Playboy's hottest new Playmates become FastDates.com Calendar Kittens
and Team Ducati Corse Grid Girls at Miller USA World Superbike
Jamie and Heather appearing at 2010's Miller USA World Superbike May 29-31st
with team Ducati Corse and at the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show July 18th!
April 1st, 2010 - Playboy magazine's hottest, sexiest, most 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.
Playboy Playmates, red haired Jamie Edmonson left, and blond Heather Rae Young right, are FastDates.com's newest Calendar Kittens headed for World Superbike at Miller Motorsports Park this month. Photo by Josh Ryan.
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Miller Motorsports Park Preparing for World Superbike Weekend
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (April 30, 2010) — One month from today, one of the world’s biggest racing series, the FIM Superbike World Championship presented by HANNspree, will be making its third appearance at Miller Motorsports Park. This year’s edition of the Lucas Oil Utah USA Round will be the most ambitious yet, and the details of the multi-faceted event are dovetailing nicely.
The weekend will kick off on Friday, May 28, with a press conference on the steps of the Utah State Capitol at 4:30 p.m., at which Governor Gary R. Herbert is expected to greet the visiting racers, assembled dignitaries and hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts. Following the press conference, a parade of motorcycles that will include eight World Superbike riders on their race machines and to which the motorcycle-riding public is invited to participate will make its way from the State Capitol to the Gateway Mall.
A pre-event party at The Gateway will follow, with the racers signing autographs, live music, sky divers, stunt riders and a variety of interactive displays. Rio Grande Street, which bisects The Gateway, will be closed to all but motorcycle traffic for the event, which is scheduled to last from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
All the action moves to the racetrack in Tooele on Saturday. Following the first practice sessions, Miller Motorsports Park will host the “United in Rock” classic rock concert with Foreigner, Styx and Kansas performing from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Qualifying for the Superbike World Championship and Supersport World Championship will take place on Sunday, along with the first of two races for the Lucas Oil Superbike Challenge.
The Superbike World Championship will have two feature races on Monday, along with one for the Supersport World Championship and one for the Lucas Oil Superbike Challenge.
In addition to the racing, there will be a staggering variety of other activities for fans to enjoy. These will include pit walks, post-qualifying and post-race interviews and autograph sessions that are open to fans, stunt bike and BMX demonstrations, demonstrations from the Lucas Off Road Racing Series that will have its debut MMP appearance in June, flyovers by the Lucas Oil Stunt Plane, 2-up rides on motorcycles from the Yamaha Champions Riding School (limited availability), parade laps for motorcyclists, a barbecue competition, a car show and karting at the Miller Kart Track.
Since it will be Memorial Day Weekend, the track is honoring all active-duty and veteran military personnel, as well as civilian personnel who serve our communities such as policemen, firemen, paramedics and teachers. There will be a Tribute Field of 2,010 American flags in the track’s infield, and a huge display of informative and entertaining displays, activities and equipment provided by the various branches of the military. Opening ceremonies for the feature races on Monday will include a flyover by four F-16 fighter jets, compliments of Hill Air Force Base.
“We’re very excited about this year’s World Superbike weekend,” said John Larson, general manager of Miller Motorsports Park. “This is the biggest event we’ve ever produced. We have added a lot of family-friendly entertainment to complement the racing, and our tribute to the military and civilian personnel who serve our communities will be very special. We hope that this event will become a Memorial Day tradition for Utah, equivalent to the Indianapolis 500 or Kentucky Derby.”
For tickets or information about the Lucas Oil Utah USA Round of theHANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship presented by HANNspree, visit the event website at www.SBKUSA.com or call 435-277-RACE (7223). For information regarding Miller Motorsports Park, visit the track’s website at MillerMotorsportsPark.com
Michel Fabrizio dominated Race One at Kayalami from start to finish
Hannespree World Superbike Championship, Kyalami Round 6 of 13
Fabrizio and Haslam score in Kyalami World Superbike thrillers
Kyalami, South Africa, May14-16th 2010 - Two very different races delivered two types of riveting spectacle for the enthusiastic fans at Kyalami, with race two the pick of the day’s action. The opening race was taken by a rejuvenated Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) in front-running style. Race two victor Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare), on the other hand, battled it out right to the end, with the top four riders all within a second of each other after 24 intense laps. The net result is an extended championship lead for Haslam, now on 222 points to Aprilia Alitalia rider Max Biaggi’s 207.
Cal Crutchlow takes Superpole at Kayalami with Yamaha team mate Toseland in 2nd.
Closest ever SBK Superpole front row headed by Crutchlow
Kyalami, South Africa, Saturday May 15th - In what was the closest ever period of Superpole qualifying in the Superbike World Championship, the top four riders, headed by Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda), all finished with 0.125 seconds of each other. Crutchlow and second placed man James Toseland each beat Ben Spies’ previous record best lap, with Crutchlow taking his third pole of the year with a 1 minute 37.243 second lap. Third fastest man when it mattered for grid positions was Carlos Checa from the Althea Ducati squad, and the front row was completed by Ducati Xerox rider, Michel Fabrizio.
Leon Haslam was fifth for Suzuki Alstare, while Ducati Pata B&G privateer Jakub Smrz (fastest in combined qualifying) was sixth in Superpole. The top eight was completed by Aprilia Alitalia duo, Max Biaggi and Leon Camier.
Superpole two was contested by the top 16 riders, but those to lose out on the chance to go for a front row start in Superpole 3 included privateer Luca Scassa (Supersonic Ducati), Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Alstare) plus other big names like Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and Tom Sykes on his Kawasaki Racing Team machine, who was 12th.
Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) was 13th after a good period of early qualifying was not improved on today. Local rider Sheridan Morais (EmTek Aprilia) was cheered all the way in Superpole and qualified 14th, taking a fourth row start. Noriyuki Haga, winner of each race here last year, was 16th in Superpole, having a tough time again.
Cal Crutchlow: “It didn’t look like we were going to be one and two on the grid this weekend. Coming to what was Yamaha’s worst track last year results-wise, as a team we have done a fantastic job to get first and second. It will be interesting tomorrow but today is today and we are first and second. If we get away and make a good start then it will make for entertaining racing.”
James Toseland: “I went wide twice in my fast lap, and felt there was a high 1’36 in there. But to go from high 1’39s at the start of the weekend to even thinking about a high 1’36, it just gives great credit to the team. I came out this afternoon thinking, ‘right this championship is still there and I am not prepared to just let it slip away.’ To be second on the grid after being 17th this morning means I have to give thanks to everybody from the team and Clinica Mobile.”
Carlos Checa: “Here again we are at track where the bike works quite well. We did the best qualifying job of the year because we did not know the track, but we knew that the Ducati was going to work. Finally it was very exciting in qualifying, one of the closest. I though these guys in front would maybe be in the 1’36s but we all did 1’37.2s. I think we will have exciting racing.”
Michel Fabrizio: “I pushed very hard in Superpole and when I did a 37.3 I thought that was it, I would be second, but then I saw I was only fourth. But I have a lot of faith in myself and tomorrow I am going to do well in the races.”
Superbike Times: 1. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’37.423 (157,190 km/h); 2. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’37.260; 3. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1198 1’37.296; 4. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1198 1’37.368; 5. Haslam L. (GBR) 1’37.410; 6. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1198 1’37.561; 7. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia 1’37.613; 8. Camier L. (FRA) Aprilia RSV4 1’38.148; 9. Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1198 1’37.756; 10. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX R 1000 1’37.875; 11. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR 1000 RR 1’37.953; 12. Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’38.206; 13. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S 1000 RR 1’38.210; 14. Morais S. (RSA) Aprilia RSV4 1’38.404; 15. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S 1000 RR 1’38.471; 16. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1198 1’38.496; etc.
600cc World Supersport Qualifying
Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) did a 1’40.812 lap in final qualifying to take pole in South Africa, heading off perennial challenger Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda). Third on the grid, despite pain from Friday’s crash, was Sofuoglu’s team-mate, Michele Pirro. With championship leader Joan Lascorz only eight, the best Kawasaki Motocard.com machine belonged to Katsuaki Fujiwara, fourth and in a front row starting position. Matthieu Lagrive (ParkinGO Triumph BE1) used his Friday time to claim fifth place, one position up on his team-mate Chaz Davies. Massimo Roccoli made good early ground for his Intermoto Czech Honda team, going seventh on the grid. Lance Isaacs (BikeFin Safe Sky Honda) was top local qualifier, 11th.
Supersport Qualifying Times: 1. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR 600 RR 1’40.812 (151,625 km/h); 2. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR 600 RR 1’40.896; 3. Pirro M. (ITA) Honda CBR 600 RR 1’41.415; 4. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’41.415; 5. Lagrive M. (FRA) Triumph 675 Daytona 1’41.418; 6. Davies C. (GBR) Triumph 675 Daytona 1’41.675; 7. Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR 600 RR 1’41.700; 8. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’41.856; 9. Salom D. (ESP) Triumph 675 Daytona 1’41.874; 10. Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR 600 RR 1'42.060; etc.
Race 1 at Kayalami saw Fabrizio (84) hold a steady race long lead over Checa (7), Haslam anf Biaggi.
Fabrizio and Haslam score in Kyalami Race Thrillers
Kyalami, Sunday 16 May 2010 - Two very different races delivered two types of riveting spectacle for the enthusiastic fans at Kyalami, with race two the pick of the day’s action. The opening race was taken by a rejuvenated Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) in front-running style. Race two victor Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare), on the other hand, battled it out right to the end, with the top four riders all within a second of each other after 24 intense laps. The net result is an extended championship lead for Haslam, now on 222 points to Aprilia Alitalia rider Max Biaggi’s 207.
Race One to Fabrizio and Ducati
Ducati Xerox rider Michel Fabrizio was celebrating with his squad this afternoon after dominating a spectacular Race 1 to take his first victory of the 2010 season, at the South African track of Kyalami. Michel Fabrizio made a perfect start to Race 1, moving straight into the lead by getting past Crutchlow, Toseland and Checa right off the line. The Italian rider quickly extended his lead over Checa (on Althea Racing’s 1198) and maintained a constant one second advantage for the entire duration of the race.
Fabrizio took an early lead in the first race of the day at Kyalami and the factory Ducati Xerox rider did not put a wheel wrong as he dominated throughout. Behind was Carlos Checa, on an Althea Ducati privateer machine, while third went to a patient Haslam, who extended his championship lead over fourth place rider Biaggi. Jonathan Rea, from Hannspree Ten Kate Honda, made an amazing charge towards the end of the race, taking fifth place for his efforts. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia) had the late pace to stick with Rea on the last couple of laps, but Yamaha Sterilgarda team-mates James Toseland and Cal Crutchlow were unable to drive as hard in the final reckoning and went seventh and eighth. Jakub Smrz (Pata B&G Ducati) was a battling ninth, and right on the tail of the Yamaha duo on the very last lap. Peculiarly,
Lap times inevitably began to increase during the final stages of the 24-lap race but nonetheless Michel carefully managed his advantage and crossed the line first, to take his first race win of the 2010 season, just over a second ahead of the Spaniard. Fabrizio’s winning time of 2010 was only 0.033 seconds faster than the first race time he set to go second in 2009.
Noriyuki Haga on the other Xerox Ducati had a more difficult race, struggling with a lack of grip. Although he made up a few positions straight off the start line, progressing from sixteenth to twelfth, after about ten laps the lack of rear grip began to affect his lap times which consequently caused him to lose over the final laps the positions he had previously gained; the Japanese rider therefore closed Race 1 in seventeenth position.
Michel Fabrizio: “I am very happy for Ducati and so happy to win for myself as well. I needed it. We tried our best from the very start and I rode an intelligent race to control the gap to the rider behind.”
Carlos Checa: “We started with a very strong pace; 1’38 low was very fast. I was focused to be behind Fabrizio and we kept a good pace early on. Then the tyres dropped down and I thought maybe at that point I would have been able to manage the tyre better, but Fabrizio did very well. On some laps I could improve one tenth but then I would lose it. The bike is working well here.”
Leon Haslam: “It was pretty tough out there, a long race doing 24 laps round here. It is really key to make the start but the biggest thing round here is that it is hard to pass, so you definitely have to get the start done. I was feeling pretty good in that race but I was having a little bit of chatter every time I pushed to try and get on the back of the front two.”
Superbike Race 1 Results: 1.Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1198 39’48.343 (153,620 km/h) (B/B); 2. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1198 1.098 (B/B); 3. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX R 1000 5.049 (B/B); 4. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 6.974 (A/A); 5. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR 1000 RR 13.710 (B/B); 6. Camier L. (FRA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 13.848 (B/B); 7. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 16.064 (B/B); 8. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 16.231 (B/B); 9. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1198 16.580 (B/B); 10. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX R 1000 23.100 (B/B); 11. Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1198 24.561 (B/B); 12. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 25.504 (B/A); 13. Morais S. (RSA) Aprilia RSV4 27.073 (B/B); 14. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 27.273 (B/B); 15. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1198 30.692 (B/B); 16. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 34.008 (B/B); 17. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1198 35.948 (A/B); 18. Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10 R 44.030 (B/A); 19. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR 1000 RR 48.382 (B/B)
World Superbike Championship points leaders Rea, Haslam and Biaggi shared the Race 2 podium at Kayalami.
Race Two to Hasalam and Suzuki
Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) wrapped up a magnificent race two win as five riders were covered by 1.479 seconds at the flag and any one of three were in with a real chance of winning even in the final lap. Second was long-time leader Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and Max Biaggi went third for the Aprilia Alitalia team. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda) and Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) completed the top five, all on different manufacturer machinery.
James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda) battled hard to record sixth place, with both he and Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad) overhauling a fading Fabrizio at the end. Jakub Smrz was again ninth and 2009 double race winner Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) tenth. The top Kawasaki rider was Tom Sykes, 14th, while Camier and Sheridan Morais (Emtek Aprilia) failed to finish. In the championship Haslam now has 222 points, Biaggi 207 and Rea 141, tied with Checa.
Leon Haslam: “Racing is all about winning and I felt I was in a position where I was strong in a few places and I had to go for it. And it worked out. It was a high risk last few laps with the front and rear moving about but we didn’t make too many mistakes and we won.”
Jonathan Rea: “It seems we now have a base with the bike that works everywhere. I really enjoyed the race, it was good fun but I wanted to win so badly. Leon rode well and every time he passed me he would run deep and I was able to cut back inside. With two laps to go I thought maybe it would be mine if I just covered myself, but Leon made a lunge three corners from the end of the penultimate lap.”
Max Biaggi: “A nice and close race. In race two I made a good start and that was maybe 50% of the final result. In race one I was held up and could not go through but in race two I went away with top two guys and could match their pace. At the end I tried but my attack did not come off.”
Superbike Race 2 Results: 1. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX R 1000 39’52.870 (153,312 km/h); 2. Rea J. (GBR) Hodna CBR 1000 RR 0.522; 3. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 0.601; 4. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R 1 0.991; 5. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1198 1.479; 6. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 13.324; 7. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S 1000 RR 13.740; 8. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1198 14.250; 9. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1198 15.190; 10. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1198 16.790; 11. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S 1000 RR 21.101; 12. Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1198 22.670; 13. Byrne S. (GBE) Ducati 1198 24.506; 14. Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX-10R 31.301; 15. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX R 1000 31.836; 16. Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10 R 33.710; 17. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR 1000 RR 35.203; 18. Parkes B. (AUS) Honda CBR 1000 RR 55.929; 19. Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10 R 56.074; 20. Baioco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX10 R 1’.08.481
Superbike Championship standing (after 6 Round of 13): 1. Haslam 222; 2. Biaggi 207; 3. Rea 141; 4. Checa 141; 5. Toseland 125; 6. Haga 106; 7. Corser 105; 8. Fabrizio 95; 9. Crutchlow 86; 10. Camier 82
Manufacturers Standing: 1. Suzuki 222; 2. Aprilia 213; 3. Ducati 185; 4. Honda 150; 5. Yamaha 135; 6. BMW 108; 7. Kawasaki 39
600cc World Supersport Win to Laverty
Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) ripped open an early gap he was to extend all race long and scored his third race win in a row; his fourth of the year. Second place rider Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) now leads the championship, as previous leader Joan Lascorz was only fifth today on his Motocard.com Kawasaki. The leading points totals are now Sofuoglu 117, Laverty 116 and Lascorz 112. In finishing third in today’s race, ParkinGO Triumph BE-1 rider Chaz Davies is in a clear fourth place overall, on 71 points. It was Davies’ second podium finish of 2010.
Supersports Results: 1. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 39'13.215 (149,399 kph); 2.Sofuoglu K. (TUR)Honda CBR600RR 4.184; 3.Davies C. (GBR) Triumph Daytona 675 9.609; 4.Pirro M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 12.912; 5.Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 23.383; 6. Lagrive M. (FRA) Triumph Daytona 675 25.252; 7.Salom D. (ESP) Triumph Daytona 675 25.315; 8. Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 27.087; 9.Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 32.358; 10.Praia M. (POR) Honda CBR600RR 32.476; 11. Isaacs L. (RSA) Honda CBR600RR 35.347; 12. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 36.882; 13.Lundh A. (SWE) Honda CBR600RR 48.961; 14.Chesaux B. (SUI) Honda CBR600RR 1'06.978; 15.Boscoscuro A. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1'29.261
Championship standing (after 6 Round of 13): 1. Sofuoglu 117; 2. Laverty 116; 3. Lascorz 112; 4. Davies 71; 5. Salom 49; 6. Pirro 47; 7. Rea 47; 8. Harms 43; 9. Lagrive 40; 10. Fujiwara 38
Manufacturers standing: 1. Honda 145; 2. Kawasaki 112; 3. Triumph 81
Aprilia RSV4 Max Biaggi Race Replica
May 10th - With the occasion of Max Biaggi’s double win at the Monza WSBK round in Italy, Aprilia took the wraps off their all-new racing replica RSV4 superbike. The bike is targeted for the racing track and can be used as a entry-level WSBK and National Championship race machine as it offers a serious performance over the production street version and also meets FIM regulations.
Claiming 200bhp and 92lb/ft of torque (that’s an impressive 20bhp and 7.4lb/ft over the production RSV4) from the 65-degree V4 motor, Aprilia sure seems to have done their homework when creating this proper Ducati Corse 1198RS competitor, with Ducati being the only other manufacturer offering a race prepared World Superbike. Details on the RSV4 Max Biaggi Replica include a six gear transmission with a multi-disk oil bath clutch with a mechanical anti-skipping system, ride-by-wire throttle control system, QuickShift assisted shifting, an Akrapovich 4-2-1 titanium exhaust and carbon fiber fairing.
All in all, the bike weighs in at 385.8 lbs (dry), which is definitely an achievement over the standard version’s 405.6 lbs., but still is some 30 pounds over the SBK wet weight minimum. You also get production (not SBK race spec) Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and Marchesini forged magnesium alloy wheels before being hit you with the price: 50,000 euros (US $64,142). The Race Replica bike is available in Biaggi’s Alitalia Aprilia livery or in bare carbon. This is Ducati Desmosedicci RR pricing territority, but unlike the RR which is street legal, the RSV4 Race Replica comes without street lighting equipment so you won't be able to impess your sportbike buddies up at the Rock Store.
We think Aprila may have missed their marketing opportunity here to offer a street legal version of the bike they could sell in profitable volume to wealthy collectors like Ducati did with the 'Decci RR. While club racers won't be lining up for this $64K bike which makes the same horsepower as the $15,000 street legal BMW 1000RR, which should also weights the same as th RSV4 Race Replica once the lighting equipment is removed.
Gigi Dall’lgna, technical and sport manager of Aprilia Racing says, “With the RSV4 Biaggi Replica we offer the sports enthusiast a motorcycle which is as close as you can get to the RSV4 that Max rides on the track in World Superbike. In this project, which was developed in parallel to our re-entry into SBK, we poured out all of our knowledge and years of experience on tracks all over the world. This is the bike which came out of it, conceived and developed within Aprilia Racing to offer unique sensations to the shrewd user.”
Troy and his old Ducati crew pose for pictures during the Mugello test. CLICK TO GO BIG
Troy Bayliss Returns from Retirement
Completes a 2-day Test Session for Ducati
Mugello (Italy), Wednesday 12th May - Three-times Ducati World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss was back on track at Mugello yesterday and today, riding the Ducati 1198 development bike for the Ducati Xerox team; his first Superbike ride since his last race (and double victory) at Portimao in October 2008, after which he announced his official retirement.
The two-day test session, scheduled some months ago as part of Ducati’s 2010 testing schedule, was conditioned by heavy rain yesterday. Bayliss, though riding in full wet conditions, immediately got back into the swing of things and registered a best time of 2m05 during the morning. Although the rain let up in the early afternoon, the track remained wet and slippery, so there was no opportunity for the Australian rider to improve his time.
This morning the track was still damp but the work continued regardless and by lunch time the asphalt had dried out. The team worked on the development of a new software for the gear shifter, with very positive results, meaning that it may be used in this Sunday’s race. The team also worked to refine the set-up of the 1198 and found an efficient solution that may also be implemented this weekend in Kyalami.
By the end of the session, which concluded in the early afternoon, Troy had made more than 60 laps, registering a best time of 1’51.9, an extremely impressive time for a Superbike at Mugello. The World Superbikes currently don't race at Mugello, but for comparison, the current top race lap at Mugello was post last year 2008 by Ducati's Casey Stoner on the MotoGP bike at 1'50.003. The current Ducati Superbikes are restricted in WSB with a higher mininum weight of 168 kilos / 370 lbs compared to the 1000cc 4-cylinder WSB bikes (356 lbs), and with engine intake restrictors limiting the Ducati V-twin 1198cc engine to about 200hp. MotoGP bikes have at 148 kilo / 326 lb. weight minimum and put out between 240-260 hp.
The test team, as well as Ernesto Marinelli who returned to the role of track engineer for the Australian during these tests, declared the sessions a success, having collated valuable data and feedback from Troy over the two days.
Troy will next test for the factory team during World Ducati Week, taking place at the Misano World Circuit from 10th to 13th June, alongside factory riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio.
Troy Bayliss - “The weather wasn’t on our side but we still got a lot of work done. Actually I think riding first in the rain was a good way to work up and get back into it. The track finally came good today and we got about two and a half hours in the dry which was good. I really enjoyed myself and hope the feedback I have been giving the guys is useful. Having Ernie and Alessandra there helped of course, it felt just like the old days. I was a little worried that I’d have forgotten how to ride after the year and a half break, but it was easy and to be honest it felt like I’d never been away!”
With Troy Bayliss' return to testing World Superbikes for Ducati, one could speculate that Ducati might be using him to develope their next generation Superbike, as well as possibly preparing him for a return to racing in World Superbike. Ducati Corse hs never tolerated their team riders finshing outside the top three in the WSB Riders Points Standings, and with Noriyuki Haga currently down in 6th place and Michel Fabrizio down in 8th, based on their current performances they won't have their contracts renewed for next year unless they start winning a lot more races like Fabrizio did win Race 1 this weekend at Kayalami.
Elena Myers (middle) on the top of the podium at Infinion, with Ohara and Beaubier
AMA National Rodracing Championship, Infinion Round 4 of 10
Elena Myers takes historic first female win
in AMA Pro Road Racing 600cc Supersport on Saturday
600c Supersport Race 1, Sonoma, CA, Saturday May 15, 2010 - With a motorcycle racing history going back to 1934 and the formation of the AMA racing category called Class C, May 15, 2010 is the day that 16 year old Elena Myers put her name permanently in the history books with the very first AMA Pro Road Racing victory for a female rider. Myers, from nearby Discovery Bay, California, took an exciting and popular victory at Infineon Raceway during the West Coast Moto Jam AMA Pro Racing SuperSport event.
Myers has been competitive from the very first race this year at Daytona International Speedway, taking a pair of seventh place finishes aboard her Lucas Oil/RoadRacingWorld.com/RMR Suzuki. She showed further improvement at the next round at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California with a stirring fourth place finish in the second of two races, after suffering an accident moments after the start of race one.
Myers again showed her mettle at the next race at Road Atlanta, when she again had the misfortune of getting caught up in someone else's problem on the race warm-up lap, which again prevented her from starting, but she came back to finish fifth in the second race.
Today, she again showed her ability by racing hard when it counted and took a well deserved win after battling with a number of her competitors during today's action packed AMA Pro Racing SuperSport race at 2.32-mile, 11-turn Infineon Raceway. Myers qualified on the outside of the second row in eighth place. She jumped up to fifth place at the start and began her day mixing it up once again with the excellent field in this year's production-based SuperSport class.
Pole position and Daytona winner Cameron Beaubier shot off into the lead and pulled out a slight gap, reflecting his outright speed during the entire weekend. Beaubier, riding out of his usual SuperSport Young Gun East Division, was consistently fastest in practice and qualifying riding his own Mazda Technologies/Intel Yamaha instead of his usual Rockwall Racing Yamaha.
A number of the other main players in SuperSport this year were right up front too, three-time winner and West Division Young Gun points leader Joey Pascarella, who this weekend was making his debut with the DNR Energy Drink/CNR Motorsports Ducati team and Pascarella's previous teammates at LTD Racing Yamaha, Huntley Nash and Jake Gagne, were also in contention as was a local Top Gun entry, Tyler O'Hara, riding another Yamaha extremely quickly.
Things started happening fast though, as Nash had trouble early, forcing him into the pits on lap one, and Gagne suffered a fall in the turn ten complex on lap seven which necessitated a red flag since Gagne's motorcycle was in a dangerous position on the track. The race was restarted with twelve laps remaining, and at the restart Beaubier didn't have the clean getaway that he had hoped for and not only did O'Hara move up to first place, but Pascarella and Myers were ahead of Beaubier too as the race resumed.
Now Pascarella started to get into form and he took the lead from O'Hara. Then Myers fought her way by O'Hara with Beaubier, now battling with another impressive Top Gun entry, Scott Gilbert. Gilbert, who took a second and a third at Auto Club Speedway earlier this year, was right in the middle of the mix as Beaubier began to find his rhythm and he moved past O'Hara also and started to track down Myers.
Myers moves ahead of Beaubier, which would soon be the race lead.
More than once Beaubier looked like he had passed Myers, only for her to fight back and retake the position. All of a sudden, Pascarella went wide in turn seven and both Myers and Beaubier moved to the front but as quickly as this was happening, Pascarella had the rear wheel slide out and the next thing you knew, the motorcycle twitched back and literally threw Pascarella off where he landed off track unhurt.
The race was again red flagged on lap 10, this time with Myers leading Beaubier. By virtue of the rules, the running order reverts back to lap 9, the halfway point and the last completed green flag lap, which showed Pascarella leading. As he was the cause of the red flag, he was moved to the end of the running order.
An emotional and overwhelmed Myers, the first female winner in the history of AMA Pro Road Racing, celebrated with the many happy fans and industry personnel present for this historic achievement. Myers commented, "When they told me the race was called, they said, 'You got second, but wait, Joey crashed and you got first,' and I looked at my Dad and he was crying."
Later on, she talked about her race, "I got a great start off the front row, which worked out really well for me. I was in second and Tyler was in first and I passed Tyler and Joey was still ahead of me...Sorry, I'm just on another planet right now." She continued, "The race went really good for me, and some people made mistakes and I took advantage of it. I don't think it's quite sunk in yet. It's crazy."
Both Beaubier and O'Hara congratulated Myers and saluted her win. O'Hara commented, "I think it's huge for the sport. Elena just broke the barrier as far as women on a motorcycle at the top level. I'm proud of her and happy and I like racing with her."
After all the excitement, Gilbert again took a fine fourth place finish on his Team Graves Yamaha ahead of Austin DeHaven and another Top Gun entry Michael Corbino, both of whom were riding Yamahas.
Race two of the doubleheader Infineon Raceway AMA Pro Racing weekend will be tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. local time and all eyes will be on this exciting AMA Pro SuperSport class, but it will be hard to top the historic events that saw Elena Myers put herself firmly into the all time record books in AMA Pro Motorcycle racing.
Beaubier Wins 600cc Supersport on Sunday, Myers Shares Race Lead
600c Supersport Race 2, Sonoma, CA, Sunday May 16, 2010 - Since his exciting first AMA Pro SuperSport win by 0.001 of a second at the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway, Cameron Beaubier has endured a series of unfortunate events that prevented him from winning again. In each case, what seemed like a sure win would be dashed by untimely red flags due to incidents not of his own making.
Today at Infineon Raceway, Beaubier again had a red flag displayed while he was leading the race. It was almost a repeat of yesterday's red flag, but this time Cameron made an excellent restart and pulled away to a dominant win, his second in AMA Pro competition.
It was even more impressive due to the fact that Beaubier wasn't riding his usual Rockwall Yamaha, but his own motorcycle with support from Mazda Technologies and Intel and crewed by friends and family. Beaubier reflected on his day, "It feels awesome, I had a little bad luck the last few races, but got a strong start on the restart and just took off. I felt really comfortable and the bike was working great all weekend."
Today's race again saw some tremendous action and yesterday's historic winner Elena Myers was featured again along with the other Young Gun riders in the 18-lap race around the 2.32-mile natural road course. A number of riders led the race and it was Myers, among others, who took a turn at the front, but this time she also had Joey Pascarella riding his repaired DNA Energy Drink CNR Motorsports Ducati, Huntley Nash on his LTD Racing Yamaha, Austin DeHaven with his Yamaha, local Top Gun entry Tyler O'Hara on his GP Bike Parts Racing Yamaha and another Top Gun entry, Scott Gilbert on his Team Graves Yamaha all wanting a piece of the action up front.
Beaubier eventually worked his way to the front but in a repeat of yesterday, Pascarella had another unfortunate accident. As he came out of turn eleven on lap nine, his bike twitched and he fell off in front of a group of riders. Pascarella jumped up and a couple of riders just missed his stricken motorcycle. The race was red flagged to move his machine. After an inspection, Pascarella's Ducati was quickly repaired and he was ready to go on the restart, although now at the back of the pack.
On the restart, Beaubier made a perfect getaway and pulled out a commanding lead over Nash and Myers. The group behind, which was comprised of O'Hara, Gilbert and DeHaven, ran nose-to-tail and as, the race wound down, they began to catch Myers.
With three to go, you could see the group closing in on Myers and as the group once again headed into the turn nine complex, everything got shuffled around. When the dust cleared, Myers was down to fifth and even more heartbreak occurred when Gilbert fell in turn four on the last lap. After starting at the back, Pascarella gamely worked his way back up to eighth at the finish to take some valuable points.
Beaubier crossed the line to take a well deserved victory, his second of the season, but as he was racing out of his division, he didn't gain any points towards the AMA Pro SuperSport East championship. Nash continued his excellent run of results this year and continues to gain valuable track time and experience.
Local favorite Tyler O'Hara took a popular third place, his second of the weekend to the cheers of his friends and family in victory lane. DeHaven finished fourth, Myers took fifth, and Travis Ohge was sixth on his Yamaha followed by Matthew Sadowski on his Suzuki. Eighth was Pascarella, Robert Tinagero took ninth on his Kawasaki and another Top Gun rider, Michael Corbino finished tenth on his Yamaha.
The AMA Pro Racing SuperSport class now returns to the Midwest for the next round of SuperSport East competition at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's Road America race, June 4-6.
Josh Hayes Doubles AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike
Saturday Race One to Josh Hayes
Superbike Race 1 Saturday, Sonoma, CA (May 15, 2010) - Josh Hayes repeated history today with a dominant first 2010 AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike win at Infineon Raceway.
Last year, Hayes took his Team Graves Yamaha to his first career American SuperBike win and again today, after taking the pole position, backed up that achievement with a completely dominant victory in race one of two on this doubleheader weekend of AMA Pro Racing at the beautiful Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.
Hayes had to dispatch a fast-starting Blake Young (Rockstar Makita Suzuki) and once out front, Hayes basically kept his head down and ran off to a very convincing victory. Giving credit to his Team Graves Yamaha in victory circle and also in the post race press conference, Hayes was full of praise for his motorcycle and team.
"My Yamaha was so easy to ride," said Hayes, "I know the time gap doesn't always tell the story of the whole race, but I feel pretty good about my machine. We did try some small things on the bike and I think we learned something from it and we'll see if we can do something better with it tomorrow because we're not going to rest on what we've done."
Also enjoying a fast start to the race was Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing Ducati rider Larry Pegram who ran hard all day and as the race ran down fought back and fourth with firstly National Guard Jordan Suzuki rider Jake Zemke and then a fast Ben Bostron on his Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha.
As Zemke dropped back into the clutches of Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammates Blake Young and Tommy Hayden, Bostrom took the fight to Pegram and finally got by with three laps remaining. Right about that point, Hayes had the slightest slip and got monetarily caught between gears which delayed him just enough to get his focus back in a big way. Bostrom tried all he could but there was no catching Hayes on this day.
Pegram took a well deserved third and continued his strong season in American SuperBike. Points leader Jake Zemke fought off Young and Hayden to slightly extend his points lead over Hayden and Young respectively in the season-long points chase.
Jake Holden, riding the M4 Monster Energy Suzuki in place of John Hopkins, continued his impressive weekend with a seventh place finish ahead of his M4 Monster Energy Suzuki teammate Chris Ulrich. David Anthony took ninth on his Aussie Dave Suzuki ahead of the improving Team Iron Horse BMW ESP of Chris Peris
Sunday Race Two Sees Hayes Double
Superbike Race 2 Sunday, Sonoma, CA, May 16th - Josh Hayes and his Team Graves Yamaha backed up his convincing Saturday win at Infineon Raceway with another display of superiority, as he took his second AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike win in as many days and led all but five laps of Superbike competition at the 2.32-mile natural road course.
Hayes, who started on pole position, had to come from behind after some exceptional front-row starts from his competitors. Over the course of the first few laps, however, Hayes slowly picked off the riders in front and rode away to a 3.677-second victory over former teammate Ben Bostrom.
Ben Bostrom on his Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha and an ever strong Larry Pegram on his Foremost Insurance Ducati both battled off Hayes to repeat their second and third place finishes from yesterday. Pegram led the first five laps of the race before being passed by a charging Hayes, who climbed back from fifth position to take the top spot on lap six, steadily maintaining his lead on the way to his ninth Superbike win.
"I felt like I had an advantage this weekend," Hayes said. "My bike worked really well and the boys did a fantastic job. I think we learned a few things and it will bode well for the rest of the season. If we keep our nose clean, we can compete for wins any given weekend."
All three riders commented that it was a different kind of race today, but at the end of the day, the top three matched the conditions perfectly and each rider was delighted with their results for different reasons.
Hayes was relieved that he was able to back up his result from yesterday. He felt that he had such an advantage with Saturday's clearly dominant performance of his Team Graves Yamaha that he was actually worried that he might not deliver on the advantage he felt that he had over the conditions and competition.
Bostrom was also pleased with his weekend. His new team, Pat Clark Motorsports, has been getting better and better and this is an indication that the team and rider are back up front where they belong and now feel that they can be contenders for the rest of the 2010 AMA Pro Road Racing season.
Pegram, who rides, manages and works on his family-owned Foremost Insurance Ducati team, felt that his performances at a track where he traditionally doesn't do well was a bonus. He did have more difficulty with slower traffic today, but overall he is leaving Infineon Raceway with a pair of strong results as he heads into the scene of his popular victory last year at Road America.
Behind the top three, Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammates Tommy Hayden and Blake Young enjoyed battling with each other and more as they also duplicated their fourth and fifth place finishes from yesterday. The duo had a close encounter in the turn nine complex on the final lap, which sent Hayden off course momentarily, but both riders retook their respective positions before crossing the stripe.
Young ran as high as second position early in the race before beginning his seemingly race-long battle with points leader Jake Zemke on his National Guard Jordan Suzuki, who did all he could to take sixth, giving no quarter as he fought all the way to the flag.
Jake Holden had another strong run on his M4 Monster Energy Suzuki with a seventh place run, ahead of his teammate Chris Ulrich on his M4 Monster Energy Suzuki. RidersDiscount.com Suzuki rider Taylor Knapp took another solid finish in ninth and Geoff May returned to fulltime National Guard SuperBike competition with a tenth place finish on his Erik Buell Racing Buell motorcycle.
Next up for the series will be the classic four mile road course through the Kettle Moraine country of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's Road America, June 4-6. Visit www.amaproracing.com for all the latest information and results.
AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL
Saturday Race One to Cardenas
Sonoma, CA, May 15th - In his usual quiet, yet effective way, Team M4 Monster Energy Suzuki rider Martin Cardenas once again took a well-judged and hard-fought victory here today in the first of two AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL motorcycle races at Infineon Raceway.
Once again, the Daytona SportBikes showed the fans and SPEED TV viewers just how competitive this class is with another thrilling battle in the hills of Sonoma, California's 2.32-mile, eleven-turn road course. Cardenas, a double winner here last year and also at the last race at Road Atlanta, continued his winning ways with a race-long battle with pole position winner Tommy Aquino (Team Graves Yamaha), reigning Daytona SportBike Champion Danny Eslick (Geico Powersports/RMR Suzuki) and 2010 Daytona SportBike points leader Josh Herrin.
Also in the mix was Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha rider Dane Westby and DNR Energy Drink/CNR Motorsports Ducati man Bobby Fong. Aquino led from pole, again in search of his first win, but the ever-present Eslick passed Aquino but couldn't get away from the tightly bunched first four riders.
Herrin, Cardenas and Westby were right together and eventually Cardenas passed Herrin and then got by Aquino and thus began a stirring battle between the aggressive Eslick and the smooth yet fast Cardenas.
Westby and Fong were having their own private battle until Fong unfortunately suffered a fall in turn four, ending his day. As the leaders battled amongst themselves, the many other Daytona SportBike competitors began to become factors as the fast guys sliced and diced their way through the traffic.
More than once it seemed that disaster was imminent only to have the leaders pull through and continue their battles unabated. Cardenas pulled a superb passing maneuver by going around the outside of Eslick going into the turn nine right/left complex. But, Eslick is never beaten and he got back by Cardenas at the top of the circuit a couple of times with an inside move of his own.
Cardenas never lost his cool and he repassed Danny after the two ran side-by-side through what was thought to be a one line only series of turns. The matter was finally and unfortunately settled coming out of the last turn on the penultimate lap when a back marker just bulked Danny enough coming out of the turn, allowing Cardenas to get the slightest gap he needed to hold off the ever-charging Eslick for the win in race one of two Daytona SportBike races this weekend.
Aquino and Westby also battled all the way to the flag, followed by a traffic-delayed Josh Herrin. Vesrah Suzuki rider Chris Fillmore was sixth and Westby's Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha teammate, Clinton Seller in seventh. Front-row starter Steve Rapp had a slight problem at the start on his Team Latus Motors Ducati but battled back from 24th to eighth place at the finish.
Sunday Superbike Race 2 to Eslick
Sonoma, CA, May 16th - Danny Eslick finally attained his first AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL win of the 2010 season on Sunday afternoon in the final race of the West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway's 2.32-mile natural road course.
In a weekend that saw riders in each class take well deserved wins, no one was happier and more relieved than Eslick. The reigning Daytona SportBike champion showed that consistency is key, once again pushing his GEICO Powersports Richie Morris Racing Suzuki to the maximum to earn a hard-fought victory over the 31-bike field and take control of the point standings with his fifth podium finish in the season's seven races.
Over the course of the 22-lap sprint race, nine different riders occupied the top five spots. Eslick surged to the front almost immediately and had to battle intensely in a quest for his first 2010 race win. The lead freight train was rarely separated by more than a second and although Eslick led 19 laps, it was never truly clear who was poised to take the top spot.
Josh Herrin on his Team Graves Yamaha, Steve Rapp with his Team Latus Motors Racing Ducati, Martin Cardenas on his Saturday race one winning M4 Monster Energy Suzuki and pole sitter Tommy Aquino on his Team Graves Yamaha all took the fight to Eslick with intentions to take the win.
Cardenas suffered an early mishap in the turn nine left/right complex and wasn't able to continue after coming together with another rider, but it was Rapp, who took the lead from Eslick on lap 17, that was poised to be the rider to once again deny Eslick of a 2010 win. In a cruel twist, Rapp unfortunately had the bike slide out from under him while leading lap 21. He was able to rejoin the fray to finish a brave 16th.
A number of other riders also had falls today, one of which necessitated a red flag. Russ Wikle went down in turn five and Michael Beck unfortunately made inevitable contact with him. Wikle was airlifted to Santa Rosa Medical Center for further examination. He was awake and alert when he left the track and was undergoing further examination at the hospital. He had spoken to his parents but the full extent of his injuries was still being evaluated.
When the race wound down, Daytona 200 winner Herrin took second and Dane Westby riding his Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha closed out the podium in third place, his third podium this season. Polesitter Tommy Aquino, who led three laps in Saturday's race and never fell below seventh position this weekend, battled his way to a fourth place finish.
Fifth was Cory West on his Vesrah Suzuki, followed by Bobby Fong in sixth, who ran as high as second position in the early stages of the race aboard his DNA Energy Drink CNR Motorsports Ducati. Seventh was the second Vesrah Suzuki of Chris Fillmore, eighth was P.J. Jacobson riding for Celtic Racing Suzuki. Eli Edwards took ninth with his Edwards Racing Yamaha and rounding out the top ten was Tyler Odom riding a Honda for Erion Racing.
Eslick completed the day with a spectacular wheelie for the television cameras and also a loud, smokey burnout as he pulled into the Infineon Raceway victory lane. Sunday's first place finish marked Eslick's eighth career AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL win, but if his consistent finishes so far this year are any indication, expect to see him in victory lane at least once a weekend for the rest of the season.
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Twin-cylinder machines to undergo weight reduction from the next SBK round at Miller Motorsports Park.
WSBK Press Release, May 16th - For the first time in the two and a half years since the regulation was introduced, there will be a change in the new minimum weights applied to the bikes competing in the FIM Superbike World Championship.
Following the official results of Race 2 held at Kyalami (South Africa), the FIM SBK Technical Director has informed that the average value of the event averages over the first six events of the 2010 SBK championship favours the 1000cc 4-cylinder motorcycles by more than 5 points (see the attached document issued by the official time keeping).
As a result, from the next SBK event at Miller Motorsports Park (USA) on 29-30-31 May, the new minimum weight for 1200cc 2-cylinder motorcycles is decreased to 165 Kg / 363 lbs., a reduction of 3 Kg as stipulated in Article 184.108.40.206 of the FIM rulebook.
The minimum weight for 1000cc 4-cylinder motorcycles will remain unchanged (162 Kg / 356 lbs.).
HASLAM EXTENDS SUPERBIKE SERIES LEAD IN KYALAMI
Team Suzuki Press Office - May 16. -Team Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam extended his World Superbike Championship lead to 15 points after a thrilling victory in the second race at Kyalami in South Africa today.
After racing to third place in the opening race, in front of 54,000 spectators, race two was particularly dramatic and action-packed; and one of the best battles of the season so far: Throughout the race the Briton fought tooth and nail with fellow countryman Jonathan Rea (Honda), with Haslam taking the lead several times only to get overtaken again. The battle went right down to the wire; Haslam making an audacious passing move one lap from the end. This time he made it stick and went on to take the chequered flag by half a second put Suzuki back at the top of the Manufacturer Standings. It was his third win and ninth podium of the season and one of hardest victories of his career.
Team mate Sylvain Guintoli endured another average day at the office and ended with 10th in race one and 15th in race two. It was the Frenchman's first visit to Kyalami and one that he will not remember with much fondness.
Leon Haslam - Race 1: 3rd, Race 2: 1st: "What an amazing day! The second race was one of the best races I've ever been involved in and definitely one of the hardest. Jonny and I had a real ding-dong and it was bar-to-bar stuff for almost the whole race. I passed him a few times, but he always got me back and the longer the race went on I could feel him working out where I'd pass and how he'd stop me. In the end, I had to pass at a different place and this time I made it stick and held on to the flag. To win a race like that is quite an emotional thing and I have to give a big thank you to the whole team for all their work this weekend.
"The bike in the second race was an improvement over race one. We had a few issues in race one, so changed the balance by making a bit lower in the front and higher in the rear. I still had some issues with it, but it was better and allowed me to fight for the win. After the drama of race two, it's hard to remember what happened in race one. I didn't get a good start and had to make up a lot of ground as best I could. I wasn't completely confident in the front end, so could not push hard enough to catch Michel Fabrizio and Carlos Checa, but I was happy to get on the podium. Today was a tough day, but I'm very happy to have extended my Championship lead and I'm looking forward to the next round in America."
Jonthan Rea on Podium
for Ten Kate Honda
Kayalami May 16th - Jonathan Rea from the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team had two great rides from a disappointing grid place of 11th, scorching through a high class field to go fifth in race one, then leading for all but three laps of race two, finishing behind winner Leon Haslam (Suzuki) by only 0.522 seconds.
Rea was unlucky in Superpole to not be able to get into the eight-rider group that takes part in the final session of this elimination-style qualifying process, and he started from row three in each 24-lap race.
The intense 4.246km circuit near Johannesburg is a challenge for all thanks to its bumps and tricky layout, but after some changes in bike set-up over the weekend and a move back to some known settings, rider and team turned things around on raceday and played a full part in a thrilling race two.
Jonathan Rea – 5th and 2nd- "I got a good start in the first race but just couldn’t hold the other guys as I didn’t find any grip. But even when I dropped down to ninth with quite a gap in front, I didn’t give up on a single corner or a single straight. I was able to maintain pretty consistent laps which allowed me to catch and pass the others at the end.
We made a small change for race two and then I got a blinding start. From there I found it easy to go to the front but it was really difficult to make a break. In the end, Haslam made a lunge and I had to settle for second. All in all, I would have taken your arm off if you’d offered me those results this morning and I’d like to thank the team for keeping my spirits up – it wasn’t looking too clever after warm-up. I’m really looking forward to Salt Lake City now that we’re back on the podium."
Rea is now third in the standings, on the same 141 points total as Carlos Checa (Ducati). Haslam leads with 222 and Max Biaggi (Aprilia) is second on 207.
Five riders finished within 1.479 seconds in race two, after a start-to-finish win for Ducati rider Michel Fabrizio in race one, from Checa, and Haslam. Biaggi was third in race two, behind Haslam and Rea.
A tough weekend for Hannspree Ten Kate Superbike rider Max Neukirchner saw him 17th in Superpole, and then 19th and 17th in the races, results which left him with no points for his weekend’s efforts.
Yamaha's Toseland and Crutchlow Fighting Hard for Championship Points
Kayalami May 16th -
Pole position starter Cal Crutchlow and team mate James Toseland were among many of the riders today struggling to find adequate grip levels on the abrasive Kyalami circuit as they battled for valuable championship points in the two World Superbike races. Race one saw Crutchlow initially drop to ninth off the line, while team mate Toseland battled it out in the top three, pursuing Michel Fabrizio and Carlos Checa and fighting off the attack of Leon Haslam from behind. As the grip levels dropped dramatically he gradually dropped over a number of laps, eventually crossing the line in seventh with team mate Crutchlow just two tenths of a second behind in eighth place.
Race two saw the riders again struggling to maintain a competitive race pace as their grip levels suffered early on. Despite a less than perfect start Crutchlow battled up to take fourth position, taking race one winner Fabrizio and Ducati rider Checa in the process. Crutchlow held his fourth position to the line, taking the chequered flag just under a second behind race leader Haslam. Team mate Toseland also dropped back several positions from the start but battled up to then enjoy a relatively quiet run to a sixth place finish at the line.
The riders now head to round seven of the World Championship at the Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, with Toseland holding on to fifth place in the standings on 125 points, just 16 points off Jonathan Rea in third. Team mate Crutchlow moves up to ninth position in the championship, just nine points adrift of Fabrizio in eighth.
Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team (8th, 4th)
"We did the best job we could today at a track that the bike is not best suited to. Like a lot of riders today I seemed to lose a lot of grip very early in the races making it a struggle to keep on the pace. Having said that I was pleased overall with the second race, we were battling for a win and showing good pace throughout to hold on for points. It's a difficult circuit and we've done well, the team did a really good job and we're looking forward to getting to Salt Lake City. The track at Miller will suit our bike a bit better so I'm confident we can achieve some good results."
James Toseland, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team (7th, 6th)
"The team are a bit bewildered after today, we lost grip on the tyres so quickly in the two races it was a challenge to keep up race pace. Considering I had my big crash only a week ago, getting a sixth and seventh finish is not bad for the championship for me. The differences that people have had today in grip level is incredible, some riders seemed to lose performance dramatically between the two races. I am a little frustrated but I certainly haven't had as bad a day as some riders. Over the weekend my neck got better and better, it was a bit sore still on Friday but it was fine today. A big thank you to the team who did a fantastic job this weekend, we're looking forward to a rest now before Salt Lake City in a couple of weeks.
Fabrizio Powers His Ducati to a Win as Haga Continues to Struggle at Kayalami
Kyalami (South Africa), Sunday 16th May: Ducati Xerox rider Michel Fabrizio was celebrating with his squad this afternoon after dominating a spectacular Race 1 to take his first victory of the 2010 season, at the South African track of Kyalami.
Michel Fabrizio made a perfect start to Race 1, moving straight into the lead by getting past Crutchlow, Toseland and Checa right off the line. The Italian rider quickly extended his lead over Checa (on Althea Racing’s 1198) and maintained a constant one second advantage for the entire duration of the race. Lap times inevitably began to increase during the final stages of the 24-lap race but nonetheless Michel carefully managed his advantage and crossed the line first, to take his first race win of the 2010 season, just over a second ahead of the Spaniard. Noriyuki had a more difficult race, struggling with a lack of grip. Although he made up a few positions straight off the start line, progressing from sixteenth to twelfth, after about ten laps the lack of rear grip began to affect his lap times which consequently caused him to lose over the final laps the positions he had previously gained; the Japanese rider therefore closed Race 1 in seventeenth position.
Michel made a less impressive start to Race 2 but his reactions were quick and he made up over the course of the first lap the positions he had lost off the line. For the first eight laps he remained in fourth position, just behind Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam e Max Biaggi who battled it out among themselves up ahead. Unfortunately however, an unexpected loss of grip subsequently prevented the Italian rider from pushing and, in increasing difficulty in the final stages of the race, he eventually concluded the race in eighth place. Noriyuki meanwhile had a better race, lapping consistently fast, with lap times in the final stages that matched those of the podium placed riders. Although he continued to improve, there was too much to make up from sixteenth on the grid, and the Japanese rider had to be satisfied with tenth place.
Despite two difficult races, Noriyuki Haga still holds on to sixth position in the overall standings (106 points) while Michel Fabrizio, thanks to today’s win, has started to close the gap; now eighth with 95 points. Ducati remains in third position in the manufacturers championship with 185 points to Aprilia’s 213 and Suzuki’s 222.
Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – winner, Race 2 – 8th) - “I’m really happy with the win in the first race, happy for Ducati of course but above all happy for myself. I really needed a result like this after several difficult race. It wasn’t easy however, I had to make an intelligent race, doing all I could to maintain the second of advantage that I had over Carlos. It was a great race but also a very tiring one! Race 2 went very differently; the level of grip immediately began to drop after only three or four laps and it became impossible to catch the leading group that continued to gain on me. Anyway with the points taken in race 1 today I’ve gained a position in the overall standings and now I’ll turn my attention to the next event at Salt Lake, a track I really like.”
Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 17th, Race 2 – 10th)
“In Race 1 after about ten laps the performance of the rear tyre dropped dramatically. There wasn’t much I could to improve. I’m disappointed of course because with no grip you don’t really get anywhere. In the second race, having made some small changes to my bike but deciding to go with the same tyre, I had a better overall feeling and, from more or less mid-race, unlike race 1, I was able to push increasingly hard. The problem was that those ahead of me had already built a significant lead; I needed a few more laps to be able to catch some of them.”
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World Ducati Weekís Saturday night (12 June) will feature an all-star Drag Race along Misanoís start/finish straight on asphalt-ripping Ducati Streetfighters. The knockout challenge will line-up factory riders Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner from the Ducati MotoGP Team and Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga from the Ducati Xerox Superbike Team, as well as Ducati guest stars Carlos Checa, Shane Byrne, Ducati MotoGP test rider, Franco Battaini and the legendary Troy Bayliss.
With tens of thousands of passionate fans already signed-up to attend the sixth edition of World Ducati Week, titled ìThe Red Planet Returnsî, final details for the massive event at the Misano World Circuit in Italy are now being put into place. Celebrating the soul and community spirit of Ducati motorcycles, World Ducati Week 2010 is sure to be one of the biggest motorcycling parties ever along the riviera of Italyís Emilia Romagna region.
Attracting a record number of entrants, the Ducati Garage Contest is set to pitch bike-builders against each other in a customised shoot-out of Trellis frames, dry clutches and special swingarms on show for mass admiration. The 10 best specials, selected by a panel of judges, will remain on display for everyone to see throughout the WDW event.
A Test Ride area for the entire 2010 Ducati range is also likely to be a huge hit, as riders will be able to test any one of the bikes in the current line-up, including the brand new ë4-bikes-in-1í Multistrada 1200. In fact, lucky holders of a 4-Day Pass will be entered into a fantastic prize draw with the magnificent Multistrada 1200 going to the first name pulled out of the hat. A Travel Experience holiday will be up for grabs for the second name and a thrilling AMG-Mercedes Driving Academy safe driving course at the Imola race track for the third.
The Ducati Vintage Contest will remember the prestigious history of the Ducati factory and provide a moment of pure glory for the beautiful classic bikes that always attract huge crowds at WDW. Any visitor can present their own vintage Ducati at the event, with eligible categories being single-cylinder models produced between 1946 and 1978, and twin-cylinder models from 1971 to 1990. A special team of judges, including Livio Lodi, Curator of the Ducati Museum, and Gianluigi Mengoli, Chairman of the Ducati Foundation, will choose the best restored and maintained machines and the winning owner will be crowned King or Queen of the Red Planet.
A special round of the exciting Ducati Desmo Challenge championship will also take place at Misano and offer all Elite license-holder enthusiasts the excitement of a single-brand race series in front of a huge crowd. Following the great success of this event in 2007, both the British and Dutch Ducati series will join the Italian Ducati championship for the WDW2010 event. The Dutch Ducati Dealer Cup championship consists of eight races held on legendary circuits across Europe and is open to all Ducati models including 1098, 848, 998 and 749 as well as special models like the Pierobon or the NCR Millona. The British-based 848 Challenge, organised by Ducati UK and the New Era Motorcycle Club, will be divided into two races in which entrants will compete with Ducati 848 and 848 Dark models in standard form apart from race fairings, tyres and exhausts. From Friday to Sunday the track will form the perfect venue for the hotly contested races in these major national trophies.
ìThe Red Planet Returnsî event will even present some big screen action with a genuine cinematic spaceship ready to transport everyone to an incredible selection of movie thrills in pure Ducati style. Showing non-stop screenings of all the Desmo scenes from memorable films, visitors will also get a chance to view the trailers from all upcoming releases.
On Sunday, 13 June, in a challenge that combines entertainment, travel, discovery and experience, Paolo Pirozzi, President of the Ducati Dreams Club of Naples, will blast-off from the Red Planet of Misano aboard a new Multistrada 1200 S for an amazing year-long, round-the-world trip. Stopping off at 80 Official Ducati Clubs across five continents, his trip will not only represent a great biking adventure, but also a genuine celebration of the passion shared by Ducatisti all around the world.
In what is lining-up to be the biggest World Ducati Week party ever and a celebration of everything Ducati, motorcyclists from all over the world are sure to enjoy breathing an atmosphere of pure motorcycle enthusiasm, where even the Bike Wash is a popular relaxation spot and unexpected source of entertainment with busy Playboy bunnies!
Ticket purchase and a constantly updated programme are available online on a dedicated WDW website at wdw2010.ducati.com.
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New Premier MotorLand Aragón Circuit in Spain to host the FIM Superbike World Championship for the next three years
Rome, Wednesday 19 May 2010 -The newly-built MotorLand Aragón in Spain is set to host a round of the FIM Superbike World Championship for the next three years, following an agreement signed this morning. The circuit, which was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, will now appear in the calendars of the two most important global motorcycling competitions; in spite of its short history, it will now be consolidated as one of the world’s elite tracks, hosting the World Superbike round in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and following on from the MotoGP round in September of this year.
This morning an agreement was signed before the international press, in the Aragón regional government headquarters between MotorLand and Infront Motor Sports in the presence of MotorLand president and Aragón Government vice-president José Angel Biel, the regional minister of commerce, tourism and industry Arturo Aliaga, the CEO of MotorLand Antonio Gasión, the CEO of Infront Motor Sports Paolo Flammini, and the Ducati Superbike rider, Carlos Checa.
Paolo Flammini declared: “Motorland is a very new circuit and it’s already at the top. To have MotoGP and Superbike in its first years of activity demonstrates that it is a top-level circuit. The Superbike World Championship requires requisites of maximum safety and top-class facilities to be in a position to guarantee the presence of high numbers of spectators and Motorland is able to offer all this.”
Carlos Checa added: “Superbike races offer a well-balanced sporting spectacle and for this reason they are spectacular, also for everyone watching on TV. Motorland is a circuit that respects all the standards to host a world-class race. I am happy to be able to race Superbike here next year and I hope to win!”
The race in Alcañiz, close to Zaragoza in northern Spain, will take place in the spring of next year and also in 2012 and 2013.