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Feb 23   Qatar Doha/Losail
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April 27  Assen, NL
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July 22   Brno CZ
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2008 MotoGP
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Mar 30    Spain Jerez
April 13   Portugal, Spain
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2007 MotoGP
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Meet Santa's Newest Christmas Kittens, Amber and Tiffany!
Dec 20th - We'd like to introduce you to two of our newest Calendar Kittens just in time for Christmas! Above on the left is Amber Lancaster from Yacoma, WA, warming up our studio by getting cheek-to-cheek with Tiffany Tooth from Anaheim Hills, CA. Both girls are professional models working in Los Angeles who have just finished shooting for the new 2009 FastDates.com Calendars which will be premiering this coming July.

This shot with the Santa's outfits was part of Amber and Tiffany's very sexy 2009 Garage Girls shoot where things got so hot we had to throw them out in the snow for a few minutes to cool things down! But don't worry, we guarantee you'll still blow a gasket when you see them strip down to loosen a few nuts...and bolts.

Just to show we know how to pick the best models to be Calendar Kittens, Tiffany has also been doing a lot of modeling the last year for the Playboy.com website, as well as the Playboy Newstand Special Editions. A number of months ago she was also selected as an upcoming Playboy magazine Playmate and she went through days of extensive shooting and video tapeing for her Playmate Pictorial. Unfortunately, though, no month has yet been selected if or when or if her Playmate Pictoiral will appear.

If you attended our 2007 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show you got to meet Tiffany in person, and she will be back with us again at the 2008 Calendar Bike Show on July 12-13th helping to premier the new 2009 FastDates.com Calendars where Tiffany is also featured in Fast Dates and Iron & Lace. In fact, Tiffany's Iron & Lace Calendar shoot with a sexy black MercuryCustom.com bike built by Joe Takai was down down at the Queen Mary Bike Show venue this past October and one of those fantastic pictures is featured in the marketing campaign for the 2008 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend.

Meanwhile, you can see a lot more of our beautiful Calendar Kitten Tiffany Toth in her Meet the Models profile and in some very revealing pictorials in Members Corner.

troy Bayliss Ducati 1098F08Troy Bayliss turned quickest time the last day in World Superbike testing at Losail last month on the new Ducati 1098F08.

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2008 Roadracing Rider and Team Line Ups, Race Schedules
Max Biaggi on works Ducati in Huge SBK Line Up

Here's a look at the rider seat changes and confirmed lineup of teams and riders in World SBK and AMA Superbike and MotoGP for 2008. We will be add more teams and riders weekly as they confirm.
In the left sidebar are all the 2008 season MotoGP, SBK, BSB and AMA race dates and venues.

2007 Roadracing Teams
2007 World Superbike

Ducati Corse: Troy Bayliss, Lorenzo Lanzi
Ducati Sterilgarda: Ruben Xaus

Honda Ten Kate
: James Toseland, Roberto Rolfo
Honda D.F.X. Corse: Luca Morelli, Michel Fabrizio

Yamaha Italy
: Noriyuki Haga, Troy Corser

Suzuki Alstare: Yukio Kagayama, Bax Biaggi
Kawasaki PSG-1: Regis Laconi, Fonsi Nieto

Suzuki Germany: Max Neukirchne

2007 World MotoGP
Ducati Corse: Loris Capirossi, Casey Stoner
Ducati d'Antin: Alex Barros, Aex Hoffman
Yamaha Japan: Valentino Rossi, Colin Edwards
Yamaha Tech 3: Sylvain Guintoli
Suzuki Japan: Chris Vermeulen, John Hopkins

Kawasaki Japan:
Randy de Puniet, Anthony West
Honda Japan: Nicky Hayden, Dani Padrosa
Honda Minolta:
Shinya Nakano
Honda Gresini: Tony Elias
Honda LCR: Carlos Checa
Honda Roberts:
Kurtis Roberts

2007 AMA Superbike
Suzuki Yoshimura: Matt Mladin, Ben Spies
Suzuki Jordan: Aaron Yates, Jake Holden
Honda American: Miguel DuHammel, Jake Zemke

Yamaha USA: Eric Bostrom, Jason DiSalvo
Kawasaki USA:
Roger Lee Hayden, Jamie Hacking
MV Agusta Ferracci: Matt Lynn, Lucca

2007 BSB British Superbike
Honda HM Plant: Ryuichi Kiyonari - reigning champ

2008 Roadracing Teams
2008 World Superbike

Ducati Corse: Troy Bayliss, Michel Fabrizio

Ducati Sterilgarda: Ruben Xaus, Max Biaggi
Ducati Guandalini: Jakub Smrz
Ducati RG:
Lorenzo Lanzi
Honda Ten Kate
: Kent Sofulguo, Carlos Checa,   Ryuichi Kiyonari - reigning 2-time BSB Champion
Honda D.F.X. Corse: Karl Muggeridge, Russell Holland
Honda Paul Bird
: Gregorio Lavilla - BSB Champion
Honda Hannspree Althea:
Roberto Rolfo
Yamaha Italy
: Noriyuki Haga, Troy Corser

Yamaha GMT94 Europe: David Checa, Sebastian    Gimbert
Yamaha Grillni: Loic Napoleone
Suzuki Alstare: Fonsi Nieto, Yukio Kagayama,
   Max Neukircher

Kawasaki PSG-1: Regis Laconi, Makoto Tamada
Kawasaki Pedercini: Vittorio Ianuzzo, Ayrton    Badovini
Suzuki Germany
: Andreas Meklau

2008 World MotoGP

Ducati Corse: Casey Stoner
, Marco Melandri
Ducati d'Antin: Tony Elias, Sylvain Guintoli
Ducati other : Guareschi, Canepa, Itoh
Yamaha Japan: Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo
Yamaha Tech 3: James Toseland, Colin Edwards
Suzuki Japan: Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi,
   and non'conflicting AMA races with Ben Spies

Kawasaki Japan: John Hopkins, Anthony West
Honda Japan
: Nicky Hayden, Dani Padrosa

Honda Minolta:
Honda Gresini:
Shinya Nakano, Alex de Angelis
Honda LCR: Randy de Puniet
JiR Scot Honda: Andrea Dovizioso

2008 AMA Superbike
Suzuki Yoshimura: Matt Mladin, Ben Spies
Suzuki Jordan: Aaron Yates, Geof May
Honda American
: Miguel DuHammel, Neil Hodgson

Yamaha USA: Eric Bostrom, Jason DiSalvo
Kawasaki USA:
Roger Lee Hayden, Jamie Hacking

2008 BSB British Superbike
Honda HM Plant: Leon Haslam, Cal Crutchlow
Suzuki Rizla: Tom Sykes, Atsushi Watanabe - reigning    Japanese Superbike Champion
Ducati Airwaves: Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, Leon Camier
Yamaha: Rob McElnea
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Fonzi Nieto Alstare Corona SuzukiThe Fonz is part of Alstare Suzuki's new larger 3-man team for 2008.

Casey Stoner and Ducati, The Front Runners Again for 2008

Casey Stoner will be, without a doubt, the man to beat again in MotoGP for the upcoming 2008 season after he took the 2007 title in dominate fashion. The 22-year old Aussie made the transistion this past year as a promising, yet inconsistant freshman in the premier class of motorcycle roadracing to a mature World Champion on an underdoag brand of bike unfazed by the best the world had to offer.

It all started in 2001 when Stoner's family brought him to England from their home Down Under, hoping to capitalize on his promising dirt track career. His future was quickly tapped fr success when he scored a wild-card ride at Donnington park that year. That ride gained him the recognition and a permanent ride the following year 2002 in MotoGP, first in the 250cc class under the guidance of Lucio io Cecchinello.

But it was until the following year 2003, when Casey dropped down into the 125cc class, that the paddock would really take notice of this rising star who carded four podiums and a win at the final round of the season. Then in 2004 he returned with KTM to battle for the 125cc title, giving them their first Grand prix victory and casey finishing 5th in the Championship.

The 2005 season saw Stoner return to the LCR team in the 250cc class and batle his old stablemate Dani Pedrosa for the quarter/litre title, winning five races on an Aprilia. That was more than enouch for the LCR team to move him up to the MotoGP class aboard a Honda RC211V the next year.

His rookie year in MotoGP would see Casey exhibitiing flashes of brilliance mixed with disapointing crashes. His standout moments included pole position at just his second race at Qatar, followed by his race to near victory in Turkey with Marco Melandri just nipping him at the finish. His showing was good enoough to catch the attention of Ducati, who wanted a young charger to replace veteran Troy Bayliss who was need back in World Superbike.

Casey's maiden MotoGP victory at the first race at Qatar was a self-confessed suprise for both Stoner, and Ducati who didn't expect their bike to be as competitive as it would prove in the new 800cc formula, but further victories at Turkey and China proved this wasn't a fluke. Stoner's standout performance at Catalunya, where he battled wheel-to-wheel with 5-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, will go down as one of the greatest races in motoGP history. And he continued to dominate the mid-season with pole-to-checkered victories at Laguna Seca, Bruno and ducati's home turf at Misano.

2007 World Championship glory was confirmed for Stoner at the fifth round before the final race, where a now lackluster finish of just of sixth place for the Aussie at Motegi in Japan, his lowest placing of the year, was more than enough to secure the title. It was the culmination of a dream that had taken his and his famiy around the world, saw him married, and become the most successful rider in MotoGP under the reign of legend Valentino Rossi.

Casey's homecoming at Phillip Island.

There was still some unfinsihed business for Stoner with four rounds left on the 2007 calendar, the most important of which was his homecoming at Phillip Island. There Casey underlined his title triumph with the first of three more victoies in the final quartet of races, much to the delight of the record crowd who turned out to support their native son at his local track.

The 2007 season did end on somewhat of a down note for our new World Champion, who suffered a shoulder injury in a crash on day 2 of a 3-day final season testing of the new Ducati Descosedici GP8 at Jarez, bringing his year to an end one day early. Caseye suffered torn shouder ligaments, which thankfully did not require surgery, and it is expected he will return to early season testing, then racing when the 2008 MotoGP Championship begins again in March 2008. It was regretable that Casey did miss the huge Ducati homecoming celebration in Bologna for Italy's first MotoGP Championship manufacturer since MV Agusta back in the 1960s.

The only question to remain unanswered for now is, what bike and rider combination will be abe to step up in 2008 and match the pace and consistancy of Casey Stoner and the Ducati Desmosedici?

Taylor Nominated for Grammy as Best New Artist of the Year
Dec 6th - Our girl Taylor who just turned 18 years old ths month has been nominated among the Best New Artists for 2007 by the Grammy Awards! The nomination list includes Feist, Ledisi, Paramore, Amy Winehouse and Taylor Swift. With Taylor's ongoing string of hits and her freshman albulm which has gone triple platinum, we have no dout that Taylor will take home the award. The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will take center stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10, 2008, on CBS. However, we'll get to see Taylor before then in a featured concert in Bakersfield, CA, on January 19th

Taylor Swift to Announce Grammy Nominees
Taylor Swift will be traveling to Hollywood on December 6 to help read the nominations for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. Taylor will join R&B singer/songwriter Akon, 27-time Grammy winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones and two-time Grammy-winning group Linkin Park in announcing the nominations. More presenters will be announced soon. Grammy season officially kicks off with the nominations announcement.

Make it a Taylor Swift Christmas!
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And now you can make it a Taylor Swift Christmas with these two great music packages just released this month. Just click on the album covers to find out more and to order.

Taylor Swift special editin music CD and music video DVD

Taylor Swift - Special Edition CD and DVD
This is a must have new 2-disc set, featuring on the music CD the original 11 songs from Taylor's initial album release, plus 3 all-new songs - I'm Only Me When I'm With You, Invisible, and A Perfectly Good Heart. The song Invisible, which we heard Taylor perform at her live concerts this past summer, is sure to reach the Top Ten Singles Charts if and when it is released on its own. Also included here is a separate DVD with all 3 of Taylor's hit music videos, the behind the scenes making of the videos, home movie taken and edited by Taylor, and a excellent GAC TV 22-min documentary made in 2006 on Taylor's self driven rise from an 11-year old schoolgirl to the hottest new singer songwriter in music today

Taylor Swift Sound of the Season music CD Taylor Swift - Sounds of the Season CD
Every top music star releases a Christmas album at some point in their career, but for Taylor to release hers as still a 17-year old in just the second year of her career along with writing, producing and performing her other music CDs, music videos, still finishing high school, traveling on a 9-month weekly concert tour across America, and appearing on TV awards pogroms as often as possible is pretty amazing. This 6-song CD includes 2 new original Taylor Swift Christmas songs, George Michael's Last Christmas, Taylor's totally revised, nearly unrecognizable and excellent version of Silent Night, and the classic sexy Santa Baby in a perky schoolgirl style.

2008 Pirelli Calendar
Pirelli pays homage to China with its 2008 Calendar

Shanghai, China Dec 2007 - The 35th edition of the iconic Pirelli Calendar, the first to be photographic and premiered int Asia, sees the Italian tire giant Pirelli gives reverence to the world's 2nd largest and fastest growing industrial nation. And certainly the biggest new market for its products.

The 2008 Calendar is set entirely in Shanfhai - the picturesque streets of the old French Concession, the splended garden of the former British Legation, the mysterious and sensual atmosphere of forbidden Chinathe convulsive nanjing Road and the characteristic tea houses constitur the backgrounds for the camera shots that grace 2008 in 23 intense portraits (two for each month, with August having just one).

Patrick Demarchierelier, the influential master of fashion portrait photography, for the second time authors the celebrated almanac z( his first Pirelli calednar was shot in 2005 in Rio de Janerio with many of the worl'ds top supermodels appearing nude. "The casting was a fascinating mix between the West and the orient, an interesting group of faces."

The shooting took place last April and was comprised of eleven models and actresses occupied for ten days of intense location shooting, makeup and wardrope handled by a huge crew of 40 people. And though Pirelli won'r disclose what the calendar costs to produce, we easilly guestimate the 2008 Calendar shoot to be somewhere around Five Million Dollars.

The leading ladies of the edition are rising stars Agyness Deane and Lily Donaldson (UK), Doutzen Kroes (NL), Catherine McNeil and Gemma ward (Australia), Sasha Pivoarova (Russia), Coco Rocha (Ireland) and Caroline Trentni (Brazil). The calendar also features Chinese beauties Mo Wan Dan and Du Jan, along with one renoun actress and Asian beauty: Maggie Cheung known for her roles in Police Story (1985), Super Cop (1992). Actress (1992) Chinese Box (1997), In the Mood for Love (2000) and Hero (2003).

The Pirelli Calendars
Complete Works

Always a high-end seasonal gift to select customers and friends world-wide, the large firmat and expensively printed Pirelli Calendar is not availble to mere mortals, though copies now days, can be found on E-Bay. But you can see many of the images in books on the Pirelli calendar which have been pubished over the years and our available in the FastDates.com Collectors Corner.

This November, the latest book "The Complete Works: the Pirelli Calendar 1964-2007" has been published and becomes available world-wide. It is the result of a long, meticulous project of research and recovery of origional materials.From the sixties to today, the reader takes a passionate excursion through the evolution of fashion, trends and customs of the last 40 years, through the eyes of Pirelli's marketing communication.

Edelweiss Introduces Lower Cost Ride-4-Fun European Bike Tours
You know how much we love and recommend the Edelweiss bike tours. For some people, especially with the declining value of the American dollar, these tours might be a little too expensive. But now Edelweiss is lowering their cost with their new, more affordable Rid-4-Fun Tours, Check it out on their website.

When riding on a motorcycle tour away from home, it's always fun and excitement of riding in beautiful Europe on incredible roads that we're after. This is the focus of Edelweiss' new Ride4Fun: Tours that show you exciting scenery, that are fun to ride, and that acquaint you with the way people think and live in the places we are touring.

Our hotels do have local flavor and are not over the top in price and amenities. You ride in a group, with one tour guide on the motor in front. Or you ride in your own little group finding your own secret path; it's up to you! Breakfast and some dinners are part of the package, but we go to different places for lunch and most dinners. You can decide what you eat and drink - budget or high end.

Important to you and to us is s your choice of the best motor for the trip. There is a nice selection of BMWs, Hondas, Suzukis, Ducs and others waiting for you. You must feel good on your steed!

It's a younger group of motorcyclists that joins ride4fun tours. There is a lot to see during the riding day, but the evening is there to be enjoyed as well - local flavour in people, food and more. ride4fun groups are international, so you learn more about motorcycling in other parts as you mingle and make new friends overseas!

During some riding days or after we arrive at our destination, we do other fun things such as rafting, climbing, hiking, roller coasting and many more. It's up to you whether you join, it's all provided as part of the package!

Your one week supply of shirts, socks and tooth brush goes on your moto, it's easy with the luggage cases that are provide. It's a real motorcycle tour!

So how can you be sure ride4fun has that extra kick and is reliable in what will be provided? Here is why: ride4fun tours are a division of Edelweiss Bike Travel, the leading company for guided motorcycle tours world wide. Edelweiss has started operation in 1980, with more than 27000 motorcyclist taking tours on all five continents on over 1200 separate tours. ride4fun draws from that experience and benefits from the recourses Edelweiss provides on all five continents. So all you have to do is make your selection of which tour to join and reserve your place right here on the Web!

Austrian Alps and Bavaria! Riding the Alps in 5 days and having nothing but fun along the way, that's what this motorcycle adventure is all about. Starting and ending in Munich, Germany, guarantees that you have a lot of fun before and after if you decide to fly in a day or two early or stay on afterwards.

Italian Alps and Lake Garda! Dolomites and Lago di Garda are two of the most popular touring regions in Europe. The Dolomites are the most dramatic rock formations in the Eastern Alps and offer hundreds of miles of winding roads.

Italy pure! No motorcyclist should miss this tour in the heart of Italy. It will be a tour for the senses, euphoria spiked with cultural, riding and culinary highlights.

Twisties, Beach and Cappuccino! Sun, white beaches, crystal clear water, that's what Sardinia is known for. This Mediterranean island has much more to offer than the glossy tourist brochures can portray. Beautiful small villages settled in an amazing countryside with rolling hills and mountains. Nearly no traffic, small roads, sweepers combined with this beautiful Caribbean like coastline - what else do you need to fell in heaven?

The island of 100.000 curves! Corsica is known as an island of beauty and is a true motorcyclist's paradise. Mountains reminding of the Alps, scenic coastlines and huge forests are only a few of Corsica's treasures. Seldom does a touring region offer such riding fun and countless curves on small roads with nearly no traffic.

More information to these tours is to be found on our web page. Make your choice and ride the world with ride4fun! www.ride4fun.com

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Dec 15th - FastDates.com has been able to confirm that Desmosedici RRs have been rolling off the production line at the Ducati factory in Bologna at the rate of about 2 per day since mid-October, but thus far, none have left the factory.

We had been told back in September by Ducati NA that bikes would ship to dealers as they came off the line, but now that decision has seemed to changed with no official announcement. Latest word is the bikes are being held back in mass, so every Ducati dealer world wide who ordered at least one, will get a bike at the same time.

This will allow Ducati Dealers to hold a special Desmosedici Open House celebration, as Ducati likes to do for all their new models. So until each country's Ducati distributor has his container allotment of 'Sedici's in hand and being shipped out to dealers, at that point an official announcement will be made about that country's Dealer Open House celebration, after which the bikes will begin being released to customers.

And in case you didn't know, the entire 1,500 bike production run of Desmosedici RRs have been sold out at the higher $72,000 price introduced last spring.

FastDates.com has both a Desmosedici RR and a 1198R Superbike reserved in the initial dealer deliveries and we look forward to presenting the world's first and possibly only shootout between the two best bikes of different disiplines in the world's two permier roadracing classes.

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Gregorio Lavilla Confirmed At Paul Bird Motorsport for World Superbike
Dec 6th - Following on from their announcement last month regarding the team contesting the 2008 World Superbike Championship, Paul Bird Motorsport have confirmed that they will field a single ride on board factory-supported Honda machinery in the fifteen round series.

2005 British Superbike Champion, Gregorio Lavilla is the rider who has been entrusted to ride for the Cumbrian businessman and the Spaniard will return to the World Championship full time after a four year break.

Bird has secured the necessary backing from his sponsors, although it has yet to be decided as to what branding Lavilla’s bikes will run when the opening round gets underway in Qatar on February 23rd and an announcement will follow in due course.

Paul Bird: “It’s back to our tried and tested formula of a one rider team and that’s where we’ve had most of our successes in the past. The team will be geared around Greg and he’ll get everything he needs to make sure we have the best chance possible. It’s a new venture for us but it’s one that the whole team is very excited about and we aim to start testing very soon in readiness for the opening round in Qatar.”

Gregorio Lavilla: “It has always been my aim to get back into the World Superbike Championship on a competitive bike and I’m very grateful to Paul Bird and his team for this opportunity. I have enjoyed my time in BSB very much and I’m sad to be leaving as I have made many good friends and it has been a good time for my career. I’d like to say thank you to my fans and not only do I have a home race in Spain next season, but I have two more ‘home’ races in England and I’m very much looking forward to it.”

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Yamaha GMT94 moves up to World Superbike
After having contested in the World Supersport Championship for the last two years, the Yamaha GMT94 team will move up to the World Superbike Championship in 2008. In addition to this and following on from their Bol d’Or win in 2007, Yamaha GMT94 will continue to enter the world’s two most demanding Endurance races – the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Bol d’Or 24 Hours.

The Guyot Motorcycling Team was founded in 1992 by Christophe Guyot - himself a former rider and passionate sportsman - with the aim of making motorcycle racing more accessible to the young people of France. In 2003, the team linked up with Yamaha Motor France to become a more professional concern and has since gone from strength to strength, including becoming Endurance World Champion in 2004. Now known as the Yamaha GMT94 team, the squad operates a strategy focused on two very different road race classes – sprint racing and endurance racing.

For 2008, the team is moving into the World Superbike Championship, although they are continuing with the current team line up of David Checa and Sébastien Gimbert. 2004 Endurance World Champion David Checa, aged 27, has raced in World Supersport with the Yamaha GMT team for the past two seasons. The younger brother of Carlos Checa, David’s racing pedigree includes 250GP and European Supersport before he moved into Endurance racing in 2003. In addition, that same year he was Pirelli’s WSB control tyre tester and participated in a handful of WSB races. This WSB experience will stand him in good stead for 2008 as he re-enters the WSB fray once more.

Sébastien Gimbert is also a long-time member of the Yamaha GMT94 Team, having first joined the team’s Endurance effort in 2004 and becoming world champion in the same year. Like many Frenchmen the 30 year-old has specialised in the Endurance scene, having won the Bol d’Or with Checa and the GMT94 team in 2007 as well winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2005. But to date he also has 45 WSB races under his belt. Gimbert achieved his best WSB result in 2004 when he scored two fourth position finishes at Magny-Cours. This success was enough to gain him a full-time WSB ride with Yamaha Motor France the following year, although a broken leg during the season prevented him from showing his full potential.

As well as contesting the WSB Championship, David Checa and Sébastien Gimbert will contest the Le Mans and Bol d’Or races once again in 2008, this time with British rider Steve Plater. In 2007 the Yamaha GMT94 Team won the Bol d’Or for the first time in style with a five lap lead, after having already won as a team twice the Le Mans 24hrs and numerous other Endurance events.

Yamaha GMT94 will receive some support from Yamaha Motor Europe who recognise the importance of Endurance racing in France and the dream of team owner Guyot to grow steadily to become a future top contender in World Superbikes.

David Checa Profile
Date of Birth: 20/04/1980
Nationality: Spanish
Residence: Barcelona, Spain
Career Highlights
2007: 12th, World Supersport Championship, 1st Bol d’Or 24 Hours
2006: 11th, World Supersport Championship and 3rd, Le Mans 24 Hours
2005: 1st, Le Mans 24 Hours and 2nd, Bol d’Or 24 Hours
2004: World Champion Endurance and 1st, Oschersleben 24 Hours and Zhuhaï 6 Hours rounds
2003: 3rd, World Champion Endurance

Sébastien Gimbert
Date of Birth: 09/09/1977
Nationality: French
Residence: Puy de Velay, France
Career Highlights
2007: 20th, World Supersport Championship, 1st Bol d’Or 24 Hours
2006: 3rd, Le Mans 24 Hours and 19th, World Superbike Championship
2005: 1st, Le Mans 24 Hours
2004: World Champion Endurance
2003: 2nd, French Super-production Championship and 1st, Bol d'Or and Spa 24-hour races


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Gemma Ward
Gemma Ward was born and raised in Perth, Australia, daughter of a doctor and a nurse. Gemma was first discovered while accompanying a friend to a modelling contest. The judges asked her to enter and shortly after that she was signed on by a local agency in her hometown where she began her stellar modelling career.

Gemma's big break came when she was sent to casting director Russell Marsh, who booked her to appear in Prada's Spring 2002 runway show in Milan. Then came her first two major advertising campaigns, shooting Versus with photographer Steven Meisel and Jill Stuart with Mario Sorrenti. Since them Gemma has appeared in campaigns for Jil Sander,Y-3, Yhoji Yamamoto, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana, Karl Lagerfeld and two seasons in a row for Prada. She can currently be seen in campaigns for Dior, Louis Vuitton and Karl Lagerfeld. Gemma was recently the face of Calvin Klein's fragrance Obsession Night and can currently be seen in Kose Cosmetic ads. In addition, Gemma is featured in the most recent Swarovski jewellry campaign.

Top fashion magazines feature Gemma on a regular basis. She has appeared on the covers and inside pages of Vogue (Italian, British, Franch, Australian and Japanese), W, Time, i-D, Numero, Harper's Bazaar and PoP. Gemma has also worked with the industries' most renowned photographers including Mario Sorrenti, Nick Knight, Craig Mcdean, Annie Leibovitz, Irving Penn, Paolo Roversi, Inez & Vinoodth, Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier.

In addition to Gemma's modelling success she was featured in singer John Mayer's music video, "Daughters". More recently Gemma made her feature debut opposite Liv Tyler in the suspense thriller "The Stranger". Gemma just finished shooting "Black Balloon", a heart-warming drama starring Toni Collete.

Catherine McNeil
Brisbane-born Catherine McNeil won the Australian Girlfriend/CoverGirl model search in 2003 at age 14 and then worked for three years in Australia before being sent by a Paris agency to meet photographer Mario Testino.
Testino signed her on to an exclusive six-month contract and photographed her for British and French Vogue. Then in 2007 she appeared on the summer cover of V magazine, which voted her the next supermodel to watch.

She appeared in the Dolce & Gabbana pre-fall campaign and was the face of the fall Hugo Boss and Donna Karan campaigns. She appeared in the fall Versace campaign alongside Kate Moss, and then opened the fall Alexander McQueen, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Givenchy, and Missoni shows in Paris and Milan.

In March 2007 the New York Times published an article about her: "Fashion's Latest Crush". In June she appeared on the cover of French Vogue, and in September she was named one of British Vogue's Head Girls, the models to watch for in the upcoming season. She opened the Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen, Thakoon and Preen spring shows in New York, and closed the Christian Dior show in Paris.

Lily Donaldson
Lily Donaldson hails from London, England. She was spotted by a model scout while shopping with friends in Camden Market at the age of 16. Lily made her British Vogue Debut in 2004, shot by Mario Testino.

She has worked with top photographers including Steven Meisel, Michael Thompson, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Craig McDean, Terry Richardson, Solve Sundsbo, Inez and Vinoodh, and Steven Klein.

Lily has graced the covers of Numero, I-D, Vogue (Italian, Chinese, and Japanese) and was recently featured on the cover of American Vogue as one of the world's next top models.

She has recently walked the runway for designers such as J. Mendel, Zac Posen, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Givency, Calvin Klein, Anna Sui, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Valentino, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren.

Her top advertisement campaigns include Dolce and Gabanna, Dior, Miss Dior Cherie, Mulberry, and Jil Sander. She can currently be seen in the advertisements for Burberry and MaxMara.

She was nominated for Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2005.

Sasha Pivovarova
Sasha Pivovarova was born in Moscow and studied art and art history at the University of Moscow and the St Petersburg New Academy of Fine Art. She began modelling in February 2005 when a photographer friend from New York City introduced her to IMG. Two weeks later she opened for the Prada show in Milan, and within a year had appeared on two Italian Vogue covers. She has appeared in American Vogue, Italian Vogue, French Vogue, British Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Chinese Vogue, W, V Magazine, POP and Numero. She has worked with such renowned photographers as Steven Meisel, Peter Lindberg, Michael Thompson, Mario Sorrenti, Nathaniel Goldberg, Craig McDean, Glen Lutchford, Greg Kadel, Willy Van Der Peter and Paolo Roversi.

Sasha maintains one of the longest running Prada exclusives, going on 5 seasons, and is also the face of Armani cosmetics. Sasha has walked the runway for top designers, including Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Chloe, Valentino, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Miu Miu, Hermes, Kenzo, Victor and Rolf, Dolce and Gabanna, Balenciaga, Zac Pozen, Fendi and Yohji Yamamoto.

Sasha continues to sketch and paint, and her work has been featured in French Vogue among other high caliber editorial magazines.

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