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Meet America's newest Superbike - the Fischer
Dec. 17th: Fischer Motor Company, an Illinois Corporation, has announced the development of the "first American Superbike of the modern era." A collaboration among several top industry veterans, the Fischer MR Series will be the first American motorcycle to offer world-class performance and styling, and will accomplish this by using the world's best suppliers. The vision of company president and former racer Dan Fischer, the MR1000 is the first product from the new company, scheduled to go into production- in Chicago- late in 2004.

The chassis is being developed by Gemini Technology Systems of Mukwonago, Wisconsin, previously known in the American motorcycle market for unsuccessfully trying to develop the outdated Harley-Davidson VR1000 Superbike into a competive race bike. Extensive research was performed on many of the bikes currently offered by the various manufacturers, and also the known numbers for some of the GP bikes.

"That's where we based our geometry," says company president Dan Fischer. "The MR chassis was done entirely in CAD before any metal was cut. While the frame looks massive on the computer screen, it's actually quite small like a GP chassis, but that gives the flexibility to build bikes for a variety of purposes and riders of any size. We also made sure that various engines could be used, since building our own complete motor is still some time away. With Gemini in charge of engineering, we'll definitely have some performance engine parts that are ours on the first product."

"The technology Gemini possesses is incredible," says Fischer, "everything from CNC to FEA to
Computrack to carbon fiber."

Styling is another area where Fischer has brought in world-class talent. Famed Stylist Glynn Kerr penned the original drawings and collaborates on design decisions directly at the Fischer R&D/engineering facility. Kerr supervised clay modeling himself, and brings his experience working with almost every major manufacturer to the program.

The prototypes use the Rotax V-997 cc engine, the same one used in the Aprilia Mille and their other big bikes. Rotax engineers worked with Fischer and Gemini during development, but the Fischer chassis was planned for use with multiple V-twins, in various displacements. While the planning stage alone took almost a year, the talent involved and the technology available, including rapid prototyping machines, has moved the project along to where test bikes are now being built.

Every motorcycle is the sum of its parts," continues Fischer, "that's why we look at every single part for everything from weight savings to styling. Having this much talent involved with the project means that there isn't just attention to the details, there's experience tending to the details, and that means everything."

As sportbike fans we certainly welcome the Fischer's introduction to the American market which has never been able to support a serious sportbike manufacturer (with the possible exception of Buell). The obstacales to success are endless. Their hand built, low volume bike will never be able to compete on price with the Japanese manufacturers. And the use of other manufacturers' V-Twin engines like the Rotax employed in the Aprilia Mille R means the bike will have to perform on par with the Mille R both in price and on the track to attract buyers from that segment. A more up market, limited production bike like a Bimota might be the way to go, but the design Fischer shows below us is no more exotic than a current production Honda SP-2 or Yamaha R1. The demand for, and profitable viability of the Fischer sportbike still needs to be proven.

Look for more information soon, including testing videoclips at www.Fischer1.com.

Barely Legal!
Ducati says the 2003 999R model will come to America as a fully street legal bike, unlike the previous 2 years' 996R and 998R models which came without out street equipment because previous Ducati North America management (now fired) was too lazy to get them EPA and CARB approved. Surprised owners of those previous "R" models who had advanced ordered them online at Ducatio.com, had to shell out an additoinal $1,500 after delivery to buy the missing steeet equipment the bikes had been advertised with.

The price for the 999R will be $30,000 Euro (Racing Kit included). Local luxury taxes excluded. Powered by a 999cc "Testastretta" engine with 139 HP (bore 104 mm instead of 100mm used on the 996R, 999 and 999S), the bike is equipped with racing forged rims, radial master cylinders and radial mounted calipers, upside-down fork with radial caliper mounting, magnesium alloy head light support and full carbon fiber fairing: the same components that make the 999R the king of the World Superbike Championship. Ducati.com says they will close online ordering for the 800 bike production run of 999R models on January 8th. Afterwhich, if any of the limited production bikes remain unsold, they will be released after production into the worldwide dealer network on a first come basis.

Above: Troy on the Multi Pulse Desmosedici at Phillip Island. Ducati won't show us pictures of Capirossi or the new Marlboro sponsorship bikes unitl January 1st when 2002 current sponsor contracts expire.

Ducati MotoGP Phillip Island 3-Day Tests
Ducato Corse MotoGP Team at Phillip Island

Phillip Island, Australia, December 18-20th, 2002

Day 1: The Ducati Corse MotoGP squad has made the long haul overseas to the spectacular Phillip Island circuit not far from Melbourne in Australia for its latest round of testing, the final session before the Christmas break. After the excellent times recorded two weeks ago during Jerez testing, Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss were both right on the pace with the new Ducati Desmosedici in the first day of testing.
Conditions were excellent in the morning, but strong winds disturbed the work of the squad in the afternoon. High temperatures (air 24°C / track 33°C) , similar to those encountered during October’s Australian
GP, allowed the two Ducati Corse riders to complete the workload for the Desmosedici, which revolved mainly around testing various cooling components and all-new Michelin tyres for the 2003 MotoGP

Both riders tested on the 17” fronts used in MotoGP, and Troy Bayliss, on his home track, was finally able to get to grips with this particular tyre solution. During his 87 laps, he was able to put home track knowledge to good use to set a quickest time of 1’32.8.

48 laps today for Loris Capirossi, who despite harmlessly sliding off at the Honda Curve with no damage to the bike, managed to return to the pits and resume testing immediately. A series of other minor problems prevented the Italian from stringing together a lengthy series of laps, but despite this he set a time of 1’32.4, which was close to the lap record set during the Australian GP.

The test also highlighted the performance of Michelin’s 2003 tyres, which remained at an excellent working temperature despite the particular difficulty of the Phillip Island track, which presents a long left-hand curve leading onto the pit-straight.

Day 2: The second day of testing for the Ducati MotoGP team at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia saw Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss continue development work on the new Ducati Desmosedici. Phillip
Island is the first non-European track used for testing by Ducati since development of the Desmosedici got underway. Testing conditions remained good for the second day (air 25°C / track 40°C) despite strong head winds along the main straight.

The Italian rider completed a total of 78 laps, using exclusively race tyres. Loris tested a new fuel tank, which helped improve the feeling with his braking and with the front, as well as continuing tests on different rear suspension components. His best time was 1’32.3”.

Troy Bayliss also had a positive day’s testing on his home track, completing 89 laps. The Australian tried out the different fuel tanks and carried out a series of tests with different frames. Bayliss also lapped on race tyres and his best time was 1’32.4”. Both riders used the ‘Four Pulse’ engine and worked on different configurations with different power delivery.

Day 3: Fog and damp conditions delayed the start of the final day at Phillip Island for the Ducati Corse MotoGP team, but testing continued in perfect conditions (air 21°C / track 27-38°C) once the sun came out. Both Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss were scheduled to complete a race simulation today as well as tests with different chassis and rear suspension settings.

Loris completed a 27-lap long run without any problems and constantly lapped in competitive times.
The Italian was pleased with the results of the race simulation and the three-day test session and was satisfied with his choice of a new chassis. Despite being at the start of his experience with a four-stroke MotoGP bike, he now feels perfectly at home with the new Desmosedici. Loris also focussed on tests with race tyres, setting a quickest time of 1’32.1”.

Troy has come to terms with the increased power and lower weight of the Desmosedici with respect to
the Ducati 998 Superbike he has raced for the past year. The Australian rider encountered no problems during his race simulation, and was also able to lap at a competitive pace. Troy’s schedule today revolved around different rear suspension settings and testing of new Michelin race tyres. His best time was 1’32.3”

“We can only be satisfied with the results of these tests in Australia” declared Claudio Domenicali,
Ducati Corse Managing Director. “It has been a very demanding year and I am happy that it has come
to an end with positive results, both for the brand-new Desmosedici and the 999 Superbike, which lapped under the track record at Valencia last week."

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Pro Italia Motors, the Los Angeles area's premier and oldest Ducati dealer will celebrate its 15 year anniversary on Saturday January 18th, 9am-5pm, with an Open House featuring refreshments, new model bikes, door prizes and sale specials. In attendance will be Team Blue Bayou Ducati AMA National superbike star Anthony Gobert, as possibly possibly Larry Pegram of the new Kami Coe Ducati superbike team. Pro Italia is located at 3319 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA. Ph: 818-249-5707. Details at www.ProItalia.com

Foggy PETRONAS Racing beat the rain in Spain!
Valencia, Dec 20th: Foggy PETRONAS Racing today overcame the rain in Spain to complete their final test of the year. Persistent rain on the first day forced the team to remain in the garage as the standing water, on a track that  does  not  drain  easily  due  to  its  very  flat  surface,  would  have  both  compromised  the  safety  of  the riders and also have been counter-productive to the team’s testing and development of the Foggy FP1.

On the second and final day, the rain held off until late, enabling both Troy Corser and James Haydon to complete a good number of laps on a damp track and work through much of the planned testing.

And team owner Carl Fogarty believes good overall progress was made. He said: “It was a shame that the weather spoilt things a little but we did manage to learn a lot, especially
on the cooling system. We are still at a stage when, even if the weather is bad, we are able to learn and make progress.”

The  aim  of  the  test  was  to  compare  the  data  from  the  team’s  recent  wind  tunnel  test  with  on  track performance, with the evaluation of aerodynamic parts proving encouraging. Limited tyre testing with new
front and rear tyre compounds and constructions, supplied by Michelin, was also carried out.

“Given that we lost the first day, we’ve achieved a great deal at this test and I feel quite happy with the stage we are at,” commented the former world champion, Troy Corser.

Team-mate James Haydon said: “We made up for lost time today, working really well through a number of development areas and further clarifying our path for moving forward.  I can’t wait to get back on the bike in January in Australia and Malaysia and get down to more in-depth preparation for the start of the racing season.”

Foggy PETRONAS Racing have a further three tests currently planned for early 2003, prior to their much anticipated debut in World Superbike at Valencia on 2 March.

Motorcycle Land Speed Record Holder Don Vesco Dies
San Diego, CA, Dec 16th, 2002- Don Vesco, 63, passed away in Scripps Mercy hospital in San Diego, CA. He had been battling prostrate cancer for about a year.
The world of racing has lost a great competitor, a true champion and a friend.

Vesco holds 18 motorcycle and 6 automotiverecords and held the Motorcycle LSR record for
19 years at 318.598 MPH.
He turned the fastest time in history in a motorcycle at 333.117 and the fastest time in
a wheel-driven vehicle at 459.021.

Vesco first ran a motorcycle at Bonneville Salt Flats at age 16 in 1955. On September 17, 1970, Vesco was the first person to drive a motorcycle at more than 250 MPH, with a two way average speed of 251.924
MPH over a measured mile, in this motorcycle streamliner powered by twin Yamaha 350 cc

September 15, 1975, Vesco was the first motorcyclist to exceed 300 MPH, setting a new AMA record in the Silverbird of 303.928 MPH for the mile and 302.657 for the kilometer.
The AMA Hall of Fame inducted Vesco in 1999. Also in 1999, Vesco set a new Bonneville gas turbine record and Land Speed Record at 417.529 MPH in August at Speedweek and 427.832 MPH in September at the World of Speed.

In 2001, Vesco turned 459.021 MPH at Bonneville Speed Week in Turbinator, and he broke Donald Campbell's gas turbine record of 403.135 MPH while setting new International Land Speed Record (FIA) for wheel driven vehicles at 458.44 MPH.

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