AFT Customs to premier new custom Bonneville racer "Kemosabe"
at the 2010 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show July 18th Custom Honda Bobber Built and Piloted
by ATF Models for Bonneville World Record Attempt
Long Beach, CA, May 1st 2010 - Reigning LA Calendar Bike Building Champions, AFT Customs of Martel, CA, with owner designer Jim Guiffra and his AFT Motorsports Model Agency spokesmodels (AFTcustoms.com) will again use this year's 2010 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show on Sunday July 18th at the Queen Mary Event Park, Long Beach, CA to premier their latest custom built motorcycle "Kemosabe". Then after the Calendar Show the AFT crew and the bike will head to the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah to participate in the BUB Speed Trials where two of the girl builders, Sukhee and Shelby, will pilot the bike on timed runs. Also helping with the bike build and attending the events are models Cyndi, Sara, Malanie and Katy.
The AFT crew are no strangers to premiering new bikes at the Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend having garnered the coveted "Best of Show" award in 2008 with their Yamaha Royal Star based custom "Er Head." Last year they returned with "LoLA" a 2009 Honda VXT1300 Pro Street custom to take 1st place in the Metric Custom class. After the Show their winning bikes were photographed by Calendar Show producer Jim Gianatsis for the FastDates.com Iron & Lace Custom Motorcycle PinUp Calendar, the new 2011 edition of which premiers at this year's Show.
"Kemosabe means faithful friend in Comanche, explains Guiffra. "It's the nickname Indian sidekick Tonto used for his partner The Lone Ranger in the classic old TV series from the 1960s. AFT Customs is all about our friendships. All the AFT Model Agency Girls are working together with me build this bike, just as they have with all our past Calendar Show premiered bikes."
Lorenzo is congratulated by his team as he pulls into Victory Lane.
MotoGP World Championship, Jerez Spain Round 2 of 18
Spain Reigns at Jerez in All 3 Classes
Jorge Lorenzo takes the Spanish MotoGP
Gran Premio bwin de España - April 30 - May 2nd - Jorge Lorenzo, Team Fiat Yamaha, produced one of the rides of his life to take a superb win in Spain today, the grandeur of a full-to-bursting Jerez with 120,000 cheering fans providing a fitting amphitheatre for his first MotoGP win on home soil. Lorenzo took the race lead and with it the win, mid way through the final lap from race leader and fellow Spanish countryman Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda. Lorenzo's Yamaha team mate Valentino Rossi finished third, making it a sixteenth double podium for the Fiat Yamaha pair since 2008.
Lorenzo got a bad start and had dropped from second to fifth by the second lap, as he struggled to find a rhythm with a full fuel tank. On lap five he was able to pass Casey Stoner and then, five laps on, Nicky Hayden but he looked destined to stay in third as he languished 1.5 seconds adrift of Rossi, who was in turn the same distance from Pedrosa. With a third of the race to go however the Spaniard picked up pace, suddenly the fastest man on track as he stormed up on his team-mate.
On lap 22 Lorenzo dispatched the Italian but with only five laps left and a two second gap a victory still looked unlikely. The tenacious youngster was not giving up however in pursuit of a sixth premier-class win and he rapidly gained on his fellow Spaniard to bring himself within striking distance on his penultimate lap. His first attempt to pass resulted in a dramatic moment as they both momentarily looked like running off track and in the end he had to leave it to the last lap to make the definitive move, passing Pedrosa on the brakes at the end of the back straight and crossing the line 0.543 seconds ahead. Lorenzo, who turns 23 on Tuesday, celebrated in hilarious style by leaping into the lake in the middle of the circuit, much to the rapture of the home fans who were already celebrating Spanish wins in the 125cc and Moto2 classes earlier in the day.
Rossi was happy to make the podium, having struggled all weekend to overcome his injured shoulder and set-up problems with his M1. The World Champion got a great start from the second row and was second behind Pedrosa for most of the race. He stayed in touch in the early stages but began to drop back as his bike started to slide, eventually giving best to his charging team-mate and settling for the final podium spot and a valuable 16 points, 0.4 seconds behind Pedrosa.
The Championship is now led by Lorenzo with 45 points, while Rossi is four points off him in second. The riders now have a three-week break before the French round at Le Mans on 23rd May.
Casey is swarmed on by the press photographers as he leves the pit box.
Stoner Quickest in Friday Practice Jerez Despite Crash Gran Premio bwin de España - Friday 30 AprilDay One -Casey Stoner was the pace setter in the opening practice for the Gran Premio bwin de España today, but despite clocking the fastest lap of the day, a late front-end slip sullied his copybook. Looking to bounce back from disappointment in Qatar where he suffered a similar spill, the Australian led for virtually the entire session, setting his fast time of 1’39.731 on just his fourth lap on track, before sliding out at the Angel Nieto corner with two minutes to go. The Ducati Marlboro rider emerged unscathed and will continue his charge for pole tomorrow.
CASEY STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team) 1st (1’39.731) - "My first run was okay but we had some problems in braking so we spent the rest of the session trying to improve this area, comparing the two bikes. The crash at the end was a similar situation to Qatar - I went into the corner with less pressure on the front and it closed. It’s never nice to crash but at least it gives us a better understanding of what happened in Qatar and which direction we need to take with the set-up over the rest of the weekend. Other than that I am really happy - I think this is the first time I’ve been fastest in any MotoGP session at Jerez. We’ve started out strongly, we have no worries and I’m looking forward to tomorrow."
Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo, who has started the past two races at this circuit from pole position, was second fastest of the session as he lapped at just over a tenth of a second off Stoner’s pace. Meanwhile, Stoner’s team-mate Nicky Hayden completed the top three times as he followed on from his impressive outing at round one by pacing at just over 0.4s off his colleague’s lap time.
Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa will be one of the Spanish contingent looking to make home advantage count this weekend as he seeks a vast improvement from the opening weekend in the Middle East. He was fourth in the hour-long session as he took his RC212V around at just under half a second slower than Stoner’s marker.
Reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi was fifth quickest, occasionally grimacing in the garage as he found his level of comfort affected by the injured shoulder he sustained in a motocross training accident a couple of weeks ago. The Italian, who won the opening round in Qatar, placed ahead of compatriot Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) and Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Colin Edwards.
Impressive home showings from Héctor Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar) and Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) placed the Spanish rookies eighth and ninth respectively in the order of times, after both had experienced minor crashes; Barberá after just ten minutes and Bautista in the latter half of the session.
Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) completed the top ten, hoping to make up for the disappointment of finishing thirteenth and last in the curtain raiser with Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) next on the timesheet.
Circuit Record: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha - 2009), 1’39.818 - 159.518 Km/h Best Pole: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha - 2008), 1’38.189 - 162.164 Km/h
Local Spanish Boys
Lorenzo for Pole on Saturday Saurday May 1st Day Two - Dani Pedrosa went fastest in a thrilling qualifying session at the Jerez circuit today to take pole position for the Gran Premio bwin de España. The 24 year-old’s time of 1’39.202 led a competitive MotoGP field in which the top ten riders were separated by less than 0.9s.
It was the Repsol Honda rider’s 23rd of 25 laps on board his factory RC212V that placed him at the head of the grid and sent the Spanish crowd into enthusiastic raptures, with the front row completed by fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha) and Ducati Marlboro rider Casey Stoner.
Pedrosa – who is making the most of a revised RCV chassis – has an enviable Jerez record to build on tomorrow. Since graduating to MotoGP in 2006 he has never finished lower than second here. Race winner in 2008, the former 125 and 250 World Champion was Jerez runner-up in 2006, 2007 and 2009. He also won the 250 GP here in 2005.
Lorenzo had actually set a quicker time during the morning’s free practice but was unable to replicate with his best qualifying time eventually 0.285s off the pace of Pedrosa, with Stoner a further two-hundredths down the timesheet as he secured third spot. But the next five riders were covered by just 0.104 seconds, suggesting that tomorrow’s second round of the 2010 MotoGP series should be a close and thrilling race.
World Champion Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) rode through the pain in his injured right shoulder to lead the second row, whilst Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro) bravely bounced back from a big crash in free practice to qualify in fifth position, just two-thousandths behind Rossi. LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet completed the second row, as the top six all finished within 0.4s of one another.
Monster Yamaha Tech3 duo Colin Edwards and Ben Spies set the seventh and eighth quickest times respectively, with Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) also inside the tightly packed top ten. The MotoGP race takes place at 2pm local time on Sunday.
Dani Pedrosa scored Pole on Saturday for the revitalized Repsol Honda factory team.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V), pole position at 1m 39.202s, said: “It’s always nice to get pole position and especially here because it is my home race and the support from the fans is amazing, so I’m very happy for them. I really didn’t expect this pole to be honest, but I was pushing very hard so I’m very happy about it. Actually though, it’s not so significant for me because the important thing is the performance in the race and we still need to work very hard on this area. The new frame is delivering some improvements but we’re still not all the way there and we must continue to work on the stability because this is very important in order to be competitive over race distance. Our rivals are also showing a lot of potential so we can’t relax in any way because this will be a long, tough race. Obviously I will start the race thinking about the win, and I know there will be a lot of fans out there cheering for me so I hope we can give them something special.”
Lorenzo and Pedrosa Charm the Spanish Crowd Race Day 3, Sunday May 2nd - Jorge Lorenzo branded today's Gran Premio bwin de España at Jerez "a beautiful race" after edging out his compatriot Dani Pedrosa to take the win in front of an enthusiastic Spanish crowd. Pedrosa brought his Repsol Honda home in second place, to make it a Spanish one-two, with reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi rounding out the podium in third. The 25 points secured today move Lorenzo to the top of the championship standings.
His traditional lightning start to the race saw pole holder Pedrosa lead into the first turn, with Rossi making up two places from the grid to move into second place. Nicky Hayden also got a good start from the second row of the grid to slot into third place as the field headed towards turn two.
Loris Capirossi's race ended at the last turn on lap three, as the veteran Italian pushed just a little too hard, lost the front and crashed uninjured. Aleix Espargaro also crashed shortly after, but was able to return to the race following running repairs in pit lane. Ben Spies was the next casualty, pitting and retiring from the race after struggling with a front tyre problem on his Yamaha M1 while running in the top ten.
As the midway point of the race approached Pedrosa was leading well at a second-and-a-half ahead of Rossi, with Lorenzo a further two seconds back. The fight for seventh place was a close one, with San Carlo Honda Gresini team-mates Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli battling one another amongst a group of five riders.
Lorenzo closes in to pass teammate Rossi.
At the same time Lorenzo was closing the gap on Rossi and on lap 21 passed his teammate before turning his focus to fellow countryman, Pedrosa. From there a superb duel developed between the two Spaniards. With two laps to go Lorenzo caught up with the factory Honda rider and made his move to pass, but Pedrosa held his line and the two almost touched as the excitement continued to increase.
In the end it came down to the last lap and as Pedrosa drifted wide at the Dry Sack corner while trying to defend his line Lorenzo swept through to assume the lead, which he held to the chequered flag. Crossing the line the Fiat Yamaha rider was 0.543s ahead of Pedrosa, with Rossi placing third to complete the podium.
Lorenzo promptly celebrated his win by jumping fully clothed into the lake in the centre of the Jerez circuit… "I saw the lake on Thursday and thought it would be funny to jump in. I think the fans liked it, but I didn't really think about how heavy I'd be with wet leathers and for a minute I thought I wasn't going to get out," declared Lorenzo. "The dream nearly turned into a nightmare."
The Fiat Yamaha rider was eventually rescued by marshals and returned to pit lane to continue the victory celebrations."After a bad start I rode like a demon to get the front and I had a great fight with Dani when I eventually caught him. When I tried to pass him the first time we nearly crashed, but I knew I had to try again on the final lap. I know it's better to win races calmly from the front; today I had to fight on every lap," concluded the new Championship leader.
Completing the top five were Ducati Marlboro riders Nicky Hayden, who repeated his fourth spot from Qatar, and Casey Stoner, with Andrea Dovizioso taking sixth place. Mika Kallio completed an impressive rise from last place on the grid to take seventh, with Melandri, Randy de Puniet and Álvaro Bautista also placing inside the top ten.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V), second-place finisher at 45m 18.081s, said: “Well, this result is a little bit surprising for me and, even though I came so close to winning, I’m pleased to be on the podium and so close to the top step. I didn’t think I was going to be able to lead the race for this long and I was nervous at the start because I knew that to maintain a front-running rhythm was going to be very difficult for us. So I was pleased to be out in front of the race, but then I saw on the pit board that Lorenzo was closing at a pace that was half a second faster than me and Rossi and I thought, “Mmm, maybe this is going to be difficult!”. I tried to hold him off for as long as possible but in the end I couldn’t. Second place after leading for all but half a lap is disappointing obviously, but after the first race at Qatar this is a good result for us. I’d like to thank all the fans who came here and supported us today, and all the people around me in the Repsol Honda Team. We must keep working really hard – starting with the test tomorrow – so that we can improve for Le Mans.”
Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) - Position: 3rdTime: +0.890: "This just wasn't our race this year. We have struggled all weekend, first with my shoulder and then with the bike, and in the race today I couldn't do any more than third. I got a great start and was fast with the new tyre, I tried to go with Dani but then I started to slide a lot and I just had to play it safe. I made no mistakes and I'm happy about my race in the circumstances, these 16 points are very important. At the end I had a front-row seat to the Spanish party and I admit I was sorry not to be involved, Jorge did a great job today and I think it was very exciting for all the fans. I want to say thank you to Dr. Costa and all the staff at the Clinica Mobile, plus everyone back in Italy who has worked on my shoulder to allow me to be able to race this weekend. I will hopefully be back to full strength in Le Mans so I'm looking forward to that."
MotoGP Race Classification: (27 laps = 119.421 km)
Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H / Gap
1 / Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Fiat Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 45'17.538 / 158.200 /
2 / Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 45'18.081 / 158.168 / 0.543
3 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Fiat Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 45'18.428 / 158.148 / 0.890
4 / Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Ducati Marlboro Team / DUCATI / 45'26.553 / 157.677 / 9.015
5 / Casey STONER / AUS / Ducati Marlboro Team / DUCATI / 45'27.572 / 157.618 / 10.034
6 / Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 45'40.682 / 156.864 / 23.144
7 / Mika KALLIO / FIN / Pramac Racing Team / DUCATI / 45'52.027 / 156.217 / 34.489
8 / Marco MELANDRI / ITA / San Carlo Honda Gresini / HONDA / 45'52.225 / 156.206 / 34.687
9 / Randy DE PUNIET / FRA / LCR Honda MotoGP / HONDA / 45'53.698 / 156.123 / 36.160
10 / Alvaro BAUTISTA / SPA / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 45'54.329 / 156.087 / 36.791
11 / Marco SIMONCELLI / ITA / San Carlo Honda Gresini / HONDA / 45'54.693 / 156.066 / 37.155
12 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 45'55.798 / 156.004 / 38.260
13 / Hector BARBERA / SPA / Paginas Amarillas Aspar / DUCATI / 45'55.909 / 155.997 / 38.371
14 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / Interwetten Honda MotoGP / HONDA / 46'19.590 / 154.668 / 1'02.052
15 / Aleix ESPARGARO / SPA / Pramac Racing Team / DUCATI / 46'41.784 / 136.394 / 3 laps
Pole Position: Dani PEDROSA 1'39.202 160.508 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record): Dani PEDROSA 1'39.731 159.657 Km/h Lap 2
Previous Circuit Record Lap: 2009 Valentino ROSSI 1'39.818 159.518 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: Jorge LORENZO 1'38.189 162.164 Km/h 2008
A Spanish Double with Tony Elias in Moto 2 An eventful Moto2 race saw Toni Elías take his first Grand Prix victory since his win in Estoril back in 2006 after a shortened 17-lap contest following a pile-up on the second lap of the original race. A coming together between Simone Corsi and Shoya Tomizawa at the Dry Sack corner saw the Japanese rider slide out and deposit fuel on the track surface, which brought down a number of following riders. The race was red flagged and then restarted 30 minutes later, after some frantic work in pit lane to repair the bikes that had been involved in the crash.
With 42 riders fighting for position and all lapping within one second of each other more crashes were inevitable, with Karel Abraham, Andrea Iannone and Joan Olivè all early fallers.
Kenny Noyes was the first rider to get to the front and then try to gap the pursuing pack but, try as he might, the American simply couldn't escape from the clutches of Toni Elias, Thomas Lüthi and championship leader, Tomizawa. With six laps to go, nine riders were still in with a chance of victory.
Overtaking moves were not in short supply as the frontrunners constantly pushed one another, and as the final laps approached Elias, Tomizawa, Lüthi and Takahashi were nose to tail.To the delight of the Spanish crowd it was Elías who pulled off a double overtake to take the chequered flag, 0.190s ahead of Tomizawa who maintains his Championship lead with his podium finish. Lüthi, at a further seven-thousandths behind completed the top three in a fantastic grandstand finish, as he moved into third place in the overall standings.
Takahashi and Corsi both finished inside the top five. Sergio Gadea followed Corsi home, meaning the top six riders were all former Grand Prix winners. Noyes, Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar), Gabor Talmacsi (Fimmco Speed Up), and Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX) completing the top ten.
Moto2 Race Classification: (17 laps = 75.191 km)
Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H / Gap
1 / Toni ELIAS / SPA / Gresini Racing Moto2 / MORIWAKI / 29'58.726 / 150.488 /
2 / Shoya TOMIZAWA / JPN / Technomag-CIP / SUTER / 29'58.916 / 150.472 / 0.190
3 / Thomas LUTHI / SWI / Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 / MORIWAKI / 29'58.987 / 150.466 / 0.261
4 / Yuki TAKAHASHI / JPN / Tech 3 Racing / TECH 3 / 29'59.284 / 150.441 / 0.558
5 / Simone CORSI / ITA / JIR Moto2 / MOTOBI / 30'00.175 / 150.367 / 1.449
6 / Sergio GADEA / SPA / Tenerife 40 Pons / PONS KALEX / 30'00.222 / 150.363 / 1.496
7 / Kenny NOYES / USA / Jack & Jones by A.Banderas / PROMOHARRIS / 30'00.941 / 150.303 / 2.215
8 / Julian SIMON / SPA / Mapfre Aspar Team / RSV / 30'01.302 / 150.273 / 2.576
9 / Gabor TALMACSI / HUN / Fimmco Speed Up / SPEED UP / 30'02.551 / 150.169 / 3.825
10 / Yonny HERNANDEZ / COL / Blusens-STX / BQR-MOTO2 / 30'05.417 / 149.930 / 6.691
11 / Jules CLUZEL / FRA / Forward Racing / SUTER / 30'06.849 / 149.811 / 8.123
12 / Roberto ROLFO / ITA / Italtrans S.T.R. / SUTER / 30'10.691 / 149.494 / 11.965
13 / Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Technomag-CIP / SUTER / 30'10.916 / 149.475 / 12.190
14 / Stefan BRADL / GER / Viessmann Kiefer Racing / SUTER / 30'11.021 / 149.466 / 12.295
15 / Anthony WEST / AUS / MZ Racing Team / MZ-RE HONDA / 30'11.271 / 149.446 / 12.545
Pole Position: Shoya TOMIZAWA 1'44.372 152.558 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record) : Toni ELIAS 1'44.710 152.065 Km/h Lap 14
Circuit Record Lap: New category
Circuit Best Lap: Shoya TOMIZAWA 1'44.372 152.558 Km/h 2010
New Aprilia Dorsoduro 750
Factory Aprilia has reworked it's recenty introduced Dorsoduro 750 to upgraded specs in its "Factory" version for 2010 to take on Ducati's popular Hypermoto S. Compared to Ducati's 2-valve aircooled V-twin desmo,
the watercooled DOHC 4-valve twin cylinder 92hp engine powering the Dorsoduro 750cc Factory matches the Ducati's perfect mix of rideability, flexibility and exhilaration in a lightweight canyon carving package.
RIDE-BY-WIRE and ADVANCED ELECTRONICS
The engine powering the Dorsoduro 750 Factory features a latest generation Ride-by-Wire system that ensures optimum torque delivery at any given time: whether during relaxed riding, such as in city traffic, or when you decide to twist the throttle wide open.
Unlike conventional systems, the Ride-by-Wire system manages air flow, fuel flow and ignition simultaneously. Torque delivery is optimised in relation to the gear selected, engine speed, throttle aperture rate and atmospheric air temperature and pressure. Essentially, the Ride-by-Wire system manages engine torque in real time, allowing the rider to make full use of the performance available: as an added advantage, the system also optimises exhaust and noise emissions.
TRI-MAP: THREE DIFFERENT MAPS AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON
Simply close the throttle and push the starter button with your thumb - even while on the move - to select between the three different engine maps available: SPORT: a direct link to the throttle, for when you demand the most responsive, vigourous performance possible; TOURING: for relaxed riding in traffic; RAIN: for poor grip and wet road conditions. Then simply twist open the throttle and dose the power exactly as you need: getting the best possible performance and fun out of a bike has never been so simple.
MATRIX INSTRUMENT PANEL
A fully fledged on board computer controllable by the rider directly from the handlebar, with a display visualising all the engine parameters received over the CAN line and the contents of the self diagnosis memory. The LED illumination - with white for the analogue area and red for the digital area - has three different brightness settings for optimum visibility in all light conditions.
The Dorsoduro 750 is designed for attacking tight roads with a more comfortable and control thanks to a sit-up riding position made possible by taller handlebars and more forward placed foot controls. The factory model gets a solo sadle, higher spec suspension and brakes, and lightweight carbonfibre bodywork.
FRAME AND SUSPENSION
Developed and tested by Aprilia's engineers, the frame of the Dorsoduro 750 Factory is a sculpture in aluminium and steel derived from racing technology. The narrow trellis is designed specifically to complement the typical Motard riding style, with the bike gripped firmly between the legs, ensuring superior agility, precision and effectiveness.
The lateral frame plates and shell mould cast swingarm are made from aluminium: a material that not only offers maximum lightness, but is visually stunning it its own right and adds a premium touch to the bike. The swingarm is linked to a laterally mounted monoshock: this allowed the exhaust to be located under the saddle, benefiting both the design and the balance of the bike as well as affording easier access for adjustments.
The upside down front fork of the Dorsoduro 750 Factory, with adjustable hydraulic damping, and the adjustable laterally mounted rear monoshock allow the user to set the bike up for perfect suspension response in any situation.
Here is Aprilia's naked sportbike version from the same parts bin, the 2010 Shiver 750 shares the same chassis and engine as the Dorsoduro, but has lower handlebars, more set back foot controls, and accomodations for a passenger.
WAVE DISCS AND RADIAL CALLIPERS
Derived directly from racing, the dual 320 mm front and single 240 mm rear wave discs and 4-piston radial callipers give the Dorsoduro 750 Factory outstanding braking power in all conditions and situations. The brake system uses steel braid hosing even better braking modulability and feedback.
The best braking technology available today has been adopted on the Dorsoduro 750 Factory. The front brakes use new 4-piston Brembo radial callipers which ensure shorter stopping distances and offer enhanced brake force modulability, while visually adding an even sportier touch to the performance-focused style of the bike.
The 320 mm front disc and 240 mm rear disc are both wave units. Both the front and rear brake systems use metal braid hosing for maximum braking precision. Class beating performance in true Factory style.
FULLY ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION
The Sachs 43 mm upside down fork with shell-cast brackets to support the radial callipers features adjustable spring preload and hydraulic brake rebound damping. In addition to offering endless scope for adjustment, this unit also offers class beating smoothness and a generous extension (160 mm) in keeping with the Motard philosophy. The new laterally mounted gas shock absorber has a separate reservoir, is pivoted directly onto the swingarm in a cantilever layout and features adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. This solution lets expert riders exploit the full potential of the bike's performance, even when venturing beyond the limit.
The saddle of the Dorsoduro 750 Factory allows complete freedom of movement, for rapidly shifting the body forward or backward and dominating the bike in any situation. Designed specifically for this version, the saddle features bold red stitching underscoring the bike's aggressive racing spirit.
CARBON FIBRE TOP STRUCTURE
True to Aprilia tradition, the Dorsoduro 750 Factory makes extensive use of carbon fibre, which has been used for both air ducts, the front mudguard and the ignition key block fairing. This is a choice that further accentuates the sophistication, sporting DNA and exclusivity of the bike.
SPECIAL GRAPHICS & PERFORMANCE ACCESSORIES
The personalised finish touches even extend to the chassis: with the red trellis structure and black lateral plates emphasising the sportiness and aggressiveness of the bike, in keeping with the black silencer shields Make your Dorsoduro 750 Factory even more fun, more exclusive and more distinctly yours with original Aprilia accessories: to cater for every possible need and riding style.
Choose from the range of performance enhancing accessories and experience new levels of sports riding in safety with the Aprilia by Arrow exhaust system in titanium (Euro3 compliant), the fully adjustable shock absorber, fall guards and the clutch housing cover. Accentuate your bike's racing character with billet components such as brake and clutch levers, brake and clutch fluid caps and license plate mount and a range of accessories in carbon fibre.
Enhance the versatility and style of your bike with the range of comfort accessories: such as the saddle with gel inserts, rubber covers for the rider footpegs, passenger grab handles and road legal mirrors. Choose the functionality of a wide choice of bags, backpacks and luggage cases designed to cater for every possible load and travel need. A new bike cover is now available for storing your bike in the garage, featuring the Dorsoduro logo and tailor made for this model.
Aprilia Dorsodura 750 Factory Price: Euro $9,990 / approx USA $13,286
Aprilia V90 four-stroke longitudinal 90° V-twin engine, liquid cooled, double overhead camshafts with mixed gear/chain timing system, four valves per cylinder.
• Fuel: Unleaded petrol
• Bore x Stroke: 92 x 56,4 mm
• Total displacement: 749,9 cc
• Compression ratio: 11 : 1
• Maximum power at the crank: 67,3 kW (92 CV) a 8.750 rpm
• Maximum torque at the crank: 8,4 kgm (82 Nm) a 4.500 rpm
• Fuel system: Integrated engine management system. Injection with Ride by Wire throttle opening management and triple mapping
• Ignition: Digital electronic ignition integrated with injection system
• Starting: Electric
• Exhaust: 2 into 1 exhaust system in 100% stainless steel with three-way catalytic converter and lambda probe
• Generator: 450 W a 6.000 rpm
• Lubrification: Wet sump
• Gear box: 6 speeds, drive ratio: 1st 14/36 (2.57) 2nd 17/32 (1.88) 3rd 20/30 (1.5) 4th 22/28 (1.27) 5th 23/26 (1.13) 6th 24/25 (1.04)
• Clutch: Multiple discs in oil bath, hydraulically operated
• Primary drive: Straight cut gears, drive ratio: 38/71 (1.87)
• Final drive: Chain. Drive ratio: 16/46
Modular tubular steel frame fastened to aluminium side plates with by high strength bolts. Removable rear subframe.
• Front suspension: Multi-adjustable Sachs upside-down fork with Ø 43 mm diam. stanchions. Travel 160 mm.
• Rear suspension: Aluminium alloy swingarm Gas-operated shock absorber with piggy back, with adjustable spring preload and compression and rebound damping. Wheel travel 160 mm
• Shock absorbers: Front: Dual Ø 320 mm diam. stainless steel floating discs. Radial callipers with four pistons. Metal braided brake pipe. Rear: Stainless steel disc Ø 240mm. Single piston calliper. Metal braided brake pipe.
• Brakes: Front: Drilled Wave in acciaio inox diametro 320 mm. Pinze radiali Brembo a quattro pistoncini. Tubo freno in treccia metallica. Rear: Wave Disc d’acciaio inox diametro 240 mm. Pinza a singolo pistoncino.
• Wheels: Aluminium alloy Front: 3.50 X 17" Rear: 6.00 x 17"
• Tyres: Radial tubeless tyres; front: 120/70 ZR 17 rear: 180/55 ZR 17
• Dimensions: Max. length 2,216 mm Max. width 905 mm (at handlebar) Max. height 1,185 mm (at instrument panel) Saddle height 870 mm Wheelbase 1,505 mm Trail 108 mm Steering angle 26°
• Dry weight: 185 kg (407lbs)
• Fuel tank capacity: 12 lt (range > 200 km)
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Round 3 of 12
Eastern/Honda and Laverty/Suzuki Trade Wins at Olton BSB
Olton Park, GB, May 3rd - Stuart Easton led throughout the opening race of the third round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship to take his first victory of the season but next time out, the Swan Honda rider was sidelined by a technical problems as Michael Laverty took his maiden victory in the series for Suzuki.
The first race was run in near perfect conditions, with Easton making a great start to head the pack into the first corner, ahead of pole starting series leader Tommy Hill with Josh Brookes running third on the HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR from Alastair Seeley and former two times title winner Ryuichi Kiyonari. Easton had to work all of the way to maintain his lead over Suzuki’s Hill and after 18 laps, there was only 0.058secs between them, with John Laverty taking his best ever finish, on a Kawasaki in third place.
Brookes, who was riding through a difficult chatter problem, lost two places on a tough final lap, to finish fifth but disappointed due to the machine problem.
It had been a race that promised so much for Kiyonari who was riding strongly in fifth place for the opening third of the race, but he made a costly error at the chicane, overshooting, and losing vital time, and then later had a minor clash with Alastair Seeley, soon afterwards the warning lights on his machine came on, and he pulled off with an undisclosed technical problem.
Stuart Easton (Swan Honda): “I made a really good start but Tommy Hill was always there – I was watching my times and checking the pit-board which ever lap said +0. He was so close all of the time and I thought if he’s coming, then it is up to him, but, he could not get through and I held him off to take the win. It was hard, all of the way.”
Superbike Results Race1
POS / NAME / NAT / BIKE / TIME / GAP
1 / Stuart EASTON / GBR / Honda - Swan Honda / 28:55.815 /
2 / Tommy HILL / GBR / Suzuki - Worx Crescent Suzuki / 28:55.873 / 0,058
3 / John LAVERTY / GBR / Kawasaki - Buildbase Kawasaki / 29:06.214 / 10,399
4 / Alastair SEELEY / GBR / Suzuki - Relentless Suzuki by TAS / 29:06.658 / 10,843
5 / Michael LAVERTY / GBR / Suzuki - Relentless Suzuki by TAS / 29:06.664 / 10,849
6 / Josh BROOKES / AUS / Honda - HM Plant Honda / 29:06.888 / 11,073
7 / Gary MASON / GBR / Kawasaki - MSS Colchester Kawasaki / 29:19.243 / 23,428
8 / Chris WALKER / GBR / Kawasaki - MSS Colchester Kawasaki / 29:23.293 / 27,478
9 / Dan LINFOOT / GBR / Yamaha - Motorpoint Yamaha / 29:31.812 / 35,997
10 / Tommy BRIDEWELL / GBR / Honda - Quay Garage Honda / 29:32.524 / 36,709
11 / Martin JESSOPP / GBR / Ducati - RidersMotorcycles.Com / 29:33.174 / 37,359
12 / Peter HICKMAN / GBR / Yamaha - Ultimate Racing / Vision Yamaha / 29:39.423 / 43,608
13 / Adam JENKINSON / GBR / Kawasaki - Buildbase Kawasaki / 29:43.812 / 47,997
14 / Hudson KENNAUGH / RSA / Kawasaki - MAR Kawasaki / 29:44.365 / 0.049
15 / Steve BROGAN / GBR / BMW - Jentin Racing - BMW Motorrad / 29:54.924 / 59,109
Fastest lap: Lap 4 Ryuichi KIYONARI JPN Honda - HM Plant Honda 1:35.859
Rain fell ahead of the start of the second race, with the organisers giving the riders a brief wet practice session, and also reducing the race distance by three laps to 15. The grid for this race was formed on the basis of fastest race laps in the opener, with Kiyonari taking pole and Brookes third as Easton completed the front row.
Kiyonari, eager to make amends for his earlier disappointment, made a fine start, running clear of Hill but soon Michael Laverty had forged clear at the front, en route to maiden glory in the series.Easton was running seventh, and looking uncomfortable, pitting on the fourth lap to change his rear wheel, and then pitting a further five laps later to retire.
Kiyonari was riding hard, up to fourth on the sixth lap, but again he was forced wide at the chicane losing time and having to re-establish himself, fighting back to take fourth place, though disappointed not to deny Hill the final podium place. Brookes meanwhile was struggling with tyre wear, finishing eighth, adrift of the privately entered Honda ridden by Tommy Bridewell.
Stuart Easton (Swan Honda): “Everything seemed to go a bit wrong. We had a problem with the electronics that seemed to affect the grip of the tyres in corners. I thought that the tyre had chunked, but came in and it was OK. The settings we ran were OK in the dry, but not the wet. We went into the second race a bit blind which was a shame.”
Superbike Results Race 2
POS / NAME / NAT / BIKE / LAPS / TIME / GAP
1 / Michael LAVERTY / GBR / Suzuki - Relentless Suzuki by TAS / 27:26.150 /
2 / Michael RUTTER / GBR / Ducati - RidersMotorcycles.Com / 27:32.150 / 0.006
3 / Tommy HILL / GBR / Suzuki - Worx Crescent Suzuki / 27:37.483 / 11,333
4 / Ryuichi KIYONARI / JPN / Honda - HM Plant Honda / 27:42.179 / 16,029
5 / John LAVERTY / GBR / Kawasaki - Buildbase Kawasaki / 27:49.740 / 0.024
6 / Alastair SEELEY / GBR / Suzuki - Relentless Suzuki by TAS / 27:53.408 / 27,258
7 / Tommy BRIDEWELL / GBR / Honda - Quay Garage Honda / 27:56.437 / 30,287
8 / Josh BROOKES / AUS / Honda - HM Plant Honda / 27:56.973 / 30,823
9 / Hudson KENNAUGH / RSA / Kawasaki - MAR Kawasaki / 27:58.613 / 32,463
10 / Adam JENKINSON / GBR / Kawasaki - Buildbase Kawasaki / 28:21.100 / 0.055
11 / Chris WALKER / GBR / Kawasaki - MSS Colchester Kawasaki / 28:22.770 / 0.057
12 / Martin JESSOPP / GBR / Ducati - RidersMotorcycles.Com / 28:25.898 / 59,748
13 / Aaron ZANOTTI / GBR / Suzuki - Red Viper Spike Suzuki / 28:26.107 / 59,957
14 / Dan LINFOOT / GBR / Yamaha - Motorpoint Yamaha / 28:36.910 / 1:10.760
15 / Steve BROGAN / GBR / BMW - Jentin Racing - BMW Motorrad / 28:37.983 / 1:11.833
Fastest lap: Lap 8 Michael LAVERTY GBR Suzuki - Relentless Suzuki by TAS 1:48.173
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May 1st 2010 - The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Claude Danis (FIM), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Messrs Vito Ippolito (FIM President), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Sports Director), and M. Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held on May 01 in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), decided to introduce the following amendment to the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.
The penalty for infringement to the engine durability rules in MotoGP (6 engines per season) before the race has been amended as follows:
The rider will start the race from the pit lane 10 seconds (instead of 20 seconds) after the start of the race.
New motorcycle exports into U.S. fall drastically
Monday May 3, 2010
The number of new motorcycles being brought into the United States by major manufacturers continues to drop by a significant amount.
The latest monthly report by metric manufacturers shows new bike exports into the United States falling by 71 percent compared to the prior-year month. That March data is included in a report from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), which includes Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki.
Canada also saw a smaller, but still significant decline in JAMA exports. Canada exports totaled 2,620 units, a 32 percent decrease from a year ago.
The U.S. export number by JAMA companies totaled 6,938 units in March compared to 24,234 units a year ago.
The March decline was not all that different from February, when JAMA reported a 62 percent decrease from the year-ago month.
Pedrosa tops time sheet
at Monday's Jerez
Jerez, Spain May 3rd - The traditional post-Spanish Grand Prix one day test session for MotoGP teams at the 4.423km Jerez circuit was run in perfect weather conditions and the Honda RC212V riders and team technicians worked non-stop from 10.00. until 18.00. testing new parts and as many set up options as time permitted. All six RCV riders improved upon their race performances of yesterday with Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda, who finished second in the grand prix, topping the time sheets today.
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 1st. 1m 39.425s – 60 laps. “This was a useful day of testing and we spent some time working in detail on suspension adjustments - some of the things we didn’t have the time to test in the pre-season because we were focusing on other issues. We also tried a modified spec engine and collected some information for the development engineers, but it’s too early to say whether it’s a step forward yet because we only had two runs out of the pits with it. The crash was a little strange and I wasn’t expecting it, but the important thing is that I’m not hurt and I can look forward to Le Mans which is a circuit I’ve raced well at before. I’m looking forward to the next round.”
The Fiat Yamaha Team made the most of a rare day's testing at Jerez, one of the few post-race tests they will have this season. Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo had a busy and successful day, finishing second and third respectively in the standings behind Dani Pedrosa.
Rossi, who finished third in the race on Sunday, worked with his crew to improve the M1 race setting, trying to understand the problems that had hampered them during the weekend. It was a largely successful day as his fastest time was an improvement on his best time from the weekend. He also tried a new engine evolution, which it is hoped will improve acceleration, reporting a small improvement. The Italian had one upset during the day when he had a low-speed crash at turn two, luckily causing no further damage to his recovering shoulder.
After his incredible home win, Lorenzo had to delay the celebrations one day more in order to get back on board yesterday. The main aim for his side of the garage was to try to improve his starts and his early race performance, and the Spaniard did over 20 practice starts during the day. He too had some new parts to try, including a chassis development, electronics and the modified engine. Lorenzo, who turns 23 today, finished the day in third, just behind his team-mate.
Valentino Rossi - Position: 2nd Time: 1'39.480 Laps: 61
"We improved our race setting a bit and found better stability and grip, so we arrived at the right place finally, even if we were too late for the race! We tried a new front tyre for Bridgestone, which was good and also a slightly different engine from Japan, trying to improve the acceleration. The difference was small but important, although we don't know yet when we will be able to use it in a race. My lap times were fast and apart from the small crash, when I just put a bit too much lean on and lost the front, it was a good day. I was only doing 65 km/h so luckily it wasn't a problem. Now we have a long rest and I want to fully recover so I'm back to full strength in Le Mans."
Jorge Lorenzo - Position: 3rd Time: 1'39.506 Laps: 71
"It was an interesting day. Most of all we worked on our starts; I think I did something like 25 starts! I do find it quite difficult because the clutch and acceleration aren't always the best parts of our package, but today was good to understand how we can improve. We also tried some new electronics, including traction control, and chassis parts, as well as trying a slightly different engine. The difference wasn't big but I did notice it, so I think this is the right way. Today is my birthday and I am looking forward to finally celebrating my win!"
The Ducati Marlboro Team were back on track in breezy but pretty warm conditions at Jerez today for the first of two post-race test days planned for this season. Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden took the opportunity to try a variety of different set-up options, clocking the sixth and seventh fastest times respectively.
Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro Team) 6th fastest 1:39.786 (66 laps) - “Today was quite productive because we found a race set-up for this track that was better than yesterday, with improved front feeling which is what we had been looking for all weekend. We went for quite a radical change and it did the trick but we'll have to wait and see if it works at other circuits because this place tends to put more pressure on front tyres than a lot of places and it requires a particular approach. Anyway, we go to Le Mans with a lot of useful data and hopefully it can help us there too.”
1 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 1’39.425s.
2 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha 1’39.480s.
3 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha 1’39.506s.
4 Randy De Puniet LRC Honda 1’39.609s.
5 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda 1’39.760s.
6 Casey Stoner Marlboro Ducati 1’39.786s.
7 Nicky Hayden Marlboro Ducati 1’39.906s.
8 Ben Spies Yamaha Tech3 1’39.958s.
9 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki 1’40.040s.
10 Colin Edwards Yamaha Tech3 1’40.042s.
11 Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda 1’40.129s.
12 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda 1’40.370s.
13 Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 1’40.446s.
14 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki 1’40.463s.
15 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda 1’40.470s.
16 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati 1’40.686s.
17 Hector Barbera Aspar MotoGP team 1’40.932s.
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Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner take top five finishes in the Grand Prix of Spain
May 2nd - Fourth and fifth place respectively representing satisfactory if not sensational results at Jerez. Both riders had higher hopes as they targeted a podium challenge from fifth and third on the grid but it was a demanding 27-lap affair as they lost touch with eventual top three Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi in the first half of the race.
Stoner’s front end troubles forced the Australian to accept 11 important championship points. Meanwhile Hayden made a great start to the race and was lapping in third place over the early laps but didn’t quite have the pace to stick with the leaders.
NICKY HAYDEN – (Ducati Marlboro Team) 4th
“Fourth place is no disaster but I was hoping to stay closer to the top three towards the end and put up a bit of a fight. I’m not happy to be nine seconds adrift but we’re trying to build something here and we’ve had another solid weekend. The team, the bike, everything has been great this weekend but we just fell a couple of tenths short on race day. To be honest I thought we might find a little extra for the race, like we did in Qatar, but it wasn’t to be. Like I said yesterday my guys worked like dogs to put me in this position today and we’ve got more to do tomorrow so I want to give a big thanks to them. This is the Ducati factory team and we don’t jump up and down at fourth place but we’ll take it. We got some great data to work from that should help us be stronger at Le Mans and hopefully we can keep this upward trend going.”
CASEY STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team) 5th
"I’m disappointed with today’s performance. We started the weekend strongly but only got worse compared to our rivals as the sessions went by and we were never able to improve on the base set-up that we started out with. I think we fell into the trap of making changes to the bike that were too radical and it only served to confuse us because we never went in the right direction. I made an okay start to the race and felt comfortable over the opening laps, Jorge was actually slowing my progress at that point and I was eager to get past him and chase Nicky and the others but as soon as I came up to pass Nicky I lost the front and almost crashed. The bike was pretty much on the ground but I managed to pick it up and then tried to push on from there but the front folded two or three more times on that lap alone. That shot my confidence so Jorge was able to pass me easily and from that moment I just wanted to take as many points as I could. As the tyres went off in the second half of the race the bike felt better and I had more contact with the front but it was little too late and I couldn’t catch Nicky. We need to work hard to find some answers in the test tomorrow and move on to Le Mans ready to battle again."
Filippo Preziosi – General Director, Ducati Corse
“We’re really happy for Nicky because he was really consistent all weekend and today he showed once again that he has the ability to do well. On the other hand I’m disappointed for Casey because I know he’s not happy with this result. We lost our way over the weekend despite making a strong start on Friday and didn’t manage to improve the set-up of the bike. Casey didn’t have a good feeling with the front and with two crashes already this year, one in Qatar and one here in practice, it seems we haven’t solved our problem. Fortunately we have a day of testing here tomorrow and that comes at a good time for us because we can analyse all the data and try to get a better understanding of what happened.”
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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
Miller Motorsports Park Seeking Volunteers for
World Superbike Weekend
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (May 3, 2010) — It’s one thing to attend a major racing event. It’s another thing entirely to be a part of the action yourself, to work behind the scenes to help create one of the most significant events of the year. Miller Motorsports Park is seeking volunteers in a variety of specialties to work during the Lucas Oil Utah USA Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship presented by HANNspree, May 29-31, 2010.
Volunteers are needed to serve in the following capacities: Flag Marshals, Track Marshals, Volunteer Coordinator, Logistics and Hospitality Host/Hostess.
A great incentive package has been created for volunteers who want to be a part of the only appearance by the Superbike World Championship in the western hemisphere. The package includes free camping; free breakfast, lunch and dinner for all three days; and daily incentives, include t-shirts, hats, water bottles, raincoats, race tickets, discounted tickets for the Saturday-night concert (Foreigner, Styx and Kansas), and a thank-you dinner and gift to wrap up the weekend on Monday, May 31.
This season is proving to be one of the most interesting and competitive in the history of the Superbike World Championship. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of all the excitement and to create memories that will last a lifetime from the best seat in the house.
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 www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.
Registration, regulations now available for July 12-14 AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) invites the country's fastest amateur roadracers to sign up now for the 2010 AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships. The races, which will run July 12-14, are part of a weeklong motorcycle racing extravaganza at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
The AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships will crown AMA amateur national champions in numerous classes that are broken down by age, skill and displacement. The annual amateur championship roadracing event will also include Premier SuperBike and Premier SuperSport. These classes are open to all pro- and amateur-licensed riders, but points earned in these classes do not count toward AMA Racing amateur national titles.
Competitors can sign up now for all classes at AMARaceManager.com. Event supplemental regulations and an event schedule are available at AMARacing.com.
"This is going to be one amazing week of racing," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "The AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships follow one of our biggest weekends of the year with the AMA Vintage Racing Grand Championships at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 9-11. The following weekend, July 16-18, is the AMA Pro Racing Honda Super Cycle Weekend, presented by Dunlop Tire. No question, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be a major destination for motorcycling fans and racers right in the heart of riding season."
The AMA is teaming with WERA as its operational partner for the 2010 AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships. In addition to AMA national recognition, AMA racers also will compete for WERA championship points.
"WERA Motorcycle Roadracing has always sought to advance motorcycle roadracing in this country, and partnering with AMA Racing for the AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships supports that goal," said WERA's Evelyne Clarke. "WERA is pleased to partner with the AMA at this event, as well as for the roadracing program at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, to help grow this exciting sport."
AMA racers at the AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships vie for amateur national championships and the AMA Racing national No. 1 plates that accompany them. Competitors also get to compete against some of the best amateur racers in the country on one of America's finest roadrace courses.
Not only do riders get ample track time and an opportunity to race against the country's fastest amateur racers, but the best compete for the AMA Roadracing Horizon Award, which is awarded to the rider showing the most promise for success in the professional ranks.
Past winners of the AMA Roadracing Horizon Award have included Miles Thornton, Jason DiSalvo, Ben Spies and Blake Young. Other awards at the event include the AMA Racing Top Novice Award, the AMA Racing Youth Award -- presented to an outstanding racer under the age of 16 -- and the AMA Racing Vet/Senior Award, presented to a standout rider who's 30 years old or older.
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VICTORY FOR RELENTLESS SUZUKI AT OULTON PARK SUPERBIKE
Team Suzuki Press Office - May 3. Relentless by TAS Suzuki posted its debut victory in the British Superbike Championship Premier Class with Michael Laverty at the Oulton Park third round.
Laverty's second-race demolition of the field in the British Superbike class demonstrates the progress Moneymore-based TAS Racing has been making with their GSX-R1000 Superbike already this season. And, after being virtually written-off in the pre-season build up, both Laverty and Alastair Seeley now sit proudly in the top five in the current standings.
In race one it was Seeley who looked odds-on for his second BSB podium of the year, but a missed gear on the final lap allowed John Laverty to steal his thunder, which left the Carrickfergus man to narrowly pip his team-mate to the line for fourth.
In race two, while Laverty was soloing to a superb victory, Seeley fought his way through from mid-pack to take 10 valuable points in sixth place.
Michael Laverty: - "That was a really nice feeling today. I just hope it goes a long way to being forgiven for my crash at Thruxton! It's really strange because it's probably the easiest I've had to ride to win a race, never mind so convincingly. It's not often you get the perfect bike, but the boys gave me one today for that win. We still have a bit to go with the dry set-up on our GSX-R1000 Superbike, but we are getting closer every weekend and I'm confident we can be up at the front in the dry very soon - possibly as soon as Cadwell Park. The boys deserve this bit of success for all their hard work."
Alastair Seeley: - "I am a bit frustrated about not getting on the podium in race one, but there's no point in moaning about it. I missed a gear and fought back to fourth so we have to be pleased with that after a tough weekend at the previous round. In race two, I spun up going off the line and ended up bashing bars and fairings mid-pack. I got my head down and just tried to be smooth on the throttle and when I got onto the back of Josh Brookes he was all over the place. His tyre was obviously in worse condition than mine at that stage, so to get past for sixth was a good result in difficult conditions. I'm learning all the time about this Superbike and I've stayed fit and healthy with the North West 200 just over a week away - so that's a big positive."
HILL EXTENDS BSB CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AT OULTON
Team Suzuki Press Office - May 3.
Worx Crescent Suzuki's Tommy Hill took second and third place finishes at Oulton Park today to significantly extend his lead in the British Superbike Championship after three rounds, as team-mate Yukio Kagayama was an unfortunate victim of a first-race accident that left him unable to take part in race two.
For Hill, it was another day of strong performances: In race one, rival Stuart Easton led off the line and while Hill was never more than three-tenths-of-a-second behind, Easton's late-braking-style prevented a pass. At the finish, Hill was just 0.058-seconds adrift.
Rain fell before the second race and so Hill rode conservatively, getting a feel for the conditions before passing several competitors to secure the final podium position. Significantly, Easton - his nearest rival in the point's standings - elected to ride on a different tyre-compound for this race and failed to find the grip he needed and so retired. Consequently Hill's lead in the Championship has extended to 51 points.
Tommy Hill: "I'm feeling really good, really chuffed with this result. The second race was a real test in 'iffy conditions.' There was a rush to get the adjustments made; changing the gearing, wanting to change the suspension; it was all very last-minute. I spent a bit of time getting a feel for the conditions and where the bike felt good. I didn't know where Josh Brookes or Stuart was so it was a pleasant surprise when I came in to find I had those extra points over them. In all, a consistent weekend and I'm happy with that!"
Yukio Kagayama had qualified in seventh position, but for this morning's warm-up, he made changes to his set-up that brought him up to fourth fastest. However, in the first race, he got a bad start and riding mid-pack was approaching Island Bend when he got hit from behind, causing him to crash at high speed.
The heavy fall left Kagayama winded and battered. However a subsequent X-Ray revealed a compression to his T7 vertebrae and Kagayama will now undergo a CT scan to get the fullest detail on his injury.
Yukio Kagayama: "I was very happy with the changes to the set-up we made this morning and I felt a podium result would be possible. Unfortunately I didn't make the best start in that first race. Then as I was turning into Island Bend I was hit from behind and crashed. The crash wasn't a very comfortable experience and while I was winded at first I'm still very sore now. No injury is good, but I'm optimistic that I'll be well enough for the next round at Cadwell Park in three weeks time."
Jack Valentine - Team Manager:
"I'm very pleased with Tommy's performance this weekend. In both races he rode intelligently; not making a pass in that first race when it would have been risky; and then playing himself in carefully in the second, taking no chances, but working hard and taking yet another valuable podium.
"Yukio was very unlucky again this weekend: He'd made good progress on his set-up this morning and looked good for some strong results. The plan is now is to see him back at Cadwell Park fit and rested. He's starting to lose touch with that vital sixth place in the Championship but there's still plenty of opportunity to turn his season around.
"Altogether a good weekend for Suzuki, though. To have three GSX-R1000s in the top-five is a great situation to be in - and congratulations to Michael Laverty on his win this afternoon. Now it's onto Cadwell Park and hopefully more of the same from Tommy and hopefully a change of luck for Yukio."
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