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Rossi in night practice last week at the Losial circuit.
MotoGP Wolrd Championship, Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar, Round 1 of 18
Preview: Spectacular Qatar night race to kick off 2010 MotoGP season
Losail, Qatar, Tuesday 6 April - The 154-day long wait for the start of the new FIM MotoGP World Championship will come to an end on Sunday, when the floodlit Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar at the Losail International Circuit gets underway.
Not only will Valentino Rossi’s attempt to secure a record-equalling eighth premier class title begin, but a new chapter in the history of the sport will also commence with the first ever Moto2 race – the new intermediate category which replaces the 250cc version.
Little over three weeks have passed since the 17 MotoGP riders finished their pre-season preparations at the track, and it was Casey Stoner who signed off the third and final pre-season test as the fastest rider of the field. In doing so the Ducati Marlboro man broke reigning World Champion Rossi’s pre-season dominance, and will be aiming for a magnificent fourth straight season-opening race win at the track.
Fiat Yamaha rider Rossi is still seeking as first win under the floodlights (he has won daytime races at Losail in 2005 and 2006) and finished second last year, and the factory YZR-M1 has received a glowing assessment from the Italian in the lead-up to the first race, as it has done from team-mate Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard – last year’s Championship runner-up – will arrive at the first round still carrying the after effects of an injury that saw him at less than 100% at the test three weeks ago. Nevertheless he still managed to maintain a competitive check on the timesheet, and Lorenzo’s physical condition will no doubt be further improved.
Dani Pedrosa, last year’s third-placed Championship rider, has struggled in pre-season with his factory RC212V of the Repsol Honda team, but will be in much better physical shape for the opening race than last year, when he finished 11th after an injury affected pre-season. His team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was in good form at the Qatar official test with the third best time, and other factory riders Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro) and Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) will also be in the hunt for strong starts to their respective campaigns.
Monster Yamaha Tech3 duo Colin Edwards – who finished fourth in Qatar in 2009 – and Ben Spies have both enjoyed good pre-seasons, with the latter the best performing rookie. A host of other newcomers are making their premier class bows, such as 250cc World Champion Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP), Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki), Héctor Barberá (Paginas Amarillas Aspar), and Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini). Randy de Puniet of the LCR Honda team, Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini), and Pramac Racing pair Mika Kallio and Aleix Espargaró complete the 17-strong list.
New 600cc Moto 2
The event will also bring to an end a long wait to see the debut race of the Moto2 class. With an official 600cc 4-stroke engine supplied by Honda and tyres from Dunlop, the level of competition will be high amongst the 40 riders involved. Individual skill and talent will shine through, making Moto2 a truly challenging contest for its participants and a fantastic spectacle for observers.
Toni Elías (Gresini Racing) has placed his name on the list of early favourites with his competitive times in pre-season testing, but he is fighting to be fully fit after suffering a fracture in his left hand and right ankle in a fall at the final test at Jerez last week. Other riders with MotoGP experience lining up on the Moto2 grid include Yuki Takahashi (Tech3 Racing), Alex de Angelis, Niccolò Canepa (both RSM Team Scot), Anthony West (MZ Racing), Gabor Talmacsi (Fimmco Speed Up) and Roberto Rolfo (Italtrans STR).
Claudio Corti (Forward Racing) may be making his World Championship debut but the Italian has already made his name known in testing, as have fellow debutants Kenny Noyes of the Jack&Jones by Antonio Banderas team and Yonny Hernández of Blusens STX. And of course there is 125cc World Champion Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) whose form has been quick as well.
125cc Moto 3
The battle to succeed Simón will also begin in the eighth-litre category, where a number of riders will be fighting for the crown. Marc Márquez (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) was in fine form on his new Derbi machine throughout the official tests during the winter, finishing each of the three at the top of the timesheet, whilst British rider and 2009 World Championship runner-up Bradley Smith of the Bancaja Aspar team enters his fifth season in the 125cc class. Three other riders have also served notice of their statuses as strong candidates in Spaniards Pol Espargaró, Efrén Vázquez (both Tuenti Racing) and Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar).
Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo), Randy Krummenacher (Stipa-Molenaar Racing), Tomoyoshi Koyama (Racing Team Germany) and Esteve Rabat (Blusens STX) all have experience in the category, and rookies such as Malaysian rider Muhammad Zulfahmi (AirAsia – Sepang International Circuit) and 2009 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup winner Jakub Kornfeil (Racing Team Germany), will also start their campaigns.
The 2010 FIM Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar takes place from April 9-11, with the opening practice session of the 125cc class starting the weekend at 8pm local time on Friday. The 125cc race takes place at 8pm local time on Sunday, with Moto2 at 9.15pm and MotoGP at 11pm.
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Confederate P120 Fighter Combat
Confederate Motor's new P120 Fighter, Combat Edition, introduced last summer at the Monterey Historic's, is being built in a limited production run of 50 bikes, built at a rate of 2 bikes per month. According to Confederate they've already sold 25 bikes, and if you have to ask the price, you can afford it. But think close to 7 digits.
Confederate is the brain child of CEO Matt Chambers, the machines now rolling out of their new Birmingham, Alabama facility (on-site at Barber Motorsports Park - the former New Orleans headquarters having been decimated by Hurricane Katrina) are anything but ordinary. The Fighter garners attention from gear heads to the simply curious where ever it's parked. Chambers has done it again; building an iconic motorcycle that borrows very little from the status quo, representing true autonomy (and a bit of rebelliousness) in both design and philosophy.
Following the design of their enigmatic Wraith, the Fighter's design utilizes a massive aluminum backbone frame and parallelogram girder front fork that launched a thousand opinions, both negative and positive, back in 2003 when the company found both die-hard brand loyalists and pessimistic naysayers in one fell swoop. Aluminum is the choice of construction materials on the Fighter as opposed to the Wraith's carbon fiber, the hefty monocoque backbone constructed of 6061 aircraft grade aluminum and engraved with the bike's moniker.
Copious billet aluminum marries up to beefy aluminum gusseting in beautiful machine work and welds. Copper tubing from the oil cooler contrasts the raw aluminum and draws the eye along the exposed workings of the machine. At the top of the chassis is a glass sided oil reservoir tank.
The viewer is taken deeper and deeper into the Fighter's nooks and crannies where the mind boggles with design cues and functional, albeit original, ways to conquer the concept of putting a rider onto a two-wheel contraption. The solo seating accommodation is bare minimal to compliment overall concept quite effectively. Nothing seems out of place or stuck on and there are certainly no last minute fixes.
A single Brembo race-derived 4-piston front brake, and single piston rear are mated to carbon/ceramic/aluminum matrix lightweight discs. Wheels are special BST carbon fiber, with a 19" x 3" on the front, and a massive 18" x 8" rim on the back.
The front fork is a double wishbone design manufactured from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum is linked to aerodynamic dual lightweight tubular wing blades. The intricate yet sanitary design of the front end is wonderful eye candy and provides plenty of speculation on how the whole thing works.
The claimed 160 horsepower claim seems highly optimistic for a 2000cc 2-valve aircooled engine fed by a single CV carburetor, and top speed is limited without a fairing, but you should be king of the stoplight grand prix.
The beautiful aluminum metal work is a mind numming masterpiece. The extended 30 degree rake assures the Fighter is a boulevard cruiser and not a canyon carver.
Front wheel and rear wheel travel appears to be extremely limited, just 2-3 inches, judging front wheel clearance and the rocker arm angle on the front single shock, and direct swingarm action on the rear shock. Together with the forward placed foot controls, single rotor front brake, and the restricted seating movement, this is a boulevard cruiser and not a back roads racer.
Weight is being claimed at 460 pounds, but bike feels much lighter, partially thanks to all the significant weight being carried low in the chassis. Gauges are modern but with a flare for the minimalistic; basically just speed and RPM. A close-ratio five-speed tranny feeds the power to the rear wheel via chain.
The Confederate Fighter is powered by a P-120 radial twin. The 1966cc/120 c.i. motor produces a stump pulling 145 ft lbs of torque, with an impressive 160 horsepower at the rear wheel.
It doesn't handle like a sportbike, and its about as impractical as a chopper, but if you want to attract the admiration and awe of school girls, sportbikers and die-hard Harley enthusiasts, the Fighter Combat will assure it. Only 50 of these machines will be produced, at just two-per month, and then, as the Confederate.com web site says, "The book will be closed." Thus ensuring exclusivity.
ENGINE: Radial twin, 120 c.i.d.
POWER: 160 horsepower / 135 ft. lbs. torque at the rear wheel
DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 64 in.; Seat Height: 27 in.; Rake: 30 ; Trail: 4 in.; Weight: 460 lbs.; Fuel: 4 gal.; Oil: 4.5 qt.
CHASSIS: CM design triple load-path 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum monocoque backbone, bulkhead, fuselage side plate construction; oil/fuel in frame
SWINGARM: CM design 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum
FRONT END: CM design double wishbone machined from 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum linked to aerodynamic, dual, lightweight, tubular wing blades
PRIMARY: CM design; machined from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum; belt drive
TRANSMISSION: CM design vertical close ratio 5 speed
SUSPENSION: Race tech; low/high speed compression and rebound adjustable
BRAKES: Brembo high-output 4-piston carbon/ceramic/ aluminum-matrix lightweight discs
WHEELS: CM design BST carbon fiber; Front: 19” x 3”, Rear: 18” x 8”
TIRES: Pirelli, matched; Front: 120ZR x 19, Rear: 240ZR x 18
GAUGES: Precision-integrated analog meter; warning, speed, RPM
INDENTIFICATION: Limited edition; each example is one of 50; fuselage,bulkhead, engine VIN
Tommy Hill fights off Ryuich Kiyonari at Brands Hatch British Superbike
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship Round One
Tommy Hill and James Ellison Claim Opening Season
British Superbike Wins at Brands Hatch
Brands Hatch, Great Britain, Indy Circuit, Monday 5 April - Tommy Hill on the Cresent Work Suzuki took the 2010 British Superbike Championshp opening Race One win at Brands Hatch, the returned to claim 2nd in Race Two. James Ellison then gave Honda the winning feeling as he rode strongly and determinedly to victory in Race Two in the opening round on the short 1.198 mile, and fast Brands Hatch Indy circuit. Earlier, he had finished in third place adrift of the returning force of two times former British champion Ryuichi Kiyonari as Honda riders packed the placings in the top six. By virture of his 1-2 race finsihes Tommy takes an early lead in the British Championship ahead of Ellison.
Kiyonari, riding the HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR had claimed pole start, while Ellison, who suffered a machine problem that ruled him out of the third element of the grid decider, started from the third row but he was soon carving his way through the pack. Kiyonari meanwhile had made the perfect start and was heading the action, though always having to contend with the close challenges of Suzuki rider Tommy Hill while Stuart Easton ran third, despite the leg injuries sustained in pre-season testing.
Hill snatched the lead with eight laps remaining, but Kiyonari was always in contention as they battled their way through back-markers, and at the flag, there was only 0.732secs between them. Ellison, riding similar Honda, but in Swan colours, moved into third place on the penultimate lap at the expense of Suzuki rider Alastair Seeley who finished ahead of Josh Brookes on the second HM Plant Honda. Easton finished a brave sixth.
Hill's team-mate Yukio Kagayama had a tougher day: His first race was compromised by the bolt breaking that holds his gear lever, meaning he rode for two-thirds of the race stuck in third gear. Impressively, despite this handicap, he finished 12th and set ninth-fastest time in the race.
The newly introduced rules to the championship revised the grid for the second race, with Brookes, having set the fastest lap in the opener taking pole, and Ellison being elevated to second place on the front row with Hill and Kiyonari alongside him.
Tommy Hill: "After all the work that the team has put in over the winter and in the build up to the race this weekend, it was just fantastic to come away with the race one win.
"The bike's been consistently good all weekend and I was able to sit behind Kiyo and work out a race plan. At two-thirds distance I thought it was time to make a move. I calculated that 'Surtees' would be the place to make it as it would be a surprise to him and mess-up his momentum.
Ryuichi Kiyonari: “The back markers towards the end of the race were not too much of a problem but I was a little disappointed that I could not push on more – I need to understand more the traction control, tyre life, and keep my lap times more consistent.”
James Ellison: 3rd. “The race was good fun, but I am frustrated and should have started better than tenth on the grid, but the positives are that I know that I have the race and the set-up, and looking at my rear tyre, that underlines are settings are good.”
Ellison made a storming start to the second race, taking full advantage of the rule change to be running clear of Brookes and Hill, while Kiyonari was sluggish off the lane and was soon pulling off with an electrical problem. It was hard and fast up front with Ellison riding superbly to hold off the determined Hill with Brookes running well in third till disaster struck for the Australian as he slid out of the race at Druids Hairpin.Ellison fought off Hill to take the victory after 30 laps by 0.186secs with Suuzki team-mates Alastair Seeley and Michael Laverty finishing ahead of the Easton who was riding in some discomfort.
Ellison: 1st. “That was far from comfortable, hard work. My brother Dean told me to get out there get the lead and keep it smooth. I did just that! The only difference we made to the bike between races was new tyres. It has been mega all weekend. I’m just so pleased to win for the team who have worked so hard.
Hill: "Hats off to James Ellison in race two; he rode well. The pace was really fast, even in the last laps we were lapping as fast as we have all weekend. The grip had gone but we were still doing 45s. To come away with a first and second is brilliant; I really have to thank the team for putting me there. I'm really looking forward to Thruxton now for more of the same."
In race two, Kagayama started well and despite his third-row start was inside the top six when he high-sided at Clearways on lap 10. Kiyonari: (dnf). “This was disappointing for me, we had an electrical problem and there was nothing that I could do.
BSB Results Round 01
POS / NAME / NAT / BIKE / TIME / GAP
1 / Tommy HILL / GBR / Suzuki - Worx Crescent Suzuki / 23:10.296 /
2 / Ryuichi KIYONARI / JPN / Honda - HM Plant Honda / 23:11.019 / 0,723
3 / James ELLISON / GBR / Honda - Swan Honda / 23:14.903 / 4,607
4 / Alastair SEELEY / GBR / Suzuki - Relentless Suzuki by TAS / 23:14.951 / 4,655
5 / Josh BROOKES / AUS / Honda - HM Plant Honda / 23:19.081 / 8,785
6 / Stuart EASTON / GBR / Honda - Swan Honda / 23:20.894 / 10,6
7 / Michael RUTTER / GBR / Ducati - RidersMotorcycles.Com / 23:22.152 / 11,86
8 / Dan LINFOOT / GBR / Yamaha - Motorpoint Yamaha / 23:30.375 / 20,08
9 / Chris WALKER / GBR / Suzuki - CW Racing / 23:30.507 / 20,21
10 / John LAVERTY / GBR / Kawasaki - Buildbase Kawasaki / 23:30.881 / 20,59
11 / Martin JESSOPP / GBR / Ducati - RidersMotorcycles.Com / 23:36.006 / 0.026
12 / Yukio KAGAYAMA / JPN / Suzuki - Worx Crescent Suzuki / 23:36.653 / 26,36
13 / Gary MASON / GBR / Kawasaki - MSS Colchester Kawasaki / 23:38.584 / 28,29
14 / Steve BROGAN / GBR / BMW - Jentin Racing - BMW Motorrad / 23:45.163 / 34,87
15 / Peter HICKMAN / GBR / Yamaha - Ultimate Racing / 23:45.664 / 35,37
Fastest lap: Lap 9 Josh BROOKES AUS Honda - HM Plant Honda 45,879
BSB Round 02
POS / NAME / NAT / BIKE / LAPS / TIME / GAP
1 / James ELLISON / GBR / Honda - Swan Honda / 23:03.278 /
2 / Tommy HILL / GBR / Suzuki - Worx Crescent Suzuki / 23:03.464 / 0,186
3 / Alastair SEELEY / GBR / Suzuki - Relentless Suzuki by TAS / 23:08.203 / 4,925
4 / Michael LAVERTY / GBR / Suzuki - Relentless Suzuki by TAS / 23:09.989 / 6,711
5 / Stuart EASTON / GBR / Honda - Swan Honda / 23:25.328 / 0.022
6 / Michael RUTTER / GBR / Ducati - RidersMotorcycles.Com / 23:25.481 / 22,203
7 / John LAVERTY / GBR / Kawasaki - Buildbase Kawasaki / 23:30.606 / 27,328
8 / Simon ANDREWS / GBR / Kawasaki - MSS Colchester Kawasaki / 23:33.119 / 29,841
9 / Martin JESSOPP / GBR / Ducati - RidersMotorcycles.Com / 23:39.163 / 35,885
10 / Steve BROGAN / GBR / BMW - Jentin Racing - BMW Motorrad / 23:40.767 / 37,489
11 / Adam JENKINSON / GBR / Kawasaki - Buildbase Kawasaki / 23:42.315 / 39,037
12 / Luke JONES / GBR / Yamaha - PR Racing M / Cs & Moore / 23:44.468 / 0.041
13 / Christian IDDON / GBR / Honda - Sorrymate.com SMT Honda / 23:45.690 / 42,412
14 / Steve MERCER / GBR / Yamaha - SMR Racing / 23:45.896 / 42,618
15 / Hudson KENNAUGH / RSA / Kawasaki - MAR Kawasaki / 23:47.804 / 44,526
Fastest lap: Lap 18 Alastair SEELEY GBR Suzuki - Relentless Suzuki by TAS 45,671
BSB Championship points after 2 rounds
HILL 45, ELLISON 41, SEELEY 29, EASTON 21, KIYONARI 20, RUTTER 19, LAVERTY 15,
LAVERTY 13, JESSOPP 12, BROOKES 11, LINFOOT 8, BROGAN 8, ANDREWS 8,
WALKER 7, JENKINSON 5.
Playboy Playmates, red haired Jamie Edmonson left and blond Heather Rae Young right, are FastDates.com's newest Calendar Kittens. Photo by Josh Ryan.
Playboy's hottest new Playmates become FastDates.com Calendar Kittens
Jamie and Heather appearing at 2010's Miller USA World Superbike May 31st with team Ducati Corse and at the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show July 31st!
Los Angeles, CA, April 1st, 2010 - Playboy magazine's beautiful new 2010 Playmates, Miss January Jamie Faith Edmonson, and Miss February Heather Rae Young, have been confirmed by FastDates.com Calender producer Jim Gianatsis to be the official SBK World Superbike Fast Dates Calendar Kittens at the Miller Motorsports USA World Superbike round May 29-31st 2010 to photograph the next Fast Dates World Superbike PinUp Calendar with all the top factory team race bikes. Both Calendar Kittens have also been confirmed by multi-time SBK World Championship winning team Ducati Corse to be their official grid girls on race day for their two factory riders, Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio.
The beautiful Calendar Kittens will also be hosting the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Calendar Girl Music Festival at the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach July 18th. They will be premiering the new 2011 FastDates,com Calendars, meeting with Calendar fans throughout the day, and hosting on-stage activities including the the Calendar Girl Music Festival and the Calendar Bike Building Championship awards ceremony.
Heather Rae Young has already been shooting with the FastDates.com Calendars since last fall and will be featured on the covers and inside of all three editions of the 2011 Fast Dates.com Calendars which will be premiering at the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show in July. In the new 2011 Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar, Heather is posing with American Ben Spies' 2009 World Superbike Championship winning factory Yamaha YZF R1 World Superbike and with Casey Stoner's Ducati GP09 MotoGP bike.
Heather is good friends with Jaime Edmonson from their various promotional duties together as Playboy Playmates, and it didn't take much effort for Heather to convince Jim Gianatsis that Jaime needed to join FastDates.com for both these exciting event weekends and too shoot for the Calendars.
Jaime Faith Edmonson was recently the fourteenth-season contestant on TV's "Amazing Race" where finished in second place with girlfriend Carla Rosenthal. Last summer Jaimie moved to Los Angeles from her home state of Florida for her modeling and acting career, having been a former City of St. Petersburg Police Officer and Miami Dolphins Cheerleader. Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Jaime moved into the famed Playboy Bunny House while shooting her Playmate pictorial and to appear as a cast member on the E! Channel's hit reality TV Series "The Girls Next Door".
Both Heather's and Jamie's photo shots this year at Miller USA World Superbike with Jim GIanatsis will be featured in the 2012 FastDates.com Calendars for release on July 1st. next year 2011. But you can meet both Kittens together this year as they premier the new 2011 Calendars at the July 18th 2010 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Calendar Girl Music Festival at the Queen Mary Event Park, Long Beach, CA.
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If you are a real roadracing enthusiast, here's the next step in your library collection, the official 2009-2010 season roadracing annuals from SBK World Superbike and Motocourse. Both annuals are beautiful covetable quality books providing exciting race-by-race coverage in story and spectacular photography of the just completed 2009 Championships, along with rider and bike features, and a preview of the upcoming 2010 season.
The Motocourse Annual covers both MotoGP and World Superbike, as well as the Superbike Championships in top countries like Britain and the USA. While the Superbike Yearbook only covers World Superbike, it is our favorite of the two as it includes technical photo features of all the top factory bikes, a feature of the new World Champion which this past 2009 season was American Ben Spies, and it has great articles by World Superbike Press officer Julian Thomas.
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SBK Racing About To Take More Spanish Steps
Valencia, Tuesday 6th April 2010 - The Circuito Ricardo Tormo is a well-established and welcoming stop-off point for the SBK paddock in its global wanderings, with this year’s Spanish race this coming weekend the third in a 13-round season.
After two astoundingly close events so far, in Australia and more recently in Portugal, there have been three different race winners in four individual races. Of the seven manufacturers involved in WSB in 2010, three have scored a victory already, and two more have podium finishes to their credit. With the 4.005km circuit Valencia being a different type of challenge to either Phillip Island (venue for round one) or Portimao (round two) there are some new possibilities for all involved this coming weekend.
There have been 20 individual points scoring races at Valencia in recent SBK seasons, with winners including current riders Noriyuki Haga, Lorenzo Lanzi, James Toseland, Ruben Xaus and Troy Corser. Haga did the double here in 2009 and Valencia is a circuit that throws up double wins more than most; six in total in ten previous visits.
OPENING SALVOES HIT THE SPOT: The 2010 entry list, running to 14 official entrants from seven manufacturers, plus top quality privateers throughout, promised a lot of close competition and variety during the off-season. And even at this early stage of the year that promise has been delivered, over and over again. So far, the margins of victory in the four SBK races have been 0.004 seconds, 0.307 seconds, 0.200 seconds, and 0.191 seconds. A cumulative 0.702 seconds separating all of the first and second place riders, after two hours and 24 minutes of intense racing. Our understanding of close competition has been redefined in the Superbike World Championship of 2010.
BIG SEVEN IN ACTION AGAIN: The seven competing manufacturers this year - Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha - all have proven winning riders and strong overall efforts to their credit as they approach Valencia. Suzuki, Ducati and most recently Aprilia have won races this year, thanks to Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare), Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) and Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia). Appropriately enough, these three riders now lead the championship table, with Haslam on 85, Portimao double winner Biaggi on 69 and Phillip Island race two victor Carlos Checa on 60.
Behind the leading bunch, Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) and Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) hold fourth and fifth respectively, while top Honda rider so far is Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) in sixth place after scoring one podium and one DNF in Portimao last time out.
One new WSB sensation Sylvain Guintoli (Alstare Suzuki) leads another Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia), in seventh and eighth places. The top BMW rider in the rankings so far is Troy Corser, ninth, with Ruben Xaus regaining his footing in the championship table last time out. Now 14th overall on his BMW Motorrad Motorsport machine, Xaus is another home favourite. Tenth placed rider Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda Team) took his first podium for Yamaha at Portimao and he shares 25 points with his team-mate James Toseland and another British force to be reckoned with, Shane Byrne (Althea Ducati).
TESTING FOR TOM, HOPES FOR OTHERS: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) has already tested at Valencia recently, and made progress towards the top ten as his team-mate Chris Vermeulen continues his fight for race fitness after a knee injury he picked up in Australia. Max Neukirchner (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) is another rider hoping to get back to his best at round three. Privateers riders are many and varied in 2010, with Roland Resch (Reitwagen BMW) scheduled for a return after breaking his collarbone in Australia, Jakub Smrz (B&G Pata Racing Ducati) looking to get back into the points in Spain, while Luca Scassa (Supersonic Ducati) is searching for some good luck in only his second meeting of 2010. Broc Parkes, injured in pre-season training, will miss this round, meaning that South African hope Sheridan Morais will ride for ECHO CRS Honda once again.
Points (after 2 of 13 rounds):
1. Haslam 85; 2. Biaggi 69,
3. Checa 60, 4. Fabrizio 46;
5. Haga 43; 6. Rea 39;
7. Guintoli 33; 8. Camier 32;
9. Corser 29; 10. Crutchlow 25.
Manufacturers: 1. Suzuki 85;
2. Ducati 71; 3. Aprilia 69;
4. Honda 40; 5. Yamaha 32;
6. BMW 29; 7. Kawasaki 7
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Aaron Yates Undergoes Successful Surgery
Team Suzuki Press Office, April 2nd - .Michael Jordan Motorsports' Aaron Yates has undergone surgery after breaking his leg in practice prior to race four of the 2010 AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike Championship in Fontana, California last weekend.
Yates had already turned in the fastest time in the Sunday morning practice session when he crashed while coming down from a power wheelie out of Turn 10 and was run over by M4 Monster Energy Suzuki's Chris Ulrich. Ulrich was right behind Yates when he crashed and was unable to avoid the contact.
He underwent nearly six hours of surgery, performed by famed motorsports surgeon, Dr. Tom Bryan. He sustained two tibial fractures of the right leg - one just below the knee and one above the ankle - and a third, lower break of the fibula. In addition to repairing the injuries to the leg from this weekend's incident, plates and screws from a previous fracture were replaced. Bryan commented that Yates has some of the hardest bones he has ever worked on and that he broke two drill bits in the process.
Yates is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for several more days. Dr. Bryan indicated that the procedure went very well and that Yates could be back in action in as few as six weeks. He will certainly miss the Road Atlanta round of the 2010 AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike Championship in two weeks, but it is possible that he could return for the fourth round of the championship at Infineon, beginning May 14th.
Michael Jordan Motorsports will be giving Canadian Superbike rider Brett McCormick an evaluation at the Infineon test this week and will consider him as a possible replacement for Yates during his recovery. McCormick, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, was the 2009 runner-up in the Canadian Superbike Championship and his results at the Infineon test will determine if he will be selected to fill in for the Yates.
The 2010 Michael Jordan Motorsports team's next event is the Superbike Showdown at Road Atlanta in Braselton on April 16-18th.
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Yamaha's Hayes Posts Top Time at Infineon Raceway AMA Test Session
Thursday's Infineon Test Recap release, courtesy of Infineon Raceway
SONOMA, Calif. (April 1, 2010) - Yamaha riders Josh Hayes and Tommy Aquino posted the top times on Thursday as nearly 15 riders hit the track for an AMA Pro Road Racing test session, hosted by Team Graves Yamaha, at Infineon Raceway.
Hayes (Team Graves Yamaha) recorded the top time for AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike on Thursday over the 12-turn, 2.22-mile road course at 1 minute, 36.72 seconds, while teammate Aquino was quickest in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL at 1:39.29.
The teams are testing in advance of the West Coast Moto Jam, May 14-16, in the Sonoma Valley.
Fourteen riders from eight teams, including Rockstar Makita Suzuki, Michael Jordan Motorsports and Pat Clark Motorsports attended the test, which concluded on Friday.
Hayes was followed by Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammates Blake Young (1:36.78) and Tommy Hayden (1:37.37). Hayes claimed his first American SuperBike win at Infineon Raceway last year; the first win for a non-Suzuki rider in Sonoma since 2006.
In Daytona SportBike, Aquino was followed by teammate Josh Herrin (1:39.81) and Steve Rapp (1:40.12, Team Latus Motorsports).
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The top times from Thursday's test session over the 12-turn, 2.22-mile road course at Infineon Raceway. Unofficial times provided by AMA Pro Road Racing:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 1:36.72
2. Blake Young (Suzuki) 1:36.78
3. Tommy Hayden (Suz) 1:37.37
4. Ben Bostrom (Yam) 1:37.48
5.Jake Zemke (Suzuki) 1:37.61
6. Larry Pegram (Ducati) 1:37.63
7. Brett McCormick (Suz) 1:38.64
8. Chris Clark (Yamaha) 1:41.51
1. Tommy Aquino (Yam) 1:39.29
2. Josh Herrin (Yamaha) 1:39.81
3. Steve Rapp (Ducati) 1:40.12
4. Dave Westby (Yam) 1:40.90
5. Clinton Seller (Yam) 1:41.17
6. Tyler Odom (Honda) 1:45.89
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Wild Card Applications
Being Accepted for World Superbike and World Supersport at Miller Motorsports Park
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (March 19, 2010) — Applications are now being accepted from qualified riders interested in competing as Wild Card and one-event entries in the Utah USA Round of the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship and the FIM Supersport World Championship at Miller Motorsports Park.
The Utah USA Round will take place over the weekend of May 29-31, 2010. The deadline for Wild Card and one-event applications is April 23, 2010. As the host federation, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is handling the processing of applications and nominations. The requirements and application are available at the following location:
Completed forms and supporting information should be sent to:
INFRONT MOTOR SPORTS ORGANISATION – Italy
Fax: +39 06 50966 440
There will be two Wild Card riders each for World Superbike and World Supersport nominated by the AMA. Infront Motor Sports will select the additional one-entry positions available (two for World Superbike, 10 for World Supersport).
Applicants should note that this is an international event, and rules differ from national events. The rules are available from the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme at www.fim.ch. It should also be noted that Wild Card entrants in the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship and the FIM Supersport World Championship races are prohibited from competing in National Support Events at the same event.
Questions about the Wild Card applications should be directed to AMA Deputy Director of Racing Bill Cumbow at email@example.com
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Yamaha Champions Riding School Challenge Cup Announced
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (April 8, 2010) — The Yamaha Champions Riding School, based at Miller Motorsports Park, has created the Yamaha Champions Riding School Challenge Cup racing series..
This opportunity is available only to graduates of the Yamaha Champions Riding School or the Freddie Spencer Riding School who have no prior racing experience. The three-race series will take place at Miller Motorsports Park June 17-19, August 13-14 and October 6-8.
The Yamaha Champions Riding School Challenge Cup offers entrants the chance to take part in club-level motorcycle racing, compete in multiple events at each event and obtain a racing license, all while participating in the Yamaha Champions Riding School with riders who are previous graduates of the program. Video and special drills will be incorporated into this program during the racing events, and all students will ride on Dunlop 211 GP-A tires warmed with Chicken Hawk tire warmers prior to each session.
All on-track sessions and races will be conducted with only the riding school participants and instructors on the track.
“We have been looking for a way to take the Yamaha Champions Riding School to the next level,” said school director Daniel Short, “and the Yamaha Champions Riding School Challenge Cup does just that. This will provide the ultimate experience for riders who not only want to learn the limits of their skill and machine but want to put it all together on the track in a competitive environment.”
The Yamaha Champions Riding School Challenge Cup is an opportunity unavailable at any other school, and is limited to only 20 riders. The cost is $5,000 per event or $15,000 for the three-race series.
To participate in the Yamaha Champions Riding School Champions Cup, please call Daniel Short at (801) 891-7901.For more information about the Yamaha Champions Riding School, visit HERE . For more information on Miller Motorsports Park, visit MillerMotorsportsPark.com
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