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Yet again, Ducati North America is pleased to offer Ducati-only parking on the Island. Read on to find out all you need to know about obtaining a parking pass for your Ducati!
IMPORTANT: Please carefully read through the information and guidelines below in order to guarantee proper use of your parking pass and a smooth trip to the track and the Island.
In order to continue the tradition of Ducati parking on the Island for future races, it’s imperative that everyone read and abide by the following guidelines:
GENERAL INFORMATION & GUIDELINES:
• You must have a parking pass to park on the Island but a parking band does not necessarily guarantee you a spot on the Island. There are a limited number of parking spots available and they are first-come, first-serve with a valid parking pass.
HOW TO OBTAIN A DUCATI ISLAND PARKING PASS:
June 23-24th 2006
The SportClassics are motorcycles that capture the essential beauty, timeless style and emotion of the Engineer Fabio Taglioni's original Ducati sport bikes of the 1970s. While retaining the best of the past, they have been developed using the latest technology and engineering, creating a range of thoroughly modern motorcycles that live up to today's standards of road-going performance.
The Paul Smart 1000 LE, Sport 1000, and GT 1000 are powered by the outstanding Desmo 1000DS engine. The torquey air-cooled 90° L-Twin is the perfect match to power these bikes. The cylinders with their traditional cooling fins and classic "L" configuration are direct descendents of the original Taglioni design. Slim between the legs and exposed for all to see, the latest two-valve Desmo system, fuel-injection and computer controlled engine management ensure that the 1000 DS engine is powerful, dependable and thrilling to ride.
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Rossi Scores 2nd Consecutive Victory at a Barcelona Crash Fest
Casey Stoner (Honda) repeated the excellent start he got at the first race start, taking the hole-shot and then leading over the first eight laps before eventually folding under constant pressure from Rossi and sliding into the gravel. With extremely high temperatures and low grip levels several other riders also crashed out, leaving Nicky Hayden (Honda) as the only man capable of chasing the Italian. With less than a second separating the pair for most of the race, Rossi turned on the style with typical flair in the closing stages and had opened out a 4.509 second advantage over the American when he took the chequered flag.
With no fewer than eight riders failing to make it to the end of the race it was a credit to Rossi’s team-mate Colin Edwards that he arrived home in fifth place, collecting some valuable championship points and more crucial data with the new version of the YZR-M1 chassis that was available to him on both bikes for the first time this season. The American’s compatriots Hayden and Kenny Roberts (Team KR) completed the podium.
“The start of the race was hard for everybody,: said Rossi, "because we were all very worried about the riders who crashed – especially Marco Melandri because we could see his accident was a bad one. Just before the start Doctor Costa told me that Marco was more or less ok and I was very relieved. Even then it was tough to concentrate on re-starting the race. I made a mistake at the start and Stoner came past me, but my bike was working so well that I was able to push from the beginning and when the fuel came down it was even better.
I knew that some of the other riders were having trouble with their tyres but my team have done a great job with Michelin this weekend and I had lots of grip to the end. Hayden pushed very hard but I kept my pace up and was able to extend the advantage over him. The M1 has been so much fun to ride all weekend and I want to say a big thank you to the whole team for getting it to this stage. To win at two of my favourite tracks like Mugello and Catalunya is a big, big satisfaction for me.”
Rossi Dodges the Rain to Lead Day One in Catalunya
Valentino Rossi continued on the comeback trail on the first day of practice, finishing as the fastest rider with a lap of 1’42.837. The Camel Yamaha man has been one of the most successful riders in the history of the Circuit de Catalunya, and knows that a win is essential for his championship aspirations.
The second practice session went ahead without interruptions, although the track was slowly drying after a sudden downpour soaked 125cc practice. Having put in the fastest lap of the first free practice, Kenny Roberts Jr. benefited from the slower second session to finish the day in second position overall. The American was just ahead of home rider Dani Pedrosa, another rider with a formidable record in Catalunya.
The last time Colin Edwards came to the Montmelo Circuit he left as the proud owner of a brand new BMW M ZX Roadster, courtesy of a victory in a special qualifying session back at the Official Test in March. On day one of practice the Texan Tornado clocked the fourth fastest time, ahead of Australian duo Chris Vermeulen and Casey Stoner. John Hopkins continued the impressive form of the Suzuki team, with a seventh place in the combined standings.
Championship leader Loris Capirossi clocked the eighth fastest time of the day, with third and second placed championship riders Marco Melandri and Nicky Hayden completing the top ten.
The paddock also welcomed two of Spain’s biggest rallying stars this afternoon, with Citroen driver Xevi Pons and KTM Dakar rider Isidre Esteve experiencing some of the excitement of the World Championship. The raid and rally drivers made the most of their time at the track, shooting the breeze with fellow countryman Toni Elias in the Fortuna Honda box.
Rossi heads MotoGP grid for Catalunya -his first pole since 2005
A rider with a history of success at the Circuit de Catalunya, Valentino Rossi will start tomorrow’s crucial race at the head of the field, taking the 31st premier class pole of his illustrious career. The Camel Yamaha rider justified his position as the favourite for tomorrow’s Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya by storming round the track in a time of 1’41.855, the fastest that he has ever ridden around the Montmelo track. The early stages of the qualifying session saw Rossi take a trip onto the grass, before he came back to take the spectacular pole.
Valentino Rossi (1st - 1'41.855; 26 laps) - "I am really, really happy - it is a big satisfaction to be back on pole after such a long time. The bike has been working really well all weekend and I have to say a big 'thank you' to everybody at Yamaha and all my engineers because they have worked so hard to build this new chassis and then make it work so well in such a short space of time. I said yesterday that we have been able to work in a normal way and this meant that today I was able to focus on finding a good setting for the qualifying tyre and putting some fast laps in at the end. It is the first time I have had this pleasure in a long time and to do it at this track is amazing because it is so much fun to ride here. There are some tough riders out there but I have a special feeling in front of these fans. They always treat me so well and I want to put on a good show for them tomorrow."
Second place on the grid goes to John Hopkins, the Suzuki rider also breaking the 1’42 barrier on a great day for the team.
Another rider delighted with his qualifying performance will be Kenny Roberts Jr, one of the most prominent riders during the previous three sessions at the Catalunya Track. On board his father's KR211V machine with the Honda engine, the American former World Champion takes his first front row start since Donington 2004, third on the grid.
Chris Vermeulen earned his best dry weather qualifying position of 2006, putting two Suzuki bikes in the first four whilst Shinya Nakano continued his fine run of qualifying form with a fifth position on the Kawasaki.
Championship leader Loris Capirossi rounds off the second row for tomorrow’s race, ahead of closest rival Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner and late crasher Marco Melandri on row 3. French rider Randy de Puniet completes the top ten ahead of home rider Dani Pedrosa who disappointed in qualifying despite having shown good pace throughout the weekend.
LORIS CAPIROSSI, 6th fastest, 1m 42.247s - "Considering the way I rode that last lap, I think I deserved better than sixth place! But sixth means the second row and that's not so bad. We are still working on our bike set-up, it's more difficult than usual, and I'm pushing harder on the track, which means it's easy to make mistakes. There are other Bridgestone bikes faster than us, so we still have some improvements to make. Even so, I'm satisfied, not with our qualifying performance, but with the way we have worked so far. This morning I was the only guy who did 18 laps on race tyres and my lap times were pretty good. Bridgestone have made a very big step forward at this track. My best lap today would have given me pole last year and my race pace this morning would have put me on the podium last year. Obviously everyone has improved since then but while we were in real difficulties here last year, we are now in a position where we can do something. Anyway, we must believe in ourselves and I am determined as ever. Tomorrow I will give 100 per cent until the chequered flag."
Rossi Wins Accident-Strewn MotoGP Race
Contact between Ducati team-mates Sete Gibernau and Loris Capirossi caused both riders to hit the deck, taking with them Marco Melandri, John Hopkins and Randy de Puniet all fell, with the former’s condition causing particular concern to onlookers. Melandri, Gibernau and Capirossi were all taken to hospital in Barcelona, where they will undergo tests. First impressions are that all three are not seriously injured, Gibernau suffering a fractured collarbone, Melandri a dislocated acromion and Capirossi abdominal contusions.
Inspection of the race video revealed that the two Ducati riders converved on each other as they set up for the first corner. Giberneau was was to the left rear of Capirossi, and Giberneau's front brake lever was jammed into the full position as they contacted eahc other, sending Giberneau's bike into a cartwheeling wheelstand which took at least six bikes from behind incuding the Championship points leader Capirossi.
Casey Stoner leads Rossi and hayden through Turn One as Giberneau (65 sliding off the track) takes out a third of the field to stop the race. Click for the Fast Dates.com Pit Lane News BIG PICTURE
Nicky Hayden continued his impressive record of podium finishes, following on from his third place in Mugello to take second at the Circuit de Catalunya. The Repsol Honda rider was out on his own for the last portion of the race, not quite close enough to challenge Rossi for the win but under no real pressure from the riders behind him.
The Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya was the most successful race of the season for Rizla Suzuki, with Chris
Makoto Tamada came in seventh, with Carlos Checa, James Ellison, Alex Hofmann and Jose Luis Cardoso the other riders to finish the race.
There was disappointment for home rider Dani Pedrosa, who had to retire after making contact with Kenny Roberts Jr. The Spaniard was joined on the sidelines by Casey Stoner, who slid off the track from second place after having led from the restart. Shinya Nakano was shown the black flag for not restarting from the back of the grid when he changed machines, completing a frustrating day for Kawasaki Racing, the team having already seen their French rider Randy de Puniet crash out.
Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda: 2nd. “Sure I want to win, but I’m kinda happy with being able to run that pace today because I’ve struggled a bit all weekend. I was 10th in the warm up this morning and 10th on Friday, and I knew today that when the light went out I really had to find some speed and really dig in to recover as best I could. So I was really happy to be able to raise my game. There was a lot of drama at the first corner, but I just had to stay focussed, that’s my job, and luckily it seems like everyone’s ok, which is really important. Rossi was playing today – he had more in the tank and was saving his tyres so I knew it was going to be hard to stay with him at the end of the race, especially the hotter it got out there because that made traction an even bigger issue. I wanted to be smart and stay consistent today – I can’t afford to have any off-days. Somewhere along the way consistency won’t be enough though - I want to win some races.”
Pole Position: Valentino ROSSI 1'41.855 167.072 Km/h
World Championship Positions:
Lorenzo had charged through on the final five laps after lying several seconds down on the front group, eventually taking second when De Angelis and Locatelli touched going into the first turn, the former 125cc World Champion Locatelli running wide and out of contention for the podium.
Bostrom, who was fastest at the test here in Utah earlier this season, was very competitive with the other riders on race tires at the new circuit. "The lap time seemed to come pretty easily after we got everything sorted out," said Bostrom. "We stuck the hardest race tire Dunlop had for the whole session. We were looking to prepare for the race and it's going to be a long 21 laps. It was good for us to get up on the front row, even if qualifying isn't decided yet and there is still a session in the morning. I'm stoked to be on the front row but we still have a lot of work to do."
Neil Hodsgon followed three places later in the order. The Englishman set his quick lap on his 13th time around the circuit. "We had some issues today and weren't really happy with the way the session went. It seemed the time really flashed by us and that the session lasted about five minutes," said Neil, the former World Superbike champion. "We know what gearing we'll use and we should be able to pull it together for the race. We have a direction to work in the morning. In qualifying, we'll try to get as many laps as possible."
Tomorrow's race, the inaugural AMA Superbike event at Miller Motorsports Park, begins at 3:50 local time.
Qualifying times: 1. Mat Mladin, Suzuki 1:49.694 2. 2. Ben Spies, Suzuki 1:49.962 3. Jake Zemke, Honda 1:50.332 4. Ben Bostrom, Parts Unlimited Ducati Team 1:50.403 5. Tommy Hayden, Kawasaki 1:50.938 6. Aaron Yates, Suzuki 1:51.252 7. Neil Hodgson, Parts Unlimited Ducati 1:51.315 8. Miguel Duhamel, Honda 1:51.371 9. Jason Pridmore, Suzuki 1:52.779 10. Larry Pegram, Honda 1:52.996
Suzuki's Spies and Mladin fight with Bostrom and Hodgson for Superbike Win at Miller Motorsports
Bostrom, who qualified on the front row, was a key factor in the exciting scrap for the lead at the 3.048-mile circuit. He moved up to third spot on lap 15 and never relented the position, despite a challenge by Jake Zemke.
"It feels good to get back on the box," said Bostrom, the 1998 series champion. "It has been a while since I've been up here and to do it in an exciting race like this one means even more. The pace was really fast. My plan was to stay with the lead pack and wait until the last five laps and then move to the front. We didn't quite get to there, but it's great to get back on the podium for Ducati. I can't wait for tomorrow and the rest of the season."
Neil's finish helped solidify his fourth place rank in the current AMA Superbike points standings.
"We were fourth today despite a few problems," said Hodgson. "I would have liked to have been up there with Ben today and his performance was encouraging for the team. Still, we got a good finish. Tomorrow, we'll make some changes and look forward to racing again."
"Ben rode a great race and stuck with the leaders nearly the whole time," said team owner Terry Gregoricka. "We needed a boost and Ben gave it to us. He had a good shot at the win and really tried hard. Neil was fourth and managed to earn the next spot for the team, so it was a good day."
Saturday Results: 1. Ben Spies, Suzuki 2. Mat Mladin, Suzuki 3. Ben Bostrom, Parts Unlimited Ducati 4. Neil Hodgson, Parts Unlimited Ducati 5. Tommy Hayden, Kawasaki 6. Aaron Yates, Suzuki 7. Miguel Duhamel, Honda 8. Jake Zemke, Honda 9. Jason Pridmore, Suzuki 10. Jake Holden, Suzuki
Jake Zemke Puts Honda on Top for the First Time this year, on Sunday
"It's been a year and a half of hard work and the guys never stopped working and that's what paid off today," Zemke said after his third career AMA Superbike win. "Nobody's lost their drive or their motivation during
Zemke set the tone for the weekend by challenging for the win on Saturday. The Californian was bumped out of the lead on the 15th of 21 laps, dropping from first to fourth. While fighting his way back to the front, Zemke
Sunday's race was stopped on the ninth of 21 laps when corner workers suspected oil on the track. Zemke was second at the time after his team had worked hard to replicate the Honda CBR1000RR he'd ridden to such good
Behind second-placed Mladin came Saturday's winner, Ben Spies, in third. Fourth went to a determined Duhamel. Still not 100% physically, Duhamel fought back after being passed by Tommy Hayden (Kaw) on the final lap and came within just over a second of joining teammate Zemke on the podium.
Jake Zemke 8th Saturday, 1st Sunday - About Saturday: Matt got inside me going up into the little 'S' section up
Jake on Sunday: I just tried to do what I was wanting to do yesterday which was just wait until the last five laps and really put my head down and try to make a break and today it worked. Luckily, I was able to run a couple of
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The first ever street legal MotoGP bike, the Desmosedici RR (left) offers 200+ Horsepower and is as true to its MotoGP6 works bike predecessor (right) as cost and streetability will allow. Note the offset cat-eye headlights to not elimimnate the nose air scoup or revert to a center headlight like the Japanese superbikes. We think the bike is awsome and hope the next generation Ducati V-Twin Superbike will look just like this.
The Ultimate 200+ HP Desmo Experience
June 1st, 2006, Mugello, Italy - Ducati has chosen the magical atmosphere of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello to launch the Desmosedici RR production prototype. The dream of a true GP replica has finally come true and the Desmosedici RR will be the first-ever road-going motorcycle to offer such a stunning wealth of performance and technology that comes directly from Ducati's experience in MotoGP. The RR derives from the Ducati Corse Grand Prix racing Desmosedici GP6, the same bike with which Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau are competing with in the 2006 MotoGP World Championship.
More Desmosedici - Technical Specifications, Pictures, Screesavers
Sands Takes Down Rooke in 2006 Discovery Biker Build Off
May 1st - On May 1st at Willow Springs Raceway, former AMA MotoGP champ and custom motorcycle innovator Roland Sands, defeated fellow master builder Jesse Rooke, in the 2006 season premiere of Discovery Channel’s popular Biker Build Off series, scheduled for broadcast this coming August. Both Jesse and Roland are featured builders in the FastDates.com Calendars, and at the annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show where they conduct free Iron & Lace Calendar Builder's Seminars. Both builders will be in attendance at this year's July 15-16th Show.
For the 2006 season, Biker Build Off’s producers decided to provide a twist to the program’s format, incorporating a competitive racing component that, for the first time, truly measured both the form and function of these one-of-a-kind two-wheel works of art. Sands and Rooke were pitted against each other in a two-out-of-three challenge featuring three separate events to determine an overall champion: a road race challenge, a dirt-track challenge and a classic quarter-mile drag race. When it was all said and done, the former AMA champ Sands proved victorious.
MEOW! Oh my god, how Purrfect is this? But are you man enough like Biker Build off and Build or Bust star Russell Mitchell to survive it for 4 hours on Saturday with even more beautiful girls, and then again on Sunday!
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Purrfect Angelz highlight 2006 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show July 15-16th!
Los Angeles, March 1st, 2006 - So why does Russell Mitchell, star of TV's Build or Bust and featured custom bike builder in our Iron & Lace Custom Motorcycle Pinup Calendar, have such a big smile on his face?
It's because we just told him all those beautiful girls he's posing with of the famed Purrfect Angelz show group will be performing all weekend long in expanded performances guaranteed to decimate attendees at America's premier custom and performance streetbike event, The Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycles Show on the July 15-16th weekend, 2006,
The biggest performance day for the Angelz at this year's Show will take place on Saturday the 15th, where the previous two 20-minute show sets will now serve just as a warm up teaser for 3, yes that's THREE different 1-Hour Purrfect Angelz Stage Shows! from their 3 different world and cross country tours. For complete details go to LA Calendar Motorcycle Show.
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