The world's best job? Down in the trenches at Miller Pit Lane, Jim photographs Heather and Jamie with Michel Fabrizio's Ducati 1198RS.
Hannspree World Superbike Championship, Miller USA Round 7 of 13
Playboy's hottest new Playmates become FastDates.com Calendar Kittens
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 FastDates.com 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 startd 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.
Ducati Corse team manager Ernesto Marinelli enjoys another set of potent high performance twins, our own World Superbike Calendar Kittens Heather and Jaime.
Max tops the first of two podiums in Race One at Miller with Leon and Nori. Leon would crash out in Race Two, turning over the World Championship points lead to Max.
Biaggi / Aprilia Takes Third Double Win
and World Superbike Championship Lead at Miller USA
Heart Breaker for Checa as Althea Ducati Quits Running While Dominating Both Races
Miller Motorsports Park, Utah, May 29-31st - A remarkable day of unpredictable final outcomes and drama on track finally delivered two 21-lap race victories to Max Biaggi and his Aprilia Alitalia team at Miller Motorsports Park. Max now has a 15 point lead over Leon Haslam (Alstare Suzuki) who suffered a Race 2 crash and the loss of his Championship lead. Max might not have won a single race today had Althea Ducati privateer Carlos Checa not had his machine quit twice on him while leading. Checa had to content himself with two Pirelli awards for the fastest lap of each race and a new lap record of 1’48.045, set on lap four of race one. Biaggi made his third double win of the year, after similar feats at Portimao and Monza.
Ducati's very lucky Michel Fabrizio had his pick of the two hottest grid girls for Monday's race, FastDates.com Calendar Kittens and current Playboy centerfolds Jaime Edmonson (left) and Heather Rae Young (right).
Race Weekend Preview: America the mid- point of the 2010 World Superbike Season
Miller, Wednesday 26 May 2010 - The HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship will soon arrive at the Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, USA, for its annual American adventure. This year the meeting will be unique as raceday takes place on Monday May 31st - the Memorial Day Holiday - rather than the usual Sunday, with first practice on Saturday 29th and Superpole qualifying on Sunday 30th. As round seven of a 13 round season, Miller will be the halfway point for what has already been a thrilling period of competition in the Superbike class. Once again the Supersport World Championship will run alongside the bigger bikes when action gets going on Saturday.
Seven different manufacturers will once more be represented by official teams this coming race, with several other top-flight privateers also capable of race wins, in what is turning out to be an intensely competitive season. From double World Champions like Troy Corser and James Toseland to complete rookies in the class like American Roger Lee Hayden, World Superbike in 2010 is a massive melting pot of rider experience and machinery, making predictions about possible winners a difficult business week-to-week. So far six riders have won races in 2010, and few think that total will not increase before the end of the year. At Miller, a track virtually no one has tested at or ridden on since last year’s race, the uncertainty about who will be in a position to win come raceday is all the more intense.
Leon Haslem , here with with his dad former motorcycle Superbike and GP star Ron Haslem, went into Salt Lake with the World Superbike points lead. He would leave without it.
At the top of the World Championship fight since the first round, Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) reasserted his victorious pace in South Africa during round six, winning race two after fighting to a podium finish in race one. He extended his lead over Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) to 15 points in the process. Double race winner at Assen, Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and Phillip Island race winner Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) are third and fourth now on identical points scores. Checa is the only current WSB rider to taste victory at Miller, scoring a double when he was a Honda rider in 2008.
We had a new 2010 race winner at Kyalami, Michel Fabrizio for Ducati Xerox, while Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) is looking to get back to his best, having won in Valencia but still struggling by his own high standards elsewhere. Currently Haga is sixth and Fabrizio eighth overall. All the Ducati riders will have a three kilogramme weight reduction to their machines from the Miller round onwards, after a recent change in the balancing rules between the 1200cc twins and the 1000cc four-cylinder machines.
It can surely only be a matter of time before James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda) and his team-mate Cal Crutchlow take their first wins of 2010, as each has scored more than one podium already. They sit fifth and ninth respectively. Toseland being in that position means that there are five different manufacturers’ machinery inside the top five places - Suzuki, Aprilia, Honda, Ducati and Yamaha. Two Aprilia Alitalia machines feature in the top ten, with full season rookie Leon Camier having already scored a podium on his way to a current ranking of tenth.
Calendar Kittens Heather and Jaimie stop by the BMW pits to give Troy Corser and copy of the new 2011 Fast Dates Calendar which includes Troy's bike from last year's Miller Superbike Calendar shoot. The "pussy" sponsorship logo on Troy's cap is a new energy drink brand in Europe where there the term means "Man Up - Don't be a Whimp!" Troy's wife Sam, a former Fast Dates Calendar Kitten herself, joined Troy at Miller and served as his umbrella girl on race day.
The BMW Motorrad Motorsport team, led by riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus, has already had a 2010 podium finish for Corser to celebrate, at Monza, as they work their way to full competitiveness. Kawasaki Racing Team riders Tom Sykes and Chris Vermeulen are working hard on getting further up the leader board, with a fifth place for Sykes at Monza the high water mark so far.
Many other top name regulars are fired up for Miller, including Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Alstare), Max Neukirchner (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), Shane Byrne (Althea Ducati), Jakub Smrz (Pata B&G Ducati), Luca Scassa (Supersonic), ECHO CRS Honda rider Broc Parkes, plus Roger Lee Hayden and Matteo Baiocco (both Pedercini Kawasaki).
Superbike Riders Points (after 6 rounds of 13): 1. Haslam 222; 2. Biaggi 207; 3. Rea 141; 4. Checa 141; 5. Toseland 125; 6. Haga 106; 7. Corser 105; 8 Fabrizio 95; 9. Crutchlow 86; 10. Camier 82. Manufacturers: 1. Suzuki 222; 2. Aprilia 213; 3. Ducati 185; 4. Honda 150; 5. Yamaha 135; 6. BMW 108; 7. Kawasaki 39.
World Supersport Preview
In the 600cc Supersport World Championship a whole five points separate leading trio Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) and Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Motocard.com) on the eve of the Miller race weekend. Despite having won four races so far, Laverty finds himself second in the rankings, with Sofuoglu leading by one point only. Both Sofuoglu and Lascorz have won a race apiece in 2010, while last year Sofuoglu won the Miller round of the series. ParkinGO Triumph BE-1 rider Chaz Davies has scored two podiums this year, in Spain and South Africa, helping put him fourth; one place up on his team-mate David Salom. No fewer than five home-grown wildcard or one-event riders will be present at the Miller round; Melissa Paris (who raced here last year), Tyler Odom, Dylon Husband, Chip Yates and Jason Farrell.
Supersport Riders Points (after 6 rounds of 13): 1. Sofuoglu 117; 2. Laverty 116; 3. Lascorz 112; 4. Davies 71; 5. Salom 49; 6. Pirro 47; 7. G. Re 47; 8. Harms 43; 9. Lagrive 40; 10. Fujiwara 38; Manufacturers: 1. Honda 145; 2. Kawasaki 112; 3. Triumph 81
THE CIRCUIT: Miller Motorsports Park is a fascinating venue, built near Salt Lake City in the high desert of Utah. It should be completely flat in layout, but in fact there were several points of elevation built into its original design, making it a real challenge for riders in all classes. The 4.907km track skirts around the perimeter of the facility for the World Superbike meeting, but nonetheless it is one of the longer circuits on the 2010 calendar.
Miller is, like Kyalami last time out, a high altitude circuit (elevation 1341m) which means the awesome WSBK machines will be down on power in the thin air of the Utah plains. This is the third visit of World Superbike to Miller in three years, and Miller is the most recent of three American venues to host World Superbike racing.
MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVITIES: Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 31 in 2010). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates US men and women who died while in the military service. During the Lucas Oil Utah USA Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship presented by HANNspree, Miller Motorsports Park is expanding upon that theme to also honour all active-duty and veteran military personnel, as well as civilian-service personnel such as policemen, firemen, paramedics and teachers, who serve and protect American communities. There will be a significant display of military exhibits and hardware, a Tribute Field of 2,010 American flags erected in the track’s infield and military flyovers during opening ceremonies on both Sunday and Monday.
Smrz rips to an early advantage in America
Practice Saturday May 29th - Czech star Jakub ‘Kuba’ Smrz (Pata B&G Ducati) piloted his 1098R Ducati to provisional pole after the first qualifying session at Miller Motorsports Park in the USA, setting a 1’48.517 that was under the existing race lap record, if not quite beating the absolute track best. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) was a close second, and the Yamaha Sterilgarda four-cylinder machine of Cal Crutchlow third.
Jakub scored the most bootylicious grid girl with her high cut spandex shorts. Once again the privateer team Ducati 1198RS riders were kicking the other butts of the factory Ducati Corse team.
World Championship leader Leon Haslam was fourth on his Suzuki Alstare machine, after a steady untimed session earlier this afternoon. Althea Ducati riders Carlos Checa and Shane Byrne mixed it up with the factory bikes once again, going fifth and sixth respectively on what was a good first day for the twin-cylinder machines, which are now 3kg lighter from this round onwards.
Despite a crash late in the session double world champion James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda) was seventh, and only 0.370 seconds from provisional pole man Smrz. In another impressive ride, Luca Scassa (Supersonic Ducati) was a firm eighth, ahead of the factory BMW of Troy Corser.
Max Biaggi’s Aprilia Alitalia vee-four set a whopping top speed of 313.7kmph on the main straight today, with Max tenth overall, just ahead of top Honda finisher from the Hannspree Ten Kate team, Jonathan Rea. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) and Biaggi’s team-mate Leon Camier were the last of 13 leading riders all within the same second.
Top Kawasaki Racing Team rider on show proved to be Tom Sykes, 14th, one up on Ruben Xaus’ works BMW, those two riders keeping Max Neukirchner (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) in 16th. Sylvain Guintoli was 17th for Alstare Suzuki, while local rider Roger Lee Hayden made the best of his home advantage in his rookie WSB season to go 18th for Pedercini Kawasaki.
Friday Superbike Practice Times: 1. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1'48.517 (162,787 km/h); 2. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'48.670; 3. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.682; 4. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.734; 5. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1'48.742; 6. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1'48.853; 7. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.887; 8. Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'48.945; 9. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'49.040; 10. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.191; 11. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.281; 12.Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1'49.386; 13. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.443; 14. Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'49.748; 15. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1'49.961; 16. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.121; 17. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'50.133; 18. Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'50.806; 19.Parkes B. AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 1'51.074; 20.Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'51.122; 21.Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'53.724
Laverty the early leader in Supersport
Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) once more made a good start to his race weekend, posting a 1’51.652 second lap to break the outright Supersport best lap at Miller. He has a clear early advantage over Kawasaki Motocard.com rider Joan Lascorz, who set a 1’52.211. Spaniard David Salom (ParkinGo BE-1 Triumph) ensured there was variety in the top slots by finishing third quickest, one place up on supported Kawasaki rider Fabien Foret (Lorenzini by Leoni). Experienced privateer rider Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Honda) beat the official Honda of 2009 Miller race winner Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) for fifth place. Local man Jason DiSalvo (ParkinGo Be-1 Triumph) was creditable seventh. Nineteen riders have qualified so far. One more qualifying session remains to determine the final grid line up.
Supersport Practice Times: 1. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 1'51.652 (158,217 km/h); 2. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.211; 3. Salom D. (ESP)Triumph Daytona 675 1'52.310; 4. Foret F. (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.328; 5. Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 1'52.509; 6. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 1'52.534; 7. DiSalvo J. (USA) Triumph Daytona 675 1’52.607; 8. Davies C. (GBR) Triumph Daytona 675 1'52.646; 9. Pirro M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1'52.732; 10. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'53.015; 11. Lagrive M. (FRA) Triumph Daytona 675 1'53.329; 12. Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 1'53.425; 13. Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1'53.647; 14. Praia M. (POR) Honda CBR600RR 1'54.313; 15. Lundh A. (SWE) Honda CBR600RR 1'54.467; 16. Odom T. (USA) Honda CBR600RR 1'54.637; 17. Chesaux B. (SUI) Honda CBR600RR 1'56.813; 18. Farrell J. (USA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.314; 19. Paris M. (USA) Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.826
Carlos Checa knew the fastest way around Miller all weekend, much like in 2008 when he doubled.
Checa’s incredible lap time wins Superpole
Qualifying / Superpole Sunday 30th - Althea Ducati rider Carlos Checa dominated the final Superpole session with a fabulous new track best lap of 1’47.081, beating Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) by 0.333 seconds and Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda) by 0.567 seconds, in a session that was red-flagged for a time and then re-started. Jakub Smrz (Pata B&G Ducati) was fourth, one place ahead of championship leader, Leon Haslam (Alstare Suzuki). Smrz was one of a few top riders to crash today, as track temperatures and the levels of competition heated up.
Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) was happy in sixth place, with Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) overcoming the effects of a huge crash that brought out the red flags to go seventh, one place up on Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia).
Ruben Xaus (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) was just out of the final Superpole qualifying session, ninth fastest and top BMW rider after Troy Corser fell in Superpole two and finished 15th. The second factory Ducati of Michel Fabrizio was tenth fastest, ahead of Checa’s team-mate, Shane Byrne.
Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Alstare) went 12th in his first qualifying experience at Miller. Impressive Ducati privateer Luca Scassa was 13th on his Supersonic Racing team 1098, ahead of struggling James Toseland, from the Yamaha Sterilgarda team. The official Kawasaki Racing Team duo of Chris Vermeulen and Tom Sykes missed out on Superpole 2, with Sykes having a crunching high-side crash in Superpole 1. Local rider Roger Lee Hayden (Pedercini Kawasaki) went 20th.
Carlos Checa loves the Miller Motorsports circuit, while the privateer team Althera Ducati 1198RS has proven itself to be just as quick as the factory Ducati Corse bikes, adding up to an invincible combination.
Carlos Checa: “I know this track and I really like this track. And we made a good job. I always have some success here; always feel well. Even now with the Ducati we have had fantastic performance. I didn’t expect to get this lap time and to get the Superpole win. We know the Aprilia has a lot of speed. With a lot of grip even this makes it more difficult. But finally, this lap time was fantastic.”
Max Biaggi: “I think we have been in a good pace since yesterday and we have found a way to work better with one bike than the other, in chassis and set-up of the suspension. Today we have found a good way in Superpole and we will start from the front row, which is important.”
Cal Crutchlow: “It has not been too bad but the pace was so fast. Carlos and Max have been fast all weekend. All credit to Carlos, what a fantastic lap. I could not get anywhere near that and yet I have been going well in Superpole lately. We should have two close races tomorrow and we have a good chance of being in the top five, because we have good race pace.”
Troy Corser: "I have reason to be happy. I can do good lap times on the race tyre and the bike settings feel quite
good. Unfortunately the qualifying tyre was not easy to ride on. I had chattering on the out lap, and when I approached turn 1 on my flying lap I braked, as usual, but when I released the brake I fell off the bike. I tried not to damage the bike too much, and I am happy not to be hurt. I hope I can take advantage of the long straight before turn 1 when starting tomorrow's races."
Superbike Pole Times: 1. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1198 1’47.081 (163,691 km/h); 2. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1’47.414; 3. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’47.648; 4. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1198 1’47.662; 5. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX R 1000 1’48.006; 6. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1198 1’48.035; 7. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR 1000 RR 1’48.378; 8. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 1’48.621; 9. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1’48.141; 10. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1198 1’48.154; 11. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1198 1’48.159; 12. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX R 1000 1’48.162; 13. Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1198 1’48.274; 14. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’48.640; 15. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1’48.706; 16. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR 1000 RR 1’48.964;17. Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX-10 R 1’49.635; 18. Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX-10 R 1’50.135; 19. Parkes B. (AUS) Honda CBR 1000 RR 1’50.479; 20. Hayden R.L. (USA) Kawasaki ZX-10 R 1’50.956; 21. Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-10 R 1’52.691
Sofuoglu the Qualifying Master in Supersport
Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) took his tenth career pole position today to gain the psychological advantage over Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) before raceday tomorrow. Kenan’s pole time was a remarkable 1’51.281, another new track best.
Third in the ranking is the third place rider in the championship, Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Motocard.com) who has his team-mate Katsuaki Fujiwara for company on the front row. A late fast lap from David Salom (ParkinGo BE-1 Triumph) put him one place above his fellow Triumph rider Chaz Davies, with Michele Pirro (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) seventh. Fabien Foret (Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki) rounded out the top eight places and the second row of the grid.
Supersport Pole Times: 1. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR 600 RR 1’51.281 (158,744 km/h); 2. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR 600 RR 1’51.363; 3. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’51.461; 4. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’51.531; 5. Salom D. (ESP) Triumph 675 Daytona 1’51.656; 6. Davies C. (GBR) Triumph 675 Daytona 1’51.797; 7. Pirro M. (ITA) Honda CBR 600 RR 1’51.929; 8. Foret F. (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’52.033; 9. Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR 600 RR 1’52.248; 10. DiSalvo J. (USA) Triumph 675 Daytona 1’52.287
Having to watch Carlos Checa pull away from him both races, Max Biaggi on the Aprilia RSV4 was then handed both race wins when Checa was forced to stop with bike problems.
Biaggi Takes Third Double Win And Championship lead
Memorial Day, Race Day Monday 31st - A remarkable day of unpredictable final outcomes and drama on track finally delivered two 21-lap race victories to Max Biaggi and his Aprilia Alitalia team at Miller Motorsports Park. Max now has a 15 point lead over Leon Haslam (Alstare Suzuki) who suffered a Race 2 crash and the loss of his Championship lead. Max might not have won a single race today had Althea Ducati privateer Carlos Checa not had his machine quit twice on him while leading. Checa had to content himself with two Pirelli awards for the fastest lap of each race and a new lap record of 1’48.045, set on lap four of race one. Biaggi made his third double win of the year, after similar feats at Portimao and Monza.
Carlos Checa (7) pulling away with the lead from Max Biaggi (3) in both races before bike problems stopped him.
Superbike Race One, Max inherits the Win from a runaway Carlos
A two-rider fight for supremacy in race one suddenly became a clear victory for Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) as long time race leader Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) was forced to stop with a technical problem on lap 19 of the 21 laps. Max was able to latch on to pole sitter Carlos for the first half of the race as they began disappearing from the rest of the field right from the start. But by the mid point of the race even Max on the powerful Aprila RSV4 could not hang with the private team Ducati 11989RS as Carlos began dropping Max and the rest of the field by nearly half second a lap. Then with just 2 laps to the checkered flag the Ducati's engine RPM dropped to a fixed idle, forcing Carlos to pull off the track and park it. The cause would later be diagnosed as an electrical / computer failure in the bike's fly-by-wire throttle control system.
Almost five seconds behind Biaggi, championship leader Leon Haslam was second for Alstare Suzuki, and the final podium place was secured by the rejuvenated Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox), .a significant result as it is the first time that he has finished in the top three on this particular track.
In the early morning’s brief warm-up session, Noriyuki proved that he was ready to race, demonstrating a consistently fast pace and registering the overall fastest time, while his team-mate Michel finished the twenty-minute warm-up in sixth position.
Fast Dates Calendar Kitten and Playboy Playmate Heather Rae on the grid with Michel Fabrizio for Race One.
Michel would slide out on lap four and not be able to finish the race.
Neither Noriyuki nor Ducati team mate Michel Fabrizio made a great start. After the first lap Noriyuki was lying in sixth position when Michel unexpectedly fell, losing the rear and thus closing his race almost immediately. Haga pushed on to arrive in fifth position, just behind Leon Camier and Leon Haslam; he remained in this position until the eighteenth lap when he was finally able to pass Camier. During the same lap race leader Carlos Checa’s bike came to a stop. Noriyuki moved up to third and held this position to the line. The podium finish is significant for Haga as in the last two years he had never managed to close in the top three on this particular track.
Leon Camier was in a podium position on his Aprilia Alitalia vee-four for most of the race, but could not keep Haslam and Haga behind on the final laps. Troy Corser was fifth for BMW Motorrad Motorsport, Shane Byrne a brilliant sixth on his Althea Ducati, having fought back from a very lowly position at the start. Luca Scassa, Sylvain Guintoli, James Toseland and Ruben Xaus rounded out the top ten finishers.
Max Biaggi: “Very lucky. I think Checa deserved that race because he rode very hard. Honestly speaking he deserved it but racing is racing and sometimes these things happen. This time it was our turn. We had a very good pace and I am happy for me, my team and Aprilia.”
Leon Haslam: “I didn’t get the best of starts I think I was about tenth away, and I got stuck behind Jakub Smrz when his engine blew and I was covered in quite a lot of oil, so I didn’t want to follow too close. I got a gift of second with Carlos breaking down, but we will take it.”
Noriyuki Haga: “I have not had a good result at this track in the two previous years so I am happy to take third place. From the first lap my tyre feeling was not so good and I adjusted my riding style and I was happy to be able to finish third.”
Tom Sykes (66) on the factory Kawasaki leads the mid-race battle.
Superbike Race 2 Results:
1. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'20.442 (161,260 km/h) (B/A);
2. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 4.931 (B/A);
3. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1198 6.432 (A/A);
4. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 8.576 (B/A);
5. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 11.150 (A/A);
6. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1198 11.243 (A/A);
7. Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1198 12.432 (C/A);
8. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 15.145 (A/A);
9. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 16.091 (A/A);
10. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 16.502 (A/A);
11. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 18.719 (B/A);
12. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 24.285 (C/A);
13. Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 36.479 (C/A);
14. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 39.700 (A/A);
15. Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 41.253 (B/A);
16. Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 41.661 (B/A);
17. Parkes B. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 1'00.427 (A/A);
18. Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R a 4 giri (B/A)
A devistated Carlos Checa was robbed from both race wins.
Superbike Race Two, Max Inheirits Another Win from Carlos
Carlos Checa again took to the race lead right off the line with the Altera Ducati followed by Biaggi and the Aprila, and Carlos once again appeared to be uncatchable. But then, just as heart breaking as Race One, Carlos would half distance into the race before his bike quit running, this time diagnosed as a mechanical gremlin rather than electical as in Race One.
Shane Byrne, Smrz and Guintoli battle mid-pack.
Max Biaggio inherited the race lead again, and then when his main championship rival Leon Haslam crashed out, Max Biaggi’s second win of the day for Aprilia put him 15 points in the lead. Leon Camier had a career best of second on his Aprilia Alitalia machine and Cal Crutchlow took his Yamaha Sterilgarda bike to third place. This was the first time that two Aprilias have finished on the podium in a 1-2.
Leon ended his Miller Motorsport Park World Superbike weekend losing the series lead and having stitches in his left elbow following a big highside which ended his second race and allowed Max Biaggi to claim top spot in the points table. Haslam, who is was 27 at the weekend, crashed out on lap 14 which was the same lap that Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa broke down for a second time, handing Biaggi, on the Alitalia Aprila, the race win in a mirror of the race-one result.
"Obviously I am very disappointed how the day ended. Crashing out is bad enough, but losing the championship lead is another. I always knew that today was going to be very hard and the races proved that. I was fortunate to get second place in race one and unfortunate to crash in race two," said Haslam.
In the championship Biaggi now has 257 points, Haslam 242 and Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) 151. Behind the podium battle Haga was fourth, Corser fifth and Guintoli sixth. Shane Byrne went seventh and Jonathan Rea eighth. Checa leaves America on an unchanged 141 points, in fourth place, with Haga now only six points behind him.
Calendar Kitten Jaime on the grid with Nori.
The Ducati Xerox riders did not have an easy start to the second race either. Ruben Xaus touched Noriyuki’s bike right off the line which caused him to lose positions and precious time, while Michel found himself in fourteenth position at the end of the first lap. During lap six Haga got past Rea and, following the retirement of both Checa and Haslam from the race, he moved up to fifth, with Fabrizio in twelfth. Haga pushed hard, catching and passing Corser on the BMW in the closing stages. Even though his pace was still strong, time did not allow the Japanese rider to catch Crutchlow, meaning he had to settle for a final fourth position.
At the end of the seventh round, Noriyuki is now fifth in the general standings with 135 points, while team-mate Michel is tenth (102 points). Ducati is still third in the manufacturers standings with 214 points.
Max Biaggi: “We made a double win, and that was my dream. Before we came here, I was hoping and dreaming to make a double win. It is just what I need. I was also a little bit lucky because Checa had some trouble, but anyway this is 50 points, very helpful to me and my team. I’m happy for my team-mate too. This machine is only one and a half years old, and we developed the bike very, very strong. The engineers made a good job. I’m very happy for my Aprilia friends. The people understand this bike is a winning machine.”
Leon Camier: “The start of the weekend didn’t go according to plan, really. I had a couple of crashes, and I sort of managed to turn it around for the second one. The first race we had a bit of a bad front tyre choice and maybe a bit of a setting thing. Yeah, the second one’s gone awesome, so massive thank you to Aprilia. They’ve done an awesome job as you can see. I think it’s Aprilia’s first 1-2 in Superbike. Max just had a bit more pace than me.”
Crutchlow scored one of his best finishes yet in Race Two.
Cal Crutchlow: “I think we deserved that. In the first race we were unfortunate. We got caught up in somebody else’s crash and just ran off the track. I think we came back strongly the second race, and all credit to Max and Leon, they rode a superb race. I think we’ve turned it around. Yamaha has done a good job this weekend. It was a very similar race to what Ben ran here last year, and he won by nine seconds - so it shows how fast these guys are going."
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Superbike Race 2 Results:
1. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38’17.842 (161,442 km/h);
2. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 5.899;
3. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 7.363;
4. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1198 8.842;
5. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 9.473;
6. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 12.293;
7. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1998 12.483;
8. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR 1000 RR 15.959;
9. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1198 18.897;
10. Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1198 20.372;
11. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 26.823;
12. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR 1000 RR 30.344;
13. Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX-10 R 33.377;
14. Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38.772;
15. Parkes B. (AUS) Honda CBR 1000 RR
Championship standings (after 7 Rounds of 13): 1. Biaggi 257; 2. Haslam 242; 3. Rea 151; 4. Checa 141; 5. Haga 135;6. Toseland 132; 7. Corser 127; 8. Camier 115; 9. Crutchlow 107; 10. Fabrizio 102
Manufacturers standings: 1. Aprilia 263; 2. Suzuki 252; 3. Ducati 214; 4. Honda 162; 5. Yamaha 158; 6. BMW 130; 7. Kawasaki 45
Kenan Wins his 2nd Race in 600cc Supersport World Championship
Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) extended his championship lead to six points at Miller by recording his first race win since Portimao. He also took a new lap record of 1’51.702, on lap six. Kenan has now won 16 career races in this class, extending his record number of wins again. Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) was second today, just over a second behind Sofuoglu, with Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Motocard.com) third, 1.673 seconds from the win. Chaz Davies (ParkinGo Triumph Be-1) won a tight battle for fourth, with Sofuoglu’s team-mate Michele Pirro fifth. In the championship, Sofuoglu has 142 points, Laverty 136, Lascorz 128 and Davies 84.
Kenan Sofuoglu,1st - "It has been a difficult weekend and we certainly had some problems to overcome on Friday. The team worked so hard to fix the problems that I was able to start from pole position, which I had not expected. My focus has been on winning all weekend and after Eugene got away at the start I was able to catch and pass him. After that I just worked hard to control the race and keep the gap between me and him. I am very happy for this win and I will be working hard with the team for another in Misano."
Supersport 600cc Results: 1. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 1'51.879 (157,002 km/h); 2. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.097; 3. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 1'52.144; 4. Pirro M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1'52.458; 5. Salom D. (ESP) Triumph Daytona 675 1'52.618; 6. Davies C. (GBR) Triumph Daytona 675 1'52.682; 7. Foret F. (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.870; 8. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.939; 9. Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 1'53.241; 10. Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 1'53.404; 11. Lagrive M. (FRA) Triumph Daytona 675 1'53.622; 12. DiSalvo J. (USA) Triumph Daytona 675 1'53.837; 13. Praia M. (POR) Honda CBR600RR 1'53.932; 14. Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1'54.425; 15. Odom T. (USA) Honda CBR600RR 1'54.704; 16. Lundh A. (SWE) Honda CBR600RR 1'55.096; 17. Chesaux B. (SUI) Honda CBR600RR 1'55.398; 18. Farrell J. (USA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.248; 19. Paris M. (USA) Yamaha YZF R6 1'59.202
Championship standings (after 7 Rounds of 13): 1. Sofuoglu 142; 2. Laverty 136; 3. Lascorz 128; 4. Davies 84; 5. Pirro 58; 6.Salom 58; 7. Rea 54; 8. Harms 51; 9. Fujiwara 48; 10. Lagrive 44
Manufacturers standings: 1. Honda 170; 2. Kawasaki 128; 3. Triumph 94
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Haslam's Fall in Race Two at Miller Looses Superbike Points lead to Biaggi
May 31st - Alstare Suzuki's Leon Halslam ended his Miller Motorsport Park World Superbike weekend losing the series lead and having stitches in his left elbow following a big highside which ended his second race and allowed Max Biaggi to claim top spot in the points table.
Haslam, who is was 27 at the weekend, crashed out on lap 14 which was the same lap that Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa broke down for a second time, handing Biaggi, on the Alitalia Aprila, the race win in a mirror of the race-one result.
"Obviously I am very disappointed how the day ended. Crashing out is bad enough, but losing the championship lead is another. I always knew that today was going to be very hard and the races proved that. I was fortunate to get second place in race one and unfortunate to crash in race two," said Haslam.
"Carlos (Checa) should’ve won both races and I feel a bit sorry for him. He had led both, but then had to pull out. As a result, Max got lucky, but racing is like that sometimes.
"I didn’t make particularly good starts today and maybe that caused some of the problems. In race one, I was right behind Jakub (Smrz) when his Ducati blew up. I and the front of my Suzuki got covered in oil and I tried to use a different line to him so that I wouldn’t crash on his oil. I think I was stuck behind him for over a lap, but luckily he pulled off the track and I was able to get my head down and chase after the leaders.
"I moved through the field and got into third and happy with that until Carlos stopped and I was gifted second. I was tenth at the end of the first lap in race two and once again I had a lot of work to do to catch the leaders. I managed to get up to sixth after seven laps, but then the bike suddenly let go at one of the hairpins and I was highsided. I had a load of stitches put into my left arm, just above the elbow, but I will be OK for Misano."
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Troy Corser (AUS) scored two more top five finishes for Team BMW Motorrad
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:
BMW S 1000 RR
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."
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
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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.
New Premier MotorLand Aragón Circuit in Spain to host the FIM Superbike World Championship for the next three years
Rome, Wednesday 19 May 2010 -The newly-built MotorLand Aragón in Spain is set to host a round of the FIM Superbike World Championship for the next three years, following an agreement signed this morning. The circuit, which was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, will now appear in the calendars of the two most important global motorcycling competitions; in spite of its short history, it will now be consolidated as one of the world’s elite tracks, hosting the World Superbike round in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and following on from the MotoGP round in September of this year.
This morning an agreement was signed before the international press, in the Aragón regional government headquarters between MotorLand and Infront Motor Sports in the presence of MotorLand president and Aragón Government vice-president José Angel Biel, the regional minister of commerce, tourism and industry Arturo Aliaga, the CEO of MotorLand Antonio Gasión, the CEO of Infront Motor Sports Paolo Flammini, and the Ducati Superbike rider, Carlos Checa.
Paolo Flammini declared: “Motorland is a very new circuit and it’s already at the top. To have MotoGP and Superbike in its first years of activity demonstrates that it is a top-level circuit. The Superbike World Championship requires requisites of maximum safety and top-class facilities to be in a position to guarantee the presence of high numbers of spectators and Motorland is able to offer all this.”
Carlos Checa added: “Superbike races offer a well-balanced sporting spectacle and for this reason they are spectacular, also for everyone watching on TV. Motorland is a circuit that respects all the standards to host a world-class race. I am happy to be able to race Superbike here next year and I hope to win!”
The race in Alcañiz, close to Zaragoza in northern Spain, will take place in the spring of next year and also in 2012 and 2013.
Ducati Factory Riders to fight it out at massive World Ducati Week 2010
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World Ducati Weekís Saturday night (12 June) will feature an all-star Drag Race along Misanoís start/finish straight on asphalt-ripping Ducati Streetfighters. The knockout challenge will line-up factory riders Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner from the Ducati MotoGP Team and Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga from the Ducati Xerox Superbike Team, as well as Ducati guest stars Carlos Checa, Shane Byrne, Ducati MotoGP test rider, Franco Battaini and the legendary Troy Bayliss.
With tens of thousands of passionate fans already signed-up to attend the sixth edition of World Ducati Week, titled ìThe Red Planet Returnsî, final details for the massive event at the Misano World Circuit in Italy are now being put into place. Celebrating the soul and community spirit of Ducati motorcycles, World Ducati Week 2010 is sure to be one of the biggest motorcycling parties ever along the riviera of Italyís Emilia Romagna region.
Attracting a record number of entrants, the Ducati Garage Contest is set to pitch bike-builders against each other in a customised shoot-out of Trellis frames, dry clutches and special swingarms on show for mass admiration. The 10 best specials, selected by a panel of judges, will remain on display for everyone to see throughout the WDW event.
A Test Ride area for the entire 2010 Ducati range is also likely to be a huge hit, as riders will be able to test any one of the bikes in the current line-up, including the brand new ë4-bikes-in-1í Multistrada 1200. In fact, lucky holders of a 4-Day Pass will be entered into a fantastic prize draw with the magnificent Multistrada 1200 going to the first name pulled out of the hat. A Travel Experience holiday will be up for grabs for the second name and a thrilling AMG-Mercedes Driving Academy safe driving course at the Imola race track for the third.
The Ducati Vintage Contest will remember the prestigious history of the Ducati factory and provide a moment of pure glory for the beautiful classic bikes that always attract huge crowds at WDW. Any visitor can present their own vintage Ducati at the event, with eligible categories being single-cylinder models produced between 1946 and 1978, and twin-cylinder models from 1971 to 1990. A special team of judges, including Livio Lodi, Curator of the Ducati Museum, and Gianluigi Mengoli, Chairman of the Ducati Foundation, will choose the best restored and maintained machines and the winning owner will be crowned King or Queen of the Red Planet.
A special round of the exciting Ducati Desmo Challenge championship will also take place at Misano and offer all Elite license-holder enthusiasts the excitement of a single-brand race series in front of a huge crowd. Following the great success of this event in 2007, both the British and Dutch Ducati series will join the Italian Ducati championship for the WDW2010 event. The Dutch Ducati Dealer Cup championship consists of eight races held on legendary circuits across Europe and is open to all Ducati models including 1098, 848, 998 and 749 as well as special models like the Pierobon or the NCR Millona. The British-based 848 Challenge, organised by Ducati UK and the New Era Motorcycle Club, will be divided into two races in which entrants will compete with Ducati 848 and 848 Dark models in standard form apart from race fairings, tyres and exhausts. From Friday to Sunday the track will form the perfect venue for the hotly contested races in these major national trophies.
ìThe Red Planet Returnsî event will even present some big screen action with a genuine cinematic spaceship ready to transport everyone to an incredible selection of movie thrills in pure Ducati style. Showing non-stop screenings of all the Desmo scenes from memorable films, visitors will also get a chance to view the trailers from all upcoming releases.
On Sunday, 13 June, in a challenge that combines entertainment, travel, discovery and experience, Paolo Pirozzi, President of the Ducati Dreams Club of Naples, will blast-off from the Red Planet of Misano aboard a new Multistrada 1200 S for an amazing year-long, round-the-world trip. Stopping off at 80 Official Ducati Clubs across five continents, his trip will not only represent a great biking adventure, but also a genuine celebration of the passion shared by Ducatisti all around the world.
In what is lining-up to be the biggest World Ducati Week party ever and a celebration of everything Ducati, motorcyclists from all over the world are sure to enjoy breathing an atmosphere of pure motorcycle enthusiasm, where even the Bike Wash is a popular relaxation spot and unexpected source of entertainment with busy Playboy bunnies!
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