Awarding Kenji Nagai / Ken’s Factory, Japan (standing in the middle wearing sunglasses and holding the PM Best of Show trophy) with the lion's share of $86,000 in cash and awards is from left: Ted Sands / Performance Machine, Elizabeth Nicole / singer songwriter actress and host, and FastDates.com Calendar Kittens Apple and Melody.
World Premier of the 2010 FastDates.com Calendars
New Shinya Kimura Retro Sportbike Customs for Brad Pitt
Plus the all girl built AFT Metric Customs bike "LoLA" wins Best Metric Custom!
Machine presents the 18 Annual
2009 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend with the
Calendar Bike Building Championship &
2-Day Calendar Girl Music Festival
July 18-19th 2009, Queen Mary Event Park, Long Beach, CA - The 18th annual Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show and Calendar Girl Music Festival Weekend presented by Performance Machine, America's premier custom, cruiser, performance and sportbike weekend marked its returned to the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach. Thousands of motorcycle and rock music fans were in attendance for the world's most exciting 2-day motorcycle event in the beautiful Queen Mary Event Park on the grass alongside the Pacific Ocean with it’s cool ocean breezes to fend off California summer’s scorching heat.
Despite the tough economic conditions that have taken their toll on the motorcycle industry and all events across America, the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show remains the world's premier street motorcycle weekend featuring major motorcycle and parts manufacturers, top name custom builders and selected product venders. As always the Show gave spetators a full 8-hour day of exciting value for their $25 1-day admission with the Calendar Bike Building Championship bikecontest, Calendar Bike Building Seminars, the Calendar Girl Music Festival, the Brown & Koro World Record Dyno Shootout, free Can-Am Spyder demo rides, complimentary admission abord the Queen Mary ghost ship, and the Saturday Night Iron & Lace Calendar Builder's Party aboard the Queen Mary with a live band.
Spectators view the Pro Builder Class entries along the Park's shore line at Sunday's Calendar Bike Building Championship. The Show has 10 different classes dispersed throughout the Park to provide an even flow of spectators to all the venders and exhibitors.
Making their world premier at the Calendar Show are is the exciting new 2010 Fast Dates.com Calendars: Fast Dates Race Bikes, Iron & Lace Custom Bikes and Garage Girls Pinup Model Calendar sponsored by SBK World Superbike, Performance Machine and Mikuni Carburetors Photographed by renown motorsports and fashion photographerand Calendar Show promotoer Jim Gianatsis, the FastDates.com Calendars always features the word's top roadracing and custom motorcycles, together with beautiful swimsuit and centerfold models roadracing bikes. Fans got to meet and pose for pictures with Calendar Kittens Apple Price and Melody Schuster who are featured in the new Calendars premiering at the Show!
Calendar Kittens Apple and Melody stop by the Performance Machine display to check the great products and some new custom bikes by Roland Sands Design that the girls just might be shooting with for the next FastDates.com Calendars.
A Bike Show couldn't get more world class than this! - Best of Show winner Kenji Nagai flew in from Tokyo with his bike, together with Calendar Girl Model Search winner Katrin who flew in with her bikini from from Moscow, pose together on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach, California.
Ken's Factory Returns to Win 2009 Best of Show!
Not satisfied with his last year's 1st Place Pro Builder award and the cover of the new 2010 Iron & Lace Calendar, Kenji Nagai / Ken’s Factory, Japan, flew back from his home base in Japan for this year's 2009 Performance Machine sponsored Calendar Bike Building Championship with his all-new bike "1913" to take Best of Show. Ken took back home to Japan the lion's share of $86,000 in cash and awards which were presented to him by Show sponsor Ted Sands / Performance Machine; singer songwriter actress and hostess Elizabeth Nicole; and FastDates.com Calendar Kittens Apple Price and Melody Schuster . Hi-Resolution
The weekend features many of the world's top Pro and Amateur street bike builders in attendance to compete in the Performance Machine Calendar Show Bike Building Championship with a bulging purse of $86,000 in cash and awards. There are 10 individual classes for American V-Twin and Metric Street Custom, Performance, Classic, Bobber, Chopper and Sportbike motorcycles The coveted Performance Machine Best of Show Trophy is awarded for the top overall bike at the Show and included a $500 cash prize, an additional $7,500 in product awards bringing the total awards to $8,000 overall, plus the winning bike and builder receives an editorial bike feature in Iron Works magazine and the Iron & Lace Calendar photographed by Show producer Jim Gianatsis.
AFT Metric Customs and Models bike LoLA wins 1st Place Metric Custom!
The weekend marked the World Premier of "LoLA" built by AFT Metric Customs & Modeling Agency, last year Best of Show winner. The AFT Model Agency Girls built LoLA just for just for the 2009 LA Calendar Show. Spectators got to meet all the girls who built the bike and company director Jim Guiffra and get an autographed poster of this picture! On Sunday LoLA was entered in the Calendar Bike Building Championship where it took 1st Place in the Metric Custom class.
LoLA was built in just 4 months for its world premier from a new 2009 Honda VXT1300 with a ground up rebuild to Pro Street drag bike specifications. The naked engine features JE Pistons and a Web Cam. Special modifications include a hidden radiator, hydraulic clutch conversion from cable, and an "Oh So Sexy" Red/Cream paint job. Congratulations girls, great job1 Photo: www.PhotosByRichard.net Hi-Resolution
Brown & Koro Motorcycle Attorneys Sponsor
LA Calendar Show's DynoJet Factory Superbike Dyno
The Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show was excited to announce this weekend that Brown and Koro Attorneys, the well known National legal firm firm dedicated to protecting motorcyclists in the event of an accident, have signed a four year agreement to be the Title Sponsor of the Calendar Show's exciting World Record Dyno Horsepower Shootout.
Founding by attorney and long time motorcycle rider Russ Brown, and now partnered with another riding attorney Chuck Koro, Russ was one of the first attorneys on the National scene to dedicate his firm to protecting biker's rights, particularly when involved in accidents with automobiles drivers who are responsible for 70% of all motorcycle accidents in America. Brown also founded BAM, a national based motorcycle breakdown and assistance organization where member bikers can dial 1-800-4BIKERS to get assistance from other members who are near them geographically, if they are stranded on the road. For additional information visit http://www.RussBrown.com
This year's World Record Dyno Shootout is being produced by DynoJet Research, Inc, based in Las Vegas, NV, , who are bringing their official factory superbike dyno truck from their headquarters in Arizona, just for the Calendar Show.For a minimum cost of just $20 per run, Bike Show attendees can have their motorcycles run on the factory DynoJet dynometer by DynoJet Technical Support Manager Dustin Schaller. At the end of their run they'll receive a printout record of their bikes torque and horsepower figures after the run. http://www.DynoJet.com
Transformers in the making? Skip Fordyce Harley V-Rod nitrous Drag Bike meets Roehr Supercharged Harley V-Rod Superbike with Russian bikini supermodel Katrin taking pictures as they prepare to mate. Photo curtsey Motorcycle.com. Click to go bigger.
Exclusive Iron & Lace Calendar Builders Seminars
top custom bike builders featured in the Iron & Lace Calendar
give free seminars both days and tell you their design philosophy,
building techniques, and answer your questions. Scheduled Builders include Russell Mitchell of Exile Cycles, Roland Sands of Roland Sands Design, Todd Silicato of Todd's Cycle, Barry LaCour of Top Shelf Customs and Charlie Habayia of S&S Cycles!
Todd Silicato / Todd's Cycles was one of our builders holding Calendar Builders Seminars both days.
Shinya Kimura and partner Ayu show the Calendar Kittens the two new bikes he just completed on order for movie star Brad Pitt - a Ducati 750cc Bevel Drive and a Triumph 650cc in cafe racer styling. Check out the rare '60s era magnesium double leading shoe vented racing front brake drum assembly on the Ducati.
Shinya Kimura premiers 2 new Brad Pitt custom bikes
Japanese custom bike builder Shinya Kimura / ChabbottEnginnering.com has a unique style designing very original performance themed customs from buckets of old parts. Shinya made his first ever America appearance at the 2004 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend were he clinched Best of Show in the Calendar Bike Building Championship. A few months later this winning bike was photographed by FastDates.com Calendar photographer Jim Gianatsis with one of the beautiful Calendar Kittens. Pictures from that shoot were with the bike used both in the ad campaign for the 2005 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend and the Iron & Lace Calendar. Soon afterwards that winning bike was purchased by motorcycle enthusiast and Hollywood actor Brad Pitt. The paparazzi in Hollywood have photographed Brad Pitt riding our Kimura Calendar bike from his home in Beverly Hills, down to the Hollywood studios and around town.
Brad has recently commission Shinya to build him two more bikes, both of which were unveiled at this year's Calendar Show even before their owner has had a chance to see them. Both bikes feature Shinya's retro roadracer styling with hand formed aluminum upper fairings, rare magnesium front drum roadracing brakes, and are powered by old Ducati 750ccand Triumph 650cc engines.
2-Day Calendar Girl Muisc Festival
Included with admission is the exciting 2-Day Calendar Girl Rock Musical Festival in the Park on the Pacific Ocean, showcasing beautiful all-girl rock bands with sexy rockers Cockpit headlining both days with their all original music. Saturday brought back by popular demand past years' favorites the AC/DC tribute band Whole Lotta Rosies, plus Absinthe Women.
Sunday's Show featured the very sexy Purrfect Angelz dance and music show performing 3 times during the day, together with 2 more feature sets from Cockpit. Sandwiched in there for 5 straight hours of non stop entertainment on the main Stage was an incredible acoustical vocal performance by Bike Show hostess, singer songwriter and actress Elizabeth Nicole. Plus the show stopping Calendar Girl Model Search Pageant which was won by Roehr Motorcycle's Katrin, a beautiful bikini clad spokesmodel from Russia.
Show Admission also includes Complimentary Entry to the historic Queen Mary ocean liner all weekend (normally a separate $12 charge per day) and the Saturday Night Calendar Bike Builder's Party in the ship's Observation Bar with Mary Falls and Chain Reaction performing.
Title and Associate Sponsorship support for the premier streetbike event weekend in America is provided by Performance Machine, Russ Brown & Chuck Koro Attorneys, Iron Works magazine, S&S Cycle, California Harley-Davidson, , CycleTrader.com, Thunder Press, Mikuni Carburetors, Meguiar’s Car Care Products, and the FastDates.com Calendars.
The 2010 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Calendar Girl Music Festival Weekend is tentatively scheduled for July 17-18th 2010 at the Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, CA. For complete details including additional event coverage and pictures, the show schedules, hotels and parking information visit www.FastDates.com.
Additional 2009 LA Calendar Show photos HERE
2010 FastDates.com Calendars
Making their world premier at the Calendar Show are is the exciting new 2010 Fast Dates.com Calendars Fast Dates Race Bikes, Iron & Lace Custom Bikes and garage Girls Pinup Model Calendar sponsored by SBK World Superbike, Performance Machine and Mikuni Carburetors Photographed by renoun motorsports and fashion photographer Jim Gianatsis, the FastDates Calendars always features the word's top roadracing and custom motorccyles, together with beautiful swimsuit and centerfold models roadracing bikes.
This new 2010 Fast Dates R ace Bike Calendar cover features Ducati's World Superbike Championship winning homologation 1098R Superbike with beautiful Calendar Kittens Rachel Bernstein and Sabella Shake. Of course inside , there's all all the top factory race bikes of the SBK World Superbike Championship photographed this year on location at the Miller Motorsports Park round in Utah, USA. Included are the top factory superbikes from Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Ducati including
3-time World Champion Troy Bayliss' Xerox Ducati 1098F08, Carlos Checa's Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR, and Max Biaggi's Alstare Suzuki GSXR1000.
The 2010 Iron & Lace Custom Bike Calendar features last year's Calendar Show winning custom bikes from AFT Customs and Ken's Customs in Japan, a Triumph retro racer from former Show winner Shinya Kimura, and the top 3 winning bikes of last year's AMD World Chamionship of Custom bike Building.
Yamaha's 1-2 Punch
MotoGP World Championship, Round 9 of 17, Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland
Yamaha's 1-2 Punch at German MotoGP
German Grand Prix, Sachsenring, Sunday July 19 2009 - Valentino Rossi was never under any illusions that he would have it easy in his defense of the MotoGP world title, and once again the Italian was made to fight for glory at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. The Fiat Yamaha rider took the win at Sachsenring by just 0.099s from persistent rival Jorge Lorenzo in a breathtaking race to extend his lead in the World Championship.
After starting from pole for the first time at the German track, Rossi took the lead of the race after thirteen laps. Both the Italian and teammate Lorenzo eked out an advantage to make it a two-way battle to the chequered flag, with a last lap battle reminiscent of the Barcelona round of the series one month ago. Rossi’s definitive pass had come at the end of the home straight with two laps to go, and he brushed off the young pretender’s overtures for his fourth win of the 2009 season.
Starting from eighth on the grid, Dani Pedrosa had established his credentials in the dry with the best lap in the morning warmup. He had another storming start at Sachsenring to move up to the lead group, and put up a bold fight both amongst and behind the Yamaha duo. The Repsol Honda rider completed the podium with a race time under three seconds down on the top two.
Early leader Casey Stoner’s stamina lasted longer than he had expected in the dry race, and he was able to mount a serious challenge for the win. With five laps to go, however, he was passed by Pedrosa going into the first turn, and one lap later a sit-up meant that he lost touch of the Spaniard.
Alex de Angelis and Toni Elías had a successful salvage operation for the San Carlo Honda Gresini team, placing fifth and sixth, respectively. Elías was particularly impressive, having started from last place.
The only retirees from the race were Randy de Puniet - who crashed on the opening lap - and Andrea Dovizioso. The latter fell victim to excessive front tyre wear and was forced to call it a day before the end of the 30-lap Grand Prix.
Race Classification MotoGP : (30 laps = 110.13 km)
Pos/ Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H / Gap
1 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Fiat Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 41'21.769 / 159.752 /
2 / Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Fiat Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 41'21.868 / 159.745 / 0.099
3 / Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 41'24.668 / 159.565 / 2.899
4 / Casey STONER / AUS / Ducati Marlboro Team / DUCATI / 41'31.995 / 159.096 / 10.226
5 / Alex DE ANGELIS / RSM / San Carlo Honda Gresini / HONDA / 41'43.291 / 158.378 / 21.522
6 / Toni ELIAS / SPA / San Carlo Honda Gresini / HONDA / 41'52.621 / 157.790 / 30.852
7 / Marco MELANDRI / ITA / Hayate Racing Team / KAWASAKI / 41'53.070 / 157.762 / 31.301
8 / Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Ducati Marlboro Team / DUCATI / 41'53.495 / 157.735 / 31.726
9 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 41'54.634 / 157.664 / 32.865
10 / James TOSELAND / GBR / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 42'05.695 / 156.973 / 43.926
11 / Loris CAPIROSSI / ITA / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 42'19.144 / 156.142 / 57.375
12 / Niccolo CANEPA / ITA / Pramac Racing / DUCATI / 42'22.308 / 155.948 / 1'00.539
13 / Chris VERMEULEN / AUS / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 42'25.414 / 155.757 / 1'03.645
14 / Mika KALLIO / FIN / Pramac Racing / DUCATI / 42'25.924 / 155.726 / 1'04.155
15 / Gabor TALMACSI / HUN / Scot Racing Team MotoGP / HONDA / 41'22.338 / 154.391 / 1 lap
Pole Position: Valentino ROSSI 1'32.520 142.840 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record) : Dani PEDROSA 1'22.126 160.918 Km/h Lap 25
Circuit Record Lap: Dani PEDROSA 1'23.082 159.066 Km/h 2007
Circuit Best Lap: Casey STONER 1'21.067 163.020 Km/h 2008
World Championship Positions:
1 ROSSI 176, 2 LORENZO 162, 3 STONER 148, 4 PEDROSA 108, 5 EDWARDS 83,
6 MELANDRI 70, 7 DOVIZIOSO 69, 8 VERMEULEN 64, 9 CAPIROSSI 61, 10 DE PUNIET 58,
11 DE ANGELIS 47, 12 ELIAS 47, 13 HAYDEN 46, 14 TOSELAND 45, 15 KALLIO 28.
250cc GP to Simoncelli
Marco Simoncelli kept his title challenge alive with a win in the 250cc contest, his second victory of his World Championship defense. As in 2008, the Metis Gilera rider broke free from the pack in the early going. This time, however, he had Álex Debón along for the ride. Simoncelli couldn’t shake the Spanish veteran despite his best attempts, although he had enough breathing space to prevent any overtaking moves.
Debón held on to second place, his first rostrum of the 2009 season, whilst behind him a fierce battle developed for the final podium spot. Álvaro Bautista took the trailing group up to his countryman on the final lap, but was unsuccessful in making a move on Debón despite putting in a circuit record lap. He did, however, get past title rival and series leader Hiroshi Aoyama to cut the gap in the standings to ten points.
The race had been restarted after an initial lap when rain fell on the Sachsenring, but during the wait between starts the track was deemed to have dried sufficiently for the majority of riders to change back to slick tyres.
Race Classification 250cc (19 laps = 69.749 km)
1 / Marco SIMONCELLI / ITA / Metis Gilera / GILERA / 27'11.034 / 153.949 /
2 / Alex DEBON / SPA / Aeropuerto-Castello-Blusens / APRILIA / 27'11.513 / 153.904 / 0.479
3 / Alvaro BAUTISTA / SPA / Mapfre Aspar Team / APRILIA / 27'11.562 / 153.899 / 0.528
4 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / Scot Racing Team 250cc / HONDA / 27'11.900 / 153.867 / 0.866
5 / Hector BARBERA / SPA / Pepe World Team / APRILIA / 27'12.294 / 153.830 / 1.260
6 / Hector FAUBEL / SPA / Honda SAG / HONDA / 27'17.006 / 153.387 / 5.972
7 / Aleix ESPARGARO / SPA / Balatonring Team / APRILIA / 27'19.755 / 153.130 / 8.721
8 / Thomas LUTHI / SWI / Emmi - Caffe Latte / APRILIA / 27'19.796 / 153.126 / 8.762
9 / Raffaele DE ROSA / ITA / Scot Racing Team 250cc / HONDA / 27'30.210 / 152.160 / 19.176
10 / Roberto LOCATELLI / ITA / Metis Gilera / GILERA / 27'38.984 / 151.355 / 27.950
11 / Alex BALDOLINI / ITA / WTR San Marino Team / APRILIA / 27'40.635 / 151.205 / 29.601
12 / Lukas PESEK / CZE / Auto Kelly - CP / APRILIA / 27'49.333 / 150.417 / 38.299
13 / Shoya TOMIZAWA / JPN / CIP Moto - GP250 / HONDA / 28'02.974 / 149.198 / 51.940
14 / Jules CLUZEL / FRA / Matteoni Racing / APRILIA / 28'03.953 / 149.111 / 52.919
15 / Bastien CHESAUX / SWI / Racing Team Germany / HONDA / 28'17.820 / 147.893 / 1'06.786
Pole Position: Marco SIMONCELLI 1'32.962 142.161 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record): Alvaro BAUTISTA 1'24.552 156.301 Km/h Lap 19
Circuit Record Lap: Mika KALLIO 1'24.762 155.914 Km/h 2007
Circuit Best Lap: Marco SIMONCELLI 1'23.399 158.462 Km/h 2008
World Championship Positions:
1 AOYAMA 134, 2 BAUTISTA 124, 3 BARBERA 106, 4 SIMONCELLI 102, 5 PASINI 64,
6 DEBON 63, 7 LUTHI 60, 8 FAUBEL 59, 9 DE ROSA 58, 10 LOCATELLI 53, 11 WILAIROT 38,
12 PESEK 36, 13 CLUZEL 35, 14 DI MEGLIO 32, 15 ABRAHAM 31.
AMA/DMG National Superbike Championship. Round 8 of 11 Mid-Ohio
Josh Hayes Triples AMA Superbike Weeknd at Mid-Ohio
Hayes takes Saturday First Round of AMA Pro Honda Super Cycle Weekend
LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 18, 2009) - Josh Hayes claimed the second AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited win of his career, while Eslick earned his fourth AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the first of two doubleheader races at the Honda Super Cycle Weekend presented by Dunlop Tires.
Hayes started from pole position on his No. 4 Yamaha Motor Corp. USA Yamaha R1 and lost the lead only once during the 21-lap sprint race on the 2.4-mile track, falling behind the No. 79 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Blake Young in Turn 2 on the first lap. After several attempts at passing Young in Turn 6, Hayes changed his strategy and made the move stick in Turn 1 on Lap 6. The Mississippi native was pressured lap after lap for the remaining fifteen circuits, holding off the pack by just .183 seconds at the finish.
"It started off pretty crazy," said Hayes, whose first American Superbike win came earlier this season at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. "I started off pretty good through Turn 1 and just got trounced before I got to the keyhole, then Blake kind of got out there and took off and ran. It took me a little while to get my wits about me and get to him and get through there and then I just tried to ride smooth, and I just had a lot of fun. It was a good race. There was a lot of pressure the whole way, and the last lap was right up there with every other lap."
Aaron Yates mounted a late-race charge on the No. 23 Brand Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000, overtaking Young in Turn 6 on Lap 15 and running nose-to-tail with Hayes before getting caught up by a lapped rider on Lap 17. Yates cleared the lapped traffic and turned the fastest lap of the race at 1:25.666 on Lap 20 but was unable to take the top spot, finishing in second.
"I felt pretty good about the end of the race, but it was tough getting by a couple guys," said Yates. "We ran up on some lappers just kind of cruising along that wanted to race with the leaders and kind of gave a little gap to Josh there for a little while, but it was fun at the end being able to chase him down. I felt like if I had some clear track, I could have caught back up but I just ran out of laps."
Six-time American Superbike champion Mat Mladin finished third on the No. 7 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. Mladin struggled in qualifying and started from ninth before steadily working his way through the field, passing teammate Young on Lap 16 for the final spot on the podium.
"These guys were running a good pace," said Mladin, who has claimed victory in 10 of the season's 13 races. "It's one thing to be able to get up there, but it's another thing to get past. We couldn't do it today and that was it. Obviously it would have made it easier to be a little bit closer on the start. That's the way it goes, we just didn't have the pace today."
Hayes' teammate Ben Bostrom finished fourth on the No. 2 Yamaha Motor Corp. USA Yamaha R1 and local favorite and hometown rider Larry Pegram, who hails from Columbus, Ohio, finished fifth aboard the No. 22 Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing Ducati 1098R. Hayden finished sixth in the race and currently trails Mladin by 133 points in the American Superbike point standings, 376-243.
David Anthony (No. 25 Aussie Dave Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000) was involved in an on-track incident during Saturday morning's American Superbike Final Qualifying session. Anthony was evaluated by the track medical center before being transported to MedCentral in Mansfield, Ohio for further evaluation.
Johnny Rock Page has been suspended for the remainder of the Mid-Ohio event, in addition to the Heartland Park Topeka round, for failure to acknowledge the blue flag during the American Superbike race and subsequently impeding the progress of the race leaders.
Saturday's AMA Pro American Superbike race can be seen on SPEED Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). Sunday's American Superbike race will close the weekend and will run at 4:00 p.m. local time.
Josh Hayes Sweeps AMA Pro Races in Honda Super Cycle Weekend at Mid-Ohio
Earns First SuperSport Victory; First Back-to-Back Wins for Yamaha since 1994
LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 19, 2009) - Josh Hayes started from pole and swept the Honda Super Cycle Weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, earning his third career AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited victory in Sunday's race. Danny Eslick matched Hayes' effort, claiming victory in a hard-fought AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL battle earlier in the day.
Hayes has an accomplished history at the 2.4-mile course and this weekend proved to be a continuation for the two-time Formula Xtreme champion. After claiming Superpole on Friday, Hayes held off a hard-charging pack of riders led by Aaron Yates' No. 23 Brand Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 in Saturday's American Superbike race for the win. Sunday saw a compelling performance by Hayes, as he held off teammate Ben Bostrom's No. 2 Yamaha Motor Corp. USA Yamaha R1 to mark the first time in 15 years that a Yamaha rider has earned three wins in an American Superbike season. The last rider to complete the milestone was two-time World Superbike champion and MotoGP star Colin Edwards in 1994.
"This is what Superbike racing is supposed to be," said Hayes, who earned his first American Superbike victory at Infineon Raceway earlier this year. "One lap I had a full second gap, and the rest of the time I had these guys breathing down my neck. This is what you feel good about; when you go home you know that you put it all out there, that these guys were having a good day too and you came out on top. It doesn't matter how much you win by, it's the difference between racing and just going fast around a race track."
Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rider Tommy Hayden won the hole shot on the No. 22 Suzuki to start the 21-lap sprint race, but gave up the point to Hayes in Turn 6 on the first lap. Hayes lost the lead only briefly, falling behind Bostrom in Turn 6 on Laps 8 and 11 only to retake control of the field in the next corner. Bostrom held off the remainder of the lead pack to finish .987 seconds behind Hayes.
"We had a very good bike today," said Bostrom. "It seems like when you brake on the inside, you never seem to make the corner, and Josh is real smart, very savvy. He just kind of high-lowed me back up there, so I tried to get on the gas pretty hard the second time and came pretty far out of the saddle. I thought I was going to jump on his bike. I just settled down and tried to follow him and figured I'd just make a run on him in the end. I felt like my bike was incredible."
Hayden looked to the inside of Bostrom in Turn 6 several times during the second half of the race in an attempt to take second, but was never able to get the No. 22 Suzuki into a position to complete the pass. The Kentucky native scored his seventh podium of the season on Sunday.
"I couldn't get around those guys," said Hayden. "They were pushing really hard. Towards the middle of the race I kind of felt like I needed to get by and then if I could, I thought maybe I could up the pace a little bit. The last five laps it was getting pretty difficult just to hold on. We each had our part of the race where our bikes were working a little bit better. In the end I had to follow those guys home."
Blake Young was the final rider in the lead pack, finishing in fourth place aboard the No. 79 Rockstar/Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000. Columbus, Ohio native Larry Pegram's No. 72 Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing Ducati 1098R rounded out the top five after trading fifth position with Michael Laverty's No. 8 Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 four times in the final 10 laps.
Championship leader Mat Mladin finished seventh on the No. 7 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and leads Hayden by 126 points in the American Superbike championship standings.
Next up for AMA Pro American Superbike is a doubleheader at the Tornado Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka on the weekend of July 31-August 2.
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha)
3. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki)
4. Blake Young (Suzuki)
5. Larry Pegram (Ducati)
6. Michael Laverty (Suzuki)
7. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
8. Geoff May (Suzuki)
9. Neil Hodgson (Honda)
10. Taylor Knapp (Buell)
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)
3. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
4. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha)
5. Larry Pegram (Ducati)
6. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki)
7. Blake Young (Suzuki)
8. Geoff May (Suzuki)
9. Jake Holden (Honda)
10. Michael Laverty (Suzuki)
11. Neil Hodgson (Honda)
1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki) 390
2. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki) 264
3. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha) 246
4. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 245
5. Larry Pegram (Ducati) 223
6. Blake Young (Suzuki) 201
7. Geoff May (Suzuki) 199
8. Aaron Yates (Suzuki) 198
9. Taylor Knapp (Buell) 127
10. David Anthony (Suzuki) 120
13. Neil Hodgson (Honda) 94
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Three-way battle between Haga, Spies and Fabrizio resumes at Brno
Brno, Tuesday 21 July 2009 -The Hannspree FIM Superbike World Championship heads to the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic this coming weekend for the tenth round of this year’s series. The Czech Round is the last event before the summer break, which will be a well-deserved opportunity for teams and riders to get some rest in view of the final four-round rush to the finish starting in September.
The 5.403 km Brno track is a particularly challenging circuit, with constant uphill and downhill sections that provide a severe test-bed for both man and machine. World Superbike has raced at Brno six times in the past: first sporadically in 1993 and 1996, and then a constant fixture since 2005. Three of the four recent editions have been dominated by four-cylinder machines, especially Suzuki who have won four races since 2005 thanks to Yukio Kagayama (2), Troy Corser and Max Biaggi, with the score completed by wins for James Toseland (Honda) and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha). Last season the trend was inverted and Ducati, who had suffered in previous years, this time dominated the two races, placing five riders in the top 6 and giving a double win to Troy Bayliss.
HAGA GRITS HIS TEETH – In 2008 Noriyuki Haga failed to shine at Brno, and even this time things don’t look too promising for the championship leader. Haga comes to the Czech circuit in not the best of physical condition following his crash at Donington, and most probably will be playing a defensive game. But the Japanese rider, who is rapidly recovering from a broken wrist and scapula, has often accustomed the WSB world to miraculous recoveries and he will certainly be doing everything within his powers to defend his points lead. His closest rivals for the title, Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) and Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) will be looking to take advantage of the situation; the Texan is getting closer and closer to the top of the championship and his minimum aim is to reduce the 14-point gap at the top, and continue the run of 10 wins in 18 races this season. Fabrizio will have a dual role at Brno. On the one hand he will have to take points away from Spies to help his team-mate Haga, while on the other he will have to go on the attack because the world title is still a possibility seeing as he is just 51 points behind Haga, with 250 still up for grabs. Brno is a track that has always brought the best out of the young Italian, and now he is constantly up amongst the front-runners he is one of the favourites together with Spies.
OUTSIDERS – The formidable trio at the top are coming under attack from a series of rivals, including the increasingly competitive Hondas of Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate) and Leon Haslam (Stiggy Racing). In the recent test at Imola, the Northern Ireland youngster - and Misano winner - showed himself to be back on the ball again after the disappointment of Donington, and the ups and downs of Brno, where he won last year on a Supersport Honda, have the right characteristics to bring out the best in him. As for Haslam, the British rider is having an outstanding season and will surely be one of the protagonists in the Czech Round. As will Jakub Smrz (Ducati Guandalini), who will be aiming for a podium at his home circuit. The list of outsiders also includes Shane Byrne (Sterilgarda Ducati), Tom Sykes (Yamaha World Superbike) and Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda).
BMW UP, APRILIA STABLE – The official Imola tests highlighted the progress made by BMW, despite a few problems for Troy Corser. The new spec engine gave a positive response and Ruben Xaus was able to set the seventh best time overall. It will be used at Brno and the two riders are confident they can get closer to the podium zone. At Imola on the other hand the Aprilias were in some difficulty, and neither Max Biaggi nor Shinya Nakano were on the pace. The Italian squad comes to Brno after a positive pre-Donington test and can in any case count on Biaggi, who is always quick at this track where he won in 2007.
NEUKIRCHNER OUT AGAIN – It has been a decidedly unfortunate season for Max Neukirchner (Suzuki Alstare BRUX). The German, who was back on the bike for the first time at Imola following his crash at Monza, was the victim of a bad crash again, in which he suffered a fractured vertebra. Neukirchner will have to wear a torso cast for at least 40 days, after which a check will be made on his condition. At Brno for the moment the Suzuki Alstare team line up only includes Yukio Kagayama.
SUPERSPORT – Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Supersport) starts the Brno weekend as the man to beat. In the recent tests the points leader confirmed himself to be the rider most in form and he will be aiming for his third win in a row, which would take him ever closer to the world title. The other two men still in with a chance are Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda), 28 points behind, and Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who has to win if he wants to continue to go for the title. Team-mate and reigning champion Andrew Pitt is still looking for his first decent result this year, while Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport) and young Spaniard Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Provec) will also be up at the front. One team that is on the up is ParkinGo Triumph Be1 Racing, who scored the marque’s first podium in Supersport at Donington and who will be hoping for a repeat performance from Garry McCoy and Gianluca Nannelli at Brno. Italian Massimo Roccoli races for a Czech team, so will also be looking for a good result in front of Intermoto Honda’s home crowd.
SUPERSTOCK – The Superstock 1000 FIM Cup is gearing up for the sixth round of an exciting series, with three riders - Xavier Simeon (Ducati Xerox), Claudio Corti (Suzuki Alstare) and Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Honda) – all fighting hard for the title. All three are separated by 23 points and the race should be a hard-fought one, with the Belgian and the Frenchman having already won here. Corti on the other hand comes to Brno after setting the quickest time at Imola. Possible outsiders include Javi Fores (Kawasaki Pedercini), Sylvain Barrier (Garnier Junior Yamaha) and above all Davide Giugliano, who makes his debut for the Celani Suzuki team. In the European Superstock 600 Championship, Danilo Petrucci (Yamaha Trasimeno) will be the rider to beat, with Gino Rea (Ten Kate Honda) and Marco Bussolotti (Yamaha Trasimeno) his main rivals, and as always Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Yamaha) and Eddi La Marra (Honda Lorini) the outsiders.
MotoGP prepares for final Donington visit
British Grand Prix
Preview 7/ 21
This weekend sees the end of an era in the FIM MotoGP World Championship, as the series makes its final visit to Donington Park for the British Grand Prix. The venue has played host to some great racing in all classes and, with competition at a breathtaking level in 2009, another thriller can be expected on Sunday 26th July.
Standings leader Valentino Rossi has his own fond memories of Donington Park, the scene of his first premier class victory back in 2000. He has not won at the track since 2005, but is undoubtedly capable of ending the drought in front of a crowd that have always been heavily behind the MotoGP World Champion.
Rossi holds a 14 point advantage at the head of the standings, adding a fourth win to his 2009 tally with victory in Germany just days ago. His principal challenger so far this year has been Fiat Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, whom he ousted for the triumph in Sachsenring by just 0.099s. Lorenzo has won once at Donington Park, in the 2006 250cc race, and placed sixth at the track last year, although previous form counts for little when talking about the flying Spaniard this season, as he seeks to extend a run of six consecutive podium finishes.
A further 14 points separates Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner from the head of the overall classification. The Australian is still out of sorts with illness, but has kept up his title challenge with some gritty performances over the past month. Off the podium for the past two races, a return to Donington Park gives Stoner the chance to win his third Grand Prix in as many years on British soil.
Dani Pedrosa’s bid for the MotoGP crown has picked up as his own physical problems have healed, but the Repsol Honda man is still very much the outside bet of the top four. He needs to pull back forty points just to catch up with third-placed Stoner. Pedrosa’s last win in Britain came back in his rookie season of 2006, riding the 990cc RC211V.
The British Grand Prix is a home race for James Toseland, who has double motivation to get a good result on race day. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider is racing for his future in the MotoGP World Championship, and also has some demons to exorcise following his first lap crash in last year’s race.
Although Marco Melandri has since relocated to Italy, the former MotoGP runner-up can also count this weekend’s round as a ‘home’ race. He spent a handful of years living just a stone’s throw from the track before the start of this year. He is currently sixth in the standings, behind Toseland’s teammate Colin Edwards.
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July 15th -
Today BMW Motorrad USA announced the pricing on the 2010 S 1000 RR and its factory installed options.
BMW introduced the most anticipated new sport bike in recent memory, the S 1000 RR, at the famed Monza racetrack during the Superbike World Championship races. And since the launch date the sport bike fans everywhere have been eagerly awaiting the price of this new Superbike from BMW.
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IMOLA – OFFICIAL WORLD SUPERIKE TEST
Imola, 15 July 14-15th 2009
Fabrizio blitzes Superbike field in day 1 at Imola
Michale Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) stormed to the top slot in the first day of official Superbike group testing at the Autodromo di Imola today. After 265 minutes of heat-sapping track action at the revised Santerno circuit, the young Italian slammed in an impressive time of 1 minute 49.164 seconds in the final seconds to edge Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) off the top slot. Fabrizio is running singleton for the Ducati factory squad at Imola as points leader Noriyuki Haga is scheduled to return at Brno following his recent Donington crash.
“On the last lap I put on a new tyre to set my time, one of the development tyres that Pirelli brought along for this extreme heat” declared Fabrizio. “We worked a lot on the set-up, something we’ve never managed to do really well during the championship, and we worked on the traction control to try and get the best out of the engine in view of Brno. I really wanted to prove to Ben that I’m right there with him. There are still five rounds left and I think he realizes that by now!”
Right throughout the day the battle had been between Spies and Fabrizio, but they were joined at the end by a group of riders who also set impressive times. Next up was Britain’s Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), just five-tenths down on the front man, while Ruben Xaus (BMW Motorrad) showed great progress for the German squad by powering through into an impressive fourth slot with his quickest time of the day in the closing stages. Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), fastest in the morning, maintained his good form in the afternoon, improving his time to end up fifth.
Three Brits took the next three positions, but all were over the 1m50s mark, Shane Byrne (Sterilgarda Ducati) coming in ahead of Tom Sykes (Yamaha World Superbike) and Leon Haslam (Stiggy Racing Honda), while Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati DFX) and Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki Alstare BRUX) completed the top ten runners. Max Neukirchner (Suzuki Alstare BRUX) eased himself back into the WSB scene with an encouraging 14th position, but there was little joy today for Aprilia Racing, as Shinya Nakano and Max Biaggi could only take their RSV4 machines to 12th and 17th respectively.
In the Supersport sessions, Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Supersport) proved to be too strong for the opposition on the first day, the Coventry man posting a time that was six-tenths quicker than Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda). Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) hauled himself up to third place, one tenth behind, Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport) also lapped within a second of the leader to finish fourth, just ahead of Mark Aitchison (Honda Althea) in fifth.
Wednesday times: 1. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'49.164; 2. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.262; 3. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.684; 4. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1'49.823; 5. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.842; 6. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1'50.305; 7. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.402; 8. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.586; 9. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'50.797; 10. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'50.861; 11. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.868; 12. Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'51.055; 13. Hopkins J. (USA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'51.270; 14. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'51.276; 15. Lagrive M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'51.339; 16. Polita A. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'51.683; 17. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'51.738; 18. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'51.746; 19. Nieto F. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1'51.909; 20. Tamada M. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'52.008; 21. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'52.482; 22. Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'53.535.
Rea grabs top slot in two-day WSB test at Imola, Neukirchner injured again
Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) put in a quick lap right at the end of the two-day official Superbike test to take the top slot at a sweltering Imola track in preparation for the round here on September 27. The Northern Ireland youngster set a time of 1 minute 48.670 seconds around the 4.936 km circuit to edge out Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox), who had been quickest until then, from the top slot by two-tenths of a second. Texan Ben Spies finished third overall, the Yamaha World Superbike man not improving on his time from yesterday. Points leader and the only other WSB race winner this year Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) did not take part in the test as he is recovering for the next round at Brno.
“It’s really motivational coming to a new circuit and finding your feet” declared Rea. “Our approach was a bit different than normal in that we forgot about setting up the bike and getting me up to speed first. Now we’ve had a lot of time on the bike the package is very strong and finally I’m happy after we went round in circles a bit at Donington. The team has put a massive effort into it, so a big thanks to them for everything. I put my fastest time in on a qualifier, but we’ve been consistently fast on both days, in the top 5, and I did a long-run and the tyre was pretty good so hopefully they can bring that for the race. Where we are right now is good so I’m really happy.”
Max Neukirchner, back on his Alstare Suzuki for the first time since the Monza incident, high-sided at the Tamburello ninety minutes into the morning session. He was stretchered to the medical centre but a further X-ray scan at Imola hospital revealed a D12 dorsal vertebra fracture in his lower back as well as three minor cracks in the right L1, L2 and L3 lumbar vertebrae. Neukirchner will return to Germany and must remain at total rest in a plaster cast for 30 days.
Fourth place went to Ducati DFX Corse’s Lorenzo Lanzi, who was perfectly at home around his local circuit, while Tom Sykes (Yamaha World Superbike) also made progress in today’s morning session to move up to fifth. John Hopkins (Stiggy Racing Honda) ran well this morning to finish sixth, but was then advised to sit out the afternoon session as his recent injuries are still not fully healed. Ruben Xaus (BMW Motorrad) made considerable progress over the two days, moving his S1000 RR up the timesheets to finish seventh overall, but team-mate Troy Corser could only manage seventeenth. Leon Haslam (Stiggy Racing Honda), Shane Byrne (Sterilgarda Ducati) and Shinya Nakano (Aprilia Racing) completed the top 10, the Italian factory outfit preferring to concentrate on a major parts evaluation session rather than go for outright times.
Overall Times: 1. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.670; 2. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'48.847; 3. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.262; 4. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'49.309; 5. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.422; 6. Hopkins J. (USA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.443; 7. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1'49.467; 8. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.555; 9. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1'49.577; 10. Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.645; 11. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.736; 12. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.226; 13. Lagrive M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.265; 14. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'50.310; 15. Tamada M. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'50.414; 16. Nieto F. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1'50.423; 17. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'50.486; 18. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'50.518; 19. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'50.583; 20. Polita A. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'50.743; 21. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'51.077; 22. Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'52.547