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FastDates.com February 2004
Page 1 • Racing & Calendar News
Superbike, MotoGP, Calendar Girls

Official Calendar of the SBK World Superbike Championship

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• World Premier of the Confederate "Wraith" retro board track racer    concept bike in the all new Iron & Lace Garage
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New 2004 Honda, Yamaha Kawasaki 1000cc Superbikes

"Baby, its someone from team Honda for you. But aren't we busy?"

Valentino had a wheelie fun time with his first ride on the Yamaha M1.

Team Yamaha's first 2004 preseason test at Sepang
Rossi on record pace his first ride on the M1
Jan 24-26th, Sepang, Malaysia: In gruelling heat and humidity Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team) was inside his own previous lap record of 2m 03.82 seconds at the 5.548km Sepang track in testing today. He recorded a best time of 2m 02.75 seconds in the final session of this intensive three-day test putting in a total of 59 laps. But the reigning MotoGP World Champion is still keen to put in more hard development work here in just over two weeks time.

The test was extreamely note worthy in that Valentino showed, in his first ever ride on the Yamaha M1 which was esentially an old 2003 spec bike, that he could better the lap times of his previous season's Championship winning Honda RC211V with the M1, a bike, opinioned by many not to be as good.

With even more practice time and many new 2004 performance upgrades to try before the MotoGP season gets under way on April 18th in South Africa, there is now little doubt that Valentino will be able to continue his winning ways in 2004 on the Yamaha.

Valentino prepares to plant his number on the front of the M1. "This should be big enough for Max to see it coming in his rear view mirror."

"We did some good work," he said. "The time we made was good for a first test, but tyres and chassis settings were the main aim here. I've really enjoyed my first three days with Yamaha, I'm very happy. There's still work to do on the engine and we'll carry on with that, but overall things have been good."

The World Champion's Crew Chief Jerry Burgess was quietly satisfied with events. "I guess we're doing okay," he said. "We've achieved enough for a fast time and we were running according to the Michelin test programme. Things have been very harmonious in terms of integration with Yamaha and now we'll go away and work on whatever the Yamaha Development Group have got for us."

Rossi's team-mate Carlos Checa (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team) who rode a best lap of 2m 03.72 seconds during an arduous 88-lap stint, was happy with the endurance work he did and feels there is more to come from chassis settings in the weeks ahead.

"Carlos and Valentino" - a great restaurant name, and a hot talent Latino combo special for the MotoGP appetite.

"The bike feels better with the 16.5-inch front tyre," said the hard-charging Spaniard who tried both 17-inch and 16.5-inch fronts. "The race endurance test was not so bad, and this was only the first test of the season. Of course we've got more to do but we have all we need to achieve results."

Checa's Crew Chief Antonio Jimenez was content with the three days work at this early stage of the testing programme. "The race simulation distance test provided valuable information for us," he said. "We were focussed on that and this is just the beginning of our programme."

Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio was frank about his surprise at the rapid progress made here at Sepang. "I didn't honestly expect we'd be at his level so soon," he said. But the Italian expressed caution too. "All our competitors will work hard this winter too, but this is a good first test to motivate everyone in the team and everyone from Yamaha."

Marco Melandri (Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 Team) rode 52 laps and put in a best time of 2m 05.55 seconds. "Better than yesterday," said the tough Italian, still sore from recent shoulder surgery. "In the end the bike was okay but I took time to adjust to the 16.5-inch front tyre I tried today. At the moment my mind is strong but not my body."

Norick Abe (Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 Team) couldn't quite make the most of a selection of Michelin tyres that suited his style well. "That was a bit so-so," said the experienced Japanese rider. "We're still not quite there with the settings, but we have not worked together before as a team. Even so I couldn't get the time I felt the tyres were capable of." Abe rode 52 laps with a best lap of 2m 05.05 seconds.

Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 Team Director Herve Poncharal believes his newly formed team benefited greatly from this Yamaha-only test. "We needed this first test to establish communication with new riders. For Marco this is his first ride since Phillip Island last year and he's not 100% fit yet. The 16.5-inch front tyre is helping him and we weren't here for lap times anyway - that's not an excuse - it's a fact. Norick is more of a racer than a tester and he looks very motivated. As the team begins to understand his needs more, we can expect more from him too."

FastDates.com Calendar girl Jaime Pressly's "Torque"Screensaver
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Josh Hayes to Attack AMA Superbike on Kawasaki ZX-10R
Jan 22nd - Thinks are really starting to brighten up for Superbike fans this year with the announcement that Josh Hayes will finally get his chance to race the AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship as the lone Kawasaki entry aboard the Attack Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Josh won the closest of all AMA road racing series last season in Superstock and it came down to the final laps of the last round at Barber Motorsports Park. Hayes beat out factory Kawasaki rival Tommy Hayden, who rode the nimble handling Kawasaki ZX636 Superstock special. After finally breaking through and winning his first AMA title Hayes sees Superbike as the logical next step in his career. 28-year-old Josh hails from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, home of such other noteable sportbike heros as our own FastDates.com editor Jim Gianatsis.

“Superbike has always been the goal,” Hayes says. “I always said I wouldn’t want to go to Superbike unless it was a factory ride, but I really believe in the Attack team. I think Richard (Stanboli) can build a competitive Superbike team. Kawasaki is behind us and I think they’ll be even more so if we start having good results.”
Hayes’ faith in Stanboli and the Attack squad is well founded. Not only did Hayes ride to the AMA Superstock title last year with the team, but his former teammate Jason Pridmore scored AMA Superbike podium finishes at Mid-Ohio last year, marking the best result in the championship for a non-factory team in eight years.

A high performance aftermarket company, Attack Performance has moved from an alliance with Suzuki to Kawasaki in 2004. “With Yoshimura there, we were probably never going to have a chance to grow into a real factory Superbike team with Suzuki,” said Stanboli. “I believe our opportunities are much greater with Kawasaki.”

Stanboli envisions becoming Kawasaki’s factory representative like Rob Muzzy was in the past, but he adds he’s pretty sure the factory will come back to the championship in 2005. Attack is not a newcomer to AMA Superbike racing. The company was formed in 1990 and first entered Superbike racing in 1994 with Paul Harrell on a Yamaha YZF750.

A former champ in WERA, Hayes made his AMA debut in 1998 on a Valvoline EMGO Suzuki in Formula Xtreme. He shocked the racing establishment when he won the AMA 750 Supersport race at Daytona in 1999. Josh has remained a leading class contender each season, later joining the Bruce Transportation Honda support team, but crash injuries and resulting missed races plauged him more than any other front runner and it would be a long four years before he finally scored his second AMA victory. That came in the Superstock race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last year.

At the Daytona tires tests in December, Josh showed up driving a sparkling new BMW M5. He rewarded himself with the sports car after earning $50,000 for winning the Toyota 200 held at Willow Springs Raceway last fall. Josh will race both AMA Superbike and Superstock this season and wants to do well in both. He admits that the team may place a little more emphasis on Superbike since Kawasaki has the Hayden brothers on the factory squad in Superstock. He does feel that the spotlight will be on him a little more than normal since he’s going to be the sole Kawasaki on the Superbike grid.

“I feel some pressure to perform,” Josh concedes. “As far as the fans see I’m going to be the Kawasaki rider in Superbike racing. So Kawasaki’s image to a certain extent is based on how I do out there.”

“The bike’s not that far off. I’m excited about the potential of the ZX-10; it could prove to be a phenomenal Superbike. The power of the bike, even in stock form, is more than you can use on most tracks.”

The Attack Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike willl debute at Daytona in March with the start of the 2004 AMA Superbike Championship. “Hey, we’re the underdog team and I like that. I think I can at least be very consistent in the race. Hopefully we’ll catch a little luck and you never know.”

Our Annual Review for 2004
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British Sportbike Magazines

FastDates.com rates the top 7 hard core British sportbike magazines where bikes, half naked babes and roadracing are the norm -not the exception. In England, a county the size of just California, sportbike enthusiasts are blessed with 7 major monthly sportbike magazines! - America's got just 1 monthly newspaper and 2 semi monthlies.The Brits are so successful because they cover the topics sportbike enthusiasts want to see and read about, including beautiful girls. These great British sportbike magazines are now more readily available on your favorite newstands here in America.
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Noriyuki Haga signs with Renegade Ducati on full works 999F 04 bike
Looking to be 2004 SBK World Champion!

Jan 27th -Japan’s spectacular and very popular Noriyuki Haga has signed in Rome at the FGSport headquarters with the British Renegade Ducati team and will rejoin the World Superbike Championship this year as team-mate to rising U.K. star, Leon Haslam.

The signing of Haga, which comes just a few weeks after the news that Australia’s Garry McCoy will ride for the Caracchi NCR Ducati team, means that the championship has now been bolstered by the entries of two of road racing’s most exciting riders, both world famous for their tail-end sliding styles and both out to challenge the official factory Team Ducati Fila of Englishman James Toseland and Frenchman Regis Laconi.

Renegade Ducati, moving up to World Superbike Championship from the highly competitive British Superbike series, are now just a matter of weeks away from the start of the 2004 SBK season at Valencia on February 29th. Their testing starts with Haga on the new Ducati 999RS04 in Valencia on February 2-3 prior to the entire paddock of World Superbike and Supersport teams arriving at the circuit on February 11-13 for final pre-season tests.

With Pirelli being the exclusive supplier of tyres for the World Superbike, World Supersport and European Superstock classes under new rules intended to level the playing field for competitors, the final tests will give teams an opportunity to try the very latest compounds available to them.
FGSport CEO Paolo Flammini said: “We are delighted to welcome back Noriyuki Haga to World Superbike. He is a Superbike symbol and we are sure he will grant the fans unmatchable emotions throughout the current and future seasons.”

Mark Griffiths, Renegade Ducati team principal, added: “In Haga and Haslam I believe we have a very formidable partnership to contest the 2004 Superbike World Championship. The tyre rule enables fair competition for everyone, and we are delighted to be joining the series perhaps at the beginning of a new era for WSBK.”

28-year-old Haga, who has eleven SBK wins to his credit, was delighted to be riding the Ducati 999: “I am really happy to be returning to the Superbike World Championship and to be riding a Ducati for the first time in 10 years! I can promise my fans that I have not lost my exciting style and I intend to finally claim the SBK title.”

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Covergirls Janelle, Chandi and Joanna Krupa get down to work
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Honda and Yamaha Sepang Lap Times Compared
Valentino Rossi's first ever lap times on the Yamaha M1 were evtreamely impressive when compared to the top times set in the factory Honda MotoGP tests at the Sepang track in the 3 days before. Rossi was only bested on the time sheets by Max Biaggi who was already aboard a nwer, upgraded Honda RC211v for the 2004 season, which Rossi was still essentially on an old Yamaha M1 from the 2003 season to give him a baseline for future testing of new 2004 season upgrades. With 3 months of testing and practice still to go before the motoGP season kicks off, there now seems to be no doubt Valentino Rossi will be cabable of winning and beating arch rival Max Biaggi starting at the first race in South Africia.

Max Biaggi (Hon) - 2m 02.585s
Val. Rossi (Yam) - 2m 02.75
Sete Gibernau (Hon) - 2m 02.7s.
M. Tamada (Hon) - 2m 03.2s
Nicky Hayden (Hon) - 2m 03.2s
Colin Edwards (Hon) - 2m 03.3s
Carlos Checa (Yam) - 2m 03.72s

AMA - Daytona Tests
The second day of AMA testing at Daytona International Speedway saw Eric Bostrom set a personal best lap time of 1.47.90 at Daytona International Speedway on his Ducati 999.

With rains threatening in the afternoon, the Ducati Austin team worked continuously through the day testing Michelin tires. Early in the day, one of the bikes suffered damage when debris struck the oil cooler and caused a small leak, forcing Eric to stop in the infield section of the track. Unaffected by the event, Eric set his best lap time on qualifying tires in the afternoon. Only a handful of riders have ever broken the 1.48 barrier at Daytona.

Happy with the positive day of testing and his continued growth on the Ducati 999, Eric commented, “This is the first time I’ve enjoyed riding at Daytona!”
Winter testing will continue mid-February at California Speedway in Fontana.

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Calendar Girl and actress
Jaime Pressly
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Jan 15th - Our own FastDates.com Calendar girl and actress Jaime had her second feature pictorial and first cover of Playboy magizine in the February 2004 issue photographed by famed fashion and Sports illustrated Swimsuit Calendar photographer Patrick Demarchelier. The sexy calendar girl talked about the release of her latest movie, the biker action flick Torque which also comes out this month, featuring both extreame sportbike action, and some custom bikes from our regularly featuredcelebrity Iron & Lace Calendar custom bike builder Harold Pontarelli.

Harold provided two $60,000 custom Harelys for the movie, and was paid $2,000 per day per bike for 7 days to have the bike parked in the background on the set. His customs fared a lot better than a number of Aprilia Mille Rs which were thrashed and trashed in the movie, making a perfect starting point for a similar Tuono R Project Bike as featured on this page and in Paddock Garage.

During the long days of shooting and waiting to be on set of Torque, Jaime also sketch and designed her own lingerie and sleep wear clothining line aptly named J'aime. She also just completed co-produced and oo-stared in her own feature film Death to the Supermodel, and has landed a recurring role on the TV series Becker staring Ted Danson.

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