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Valentino increased his total GP World Championship titles to 5 at Sepang: 1 in 125cc, 1 in 250cc, 3 in Open.
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MotoGP World Championship, Malaysian GP at Sepang, Round 14 of 16

Rossi Wins His 3rd MotoGP
Open Class World Championship at Sepang

Sepang, Malaysia, Oct 12th: Rain changed everything here in steamy Sepang when a heavy early morning fall altered track conditions on raceday – but it couldn’t change the destiny of Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda RC211V) who won in style. In front of a 30,000 crowd he won his seventh MotoGP race of the season, his third premier class title and his fifth title in all classes. Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) was second and Max Biaggi (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) third.

The 24-year-old Rossi is now elevated to the top five all-time Grand Prix winners with his tally of 57 wins: 12 in 125, 14 in 250 and now 31 in the big class. He currently stands head and shoulders above the competition and Honda’s remarkable RC211V has now won 13 of the 14 races held so far in 2003.

This was not an easy win, few are in the white heat of MotoGP competition, but it was still a dominant performance by any standards. Rossi had already pulverised the opposition with his qualifying performance (a stunning 2m 02.480 second lap) and he was in no mood to let the title slip from his grasp with three rounds to go. He badly wanted to wrap it up here – and it showed.

Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) got the holeshot and the Spanish title challenger gave it his all from the lights to try and get away from Rossi while the Italian was lodged in fourth place on the opening lap. But on lap two Rossi was on the move and he dealt first with Loris Capirossi (Ducati) for third and then Carlos Checa (Yamaha) for second.

Right: Sete Giberneau and Max Biaggi douse Valentino in victory champaign to celebrate his third Open MotoGP Championship title.

By lap six he was right up with Gibernau and although he had posted the fastest lap of the race at 2m 03.822 seconds on lap three in his bid to keep Gibernau within range, he could clearly afford to sit back and plan his attack. He put his plan into action on lap eight when he slipped past on the brakes into a medium-speed left-hander.

That was it for Gibernau’s persistent title challenge. Although he gamely kept the Italian in sight, Rossi worked his advantage without taking any unnecessary risks and when Gibernau sailed wide at turn one Rossi opened up the gap. By mid-race distance Rossi was 1.2 seconds ahead and by the end of the race he had just over a two second cushion.

There was plenty of action behind the leading trio of Rossi, Gibernau and Biaggi. Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) fought hard for fourth, taking Carlos Checa (Yamaha) on the penultimate lap and the American rookie has impressed in his first season of MotoGP.

Nicky Hayden (46) followed Loris Capirossi until mid race when Nicky passed him and Checa for 4th.

Fortuna Yamaha Team rider Carlos Checa, who’d qualified second behind Rossi for today’s 21 lap race, produce a solid start to enter turn one in third place. The Spaniard trailed Gibernau and Loris Capirossi (Ducati) on the opening lap before fending off a challenge from the champion elect. Staying focused Checa produce a string of fast and consistent laps, but eventually he had to relinquish second to a determined Rossi. Unperturbed, the 30-year-old continued to chase race leaders Gibernau and Rossi, before eventually coming under the attack of Max Biaggi (Honda) and Nicky Hayden (Honda) – leaving Checa to finish fifth.

Loris Capirossi came home in sixth place at Sepang this afternoon, reinforcing his fourth position in the MotoGP World Championship. The Ducati Marlboro Team rider made a great start from the second row to race into second place at the first turn. But the first few laps weren’t kind to the Italian who slipped back a little before upping his pace and enjoying and entertaining tussle with Nicky Hayden (Honda) and Carlos Checa (Yamaha).

“I made a great start, lost some time, then pushed hard to recover that time,” said Capirossi after what is the most gruelling race of the season. “We knew we didn’t have the set-up 100 per cent here but the race was better than Motegi. This track is very slippery in the heat, so I was sliding around a lot. We don’t lack power, just traction because we didn’t have perfect settings for this circuit. But this is our first year, a learning year, and we’re learning plenty. Finally, my congratulations to Valentino for winning the championship, he rode a great season.”

Ducati Marlboro Team rider Troy Bayliss rode to ninth place in his Sepang debut today, running a good pace during the early stages but slipping back as he lost traction in the later laps. At half distance he had been looking good for a seventh-place finish.

“It was actually quite a good race, I was feeling okay,” said Bayliss, who had started from the third row of the grid. “But even when things were good the bike was lacking something, then the set-up we used wrecked the rear tyre. From two-thirds distance, even before, the rear was coming around as I rolled into turns and I was losing the rear on the gas. I was just sitting on the bike and not going anywhere. But we’ll learn from this, I’ll be having a long debrief with my guys this evening.”

Rossi was understandably delighted. “This is like a dream, this fifth title,” he said. “It was a very hard race – just like all season, but very good fun. Sete put me under a lot of pressure and I had to work hard. I think we won overall because of our consistency and we fought hard for every win. I want to thank Honda for the constant development of the bike that’s made this possible.”

Gibernau was fulsome in his praise for the Champion. “We’ve tried to push Valentino the whole season,” he said. “We knew he was quick here and Max was a top man here too. Overall we knew we could win races and just tried to push. It’s been a great season and there are still two races to go, but congratulations to Vale, and to Max – Vale deserves this.”

Max too was generous and typically realistic. “I couldn’t close the gap with the first two,” he said. “The start was not brilliant for me and I had a lonely race. Rossi is a great rider and he’s had a top-level season. He’s having a ‘gold period’ as we say in Italy. And we’ll try to make sure that he has a less easy time in 2004.”

Nicky Hayden now lies sixth in the World Championship standings after his fourth place here. “That was great,” he said. “I got a good start and made up a few places. I wanted to go with Biaggi but got into a fight with Capirossi. Then I got past him and got past Checa and made the pass stick. When I tested here I really struggled – I’ve definitely learned a lot since then.”

Tohru Ukawa (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) was seventh. “It was hard to match the pace of the leaders,” he said. “Once again I didn’t get a great start but I lost a few places, then got them back, but didn’t have enough time to catch Capirossi. The rear tyre was spinning-up and it’s a problem we’ve had all year, but there are only two races left to find a solution.”

Results MotoGP 999cc : (21 laps = 116.508 km)
Pos/Rider /Nat /Team /Motorcycle /Time/KM/H
1/Valentino ROSSI /ITA /Repsol Honda /HONDA/43'41.457/159.998
2/Sete GIBERNAU /SPA /Telefónica Movistar Honda /HONDA/43'43.499/159.873
3/Max BIAGGI /ITA /Camel Pramac Pons /HONDA/43'49.101/159.533
4/Nicky HAYDEN /USA /Repsol Honda /HONDA/43'55.190/159.164
5/Carlos CHECA /SPA /Fortuna Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/43'55.246/159.161
6/Loris CAPIROSSI /ITA /Ducati Marlboro Team /DUCATI/44'02.024/158.752
7/Tohru UKAWA /JPN /Camel Pramac Pons /HONDA/44'04.906/158.579
8/Shinya NAKANO /JPN /d'Antín Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/44'08.197/158.382
9/Troy BAYLISS /AUS /Ducati Marlboro Team /DUCATI/44'13.606/158.059
10/Makoto TAMADA /JPN /Pramac Honda /HONDA/44'22.013/157.560
11/Marco MELANDRI /ITA /Fortuna Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/44'25.320/157.365
12/Noriyuki HAGA /JPN /Alice Aprilia Racing /APRILIA/44'26.070/157.321
13/Colin EDWARDS /USA /Alice Aprilia Racing /APRILIA/44'36.124/156.729
14/Kenny ROBERTS /USA /Suzuki Grand Prix Team /SUZUKI/44'44.144/156.261
15/Alex BARROS /BRA /Gauloises Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/44'44.463/156.243
Fastest Lap: Valentino ROSSI 2'03.822 161.302 Km/h Lap 3
World Championship Positions:
1 ROSSI 307, 2 GIBERNAU 244, 3 BIAGGI 215, 4 CAPIROSSI 141, 5 BAYLISS 119,
6 HAYDEN 114, 7 UKAWA 112, 8 CHECA 104, 9 NAKANO 92, 10 BARROS 91,
11 TAMADA 75, 12 JACQUE 61, 13 EDWARDS 54, 14 MELANDRI 45, 15 HAGA 44.

Elias Leads Aprilia Sweep in MotoGP 250cc
In the 250cc class it was form-rider Tony Elias (Aprilia) who won by nearly ten seconds from World Championship points leader Manuel Poggiali (Aprilia) who was second. Fonsi Nieto (Aprilia) was third.
Elias had utterly dominated qualifying, lapping just under a second quicker than his rivals – but he wasted his pole start and was fourth on lap one. But he didn’t waste any time hoisting himself into second place at the end of the opening lap – and then taking the lead on lap four from early pace-setter Nieto.

Roberto Rolfo (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) had a torrid time in qualifying and began this 20-lap race from tenth on the grid. But Rolfo is nothing if not determined and he fought tooth and nail to collect as many vital points as he could here, with only two World Championship rounds remaining. The Italian eventually finished fourth to garner 13 valuable points.

Sebastian Porto (Telefonica Movistar Junior Team RS250RW) endured a jump-start penalty of ten seconds and pitted on lap six to receive his punishment. He rejoined the race in 21st place and the gritty Argentine refused to lie down and languish at the back, working his way back to finish eighth at the flag.

The fight for second place that developed between Poggiali and Nieto was the high-point of the contest and although Poggiali had nailed Nieto by lap eight, the Spaniard held onto his tail and wouldn’t let go. Nieto went past and led on the last lap, but Poggiali waited until the final turn before diving inside on the brakes to win by 0.011 seconds across the line.

“I’m not very satisfied with the result,” said Rolfo. “But I have to recognise that the way things have gone for us this weekend, the result is not so bad. It’s at least left me optimistic that I can still fight for the World Championship. But it was less good that I couldn’t get into the fight for the podium positions as we have done in previous races."

The World Championship points classification shows Poggiali in the lead with 226, Elias and Rolfo tied on 201 with French Aprilia rider Randy de Puniet on 183.

Pedrosa Clinches 125cc MotoGP Championship Title for Honda
Spanish teenager Daniel Pedrosa (Telefonica Movistar Junior Team RS125R) secured his first ever World Championship with a win here at Sepang. His main title rival Stefano Perugini (Aprilia) dropped out of the race on lap four and that eased the pressure on the 18-year-old. Mika Kallio (KTM) was second and the young Finn has now given the Austrian factory its first podium finish in its debut year of competition. Jorge Lorenzo (Derbi) was third after a compelling dice with Masao Azuma (Ajo Motorsports Honda RS125R), Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand Prix Honda RS125R) and Alex de Angelis (Aprilia).

Australian Aprilia rider Casey Stoner was also in the hunt after getting a poor start from the front row of the grid. He lay 12th in the opening laps, but clawed his way back to second setting fastest lap of the race on lap 12 before crashing a lap later. But Pedrosa was totally in control from the off. He led into turn one on the opening lap and worked his advantage remorselessly. Two laps from the end he held a seven second lead over his pursuers who had little hope of catching him, so engrossed were they in their own fight for the podium positions.

“I don’t really have any words to describe how I feel,” said an emotional Pedrosa. “I just want to thank everyone who helped me towards this, everyone who gave their maximum to achieve this Championship: the Movistar Team, Honda, Alberto Puig and all the people in the team.”

There are still the remaining World Championship positions to be disputed and with Pedrosa home clear with an unassailable 223 points, the rest of thetable shows Perugini on 159, de Angelis with 157 and Andrea Dovisioso (Team Scot Honda RS125R), who finished 13th here, with 149.

Iron & Lace brings down the house at Barfly on the Sunset Strip
Oct. 11th, Los Angeles: Our special party to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Mikuni and Performance Machine sponsored Iron & Lace Custom Bike & Pinup Calendar with famed photographer Jim Gianatsis and the Calendar Angels was a wild blowout success tonight at the exclusive Barfly dinner club on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. Our special guests included World Superbike and Iron & Lace Calendar girls Janelle Perzina and Taylor McKegney, together with many of the calendar's sponsors, celebrity custom bike builders and their crew including Harold Pontarelli of HD Performance, Russell Mitchell of Exile Cycles, Don Chica of Chica Customs, Roland Sands of Performance Machine, and our own LA Calendar Best of Show winner Jesse Rooke of Jesse Rooke Customs.

The mob scene at Barfly's
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Harold Pontarelli and the
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Anonymous builder
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Anonymous builder
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Roland Sands from
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Jesse Rooke with his LA
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Anonymous builder,
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eyed, nearly comatose.

Barfly packed to capacity
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Go Go girl Holly in lace with
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Go Go Girl goes wild.
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Lee Chapin from calendar sponsor Mikuni Carbruetor, together with Calendar makeup girl Lisa Ruckh.

The evening kicked off with a private dinner party at Barfly for selected Calendar guests featuring the builders' latest custom bike creations parked throughout the club, and The Making of The Calendar Videos playing on the big screen above the dance floor. By 10pm the club was really jumping with hot dance music and beautiful girls everywhere! 10:30 and the club was packed to capacity, people were waiting in line to get in, pleading to bribe the doormen above the $20 cover charge if they weren't on the Iron & Lace complimentary guest list.

Things really broke loose inside when two perfectly blessed Playboy models ascended the go-go podiums and shook their incredible booties to the music's beat in nothing more than lace thong underwear and 5-inch platform boots. It was pandemonium, festivities and decadence beyond that of the old Roman empire.

The Iron & Lace Night party was filmed as part of a special documentary on builder Russ Mitchell for Spike TV. The girls of Los Angeles definitely dig custom bikes and bikers with our calendar builders having hands full, literally, keeping all the hot spectator chicks off their bikes -each of them wanting to full fill their secret fantasy to be a sexy calendar girl, posing for there friends' cameras.

The Iron & Lace custom builders were even more enthusiastic fighting the girls off themselves. No one went home alone, including one celebrity builder (who shall remain nameless) who was lip locked and chugging shots with one particular beautiful young lady until they both were so inebriated and unable to function they had to be stuffed into a taxi just halfway through the evening. Word has it he had no memory of anything that happen at the party when he finally woke up late Sunday afternoon. Another builder finished off his night giving lucky girls bike rides down Sunset Boulevard on his $80,000 open piped calendar bike at 3am in the morning after the club closed.

By the end of the night the consensus from everyone attending was our Iron & Lace Night at Barfly in Hollywood was a huge success and it needs to return on a regular basis. We're investigating now the City of West Hollywood's morality, public safety and noise statutes, as well as consulting with our attorneys, and will let you know as soon as we sober up.

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Oct 16th: Ducati Corse confirms its official participation in the World Superbike Championship, the world’s most important production-based racing category, and announces that Regis Laconi and James Toseland will spearhead the Ducati Fila team attack in the 2004 championship on board the successful Ducati 999 factory bikes.

28-year-old Regis Laconi from St. Dizier, France, is currently lying third in this year’s championship on a Caracchi NCR Ducati 998RS after a string of strong performances. In 2003 he has finished on the podium five times and set two fastest laps as well as pole position at Sugo. Laconi is also one of the few riders to have won races in both the GP and Superbike categories and could become the first French rider to win the World Superbike Championship since the legendary Raymond Roche in 1990.

“I’ve been waiting a long time for this opportunity and I’m so happy to ride a factory Ducati bike for next year,” declared Laconi. “I tried my best to win some races with NCR Ducati, but next year everything will be in place and I hope to do just that. I can’t wait to start work as soon as possible, but at the moment I still have to race at Magny-Cours this weekend!”

James Toseland, currently fourth in the standings behind Laconi on an HM Plant Ducati 998 F02, will line up alongside the Frenchman in the Fila-backed Ducati team. He is the latest in a series of riders, including Troy Bayliss and Neil Hodgson, who both became WSBK champions, to move up from the GSE Racing satellite team to the factory squad. The 23-year-old from Sheffield, England, who took his first win this year at Oschersleben when he got the better of Hodgson in race 2, is Britain’s best hope for another World Superbike champion.

“I’ve been dying to tell everyone the secret really!” Toseland joked about his ride for next year. “I’m sorry to hear that my current team are pulling out of the championship but a big thanks to them for giving me the opportunity to move on. After Troy and Neil I’m the third rider to move up into the factory team and I’ve got a lot to live up to…hopefully I can follow suit! I’ve had some good races this season and it was nice to beat everyone to get my first win at Oschersleben. Now that’s off my mind, I can concentrate on this weekend and then roll on next season!”

Ducati Corse also announces that it will be officially returning to the World Supersport Championship after a break of 3 years. The rider chosen to debut the brand-new Ducati 749R in this highly-competitive championship is 21-year-old Italian Lorenzo Lanzi.
Born in Cesena, Italy in 1981, Lanzi has set the European Superstock championship alight this year on a Team Rox Ducati 999S and is still a contender for the title, which concludes this weekend at Magny-Cours.

“I’m really enthusiastic about this opportunity because after a year without a ride in 2002, things started to take off for me this year in European Superstock and now to be a part of the factory Ducati World Supersport team next year is simply fantastic,” commented Lanzi. “The 749R is a new bike and World Supersport is very competitive, but the bike is promising and with an experienced team like Ducati Corse, good results will come for sure.”

Janelle rocks Barfly
Our official SBK World Superbike Fast Dates calendar girl Janelle Perzona was helping us to rock the house at our big Iron & Lace Calendar Party at Barfly. You can read Janelle's test of the Ducati 999S HERE, and pick up some cool screensavers of our girls.

Janelle in Playboy Calendar Angel Janelle Perzina is featured in the current Nov '03 issue of Playboy magazine on page 172 in a group shot (the beautiful bond in the center in black bikini) with publisher Hugh Hefner. The picture previews the upcoming Dec. issue of Playboy which will have a big pictorial of all the girls including our Janelle, who are in the competition for the prestegious Playboy 50th Anniversary Playmate Title Search.Good luck Janelle!

Jannele, our offical SBK Ducati Corse umbrella girl for Ruben Xaus at Laguna Seca World Superbike, is featured right now in all our 2004 calendars, in some very sexy pictorials in our Members Corner, and in
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Rossi expected to choose between Yamaha and Ducati for 2004
Oct 11th: We told you a month ago that Ducati had been courting Valentino Rossi to move to the Ducati MotoGP team next year. In the time since then, Valentio has also been approached by the Yamaha factory team to join them, and the Ducati offer had seemed to loose it's momentum.

But this weekend at Sepang the word in thre Paddock was that Ducati had re approached Rossi and they were back in the hunt to sign the world's best motorcycle racer.

Just the fact that Valentio is not not happy working with Honda (a Japanese company), still makes us think the Italian star would much rather ride for the smaller Italian manufactuer Ducati, rather than Honda. Remember, it was Colin Edward's displeasure with upper management at Honda of Japan that saw the then reigning 2002 World Superbike Champion leave Honda to ride for Aprilia in MotoGP this season.

Meanwhile, Valentiono loves his Jeremy Burgess managed Repsol Honda race team and he will miss them very much should he change manufacturers next season. Immediately after crossing the finish line at Sepang this Sunday and clinching his 3rd MotoGP Open title, rather then proceed down the front straight and take a coll down victory lap, he immediately braked hard and pulled over to the pit wall where he jumped off his bike, climbed over the wall and went up to every person on the team to give them a "thank you" hug of appreciation. Then he clammered back over the wall where his bike was in neutral and still running while leaned up against the wall, and rode back out onto the track to take his victory lap. Cool. No big headed ego with this kid.

Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss scored sixth- and ninth-places finishes in today’s Marlboro Malaysian Grand Prix. This was the squad’s first competitive outing at this demanding track, and the past three days have taught team engineers lessons that will be vital as the outfit looks towards the 2004 season.

“We got a lot out of this weekend,” said Ducati Marlboro Team director Livio Suppo. “Although we did test here last winter, that was nine months ago, so plenty has changed since then and this was our first race here anyway. We learned plenty and confirmed what we knew already, that we need to work to improve our set-up for slippery tracks like this. Both guys rode good races today, they did the best with what they had and we go to Phillip Island in positive mood.”

Gauloises Yamaha Team
Alex Barros 15th

“My second corner crash off the start was my fault. I was trying to get past Marco, braked a little too hard and touched the back wheel of Roberts. The handlebars were a little bit twisted, but luckily, apart from that, the bike wasn’t too damaged and so I set off to try and get some points. Right at the end I really pushed to try and get past Kenny but just didn’t have enough grip left.”

AMA Superbike Tests at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Oct 1st: Superbike riders Vincent Haskovec and Jake Zemke were the first ever superbike riders to turn a wheel on the famed Indianapolis Motorspeedway in a test conducted by the AMA to explore the feasability of racing motorcycles at IMS. The speedway currently holds the annual USGP Formula One automobile race there to confirm the track conforms to rigid FIA standards for safety and race team accomodations, standards which other major speedway tracks in America like Daytona Interntaional Speedway can't meet.

Haskovec was riding the Austin Ducati Superbike which just might indicate he might be a team mate to Ruben Xaus from the Ducati World Superbike team who is expected to race in America next season. Zemke was aboart the Errion Racing Formula Extreame bike.

"The track felt like it had a lot of grip, said Zemke. "It was really wide, and it seemed like runoff was really goo. The infield finds tight, but it felt pretty racy at the same time. I think it might have felt tight, but it felt pretty racy at the same time. I think it might have felt tight because the front straightaway is so long here. With the tall grandstands, the front straightaway felt like you were going theough a tunnel. I can only imagine what it would be like with the grandstands full."

One required change they found was that the infield course entry onto the front banking brought the riders too close to the retaing wall, and the enty might need to be reconfigured.

At present there are no specific plans for an AMA or FIM race at Incy, though we're sure everyone in the motorcycle sport would welcome it. Realisticly the cost of conducting a race weekend at such a huge facility would be immensly expensive and would require a huge imput of sponsorship money. Keep in mind automobile races at IMS like the Indy 500 and F1 race pull close to 500,000 spectators together with major TV sponsorship on major network TV. Whereas a typical AMA Superbike national weekend might average 20,000 spectators at best, and Speed TV drops the TV coverage if the race gets rain delayed.

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