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Fast Dates Goes to Italy! Ducati Edelweiss Imola World Superbike Across Italy on the new Ducati Multistrada 1200
and inside Ducati Factory, Museum, Store, Imola WSB
New Aprilia 1200 Dorsodura • Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R • Ducati Diavel Casey Stoner's Phillip Island MotoGP • Taylor Momsen gets Reckless
The 1st annual Ducati Edelweiss Imola tour group poses for a group picture on Thursday morning at the famous Assisi Cathedral and Monastery, just a block away from our hotel in the hilltop town of Assisi. I am on the right, 2nd from the end.
The perfect trip for any sportbike fanatic
The Ducati Edelweiss Imola Superbike Tour - Italy, the Factory & Museum, Imola WSBK!
By Jim Gianatsis, Editor Bologna Italy, September 2010 - Once you've taken one Edelweiss Motorcycle Tour in a beautiful location somewhere in the world you'll become hooked and want to return for another, year after year. The new for 2010 season Ducati Edelweiss Imola sounded to be the perfect tour for me, a hard core Ducati owner enthusiast and superbike fanatic. It would kick off in Bologna, Italy with a tour of the Ducati Factory and Museum, pick up a new Ducati Multistrada MTS1200S Touring powered by a 150hp version of the potent Testastretta 4-vale Superbike motor, and ride across the mountain roads and through the vineyards of Tuscany in Northern Italy, finishing up with a weekend at the SBK World Superbike races at the famed Imola race circuit where we would see Max Biaggi and Aprilia clinch his first World Superbike title. How's that for the ultimate sportbike fanatic's dream vacation?
Aprilia Unveils new 1200 Dorsodura, Biaggi RSV4 Replica
at 2010 Intermot / International Motorcycle Fair
Cologne, 5 October 2010 - With over 110,000 sq m exhibiting space and 1,097 exhibitors accounting for 1,575 brands from the most diverse sectors of the motorcycle industry, the German motorcycle fair hosted the debut of the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition at the press conference held today. This is the road version of the bike that managed to clinch both World Superbike titles in eight days, during the last two race weekends, with Max Biaggi snatching the Riders' title in Imola and Aprilia the Constructors' title in Magny Cours.
Aprilia claims a one-two the year after its debut in WSBK, and brings its list of achievements to 45 world titles, making the brand from Noale the most winning European manufacturer in the Motorcycle World Championship with 277 Grand Prix wins.
The new road version of the World Superbike winning bike was christened today in Cologne by five-time world champion Max Biaggi, together with Maurizio Roman, Director of Product Development and Strategy for the Piaggio Group, Stefano Sterpone, Commercial Director for the Group, and Leo Mercanti, Head of Product Development and Racing.
Maurizio Roman, Director of Product Development and Strategy, said: “These two World Superbike titles prove that our technology and products are at the forefront of the industry. I am so glad this achievement came just before the Cologne Fair, as the show is to host the debut of the sophisticated road version of our magnificent RSV4 that has dominated the Superbike season. This bike includes all electronic technology innovations used on the race track to offer motorcycle lovers the very best top-notch technology applied to sports bikes”.
Beside the RSV4 Factory Special Edition equipped with Aprilia APRC traction control, the brand from Noale unveiled the brand new supermotard Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200. “At the Cologne Fair, Aprilia will be presenting a yet more exhaustive range that is the result of the significant technology investment the Piaggio Group has lavished on this great sports brand”, stated Stefano Sterpone, Commercial Director for the Group. “The RSV4 Factory Special Edition - summing up all the expertise of an amazing racing season into a road bike - is complemented by the Dorsoduro, a more muscular version propelled by a brand new 1200cc 130 HP V-twin engine developed by Aprilia”. Moto Guzzi has some new products in store as well: “The "eagle brand" launches its beautiful small-capacity special bike, the V7 Racer, and has readied the Norge 1200 with several improvements and the new 4 valves per cylinder engine for the grand touring market” says Stefano Sterpone.
Max Biaggi, the first Italian world champion in WSBK history, unveiled the new RSV4 APRC SE: “The bike I christened today is the true descendant of the RSV4 I rode to victory as many as 10 times during this amazing racing season. The technology transfer from the race track to the road is self-evident, especially in terms of electronics. It is good to see how the efforts of the whole team in the pit not only bring in wins, but also turn out increasingly advanced products for motorcycle lovers”.
The new 1200 Dorsoduro at 130hp (above) shares the same architecture and components as the current 750 Dorsoduro (below), but with a lot more punch, so it should be a knockout hit.
New Ducati 2011 Diavel devil cruiser revealed! October 18th - Who knows where these spy pictures come from? We saw the new 2011 Ducati Diavel (Devil) Cruiser being wheeled through the Ducati factory under a blanket when we were on the Edelweiss Tour there back on September 2oth. Here it is in its final production form in a shipping crate on the way to a trade show or photo shoot. The new Diavel will make its first public appearance at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show this coming November, and certainly followed by the Cycle World International Show Tour in the USA.
Announcing the new model’s name ahead of the official presentation, the famous Italian manufacturer is about to turn another dream into reality. This dream comes true via using the local Bolognese dialect for “devil” in naming their new model the Diavel – pronounced Dee-ah-vel.
The idea for the Diavel name was born early in the development process of the bike, when the prototype was assembled and wheeled out in front of a group of Ducati engineers and technicians for the first time. One person looking from the rear of the bike saw its silhouette and exclaimed in Bolognese dialect: “Ignurànt comm’ al diavel!” Meaning: “Evil, like the devil!”
From that moment on, Diavel became the nickname for the project. Ducati now makes the name official as it approaches the unveiling in Milan. Reminiscent of how the “Monster” was named 20 years ago, the Diavel is now destined to follow the same Bolognese tradition. Ducati is proud to continue shaping the future of motorcycling while staying faithful to its Italian heritage.
Built to have a commanding presence, though lightweight and agile, the Diavel will take the man-motorcycle relationship to the next level in absolute comfort. For fans of technology ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes will deliver a confidence-inspiring sophistication. Stunning looks, the Superbike-derived Testastretta 11° engine and 456lb of authentic Ducati performance will drive a comfortable sport lifestyle that could only be dreamt of until now. This same engine in the new Multistrada produces 150hp. What appears to be a dull-black paint finish in this photo is actually a fine weave carbon fibre mat finish at closer look.
For comparison, the Diavel's main completion are the: Suzuki M109R (764 lbs), Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle (673 lbs), Star VMAX (683 lbs / 685 lbs for the California version). Plus special construction bikes like the Confederate and Ecosse in the $80,000 price range. Whether you like this type of bike or not, you must admit it is beautiful. With as much or more power than its rivals, being some 250lbs lighter in weight, housed in a Superbike platform with Brembo Monoblock brakes, we think Ducati has a sure winner on its hands. If this bike don't bring the Industry out of its depression, nothing will. The only curiosity is the seemingly lack of provision for carrying a passenger / bolting on passenger pegs..
Hayden (69) only got this close to team mate Stoner in practice. Casey (27) lead the race coming off the line and could pull the field by 0.5 - 1.0 seconds a lap whenever he wanted.
MotoGP World Championship, Phillip Island, Round 16 of 18
Casey Continues to Dominate at Home in Australian MotoGP Iveco Australian Grand Prix, Phillip Island, Australia - Sunday 17th October Report Race Day - Casey Stoner’s authoritative reign at his home track of Phillip Island continued in style on Sunday as the Ducati rider won at the circuit for the fourth year in a row. Starting from pole position the 25 year-old led the Iveco Australian Grand Prix from start to finish as he made it a third win of 2010 in front of a partisan crowd of 41,537.
Eventually crossing the finish line 8.598s ahead of 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo it was the perfect end to a strong weekend from Stoner, who had demonstrated his pace throughout the practice and qualifying sessions, which had been run in mixed conditions.
However with bright sunshine providing ideal conditions for the race itself, Stoner had taken an advantage of over a second by the end of the first lap, winning comfortably and admitting, “This feels really nice. I think when I won two in a row here nobody expected me to make it three but having done that I felt there was a lot of expectation on me today. Everything has gone well for us, we have been happy with the bike from the first practice and the support from the fans has been fantastic. I have to admit that before the race I was feeling the pressure, I was more nervous than I normally am but maybe I should be like that more often because I didn't make a single mistake! I am really happy with the way I rode today but every single person in the team has done a great job this weekend so my thanks go to them and I hope we can keep it going to the end of the season.”
Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha) rode a lonely race in second position as he finished almost ten seconds ahead of third-placed Valentino Rossi. For the Spaniard it was a 14th podium finish in his title-winning campaign in what was his 50th premier class start. The fight for third place went right down to the final lap as Fiat Yamaha man Rossi edged out Nicky Hayden in what was a fantastically close battle. The Ducati rider appeared to have got one over on his future team-mate with three laps to go when he overtook at Honda Hairpin, but Rossi returned the move at the same place on the final lap to beat the American to the final podium spot by a margin of just 0.038s.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Ben Spies achieved his eighth top-five finish of his maiden MotoGP campaign and with it secured Rookie of the Year, with fellow premier class debutant Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) just under three seconds further back in sixth position.There were top-ten finishes also for Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Aleix Espargaró (Pramac Racing), Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda). Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) was the only rider who failed to finish the race after he experienced technical problems early on.
Absent due to injuries were Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) – who rode in qualifying but opted not to race as he continues his recovery from a broken collarbone – and Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki), who sustained a groin injury in a qualifying session crash. The pair both expect to be fit to return at Estoril in a fortnight.
The result lifted Stoner into third in the Championship standings ahead of Rossi, and with the Italian and his Spanish team-mate’s podium finishes Fiat Yamaha also secured Fiat Yamaha the Team Championship for 2010 with two rounds remaining.
casey Stoner (Ducati Team) 1st - “This feels really nice. I think when I won two in a row here nobody expected me to make it three but having done that I felt there was a lot of expectation on me today. To be fair we have been going for the win at the last four races - unfortunately I slipped off on the first lap at Sepang but we've made up for that this weekend. Everything has gone well for us, we have been happy with the bike from the first practice and the support from the fans has been fantastic. I have to admit that before the race I was feeling the pressure, I was more nervous than I normally am but maybe I should be like that more often because I didn't make mistakes! I am really happy with the way I rode today but every single person in the team has done a great job this weekend so my thanks go to them and I hope we can keep it going to the end of the season.”
Jorge Lorenzo - Position: 2ndTime: +8.598 - "We knew Casey would be hard to beat today! I tried my best, riding as hard as I could at the start and occasionally it seemed like I was closing a little bit, but then on the next lap Casey would extend his lead again by a few tenths. I kept trying but I didn't have much hope and half way through I decided it was better not to take risks. I really enjoyed riding here and sliding a bit on my M1, it was fun but this was Casey's race today. It was good to be on the podium and now we are heading back and I have my first chance to go home to Mallorca as World Champion and to celebrate with my friends and family. Today we won the Teams' Title and this shows what a great season it has been for us all, with everyone working at the maximum."
Valentino Rossi - Position: 3rdTime: +17.997 - "To start eighth and finish third is not a bad result and, considering the trouble we had this weekend, we can be happy. Today Casey was riding in a different sport and I want to say congratulations to him - the podium was the maximum for us but it was still a hard fight to get there. We made some good changes to our set-up this morning and I knew I had a better chance, but we still lacked grip and the bike started to slide a lot after a bit. I had great fun with Nicky at the end because in some places he was faster than me and I really had to push, but the podium here is so important for me and I couldn't give it up easily. This is my 13th podium in 14 years racing at Phillip Island and I am very proud of this record. We have had three podiums in a row, including one win, and after this difficult season I am happy about this. Today we won the Team title and I am happy for us all and for Yamaha."
Nicky Hayden – (Ducati Team) 4th - “It was a good, hard battle in the sunshine and I am very disappointed to have lost. It would have been a lot cooler if it was for the win but fighting with Valentino Rossi for any position is never easy. We made a few changes to the bike today but this morning in the warm-up I ran off the track and we missed the opportunity to try them, so it took me a few laps just to get used to the bike. I have to say the team did a fantastic job because once I got going it felt great and I was able to recover the gap. I don't want to make excuses or be a cry baby and say 'maybe if I did this or that it would be different' because the bottom line is I got fourth, I got beaten. I feel down because this is a track I love, I felt good and to beat Rossi on the last lap would have been really good for me but I can't dress it up. I feel like I let the team down today because they gave me the bike to do the job but I didn't get it done.”
MotoGP Results: (27 laps = 120.096 km)
Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H / Gap
1 / Casey STONER / AUS / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 41'09.128 / 175.1 /
2 / Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Fiat Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 41'17.726 / 174.492 / 8.598
3 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Fiat Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 41'27.125 / 173.833 / 17.997
4 / Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 41'27.163 / 173.83 / 18.035
5 / Ben SPIES / USA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 41'31.339 / 173.539 / 22.211
6 / Marco SIMONCELLI / ITA / San Carlo Honda Gresini / HONDA / 41'34.145 / 173.344 / 25.017
7 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 41'44.296 / 172.641 / 35.168
8 / Aleix ESPARGARO / SPA / Pramac Racing Team / DUCATI / 41'55.322 / 171.884 / 46.194
9 / Marco MELANDRI / ITA / San Carlo Honda Gresini / HONDA / 41'55.422 / 171.877 / 46.294
10 / Randy DE PUNIET / FRA / LCR Honda MotoGP / HONDA / 42'08.763 / 170.971 / 59.635
11 / Mika KALLIO / FIN / Pramac Racing Team / DUCATI / 42'08.792 / 170.969 / 59.664
12 / Alvaro BAUTISTA / SPA / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 42'08.860 / 170.964 / 59.732
13 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / Interwetten Honda MotoGP / HONDA / 42'14.157 / 170.607 / 1'05.029
14 / Hector BARBERA / SPA / Paginas Amarillas Aspar / DUCATI / 42'14.181 / 170.605 / 1'05.053
Pole Position: Casey STONER 1'30.107 177.708 Km/h
Fastest Lap : Casey STONER 1'30.458 177.019 Km/h Lap 7
Circuit Record Lap: Nicky HAYDEN 1'30.059 177.803 Km/h 2009
Circuit Best Lap: Casey STONER 1'28.665 180.598 Km/h 2008
De Angelis Again in Moto2
The Moto2 race was a dream come true for the veteran Alex de Angelis. The San Marinese has had one of the most difficult seasons of his long career. The team he began the season with succumbed to financial pressures following the seventh race of the season in Catalunya. De Angelis then moved to the MotoGP class, where he rode in place of the injured Hiroshi Aoyama for two races. And when the series returned to Europe for his home race, the San Marino GP at Misano, de Angelis was thrown a lifeline by the JiR Moto2 team.
De Angelis showed early promise, but the results didn’t come until the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi where he finished fourth. That was followed by a second the next week in Malaysia. And he’s ended the three race flyaways with a win, the second of his career and his first since the final 250cc race of the 2006 season in Valencia.
Riding the JiR Moto2, Motobi, de Angelis battled early with Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team, Suter) and Fimmco Speed Up’s Andrea Iannone (Speed Up) before taking the lead on the the 16th of 25 laps when Iannone slipped up in Siberia, allowing de Angelis and Redding through. Iannone was having tire troubles, but was able to consolidate third, while Redding chased de Angelis in vain.
De Angelis padded his lead over the final three laps to win by 2.172 secs. Redding was second, .802 secs. back. Still, it was the 17-year-old Brit’s career best Moto2 finish. Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) had wrapped up the title last week in Malaysia, but the spots behind are up for grabs. Fourth place finisher Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter) now has 181 points to 179 for Iannone.
Now, after three races in three weeks on two continents, the teams fly home to their European bases for a weekend off before the final two races of the year in Estoril and Valencia.
Moto2 Results: (25 laps = 111.2 km)
Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H / Gap
1 / Alex DE ANGELIS / RSM / JIR Moto2 / MOTOBI / 39'51.102 / 167.42 /
2 / Scott REDDING / GBR / Marc VDS Racing Team / SUTER / 39'53.274 / 167.268 / 2.172
3 / Andrea IANNONE / ITA / Fimmco Speed Up / SPEED UP / 39'54.076 / 167.212 / 2.974
4 / Julian SIMON / SPA / Mapfre Aspar Team / SUTER / 40'01.446 / 166.699 / 10.344
5 / Stefan BRADL / GER / Viessmann Kiefer Racing / SUTER / 40'01.719 / 166.68 / 10.617
6 / Mike DI MEGLIO / FRA / Mapfre Aspar Team / SUTER / 40'08.949 / 166.18 / 17.847
7 / Toni ELIAS / SPA / Gresini Racing Moto2 / MORIWAKI / 40'18.247 / 165.541 / 27.145
8 / Simone CORSI / ITA / JIR Moto2 / MOTOBI / 40'18.351 / 165.534 / 27.249
9 / Alex DEBON / SPA / Aeroport de Castello - Ajo / FTR / 40'18.500 / 165.524 / 27.398
10 / Karel ABRAHAM / CZE / Cardion AB Motoracing / FTR / 40'18.768 / 165.505 / 27.666
11 / Thomas LUTHI / SWI / Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 / MORIWAKI / 40'18.779 / 165.504 / 27.677
12 / Fonsi NIETO / SPA / Holiday Gym G22 / MORIWAKI / 40'18.953 / 165.493 / 27.851
13 / Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Technomag-CIP / SUTER / 40'19.435 / 165.46 / 28.333
14 / Axel PONS / SPA / Tenerife 40 Pons / PONS KALEX / 40'19.540 / 165.452 / 28.438
15 / Claudio CORTI / ITA / Forward Racing / SUTER / 40'19.599 / 165.448 / 28.497
Pole Position: Alex DE ANGELIS 1'35.148 168.293 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record) : Andrea IANNONE 1'34.771 168.963 Km/h Lap 2
Circuit Record Lap: New category
Circuit Best Lap: Andrea IANNONE 1'34.771 168.963 Km/h 2010
World Championship Positions:
1 ELIAS 271, 2 SIMON 181, 3 IANNONE 179, 4 LUTHI 143, 5 CORSI 127, 6 CLUZEL 101,
7 TALMACSI 95, 8 TAKAHASHI 86, 9 TOMIZAWA 82, 10 REDDING 78, 11 ROLFO 75,
12 BRADL 72, 13 DEBON 70, 14 DE ANGELIS 69, 15 ABRAHAM 65.
The all new 2011 200hp Kawasaki ZX10R
Intermot, Germany, October 5th - Featuring a new engine, new frame and new suspension, Kawasaki’s newest litrebike flagship represents the first complete redesign since the Ninja ZX-10R’s debut in 2004, and offers a significant jump in base performance. New features like Kawasaki’s new race-type traction control system (S-KTRC) and supersport-grade ABS (KIBS) are there to assist riders explore the limit.From stock Titanium race headers, traction contol and anti-lock brakes, a slipper clutch, to even an Ohlins steering damper, this is the highest spec Superbike to appear on the scene. The new engine produces 200.1 hp on a static dyno without the advantage of it's ram air, making this the most powerful production litre bike in the world, the perfect weapon for Paul Bird Team Kawasaki to base its assault with a vengence on the 2011 World Superbike Championship.
Taylor Momsen gets Pretty Reckless
She's the next big thing. Most of America still knows her as sweet young long legged Jenny Humphry on the prime time TV soap Gossip Girl. But in the last year actress Taylor Momsen turned 15 to 17 years old (going on 25) and emerged from her jail bait caccoon as a catapiller turned vampire bat - the sexiest rock diva ever. Taylor tops Madonna and Avril LaVigne in raunch, sex and beauty with songs like "Going Down" and "Make Me Wanna Die" while perfoming in bra, panties and garters. She also can sing! In interviews she talks about dating older guys, masterbating with her vibrator, and likes to say "fuck" a lot. We got to meet her this past summer when she performed on the Vans Warped Tour, performing at one concert with a Tampon string hanging from her panties the entire show. OMG. Check our her R-rated videos on YouTube.com and order her full 12-song Album "Light Me Up" recently released in England and is now available here in the colonies on Amazon.com by clicking left. Fuck yea!
Below: Our fearless editor stalks Taylor at the recent Vans Warped Tour where she leans in to give us a kiss,
and her body guards (aka Band Members) close in for the kill.
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Max Biaggi does Aprilia
for Two More Years
The duo which dominated the 2010 world SBK championship is reconfirmed.
Noale, 18 October 2010 – Aprilia Racing and Max Biaggi sealed the contract which ties the 2010 World Superbike Champion to Aprilia for 2011-2012, the brand which fist saw him triumph at his début in the 250 Moto GP class.
Thanks to this agreement, which is valid for two years, Max Biaggi and Aprilia will be able to team up together to defend the Rider and Manufacturer titles earned this year.
In fact, 2010 was an extraordinary year in sport for the Biaggi-Aprilia duo in World SBK: ten victories, four double wins and another four podiums led the five time champion to take the rider world championship (the first Italian in motorcycling history) and Aprilia to its first triumph in the WSBK Manufacturer standings.
With confirmation of the Biaggi-Aprilia association, one of the most victorious pairs in sports history is renewed: Max boasts five world championships in a record time frame, considering the fact that sixteen years have passed since his first 250 world championship and this year's SBK title. Aprilia boasts a collection of 45 world titles and, with 277 victories in GP, it is the most victorious name in the history of MotoGP.
"I'm obviously very happy to be continuing this winning adventure in World SBK with Aprilia" stated Max Biaggi. "After an exciting but tiring season, after many years of racing and many victories, it was only natural and right to stop and think, to reflect on such an important future commitment. And in my considerations a very decisive factor was, as it was at the beginning of this adventure with Aprilia, the fact that I feel so close to a team and a company which is so capable and so focussed on the sports objective. Now we need to prepare as best as we can for next season. We are well aware that we cannot rest on our laurels and that we will be in all of our rivals' sights. But now I am also sure that we will be highly motivated at the start of the first race, with a bike which I have brought up and which I did not want to abandon, ready to die hard... extremely hard".
Management changes see BMW Motorrad sets its course for the future in the FIM Superbike World Championship.
Munich/Stephanskirchen, 12th October 2010. BMW Motorrad Motorsport is heading into
the future with a new management structure. Bernhard Gobmeier will replace Berthold
Hauser as BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director with immediate effect. The move comestwo weeks after BMW Motorrad and Team Manager Davide Tardozzi agreed to part
company by mutual consent. Gobmeier will be responsible for all BMW Motorrad Motorsport activities, including the company's factory involvement in the Superbike World Championship.
It is rumored that Tardozi, former Ducati Corse team manager for many years, may be taking over as team manager at the Yamaha World Superbike team based out of Monza, Italy. We spoke to Davide last May at Miller WSB and he told us, that while working at BMW in Germany, he was still commuting home on non race weekends to be with his family at their home back in Italy. The move to Yamaha in Monza will alow Davide to spend more time back at home with his family.
"I'm pleased to announce this fundamental realignment," says Hendrik von Kuenheim,
General Director of BMW Motorrad. "The new structure puts BMW Motorrad Motorsport
in extremely good shape to meet the challenges of the future. Bernhard Gobmeier has
filled a variety of roles within the BMW Group over the years and brings his experience in
motor sport to the job. I'm in no doubt that he will continue to take BMW Motorrad
Motorsport forwards with his analytical and structured approach. He will bring himself up to speed with the current situation as quickly as possible and put the necessary
measures in place."
And von Kuenheim continues: "I would like to thank Berthold Hauser for all his good work
over recent years. He can look back on some impressive successes in his career as BMW
Motorrad Motorsport Director. Under his leadership Richard Sainct won the Paris-Dakar
Rally in 1999 and 2000 as BMW Motorrad made its return to the event. And Berthold
Hauser was also responsible for the team's successful start to life in the Superbike World
Championship and its first podium finishes. He will continue to perform a managerial role
for BMW Motorrad."
New BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Gobmeier, adds: "I'm looking forward to taking
on this new challenge in a top-class race series with a professional racing team and two
strong riders. Our aim is clear: to build consistently on the positive foundations which
Berthold Hauser and his team have put in place over recent years, so that we can be in a
position to win races on merit as soon as possible."
Gobmeier, a qualified engineer, has worked for BMW AG for more than 16 years, during
which time he has performed a variety of roles. In 1994 and 1995 he was responsible for
overhauling the company's sales activities for BMW M vehicles in North America and
restructuring its racing activities in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) with the BMW
M3 GT. The native Bavarian then filled various management positions within BMW M
GmbH between 1996 and 2008, before taking over as head of chassis development at
BMW Motorrad in 2008.
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Michel Fabrizio Returns to Alstare Suzuki for the 2010 World Superbike Championship
With the departure of the Ducati Corse Superbike team from World Superbike, and Alstare's loss of Leon Haslem to BMW because of its reduced budget from Suzuki of Jpan, Alstare Suzuki has annunced they have signed Michel Ffabrizio for the coming season....
October 9th - Former Alstare rider Michel Fabrizio has rejoined the team and will spearhead their attack on the 2011 Superbike World Championship next year. Michel is no stranger, having raced for Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra in the 2003 European Superstock Championship, taking four wins and winning the title in the process. Most of the mechanics he worked with then are still with the team these days, so his first outing, during the Magny-Cours tests last week, saw him slip easily into place and start working well straightaway. The tests were hampered by poor weather on the first day, but day two saw sunshine, a dry track and rapidly falling lap times. Considering that Michel has spent the last three seasons riding a twin cylinder bike, he was soon comfortably into the groove on Suzuki Alstare’s 2010 GSX-R1000 and left the French track pleased with his first ride on a four cylinder Superbike since 2007.
Michel - “I am very happy with how the tests went at Magny-Cours last week, even though the weather was not so good on the first day. I am a bit surprised how easily I got used to the Suzuki Alstare bike after three years of riding a twin. A twin requires a completely different style to a four, so to jump onto a four and get comfortable so soon is a very good sign. Having known the team from before obviously helped and soon I felt as if I had never been away. My first impressions of the bike are that it feels strong and can be a title contender. Leon showed that this year, so I am looking forward to more tests and then racing it. This championship is very hard and competitive and you have to be on your game all the time. But, I know I have a good team behind me and I think we can have a very good season next year.”
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FIM Superbike World Championship 2011 Provisional Calendar
February 27 Australia
March 27 Europe
April 17 The Netherlands
May 8 Italy
May 30 (Monday) United States
Miller Motorsport Park
June 12 San Marino
June 19 Spain
July 10 Czech Republic
July 31 Great Britain
September 4 Germany
September 25 Italy
October 2 France
October 16 Portugal
2011 Provisional MotoGP calendar announced
The provisional calendar features the GP of Aragon again following a successful visit there this year.
March 20 - Qatar – Doha Losail (Evening race)
April 3 - Spain - Jerez de la Frontera
April 24 - Japan - Motegi
May 1 - Portugal - Estoril
May 15 - France - Le Mans
June 5 - Catalunya - Catalunya
June 12 - Great Britain - Silverstone
June 25 - Netherlands - Assen (Saturday Race)
July 3 - Italy - Mugello
July 17 - Germany - Sachsenring
July 24 - United States - Laguna Seca (Only MotoGP class)
August 14 - Czech Rep. - Brno
August 28 - Indianapolis - Indianapolis
September 4 - San Marino and Riviera di Rimini - Misano
September 18 - Aragon - Motorland Aragon
October 16 - Australia - Phillip Island
October 23 - Malaysia - Sepang
November 6 - Valencia - Ricardo Tormo – Valencia
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Althea Gears Up as Ducati's Official Suport Team in 2011 World Superbike
Oct 14th - With a couple of weeks to go before several World Superbike teams begin testing at Motorland Aragon, the Althea Racing Team is starting preparations for next season with a first taste of the Spanish track. Following the withdrawal of the factory squad, Althea Racing has become Ducati's de facto representation in the championship and the team run by Genesio Bevilacqua will be aiming to be one of the contenders for the 2011 title, with rider Carlos Checa.
The three-day Aragon test will be a first opportunity to face up to next year's rivals and the Italian entrepreneur and General Manager of the team is already relishing the challenge. "We will be going to Aragon with a package that is already competitive and together with Carlos we will be pushing forward in the development work we began in 2010," declared Bevilacqua. "Taking to the track as an ‘official' team doesn't worry us at all, because over the past season we showed on a number of occasions that we could compete with the top teams and third overall in the championship is clear evidence of that. It is obvious that we will have to work hard to keep up with our rivals, but we are ready and can't wait to begin this new adventure".
Carlos Checa will be testing on his ‘home' track and this may be extra stimulus for the Spaniard to do well on his first pre-2011 season test. A good result will also show once again that the rider from San Fruitos and the Italian Ducati team have reached a good level of feeling together. "It will be an extra stimulus for him to do well," continued Bevilacqua, "because all eyes will be on him. As always we will try and make available the best possible bike for him thanks also to direct support from Ducati".
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