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The FIM Announces provisional calendar for the 2007 MotoGP World Championship:
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World's biggest Motorcycle Show INTERMOT Attracts 187,000 Visitors
Organizers said the event, held Oct. 11-15, attracted 20 percent more visitors than attended INTERMOT 2004 in Munich. However, while the Munich event was open only to consumers for two days, the Cologne event beckoned consumer attendance for its duration.
Trade visitors – non-exhibiting dealers, distributors and suppliers – accounted for about 30 percent of visitors.
Of the 1,130 suppliers who exhibited in the 120,000 square-meter space, 327 exhibitors and 18 additionally represented companies came from Germany and 734 exhibitors and 51 additionally represented companies came from 36 other countries. Fifty suppliers exhibited at the event for the first time.
While more than 50 exhibiting companies came from the U.S., the largest contingents came from Italy, Taiwan, Spain, China and France.
Xerox Renews Title Sponsorship Of Factory Ducati World Superbike Team
Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati Corse Superbike Programme Director, declared: "We are delighted to be able to continue our partnership with Xerox as it gives us the opportunity to expand and capitalise on our successful relationship. We can now look forward to our future in the World Superbike Championship with renewed vigour and in what promises to be two exciting and challenging seasons ahead. In our second year with Xerox we have won both the Riders' and Manufacturers' titles and we are sure that we will obtain further success together."
"We are very excited to see our partnership with Ducati continue," said Anthony Hyde, head of brand and marketing communications, Xerox Europe. "Our shared objectives of delivering outstanding performance, providing world class technology, and sustaining leadership make this partnership a perfect fit both on and off the track. The 2006 results speak for themselves, and we have every intention to maintain the enterprising and vibrant nature of this partnership."
Over the past two years the Ducati Xerox Team has claimed more race victories than any other team in the World Superbike Championship, with James Toseland (UK) and Regis Laconi (France) in 2005 and Troy Bayliss (Australia) and Lorenzo Lanzi (Italy) in 2006. In both 2005 and 2006 the World Superbike Championship involved 12 rounds and 24 races across three continents with approximately 1,000,000 race spectators, a TV audience of more than 2 billion worldwide viewers (cumulative) and live broadcast on 94 networks covering 173 countries.
"Through the sponsorship, Xerox has benefited enormously from a direct association with one of the world's most stylish and iconic brands, branded TV exposure to millions of viewers, an extensive hospitality programme, technology showcases at race tracks around the world and the creation of an exciting marketing platform focused on customer engagement," added Hyde. "And in 2007, the Ducati Xerox Team can proudly display ‘No. 1' on its bike again!"
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Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Lives the MotoGP Experience
Day-Lewis, a long-time motorcycling fan, enjoyed the ride hugely, especially because it gave him the ultimate insight into a sport he loves.
"That was radical, I beat my own personal heartbeat record and I think I'll be talking Martian for the next few minutes!" beamed the British actor who lives in Wicklow, Ireland. "That was just unbelievable, definitely the best cure for anyone who thinks they can ride a motorcycle. I've ridden one track day but the braking was totally different, amazing. You're used to releasing the brake as you crank into corners but Randy just kept braking all the way to the apex. And the acceleration was astonishing, you get the full measure of it down the big straight. As much as you feel the force of the braking throwing you forward, it's the opposite when he gets on the power. These guys are real athletes, Randy could probably carry the bike on his back if he wanted to!
Day-Lewis won his Academy Award for best actor in My Left Foot. His other films include Gangs of New York, Last of the Mohicans, In the Name of the Father and My Beautiful Launderette.
Next up on the two-seater was Portuguese rally champion Armindo Araujo. "That was a fantastic experience," said the former motocross rider. "The performance is incredible in every way but what really got me was the braking because in bikes you brake all the way inside the corner, it was a special."
2006 MotoGP World Championship, Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril Round 16 of 17
Elias Wins, Rossi Takes Championship Lead in Penultimate Estoril Thriller as Hayden Gets Torpedoed by Team Mate Pedrosa
Estoril, Portugal, Sunday 15th October 200- A fantastic team effort from Yamaha today saw Valentino Rossi take the lead in the MotoGP World Championship by eight points ahead of the final round of the season at Valencia, after taking second place in a race that saw Nicky Hayden (Honda) dramatically crash out at Estoril. Rossi missed out on victory by just 0.002 seconds after a photo finish with Toni Elias (Honda), the Spanish youngster slipstreaming the Italian to the line to take his maiden success in the class. Nevertheless the 20-point haul means that second place for Rossi at the final race in two weeks’ time will be enough for the title, regardless of who wins.
Colin Edwards also played a crucial role for the team today, turning in one of his best performances this season to battle with the lead group throughout the race before being forced to settle for fourth in that breathtaking finale. The Texan got a great start from the front row of the grid and fulfilled his promise to help out Rossi for the opening laps, protecting his team-mate from the attentions of Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and Hayden. Whilst Rossi tried to escape at the front, a pass by Edwards on Pedrosa for second place on lap three proved critical, as the Spaniard then became involved in a tussle with his own team-mate Hayden before sensationally colliding into the American to send them both tumbling into the gravel. Rossi and Edwards looked set for a one-two finish, mirroring their qualifying result, but a late charge from Elias, who was followed by Kenny Roberts JR (Team KR) put paid to those hopes as the top four crossed the line separated by just 0.864 seconds.
Tony Elias (Fortuna Honda) in the closing laps ahead of Rossi, followed by Edwards and Roberts.
This race will certainly go down in history as the greatest debacle in motocycle racing history as the factory HRC Repsol Honda team had the World Riders Championship in their grasp with Nicky Hayden leading the points throughout the year, and looking like he could maintain that lead against Rossi this weekend. But rather than instruct Pedrosi to support his team mate Hayden by staying behind him, the Honda team managent had no instructions and allowed Pedrosi to race and then pass Hayden on the opening lap. Hayden then repassed his team mate for 3rd place, before being taken out by Pedroas on the very next lap when Pedrosa lost the front end of his bike trying to outbrake and block Hayden on the inside of a high speed corner.
VALENTINO ROSSI (2nd ; +0.002) “I’m really happy to be finally leading the championship; this is the most important thing for today, even if I am disappointed not to have won! I made a good start and was in front after turn one, but I knew that my pace wasn’t as fast as yesterday, because it was about ten degrees colder and this gave us some problems. When I saw that Colin was behind me this made me quite relaxed because I knew he would help me as much as he could. He rode a great race and I have to say a big thank you to him, I am so sad that he’s not on the podium with me today.
It was a very hard race for me and I had to push all the way because Kenny, Toni and Colin were very fast too. Going into the last chicane I knew I had to come out in front, but then Toni was just a little bit faster than me to the line. Well done to him for his first win, he really rode a hard race today! Now we have two weeks until the final showdown, so we need to relax and stay focused and try to do another weekend like this in Valencia! Once again of course I need to thank my team and everyone involved, I think we’ve really shown today that we have real ‘team spirit’ at Yamaha and Colin and I are really lucky to be able to race in a team like this.”
Camel Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards will start the Grand Prix of Portugal from the front two places on the grid tomorrow, after a sensational qualifying practice that saw the Italian seal his fourth pole of the season with a record time of 1'36.200. Edwards was just 0.278 seconds off the pace of his team-mate to equal his best qualifying position of the campaign ahead of what promises to be a mouth-watering penultimate round.
Both riders worked hard on the race setting of their YZR-M1 machines throughout the day, building on positive recent tests at Motegi and an exhaustive first day of practice yesterday. In the morning they were second and fifth fastest but the momentum grew in the afternoon when they both dipped under the 1'38 mark on race rubber before launching their grid attack in an exciting climax to the session, Rossi setting his definitive pole time on the last of three impressive efforts.
Tomorrow's race, which gets underway at 1pm local time (CET -1), will see the reigning World Champion aim to reduce a 12-point deficit to series leader Nicky Hayden, who clinched the final front row spot in third place, before the final round of the season at Valencia in two weeks' time.
Valentino Rossi (1st - 1'36.200; 27 laps) - "With the championship as it is now I think it was fundamental to be on pole position today and for Colin to qualify second is perfect - I am really pleased for him and all his guys. We've worked hard this weekend because the right setting was quite difficult to find and all the team had to give 100% so I'm really thankful to them and to Michelin for a great tyre. Of course the important thing is tomorrow and with Hayden on the front row with us it looks like it will be a great battle for the victory. There are a lot of other riders with good pace too but for now I'm really happy with the pole position. My first two qualifying laps were quite good but the last one was unbelievable - it is so much fun to ride the M1 when it's working so well like this. Hopefully the weather will stay like this tomorrow and we can have a good show for everybody."
Colin Edwards (2nd - 1'36.478; 27 laps) - "It's a fantastic feeling to be back on the front row and running with consistent times that we know can make us competitive in the race. Hats off to my team and to Michelin as well, because we had a lot of help from them today. After Motegi we stayed and tested and finally figured out the little piece of the puzzle that has been missing all year. Now the bike feels easy to ride - I can push it to the limit, even go over the limit, and I don't know how to thank the guys enough. Personally I feel good and feel that I'm riding great. Tomorrow looks like it's going to be really interesting so hopefully I can play my part for the team and we'll see what happens."
In bright, warm conditions with a track at 36-degrees and with a 25-degree ambient temperature it was Casey Stoner (LCR Honda RC211V) who was at instant ease at the beginning of practice with this 4.182km track. The only change made since 2005 has been resurfacing of the final ‘Parabolica’ turn onto the main straight. Stoner topped the timesheet with a 1m 37.531s lap with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC211V) second quickest and Edwards third after 15 minutes had elapsed. Nicky was working hard on race set-up and a series of broadslides out of the Parabolica showed just how hard the Kentucky Kid was working his RC211V.
Casey then upped the pace with a 1m 37.403s lap as Rossi climbed to third with 40 minutes of the hour session remaining. At the half-way point the order was Stoner, Pedrosa, Rossi, Makoto Tamada (Konica Minolta Honda RC211V), and then Nicky. As the first of the field fitted qualifying rubber with 20 minutes of the hour to go it was Carlos Checa (Yamaha) who sped to the second fastest time, but he could not dislodge Stoner who then bested his own provisional pole time with a 1m 37.066s lap.
Nicky lay ninth with 15 minutes left until he turned a 1m 37.065s lap to steal the pole. But his dominance was short-lived as Rossi put in a 1m 36.627s time to hold number one slot. Then Dani pushed Rossi off the pole with a 1m 36.569s time. Hayden was into the gravel at turn six in his bid to get back onto the head of the grid and with five minutes to go John Hopkins (Suzuki) hoisted himself to third while Rossi reduced his lap time to 1m 36.200s to retake pole from Dani.
In the dying minutes Nicky got back onto the front row as second fastest man again while Stoner elevated himself to fourth before Edwards snatched second relegating Casey to fifth.
Said Nicky, only 0.349s off the pole time, “On my second qualifier I had a good lap going – that Michelin was a little bit softer – and it felt pretty good, but I got into turn six a little deep and went straight on. So on my last qualifying lap I felt a bit of heat because I knew I couldn’t afford to just completely let it hang out – I had to get in a good solid lap to try to get on the front row. This is definitely the best my bike has felt for a few races and I’m enjoying riding more this weekend than I have in a while. Tomorrow’s race is going to be a shoot-out and I think all the fans at home should get ready for it and take the phones off the hook because it’s going to be a good one.”
MotoGP television coverage caught the decisive Pedrosa / Hayden crash form 4 camera angles - this inside corner camera here, then from outside the corner, from the onboard rear facing camera of Hayden's bike and the front forward facing camera on Pedrosa's bike. The crash was all Pedrosa's fault as he tried to pass Hayden by outbraking him into the corner and lost the front end, sliding into the rear of Hayden's bike and taking out the Championship leader. The HRC Honda team manager should be fired for not issuing team orders for Pedrosa to help support Hayden's points lead in these final crucial rounds.
A race of high drama played out in front of a 41,000 crowd, with overcast skies and a track temperature of 26-degrees and an ambient 20-degrees. Rossi hit the front from the lights followed by his team-mate Colin Edwards with Dani and Nicky in close pursuit. Dani wasted no time disposing of Edwards for second while Nicky rode around the outside of the Yamaha man at turn one on the next lap.
Casey Stoner (LCR Honda RC211V) crashed on lap two taking down Sete Gibernau (Ducati) with him, while Edwards re-passed Hayden for third and then retook Pedrosa for second on lap three. Rossi meanwhile put in an early fastest lap of 1m 39.019s. The race was hotting up. Roberts, making his way through the field from a fifth row start, showed he was right on the early pace with a fastest lap of 1m 38.4 seconds, while Hayden wanted to get on terms with the two front men and barged past Pedrosa for third.
Then on lap five the incident that every team dreads unfolded. Dani outbraked himself at the same tight left turn where Nicky had passed him and lost the front end. Dani’s bike skittled Nicky and the two hit the gravel – Dani’s race over, Nicky’s title hopes compromised by the crash.
Toni Elias who had been fifth until the demise of the Repsol duo, was now third and working on Edwards for second. Roberts had now eased past Loris Capirossi (Ducati) for fourth setting another fastest lap of 1m 37.9s in the process. By mid-race distance Elias had secured second after a hard fight with Edwards and the Spanish star was now working on reducing the 1.1 second gap that Rossi held for the lead. By lap 19 of the scheduled 28 Tony was just 0.4 seconds adrift of Rossi and Roberts was shadowing Edwards who was still third.
On lap 22 Elias swooped up the inside of Rossi on the brakes at turn one before the reigning Champion grabbed back the lead on the next lap at the uphill chicane. But Roberts had now taken Edwards and then he moved on Elias for second.
The racing was close as Tony Elias (Fortuna Honda) slides inside of Rossi, followed by Kenny Roberts.
On the penultimate lap Roberts made his bid for the lead at turn one and held onto it for the lap (Kenny would later reveal he miscounted the laps and expected to see the flag at the end of that lap). But on the final tour of Estoril’s 4.182km Elias made the same move from third place taking both Rossi and Roberts in one hit.
Rossi stole second back from Roberts and then slipped past Elias at the final chicane – but Toni held his ground and kept the power down on the outside and as the pair rounded the Parabolica onto the finish straight, Elias slipped out of Rossi’s draft to win by two thousandths of a second.
The World Championship has now swung in Rossi’s favour. The Italian has 244 points to Hayden’s 236 with the final round to be played out in Valencia in two weeks time.
Elias said, “That was perfect. All weekend I had been having big problems and now I have this incredible moment. I got a good start and when Stoner crashed out and then Dani and Nicky I was on the leaders and thought I could get a podium. Then I saw that Vale was only faster in some parts and I saw an opportunity that I had to take. Thanks to everyone who is supporting me… Honda, Michelin, Fortuna, my fans… everyone.”
Roberts said, “We’d improved quite a bit from Japan and I knew if I got a good start I’d be OK, but I didn’t want to be taking anyone out so I tried to get past Rossi on the last lap. But I miscalculated and when I crossed the line I thought I’d see the chequered flag – but there was one lap to go. I probably should have pulled this one out – but I won’t make the same mistake in Valencia – if I get the chance.”
A dejected Nicky said, “It just hurts. I had a really hard race tyre on especially for the left-handers and I couldn’t believe how comfortable I felt in the first few laps. I was a lot faster than Edwards and I felt I could go and see what Valentino had. I didn’t expect Dani to pull over and let me past but I didn’t expect him to do that. We’re professionals and Dani did come by my motorhome and we shook hands. I proved this weekend that I wasn’t going to give up without a fight and even now I believe I’m still pretty strong. The World Championship is still possible.”
Dani said, “I made a mistake and I’m really sorry. It’s the first time I’ve hit another rider in my career. It’s never happened in six years and then now at the worst possible moment. I’m unhappy and so is Nicky and I just want to apologize. I wish I could change it. I braked and my rear wheel came off the ground and then when it came down again I got a little more speed and couldn’t stop the bike. I have a fractured finger but I should be OK for Valencia.”
Stoner said, “I don’t know if I lost the rear in the middle of the corner. It seemed to slip a bit and as it came back it flicked out on me. All I remember is another bike hitting me pretty hard. I think Sete’s bike smashed into the lower part of my right leg, but nothing’s broken. I was waiting to make a move and didn’t get the chance.”
MotoGP Results: (28 laps = 117.096 km)
Pole Position: Valentino ROSSI 1'36.200 156.498 Km/h
World Championship Positions:
Dovizioso Takes 250cc GP
Roberto Locatelli (Aprilia) powered away from pole to lead into turn one with Lorenzo in pursuit, Hiroshi Aoyama (KTM) holding third and with Dovi fourth. But by lap two Dovi had disposed of Aoyama to begin hounding Lorenzo for second. It took one more lap, and as Dovi began eating into Locatelli’s lead, Lorenzo was off the pace and dropping back.
Alex De Angelis (Aprilia) was now in the running by mid-race distance of this 26-lap contest and a front four of Dovi, Locatelli, Aoyama and De Angelis would now fight for the win while Yuki Takahashi (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW) and Marco Simoncelli (Gilera) relegated Lorenzo to seventh.
The final laps were a master-class in race tactics from Dovi. He led into turn one on the final lap, using his Honda’s superb stability under braking, and then rode defensively while De Angelis and Aoyama fought for second. Dovi got superb drive out of the final turn to cross the line just one hundredth of a second ahead of Aoyama in second and De Angelis third.
Lorenzo eventually finished fifth ahead of Takahashi in sixth, while Shuhei Aoyama (Repsol Honda RS250RW) retired with machine trouble with 11 laps remaining. Aprilia leads the Constructors’ World Championship by 332 points to Honda’s 280 points.
Dovi said, “I’m so happy to win here, but I had problems with my visor and couldn’t see that well. Under braking, that made things so difficult. But I managed to go fast enough to get the result I needed here and we now have some hope going to Valencia.”
250cc Results: (26 laps = 108.732 km)
Pole Position: Roberto LOCATELLI 1'41.511 148.311 Km/h
World Championship Positions:
British Superbike, Race of the Year
Rizla Suzuki's New Provisional Riders Walker and Crutchlow
Malory Park, England, Oct 15, 2006 - Rizla Suzuki’s Chris Walker led from start-to-finish to win The Race of the Year at Mallory Park today and was followed home in second place by his team mate Cal Crutchlow. Riding with the aim of securing a permanent seat in the Rizla Suzuki team for 2007, Walker started from second place on the grid to take the holeshot and was never challenged during the 20-lap race.
Crutchlow, on his debut ride for Rizla Suzuki, dominated practice and despite a crash late in qualifying took his maiden Superbike pole position. His number one bike was repaired but he pulled in after his warm up lap to switch to his spare GSX-R1000 for the race. He enjoyed a battle with Yamaha’s Billy McConnell before eventually pipping him to the post for runners-up spot.
The Race of the Year was the final race for Rizla Suzuki in 2006. The team’s next outing is at Valencia in Spain on November 1st and 2nd when it will debut test its all-new 2007 GSX-R1000 race bike. Crutchlow will be joined by his team mate for next season and they will test alongside an exclusive group of MotoGP riders. An announcement on who will partner Cal Crutchlow in the Rizla Suzuki team in 2007 is imminent.
Chris Walker: “Hats off to the Rizla Suzuki team for working so hard to give me a bike I could win with today. It’s a lot to ask to jump on a new bike with unfamiliar tyres at a circuit that I haven’t visited for six years and to win; and much of the credit for the result must go to the quality of the team supporting me."
“It’s great to be back in Britain and winning again. The crowd has been brilliant and I want to thank all the fans for turning out to cheer me on. I hope I have done enough to prove to Rizla Suzuki that I am the right person for the job in 2007.”
Cal Crutchlow: “During the warm-up lap something felt a little off with my bike, perhaps caused by my crash earlier in the day during qualifying. I switched to my spare bike and despite it being set up exactly the same, it felt slightly different and that was the difference between Chris and me today.
“I am disappointed not to have won, but overall I am happy because on my debut Superbike ride for Rizla Suzuki I have scored a pole position and second place - you can’t be bad to that. Being a Superbike rider is simply brilliant, I’m loving every minute of it and the Rizla Suzuki team is fantastic to work with. I can’t wait until we start testing in earnest.”
Simon Buckmaster - Team Manager: “It’s been a good day for Rizla Suzuki and I’m delighted with the performance of the riders and the team as a whole. It’s great for the new staff to win on their first weekend racing and it’s an encouraging start for Cal to take a podium on his step up from Supersport to Superbike. Well done to the whole Rizla Suzuki team.
“Chris did a great job today and we will be reviewing who will partner Cal in the team for 2007 over the next week.
“This is the first step in Rizla Suzuki’s preparations for the 2007 season and we will be taking the next one at Valencia in just over two week’s time when we start our winter test programme.”
Mallory Park Race of the Year Results: 1: Chris Walker (Rizla Suzuki) 17:29.314, 2: Cal Crutchlow (Rizla Suzuki) +7.764, 3: Billy McConnell (Yamaha) +8.009, 4: Peter Hickman (Kawasaki) +14.126, 5: John McGuinness (Honda) +20.419, 6: Ian Hutchinson (Kawasaki) +34.176.
Many of the uniquely original custom motorcycles designed by Russ and built at his shop, Downtown Harley-Davidson, Seattle, were regularly featured in the Iron & Lace Custom Motorcycle Pinup Calendars photographed and produced by Jim Gianatsis, Gianatsis Design Associates, during the years 1996 to 2001. And while much of his worked centered on building custom Harley roadbikes for his store's customers, Russ actually designed and built more inovative, origional American V-twin powered sportbike designs than any other builder or manufacturer in America has, including Buell or Confederate. It was only because the American V-twin media ignored Russ' sportbike designs, and the sportbike media ignored his bikes because they were American V-Twin powered, that Russ has remain unnoticed in the sportbike community.
From kindergarten through high school, Russ Tom attended Seattle Christian Schools. There, his knack for motorcycle design accelerated. His early custom bikes included a chopperized 1972 Honda CB750. Together with his dad they originated the “Coffin” style gas tank which became part of custom bike building culture during the time and spread worldwise.
“Russ was my favorite builder to be featured in the Iron & Lace Calendar during those years,” remembers Iron & Lace calendar photographer Jim Gianatsis, “and remains today one of the most innovative and exciting custom V-Twin bike builders of all time. Each one of his show bikes was original, unique, beautiful and exciting in their own way, whether it was a full-bodied custom or a hot rod sportbike theme. Russ’ bikes were so totally original and creative, not looking like anything that came before them, and many of his designs have yet to be equaled, still, after 10 years.”
A complete about face from his radical full bodied customs, this Big Twin powered naked sportbike with full sportbike suspension and brakes, featuring under dual exhausts, looks just as inovative today as when we shot in for the 1999 iron & Lace Calendar with beautiful Tiffany Gramza outside at night in the pouring rain.
If you ever saw a new Russ Tom designed bike for the first time, you wouldn’t recognize it as one of his bikes, just because it would always be so different and unique from what Russ had done before it. Additional story & photos in Iron & Lace News. "Thanks for a great ride, Russ!" - Jim Gianatsis