break the riders came back out, and the lap-times quickly improved, dropping the Spaniard down the pecking order.
John Hopkins meanwhile earns his first front row of the season, ahead of a rejuvenated Colin Edwards. Both the Americans had sat in top spot at various stages in the session, as had Shinya Nakano, who was eventually dropped to fourth, ahead of championship leader Nicky Hayden and Gibernau.
After having taken second place in Turkey, Casey Stoner sits in a respectable seventh place, whilst the race winner from that race, Marco Melandri, is the top Italian rider on the grid in eighth. They will be joined on row three by Randy de Puniet, who will be hoping to take inspiration from last year's race-day performance from his compatriot Olivier Jacque, who steered the Kawasaki into an impressive second place.
Second in the championship, Loris Capirossi heads row four in tenth, alongside Makoto Tamada and Chris Vermeulen. Directly behind the Ducati of Capirossi is reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi who had led both practices in the rain yesterday, with Carlos Checa and Toni Elias also on the fifth row.
VALENTINO ROSSI (13th; 2’00.720, 18 laps) - The reigning World Champ was extreamely fustrated, “For sure we have a lot of problems and it’s disappointing to be back in this position again after such a good day yesterday. When the grip becomes normal again, like today, we have a lot of chatter and it’s very hard to ride the bike. Really this situation is quite bad, as the chatter has returned again today and it is similar to how it was in Jerez. Now we have to start from the fifth row and so it’s going to be a very hard race. We have talked a lot tonight in the garage and now we will try some things in the morning during warm-up and hope that we can make some final improvements. Now I need to ride a defensive race, try not to make any mistakes and try to take as many points as possible.”
Weather forecasts are for no rain tomorrow, but such have been the changeable conditions that every rider will be eagerly looking through the bedroom window first thing tomorrow morning to hope it remains dry.
Pendrosa (26) held off teammate Hayden the second half of the race.
Pedrosa Wins His First MotoGP On Sunday
Dani made the holeshot from the grid into turn one, but ran wide at the apex of the first right-hander allowing Edwards through to take the lead with the other front row qualifier John Hopkins (Suzuki) taking up second place. With 22-laps of this 5.281km track ahead of them in debilitating conditions, this was always going to be a race where the fittest riders would prevail, and where the best set-up machines would reduce rider fatigue by a significant amount.
Edwards and Hopkins would lead the race up to the midway point when they were displaced by harder charging team mates Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden on the Repsol Hondas. At the start of lap 10 Dani, who had started from pole and dropped to fifth by lap two completed his charge to the front. used his speed along the pit straight to slip past Edwards and lead into turn one. Pedrosa and Hayden then exchanged fastest laps over the next few until the 20 year-old Spaniard set the definitive lap record on lap 19 of 22.
His team-mate Nicky, riding hard for his second career win, stuck fast to Dani in second place as the Honda duo left Edwards and Hopkins in their wake. The Americans disputing third place would eventually finish more than 14 seconds adrift of the RC211V-mounted pacesetters. As the Honda runners exchanged fastest laps with one another as Hayden put the pressure on the leader and Pedrosa responded to it, the time dropped from Pedrosa’s initial 2m 00.205s lap to a 1m 59.318s mark, again established by Pedrosa, on the penultimate lap. Keeping more or less a one second gap to Hayden to the finish line, Pedrosa now becomes the joint second-youngest rider ever to win a MotoGP race, behind Freddie Spencer and level with Norick Abe.
Reigning MotoGP Champ Danni Pedrosa ads his first MotoGP Open Class feather to his cap.
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 1st. "This is a perfect result for me and it was a fantastic race for me and for the Repsol Honda team. They have been working really hard and it was a great result for both riders - so I'm really happy for the team. The race was hard and the pace was high, but the conditions today were very good and I was able to get into a good rhythm. The tyres worked very well today and so I have to thank Michelin for that. I did a good start this time but I left the braking a little bit late and I went slightly wide so I was not able to keep a tight line and lost a few positions. But I was able to pick off the positions one by one. Once in the lead I was always looking at the pit board and seeing zero point something. I was trying to maintain the gap but it was not easy because Nicky was pushing more and more and the tyres were losing a little grip. Winning is always very special but the level in MotoGP is higher, so this is very special for me."
The Repsol duo were in a race of their own but there was frantic action downfield in a brutal scrap for fifth place between Casey Stoner (LCR Honda RC211V), Marco Melandri (Fortuna Honda RC211V) and Makoto Tamada (Konica Minolta Honda RC211V), with Stoner, who had run off track on lap 15 and rejoined in tenth place, getting the verdict – but the paint from Tamada’s machine left on his fairing showed how hard he had to fight for that place. At the flag five Hondas filled the top seven places with Nicky achieving his eighth consecutive podium finish to extend his World Championship points lead. But there were other significant events.
Rossi (46) on his charge up through the field slices and dices past arch rival Giberneau (15).
Valentino Rossi (DNF) "I didn't get a bad start to the race and I passed a lot of riders but I had a battle with Marco Melandri that cost me some time. Some of his moves were quite strong, which I could understand if we were fighting for the win on the last lap but not for eighth place at that stage of the race. Anyway, the bike felt good but just as I got my pace to 2'00.1 it suddenly started to feel wrong and I thought I had a problem with the rear tyre. I came in to change it but as I went back out I realised it was actually the front tyre, so that was the end of the race for me. I'm really disappointed because I felt in the race that I had the pace to at least pass Hopkins and Edwards, so as far as I am concerned we have lost 16 points and a podium, which would have been a good result after the problems we've had this weekend. We've lost some ground in the championship so I am feeling very disappointed right now but there is a long way to go yet."
Rossi's team mate Edwards set a scorching pace that only a handful of riders were able to follow, but finally succumbed to pressure from Dani Pedrosa (Honda) on lap ten, the young Spaniard forcing his way past and taking his team-mate Nicky Hayden along for company.
Colin Edwards (3rd; + 14.634) "I got a really good start and just decided to go as fast as I could over the opening laps. I was close to losing control on a couple of occasions but I decided that I'd rather crash out of the lead today than miss my chance of finishing on the podium, which meant I just couldn't back off. I had some chatter and I could only push the bike so hard; if I went any faster than 2'00.7 then the chatter forced me to slow down, so I didn't have much choice but to hang in there! The freight train came past with Dani and Nicky but I couldn't hang on to the back, they were both just too fast. We've had some problems this weekend and I didn't expect to be on the podium but I can't thank my team, Yamaha and Michelin enough for the way they worked to put me in a competitive position. I think I scored my first podium in round four last season too, so hopefully this can be a sign to kick on from here."
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer John Hopkins scored his best ever MotoGP finish as he held on to fourth place behind Edwards. The Anglo-American star got off to a great start from the front row of the grid and ran in second place for over a third of the race before being passed by eventual winner Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden, but continued with his strong pace and chased down Colin Edwards. Hopkins tried everything to get past Edwards but just couldn’t find the extra speed from his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R to do so. After settling for his hard fought position two laps from the end, he wheelied his bike across the line in fourth place in front of his cheering crew.
Chris Vermeulen had a less happy day on his Rizla Suzuki. Starting in 12th place he fought hard with several riders early on but a mistake on lap four caused the rookie Australian to crash out. He was unhurt in the incident, but was unable to remount and carry on racing.
The Ducati challenge also faded with one-time third-placed Sete Gibernau finishing in ninth behind his team-mate Loris Capirossi.
Vermeulen in the huge pit lane in front of the giant front straight grandstands at Shanghai.
Rizla Suzuki’s John Hopkins meanwhile had a great start to the race, following Edwards’ holeshot and keeping up with the 'Texan Tornado' for practically the whole race. Whilst Edwards pulled away slightly towards the end to seal third, Hopkins' bike, tyres and nerve held out for fourth place, the highest of his career.
Casey Stoner, who dropped down to tenth at one point after running off track, impressively made his way back up to fifth to continue his run of top six finishes.
A superb battle was taking place between Konica Minolta Honda's Makoto Tamada and the Ducati Marlboro duo of Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau, which had the 32,402 Asian crowd on the edge of their seats, as he repeatedly looked to pass on the inside. A well deserved sixth place came at the expense of Marco Melandri, with Capirossi, Gibernau and Shinya Nakano closing out the top ten behind him.
Rossi’s exit from the race came after his second trip to the pits. The reigning World Champion entered the boxes on lap fifteen to have his rear tyre changed, but completed only one more lap before having to retire. Australian Chris Vermeulen was the only other retiree, crashing out early.
Victory for a clearly delighted Pedrosa puts him up to third in the overall classification, with Hayden extending his championship lead to thirteen points over Loris Capirossi.
Results Chinese MotoGP
Pole Position: Dani PEDROSA 1'59.009 159.749 Km/h
World Championship Positions:
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Dovizioso continues to occupy the top spot in the overall classification, ahead of Barbera, whilst Lorenzo drops to third after coming home in fourth place.
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"It's Alive!" - Ennio Capasa’s “Black Dogo” Monster is Born
Taking his inspiration from the American dirt-track bikes of the 1970s and 80s and their spectacular performance in rough conditions, Capasa has designed a completely unique motorcycle beast. Assisted by Simone Falcetta, a design specialist, and developed by NCR-Poggipolini, the premium builder of high performance Italian sport bikes, Capasa has inverted the typical design process. Here the designer has adapted to the off road what was originally a street bike. The new bike is perfect for the ultimate C’N’C voyage: “off the beaten track,” ready to tackle the toughest of roads.
The Black Dogo is like the Argentine Mastif, sinuous and powerful, light and tenacious. The front end of the bike is snub and aggressive, the back lean with a short, curved mudguard. The mufflers and seat are short and compact. The tank is covered by elephant leather and has elasticized bands to carry various objects and travel gear. The rear view mirrors have been substituted with video cameras and the instrument panel with a monitor: solutions up to now unavailable on a production motorcycle.
Unlike the Dogo, which is white, Capasa’s Ducati C’N’C Monster is black and metal. The fairing is matte black rubber and velvety to the touch. The black frame is bright and shiny. The headlights dark and opaque. The engine is particularly luminous. The tank’s elephant skin is black.
“I have always loved motorcycles and especially Ducatis. For this reason I began working on the Monster Dogo project right from the beginning of the C’N’C launch,” said Ennio Capasa. “My passion has led me to spend more and more time at the Ducati factory in Bologna where Ducati designs and builds its legendary sport motorcycles. Dreaming of building a Ducati C’N’C became somewhat of an obsession for me. A project that I viewed as a challenge and a privilege. Industrial design has always been central to my design interests and I think the results speak to this passion. The Black Dogo is a highly technological and futuristic motorcycle, a bike that I always craved. From the street to the off road, from the city to a dream vacation, aggressive, but sweet to ride… this is the bike I will ride for many years.”
“It is a great pleasure and true honour that a designer at the level of Ennio Capasa is inspired by our Monster S4RS,” commented Federico Minoli, President and CEO of Ducati. “It is testament to the passion and creativity that Ducati continues to enjoy in the worlds of fashion and design.”
From a FastDates.com editorial standpoint the Black Dog really is a "monster". Just adding dirt track tires on a dated street hotrod on steroids does not an offroad bike, make. What this really is, is a factory supported design project to keep cult interest alive for its quirky Monster model line until Ducati can invent and introduce a more contemporary line of street sportbikes to replace the Monsters. For an off road design study, the more versatile Ducati Multistrada would have been the place to start, while next year's new Hypermoto should form the platform for an incredile new and modern lineup of street and offroad performance bikes from the Bologna firm.
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