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S&S ANNOUNCES RACE CONTINGENCY PROGRAM IN NHRA
The NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Racing season opens this weekend at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. With the start of this season, it marks another year of S&S stepping into the class not only as a competitive engine supplier—an S&S
“This program was something we put together back it 2005, our first full year of NHRA racing, and it has been the largest in the class for the four years we have been here. We are proud of our racing heritage and support the sport and racers that use our products by doing the contingency for them. This is our way of saying that you for the racers showing what our products do on the track.” Said Charlie Hadayia, Jr S&S Senior Manager of Racing & Customer Services
Going into the 2008 Pro Stock Motorcycle Racing season, S&S has put up over $80,000 in contingencies. The contingencies are split into two postings, one for the engine and one for valve train. The S&S engine contingency pays $2000 for a win and $1500 for the runner up position. The S&S valve train pays out $1000 for a win and $750 for the runner up position respectively. These S&S postings are three times more than any other posting in Pro Stock Motorcycle Racing, because S&S really does appreciate that racers use S&S product.
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Baker New DD7
The new transmission has been developed to overcome a! number of issues with the stock six-speed system. The DD7 has a shorter 1st gear for easier launches compared to the tall factory 1st gear.
The 'shift clunk' of the stock gearbox is claimed to be eliminated due to the use of a lightweight mainshaft in the DD7, which includes only the small 1st gear as an integral part. The stock H-D mainshaft is a one-piece design that includes 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gears, making it extremely heavy, thus causing the shift clunk.
Baker further claims that the shifting of the new transmission is smoother than the factory six-speed through the incorporation of a linear roller ball detent as part of the supplied billet top cover. It is similar to the type first used on Baker's TorqueBox transmissions.
Unlike the part it replaces, which has straight cut 1st and 5th gears, the DD7 has a full set of helical gears for quiet operation in every gear.
The DD7 Builder's kits will come ready to slide in the bike, with no case modifications, shimming of the gearset or adjustments required. The 7th main drive gear is included in Builder's kit, to replace 6th main and re-uses the stock shifter pawl. The kit will be available for 2006-2008 Dyna and 2007-2008 Softails and FLs.
Click to go BIG. Night Moves: Casey gets the Ducati GP08 airborne at Losail under the night time lights in a record breaking run. This is one of the few times we'll ever see the team bikes in full Marlboro logo livery due to the strict anti-tobacco laws in Europe and the USA.
2008 MotoGP World Championship / Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar
Casey Stoner Shines in the Dark at Qatar MotoGP Season Opener
The Spanish rookie who started from Pole in his first ever MotoGP race proved to be the most difficult obstacle between Stoner and his eleventh career MotoGP win as Lorenzo lead the opening laps with Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi, but by the eighth lap Stoner was in control and little by little he opened an insurmountable gap.
Stoner on top with Lorenzo (left) amd Pedrosa (right).
CASEY STONER - 1st (Ducati Marlboro Team) - "That was a fantastic race and I really enjoyed it - it was like being back in 125s! The first few laps were really hectic, there were guys bashing fairings and I just tried to stay out of the way. When I got my chance to get through I took it and from there I just focused on setting my pace. Jorge rode brilliantly - it wasn't an easy race by any means, especially at the start. Over the first few laps I was struggling a bit for grip but then the tyres got up to temperature and improved. We knew we had a pretty good package for the race but obviously we couldn't be sure that things would go as well as that. I want to say thanks to everybody at Ducati for a great job, my team, the guys at Bridgestone... Thanks everybody."
Preview: Lights go ON for opening 2008 MotoGP round in Qatar
One of the most ambitious lighting projects in history, the task of providing a shadow-free and safe environment for the momentous race has been months in the making. The possibility of riding in the evening at Qatar had been pondered as long as two years ago, but was only confirmed last September in an official announcement in Misano. The opening event of its kind at Losail came just last week, with the arrival of all three classes for an Official Test after the lights were formally switched on.
Whilst the track itself, and its million dollar lighting system designed by experts Musco, will be the undeniable initial focus of public attention in the build-up to the race, there is no small amount of interest in the state of affairs on track in the MotoGP and lower cylinder categories.
Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner will be competing in his first race with the number one plate, opening the defence of his 2007 MotoGP World Championship crown. The Australian began 2008 with a typically dominant display at the Official Test in Jerez in February, taking the BMW M Award prize in the 40-minute shootout that marked the first competitive action of the year. He was also the early pace-setter in the first night test, laying down the fastest time of the opening night.
Unfortunately for Stoner’s rivals, the 22 year-old has also been highly successful at both his previous race visits to Qatar. Bedraggled by flu and arriving late for the 2006 practice sessions, the then-rookie took pole position for what was only his second MotoGP race. On the day of the Grand Prix he battled with future title rival Valentino Rossi, before eventually missing out on the podium spots. In 2007 he confirmed the potential shown the previous year, and once again duked it out with the Italian. The power of the Desmosedici and the cool head of the future World Champion saw him hold off the former champ, en route to his first MotoGP victory.
Rossi is expected to be challenging Stoner once again this year, and will be competing in his first race with Bridgestone tyres on his Fiat Yamaha M1. The five-time World Champion was the winner of the 2006 race in Losail, and one of the riders to participate in the Safety Commission’s initial analysis of the night race possibility ahead of that event.
The Repsol Honda duo of Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden will be attempting to establish their title credentials early on at Qatar, racing against time to complete development of the RC212V. Pedrosa saw his preseason hit hard by a testing crash in Sepang, and has been absent for the majority of practice opportunities to recover from a broken hand. 2006 World Champion Hayden has been putting the latest evolution of the machine through its paces in some marathon testing sessions, and has it all to prove in 2008.
The most movement after the final race of last year has come with the changing of garages, with just six of the eighteen-rider strong MotoGP grid staying with the same team for 2008. Big moves have come from the likes of John Hopkins, who switches to Kawasaki after a long association with Suzuki, Loris Capirossi who occupies the space left vacant by the Anglo-American, and Marco Melandri who in turn takes the veteran’s place in the Ducati Marlboro team.
Aside from the existing MotoGP competitors carrying on in the premier class with different teams (Randy de Puniet, Colin Edwards, Toni Elias, Sylvain Guintoli and Shinya Nakano) and those remaining with their 2007 teams (Stoner, Rossi, Chris Vermeulen and Anthony West) there is also an influx of new blood in the 800cc class. Heading up the interest is reigning 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, who has taken to the new cylinder class like a duck to water in preseason. The Spaniard rides for Fiat Yamaha as the only rookie factory rider, in a garage partitioned due to his running different tyres to team-mate Rossi. Lorenzo has quite the pedigree in Qatar, holding three wins at the Losail International Circuit from his time in 125cc and 250cc and the fastest night lap recorded so far at the track in last week’s Official Test.
Lorenzo’s former 250cc rivals Andrea Dovizioso and Alex de Angelis also move up to the premier class this year, riding satellite Honda machines for the JiR Team Scot and San Carlo Honda Gresini outfits respectively.
Another championship-winning rookie comes in the form of Tech 3 Yamaha’s James Toseland, a two time world champion in superbike racing. The Briton knows the circuit well on a four-stroke, was one of the first riders to try out the floodlights at the end of last year and took a highly positive second place in the standings at the Official Test, meaning he will not get a better chance to make an early mark on the MotoGP series.
The Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar takes place on Sunday 9th March, at 11pm local time. The 125cc and 250cc races precede the MotoGP class, at 8pm and 9.15pm respectively. Practice sessions begin on the evening of Friday 7th March.
250cc GP Class Preview
Kallio’s team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama has also had his fair share of misfortune in Qatar. The Japanese rider had been expected to star at the race last year after recording KTM’s then-best ever dry result of fifth in 2006, but crashed out on lap two and suffered a nasty finger injury. He will be one of the expected title contenders this year as the Austrian factory’s machines look stronger than ever.
Heading the Aprilia charge is Mapfre Aspar rider Alvaro Bautista, already a proven race-winner in the 250cc class. The Spaniard is joined in the garage this year by countryman Hector Faubel, one of a cluster of debutants that also includes 125cc success stories Lukas Pesek and Mattia Pasini.
Also on top of the range Aprilia machinery in 2008 are Emmi Caffe Latte’s Thomas Luthi, who came so close to a podium finish in his maiden 250cc race at Losail last year, Lotus Aprilia’s returning Alex Debon, and Hector Barbera, with all three expected to push for success in Qatar.
Casey had sparks flying like a meteorite as he topped the practice time sheet.
Stoner Sparks Up Practice
Meanwhile MotoGP rookie Jorge Lorenzo confirmed that his performance as the quickest rider in last week’s test visit to Losail was more than beginner’s luck, with a series of hot laps - of which the fastest was just 0.011 slower than Stoner’s time.
Another debutant in the premier class, Tech3 Yamaha’s James Toseland also built upon an impressive testing performance, as he was the third classified rider after the first two sessions, despite an early crash from which he emerged unscathed.
Fellow Yamaha satellite rider and MotoGP veteran Colin Edwards was fourth fastest, while JiR Team Scot’s Andrea Dovizioso and San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alex de Angelis made sure all four 2008 MotoGP rookies’ names appeared in the top six.
Randy de Puniet, Valentino Rossi, Chris Vermeulen and Dani Pedrosa completed the top ten, with Rossi and Pedrosa creating one of the talking points of the evening. The Spaniard hit the back of the five-time MotoGP World Champion’s M1 when the Italian had eased off the throttle 40 minutes into the late session, but both riders were uninjured in the incident, with Rossi able to continue his lap unaffected by the impact. Pedrosa meanwhile ended up tumbling into the gravel.
Jorge Lorenzo Grabs Pole for Yamaha at His MotoGP Debut
Jorge Lorenzo, his first time out on an 800cc MotoGP Bike, and shod with Michelin tires, dusted Yamaha team mate Valentino Rossi on running Bridgestones.
Colin Edwards completed an all-Yamaha front row, continuing his renaissance as Toseland’s team-mate in the Tech 3 Yamaha outfit. His appearance in the top three also makes it a Michelin clean sweep on an excellent day for the French tyre manufacturer, with all seven of their riders in the top ten.
The fastest of the Bridgestone brigade was 2007 MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner, the quickest rider in every practice session prior to the evening shootout taking fourth place.
Randy de Puniet was the fastest Honda rider of the day, just ahead of factory rider Nicky Hayden as the final two participants to go round in under 1’55. Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi was, in a rare occurrence for the five-time MotoGP World Champion, the lowest placing Yamaha rider, ahead of Repsol Honda’s 2007 World Championship runner-up Dani Pedrosa, 800cc newcomer Andrea Dovizioso of JiR Team Scot and Kawasaki’s John Hopkins.
Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar Qualifying Practice Pole Classification:
Opening Lap Battle! A 6-way fairing bashing battle for the lead took place in the opening laps between Pedrosa (new ego bosting Number #2 to denote his 2nd in the championship last year ahead of the other Japanese team riders), Toseland (52) Edwards (5), Lorenzo (48), then Stoner, then Nicky Hayden who would quickly drop back to 10th, and Rossi just out of the picture. Click to go BIG!
Stoner Waits, Then Pounces to win the Season Opener
Dani got the holeshot from row three making a fantastic getaway from eighth on the grid. He simply steamed past Stoner who looked most likely to enter turn one heading the pack. Yamaha men James Toseland and Colin Edwards were the other fast men off the grid.
Rookie Lorenzo wasted no time in catching up with the leaders and by lap three Rossi too had got on terms, passing Lorenzo to take third place as Toseland and Edwards fell off the pace slightly. Dani was flying, setting a fastest lap of 1m 56.270s as he carved out a 1.4 second lead over his rivals. But it didn’t last.
Stoner then began to close in ominously as Rossi stole the lead from Dani and Lorenzo then passed his sworn Spanish rival for second. Stoner held fourth on lap six with Dovi moving rapidly up the field too to fifth.
At the midway point a seven rider group held sway at the sharp end, this still included Toseland and Edwards with a six second gap back to Loris Capirossi (Suzuki) in eighth, with Hopkins and then Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC212V) who was never really on the pace here tonight.
Casey with a little too much Traction Control!
Stoner didn’t have things all his way in the early going as he watched from back in 5th place an exciting fairing bashing batte for the lead between pole sitter Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) and Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha). Once the ruckus for the lead settled down aound lap 8 and there was a little room to pass on the tight Losail Circuit, Stoner dialed up his pace about .25 sec a lap quicker than the front runners and began picking them off, one by one, a lap at a time.
Once out front in the lead and clear of the challenges from some of the favourites for the 2008 crown, Stoner picked up us pace even more by nearly .5 seconds a lap to to win by over five seconds from Lorenzo. Stoner stretched his advantage over Lorenzo to 5.3 seconds at the flag with Dani a similar distance behind his ‘fellow’ Spaniard Lorenzo. If the podium places were settled before the last lap, the action for fourth was anything but relaxed. Dovi was working on Rossi on the penultimate lap, sizing up the multiple Champion before making his pass, only to have fourth snatched away from him again as the old master slapped the impudent student down.
But Dovi was in no mood to pay too much respect to his elders and on the last lap he tried the same pass, Rossi responded again but ran wide into the next turn and the rookie seized his opportunity like the racer he is and slipped inside to hold the lead to the flag by just seven thousandths of a second as they tried to out-drag each other on the straight.
The night-time race was a success itself, but equally encouraging has been the strong showing from the class rookies. The World Championship order is as per race order after only one race.
Behind the Australian, Fiat Yamaha rider and reigning 250cc World Champion Lorenzo followed up on his spectacular Saturday pole with a jaw-dropping debut MotoGP race. The Spaniard showed no fear in the face of a field packed with race-winners, joining Stoner in breaking away from the pack to take a maiden podium at his very first attempt.
Another rider to step onto the rostrum in his first MotoGP race was Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa, who for the third consecutive year finished in the top three at the opening race of the year. The 2007 World Championship runner-up had to work for his reward, however, taking the holeshot from the third row of the grid and getting some rough treatment by the frontrunners in their attempts to break away.
Rossi (46) on the factory Fiat Yamaha had to fight off reigning World Superbike Champion James Toseland (52) all race long on the previous generation, less powerful Yech 3 Yamaha.
JiR Team Scot rider Andrea Dovizioso joined eternal adversary Lorenzo in making a fantastic 800cc debut, taking fourth place from five-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi on the final lap of the race. The former 250cc star picked off his fellow Italian after Rossi had dropped out of the running for third, both finishing just ahead of Tech 3 Yamaha’s front row duo of James Toseland and Colin Edwards in the former’s first Grand Prix.
Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi, LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet and 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden completed the top ten, with De Puniet finishing a MotoGP race in Qatar for the first time. Chris Vermeulen was forced to return to the pits for a tyre change counting him out of the running for points, whilst the final debutant in the class Alex de Angelis, crashed out with five laps remaining.
Casey Stoner 1st: "That was a fantastic race and I really enjoyed it - it was like being back in 125s! The first few laps were really hectic, there were guys bashing fairings and I just tried to stay out of the way. When I got my chance to get through I took it and from there I just focused on setting my pace. Jorge rode brilliantly - it wasn't an easy race by any means, especially at the start. Over the first few laps I was struggling a bit for grip but then the tyres got up to temperature and improved. We knew we had a pretty good package for the race but obviously we couldn't be sure that things would go as well as that. I want to say thanks to everybody at Ducati for a great job, my team, the guys at Bridgestone... Thanks everybody."
Jorge Lorenzo 2nd: "For sure I couldn't have expected a better debut than this and I am very, very excited to be on the podium. Second place is an amazing result for me and I had great fun. The start and first few laps were a bit crazy and really a bit of a scary time for me, but anyway I managed to make it through and get past some riders to get to second. I started to go with Stoner but after a while I became very tired and I started to have a lot of pressure and pain in my arms, so I really couldn't push any more! Anyway he was faster than us and I want to say congratulations to him because he deserved to win tonight. I think if I could have got a better start, maybe I wouldn't have got so tired later on and I would have been able to keep a better rhythm, but anyway I don't think I can ask for more than this tonight. I want to thank Yamaha and Michelin for all the hard work they have put in over the winter to get me to this point, and of course my team for all of their work. I don't want to start talking about the championship yet because this is only my first race, and now we will go to Jerez and do our very best again there and see what happens!"
Danny Pedrosa 3rd:“Tonight’s result is unbelievable, we didn’t expect this, so I’m very happy. Seven days ago I was almost last in the tests here but my team have worked really hard, bringing both 2007 and 2008 bikes here and making many changes – they’ve been fantastic. For the first time I understand the meaning and the legend of HRC and I’m so proud to be part of this. They gave me a competitive bike and the Michelin tyres worked really well and I did my best on track but without them I couldn’t have been able to make it. I couldn’t stay with Lorenzo and Stoner, so we still have to improve but since last week’s tests we’ve made an incredible step forward. Now we have a few weeks to recover full strength in the hand before Jerez.”
Pole Position: Jorge LORENZO 1'53.927 170.003 Km/h
World Championship Positions:
250cc GP to Mattia Pasini
Pasini overtook eventual second place finisher Hector Barbera when the Pepe Team Toth rider was otherwise occupied with poleman Alex Debon, sneaking through on the inside. From there he pulled away to win the race by over half a second, with Red Bull KTM’s Mika Kallio rounding off the rostrum. Lotus Aprilia’s returning veteran Debon had to settle for fourth, agonisingly close to repeating his first career podium from the final race of last year.
Just dropping out of the duel having given the frontrunners some problems in the early going, JiR Team Scot’s Yuki Takahashi came home in fifth, ahead of Aspar rider Alvaro Bautista who suffered a mechanical problem towards the end of the race that withdrew him from the fight for victory.
Race Classification 250cc: (20 laps = 107.6 km)
Pole Position: Alex DEBON 1'59.470 162.116 Km/h
World Championship Positions:
Defending series and race champion Ben Spies dropped a couple positions off the line, and while he fought to quickly work his way up to the runner-up position, his Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki teammate opened an early two-second advantage by the second lap.
Spies used the first few laps to work up from a slower start, passing Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking and Yamaha's Jason Disalvo, then Hayden to hook up on 2nd position right behind Mladin as they left the rest of the field behind. With less experience on the Suzuki, Hayden, was passed by DiSalvo who put the strong running Yamaha R1, using parts and setup supplied form the Otalian Yamaha WSB team into 3rd place.
Third works Suzuki entry Tommy Hayden escaped from a four-way tilt for sixth, which included his brother Roger Hayden on the Monster Energy Kawasaki ZX-10R and the American Honda duo of Neil Hodgson and Miguel DuHamel, to track down Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking.
Hayden overtook the English-born Kawasaki ace on the final lap to steal away fourth with Hacking holding on for fifth and Yates claiming sixth.
Jason stayed in the top three throughout the 15-lap race--a testament to DiSalvo's racing abilities and the consistent performance of the 2008 R1. In the winner's circle, Jason said, "I'm really fortunate Yamaha gave me this opportunity to ride the bike. The Yamaha R1 was rippin' out there today...this bike is so fun to ride." Meanwhile, teammate Eric Bostrom, on the other hand, had an off day and had to retire from the race on lap 10. Credited with 25th position on the day,
Meanwhile the American Honda team of Miguel Duhamel and Neil Hoidgson struggled with their new generation CBR1000 which is way under developped. Unlike the Ten Kate Honda team in World Superbike which has the skill to develop and win on the production bikes almsot immediately, Ameican Honda shown with the outgoing generation CBR1000, they could not develop a winner. In the last 3 years they were unable to win one race, while Tem Kate cliched the 2007 Word Superbike Championship last year James Toseland on the same model bike without Japanese factory help. And unfortunately for American Honda, they have a very poor working relatonship with Honda HRC Racing in Japan when it comes to sharing racing technology. And American Honda is unwilling to puirchase the expensive HRC built Superbikes that are avaialble if they wanted to buy them. But somehow it still makes sense for American Honda to spend millions of dollars to field an AMA Superbike team that doesn't have the competitevly prepared bikes it needs to win.
American Honda will again be playing "Also Ran" in AMA Superbike this year with the new generation productin CBR1000RR as they lack the support of HRC Japan, and don't have the people and funds to develop the bike themselves like Ten Kate does in Word Superbike. Here, former World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson strugges to finish 7th in his first AMA race for the Honda team
Mladin on top in Superbike, with team mate Spies and chimp boy Jason DeSalvo.
Chaz Davies and Kawasaki were award the Daytona 600cc Xtreame Win when all the susposedly invincible and legal Hondas broke and were disqualified.
The reigning Formula Xtreme champion, his teammate Jake Zemke, and American Honda’s Neil Hodgson led all but one of the 69 laps of the 2.9-mile road course. But it was Hayes who carried most of the load.
From their second row starting positions, Hayes and Zemke quickly set the pace, distancing themselves from the rest of the 67-rider field. The lead went back and forth through the 24th lap, when the first round of pit stops began. Hayes’ stop went flawlessly and he was back in the lead on lap 28, and led every lap but one to the checkered flag.
Said Hayes, “This is huge. This is a great way to start the season. Unfortunately, I kind of wish Neil (Hodgson) had gotten another Honda between me and these guys to give me a little room going into the next round. But I'm starting off better than I did last year, and I was able to win the championship.”
Zemke had an unfortunate problem with his rear sprocket, and lost valuable time in the pits. He finished 13th.In his first ever race on a 600, Hodgson was running in a strong second place. But late in the race gremlins struck. First, he ran off the track in the chicane, but recovered without losing his second position. Then he had a mechanical problem that knocked him out of second place on the 64th of 69 laps.
Teammate Miguel Duhamel burnt his clutch at the start of the race, then pitted at the end of the opening lap to swap to his spare Honda CBR600RR, after being given the OK by race officials. The officials were mistaken-the rules don’t allow a change of machinery without a red flag-but Duhamel rejoined the race in last place and made up over 60 positions before he was black flagged less than 12 laps from the end.
Hodgson finished seventh in his Superbike debut, after an eventful race of his own. Hodgson ran off the track at one point, but recovered and took his final position on the last of 15 laps.
Josh Hayes on the Team Erion factory American Honda 600 was disqualified in post race inspection with an illegally modified crank. Most of the AMA factory teams have always cheated historically, as when Yoshimura ran traction control on their Superbike 2 years ago before it was legal, but the trick is not to get caught.
The crankshaft on the race-winning Honda was found to be "polished, surface treated and metal was removed from it," AMA Pro Racing said in a press release announcing the infraction. "This is in violation of the 2008 AMA rulebook section 5.4."
The release cites a section of the rulebook which states that for multi-cylinder liquid-cooled machines, homologated crankshaft "may not be altered from the originally homologated model except that the "Bearing surfaces may be polished or surface treated."
The press release was issued late Saturday night, well after team owner Kevin Erion had left Daytona International Speedway. He was told by a team member of the infraction just before returning to his home in California.
The appeal process begins with the filing, which "must be received at AMA Racing headquarters by 5:00 p.m. on the third business day after notification to the participant via fax, telephone, or mail of the ruling or incident in question," according to the AMA Road Race rulebook. The appeal board, which is chosen by the Senior Director of Racing, consists of three people "with no material interest in the matter at hand," the rulebook states. The appeal must take place within 45 days of the incident.
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