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Milan, Italy November 8-12th, 2011 - When it comes to beautiful models, be it exciting new motorcycles or the long legged female type, nothing can top the annual fall International Motorcycle Show called EICMA for short, the world's biggest bike event now held regularly in Milan, Italy. All the manufacturers use EICMA to premier their latest prototypes and production machines. The first 3 days are trade days devoted to the Media and Dealers, then the doors are swung open for the general public on the weekend. Attendance is around half a million people taking in three huge exhibit halls that can take 2-3 days just to walk and cover thoroughly.      More 2011 EICMA Coverage and Photos HERE and HERE

Ducati 1199S Penigale

The new Ducati 1199 Penigale 5th genertion Superbike was the hit of EICMA 2011, as were the Ducati girls.

Where American motorcycle manufacturers feel it's exploitive to women and open to sexual harassment lawsuits to have an attractive spokes model in sexy evening wear showcasing your products, in Europe and the rest of the world it is common practice to help get noticed and photographed. And in our case it certainly does work. While here in America, the Advanstar International Motorcycle Show tour also kicks off this month across America with boring displays of some of thr same bikes you're seeing here, but without any beautiful spokes models.

Above, What better reason to love scooters?

Ducati 199 TriColore

Ducati's all new 1199 Panigale Superbike
The most high tech, most powerful twin-cylinder production engine on the planet is now an integral part of an innovative monocoque chassis that combine to deliver anastonishing 195hp from 164kg (361.5lb) of futuristic Italian thoroughbred. The highest production motorcycle power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios in the world are fitting trophies for the incredible results that Ducati have achieved. Bred for the track and trained for the road, priced at $17,995(USD) for the standard version, $22,995(USD) for the “S” version, $23,995(USD) for “S” version with ABS and $27,995(USD) for the Italian heritage-inspired Tricolore version, the new 1199 Panigale is a true revolution of the species destined to influence the entire sportbike environment. We're hoping the TriColore comes with the $3,499 Termignoni Titanium Racing Exhaust System in the crate to justify the $4,000 bump in price for more than just the paint job.

Complete Ducati 1199 Panigale Feature Coverage HERE

Even more to our liking, shown above, is the Ducati Cose accessorized 1199S stripped down for track duty. The only two options are the $3,499 Termignoni Titanium Racing Exhaust System which ads a 5% power increase / 8 lb weight reduction and the $999 Corse Racing Foot Controls. The massive new Pirelli Diabalo Super Corse 200/40x17 rear Supersport slick rear tire. Suprising (or not) this Corse track bike deleates the new electronic adjustable suspension found on the new 1199S-model. Aluminum is now standard for the fuel tank on all the Panigale models. You're looking at production bike that can beat Carlos Checa's World Championship winning190hp 2011 Althea Ducati 1198RS race bike also on display at EICMA, shown below.

Carlos Chca Ducati 1198RS World Superike.

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Pirelli Supercorse tire


World premiere of the latest member of the Diablo family at the first flagship Pzero Moda Store
Initially produced in 120/70ZR17 front and 200/55ZR17 rear sizes, the tyre will be available in both the compound version,
to be showcased during the 2012 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, as well as the race replica road going version

Milan (Italy), November 8th 2011 – Pirelli announces the world premiere of the new Diablo Supercorsa, the Italian maker’s new tyre perfect for professional riders and motorcyclists who have a sporty riding style but love the racetrack as well. The newest member of the Diablo family is being
presented in occasion of EICMA 2011 at the first flagship PZero Moda store opened this past September on the famed Corso Venezia in Milan. The Diablo Supercorsa will be initially produced in the 120/70ZR17 front and 200/55ZR17 rear and will be used in 2012 in the SC (Special Compound) version only by the riders of the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup and these same sizes will also be available in an SP (Sport Production) race replica version suitable for daily use on the road.

Pirelli will progressively introduce this new tyre, first in the racing world with the release of the compound version that will be used in the FIM Superstock 1000 FIM Cup starting next year and then to expand the available range at the end of 2012, introducing a broader range of racing sizes to
extend use of the new tyre in various national championships where Pirelli now competes. Finally in early 2013, the road going race replica version will be made available in the common 180/55, 190/55 and 190/50 size for the rear.

The street version of the Diablo Supercorsa (SP) is a concentration of technology taken from the experience and racing heritage acquired by Pirelli in its role as sole supplier of the Superbike World Championship since 2004 and is a tyre for street use which offers performances typical of racing products for exclusive use on track, allowing the user a unique ultra-high performance product that can be used on the street or the track without the need to compromise.

First showcasing this tyre and its excellent qualities is Ducati who, also due to the close collaboration with Pirelli’s research and development center, has already selected the new Diablo Supercorsa in its street version (SP) to equip its all-new 1199 Panigale, adopting the same measures of the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup (120/70 and 200/55).

The new Diablo Supercorsa, compared to the previous version, has a rear profile calibrated with approximately 2 mm more side edge and 4 mm more diameter in the center for increased support under braking and to make riding more intuitive and precise in maintaining the line. The rear tyre has
been completely revamped and improved upon in order to increase contact area, grip, the speed of lean-in and handling overall.

The structures and compounds of the Diablo Supercorsa, derived from its predecessor’s use in WSBK racing activities, optimize the performances instilled by the profiles. In particular, the 200/55ZR17 rear tyre is built with a high modulus carcass and features a dual-compound tread using new polymers to offer quick warm-up and a solid grip in all conditions. The result of this match between the two new profiles of the front and rear is an increased handling and agility overall. The new dual-compound tread pattern of the race replica version is characterized by long longitudinal grooves which begin at the central area of the profile and reach the tyre shoulder to ensure the regularity of wear even during more severe use. The shoulder of the tyre remains 'naked', a distinctive line of Diablo, for sport use on the road which demands maximum grip.

Beyond these technological characteristics pointed out above, the new Diablo Supercorsa SP does not compromise the customizable ultra-modern and timeless look that has characterized the latest products presented in Pirelli’s Diablo range. The new Supercorsa also permits tyre customization
through the application of special labels to dedicated areas on the sidewalls of the front and rear tyres made to accommodate the labels, which anyone can freely create on Pirelli’s website and have shipped directly their home (service currently available in Europe and Australia).

2011 MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner2011 MotoGP World Champions and Valencia race winner Casy Stoner and the Repsol Honda RC211V.

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Stoner drag races Spies to the Finish Line at Valencia MotoGP Season Finale
Valencia, Spain, Sunday Nov 6t, 2011
- Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda, won the last 800cc formula race at the Valencia, Spain, Ricardo Tormo circuit at the final round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship, blasting out of the final corner in 2nd place to narrowly beat American Ben Spies, Yamaha, at the finish line by less than a foot, just .015 of a second. Casey started from pole position and pulled a huge 10 second lead mid-way through the race before backing off, then a light rain fall in the closing laps allowed Spies to move up from 4th and take the race lead for the final two laps before Stoner re passed him at the finish. Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda RC212V, did everything he could to fight off team mate Dani Pedrosa and clinch 3rd in the Championship to prove to Honda they made the wrong decision in letting him go, over Pedrosa - as Dovizioso no changes teams to ride a Yamaha in 2012. Complete Valenica MotoGP covere HERE

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October 2011 - Brough Superior motorcycles have always been considered the most likely long term investments for collectors, and after decades of waiting, it's finally beginning to happen. When Brough Superiors sold new in the twenties and thirties, they cost more than the average house (US$400,000 + in today's currency) and though relatively plentiful in comparison to most bikes on the list of the most expensive motorcycles sold.

They now populate the curret Collector's list with Broughs being among the most the most expensive motorcycles everever, four of the top 12 highest prices ever paid. Last year, a Brough Superior SS100 sold in the U.K. and set a then world auction record of GBP286,000 (US$450,188).

In perhaps the greatest testimony to the outstanding 80 year-old design of the Brough Superior, the marque is again in production, with better-than-new replicas being built by a group in Australia and listed at US $150,000 each. The first new production model, however, is being listed on the Builtwell Shop, a new clothing store for men, is offering the $250,000 Brough Superior motorcycle for sale via its website. The current waiting list for the new reproductions extends into year 2013. For more information visit: Holidsy Greeting Cards

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Suzuki Suspends MotoGP Participation for 2012
Nov 18, 2011 - Suzuki Motor Corporation has decided to suspend temporarily its participation in FIM Road Racing Grand Prix MotoGP from 2012.

This suspension is to cope with tough circumstances mainly caused by the prolonged recession in developed countries, a historical appreciation of Japanese Yen and repeated natural disasters

Having an eye to returning to MotoGP in 2014, Suzuki will now focus on developing a competitive new racing machine for that class.

Suzuki will continue motocross racing activity and support of road racing activities using mass-produced motorcycles, by obtaining FIM homologation and co-operation with the supplier of its development racing kit parts.

Suzuki is actually increasing its presence in 2012 World Superbike Champion with the arrival of the Cresent Suzuki team from the British Superbike Championship with riders John Hopkins and Leon Camier, a nd additional team support provided by Yoshimura Suzuki of Japan.
This will make up for the departure from WSBK of Francis Bata's Alstare Suzuki team which had downsized with sole rider Michele Labrizio in 2011.

Game over for the U.S. Grand Prix and the Circuit of the Americas
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, will go down as the day when the racing died in Austin, Texas. The 2012 Formula One United States Grand Prix and 2013 Motorcycle MotoGP at the track that would host it, the Circuit of the Americas, were dealt a one-two punch that seems unsurvivable--though neither the race nor the track has formally been pronounced dead.
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Loris Capirossi appointed in advisory role to MotoGP World Championship
Nov 14th - Loris Capirossi has been appointed in an advisory role to assist the with matters of safety of in the MotoGP World Championship.

After a 22-year Grand Prix career in which the Italian rider started 328 races, won three titles and finished on the podium 99 times, Dorna Sports is delighted to be able to call upon Capirossi’s extensive experience and knowledge as a former rider who has competed in the 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and MotoGP categories.

With an exciting new chapter in the history of the World Championship commencing with the introduction of the 1000cc capacity machines, the new CRT rules and the new Moto3 category for the 2012 season, Capirossi’s insight will provide a highly valuable input as MotoGP welcomes important and significant changes to the sport.
Calling upon his understanding of the needs and requirements of riders and his vast experience of a range of different machines, Loris Capirossi will offer the MotoGP World Championship advice on matters relating to safety, the new regulations, the competition in general and the homologation of new tracks.
In recognition of Capirossi’s outstanding contribution to the sport throughout his career, Dorna has also made the request to the FIM that his number 65 be retired from use in the MotoGP World Championship.

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Pedrosa quickest at Valencia Test as Bautista makes Honda debut
Wednesday Nov 9th, Valencia Circuit - The Official two-day MotoGP Test at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia concluded on Wednesday, with Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner fastest on their factory Hondas. The Test also saw Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso wrapping up their first rides of the 2012 Yamaha M1, Valentino Rossi trying out an experimental Desmosedici GP12, Álvaro Bautista testing the 800cc RC212V and a range of CRT bikes on track.

Repsol Honda riders Pedrosa and Stoner were the pace men, the Spaniard recording the best lap of 1’31.807 in the morning with his Australian team-mate 0.161s behind with his best effort. The two were the only riders under 1’32” as they worked on a chatter issue encountered on Tuesday, and HRC Test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi supplemented their feedback on a third machine.

Ben Spies managed to get within half-a-second of the top time, as the American shouldered the Yamaha Factory Racing workload. Spies rode 75 laps on Wednesday to add to the 73 he did on Tuesday, focusing on a new engine specification and electronics.

Dovizioso completed his first Test on a Yamaha, riding the 2012 M1 on Wednesday alongside new team-mate Crutchlow. The Italian concentrated on getting himself comfortable on a new machine as Crutchlow and his crew set about correcting a wheelie issue, and the Brit was the last rider to get within a second of Pedrosa.

The Ducati Team made progress with Rossi and Test rider Franco Battaini, the latter riding Nicky Hayden’s bike after the American injured a wrist in Sunday’s race. Rossi continued to work on adapting to the new Desmosedici chassis, an experimental frame which will be further adapted according to the feedback gained here for the next test at Sepang.

As well as on-track testing there were off-track negotiations taking place too, and Bautista put pen to paper on a deal with the San Carlo Honda Gresini team for 2012 on Wednesday. Eager to start work immediately he headed out on the RC212V which Hiroshi Aoyama ended the 2011 season with, and by the end of the day had completed 55 laps.

Another rider on this year’s Honda was Stefan Bradl, and the German Moto2 Champion put in another solid day’s work on the LCR team’s machine, with a decision on his future still to be made.

Héctor Barberá concluded his first Test with his new Pramac Racing team satisfied with the improvements made to the Desmosedici, likewise Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) was out on the GP12.

The CRT progress continued too with Carmelo Morales leading the way on the Team Laglisse’s BMW/Suter machine. Iván Silva and the Inmotec project were also on track, as was Moto2 rider Yonny Hernández with BQR’s FTR/Kawasaki. The session was briefly red flagged just before 2pm local time when Gapam’s Federico Sandi crashed, but action resumed shortly after with the Italian escaping any harm.
All CRT machines, along with the 1000cc prototypes on track, tested Bridgestone’s 2012 compounds too, with positive feedback.

Nicky Hayden undergoes wrist surgery
Tuesday Nov 15 2011 - Ducati Team rider Nicky Hayden underwent surgery on Monday, 14 November,  to speed up the healing process on his right wrist, which was injured in a crash at the November 7 Valencia Grand Prix. During the operation, which was carried out at the Fremont Sports Therapy and Surgery Center in Fremont, California, USA, Dr. Arthur Ting placed a small screw in Hayden’s fractured scaphoid. The radial styloid, which is also fractured, was not treated.

“Everything went pretty smoothly,” Hayden said shortly after the operation. “The scaphoid is a slow-healing bone, so you don’t want to wait, only to find out in January that it’s not healing correctly. I’m happy to get it fixed right so that I’ll be ready to go when I need to be.”
After wearing a brace and using a bone stimulator for four weeks, Hayden will have his wrist X-rayed again to assess its status. He is confident of being at full fitness before his return to the track for the first day of the 2012 testing season on January 31 in Sepang, Malaysia.

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Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki returns to British Superbike with Shane Byre and Stewart Eastman
09 November 2011
Paul Bird Motorsport have signalled their intentions of a winning return to the prestigious MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with the signing of Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne and Stuart Easton for the 2012 season.

The Cumbria-based team has spent the past four seasons in the World Superbike Championship but prior to that has won four British Championship titles, two of which came courtesy of Kent rider Byrne and Scotsman Easton, so by signing the two riders, Penrith businessman Paul Bird has assembled his ‘dream team’ for a concerted assault on the title.

Double British Superbike champion Byrne, from Sittingbourne, and former British Supersport champion Easton, from Hawick, will be aboard factory-specification Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R machines for the series as part of an ambitious plan which will see the team also field a CRT (Claiming Rules Team) rider in MotoGP.

Byrne, who won the 2003 BSB title aboard a Ducati for the PBM team and Easton, who claimed the 2002 British Supersport Championship also aboard a Ducati, will be looking for a winning return for certain. Byrne also raced a Honda for the PBM team in 2007, winning at Mallory Park in the process whereas Easton raced 125s and 250s in his early career for the team.

This year, Byrne led the series for much of the year but missed out in the Showdown races and despite a double win at Brands Hatch in the final round, he finished third whereas Easton was showing true championship potential when he was injured at the North West 200 and missed the rest of the season as a result.

Shane Byrne - “It’s a bit like coming home as this will be the third time I’ll have ridden for Paul and it’s quite funny as you spend five minutes with the team and it’s as if you’ve never been away!

The team always puts out competitive bikes and the Kawasaki will be a major threat I reckon. You know Paul wouldn’t be coming back to BSB if he didn’t think he could win it so I think we’ll have a real good shot at the title.”

Stuart Easton - “My injuries are healing well and everything should be sorted in time for me to start testing with the team as planned. It’s great to be back with PBM and I appreciate the support they have given me this year whilst I was out.

We have enjoyed so much success together in the past, I’m really looking forward to this challenge and if we can replicate that it will be great.”

Paul Bird, Team Owner - “When we decided to return to British Superbikes, signing both Shakey and Stuart was always the plan and I’m delighted they’ve come on board with us. We’ve won British championships as well as World championship races together and for me it’s my dream team.

We have proved that the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is a fantastic bike and have won on it at BSB in 2010 so we know what we need to do. I promised Stuart a deal straight after his crash and he’ll be back to full fitness very soon and with Shakey keen to make up for missing out this year, we are ideally placed.

John Hopkins Signs for Cresent Suzuki in 2012 World Superbike
Team Suzuki Press Office, November 19th - Crescent Suzuki has retained the services of Californian John Hopkins for 2012, as he completes the two-man line-up for the team's World Superbike challenge.

Hopkins competed in the British Superbike championship for the UK based Crescent team in 2011 and has now put pen to paper to link-up with the team once again on the world stage.

Hailing from Ramona in California, but with English parents, Hopkins is still recovering in America, following surgery on a finger he damaged at Brno in the Czech Republic earlier this season whilst on MotoGP duty, but will be totally fit and focused in time for pre-season testing next year. He had a successful first season with the Crescent Suzuki team, narrowly missing out on the BSB championship at the last race of the year and he will now relish the chance to compete against the world's best Superbike racers on circuits where he has plenty of experience.

Hopkins will be joined at Crescent Suzuki by former BSB champion Leon Camier, whose addition to the team was announced last month. Camier will begin testing the Crescent Suzuki 'Powered by Yoshimura' GSX-R1000 at Portimao in Portugal later this month, with Hopkins joining him in the tests in early 2012. The first race of next year's calendar is scheduled for Sunday 26th February at Phillip Island in Australia.

John Hopkins: - "I am really happy to be joining up with the Crescent guys again. We had a great year in British Superbike and I'm sure we can continue that in WSB. I wanted to get back into world championship racing and this is a natural progression from last year. The difference this time is that I will be going to tracks that I already know and have some reference from, so that should make some things a bit easier.

"I know it's going to be a big step, but with some big technical advances and Yoshimura on board, I'm sure the bike will be fully competitive. It will be great to work with Lez Pearson again, as we built up a strong relationship and his understanding of the way the bike works will be invaluable next year.

"I'm also looking forward to riding with Leon. I'm sure he'll be strong next year and will be a difficult team-mate to beat and also one who will push me to the limit.

"I want to say thanks to Paul, Martyn, Jack and everyone at Crescent Suzuki for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. I can't wait to get on the bike and see what we can do. I know it's not going to be an easy task by any means, but I have every intention of going out and trying to earn my first ever world championship for myself and the team. I'll be doing everything in my power to make it happen."

Jack Valentine - Team Manager:
 "It's great to have John back onboard for next year and a real boost for the whole team that he has chosen to ride for us. He is a class act, not only for Crescent Suzuki, but for the whole Superbike series as well. The crowds will love him.

"I enjoyed working with him this year and, although he rode in the last three events with a severely injured finger, he only just missed out on the championship. That is history now and I look forward to continuing the relationship and building on what we achieved this year. I'm sure with what he learnt in BSB, and his experience on the tracks we will visit next year, that he will be able to get some spectacular results.

"I know he's really fired up for this and I'm looking forward to some exciting times. I cannot wait to see him and Leon out there next year."

Yoshimura of Japan backs Cresent Suzuki in World Superbike
Team Suzuki Press Office - November 16. - Crescent Suzuki is pleased to announce a collaboration with Yoshimura that will see the Japanese tuning company supporting the team as it enters its first year of World Superbike action.

Yoshimura will build, supply and develop the engines for the Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 that will participate in the 2012 World Superbike Championship, as well as supplying bespoke race performance exhausts. The Yoshimura engineers have already spent some time at the Crescent race headquarters in Verwood and evaluated the development that Chief Engineer Lez Pearson and his team have already made with the 2011 GSX-R engine. The Japanese company will work alongside Crescent to develop the motors further and make them as competitive as possible in time for the start of the 2012 season.

Yoshimura has an enviable record in the world of motorcycle racing and tuning. The company was started in 1954 by Hideo 'Pops' Yoshimura in Japan, followed by the opening of a tuning shop in North Hollywood, America in 1971. The work ethic and dedication installed into the company from day one by Pops still holds strong today and has seen Yoshimura have success in MotoGP, WSB and many national championships as well as in the world of motocross and supercross racing. Pops passed away in 1995, but his legacy will live forever in the history of motorcycle competition and it is that spirit and drive that Crescent Suzuki will now be a part of for its attack on the World Superbike series next year.

Crescent Suzuki SBK - powered by Yoshimura - will begin testing later this month with Leon Camier who was recently named as the first racer to join the team. His team-mate will be announced soon, as will further sponsorship and partner agreements. The 2012 World Superbike championship kicks off at Phillip Island in Australia in February.

Fujio Yoshimura - Owner, Yoshimura Japan: - "We at Yoshimura greatly appreciate this collaboration and it will be our highest priority. Thanks to Paul and Crescent Suzuki for trusting our engine tuning capabilities and our passion towards competing at the front of the 2012 WSBK Championship Series. We believe Crescent Suzuki has a record of structuring the best racing team in the BSB championship series, with very dedicated technical and supportive team members presenting the most competitive machinery and riders at all races. We hope that the partnership between Yoshimura and Crescent Suzuki will be the most perfectly matched racing team on the WSBK circuits!"

Paul Denning - Crescent Suzuki Team Principal: - "When Fujio and Yohei came to see me at the Japanese Grand Prix to discuss this partnership, it was clear that their passion and enthusiasm to work with Crescent Suzuki on the global stage was genuine and something they felt strongly about. For us as a team it is a significant level of assistance and a substantial boost to our performance potential. The Yoshimura company was built on engineering the best possible performance from engines and exhaust systems, and that principle has never changed. It is also very pleasing that the whole attitude to the project is of open communication and using the best combination of Yoshimura's own concepts and ideas and those which already exist in the Crescent developed engine.

"Yoshimura is a global household name in the motorcycle industry and we are very proud that they have shown such trust in the Crescent Suzuki World Superbike team to partner us so closely, and for us to uphold their honour on the world stage."

Jack Valentine - Team Manager: - "I'm very excited with the 'Powered by Yoshimura' partnership for next year and after spending time with Fujio, Yohei and the Yoshimura team both in Portimao and at the Crescent workshops, I can see they share the same passion and vision as our team. With that in mind it should make for a formidable partnership in SBK 2012." Pit Lane News

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2011 Superbike World Championship
Season Preview

Click Date for Race Report
Feb 27    Phillip Island AUS

Mar 27    European Round
               Donnington Park GB
April 17   Assen Netherlands
May 8     Italy Monza
May 30   Miller USA
June 12  Misano San Marino
June 19  Motorland Aragon SP
July 10   Brno Czech Republic
July 31   Silverstone GB
Sept 4    Nurburgring Germany
Sept 25  Imola Italy
Oct 2      Magny Cours France
Oct 16    Portimao Portugal

2012 Superbike World Championship
Season Preview

Click Date for Race Report
Feb 26      Phillip Island AUS
April 1       Italy Imola
April 22     Assen Netherlands
May 6       Italy Monza
May 13     Donnington, GB
May 28     Miller USA
June 10   Misano San Marino
July 1       Motorland Aragon SP
July 22     Brno Czech Republic
Aug 5      Silverstone GB
Aug 26    Moscow Raceway RF
Sept 9     Nurburgring Germany
Sept 23   Portimao Portugal
Oct 7       Magny Cours France

All Rounds include Superbike    and 600cc Superstock except    Miller USA is Superbike only
European rounds also Include    1000cc Superstock
    exception Donnington

2011 MotoGP
Click Date for Race Report
Mar 20 -    Qatar – Doha Losail
April 3 -     Spain, Jerez Frontera
May 1 -     Portugal, Estoril
May 15 -   France, Le Mans
June 5 -   Catalunya, Catalunya
June 12 - UK, Silverstone
June 25 - Netherlands, Assen                (Saturday Race)
July 3 -    Italy, Mugello
July 17 - Germany,Sachsenring
July 24 - USA, Laguna Seca               (Only MotoGP class)
Aug 14 - Czech Rep, Brno
Aug 28 - USA, Indianapolis
Sept 4 -  SanMarino Misano
Sept 18 - Aragon Motorland
Oct 2 -    Japan, Motegi
Oct 16 -  Australia, Phillip Is
Oct 23 -  Malaysia, Sepang
Nov 6 -   Valencia, Ricardo

2012 MotoGP
Click Date for Race Report
Apr 15 -    Qatar – Doha Losail
April 29 -   Spain, Jerez Frontera
May 6 -     Portugal, Estoril
May 20 -   France, Le Mans
June 3 -   Catalunya, Catalunya
June 17 - UK, Silverstone
June 30 - Netherlands, Assen                (Saturday Race)
July 8 -    Germany,Sachsenring
July 15 -   Italy, Mugello
July 29 -   USA, Laguna Seca                (Only MotoGP class)
Aug 19 -  USA, Indianapolis
Aug 26 -  Czech Rep, Brno
Sept 16 - SanMarino Misano
Sept 30 - Aragon Motorland
Oct 14 -   Japan, Motegi
Oct 21 -   Malaysia, Sepang
Oct 28 -   Australia, Phillip Is
Nov 11-   Valencia, Ricardo

2011 AMA Superbike
Click Date for Race Report
March 10-12  Daytona FL
May 13-15    Infineon y CA
May 28-30    Miller Mtrsports UT
June 3-5      Road America WI
June 17-19  Barber, AL
July 8-10      Mid-Ohio Sports OH
July 22 -24   Laguna Seca CA
Sept 2-4      New Jersey MSports

2012 AMA Superbike
Click Date for Race Report
Mar 15-17     Daytona FL
May 4-6        Infineon CA

May 25-28    Miller Mtrsports UT
June 1-2      Road America WI
June 22-24  Bartber, AL
July 13-15    Mid-Ohios
July 27-29    Laguna Seca CA
Sept 7-9      New Jersey MSports

2011 British Superbike
Click Date for Race Report
April 22-25     Brands Hatch Indy
May 01-02     Oulton Park

May 13-15     Croft
May 28-30     Thruxton
June 17-19    Knockhill
July 01-03     Snetterton
July 15-17     Oulton Park
Aug 5-7         Brands Hatch
Aug 27-29     Cadwell Park
Sept 9-11      Donnington Park
Sept 23-25    Silverstone GP
Oct 7-9          Brands Hatch

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EICMA 2011 Motorccycle Show
Elena Myers - Teen Roadracer
Ducati 1199 Panigale
  Most Advaced Superbike Ever
Marco Simoncelli Tribute -   Death of a rising MotoGP Star
New Ducati Superquadro 1199   Engine - 195 hp for the Street!
2011 LA Calendar
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2010 Fast Dates Cal Shoot
Baltika Beer - Worlds Best!
• DMG Kills AMA Superbike!
BMW S1000 RR Superbike
High Speed - the Movie
Casey Stoner - MotoGP star

BMW HP2 Sport
Ducati Hypermoto R
2009 Fast Dates Shoot
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Calendar Bike Show 2007
Vyrus Superbike Exotica
Ducati 1098S Tri Colore
Lame Ducks?
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Edelweiss Alps Challenge
• The Game A Racer's Tale
Interview Paolo Ciabatti
  Ducati's Superbike Future
Ducati Desmosedici RR
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World's Fastest Indian
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AMA Pro Racing and the
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World Ducati Week
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The Official SBK
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Stefan Bradl
2011 MotoGP2
World Champion Biography

Saturday 5th November - Stefan Bradl was confirmed as the 2011 Moto2 World Champion at the final round of the season in Valencia, making the 21 year-old the first German rider to take a World Championship since Dirk Raudies in the 125cc class in 1993.

His first title also made Bradl the youngest German rider ever to take a World Championship, following a 2011 season which delivered on the promise that had been displayed in flashes throughout his earlier career.
Gaining his first experience on the Grand Prix stage in the 125cc category in 2005, the son of former 250cc World Championship runner-up Helmut Bradl rode as a wildcard in three rounds before making his full-time debut in the 2006 season.

That maiden campaign was cut short by a nasty leg break at the end of the warm up session for the Malaysian GP when Bradl was hit by another bike, but he had shown enough during the season to be lined up by Honda for a factory 125cc ride in 2007. However, after testing for the team the youngster withdrew from the project citing personal reasons and instead rode in the Spanish National Championship, which he won. His form in the domestic competition prompted the Blusens Aprilia team to field him in the World Championship that same season as a wildcard, and he was then entered for the remainder of the campaign with the Spanish outfit.

With his career seemingly back on track Bradl linked up with the Kiefer Racing set-up for 2008 and had a revelatory year, winning two races, taking six podiums in total and ending the season fourth overall in the Championship.

Big things were expected for 2009 as Bradl continued with Kiefer in the 125cc class, but the title challenge that had been expected failed to materialise and he ended the year tenth in the standings.

With the introduction of the new Moto2 format in 2010 Bradl and the Kiefer team made the step up to the intermediate category, showing early-season promise before a strong end to the inaugural year of the 600cc four-stroke class which included a victory at Estoril.
An impressive pre-season in preparation for 2011 had many noting the German rider down as a serious title contender for the forthcoming campaign, and victory from pole position in the opening race of the year in Qatar confirmed his credentials. Bradl went on to start from pole for the first five races, the first time since 2003 that a rider had done so in the intermediate class, and four wins from the opening six rounds saw him build up a substantial Championship lead.

The coming into form of 2010 125cc Champion and Moto2 rookie Marc Márquez saw the title fight become a two-way affair as the Spaniard rapidly accumulated wins, but Bradl’s consistency and cool head ensured regular podiums and just one finish outside the top eight; a crash at Assen.
Heading into the final round of the year with a 23-point advantage over Márquez after the Spaniard missed the Malaysian GP through injury, Bradl was then confirmed World Champion with the withdrawal of his rival for the final round in Valencia, thus putting the seal on a maiden World Championship after an enthralling season-long fight for the crown.

Some facts about Stefan Bradl’s achievement
• He is the fifth German rider to win the intermediate-class world title, joining: Werner Haas (250cc in 1953 & 1954), Hermann Paul Muller (250cc in 1955), Dieter Braun (250cc in 1973) and Toni Mang (250cc in 1980, 1981 and 1987).
• He is the first German rider to win a world title in any class since Dirk Raudies was 125cc world champion in 1993.
• Bradl is the youngest German rider ever to take a World Championship title, adding to his record of being youngest German rider to win an intermediate-class Grand Prix race.
• He has finished on the podium eleven times in 2011, including 4 victories.
• The only time Bradl has failed to finish in the top eight this year is when he crashed at the Dutch TT.
• Bradl started from pole seven times in 2011 including, five successive poles in the opening five races of the year - the first time since 2003 that a rider has started from pole at five successive intermediate-class GP races.
Birth date: 29/11/1989 (21 years)
Birth place: Augsburg, GER
First Grand Prix: CAT – 2005 – 125cc
First Pole Position: QAT – 2011 – Moto2
First Podium: QAT – 2008 – 125cc
First GP Victory: CZE – 2008 – 125cc
Grand Prix Starts: 86
Grand Prix Victories: 7
Podiums: 18
Pole Positions: 7
Race Fastest Lap: 5
World Championship Wins: 1 - 2011 – Moto2
Total Points 2011: 274
*all data correct at 5/11/2011
MotoGP Career
2005: 125cc World Championship –  35th position on a KTM, 3 starts, 1 point
2006: 125cc World Championship –  26th position on a KTM, 9 starts, 4 points
2007: 125cc World Championship –  18th position on an Aprilia, 9 starts, 39 points
2008: 125cc World Championship –  4th position on an Aprilia, 17 starts, 187 points, 2 wins
2009: 125cc World Championship –  10th position on an Aprilia, 16 starts, 85 points
2010: Moto2 World Championship –  9th position on a Suter, 16 starts, 97 points, 1 win
2011: Moto2 World Championship –  1st position on a Kalex, 16 starts, 274 points, 4 wins

Barber Motorsports Park Announced as Seventh Contract Renewal for the 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing Schedule 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 7, 2011) - AMA Pro Racing announced today that Barber Motorsports Park will once again play host to the stars of AMA Pro Road Racing, becoming the seventh track to renew for the 2012 season.  The event, scheduled for June 22 - 24, 2012, will mark the tenth consecutive year that the series will visit the picturesque 2.38-mile natural road course in Birmingham, Ala. since the facility opened in 2003.
Last year's Barber SuperBike Classic proved to be a pivotal and exciting event for the 2011 championships. M4 Suzuki's Martin Cardenas scored his breakout AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike victory on Saturday while Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Blake Young narrowed eventual 2011 SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes' points lead with a Sunday win.
Just like in 2011, fans will witness thrilling doubleheader action in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike and AMA Pro SuperSport, while the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series will battle it out in a single race format.
In October, AMA Pro Racing announced six contract renewals for the 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing season.  With the addition of the event at Barber Motorsports Park, the partial schedule is as follows:
March 15 - 17, 2012
Daytona 200
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Fla.
May 4 - 6, 2012
Infineon Raceway
Sonoma, Calif.
May 25 - 28, 2012
Miller Motorsports Park
Tooele, Utah
June 1 - 3, 2012
Road America
Elkhart Lake, Wis.
June 22 - 24, 2012
Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, Ala.
July 27 - 29, 2012
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey, Calif.
September 7 - 9, 2012
New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, N.J.