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Miller SBK double winner Carlos Checa and Brands Hatch SBK double winner Ryuichi Kiyonari on the podium at the Suzuki 8 Hour. Suzuka 8 Hours of Endurance 2008
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win Suzuka 8 Hours for Dream Honda Racing Team The Suzuka 8 Hours. Japan, July 27, 2008 - The DREAM Honda Racing Team duo of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Carlos Checa raced their CBR1000RR Honda to a superbly judged victory in the 31st running of the Suzuka 8 Hours held today at the classic Japanese circuit of the same name. The race win restored damaged pride following defeat at the hands of the Yoshimura #34 in the race last year that ended Honda 10 year winning streak. The 2008 race saw the two teams start the grueling 8 hour race as joint favourites along with the TSR FCC CBR1000RR of Shinichi Ito and Takeshi Tsujimura.
Ryuichi Kiyonari was the lead off rider for #11 and, as he promised, the reigning British Superbike Champion made a good start from third on the grid his CBR1000RR glued to the rear wheel of Kagayama on the #34 Yoshimura machine. The two swapped place twice on the opening lap but Kiyo surged into the lead along the start finish straight at the end of the lap. Daisaku Sakai held third place aboard the #12 Yoshimura he was sharing with Atsushi Watanabe.
From that point on Kiyo raced to the first rider change over unchallenged handing team mate Carlos Checa a clear lead. The Spaniard kept the pressure on his rivals with a fast consistent pace leading by 30 seconds from the TSR FCC CBR1000RR #2 machine of pole sitters Ito and Tsujimura, at the second refueling stop. The #2 team had fought their way into contention after a bad start left them down in sixth place at the end of lap one. Akiyoshi on the #34 held third place a further 30 seconds adrift. The #33 in the hands of Johnny Rae went down at the Degner Curve on lap 21 when Rae clipped the rear end of a back-marker. He remounted to limp back to the pits for repairs and team mate Yuki Takahashi took to the track and quickly settled into a fast rhythm the #33 regaining much of the ground lost.
Ito crashed the #2 in the third hour but managed to get back to the pits but the machine was too badly damaged to continue. His demise leaving Kiyonari well clear of the two Yoshimura machines and the #33 Dream Honda of Rae and Yuki Takahashi. Kameya crashed the Sakurai Honda and limped back to the pits for repairs.
The fourth hour provided real drama as a heavy rain shower soaked a part of the circuit making conditions very difficult to judge for 20 long minutes. Kagayama put in a big charge and caught and passed Checa but two laps later crashed the #34 at the first turn. He remounted still holding second place and completed his stint. The DREAM team pit crew signaled Checa and Takahashi to come into the pits for rain tyres but both riders stayed out on track as conditions improved. The #11 pairing was now almost one lap ahead of the two Yoshimura machines with the #33 DREAM Honda fourth having inherited the place following Ito’s crash.
While Kiyo and Carlos steamed away at the front in the fifth hour Akiyoshi crashed the #34 trying to close the ever increasing gap to the race leaders. The race ended for the #33 DREAM Honda when Rae crashed at the Spoon Curve demolishing the CBR1000RR. The accidents promoted the hard charging Harc Pro Honda pairing of Yoshiteru Konishi and Takumi Takahashi up to third place where they would remain until the finish.
Ryuichi Kiyonari does a little motocrossing on the factory HRC Honda CBR1000RR at Suzuka.
American Honda would love to get their hands on one of these bikes (or a Ten Kate WSB bike) that makes more power than their backyard specials, and can last longer than 15 minutes into an AMA Superbike race.
But AH is too cheap to spend the money and do it right, letting Yoshimura Suzuki win the last 70 AMA Nationals.
Kiyonari and Checa continued to build on their one lap lead as the raced to victory despite Checa being handed a stop and go penalty for speeding in the pit lane that cost them 30 seconds. The last hour gave the team cause for concern when Kiyo suffered a front brake problem which gave Checa a few anxious moments on his way to securing a superb victory for the DREAM Honda CBR1000RR. The team had hoped to run 217 laps but the rain put that beyond them finishing with 214 laps in 8 hours 20.726 seconds.
The #12 Yoshimura machine of Sakai and Watanabe finished second one minute 20 seconds behind the Honda with Konishi and Takuma Takahashi third for Harc Pro Honda four laps adrift of the victorious #11.
The victory was sweet revenge for both Checa and Kiyonari as both men had previously suffered the pain of defeat in the grueling race, Checa finished second last year with Kiyonari the victim of cruel circumstances while front running on two previous attempts.
Akiyoshi and Kagayama battled home in fourth place five laps down just ahead of the Yamaha of Sato, Nakasuga and Takeda. The Moriwaki CBR1000RRof Yamaguchi, Crutchlow and O’Halloran finished sixth. Chojun Kameya and Leon Haslam staged a rapid comeback from Kameya’s crash and were rewarded with a fine ninth place for Sakurai Honda one lap ahead of team mates Kazuma Tsuda and Josh Brookes in tenth.
Carlos Checa takes over at a pit stop.
Ryuichi Kiyonari, DREAM Honda: Race winner. - “I was really nervous during the last hour watching Carlos riding. Already front brake problem was there during my last stint. I was scared to watch sparks when Carlos braked. I am so happy that I won today. From last year’s lesson, I was in the lead when back markers appeared. I was so happy because my machine was so fast. When I passed Yoshimura at the main straight, I was saying “Sorry!”. When it started to rain, Carlos was cautious so I was not worried at all.”
Carlos Checa, DREAM Honda: Race winner. - “ Usually, when you have a big margin like today, you can relax more. But today, I had no front brake during my last stint. I only had engine brake and rear brake so I was really nervous. When it started to rain, the team showed me “Pit In” signal, but I decided not to come in. When Kagayama passed me, I thought “He is going too fast”. I decided to ride with my own rhythm. One of the reasons for our win was this and also Kiyo did a good job during his first stint. I am now thirty five years old so I don’t know whether I have another chance or not, but if I can race again next year, I want to win again.”
Final DMG Class Structure Revealed for 2009 AMA Superbike Saturday July 18th, Laguna Seca, CA - The Daytona Motorsports Group (DMG), which has completed its purchase of AMA Professional Racing and still doesn't have a media department, used the occasion of the AMA Superbike and MotoGP weekend at Laguna Seca Raceway to announce its fairly finalized classes for the 2009 race season and beyond. With major distributor teams like American Suzuki threatening to pull out of American racing if their showcase 1000cc Superbike Class was deleted as originally proposed, and organizations like the Motorcyle Industry Counci (MIC) making an announcement they want to find another series promoter for professional roadracing in America, the DMG has now relented and is saying (almost half-heartedly) they are keeping the AMA 1000cc Superbike class going into 2009 and beyond.
Now here comes the confusing part, as DMG has yet to learn from the mistake of the AMA in giving their new class structure similar and confusing names. For 2009 and beyond there will be 3 different "Superbike Classes".
First, there's Factory Superbike - essentially the 2009-20010 rules previously agreed to by the now-defunct roadrace committee of AMA Pro Racing about a year ago: no spec tires, no spec fuel, no minimum production numbers, unlimited testing, Superpole qualifying for the top 10, and just one race for the weekend (which the factories still disagree with). And factory Superbike will be the final race of the day. DMG says they have been talking to FG Sport's chairman Maurizo Flammini and the bike technical specs will evolve to World Superbike specs by 2011.
Next is American Superbike - which is fairly similar to the FIM European Superstock 1000cc Class which is basically and aftermarket exhaust and shocks, spec tires and fuel. This is the best class for privateers as a stock Japanese superbike is fast and cheap.
And finally there's Daytona Superbike - embraced by the DMG with smaller 600cc sportbikes as the only ones that can race safely at lower speeds on the banked oval tracks like Daytona which the Group owns. However, the current AMA 600cc Formula Extreme Class rules will become highly restricted under DMG in an attempt to slow down their "premier class" to make it safer (with limited mods and horsepower dyno limits), have a larger entry field (more privateers) and closer racing (read boring).
There will also be the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup and Sun Trust Moto-ST run at select events, which we won't cover and most fans won't care about, but DMG needs the sponsor and entrant money.
"I'm not really excited about the Daytona Superbike," said Suzuki's Mel Harris. "With all the restrictions put there. One of the reason we race, besides to sell product, is to develop technology. If we are going to be limited on horsepower and the the rules limit everything else, our engineers can't develop new and better products. The industry becomes stagnant. The thing that makes this industry go is new and exciting product."
Keith McCarty at Yamaha and Me Blank at Honda have the same view. "Our feelings that with the limitations on the 600class, it was a club racing feel to it," said Blank."I don't know if there is a desire in DMG's part to have factory participation there."
So as it stands right now, we have 3 confusingly named Superbike Classes for 2009, DMG still wants to promote the unpopular Daytona Superbike 600cc bikes as their premier class, while the most popular class with fans, Factory Superbike gets relegated to one short race at the end of the day. With the addition of Factory Superbike back into the program, things are better than previously proposed, but it still looks like it's doomed to failure in the downward spiral of professional sportbike racing in America.
I'd like to suggest they, the DMG, adopt the existing FIM World Superbike Championship classes right away in 2009 with World Superbike 1000cc, European Superstock 1000cc, and 600cc World Supersport. And let the current AMA class bikes run with, and morph into these World Classes until 2011, when they would all then need to comply with FIM class rules.
As for a DMG race weekend, the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup and Sun Trust Moto-ST can be the filler races between Saturday practice and qualifying, but left off the schedule on Sunday. Then on Sunday the Factory Class definitely needs to get 2 separate heat races like World Superbike, with one race each for American Superbike and Daytona Superbike.
We saw at Miller Motorsports World Superbike this year, that the current AMA and SBK World Superbikes are very much on par with each other as is. And what you'd get right away is all the American factory based teams competing in all 3 classes with their current bikes right off the bat. While European manufacturers like Ducati would definitely be back in America with a factory Superbike in 2009, as might be Harley/MV Agusta, BMW and Aprilia. It's the only sensible thing to do, but as we've seen, just like the AMA before them, the DMG is not very sensible. - Jim Gianatsis
First Look! 2009 Triumph 675cc Street Triple Triumph fans can look forward to an exciting 2009 range. New for the coming season is the high-specification Street Triple R, aimed at discerning riders looking for a naked bike that provides a sporty riding experience normally associated with fully-faired supersport machines. Based on the phenomenally successful standard Street Triple, the 675cc triple features race-track derived suspension and brakes and will be launched with a new Matt Graphite colour scheme, complete with striking orange graphics. A Matt Blazing Orange (with Graphite graphics) option will also be available from January 2009.
Triumph is also introducing a heavily revised Daytona 675 for 2009. Producing 3PS more than its predecessor and weighing 3kg less, the highly acclaimed supersport machine handles even better than before thanks to the latest race-developed suspension, featuring high and low speed damping at both the front and rear, while new Nissin monobloc brakes give improved feel and stopping power. The bike has also been restyled, with a new cockpit, headlight and screen complementing the Jet Black and Tornado Red colour options. As a 3-cylinder machine this sportbike is eligible to rsce in the 600cc Supersport class with 4-cylinder Japanese bikes and Ducati'3 2-cylinder 848.
Triumph’s Bonneville range has also been given a serious makeover. The iconic model celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2009, and Triumph is marking the occasion with a limited edition model. Just 650 Bonneville T100 50th Anniversary models will be produced in a unique orange and blue colour scheme that echoes the 1959 original. Based on the standard T100, the Anniversary model features a host of detail changes and comes with a numbered handlebar-mounted plaque and a certificate of authenticity signed by John Bloor, the owner of Triumph Motorcycles Ltd.
Meanwhile, the standard Bonneville gets Seventies-look cast wheels and revised ergonomics. With its lower seat height, the 2009 Bonneville is more manoeuvrable than ever before. Also on sale is a higher specification Bonneville SE, which takes the standard Bonneville and adds a two-tone colour scheme, brushed alloy engine casings and additional instrumentation. The Sixties-influenced Bonneville T100 remains in the line-up for 2009, with minor detail changes and a new blue and white colour option.
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FIM announce provisional 2009 MotoGP Calendar Friday, 25 July 2008 - The provisional calendar for next year´s MotoGP World Championship has been released by the FIM. The 2009 provisional calendar of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season is as follows:
Dates Grand Prix Circuit:
12th April Qatar Doha/Losail*
26th April Japan Motegi
3rd May Spain Jerez de la Frontera
17th May France Le Mans
31st May Italy Mugello
14th June Catalunya Catalunya
27th June Netherlands Assen**
5th July USA Laguna Seca***
19th July Germany Sachsenring
26th July Great Britain Donington Park
16th August Czech Rep.Brno
30th August USA Indianapolis
13th Sept San Marino Misano
20th Sept Hungary Lake Balaton
4th October Portugal Estoril
18th October Australia Phillip Island
25th October Malaysia Sepang
8th November Valencia Ricardo Tormo Valencia
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Mid-season MotoGP Review with Masao Furusawa - Executive Officer, Engineering Operations for Yamaha Motor Company
1 – What’s been the biggest change to the M1 this year?
“We have made many changes to the 2008 M1 compared to the 2007 version and we have improved it a lot; Valentino is satisfied with our work so far. Of course the biggest change for us has affected Valentino’s side only – the change of tyre manufacturer. After the switch we had a hard time learning how to get the best performance from the new tyres and of course we had no data. Last however year Valentino predicted that changing would be the right thing for him and he was right, although of course we weren’t able to predict how differently the tyre would behave.”
2 – What else have you changed on Valentino’s bike?
“We have had to work a lot on the chassis setting and we have also changed the geometry of the bike in order to get a good balance with the tyre character. Since we moved from 990cc to 800cc higher corner speed is needed in order to get faster lap times and to win. Therefore we have tried many different chassis settings in order to find out the best of bike geometry, centre of gravity, rider position, wheel-base length, chassis stiffness and so on.”
3 – Do you think that your development since the start of the season has been a success?
“MotoGP bikes are not production bikes and that’s why I always say that Valentino, Jorge and all MotoGP riders are not human beings! Valentino has become more and more satisfied race by race and we have been able to find an ideal set-up for him that enabled him to win three races in a row. Since then, Casey Stoner and his team have found new solutions that have allowed them to make a big step forward and now of course we know that the remaining races will be tough, although we are still leading by 25 points after the excellent win in Laguna Seca.”
4 – What is the aim for the rest of the season regarding bike development?
“Our competitor’s great performances is a big push to all of us to improve our M1 further, maybe even more than we did during last winter. I would especially like to progress the electronic control system and the engine power. At the moment there is no need to work more on the chassis, although this is something we will have to consider for next season. Lately we have been experiencing some problems with acceleration on the exit of the corner, so we need to work to find better bike geometry and chassis setting alongside the development of the engine control system.”
5 – What is your opinion about the electronics in MotoGP now? Do you think the rules need to be changed?
“This is a popular discussion at the moment and we are looking at the overall situation; do we need to change the rules? It’s true that many riders have crashed this year, including Jorge, who had a very bad series of crashes, and also Dani Pedrosa. The question is if these crashes have something to do with the current bike technology. We moved from 990cc to 800cc to have safer bikes, but the new bikes have a higher cornering speed and this might present a danger for some riders. I think that we need to do something and the biggest issue is the electronic control system. In any case, it is clear that we at Yamaha will have to develop a better and better ECS, in order to beat our rivals. I still think that the M1 is best bike out there, although Casey has had a string of very impressive results.”
6 – Valentino has re-signed for two more years and has cited his relationship with you as one of the main reasons he will continue with Yamaha. How do you feel about you relationship with him?
“The reason I always continue to be confident is because I trust Valentino so much! I like his way of thinking, he is always positive and this rubs off on everyone else. He never complains or criticizes; on the contrary, he is always looking forward and searching for new solutions! He has exactly the same approach to problems as I have. Valentino always has a positive and logical way of thinking, like me. He has a very good sense of humour, and I like this a lot; I like him as a person very much. The biggest shame is that my age is almost the double his, but the level of thinking is the same! The only difference is that he is just 29. When I was 29, I never thought about tactics and strategies! I have a huge respect for him. He is the genius behind the bike.”
7 – What are your mid-season impressions of Jorge?
“I like Jorge very much; he is a good guy and a very good rider. Honestly, he is very different than I had expected before he joined Yamaha; I was impressed by his mature attitude and his fluent English. He is a very smart guy, smarter than I expected! He has a big talent as a rider; he is very smooth and very effective. I am sure that in the future he will dominate in MotoGP. At the beginning of the season we started with no ambitions, we thought it was too early for him to win a race because he was a rookie. He was just supposed to be here to learn about his M1. But then he surprised us with his incredible three pole positions in a row and then with his victory. Everything happened much earlier than we had expected. Generally speaking he is a very good entertainer for Yamaha and for the spectators. His season surpassed expectations early on but of course he has had some problems since then which we are working hard to address.”
8 – How has Jorge reacted since the crashes?
“After the bad crashes he has suffered, he has changed his riding style somewhat, aiming to improve his confidence in the electronics, which can help him. Before the crash in Laguna he was recovering and beginning to find a different way to treat a MotoGP bike. Laguna was a great pity, very unlucky and another set-back but I am still confident for the rest of the season, although we will continue not to put any pressure on him and there is no need to hurry his learning process.”
9 – What is your feeling about the current team?
“I am very satisfied with Jorge’s new crew chief, who joined us this year, Ramon Forcada. He is a very good crew chief, as is Jeremy Burgess. JB is an easy and sophisticated guy, he hates to worry about political correctness, like me! Now both he and Ramon are combining their wealth of experience with the new technology very successfully. Regarding Jorge’s bike specifically, I understand very well what Ramon is doing with Jorge and with Jorge’s bike. I speak with him regularly and I am satisfied that we have the same recognition about Jorge.
“Our entire team is made up of good people and good workers! As far as our riders are concerned, we have a very strong weapon; Valentino is the present and Jorge is the future
Ducati reports 25.5 percent increase in
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Friday August 15, 2008
Ducati sold significantly more new motorcycles in its fiscal first quarter than a year ago, the company reported.
The Italian manufacturer sold more than 28,700 motorcycles, a 25.5 percent increase over the year-ago period.
As a result, the company’s first-quarter revenues increased 34.7 percent to $473.7 million. Ducati Motor Holding’s net income also increased substantially, up more than 122 percent from the year-ago period to $52.4 million.
Ducati shipped 6,226 motorcycles to North America during its first quarter, a 7 percent increase over the year-ago period.