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Stoner, Rossi top MotoGP Final Pre Season Test at Qatar
Miller WSB Round Dumps AMA for USBA Superbike!
AMA / DMG Nationals at Road Atlanta
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2009 MotoGP World Championship , Round 1 of 17,Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar
Preview: Opening night in Qatar beckons for MotoGP riders Losail, Qata , Tuesday April 7th Preview - Five months on from the final race of the 2008 FIM MotoGP World Championship, the 2009 edition of the series starts up on April 12th with the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar. The first of 17 races to decide who will be crowned the king of the premier class takes place at the Losail International Circuit in the Arab emirate, which opens the season for the third consecutive year. All indications are this will be another no-holds-bared battle between the Championship two top pragmatists, casey Stoner and valentino Rossi.
The only night race on the MotoGP calendar, the visit to Qatar is a showpiece event for both the state and the FIM World Championship. The inaugural event under the floodlights took place last year, and was won by Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner. The Ducati Marlboro Team is once again ready to take up the challenge head-on, with Casey Stoner having enjoyed an excellent preseason of testing and feeling satisfied both with the work done by the Ducati engineers on the radical new GP9 and with the recovery of his injured wrist following an operation. Nicky Hayden, set to contest his 100th Grand Prix in Qatar, has worked hard over the winter to adapt to a completely new bike, new tyres and new team. Despite not quite obtaining the desired results in the last test at Jerez, he has made constant progress throughout the preseason and is excited about making his race debut for Ducati.
Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team
“I’m leaving behind the end of the summer holidays in Australia but to tell you the truth I really can’t wait for the new season to start. I’m really pleased with the progress we’ve made together with the Ducati engineers behind the scenes and with the tests we’ve done out on the track. Everybody has worked really hard, the bike has improved in a variety of areas and it’s much easier to ride. The power delivery from the engine is better, the carbon frame has improved stability and I’m happy with the carbon swingarm too, even though we have only tried it in the last two tests and it still needs a little more work before we full understand it. So testing has been positive but we know that racing is another story and we simply cannot afford to drop our guard at any point – we have to keep working hard to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes as last season, which we went into with too much confidence. Qatar is not a particularly exciting track, it is very flat, but it’s not too bad. We’re just hoping the temperature is higher than it was for the test.”
Reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi has won races at every track to be used in 2009, but is still pending victory after sunset. The Fiat Yamaha rider was victorious by day in the desert in 2005 and 2006, engaging in his first head-to-head battle with future title rival Stoner at the latter event. Last season he finished fifth in Qatar, off the podium for the first of only two occasions.
Valentino Rossi - "We're in good shape"
"Qatar isn't one of our strongest tracks but we still have a few cards to play and I hope that a little more work will see us improve for the first race. Tests really mean nothing once you get to racing, the situation is totally different and really we have little idea what will happen until we get there, it's very exciting! I'm feeling confident, we're in good shape even if we're going to what was our worst track during testing, but I am happy about the performance of my M1 in general; Yamaha have done a great job and so this makes me happy. With the new single tyre rule the tactics will become clearer race by race. I think a lot of new factors will come into play and strategy is going to be quite important to determine where you start the race. I think luck will also be a factor in qualifying, more so than previously! In fact, I am quite curious to see what will happen in a 45 minute race with so few tyres, it's going to be interesting. I've used the last week to relax, recharge and train. It's going to be a very long season and we need to be consistently at 100%. We will take it race by race and keep focused on the target, which is of course winning the championship once again."
The Losail International Circuit is a favoured track for former champion Stoner, the scene of his first pole position and MotoGP victory. The Australian begins the season fresh from a triumph in the BMW M Award competition in testing at Jerez, a ‘qualifying’ competition in which he rolled over the opposition with an outstanding lap. Attention will be focused on Stoner’s endurance, called into question by his not having undertaken any long runouts since undergoing scaphoid surgery in November.
Guaranteed to be at less than 100% is 2008’s third place finisher Dani Pedrosa, who missed the final test of preseason through injury and was a doubt for the Qatari round up until Tuesday morning. A testing crash at the scene of this weekend’s race left Repsol Honda’s Spanish star requiring surgery on his arm and leg, with his estimated return to fitness extremely close to opening night.
Jorge Lorenzo returns to the scene of his amazing MotoGP debut - where he took pole and finished second - after an injury-free preseason. He will be racing with Bridgestone rubber on his Fiat Yamaha M1 for the first time in what will be the maiden race for the series under the new single tyre supplier regulations.
Four more factory riders will be in action in Qatar, as Ducati Marlboro’s Nicky Hayden lines up alongside Repsol Honda replacement Andrea Dovizioso and Rizla Suzuki’s unchanged lineup of Loris Capirossi & Chris Vermeulen.
2004 Qatar racewinner Sete Gibernau will be participating in his first MotoGP race since the 2006 Portuguese Grand Prix, whilst premier class bows will be made by Pramac Racing’s Niccolo Canepa & Mika Kallio and Scot Racing’s Yuki Takahashi. The 800cc field is completed by Monster Yamaha Tech3 riders Colin Edwards & James Toseland, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alex de Angelis and Toni Elias and Hayate Racing man Marco Melandri.
Practice for the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar begins on Friday night, with the first 45-minute practice session for the MotoGP riders taking place at 10.30pm local time.
Ducati Corse SBK Confirms hot new Calendar Kitten Sabella
for Miller USA World Superbike May 31st Los Angeles, April 1st - FastDates.com is excited to announce that Team Ducati Corse World Superbike has confirmed new 2010 Fast Dates Calendar Kitten Sabella Shake to be one of the team's official grid girls at the Miller Motorsports, Utah, USA World Superbike Round on Sunday May 31st 2009. This continues a long standing tradition in World Superbike where the official SBK endorsed Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar models have served as the official grid girls for SBK and top factory race teams including Ducati Corse and Alstare Suzuki. At this year's race Sabella will be be the Ducati Corse umbrella girl for team riders Noriyuki Haga and Michelle Fabrizio, assuring they look goodand stay cool and on the starting grid before the heat of battle.
Sabella will be at Miller Motorsports Park for the World Superbike Weekend to shoot with renoun motorsports and fashion photographer Jim Gianatsisfor the next edition of the Performance Machine sponsored SBK Fast Dates Calendar World Superbike Calendar with all the top factory World Superbike teams.
Beautiful Sabella, age 21, was born in Monterey California, but moved to Los Angeles a few years agoafter high school to pursue a modeling career and a higher education. She is currently in her third year of business law at Loyola Mary Mount University and can’t wait to be a “....sexy attorney who kicks butt in the courtroom!"
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Miller Motorsports Park Dumps "High Priced" AMA/DMG Nationals
to add USBA sanctioned Larry H. Miller Superbike Challenge
to their USA World Superbike Weekend in May We told you last week that Miller Motorsports had dropped the AMA/DMG American Superbike 1000cc and Daytona Sportbike 600ccc double bill races from its scheduled World Superbike weekend May 29-31st. The official press release state from AMA was there was not adequate time in the weekends busy race program to allow enough practice and qualifying for the 2 additional classes. The actual truth was that Daytona Motorsports Group was requiring Miller to pay a $250,000 sanctioning fee for the AMA races - races which would be a filler on the WSB race weekend and at stand alone AMA national venues have a hard time pulling 3,000 paid spectators. You do the math and that's a cost of $83 per spectator, not even factoring in the track's own operating ,marketing and a meager profit margin. Effectively a non Daytona Motorsports own track would have to charge ticket prices of $150-$200 to break even on with an AMA National roadrace.
For Miller Motorsports Park the numbers just don't add up, particularly when In-Front Sport's sanction / production fee for the World Superbike Weekend at Miller is a cool $1 Million. And at last year's 2008 combined WSB and AMA round at the remote Utah track the spectator attendance was just around 3,000 people.
And now to provide its race fans with a full weekend of racing, Miller Motorsports is announcing it will hold a National Superbike race sanctioned by the USBA,with rider requirements being they must hold an AMA National license. Now that's telling the unpopular AMA/DMG organization to shove it! It will be interesting to see if the top America distributor supported race teams from Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Honda - with no AMA National round taking place that weekend - will go to Miller. Unfortunately there is no chance that any American distributor teams will enter wild card riders in the two SBK classes, because the AMA bikes are too de neutered and stock based compared to their SBK 10o0cc Superbike and 600cc Supersport competitors.
Here is Miller's press release:
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (April 2, 2009) — Miller Motorsports Park and the Utah SportBike Association (USBA) announced today that the Larry H. Miller Superbike Challenge will serve as a support event to the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship and FIM World Supersport Championship over the weekend of May 29-31, 2009.
The Larry H. Miller Superbike Challenge will be comprised of two USBA classes, GTO and GTU, each of which will have a separate 30-minute race. The USBA is planning to offer a significant purse for both races, details of which will be announced in the near future.
All riders competing in these races must be AMA license-holding, Expert-level riders. The entry fee will be $200 per race. Entrants can register and obtain USBA rules and regulation at www.UtahSBA.com. Each race will be limited to 40 entries.
“We are very pleased to be able to add the Larry H. Miller Superbike Challenge to our HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship weekend,” said Miller Motorsports Park Director of Racing Mitch Wright.
“We host the USBA Masters of the Mountains championship here each year, and those races attract the best riders from throughout the western United States and Canada. The USBA runs a tight ship and the races are always very competitive. We think our fans will enjoy this addition to our program, and might be surprised at some of the racers and teams they will find on the entry list.”
“It is an honor for the USBA to serve as a support event for the World Superbike weekend at Miller Motorsports Park,” said Lance Lee, President of the USBA. “This is an unbelievable opportunity for our teams and racers to showcase their talent in front of some of the best teams, riders and fans in the world, and we are really looking forward to it. We appreciate the management and staff at Miller Motorsports Park for allowing us to be part of the best motorcycle racing weekend of the year in North America.”
The GTO race is open to motorcycles of unlimited displacement and origin, with forced induction (e.g., turbo- or super-charging) allowed only for bikes under 750cc displacement. The GTU race is open to bikes that are (a) up to 430cc, two or more cylinder, two-stroke, unlimited origin; (b) up to 550cc, two or more cylinder, two-stroke, if the frame is from a motorcycle manufactured for street use in North America; (c) up to 550cc, single-cylinder, two-stroke, unlimited origin; (d) up to 675cc, three-cylinder, four-stroke, liquid-cooled; and (e) up to 640cc, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled; (f) up to 850cc, two-cylinder, four-stroke, four or more valves per cylinder, liquid-cooled; (g) up to 900cc, three or more cylinder, four-stroke, air-cooled; (h) unlimited displacement, air-cooled, two-cylinder, four-stroke, two or three valves per cylinder; or (i) unlimited displacement, single-cylinder, four-stroke, unlimited origin. Forced induction (e.g., turbo- or super-charging) is not allowed in GTU.
The HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship returns to Miller Motorsports Park over the weekend of May 29-31, 2009, and will be joined by the FIM World Supersport Championship. Tickets for the event are on sale now at www.MMPTix.com. For information regarding Miller Motorsports Park, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit the track’s website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.
Ducati's Michel Fabrizio (left) joined his winning teammate Noriyuki Haka on the podium after both Superbike races at Valencia this weekend. FastDates.com Calendar Kitten Sabella Shake will be grid girl for the team at the Miller WSB race round next month.
2009 SBK Hannespree World Superbike Championship, Round 3 of 14 Valenca
Nori Dominates Valencia World Superbike Valencia, Spain April 3-5th - Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) dominated both races in round 3 of the Hannspree FIM Superbike World Championship at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. In front of 65,000 spectators the Japanese rider notched up wins number 35 and 36 in his ten-year long World Superbike career to lead the table with 135 points. Team-mate Michel Fabrizio also had a positive weekend, the young Italian taking second and third while the remaining podium places went to Max Neukirchner (Suzuki Alstare) in race 1 and rookie Texan Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) in the second encounter.
Preview: World Superbike Returns to Europe for round 3 at Valencia
After two exciting overseas races in Australia and Qatar, the 2009 Hannspree FIM Superbike World Championship returns to European soil this weekend for the third round at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit. The Spanish track has been the venue for World Superbike since 2000, and has a tricky technical configuration where precise set-up plays a fundamental role. Troy Corser has the most wins at the Ricardo Tormo track, five, followed by Troy Bayliss on four and Noriyuki Haga, one of last year’s winners, on three.
The first two rounds of the season have been marked by the impressive form of two riders, Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) and rookie Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike). The 34 year-old from Japan is currently leading the championship standings with one win and three second places to his name, and even though he will be racing at one of his best tracks, he will have to watch out for the Texan, ten years his younger, who has set WSB alight with three wins in four races. The gap between the two is 10 points and sparks are sure to fly at Valencia.
But Haga and Spies won’t be resting on their laurels as their closest rivals are aiming to cut the gap and challenge for wins. Starting with Max Neukirchner (Suzuki Alstare), who has had an up-and-down start to the season. Last year the German was heading for his first WSB win when he was brought down at the final turn by Carlos Checa and he will be looking to kick his championship campaign into gear this time around. All eyes will also be on Max Biaggi, who has demonstrated that the Aprilia RSV4 is capable of fighting for wins, and Troy Corser, who aims to make further progress on BMW’s promising new contender. Michel Fabrizio, so disappointing in the opening rounds after setting the pace in pre-season tests, will be looking to approach that sort of form again on the second factory Ducati 1098 machine.
Spanish fans will be rooting for Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who came close to the win last year and who has now fully recovered from the recent shoulder injury that conditioned his form in the first two rounds; as well as Ruben Xaus (BMW), who won race 1 here in 2007. The two Spanish riders are not on the top of their game at the moment, but their home track should bring out the best in both of them.
Welcome to American Hopper
This year’s championship already has an impressive line-up, and it gains even more prestige with the arrival of John Hopkins. Stiggy Racing Honda and Roberto Rolfo have ended their collaboration by mutual consent and the team led by former rider Johan Stigefelt immediately snapped up the American. Hopkins, 26 years old in May, was born in Ramona (California), and made his debut in MotoGP in 2002, where he stayed until last year. With 115 races and four podiums to his name, all in 2007, Hopkins’ best season was that year, when he finished in fourth place. The Stiggy rider has the bike and the potential to play a major role in the championship, and has declared his intention to win races in his rookie WSB season.
A first step in establishing a series of cost-cutting measures in Superbike will be a new racing timetable that enters into force from Valencia onwards. The big change regards Friday’s schedule, with Superbike free practice now beginning at 12.45 and qualifying at 16.15. Supersport, Superstock 1000 and Superstock 600 have just one qualifying session scheduled on the Saturday with Friday devoted solely to free practice.
600ccc World Supersport
In Australia and Qatar surprises were the order of the day and the championship is shaping up to be a hard-fought affair. Honda for the moment are monopolizing the scene, with Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate) and Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar) taking the wins, and reigning champion Andrew Pitt leading the points table. Yamaha are becoming a real threat however, with Cal Crutchlow scoring his first Supersport podium in Qatar, while talented Spanish youngster Joan Lascorz, who won at Valencia last year, should go well on the Kawasaki. The three-cylinder Triumph 675 machine is also showing considerable potential in the hands of Garry McCoy and Gianluca Nannelli (Be1 Racing).
European Superstock Championships Get Underway
Valencia will also see the start of the 2009 Superstock 1000 FIM Cup and the European Superstock 600 Championship. In the upper category the favourites for the title must be Belgian Xavier Simeon (Ducati Xerox Junior Team) and Claudio Corti (Suzuki Alstare) but this championship has always had a few surprises in store over the last few seasons. All eyes will be on Tommy Bridewell (Yamaha Lorenzini) and Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Honda), who finished runner-up behind winner Brendan Roberts (Ducati Xerox Junior Team) in 2008. The 600 category looks to be a more open tussle, but judging by their form in 2008 Marco Bussolotti (Yamaha Italia) and Gino Rea (Ten Kate Honda) are likely favourites for the title.
Race schedule / Lap Records: Race – Neil Hodgson (Ducati) 1’35.007 (2003); Best lap – Max Neukirchner (Suzuki) 1’33.805 (2008).
The Spanish Round of the Hannspree FIM Superbike World Championship takes place from Friday 3 thru Sunday 5 April. World Superbike free practice and qualifying are held on the first two days, with Superpole scheduled for Saturday at 15.00. The two 23-lap Superbike races are scheduled to run on Saturday at 12.00 and 15.30, with the 23-lap Supersport race at 13.25 local time.
About the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo
Since its inauguration, the Ricardo Tormo Circuit has become an emblem for international motorsport in Spain. This 'Circuit within a Stadium' as it is known, offers the possibility for spectators to see the entire race-track and is one of the few circuits to host both World Superbike and MotoGP rounds. Measuring 4.005 km, the track is unusually in an anti-clockwise direction and it has 9 left and 5 right-hander turns, leading onto the 846 m long main straight.
The Magnificent 7 of 2009 World Superbike with Max Biaggi closest to the camera. Click to fo bigger.
Biaggi (Aprilia) takes the top slot in opening qualifying session at Valencia Practice, Valencia, Friday 3rd - Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) was the man on form in Friday’s first qualifying session at the Valencia circuit in Spain. The Italian, who was always amongst the pacesetters, set the quickest time of the day ten minutes before the end of the session with a time of 1 minute 34.775 seconds. Right behind Biaggi were the two race winners in the opening rounds of this year’s championship, Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) and Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox). Both men were the only riders to dip under the 1’35” mark, and were separated by one-thousandth of a second. The provisional front row was completed by Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox), who was up amongst the front-runners once again.
Britain’s Tom Sykes (Yamaha World Superbike), who had a crash on his R1, was next up ahead of Jakub Smrz (Ducati Guandalini) and the Suzuki Alstare duo of Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama, just half a second off the polesitter’s pace.
The provisional third row of the grid saw Jonathan Rea of the Ten Kate Honda team precede his team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari, while Carlos Checa was unable to go any higher than 15th. The first of the BMWs was the S1000RR of Troy Corser, 13th overall, while Broc Parkes went well for Kawasaki in 16th. In his first Superbike qualifying session John Hopkins recorded 18th quickest time on the Stiggy Racing Honda, an encouraging performance and just over 1 second off the pace.
Times: 1. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'34.775; 2. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.907; 3. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1'34.908; 4. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'35.243; 5. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.270; 6. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1'35.278; 7. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'35.285; 8. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'35.316; 9. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.328; 10. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.372; 11. Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.416; 12. Laconi R. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 1'35.489; 13. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'35.516; 14. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.535; 15. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.541; 16. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'35.662
Spies gives Yamaha an incredible 3rd consecutive pole in Valencia Saturday 4th -
In a drama filled day of incidents Ben Spies (19) again proved his incredible riding skills, taking his third consecutive pole position start of the first 3 rounds of the 2009 championship and smashing the Ricardo Tormo lap record in the process. Spies was the fastest rider in the morning qualifying session with a time of 1’34.709, team-mate Sykes was slower onto the pace, qualifying in 16th position. Spies is the first rider to score three consecutive poles at the beginning of the World Championship season since Scott Russell in 1994.
Spies bike suffered a fault at the end of the second Superpole, leaving him no choice but to head out on the back-up bike for the final session. The different bike set-up proved to be a winning combination, Spies set a blistering pace and qualified on pole position with a time of 1’33.270, setting a new lap record in the process. The Superpole session did not go so well for team-mate Sykes, he initially qualified in 6th position on race tyres however as other riders changed to qualifiers he was bumped down the field with no time to go out again.
Ben Spies, Yamaha World Superbike Team (1st, 1’33.270) - “The first session was good for us. We still have some things we’re working through but even now the race pace seems good and we seem fast and that’s what matters. Superpole was good, we went out and got through the first two sessions and was going well until the end of the second session when we had a problem with the bike and had to switch to the back-up bike. When I got out there I knew the set-up was good and actually think we’ve found something for the race tomorrow. Obviously we don’t get points for pole but it’s good to get three in a row. I guess in the end it’s about having a couple more feet on everyone else just for that start. ”
Yamaha's Crutchlow takes superb Supersport pole in flawless Valencia qualifying
Cal Crutchlow backed up Yamaha team mate Ben Spies performance in the Superbike class, as Cruthhlow powered his YZF-R6 to an impressive second pole position start in a row in the Valencia sunshine today. The British rider was rarely out of the top two for the session putting in consistently quick laps to take pole 0.16 seconds ahead of local Spanish rider Lascorz (Kawasaki).
Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Supersport Team, (1st, 1’35.865) - “We had a good session today, I think we’re still showing what we can do. We’ve always said the bike is good over a couple of laps so hopefully we’ll be able to maintain that over race distance. I’m looking forward to the race, I think we’ve got a good pace to be able to stay up there and there’s no reason why we can’t be running at the front and we’ll see what happens. I think Lascorz is probably the main threat, it’s his home circuit and he’s fast here but I’m not going to count out West, Pitt or Laverty either!”
WSB Valencia - Saturday 2nd Qualifying
1 19 Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.709
2 55 Laconi R. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 1'34.714
3 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'34.775
4 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'34.817
5 71 Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'34.839
6 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'34.851
7 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1'34.908
8 9 Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.939
9 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'34.955
10 23 Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'34.968
11 24 Roberts B. (AUS) Ducati 1098R 1'34.997
12 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1'35.051
13 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.117
14 7 Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.139
15 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1'35.236
16 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.270
17 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1'35.416
18 56 Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.416
19 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.437
20 121 Hopkins J. (USA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.556
21 25 Salom D. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'35.718
22 33 Hill T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.890
23 31 Muggeridge K. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'35.909
24 100 Tamada M. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.030
25 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.119
26 94 Checa D. (ESP) Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.581
27 86 Badovini A. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.745
28 77 Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.813
29 15 Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.826
30 88 Resch R. (AUT) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'37.820
WSB Valencia Superpole
1 19 Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.270
2 55 Laconi R. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 1'33.955
3 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1'34.082
4 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'34.259
5 71 Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'34.755
6 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'34.903
7 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.056
8 7 Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.346
9 9 Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.536
10 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.655
11 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1'34.684
12 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1'34.742
13 23 Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'34.823
14 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'34.863
15 24 Roberts B. (AUS) Ducati 1098R 1'35.082
16 121 Hopkins J. (USA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.251
17 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.203
18 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.204
19 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1'35.806
20 56 Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.416
21 25 Salom D. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'35.718
22 33 Hill T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.890
23 31 Muggeridge K. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'35.909
24 100 Tamada M. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.030
25 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.119
26 94 Checa D. (ESP) Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.581
27 86 Badovini A. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.745
28 77 Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.813
29 15 Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.826
30 88 Resch R. (AUT) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'37.820
Haga Doubles for Ducati on Race Day,
Pulling Out a Big Points lead as Spies Crashes Out in Race 1
Sunday, 05 April 2009 - Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) dominated both races in round 3 of the Hannspree FIM Superbike World Championship at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. In front of 65,000 spectators the Japanese rider notched up wins number 35 and 36 in his ten-year long World Superbike career to lead the table with 135 points. Team-mate Michel Fabrizio also had a positive weekend, the young Italian taking second and third while the remaining podium places went to Max Neukirchner (Suzuki Alstare) in race 1 and rookie Texan Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) in the second encounter.
Haga Takes Race 1 as Spirs Crashes Out
Haga led virtually from lights to flag after moving past early leader Neukirchner at the start of lap 3, the championship leader adding a chunk of points to his advantage over Spies, who then crashed out while fighting with the Neukirchner and Laconi for second position around lap 10. Michele Fabrizio moved up late in the race with a heated charge took the second slot to give the factory Ducati team a 1-2 finish. Front-row man Regis Laconi (Ducati DFX) finished just one place away from the podium, while Leon Haslam (Stiggy Racing) was the first Honda rider to the flag ahead of Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki Alstare).
Yamaha's race was saved with the positive form of Tom Sykes in seventh ahead of Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing), who recovered well from a lowly grid position. Broc Parkes finished an encouraging tenth for Kawasaki, with Superbike rookie John Hopkins (Stiggy Racing Honda) one place behind. Riders who crashed out included Troy Corser (BMW), who was running fourth in the early laps, and Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who remounted but retired.
Noriyuki Haga: "Not so bad! Anyway I had a good feeling this weekend, bike and the team have both been working well. At the start it was good but I had already decided I would go into the lead in the early laps. Finally I kept my own race. Of course I want to win both races today but it's not so easy. I now have a very good feeling with this bike, it is so easy to ride, that's why I was able to push, also I did very consistent laps with this tyre."
Michel Fabrizio: "For me Valencia is very difficult but this result is fantastic. I grew a beard to bring me good luck, and it worked so maybe I will keep it now! It's a great result for the team, we have worked very well from Friday after the first disappointing couple of races."
Max Neukirchner: "Even for us it was really hard. We were always in the top 10 this weekend but didn't find perfect set-up. But during the practices we changed some things and in the end we found a very good way and I am so happy to finish on the podium. I was in second place for so long, but even with this result I'm so glad for my team and our new sponsor."
Superbike Race1 Results: 1. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 36'44.766 (150,408 kph); 2. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 3.677; 3. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 3.959; 4. Laconi R. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 4.210; 5. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 13.824; 6. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 14.562; 7. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 15.155; 8. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 16.316; 9. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 098R 20.361; 10. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 23.878; 11. Hopkins J. (USA) Honda CBR1000RR30.902; 12. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 31.298; 13.Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 32.660; 14. Tamada M. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 42.156; 15. Hill T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 43.040
Haga Dominates Again in Race 2
Haga dominated the second race in a similar fashion, this time taking the lead on lap 5. He then pulled out to win by over five seconds, taking a new lap record in 1 minute 34.618 seconds in the process. Spies managed to prevent a second Ducati 1-2 of the day with the runner-up slot but never managed to challenge Haga for the win. Third went to Fabrizio, who again had to hold off Laconi throughout the 23 laps for the final podium slot. Haslam scored another fifth place, again the best Honda rider to the flag, ahead of Checa and Neukirchner, who faded away with tyre problems after starting off well. Biaggi came home in eighth place again, after prevailing in a five-way battle with Ryuichi Kiyonari (Ten Kate Honda), Sykes, Shane Byrne (Ducati Sterilgarda) and Hopkins. The final point went to Corser, while Parkes failed to get into the top 15.
Noriyuki Haga: "We did a great job this weekend. I think one of the reasons is that after Qatar I did some ‘age training! But anyway today 50 points is a great advantage over Ben and I'm very happy with this double win."
Ben Spies: "I was trying as hard as we could in the first couple of laps, but had a couple of problems and didn't quite get rolling. By the time we got into second, I would have needed to be right on the back of Nori to stay with him because he was riding at a really good pace. I just didn't quite have those 3 or 4 tenths today so I will come back at Assen and try to step it up."
Michel Fabrizio: "I didn't expect these results here at Valencia, at the most a top 5 position, because it's a difficult track for me. I'm really happy, the team gave me a lot of confidence. It was a really tough battle with Laconi, who was right behind me throughout the race. He brakes really late, I'm amazed he never managed to pass me!"
Superbike Race 2 Results: 1. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 36'46.927 (150,261 kph); 2. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 5.105; 3. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 6.386; 4. Laconi R. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 6.573; 5. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 14.075; 6. Checa C. (ESP)Honda CBR1000RR 17.333; 7. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 19.207; 8. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 20.697; 9. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 21.015; 10. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 22.581; 11. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 22.604; 12. Hopkins J. (USA) Honda CBR1000RR 23.952; 13. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 29.082; 14. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 29.277; 15. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 32.384
Cal Crutchlow scores his first World Supersport Victory
On his third appearance in 600cc World Supersport, Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) finally managed to step onto the top of the podium. The British rider made the decisive move at the start of the final lap when he passed Anthony West (Stiggy Racing Honda), who was unable to respond. Third place went to Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who moved back into the lead of the championship, level on points with Crutchlow, who also set the new lap record in 1'36"865. Just off the podium was Mark Aitchison (Honda Althea), ahead of the Kawasaki of Katsuaki Fujiwara. Michele Pirro (Yamaha Lorenzini) finished in seventh place, but had the satisfaction of leading the first three laps. Qatar winner Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) could only finish ninth, while former leader Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) fared even worse with a disappointing 13th place. One of the pre-race favourites Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) had a race to forget when he was forced to retire with tyre problems.
Supersport Results: 1. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R6 38'15.613 (144,456 kph); 2. West A. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 0.171; 3. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 8.408; 4. Aitchison M. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 12.421; 5. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 16.529; 6. Lagrive M. (FRA) Honda CBR600RR 19.242; 7. Pirro M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 26.124; 8. Veneman B. (NED) Suzuki GSX-R600 34.525
The Official SBK 2008/2009 Yearbook Commerating the 20th Anniversary
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Troy Bayliss' 3rd World Championship Title
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Matt Mladin (7) stuffs it inside teammate Tommy Hayden (22).
2009 AMA/DMG National Superbike Championship, Round 3 Road Atalnta
Mladin Doubles Road Atlanta,
Yoshimuras Suzuki Takes 50th Straight AMA Superbike Win BRASELTON, GA. SUPERIKE RACE ONE Saturday April 4th 2009- Mat Mladin and the Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki team scored a record 50th consecutive victory in AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited competition Saturday at Road Atlanta in the first race of this weekend's AMA Pro Suzuki Superbike Showdown.
Mladin's victory gave him a perfect sweep of 2009's opening races in what was his most dominating performance of the season. The win also gave the Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki team an unmatched streak of 50 consecutive victories by Mladin and former teammate Ben Spies that began with a win by Spies at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 22, 2006.
"The team is unbelievable," said Mladin, who is four-for-four in 2009 American Superbike races. "Obviously, the last few years, Ben (Spies) and I have been at the front of all of the races. This team is amazing. The team this year is really gelling well together. What can you say? Fifty in a row and nine championships in the last decade, it's a pretty good effort."
Starting from the pole on his No. 7 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000, Mladin briefly trailed teammate Blake Young (No. 79 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) at the start but was well in front of the field by the end of Lap 1. He would go on to lead all 20 laps of the race and crossed the finish line a full 15.717 seconds ahead of his other teammate Tommy Hayden (No. 22 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000). Local Georgia rider Geoff May (No. 54 National Guard/Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000) finished third and Young finished fourth, duplicating the finishing order of American Superbike Race 1 at Auto Club Speedway last month.
"It was a good race for us, obviously," said Mladin, who also set the fastest lap (1:25.714) of the race on Lap 16. "I just got a reasonable start and got to the lead in Turn 1 and then just put our heads down. We've got the bike to a point now where we're starting to be able to push it like I did the Superbike last year. We had a little bit of a problem with the fork yesterday and we fixed it today, but it actually didn't work as well, so I need to go back to having a problem with the fork. We'll sort something out there for tomorrow so I can start getting into the turns a little bit quicker and a little bit deeper and see if we can't keep pushing tomorrow and get going."
Mladin and Rockstar/Makita Cap Dominant
Weekend Sweep of Suzuki Superbike Showdown with Day 2 Race Win Team Rallies After Morning Practice Spill to Keep Mladin in Dominant Form in Sunday Final
SUPERIKE RACE TWO Sunday April 5th - Mat Mladin and Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki capped a dominant weekend at the AMA Pro Suzuki Superbike Showdown with another flag-to-flag AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited race win Sunday at Road Atlanta.
Mladin is undefeated in 2009 AMA Pro American Superbike competition after the year's first five races but his performance at Road Atlanta this weekend was by far his most impressive of the year. After winning the pole in Friday's single-bike Superpole qualifying, Mladin led every lap in Saturday's 20-lap race and did the same thing again today to score a perfect clean sweep of the Road Atlanta weekend. His Sunday ride was even more impressive considering the championship Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura team repaired Mladin's No. 7 Suzuki GSX-R1000 after a lowside incident in Sunday morning practice.
"I had a bit of a tumble this morning and the guys got the bike back together," Mladin said. "I just pushed too hard. It was at the end of the back straight. Everything felt as usual and normal for the race. It was a good race for us. We had a bit of a crack for 10 or 12 laps. I was trying to figure out around Lap 10 or 11 whether I should keep pushing and the boys get a bit nervous when I do that. I pushed my luck one too many times today already, so I decided to have a bit of fun at the end."
While Mladin was cruising up front near the end, some of the best racing of the weekend took place for second place between Mladin's teammate Blake Young (No. 79 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) and local rider Geoff May (No. 54 National Guard/Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000). The pair swapped second several times before Young took the spot for good on the last lap.
"Geoff came on strong," Young said. "It seemed like I was being held up in a couple spots by some of the riders in the beginning of the field there. Once I got clear and got sorted out, Geoff came by with some pace and I definitely jumped in and learned where he was a little bit better than me. It was good, a good last lap, and I just kind of set it up for a last-lap pass. I was coming out of (Turn) 7 and actually going over (Turn) 8, over the hill. I just got into his draft and broke off and tried to get away from him so he couldn't get back in behind me."
May joined Mladin in hitting the podium in both weekend races and recovered from a poor start to finish third for the second-straight day.
"I was afraid I was going to get run over there at the start," said May, who was 10th at the end of Lap 1 after starting on the front row. "I just put my head down again and we really had the bike set up good for the end of the race. I've been trying to really work hard on the end of the race, on the last half, on worn-out tires. We usually do that, set the thing up for when it's sliding. It just seems like the other guys, they start sliding around and stuff, and they have a hard time with it. I start getting faster and faster and faster and put in my fastest laps, usually, in the last couple laps."
Josh Hayes (No. 4 Yamaha Motor Corp. USA Yamaha R1) finished fourth after placing fifth Saturday to cap his best weekend so far in the 2009 American Superbike season. May's teammate Aaron Yates (No. 23 Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000) finished fifth for his best result of the year.
Mladin, who scored the 51st consecutive American Superbike win today for Suzuki and the Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura team, now leads the championship standings with 157 points. His other teammate Tommy Hayden (No. 22 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) is second with 112 points while May is third with 92 points.
Next up for AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited is the Honda Superbike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park, May 1 - 3.
All of the races from the Road Atlanta AMA Pro Suzuki Superbike Showdown will be featured on AMA Pro Prime Time on SPEED over the course of the next four episodes. AMA Pro Prime Time airs every Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. ET) with the next scheduled show set for next Saturday, April 11.
1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
2. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki)
3. Geoff May (Suzuki)
4. Blake Young (Suzuki)
5. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
6. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)
7. Larry Pegram (Ducati)
8. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha)
9. David Anthony (Suzuki)
10. Jake Holden (Honda)
1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
2. Blake Young (Suzuki)
3. Geoff May (Suzuki)
4. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
5. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)
6. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki)
7. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki)
8. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha)
9. Jake Holden (Honda)
10. Larry Pegram (Ducati)
Eslick Takes AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Points Lead
on 1125cc Buellwith Third Win of 2009 at Road Atlanta BRASELTON, Georgia April 5, 2009 - Danny Eslick (No. 9 Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Racing/RMR Buell 1125R) took the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL points lead with his third win of the season Sunday in the 20-lap Daytona SportBike final of the Suzuki Superbike Showdown weekend at Road Atlanta.
Eslick took the lead from polesitter Jason DiSalvo (No. 40 Team M4 Suzuki GSX-R600) on Lap 12 and withstood an intense battle with Josh Herrin (No. 8 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) to take his third win in the last four races. Eslick led Herrin across the finish line by .484 of a second while Canadian rider Chris Peris (No. 10 Erion Racing Honda CBR600RR) improved from 14th on the grid to finish third for his first podium finish of the season.
The race came down to a final lap tussle between Eslick and Herrin as some lapped traffic set up a side-by-side battle to the finish. Herrin tucked up behind Eslick on the uphill run out of Turn 1 and the leaders couldn't have been closer - including some contact - for most of the last lap.
"When we first got in the lappers, I don't think they knew we were there," said Eslick. "When we were coming around for the white flag, those guys definitely moved out of the way and let us race. I took a peek over and there he (Herrin) was. Out of Turn 10, driving up out of the right-hander, I got a good drive and we were both on the gas. I wasn't going to let out to not make a little contact, but it was driving out towards him. It was a great race. He tried as hard he could and it was great. It was an awesome race for Bruce Rossmeyer and RMR Buell."
Herrin finished second to match his career-best result in the season-opening Daytona 200 by Honda but nearly came up with the win Sunday.
"I saw that group of lappers on the last lap and I knew he (Eslick) was going to get stuck in the chicane or something, and he did," Herrin said. "He didn't get a great drive off of (Turn) 7, so I just tried as hard as I could and I got up next to his back tire. I knew I'd been catching him good into (Turn) 10 on the brakes. I got in there pretty good and got by him. When we squared it up to come over the hill, we just had a little contact and I fell off the side of the bike. I wasn't even going to try and get him in the last corner, because I knew I'd tuck the front or run off trying. The R6 was working great. The Graves Yamaha crew has been working hard all weekend. I couldn't ask for anything better."
Peris improved three spots on the first lap, quickly joined the lead pack and steered clear of trouble that hit several other top riders.
"I was just trying to get past everybody for the first few laps," said Peris, who swapped third place with the Buell of Taylor Knapp on the final lap. "I was trying to get past everybody where I could actually put my head down and run my own kind of pace. A couple of the guys, I think, chose the soft rear tire and they were all fading with about five laps to go. My bike seemed to hold in there pretty good. The Erion Honda was just working awesome. We made a few changes last night to get the bike to steer a little bit quicker and it all paid off today."
DiSalvo led the opening lap and later Laps 8 through 11 but ultimately finished seventh after his tires faded in the late going. The only other rider to lead the race was Jake Zemke (No. 1x Erion Racing Honda CBR600RR) who passed DiSalvo on Lap 2 but crashed while running up front five laps later.
Zemke wasn't injured and joined fellow front runners Roger Hayden (No. 95 Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R) and Tommy Aquino (No. 6 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) in walking away after lowside incidents during the race.
Knapp impressed in his first start on the No. 54 Latus Motors Racing Buell 1125R and finished a close fourth behind Peris. Jamie Hacking (No. 88 Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R) continued his string of strong finishes to round out the top five while Chaz Davies (No. 57 Factory Aprilia Millennium Technologies Team Aprilia RSV1000R) also kept his competitive streak of consistent results alive with a solid sixth-place showing.
Eslick now leads the Daytona SportBike championship with 109 points, Hacking is second with 99 markers and Herrin is third in the standings with 96 points.
Saturday's Race 1 winner Martin Cardenas (No. 36 Team M4 Suzuki GSX-R600) retired after 13 laps with mechanical issues while Dylon Husband (No. 73 Team Pur Sang Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R) recovered from Saturday's nearly catastrophic crash in Turn 12 to finish 28th Sunday on a stock Kawasaki replacement bike. Husband went off course at full speed when he lost his front brakes and ended up in the Air Fence near the end of Saturday's Race 1. He was uninjured but his primary race bike was destroyed. He started last in the 40-bike field.
Next up for AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL is the Honda Superbike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park, May 1 - 3.
All of the races from the Road Atlanta AMA Pro Suzuki Superbike Showdown will be featured on AMA Pro Primetime on SPEED over the course of the next four episodes. AMA Pro Prime Time airs every Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. ET) with the next scheduled show set for next Saturday, April 11.
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Casey Stoner Tops all 3 Days of MotoGP Testing wins another BMW car prior to next weekend's 2009 Season Opener at Qatar
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
The fastest rider at all three MotoGP tests this year, Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner looks to be in a strong position to challenge Valentino Rossi for the premier class crown.
Casey Stoner’s goal this year is clear. He aims to reclaim the MotoGP title from Valentino Rossi having seen the Italian run away with the championship in 2008, as the Australian endured an inconsistent campaign and his 2007 title slipped from his grasp.
If the signs of the 2009 preseason are anything to go by then Stoner will be Rossi’s main challenger this year and the Australian was understandably upbeat after wrapping up another successful weekend at Jerez on Sunday.
The winner of the BMW M Award at the Spanish circuit for the second year running, triumphing at a venue where he finished 11th in last season’s race and fifth in 2007, said about his Sunday achievement, “We need to replicate this for the race and try to get a better grid position. We have never had a very good starting position here and the races have gone worse from there. So now I think if we can perform reasonably well here on the race weekend we can get close enough to a podium position.”
Given the opportunity to assess his overall level of competitiveness before the start of the season, Stoner remarked, “We know what we are capable of. We are just working and working to get the bike at a reasonable level with the base setting before the start of the season. Last year we were just so far behind and I was riding too hard to keep up. We had problems and we don’t want that to happen again.”
When asked whether he thought he could have done any more during the 2009 preseason, given that he has been the fastest rider in the three MotoGP tests in Malaysia, Qatar and Spain but has not performed a race simulation since his wrist surgery last year, Stoner replied somewhat cryptically, “Everybody is always talking about long runs and long distances and when the time is right I can do it.”
“Considering we are all on the same tyres I don’t see why we have to do long runs to get a competitive edge. When you understand that the setting is right then you can do a long run, but I don’t see the point when the setting is not perfect.
Stoner's Ducati Marlboro team-mate Nicky Hayden had a mixed session, as he set the eleventh fastest lap with a 1'40.401. The American continued his steady adaptation to the Ducati this weekend, with some positive steps forward during this morning's first run out. However, he also had a brave escape as he ran off track towards the latter stages of the timed practice.
CASEY STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team) Fastest overall - 1’38.646 “I really don't know where that fast lap came from, especially at this track where I've never even been on the podium before! It's been something of a bogey track for myself and the Ducati. The last two races here were difficult, but we definitely found something yesterday afternoon and that made us feeling more confident about Jerez. This is a very, very good step for us. This morning we went out and changed something else and immediately had a good feeling with the bike but still it was not in the right direction: we hit another wall. We were consistent but we needed to go a little bit further. This afternoon we changed a little bit the setting in the rear of the bike to try to get a bit more traction but I came out in the qualifying session not really expecting too much. I thought the rest were going to really up the ante. They did that and got their lap times down, but I never expected to do the lap times that I did when I needed to pull them out. It's a great start to the year, but the real work now begins in Qatar. Now I need these two weeks to come better physically, just fitness. The wrist is coming better and better all the time and the arm is getting stronger and it doesn’t effect me when I ride so now I can use these two weeks to train a lot more and try to get ready for the beginning of the season. We look forward to it”.
Valentino Rossi - Yamaha Fiat - Position: 2nd Time: 1'39.365
“Really I was aiming for second place because I don’t think our sponsor Fiat wanted me to win the prize of a different car! Joking apart though, I am happy enough about this test because yesterday and this morning we worked very well, made some good progress and most importantly we were fast! We have a good setting for the race here and my race pace and speed is good. This afternoon I was quite unlucky because just before the red flag I was on a fast lap and was blocked, then we had the red flag and this meant there wasn’t much time before the rain came at the end. I am not sure I could have beaten Stoner today though; he was faster over one lap than me. It was strange not to have a qualifying tyre, the grip is not the same but Bridgestone have done a good job and you can still push so I think it will be possible to have some fun. Now we have finished testing and we’re waiting to go racing; I think we’re in good shape and it will be possible to push from the start.”
Circuit Record: Dani Pedrosa (Honda – 2008) 1’40.116
Best Pole: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha – 2008) 1’38.189
1. Casey Stoner (Ducati) – 1’38.646 (13 laps)
2. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) – 1’39.365 (16)
3. Loris Capirossi (Suzuki) – 1’39.757 (15)
4. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) – 1’39.829 (21)
5. Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki) – 1’39.848 (13)
6. Mika Kallio (Ducati) – 1’40.149 (14)
7. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) – 1’40.168 (17)
8. Sete Gibernau (Ducati) – 1’40.228 (9)
9. Toni Elias (Honda) – 1’40.266 (17)
10. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) – 1’40.305 (17)
11. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) – 1’40.401 (14)
12. Marco Melandri (Hayate) – 1’40.405 (18)
13. Randy De Puniet (Honda) – 1’40.646 (18)
14. Yuki Takahashi (Honda) – 1’40.814 (18)
15. Alex De Angelis (Honda) – 1’40.869 (15)
16. James Toseland (Yamaha) – 1’41.425 (10)
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Bookmakers see Rossi as the strongest title favourite over Stoner Hayden is a 20/1 Longshot
Monday, 23 March 2009 - The bookmakers have Valentino Rossi down as a clear favourite to win his seventh premier class title this year.
Following two preseason tests thus far in 2009 and ahead of next week’s MotoGP Official Test at Jerez, the bookmakers have marked the reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi out as the clear title favourite.
The 2007 MotoGP title winner Casey Stoner is sure to have plenty to say about that and with many bookies only offering ‘odds-on’ (e.g. 4/5) or ‘evens’ (1/1) prices to punters on Rossi retaining the premier class crown, there may be a temptation to look beyond the Italian for a good bet.
Nonetheless, given his strong preseason form, his brilliant 2008 campaign and his continued determination to break records and dominate in MotoGP the current odds of close to 2/1 for a Rossi title win with bwin.com should spark some interest.
Stoner of course had a complex wrist operation over the winter and is yet to complete a full race simulation since the surgery, but he has set the fastest times at both MotoGP tests so far this year. Those factors taken into account, bwin.com offer a decent price of 3/1 on the Ducati Marlboro man to win the title, whilst several other oddsmakers have him down as a 2/1 second favourite.
Interestingly there are similar odds being offered by most bookies on the injured Dani Pedrosa and Rossi’s Fiat Yamaha colleague Jorge Lorenzo.
Given his serious injuries sustained in Qatar Pedrosa has certainly suffered a major blow in his own preseason preparations. The Repsol Honda rider was briefly the World Championship leader until his costly Sachsenring crash last year, but eventually finished a distant third in the standings, although he certainly has talent to push for the title again. Even though he could miss the start of the season, bwin.com still have Pedrosa at 8/1 as third favourite, slightly ‘ahead’ of Lorenzo at 9/1.
Pedrosa’s fiery young compatriot Lorenzo will be doing everything he can to finish ahead of his Spanish rival in the final standings. He certainly looked to have come good on the last day of testing in Qatar, but can he find the consistency to overcome the more experienced men around him in the 2009 MotoGP field?
Elsewhere, in addition to the ‘big four’, the likes of Repsol Honda newcomer Andrea Dovizioso (around 16/1), 2006 World Champion and Ducati newboy Nicky Hayden (from 20/1) and Rizla Suzuki colleagues Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen on the improved GSV-R (both around 50/1), may also attract fans looking for an outside bet.
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FIM ANNOUNCEMENT Changes to the 2009 MotoGP Regulations
Sunday 29 March-
The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Claude Danis (FIM), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Messrs Vito Ippolito (FIM President), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Sport Director), Javier Alonso (Dorna) and M. Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held on March 28 in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), decided to introduce the following amendments to the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.
For MotoGP 2009 Class
For immediate application
1. Engine restriction from Czech Republic Grand Prix included
a) A rider can use a maximum of 5 engines until the end of the Championship.
b) New engines have to be sealed before use (practices, warm up, race).
c) A new engine will be deemed to have been used when the motorcycle exits the pit lane.
d) All used engines will have the exhaust ports additionally sealed at the end of each event.
e) A sealed engine can be reused at any time.
f) The penalty for using an unauthorized engine will be a deduction of 10 points from the total point of the Championship ranking of the rider concerned.
2. 2009-2010 tests
8 days in total. Venues and days will be announced.
3. Ceramic composite materials shall not be permitted for brake discs and pads.
4. Any pressurized hydraulic powered system is not allowed. Also engine lubricating oil cannot be used for any other purpose.
5. Electronic controlled suspension shall not be permitted.
6. EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) shall not be permitted.
7. Testing with non-contracted riders is allowed at any track, at any time, but it is subject to the following limitations:
a) Only tyres coming from the Tyre Supplier are allowed, and not more than 240pcs. per Manufacturer can be used from the 1st of January to the 31st of December including after-race tests.
b) After the MotoGP season has started, testing before a race included in the MotoGP Championship is limited to 2 tracks, and no later than 14 days prior to the race.
8. Testing for contracted riders:
a) Contracted riders are allowed to 2 after-race tests. The tyres used by the contracted riders will not be counted.
b) The winter test ban will be extended up to January 31st.
For MotoGP 2010
1. Only one machine can be used during each MotoGP event.
2. A rider can use a maximum of 6 engines for the entire Championship.
3. A new event schedule will be announced.
4. Carbon composite front brake discs must be of one diameter only and two types of mass.The diameter will be 320mm only.
5. The maximum fuel injection pressure is 10 Bar.
6. MMC (Metal Matrix Composite) & FRM (Fiber Matrix Material) shall not be permitted.
7. Temperature sensor for the tyre will not be permitted.
8. From 2010 to 2012, the rim width shall be limited to 2 sizes for front and 1 size for rear for each manufacturer. Wheels diameter shall be limited to 16.5 inches only.
9. Variable exhaust system shall not be permitted.
10. Variable Valve Timing system and Variable Valve Lift system powered by electric and/or liquid, shall not be permitted.
11. Connecting rod shall not be a hollow structure but less than 2mm oil pass tunnel is permitted.
12. Twin clutch system (known as DSG) shall not be permitted.
13. Automatic transmission shall not be permitted. But manual transmission assisted by small force shall be permitted.
14. Consecutive Variable Transmission shall not be permitted.
15. Only DORNA can supply GPS unit just for entertainments such as TV broadcasting, which can’t connect to CPU unit by any kind of system.
16. Electric/electronic steering damper system shall not be permitted.
17. Minimum weight of motorcycle shall be the existing one + 2 kg. (ex: 150 kg for 4 cylinders).
18. Only 5 persons can work on the machine in the pits .
19. Riders who enter the Championship for the first time (Rookies) must be entered by a non factory Team.
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AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days to feature AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships AMA Racing No. 1 plates will be awarded to premier-class champions; AMA Racing Vintage Grand National Champion to be crowned
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, set for July 24-26 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, will feature the inaugural AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, which will honor the top riders in a variety of disciplines with championship titles and AMA Racing No. 1 plates.
In addition, the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships will crown a single AMA Racing Vintage Grand National Champion. The Grand National Champion will be the rider who has the highest cumulative premier-class point total across multiple vintage disciplines held at the event. Featured will be road racing, motocross, dirt track, hare scrambles and trials.
"AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the country's premier event for vintage bike enthusiasts, and the world's largest celebration of motorcycling's heritage," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "It's only appropriate to recognize the top competitors at the event with AMA Racing National Championships. In addition, naming an AMA Racing Vintage Grand National Champion echoes an honor that has been very important in the shared history of motorcyclists, and allows us to recognize one outstanding individual who excels across multiple disciplines."
Class champions from the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, as well as the 2009 AMA Vintage Grand National Champion, will be invited to attend the end-of-year AMA Racing annual awards banquet, where AMA Racing National Champions from around the country will be honored for their 2009 accomplishments.
In addition, riders winning titles in the premier classes at this year's AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, and the No. 1 plates that go with those titles, will earn the right to run and defend their plates at the 2010 AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships.
Full details of the program, such as which classes will be considered premier and therefore eligible for AMA Racing No. 1 plates and points toward the title of AMA Racing Vintage Grand National Champion, will be announced in the near future.
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April 12 Qatar Doha/Losail*
April 26 Japan Motegi
May 3 Spain Jerez
May 17 France Le Mans
May 31 Italy Mugello
June 14 Catalunya
June 27 Netherlands Assen**
July 5 USA Laguna***
July 19 DM Sachsenring
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Aug16 Czech Rep.Brno
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Oct 4 Portugal Estoril
Oct 18 Australia Phillip Is
Oct 25 Malaysia Sepang
Nov 8 Valencia
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AMA Pro Road Racing Test of 2009 Set For Infineon Raceway April 20 - 21
Open to the Public for Free
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 4, 2009) - The first of three officially sanctioned 2009 AMA Pro Road Racing test sessions will be held at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., April 20 - 21, and is available to all currently licensed AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited and AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL teams.
Open to the public, the test is being administered by Infineon Raceway which is billing the Monday and Tuesday session as the 4th Annual Two Wheel Thunder. Many top American Superbike and Daytona SportBike teams and riders have already confirmed participation with several others expected to commit to the test in the coming days in preparation for their return to the Sonoma Valley in advance of the Kawasaki AMA Pro Superbike Showdown presented by Supercuts, May 15 - 17.
Some of the teams scheduled to attend Two Wheel Thunder include Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki, Rockstar Makita Suzuki, Corona Extra Honda and Foremost Insurance Ducati.
Two Wheel Thunder kicks off the three official tests of 2009 for American Superbike and Daytona SportBike competitors as a key part of new testing policies and regulations that were announced by AMA Pro Road Racing earlier this year. Each of the three official test days will be held at respective tracks in the East and Midwest in addition to the Infineon event that will serve the West. The other tests are tentatively scheduled for Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, June 10 - 11 and New Jersey Motorsports Park, July 21 - 22.
Each test will be operated and sanctioned by AMA Pro and entrants will be responsible for track rental costs, tires and fuel. The cost to competitors is $500 per rider per day, with track time available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Competitors can contact Dave Schwartz at Infineon Raceway at 707-933-3956 or email@example.com for more information and to register for the test.
Fans will be admitted free to Infineon Raceway both days, but should target Tuesday, April 21, as a must attend. The track will host a rider Q&A session at the lunch break, Supermoto and SBFreaks Street Freestyle demonstrations and special ticket offers. For complete information, be sure to visit www.infineonraceway.com or call 800-870-RACE.
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Yamaha and Petronas extend collaboration into MotoGP
Doha, Qatar 09/04/2009 - Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd has signed a three-year agreement with PETRONAS that will see the Malaysian national oil and gas corporation become an important new Official Sponsor and Premium Partner of the Fiat Yamaha Team.
Under the new partnership, the Fiat Yamaha Team will carry the PETRONAS branding on the team’s liveries, including on the bikes of riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo as well as team equipment and material.
The two parties are also partners in sporting collaborations in motorcycle championships in the Asia Pacific region for over eight years.
The partnership will lead to the future extension of the existing business relationship in Malaysia into the South-East Asian region for the development and production of Yamalube engine oil for Yamaha OEM vehicles.
For PETRONAS, the latest collaboration with Yamaha will enable it to continue building the position of its international lubricants business through a strategic partnership with another globally successful manufacturer and brand.
“This is a very exciting development for Yamaha and for the sport of MotoGP,” commented Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing. “Yamaha and PETRONAS already have a successful business relationship away from racing, and this new, long-term, business partnership will see the ties between the two multi-national companies strengthened further. It is especially good to see a global company of PETRONAS’ stature making the decision to enter into our sport at this difficult time and we look forward to working hand in hand with them to develop a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”
The new livery of the Fiat Yamaha Team riders and bikes with PETRONAS branding will be seen for the first time on Friday April 10th as the riders begin free practice for the 1st GP event - the night race in Qatar on Sunday April 12th.
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