June 2010
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Mugello MotoGP - Rossi Breaks his Leg!
Road America AMA Superbike & XR12000 Races
Calendar Kittens Attack Miller USA World Superbike!
The Return of Troy Baylss to World Superbike!

Shooting Fast Dates Calendar 2012 at Miller USA World Superbike 2010
AFT "Kimosabe" Custom racer premiering LA Calendar Show July 18th
Ducati Riding Experience Race School 2010
Motorcycle Advertsing Bringing Sexy Back!
• World Superbike 2010 Season Opener from Phillip Island
Daytona AMA 2010 Season Opener

20th Anniversary Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar
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• MotoGP to allow 1000cc Production Superbike Engines in 2012
• Ben Spies, Valentino Rossi take 2009 World Road Race Championships
2010 Crossbow Calendar Revealed!
Shooting Fast Dates 2011! Calendar Kittens Attack Miller Superbike
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High Speed World Superbike Feature Movie Drama Staring Sienna Miller
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Carlos Checa photo Althea Ducai Superbike girlsHeather and Jaime heat up the Ducati Corse pits at Miller World Superbike. Somehow Heather seems to have lost her her bikini top in the middel of the shoot, no thanks to rider Michel Fabrizio. Click to GO BIG

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and Team Ducati Corse Grid Girls at Miller USA World Superbike

Jaimee and Heather appeard at 2010's Miller USA World Superbike May 29-31st
with team Ducati Corse, and next at the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show July 18th!

June 1st, 2010 - Playboy magazine's hottest, sexiest, most beautiful new 2010 Playmates, Miss January Jaime Faith Edmonson, and Miss February Heather Rae Young, joined Calender producer Jim Gianatsis as  the official SBK World Superbike Fast Dates Calendar Kittens at the Miller Motorsports USA World Superbike round May 29-31st 2010.

The crew started the race weekend off being photographed for the next Fast Dates World Superbike PinUp Calendar with all the top factory team race bikes. Both Calendar Kittens then served on race day with multi-time SBK World Championship winning team Ducati Corse to be their official grid girls for their two factory riders, Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio.

All the revealing details with pictures in Fast Dates Calendar News.

The Return of Troy Bayliss to World Superbike?
June 1st - While I was hanging out with Ducati Corse at the Miller Motorsports USA World Superbike last week, I ask team manager Ernesto Marinelli about the possibility of Ducati's 3-time World Superbike Champion coming out of retirement to race for the team again. His 52 World Superbike victories on Ducati are second only to Carl Fogarty. As we know from Ducati Corse press releases, Bayliss has been flying in to Italy from his home in Australia to do development testing on the race bikes for the team.

Ernesto told me that Troy is possibly interested in racing again, but it is just still too early in the 2010 season to make any determination for next year 2011. The final decision for Troy depends on how his wife Kim feels about his returning to racing. Troy, Kim and their two children left their European home base in Monaco at the end of 2008 and returned to their family home in Taree, Australia. For Troy to return to the World Superbike Championship now would require even longer airplane flights from Australia to follow the tour. Unless of course, Troy relocated back to Europe for part of the year, spending more time away from the family.

We can image that the small town of Taree can feel very small and confiding after you've lived in Monaco for 10 years, ridden road bikes in the Alps, and have been jetting around the world and treated like royalty.

How anxious is Ducati Corse to have Bayliss return from retirement? One only has to look at the current points standing in the 2010 Superbike Championship to see Noriyuki Haga down in 5th place and Michel Fabrizio in 10th, the lowest factory Ducati rider ranking in Ducati's 20 year involvement with the series except for the 2000 season when Fogarty broke his shoulder. Last year 2009 Haga and Michel finished the Championship on top in 2nd-3rd behind Ben Spies.

I asked Ernesto if there would be room on the Corse team for 3 riders in 2011 and he said "No", that Ducati only has the budget and resources for a 2-rider team. I believe both Haga's and Fabrizio's current factory contracts are ending his year, so unless either of them goes on a winning streak real soon, Ducati tends not to keep riders who don't finish in the top three.

Would Ducati be foolish to bring back Troy Bayliss at the age of 42? Hardly foolish, as Troy has always been in incredible physical shape thanks to his road bike training, while other riders near his age like Troy Corse and Carlos Checa remain at the top of the game. One only needs to look at Michael Schumacher in Formula One, who has made a successful return to top of car racing after a 3 year retirement.

Ducati is usually the last team to announce their new rider signings each year, so don't expect to hear anything from the team until on or after the Imola WSB round in Italy on September 25th.

The Mugello circuit was packed. Pedrosa leads the start down the hill ahead of Lorenzo and Dovizioso.

MotoGP World Championship, Mugelo Italy Round 4 of 18

Rosi Injured in Saturday Practice
Dominate Victory for Danny Pedrosa at Mugello MotoGP

Gran Premio d'Italia TIM - Sunday 6 June - Dani Pedrosa rode a start-to-finish victory at Mugello on Sunday as he took his maiden win of the 2010 campaign at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM. The Spaniard, who had only converted three of his previous fourteen premier-class pole positions into wins prior to this race, never looked like relinquishing the lead he held from turn one of the opening lap as he crossed the finish line 4.014 seconds clear of the rest of the field.

The whole of MotoGP had been rocked on Saturday by the crash of Valentino Rossi, which left the World Champion in a Florence hospital recovering from an operation to his broken right shin. However the Mugello crowd responded, with over 76,000 fans packing the hillsides, many draped in yellow and offering support to their hero Rossi.

Sporting a t-shirt on the podium in the famous yellow colour of his stricken team-mate, World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo was unable to take advantage of his rival’s absence. The Fiat Yamaha rider was forced to settle for second place having been unable to replicate his impressive practice pace, however he still extended his lead at the top of the standings.

Undoubtedly Lorenzo will be disappointed, unable to keep tabs on Repsol Honda’s Pedrosa, whose lead had stretched to 7.309s at the mid-point of the race.

Behind race winner Pedrosa, his Repsol Honda team mate Dovizioso enjoyed a thrilling battle with Lorenzo, chasing hard from the start, then charging past on lap three. He stayed in second place for three laps, but then Lorenzo fought back. As the race went on, Dovizioso stayed close to Lorenzo, and even when the gap crew, he managed to close it down again. In the end, however, the Italian didn’t quite have the pace to mount a final attack and crossed the line two seconds behind. The result was his third podium from the first four races.

Melandri (33), dePunie (14) t, and Stoner (27) played a race ong duel over 4th place with Stoner finally coming out on top. Close behind them Ben Spies (11) tried to join the party, but never got the invitation.

The three-way battle for fourth place was a hugely entertaining highlight of the race, with Melandri and de Puniet fighting with 2009 Mugello winner Casey Stoner (Ducati) all the way, the trio watched from a small distance by rookie Ben Spies (Yamaha). Top privateer De Puniet was riding an inspired race and managed to work his way into fourth place, but in the final stages he slipped back behind Stoner and Melandri, who lost out to Stoner on the last lap. Melandri’s ride was particularly remarkable, since he had struggled in practice and only qualified 14th. Stoner eventually pushed his struggling Ducati to the limit to claim fourth as he beat Melandri and de Puniet in a last-lap dash.

Spies finished seventh in his first race at the circuit, with another rookie impressing in the shape of Aleix Espargaró who took eighth. Simoncelli had recovered from an early mistake in time to take ninth, with Loris Capirossi tenth.

Lorenzo now has 90 points at the top of the Championship, with Pedrosa second on 65. The absent Rossi is third on 61 with his return date unknown, whilst Dovizioso’s podium takes him to 58 in fourth.

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda RC212V: 1st - “It’s an unbelievable feeling to win again and I’m so happy for myself and the Repsol Honda Team. We’ve been working really hard and we had some problems through the winter and in the first races, so I’m really delighted with this victory, especially after leading at Jerez for so long but not quite making it. It looks like we are back near where we need to be and the team deserves the victory. I had a great feeling on the bike today, especially at the beginning section of the race and I could open up a gap. To be honest I didn’t see who was behind me, I just looked for the gap on my pit board and tried to ride consistently. It’s important that we are competitive now because we have one weekend off and then three races in a row. The next race is at Silverstone which is a legendary track so I hope that we can match this kind of performance there - and also that this part of England has better weather! I’d like to thank the team again for this result. And I also want to thank the fans here for pushing for Valentino because he’s having a hard time and everyone in the paddock wishes him well.”

Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda RC212V: 3rd- “It’s so special to be on the podium at Mugello in front of my home crowd because I’ve never made the podium in MotoGP here – I always had to watch it on the TV in the garage! It was a really emotional experience up there with all the fans supporting us. I made a good start and this was really important for my race. I wanted to finish the race fighting with Lorenzo because I think it could have been a good battle on the last lap, but I couldn’t catch him. We are getting closer to the front but we are not quite there yet and we have to take the next step so that we can fight for victories. Three podium finishes is a good start to the season and is very important for the championship, and it’s thanks to the hard work we’ve done over the winter and in the first races. I’d like to say congratulations to Dani on the win because he had an incredible pace, and this is an extra motivation for us to take that extra step forward so we can fight for the win.”

Race Classification MotoGP: (23 laps = 120.635 km
Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H / Gap
1 / Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 42'28.066 / 170.437 /
2 / Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Fiat Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 42'32.080 / 170.169 / 4.014
3 / Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 42'34.262 / 170.024 / 6.196
4 / Casey STONER / AUS / Ducati Marlboro Team / DUCATI / 42'53.769 / 168.735 / 25.703
5 / Marco MELANDRI / ITA / San Carlo Honda Gresini / HONDA / 42'53.801 / 168.733 / 25.735
6 / Randy DE PUNIET / FRA / LCR Honda MotoGP / HONDA / 42'54.031 / 168.718 / 25.965
7 / Ben SPIES / USA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 42'56.872 / 168.532 / 28.806
8 / Aleix ESPARGARO / SPA / Pramac Racing Team / DUCATI / 43'08.238 / 167.792 / 40.172
9 / Marco SIMONCELLI / ITA / San Carlo Honda Gresini / HONDA / 43'09.460 / 167.712 / 41.394
10 / Loris CAPIROSSI / ITA / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 43'10.173 / 167.666 / 42.107
11 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / Interwetten Honda MotoGP / HONDA / 43'11.161 / 167.602 / 43.095
12 / Hector BARBERA / SPA / Paginas Amarillas Aspar / DUCATI / 43'11.429 / 167.585 / 43.363
13 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 43'42.459 / 165.602 / 1'14.393
14 / Alvaro BAUTISTA / SPA / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 43'52.455 / 164.973 / 1'24.389

Pole Position: Dani PEDROSA 1'48.819 173.517 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record): Dani PEDROSA 1'49.531 172.389 Km/h Lap 5
Old Circuit Record Lap: Casey STONER 1'50.003 171.649 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: Valentino ROSSI 1'48.130 174.623 Km/h 2008

World Championship Positions:
1 LORENZO 90, 2 PEDROSA 65, 3 ROSSI 61, 4 DOVIZIOSO 58, 5 HAYDEN 39,
11 BARBERA 19, 12 EDWARDS 19, 13 AOYAMA 18, 14 ESPARGARO 16, 15 CAPIROSSI 13.

The Doctor goes to meet the doctor.The Doctor leaves the track to meet the doctor .

Rossi undergoes successful surgery in Florence

05/06/2010  -Valentino Rossi underwent a successful operation at the Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico in Florence, Italy this afternoon to repair his fractured right tibia. The injury was sustained when he crashed in practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello this morning.

He was operated on by Dr. Roberto Buzzi of the CTO, assisted by Dr. Claudio Costa of the Clinica Mobile. Dr. Buzzi made the following statement following the 2.5 hour operation:

"We received Valentino Rossi at the Careggi Hospital, where we made detailed checks in order to rule out any other injuries, and the results were satisfactory. We therefore decided to proceed with the surgery for the exposed fracture of the right leg. We performed a spinal block (epidural) and cleaned and washed the fracture, which was then aligned and stabilised with a pin. The surgery had good results; the alignment was good and the bone is now stable. The wound remains open, as is usual in these cases, and it will be stitched in the next few days with another short surgery. We are confident that Valentino will be able to leave the hospital in a week to ten days, able to put weight on the leg with the aid of crutches.

"It is difficult to say how long the post surgery rehabilitation will take, we need to evaluate the progress of the patient and also what the x-rays will show. But I think that we can reasonably think of six weeks partial weight-bearing with crutches, after which Valentino needs to be re-evaluated, according to his feedback and further x-rays."

Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing Lin Jarvis added "It was a very sad day today for Yamaha and the Fiat Yamaha Team, seeing Vale in so much pain and seriously injured for the first time in his career. It is especially tough for Vale to have this accident at his home Grand Prix and this will surely be a huge disappointment for him and for all his fans here at the Mugello circuit and around the world. As a Team we are very deflated right now because we had our two riders challenging for the championship lead and now that challenge is over - at least for the immediate future. We wish Vale the very best for a speedy recovery and hope to have him back with us as soon as possible."

Andrea IannoneIannone (middle) on the Moto2 podium with Gadera (left - Dani Pedrosa's twin brother?) and Corsi (right).

Iannone Wins in GP2

Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up) won the Moto2 race by a comfortable margin, delighting the home crowd as the battle for positions two to six provided a riveting contest. Sergio Gadea eventually took second place, drafting past Simone Corsi on the run to the line, for his first rostrum in 2010. Corsi just made it as the second Italian on the podium as he rose from 26th on the grid to take third place with an incredible ride.

Swiss rider Thomas Lüthi was just 15-thousandths further back in fourth, with Championship leader Toni Elías taking fifth. Shoya Tomizawa made a late break to steal second from in amongst the fiercely contested chasing group, but his error on the penultimate lap meant he was forced to settle for sixth. The top ten was completed by Gabor Talmacsi, Yuki Takahashi, Julián Simón and Alex Debón.

Elías remains at the top of the Championship standings with 74 points, with Tomizawa staying in second on 55 and Corsi in third on 51. Gadea sits fourth on 46, whilst Iannone’s win lifts him to fifth, level on 38 points with Lüthi.

Race Classification Moto2: (21 laps = 110.145 km)
Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H / Gap
1 / Andrea IANNONE / ITA / Fimmco Speed Up / SPEED UP / 41'05.374 / 160.836 /
2 / Sergio GADEA / SPA / Tenerife 40 Pons / PONS KALEX / 41'08.138 / 160.656 / 2.764
3 / Simone CORSI / ITA / JIR Moto2 / MOTOBI / 41'08.173 / 160.654 / 2.799
4 / Thomas LUTHI / SWI / Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 / MORIWAKI / 41'08.188 / 160.653 / 2.814
5 / Toni ELIAS / SPA / Gresini Racing Moto2 / MORIWAKI / 41'08.778 / 160.614 / 3.404
6 / Shoya TOMIZAWA / JPN / Technomag-CIP / SUTER / 41'09.200 / 160.587 / 3.826
7 / Gabor TALMACSI / HUN / Fimmco Speed Up / SPEED UP / 41'12.583 / 160.367 / 7.209
8 / Yuki TAKAHASHI / JPN / Tech 3 Racing / TECH / 41'13.751 / 160.291 / 8.377
9 / Julian SIMON / SPA / Mapfre Aspar Team / SUTER / 41'13.958 / 160.278 / 8.584
10 / Alex DEBON / SPA / Aeroport de Castello - Ajo / FTR / 41'14.305 / 160.255 / 8.931
11 / Alex DE ANGELIS / RSM / RSM Team Scot / FORCE GP210 / 41'14.523 / 160.241 / 9.149
12 / Hector FAUBEL / SPA / Marc VDS Racing Team / SUTER / 41'15.365 / 160.187 / 9.991
13 / Alex BALDOLINI / ITA / Caretta Technology Race Dept / I.C.P. / 41'17.593 / 160.043 / 12.219
14 / Stefan BRADL / GER / Viessmann Kiefer Racing / SUTER / 41'24.484 / 159.599 / 19.110
15 / Fonsi NIETO / SPA / Holiday Gym G22 / MORIWAKI / 41'25.054 / 159.562 / 19.680

Pole Position: Andrea IANNONE 1'55.598 163.341 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record) : Andrea IANNONE 1'55.647 163.272 Km/h Lap 2
Circuit Record Lap: New catagory
Circuit Best Lap: Andrea IANNONE 1'55.598 163.341 Km/h 2010

World Championship Positions:
1 ELIAS 74, 2 TOMIZAWA 55, 3 CORSI 51, 4 GADEA 46, 5 IANNONE 38, 6 LUTHI 38,
7 SIMON 35, 8 TALMACSI 34, 9 DEBON 26, 10 CLUZEL 21, 11 TAKAHASHI 21, 12 ROLFO 21,
13 NIETO 12, 14 BRADL 11, 15 PASINI 10.

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Roger Hayden (22) and Josh Hayes (4) traded the leads and the wins at Road America

AMA Superbike Championship, Road America Round 5 of 10

Saturday, Hayes Leads National Guard American SuperBike
Point Standings Following Victory in Race One at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, WI, June 5, 2010 - Josh Hayes' recent winning trend in AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike competition continued Saturday at the Suzuki SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America with a gripping photo-finish victory in the first race, marking his third win in as many races and propelling him to first in the championship standings.

Hayes on the Graves Yamaha R1 topped the charts throughout the weekend's practice and qualifying sessions and led the field from the pole position in the today's race, building a half second advantage on the field by the end of the first lap.  It quickly became evident that Yoshimura Suzuki's Roger Hayden wasn't going to let Hayes march away to another unchallenged win, the Kentucky native quickly reducing the gap and stalking Hayes around the 4.05-mile circuit.  The leaders pulled away and were the only riders consistently turning laps below 2:14.

"Man, that was a fun race," said Hayes.  "It was hard.  I got out front and tried to put together some decent laps and kept seeing plus zero on the board.  On lap four I took a peak over my shoulder and I wasn't sure which of these guys it was, I just saw a Yoshimura bike."

Hayden turned up the heat on lap eight, making a run out of the last corner, pulling up alongside of Hayes and taking the lead momentarily as the duo crossed the start/finish line, a move that would become a reoccurring theme for the rest of the race.  Lap after lap, Hayden shadowed Hayes around the racetrack challenged the Yamaha rider in a drag race out of the last corner. 

In his third and final attempt, Hayden made the pass stick and led a surging Hayes for two full laps.  Hayes took a page from Hayden's playbook on the final lap of the 13-lap race, diving deep into the last corner, setting up a drag race to the finish line and edging Hayden by just .001 seconds at the stripe.

 "Once I saw the white flag I decided that I had to find a spot somewhere on the racetrack," continued Hayes, whose two other wins in the 2010 season came last month in the Moto Jam Weekend at Infineon Raceway.  "I rolled the dice; it could have been either of us."

Today's second place finish marks Hayden's sixth trip to the podium this season, including his first career SuperBike victory in race two at Auto Club Speedway in March.

"Once I got ahead, there was no shaking Josh," said Hayden. "I just tried to ride as hard as I could there the last couple of laps and at least make him work for it.  I felt like I did some pretty decent laps but I just wasn't quite getting away.   I was in a good position in the last corner but he got a really good drive off of there.  I thought I had a pretty good drive but it wasn't quite enough. This is the third time this year I've been on the backend of those real tight ones like that.  We'll keep working hard, keep riding hard and hopefully I can change positions with one of these guys in one of these close ones."

Third place went to Hayden's teammate Blake Young, who had a lonely race on the No. 79 Suzuki GSX-R1000 until he was passed by a charging Larry Pegram on lap 11.  Young, also utilizing the last turn drag race, passed Pegram's No. 79 Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing Ducati 1098R to claim the last podium spot by just .069 seconds.

"As my race unfolded, it wasn't playing out to what I thought it was going to be," said Young. "I tried to make a pretty big push there for a few laps but it didn't seem like I was doing much damage and I definitely couldn't ride the whole race like that so I just decided to sit back and run my own race.  With that I apparently let Pegram get pretty close to me so I let him lead a lap because I needed to see where he was better than me.  I set him up for the last turn, last lap pass coming out of [turn] fourteen and I pulled it off."

Behind Pegram was the No. 54 National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Jake Zemke, who fell to third in the SuperBike point standings.  With today's victory, Hayes jumped from third to first in the points, leading Hayden 202-199.

Geoff Mays scored top ten placings both days on the Eric Buell race bike.

Sunday, Hayden takes the leads the National Guard SuperBike Championship Following Victory in Race Two at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, WI, June 6, 2010 - After losing by 0.001 of a second in yesterday's first race of the Suzuki SuperBike Doubleheader Weekend at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's Road America race course, Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Tommy Hayden went one better and posted his second career AMA Pro SuperBike victory.  Under partly cloudy skies, Hayden beat yesterday's winner, Josh Hayes (Team Graves Yamaha) by the close margin of 0.178 of a second.  Hayden averaged 108.9 MPH over the course of the 13 lap race.  Hayes holds a one point margin over Hayden in the overall AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike points standings, 229-228.

Today's race began to look like a repeat of yesterday's event as Hayes took the lead but it was a fast starting Jake Zemke riding his National Guard Jordan Suzuki who initially took up station behind Hayes with a strong move into second at the downhill turn five corner.  Hayden passed Zemke as they crested the hill into turn six and the battle at the front was set. 

Behind Zemke, it was Hayden's Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate Blake Young, who put on a show in front of his home state fans.  But after taking third from Zemke, Young ran wide at turn one and fell back into the clutches of a group of riders that included Ben Bostrom on his Pat Clark Motorsport Yamaha, 2009 Road America race winner Larry Pegram on his Foremost Insurance Ducati, Jake Holden on the M4 Monster Energy Suzuki and Canadian Brett McCormick on the second Jordan Motorsports Suzuki.  The front three pulled away and eventually just Hayes and Hayden were alone at the front. 

Zemke ran by himself and was hoping for something to happen at the front but he enjoyed a strong race after damaging his primary Suzuki motorcycle on Friday. He credited his National Guard Jordan team for putting in the extra effort to not only rebuild the motorcycle but to deliver him a very competitive package which saw him regain some of his early season form. 

The race really came down to Hayes and Hayden.  After yesterday's chess match where each rider had a slight advantage at certain parts of the track, today it came down to who could out-maneuver the other.  On lap 11 of 13, Hayes ran wide coming out of the Carousal corner and Hayden was by like a shot.  Hayes was able to re-pass Hayden in turn eight the next lap and it all came down to the last corner of the last lap where knowing he had to be perfect coming up the hill, Hayes just ran a little wide and Hayden was able to draft past Hayes up the hill to the finish line for a dramatic and satisfying second win of the season. 

Officially Hayes led the first 10 laps and Hayden led the last three but as is the norm around the long 4.05-mile, 14-turn Road America track, riders pass and re-pass many times a lap, making this one of the most exciting races of the season.

Pegram took a quiet fourth place ahead of Holden and Bostrom took sixth. Young finished seventh ahead of McCormick.  Chris Ulrich riding his M4 Monster Energy Suzuki had a race long battle with Geoff May who was riding the Erik Buell Racing Buell and Ulrich continued his run of top ten results with ninth place.  May took tenth in an exciting day and weekend of racing in the famous Kettle Moraine country of Wisconsin.

Teammates Danny Eslick and Jake Holden race in Sunday's AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 class. They finished 1st and 2nd respectively.

AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series Off to an Exciting Start
with Eslick's Victory in Race One at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, WI, June 6, 2010 - Today history was made when Danny Eslick won the first ever AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series motorcycle race at the Suzuki SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America. 

Eslick, riding the carefully controlled specification Harley-Davidson XR1200 entered by the Richie Morris Racing/Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing Partnership, took the win after a race long duel with teammate Jake Holden riding the second GEICO Powersports Lucas Oil Revolution Performance XR1200.  Taking third was young AMA Pro SuperSport regular Eric Stump who was riding the Jones Brothers XR1200. 

Eslick won the restarted 10 lap race after leading six of the 10 laps but there were many more lead changes as he and Holden swapped the top position what seemed to be at every corner.  Third place finisher Eric Stump had his own private battle with another pair of riders just slightly back from the front two. 

Fighting against the odds, Stump took the fight to Travis and Kyle Wyman, who were riding for Harv's Harley-Davidson Racing and RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing respectively.  The three riders rode wheel to wheel the entire race with a surprised and delighted Stump taking the final step on the historic podium. 

The race got off to an exciting start but when John Ashmead on his Brady Schwemmer Racing XR1200 suffered a mechanical problem entering turn five, the race was red flagged for track cleanup.  Upon the restart, James Gang Hoban Brothers Racing rider Paul James had an unfortunate coming together with another rider moments after the start and James took a pretty comprehensive fall on the front straight, causing the race to once again be red flagged in the interests of safety.  After full agreement from the riders and entrants, it was decided to conclude the race later in the day, thus enabling the Schwemmer Racing crew to enact repairs to their XR1200 and rejoin the race, albeit from the back.

At the restart, Eslick and Holden took up where they had left off and put on a show that had the fans buzzing.  The classic sounds of the Wisconsin built Harley-Davidson twins reverberated off the tall tree-lined straights at the majestic Road America race course. Eslick, Holden and Stump were all delighted with the performance of the new AMA Pro Road Racing category and they all looked forward to the next race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course where to a man, they felt the racing would be even better than what we saw here today.

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06/06/2010 - Following surgery to repair his broken right leg yesterday afternoon, Valentino Rossi is recovering well at the Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico in Florence, Italy.

Dr. Roberto Buzzi of the CTO, who performed the operation, gave the following update this morning: "Valentino is recovering well following yesterday's operation and his morale seems to be high in the circumstances. Tomorrow we will wash and stitch the wound. He has been moved to a more normal room in the hospital and the only requests he has made are for peace and quiet, privacy and a television on which to watch today's race!"

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 Mugello, June 6th - Casey Stoner picked up an important fourth place finish at Mugello today following a combative but well-planned race. Nicky Hayden, meanwhile, crashed out of the same battle for a top six finish.

The Australian certainly made the most of the package beneath him today. Aware that he didn’t have the pace to run with the front three, he tucked in behind Randy De Puniet and Marco Melandri for the majority of the race before making a decisive attack for fourth place on the final lap.

Nicky Hayden didn’t make the best of starts from fourth on the grid and his race ended on the sixth lap when he was pushing to make up ground, running wide and sliding from his GP10 into the gravel.

CASEY STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team)  4th
“To be honest we expected to be a little bit better after this morning’s warm-up but maybe the conditions were a little too hot for the changes we made and the tyre we ran in the race. The left side of the tyre was working really well but I just couldn’t get the right side hooked up and I was running wide, losing the front a bit, but I managed to stay on. Once I got ahead of Marco and Randy in the early stages of the race I was pushing to get away but couldn’t so I decided to sit back and attack them on the last lap. I suppose in that respect I got the job done bit it’s not exactly what I would have liked for this race because it’s a track I like and it’s Ducati’s home race.”

NICKY HAYDEN – (Ducati Marlboro Team) DNF
“I screwed the start up and got beat up into turn one but I was able to make a couple of passes and thought I could fight for it. My rhythm wasn’t that good and I was just trying to make up too much time into that downhill corner. It was a rider error and it’s a bummer because it’s the team’s home race and they’ve all worked really hard. All I can say is I’m sorry - that one was on me. I’m completely okay so that’s the good thing but it still hurts. Thankfully there are still a lot of races to go.”

CLAUDIO DOMENICALI  - (Ducati Motor Holding General Director)
“A fourth place at Mugello is obviously not totally satisfactory for us but it was a good race nevertheless, especially at the end. Casey showed his character, he knew he didn’t have the pace to fight for the podium so he waited for the right moment to secure the best possible result. For some reason, which we are going to analyse, he didn’t have the grip we expected him to have after the changes we made this morning but he definitely got the best out of what he had. Nicky didn’t make a great start and in an attempt to make up ground he went wide in one corner and crashed, but overall he showed once again that he is competitive and he confirmed that with another excellent qualifying session and by fighting in the top five in the race.”


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Motorsport on Monday in Salt Lake City in the 2010 FIM Superbike World Championship. Team mate Ruben
Xaus (ESP) finished tenth and 11th  on the seventh race weekend in Utah. For the young team it was the second
best result so far. In total, in 2010 the team has finished in the top five six times.

In the manufacturers' standings Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport has now scored 130 points and is in sixth. In 2009 after seven races the team had only scored 60 points. Troy has scored 127 points in the rider's championship and is seventh, while Ruben is in 14th  with 53 points.

Race 1: Troy proved to be a great starter: Just before turn 1, he made it from 15th  on the grid to fourth. He was passed by Leon Haslam (GBR) and Noriyuki Haga (JPN) on lap six. He finished the race fifth as Carlos Checa(ESP) had to retire. Ruben started well and was eighth after the first lap. He finished tenth.

Race 2: Again, a rocket start for Troy - he jumped from 15th  to third. Ruben made up four positions at the start. Unfortunately neither rider was able to maintain this position, and finally finished fifth and 11th  respectively.

Troy Corser: Bike:
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Result Race 1: 5th , Gap to 1st: 00:11.150 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:49.038 min
Result Race 2: 5th , Gap to 1st: 00:09.473 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:48.432 min
"Overall, we should be happy today. Nevertheless I was disappointed with the Superpole result as I had to start both races from the fourth row. In the first race I had to fight with chattering, and I had some trouble with the edge grip. We changed the rear spring and made a few adjustments. The bike definitely felt better, but the
problem came back again when the tyre went away after a couple of laps. We now know what we have toimprove."

Ruben Xaus:
Bike: BMW S 1000 RR

Result Race 1: 10th , Gap to 1st : 00:16.502 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:49.309 min
Result Race 2: 11th , Gap to 1st : 00:26.823 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:49.132 min
"To be honest I am disappointed with today. I got great starts in both races and I was right with the top guys. I just couldn't do the times over the race distance. The team and I have worked tirelessly all weekend and made
some real steps forward, but today we just couldn't make it happen in the races. Still the team did a great jobmand I must thank them for that, and also compliments to Troy because he did so well. I just wish I could have been up there with him. I hope we can join him at the front in Misano."

Berthold Hauser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director):
"It is good to go back to Europe with two more top five results. After Sunday's Superpole result I was not expecting to do as well as we did today. I am really happy with the performance from both Troy and Ruben.
Nevertheless, we had some problems today, especially with tyre wear. We have to learn from that, and we know that we still have some work to do. Last year at this circuit in particular we struggled - so to achieve what we did today is a real step forward. Congratulations to the entire team once again for what they have achieved with a lot
of hard work. I feel sorry for Carlos Checa who did a great job today but was very unlucky."

Solid Points in Each Race for Kawasaki's Tom Sykes and Chris Vermulen
WSBK, Salt Lake City, June 1st -
Kawasaki Racing Team riders Tom Sykes and Chris Vermeulen scored points in each Miller Motorsports Park race today, maintaining their championship positions.

The riders also improved on their qualifying positions in each race, as they got to grips with the big and fast corners at Miller, during another intense day of race action in the Superbike World Championship.

In the first 21-lap contest Sykes was 13th in a lone race in the last laps. Chris was 15th, unlucky to lose a place on the last lap.

In the second race, with track temperatures much higher than in race one, Chris was 14th at the start of the race, finally scoring 13th place, one ahead of Tom. Sykes had tangled with another rider early on and was down to 19th at one stage.

Tom is still 15th overall, now on 42 points, Chris 19th on nine. The next round is at Misano on 27 June.

Tom Sykes: “We started the weekend in good shape but although we were consistent with lap times and we improved on last year’s times, it was still not fast enough. I had a decent launch in both races but in race two I got tangled up with a Ducati rider and lost a few places, which put us in a disastrous 19th place. Middle race distance we struggled with handling into the long left-handed corners but I fought back as hard as I could to finish within the points. I guess that is a positive from the weekend. I’m sorry for the boys but I did the best I could and I look forward to getting things back-on track and running nearer the front at Misano.”

Chris Vermeulen: “A difficult weekend but we scored points in both races. It was my first time here and we improved the bike all weekend. At a circuit like this with really long corners we struggled to make the turns and we do not have the fastest bike right now. We have some work to do still. We made some changes race one to race two because I struggled with front tyre durability again, and we made it a lot better. Consistency and speed was faster, and I think that I was eight seconds nearer the front. That was a good step forward for us.”

Difficult Weekend at Miller for Honda Ten Kate Riders
Jonathan Rea took hard-earned 14th and eighth places finishes in today’s two seventh round World Superbike races at Miller Motorsports Park in the USA. His team-mate Max Neukirchner also struggled at the 4.907km circuit near Salt Lake City, placing 12th in the two 21-lap encounters.

Both outings were won by Max Biaggi after early leader Carlos Checa ran into electrical problems, as Rea and Neukirchner complained of handling problems with their machines.

Rea crashed at the beginning of lap three in the first race, but remounted in last place to begin a dogged fight back to 14th place at the flag and two championship points. However, changes to his front fork settings for race two did not improve his bike’s handling and the 23-year-old was forced to settle for eighth.

Neukirchner suffered similar handling issues and, starting from 16th place on the grid, the German rider struggled to make any impact on the standings. T he Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team is now looking forward to an upcoming two-day test at Assen in The Netherlands, before heading for round eight of the championship at Misano, Italy on 25-27 June.

Jonathan Rea – 14th and 8th
It’s quite hard to take many positives out of the weekend really. We’ve had big problems all weekend and nothing we tried did anything to fix them. We made a big – and I mean BIG – change to the front of the bike for race two, but the characteristics were exactly the same. Unfortunately, I’m missing the first day of our test at Assen because I’m riding in the 300km race at Suzuka, but there’s plenty for Max and the team to be working through. I really hope we can get something to take to the next race at Misano, because I have some great memories of that round last year.

Max Neukirchner – 12th & 12th
We tried something different for the second race because in the first one the bike was pitching too much – diving too fast under the brakes and coming up too quickly under acceleration. We thought the change would work but it didn’t, so we have another two disappointing results to take away from this race. I hope we can have two really positive days at the Assen test in two weeks, because there is a lot we need to get through. It’s frustrating because I know I can do better than what my results are showing.

Ronald ten Kate – team manager
There is no hiding from the fact that this has been a bad weekend for us. With the chatter that both riders experienced, they could only ride around and make laps. We now have a two-day test at Assen where we will try quite a few new bits and pieces because we have to be in better shape at Misano. Having said that, Miller is the last race this year where we didn’t have suspension data from Ohlins (The team used White Power Suspenison here last year). We start at Misano with at least some reference points from last year. We hope that data will yield much better results for the rest of the season.

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 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.

Ducati Factory Riders to fight it out at massive World Ducati Week 2010
Celebration with Playboy Bunny Bike Wash!
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!

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