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Eric Bostrom will be at the controls of the World Championship winning factory Ducati 999F 03 in AMA Superbike next season, but only if he can first work his way past our beautiful SBK Fast Dates Ducati Corse girls -
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London GB, Dec 1st: Our own Fast Dates and Iron & Lace Calendar cover model and official SBK World Superbike Fast Dates.com Ducati Corse umbrella girl Nicola Lane is off to Venezula this month to take on the world! Our beautiful Miss Great Britain 2003 will be competing in the Tourism World sponsored Miss World finals. Nicki writies us-

"I'm on on the mend from being sick the last 2 months and back to evil exercise again!!! Ha! I've done five bikram yoga classes in five days to get ready. The final for Miss Tourism World isn`t in Hong Kong anymore for two reasons: Loads of girls wouldn`t go 'cos of the SARS scare, and China came in with a massive bid with the condition that Miss China would be placed in the top five! I am therefore off to Venezuela, home of the beauty pageants for the finals Dec. 12th to 21st. You should look at Miss Europe. the winner was a Russian girl, only 16 but absolutely stunning, tall slim and a model.All the info is on their website www.misstourismworld.com."   
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Eric Bostrom To Head Factory Ducati
Supported AMA Superbike Challenge for 2004

Bologna (Italy) Wed. 19 Nov. 2003: Eric Bostrom is set to spearhead the Ducati attack on the 2004 AMA Superbike championship in one of the most exciting challenges seen in North America’s premier motorcycle racing series for many years. The 27 year-old from San Francisco, who celebrates his birthday today, could not have wished for better news as it was announced that he will form part of the factory-supported Ducati effort to claim the AMA title for the first time since 1994. The world-famous racing division from Bologna will be providing the machines and the technical support for the factory-supported team, which will take part in the 18-race 2004 AMA Superbike schedule with the new Ducati 999

“We are extremely satisfied to have reached a two-year agreement with Eric Bostrom to take part in the AMA championship” declared Ducati Corse Superbike Director Paolo Ciabatti. “Thanks to the collaboration with Terry Gregoricka of Ducati Austin, who will make available the logistics structure, technicians and the experience of his team at their new Road Atlanta premises in a two-year deal, and with the appointment of a Ducati Corse engineer as technical director, we are certain that next year will see us obtain some important results”.

"I'm totally pumped to sign with Ducati. They've shown a huge commitment to step up their American Superbike campaign” declared Eric Bostrom. “Obviously, jumping onto the World Championship machine brings high expectations, but at the moment I just can't wait to get on the bike. Between the 999, myself, and the Michelins, 2004 is going to be an exciting year. A year that will hopefully see a Ducati twin back on top in the U.S. and give the Ducatisti something to cheer about." More Here

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Ducati to Preview Dream Machines at Cycle World Shows,
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November 7th - Ducati North America will be bringing to America their 3 new "Dream Machine" Sport Classic prototypes which were premiered at last month's Tokyo Motorcycle Show. Inspired by the Sportbikes of the 1970s, Ducati’s Three SportClassic Prototypes are the Stuff of Enthusiast’s Dreams

The USA unveiling will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California December 11th 2003, and the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City January 2nd 2004. You can see more details and pictures on all three Ducati Dream Machines HERE.

Everything You Wanted to Know about running
2004 World Superbike and Supers port 2004 Spec Tires

SBK Press Office, November 13, 2003: The following amendments to the Superbike and Supersport Technical Regulations have been approved: Tyres (Superbike)
1) Tyres may be replaced from those fitted to the homologated motorcycle.

2) The use of tyre warmers is allowed.

3) At each event, during free practices, qualifying practices, Superpole, warm up and races, a maximum of 15 rear and 11 front tyres may be used. Front and rear wet tyres will be included in the total quantity count. A Technical Steward must mark all of these tyres. During free practices, qualifying practices, Superpole, warm up and races, no motorcycle may enter the track without the front and rear tyres being marked. If the riders are given a red flag during a race (or during the Superpole for reasons beyond rider's control) the FIM Technical Director may allow an additional set of tyres to be used. For each race, one extra set of tyres can be put on the second motorcycle to have it ready for substitution on the grid in case of failure of the first motorcycle.

4) The competitors must use only the tyres distributed during the event by the Official Supplier.
All tyres to be used must be easily identifiable with a colour marking or a numerical system to be applied by the Official Supplier at the time of manufacturing. At the beginning of the event, the Official Supplier must deliver to the FIM Technical Director 4 samples of each type of tyre which will be used at the event. When the Official Supplier delivers the samples of the tyres to the FIM Technical Director, he must also give a written explanation of the marking and the general characteristics of the different types of tyres.

The FIM Technical Director may, at his discretion, require the exchange of one or more competitors' tyres for a tyre sample under his control. The tyres exchanged remain under his control and he can exchange them for the ones of another competitor.

For additional information on the new 2004 World Superbike and Supersport technical regulations for bikes and Pirelli Spec Tires go to: Pit Board

Laconi chased the factory Ducati 999s all this year, now he's got one of his own.

Pirelli Tire Tests at Valencia for 2004 Superbike Teams

Laconi and Toseland make 999 Debut for Ducati at Valencia
Valencia (Spain) 13 November 2003: The new Ducati Fila 2004 World Superbike championship pairing of Regis Laconi and James Toseland made their first appearance for the team this week as they completed a three-day testing session at the Valencia circuit in Spain, organised by Pirelli. The Italian manufacturer will be official one-make tyre supplier for next season’s World Superbike, World Supersport and European Superstock championships.

The 28 year-old Frenchman, who finished fourth in this year’s championship, was quick right from the start of the test on Tuesday and ended up with a time of 1’35.6 on qualifying tyres, which was the quickest time recorded in the three days. During his total of 215 laps, Laconi also did several long-runs, setting a quickest time of 1’35.9.

“It’s the first time I have ridden the 999 after following them around all year so I’m very happy!” declared Regis. “Ducati have made the 999 fast, it’s so enjoyable to ride and I’m already working very well with the team. We have a good feeling with the bike and we did a lot of work in these days, testing a lot of tyres and changing the settings. The front tyre is already OK and good for my style of riding and it’s important to set a good lap time right at the start”.

Britain’s James Toseland also got to grips with the championship-winning Ducati 999 and Pirelli rubber for the first time and the 23 year-old from Sheffield was pleased with his time of 1’36.4, recorded during a total of 195 laps.

“It’s all new for me and the only thing familiar is the track!” joked Toseland. “The first three days have been difficult as I knew they would be, but we’ve just got to get into the massive learning curve. The chassis and the riding style of the 999 are very different so we’re working hard on that as well. It’s all just a confidence-building exercise really. I’m pleasantly surprised with the way everything went and we’re not far off the times I set earlier this year. If we improve like this, I know it’s going to be a good championship”.

Lorenzo Lanzi continued testing with the Ducati 749R the Italian will race in the 2004 World Supersport championship, setting a quickest time of 1’39.3 in his 180 laps.

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New 2004 Japanese 1000cc Superbikes
Nov 17th - Kawasaki's decission to pull out of AMA Superbike for 2004 has a lot to do with the late arival of their new ZX1000R Superbike, which probably won't arrive in America until the spring of 2004. Too late in the season to develop it as a competive Superbike against the current Honda RC51 and Suzuki GSXR1000. For the same reason we do not expect Yamaha to race its all-new R1, or for Hondar to race its new CBR1000 Fireblade in AMA Superike in 2004.

American Honda will be forced to make do with the current RC51 which will have to make do with now old specifica tions from the 2002 season. Having their Japanese parent companies spending all their race budget on MotoGP and not developing their new generation of in-line fours to compete in World Superbike is having a direct impact on various countries distributor national superbike programs as well.

Only the Yoshimua Suzuki has the race shop technical team necessary to keep their GSXR1000 competitive against Ducati's more current factory Superbike in the AMA Nationals next year.

We hope Ducati, despite its limited US budget for America, will field a 2 factory rider in AMA Superbike next season to go up against the 2 rider teams from Suzuki and Honda. Asking Eric Bostrom to ride solo leaves a lot to change for the Italians. British Superbike Champion Shane Burns would be the perfect choice for the second man on the Ducat Austin team.

Alstare Suzuki withdraws from World Superbike
Nov 17th, Alleur, Belgium -
As one of the members who wish to promote motorcycle racing, Team Alstare Suzuki wishes to thank all the media that are always fair and neutral, and so dedicated to promote the fun and excitement of motorcycle racing in the world.

On 15th November, MSMA made a statement that all the members other than Ducati will not compete in 2004 World Superbike Championship races as factory teams, and furthermore, will not provide any technical assistance on a factory basis. This is due to the fact the organizer has not adopted a set of fair technical rules that had been agreed by all MSMA members, and also the fact that the organizer have decided to restrict tires to a single make.
In accordance with the MSMA’s decision, Team Alstare Suzuki has decided not to participate in 2004 World Superbike Championship races as Suzuki official Team. It is our heartfelt regret that we are not able to show our racing performance at the track to all of the SBK race fun. We do hope that the public can understand that we were compelled to make such a sad decision this time.

However, we would like to announce that Team Alstare Suzuki is going to participate in 2004 World Supersport Championship races with the newly-designed GSX-R600. The official details including Riders will be announced at a later date. -Francis Batta. Team Manager, Team Alstare Suzuki

Japanese Manufacturers let Sportbike fans down
Nov. 17th- The MSMA and each of the individual manufacturers who are members of the MSMA would like to thank the media for all the work they put into covering motorcycle racing and for encouraging so many people to take an interest in, and give their backing to, the sport.
In light of rumors and misinformation regarding who will be competing in World Championship Superbike racing, the MSMA would like to make a clear statement of its position. A set of very fair technical rules had been agreed by all MSMA members in order to prevent unnecessarily high market prices for the machines that the series is based on, but the rules have not been adopted.

Consequently, the MSMA members have unanimously determined that unless these rules are adopted and the decision to restrict tires to a single make is rescinded, MSMA members will not compete in 2004 World Championship Superbike racing as factory teams, and furthermore, will not provide technical assistance on a factory basis. Ducati is exempted due to its pre-existing contractual commitments to sponsors.

The MSMA is deeply saddened at having to make this announcement, but has been forced into the decision. As motorcycle manufacturers, we have to take a resolute stand against technical rules that are likely to be detrimental to the interests of ordinary motorbike customers, and also against the idea of restricting tires to a single make so that a tire maker can become World Champion just by buying the title. We sincerely hope that all devotees of the Championship will appreciate why we have to take this approach. Finally we would like to thank fans, the public and the media for all their support and understanding at this difficult time for motorcycle sports.
We would like to ask you for your understanding and hope that you will continue to be able to give your support to the continuing support to the growth of motor cycling and motorcycle racing.
Yours sincerely,
Takanao Tsubouchi
Secretary General

Editor's Note: The above press releease statement from MSMA is pure political BS. The Japanese manufacturers had no intention of supporting the 2004 World Superbike season before the change of the technical regulations. This in turn, forced FG Sport to change the rules and pick up a spec tire sponsor, Pirelli, to support the privaterer teams and keep the Championship viable. Ducati and Foggy Petronas are now the only factory teams racing in the 2004 World Superbike Championship. A suggestion to our FastDates.com sportbike fans - support the manufacturers who support racing.

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Foggy Petronas team make first test with new rider Chris Walker
Thursday 13 November 2003-
Carl Fogarty was provided with immediate proof of the value of new signing Chris Walker during his Foggy PETRONAS Racing team's two-day test at Valencia.
Chris was in action on the FP1 for the first time since signing for FPR and joined team-mate Troy Corser in the first chance to test the Pirelli tyres that all World Superbike championship teams will be using for the 2004
season. But the focus of four-times world champion Foggy was firmly on his new man, who has replaced fellow Brit James Haydon.

Carl said: "This has been one of the best tests I have been to and the atmosphere within the team has been really positive. Chris had a few mechanical problems on the second day but the first day went very well. He
loved the bike from the word go, especially the way it handled in the corners. And I was very surprised to see that he was nearly as fast as Troy at such an early stage. Chris did not really have much of a chance to test thePirelli tyres, but Troy went very well on them on the second day.

"I was very impressed with Troy's performance. He did around 16 laps on the same tyre, with his last lap quicker than the first. I don't think I ever saw that with our Michelins. We still have a bit of work to find the perfect tyre for our bike but Troy said the Pirelli tyres gave good consistent grip throughout. So everything looks good for exciting racing and close competition in the championship next year."

Chris had finished the first day with a best time of 1:38.2, just half a second down on his team-mate. But, while Troy broke into the 1:36s, mechanical problems prevented Chris from making progress with lap times on the
second day.

Chris commented: "I spent the first day familiarising with the bike and the way the team works, but I was unable
to make much progress on the second day because of a few problems with the bike. But I already know that the
bike does certain things very well. All I can do at this early stage is use Troy as a benchmark and I was only half
a second behind him on the first day which was very encouraging. I didn't get much chance to test the new tyres
but there will be time for that."

Troy said: "I was doing lap times today as good as the ones at our last test here, with similar engine performance. It is still early days in our selection but the signs are that the one-tyre rule is going to work well for the championship."