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The all-new 2004 J-Model inline four 1000cc Superbikes
Yamaha Introduces the new 2004 YZF-R1
Something old, something new, something borrowed and it also comes in blue. Yamaha introduces the new 3rd generation 2004 R1
. Revised 998cc 20-valve, DOHC, in-line four-cylinder enginehas the biggest bore of the bunch: Bore x Stroke 77 x 53.6mm. Complete details on another new 1000cc Superbike that, disapointedly, another major factory won't be racing next year in World Superbike. Plus the updated 2004 R6 details HERE.

Honda Introduces the new 2004 CBR1000RR Fireblade
Now up to a full 998cc from the previous generation CBR954, an all new engine features a 75x56.4 bore and stroke at a 14,500 redline. Single pipe under seat exhaust mimics the CBR600 and MotoGP bike, but overall it looks a little cluttered and unfinished. Braced swingarm is definetly cobby looking.

Kawasaki Introduces the new 2004 ZX10
Another new full 998cc engine, this one from Kawasaki falls inbetween the Honda Yamaha at 76x55 bore x stroke.The think spoke wheels look nice. The exhaust system looks like a hideous design afterthought.

The new Superbike World Champion celebrates his title with a prerequisite burnout after Race One at Assen.

Neil Hodgsen Confirms Move to MotoGP in 2004
Sept 7. 2003: Just hours after stepping off the Assen podium with the 2003 World Superbike Championship trophy in his hands, Ducati Fila’s Neil Hodgson faced up to questioning from the world’s press. What follows is a transcript of Neil’s press conference curtsey

What does this title mean for you?
It means everything, the reward for 20 years’ hard work.

Many people say that with the loss of the factory teams and top riders, the championship has become devalued. Do you see it that way?
No, I beat everyone last year except Colin and Troy who were on factory bikes and Michelin tyres. I was very close to beating them on many occasions as well so I believed that I was going to be champion whoever I rode against this year if I was on the best bike and best tyres, which I was.

What is the future of the Superbike championship in your opinion?
I feel that when the championship needed a boost, it has taken a step down again and it can’t really afford that.

It was a formality but you still had to win the title. Did you have any moments this year when you lost concentration, seeing as your lead was so great?
Everything went absolutely perfect until Misano where I lost 30 points in one weekend. And it changed my mentality and I rode defensive instead of attacking everything, which is a shame, but there again you win a championship with consistency.

Were you bothered by the fact that you didn’t win the first race?
Yes, very much. But all I can say is I tried my best and I was so tense on the bike. My body was like a piece of iron and I was riding so bad.

Are you going to MotoGP next year?
It looks like it’s going to happen but anything can happen and it’s not 100%.

How do you think you will go in MotoGP?
I’ve learnt over the last few years that if you never give in, anything is achievable. I didn’t think four years ago that I would become World Superbike champion. I’m not going to say I will be world champion but I will say that I will hopefully go to MotoGP and ride every lap of every race and give 100%.

Will it be a problem for you to go to MotoGP?
To be honest I would be happy to stay in World Superbikes, but the “old” World Superbikes, because I’ve raced it now for many years. I understand Ducati, the circuits, the people, so my goal would be to win more championships than Foggy, but the decision has been made for me really because I have to ride against the best competition.

It looks as if you won’t be riding for the full-factory team. Will this be a problem for you?
No, I don’t think so because the Ducati looks very strong this year and that would eventually be the bike I’m riding. There will surely be less pressure than being in the factory team. And there is a goal: If I succeed then it will be a perfect step into the factory team.

This is the first season Ducati ha't done much pre-season testing. How hard has that been?
It’s not been too easy, but in a way it’s been good for me as a rider because it’s made me work really hard every weekend at tracks. I can’t waste a lap – every lap I’ve got to be on it to get the best information from the bike to get the handling better. It’s a sensitive bike and I can only compare it to last year’s bike, which had six or seven years’ development and did everything you wanted. On the 999 the parameters are wider; the bike is unbelievably fast and is so good. This will be good for me if I do go to MotoGP next year, because the bikes are more sensitive.

Would you would be sitting here today if you hadn’t gone back to British Superbikes and toughened up?
No, what could have happened was that if I had got a ride in 1999 in WSBK, things might have been different. I would probably have got spat out after three or four years for being too old. I got spat out at 25 and won the championship when I was 26 so I still had a few more years left in me. I’ve got to thank GSE racing immensely. They were the right team at the right time and I’ve got to thank Darrell Healey, who gave me this opportunity. I was lucky to win the championship with them and be with a team that wanted to go to the next level and win the world championship. He’s like a member of the family now, but it’s a shame I didn’t win it for him. GSE built the foundations around me and Fila Ducati built the house!

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Motorcycle Hall of Fame Ceremonies make Greater Columbus a double-play
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PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 11, 2003)
-- Round three of the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship will be held in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, Oct. 5. Sponsored by local Harley-Davidson dealer A.D. Farrow Co., The A.D. Farrow Cup will take place in the streets of Ohio’s capital city.

That same weekend, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, located just minutes from Columbus on the grounds of the American Motorcyclist Association, will celebrate the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2003 with a reception, concours d’elegance, and induction ceremonies. That ceremony will see 13 legendary figures in motorcycling take their place of honor in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

The Columbus AMA Supermoto race will run on a track built around PromoWest Pavilion, an indoor/outdoor music amphitheater located in the city’s new Arena District, which features a wide array of restaurants, night spots, and is home to the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets. Chris Bradley, AMA Pro Racing Associate Director of Commercial Development, says the venue will offer a unique experience for fans.

“The first two rounds of the series took place at traditional racing venues. The Columbus event will be our first stop in an urban environment, skyscrapers and all,” said Bradley. “The Arena District is an excellent destination for AMA Pro Racing to introduce AMA Supermoto to a new audience in a new racing environment.”

Bob Althoff, principal owner of A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson, the country’s oldest Harley-Davidson dealership, is excited about the upcoming race.“We’re seeing a great deal of interest in AMA Supermoto, so to bring this event to this city in this venue is a terrific opportunity for us,” said Althoff.

The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2003 -- including AMA Motocross and Supercross legend Jeremy McGrath, who is competing in the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship -- will be inducted during ceremonies at the Museum on Sunday, Oct. 5. The weekend’s festivities also will include a special Museum reception and dinner at 6 pm on Saturday, October 4, where visitors can meet many Motorcycle Hall of Fame members, including this year’s inductees; and Sunday’s 2nd annual Concours d’Elegance, which drew over 100 entries in 2002.

For more information about the Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction weekend, visit or call (614) 856-2222.

Tickets for the Columbus round of the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship go on sale Monday, Sept. 15 at all Ticketmaster locations. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at (800) 326-4000 or online at

The AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship runs from July through November. The championship finale will take place on Nov. 21, 2003 in Las Vegas in connection with the AMA Pro Racing Awards Banquet. For more information on the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship, visit

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Neil Hodgson Checks in
9/07/03 - "Fantastic! I guess it couldn’t have worked out any better. I was a little disappointed after the first race because, as I said before, I really wanted to win both races. I had a fantastic weekend and was really relaxed about the whole thing and then it came to that first race and I think all the nerves that I hadn’t felt all weekend came in that first race. I tensed up too much and I suffered from real, real, real bad arm pump and on the final laps I just couldn’t even feel my front brake. Then I started to get cramp in my legs and I thought “What’s going on here? I’m falling apart.”

I just couldn’t do what I wanted to do on the bike and around Assen you have to be smooth and flowing. I crossed the line and just didn’t feel the elation that I wanted to feel. I know that sounds crazy but I just really wanted to win that race. I rode like a novice, really. I went straight into all the press conference stuff and then back to the box to phone Kathryn. She was a bit emotional and that made me a bit emotional and then it all started to sink in and I started to feel better about everything.

Then I had a bit of a panic on because I had to go do some more press stuff but I just wanted to get to the Clinica Mobile to get my arms fixed for the next race. When I got there I just said “Please sort me out because I’ve got to do this all over again but this time I’ve got to win!” They gave me a load of injections and I know I’ve said it before but I can’t thank the Clinica Mobile enough. They were absolutely fantastic, all of them. Luca, the guy that looks after me there, has been great all year. He knows me so well and he knows how to fix me up; in fact, I owe that second race win to him.

It was all a total team effort and to win a World Championship you need to be in the best team with the best bike with the best tyres and that’s what I’ve had all this year. From day one I’ve felt that I’ve been a real part of the Ducati Team and welcomed into the “family”. Right now, I’m sitting in my motorhome in the Assen paddock with my parents trying to shake off a hangover! We didn’t get in until 04:00 this morning after having a bit of a celebration. Obviously I’m on a real high right now and just want to get home to see Kathryn and Holly so we’re just about to set off for the airport. Before I go, thanks for all your great messages in my guest book. I think it’s all finally beginning to sink in!"

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Ducati chasing Valentino Rossi with a $10 million offer for total World domination in 2004!
With Ducati proving week after week their new Desmodicci GP machine is equal in performance to the previously all-conquering Honda V5, the boys from Bologna would like nothing better than to have a MotoGP World Championship trophy on the shelf next to their numerous World Superbike Championship trophies.

Ducati will not comment on any of the pit talk, but reportedly they have offered Valentino Rossi $10 million dollars to ride for them in 2004. Valentino's contract with Honda is up for renewal at the end of this season. And while the Honda camp is "90% sure" that Valentino will resign with them for next season, you can also guess that any patriotic Italian would love to end his racing career winning another World Championship, but this time on an Italian bike.

Thisdecision will probably hinge on how long Valentino will want to continue racing motorcycles. We know he has a desire to move to car racing, either World Rally or Fomula One, and if 2004 will be his final year on bikes, the 1-year deal with Ducati for $10 million dollars would be the way to go. Staying with Honda for another MotoGP title offers no real challenge for the sport's most popular and talented rider.

Either way, it looks like Ducati will be putting together two, 2-rider teams for 2004 to help them clinch the MotoGP title. Two of the riders will certainly include their current team riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss. While the other two MotoGP riders will probably be their new 2003 World Superbike champ Neil Hodgson and possibly Ruben Xaus. We say 'possibly' for Ruben because his seat depends on Valentino Rossi joining the 2nd Ducati MotoGP team or not.

How do we know that Ducati wants to move it winning World Superbike team of Hodgspn and Xaus to MotoGP next season? Because the top Ducati privateer riders in the SBK series, Regis Laconi and James Toseland have been asked if they want to join the factory Ducati Corse team for 2004....

So where is the little Italian manufacturer getting all the money to field 2 teams in MotoGP in an effort to beat Honda? A number of possible senarios include reducing their factory financial effort in World Superbike by possibly making a top privateer team like HM Plant Ducati "their official" factory team. With no serious factory challenge to Ducati in World Superbike for 2004, and the next 2 top riders in the series points standings (Laconi and Toseland) riding for them, Ducati should have no problem repeating their Superbike title again in 2004 without Hodgson and Xaus.

The other possibility for Ducati getting the big bucks to field a 2nd Ducati MotoGP team could come from current Honda and Suzuki team sponsors Repsol and Telefonica. Just as Marlboro left Yamaha for Ducati for 2003, these other big sponsors could do so as well for 2004. The Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica certainly can't be pleased with team Suzuki's dismal back of the pack finishes these 2 seasons in MotoGP and Telefonica would probably be very happy to go with Ducati if invited ( and Xaus is Spanish). While Repsol might also want to switch to Ducati if their top rider Valentino Rossi does so as well.

Plus you've got the European heritage factor to consider.
Telefonica and Repsol are European companies selling just in the European market. It is in their best image to sponsor a European factory team cabable of winning the MotoGP Championship with European riders, not a Japanese team with non European riders.

So just stay tuned as there could be a huge shake-up in World Championship motorcycle racing in the next few months as the once bankrupt little Italian manufacturer Ducati continues to take on the world...

MORIWAKI RACING Confirms an Entry with Tamaki Serizawa plus Honda MD211VF in
FIM 2003/2004 World Championship MotoGP
Moriwaki Engineering Ltd. will take part in FIM 2003 Road Racing World Championship Series beginning with Rd.13 “Gauloises” Pacific Grand-Prix as a “Wild Card” on 3rd – 5th Oct 2003.

Bringing in an originally developed MotoGP machine, MD211VF (Moriwaki Dream 211V Fighter), which carries “Honda RC211V” (MotoGP Champion Machine) V5 engine, Tamaki Serizawa (#25), who is a R&D rider of MD211VF, is selected to ride in the race. The team is declared as “Moriwaki Racing” and Mamoru Moriwaki, Representative Director of Moriwaki Engineering Ltd., will stand as the team director.

The purpose of Moriwaki Racing’s entry in Pacific Grand-Prix will be focused on a full season entry in 2004, which differs from the intensions of our spot entry in the opening round, Suzuka 2003. Focusing a full season entry in 2004, the purpose of the entry is specifically to review the development works done to the machine and to simulate it’s competitiveness in an actual race meeting. We, therefore, target and challenge to finish the race in the highest position possible, cutting into the factory machines.

Mamoru Moriwaki / Team Director
“We experienced a drastic improvement in the MOTEGI test a few weeks ago. The fact that the machine had overcome the focused problems, it proved that the development work put into planned and studied on the previous test is heading the right direction. Looking at the project as a whole, there still is a lot to be done before it is ready, yet we will keep on trying to solve the problems before the Pacific Grand-Prix to challenge MotoGP and accomplish the goals. This challenge is for us to appear in the 2004 series and we will look forward for the race”.

Dunlop Blowing Chunks
More than once this season AMA Superbike points leader Matt Mladin (and other) have had to pit for a new rear tire as the rear Dunlop on his 190hp Yoshimura Suzuki GSXR as his race tire has come apart under the stress imposed by the new 1000cc inline four Superbikes.

At World Superbike at Laguna Seca in July, Matt Mladin sat out the 2nd SBK race on Sunday because the offical line he "was too tired" after a full weekend of racing including AMA Superbike, which was probably true. But pit insiders also overheard Mladin throwing one of his tantrums and refusing to go back out for the 2nd race if he could get tires equal to what the other factory Superbike teams were using. Which Dunlop did not have.

This past weekend in World Superbike at Assen in Holland, Gregorio Lavilla with the GSXR and James Toseland on the HM Pant Ducati both found their Dunlop rear tires chunking and Toseland had to retire to the pits. Dunlop has being trying to enter the World Championship arena, but even in American Superbike, has been having a difficult time developing a new tire for the new generation of high horsepower 1000cc Superbikes.

Meanwhile, the Michelin and Pirelli tire shod Superbikes and MotoGP machines of Honda and Ducati with even more horsepower have not been experiencing and such extreame problems. Dunlop is attempting to make inroads in MotoGP with their tires being run on the factory Kawasaki GP bikes. But needless to say the back of the pack Kawasaki GP bikes don't have the power to overstress their tires like a well prepared Suzuki GSXR1000.

You won't find the other motorcycle press pointing out the faults of the current Dunlop roadracing tires because of Dunlop's advertising power in the America motorcycle market. But from our own personal racing and sport riding experience on Super and SuperSport bikes, both Michelin and Pirelli make a better handling, better wearing motorcycel tire.