Former Best of Show winner , Shinya Kimura and Ayu / ChabottEngineering.com with FastDates.com Calendar Kittens Melody and Candise and Shinya's 1948 Harley-Davidso Knucklehard powered alloy faired racer (featured in unfaired guise in the 2009 Iron & Lace Calendar) still coated in the dust from his past week's high speed run at El Mirage Dry Lake. Click to go BIG
The Hottest, Rockingest, Sexiest, Best Motorcycle Show on The Planet!
Brown & Koro Motorcycle Attorneys present the 19th Annual 2010
LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Calendar Girl Music Festival Weekend
We Have A Winner! Shinya Kimura takes 2010 Claasic Big Twin Class
Long Beach, CA, July 18th 2010 - Former Best of Show winner and builder to movie stars like Brad Pitt, Shinya Kimura / ChabottEngineering.com showed off two of his latest bikes at thos year's Calendar Show. One an old 1948 Harley Knucklehead powered alloy faired racer (featured in the 2009 Iron & Lace Calendar without the recent fairing) still coated in the dust from Shinya's riding it this past week in high speed runs at El Mirage Dry Lake. The other bike was a customer commissioned, new age superbike meets old world craftmanship, a custom bodied Ducati 999S Superbike named "Edge".
Complete 2010 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show COVERAGE HERE
Above left to right: Emily Jaye of Frentik, Catie Cole, Calendar Show producer and photographer Jim Gianatsis, singer songwriter and actress Elizabeth Nicole who also hosts the Calendar Show's stage activities.
Jim and the Calendar Show's Music Kittens
The Calendar Girl Music Festival portion of the Show with its beautiful girl performers headlined the day with recording artist Emily Jaye and her band Frentik. Making a popular return engagement was the AC/DC Tribute rock band Whole Lotta Rosies, plus new Australian singer songwriter Katie Cole teaming up with another Show favorite Elizabeth Nicole, plus the world renown Purrfect Angelz song and dance group.
The stage activities all day were hosted by Elizabeth Nicole who is also a TV and movie actress. Elizabeth got her start as a child actress o the TV soap opera "Port Charles" and as a young teen joined and danced with the Joffery Ballet Company. At age 16 the incredibly talented Elizabeth began writing her own music and singing, and is one of the best singers songwriter on the music scene today. She also stars in 2 new Hollywood releases, "All Ages Night" now playing on Starz, and the slasher horror drama "Cornered" now available on DVD.
Elizabeth plays a sexy prostotute who almost makes it to the movie's closing credits.
Cal Crutchlow took Superpole on Saturday, then doubled on Sunday with his first ever Superbike wins.
HannspreeWorld Superbike Championship, Silverstone Round 10 of 13
British Riders Reign Supreme at Silverstone
Silverstone, England, July 30th - Aug 1st 2010 - Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda) was the undisputed star of the Silverstone show as he added two race wins to his Superpole triumph on Saturday. He is also the new lap record holder, thanks to a 2’05.259 lap in race one. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) lost a small amount of ground at the top of the championship, with his fifth and sixth places today as Leon Haslam scored a second and a fourth on his Suzuki Alstare machine. Biaggi now has 373 points, Haslam 313, a difference of 60 with three rounds and six races left to run.
Preview: World Superbike Makes Its Silverstone Comeback
Round ten of the 13-round HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship will take place at the latest incarnation of the classic Silverstone circuit this weekend, between 30 July and 1 August. The championship has been to Silverstone on six previous occasions, the most recent being in 2007, when only one race took place due to incessant rain that flooded the track before race two could get underway. The Silverstone that WSB returns to this year is a very different venue from previous versions, with massive investment in both a heavily modified circuit layout and infrastructure improvements resulting in a 5.902 km circuit, which owes a lot to the ex-airfield circuit’s original reputation as a fast and open racetrack, where speed is a key element.
Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) and his factory team have been almost immaculate in 2010, winning half the races on offer, finishing every race in the points and having no individual placing lower than eighth. Biaggi has been so consistent he has only had five non-podium finishes all season. No surprise to find that Max is a clear championship leader after round nine at Brno, now having a 68-point advantage approaching Silverstone.
Biaggi has not got far to look to see the immediate threat at Silverstone, with the first of seven well-equipped local riders being second placed in the overall WSB rankings, Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare). Haslam could ask for no better current WSB venue to try to make big inroads into Biaggi’s points lead, as he will have the crowd firmly on his side for the first time all year, and greater recent experience of at least some of the Silverstone layout than many of his rivals.
There are no fewer than seven full time riders in the 2010 line-up who emanate from the UK, and all of them are on either official or well-supported machinery. For this reason alone Silverstone may well provide the best chance of a new name appearing on the 2010 winner’s roster since Kyalami in May.
So far we have had six different race-winning riders, the roll of honour led by Biaggi with nine victories. Next up, Haslam is tied on three wins with overall third placed rider Jonathan Rea (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda). Rea has been busy of late, winning the first race at Brno last time out before heading to Japan and a podium slot at the Suzuka 8 Hours last weekend.
Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) was a winner at round one in Australia and he is now fourth in the points, close to Rea and the following rider in fifth place, Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox). Haga is another with a single win to his credit in 2010, and the most recent rider to enter the 2010 winners’ club is Haga’s own team-mate, Michel Fabrizio - eighth overall and twice a podium man in the past two rounds. The Ducati 1200cc Vee-twin riders will all arrive at Silverstone with the same regulation minimum weight of 162 kg as the other machines, after once more breaking through the lower threshold of the balancing regulations at the previous Brno round.
The seven British regulars looking for hometown glory on Sunday include James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda), a double WSBK champion but a rider still looking for his first win in his comeback season. He has already stated that a British 1-2-3 is very possible at Silverstone and for him the top step of the podium is his overriding motivation this weekend. James is sixth in the current rankings.
Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) was unlucky to injure himself at the previous round in Brno, missing raceday, but he is expecting great things from his S1000RR around the fast sweeps of Silverstone, if he comes through a test at Mugello in good condition. Troy is seventh now, two points ahead of a chasing Fabrizio, with the second official BMW rider, Ruben Xaus, 13th overall and improving all the time.
One of the ‘magnificent seven’ local riders is particularly well known to British crowds, 2009 BSB champion Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia). Already a podium placer on his vee-four Aprilia, Camier is having an intense learning year in WSB, tied on points with a Superpole expert in his first full season, Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda). Briton Crutchlow has scored pole four times so far, and has four podium places to boot. He is tenth in the championship, but tied on the same 138 point total as Camier and British-domiciled Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Alstare).
Shane Byrne (Althea Ducati) sits 12th right now, looking forward to his latest return home to race and another chance to match his sheer speed over a single lap to a race result of equal prominence.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) is the seventh Brit in regular WSB competition in 2010 and he more than anyone will see Silverstone as an opportunity to shine. With his regular team-mate Chris Vermeulen out for the rest of the year through injury, he will have the legendary figure of Akira Yanagawa alongside him at Silverstone, as the Japanese star stands-in for Chris for this race.
Series regular Luca Scassa (Supersonic Ducati) who suffered a fracture at the Brno race weekend, has recovered well and will race in England. Jakub Smrz (Pata B&G Aprilia) will be on a vee-four for this round again, with Max Neukirchner (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda) and Honda privateer Broc Parkes (ECHO CRS) out for more points to move up the standings. Lorenzo Lanzi (DFX Corse Ducati) plus Pedercini Kawasaki team-mates Roger Lee Hayden and Matteo Baiocco are also privateers worth watching.
Wildcards of the highest quality and equipment levels are set to join the Silverstone party in 2010, as Josh Brookes and Ryuichi Kiyonari (both HM Plant Honda) combine forces to lever points and places from the hands of the regulars. Privateer rider Tommy Bridewell will also be made welcome in the WSB paddock on his Quay Garage Honda.
Points (after 9 rounds of 13): 1. Biaggi 352; 2. Haslam 284; 3. Rea 203; 4. Checa 189; 5. Haga 172; 6. Toseland 160. 7. Corser 149; 8. Fabrizio 147; 9. Camier 138; 10. Crutchlow 138. Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 358; 2. Suzuki 305; 3. Ducati 276; 4. Honda 214; 5. Yamaha 206; 6. BMW 163; 7. Kawasaki 55.
Crutchlow races ahead in early session
Practice Friday 30th -Local hero Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda) set a blistering 2’05.664 second lap at Silverstone to head the first qualifying session at his home track, with no fewer than five of his compatriots inside the top ten places. The 5.902km Silverstone circuit is new to almost all of the 25 Superbike riders on show, making Crutchlow’s advantage of 0.342 seconds over the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda of Jonathan Rea an impressive first day result.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider Troy Corser was third quickest, with British rider Leon Camier fourth on his Aprilia Alitalia vee-four. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) made it five different bikes in the top five places with one qualifying session to go, and James Toseland (Crutchlow’s Yamaha Sterilgarda team-mate) secured sixth place.
Championship leader Max Biaggi, Camier’s team-mate, was a steady seventh, one place ahead of his main championship threat, Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare). Privateer Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) was 0.811 seconds away from Crutchlow, in ninth, with the top ten rounded out by Tom Sykes on his official Kawasaki Racing Team four-cylinder machine.
Lorenzo Lanzi (DFX Corse Ducati) was a happy 11th, as he was one place up on the official machine of Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox). Shane Byrne (Althea Ducati) was 13th, the Team Pata B&G Aprilia of Jakub Smrz 14th, and 15th was a rider returning from injury, Luca Scassa (Supersonic Ducati).
The wildcard HM Plant Honda duo of Josh Brookes and Ryuichi Kiyonari, both old friends of WSBK, were only 21st and 22nd on day one, with Tommy Bridewell (TYCO Racing Honda) 24th.
Friday Practice Times: 1. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 2'05.664; 2. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 2'06.006; 3. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 2'06.052; 4. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'06.064; 5.Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 2'06.088; 6. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 2'06.238; 7. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'06.315; 8. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'06.464; 9. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 2'06.475; 10. Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 2'06.596; etc.
Cal takes fifth Superpole of 2010 at home track
Saturday SuperPole July 31st - Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda) took a home pole position at Silverstone, with a new best lap of 2’04.091. He held off the charge of Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) by 0.672 seconds, and Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) by 0.992 seconds. Jakub Smrz (Pata B&G) moved forward impressively with some great single laps to go fourth on the grid. Smrz beat both of the official factory Aprilia machines and was one place up on championship challenger Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare).
Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) went sixth fastest starting from the same row as his big championship rival Haslam. Troy Corser was eighth after running wide on his fast lap, and finished seventh for BMW Motorrad Motorsport, one place up on his team-mate Ruben Xaus.
Shane Byrne (Ducati Althea) was the last rider to miss the cut into Superpole three, and now starts ninth at his home round. Carlos Checa, his team-mate, made the top ten after looking good for a front row start at one stage. Sylvain Guintoli (Alstare Suzuki) was 11th, James Toseland 12th after falling when looking set for a better placing.
A strong ride from Tom Sykes put his Kawasaki Racing Team machine on the front of the fourth row, ahead of privateer Lorenzo Lanzi (DFX Corse Ducati), Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) and Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia), who had his best time deleted for cutting the chicane.
Wild card rider Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) was 17th in Superpole, Max Neukirchner (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was 18th, Broc Parkes (ECHO CRS Honda) 19th but Luca Scassa did not set a lap in Superpole, starting from 20th place on his Supersonic Racing Team Ducati.
Cal Crutchlow: “It’s nice to have pole again, especially here at the home race. My lap time was good, I was absolutely desperate to do 2.03, that was the target and the whole team were pumping me up to try and do it, but I made a little mistake coming out of one of the fast left handers and it wasn’t to be. We’re in the same boat as Brno, where we had a big gap in qualifying, but the bike’s hard to ride over a race distance and we know that’s going to be the case tomorrow.”
Jonathan Rea: “It’s been a great start to the weekend, front row you can’t ask for much more for the race. It was a great time but Cal was a bit too fast for me. I’m enjoying riding the bike, it’s a lot of fun and these 18 laps will surely go by quite fast compared to my Suzuka adventures. I need to pull the pin quite early, but I’m pretty confident. The new Silverstone is awesome, a little bit bumpy but the layout is phenomenal.”
Michel Fabrizio: “I am very happy with my form today, and I want to dedicate the result to all of my team. Let’s hope things will go even better tomorrow. My race pace is not bad at all, but I think Cal’s is a bit quicker than mine.”
Superpole Times: 1. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 2'04.091; 2. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 2'04.763; 3. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 2'05.083; 4. Smrz J. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.168; 5. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.595; 6. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.682; 7.Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 2'05.740; 8. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 2'06.787; 9. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 2'05.026; 10. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 2'05.035; etc.
The Crutchlow (35) and Rea (65) battle for the lead in both races was this close, but with Jonthan in the lead both races up to the last 4 laps when his tires would give up, allowing Cal to swoop past as pictured here and pull out a 2 second lead by the finish line.
Crutchlow posts two Superbike, Biaggi’s Championshi lead falters slightly
Sunday Race Day, August 1st - Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda) was the undisputed star of the Silverstone show as he added two race wins to his Superpole triumph on Saturday. He is also the new lap record holder, thanks to a 2’05.259 lap in race one. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) lost a small amount of ground at the top of the championship, with his fifth and sixth places today as Leon Haslam scored a second and a fourth on his Suzuki Alstare machine. Biaggi now has 373 points, Haslam 313, a difference of 60 with three rounds and six races left to run.
The 65,000 weekend crowd saw Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) take two strong second places, consolidating his third place overall in the series on 243 points. Leon Camier, Biaggi’s team-mate was third in race two, his first podium since Miller Motorsport Park in May. The all-British podium in race one was the first since Assen this year, and five British riders filled the top five places in race two, the first time this has happened for UK riders in WSBK history.
Fourth place rider in the standings, Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) was seventh and tenth today and is on 2004 points, with Crutchlow moving up to fifth overall, on 188 points. James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda) had to settle for eighth and fifth places today, remaining sixth in the rankings, nine points behind Crutchlow. For some fancied runners raceday was hard, with Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) dropping down the order to finish tenth in race one, then crash after passing Biaggi early in race two.
Haslem fights with Fabrizio for the final Podium spot in Race One.
Superbike Race One
Cal Crutchlow took his first career WSB race win in this 18-lap race, also giving his Yamaha Sterilgarda team its first win of the year. Cal eventually pushed away from early leader Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) at lap record pace, setting his 2’05.259 best on lap 13. Third place rider was Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare), which made it a clean sweep of British riders on the podium at their home race. Michel Fabrizio was fourth, having qualified on the front row on his Ducati Xerox machine. Biaggi was sixth, and his team-mate Camier sixth.
Cal Crutchlow: “I think that one of the nicest things about the win is that we repaid Yamaha back for their efforts. It’s not been easy on us, we’ve been trying hard all year, but I’m absolutely ecstatic about bringing the win home!”
Jonathan Rea: “Cal quite simply had a little more pace than me in the race, a couple of tenths a lap on average. My bike worked very well, but I think we got a bit let down by the tyre. It’s nice to be on the podium and I’m enjoying riding around Silverstone.”
Leon Haslam: “It was a hard fight and Johnny and Cal have had a good pace all weekend, I managed to catch them a little bit but dropped off towards the end. It was a bit frustrating as they looked as if they were having a lot of fun!”
Superbike Race One Results (with Pirelli Race Tyre Selection – front/rear): 1. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 37'47.851 (168,64 kph) (C/A); 2. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1.621 (C/A); 3.Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 11.433 (A/A); 4. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 15.874 (C/A); 5. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 17.085 (C/A); 6.Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 17.532 (C/A); 7. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 18.250 (A/A); 8. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 18.938 (C/A); 9. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 22.997 (C/A); 10. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 25.830 (C/A); 11. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 30.972 (A/A); 12. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 31.808 (C/B); 13. Smrz J. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 32.193 (A/A); 14. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 33.206 (A/A); 15. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 34.207 (A/A); 16. Brookes J. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 35.939 (C/A); 17. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 38.282 (C/A); 18.Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 39.923 (A/A); 19. Yanagawa A. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'21.620 (A/A); 20. Bridewell T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'21.678 (A/A); 21. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'21.793 (B/A)
Camier (3) moves up to pass Haslem (91) for 3rd in Race Two, with Toseland and Biaggi right behind.
Superbike Race Two
Crutchlow completed a perfect weekend with a double win, pushing away in the last few laps to overhaul long time leader Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) once again. Third went to another British rider Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia), fourth to Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) and fifth to James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda); complete domination from the home riders. Max Biaggi raced to sixth, maintaining a healthy championship lead despite being beaten by Haslam twice today.
Cal Crutchlow: “As people have said, it’s a dream come true for a lot of Brits, three on the podium in both races. All credit to the fans, they gave us tremendous support here today. What a brilliant day for Yamaha and a brilliant day for me! I couldn’t believe both wins came at once, I would rather have had one earlier in the year and one today, but we’ve been fighting for this all the year and here it is.”
Jonathan Rea: “Half-way through the race I was thinking ‘Have I got the pace?”. It was a bit slower than race 1 but well done to Cal he rode absolutely superb. On my side the team gave me a good bike this weekend. I’m really happy and enjoyed riding this weekend, it’s a good result to go into the summer break with.”
Leon Camier: “It’s a dream come true, from 16th to third, you could never imagine doing it! We’ve been having a bit of a rough time lately, but this weekend has more than made up for it. For this race, the team just told me to get involved so I’m so happy with the result.”
Jonthan Rea, Cal Crutchlow and Leon Haslem on the podium after Race One. Leon Camier would replace Haslem after Race Two.
Superbike Race Two Results: 1. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 37'48.348 (168,603 kph); 2.Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 2.070; 3.Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 8.834; 4. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 13.232; 5. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 13.258; 6. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 13.568; 7.Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 13.963; 8. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 14.432; 9. Smrz J. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 16.399; 10. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 19.874; 11. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 26.268; 12. Brookes J. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 28.003; 13. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 28.550; 14.Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 30.117; 15. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 30.415; 16. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 58.607; 17. Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'03.157; 18. Bridewell T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'03.298; 19.Yanagawa A. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'20.285; 20. Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'20.419
Pirelli Race Tyre Selection (front/rear): All riders on same solutions with the exception of Guintoli who changed to the “A” rear for Race 2.
Rider Championship Points (after 10 rounds of 13): 1. Biaggi 373; 2. Haslam 313; 3. Rea 243; 4. Checa 204; 5. Crutchlow 188; 6. Toseland 179; 7. Haga 177; 8. Camier 164; 9. Fabrizio 160; 10. Corser 155. Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 385; 2. Suzuki 334; 3. Ducati 297; 4. Yamaha 256; 5. Honda 254; 6. BMW 174; 7. Kawasaki 57
600cc World Supersport
Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) was the long time leader but a strong charge from Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) made the final laps a close contest, with Laverty finally re-passing the former champion to take the Silverstone win. Gino Rea (Intermoto Czech Honda) was a hometown hero, taking his first podium in this class. In the points standings, Sofuoglu now leads Laverty by 203 to 186. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Motocard.com) and fast qualifier Roberto Tamburini (RT Racing Yamaha) were both injured in a crash that halted the first attempt to race, and caused a complete re-start.
World Supersport 600cc Results: 1. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 34'35.068 (163,829 kph); 2. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 0.220; 3. Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 12.451; 4. Davies C. (GBR) Triumph Daytona 675 13.683; 5. Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 13.839; 6. Praia M. (POR) Honda CBR600RR 15.699; 7. Lagrive M. (FRA) Triumph Daytona 675 16.709; 8. Salom D. (ESP) Triumph Daytona 675 17.593; 9.Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 22.837; 10.Lowes S. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 23.092; etc.
Points (after 10 rounds of 13): 1. Sofuoglu 203; 2. Laverty 186; 3. Lascorz 168; 4. Davies 126; 5. Rea 83; 6. Harms 82; 7. Salom 80; 8. Lagrive 65; 9. Fujiwara 60; 10. Pirro 58. Manufacturers: 1. Honda 245; 2. Kawasaki 172; 3. Triumph 136; 4. Yamaha 16
European Superstock 1000cc - Badovini secures first international title for the BMW S 1000 RR.
Silverstone, 1st August 2010 - Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia STK) had to work hard to get to the front of the field for his seventh straight win of the year, but in taking a full points score he also secured the outright championship win. Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Junior Race Honda) hit the front early on but could not hold off the lap record pace of Badovini, in race or championship terms. Andrea Antonelli (Team Lorini Honda) finished third, but the day belonged to BMW and Badovini, the new Superstock FIM Cup champion.
BMW Motorrad and the BMW S 1000 RR will be able to celebrate their first international title. Ayrton Badovini (ITA) of Team BMW Motorrad Italia STK secured an early title victory in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, run as a support category to the FIM Superbike World Championship. After the race weekend in Silverstone (GBR) he is leading the championship with 175 points and cannot be beaten over the three remaining rounds. The Italian rider dominated the season and won every race so far: A winning streak which the
Italian hopes to continue.
Ayrton Badovini: "I am really happy with the way this season has gone so far. When our team started developing the bike back at the beginning of the year I did not expect to piece together such a successful season. To win the championship so early in the season is incredible for us and we never imagined this level of success."
European Superstock 1000cc Results: 1. Badovini A. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 21'45.830 (162,71 kph); 2. Berger M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 0.149; 3. Antonelli A. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 4.841; 4. Zanetti L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 13.288; 5. Magnoni M. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 14.642; 6. Baz L. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R1 14.807; 7. Giugliano D. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 15.070; 8. Burrell B. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 15.151; 9. Petrucci D. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 17.146; 10. Lammert D. (GER) BMW S1000 RR 22.153;
Points (after 7 rounds of 10): 1. Badovini 175; 2. Berger 86; 3. Magnoni 84; 4.Antonelli 73; 5. Giugliano 62; 6. Baz 54; 7. Barrier 47; 8. Petrucci 43; 9. Bussolotti 37; 10. Mahr 35. Manufacturers: 1. BMW 175; 2. Honda 129; 3. Suzuki 78; 4. Ducati 59; 5. Yamaha 56; 6. Kawasaki 46; 7.KTM 30; 8. Aprilia 18
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UEM Superstock 600 Championship Age Limit Set at 22 Years for 2011
SBK World Superbike has issued that the maximum age for the 2011 UEM European Superstock 600 Championship riders will be 22 years.
This will assure that on the world stage the 600cc class will be a training ground for new riders to move up to the 1000cc World Superbike and European Superstock Classes, and will not be as hotly contested by major manufacturers looking for additional Championship titles.
This is in marked contrast to the AMA 600cc Daytona Sportbike Class in America which the Daytona Motorsports Group series owners have been trying to promote as their premier class, only because the bigger 1000cc Superbikes, both in Superstock ans Superbike specifications, are too fast and not safe at most of their outdated race track venues like Daytona Speedway.
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Check out this video which has just surfaced indicating that Eric Buell might be hoping tobecome a motorcycle manufacturer one again with a street legal 1190.
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Castiglioni Brothers Buy back MV Agusta from Harley-Davidson
The Official Press Release From MV Agusta
Varese, August 6th 2010 – Claudio and Giovanni Castiglioni, through their family holding company have repurchased from Harley Davidson 100% of the shares of MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. which owns historic brands MV Agusta and Cagiva. Harley-Davidson announced in October 2009 its intention to sell MV Agusta to concentrate on its core business and brand.
In connection with the repurchase transaction Lazard and Co. have acted as the financial advisor along with counsel Alessandro Varrenti (CBA) and Giuseppe Galeano whom provided legal and tax assistance in conjunction with family counsellors Giuseppe Carteni (Leadlaw), Andrea Lanata and Sergio Caramella.
Along with Giovanni Castiglioni, the company will be headed by Mr. Massimo Bordi, a well known Italian manager. A 62-year-old engineer, Bordi took Ducati to success during the years when that company was owned by the Castiglionis and continued to manage it successfully under the ownership of Texas Pacific Group. Since 2003 Massimo Bordi has been the CEO of Same Deutz Fahr, contributing largely to the success of the company. Massimo Bordi commented that “MV Agusta has full capacity to once again become a major player in the high luxury brand motor bikes, this brand is one of the most recognized worldwide. We will implement a number of reorganization and managerial actions in the near future. Both the current and new models under development have a very strong character, great innovative features and a very unique design, I have no doubts about their future success.”
Claudio Castiglioni, the historic intimate soul of MV Agusta will continue as chairman, and will concentrate on the development of the new products. Upon signing the agreement with Harley-Davidson, Claudio Castiglioni stated “MV Agusta is the crown jewel of Italian motorcycles, I am thrilled to have completed this transaction. I have already won once together with Massimo Bordi, we made the most beautiful bikes in the world and we will continue with this tradition”.
The Official Press Release From Harley-Davidson.
MILWAUKEE, Aug. 6, 2010 Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) has concluded the sale of its subsidiary, MV Agusta, to Claudio Castiglioni and his wholly owned holding company, MV Agusta Motor Holding, S.r.l., effective today. Castiglioni is the former owner of the Italian motorcycle maker and has served as MV Agusta’s chairman since 2008, when Harley-Davidson acquired the company.
In October 2009, Harley-Davidson announced its intention to sell MV Agusta as part of a new corporate strategy to focus resources on the Harley-Davidson brand. Since then, Harley-Davidson has held discussions with various potential MV Agusta buyers. “MV Agusta is a proud brand and we wish Mr. Castiglioni and the company’s employees well,” said Harley-Davidson President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell. “Our decision to divest MV Agusta reflects our strategy to focus our efforts and our investment on the Harley-Davidson brand, as we believe this provides an optimal path to long-term growth.”
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Crutchlow takes double victory and claims Silverstone for Yamaha
Silverstone Aug 1st -
Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike YZF-R1 rider Cal Crutchlow made it two in a row today at Silverstone, delivering the double win at his home race. The British rider ended a flawless weekend´s riding with a masterful display of race craft. A good start from pole position in race one saw him quickly into second behind Johnny Rea. Crutchlow then played the waiting game, comfortably following the Honda rider just 0.1 seconds behind until mid race before taking the lead. He surrendered briefly to Rea but then re-took quickly and pulled away to build a 1.6 second lead as he crossed the line to claim his maiden win of the championship. Race two saw a repeat of the first with Crutchlow quickly settling in behind Rea, again maintaining a gap of just 0.1 to 0.2 seconds until just three laps from the end when he again pulled out to take the lead. The Yamaha YZF-R1´s incredible pace saw him take the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap, building a two second advantage as he crossed the line to deliver the long awaited double victory for Yamaha.
Team mate James Toseland made the most of his less than perfect grid position start in both of today´s two superbike races. The first saw him move as high as sixth whilst chasing down the Aprilias of Max Biaggi and Leon Camier before finally settling for eighth at the line. The second race saw an even more determined Toseland pushing on hard. The British rider spent much of the race battling with Leon Haslam for fourth place having carved through the ranks and taken championship leader Biaggi mid race for fifth. The battle between the two Brits went to the chequered flag with Toseland less than four tenths behind Haslam across the line.
Cal Crutchlow´s incredible performance means he leaves Silverstone having jumped up from tenth to fifth in the rankings, now sitting on 188 points, 55 points behind Carlos Checa in third. Team mate James Toseland remains in sixth place, now on 179 points as they head to the Nurburgring at the beginning of September after the summer break.
Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team, (1st, 1st)
创We´ve been trying so hard all year to achieve a win, I´m ecstatic that it has happened at my home race. It´s been a tough weekend with all the Brits trying hard but we knew we had the pace. We were worried about tyre wear but it wasn´t too bad. It was a little bit cooler in the first race which helped our bike as well. We now need to carry on and fight for the rest of the season. It´s been a dream come true today, three Brits on the podium for both races is brilliant. The British fans have been fantastic, they came out today and gave us tremendous support all round the circuit, a brilliant day for me, a brilliant day for Yamaha, Sterilgarda and all our other sponsors. All credit to Johnny Rea he rode really well in both races but I was able to pick him off with a couple of laps to go.创
James Toseland, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team (8th, 5th) -
创Race one was ok, the set up we used wasn´t perfect but I made the most of it. We made a massive change from race one to race two, we switched to something closer to what Cal was using in the first race, it´s the first time we tried it and it really helped us. Hopefully we´ve found a good direction for the next race. A big thanks to the team for the change between the races, it got me from where I was in the first to not too far off the podium in the second. Leon Haslam rode a great race and really covered his lines, I could have been more aggressive with him but I didn´t want to spoil his championship chances.创
Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team Manager
创This kind of feeling has been missing and finally I got it back today. Cal delivered a fantastic weekend, he proved that he was the fastest here in all the practices. He rode two really good races, I have to give my compliments to him, he rode perfectly. These results come thanks to all the efforts the team have put in over the last few months. James also proved he was fast and on the pace, the crash yesterday was unfortunate and mean that he couldn't do the last Superpole heat and so had a less than perfect start. He had some problems in the first with the balance of the bike but was much better in the second. We came here with big expectations and finally we have some good results.创
Rea Doublesthe Podium with TenKate Honda at Silverstone
Silverstone, Aug 1st - Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider, Jonathan Rea, finished second in both today’s tenth round World Superbike championship races at Silverstone in the UK.
The two 18-lap encounters around the revised 5.902km Silverstone circuit were won by British rider Cal Crutchlow, with Leon Haslam and Leon Camier each taking a third place to make two all-British podiums.
Starting from second place on the grid, Rea, 23, grabbed the holeshot in both outings, leading the first for the opening eleven laps as he and Crutchlow built a commanding lead over third placed Haslam.
Race two was almost a carbon copy, with Rea leading until lap 15, when Crutchlow again hit the front and made a break for the flag. The results strengthened Rea’s hold on third place in the championship.
After two difficult qualifying sessions, Rea’s Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Max Neukirchner, made a radical change to the rear of his CBR1000RR for morning warm-up and ran with the setting for the races.
In the first, he was able to climb from his grid position of 18th to 11th at the flag. The German looked set to repeat the performance and break into the top ten in race two, before a mechanical problem forced his retirement.
Jonathan Rea – 2nd and 2nd
In race one Cal had a little bit more pace than me, where I was missing maybe a couple of tenths a lap. The bike was working very well, but we got let down by the tyre a little bit, I think, because it definitely felt a lot different to the one I used in warm-up this morning. I thought I might have the pace in race two, but well-done to Cal – he did a great job and rode absolutely superbly. My team gave me a great bike this weekend that allowed me to at least fight for the wins here. I’m really happy and really enjoyed riding at Silverstone this weekend and we’ve had a couple of good results t o take into the summer break.
Max Neukirchner – 11th and DNF
For me, the first race was one of the best this season. OK, it wasn’t the best result but it felt great having a bike that I could fight for positions with. I had a lot of fun and I was able to pass a lot of other guys – it was a very good race for me and felt a little bit like a win! We basically went back to the setting that I used in race two at Assen and it allowed me to brake later and accelerate more early. The start of race two was like the first and I made some good lap times behind Haga, but then the engine broke after seven laps. Without that I felt like maybe a top ten was possible so I can take some positives into the summer break and the next round which is in Germany.
Haslem Closes on Biaggi at Silverstone
Team Suzuki Press Office - August 1. -Team Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam endured two tough 18-lap races at the British World Superbike 10th round at Silverstone - racing to third in race one and a fourth in race two - but closed the gap on series leader Max Biaggi.
But it was a day of frustration for the young Brit because he felt he could've challenged for the wins if things had gone his way a bit more and that would've narrowed the gap even more.
Haslam's team mate Sylvain Guintoli suffered with having a too-hard tyre in race one and ended 12th. He used a softer tyre in race two and had a much better race, finishing seventh.
British riders filled all six spots of both podiums today in front of a home crowd of 65,000. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) took his first WSBK victory in race one and then followed it up with another win in race two. Jonathan Rea (Honda) took runner-up spot both times, with Haslam taking third in race one and Leon Camier (Aprilia) taking third in race two.
Leon Haslam - Race 1: 3rd, Race 2: 4th: - "Generally, I feel that today has been a bit frustrating because I think it could've and should've been better. When our package is perfect, I know I can challenge for wins, but when it is not, it can be a bit of a struggle and that's how it was today. I made a bad start in the first race but managed to close the gap on the leaders and was getting ready to mount an attack on Jonathan Rea, but had gearbox problems for the last seven laps, so couldn't push harder and get closer to him. A podium is not bad though, and it was good to be up there with two other Brits.
"We used a different engine in race two, but everything else was the same, including the tyres. However, this time the grip feeling was completely different and I really had to work hard to keep in the top four or so. On the last lap, I had a big fight with James Toseland. He passed me, but I was determined to get him back and that's what I did. On the last turn, he tried to get round the outside of me at the beginning of the start-finish straight and hit me, breaking my tail fairing and exhaust bracket in the process. It was a bit of a hairy moment, but happily we both stayed on our bikes and crossed the line OK. It was a tough end to a hard race but, just like race one, I was happy to finish ahead of Max Biaggi. It would've better, if I could've got some more points, but that's how it went today."
Sylvain Guintoli - Race 1: 12th, Race 2: 7th: - "I am actually not sure what happened in race one, but we had tried some harder compound tyres in the morning warm-up and had really got on with them. So we used them in the first race and they behaved completely differently! I just couldn't get anywhere near the same lap times and so struggled throughout the race. It was very frustrating to say the least, but I know that if I had gone any faster, I probably would've crashed. For me, race one was a complete disaster.
"Obviously we didn't want to take that risk again for race two, so we used the same tyre that everybody was using and I was much happier. It was much more like it. I was able to get into a better rhythm, go faster and get close to my best lap times. I got pretty close to Max Biaggi and would've loved to have passed him because that would've been good for the team."
Tire Fustrations Again for Troy Corser with the BMW
Tyre problems at Silverstone today contributed to another day of frustration for Troy. Lack of grip was the problem in race one and a crash after just one lap of race two meant Troy left Silverstone frustrated at what could’ve been.
Fortunately Troy was unhurt in the fall, but six points was a meagre reward after a promising practice and Superpole.
Britons filled all six spots of both podiums today. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) took his first WSBK victory in race one and then followed it up with another win in race two. Jonathan Rea (Honda) took runner-up spot both times, with Leon Haslam (Suzuki) taking third in race one and Leon Camier (Aprilia) taking third in race two.
Troy - Race 1: 10th, Race 2: DNF
" Frustrating is probably the word I have used most this season and once again it was what I felt today. In the first race I had a tyre with no grip whatsoever and it was so bad that the traction control was activating itself along the straight!
We used the same type of tyre in the second race and finally found a tyre with grip. The bike was exactly the same as in race one and the only difference was a new tyre, but it was the same type as the first race, so I have no idea why it behaved so differently. I do not know whether it is inconsistency or what. All I know is that is very frustrating to deal with. The bike felt normal in race two and I was able to push harder. I overtook Max, but was maybe a bit late entering the turn. I was a bit off my usual racing line, hit some bumps and was on the deck before I knew much about it, fortunately without hurting myself. All weekend I’ve been struggling a bit on the bumps and these were right in the middle of the turn. The crash was just one of those racing happenings.
We know that the basic set-up of the bike is good and that now, if we have grip problems, we should just throw tyres at the bike - not change the bike set-up. At the moment, the way the tyres are, I can feel if something is not good as soon as I go out. Then, if the feeling is not good, instead of tearing our hair out and changing the bike, we should just change the tyre. It’s a frustrating way to work and not our normal way of doing things, but if it works, that’s what we’ll have to do.
We’ve got a bit of a break now and that’ll give the boys a chance to analyse the data from here and the past month before working on the bike before the next race in Germany. It’s a ‘home’ race for the team, so we’re all hoping that we have no tyre issues and can challenge for podiums in both races.
Wish me luck!"
- Troy Corser
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Michael Locke Leaving Amid Top Management Changes at Ducati North America
Cupertino, Calif. (16 July 2010) – Ducati Motor Holding announces today that Michael Lock, CEO of Ducati North America, is leaving the company at the end of July.
Michael joined Ducati in 2002 in the UK, and in early 2003 moved to the USA to head up the management team at Ducati North America’s headquarters in Cupertino, CA. Over the next seven years Lock’s team made many changes to Ducati’s organization, distribution, marketing and service operations.
Lock’s hard work culminated in Ducati achieving its highest ever US market share in 2009, increasing Canadian sales four-fold between 2003-2009, and taking over responsibility for the brand in Mexico earlier this year. As well as setting sales records, Lock transformed DNA’s communication strategies and delivered numerous highlights including the Monster Challenges, high profile retail promotions with brands such as Oakley and Puma, and the successful conquering of Pikes Peak with the Multistrada 1200 just this past June.
“I have experienced and participated in an amazing journey at Ducati. In a few short years we have been able to transform our brand into the most feared and admired European motorcycle by competitors and enthusiasts alike. It has been a privilege to be involved and I look forward to watching the brand soar to new heights over the coming years.” Said Lock from his office Cupertino, CA.
“Michael has been the driving force behind the great success Ducati has enjoyed in North America this past seven years. His ambition, passion and his unwavering determination has established our beloved brand as the object of desire for any motorcyclist. He has nurtured the brand, developed the dealer network and put together an outstanding team in the US, Canada and Mexico alike.” Said Cristiano Silei; Vice President Sales at Ducati Motor Holding in Bologna, Italy.
While Lock moves on to pursue other opportunities, Ducati North America is looking to finish a challenging year strongly. The much-admired Multistrada 1200 has been winning awards, while the recent arrival of the Monster 796 to dealer showrooms has spurred sales even further.
Cristiano Silei will assume the position of CEO of DNA for the interim while retaining his current position as Vice President of Sales at Ducati Motor Holding.
“North America is the most important international market for Ducati and the one I personally know the best. I am excited to be supporting DNA’s Senior Managers to set and implement policy for the new season. Our goals are to support our dealer network and keep improving our market share thanks to an ever expanding product line-up, innovative branding and sound commercial policies”.
According to one insider we know, Locke's departure from Ducati NA was a mutual decision.
The factory wasn't happy with some things at Ducati in the USA, and Locke was frustrated with some of the directions the factory was taking. But in the current economy, particularly in the motorcycle industry, no one leaves a well paid management job of the own accord. It should be noted, however, that Ducati's sales are only down 30% in the current economy, while Japanese motorcycle sales in the USA are down some 90% from 3 years ago.